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Djokovic into Open second round

Melbourne—World number one Novak Djokovic got his quest for a fifth Australian Open title off to a winning start in straight sets on Tuesday. The Serb top seed eliminated Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in 1hr 49min on Rod Laver Arena and will next play either Russian Andrey Kuznetsov or Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas. ... Wednesday, January 21, 2015 Details

Very difficult to break my son’s world record, says AB’s dad

Mumbai—Dr. Abraham Benjamin Villiers believes that his son’s world record of hitting the fastest century in ODI will be “very difficult” to be broken by any batsman. Speaking exclusveily over telephone from South Africa, he said, “it will not be easy for any batsman to score century at this speed. Yes, when Corey Anderson (New Zealand) did this feat in 36 balls last year against West Indies, it seemed difficult. But I can now vouch that it will not be an easy task to score in 30 or less balls”. ... Wednesday, January 21, 2015 Details

ICC promise ‘sledging’ crackdown at World Cup

London—International Cricket Council chief executive David Richardson said Tuesday the global governing body would come down hard on players who ‘sledged’ or verbally abused their opponents at the upcoming World Cup. During the course of an extensive interview on the ICC website, former South Africa wicketkeeper Richardson also said officials were determined to continue their campaign against illegal bowling actions and added he was confident the World Cup would not be blighted by match or spot-fixing. ... Wednesday, January 21, 2015 Details

Pakistani players deserve to be in HIL: Indian skipper

New Dehli—India’s hockey captain Sardar Singh has thrown his weight behind the participation of Pakistani players in the Hockey India League (HIL), saying there was no room for politics in sport. As many as nine Pakistani players were part of the first edition of HIL in 2013 but were barred from playing after pressure from political parties in India. Players from the country were not considered the following year owing to political tensions between the two countries. ... Wednesday, January 21, 2015 Details

England thrash India in Brisbane ODI

Brisbane (Australia)—Pacemen Steven Finn produced a career-best performance to lead England to a nine-wicket thrashing of India in both countries’ second outing in a triangular one-day series in Brisbane on Tuesday. India’s decision to bat first backfired when they were dismissed for just 153 in 39.3 overs in the one-day international, with Finn exploiting the Gabba’s pace and bounce to claim five wickets for 33. ... Wednesday, January 21, 2015 Details

Bilawal replaces injured Junaid for New Zealand trip

Lahore—Pakistan’s bowling attack suffered another setback ahead of the World Cup with Junaid Khan failing to recover in time to travel to New Zealand for a short series which was being seen as a warmup for the mega event. According to chief selector Moin Khan, Junaid has been replaced with Bilawal Bhatti for the New Zealand tour. ... Wednesday, January 21, 2015 Details

Silver League One-day Cup from 24th

Karachi—Five days after the start of the Gold League event in the Haier President’s One-day Cup, 10 of the 14 outfits will launch their quest for glory in the Silver League competition from Saturday (Jan 24). ... Monday, January 19, 2015 Details

Green-shirts should not take pressure against India, advises Inzamam

Lahore—One of the heroes of the 1992 World Cup winning team and former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has advised Pakistan not to take pressure against India during their first match of the World Cup, which is going to begin in Australia and New Zealand next month. “Though we could not defeat India in all previous editions of the World Cup, I would still advise my players not to think about it and face Indians with positive mind,” Inzamam told reporters while addressing an inauguration ceremony of the Umeed-e-Jawan Inzamam-ul-Haq Cricket Academy, which is being set up in his native city of Multan. ... Monday, January 19, 2015 Details

Cup of Nations begins

Bata (Equatorial Guinea)—The 30th Africa Cup of Nations began in Equatorial Guinea on Sunday with the hosts facing Congo Brazzaville in the opening game. A sell-out crowd of 35,000 turned out for the Group A game, which will be followed at 1900 GMT by Burkina Faso against Gabon at the same venue. ... Monday, January 19, 2015 Details

Snooker: Robertson routs O’Sullivan to make Masters final

London—Neil Robertson raced into the Masters final as the Australian crushed defending champion Ronnie O’Sullivan 6-1 at Alexandra Palace in London. Robertson delivered one of the best performances of his career in the last eight when he demolished Ali Carter 6-1 and the world number one was equally dominant as he handed O’Sullivan his first ever Masters semi-final defeat in his 11th appearance at that stage. The 32-year-old’s superb display clinched his third appearance in the Masters final and he will face Shaun Murphy or Mark Allen on Sunday as he looked to add a second title in the event after his triumph in 2012. ... Monday, January 19, 2015 Details

Starc brings Australia victory despite Sharma’s ton

Melbourne—Paceman Mitchell Starc took 6-43 to help Australia to a four-wicket victory over India on Sunday, their second in succession in the one-day international tri-series, despite a brilliant Rohit Sharma century. ... Monday, January 19, 2015 Details

Ireland lose Murtagh for World Cup

IRELAND have suffered a serious blow ahead of the World Cup after Tim Murtagh was ruled out of the tournament with a fractured foot. Max Sorensen, the 29-year-old seamer, has been named as his replacement. Murtagh picked up the injury on January 7 as he was training with Ireland at the start of their stay in the UAE where they are playing a triangular series in preparation for the World Cup. He underwent surgery in London last week after the extent of the problem was confirmed. ... Monday, January 19, 2015 Details

Confident Ivanovic ready to fulfil potential

Melbourne—Former world number one Ana Ivanovic says she’s finally ready to fulfil her undoubted potential as she gears up to contest the Australian Open at her “second home” Melbourne Park. The Serb burst onto the scene when she won the French Open as a 20-year-old and appeared destined to claim multiple Grand Slams but struggled with overnight success and slid down the rankings. ... Monday, January 19, 2015 Details

F1 driver Fabi takes a shine to cricket

Karachi—Former Italian Formula One driver Corrado Fabi, currently in Karachi on a short business trip, said he is beginning to like the game of cricket which is the prime reason his company has consented to sponsor a major cricket tournament in the metropolis. ... Monday, January 19, 2015 Details

Uzbekistan beat Saudi Arabia to reach Asian Cup quarters

Melbourne—Uzbekistan beat Saudi Arabia 3-1 on Sunday to leapfrog their opponents and advance to the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup as runners-up of Group B. Attacking midfielder Sardor Rashidov, one of the five players brought in to the starting lineup after Uzbekistan lost to China on Wednesday, scored twice while substitute Vokhid Shodiyev also netted. ... Monday, January 19, 2015 Details

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