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Steyn rips through Windies, Proteas post huge win PRETORIA: Dale Steyn ripped through the West Indies top order to claim his 25th five-wicket haul in test cricket and give South Africa an innings and 220-run victory on the fourth morning of the first test on Saturday.The West Indies' frailties with the bat were cruelly exposed by the top-ranked South Africans, with Steyn leading the charge as he finished with six for 34 having gone wicketless in the first innings.The visitors resumed in the morning session on 76 for two in their second innings, still trailing by 275 runs, with hopes of batting deep into the day to save the test.But a fired-up Steyn sparked a precession of wickets as the West Indies were bowled out for 131, unable to cope with the hostility of the home quicks."We didn't expect it to finish so early, but Dale bowled exceptionally well to get us started and the wicket got difficult ...


Carrick replaces Fletcher as Man United vice: captain LONDON: Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has replaced Darren Fletcher as the club's vice-captain.The 33-year-old Carrick, who joined United from Tottenham Hotspur in 2006, takes over as Wayne Rooney's deputy from Fletcher who was handed the role at the start of the season.Scottish midfielder Fletcher has struggled for first-team opportunities, playing just 49 minutes since the end of August."I have three captains," manager Louis van Gaal said. "You have a sequence: Wayne Rooney is one, ...

England name Ballance in World Cup squad LONDON: England named Gary Ballance in their 15-man squad for next year's Tri-Series against Australia and India and the World Cup, the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Saturday.Eoin Morgan will captain the side following the axing of Alastair Cook while fast bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad were recalled after missing the recent tour of Sri Lanka due to injury.Cook, Ben Stokes and Harry Gurney were dropped after taking part in the seven-match ...

Cook pays price for downward England spiral LONDON: Alastair Cook will turn 30 on Christmas Day, but having been dropped as England's one-day captain on Saturday, he may not be in much of a mood to celebrate.Officials had remained steadfast in their support of Cook during an ongoing poor run of form that he halted temporarily with an innings of 95 against India in the third Test at Southampton in July.But the orthodox and obstinate opener could not turn the tide in ...

Spurs lose another overtime heartbreaker SAN ANTONIO: Damian Lillard scored a career high 43 points as Portland beat San Antonio 129-119 in triple overtime Friday, sending the Spurs to their second-straight heartbreaking triple overtime loss.The reigning NBA champion Spurs also lost in multiple overtimes 117-116 to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.LaMarcus Aldridge scored 32 and the Trail Blazers pulled away in the third overtime to top the Spurs by 10 points in front of a crowd of 18,581 at the ...

Guardiola's delight as Bayern claim more records BERLIN: Even perfectionist Pep Guardiola could not fail to be impressed with Bayern Munich's spectacular performance in the first half of the Bundesliga season to finish 2014 with more league records.Arjen Robben's last-minute winner sealed Bayern's 2-1 comeback victory at Mainz as Friday's battling display further extended Bayern's huge lead.Regardless of the weekend's results, Bayern will go into the Bundesliga's winter break, which starts on Sunday, with at least an 11-point advantage.The Mainz result saw ...

Morgan replaces Cook as England's World Cup captain` LONDON: Eoin Morgan has replaced Alistair Cook as England's World Cup captain, The England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Saturday.Cook has scored just one fifty in his last 22 one-day innings for England and he has paid the price for failing to stop the rot during his country's recent 5-2 series defeat in Sri Lanka.Morgan will lead the side for the tri-series in Australia after Christmas and then the World Cup in Australia and ...


 



 
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