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Cricket: Rahim says Bangladesh ready to take ‘next step’

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim said Thursday his team were approaching their tour of South Africa with confidence after playing well in recent years. Rahim said he wanted his team to build on their form in home matches, including Test wins over England and Australia in the past year. “Bangladesh has been playing really well in…

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Baseball: Home run record falls, questions remain

The record reflects a startling uptick in home runs in recent years. In 2014, there were only 4,186 home runs hit — meaning 2017 has witnessed a 47 percent increase in homers this year.¬† Major League Baseball has been struggling to explain away the surge in homers this season. Some players have suggested that the…

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Cricket: Engineer hopes for India-Pakistan ‘restoration’

India great Farokh Engineer would like to see “relations restored” in a “delicate” situation with Pakistan so the arch-rivals can resume bilateral cricket series. Amid the current glut of international cricket, one of the more remarkable statistics is that India and Pakistan have not played a Test against each other since the 2007/08 season. An…

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Cricket: India reach three-Test South Africa compromise

India will play three Test matches in South Africa this season, the boards of both countries announced on Wednesday. The first Test will start in Cape Town on January 5 while details of the remaining two Tests as well as six one-day internationals and three Twenty20 internationals will be announced later. South Africa will also…

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Video: ‘Thappar Kabaddi’ enthralls audience in Mandi Bahauddin

MANDI BAHAUDDIN: A slight variation to the traditional sport of Kabaddi rendered it into an amazing and enthralling spectacle for enthusiasts who had gathered to witness a match between Lahore and the host city.¬† Mandi Bahauddin defeated team Lahore in the ‘Thappar Kabaddi’ contest by seven points.

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Messi hits four as Barca maintain perfect start

Lionel Messi added four more goals to his soaring early season tally as a much-changed Barcelona maintained their 100 percent start to La Liga by routing Eibar 6-1 on Tuesday. Paulinho and Denis Suarez also netted for the second consecutive game as Barca stretched their lead at the top of La Liga to seven points…

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Booming ‘super’ league culture makes India’s sports market sizzle

New Delhi: Boxing, badminton, poker, pool — every sport imaginable is rebranding in India as a “super” or “pro” franchise-based competition chasing a slice of an emerging billion-dollar entertainment market dominated by cricket’s Indian Premier League. The star-studded Twenty20 tournament has inspired a raft of glitzy new sports leagues seeking to replicate the winning formula…

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Olympics: Bach lifts lid on 2024-2028 joint award

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach lifted the lid on how the joint award of the 2024-2028 Olympics came about here Monday, revealing that the idea had originated with US officials. Talking to reporters as he wrapped up a two-day visit of Los Angeles after the city was confirmed as hosts for the 2028 Olympics…

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Boxing: Saunders defends title, eyes Canelo-GGG showdown

Billy Joe Saunders can look forward to bigger fights after defending the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) middleweight title by unanimously out-pointing Willie Monroe Jr on Saturday.¬†¬† The English boxer made a second successful defence of the title to set up the possibility of a more lucrative bout against the winner of the more significant world…

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Cricket: Brathwaite’s 8,000-mile trip pays off as Windies beat England

West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite was rewarded for making an 8,000-mile round trip to Chester-le-Street as the tourists beat England by 21 runs in a lone Twenty20 international on Saturday. England, set 177 for victory, were bowled out for 155 at a chilly and rainswept Riverside. Barbados-born Brathwaite, 29, had been West Indies’ star with…

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Cricket: Windies star Gayle forecasts big future for Lewis

Chris Gayle said opening partner Evin Lewis was “one to look out for” after the West Indies duo combined to good effect in a Twenty20 international against England on Saturday. Gayle’s first match of the West Indies’ tour of England saw the big-hitting opener make a typically rapid 40 before he was run out at…

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Current, ex-Pakistani cricketers thank international players for touring Pakistan

LAHORE: It was smiles all around at Gaddafi stadium after Pakistan beat World XI by 33 runs in the final of the Independence Cup series on Friday. Unable to contain their joy, here’s what former and current Pakistani cricketers tweeted after the series ended.¬† Congratulations to team Pak wonderful performances @iamAhmadshahzad & @babarazam258 very well…

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Video: Spin wizards Imran Tahir, Shadab Khan compare notes

LAHORE: Spin wizards Shadab Khan and Imran Tahir may be on opposing ends when it comes to a Pakistan vs World XI encounter but that doesn’t stop them from comparing notes when the dust has settled.¬†  

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Boxing: Kid gloves — fighter’s son lands painful blow

The first blow in Saturday’s WBO middleweight clash between Billy Joe Saunders and Willie Monroe Jr was landed at Friday’s weigh-in — by the British fighter’s son and it was definitely below the belt. As the two fighters squared up on the stage, it was seven-year-old Stevie Saunders who hit out after Monroe had ruffled…

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West Indies’ Brathwaite wants to show he’s no T20 ‘one-hit wonder’

Carlos Brathwaite wants to prove his World Twenty20-winning heroics were no fluke when he leads West Indies against England in a repeat of the 2016 final at Chester-le-Street on Saturday. ¬† England had one hand on the trophy until a last over where, in a superb display of clean hitting, Brathwaite struck four successive sixes…

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Pakistan down World XI by 33 runs, clinch series 2-1

LAHORE: Pakistan clinched the series against World XI on Friday after defeating them by 33 runs in the series final of the Independence Cup series.¬† Ahmad Shehzad was awarded Player of the Match award for his match-winning knock of 89 runs. Babar Azam was awarded the Man of the Series award for scoring consecutively throughout…

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Video: Super Shehzad smashes Cutting for three huge sixes

LAHORE: Watch Ahmed Shehzad cut down Cutting in a single over for three huge sixes in his brilliant knock of 89. 

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Video: Multani fans prove cricket fever is yet to die down

MULTAN: Cricket has certainly come home to Pakistan and fans in Multan are ecstatic as the national team takes on World XI in the final of the Independence Cup series on Friday.¬† Chanting ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ and dancing to Dwayne Bravo’s¬†Champion¬†song, ecstatic Multani fans were delighted ahead of the series final to be played at Gaddafi…

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Video: Players to watch out for in today’s final

LAHORE: As Pakistan take on World XI in the Independence Day cup final clash on Friday, here are the players to watch out for who can sway the game in their team’s favour.¬† While Pakistan have Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik and Hasan Ali who can bat and bowl to perfection, World XI’s Hashim Amla can…

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Smith bats for peace ahead of India ODIs

Australia skipper Steve Smith¬†is anxious to halt the acrimony that marked Test matches against India this year when the two powerhouses start a one-day international series Sunday. Smith had a much-publicised war of words with India counterpart Virat Kohli when Australia lost the Test series 2-1 in March. The combative Australian skipper said ahead of…

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Ronaldo back in style for Real, Spurs end Wembley jinx

Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed a brace on his return from suspension for Real Madrid, as Tottenham Hotspur ended their Wembley jinx and Liverpool were held on their Champions League comeback on Wednesday. Real have sorely missed their Portuguese superstar as he serves a five-match domestic ban for pushing a referee. But he wasted no time in…

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