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January 15, 2019 12:00 AM Italian ex-militant extradited, jailed

ROME: Former communist militant Cesare Battisti, wanted in Italy for four murders in the 1970s, arrived in Rome on Monday after an international police squad tracked him down and arrested him in Bolivia. Jailed in 1979 for belonging to an armed revolutionary group outlawed in Italy, Battisti escaped from prison two years later, and has spent nearly four decades 13

January 14, 2019 12:00 AM India call up Shankar,: Gill to replace suspended pair

SYDNEY: India Sunday called up all-rounder Vijay Shankar and batsman Shubman Gill for their Australia and New Zealand tours after KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya were ordered home in disgrace over comments made about women. Rahul and Pandya were axed ahead of India’s opening one-day international against Australia in Sydney on Saturday, which the tourists 16

January 12, 2019 12:00 AM ‘Pandya’s comments not reflective of team’

SYDNEY: India captain Virat Kohli Friday distanced his team from controversial comments deemed sexist by all-rounder Hardik Pandya on a TV chat show that sparked social media outrage. Pandya bragged about his prowess with women during an interview on the Indian show that also involved opening batsman KL Rahul, sparking concern about the culture within 13

January 11, 2019 12:00 AM Aussies to tour India for T20s, ODIs from Feb 24

NEW DWELHI: Australia are set to tour India for two T20Is and five ODIs from February 24, Board for Control of Cricket in India confirmed on Thursday. The tour will start in Bengaluru with a T20 and end with an ODI in Delhi on March 13. Visakhapatnam will host the second T20I, while the other ODIs will kick-off in Hyderabad on March 2, with the others 11

January 5, 2019 12:00 AM Southee to captain NZ T20 side

WELLINGTON: Tim Southee was named Friday to captain New Zealand in next week’s one-off Twenty20 match against Sri Lanka. Regular skipper Kane Williamson is to be rested along with Trent Boult and Colin de Grandhomme.Southee, who has captained New Zealand twice before, admitted that leading a side in cricket’s shortest form can be a bit of a gamble 10

January 5, 2019 12:00 AM Khawaja, Siddle recalled to Australia one-day squad

SYDNEY: Veterans Usman Khawaja, Peter Siddle, and Nathan Lyon were Friday recalled to a revamped Australian one-day squad to play India with an eye on the World Cup in England later this year. After a poor run in the limited overs format, selectors ruthlessly axed Travis Head, Chris Lynn, D’Arcy Short, Ben McDermott and all-rounder Ashton Agar.Bowling 11

January 1, 2019 12:00 AM Wounded City ready to fight Liverpool, insists Kompany

MANCHESTER: Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany admitted the Premier League champions’ pride has been wounded by a recent shock run of three defeats in four Premier League games to fall seven points behind league leaders Liverpool. But ahead of the visit of Jurgen Klopp’s men to the Etihad on Thursday, Kompany issued a rallying cry to the City squad 9

December 31, 2018 12:00 AM Labuschange added to Australia squad for Sydney Test

MELBOURNE: Leg-spinning all-rounder Marnus Labuschagne was Sunday added to Australia’s squad for the fourth and final Test against India in Sydney, beginning Thursday. Australia go into the game at the Sydney Cricket Ground 2-1 down in the four-Test series after a crushing 137-run defeat in Melbourne. They had previously named a 13-man squad for both Melbourne 14

December 27, 2018 12:00 AM Modric wins Croatian sportsman of the year award

ZAGREB: Luka Modric added to his collection of awards after a successful 2018 when he was named Croatian sportsman of the year on Wednesday. Sandra Perkovic, five times European champion in discus, won the women’s award. The football squad, runners-up in the World Cup, were named Croatian team of the year after a vote by 322 journalists.Modric led his country 18

December 23, 2018 12:00 AM Paterson called up for Boxing Day Test

JOHANNESBURG: Fast bowler Dane Paterson has been called up to South Africa’s squad for the Boxing Day Test against Pakistan. Paterson’s inclusion has been made to provide back-up after Vernon Philander’s thumb fracture ruled him out, but he is unlikely to play. “Duanne Olivier was the initial back-up bowler, so he will play, and Paterson will provide 15