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Kohli says Aussie friends comment overblown

  -File Photo NEW DELHI – India skipper Virat Kohli on Thursday downplayed controversial remarks about ditching Australian cricketers as friends, saying his comments were blown out of proportion and he remained on good terms with some players. Kohli, who captained India to victory in the emotionally-charged four-Test series, told ...

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Hodge says sorry for Kohli comments

-File Photo SYDNEY – Former Australian international Brad Hodge Thursday apologised over suggestions firebrand Indian captain Virat Kohli pulled out of a Test match to save himself for the Indian Premier League. Hodge came under fire on the subcontinent for his conjecture about Kohli’s injury-enforced withdrawal from the deciding fourth ...

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Irfan suspended for year over spot-fixing

—Business Recorder Fast bowler Mohammad Irfan has been suspended for a year and fined 1 million rupees after failing to disclose two approaches made by bookmakers during this year’s Pakistan Super League (PSL), the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Wednesday. The 34-year-old, who played for Islamabad United in the ...

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Aussie media slam ‘classless’ Kohli

-File Photo SYDNEY: Australian media labelled Indian skipper Virat Kohli “classless” and childish on Wednesday after his provocative comments at the end of a hard-fought but incendiary Test series. Newspapers laid into the winning captain for saying he no longer counted the Australian players as friends, and they also took ...

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Brazil book World Cup berth, Argentina tumble

-File Photo MONTEVIDEO – Brazil became the first team to qualify for the World Cup on Tuesday after beating Paraguay to clinch an eighth consecutive victory as Argentina’s campaign stumbled after the shock suspension of Lionel Messi. Five-time champions Brazil had been left waiting in suspense after goals from Neymar, ...

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Afghan women swimmers defy threats for Olympic dream

-File Photo KABUL – There are just 30 pools in Afghanistan, only one which welcomes girls — and it is facing militant threats for doing so. Nevertheless a handful are diving in, pioneers racing to achieve Olympic glory in Tokyo. The story of the 25-year-old coach and head of the ...

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ICC Champions Trophy coming to Pakistan

-Twitter The ICC Champions Trophy is scheduled to arrive in Pakistan on Wednesday. The trophy is on tour around the world and will arrive in Karachi today on Wednesday. As per media reports, the trophy will then travel to Edhi Homes, the Mohatta Palace and the University of Karachi on ...

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Former England keeper Read to retire at end of season

-File Photo LONDON – Former England wicket-keeper Chris Read will retire at the end of the forthcoming season, the Nottinghamshire captain announced Tuesday. Read, who will gave been with Midlands county Nottinghamshire for 20 seasons, will leave Trent Bridge to become director of cricket at the nearby private Uppingham School, ...

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Australia routs Pakistan 6-1 in first hockey test

—File Photo LAHORE: Pakistan opened its tour of Australia on a demoralizing note suffering 1-6 defeat at the hand of the home side at the Marrara hockey stadium in Darwin, the capital city of Australia’s Northern Territory on Tuesday. It was the first encounter of the 4-test hockey series between ...

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Aussies no longer friends, says Kohli

  -File Photo DHARAMSALA – Indian skipper Virat Kohli said he no longer considered Australian cricketers as friends after winning a tense Test series marked by bad blood in Dharamsala on Tuesday. Kohli, who remarked on his friendship with some Australian players before the series, said things had changed during ...

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