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Messi and Neymar praised by Barcelona boss

Messi and Neymar praised by Barcelona boss

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BARCELONA: New Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde laughed off the idea of bringing in new players saying the best signings were the players already in the dressing room. “I’m more than happy with the way things stand,” said Valverde when pressed on the potential signing of Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti.…

Du Plessis’s joy as South Africa go back to basics

Du Plessis’s joy as South Africa go back to basics

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NOTTINGHAM: South Africa captain  said his side had gone back to basics in a commanding 340-run win over England in the second Test at Trent Bridge. Victory saw the Proteas bounce back in style after they suffered a 211-run defeat in the first of a four-match series at Lord’s —…

Virat Kohli best batsman in the world: Mohammad Amir

Virat Kohli best batsman in the world: Mohammad Amir

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NEW DELHI: Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir has picked Indian captain Virat Kohli over Joe Root, Steven Smith and Kane Williamson as the best batsman in the world. Amir, who conducted a chat session on Twitter, was asked who he thought was the best in the business among the four,…

Rafael Nadal’s graciousness in defeat brings Wimbledon crowd to its feet

Rafael Nadal’s graciousness in defeat brings Wimbledon crowd to its feet

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LONDON: Embodying the spirit of the term ‘Wimbledon white’ – not just a colour, but an ideal, tradition and history confirms – the great Spaniard Rafael Nadal, defeated by 16th seed Gilles Muller of Luxembourg in the fourth round of Wimbledon 2017, cut the perfect example of being gracious in…

Pogba behind record Man United deal: Lukaku

Pogba behind record Man United deal: Lukaku

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LOS ANGELES: Romelu Lukaku revealed that his record move to Manchester United was inspired by Paul Pogba’s arrival at Old Trafford as he began training with the Premier League giants in Los Angeles. A relaxed-looking Lukaku signed autographs for fans and posed for photos at UCLA’s Drake Stadium, where United…

Smriti Mandhana tides over injury for world cup dream

Smriti Mandhana tides over injury for world cup dream

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SANGLI: Smita Mandhana is concerned about her daughter’s wellbeing. Not just because she is her mother, but also because Smriti Mandhana, 20, is playing a predominantly man’s sport in India cricket and has already suffered from a knee injury that almost quashed her World Cup dream. “Every action of Smriti…

Onus now on Virat Kohli to pick coach?

Onus now on Virat Kohli to pick coach?

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MUMBAI: Contrary to their own processes put in place in 2016, when they picked former India leg-spinner Anil Kumble as India’s national coach, the three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) now wants to hold back its decision and put forward their recommendation to the BCCI “only after meeting Virat Kohli”. In…

Federer fine tunes Wimbledon assault in Halle

Federer fine tunes Wimbledon assault in Halle

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HALLE WESTFALEN:  is in action at Halle this week as the Swiss legend puts the finishing touches to his assault on an eighth Wimbledon title. Federer, who made his comeback after skipping the entire clay court season at Stuttgart last week, faces Lu Yen-Hsun, Taiwan’s world number 73. The ring-rusty…

Darren Sammy fears for West Indies fortunes as T20 comes first

Darren Sammy fears for West Indies fortunes as T20 comes first

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LONDON: Former captain Darren Sammy has warned that leading players will continue to favour plying their trade in Twenty20 tournaments around the world ahead of representing the West Indies. Cricket West Indies pick players for their international sides only if they feature in that format domestically, meaning the likes of…

Rahul Dravid may continue as India A, U-19 coach

Rahul Dravid may continue as India A, U-19 coach

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NEW DELHI: Amidst the clouds of uncertainty over Anil Kumble’s future as Team India’s coach, Rahul Dravid is all set to continue as U-19 and India A coach for the next two years. Dravid’s 10-month contract had expired on 31 March, 2017. The Cricket Advisory Committee – comprising Sachin Tendulkar,…

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