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Shane Watson shaken after being hit on helmet

Shane Watson was struck on the helmet by a James Pattinson bouncer at Australia’s training session at the MCG on Tuesday, leading to both men leaving the nets. The early indications were that Watson was not injured by the blow, but he and Pattinson both appeared shaken by the incident, which was not surprising given the events of the past ...

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Josh Hazlewood picks five-wicket haul on debut

Australian speedster Josh Hazlewood made a memorable debut in the second Test of the ongoing four-match series against India where he picked a five-wicket haul in the first innings of the Gabba Test. Hazlewood looked Australia’s best bowler on Day 1 where he scalped two wickets but struggled towards the end with cramps and had to leave the field minutes ...

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Boxer L Sarita Devi banned for a year but career saved

Indian woman boxer L Sarita Devi was handed a one-year ban by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) for refusing to accept her bronze medal at the Asian Games but the punishment is unlikely to hurt her career too badly as she would be available to compete in the 2016 Olympic qualifiers. Sarita, who had refused to accept the medal to ...

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Vijay bats well as India take lunch at 89 for 1

A 56-run partnership for the opening wicket between Murali Vijay (batting 46) and Shikhar Dhawan (24) helped India reach 89 for one at lunch on day one of the second Test against Australia at the Gabba here Wednesday. The two openers gave a good account of themselves after captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni took the brave decision to bat after winning ...

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Dhoni wins toss, opts to bat in 2nd Test

India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat against Australia in the second cricket Test at the Gabba, here today. India have made three changes to the side that lost the first Test in Adelaide. Wriddhiman Saha made way for Dhoni, who missed the first Test due to a thumb injury while paceman Umesh Yadav has ...

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FIH suspends 2 Pak hockey players for indecency

Hockey India (HI) on Sunday forced the International Hockey Federation (FIH) to review its leniency and suspend two Pakistani players from the Champions Trophy final against Germany for their obscene gestures at the crowd after the visitors beat India 4-3 in a high-voltage semifinal a day earlier. Besides stridently protesting against FIH tournament director Wiert Doyer’s initial decision to let ...

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Shehzad, Afridi star as Pakistan crush New Zealand

After mediocre performances in the first two matches, the pressure was on Pakistan’s batsmen to deliver in the third One-Day International against New Zealand in Sharjah on Sunday (December 14). Shahid Afridi, the skipper in the absence of the injured Misbah-ul-Haq, called for his batting line-up to show more responsibility and his side responded to his calls by firing on ...

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Pak hockey lovers excited about India clash in CT

Pakistan’s hockey community is anticipating an exciting semi-final against arch-rivals India in the Champions Trophy but they believe a win is an absolute necessity for the future survival of the cash-strapped sport in the country. “The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) was lucky this time that they got much required financial help from private businessmen to send the team to the ...

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India should be looking to win this match: Gavaskar

Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar believes that the Virat Kohli-led team can even win the first cricket Test if they remain in a positive frame of mind despite another good batting show by the home team on the fourth day of the encounter. Riding on another David Warner century, Australia today scored 290 for five, stretching their second-innings lead to ...

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FC Goa happy to play second leg semis at home

FC Goa are relishing at the prospect of deciding on the final at home as they play the second leg of semifinal against Atletico de Kolkata in Goa by virtue of finishing second in the Hero Indian Super League football tournament. “It’s important that we stay here and don’t need to travel again and decide the place for final at ...

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