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Monday, November 11, 2019Bowlers won the game for us: Rohit

Nagpur, Nov 11: Rohit Sharma was all praise for the bowlers after India's 30-run win over Bangladesh in the third T20I at the VCA Stadium here on Sunday.

The win sealed a 2-1 series win for India, which was powered by seamer Deepak Chahar, who took a hat-trick and ended with dream figures of 6/7 -- the best in the history of T20 internationals.

"The bowlers who won us the game," said Rohit,


Monday, November 11, 2019I am reading the Quran, Bible, says Goa CM

Panaji, Nov 11: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has said that he is in process of reading a Hindi translation of the Quran, which has been gifted to him.

"I wanted to know what is written in the Quran. I had the curiosity to read it," said Sawant addressing an Eid-e-Milad function organised in his Assembly constituency of Sanquelim late on Sunday. He added that he had asked one of his acquain


Monday, November 11, 2019Modi, Amit Shah condole death of former CEC T.N. Seshan

New Delhi, Nov 11: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday condoled the demise of former Chief Election Commissioner T.N. Seshan, calling him an outstanding civil servant and torchbearer of democracy.

Seshan, who was known for ushering in reforms to ensure free and fair polls, passed away at his residence in Chennai on Sunday following cardiac arrest, family so


Monday, November 11, 2019India secure three more spots for Tokyo Paralympics

Dubai, Nov 11: Top javelin thrower Sundar Singh Gurjar overcame a shoulder injury to claim the second gold for India with a season best performance at the ongoing World Para Athletics Championships.

In doing so, Sundar not only defended his London Worlds 2017 title but also became the only second Indian to have clinched two World Championships medal after Devendra Jhajharia's gold and silver i


Sunday, November 10, 2019Shafali, Smriti shine as India thrash WI by 84 runs

St Lucia, Nov 10: The Indian eves were off to a great start in the five-match T20I rubber against West Indies as they thrashed the hosts by 84 runs in the first match at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium.

Asked to bat, openers Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana gave India an upper hand as the duo shared a 143-run partnership for the opening wicket. While Shafali played a 49-ball 73-run k


Saturday, November 9, 2019Smith in line for becoming first ever SA Director of Cricket

Johannesburg, Nov 9 (IANS) Former South African captain Graeme Smith is reportedly in the running to become the Proteas' first ever Director of Cricket. The position has been created in the wake of their 2019 World Cup performance.

Smith, who is regarded as one of the most influential captains in the history of South African cricket, told ESPNCricinfo that he was among those interviewed for th


Saturday, November 9, 2019China Open: Chirag-Rankireddy lose in semis

Fuzhou (China), Nov 9 (IANS) The Indian men's doubles pair comprising Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy bowed out of the ongoing China Open 2019 after going down in their semi-final clash here on Saturday.

The India duo went down 16-21, 20-22 to the World No.1 pairing of Marcus Fernaldi Gideon-Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo from Indonesia in the 40-minute affair.

The Indians put up a stron


Saturday, November 9, 2019Will be back in action soon: Prithvi Shaw

Mumbai, Nov 9 (IANS) Young batsman Prithvi Shaw is eyeing a comeback and the 20-year-old is likely to turn out for Mumbai in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy. Shaw was handed a back-dated eight-month suspension by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on July 30 for "inadvertently" consuming a cough syrup that contained the prohibited substance terbutaline.

Shaw had a great s


Saturday, November 9, 2019Tejaswini Sawant secures 12th Olympic quota for India in shooting

Doha, Nov 9 (IANS) Ace shooter Tejaswini Sawant on Saturday bagged India's 12th quota in shooting for next year's Tokyo Olympic Games by qualifying for the final of the women's 50m rifle 3 positions event at the ongoing 14th Asian Championships.

Tejaswini earned the Olympic quota after finishing fifth in the qualification with a score of 1171 points. China's Shi Mengyao of China topped the qua


Saturday, November 9, 2019Pant is a young guy, allow him to play cricket: Rohit

Nagpur, Nov 9 (IANS) Rishabh Pant has come under a lot of criticism in recent times, especially after he missed an opportunity to stump Liton Das in the second T20I against Bangladesh in Rajkot. But stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma wants fans and the media to let him breathe and not focus on every move the youngster makes.

Speaking to the media on the eve of the third T20I, Rohit said: "You know


Saturday, November 9, 2019Want to finish on winning note at AFC U-19 C'ship: Pinto

Al Khobar, Nov 9 (IANS) India will go up against Afghanistan in their third and final match of the AFC Under-19 Championship 2020 Qualifiers on Sunday. After finishing on the losing end in their first two games against Uzbekistan and Saudi Arabia, head coach Floyd Pinto stated that the team wants to finish on a "winning note" in their last fixture.

"We have treated every game like a final and


Saturday, November 9, 2019Mahmudullah's captaincy has hint to that of Dhoni: Pathan

New Delhi, Nov 9 (IANS) Irfan Pathan has heaped praise on Mahmudullah who is leading Bangladesh in the ongoing T20I series against India, saying the captaincy of the Bangladesh skipper is a bit similar to that of M.S. Dhoni.

Bangladesh registered their first-ever T20I win over India in Delhi last Sunday. However, they were unable to replicate their performance in Rajkot as they had to face a c


Friday, November 8, 2019Six teams have chance to go top of table as La Liga returns

Madrid, Nov 8 (IANS) The tightest La Liga title race in decades returns this weekend - with six different teams with a chance to go top, and it possible that a different side will lead the table.

After more surprises last weekend, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Real Sociedad all have 22 points after 12 games - with Atletico Madrid and Sevilla just one behind, Granada just two adrift, and eight mor


Friday, November 8, 2019ISL: Big guns set to fire as ATK, Jamshedpur face off

Kolkata, Nov 8 (IANS) ATK and Jamshedpur FC will be looking to build on their strong starts to the Indian Super League season when they face off at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan on Saturday.

The teams find themselves in the top four with Jamshedpur third with seven points from three games while ATK are a spot below with six points from as many games.

Two-time ISL winners, ATK, boun


Friday, November 8, 2019India to host 2023 men's hockey World Cup

New Delhi, Nov 8 (IANS) The 2023 men's hockey World Cup will be held in India, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) said on Friday. This will be the second consecutive time that India will be hosting the tournament and the fourth time overall. India had hosted the World Cup in 1982 and 2010 before 2018.

The FIH release also stated that the 2022 women's hockey World Cup will be hosted join


Friday, November 8, 2019Cherished all these times and will do so forever: Rohit

Rajkot, Nov 8 (IANS) Rohit Sharma on Friday tweeted about the moment when he received his 100th T20I cap. The second T20I between India and Bangladesh was Rohit's 100th game in the shortest format and he became the first Indian male player and the second Indian overall after Harmanpreet Kaur to reach the milestone.

Rohit tweeted a pic of him receiving his 100th T20I cap from Shivam Dube. "Be i


Friday, November 8, 2019KPL betting: 2 cricketers in police custody

Bengaluru, Nov 8 (IANS) Two cricketers accused of receiving money in the Karnataka Premier League (KPL) betting case were remanded to seven-day police custody for interrogation, an officer said on Friday.

"A local court on Thursday sent C.M. Gautam and Abrar Kazi of Bellary Tuskers to police custody till November 13 to question their alleged involvement in the multi-crore international betting


Friday, November 8, 2019Malan, Parkinson take Eng to 76-run win over NZ, level series 2-2

Napier, Nov 8 (IANS) A brilliant batting display by Dawid Malan and skipper Eoin Morgan followed by a four-fer from spinner Matthew Parkinson helped England thrash New Zealand in the fourth T20I at McLean Park on Friday.

Put into bat, England first posted a monstrous 242-run target and then restricted the hosts to 165 inside 17 overs to register an emphatic 76-run victory and level the five-ma


Friday, November 8, 2019India go past Australia to record 41st win while chasing in T20Is

New Delhi, Nov 8 (IANS) The Indian team loves to chase in the shortest format of the game and that was once again evident when they knocked down Bangladesh's total of 153 with 8 wickets in the bag. While the win came as a huge relief for the hosts after they lost the first game, it was also their 41st win in T20Is while chasing. This is now a record as Rohit Sharma and boys went past Australia's


Friday, November 8, 2019Sehwag in awe of Rohit's scoring rate, says even Kohli hasn't matched it

New Delhi, Nov 8 (IANS) Rohit Sharma has been on a roll in recent times and if his Man of the Match-winning effort against the visitors in the second T20I in Rajkot wasn't enough, former India opener Virender Sehwag has said that Rohit's scoring rate is unmatchable and even regular skipper Virat Kohli can't show such consistency when it comes to scoring at the pace at which Rohit scores.



Friday, November 8, 2019Chinki Yadav 11th Indian shooter to qualify for Tokyo Olympics

Doha, Nov 8 (IANS) Chinki Yadav on Friday secured the second quota for Tokyo Olympics in women's 25m Pistol event as she entered the finals at the ongoing Asian Shooting Championship.

She shot 296 to register a total of 588, finishing behind Thailand's Naphaswan Yangpainboon, who shot 590 in the qualifications. On Thursday, she had shot 292 to give herself the chance of securing one of the fou


Thursday, November 7, 2019PSL side appoint Misbah as head coach, draws flak: Report

Islamabad, Nov 7 (IANS) Pakistan head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq can find himself in hot water after reports said that Pakistan Super League side Islamabad United have sacked Dean Jones and reportedly appointed him as head coach of the side.

According to a report by ESPNCricinfo, Misbah's appointment has raised many eyebrows with other franchises raising objection on ground of conf


Thursday, November 7, 2019ISL: Kerala Blasters on the edge, desperate for survival

Kochi, Nov 7 (IANS) Kerala Blasters FC will look to arrest their slide when they play host to Odisha FC on Friday evening at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium here in a round four fixture of the Indian Super League (ISL).

After the glorious victory against their arch rivals ATK on the opening night of the season, the Kochi-based team has lost their way and have suffered back-to-back d


Thursday, November 7, 2019Gokulam Kerala FC partners with Fast&Up

Calicut, Nov 7 (IANS) I-League Club Gokulam Kerala FC have signed with Fast&Up, India's leading sports and active nutrition brand as their nutrition partner for the upcoming season. The team had also partnered with Fast&Up during the 2018-19 season.

Gokulam made their debut in the 2017-18 I-League season. Through the course of the next two seasons, the team earned their nickname 'Giant Killers


Thursday, November 7, 2019Aldar Properties announced as title sponsor of Abu Dhabi T10

Abu Dhabi, Nov 7 (IANS) Aldar Properties PJSC (Aldar), Abu Dhabi's leading real estate development, management and investment company, has been announced as the title sponsor of the Abu Dhabi T10.

The tournament, which will be hosted in Abu Dhabi for the first time from November 14 - 25, will now officially be known as the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10.

In addition to naming rights, the pa


Thursday, November 7, 2019100th T20I game for India a moment of pride: Rohit

Rajkot, Nov 7 (IANS) Stand-in India skipper Rohit Sharma will achieve a rare feat on Thursday when he takes the field in the second T20I of the three-match series against Bangladesh here on Thursday. Rohit will become the only Indian player and second globally to feature in 100 T20I games.

Pakistan's Shoaib Malik (111 T20Is) is the only player to have played more than 100 games in the shortest


Thursday, November 7, 2019Indian eves elated after draw against Vietnam

New Delhi, Nov 7 (IANS) The Indian womens team is high on confidence after achieving its first-ever result against 34th ranked Vietnam in an international football friendly and the players believe that such matches against a strong opposition boosts confidence in setting higher targets for the future.

Head coach Maymol Rocky felt that "More than the result, it was a showcase for our less exper


Thursday, November 7, 2019China Open: Satwik-Chirag progress, other Indians bow out

\Fuzhou (China), Nov 7 (IANS) The Indian men's doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty continued with their good run as they entered the quarter-finals of the ongoing China Open tournament on Thursday.

In an intense second-round clash that lasted for 66 minutes, the Indian duo held on their nerves to defeat the Japanese pair of Hiroyuki Endo-Yuta Watanabe 21-18, 21-23, 21-11


Thursday, November 7, 2019Six-time world champion Mary Kom is now Mary Kom OLY

New Delhi, Nov 7 (IANS) Six-time world champion MC Mary Kom on Thursday expressed gratitude to the World Olympian Association (WOA) after it allowed her the use of post-nominal letters 'OLY'.

Mary Kom shared the image of the certificate of recognition on her official Twitter handle and wrote, "Thank you so much for the recognition" tagging WOA and International Olympic Committee (IOC).



Thursday, November 7, 2019FIH Pro League can help prepare for Oly: Rupinder

New Delhi, Nov 7 (IANS) The recently concluded Hockey Olympic qualifiers saw both the Indian men's and women's teams secure their respective berths in next year's Olympic Games and one man who had an extra reason to celebrate was the men's team drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh. The player returned to the national team after a long lay-off and his performances in the two matches helped the team in


Thursday, November 7, 2019Mandhana 2nd fastest Indian to score 2K ODI runs

Antigua, Nov 7: Star batswoman Smriti Mandhana has become the second fastest Indian to score 2,000 runs in one-day internationals, adding yet another feather to her cap.

The left-handed batter achieved the feat during the third and final ODI against West Indies played at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on Wednesday which India won by six wickets.

Mandhana played a 74-run knock and alongside Jem


Wednesday, November 6, 2019Tiger Shroff announced as face of Mumbai Marathon

Mumbai, Nov 6 (IANS) Procam International announced Tiger Shroff as the face of the Mumbai Marathon 2020. Asias most prestigious marathon will witness over 50,000 people take a step forward. The 17th edition of the marathon is scheduled to take place on January 19, 2020.

Shroff will also kick-off a digital initiative, Tiger Tracks which is aimed at inspiring people to "join in and follow the t


Wednesday, November 6, 2019Alba injury a problem for Barca, also Spain

Madrid, Nov 6 (IANS) FC Barcelona left back Jordi Alba will be out of action for several weeks after suffering a relapse of a hamstring injury which has troubled him previously. Alba was forced out of Barca's 0-0 draw at home to Slavia Prague on Tuesday night at halftime and was replaced by Sergi Roberto.

Following the game the club issued a statement on its official website explaining that "J


Wednesday, November 6, 2019India women play out 1-1 draw against Vietnam

Kolkata, Nov 6 (IANS) India women's football team played out a 1-1 draw against Vietnam in their second FIFA friendly at the Vietnam National Training Centre ground in Hanoi on Wednesday.

Both the sides scored on either side of the half-time. Thai Thi Thao put the hosts in the lead in the 39th minute, but India came back strongly in the second half to equalise through Ranjana Chanu.

India h


Wednesday, November 6, 2019Local lad Asif joins Mumbai City FC squad, replaces Anwar

Mumbai, Nov 6 (IANS) Mumbai City FC have added 18-year-old Mohammed Asif Khan to their squad for the 2019-20 edition of the Indian Super League, replacing defender Anwar Ali.

The Mumbai-born attacking midfielder impressed the club during the open trials last year for the Islanders' u18 side and he never looked back after his selection for the club. His performance during the 2018-19 u18 I-Leag


Wednesday, November 6, 2019Shivam Dube should make his own name, has talent: Yuvraj

Mumbai, Nov 6 (IANS) As soon as Mumbai cricketer Shivam Dube made his debut for India in the first T20I against Bangladesh in Delhi on Sunday, he has been compared with former star all-rounder Yuvraj Singh as he has the ability to clear the ball out of the park on any wicket. Dube's debut game, however, didnt go well as he managed just a run in the contest and was given just three deliveries to b


Wednesday, November 6, 2019Ashwin's cricket institute ties up with Gaudium Sportopia

Hyderabad, Nov 6 (IANS) Indias first residential, fully integrated, world class high-performance sports school Gaudium Sportopia launched its own cricket academy on Wednesday in collaboration with Gen-Next Cricket Institute that is mentored by Ravichandran Ashwin.

With the ace spinner present on the day of the launch, it was a dream come true for the students at the academy to play with one of


Wednesday, November 6, 2019WC qualifiers: Dheeraj gets maiden call-up as Stimac names squad

Kolkata, Nov 6 (IANS) Young goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem got his maiden call-up to the national team as Indian football team head coach Igor Stimac announced his 26-member squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifier against Afghanistan and Oman scheduled to be played in Dushanbe (Tajikistan) and Muscat (Oman) on November 14 and 19 respectively.

Dheeraj, whose performance under the ba


Wednesday, November 6, 2019Harbhajan compares Bumrah's style to Dev Anand

Mumbai, Nov 6 (IANS) Fun-loving veteran India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has compared Jasprit Bumrah with late Bollywood actor Dev Anand after the ace pacer posted a picture of him in casual-formals earlier in the week.

Recovering at a steady pace from his injury, Bumrah brought to the fore his stylish self by "playing it cool" with a picture of him decked in casual-formals on Instagram.



Wednesday, November 6, 2019India aim to bounce back in 2nd T20I amidst cyclone threat

Rajkot, Nov 6: After suffering a crushing defeat in the national capital, the young Indian team will look to bounce back when they face Bangladesh in the second T20I on Thursday at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium.

Last Sunday, Bangladesh beat India by seven wickets in the series opener, chasing down a modest target of 149 with ease. It was their first victory over India in the short