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Barcelona’s unbeaten season ended by five-star Levante

Philippe Coutinho hit a hat-trick but could not save Barcelona’s unbeaten season as the Catalans were left stunned by an extraordinary 5-4 defeat to Levante on Sunday. Ernesto Valverde rested Lionel Messi for his team’s penultimate match of the campaign but it was a defensive horror-show that allowed Emmanuel Boateng ...

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Pakistan in control after enforcing follow-on in Ireland test

Ed Joyce and William Porterfield restored a measure of batting pride in Ireland’s inaugural Test with an unbroken opening partnership after the hosts were made to follow-on by Pakistan at Malahide on Sunday. But come the third day’s close, Ireland remained in trouble at 64 without loss in their second ...

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Ireland slump to 5-3 as Abbas strikes for Pakistan

Dublin, Ireland: Ireland collapsed to five for three at lunch on the third day of their inaugural men’s Test at Malahide on Sunday in reply to Pakistan’s first innings 310 for nine declared. Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed’s well-timed declaration left Ireland with a tricky 30 minutes to bat before lunch and ...

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Two-goal Bale gives Zidane Champions League final hint

Gareth Bale scored twice as Real Madrid routed Celta Vigo 6-0 on Saturday to give coach Zinedine Zidane a selection headache for the Champions League final. With Cristiano Ronaldo again sidelined with an ankle injury, Welsh star Bale stepped into the limelight with two first-half strikes to push his case ...

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Imam-ul-Haq injured in 1st Test against Ireland

Ireland took two wickets in two balls as their inaugural men’s Test finally got going at Malahide on Saturday. Pakistan were reduced to 13 for two, with Boyd Rankin and Tim Murtagh the successful bowlers. But Pakistan, sent into bat by Ireland captain William Porterfield after rain washed out Friday’s ...

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Former hockey Olympian Mansoor Ahmad passes away

Former hockey player and Olympian Mansoor Ahmad passed away in Karachi on Saturday. Mansoor Ahmad passed away due to a heart disease. Mansoor Ahmad was being treated at the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD). He was suffering from heart disease for the past few months. He was shifted to ...

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Bangladesh disappointed over Australia Test tour cancellation

The Bangladesh Cricket Board said it was “really disappointed” that a test tour of Australia had been scrubbed for financial reasons. Bangladesh had been scheduled to play two tests and three one day internationals Down Under later this year but there was no mention of it when Australia’s schedule for ...

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