Wenger dis­misses con­tract ex­ten­sion re­ports

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WENGER PARIS—Arsene Wenger has dis­missed re­ports that he is set to sign a con­tract ex­ten­sion at Arsenal. It had been­re­ported the French­man would com­mit to the club for another two years be­yond his ex­ist­ing con­tract, which ex­pires at the end of the 2016-17 cam­paign. How­ever, Wenger was firm in his de­nial of that claim, say­ing: “It is com­pletely wrong. I don’t know where it has come from. You can treat that as an in­ven­tion.” The 66-year-old, who has been with the Gun­ners since 1996, has come in for crit­i­cism from sec­tions of the Emi­rates faith­ful this sea­son as the side has again failed to mount a sus­tained ti­tle bid. To make mat­ters worse, bit­ter ri­vals Tot­ten­ham look set to fin­ish above them for the first time since Wenger took over. Arsenal close the sea­son at home to As­ton Villa, while Spurs travel to another Cham­pi­onship-bound club in New­cas­tle United.—AFP york­ers, and bounc­ers. Amit Mishra tested Sun­ris­ers Hy­der­abad with googlies and claimed two wick­ets, both with seamup balls, clocked at over 110kph.

Nathan Coul­ter-Nile, play­ing his sec­ond game of the sea­son, im­pressed in the end overs as the bowl-ers trig­gered Sun­ris­ers’ dis­in­te­gra­tion, af­ter a fast start from David Warner. From 80 for 1 af­ter ten overs, Sun­ris­ers fin­ished with 146 for 8. Warner later said that they were 20-30 runs short.

Quin­ton de Kock took charge of the chase. His cuts and pick-up shots flew off his bat.

He looked in con­trol un­til he was given out caught be­hind by um­pire Marais Eras­mus af­ter a pro­longed ap­peal. De Kock slashed at a short, wide ball and his hel­met fell onto the ground as he com­pleted his stroke, but Ul­tra Edge in­di­cated there was no bat in­volved.

When he was dis­missed for a 31-ball 44, Dare­dev­ils needed 69 off 61 balls and Mustafizur Rah­man had three overs left. Sun­ris­ers be­lieved but Sanju Sam­son and teenager Rishabh Pant showed nous to end Sun­ris­ers’ four-match win­ning streak. in the 11th over, af­ter off­spin­ner Jayant Ya­dav com­pleted a tidy spell. Jayant gave the ball plenty of air in his three Pow­er­play overs.

His re­ward, though, came off a quicker ball when Warner backed away out­side leg, played in­side the line, and had his leg stump pegged back for 46 off 30 balls.

Mishra cranked up his pace in his sec­ond over, end­ing Dhawan’s se­date 34 with a 114kph seamup ball. The vari­a­tion ac­counted for Yu­vraj Singh as well, as a lead­ing edge car­ried to short fine leg. The shaky mid­dle or­der was ex­posed.

Mo­hammed Shami made another dent when he pinned Moises Hen­riques lbw for a duck.

The ball wasn’t com­ing onto the bat Sun­ris­ers Hy­der­abad in­nings: Ex­tras: To­tal: Fall of wick­ets: Bowl­ing ......................... O-M-R-W Delhi Dare­dev­ils in­nings: Ex­tras: To­tal: Fall of wick­ets: Bowl­ing ......................... O-M-R-W

Kane Williamson could not stop a yorker from Chris Mor­ris dur­ing Sun­ris­ers Hy­der­abad vs Delhi Dare­dev­ils, IPL match at Hy­der­abad. Andy Mur­ray of Bri­tain re­turns the ball to David Gof­fin of Bel­gium dur­ing their quar­ter fi­nal match at the Ital­ian Open ten­nis tour­na­ment in Rome on Fri­day.

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