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Imran Khan and other sports stars turned politicians

Imran Khan's anointment as Pakistan's new prime minister caps a more than two decade transformation from a World Cup winning cricket captain to a world leader. But he is not the only one to have swapped playing fields for the hustings. Here are five other sport stars who have made a similar switch: George Weah  Imran's elevation to premier is...

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Woakes maiden century in Lord’s test giving English side a firm grip over shattered Indians

LONDON: Chris Woakes continued a superb return to England duty with a maiden Test century against India at Lord´s on Saturday as the home side took a firm grip on the match. When bad light forced an early close on the third day, England were 357 for six in reply to India´s meagre first-innings 107 -- a commanding lead of...

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Pogba leads Man Utd to winning Premier League start

MANCHESTER: Paul Pogba assumed the responsibility of captain handed to him by Jose Mourinho to help Manchester United get off to a winning start in the Premier League with a 2-1 win over Leicester City on Friday. Less than a month since Pogba scored in the World Cup final to help France lift the trophy, he was thrown straight into...

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Messi assumes Barcelona captaincy

Lionel Messi will captain Barcelona this season with Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique acting as the Argentine legend's lieutenants, the club announced on Friday. Messi will lead Barca out in the Spanish SuperCup on Sunday against Sevilla in the Moroccan port of Tangier. The club confirmed: "The No.10 (Messi) who filled the role of second captain since 2015 will this...

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Shahzaib Hasan’s ban extended to four years

LAHORE: Disgraced cricketer Shahzaib Hasan, who was banned for one year for his involvement in a spot-fixing case of Pakistan Super League in 2017, got another three years of similar punishment in a verdict of an appeal he had filed against his one-year ban. “An independent adjudicator, headed by Justice (retd) Hamid Hasan, on Friday increased the ban to four...

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Rain washes out first day in England-India 2nd Test

LONDON: Rain meant there was no play on the first day of the second Test between England and India at Lord´s on Thursday. Early morning overcast skies in north London eventually gave way to gentle but persistent rain which was sufficient to ensure the pitch and square remained fully covered. The match had been due to start at 11:00am (1000...

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How the Premier League’s top six stand after transfer window

LONDON: With the Premier League´s transfer window closing on Thursday, the top title contenders have completed their squad building until January. Here is a look at how the division´s elite teams fared in the transfer market and what their prospects are for the coming season: Manchester City [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="419"] Last season's runaway champions Man City added former Premier...

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Australian fast bowlers Cummins, Hazlewood out of Pakistan Test tour

SYDNEY: Australian fast bowlers Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood were on Thursday ruled out of the upcoming Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates as they continue to recover from injury. Both players missed the recent one-series against England as their struggle to get over lumbar bone stress issues. Neither has played since Australia's scandal-plagued tour of South...

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Kohli just wants India to ‘cross the line’

LONDON: India captain Virat Kohli has no qualms over who stars for his side so long as they win. The tourists head into the second Test at Lord´s starting Thursday 1-0 down in a five-match series after England won the first Test at Edgbaston by 31 runs last week. That was despite star batsman Kohli making exactly 200 runs in...

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Chelsea sign Kepa Arrizabalaga in record deal, Courtois heads for Real

LONDON: Spain´s Kepa Arrizabalaga became the most expensive goalkeeper in history on Wednesday after Chelsea confirmed his 80 million euro (£71.6 million, $92 million) move from Athletic Bilbao. Kepa´s arrival at Stamford Bridge came shortly after Chelsea had agreed to sell Belgian international 'keeper Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid for a reported fee of 35 million euros. The 23-year-old has...

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Roger Federer turns 37

Web-Desk: Roger Fedrer who is a Swiss Professional Tennis Player who remained World Number One tennis Player in ATP rankings for about six years and won 20 grand slams in his career, turned 37 today. The Swiss Superman is currently ranked world No.2 in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). He also holds a record for...

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Ricky Ponting says Australia ball-tampering bans ‘shocked’ world cricket

Ricky Ponting believes the lengthy bans given to former Australia captain Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft for their roles in March's ball-tampering scandal in South Africa have been a beneficial "shock" to world cricket. Smith and his deputy Warner were given 12-month bans by Cricket Australia, with batsman Bancroft — the man who sandpapered the ball in a...

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Afghanistan to hold cricket league in UAE

Web Desk: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday has allowed Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) to hold Afghanistan Premier League (APL) in United Arab Emirates (UAE) this year.   According to details, UAE has agreed to support the league by hosting its matches in Sharjah. The correspondence received from ICC has confirmed the approval of the league by cricket’s global...

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Muhammad Hafeez mulls to avoid signing central contract after demoted to ‘B’ category

KARACHI: According to Newsone, senior player and all rounder Muhammad Hafeez who was demoted to Category B under the new central contract, is pondering not to sign the contract. According to sources privy to development,  Hafeez has expressed strong reservations over the new contract which demoted him to the second tier category. It is pertinent to mention that 37-year-old, who...

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Tennis star Serena Williams struggling with “postpartum emotions”

Serena Williams says she is suffering from "postpartum emotions" as the 23-time Grand Slam winner struggles to deal with juggling family life and tennis. The 36-year-old American is seeking to regain her top form after missing most of the 2017 WTA season due to a pregnancy. "I read several articles that said postpartum emotions can last up to three years...

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ICC chief says ball tampering, bad behaviour threatens ‘cricket’s DNA’

Global cricket boss David Richardson declared that ball tampering and bad behaviour threatened "cricket's DNA" and would not be tolerated by fans in the wake of the Australia cheating scandal. The International Cricket Council chief executive said the "public has spoken" on bad behaviour in the game as he delivered the annual MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lord's...

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Javed Afridi voices his support for Najam Sethi to continue as PCB chairman

Web Desk: As Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) is all set to form government in centre and Imran Khan would become the next prime minister of Pakistan it would be difficult for Najam Sethi to retain his position as PCB chief. The veteran journalist and PCB chief while giving reply to one of his fan on twitter has announced that he will...

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