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Pakistan 67 runs ahead in Sri Lanka Test COLOMBO: Pakistan were 244 for 4 in their second innings at lunch on the fourth day of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Sunday, a lead of 67 runs.Azhar Ali was unbeaten on 85 and Asad Shafiq was on 10 as Pakistan lost two wickets in the morning session after resuming the day at 171-2.Sri Lanka are seeking a series-levelling win after losing the first Test in Galle by 10 wickets. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015

New Zealand ugly ducklings bloom in Super semis WELLINGTON: The Wellington Hurricanes and Otago Highlanders have become the ugly duckling stories of New Zealand rugby after defying their critics to reach the Super 15 final.The only New Zealand sides never to have won the Super crown started this season as two of the most unfancied outfits.But they emerged from the regular season as the top two performers and then comprehensively downed the ACT Brumbies and NSW Waratahs in the Super semi-finals on Saturday.The ...

Choi eagles 18 to grab Arkansas Championship lead ROGERS: Choi Na-Yeon rolled in a 45-foot eagle putt on 18 to cap an eight-under par 63 for a two-shot lead after the second round of the NW Arkansas Championship on Saturday.The 27-year-old Choi heads into Sunday's final round with a slight cushion over South Korean compatriot and first-round leader Hur Mi-Jung and Sweden's Anna Nordqvist.Choi finished two rounds at 13-under 129 which broke the tournament's 36-hole scoring record. She carded seven birdies, an eagle ...

Paraguay hero Gonzalez ready for Argentina CONCEPCION: Paraguay striker Derlis Gonzalez said his team were thinking about another Copa America shock against Argentina after sensationally dumping Brazil out of the competition on Saturday.The 21-year-old FC Basel striker was the hero for Paraguay after nervelessly converting the second-half penalty which leveled the quarter-final at 1-1 to ultimately force penalties.In the shoot-out the young attacker was again his side's lucky charm, stepping up to coolly send Brazilian keeper Jefferson the wrong way with ...

Plaudits pour in for calender girl Serena LONDON: Serena Williams arrives at Wimbledon for the latest stage of her bid for an historic calender Grand Slam with the praise of her peers ringing in her ears.Williams has swept to victory at the Australian and French Opens over the last six months and a sixth Wimbledon crown would leave the world number one within touching distance of becoming the first woman since Steffi Graf in 1988 to win all four majors in the ...

Djokovic eyes Wimbledon healing after Paris misery LONDON: Novak Djokovic insists his heartbreaking French Open final defeat has been consigned to history as he begins his Wimbledon title defence on Monday.The world number one had stayed resolutely out of the spotlight since his Roland Garros upset by Stan Wawrinka ended his latest bid to complete the career Grand Slam.But the Serb says he is fired up to defend his Wimbledon crown just as he was in 2011 when he captured his maiden ...

Cunning shark Nibali primed to defend title PARIS: A year ago Vincenzo Nibali was very much the third man but the defending champion will begin the Tour de France this year with a far greater reputation.Twelve months ago, everyone knew about Nibali's ability and potential, after all he had won the Giro d'Italia the year before and was Vuelta a Espana winner in 2010.He had also shown great ability on his previous two Tour participations, finishing sixth in 2009 and third in ...


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