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Inter-Departmental Basketball schedule to start from November 16
Sports Bulletin Report ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Basketball Federation (PBBF) has announced the schedule of Inter-Departmental National Basketball Championship starting from November 16 at the Liaquat Gymnasium, Pakistan Sports Complex Islamabad. According to the organizing secretary of the championship and the general secretary of the Federal Basketball Association (FBBA) Ouj-e-Zahoor, all the arrangements have been completed for the successful five-day championship under the supervision of Federal Basketball Association.  He said that seven departments have been divided into two pools as Pool "A" includes the defending champion Pakistan Army, POF, Railways, Navy while pool "B" comprising the teams of Pakistan Air Force, WAPDA and Police. Ouj-e-Zahoor said that the inaugural match of the championship would be played between the defending champion Pakistan Army and Navy while on the first day of the championship POF and Railways, WAPDA and Police teams would compete in the first round. Schedule: November 16 (Day-1): Army vs Navy; POF vs Railways; Wapda vs Police November 17 (Day-2): Army vs Railway; PAF vs Police; POF vs Navy. November 18 (Day-3): Army vs POF; PAF vs Wapda; Railway vs Navy. November 19 (Day-4): Semi Finals November 20  (Day-5): Final
Pakistan WAPDA Women retain National Basketball title
faisal ISLAMABAD:-Defending Champions Pakistan WAPDA retained their National Women’s Basketball Championship 2022 title after beating Pakistan Army 49-29 in the final at Liaquat Gymnasium, Pakistan Sports Complex Islamabad on Friday evening.   Pakistan Wapda ace players Sehrish Nawaz and Sidra Hakim played vital roles for the champion team to retain the championship title as Sehrish Nawaz scored 14 points and Sidra Hakim 12 for Wapda while Army’s Fajar scored 9 and Kashifa scored 7 points. Earlier, in the third position play-off match, hosts Islamabad Blues outclassed favourite Karachi by 31-08 points. Islamabad Blues were leading 25-02 at half time with 23 points difference. Samna Mehboob earned 11 points, Amani Bibi got 8 and Asma scored 7points for the winning side. Federal Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) Ehsan-ur-Rehman Mazari was announced chief guest of the closing ceremony but he could not stay there till the end of the match. Both minister and Director General Pakistan Sports Board Col (R ) Asif Zaman were disappeared in the closing ceremony. President Pakistan Basketball Federation Brig. (r) Iftikhar Mansoor, Secretary Khalid Bashir, FBBA president Ejaz Butt, secretary Ouj-e-Zahoor and other officials were at the closing ceremony, who distributed the shields and prizes among each other, as the national women’s basketball championship concluded with an indiscipline and disordered closing ceremony. Eight teams Pakistan Wapda, Karachi, Rawalpindi, Islamabad whites, Pakistan Army, Lahore, Islamabad Blues and Peshawar participated in the five days championship which was organized by the Federal Basketball Association.     
National Basketball: WAPDA and Army set to meet in final
Mohammad Azam Dar ISLAMABAD:-Defending champions Pakistan WAPDA and Pakistan Army set to meet in the final of the National Women’s Basketball Championship final after winning their respective semifinals at Liaquat Gymnasium, Pakistan Sports Complex Islamabad. Final will be played on Friday at 6:00pm at the same venue. WAPDA, who are still unbeatable in the national championship, thrashed hosts Islamabad Blues in the first semifinal match 63-21points.  Winners were leading with 29 points at half time. Wapda ace player Sidra Hakim again led her side to a massive victory by scoring 14 points while Mehvish Nawaz scored 10 and Kainat Zafar scored 08 points. Saadat Jehangir, Tariq Nawaz and Naveed Ahmed supervised the semifinal match. Meanwhile, in the second semifinal, Pakistan Army outclassed Karachi by 66-15 points to reach in the final of the championship. Pakistan Army girls wearing red shirts were too strong against the visiting Karachi team who played well in the championship but failed to make an upset in the semifinal round as Army won the important match by the difference of 51 points.  Kashifa was the top scorer for Army who scored 15 points with Ayesha Khan 12 points while Referees Umar Mehmood,  Yasar Ghafoor and M Nadeem Ch along with  scorer M M Alam supervised the second semifinal match.  National Assembly Standing Committee Inter-Provincial Coordination(IPC) Chairman Nawab Sher Waseer along with Olympian Rana Mujhaid, Pakistan Basketball Federation Secretary Khalid Bashir, Championship organising secretary Ouj-e-Zahoor, DDG (Admn) PSB Mansoor Ahmed Khan Sherwani and others spectators also witnessed the championship semifinals. Eight teams Pakistan Wapda, Karachi, Rawalpindi, Islamabad whites, Pakistan Army, Lahore, Islamabad Blues and Peshawar are taking part in the five days championship which will be concluded on Friday (Today) under the umbrella of Pakistan Basketball Federation (PBBF).
WAPDA and Army reach in National Basketball semifinals
SPORTS BULLETIN REPORT Islamabad:-Defending champions WAPDA and Pakistan have confirmed their berth in the semifinals of the ongoing National Women’s Basketball Championship and winning their respective matches here at Liaquat Gymnasium, Pakistan Sports Complex on Wednesday. Army girls are still unbeatable, as they continued their journey of consecutive victory in the championship pool round matches by defeating Islamabad blues by 55-26 points to qualify for the semifinal round. Kashifa was the top player for Army, who scored 17points while Ayesha Khan scored 15 and Amna Mohsin earned 9 points. For Islamabad Blues Amani Khan scored 08 points with Mominah Ahmed adding points for the losing team. Defending champion Wapda also continued their outstanding performance to move ahead in top-four stage, as they thrashed Karachi by 62-6 points. Hijab Fatima and Sidra Hakim scored 11 points each while Amina Mukhtar scored 9 points. Lahore outclassed KPK in the third match by 31-04 points. KPK failed to make a single point till half time where Lahore was leading by 17 points. Huraina  Sajjad and  Feroza Aslam  scoring 10 and 08 points respectively for the winning side In the fourth match, Karachi defeated Islamabad Whites by 30 points to 14 and booked their place for the semi-final round as well. In the match, Hiba Faraz of Karachi played a key role in the success of the team by scoring 12 points while Laiba tabraiz khan scored 08 points for the winning team.
WAPDA and Army earn victories National Basketball
SPORTS BULLETIN REPORT Islamabad:-Defending Champions WAPDA and Pakistan Army thrashed their opponents Islamabad white and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa respectively in the ongoing National Women’s Basketball Championship at Liaquat Gymnasium, Pakistan Sports Complex Islamabad. Eight teams including defending champion Pakistan Wapda, Karachi, Rawalpindi, Islamabad whites, Pakistan Army, Lahore, Islamabad Blues and Peshawar are taking part in the five days championship which will be concluded on October 07th organized by the Federal Basketball Association. In the first match, Army claimed an easy encounter against KPK by 73-14 points. Ayesha Khan scored 16 points while Fajar Fatima 12 while Amna Bibi scored 10 points for Army. In the second match, Defending champions Pakistan Wapda beat Islamabad by 81-16 in a single sided affair. Amina Mukhtar scored 15 and Hijab Fatima scored 14 points for the winning team. In the third match, Karachi outclassed Rawalpindi 15-6. Hiba Faraz scores 8 for the winning side.
Islamabad claim first victory in Basketball Championship for Women
SPORTS BULLETIN REPORT Islamabad:-Islamabad Blues outclassed Lahore in their first match of the National Women’s Basketball Championship that started at Liaqat Gymnasium, Pakistan Sports Complex Islamabad on Monday. Director General Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) Col. (R ) Asif Zaman was chief guest at the opening ceremony while Counsellor of the Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic Melis Moldaliev, President, Pakistan Basketball Federation (PBBF) Brig. (R ) Iftikhar Mansoor, Secretary General, PBBF Khalid Bashir, Deputy DG Pakistan Sports Board Mansoor Ahmed  Khan Sherwani,  championship organizing secretary Ouj-e-Zahoor and other dignities and sizeable spectators were also present on this occasion. In the opening match, Islamabad Blues beat Lahore 48-41 after a close contest. Some outstanding moves made it possible for Islamabad to make a comeback during the 4th quarter to win the important match. Asma Bibi and Aimal played an exceptional game scoring 18 and 12 respectively while Yaqoob Qadri, Tariq Nawaz, Gul Jamal and Mohammad Alam supervised the match.
IPC Minister to inaugurate Basketball for Women Championship
SPORTS BULLETIN REPORT Islamabad:-Federal Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) Ehsan Ur Rehman Mazari will inaugurate the National Women's Basketball Championship starting from October 3, 2022 at Pakistan Sports Complex Islamabad. Top eight teams from around the country will be in action in five days championship hosted by Federal Basketball Association (FBBA) under the umbrella of Pakistan Basketball Federation (PBBF).  “All arrangements have been completed for organizing the successful championship where top eight teams taking part in the event have been divided into two pools”, said championship organizing secretary and Federal Basketball Association General Secretary Ouj-e-Zahoor.  “Pool "A" comprises defending champion Pakistan Wapda, Karachi, Rawalpindi and Quetta while Pool "B" includes teams from Pakistan Army, Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar. Federal Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Ehsan Ur Rehman Mazari will be chief guest at the opening ceremony of the championship while Director General Pakistan Sports Board Col (r) Asif Zaman and other dignities will also present on the occasion, “he added. Schedule: October 3 (Day-1): Lahore vs Islamabad; Karachi vs Rawalpindi; Wapda vs Quetta; Army vs Peshawar. October 4 (Day-2): Wapda vs Rawalpindi; Army vs Islamabad; Karachi vs Quetta; Lahore vs Peshawar. October 5 (Day-3): Wapda vs Karachi; Rawalpindi vs Quetta; Islamabad vs Peshawar; Army vs Lahore. October 6 (Day-4): Semi Finals October 7 (Day-5): Final
Pakistan Day Basketball: Islamabad Bulls beat Islamabad Raptors by 69-57
Abdul Jabbar Faisal ISLAMABAD:-Islamabad Bulls overcame Islamabad Raptors with 69-57 score in an exhibition match regarding the Pakistan Day Celebrations that held under the aegis of Federal Basketball Association (FBBA) in Collaboration with Capital Development Authority (CDA)/Municipal Corporation Islamabad (MCI). Top Scorer for Bulls was Rizwan with 19, followed by Yasir with 18 and Ahmed with 16. Farhan was the top scorer for Raptors with 22 points. The match was officiated by Yasir Ghafoor, Ch. Nadeem, Umer Mahmood and Rizwan Ul Haq. Qamar ud Din Junejo, Deputy Director Sports & Cultural Department CDA/MCI, Ouj E Zahoor, General Secretary FBBA, officials of CDA/MCI and basketball lovers from the local community witnessed the exhibition match.  Ouj E Zahoor, General Secretary FBBA lauded the efforts of Sports and Culture Department of CDA/MCI in providing the sports infrastructure for the promotion of sports which has attracted local youth towards the game of basketball. Qamar ud Din on behalf of Director Sports & Cultural Department CDA/MCI Amir Shahzad and the Deputy Commissioner Mohmmad Hamza Shafqaat thanked FBBA for their efforts to promote the game of Basketball and announced that they would always have sports facilities available for FBBA to organize activities in Islamabad. Qamar ud Din gave away the winning Trophy and Rupees 15,000 cash prize to Islamabad Bulls and Rupees 10,000 cash prize to Islamabad Raptors.
The best-of-three playoff series opens on November 9
SPORTS DESK Islamabad (November 5, 2021):-The Doosan Bears won the Wild Card series and will face the LG Twins in the best-of-three semi-playoff series. The winner will face the Samsung Lions for a chance to challenge the regular season winners KT Wiz in the Korean Series. The KT Wiz topped the Samsung Lions, 1-0, in a tiebreaker game to win the regular season title of the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) league. The two clubs shared the same record (76 wins-59 losses, with 9 draws) after the 144-game regular season. As the league champions, the Wiz advance directly to the Korean Series finals, while the Lions will skip the first two rounds of the postseason and play in the playoff series to earn a chance to challenge the Wiz in the Korean Series. The KBO postseason opened on Monday, 1 November, with the Wild Card series between the fourth and fifth place teams. The fourth-place Doosan Bears started with a 1-0 advantage over the fifth-place Kiwoom Heroes. The Heroes forced a game 3, defeating the Bears, 7-4, in front of over 12,000 fans at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul. The Bears came back to win the rubber game, 16-8. The Doosan Bears will now play against the LG Twins in the semi-playoff series. The winner will advance to the playoff series against the Samsung Lions. The best-of-three playoff series opens on Tuesday, 9 November. The best-of-seven Korean Series opens on Sunday, 14 November. An eventual game seven is scheduled for Monday, 22 November. All games will be played at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul.
Tanner Houck beats Shane Baz in MLB pitching
News Desk ISLAMABAD (October 12, 2021):-The Olympic silver medalist Shane Baz made his first Major League Baseball (MLB) postseason start on Friday, 8 October. The 22-year old right-hander took the mound for the Tampa Bay Rays against the Boston Red Sox in game two of the American League Division Series. His outing didn't last long. Baz allowed three runs on six hits over 2.1 innings of work. Five more Rays pitchers couldn't handle the Boston lineup, and the Rox Sox earned a 14-6 win and tied the series to one. Baz made his MLB debut on 20 September, pitching five strong innings for the Rays against the Toronto Blue Jays. He earned the win and did even better against the Miami Marlins on 26 September, going 5.2 innings, striking out nine and earning another win.   Baz started for the United States in the Tokyo 2020 game against Japan on 2 August. He went 2.2 innings, allowing two runs on five hits. Japan beat the US 7-6 in 10 innings. Another international baseball alumnus made the headlines. Tanner Houck earned the win for the Boston Red Sox, pitching five strong innings out of the bullpen. The 25-year old right-hander allowed only one run on two hits while striking out five. "I definitely had little butterflies at first, but once I got out there and threw my warmup pitches, I felt like I was pretty comfortable," Houck told the MLB website. Houck started two games for fourth-place USA at the WBSC Premier12 2019. He allowed four earned runs on seven hits over 9.1 innings of work. One of the two hits off Houck was by replacement first baseman Ji-Man Choi. The 30-year old Korean slugger has spent his whole professional career in the United States. Nonetheless, he had his stint at international baseball, representing Korea in the U-12 and U-18 WBSC Baseball World Cups.