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New Zealand eye World Cup history against Australia

New Zealand eye World Cup history against Australia

MELBOURNE – New Zealand take the field in their maiden World Cup final on Sunday looking to cap an unbeaten streak by defeating co-hosts Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Some 90,000 fans at the vast stadium and millions of television viewers around the world will follow the blockbuster title clash between the two best teams left standing in the ... Read More »

Al Sadd deny deal done to sign Xavi

Al Sadd deny deal done to sign Xavi

DOHA – Qatari side Al Sadd released a statement on Saturday denying that a deal had been concluded to sign Barcelona and Spain great Xavi Hernandez. In a statement on their website, Al Sadd said the deal was “still under negotiation”, adding that “the FC Barcelona player is currently in Doha with his family to know more about the country ... Read More »

Saina Nehwal makes history, becomes world No.1

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New Delhi – Saina Nehwal created history on Saturday as she became the first Indian woman shuttler to attain the world number one ranking after her closest challenger for the spot, Spain’s Carolina Marin, lost in the India Open Super Series semifinal here. Though the official rankings will be out only on Thursday next week, the 25-year-old Indian has been ... Read More »

Nadal wins Miami opener, but rain sidelines Serena

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MIAMI – Second-seeded Rafael Nadal launched his bid for a first Miami Masters title with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro. Nadal, who has four runner-up finishes in 10 prior appearances on the hardcourts of Miami, showed no signs of the training mishap which left him with a sore ankle and threatened to compromise his start. “I ... Read More »

Clarke to quit one-day cricket after World Cup final

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Australia captain Michael Clarke will quit one-day international cricket after tomorrow’s World Cup final against New Zealand, bringing the curtain down on a 12-year career. “I think it’s the right time for me and the Australian cricket team,” the 33-year-old Clarke told reporters. “I made the decision 48 hours ago when I asked myself if I thought I would be ... Read More »

India’s Nehwal storms into India Open semis

India’s Nehwal storms into India Open semis

NEW DELHI – Saina Nehwal stormed into the women’s singles semi-finals at the India Open badminton tournament Friday, with the home crowd favourite expected to snatch the world number one spot if she wins the title. Nehwal, currently ranked number two in the world, defeated unseeded Indonesian Hana Ramadhini, who looked impressive but lost to the Olympic bronze medallist 21-15, ... Read More »

World Cup chief executive Jevans resigns

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LONDON – Debbie Jevans on Friday retired as chief executive of the Rugby World Cup Organising Committee, less than six months before the sport’s showpiece tournament in England. Jevans, who had been in her position with England Rugby 2015 since October 2012 after previously working as director of Olympic sport for the London 2012 Games, was said to have quit ... Read More »

Tunis Open cancelled after terror attack

Tunis Open cancelled after terror attack

PARIS – Next month’s Tunis Open tennis tournament has been cancelled in the wake of the recent terrorist attack in the Tunisian capital, the organisers announced on Friday. The Tunis Tennis Club said on its website it was an “ATP decision to cancel the 2015 Tunis Open with regard to the recent events at the Bardo Museum”. On March 18, ... Read More »

New Zealand seeking to one-up ‘big brother’ Australia

New Zealand seeking to one-up ‘big brother’ Australia

MELBOURNE – New Zealand’s cricketers grew up playing backyard battles against imaginary Australia sides and will be eager to get one over their “big brothers” in the World Cup final, paceman Tim Southee said. The trans-Tasman rivalry is fierce across all sports but will reach fever pitch on Sunday when nearly 100,000 will pack out the storied Melbourne Cricket Ground ... Read More »

Oman trashes Harimau Malaya 6-0 in friendly

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The Harimau Malaya squad was clearly no match for the 96th world ranking team Oman after it was thrashed 6-0 at an A class international friendly at the Al-Seeb Stadium, Oman, last night. The host team, dubbed Al-Ahmar (The Reds), dominated the match by launching attack after attack on the national squad’s net. Yaqob Abdul-Karim Salim Al-Qasmi placed Oman in ... Read More »

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