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Narine six-for keeps South Africa to 188

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Arsenal make Vardy move – report

Arsenal are trying to lure England striker Jamie Vardy away from Premier League champions Leicester City in a move worth around £20 million ($29m, 25.5m euros), Britain's Guardian newspaper reported Friday.

Vardy scored 24 league goals as Leicester, 5,000/1 rank outsiders, were crowned champions of England last season, finishing 10 points in front of second-placed Arsenal, one of the Premier League's established powers.

His club form saw Vardy force his way into England's squad for the upcoming European Championship.

Signing Vardy, who is already 29, would mark a major change in Arsenal's transfer policy under long-serving French manager Arsene Wenger.

But the Guardian said "the striker?s availability for a relatively modest fee, and the alternative option that he provides in attack with his searing pace, has fuelled the manager?s interest".

However, it was only in February that Vardy signed an improved three-and-a-half-year contract with Thai-owned Leicester.

The Guardian said Leicester could offer Vardy a new deal if they think that is what it will take to keep him at the Midlands club.

It seems the forward now has a momentous decision to make. As well as being a key figure on the field, Vardy is also a well-liked member of the Leicester squad -- the players celebrated their title-winning success with a party at his house.

However, he only became a full-fledged professional player in 2012, after nine years in non-league football, and if Arsenal are offering significantly more money than he's getting at Leicester, Vardy could find it hard to turn down the Gunners.

Arsenal's reported interest in Vardy led to plenty of social media comment.

Broadcaster Piers Morgan, a Gunners fan, tweeted: "Come on @vardy7 - let's do this", only for former Leicester and England striker Gary Lineker to urge the forward against a move to the north London club by replying: "Stay with the Champions @vardy7 don't join the perennial also-rans."

Lineker, like Vardy, was a leading scorer for Leicester in the English top-flight. But his goals did not yield a title and he left to join Everton in 1985.

With the story on the Guardian's website running well after the close of normal UK business hours on Friday, there was as yet no response from Leicester, Arsenal or Vardy's management team.

Last month, Vardy indicated he had no desire to leave Leicester, saying: "We've just won the league and will be playing in the Champions League next year. I am happy here."

But May also saw Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri say he would not stand in the way of any player who wanted to move on, although clearly the Italian would like to keep his title-winning squad intact.

"If they go away, it is not good for them. It is much better if they improve another year here and then go wherever they want," said Ranieri.

"But I have said so many times if one player comes to me and says 'Gaffer (manager), I want to go', then I leave him to go because it is okay."

Tommy Haas named Indian Wells tournament director

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Gayle says victim of ‘double standards’ in sexism row

West Indies star Chris Gayle said Friday he was the victim of "double standards" after sparking a sexism row with comments he made to a female television reporter in Australia.

Gayle, 36, came under fire for asking Australian broadcaster Mel McLaughlin out on a date in a live television interview during a Big Bash Twenty20 game in January.

"I wanted to see your eyes for the first time, hopefully we can win this game and then we can have a drink after as well," said opening batsman Gayle, before adding: "Don't blush, baby."

Gayle was widely criticised by players past and present for his remarks, as well as by Cricket Australia.

The Melbourne Renegades franchise fined him 10,000 Australian dollars ($7,400) and decided against renewing his contract.

He fanned the flames further with the recent publication of his autobiography and in an interview last month with a female journalist in The Times magazine.

In the article, the Jamaican boasted of his "very, very big bat".

He also asked journalist Charlotte Edwardes if she had ever "had" a black man and been in a threesome.

Gayle remains one of the biggest draw cards in world cricket and has just started a stint with Somerset in English cricket's domestic T20 Blast event, having enjoyed a successful spell with the southwest county in 2015.

- 'Mockery' -

But what he sees as a rejection by Australian cricket still stings, with Gayle feeling his contribution in helping launch the Big Bash has been ignored.

"I didn't feel like I was being treated right at that particular time," he said in an interview with the BBC World Service's Stumped programme, extracts of which were published Friday ahead of Saturday's broadcast.

"The way of going about it... and the media making a big mockery out of it.

"To go into details, it was straight up just a lot of double standards.

"That story didn't get me down one bit. It didn't affect me, I must say. It was just ridiculous how they go about it -- trying to use me as a big scapegoat."

He added: "For someone being part of the Big Bash for so many years, who actually built the Big Bash from day one, the same name they used to build the Big Bash is the same name they want to tarnish.

"The Chris Gayle from the first season, if you check it, it was Chris Gayle who started that Big Bash and it blew up this big now -- and next they want to say, 'you should ban Chris Gayle... you should get rid of Chris Gayle from all leagues around the world... Chris is sexist'.

"You can't brand me for running a joke like that, it's just unfortunate and people have their agenda against other people as well."

Gayle, a World Twenty20 winner with the West Indies this year, fell for five on his Somerset return against Sussex on Wednesday.

His World Service interview was conducted by British sports broadcaster Alison Mitchell.

"For those asking, Gayle was engaging, interesting, both good humoured & serious - and nervous about a female interviewer," she tweeted Friday.

"Gayle was prepared to ans (answer) all Qs (questions), and was generous with his time," Mitchell added.

"There is more to him than his partying reputation."

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