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No fairytale end to Ponting’s Test career

PERTH: Ricky Ponting put on a brave face after he was denied a fairytale ending when dismissed for eight in his final Test innings Monday, bringing the curtain down on a glittering 17-year career. Ponting, the second-highest Test run-scorer of all-time behind India s Sachin Tendulkar, announced his impending retirement before the showdown with South Africa in Perth after a record-equalling …

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Pakistan’s Muhammad Asif clinches World Snooker Championship title

SOFIA: Pakistan’s cueist Muhammad Asif defeated Gary Wilson of England by 10-8 in the final to clinch the IBSF World Snooker Championship in Sofia, Bulgaria, on Sunday. He became the second Pakistani player to win the snooker world cup after Muhammad Yousuf, who claimed the title in 1994. Besides, he is also the third Pakistani cueist to play the final …

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GB, Australia racers win Antarctica Marathon

Great Britain’s Andrew Murray in the men’s division and Australia’s Demelza Farr in the women’s field won the gruelling Antarctic Ice Marathon in sub zero temperatures. Both athletes completed the double after winning the North Pole Marathon earlier this year. The 8th Antarctic Ice Marathon took place in perfect conditions. Forty-six athletes from 15 countries braved the sub-zero temperatures and …

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NZealand eye win, SLanka struggle 47 for 4

COLOMBO: Tim Southee and Doug Bracewell rocked Sri Lanka with two wickets apiece to boost New Zealand’s chances of posting a series-levelling win in the second and final Test on Wednesday. The hosts, needing 363 to win, were struggling at 47-4 in their second innings at stumps on the penultimate day when 17 wickets fell at the P Sara Oval …

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Batting coach after India tour

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has finally decided not to appoint coach for the Pakistan-India bilateral series and deferred the matter till South Africa tour being commenced in the last week of January 2013, it is learnt. The board has postponed the appointment of batting coach for the Pakistan tour to India which ends on January 7 and has …

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World Snooker: Asif’s third straight success

BULGARIA: Pakistan’s Mohammad Asif succeeded for the third consecutive time at the World Snooker Championship. He out-calssed Canadian Fabian Luison by 4-0 frame in the Group H match in Sophia, Bulgaria. Asif has won all the first four Best of Seven frames that has brightened his chance of sailing into the next phase of the Championship.

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England thrash India by 10 wickets to level series

England raced to a resounding 10-wicket win in the second Test over India here to level the four-match series at 1-1. Chasing 57 to win, England openers Alastair Cook (18) and Nick Compton (30) took their team over the line in the first session itself on day four at the Wankhede Stadium. India resumed the day on 117 for 7 …

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Super Series: Australia beat England in Final

AUSTRALIA: A very positive experience and good preparation for the Champions Trophy was how England coach Bobby Crutchley described England s week at the International Super Series Hockey 9s after the final in Perth on Sunday. England had to settle for the silver medals after an early Australian blitz left them chasing the goals in a match that host Australia ultimately …

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Super Series: Pak thrash India, clinch bronze

AUSTRALIA: Pakistan beat India 5-2 in the play-off for the third-fourth place in the nine-a-side hockey International Super Series to win the bronze medal at the Perth Hockey Stadium in Australia on Sunday. Rashid Mehmood scored twice to help Pakistan register their first win of the series after losing all three of their first round matches. The Greenshirts lost the opening match …

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T20 event moved to Lahore due to unrest in Khi

KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket Board has announced the schedule of Faysal Bank National Twenty20 tournament. PCB says that the tournament was shifted to Lahore from Karachi due to law and order situation. Director Domestic PCB Zakir Khan addressing a press conference along with the officials of sponsor Faysal Bank said that the tournament was to be held in Karachi but due …

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