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Pakistan face Australia with Twenty20 top ranking at stake

ABU DHABI: Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed is confident his team can defend their world number one ranking in a stern challenge from Australia in a three-match Twenty20 series starting in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Sarfraz led Pakistan to a tri-series triumph by beating Australia in the final at Harare in July this year and needs to win at least one...

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Australia face challenge after Haris Sohail smacks maiden Test century

Australia's openers survived a torrid 13 over spell to finish on 30 without loss after Haris Sohail's maiden century guided Pakistan to 482 on the second day of the first Test in Dubai on Monday. Usman Khawaja was unbeaten on 17 and debutant Aaron Finch was 13 not out as Australia negotiated some tight spin bowling from Pakistan on a...

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Bale, De Bruyne in first Ballon d’Or nominees

Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale and Manchester City's Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne were among the first 10 nominees for the Ballon d'Or award announced on Monday. Bale, who scored two goals in Real's triumph in the final of the Champions League against Liverpool, joins his club teammate Karim Benzema among the first wave of 30 nominees for...

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First Test: Ton-up Hafeez puts Pakistan in dominate position against Australia

Opener Mohammad Hafeez celebrated his recall with an impressive century as Pakistan dominated the opening day of the first Test against Australia in Dubai on Sunday. Pakistan were 255-3 at the close of play, with Haris Sohail unbeaten on 15 and nightwatchman Mohammad Abbas one not out as Australian bowlers toiled away with little success on a flat Dubai Stadium...

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ICC Cricket World Cup trophy reaches Karachi

KARACHI: ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy has reached its last destination Karachi today (Sunday) after showing up at Lahore and Islamabad. Former captain and Wicket-keeper batsman Moin Khan lifted the trophy in National Cricket Stadium Karachi. The trophy had arrived in the metropolis on late Saturday. Talking to media former Wicket-keeper Batsman Moin Khan was optimistic that Pakistan will win...

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Nurmagomedov beats McGregor as brawl mars UFC bout

Khabib Nurmagomedov thwarted Conor McGregor's bid to regain the UFC lightweight crown Saturday with a dominant submission victory in a grudge match marred by a post-fight brawl. Nurmagomedov improved to 27-0 in his professional career -- 11-0 in UFC bouts -- with the win at a sold-out T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The UFC lightweight champion had McGregor on the...

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Kuldeep Yadav five-for gives India record Test win against West Indies

RAJKOT, India: Spinner Kuldeep Yadav starred in India´s biggest-ever Test triumph as they thrashed the West Indies by an innings and 272 runs inside three days in the opening match on Saturday. The tourists were dismissed for 196 early in the final session while following on, to trail the two-match series 1-0. They were bowled out for 181 in their...

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Doping code breach: PCB suspends opening batsman Ahmad Shahzad

LAHORE: PCB has suspended opening batsman Ahmad Shahzad for violating the Pakistan Cricket Board’s anti-doping rules, a press release said on Friday. According to a press release Shehzad has banned for four months. The ban will be effective from July 10, 2018. The PCB states that Shahzad was charged with two anti-doping violations for the presence of a prohibited substance...

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Nike ‘deeply concerned’ and Juventus shares drop amid Ronaldo rape claims

US sportswear giant Nike says it is "deeply concerned" by rape allegations against Cristiano Ronaldo and shares in Italian champions Juventus fell over five percent on the Italian stock exchange on Friday. Ronaldo's coach at Juventus, Massimiliano Allegri, said the striker is "doing well" and is "ready to play" when the Turin giants travel to Udinese in Serie A on...

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Ravindra Jadeja scores maiden test century as India declare on record 649-9

RAJKOT: Ravindra Jadeja smashed his maiden international century as India posted their highest total against the West Indies after declaring on 649-9 in the first Test in Rajkot on Friday. The left-handed Jadeja remained unbeaten on 100 as the hosts rammed home the advantage after resuming the day on 364-4. Skipper Virat Kohli also hit a landmark ton, top-scoring with...

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Embattled Ronaldo to miss Portugal internationals: coach

Cristiano Ronaldo has been left out of Portugal's next four internationals, the national coach Fernando Santos said Thursday, days after rape allegations against the Juventus star resurfaced. Santos told a press conference that he and the president of the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) Fernando Gomes talked to Ronaldo and "we agreed that the player was not available for this or...

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ABD and Steve Smith awarded coveted Platinum categories in PSL auction

Australian batsman Steve Smith has become the second high profile player to sign for the fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). Last month, South Africa’s AB de Villiers had announced that he will be participating in the upcoming edition of PSL. Windies trio of Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine are also part of the platinum players...

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Del Potro seals ATP Finals spot as Dimitrov exits Beijing

Favourite Juan Martin del Potro avoided the fate of third seed Grigor Dimitrov to surge into the quarter-finals of the China Open and seal his spot at the ATP Finals on Wednesday. The towering Argentine top seed, enjoying one of the best seasons of his injury-blighted career, dismissed Russia's stubborn Karen Khachanov 6-4, 7-6 (7/4). Victory means that Del Potro...

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Indo-Pak cricket dispute: Verdict on PCB’s compensation claim reserved

DUBAI: International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Dispute Resolution Committee has reserved verdict on Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) seeking compensation from Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Newsone reported on Wednesday. The Dispute Panel comprised by Michael Beloff QC, Chairperson, Jan Paulsson Annabelle Bennett heard the proceedings. BCCI have recorded statement that they are unable to play against Pakistan until...

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Pogba says ‘not allowed’ to talk after Man United stalemate

Paul Pogba said he was not allowed to talk after Manchester United failed to arrest their recent slump with a drab 0-0 Champions League draw against Valencia. Jose Mourinho's United have made their worst start to a league campaign in 29 years after an embarrassing 3-1 loss at West Ham and are already out of the League Cup. Tuesday's stalemate...

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ICC World Cup 2019 Trophy arrives in Lahore

Web Desk: ICC World Cup 2019 trophy, which is on world tour these days, reached Lahore today (Wednesday). The trophy will be displayed for public at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore tomorrow. According to details, the trophy will remain in Pakistan from October 3 to October 13. Fast-bowler Mohammad Irfan was also present on this occasion and he expressed his...

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Ahead of tour ICC warns England, Sri Lanka players of match-fixing

Cricket's world governing body said Wednesday players would be briefed about the risk of approaches from "corrupters" during England's upcoming tour of Sri Lanka amid fears of match-fixing. The International Cricket Council's anti-corruption chief Alex Marshall said Sri Lanka was the subject of corruption inquiries but the England tour itself was not under question. "However, I will take the opportunity...

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