Thursday, 30 May, 2024


Shakib third as Test all-rounder

DHAKA: Bangladeshi vice-captain Shakib Al Hasan clinched the third position as test all-rounder with South African Jacques Kallis still on the top.The International Cricket Council (ICC) published the Reliance Mobile Test Cricket ranking Sunday through a press release.Shakib scored 334,

Paranavitana, Sangakkara flay India in first Test

GALLE: Tharanga Paranavitana and skipper Kumar Sangakkara hit centuries as Sri Lanka dominated the rain-hit opening day of the first Test against India on Sunday.The left-handed duo put on 181 for the second wicket to lead Sri Lanka to 256 for two in their first innings before heavy rain

Henry trains with new Red Bulls teammates

UPPER MONTCLAIR: Thierry Henry trained Friday with the New York Red Bulls, his first workout with his new team since he signed to play in Major League Soccer earlier this week.France`s Henry and the Red Bulls performed a light training session at Montclair State University.While the

Japan first up as FIFA inspects World Cup hopefuls

TOKYO: Just a week after the din of celebratory vuvuzela horns died down in South Africa, fresh World Cup fever is gripping nine candidates battling to host the showpiece in 2018 or 2022.The sport`s world governing body FIFA on Monday kicks off a two-month inspection tour of Japan, South

NZ striker Smeltz quits Chinese club

BRISBANE: New Zealand striker Shane Smeltz has walked out on Chinese club Shandong Luneng after only one week and is on his way back to the A League, an Australian newspaper reported on Saturday.The Gold Coast Bulletin reported that Smeltz had decided that it would be too difficult for

France federation opens World Cup boycott probe

PARIS: The French Football Federation (FFF) has launched an investigation into the France players` training boycott at the World Cup, outgoing president Jean-Pierre Escalettes announced on Friday."I`ve taken the initiative to form a commission of inquiry charged with establishing the

Barcelona agree 9.5million euro Adriano deal

MADRID: Spanish champions Barcelona on Friday agreed a 9.5million-euro deal with Sevilla to sign Brazilian utility player Adriano, the club said Friday.The 25-year-old, who can play at full-back or as a wide midfielder, will cost an initial fee of 9.5 million euros and a conditional four

Liverpool, Juventus, Ajax learn European fates

PARIS: Some of Europe`s biggest clubs learnt their immediate fates in continental competition on Friday when the third-round qualifying draws for the Champions League and Europa League were made.Liverpool and Juventus have 45 league titles and seven European Cups between them, but enter

ICC chief hints at Test Championship by 2013

LONDON: International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Haroon Lorgat has hinted England could play host to an inaugural Test championship in 2013.The ICC, cricket`s governing body, have been weighing up the possibility of introducing a Test championship as they seek to revive

Afridi to quit Tests after Australia finale

LONDON: Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi said Friday he would retire from Test cricket following the second Test against Australia at Headingley starting next Wednesday.Afridi made his announcement after leading Pakistan to a 150-run defeat by Australia in the first Test at Lord`s here on

Tamim leads Bangladesh to victory over Ireland

BELFAST: Tamim Iqbal played the star role as Bangladesh avenged their defeat to Ireland 24 hours earlier with a six-wicket win in the second one-day international in Belfast on Friday.Bangladesh had been easily beaten by the Irish on Thursday but Tamim`s innings of 74 from 91 balls

Brearley, Chappell to be Pakistan ambassadors

LONDON: The International Cricket Council (ICC) have appointed Mike Brearley and Greg Chappell as ambassadors to help support the beleaguered Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).Haroon Lorgat, the ICC chief executive, announced the roles during the `neutral` Test match between Pakistan and

North`s six-appeal proves too much for Pakistan

LONDON: Part-time spinner Marcus North stunned record-chasing Pakistan with a maiden six-wicket haul as Australia won the first Test by 150 runs at Lord`s on Friday.North took six wickets for 55 runs in 18.1 overs as Australia, in the first neutral Test played in England since 1912, won

Asian police arrest 5,000 over World Cup betting: Interpol

LYON: Police in China, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand arrested more than 5,000 people in a coordinated swoop against illegal football betting during the World Cup, Interpol said Friday.The international police agency, which helped coordinate the month-long operation, said officers had

Maradona set to stay on

BUENOS AIRES: Diego Maradona is set to stay as Argentina coach despite their loss to Germany in the World Cup quarter-finals, amid reports Friday the Argentine Federation would offer him the chance to stay on for the next tournament in neighbouring Brazil in 2014.Maradona was a surprise

Barcelona set aside 50m euros for new players

MADRID: Spanish champions Barcelona, who secured a bank loan of 155 million euros this week to solve cash-flow problems, have set aside 50 million euros to spend on new players, the club said on Thursday. "The club has approximately 50 million euros net to spend on new players each

Japan defender Tulio back from brink of retirement

TOKYO: Gutsy Brazilian-born defender Marcus Tulio Tanaka, who helped Japan reach the World Cup last-16 round, says he has come back from the brink of retirement thanks to advice from his ailing father.The 29-year-old rejoined his J-League club Nagoya Grampus on Thursday after spending

China boss says `best time` for 2026 World Cup bid

BEIJING: China`s football chief has said now is the "best time" for the country -- still trying to bounce back from a graft scandal that rocked the sport -- to launch a bid for the World Cup in 2026."It really moved us to see all the social benefits South Africa got from hosting the World

15-year-old Russian biathlete killed by teamate

MOSCOW: A junior Russian biathlete aged just 15 died Friday in hospital after being shot by his teammate at a training camp, local media reported.Reports said the incident happened at Izhevsk sports base in the central Russian region of Udmurtia, where the students of former star

India tweaks dates of Australia tour

NEW DELHI: India`s cricket board on Friday revised the schedule of Australia`s Test and one-day tour of the country in September-October.The two Tests have been advanced by a day but the dates continued to clash with the Commonwealth Games to be held in New Delhi from October 3-14,