Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Sports

Billings’ 93 helps England hunt down 305

Sam Billings gears up for a reverse sweep, India A v England XI, Mumbai. MUMBAI: Shikhar Dhawan and Yuvraj Singh scored half-centuries, and the relatively less-heralded Ambati Rayudu scored a hundred. But, the magic the crowd thirsted for had to be conjured by the man they had assembled in large ...

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FIFA approves 48-teams World Cup for 2026

ZURICH: FIFA’s ruling council Tuesday unanimously approved an expansion of the World Cup to 48 teams in 2026, in a major coup for the body’s president Gianni Infantino. In a bid to widen the game’s global appeal and enrich its coffers, the FIFA panel endorsed a format with 16 groups ...

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Ravi Shastri snubs Sourav Ganguly, hails MS Dhoni

NEW DELHI: Ravi Shastri has stirred the pot by excluding Sourav Ganguly from his list of greatest-ever Indian captains, while hailing MS Dhoni as the ‘dada captain’. “By far, Dhoni is the best captain I have seen. My salaam to a dada captain. With so many wins under his belt, ...

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83-year-old Argentine grandmother revives tennis dream

BUENOS AIRES: Ana Obarrio de Pereyra Iraola’s dream of becoming a tennis star was put on hold in 1949 when her husband stopped her playing. For the next 20 years, she concentrated on raising their 10 children instead. But now at 83, this Argentine grandmother has revived her dream. “I ...

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Cristiano Ronaldo wins FIFA best player award for 4th time

ZURICH: Capping what he called the best year of his career, Cristiano Ronaldo won his fourth FIFA best player award on Monday (Tuesday in Manila). The double European champion with Portugal and Real Madrid beat great rival Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann to complete a sweep of top individual awards. ...

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Irfan withdraws from Australia tour after mother dies

SYDNEY: After Mohammad Irfan’s mother sadly passed away on Monday, the left-arm fast bowler has gone back to Pakistan to mourn. Being named in the squad for the five-match ODI series against the Baggie Greens, Irfan was informed of his mother’s death during practice. Reports from Australia reckon that the ...

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India vs England: Yuvraj Singh recalled again

NEW DELHI: In sport, precocious talent is a seductress. If that talent even as much as shows signs of realising its potential, even the most rational of observers would be willing to cut it some slack when the said talent isn’t producing the promised goods. Especially if the talent also ...

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Lahore to stage PSL final, confirms PCB

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed that the final of this year’s Pakistan Super League would be held in Lahore on March 9. The PCB has confirmed that they are now working on the plans to bring the international players to the country, and if the players are not ...

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New Zealand beat Bangladesh, seal 3-0 whitewash

MOUNT MAUNGANUI: Corey Anderson bludgeoned 94 off just 41 balls as New Zealand beat Bangladesh by 27 runs in the third Twenty20 at Bay Oval on Sunday to sweep the series. Anderson, who put on 124 runs for the fourth wicket with Kane Williamson (60), hit a New Zealand record ...

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If given chance, I’ll deliver: Shahzad

ISLAMABAD: Opening batsman Ahmad Shahzad is optimistic about his return to the national team and vows if given chance, he will deliver. Shahzad said: “I am keeping eyes on West Indies matches, let’s see if given chance, I will prove my worth and play leading role in helping my team ...

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