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West Indies dominate World XI in charity match West Indies dominate World XI in charity match
Evin Lewis’s quick-fire fifty and some economical bowling from spinner Samuel Badree saw the West Indies to an emphatic 72-run victory over the World XI in the Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge at Lord’s on Thursday. Lewis struck 58 off 26 balls, including five sixes and as many fours in a West Indies’ total of 199 for four with Marlon Samuels contributing 43 and Denesh Ramdin 44 not out. Badre...
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Neymar: From football at the beach to the prestigious Brazil squad Neymar: From football at the beach to the prestigious Brazil squad
Twenty years ago, a coach named Betinho was watching a game of beach football when he spotted a skinny boy of six sprinting up and down the terracing, faster than he’d ever seen someone of that age. It was Neymar. The boy, who would one day turn into the world’s most expensive footballer, dashed around that afternoon in 1998 near Santos, south of Sao Paulo, under the eye of his mother. His fath...
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French Open: Great Dane Caroline Wozniacki in solid form early in Paris French Open: Great Dane Caroline Wozniacki in solid form early in Paris
The most recently minted Grand Slam champion in tennis booked her second round French Open slot on Monday as Caroline Wozniacki overcame a stuttering start to beat Danielle Collins 7-6(2) 6-1 in Paris. The Dane, who landed her first major at the Australian Open earlier this year in what was her 43rd Grand Slam attempt, generally prefers faster surfaces, but looked increasingly at ease once she ...
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Warner, Bancroft to return to competitive cricket Warner, Bancroft to return to competitive cricket
Disgraced Australian stars David Warner and Cameron Bancroft will return to competitive cricket at a low-level limited-overs tournament in the country’s tropical north in July, it was announced on Tuesday. Warner is serving a year-long ban from state and international cricket and Bancroft a nine-month suspension over a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March that rocked the game. But...
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Sarfraz ‘proud’ of charges after thrashing England Sarfraz ‘proud’ of charges after thrashing England
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has heaped praise on his team, coaching staff and management, saying they all played a role in team’s nine-wicket win over England at Lord’s on Sunday. Set just 64 for victory on the fourth morning, Pakistan finished on 66 for one before lunch to go 1-0 up in this two-match series ahead of next week’s second Test at Headingley. Imam-ul-Haq was 18 not out and Ha...
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ICC tells Pakistan to ditch 'smart watches' ICC tells Pakistan to ditch 'smart watches'
Pakistan will give up wearing ‘smart watches’ after being told to ditch them by the International Cricket Council (ICC) as an anti-corruption measure during the opening day’s play of the first Test against England at Lord’s on Thursday. Although there is no suggestion of impropriety, that Pakistan’s Asad Shafiq and Babar Azam were seen wearing what appeared to be ‘smart watches’ concerned the I...
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Current Liverpool side better than 2005 champions: Benitez Current Liverpool side better than 2005 champions: Benitez
Former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez believes the current side’s devastating attacking trio marks them out as a superior unit to the one he guided to a famous 2005 Champions League triumph in Istanbul. Forwards Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have plundered 29 goals between them in Europe’s elite club competition this season heading into Saturday’s final against Real Madrid in Ki...
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Alvaro Morata and Marcos Alonso fail to make Spain's World Cup squad Alvaro Morata and Marcos Alonso fail to make Spain's World Cup squad
Spain coach Julen Lopetegui named his 23-man World Cup squad on Monday with a rich blend of youth and experience, as well as some high-profile absentees. Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata was left out after a disappointing season in England, as was his team mate Marcos Alonso, with Arsenal`s Nacho Monreal picked as back-up for left back Jordi Alba. Lopetegui selected Atletico Madrid`s Diego Cost...
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Svitolina beats Halep to claim Italian Open title Svitolina beats Halep to claim Italian Open title
Elina Svitolina underlined her status as a top favourite for the French Open by sweeping Simona Halep aside 6-0, 6-4 to successfully defend her Italian Open crown on Sunday. In a repeat of last year’s final at the Foro Italico, Ukrainian Svitolina, seeded fourth, was up against Halep a day after the Romanian top seed had ousted Russian Maria Sharapova. But Halep’s hopes of overturning last y...
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Parma back in Serie A Parma back in Serie A
Chinese-owned club Parma have returned to Italy’s Serie A, securing a third successive promotion after being dumped into the fourth division following a series of financial crisis which led to bankruptcy. The club from the historical town in Italy’s northern Emilia-Romagna region sealed second place behind Empoli in Serie B after a 2-0 win at Spezia while rivals Frosinone could only draw 2-2 ag...
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