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Saturday, March 23, 2019Azlan Shah: India beat Japan 2-0 in opener

Ipoh (Malaysia), March 23 (IANS) The Indian men's hockey team started their 28th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup campaign on a positive note as they defeated Asian Games champions Japan 2-0 here on Saturday.

It was the team's resilient attack, structured defence and solid effort in the midfield that ensured India remained dominant through the match.

After getting off to a goalless first quarter, In


Saturday, March 23, 2019World boxing chief Rahimov resigns

Beijing, March 23 (IANS) International Boxing Federation (AIBA) president Gafur Rahimov has resigned on the eve of the decisive IOC executive meeting on Sunday,

In a statement, Rahimov rejected the allegations of him having ties to organized crime and announced his resignation late on Friday, reports Xinhua news agency.

"I attest and confirm that the allegations against me were f


Saturday, March 23, 2019Fantain ropes in Suresh Raina as brand ambassador

Mumbai, March 23 (IANS) Fantasy Sports company -- ‘Fantain has announced the signing of ace cricketer Suresh Raina as its brand ambassador.

The left-handed batsman will be the face of the company across all its brand communication campaigns starting March 2019, ahead of the 12th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Commenting on his association, Raina sa


Saturday, March 23, 2019Messi to miss Argentina-Morocco friendly with injury

Buenos Aires, March 23 (IANS) Lionel Messi will miss Argentina's friendly against Morocco because of a groin injury, the country's football federation has said.

The 31-year-old felt pain after completing the full 90 minutes of Argentina's 3-1 defeat by Venezuela in Madrid, reports Xinhua news agency.

In a statement the Argentine Football Association (AFA) said Messi suffered an 'exacerbatio


Saturday, March 23, 2019Sterling's hat-trick helps England crush Czechs 5-0

London, March 23 (IANS) Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick as England thrashed Czech Republic 5-0 in their opening match of the 2020 European championship qualifying campaign at Wembley here.

England dominated the match on Friday and pulled ahead in the 24th minute, when Sterling positioned perfectly at the far post to tap-in from a low cross from former Manchester City team-mate Jadon Sancho,


Saturday, March 23, 2019Brazilian teenager Reinier on Real Madrid radar

Rio de Janeiro, March 23 (IANS) Spanish giants Real Madrid are preparing an offer to sign highly rated Flamengo teenager Reinier, according to Brazilian media reports.

The reigning European champions are willing to invest almost 70 million euros to secure the 17-year-old Flamengo midfielder on a long-term deal, the Globo Esporte news outlet reported on Friday as quoted by Xinhua news agency.


Saturday, March 23, 2019Albania lose to Turkey 2-0 in Euro 2020 qualifier

Tirana, March 23 (IANS) Albania lost to Turkey 2-0 in the opening match of the Euro 2020 qualifiers in Loro Borici Stadium in Shkodra, northwest Albania.

The match om Friday started well for the Albanian team who made several attempts to score but it was Turkey's Burak Yilmaz, who plays for the Besiktas club in the Turkish super league, broke the ice in the 21st minute, reports Xi


Saturday, March 23, 2019IPL opening ceremony funds donated to armed forces

Chennai, March 23: In the wake of the Pulwama terror attacks and keeping in mind the sentiments of the people, the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), administering the BCCI, has decided to cancel the opening ceremony of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and donate the money budgeted for it to the armed forces.

"The estimated cost of hosting an IPL opening ceremony is Rs 2


Friday, March 22, 2019IPL 2019: KKR have best batting line-up, says Katich

Kolkata, March 22 (IANS) Two-time Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have the best batting line-up in the tournament, feels former Australia batsman and KKR assistant coach Simon Katich.

KKR roped in big-hitting West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite ahead of the 12th season starting Saturday, thus adding more firepower to their already star-studded arsenal wh


Friday, March 22, 2019Ireland to host Windies, Bangladesh in tri-series

Dubai, March 22 (IANS) West Indies and Bangladesh will travel to Ireland for a One-Day International (ODI) tri-series, which will begin from May 5, International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Friday.

Ireland will face West Indies in the opening game and the tri-series will involve a double round-robin phase followed by the final, according to the ICC website.

The matches will be hosted


Friday, March 22, 2019FIFA chief congratulates Chennai on winning I-League

New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) In a letter to the All India Football Federation (AIFF), FIFA president Gianni Infantino congratulated I-League club Chennai City FC for winning the title for the 2018-19 season.

In the letter addressed to AIFF, Infantino wrote: "I was delighted to hear that Chennai City FC have been crowned 2018/19 I-League champions. It gives me great pleasure to congratulate them


Friday, March 22, 2019Hockey India Coaching Education Pathway launched

New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) In an effort to develop coaches from the grassroot level and enable them to meet the requirements and the ever-growing demands of international hockey, the sport's governing body in India on Friday launched the Hockey India Coaching Education Pathway.

The meticulously designed programme aims to provide certification to those candidates who are already coaches or wish


Friday, March 22, 2019Sehwag,Irfan to be UC cricket captains during IPL

New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) UC Browser, part of Alibaba Digital Media and Entertainment Group, is partnering with legendary cricketers Virender Sehwag and Irfan Pathan for the course of Indian Premier League, starting March 23.

UC Browser is third-party mobile browser and a content platform.

The two will be cheering and supporting their respective teams on the UC platform. Exclusive cricket-


Friday, March 22, 2019SO Bharat contingent shines at World Summer Games

Abu Dhabi, March 22 (IANS) Abu Dhabi bid goodbye to the 15th Special Olympic World Summer Games, the first of its kind held in the Middle East, with the Special Olympics (SO) Bharat contingent winning an astounding 368 medals including 85 gold, 154 silver and 129 bronze.

It's a record haul for the country which fielded a 284-member team.

Global superstar Nicole Scherzinger performed at the


Friday, March 22, 2019Ex-Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir joins BJP

New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir on Friday joined the BJP in the presence of Union Ministers Arun Jaitley and Ravi Shankar Prasad ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

On the occasion, Gambhir, 37, thanked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for giving him an opportunity to serve the country.

"I am joining this party (BJP) after getting influenced by Prime Minister


Friday, March 22, 2019 Coach Sampaoli returns salary to support players

Santos, March 22 (IANS) Santos head coach Jorge Sampaoli said that he gave back his latest pay cheque in a show of solidarity with his players, who have not been paid for almost two months.

Players are still waiting to receive their February wages, which were due at the start of March, club officials have confirmed, reports Xinhua news agency.

"On the issue of salaries, anybody else would h


Thursday, March 21, 2019Aishwarya Pissay set for Portuguese round of FIM Bajas World Cup

Bengaluru, Mar 21 : India’s Aishwarya Pissay will resume her campaign in the FIM Bajas World Cup, here tomorrow when the Baja do Pinhal gets underway with a ceremonial start followed by a Prologue run of 9.57 Kms.
Information reaching here, Pissay, looking ahead to the Portuguese Baja which also doubles up as the second round of the World Cup.
The 23-year old Aishwarya said: "The Portugal rally


Tuesday, March 19, 2019Spanish coach Enrique makes one change in squad

Madrid, March 19 (IANS) Spain's coach Luis Enrique has made one change in the squad for the Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Norway and Malta.

Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz pulled out due to fever after arriving at the training camp, reports Efe news. The fever had also kept him out of his side's win over Udinese at the weekend.

Enrique has replaced him with Atletico Madrid midfielder


Tuesday, March 19, 2019Kohli, Rohit, Bumrah in top category of BCCI contracts

New Delhi, March 19 (IANS) National team skipper Virt Kohli, senior batsman Rohit Sharma and fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah have been incuded in the top most category of the Board of Control for in India's (BCCI) list of central contracts.

Introduced for the first time last year, Kohli, Sharma, Bumrah, Shikhar Dhawan, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have made it to the 'A+' category in 2018. Kumar and Dhawa


Tuesday, March 19, 2019Japan's Olympic chief to step down

Tokyo, March 19 (IANS) The president of the Japanese Olympic Committee said he will step down, two months after French authorities said they were investigating whether he sanctioned bribes to help Tokyo win the 2020 Olympic Games.

Tsunekazu Takeda, who has been JOC president since 2001, reiterated on Tuesday that he had done nothing wrong, following a meeting of the Committee at which he said


Tuesday, March 19, 20198-city IPL 2019 trophy tour begins, fans have fun

New Delhi, March 19 (IANS) To bring fans closer to the Indian Premier League (IPL), broadcaster Star Sports has collaborated with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to make the upcoming edition interesting for fans with an artificial intelligence-powered training installation that is being developed by Google.

During the tour, which started here on Sunday, the IPL trophy will tra


Tuesday, March 19, 2019Coach Jorge Costa gets extension at Mumbai City FC

Mumbai, March 19 (IANS) Mumbai City FC coach Jorge Costa has got an extension after guiding the team to the Indian Super League (ISL) semifinals. As of now, the Portuguese coach will nurture the side for one more season, with an eye on the ISL finals and eventually the title, a statement said.

The 46-year-old coach said he didn't have to think twice before putting pen to paper for the extensio


Tuesday, March 19, 2019India face Bangladesh in SAFF Women's meet semis

Biratnagar (Nepal), March 19 (IANS) The Indian team is all set to face Bangladesh in the semi-final of the SAFF Women's Championship at the Sahid Rangashala Stadium here on Wednesday.

Maymol Rocky's side heads into the encounter on the back of victories against Maldives (6-0) and Sri Lanka (5-0) in the group stages and the coach feels that her wards are focused on the job at hand.

"The girl


Tuesday, March 19, 2019AIFF advertise for senior, U-23 men's team coach

New Delhi, March 19 (IANS) The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has finally announced the vacancy of Head Coach for the India mens Senior and Under-23 Teams.

Coaches with experience as the first team coach of the senior national team with experience of coaching in the World Cup and continental championship qualifiers with a minimum experience of 10 to 15 years will be preferred, the AIFF w


Tuesday, March 19, 2019Rajasthan Royals launches cricket academy in UK

Jaipur, March 19 (IANS) The Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday launched its first cricket academy in the UK.

The Star Cricket Academy based at Reed's School in Surrey joined hands with Rajasthan Royals to relaunch the facility as the 'Rajasthan Royals Academy', according to a statement.

It has a state-of-the-art cricket centre named the Jarrett Centre with an


Tuesday, March 19, 2019La Liga: Rayo Vallecano's coach Michel sacked

Madrid, March 19 (IANS) Spanish Liga Santander strugglers, Rayo Vallecano sacked coach Miguel Angel Sanchez 'Michel' following a 1-3 defeat away to Villarreal.

The defeat away to a direct rival in the battle to avoid relegation means Rayo have now lost their last seven matches and now sit second from bottom of the Liga Santander, six points from safety, reports Xinhua news agency.

"We thank


Tuesday, March 19, 2019Prajnesh wins, Ramkumar loses in first round qualifying in Miami Open

Chandigarh, Mar 19: Winning a total of 64 points out of 116, 12th seeded Indian Prajnesh Gunneswaran of India took 74 minutes to dispose of the challenge of Adrian Menendez-Macerias of Spain in straight sets 6-2, 6-4 in the qualifying singles first round match in the $8,359,455 ATP Challenger 1000 Miami Open Tennis Tournament here.

Adrian won a total of 52 points out of 116 and saved one out


Monday, March 18, 2019India eye gold in Azlan Shah Cup hockey

Bengaluru, March 18: Ahead of the Indian mens hockey teams departure for the 28th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh, Malaysia, skipper Manpreet Singh and his troops expressed their eagerness to compete in the first marquee event of the year.

India begin their campaign against Japan on March 23 and will be looking to continue their winning form against the Japanese side who they last met during the