LIVERPOOL: Liverpool maintained their 100% start to the Premier League season after coming from behind to beat Newcastle United 3-1 at Anfield before Manchester City slipped to a shock first defeat of the campaign by newly-promoted Norwich City on Saturday. Elsewhere on a frantic day of Premier League action Manchester United earned a first victory since the opening weekend by beating Leicester City 3-1, with Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur registering emphatic wins.

PARIS: Neymar is to stay at Paris Saint-Germain after seeing his desire to transfer back to Barcelona fail, according to press reports Sunday. “Se Queda,” Spanish for he’s staying, read the L’Equipe headline on its front page with a photo of the Brazilian. “Faces with the impossibility of completing his transfer to Barcelona, Neymar had informed his entourage he has decided to end the season at PSG,” the daily said.

Top-ranked defending champion Naomi Osaka was ousted from the US Open on Monday by Belinda Bencic while Croatian Donna Vekic erased a match point to join the Swiss 13th seed in a quarter-final matchup. Bencic's 7-5, 6-4 triumph, her WTA-best sixth over a top-five foe this year, ensured 21-year-old Japanese star Osaka will fall from atop the rankings next week and won't become the first repeat US Open winner since Serena Williams in 2014.

All owners of the six franchises of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) have agreed with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s plans to hold the fifth edition of the competition in 2020 in the country. But the biggest hurdle remains the availability of foreign players,who have to be convinced to stay in Pakistan for the entire duration of the league.

Pakistan Cricket Board has finalized the team of five members who will interview the candidates for different coaching roles and will suggest the suitable one to PC chairman Ehsan Mani.The five-member panel includes the former captain Intikhab Alam, Bazid Khan, PCB director international cricket Zakir Khan, MD PCB Waseem Khan and BoG member Asad Ali Khan

Heartbroken New Zealanders expressed pride on Monday in the Black Caps' fighting spirit after defeat to England in the Cricket World Cup final, but also bemusement at the obscure rules that cost them the match. "England did not win the Cricket World Cup final and the Black Caps did not lose it," an editorial said.

Brazil defender Thiago Silva has said that he thinks Argentina's Lionel Messi is saving his best for the Copa America semi-final. Messi has only scored once this entire tournament and many have said that he is not playing at his usual level. Argentina has not won this tournament since 1993 but was in the last five finals.

Asghar Afghan, a batsman playing for Afghanistan, made a smashing 35 runs off 23 balls in their match against Pakistan. Afghanistan has so far lost three matches during this world cup but still has a chance to recover. They won the toss against Pakistan and chose to bat first. Pakistan must win this match in order to remain in semifinal contention.

The Pakistan Cricket Board has not managed to present the 2019-20 budget, and only got a two month budget approved so far. The ad-hoc budget was approved in Lahore on Wednesday and extends till August 31, 2019 and aims to keep financial matters steady. PCB is waiting for approval from the Inter-provincial Coordination ministry to form a full year budget.

Babar Azam says Pakistan have the belief they can win their remaining games to complete a dramatic turnaround and reach the World Cup semi-finals following victory agains a strong New Zealand side on Wednesday. The 24-year-old hit a match-winning unbeaten 101 to anchor Pakistan's reply to New Zealand's score of 237 for six at Edgbaston.