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May 19, 2018 12:00 AM Australia women add Nitschke, Noffke as assistant coaches

MELBOURNE: Shelley Nitschke and Ashley Noffke joined the Australian women’s set-up as assistant coaches on Friday (May 18). The duo is set to remain with the Australian side for two World T20s to be held in the West Indies and at home in 2018 and 2020 respectively. Nitschke, the spinning all-rounder, who played 80 ODIs for Australia, and Noffke, the seam bowling 2

May 19, 2018 12:00 AM Spanish-trained trio in Saudi pre-WC squad

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Argentine coach Juan Antonio Pizzi has called up three players who trained at La Liga clubs to his expanded pre-World Cup squad ahead of a training camp in Switzerland. The 28-man squad, which will meet up on Sunday, includes players sent to Spain’s La Liga in January to gain vital experience as part of an agreement between the kingdom’s 1

May 19, 2018 12:00 AM Thomas and Uber Cup events: China brings badminton big guns to Bangkok

BANGKOK: Team China is hoping for a clean sweep of this year’s Thomas and Uber cups in Bangkok, sending in men’s badminton big guns Chen Long, Shi Yuqui and Lin Dan as their women shuttlers aim for a fourth win on the spin. The prestigious biennial event, which starts Sunday, brings together 16 top teams from five continents for a week of intense competition 1

May 19, 2018 12:00 AM Japan coach Nishino plays safe in shadow World Cup squad

TOKYO: New Japan coach Akira Nishino flagged his World Cup intentions on Friday by turning to his big hitters for the home friendly with Ghana on May 30. Talismanic Japan forward Keisuke Honda and playmaker Shinji Kagawa — both thought to have been at loggerheads with sacked coach Vahid Halilhodzic — were included by Nishino among a group of 27 players

May 18, 2018 12:00 AM Lanning, Raj to feature in women’s exhibition T20

MUMBAI: Australia captain Meg Lanning, superstar all-rounder Ellyse Perry and India ODI captain Mithali Raj are set to be part of the IPL Supernovas team in the Women’s T20 exhibition match in Mumbai. They will face an IPL Trailblazers side that includes Jhulan Goswami, the highest wicket-taker in women’s ODIs, the prolific New Zealand opener Suzie Bates

May 17, 2018 12:00 AM Stanlake dumps Yorkshire to chase Australia Test dream

SYDNEY: Australian fast bowler Billy Stanlake has been withdrawn from his deal with Yorkshire for the Vitality T20 Blast as he switches his focus to proving that he has a future at Test level. The late change of heart, determined by Cricket Australia and Stanlake’s representatives following Justin Langer’s appointment as head coach, leaves Yorkshire 1

May 17, 2018 12:00 AM Canada’s inaugural T20 league to begin in June

TORONTO: Global T20 Canada, the new six-team franchise league organised by Cricket Canada, will take place between June 28 and July 15. Each team will play six games in the league phase: an initial round-robin followed by a single-match second round in which the teams will play one other opponent. The top four teams after the league phase advance to the playoffs

May 14, 2018 12:00 AM World Cup hero Mansoor buried

KARACHI: Pakistan’s hero of World Cup 1994 Olympian Mansoor Ahmed, who had passed away on Saturday after a protracted heart ailment, was buried in a Defence graveyard on Sunday. A large member of his friends and hockey players and officials attended his funeral prayers held at Sultan Mosque in DHA. PHF secretary Shahbaz Ahmed came from Islamabad to attend 1

May 14, 2018 12:00 AM After 1,235 games, Wenger bids emotional farewell to Arsenal

HUDDERSFIELD, United Kingdom: Arsene Wenger admitted it was hard to keep his emotions in check as the Arsenal manager brought the curtain down on his 22-year reign with a 1-0 win at Huddersfield on Sunday. After 7,895 days and 1,235 games, it was ‘au revoir’ to Wenger as the Frenchman took charge of Arsenal for the last time.Wenger has been on a nostalgia-tinged

May 13, 2018 12:00 AM Punjab Boxing C’ship begins with grand opening ceremony

LAHORE: Secretary Sports Punjab Aamir Jan inaugurated Inter-Division Punjab Open Boxing Championship in a grand colourful opening ceremony at Nishtar Park Sports Complex Gymnasium Hall on Saturday. Aamir Jan on this occasion said that British boxer Amir Khan will arrive on May 14 to attend the closing ceremony of Inter-Division Punjab Open Boxing Championship