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Proteas outplay Kiwis in opener

MT MAUNGANUI: Captain AB de Villiers top-scored with an unbeaten 89 as South Africa completed a six-wicket victory over New Zealand in a limited-overs cricket international on Tuesday to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Earlier, Luke Ronchi was New Zealand’s last man out for 99 after stalling a middle-order collapse and leading New Zealand to 230 in 45.1 overs. South Africa made 236-4 in reply. Ronchi reached his highest score in 24 one-day appearances and shared a 74-run last-wicket partnership with Trent Boult (21 not out) which allowed New Zealand to reach a competitive t...
Published On: 2014-10-21

Amnesty for cricketers who report

MELBOURNE: Cricket Australia said on Monday it will provide an amnesty period for players who report potential corruption-related or past match-fixing cases ahead of the 2015 World Cup it will co-host with New Zealand. Cricketers had faced bans of up to five years if they were found to have failed to report information relating to a breach of the Cricket Australia’s anti-corruption code. But in the Monday announcement, players were told they will be spared from penalty if they come forward with evidence from any time during their careers by the end of November. Anti-corruption investiga...
Published On: 2014-10-21

Indian cricket board suspends bilateral ties with West Indies

NEW DELHI: India’s cricket board today suspended bilateral ties with the West Indies and decided to begin legal action over the abandoned tour of India. “The Board of Control for Cricket in India will initiate legal proceedings against West Indies Cricket Board due to the abrupt cancellation of this tour,” BCCI said in a statement. “All bilateral tours between BCCI and WICB stand suspended.” India are scheduled to tour West Indies in February-March 2016. The WICB is due to hold another emergency meeting in Barbados. Because of a pay dispute at home, the West Ind...
Published On: 2014-10-21

Historic Indian club opts out

NEW DELHI: Even as the glitzy Indian Super League (ISL) grabs the spotlight, a 123-year-old football club in Kolkata has opted out of national tournaments this season due to a financial crisis. “We don’t have sponsors to support our team,” Mohammadan Sporting president Sultan Ahmed told AFP by phone from Kolkata. “Our first priority is to bring in some money for the club.” Sporting, who were founded in 1891, remain one of football-mad Kolkata’s three big clubs alongside Mohun Bagan and East Bengal and are a regular fixture on the national scene. Sporting w...
Published On: 2014-10-21

Blind rescues lacklustre Man Utd

LONDON: Daley Blind’s late second half strike helped lacklustre Manchester United salvage a 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns in the Premier League on Monday. United, who have now gone six games without an away win in the league, their worst run for 18 years, looked sloppy in the opening stages and Stephane Sessegnon’s well-executed finish put the home side ahead at halftime. Substitute Marouane Fellaini equalised for United two minutes after the break but Saido Berahino put West Brom back in front before Blind’s low strike in the 87th minute. A draw f...
Published On: 2014-10-21

Stunning fall from grace as Pistorius starts jail term

PRETORIA: South African star athlete Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday for killing his girlfriend, in the climax to his sensational trial watched around the world. The Paralympian sprinter known as the “Blade Runner” was led from the dock down to the cells to start his sentence for shooting model Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013. “Count one, culpable homicide: the sentence imposed is five years,” Judge Thokozile Masipa told Pistorius in the Pretoria courtroom. It was a stunning fall from grace for the 27-year-old who made hi...
Published On: 2014-10-21

Ailing Nadal eases into Swiss Indoors second round

Rafa Nadal did not appear to be affected by his appendicitis problems as he charged into the second round of the Swiss Indoors with a no nonsense 6-2 6-2 win over Simone Bolelli on Monday. The Spanish second seed has been taking antibiotics to delay the need for surgery and was relieved to emerge unscathed from his match against his Italian opponent. "I had some doubts that I would be able to compete well," the former world number one told reporters. "Today was a very positive victory for me. I'm very happy for what happened. With my summer-long wrist injury and now the appen...
Published On: 2014-10-21

Stoke rally to defeat Swansea

LONDON: Stoke came from behind to beat Swansea 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday as they climbed to 10th in the Premier League table. Victory left Mark Hughes’ men level on points with Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. It was a tale of two penalties as the first half ended all square at 1-1. Referee Michael Oliver first pointed to the spot after Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross grappled Wilfried Bony to the ground as the pair waited for a Swansea corner to come in. Ivory Coast striker Bony sent Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic the wrong way as Swansea went 1-0 up in th...
Published On: 2014-10-20

Somersault celebration costs life

NEW DELHI: A young footballer lost his life in India’s north-east over the weekend after injuring his spinal cord while celebrating a goal he had scored, newspapers reported on Monday. Peter Biaksangzuala, 23, fell backwards on his head as he took a series of somersaults after scoring the equaliser for his team in a local match in Khawzawl town close to India’s eastern border with Myanmar last Tuesday, the Times of India said. As he lay on the ground in pain, unsuspecting teammates jumped on him to celebrate before they realised the extent of the injury and summoned an stretcher...
Published On: 2014-10-20

Manchester City look to escape trouble

MANCHESTER: This was supposed to be the season Manchester City finally made a sustained push in the Champions League. It’s not working out that way for the English champions. City are the most high-profile team in early trouble in Europe’s elite club competition after picking up just one point from their first two group games. It means City manager Manuel Pellegrini is already treating Tuesday’s trip to CSKA Moscow, the first of a double-header against the Russian side, like “a final.” There are no such problems for Champions League heavyweights Real Madrid, Bay...
Published On: 2014-10-20