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De Silva ton lifts Sri Lanka against Kiwis

WT24 Desk Batsman Dhananjaya de Silva struck a defiant 109 to lift Sri Lanka to 244 against New Zealand on day three of the rain-hit second Test in Colombo on Saturday, AFP reports. De Silva moved from his overnight 32 to complete his fifth Test century after Sri Lanka resumed the day on 144 for six at Colombo’s P. Sara ...

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Napoli signs Mexico winger Lozano from PSV Eindhoven

WT24 Desk Naples — Napoli has signed Mexico winger Hirving Lozano from PSV Eindhoven, AP reports. Napoli announced the deal Friday but did not disclose the transfer fee, which is reported to be up to 40 million euros ($44 million). Lozano returns to the Champions League with the Carlo Ancelotti-coached Serie A runner-up after PSV was eliminated in the qualifying ...

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Ronaldo says Messi ‘made him better player’

WT24 Desk Cristiano Ronaldo admitted on Wednesday his long-time rivalry with Lionel Messi has made him “a better player” and that he enjoys a “healthy” rivalry with the Argentine great, AFP reports. However, Portuguese star Ronaldo, whose influence at Real Madrid mirrored that of Messi at Barcelona before he left for Juventus, admitted that the pair have never socialised together.“I ...

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Australia rule out bouncer battle despite Smith blow

WT24 Desk Australia coach Justin Langer has told his side to avoid being drawn into a bouncer battle after Steve Smith was ruled out of the third Ashes Test against England, AFP reports. Star batsman Smith suffered delayed concussion symptoms after being hit on his neck by a 92 mph bouncer from England fast bowler Jofra Archer during the drawn ...

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Man U held 1-1 by Wolves

WT24 Desk Manchester United were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw against Wolves after Paul Pogba’s penalty was saved by Rui Patricio at Molineux on Monday, AFP reports. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side took the lead through Anthony Martial’s second Premier League goal of the season in the first half. Ruben Neves hit a brilliant equaliser for Wolves after the ...

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Bayern completes loan signing of Coutinho from Barcelona

WT24 Desk Munich — Bayern Munich completed the loan signing of Brazil playmaker Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona on Monday, AP reports. The German club said the 27-year-old Coutinho passed a medical examination on Sunday and signed a contract through June 2020, when it has the option of making the loan permanent. “All parties have agreed not to disclose any financial ...

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Ton-up Karunaratne leads Sri Lanka to New Zealand Test win

WT24 Desk Captain Dimuth Karunaratne scored 122 as Sri Lanka chased down 268 for the loss of just four wickets to win the first Test against New Zealand at Galle on Sunday and take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series, AFP reports. Karunaratne posted his ninth Test hundred along with enjoying a record-equalling opening partnership of 161 with Lahiru ...

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Former Indian cricketer Chandrasekhar commits suicide

WT24 Desk Former Indian national cricketer VB Chandrasekhar has died in what investigators suspect was suicide prompted by worries about debt, police said Friday, AFP reports. Chandrasekhar, 57, was found in his bedroom by his family in the southern city of Chennai on Thursday evening, police investigator Senthil Murugan said. “We have booked a case of unnatural death. According to ...

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PSG and French football braced for Neymar exit

WT24 Desk The saga of Neymar’s seemingly inevitable departure from Paris Saint-Germain is proving a long, drawn out affair bringing the curtain down on what will ultimately feel like a fleeting and failed experiment, AFP reports. Having arrived in France in 2017 hoping a world-record transfer to PSG would help him emerge from the shadow of Lionel Messi at Barcelona ...

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Calm and in control, Frappart blazes trail for female refs

WT24 Desk Istanbul  — In the highest-profile men’s game yet for a female referee, Stéphanie Frappart made it look like any other, AP reports. A month after she oversaw the Women’s World Cup final, the French ref dealt with everything in Wednesday’s Super Cup game between Liverpool and Chelsea — star players’ tantrums, soccer’s tangled handball rules, and the physical ...

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