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Bangladesh appeals against reduced Ashraful ban DHAKA: Bangladeshi and international cricket authorities have jointly appealed against a reduced match ban for former captain Mohammad Ashraful for match-fixing, an official said on Wednesday.The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and the International Cricket Council (ICC) lodged the appeal this week after a ban imposed on the one-time prodigy was reduced from eight to five years, said BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury.The appeal was lodged with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne."Our lawyers had been authorised to make a decision on the judgement, which reduced Ashraful's original eight-year ban for match fixing. And they decided to lodge an appeal," Chowdhury told AFP.The 30-year-old batsman was banned last year after he tearfully confessed on national television to helping fix matches in the scandal-tarnished Bangladesh Premier League.The Twenty20 tournament was eventually suspended this year in the wake of the match-fixing controversy which also implicated two foreign players. A local ...

Malaysians shocked by reports Lee failed dope test KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians expressed shock and disbelief Wednesday after reports claimed national icon and badminton world number one Lee Chong Wei had failed a drugs test."Still hope this is not true... Whatever the outcome, we still with you!" one user posted on Twitter."Oh no, say it isn't so!" another wrote among numerous comments posted on social media sites.Malaysia's Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin confirmed late Tuesday that an athlete had tested positive for a banned substance ...

Pakistan bats in first Australia Test DUBAI: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq won the toss and decided to bat in the first Test against Australia in Dubai on Wednesday.Pakistan, without their ace spinner Saeed Ajmal who was last month suspended for illegal bowling action, gave debuts to leg-spinner Yasir Shah and paceman Imran Khan.They have also included a second spinner, left-armer Zulfiqar Babar.Australia handed Test caps to allrounder Mitchell Marsh and left-armer Steve O'Keefe, and second spinner to Nathan Lyon. The second ...

Road warrior Bumgarner brings Giants big win KANSAS CITY: Another dazzling road victory for San Francisco pitcher Madison Bumgarner has staked the Giants an early edge as they bid for a third World Series title in five seasons.The 25-year-old southpaw struck out five and scattered three hits over seven innings in San Francisco's 7-1 rout of host Kansas City in the opener of Major League Baseball's best-of-seven final.Bumgarner stretched his record streak of scoreless playoff innings to 32 2/3 before surrendering a ...

Waratahs hero Cheika takes charge at wounded Wallabies SYDNEY: No-nonsense coach Michael Cheika took over at the Wallabies on Wednesday vowing to rally the shell-shocked side after the stunning walkout of Ewen McKenzie.The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) heaped praise on the 47-year-old at a press conference to announce his appointment just two days before the start of a tough five-match European tour."Central to our decision was selecting a world-class coach who can lead us to victory in next year's Rugby World Cup," said ...

Giants rip Royals 7-1 in World Series opener KANSAS CITY: A pitching masterpiece by San Francisco left-hander Madison Bumgarner sparked the Giants over the Kansas City Royals 7-1 in Tuesday's opening game of the 110th World Series.The 25-year-old left-hander improved to 3-1 in this year's Major League Baseball playoffs by baffling Royals batters, scattering three hits over seven innings while striking out five and issuing only one walk for his third career victory in as many World Series starts."I felt pretty good and ...

Peavy seeks back-to-back World Series titles KANSAS CITY: It took Jake Peavy 12 years to realize his dream of pitching for a Major League Baseball champion. Now the San Francisco Giants newcomer might do it in back-to-back seasons.The 33-year-old right-hander, who helped Boston win last year's crown before being sent to the Giants at this July's trade deadline, will start against 23-year-old Kansas City ace Yordano Ventura in Wednesday's second game of the 110th World Series."Getting back is the world," Peavy ...


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