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Kiwis crumble against Pakistan's precision attack in Abu Dhabi

(Reuters) - Pakistan's bowlers showed controlled aggression and intelligence to skittle out New Zealand for 153 on day one of the first test in Abu Dhabi on Friday.

IOC faces 2026 Winter Games conundrum as cities flee

(Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is facing its most serious bidding crisis in decades as cities drop out of the 2026 Winter Games bid race en masse, leaving a field of just two candidates.

Brilliant Root ton puts England on top against Sri Lanka

PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - England captain Joe Root hit a brilliant century to put his team in a strong position in their quest for a series-clinching victory on the third day of the second test against Sri Lanka on Friday.

Wallabies make two changes as teenager misses out on debut

PADUA, Italy (Reuters) - Teenager Jordan Petaia has suffered a hamstring injury and will miss out on a test debut when Australia, who were forced into two late changes, take on Italy in Padua on Saturday.

Rallying - Advantage Ogier as Neuville suffers double blow

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Belgian Thierry Neuville's hopes of winning a maiden world title at Rally Australia this weekend suffered a hammer blow after a calamitous sixth stage on the opening day, when he damaged his car landing from a jump and then stalled in a chicane.

Cricket - Smith, Warner to make IPL return next year

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Former Australia captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner have been retained by their respective Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises after the duo missed the previous edition following the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.

No more chopping, changing in ODIs for India - Shastri

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's period of experimenting with their one-day international side is over with a little over six months before the World Cup in England, head coach Ravi Shastri has said.

Boxing - Japanese promoter insists Mayweather will compete at MMA event

TOKYO (Reuters) - Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather's proposed fight against Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa will definitely go ahead on New Year's Eve, according to the CEO of the promotional company organising the mixed martial arts event.

Rugby-'Big-game player' Yamada back for Japan against England

LONDON (Reuters) - Experienced winger Akihito Yamada returns to the Japan team to face England at Twickenham on Saturday as one of eight changes from the side beaten by New Zealand two weeks ago.

Turin meet cancelled after pressure from world body

LONDON (Reuters) - A new professional swimming event scheduled for Turin in December has been cancelled after world body FINA threatened sanctions against those taking part, the Italian federation said on Thursday.