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Zidane a change for the better at Real, Modric says

Football Soccer – Real Madrid v Deportivo Coruna – Spanish Liga BBVA – Santiago Bernabeu stadium, Madrid, Spain – 9/1/16 Real Madrid’s new coach Zinedine Zidane in action REUTERS/SUSANA VERA Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric believes Saturday’s 5-0 drubbing of Deportivo La Coruna in La Liga in Zinedine Zidane’s debut as coach shows the former Real and France great is ... Read More »

Five-goal Napoli go top after Inter lose at home

Football Soccer – Inter Milan v Sassuolo – Italian Serie A – San Siro stadium, Milan, Italy 10/01/16 Sassuolo’s Domenico Berardi (L) celebrates with his teammate Sime Vrsaljko after scoring a penalty against Inter Milan REUTERS/STEFANO RELLANDINI Domenico Berardi converted a penalty in the fifth minute of injury time on Sunday to give Sassuolo a shock 1-0 win away to ... Read More »

Wawrinka brushes past Coric for Chennai hat-trick

World number four Stan Wawrinka cruised past Croatian teenager Borna Coric 6-3 7-5 to claim his third successive Chennai Open title on Sunday. The top-seeded Swiss defeated the 19-year-old Coric, the youngest ATP World Tour finalist since Kei Nishikori at Delray Beach in 2008, to win his fourth title in six years in the Southern Indian city of Chennai. Wawrinka, ... Read More »

Swansea knocked out in first FA Cup giant-killing

Football Soccer – Oxford United v Swansea City – FA Cup Third Round – Kassam Stadium – 10/1/16Oxford players celebrate their win at the end of the gameAction Images via Reuters / Tony O’BrienLivepic ┬áPremier League Swansea City fell victims to the first major giant-killing of the FA Cup third round on Sunday when they lost 3-2 away to League ... Read More »

Where should Dhoni bat in ODIs?

What did Don Bradman’s duck in his last Test innings tell us? Exactly what Sachin Tendulkar’s middling last year of international cricket did. That in spite of all their herculean successes, both of them were human and as fallible. They might have performed like superheroes for the majority of their careers, but under their capes, they were flesh and bone ... Read More »

West Indies climb to No. 1 in T20 rankings

West Indies have claimed the No. 1 spot in the ICC T20 rankings after Sri Lanka, who had largely occupied the top rung since they won the World T20 in 2014, were caned by New Zealand in Auckland on Sunday. West Indies have 118.36 rating points, and are now marginally ahead of both Sri Lanka and Australia who have exactly ... Read More »

Yasir appeals against doping suspension

Yasir Shah, the Pakistan legspinner, has decided to appeal against his suspension for testing positive for a banned substance. He has informed the ICC through the PCB that he will contest the case. The ICC will now form an independent tribunal within two weeks to hear the case. “We, on behalf of Yasir, have exercised the right of appeal and ... Read More »

Unchanged Zimbabwe bowl in bid to level series

Elton Chigumbura won the toss and chose to bowl against Afghanistan in the second T20I in Sharjah. This is the first instance of a captain opting to field in both the ODI and T20 series. Asghar Stanikzai said he was “happy to bat”. Afghanistan made two changes to the XI that won the thrilling first T20, bringing in left-arm medium-pacer ... Read More »

Butt scores hundred on comeback, Asif takes two

Salman Butt scored a hundred and Mohammad Asif picked up two wickets in six overs on their return to competitive cricket after over five years. Butt and Asif, whose spot-fixing ban were lifted last September, were representing Water and Power Development Authority against Federally Administered Tribal Areas in the ongoing 16-team National One Day Cup in Pakistan. Butt and Asif ... Read More »

Guptill sets fastest NZ fifty record, Munro breaks it five overs later

  An abject Sri Lanka collapse full of witless batting, a clinical performance by New Zealand’s seamers, and a fast start from Martin Guptill, all featured in Sri Lanka’s final heavy defeat of the tour. Their embarrassment was enhanced a little here for having come in front of an Auckland crowd of over 17,000, and by Colin Munro, who bludgeoned ... Read More »