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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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Maria’s dream for squash gold ends at SAF Games

GUWAHATI: India’s top player Joshna Chinappa clinched the gold in women’s individual squash competition of the 12th South Asian Games after beating Pakistan’s Maria Toorpaki Wazir in a tense and ill-tempered summit clash on Monday. Top seed Chinappa, ranked 14th in the world, recovered from one set down to beat ...

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Pakistan Super League kicks off in UAE today

The first match of the PSL will be played between Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators today. DUBAI (Dunya News/AFP) – The long-awaited Pakistan Super League (PSL) is ready to kick off today (Thursday) in Dubai. The first match of the PSL will be played between Islamabad United under Misbah-ul Haq’s ...

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Rise of cricket officials and fall of the game

When England crashed out of the pre-quarters at the 2015 World Cup in Australia-New Zealand, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) knew it was time for an overhaul. It started with stepping down of Giles Clarke, the ECB’s Chairman of eight years, followed by the removal of Managing Director ...

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India, Kohli top T20 rankings

KARACHI: Indian batsman Virat Kohli’s excellent run of form in the just-concluded series against Australia has allowed him to hold on to the status of world’s number-one ranked Twenty20 International batsman in the latest ICC player rankings for T20 batsmen, which were released on Monday. Kohli was the leading run-scorer ...

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Ajmal ‘rediscovers old rhythm’, targets World T20 return

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s discarded off-spinner Saaed Ajmal says he is hopeful of proving his form in a forthcoming domestic league as he targets a return to national colours in the World Twenty20 this March. The 38-year-old, whose accuracy and deceptive doosrahelped drive his team to victory in the 2009 edition, has ...

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McCullum hopes to return for Pakistan decider

AUCKLAND: Brendon McCullum said he expects to return to the New Zealand team for the deciding one-day international against Pakistan in Auckland on Sunday, however explosive opener Martin Guptill is now doubtful. Guptill twisted an ankle in training on Saturday and was rated by coach Mike Hesson as “a 50:50 ...

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Sania Mirza, Martina Hingis win Australian Open doubles title

MELBOURNE: World number one doubles pairing Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza clinched their first Australian Open doubles title together with a 7-6(1) 6-3 victory over Czech pair Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka on Friday. It was the 12th grand slam women’s doubles title for Hingis while the third for India’s ...

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