Lanka reduced to 134-5 against India at lunch on final day

Angelo Mathews

Colombo, Sep. 1 - India were aiming to achieve a 2-1 series victory against Sri Lanka on Thursday, after reducing the hosts to 134 for five on the final day of the third Test in Colombo.

Resuming at an overnight score of 67 for three, the hosts lost the wickets of opener Kaushal Silva (27) and Lahiru Thirimanne (12).

At lunch, skipper Angelo Mathews and Kusal Perera were at the crease with 56 and 12 respectively.

Indian pacers Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav claimed two wickets each, while Ravichandran Ashwin took a wicket.

Cook says selectors have to make tough calls on Test opener

Alastair Cook

London, Sep. 1 - England skipper Alastair Cook has admitted that the selectors would have to take a tough decision over whom to select as a fellow opener for the first Test against Pakistan to be played in the UAE.

The 30-year-old said that he wants someone to jump out and remain in the opening slot for the long-term, the Guardian reports.

Cook also backed Adam Lyth, who became his sixth opening partner this summer, saying that he was a brilliant catcher and played a major part despite not being able to score too many runs in the Ashes.

Morgan helps England beat Australia in lone T20 international

Eoin Morgan

Cardiff, Sep. 1 - England skipper Eoin Morgan's impressive 74 helped his side clinch a five-run win over Australia in the lone Twenty20 international at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Monday.

England set a 183-run target for Australia, thanks to Morgan (74) and Moeen Ali (unbeaten 72).

In reply, Australia could score 177 runs in their allotted twenty overs.

Skipper Steven Smith scored his T20 international best 90, before getting out to David Willey.

Moeen Ali of England was adjudged `man of the match`.

Nadal advances, Nishikori crashes out of US Open

Rafael Nadal

New York, Sep. 1 - Eight-seed Rafael Nadal advanced to the second round of the US Open after beating opponent Borna Coric at Flushing Meadows in New York on Tuesday.

The Spaniard defeated Coric 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 to make it to the next round.

Meanwhile, fourth-seed Kei Nishikori suffered a shocking 6-4, 3-6 ,4-6 ,7-6 (8-6) ,6-4 defeat to Frenchman Benoit Paire, making an early exit from the tournament. (ANI)

Serena, Djokovic clinch easy wins at US Open

Serena Williams

New York, Sep. 1 - World number one Serena Williams started off her US Open campaign on a promising note as she brushed aside opponent Vitalia Diatchenko to advance to the second round here at Flushing Meadows on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old clinched 6-0, 2-0 win in the opening match after injured Diatchenko decided to retire in a match that lasted only for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, in the men's singles, top-seeded Novak Djokovic swept aside his Brazilian opponent Joao Souza 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 to progress to the next round of the tournament.(ANI)

Keep supporting Indian team in transition, MS Dhoni to diaspora

Keep supporting Indian team in transition, MS Dhoni to diaspora

Toms River: In a rare public appearance in the US, Indian ODI captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni interacted with the diaspora here and called on them to keep supporting the cricket team, which he said is going through a lot of changes.

"Keep supporting us. We have a good side, we have a good team. We are in a phase where we are going through a lot of changes but with all due support of yours, we will keep doing well," Dhoni said in an interaction at the Siddhivinayak Temple here on Sunday.

'Injured' Sharapova withdraws from US Open

'Injured' Sharapova withdraws from US Open

London, Aug. 31 - World number three Maria Sharapova has pulled out of the US Open due to a leg muscle strain.

Sharapova, who travelled to New York for the tournament, announced her withdrawal a day before the start, the Guardian reports.

"Unfortunately, I will not be able to compete in this year's US Open. I have done everything possible to be ready, but it was just not enough time. To all my amazing fans, I will be back in the Asian swing in a few weeks and look forward to finishing the year healthy and strong," the 28-year-old tennis player posted on Facebook.

Tanvir Ahmed admits Pak players refused to play with tainted trio

Tanvir Ahmed

Karachi, Aug. 31 - Out-of-favour Pakistani cricketer Tanvir Ahmed has revealed that some players of the national squad have refused to play with the tainted trio of Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt.

According to the PakPassion. net, the 36-year-old insisted that these three players should not be allowed to resume their career under any circumstances.

He added that the trio might not be welcomed at the domestic level as well.

Man U suffers first defeat of PL 2015-16 season against Swansea

Juan Mata

Johannesburg, Aug. 31 - Manchester United tasted their first defeat of the current Premier League season as Swansea City clinched a 2-1 victory over the former at Liberty Stadium on Sunday.

United mid-fielder Jaun Mata put his side into the lead in the 48th minute after both the teams were unable to score in the first half.

But, Andre Ayew of Swansea City levelled the score in the 61st minute, Sport24 reports.

However, it was striker Bafetimbi Gomis, who scored the match-winning goal for his club five minutes later.

Haddin says being dropped from Ashes his fault

Brad Haddin

Melbourne, Aug. 30 - Out-of-favour Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Brad Haddin has admitted that his performances with the bat led to his axing during the recent Ashes series, and added that he had nobody except himself to blame for it.

Reflecting on the selectors' decision to drop him, Haddin said he was responsible for being in that position.

The 37-year-old further revealed that he was aware of the consequences that come with professional sport.

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