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Oct 10, 2013

Cricket-Tendulkar destiny never in doubt

LONDON, Oct 10 (Reuters) – From the moment he took guard as a 16-year-old against Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis on a green-tinged pitch in Karachi in 1989, Sachin Tendulkar’s destiny looked assured.

The diminutive Indian, who announced on Thursday he will retire at the age of 40 after playing a record 200th test against West Indies at home next month, scored only 15.

Sep 23, 2013

Smith true winner of ‘dirtiest race’ in history

LONDON (Reuters) – If anti-doping regulations had been strictly enforced, Calvin Smith, a gifted American sprinter with a distinctive upright style, would have left the 1988 Seoul Games as the Olympic 100 meters champion and world-record holder.

On the day that changed the face of the Olympics and his sport forever, Smith finished fourth behind Ben Johnson, Carl Lewis and Linford Christie. Today he is the only man among the first five finishers in Seoul untouched by a drugs scandal.

Sep 23, 2013

Athletics-Smith true winner of “dirtiest race” in history

LONDON, Sept 23 (Reuters) – If anti-doping regulations had been strictly enforced, Calvin Smith, a gifted American sprinter with a distinctive upright style, would have left the 1988 Seoul Games as the Olympic 100 metres champion and world-record holder.

On the day that changed the face of the Olympics and his sport forever, Smith finished fourth behind Ben Johnson, Carl Lewis and Linford Christie. Today he is the only man among the first five finishers in Seoul untouched by a drugs scandal.

Jul 22, 2013

Former captain Border criticises Australia batsmen

LONDON (Reuters) – Allan Border, the tough Australian who helped transform the fortunes of the national side in the 1980s, said he would have been embarrassed to be one of the top three batsmen of the current team after their humiliation at Lord’s on Sunday.

“Watching today I could honestly say the nine, 10 and jack (number 11) looked more competent than our one, two and three. If that was me in the top three I’d be embarrassed,” Border wrote to Cricket Australia’s subscribers as he delivered a brutally honest assessment.

Jul 22, 2013

Cricket-Former captain Border criticises Australia batsmen

LONDON, July 22 (Reuters) – Allan Border, the tough Australian who helped transform the fortunes of the national side in the 1980s, said he would have been embarrassed to be one of the top three batsmen of the current team after their humiliation at Lord’s on Sunday.

“Watching today I could honestly say the nine, 10 and jack (number 11) looked more competent than our one, two and three. If that was me in the top three I’d be embarrassed,” Border wrote to Cricket Australia’s subscribers as he delivered a brutally honest assessment.

Jul 22, 2013

Australia plumb fresh depths in Ashes

LONDON (Reuters) – England exposed a gulf in class during a 347-run Ashes victory within four days at Lord’s on Sunday which threatens to overwhelm Australia in what is fast becoming a disastrous year.

Australia’s defeat in the second test was the sixth in a row this year after losing 4-0 in India, their worst run since they were thrashed by a mighty West Indies side in the 1980s.

Jul 21, 2013

Cricket-Australia plumb fresh depths

LONDON, July 21 (Reuters) – England exposed a gulf in class during a 347-run Ashes victory within four days at Lord’s on Sunday which threatens to overwhelm Australia in what is fast becoming a disastrous year.

Australia’s defeat in the second test was the sixth in a row this year after losing 4-0 in India, their worst run since they were thrashed by a mighty West Indies side in the 1980s.

Jul 21, 2013

England crush Australia in second Ashes test

LONDON (Reuters) – England completed a crushing 347-run victory over Australia with a day to spare in the second Ashes test on Sunday to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

Set 583 runs to level the series, Australia succumbed for 235 in their second innings with four balls remaining on the fourth day.

Jul 21, 2013

Cricket-England in sight of victory in Lord’s test

LONDON, July 21 (Reuters) – England were in sight of taking a 2-0 lead in the five-match Ashes series within four days at Lord’s on Sunday after reducing Australia to 136 for six in their second innings at tea.

Australia captain Michael Clarke (51) joined forces with Usman Khawaja (54) to take Australia to 134 for three in the afternoon session in pursuit of a purely academic target of 583 before three wickets fell in the space of 27 balls.

Jul 21, 2013

England move closer to crushing win at Lord’s

LONDON (Reuters) – England moved remorselessly towards a crushing victory within four days over Australia in the second Ashes test at Lord’s on Sunday after setting the visitors a notional target of 583 to win.

After batting throughout Saturday’s third day, Alastair Cook declared his team’s second innings closed on 349 for seven after Joe Root had been dismissed for 180.

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