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Nine try All Blacks swamp Namibia
Sep 24

Nine try All Blacks swamp Namibia

London -- New captain Sam Cane led the All Blacks' B team on a nine-try blitz to demolish Namibia 58-14 in the World Cup yesterday.  Nehe Milner-Skudder and Julian Savea got two tries each and the All Blacks had their bonus point try within 30 minutes as the superiority of the top-ranked side told over...

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Australia to host USA in 2016 Davis Cup first round

Posted On: Sep-24

Santiago -- The United States will travel to Australia as the two most successful nations in Davis Cup history are pitted against each other in the first round of the 2016 World Group play. The Davis Cup draw for next season was held Wednesday in Santiago, and Australia will host the tie between two former powerhouse nations who are trying to reclaim their past glory. The Americans have won a record...

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Back injury rules Cummins out of Bangladesh tour
Sep 24

Back injury rules Cummins out of Bangladesh tour

Sydney -- Fast bowler Pat Cummins has been ruled out of the upcoming tour of Bangladesh due to a stress fracture in his back, the second of his young career, Cricket Australia said Thursday. All-rounder James Faulkner will replace Cummins, who suffered lower back pain during the last one-day match against...

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Cash-strapped Lotus locked out in Japan
Sep 24

Cash-strapped Lotus locked out in Japan

Suzuka -- Lotus's woes took an embarrassing new twist yesterday as the cash-strapped Formula One team were locked out of paddock hospitality in Suzuka and left anxiously waiting for their engines in a row over payments. Other freight was also delayed and instead of being interviewed in the team's on-site...

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Button says 'joy has gone' as exit rumours swirl
Sep 24

Button says 'joy has gone' as exit rumours swirl

Suzuka -- Britain's Jenson Button said yesterday that his sense of joy had disappeared from Formula One amid rumours the former world champion is set to retire from the sport. Refusing to be drawn on the speculation that he had failed to secure a contract extension with underperforming McLaren, Button told...

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Mexican Perez extends deal with Force India
Sep 24

Mexican Perez extends deal with Force India

Suzuka -- Mexican driver Sergio Perez will remain with Force India for the 2016 world championship, taking him into a third season with the team. Perez, who joined Force India in 2014 after one year at McLaren and two seasons with Sauber, said: "I am very happy to confirm that I will be staying with Force...

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Stephens advances to Korea Open quarter-final

Posted On: Sep-24

Seoul -- American Sloane Stephens cruised past Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm to advance to the quarter-finals of the WTA Korea Open yesterday. Third-seeded Stephens defeated 44-year-old Date-Krumm, champion in Seoul in 2009, 6-3, 6-4 in the second round of the tournament. The 22-year-old American, ranked 32nd in the world, won her first WTA title at the Citi Open in Washington last month. Aliaksandra...

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Hamilton fears more trouble in title race
Sep 24

Hamilton fears more trouble in title race

Suzuka -- World champion Lewis Hamilton warned yesterday that the technical problems that forced him to retire from last week's Singapore Grand Prix could yet resurface in this year's title run-in. Though he still leads the Formula One championship by 41 points with six races remaining, the Briton said in...

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Allertova upsets Halep in Guangzhou Open
Sep 24

Allertova upsets Halep in Guangzhou Open

Guangzhou --- Denisa Allertova of the Czech Republic defeated top seed Simona Halep in straight sets in quarterfinal play Thursday in the WTA Guangzhou International Women's Open. Unseeded Allertova pulled off the biggest upset of the tournament so far, beating the Romanian 6-4, 6-3. Halep, ranked number two in...

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Betham puts Samoa on 'massive' war footing

Posted On: Sep-24

Birmingham -- Samoa's starting XV for the clash with the wounded South Africans on Saturday has been picked as the best able to cope with a match that coach Stephen Betham believes will be 'massive warfare'. Betham -- whose side began with a 25-16 win over United States while the Springboks suffered the greatest upset in World Cup history losing 34-32 to Japan -- said he expected an onslaught from the...

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 Ivanovic launches Pan Pacific defence campaign
Sep 24

Ivanovic launches Pan Pacific defence campaign

Tokyo -- Defending champion Ana Ivanovic survived a brave challenge from Italian Camila Giorgi yesterday at the Pan Pacific Open, managing a tough 7-5, 6-2 victory. The victory put the Serb second seed in a quarter-final against Dominika Cibulkova in a rematch of the US Open where Ivanivic was ousted by the...

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Pakistan shift Twenty20 league from Doha to UAE

Posted On: Sep-24

Karachi -- Pakistan yesterday announced moving its twice postponed Twenty20 league from the Qatari capital of Doha to Dubai and Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, without giving any reason for the venue change. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said the Pakistan Super League (PSL) will be held from 4th to 24th February 2016 in Dubai and Sharjah, UAE. "The PSL will have a total of 24 matches...

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Japan in position A to make history, says Jones
Sep 24

Japan in position A to make history, says Jones

Warwick -- Eddie Jones says Japan are still in a "perfect" position to reach the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals despite a heavy defeat by Scotland. The 55-year-old coach -- who masterminded the shock 34-32 victory over two-time world champions South Africa -- said he had to get Japan back on course after...

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Pietersen admits England right over Ashes snub

Posted On: Sep-24

London -- Kevin Pietersen has admitted England's successful Ashes campaign vindicated the selectors' decision not to pick him against Australia. Pietersen began the season hoping for an unexpected recall to the Test team following conciliatory comments from new England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Colin Graves. But when Pietersen's former captain Andrew Strauss was appointed as managing director, his...

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Beckham launches UN appeal to protect kids
Sep 24

Beckham launches UN appeal to protect kids

United Nations -- Football legend, male model and father of four David Beckham went to UN headquarters in New York yesterday to call on world leaders to end violence against children. The former England captain asked leaders to put children at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals, the new 15-year...

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Arsenal hero Flamini downs Spurs
Sep 24

Arsenal hero Flamini downs Spurs

London -- Mathieu Flamini was Arsenal's unlikely hero as the French midfielder's double strike sealed a 2-1 win over bitter rivals Tottenham in the League Cup third round on Wednesday. Flamini was making his first appearance of the season after coming close to leaving the club in the last...

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FIFA 'committed' to cooperating as Swiss want access to Valcke emails
Sep 24

FIFA 'committed' to cooperating as Swiss want access to Valcke emails

Zurich  FIFA insisted Thursday they were "committed" to helping any investigation following the suspension of secretary general Jerome Valcke, as Swiss prosecutors said their demand to access the French official's emails had so far been blocked.  Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber has requested access...

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Griezmann double fires  Atletico top of La Liga
Sep 22

Griezmann double fires Atletico top of La Liga

Madrid  Atletico Madrid moved to the top of La Liga as Antoine Griezmann's double handed them a 2-0 win over Getafe on Tuesday. Griezmann got the hosts off to the perfect start after five minutes and then sealed the three points from what was an otherwise unconvincing Atletico display from Jackson Martinez's...

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Lewandowski writes Bundesliga history
Sep 22

Lewandowski writes Bundesliga history

5 goals in 9 minutes   Berlin Robert Lewandowski wrote Bundesliga history yesterday and sent records tumbling by scoring five goals in just nine minutes in Bayern Munich's 5-1 romp at home to Wolfsburg. Bayern were 1-0 down at the break thanks to a goal by Wolfsburg winger Daniel Caligiuri when coach Pep...

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Ronaldo eyes history as Madrid, Barca face tough tests
Sep 21

Ronaldo eyes history as Madrid, Barca face tough tests

Madrid  Cristiano Ronaldo has another chance to move ahead of Raul as Real Madrid's top goalscorer of all time on enemy territory as Los Blancos make the daunting trip to take on Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday.  Ronaldo is just two goals off matching Raul's record mark of 323, but was surprisingly unable to...

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Leitch and Goromaru tasked with repeat of Japan heroics
Sep 21

Leitch and Goromaru tasked with repeat of Japan heroics

Brighton  Captain Michael Leitch and fullback Ayumu Goromaru will have to work even harder if Japan are to repeat their stunning win over South Africa against Scotland, according to coach Eddie Jones.  Goromaru and Leitch, who took the bold decision to go for a winning try rather than a safe draw in the...

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Hamilton vows fight-back after gremlins strike
Sep 21

Hamilton vows fight-back after gremlins strike

Singapore  Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton promised to come out fighting at this week's Japanese Grand Prix after a freak technical mishap in Singapore opened the door to his rivals.  The Mercedes driver failed to finish a race for the first time in more than a year after a simple metal...

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Dhoni returns to captain India for SAfrica series

Posted On: Sep-20

New Delhi --- India named yesterday uncapped all-rounder Gurkeerat Singh in the one-day squad for the first three matches against South Africa which will also see veteran Mahendra Singh Dhoni return to captain the side. Singh, 25, who has impressed with both the bat and the ball in the Indian junior side, replaced Ravindra Jadeja while leg spinner Amit Mishra came in for seamer Dhawal Kulkarni. Dhoni,...

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Chen Long retains Korea Open title
Sep 20

Chen Long retains Korea Open title

Seoul -- Men's top seed Chen Long of China successfully defended his Korea Open title yesterday, ending the run of unseeded tournament sensation Ajay Jayaram in the final. In the women's competition, the sixth-seeded South Korean Sung Ji-Hyun took the singles title, beating China's Wang Yihan Chen's...

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Son stars again as Spurs down Palace
Sep 20

Son stars again as Spurs down Palace

London --- Son Heung-min was Tottenham's hero once again as the South Korean's first Premier League goal clinched a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace yesterday. Son had scored twice on his home debut in Tottenham's Europa League victory against Qarabag of Azerbaijan on Thursday and the forward's dream start...

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Indian cricket chief Jagmohan Dalmiya dies
Sep 20

Indian cricket chief Jagmohan Dalmiya dies

New Delhi -- Indian cricket supremo Jagmohan Dalmiya, who oversaw the country's emergence as the game's financial powerhouse, died yesterday only months after his comeback at the helm of the national board. The 75-year-old president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) died in a hospital in...

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Britain, Belgium into Davis Cup final
Sep 20

Britain, Belgium into Davis Cup final

Paris --- Great Britain and Belgium secured shock places in November's Davis Cup final yesterday while 17-time major winner Roger Federer cast doubt over his future in the competition. Britain made their first final since 1978 with victory over Australia in Glasgow thanks to world number three Andy...

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 Juventus end win drought, Totti reaches 300
Sep 20

Juventus end win drought, Totti reaches 300

Milan -- Frenchman Paul Pogba created one goal and scored another as Juventus finally claimed their first Serie A win of the season, while Francesco Totti hit his 300th goal for Roma in a 2-2 draw with Sassuolo. Amid their worst start to the season in several decades, Juventus travelled to Genoa hoping to build on...

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Messi double takes Barcelona back top of La Liga
Sep 20

Messi double takes Barcelona back top of La Liga

Madrid --- Lionel Messi scored twice and missed a penalty as Barcelona stretched their 100 percent record in La Liga to four games with a 4-1 win over Levante yesterday. The European champions lead Real Madrid, Villarreal and Celta Vigo by two points with Atletico Madrid a point further adrift in...

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All Blacks survive Puma World Cup scare
Sep 20

All Blacks survive Puma World Cup scare

London --- Aaron Smith ignited a late revival as the All Blacks overhauled Argentina to start their World Cup defence with a 26-16 victory before a record crowd at Wembley Stadium yesterday. The Pumas threatened an upset when they led 13-12 at half-time and jumped to a 16-12 advantage early in the...

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