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Virat Kohli earns record $2.7m salary for 2018 IPL campaign

New Delhi: Batting star Virat Kohli will pick up the Indian Premier League’s largest-ever salary — $2.7 million — in this year’s tournament, with a host of big foreign names including Australian captain Steve Smith also cashing in. Kohli will stay with Royal Challengers Bangalore alongside South Africa’s AB de …

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Australian Open 2018: Serena Williams withdraws from tournament

NEWS DESK: Former world number one Serena Williams has withdrawn from this month’s Australian Open in Melbourne, reported BBC. The 36-year-old American last week played her first match since giving birth in September. Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam winner and the reigning Australian Open champion, said: “Although I am super …

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Pakistan to take on New Zealand in ODI series opener

WELLINGTON: Having walloped the West Indies without raising a sweat, New Zealand are expecting a more rigorous workout when the one-day series against Pakistan begins in Wellington on Saturday. Pakistan are on a nine-match winning streak, which includes winning the ICC Champions Trophy and in their one warm-up game they …

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Cricket: It’s the pitch we wanted – Du Plessis

Cape Town:South African captain Faf du Plessis said on Thursday that the pitch for the first Test against India, starting at Newlands on Friday, looked ideal for his team. “The groundsman has done a fantastic job,” said Du Plessis. “It’s been very, very hot but it looks like it’s going …

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Sri Lankan ODI skipper Thisara Perera sacked

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka on Thursday ousted Thisara Perera as one-day captain and said it would announce a replacement next week. Perera took on the job in late November, succeeding Upul Tharanga, who was sacked after a series of losses. Sri Lanka Cricket said it would name a successor after consulting …

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Sharapova says she needs to play far better

SHENZHEN: Maria Sharapova admitted that she needed to play far better after the Russian eased into the semi-finals of the Shenzhen Open on Thursday with victory over Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan. The former number one, who has worked her way up to 59 in the world rankings since her return …

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