Sergio Araujo's equalizer helps Las Palmas hold Real to La Liga draw

Sergio Araujo's equalizer helps Las Palmas hold Real to La Liga draw

Las Palmas [Spain], Sept. 25 : Forward Sergio Araujo popped up with the late equalizer as Real Madrid were held to a 2-2 draw against Las Palmas in their sixth La Liga clash here in Gran Canaria on Sunday.

Midfielder Marco Asensio put Zinedine Zidane's side ahead in the 33rd minute of the match before the home side levelled the score via Pedro Taunausu just five minutes later, goal.com reports.

Striker Karim Benzama, who came as a substitute for Marco Asensio, then struck his second goal of the season from close range in the 67th minute to put Real in lead once again.

Brathwaite rues batting failure post T20 defeat against Pakistan

Brathwaite rues batting failure post T20 defeat against Pakistan

Dubai [UAE], Sept. 24 : Following West Indies' crushing defeat at the hands of Pakistan in the first T20 here in Dubai, skipper Carlos Brathwaite has rued the batting failure of his team, saying it was "poor execution" and a failure to "assess conditions quickly enough" that led to them being bowled out for 115.

The reigning T20 champions were bowled out for a paltry score as Pakistan left-arm spinner Imad Wasim rattled through their batting line with figures of 5 for 14. West Indies had only two batsmen who reached double-figures.

`Executioner` Mitchell Johnson forced Jonathon Trott to leave Ashes tour

`Executioner` Mitchell Johnson forced Jonathon Trott to leave Ashes tour

Melbourne [Australia], Sept. 24 : Former England batsman Jonathon Trott has revealed that it was the incredible fast bowling barrage he received from his "executioner" Mitchell Johnson, which forced him to leave the 2013-14 Ashes Tour mid-way.

In his controversial autobiography 'Unguarded', which is being serialised by The Times newspaper, the right-handed former batsman has described Johnson as "my executioner" and Australia's cricket team as "like hyenas round a dying zebra".

Arsene Wenger urges Diego Costa to cut out bad-boy antics

Arsene Wenger urges Diego Costa to cut out bad-boy antics

London [UK], Sept. 24 : Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that Diego Costa would be a much better player if he cuts out his bad-boy antics.

"I like Costa as a player. I like the qualities of the player. All the rest around is not needed. He's a very strong player. He looks, since the start of the season, to have cleaned up his act, that he behaves more focused on the game. And that makes him more dangerous," the Guardian quoted Wenger as saying.

Paes-Begemann enter St Petersburg final

Paes-Begemann enter St Petersburg final

St. Petersburg [Florida], Sept. 24 : Indian tennis ace Leander Paes and his German partner Andre Begemann entered the finals of the St Petersburg Open by clinching a straight-sets victory against the Russian pair of Mikhail Elgin and Alexander Kudryavtsev in the men's doubles event on Friday.

The Indo-German defeated the Russian pair 6-3, 7-6 in a match that lasted for more than 90 minutes.

Will not take Ireland lightly, says Proteas assistant coach

Will not take Ireland lightly, says Proteas assistant coach

Johannesburg [South Africa], Sept. 24 : South Africa assistant coach Adrian Birrell has insisted that they would not be taking Ireland lightly when they face them in the one-off One-Day International (ODI) at Willowmoore Park on Sunday.

Birrell, who was the coach of the Irish team from 2002-2007, is well aware about the strengths and weaknesses of some of their key players and, therefore, believes it would be immature for the Proteas to take Ireland lightly.

Droppable Rooney enjoys no 'privileges', insists Mourinho

Droppable Rooney enjoys no 'privileges', insists Mourinho

London [UK], Sept. 24 : Blaming Wayne Rooney's disappointing form for the criticism he attracted when playing for England against Slovakia, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has insisted that the skipper doesn't enjoy any privileges and can be dropped from the team.

Mourinho, who is under the scanner after United slumped to three successive defeats last week, would not, unlike his predecessor Louis van Gaal, guarantee Rooney a starting place.

World's third toughest mountain biking race kicks off today in Shimla

World's third toughest mountain biking race kicks off today in Shimla

Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) [India], Sept. 24 : Asia's oldest and world's third toughest mountain biking (MTB) race will begin today at the historic Ridge Maidan in Shimla.

Nearly 67 participants from 14 countries, including 11 men of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) will be taking part in the race which will conclude on October 3 in Dharmshala.

A total 650 kilometers would be covered by the participants.

Fabregas quashes transfer rumours, says `never thought of leaving Chelsea`

Fabregas quashes transfer rumours, says `never thought of leaving Chelsea`

London [England], Sept.23 : Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has quashed persistent transfer rumours, saying he had never thought of leaving the Stamford Bridge and that he is extremely happy with his current club.

The former Arsenal midfielder, who has been hardly utilized by new coach Antonio Conte, has been linked to the likes of Real Madrid.

India's challenge at Japan Open ends with Srikanth's loss

India's challenge at Japan Open ends with Srikanth's loss

Tokyo [Japan], Sept.23 : Ace Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth crashed out of the ongoing Japan Super Series after suffering a defeat in the quarter-finals of the men's singles event here on Friday.

Despite winning the opening game, the eight-seeded failed to capitalize and went on to suffer an 18-21, 21-14, 21-19 defeat in a thrilling last-eight contest that lasted about an hour.

With his exit, India's challenge in the tournament also folded.

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