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World Cup lifeline for troubled star Ryder WELLINGTON: Troubled New Zealand batting star Jesse Ryder was handed a World Cup lifeline Friday when selectors included him in the New Zealand A squad to tour the United Arab Emirates next month.Ryder has had numerous off-field issues involving alcohol and has not played for the Black Caps since February, when he went on a late-night drinking session in Auckland before the start of a Test series against India.His chances of representing New Zealand at the World Cup looked bleak but he has hit a rich vein of form just as New Zealand are struggling to find an opening batsman in the 50-over format.He averaged 37.08 with the bat and 18.09 with the ball during a recent stint with English county side Essex, and earlier this month smashed 136 from 57 balls playing for Otago against Ireland in a one-dayer on New Zealand's South Island.New Zealand Cricket national selection general ...

Anthony's Knicks ruin James' homecoming LOS ANGELES: Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points as the New York Knicks spoiled the Ohio return of LeBron James with a 95-90 win in the Cleveland Cavaliers' season opener on Thursday night.James' long anticipated return to his roots didn't go as hoped as he shot just five-of-15 and committed eight turnovers in his first game back in a Cavaliers' jersey after winning two NBA titles with the Miami Heat.But the season is just getting started ...

Teen sensation bids to keep Roos' streak alive SYDNEY: Teenage sensation Sione Mata'utia will become Australia's youngest ever debutant as the Kangaroos look to avoid missing their first major final in 60 years when they play England in the Four Nations on Sunday.The 18-year-old winger will be thrown in at the deep end as the under-strength defending champions, beaten 30-12 by New Zealand in their tournament opener, fight to stay alive in Melbourne.Sunday's match caps a meteoric ascent for Mata'utia, who will be ...

Aussie journeyman misses visits to Pakistan ABU DHABI: The man regarded as Australia's foremost cricket fan has spoken of how he misses trips to Pakistan and wants to see the country back on the international circuit.Luke Gallian, who believes he is the only fan who has watched cricket in every Test-playing country, has been a common sight at Australia's games for the past two decades.And he said despite some "scary" moments in Pakistan, off-limits for top-level tours since 2009 because of ...

Pakistan 304-2 at close in second Test ABU DHABI: Pakistan, who won the toss and elected to bat, were 304 for two at close on the opening day of the second Test against Australia in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.Younis Khan smashed his third hundred in consecutive innings and was unbeaten on 111 after Pakistan won the toss and batted on a flat Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch.The other unbeaten batsman was Azhar Ali on 101.Pakistan lost openers Ahmed Shehzad (35) and Mohammad Hafeez ...

Century-man Younis helps Pakisan punish Australia ABU DHABI: Younis Khan became the first batsman in 90 years to hit three hundreds in consecutive innings against Australia as Pakistan took and early advantage in the second Test in Abu Dhabi on Thursday. The 36-year-old, who smashed twin hundreds in the first Test, notched 111 not out for his 27th century to help Pakistan close the opening day on a solid footing of 304-2 after they won the toss and elected to bat ...

Berdych closer to London as Anderson knocks out Wawrinka PARIS: Czech Republic number one Tomas Berdych is one win from sealing his ticket to the World Tour Finals after easing into the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters on Thursday. Following a first round defeat at the Valencia Open last week, the 29-year-old Berdych evened his record against Spaniard Feliciano Lopez at six wins apiece with a 7-5, 6-3 victory behind the back of a 70 per cent first serve percentage and eight aces. Chasing ...


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