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BARCELONA: Spain midfielder Xavi Hernandez announced on Tuesday the end of a dazzling international football career crowned by La Roja’s 2010 World Cup triumph and two European Championships. “I have decided to leave the national team. I think my time there has finished,” the 34-year-old Barcelona player...

Here, AFP Sports looks at some of the moments that put a smile back on the face of the “Friendly Games”. Bolt’s highland jig Despite a newspaper report that the fastest man in the world Usain Bolt had claimed to be having a less than splendid time in the Glasgow rain, he brought the house down at Hampden Park on the final night of athletics action. Bolt claimed his...

OLD TRAFFORD: If the signs from India’s net sessions are anything to go by, R Ashwin seems set to play his first Test of 2014. It is not clear if he will take the place of Rohit Sharma or Ravindra Jadeja if he does so. During their loss in Southampton, India rarely used Jadeja as a wicket-taking bowler, but equally Rohit disappointed with his shot-selection in the...

CAPE TOWN: Ian Gorowa has resigned as coach of Zimbabwe, citing differences with the country’s football association and the non-payment of his salary for seven months. Gorowa, who was likely to be axed by the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) in the coming days after the side’s early exit from the 2015 African Nations Cup qualifiers, wrote a letter to his employers...

NEW DELHI: The ICC has decided against appealing the not guilty verdict handed to James Anderson in the pushing case involving Ravindra Jadeja at Trent Bridge. It has also stressed that there is “no place in the game” for personal insults among players. The Level 3 offence Anderson was charged with was heard on August 1 by judicial commissioner Gordon Lewis,...

CANADA: Roger Federer launched his North American hard court campaign and bid for an 80th career title in impressive style blowing past Canadian Peter Polansky 6-2 6-0 and into the third round of the Rogers Cup. Seeing his first action since an epic five set loss to world number one Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final, Federer lacked sharpness at times but still barely...

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