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We must look to repeat performance: Gayle

Opener Chris Gayle has praised the West Indies batting following their 56-run win over New Zealand in the opening Twenty20 International here but said it was important the Caribbean side kept up the pressure in Sunday’s second match. The left-handed Gayle was at the centre of the victory, paving the way for the Windies’ total of 209 for two with ...

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Young BMX rider dies after crash

A 17-year-old Latvian freestyle BMX rider has died of injuries sustained in a crash during a competition here, organisers said Sunday. Arturs Grikis fell from his bike at the Ghetto Games extreme sports event Saturday, and died of internal injuries at the city’s Ventspils hospital Sunday morning. Event organiser Raimonds Elbakjans told Latvian news agency LETA that Grikis slipped while ...

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IPL is a big party, says Ryder

New Zealand all-rounder Jesse Ryder Sunday called the Indian Premier League (IPL) a “big party”. Ryder’s international career hit a roadblock after he admitted to having a drinking problem, and said that the IPL franchises provided all the luxuries to the player. “It’s an easy life over there. They (IPL franchises) look after you so well and there’s so many ...

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Gayle, Pollard shine as Windies break winless slide

Aggressive opener Chris Gayle stroked his second half-century in three innings since his return to the West Indies team as the Caribbean side broke a nine-match winless slump with a 56-run victory over New Zealand in the opening Twenty20 International of the historic two-match series here Saturday. The left-handed Jamaican brought the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium to life with ...

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India, Pakistan share U-19 Asia Cup after tied final

India Under-19 captain Unmukt Chand led from the front with a magnificent 121 in the thrilling tied final against Pakistan as both the countries shared the Asia Cup at the Kinrara Academy Oval here Sunday. Chasing a target of 283, opening batsman Chand kept alive India’s hope till the final over when seven runs were needed. But after Chand’s dismissal, ...

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Bolt in 200m semis at Olympic trials

Usain Bolt shrugged off a shock defeat to Yohan Blake in the men’s 100 metres final to coast into the semi-finals of the 200 metres at the Jamaica Olympic trials here. Running at the National Stadium, the 25-year-old showed no signs of the heavy defeat as he recorded a time of 21.21 seconds in the opening heat Saturday. Ainsley Waugh ...

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Japanese shuttler wins Russian Open

Japan’s Kazumasa Sakai won badminton’s Russian Open Sunday, denying Vladimir Malkov a second win at his home event in Vladivostok. Kazumasa’s winning margin of 21-17, 21-17 was belied by a strong performance by the Russian No.3 and 2009 champion who led 16-15 in the first game and held Kazumasa at 15-15 in the second before two late surges from the ...

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Comeback Evans fails to qualify at US swimming trials

Former Olympic champion Janet Evans had to end her comeback as the 40-year-old finished 53rd out of 65 swimmers in the 800-metre freestyle preliminaries at the US Olympic trials. Evans timed nine minutes and 1.59 seconds, placing eighth out of 10 swimmers in the heat won by Jamie Bohunicky, a 21-year-old who swam 8:48.42. Evans’ time was far off her ...

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Former Liverpool defender Aurelio out with injury

Former Liverpool and Valencia defender Fabio Aurelio will miss the remainder of the Brazilian Serie A season after suffering a serious knee injury. The 32-year-old tore the anterior cruciate ligament of his right knee in a collision with a teammate during training Saturday for new club Gremio. It came just a day before he was set to make his debut ...

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Boca defender to play in Libertadores

Fiorentina has reportedly granted permission to newly contracted defender Facundo Roncaglia to remain at Boca Juniors until after the Copa Libertadores final. Roncaglia’s contract with the Buenos Aires club was due to end Saturday after he signed a deal with the Italian Serie A club last month. Boca, having failed to anticipate the club’s progression to the Copa Libertadores final, ...

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Tbilisi to host 2015 UEFA Super Cup

The Georgian capital Tbilisi will host the 2015 UEFA Super Cup, the UEFA executive committee said. The Super Cup match will be held at the Mikheil Meskhi Stadium, the biggest stadium in Georgia with a seating capacity for 55,000. The UEFA Super Cup is an annual football match held between the UEFA Champions League winners and UEFA Europa League holders. ...

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Euro 2012: Buffon hopes for one more shock from Italy

┬áItaly goalkeeper and captain Gianluigi Buffon hopes his team can pull off one final shock result against favourites Spain in Sunday’s Euro 2012 final. Two fierce strikes from Mario Balotelli stunned Germany as Italy won the semifinal 2-1 to book their place in the final in Kiev. “Italy have been a surprise side at this tournament throughout. I hope there ...

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Wimbledon: Errani thrashed by record-breaker Shvedova

Tenth seed Sara Errani crashed out of Wimbledon Saturday against wildcard Yaroslava Shvedova, who became the first player to win every point in a set at the tournament. Shvedova won 6-0, 6-4 and utterly dominated the first set of the third-round match, preventing her Italian opponent from winning even one of the 24 points. The match pitted together two sensations ...

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Former African Footballer of Year Kanoute joins Chinese club

Former African Footballer of the Year Frederic Oumar Kanoute has joined Chinese Super League side Beijing Guo’an from Sevilla, the Chinese club confirmed on Saturday. The 34-year-old striker signed a one-and-a-half-year contract with Guo’an this week to start a new career, reported agency. Kanoute, who was named the African Footballer of the Year in 2007, scored 136 goals in 209 ...

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