Akram unscathed in shoot-out after crash
KARACHI • Pakistani cricket legend Wasim Akram escaped unhurt when a gunman opened fire at his car in Karachi yesterday after a traffic collision.
The 49-year-old was on his way to coach at the city's National Stadium.
Russian free diver feared drowned off Ibiza
LONDON • Natalia Molchanova, considered one of the greatest free divers of all time, is feared dead after she failed to surface after a dive near La Savina port on Formentera, a small island that lies south of Ibiza in Spain's Balearic Islands, on Sunday.
The 53-year-old Russian holds 41 world records and can hold her breath for nine minutes.
Bale will fire in favoured role
MUNICH • Gareth Bale is confident that he will score goals and lead Real Madrid to trophies this season, if manager Rafael Benitez continues to play him in a central attacking role.
The Spaniard used the Welsh football forward as one of his strikers in a 4-4-2 formation against Tottenham on Tuesday and he watched Bale score a late goal in Real's 2-0 win at the Audi Cup.
Yamaguchi's maiden goal gives Japan point
BEIJING • Hotaru Yamaguchi scored his first goal with the national team to give Japan a 1-1 draw with South Korea in football's East Asian Cup yesterday.
Jang Hyun Soo put South Korea in front from the penalty spot in the 27th minute.