Buttler serves up series success for England against Australia

A scintillating century from Jos Buttler brought England a 16-run win and a one-day international series victory against Australia in Sydney on Sunday. The hosts, set 303 to win by England after winning the toss and choosing to bowl, were always struggling in their chase and eventually managed only 286 for six. The result gave England an unbeatable 3-0 lead...

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LeBron James says Trump has emboldened racists in the US

Basketball star LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers said on Monday President Donald Trump has emboldened racists in the United States and urged the country not to allow itself to be divided along racial lines. “The guy in control has given people and racism ... an opportunity to be out and outspoken without fear,” James, a frequent Trump critic, told...

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Simone Biles: ‘I was abused’ by USA gymnastics doctor

LOS ANGELES: Olympic gymnastics superstar Simone Biles revealed on Monday she was sexually abused by disgraced former USA team doctor Larry Nassar, who was last month jailed for 60 years on child porn charges. In a statement posted on Twitter, Biles said she had wrestled with her decision to go public with her story since the scandal broke. "Most of...

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Sharapova and Kerber light up Australian Open

MELBOURNE: Former champions Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber turned on the style to sweep into the Australian Open second round Tuesday, but it was curtains for lanky Canadian Milos Raonic. With temperatures heating up in Melbourne, the two Grand Slam winners wasted little time on court. Sharapova, still working her way back from a 15-month ban for taking the performance-enhancing...

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Kohli century keeps India in touch with South Africa

CENTURION: Virat Kohli led by example with a batting masterclass as India stayed in contention on the third day of the second Test against South Africa at SuperSport Park on Monday. Captain Kohli hit a masterly 153 in India´s first innings of 307 to stay in touch in Centurion, even though South Africa stretched a 28-run first-innings lead to 118...

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Kohli gets century but loses partners

CENTURION, South Africa: Virat Kohli hit an unbeaten century but was running out of partners as India and South Africa battled for first innings honours on the third day of the second Test on Monday. Kohli had scored 141 not out at lunch in an Indian total of 287 for eight, 48 runs behind South Africa´s first innings total of...

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Bencic sends Venus packing on bleak day for America

MELBOURNE: Swiss Belinda Bencic sent an early shockwave through the Australian Open on Monday by toppling last year’s finalist Venus Williams on an opening day of carnage for American tennis. With defending champion and new mum Serena absent, 20-year-old Bencic’s brilliant 6-3 7-5 win under the Rod Laver Arena roof ensured there would not be a Williams sister in the...

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Stephens tumbles out in first round, Ostapenko impresses

MELBOURNE: The stark contrast in form between last year’s two first-time grand slam champions continued as Sloane Stephens was bundled out in the first round of the Australian Open, while Jelena Ostapenko stormed into round two on Monday. American Stephens enjoyed a fairytale run to win the U.S. Open last year ranked 83rd in the world but has not won...

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Federer says he’s too old to be Australian Open favourite

MELBOURNE: Defending champion Roger Federer says rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic should be seen as leading contenders for the Australian Open as he is too old to be considered favourite. The 36-year-old is bidding for a record 20th Grand Slam title and is in form and fit, unlike the Spaniard and the Serb who enter the tournament under injury...

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India ruin South Africa’s progress with run outs as Amla falls

PRETORIA: India surged back into contention against South Africa after two run outs late on Saturday, including the key wicket of Hashim Amla, saw the hosts slip to 269 for six at the close on the opening day of the second test. South Africa had seemed set for a big first innings total when they reached 246 for three but...

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Angelique Kerber beats Barty to lift Sydney International Title

SYDNEY: Germany’s Angelique Kerber beat Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in straight sets to win the Sydney International for her ninth consecutive win of the new season on Saturday. The former world No.1 was too strong for Barty, winning the final 6-4, 6-4 to give her a massive confidence boost for next week’s Australian Open in Melbourne. It was Kerber’s second win...

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New Zealand beat Pakistan in 3rd ODI to clinch series

DUNEDIN: A withering spell by Trent Boult saw New Zealand destroy Pakistan by 183 runs in the third one-day international to comfortably wrap up the series in Dunedin on Saturday. Boult rocked Pakistan with three wickets in five balls to take out the cream of their top order on his way to figures of five for 17. New Zealand, batting...

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New Zealand make Pakistan bowl in series decider

Dunedin: New Zealand have won the toss and put Pakistan to bowl first in third One-day international (ODI) being played at University Oval, Dunedin here on Saturday. Pakistan welcome back Fakhar Zaman at the top of the order in place of ImamulHaq. Meanwhile New Zealand are unchanged, with Todd Astle keeping his place ahead of Colin de Grandhomme. The Black...

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Perfectionist Williamson wary of Pakistan’s deep batting

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has called on his bowlers to be more accurate in the final overs as they look to take an unbeatable lead over Pakistan in the third one-day international in Dunedin on Saturday. New Zealand are already 2-0 up in the five-match series but Williamson is not completely happy, especially with the bowling to lower-order batsmen....

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MCG gets official ICC warning for ‘poor’ pitch

MELBOURNE: The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) has received an official warning after the pitch for the fourth Ashes test was rated ´poor´ by the International Cricket Council (ICC) earlier this month. The track drew criticism from both teams after the drawn clash between Australia and England saw only 24 wickets fall over five days, the only stalemate in a series...

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Get ready! FIFA World Cup trophy to arrive in Pakistan on Feb 3

KARACHI: Since Pakistan failed to qualify for the upcoming FIFA World Cup, but there is good news for football fans as the FIFA World Cup Trophy is set to come to Pakistan next month. Pakistan wasn’t a stop on the quadrennial Trophy Tour since 2006 but the World Cup Trophy will make an appearance in Lahore on February 3 on...

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Justice for Zainab: Cricketers react to brutal rape, murder of a minor girl

KARACHI: Like celebrities and politicians, Pakistani national cricketers have united to demand justice for minor girl, Zainab, who was raped and murdered in Kasur, Punjab. It's not often that we're at a loss for words but we're honestly struggling here. Zainab, an 7-year-old little girl from Kasur went missing on 4 January, when she was allegedly abducted. Her body was...

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