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‘We don’t worry’: IPL’s Chennai expect Dhoni to play past 40

Indian Premier League favourites Chennai Super Kings expect former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to keep playing past his 40th birthday until at least 2022, the team’s chief executive said. Dhoni has not played a competitive game since India’s World Cup semi-final defeat last year, but is due to return to action when the delayed IPL begins in the United ...

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Fernandes penalty lifts Man Utd past dogged Copenhagen

Bruno Fernandes scored a penalty in extra time as Manchester United scraped past FC Copenhagen 1-0 on Monday in the quarter-finals of the Europa League, reshaped into an eight-team straight knockout tournament in Germany due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Portugal international notched his competition-best seventh goal of the season as United set up a semi-final clash against Sevilla or ...

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IPL Chinese sponsor deal suspension ‘not financial crisis’: Ganguly

India’s cricket chief Sourav Ganguly says the Indian Premier League’s decision to suspend a lucrative contract with its main sponsor, the Chinese phone maker Vivo, following a deadly border clash between the two nations is “just a blip”. The IPL last week suspended the agreement with Vivo, which signed a five-year contract in 2017 worth more than $330 million to sponsor the ...

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Woakes leads England to stunning win over Pakistan in first Test

Chris Woakes hit an unbeaten 84 as England came from behind to beat Pakistan by three wickets in the first Test at Old Trafford on Saturday. England were struggling in pursuit of a victory target of 277 after collapsing to 117-5 on the fourth day. But man-of-the-match Woakes, who had helped drag England back into this contest with 2-11 in ...

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Barcelona hold off Napoli to secure last eight showdown with Bayern

Lionel Messi scored a brilliant solo goal as Barcelona battled past Napoli on Saturday to book a Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich. Messi’s weaving run and finish came between an early Clement Lenglet header and a Luis Suarez penalty, won by Messi, as Barca stormed to a 3-0 lead in the first half at Camp Nou. Lorenzo Insigne gave ...

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Ronaldo not enough for ‘cursed’ Juventus

Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri said he was “bitter” as the Italian giants crashed out of the Champions League on Friday to Lyon despite a Cristiano Ronaldo double giving the hosts a 2-1 win over the French club on the night. Captain Memphis Depay’s 12th-minute penalty however, sealed Lyon’s berth in the quarter-finals with a 2-2 aggregate score to go through ...

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England collapse after Masood century puts Pakistan on top

England suffered a dramatic top-order collapse that saw Ben Stokes out for a duck after Shan Masood’s brilliant century established a strong position for Pakistan in the first Test at Old Trafford on Thursday. The hosts were 92-4 at stumps on the second day, after slumping to 12-3, in reply to Pakistan’s first innings 326 that featured opener Masood’s Test-best ...

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Juve’s ‘MVP’ Dybala in race against time for Lyon decider

On the verge of being sold to Manchester United last summer, Paulo Dybala is once again Juventus’ talisman as the newly-crowned Italian champions race to get him ready for their Champions League showdown with Lyon. This time last year Dybala, 26, looked to be the counterweight in Romelu Lukaku’s transfer to Turin but has since re-established himself as the fulcrum ...

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Pakistan bat against England in first Test

Pakistan captain Azhar Ali won the toss and elected to bat in the first Test against England at Old Trafford on Wednesday. Although the Manchester skies were overcast, Azhar told Sky Sports: “Obviously the overhead conditions will help the bowlers but we were very clear in our heads that we want to bat first. “Because of the composition of the ...

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Shishir gets brand new Mercedes-Benz from Shakib as gift

Bangladesh star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan presented a brand new Mercedes-Benz to his wife Umme Ahmed Shishir, which she revealed in an Instagram post on August 2. Shakib is currently passing time in the USA. The all-rounder has been serving a two-year-long ban imposed by the ICC due to failing to report corrupt approaches made to him by the bookies, ...

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