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Cook survives drop as England make steady start SOUTHAMPTON: England captain Alastair Cook led his side to 78 for one at lunch on the first day of the third Test at Southampton on Sunday after India missed an excellent chance to dismiss the opener.Left-hander Cook, dropped on 15, moved on to 48 not out at the interval, with Gary Ballance unbeaten on four after Australia-born opener Sam Robson fell for 26.Prior to this match, Cook had scored 638 runs in 27 Test innings, at an average of 23.6, with no centuries since the last of his England record 25 hundreds against New Zealand at Leeds in May last year.Cook, despite his run drought and with England 1-0 down in the five-match series after their 95-run defeat in the second Test at Lord's, opted to bat first after winning the toss on a green-tinged pitch.He edged the first ball of the match, from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, just short of the ...

England 78-1 against India SOUTHAMPTON: England, after winning the toss, reached 78 for one against India at lunch on the first day of the third Test at Southampton on Sunday.Alastair Cook, the England captain, was 48 not out and Gary Ballance four not out.India lead the five-match series 1-0.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014

Russia should lose right to stage 2018 World Cup: Clegg LONDON: Russia should forfeit the right to stage the 2018 World Cup finals following the destruction of the Malaysian Airlines jet in Ukraine, according to Britain's deputy prime minister Nick Clegg.The Liberal Democrat leader told the Sunday Times that Russia should not host the event after pro-Russian separatists were implicated by western nations in the shooting down of the jet over eastern Ukraine on July 17 with the loss of 298 lives.Earlier this week, some ...

Nibali set for Tour glory PARIS: Vincenzo Nibali will be able to sit back, sip champagne and pose for photos on the final day of the Tour de France on Sunday as the peloton rolls into Paris.The 29-year-old Italian all but secured his first Tour title on Saturday with an impressive fourth-placed finish in the 54km individual timetrial from Bergerac to Perigueux.Barring a bad crash or some unforseen disaster, Nibali will be crowned Tour champion when he arrives at the ...

England bat against India in third Test SOUTHAMPTON: England captain Alastair Cook won the toss and elected to bat in the third Test against India at Southampton on Sunday.England made three changes from the side beaten by 95 runs in the second Test at Lord's on Monday, a result that put India 1-0 up in the five-match series after the drawn opener at Trent Bridge.As expected, Lancashire wicketkeeper Jos Buttler was given his Test debut, having already made 69 international limited overs ...

Manly put behind troubles to widen NRL lead SYDNEY: The Manly Sea Eagles put behind their off-field tensions to move four points clear at the top of Australia's National Rugby League with a 22-12 win over the Warriors in New Zealand on Sunday.Winger Peta Hiku scored a try double in Auckland to secure Manly's third consecutive win and inflict a rare defeat over the Warriors at home.The hard-fought victory was more proof that the off-field squabbles between Sea Eagles players and management, which ...

Sangakkara 50 helps Sri Lanka build solid lead COLOMBO: Kumar Sangakkara cracked his 50th Test half-century as Sri Lanka consolidated their lead on the fourth day of the series-deciding second Test against South Africa on Sunday.The elegant left-hander hit eight fours in his 90-ball 72 to take Sri Lanka to 203-6 at tea for an overall lead of 342 runs.Skipper Angelo Mathews was batting on 48 with Niroshan Dickwella being dismissed for 16 just before the break.Sri Lanka had scored 421 in their ...


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