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3 Russian Olympic champion race walkers banned for doping

Five Russian race-walkers, including three Olympic gold medalists, were banned by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency on Tuesday. Bans of three years, two months were handed to Olympic champion Sergei Kirdyapkin and Olga Kaniskina, as well as 2011 world champ Sergei Bakulin. All three doping cases backdated to late 2012. The dates mean Kirdyapkin remains eligible to defend his men’s 50-kilometer ...

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Bengal beat Jharkhand 2-1

Despite a good show, an own goal by Jharkhand defender Konsham Sana allowed Bengal qualify in the final round of 69th National Football Championship for the Santosh Trophy after a 2-1 victory at JRD Tata Sports complex on Monday. Bengal had to sweat it out throughout the proceedings even though Nilkanta Paria put the team into lead in the 32nd ...

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No evidence of match-fixing by BCCI officials in IPL: police

The Mumbai police told a court here on Monday that they had not found any evidence of match-fixing against top BCCI officials with regard to IPL in 2013. “We have found no evidence of match-fixing against the respondents as alleged by the petitioner,” said the report submitted by Mumbai police’s crime branch. The report has been signed by Nandkumar Gopale, ...

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Royal Wahingdoh beat Lajong FC 2-1 in NE derby

Meghalaya’s I-League debutant Royal Wahingdoh came from behind to beat long-time local rival and host Shillong Lajong FC 2-1 in North-Eastern derby of the I-League football tournament, on Sunday. Boithang Haokip made no mistake in converting a free kick from 40 yards with a curling shot in the 14th minute of the match. A Lajong defensive lapse let Jackichand Singh ...

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Rohit’s century goes in vain as Australia beat India

Rohit Sharma’s rollicking century went in vain as Australia survived a few anxious moments before pulling off a tense four-wicket win over India in a tri-series ODI match on Sunday. After opener Aaron Finch’s confident 96-run knock, Australia were placed comfortably at 216 for two in a chase of 268 but India staged a late comeback by taking three quick ...

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Indian bowlers must back batsmen in World Cup: Wright

Former India cricket coach John Wright feels the only way the current team can defend its World Cup title is by backing its exciting batting line-up with a much-improved bowling effort than what it has shown of late. Wright said the team has got the best possible preparation for the mega event Down Under by playing a four match Test ...

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Don’t underestimate India after Test loss: Hussey

Former Australian batsman Michael Hussey warned teams against underestimating India after their 0-2 loss in the Tests series and said the visitors will be a confident side when they start their title defence in next month’s World Cup. “The big positive for India is that they have already been in Australia for the last two months. They are now well ...

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I contemplated retiring after being hit in 2nd Test: Rogers

Australian opener Chris Rogers said he contemplated retiring after being hit at the back of his helmet by a Rohit Sharma sweep shot while fielding during the second cricket Test against India at the Gabba. The incident happened on the opening day of the Brisbane Test when Rogers was fielding at short leg. The 37-year-old copped a ball to the ...

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Dhyan Chand should have got Bharat Ratna first: Milkha

Legendary athlete Milkha Singh on Sunday said hockey wizard Dhyan Chand should have been the first sportspersons to be conferred with the country’s highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna. “Dhyan Chand should have got Bharat Ratna first. Dhyan Chand was the most deserving candidate,” Milkha told reporters. The ‘Flying Sikh’ though felt that bestowing the honour on cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar ...

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Salgaocar looking for a win against Pune FC

An intriguing contest is on the cards as former champions Salgaocar FC take on Pune FC in the final Group B league match of the 36th Federation Cup football tournament at Tilak Maidan here on Wednesday. At stake is a place in the semifinals against Dempo SC. The two sides last met in the finals of the Durand Cup in ...

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