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Olympic Channel reaches landmark agreements with International Sports Federations

Olympic Channel reaches landmark agreements with International Sports Federations

ISLAMABAD(Championspk )Olympic Channel Services (OCS) today announced that it has to date reached cooperation agreements with 27 International Sports Federations (IFs) to collaborate on content for the Olympic Channel, marking another significant step on progress toward launch. Click here to Read More …

Mohammad Amir named in Pakistan Test squad but waits for UK visa ruling

Mohammad Amir named in Pakistan Test squad but waits for UK visa ruling

ISLAMABAD(By Raja ibrar )Mohammad Amir was banned for five years but has returned to international cricket and was granted a visa to play in New Zealand earlier this year. Click here to Read More …

Boxer Muhammad Ali died

Boxer Muhammad Ali died

(Championspk)Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali died at the age of 74, Click here to Read More …

NHL rookies have to navigate the financial waters as part of big-league adjustment

NHL rookies have to navigate the financial waters as part of big-league adjustment

(Championspk )What started as a $5 foot-long on Jeff Skinner’s dinner plate is now a filet mignon. Every juicy bite perfectly symbolizes the transition from junior hockey to life as a professional in the NHL, and it literally happened to Skinner. He remembers scrounging his cash during his OHL days with the Kitchener Rangers to hit up Subway for whatever sandwich was on special. The next thing he knew, Carolina drafted him seventh overall in 2010 and he was an 18-year-old wunderkind, sniping 31 goals en route to the Calder Trophy. He signed an entry-level contract in September of that season paying him a $900,000 salary and a $500,000 performance bonus. His bank account ballooned. Submarine sandwiches were no longer a necessity. One look at Skinner’s baby face betrays his age, sure. But this puts into perspective just how young he was as a suddenly wealthy NHL rookie: he says a car wasn’t the first thing he ran out to buy, because he had only just learned to drive before he moved to Raleigh.

“You’re being careful, watching what you eat and how much you’re spending, and then you turn pro, you’re living on your own,” he said. “I can remember going to the mall, and I didn’t really shop that much, and guys were going into nice stores and buying nice clothes, and I didn’t really understand why they were doing that (laughs). But it’s part of growing up, learning responsibilities and having a full-time job.” Possessing the rare caliber of talent that whisks you directly to the NHL is a double-edged sword. On the bright side, hockey is more of a young man’s game than ever, and junior-level players have far more access to training and nutritional advice growing up, allowing them to ready their bodies for the world’s top league. It’s a night-and-day difference from what San Jose Sharks left winger Patrick Marleau experienced in 1997 as an 18-year-old. “When me and ‘Jumbo’ (Joe Thornton) came in, you had to be big, you had to be strong, you had to fight through a lot of clutching and grabbing, hooking and holding,” Marleau said. “And then they opened up the game, and it allows skill to come out and allows the younger players that are coming in that much more free room.” Fast-tracking as a teen carries the perk of immediate, life-altering financial security if a player sticks with a team and signs an entry-level deal. But there’s a downside. It means no AHL or college to ease the transition into adulthood. Players who may have never lived a day away from home or billet families are suddenly on their own. “It’s so disorienting for an 18-year-old player,” said Octagon player agent Allan Walsh. “ ‘I have no bank account. I have no debit card. I have no credit card.’ And then, when you get everything, ‘When do I use my credit card? When do I use my debit card? Why?’ ” Skinner, however, wasn’t without a paddle. He’d played his junior hockey close to home and his “billet” was actually his brother, Ben. “My mom and dad have been really good at keeping me grounded and making sure I’m smart with the stuff I have and, for lack of a better word, not being stupid,” he said. Not every player has the same early support. Take Los Angeles Kings right winger Marian Gaborik, who broke into the NHL with the Minnesota Wild at 18 in 2000. He and Skinner both said the one thing they splurged on with their first contract was a fancy new laptop, but whereas Skinner picked up his MacBook without a problem, Gaborik, a fresh arrival from Slovakia, had a hard time securing his coveted Sony Vaio. He handed a Best Buy employee all he could: a cheque for $2,500. Gaborik had no social security number and no proof he was who he said he was, and he was sent home without the laptop. He had to gather more documents and return the next day.

Pakistan should never Accept the offer to play cricket series in India

Pakistan should never Accept the offer to play cricket series in India

ISLAMABAD (Championspk) Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has on Monday said that Pakistan should never accept the offer to play cricket series in India. He said that it is impossible for Pakistan to keep singing the ballads of friendship despite continuous hate-mongering from the Indian side,

Talking informally to media at Punjab House in Islamabad, Chaudhry Nisar said that India’s treatment was unfair with former Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shehryar Khan, PCB Chief Executive Najam Sethi and revered singer Ghulam Ali. “Why was there no action against anyone for such behaviour with Pakistanis in India?” questioned Nisar.

Pakistani Interior Minister said that Indian government was behind everything that happened to the Pakistani citizens in India. He said that Pakistan should never accept the offer to play the cricket series in India. “It is Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s prerogative whether he wants to send the team to India or not but I will keep opposing such an act”, he added.

“It is impossible for us to keep singing the ballads of friendship while Indians continue war-mongering”, he said. Nisar added that Pakistan will raise the issue of declaring Shiv Sena as a terrorist organization on international level

IOC Executive Board takes action following WADA Independent Commission – provisionally suspends Mr. Lamine Diack

IOC Executive Board takes action following WADA Independent Commission – provisionally suspends Mr. Lamine Diack

Norway(Championspk)The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is closely monitoring the situation after the Independent Commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) released its report on 9 November. The IOC expects the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and WADA to consider all necessary action to be taken to protect the clean athletes and rebuild trust.

Even if it has not been directly addressed in the report, the IOC has already decided to take the following steps itself:

The IOC’s Executive Board decided this afternoon to confirm the proposal of the IOC Ethics Commission to provisionally suspend Mr. Lamine Diack, the former President of IAAF, from his honorary membership of the IOC.

As far as the Olympic Games may be concerned the IOC Executive Board decided:

The IOC has asked the IAAF to initiate disciplinary procedures against all athletes, coaches and officials who have participated in the Olympic Games and are accused of doping in the report of the Independent Commission. With its zero-tolerance policy against doping, following the conclusion of this procedure, the IOC will take all the necessary measures and sanctions with regard to the withdrawal and reallocation of medals and as the case may be exclusion of coaches and officials from future Olympic Games;

The IOC studied the functioning of the WADA accredited laboratory in Sochi during the Olympic Winter Games 2014 following the doubts expressed during the Independent Commission’s press conference. In this context the IOC relies on the then report of the WADA independent observer group which makes no mention of any such irregularity. Nor was any such irregularity reported by the international experts involved, nor found by the IOC itself. Therefore, the IOC has no reason to question the credibility of the results of the anti-doping tests carried out at the Olympic Winter Games 2014. However, the IOC retaining all the doping samples for ten years, will retest samples in an appropriate way should substantial doubts arise. In any case, the IOC may retest samples once new scientific techniques become available

AJmal Away team, PCB victim of conspiracy of the Mafia

AJmal Away team, PCB victim of conspiracy of the Mafia

Islamabad(Championspk )The world best spin bowler a Going through the worst Numerous international recorded the planting of some officials of is PCB Mafia victim of the conspiracy Far from representing pakistan cricket Team Young cricketers would be bananas Coaching Academy hampered saeed ajmal Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal to burn his cricket kit and equipment has paid off as he has been allowed by the University of Agriculture in his hometown Faisalabad to continue his academy inside its campus. Ajmal has threatened to burn his cricket gear if he was forced to close down his academy and vacate the varsity land on the campus by the Vice Chancellor of the Punjab Shahbaz Sharif stepped in today and a compromise was reached between the two warring parties. About the academy Everything is settled now and I am very happy. A proper MOU will be signed in a few days and there will be a management committee constituted to look after all financial affairs of the academy,” Ajmal told reporters after meeting with the VC and DCO of Faisalabad. ALSO SEE Ajmal delivers deadly ‘doosra’ The university had yesterday issued a notice to Ajmal to vacate the premises within three days. The VC later said on Geo Super channel that they feared that there was financial mismanagement at the academy and Ajmal was using it for commercial gain which was against the agreement between the two parties. Ajmal was given land inside the university campus in 2012 to build and run his academy by the syndicate committee of the university. But few months back the syndicate issued a notice sent to the Pakistan spinner informing him that due to security reasons they had cancelled the permission given to him to run the academy. The off spinner said he had removed all apprehensions of the university while the DCO had agreed to ensure top security for the academy. “Everything is settled now and I am allowed to continue running the academy. I told them I have no financial or commercial motives and just want to produce top class players from the talent in Faisalabad,” Ajmal said. The Pakistan spinner has been out of luck since his bowling action was declared illegal last year by the International Cricket Council. Although he has modified his bowling action and will be going for the Bangladesh Premier League this month, the in PCB Pakistani cricket borad some officials is PCB Mafia and selectors have ignored him since always.

OHL Flint players revolt against owner for allegedly firing coach over son’s playing time

OHL Flint players revolt against owner for allegedly firing coach over son’s playing time

Canda(by Ryan Kennedy )Players from the OHL’s Flint Firebirds have reportedly quit the team en masse after coach John Gruden and his staff were fired Sunday night. In what is still a developing story, the cause of the firing revolved around the ice time given to 17-year-old Hakon Nilsen, who is the son of owner Rolf Nilsen.

As first reported by OHLInsiders, the upheaval came after the Firebirds beat the Oshawa Generals when players got word of the firing. Hakon Nilsen also reportedly quit the team along with his fellow players. According the ESPN’s John Buccigross, the players went up to the front office upon learning the news and literally threw their jerseys on the ground before walking out.

Gruden was in his first year of coaching the franchise, which had just moved from Plymouth. Though the Firebirds are at the bottom of the standings with a record of 7-9-1, they weren’t expected to be contenders this season. The franchise does have several NHL prospects on the roster, including goalie Alex Nedeljkovic (Carolina), defenseman Vili Saarijarvi (Detroit) and power forward Connor Chatham (New Jersey). Center Will Bitten is also a top-50 prospect for this summer’s draft.

A full-scale revolution is no good for any junior franchise, but the Firebirds are in an even more tenuous position. There was skepticism from the outset about moving the Plymouth franchise to a city so closely linked with crime and poverty, even if the players actually billet in a nearby suburb. Not only that, but neither Gruden nor GM Terry Christensen had ever worked in major junior before, though it seems that Gruden wasn’t having any problems motivating his team

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