Action photos from the match
Action photos from the match
With just over a week remaining before the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 gets ready to rumble in England, all teams will want to be as prepared and as ready as possible for the big tournament. India, the defending champions, will play two matches, and so will the remaining five teams, with England and South Africa not taking part in any of the warm-up games, as the host nation and the Proteas are currently involved in an ODI series. The first of those matches was won handsomely by England, and with two more to go, there is no need for either the English or South Africans to "warm-up" with other games.
New Zealand cricketer Doug Bracewell has been sentenced to 100 hours of community service for a third drink-driving offence after blaming the killing of a pet cockatoo by dogs for his decision to drive home drunk from a function. Judge Bridge Mackintosh also disqualified him from driving for a year and said the 27-test cricketer had let himself, his family and New Zealand Cricket down. New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said it would not impose any additional penalty.
By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - After years of legal battles the French Open has begun to expand its facilities, hoping to match other grand slam events - including having a roof over Centre Court to banish weather delays - while preserving its Parisian pizzazz. Roland Garros lags behind the other three grand slams in terms of covered courts - the Australian Open has a roof over three courts, the U.S. Open will have a second roof by 2018 and Wimbledon will add a second one by 2019. The French Open has none, which has had an adverse effect on revenue from television rights since, with a court roof, play is guaranteed now matter how bad the weather may get.
By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - England's final warmup match before taking on Australia in the Ashes will see them play in the sweltering heat of the northern Queensland city of Townsville, where huge crocodiles bathing in local waters are a common sighting. With temperatures regularly pushing into the high 30s in November in Townsville, Joe Root's team should be well acclimatised by the time they head south to Brisbane for the first test at the Gabba starting on November 23. England will play a four-day match against a Cricket Australia XI from November 15 at Townsville's Tony Ireland stadium, which lies adjacent to the Ross River, a notable meeting place for saltwater and freshwater crocodiles.
England captain Eoin Morgan's century led his team to an impressive series opening 72-run victory against top-ranked South Africa in their opening one-day international at Headingley on Wednesday.
China will tighten rules over its domestic soccer teams splashing out on high-profile players and add new rules about youth development, creating potential obstacles to clubs making splashy signings of overseas players. Chinese clubs that are "loss-making", now a large portion of domestic teams, will have to match any expenditure on player transfers by investing the same amount into a soccer development fund, China's soccer association said late on Wednesday. The new rule, which will be introduced from this year's summer transfer window, is aimed at bringing down soaring price tags on transfers and to support local players, the Chinese Football Association (CFA) said.
By Alan Baldwin MONACO (Reuters) - Jenson Button was surprised by Fernando Alonso's decision to race in Sunday's Indianapolis 500 and said on Wednesday he had no desire to emulate his former team mate. The Briton, Formula One world champion with Brawn GP in 2009, is replacing Alonso at McLaren in Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix after the Spaniard opted to compete at The Brickyard on the same day. "Indy’s not really been something that I’ve thought about.
Tiger Woods may be in the midst of yet another lengthy recovery from his fourth back surgery but the former world number one said on Wednesday he now felt better than he had in years and had no plans to retire from competitive golf. The surgery Woods had in April has a typical recovery time of six months and, while he still has very limited mobility, the 41-year-old American was firm in his resolve that he will again compete with the world's best golfers. "I want to say unequivocally, I want to play professional golf again," Woods, commenting for the first time since his surgery, said on his website.
Krunal Pandya spoke exclusively to 'Cricketnext' and said that he knew he had to keep his cool and attack as late as possible, because Mumbai Indians' chances rested solely on his young shoulders.
Dubai [UAE], May 25 (ANI): Bangladesh made history in Dublin on Wednesday when they moved to sixth place in the ICC ODI Team Rankings for the first time following their five-wicket victory over fourth-ranked New Zealand. The first away victory against the Black Caps has put Bangladesh at par with Sri Lanka on 93 points, but when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point, Bangladesh are ranked above Sri Lanka as they have 93.3 points as compared to Sri Lanka's 92.8. This is the first time Bangladesh have been ranked ahead of three former world champions - Sri Lanka, Pakistan, the West Indies - and Zimbabwe.
Ace India cricketer Yuvraj Singh was all smiles at the premiere of Sachin Tendulkar's much awaited biopic Sachin: A Billion Dreams in Mumbai on Wednesday.
Former England captain David Beckham, who won two Major League Soccer titles with the Los Angeles Galaxy, was among the first-time candidates named on the ballot for the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame on Wednesday. The 42-year-old former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder played six seasons in MLS, all of them for the Galaxy, and helped his team to win championships in the last two of those seasons, 2011 and 2012.
Britain's Andy Murray, who has suffered a dip in form this year, said on Wednesday it had been hard at times for him to stay motivated since he became world number one last year. Appearing at a promotional event in Paris with French Olympic judo champion Teddy Riner, who has dominated the men's +100kg category in his sport for years, Murray praised Riner's motivation to stay at the top for so long. "I got to number one in the world at the end of last year and there's been some times this year where it has been difficult to keep up the motivation and set new goals," Murray said.
Defending champion and Dallas native Jordan Spieth will try to shake off a rare bout of poor form when he competes at this week's Dean & DeLuca Invitational where he will be the hometown favourite for the last leg of the PGA Tour's 'Texas Swing.' The American world number seven has missed the cut in three of his last five starts but will fancy his chances in Fort Worth, playing a tree-lined par-70 Colonial Country Club layout that he is comfortable on. After a one-week experiment using a putter he struggled with while missing the cut last week in Irving, Spieth is returning to his old Scotty Cameron 009 this week. "I was having a tough time lining the ball up where I wanted it or getting comfortable with my set up with the (old putter), and that's why I made a switch to a putter that kind of lined itself up," said Spieth.
Arsenal's injury crisis has handed captain Per Mertesacker an unlikely opportunity to start his first match of the season in Saturday's FA Cup final against Chelsea and the German centre back plans to make the most of it. Mertesacker, who underwent knee surgery after picking up an injury during a friendly last July, was sidelined all season until he came off the bench in Arsenal's final Premier League game against Everton on Sunday. The 32-year-old now looks set to start at Wembley with fellow defenders Laurent Koscielny (suspended) and Gabriel Paulista (knee injury) out of the final, while Shkodran Mustafi (concussion) and Kieran Gibbs (thigh injury) are major doubts.
Veteran Venus Williams could blast through the huge holes in the women's draw and win her first French Open at the age of 36 next month, according to former world number three Pam Shriver. With Williams' pregnant sister and three times French champion Serena absent, Russia's twice winner Maria Sharapova failing to gain a wildcard after returning from a doping ban and Belarusian Victoria Azarenka still not back after becoming a mother, the biggest names in the women's game are missing. Add in the poor form of German world number one Angelique Kerber and Spain's defending champion Garbine Muguruza and an ankle injury for new title favourite Simona Halep of Romania and the often unpredictable claycourt slam looks wide open.
(Reuters) - La Liga club Barcelona have expressed their support for Argentine striker Lionel Messi and his father after the Spanish Supreme Court upheld their prison sentences over tax fraud charges, although neither are expected to go to jail. Five-time World Player of the Year winner Messi, who has been at Barcelona since the age of 13, was handed a 21-month prison sentence and fined 2 million euros ($2.25 million) for three counts of tax fraud between 2007 and 2009.
By Steve Keating INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) - Fernando Alonso's Indy 500 adventure could herald McLaren's return to IndyCar racing and kick start talk about bringing Formula One back to the Brickyard, McLaren executive director Zak Brown said on Wednesday. What was widely viewed as a one-off by Spaniard Alonso and his McLaren Formula One team could result in something far more substantial following what has been an upbeat homecoming to IndyCar following a 38-year absence.
With its quicksilver conditions, quaint old-tech environment and a leviathan casting his shadow across centre court, the French Open is now the hardest grand slam title to win, says former champion and tennis great Mats Wilander. "OK, OK... first off, you have Rafa Nadal. Wilander knows a thing or two about the slams.
England captain Eoin Morgan moved to allay concerns over the fitness of Ben Stokes as the hosts launched their one-day international series against South Africa with a convincing 72-run win at Headingley on Wednesday.
Australia captain Steve Smith has played down a tense stand-off in pay negotiations between the players' union and the national cricket board, saying his team is highly motivated to cut a deal and play the Ashes against England. The Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) has rejected an offer by Cricket Australia (CA) which waters down a revenue-share arrangement that the players have enjoyed for 20 years. Smith said players were supportive of the ACA, who were "working really hard with CA to get a deal right", but he backed away from opening batsman David Warner's remark that Australia might not have a team for the Ashes starting in November.
Champions Trophy 2013, which was the first time India won the final of the 'Mini World Cup', will be remembered by many as Shikhar Dhawan’s tournament.
New Zealand slumped from 208 for three to finish on 270 for eight while in their winning reply Bangladesh soared from 199 for five to 271 for five
England captain Eoin Morgan has played down injury concerns for all-rounder Ben Stokes, who left field with a sore knee during Wednesday's comprehensive victory over South Africa. Fresh from his impressive maiden Indian Premier League (IPL) stint, Stokes made 25 with the bat in the first of the three one-dayers against South Africa but bowled just two overs before leaving the field. Stokes, who turns 26 next month, returned to the field but did not bowl again.