• Hussain says pitch blameless in England defeat
Hussain says pitch blameless in England defeat

But legendary Pakistan fast bowler Waqar Younis said blaming the pitch was a "lame excuse" and former England captain Hussain agreed. England's dismal performance in their eight-wicket defeat in the semi-final, only means that their search for a first global 50-over crown rolls on to the 2019 World Cup on home soil, reports The Guardian ...

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  • Stop giving lame excuse of used pitch, Waqar tells Morgan
Stop giving lame excuse of used pitch, Waqar tells Morgan

This was the trouble: England's starts were either all or insufficient, and usually the latter. England were 35 for three, chasing 278, but Morgan and Ben Stokes counter-attacked and it paid off unbelievably as they won by 40 runs. "One thing we didn't do was adapt to conditions, which I thought Pakistan did extremely well", said a disappoi...

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  • Pakistan can upset any team on their day, says Kohli
Pakistan can upset any team on their day, says Kohli

India's last win against Pakistan in the final came in 1998, during the Silver Jubilee Independence Cup held in Bangladesh. After a 120-run loss to India at Edgbaston in the qualifying round, they went on to beat Sri Lanka, South Africa, England and then India in the final.

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  • Pakistan's Sarfraz welcomes England challenge
Pakistan's Sarfraz welcomes England challenge

The final is at The Oval on Sunday. England bowlers struggled throughout to get breakthroughs in the Pakistan innings. "I think it will have to evolve in whatever manner the game does over the next two years in the lead-in to the World Cup, but certainly I think we're moving in the right direction".

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  • The Warriors - simply the best!
The Warriors - simply the best!

I don't believe I've played for a super-team", James said . Durant averaged 35 points, eight rebounds and five assists per game, but the impressive part is he did it shooting 56 percent from the field. The all-time scoring leader, 6 championships, 6 MVPs. "Pretty much all their big-name guys are in their 20s, and they don't show any signs ...

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  • Pakistan stun India to win Champions Trophy final
Pakistan stun India to win Champions Trophy final

And, the timing of it couldn't be any better with 50-over World Cup scheduled to be played in England in 2019. Batting: Look at the players topping the batting charts, and you will see Indians, Indians and more Indians, which just goes to show how dominant India's batting lineup has been.

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  • Russian fan leader banned from opening Confederations Cup match
Russian fan leader banned from opening Confederations Cup match

Petersburg Saturday. The former Russian global goalkeeper has set his squad the ambitious task of winning the Confed Cup, a tournament that serves as a tune-up for next year's World Cup. Remonstrating with referees and surrounding match officials to protest against decisions, known as "mobbing", is common in football, along with play-acting, time-w...

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  • Ronaldo scores twice as Real Madrid win Champions League title
Ronaldo scores twice as Real Madrid win Champions League title

Unsurprisingly, the rewards on and off the pitch have left numerous Real Madrid players reiterating their desire to stay at the club after suggestions they could leave. By introducing Casemiro in midfield previous year the coach took a step in the right direction and Raphael Varane getting regular football in place of Pepe, who seems set to leave...

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  • 'Virat Kohli Smashes Pakistan', Fans Sing Ahead Of Final Clash
'Virat Kohli Smashes Pakistan', Fans Sing Ahead Of Final Clash

Babar Azam (46) and Mohammad Hafeez (57*) provided the finishing touches as Pakistan scored 159 runs off the last 20 overs to pile on a very large 338/4 in their 50 overs, Pakistan's second highest total against India in ODIs. "Obviously the same bowlers are going to play, but the more consistent you get in learning from games like this, it's...

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  • Ronaldo 'to exit Real Madrid' over tax woes
Ronaldo 'to exit Real Madrid' over tax woes

However, United are wary given Ronaldo was expected to return to them in 2013, nearly as Alex Ferguson's parting gift to his successor David Moyes, only to change his mind and sign a new deal at Real. Together with Barcelona's Lionel Messi , the presence of Ronaldo at Madrid has helped LaLiga cement its status as one of the most attractive com...

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  • Jordan Spieth excited about closing stages of US Open at Erin Hills
Jordan Spieth excited about closing stages of US Open at Erin Hills

Fleetwood, who was hoping to follow in the footsteps of 1970 victor Tony Jacklin and 2013 champion Justin Rose, held a share of second place on 11 under par alongside Americans Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas. Six players start the final round within three shots of the lead, all eyeing their first major. Morgan shot 77 and, remarkably, still had ...

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  • Braves' Kemp can pinch-hit, wants to return to lineup
Braves' Kemp can pinch-hit, wants to return to lineup

The Braves are 5-25 when scoring three runs or less; when they score four runs or more, they are 24-12. Flowers' drive was misjudged by Yelich in center field with two outs in the seventh and the Braves made it a one-run game as Adams followed with his second RBI double.

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  • Luka Modric: Real Madrid can dominate European competition
Luka Modric: Real Madrid can dominate European competition

Juventus' defeat was the seventh time they had lost in the final - a competition record. Back home at the Santiago Bernabeu, Ronaldo took centre stage as he sung about his own candidacy for the Ballon d'Or , which he claimed ahead of Barcelona foe and five-time victor Lionel Messi previous year.

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  • Forget group win against Pakistan, Kohli urges before final
Forget group win against Pakistan, Kohli urges before final

Amir , however, has once again become a mainstay of the Pakistan team since returning to the side early in 2016, appearing in 47 of the team's 57 matches across all global formats following his comeback. But it also gives us an insight into the thinking of these younger players , and to see them come in and be very, very courageous and very ...

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  • Pakistan post massive 338-4 against India in Champions Trophy final
Pakistan post massive 338-4 against India in Champions Trophy final

Idiots! In actual fact, Mohammad Amir would decapitate the India innings in a scintillating opening burst that brought him the scalps of each of the top three, and then by the middle of the 14th over, India would be 54 for 5, the trophy basically handed over.

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  • Russia delivers win for Putin
Russia delivers win for Putin

Host nation Russian Federation beat a poor New Zealand team 2-0 on Saturday to open the Confederations Cup with a win that was all but demanded by Vladimir Putin . It will be European champion Portugal , with Cristiano Ronaldo in top form, taking on Gold Cup victor Mexico in a game that is likely to decide the group victor.

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  • ICC Champions Trophy final: Pakistan to face arch-rivals India tomorrow
ICC Champions Trophy final: Pakistan to face arch-rivals India tomorrow

Although Pakistan started the game with determination and secured a lofty 338 for just four wickets lost. Batting conditions should be excellent and we could be in for a classic. Pakistan came into the competition as the lowest-ranked one-day global nation and their status as outsiders appeared justified when they were thumped by 124 runs by...

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  • India vs Pakistan: Players to watch out for in the final
India vs Pakistan: Players to watch out for in the final

Defending champions India have been magnificent with the bat, Shikhar Dhawan , Rohit Sharma and captain Kohli racking up the runs consistently and with plenty of style. Some teams might not have the best starts, and they come back amazingly, which Pakistan has done. - This will be the fifth time these sides will have faced off in the Champ...

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  • ICC Champions Trophy: India's border sentries root for Men in Blue
ICC Champions Trophy: India's border sentries root for Men in Blue

A lone loss to Sri Lanka apart, India have been in commanding form. India , whose skipper Virat Kohli heads the tournament batting averages with a stratospheric 253, are a formidable outfit. On the eve of the Champions Trophy final , there was neither big-talking nor attempts at mind games from either captain. Put into bat, the Men in Gre...

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  • Boxer Andre Ward Stops Russia's Sergei Kovalev In Eighth Round
Boxer Andre Ward Stops Russia's Sergei Kovalev In Eighth Round

After seven rounds, judge Steve Weisfeld had Kovalev ahead 68-65 while judges Glenn Feldman and Dave Moretti had Ward ahead 67-66. "Championship fights really start in the second half", Ward said. Ward followed up by insinuating that he's going to make Kovalev pay for what he considers undeniably racist. "I hope the whole world sees wh...

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