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India rise to No. 1 in Test rankings.

In the latest test cricket grading India has obtained first place. After winning the tournament against Sri Lanka they were 15 points ahead of South Africa which occupied the second place. Sri Lanka obtained the 7th place with 90 points.

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Cristiano Ronaldo: Real Madrid forward suspended for five games

Cristiano Ronaldo has been suspended for five games after he was sent off in Real Madrid's 3-1 win against Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup first leg on Sunday. He was given a one-match ban for being shown two yellow cards and a further four for pushing the referee in the back after he had been sent off. The bookings at the Nou Camp were for taking off his shirt to celebrate his goal to make it 2-1 and for a dive.He will miss Wednesday's second leg.Ronaldo, 32, will have 10 days to appeal.

Ashwin's county cricket stint confirmed

India offspinner R Ashwin, who had been left out of the limited-overs leg of the tour of Sri Lanka, will play county cricket this season. He could be available as early as Worcestershire's match against Gloucestershire starting on August 28. ESPNcricinfo had earlier reported that Worcestershire had shown interest in availing Ashwin's services towards the end of their season. Ashwin's India team-mate left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja is also in talks with the counties, but it as yet unclear whom he will play for.

Najam Sethi elected chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board

Newly-elected chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board Najam Sethi says one of the challenges for him is to bring back international cricket to Pakistan. 69 year old Mr Sethi, will replace Shaharyar Khan, who quit because of health and personal reasons after completing his tenure.

Mr Sethi was unopposed and was unanimously elected by a new nine-member PCB board of governors. Pakistan’s deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had appointed Sethi as member of the board of governors last month.

It is mandatory, according to the PCB’s constitution, that the chairman should be elected from the members of the board of governors. Zimbabwe has been the only team to visit Pakistan since a terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka cricket team’s bus in Lahore in 2009.

Philippe Coutinho: Liverpool reject Barcelona's £90m bid for Brazil star

Liverpool have rejected a bid of 100 million euros from Barcelona for Brazil playmaker Philippe Coutinho. Barca's second bid for the 25-year-old, which was rejected immediately, comprised an initial 85 million euros plus 15 million euros in add-ons. Liverpool have reiterated that Coutinho - who joined them from Inter Milan for 8.5 million euros in 2013 - is not for sale. Barcelona sold Brazil forward Neymar to Paris St-Germain for a world record transfer of 200 million euros last week.(BBC)

Axar to replace Ravindra Jadeja for 3rd Test vs SL

India have brought in left-arm spin-bowling allrounder Axar Patel for the Pallekele Test, as a replacement for the suspended Ravindra Jadeja. He will be the third spinner in the squad behind offspinner R Ashwin and left-arm wristspinner Kuldeep Yadav.

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Manchester United outclassed as Real Madrid retained the Uefa Super Cup.

Manchester United were outclassed as Spanish and European champions Real Madrid retained the Uefa Super Cup with victory in a sweltering Skopje. Madrid dominated from the start and led when Casemiro - who earlier hit the bar - slid in a half volley. They doubled their lead when Isco calmly slotted in from eight yards after a neat one-two with Gareth Bale, who started ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo. New 75 million Euro striker Romelu Lukaku tapped in before Marcus Rashford scuffed wide.

Lahiru Thirimanne recalled to the squad for the second Test against India

Batsman Lahiru Thirimanne has been recalled to the squad for the second Test against India, 13 months after he last played for Sri Lanka. Left-arm wristspinner Lakshan Sandakan has also been added. While Thirimanne is effectively a replacement for the injured Asela Gunaratne, Sandakan's inclusion is a sign Sri Lanka are considering a stronger spin-bowling attack for the SSC Test that begins tomorrow.  The match will also see the return of captain Dinesh Chandimal, who had missed the first game due to pneumonia.

Tillakaratne appointed Sri Lanka's temporary batting coach.


Hashan Tillakaratne has joined the Sri Lanka team as temporary batting coach, and will be with the side until at least the end of the Test series against India. Sri Lanka have been without a permanent batting coach since Marvan Atapattu was raised to the position of head coach in 2014. Tillakaratne has been a coach in the SLC system since December last year, largely working with the sides that feed into the national team. He had also previously served as a national selector, between January 2013 and April 2015.

The sport minister requests the public to support the national cricket team during the India's tour in Sri Lanka.

Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera  stresses that he will never safeguard offenders. It is the responsibility of the players to play their role loyally to the country without intervening into external or political matters.  At the cabinet press briefing the minister said that, all parties should support the Sri Lanka national cricket team to face the visiting Indian Cricket Team with strong morals. He has a right to expressed views for the wellbeing of the sport as the minister of sports.

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