Gavaskar meets Trump on charity fund-raising trip

New Delhi

Indian cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar met US President Donald Trump while he was in New York to raise funds and awareness for a charity foundation which provides free surgeries to children with congenital heart defects. Gavaskar met Trump at the Trump Bedminster Golf Course in New York, stated a press release. 

Johannesburg

SA name Klusener as assistant batting coach for T20s 

Former South Africa all-rounder Lance Klusener has been appointed as the assistant batting coach of the national team for the three-match T20I series against India in September. Cricket South Africa also announced that former pacer Vincent Barnes will serve as the assistant bowling coach. Justin Ontong will retain his position as the assistant fielding coach in Enoch Nkwe’s Proteas management.

Karachi

SL to play limited-overs series in Pak before Dec

Pakistan will host Sri Lanka in three ODIs and the same number of T20Is starting in September before two Tests as part of the World Test Championships in December.

Pakistan are preparing to host their first Test on home soil since a 2009 militant attack on Sri Lanka’s team bus in Lahore that left six security personnel and two civilians dead while six players were injured.

Chennai

Fortunegiants edge past Patna Pirates 29-26

Gujarat Fortunegiants snapped a six-match losing streak in the Pro Kabaddi League, with a 29-26 win over Patna Pirates. — Agencies 

Kolkata

Bagan favourites in Durand Cup final against Gokulam 

Heavyweights Mohun Bagan will be overwhelming favourites to clinch a record 17th title in the 129th Durand Cup football tournament when they face a resurgent Gokulam Kerala FC in the final at the Saltlake Stadium here tomorrow. The Mariners last won Asia’s oldest tournament way back in 2000 by defeating Mahindra United 2-1. Bagan beat Real Kashmir 3-1 in extra-time to make their first final since 2009. Gokulam too had to sweat it out in the other semifinal to get past a 10-man East Bengal 3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 stalemate. 

Los angeles

US sprinter Coleman risks ban over missed drug tests

United States’ sprint star Christian Coleman could face suspension after failing to make himself available for three drugs tests, multiple reports said Thursday. Coleman, 23, the fastest man in the world over 100 metres this year and the favourite for next month’s World Championships in Qatar, has missed three separate tests in the past 12 months. Britain’s Daily Mail and The Times newspaper reported that Coleman, a late withdrawal from last Sunday’s Diamond League meeting in Birmingham, is challenging one of the alleged “whereabouts” failures.

Shanghai

China World Cup boost as 9 foreigners switch nationality 

China could soon be able to field a national team made up almost entirely of players born elsewhere after authorities said nine foreign footballers were switching allegiance. On Wednesday Brazil-born striker Elkeson became the first player without Chinese heritage to be named in the national squad, as China attempts to reach the World Cup for a second time.

Atlanta

Thomas shares Tour Championship lead 

Justin Thomas missed two short putts in a mediocre even-par 70 on the first day at the Tour Championship on Thursday but ended the round tied for the lead with fellow Americans Brooks Koepka and Xander Schauffele. Thomas was grateful for the unique staggered scoring system, which afforded him a headstart at 10-under-par thanks to his top seeding as FedEx Cup points leader entering the season-ending event at East Lake. Third seed Koepka birdied three of the last four holes to card 67 and Schauffele had a 64, the day’s best round by two strokes.

Madrid

Troubled Barcelona look to Messi for inspiration 

Lionel Messi could be ready to play against Real Betis on Sunday and Barcelona could do with him back. In other circumstances, Messi might have left it another week, having missed the whole of pre-season with a calf injury he sustained in his first training session back. But after re-joining his teammates on Wednesday, the temptation will be to put Messi straight to work, to lift the mood after their 1-0 defeat to Athletic Bilbao on the opening night. agencies

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