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India struggles with Dhoni dilemma

Posted by on 20/08/2014
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India struggles with Dhoni dilemma

India struggles with Dhoni dilemma

MUMBAI: Beleaguered India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni appears set to retain his test captaincy role – if he has the desire to continue – due to a sheer lack of alternative options to take on the job after yet another calamitous overseas tour. India’s propensity for foreign failures was exposed in 2011 when the side […]

Lanka ponder life after the golden generation

Posted by on 20/08/2014
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Lanka ponder life after the golden generation

Lanka ponder life after the golden generation

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka are banking on young talent to see them through a transitional phase in Test cricket despite the departure of one batting great, another approaching retirement and an ageing spinner in the ranks. Former captain Mahela Jayawardene, who ended his 17-year Test career on Monday following the 2-0 series win over Pakistan, said […]

Halep crashes out – Riske upsets Pennetta at New Haven

Posted by on 20/08/2014
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Halep crashes out – Riske upsets Pennetta at New Haven

Halep crashes out – Riske upsets Pennetta at New Haven

NEW HAVEN: Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova sent top-seeded Simona Halep crashing out of the WTA Tour’s Connecticut Open in one of two second round upsets on Tuesday at the final US Open tune-up. Halep, the reigning champ, had her serve broken six times and Rybarikova saved 10 of 14 break opportunities en route to a 6-2, […]

Running out of time in Grand Slam fame game

Posted by on 20/08/2014
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Running out of time in Grand Slam fame game

Running out of time in Grand Slam fame game

NEW YORK: When Rafael Nadal pulled out of the US Open, his agony was sweet music to Milos Raonic, Grigor Dimitrov and Kei Nishikori, tennis’s widely-hyped but underperforming next generation. More than anyone else, Nadal, the 14-time Grand Slam winner, has proved to be their nemesis, leaving many in the sport wondering if the men […]

Lippi sees red as Guangzhou go down in Western Sydney

Posted by on 20/08/2014
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Lippi sees red as Guangzhou go down in Western Sydney

Lippi sees red as Guangzhou go down in Western Sydney

SYDNEY: Guangzhou Evergrande coach Marcello Lippi exploded in rage after the Asian champions had two players sent off in the dying minutes of their 1-0 first leg loss to Western Sydney Wanderers in the Asian Champions League quarter-finals yesterday. The World Cupwinning former Italy coach charged on to the pitch to remonstrate with Emirati referee […]

Real, Atletico draw 1-1 in Super Cup – Ronaldo injured as Atletico deny James dream start

Posted by on 20/08/2014
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Real, Atletico draw 1-1 in Super Cup – Ronaldo injured as Atletico deny James dream start

Real, Atletico draw 1-1 in Super Cup – Ronaldo injured as Atletico deny James dream start

MADRID: A Raul Garcia equaliser two minutes from time denied James Rodriguez a dream home debut for Real Madrid as Atletico Madrid salvaged a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Tuesday. Rodriguez had surprisingly started on the bench, but replaced Cristiano Ronaldo at half-time when the World Player of […]

Shastri appointment ups pressure on Dhoni, Fletcher

Posted by on 19/08/2014
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Shastri appointment ups pressure on Dhoni, Fletcher

Shastri appointment ups pressure on Dhoni, Fletcher

LONDON: Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and coach Duncan Fletcher remain in place, but only time will tell if the appointment of Ravi Shastri as director of cricket is a temporary measure or a sign of deeper changes ahead in the Indian game. Former captain Shastri was installed “overall in-charge of cricket affairs” for India’s upcoming […]

Barca hammer Club Leon 6-0

Posted by on 19/08/2014
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Barca hammer Club Leon 6-0

Barca hammer Club Leon 6-0

BARCELONA: Luis Suarez made his first appearance for Barcelona after his move from Liverpool for a reported 95 million euros (£75 million, $127 million) as the Catalans hammered Mexican side Club Leon 6-0 in a friendly on Monday. The Uruguayan striker, who won’t be able to play in a competitive game for Barca until October […]

Suarez pledges not to bite again

Posted by on 19/08/2014
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Suarez pledges not to bite again

Suarez pledges not to bite again

BARCELONA: Luis Suarez is ready to put his biting days behind him. The Barcelona striker was officially presented to fans yesterday at an event delayed for more than five weeks because of his suspension for biting an opponent at the World Cup. Suarez said he was ready to “erase” his history of bad behavior and […]

Revamped Chelsea down Burnley

Posted by on 19/08/2014
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Revamped Chelsea down Burnley

Revamped Chelsea down Burnley

BURNLEY: Diego Costa began to pay back his hefty transfer fee with a debut goal for Chelsea as they recovered from the shock of going behind to seal an emphatic 3-1 win over Burnley on Monday. Spain striker Costa, bought from La Liga champions Atletico Madrid for £32 million ($53 million), cancelled out Scott Arfield’s […]

Jayawardene ends Test career in perfect style

Posted by on 18/08/2014
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Jayawardene ends Test career in perfect style

Jayawardene ends Test career in perfect style

COLOMBO: Mahela Jayawardene ended his illustrious 17-year test career in near perfect style in the whitewash win for Sri Lanka against Pakistan yesterday. A half-century at his home ground, another century stand with his friend and favorite batting partner Kumar Sangakkara, capped with his teammates carrying him off the field on their shoulders. In retirement […]

Sri Lanka sweep Pakistan, Herath grabs 14 wickets

Posted by on 18/08/2014
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Sri Lanka sweep Pakistan, Herath grabs 14 wickets

Sri Lanka sweep Pakistan, Herath grabs 14 wickets

COLOMBO: Rangana Herath’s 14-wicket match haul helped ensure former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene retired from test cricket with a series sweep against Pakistan yesterday. Herath took 5-57 in the second innings to propel Sri Lanka to a 105- run victory on the final morning of the second test after Pakistan was dismissed for 165 […]

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