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Jul 8, 2015

Cricket-Australia on top as England lose three wickets before lunch

CARDIFF, July 8 (Reuters) – Australia made the most of overcast conditions to leave England with that familiar sinking feeling on the first morning of the first Ashes test on Wednesday.

England captain Alastair Cook’s decision to bat first at Sophia Gardens backfired as the hosts, thrashed 5-0 in Australia in 2013-14, limped to 88 for three at lunch.

Jul 8, 2015

England opt to bat against Australia in first test

CARDIFF (Reuters) – England captain Alastair Cook won the toss and opted to bat in the first Ashes test against Australia on Wednesday.

England left out leg spinner Adil Rashid and paceman Steven Finn from their 13-man squad, retaining the same side that started the last test against New Zealand in May-June.

Jul 8, 2015

Cricket-England opt to bat against Australia in first test

CARDIFF, July 8 (Reuters) – England captain Alastair Cook won the toss and opted to bat in the first Ashes test against Australia on Wednesday.

England left out leg spinner Adil Rashid and paceman Steven Finn from their 13-man squad, retaining the same side that started the last test against New Zealand in May-June.

Jul 7, 2015

Johnson back to express best in time for Ashes – Clarke

CARDIFF (Reuters) – Australia paceman Mitchell Johnson is at full throttle and ready to torment England’s batsmen again in the Ashes series, his captain Michael Clarke said on Tuesday.

The left-armer almost single-handedly reduced England to shreds during the 2013-14 Ashes 5-0 whitewash, taking 37 wickets at 13.97.

Jul 7, 2015

Cricket-Johnson back to express best in time for Ashes – Clarke

CARDIFF, July 7 (Reuters) – Australia paceman Mitchell Johnson is at full throttle and ready to torment England’s batsmen again in the Ashes series, his captain Michael Clarke said on Tuesday.

The left-armer almost single-handedly reduced England to shreds during the 2013-14 Ashes 5-0 whitewash, taking 37 wickets at 13.97.

Jul 4, 2015

Root, England’s Mr Reliable, ready to make Ashes leap

LONDON (Reuters) – Firmly established in the pivotal number five position in England’s batting order, Joe Root is primed for the job of taking on Australia’s vaunted pace attack toe to toe.

The Yorkshireman’s consistency is reflected in his statistics after 27 tests — 2,273 runs and six centuries coming at a highly impressive average of 54.11.

Jul 4, 2015

Cricket-Root, England’s Mr Reliable, ready to make Ashes leap

LONDON, July 4 (Reuters) – Firmly established in the pivotal number five position in England’s batting order, Joe Root is primed for the job of taking on Australia’s vaunted pace attack toe to toe.

The Yorkshireman’s consistency is reflected in his statistics after 27 tests — 2,273 runs and six centuries coming at a highly impressive average of 54.11.

Jun 25, 2015

Mammadov plans to leave lasting memory, Adams triumphs

BAKU (Reuters) – An Azerbaijan tattoo parlour can expect an imminent visit from European Games boxing gold medallist Teymur Mammadov — and he could need plenty of ink.

The light heavyweight celebrated his London 2012 Olympic bronze medal with an Olympic rings tattoo on his right arm and now intends to have his left arm inked after defeating Italian Valentino Manfredonia on Thursday.

Jun 25, 2015

European-Mammadov plans to leave lasting memory, Adams triumphs

BAKU, June 25 (Reuters) – An Azerbaijan tattoo parlour can expect an imminent visit from European Games boxing gold medallist Teymur Mammadov — and he could need plenty of ink.

The light heavyweight celebrated his London 2012 Olympic bronze medal with an Olympic rings tattoo on his right arm and now intends to have his left arm inked after defeating Italian Valentino Manfredonia on Thursday.

Jun 24, 2015

European-Baby joy brings beach inspiration to Portugal’s Fonseca

BAKU, June 24 (Reuters) – Portugal’s beach soccer forward Jose Maria Fonseca faced a personal dilemma — heed his wife’s wishes, stay at home and witness the birth of his first child or play in the inaugural European Games in Azerbaijan.

After much soul-searching, Baku won and on Monday along came baby Alfonso.

“I was very happy and very sad at the same time,” he said of being a long way from home.