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Port of Spain, June 23 (CRICKETNMORE): Amid the off-field controversies over the exit of head coach Anil Kumble, ICC Champions Trophy runners-up India start as favourites in the first of the five-match ODI series against a lacklusture West Indies at the Queen's Park Oval here on Friday.
Australia fought back to draw 1-1 with Cameroon in the Confederations Cup on Thursday, a result that further dents both countries’ hopes of progressing in the eight-team tournament in Russia. Andre Franck Zambo Anguissa put Cameroon ahead with the last touch of the first half, but a Mark Milligan penalty on the hour mark ensured a first point for both in Group B. Australia play Chile in Moscow on Sunday and Cameroon face Germany at the same time in Sochi in their final group games. Australia keeper Matt Ryan was called into action after a smart one-two between Cameroon captain Benjamin Moukandjo and striker Vincent Aboubakar allowed the former to fire at goal.
Top seed Roger Federer beat Germany's Mischa Zverev 7-6(4) 6-4 to advance to the last eight of the Halle Open on Thursday as the 18-times grand slam champion sharpens his grasscourt game ahead of Wimbledon. Federer, who skipped the entire claycourt season after winning the Australian Open and claiming titles at Indian Wells and Miami this year, will next play defending champion Florian Mayer who beat Frenchman Lucas Pouille in three sets. Zverev's erratic first serve was a liability and Federer pounced again at 4-4 in the second set to break the German, whose younger brother Alexander is through to the quarter-finals, and served out the match.
Having played the game at the top-most level for nearly 25 years, it certainly is easier for Sachin Tendulkar to identify young talent.
• Pace bowler withdrew from Nottinghamshire’s win against Leicestershire• England face South Africa at Taunton for the second Twenty20 on Friday Stuart Broad’s heel injury, sustained during Nottinghamshire’s match with Leicestershire on Wednesday, has been deemed to require further exploration. Photograph: Aijaz Rahi/AP
(Reuters) - Teams will be reduced from nine riders to eight for next year's three Grand Tours while the 2018 Tour de France will start a week later to avoid clashing with the soccer World Cup. The International Cycling Union (UCI) said in a statement on Thursday that its Professional Cycling Council (PCC) applied the change which would come into effect in 2018. The 'Grand Tours' consist of the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana.
London [UK], June 23 (ANI): India women's cricket team skipper Mithali Raj has asserted that female cricketers should not be compared to their male counterparts. On the eve of the Women's World Cup, Raj, who was attending the opening dinner and media roundtable event, was asked who her favourite men's cricketer was between India and Pakistan to which she replied, "Do you ask the same question to a male cricketer?
Jordan Spieth put an emphatic end to his putting woes during an impressive Travelers Championship debut on Thursday, grabbing a one-shot lead after the first round in Cromwell, Connecticut. World number three Rory McIlroy, who missed the cut at last week's U.S. Open after sitting out a month with a niggling rib problem, was among a group of 18 golfers four shots back in a share of 19th place. Spieth has already switched putters twice this season but his current flatstick was working just fine on Thursday, the world number six snagging five birdies in his first eight holes en route to a seven-under-par 63 at TPC River Highlands.
By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - The top seeds have been scattered but Marin Cilic and Sam Querrey continued the charge of former winners at the Aegon Championships on Thursday as they reached the quarter-finals. With Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov having already progressed, three former champions are among the last eight at the prestigious pre-Wimbledon grasscourt event at Queen's Club. Fourth seed Cilic, winner in 2012, overpowered American teenager Stefan Kozlov 6-0 6-4 while Querrey, who triumphed seven years ago at the west London club, got the better of Australian Jordan Thompson, winning 7-6(3) 3-6 6-3.
Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah has completed his move to Liverpool from AS Roma, the Premier league club said on Thursday. British media reported that Liverpool paid 34 million euros ($38 million) to sign Salah, who is returning to the Premier League two and a half years after leaving Chelsea following an unproductive 12-month spell in which he scored two goals and started six Premier League games.
(Reuters) - Britain's Johanna Konta crashed out of the Aegon Classic in the second round on Thursday, suffering a 6-1 6-3 loss to impressive American Coco Vandeweghe at the event in Birmingham, England. Second-seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine was also knocked out at the Edgbaston Priory Club after suffering a surprise three-set defeat by Italian qualifier Camila Giorgi. Vandeweghe, coached by Australian former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash, dominated the first set with her strong serve too much for fourth seed Konta as she wrapped up the set in 24 minutes.
Alexis Sanchez became Chile's all-time leading scorer with an early goal in their 1-1 draw against Germany in a clash between the top two in Group B at the Confederations Cup on Thursday. Lars Stindl equalised for the world champions just before halftime although the game petered out in the second half as the high-octane Chileans appeared to run out of gas. The result left both teams level on four points each from their opening two games, although Chile have the better goal difference.
(Reuters) - Former world number one Victoria Azarenka's return from maternity leave was cut short by young Croatian Ana Konjuh at the Mallorca Open on Thursday. The Belarusian, who saved match points in her first-round victory against Japan's Risa Ozaki, went down 6-1 6-3 to the seventh seed on the grasscourts at Santa Ponsa. Konjuh, 19, dominated from the start and Azarenka had no answer to the depth and power of her opponent.
June 23 (CRICKETNMORE) - Team India will aim to reclaim the number-two ranking when they take on in the five-ODI series against ninth-ranked the West Indies from Friday.
While he has established himself in England’s Test side over the past 18 months thanks to some solid form behind the stumps and spectacular returns with the bat, the Yorkshireman’s fortunes in limited-overs cricket have been more precarious. Bairstow was left out of England’s team for the start of their Champions Trophy campaign despite a run of three half-centuries in four ODIs. Whatever happens Bairstow is refusing to worry about his place in any England team, an approach that has served him well over recent months.
India and West Indies have been involved in some thrilling encounters and ahead of their ODI series, here are five memorable games.
London [UK], June 23 (ANI): Beth Mooney top scored for Australia as it eased past Pakistan by eight wickets in its final warm-up match ahead of the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 on Thursday.