BCCI finally clears players’ central contract payments

New Delhi, Jun 22 The central contracts of the Indian cricketers were finally cleared by the BCCI at the Special General Meeting (SGM) here today, ending a period of uncertainty ahead of their long tour of the UK. The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) had announced the revised players’ contracts on March 7 but […]

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India aim for maiden CT title; play Pakistan in opener

Breda (Netherlands), Jun 22 The Indian hockey team would be aiming for a fresh start, putting behind the disappointment of a poor Commonwealth Games campaign, when it begins its pursuit of a maiden Champions Trophy title, taking on arch-rivals Pakistan in the opening clash, here tomorrow. Asian champions India have never won the Champions Trophy […]

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Yo-Yo effect: BCCI for fitness tests before selection

New Delhi, June 19 The BCCI has decided to conduct fitness tests of players before they are picked in the national team to avoid embarrassing late withdrawals like the ones by Mohammad Shami and Ambati Rayudu from the Test and ODI sides after failing the ‘Yo-Yo’ test. Sanju Samson was the third cricketer who could […]

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It’s Lewandowski vs Mane as Poland brace for Senegal test

MOSCOW, JUNE 18 Robert Lewandowski and Sadio Mane face off in a mouthwatering World Cup shootout between two of European football’s most lethal forwards on Tuesday as Poland take on Senegal. Bayern Munich’s Lewandowski finished the season as the Bundesliga’s top scorer for the third time with 29 goals, netting 41 times in all competitions. […]

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Brazil, Switzerland split points in WC

Rostov-on-Don, June 18 Pre-tournament favourites Brazil failed to win their opening game of a World Cup for the first time since 1978 as Switzerland earned a valuable draw in Rostov-on-Don. The five-time champions, so often lauded for their flair, failed to sparkle after Philippe Coutinho’s superbly curled opener on 20 minutes. Brazil may point to […]

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Granqvist’s VAR penalty gives Sweden 1-0 win over South Korea

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, JUNE 18 Sweden won an opening World Cup game for the first time since 1958 and ended their worrying goal drought with a 1-0 victory over South Korea that was a must-win if they want to progress from a tricky-looking Group F. After dominating the game but missing a string of chances, Sweden […]

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India failed to emerge as football power by not quitting Commonwealth: Book

New Delhi, Jun 17 Parochialism has been affecting Indian football over the years but things might have been different had India left the Commonwealth in 1950 to join the soccer world full time, a new book claims. India won the Asian Games football gold in 1951, again in 1962 and came fourth in the Melbourne […]

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Smith battles for West Windies on soggy, slow going day against SL

Gros-Islet, June 16 Devon Smith battled disciplined bowling and frequent stoppages for rain to compile an unbeaten half-century as the West Indies reached 118 for two in reply to Sri Lanka’s first innings total of 253 on a truncated second day of the second Test at the Darren Sammy Stadium in St Lucia. Less than […]

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Dominant India crush Pakistan to enter Asia Cup Twenty20 final

KUALA LUMPUR, JUNE 9 A dominant India sailed into the final of the women’s Asia Cup Twenty20 tournament with a seven-wicket drubbing of arch-rivals Pakistan in their last round robin match here on Saturday. Electing to bat, Pakistan were restricted to 72 for 7 in the allotted 20 overs at the Kinrara Academy Oval. Left-arm […]

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