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China drops plans to sell Olympic tickets as virus cases rise

China drops plans to sell Olympic tickets as virus cases rise

BEIJING: China on Monday cancelled plans to sell tickets to the public for the Winter Olympics in Beijing, as the number of Covid-19 cases in the country reached its highest since March 2020. Organisers said last year there would be no international spectators at the Games — partly due to China’s weeks-long quarantine requirements — […]

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Joe Root wants ‘fight and pride’ from first ball in Hobart

Joe Root wants ‘fight and pride’ from first ball in Hobart

HOBART: England captain Joe Root Wednesday called on his team to harness the “fight and pride” they showed in salvaging a draw in Sydney and use it from day one at the fifth and final Test in Hobart. The tourists staved off Australia’s victory push on Sunday with Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad batting out […]

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Kohli back in form but South Africa claim first day honours

Kohli back in form but South Africa claim first day honours

CAPE TOWN: India captain Virat Kohli played a lone hand with 79 as the tourists were bowled out for 223 on the first day of the decisive third and final Test against South Africa at Newlands on Tuesday. The home side 17 for one in reply at the close. Kohli’s form had been under the […]

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Zimbabwe coach tests positive at start of SL tour

Zimbabwe coach tests positive at start of SL tour

COLOMBO: Zimbabwe head coach Lalchand Rajput will miss the first two One-day Internationals in Sri Lanka after testing positive for Covid-19 at the start of the tour, an official said Monday. Sri Lanka’s top sports doctor Arjuna de Silva said Rajput was asymptomatic, but was placed under observation at a hospital before being isolated at […]

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No Ronaldo as Salah joins Messi, Lewandowski for FIFA award

No Ronaldo as Salah joins Messi, Lewandowski for FIFA award

ZURICH: Cristiano Ronaldo was left off the three-man shortlist on Friday for FIFA’s best player award for 2021, with Mohamed Salah on it instead. Six-time FIFA award winner Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski are also candidates to win the award on Jan 17. Lewandowski won last year ahead of Ronaldo and Messi. No player from […]

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Mohammad Rizwan bags PCB’s Most Valuable Cricketer of the Year award

Mohammad Rizwan bags PCB’s Most Valuable Cricketer of the Year award

Wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan bagged the title of the Most Valuable Cricketer of the Year as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced the results of its 2021 awards on Thursday, according to a statement issued by the board. The winners were announced in a virtual digital show, which was presented by Roha Nadeem and Sikander Bakht and […]

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The Ashes: Patient Khawaja scores century on Test return to pummel England

The Ashes: Patient Khawaja scores century on Test return to pummel England

Usman Khawaja scored a memorable century on his return to Test cricket to strengthen Australia’s position in the fourth Ashes Test in Sydney after a double-wicket breakthrough by Stuart Broad on Thursday. The Pakistan-born Khawaja, playing his first Test since the 2019 Ashes series in England in place of Covid-isolated Travis Head, was at his […]

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Messi among four PSG players with Covid, three more cases at Liverpool

Messi among four PSG players with Covid, three more cases at Liverpool

LONDON: Lionel Messi is isolating at home in Argen­tina after being among four Paris St Germain players announced on Sunday as testing positive for the coronavirus ahead of the team’s return to playing after a brief winter break. PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino is uncertain when the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner will be able to return […]

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CA to make decision on Langer’s future after Ashes

CA to make decision on Langer’s future after Ashes

MELBOURNE: Cricket Australia’s high performance chief Ben Oliver said that a decision on head coach Justin Langer’s future would be made after the completion of the Ashes series, with the coach’s contract set to expire in mid-2022. Langer’s leadership was criticised amid player discontent in the lead-up to the T20 World Cup but he steered […]

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Chris Woakes backs Joe Root to remain captain despite Ashes failure

Chris Woakes backs Joe Root to remain captain despite Ashes failure

LONDON: England all-rounder Chris Woakes has supported Joe Root to continue as the team’s Test skipper despite their humiliating Ashes capitulation to Australia. England suffered an innings and 14-run loss to Australia on Tuesday in Melbourne as Root’s team surrendered the five-Test Ashes series with two Tests to spare. Root, who was reluctant to discuss […]

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