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Watson faces axe as Australia seek to level Ashes

Australia, reeling from the late withdrawal of wicket-keeper Brad Haddin, are reportedly set to drop Shane Watson for the second Ashes Test at Lord’s on Thursday as they bid to level the five-match series at 1-1. Watson was twice out lbw cheaply in all-too familiar fashion as England, against many pre-series predictions, won the first Test in Cardiff by the ...

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President, PM congratulate Sania for Wimbledon triumph

New Delhi, Jul 12 (PTI) President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi today congratulated tennis star Sania Mirza for becoming the first Indian to win the Wimbledon women’s doubles title with her Swiss partner Martina Hingis. “Well played Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza. You played wonderful tennis and registered a fantastic win at Wimbledon. We are proud and very ...

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International Cricket Council amends ODI rules

Barbados, Jun 27 (PTI) In what will come as a relief to bowlers, ICC has decided to get rid of catchers in the first ten overs, removed the batting Powerplay and also allowed five fielders outside the 30-yard circle in the last ten overs of an innings in one-dayers. The ICC also said that all “no balls” and not just ...

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Swiss prosecutors probe 53 ”suspicious” FIFA cases

Swiss prosecutors are investigating 53 cases of possible money laundering as they look into FIFA’s handling of bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids, officials said today. Attorney general Michael Lauber said the “suspicious” cases had been reported by banks and that a “huge and complex” inquiry into football’s world body could take months if not years. Officials ...

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Trainee tries to harm himself at SAI centre

A 19-year-old sprinter of the Lakshmibai National College for Physical Education here, a Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre, attempted to cut a nerve in his left arm this morning but the reason for his actions is not yet clear. “The boy tried to harm himself. He created a small cut on his left arm using a glass piece and ...

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Test of captaincy on cards as RCB face CSK in Qualifier 2

It will be a battle of captains as a formidable Chennai Super Kings led by wily Mahendra Singh Dhoni square off against a confident Royal Challengers Bangalore under an aggressive Virat Kohli in the second qualifier of the Indian Premier League, here tomorrow. The second qualifier tomorrow promises to be a mouth-watering contest as both CSK and RCB will play ...

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Australian cricketers relish England Pietersen chaos

Australian cricketers are in shock over Kevin Pietersen’s banishment from the international game and delighted they won’t have to face him in this year’s Ashes series. Pietersen, England’s leading all-time run-scorer across all formats, has been told by new director of cricket Andrew Strauss that he was “not part of our plans for the summer”, despite smashing a triple century ...

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Pakistan blame game in full flow after Bangladesh debacle

Pakistan’s cricket chiefs face a battle to address the reasons behind their disastrous tour to Bangladesh as they gear up for their first home series against Test opposition in six years. Pakistan slumped to ninth in the ICC one-day international table — their lowest since rankings were introduced in 2002 — after losing the ODI series to minnows Bangladesh 3-0, ...

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Football icon Pele to be released Saturday: hospital

Brazilian football legend Pele will leave hospital today after recovering well from prostate surgery, doctors said, following his latest health scare. The 74-year-old underwent surgery Tuesday at Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo, the same facility that treated him last year for a severe urinary tract infection. “His release is scheduled for tomorrow but there is no specific time,” the ...

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Rodriguez cracker helps Real keep pressure on Barcelona

Real Madrid warmed up for a big week by moving back to within two points of Barcelona at the top of La Liga with a comfortable 3-0 win over Almeria on Wednesday. James Rodriguez’s stunning dipping volley a minute before the break lit up an otherwise drab first 45 minute. Mauro Dos Santos’s own goal doubled Madrid’s advantage early in ...

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