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Captain Kohli, Vijay put India ahead

India captain Virat Kohli maintained his red-hot form as he and Murali Vijay struck fine centuries to help the hosts overtake England on day three of the fourth Test at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai yesterday. The hosts, leading 2-0 in the five-match series, reached 451-7FULL STORY

Man United, Tottenham in scramble to stay in touch

The threat of a long, dark winter hangs over Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United as they prepare to host Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford in the Premier League today. Without a home win in four league games, United trail fifth-placed Tottenham by six points and will beFULL STORY

Guardiola says that over-exposure will ‘kill’ players

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola on Friday said that plans to increase the FIFA World Cup to 48 teams as well the global saturation of soccer is going to “kill” players. Guardiola said he wants to see rules changed to allow for up to six substitutesFULL STORY

Hoffenheim keep unbeaten record in draw with Frankfurt

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim maintained their unbeaten record in the Bundesliga this season after a 0-0 draw away to Eintracht Frankfurt in a spiky encounter at the Commerzbank Arena on Friday. Julian Nagelsmann’s side have won six and drawn eight of their 14 league games this seasonFULL STORY

Tigers roar to first place with win

By Jason Pan

The Dacin Tigers improved to 8-2 as big center Sim Bhullar from India made a double-double to lead his team to a 71-67 victory over Taiwan Beer in Super Basketball League action last night. It was a battle between the top two import players, with BhullarFULL STORY

Parker wins in contentious decision

New Zealander Joseph Parker claimed the vacant WBO world heavyweight boxing title yesterday with a contentious majority-points decision against Mexico’s Andy Ruiz. Two judges called the fight 115-113 in favor of Parker and the third had it 114-114, improving Parker’s career record to 22-0. Ruiz came intoFULL STORY

Rockets defeat Thunder, despite Westbrook’s feat

Russell Westbrook’s seventh straight triple-double put him in rare company, but it could not lift the Oklahoma City Thunder past the Houston Rockets on Friday. Westbrook scored 27 points, handed out 10 assists and pulled down 10 rebounds to become the first player since Chicago BullsFULL STORY

Hockey legend Gretzky lauds concussion rules

Wayne Gretzky applauded the use of centralized concussion spotters as part of the NHL’s effort to better protect players. “When I played — one of my kids asked me if I ever got a concussion — I can honestly tell you I don’t even know, becauseFULL STORY

Blue Jackets extend streak with 4-1 win over Detroit

Brandon Dubinsky on Friday scored a tiebreaking goal in the second period as the surging Columbus Blue Jackets won their fifth straight game, 4-1 over the Detroit Red Wings. Lukas Sedlak got his first NHL goal for the Blue Jackets, who have earned at least aFULL STORY

Howell ties course record

David Howell yesterday came from nowhere to shoot a record-equalling 63 at the UBS Hong Kong Open, as the former Ryder Cup player rediscovered long-lost form to surge up the leaderboard. The 41-year-old world No. 228, who defeated then-world No. 1 Tiger Woods to win theFULL STORY

Russia’s response to anti-doping report is troubling

Troubling as the details of the McLaren report were, a news item out of Russia earlier this week was equally so. The new chair of the country’s “revamped” anti-doping agency will be Yelena Isinbayeva, the pole vault great who has spent the past year thumbingFULL STORY

Meads battles cancer with magic ‘cure’

Legendary All Blacks hardman Colin Meads believes he is winning his battle with cancer, with a mystery “cure” helping him defy medical predictions to stay alive. The 80-year-old, in his first interview since being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in August, said the cancer had notFULL STORY

Baseball staff gather for Rule 5 draft

On Thursday, at precisely 9am, virtually every front-office executive in baseball, as well as scores of scouts, agents and most writers covering the sport, gathered in an enormous banquet hall at the Gaylord Hotel in Oxon Hill, Maryland. They came together for the Rule 5 draft,FULL STORY

‘Field of Dreams’ Iowa baseball complex approved

The Iowa Supreme Court seems to agree with Kevin Costner that there is no better place to play baseball than on fields cut out of the corn. The court on Friday cleared the way for a 24-field baseball complex at the Field of Dreams movie siteFULL STORY

S African rugby makes decisions amid horror run

In a move compared to turkeys voting for Christmas, members of South African rugby’s ruling general council on Friday reduced some of their own powers, part of a major shake-up prompted by the dramatic fall from grace of the Springboks. Among the changes approved by theFULL STORY

Andrew, Puts spring surprises at short-course event

US teenager Michael Andrew and Jesse Puts of the Netherlands were upset winners on Friday at the Short Course World Swimming Championships in Windsor, Canada. The 17-year-old Andrew, whose age-group success has seen him tipped as a multi-medal threat in the mold of Olympic superstar MichaelFULL STORY

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TOUCH RUGBY Beasts top table The Taipei Beasts topped the Taipei Touch Association’s Winter League table after running unbeaten up until their final game in group play at the Bailing Rugby Fields in Shilin District yesterday. They came within a single play of going undefeated, with theirFULL STORY

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