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Ariya grabs lead on home turf at LPGA Thailand
Feb 23

Ariya grabs lead on home turf at LPGA Thailand

Bangkok : World number two Ariya Jutanugarn cruised to a shared lead in the first round of the Honda LPGA on Thursday, eying a redemptive victory on her home turf.  The smooth bogey-free 66 came fresh off the 21-year-old's spectacular 2016 season, which saw her win five LPGA tournaments and a Player of...

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Australia 256-9 at stumps in 1st India Test
Feb 23

Australia 256-9 at stumps in 1st India Test

Pune : Mitchell Starc smashed an unbeaten 57 to lift Australia to 256 for nine at stumps on the opening day of the first Test against India in Pune on Thursday. Starc put on 51 runs in a 10th wicket partnership with Josh Hazlewood, who made just one, to thwart the Indian bowling attack, which had reduced the...

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Bangladesh recall Mustafizur for Lanka Tests
Feb 21

Bangladesh recall Mustafizur for Lanka Tests

Dhaka : Bangladesh on Tuesday recalled their left-arm fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman in a 16-man squad for the upcoming two-Test series in Sri Lanka after his prolonged injury lay-off. The 21-year-old has not played a Test since his debut series against South Africa in 2015 after suffering a series of injuries. He...

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England's Stokes sold for record $2.16m at IPL
Feb 20

England's Stokes sold for record $2.16m at IPL

Bangalore : England all-rounder Ben Stokes became the most expensive foreign player in Indian Premier League history when he was bought by the Rising Pune Giants for more than $2 million at auction Monday. The 25-year-old fetched seven times the amount of England's limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan, who was sold to...

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South Africa win toss bowl first against New Zealand
Feb 19

South Africa win toss bowl first against New Zealand

Hamilton : South Africa won the toss and elected to bowl in the rain-shortened opening one day international against New Zealand in Hamilton on Sunday.  The match has been reduced to 34 overs a side after three hours were lost because of the weather. "It looks a little tacky," South Africa captain AB de...

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New Zealand win toss, bowl in South Africa T20
Feb 17

New Zealand win toss, bowl in South Africa T20

Auckland : New Zealand won the toss and sent South Africa in to bat in the one-off Twenty20 at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday. Black Caps captain Kane Williamson said he hoped the ball would move around in humid conditions on a slow wicket that was under covers for much of the day due to rain. "It's been under...

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Ashwin 'Bradman of bowling', says Steve Waugh
Feb 15

Ashwin 'Bradman of bowling', says Steve Waugh

New Delhi : Former skipper Steve Waugh has warned that Australia's only hope of beating India in their upcoming series is by taming Ravichandran Ashwin, branding the record-breaking spinner "the Bradman of bowling". After the off spinner became the fastest bowler to claim 250 Test wickets last weekend,...

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India win one-off Bangladesh Test by 208 runs
Feb 13

India win one-off Bangladesh Test by 208 runs

Hyderabad : India wrapped up a comprehensive 208-run victory over Bangladesh in the one-off Test in Hyderabad Monday, with spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja ending the visitors' plucky resistance on the final day. Chasing 459 for victory, the tourists were bowled out for 250 in an extended afternoon...

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Ashwin fastest to 250 wickets as Bangladesh make 388
Feb 12

Ashwin fastest to 250 wickets as Bangladesh make 388

Hyderabad : India's off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Sunday became the fastest bowler to claim 250 Test wickets as Bangladesh were bowled out for 388 on day four of the one-off Test in Hyderabad. Ashwin achieved the milestone in his 45th match by taking the final wicket of the innings -- Bangladesh skipper...

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Bangladesh all out for 388 in India Test
Feb 12

Bangladesh all out for 388 in India Test

Hyderabad : Bangladesh were bowled out for 388 in their first innings on the fourth day of the one-off Test against India in Hyderabad on Sunday. India, who made 687-6 declared in their first innings, did not enforce the follow-on despite being 299 runs ahead. Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim top-scored with 127 while Shakib...

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Indian spinners strike against Bangladesh
Feb 11

Indian spinners strike against Bangladesh

Hyderabad : Indian bowlers made deep inroads despite a fighting performance from Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan on the third day of the one-off Test in Hyderabad on Saturday. The visitors were reeling on 246 for six at tea in their first innings, still needing another 242 runs to avoid the...

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No drones, Hong Kong marathon spectators urged
Feb 10

No drones, Hong Kong marathon spectators urged

Hong Kong : Spectators at Sunday's Hong Kong marathon have been urged not to put runners in danger by flying drones at one of the city's biggest sporting events. Three people were arrested at the Hong Kong Formula E race in October for allegedly operating drones and marathon organisers are keen to avoid a...

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Records galore as India declare on 687-6
Feb 10

Records galore as India declare on 687-6

Hyderabad : India declared their first innings on 687 for six on the second day of the one-off Test in Hyderabad Friday after Virat Kohli posted another double century and Wriddhiman Saha also reached three figures. Kohli became the first batsman to score double centuries in four consecutive series as he reached...

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Japan golf club 'baffled' over sexism row
Feb 08

Japan golf club 'baffled' over sexism row

Tokyo : The chairman of the Japanese golf club set to host the sport at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics said they are bewildered by requests lift its ban on women becoming full members. Kasumigaseki Country Club in Saitama, north of Tokyo, postponed a decision to review its membership policy following a board meeting on...

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39 sixes as Indian batsman hits T20 triple ton
Feb 08

39 sixes as Indian batsman hits T20 triple ton

New Delhi : A little-known batsman made headlines across India on Wednesday after scoring an unbeaten triple century in a Twenty20 match, a knock which included a staggering 39 sixes. Mohit Ahlawat also smashed 14 fours in his 72-ball 300 -- thought to be the first T20 triple century -- which has earned him a trial...

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 Malaysia's Lee left fuming over knee injury
Feb 07

Malaysia's Lee left fuming over knee injury

Kuala Lumpur : World number one Lee Chong Wei was left fuming after an injury at Malaysia's new training centre cost him what may have been his last shot at the All England Championship, reports said Tuesday. The 34-year-old, who was gunning for his fourth title at the prestigious tournament next month, will be...

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Cook quits as England Test captain
Feb 06

Cook quits as England Test captain

London : Alastair Cook has resigned as England Test captain after a record 59 matches in the role, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Monday. Cook, England's leading scorer in Tests with 11,057 runs, became captain in August 2012 and led his country to Ashes glory on home soil in 2013 and 2015 as...

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N. Zealand beat Australia by 24 runs, win ODI
Feb 05

N. Zealand beat Australia by 24 runs, win ODI

Hamilton : A six-wicket haul for Trent Boult and a Ross Taylor century carried New Zealand to a 24-run victory over Australia in the third one-day international Sunday to win the series 2-0. Their masterclass saw New Zealand reclaim the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy while Australia also lost their outright hold on the...

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Vietnam legalises betting on football, racing
Feb 04

Vietnam legalises betting on football, racing

Hanoi : Punters in gambling-mad Vietnam cheered the easing of a ban on sports betting Saturday, as the communist government moves to bring a booming black market industry above board. Vietnam has long barred locals from gambling of any form, allowing only a few foreigner-only casinos.  But the law is widely...

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Brazilian Olympic champion Walace joins Hamburg
Jan 31

Brazilian Olympic champion Walace joins Hamburg

Berlin : Brazil's Olympic champion Walace has joined Bundesliga strugglers Hamburg in a deal valued by  German media on Tuesday at nine million euros. "Walace is a robust and strong player. We are delighted he's able to start playing for us straight...

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Melbourne master Federer back in top 10
Jan 30

Melbourne master Federer back in top 10

Paris : Roger Federer has climbed back into the ATP top 10 on the strength of his epic 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. The 35-year-old Swiss great defied old rival Rafael Nadal on Sunday in a thrilling five-setter in Melbourne to move up seven spots to 10th in the latest rankings...

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Australian Open men’s and women's final 2017
Jan 30

Australian Open men’s and women's final 2017

The Australian Open will have the climax fans craved after Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer both came through five-set thrillers to reach the final. Nadal holds a 6-2 advantage over Federer in Grand Slam finals where they have played each other, although Federer won the last meeting between the pair in 2015. With...

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Federer beats Nadal in five-set thriller to win Open
Jan 29

Federer beats Nadal in five-set thriller to win Open

Melbourne : Roger Federer was in tears as he won a thrilling, five-set Australian Open final against his great rival Rafael Nadal to clinch a record-extending 18th Grand Slam title on Sunday. Federer won 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in three hours 38 minutes on Rod Laver Arena to move four major titles ahead of Nadal...

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England win toss, elect to bowl in first T20
Jan 26

England win toss, elect to bowl in first T20

Kanpur : England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to bowl against India in the first Twenty20 international in Kanpur on Thursday. The visitors, who lost the three-match ODI series against India 2-1, have added pacers Tymal Mills and Chris Jordan along with the fit-again batsman Joe Root and...

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Serena into Australian Open final against Venus
Jan 26

Serena into Australian Open final against Venus

Melbourne : Unstoppable Serena Williams zeroed in on a record-breaking 23rd Grand Slam title Thursday by setting up an Australian Open final against her older sister Venus, as the siblings' dream came true. The ruthless world number two proved one step too far for unseeded Croat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, whose...

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Australia win toss, bat in fifth Pakistan ODI
Jan 26

Australia win toss, bat in fifth Pakistan ODI

Adelaide: Australian captain Steve Smith won the toss and chose to bat in the fifth and final one-day international against Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday. The home side lead the series 3-1 after winning in Sydney on Sunday to wrap up the series. Australia made one change from Sunday, resting opening...

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Rafa roars again as Serena eyes dream final
Jan 25

Rafa roars again as Serena eyes dream final

Melbourne : A resurgent Rafael Nadal beat Milos Raonic to reach his first Grand Slam semi in three years at the Australian Open on Wednesday, as Serena Williams eyed a final with her sister Venus. Nadal hasn't contested a major semi-final since he won the last of his 14 Grand Slam titles at the 2014 French Open, but...

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Aussie bowler suffers 'brain bleed' after hit
Jan 25

Aussie bowler suffers 'brain bleed' after hit

Sydney : Australian paceman Joe Mennie suffered a "minor brain bleed" and fractured skull after a ball hit his head during training, Cricket Australia (CA) said Wednesday. Mennie was bowling at a nets session with his Twenty20 Big Bash League team the Sydney Sixers in Brisbane on Monday when a ball struck the side of...

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Federer rolls into all-Swiss semi
Jan 24

Federer rolls into all-Swiss semi

Melbourne : Roger Federer beat giant-killer Mischa Zverev to become the Australian Open's oldest men's semi-finalist in nearly 40 years on Tuesday, as fellow veteran Venus Williams also rolled back the years. The stylish Swiss made light of the challenge posed by German serve-volleyer Zverev, who stunned top seed...

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Wawrinka into semis with bad-tempered win
Jan 24

Wawrinka into semis with bad-tempered win

Melbourne : Stan Wawrinka mastered former finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets to reach his third Australian Open semi-final after a mid-match argument on Tuesday. The world number four won 7-6 (7/2), 6-4, 6-3 in two hours, 15 minutes for his eighth Grand Slam semi-final appearance and will next face...

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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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