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Asia Cup: Maliks heroics get Pakistan over the line over a game Afghanistan

DUBAI: Afghanistan won the toss and decided to bat against Pakistan in the group four match of the Asia Cup 2018 at Abu-Dhabi Cricket Stadium here on Friday. Pakistan did three changes in team. Shaheen Shah Afridi, Muhammad Nawaz and Haris Sohail are replacing Shadab Khan, Amir and Faheem Ashraf. After defeating Bangladesh in the final match of the group...

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First ODI: Imam stars as Pakistan thrashes Zimbabwe by 201 runs

BULAWAYO: Pakistan thrashed Zimbabwe by 201 runs in the first One-Day International (ODI) match of the Five match series being played at Bulawayo on Friday. Batting first Pakistan scored 308 runs in allotted 50 overs, courtesy career-best 128 from opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq. He was awarded Man of the match. In response the host were all out all out on 107 runs...

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There is more to Croatia than just Modric magic

MOSCOW: Croatia´s run to the World Cup final is largely down to Luka Modric´s tireless work in midfield but their ability to switch tactics efficiently should be a warning for opponents France on Sunday. When the two sides meet at Moscow´s Luzhniki Stadium all eyes will be on Modric and how the French will attempt to put shackles on the...

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Ronaldo’s Juventus move sparks strike in Italy

ROME: Fans of Italian giants Juventus are delighted their team has netted Cristiano Ronaldo as their star summer recruit -- but a union has called a strike saying the 100 million-euro signing is too much. The USB union confirmed Thursday it has called a three-day strike from Sunday at the Fiat plant in the southern town of Melfi in protest....

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Sarfaraz confident for series win against depleted Zimbabwe

Bulawayo: Pakistan cricket team captain Sarfaraz Ahmed said that men in green must not consider Zimbabwe a weak side as Pakistani team also making on the field with young names. “No team can be considered a weak opponent  yet, we are also playing with relatively young side”, said Sarfaraz in a press conference held at Bulawayo ahead of the first...

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Sublime Serena to face Kerber in her 10th Wimbledon final

Serena Williams booked a Wimbledon final rematch against Angelique Kerber as the seven-time champion marched into her 10th All England Club title match with a 6-2, 6-4 rout of Julia Goerges on Thursday. On 20-match winning streak at Wimbledon, Serena is the third oldest female Grand Slam finalist in the Open era at 36 years and 291 days. She will...

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Croatia reach World cup final after 2-1 win over England

MOSCOW: Mario Mandzukic scored in the 109th minute as Croatia came from behind to beat England 2-1 after extra time on Wednesday and reach their first World Cup final, where they will face France on Sunday, and send the Balkan nation into raptures. England, appearing in their first semi-final since 1990, had looked on course for their first final since...

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Djokovic through to Wimbledon semi-final, blasts ‘unnecessary’ warnings

LONDON: Three-time champion Novak Djokovic reached his eighth Wimbledon semi-final on Wednesday with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Japan's Kei Nishikori in a stormy Centre Court clash. Djokovic, 31, will be playing in his 32nd Slam semi-final where he will face either world number one Rafael Nadal or fifth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro. It will be Djokovic's first...

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From player to one-man multinational — Cristiano Ronaldo

He may not have added the World Cup to his Euro 16 success and hattrick of Champions Leagues. But with another Ballon d'Or looking likely and a move to Juventus complete, Cristiano Ronaldo's status is as much that of multinational as footballer. The 33-year--old had long ago moved onto another plane in his nine years at the Bernabeu as the...

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World Cup fever rises in England on #WaistcoatWednesday

LONDON: Around 32 million people across Britain are expected to tune in on Wednesday hoping Gareth Southgate can steer England into the World Cup final for the first time in 52 years. The manager has caught the eye in Russia as much for his sartorial elegance as his success with his young team, lead on the pitch by tournament topscorer...

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France beats Belgium by 1-0, advances to World Cup final

Samuel Umtiti headed France into the World Cup final in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday with a 1-0 win, consigning Belgium's 'golden generation' to another bitter disappointment. France's own supremely talented young squad will aim to make amends for defeat on home soil in the final of Euro 2016 in Sunday's showpiece against England or Croatia. In a World Cup replete...

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Ronaldo signs for Juventus from Real Madrid

MADRID: Five-times world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo has signed for Italian champions Juventus from Real Madrid, the La Liga club said in a statement on Tuesday. Ronaldo, who joined Real from Manchester United in 2008 for a then world record 80 million pounds ($106.27 million), is the Spanish club’s all-time top scorer with 451 goals in all competitions...

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Federer, Nadal and Djokovic face Wimbledon Centre Court dilemma

Novak Djokovic insists it's only fair that he should play his Wimbledon quarter-final on Centre Court on Wednesday, handing the All England Club a dilemma over relegating Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal to Court One. Despite being a three-time champion, Djokovic has featured just once on Centre Court -- against British home favourite Kyle Edmund in the last 32 --...

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Wimbledon won’t budge on World Cup final clash, happy with phone viewing

LONDON: Wimbledon chiefs insisted again Monday that the men´s final will start at its traditional time despite clashing with a potential England World Cup triumph but will have no objection if the Centre Court crowd want to take sneak peeks of the action from Moscow on their phones. The All England Club has come under increasing pressure to rethink its...

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France eye World Cup final but Belgium have Henry factor

SAINT PETERSBURG: World Cup favourites France, targeting the final in Russia two decades after their 1998 triumph, said Monday one of their greatest players, Thierry Henry, would feel torn as he plotted their downfall from the dugout of opponents Belgium. The European neighbours meet in Tuesday´s first semi-final in Saint Petersburg for the right to play England or Croatia in...

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Ahmed Shehzad to be charged after report confirms failure in dope test

KARACHI: Pakistan batsman Ahmed Shehzad is set to be suspended and charge sheeted by the Pakistan Cricket Board after an independent review confirmed that he tested positive for a banned substance. The PCB tweeted on Tuesday that it will issue a charge sheet to the opener today, after an independent review board report confirmed that Shehzad tested positive for a...

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France eye World Cup final but Belgium have Henry factor

World Cup favourites France, targeting the final in Russia two decades after their 1998 triumph, said Monday one of their greatest players, Thierry Henry, would feel torn as he plotted their downfall from the dugout of opponents Belgium. The European neighbours meet in Tuesday's first semi-final in Saint Petersburg for the right to play England or Croatia in Sunday's showpiece...

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