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Deepti shines as Indian eves complete ODI series sweep over Lanka

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 15:46
Deepti shines as Indian eves complete ODI series sweep over Lanka

Ranchi, Feb. 19 : All-rounder Deepti Sharma grabbed a six-wicket haul and then made some valuable contribution with the bat as the Indian women's cricket team completed a 3-0 series sweep after thrashing Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the third one-day international here on Friday.

Opting to bat, Sri Lanka had a promising start as Yasoda Mendis (15) and Prasadani Weerakkody (19) added 33 runs for the opening wicket.

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Lodha panel report: BCCI to file affidavit in SC pointing out difficulties in implementation of recommendations

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 15:41
 BCCI to file affidavit in SC pointing out difficulties in im

New Delhi: BCCI will an affidavit in the Supreme Court, pointing out difficulties in implementation of Lodha panel recommendations.

This decision was taken during the special general meeting of the board in Mumbai on Friday.

The apex court had handed BCCI a March 3 deadline to notify it whether the recommendations will be implemented.

BCCI also gave a full member status to Chhattisgarh, which means the state will play in the Ranji Trophy from next season.

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Hafeez confident of Pakistan's good show at World T20

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 14:26
Hafeez confident of Pakistan's good show at World T20

Karachi, Feb. 19 : Pakistan batting all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has expressed confidence that his side will put their best foot forward in their bid to lift the World Twenty 20 title for a second time.

Although the 35-year-old admitted that his side are not playing to the best of their abilities in the T20 format in recent times, a confident Hafeez added that Pakistan would be putting their best performances in the format's pinnacle event, PakPassion. net reported.

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De Gea's injury piles more misery on embattled Van Gaal

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 13:03
De Gea's injury piles more misery on embattled Van Gaal

Johannesburg, Feb. 19 : Amidst mounting pressure on Louis van Gaal, the embattled Manchester United manager has revealed that goalkeeper David de Gea will undergo scans to determine the severity of his injured knee.

The crisis of the Old Trafford club deepened after United suffered a 2-1 away defeat to Danish champions Midtjylland in the first-leg of their Europa League last-32 tie in Herning on Thursday.

De Gea was replaced by Sergio Romero in the starting line-up after the Spaniard was seen limping when United were going through their final warm-up routines.

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`God is with me,` says under-fire Pacquiao

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 12:50
`God is with me,` says under-fire Pacquiao

Johannesburg, Feb. 19 : Filipino boxing great Manny Pacquiao has insisted that God is on his side after sparking global controversy by describing gay couples as ' worse than animals'.

The eight-division world champion admitted that he was wrong to compare homosexuals to animals, but added that his opinion was based on the Bible and therefore the word of God should be honoured, Sport24 reported.

Earlier, Pacquiao saw his reputation take a severe hit when he said that animals are better than homosexuals because they could distinguish between male and female.

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Weakened Man Utd beaten 2-1 by Midtijylland in Europa League

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 11:51
Weakened Man Utd beaten 2-1 by Midtijylland in Europa League

Johannesburg, Feb. 19 : Manchester United failed to reverse their manager Louis van Gaal's mounting woes after going down 2
-1 against Danish champions Midtjylland in the first-leg of their Europa League last-32 tie in Herning.

United's Memphis Depay put the visitors ahead in the 37th minute before goals from the talented Pione Sisto and young Nigerian forward Paul Onuachu gave Midtjylland the victory, Sport24 reported.

The defeat has deepened the Old Trafford club's crisis as Van Gaal's side are already lagging behind in their bid to finish in the top four of the Premier League.

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Nadal cruises past Almagro to reach Rio Open quarters

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 11:06
Nadal cruises past Almagro to reach Rio Open quarters

Johannesburg, Feb. 19 : Spanish tennis maestro Rafael Nadal progressed through to the quarterfinals of the Rio Open after defeating compatriot Nicolas Almagro in straight sets on Friday.

The 14-time Grand Slam champion claimed a 6-3, 7-5 win over Almagro in a contest that lasted one hour and 40 minutes on a clay court, Sport24 reported.

Nadal will next play against Oleksandr Dolgopolov for a spot in the semifinals. (ANI)

Du Plessis backs `x-factor` De Villiers to bat at top order

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 10:43
Du Plessis backs `x-factor` De Villiers to bat at top order

Johannesburg, Feb. 19 : South Africa Twenty20 captain Faf du Plessis has described AB de Villiers as an 'x-factor' player and backed the star batsman to bat at the top of the order in next month's World T20 in India.

The swashbuckling batsman opened the batting in last year's T20 series against Bangladesh and India and had batted at three at home to New Zealand last August.

The skipper confirmed that De Villiers will be used at the top of the order for the upcoming T20 pinnacle event as he had been batting up at the top for the last three series, Sport24 reported.

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Lodha panel report: BCCI Working Committee to meet today, prior to SGM

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 09:15
 BCCI Working Committee to meet today, prior to SGM

New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Working Committee is scheduled to meet today to discuss the radical recommendations made by the Supreme Court-appointed Justice (retired) R M Lodha Committee.

Before the Working Committee meeting, a Special General Meeting that has been convened as well.

The faction-ridden Delhi & District Cricket Association [DDCA] has rejected several of the panel's proposals, while other state associations have raised questioned with regards to few recommendations.

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Pietersen not considering Proteas move: report

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 19:37
 report

Johannesburg, Feb.18 : Out-of-favour England batsman Kevin Pietersen is reportedly not considering playing for his birth country South Africa.

This comes after former England fast bowler Darren Gough observed earlier that the maverick batsman would be tempted to represent his country of birth considering the treatment meted out to him by the England cricket board.

As per the International Cricket Council rules, a player must wait four years to re-qualify for another side if he has represented a Test-playing country, Sport24 reported.

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