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Injured Rooney out of Spain friendly

LONDON: England skipper Wayne Rooney has been ruled out of England’s year-ending friendly against Spain at Wembley on Tuesday because of a knee problem, the English Football Association confirmed. “The striker sat out this morning’s session at Tottenham Hotspur’s training ground as a precaution due to a minor knee injury,” …

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Nightmare in New Zealand: Pakistan team jolted and ‘sleepless’ amid tremors

KARACHI: Pakistan team manager Wasim Bari admitted on Monday that players were facing an unprecedented challenge to focus on the two-match Test series against New Zealand as aftershocks continue to haunt the visitors in Christchurch. Pakistan travelled from Nelson to Christchurch where they are scheduled to play the first Test …

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Quaid-e-Azam Trophy: FATA, Islamabad’s fates out of their hands

KARACHI: FATA and Islamabad, with their impressive wins in the last round of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy yesterday, increased their chances of qualifying for the Super-8 stage. Irfanullah Shah, of FATA, took seven wickets in the second innings against Rawalpindi to finish with a 13-wicket haul for the match as his …

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Six-wicket Abbott fires South Africa to series win over Australia

HOBART: Replacement paceman Kyle Abbott took 6-77 as South Africa completed an innings and 80-run humiliation of Australia in Hobart on Tuesday to seal the three-match series with a game to spare. Handed a rare opportunity with Dale Steyn injured, the 29-year-old Man of the Match grabbed four wickets in …

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Messi not interested in Barca contract extension: reports

Barcelona star striker Lionel Messi has reportedly informed his club authorities that he is not interested in extending contract with the Catalan giants. The 29-year-old has a contract with reigning Spanish champions till the summer of 2018, and it was previously reported that he will see out his career in …

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Dominant Sri Lanka thrash Zimbabwe in tri-series opener

HARARE: Opener Dhananjaya de Silva struck an unbeaten 78 to help Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe by eight wickets on Monday in the opening match of the triangular one-day tournament that also features West Indies. Herath spins Sri Lanka towards Zimbabwe sweep De Silva made his highest ODI score off 75 …

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Pakistan-New Zealand Test to go ahead despite earthquake

The first Test between New Zealand and Pakistan will go ahead as scheduled at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch, despite a 7.8 magnitude earthquake which hit the city on Sunday. Pakistan squad, who were in Nelson at the time of the earthquake, was also evacuated from their hotel yesterday as …

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Steyn to target England for comeback

JOHANNESBURG: South Africa cricket star Dale Steyn will target a tour of England starting next May for an international comeback after breaking a shoulder bone in Australia this month. The 33-year-old fast bowler is sure to miss a visit by Sri Lanka from late December and a tour to New …

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Luck deserts Warner as Proteas maintain grip

HOBART: Luck deserted Australia in their desperate bid to salvage the second Test with South Africa snaring the vital wicket of David Warner in unfortunate circumstances in Hobart on Monday. Warner, who was seeking redemption after his reckless dismissal in the opening over of the first innings, lost his wicket …

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Warm-up game washed out in Nelson

KARACHI: Incessant rain and a wet ground for the third successive day forced the abandonment of Pakistan’s only warm-up game against New Zealand A in Nelson without a single ball being bowled. The tourists go into the first Test of the two-match series at Christchurch’s Hagley Oval from November 17 …

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