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India thrash Bangladesh to book Women’s World Cup berth

Colombo, Feb 17: India thrashed Bangladesh by nine wickets in a qualifying match at Nondescripts Cricket Club ground here on Friday to book their place for the ICC women's World Cup 2017 to be held in England and Wales from June 24.

Maintaining their unbeaten run in the ongoing ICC women's World Cup qualifier, the Mithali Raj-led team took their Super Six points tally to eight, includin...

 
Smith, Marsh’s tons take Australia to 327/5

Warm-up vs India A

Mumbai, Feb 17: Australia skipper Steve Smith and middle order batsman Shaun Marsh started their cricket tour to the subcontinent on a high, with both striking defiant tons to take the visitors to 327/5 at stumps on the opening day of the three-day practice game against India A at the Brabourne Stadium here on Friday.

Put in to bat, Australia lost the o...

 
Getting Warner out with a bouncer is special: Saini

Mumbai, Feb 17: India A medium pacer Navdeep Saini on Friday said it was special getting swashbuckling Australia opener David Warner out with a bouncer.

Warner was caught behind off Saini's delivery when the former was batting at 25.

"Before me, Ashok (Dinda) bhaiya had tried a bouncer on him (Warner), and he pulled because the delivery was short of length," Saini told the media...

 
Rai tight-lipped after BCCI’s COA meet

New Delhi, Feb 17: Former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Vinod Rai, who heads the Supreme Court-appointed BCCI's Committee of Administrators (COA), refused to reveal the details of the panel's almost six-hour-long meeting which took place here on Friday. Rai, who pledged to bring cricket to the doorsteps of the fans in an "undiluted form" on Thursday, preferred to remain tight-lipped on ...

 
JK Tyre Xtreme 4Play

Chandigarh, Feb 17: The JK Tyre Xtreme 4Play, North Indias biggest off-roading competition, was flagged off here on Friday evening, with as many as 20 top teams from across the country competing for top honours in their modified cars. The local team Gerrari Off Roaders will begin as the favourite to conquer the various obstacles in this three-day seven-stage event that is being held at Kikar Lodge...

 
Sania slams media for focusing on tax notice and not her play

Doha, Feb 17: A day after she denied service tax evasion in response to notices last week issued by the Central Board of Excise and Customs, tennis ace Sania Mirza came down heavily on sections of the media for choosing to focus on negative news rather than her entry into the semi-finals in the ongoing Qatar Open.

Mirza and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic entered the women's doub...

 
Faltering Mohun Bagan desperate to beat Shivajians

Kolkata, Feb 17 : Mohun Bagan coach Sanjoy Sen said on Friday that Saturday’s home tie against DSK Shivajians will be crucial to their I-League campaign as they must win to keep the pressure on table toppers and arch-rivals East Bengal.

Bagan, second in the points table with 18 points from eight matches, will take on Shivajians at the Rabindra Sarovar Stadium here on Saturday. Eas...

 
Real Madrid take on Espanyol in La Liga

Madrid, Feb 17 : Real Madrid have the chance to further extend their lead at the top of the La Liga on Saturday which promises to be decisive in the outcome of the title race. Real entertain Espanyol in the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium before travelling to play one of the two games they have in hand over their title rivals in Valencia on Wednesday.

Saturday’s game comes on the back o...

 
‘I am like Indiana Jones’

Manchester, Feb 17: Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic likened himself to successful fictional Hollywood character Indiana Jones who is the protagonist of the Indiana Jones franchise. Like Indiana Jones who was an archaeologist and adventurer, the former Sweden capain said he is successful wherever he goes.

"Every trophy for me is incredible. Everywhere I came I won so if I ca...

 
FIFA President encourages co-hosting of 2026 World Cup

Madrid, Feb 17: FIFA President Gianni Infantino confirmed that he supports the co-hosting of the FIFA World Cup 2026 by three or four countries, using four or five venues each.

“We will encourage co-hosting for the World Cup because we need FIFA to show we are reasonable and we have to think about sustainability long-term,” Infantino said, during his visit to Qatar on Thursd...

 
AFC bans 15 Lao footballers for match manipulation

Vientiane, Feb 17: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Disciplinary Committee has banned 15 Lao players for life from football-related activities for 15 years for manipulating matches.

The 15 players are current or former Laos or Lao Toyota FC players, Lao state-run news agency on Thursday cited the AFC as saying, reports Xinhua news agency.

The AFC investigation into the man...

 
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,...

 
Tahir shines as South Africa thrash New Zealand in T20I

Auckland, Feb 17: South Africa rode on leg-spinner Imran Tahir’s career-best five-wicket haul to thrash New Zealand by 78 runs in the one-off Twenty20 cricket match at Eden Park here on Friday.

Put in to bat, opener Hashim Amla’s 43-ball 62 and skipper Faf du Plessis’ quickfire 36 helped South Africa pile up a huge 185/6 before International Cricket Council’s (IC...

 
Sri Lanka prevail in last ball T20I thriller vs Australia

Melbourne, Feb 17: Riding on middle order batsman Asela Gunaratne's maiden half century, Sri Lanka beat Australia by five wickets in a thrilling first Twenty20 International cricket match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground here on Friday.

With the win, the islanders have taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Chasing a modest 169, the visitors recovered from the early loss of ...

 
NBA star Kevin Durant to visit India this year

Mumbai, Feb 17: In a bid to promote basketball in the country, American legend Kevin Durant, who will make his eighth successive appearance at the 66th NBA All-Star Game on February 20, will visit India later during this year, it was announced on Friday.

Golden State Warriors’ superstar Durant is currently in New Orleans for the 2017 All-Star Weekend.

Durant will be visiti...

 
Billing,Rihal qualify for National finals

Chandigarh, Feb 17: Local golfers Chiranjeev Singh Billing and Tajinder Singh Rihal captured the final two National finals spots from the ninth Leg of the 17th annual Mercedes Trophy at the Chandigarh golf club here on Friday.

Billing category-A (0-16) and Tajinder Singh Rihal category-B (18-24) ended the day at net score of 69.8 and 73, respectively.

They will now be playing th...

 
Shivajians to be fined for pre-match presser snub

Kolkata, Feb 17: Pune football team DSK Shivajians are set to be fined for not turning up at the pre-match press conference ahead of their 10th round I-League encounter against Mohun Bagan here on Friday.

The Pune-based team will have to cough up Rs 20,000 in line with Article 36(b) of the league regulations.

According to the diktat, “The head coaches of participating club...

 
Kipsang plots a world record on debut at Tokyo Marathon

Nairobi, Feb 17: For two years, former Olympic bronze medallist Wilson Kipsang of Kenya has come close to winning a marathon but failed owing to strong competition and injury.

However, with the injuries gone and having retained his fitness, the 34-year-old is dreaming of returning to the winner's podium and wants to do it in style by breaking the current world record when he competes at...

 
Will continue to manage next season: Wenger

London, Feb 17: Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger on Friday said he will continue to manage next season, even though he may not renew his contract with the London club.

Wenger faces the lowest point of his 20-year career with the Gunners after his team was beaten by Bayern 1-5 on Wednesday in the first leg of the Champions League last 16, reports Efe.

The Gunners are at fourth place i...

 
Gaitan returns to Atletico squad to play Gijon

Madrid, Feb 17: Midfielder Nicolas Gaitan was on Friday named in Atletico Madrid's squad for Saturday's La Liga match against Sporting Gijon after he recovered from a blow to the right foot.

Although Gaitan has not trained in the last three sessions because of the blow to his right foot, sustained last week in the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final against Barcelona, Atletico chi...

 
Sreesanth writes to Vinod Rai for revocation of ban

Kochi, Feb 17: Tainted Indian speedster S. Sreesanth has written to former Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai, who heads the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) of the Indian cricket board, seeking justice as he has lost four years, when he should have been playing cricket at the highest level.

Sources close to him reveal that he is deeply upset at the way t...

 
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...

 
Bale in Real squad against Espanyol

Madrid, Feb 17: Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane on Friday announced the return of Gareth Bale after a nearly 75-days hiatus due to an ankle injury. The Wales forward has been added to the squad for Saturday's La Liga match with Espanyol.

Bale went under the knife to treat damaged ankle tendons, after which he completed his recovery and resumed training, reports Efe. IANS

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We started badly against Etienne, says Mourinho

Manchester, Feb 17: Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho's half-time talk was more about changing the attitude of his footballers who played a below-par first half during their 3-0 Europa League win against Saint-Etienne here.

Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Thursday scored a hat-trick to star in United's commanding win over Saint-Etienne in the round of 32 first leg tie.

 
Delhi hammer Punjab Warriors 6-1 in HIL; jump to third spot

Chandigarh, Feb 17: Delhi Waveriders hammered Jaypee Punjab Warriors 6-1 to jump to the third spot and consign the defending champions to the bottom of the Coal India Hockey India League (HIL) at the Hockey Stadium here on Friday.

Penalty corner conversions from Justin Reid-Ross (4th minute) and Rupinder Pal Singh (17th) helped Delhi take a 2-1 lead at half-time after drag-flick heroics...

 
Barca capable of historic the Champions League comeback: Suarez

BARCELONA, Feb 17: Barcelona striker Luis Suarez believes the Catalans can become the first side ever to overcome a four-goal first leg deficit in the Champions League when Paris Saint-Germain visit the Camp Nou on March 8.

Barca were torn apart in a 4-0 thrashing by the French champions in their last 16 clash on Tuesday, sparking fierce criticism in particular of coach Luis Enrique.

 
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