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McIlroy dominates with six-shot lead over Fowler at Hoylake
7/20/2014 10:29:00 AM

London, July 20 (ANI): Northern Irish Golf ace Rory McIlroy will head into the final round of the Open Championship with a six-shot lead over American Rickie Fowler at Hoylake.

McIlroy, who is bidding for a third major golf title and first Claret Jug, fired 68 to surge to 16 under after bushing off a short-lived back-nine challenge from Fowler, who also shot 68.

Spain's Sergio Garcia (69) and American Dustin Johnson (71) were tied third at nine under, with Frenchman Victor Dubuisson

Ex-Oz skipper Waugh feels Cook must stop 'captaining for commentators'
7/20/2014 10:29:00 AM

London, July 20 (ANI): Former Australia captain Steve Waugh feels that England skipper Alastair Cook must try his instincts and stop captaining for the commentators.

Cook's position as the captain of England is under scrutiny after nine Tests without a win and 26 innings without a century and he has received criticism from pundits.

Waugh said that what Cook needs to do is do it his way, adding that he has to trust his gut instinct, his feel for what is going on and not be afraid

English cricket authorities might face 16,000 dollars fine over 'poor' Trent Bridge pitch
7/20/2014 12:33:00 AM

Sydney, July 20 (ANI): English cricket authorities reportedly face the prospect of a 16,000 dollars fine after match referee David Boon rated the docile Trent Bridge pitch on which England and India played out a draw in their first Test as 'poor'.

Former Australia batsman Boon's verdict, announced by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Saturday, is the first time a Test pitch in England has been labelled as 'poor' by a match referee.

Boon oversaw proceedings

Schweinsteiger favourite to become new Germany captain post Lahm's retirement
7/20/2014 12:09:00 AM

Karachi, July 20 (ANI): German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is reportedly the favourite to become the captain of the World Cup winners after Philipp Lahm's surprise decision to retire from his international career.

Schweinsteiger became a symbol of Germany's charge towards a fourth World Cup trophy, as he battled on through the final victory over Argentina despite having been hit by an elbow in the face that left blood pouring from a cut.

Schweinsteiger tweeted a tribute

Cheryl Cole has no plans to have kids
7/20/2014 12:09:00 AM

London, July 20(ANI): Cheryl Cole, who recently got married to Jean Bernard Fernandez-Versini, has revealed that she has no plans to have kids.

The 31-year-old Brit singer told Times Magazine that having kids might be possible as because she went through a real phase in her life recently, and maybe it was not for me, the Mirror reported.

Cole asserted that she did not people to the blame her if she planned to have kids.

Cole, who was earlier married to footballer Ashley Cole

Lanka get off to strong start in 370-run chase against South Africa in Galle Test
7/19/2014 6:29:00 PM

Galle (Sri Lanka), July 19 (ANI): Sri Lanka on Saturday got off to a strong start in their second innings against South Africa on the fourth day of the first Test in Galle, scoring 110 for the loss of Upal Tharanga's wicket.

Leading the hosts towards the victory target of 370 runs set by the Proteas at the close of play, were Kumar Sangakkarra on 58 with seven boundaries and six, and Kaushal Silva on 37 with five boundaries. The partnership between the two is worth 96 runs. The Lankans

Trent Bridge pitch rated as poor by match referee David Boon
7/19/2014 5:27:00 PM

Dubai, July 19 (ANI): The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced that David Boon of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, who was the match referee for the first Test between England and India in Nottingham, has rated the pitch used at Trent Bridge as poor.

In accordance with Clause 3 of the ICC Pitch Monitoring Process, Boon submitted his report to the ICC expressing his concerns over the quality of the pitch. This report has been forwarded to the England and Wales

England gain a 24-run lead over India in Lord's Test
7/19/2014 5:27:00 PM

London, July 19 (ANI): England managed to gain a 24-run first innings lead against India on the third day of the second Test being played at the Lord's cricket ground on Saturday.

Resuming from their overnight score of 219 for the loss of six wickets, England lost their last four wickets for the addition of 100 runs. England was bowled about half-an-hour before lunch.

For England, Liam Plunkett scored an unbeaten 55 of 79 deliveries with eight boundaries, while wicketkeeper batsman

South Africa set Sri Lanka 370 to win in Galle Test after post-tea declaration
7/19/2014 4:02:00 PM

Galle (Sri Lanka), July 19 (ANI): South Africa on Saturday declared their second innings at 206-6 at tea on the fourth day of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle, and set the hosts a victory target of 370 runs.

The top scorers for the Proteas were A.B. DeVilliers (51), Faf du Plessis (37), Quentin de Kock (36) and Alviro Petersen (32). J.P. Duminy was batting on eight when the visitors decided to declare and set the Sri Lankans four sessions to try and win the match. Sri Lankan

Bolt believes he can set another world record
7/19/2014 2:59:00 PM

Dubai, July 19 (ANI): Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt has said that it is possible for him to break his world records as he prepares to take part in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, which begin on Wednesday.

Bolt said that he thinks he can lower his 100-metre and 200-metre world records because his coach Glen Mills is the world's greatest sprint coach, adding that he knows sprinting better than anyone.

Bolt said that if his coach thinks that it is possible for

Improving Pak's faltering batting will be challenging, says new coach Grant Flower
7/19/2014 1:32:00 PM

Karachi, July 19 (ANI): Improving Pakistan's faltering hitters would be a challenge, says new batting coach Grant Flower, who assumed his role on Friday.

Flower joined the Pakistan team as their batting coach on a two-year contract after a successful coaching stint with his native Zimbabwe, which ended in 2012.

According to The Dawn, Flower's task is to improve Pakistan's performance at the crease as it has flopped recently, most notably last year's 3-0 Test whitewash

No sport more susceptible to match-fixing than tennis, tweets ex-ASADA boss
7/19/2014 1:32:00 PM

Sydney, July 19 (ANI): Former Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) boss Richard Ings has tweeted that no sport is easier to fix than tennis as it takes only one player to fix a match.

With match-fixing again surfacing in Australia, six men were questioned in Melbourne by police and the Purana detectives charged a Brighton man with two counts of match-fixing related to betting on matches there and overseas, with ongoing investigations into the activities of several others.


My party boy image is undeserved, says Cheryl Cole's new hubby
7/19/2014 1:30:00 PM

London, July 19 (ANI): Cheryl Cole's new husband has insisted that his party boy image is undeserved and he is not an international playboy.

Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini, said that he was more boring and he was actually an estate agent, the Mirror reported.

One friend said that the notion that the 33-year-old Cole's husband had never worked was really unfair as he had built up a lot of money working in Dubai and New York in real estate.

Versini's former business

'Defiant' Rosberg insists being faster than Hamilton
7/19/2014 1:30:00 PM

London, July 19 (ANI): Mercedes' Formula One driver Nico Rosberg has insisted that that he is faster than his teammate Lewis Hamilton and is in a defiant mood ahead of his home German Grand Prix on Sunday.

Rosberg, who has impressed with his performances in this Formula One season, has just re-singed a 42 million pound deal to stay with his current team for at least another two years.

Despite the general view from the paddock continuing to be that the German is smarter but Hamilton

FIFA lifts ban on Nigeria
7/19/2014 1:30:00 PM

Johannesburg, July 19 (ANI): FIFA, on Friday, lifted the suspension of Nigeria from international competition over government interference in football.

The football governing body had imposed the suspension of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) on July 9 just after their national team lost in the last 16 at the World Cup.

FIFA said in a statement that it has noted that the court proceedings and order preventing the president of the NFF, the NFF executive committee members and

Hamilton beats Rosberg in second practice at German GP
7/19/2014 1:30:00 PM

London, July 19 (ANI): Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton defeated teammate Nico Rosberg in the second practice session at the German Grand Prix, but Red Bull, who have been struggling throughout this Formula One season, appear to have edged closer to them.

Hamilton was 0.024 seconds ahead of Rosberg followed closely by Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, who was just 0.102 seconds adrift of the German.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was the fourth fastest driver and ahead of teammate Fernando

Is Cheryl Cole 'expecting' already?
7/19/2014 1:30:00 PM

London, July 19 (ANI): Cheryl Cole pregnancy rumours have fueled ever since the close pal of her new hubby Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini called the singer baby momma.

During a TV interview, Fernandez-Versini's close friend made and boxing coach, Curtis Jones said that the Frenchman had bigged Cole up the Daily Star reported.

Following Jones' declaration, fans took to social media to bet and talk about the singer being pregnant.

The 31-year-old singer, who was previously

Schumi's wife personally thanks fans for support ahead of German GP
7/19/2014 11:03:00 AM

Washington, July 19 (ANI): Stricken Formula One legend Michael Schumacher's wife Corinna Schumacher has issued a personal message saying thanks to the motor sport's fans ahead of this weekend's German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.

Corinna wrote in the official race program to say thanks to Formula One fans for their good wishes and positive energies sent to the former racing driver who was critically injured in a skiing accident in France at the end of last year.


Wozniacki takes a dig at McIlroy by sporting 'heels'
7/19/2014 11:03:00 AM

Melbourne, July 19 (ANI): Caroline Wozniacki took a cheeky swing at her former fiance Rory McIlroy by sporting 'heels' on a recent shopping spree.

The 24-year-old Tennis star, who stands at 1.79m, which is taller than the 25-year-old golf players height (1.75m), was in Turkey for the 'Istanbul Cup', during which she had taken some time off with a friend and player Marta Domachowska, News.com.au reported.

The beauty took to her Instagram account and wrote that it had been

Chelsea signs 15.8 mln-pound deal for Filipe Luis from Atletico
7/19/2014 10:42:00 AM

London, July 19 (ANI): Atletico Madrid left-back Filipe Luis will move to Chelsea as the Premier League club has signed the Brazilian for 15.8 million pounds on a three-year contract.

Luis impressed last season as Atletico bagged the La Liga and reached the Champions League final.

The 28-year-old is Chelsea's fourth summer signing and their second from Atletico after their striker Diego Costa moved to Stamford Bridge for 32 million pounds, The BBC reported.

Luis, capped

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