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March 17, 2018 12:00 AM England spinner Crane out of NZ Tests with back fracture

WELLINGTON: England leg-spinner Mason Crane has been ruled out of the rest of the tour of New Zealand and will miss the two Tests with a stress fracture of his back, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has said. The 21-year-old Crane, who made his debut in the fifth Ashes Test in Sydney in January, felt discomfort in his back earlier this week and had two scans

March 16, 2018 12:00 AM England cricket team to tour Sri Lanka for first time in six years

COLOMBO: England will tour Sri Lanka for the first time in over six years to play three Tests, five One-day Internationals (ODIs)and a one-off Twenty20 match, organisers said on Thursday. The tour will begin on October 10 with a day-night ODI at Dambulla, Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement. There will be three day-night ODI matches in all while the T20 will also be a day-night 3

March 14, 2018 12:00 AM Russian exile found dead in London

LONDON: A former senior Russian executive linked to late Kremlin opponent Boris Berezovsky has been found dead in London in unexplained circumstances, British and Russian media reported. Nikolai Glushkov’s death comes amid heightened concern following a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in England and as the government said it would investigate 6

March 14, 2018 12:00 AM New Zealand’s Wright returning to Derbyshire

LONDON: Former New Zealand and India coach John Wright is to return to Derbyshire to oversee their upcoming campaign in English domestic cricket’s Twenty20 Blast competition, the Midlands county announced on Tuesday. Wright knows Derbyshire well, having played for the club during his career as a New Zealand batsman.Last season saw Wright guide Derbyshire 8

March 13, 2018 12:00 AM British comedian Ken Dodd dies

LONDON: British comedian Ken Dodd, a legendary variety performer known for his unruly hair and buck teeth, has died at the age of 90, his publicist said on Monday. Dodd, from Liverpool in northwest England, won millions of fans with his epic stand-up shows filled with non-stop jokes, in which he brandished his trademark colourful "tickling sticks". He made his first 8

March 13, 2018 12:00 AM Casey wins Valspar Championship

MIAMI, Florida: Tiger Woods came up just short of his 80th US PGA Tour title on Sunday at the Valspar Championship, where it was England’s Paul Casey ending a victory drought with a one-stroke triumph. Woods showed he’s a contender again as he fired a one-under-par 70 to share second on nine-under 275 — one stroke behind Casey who surged to his second 10

March 12, 2018 12:00 AM Woods one back as Conners keeps Valspar lead

MIAMI, Florida: Tiger Woods had the crowd roaring, but rookie Corey Conners held his nerve to stay one stroke ahead of the former world number one after three rounds of the Valspar Championship. Woods, playing his fourth US PGA Tour event since returning in January from spinal fusion surgery last April, fired a four-under par 67 that left him tied for second 11

March 11, 2018 12:00 AM Samit Patel ready to visit Pakistan

DUBAI: Islamabad United spinner Samit Patel confirmed on Saturday that he will be visiting Pakistan if the Islamabad United qualify for eliminators stage. Speaking to, he said: “Absolutely, I will be going to Lahore and Karachi if we qualify. I am looking forward to that. I am sure the guys are looking forward to play there. I was unfortunate 9

March 9, 2018 12:00 AM Ronchi adds to Lahore misery as United triumph in HBL PSL

DUBAI: Luke Ronchi hammered what seems like the last nail in Lahore Qalandars’ coffin when he smashed a match-winning 77 to shepherd Islamabad United to an authoritative six-wicket victory in the HBL Pakistan Super League here at the Dubai International Stadium. Once again Lahore, who succumbed to their sixth consecutive defeat in the contest, had their 17

March 8, 2018 12:00 AM Perera leads Sri Lanka to big win against India

COLOMBO: Kusal Perera hit a blazing half-century to power Sri Lanka to a five-wicket win over India in the opening Twenty20 international of the tri-nation tournament on Tuesday. Chasing 175 for victory, the hosts rode on Perera’s 37-ball 66 to achieve their target with nine balls to spare at Colombo’s R Premadasa Stadium.The left-handed Perera, who hit 6 fours 12