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James Pattinson dropped for second Ashes test, Australia face a happy headache

Australia dropped fast bowler James Pattinson from a 12-man squad for the second Ashes test.

Cricket Briefs: Faf Du Plessis excited about Test Championship, no Indian umpires in ICC elite panel

In other cricket news: Sri Lanka is set to honour retired Nuwan Kulasekara, Zimbabwe senior cricketer wants to play for free to save the game, and New Zealand have appointed Thilan Samaraweera to their support staff ahead of their tour of Sri Lanka.

Unbeaten ton against New Zealand my best innings: Babar Azam

Babar Azam said his match-winning century against New Zealand was the best of his career as he guided Pakistan to a six-wicket win on Wednesday to keep their World Cup semi-final hopes alive.

FIFA rankings: Portugal rise to fifth, India remains static at 101

India's ranking points remained the same -- 1219 -- as that of the previous list, issued on April 4.

French Open 2019: Faultless Roger Federer eases into quarterfinals, Rafael Nadal ends Juan Londero’s run

Four years ago, Roger Federer lost in the quarterfinals to Swiss countryman Stan Wawrinka in straight sets.

Spain considers playing Super Cup in Saudi Arabia

The competition has been played in a one-game final between the champions at the beginning of the season. The idea is to play the new Super Cup in January.

UEFA Champions League: Porto hope veteran Iker Casillas can lead team to a comeback

Porto on Wednesday will need the best of Iker Casillas, who signed from Real Madrid in the summer of 2015, to reverse a 2-0 first-leg deficit against Liverpool.

Premier League round-up: Another loss for Manchester United, Fulham relegated

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is going through his toughest period as Manchester United manager, just days after getting the job on a full-time basis

Champions League: Harry Kane, Hugo Lloris seal Tottenham’s progress

Borussia Dortmund's hopes of a miracle were denied by Hugo Lloris and Harry Kane as Tottenham reached the Champions League quarterfinals with a 1-0 win on Tuesday

Premier League: Liverpool held by West Ham as title challenge falters again

Liverpool's Premier League title challenge faltered again, drawing 1-1 at West Ham to give Manchester City a chance to go top on Wednesday

Australian Open 2019: Maria Sharapova sets up mouth-watering Caroline Wozniacki showdown

Maria Sharapova continued her marauding form by handing out a 6-2 6-1 thrashing to Sweden's Rebecca Peterson to set up a blockbuster third-round showdown with holder Caroline Wozniacki.

La Liga Roundup: Barcelona make most of Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla dropping points

Barcelona's 2-1 win vs Getafe allowed them to open up a five-point advantage over second-placed Atletico Madrid who drew 1-1 with third-placed Sevilla. Real Madrid lost 2-0 at home to Real Sociedad.

Daniil Medvedev beats Milos Raonic to reach semifinals in Brisbane

Daniil Medvedev will next play 2008 Australian Open finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who beat Alex de Minaur 6-4, 7-6 (2).

US Open 2018 | Umpires strike back: Match officials mull boycotting Serena Williams, forming a union

Upset with ITF’s delay in defending Carlos Ramos, match officials mull boycotting Serena Williams, forming a union.

Football friendlies: Pepe scores on 100th appearance as Portugal hold Croatia; Wesley Sneijder retires in win

Brazilian-born Pepe, handed the captaincy for the match, levelled 14 minutes later with a thumping header from Pizzi's cross.

Indonesia intends to bid for 2032 Olympics

Tokyo will host the next Summer Olympics in 2020, with Paris holding the 2024 Games and Los Angeles confirmed as hosts for four years later.

US Open 2018: Serena Williams matches her easiest win over Venus in rout, Sloane Stephens fends off Victoria Azarenka

Serena Williams had won 6-1, 6-2 over sister Venus by same score in a semifinal victory in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2013.

Sevilla vs Barcelona: Lionel Messi wins record 33rd title as Barcelona win Spanish Super Cup

Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen secured the win when he saved a penalty kick from Sevilla substitute Wissam Ben Yedder in the 89th minute.

Wild brawl mars Australia-Philippines basketball game

The fight spilled into the area behind the baseline and video showed a chair being thrown at the back of an Australia player either by a fan or member of the Philippines team staff.

ICC approves stricter sanctions for ball-tampering

Tougher punishments for ball-tampering have been on the cards since incidents during this year's third test between South Africa and Australia in Cape Town.

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