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Trump ignores secy's call for calm, 'scolds' Qatar

The row erupted on Monday when Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain moved to isolate Qatar over its support for Islamist and terrorist groups. A separate report in Saudi Press Agency on Saturday acknowledged US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's call for Qatar to curtail support for terrorism. Read More »

Get ready for 'grand alliance' at the centre: Lalu on b'day


The former deputy chief minister said since the matter fell under the jurisdiction of the Bihar government, CM Nitish Kumar should order a probe into it or else the matter would be placed before the income tax department. "I want to thank Bihar's people for their love and support", Lalu told the media here. Sources said apart from ceremonial cake-cutting ceremony at Lalu-Rabri's 10, Circular Road bungalow and interaction with party workers, no big ceremony has been planned for the day. Read More »

India overwhelm S Africa to enter Champions Trophy semis


Dhananjaya has scored 334 runs in ODI cricket at an average of 25.69 with a highest score of 78 and he has taken four wickets with his off-spin. India face South Africa in a virtual shoot-out at The Oval. Or is it perhaps because of those modest returns? "Credit to them in those first 15-20 overs, they put the pressure on us", De Villiers said. Having failed to defend 321, though, India might be forced to think differently. Read More »

India cruise to win in easy South Africa encounter

We wanted to improve our fielding, it was something we required and before we went out we had a chat in the huddle and I said I wanted everyone's intensity to go up, that is a conscious effort we have to make. Shikhar Dhawan has not been part of the Twenty20 squad since the World Twenty20 in March 2016, and he has not played any of India's past 11 Tests. Read More »

England hope Champions Trophy provides elusive title


South Africa earned the advantage with more disciplined bowling than in the first two games and a dramatically improved fielding performance. Stokes bowled just two overs before suffering pain in his left knee as the hosts enjoyed a confidence-boosting 72-run win in Leeds just a week out from the Champions Trophy tournament in England and Wales featuring cricket's leading eight ODI nations. Read More »

Abby Wambach, Mia Hamm support girl after disqualification


Her father, Gerardo, told WOWT that Mili has always enjoyed playing soccer and wearing her hair short. She's 8 years old, but plays with 11-year-olds on a traveling club team. "Dear Mili Hernandez , you are awesome in every way", the retired player and former Olympian wrote . Mili and her family have pledged to challenge the decision. Read More »

Captain Harry Kane rescues England against Scotland

England striker Harry Kane , captaining the Three Lions for the first time ever, popped up with a calm volley in stoppage time to shatter Scotland's hearts. They got out of jail at Hampden. Griffiths felt Scotland had done themselves proud, despite not being able to hold on for what would have been a famous win. Read More »

Rafael Nadal: Nine French Open titles more than enough for one man

Winners are normally given a small trophy to keep. Nadal insists his liking for the number nine does not come from his French Open tally. While it took Nadal two hours and seven minutes to take care of Thiem, Wawrinka and No. After breaking the Nadal serve in the opening game of the match, Theim appeared ready to challenge the Spaniard's clay court supremacy once again, however his advantage was short lived. Read More »

England wins toss, bowls 1st against Australia


It's nearly as if it set out to be strong and stable, only to go haywire - but in a good way. Durham star Stokes, 26, believes he is still way off his best and said: "I hope there is more to come". Smith's powerful top order have spent precious little time in the middle this tournament but the skipper said: "You know, most of the guys have been playing a lot of cricket, anyway, having been at the IPL (Indian Premier League) and things like that". Read More »

Nadal eyes record 10th French Open title

Wawrinka, who had won his three previous finals at a major, bowed out on the second match point when he sliced a backhand volley into the net. Nadal has 14 career Grand Slam titles, while Wawrinka has three, including last year's U.S. Nadal, who has now closed back to within three of Federer's all-time record with a 15th slam title, said in halting French: "It's truly fantastic". Read More »

Rafael Nadal wins record 10th French Open championship

And he's a very risky player because he can hit the ball very hard. "After a few years with many problems he came back here with a lot of courage", Toni Nadal said in French. This time , Wawrinka wore down the seemingly tireless Murray, also a three-time major champion. "At the moment I am not thinking about the fact it will be the last time that I go to the centre court in Paris ". Read More »

Rafael Nadal dominates to win historic 10th French Open title

Nadal was at his most masterful on the stage he has made his own and needed just two hours and five minutes to beat Wawrinka 6-2 6-3 6-1. Wawrinka, who has three major titles, had never lost a Grand Slam final but was clearly struggling to come up with answers to Nadal's clay-court prowess. Read More »

Halep, Teenager Ostapenko Advance to French Final, No. 1 on the Line

Pliskova saved a couple of set points at 5-3 - the first one with a service victor, the second by scooping a delicate inside-out forehand victor - to stay just a break down. It is the second time in three years she has lost in the French Open semifinals. Despite the big match ahead, she said she would still take time to celebrate her birthday. Read More »

Champions Trophy: India win toss, elect to field against South Africa

The pair put on 128 for the second wicket before Dhawan was caught, but the damage had always been done to South Africa's hopes. South Africa captain AB de Villiers, on the other hand, said that although they too would have opted to bowl first, they are looking forward to post a good total on the scoreboard. Read More »

Champions Trophy: Australia vs Bangladesh, match abandoned due to rain

The rust was clearly visible and the imaginary team is hopeful to see a fantastic performance today evening at the match between Australia and Bangladesh . "We have to beat England and then I think we're through". "It's just being given the time to get some consistency back". · This game will be Australia's 900th ODI match; their record stands at 554 wins, 303 defeats, nine ties and 33 no results so far. Read More »

Nadal vs. Wawrinka ! Who Will Win Roland Garros ?

Not bad for an old guy, huh? Yet third seed Wawrinka is not the sort to throw in the towel, as he showed in his epic five-set semi-final win over world number one Andy Murray . On Sunday, he will be playing in his 22nd Grand Slam final. Wawrinka, 32, has won each of the three Grand Slam finals - including Roland Garros in 2015 - he has contested and possesses the kind of baseline firepower Nadal is yet to face so far in the past fortnight. Read More »

Tedesco proud of dazzling Origin I display

However, given it's a three match series with the home venue swapping each game, two of this season's games take place at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Queensland will have to make changes and most will be up front after that pasting. If there was one area, apart from the scoreboard, where NSW truly dominated it was from the bench. Read More »

French Open Day 13: Wawrinka and Nadal set up final showdown

Strong title contender Rafael Nadal and Swiss star Stan Wawrinka won their respective semi-finals in contrasting fashion to enter the men's singles final at the French Open tennis tournament here. "So far, so good", as Uncle Toni put it. "You are an inspiration and role-model for many", said the beaten finalist Wawrinka, echoing what many would have felt after watching the Spaniard's masterclass. Read More »

Real Madrid receive €60 million offer from Manchester United

Manchester United are set to increase their offer for Alvaro Morata to £60 million (S$107 million) after their first bid of around £52 million for the striker was rejected by Real Madrid . "I would be insane if I left Real Madrid ". However, Spanish publication Don Balon claims Morata wants United to also strike a deal to bring Gareth Bale to the club alongside him. Read More »

Argentina down Brazil in Australian Superclasico


A goal from Sevilla defender Gabriel Mercado just before half-time proved the eventual victor as Argentina gained a morale-boosting victory under new manager Jorge Sampaoli . The Chelsea star has seven goals in 45 global appearances and is one of the most experienced players in the Brazilian squad. With the second half came the force of Gabriel Jesus , who forced Romero into a reflex save just before the hour mark. Read More »

India v South Africa in numbers


In the images posted by the agency, fans can be seen reciting Hanuman Chalisa for Team India's victory. While their death overs run rate compensates to an extent for the lull in between, pressing the accelerate button earlier could well be the difference between a competitive total and a match-winning one, especially against powerful batting units like South Africa and England. Read More »