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Australia win toss, bat in fourth Pakistan ODI

SYDNEY: Australian captain Steve Smith won the toss and elected to bat in the fourth one-day international against Pakistan at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday, reports BSS. The home side lead the five-match series 2-1 after winning in Perth on Thursday. Australia made two changes, recalling paceman Mitchell Starc and promoting spinner Adam Zampa. […]

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Bairstow to replace Hales for India T20 series

NEW DELHI: Wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow will replace injured opener Alex Hales in England’s squad for the three-match Twenty20 series against India, the English cricket board said on Saturday, reports Yahoo Sports. Hales has been ruled out of the third and final one-day international against India on Sunday after he fractured his right hand while attempting […]

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Lindsey Vonn

American skier wins first race since injury return

Former Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn claimed her first win since returning from almost a year out with victory in the downhill race at Garmisch, Germany, reports BBC. The American, 32, made her comeback after a broken arm last week and finished 13th in Altenmarkt, Austria. On Saturday, Vonn won her 77th World Cup race, beating […]

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Blundell in New Zealand ODI squad to play Australia

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand,  – Wicketkeeper Tom Blundell is the sole newcomer in the 14-man New Zealand squad announced Saturday for the three-match Chappell-Hadlee series against Australia which starts next week, reports BSS. However his inclusion in the playing XI was not guaranteed with New Zealand weighing up the option of using regular opener Tom Latham […]

Yiadom’s journey from Barnet to the Black Stars

PORT-GENTIL, Gabon,  – When Ghana got to the final of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, Andy Yiadom was plying his trade in the fifth-tier of English football, reports BSS. Now the 25-year-old is a member of the Black Stars squad in Gabon alongside the likes of Andre Ayew and Asamoah Gyan, hoping to play […]

Lost his trophy, lost his edge – is Djokovic era over?

MELBOURNE,  – Former coach Boris Becker claimed Novak Djokovic has lost his aura of invincibility and his era of dominance is over after his seismic early exit at the Australian Open, reports BSS. The tennis world was abuzz over six-time champion Djokovic’s stunning five-set loss to the 117th-ranked Uzbek Denis Istomin, his earliest exit from […]

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Dean Elgar

Somerset sign South Africa opener as overseas player

Somerset have signed South Africa opener Dean Elgar as their overseas player for 2017, reports BBC. The 29-year-old left-hander, who has previously played for Surrey, has hit six centuries in 32 Test matches and a total of 28 in first-class cricket. His arrival is set to fill the gap in Somerset’s batting line-up vacated by […]

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Australian Open 2017

Angelique Kerber reaches third round

Defending champion Angelique Kerber survived an onslaught from fellow German Carina Witthoeft to advance to the Australian Open third round, reports BBC. Kerber – top seed at a Grand Slam for the first time – struggled with her serve in a second-set tie-break before prevailing 6-2 6-7 (3-7) 6-2. The top seed, who was 29 […]

Handscomb to make ODI debut against Pakistan

SYDNEY,  – Middle-order batsman Peter Handscomb will make his limited overs debut for Australia against Pakistan in the third one-day international in Perth on Thursday, reports BSS. Handscomb replaces the injured Mitchell Marsh after a highly successful introduction to Test cricket in which the 25-year-old scored two centuries and two fifties in his first four […]

Cricket: Aussies hire spin gurus ahead of India tour

SYDNEY,  – Former Indian bowler Sriram Sridharan will work with Australia as a “spin consultant” on the upcoming tour of India, Cricket Australia announced Tuesday, reports BSS. Sridharan played eight one-day internationals for India and toured with Australian squads in Sri Lanka and India last year. “He knows our players very well and has a […]

Tennis: Quickfire Pliskova fires Open warning shot

MELBOURNE,  – Fast-rising Czech star Karolina Pliskova breezed into the Australian Open second round Tuesday with a straight-sets rout as she fired a warning shot to her Grand Slam rivals, reports BSS. Ranked at a career-high five in the world, the tall and tattooed 24-year-old proved too hot to handle for Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo […]

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Mushfiqur rushed to hospital after head hit

WELLINGTON: Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim was taken to hospital after being felled by a Tim Southee delivery on the final morning of the first Test against New Zealand in Wellington on Monday, reports BSS. Medical staff from both sides rushed to the wicket to tend to the diminutive batsman while an ambulance was driven on […]

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Pep Guardiola: Man City too far behind Chelsea after Everton loss

Manchester City are out of the Premier League title race after a 4-0 loss to Everton at Goodison Park, according to manager Pep Guardiola, reports BBC. City are now 10 points behind leaders Chelsea after defeat on Merseyside – the heaviest league loss in Guardiola’s managerial career. Asked if the gap was too great, he […]

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, reports BSS. Williamson and Ross Taylor, determined not to run out of time, batted at more than 6.0 an over in […]

Mushfiqur rushed to hospital after head hit

WELLINGTON, – Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim was taken to hospital after being felled by a Tim Southee delivery on the final morning of the first Test against New Zealand in Wellington on Monday, reports BSS. Medical staff from both sides rushed to the wicket to tend to the diminutive batsman while an ambulance was driven […]

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Will Tigers be able to pull up their socks to avoid any hiccups?

DHAKA: An age old clich’ that says ‘cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties’ is so apt that the test match at the Basin Reserve, Wellington may well turn out to be one unless the remaining batsmen pull up their socks big time to overcome the little hiccups and the tightness in the stomach that […]

Shakib double ton crushes New Zealand

WELLINGTON,  – A double century from Shakib Al Hasan and a ton from Mushfiqur Rahim hammered New Zealand as records tumbled and Bangladesh took control of the first Test on Friday, reports BSS. They closed day two at Wellington’s Basin Reserve on 542-7, subjecting New Zealand to a harsh day on the field. Shakib fell […]

Tigers 154/3 at stumps versus Kiwis on day 1

DHAKA : Bangladesh scored 154 for 3 spurred by two half centuries of Mominul Haque and opener Tamim Iqbal in the rain-hit day one of the first Test of the two-match series against New Zealand at Basin Reserve, Wellington on Thursday, reports UNB. Bangladesh got the chance to play only 40.2 overs instead of the […]

Messi free kick puts Barcelona in Copa del Rey quarterfinals

MADRID : Lionel Messi came through for Barcelona again, scoring with a perfectly struck free kick to give the defending champions a 3-1 win over Athletic Bilbao and a spot in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, reports AP. Messi fired a remarkable low strike into the right corner in the 78th […]

Tamim declared fit to play in first Test

DHAKA: There was finally something for Tigers to smile as their dashing left handed opener Tamim Iqbal was declared fit and would be consider to play in the first Test against New Zealand that begins tomorrow (Thursday) at the Basin Reserve in Wellington, reports BSS. Finally lady luck smile in Bangladesh favour as southpaw opener […]

Tourists start confidently with warm-up victory

Sam Billings’ 93 from 85 balls helped England to a three-wicket victory over India A, in MS Dhoni’s final game as captain of an Indian team, reports BBC. Dhoni has stood down before the one-day series but signed off with a brutal 68 off 40 balls, as India A posted 304-5 from their 50 overs […]

Maria Sharapova to return from doping ban in April in Stuttgart

Maria Sharapova will make her professional comeback at the Porsche Grand Prix on 26 April following her 15-month doping suspension, reports BBC. The 29-year-old former world number one was given a two-year ban in March after testing positive for meldonium. Her suspension was then reduced in October following an appeal. The tournament in Stuttgart starts […]

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World Cup: Fifa set to vote on Gianni Infantino’s 48-team plan

Fifa will vote on Tuesday on plans to expand the World Cup to 48 teams from 2026, in line with the vision of President Gianni Infantine, reports BBC. The Swiss, who claims to have “overwhelming” support for the expansion plan, favours 16 groups of three countries, with the top two progressing to the knockout rounds. […]

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