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Aussie bowler suffers ‘brain bleed’ after hit

-File photo SYDNEY: Australian paceman Joe Mennie suffered a “minor brain bleed” and fractured skull after a ball hit his head during training, Cricket Australia (CA) said Wednesday.  Mennie was bowling at a nets session with his Twenty20 Big Bash League team the Sydney Sixers in Brisbane on Monday when ...

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Japan ends painful wait for local-born ‘yokozuna’

-File photo TOKYO: Japan’s excruciating wait for a home grown yokozuna, or sumo grand champion, ended Wednesday when 30-year-old Kisenosato was promoted to the ancient sport’s highest rank. A first Emperor’s Cup triumph at the weekend was deemed good enough for him to become the first Japan-born wrestler to reach ...

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Pakistan in Group B of ICC Women’s WC Qualifiers

—File Photo ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is placed in Group B of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 scheduled to be held from February 7 to 21 in Sri Lanka. The squads of the 10 sides participating in the Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 were announced on Tuesday, ...

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Raonic’s bomb serve could explode Nadal bid

-File photo MELBOURNE: Rafael Nadal knows he must find a way to defuse the booming serve of Milos Raonic on Wednesday if he is to stay on course for a dream Australian Open final with Roger Federer. The chances of a ninth Grand Slam final between the old rivals have ...

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Asif was toughest bowler I had ever faced, says Pietersen

—Photo by Daily Times ISLAMABAD: Former English batsman Kevin Pietersen said Mohammad Asif was the toughest bowler he had ever faced in his whole cricketing career. Asif tormented a number of batters and had ability to make a batsman feel the ball was accelerating off the wicket in different directions, ...

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NZ overtakes Pakistan in ICC Rankings

-File Photo ISLAMABAD: New Zealand has overtaken Pakistan to go up to fifth position in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Rankings after completing a 2-0 win over Bangladesh in their two-match series which culminated in Christchurch on Monday.` New Zealand, which had won the first Test in Wellington by seven ...

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Indian blind team to visit Pakistan

-File Photo ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBCC) on Monday said the Indian team will visit Pakistan at the end of this year to play an ODI and Twenty20 series. Talking to APP, PBCC Chairman Syed Sultan Shah said he will be visiting India to finalize the tour details. “I will ...

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Serena powers towards record title, top ranking

-File photo MELBOURNE: Serena Williams kept up her pursuit of a record Grand Slam title and a return to world number one on Monday as she reached the Australian Open quarter-finals without dropping a set.  A day after defending champion and top seed Angelique Kerber fell by the wayside, Williams ...

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