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For me CTL is about friendships, says Paes

As a new and unique brand of tennis makes its debut in the country with a mix of Indian and international stars, veteran Leander Paes says the Champions Tennis League, for him, is about “making friendships”. The Vijay Amritraj conceptualised league is kicking off this evening with a double-header in the Capital and Hyderabad. “It’s a unique format, men and ...

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Anand misses chance, draws 5th game with Carlsen

Viswanathan Anand missed out on an opportunity to press for serious advantage and settled for a draw with defending champion Magnus Carlsen in the fifth game of the world chess championship now underway here. The third draw in five games restored the parity and the scores now stand at 2.5-2.5 with seven games still remaining in the million Euros match. ...

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I see a bit of myself in him: Shastri on Kohli

Team director Ravi Shastri on Friday was all praise for stand-in skipper Virat Kohli and batsman Rohit Sharma. “He’s aggressive and he’s very young, so the exuberance is still seen in him, which is very good for the team. And I see a bit of myself in him,” Shastri said. Lavishing praise on Sharma, the former India skipper said, “I ...

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Still have lots to achieve, says Rohit

He is the first batsman to notch up two double hundreds in ODI cricket but Rohit Sharma says he has a lot more to achieve in the game as expectations and responsibilities are only going to increase as he progresses in his career. Rohit scored a world record 264 in India’s 153-run win against Sri Lanka. That not only made ...

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Vijender backs Sarita, wants AIBA to review referees & judges

As L Sarita Devi awaits “strict punishment” for refusing to accept her Asian Games medal after a controversial loss, the veteran has found support from the biggest name in Indian boxing, Vijender Singh, who feels the world body should review its officials’ conduct instead of banning her. Sarita’s career has been thrown into jeopardy after International Boxing Association (AIBA) chief ...

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Neymar, Messi shine as Dutch slump again

Barcelona teammates Neymar and Lionel Messi were both on target as Brazil and Argentina claimed international friendly wins but struggling Netherlands slumped to another defeat. In Istanbul, Brazil defeated Turkey 4-0 yesterday as coach Dunga celebrated a fifth successive win since taking the hotseat following his country’s traumatic World Cup. The match, played out in front of a packed Sukru ...

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Windies stars handed South Africa tour deadline

West Indies named a full-strength squad to tackle South Africa on Wednesday but gave players a November 18 deadline to sign contracts after the last tour of India was abandoned over a pay dispute. The 16-man Test squad will be skippered by Denesh Ramdinn and is due to play three Tests in December and January before three Twenty20 internationals and ...

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Laggards Delhi Dynamos, FC Goa look to leap

A belated birthday gift it may be but marquee player Alessandro Del Piero would still be happy, and more importantly relieved, if Delhi Dynamos are able to break their winless streak when they take on FC Goa in a match of laggards in the Indian Super League here tomorrow. The match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium will be an opportunity ...

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Australia tour good preparation for World Cup: Gavaskar

Former skipper Sunil Gavaskar says the upcoming Australian tour will be very challenging for the Indian team but it will prepare the reigning champions well for their World Cup defence. India will play four Tests and a tri-series also involving England in the tour, starting later this month. After the conclusion of the tour, in two weeks time, India will ...

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Aamir ready for return to domestic cricket

Pakistan’s banned left-arm pacer Mohammad Aamir has welcomed the changes made in the ICC anti-corruption code and said he is ready for a quick return to domestic cricket. “I am already doing intensive training to maintain top fitness and I am confident that whenever the ICC gives the clearance I can get back into domestic cricket quickly,” he told PTI. ...

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