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Cricket

Marnus Labuschagne hit his sixth half-century in seven innings to guide Australia into a powerful position against virus-hit New Zealand on the opening day of the third Test in Sydney on Friday. (Photo:AFP)

Australia reach 182-2 at tea against New Zealand

The rock-solid No.3 was unconquered on 73 with Steve Smith on 42 as Australia reached tea at 182 for two.

Ahead of the upcoming T20I match between India and Sri Lanka in Guwahati, Assam Cricket Association (ACA) secretary Devajit Saikia on Friday said that the match would prove as a curtain-raiser for this year's Indian Premier League (IPL). (Photo:AFP)

India-SL T20I will be 'curtain-raiser' for IPL: ACA secretary

He also revealed that the ACA has been trying to get IPL matches scheduled in the state.

Spin legend Shane Warne on Monday said he has decided to auction his Baggy Green cap to raise funds for the devastating bushfire victims of Australia. (Photo:File/AP/PTI)

Shane Warne to auction Baggy Green to raise money for bushfire victims

Warne made the announcement during the third Test between Australia and New Zealand at the SCG here.

Sri Lanka's 25-year-old Kusal Mendis is 'unlikely' to find a place in the playing eleven in the first T20I against India (Guwahati, January 5), it is learnt here. (Photo:AFP)

Kusal Mendis unlikely to play first T20I vs India

The team is scheduled to leave for Guwahati (via Chennai) at 7.00 am on Thursday.

Australia are unlikely to play a second spinner in the third test against New Zealand and will probably field the same team that beat the tourists in Melbourne last week to seal the series, captain Tim Paine said on Thursday. (Photo:AP/PTI)

Australia likely to be unchanged for third test, says Tim Paine

The Sydney Cricket Ground is the only spin-friendly test venue in Australia.

Tennis

Five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova was Wednesday handed an Australian Open wildcard as she attempts to resurrect her career after an injury-plagued 2019. (Photo:Twitter)

Maria Sharapova receives Australian Open wildcard

The 32-year-old, who won the tournament in 2008, has slipped down the rankings to 147, outside automatic qualification.

World number two Novak Djokovic will play in the inaugural Adelaide International tennis competition in January ahead of his Australian Open title defence, tournament organisers said on Wednesday. (Photo: AP)

Novak Djokovic adds Adelaide event to Australian Open preparations

Djokovic will start his competitive preparation for the new season at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi from Dec. 19-21.

Bianca Andreescu was awarded the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s athlete of the year on Monday, capping a remarkable year in which the teenager became the country’s first tennis Grand Slam singles champion with her U.S Open triumph. (Photo:Twitter)

Bianca Andreescu wins Lou Marsh Trophy, becomes Canada athlete of year

Andreescu, an unknown quantity to most in Canada a year ago, was a unanimous pick after a breakout season.

Sumit Nagal had recently made headlines after making his Grand Slam debut against Roger Federer in the recently concluded US Open. (Photo: AFP)

Sumit Nagal lifts Buenos Aires ATP Challengers title

Ranked 161 in the current rankings, the 22-year-old registered a comfortable 6-4, 6-2 win over Bognis in an hour and 37 minutes.

Football

Midfielder Arturo Vidal’s decision to sue Barcelona over a dispute about bonus payments will not affect his standing in the team, coach Ernesto Valverde said. (Photo:AFP)

Arturo Vidal's lawsuit vs Barcelona won't affect team status, says Ernesto Valverde

The Chilean’s lawyers have filed a complaint to Spain’s player’s union (AFE) citing an unpaid bonus of 2.4 million euros.

 English football club West Ham United reappointed David Moyes as manager after Manuel Pellegrini was shown the exit door at the London Stadium following another poor result this weekend. (Photo: Twitter)

West Ham reappoint David Moyes as head coach

David Moyes has signed an 18-month deal and begins work immediately ahead of the New Year's Day fixture with AFC Bournemouth.

Goals from Michael Obafemi and Nathan Redmond earned Southampton a surprise 2-0 win at Chelsea in the Premier League on Thursday. (Photo:AFP)

Premier League 2019-20: Southampton earn unlikely 2-0 win vs home side Chelsea

Obafemi broke the deadlock with his first goal of the season, bursting inside from the right and curling into the top corner.

A controversial Sadio Mane goal was enough for Premier League leaders Liverpool to secure a nervy 1-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers and open up a 13-point cushion over their nearest challengers on Sunday. (Photo:AFP)

Premier League 2019-20: Liverpool inch past Wolverhampton 1-0

Victory means Liverpool have become only the third team to go unbeaten in 50 consecutive home games in the English top flight.

Anthony Martial scored twice as Manchester United hit back in emphatic fashion from a rocky start against a benevolent Newcastle United to open their Christmas programme with a 4-1 victory at Old Trafford on Thursday. (Photo:AFP)

Premier League 2019-20: Man United shrug off last loss, crush Newcastle 4-1

After a 2-0 loss at Watford last weekend, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had demanded a response from his players.

In Other sports

India on Thursday overtook Nepal to reach the top spot of the medal tally in the ongoing South Asian Games 2019. (Photo: South Asian Games website)

South Asian Games 2019: India overtakes Nepal to reach top spot at medal tally

India now has 77 medals in its kitty with 36 gold, 28 silver and 13 bronze. Nepal has 74 medals with 30 gold, 16 silver and 28 bronze.

The Indian men's table tennis team on Tuesday achieved its best ever ranking by moving up to the eighth spot in the latest ITTF rankings. (Photo: AFP)

Indian men's team achieve their best ranking in Table Tennis

The Indian team comprising World No. 30 G Sathiyan and World No. 36 Sharath Kamal is tied with ninth-placed Austria on 280 points.

Shuttler Jwala Gutta on Tuesday said that doubles' players do not get much attention in the country as compared to singles' players.(Photo:AFP)

Doubles' players do not get much attention in India : Jwala Gutta

She also said that before comparing India to badminton giants like China and Japan, the nation must improve the quality of doubles' players.

2020 Tokyo's Olympic tickets continue to be very hard to find — particularly in Japan. (Photo: Twitter/ Tokyo 2020)

Latest Tokyo Olympic ticket lottery: 1M offered; 23M sought

Organizers on Wednesday said there were 23 million tickets requested in the latest lottery for Japan residents only.