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Younis Khan confirms retirement plans

World-class Test batsman Younis Khan on Sunday confirmed his plans to retire from Test cricket amidst media reports that he may reconsider his plans if the national team still needs him. “A lot of things are being said regarding my retirement from Test cricket… that perhaps Younis Khan wants to …

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Foul-mouthed Nastase expelled from Fed Cup tie

LONDON: Romanian tennis legend Ilie Nastase was expelled from the Fed Cup tie with Britain on Saturday for ‘serious misconduct’ after a foul-mouthed rant compounded a controversy caused by racist remarks aimed at Serena Williams. The 70-year-old was heard to say about Williams’s pregnancy at Friday’s press conference ahead of …

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Djokovic’s French Open plans take Monte Carlo hit

MONTE CARLO: Novak Djokovic’s preparations for his French Open title defence suffered another setback Friday when he was defeated by Belgium’s David Goffin 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 in the Monte Carlo Masters quarter-finals. The Serb saved four match points but slumped to his first loss to Goffin after five successive wins …

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Late equaliser helps Hoffenheim qualify for Europa League

COLOGNE: Kerem Demirbay scored in the third minute of injury time to qualify Hoffenheim for European football for the first time with a 1-1 draw at Cologne in the Bundesliga on Friday. Demirbay’s late strike ensured third-place Hoffen­heim cannot finish any lower than sixth, guaranteeing the side a spot in …

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Ten-man Hull defy odds to boost survival bid

LONDON: Hull City ignored the controversial dismissal of Oumar Niasse to boost their bid for Premier League survival with a vital 2-0 win over Watford on Saturday. Marco Silva’s side played with 10 men for 65 minutes at the KCOM Stadium after Senegal international Niasse was sent off for a …

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West Indies revival frustrates Pakistan in first Test

KINGSTON: Half-centuries by Roston Chase and Shane Dowrich engineered a West Indies revival in reaching 244 for seven at stumps against Pakistan on the opening day of the first Test at Sabina Park on Friday. Coming together immediately after lunch when opener Kieran Powell became Mohammad Amir’s third wicket with …

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First Test: Dream debut for Abbas as Windies limp to 71-4

Mohammad Abbas had a dream debut as Pakistan reduced the West Indies to 71 for four at lunch on the opening day of the first Test of the three-match series at Sabina Park in Jamaica on Friday. Sharing the new ball with Mohammad Amir after their captain, Misbah-ul-Haq, chose to …

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15-member women’s squad announced for ICC World Cup

The Women National Selection Committee, headed by Mohammad Ilyas, on Friday announced the 15-member squad for the upcoming ICC Women’s World Cup to be played in England from June 24 to July 24. Pakistan Women’s team will feature in two warm-up matches against West Indies and Australia on June 20 …

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Supreme Court quashes criminal case against Dhoni

NEW DELHI: Indian Supreme Court on Thursday quashed a criminal case against Mahendra Singh Dhoni in a case related to hurting religious sentiments. The case was related to Dhoni being portrayed as Lord Vishnu on the cover of a magazine. The top court observed that there was no deliberate or …

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Blow to Pakistan as Hasan ruled out of first Test

LAHORE: Already struggling in the bowling department, Pakistan suffered a big blow on Thursday when upcoming paceman Hasan Ali was ruled out of the first Test against West Indies due to injury. The first Test of the three-match series is scheduled to begin in Kingston, Jamaica on Friday. A press …

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