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Tears, a sword and a mishit: A look at five great India-Pakistan cricket encounters

Sparks generally fly when India take on Pakistan at cricket and Wednesday's Asia Cup clash in Dubai will be an emotionally charged fixture as always. AFP Sport looks at five of the most memorable previous encounters, the first since Pakistan thrashed India by 180 runs in the Champions Trophy final in June 2017. - Dark day - On the same...

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Andy Murray true to word with second round exit at US Open

NEW YORK: Andy Murray lived up to his pre-tournament prediction that he would not win this year’s US Open when he was beaten 7-5 2-6 6-4 6-4 by Spain’s Fernando Verdasco in the second round on Wednesday. The former world number one and 2012 US Open champion, who is still working his way back from hip surgery and had earlier...

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Nadal eases past Pospisil to reach U.S. Open third round

NEW YORK - Defending champion Rafa Nadal eased into the third round of the U.S. Open with a regulation 6-3 6-4 6-2 victory over unseeded Vasek Pospisil on Wednesday. A fresh-looking Nadal, whose first round match was cut short after his opponent David Ferrer retired with a calf injury, started brightly against the Canadian and never looked back. The Spaniard...

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Rejigged England face revived India in fourth Test

SOUTHAMPTON: England will hope an altered side can tame a resurgent India in the fourth Test at Southampton starting on Thursday. Joe Root, the England captain, announced two changes on Wednesday to the team that suffered a 203-run defeat in the third Test at Trent Bridge. Off-spinning all-rounder Moeen Ali and left-arm swing bowler Sam Curran have replaced top-order batsman...

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Loew rejects Ozil’s accusations of racism in German FA

Joachim Loew has rejected Mesut Ozil's accusations of racism within the German Football Association (DFB) as the head coach gave his analysis of Germany's World Cup debacle on Wednesday. "Mesut made allegations of racism, but I can clearly say that in the DFB, there have never been racist comments," Loew said while announcing his squad to face world champions France...

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ACC to continue selling tickets for Indo-Pak encounter

Web Desk: The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has announced it will continue to sell tickets for the highly anticipated Pakistan and India clash in the upcoming Asia Cup. After a crushing and historic defeat in their last encounter, Indian board hesitant over playing back-to-back matches against arch nemesis Pakistan, ‘fatigue’ is feared by BCCI and wants their team to function...

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Ronaldo’s overhead kick against Juventus wins UEFA goal of season

Cristiano Ronaldo's stunning overhead bicycle kick for Real Madrid against current club Juventus has been voted UEFA's goal of the season. The former Real Madrid striker beat competition from 11 nominees for the award in honour of his goal in last season's Champions League quarter-final first leg in Turin. "Thanks to everyone who voted for me. Will never forget that...

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ICC wants footage from new Al Jazeera graft documentary

SYDNEY: The Al Jazeera TV news channel is planning a follow-up documentary about alleged corruption in cricket, Australian and global cricket chiefs revealed Tuesday, appealing for access to unedited footage to properly investigate the claims. The Qatar-based broadcaster made a series of spot-fixing allegations in a first documentary entitled ‘Cricket’s Match-Fixers’ earlier this year involving unidentified current and former players....

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Djokovic in ‘survival mode’ at steamy US Open; Federer wins

NEW YORK  — His cheeks red, hair matted with sweat, Novak Djokovic appeared to be in such distress as he trudged to a changeover on a steamy U.S. Open afternoon that someone suggested it would be a good idea to have a trash can at the ready, just in case he lost his lunch. Djokovic sat down and removed his...

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PCB reveals schedule for Australia, NZ series

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday announced the schedule for the upcoming series against Australia and New Zealand. According to the schedule, Pakistan will kick off their tour with a four-day tour match against Australia A on September 29 at the ICC Academy in Dubai. Australia and Pakistan will then battle it out in a two-match Test series,...

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Asian Games: Pakistan thrashes arch rivals India in volleyball quarterfinal

JAKARTA: Pakistan on Tuesday defeated arch rivals in three sets to one in the quarter-final of the men's volleyball event at the Asian Games 2018 in Indonesia. India gained the upper hand in the match when they won the first set 25-21. Dominating the second set, Pakistan wrapped up the second set 25-21 and kept the pressure on India. Pakistan won the next set...

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‘Zalmi Madrasa League’ to kick off tomorrow in Peshawar

Pakistan's first ever Madrasa League is starting from tomorrow in Peshawar. The famous Pakistani spin bowling sensation and current spin bowling consultant of Peshawar Zalmi and England Cricket Team, gave his wholehearted congratulations to Zalmi Foundation and chairman Javed Afridi for the starting of the Zalmi Madrasa League from tomorrow. "Hoping to find some great new talent from the first...

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Do you know who gave ‘Boom Boom’ title to Shahid Afridi?

Web Desk: Former star all-rounder, Shahid Afridi has revealed that it was former Indian cricketer and current coach Ravi Shastri who gave him the name 'Boom Boom.' During a Q&A session on Twitter, Afridi was asked about the person who gave him the famous ‘Boom Boom’ title. In an answer Afridi revealed that it was former Indian cricketer and current...

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Asian Games: Javelin Thrower Nadeem Arshad wins bronze for Pakistan

Javelin Thrower Nadeem Arshad clinched the third medal for Pakistan at the Asian Games 2018 being held in Nepal. Arshad won the bronze medal in the final of Javelin Throw tournament. He hit the mark of 80.75 , with six attempts of 73.52, 76.73, 72.20, 80.75,77.56,72.20 respectively. With the latest addition to its tally, Pakistan has secured three medals in...

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China’s Su becomes Asia’s fastest man in Asian Games record time

JAKARTA: China’s Su Bingtian was crowned Asia’s fastest man on Sunday, justifying the hype surrounding him by winning the blue riband 100 metres sprint gold in an Asian Games record time. Su became the first Asian-born sprinter to run the distance in under 10 seconds in June when he clocked 9.91 twice in the space of eight days, matching the...

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Asian Games 2018: Pakistan qualify for hockey semis after hammering Malaysia 4-1

Pakistan recorded their fourth consecutive win in the men’s hockey competition of the Asian Games on Sunday as they thrashed the 12th ranked Malaysia 4-1 in Jakarta. Both teams have qualified for the semi-finals after the preliminary round, in which Pakistan will now play their last match against Bangladesh on August 28. For Pakistan, Ejaz Ahmed scored two goals while...

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Mohammad Irfan breaks record by bowling most economical spell in T20 history

Fast bowler Mohammad Irfan — currently playing for Barbados Tridents — bowled the most economical spell in Twenty20 history on Saturday, only conceding a run from his final ball. The giant 7ft 1in (2.16m) left-armer, playing for Barbados Tridents against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the Caribbean Premier League, also took the wickets of the usually big-hitting West Indies...

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