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Pogba propels Man United to victory against Young Boys

Paul Pogba's brilliant opening goal was the catalyst as Manchester United overcame a difficult start to beat Young Boys 3-0 in Bern in their opening Champions League game on Wednesday. Skipper Pogba struck to cut down the Swiss champions in their prime before he then doubled United's lead from a penalty just before the break. The France star also set...

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Pakistan’s 16 member squad finalized, Imad and Hafeez benched

LAHORE: Pakistan’s 16-member squad for the upcoming Asia Cup was announced by Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq here on Tuesday. The squad includes six fast bowlers. Sarfraz Ahmed (Captain) Fakhar Zaman Shoaib Malik Mohammad Amir Shadab Khan Imam ul Haq Shan Masood Babar Azam Asif Ali Haris Sohail Mohammad Nawaz Fahim Ashraf Hasan Ali Junaid Khan Usman Shinwari Shaheen Afridi Pakistan will...

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Maria Sharapova beaten by birthday girl Suarez Navarro in New York

NEW YORK: Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro celebrated her 30th birthday in style at the US Open on Monday by beating Russian Maria Sharapova 6-4 6-3 to book her place in the quarter-finals. Sharapova, the 2006 champion, had never lost a night session match in New York prior to her first Grand Slam meeting with Suarez Navarro. “Thank you so much...

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Kyrgyzstan kicks off third World Nomad Games

Ex-Soviet Kyrgyzstan kicked off the so-called World Nomad Games it has hosted biennally since 2014 Monday with Turkey pledging to host the 2020 edition of the week-long traditional sport extravaganza. The picturesque Kyrchyn gorge near the shores of the Central Asian country's Lake Issyk-Kul was awash with colour as dancers and horse riders entertained international and local guests before the...

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Salah, Modric and Ronaldo on FIFA player of the year shortlist

Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah have been nominated as finalists for The Best FIFA Men’s Player Award, world soccer’s governing body announced on Monday. Ronaldo, who has won the award for the last two years, helped Real Madrid claim a third consecutive Champions League crown before securing a transfer to Juventus. Midfielder Modric, also part of Madrid’s Champions...

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Ehsan Mani installed as new PCB chairman

LAHORE: Ehsan Mani has installed as the new Pakistan Cricket Baord chairman today following the resignation of former PCB chairman Najam Sethi on August 20. Mani was elected unopposed at a special meeting of the Board of Governors held at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore which was superintended by Justice (R) Afzal Haider. Mr. Ehsan Mani has been elected Chairman PCB by...

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England’s Cook to retire from internationals after India series

LONDON: England great Alastair Cook will retire from international cricket after the end of the ongoing series with India, the opening batsman announced Monday. The 33-year-old Essex left-hander is England's all-time leading Test run-scorer with 12,254 at 44.88 including 32 hundreds while his run of 159 consecutive Test appearances is a world record. But the former England captain has struggled...

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Ali bowls England to series win over India

Moeen Ali bowled England to a series-clinching 60-run win in the fourth Test against India at Southampton on Sunday. Victory, achieved with more than a day to spare, left England an unassailable 3-1 up in the five-match series against India, the world's number one ranked Test side, ahead of Friday's finale at The Oval. India, set 245 to win, were...

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Asian Games in the bag – but could Indonesia host the Olympics?

An Indonesian bid to host the 2032 Olympics would have been laughed off just a few weeks ago, but a smooth Asian Games may just have put it in the frame to host the world's biggest multi-sports event. No Southeast Asian country has talked seriously about holding the Summer Games, meaning that even a bid would be another major step...

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Sri Lanka recalls Lasith Malinga for Asia Cup

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's cricket selectors Saturday recalled fast bowler Lasith Malinga after a year in limbo and included him in a 16-member squad for the upcoming Asia Cup tournament. The injury-prone 35-year-old had been largely ignored since his last ODI appearance in September last year against India in Colombo when he took just one wicket for 35 runs. Sri Lanka...

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India chasing 245 to level Test series against England

SOUTHAMPTON: India were set a target of 245 to win the fourth Test against England on the fourth day of five at Southampton on Sunday. England, 2-1 up in this five-match series, were eventually dismissed for 271 in their second innings after resuming on their overnight 260 for eight. Mohammed Shami struck with the first ball of the day's play...

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Bangladeshi batsman Sabbir Rahman awarded six-month ban for disciplinary breaches

DHAKA: Bangladesh cricket authorities on Saturday proposed banning batsman Sabbir Rahman from international cricket for six months for multiple disciplinary breaches, an official said. The announcement comes as the batsman, who was recently axed from the Bangladesh squad for the Asia Cup this month, completed a six-month ban from domestic cricket in June for assaulting a fan during a match....

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“Should I hit myself with a bat or burn my kit”, Kamran Akmal slams coach, captain over his non-selection

KARACHI: Pakistan Wicket keeper Batsman, Kamran Akmal, on Saturday expressed his anger over Pakistan Cricket Team captain Sarfaraz Ahmad and coach Mickey Arthur for not selecting him in Pakistan Cricket team, as he is continuously performing well in domestic circuit.   Speaking at the National Stadium in Karachi, Akmal said that the captain and coach have a major say on...

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Virat Kohli to skip Asia Cup: BCCI

MUMBAI: Indian cricket skipper Virat Kohli has been rested for the upcoming Asia Cup, which will be held in the UAE. Rohit Sharma will lead the squad with Shikhar Dhawan being the vice-captain, the Board of Control for Cricket in India confirmed. According to the Indian selectors, Kohli has been rested following a straining tour of England. “Considering the workload we...

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Serena routs Venus 6-1, 6-2 in all-Williams US Open clash

Serena Williams roared through her 30th career meeting with her sister Venus on Friday, booking a US Open fourth-round berth with a 6-1, 6-2 victory. Serena was all business for the highly anticipated all-Williams clash under the lights on Arthur Ashe Stadium. Despite — or because of — the emotional and tactical challenges of facing Venus, the 23-time Grand Slam...

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Nadal reaches US Open last 16 for 10th time with epic triumph

NEW YORK: World number one and defending champion Rafael Nadal came back from a set and break down to defeat Karen Khachanov 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (9/7), 7-6 (7/3) and reach the US Open fourth round on Friday. Victory for the 32-year-old Nadal put him into the last 16 in New York for the 10th time and on course to add...

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Al Nujoom Risers crowned champions of Zalmi Madrasa League

Peshawar: The Zalmi Madrasa League Final took place at Arbab Niaz Stadium, Peshawar between Al Nujoom Risers and Al Wahda Hitters. Both of these teams were favorites of the tournament and seeing them both in the final was not a surprise. Both of these teams defeated their rivals in the semi-finals quite comprehensively and made their way into the final....

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