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Lehmann, Smith wanted Johnson to play on ADELAIDE: Australia coach Darren Lehmann says he and captain Steve Smith both wanted Mitchell Johnson to play on, at least in one-dayers, but were unable to convince the fiery fast bowler to reconsider retirement.Renowned for his express pace, ferocious bounce and capacity to intimidate, the 34-year-old announced last week he was calling it quits from all forms of international cricket, saying he had lost the hunger.Lehmann said he and Smith, well aware of Australia's inexperienced pace stocks, wanted Johnson to extend his international career but he was not interested."His mind was made up as soon as he spoke to Steven and myself," Lehmann was cited as saying by Australian Associated Press Tuesday."He'd been thinking about it for a while, been talking about it in the media."We spoke to him about maybe playing the one-dayers, we think that was a really good option for us to have that experience there."But he's ...

Last 16 in view for Van Gaal's hardy Man Utd MANCHESTER: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal hopes to cock another snook at his critics when his team host PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday needing victory to progress in the Champions League.Despite ongoing criticism over the quality of their football, United climbed to second place in the Premier League table after edging Watford 2-1 on Saturday and will have an opportunity to take over at the summit this weekend when they visit surprise leaders Leicester City.A ...

Ibrahimovic's Malmo return leaves some fans conflicted MALMÖ: As Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic returns to his home town on Wednesday, some Malmo fans are torn over whether to support the city's prodigal son or the team that launched his career.On a football pitch in the immigrant-heavy neighbourhood of Rosengard, where the 34-year-old Swede grew up, one of his childhood teammates sighed as he pondered where his sympathies would lie during the Champions League match between Malmo and PSG."Both, both. Maybe for ...

Record international fleet for Sydney to Hobart SYDNEY: Australia's gruelling Sydney to Hobart race will boast an unprecedented 28 international entries this year, organisers said on Tuesday, among them world record-breaking American superyacht Comanche.A brand-new Comanche flew out of Sydney Harbour at the start of last year's race, but was overtaken by the veteran Wild Oats XI during the epic contest and finished runner-up in line honours.Wild Oats XI skipper Mark Richards admitted Tuesday that his fellow 100-foot competitor was the boat ...

Sponsor's fury over Evergrande kit switch BEIJING: The car company that sponsors the shirts of Asia's newly crowned football champions has launched legal action against the club for changing their kit for Saturday's AFC Champions League final, the firm said.Chinese-Japanese joint venture Dongfeng Nissan paid more than 100 million yuan ($16 million) for the season-long rights to Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao's apparel, according to China's official news agency Xinhua.The official red shirts are emblazoned with the firm's name in Chinese, along with ...

LeBron milestone as labor of Love sparks Cavaliers romp LOS ANGELES: LeBron James reached another statistical milestone as the Cleveland Cavaliers overpowered the Orlando Magic 117-103 on Monday. James joined Oscar Robertson as the only other player in NBA history to rank in the top 25 for both scoring and assists after helping team-mate Kevin Love to a three-pointer with five minutes left in the second quarter. The assist pushed James' career total to 6,837, nudging him ahead of Norm Nixon into 25th place. ...

Spieth says Olympics is 'fifth major' SYDNEY: World number one Jordan Spieth on Tuesday said he's treating the Olympics as a "fifth major" next year as he revealed his excitement at golf's return to the Games in Rio de Janeiro.Barring injury or an unexpected form slump, the reigning Masters and US Open champion will spearhead a four-strong American attack in the 60-man field at the Games in Brazil."Just competing in the Olympics; just walking the opening ceremony, staying in the village, ...


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