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Belgium´s Wilmots signs on as Iran coach


May 23, 2019

BRUSSELS: Former Ivory Coast and Belgium manager Marc Wilmots signed a contract in Brussels on Wednesday to become coach of Iran following lengthy talks. “The contract was signed at the residence of the (Iran) ambassador between Mr. Wilmots and Mehdi Taj (the president of the Iranian football federation),” a diplomat at the embassy told AFP by telephone. The former Belgian …

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Pakistan vs India: Armed police to be deployed in mega clash of World Cup 2019


May 23, 2019

LONDON: The authorities have evolved the strategy to cope with influx of supporters to Manchester for Pak-India match which saw around 0.5 million apply for tickets. As per plan, armed  police personnel will be available to maintain law&order  around the cricket World Cup match between India and Pakistan. It is being planned to ensure foolproof security to avert any untoward …

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After World Cup selection dream comes true, Wahab vows to give his best


May 23, 2019

LAHORE: A last-minute call-up to Pakistan’s World Cup squad has given paceman Wahab Riaz fresh impetus to give his best. Out of the team’s plans since its Champions Trophy triumph in 2017, the left-armer was picked on Tuesday as Pakistan announced their final squad for the cricketing showpiece in England. It came as a surprise to many. Wahab wasn’t even …

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Asif Kapadia’s documentary retraces rise and fall of Maradona


May 23, 2019

CANNES: Asif Kapadia initially passed when, in 2012, producer Paul Martin approached him about making a documentary on Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona. Kapadia had just finished “Senna,” his ground-breaking 2010 documentary on the late Brazilian Formula One racer Ayrton Senna. He didn’t want to do another sports doc, especially about another South American sports hero. Instead, he went off …

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Europa win would complete wonderful season, says Sarri


May 23, 2019

LONDON: Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has said victory over Arsenal in next week’s Europa League final would complete a wonderful season for the club, despite speculation about his future. The Italian came in for fierce criticism from the Stamford Bridge fans during his first campaign but ended up steering Chelsea to a third-place finish in the Premier League. They also …

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Pakistan’s World Cup kit unveiled


May 23, 2019

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday unveiled the kit of the national team for the ICC World Cup being staged in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14. The kit has different shades of green from dark to a lighter one. Sharing the news on Twitter, a PCB statement said: “As Pakistan’s @cricketworlcup jersey is unveiled, …

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Dar’s demolition goes in vain as Pakistan Women lose 4th T20I


May 23, 2019

Nida Dar smashed the second-fastest fifty of Women’s T20I cricket on Wednesday but it went in vain as South Africa Women chased down the tourists’ seemingly sizable 173-run target in the fourth of the five-match series in Benoni on Wednesday. After being put in to bat first, Pakistan Women suffered a less-than-ideal start, going two-down at the score of 10. …

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Nadal gets his revenge over Tsitsipas in Rome


May 21, 2019

ROME: After losing in the semi-finals of three straight clay-court tournaments, Rafael Nadal looked more like his old, dominant self when he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4 to reach the Italian Open final on Saturday. It was a measure of revenge for Nadal after losing to Tsitsipas in three sets at this stage in Madrid last week. This victory should …

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Smith and Warner ready to ‘face the fire’ at the World Cup: Langer


May 21, 2019

LONDON: Australia coach Justin Langer believes no amount of crowd abuse Steve Smith and David Warner may receive while on tour in England can compare to what they’ve already experienced while serving year-long bans for ball-tampering. The star batsmen are back in the Australia fold ahead of a lengthy tour of England which includes both the World Cup and Ashes …

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Batsman Asif Ali’s daughter passes away after battle with cancer


May 21, 2019

Batsman Asif Ali’s daughter passed away on Sunday after a battle with stage IV cancer, a Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) media manager told . In April, Ali shared on Twitter that his daughter was fighting cancer and his family members were taking her to the United States for treatment Pakistan Super League franchise Islamabad United offered condolences to their team …

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