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Roger Federer to make injury return in IPTL

Roger Federer to make injury return in IPTL

Johannesburg [South Africa], Nov. 29 : Seventeen-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer, who suffered from a knee injury in July, will make his return in Asia next month after his participation was confirmed in the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL).

In July, Federer ruled himself out of the rest of the season to recover fully from his injury, which got aggravated during his semifinal defeat to Milos Raonic in Wimbledon.

However, since the Spanish maestro has turned 35, there are question marks over how longer will he continue to compete.

Federer will prepare for January's Hopman Cup by representing the Indian Aces in the IPTL, reported Sport24.

`Disappointed` Wenger admits Arsenal have `lost winning momentum`

`Disappointed` Wenger admits Arsenal have `lost winning momentum`

Johannesburg [South Africa], Nov.24 : Disappointed after Arsenal were held to a 2-2 draw by Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that his side have lost their momentum and look destined to make a frustrating second-place finish in the group standings.

Pointing out his side's unbeaten streak of 18 games, the 67-year-old manager, however, called on the club to try to convert their draws into wins.

"We have not lost but we have lost a winning momentum a little bit. There is a special spirit in the squad. We are unbeaten for 18 games and sometimes you go through a period where you are a little bit less effective. It's up to us to transform the draws into wins, but there is no reason to panic," Sport24 quoted Wenger as saying.

Injured Stuart Broad set to miss Mohali Test

Johannesburg [South Africa], Nov.21 : England pacer Stuart Broad is all set to miss the third Test of the ongoing five-match series against India after himself ruling out of the game, saying a strained tendon will need another couple of weeks to recover.

The ace England pacer, who took four wickets and help dismiss India for 204 on Day Four of the ongoing second Test in Visakhapatnam despite his foot injury, believes injuries are an occupational hazard.

"So physically it has been quite a tough Test match but it's all part of the job that you have to crack on a little bit," Broad was quoted as saying by Sport24.

"I think there are plans to move on once this Test match is finished to try and offload the tendon a little bit for a few days," he added.

Only four players sure for Adelaide Test in shattered Australian XI: Lehmann

Only four players sure for Adelaide Test in shattered Australian XI: Lehmann

Johannesburg [South Africa], Nov. 16 : Australia's head coach Darren Lehmann has declared that only four players are sure to keep their places in the line-up post humiliating and demoralising defeat at the hands of South Africa at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart on Tuesday.

Proteas' pacemen tore through Australia's last eight wickets before lunch on Day Four to complete a humiliating innings and 80-run defeat on Tuesday and seal the three-match Test series with a game to spare.

Kyle Abbott, who replaced pace spearhead Dale Steyn, was adjudged Man of the Match after taking 6-77 in the second innings to go with the match figures of 9-118.

Cricket Australia defends under-fire Steve Smith

Cricket Australia defends under-fire Steve Smith

Johannesburg [South Africa], Nov. 14 : Cricket Australia (CA) has come in defence of skipper Steve Smith who has been under fire post the series whitewash in Sri Lanka, followed by defeat against South Africa in the opening Test in Perth, going 0-1 in the three-match series.

The debacle didn't end there as the Aussies came out with a dismal batting performance in the Hobart Test as they were bowled out for 85 on Day One itself within the second session.

But CA chief executive James Sutherland has backed Smith, citing his age and inexperience, and adding that they have full faith in the latter as a leader.

Pietersen favours Abbott over Morkel for Hobart Test

Pietersen favours Abbott over Morkel for Hobart Test

Johannesburg [South Africa], Nov.10 : Putting his weight behind the horses-for-courses approach, former England batsman Kevin Pietersen insisted that the less-experienced paceman should replace Dale Steyn for the second Test of the three-match series against Australia beginning in Hobart on Saturday.

Specifying his stance, the South Africa-origin batsman said that the Proteas should prefer Kyle Abbott over more-experienced Morne Morkel for the crucial match against the Steve Smith-led side.

Pietersen, who is currently in Australia as a commentator with Nine's Wide World of Sports ahead of his Big Bash return with Melbourne Stars, had earlier backed Morkel's inclusion in the series opener at the WACA Ground in Perth.

Perth match `best Test of my career`, says Du Plessis

Faf du Plessis

Johannesburg [South Africa], Nov. 8 : Faf du Plessis, who is leading South Africa in the absence of regular skipper AB de Villiers in series down under, has described the 177-run victory in the first Test against Australia at WACA in Perth as "the best Test" of his career.

After being restricted to two seamers post the injury to bowling spearhead Dale Steyn on the second day of the match itself, the Proteas put in a spirited performance to go one-up in the three-match series against the Steve Smith-led side.

Ian Botham backs DRS, especially on turning tracks

Johannesburg [South Africa], Nov. 1 : Former England captain Ian Botham has come in support of the Decision Review System (DRS), saying it is not going to go away.

The DRS grabbed many eye balls and featured prominently during the recently concluded England's 1-1 drawn Test series in Bangladesh. The series ended with Bangladesh's dramatic 108-run win in Dhaka, which was also their first Test match win over England.

Kumar Dharmasena alone, who was one of the umpires during the two-match series, had 13 out of the 27 decisions referred to the third umpire.

McCullum critical of Taylor's `uninspiring leadership`

Johannesburg [South Africa], Oct.25 : Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum has slammed compatriot Ross Taylor for his `uninspiring leadership` before revealing how the tension and mistrust between the two during the latter's captaincy left the team on the verge of imploding.

McCullum, in his recently published autobiography ' Declared', shed light on Taylor's failure to lead New Zealand and the circumstances that led to the souring of their relationship.

The 35-year-old succeeded Taylor in 2012 when Mike Hesson was appointed as the coach.

While the team went on to achieve great success under the duo, the move was seen as a nasty 'coup' by fans and the media.

`Recovering` Federer brushes aside retirement talk

Johannesburg [South Africa], Oct.22 : Seventeen-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has dismissed speculation that he is planning to bring the curtain down on his illustrious career at the end of next season.

In July, Federer ruled himself out of the rest of the season to recover fully from his injury, which got aggravated during his semifinal defeat to Milos Raonic in Wimbledon.

However, since the Spanish maestro has turned 35, there are question marks over how longer will he continue to compete.

When asked whether 2017 would be his last season, Federer insisted that retirement is still far away before adding that he is still looking forward to compete in 2018.

Bayliss expects Buttler to 'stay out of trouble' post reprimand

Johannesburg [South Africa], Oct.11 : England coach Trevor Bayliss has said that he expects stand-in skipper Jos Buttler to stay out of trouble after being given an official warning for his on-field behaviour during the side's 34-run defeat in the second ODI against Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla in Dhaka on Sunday.

"It is not the first time we have seen it in international cricket and probably won't be the last. He (Buttler) got a slap on the wrist and I am sure he will be doing his best to stay out of trouble in the future," the coach was quoted as saying by Sport24.

Buttler regrets fiery exchange after dismissal against Bangladesh

Johannesburg [South Africa], Oct.10 : England stand-in skipper Jos Buttler has regretted his angry reaction after his dismissal during the side's 34-run defeat in the second ODI of the three-match series against Bangladesh in Dhaka last evening.

Chasing a target of 239 runs, Buttler was trying to provide his side with some resistance and looked threatening with some lusty stroke-play after his Bangladesh counterpart Mashrafe Mortaza tore apart the visitors' top orders to leave them reeling at 26-4 inside 10 overs.

Buttler was batting at 57 when a television review confirmed the dismissal of the England skipper after an on-field umpire turned down the leg-before appeal of Taskin Ahmed.

Sensational Durban run-chase leaves du Plessis `out of words`

Durban [South Africa], Oct.06 : South Africa's stand-in skipper Faf du Plessis has heaped praise on his side's sensational four-wicket win over Australia in Durban, saying that he was "out of words" to describe the incredible run-chase that at one stage looked very bleak.

Chasing a daunting target of 372, South Africa lost five wickets when they were at 217 in the 32nd over before David Miller shouldered the entire responsibility to take the hosts home.

Miller held his nerves as the swashbuckling batsman plundered an unbeaten 118 off just 79 balls and in the process stitched a 107-run stand with Andile Phehlukwayo (42 not out) for the seventh wicket to help his side claim a unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

Rosberg reveals Vettel apologised to him for Malaysian GP clash

Johannesburg [South Africa], Oct.5 : World championship leader Nico Rosberg has revealed that Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel called him after the Malaysian Grand Prix to apologise for their collision at the first corner.

The Mercedes driver was spun round at Turn 1 by Ferrari driver Vettel, who was attempting to pass his team-mate Max Verstappen on the inside at the start.

Earlier, Vettel had indirectly blamed his team-mate Verstappen for the incident, but it seems that he has now changed his mind after being deemed that it was predominately his fault by the racing stewards.

"Sebastian just called me actually. He apologised, which is nice. It doesn't get me back the points that I lost, but it's still nice to hear that," Rosberg was quoted as saying by Sport24.

Djokovic credits Becker for spectacular achievements during past 14 months

Novak Djokovic

Johannesburg, Feb 24 - While previewing his defence of the Dubai Open title, world number one tennis player Novak Djokovic has paid a tribute to the role of his head coach Boris Becker in the amazing advances he has made in the 14 months they have been working together.

Under Becker's guidance the Serb has won two Grand Slam titles, taking his total to eight, and built an overwhelming lead as world number one, now nearly 4,000 ranking points.

Djokovic has claimed that Becker should be given some of the credit for the same, as the German's experience in winning six Grand Slam titles and two Davis Cups with Germany has helped the Serb cope with the psychological stress of continuously playing at the very highest level of the game, Sport24 reported.

Skipper Holder says 'misfiring' Gayle 'perfectly primed' to fire at WC

Jason Holder

Johannesburg, Feb 24 - West Indies skipper Jason Holder has backed out-of-form Chris Gayle to regain form during their World Cup tie against Zimbabwe on Tuesday at Canberra.

The swashbuckling batsman scored an unimpressive 36 runs off 65 balls in the opening loss to Ireland and got out for mere four runs in Saturday's big win over Pakistan.

Backing Gayle to regain form, Holder said that Chris was awake, claiming that he was awake from the beginning of the tournament, Sport24 reported.

The right-arm medium fast bowler said that every time he sees Chris Gayle, he expect to see a positive Chris Gayle, adding that although he hadn't been getting runs, they still had a lot of confidence in him, who could take it as deep as possible for them. (ANI)

'Shunned' Akram eager to help salvage Pak's WC campaign post debacle against India

Wasim Akram

Johannesburg, Feb 18 - Former Pakistan pace spearhead Wasim Akram has expressed his willingness to help Misbah-ul-Haq's side rescue their World Cup campaign after the team's defeat against India in Adelaide.

India extended their unbeaten streak against Pakistan in World Cup to 6-0 after Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men claimed a 76-run win over neighbors.

Speaking on a local news channel, Akram said that neither the Pakistan cricket authorities nor anyone in the team had approached him to help or advise them, Sport24 reported.

Expressing his willingness to help Pakistan team, Akram said that he was there in the World Cup and he wanted to go and help their players adjust and do well in the tournament in those conditions, but he couldn't do that without an invitation, the report added.

Sourav Ganguly awarded honorary life membership by Lord's based MCC

Sourav Ganguly awarded honorary life membership by Lord's based MCC

Johannesburg, Feb 16 : The celebrated Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) awarded former India cricket team captain Sourav Ganguly on Sunday with an honorary life membership to the club.

Following Ganguly's Test debut in 1996 he played a combined 424 Test and ODI matches for India, averaging over 40 with the bat and taking 132 wickets.

Ganguly, who captained India 195 times, claimed that he has got some fantastic memories of playing at Lord's that he carries with him forever, from the hundred on his debut to the amazing NatWest Trophy Final in 2002, Sport24 reported.

Federer likely to skip Davis Cup fixture against Belgium

Roger Federer

Johannesburg, Feb 14 - World number two Roger Federer is reportedly planning to skip Swizerland's Davis Cup tie to be played in March as the 17-time Grand Slam champion made no mention of it in his spring-to-summer playing schedule.

As per the schedule, Federer would play in Dubai (from February 23), the Indian Wells Masters in March (no Miami event), plus clay-court Masters 1000 events in Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome before playing Roland Garros , Sport24 reported.

Federer handed Switzerland a historic first Davis Cup title after a 6-4 6-2 6-2 demolition of Richard Gasquet in the first reverse singles sealed a 3-1 victory for the visitors against France in the 2014 Davis Cup. (ANI)

De Villiers claims Proteas will try to shun 'losers' tag and win 2015 CWC

AB De Villiers

Johannesburg, Feb 08 - South Africa cricket team captain AB De Villiers has claimed that being told not to return home as 'losers' by their country's sports minister merely reflects the passionate desire of all the people in their nation for a maiden Cricket World Cup triumph.

South Africa's Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula created a stir earlier this week when he said at the team's official departure that they did not want them to be at the World Cup to add numbers and just become a bunch of losers.

De Villiers said that their country of South Africa expects a lot from their sports people, and added that they are expected to come there and win the tournament, Sport24 reported.

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