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Defeat against New Zealand worst of my career, says Arthur

Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur on Tuesday described his team s narrow four-run defeat in the first Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi as the "worst of his coaching career". Pakistan, set a modest 176-run target, were undone by a shambolic batting display as they lost their last seven wickets for just 41 runs after being on course for...

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PM forms task force on sports to improve performance at national, regional level

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan Tuesday ordered constitution of Task Force on sports to review performance of all such bodies, analyze the efficacy and utilization of funds received from various sources and suggest administrative reforms for promoting games at national and regional levels. Chairing a meeting on Inter-Provincial Coordination Ministry here at the Prime Minister Office, Imran Khan was briefed...

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Australia include five uncapped players for Pakistan Tests

SYDNEY: Australia ushered in a fresh era Tuesday by including five uncapped players in their first Test squad since the scandal-plagued tour of South Africa this year. With the disgraced Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft all suspended for their role in the ball-tampering row that sparked one of the worst crises cricket has faced, selectors had slim pickings....

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Cook scores fairytale century in final Test of his career

LONDON: Alastair Cook marked his final Test innings with a storybook hundred as England piled on the runs against India at the Oval on Monday. England were 243 for two in their second innings at lunch on the fourth day of the fifth Test, with Cook 103 not out and Joe Root, his successor as England captain, 92 not out....

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National cricket team will donate Rs3.2m in dam fund, says Captain Sarfaraz

The National Cricket team Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed said on Monday , "We're ready for the Asia Cup and will perform our best in the forthcoming tournament." Talking to media at Qaddafi Stadium in Lahore ahead of Asia Cup, Captain said " National Team has been training hard for the tournament despite the hot weather." "The match against India is very crucial,...

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WTA chief backs Serena as row grows over US Open ‘sexism’

Serena Williams's claim that the code violations that sparked her meltdown in the US Open final were sexist stirred debate, with WTA Tour chief executive Steve Simon backing her on Sunday. Williams was handed three code violations -- and docked a point and then a game -- in her 6-2, 6-4 loss to Naomi Osaka in the Flushing Meadows final....

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US Open champion Djokovic: ‘I owe Federer, Nadal’

Novak Djokovic was thrilled to match Pete Sampras with a 14th Grand Slam title at the US Open on Sunday, but he said it´s Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal who have made him the player he is. "Pete Sampras is one of the biggest legends ever to play the game," Djokovic said after earning a third US Open crown with...

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Serena Williams fined $17K for rules violations at US Open

NEW YORK: — Serena Williams was fined a total of $17,000 for three code violations during her loss to Naomi Osaka in the U.S. Open final. On Sunday, a day after the match, the tournament referee’s office docked Williams $10,000 for “verbal abuse” of chair umpire Carlos Ramos, $4,000 for being warned for coaching, and $3,000 for breaking her racket....

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Serena Williams defends herself after Grand Slam controversy

NEW YORK:  Serena Williams said she did not know her coach was giving her instructions and had “never cheated in her life” after her hopes of winning a 24th Grand Slam title ended in extraordinary scenes at the US Open on Saturday. The American received three code violations, including a game penalty for verbal abuse, from chair umpire Carlos Ramos...

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No ‘Niswar’ but fennel seeds and clove as Afridi reacts to viral video

On Saturday, former Pakistan captain Boom Boom Shahid Afridi has rejected the impression that he was stuffing Naswar in his mouth during a ceremony at GHQ, a day after his video went viral on the social media. Asked to comment on the video, Afridi reached into his pocket to pull out a packet of what he said fennel seeds and...

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Djokovic, Del Potro in US Open final as Nadal quits with knee injury

NEW YORK: Juan Martin del Potro set up a US Open final clash against Novak Djokovic on Friday after defending champion and world number one Rafael Nadal quit his last-four clash against the giant Argentine with a knee injury. Third seed Del Potro, the champion in 2009, was 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 ahead when Nadal retired. Del Potro will now face...

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PCB invalidated ‘CEO appointment proposal’ story, says no such request made to PM

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) strongly denies the story carried today by daily English Newspaper titled ‘PM Imran turns down Mani’s proposal to appoint Majid as CEO', according to a PCB press release. "There is no truth in the story; PCB Chairman Mr. Ehsan Mani has made no request or contacted Patron-in-Chief, Prime Minister Imran Khan for the appointment...

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Mr.360, ABD is coming to PSL this season

LAHORE: The fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League just got more exciting with the signing of South African legend AB de Villiers. The former South African skipper, AB de Villiers, retired from international cricket earlier this year. He is considered among the greatest batsmen of all time with over 20,000 international runs to his name. A supremely athletic fielder...

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Serena storms into US Open final to face Japan history-maker Osaka

Six-time champion Serena Williams swept aside Anastasija Sevastova Thursday to reach a ninth US Open final, where she'll face Japanese trailblazer Naomi Osaka. Williams, seeded 17th as she seeks to add to her 23 Grand Slam titles for the first time since the birth of her daughter Olympia last year, needed just 66 minutes to dispatch the 19th-seeded Sevastova 6-3,...

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Shoaib Akhtar resigns from post of PCB

LAHORE: On Thursday, former Pakistani speedster Shoaib Akhtar resigned from the post of adviser to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman. “This is to announce that I have resigned from the post of adviser to the chairman PCB effective immediately,” Akhtar tweeted. This is to announce that i have resigned from the post of Advisor to the Chairman #PCB effective immediately.@TheRealPCB...

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Australian cricket draws up cultural charter to avoid scandals

Australian cricket is drawing up a cultural blueprint in which players will pledge to uphold certain standards in a move away from their win-at-all-costs mentality, according to skipper Tim Paine. The player charter is being developed in the wake of a ball-tampering scandal in March that rocked the game and cost captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner their...

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Ehsan Mani to go on with legal case against India before ICC over pulling out of bilateral series

ISLAMABAD  — Pakistan’s new cricket chairman says he will continue to push his country’s case at the ICC dispute committee over archrival India pulling out of two bilateral series. “Their (Indian) policy has been overall contradicting, because they are always ready to play in multinational tournaments like Asia Cup and World Cup but pulls out on bilateral arrangements,” Pakistan Cricket...

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