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Zalmi beat Gladiators in last ball thriller
Lahore: Riding high on Liam Dawson’s half-century Peshawar Zalmi defeated Quetta Gladiators by 1 run in the first eliminator of Pakistan Super League (PSL) at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Tuesday. Zalmi will take on Karachi Kings in the second eliminator. The second eliminator will be played on Wednesday with the winners taking on Islamabad United, winners of the qualifier, in the final on March 25. Earlier, batting first,
New Zealand seek All Black magic against England
Auckland: New Zealand’s cricketers are drawing inspiration from images of Richie McCaw leading the All Blacks to Rugby World Cup glory as they head into their first home day-night Test against England on Thursday. Despite some injury concerns, New Zealand short-ball specialist Neil Wagner was focused on performing at the Eden Park fortress where the All Blacks are unbeaten in 40 rugby Tests dating back to 1994. England quick
Bowling boost for Australia and SA in third Test
Cape Town: Both Australia and South Africa acquired a sharper edge ahead of the third Test in a finely balanced series as each learned a key bowler could play in the third test starting on Thursday. Mitchell Starc, Australia’s match-winner in the first in Durban, has recovered from a sore calf, while Kagiso Rabada, who took 11 wickets as South Africa won the second in Port Elizabeth, has had a two-test ban overturned. The
McIlroy returns to top 10 after Bay Hill triumph
Paris: Rory McIlroy returned to the top 10 in the world rankings on Monday after ending an 18-month winning drought with a thrilling victory at Bay Hill, while Tiger Woods closed in on the top 100. Four-time major winner McIlroy has moved up six places to seventh in the rankings, after playing the last six holes in five-under par to claim the Arnold Palmer Invitational title. It was the Northern Irishman’s first win since the
FIFA team heads to Athens for pitch violence talks
Athens: World Football body FIFA on Tuesday informed Greek deputy minister of sport Yiorgos Vassiliadis that a delegation is heading to Athens in order to hold talks on the recent spell of violence at Football grounds. FIFA Director of European Member Associations Bjorn Vassallo informed Vassiliadis in a letter that the delegation would be leaving later Tuesday “to hold talks with the respective stakeholders on the actions going f
Federer promotes second edition of Laver Cup
CHICAGO: The Laver Cup was a hit last year, and now Roger Federer is hoping it proves popular on US soil. The 20-time Grand Slam champion made his first-ever visit to Chicago on Monday to promote the second Laver Cup, a team competition that debuted last year in Prague. Federer was joined by tennis legends Rod Laver and John McEnroe, along with young Australian star Nick Kyrgios. Federer’s management team was instrumental
UCI launches fresh bid to root out mechanical dopers
Lausanne: The International cycling Union (UCI) will on Wednesday unveil a beefed-up set of measures and an arsenal of methods to detect so-called mechanical doping. When Frenchman David Lappartient took over the UCI in September, he promised to deliver a package of measures to tackle the menace of miniature motors in professional cycling, ahead of the current season. Lappartient has appointed the 2014 Tour de France runner-up
Del Potro aims for third staight title in Miami; Blake urges seeding rethink after Serena draw
Indian Wells: The stars are finally starting to align for Juan Martin Del Potro who will be seeking his third straight ATP title at the Miami Masters this week. The south Florida showcase got an additional boost on Sunday when Del Potro saved three championship points to hand world number one Roger Federer his first loss of 2018 in a thrilling 6-4, 6-7 (8/10), 7-6 (7/2) victory at the Indian Wells Masters. With the win, combined
Koeman prepared for England challenge
London: Ronald Koeman says he is over the disappointment of being sacked by Everton and anticipating a “great game” against England on Friday in what will be his first match as Netherlands coach. The 54-year-old European Cup and Euro 1988 winner -- who lost his job in October after his £140 million (159 million euros, $196 million) spending spree backfired spectacularly -- accepts returning the Dutch to their status as one of
No anti-US recoil over N.America WC bid
Los Angeles: Leaders of North America’s joint bid for the 2026 World Cup said on Monday they have seen no evidence of anti-American sentiment as they enter the home stretch of the campaign. The joint US-Canada-Mexico bid has long been viewed as the favourite to stage the most prestigious tournament in football, which will expand to 48 teams for the 2026 finals. Only one other country -- Morocco -- is in the running to stage the
Pogba can’t be happy at United, avers Deschamps
Paris: France coach Didier Deschamps on Monday said that Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba “can’t be happy” with his current situation at Old Trafford. The 25-year-old arrived at United from Juventus in 2016 for a then-world record fee of £89 million (105 million euros). But he was an unused substitute in Saturday’s FA Cup win over Brighton after being left out of the starting line-up for the Champions League loss to
Newcastle must change if they are to progress: Benitez
LONDON: Newcastle United must effect significant changes and establish a clear structure for progress off the pitch to improve their on-field performances and compete at a higher level, manager Rafa Benitez has said. The Spaniard took charge of Newcastle in 2016 and helped them earn promotion from the Championship (second tier) last season but the club’s inconsistency in the Premier League leaves them four points above 18th-placed
Ireland will be at Best for ‘19 World Cup
Dublin: Rory Best, fresh from becoming only the third man to lead Ireland to a Five/Six Nations Grand Slam, looks set to captain them at the 2019 World Cup after signing a new contract on Tuesday. The Northern Irishman -- who won his 111th Test cap in skippering the Irish to a convincing win over England on Saturday at Twickenham to seal the Grand Slam -- agreed an extension that will see him through to the end of Ireland’s
Door remains open for Balotelli, says Italy coach Di Biagio
MILAN: Italy’s interim coach Luigi Di Biagio says the door is still open for maverick striker Mario Balotelli who was once again overlooked for this month’s friendlies, despite scoring regularly for Ligue 1 side Nice. The 27-year-old has scored 22 goals in 31 appearances in all competitions for the French side this season. “Numbers and goals are important for forwards but they have to be linked to a certain type of performance,”
Risdon expects tough competition in race for Russia ticket
Oslo: Socceroos right-back Josh Risdon is braced for an intense training standard as he seeks to realise his boyhood dream of FIFA World Cup selection. Risdon is in contention to add to his five international caps when Australia take on Norway in Oslo on Friday in what is Bert van Marwijk’s first match in charge. The Western Sydney Wanderers defender expects a lively atmosphere in the lead-up to the astrives to impress the new
Ivanovic replaced by Kolarov as Serbia captain on eve of WC build-up
BELGRADE: Serbia have stripped long-serving Branislav Ivanovic of the captaincy and handed it to fellow defender Aleksandar Kolarov as they start the build-up to the World Cup in Russia with two friendlies, coach Mladen Krstajic said on Monday. “Kolarov, the new captain, and (Nemanja) Matic, his deputy, have the power to follow in Ivanovic’s footsteps,” Krstajic told a news conference ahead of warm-up games with Morocco on Friday
Egypt striker Gamal quits S.Africa after failing to impress
Johannesburg: Egypt striker Amr Gamal has quit reigning South African champions Wits after failing to make an impact, lessening his chances of featuring at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Wits coach Gavin Hunt on Tuesday confirmed the early end to a one-year loan deal, saying: “Amr is a good footballer, but I thought he would settle in much quicker. “I understand he is joining a Finnish club (HJK Helsinki) on loan and we wish him
New safety device divides F1
Melbourne: It’s the most controversial Formula One introduction since the 2016 qualifying elimination clock, but unlike that ill-fated change the halo should last more than two races. The new cockpit head protection system, to give it its full name, is highly divisive: team principals, drivers and fans are split over whether it is the right safety solution when the new grand prix season roars into life in Melbourne this week.
Psychology not part of F1 wonder kind Verstappen’s make-up
London: Max Verstappen says his remarkable success in a short pace of time on the Formula One circuit is not down to being stronger mentally than others, but simply because he enjoys driving fast. The Red Bull pilot — who aged 18 became the youngest driver to win a Formula One Grand Prix in 2016 in Spain -- is gearing up for the curtain-raising race of the season, the Australian GP in Melbourne this weekend. Verstappen — who form
US team-mates Spieth, Reed draw same WGC Match Play group
Los Angeles: Texas native Jordan Spieth will find a familiar face waiting for him in round-robin play at the World Golf Championships Match Play Championship in Austin, Texas, this week in sometime US teammate Patrick Reed. Spieth and Reed have teamed to great effect in two Ryder Cups and last year’s Presidents Cup, but will be meeting as match play opponents for the first time. Sixteen groups of four will play round-robin
Spurs beat injury-riddled Warriors; Lebron lifts Cavaliers
Los Angeles: The San Antonio Spurs boosted their bid for a 21st consecutive NBA post-season appearance with an 89-75 victory over the injury ravaged Golden State Warriors on Monday. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 19 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Spurs, who have battled injury troubles of their own this season. Patty Mills added 12 points and Danny Green chipped in 11 for the Spurs, who have won
MLB mulls 2-game series at London Olympic Stadium
NEW YORK: Major League Baseball (MLB) is working to finalize a two-game series between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox at London’s Olympic Stadium on June 29-30 in 2019, the sport’s first regular-season games in Europe. The Red Sox have the option of having both games be Boston home games, a person familiar with the planning told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because no
Shami blames 3rd party for domestic row
New Delhi: India pacer Mohammed Shami is blaming “a third party” for the allegations of domestic violence and extra-marital affairs hurled against him by his wife Hasain Jahan. He has denied the charges. Shami said this was not a work of Hasin and someone was involved, maybe due to greed of money. Jahan had posted screenshots of Shami’s alleged WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger conversations with multiple women on her Facebook
New Davis Cup format difficult for India: Amritraj
New Delhi: With the national tennis squad scheduled to face China next month, former star Vijay Amritraj on Tuesday said the new Davis Cup format is not ideal for emerging countries like India. According to Amritraj, the new two-day format may be difficult for India as it will be difficult for players to compete in both singles and doubles. “We have a good chance to win against China... I am not crazy about the two-day format in
Ekman-Larsson excels as Coyotes douse Flames
GLENDALE: Oliver Ekman-Larsson and the Arizona Coyotes aren’t going to the NHL playoffs this season. However, that doesn’t mean they’re taking it easy against contending teams. Ekman-Larsson scored twice late in the third period, including his 100th career goal, to lead the Coyotes to a 5-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Monday night. The 26-year-old is just the second Coyotes defenseman to reach the milestone and the 18th player
Trump, Saudi CP discuss Houthi ‘threat’ in Yemen
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Fugitive Pakistani police officer surrenders
KARACHI: A senior Pakistani police officer, Rao Awar, accused of a rol..
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ARC goes global with participation from 44 countries
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Colorectal cancer is top ranked cancer among males, says DoH
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Khalifa issues law restructuring Abu Dhabi Investment Council
ABU DHABI: President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan h..
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Sharjah Police assist woman in labour to reach hospital on time
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ADU, KG enter world records for largest mosaic logo
ABU DHABI: Abu Dhabi University, ADU, and Knowledge Group, KG, have en..
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Shahid Kapoor's special message for PM Modi
MUMBAI: Actor Shahid Kapoor says everyone is trying to keep India clea..
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Mohammed praises mothers on Mother’s Day
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Melania Trump launches campaign against cyberbullying
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