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Knight Riders & Sunrisers record easy wins in IPL

MOHALI, India (AP) Three blistering half-centuries by Shikhar Dhawan, skipper David Warner, and Kane Williamson led defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad to a strong 207-3 before beating Kings XI Punjab by 26 runs in the Indian Premier League on Friday.

Beforehand, Kolkata Knight Riders rode on captain Gautam Gambhir's fourth half-century in beating Delhi Daredevils by seven wickets.

Knight Riders lead the standings by two points from Mumbai Indians. Sunrisers were third, another point behind after their fifth victory.

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Cricketers' union rejects Cricket Australia pay offer

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The union representing Australian cricketers has rejected a pay offer from Cricket Australia which would guarantee a 35 percent increase in player remuneration over the next five years.

The Australian Cricketers' Association on Friday said the offer would create inequity between international and domestic players and short-changed women. (MORE)

Finch blasts Gujarat to crushing win over Bangalore in IPL

BENGALURU, India (AP) Aaron Finch blasted Gujarat Lions off the bottom of the Indian Premier League and virtually ended Royal Challengers Bangalore's playoff hopes in a seven-wicket victory on Thursday.

Finch hit 72 runs off 34 balls to lead the Lions from slightly wobbling to the brink of victory. Captain Suresh Raina finished with a rush for the Lions to total 135-3 in the 14th over, in reply to Bangalore's dismal 134 all out. (MORE)

ICC revises financial model to end domination of 'Big 3'

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) The International Cricket Council is revising its financial model to bring an end to a potential domination by its `Big Three' members - India, England and Australia.

The ICC issued a statement Thursday outlining a new formula for the distribution of funds for 2016-23, saying it was passed with a majority of 13-1 during an executive board meeting in Dubai this week. (MORE)

Uthappa hits 87 as Knight Riders beat Supergiant in IPL

PUNE, India (AP) Robin Uthappa struck an inspired 87 and captain Gautam Gambhir added 62 as two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders swept to a seven-wicket victory over Rising Pune Supergiant in the Indian Premier League on Wednesday.

An unbeaten 51 by Steven Smith helped Supergiant reach a solid total of 182-5, only for Uthappa and Gambhir to guide Knight Riders to 184-3 and a win that took them to the top of the standings. (MORE)

Misbah smashes 6s as Pakistan beats West Indies by 7 wickets

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq smashed two straight sixes Tuesday to give his team a seven-wicket victory over West Indies shortly after lunch on the fifth day of the first test.

Chasing only 32 for victory, the visitors ended on 36-3 in their second innings after an early scare on 7-2. Both openers went cheaply - first Ahmed Shehzad (6) caught behind off Shannon Gabriel, and then Azhar Ali (1) after hitting the ball onto his stumps to Alzarri Joseph's delivery. (MORE)

Heavy rains wash out IPL match

BANGALORE, India (AP) Heavy rains washed out the Indian Premier League match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday.

Both teams shared one point each after match officials decided to abandon the game at 11 p.m. local time, with rain continuing to fall. (MORE)

Fit-again Wood gets England call-up for Champions Trophy

LONDON (AP) Mark Wood has been selected in England's 15-man squad for the Champions Trophy after recovering from a third ankle operation.

The right-arm seam bowler missed the entire winter program for England but has done enough for county side Durham in the opening weeks of the English season to persuade selectors he is ready for the tournament in June. (MORE)

West Indies trails Pakistan by 28 runs with 6 wickets left

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) Legspinner Yasir Shah took all the wickets as the West Indies slumped to 93-4 and trailed Pakistan by 28 runs in the second innings on the fourth day of the first test Monday.

Pakistan was all out for 407 at tea, giving the visitors a first-innings lead of 121. Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq reached 5,000 test runs but ran out of partners just one short of his hundred. (MORE)