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Girlfirends a big no no for Indian team manager

New Delhi: The debate of Wives and Girlfriends (WAGs) accompanying cricketers on foreign tours has taken a different twist after India`s team manager Sunil Dev questioned actress Anushka Sharma`s stay with boyfriend Virat Kohli during the Test series in England. Once termed as the most eligible bachelor of Team India, under-performing Kohli has now come under severe criticism for his ...

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It”s official, no Arjuna award for boxer Manoj Kumar

New Delhi: Putting an end to speculations, the Sports Ministry today stuck to the original list of Arjuna awards winners, thereby dashing boxer Manoj Kumar`s hopes of getting the sporting honour. The controversial recommendation of boxer Jai Bhagwan for the prestigious Arjuna Award has been finalised after the Kapil Dev-led selection committee, which met again yesterday, decided not to make ...

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South Africa takes series 3 – 0 against Zimbabwe

BULAWAYO — A scintillating 84 from 75 balls by opener Quinton de Kock led South Africa to a seven-wicket win over Zimbabwe on Thursday and a 3-0 whitewash in the one-day international series. Spurred on by De Kock, South Africa needed just 27.2 overs to reach 171-3 and easily chase down Zimbabwe’s 165 all out at Queens Sports Club. De ...

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Chopra picked by Tendulkar-co-owned Kerala franchise

Mumbai: Indian-origin English footballer Michael Chopra was the first pick, though not the costliest, in the International Players Draft of the Hero Indian Super League, signed on by the Sachin Tendulkar co-owned Kerala Blasters here on Thursday. Chopra was chosen for USD 58,185 in the first round of the seven-round draft in which all eight franchises of the IPL-style tournament ...

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Cueist Joshi defeats Shandilya in thrilling decider

MUMBAI: Devendra Joshi overcame Ashok Shandilya in a pulsating decider to lead Race for Gold to a thrilling 3-2 win over SPG Billiards Punters in the inaugural Videocon Billiards Premier League on Wednesday. After Cyrus Mistry forced the decider for Punters, who trailed 0-2, with an impressive win over Ronnie Daruwala in the crucial fourth tie, Joshi beat Shandilya at ...

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Shooting well, hope to win Olympic quota in Spain: Gurpal

NEW DELHI: Commonwealth Games silver medallist Gurpal Singh is confident of cashing in on the momentum and earning a 2016 Olympic quota place in the upcoming World Championships in Granada, Spain. The white metal in men’s free 50-metre pistol event at the Barry Buddon Shooting Range near Glasgow last month was Gurpal’s one of best achievements in his career. “I ...

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FIFA to host global summit on ethics in sports

ZURICH — FIFA will host a conference on ethical sports leadership organized by the Brussels-based World Forum for Ethics in Business. FIFA says its president Sepp Blatter will open the Sept. 19 meeting which aims to “elaborate on what business and politics can learn from sports.” Taking part are FIFA ethics committee chairmen Michael Garcia and Joachim Eckert, who have ...

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Gavaskar backs Dhoni, gives thumbs up to Shastri move

New Delhi: Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar has not only backed under-fire skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni but also gave a thumbs up to BCCI’s new move of appointing Ravi Shastri as the Team Director. “He has led from the front. He has batted at difficult positions. He has set an example. If his example has not been followed by the ...

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Lehmann dares England to produce green tops

Melbourne: Ashes might be almost a year away, but verbal volleys have begun with Australian coach Darren Lehmann challenging England to produce the same green, seaming pitches they used to beat India when his team visits the ‘Old Blighty’ next year. “The wickets were quite sporting over there in the last couple of Test matches. The Oval – I can’t ...

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Fletcher sidelined, Shastri appointed Team Director

New Delhi: Cracking the whip following India`s shambolic Test series against England, The BCCI today sidelined coach Duncan Fletcher by appointing former captain Ravi Shastri as the Team Director while giving a “break” to bowling coach Joe Dawes and fielding coach Trevor Penny for the upcoming one-day series. Under pressure to act after India`s disastrous performance in the Test series, ...

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