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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Pliskova survives Kanepi scare at Brisbane International

Defending champion Karolina Pliskova survived a massive scare from Estonia's Kaia Kanepi to move into the semi-finals of the Brisbane International on Thursday. Second seed Pliskova lost the first set to an inspired Kanepi and was down 3-1 in the second before launching an epic comeback, winning 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 in two hours and 11 minutes. Pliskova was in imperious...

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Bellerin strikes late to rescue Arsenal in Chelsea thriller

LONDON: Hector Bellerin came to Arsenal´s rescue as the defender´s last-gasp strike earned a dramatic 2-2 draw in a heated London derby against Chelsea on Wednesday. Bellerin looked set to be the villain of the piece for Arsenal after the Spaniard´s foul on Eden Hazard conceded a penalty that allowed the Chelsea star to cancel out Jack Wilshere´s opener. When...

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Sethi eyes to host Australia, New Zealand in Pakistan this year

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, Najam Sethi, has promised to cricket fans that he will try to convince Australia and New Zealand to play at least one match in Pakistan during their series later this year. Najam Sethi hoping for more international cricket in Pakistan during 2018 has stated in a video message, that 2017 was a productive...

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Selection headache for South Africa ahead of test series against India

CAPE TOWN: South Africa have a selection conundrum as they consider their team to face India in the first test on Friday with veteran bowler Dale Steyn far from sure of a place in the side, coach Ottis Gibson said on Tuesday. "We have to try and pick the best team for the conditions and it is clearly a selection headache,...

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Maxwell, Wade axed from Australia ODI squad to play England

SYDNEY: Regulars Glenn Maxwell and Matthew Wade were axed from Australia´s squad on Wednesday for this month´s one-day international series against England. Chief selector Trevor Hohns said ODI specialist Maxwell was omitted over consistency concerns, while Tim Paine takes the wicketkeeping gloves from Wade following his outstanding form in the Ashes Test series. Selectors also named Australia´s Test pace trio...

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Munro blasts record century as New Zealand crush West Indies

MOUNT MAUNGANUI: Colin Munro smashed his way into the record books as New Zealand crushed the West Indies by 119 runs in the final Twenty20 at Mount Maunganui on Wednesday to sweep the series. Munro, with a rollicking 104 off 53 deliveries, became the first player to hit three centuries in international Twenty20 cricket as New Zealand posted an imposing...

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Spin sensation Shadab Khan to join Hong Kong Island United in HKT20 blitz

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s young spin sensation Shadab Khan has joined Hong Kong Island United for the next season of HKT20 blitz. An announcement from the management of Hong Kong Island United said that Shadab Khan has joined the team as the vice captain – the second Pakistani player to join the team after pace sensation Hasan Ali. “Teenage leg-spin sensation Shadab...

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ICC rates MCG pitch as poor after drawn Ashes Test

MELBOURNE: The Melbourne Cricket Ground pitch for the fourth Ashes Test has been rated "poor" by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after last week´s drawn clash between hosts Australia and England saw only 24 wickets fall over five days. The track drew criticism from both competing teams after Australia scored 327 and 263-4 declared in their two innings while England...

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Klavan’s historic goal edges Liverpool past Burnley

BURNLEY: Liverpool defender Ragnar Klavan scored a dramatic injury-time winner as the Reds consolidated their place in the Premier League´s top four with a 2-1 victory over Burnley on Monday. Jurgen Klopp´s side had taken the lead just after the hour after a fine strike from Senegal forward Sadio Mane -- his eighth goal of the season -- but Johann...

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Bangladesh revokes Sabbir’s contract over fan assault

DHAKA: Bangladesh batsman Sabbir Rahman has had his central contract revoked for assaulting a young cricket fan who taunted him during a match last month. The 26-year-old was also slapped with a six-month ban from the domestic game and a fine of two million taka ($24,000) over the incident, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan said. The national contract...

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Ben Stokes cleared to play in IPL despite England ban

England all-rounder Ben Stokes will be eligible to play in the Indian Premier League despite still waiting to hear if he will be charged over an incident last year. The 26-year-old has missed the ongoing Ashes series after being banned from international duty while police investigate his alleged role in a fight outside a nightclub in Bristol last September. But...

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Situation not conducive for Pak-India Cricket series: Sushma Swaraj

NEW DELHI: Indian Minister for Foreign affairs Sushma Swaraj said that the situation is not conducive for Pakistan-India bilateral series, Times of India reported. When question was posed to him regarding the Cricket series between the arch rival, the BJP(Bhartia Janta Party) loyalist said that continuous violations of cease fire in Line of Control don't send 'engaging tones' However, it...

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Refreshed Murray ready for 2018 assault

Former world number one Andy Murray said Sunday he was desperate to get back into competitive tennis after a five-month absence due to a debilitating hip injury. Murray, who is in Queensland for the season-opening Brisbane International, has not played on the ATP tour since losing a tough five-setter to American Sam Querrey in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon. He said...

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Smith century secures Ashes Test draw with England

MELBOURNE: Steve Smith scored his 23rd Test century to bat out a draw for Australia in the fourth Ashes Test and deny England their first win of the series in Melbourne on Saturday. The Australia skipper stonewalled the English bowling attack to remain unconquered on 102 for his third century of the series when the Test was called a draw...

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Djokovic sub Murray ring rusty on return

ABU DHABI: Andy Murray made his comeback from a nearly five months injury layoff, losing a one-set match to Spain´s Roberto Bautista Agut in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship on Friday. The former world number one, winner of three Grand Slam titles, lost 6-2 after filling in for Novak Djokovic, who was a late withdrawal Friday after a recurrence of...

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World top athletes who bid farewell to their careers in 2017  

By: Waqas Jawaid All great things must come to an end, and each year, we get some of the titans in sports calling it a career. Some went out on top, while others simply decided it was on to the next chapter. As the year ends we take a look at some athletes who hung up their boots but not...

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