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PCB miffed with FIA investigation into spot-fixing scandal
The PCB is not happy with the Federal Investigation Agency starting a separate investigation into the spot-fixing scandal in the Pakistan Super League. Except for Jamshed, who is in London, all the other players have been questioned by both the PCB anti-corruption officials and the FIA in Lahore. PCB didn't write any letter to FIA in which it said to start investigation or launch an inquiry against the players, Sethi said.
Kohli's injury may hurt India
India skipper gives nets a miss, Iyer called as cover for him ahead of the final Test. Kohli, with a taped right shoulder, tried out a few balls, apparently to check how comfortable he was while swinging the bat. Since then, even with an injury, he has managed to rile the Australians with some over-the-top celebrations. He made 725 runs in the Ranji Trophy, with a highest of 194 and 96 runs in the final.
Sanjay Bangar, R Sridhar to get 50 per cent salary hike
THE BOARD of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to give a 50 per cent pay hike to the assistant coaches of the Indian team, which means batting coach Sanjay Bangar and fielding coach R Sridhar will see their salary burgeoning to approximately Rs 15 lakh each per month. It's learnt that they had requested for the hike for quite some time after having spent more than two years with the senior team.
Cricket-Injury-hit New Zealand face selection puzzle for third test
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was still mulling over the make-up of his side ahead of Saturday's third test against South Africa with the Seddon Park wicket proving difficult to pin down. Williamson also suggested the hosts could consider picking two spinners in Mitchell Santner and Jeetan Patel, with just one all-rounder from Jimmy Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme. Kuggeleijn has captured 166 first class wickets in 51 games and averages almost 31 with the bat.
#NZvsSA: Tough skipper Faf du Plessis says South Africa 'not good enough' against Kane Williamson's men
Faf du Plessis criticised South Africa`s performances against New Zealand as not good enough Friday, despite going into the final Test in Hamilton with an unbeatable 1-0 lead in the series. It`s been an incredible year for us and that`s why is so important for me, he said. De Kock made 91 in a 160-run match-winning partnership with Temba Bavuma (89) in the second Test, but du Plessis said too few South African batsmen are scoring runs.
Anushka Sharma: Harbhajan Singh wants Indian skipper to tie the knot with Bollywood actress soon
Indian skipper Virat Kohli has been dating Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma for quite some time now. Ishant Sharma and Yuvraj Singh were the two latest Indian cricketers to get married. When asked as to which cricketer should settle down next, veteran Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh told Pinkvilla, Dekho meri hogyi hai so I am not waiting anymore (laughs). Bhajji, who has been trying his best to make a comeback in the Indian team, also added that Virat and Anushka should tie the knot soon.
Ankur Mittal wins gold in double trap at ISSF World Cup
Young Indian shooter Ankur Mittal, defeated rival James Willett, and went on to bag the first World Cup gold medal of his career in double trap at the ISSF World Cup. 24-year-old Ankur Mittal finished with a tally of 75 hits, also matching the World Record set by Willett at last month's competition in New Delhi. Shooting is a young sport, and we're doing our best do make the people appreciate what we do.
When is India vs Australia 4th Test at Dharamsala, what time does it start, live streaming online and live TV coverage
With the series level at 1-1 the Border-Gavaskar is up for grabs and pressure will be on both the teams. While the hosts will like to sign off the home season with a victory the visitors will look to cause a major upset. Cheteshwar Pujara's fine form is a bonus and added to that is Ravindra Jadeja's brilliant display with the ball. The second Test of the four-match series between India and Australia starts in Dharamsala from March 25.
Waugh says pressure on India, urges Australia to retain XI
Australian cricket legend Steve Waugh felt the pressure will be on pre-series favourites India going into the deciding fourth Test and urged the visitors to not tinker with the playing XI in Dharamsala. I think a lot of the pressure is on the Indian side. They've been expected to win this series and they now come into this Test match with the possibility of losing it, Waugh was quoted as saying by 'cricket.com.au'.
Messi penalty lifts Argentina into qualifying berths
Lionel Messi converted a penalty as Argentina laboured to a 1-0 win over Chile in a World Cup qualifier on Thursday that put them back in the automatic qualifying spots for next year's finals in Russia. We suffered because we lost the ball but at least we won, relieved Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza told reporters. Argentina took the lead when Brazilian referee Sandro Ricci ruled that Fuenzalida had pushed Di Maria as he chased a fine through ball from Javier Mascherano.
23 players begin moving the pawns in Asian chess event for the blind
The championship opened after players from the Philippines arrived. While most of the Indians won without much ado in the first round, two other Indians were held to draws. While Vaishali Narendra Salavkar tied with Sarkar Bappi from Bangladesh, Samant Milind drew with Rodolfo Sarmein of the Philippines. As many as 23 players participated in the first round of the event. The second round matches begin at 9 a.m
Cricket-De Kock to play third test against depleted New Zealand
South Africa's Quinton de Kock has been cleared to play the third test against New Zealand in Hamilton after passing a late fitness test on Friday. He missed training on Wednesday and Thursday and while scans determined the finger was not broken, he had damaged tendons. From my side, I am trying to have Quinton in my team all the time, du Plessis told reporters in Hamilton.
Our identity to carry on, says England coach after attacks
England manager Gareth Southgate said that there was no question the game against Germany would be cancelled after the London terrorist attack as it's part of our identity that we carry on in moments like this. Our thoughts are with all of those who have been affected by this terrible incident, said Clarke in a statement. We will be recognising the bravery of the security services and all those involved at the England v Lithuania match on Sunday.
Ice hockey-U.S. women expect player solidarity in wage dispute
The US women's ice hockey team has expressed confidence that any American players approached to stand in for them at the upcoming world championship would refuse. With the women threatening a boycott of the tournament over a wage dispute, the team said in statement on Thursday that USA Hockey was contacting other players to replace them. For that reason, and the fact that the younger players identify with us, we are confident that they would choose not to play.
Soccer-Goalscorer Leckie forward to Australia's home run
We've had a tough road up until now, Leckie said. We have four games now with three at home, so this is a time for us to step up. There were a couple of boys in that area that dragged some boys away and I was able to get pretty free, Leckie added. If we'd carried on and got the second before half-time or straight after half-time, it might have killed the game a little bit more, Jackson said.
FEATURE-Australian Rules-'Footy diplomacy' paves way for push into China
The 24-year-old forward wears the number 88 on his jersey - eight being considered a lucky number in China - and believes AFL can generate a following. The lofty aspirations grew from much humbler beginnings for Port, the second team in the sleepy state capital of South Australia. We targeted China because it's an important trading partner for South Australia and Australia, Thomas said.
Motor racing-Hamilton fastest in first free practice in Australia
Lewis Hamilton topped the timesheets ahead of new Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas in the first free practice session at the Australian Grand Prix on Friday. Red Bull drivers Dan Ricciardo and Max Verstappen were third and fourth fastest respectively, with the Ferraris rounding out the top six. Ferrari set the pace during winter testing but the 'scuderia' had a subdued session, with Raikkonen edging four-times champion Sebastian Vettel with the fifth fastest lap.
INTERVIEW-Soccer-Sweden veteran Larsson has no plans to retire
The midfielder has no plans to end his career and is set to continue playing for the foreseeable future. I feel motivated and hungry, but where that will be we'll have to wait and see. Larsson was his usual industrious self at Euro 2016, appearing in all three group games, but could not prevent Sweden finishing bottom of the section with one point. When I return there after this, I'll do everything in my power to help the club escape relegation, as we've done before.
Soccer-Messi penalty gives relieved Argentina 1-0 win over Chile
Lionel Messi converted a penalty as Argentina laboured to a 1-0 win over Chile in a World Cup qualifier on Thursday that put them back in the automatic qualifying spots for next year's finals in Russia. Messi beat Claudio Bravo from the spot in the 16th minute after Angel Di Maria had been pushed from behind during a poor, tense match on a terrible River Plate pitch.
Soccer-Paulinho hat-trick helps Brazil to 4-1 win over Uruguay
Brazil recovered from conceding an early goal to beat Uruguay 4-1 in Montevideo on Thursday, with Paulinho grabbing a hat-trick in a win that all but cements their place at next year's World Cup finals. Marcelo tried to chest down the ball to his keeper but Cavani nipped in to intercept and was pulled down by Alisson. When Brazil took the lead six minutes into the second half it was again Paulinho who did the damage.

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