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Sachin Tendulkar"s wait for his next Test hundred goes on: Top Spin at the Test

Top Spin at the Test: The wait goes on as Tendulkar's ton proves elusive

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22:56 GMT, 5 December 2012

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UPDATED:

22:56 GMT, 5 December 2012

Sachin Tendulkar’s highest Test innings since he made 80 at Sydney in January could not disguise the fact that his last 29 visits to the crease have failed to produce a Test hundred. That is comfortably the longest century-less drought of his career, stretching all the way back to his 146 in Cape Town in January 2011. The sense of disappointment yesterday at Eden Gardens when he edged Jimmy Anderson to Matt Prior was almost tangible.

Disappointment: Sachin Tendulkar missed out on a century

Disappointment: Sachin Tendulkar missed out on a century

Sachin eclipses sunny record
For all his frustration, Tendulkar did tick off yet another milestone. When he clipped Monty Panesar for a single shortly after lunch, he completed 34,000 runs in all international cricket. He won’t be caught any time soon: next in the list is former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, who retired on Monday with 27,483 runs to his name. Tendulkar also became India’s leading Test run-scorer against England, passing Sunil Gavaskar, who hit 2,483.

Bogie man: Hansie Cronje took Tendulkar's wicket five times in his career

Bogie man: Hansie Cronje took Tendulkar's wicket five times in his career

Cronje chips in on Tendulkar's list
The eight bowlers to have dismissed Tendulkar five times or more in Tests include some of the modern fast-bowling greats: Anderson (eight times), Glenn McGrath (six), Jason Gillespie, Brett Lee and Allan Donald (all five). But one name stands out on the list: the late South Africa captain Hansie Cronje also took Tendulkar’s wicket in Tests on five occasions with his gentle medium-pace — a stat made all the more remarkable by the fact that Cronje managed only 43 wickets in his 68 Tests.

Sharp Samit proves his point
Samit Patel has often incurred the wrath of team director Andy Flower for his lack of sharpness in the field, but his hard work on the boundary led to the run-out that changed England’s day. Virender Sehwag had his eye on a third after working Anderson through midwicket, but Patel chased down the stroke and then flicked the ball up to Steven Finn, who hurled it to Matt Prior at the striker’s end with Sehwag stranded mid-pitch.

On his toes: Samit Patel's alert fielding led to a run-out

On his toes: Samit Patel's alert fielding led to a run-out

Gambhir changes his tune
When Gautam Gambhir was asked how disappointed Tendulkar would be to miss out on a hundred, he replied: ‘It’s not about hundreds or individuals. It’s about what the team does together.’ This hymn to team spirit raised eyebrows among those who recall him exposing the India tail on the fourth morning in Mumbai, where cynics wondered whether he was more concerned with carrying his bat than actually saving a game India went on to lose by 10 wickets.

Alessandro Del Piero arrives in Australia after joining Sydney FC

Del Piero's rapturous Aussie welcome! Italy legend mobbed after touching down in Sydney

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11:51 GMT, 16 September 2012

Former Juventus and Italy forward Alessandro Del Piero has already made quite an impression in Australia as he begins preparation to make his A League debut for Sydney FC.

The player who Australian football
officials hope will help revitalise the sport in the country has touched down Down Under to start a two-year contract

Wearing a Sydney FC scarf and signing autographs for fans who had waited up to five hours, Del Piero arrived to a raucous welcome at Sydney airport.

Italian job: Del Piero is lost in the crowd after touching down in Sydney

Italian job: Del Piero is lost in the crowd after touching down in Sydney

The 37-year-old – who will earn 1.3million a season – emerged from the Australian customs area with his family late Sunday morning and was met by hundreds of chanting and cheering fans lined up behind metal security barriers. And His arrival was televised live across the country.

'I am here not for the end of my career but for the start of my new career,' said Del Piero, the biggest signing in the history of Australian football.

His arrival eclipses the league previous marquee signings: former
Manchester United star Dwight Yorke, who also played for Sydney in
2005-06, and former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler, who played with the
now-defunct North Queensland team then Perth Glory from 2009-11.

Del Piero made a few comments in Italian and was taken from the airport to a downtown hotel where he planned to rest with his wife, Sonia, and their three children after the 20-hour trip from Italy via Singapore.

And Del Piero will join his first training session with his new team-mates on Tuesday.

Piero-mania! The fans push forward to get a glimpse of their hero arriving with his wife (below)

Piero-mania! The fans push forward to get a glimpse of their hero arriving with his wife (below)

Piero-mania! The fans push forward to get a glimpse of their hero arriving with his wife (below)

Del Piero, a member of Italy's 2006 World Cup-winning team and who scored a club-record 286 goals for Juventus, is expected to help bring greater exposure – and spectators – to the struggling A-League, which has suffered from declining crowds and the folding of two teams in the past two seasons.

His decision to play in Australia is being compared with David Beckham's impact on the game in the United States when he signed with the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Sydney chief executive Tony Pignata, who traveled to Turin nearly two weeks ago to get Del Piero's signature on the contract, said he was pleased with the response of fans – more than 2,000 club memberships have been sold since Del Piero's contract was signed.

Pignata also said 15,000 Sydney FC jerseys with Del Piero's No 10 and name on the back had been manufactured and were selling fast, with orders from around the world.

Tickets for Sydney's first home match at the 45,000-seat Sydney Football Stadium on Oct. 13 have not yet gone on sale. A Sydney official said although the match was unlikely to be a sellout – 'that's a big call' – it could be the team's biggest first-match crowd in its history.

Aussie rules! Del Piero begins training with his new team-mates on Tuesday

Aussie rules! Del Piero begins training with his new team-mates on Tuesday

Aussie rules! Del Piero begins training with his new team-mates on Tuesday

Del Piero's first official public appearance in Sydney is expected next Sunday – Sept. 23 – when the players will be handed their jerseys for the upcoming season.

His first game for Sydney could be against Newcastle next Saturday, a preseason match scheduled to be played in the Central Coast town of Budgewoi north of Sydney. However, if Del Piero plays, it is expected to be moved to a larger stadium at nearby Gosford.

Sydney plays its first-round match of the new A-League season at Wellington, New Zealand on Oct. 6.

Average attendance in the A-League dropped from a high of 14,600 in 2007-08 to as low as 8,400 in 2010-11, although it increased to 10,500 last season.

North Queensland Fury folded in 2010 and Gold Coast United in 2011, but the league will return to 10 teams with the addition of the Western Sydney Wanderers this season.

Regardless of what he does on the field on his aging legs, the deal has made Del Piero the highest paid athlete in Australia's four football codes, which also includes rugby league, rugby union and Australian Rules.

Hero's welcome: The Italian's car was mobbed as it made its way out of the airport

Hero's welcome: The Italian's car was mobbed as it made its way out of the airport

Simon Church grabs hat-trick as Reading run riot at AFC Wimbledon

Hot shot Church eclipses Guthrie and Shorey as Reading run riot at Wimbledon

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17:32 GMT, 14 July 2012

Premier League new boys Reading began their pre-season campaign with a 7-0 demolition of League Two side AFC Wimbledon.

Brian McDermott named new signings Danny Guthrie and Garath McCleary in his first half line-up and handed Nicky Shorey his second Reading debut in the second half, giving a total of 23 of his players a run-out against the Dons.

Handful: Reading's Jason Roberts

Handful: Reading's Jason Roberts

In control: Reading's Gareth McCleary holds off Frankie Merrifield of Wimbledon

In control: Reading's Gareth McCleary holds off Frankie Merrifield of Wimbledon

More than 600 Royals fans made the short trip to Kingston and were rewarded with a goal glut at Kingsmeadow.

Adam Le Fondre set them on their way by scoring a 26th minute penalty after strike partner Noel Hunt had
been tripped by Aaron Downes inside the box.

Le Dondre added a second just before the interval, latching
onto a 40-yard pass from Kaspars Gorkss and lifting the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper Seb Brown and into the back of the net.

Danny Guthrie: made Reading debut

Danny Guthrie: made Reading debut

Simon Church: hat-trick hero

Simon Church: hat-trick hero

Both teams rang the changes at the break but Reading went from strength to strength.

Michail Antonio powered a good header home from Jordan Obita's cross in the 50th minute,
before Simon Church nodded home two minutes later and then tapped in his second.

Obita's left-footed effort arrowed into the bottom right
corner to make it six and Church completed a 15minute hat-trick with a low shot past the keeper to cap the rout.

Wimbledon 2012 Victoria Azarenka eclipses Tamira Paszek in straight sets

Azarenka eclipses Paszek in straight sets to set up dream Serena semi

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UPDATED:

21:24 GMT, 3 July 2012

Victoria Azarenka stayed on course for a first Wimbledon title and the world number one ranking by winning an engrossing Centre Court battle with Tamira Paszek.

The Australian Open champion booked her place in the semi-finals after being given a fright by Paszek, who put a half-season of woe behind her by triumphing on grass in Eastbourne before bringing that form with her to Wimbledon.

Eventually Azarenka negotiated her way past one of the few players in the women's capable of striking the ball with the same punishing force she applies, coming from a break behind in the second-set tie-break to advance 6-3, 7-6 (7/4).

In the hat: Victoria Azarenka salutes her victory over Tamira Paszek

In the hat: Victoria Azarenka salutes her victory over Tamira Paszek

With Maria Sharapova ousted by Sabine Lisicki, who lost to fellow German Angelique Kerber today, the top ranking in the women's game is up for grabs, with Azarenka and Agnieszka Radwanska the two players vying to leapfrog the Russian.

Azarenka looks to have the game on grass to go one step further than she managed last year, when she lost at the semi-final stage to Petra Kvitova.
Four-time champion Williams put Kvitova out today to show her own threat, but Azarenka may not be overpowered by the American.

She and Paszek traded fierce and often potent hitting today, the Belarusian second seed and the unseeded Pole giving the Centre Court crowd an unexpected treat as the match had initially been billed for Court One, only for rain to force the switch.

After fending off early pressure against her serve, Paszek was broken in the eighth game of the opening set as Azarenka fired an aggressive winner, and she consolidated that to take the set.

Safe passage: Azarenka sailed into the semis in straight sets

Safe passage: Azarenka sailed into the semis in straight sets

Serve ruled for the opening eight games of the second set, but then Paszek was broken to love.

Azarenka, serving for the match at 5-4, fell break point down and to her frustration then double-faulted, setting the pair back to square one.

The breaks kept coming, with Paszek conceding her next service game from 40-15 ahead, then rattling an unreturnable forehand to force the tie-break.

Paszek had the first mini break too, but Azarenka soon took charge, moving 6-3 in front and shrugging off the loss of the next point to a backhand winner as she clinched a last-four place when her opponent fired long.

'The games were really close,' Azarenka said.

Close contest: Eastbourne champion Tamira Paszek fell in the last eight

Close contest: Eastbourne champion Tamira Paszek fell in the last eight

'At the beginning of the second set we were both doing well to hold our serves, then it turned around at the end with the breaks.

'It was difficult but I'm glad I could manage to win. It's a great feeling to be in the semi-finals of a grand slam but I still want to go all the way.

'It's still far away but I'm really glad to be in the semis here again and hopefully I can do better this year.'

She knows of the threat posed by Williams, who has won seven of their eight past meetings.

'There's no better opponent than Serena in the semi-finals,” Azarenka said.

'I'm really looking forward to the match. It's not going to be easy but it's the semis of a grand slam so what do you expect'

Stoner eclipses local hero Lorenzo to grab pole at Catalunya Grand Prix

Stoner eclipses local hero Lorenzo to grab pole at Catalunya Grand Prix

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UPDATED:

16:13 GMT, 2 June 2012

Casey Stoner saw off championship leader Jorge Lorenzo to take pole position for Sunday's Catalunya Grand Prix.

The 26-year-old, a winner on the
track a year ago, set a fastest time of one minute 41.295 seconds on his
Ducati, edging out Lorenzo, who currently leads the title race by eight
points.

Pole position: Casey Stoner

Pole position: Casey Stoner

Home favourite Lorenzo was a place ahead of Yamaha team-mate Cal Crutchlow – the Briton matching his best-ever starting spot – with Ben Spies fourth and Dani Pedrosa fifth.

Pedrosa ran off the track in his hot lap and was unable to get any momentum going after that, while early qualifying leader Andrea Dovizioso will start in sixth.

Head start: Valentino Rossi adjusts his helmet in the pits

Head start: Valentino Rossi adjusts his helmet in the pits

Nicky Hayden will be seventh, holding off Stefan Bradl in eighth. Valentino Rossi will begin in ninth and Alvaro Bautista makes up the top 10.

Crutchlow's performance was one of the most eye-catching of the day, though, and in a week when he has been linked with a move to a factory team for next year, he admitted his happiness at his performance.

'I am really happy to be back on the front row again and it feels great considering this is only the second time I have been to this track. I expected to be up there challenging but wasn't sure where,' he said. 'It proves again that I've got the raw speed and consistency and now I am really looking forward to the race.'

Stoner`s pole means that he is perfectly placed to try and snaffle the lead from Lorenzo.

Retiring at the end of the season, every race is a special one for the New South Welshman, and he said: 'Catalunya is one of my favourite races and it was the first major grand prix circuit I tested on.

'Ever since that moment, I fell in love with the track – the big fast sweeping corners. There's a lot of control in the middle of the turn trying to get grip for the exit.'

Djibril Cisse promises to repay QPR fans at Manchester City

This is my biggest game… I promise to repay fans: Cisse desperate to help QPR escape

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21:55 GMT, 12 May 2012

Djibril Cisse has enjoyed a flurry of red cards career packed with massive matches but he believes QPR's showdown at Manchester City eclipses the lot – even the 2005 Champions League final.

Cisse scored in the penalty shootout that night as Liverpool stunned AC Milan to win Europe's greatest club prize but now he is feeling a different kind of pressure going into the game that could decide QPR's Premier League future and see City crowned champions.

And if Cisse can help mastermind QPR's escape, he is desperate that fans will remember him for the goals rather than the red cards which have studded his rollercoaster few months at Loftus Road.

I owe you: Djibril Cisse has to make up for missing key games due to red cards

I owe you: Djibril Cisse has to make up for missing key games due to red cards

'I'm trying not to think about it but I know we are fighting for our lives,' said Frenchman Cisse, 30. 'That is why this game is in my top three most important games ever in my career.

'The other two were positive games, the Champions League final with Liverpool and the French Cup final with Auxerre. If you lose you have another chance the next season.

QPR: cost of the drop

Debt: 50m owed to owner

Wage bill (2010-11): 29.7m, estimated 45m now

Most recent losses: 25.7m (2010-11)

Fall in income if relegated: 40m*

*offset by 16m parachute payment next season

'But if you are relegated then your chance has gone for at least a year to play in the Premier League again and it could be a long wait before you get another chance. It's a different kind of pressure.'

And if they are relegated, Cisse is well aware that there will be fingers pointed at him for the red cards picked up in defeats by Wolves and Sunderland.

Those dismissals – and the subsequent bans – could yet prove more decisive than the five goals he has scored, the last of which was the 87th-minute winner against Stoke which handed his new team a relegation lifeline at the champions-elect. This earned the forgiveness of chairman Tony Fernandes, if not some fans.

'I missed seven games and now I have to give this back to the club and the fans,' Cisse said. 'I have to pay them all back. It's up to me to change the situation and make sure the fans do not have bad memories of me. If I score the winner at City, people will remember me for that, not missing seven games.'

Forgiving type: QPR chairman Tony Fernandes (left) has no problem with Cisse

Forgiving type: QPR chairman Tony Fernandes (left) has no problem with Cisse

Cisse, who was signed by Mark Hughes from Lazio in January for 4million on a two-and-a-half year deal, is adamant QPR, despite their desperate away form and going to a stadium that has not witnessed a City defeat this term, can stay up without Stoke's help against Bolton.

A draw at the Etihad will confirm their top-flight status next season but, if Bolton fail to win, Rangers will be safe anyway.

'I have never gone into any game thinking I will lose,' he said. 'We have quality players and City will be fighting to win the title, so anything can happen. We will not be thinking about Bolton, but about ourselves. I like these situations. When the pressure is on, I play at my best. I don't have to be the one who scores. It doesn't matter. Just as long as I'm a Premier League player with QPR next season.

Score to settle: QPR boss Mark Hughes returns to Manchester City on Sunday

Score to settle: QPR boss Mark Hughes returns to Manchester City on Sunday

'It's a different club to any I have played for before, but one with great passion, pride and history. We're a really good club. We don't have to win, or even draw at City if Stoke beat Bolton, but we have to go there aiming to get at least a point. To do this we will need to defend really well and then take our chances. It is possible.'

But if it does end in tears, Cisse has no thought of jumping ship – even if QPR might want to get him off their wage bill.

QPR: Cost of the drop

'If they want me and need me then I will stay, even if we go down,' he said.

In a career already littered with more highs and lows than most both on and off the pitch, Cisse hopes that this will be another plus added to his name. If QPR are relegated this tea-time, it will not be through lack of belief.

'Everyone knows it will be a difficult game and everyone knows it's a big, big game. But we are fighting and we are a good team – and that's enough of a reason why we can earn at least a point.'

NBA round-up: Lou Williams eclipses Kobe Bryant

NBA round-up: Williams eclipses Bryant as 76ers beat Lakers

Lou Williams spoiled Kobe Bryant's
record-setting night while leading the Philadelphia 76ers to 95-90 win
over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Williams scored 14 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, including the equalising jump shot and then a three for a 91-88 lead.

Hot shot: Lou Williams (right)

Hot shot: Lou Williams (right)

He hit another floater to make it 93-88, part of a fantastic fourth that saw him hold off Bryant and help the Sixers improve to 13-3 at home.

Bryant scored 24 of his 28 points in the first half. He passed former team-mate Shaquille O'Neal and moved into fifth place on the NBA's career scoring list.

Bryant got 24 points in a hurry to pass O'Neal, but stumbled down the stretch and missed nine of his 10 shots in the fourth on Monday.

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Big night: Lakers' Kobe Bryant

At Orlando, Florida, Chris Paul scored 29 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter and overtime, as the Los Angeles Clippers overcame a 15-point first-half deficit and beat Orlando 107 -102.

Blake Griffin and Chauncey Billups each added 18 points for the Clippers. The Clippers have won six of the last seven games and snapped a nine-game losing streak to the Magic. But they may have lost Billups for an extended period after he slipped and left in the fourth quarter with a left Achilles injury.

Dwight Howard had 33 points and 14 rebounds, and Jason Richardson 20 points for the Magic.

At Washington, John Wall scored 31 points, Nick Young had a season-high 29 and Trevor Booker added a season-high 19 as Washington hung on to beat Toronto 111-108.

Young's two free throws with 1:06 to play gave Washington a 109-106 lead. The Raptors' Amir Johnson hit two free throws with 27.2 seconds left to make it 109-108.

Booker hit the first of two free throws with 6.7 seconds left. Young rebounded Booker's miss, was fouled and hit the second of two free throws with 1.5 seconds left to make it 111-108. Linas Kleiza's 3-point attempt at the buzzer fell short.

Grounded: Toronto Raptors' Linas Kleiza (left) battles the Miami Heats' Dwayne Wade

Grounded: Toronto Raptors' Linas Kleiza (left) battles the Miami Heats' Dwayne Wade

Jerryd Bayless and Kleiza both had a season-high 30 points for Toronto.

At Atlanta, Steve Nash scored 24 points as Phoenix broke open a close game with a 24-6 run to close the third quarter and beat Atlanta 99-90.

Nash, whose 38th birthday is Tuesday, had 11 assists and shot 9 of 12 – including each of his four 3-pointers. Channing Frye had 19 points, including a 3-pointer and another basket in the closing minutes to help the Suns stop Atlanta's final comeback attempt.

Smith had 18 points, and Johnson had 17 for the Hawks, who suffered their third straight loss, all at home, after a 4-1 road trip.

At Newark, New Jersey, Carlos Boozer scored 24 points to lead Chicago to an easy 108-87 victory over New Jersey.

Luol Deng scored 19 points and C.J. Watson added 14 points and 10 assists in place of Derrick Rose. The reigning league MVP played less than 11 minutes in the first half and the Bulls said at halftime that he would not return because of back spasms.

Sitting pretty: Memphis Grizzlies' Dante Cunningham (left) and Atlanta Hawks forward Ivan Johnson

Sitting pretty: Memphis Grizzlies' Dante Cunningham (left) and Atlanta Hawks forward Ivan Johnson

Deron Williams scored 25 points for the Nets, who only dressed nine players.

At New Orleans, DeMarcus Cousins had 28 points and 19 rebounds as Sacramento erased an 18-point deficit en route to a 100-92 victory over struggling New Orleans.

Tyreke Evans scored 11 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, when Sacramento took its first lead on Marcus Thornton's free throw with 6:24 left. Isaiah Thomas scored 17, including a 31-foot 3-pointer with 2:15 to go that gave the Kings a 94-88 lead. Thornton added 12 points.

Greivis Vasquez scored 20 points and Marco Belinelli 18 points for New Orleans, which has lost six straight.

At Memphis, Tennessee, Tony Parker scored 21 points, and Tim Duncan added 19 points and 17 rebounds to lead San Antonio to a 89-84 victory over Memphis.

Duncan scored 13 of his points in the second half as the Spurs opened a nine-game road trip with a win.

Marc Gasol scored 22 points to lead Memphis, which led 73-67 entering the final period. Mike Conley scored 19 and Rudy Gay had 18 for the Grizzlies.

At Denver, Luis Scola scored 25 points as Houston handed injury-riddled Denver its third straight loss 99-90.

The Nuggets not only lost for the fifth time in six games but they lost budding star forward Danilo Gallinari, who rolled his left ankle in the third quarter. X-rays revealed a chip fracture of the foot.

Kyle Lowry added 20 points for Houston, which won for just the fourth time in a dozen road games.

At Portland, Oregon, Kevin Durant had 33 points, including a dunk with 2.9 seconds left in overtime, as Oklahoma City defeated Portland 111-107.

Russell Westbrook added 28 points and 11 rebounds for the Thunder, who upped their NBA-best record to 19-5.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 39 points for Portland, who led 103-101 with 6 seconds left in regulation before a goaltending call that drew the ire of the Rose Garden crowd and seemed to take the energy out of the Blazers.

Ronaldo eclipses Leo Messi with hat-trick in Real Madrid romp

Ronaldo eclipses Messi with hat-trick in Real Madrid romp

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in Real Madrid”s 6-2 win at Sevilla last night to beat Leo Messi”s record of 42 league goals in a calendar year and send his team back to the top of La Liga.

Ronaldo opened the scoring in the 10th minute and, after Jose Callejon had added No 2, slammed a spectacular third from the edge of the area four minutes before half-time.

Treble top: Real Madrid

Treble top: Real Madrid”s Cristiano Ronaldo

Pepe was sent off just before the interval for a second yellow card but any hopes Sevilla had of capitalising on their numerical advantage were lost when Angel di Maria grabbed the fourth.

Jesus Navas made it 4-1 with 20 minutes left but Sevilla”s Manu del Moral was sent off 15 minutes from time for bringing down Xabi Alonso.

Ronaldo completed his hat-trick from the spot to take his league tally for the year to 43. Hamit Altintop scored the sixth before Alvaro Negredo added a late consolation for Sevilla.

Ronaldo said: “Those who criticise me don”t know anything about football.”