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  • West Indies not taking Ireland lightly, says Darren Sammy February 18, 2014

    Kingston: West Indies captain Darren Sammy says his side would not be taking Ireland lightly despite the underdog status of the visitors ahead of their three-match series at Sabina Park. The two teams are slated to face off in two Twenty20 Internationals, that starts Wednesday, and a one-off one-day international from...
  • Chris Gayle included in West Indies squad to play Ireland February 14, 2014

    St. John's, Antingua: Three of the West Indies' leading cricketers, Chris Gayle, Darren Sammy and Marlon Samuels, have been recalled to the side for the ODI and Twenty20 matches against Ireland starting next week. Gayle returns to the West Indies set-up after missing the New Zealand tour due to a hamstring...
  • Cricket going to have 11th Test nation? January 31, 2014

    The ICC Board has floated the idea of adding another Test nation to the existing ten during its two-day meeting in Dubai, ESPNCricinfo has reported. According to the report, the Associate nation winning ICC's Intercontinental Cup would play the lowest-ranked Test nation on a home-and-away basis. A win for the Associate...
  • Stephen Ireland agrees on permanent move to Stoke City January 14, 2014

    Stoke: Stephen Ireland has agreed on a permanent move to Stoke as the Premier League club also announced the arrival of striker John Guidetti on loan. The Ireland midfielder was on a season-long loan from Aston Villa but Stoke say that the deal has been made permanent. Ireland has scored three goals...
  • Jihad Jane faces long prison term for terror plot in US January 6, 2014

    Philadelphia: A woman who called herself "Jihad Jane" and helped suspected terrorists overseas faces decades in prison at her sentencing on Monday in Philadelphia. A federal judge must decide if 50-year-old Colleen LaRose of Pennsburg presented a real threat to the US or was easy prey for extremists seeking followers with...
  • Tour of Ireland could affect Sri Lankan players' IPL stint January 6, 2014

    New Delhi: The Sri Lankan cricketers' involvement in this year's Indian Premier League could be curtailed after the team confirmed a two-match ODI series against Ireland as a build-up to its tour of England in May. The matches, set for on May 6 and 8, would fall in the middle of...
  • Ireland to host Sri Lanka in one-day series January 4, 2014

    Sri Lanka will play in Ireland for the first time in 35 years after it was announced they would meet in a two-match one-day international series in May. Ireland will use the matches, to be played on May 6 and 8 at Clontarf in Dublin, as part of their preparations for...
  • Pakistan to shut missions in Chile, Ireland January 3, 2014

    Pakistan is shutting its missions in Chile and Ireland and will initiate a "rationalisation" of big missions to cut costs. The government is also making it compulsory for diplomats posted in non-English speaking countries to learn the local language. The steps were taken after Prime Minster Nawaz Sharif formed an inter-ministerial committee...
  • Ireland hammer Afghanistan to win cricket's Intercontinental Cup December 13, 2013

    Dubai: John Mooney's second five-wicket haul in the match saw Ireland post a comprehensive victory by 122 runs over Afghanistan to win the ICC Intercontinental Cup final on Friday. Defending champions Afghanistan, chasing 347 runs for victory, were 136 for 5 overnight but were dismissed for 224. Medium pacer Mooney took 5...
  • India ranked 98th on list of best countries for business: Forbes December 5, 2013

    India has been ranked 98th in the Forbes list of world's best countries for doing business that has cited poverty, corruption and discrimination against girls among the challenges facing the country. According to the list compiled by the US publication, among the BRIC economies, Brazil was placed higher at the 80th...
  • Ireland win World Twenty20 qualifying tournament November 30, 2013

    Abu Dhabi: Veteran Trent Johnston's superb all-round show in his last Twenty20 international helped Ireland beat Afghanistan by 68 runs in the final of the World Twenty20 qualifiers on Saturday. Opening batsman Paul Stirling scored 76 off 43 balls and the 39-year-old Johnston hit a rapid 62 off 32 with five...
  • Ireland, Afghanistan qualify for World Twenty20 November 24, 2013

    Sharjah: Ireland and Afghanistan have won their groups to qualify for next year's World Twenty20 tournament. Ireland stayed unbeaten in Group A with 13 points after beating Hong Kong by 85 runs at Abu Dhabi in their last group match on Sunday. Afghanistan finished with a 34-run win over Kenya at Sharjah...
  • Ireland, Afghanistan vie for World Twenty20 places October 25, 2013

    Defending champions Ireland and high-flying Afghanistan are among 16 countries vying for six places at the 2014 World Twenty20 with qualification to be held in the United Arab Emirates next month, cricket's governing body announced Thursday. Bangladesh will host the fifth edition of the World Twenty20 from March 16 to April...
  • Germany call up Heiko Westermann for World Cup qualifiers October 7, 2013

    Berlin: Germany coach Joachim Loew called up Hamburger SV defender Heiko Westermann to replace the injured Sven Bender for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Ireland and Sweden. Borussia Dortmund midfielder Bender dropped out after suffering a muscle strain in his groin and lower back area during his side's 2-0 loss to...
  • Giovanni Trapattoni sacked as Ireland coach September 11, 2013

    Dublin: The Football Association of Ireland has terminated coach Giovanni Trapattoni's contract after the Italian veteran struggled to keep the team in contention for next year's World Cup. The federation and Trapattoni say they have mutually decided to end the contract a year early. Trapattoni had been due to stay through...
  • Morgan, Bopara take England to a comfortable victory September 3, 2013

    Dublin: Ravi Bopara and Eion Morgan both hit centuries Tuesday to steer a young and inexperienced England team to a six-wicket victory against Ireland in a one-day international. England finished with 274-4 having been set a target of 269 by the Irish, with captain William Porterfield scoring 112 for Ireland. After...
  • Boyd Rankin becomes eighth multi-nation ODI player September 3, 2013

    Dublin: When he donned the England jersey on Tuesday in front of his home fans in Dublin, former Ireland fast bowler Boyd Rankin became the eighth player in the history of ODI cricket to represent two countries. Having earlier made his Twenty20 international debut for England in June, Rankin was...
  • As it happened: Ireland vs England, One-off ODI September 3, 2013

    CLICK HERE for Live updates from the only ODI between England and Ireland being played at Dublin. TOSS: England captain Eoin Morgan has put Ireland in to bat. TEAM NEWS: Michael Carberry, Boyd Rankin and Gary Ballance are making their ODI debuts for England. Playing XIs: England: Michael Carberry, Luke Wright, James...
  • One-off ODI: Ireland scent blood against depleted England September 3, 2013

    Ireland hope to take advantage of a weakened England side when the teams meet on Tuesday in a one-off one-day international match at Malahide. With only four survivors from England's last 50-over contest, the Champions Trophy final against India in June, Ireland will scent another upset and a repeat of their...
  • England name five new faces for Ireland, Australia ODIs August 27, 2013

    London: After their 3-0 victory in the Ashes, England have rested five senior players - Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, James Anderson, Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad - from the one-day international series against Ireland and Australia. In Cook's absence, Eoin Morgan will lead the team in the one-off ODI against Ireland...
  • Ireland performs first legal abortion after Savita case August 23, 2013

    London: Ireland's first life-saving pregnancy termination has been carried out under a new law following last year's tragic death of an Indian woman who died after being refused an abortion at an Irish hospital. The country's first legal termination was carried out on a woman who had an unviable 18-week pregnancy and...
  • McIlroy hopes for a late start to his season August 22, 2013

    New Jersey: Rory McIlroy knew the rules going into last year's FedEx Cup playoffs, which didn't make it any easier to digest. He won the Deutsche Bank Championship after a duel with Louis Oosthuizen. The next week at Crooked Stick, he blew away a powerful leaderboard that featured Tiger Woods, Phil...
  • End of the road: cricket's surprise retirements August 18, 2013

    Following the shock retirement of Zimbabwe's Kyle Jarvis on Sunday, Cricketnext takes a look at other instances of international players calling it quits unexpectedly. At the age of 24, Jarvis surprised many by announcing his retirement form international cricket with immediate effect to pursue a career in county cricket and...
  • McIlroy opens PGA title defence with an impressive first round August 9, 2013

    Rochester, New York: Like his new haircut, Rory McIlroy's one-under 69 in the opening round of the PGA Championship earned the Northern Irishman mixed reviews on Thursday. McIlroy got his title defence off to a brilliant start with three birdies in his first four holes to charge up the leaderboard. But the...
  • Newlook McIlroy aims for change in form at Oak Hill August 8, 2013

    New York: Rory McIlroy will launch his title defence at this week's PGA Championship with a change in hairstyle and fervent hopes for a change in his golfing form. The Northern Irishman has struggled since switching his club brand at the start of the season to Nike in a lucrative deal...
  • O'Brien relishes his return to the Caribbean July 19, 2013

    Bridgetown, Barbados: Ireland's Kevin O'Brien who launched his international career in the Caribbean says he is relishing a return to the region where it all started for him. The 29-year-old allrounder, who burst on to the international scene in the Caribbean at the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup, says the region...
  • Top three teams from Dublin to qualify for ICC World Twenty20 July 16, 2013

    Dubai: The ICC on Tuesday announced a revised schedule for the Women's World Twenty20 Qualifier in Dublin this year which will now see top three teams from the event advancing to next year's World Twenty20 in Bangladesh instead of one. Following an ICC Board decision during the ICC annual conference week...
  • Former Ireland skipper Trent Johnston to retire July 15, 2013

    London: Former Ireland captain Trent Johnston announced on Monday that he plans to retire from international cricket in December. Australia-born Johnston has played 186 times for Ireland, appearing in both the 2007 and 2011 World Cups, but the pace bowler admits the strain of competing at the highest level is starting...