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Philae comet may have alien life: Scientists

London, July 6 (IANS) Scientists have found some features of the comet landed upon by the European Space Agency's spacecraft Philae that indicate an abundance of alien microbial life, a British daily reported on Monday. The organic-rich black crust of the comet named 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was likely caused by microorganisms living beneath an icy surface, The Guardian reported citing ...

6 hours ago
Ashes gives England chance to overtake Australia in rankings

Dubai, July 6 (IANS) England have an opportunity to overtake Australia and move to as high as the second spot in the Test cricket rankings during the five-match Ashes series starting from Wednesday in Cardiff. England, currently fifth-placed with 97 points, must win 3-0 or better against second-placed Australia (111 points) to occupy the position. A 3-0 or 4-1 England win will move them ...

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Flat pitches will help Australia, says Botham

London, July 5 (IANS) England cricket legend Ian Botham has warned that England will be playing into Australia's hands if flat pitches are prepared for the upcoming Ashes tournament starting July 8 in Cardiff. Botham, the former England captain, is concerned that a desire to maximise ticket sales could convince the grounds hosting the Tests to prepare easy-paced, flat tracks with a view ...

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Warner's explanation for punching me ridiculous: Root

London, July 5 (IANS) England batsman Joe Root added fuel to the Ashes fire on Sunday when he branded Australian hard-hitting batsman David Warner ridiculous over his explanation for hitting him in a Birmingham bar in 2013. Warner expressed his regret at punching Root at the start of the 2013 Ashes tour, but claimed that the Englishman's inappropriate behaviour had been the cause.

2 days ago
Bangladesh keen to change history against South Africa

Dhaka, July 4 (IANS) Bangladesh's only memorable moment against South Africa came in their victory in the 2007 World Cup. Since then, they have no victory against the Proteas. But from the team's captain to coach, all are of the view that they now have the perfect opportunity to reverse the string of losses. Their victory against 'big' teams is no longer considered a fluke, reports bdnew...

3 days ago
Cook best suited to lead England in Ashes: Strauss

London, July 3 (IANS) England cricket team director Andrew Strauss is convinced Alastair Cook is the best man to lead England into the Ashes, and said he will give the skipper no guarantee beyond this series. Former England captain Strauss got a baptism by fire as the new director of England cricket when he sacked coach Peter Moores and closed the door on batsman Kevin Pietersen within h...

4 days ago
Australia favourites, but England will fight: Pietersen

London, July 2 (IANS) Exiled England batsman Kevin Pietersen says Australia are favourites to win the upcoming Ashes Test cricket series, but has warned them that the hosts will not go down without a fight. The Ashes begins on July 8 at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff and Pietersen, currently with St Lucia Zouks in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), said it will be closer between Australi...

6 days ago
Cardiff to host 2017 Champions League final

Cardiff, June 30 (IANS) European football governing body UEFA on Tuesday confirmed the Millennium Stadium here will host the 2017 Champions League final. The city last played host to a UEFA competition in 2014 when a brace from Cristiano Ronaldo sealed a 2-0 win for Real Madrid over Sevilla in the Super Cup. These are exciting times for Welsh football. It feels like the whole cou...

8 days ago
Aussie guiding England to Ashes win will be beautiful: Broad

London, June 28 (IANS) England fast bowler Stuart Broad said on Sunday he is relishing the prospect of an Australian guiding England to an Ashes win. Trevor Bayliss is the first ever Australian to coach England and his first test as the manager will be in the five-match Ashes series scheduled to start on July 8 in Cardiff. I love the fact he's Australian, and could potentially ta...

10 days ago
Wales man held guilty of trying to kill Sikh dentist

Cardiff, June 26 (IANS) A Wales court has held a man guilty of attempt to murder for attacking a Sikh dentist with a machete at North Wales' Tesco Mold supermarket in January, a media report said on Friday. Zack Davies, 26, of Chester Street in Mold, told the court that he never intended to kill Sarandev Bhambra, 24, when he launched his hammer and machete attack, Mirror online reported....

11 days ago
Australia struggle to bat in England: Graeme Swann

London, June 25 (IANS) Former England off-spinner Graeme Swann believes that the Australian batting line-up struggles to find its form in England. The two top cricketing powers will battle in this year's Ashes which is scheduled to start from July 8 in Cardiff. I don't think the Australian batting line-up in England is as strong. Nearly all of their batsmen struggled when we beat...

12 days ago
England must not be afraid to lose Ashes, says Vaughan

London, June 24 (IANS) Former England skipper Michael Vaughan on Wednesday said his countrymen should not be afraid of losing if they are to beat Australia and regain the Ashes. England's bid to avenge a 0-5 defeat in 2013-14 begins on 8 July in Cardiff. They have to take Australia on with the mentality of 'we don't care about losing' because that will make the Aussies fear them ...

14 days ago
Stokes a better player than me, says Flintoff

London, June 22 (IANS) England's former all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has said his countrymen Ben Stokes is a more talented player than he was, adding that the later has in him to become an England great. Stokes, 24, evoked memories of Flintoff with a spectacular allround performance against New Zealand in the first Test at Lord's in May. But Flintoff believes Stokes is capable of ...

15 days ago
Smith is not a great batsman, says spinner Swann

London, June 21 (IANS) Former spinner Graeme Swann has criticised the technique of Asutralia's premier batsman Steven Smith and suggested that the prospect of facing the world's number one willower in a forthcoming Ashes series was not giving England sleepless nights. Swann retired midway through the 2013-14 Ashes but not before dismissing the right-hander three times in 22 innings. Engl...

15 days ago
Millions of mummified dog remains found in Egypt

London, June 21 (IANS) For centuries, dogs have been humans' loyal companions and in ancient Egypt, they served as bridges to the afterlife, with the hope that they wouldd intercede with the God Anubis on their owner's behalf. But only now is it becoming known the extent to which dogs served this role -- 8 million times over, CNN reported. That is the number of dead animals, most...

17 days ago
England hope to tap into Bayliss' knowledge of Australia: Broad

London, June 19 (IANS) England fast bowler Stuart Broad believes he and his compatriots can tap into the vast bank of knowledge that coach Trevor Bayliss possesses on their rivals Australia during the Ashes series. A 14-man England squad will jet off to Spain with their support staff - including Bayliss - on June 27 for a four-day camp, and Broad believes the Australian in their ranks wi...

18 days ago
McGrath backs Hazlewood, Joe Root to fire in Ashes

Sydney, June 18 (IANS) Australia legend Glenn McGrath on Thursday nominated a pair of young guns he expects to shine at the upcoming Ashes which is set to begin from July 8, namely pacer Josh Hazlewood and England batsman Joe Root. McGrath believes the 24-year-old Hazlewood can deliver with the ball if given the opportunity from the first Test in Cardiff. Hazlewood has played fiv...

20 days ago
Home conditions give England edge over Australia in Ashes: Afridi

London, June 16 (IANS) Pakistan's veteran all-rounder Shahid Afridi has said England's home ground advantage gives them an edge over Australia in the upcoming Ashes series, which starts in less than a month in Cardiff, England. England have not lost to Australia on home soil in Ashes for 14 years and Afridi, who recently concluded a brief stint with English Twenty20 side Northamptonshire...

1 month ago
Former New Zealand rugby player Collins dies in car crash

Wellington, June 5 (IANS) Former New Zealand rugby player Jerry Collins and his wife Alana have died in a car crash in France. A bus collided with their car, and their two-month-old daughter survived but is in serious condition, reports bbc.com on Friday. 34-year-old Collins made his debut in 2001 and won 48 caps. The flanker had been playing for French side Narbonne. The...

1 month ago
England can win Ashes, says captain Cook

Leeds, June 3 (IANS) England captain Alastair Cook said he has seen enough potential in his team to believe they can regain the Ashes against Australia this summer. Cook's side were beaten by 199 runs by New Zealand here to draw the two-match series 1-1, having been set 455 to win. In our home conditions, we are comfortable. But we have to make a step forward as a side and we hav...

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