Sports

ICC struggles to regulate proliferation of T20 leagues

Asian nations are clamping down on the number of Twenty20 leagues players can compete in as global cricket chiefs struggle to regulate the format’s phenomenal rise.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, May 26 2018

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Italy coach keeps faith in Balotelli

Italy’s new coach Roberto Mancini is putting his trust in Mario Balotelli, saying the maverick forward has matured during his two seasons with Ligue 1 side Nice.Mancini has been given the daunting task of rebuilding Italy after their failure to qualify for the World Cup in Russia and one of his first moves was to recall Balotelli for the first time since the 2014 World Cup.

REUTERS, May 26 2018

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Ancelotti’s Napoli move gives Serie A huge boost

It is going to be a very long walk for Italian television pundit Giancarlo Padovan.Appearing on one of Italy’s many football round table programmes on Monday, Padovan said he would complete the 657 kilometres from Milan to Naples on foot if former Real Madrid, Paris St Germain, Chelsea and Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti joined Napoli. On Friday morning, Padovan was plotting his journey. “I’m going to have to do it for a question of credibility,” he said. “Obviously, I won’t go along the motorway, I’ll have to go along the back roads.”

REUTERS, May 26 2018

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Liverpool out to end Real domination

A thrilling run inspired by Mohamed Salah has taken Liverpool to Saturday’s Champions League final in Kiev against Real Madrid, where now Jurgen Klopp’s side must stop the Spanish giants from winning the trophy for third year running.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, May 26 2018

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Nadal appears favourite, yet again

“Jeu, set et match Rafa Nadal.”The words are likely to be heard seven times at the French Open as the Spanish juggernaut guns for a record-extending 11th title at Roland Garros.

REUTERS, May 26 2018

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Pakistan make steady progress

Azhar Ali made exactly 50 as Pakistan’s batsmen consolidated the good work of their bowlers on the second morning of the first Test at Lord’s on Friday.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, May 26 2018

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Armymen, Rupandehi to clash in final

Tribhuvan Army Club and Rupandehi XI set the title clash of the Karnali Premier League at the Surkhet Stadium on Friday.

Post Report, May 26 2018

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Brazil test Willian up front with Neymar and Jesus

Brazil’s second pre-World Cup training featured Willian in the attack with Neymar and Gabriel Jesus on Thursday, a hint that coach Tite might change his starting lineup.

ASSOCIATED PRESS, May 26 2018

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