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Australia's batsmen told to toughen up BIRMINGHAM: Australia's top order must be that "little bit tougher" if the team are to win the fourth Test against England according to batting coach Michael di Venuto.The tourists suffered two significant collapses as England won the third Test at Edgbaston by eight wickets inside three days on Friday to go 2-1 up in the five-match Ashes series.In their first innings in Birmingham, Australia lost five wickets for 60 runs and the second saw four fall for 30.Australia have not won an Ashes series in Britain since 2001 and the suspicion remains that, for all their recent success, they are 'flat-track bullies' whose batsmen struggle on pitches offering sideways movement -- as was the case at Edgbaston.Michael Clarke, the Australia captain, has scored 28 Test hundreds and has a career average touching fifty.But the star batsman has yet to get going this Ashes after scores of 10 and three at ...

Nadal exacts Fognini revenge in Hamburg final HAMBURG: - Top seed Rafael Nadal won the Hamburg claycourt title on Sunday gaining a much-needed confidence boost after a slump in form, beating Italian eighth seed Fabio Fognini in straight sets, 7-5, 7-5.Nadal had been beaten twice previously this season by the experienced Fognini, in Rio de Janeiro and then in Barcelona.But he gained his revenge in the northern German city, recovering from being broken in the very first game of a tight opening ...

Ervine guides Zimbabwe to superb win over New Zealand HARARE: Craig Ervine's maiden century upstaged Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson's record-breaking exploits as Zimbabwe stunned New Zealand by seven wickets in the first one-day international at Harare Sports Club on Sunday.Taylor and Williamson continued their remarkable run of form as New Zealand racked up 303 for four, only for Ervine's dashing innings to carry Zimbabwe to victory with six balls to spare.The 29-year-old left-hander's previous best in ODIs was 85, but promoted to the ...

Sjostrom breaks women's 100m butterfly record KAZAN: Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom broke the women's 100m butterfly world record in the semi-finals of the world swimming championships on Sunday.This was the first record to fall in Kazan as the defending world champion clocked 55.74 seconds to break Dana Vollmer's previous record of 55.98 secs set at the 2012 London Olympic Games.The final of the women's 100m butterfly will be held on Monday.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015

Sun Yang defends 400m freestyle worlds title KAZAN: China's superstar Sun Yang successfully defended his 400m freestyle title with gold in Sunday's final as he opened his world swimming championship campaign in style.The Olympic champion clocked three mins 42.58 seconds with Britain's James Guy taking silver at 1.17secs back and Canada's Ryan Cochrane won bronze at 2.01 secs as the first medals of these championships were decided in Kazan.This is the first of four individual events Sun, the world 1500m freestyle record ...

Isner faces Baghdatis for third straight Atlanta title ATLANTA: Top-seeded John Isner kept his bid for a third straight Atlanta title on track Saturday, rallying for a three-set semi-final victory over qualifier and friend Denis Kudla.Isner unleashed 25 aces and converted three of nine break chances to defeat his fellow American 4-6, 6-2, 7-5.In Sunday's final he faces fifth-seeded Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, a 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) winner over seventh-seeded Gilles Muller of Luxembourg.Kudla, ranked 94th in the world and still seeking ...

Johansen focused on firing Celtic into Champions League GLASGOW: Stefan Johansen says he is focused on firing Celtic into the Champions League after helping the Hoops to an opening day defeat of Ross County in the Scottish Premiership.The Glasgow giants got the defence of their title off to a winning start thanks to a fourth-minute penalty from Leigh Griffiths before Norwegian midfielder Johansen rifled home a second in the 35th minute.It was a far from convincing performance from the Scottish champions as they ...


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