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Haddin won't back down in Ashes war of words LONDON: Australia wicket-keeper Brad Haddin has insisted there will be no changes in his on-field approach despite calls for an end to 'sledging' during the upcoming Ashes series against England.Ahead of next week's first Test in Cardiff, England paceman James Anderson has contrasted the sporting atmosphere which prevailed during his side's recent series with New Zealand to the bitterness of the last Ashes campaign, which Australia won 5-0 on home soil in 2013/14, and urged an end to 'sledging' or verbal abuse of opposition players on the field.But Haddin, much criticised for the way in which he gave departing New Zealand batsmen 'send-offs' during Australia's World Cup final victory in Melbourne in March, was quick to point out that Anderson himself had not been shy of dishing out the 'verbals' during previous Ashes campaigns."They start half of it! What about Jimmy Anderson? He has called for peace hasn't he? He ...

France to face Germany in November PARIS: Euro 2016 hosts France will face world champions Germany in an international friendly at the Stade de France on November 13, the French football federation announced.The fixture is a repeat of last year's World Cup quarter-final, which Germany won 1-0 on the way to being crowned world champions.Before Joachim Loew's men come to town France have friendlies scheduled against Portugal, Serbia, Armenia, Denmark and England. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015

Bayern sign Brazil's Costa from Donetsk BERLIN: Bayern Munich completed their first big transfer of the off-season on Wednesday by signing Brazil international Douglas Costa from Ukraine side Shakhtar Donetsk for a reported 30 million euros ($33.3m).The fleet-footed winger or striker has signed a five-year deal with the German champions and will battle for a place on the left wing with Franck Ribery, who is struggling with a persistent ankle injury.Costa is the fourth most expensive signing in Bayern's history after ...

Farah adamant he is '100 percent clean' LONDON: Britain's double Olympic champion Mo Farah reiterated Wednesday he was "100 percent clean" as doping allegations continued to swirl around coach Alberto Salazar.Significantly, Farah has not been accused of wrongdoing but the winner of the 5,000 and 10,000 metres at the 2012 London Olympics feels his name is being tarnished by association and he again said Wednesday he would stop working with Salazar were the allegations upheld."I am not on anything, trust me," Farah ...

Wimbledon heat on Djokovic, Serena, Sharapova LONDON: Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams target quickfire second round wins at Wimbledon on Wednesday to escape the searing heat which will send temperatures soaring to a brutal 34 degrees.That would equal the record for the highest-ever temperature recorded at Wimbledon in 1976, the year when Bjorn Borg and Chris Evert were champions.The heat rule, for temperatures over 30.1 degrees, will be introduced, allowing for a 10-minute break between the second and third sets of ...

McDowell aiming for French Open hat-trick PARIS: Graeme McDowell will target a rare European Tour hat-trick of title wins in the French Open played at Le National golf course near Versailles from Thursday.The Northern Irishman won continental Europe's oldest national championship in 2013 and 2014 and a third triumph on Sunday would make him just the second man to achieve the feat.The last time three-in-a-row happened at the French Open was when home player Marcel Dallemagne won in 1938 - a ...

Liverpool confirm Clyne capture LONDON: Nathaniel Clyne has become the latest pre-season arrival at Anfield after Liverpool confirmed on Wednesday they had signed the England defender from Premier League rivals Southampton.A Liverpool statement said the full-back had "penned a long-term contract with the Reds". No fee was disclosed.However, British media outlets reported that Clyne had signed a five-year deal worth £10 million ($16 million, 14 million euros) up front, with add-ons for the 24-year-old set to cost Liverpool a ...


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