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December 2014

Zimbabwe appoint Whatmore new coach, eye 2015 World Cup

Harare, Dec 31: Newly appointed Zimbabwe national cricket team coach Dave Whatmore has said he is targeting the Super Eight stage of the 2015 World Cup, to be held in Australia and New Zealand from Feb 14.Whatmore was officially unveiled as Zimbabwe's coach Tuesday following the sacking of Steve Mangongo who only lasted seven months on the job, reports Xinhua. Mangongo was fired at the back of whitewash defeats in both the Tests and the One-Day Internationals (ODI) against Bangladesh in October and November. The…

Ranji: Himachal, Delhi, Odisha register victories

New Delhi, Dec 31: Medium-pacer Rishi Dhawan's five for 53 helped Himachal Pradesh dismiss Assam for 198 in the second innings and win the Ranji Trophy match by an innings and 133 runs in Guwahati Wednesday while Delhi and Odisha completed their victories over Gujarat and Haryna, respectively.Assam trailed Himachal by 331 in the first innings Tuesday and Wednesday they needed to bat throughout the day to salvage a draw at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium. But their batsmen failed to fend off the challenge posed by…

Urrutia to seek re-election as Athletic Bilbao president

Madrid, Dec 31: Josu Urrutia confirmed Wednesday that he will stand for re-election March 27 as the president of Athletic Club Bilbao.The former player will be looking for a second term at the head of the famous Basque club, which along with FC Barcelona and Real Madrid is the only club never to have been relegated from the Spanish La Liga, reports Xinhua. Urrutia is in the fourth and final year of his four-year term, which given the idiosyncrasies of the club, which only signs players born or raised in the Basque region,…

SCG to honour late Phillip Hughes with bronze plaque

Sydney, Dec 31: As Australian cricketers return to the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) for the first time since the death of Phillip Hughes - the life of their fallen teammate will be commemorated with a bronze plaque to be unveiled at the ground at which he burst onto the scene and then met his tragic fate.It is five weeks since the cricket world was rocked by the passing of the 25-year-old batsman who was struck on the helmet by a short-pitched delivery while batting for South Australia against his former team New South…

Raffaele Marciello named Sauber’s test and reserve driver

Zurich, Dec 31: Italian Raffaele Marciello was Wednesday named Formula One team Sauber's test and reserve driver for the next season.The 20-year-old won the European F3 championship last year and is a member of F1 team Ferrari's driver academy. "We will give Raffaele the opportunity to become familiar with Formula One, which also includes him taking part in some free practice sessions. It’s great for our team to be part of his way to Formula One," said team boss Monisha Kaltenborn in a…
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