Cricket-NZ set to go home after security scare, leaving Pakistan in despair

ISLAMABAD – New Zealand will return home from Pakistan on a chartered flight on Saturday, media reported, a day after ending their first Pakistan tour in 18 years following a government security alert minutes before the opening fixture in Rawalapindi was to begin. Top teams have largely shunned Pakistan in the wake of an attack by Islamist militants on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore in 2009 that killed six policemen and two civilians,…

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Rugby-All Blacks back on top of the world after win over Argentina

-New Zealand snatched South Africa’s world number one ranking and placed one hand on the Rugby Championship trophy after subjecting Argentina to a second successive thrashing within a week in Brisbane on Saturday. The All Blacks’ 36-13 bonus-point victory in front of 38,000 at Lang Park extended their lead to 10 points over second-placed South Africa in the Rugby Championship table while knocking Argentina and Australia out of the tournament. South Africa, beaten 30-17 by…

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Cricket-IPL resumes in UAE after COVID-19 disruption

DUBAI – More than four months after the COVID-19 outbreak halted the world’s richest Twenty20 tournament, the Indian Premier League resumes in Dubai on Sunday with a mouth-watering clash between the IPL’s two most successful franchises — Mumbai and Chennai. With India grappling with a surge of COVID-19 cases, the eight-team league was suspended near its halfway stage in May after two franchises reported several positive cases. The rest of the league was subsequently shifted…

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Golf – Rift between Koepka and DeChambeau can inspire the U.S. team, warns Harrington

– The long-running feud between Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau has the potential to inspire the American team instead of weighing them down at next week’s Ryder Cup, Team Europe captain Padraig Harrington said on Friday. Koepka and DeChambeau have been involved in public spats for more than a year, with U.S. Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker having to step in last month to broker peace between the duo. Harrington, however, said that the animosity…

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Tennis – Reviewing U.S. Open final win felt like watching someone else – Raducanu

LONDON – U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu on Friday said that re-watching her stunning victory in this month’s final felt like watching someone else, adding that her achievement had started to sink in but it was still difficult to fully comprehend. The 18-year-old Briton took the tennis world by storm when she beat Canada’s Leylah Fernandez, 19, in straight sets last weekend to become the first qualifier in the men’s and women’s game ever to…

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Soccer – Still a long way to go before Messi and co shine for PSG

PARIS – After failing to impress in their first outing together, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe clearly have a long way to go before the most lethal attacking trio in the world, on paper, can produce the goods on the pitch for Paris St Germain. None of them found the net in a disappointing 1-1 draw at Club Brugge in the Champions League on Wednesday with only Mbappe producing a decent performance, before the…

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Olympics-Beijing 2022 Games to have rigorous COVID-19 measures-IOC

BERLIN – The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics will have tight COVID-19 countermeasures in place to ensure the safety of all participants, the International Olympic Committee said on Friday. Just over a month after the closing ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Games, IOC President Thomas Bach said in an open letter that next year’s Winter Games would also require strict measures amid the ongoing pandemic. “While the pandemic is far from over, I would like to…

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Cricket-Former players back Rohit to replace Kohli as India’s T20 captain

NEW DELHI – Opener Rohit Sharma has demonstrated his leadership qualities in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and is an obvious choice to succeed Virat Kohli as India’s Twenty20 captain, according to several former players. Kohli, who has led India across formats, has decided to relinquish Twenty20 captaincy after the 20-overs World Cup scheduled in the United Arab Emirates and Oman from Oct. 17. Kohli has a 27-14 win-loss ratio as India’s Twenty20 captain, while…

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Olympics-LA28 Games will be ‘on time and on budget’, says new CEO

LOS ANGELES – Kathy Carter, who this week was named CEO of the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic and Paralympic organizing committee, said the Games will be both fiscally sound and leave a lasting impact on the host city. Carter told the “no build” Games will utilize the city’s wide array of existing sports facilities and will cost about $6.9 billion, spending that will be offset by revenues from sponsorships, ticket sales and other sources. “First…

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USMNT drops out of top 10 in world rankings; L.A. opens 2026 bid

The U.S. Men’s National team fell out of the top 10 in the newest FIFA world rankings, released Thursday. The Americans fell from No. 10 to 13 after tying with El Salvador and Canada before beating Honduras in the first 2022 World Cup qualifying window. Belgium remains No. 1 in the rankings, followed by Brazil, England, France and Italy. Rounding out the top 10 are Argentina, Portugal, Spain, Mexico and Denmark. The 2022 World Cup…

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