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New boys gear up for debuts

Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil and Willian could be among the players making their first appearances when the Premier League resumes on Saturday, while Tottenham Hotspur will begin life without Gareth Bale.

Misbah stands firm as Pak stumble

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq stood firm as his side lost five wickets chasing victory on the fourth day of the second Test against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club on Friday.

Sreesanth and three others guilty of spot fixing

Test fast bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth and three other players have been found guilty of spot fixing during the Indian Premier League (IPL) by an internal probe conducted by the national cricket board, a report said on Friday.

Judge sentences December 16 gang rapists to death

A judge sentenced four men to death Friday for the fatal gang rape of an Indian student on a bus last December, triggering applause inside the packed courtroom.

Syria’s word alone on chem weapons not enough: Kerry

Washington is not prepared to trust the word of the Syrian regime alone that it will rid itself of chemical weapons, US secretary of state John Kerry said Thursday.

Rollerskating Indian in new Guinness record

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A 12-year-old Indian rollerskating fanatic and a skateboarding goat were among the record-breakers who made it into the 2014 edition of the Guinness World Records, released on Thursday.

Mexico risk missing Brazil spot

Mexico are wrestling with the humiliating prospect of missing football’s World Cup finals for the first time in a quarter century with only two qualifiers left to reverse their fortunes.

Focus on Davis semis, Serbia take on Canada

World no. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia will play against the 41st-ranked Canadian Vasek Pospisil in the opening match of the Davis Cup semi-final showdown on Friday in Belgrade.

Fights, bites cloud China Games

Fighting, biting, alleged cheating and an extraordinary on-pitch protest have cast a shadow over China’s National Games and prompted renewed accusations that the quest for medals in the domestic showcase is motivated mainly by greed.

Vitori’s five-wkt haul gives Zims the edge

Left-arm fast bowler Brian Vitori took his first five-wicket haul in Test cricket on Thursday, as Zimbabwe secured a 64-run first innings lead over Pakistan on the third day of the second Test at Harare Sports Club.

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