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Joshua inspiring Khan ahead of British return

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LONDON: Amir Khan is looking forward to riding the wave of interest in British boxing generated by the likes of world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua when he fights in the UK for the first time in five years. Khan faces Phil Lo Greco…

Nadal wins to set up ‘difficult’ Thiem quarter-final clash in Monaco

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MONTE CARLO: World number one Rafael Nadal cruised to a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Russian Karen Khachanov on Thursday to set up a “difficult” Monte Carlo Masters quarter-final against Dominic Thiem, after the Austrian stunned Novak Djokovic.…

Djokovic confident he can get back to highest level

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MONTE CARLO: Novak Djokovic said on Thursday that he believes he will return to the top of world tennis after continuing his injury comeback with a third-round defeat by Dominic Thiem in Monte Carlo. The former world number one has not won…

La Liga posts record revenue, trails Premier League

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MADRID: La Liga has reported record revenues of 3.6 billion euros for last season but it remains a long way short of the numbers posted by England´s Premier League. The Spanish Football League, which includes the first and second divisions…

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Joseph adds to Jones headaches for South Africa tour

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LONDON: Jonathan Joseph will miss England’s challenging tour of South Africa, delivering a serious blow to head coach Eddie Jones, his Premiership club Bath announced on Thursday. England centre Joseph, 26, is to undergo surgery on a foot…

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Guardiola thanks City players and staff for ‘amazing’ season

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MANCHESTER: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has expressed his gratitude to his players and members of the club’s staff for winning the Premier League title. City returned to training on Wednesday for the first time since Manchester…

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China star Ding faces compatriot in worlds opener

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LONDON: Chinese snooker superstar Ding Junhui will face compatriot Xiao Guodong in an eye-catching first round clash at the snooker world championships which gets underway on Saturday. Ding, whose 2016 world final loss to Mark Selby…

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Solo Sanchez break seals Alps win as Pinot holds lead

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ROME: Luis Leon Sanchez of Astana launched a trademark late break to win stage four of the Tour of the Alps on Thursday as French climber Thibaut Pinot kept the overall lead. Sky’s four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome is also well…

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FIFA hand out fines for ‘third party’ deals

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MANCHESTER: FIFA have handed out a series of fines to clubs for transfer deals involving “third party influence”, world soccer’s governing body said on Thursday. FIFA policy on third-party ownership bans either clubs or players from…

Fawad Alam reveals his next challenge

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Pakistan’s middle order batsman Fawad Alam, who was excluded from Pakistan squad yet again, has said it does not matter if he was picked or not, he will keep working on his fitness. “It’s not like everyone who plays gets picked, it is part…

Wenger confident Wilshere will sign new Arsenal deal

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LONDON: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said Thursday he is “confident” midfielder Jack Wilshere will sign a new contract at the Premier League club despite a delay in putting pen to paper. Wilshere’s current deal runs out in the summer and,…

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Modi forecasts IPL players will earn ‘$1mn a game’

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LONDON: Indian Premier League founder Lalit Modi believes there will come a time when players will earn $1 million dollars per game while warning that the traditional programme of matches between countries “will disappear”. A Twenty20…

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Zverev edges Struff to reach Monte Carlo quarters

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MONTE CARLO: Third seed Alexander Zverev came through a three-set tussle with fellow German Jan-Lennard Struff on Thursday to set up a possible Monte Carlo Masters quarter-final with his brother Mischa. The 20-year-old, who won two Masters…

Faheem leaves County cricket for Pakistan

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Pakistan all-rounder Faheem Ashraf has withdrawn himself from English county to ensure his availability for Pakistan’s upcoming matches. The 24-year old was due to join the county for 14 T20 matches and two 4-day games between July and…

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Team’s Chinese players spell bounded by Peshawar Zalmi

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As Pakistan Super League (PSL) concluded successfully in March with Peshawar Zalmi failing to defend their title in the final, but two of their overseas players are pretty pleased of being part of the Zalmi group. For the first time, two…

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Shahid Afridi comes out of international retirement

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Pakistan star all rounder Shahid Afridi will be coming out of retirement from international cricket, as he will be seen in action for the ICC World XI in a T20I against the Windies to be played at Lord’s on May 31. Afridi, alongside fellow…

Mickey Arthur wants to ruin Wahab Riaz’s career, claims Abdul Qadir

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Pakistan legendary leg spinner Abdul Qadir has slammed cricket head coach Mickey Arthur, calling him an ‘incompetent’ person who is mistreating ‘Pakistani cricketers’. “You have handed over the reins to an incompetent white man who has not…

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Watch! Mohammad Irfan’s lethal bowling in Grade 2 game

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Pakistan pacer Mohammad Irfan starred with a five-for as Multan defeated Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK) by seven wickets to storm into the semi-finals of the Quaid-i-Azam Trophy Grade-II cricket tournament. The giant took over to claim five…

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Fakhar vows to continue Champions Trophy momentum against England

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Pakistan’s hard hitting opener Fakhar Zaman is looking forward for his median Test, as he has vowed to perform just like he is doing in shorter formats of the game. “Playing Test cricket for the country is a dream of every player, because…

Thursday, Apr 19

Ibrahimovic drops World Cup hint

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LOS ANGELES: Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has hinted that he hopes to feature at this year’s World Cup, teasing fans that he could come out of retirement to play in Russia. In an appearance on ABC television’s late night Jimmy Kimmel…

Pogba starts amid talk of potential United exit

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BOURNEMOUTH: Paul Pogba was named in the Manchester United team for Wednesday’s clash with Bournemouth amid mounting speculation that the France midfielder is set to leave Old Trafford. United manager Jose Mourinho had vowed to drop…

Salah targets place in Liverpool record books

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LONDON: Mohamed Salah has set his sights on breaking Ian Rush’s Liverpool record for the most goals scored in a single season. Salah bagged his 40th goal of the campaign when he netted in Liverpool’s win against Bournemouth on Saturday.…

Wednesday, Apr 18

India’s Kohli keen on county stint ahead of England tour

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NEW DELHI: Virat Kohli says he is keen to play county cricket to get used to conditions on English soil ahead of India’s tour of the country later this year. The Indian skipper — the second-ranked Test batsman in the world and the best in…

Mushtaq Ahmed claims Shadab became leg spinner after his coaching

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Mushtaq Ahmed, Pakistan’s former leg spinner and current head coach at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), is in search of job these days after his contract with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) expires this month. As per local media…

UEFA president ‘worried’ over use of VAR at World Cup

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MILAN: UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has expressed concern over the decision to employ the video replay system (VAR) at the 2018 World Cup, saying the technology still needed more testing before it can be considered for use in the…

On this day: Relive one of best cricket moments of Pakistan

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The day April 18 is considered among one of the most celebrated cricket moments in Pakistan’s history, as on this day in 1986, national team won their first major tournament by lifting Austral-Asia Cup after beating arch rivals India at…

Tuesday, Apr 17

The win helps, but Ricciardo wants more from Red Bull

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LONDON: Daniel Ricciardo says he needs more than winning last Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix to convince him to stay with Red Bull next season. The 28-year-old Australian is out of contract at the end of the year and has been linked to…

I have no problem with Bale: Zidane

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MADRID: Zinedine Zidane insists he has no problem with Gareth Bale despite substituting him at half-time during Real Madrid´s Champions League clash against Juventus last week. Sources have told AFP that Bale was surprised and angry at…

Big test for Mohammad Hafeez today

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Pakistan’s superstar all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez will undergo a bowling action reassessment in England today (Tuesday). Hafeez will be tested for his bowling action at the Loughborough University’s bio-mechanics lab under the supervision…

PCB to spend Rs1 billion to upgrade Pindi Stadium

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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is planning to spend around Rs1 billion to upgrade Pindi Stadium during the coming three years with the aim to make it worthy of hosting international as well as Pakistan Super League matches in coming…

Monday, Apr 16

Cycling: Tour of the Alps first stage results

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MILAN: Results from the first stage of the Tour of the Alps, over 134km between Arco and Folgaria on Monday: Stage Pello Bilbao (ESP/AST) 3hr 26min 41sec, 2. Luis Leon Sanchez (ESP/AST) at 06sec, 3. Ivan Sosa (COL/ANS) 06, 4. Thibaut Pinot…

Edmund closes in on ATP top 20 ranking

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PARIS: Briton Kyle Edmund rose three places to 23 in the ATP world rankings released on Monday following a run to the final in Marrakech last week. The only move in the top 20 saw Spain’s Roberto Bautista swap 16th and 17th places with…

Meyer vows to transform struggling Stade Francais

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PARIS: South African Heyneke Meyer vowed to turn relegation haunted Stade Francais into “the best team in the world” at his unveiling in Paris on Monday. The former Springbok coach will take over the reins next season — when Stade will be…

Mourinho hits out at inconsistent and ‘complicated’ United

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MANCHESTER: A week after an inspiring comeback win against Manchester City, Manchester United fell to a 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford against bottom club West Bromwich Albion on Sunday and manager Jose Mourinho said such inconsistency needed…

Sunday, Apr 15

Froome continues Giro warm-up at Tour of the Alps despite doping probe

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MILAN: Chris Froome continues his preparations for the Giro d’Italia at next week’s Tour of the Alps despite his case remaining under consideration by cycling’s anti-doping unit. The British four-time Tour de France champion returned an…

LPGA Lotte Championship scores

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LOS ANGELES: Leading scores after Saturday’s final round of the LPGA Lotte Championship at Ko Olina, Hawaii (USA unless noted, par-72): 276 – Brooke Henderson (CAN) 68-66-73-69 280 – Azahara Munoz (ESP) 74-70-69-67 281 – Feng Shanshan (CHN…

Badminton great Lee eyes 2020 after Commonwealth hat-trick

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GOLD COAST: Malaysian badminton great Lee Chong Wei said he hopes to wring one more Olympics from his creaking body after signing off from the Commonwealth Games with a third singles gold on Sunday. The 35-year-old roared back from behind…

Man City on verge of title after bouncing back at Spurs, Salah hits 40

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LONDON: Manchester City moved to within touching distance of a fifth Premier League title after bouncing back from a bitterly disappointing week to beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 at Wembley on Saturday. Defeat for Spurs handed Chelsea a…