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England may have cracked the Kuldeep Yadav code, but former left-arm spinner Phil Tufnell says India will be better off playing him in the Test series as well, having done the good thing by picking Yadav in the five-day squad. With their ODI series, England not only became as the world's No.1 ranked ODI side but the favourites going into the 2019 ODI World Cup.

07:57:01 on 21 Jul

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At the ongoing World Junior Squash Championships in Chennai, the Switzerland team has come without their top girl player, Ambre Allinckx, whose parents didn’t want her to travel to India for concerns of safety of girls in India. Teams from Iran, US and Australia have also expressed concerns and asked players not to venture out alone. Some have decided to dress carefully.

12:10:01 on 20 Jul

The Indian men’s hockey team pulled off a sensational 4-2 win over New Zealand in the first Test of the three-match series. Rupinder Pal Singh, Mandeep Singh and Harmanpreet Singh scored for India while Stephen Jenness scored a brace for the visitors. Rupinder Pal was splendid as he fired the ball low to beat goalkeeper Richard Joyce in the second minute.

08:27:01 on 20 Jul

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Divya Kakran won silver while Reena and Karuna claimed bronze in women’s freestyle at the Junior Asian Wrestling Championships. The other Indians in action, Shivani Panwar and Sangeeta Phogat, missed out on a podium finish. Japanese wrestlers dominated, winning three of the five gold medals. Divya Kakran lost to Meerim Zhumanazarova of Kyrgyzstan in the final.

06:27:01 on 20 Jul

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Team India skipper Virat Kohli, who is currently in England on national duty, has been accompanied by his actress wife Anushka Sharma. The internet is buzzing with pictures of the two either hanging out together or shopping in Leeds. Kohli posted a stunning picture with his ladylove on Twitter. It can easily be rated as their most-stylish picture ever.

10:45:55 on 19 Jul

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The remuneration of coaches in various sports disciplines would not be limited to Rs one lakh as the government has increased the cap to Rs two lakh. Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said it has been decided to increase the cap of remuneration by 100% as the present cap of Rs one lakh was found to be impractical as foreign coaches were charging much more.

09:50:29 on 19 Jul

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Jose Mourinho is confident that the World Cup win will boost Paul Pogba's career at Manchester United. Pogba was the subject of criticism for his United performances last season and found himself relegated to the bench at times during the second half of the campaign. However, Pogba was instrumental in France's FIFA win when he netted the third goal against Croatia.

08:15:01 on 19 Jul

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She may have missed out on a Commonwealth Games gold but wrestler Sakshi Malik sees next month’s Asian Games in Indonesia as a platform to make amends and build up for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Sakshi was one of two Indians to win a medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, claiming a bronze. However, the 25-year-old was barely active for well over a year after that.

06:40:01 on 19 Jul

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Shooter Jitu Rai dropped from TOP Scheme

Top Indian marksman Jitu Rai was dropped from the TOP Scheme, along with three other shooters, on grounds of recent lack of form. Shooters Yashaswini Deswal, Amanpreet Singh and Neeraj Kumar have also been dropped from the scheme as the SAI cited poor form as the reason for the exclusion. The decisions were taken after a meeting of the Mission Olympic Cell.

06:27:01 on 19 Jul

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MS Dhoni's future has once again become fodder for speculation after the talismanic former India skipper took the match ball at the end of the lost third ODI against England in Leeds. But chief coach Ravi Shastri has dismissed the speculations and said that the idea was to show the ball to bowling coach Bharat Arun and get a fair idea of the conditions.

03:54:01 on 19 Jul

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Pant, has established himself as an explosive batsman, although late last year, he was among the pretenders to MS Dhoni’s limited-overs form, that were brushed aside by chief selector, MSK Prasad. His inclusion indicates a sea change in the selectors’ view. There have been some questions about his technique, but his batting in white-ball cricket has been exceptional.

07:18:01 on 19 Jul

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England finished with 260/2 as India’s streak of nine consecutive bilateral series wins came to a halt. Soon after the match, MS Dhoni was seen asking for the match ball from the third umpire. At the end of the innings, both sides were heading back to the pavilion when Dhoni demanded the ball. Twitterati was left surprised and questioned the motive behind Dhoni’s move.

10:45:01 on 18 Jul

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India’s star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra won a gold medal in Sottevile Athletics meet. The 20-year-old covered a distance of 85.17 m to finish on top of the podium. Earlier, the Commonwealth Games gold-medalist had given a dazzling performance and finished fourth in the first edition of the IAAF Diamond League 2018 breaking the national record with a throw of 87.43 m.

05:57:01 on 18 Jul

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India had started the ODI confidently, but at the end of it, the Indian cricket team lost the ODI series 2-1 vs England and nd it has shown that Virat Kohli’s men are not the only favourites for the 2019 ICC World Cup. Some bizarre selections, a misfiring batting lineup and an insipid bowling attack, all resulted in the big final turn into a horror day for India.

04:57:01 on 18 Jul

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A Moscow court on Monday handed down 15-day jail sentences on four members of the Pussy Riot protest group who interrupted Sunday’s World Cup final between France and Croatia when they ran onto the pitch wearing fake police uniforms. The pitch invasion by members of the punk band early in the second half of the final was a brazen act in Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium.

08:25:01 on 17 Jul

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England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to field in the 3rd ODI against India. England made one change to the side that won the 2nd ODI by 86 runs, with batsman James Vince replacing Jason Roy after he suffered a finger injury. Bhuvneshwar and Shardul Thakur replaced Umesh Yadav and Siddarth Kaul, with batsman Dinesh Karthik coming in for KL Rahul.

06:51:13 on 17 Jul

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India have jumped a rung to fifth position in the men's hockey world rankings issued by the International Hockey Federation. India has made the jump by virtue of its second consecutive runner-up finish at the Champions Trophy in Breda, Netherlands earlier this month. Champions Trophy winners Australia remained on top of the chart, thanks to their title victory.

05:27:01 on 17 Jul

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Russia president Vladimir Putin stood happily under an umbrella during the award ceremony after France defeated Croatia to lift the 2018 FIFA Cup at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Putin came prepared with an umbrella, while FIFA President Gianni Infantino, France President Emmanuel Macron and Croatia President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic got soaked in the rain during the award ceremony.

05:10:01 on 17 Jul

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The Indian men’s hockey coach Harendra Singh feels his team cannot afford to take things easy in the Asian Games even though it is a gold medal favourite owing to its highest-ranked status in the draw. India has been placed in Pool A alongside Korea, Japan, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong China while Pool B comprises Malaysia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Oman, Thailand and Indonesia.

04:35:01 on 17 Jul

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Serena Williams returned to the world’s top 30 in the WTA rankings after finishing as Wimbledon runner-up. The 36-year-old American climbed 153 places to 28th despite losing at the Wimbledon final to German Angelique Kerber. Kerber, who won her third Grand Slam title, moved up six places to world number four, with Simona Halep of Romania retaining the top rank.

03:57:01 on 17 Jul

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Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu’s title drought this year continued as she suffered a straight-game defeat against Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the Thailand Open World Tour Super 500 badminton tournament. Sindhu struggled with her consistency throughout the duel as Okuhara dominated the proceedings to beat the Indian 21-15 21-18 in exactly 50 minutes.

10:15:01 on 16 Jul

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Novak Djokovic celebrated his fourth Wimbledon title by munching on the Centre Court grass. Djokovic defeated a battling but exhausted Kevin Anderson to add the 2018 title to his wins in 2011, 2014 and 2015. He also took his Grand Slam total to 13 after a year which had seen him struggle with form and confidence, sending his world ranking to its lowest in over a decade.

09:45:01 on 16 Jul

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The World Cup-winning French team are travelling home for a victory parade on the Champs Elysees following their triumph in Moscow that sparked wild celebrations nationwide. France overcame Croatia to win 4-2 in Sunday’s final, with teenager Kylian Mbappe applying the coup de grace and cementing his place as a new global superstar at the age of just 19

09:05:01 on 16 Jul

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Former Indian off-spinner Ramesh Powar has been appointed the interim coach of the national women’s cricket team until the BCCI finds a suitable replacement for Tushar Arothe. Arothe was forced to resign due to the differences with senior players who were not happy with his coaching methods. He will oversee the women’s team camp which begins on July 25.

08:19:53 on 16 Jul

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Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović had been in attendance for multiple games played by her country in the FIFA world cup. Though the NATO summit kept her away from the semi-finals in which Croatia beat England, the President flew back immediately to Moscow to witness her country play in the FIFA finals for the first time.

04:10:01 on 16 Jul

Why soccer players take dives

It wouldn’t be a World Cup without a controversy over a player crumpling with a maudlin cry of agony, clutching his shin, and plaintively pleading for mercy (and a penalty for the other team). In the tournament’s first week, France’s Lucas Hernandez admitted to flopping in France’s 2-1 win against Australia in an attempt to get Australian midfielder Mathew Leckie sent off.

02:26:42 on 16 Jul

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Novak Djokovic raced to a fourth Wimbledon title and 13th career Grand Slam crown when he defeated a battling but exhausted Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (7/3). World number 21 Djokovic added the 2018 title to his wins in 2011, 2014 and 2015 as he became the lowest-ranked champion since Goran Ivanisevic in 2001. Anderson was the first South African in the final in 97 years.

06:57:01 on 16 Jul

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France beat Croatia 4-2 in the FIFA World Cup Final in Moscow. France crowned champions for the second time. France was the first to get on the board after Mandzukic scored an own goal in the 18th minute. And they went into the half-time break with the 2-1 lead. Pogba, Mbappe scored in a span of six minutes to give a France 4-1 lead in the 65th minute.

10:51:43 on 15 Jul

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France beat Croatia to win World Cup 2018

France overwhelmed Croatia 4-2 in a thrilling World Cup final at Moscow's Luzhniki stadium to lift the trophy for the second time in 20 years. The French, playing their third World Cup final, were lucky to go ahead when Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic headed an Antoine Griezmann free kick into his own net in the 18th minute, the first own goal in a World Cup final.

10:41:09 on 15 Jul

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The Belgians earned their best World Cup finish by beating England 2-0 in a match both saw as the start of a push for the European Championship title in 2020 or the World Cup in 2022. Thomas Meunier and Hazard both scored at St. Petersburg Stadium in a match between the two semifinal losers. France and Croatia will play in the final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

10:45:01 on 15 Jul

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The ACB arrested TS Judo Association general secretary B. Kailasam Yadav in a scam involving medical seats in the sports quota. ACB officers conducted searches at the Judo Association office in LB Stadium and Yadav’s residence. The ACB said Yadav was the conduit of bribes that TS SATS deputy director G. Venkata Ramana took to provide seats to ineligible persons.

10:55:01 on 14 Jul

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Hima Das, who virtually went into the finals of IAAF World Championships as the top seed, lived up to that billing taking the women’s 400m gold at the World under-20 athletics championships. The 18-year-old from Assam, who had clocked the fastest times in the two earlier rounds at Tampere, once again produced a strong finish to bring the historic gold.

06:55:01 on 13 Jul

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Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to field against England in the first ODI at Trent Bridge. England made one change, with opener Alex Hales ruled out of a match on his Nottinghamshire home ground due to a side strain suffered batting in the nets. India gave an ODI debut to Siddarth Kaul, who has previously played two Twenty20 Internationals.

07:32:07 on 12 Jul

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World number one Rafael Nadal set-up a mouthwatering Wimbledon semi-final against old rival Novak Djokovic after battling back to beat Juan Martin del Potro.He will face Djokovic, a three-time winner at the All England Club, for a place in Sunday's final. John Isner will face Kevin Anderson in the Wimbledon semifinals he won against Milos Raonic.

07:26:01 on 12 Jul

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Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal deep in extra time as Croatia beat England 2-1 in an utterly gripping World Cup semi-final in Moscow to set up a final date with France. Kieran Trippier’s free-kick after five minutes gave England a dream start to the semi-final but Croatia clawed their way back into the match and Ivan Perisic equalized with a 68th-minute volley.

05:55:01 on 12 Jul

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Ebin Rose, former Kerala Santosh Trophy player and coach of the Kovalam FC, is trying to bring about a revolutionary change in the way the game of football is managed in the state. Ebin started Kovalam FC four years ago with the aim of helping children, hailing from coastal areas, who have the passion but are being held back because of their poor financial background.

07:25:01 on 11 Jul

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Belgium's golden generation has come up short at a major tournament again. With Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard in fantastic form creating chances for themselves and Romelu Lukaku up front, Vincent Kompany fit again at the heart of the defense and Thibaut Courtois standing tall in goal, these Red Devils racked up more goals than any other team in the World Cup.

03:45:01 on 11 Jul

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Serena Williams' baby has just taken her first steps at Wimbledon, but the seven-time champion doesn't want daughter Olympia to follow in her path on the tennis court.Asked if she would like Olympia to follow in her footsteps when she grows up, the American star made it clear she would prefer her daughter to go in a different direction.

09:35:01 on 10 Jul

Kabaddi is gaining popularity among the youth of the country for the past several decades. With the Pro Kabaddi League taking the hype of the sport to the next level, over 400 boys and nearly 250 girls flooded the weightlifting hall at the Balewadi Sports Complexon Sunday for the trials of the Pune League Kabaddi season 3, which will commence on the 19th of this month.

01:27:01 on 10 Jul

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Dipa Karmakar, returning to action after a long lay-off of nearly two years due to injury, scored 14.150 to win gold at the Gymnastics World Challenge Cup on Sunday. This is Dipa's first medal in a World Challenge Cup. Dipa, who is being accompanied by her coach Bisheshwar Nandi, has also qualified in balance beam finals by finishing third in the qualification .

02:10:02 on 09 Jul

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When Rohit Sharma is at his best, he can eclipse everyone. Playing with effortless ease, the opening batsman made light of England’s total of 198 for nine with an unbeaten 100 (56 balls, 11 fours, 5 sixes) to help India to a seven-wicket win and clinch the T20 series 2-1. In a partnership with Rohit, Kohli added 89 runs for the third wicket to take the game away from the home team.

07:27:01 on 09 Jul

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An impressive England advanced to their first World Cup semi-final for 28 years today after headers by Harry Maguire and Dele Alli gave them a deserved 2-0 last-eight victory over a disappointing Sweden. Overall from 25 meetings, England have won nine to Sweden’s seven, with nine games ending in a draw. England will face either hosts Russia or Croatia in the last four.

09:55:02 on 07 Jul

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The euphoria and expectations of the English — starved for sporting success at the international level — have reached a crescendo, with the fans winning the social media battle with their hilarious rendition of “It’s coming home”. The memes and spoofs are keeping the strong media contingent entertained as most run against deadlines to keep their bosses back home happy.

09:26:01 on 07 Jul

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There is a running joke among the football fans in Kerala that if their favourite team is eliminated from the World Cup, the flexes that they put up to support the teams can be used as a shelter to cover broken roofs. Blood Donors Kerala decided to turn this joke into a useful venture.

10:55:01 on 06 Jul

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Neymar must help Brazil lift the trophy next week if he wants to join the greats, according to the World Cup winner who first took home FIFA’s top individual award. Cutting out the play-acting would also help Neymar win votes, 1990 World Cup winner Lothar Matthaeus said. A debate about Neymar faking injury to tackles is polarizing opinion.

10:25:01 on 06 Jul

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