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Italy seal qualification for Euro 2020

[ ROME: Italy secured their place at next year’s Euro 2020 finals by beating Greece 2-0 in Rome. After a goalless first half, Chelsea midfielder Jorginho opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Andreas Bouchalakis’ handball. Substitute Federico Bernardeschi added a late second with a dipping effort from distance. …

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Amir reaches career-best seventh place in ODI Rankings

Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir has reached a career-best seventh position among bowlers in the MRF Tyres International Cricket Council (ICC) Men’s ODI Player Rankings in the latest update carried out after the three-match home series against Sri Lanka, which they won 2-0 with one match washed out. — ICC announced in …

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Qatar celebrates as Barshim soars to high jump gold

DOHA: Lifted by a packed stadium, Qatar’s Mutaz Barshim soared to victory in the men’s high jump at the world championships on Friday to give the hosts a long-awaited first gold medal. With the crowd on their feet for every jump, Barshim delivered the performance they demanded by clearing 2.37 …

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Djokovic stuns Japan Open with machine-like tennis

TOKYO: World number one Novak Djokovic on Friday put on a stunning show of supremacy at the Japan Open with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Lucas Pouille of France. The Serb more than overwhelmed his opponent in the quarterfinal match, showering Pouille with a barrage of powerful, precision shots to …

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Ireland, Netherlands to host Pakistan next year

    LAHORE: The Netherlands and Ireland will host Pakistan for three One-day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals, respectively before their official tour of England next year. The VRA Cricket Club Ground in Amstelveen will host the three one-dayers on July 4, 7 and 9 before Pakistan travel to Ireland …

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Mexico City signs deal with F1 to race Grand Prix through 2022

MEXICO CITY: Mexico City signed a deal on Thursday with the International Motoring Federation (FIA) to continue hosting a Formula One race through 2022, after months of uncertainty about the future of the Mexican Grand Prix. The government of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, a leftist austerity crusader, had …

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Roger Federer & Rafael Nadal join ATP player council

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have been elected to the ATP player council following a turbulent year in the politics of the men’s tour. The pair, along with Jurgen Melzer, are elected after Jamie Murray, Robin Haase and Sergiy Stakhovsky resigned in June. ATP president Chris Kermode was ousted in …

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South Africa’s Hashim Amla retires from international cricket

CAPE TOWN: South Africa’s Hashim Amla announced his retirement from international cricket on Thursday, bringing the curtain down on one of the country’s leading batting careers. The 36-year-old played international cricket for 15 years, scoring almost 10,000 test runs and close to another 10,000 in limited-overs internationals. He is the …

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Olympics: Tokyo organisers launch supplementary lottery for tickets

TOKYO: Tokyo Olympics organisers launched a second ticket lottery on Thursday after unexpectedly high local demand forced them to reevaluate their Japanese sales strategy earlier this year. Organisers said 5.12 million people had applied during the opening domestic lottery in May with only 960,000 able to get their hands on …

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