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Pakistan win toss, bat in second Australia Test ABU DHABI: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq won the toss and chose to bat in the second and final Test against Australia in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.Pakistan, 1-0 ahead after their big 221-run win in the first Test in Dubai, remained unchanged. Australia, seeking to avoid their first series defeat against Pakistan in 20 years, made two changes with paceman Mitchell Starc and Glenn Maxwell in for Steve O'Keefe and Alex Doolan. Teams: Pakistan: Misbah-ul Haq (capt), Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed, Rahat Ali, Imran Khan, Zulfiqar Babar, Yasir Shah. Australia: Michael Clarke (capt), David Warner, Chris Rogers, Steven Smith, Brad Haddin, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon. Umpires: Richard Kettleborough (ENG) and Nigel Llong (ENG) Tv umpire: Marais Erasmus (RSA) Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014

Canadian pair eye Grand Prix gold MONTREAL: Canadian pairs team Eric Radford and Meagan Duhamel have their sights set on a first Grand Prix gold at Skate Canada this week in Kelowna, British Columbia.A week after Russians Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov won the Skate America pairs crown with an impressive quadruple throw Salchow, Radford and Duhamel hope a similar quadruple will propel them to the title in the second Grand Prix of the season."We have several goals for this season," ...

Giants close out Royals to win World Series KANSAS: The San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 on Wednesday behind a stunning performance by Madison Bumgarner to win their third World Series title in five Major League Baseball seasons.With the win, the Giants completed a 4-3 series win over the Royals in the best-of-seven championship, adding a third title to their brilliant every-other-year pattern of post-season success dating back to 2010.Michael Morse drove in a pair of runs and ace Bumgarner, ...

Giants ace Bumgarner named World Series MVP KANSAS CITY: Madison Bumgarner was named the World Series Most Valuable Player after sealing the San Francisco Giants' 3-2 Game Seven victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday with five shutout innings of relief.The brilliant performance in the do-or-die game gave Bumgarner his third win of the Fall Classic following two dominant starts that produced victories for the Giants, who claimed their third World Series crown in five years.The 25-year-old left-hander held the Royals ...

Singapore star warned over night out SINGAPORE: Singapore's rising swim star Joseph Schooling has been given a warning after a late night out during the Asian Games in South Korea.The 19-year-old butterfly gold-medallist and his team-mates Teo Zhen Ren, 20, and Roanne Ho, 21, were all sent warning letters for going out without permission.An inquiry panel found the trio "infringed the code of conduct for athletes and officials at major games when they left the athletes' village without permission", Singapore National ...

New Zealand team to face the United States CHICAGO: New Zealand team named Wednesday for a one-off Test against the United States at Chicago's Soldier Field on Saturday:New Zealand (15-1): Israel Dagg; Cory Jane, Ryan Crotty, Sonny Bill Williams, Charles Piutau; Aaron Cruden, TJ Perenara; Kieran Read (captain), Sam Cane, Victor Vito; Patrick Tuipulotu, Jeremy Thrush; Charlie Faumuina, Nathan Harris, Joe Moody.Replacements: Keven Mealamu, Wyatt Crockett, Ben Franks, Brodie Retallick, Liam Messam, Augustine Pulu, Dan Carter, Julian Savea.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014

Giants beat Royals for title behind Bumgarner KANSAS CITY: Sparked by Madison Bumgarner's historic pitching performance on only two days' rest, San Francisco won their third World Series in five seasons by beating Kansas City 3-2 Wednesday.The Giants won Major League Baseball's best-of-seven final 4-3, winning their eighth overall championship and following up 2010 and 2012 titles by taking an intense winner-take-all showdown that was dramatic to the last play.Bumgarner, a 25-year-old left-hander who mystified Royals batters in winning games two and ...


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