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Football: Barca won’t break bank to keep Messi

BARCELONA (AFP) – Barcelona won t put their financial future at risk in negotiating a new contract for Lionel Messi, the club warned on Wednesday, in comments that will encourage his many suitors across Europe. Messi and club captain Andres Iniesta are entering the final 18 months of their current deals at the Camp Nou meaning

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Inzamam ul Haq chairs regional coaches meeting to unearth talent

LAHORE (Sarzameen News) – Chief Selector Inzamam ul Haq under the directives of PCB chaired a meeting of regional coaches today in Islamabad. The meeting was also attended by Mushtaq Ahmed, Head Coach National Cricket Academy. During the meeting, the extensive role of regional coaches at the national level and a strategy was devised to unearth

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Pakistan now sets sights on direct qualification for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

DUBAI (Sarzameen News) – With the holding of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test Championship mace an event of the distant past, former world champion Pakistan sets its sights on direct qualification for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 when it takes on the in-form reigning world champion and number-one ranked Australia in a five-ODI

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Manchester United win first leg of EFL semifinal against Hull City

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom (AFP) – Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini struck to give Manchester United a 2-0 victory over injury-ravaged Hull City in Tuesday s League Cup semi-final first leg at Old Trafford. All eyes were on United captain Wayne Rooney, who is chasing a record 250th goal for the club, but it was Mata who

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Pakistan beat CA XI by 196 runs in warm-up match

CA XI were all out on 138 in 36.2 overs. BRISBANE (Sarzameen News) – Pakistan have beaten Tuesday Cricket Australia (CA) XI by 196 runs in the warm-up match played at Brisbane’s Allan Border Field. CA XI, consisting of young players, won the toss and elected to bowl first against Pakistan. Pakistan put up a

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Football: Ronaldo, Ranieri scoop top FIFA awards

ZURICH (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo claimed FIFA s inaugural best player of the year award on Monday, the latest prize for the Real Madrid and Portugal star after a glittering 2016 for club and country. Leicester City s Claudio Ranieri received the best men s coach award following his side s fairytale Premier League triumph. But the night again

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Football: Premier League big guns get favourable FA Cup draws

LONDON (AFP) – Holders Manchester United and Premier League leaders Chelsea were both handed favourable home draws on Monday against second-tier opposition in the fourth round of the FA Cup. United host nearby Wigan Athletic, the 2012-13 FA Cup winners, at Old Trafford while Chelsea will also be strong favourites to go through when they

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Domestic cricket should be restructured to bring new talent: Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD (Sarzameen News) – Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan on Sunday said that Pakistan has abundant cricket talent but needs to get rid of ‘sifarshi’ administration. After Pakistan cricket team got clean sweep by Australia in tests, the former fast bowler put forward some propositions on twitter. “For disappointed Pakistan cricket fans good news

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Anderson powers N.Zealand to T20 sweep

MOUNT MAUNGANUI, New Zealand (AFP) – Corey Anderson bludgeoned 94 off just 41 balls as New Zealand beat Bangladesh by 27 runs in the third Twenty20 at Bay Oval on Sunday to sweep the series. Anderson, who put on 124 runs for the fourth wicket with Kane Williamson (60), hit a New Zealand record 10

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Djokovic ends Murray’s 28 match winning streak to win Doha title

DOHA (AFP) – Novak Djokovic brought world number one Andy Murray s 28-match winning streak to an end in Doha on Saturday to retain the Qatar Open title in a three-set thriller. Serb star Djokovic won 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 in a high-quality, action-packed match between the two best players in the world lasting almost three hours.

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