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Pedrosa tops opening practice for Malaysia MotoGP

Sepang (Malaysia)—Dani Pedrosa, winner of the past two editions of the Malaysian Grand Prix, dominated opening practice Friday as he clocked the fastest time ahead of this Sunday’s race. ... Saturday, October 25, 2014 Details

Salahuddin to use newly developed software to work with Sohag Gazi’s suspected bowling action

Mumbai—Saqlain Mushtaq’s contact, which was to expire this week for working with Saeed Ajmal’s bowling action, has been extended for 15 days by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Former Bangladeshi fielding coach Mohammad Salahuddin is not sure whether working with Sohag Gazi for two weeks would be enough for off-spinner to be ready for the re-testing. Salahuddin has been assigned to rectify the 24-year-old suspended off-spinner Gazi’s bowling action in Malaysia. ... Saturday, October 25, 2014 Details

Sharapova says Slams are number one priority

Singapore—Maria Sharapova on Friday shrugged off her failure to dethrone Serena Williams as year-end world number one and insisted that winning more Grand Slams will be her main goal in 2015. ... Saturday, October 25, 2014 Details

Ryder not ready for New Zealand return: McCullum

Ryder not ready  for New Zealand return: McCullum Wellington—Jesse Ryder’s blistering return to form may not be enough to get him rushed back into the international game, according to New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum. Ryder, who has been kept out of the national side due to multiple off-field incidents, smashed 136 off just 57 balls for Otago against an Ireland side on Thursday. ... Saturday, October 25, 2014 Details

Ferdinand set to retire at end of season

Ferdinand set to retire at end of season London—Former England captain Rio Ferdinand is planning to retire from football at the end of the current domestic season, the Queens Park Rangers defender has said. The 35-year-old centre-back, in an interview with British television chat show host Jonathan Ross to be broadcast on Saturday, said he thought this season with QPR—currently bottom of the Premier League—would be his last as a professional footballer. “I probably think the end of this season,” Ferdinand told Ross when asked about when he would retire. ... Saturday, October 25, 2014 Details

Day third: Pakistan in command despite Warner’s century

Day third: Pakistan in command despite Warner’s century Dubai—Pakistan’s spin bowlers shared six wickets between them to take control of the first Test against Australia despite a brilliant hundred by David Warner on the third day on Friday. Warner smashed 133 for his ninth Test century and his third in as many innings to match the indomitable Donald Bradman. ... Saturday, October 25, 2014 Details

Flintoff joins Brisbane in Big Bash League

Melbourne—Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff joined Brisbane Heat on a short-term deal in the Big Bash League (BBL) on Thursday, extending his surprise return to Twenty20 cricket. ... Friday, October 24, 2014 Details

Kvitova ends three-year losing streak against Sharapova

Singapore—Maria Sharapova suffered her second straight defeat at the WTA Finals on Thursday, losing to Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6-2 6-3. It was a comprehensive defeat for the Russian, who had won her last five matches against the left-handed Kvitova, dating back over three years. ... Friday, October 24, 2014 Details

Golf: Olesen, Wade course records to lead Perth Int’l

Perth (Australia)—Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen and Australian John Wade both fired a course record eight-under 64 to lead the European Tour co-sanctioned $1.75 US million Perth International at Lake Karrinyup on Thursday. Wade carded six birdies and an eagle three in the morning before he was joined later in the opening round by Olesen. ... Friday, October 24, 2014 Details

Aubameyang shines as Dortmund crush Galatasaray

Istanbul—Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice in the first 18 minutes as Borussia Dortmund trounced Galatasaray 4-0 to maintain their status as Group D leaders in the Champions League on Thursday. The Gabonese striker tapped in his first after six minutes, following a perfect pass from Marco Reus, and made it 2-0 from close range when Lukasz Piszczek crossed from the right and found him unmarked. ... Friday, October 24, 2014 Details

Schumacher will need years to recover says doctor

Paris—A French doctor treating stricken former Formula One champion Michael Schumacher said Thursday that the German ace was making progress, but will need years to recover. Jean-Francois Payen also praised Schumacher’s wife Corinna for the devotion she has shown to the racing driver since his devastating ski accident in December, in which he suffered life-threatening brain injuries. ... Friday, October 24, 2014 Details

Australia solid after rapid Sarfraz ton

Dubai—Australia haven’t been this confounded by a Sarfraz since the feisty Nawaz introduced them to reverse swing at the MCG in 1979. Sarfraz Ahmed’s 80-ball century hurtled Pakistan to a first innings of 454, chastening Australia’s bowlers and ensuring the first Test will have to be fought to the finish on a parched and dusty Dubai pitch. David Warner and Chris Rogers made the best of their time in the final session, adding a busy 113 with only the occasional hiccup, but there is still some way to go after Australia’s bowlers were left looking bereft for much of the day. The platform set by Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq allowed Sarfraz to launch into an innings every bit as joyful as the celebration he unleashed upon cresting three figures. ... Friday, October 24, 2014 Details

FIFA happy with Russia’s World Cup plans

Moscow—The head of a FIFA inspectors commission on Wednesday said they were satisfied with the results of their first tour of stadiums in Russia and the progress of preparations for the 2018 World Cup. ... Thursday, October 23, 2014 Details

Boxing: Indian Asian Games medal snub boxer suspended

New Delhi—Indian boxer Sarita Devi was on Wednesday provisionally suspended by the sport’s world governing body after refusing to accept her bronze medal at the Asian Games in a protest against judging. It means Devi will not be allowed to participate in the world championships to be held in Jeju Island, South Korea, in November, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) said in a statement. ... Thursday, October 23, 2014 Details

Bangladesh, ICC appeal against reduced Ashraful ban

Dhaka—Bangladeshi and international cricket authorities have jointly appealed against a reduced match ban for former captain Mohammad Ashraful for match-fixing, an official said on Wednesday. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and the International Cricket Council (ICC) lodged the appeal this week after a ban imposed on the one-time prodigy was reduced from eight to five years, said BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury. ... Thursday, October 23, 2014 Details

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