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Sri Lanka victory chase begins after rain delay COLOMBO: Sri Lanka began their chase of a 153-run target as play began on the fifth day of the second Test against Pakistan in Colombo after a 30-minute delay on Monday.A wet outfield caused by heavy early morning rain had delayed the start, but umpires called play once the ground staff dried the P.Sara Oval despite dark clouds overhead.Sri Lanka have had to wait since the tea break on the fourth day to begin their second innings to win the match and level the three-match series.Pakistan won the first Test in Galle by 10 wickets. The third Test starts in Pallekele on Friday.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015

Australia beat Kent in Ashes tour opener CANTERBURY: Australia beat Kent by 255 runs in their Ashes tour-opener at Canterbury on Sunday.Kent, set a target of 550 to win, were dismissed for 294 in their second innings on Sunday's fourth and final day.Daniel Bell-Drummond top-scored with 127 while leg-spinner Steven Smith took three wickets.Australia have one more tour match, a four-day fixture against Essex at Chelmsford starting on Wednesday, before they begin the defence of the Ashes with the first Test against ...

Larrazabal wins second Munich title       MUNICH: Pablo Larrazabal won his second BMW International Open crown by one shot after firing a six-under-par final round in Munich on Sunday.The Spaniard was five shots adrift of England's overnight leader James Morrison heading into day four, but he carded an unblemished fourth round 66, featuring six birdies, to pip Sweden's Henrik Stenson by a single stroke on 17-under par.The 32-year-old Larrazabal went out at breakneck speed, sinking five birdies on the front nine ...

St Helens leave it late to reach semis LONDON: Kyle Amor struck the decisive blow as Super League champions St Helens left it late to clinch a Challenge Cup semi-final berth over a struggling Widnes Vikings side.The Vikings have lost their last three Super League matches and the Saints punished them early on, with Mark Percival, Matty Dawson and Adam Swift all finding the try-line.But Danny Craven added to an earlier Joe Mellor try just before the break and Widnes came out with ...

Ailing Kvitova hopes for Wimbledon tonic LONDON: Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova hopes her return to the All England Club will prove the perfect tonic as she battles to recover from illness.Kvitova's Wimbledon preparations were thrown into disarray when the Czech world number two was forced to withdraw from the warm-up event at Eastbourne last week due to a virus.The two-time Wimbledon winner was confined to her bed for several days and she is still not completely over the bug.Deprived of valuable ...

Ferrer pulls out of Wimbledon LONDON: David Ferrer has been forced to withdraw from Wimbledon on the eve of the tournament after the Spaniard suffered an elbow injury.Ferrer, 33, was due to face Britain's James Ward in the first round of the grass-court Grand Slam, which starts on Monday.But the eighth seed, a Wimbledon quarter-finalist in 2012 and 2013, has decided against risking further damage to the elbow."David Ferrer has withdrawn from the Gentlemen's singles due to an elbow injury," ...

Robshaw wants England to learn from Olympic example LONDON: England captain Chris Robshaw hopes his side can follow the lead of top Olympic stars when the country hosts the Rugby World Cup starting in September.Rugby chiefs hope to generate an atmosphere comparable to the patriotic fervour which engulfed the 2012 London Olympics when their showpiece tournament gets underway.Robshaw, who was in the Olympic Stadium to see David Rudisha win the 800 metres and Usain Bolt the 200m, said: "What those guys showed, and ...


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