Is the failure to qualify weighing heavily on the shoulders of Messi and the gang?

With the clock fast ticking away for the FIFA World Cup to be held in Russia in summer of 2018, the South American qualifying race is at its pulsating best. The stage is set for a fiercer and much more intense qualifying finale. More than three countries are vying for fifth place for an intercontinental play-off, with the first four countries automatically qualifying in, arguably, the greatest sporting spectacle on the planet. Being a football fanatic ever since I can remember, I have always rooted for the plucky underdogs of the tournament to win the cup, no matter which part ...

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Beating New Zealand will not be a walk in the park, Pakistan

Twenty-four victories, eight losses and 21 draws; Pakistan’s head to head Test match record against New Zealand is nothing short of enviable. It is Pakistan’s best record against any Test playing opposition, excluding Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, and is testament to the unsurprising fact that the men in green have not lost a Test series on New Zealand soil since 1985. As a result of 12 consecutive unbeaten Test series in New Zealand, the land of the long white cloud is Pakistan’s happiest hunting ground outside of Asia. However, while history and numbers dominantly favour Pakistan, the upcoming two Test series in ...

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Ahmed Mujtaba won the MMA Championship but the media only cares about the Indo-Pak friction

His heart was racing. His feet were rising and falling to the roar of the crowd. He was like a beast in a jungle; fighting against a worthy opponent for dominance and glory. He knew he was a few minutes away from winning, just one more kick, one more punch and he would win a fight on one of the biggest MMA platforms in Asia. He was even closer to winning the fight.Photo: Facebook Finally, the moment everyone was waiting for, the moment he had worked so hard for, had arrived – the result. He had won – and ...

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Three reasons why PSL should be separated from PCB

The highly anticipated second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) is almost upon us, but the controversy and confusion surrounding it still remains thick and cloudy. Najam Sethi’s earlier announcement regarding the venue of the league’s final remained the topic of discussion for weeks, and now a new concern has been raised regarding the alleged “privatisation” of PSL. Recently, after having an eight hour long meeting with the chairman and members of the board of directors (BOG) of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Sethi announced that the board had been successfully persuaded and, therefore, has agreed to separate itself from the league with plans to make ...

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Move over Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, it’s Andy Murray’s time now

Twenty six years after stepping onto the tennis court for the first time, Andy Murray, achieved a feat that only 26 players have achieved in the past 40 years – the top spot in the tennis world, the number one ranking. Reaching the finals of the Paris Masters had guaranteed the top spot to the Scot. After his semis win over Milos Raonic, his first coach/mom immediately tweeted a photograph of the 29-year-old as a youngster along with the message, You've come a long way baby 1️⃣❤️ pic.twitter.com/VEIVl6NsxA — judy murray (@JudyMurray) November 5, 2016 Reaching the finals of the Paris Masters had guaranteed the top ...

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The importance of learning mixed martial arts

I was never into sports. To be honest, I hated it because I sucked at it. In football, I couldn’t run even if my life depended on it. I tried cricket; I couldn’t even hold a bat or throw a ball. The thing I hated the most about sports day? Being forced to participate at all. I was literally given ultimatums by my classmates to act sick or injured so I wouldn’t be the reason they’d lose the relay race. They still lost though – which made me feel good because they deserved it for bullying me into dropping out ...

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Would Pakistan, like the Chicago Cubs, wait 108 years for a win?

A dream 108 frikkin long years in the making. A yearning held by millions across numerous generations for 1,296 lengthy months. A craving that hundred thousand others never got to satiate because they perished during the intervening 39,420 days. After the longest win-less championship drought in major league baseball history, Chicago Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians 8-7 at Progressive Field in Cleveland to end a 108-year wait for a title and in doing so banished the ‘billy goat curse’ once and for all. Chicago Cubs players celebrate on the field after defeating the Cleveland Indians in game ...

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Lewis ‘The Joker’ Hamilton – All set for the last laugh

Anyone who knows me knows my love for ‘The Joker’. So whether you are Heath Ledger or Jared Leto or even Jack Nicholson for that matter, my admiration for your eccentric-self increased the moment you signed up to play the Clown Prince of Crime. Such is my fascination with the character that it transcends the confines of cineverse, so whether you are cosplaying for a comic-con or simply dressing up as Gotham’s favourite Jester for Halloween, I like you, period! Lewis Hamilton walked in to Heidi Klum’s annual Halloween bash of dressed up as Heath Ledger’s version of The Joker.Photo: ESPN So when ...

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Is it too risky to host the Pakistan Super League final in Lahore?

“A dream is only a dream until you work hard for it, because when you do, the dream becomes a reality”. In February, 2016, one such dream became a reality; the Pakistan Super League (PSL) was finally a force to be reckoned with. What former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman, Zaka Ashraf, saw only as a probability became a reality with the efforts of Chairman Executive Committee, Najam Sethi, and his team. One of the main reasons as to why the PSL came into being in the first place was as a strategy to attract worldwide attention in the hopes that ...

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Will Cristiano Ronaldo win the Ballon d’Or 2016? I think so!

A 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or was announced this week by ‘France Football’, one of Europe’s most reputable sports magazines, after the world football governing body, FIFA, ended its association with the Ballon d’Or earlier this year. The footballing magazine spent an entire day unveiling the 30-man shortlist for this year’s prize, ahead of the gala awards ceremony in January, with the venue for the occasion yet to be decided. Since 1956, the prestigious award has annually been given out by the French publication and it was awarded to the best European player of the previous footballing season ...

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