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NZ draws 2nd test against England, clinches series

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Christchurch, Apr 3 (AP) - England's long and cheerless summer in the southern hemisphere ended in a final, bitter disappointment Tuesday when victory in the second test against New Zealand slipped through its fingers and it had to accept a 1-0 series loss.
Set 382 to win or more than a full day to bat, resolute lower-order batting saw New Zealand 256-8 when stumps were drawn at 6 p.m., with the sun close to setting on an early autumn day.
Ish Sodhi, who had batted exactly 200 minutes and...

Players’ union says ball-tampering bans too harsh

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Sydney, Apr 3 (AP) - The players' union has asked Cricket Australia to take into account "extraordinary contri-tion" shown by Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft over the ball-tampering scandal and sug-gested that the length of their bans be reduced.
Smith and Warner received bans of...

Alli double gives Tottenham first win at Chelsea in 28 years

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London, Apr 2 (AP) - Cupping his ear to the Chelsea fans hurling abuse and flipping fingers, Dele Alli savored the moment.
Twice at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, inside four minutes.
With two goals, the Tottenham midfielder answered his critics and ended his team's 28-year victory drought at...

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