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Test cricket a step forward for ambitious Ireland

DUBLIN: Ireland will make a giant leap when they host their first ever test match, against Pakistan in Dublin on Friday, the start of what will be a slow introduction to the longest format of the game, according to Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom. Ireland will become the first team to debut in the test format since Bangladesh in 2000, after being awarded full member status by the International Cricket Council (ICC) last June along with Afghanistan. The benefits of being a full member are more likely, especially…

New York City forward Villa named league most valuable player

NEW YORK CITY: New York City forward David Villa was named Major League Soccer's most valuable player on Tuesday after leading the club to its first playoff appearance in just its second year in the league. The former-Barcelona striker, who also finished runner-up for the MLS Golden Boot with 23 goals, beat off competition from Bradley Wright-Phillips and Sacha Kljestan of crosstown rivals New York Red Bulls. Toronto FC's Sebastian Giovinco, the 2015 MVP, finished fourth in the running for the award, which is voted on…