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World T20: Government approves Pakistan’s visit to India

Months of speculation over Pakistan’s participation in the 2016 World Twenty20 ended on Thursday after the government approved the team’s visit to India for the tournament. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan said he was ‘pleased’ that the government had given its consent for the team’s participation but ...

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Football: Messi magic leaves Arsenal spellbound

LONDON (AFP) – Lionel Messi left Arsenal spellbound as the Barcelona striker s clinical double sealed a 2-0 last 16, first leg victory that put the Champions League holders firmly on course for the quarter-finals on Tuesday. Barca coach Luis Enrique joked this week that all he needed to do was ...

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Manny Pacquiao negotiating new deals after Nike axe

Muslim Times MANILA (AFP) – Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao is holding sponsorship negotiations with sports apparel companies. The talks are being made after US giant Nike dropped him over his controversial comments on same-sex couples, his business manager said Tuesday. Nike cut ties with the eight-time world champion last ...

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Tennis: Nadal through to last eight in Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) – Rafael Nadal won through to the quarter-finals of the clay-court event in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday. The troubled Mallorcan is the top seed in what is his second tournament since being humbled in the first round of the Australian Open. Beaten in the semi-finals ...

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Tennis: Sania Mirza, Hingis reach 40-love

          SAINT PETERSBURG (AFP) – Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis recorded their 40th successive win on Sunday when they captured the St Petersburg women s doubles title and then set their sights on breaking a record which has stood for over 25 years. The India and Swiss ...

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‘Speechless’ Khurram over the moon after World T20 call-up

KARACHI: Recalled opening batsman Khurram Manzoor admitted being ‘speechless’ after he was named in the Pakistan squad for the next month’s ICC World Twenty20 in India despite never having represented the country in the shortest form of cricket. The 29-year-old right-hander, who was unceremoniously discarded after playing the last of ...

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Pietersen won’t be selected for World Twenty20: Morgan

LONDON: Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen will not be recalled for this year’s World Twenty20 in India, captain Eoin Morgan was quoted on Monday as saying. Pietersen, 35, has not played for England in any format since 2014 but has been in good form recently in club Twenty20 tournaments in ...

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Football: Ronaldo committed to seeing out Real contract

MADRID (AFP) – Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo is staying at Real Madrid for at least another two years, the forward said on Monday. The 31-year-old three-time Ballon d Or winner was picking up an award as top scorer in Spain for last season from Spanish daily Marca when he made the ...

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Smith takes Australia captaincy for World T20

SYDNEY: Australian selectors Tuesday dumped Aaron Finch as captain in favour of Steve Smith for the World Twenty20 which begins next month in India, while Peter Nevill replaces Matthew Wade as wicketkeeper. Finch has been skipper since October 2014 but with Smith already captain of both the Test and one-day ...

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