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US rejoices after women’s football World Cup win


July 9, 2019

WASHINGTON: Politi­cians, athletes and even an astronaut celebrated the US victory in the women’s World Cup on Sunday, and the mayor of New York announced a ticker tape parade for the football champions. A penalty by Megan Rapinoe and a strike by Rose Lavelle took the United States women to a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands in the final in …

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Gauff loses at Wimbledon, while Serena wins again


July 9, 2019

WIMBLEDON: Coco Gauff’s unexpected but remarkable run at Wimbledon is over. The 15-year-old American, who became the youngest player to qualify for Wimbledon’s main draw in the professional era, lost to former No. 1 Simona Halep 6-3, 6-3 in the fourth round on Monday. “I learned a lot,” said Gauff, who is younger than many of the players in the …

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Bangladesh first team to tour Sri Lanka since Easter attacks


July 9, 2019

COLOMBO: Bangladesh will later this month become the first team to tour Sri Lanka since the deadly Easter attacks in which 258 people died, the cricket board said on Monday. Bangladesh will play three One-day Internationals on July 26, 28 and 31 at the Premadasa International Stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said in a statement. Sri Lanka had …

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Aussies go barefoot in unique bonding session


July 9, 2019

BIRMINGHAM: Australia’s stars walked barefoot on the Edgbaston pitch on Monday in an unusual team bonding session in the build-up to their World Cup semi-final against England. Aaron Finch’s side began their training session at Birmingham venue for Thursday’s England showdown by discarding their socks and trainers. The World Cup holders then took a walk across the playing surface and …

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Prolific Babar reaches third spot in ODI rankings


July 9, 2019

LAHORE: A number of Pakistan players have improved their ODI rankings released by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Among them top-order right-handed batsman Babar Azam has made significant progress, jumping to third spot in the batsmen rankings with 827 points. The 24-year-old Babar, who was earlier seventh, climbed four spots to attain third position after smashing 474 runs with the …

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Root remains calm amid spicy Australia talk


July 9, 2019

BIRMINGHAM: Joe Root is determined the ‘spicy’ nature of England’s latest clash with Australia won’t prove a distraction when the arch-rivals meet for a place in the World Cup final. Tournament hosts England and reigning champions Australia will lock horns in Thursday’s second semi-final at Edgbaston in a fixture that takes place just weeks before the start of the Ashes …

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Williamson urges NZ batsmen to play with freedom against India


July 9, 2019

MANCHESTER: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson encouraged his frontline batsmen to play with freedom in Tuesday’s semi-final against India to overcome their struggle for rhythm in the World Cup. Not surprisingly, Williamson is New Zealand’s leading scorer after the group stage with 481 runs from eight matches at a 96-plus average. The next Kiwi batsman in that list is veteran …

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Pakistan, US for enhanced agri cooperation


July 9, 2019

ISLAMABAD: Ahead of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to the United States of America, the two sides on Monday discussed measures for enhancing cooperation in the agriculture sector. In a meeting, Minister for National Food Security and Research, Muhammad Mehboob Sultan and US Ambassador Paul Jones agreed that the forthcoming visit would be very important to highlight the preferred areas …

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ADB to give $10bn in five years for development projects


July 9, 2019

ISLAMABAD: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Monday said it planned to extend up to $10 billion indicative lending to Pakistan for various development projects and programmes during the next five years including $2.1bn disbursements during the current fiscal year. The Manila-based lending agency said it had a series of country consultations to formulate a new Country Partnership Strategy (CPS), …

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Steps being taken to check smuggling, says FBR chief


July 9, 2019

FAISALABAD: Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) chairman Syed Shabbar Zaidi has said that under-invoicing, smuggling and problems related to Afghan transit trade are priority issues for the government and stringent measures are being taken to resolve them. He was speaking to FBR local officers, members of the business community and media personnel here on Monday. Mr Zaidi said that the …

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