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  • Perth Scorchers beat Sydney Sixers to win thrilling Big Bash final Yesterday

    Brett Lee's famous gig and the fist pumps, as well as the yorkers, the rip-roaring bouncers and slower deliveries were all on display in the final of the Big Bash League on Wednesday. Yet, his efforts couldn't help Sydney Sixers get their hands on the trophy as Perth Scorchers won...
  • Tri-series: India split points to stay alive after washout against Australia 4 days ago

    The Calton Mid Tri-series one-day international between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Monday was abandoned due to rain. The game could only see only 16 overs in which India scored 69 for the loss of two wickets before rain stopped play and thereafter wet conditions didn't...
  • Fans blast decision to move ODI from Adelaide to Sydney 4 days ago

    Sydney: South Australia's cricket fans blasted the decision to move Monday's One-day International (ODI) between Australia and India to Sydney after the game was stopped because of rain. Fans took to social media to vent their frustration at Cricket Australia (CA) over the decision to move the match from Adelaide, where...
  • Will the hosts once again win the cricket World Cup? Most likely 5 days ago

    As we come closer to the World Cup, all the teams are busy sorting their permutations and combinations. Every World Cup brings with it a bank of surprises that opens up the tournament, but this one is all set to get a notch higher as there are no clear favourites...
  • World Cup 2015: Schedule of warm-up matches January 22, 2015

    New Delhi: A series of warm-up matches starting February 8 will provide insight into the form of some of the teams taking part in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, and also give a chance to fans, who are from the tournament venues, to see some of the stars in...
  • Viktor Troicki crushes Mikhail Kukushkin to win Sydney title January 17, 2015

    Sydney: Serbian Viktor Troicki ruthlessly dismantled ailing Kazakh qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin 6-2 6-3 to win the Sydney International for his second career ATP title on Saturday. The 28-year-old right-hander won the last four games of the first set and was 4-1 up in the second when Kukushkin took a medical timeout...
  • Sania Mirza, Mattek-Sands win Sydney doubles title January 16, 2015

    Sydney: Indo-American pair of Sania Mirza and Bethanie Mattek-Sands defeated top-seeded Americans Abigail Spears and Raquel Kops-Jones 6-3, 6-3 to win the women's doubles title of the Sydney International tennis tournament here Friday. It was Sania's first doubles title of the season and 23rd of her career. The Indo-American duo needed...
  • Kvitova downs fellow Czech Pliskova to win Sydney title January 16, 2015

    Sydney: Petra Kvitova completed her preparations for an assault on a third grand slam title in triumphant style on Friday by downing fellow Czech Karolina Pliskova 7-6 7-6 to win the Sydney International title. The twice Wimbledon champion was broken in the opening game of the first set but got back...
  • Juan Martin del Potro loses in quarterfinals at Sydney International January 15, 2015

    Sydney: Defending champion Juan Martin del Potro was beaten in the quarterfinals of the Sydney International on Thursday, losing 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3) to Kazakhstan qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin. Del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion returning from an 11-month injury layoff, needed a wild-card entry to get into the main draw...
  • Juan Martin Del Potro and Petra Kvitova claim three set wins in Sydney January 14, 2015

    Sydney: Former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro stepped up his comeback from another wrist surgery by toppling top seed Fabio Fognini at the Sydney International on Wednesday. The 4-6 6-2 6-2 victory was only the second match the towering Argentine had played in 11 months since surgery to fix...
  • Form guide of 2015 World Cup participants January 14, 2015

    Sydney: The 2015 World Cup takes place in Australia and New Zealand from February 14 to March 29 where India will be the defending champions in the 14-nation tournament. One month out from the start, AFP Sports updates the current form and prospects of the competing teams: Pool A Afghanistan - Afghanistan's main...
  • Del Potro wins comeback match after 10-month injury layoff January 13, 2015

    Sydney: Juan Martin Del Potro launched his comeback from a serious wrist injury with a convincing 6-3, 7-6 (4) win over Sergiy Stakhovsky in the first round of the Sydney International on Tuesday. The former US Open champion is currently ranked No. 338 after undergoing surgery on his left wrist last...
  • Simona Halep pulls out of Australian Open warm-up January 13, 2015

    Romania's Simona Halep pulled out of her final warm-up event before the Australian Open on Tuesday, saying she was suffering from gastroenteritis. The world number three told organisers of the Sydney International she was unable to take her place in the tournament after falling ill in China over the weekend. Halep...
  • 4th Test: India manage a nervous draw, Australia win series 2-0 January 10, 2015

    It seemed the Adelaide nightmare will return to haunt India in the final session of the Sydney Test as well, but some sensible batting by Ajinkya Rahane and Bhuvneshwar Kumar allowed the hosts to overcome a five-wicket loss post tea to secure a nervous draw but lose the Border-Gavaskar Trophy...
  • Australia captain Steven Smith breaks Don Bradman's record January 9, 2015

    Sydney: Steven Smith's record-breaking spree continued after the Australian skipper eclipsed one of Donald Bradman's longest standing marks against India on day four of the fourth and final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) here Friday. According to foxsports.com.au, Smith's incredible run of form continued as he passed Bradman's record...
  • As it happened: India vs Australia, 4th Test, Day 4 January 9, 2015

    (For Blog, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day 3 Round-up: KL Rahul scored his maiden Test century and Virat Kohli his fourth of the series as India reached 342 for 5 at stumps on Day 3. Kohli, who was appointed captain when MS Dhoni suddenly retired after the third...
  • 'Big relief!' says KL Rahul after burying Melbourne ghosts January 8, 2015

    Sydney: Criticised for failing in his debut Test in Melbourne, young Indian batsman Lokesh Rahul was relieved to score his maiden century in his second game to help India stay afloat on the third day of the fourth and final cricket Test against Australia on Thursday. The 22-year-old Karnataka batsman could...
  • 4th Test: Kohli, Rahul tons lead India's fightback, still trail by 230 on Day 3 January 8, 2015

    KL Rahul scored his maiden Test century and Virat Kohli his fourth of the series as India reached 342 for 5 at stumps on Day 3 of the fourth and final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground. India were still trailing by 230 runs with Kohli (140) and Wriddhiman Saha (14)...
  • Virat Kohli's captaincy criticised by Clarke, says Ian Chappell January 7, 2015

    Sydney: India's new Test skipper Virat Kohli's captaincy came under the scanner with former Australian captain Ian Chappell and injured regular skipper Michael Clarke criticising his decisions during the second day of the fourth Test here on Wednesday. Kohli switched the field around far too often for the Australian duo's liking...
  • Pacers working on consistency, says India bowling coach January 6, 2015

    India's young attack is still a work in progress and more time is needed to iron out its deficiencies, Indian bowling coach B Arun said on Tuesday after Australia piled up 348 for 2 on the opening day of the fourth and final Test in Sydney. Openers David Warner and Chris...
  • Kohli promises analytical, positive approach for SCG Test January 5, 2015

    Thrust back into the India captaincy after Mahendra Singh Dhoni's shock decision to retire from Tests last week, Virat Kohli hopes to put right some of the mistakes he made in his first match in charge against Australia. The aggressive right-handed batsman had deputised in the injured Dhoni's absence in the...
  • Starc in, Johnson out of Australia's XI for Sydney Test against India January 5, 2015

    Sydney: Mitchell Starc will replace injured allrounder Mitchell Johnson in the only change to Australia's lineup for the fourth Test against India starting at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday. Captain Steve Smith confirmed Australia's match XI Monday, saying Johnson has a slight hamstring strain and probably would have been considered...
  • Sydney Test to be Chris Rogers' swansong on Australian soil January 4, 2015

    Sydney: Australian opener Chris Rogers had decided that the fourth and final cricket Test against India at the SCG will be his last on home soil as he aims to finish his seven-year-long career in the Ashes series this year. The 37-year-old Rogers, who made his Test debut against India in...
  • Mitchell Johnson ruled out of Sydney Test January 4, 2015

    Sydney: Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has been ruled out of the fourth and final Test against India with hamstring soreness, Cricket Australia said on Sunday. Johnson, 33, who bowled long spells during the first three Tests against India, had some right hamstring soreness during the Boxing Day Test and had...
  • India should pick 5 bowlers for 4th Test: Ian Chappell January 3, 2015

    Sydney: Former Australia captain Ian Chappell feels even though he backs the hosts to win the series 3-0, India should field five specialist bowlers including two spinners in the final cricket Test, starting January 6. India's bowling attack in overseas conditions has traditionally been four-pronged with a single spinner in operation....
  • Mitchell Johnson in doubt for Sydney Test January 3, 2015

    Sydney: Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson is in doubt for the fourth Test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground because of soreness in his left hamstring. Johnson did not train with the Australian team on Saturday and his condition will be further assessed in the lead-up to the final Test...
  • Brad Haddin prepared for India's short-ball attack January 2, 2015

    Sydney: Australian vice-captain Brad Haddin has said India is welcome to continue the short-ball attack on him in the fourth and final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) Jan 6-10. India's quickies have bombarded the veteran Aussie gloveman with the short stuff in the past two Tests to mixed success....
  • Woman fined with $12,500 for defaming husband on Facebook January 2, 2015

    Sydney: A court has directed a woman to pay $12,500 to her estranged husband after she defamed him on Facebook by accusing him of "domestic violence". The December 12 Facebook post read that Robyn Greeuw had "separated from Miro Dabrowski after 18 years of suffering domestic violence and abuse", the Sydney...
  • Beach parties, fireworks: World rings in new year December 31, 2014

    Sydney: After a turbulent year marred by terror woes, Ebola outbreaks and a horrific series of airline disasters, many could be forgiven for saying good riddance to 2014 and gratefully ringing in a new year. Across the globe, revelers looking for a respite from the gloom will converge on the beaches...
  • Angelina Jolie kidnapped me to write a song for 'Unbroken', says Coldplay frontman Chris Martin December 21, 2014

    Los Angeles: Singer Chris Martin jokes he was kidnapped by actress-director Angelina Jolie to write a song for her forthcoming film 'Unbroken'. The Coldplay frontman, who contributed the track 'Miracles' for her second directorial venture, says Jolie was so desperate to get him on board that she went to extreme lengths,...