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ODI call-up was expected: Pujara

NEW DELHI, Jan 7: Over the last decade, the traditional route for Indian batsmen has been to make the limited-overs side and then, after success in that format, the Test team. Cheteshwar Pujara has bucked the trend. Long bracketed as a Test specialist, Pujara had to wait more than two years after announcing himself in the five-day version for his ODI call-up, despite a domestic one-day average ...

 
England look for improved show in final warm-up

New Delhi, Jan 7 : England XI will look to get a win under their belt when they take on Delhi in their final warm-up game ahead of the ODI series at the Ferozeshah Kotla here on  Sunday.

England, back in India following the historic win in Tests, were surprised by India A in first practice game at the Palam Ground here Sunday. The visitors failed to overcome the 225-run target in a...

 
Australia spin worry ahead of India tour

SYDNEY, Jan 7: Australia’s series win over Sri Lanka did nothing to ease the uncertainty over their batsmen facing India’s spinners on next month’s tour to the subcontinent, newspapers said on Monday.

Australia made hard work of chasing down 141 runs for victory on a turning Sydney Cricket Ground pitch before wrapping up a five-wicket win in the final Test and a 3-0 se...

 
Jamshed biggest mover, Dhoni in top 5

ICC ODI rankings

New Delhi, Jan 7: Pakistan opener Nasir Jamshed has made the biggest move in the latest Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen while Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni returned to the top five. The latest rankings were released on Monday, a day after the conclusion of the three-ODI series between rivals India and Pakistan.

Nasir jumped 45 places to...

 
Shami credits Akram, Gambhir

New Delhi, Jan 7: India's promising young pacer Shami Ahmed has credited Pakistan bowling legend Wasim Akram and India opener Gautam Gambhir for his success.

The 22-year-old on his debut against Pakistan in the third and final ODI at the Ferozeshah Kotla Sunday bowled a game-changing 48th over which gave India a 10 runs win in the dead rubber.

While Akram gave him valuable tips ...

 
Hussey closes career with 11th spot finish

DUBAI, Jan 7: Just-retired veteran Australian batsman Mike Hussey ended his career at 11th spot in the International Cricket Council’s Test Rankings. Hussey last achieved the Number 1 ranking on the batting table in 2008 and is one of seven from Australia after Don Bradman, Ricky Ponting, Matthew Hayden, Doug Walters, Neil Harvey to break the 900-point barrier.

Hussey achieved the...

 
Wasim told me to bowl inswingers to Indian batsmen: Junaid

New Delhi, Jan 7: The most impressive among the Pakistani pacers who made life difficult for Indian batsmen, Junaid Khan revealed that the legendary Wasim Akram‘s inputs about the host batsmen‘s “weaknesses” helped him get eight wickets in the just-concluded three-match ODI series.

“I have been a bowler who has relied on bowling outswingers consistently at ...

 
Four new faces in SA ODI squad

Cape Town, Jan 7: South Africa have included four new faces while resting Jacques Kallis in their squad announced for the upcoming one-day series against New Zealand beginning later this month.

The 37-year-old Kallis spoke during the first test of his desire to manage his ODI appearances in order to make the 2015 World Cup. Selectors responded by giving him the three-game ODI series off...

 
No mixed, just doubles for Jwala

CHENNAI, Jan 7: Badminton doubles specialist Jwala Gutta will return to competitive action at the All-England Open in March following what would be a seven-month sabbatical for the 29-year-old Hyderabad girl.

“I just needed a break from everything. The pressure was taking its toll on me. In the run up to the Olympics I couldn’t sleep properly, I couldn’t eat properly. ...

 
Djokovic, Azarenka top seeds

SYDNEY, Jan 7: World number ones Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka were named the top seeds on Monday for next week's Australian Open in Melbourne.

Djokovic, who beat Rafael Nadal in five sets in last year's final, will be bidding for his third successive Australian Open title at Melbourne Park. Roger Federer, who has a record 17 grand slam titles in 24 finals, is the second seed ahe...

 
Warne banned, fined after ugly bust-up with Samuels

MELBOURNE, Jan 7: Australian star Shane Warne was banned for one match and fined Aus$4,500 (US$4,700) on Monday after an ugly, foul-mouthed clash with West Indian Marlon Samuels during a Twenty20 match in Melbourne.

The spin legend, captaining the Melbourne Stars against city rivals the Renegades in the domestic Big Bash tournament on Sunday, was furious that Samuels pulled back David H...

 
Players stay firm, AITA says all demands not valid

New Delhi, Jan 7: The All India Tennis Association (AITA) Monday said "enough is enough" after players rejected its compromise formula and said it will select the Davis Cup squad with those who make themselves available for the tie against South Korea here on Feb 1-3.

AITA chief executive Hiranmoy Chatterjee told IANS over phone from Kolkata that it was not possible for the national bod...

 
Pakistan is safe for international cricket: Ashraf

New Delhi, Jan 7 : Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf said Monday that Pakistan is a safe venue and talks are on with International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) for resumption of cricket ties in the country.

Ashraf told IANS that he met ICC chief executive Dave Richardson on the sidelines of the third and the final ODI against India here Su...

 
ONGC looks to repeat history against East Bengal

New Delhi, Jan 7: Two years ago, ONGC halted East Bengal's unbeaten streak with a 1-0 win in the I-League. Stung by that defeat, East Bengal faltered and Salgaocar went on to win the title. It is to be seen if history can repeat itself when the two teams meet at the Ambedkar stadium here on Tuesday.

ONGC has lost just once in their eight home matches here and that was two months ago to ...

 
Pakistani fans jubilant as team lifts trophy in India

Islamabad, Jan 7: Pakistani cricket fans concluded their weekend with a mixed mood as the national team lifted the One-Day International series trophy in India but lost the last match of the tour in New Delhi.

“We could not win the last match but we have clinched the trophy, the main thing of the tour,” team’s supporter Shams Ikram was quoted.

Pakistani fans ar...

 
Andy Murray finds champion's mentality

BRISBANE, Jan 7: Andy Murray said he had finally learned the habit of being aggressive — and curbing his tendency to self-destruct — after making the perfect start to his season in Brisbane.

The Scot, who will seek his second straight Grand Slam title at next week’s Australian Open, said a new mentality had helped him through some sticky moments during Sunday’s B...

 
Djokovic bids to extend Melbourne Park supremacy

MELBOURNE, Jan 7: Defending champion Novak Djokovic returns to the Australian Open seeking his third consecutive trophy at Melbourne Park, where memories of last year’s gut-wrenching final against Rafael Nadal still linger around Rod Laver Arena’s blue centre court.

Last year’s record-breaking epic of five punishing hours and 53 minutes secured Djokovic his fifth Grand...

 
Ranji Trophy: Nayar, Nemat, Jaggi, Vasavada hit hundreds

Mumbai, Jan 7: Abhishek Nayar, Rameez Nemat, Ishank Jaggi and Aarpit Vasavada smashed hundreds on day two of the Ranji Trophy quarter-finals on Monday.

Nayar (122 not out) helped Mumbai amass 524 for six against Baroda here at the Wankhede Stadium after hundreds from Wasim Jaffer (150) and Sachin Tendulkar (108). The southpaw was batting alongside Ankeet Chavan (17) at the close of play...

 
Barca strengthen hold at top, Real scrape

La Liga

Barcelona, Jan 7: Leaders Barcelona  kept up their relentless pace at the top of La Liga with a 4-0 thrashing of city rivals Espanyol and 10-man Real Madrid  needed two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo  to see off Real Sociedad 4-3 on Sunday.

Argentina’s Lionel Messi, favourite to collect a fourth world player of the year award on Monday, scored 9...

 
Juve stunned by Sampdoria, Cavani hat-trick sinks Roma

Serie A

MILAN, Jan 8: Argentine teenager Mauro Icardi scored twice as Serie A leaders Juventus lost 2-1 at home to lowly 10-man Sampdoria and Edinson Cavani’s hat-trick helped Napoli to a 4-1 win over AS Roma on Sunday.

Juve had won their last four Serie A games while Sampdoria had lost 10 in 13 and only one outcome looked possible when Sebastian Giovinco put the ho...

 
Walking off during match no solution to racism: FIFA chief

ZURICH, Jan 7: Walking off the field in the face of racist abuse, as AC Milan players did last week, is not the solution to the problem according to FIFA  head Sepp Blatter.

Ghanaian midfielder Kevin-Price Boateng led his teammates in a walk-out of a friendly match in Italy  on Thursday in a gesture widely praised by players and politicians.

Milan president Silvio Berl...

 
Li advances in hot Sydney, Kvitova out

Sydney, Jan 7: China’s Li Na was forced into a dogfight in the heat before overcoming dogged American Christina McHale 7-6, 7-5 to reach the second round of the Sydney International on Monday.

The former French Open champion, runner-up in Sydney last year and winner in 2011, took almost two hours to dispatch her the 33rd-ranked opponent in 30-degree temperatures.

Fourth se...

 
Liverpool win controversial tie, Arsenal held

FA Cup

LONDON, Jan 7: Daniel Sturridge scored on his Liverpool debut and Luis Suarez caused controversy as the seven-times winners beat minor league Mansfield Town 2-1 to reach the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday.

Swansea City and Arsenal  had earlier drawn 2-2 in a dramatic match at the Liberty Stadium that featured a lightning strike from substitute Michu and a drama...

 
Robinho to stay with AC Milan

Milan, Jan 7: AC Milan football club vice president Adriano Galliani has confirmed that Robinho turned down offers from Brazil and would stay with the Rossoneri.

“Robinho did not want to leave Milan, he just wanted to go home,” Galliani was quoted. “We failed to agree a deal with Santos and his agent couldn’t agree personal terms either. Other Brazilian clubs wer...

 
Milan call for action against racism

Milan, Jan 7: AC Milan responded to FIFA president Sepp Blatter by urging “national and international authorities” to take action against racism in the sport.

The club has been in the spotlight this week after their midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng walked off for receiving persistent racist abuse from the stands in a friendly with lower league side Pro Patria. IANS

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Agent says Frank Lampard won't get new deal

LONDON, Jan 7: Frank Lampard’s departure from Chelsea at the end of the season now appears certain.

Lampard’s agent Steve Kutner has told British media that Chelsea has no intention of offering the veteran midfielder a new contract when his current deal expires at the end of the season.

“Chelsea executives told Frank in Japan during the Club World Cup, then aga...

 
Barca coach asks for privacy regarding illness

Madrid, Jan 7: FC Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova asked for privacy regarding his illness while speaking to the press following his side's comfortable 4-0 win at home to Espanyol. Vilanova was in the dugout for the game on Sunday less than 20 days after undergoing a second operation for cancer in his parotid gland, following an earlier operation in November 2011.

His return was welcomed b...

 
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Mizoram takes steps to repatriate tribal refugees
First foundation day of NACR
PLA delegation visits Delhi, stapled visa issue haunts bilateral relation
Manipuris want better education, job opportunities
 Cachar News
SUCI (C) urges people to launch movement against power crisis
Advocates express concern over health service in SMCH
 National News
Saradha scandal returns to limelight in Bengal poll season
What have we gained from your global trips, voters ask Salman Khurshid
’Partition was not best solution, only led to India–Pakistan confrontation’
Paternity suit: HC declares Shekhar as Tiwari’s natural son
 International News
Too much admiration for partner bad for romance
War with Ukraine unlikely: Russia
Thai elections may take place in July
Kerry urges Russia to help implement Ukraine deal
 State-1
Programme to spread awareness on non–communicable diseases
Elephant death due to unabated illegal electrification
Rongali Bihu celebration at Demow
Campaign ends, polling personnel move for booths
 State-2
’APCC doesn’t need Sanjay Sing to campaign in Assam’
Keen contest likely in Nagaon HPC
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Junior Lajong beaten in U–19 I–League
Jharkhand boys thrash Assam
Don Bosco, SSA move into semis
Tezpur down Karimganj
 Sports
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United sack Moyes, Giggs interim manager
Fiji, Vanuatu to develop cooperation in sports education
Nigeria target semifinals in FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup
 Editorial
Changes in Class X Exams
Chaotic Power Supply
Justice VR Krishna Iyer on Prison Reform
Letters to the Editor
 Op-Ed (Sunday)
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Unrepentant SP seeks to play minority–victim card
‘TV is more advertising than programming’
 
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