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Saturday, May 25, 2019Smith, Warner booed by fans in WC warm-up game

London, May 25 (IANS) Australia's David Warner and Steve Smith were subject to boos by the crowd during Saturday's pre-World Cup warm-up match against England at the The Rose Bowl in Southampton.

Warner, who opened the innings with captain Aaron Finch, made 43 runs off 55 balls before falling to Liam Plunkett. According to reports, boos and jeers rang out from the stands as he walked back and


Saturday, May 25, 2019Vijay Shankar's scan report comes in, no fracture

New Delhi, May 25 (IANS) The Indian team management can heave a sigh of relief as all-rounder Vijay Shankar's scan reports have come in and he has no fracture. In fact, the batsman touted to bat at no.4 for the team in the World Cup was also seen taking some light throwdowns before the start of India's first warm-up game between India and New Zealand in London on Saturday.

Taking to Twitter, B


Saturday, May 25, 2019Abhishek Bachchan trolls Kohli after pic with Kane

New Delhi, May 25 (IANS) Virat Kohli and Harry Kane sent sports fans into a frenzy when they posted a selfie together at the Lord's Cricket Ground on Friday. Kohli is currently in England as Team India gears up for the 2019 World Cup. While the Indian skipper and Kane have interacted over tweets before this, this is the first time that they were meeting each other.

But Bollywood actor Abhishek


Saturday, May 25, 2019We did what we had to, won't change a thing: Armstrong

Kolkata, May 25 (IANS) Tainted former American cyclist Lance Armstrong said he would not change the way he acted during his doping ordeal that led to him being stripped of his record seven Tour de France titles.

All of Armstrong's titles between 1999 and 2005 were taken away by the International Cycling Union six years ago.

"I wouldn't change a thing. I wouldn't change the way I acted," Lan


Saturday, May 25, 2019Kohli, Smith, Morgan are top skippers, feels Border

Melbourne, May 25 (IANS) Batting legend Allan Border feels Indias's Virat Kohli, England's Eoin Morgan and Australia's Aaron Finch are the three captains to look out for in the World Cup in England and Wales that starts on May 30.

"Virat Kohli, I think he's a different type of captain. He's a bit more of a boisterous-type player and wears his heart on his sleeve," Border told


Saturday, May 25, 2019I used sun screen, zip, mints while bowling: Panesar

London, May 25 (IANS) Former England spinner Monty Panesar made shocking revelations about ball tampering, saying he would use sun screen, mints and also the zip of his trouser to make the ball reverse swing.

In an excerpt of his book �The Full Monty', which appeared on the Daily Mail, Panesar said he was told to keep the ball as dry as possible by the likes of James Anderson for whom he use


Saturday, May 25, 2019Afghans ring warning bell, but will Pak repeat history

Bristol, May 25 (IANS) When Afghanistan got past Pakistan by three wickets on Friday, it looked like an upset. But come the World Cup, this could be the norm when the ever diminishing fine line between minnows and heavyweights could further whittle down.

Yet, just like every dark cloud has a silver lining, Pakistan too can take solace from the loss. In 1992, the Imran Khan-led team lost to the


Friday, May 24, 2019'Daddy' Rohit ready to play perfect deputy to Kohli

Mumbai, May 24 (IANS) India's ODI deputy Rohit Sharma is a daddy now and with fatherhood comes a lot of responsibility. But the batsman is happy in the zone that he is in and in fact, he goes on to reveal that he is looking to help skipper Virat Kohli in whatever ways he can as Team India look to end the 2019 edition of the World Cup as champions.

"(Laughs) Tell me about it. You don't get to s


Friday, May 24, 2019Shahan aims for double in X-30 National Championship

Bengaluru, May 24 (IANS) Young Shahan Ali Mohsin will be the cynosure of all eyes as the X-30 class of the JK Tyre-FMSCI National Karting Championship gets under way at the Meco Kartopia on Saturday.

As many as 30 racers from across the country will be in action over the weekend in three different categories (cadet, junior and senior) as the sports gets a new fillip at the grassroots level.


Friday, May 24, 2019Kohli, Buttler, Warner: Waugh's top 3 batsmen for WC

Melbourne, May 24 (IANS) Former Australia skipper Steve Waugh has picked the top three batsmen he would be looking forward to in the upcoming World Cup beginning on May 30 in England and Wales.

The batsman which Waugh picked was India skipper Virat Kohli. "Definitely Virat Kohli," Waugh told "He's No.1."

Kohli, regarded by many as the greatest ODI player ever, will be playin


Friday, May 24, 2019Was ready to walk away after WT20 controversy: Harmanpreet

New Delhi, May 24 (IANS) Harmanpreet Kaur, captain of the women's T20 India team, has revealed that she was "ready to walk away from the game" after the controversy that erupted in the 2018 Women's World T20 tournament.

The exclusion of senior batswoman Mithali Raj from the semifinal game against England - which India lost - had created a controversy with many questioning the decision of the t


Friday, May 24, 2019Nadal, Federer set up potential semifinal at French Open

Paris, May 24 (IANS) Eleven-time winner Rafael Nadal and Swiss great Roger Federer are slotted in the bottom half of men's singles and could meet in the semifinals of the upcoming French Open starting Sunday.

Defending champion Nadal, fresh from his ninth Italian Open title last weekend, will see first two rounds in the French capital against qualifiers, and a possible third-round encounter wi


Friday, May 24, 2019WC: Tom Latham to miss warm-up games due to injury

London, May 24 (IANS) Wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Latham will miss New Zealand's World Cup warm-up matches against India and West Indies due to injury, skipper Kane Williamson has confirmed.

Earlier this month, Latham picked up an injury to his finger during a match against an Australia XI, prior to flying out to England & Wales for the World Cup.

It was initially expected that he would be ava


Friday, May 24, 2019Alexander Zverev advances to semis of Geneva Open

Geneva, May 24 (IANS) Top-seeded German Alexander Zverev edged past Bolivia's Hugo Dellien 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 to reach the semifinals of the Geneva Open and stay in the running for his first title of 2019.

It marks just the second time this season that Zverev, who has struggled since capturing the biggest title of his career at the ATP Finals last November, has advanced to a tournament's final four


Friday, May 24, 2019Ex-Real Madrid forward Julio Baptista retires

Rio De Janeiro, May 24 (IANS) Former Real Madrid and Brazil international forward Julio Baptista has announced his retirement from football after a professional career spanning two decades.

The 37-year-old, who has not played since last year, said on social media that he wanted "to begin a new life", reports Xinhua news agency.

"After more than 20 years in the football elite, it is time to


Friday, May 24, 2019WC: Wives, families of Pak players not to travel with team

Lahore, May 24: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) wants to ensure its players stay focused during the upcoming World Cup and has banned wives and families of the cricketers from accompanying them during the course of the showpiece event beginning May 30 in England and Wales.

This comes after Pakistan lost the just concluded series against England, when wives and families were allowed by the PC


Thursday, May 23, 2019Root relishing opportunity to do something special at WC

London, May 23 (IANS) England might be touted favourites going into the 2019 World Cup, but batsman Joe Root believes that the team has a lot to learn from defending champions Australia. In fact, the Aussies have peaked at the right time and with Steve Smith and David Warner back in the team, the unit looks stronger than ever.

"Australia have always had strong squads," Root told Sky Sports. "T


Thursday, May 23, 2019Ashwin set for county stint with Nottinghamshire

London, May 23 (IANS) Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin will join Nottinghamshire for the second half of the County Championship season.

Ashwin's Nottinghamshire stint will be his second in county cricket after featuring in four matches for Worcestershire in 2017.

The off-spinning all-rounder, who will take over as overseas player from James Pattinson at the end of June, is expected to


Thursday, May 23, 2019Rahane backs Kohli & Co to do well in World Cup

Newport, May 23 (IANS) Test team vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane believes India have a strong side and will do well in the upcoming World Cup slated to be held in England and Wales from May 30.

"Definitely, I am going to back the Indian team. We have a very strong side going into the World Cup. So, I am sure the Indian team will do well," Rahane told ESPNcricinfo.

Two-time champions India will


Thursday, May 23, 2019Usman Khawaja cleared of injury after head knock

Southampton, May 23 (IANS) Australia batsman Usman Khawaja has been cleared of injury after being hit on the helmet while batting against West Indies in a warm-up match prior to the World Cup in Southampton.

Khawaja was struck by a brute of a bouncer from Andre Russell in the second over of Australia's run chase during his side's seven-wicket win in the unofficial practice game at the Nursery


Thursday, May 23, 2019Smith sounds warning bell, stars in World Cup warm-up

Southampton, May 23 (IANS) Steve Smith sounded warning bells for the opposition teams going into the World Cup after he extended his pre-tournament purple patch with another half-century to help Australia defeat West Indies by seven wickets in the unofficial warm-up game.

Smith, who returned to the national set-up earlier this month, posted 76 off 82 balls as Australia chased down 230-run targ


Thursday, May 23, 2019Alex Hales eyes England comeback at World T20

London, May 23 (IANS) Alex Hales, who was dropped from the England World Cup squad, is eyeing a comeback to the national side for the next year's T20 World Cup to be held in October on the back of some good performances in T20 leagues across the globe.

"I hope the door is not closed, that's one of my aims, that T20 World Cup," ESPNcricinfo quoted Hales as saying on Wednesday while he was atten


Thursday, May 23, 2019Ajinkya Rahane scores century on County debut

Newport (UK), May 23 (IANS) Middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane, who failed to make a cut in the 15-member India squad for the upcoming World Cup, scored a brilliant century on his County debut for Hampshire.

Rahane, who had managed just 10 runs in the first innings of the Division One game against Nottinghamshire, smashed 119 runs off 197 balls in the second innings on Day Three of the match


Thursday, May 23, 2019Boxing expected to maintain status at Tokyo Olympics

Paris, May 23 (IANS) Boxing is set to appear on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games calendar, while the recognition of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) should be suspended, according to the recommendation of the IOC's Executive Board to next month's IOC Session.

Former AIBA president Gafur Rahimov, an Uzbek businessman who has been linked to org


Thursday, May 23, 20192022 World Cup to keep 32-team format: FIFA

Paris, May 23 (IANS) FIFA on Wednesday shrugged off any possibility of expansion from 32 to 48 teams at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

On January 10, 2017, FIFA Council unanimously decided in favour of expanding the FIFA World Cup to a 48-team competition as of the 2026 edition, which will be co-hosted by the US, Canada and Mexico, the Xinhau news agency reported.

After being presented with


Wednesday, May 22, 2019Indian Cricket team leaves for World Cup 2019

Mumbai, May 22: Indian Cricket team on Wednesday left from Mumbai airport to take part in the much awaited International Cricket Council (ICC) Men's Cricket World Cup in England, starting from May 30.

Virat Kohli will lead the Indian team in the upcoming tournament and the 2011 World Cup winning captain MS Dhoni also features in the 15-member squad.

Addressing the media on Tuesday before


Tuesday, May 21, 2019Uganda beat Botswana in T20 WC Africa qualifiers

Kampala, May 21 (IANS) Hosts Uganda beat Botswana in the ongoing 2019 International Cricket Council (ICC) men's Twenty20 World Cup Africa final qualifiers.

In a game played here on Monday, Uganda batted first to put on 142/7, while Botswana who chased collapsed at 90.

Uganda emerged winners by 52 runs. "It is good to start with a win and we must be sharper when we face Namibia on Tuesday,"


Tuesday, May 21, 2019Afridi named icon player for Euro T20 Slam

Mumbai, May 21 (IANS) Former Pakistani captain Shahid Afridi has joined the Euro T20 Slam as icon player while the South African Twenty20 teams vice-captain JP Duminy and his country mate Imran Tahir will be among the six marquee players. The three-week long tournament will be held in Ireland, Scotland and the Netherlands from August 30.

Afridi will be among six icon players along with Shane W


Tuesday, May 21, 2019PUMA launches special edition shoes for Kohli

Bengaluru, May 21 (IANS) PUMA, one of the worlds leading sports brands, on Tuesday announced the launch of a special collectors edition PUMA one8 cricket shoes - A tribute to team Indias prolific captain and it's brand ambassador, Virat Kohli.

Virat will be seen sporting these gold spiked shoes at the biggest cricketing event of the year --the World Cup. The first pair from the collection of 1


Tuesday, May 21, 2019BCCI, state officials bemused as CoA announce election dates

New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will have its election on October 22 as per the Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai. The CoA chief further mentioned on Tuesday that the elections of the state associations are to be completed by September 14. This has surprised the board officials as well as state association officials.

Speaking to IANS, a


Tuesday, May 21, 2019Afridi named icon player for Euro T20 Slam

Mumbai, May 21 (IANS) Former Pakistani captain Shahid Afridi has joined the Euro T20 Slam as icon player while South African Twenty20 teams vice-captain JP Duminy and his country mate Imran Tahir will be among the six marquee players. The three-week long tournament will be held in Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands from August 30.

Afridi will be among six icon players along with Shane Watson fr


Tuesday, May 21, 2019Handling pressure at World Cup most important: Kohli

Mumbai, May 21 (IANS) India captain Virat Kohli has said handling pressure at the World Cup will be the most important thing and the team will have to play every game with the same intensity as competition is going to be tough.

"There cannot be any room for complacency. That's why it is the World Cup," Kohli said during the pre-departure press conference at the BCCI headquarters, here on Tuesd


Tuesday, May 21, 2019India lose 3-2 to Malaysia in Sudirman Cup opener

Nanning, May 21 (IANS) PV Sindhu won her first singles match but India fell to a 3-2 defeat to Malaysia in the opening encounter of their 2019 Sudirman Cup campaign. While Sindhu beat her opponent Goh Jin Wei 21-12, 21-8, India lost their men's singles and the men's and women's doubles matches.

Sindhu, ranked fifth in the world, strolled to an expected win over 25th ranked Goh Jin Wei. India's


Tuesday, May 21, 2019FC Goa rope in Seiminlen Doungel on free transfer

Panaji, May 21 (IANS) FC Goa on Tuesday completed the signing of Seiminlen Doungel on a free transfer from Kerala Blasters.

The forward, who had two years left on his contract at his previous club, was released and will now turn out for the Gaurs till the summer of 2021.

Doungel began his professional career with East Bengal before going on to play for Pailan Arrows, Shillong Lajong and Ben


Tuesday, May 21, 2019Andy Murray hints at playing doubles at Wimbledon

London, May 21 (IANS) Former world number one Andy Murray, who underwent a hip-resurfacing surgery, has all but ruled out the possibility of competing in singles at Wimbledon this year and would be looking to play in the doubles.

The two-time champion, who will get a wild card for the Queen's Club Championships slated to be held in June if fit, told the Times that playing singles would be a st


Tuesday, May 21, 2019Willey makes place for Archer in England WC squad

London, May 21 (IANS) England have included right-arm pacer Jofra Archer in the 15-member squad for the upcoming World Cup beginning May 30.

Archer, who was on stand-by and on trial in the just-concluded ODI series against Pakistan which England won 4-0, comes in in place of left-arm fast bowler David Willey, who could take just four wickets in three fixtures in the same series, said the Engla


Tuesday, May 21, 2019Slater removed from flight for 'disruptive' behaviour

Melbourne, May 21 (IANS) Former Australian cricketer Michael Slater was removed from a flight for his "disruptive" behaviour.

According to a BBC report, Slater said he was arguing with two friends on Sunday while boarding the Qantas flight from Sydney to Wagga Wagga, a town in New South Wales.

The former opening batsman was asked to leave the plane before take-off for what was supposedly un


Tuesday, May 21, 2019Don't get personal with Smith, Warner: Moeen urges fans

London, May 21 (IANS) All-rounder Moeen Ali has urged fans, who will be coming to England to watch the upcoming World Cup, not to make personal barbs at tainted Australian duo of Steve Smith and David Warner during the showpiece event beginning May 30.

Smith and Warner will be donning the Baggie Green for the first time in England since they were banned for an year by Cricket Australia followi


Monday, May 20, 2019Djokovic remains world No. 1 despite loss in Rome

Rome, May 20 (IANS) Novak Djokovic kept his lead in the latest ATP men's tennis rankings even after he lost to Rafael Nadal of Spain in the final of the Italian Open.

The Serb has 12,355 points ranking first, followed by Spain's Rafael Nadal (7,945) and Roger Federer of Switzerland (5,950).

After the Italian Open, Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas rose to the sixth position while American John Is


Monday, May 20, 2019Kroos extends contract with Real Madrid till 2023

Madrid, May 20 (IANS) Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has signed a contract extension that is set to tie him to the club for four seasons, the La Liga side said on Monday.

The 29-year-old German international had three years left on his deal but will now stay a further season until 2023 at the club which is presided over by Florentino Perez, reports Efe news.

"Real Madrid and Toni Kroos h


Monday, May 20, 2019Every side will be wary of Australia: Steve Waugh

Dubai, May 20 (IANS) With Steve Smith and David Warner returning to the Australian team for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, former cricketer Steve Waugh believes the duo's arrival will further strengthen the team's chances at the showpiece event and sound a warning bell for the other teams.

Both Smith and Warner were out of the Australian side for a year as they were serving bans for ball-tamp


Monday, May 20, 2019Everyone in team wants to impress Ponting: Finch

Melbourne, May 20 (IANS) Australia captain Aaron Finch has admitted that the mere presence of Ricky Ponting in the dressing room and on the training track immediately lifts the morale of every member of the group as they look to defend their World Champions title in the upcoming World Cup beginning May 30 in England.

Ponting -- a dual World Cup-winning captain and three-times trophy winner - w


Monday, May 20, 2019WC: Pakistan include Amir, Riaz to bolster pace attack

Lahore, May 20 (IANS) In order to strengthen their bowling attack, Pakistan have included left-arm pacers Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir in the final 15-member squad for the upcoming World Cup slated to be held in England and Wales from May 30.

From the 15-player provisional squad, which was announced on April 18, the PCB selectors have replaced Abid Ali and Junaid Khan with Asif Ali and Amir re


Monday, May 20, 2019I don't know the final 15: Morgan on WC selection

Leeds, May 20 (IANS) England captain Eoin Morgan has admitted that he is still unsure about the final 15 who will be selected in the squad for the upcoming World Cup beginning May 30.

After the final match of the five-ODI series against Pakistan which England won by 54 runs, Morgan said the continuous improvement in performance by the players has made the selection meeting extremely difficult.


Monday, May 20, 2019Cricketer Asif Ali's daughter dies of cancer

New Delhi, May 20 (IANS) Pakistan batsman Asif Ali's two-year-old daughter Noor Fatima, who was suffering from stage four cancer, breathed her last at a hospital in the US.

A statement issued by Pakistan Super League (PSL) outfit Islamabad United, the franchise Asif represents, tweeted late on Sunday: "ISLU family pays its deepest condolences to @AasifAli2018 on the tragic loss of his daughter


Monday, May 20, 2019Real Madrid bids farewell to Keylor Navas

Madrid, May 20 (IANS) Real Madrid fans bid farewell to goalkeeper Keylor Navas just before the side's final La Liga game of the season against Real Betis.

Supporters chanted the goalkeeper's name at Madrid's home pitch Santiago Bernabeu and gave Navas a standing ovation during what could be his last game with the Spanish side, while he knelt prayer-like and pointed to the sky late on Sunday.


Monday, May 20, 2019Langer defends Hazlewood's omission from WC squad

Melbourne, May 20 (IANS) Australia head coach Justin Langer has defended the decision to exclude Josh Hazlewood from the upcoming World Cup squad, saying the pacer didn't play enough white-ball cricket in the recent time to make his case for the showpiece event.

"He just hasn't been playing any cricket," quoted Langer as saying.

"He's come off a second stress fracture in his


Monday, May 20, 2019Pakistan's fielding a real worry for me: Mickey Arthur

Leeds, May 20 (IANS) After conceding a 0-4 series defeat against England, Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur admitted that his side did not perform well in the bowling and fielding departments which led to their loss in the five-match rubber.

On Sunday, hosts England comfortably defeated Pakistan by 54 runs in the final ODI of the series and made sure that their World Cup preparations were on t


Monday, May 20, 2019MotoGP: Marquez secures Honda's 300th premier class win

Le Mans (France), May 20 (IANS) Marc Marquez took his third win of the 2019 season with another dominating performance as teammate Jorge Lorenzo took his best finish of the season with 11th position at the French MotoGP.

Cold conditions from morning warm up carried through until the start of the French Grand Prix at 2 p.m. on Sunday with a track temperature of just 18 degrees Celsius made for


Monday, May 20, 2019Nadal claims 34th Masters title in Rome

Rome, May 20 (IANS) Spain's Rafael Nadal has claimed a record 34th ATP Masters 1000 crown, beating Serbia's Novak Djokovic 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 with a statement victory in an epic Italian Open final.

The win on Sunday was huge for Nadal, the world number 2, who broke his tie with Djokovic at 33 Masters 1000 titles, Efe news reported.

Nadal has now won nine trophies at the clay-court event in the I


Monday, May 20, 2019Can India replicate 1983 magic in England?

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New Delhi, May 20: Team India, led by Virat Kohli, are among the top contenders for the upcoming World Cup slated to be held in England and Wales from May 30.

The second ranked ODI team will begin their tournament campaign against South Africa on June 5. Before that, India will play two warm-up games against New Zealand and Bangladesh on May 25 and 28 respectively.

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Monday, May 20, 2019Cricketer Asif Ali's daughter dies of cancer

New Delhi, May 20: Pakistan batsman Asif Ali's two-year-old daughter Noor Fatima, who was suffering from stage four cancer, breathed her last at a hospital in the US.

A statement issued by Pakistan Super League (PSL) outfit Islamabad United, the franchise Asif represents, tweeted late on Sunday: "ISLU family pays its deepest condolences to @AasifAli2018 on the tragic loss of his daughter. Our