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Ajmal to miss Sri Lanka match for tests on his action KARACHI: Under-scrutiny Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal will miss part of his side's one-day series against Sri Lanka as he undergoes tests on his bowling action in Australia, officials said Friday.The 37-year-old, ranked number one in one-day internationals and Pakistan's main bowling weapon, had his action reported as suspect during the first Test against Sri Lanka at Galle earlier this month.Under International Cricket Council (ICC) rules Ajmal is required to clear his action from an accredited biomechanics lab within 21 days of the report, but he is free to play until then.Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief operating officer Subhan Ahmed said Ajmal will have tests in Brisbane."Ajmal will be sent to Brisbane to undergo tests and a PCB official will go with him," Ahmed told AFP. "The team management is arranging for his travel from Sri Lanka."Team manager Moin Khan said Ajmal is in Hambantota where Pakistan will play the first ...

Pakistan regroup for Sri Lanka ODI HAMBANTOTA: Pakistan and Sri Lanka begin a three-match one-day series on Saturday hoping to gauge each other's firepower and bench strength ahead of the World Cup just six months away.The two former world champions have been drawn in different halves for one-day cricket's showpiece that is to be played in Australia and New Zealand in February and March.Pakistan, the 1992 champions, will look to bounce back after an embarrassing 2-0 whitewash for Misbah-ul Haq's tourists ...

Magnussen tips hot final as Phelps hits form GOLD COAST: World champion James Magnussen said it would take one of the year's fastest times to win the Pan Pacific Championships 100m freestyle after American stars Michael Phelps and Nathan Adrian threw down the gauntlet Friday.Adrian, who nudged out Magnussen by one-hundredth of a second to win the Olympic 100m gold in London, topped Friday's qualifiers with 48.05 seconds.Australia's two-time world champion was just 0.2sec behind, with Olympic great Phelps surging into contention on ...

England braced for Balotelli return LONDON: English football was preparing to welcome back one of its most controversial characters on Friday amid reports Liverpool had made an audacious move to sign Mario Balotelli.Speculation over Balotelli's future intensified Thursday after AC Milan acknowledged the temperamental Italy striker was on his way out of the San Siro.The Milanese club have agreed to let the 24-year-old move to Anfield in a transfer worth 20 million euros (16 million pounds, $27 million), according to ...

Wimbledon champion Kvitova reaches New Haven semis NEW HAVEN: Reigning Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova advanced to the semi-finals of the WTA New Haven hardcourt tournament Thursday with a 6-4, 6-1 triumph over Czech compatriot Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.Fourth-ranked Kvitova next will face Australia's Samantha Stosur, who ousted Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in the final warm-up event for the US Open, which begins Monday.Second seed Kvitova, the 2012 New Haven winner who lost to Simona Halep in last year's final, will be ...

Injured Isner pulls out of Winston-Salem WINSTON-SALEM: Two-time champion John Isner withdrew from the US Open tune-up event at Winston-Salem on Thursday with a left ankle injury.The American was due to play Lukas Rosol in the quarter-finals on Thursday, but pulled out with the injury suffered in his win over Mikhail Kukushkin on Wednesday."I am extremely disappointed to have to withdraw from the Winston-Salem Open, one of my favorite stops of the year," said Isner, who hails from North Carolina.It wasn't ...

Ledecky just misses record in Pan Pacs golden double GOLD COAST: American super teen Katie Ledecky came close to breaking yet another world record on her way to a majestic freestyle double on the opening night of the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships on Thursday.The 17-year-old schoolgirl, who won the 200-metres freestyle final less than an hour earlier, was a body length under world record pace before she tired and finished just 0.35sec outside the record she set in the event in June.Ledecky was the ...


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