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Nepal take on Afghanistan in crucial fixture

Jul 20, 2017

Nepali youth team will take on Afghanistan in their third match of the ICC U-19 World Cup Qualifiers for Asia Region at the Singapore Cricket Club in Padang on Thursday.   Both the teams are unbeaten so far in the four-nation competition being played under double round robin format. Top team in the points table will earn berth in the ICC U-...

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Bairstow seals England rout of South Africa

Jun 22, 2017

Southampton (United Kingdom) (AFP) Jonny Bairstow made a dashing 60 not out as England thrashed South Africa by nine wickets in the first Twenty20 international at Southampton on Wednesday. England, set just 143 to win, reached their target for the loss of only one wicket with 33 balls left. Opener Alex Hales was 47 not out, his unbroken second-...

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Kvitova reaches first quarter-final of comeback

Jun 22, 2017

Birmingham (United Kingdom) (AFP) Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova was cheered as if she had been the home player, after a straight-sets win over Britain's Naomi Broady in Birmingham on Wednesday carried her into a first quarter-final in eight months. The applause was not intended as any slight to Broady, but as acknowledgement of an enc...

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Peralta seals Mexico's comeback win over Kiwis in Confederations Cup

Jun 22, 2017

Striker Oribe Peralta hit Mexico's winner in their 2-1 comeback victory over New Zealand on Wednesday to leave them on the verge of the Confederations Cup semi-finals. After Leeds United striker Chris Wood gave the All Whites a shock first-half lead, second-half goals by Benfica's Raul Jimenez and Peralta sealed the win. The result in Sochi saw M...

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Football: Xi meets FIFA boss as China eyes World Cup

Jun 15, 2017

Beijing (AFP) Chinese President Xi Jinping met with FIFA chief Gianni Infantino on Wednesday as the football world watches for signs that the Asian giant will make a bid to host a World Cup. Xi greeted Infantino in the capital's palatial Great Hall of the People but the two men did not mention China's World Cup ambitions as they exchanged pleasan...

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Pakistan thrash England in Champions Trophy semi-final

Jun 15, 2017

Wed, Jun 14 2017 CDT by Julian GUYER Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) Pakistan booked their place in the Champions Trophy final with a crushing eight-wicket win over England in Cardiff on Wednesday. Set just 212 to win, Pakistan finished on 215 for two. Pakistan will now face title-holders India in Sunday's final at the Oval if their arch-riva...

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Real Madrid have 'full confidence' in Cristiano Ronaldo over tax

Jun 15, 2017

Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid backed star forward Cristiano Ronaldo on Wednesday after Spanish prosecutors accused the star player of evading 14.7 million euros in tax through offshore companies. "Real Madrid C.F. have full confidence in our player Cristiano Ronaldo, who we understand has acted in accordance with the legality regarding the fulfilment ...

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Underdogs Pakistan head into Champions Trophy semi against England

Jun 14, 2017

Pakistan may be the underdogs heading into a Champions Trophy semi-final with England in Cardiff on Wednesday, but coach Mickey Arthur believes their "best game" could see his side cause a major upset. England were the only team to exit the group stage unbeaten, having won all three of their matches. Pakistan, by contrast, suffered a 124-run thra...

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Ronaldo accused of evading millions in taxes

Jun 14, 2017

Madrid (AFP) Spanish prosecutors on Tuesday accused Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo of evading 14.7 million euros in tax through offshore companies, the latest footballer to fall foul of fiscal authorities. The 32-year-old -- the world's highest-paid athlete according to Forbes magazine -- follows in the steps of Barcelona forward and Argentin...

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Video game play as spectator sport center-stage at E3

Jun 14, 2017

Los Angeles (AFP) Long fiercely guarded video game industry terrain, the Electronic Entertainment Expo kicked off on Tuesday with YouTube, Twitch and Facebook turning gamers into online stars. A hot trend of video game play streamed as spectator sport and "YouTubers" becoming famous for skills or pithy commentary pervaded the annual gathering, fr...

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