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         Former India captain Ajit Wadekar no more    
Mumbai: Former cricket captain Ajit Wadekar, who led India to their first overseas Test wins in England and the West Indies, passed away today after prolonged illness.

         I am yesterday's man looking for next champion: Bindra    
Vijayanagar: Labelling himself as 'yesterday's man', Olympic gold medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra today said that the country should focus on finding the next champion instead of talking about his feat.

         Unfair to say India are dependent on Kohli: Sangakkara    
London: Former Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara feels it is unfair to label India as over-dependent on Virat Kohli and attributes the team's debacle in the first two Tests against England to lack of preparation. England won the first two of the five Tests in Birmingham and Lord's, with a worrying point about India's batting being that Kohli was the only batsman to score any runs.

         13 players including Sanju Samsom served show-cause notice    
Thirteen players including IPL fame Sanju Samson have been served show-cause the notice for making a formal complaint against Ranji Team Captain Sachin Baby.

         David Silva bids adieu to International football    
MADRID: Spanish footballer David Silva has retired from the International football. Making the announcement, the midfielder said that it is one of the most difficult decisions of his career, but several weeks of analysis has reflected that his time with the national side has come to an end. "I have had several weeks of reflection and analysis to make the decision that I'm finishing my time with the Spanish national team," Silva wrote."Without a doubt, this is one of the most difficult deci

         Kohli's plea to fans: Never give up on us    
LONDON: Embattled India captain Virat Kohli called on the fans to back his team following consecutive losses to England in the ongoing Test series, hoping that they "never give up" on the side. "Sometimes we win and other times we learn. You never give up on us and we promise to never give up on you either. Onwards and upwards," read a message on Virat Kohli's official facebook page. The brief post was accompanied by a picture of the Indian team in an on-field huddle. The India

         Indian batsmen's troubles mental, not technical: Kohli    
LONDON:India captain Virat Kohli feels his team's mounting batting troubles are more mental than technical and has urged his fellow batsmen to "keep it simple" in the head to save ongoing Test series against England. India could only make 107 and 130 in the second Test at Lord's, resulting in an innings and 159-run defeat here yesterday. The team is down 0-2 in the five-match series with the third game due to start on August 18 in Nottingham. "I don't see any technical deficiency. If

         Lord's Test: Stiff back keeps Kohli off field    
LONDON: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed that Indian captain Virat Kohli is recovering from a back stiffness, which forced him to stay off the field on the fourth day of the second Test match here on Sunday. The board, however, assured that Kohli will be back on the field soon. England, who batted first, declared their first innings at a score of 396, inviting the Indian side on the field for batting on day four of the second Test of the ongoing five-match series at L

         Messi to lead FC Barcelona for new season    
MADRID: Spanish football giant FC Barcelona has named Argentine football star Lionel Messi as the new captain of the club for the new season. Messi would be replacing Spanish football ace Andres Iniesta, who was Barcelona's captain since 2015 and has now joined the Japanese club, Vissel Kobe, ESPN reported. The 31-year-old Argentine forward, who led Barcelona earlier in Iniesta's absence, would now take over as the full-time skipper of the La Liga champions. Meanwhile, Sergio Busquets, Gera

         Jayaram enters Vietnam Open final    
HO CHI MINH CITY: India's Ajay Jayaram stood a step away from his first title of the season as he made it to the finals of the Vietnam Open after defeating Japan's Yu Igarashi in straight games here today. The 30-year-old Indian, who is making a comeback after recovering from a hamstring injury he suffered last year, saw off seventh seed Igarashi 21-14 21-19 in a 34-minute match. Jayaram, who had reached the finals at White Nights last month, will face Indonesia's World No. 79 Shesa

         Neeraj named India's flag-bearer for Asian Games opening ceremony    
New Delhi: Star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra was today named the Indian contingent's flag-bearer for the Asian Games opening ceremony to be held on August 18 in Jakarta.

         Rathore asks athletes and officials to behave responsibly during Asian Games    
New Delhi: Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore today asked the Indian athletes and officials, who are part of the Asian Games contingent, to behave responsibly on and off the field during the mega sporting event starting next week in Indonesia. India is sending a 800-plus contingent, including 572 athletes, to the Asian Games, to be held from August 18 to September 2 in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang.

         BCCI case: SC dumps `one state one vote` policy    
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday discarded the 'one state one vote' policy for the Maharashtra and Vidharbha cricket associations which was recommended by the Lodha panel commission. According to the dumped policy, regional affiliates of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are not eligible for the voting rights. Approving the draft constitution submitted by the BCCI with some modifications, the court granted full membership to Mumbai Cricket Association, Vidarbha, and Ra

         Pogba keen to leave United for Barcelona    
LONDON: France World Cup star Paul Pogba is determined to end his fractious relationship with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and move to Barcelona, according to British media reports on Wednesday. The 25-year-old -- who scored in the 4-2 World Cup final win over Croatia -- has agreed terms with Barcelona for a deal worth ?89.5 million ( 115 million, 100 million euros) over five years, according to the Daily Mail. The reported agreement would see him pick up ?346,000 a week, almost

         I will come back stronger: PV Sindhu    
HYDERABAD: Ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu, who recently settled for second consecutive silver medal in the Badminton World Championship">Badminton World Championship after losing to Carolina Marin of Spain in the final match, has said that she would make a strong comeback and her focus is on taking out the positives from the tournament. The 23-year-old further asserted that though she gave her 100 per cent in the tournament, she would definitely work on her weak areas. "Anybody would want to

         Ball tampering, abuse threatening for cricket's DNA: ICC chief    
LORDS: International Cricket Council (ICC) chief David Richardson, while delivering MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture on Monday here, stated that things like ball-tampering, verbal abuse and on-field confrontations are dangerous and threatening for cricket and warned players to stop such behaviour. "Cricket's DNA is based on integrity, but we have seen too much behaviour of late that puts that in jeopardy and this has to stop," Richardson told media. Richardson also criticised the use o

         Anderson, Djokovic to pair up for Rogers Cup    
LONDON: Serbian tennis maestro Novak Djokovic and South Africa's Kevin Anderson are all set to join forces for the men's doubles event of the upcoming Rogers Cup. The duo is slated to take on Canadian pair of Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime in the opening round of the tournament on Monday, Sports24 reported. Djokovic and Anderson took to their respective Twitter handles and expressed their excitement for the upcoming event. “Looking forward to playing doubles with @DjokerNole t

         India stun Argentina in U-20 COTIF Cup football tourney    
VALENCIA: India notched up one of its most memorable football triumphs when the country's under-20 team stunned traditional giants Argentina 2-1 despite being reduced to 10 men in a pulsating contest at the COTIF Cup here. Deepak Tangri (4th minute) and Anwar Ali (68') were the stars for the Indian U-20 team last night as the Floyd Pinto-coached side scripted a historic result against the six-time U-20 world champions, coached by 2006 World Cupper Lionel Scaloni and former mid-field sta

         Lakshya looks to continue impressive run at Vietnam Open    
HO CHI MINH CITY: Asian junior champion Lakshya Sen will look to continue his golden run when he switches to the senior circuit, competing at the USD 75,000 Vietnam Open BWF Tour Super 100 starting here tomorrow. The 16-year-old from Uttarakhand had ended India's 53-year long wait for a men's singles gold when he clinched the title at the Asia Junior championship last month. Lakshya will begin his campaign against Singapore's Ng Zin Rei Ryan, while Ajay Jayaram, who finished runners

         Bindra, Ganguly lend support to new sports talent hunt campaign    
BENGALURU: Olympic medallists Abhinav Bindra and Yogeshwar Dutt, along with former cricket captain Sourav Ganguly, have lent their support to a nationwide crowd-funding campaign to develop sporting talent at the grassroots level. Online cab network company Ola has launched the 'Road to Gold' campaign under which its customers can contribute a sum of Re.1 per ride across the over 110 cities it operates in, a press release stated. "The collected funds will be used to identify promisin

         Bopanna skips Rogers Cup to save shoulder for Asian Games    
New Delhi: Doubles specialist Rohan Bopanna, recuperating from a shoulder injury, will skip the ATP Rogers Cup beginning in Toronto tomorrow, and will reach Palembang on August 14 to get acclimatised to the conditions ahead of the Asian Games.

         Can't take five days off before Test series: Gavaskar    
New Delhi: Critical of the way India prepared for the Test series against England, Sunil Gavaskar says lack of serious practice ahead of the Birmingham game hurt India dearly as batsmen's poor technique against moving deliveries was thoroughly exposed.

         Sindhu loses final yet again, settles for silver at World Championships    
Nanjing (China): P V Sindhu finished second best yet again in a major tournament final as she went down tamely to Carolina Marin in the World Championships' women's singles title clash, adding to the Indian's tale of woes here today.

         India lose first Test against England by 31 runs    
BIRMINGHAM: India lost the first Test against England by 31 runs at the Edgbaston today. Chasing 194 to win, the visitors were all out for 162 on the fourth day of the opening Test. First-innings centurion Virat Kohli again top-scored for India, the skipper making a valiant 51. Batting first, England were all out for 287 in the first innings and then bowled out India for 274 to take a slender lead. In their second essay, England were bundled out for 180, but they came back strongly

         Would love to be Australian vice-captain: Hazelwood    
MELBOURNE: Australian pacer Josh Hazelwood reiterated that he would love to take up the responsibility of vice-captaincy of the team. The 27-year-old further asserted that it is an exciting role that brings out the best in players. "I would love to do it. It's a great opportunity to get one of the bowlers in there, get our point of view of what's happening out on the field and so on," Australian cricketer's Association quoted Hazelwood, as saying. "It would be exciting to get the role.

         India to fight for all three gold in compound archery    
KOLKATA: Compound archers will compete in only three disciplines at the upcoming Asian Games and chief coach Jiwanjot Singh said India would be aiming for all three gold medals on offer. India had grabbed medals in all the four disciplines of the compound section in Incheon Asian Games in 2014 but this time the men's and women's individual events had been replaced by a mixed pair event. "It's a big loss for us, as two of our medals had come in the individual sections -- Abhisek Verma (si

         Rate this knock second to Adelaide 2014: Kohli    
BIRMINGHAM: Virat Kohli single-handedly kept India in the first Test with his maiden hundred in England but the captain would still rate the memorable knock second to his 141 in a lost run-chase against Australia in Adelaide almost four years ago. "I don't know. This could come second to Adelaide. Adelaide remains very special to me. It was second innings and we were chasing a target (364) on day five," Kohli told '' after his masterful 149 on day two here. "I had total clarity in

         Saina, Ashwini-Satwik win; Srikanth loses in World Championship    
NANJING: India's star shuttler Saina Nehwal sailed into the women's singles quarterfinals but another medal hope, Kidambi Srikanth, crashed out out of the World Championships after suffering a straight-game loss here today. Saina, who had clinched a silver and a bronze at the 2015 and 2017 editions, downed 2013 champion Ratchanok Inthanon of Thailand 21-16 21-19 to set up a meeting with Olympic champion and two-time world champion Carolina Marin of Spain. The Indian mixed doubles pair of

         Badminton World C'ship: Sindhu breezes into third round    
Nanjing [China]: Rio Olympics silver-medalist PV Sindhu got past her Indonesian opponent Fitriani Fitriani to book her place in the third round of the ongoing Badminton World Championship here at Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre on Wednesday.

         Tennis: Serena suffers career's worst loss to Konta    
SILICON VALLEY: Twenty-three times major champion Serena Williams suffered the worst loss of her storied career on Tuesday, falling 6-1 6-0 to Britain’s Johanna Konta in the first round of the Silicon Valley Classic. After a routine hold to start the match, Williams lost the next 12 games in a one-sided affair that lasted less than an hour, stunning the partisan crowd of 3,000 at San Jose State University. Those expecting to see Williams continue to battle back after a difficult child birth

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