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  1. Kuldeep Yadav became only the third Indian to take an ODI hat-trick, India v Australia, 2nd ODI, Kolkata, September 21, 2017/ICC Twitter KOLKATA: Kuldeep Yadav´s maiden hat-trick and a fluent 92 by Virat Kohli helped India cruise to a 50-run win over Australia in the second one-day international in Kolkata on Thursday. Yadav once again combined with fellow wrist spinner Yuzvendra Chahal to dismiss the visitors for 202 in 43.1 overs while chasing 253 and earn India a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. Left-arm wrist spinner Yadav and fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar claimed three wickets each while Chahal and paceman Hadik Pandya took two each. But it was Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane, who scored 55, who laid the foundation for the victory with their 102-run second-wicket partnership that made India post 252 all out. "We didn´t feel like we had enough on the board at the break. But we knew if we had a good start we (would) have a good chance of defending it," said Kohli, who received the man of the match award. "Bhuvi´s (Kumar) spell became even more important because we knew the wrist-spinners would do damage in the middle. The deliveries he got the batsmen out with were unplayable." Kohli added: "You can count on Bhuvi for getting the breakthroughs. Two young spinners bowling with a lot of heart, speaks volumes about their characters." MS Dhoni's brilliance accounts for Glenn Maxwell, India v Australia, 2nd ODI, Kolkata, September 21, 2017/BCCI Kumar struck early after removing the two Australian openers, including David Warner for one, in an inspired first spell that lasted six overs. Skipper Steve Smith, who made 59, and Travis Head then forged a 76-run partnership as the duo tried to steady the innings by counter attacking the Indian bowlers. But the introduction of spin once again proved troublesome for the visitors with leg-spinner Chahal sending back Head, for 39, and then the big-hitting Glenn Maxwell, for 14. Maxwell, who looked threatening with two sixes during his brief stay, was stumped by wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni who was quick to clip the bails off. Smith though carried on the good work to register a gritty 50 in his 100th ODI but the delight was short lived after he fell to paceman Hardik Pandya. Yadav strikes Yadav, playing just his ninth ODI, then turned on the heat with his triple strike in the 33rd over that spelt doom for the visitors. He got wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade (2), Ashton Agar (0) and Pat Cummins (0) to become only the third Indian after pacemen Chetan Sharma and Kapil Dev to record an ODI hat-trick. Marcus Stoinis remained unbeaten on 62, but his valiant knock came too late in the day as Kumar, who returned figures of 3-9 in his 6.1 overs, wiped up the tail. "We were pretty happy with 250, thought we pulled things back pretty well. Did a really good job there. Batters though made poor decisions, and you can´t do that against a quality team like India," said Smith. "Stoinis was good at the end there, just needed someone to bat with. One of the top four needs to go on and make a hundred," he added. Earlier fast bowlers Nathan Coulter-Nile and Kane Richardson claimed three wickets each to pull things back for the visitors after India started off strongly. Pandya and Kumar also scored 20 each to add valuable runs to the total with their 35-run seventh-wicket partnership. There was also a bit of drama in the 48th over of the Indian innings when Pandya was caught off a no-ball, but Smith ran him out only to see the batsman walking off the ground following a slight drizzle. Smith and company tried to argue with the on-field umpires for their run out call but in vain. The third match is scheduled for Sunday in Indore.
  2. An aerial view of the Younis Khan cricket stadium in Miranshah. Photo: Peshawar Zalmi UK Media XI won the toss and opted to field against Pakistan XI in Miranshah, a town in the North Waziristan Agency of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. The match, being held at the picturesque Younis Khan Stadium in Miranshah, is part of a series titled Peace Cup, organised by the Pakistan Army, Pakistan Cricket Board and PSL franchise Peshawar Zalmi. Prominent players in action include Inzamam ul Haq, Shahid Afridi, Younis Khan, Kamran Akmal, Junaid Khan, Umer Gul, Mushtaq Ahmed, Riaz Afridi and Wajhatullah Wasti, according to a press release from Peshawar Zalmi. The UK team, on the other hand, is part of an 18-member group of journalists, lawyers, businessmen and academics aged between 21-62, which is touring Pakistan with the aim to improve the country's image as a sporting nation. Peshawar Zalmi chairman Javed Afridi shared scenes from the venue earlier today. ?Welcome to the Peace Land,? he said in a tweet. ?Say No Terrorism,? he tweeted. Major General Asif Ghafoor, the Director General of ISPR, had announced the match via Twitter on Wednesday. ?Cricket in NWA. Pak XI plays UK Media XI on 21 Sep 17. Live telecast from Miranshah. Peace & prosperity is our destiny,? the DG ISPR had tweeted.
  3. Paris Saint-Germain kept their perfect start to the season going on Sunday, but the 2-0 win over Lyon also laid bare certain tensions in their all-star front line. PSG were leading 1-0 at the Parc des Princes when they won a penalty with 10 minutes remaining for a foul on Kylian Mbappe, making his home debut. Having already scored three times from the spot this season, Edinson Cavani assumed the responsibility would once again be his. Neymar tried to get the ball from the Uruguayan but it was Cavani who eventually took it. And his effort was brilliantly saved, Anthony Lopes tipping the ball onto the bar. "The penalties are taken by a couple of players, one is Cavani and the other is Neymar. There needs to be a gentleman's agreement on the pitch to decide who takes the penalties," coach Unai Emery admitted later. "We will sort things out internally for the next time, because I think they are both capable of taking them, and I want the two of them to mix up who takes them." Those comments, and the fact Cavani was unsuccessful from the spot, suggests Neymar will get his chance in future. Cavani himself tried to play down any rift telling Uruguayan radio this kind of thing happened all the time in football. "I don?t know why people believe these stories. The truth is this kind of thing is normal, something that happens in football," Cavani told Uruguay?s Radio Universal. "The truth is there?s no problem at all." "He (Neymar) just arrived, he will surely emerge more and more. As I?ve said from the very beginning, we all have the positivity and willingness to help him adapt in the best way possible. I think he has shown he?s adapting quickly," said Cavani. The Brazilian had previously tried and failed to grab the ball from Cavani when a penalty was awarded in the 3-0 win over Saint-Etienne last month. Cavani scored that time. 'Everything is fine' Earlier in Sunday's game, the duo disagreed over who should take a free-kick with the match still goalless. Dani Alves intervened to give his compatriot the ball on that occasion, and Neymar's strike was saved. "They are two great players. They want to score goals. There are no problems between them, everything is fine," insisted PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe. Most coaches would envy the embarrassment of riches at Emery's disposal. The 'MCN' front line of Mbappe, Cavani and Neymar has cost the capital club 466 million euros ($557 million, £411 million) but now the coach has to somehow keep them all happy. Cavani scored a remarkable 49 goals in all competitions last season and already has nine this season -- it would have been 10 had the opener against Lyon not been credited as a Marcelo own goal. But Cavani, who previously lived in the shadow of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has seen PSG commit the two biggest transfer fees in history to sign Neymar and Mbappe. And 222 million-euro man Neymar has come to Paris to be the main man after spending four years in Lionel Messi's shadow at Barcelona. "This victory has exposed tensions between Neymar and Cavani," said sports daily L'Equipe on its front page on Monday. The 'MCN' scored eight goals between them in their first two matches together against Metz (5-1) and Celtic (5-0), but Sunday was less encouraging. Cavani saw very little of the ball, while Neymar and Mbappe were relatively subdued, even if they combined to force PSG's second on the night, a Jeremy Morel own goal. Julian Draxler, a 40 million-euro signing from Wolfsburg in January, was also shoehorned into the team on Sunday but overloading the side with attacking stars is to the detriment of the overall balance. PSG have not slipped up yet, but Sunday's game showed that Emery has plenty on his plate.
  4. Riz Ahmed with his Emmys award/AFP British-Pakistani actor Rizwan ?Riz? Ahmed made history Sunday night by becoming the first male actor of Asian descent to win an Emmy award for acting. Ahmed bagged Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series award for his portrayal of Nasir "Naz" Khan in HBO's eight-part production ?The Night Of?, which follows the story of a young Pakistani college student who becomes embroiled in a complex New York City murder case with cultural and political overtones. Riz Ahmed during his Emmys speech/REUTERS "I want to say it is always strange reaping the rewards of a story based on real world suffering," Ahmed said in his Emmys acceptance speech. "But if this show has shown a light on some of the prejudice in our societies, xenophobia, some of the injustice in our justice system, then maybe that is something." Riz Ahmed in 'The Night Of' The actor has been very vocal about how the representation of minorities can shift negative perspectives. "In terms of US and the UK, I?m really proud to be a Londoner. I?m really proud to be from the UK. I?m also really aware that actors of color often have more opportunity in the US, but I think ultimately now we see that TV in particular is a global medium," he said in the Emmys press room after his win, Buzzfeed reported. "People are streaming shows or watching them all around the world. Hopefully we?ll see a globalization of our storytelling," he added. A scene from 'The Night Of' Before Ahmed, only one actor of Asian descent had ever won an acting Emmy: The Good Wife's Archie Panjabi, who won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2010.
  5. One of the postergirls of Indian badminton and arguably a rising force on the international circuit, Pusarla Venkata Sindhu continued to her marauding run and downed Japan's Nozomi Okuhara in the summit clash of the Korea Open Super Series. Thanks to her monumental triumph, Sindhu became the first-ever Indian in history to win the Korea Open title. After losing the World Championships final to the same opponent, the 22-year-old finally exacted revenge on her Japanese counterpart to eke out a hard-fought 21-19, 21-10 win. It was also the third Super Series title win for the Indian shuttler in her ever-improving career. From celebrities to fans, Sindhu's win earned her plaudits from every corner of the country. Such was the extent of her dominance on the court, that she even garnered praise from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who was also celebrating his 67th birthday on Sunday. Congratulations to @Pvsindhu1 on emerging victorious in the Korea Open Super Series. India is immensely proud of her accomplishment: PM — PMO India (@PMOIndia) September 17, 2017 If Sindhu's antics on the court got the social media buzzing, her antics off the court also won over Indian fans. With the wishes pouring in in abundance, Sindhu took out some time to reply to Modi's tweet and dedicated her win to the Indian PM. I dedicate this Victory for our beloved Prime Minister Shri Modiji on his Birthday for his untiring and self less services to our Country. https://t.co/frsNmZvtkK — Pvsindhu (@Pvsindhu1) September 17, 2017 In a sweet gesture that only earned her more respect, Sindhu took to Twitter and wrote: "I dedicate this Victory for our beloved Prime Minister Shri Modiji on his Birthday for his untiring and self less services to our Country". This isn't the first time when Sindhu has praised Modi. Back in 2016, Sindhu had also lauded the Indian Prime Minister for his initiative of appointing a 'Task Force' for the next three Olympics. Conferred Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, an elated Sindhu termed Modi's initiative as "great idea". "Great day for me to have spoken to PM Modi. An Olympic medal and now Khel Ratna today on national sports day. Great idea, he has also assured us that if we have any ideas or suggestion we can give them. So great initiative," Sindhu had said. Here's how the Twitterverse reacted to Sindhu's respectable gesture for PM Modi: Salute you @Pvsindhu1. You are being so brave & humble.More championship titles to you.The nation cheers for you !! — Rajinder Raina (@rraina1481) September 17, 2017 You have won our heartsððð — Seema Choudhary (@Seems3r) September 17, 2017 Probably the BEST BEST EVER gift to @narendramodi ji on his birthday. Thanks #Sindhu. — ନାà¬à¬à¬¾ à¬à¬¿à¬¤à­à¬°à¬à¬° (@ahkhil) September 17, 2017 That was equally selfless of you. You aren't just a great sportswoman but a wonderful human being too. More power to you.#PVSindhu @PMOIndia — GhoseSpot (@SandipGhose) September 17, 2017 This is the best #HappyBirthdayPM message.All of us wished ,but your one is special due to the value it added to the Nation — Jayashankar (@jaypanicker) September 17, 2017 I love you even more now, PV Sindhu!! That 56 stroke rally that you won to go from 18 to 19 was the best badminton I've seen in a long time! — Harish Puri (@harishbpuri) September 17, 2017 Wow! Super talented with a heart of Gold.. We are so proud of you! May you shine ever more brighter .. — Mona kanwal (@monakaran) September 17, 2017
  6. Gareth Bale responded in style to his critics with a fine finish as Real Madrid got back to winning ways with a 3-1 win at Real Sociedad on Sunday. Borja Mayoral rewarded a bright start by Real with his first Madrid goal before Sociedad's Kevin Rodrigues scored at both ends to give the visitors a 2-1 half-time lead. And Bale secured the three points as he sped past Rodrigues and dinked the ball over Geronimo Rulli for just his second goal of the season on the hour mark. Victory moves the European champions up to fourth and within four points of leaders Barcelona. Bale had received stinging criticism from the Spanish press and Madrid fans for his underwhelming displays in Ronaldo's absence in recent weeks as Real dropped points at home to Valencia and Levante. "It's great to always score, but the most important thing was to get the three points for the team, get back on track and get back to winning ways," Bale told Spanish TV station Movistar. "I just have to try to keep my head down and keep working hard and that's all I can do. "I can't control what goes on, I can only control how hard I work on the pitch. "You go through ups and downs in your career -- it is how you bounce back." Without the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo, as he completed a five-game ban, and injured Karim Benzema, Zinedine Zidane handed 20-year-old Mayoral a shock start up front. And the Frenchman's faith was rewarded inside 20 minutes when Mayoral swept home a loose ball with a classy finish from close range. Mayoral's strike meant Madrid have now matched a world record of scoring in 73 consecutive games set by Pele's Santos in the 1960s. Crazy 60 seconds However, the visitors' joy lasted just nine minutes as Rodrigues levelled thanks to a blunder from Keylor Navas. Rodrigues fired Alvaro Odriozola's cross towards goal on the volley, but the Real 'keeper should have made a comfortable stop rather than letting the ball slip under his grasp. The match was then held up as a cameraman had to be stretchered off with his leg heavily strapped as he was injured from fans surging forward from a temporary stand behind the goal Sociedad were defending. Once the game got back underway, a crazy 60 seconds for Rodrigues swung the match back in Madrid's favour. The left-back was inches away from bagging a second when his looping effort came back off the bar. However, Real broke straight up the other end and the unfortunate Rodrigues turned Mayoral's cross into his own net. Bale sealed the points after the break by scoring for the fifth straight match at Anoeta as his pace took him beyond the Sociedad defence before coolly chipping over the advancing Rulli. Earlier, Alaves sacked Argentine coach Luis Zubeldia after just four games in charge as they slipped to the bottom of La Liga with a 3-0 defeat at home to Villarreal. Zubeldia failed to muster a point or even a solitary goal in his brief stint in charge with defeats to Leganes, Barcelona and Celta Vigo also sealing his fate. By contrast, Sevilla's impressive start to the season continued with victory on the road at Girona to move up to second. Luis Muriel's first goal for the club since completing a 20 million euro ($24 million) move from Sampdoria was enough for a 1-0 win. And former Chelsea striker Loic Remy also bagged his first goal for Las Palmas to secure a 1-0 win over Athletic Bilbao.
  7. LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Maryam Nawaz has congratulated workers and supporters for voting in favour of her party in the much-hyped by-election in NA-120, Lahore-III. "I congratulate you PML-N tigers," she said, while speaking to supporters. "Nawaz Sharif called me before arriving here and asked me to thank people of the constituency." The PML-N leader said the people in the constituency have proven that they love Nawaz Sharif, adding, "Now, it's the time for Imran Khan to cry." ?Your 60 thousand votes equal six million votes. I know what's happening to PML-N people for the last two days. Our supporters with their faces covered with black clothes were picked up,? Maryam told the crowd. Maryam said the PML-N was all alone in this fight, but defeated all conspirators. "You took the brunt of the attack against Nawaz Sharif," she said, while hailing people of the constituency. "The people have rejected the verdict of the Supreme Court." She said the people have proven that Nawaz Sharif is still their prime minister, regardless of the SC verdict.
  8. Hanaa Lakhani, Moneed Mian, Hasan Usmani, and CEO Gia Farooqi with former US President Bill Clinton. Photo: Hult Prize Foundation Four Pakistani-American students have made Pakistan proud by winning the prestigious Hult Prize challenge and a $1 million award in seed capital. Rutgers University graduates Hanaa Lakhani, Moneed Mian, Hasan Usmani, as well as CEO Gia Farooqi, are one step closer to turning their idea for tackling the global refugee crisis into reality with Roshni Rides ? a transportation network to empower refugees overseas, the Huffington Post reported. The Hult Prize Foundation, a nonprofit organization for social enterprise, last year presented students with its eighth annual goal-oriented contest to develop a startup venture to restore the rights and dignity of one million refugees by 2022. After several stages of competition, six finalists including Team Roshni Rides were selected from more than 50,000 applicants from over 100 countries. The business model is a formalized rickshaw shuttle service that aims to offer fixed, affordable commuting prices to urbanized refugees in South Asia, where transportation options are often limited. Easily accessible local travel will help refugees in having easier access to education and employment opportunities, the team members said. Former President Bill Clinton, a key Hult Prize partner, declared Roshni Rides the winner of this year?s challenge. ?This is a private solution to a public problem that will have a big impact,? he said. The Roshni Ride team from Rutgers University poses after winning the Hult Prize Finals on Saturday. Photo: Hult Prize Foundation All four team members plan to relocate to southern Pakistan, so they can use their award money to bring their business idea to life. They intend to return to Orangi Town, where they conducted field research over the summer. Farooqi, 22, said the refugee-focused challenge posed a politically poignant issue for her team. There was a lot of news coverage surrounding the Syrian refugee crisis when it was announced last October, she added. Participating in the Hult Prize challenge to support refugees in Muslim-majority Pakistan and beyond gave her a platform to represent the US on a global stage as an American Muslim, Farooqi said. ?America is diverse and looks different,? she added. ?Anybody can help anybody, no matter what you look like.? Farooqi said it felt ?very unsafe and almost uncomfortable? to be a Muslim in America after President Donald Trump?s 2016 election campaign, which focused heavily on a ban to halt the entry of refugees and other citizens from predominantly Muslim nations into the United States. ?Being Muslim, and feeling very connected to our global Muslim family, it just became something that was so much more than a competition,? she said.
  9. It was in 2016 when the first glimpse of a potential rivalry between PV Sindhu and Nozomi Okuhara came to fore. While Sindhu carried India's medal hopes, Okuhara was looking to enter her maiden Olympics final ahead of their semi-finals clash in Rio. But, a gritty display by the Hyderabadi shuttler - a 21-19, 21-10 win - ensured her Japanese counterpart's Olympic campaign finally came to an end. Round 1 of the Sindhu-Okuhara rivalry was comfortably won by the Indian badminton's postergirl who eventually had to settle for silver after losing the women's singles final to Spain's Carolina Marin at the Rio Olympics. But, Okuhara wasn't done yet. Reuters The two competitors once again came face-to-face in the last month's World Championships final. Following her Rio win, Sindhu was undoubtedly the favourite, but Okuhara had other plans. The 22-year-old, labelled the underdog in the David vs Goliath fight, stunned everyone including the Indian star to pull off a brilliant 21-19, 20-22, 22-20 win in Glasgow. With the Round 2 going in favour of Okuhara, a relatively new rivalry in women's singles on the international badminton scene was born. Reuters On 17 September, the two inseperable competitors found each other yet again in the final - this time in Korea Open Super Series. With their rivalry nicely poised at 1-1, the two had undeniably traded tags of David and Goliath. And, only the very adventurous would have ventured into naming their favourite in this one. But, it was Sindhu who was destined to exact sweet revenge for her heart-wrenching loss in Glasgow. In an energy-sapping contest that lasted an hour and 23 minutes, the 22-year-old Indian eked out a 22-20, 11-21, 20-18 victory over her Japanese counterpart. The winning point! #Sindhu wins the Korea Super Series title! ð #Congratulations @Pvsindhu1 #OGQ is proud of you. pic.twitter.com/URDIkuYnH8 — OGQ (@OGQ_India) September 17, 2017 Apart from taking a 2-1 lead in their personal rivalry, Sindhu also etched her name in the history books as the first-ever Indian shuttler to win the Korea Open Super Series. It was the third Super Series title of Sindhu's career. Thanks to her win, Sindhu is now level 4-4 in the head-to-head record against the Japanese and in the process, she also broke Okuhara's 14-match winning streak. PV Sindhu scripts history in Seoul! She becomes the first Indian to win #KoreaSS and avenges her Glasgow loss. Congratulations! ð¥ pic.twitter.com/tRWORExdrG — PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) September 17, 2017 At 22 Pusarla Venkata Sindhu is a legend. What a player ! Congratulations on this stunning finals win.Most breathtaking badminton @Pvsindhu1 pic.twitter.com/qIrwaMbk37 — Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) September 17, 2017 T 2550 - YEEEEEAAAHHHHHH !! SHE HAS DONE IT !! PV SINDHU WINS THE SUPER SERIES, IN KOREA .. 1ST INDIAN TO DO SO .. SWEET REVENGE !! ð®ð³ð®ð³ð¹ð pic.twitter.com/032W8vxdJX — Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) September 17, 2017 Congrats PV Sindhu For Making Us Proud Again By Winning #KoreaSS Championship #KoreaOpen #Sindhu #HappyBirthdayPM ð®ð³ð®ð³ pic.twitter.com/BMLdZG4IZJ — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi177) September 17, 2017 1 - Pusarla Venkata Sindhu has become the FIRST EVER INDIAN to win the Korea Open. Revenge. — Badminton Talk (@BadmintonTalk) September 17, 2017
  10. Luis Pallares Aniorte, of Spain, accepts the Ig Nobel prize for his project. Photo: REUTERS CAMBRIDGE: Scientists taking on the deep questions of whether cats are liquid or solid, how holding a crocodile influences gambling and whether playing the didgeridoo can help cure snoring were honoured Thursday at the Ig Nobel Prize spoof awards. The prizes are the brainchild of Marc Abrahams, editor of the Annals of Improbable Research, and are intended not to honour the best or worst in science, but rather to highlight research that encourages people to think in unusual ways. Didgeridoo instructor Alex Suarez, centre, demonstrates an Ig Nobel Peace prize-winning study. Photo: REUTERS ?We hope that this will get people back into the habits they probably had when they were kids of paying attention to odd things and holding out for a moment and deciding whether they are good or bad only after they have a chance to think,? Abrahams said in a phone interview. Some of the honorees tend towards the spurious: French researcher Marc-Antoine Fardin?s 2014 study ?Can a Cat Be Both a Solid and a Liquid?? was inspired by internet photos of cats tucked into glasses, buckets and sinks. The winner of the Ig Nobel in physics used mathematical formulas to conclude that active young cats and kittens hold their physical shape longer than older, lazier felines. Other work on the prize list has a clearer potential for practical applications. Economics winners Matthew Rockloff and Nancy Greer conducted an experiment in which problem gamblers and non-problem gamblers handled 1-metre (3.3-foot) long crocodiles before playing a simulated slot machine. The 2010 study, conducted on 103 people in Queensland, Australia, found that problem gamblers were likely to place higher bets after handling the reptiles, as their brains had misinterpreted the excitement of holding a dangerous animal as a sign they were on a lucky streak. A multi-national team of six researchers won the Peace Prize for the 2005 paper ?Didgeridoo Playing as Alternative Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome: Randomized Controlled Trial.? The conclusion that the Australian wind instrument might be of some benefit was based not the didgeridoo?s droning tone, but rather that the daily practice involved a lot of blowing, and may have strengthened the upper respiratory tract, making breathing easier. The awards, now in their 27th year, are to be handed out by actual Nobel Prize winners in a ceremony at Harvard University on Thursday. ?They are unusual approaches to things,? Abrahams said. ?It would be difficult for some people to decide whether they are important or the opposite. If you had sleep apnea for a long time, the didgeridoo thing would sound quite intriguing.?
  11. Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Friday congratulated Pakistan on winning the third T20 match and clinching Independence Cup against the World XI. In his message of felicitation, the chief minister said that the team won the Independence Cup by playing a marvellous game and accorded the opportunity to the people to celebrate the return of high-profile cricket to the country. He said that the victory in Independence Cup is the conquest of moderate and tolerant Pakistan and, irrespective of win or defeat, it is the peaceful Pakistan that won in the end. Slideshow: Pakistan vs World XI final Great moments of the match, captured through the lens It is the message to the enemies of peace that the nation will never allow their negative designs to succeed, Shehbaz said, adding that the tremendous interest of the people in the event was proof that Pakistanis are a peaceful nation. He further said that the holding of event in a peaceful and congenial environment has paved the way for international cricket to return to Pakistan.
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  13. Alexis Sanchez scored a stunning goal as Arsenal came from behind to beat Cologne 3-1 in a Europa League clash on Thursday that was delayed for an hour due to crowd trouble. Kick-off in the Group H opener at the Emirates Stadium was put back until 9:05pm local time (2005 GMT) in the interests of "crowd safety" after problems caused by thousands of ticketless Cologne supporters arriving at the ground. Police confirmed four arrests were made before kick-off while there were reports of scuffles inside the stadium. However, when the match did get under way, those travelling fans who got in were treated to a stunning 40-yard strike by Jhon Cordoba that put Cologne ahead with Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina caught out of his area. Arsenal improved in the second half and substitute Sead Kolasinac volleyed them level before a brilliant goal by Sanchez gave them a 67th-minute lead. The Chilean cut in from the left flank before curling a sublime effort into the far top corner, and the three points were secure when Hector Bellerin made it 3-1 late on after Theo Walcott's effort had been saved by Timo Horn. "The win, and coming back from losing, obviously gives you a boost. Now we'll train hard in the coming days to be ready for the weekend," Bellerin, whose side go to Chelsea on Sunday, told BT Sport. Arsene Wenger's side are next in European action in a fortnight in Belarus against BATE Borisov, who drew 1-1 at Red Star Belgrade. Silva hat-trick for Milan Earlier, Everton's group-stage campaign got off to a disastrous start as Ronald Koeman's side were taken apart in Italy, losing 3-0 to Atalanta. The Serie A club -- back in Europe after a 26-year absence -- were forced to entertain their English visitors in Reggio Emilia, a two-hour drive south of their base in Bergamo, because their own stadium does not have a licence for European games. But that did not prove a hindrance to Gian Piero Gasperini's side, who completely overran Everton, scoring all their goals in the first half courtesy of Andrea Masiello, Alejandro Gomez and Bryan Cristante. Gomez's goal, a stunning curling strike from outside the area, was the pick of the bunch for Atalanta, who also saw Remo Freuler strike the bar early in the second period. "A lot went wrong. In the first half they showed more aggression, more passion, and that's really painful because in my opinion it starts with that and then you need quality with the ball," Koeman told BT Sport. "The commitment and passion they showed in the first half was much stronger than us." Everton's next match in Group E will be at home to Apollon Limassol, the Cypriot side who snatched a 1-1 draw with Lyon on Thursday. Meanwhile, AC Milan underlined their status as one of the teams to beat in the competition by romping to a 5-1 victory at Austria Vienna in Group D with Andre Silva scoring a hat-trick. Milan were three goals up inside 20 minutes in the Austrian capital with Hakan Calhanolgu getting the opener and Portugal striker Silva netting twice. Silva went on to complete his hat-trick after the break before Suso's long-range effort completed the rout. Hoffenheim, who lost to Liverpool in the Champions League play-offs but beat Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga last weekend, suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to Portuguese side Braga in Group C despite Sandro Wagner giving them the lead. Other winners on Thursday included Villarreal, who beat Astana 3-1 in Spain in Group A, and Real Sociedad, who crushed Rosenborg 4-0 in Group L. Mario Balotelli scored as Nice won 5-1 at Zulte-Waregem of Belgium in Group K, in which Lazio also won, 3-2 at Vitesse Arnhem. Marseille beat Konyaspor 1-0 in Group I while Athletic Bilbao drew 0-0 at Hertha Berlin in Group J.
  14. A survey conducted by a private consultancy firm, Pulse Consultant, has revealed that PML-N's Begum Kulsoom Nawaz is a favourite to win the upcoming by-poll in NA-120. The survey, with a sample size of 1,520 people drawn from all union councils of the constituency, said that 62 per cent of the people favour PML-N while 23pc of the respondents favoured PTI. When asked who will win the by-polls, 69pc said PML-N would win while 23pc said PTI's Yasmin Rashid would emerge victorious. Other deciding factors detailed by the report included the fact that NA-120 has traditionally been a stronghold of the PML-N and the turnout rate is also expected to hover around 94pc as respondents were eager to cast their votes. The local population of the constituency is also satisfied with the performance of the provincial and federal governments (72pc and 62 pc respectively), added the survey report. Regarding corruption allegations levelled against Nawaz Sharif, 55pc of the respondents said the allegations were wrong while 45pc agreed. Majority of the respondents of the survey also disagreed with the disqualification of Sharif, with 59pc against the decision with 41pc in favour of it. When asked if PTI Chairman Imran Khan will also face disqualification, 55pc people agreed and 45pc disagreed. Historically, the constituency has always favoured PML-N candidates. In the 2002 general elections, 47pc voted for PML-N while only 4pc voted for PTI. In 2008, PTI had boycotted the general elections. The PML-N took 69pc of the vote from the constituency while the PPP came in second with 25pc of the vote. Situation for the PTI improved in 2013, with the party taking 35pc of the vote but still did not manage to dislodge the PML-N, which took 69pc of the votes cast. Pulse Consultants describe themselves as being a research partner in strategic decision-making. They carry out research based on in-home visits, in-market observations, opinion polls and segmentation by cover sub0cultural groups spread over different terrains and geographic locations
  15. Virat Kohli hit a blazing half-century as India completed their rout of Sri Lanka on this tour. Photo: File COLOMBO: Skipper Virat Kohli hit a blazing half-century as India completed their rout of Sri Lanka on this tour, winning the one-off Twenty20 by seven wickets in Colombo on Wednesday. The visitors remained unbeaten in their nine matches against Sri Lanka as they won the Test and one-day series 3-0 and 5-0 respectively. Chasing 171 for victory, India rode on a 119-run second-wicket stand between Kohli (82) and Manish Pandey (51 not out) to achieve their target with four balls to spare. Kohli remained calm in a tricky chase with Pandey for the company after India lost their openers for 42 runs in the sixth over. Rohit Sharma fell to veteran paceman Lasith Malinga for nine and Lokesh Rahul was done in by a superb catch by Dasun Shanaka at short cover off Seekkuge Prasanna. But Kohli took the attack to the opposition with 7 fours and a six during his 54-ball knock before falling to Isuru Udana with India requiring 10 runs to win. Pandey finished off the game with a boundary that brought his maiden T20 fifty in 36 balls. Earlier leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal played his part by claiming three wickets to restrict Sri Lanka to 170-7 after being put into bat first. Dilshan Munaweera hit a 29-ball 53 before Ashan Priyanjan scored a run-a-ball 40 not out to lift the Sri Lankan total after a middle-order collapse.
  16. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/247c41b7dc07d92c556195144ef13b7e.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9OS81LzIwMTcgMjoxNzoyOSBQTSZoYXNoX3ZhbHVlPVlQMkE2eURZaVF6dmNGN0oxSXQ5Nnc9PSZ2YWxpZG1pbnV0ZXM9NjAmaWQ9MQ== style=center] LONDON: Pakistani students have won five out of six world titles at MSA Junior World Scrabble Championship 2017 held in Nottingham. Ahad Riaz won the title in Under-18 category, while Sohaib Sanaullah emerged victorious in Under-16. Hamza Naeem and Imad Ali won the titles in Under-14 and Under-12 categories respectively. Moonis Khan claimed the world title in Under-10, whereas Moizullah Baig tood runner-up in Youth Championship. Having won five world titles, these young Pakistani kids received a warm welcome upon reaching Karachi.
  17. World number one Rafael Nadal notched up his 50th win at the US Open on Monday to reach the quarter-finals for the seventh time. The two-time champion, who could meet old rival Roger Federer in New York for the first time at the semi-final stage, crushed Ukraine's Alexander Dolgopolov 6-2, 6-4, 6-1. The 31-year-old Spaniard goes on to face either 19-year-old Andrey Rublev of Russia or Belgian ninth seed David Goffin for a place in the last-four. "I played a solid match with not many mistakes," said Nadal, the reigning French Open champion. "He's a player who can play amazing shots but sometimes he can be very unpredictable with errors so I just waited for my opportunity." Nadal, the 2010 and 2013 champion in New York, showed no signs of the struggles that bedeviled him in the two previous rounds, when he dropped the opening set before prevailing in four. His 23 winners on Monday were just shaded by world number 64 Dolgopolov's 25 but the Ukrainian's 39 unforced errors were more than three times those committed by Nadal. Federer, bidding for a sixth US Open and 20th major, will tackle Philipp Kohlschreiber later Monday. After stretching his runs of dominance over Mikhail Youzhny to 17-0 and Feliciano Lopez to 13-0, the 36-year-old Federer takes an 11-0 advantage into his night-time duel with German 33rd seed Kohlschreiber. The remaining last-16 tie of the day sees 2009 champion Juan Martin del Potro, the 24th seeded Argentine, up against Austrian sixth seed Dominic Thiem. Thiem, who was forced to quit with injury against del Potro at the same stage in 2016, celebrated his 24th birthday on Sunday. Top seed Kristina Pliskova, the runner-up in 2016, needed just 46 minutes to sweep past Jennifer Brady of the United States 6-1, 6-0 and make her third Slam quarter-final of 2017. The tall Czech had needed back-to-back three-setters to get to the last 16, including having to save a match point against Zhang Shuai of China in the third round. But the 25-year-old world number one fired 23 winners on Sunday while the outclassed Brady, the 91st-ranked player, managed just six in her quickfire demolition. Pliskova will next face either 37th-ranked compatriot Lucie Safarova or US 20th seed CoCo Vandeweghe for a place in the semi-finals. "I think it was one of my best matches this year," said Pliskova. "But the opponent was not the best. Definitely she can play better than she was playing today." Ukraine's Elina Svitolina, the fourth seed who is in a three-way tussle with Pliskova as well as the already-eliminated Garbine Muguruza for the world top spot, faces Madison Keys, the 15th seeded American. Svitolina is looking to reach the quarter-finals of a Slam for the second time this season having also made the last-eight at Roland Garros in June. Keys is playing in the last 16 in New York for a third successive season.
  18. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/089a19ccd67164f74475f86f7d1d05a9.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9OS80LzIwMTcgMjoyMToyNyBQTSZoYXNoX3ZhbHVlPXliN0RnZWQycU1heDhUM3NEcUJUaGc9PSZ2YWxpZG1pbnV0ZXM9NjAmaWQ9MQ== style=center] LAHORE: Begum Kulsoom Nawaz will win a clear majority in the NA-120 by-elections, claimed Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Maryam Nawaz on Monday. While addressing the female workers of PML-N during a meeting, Maryam said the campaigns for NA-120 should be expedited. She also told the participants Kulsoom Nawaz will be among them soon. Maryam was chairing a meeting in Model Town regarding campaigns for NA-120. She kicked-off the campaigns in late August, which her mother Kulsoom Nawaz was unable to participate in. Maryam praises workers' efforts in NA-120 preparatory meeting Former PM's daughter is leading campaign efforts for mother and PML-N candidate Kulsoom Nawaz Kulsoom Nawaz was diagnosed with throat cancer after she reached London. She had left when her nomination papers for the by-election were to be scrutinised by the Election Commission of Pakistan. However, after successful recovery from the surgery for the lymphoma she was diagnosed with, Kulsoom Nawaz is said to be recovering. The seat of NA-120 fell vacant after Nawaz was disqualified by the Supreme Court in the Panama Leaks case on July 28 on charges of concealing his salary from a Dubai-based company that he claims he never received.
  19. Kylian Mbappe scored the final goal as France cruised to a 4-0 win over 10-man Netherlands in a key 2018 World Cup qualifier on Thursday, while Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick propelled Portugal to victory elsewhere. Antoine Griezmann put the home side ahead inside 14 minutes at the Stade de France before Kevin Strootman's sending-off led to the Dutch being overwhelmed in the final half hour. Thomas Lemar scored twice, the first from a stunning volley, and Mbappe capped an already memorable day on a personal level by netting his first international goal at the death. A far superior French side are firmly back on track in their quest to make it to Russia next year after their shock 2-1 defeat in Sweden in June. This result, coupled with Sweden's 3-2 defeat in Bulgaria, leaves Les Bleus three points clear at the top of qualifying Group A. "A complete performance," was how France coach Didier Deschamps summed it up to TF1. "It was a very positive match and we have another coming in three days (against Luxembourg). And I am not going to say that Sweden losing is a bad thing." Meanwhile, after failing to make it to the 24-team Euro on French soil last year, the Netherlands are in a battle even to finish second and grab a place in the two-legged play-offs in November. Dick Advocaat's side are fourth, three points behind second-placed Sweden with three qualifiers remaining, including a meeting with the Swedes in Amsterdam in October. France should top the section and Deschamps has enough quality at his disposal for his team to be genuine contenders to win the World Cup. At a packed Stade de France he left Mbappe on the bench at the start as the 18-year-old's loan move from Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain was made official little over an hour prior to kick-off. New Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele had not even been named in the squad, while Bayern Munich's Kingsley Coman won his first cap since the Euro 2016 final loss to Portugal at the same ground. France were outstanding, opening the scoring when Djibril Sidibe found Griezmann and the Atletico Madrid forward played a one-two with Olivier Giroud before running into the box and finishing through the legs of goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen. Lukaku hat-trick The Dutch were already struggling to stay in the game even before Strootman was dismissed just after the hour mark after picking up a second yellow card in a little over five minutes. Arjen Robben squandered their best chance to equalise before Monaco winger Lemar put France out of sight in the 72nd minute, sending a stunning left-foot volley into the top-right corner after the ball broke to him on the edge of the box. That was his first international goal, and he was provided with his second on a plate by Griezmann two minutes before the end. There was still time for substitute Mbappe to sweep in a fourth, and for Robben to hit the bar on a miserable night for the Netherlands. Currently serving a five-match ban in Spain with Real Madrid, Ronaldo showed no signs of ring-rustiness as he opened the scoring in Portugal's 5-1 win over the Faroe Islands in Oporto with an acrobatic volley inside three minutes. He scored a penalty and went on to complete his hat-trick to make it 14 goals in this qualifying campaign and 78 international goals in 144 appearances for his country. The reigning European champions, for whom William Carvalho and Nelson Oliveira also scored, are still three points behind Group B leaders Switzerland, whose 3-0 defeat of Andorra maintained their perfect record. In Group H, PSG's Thomas Meunier and Romelu Lukaku both scored hat-tricks in Belgium's 9-0 drubbing of minnows Gibraltar that leaves them six points clear of Greece, held 0-0 by Estonia.
  20. Bangladeshi cricket captain Mushfiqur Rahim (2nd L) celebrate after winning the first Test cricket match between Bangladesh and Australia at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka - AFP DHAKA: Bangladesh registered their first ever win over Australia in Test cricket, beating Steve Smith's men by 20 runs in a thrilling opening game in Dhaka on Wednesday. All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan took five wickets for 85 runs to help the hosts bowl out Australia for 244 shortly into the second session on the fourth day. David Warner top scored with 112 for the tourists, who were chasing a target of 265 after bowling out Bangladesh for 221 in the second innings. Shakib lived up to his billing as the world's number-one Test all-rounder, finishing with a match haul of 10 wickets and making 84 in Bangladesh´s first-innings total of 260. Australia appeared to be coasting towards their fifth consecutive Test win against Bangladesh when Warner and Smith resumed the day on 109 for two. But left-arm spinner Shakib brought Bangladesh back into the game, dismissing both Warner and Smith (37) to put pressure on the former number-one Test side. Australia are currently ranked fourth to Bangladesh's lowly ninth. Shakib´s spin partner Taijul Islam chipped in with three wickets to cap a memorable day for the side dubbed the Tigers. Pat Cummins hit a valiant 33 not out with three fours and two sixes in a late charge but failed to stop the inevitable. The second Test will be held in Chittagong from September 4-8.
  21. The season finale of ‘Game Of Thrones' S7 is over and life will soon be dull again. So much happened in one episode, but there was one major setback that has us seething with anger. Cersei's deceitful trick of backstabbing Daenerys and Jon Snow. She easily lies to them about the truce and readily agrees to send her army to the North to fight White Walkers. It all did sound too good to be true. © HBO But what happened after her conversation with her brother Tyrion? The chat ends after Tyrion discovers she is pregnant, catching Cersei on an unguarded note. Was the truce in exchange of keeping the information of her pregnancy a secret? Does Tyrion agree to withhold the information if she is willing to come to peaceful terms with Daenerys? © HBO If that is the case, Tyrion might essentially be betraying Daenerys. In his conversation with Cersei, a major chunk is devoted to the guilt he harbours on account of the deaths he caused in the family. He repeatedly stresses on how dearly he loved his niece and nephew, Tommen and Myrcella. Has he taken the moment to purge some of his guilt? If Tyrion is indeed conniving with Cersei on this, it would also stand true to the prophecy that said Daenerys would be betrayed 3 times: once for blood, once for gold and once for love. She's been betrayed for blood and gold but not for love so far. © HBO Cersei has, of course, alienated the only family she had left – Jaime Lannister. Her about-turn regarding the truce doesn't go down too well with Jaime who wants to uphold their end of the pledge but Cersei is thinking like a shrewd politician here, something only her father Tywin Lannister did. Whether we like it or not, that is exactly the kind of line of thought the modern human has today – self preservationist. © HBO She is sharp enough to realise that Daenerys has lost one of her dragons. She tells Jaime that the absence of the third dragon at a time when Daenerys was exhibiting her power in front of her enemy means only one thing – that there is no third dragon anymore. © HBO In withdrawing from the war against the White Walkers, she is following a very typical political tact – let your enemies fight against each other and suffer loss of life and resource. It'd be much easier to defeat whatever is left of them after the fight. Self-preservation is the key to survival in the Game of Thrones universe. © HBO The only mistake she is making here is that she underestimates the White Walkers and assumes that they can be defeated easily. Of course, she doesn't know the Night King has a dragon now – that bit of information has been conveniently hidden by Daenerys and camp. Cersei is evil, vindictive and deceitful, no doubt, and she is probably digging her own grave right now, but fact remains that she is the sharpest politician in the show right now, besides Tyrion Lannister. Despite being cornered, she could still win the war, thanks to her tactics.
  22. Lionel Messi in action during Barcelona?s clash against Alaves. Photo: @FCBarcelona/Twitter BARCELONA: Lionel Messi made amends for a missed first-half penalty by scoring both goals in the second period as Barcelona won 2-0 at Alaves on Saturday to make it two wins out of two at the start to their La Liga campaign. The Argentine, who hit the woodwork three times but failed to score in last week?s 2-0 win over Real Betis, endured further frustration when his spot-kick was parried away by Fernando Pacheco in the 41st minute after Gerard Pique was fouled. He had better luck after the break, however, breaking the deadlock with a scrappy effort that took a heavy deflection off Alaves defender Alexis Ruano in the 55th minute. The five-times world player of the year then showed his class with a ruthless shot into the bottom corner after Ruano gifted the ball to substitute Paco Alcacer, who had nodded it into Messi?s path. Messi was denied a hat-trick when his effort from outside the area bounced off the bar. Zinedine Zidane?s son Enzo Fernandez made his Liga debut by coming on for Alaves late in the second half but was unable to help the Basque side get back into the game. Paulinho made his Barca debut when he came on in the 88th minute.
  23. Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar rescued India after a stunning batting collapse PALLEKELE: Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar anchored India´s chase after a stunning batting collapse as the visitors edged past Sri Lanka by three wickets in the second one-day international Thursday. Leg-spinner Akila Dananjaya returned career-best figures of 6-54 to make India stutter at 131-7 while chasing a Duckworth-Lewis revised target of 231 in 47 overs in Pallekele. Dhoni, who scored 45, then put on an unbeaten 100-run stand with Kumar, who made 53, to steer the team home in 44.2 overs and take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. "Quite an exciting game of cricket...Something that gave us a tough test but good to come through eventually," India skipper Virat Kohli said at the presentation. "Quite magnificent to see two 100-run partnerships in a chase of 230 (231) and a collapse in between - seven wickets down. you don´t quite see that in this game too often," he added. India lost seven wickets for 22 runs after a 109-run opening partnership between Rohit Sharma and in-form Shikhar Dhawan. Man of the match Dananjaya, who was one of the three changes in the team´s starting lineup, drew first blood after trapping Sharma lbw for 54. Dhawan, who hit a match-winning 132 in the opening ODI in Dambulla, soon joined his partner in the pavilion after falling to left-arm spinner Milinda Siriwardana for 49. The left-handed batsman was done in by a superb catch by former captain Angelo Mathews at short-fine leg. Hot Dananjaya, cool Dhoni The 23-year-old Dananjaya then turned on the heat against the number-three ODI side with his googly. He got Kedar Jadhav, Kohli and Lokesh Rahul bowled in his fourth over to take some steam out of the Indian chase. Leg-spinner Akila Dananjaya returned career-best figures of 6-54 "What we knew of him was more of an off-spinner bowling the odd leg-break, but he picks up four wickets on googlys. It´s difficult when you haven´t seen the guy at all," said Kohli "Now we are more wary...but credit to him he capitalised on the bit of hesitation we had out there in the middle," Kohli, who was out after hitting a boundary off Dananjaya, added. Dananjaya, who made his ODI debut against New Zealand at Hambantota in 2012, was on song as he kept making inroads with the wickets of Hardik Pandya, who injured his hamstring while bowling, and Axar Patel. But ice cool Dhoni kept the chase on track with the gutsy Kumar, who had gone wicketless during his spell as the team´s pace spearhead. While Dhoni kept picking the singles and twos, Kumar was happy playing second fiddle before unleashing his power and register his maiden ODI fifty. "Disappointed, we came really close and we couldn´t finish it," Sri Lanka skipper Upul Tharanga said after the loss. "Once they needed 100 runs, we tried everything. Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar batted sensibly. Unlucky we didn´t get that wicket," he added. Earlier the left-handed Siriwardana, coming in to bat at number six, hit a gritty 58 to lift Sri Lanka to 236-8 in 50 overs after being put into bat. Siriwardana put on a crucial 91-run sixth-wicket stand with Chamara Kapugedara, who made 40, after the hosts were in trouble at 121-5 against a disciplined Indian attack. Fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah took four wickets while leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal got two. The third match is scheduled for Sunday at the same venue.
  24. Conor McGregor MELBOURNE: Australia's Jeff Horn has given Conor McGregor little chance of beating Floyd Mayweather in Saturday's super-fight and hopes the American will "annihilate" the mixed martial arts fighter for the sake of boxing. Horn, who became WBO welterweight champion by beating 38-year-old Manny Pacquiao in Brisbane last month, said McGregor would struggle to even land a punch on the undefeated American. Mayweather (49-0) has not fought in nearly two years but is a heavy favorite to surpass Rocky Marciano's record in the Las Vegas bout, which purists have dismissed as an exhibition. "I hope Mayweather annihilates him and I think he will," Horn said in comments published by News Ltd media on Tuesday. "It will be dreadful for the sport of boxing if Mayweather, one of the greatest fighters of all time, gets rolled by a guy having his first fight but I can?t see McGregor doing too well even with all the hype. "Their fight is going to be under boxing rules and Mayweather will probably not even get hit. "If McGregor?s got any sense he?ll crash tackle Floyd at the opening bell and put a choke hold on him, get disqualified and then they?ll have a rematch and make even more money." Saturday's fight is tipped to test the pay-per-view and revenue records set by the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout in 2015. Mayweather's defeat of the Filipino generated over $400 million from 4.6 million pay-per-views. Jeff Horn After Horn's own win over Pacquiao, the Australian immediately laid down a challenge to Mayweather, holding up a walking stick to bait the 40-year-old. Former schoolteacher Horn is set for a rematch against Pacquiao in Brisbane later in the year but said he would "love a crack" at Mayweather. "He could challenge me for the world welterweight title. And if McGregor wanted to fight me I?d take it right now. I wouldn?t be worried one bit," said the 29-year-old. Horn added that he would fight Mayweather like Marcos Maidana, who pushed the American in two defeats in 2014. "A few years ago we saw Marcos Maidana from Argentina give Floyd the fight of his life but Maidana didn?t have the engine to sustain it for 12 rounds," the Australian said. "I?d fight Mayweather like Maidana did but I?d do it for 12 rounds, not six."
  25. Following a 3-0 win in the Test series, the Indian cricket team kickstarted their campaign in the five-match ODI series with a dominating nine-wicket win against Sri Lanka in Dambulla. A 132-run knock from Shikhar Dhawan and another 82-run innings from Virat Kohli ensured India reached the mediocre total of 216 runs with 127 balls to spare. While Rohit Sharma failed to make a mark on his return to the Indian squad, Dhawan and Kohli continued to torment the Lankan bowlers with an unbeaten 197-run partnership for the second wicket. Considered a cricketing giant on the field, Kohli was put in the shadows off it. © Reuters In a recent outing in Sri Lanka, Kohli got clicked in the company of 'gentle giants'. On Monday, the Indian skipper shared that photo with his fans on Twitter. Recent day out around these gentle giants! ðð Such innocence and playfulness was blissful to see. ðð pic.twitter.com/zxXR5WQdqb — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 21, 2017 "Recent day out around these gentle giants! Such innocence and playfulness was blissful to see," he tweeted. Apart from enjoying the company of elephants, Virat has also been spending time with his girlfriend Anushka Sharma in the Island Nation. The duo has been sharing photographs on their respective social media handles for their fans. Virat kohli and Anushka sharma are planting trees ðð @virat.kohli #viratkohli #anushkasharma #tree #plant #srilanka A post shared by Virat Kohli™ (@viratkohli__18_) on Aug 19, 2017 at 10:04am PDT The star couple were recently photographed while planting saplings in Sri Lanka. While Kohli is surely having a gala time after a good start to the five-match ODI series, his Sri Lankan counterparts will be sweating it out in the nets as they gear up to comeback strong in the second match at the Pallekele International Cricket stadium in Balagolla on 24 August.