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Cricket: Imam debuts as Sri Lanka bat in third ODI

  Abu Dhabi: Sri Lankan skipper Upul Tharanga won the toss and opted to bat in the third day-night international against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Sri Lanka, trailing the five-match series 2-0, brought in batsman Chamara Kapugedara and fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera in place of out-of-form Kusal Mendis and Suranga Lakmal. Pakistan handed…

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Cricket: Ireland to make Test debut v Pakistan in 2018

Ireland will play their first ever Test match against Pakistan on home soil next May, the country’s cricket chiefs announced on Thursday. Afghanistan and Ireland became full members of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in June, taking the number of countries who play the five-day format of the game from 10 to 12. Since then…

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Haris Sohail gives Pakistan lead with maiden Test 50

Abu Dhabi: Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath returned with five wickets but a half century from Haris Sohail on his debut saw Pakistan take a three-run lead on the fourth day in the first Test in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. The wily left-armer finished with 5-93 in a marathon 40 overs but left-hander Sohail fought…

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Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman is ex-Navy sailor

LONDON: Pakistani opener Fakhar Zaman, who has earned praise after making his ODI debut against South Africa in Champions Trophy, has served in Pakistan Navy as sailor and left in 2013. Fakhar Zaman has proved to be a decisive batsman in Pakistan’s unpredictable batting order, mainly by scoring half-centuries against Sri Lanka and England. Pakistani…

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WATCH: Brock Lesnar makes his WWE debut

Watch “The Beast Incarnate” Brock Lesnar make his WWE debut back in 2002.

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Dream debut for Abbas as Windies limp to 71-4

Mohammad Abbas had a dream debut as Pakistan reduced the West Indies to 71 for four at lunch on the opening day of the first Test of the three-match series at Sabina Park in Jamaica on Friday. Sharing the new ball with Mohammad Amir after their captain, Misbah-ul-Haq, chose to bat first on winning the…

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Handscomb to make ODI debut against Pakistan

Sydney: Middle-order batsman Peter Handscomb will make his limited overs debut for Australia against Pakistan in the third one-day international in Perth on Thursday. Handscomb replaces the injured Mitchell Marsh after a highly successful introduction to Test cricket in which the 25-year-old scored two centuries and two fifties in his first four appearances in the…

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Cricketer Brett Lee changes pitch in India film debut

He is used to playing in front of packed crowds in sporting stadiums — now Australian cricketing great Brett Lee is hoping to win new fans as his debut movie hits cinemas in India. In an email interview with AFP ahead of the release of feature film UNIndian in India on Friday, Lee said he…

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Edward Snowden talks film debut and dramatizing his life in ‘Snowden’

SAN DIEGO, Calif: When former NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden met with Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone to discuss a movie on his life, he never thought he would be making his own film debut. Stone had initially interviewed Snowden to include him in DVD outtakes, Snowden said via video link late Thursday in San Diego after…

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Box Office: Disney’s ‘Zootopia’ opens big with $73.7mn debut

LOS ANGELES: Disney’s “Zootopia” scored the fourth biggest March opening ever, debuting to $73.7 million over the weekend. The animated story about a rabbit who joins the police force ranks as the biggest Disney Animation launch (though not the best Pixar debut), outstripping “Frozen,” the 2012 blockbuster that bowed to $67.4 million. With no major…

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Patience key for Pakistan’s oldest rookie Raffatullah

DUBAI: It took 19 years for Raffatullah Mohmand to hit the big time with Pakistan, suffering so many setbacks that he once even considered quitting to play for neighbouring Afghanistan. But patience has paid off for the Peshawar native who at the age of 39 became the oldest player from a Test match country to…

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Wasim’s dubsmash debut

Watch this dubsmash video by cricket legend Wasim Akram, creating a buzz on social media.

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Kendrick Lamar to make orchestra debut in Washington

NEW YORK: Kendrick Lamar, one of the most respected young rappers, will make his classical debut in a performance with the National Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra in Washington announced Monday that the NSO Pops would perform selections of Lamar’s latest album, “To Pimp a Butterfly,” with him on October 20. Lamar, who hails from the…

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Pixar's 'Inside Out' set box office record in debut

LOS ANGELES: Pixar's critically acclaimed “Inside Out” — an animated look at the mind of a pre-teen girl — could not defeat the dinosaurs of “Jurassic World” at the North American weekend box office. But Pixar, now part of the Disney empire, nevertheless set an impressive record — for the biggest opening of an original…

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Sandra Bullock enjoys villainous debut in “Minions”

LONDON: Hollywood actress Sandra Bullock said she enjoyed playing evil in a debut appearance as a villain in the animated film “Minions”. The movie, a spin-off of the “Despicable Me” franchise, focuses on the small yellow minions before they met Gru in the original film. Here the minions find themselves at a loss after accidentally…

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Seismic box office debut for ‘San Andreas’

WASHINGTON: Mega-disaster epic “San Andreas” lived up to its earth-shaking hype — at least at the box office — earning $53.2 million in ticket sales in its debut weekend early in the blockbuster summer season. The big-budget visual spectacular by Warner Bros, whose title refers to the geological rift most likely to produce a massive…

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'Pitch Perfect 2' hits high note on Billboard 200 after film debut

LOS ANGELES: The soundtrack for song-infused comedy “Pitch Perfect 2” debuted atop the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 chart on Wednesday after the sequel conquered the box office last weekend. “Pitch Perfect 2,” featuring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson as the sassy stars of a women's acapella choir, sold 92,000 albums, 134,000 songs and was streamed…

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'Furious 7' destroys records with $143.6 million debut

LOS ANGELES: “Furious 7” raced to the top of the domestic box office, picking up a massive $143.6 million in its opening weekend. That establishes a new high-water mark for the month of April, blowing past the $95 million debut of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” and stands as the highest-grossing kick-off for any film…

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'Home’ trumps expectations with $54 million debut

LOS ANGELES: Jeffrey Katzenberg must be breathing a huge sigh of relief after the embattled DreamWorks Animation chief scored a much needed box office win with the release of “Home.” The family film was the weekend’s top ticket seller, pulling in a sterling $54 million, easily eclipsing projections that had it bowing to between $30…

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Lehmann makes 3,000km journey to see son's first-class debut

SYDNEY: Australia coach Darren Lehmann made a journey of more than 3,000 kilometres to present his son, Jake, with his South Australia first-class cap. The morning after Australia had thrashed Afghanistan by 275 runs in the World Cup in Perth, Lehmann made the long journey to Adelaide. “It was a very memorable moment,” former Australia…

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Apple to debut smartwatch

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple Inc has asked its Asian suppliers to make 5-6 million units of its three Apple Watch models for the first-quarter, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Taiwan-based Quanta Computer Inc, the sole assembler of the Apple Watch, started mass production earlier this year to get ready for…

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