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England cricketers wear ‘poppies with pride’ despite ongoing FIFA spat

RAJKOT: England’s cricketers wore their “poppies with pride” on Friday as the national football team headed for a collision with FIFA over the commemorative flowers. Alastair Cook’s men wore the red flower symbol, which honours war dead, on the right collar of their shirts and held a minute’s silence before …

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In Asia’s biggest promotion: Pakistan unleash their Wolverine

KARACHI: Pakistan’s rising Mixed Martial Arts star Ahmed ‘Wolverine’ Mujtaba is set to make his debut at ONE: DEFENDING HONOR, Asia’s biggest promotion, making him just the third fighter from the country to do so. Something has to give in the fight at Singapore’s Indoor Stadium as two unbeaten records …

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Stokes, Ali star as England post commanding total against India

RAJKOT, INDIA: Century-makers Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali piled on the agony for India’s bowlers on Thursday as England posted the highest score by a visiting team in nearly five years on the second day of the first Test. Stokes smashed 128 runs after Ali, who had been unbeaten on …

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New Zealand drop Guptill for Pakistan series

WELLINGTON: New Zealand opener Martin Guptill’s faltering Test career appeared to be over Thursday when he was dropped from the Black Caps’ squad for this month’s series against Pakistan. Guptill was not named in the 13-man squad for the two-Test series after repeatedly failing to showcase his limited-overs form in …

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PCB to pick up the tab for GB members’ business class flights, hotel stays

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will now be picking up the tabs of its Governing Board (GB) members when it comes to business class air tickets and five-star hotel stays during foreign tours. The proposal was one of three discussed at a Board of Governance (BOG) meeting in Lahore …

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Rooney to make England return against Scotland

BURTON-ON-TRENT, UNITED KINGDOM: England captain Wayne Rooney will return to the starting line-up for his country’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Scotland on Friday, interim manager Gareth Southgate announced on Thursday. Rooney, 31, started on the bench in England’s last game, a 0-0 draw away to Slovenia, after losing his …

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Against New Zealand A: Pakistan likely to field strong batting side

KARACHI: The team management wants to take full advantage of their solitary practice match ahead of a tough Test series against New Zealand, and have decided to field their best batting line-up for the three-day clash starting in Nelson tomorrow. Misbahul Haq’s men will face New Zealand A, led by …

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IBSF World Championship Not cracking under pressure recipe for success

KARACHI: 2012 IBSF world champion Muhammad Asif will be hoping to guide Pakistan to a third crown as he, Babar Masih and Muhammad Bilal gear up for this year’s IBSF World Championship, which commences from November 18 in Qatar. “Of course this is the biggest event and I would want …

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Jon Jones stripped of UFC title after drugs ban

LOS ANGELES: Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) star Jon Jones has been suspended for a year after testing positive for a banned drug and has also been stripped of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight interim title, UFC President Dana White said on Wednesday. White told an ESPN podcast that …

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Australia under pressure to avoid fifth straight loss

HOBART: Skipper Steve Smith and his Australia team are under big pressure from South Africa and their own selectors as they try to bounce back from one of their worst losing streaks in the second Test at Hobart on Saturday. The Australians sunk to a comprehensive 177-run loss to the …

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