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Wenger apologises but could still face ban
Jan 23

Wenger apologises but could still face ban

London : Arsene Wenger apologised after he was sent off and then shoved the fourth official during Arsenal's dramatic 2-1 win over Burnley but could still face a significant ban. Having taken the lead through Shkodran Mustafi's first goal for the club on Sunday, Arsenal saw Granit Xhaka dismissed for a needless foul...

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Players rally around skull-fracture victim Mason
Jan 23

Players rally around skull-fracture victim Mason

London : The football world rallied around Ryan Mason on Monday after the Hull City midfielder fractured his skull and underwent surgery following a nasty clash of heads with Chelsea's Gary Cahill. The 25-year-old was in a stable condition in hospital following the collision with Cahill 14 minutes into Sunday's...

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India rest Ashwin, Jadeja for England T20s
Jan 23

India rest Ashwin, Jadeja for England T20s

New Delhi : India's premier spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been rested for the three-match Twenty20 series against England starting this week. The selectors have recalled veteran leg-spinner Amit Mishra and off-spinner Parvez Rasool in the 15-man squad, according to the the Board of Control for...

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Serena recalls 'fairytale' moment she met fiance
Jan 23

Serena recalls 'fairytale' moment she met fiance

Melbourne : Serena Williams likes to keep her private life just that, but she was happy to reveal Monday that meeting her now fiance, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, was just like a "fairytale". The American tennis queen broke news of her impending nuptials with a poem in late December on her Reddit account, after...

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Stokes dominates as England beat India in 3rd ODI
Jan 23

Stokes dominates as England beat India in 3rd ODI

Kolkata : Ben Stokes on Sunday said England had forgotten what winning felt like until his dominant all-round performance helped the visitors pull off a five-run consolation victory over India in the third one-day international in Kolkata. Stokes hit an unbeaten 39-ball 57 and claimed three wickets to...

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Australia take ODI series against Pakistan
Jan 22

Australia take ODI series against Pakistan

Sydney : Australia secured the one-day series against Pakistan with a commanding 86-run win at Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday, taking a 3-1 lead in the five match series. Set an imposing 354 to win, Pakistan were never really in the hunt. After Australia made 353 for six on the back of a David Warner century that...

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Wawrinka downs Seppi in three tight sets
Jan 22

Wawrinka downs Seppi in three tight sets

Melbourne : Former winner Stan Wawrinka needed three tiebreak sets to overcome Italy's Andreas Seppi and reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday. The Swiss fourth seed edged out the 89th-ranked Seppi, 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/4) in two hours 44 minutes on Margaret Court Arena. Wawrinka's...

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India win toss, bowl in third England ODI
Jan 22

India win toss, bowl in third England ODI

Kolkata : India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bowl against England in the third one-day international in Kolkata on Sunday. The hosts, who enjoy an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, made one change to their starting line-up after Thursday's 15-run win in Cuttack with top-order batsman...

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Bangladesh player arrested over photos of girlfriend
Jan 22

Bangladesh player arrested over photos of girlfriend

Dhaka : Bangladesh police Sunday arrested national cricketer Arafat Sunny for allegedly breaching strict internet laws after his girlfriend accused him of uploading sensitive photos on social media. Police raided the home of the 30-year-old slow left-arm bowler in the Dhaka suburb of Aminbazar after his longtime...

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Murray stunned by Zverev in latest Open shock
Jan 22

Murray stunned by Zverev in latest Open shock

Melbourne : World number one Andy Murray was sensationally dumped out of the Australian Open by German Mischa Zverev in a fourth-round classic on Sunday. The 50th-ranked Zverev played unbelievable sustained tennis to down Murray 7-5, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 and will play either Roger Federer or Kei Nishikori in the...

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Veteran Thai Prayad wins Singapore Open
Jan 22

Veteran Thai Prayad wins Singapore Open

Singapore : Veteran Thai golfer Prayad Marksaeng won the Singapore Open by a single stroke on Sunday after shooting a final round of four-under-par 67 to finish at nine-under 275. The 51-year-old Prayad finished a shot clear of four players who tied for second at eight-under, Phachara Khongwatmai of Thailand, Juvic...

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Impressive Nishikori powers into fourth round
Jan 20

Impressive Nishikori powers into fourth round

Melbourne : Japan's Kei Nishikori reached the Australian Open fourth round with a convincing, straight-sets win over Lukas Lacko on Friday. The fifth seed made it to the last 16 for the sixth straight year with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 victory over the Slovak qualifier in two hours, 11 minutes. Nishikori will next face his...

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 Venus takes out Chinese, hungry for more
Jan 20

Venus takes out Chinese, hungry for more

Melbourne : Venus Williams ended Chinese hopes at the Australian Open on Friday, swatting aside Duan Yingying to make the fourth round for a 10th time -- and said she was still hungry for more. The 13th seed was in a different league, spanking Duan 6-1, 6-0 on Margaret Court Arena and showing no signs of the elbow...

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England fined for slow over rate in ODI defeat
Jan 20

England fined for slow over rate in ODI defeat

Cuttack : England have been fined for a slow over rate during the second one-day international against India in Cuttack, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Friday. Match referee Andy Pycroft imposed the fine after Eoin Morgan's side was ruled to be one over short of its target when time allowances were...

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Murray eases into Open fourth round
Jan 20

Murray eases into Open fourth round

Melbourne : British top seed Andy Murray eased into the fourth round of the Australian Open with a straight-sets win over power-hitting American Sam Querrey on Friday. Murray, bidding to win his first Australian title after losing five finals, downed Querrey 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 and will next play German Mischa Zverev...

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Around the world in 74 days
Jan 20

Around the world in 74 days

Les Sables-d’Olonne : French skipper Armel Le Cleac’h won the Vendee Globe solo round the world yacht race yesterday in a record time. The 39-year-old got the better of his titanic duel with British rival Alex Thomson to cross the finish line at Les Sables d’Olonne at 15:37GMT after 74 days,...

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Yuvi, Dhoni blitz hands India series
Jan 20

Yuvi, Dhoni blitz hands India series

Cuttack : Veterans Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni turned back the clock with blistering centuries to set up India’s series clinching 15-run win against England in the second one-day international in Cuttack yesterday. England skipper Eoin Morgan struck a valiant 102 as the visitors, who were chasing...

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England win toss, bowl in second India ODI
Jan 19

England win toss, bowl in second India ODI

Cuttack : England skipper Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to bowl against India in the second one-day international in Cuttack on Thursday. The visitors made one change to their starting line-up after Sunday's three-wicket loss in Pune with seam bowler Liam Plunkett replacing of leg-spinner Adil...

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Defending champ Djokovic stunned by Istomin
Jan 19

Defending champ Djokovic stunned by Istomin

Melbourne : Defending champion Novak Djokovic was sensationally knocked out in the second round of the Australian Open by unheralded Uzbek Denis Istomin in a major shock on Thursday. The 117th-ranked Istomin ousted the six-time winner 7-6 (10/8), 5-7, 2-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 in 4hr 48min on Rod Laver Arena. It was the...

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Bad boy Kyrgios fined, pulls out of doubles
Jan 19

Bad boy Kyrgios fined, pulls out of doubles

Melbourne : Australia's Nick Kyrgios was slapped with $5,500 in fines on Thursday for swearing and throwing his racquet after his extraordinary defeat at the Australian Open. Kyrgios, who also pulled out of the men's doubles competition, citing injury,...

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Xabi Alonso to retire in June
Jan 18

Xabi Alonso to retire in June

Berlin : Spanish World Cup winner and double European champion Xabi Alonso is set to retire at the end of the season when his Bayern Munich contract expires, a report in Germany said. Leaders Bayern kick off the second half of the Bundesliga season at Freiburg on Friday in their bid for a fifth...

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Azarenka's Baby Fed
Jan 18

Azarenka's Baby Fed

Melbourne : Victoria Azarenka's new baby, Leo, is already learning about tennis. The 2012 and 2013 Melbourne champion tweeted a picture of the one-month-old watching Roger Federer play at the Australian Open. "Hey @rogerfederer Leo learning from the best," Azarenka wrote. Hopefully Leo wasn't...

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Venus rolls back years despite elbow injury
Jan 18

Venus rolls back years despite elbow injury

Melbourne : Venus Williams rolled back the years to move smoothly into the Australian Open third round on Wednesday despite an elbow injury that forced her out of the doubles competition. The 13th seed, an eight-time quarter-finalist or better in Melbourne, won 6-3, 6-2 against Swiss qualifier Stefanie Voegele, who...

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Wawrinka recovers poise with classy win
Jan 18

Wawrinka recovers poise with classy win

Melbourne : Stan Wawrinka got his Australian Open campaign back on track with an unruffled straight-sets win over American Steve Johnson to reach the third round on Wednesday.  The 2014 winner bounced back from his too-close-for-comfort five-set opening round triumph over Martin Klizan with a more accomplished...

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Jones replaces Warburton as Wales captain for Six Nations
Jan 17

Jones replaces Warburton as Wales captain for Six Nations

London : Alun Wyn Jones has replaced Sam Warburton as Wales captain for the upcoming Six Nations Championship, the Welsh Rugby Union announced Tuesday. "It’s an honour to select Alun Wyn as captain," said Wales interim head coach Rob Howley as he announced a 36-man squad for the Six...

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Djokovic lays down marker at Aussie Open
Jan 17

Djokovic lays down marker at Aussie Open

Melbourne : Six-time champion Novak Djokovic doused big-hitting Spaniard Fernando Verdasco to win the opening match of his Australian Open title defence in Melbourne on Tuesday. The indomitable Serb second seed avoided a potential first-round exit against Verdasco, who knocked out Rafael Nadal in last year's first...

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FA examine retrospective diving ban
Jan 17

FA examine retrospective diving ban

London : Players in English football found guilty of diving could face retrospective bans from the Football Association, The Times newspaper reported Tuesday. In neighbouring Scotland, players can received a two-match ban if they are found to have won a significant advantage for their team by tricking the referee by...

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Root ready to captain England should Cook quit
Jan 17

Root ready to captain England should Cook quit

New Delhi : England's Joe Root has said he is ready to take on the mantle of Test skipper should Alastair Cook decide to relinquish the captaincy. Root, part of the England limited-overs squad currently in India, has been widely tipped to take over the Test reins if Cook decides to stand down after five years at the...

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Serena, Nadal make sizzling starts in Melbourne
Jan 17

Serena, Nadal make sizzling starts in Melbourne

Melbourne : Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal made light of scorching conditions and doubts over their form as they got off to sizzling starts at the Australian Open on Tuesday. Williams, back after an injury lay-off, demolished the dangerous Belinda Bencic 6-4, 6-3, while Nadal was also impressive in his 6-3, 6-4,...

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India starts building world's biggest stadium
Jan 17

India starts building world's biggest stadium

Ahmedabad : India has started building the world's biggest cricket stadium that will accommodate 110,000 spectators and cost around $100 million. Since the capacity of Kolkata's Eden Gardens was reduced as part of a major rebuilding project, Melbourne Cricket Ground has held the title of the sport's largest...

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China to cut foreign player numbers on pitch
Jan 16

China to cut foreign player numbers on pitch

Beijing : China said Monday it will cut foreign player numbers in top-flight teams to curb massive spending on overseas talent, with Chelsea's Diego Costa the latest to be linked to a big-money move. Teams in the Chinese Super League will be able to field no more than three foreigners in a match when the new 2017...

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Nishikori survives dogfight, urges Davis Cup revamp
Jan 16

Nishikori survives dogfight, urges Davis Cup revamp

Melbourne : Japan's Kei Nishikori called for changes to the Davis Cup format after coming through a gruelling five-set dogfight in his opening match at the Australian Open on Monday. The fifth seed was on court for three-and-a-half hours in sapping heat before he completed a 5-7, 6-1, 6-4, 6-7 (6/8), 6-2 win...

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Kane century fires New Zealand to stunning win
Jan 16

Kane century fires New Zealand to stunning win

Wellington : Captain Kane Williamson scored his 15th century as New Zealand staged a remarkable fightback to win the first Test against Bangladesh by seven wickets in the final session in Wellington on Monday.  Williamson and Ross Taylor, determined not to run out of time, batted at more...

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Everton crush city
Jan 16

Everton crush city

London : Pep Guardiola suffered the largest league defeat of his managerial career as Manchester City were thrashed 4-0 by Everton, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s late equaliser gave Manchester United a 1-1 draw with Liverpool yesterday.  Goals from Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas put Everton in control...

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Borriello  bags brace in Cagliari romp
Jan 16

Borriello bags brace in Cagliari romp

Milan : Roma reject Marco Borriello hit a brace either side of half-time as Cagliari extended injury-hit Genoa’s run of consecutive defeats to five with a 4-1 romp yesterday. Genoa travelled to the Sant’Elia stadium in Sardinia looking for their first win since a shock 3-1 defeat of champions...

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India pull off big run chase
Jan 16

India pull off big run chase

Pune : Skipper Virat Kohli and Kedar Jadhav hit blistering centuries to help India chase down 350 and stun England by three wickets in the first one-day international in Pune yesterday. Kohli (122), who was leading the limited overs side for the first time, and Jadhav (120) put on 200 runs for the fifth wicket...

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Kuwait MPs file to question minister over sports ban
Jan 15

Kuwait MPs file to question minister over sports ban

Kuwait City : Three Kuwaiti opposition lawmakers filed Sunday a request to question the minister of youth and information, Sheikh Salman Humoud Al-Sabah, for allegedly failing to resolve a 14-month international sports ban. Waleed al-Tabtabai, Al-Humaidi Al-Subaie and Abdulwahab al-Babtain also accused Sheikh...

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Pakistan record first ODI win in Australia in 12 years
Jan 15

Pakistan record first ODI win in Australia in 12 years

Melbourne : Pakistan beat Australia by six wickets in the second one-day international at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday, their first ODI win on Australian soil for 12 years. The win was also Pakistan's first ODI victory at the MCG since 1985 and levels the five-match series at...

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Stokes helps fire England to 350-7 in first ODI
Jan 15

Stokes helps fire England to 350-7 in first ODI

Pune : Ben Stokes hit a fiery half-century to help England post their highest-ever one-day international total against India, 350 for seven, in their first match in Pune on Sunday. Coming in at number six, Stokes hit a 40-ball 62 to pulverise the Indian bowling attack in what is Virat Kohli's first game as...

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Kohli ready to tackle 'fearless' England
Jan 14

Kohli ready to tackle 'fearless' England

Pune : Indian captain Virat Kohli said his team had a battery of world-class bowlers to counter a "fearless" England batting attack in a three-match one-day series starting in Pune on Sunday. India demolished England 4-0 in a preceding five-Test series at home but Kohli said the English were a different side when it...

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Don't call me 'Sir Andy', says Murray
Jan 14

Don't call me 'Sir Andy', says Murray

Melbourne : Andy Murray said there was no need to call him "Sir" on Saturday as he took a relaxed approach to his new status as a knight of the realm and world number one at the Australian Open. The laconic Scot said just being called "Andy" was fine despite a decision by Australia's Channel Seven to refer to...

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Hernandez scotches transfer talk
Jan 11

Hernandez scotches transfer talk

Berlin : Struggling Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez has scotched reports of a transfer move. According to media reports the club are ready to sell the former Manchester United star who has lost his scoring touch. But the Mexican international said no move was on the...

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48 team 80 matches 32 days
Jan 11

48 team 80 matches 32 days

Zurich : FIFA’s ruling council yesterday unanimously approved an expansion of the World Cup to 48 teams in 2026, in a major coup for the body’s president Gianni Infantino.  In a bid to widen the game’s global appeal and enrich its coffers, the FIFA panel endorsed a format with 16 groups of...

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Rain hits Dakar as  Spaniard  wins
Jan 11

Rain hits Dakar as Spaniard wins

Salta : Spain’s Joan Barreda won his second Dakar Rally 2017 stage yesterday in the moto category, as more wet weather played havoc with the gruelling race. The Honda rider thundered across the 417km eighth stage from Uyuni in Bolivia to Salta in Argentina in 4hr 28min 21sec, ahead of the KTM duo of...

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Taylor eyes record of late mentor Crowe
Jan 10

Taylor eyes record of late mentor Crowe

Wellington : Ross Taylor goes into the first Test against Bangladesh on Thursday on the brink of equalling his late mentor Martin Crowe's record for New Zealand centuries. Less than a year after Crowe died of lymphoma aged 53, Taylor's bid, in his return following eye surgery in late November, has...

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Ronaldo crowned FIFA best men's player
Jan 10

Ronaldo crowned FIFA best men's player

Zurich : Cristiano Ronaldo was named FIFA's best men's footballer of 2016 on Monday, the latest prize after a glittering year for the Portugal and Real Madrid star. Ronaldo bested France's Antoine Greizmann and long-time Barcelona rival Lionel Messi of Argentina for the honour. Ronaldo had...

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Junaid to replace returning Irfan for Australia ODIs
Jan 09

Junaid to replace returning Irfan for Australia ODIs

Karachi : Pakistan were forced on Monday to add Junaid Khan to their squad for a five-match one-day series in Australia, after Mohammad Irfan returned home because his mother died. The 27-year-old Junaid was not named in the initial squad of 15 announced on December 30. "Following Irfan’s return to Pakistan...

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Bulls rally to beat Raptors behind Butler's 42 points
Jan 08

Bulls rally to beat Raptors behind Butler's 42 points

Chicago : Chicago forward Jimmy Butler scored 42 points as the Bulls rallied from a 19-point deficit to beat the Toronto Raptors 123-118 in overtime on Saturday. Dwyane Wade scored 20 points for the Bulls, who notched their 10th victory on the trot against the Raptors, who are second in the Eastern Conference...

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Ton-up Younis keeps Pakistan alive
Jan 05

Ton-up Younis keeps Pakistan alive

Sydney : Younis Khan claimed his 34th Test century and first in Australia to keep Pakistan's first innings barely alive in the final Test in Sydney on Thursday. The 39-year-old Pakistani great became the first batsman to score Test hundreds in 11 countries as he turned around an indifferent series with his first...

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Dhoni quits as India limited overs skipper
Jan 05

Dhoni quits as India limited overs skipper

New Delhi : Mahendra Singh Dhoni quit as India's limited overs captain Wednesday after a decade-long spell as skipper in which he led his team to victory in the ODI and T20 World Cups. The Indian board said the inspirational wicketkeeping batsman would still be available for selection for the upcoming series against...

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