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Zaman hits record double ton as Pakistan pummel Zimbabwe
BULAWAYO: Fakhar Zaman became the first Pakistan player to hit a double century in one-day internationals as Pakistan crushed Zimbabwe by 244 runs to go 4-0 up in their one-day series. Zaman smashed 210 not out from 156 deliveries, moving past the previous record for a Pakistan batsman set by Saeed Anwar with his 194 more than 21 years ago. That wasn’t the only record to tumble. Pakistan’s openers blazed a world record 304-run
 
 
Zach sets pace at British Open, misses cut
CARNOUSTIE: Former champion Zach Johnson survived miserable conditions and birdied the 18th for the second day running to seize the clubhouse lead at the British Open, but Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy also excelled at Carnoustie on Friday. The 42-year-old Johnson, who won the Claret Jug at St Andrews in 2015, followed his 69 in the first round with a second-round 67 in the rain, as he moved to six under par for the tournament
   
‘I want to take academy beyond traditional pockets’
MUMBAI: Sachin Tendulkar waited five years since retirement before launching his own academy and the India batting great wants to take the venture beyond cricket’s traditional pockets, he said on Friday. The world’s leading run-scorer in both tests and one-day internationals has joined forces with Middlesex Cricket to launch an academy for budding male and female cricketers between the ages of nine and 14. “Along the way there
 
 
Real unveil Brazil prodigy Vinicius Jr
Madrid: The 18-year-old Brazilian forward Vinicius Jr was officially unveiled by Real Madrid on Friday after completing his blockbuster transfer from Rio’s Flamengo. Madrid signed the player two years ago for 45 million euros ($52.68m), in a deal that would become official after his 18th birthday on July 12, 2018. Vinicius was accompanied on his trip to Madrid by compatriot and former Real player Ronaldo, who led Brazil to the
   
Bayern chief terms DFB bosses as amateurs
Berlin: Bayern Munich’s chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on Friday ripped into bosses at Germany’s football federation, calling them “amateurs” over their handling of the squad’s disastrous World Cup campaign. “For me, there is a lack of clear professional handling in a crisis situation,” he said. “At the same time, I’m not surprised given that the DFB is filled with amateurs,” added Rummenigge, although he fell short of
 
 
Verstappen dominates German GP practice session
Hoffenheim: Max Verstappen believes he can improve and challenge for pole position after clocking an outright lap record as Red Bull topped the times in Friday’s practice for the German Grand Prix. The young Dutchman recorded a best lap of one minute and 13.085 seconds to outpace Lewis Hamilton by 0.026 seconds with Valtteri Bottas third, in the second Mercedes. They were quickest ahead of championship leading Sebastian Vettel,
   
Sagan wins 13th stage, Thomas keeps yellow jersey
Valence: Slovakian Peter Sagan underlined his sprint credentials for the third time on the Tour de France Friday after powering to victory in the 13th stage from Bourg d’Oisans to Valence. Sagan, of the Bora team, is one of the few real sprint specialists still in the race after surviving an Alpine stage trilogy that proved fatal to the hopes of rivals Mark Cavendish, Marcel Kittel, Andre Greipel, Dylan Groenewegen and Fernando
 
 
Reds sign Alisson in record 72.5m-euro deal
LIVERPOOL: Liverpool on Thursday signed Brazil goalkeeper Alisson from Roma in a world record deal valued at 72.5 million euros by the Italian club. “The 25-year-old signed a long-term contract with the Reds after undergoing a medical and completing the formalities of his switch at (training centre) Melwood today,” said the Liverpool website. Roma confirmed the value of the transfer for Alisson who featured at the World Cup in
   
Guardiola wants Man.City stars rested and ready
Chicago: Pep Guardiola fears his preparations for Manchester City’s Premier League title defence have been affected by the World Cup. Guardiola has travelled to the United States for games against Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool and Bayern Munich with a squad made up mostly of young players as many of his regular stars are enjoying an extended break following their exploits in Russia. First team stars such as Kevin De Bruyne,
 
 
Jorginho vows to turn on the style at Chelsea
London: New Chelsea star Jorginho boasted on Thursday that he would bring a fresh style of play to the English Premier League. The Italy midfielder, who followed new Blues boss Maurizio Sarri from Napoli, also hailed the manager’s ability to squeeze the best out of his players. “My style of play is not something that is seen in England,” the 26-year-old told the club’s website. “I really hope that it is a good fit for the game
   
Neymar rules out transfer move, staying at PSG
SAO PAULO: Brazilian superstar Neymar on Thursday sought to quash speculation about his future, insisting he planned to remain with French giants Paris Saint-Germain. “I’m staying, I’m staying in Paris, I have a contract,” Neymar told reporters at an auction to raise money for his charitable foundation in Sao Paulo. Neymar, who became the world’s most expensive footballer last year after moving to PSG from Barcelona in a record
 
 
Milan back in Europa as sports court overturns ban
LAUSANNE: The world’s top sports court on Friday overturned a European ban imposed on AC Milan for violating UEFA’s financial fair play rules, calling the punishment “not proportionate.” UEFA banned Milan from playing in next season’s Europa League citing the club’s failure to meet the “break-even requirement,” which bars clubs from taking on debt to fund daily operations. But the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that
   
South Korea star Son signs new Spurs deal
London: Son Heung-min has signed a new five-year contract with Tottenham that will keep the South Korea forward at the Premier League club until 2023. Son has emerged as one of Tottenham’s key players under manager Mauricio Pochettino. He played in 53 of their 55 matches last season, scoring 20 goals in all competitions, as Tottenham finished third in the Premier League, reached the FA Cup semi-finals and the Champions League
 
 
Mata salvages draw as Utd open N.American tour
LOS ANGELES: Juan Mata grabbed the 78th minute equalizer as Manchester United opened their pre-season with a 1-1 draw against Club America on Thursday in Phoenix, Arizona. A header from Henry Martin in the 59th minute — past substitute goalkeeper Joel Pereira — had put Mexican outfit America in the lead at University of Phoenix Stadium. The English Premiership giants pulled level 12 minutes from time after a cross from youngster
   
SA bounce back with Maharaj’s eight-for
COLOMBO: Spinner Keshav Maharaj thanked his lucky stars as well as the pitch on Friday after his record eight-wicket haul helped South Africa fight back on the opening day of the second Test against Sri Lanka. “I think it was written in the stars by God that things worked out this way,” Maharaj said after his 8-116, the best figures for a South African spinner in a first innings anywhere, in addition to his own personal record.
 
 
US sprinter Coleman aims to shine in post-Bolt era
LONDON: World indoor 60m champion Christian Coleman has a chance to establish his credentials as the leader of the sprint pack in the post-Usain Bolt era on the opening day of the London Diamond League meeting on Saturday. The 22-year-old US sprinter ended Bolt’s four-year unbeaten 100m streak in the world championship semi-finals at the London Stadium in August last year, before finishing in between compatriot Justin Gatlin and
   
Indian women’s hockey team gear up to face England
London: The mood among the Indian women’s hockey team is upbeat as they are set to take on hosts England in their opening match of the World Cup in London on Saturday. India, grouped in Pool B, will take on World No.16 Ireland on July 26 followed by World No.7 US on July 29 apart from facing the Olympic Champions England in their home ground on the opening day of the prestigious tournament. “The pressure will be on England and
 
 
Top seed Chou beats Lee in Singapore Open quarters
Singapore: Singapore Open top seed Chou Tien Chen on Friday beat South Korea’s Lee Hyun Il 21-18, 21-6 to book himself a spot at the men’s singles semifinals. It was the first major test for the Taiwanese world number 7 but he downed 38-year-old Lee in just 31 minutes. “My opponent slowed down in the second game, and I managed to take advantage of that,” Chou said after the match. He will face China’s Qiao Bin at the Singapore
   
Rashid could get England call-up for India Tests
Leeds: Leg-spinner Adil Rashid could earn an England Test recall to face India if he changes his mind over red-ball cricket, coach Trevor Bayliss said Thursday, with the slow bowler likely to prove a key weapon on wickets baked dry by the country’s ongoing heatwave. The 30-year-old has not played five-day cricket since December 2016 when he played the last of his 10 Tests, preferring to compete only in 50-over and 20-over
 
 
McKenzie to shape up Bangladesh batting
Dhaka: Bangladesh on Friday appointed former South African batsman Neil McKenzie as their new batting consultant to help shape up their woeful batting unit. Bangladesh failed to score 200 runs in any of their last six Test innings and were bowled out for 43 in an innings during the ongoing series against the West Indies. Bangladesh Cricket Board in a statement said McKenzie, 42, who played 58 Tests, 64 one-day internationals
   
Bouchard storms into Gstaad semi-final
GSTAAD: Eugenie Bouchard will contest her first semifinal in 18 months at the Ladies’ Championship Gstaad on Saturday after rolling through her quarterfinal match against Veronika Kudermetova, 7-5, 6-0. The Canadian won 10 of the last 11 games of the match after falling behind by a break in the first set against the Russian qualifier, and streaked through the last eight of the match overall to move into the final four at a WTA
 
 
Smith, Mensah seek world boxing crowns
Los Angeles: Former world champion Liam Smith of England and unbeaten top-ranked contender Rafael Mensah of Ghana each attempt to dethrone undefeated world boxing champions in a Saturday card at Las Vegas. Smith, 26-1-1 with 14 knockouts, fights outside Europe for only the second time in his Vegas debut when he faces Jaime Munguia, 29-0 with 25 knockouts, for the 21-year-old Mexican’s World Boxing Organization junior
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