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Manchester United are plotting a surprise move for former Manchester City hardman Nigel de Jong. United have held talks with the De Jong’s representatives over the possibility of his moving to Old Trafford in time for the new season. Louis van Gaal is a known admirer of the Dutch midfielder’s...

Stuart Broad dismissed Gautam Gambhir and Cheteshwar Pujara before running through the lower order. A couple of weeks ago it appeared unlikely Stuart Broad would make it through this series and until a few days ago it was by no means certain that James Anderson would be available, either. As it was, the pair combined to take nine wickets – Broad the bulk of them...

Younis Khan’s 177 and some carefree lower-order hitting helped Pakistan reach 451 on the second day against Sri Lanka Pakistan posted their second-highest total in the first innings of a Test in the past eight years as the lower middle order weighed in after Younis Khan’s 177. Sri Lanka toiled for five sessions on a pitch that went placid after the first morning...

LAHORE, Aug 6 (INP): Justice(r) Sair Ali has announced that the election schedule will be declared after the names of board of governors comes to the fore. He made the statement immediately after taking charge as caretaker chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB) on Thursday. Talking to the media at the PCB head quarters Sair Ali said that the elections would be held according...

Uncapped Kerala wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson and Railways leg-spin-bowling allrounder Karn Sharma have been named in India’s 17-man squad for the five ODIs and one-off Twenty20 against England. Mumbai seamer Dhawal Kulkarni, who was picked in the ODI squad for the home series against West Indies last year but was then ruled out with injury, has been included. Suresh...

BARCELONA: Spain midfielder Xavi Hernandez announced on Tuesday the end of a dazzling international football career crowned by La Roja’s 2010 World Cup...

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,...

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