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BWF, IOC sign MoU to fight corruption

Islamabad—The Badminton World Federation has reaffirmed its commitment to fighting illegal betting, match fixing and corruption in sport by signing up to the International Olympic Committee’s Integrity Betting Intelligence System (IBIS). ... Wednesday, November 26, 2014 Details

Hopeful to join squad for World Cup ’15: Ajmal

Islamabad—Pakistan ace off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has said he was very positive for participating in upcoming World Cup. Talking to a private news channel, Ajmal said he was pretty contented with his improvement as he was eyeing World Cup with improved techniques. ... Wednesday, November 26, 2014 Details

Hughes critical after emergency surgery

Sydney—Australian batsman Phil Hughes was fighting for his life following emergency surgery Tuesday after he was knocked out by a bouncer in a freak incident which shocked cricket. The 25-year-old, who is pressing for a Test recall, crashed to the ground unconscious after the heavy blow to the lower head and was rushed to hospital from the Sydney Cricket Ground. ... Wednesday, November 26, 2014 Details

Southampton equalize late to remain at second spot

Birmingham—Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne capped a memorable fortnight with the late equaliser that rescued a 1-1 draw against Aston Villa. Clyne won his first two England caps against Slovenia and Scotland during the recent international break and the right-back was the man of the moment for Southampton as well thanks to his crucial 81st minute strike at Villa Park. ... Wednesday, November 26, 2014 Details

Vettori’s surprise return could play decisive role in final Test

Sharjah—New Zealand strengthened their spin attack by including veteran left-armer Daniel Vettori in their squad for the third and final Test match against Pakistan in Sharjah starting on Wednesday. The inclusion will boost New Zealand´s chances of levelling the series which they trail 1-0. “The 35-year-old is already in the United Arab Emirates with the New Zealand ´A´ team and trained with the Test squad ahead of the Test on Wednesday,” said a New Zealand Cricket release. ... Wednesday, November 26, 2014 Details

Sajjad storms in World Snooker knockout round

Karachi—Dazzling Muhammad Sajjad maintained his unbeaten run by assuring a place in the knock-out round with his fifth win in row in IBSF World Snooker Championship when beat ex-compatriot Farhan Mirza of Sweden in Bangalore (India) on Sunday night,according to message received here on Sunday. ... Tuesday, November 25, 2014 Details

Real contest in Hockey Champions Trophy starts from quarters: Sameer

Karachi—The real event in next month’s Hockey Champions Trophy starts from the quarterfinal rounds, forward line coach Olympian Sameer Hussain said on Monday. “There is no doubt that this is the toughest event of world hockey. It all matters winning in the quarterfinal,” he told APP in an interview after his team’s training session at Hockey Club of Pakistan Stadium. ... Tuesday, November 25, 2014 Details

Stacy Lewis sweeps 3 biggest LPGA awards

Naples—Stacy Lewis became the first American in 21 years to sweep the three biggest awards on the LPGA Tour, which she considered more valuable than a $1 million bonus. Lewis closed with a 1-under 71 in the CME Group Tour Championship on Sunday, tied for ninth in the LPGA Tour finale. But it was enough for her to win LPGA Tour player of the year for the second time in three seasons. She also won the Vare Trophy for the lowest scoring average and the money title. ... Tuesday, November 25, 2014 Details

Clarke, selectors at odds over Gabba

Adelaide—Michael Clarke is out of the Gabba Test according to the parameters set by Australia’s selectors. But not according to Clarke. Hours after selectors had marked Friday’s two-day tour match against India in Adelaide as his pathway to prove his fitness for the first Test, Clarke bizarrely declared he had been ruled out of that game, yet still insisted he could be passed fit for Brisbane by playing grade cricket. ... Tuesday, November 25, 2014 Details

Hamilton wins Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Abu Dhabi—Lewis Hamilton clinched his second drivers´ world championship and became the first British multiple champion for 46 years when he won Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The 29-year-old Englishman, who took his first title in 2008 with McLaren, won not only the 55-lap race, but also his private duel with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, who suffered prolonged problems with his car after making a poor start from pole position. Having started from the prime spot on the grid for the 11th time this year, Rosberg was comprehensively outpaced immediately as Hamilton surged clear to control the race with a well-judged and dominant performance. ... Tuesday, November 25, 2014 Details

Federer seals first Davis Cup for Switzerland

Lille—It´s taken him 16 years as a pro, but Roger Federer finally has won all there is to win in tennis — well almost. All four Grand Slam titles — a record 17 in total — six ATP year-end titles, 23 Masters Series, Olympic gold and now the Davis Cup for Switzerland. The Olympic title of course was in the doubles with Stan Wawrinka in Beijing in 2008 and he has yet to match great rival Rafael Nadal and Andre Agassi as the only men to have won all four Grand Slam titles, Olympic singles gold and the Davis Cup during the course of their careers. ... Tuesday, November 25, 2014 Details

Carlsen retains World Chess C’ship

Moscow—Norwegian prodigy Magnus Carlsen retained his title as World Chess Champion defeating rival Viswanathan Anand for the second year in a row. The 23-year-old world number one beat India´s Anand, title-holder of the championship from 2007 to 2013 when he was dethroned by Carlsen, in two of 11 games of the competition, with the others ending in draws. ... Tuesday, November 25, 2014 Details

Swimming: Sun Yang fails May drugs test

Beijing—China’s Olympic swimming star Sun Yang failed a doping test in May and was subsequently banned for three months, the official Xinhua news agency reported Monday. The ban, following a positive test for the stimulant trimetazidine, was imposed in July, the agency said, citing the China Anti-Doping Agency (CHINADA). ... Tuesday, November 25, 2014 Details

Srinivasan slammed for ‘conflict of interest’ in Indian cricket

New Delhi—In a massive setback for N. Srinivasan, the Supreme Court has slammed the suspended BCCI president for conflict of interest in Indian cricket administration. During a hearing of the Indian Premier League scam probe report on Monday afternoon, the two-member special Bench said: “You can’t make a distinction between BCCI and IPL. IPL is a by-product of BCCI.” Srinivasan’s company India Cements owns IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings, whose team official Gurunath Meiyappan has been indicted for betting. ... Tuesday, November 25, 2014 Details

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