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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Swann kills off Bangladesh Gatlin early return ruled out

CRICKET: Graeme Swann spun England to a 181-run win in the first Test against Bangladesh -- but not before the tourists were made to sweat during a wicketless opening session in Chittagong.

Having toiled without reward for the entire evening session yesterday, England were again worked hard by a formidable 167-run stand between Junaid Siddique and Mushfiqur Rahim this morning.

But Swann, who claimed his first 10-wicket haul in a match, accounted for both after lunch to hasten the win.

Captain Alastair Cook can be satisfied with the result in his first match in charge, but he will have been worried by the lack of cutting edge in his seam attack and may now petition for changes ahead of the second Test in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka.



Djokovic digs in to progress

TENNIS: Second seed Novak Djokovic saved three match points before beating Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber, while Rafa Nadal eased into the fourth round of the Indian Wells ATP tournament in California.

Trailing 4-5 and 0-40 in the deciding set, Djokovic took advantage of a spate of unforced errors by his opponent to claw his way back and win 6-3 2-6 7-6. Nadal had no trouble in beating Croatian Mario Ancic 6-2 6-2 as he continued his comeback from a knee injury, which had sidelined him since the Australian Open.



Gatlin early return ruled out

ATHLETICS: Controversial sprinter Justin Gatlin will not be allowed to make an early return to competition, the International Association of Athletics Federations has said.

The 2004 Olympic 100m champion was given an eight-year ban, reduced to four on appeal by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, for testing positive for elevated levels of testosterone. It was his second doping offence.

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