After a decade spent trying to woo back cricket's international elite, Pakistan is facing the prospect of being declared the game's no-go area again, and the anger is palpable.A sense of deja vu swept the country on Friday when New Zealand abruptly pulled the plug on their first Pakistan tour in 18 years, citing a security alert.
The Taliban have sacked the executive director of Afghanistan's cricket board.Hamid Shinwari posted on his official Facebook page on Monday he had been fired by Anas Haqqani, the younger brother of the Taliban's new Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani.
Berlin Marathon organisers expect around 25,000 runners to take part on Sunday, making it the biggest marathon since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.The event was cancelled last year because of the global health crisis but returns on the streets of the German capital.
A student armed with a hunting rifle has opened fire at a university in the Russian city of Perm, killing at least six people and wounding many others, investigators say.Video shown on news websites showed panicked students leaping from first-floor windows to escape Perm State University, around 1300 km east of Moscow, landing heavily on the ground before running to safety.
Alastair Clarkson has ruled himself out of coaching Carlton, saying he will definitely take next season off rather than going "flat out" again in the AFL.The four-time Hawthorn premiership coach said he spoke to new Blues chief executive Brian Cook at the weekend.
The NSW government has collected $11.1 billion from the sale of its remaining stake in the WestConnex motorway and will allocate $5 billion to an infrastructure fund for western Sydney.
Footballing greats past and present have hailed Jimmy Greaves as "the best goalscorer to ever play" and compared him to Lionel Messi as tributes poured in following the death of the former Tottenham, Chelsea and England striker.Greaves, who died at home on Sunday morning aged 81, was described by his old Spurs and England teammate Alan Mullery as "a wonderful, wonderful footballer, the best goalscorer to ever play.
Tony Martin, a four-time time trial world champion from Germany who also won five Tour de France stages, said on Sunday that he will put an end to his 14-year pro career after the world championships.The 36-year-old Martin said he will call it a day after taking part in Sunday's individual time trial and competing in the mixed relay scheduled for next week.
Melbourne midfielder Jack Viney has thrown his weight behind calls for the AFL to award premiership medals to players of the winning club who miss out on the grand final.The suggestion has been a talking point during the extended build-up to this year's grand final, but won't be implemented for the September 25 decider unless the league makes a late decision to break with tradition.
VICTORIA'S ROADMAP OUT OF LOCKDOWN EXPLAINED* Once 80 per cent of Victorians aged over 16 have had one COVID-19 vaccine dose, which is forecast to occur about September 26:\- Recreational sport; including basketball, golf, tennis, cricket; for up to five fully vaccinated people can resume.59pm Sunday* 507 new cases in Victoria* A Moreland man in his 90s died* 58,000 tests conducted on Saturday* 43,441 vaccine doses were administered* 204 people in hospital, 55 in ICU and 38 on ventilators* 5262
Jack Viney has eased fears over Melbourne teammate Charlie Spargo after the small forward sent an injury scare through the camp just seven days out from the AFL grand final.Spargo twisted an ankle in a tackling drill during the Demons' training session on Saturday night, casting doubt over his availability for the September 25 decider against the Western Bulldogs.
If fortune favours the bold, then to Debbie Lee it comes as no surprise Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs are on the verge of AFL glory.The Dogs and Demons have embodied the spirit of fearless football throughout their different paths to this year's grand final.
Australian criterium champion Kaden Groves has been denied a second stage win in the Tour of Slovakia but it took a long study of the photo finish before it was ruled that he'd missed out on victory by the narrowest of margins.The 22-year-old, who had won the prologue that kicked off the five-day race, delivered a late charge in Saturday's penultimate stage which looked as if it might be enough to see him prevail in a neck-and-neck finish with Kristoffer Halvorsen in Povazska Bystrica.
Melbourne will be in lockdown until late October, with greater freedoms to be granted to fully vaccinated Victorians once the state reaches the 80 per cent double-dose target.Premier Daniel Andrews on Sunday unveiled Victoria's "cautious" roadmap out of lockdown, as the state recorded 507 new COVID-19 cases and the death of a man in his 90s, bringing the toll from the latest outbreak to 11.
Twenty-one years since the greatest night of his football life, Melbourne's most recent Brownlow Medal winner says he doesn't expect to hold that title for much longer.Shane Woewodin, who claimed the game's most coveted individual award in 2000, has backed Demons hard nut Clayton Oliver to salute at Sunday night's medal count.
James McManus' $1 million concussion claim against Newcastle has ended without any compensation after the case was resolved in the NRL club's favour.McManus' four-year legal battle was settled on Saturday, two days before a NSW Supreme Court hearing was meant to commence for the former Knights winger.
Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce is adamant his side would claw their way out of the Premier League relegation zone after a 1-1 home draw with Leeds United left them still looking for their first win of the season.The result left the Magpies 18th on two points from five games and Bruce endured a chorus of disgruntled home fans calling for the club to sack him after they fell behind to a 13th-minute goal from Brazilian Raphinha.
Newcastle United and Leeds United have stretched their winless Premier League starts to five games after playing to a 1-1 draw in an entertaining clash at St James' Park.The result left Newcastle 18th on two points and piled more pressure on manager Steve Bruce while Leeds are 16th on three points after missing a string of chances in an action-packed first half.
She's been on American talk shows, attended the Met Gala, ticked off a "bucket list" item by visiting the New York Stock Exchange, and chatted to Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton - a big for a huge motorsport fan.As for top soccer coach Jurgen Klopp, who manages Premier League Liverpool, he has described her as the "talent of the century.
China could have its first Formula One driver next season if the Alfa Romeo team decide to call time on Italian Antonio Giovinazzi.The seat at the Swiss-based team is the only one with any lingering uncertainty around it, after Aston Martin confirmed an unchanged lineup on Thursday, and a fistful of candidates are keen to fill it.
Carlton tumultuous off-season has received a timely boost, with highly-respected AFL administrator Brian Cook confirmed as their new chief executive.New Blues president Luke Sayers hailed Cook as the perfect person to take the club forward.
There are lots of things that car makers do to make uber-expensive flagship vehicles feel truly special. There's the premium leather and timber finishes of the interior, complemented by the bespoke high-tech infotainment systems, not to mention the massive display screens that run these functions.
A Victorian couple has repaid customers more than $600,000 out of their own pockets after a travel consultant they employed stole from their business.A pathological gambler, Annette Roberts pocketed more than $669,000 from small family business Travel and Cruise North East, based in Wangaratta.
Manly centre Brad Parker has a simple plan to get past his Sydney Roosters opposite Josh Morris in their sudden-death NRL semi-final on Friday night - send Tom Trbojevic at him first.Morris is renowned as one of the best defenders in the competition and although retirement is looming, there are still no cracks in his armour.
Fame and fortune won't detract from Emma Raducanu's ability to maintain her amazing ascent to the summit of her sport, according to the chief executive of Britain's Lawn Tennis Association, Scott Lloyd.Lloyd has called for the newly-crowned US Open champion to be given "breathing space" following a whirlwind two weeks which saw her bank a Stg 1.