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Sharapova storms into Stuttgart semis

Maria Sharapova eased into the semi-finals of Stuttgart’s WTA tournament after seeing off qualifier Anett Kontaveit on Friday for her third-straight win on her comeback after a 15-month doping ban. The 30-year-old five-time Grand Slam winner has yet to drop a set in Stuttgart and powered past Estonia’s Kontaveit, ranked 73rd, for a 6-3, 6-4 quarter-final win in one hour, ... Read More »

Retiring duo Misbah, Khan lead Pakistan against Windies

West Indies and Pakistan get a three-Test series underway on Friday at Sabina Park in Jamaica with both teams struggling in the midst of challenging transition periods. Despite victories in both the T20 and One-Day International series earlier in the tour, the tourists have shaped up as a far more vulnerable outfit in the traditional format of the game. The ... Read More »

IPL 2017: In Chris Lynn’s absence, KKR look to start home run with a win against KXIP

Against Kings XI, who will come into the game on the back of two victories, it goes without saying that Chris Lynn will be missed. Sans the services of big-hitting Australian batsman Chris Lynn, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will hope fit-again Umesh Yadav can deliver when they take on high-flying Kings XI Punjab in an Indian Premier League (IPL) engagement ... Read More »

Is Pakistan playing ‘Muslim cricket’?

One of the positive fallouts of partition is our neighbour’s cricket team. Imagine how poor cricket would have been without Pakistan — no Javed Miandad, Imran Khan, Sarfraz Nawaz, Abdul Qadir, Waqar Yunus and Wasim Akram. An akhand Bharat cricket team would have been, on paper, the strongest side in the world but such hopes have no roots in reality ... Read More »

MUSLIM PLAYERS MAKE INROADS INTO ENGLISH CRICKET

In many ways it’s been a dismaying year in Britain: racial and religious hate crimes have escalated since voters chose in June to leave the European Union. But one remarkable and encouraging statistic has gone largely unnoticed outside the sports pages. For the first time, England’s cricket team took the field this month with four Muslims among the eleven players. ... Read More »

18305 44 29 Nike to launch ‘Pro Hijab’ for Muslim women athletes

Sportswear giant Nike is developing a high-performance hijab for Muslim women athletes, the latest move to fold the Muslim clothing industry into the mainstream. The Nike Pro Hijab, which will be available in stores in spring 2018, is the result of “an ongoing cultural shift that has seen more women than ever embracing sport,” Nike said in a statement. “This ... Read More »

Boxer Anthony Joshua sparks anger for photo in mosque

A British boxing star stirred anger from the far-right after posting a picture of himself taking part in Muslim prayers at a mosque in the UAE. Anthony Joshua, an International Boxing Federation (IBF) heavyweight champion, tweeted on Tuesday the photo of himself and his friends praying. It has since been retweeted more than 18,000 times. Joshua, who won gold at the London ... Read More »

Ravindra Jadeja dares Steve Smith with mini-jig. See what happens next

There has always been an edge to an India-Australia contest and this series has been no different with words spoken even before the first ball was bowled in the first Test at Pune. So, it came as a surprise when Australia skipper Steve Smith managed to smile at Ravindra Jadeja’s cheeky dig in the middle of a tense situation during ... Read More »

Can New Zealand trump Pakistan this time?

The last time Pakistan lost to New Zealand during a tour to the country was back in 1985 where the Kiwis, under the leadership of Geoff Howarth, beat Javed Miandad-led visitors 2-0 in the three-match Test series. Before that and since then Pakistan have always dominated the Black Caps on their turf in Tests — no series loss in last ... Read More »

Cricket: S. Africa thrash Australia to win Test series

HOBART, Australia, Nov 15, 2016 (BSS/AFP) – South Africa thrashed Australia by an innings and 80 runs in Hobart Tuesday to take their third consecutive Test series Down Under. The Proteas demolished the hapless hosts for 161 in 60.1 overs, taking the last eight wickets for 32 to win the Test before lunch on the fourth day. Kyle Abbott led ... Read More »