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Messi hat-trick restores Barcelonas La Liga lead

MADRID: Lionel Messi continued his sublime form by netting his 31st La Liga hat-trick as Barcelona thrashed Levante 5-0 on Sunday to regain their three-point lead at the top of the table. The 31-year-old Argentinian arrived in Valencia having scored two free-kicks in last weekends derby thumping of Espanyol. He took his goals tally for the season to 20 after...

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World Cup Winners: Belgium new crowned champions of Hockey

Belgium lifted the Hockey World Cup for the first as they defeated the Netherlands in the final in a shootout by 3-2 on Sunday at Bhubaneswar, India. Belgium entered the final of the tournament as an underdog against the three-time World Champions Netherlands, however, it was a cracker of a contest as both the teams had their moments in the...

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Andrew Symonds reveals Harbhajan Singh’s emotional apology over ‘monkeygate’

PERTH: Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh "broke down crying" when he finally made up with Andrew Symonds after the infamous "monkeygate" scandal had sent the Australian all-rounder into a downward spiral, he revealed Sunday. A decade on from the ugly incident in the 2008 Sydney Test, where Singh was accused of calling Symonds a "monkey", the Australian said they emotionally called...

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I’m not another Imran Khan: Bangladesh’s Mashrafe Mortaza

DHAKA: He may be Bangladesh's biggest cricket star, but Mashrafe Mortaza insists he is not another Imran Khan, Pakistan's cricketing superhero-turned-prime minister. Contesting a seat in the national parliament for the ruling Awami League party in the December 30 elections, Mashrafe says he just wants to do more for sports and charity. "To be honest, the level where Imran Khan...

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PSL 2019 schedule released: Karachi to host 5 matches including final on March 17th

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday has revealed the full schedule of the fourth edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL). Karachis National Stadium will host a total of five matches, while Gaddafi Stadium Lahore will be lit up for three fixtures. Karachi will host the first of their five matches on March 7, 2019 when Karachi Kings will...

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India fight back with triple strike in Perth

PERTH: India´s bowlers fought back with three quick wickets after lunch to curb Australia´s promising start to the second Test in Perth on Friday. At tea in the inaugural Test at the new Perth Stadium, Australia were 145 for three after winning the toss. Shaun Marsh was batting on eight and Peter Handscomb was on four. Australia had started very...

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Sarfraz Ahmed calls on squad to play ‘without fear’ in South Africa

KARACHI: Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed on Thursday urged his fellow teammates to play "without fear" during their tour of South Africa — a country where they have won only two Tests during their past five tours. The Pakistani side is en route to South Africa to play three Tests, five one-day internationals and three T20 internationals, with the first Test...

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ICC boss ‘confident’ of corruption-free World Cup

NEW DELHI: The head of cricket´s world body said Wednesday he is confident of a corruption-free 2019 World Cup as the sport works overtime to disrupt criminals who attempt to fix matches. David Richardson, chief executive of the International Cricket Council, also called on national governments to do more to tackle match fixing, which has affected lucrative Twenty20 leagues as...

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Pakistan out from Hockey World Cup as Belgium makes into quarter-final

BHUBANESWAR: Pakistan crashed out of the ongoing Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar, after losing 5-0 to Belgium in an all-important cross-over match. The match was played between the two teams to secure a place in the quarter-final of the tournament. The lone point that the men in green earned in their group D match was against Malaysia, where they were...

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Sri Lanka’s Dananjaya suspended from bowling over illegal action

DUBAI: Sri Lanka off-spinner Akila Dananjaya has been suspended from bowling in international cricket over an illegal action, the International Cricket Council announced on Monday. Dananjaya was reported over a suspect bowling action during last month´s first Test of the England series in Sri Lanka, which the tourists won by 211 runs on their way to a 3-0 whitewash. He...

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Egypt’s Youssef Ibrahim crowned CNS International Squash Championship 2018

KARACHI: Final match and prize distribution ceremony of 13th Chief of the Naval Staff International Squash Championship was held at Roshan Khan Jahangir Khan Squash Complex, Karachi. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi graced the occasion as Chief Guest. The Final match of the tournament was played between Youssef Ibrahim from Egypt and Farhan Mehboob of Pakistan....

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Kohli savours ‘very special’ victory over Australia

ADELAIDE: Virat Kohli said Monday it was "very special" to captain India to their first Test win in Australia for a decade and gave his side crucial momentum in their bid for a maiden series victory. The visitors won a tightly-contested opening Test in Adelaide by 31 runs on the fifth day after setting Australia a target of 323, which...

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Sarfaraz signals to step down as Test Captain if he fails to deliver

KARACHI: On Sunday, Pakistan cricket team captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has admitted that his place can be in danger if he fails to deliver. Sarfaraz, while speaking to media on the book launching ceremony of noted sports journalist Saleem Khaliq, said he would consider stepping down himself as Test captain if he felt he is the reason for Pakistan’s defeat. “Who...

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PSL 4: Muhammad Hafeez appointed new Lahore Qalandars captain

Web Desk: Lahore Qalandars  on Sunday named Muhammad Hafeez as captain for the upcoming fourth edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL). According to details, Qalandars CEO Rana Fawad made the announcement along with Hafeez during a press conference in Lahore today. Speaking at a press conference , he said since the first draft, he has  expressed his desire to  acquire...

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Messi’s free-kick magic keeps Barca top

Madrid: Lionel Messi stole the show with two free-kick goals in a blistering display as Barcelona maintained their lead at the top of La Liga with a thumping 4-0 derby win over Catalan rivals Espanyol. The Argentine superstar curled hom two sensational set-pieces and set up another goal as he and his teammates romped to victory at the RCDE Stadium...

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Changes likely if dismal performances continue: Chief Selector Inzamam

LAHORE: Pakistan cricket chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq on Saturday said that changes in the team are likely if performance remains the same. Speaking to media in Lahore, Inzamam said, "Everyone needs to take responsibility and no one is taking responsibility in the team. Tail-enders are not fighting and this is a weakness in the team.” “We have been watching this for a...

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