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India caught in Ali web

India caught in Ali web

Moeen Ali spun England to victory as they ended a run of 10 Tests without a win by beating India by 266 runs in the third Test at Southampton on Thursday. Ali took six for 67 in 20.4 overs, including a spell of four for 17 in 22 balls as England completed a crushing win that saw them level the five-match series at 1-1. India, chasing what would have been a new fourth innings record winning total of 445, were bowled out for 178 before lunch on the...

Shakib the sub-plot

The Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Bangladesh's home of cricket, will come back to life after Eid break when the national...

WC 'a bridge too far' for King Kallis

WC 'a bridge too far' for King Kallis

South African cricket has said goodbye to arguably its greatest cricketer...

Baki the only glimmer

Shooter Abdullah Hel Baki remained the only success story from the 20th Commonwealth Games for Bangladesh as all Bangladesh participants completed...

Series victory takes SA top

A gritty South African tail fought off Sri Lanka's spinners to snatch a nerve-jangling draw in the second Test and seal a historic 1-0 series win. The series victory propelled South Africa to the top of world Test ranking ahead of Australia and also ended their 21-year-old jinx on the island. It was their first series win in Sri Lanka since 1993 when they first toured the country and defeated the hosts 1-0. South Africa had won the opening Test in...

Stuart-Jimmy in exclusive company

Stuart Broad said he was elated to have joined some of his cricket "heroes" as he and England new-ball partner James Anderson became only the third pace pair to take a combined 500 Test wickets. Broad finished the third day of the third Test against India at Southampton with three for 65 and Anderson took three for 52. It meant the England duo found themselves in the company of Pakistan's Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis and the West Indies' Curtly Ambrose...

Italian Nibali wins Tour de France

Vincenzo Nibali completed his victory in the 2014 Tour de France on Sunday as German sprinter Marcel Kittel won the final stage on the Champs Elysees in Paris. Nibali finished safely in the peloton to succeed Briton Chris Froome as Tour champion. Jean-Christophe Peraud was second with fellow Frenchman Thibaut Pinot third. Kittel matched Nibali's four stage wins on this year's Tour with Norway's Alexander Kristoff second in Paris and Ramunas Navardauskas of Lithuania third. Nibali went straight to his wife and baby...

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XX Commonwealth Games

Dowsett, Villumsen take cycling gold

Dowsett, Villumsen take cycling gold

England's Alex Dowsett and Linda Villumsen of New Zealand both went one better to win gold medals in the men's and women's cycling individual time-trials at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games on Thursday. Dowsett, second to David Millar four years ago, claimed Commonwealth gold for England in a closely-contested race through the streets and suburbs...

Barclays English Premier League

Everton break bank for Lukaku

Everton broke their club transfer record on Wednesday when they paid £28 million (35.4m euros, $47.4m) to sign Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku on a five-year deal from Premier League rivals Chelsea, the club announced. Lukaku finished as Everton's top scorer last season after finding the net 16 times in 33 appearances while on loan at Goodison Park, helping Roberto Martinez's side to a fifth-place finish in the Premier League. The 21-year-old played for Belgium at the World Cup, but his chances...

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Liverpool edge City

Liverpool rallied twice against Manchester City and triumphed 3-2 in a penalty shoot-out Wednesday after their pre-season friendly at baseball's Yankee Stadium ended 2-2 after regular time. Stevan Jovetic scored twice for Manchester City, but Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling answered for Liverpool in the clash between last season's top two teams in the English Premier League. Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool dominated in the shootout, with two saves from Simon Mignolet. Montenegro's Jovetic opened the scoring in the 53rd minute after a defensive...

Grondona passes away

Julio Grondona, the veteran president of the Argentine Football Association (AFA) and FIFA vice-president, died on Wednesday at the age of 82 in a Buenos Aires clinic, AFA sources reported. The all-powerful figure, who had been in charge of Argentine football since 1979, had been taken to hospital suffering from heart problems and died while undergoing emergency surgery. Earlier this week he had held meetings with Alejandro Sabella, who decided not to continue as Argentina coach after leading the team to...

Neymar fever grips Japan

Neymar fever grips Japan

Tokyo caught "Neymar fever" on Thursday when the Brazilian superstar jetted into the Japanese capital sporting sunglasses, baseball cap and designer stubble on a whistle-stop visit to sign a sponsorship deal with a bed manufacturer. The 22-year-old Barcelona forward, still recovering after fracturing a vertebra at the World Cup, was greeted by 700 screaming...

Sabella to quit

Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella will not renew his contract once it expires in September, Argentine press reports claimed on Tuesday. The Argentine Football Association (AFA) had offered him an extension, but according to daily newspaper La Nacion's website, Sabella "has told Julio Grondona (AFA president) that he won't continue as coach". The 59-year-old took Argentina to the World Cup final in July, where they lost 1-0 to Germany after extra-time. He had taken over from Sergio Batista after Argentina's dire Copa America...

Scolari joins Gremio

Luiz Felipe Scolari did not have to wait long to find work after his Brazil World Cup disaster as he was announced as Gremio's new coach on Tuesday. The Porto Alegre club took to its Twitter feed to confirm the appointment. Scolari has already coached the club twice before in 1987 and from 1993 to 1996. He led Gremio to the Copa Libertadores crown in 1995 and the Brazilian championship a year later. The 65-year-old, who was replaced as Brazil coach by Dunga,...

EPL adopts vanishing spray

The Premier League announced on Wednesday that referees in the English top flight will use vanishing spray to police free-kicks from the start of the 2014-15 season. "Vanishing spray will be used in the Barclays Premier League from the start of this season," read a statement on the organisation's Twitter page. "As at the 2014 World Cup, vanishing spray will be used by referees to mark distances for free-kicks and their walls." The biodegradable foam, which dissolves within a minute, is sprayed...