• India has retained their top spot in the latest ICC Test rankings gaining a point to be at 123. South Africa follows India closely at the second place with 117 points.

  • Wicket-keeping batsman Dinesh Karthik was named as the replacement of injured batsman Manish Pandey to play in the ICC Champions Trophy in England next month.

  • Harry Kane blasted four past Leicester City on Thursday to help Tottenham Hotspur register an emphatic 6-1 win in the English Premier League. The Spurs are poised to finish second this season.

  • World No 2 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic edged Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-4 to enter the last eight of the ATP Rome Masters on Thursday. Rafael Nadal of Spain also scored a 6-3, 6-4 win over American Jack Sock.

  • Venus Williams of the United States defeated Briton Johanna Konta 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 in Rome on Thursday to move into the last eight of the Italian Open. Williams will take on Spaniard Garbine Muguruza after she beat Julia Gorges of Germany 7-5, 6-4.