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Sachin ‘plays’ cricket with Bradman boys

Mumbai—India’s master-blaster was very generous with his time during his meeting with the school boys of Bowral Public School, where Don Bradman had studied in the past. This was revealed by Ms. Wendy Buckley, the principal of the School. Speaking exclusively over her mobile from Australia hours after legendary batsman’s meeting with the principal, she said, “Sachin landed on Bradman Oval by helicopter where all of the students at Bowral Public School were waiting to greet him (there are 540 students at our school)”. ... Friday, October 31, 2014 Details

Blatter reveals 2018 World Cup logo

Moscow—FIFA President Sepp Blatter revealed the logo for the 2018 World Cup in Russia on Tuesday — with the help of a crew of cosmonauts. The logo depicts the World Cup trophy in red and blue, colours from the Russian flag, with gold trim. Unveiling the logo on a Russian state TV talk show, Blatter said the logo would show Russia’s “heart and spirit.” ... Friday, October 31, 2014 Details

Pakistan nominates Sethi for ICC presidency

Pakistan nominates Sethi for ICC presidency Karachi—Pakistan Thursday nominated Najam Sethi as its candidate for the presidency of cricket´s world governing body next year, three months after he resigned as the head of the national board. Sethi´s nomination for the presidency of the International Cricket Council (ICC) was confirmed after approval from Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, patron of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). “The PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan and the Board of Governors have unanimously recommended Sethi as Pakistan´s nominee for president of the ICC for the 2015-16 term commencing on July 1, 2015,” said a PCB release. ... Friday, October 31, 2014 Details

Golf: Park, Feng share Taiwan lead

Taipei (Taiwan)—Top-ranked Inbee Park birdied five of the last seven holes Thursday for an 8-under 64 and a share of the first-round lead in the LPGA Taiwan Championship. ... Friday, October 31, 2014 Details

Liverpool, Chelsea dig deep to advance

Liverpool, Chelsea dig deep to advance London—Mario Balotelli enjoyed a rare moment of ecstasy in a Liverpool shirt and Chelsea needed a late own goal to edge past plucky fourth-tier opposition as the two Premier League giants squeezed into the League Cup quarter-finals. On a night when Premier League side West Bromwich Albion were dumped out by second tier Bournemouth, both Liverpool and Chelsea flirted with danger before reaching the last eight. ... Friday, October 31, 2014 Details

FA bans Rio Ferdinand for 3 matches over tweet

London—Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand was banned for three games on Thursday over a tweet containing a derogatory reference to women. The English Football Association found that Ferdinand’s comment was “abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper” that included a “reference to gender.” ... Friday, October 31, 2014 Details

Pakistan on top as Younis equals 90-year record

Pakistan on top as Younis equals 90-year record Abu Dhabi—Younis Khan became the first batsman in 90 years to hit three hundreds in consecutive innings against Australia as Pakistan took early advantage of the second Test in Abu Dhabi on Thursday. ... Friday, October 31, 2014 Details

Sri Lanka’s senior women players invited to probe sex scandal

Mumbai—Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Executive Committee has invited the members of the senior women’s team to probe the sex scandal in the country. This was revealed by Hirantha Perrera, the Assistant Secretary. These shocking allegations that members of Sri Lanka women’s cricket team management and national selectors had to be bribed sexually by Sri Lanka women’s cricketers if they were to get selected to the national team and keep their places in the team had been made in a local media. ... Thursday, October 30, 2014 Details

Lee to fly to Norway for doping test

Kuala Lumpur—Malaysia’s badminton world number one Lee Chong Wei, who is reported to have failed an initial doping test, will travel to Norway on Sunday for follow-up testing, it was reported on Wednesday. ... Thursday, October 30, 2014 Details

PM approves name of Sethi for ICC President

Islamabad—Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has approved the name of former chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Najam Sethi for the president of International Cricket Council. The Prime Minister is also the patron-in-chief of the PCB. The world cricket body will elect its President on November 10. According to sources, there is a general belief among the PCB top brass that Sethi is the right man for the job of ICC president. ... Thursday, October 30, 2014 Details

Liverpool, Chelsea through to quarter-finals of Capital One Cup

London—Mario Balotelli enjoyed a rare moment of ecstasy in a Liverpool shirt by inspiring a 2-1 win over Swansea City in the League Cup on Tuesday while Chelsea had to call for reinforcements to see off Shrewsbury Town. On a night when Premier League West Bromwich Albion were dumped out by second tier Bournemouth, both Liverpool and Chelsea flirted with danger before reaching the quarter-finals. ... Thursday, October 30, 2014 Details

Cycling: Austrian TT champion to tackle hour record

Paris—Austrian timetrial champion Matthias Brandle will tackle the world hour record on Thursday in a bid to dethrone German Jens Voigt. Veteran Voigt, 43, ended his long career last month by breaking the nine-year-old record and setting a new mark of 51.115km. ... Thursday, October 30, 2014 Details

Can Pakistan end 20 years of hurt?

Abu Dhabi—Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq will seek consistency while his counterpart Australia´s Michael Clarke will look for runs in the second Test starting in Abu Dhabi from today (Thursday). Pakistan humiliated Australia by a big 221-run margin in the first Test in Dubai and now seek their first series win over Australia for 20 years. ... Thursday, October 30, 2014 Details

South Africa top ODI rankings after NZ series victory

Dubai—South Africa have moved to the top of the International Cricket Council (ICC) one-day rankings for the first time in five years, the Proteas climbing above Australia following their 2-0 series win in New Zealand. The last time South Africa headed the ODI rankings was in September 2009 but they slipped down the standings after their first round elimination from the ICC Champions Trophy at home later that month. ... Wednesday, October 29, 2014 Details

Balotelli in clear over ‘Ferrari row’

London—Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli will not face legal action over reports he threatened a woman for taking photographs of his Ferrari sports car, police announced on Tuesday. Greater Manchester Police were called to investigate last Thursday after reports of “threatening behaviour” involving the 24-year-old Italy international, who is thought to have been visiting his mother at the time. But after speaking to the woman who made the call, police found no reason to launch an investigation. ... Wednesday, October 29, 2014 Details

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