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Amla, Van Zyl punish West Indies CENTURION: Hashim Amla hit his third Test double century and Stiaan van Zyl made a hundred on his debut before South Africa declared their first innings at 552 for five on the second day of the first Test against the West Indies at SuperSport Park on Thursday.Amla declared half an hour before the scheduled tea break but rain prevented the start of the West Indian reply.Amla made 208 and the left-handed Van Zyl hit an unbeaten 101 on another day of suffering for a depleted West Indian bowling attack.Left-arm spinner Suleiman Benn took the only two wickets to fall on Thursday, dismissing AB de Villiers for 152 and having Amla caught on the long-on boundary.In between, Amla and Van Zyl put on 155 off 37 overs for the fifth wicket. Benn was forced to toil for 46 overs and conceded a total of 148 runs.The West Indies were without fast ...

FIFA executive meets amid corruption report storm MARRAKECH: FIFA president Sepp Blatter opened a meeting of his 25-member executive committee on Thursday amid a storm of controversy over an inquiry into the bids by Russia and Qatar for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.With a vote on the FIFA leadership looming next year, football's governing body has been stung by the resignation of its leading corruption investigator, top US lawyer Michael Garcia, over the handling of his report.European media reports have said ...

Zimbabwe fire national coach HARARE: Zimbabwe Cricket have dismissed national team coach Stephen Mangongo following a poor show during a recent tour of Bangladesh, the union said Thursday.Union chairman Wilson Manase said Mangongo will now work in talent identification and development."Mangongo is good at identifying talent so the board decided to send him back to his area of strength, while we get someone more experienced to replace him as national team head coach," Manase said.Mangongo's dismissal came after the ...

New Bulgaria coach Petev keen to lure Berbatov back SOFIA: Bulgaria will try again to persuade prolific striker Dimitar Berbatov to come out of international retirement to help revive their chances of reaching the Euro 2016 finals, new coach Ivaylo Petev said on Thursday.The 33-year-old Monaco forward, who is Bulgaria's all-time leading scorer with 48 goals, quit the Balkan country's national team in 2010 with Luboslav Penev, Petev's predecessor, failing to tempt him back despite making an approach."I have the ambition to meet him ...

Djokovic and Williams take ITF annual honours LONDON: Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have been named 2014 World Champions by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).The annual award takes in performances on the regular Tour and grand slams.Wimbledon champion Djokovic takes the men's prize for the fourth time having won seven titles this season and the year-end top ranking for the third time in four years.Williams wins the award for the fifth time in a career which has brought her 18 grand slam ...

West Indies lose Fudadin for South Africa series PRETORIA: West Indies batsman Assad Fudadin has been ruled out of the three-test tour of South Africa after fracturing a finger in fielding practice on Wednesday.The 29-year-old fractured the little finger on his right hand during the warm-ups on the opening morning of the first test in Pretoria which is in its second day, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said on Thursday.Fudadin, who came into the squad after Darren Bravo declined selection for personal ...

Coach Zubeldia to keep LDU job despite three-month ban QUITO: Hot-headed Argentine Luis Zubeldia is set to continue as coach of Ecuador's LDU Quito next year despite a three-month ban for attacking a referee, club president Carlos Arroyo said."There is practically an agreement (but) he will have to show self control in future for his own good and that of the club," Ecuadorean media quoted Arroyo as saying on Thursday.Zubeldia, who has coached Lanus and Racing Club in his home country, attacked Roddy Zambrano ...


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