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Australian Open: Mirza-Dodig race into mixed doubles second round

Australian Open: Mirza-Dodig race into mixed doubles second round

Melbourne [Australia], Jan.21 : Ace Indian tennis star Sania Mirza and her Croatian partner Ivan Dodig kicked off their Australian Open campaign with straight sets victory in their mixed doubles opening clash here at the Melbourne Park on Saturday.

The Indo-Croatian pair produced a resilient performance throughout the match to record a comfortable 7-5, 6-4 triumph over German-Croatian team of Laura Siegemund and Mate Pavic in the opening-round clash that lasted one hour and 25 minutes.

Mirza and Dodig will now lock horns with the winners of another mixed doubles clash between Chinese-Austria team of Saisai Zheng and Alexander Peya and the Australian duo of Sally Peers and John Peers.

Three pacers more than enough for India tour: Hazlewood

Three pacers more than enough for India tour: Hazlewood

Melbourne [Australia], Jan. 18 : Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood believes three pacers would be more than enough for the upcoming four-match Test series in India.

Cricket Australia on Sunday named a spin-heavy 16-man squad with four specialist slow bowlers in it for the Test series against the number one Test side in February-March.

"I think three's plenty for a tour of India. There hasn't been many quicks go there and be successful," news.com.au quoted Hazlewood as saying.

"I think we can take something out of the way Starcy (Mitchell Starc) bowled in Sri Lanka on similar wickets."

"He sort of takes the pitch out of the equation sometimes with how full and fast he bowls," he added.

Madrid snap Barca's unbeaten record courtesy Benzema's late strike

Madrid snap Barca's unbeaten record courtesy Benzema's late strike

Sevilla [Spain], Jan.13 : Striker Karim Benzema struck a last-minute goal as Real Madrid broke Barcelona's unbeaten record by settling with a 3-3 draw against Sevilla in the second leg of the Copa del Rey last-16 showdown here on Friday.

Madrid, who hammered Sevilla 3-0 in the first leg, completed a 6-3 aggregate win to storm into the quarter-finals of the tournament.

It was Sevilla who made the breakthrough first when Madrid's Danilo scored a goal in his own net in the 10th minute, goal.com reported.

Madrid, who were playing without star striker Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric, then levelled the score for themselves after the break when Marco Asensio raced from his own half to slot home in a style in the 48th minute.

Arthur underlines Pak's resilience despite Australia drubbing

Arthur underlines Pak's resilience despite Australia drubbing

Karachi [Pakistan], Jan.11 : Despite being whitewashed in the recently-concluded three-match Test series against Australia, Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur has insisted that the resilience of his players can never be questioned, adding that the experience of playing down under will put them in good stead.

Arthur said that although the team was disappointed with the way the series panned out, they played extremely competitive cricket at various stages of the tour.

"Albeit we are all extremely disappointed with the way the series panned out, I really felt that we were competitive [at various stages] in this series and the players' resilience can never be questioned," the Dawn quoted Arthur as saying.

Ronaldo bags FIFA's best player award after `dream` year

Cristiano Ronaldo

Zurich [Switzerland], Jan.10 :Real Madrid star striker Cristiano Ronaldo has been named the world's best player for the fourth time at the FIFA's annual awards ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland.

Ronaldo, who inspired Zinedine Zidane's side to the Champions League glory and Portugal to the European Championship 2016 trophy, defeated perennial rival Lionel Messi and Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann to win the coveted prize.

Jubilant with his feat, Ronaldo admitted that 2016 was a dream year for him because he led both Madrid as well as the national team to the title.

Bopanna-Nedunchezhiyan crowned doubles champions at Chennai Open

Bopanna-Nedunchezhiyan crowned doubles champions at Chennai Open

Nungambakkam (Chennai) [India], Jan. 9 : Rohan Bopanna and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan became the first Indian pair since 2011 to clinch the Chennai Open men's doubles title at the SDAT Stadium here last evening.

Bopanna and Nedunchezhiyan defeated fellow countrymen Purav Raja and Divij Sharan 6-3, 6-4 in the finals of the tournament to emulate Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi, who achieved the feat as many as five times.

Paes won the title one more time in 2012 but that was with a Serbian player, Janko Tipsaveric.

Some sort of doubles history was created even before the first ball was hit, as it was for the time in the Chennai Open's 22-year existence that four Indians featured in the summit showdown.

La Liga: Messi's late equalizer spares Barca blushes against Villarreal

La Liga: Messi's late equalizer spares Barca blushes against Villarreal

Villarreal [Spain], Jan.9 : Star striker Lionel Messi curled a last-minute equalizer as Barcelona resumed their La Liga campaign after the winter break with a 1-1 draw against Villarreal at the Camp El Madrigal here on Monday.

Despite being in possession in the opening period, Barcelona reached the first-half without any goal in their account for the fifth time in six league matches, goal.com reported.

It was in the 49th minute of the match when Villarreal scored the opening goal of the match through Nicola Sansone's fine strike.

However, Argentina striker Messi rescued a point for his side with a late 90th-minute free-kick to give Barcelona a point, thereby leaving them five points adrift of the in-form leaders, Real Madrid.

Parthiv to retain wicket-keeping gloves in Mumbai Test

Parthiv to retain wicket-keeping gloves in Mumbai Test

New Delhi [India], Dec. 6 : Recalled wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel will continue to be part of the Indian team for the fourth Test of the ongoing five-match series against England beginning December 8 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

In a press release, the BCCI said, "The BCCI medical team has confirmed that wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha is still recuperating from the strain in his left thigh, which he sustained during the second Test match at Vizag."

"As a precautionary measure, Saha has been advised rest. The BCCI medical team is monitoring the wicketkeeper-batsman's progress," the release added.

England recall Morgan, Hales for ODI, T20 series in India; Duckett misses out

England recall Morgan, Hales for ODI, T20 series in India; Duckett misses out

Mumbai [India] Dec. 6 : Limited over skipper Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales have made a comeback to the England side for One-Day International (ODI) and T20 series against India which start next month.

Both Morgan and Hales had opted out of England's tour of Bangladesh over security concerns. Wicketkeeper batsman Jos Buttler led the team in that tour, which featured three ODIs and two Tests.

England batting mainstay Joe Root, who was rested for the ODI series against Bangladesh, has also returned while Ben Duckett, Steven Finn and James Vince have not been included in either of the squads.

Australia aim to clinch Chappell-Hadlee series in Canberra

Australia aim to clinch Chappell-Hadlee series in Canberra

Canberra [Australia], Dec.6 : Australia will aim to clinch the three-match Chappell-Hadlee series when they take on New Zealand in the second ODI at the Manuka Oval here today.

Earlier, the Steve Smith-led side had snapped the five-match losing streak in ODIs by clinching a 68-run win in the opening match in Sydney to take a one-nil lead in the ongoing series.

Australia will be hoping to wrap up the series in Canberra in a bid to rest key players ahead of the upcoming Test series against Pakistan starting on December 15 at the Gabba.

Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc are likely to be rested for the final match in Melbourne if it is a dead rubber.

Germany eye hat-trick at Junior Hockey WC 2016

Germany eye hat-trick at Junior Hockey WC 2016

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Dec. 5 : Two-time consecutive winners of the Junior World Cup (2009 and 2013), the German national squad descended yesterday to Lucknow hoping to bag a hat-trick of titles.

For the record, Germany has won the Junior World Cup six times in the past making them the most decorated team participating at the Hockey Junior World Cup Men 2016.

Australia to take on Black Caps in first ODI of Chappell-Hadlee series

Australia to take on Black Caps in first ODI of Chappell-Hadlee series

Sydney [Australia], Dec. 4 : Having snapped its losing streak in Tests by winning against South Africa in Adelaide, Australia will be looking as well to ending its five-match barren run in ODIs when they take on New Zealand in the first of three one day internationals of the Chappell-Hadlee series to be held at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) here today.

The Steve Smith-led side head into the series on the back of the 1-2 Test series loss to South Africa, while the Black Caps arrive fresh from a 2-0 Test sweep against Pakistan.

The trans-Tasman rivals have played each other thrice since Australia's victory in the 2015 World Cup final at the MCG in March 2015, with New Zealand prevailing in the 2015-16 edition of the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy 2-1.

Smith criticises Maxwell for `disrespectful` comments about Wade

Smith criticises Maxwell for `disrespectful` comments about Wade

Sydney [Australia], Dec. 3 : Australian skipper Steve Smith has criticised Glenn Maxwell for his comments about Mathew Wade, dubbing them as "very disrespectful" and the mercurial all-rounder has been fined an undisclosed amount by the team leadership group.

Maxwell had earlier this week expressed his disappointment with the fact that he is forced to bat below Wade in this year Victoria's Sheffield Shield side, saying it is" a little bit painful at times."

As captain of Bushrangers, the batting order is Wade's domain and as he is now back in the Test side, Maxwell's future remains decidedly uncertain, despite his fantastic first-class record.

`Sprint King` Bolt scoops record sixth IAAF Athlete of Year award

`Sprint King` Bolt scoops record sixth IAAF Athlete of Year award

Monaco [France], Dec. 3 : Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, who is set to retire after the World Championships in London next year, has been named the IAAF Male World Athlete of the Year, thereby lifting the coveted prize for a record sixth time.

The 30-year-old, who won the award five times between 2008 and 2013, was announced as the winner at the IAAF Athletics Awards 2016 at the Sporting Monte Carlo here last evening.

Usain recently created an unprecedented record, a triple treble by bagging gold in 100 metres, 200m and 4x100m relay for the third successive Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The Sprint King, who also won gold in all three relays in Beijing 2008 and London Olympics 2012, bid farewell to Olympics with nine sprints Gold medals to his name.

ISL 2016: FC Pune City hold Atletico de Kolkata to scoreless stalemate

ISL 2016: FC Pune City hold Atletico de Kolkata to scoreless stalemate

Kolkata [India], Dec.3 : Atletico de Kolkata were held to a goalless draw against FC Pune City in their concluding group encounter of the ongoing third edition of the Indian Super League (ISL) at Rabindra Sarobar Stadium here last evening.

Kolkata were the dominant side from start to finish but the hosts could not translate their superiority into goals against the visitors, now coached by former coach Antonio Habas.

The draw meant Atletico de Kolkata are placed third on table with 20 points and will play their crucial second-leg semi-final battle away. FC Pune City, on the other hand, were already out of reckoning for a place in semi-finals and ended up with 16 points from 14 matches to finish sixth, only ahead of Chennaiyin FC and FC Goa.

Saina stunned by China's Yiman in Macau Open quarters

Saina stunned by China's Yiman in Macau Open quarters

Macau [China], Dec.2 : In a major blow to India, ace shuttler Saina Nehwal crashed out of the ongoing Macau Open Grand Prix Gold Badmintontournament after going down against China's Zhang Yiman in straight games in the women's singles event here on Friday.

The top-seeded failed to continue her good form in the tournament so far and suffered a 12-21, 17-21 shocking defeat at the hands of World No. 226 Yiman in a thrilling quarter-final contest that lasted more than half-an-hour.

It was for the second time that Saina failed to make it to the semi-finals since making a comeback to the international arena after undergoing surgery of her right knee following Rio Olympics 2016

Lanka have pace, need swing: Wasim Akram

Lanka have pace, need swing: Wasim Akram

Karachi [Pakistan], Dec.2 : Legendary Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram, who has recently been roped in as Sri Lanka's bowling consultant, has insisted that although the Angelo Mathews-led side did not lack in raw pace, there is a need to develop the ability to swing the ball.

Akram's comments came after spending several hours with the national team's main established strike bowlers and promising youngsters in a day-long coaching session at the Sinhalese Sports Club ( SSC) Ground in Colombo.

Following the session, the 50-year-old admitted that Sri Lanka consist of some of the promising crop of fast bowlers despite their traditional reliance on spin.

Saina survives Indonesian test to reach Macau Open quarters

Saina survives Indonesian test to reach Macau Open quarters

Macau [China], Dec.1 : Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal survived an early scare from Indonesia's Dinar Dyah Ayustine to book her place in the quarter-finals of the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament here on Thursday.

After going down in the first game, the London Olympics bronze medallist rebounded strongly to register a 17-21, 21-18, 21-12 win over her Indonesian opponent in the women's singles clash that lasted about an hour.

With the win, Saina has now set up a clash against Zhang Yiman of China for a place in last four.

Earlier, the 26-year-old from Hisar kicked off the tournament on a promising note as she registered 21-23, 21-14, 21-18 win over Indonesia's Hanna Ramadini.

Misbah quashes retirement talk, insists `he's still fit to play`

Misbah quashes retirement talk, insists `he's still fit to play`

Karachi [Pakistan], Dec.1 : Pakistan Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq has brushed aside the impression that he will take retirement from international cricket after the upcoming Australia tour, saying he is still fit and will continue to play for the country until his side needs him.

"I will continue to play for Pakistan until my team needs me and there are no issues with my fitness level as I am quite fit," the Dawn quoted Misbah as saying.

Meanwhile, Misbah also called on his side to put up a great performance against the Steve Smith-led team in the three-match Test series beginning at the Gabba on December 15.

Debutant Alena helps Barca rescue 1-1 draw against Hercules in Copa del Rey

Debutant Alena helps Barca rescue 1-1 draw against Hercules in Copa del Rey

Alicante [Spain], Dec.1 : Debutant Carles Alena struck a superb second-half goal as Barcelona escaped an embarrassing defeat to settle with a 1-1 draw against Hercules in the first leg of their Copa del Rey last-32 tie here on Thursday.

After a goalless first half, it was Hercules who made the breakthrough first when David Mainz bundled the ball past Jasper Cillessen in the 52nd minute,goal.com reported.

However, Barcelona made amends only six minutes later, with Alena collecting a pass from captain Rafinha and rifling a magnificent left-footed strike to spare his side's blushes.




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