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Sri Lanka win final ODI, Pakistan take series HAMBANTOTA: Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by 165 runs in the fifth and final one-day international in Hambantota on Sunday, but lost the series 3-2.The hosts piled up their highest total of 368-4 against Pakistan after electing to bat and then bowled their rivals out for 203 in a match that held only academic interest.Pakistan, who had also won the preceding Test series 2-1, will now clash with Sri Lanka in two Twenty20 matches in Colombo on July 30 and August 1.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015

Late birdie rush gives Willett European Masters crown CRANS-MONTANA: Englishman Danny Willett drained three late birdies and fired a bogey-free final round of 65 to win the European Masters by one shot over compatriot Matthew Fitzpatrick at Crans-Montana on Sunday. The 27-year-old Yorkshireman, who held the halfway lead at last week's British Open and eventually finished tied for sixth, hit a five-under par round that crucially included birdies at 13, 14 and 15 as Fitzpatrick, 20, paid the price for a bogey at ...

Sri Lanka end Pakistan ODI series with big win HAMBANTOTA: Kusal Perera led Sri Lanka's strong batting display to give the hosts a comprehensive, but academic, 165-run win over Pakistan in the fifth and final one-dayer in Hambantota on Sunday.The left-handed opener struck 116 off 109 balls and Tillakaratne Dilshan joined the 10,000-run ODI club as Sri Lanka piled up their highest one-day total against Pakistan of 368-4 in 50 overs.Pakistan managed only 203 in reply, but took the series 3-2 to build on ...

England v Australia women clash rained off LONDON: The third and final women's one-day international between England and Australia was rained off at Worcester Sunday with the game rescheduled to Monday.The ODI series is locked at 1-1 before the teams go on to contest a Test match at Canterbury next month, followed by a three-match Twenty20 series.England won the first match by four wickets at Taunton before Australia hit back at Bristol with a 63-run victory. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015

Froome set to ride into Paris in yellow PARIS: Chris Froome will ride into Paris on Sunday wearing the Tour de France yellow jersey as only a disaster can prevent him winning a second crown.The 30-year-old Briton has had an eventful Tour and even had to fight off the effects of a cough on Saturday as he battled grimly on Alpe d'Huez to prevent Nairo Quintana turning the overall standings on their head.Barring a crash or some unforseen event, Froome will claim his ...

McCaw pulled rank to score try that beat Boks JOHANNESBURG: New Zealand skipper Richie McCaw admitted Sunday he pulled rank to score the try that brought a 27-20 Rugby Championship triumph over South Africa in Johannesburg.The second most capped rugby Test player moved undetected into the scrum-half position Saturday as the All Blacks prepared to throw to a lineout a few metres from the Springboks line.And hours of practice ahead of the southern hemisphere championship showdown were rewarded as McCaw darted forward to grab ...

Hot-shot Icardi says Europe is Inter's goal GUANGZHOU: Red-hot striker Mauro Icardi said on Sunday he hopes his goals will propel fallen giants Inter Milan back into the UEFA Champions League reckoning this season.Icardi was joint top-scorer in Serie A last season with 22 goals and was one of Inter's few positives as they languished in eighth place and failed to qualify for Europe. The 22-year-old Argentine shared the Italian league scoring honours with Verona veteran Luca Toni. He declared his commitment ...


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