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Roy and Buttler tame Netherlands bowlers as England sweep ODI series

Sports Desk Jason Roy and Jos Buttler demolished the Netherlands on Wednesday as England coasted to an eight-wicket victory with nearly 20 overs to spare in the third one-day international, sealing the series 3-0. Roy’s 101 not out was his 10th one-day international hundred in Amstelveen, with Buttler, standing in for injured captain Eoin Morgan, smashing an unbeaten 86. Earlier, ...

1.2 million World Cup tickets sold, organisers say

Sports Desk About 1.2 million tickets have been sold for this year’s World Cup in Qatar, organisers said on Wednesday, putting a figure on sales for the first time. Chief organiser Hassan Al-Thawadi said there had been “record-breaking” demand for the November-December World Cup, the first held in the Middle East. “I think about 1.2 million tickets have already been ...

‘I doubted I’d ever return,’ says Serena after winning comeback

Sports Desk Serena Williams admitted Tuesday that she feared her storied career was over after a leg injury at last year’s Wimbledon forced her off tour for a year and saw her ranking plummet to 1,204 in the world. “Did I ever doubt I would return? Absolutely, for sure. I would be dishonest if I said it wasn’t (on her ...

Stokes illness overshadows England’s bid for New Zealand clean sweep

Sports Desk England head into the third Test at Headingley on Thursday with doubts over the health of captain Ben Stokes as they chase a 3-0 series clean sweep against New Zealand. Stokes missed training on Tuesday through illness, with a team spokesman saying the all-rounder tested negative for the coronavirus and was being kept away from the squad as ...

Sri Lanka clinches series in last-ball thriller vs Australia

Sports Desk A nation dealing with its worst economic crisis and high inflation for months had something to celebrate Tuesday when Sri Lanka sealed a limited-overs cricket series victory with a game to spare against Australia with a last-ball thriller in Game 4. Having been sent in and restricted to 258 in 49 overs, Dasun Shanaka’s Sri Lanka lineup held ...

Russian-born tennis player Natela Dzalamidze changes nationality to avoid Wimbledon ban

Sports Desk Russian-born tennis player Natela Dzalamidze has changed her nationality to Georgian to avoid the ban Wimbledon imposed on all Russian players following the country’s invasion of Ukraine. The doubles specialist, ranked No. 43 in the world, is now officially listed as having Georgian nationality on the WTA website and is eligible to compete with doubles partner Aleksandra Krunić ...

Roach puts West Indies on verge of victory against battling Bangladesh

Sports Desk Veteran pacer Kemar Roach’s enduring quality and consistency put the West Indies within 35 runs of victory over Bangladesh going into the fourth day of the first Test. His five for 53 from 24.5 overs in the Bangladesh second innings total of 245 looked, briefly, as if it would be overshadowed though by a stunning West Indies collapse ...

England captain Morgan expects to miss matches with leg injury

Sports Desk England white-ball captain Eoin Morgan has revealed he could miss international matches this season as he tries to manage a right leg injury in a bid to be fit for the Twenty20 World Cup later this year. Morgan suffered a quadriceps problem in the West Indies in January and the 35-year-old has twice damaged his groin during recent ...

Shanaka hails ‘born warrior’ Chamika as Sri Lanka win rain-hit ODI

Sports Desk Skipper Dasun Shanaka on Thursday said Chamika Karunaratne remains a trusted performer for Sri Lanka after the fast bowler helped stun Australia by 26 runs in a rain-hit second one-day international. Chasing a rain-revised target of 216 in 43 overs, Australia suffered from regular wicket falls to get bowled out for 189 in 37.1 overs as Sri Lanka ...

South Africa batsman Markram out of India series after Covid

Sports Desk South Africa batsman Aiden Markram has been ruled out of the remaining two Twenty20 internationals against India after he tested positive for Covid at the start of the series. Markram underwent seven days of quarantine but will not be able to play in the final two matches, said Cricket South Africa. “The player is healthy and well and ...