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  • Australia's Maxwell mocked for Kiwi 'choke' gesture
    Australia's Maxwell mocked for Kiwi 'choke' gesture

    Australia's Glenn Maxwell was both mocked and praised Monday after video emerged of him making a 'choking' gesture just moments before Kane Williamson launched the giant six that won Saturday's World Cup clash for New Zealand. Maxwell, a controversial batsman dubbed 'The Big Show' by Australian media, was fielding in the deep when he turned to a section of the 40,000 crowd at Auckland's Eden Park and jokingly placed his hands around his throat to suggest that the home side were about to fail chasing their modest 152-run target. Maxwell scored just one in the game having made 66 in Australia's opening win over England, but he won some sympathy online with fans praising him for his interaction with the crowd.

  • New Uruguay leader takes over from pot-friendly farmer
    New Uruguay leader takes over from pot-friendly farmer

    Tabare Vazquez was sworn in as president of Uruguay Sunday, returning to office a decade after first leading the left to power and drawing a curtain on folksy farmer Jose Mujica's colorful rule. Mujica, a former guerrilla fighter known for legalizing marijuana, gay marriage and abortion, handed the presidential sash back to his predecessor and Broad Front (FA) party colleague, reversing their roles from five years ago in this country that bars presidents from serving consecutive terms.

  • Nishikori breaks into world's top four, Murray out

    Japan's Kei Nishikori broke into the top four of the ATP world rankings on Monday as the Asian trailblazer continued to shake up the top echelon of men's tennis. His run to the final in Acapulco, where he was beaten by Spain's David Ferrer, elevated him to a new career-high ranking of four, taking him above Britain's Andy Murray. Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer and Murray have long been regarded as the "big four" in the men's game.

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