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Rohit, Jadeja power India to easy win
DUBAI: India beat Bangladesh by seven wickets in the first match of the Asia Cup Super Four stage at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday. The main architects of the Indian victory were Ravindara Jadeja, who took four wickets, and skipper Rohit Sharma who belted an unbeaten 83. Earlier, Left-arm spinner Jadeja’s immaculate bowling helped India restrict Bangladesh to a paltry 173. Playing his first ODI since July
 
 
Excited US seek first Ryder Cup victory in Europe since 1993
Paris: A veteran United States squad featuring 14-time major winner Tiger Woods seeks the first American triumph on European soil in 25 years when the Ryder Cup tees off next week at Le Golf National. The Sept.28-30 showdown in France pits Woods and eight other US major champions against a European side with five major winners and just as many Cup newcomers in its 12-player lineup. “My excitement to be in the Ryder Cup is at an
   
Smith, Warner to mentor team-mates on return to club cricket
SYDNEY: Banned Australian duo Steve Smith and David Warner will look to share their wealth of experience with budding cricketers when they make their highly anticipated return to club cricket in Sydney on Saturday. The batsmen were suspended for a year for their part in a ball-tampering scandal during a Test in South Africa earlier this year and also removed as captain and vice-captain of the national side. They were allowed to
 
 
Uruguay coach Tabarez signs new four-year deal
MONTEVIDEO: Oscar Tabarez has signed a new four-year deal as Uruguay coach that will extend his record as the world’s most experienced national manager, the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) said on Friday. “It will be Tabarez’ fifth period in charge of the Uruguayan national team,” the AUF said in a statement. “Tabarez has coached the team in 185 matches, which means he holds the record of coaching the most matches with the
   
England give Burns chance to fill Cook’s shoes in SL
Nottingham: Uncapped Surrey batsman Rory Burns is set to replace Alastair Cook at the top of England’s order after being named in a 16-man squad on Friday for the upcoming three-Test tour of Sri Lanka. Left-handed opener Cook, England’s all-time leading run-scorer, retired from international duty after bringing down the curtain on his illustrious 12-year Test career with a farewell century against India at the Oval earlier this
 
 
Aguero extends contract
LONDON: Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has signed a one-year contract extension that will keep him at the Etihad Stadium until 2021, the Premier League club said on Friday. Since joining City from Atletico Madrid in 2011, the 30-year-old Argentine has helped the club win three Premier League titles and three League Cups. Aguero is City’s all-time record scorer with 204 goals, including the stoppage-time winner against
   
Klopp fine with Salah's start
London: Mohamed Salah’s slow start to the season is not causing Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp to lose any sleep. The 26-year-old Egyptian star — who had a disappointing World Cup after entering it with a shoulder injury he suffered in the Champions League final — has scored just twice this term. Klopp’s lack of concern over his form is supported by the 44 goals he scored in all competitions after a similarly slow start in his
 
 
Barca host Girona
Madrid: The Spanish Football Federation told the Spanish League on Friday that it opposes holding a La Liga match between Barcelona and Girona in Miami, sources at the federation told AFP. The league needs the permission of the federation to be able to stage the match in the United States, despite having the support of both the Barcelona and Girona presidents. The RFEF has sent a letter to La Liga explaining its opposition is
   
Arsenal, Chelsea post wins
Paris: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck twice as Arsenal defeated Ukraine’s Vorskla Poltava 4-2 in the Europa League on Thursday, while in-form Chelsea began their campaign with a 1-0 win away to PAOK in Greece. Aubameyang has struggled to hit top gear in the Premier League so far with just one goal in five starts, but the Gabon striker opened the scoring in London after 32 minutes of the Group E encounter. Danny Welbeck nodded
 
 
Bayern look to add to Schalke’s league woes
MUNICH: Leaders Bayern Munich will be looking to add to Schalke’s Bundesliga misery on Saturday when Germany captain Manuel Neuer returns to Gelsenkirchen. Borussia Dortmund’s new striker Paco Alcacer is an injury doubt for their trip to fellow Champions League side face Hoffenheim. Bayern’s captain Manuel Neuer is set to make his 350th Bundesliga appearance at Schalke, where he started his career, as the hosts chase their
   
Tearful Ronaldo readies for Frosinone trip
Milan: Cristiano Ronaldo picks himself up and gets back to business in Serie A against promoted Frosinone on Sunday after his return to Spain in the Champions League ended in a tearful sending off against Valencia. The former Real Madrid star collapsed dramatically on the pitch after being handed a controversial red card just days after his first goals for Juventus saw the champions keep their 100 percent record to pull three
 
 
Reds chase history; City seek to restore order
London: Virgil van Dijk has challenged Liverpool to use their blistering start to the Premier League season as fuel to finally end their trophy drought. Jurgen Klopp’s side will aim to maintain their superb form in a potentially historic meeting with Southampton at Anfield on Saturday. Only four clubs in the Premier League era have opened a campaign with six consecutive victories -- Newcastle in 1994, Manchester City two
   
Woods seizes share of lead at Tour Championship
Atlanta: Tiger Woods delivered easily the loudest roar in ending his round with an eagle three to share the lead on day one of the season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta. Woods found the green with his second shot into the par-five 18th and then brilliantly holed a just over 25 foot putt in a round of a five-under par 65 to tie fellow American Rickie Fowler in Thursday’s heatwave conditions on the East Lake course.
 
 
Davis Cup warrior ‘Colonel’ Youzhny calls it quits
Saint Petersburg: Mikhail Youzhny brought the curtain down on his two-decade career on Thursday, a rollercoaster ride which saw him win 10 titles, earn the affectionate nickname of ‘Colonel’ and get a sweaty hug from former Russian president Boris Yeltsin. The 36-year-old, who also once became a brief internet hit for whacking his head with his racquet so hard that his skull bled profusely, ended his time in the sport on 499
   
Osaka and Pliskova book Pan Pacific Open semi-final spots
Tokyo: Japan’s Naomi Osaka exuded a major champion’s aura on Friday as she dispatched Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-4 to reach the Pan Pacific Open semi-finals, despite being nowhere near her best. The third seed, who stunned Serena Williams to capture the US Open title earlier this month, failed to hit the same heights she did on that historic night in New York. But she still had too much firepower for Strycova in Tokyo, advancing
 
 
‘WADA decision to lift ban is money over principle’
London: The World Anti-Doping Agency’s decision to lift a ban on Russia’s anti-doping agency is a triumph for money over clean sport, WADA’s former director general said on Friday. David Howman strongly criticised WADA president Craig Reedie for caving in to pressure from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and international federations eager to stage events in Russia again. The decision was taken on Thursday at a meeting
   
Joshua adds weight for title fight against lighter Povetkin
LONDON: Heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua hit the scales nearly two stones heavier than Russian opponent Alexander Povetkin as the two weighed in for Saturday’s title fight at Wembley Stadium. The Briton, who holds the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts, stepped off with a measurement of 17 stones eight pounds and five ounces compared to the smaller Russian’s 15 stones and 12 pounds. Joshua, undefeated in his professional
 
 
Shuttlers Srikanth, Sindhu crash out of China Open
Changzhou: India’s singles shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and PV Sindhu lost their respective matches to crash out of the $1 million China Open World Tour Super 1000 tournament here on Friday. In a marathon match, third seed Sindhu lost to fifth seed Chen Yufei of China 11-21, 21-11, 15-21 while seventh seed Srikanth lost to third seed Kento Momota of Japan in staright games 21-9, 21-11. After losing the first game, Sindhu bounced
   
Fenati suspended for pulling rival’s brake
Paris: Disgraced Italian Moto2 rider Romano Fenati, who grabbed a rival’s brake lever during the San Marino Grand Prix earlier this month, had his licence suspended until the end of the year by the International MotorCycling Federation on Friday. The 22-year-old had already said he was retiring from the sport after being sacked by his Marinelli Snipers team and the Forward Racing team he was due to join next year. Fenati was
 
 
Brazil coach Tite recalls Jesus, drops Silva for friendlies
Rio de Janeiro: Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus was back in coach Tite’s Brazil squad announced on Friday but Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Thiago Silva was left out. Brazil will play two friendlies in Saudi Arabia next month, one against the hosts and the other against bitter rivals Argentina, who will be without Lionel Messi. Another notable absentee from Tite’s squad is Juventus forward Douglas Costa, who was injured
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