Raza helps team

COLOMBO – Sikandar Raza closed in on his maiden hundred and put Zimbabwe in sight of a first test victory against Sri Lanka on the third day of their only match at the R Premadasa Stadium yesterday. The touring side reached 252-6 in their second innings at the close of play for an overall lead of 262 runs.

Smith in doubt

WELLINGTON – All Blacks fullback Ben Smith is expected to take a sabbatical and miss eight of the world champions’ test matches later this year, according to local media yesterday. Smith signed a contract extension with New Zealand Rugby (NZR) earlier this year, with a sabbatical clause that allows him to take a break from rugby.

SA cricket aim

NOTTINGHAM, England – England must chase down a world-record 474 to win the second test while South Africa have two full days to bowl them out after the tourists’ batsmen provided the strongest possible platform for victory on the third day yesterday. It could have even better for South Africa after declaring on 343-9 just before the close, thought they had Alastair Cook lbw first ball, although the decision was reversed on review.

Muguruza wins

LONDON – Newly crowned Wimbledon women’s champion Garbine Muguruza says she would rather be ranked tenth in the world and win more Grand Slams than focus on reaching the top of the rankings. Muguruza beat five-times champion Venus Williams in straight sets on Saturday to win her second major tournament after her triumph at the French Open in 2016.

Federer rules

LONDON – Behind Roger Federer’s artistry and charm lies a ruthless streak of razor-edged steel which surfaced again yesterday as he thrashed suffering Marin Cilic 6-3 6-1 6-4 to secure a record eighth men’s Wimbledon singles title.

US golf title

BEDMINSTER, New Jersey (Reuters) – Long-hitting Park Sung-hyun of South Korea broke a three-way tie with two late birdies to win the US Women’s Open at Trump National Golf Club yesterday by two strokes for her first major championship. The 23-year-old Park, runaway favourite to win LPGA Rookie of the Year honoursadded another birdie at the 17th for some cushion.

Romero’s deal

REUTERS – Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero has signed a new contract with Manchester United that will keep him at the Europa League holders until 2021. Romero played in the Europa League campaign that ended in a 2-0 victory over Ajax Amsterdam in May.

US books spot

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – A late goal from Matt Miazga helped the United States to a 3-0 win over Nicaragua in the Gold Cup yesterday and ensured the hosts top spot in Group B on goal difference. Also Panama beat Martinique 3-0 in the earlier Group B game

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