Mo Farah will double up in the 5,000 metres and the 10,000 metres at this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow after making a successful return to the track for the first time in 10 months. Farah was named in a129-strong England squad.
Haroon Khan made it five wins from five pro fights with points victory over Hungary’s Csaba Kovacs at the Reebok Stadium on June 7. Khan earned a 60-55 triumph after six rounds of super-flyweight action.
Paceman Stuart Binny grabbed a record six wickets for just four runs as India thrashed Bangladesh by 47 runs in a low-scoring second one-day international in Dhaka. Binny upstaged the efforts of Bangladeshi debutant Taskin Ahmed (5-28) to help India pocket the three-match series with one game still to go on June 9. Chasing India’s modest 105, Bangladesh were cruising at 2-44 but then lost their remaining eight wickets for just 14 runs to be shot out for 58 in 17.4 overs.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided against sending the national team to the Asian Games in Korea in September to save funds. A PCB official said the games cricket event was meant for under-23 teams and it had been decided not to send the team this year. The official said the general feeling was that the players in the under-23 category were being given lot of training and exposure and the women’s team needed it more.
Transfers: Karim Benzema’s agent has assured the press that the Real Madrid star is not leaving this summer. French international has been linked with a move away from Real Madrid, with Arsenal and Liverpool amongst the possible destinations. Benzema’s agent Karim Djaziri has promised the Spanish club that their number one striker will not leave this summer.
Women’s Paderborn Open, Ahorn-Squash, Paderborn, Germany (June 4-7): Egyptian teenager Habiba Mohamed Ahmed Alymohmed crushed England’s top seed Lisa Aitken in the final of the Women’s Paderborn Open. The German crowd witnessed the latest episode in the remarkable career of 15-year-old Alymohmed who, less than a year ago, became the youngest ever winner of a WSA Tour event when aged just 14 years and 5 months. Now in her third final, the young Alexandria star clinched her third title after dispatching 24-year-old Aitken 11-5, 11-6, 11-6 in just 21 minutes.
Aegon Classic, Birmingham, England (June 15-21): Top seeds Cara Black and Sania Mirza faced an upset loss in the doubles semifinals as they were knocked out by Raquel Kops Jones and Abigail Spears. The top seeds won the first set 6-3 but the American pair levelled it at one set a piece by winning the second set 6-3. The match was forced into a match-tiebreak which Raquel Kops Jones and Abigail Spears won 10-8 to make their way into the final.