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Qatar 2022 World Cup may not need cooling systems

DOHA - A winter World Cup in Qatar may not require cooling systems to lower temperatures in the stadiums as proposed in the bid for a summer tournament, said an executive from the Gulf state's 2022 organising committee.


Germany will hit top form in crucial qualifiers, says Loew

- World Cup winners Germany will be at their best when they take on Euro 2016 qualifying rivals Poland, Scotland and Ireland later this year after their current period of experimentation, coach Joachim Loew has said.


Dynasty beckons for triumphant Australia

MELBOURNE - Dark sunglasses were the order of the day for Australia's triumphant cricket team on Monday as they paraded the World Cup trophy to hundreds of fans at a public reception after a night of heavy partying at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.


Power reigns supreme at 11th World Cup

MELBOURNE - The ICC hailed the 11th cricket World Cup the "most popular ever" and although most neutrals would have preferred New Zealand to win Sunday's final, there is no doubt Australia were worthy of their fifth title.


New Zealand coach Hesson not pushing anyone out the door

MELBOURNE - New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has said he will not put pressure on any of his players to make up their minds about their playing futures in the wake of the team's disappointing World Cup final loss to Australia.


Clarke bows out of one-day cricket with all guns blazing

MELBOURNE - Australia captain Michael Clarke had hoped his retirement from one-day international cricket would be a foot-note to Australia's successful bid for a fifth World Cup.


Early McCullum exit a huge blow for New Zealand

MELBOURNE - This was not how the script was supposed to run for Brendon McCullum, the personification of the aggressive cricket that had taken New Zealand to their first World Cup final.

Factbox - Reaction to Australia's fifth World Cup victory

MELBOURNE - Following are reactions to Australia's fifth World Cup triumph after they beat New Zealand in Sunday's final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.


Starc award defies trend in bat-dominated tournament

MELBOURNE - At a World Cup dominated by batsmen and huge scores, it was an old-fashioned fast bowler who ultimately played the biggest role in Australia's success.


Smith burnishes captaincy credentials with final flourish

MELBOURNE - Steve Smith's pull to the Melbourne Cricket Ground fence to bring up the winning runs for Australia on Sunday was a fitting ending for a player who was instrumental in his team's campaign for a fifth World Cup triumph.

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