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Federer, Wawrinka advance in Miami
Mar 26

Federer, Wawrinka advance in Miami

Miami : Roger Federer survived a brave challenge from American qualifier Frances Tiafoe before emerging with a 7-6 (7/2) 6-3 victory as he got his Miami Open title bid underway on Saturday. Tiafoe, ranked 101st in the world, struggled against Federer's serve but was strong on his own and forced a first set tie-break...

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Aussie quicks keep India in check in fourth Test
Mar 26

Aussie quicks keep India in check in fourth Test

Dharmashala : India trudged to 64-1 at lunch in the face of some intense bowling by the Australian quicks on the second day of the decisive fourth and final Test on Sunday. Opener Lokesh Rahul was batting on 31 with Cheteshwar Pujara on 22 after the hosts lost Murali Vijay early in the first session at Dharamsala,...

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India's Kohli in doubt for Australia showdown
Mar 24

India's Kohli in doubt for Australia showdown

Dharmashala : Injured Indian skipper Virat Kohli said Friday he would play the fourth Test against Australia only if he was 100 percent fit, keeping up the suspense over his participation in the series decider. Kohli, who injured his shoulder during the drawn third Test in Ranchi, said he would undergo fitness tests...

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Hamilton 'in league of his own' after Aussie blitz
Mar 24

Hamilton 'in league of his own' after Aussie blitz

Melbourne : Lewis Hamilton was hailed as being "in a league of his own" on Friday as he burned off his rivals in the year's opening practice sessions at the Australian Grand Prix. The triple world champion bossed the field and held a half-second gap over Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and his new Mercedes team-mate...

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Aussie skipper Smith rubs noses with Dalai Lama
Mar 24

Aussie skipper Smith rubs noses with Dalai Lama

Dharmashala : Australian skipper Steve Smith revealed Friday his team held a relaxing session with the Dalai Lama where they learnt about keeping their cool, just a day ahead of the high-pressure series decider against India. Smith has been in the centre of a controversy after his opposite number Virat Kohli accused...

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Bad-tempered India, Australia Tests set for showdown
Mar 23

Bad-tempered India, Australia Tests set for showdown

Dharmashala : India and Australia begin the finale of a bitterly fought Test series Saturday, with home skipper Virat Kohli keen to silence attacks that even Australia's ex-skipper Michael Clarke has warned are "getting out of control". Kohli, who has been compared in the Australian press to US President Donald...

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Liverpool great Moran dies aged 83
Mar 22

Liverpool great Moran dies aged 83

London : Former Liverpool captain, coach and caretaker manager Ronnie Moran has died at the age of 83, his son Paul announced on Wednesday. "I am devastated to tell everyone on behalf of the family that my dad passed away this morning after a short illness," Paul Moran said on Twitter. Moran spent his entire playing...

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Federer climbs to sixth in rankings
Mar 20

Federer climbs to sixth in rankings

Paris : Roger Federer jumped four places to sixth in the latest ATP rankings released Monday, leapfrogging rival Rafael Nadal following his Indian Wells Masters triumph. Federer eliminated Nadal in the fourth round on his way to his fifth India Wells title, beating fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka in the final. Andy...

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Wenger wants to stay on at Arsenal
Mar 20

Wenger wants to stay on at Arsenal

London : Beleaguered Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has decided to stay at the club, according to British media reports on Monday. The Daily Telegraph and Daily Mirror said Wenger will inform Arsenal's board he wants to extend his contract, which expires at the end of the season. West Bromwich Albion manager Tony...

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Lillard explodes for 49 points against Heat
Mar 20

Lillard explodes for 49 points against Heat

Miami : Damian Lillard carried his team on his back Sunday, scoring a season-high 49 points as the Portland Trail Blazers stopped the Miami Heat 115-104 at AmericanAirlines Arena. The 26-year-old point guard from Oakland, California made 12 free throws and nine three-pointers, the same number the entire...

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New Zealand unchanged for 3rd South Africa Test
Mar 20

New Zealand unchanged for 3rd South Africa Test

Wellington : New Zealand's squad will remain unchanged for the third Test against South Africa in Hamilton despite the mauling the Black Caps received in Wellington, chief selector Gavin Larsen said Monday.   Larsen ruled out an overhaul after New Zealand slumped to an eight-wicket loss within three days in the...

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Marsh, Handscomb help Australia draw 3rd Test
Mar 20

Marsh, Handscomb help Australia draw 3rd Test

Ranchi : Gritty half-centuries from Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh enabled Australia to hold out for a draw in the third Test against India Monday, leaving the four-match series tantalisingly poised at 1-1. Australia, who began their second innings 152 runs adrift of the hosts, were in deep trouble...

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Misbah wants life bans for fixers
Mar 19

Misbah wants life bans for fixers

Karachi : Pakistan's Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq on Sunday called for life bans on anyone found guilty of fixing, adding that an investigation into five players threatened years of work to clean up the country's image. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has provisionally suspended Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Mohammad...

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Badminton get prize money boost as new tour unveiled
Mar 19

Badminton get prize money boost as new tour unveiled

Kuala Lumpur : The Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Sunday announced a new tournament structure, with increased prize money, as it looks to raise the sport's profile and ramp up revenues. The new tour series, which features six levels, will kick off next year and run until 2021, with at least a million...

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Bangladesh 38-2 at lunch against Sri Lanka
Mar 19

Bangladesh 38-2 at lunch against Sri Lanka

Colombo : Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath picked up two wickets as Bangladesh reached 38-2 at lunch chasing 191 to win on the fifth day of the second Test on Sunday. The hosts were all out for 319 in their second innings in Colombo after resuming on 268 for eight, with Dilruwan Perera scoring a half century in an...

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Australia 23-2 at stumps against India
Mar 19

Australia 23-2 at stumps against India

Ranchi : Australia were 23 for two at stumps on day four, trailing India by 129 runs in their second innings of the third Test in Ranchi on Sunday. Opener Matt Renshaw was batting on seven before India's Ravindra Jadeja got the wickets of David Warner (14) and Nathan Lyon (2) in an absorbing final session of...

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Smith, Maxwell fire Australia to 401-7
Mar 17

Smith, Maxwell fire Australia to 401-7

Ranchi : Australia captain Steve Smith frustrated India's bowlers to cross 150 runs after Glenn Maxwell cracked his maiden Test century on day two of the third contest against India on Friday. Indian left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja struck three times in the morning session, including the prized scalp of Maxwell, as...

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Smith, Maxwell power Australia to 299-4
Mar 16

Smith, Maxwell power Australia to 299-4

Ranchi : Under-fire skipper Steve Smith cracked a gritty century as he combined with the recalled Glenn Maxwell to give Australia the opening day honours in the third Test against India in Ranchi Thursday. The visitors were 299 for four at stumps after electing to bat first in their 800th Test at a...

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Jadeja joins Ashwin at top of rankings
Mar 08

Jadeja joins Ashwin at top of rankings

Banglore : Ravindra Jadeja joined his fellow Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin at the top of the world rankings Wednesday after his seven wickets in India's series-levelling second-Test win over Australia. Ashwin had been out on his own as the number one Test bowler, but Jadeja's peformance has put the pair on the...

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Nowitzki joins 30,000 club against Lakers
Mar 08

Nowitzki joins 30,000 club against Lakers

Los Angeles : German star Dirk Nowitzki became only the sixth player in NBA history to reach 30,000 career points on Tuesday as the Dallas Mavericks cruised to victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. Nowitzki, who needed just 20 points to reach the milestone heading into the game, reached the...

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Pacquiao-Khan fight off - report
Mar 08

Pacquiao-Khan fight off - report

Los Angeles : A potentially money-spinning bout between Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and Britain's Amir Khan has collapsed, The Los Angeles Times reported on Tuesday. Pacquiao's long-time promoter Bob Arum told the newspaper that the proposed $38 million fight staged by the United Arab...

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 South Africa 229-4 at stumps against New Zealand
Mar 08

South Africa 229-4 at stumps against New Zealand

Duedin : South Africa were 229 for four at stumps after opting to bat first on day one of the first Test against New Zealand at University Oval in Dunedin on Wednesday. Dean Elgar was not out 128 with Temba Bavuma on 38. Faf du Plessis made 52. For New Zealand, Neil Wagner has two for 59.

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Aussie skipper Smith slammed in 'cheating' row
Mar 08

Aussie skipper Smith slammed in 'cheating' row

Banglore : Australia captain Steve Smith faced calls for disciplinary action Wednesday after a row over alleged cheating overshadowed the second Test against India, with his predecessor Michael Clarke accusing him of "unacceptable" behaviour. India's dramatic, 75-run victory on Tuesday in Bangalore, after...

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India beat Australia by 75 runs in second Test
Mar 07

India beat Australia by 75 runs in second Test

Bangalore : Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin grabbed six wickets to lead India to a sensational 75-run win against Australia in a fiery second Test in Bangalore on Tuesday. Australia, needing 188 for victory, were bowled out for just 112 in their second innings at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium as India levelled the...

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Misbah to lead Pakistan in West Indies tour
Mar 06

Misbah to lead Pakistan in West Indies tour

Lahore : Pakistan's ageing Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq on Monday made himself available for next month's series in the West Indies, ignoring entreaties from ex-players to call time on his illustrious career following a slew of poor results. Misbah, who will turn 43 in May, had asked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)...

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South Africa quicks target New Zealand unbeaten streak
Mar 06

South Africa quicks target New Zealand unbeaten streak

Wellington : South Africa are backing their pace attack to snap New Zealand's unbeaten run at Dunedin's University Oval when the first Test starts on Wednesday. After surveying a typically green New Zealand wicket and learning the Black Caps have won three, drawn four and lost none of the seven Tests on the...

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India 213-4 at stumps, lead by 126 runs
Mar 06

India 213-4 at stumps, lead by 126 runs

Bangalore : India were 213 for four at stumps in their second innings on Monday in the second Test at Bangalore, leading Australia by 126 runs. Cheteshwar Pujara (79) and Ajinkya Rahane (40) were batting at close of play on the third day, having put on 93 to keep Australia's bowlers at bay. Seamer Josh...

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Querrey shocks Nadal to lift ATP Acapulco title
Mar 05

Querrey shocks Nadal to lift ATP Acapulco title

Acapulco : Unseeded American Sam Querrey stunned second-seeded Rafael Nadal 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) on Saturday to win the ATP Mexico Open and end the Spaniard's run of perfection in Acapulco. Querrey, ranked 40th in the world, fired 19 aces en route to his first career victory over Nadal in five meetings. The Spaniard,...

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Jadeja strikes blow for India as Smith falls
Mar 05

Jadeja strikes blow for India as Smith falls

Bangalore : Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja struck a key blow to remove Australia skipper Steve Smith as India took two wickets in a tight morning session on day two of the second Test on Sunday. Smith, who scored a gritty century in Australia's opening win in Pune, was made to battle hard and had made just...

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Australia bowl out India for 189 in 2nd Test
Mar 04

Australia bowl out India for 189 in 2nd Test

Bangalore : Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon claimed eight wickets to help bowl out India for 189 on the opening day of the second Test in Bangalore on Saturday. Opener Lokesh Rahul top-scored with 90 before falling to Lyon, who recorded career-best figures of 8-50 as the hosts were dismissed in the final...

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Aussie pacers rattle India as Rahul fights on
Mar 04

Aussie pacers rattle India as Rahul fights on

Bangalore : A probing Australian bowling attack struck twice to jolt India as opener Lokesh Rahul braved a tough morning session on the opening day of the second Test in Bangalore Saturday. The hosts, who elected to bat first, were 72 for two at lunch as off-spinner Nathan Lyon got the wicket of...

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'Unprecedented' security for high-risk Pakistan final
Mar 04

'Unprecedented' security for high-risk Pakistan final

Lahore : Pakistan will deploy troops and bullet-proof buses for Sunday's Pakistan Super League final, its biggest cricket match in years, after a wave of militant attacks prompted a host of foreign stars to pull out. "Unprecedented" security involving thousands of troops and police will guard the sold-out game...

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Clear CT scan allays fears over Atletico's Torres
Mar 03

Clear CT scan allays fears over Atletico's Torres

Madrid : Spanish football breathed a sigh of relief after a CT scan on Fernando Torres revealed the Atletico Madrid striker suffered no traumatic brain injuries in a sickening on-field clash on Thursday. Torres, 32, was hit from behind by Deportivo's Alex Bergantinos in a clash of heads five minutes from time and hit...

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Australia unchanged for second India Test
Mar 03

Australia unchanged for second India Test

Bangalore : Australia captain Steve Smith said Friday that the visitors will go with the same team that thrashed India in the opening Test for the second encounter in Bangalore. The tourists stunned the Virat Kohli-led hosts and the world's number one side in the first Test in Pune last week to go 1-0 up in the four...

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French football legend Raymond Kopa dies aged 85
Mar 03

French football legend Raymond Kopa dies aged 85

Paris : French football legend Raymond Kopa, who won the European Cup three times with Real Madrid in the 1950s, died Friday aged 85 after a long illness, his family said. Kopa rose from a poor mining family in northern France to become one of Europe's greatest players ever in a Real team alongside Alfredo di...

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 Djokovic knocked out of Acapulco ATP event by Kyrgios
Mar 03

Djokovic knocked out of Acapulco ATP event by Kyrgios

World No. 2 Novak Djokovic was sent crashing out of the ATP Mexico Open on Thursday after being upset in straight sets by sixth seeded Nick Kyrgios in the first ever meeting between the two. The top-seeded Djokovic, who was back in action this week for the first time since his shock second-round exit at the...

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Tendulkar backs India to rebound in Bangalore
Mar 02

Tendulkar backs India to rebound in Bangalore

Bangalore : Sachin Tendulkar expects India to hit back hard in the second Test against Australia beginning Saturday in Bangalore after their shock defeat in the opening encounter. Australia's crushing 333-run win in the first Test in Pune last weekend was the tourists' first victory in India since 2004 and ended a...

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Nadal rolls into Mexico Open quarter-finals
Mar 02

Nadal rolls into Mexico Open quarter-finals

Acapulco : Second-seeded Rafael Nadal cruised into the quarter-finals of the ATP Acapulco tournament on Wednesday with a comprehensive 6-1, 6-1 victory over Paolo Lorenzi. Spain's Nadal, a two-time winner in Acapulco who is playing his first tournament since falling to Roger Federer in the Australian Open...

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Sharapova handed Rome wildcard
Mar 01

Sharapova handed Rome wildcard

Rome : Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova has been given a wildcard to play in the Italian Open in May, organisers said Wednesday. The former world number one makes her return to the circuit in Stuttgart in April after completing a 15-month ban for doping. "We officially announce the wild card for the...

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Liverpool report £19.8m annual loss
Mar 01

Liverpool report £19.8m annual loss

London : Liverpool announced a pre-tax loss of £19.8 million ($24.5 million, 23.2 million euros) for last year on Wednesday despite record revenue of £301 million. The loss in the year ending May 2016 was due to investment in the first-team squad and pay-offs to manager Brendan Rodgers, who was sacked in...

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West Indies under pressure against England
Mar 01

West Indies under pressure against England

St. John's : West Indies face England in a three-match one-day series starting Friday under pressure to reverse a run of poor form that could see them facing the indignity of having to qualify for the next World Cup in 2019. The top eight teams in the International Cricket Council ODI rankings at the end of...

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Djokovic eyes fun in Acapulco after Aussie nightmare
Feb 28

Djokovic eyes fun in Acapulco after Aussie nightmare

Acapulco : Novak Djokovic said Monday he is ready to atone for his shock Australian Open exit as he prepares to return to action in Acapulco. The 29-year-old world number two makes his bow in the tournament on Tuesday, his first match since tumbling out in Melbourne last month in the second round against...

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UFC signs top China fighter to boost Asia return
Feb 28

UFC signs top China fighter to boost Asia return

Hong Kong : The world's biggest mixed martial arts organisation, the Las Vegas-based UFC, Tuesday annnounced it had signed one of China's top MMA stars to boost its recently announced return to Asia. Wang "The Dongbei Tiger" Guan, 30, has been pencilled in to make his debut with the organisation in Singapore on...

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Kohli will be back 'bigger and stronger'
Feb 28

Kohli will be back 'bigger and stronger'

New Delhi : Mitchell Starc may have won the opening duel against Indian skipper Virat Kohli by getting the star batsman out for a duck in the first Test, but the Australian fast bowler insists the battle has just begun. Starc triggered India's downfall in last week's first Test in Pune by claiming the wickets of...

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Pacquiao to fight Britain's Khan in April
Feb 26

Pacquiao to fight Britain's Khan in April

Manila : Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao and British fighter Amir Khan confirmed separately on Sunday that they would face each other on April 23 after weeks of conflicting reports. Pacquiao tweeted: "Negotiations between team Pacquiao and team Khan have come to terms for the April 23 bout as this is what the...

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Sri Lanka drops Mathews from Bangladesh Tests
Feb 25

Sri Lanka drops Mathews from Bangladesh Tests

Columbo : Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews was Saturday ruled out of next month's two-Test home series against Bangladesh as selectors prepared to field a "formidable team". The 29-year-old all rounder, however, was "likely to be available" for the three one-day internationals and the two Twenty20 matches of the...

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Australia seal 333-run win over India
Feb 25

Australia seal 333-run win over India

Pune : Australia beat India by 333 runs on Saturday in an outstanding victory that ended the hosts' winning streak of 19 Tests in the opening match of the series in Pune. Chasing a daunting 441, the world's top side crashed to 107 all out early in the final session after left-arm spinner Steve...

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De Villiers' record sets up thumping win over New Zealand
Feb 25

De Villiers' record sets up thumping win over New Zealand

Wellington : A record-setting innings by AB de Villiers set South Africa up for a resounding 159-run win in the third one-day international against New Zealand in Wellington on Saturday to go 2-1 up in the series.  It was an emphatic response by the world's top-ranked ODI side after losing to New...

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South Africa thrash New Zealand by 159 runs
Feb 25

South Africa thrash New Zealand by 159 runs

Wellington : South Africa thrashed New Zealand by 159 runs in the third one-day international in Wellington on Saturday to go 2-1 up in the five game series. Set a target of 272 to win, New Zealand were all out for 112 in the 33rd over. For South Africa, Dwaine Pretorius took three for five and Andile Phehlukwayo...

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Victory for  ‘Proposed’
Feb 25

Victory for ‘Proposed’

Manama : The second favourite Proposed owned by Ramadhan Stable, trained by Jaber Ramadhan and ridden by Andrea Atzeni won the richest race for the HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamd Al Khalifa Cup for imported three years and upwards (H.R.80 and Up) over 2,000 metres and worth BD10,000 yesterday at the 16th meeting of...

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