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  • World Cup will decide who's number one, says Clarke 23 minutes ago

    Next year's World Cup will decide the kings of the 50-over game whatever happens in the race to top the ICC world rankings between now and then, according to Australia captain Michael Clarke. Australia top the rankings going into Sunday's triangular series match against Zimbabwe in Harare but, depending on results,...
  • Afridi is best person to lead Pakistan in 2015 WC, says Malik 2 days ago

    Karachi: Pakistan's senior batsman and former captain Shoaib Malik has said maverick allrounder Shahid Afridi is the best person to replace Misbah-ul-Haq as skipper for next year's World Cup. Malik, 32, said that if the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) wanted to change the captain of the national one-day team it should...
  • David Richardson pleased with ICC World Cup 2015 preparations 2 days ago

    Dubai: ICC Chief Executive David Richardson has expressed satisfaction with preparations for next year's ODI World Cup in Australia and New Zealand after receiving detailed updates in Melbourne and Wellington this week. The briefings and presentations took place in the two host cities from August 25 to 27 followed by venue...
  • Aston Villa, QPR humbled by lowly sides in League Cup 3 days ago

    Premier League Queens Park Rangers and Aston Villa suffered humiliating 1-0 defeats against fourth-tier Burton Albion and third-tier Leyton Orient respectively in the second round of the League Cup on Wednesday. QPR sit bottom of the Premier League with two defeats from as many games but were expected to make light...
  • Spinners will find it tough in World Cup 2015: Michael Hussey 3 days ago

    Melbourne: Even as the teams get ready for next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, Michael Hussey has predicted that spin will not play much of a part in the mega-tournament and only "mystery spinners" like Saeed Ajmal and Sunil Narine have a chance of succeeding. "We have got...
  • Manchester United thrashed 4-0 by MK Dons in League Cup 4 days ago

    London: Manchester United's early season problems were compounded by a humiliating 4-0 loss to third-tier Milton Keynes Dons in the League Cup second round on Tuesday leaving new manager Louis van Gaal still looking for his first win. MK Dons' Will Grigg and substitute Benik Afobe scored two goals apiece as...
  • Atletico's Diego Simeone handed eight-match ban for Super Cup fracas 5 days ago

    Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone was handed an eight-match touchline ban by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) on Monday following his dismissal and angry reaction in the Spanish Super Cup against Real Madrid last Friday. The Argentine was sanctioned with four games for slapping the fourth official on the back of...
  • England have no hope at World Cup, says Graeme Swann 5 days ago

    London: England have no hope of winning next year's World Cup because of their "old-fashioned" approach to the one-day game, according to former spinner Graeme Swann. Swann, who retired from international cricket during the 5-0 Ashes series defeat in Australia in December, believes the one-day team need to do away with...
  • 'Boss' Duncan Fletcher will lead India into World Cup, says MS Dhoni 6 days ago

    Bristol: Ending speculation about coach Duncan Fletcher's role in the five one-dayers against England, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday said that the Zimbabwean will stay as "boss" of the team until the 2015 World Cup. After the 1-3 Test debacle, Team India witnessed a major reshuffle on the coaching...
  • Ronaldo fit for Real's Super Cup decider against Atletico August 21, 2014

    Barcelona: Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit for Real Madrid's Spanish Super Cup second leg against Atletico Madrid on Friday, coach Carlo Ancelotti confirmed on Thursday. The Portuguese went off as a precaution at half time during the first leg at the Bernabeu on Tuesday suffering a hamstring strain during the 1-1...
  • Afghanistan coach pleased with 2015 ICC World Cup preparations August 21, 2014

    Karachi: Afghanistan's cricket coach Kabir Khan on Wednesday said the team was on course for next year's World Cup and looking forward to touring Australia and New Zealand next month. Afghanistan earned a maiden berth in the 50-over World Cup to cap a remarkable rise which saw them graduating from...
  • Rodriguez scores on debut as Real draw 1-1 with Atletico in Super Cup first leg August 20, 2014

    Madrid: James Rodriguez scored in his Spanish debut as Real Madrid earned a 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the Super Cup on Tuesday. Rodriguez came on for Cristiano Ronaldo in the second half at the Santiago Bernabeu and found the back of the net in the...
  • Tiger Woods doubts he could have won a point at Ryder Cup August 19, 2014

    Tiger Woods made himself unavailable for the US Ryder Cup team because he did not think he could win a point in the matches, the former world number one said on Tuesday. The 38-year-old American was sidelined for three months after having back surgery in March. His form this year would have...
  • Real Madrid aim high ahead of Super Cup clash with Atletico Madrid August 19, 2014

    European champions Real Madrid could be without the world's most expensive player in Welshman Gareth Bale and Portuguese defender Pepe when they meet city rivals and domestic champions Atletico Madrid in Tuesday's first leg of the Spanish Super Cup. Both players were unable to train on Friday when they nursed injuries...
  • Mahela Jayawardene still chasing World Cup dream August 18, 2014

    Colombo: Former captain Mahela Jayawardene left the Test scene on Monday vowing to devote his energies towards helping Sri Lanka win another 50-over World Cup next year in Australia and New Zealand. Sri Lanka last won the World Cup in 1996 and were beaten in the final in 2007 and 2011....
  • World Cup buildup begins now for Australia August 18, 2014

    Brisbane: The continent-hopping buildup to the cricket World Cup will start this week for Darren Lehmann and his Australia squad, who'll test themselves against five countries in six months. The Aussies head to Zimbabwe on Wednesday to take on the hosts and South Africa in a limited-overs series. Next stop after...
  • Lord's set to welcome ICC World Cup trophy August 17, 2014

    Dubai: The most coveted prize in cricket, the World Cup trophy is scheduled to arrive at Lord's on Monday and it will be welcomed by England ODI vice-captain Eoin Morgan along with representatives of ECB, Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and the ICC. The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will commence on...
  • Bayern Munich's Javi Martinez out for rest of the year August 14, 2014

    Bayern Munich's Javi Martinez will undergo surgery and is out for the rest of the year after tearing cruciate ligaments in his left knee in Wednesday's German Super Cup defeat by Borussia Dortmund, the German champions said on Thursday. The holding midfielder will fly to the United States in the coming...
  • Indian Women recurve Archery team ranked No 3 in FITA August 14, 2014

    Kolkata: Buoyed by their gold medal win in the Archery World Cup Stage IV, Indian women's recurve team has climbed four places to be at number three position in FITA world rankings. Delhi Commonwealth Games gold medallist and former world No 1, Deepika Kumari, who bagged two bronze and a gold...
  • Tiger Woods pulls out of US Ryder Cup consideration August 14, 2014

    Tiger Woods removed himself from consideration for the Ryder Cup team on Wednesday evening with a clear message that he is not healthy enough to play. One day after US captain Tom Watson said he trusted Woods to give him the "straight skinny" on the condition of his back injury and...
  • Manchester United travel to MK Dons in League Cup August 14, 2014

    Manchester United will travel to third-tier MK Dons in the Capital One Cup second round following the draw on Wednesday, the first time they have been involved at this stage of the competition for 19 years. United finished seventh in the Premier League last season, missing out on Europe and ensuring...
  • Borussia Dortmund beat Bayern 2-0 to retain German Super Cup August 14, 2014

    Borussia Dortmund eased past lacklustre Bayern Munich 2-0 with goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to lift the German Super Cup on Wednesday and draw first blood in their rivalry with the Bavarians this season. Both clubs left most of their World Cup winners and big names at home or...
  • Somdev Devvarman to spearhead Davis Cup campaign against Serbia August 13, 2014

    In the absence of Leander Paes, Somdev Devvarman will be spearheading the Indian campaign in the crucial Davis Cup World Group play-off against 2013 finalists Serbia in Bangalore on September 12-14. The All India Tennis Association (AITA) selection committee, headed by Anil Dhurpar, met on Wednesday and picked Somdev, Yuki Bhambri,...
  • Yuki Bhambri returns to Davis Cup squad for Serbia tie August 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Yuki Bhambri returned to the Indian Davis Cup squad for the World Group play-off tie against world No 2 side Serbia as the selectors picked an expected six-member squad, to be led by country's top singles player Somdev Devvarman. Due to a heel injury, Yuki had missed out on...
  • Martino takes reins of World Cup runners-up Argentina August 13, 2014

    Argentina named former Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino as the new manager of the national soccer team on Tuesday following Alejandro Sabella's decision to step aside in the wake of their World Cup final defeat in July. Martino, who won the Argentine league title with Newell's Old Boys in June 2013 before...
  • Real Madrid lift Super Cup thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo double August 13, 2014

    Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice as a rampant Real Madrid side, featuring the most expensive strike force ever assembled, powered to a 2-0 win over Sevilla in an all-Spanish UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday. It was a thoroughly deserved victory before a 33,500 crowd at the Cardiff City Stadium in the traditional...
  • New Zealand seek improved ties with India through cricket August 11, 2014

    New Zealand on Monday sought to promote business and people-to-people ties with India by using the platform of the Cricket World Cup to be hosted by it along with Australia in 2015. In a meeting with India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on the sidelines of the ASEAN Regional Forum talks...
  • Real Madrid to field costly strikeforce in Super Cup August 11, 2014

    European champions Real Madrid are expected to field the world's most expensive strikeforce - including local Welsh hero Gareth Bale - when they play Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup at the Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday. Three months after winning the all-Spanish Champions League final against Atletico Madrid in Lisbon,...
  • Radwanska eases past Venus Williams to win Rogers Cup August 11, 2014

    Agnieszka Radwanska tamed Venus Williams 6-4, 6-2 to win the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Sunday, the third seeded Pole setting herself up as a player to watch at the US Open. The first win of the season for Radwanska, it provided a timely jolt of confidence going into Flushing Meadows...
  • Tsonga beats Federer to lift Rogers Cup August 11, 2014

    Toronto: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won the Rogers Cup on Sunday, beating second-seeded Roger Federer 7-5, 7-6 (3) for his fourth straight victory over a higher-seeded opponent. The 13th-seeded Frenchman won his first ATP Tour title of the season and 11th overall. He beat top-ranked Novak Djokovic on Thursday, eighth-seeded Andy Murray on...