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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 …

Rumor Roundup: Desperate Blue Jackets could deal Ryan Johansen

Rumor Roundup: Desperate Blue Jackets could deal Ryan Johansen

Canda(By Lyle Richardson)TSN’s Darren Dreger reports Columbus Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen is considered “softly in play” in the NHL trade market. Dreger claims Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen isn’t actively shopping the 23-year-old Johansen, but he is at least listening when teams call with offers. Johansen’s name first surfaced in the rumor mill during the Jackets season-opening seven-game losing skid. That chatter died down after Todd Richards was replaced as head coach by John Tortorella. Under Tortorella, the Jackets are 9-7-0 after 16 games. However, they remain mired at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. If they don’t start gaining ground against the clubs ahead of them soon, their post-season hopes will once again fade away by the New Year. Despite being hampered by a health issue earlier this season, Johansen remains tied for the Jackets’ scoring lead. He was their leading scorer in 2013-14 and last season finished second behind Nick Foligno. He’s currently on pace for a 65-point season, which would be the third consecutive year he’s exceeded the 60-point plateau. It seems unlikely the Jackets would trade away a rising talent. However, Dreger’s colleague Frank Seravalli points out Johansen’s contract history and relationship with Tortorella could affect his future in Columbus. Johansen staged a holdout last year before inking a three-year, $12-million deal. Seravalli notes the final season is worth $6 million in actual salary, meaning the Jackets must give him a qualifying offer worth that much when he’s eligible for RFA status (with salary-arbitration rights) before July 2017. The young center also seems to have some difficulty adjusting to Tortorella’s demanding style. Seravalli observes he was skating on the fourth line during Sunday’s 6-3 loss to San Jose. Since mid-October, Kekalainen’s been in the market for a defenseman. Johansen would undoubtedly fetch a top-two blueliner (and maybe a high draft pick or top propsect as well), but that move would leave a big hole up front for the Jackets. If the Jackets’ GM is willing to move Johansen, a deal of that magnitude likely won’t get done until the off-season. Earlier this month, reports claimed Kekalainen was shopping wingers Cam Atkinson and little-used Kerby Rychel, who’s seen more game action of late. Perhaps he’s showcasing Rychel in hopes of landing that elusive blueliner. Edmonton Oilers center Leon Draisaitl’s strong performance since being recalled from the minors (17 points in 11 games) prompted TSN’s Ryan Rishaug to muse about what management might do once Connor McDavid returns from injury later this season. If Draisaitl continues playing well, Rishaug notes that’ll give the Oilers considerable depth at center. If so, he wonders if the Oilers would consider moving Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for a top-two defenseman. His comment caused a bit of a stir among Oilers fans and a response from the Edmonton Journal’s David Staples, who’d rather see the club dump one or two of their overpriced defensemen. He notes Nugent-Hopkins’ value to the Oilers as a two-way center, suggesting it remains to be seen if Draisaitl is best served playing center or right wing. Nugent-Hopkins isn’t the only young Oilers forward to appear in this season’s rumor mill. Wingers Jordan Eberle and Nail Yakupov have also popped up as potential trade bait for a top-pairing blueliner. If GM Peter Chiarelli is unwilling to swap one of his talented young forwards for a defenseman, perhaps he’ll consider using his 2016 first-round draft pick. Sportsnet’s Damien Cox wonders if this could be the year they use a first rounder as leverage to bolster their roster. With the Oilers among the league’s worst teams, they could once again be in line for a high pick in the draft lottery. American forward Auston Matthews, who was tearing up the Swiss League in Zurich until suffering an upper-body injury, is considered by many scouts as the top prospect in the 2016 NHL draft. Carrying a roster already top heavy in young forwards, perhaps Chiarelli dangles that pick for a top-two rearguard. Rumor Roundup appears regularly only on thehockeynews.com. Lyle Richardson has been an NHL commentator since 1998 on his website, spectorshockey.net, and is a contributing writer for Eishockey News and The Guardian (P.E.I.

Guy Boucher eyes NHL return after firing from Swiss team

Guy Boucher eyes NHL return after firing from Swiss team

Canda( By Jared Clinton )Former Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher has found himself out of a job in Switzerland one week after stating it would be his final season coaching for SC Bern. SC Bern announced Wednesday that Boucher, who joined the club in January 2014, has been relieved of his duties as head coach and has been replaced by Lars Leuenberger. Bern had lost four straight games and sat in ninth place in the Swiss NLA. “The Board of Directors of [SC Bern] has…concluded that a continuation of the collaboration with Guy Boucher is not promising,” a team statement read. “The decision to separate from [Boucher] has nothing to do with his announcement to leave the SCB in spring.” Boucher had said in a release this past Wednesday that he had come to the decision with his family that it was time to return to North America, adding that he was relieved that he had made the choice to head home. “It has been a process within my family over a couple of months,” Boucher said in the release, via SwissHockeyNews.ch. “The decision has nothing to do with (SC Bern), where I feel very comfortable, nor with other professional perspectives.” In a statement released on SC Bern’s website, Boucher continued by saying his mother had been diagnosed with cancer and while she’s doing much better, he understands the importance of being closer to home to be able to be near his family. Boucher again addressed fans on SC Bern’s website Wednesday. In his statement, he said he understands the decision by the club to replace him with another coach and knew that when he announced it would be his final season the door was open for the team to replace him. “My wife, my children and I are very grateful for the wonderful experience that we experienced with the SCB and in Bern,” Boucher added. “I thank you all very much.” In speaking with TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Boucher said he “wants to coach in the NHL again.” According to reports, he came close to landing a job with the Toronto Maple Leafs this past off-season. However, when the Maple Leafs inked bench boss Mike Babcock to a monster eight-year deal, Boucher’s reported opportunity with Toronto fell by the wayside. That said, Boucher’s name is often one that comes up during coaching vacancies. With Todd Richards already being replaced in Columbus by John Tortorella, there aren’t many obvious candidates for replacement. One name that has been mentioned as potentially on the hot seat, however, has been Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Johnston. Johnston’s Penguins got off to a slow start this season, but have won seven of their past 10 games and are still in the thick of things in the Metropolitan Division. Boucher’s best bet will likely be to land a job in the off-season, but there’s still the possibility he finds himself in line for a gig if there’s a mid-season firing in the NHL. During his 195 games behind the bench with Tampa Bay, Boucher led the Lightning to an Eastern Conference final in his first season as coach. He posted a 97-78-20 record in Tampa Bay, but missed the playoffs in each of his final two seasons as Lightning bench boss, leading to his firing in 2013

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

Citizens compete in a camel race in Sakaka on Saturday

Citizens compete in a camel race in Sakaka on Saturday

UAE(Championspk)AL JOUF CAMEL RACE Citizens compete in a camel race in Sakaka on Saturday. Winners got hefty awards in the race organized by the office of Al Jouf region governor Prince Fahd bin Badr. As part of the activities, veterinarians conducted a veterinary guidance program on camel health care.

McDowell leads OHL Classic into weekend

McDowell leads OHL Classic into weekend

Mexico (Championspk) Graeme McDowell, determined to get his game turned around, saw more results Friday when he ran off seven birdies in an eight-hole stretch Friday for an 8-under 63 and a one-shot lead in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

McDowell relied on his strengths — hitting fairways and making putts — to close out the back nine with three straight birdies. After a bogey on No. 1, he bounced back with four straight birdies to take the lead in the morning at El Camaleon Golf Club.

No one caught him in the afternoon.

Derek Fathauer made four birdies over his last seven holes for a 66 to get within one shot of McDowell. PGA TOUR rookie Harold Varner III birdied four of his last five holes for a 62 to join Si Woo Kim (64) two shots behind.

McDowell was at 12-under 130.

“The two biggest keys to the year have been the driver and putter, the two things that haven’t been performing this season and probably are my strengths,” McDowell said. “I drove the ball much, much better, and I putted just as good today as I did yesterday. I’m putting nicely and decisively. The hole looks pretty big right now.”

McDowell typically plays the European Tour this time of the year as it wraps up the Race to Dubai. But the 36-year-old from Northern Ireland had such a mediocre season that he returned to America to get a head start on the new PGA TOUR season. So far, the decision is paying off.

He started the year at No. 15 in the world and has fallen all the way to No. 85. His best finish this year was a tie for ninth in the Dubai Desert Classic. McDowell has been grinding hard since June, and he has been seeing signs of it getting better.

“It’s the result of three or four months of grinding,” McDowell said. “I’m trying to play better. It’s been a frustrating year. That’s the game of golf we know and love. You’ve got to take the rough with the smooth.”

It’s been smooth sailing off the coast in Mexico. This is only his third 36-hole lead in a TOUR-sanctioned event, the others coming at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions last year and the U.S. Open that he won at Pebble Beach in 2010.

Shawn Stefani, the runner-up in Mexico last year, pulled within one shot of McDowell until a poor tee shot led to double bogey on No. 14 to slow his momentum. Stefani had to settle for a 68 and was in the group three shots behind along with Patrick Rodgers (66), Jason Bohn (63), Justin Leonard (68) and Brice Garnett (66).

Russell Knox of Scotland, who won the HSBC Champions last week in Shanghai, had a 65 and was five shots behind. Matt Kuchar, at No. 16 the highest-ranked player in the world at Mayakoba, had a 67 and was nine shots behind.

The only thing that stalled McDowell’s big birdie run was the opening hole, where a poor approach led to bogey. He started the tournament at No. 1 on Thursday and was lucky to make double bogey. His first tee shot went out-of-bounds and his next tee shot was even further right, though it ricocheted back into play.

“As I went down to get them, I figured I could be going home very soon,” McDowell said. “Today it was just a bad swing. I walked off with a 5. I’m trending in the right direction

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