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Australia aim to brush skills in practice tie vs India A

Mumbai, Feb 16: Ahead of the four-match cricket Test series against top-ranked India later this month, Australia will aim to try and sort out their combination when they take on India A in a three-day practice match, starting at the Brabourne Stadium here from Friday.

The Steve Smith-led visitors, who have four frontline spinners in their squad — Nathan Lyon, Steve O’Keefe, ...

 
Bengaluru to host India, Uzbekistan Davis Cup tie

New Delhi, Feb 16: Bengaluru will host the second round of the Asia/Oceania Group 1 tie between India and Uzbekistan which is due to start on April 7, the All India Tennis Association (AITA) announced on Thursday.

The last time Bengaluru hosted a Davis Cup tie was a World Group play-off against Serbia in 2014.

"All India Tennis Association (AITA) has decided that Davis Cup Asia/...

 
Decision-making improved by 98.5 percent after DRS: Richardson

Dubai, Feb 16 : International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richardson on Thursday backed the Decision Review System (DRS), contending that decision-making in the current year has improved to 98.5 percent.

He also acknowledged that the global cricket body is also trying to include the sport at the Olympics.

"I am very proud of the elite panel of match officials and...

 
Pant-led Delhi to face Tamil Nadu

New Delhi, Feb 16: Promising wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant will skipper a star-studded Delhi side comprising the likes of Gautam Gambhir, Shikhar Dhawan and Ashish Nehra for the forthcoming Vijay Hazare cricket trophy, starting February 25.

The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) senior selection committee, chaired by Nikhil Chopra, which met here on Thursday, announced th...

 
Golfer Mangat, Khosla qualify for National finals

Chandigarh, Feb 16: Local Golfers Saurabh Singh Mangat and Vaneet Khosla claimed the two National final spots available on the opening day of the 17th annual Mercedes Trophy at the Chandigarh golf club here on Thursday.

Mangat Category-A (0-17) and Vaneet Khosla Category - B (18-24) ended the day at net score of 72.8 and 74, respectively.

They will now be playing the National fi...

 
Suarez pulls out from Dubai meet

Dubai, Feb 16: Spanish tennis player Carla Suarez Navarro on Thursday pulled out from the Dubai Tennis Championships, due to pain in her right shoulder. The injury has already limited Suarez's performance and led to her elimination from the second round of the Australian Open,reports Efe.

After missing the tournaments in Brisbane and Sydney, Suarez announced that she will not play in th...

 
FIFA acts against ex-Costa Rica, Guatemala chiefs

Madrid, Feb 16: The FIFA ethics committee has decided to take legal action against the former presidents of the Costa Rican and Guatemalan football federations.

According to FIFA, Cornel Borbely, Chairman of the Investigatory Chamber of the Ethics Committee, completed the investigations into alleged illegal payments Costa Rica’s Eduardo Li and Guatemala’s Brayan Jimenez rece...

 
Maradona denies row with partner

Madrid, Feb 16: Argentine football legend Diego Maradona has denied media reports suggesting that police were called to a hotel where he supposedly had a heated argument with his partner. The football icon was here to attend Wednesday night’s Champions League pre-quarterfinal first leg tie between Real Madrid and Napoli.

“I want to inform that I am in Madrid enjoying my fami...

 
Shanghai SIPG sign former Real Madrid defender

Shanghai, Feb 16: Chinese Super League (CSL) outfit Shanghai SIPG have confirmed the signing of former Real Madrid and Chelsea central defender Ricardo Carvalho.

“We have completed the signing since we came back from the winter training in Doha. Why we announced so late is because the registration was unsettled and we had to think carefully about the use of the veteran under the n...

 
Japan hotel removes books on ‘comfort women’ before Asian Winter Games

Tokyo, Feb 16: Controversial material on “comfort women” that sparked diplomatic tension between Japan and South Korea is being removed from a hotel ahead of the 8th Asian Winter Games (AWG) in this country, a media report said.

The APA hotel is designated to host athletes during the AWG to be held in Sapporo and Obihiro between February 19 and 26.

The hotel recently...

 
Samuels cleared to bowl in international cricket

Dubai, Feb 16: West Indian all-rounder Marlon Samuels was on Thursday cleared to bowl in international cricket after his action was found to be legal, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced here.

The 36-year-old was last reported fo9r bowling action during the Galle Test against Sri Lanka in October 2015 and was subsequently suspended for 12 months in December 2015 after an i...

 
Will be happy to debut against Australia: Pandya

Mumbai, Feb 16: Ahead of the three-day practice cricket match against Australia at the Brabourne Stadium from Friday, India A skipper Hardik Pandya on Thursday said he is trying out a few new tricks to earn his maiden Test cap.

Hardik said he is ready to wait for his turn in Test cricket and left it to India skipper Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble to decide whenever he is ready to rep...

 
Tiwary, Virat help East thrash North in Mushtaq Ali T20 tourney

Mumbai, Feb 16: Skipper Manoj Tiwary and young opener Virat Singh's unbeaten century stand helped East Zone thrash a star-studded North by eight wickets in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Twenty20 cricket tie at the Wankhede Stadium here on Thursday.

Chasing a modest 160, Tiwary (75 not out) and Virat (74 not out) overcame the early loss of opener Shreevats Goswami (0) and Ishank Jaggi (7) ...

 
Uttar Pradesh Wizards beat Ranchi Rays

Lucknow, Feb 16: Uttar Pradesh Wizards defeated Ranchi Rays 4-0 in the Coal India Hockey India League (HIL) at the Major Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium here on Thursday.

Seve Van Ass scored the field goal in the 37th minute to hand the hosts a vital lead after Akashdeep Singh found the back of the net in the 60th minute to make it 4-0.

Both teams started the match on a attacking not...

 
Monaco's Boschilia out for six months with knee injury

Paris, Feb 16: Monaco's midfielder Gabriel Boschilia will be sidelined for six months due to a injury to his right knee, the football club confirmed on Thursday. The 20-year-old Brazilian sustained the injury on February 11 during his side's 5-0 victory over Metz in the 25th round of France Ligue 1, reports Efe.

Although the Brazilian player is not a regular starter, he has scored six g...

 
Trisha takes lead in women’s golf meet

Kolkata, Feb 16: Trisha Sunil carded the only sub-par round of three under 69 to grab the lead on the second day of the third leg of the Hero Womens Professional Golf Tour at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club (RCGC) here on Thursday.

Bengaluru’s Trisha had a shaky start, carding a bogey on the second hole, but a birdie on the fourth helped her finish with an even par front nine.

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Harmeet advances, Manika bows out of India Open

New Delhi, Feb 16: Promising Indian paddler Harmeet Desai started his 2017 ITTF World Tour India Open table tennis tournament campaign on a positive note, registering a hard-fought 4-3 victory over 16th seeded Tristan Flore of France at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex here on Thursday.

Ranked 112 in the world, Harmeet started off confidently against World No.77 Tristan. He attacked with hi...

 
Rai-led panel pledges to bring ‘undiluted’ cricket to fans

New Delhi, Feb 16: Former Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai, who heads the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) of the BCCI, said on Thursday that the new panel is committed to bring cricket to the doorsteps of the fans in its “undiluted form”.

Rai, who along with former India women’s team captain Diana Edulji, historian Ramchandra Guha, an...

 
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