Arab Times

Hafeez, Azhar boycott Pakistan camp – Cricketers refuse to train with Amir

LAHORE, Pakistan, Dec 24, (AFP): Pakistan cricket Thursday braced for another storm when former Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez and current one-day skipper Azhar Ali refused to train with tainted paceman Mohammad Amir in an ongoing fitness camp. Hafeez told head coach Waqar Younis he would not attend any part of …

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Tough conditions ahead for Sydney-Hobart fleet – Comanche’s navigator Honey prefers wild weather to no wind

SYDNEY, Dec 24, (AFP): Australia’s gruelling Sydney to Hobart race faces choppy seas and high winds that “pack a punch” after it gets underway on Saturday with a record 27 international entries among those vying for honours. The fleet for the 71st edition of the often brutal 628 nautical mile …

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To the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques … with regards

The facts which were exposed yesterday shut the doors tight in the face of the winds of rumors and the psychological and media warfare and the Iranian terrorist activities against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the entire GCC states. The Kingdom has proved beyond doubt that it is bigger …

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Lawrence carries ambitious ‘Joy’ – Smith anchors worthy ‘Concussion’

Jennifer Lawrence is a force, whether as the hero of “The Hunger Games” or the overburdened, inventive single mother she plays in “Joy.” The Oscar winner is in every frame of David O. Russell’s new film, shining even among a star-studded cast with a performance that brings continuity to the …

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‘Force’ major coup for theaters – Vatican paper slams ‘Star Wars’

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 23, (Agencies): Shattering box office records, the latest installment of “Star Wars” has stoked US film industry hopes that theaters can thrive in the face of a growing shift to online video streaming. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” surged above estimates to post an all-time industry-high $248 …

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Rapper navigates success, troubles – Band Chicago confirms reunion for Rock Hall of Fame

LOS ANGELES, Dec 23, (Agencies): You may not know the name iLoveMemphis, but you’ve likely heard the rapper’s catchy track “Hit the Quan” or watched one of the viral videos featuring the song’s playful dance. The song marked a breakthrough for the 22-year-old, who achieved a Top 20 pop hit …

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Refugees to rub shoulders with stars at Berlin fest – Movies to spotlight Europe’s historic influx

BERLIN, Dec 23, (AFP): Refugees will be at the heart of the next Berlin film festival, with hundreds of free tickets for asylum seekers and new movies spotlighting Europe’s historic influx, its director said. Dieter Kosslick told AFP ahead of the 66th edition in February that the Berlinale would try …

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Pistons find range, douse Miami Heat – 76ers maintain dismal record following Grizzlies mauling; Raptors beat Mavs

MIAMI, Dec 23,  (RTRS): The Detroit Pistons have had their best long distance shooting performances against the Miami Heat so far this season. The Pistons made 15 3-pointers Tuesday night and erased an early 18-point deficit in a 93-92 victory over the Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena. The outcome ironically came …

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‘Future of Chelsea at risk if players don’t up their game’ – Cech confident Arsenal can deal with injury crisis

LONDON, Dec 23, (Agencies): New Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink has asked his underperforming players to “look in the mirror” and claims their future at the club is at risk if they don’t up their game. The Dutchman has replaced Jose Mourinho but confirmed at a press conference on Wednesday …

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Australia’s Smith named ICC Cricketer of the Year – De Villiers awarded ODI

SYDNEY, Australia, Dec 23 (RTRS): Australia captain Steve Smith was named ICC Cricketer of the Year for 2015 on Wednesday after scoring a world leading 1,734 runs at an average of 82.57 with seven centuries over the voting period. The 26-year-old right-hander kept the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy in Australia …

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