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Rohit’s 208* powers India to victory
Dec 14

Rohit’s 208* powers India to victory

Mohali, India : Skipper Rohit Sharma rose to the occasion when it mattered most as his record breaking third double hundred guided India to a series-levelling 141-run win against Sri Lanka in the second ODI yesterday. Rohit smashed an unbeaten 208 off 153 balls to fire India to a mammoth 392 for four, a total...

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Dortmund triumph
Dec 14

Dortmund triumph

London : Borussia Dortmund finally ended their winless streak in the Bundesliga by beating Mainz 2-0 in Peter Stoger’s first game in charge on Tuesday. Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos broke the deadlock in the 55th minute and Shinji Kagawa sealed it in the 89th after Dortmund missed a host of...

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Bike legend Bayliss makes  racing comeback
Dec 14

Bike legend Bayliss makes racing comeback

London : MotoGP race winner and three-time World Superbike champion Troy Bayliss will return to full-time competition at the age of 48 in the 2018 Australian Superbike Championship. Bayliss will ride a Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition for the DesmoSport squad he co-owns with Ben Henry. It will be...

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Hamilton hopes Alonso is in fight
Dec 14

Hamilton hopes Alonso is in fight

London : Lewis Hamilton hopes his former team McLaren and Fernando Alonso are contenders for the 2018 Formula 1 world championship after their switch from Honda to Renault power. Hamilton’s junior career was supported by McLaren, and he drove for the team in F1 from 2007-2012 before leaving for...

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Horn retains world welterweight title
Dec 14

Horn retains world welterweight title

Sydney : Australian Jeff Horn retained his WBO welterweight world title by technical knockout when Briton Gary Corcoran’s corner threw in the towel in the 11th round of their contest in Brisbane yesterday. Horn, a former schoolteacher, won the title by beating multi-division world champion Manny Pacquiao...

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Froome facing questions  over adverse test result
Dec 14

Froome facing questions over adverse test result

London : Chris Froome is facing questions after returning an “adverse” drugs test at the Vuelta a Espana. The Team Sky rider had double the allowed level of legal asthma drug Salbutamol in his urine. Cycling’s world governing body the UCI wants more details from the team but says Froome is not...

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Chelsea go second with easy win
Dec 14

Chelsea go second with easy win

Huddersfield : Willian scored one and made two others as Chelsea finally turned in a display worthy of Premier League champions to win 3-1 at Huddersfield. Chelsea boss Antonio Conte declared his side’s title defence was over after Saturday’s defeat at West Ham, but his players responded and...

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Gayle breaks sixes record
Dec 13

Gayle breaks sixes record

Dhaka : Chris Gayle hit a record 18 sixes as he smashed an unbeaten 146 off 69 balls for Rangpur Riders in the Bangladesh Premier League final. The West Indies batsman, 38, beat his previous record of 17 sixes, set in the Indian Premier League in 2013. He also struck five fours as he amassed the highest score...

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Fury free to fight again
Dec 13

Fury free to fight again

London : Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is free to resume his boxing career after reaching an agreement with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) over the charges against him, the agency said yesterday. Fury was charged with a doping offence by UKAD in June 2016 and the anti-doping body said in a statement that...

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‘2017 has been my  favourite year’
Dec 13

‘2017 has been my favourite year’

London : World Number 2 Roger Federer has said that his recent comeback from injury has made 2017 the favourite year of his career. Federer has won 19 career Grand Slams, but returned to form and fitness with two this year, the Australian Open and Wimbledon - a record eighth time. It was the first time that...

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Salah named African player
Dec 13

Salah named African player

London : Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has won the BBC African Footballer of the Year award. Salah finished top from a five-man shortlist after a fans’ vote, beating Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Naby Keita, Sadio Mane and Victor Moses. The Egypt international, who has racked up a double-figure goal tally...

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Thomas will not ride 2018 Giro d’Italia
Dec 12

Thomas will not ride 2018 Giro d’Italia

London : Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) has confirmed that he will not ride the 2018 Giro d’Italia due to teammate Chris Froome’s decision to ride the corsa rosa next year. The Welshman acknowledged that Froome’s attempt at the Giro-Tour double limits his opportunities to lead a team in a Grand Tour,...

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Pakistan ban Jamshed for one year in corruption probe
Dec 12

Pakistan ban Jamshed for one year in corruption probe

Islamabad : Fomer Pakistan batsman Nasir Jamshed has been banned for a year for failing to co-operate with the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) regarding an investigation into corruption, the governing body said yesterday. Jamshed, who has played 48 one-day internationals for...

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Suarez, Messi maintain Barca’s La Liga lead
Dec 12

Suarez, Messi maintain Barca’s La Liga lead

Madrid : Barcelona restored their lead at the top of La Liga to five points as Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi struck in the final 20 minutes to edge out 10-man Villarreal 2-0 on Sunday. Daniel Raba’s red card on the hour mark for a wild lunge on Sergio Busquets handed Barca the initiative. And their...

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Real Madrid face formidable PSG test
Dec 12

Real Madrid face formidable PSG test

Nyon, Switzerland : Holders Real Madrid will have to overcome a sizeable obstacle when the Champions League resumes in February after Monday’s draw pitted the 12-times winners against Paris St Germain. Bidding for a third successive title in Europe’s elite club competition, Real paid a heavy price...

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City eye historic win  after derby triumph
Dec 12

City eye historic win after derby triumph

London : Manchester City will have history in their sights when the Premier League title favourites face Swansea City on Wednesday, while their rivals despair of ever catching the runaway leaders. Pep Guardiola’s side surged 11 points clear at the top thanks to a season-defining 2-1 win at second-placed...

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Sri Lanka rout India
Dec 11

Sri Lanka rout India

Dharamsala : Lesser-skilled teams’ best chances of competing are in conditions that skew the balance towards the bowlers - spin or seam. In 26 ODIs in 2017, most of which were played on flat surfaces, Sri Lanka managed to win just four. But in Dharamsala, Sri Lanka’s seamers, led by Suranga Lakmal,...

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DeGale suffers shock defeat
Dec 11

DeGale suffers shock defeat

London : Caleb Truax pulled off a shock victory over James DeGale at the London Copper Box Arena. British boxer DeGale was a heavy favourite before the bout started, with some bookmakers rating him as a 1-00 favourite. DeGale was making his recovery from shoulder surgery in his fight since January, but was...

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Highland Reel signs off in style
Dec 11

Highland Reel signs off in style

Sha Tin : Highland Reel brought his illustrious career to a close in fitting style by winning the Longines Hong Kong Vase at the 2017 Longines Hong Kong International Races at Sha Tin. In his last start before heading to stud, Highland Reel was challenged by Andre Fabre’s Talismanic but held on for a...

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City edge Manchester United
Dec 11

City edge Manchester United

Manchester : Runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City opened up an eye-watering double-digit lead over rivals Manchester United after Nicolas Otamendi fired Pep Guardiola’s men to derby victory. The much-anticipated 175th Manchester derby was comfortably the biggest game of the Premier League season,...

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Kane nets brace as Spurs thrash Stoke
Dec 10

Kane nets brace as Spurs thrash Stoke

Wembley : Tottenham ended a four-match Premier League winless streak in style with Harry Kane scoring a brace as they thrashed Stoke 5-1 at Wembley. Mauricio Pochettino’s side marched through their Champions League group despite being drawn with both Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund but their recent...

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Gunners hit BATE
Dec 09

Gunners hit BATE

London : Arsenal cruised to victory over BATE Borisov in their final Europa League group game as Arsene Wenger’s fringe players made another case for Premier League involvement. With top spot in Group H already assured, the Gunners made light work of the Belarusian champions in front of a record-low...

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Ronaldo is best player  in history: Zidane
Dec 09

Ronaldo is best player in history: Zidane

London : Cristiano Ronaldo is the greatest player of all time, according to his Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane. Portugal forward Ronaldo won his fifth Ballon d’Or , taking him level with Lionel Messi’s record. “The stats speak for themselves. He’s the best player in the history of...

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Tyson Fury comeback one step closer
Dec 08

Tyson Fury comeback one step closer

London : Tyson Fury will know whether he will be allowed back in the boxing ring by the end of next week after a UK Anti-Doping Agency was confirmed to be starting proceedings this coming Monday. Fury stands accused of providing an adverse sample and failing to follow procedure when testers arrived for a random...

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Ronaldo wins fifth  Ballon d’Or
Dec 08

Ronaldo wins fifth Ballon d’Or

London : Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo beat Barcelona’s Lionel Messi to win the Ballon d’Or award for the fifth time - and the second year in a row. Victory took the 32-year-old Portugal international level with 30-year-old Argentine Messi, who won the most recent of his five awards in...

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Pacquiao makes colonel of Philippines army
Dec 07

Pacquiao makes colonel of Philippines army

Manila : Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao has been made a Colonel in the Filipino army. The Philippines’ eight-division world champion has completed his Commandant’s paper and accepted a military promotion. Pacman – who is currently serving as Senator of the Philippines – revealed the news...

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Kell Brook returns as  light-middleweight
Dec 07

Kell Brook returns as light-middleweight

Sheffield : Kell Brook will be back in the ring on March 3 in his home city of Sheffield for a fight in his new light-middleweight division. The former IBF welterweight champion is bouncing back after consecutive defeats to middleweight king Gennady Golovkin and American starlet Eroll Spence Jr. GGG stopped...

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Dhananjaya, Roshen deny India 2-0
Dec 07

Dhananjaya, Roshen deny India 2-0

New Delhi : If their two most experienced batsmen led Sri Lanka’s first-innings fight, their fifth-day heroes were two newer faces. Dhananjaya de Silva scored his third hundred in only his 11th Test, and Roshen Silva made an unbeaten 74 on debut, their efforts leading Sri Lanka to a fighting draw at the...

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C. Ronaldo set to equal Messi with 5th Ballon d’Or
Dec 07

C. Ronaldo set to equal Messi with 5th Ballon d’Or

Paris : Cristiano Ronaldo looks set to match his great rival Lionel Messi on Thursday by claiming a fifth Ballon d’Or as recognition for leading Real Madrid to a La Liga and Champions League double last season. Barcelona’s 30-year-old Argentinian superstar won the coveted award from 2009 to 2012 and...

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Australia dismantles England
Dec 07

Australia dismantles England

Adelaide : England arrived at Adelaide Oval on the fifth day knowing that hope springs eternal, or at least until Joe Root gets out. And so England’s hope sprung for only 17 deliveries. By the time the day was three overs old, Josh Hazlewood had dismissed Root and Chris Woakes, and within two hours...

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Manchester United win Arsenal thriller
Dec 03

Manchester United win Arsenal thriller

London : Jesse Lingard scored twice but Paul Pogba was sent off as Manchester United beat Arsenal 3-1 in a breathless match at the Emirates Stadium. United were ahead after only four minutes when Laurent Koscienly’s crossfield pass was cut out by Antonio Valencia, who played a one-two with Pogba and beat...

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City leave it late to beat West Ham
Dec 04

City leave it late to beat West Ham

Manchester : Manchester City left it late for the third game in a row as they beat West Ham United 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium thanks to David Silva’s strike and extended their Premier League lead. City’s winning run in the division now stands at 13 games, equalling the record set by Chelsea in...

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Giro d’Italia: Nibali warns Froome
Dec 01

Giro d’Italia: Nibali warns Froome

London : Bahrain-Merida’s leader Vincenzo Nibali seemed genuinely surprised and a little put out to discover that Chris Froome will target the Giro d’Italia-Tour de France double in 2018, with the Briton’s decision and eight-second video message stealing the limelight and suddenly overshadowing...

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Venus sets sights on 2020 Olympics
Dec 01

Venus sets sights on 2020 Olympics

London : Evergreen American Venus Williams has dismissed any notion of announcing her retirement anytime soon, saying she is eager to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The 37-year-old had a successful year in the absence of her sister Serena through pregnancy, climbing to number five in the singles rankings...

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Arsenal thrash Huddersfield
Dec 01

Arsenal thrash Huddersfield

London : Arsenal strengthened their position in the Premier League top four as they made light work of Huddersfield to maintain their healthy home form. The Gunners have now won their last 12 games at the Emirates Stadium and they eased to a 5-0 victory as Mesut Ozil once again starred in front of the home...

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Vettel finishes top
Dec 01

Vettel finishes top

Abu Dhabi : Sebastian Vettel has finished top of the timesheet on the final day of tyre testing at the Yas Marina circuit – the last on-track action until February. The Ferrari driver set a best time of 1:37.551 in the morning session, two tenths quicker than Kimi Raikkonen managed on Tuesday, and racked...

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Young haunts Watford
Nov 30

Young haunts Watford

Hertfordshire : Ashley Young struck twice against former club Watford as Manchester United won a thrilling contest at Vicarage Road to close to within five points of leaders Manchester City. With City not in action until Wednesday evening, Jose Mourinho’s side had a chance to put some pressure on the title...

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Ferrari continue to set pace
Nov 30

Ferrari continue to set pace

Abu Dhabi : Sebastian Vettel continued to keep Ferrari at the top of the timesheet in Abu Dhabi after a productive morning session on the final day of tyre testing. The new range of 2018 tyres are in use at the Yas Marina circuit, including the hypersoft tyres which are two steps quicker than the 2017 ultrasoft...

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Bale returns to save Real blushes in Copa
Nov 30

Bale returns to save Real blushes in Copa

Madrid : Gareth Bale made a welcome return from injury to spare Real Madrid embarrassment in their Copa del Rey clash with Segunda B leaders Fuenlabrada. Zinedine Zidane’s young side struggled desperately and faced the very real danger of seeing their 2-0 first leg lead wiped out before Bale’s...

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Rory Fallon : Footballer to ice cream entrepreneur
Nov 30

Rory Fallon : Footballer to ice cream entrepreneur

London : It is the big decision that looms for professional footballers at every level of the game - what to do with your life after your playing career ends. Many move into coaching, others become agents or media pundits, while back in the day opening a pub was a route taken by lots of ex-pros. It’s safe...

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Raikkonen fastest, 100 laps for Kubica
Nov 29

Raikkonen fastest, 100 laps for Kubica

Abu Dhabi : Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen set the quickest lap in tyre testing at Yas Marina yesterday, as the teams got their first taste of Pirelli’s 2018 compounds. However, it was Robert Kubica who received the most media attention, the former Grand Prix winner completing what appeared to be a...

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Buffon wins Serie A Best Player award
Nov 29

Buffon wins Serie A Best Player award

London : Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has added to his huge silverware collection after winning the Serie A Best Player award at the Gran Gala del Calcio. The legendary Italian picked up the award for his performances during the 2016-17 season at a star-studded ceremony in Milan on Monday, organised by...

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Espanyol top Getafe 1-0
Nov 29

Espanyol top Getafe 1-0

London : Espanyol claimed their first win for three games as Gerard Moreno’s close-range finish gave them a 1-0 win over Getafe in LaLiga. The home side started brightly and almost opened the scoring after six minutes when left-back Aaron Martin was allowed to surge forward and unleash a stinging drive...

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Herath ruled out of third Test
Nov 29

Herath ruled out of third Test

Nagpur : Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath has been ruled out of the third Test against India. Sri Lanka are likely to name legspinner Jeffrey Vandersay, who is uncapped in Tests, as the replacement for the Test that starts in Delhi on December 2. Herath went wicketless in the first Test on a seamer-friendly...

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Ricciardo sets timeline for Red Bull talks
Nov 29

Ricciardo sets timeline for Red Bull talks

London : Daniel Ricciardo has said he would like talks about his future to progress in the next couple of weeks before he switches off completely over the Christmas period. The Aussie is out of contract at the end of next season and could potentially have an option to join Ferrari or Mercedes in 2019 as Kimi...

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Aston Martin targeting F1 move
Nov 29

Aston Martin targeting F1 move

London : Aston Martin says it will “probably” enter Formula 1 in 2021 as an engine supplier if the rules are changed in a way that makes it affordable. F1 bosses have proposed new engine rules to reduce cost and complexity and attract new entrants, but existing manufacturers have objected. Aston...

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PSG edge Monaco
Nov 28

PSG edge Monaco

Paris : Paris Saint-Germain continued their dominance of Ligue 1 with victory at reigning champions Monaco moving them nine points clear at the top of the table. Edinson Cavani and Neymar, from the penalty spot, scored in a 2-1 win for PSG, who remain unbeaten in all competitions and have dropped only four...

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Froome models new Team Sky kit for 2018
Nov 28

Froome models new Team Sky kit for 2018

London : Team Sky have unveiled their new kit ahead of next season which sees them moving away from a black jersey for the first time in their history.  Sky riders Chris Froome and Michal Kwiatkowski modelled the new jersey and bottoms in a photo shoot on Monday morning at the kit’s launch. The new...

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Messi’s “ghost goal” steals Spanish headlines
Nov 28

Messi’s “ghost goal” steals Spanish headlines

Madrid : Jordi Alba’s late strike rescued Barcelona a point in a 1-1 draw with Valencia on Sunday which kept things as they were in the Spanish title race, but a Lionel Messi “goal” which wasn’t given dominated the headlines. The Argentine forward’s shot in the 30th minute was...

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‘After I won the  title I partied a lot’
Nov 28

‘After I won the title I partied a lot’

London : Lewis Hamilton has promised to bring his championship-winning form to the first race of the new season after admitting too much partying contributed to his end-of-year wobble. The 32-year-old Briton vowed to end the season in style after a series of immaculate performances, particularly in the second...

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