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Sri Lanka hope new software can power cricket recovery

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka is adopting an advanced software used by football club Barcelona to manage its injury-prone cricketers as the national team trains for the World Cup next year, officials said today. The island's cricket board hopes the state-of-the-art player management system will restore Sri Lanka's prestige on the world stage after their worst year in international cricket. The board spent $75,000 on the software, adapting it to suit its cricketers. Officials said coupled with a match analysis system designed…

The man who injects himself with snake venom holds hope for new antidote

LONDON: For nearly 30 years, London-based reptile enthusiast and musician Steve Ludwin has been injecting snake venom -- a practice that has almost killed him. It may now help save thousands of lives, as researchers search for a new antidote based on his body's response to the toxic fluids. "It sounds very crazy what I am doing but it turns out that it potentially has lots of health benefits," Ludwin, the tattooed 51-year-old told AFP in the living room of his home in the British capital. Ludwin demonstrated his…

Netanyahu expresses ‘hope’ for US peace push despite no commitment to two-state solution

LONDON: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Friday he hoped a U.S. peace initiative would work and praised President Donald Trump for taking a fresh approach to bringing the Israelis and Palestinians back to negotiations. For at least two decades, the goal of US-led diplomacy has been a ‘two-state solution’, meaning an independent Palestinian state living side-by-side and at peace with Israel. But neither Trump nor his aides have publicly recommitted to a two-state solution, instead saying it is up to the…

Pakistan hope to counter Herath to level series

DUBAI: Pakistan are hoping their batsmen will bury the ghost of Rangana Herath when they face the veteran left-arm spinner in the pink-ball, day-night second and final Test against Sri Lanka starting in Dubai on Friday. Playing without batting greats Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq for the first time in Abu Dhabi, the inexperienced batsmen saw red in the form of Herath, who stopped them from chasing down a modest 136-run target on a wearing fifth-day pitch with figures of 6 for 43. Pakistan’s 21-run loss was their first…

Aleppo rebels hope to reverse fortunes with new alliance

ALEPPO: Rebels in Aleppo have agreed to form a new military alliance to better organize the defense of parts of the city they control from a ferocious assault by the government and its allies, officials in two of the insurgent groups said on Thursday. The Syrian government assault backed by allied militia has driven the rebels from more than a third of the territory they held in eastern Aleppo, threatening to crush the rebellion in its most important urban stronghold. Rivalry among rebel groups has been seen as one of…