Murray wins to stay world number one

Britain’s Andy Murray beat five-time champion Novak Djokovic to win his first ATP World Tour Finals title and end 2016 as the world number one. With the year-end top ranking on the line, Murray won the much-anticipated final 6-3 6-4 at London’s O2 Arena. “I’m very happy to win and to be world number one is very special,” said the Scot. “It’s very special playing against Novak in a match like this.” Murray, 29, extended his career-best winning run to 24 matches. The victory also ends Djokovic’s four-year run of success at the tournament and the Read more...

Foley died of fluid build-up in lungs

Munster head coach Anthony Foley died after a heart condition caused fluid to build up in his lungs, a French coroner has said. The condition, known as acute pulmonary edema, was caused by “a heart rhythm disorder”, an autopsy revealed. Foley, 42, died on Saturday night at the hotel in Paris where Munster were staying before Sunday’s scheduled game against Racing 92. His funeral will be held in Killaloe, County Clare, on Friday at 12:00 BST. Foley’s body will be flown to Shannon Read more...

Buttler ‘disappointed’ with Bangladesh

Skipper Jos Buttler was “disappointed” by Bangladesh’s pointed celebrations of his dismissal in England’s 34-run defeat in Dhaka on Sunday. Buttler fell lbw to Taskin Ahmed for 57 to leave England 123-7, chasing 239. “You don’t have to run up to a guy. I’m disappointed to get out, but emotions were running high,” said Buttler. “I was a little bit disappointed in the fashion they celebrated. Mainly the way they celebrated by running towards me Read more...

Maxwell powers Australia to Twenty20 win over Sri Lanka

Another remarkable display of power hitting from Glenn Maxwell has helped Australia to a four-wicket win over Sri Lanka for a clean sweep of the two-match Twenty20 series. Maxwell followed up his 145 not out in Tuesday’s 85-run win with a spectacular knock of 66 off 29 balls, including four sixes. The Victorian brought up his 50 off just 18 deliveries equalling his own and David Warner mark. Warner (25 off 24) was more circumspect than his opening partner, and the acting captain’s dismissal brought Read more...

Serena Williams sets grand slam record

World number one Serena Williams set a new Grand Slam record of 308 victories with a win over Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan at the US Open in New York. The 34 year old American, won 6-2 6-3 to pass Roger Federer in the all-time list of matches won at the tennis majors. She moves on to the quarter-finals, where she will face Romanian fifth seed Simona Halep, who beat Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2 7-5. Speaking of her 308th Grand Slam win, Williams said that it is’a huge number’. Halep Read more...

Tillakaratne Dilshan, a game changing cricket player: Arjuna

Minister of Ports and Shipping Arjuna Ranatunga also the Former Test Cricket Captain said yesterday that Tillakaratne Dilshan is a game changing cricket player. The Minister stated this appreciating the great service done for cricket by Tillakaratne Dilshan who initially announced that he is retiring from international cricket. “We shouldn’t forget the commitments that Tillakaratne Dilshan made as a sportsman. He began his cricket career as a middle order batsman. Similarly he is a skillful fielder. Read more...

Steven Smith rested; David Warner to lead Australia in Sri Lanka

Australia’s Steve Smith has been rested to focus on next month’s tour of South Africa leaving David Warner to lead the side for the remainder of the Sri Lanka series. In Smith’s absence, David Warner will captain Australia for the first time. Smith will head home to Australia today and miss the final three ODIs and the two Twenty20 Internationals to follow against Sri Lanka over the coming weeks. Smith, who is Australia’s captain across all formats, said, “I hate missing cricket, but in Read more...

Australia strike first in opening ODI

Half-centuries from Steve Smith and Aaron Finch lifted Australia to a morale-boosting three-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the opening one-day international in Colombo on Sunday. The Aussies put aside their embarrassing 3-0 Test whitewash to grind out a hard-fought victory on a dry slow wicket and take an early advantage in the five-match series. A determined looking Smith led the way with a gritty 58 under lights in the Sri Lankan capital, as the Aussies survived a late flurry of wickets to reach Read more...

Mahela Jayawardene century inspires Somerset into semi-finals

Mahela Jayawardene hit his 21st one-day century as Somerset cruised into the Royal London One-Day Cup semi-finals with a crushing nine-wicket victory against Worcestershire at Taunton. The visitors were bowled out for 210 with only Moeen Ali (81) and Daryl Mitchell (64) making any impression. Both fell to Peter Trego (three for 33) and there were two wickets apiece for Craig Overton and Josh Davey. Under no pressure to score quickly, Jayawadene (117 not out) and Jim Allenby (81) replied with an opening Read more...

Usain Bolt wins 100m gold thrice

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt became the first athlete to win three Olympic 100m titles by beating American Justin Gatlin to gold at Rio 2016. Bolt, 29, ran 9.81 seconds in his final Olympics to replicate his success at Beijing 2008 and London 2012. Gatlin, twice banned for doping offences, finished 0.08 seconds behind Bolt to take silver. “I expected to go faster, but I’m happy that I won,” Bolt told BBC Sport. “I’m here to perform. I did what I had to.” Canada’s Read more...

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