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Thursday, September 19, 2019IPL registers 13.5% growth in 2019 as compared to 18.87% in 2018

Mumbai, Sep 19 (IANS) The cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) has seen its growth slow down to 13.5 percent in the overall value this year, according to the Duff & Phelps IPL Brand Valuation report 2019. The league saw 18.87 percent growth in brand valuation in 2018 and in 2017 was valued at Rs 33,912.34 crore approximately.

However, there was an increase in the overall value to Rs 47,500 cr


Thursday, September 19, 2019Ronaldo looking for 'Edna', girl who gave him free burgers

New Delhi, Sep 19 (IANS) Football star Cristiano Ronaldo in his recent interview with Piers Morgan revealed about his humble background and how he and his friends begged for free burgers from McDonald's when they were 11.

"We were hungry. We had a McDonald's next to the stadium and we knocked on the door and asked if they had any burgers," Ronaldo told Morgan.

Ronaldo said that he wanted to


Thursday, September 19, 2019Sharath-Sathiyan pair enters Asian quarters

New Delhi, Sep 19 (IANS) Indias doubles pair of G. Sathiyan and A. Sharath Kamal entered the quarterfinals beating Mahfoodh Sayed Murtadha and Rashed Rashed of Bahrain 11-8, 11-6, 11-3 in the 24th ITTF Asian Table Tennis Championships, at Yogyakarta on Thursday.

In the quarterfinals, to be played on Friday, the Indian duo will take on the Chinese pair of Liang Jingkun and Lin Gaoyuan.



Thursday, September 19, 2019Bajrang Punia, Ravi Kumar seal Tokyo Olympic berths

Nur-Sultan (Kazakhastan), Sep 19 (IANS) Ace Indian grapplers Bajrang Punia and Ravi Kumar Dahiya on Thursday secured two quotas for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after entering the semi-finals of their respective events at the ongoing World Wrestling Championships.

Punia, currently ranked World No.1, entered the semi-finals in the 65-kg weight category after beating North Korean grappler Jong Son 8-


Thursday, September 19, 2019China Open: World Champion PV Sindhu crashes out

Changzhou (China), Sep 19 (IANS) Newly-crowned world champion P.V. Sindhu crashed out of the ongoing China Open World Tour Super 1000 badminton tournament as she went down fighting to Thailand's Pornpawee Chochuwong on Thursday. Fifth seeded Sindhu lost 12-21, 21-13, 21-19 in a thrilling second-round contest that lasted for almost an hour.

The Olympic silver medallist started off strongly by w


Thursday, September 19, 2019STAIRS Foundation extends "Fit India" campaign to Jharkhand

Ranchi, Sep 19 (IANS) With an aim to support Jharkhand becoming a leader in sports economy, India's premier National Sports Promotion Organisation (NSPO) STAIRS (Society for Transformation, Inclusion and Recognition through Sports) Foundation on Thursday announced its entry into this state. STAIRS' commitment towards the development & promotion of grassroots sports in the State is manifested thro


Thursday, September 19, 2019Satwik-Chirag bow out of China Open

Changzhou (China), Sep 19: The Indian men's doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty crashed out of the ongoing China Open World Tour Super 1000 tournament after suffering a straight-game loss to Japan's Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda on Thursday.

Satwik and Chirag, ranked 15th in the world, could not maintain their decent start against their fourth-seeded opponents and went


Thursday, September 19, 2019This day, that year: When Yuvi created record

New Delhi, Sep 19: September 19, 2007, a date which Indian cricket fans can never forget. It was on this very day back when former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh set Kingsmead on fire hitting six sixes in an over bringing the world to its feet.

In the first edition of the T20 World Cup in South Africa, India were in a tight spot as they had to beat England in their group game to keep their ch


Thursday, September 19, 2019Hima Das ruled out of World Championships

New Delhi, Sep 19: Ace sprinter Hima Das will not be participating in the upcoming World Championships 2019 due to a back injury.

The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) on Wednesday took to Twitter to provide the information and said: "Unfortunately 400m athlete Hima Das will not compete at the World Championships 2019 in Doha due to back injury."

On September 9, the AFI named seven women,


Wednesday, September 18, 2019Kuldeep & Nadeem put South Africa 'A' on the mat

Mysuru, Sep 18 (IANS) India 'A' spinners have put South Africa 'A' on the mat as the visitors ended the second day of the unofficial test on 159/5 on Wednesday -- still trailing by 258 runs with just five wickets in the bag.

Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav (2/51) and left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem (2/41) took two wickets each as Proteas skipper Aiden Markram waged a lone battle to remain unbeat


Wednesday, September 18, 2019Steve Smith best since Don Bradman: Coach

Brisbane, Sep 18 (IANS) Steve Smiths formative coach Trent Woodhill feels that if the star Australian was playing for India, his technique would not be the focus of discussion as much as it is in Australia.

"If Steven was Indian, his technique and mechanics and the strategy around his batting would just be accepted," Woodhill was quoted as saying in ESPNcricinfo.

"We see Kohli, Gavaskar, (R


Wednesday, September 18, 2019Indian men finish fifth, win gold in 1st Division

New Delhi, Sep 18 (IANS) The Indian men's team finished fifth, its best ever results, after beating Hong Kong 3-1 in the ongoing 24th ITTF Asian Table Tennis Championships at Yogyakarta on Wednesday. Concurrently, they also won gold in the 1st Division when they blanked Iran 3-0.

In the classification match for the fifth position, India tried out a new opening with A. Sharath Kamal who, after


Wednesday, September 18, 2019Panghal, Kaushik assure India of medals at Boxing Worlds

Yekaterinburg (Russia), Sep 18 (IANS) India's Manish Kaushik (63kg) and Amit Panghal (52kg) on Wednesday reached the semi-finals in their respective weight categories and thus assured themselves of a medal each at the ongoing men's World Boxing Championships in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

India have won only four medals in the history of the Worlds thus far and this will be the first time that more


Wednesday, September 18, 2019Kapil Dev to star in golf tournament in Pune

Pune, Sep 18 (IANS) The first season of the annual AVT Champions Tour Golf will see the commencement of the third leg of the tour at the Par 72 - 6700 Yards course of the Oxford Golf Resort in Pune on September 19-20. The AVT Champions Tour, co-sponsored by Incredible India, holds the unique distinction of being the only golf tour catering to 50 years old or above senior golfers in India.



Wednesday, September 18, 2019China Open: Sindhu, Sai Praneeth through to 2nd round

Changzhou (China), Sep 18 (IANS) P.V. Sindhu on Wednesday cruised to the second round of the 2019 China Open with a straight-game win over Chinese Olympic gold medallist Li Xuerui. In a match that lasted 34 minutes, Sindhu beat Li Xuerui 21-18, 21-12 to reach the second round where she will face either Thailand's Pompawee Chonchuwong or Canada's Michelle Li.

Sindhu took a four-point lead first


Wednesday, September 18, 2019Power Sportz bags international excellence award in Dubai

Dubai, Sep 18 (IANS) In recognition of its work in the field of digital journalism, a web-based sports channel from India, Power Sportz, has become one of the winners of the "India International Excellence Awards".

Launched by former President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi on September 10, the award distribution event took place in Dubai on September 14 amid the presence of a galaxy of Bollywo


Wednesday, September 18, 2019Vinesh Phogat secures quota for Tokyo Olympics

Nur-Sultan (Kazakhastan), Sep 18 (IANS) Asian Games gold medallist Vinesh Phogat on Wednesday became the first Indian wrestler to secure an Olympic quota for the 2020 Tokyo Games after winning both her matches in the repechage round of the 53-kg weight category at the ongoing World Wrestling Championships.

Vinesh first defeated former World Championships bronze medallist Yuliya Khalvadzhy of U


Tuesday, September 17, 2019Stokes blasts daily for practising 'lowest form of journalism'

London, Sep 17 (IANS) England all-rounder Ben Stokes on Tuesday lambasted an English daily for publishing details about his personal life and family, terming the act as "utterly disgusting" and the "lowest form of journalism".

Stokes said the newspaper article deals with "deeply personal and traumatic events" that affected his New Zealand-based family more than 30 years ago, according to a BBC


Tuesday, September 17, 2019Chanu aims for Olympic berth at World Weightlifting C'ship

Pattaya, Sep 17 (IANS) Ace weightlifter Mirabai Chanu will aim to seal an Olympic spot when she leads the Indian challenge at the World Weightlifting Championship, starting here on Wednesday. Chanu had won the gold in the 48kg category at the 2017 World Weightlifting Championship.

She was down with a lower back injury but made a commendable comeback.

The 25-year-old jumped from 48kg to 49kg


Tuesday, September 17, 2019Netizens troll Misbah's biryani, junk food ban

New Delhi, Sep 17 (IANS) As soon as the newly appointed Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq decided to scrap biryani and all oil-based red meat food from the players' menu, social media took a dig at the Green Brigade which has been considered one of the most 'unfit' cricketing team globally.

In the recently concluded 2019 ICC World Cup, questions were raised over the Pakistan team's diet and fi


Tuesday, September 17, 2019CAS reduces Neymar's Champions League ban

Madrid, Sep 17 (IANS) The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) reduced from three to two matches a ban imposed by UEFA on Neymar for insulting a referee during a Champions League match last season.

The ruling was made on Tuesday after a hearing held on September 13 at the Lausanne-based court, reports Efe news.

"The Sole Arbitrator partially upheld the appeal and reduced the suspension impo


Tuesday, September 17, 2019Shooter Heena Sidhu slams Malala on Kashmir tweet

New Delhi, Sep 17 (IANS) Since the time the Indian government abrogated Article 370 which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, not only various politicians but also celebrities from both sides of the border have expressed themselves on social media platforms. Recently, Pakistani Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai took to Twitter and posted a series of tweets which did not go down w


Tuesday, September 17, 2019England shouldn't play Broad, Anderson together: Vaughan

London, Sep 17 (IANS) Former England captain Michael Vaughan believes that Stuart Broad and James Anderson should not play together in the future leading up to the Ashes series in Australia in 2020-21.

Both the pacers have been prolific performers for England in the last decade. While Anderson has picked up 575 wickets, Broad has scalped 467 wickets in his Test career. However, both are reachi


Tuesday, September 17, 2019Sony Networks acquires media rights for Rugby WC 19

Mumbai, Sep 17 (IANS) Sony Pictures Networks India Private Limited (SPN) has acquired the exclusive media rights for Rugby World Cup 2019 from Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL). The tournament will be held in Japan from September 20 to November 2 and will be telecast in India live and exclusive on SONY TEN 2 channels and will be livestreamed on SPNs premium video on demand (VOD) service, SonyLIV.


Tuesday, September 17, 2019Pant's shots make him special: Vikram Rathour

Mohali, Sep 17 (IANS) In his first assignment as batting coach, Vikram Rathour has spent only about a week with the Indian team, but the former national selector is keen to adapt quickly to the way the Men in Blue function.

Speaking to the media on the eve of the second T20I between India and South Africa, Rathour said that he has been a part of the set-up for a while and he knows the players


Tuesday, September 17, 2019Warner thanks fans for support in message after Ashes

New Delhi, Sep 17 (IANS) David Warner posted an emotional message on his Instagram account thanking the fans for supporting the Australian team, who retained The Ashes at the end of the a long tour of England that started with the 2019 World Cup.

"Thanks to all of you back home who stayed up late to support us, as well as the many of you who made the trip to back us at the ovals. It means the


Tuesday, September 17, 2019Vinesh loses in pre-quarters, repechage hope alive

Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan), Sep 17 (IANS) Vinesh Phogat on Tuesday was knocked out of the World Wrestling Championships in the pre-quarterfinals. After a good start to her campaign at Nur-Sultan where she beat Olympic bronze medallist Sofia Mattsson 13-0, Vinesh was trounced 7-0 by Japanese reigning world champion Maya Mukaida.

Vinesh however has a chance of getting a repechage and thus a shot at


Tuesday, September 17, 2019Ashwini-Satwik advance with stunning win at China Open

Changzhou (China), Sep 17 (IANS) Indian duo Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy made an emphatic start to their campaign at the China Open World Tour Super 1000 tournament by defeating World No. 7 Indonesian pair of Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti in the first round of the mixed doubles event in Changzhou on Tuesday.

The Indian pair defeated the sixth-seeded pair 22-20, 17-


Tuesday, September 17, 2019World Championship: Vinesh starts with crushing win

Nul-Sultan (Kazakhastan), Sep 17 (IANS) Asian Games gold medallist Vinesh Phogat made a brilliant start to her campaign at the World Wrestling Championship as she defeated reigning Olympic medalist Sofia Mattsson 12-0 in the opening round of the women's 53kg category on Tuesday.

Vinesh had established unassailable 8-0 lead in the first round over much fancied Sofia, who tried to resist the Ind


Tuesday, September 17, 2019Sachin, Hima lead sports fraternity's wishes on PM's B'day

New Delhi, Sep 17: Various sports personalities on Tuesday took to Twitter to wish Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his 69th birthday.

While legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar recalled PM Modi's clean India mission that has been an 'inspiration' to millions, India captain Virat Kohli wished the Prime Minister success in his pursuit of achieving his missions for the country.

"Happy birthday P


Monday, September 16, 2019Your tenacity is admirable: PM to Pankaj Advani

New Delhi, Sep 16: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated ace cueist Pankaj Advani after he registered his 22nd world title by winning a fourth straight final in the 150-up format at the IBSF World Billiards Championship held in Myanmar.

"Congratulations Pankaj Advani! The entire nation is proud of your accomplishments. Your tenacity is admirable. Best wishes for your future endeavours


Sunday, September 15, 2019Pankaj Advani win his 22nd world billiards title

New Delhi, Sep 15 (IANS) Indias most consistent sportsperson Pankaj Advani has won his 22nd world title for his country. Since returning for national duty from a brief stint in the UK in 2014, Pankaj has brought home a world title every year in billiards or snooker, or both.

In the Billiards short format (150-up), this is Pankaj's fourth consecutive year being victorious at the world level. On


Sunday, September 15, 2019Veteran football manager Gutendorf passes away

Munich, Sep 15 (IANS) German football manager Rudi Gutendorf passed away on Sunday, according to German media reports.

Gutendorf was 93 as per a ESPNFC report. He guided a record 55 teams, including 18 national sides.

Gutendorf's management career spanned half a century as he coached Chile (1972-73), Australia (1978-79) and China (1988, 1991-2) and others. Gutendorf was in charge of Rwanda


Sunday, September 15, 2019People cannot expect us to win every time: Guardiola

Manchester, Sep 15 (IANS) Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has backed his players to recover from their shock 2-3 defeat to Norwich City, saying it is impossible to win every time.

The reigning English Premier League champions suffered the upset of the season, so far, as Teemu Pukki scored one goal and assisted another at Carrow Road.

"The people cannot expect us to win or pick up 100


Sunday, September 15, 2019Sourabh Verma wins 2019 Vietnam Open badminton

Ho Chi Minh City, Sep 15 (IANS) India shuttler Sourabh Verma won the Vietnam Open after he defeated China's Sun Fei Xiang in the summit clash here on Sunday. The Indian registered a 21-12, 17-21, 21-14 win in the final to win the tournament.

Sourabh made a positive start in the first game as he took a 11-4 lead in the mid-break, before Sun Fei Xiang put some fight to delay the Indian's wait fo


Sunday, September 15, 2019Vinales takes pole position from Espargaro for San Marino MotoGP

Misano Adriatic (Italy), Sep 15 (IANS) Spanish rider Maverick Viñales of Yamaha snatched pole position from his compatriot Pol Espargaro of KTM ahead of the San Marino MotoGP.

Espargaro finished the second qualifying round in the second spot ahead of one of the race favorites, Vinales' teammate Fabio Quartararo of France on Saturday, reports Efe news.

"KTM and Pol Espargaro are denied a his


Sunday, September 15, 2019Neymar braves fan abuse to net injury-time winner for PSG

Paris, Sep 15 (IANS) Brazilian star Neymar Jr. braved abuses on his Paris Saint-Germain return to score a stunning winner and help the club win 1-0 against Strasbourg in Ligue 1.

On Saturday night, Neymar scored during injury time to script a dramatic end to the game where he was chided by the fans for his wish to move back to FC Barcelona -- the move eventually not transpiring.

On the reac


Sunday, September 15, 2019Bajaj appears before AIFF Ethics body, verdict soon

Kolkata, Sep 15 (IANS) Minerva Punjab FC owner Ranjit Bajaj has appeared before the All India Football Federation's (AIFF) Ethics Committee for putting out derogatory tweets and the verdict is expected in a few days, Committee chairman Amod Kanth said.

The I-League team owner appeared on Saturday before the ethics body after being show caused in July for his numerous derogatory, damaging, unet


Saturday, September 14, 2019India aim to continue T20I domination in first tie against SA

Dharamsala, Sep 14: After dominating in all the three formats against the West Indies, Team India are now back at their den and will aim to further their preparations for next year's World T20 when they take on South Africa in the first T20I of the three-match series at the picturesque HPCA Stadium here on Sunday.

The Men in Blue would be brimming with confidence following their emphatic perf


Saturday, September 14, 2019Captain Kohli and a few youngsters begin World T20 preparation

Dharamsala, Sep 14'; Virat Kohli will be venturing into the unknown with a clean slate, where a few seasoned hands will be backing a group of immensely talented youngsters, in his quest for World T20 title which begins with a three-match bilateral series against South Africa here on Sunday.

The 3-0 series win against the West Indies could be called a pre-cursor as it was just after enduring a


Saturday, September 14, 2019Davis Cup: Indo-Pak tie in end Nov, venue subject to review

Kolkata: The much-talked about India-Pakistan Davis Cup tie will take place either on November 29-30 or November 30-December 1, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) has said.

However, there will be a review of the security situation on November 4 to decide if the Asia/Oceania Group I tie can take place in Islamabad or it has to be shifted to a neutral venue.

"They (ITF) have mailed us