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England maintain control against India

SOUTHAMPTON: Rohit Sharma threw away his wicket shortly before tea to leave India struggling against England at 214-5 on day three of the third Test at the Rose Bowl on Tuesday. Having conceded 569-7 declared to England on a seemingly benign pitch, India were looking to bat for as long as possible, but Sharma undermined those hopes by wasting a great partnership with Ajinkya Rahane, unbeaten on 52. They combined for 74 from 110 balls, until Sharma heaved a tame delivery from spinner Moeen Ali directly to Stuart Broad at mid-off in the second-to-last over before tea. India still needed anothe...
Published On: 2014-07-29

TIME OUT: Petkovic advances

STANFORD: Germany’s Andrea Petkovic reached the second round of the Bank of the West Classic with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Croatia’s Alja Tomljanovic on Monday and also benefited from the elimination of an experienced potential opponent in the next round. Petkovic will next face 16-year-old qualifier Naomi Osaka of Japan, who defeated Samantha Stosur 4-6, 7-5 (7), 7-5. Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic beat Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-1, 6-3 to set up a second-round match against top-seeded Serena Williams, who had a bye through the first round in her comeback tournament ...
Published On: 2014-07-29

South Africa name squad

CAPE TOWN: South Africa have named an unchanged 15-man squad for the one-off Test against Zimbabwe starting on August 9. Convener of selectors Andrew Hudson said in a Cricket South Africa statement issued on Tuesday that the players had “earned a vote of confidence” upon completing their first Test series victory in Sri Lanka since 1993 a day earlier. Hashim Amla will seek to build the momentum gained in Sri Lanka that saw the country return to the top of the ICC’s test rankings with a 1-0 series win. The Proteas will be playing their first Test match in Zimbabwe since 2001...
Published On: 2014-07-29

Bell returns to form as India struggle

SOUTHAMPTON: England captain Alastair Cook was dismissed on 95, an agonizing five runs short of his first century in 14 months, as the hosts finished day one of the third test against India on 247-2 at the Rose Bowl on Sunday. Cook got the faintest of touches to a delivery from Ravindra Jadeja, and India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni took the catch. Gary Ballance then brought up his century off 189 balls when he cut Mohammed Shami for four. Ballance finished on 104 not out, becoming only the fifth England player to make three hundreds in his first six tests, as England enforced the advantage o...
Published On: 2014-07-28

Isner defends Atlanta Open

ATLANTA: Top-seeded John Isner overpowered Dudi Sela on Sunday to successfully defend his Atlanta Open title, blowing serve after serve past the 1.75-meter Israeli player in a 6-3, 6-4 victory. Serving for the match, the 2.08-meter Isner fell behind 30-0 before Sela sent a backhand into the net, and then watched almost helplessly as the American ripped three straight aces for the win. Isner finished with 15 aces to Sela’s two. Ranked 12th, Isner has won two of his nine career titles in Atlanta, where he also lost to Mardy Fish in the 2010 and 2011 finals and to eventual champion Andy Ro...
Published On: 2014-07-28

TIME OUT

New Hopes triumph JHAPA: New Hopes School of Jhapa edged Red Star School of Morang in sudden-death penalty shootout in their boys’ section match of the Coca-Cola Cup Inter-school National Football Tournament Eastern Regional Selection here on Monday. Similarly, in the central region selection held in Rautahat, Janata Jaswal School thrashed Kalika School 5-2 with Dinesh Yonzan scoring a brace and Gaurav Lama, Lek Bahadur Ghimire and Laxman Upadhyay netting one each. Bibek Budhathoki and Sajan Tamang replied for Kalika. Likewise, Ideal Co-ed School beat Mt Everest School 4-2. Madan Syangt...
Published On: 2014-07-28

Pietersen joins Melbourne Stars

MELBOURNE: Axed England batsman Kevin Pietersen joined the Melbourne Stars on Monday to be the highest-profile signing of the new season of Australia’s Big Bash League. Pietersen, who was sacked by England in February following the 5-0 Ashes drubbing in the winter tour to Australia, has signed a two-year deal with the Cameron White-led team of the Twenty20 league, the Stars said on their website. “Joining the Melbourne Stars was an easy choice for me when you look at the players we have and the amazing off field support staff, and don’t forget our home ground, the MCG (Melb...
Published On: 2014-07-28

City thrash Milan as English clubs win

PITTSBURGH: Manchester City thrashed AC Milan 5-1 in a International Champions Cup match, which was suspended for 30 minutes because of a severe thunderstorm here on Sunday. Stevan Jovetic, Scott Sinclair, Jesus Navas and Kelechi Iheanacho put City into a 4-0 lead within 26 minutes in Pittsburgh. Sulley Muntari pulled a goal back for Milan before half-time and the restart at the Heinz Field stadium was delayed because of bad weather. Jovetic added a fifth, while Milan’s Mario Balotelli had a goal disallowed. Manchester City continue Pool B play on July 30 against Liverpool at the Yank...
Published On: 2014-07-28

Proteas reclaim top spot

COLOMBO: South Africa reclaimed top spot in cricket’s Test rankings after grimly hanging on for a draw in the second and final Test against Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground today to win the series 1-0. It was South Africa’s first series win under new captain Hashim Amla and only their second series victory in Sri Lanka in 21 years, and sees them overtake Australia as the world’s number one team. Set 369 for victory South Africa, who started the day at 38-1, finished on 159-8 with Vernon Philander holding firm with an unbeaten 27. That was despite a marathon bow...
Published On: 2014-07-28

Clark rallies to claim Canadian Open

MONTREAL: Tim Clark rallied to win the Canadian Open on Sunday, birdieing five of the last eight holes for a one-stroke victory over Jim Furyk. Clark closed with a 5-under 65 at rainy Royal Montreal for his second PGA Tour victory. The 38-year-old South African player also won the 2010 Players Championship. Furyk, the two-time Canadian Open champion who took a three-stroke lead into the final round, finished with a 69. The 44-year-old American matched Clark with a birdie on the par-3 17th and a par on the par-4 18th. Furyk is 0 for 7 with the 54-hole lead since winning the 2010 Tour Champion...
Published On: 2014-07-28