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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.

In the three-match home series against neighbours, New Zealand, the Tim Paine-led side crushed the Kiwis 3-0 to end their WTC summer campaign.  During the series, David Warner was not up to his best, but the triple ton scorer certainly did ensure that he ended up in the top three run-scorers list for Australia, after having amassed 297 runs. (Photo:AFP)

Australia’s David Warner has a mixed summer after Ashes, home series vs Pak, NZ

However, the summer may not have been the best for Warner, but the 33-year-old did made sure that he remained in touch.

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.

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli runs between wickets during the second one-day international cricket match between New Zealand and India at Eden Park in Auckland. AFP photo

Virat Kohli unperturbed by loss to New Zealand

New Zealand defended a total of 273 by restricting India to 251 in 48.3 overs taking an unassailable 2-0 lead

To go with a winning combination or give much needed game time to Sanju Samson and Manish Pandey? That is the dilemma India are facing ahead of the third and final T20 against Sri Lanka here on Friday. (Photo:AFP)

To test bench strength or not? India face selection dilemma ahead of 3rd T20

An inexperienced Sri Lanka was no match for India and considering that, a case could be made for the inclusion of Pandey and Samson.

Tennis

Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova said the Brisbane International felt like 'a second-hand event' with women relegated to outside courts to make way for men playing the inaugural ATP Cup. (Photo:Twitter)

Maria Sharapova slams 'second-hand' Brisbane event as men take over

The WTA tournament is being run alongside the Brisbane leg of the men's new team tournament, which has taken over centre court.

Sumit Nagal returns to Roger Federer. (Photo: AFP)

Nagallant effort

One of the game’s all-time greatest players, Federer had a word of praise for his opponent from India.

Diego Matos is currently ranked 373 in doubles, with a highest singles ranking of 580 in April 2012. (Photo: Twitter)

Brazilian tennis player Diego Matos handed life ban for match-fixing

Brazil's Diego Matos was given a life ban from professional tennis and fined USD125,000 after being found guilty of match-fixing on Monday.

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.

Football

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) manager Thomas Tuchel said the season so far has been 'very good' for the club.(Photo: AFP)

Season has been 'very good' so far: Thomas Tuchel

Thomas Tuchel feels PSG are moving in the right direction.

Pep Guardiola believes Sergio Aguero is 'irreplaceable' as the Manchester City forward enters the final 18 months of his glorious career in English football. (Photo:AFP)

Pep Guardiola hails 'irreplaceable' Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero

The record-breaking Argentinian is likely to be on the bench as he continues his recovery from a thigh problem.

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.

Nerijus Valskis

Ronaldo good, Messi the best, says Valskis

Chennaiyin FC’s goal scoring machine, Valskis, is eager to watch cricket matches.

Jamie Vardy's side, Leicester City face Mohamed Salah's six-time Champions Trophy winner and runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool on Boxing Day knowing their own title hopes are very much in the balance. (Photo:AFP)

Jamie Vardy dilemma for Leicester City as champions-elect Liverpool lie in wait

Thursday's match will see the second-placed Foxes, the shock 2015/16 champions, kick off 10 points adrift of Liverpool.

In Other sports

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.

Star shuttler Saina Nehwal sailed into the second round with a convincing win over Belgium's Lianne Tan but World championships bronze-medallist B Sai Praneeth and the seasoned Kidambi Srikanth crashed out of the the Malaysia Masters badminton tournament here on Wednesday. (Photo:Twitter)

Malaysia Masters: Saina Nehwal cruises to 2nd round; Sai Praneeth, Srikanth bow out

The London Olymics bronze medallist Saina beat Tan 21-15 21-17 in just 36 minutes of action.

Jwala Gutta shares a light moment with boxer Vijender Singh and wrestler Sushil Kumar at the launch of the Jwala Gutta Academy Of Excellence in New Delhi on Tuesday. (Photo: BIPLAB BANERJEE)

Jwala Gutta launches academy in Hyderabad

The two-time Olympian announced the launch of Jwala Gutta Academy Of Excellence in outskirts of Hyderabad on Tuesday.