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Pakistan tour of England and Ireland, 4th Investec Test: England v Pakistan at the Oval is in progress

Asad Shafiq and Younus Khan centuries helped Pakistan open up a lead over England in the final Test at The Oval. Dropped on seven, Shafiq made 109, while Younus emerged from his poor run of form to end the second day unbeaten on 101, his 32nd Test century. Pakistan, for whom Azhar Ali made 49, closed on 340-6, leading by 12. England 328 all out against Pakistan.

I dedicate my century to Hanif Mohammad: Asad Shafiq

Pakistan middle-order batsman Asad Shafiq dedicated his impressive century against England at The Oval to late Pakistan batting great Hanif Mohammad.  He said that “I would definitely like to dedicate the hundred to great Hanif Mohammad. He was a great batsman in our history and it is an honour to dedicate this hundred to him. Hanif died at the age of 81 in a Karachi hospital on Thursday following a prolonged illness. Short in stature, the 81-year-old scored 337 in a marathon and still unsurpassed 970-minute stay at the crease against the West Indies in Barbados in 1958, which earned him the nickname of the “Little Master”.

India tour of West Indies and United States of America, 3rd Test: West Indies v India at Gros Islet

India lead by 285 runs with 7 wickets remaining. India 353 & 157/3 (39.0 ov). West Indies 225.

Football

Messi rejoins Argentina for love of country

Star striker Lionel Messi will return to play for the Argentine national football team for "love" of his country, despite earlier vowing to retire in frustration. Argentina's new coach Edgardo Bauza promptly named him to the squad for two looming qualifying games for the 2018 World Cup. It was heartening news for the country's demanding soccer fans after Argentina were knocked out of the Olympic Games this week in the group stage, their latest in a string of humiliations. The 29-year-old Barcelona superstar had abruptly announced his international retirement in tears after Argentina lost the Copa America final to Chile on June 26.

Rio Olympics 2016

US leading in Rio Olympics

In Rio Olympics, the United States is leading on medal table with 44 medals including 16 gold, 12 silver and 16 bronze followed by China with 37 medals including 13 gold, 10 silver and 14 bronze. Great Britain is standing with third position securing 21 medals including 7 gold, 8 silver and 6  bronze medals.

Tennis

Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez win men's doubles gold

Spain's Rafael Nadal and good friend Marc Lopez won gold in the Olympic men's doubles in Rio. They beat Romania's Florin Mergea and Horia Tecau 6-2 3-6 6-4. Nadal is also through to the semi-finals of the men's singles after beating Thomasz Bellucci of Brazil in three sets and will face Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina. Jack Sock and Steve Johnson of USA won bronze with a 6-2 6-4 win over Daniel Nestor and Vasek Popisil of Canada. Nadal said his partner was a close friend even though they had little experience of playing together. "It is a privilege to be able to share this moment with one of my best friends," said the 14-time Grand Slam winner.

Andy Murray beats Steve Johnson to reach semi-final

Defending champion Andy Murray reached the semi-finals of the Olympic men's singles with a 6-0 4-6 7-6 (7-2) win over American Steve Johnson. Murray, 29, cruised through the first set, before world number 22 Johnson levelled after breaking the Briton in the first game of the second set. Johnson broke again in the third, but the Scot rallied to progress. Murray and Heather Watson lost 6-4 6-4 in the mixed doubles quarter-finals to India's Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna. Mirza and Bopanna will face Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram in the semi-finals after the American pair beat Italy's Roberta Vinci and Fabio Fognini 6-3 7-5.

Athletics

Ethiopia's Ayana smashes world record for 10,000m gold

Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana smashed the world record by over 14 seconds to win Olympic gold in the women's 10,000m in Rio. The 24-year-old, racing the distance on the track for only the second time, obliterated the field to finish in 29 minutes 17.45 seconds. Britain's Jo Pavey was 15th in her fifth Olympics at age 42, setting a season's best time of 31:33.44. Kenya's Vivian Cheriot, the 2012 bronze medallist, finished second in 29:32.53. Defending champion Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia only managed third but in a personal best time of 29:42.56 - one of 18 personal bests in the race.

Cycling

Sir Bradley Wiggins claims eighth Olympic medal in team pursuit win

Cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins became the first Briton to win eight Olympic medals with victory in the team pursuit in a new world record time. Wiggins, 36, has five golds, one silver and two bronzes to surpass fellow cyclist Sir Chris Hoy's tally of seven. He combined with Ed Clancy, Owain Doull and Steven Burke to complete the 4km race in three minutes 50.265 seconds to beat Australia by almost a second. He said that "It was gold or nothing. I'll be hungover tomorrow, I'm trying to soak it all up. It was a horrible race to be in. It's over in a flash.”

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