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  • Watch: Rhino holds small town to hostage in Nepal 18 hours 58 minutes ago

    A huge rhinoceros strayed into a small town of Hetauda in southern Nepal on Monday morning injuring people. In a video posted by locals, the rhino is seen running through their neighborhood chasing people and motorcycles. Hetuada is close to Nepal's famous Chitwan National Park, a world heritage site known...
  • Swimming: Tearful Park Tae-hwan apologises for failed doping test 4 days ago

    South Korea's Olympic swimming champion Park Tae-hwan choked back the tears on Friday as he apologised for a failed doping test that led to an 18-month ban from the sport and said he wished he could turn back time and do things differently. Swimming's governing body FINA handed out the ban...
  • World Cup: South Africa's comedy of errors is no laughing matter 6 days ago

    Sydney: Another Cricket World Cup semi-final but another failure to get to the final has left many South Africa fans questioning what their side must do to reach one-day international cricket's showpiece match. Tuesday's dramatic four-wicket defeat by New Zealand in a rain-affected clash at Auckland's Eden Park was the fourth...
  • Jubilant New Zealand daring to dream of World Cup glory 1 week ago

    Wellington: New Zealanders hailed the Black Caps' cliffhanger World Cup semi-final win over South Africa as one of the country's top sporting moments on Wednesday and finally began dreaming of even greater glory in the tournament decider on Sunday. "One to go," trumpeted the front page of the New Zealand Herald,...
  • This is the best ever New Zealand team in a World Cup: Chris Harris 1 week ago

    This is the best ever New Zealand team to have taken the field in a World Cup, given the kind of potential we have in our batting and bowling, feels Chris Harris. ...
  • World Cup 2015: Sachin Tendulkar congratulates New Zealand 1 week ago

    Auckland: Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar congratulated New Zealand for making it to the World Cup final after the Black Caps beat South Africa by four wickets (Duckworth/Lewis) in the semi-final at the Eden Park here on Tuesday. "Big Congratulations to New Zealand for making the ICC World Cup finals and playing...
  • Twitter hails New Zealand's historic entry into World Cup final 1 week ago

    Grant Elliott struck a six off the penultimate to lift New Zealand to a four-wicket win over South Africa in a cliff-hanging match on Tuesday which carried them into a World Cup final for the first time, ending their run of defeats in their six previous semi-finals. New Zealand went into...
  • World Cup: It is the greatest time of our lives, says Brendon McCullum 1 week ago

    Auckland: A sensational win over South Africa in the heart-stopping semi-final has given New Zealand their maiden entry into the cricket World Cup final, a moment which victorious captain Brendon McCullum described as the "greatest time" of their lives. New Zealand recorded a historic four-wicket win over a fighting South Africa...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs South Africa, World Cup 2015, 1st semi-final March 24, 2015

    (For live updates, scroll down to reach the blog) New Zealand will take on South Africa at the Eden Park, Auckland in the first semi-final as both the teams look to book a place in a World Cup final for the first time. New Zealand, who have lost all their six previous...
  • South Korea's Park Tae-hwan handed 18-month ban by FINA March 23, 2015

    South Korea's Olympic swimming champion Park Tae-hwan was handed an 18-month ban after a failed drug test, swimming's governing body said on Monday. Park, a two-time world champion and first Korean to win an Olympic swimming medal, tested positive for testosterone in an out of competition test conducted by FINA last...
  • New Zealand, South Africa battle it out for their first World Cup final March 23, 2015

    The apartheid had given the Proteas enough pain that denied the world to watch some of the best cricketers in action starting with the likes of Barry Richards to Basil D'Oliveira, who later went on to play for England. Cricket, much like any other sport in the African nation, had...
  • New Zealand and South Africa on the cusp of history, eye first ever World Cup final March 23, 2015

    Auckland: New Zealand and South Africa meet in the semi-finals of the Cricket World Cup on Tuesday, with both teams bidding to reach the final for the first time. Here are some things to watch for: Captains Fantastic New Zealand's Brendon McCullum and South Africa's AB de Villiers are not only the...
  • World Cup: NZ fans behind their team as the co-hosts aim to break the semis jinx March 23, 2015

    Auckland: Here come the Black Caps. It was a seven year old who set things off at Departure Gate 16 at the Wellington Airport. Fresh off their win against West Indies, charging towards a collision with South Africa in the semi-final of the World Cup, New Zealand's cricketers trickled towards the...
  • World Cup 2015: Rain looms as unwanted guest at NZ-SA semi-final March 23, 2015

    Auckland: While New Zealand and South Africa concentrate on aspects of their preparations they can control ahead of their Cricket World Cup semi-final on Tuesday, the main factor they can't control - the weather - has begun to enter more and more into match considerations. Auckland's weather is notoriously changeable and...
  • World Cup 2015: Brendon McCullum rules out sledging against South Africa March 23, 2015

    The ugly confrontation that marred New Zealand and South Africa's 2011 World Cup quarter-final is unlikely to be repeated in Tuesday's clash at Eden Park because the teams have 'grown up', New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum believes. The World Cup co-hosts play South Africa in the first semi-final in Auckland on...
  • World Cup 2015: Spin will give New Zealand edge over South Africa March 23, 2015

    I reckon the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 semi-final between New Zealand and South Africa is almost too close to call. Both teams are playing with confidence and one look at the talent on show on either side means it has the potential to be a classic. Everywhere you look...
  • New Zealand's Cricket World Cup semi-final heartbreak March 22, 2015

    Auckland: New Zealand will hope it's a case of seventh time lucky when they face South Africa at Auckland's Eden Park on Tuesday, as all six of their previous World Cup semi-finals have ended in defeat. Below AFP Sport looks back at the Black Caps' litany of last-four woes: 1975, The Oval:...
  • World Cup 2015: Eden Park no run-scoring paradise, says Grant Elliott March 22, 2015

    Wellington: As the Cricket World Cup semi-final between New Zealand and South Africa at Eden Park approaches, talk inevitably turns to what seems a perfect storm of scoring possibilities - big hitters and short boundaries. South Africa and New Zealand jointly boast some of the biggest hitters in world cricket...
  • World Cup: New Zealand PM backs Sikhs on wearing kirpans at cricket matches March 16, 2015

    Wellington: New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said on Monday that the International Cricket Council's (ICC) decision to bar Sikh fans from wearing kirpans at World Cup matches is wrong. Seven Sikh cricket fans were barred from entering Eden Park to watch India play Zimbabwe in a World Cup match on...
  • World Cup: Pakistan ensure a spot for West Indies in quarters March 15, 2015

    A win against UAE was not good enough for the Caribbean side to book their spot in the quarter-finals of the World Cup as they had to wait for the match between Pakistan and Ireland to finish. The first job was done as West Indies got the better of UAE and...
  • One catch could have changed our World Cup: Mohammad Tauqir March 15, 2015

    United Arab Emirates captain Mohammad Tauqir was able to reflect with some pride on a World Cup campaign that ended on Sunday without a win but he felt one dropped catch could have changed the complexion of their tournament. Tauqir's side lost to West Indies by six wickets at McLean Park...
  • Gay-rights activist Harish Iyer, writes a heartfelt eulogy for the Park Street rape survivor March 15, 2015

    Gay-rights activist Harish Iyer, wrote a heartfelt eulogy on Facebook, for Suzette Jordan - the Park Street rape survivor who passed away on 13th March, of meningoencephalitis at a hospital in Kolkata. Iyer, who is a rape survivor himself, writes about what an amazing person she was, and how they...
  • Watch: India finish pool stage unbeaten, ICC World Cup, Day 28 highlights March 15, 2015

    Brendan Taylor's Zimbabwe farewell, India's six out of six and Australia's Scotland job - catch all the action from Day 28 of the ICC World Cup 2015. ...
  • Sona Mohapatra remembers 'brave' Kolkata rape survivor March 15, 2015

    Kolkata: Reminiscing about her meeting with the "feisty" and "brave" Park Street rape survivor, who died here of encephalitis, singer Sona Mohapatra said the news of her death is "upsetting, depressing and very heartbreaking." "Upsetting, depressing and very heartbreaking news. The feisty, brave and wronged Jordan is dead. Met her during...
  • World Cup: West Indies stay alive for quarters after hammering UAE March 15, 2015

    "If we can wrap it up as quickly as possible, that's a plus for us. I can't play the weather. If it comes, it comes. If it doesn't, we just need to do what's required of us." With the threatening Cyclone Pam looming large over Match 41 of the 2015 World...
  • World Cup: Future of Zimbabwe players in their own hands March 15, 2015

    Before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 began, it would have been hard to imagine a scenario in which anyone involved with Zimbabwe Cricket could have found anything to be pleased about with winning just one out of six games in the Group stage. And it is very, very disappointing. ...
  • QPR's relegation fears deepen with Crystal Palace defeat March 14, 2015

    London: Queens Park Rangers' relegation fears worsened and their dismal away record continued with a 3-1 defeat by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in the Premier League on Saturday. Defeat for QPR, who have lost 13 of 14 away games this season, left them 19th with 22 points from 29 matches. Palace...
  • World Cup: Mixed emotions for retiring Zimbabwe skipper Brendan Taylor March 14, 2015

    Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor departed international cricket on Saturday on a bittersweet note after scoring a wonderful century in a losing cause. Taylor, a loyal servant of his troubled country on the international scene for 11 years, scored 138 in his team's final cricket World Cup group match against defending champions...
  • Dhoni's team betters Lloyd's outfit with 10th straight World Cup win March 14, 2015

    Auckland: With 10 successive World Cup wins under their belt, Mahendra Singh Dhoni's India on Saturday bettered Clive Lloyd's fearsome outfit of the late 1970' and 80' in terms of consecutive victories in the quadrennial extravaganza. Lloyd's team, which triumphed in the inaugural 1995 and 1979 World Cups, had nine wins...
  • World Cup: Raina's century packs up Zimbabwe, India meet Bangladesh in QF March 14, 2015

    The pieces are fitting nicely in place for India to launch a fresh attack in the knockouts. Batsmen getting runs, bowlers bowling oppositions out and a 100 percent win record. And any leftover boxes were ticked with precision by Suresh Raina's century and MS Dhoni's signature finishing in a six-wicket...