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Alamian brothers rated among world’s top 64 tennis players

Iranian table tennis players Nima and Noshad Alamian have exhibited inspired performances at the 2017 World Table Tennis Championships in Germany, and have been ranked among the world’s top 64. Noshad brushed aside his Belgian opponent Florent Lambiet 4-0 (11-8, 11-7, 11-4 and 13-11) on Wednesday, and advanced to the main draw of the tournament ...

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Tennis: Zverev crashes as Murray, Wawrinka move on

PARIS  – Alexander Zverev, the man seen as a potential French Open champion, crashed out in the first round Tuesday as world number one Andy Murray and former winner Stan Wawrinka moved through. Zverev, just 20 and fresh from his sensational Rome Masters demolition of Novak Djokovic, slumped to a ...

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Pakistan capable of beating India: Younis Khan

ISLAMABAD  – Former captain Younis Khan believes that Pakistan team has the capability to beat traditional rivals India when they meet them in their inaugural ICC Champions Trophy match on June 4 at Edgbaston, England. “Pakistan have defeated India in Champions Trophy before and they are capable of doing that ...

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Tennis: Nadal, Djokovic cruise as Muguruza downs ex-champ

PARIS  – Rafael Nadal launched his pursuit of a record 10th French Open title in convincing fashion, while defending champion Novak Djokovic eased to victory under the gaze of new coach Andre Agassi. Reigning women s champion Garbine Muguruza began her Roland Garros defence with a straight-sets triumph over 2010 winner ...

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Football: Valverde hired as new Barcelona boss

Ernesto Valverde has been appointed new coach of Barcelona on Monday. BARCELONA – Spanish coach Ernesto Valverde is the man charged with reviving Barcelona s fortunes after being confirmed as the Catalan giants  new boss on a two-year deal on Monday. “Valverde has the ability, the judgement, the knowledge and the ...

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Tennis: Kerber in historic loss, tearful Kvitova returns

PARIS – Angelique Kerber became the first top seed to lose in the opening round at Roland Garros as tearful Petra Kvitova swept to victory in her first match since surviving a knife attack which almost ended her career. German world number one Kerber, the reigning US Open champion, dropped ...

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