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Amir Khan donates £30,000 shorts to Peshawar school

London—Boxer Amir Khan will donate a pair of £30,000 ($47,007) shorts to the Army Public School, Peshawar, where 132 children were killed by the Taliban earlier this week. Khan wore the shorts, featuring a waistband made from 24-carat gold thread, in a decisive victory over American Devon Alexander in Las Vegas which helped him retain the World Boxing Council (WBC) silver welterweight title at the weekend. “It was just very sad to see innocent kids being killed,” the Briton of Pakistani descent told BBC radio on Thursday. ... Saturday, December 20, 2014 Details

Aussies edge ahead of India with Smith ton

Brisbane—India were fighting back after Australia gained a 97-run innings lead on the back of another century from new skipper Steve Smith and a wagging tail in the second Gabba Test on Friday. ... Saturday, December 20, 2014 Details

Abdulrahman declared fit for Asian Cup

Dubai—The United Arab Emirates’ Asian Cup hopes were given a huge boost on Friday after Omar Abdulrahman, one of the country’s finest players, was declared fit for next month’s tournament in Australia. The playmaker injured his ankle in the UAE’s Gulf Cup semi-final loss to Saudi Arabia last month and has not played for Arabian Gulf League Al Ain since. But he was named in the UAE’s 24-man preliminary squad for the Jan 9-31 tournament after showing enough signs of recovery. “Omar Abdulrahman is fine, his doctor reports he has started jogging,” UAE coach Mahdi Ali told reporters in Dubai. ... Saturday, December 20, 2014 Details

Melbourne to host World Cup 2015 opening ceremony

Islamabad—Melbourne was Friday named as the host of Australian opening ceremony for the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup 2015. Two opening ceremonies for cricket’s marquee event will be held Feb 12, with co-hosts New Zealand to stage their opener on the same evening in Christchurch. The Melbourne celebration at Sidney Myer Music Bowl will involve World Cup players and legends, cultural and music performances, a spectacular fireworks display and a yet-to-be-revealed “special moment”. ... Saturday, December 20, 2014 Details

Arsenal hotshot Sanchez ready to haunt Liverpool

London—Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez can show Liverpool why he would have made the perfect replacement for Luis Suarez when the Chilean travels to Anfield in the Premier League on Sunday. ... Saturday, December 20, 2014 Details

5th ODI: Williamson, Taylor take NZ to 275

Abu Dhabi—Kane Williamson made his eighth fifty-plus score in ten ODI innings and Ross Taylor accelerated to hit an unbeaten 88 as New Zealand posted 275 in the series decider. The total was 24 short of what New Zealand had barely defended in the fourth ODI but the Abu Dhabi pitch also played slower than it had two days ago. ... Saturday, December 20, 2014 Details

Mangongo sacked as Zimbabwe coach

Harare—Stephen Mangongo has been fired as Zimbabwe’s coach just eight weeks before the World Cup. Mangongo’s dismissal comes after the team lost all eight fixtures on their recent Bangladesh tour, which included three Tests and five ODIs. ... Friday, December 19, 2014 Details

Younis Khan becomes oldest Pakistani to score a century in ODI

Islamabad—Although Younis Khan’s hundred in the third ODI against New Zealand at Abu Dhabi went in vain, he did create a record on the way, becoming the oldest Pakistani batsman to score a one-day hundred. Younis Khan was 37 years and 18 days old when on Wednesday he scored 103 in the fourth ODI against New Zealand. ... Friday, December 19, 2014 Details

Injured Tsonga out of Hopman Cup

Sydney—French number one Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Thursday pulled out of January’s mixed team Hopman Cup in Australia due to an arm injury, organisers said. Tsonga, who with partner Alize Cornet won the tournament this year, said he was disappointed at not being able to defend the title. ... Friday, December 19, 2014 Details

Djokovic and Williams take ITF annual honours

London—Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have been named 2014 World Champions by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). The annual award takes in performances on the regular Tour and grand slams. Wimbledon champion Djokovic takes the men’s prize for the fourth time having won seven titles this season and the year-end top ranking for the third time in four years. ... Friday, December 19, 2014 Details

Liverpool, Tottenham win comfortably to reach League Cup semis

London—Liverpool´s Raheem Sterling netted a sharply-taken double in a 3-1 win over Bournemouth to set up a League Cup semi-final with Chelsea as Tottenham Hotspur strolled into the last four with a 4-0 rout of Newcastle United. Sterling, who wasted chances in the 3-0 defeat by Manchester United on Sunday, looked a sharp-eyed goal-getter against second-tier opponents as he lifted the pressure on his manager Brendan Rodgers. ... Friday, December 19, 2014 Details

Smith defies India with third unbeaten knock

Brisbane—Steve Smith again proved the elusive wicket for India as the new captain fashioned an Australian fightback on day two of the second Test on Thursday. Smith, who was not dismissed by India in last week’s Adelaide Test win with scores of 162 and 52, continued to be the bane of the tourists with another defiant knock. He has scored 279 so far in the series. ... Friday, December 19, 2014 Details

Kenya demolished by Pakistan A

Lahore—Pakistan A beat Kenya comprehensively by 214 runs at Qaddafi Stadium in the 3rd ODI of the 5-match series. Kenya won the toss and put Pakistan A in to bat. Pakistan A posted 265 in their allotted quota of overs. Baber Azam opening the innings today was unlucky to miss his hundred by 3 runs to be dismissed for 97 runs with 14 fours and a six. Skipper Fawad Alam was the other notable scorer. He remained unbeaten on 84 off 61 balls with 10 fours. ... Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Details

Djokovic, Federer resist surge of new wave

Paris—Stan Wawrinka and Marin Cilic enjoyed breakthrough triumphs at the Australian and US Opens, but at the end of 2014 it was business as usual for Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer Djokovic was world number one for the third time in four years after winning a second Wimbledon title for his seventh major. ... Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Details

Dilshan hits ton in Jayawardene, Sangakkara farewell

Colombo—Tillakaratne Dilshan smashed a century in his 300th one-day international as Sri Lanka piled up 302-6 after choosing to bat in the seventh and final match against England in Colombo on Tuesday. The opening batsman passed the 9,000-run mark in one-day internationals on his way to a stroke-filled 101, his 18th one-day century studded with nine boundaries and a six. England, who have already conceded a decisive 2-4 lead in the series, will look for a consolation win ahead of the World Cup that starts in Australia and New Zealand on February 14. ... Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Details