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County cricket: BBC Sport’s club-by-club guide to the 2015 summer

The county season gets under way on Sunday as champions Yorkshire start the defence of their title against promoted Worcestershire at New Road. Hampshire begin life back in Division One at home to Sussex, while Middlesex host Nottinghamshire and Durham face Somerset at Taunton. In Division Two, last season’s bottom club Leicestershire, without a County Championship win for two years, ...

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Astute Bell reaps rewards of patience

Batting in Test cricket remains as much about the shots you don’t play as those you do and it was Ian Bell’s judgement at the crease that set the foundation for England’s domination Ian Bell ensured he had seen off the new ball at its hardest, the bowlers at their freshest and the pitch at its most damp and lively ...

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Ronaldo wins appeal

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring a goal against Cordoba during their Spanish first division match at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid August 25, 2014. Photo: Reuters The Spanish league on Friday cancelled a yellow card awarded against Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo for diving, ending a threatened one-match suspension, his club said. The Portuguese attacker got the card ...

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Emery-inspired Sevilla well set for Barca visit

Sevilla coach Unai Emery is one of the more eccentric characters in La Liga but the Andalusian club’s success this season suggests there is plenty of method in the Basque-born 43-year-old’s apparent madness. ¬†Prowling the touchline during games, Emery’s frantic arm gestures, wild eyes and bellowed commands clearly inspire his players rather than distract them. Sevilla are fifth in La ...

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United primed to resume Manchester top-dog role

Manchester United, buoyed by five successive Premier League victories, head into Sunday’s derby against Manchester City a place and a point above their rivals and believing they are poised to restore red ascendancy in the city. Champions City have won the last four league meetings against United, including a 1-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium in November, but their hopes ...

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Mieko Nagaoka: 100-year-old Japanese swimmer sets 1,500m record

A Japanese woman has become the first 100-year-old to complete a 1,500m freestyle swim in a 25m pool. Mieko Nagaoka, who only took up swimming at the age of 82, already holds the record in her age category for the same distance in a 50m pool. She completed the latest feat in just over one hour and 15 minutes, using ...

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Nepal sign record sponsorship deal

The Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) has signed a three-year sponsorship deal worth 15.5 million Nepalese rupees (approx. $155,000) per year with the state-owned telecom giant Nepal Telecom. The deal is the biggest in the history of Nepalese sport. Nepal’s men’s and women’s national teams will sport the Nepal Telecom logo on their kits, and every national cricketer will be ...

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Enough quality to stretch winning streak – Hafeez

Mohammad Hafeez has said the new members in Pakistan’s limited-overs squad for the tour of Bangladesh are capable enough to dominate the home side. Responding to Shakib Al Hasan’s statement that the series was Bangladesh’s best chance to beat Pakistan, Hafeez expressed confidence in the team and said they were looking to extend the 16-year winning streak over Bangladesh. “(What ...

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BCB receives video footage of certain dismissals from ICC

The International Cricket Council (ICC) sent the video footage of the certain dismissals of the World Cup Cricket quarterfinal match between Bangladesh and India after reviewing it at the request of Bangladesh. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) raised concern with some specific dismissals that created a huge uproar in the country. The BCB however will send the video footage to ...

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