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Zimbabwe opt to bat in first Bangladesh Test DHAKA: Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor won the toss and opted to bat in the first of the three-Test series at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Saturday.Bangladesh handed leg-spinner Jubair Hossain a debut, making him the 74th Test cricketer from the country.Tafadzwa Kamungozi is making his Test debut for Zimbabwe.Teams:Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Shamsur Rahman, Mominul Haque, Mohammad Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Shuvagata Hom, Taijul Islam, Jubair Hossain, Shahadat Hossain, Al-Amin Hossain.Zimbabwe: Brendan Taylor (capt), Sikandar Raza, Vusimuzi Sibanda, Hamilton Masakadza, Regis Chakabva, Tendai Chatara, Elton Chigumbura, Craig Ervine, Tafadzwa Kamungozi, John Nyumbu, Tinashe Panyangara.Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SRI), S. Ravi (IND)TV umpire: Billy Bowden (NZL)Match referee: Chris Broad (ENG)Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014

Malaysia to get doping test result next month KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian athlete, widely reported to be badminton world number one Lee Chong Wei, will find out the results of a second doping test next month after a first test came back positive, a newspaper said Saturday.Malaysian Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said Tuesday that a national athlete had tested positive for a banned substance in an international tournament.Authorities have refused to identify the athlete pending the second test.But media has widely named him ...

Japan's Machida dominates short programme CHICAGO: Defending champ Tatsuki Machida took advantage of a major slip-up by Olympic bronze medalist Denis Ten as the post-Olympic figure skating season began in earnest at Skate America on Friday night.Machida, who is seeking to extend Japan's dominance in the men's singles, landed all of his jumps cleanly en route to a score of 93.39 points to lead the men's short programme. Japanese men have won Skate America seven of the last nine years.Kazakhstan's ...

Royals edge Giants to take Series lead SAN FRANCISCO: The Kansas City Royals edged the San Francisco Giants 3-2 on Friday to grab the upper hand in the 110th World Series.The Royals won their second straight game to take a two-games-to-one lead in Major League Baseball's best-of-seven championship final, and will try to take a stranglehold on the series in game four on Saturday.Lorenzo Cain, Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer all delivered run-scoring hits for the Royals, who are back in the ...

Five CAF Champions League finals facts JOHANNESBURG: Five CAF Champions League finals facts ahead of first leg of 2014 decider between V Club of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Entente Setif of Algeria in Kinshasa Sunday:- The first final in 1964 was the only one staged at a neutral venue with Cameroonians Oryx Douala defeating Malians Stade Malien 2-1 in Ghanaian capital Accra- Every other final has been over two legs except for 1971 when it stretched to three games ...

Wallaby Beale to miss Europe tour SYDNEY: Wallaby Kurtley Beale will miss Australia's spring tour of Europe, despite being cleared for selection by a code of conduct tribunal, the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) said Saturday.The tribunal found Beale guilty of sending an offensive text message to an ARU employee and fined him $Aus45,000 (US$38,500) but did not suspend him, meaning he was eligible to play."The Australian Rugby Union today confirmed Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika has advised Kurtley Beale will not ...

Pellegrini expects even more from Aguero MANCHESTER: Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini reckons Sergio Aguero has it in him to become an even better player despite the striker's superlative start to this season.Aguero has scored 11 goals in as many games so far this term, including four for the Premier League champions in their victory over Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.Injuries hampered Aguero throughout the latter half of last season and he did not appear to have recovered completely by the time ...


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