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Australia uses fast start to beat UAE, enter final

NEWCASTLE, Australia: Australia remained on course for its maiden Asian Cup title after defeating United Arab Emirates 2-0 in a semifinal at Newcastle Stadium on a wet Tuesday. Playing in Newcastle for the first time in almost 20 years, the Socceroos took a firm grip on the contest when defenders Trent Sainsbury and Jason Davidson punched in their first international ... Read More »

Windies wilt to Proteas fire in East London

EAST LONDON, South Africa: West Indies tour of South Africa hit a new low on Wednesday when they were bundled out for 122 in under 34 overs to lose the third one-day international by nine wickets at Buffalo Park. The Proteas chased down their modest target with 25.2 overs to spare for the loss of only left-handed opener Rilee Rossouw ... Read More »

De Villiers’ historic 31-ball ton crushes West Indies

JOHANNESBURG: AB de Villiers hit the fastest century in one-day international history as South Africa overwhelmed the West Indies in the second one-day international at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Sunday. De Villiers raced to his century off 31 balls — five balls fewer than the previous record — on the way to an astonishing 149 off 44 balls.   ... Read More »

Ronaldo double takes Madrid four points clear

MADRID: Cristiano Ronaldo rounded off a week where he was named world player of the year for the third time scoring a double as Real Madrid opened up a four-point lead at the top of La Liga with a 3-0 win away to Getafe on Sunday. Atletico Madrid, who dumped city rivals Real out the Copa del Rey in midweek, ... Read More »

Ronaldo wins third Ballon d’Or

Zurich — Portuguese and Real Madrid great Cristiano Ronaldo won his third Ballon d'Or on Monday at the FIFA ceremony in Zurich. The 29-year-old — who played a key role in Real Madrid's charge to a 10th Champions League trophy — beat eternal rival and four-time winner Lionel Messi of Barcelona and Germany's World Cup winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Real Madrid ... Read More »

Du Plessis heroics in vain as Windies win run-fest and series

JOHANNESBURG: Faf du Plessis blasted the second fastest century in Twenty20 internationals but it was not enough for South Africa as West Indies produced a record chase in a run-fest to win by four wickets at The Wanderers on Sunday. The tourists were set 232 for victory and passed that mark with four balls remaining as Chris Gayle bludgeoned 90 ... Read More »

Williamson, Watling record smashes Sri Lanka hopes

WELLINGTON: A world record sixth-wicket partnership of 365 by Kane Williamson and B.J. Watling, who both posted career bests, slammed the door on Sri Lanka in the second Test in Wellington on Tuesday. Williamson’s unbeaten 242, with Watling not out 142, rescued New Zealand from a deep hole and carried them to 524-5 declared in their second innings.   GOOD ... Read More »

Proteas poised for victory as Windies collapse

CAPE TOWN: Marlon Samuels played one big shot too many and opened the way for a West Indian collapse on the fourth day of the third and final Test against South Africa at Newlands on Monday. The West Indies collapsed from 182 for three to 215 all out, losing seven wickets for 33 runs in 15 overs. South Africa were ... Read More »

15 fall in Sri Lanka, New Zealand wicket fest

WELLINGTON: Fifteen wickets fell in a bowlers’ blitz Saturday as Sri Lanka ended the first day of the second Test in Wellington at 78-5 in reply to New Zealand’s first innings 221. Sri Lanka’s response in their attempt to level the series after an eight wicket drubbing in the first Test has been highlighted by Kumar Sangakkara becoming just the ... Read More »

Dhoni quits Tests; Australia wins series after 3rd Test ends in draw

MELBOURNE: The third Test between Australia and India in Melbourne failed to deliver a nail-biting finish on Tuesday but ended with a draw tinged with controversy and the shock retirement of long-serving India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni from Test cricket. The result secured Australia a 2-0 series victory with a match in reserve, but their triumph was quickly overtaken by ... Read More »

Pakistan’s Ajmal withdraws from World Cup

KARACHI: Ace Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal announced he will not feature in next year’s World Cup after he failed to completely correct his bowling action which led to his suspension three months ago, an official said Saturday. The 37-year-old Ajmal appeared before a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) committee on Saturday before taking the decision.   TRYING TIMES: This combination photograph ... Read More »

Pakistan cries foul after losing World Cup Kabaddi final to India

BADAL, Bathinda: The Pakistan team has announced it will never return to India again to play kabaddi after losing to India in the final of the fifth edition of the Kabaddi World Cup organized by the Punjab government in Bathinda. The players accused the organizers of bias and foul play to ensure that India won. They accepted the prize money ... Read More »

No re-vote; FIFA to publish report in ‘appropriate form’

MARRAKECH — FIFA’s executive committee has unanimously agreed to publish an “appropriate” version of a report into the bidding process for the 2018-2022 World Cups but said Russia and Qatar would still stage the tournaments. “The decision which has been taken on Dec. 2, 2010, stands and there is no re-vote to take,” FIFA President Sepp Blatter told a news conference ... Read More »

Germany lifts Champions Trophy hockey title

BHUBANESWAR, India: Olympic field hockey gold-medallists Germany added the Champions Trophy on Sunday with a 2-0 victory over spirited Pakistan in the final in Bhubaneswar. Chris Wesley opened the scoring in the 18th minute following a penalty corner before Florian Fuchs banged in the second goal three minutes before the final whistle.   SUPREME: Germany team with the Hero Hockey ... Read More »

It’s Pakistan vs. Germany in Champions Trophy final

BHUBANESWAR, India: Pakistan edged out hosts India 4-3 in a thrilling semifinal on Saturday to set up a Champions Trophy field hockey title clash against Olympic gold medalists Germany in Bhubaneswar. Arslan Qadir was Pakistan’s hero, scoring his team’s first goal and also netting the winner 90 seconds from the end to silence a partisan 7,000-strong Indian crowd at the ... Read More »

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