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Cricket Australia closes probe into alleged Moeen slur

SYDNEY (AP) Cricket Australia has closed an investigation into an alleged racial slur directed by an Australian player at England opener Moeen Ali.

Moeen said in a recently published except from his autobiography that he was called "Osama" by an unnamed Australian player during the 2015 Ashes test in Cardiff.

Cricket Australia says it has investigated, but has closed the investigation after contacting the England and Wales Cricket Board. Cricket Australia says Moeen has decided not to pursue the matter.

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India thrashes Pakistan by 9 wickets in Asia Cup

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan hit centuries as India thrashed rival Pakistan by nine wickets in the Super Four stage of the Asia Cup on Sunday.

India scored 238-1 in 39.3 overs in reply to Pakistan's 237-7. (MORE)

Pakistan wins toss, will bat first versus India at Asia Cup

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first in an Asia Cup match against India on Sunday.

Both teams have won their opening Super Four stage matches. India was dominant in its comprehensive seven-wicket win over Bangladesh, while Pakistan triumphed over a fighting Afghanistan with just three balls to spare. (MORE)

Pakistan and India meet once again at Asia Cup

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Pakistan hopes to have learned its lesson from a heavy group-stage loss to India when the two rivals meet again in the Asia Cup on Sunday, this time at the Super Four stage.

After the group defeat, Pakistan narrowly avoided humiliation when Sarfraz Ahmed's team beat Afghanistan in its opening Super Four match with just three balls to spare in Abu Dhabi. Also Friday, in Dubai, India easily beat Bangladesh by seven wickets. (MORE)

England select uncapped Burns, Denly, Stone in test squad

LONDON (AP) England selected uncapped trio Rory Burns, Joe Denly and Olly Stone in its squad on Friday for the three tests in Sri Lanka in November.

Opening batsman Keaton Jennings retains his place despite a poor international summer, as do experienced seam bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad, scotching suggestions the pair could be rested for the series. (MORE)

India beats Pakistan by 8 wickets in Asia Cup

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) India was rarely tested in a dominating eight-wicket win over traditional rival Pakistan in their group match of the Asia Cup Wednesday.

At Dubai International Stadium, captain Sarfraz Ahmed's decision to bat first after winning the toss backfired when a disciplined Indian bowling attack wrapped up the Pakistan innings for a meagre 162 in 43.1 overs. (MORE)

Pakistan vs. India Scoreboard

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Scoreboard Wednesday in the Asia Cup one-day international match between Pakistan and India at Dubai International Stadium:

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Cricket rivalry resumes as Pakistan plays India at Asia Cup

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed is taking nothing for granted as one of the most famous rivalries in world cricket resumes Wednesday when his team plays India in an Asia Cup group match.

The United Arab Emirates has been the host venue for Pakistan in international cricket since a 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan team bus. (MORE)

Stokes and Hales face England cricket hearing in December

LONDON (AP) England cricketers Ben Stokes and Alex Hales face a disciplinary hearing in December after being charged with bringing the game into disrepute by the England and Wales Cricket Board on Tuesday.

The pair was involved in a street brawl outside a Bristol nightclub last September, hours after a one-day international against the West Indies. Stokes denied a charge of affray and was cleared following a seven-day trial at Bristol Crown Court last month. Hales was not charged. (MORE)

Cricket Australia probe as Ali says he was called 'Osama'

LONDON (AP) Cricket Australia is investigating claims by England's Moeen Ali that he was called "Osama" by an Australian player during a match between the two countries in 2015.

Ali, who is a Muslim of Pakistani and English heritage, claims the unnamed Australia player compared him to Osama bin Laden during an onfield exchange. (MORE)