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Sania Mirza showing off her baby bump in Chennai

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India tennis star Sania Mirza, who's due to deliver her first child with Pakistan cricketer husband Shoaib Malik in October, was spotted having fun at a beach in Chennai recently. In April 2018, Indian tennis player Sania Mirza and former Pakistan cricket captain Shoaib Malik announced the news on her Twitter and Instagram accounts with a picture. "We are soon to become parents. Having thought about it for a while, we both felt right now is the correct time to start a family," the Sania announced. "When we found out, we were ecstatic and couldn't wait to give out this news to our fans and well-wishers. We are very excited to enter this new phase of our lives and look forward to our journey as parents," she added. Sania won six Grand Slam in her 15-years of professional career. The pair got married on April 12, 2010. Also Read: Sania Mirza says her husband Shoaib Malik wants a 'girl very badly' Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-d..
                 

American adult movie star Farrah Abraham to join pro wrestling

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American adult star Farrah Abraham is all set to join pro wrestling. According to British tabloid Daily Mirror, Abraham, 27, who grabbed eyeballs a decade ago when she appeared on MTV show, 16 and Pregnant, earned herself a contract with World Class Revolution (WCR) Pro Wrestling. "We couldn't be happier to welcome Farrah into our family. Farrah brings a lot of creativity to the table and I can't wait to see all of the amazing work we are going to do together as a team. I would like to personally thank both Farrah and her agent Ricarte for this opportunity to do business together," CEO Jerry Bostic said on the WCR's Facebook page recently. Abraham considers singing as her hobby and has released a studio album and a music video so far. She is also passionate about cooking. According to reports, Abraham needed a new career as her adult movies were being poorly received so much so that customers demanded refunds. Let's hope this new venture rings in some success! Catch up on all the lat..
                 

India vs England: Virat Kohli aims to iron out middle-order frailties

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One day on top of the world and the other, down in the dumps. That has been India's story on the tour so far, be it the T20Is or the ODIs. After being level in the T20I series, India clinched the decider with a commanding performance. The visitors are now in a similar situation in the ODIs and must win today's third match at Headingley to pocket their 10th successive series victory and win bragging rights ahead of the five-match Test series. Dent in confidenceBut the problem India face is that the heavy defeat in the second ODI at Lord's has dented their confidence, exposing a weak middle-order. One of the top-four batsmen need to play a big one and guide the batting right till the end, because the middle-order does not seem to have the gumption to carry the fight to the opposition if the top order fails. The Indian think-tank will surely be thinking of strengthening the middle-order, may be by bringing in Dinesh Karthik or Shreyas Iyer for Suresh Raina. But the problem is that ..
                 

Kylian Mbappe quashes Paris St Germain exit

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French football player Kylian Mbappe has said that he will continue his journey with Paris Sain-Germain and there are no plans of joining the Real Madrid Club. The 19-year-old was rumoured to have decided to join the Madrid based club. "I will stay with PSG, continuing on my path with them," Goal.com quoted Mbappe, as saying. "I am at the beginning of my career," he added. The attacking midfielder, who was named Young Player of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, was reportedly at the target of Real Madrid after the exit of star Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo from the club. Mbappe played a crucial part in securing France a 4-2 victory against Croatia in the FIFA World Cup final. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

Serena Williams crashes into top 30 WTA rankings

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American tennis star Serena Williams has made a jump of 153 places to acquire the 28th spot in Women's Tennis Association (WTA) rankings. The 36-year-old, who was out of action after giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia, had slipped to the 181st position but made a solid comeback in the recently concluded Wimbledon Championship where she ended up as the runner-up. Meanwhile, German tennis player Angelique Kerber crashed into the top 4 after her extraordinary performance in the Wimbledon where she emerged victorious. The reigning US Open champion Sloane Stephens has made a jump of one place to secure the third spot in the list. With no shuffling in the top spot, Simona Halep of Romania has maintained the top ranking with 7571 points. Players like Julia Georges, Kiki Bertens, Dominika Cibulkova, Camila Giorgi, and Hsieh Su-Wei have also made some notable improvements according to the recently updated ranking list. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also dow..
                 

Don't know why I got married to Amir Khan, says wife Faryal Makhdoom

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British boxer Amir Khan’s wife Faryal held an interesting question-and-answer session with her fans on Instagram recently. Makhdoom, who married the Bolton-born husband in 2013 at New York, discussed her marriage via the new'Ask me a question’ feature on Instagram, which allows followers to ask anything they like. One user asked: "Why did you get married so young?" Makhdoom replied: "Tbh, I have no idea." Makhdoom was just 19 when she met Amir. Another user asked: "How do you stay patient in difficult times and when your heart is broken?’ "Alhumdulilah for my bad times. It brings me closer to my creator. Remembering him gives you patience," she answered. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

At 50, Dhanraj Pillay recalls India-Pakistan rivalry and Hockey India's apathy

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It is said that blood oozed almost as much as the skillful dribbles in India vs Pakistan hockey matches of yesteryear. India hockey legend Dhanraj Pillay was among the prime witnesses to the intensity of this fabled hockey rivalry that is almost non-existent today. Pillay turned 50 yesterday, and despite having played four World Cups, four Asian Games, and four Olympics among a host of other tournaments between 1989 and 2004, he chose to recall a highpoint of his stellar career from an India vs Pakistan Test at Lahore's national stadium in 1998. "As soon as we got off our bus at the Lahore Stadium, a group of Pakistani gentlemen came to me and said, 'Aaj dekhtein hain yeh Dhanraj Pillay mein kitna dum hai [today let's see what Dhanraj Pillay is made of]. The match was a classic and while we were leading 4-3, with a couple of minutes of play left, spectators began throwing stones at us on the ground. That 1998 classic"Our manager MM Somaya, fearing for our safety, asked me if we ..
                 

India 'A' hockey team hold South Korea 2-2

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The Indian men's 'A' team rallied twice to hold South Korea to a 2-2 draw in the fifth and final practice hockey match played at the Sports Authority of India ground yesterday. South Korea began well with an early 3rd minute goal converted by drag-flicker Jang Jonghyun. India 'A' forward Gurjant Singh helped the home team equalise in the 9th minute through a splendid field goal to end the first quarter in a 1-1 stalemate. The visitors continued their good form into the second quarter, creating potential opportunities to score. In the 23rd minute, an infringement by Indian defender saw South Korea win a PC which was converted by Jang Jonghyun to take a 2-1 lead. A PC in the 50th minute saw India 'A' equalise the score-line through drag-flicker Harmanpreet Singh's goal. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accep..
                 

FIFA World Cup 2018: Heroes' welcome for runners-up Croatia

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World Cup runners-up Croatia returned to a heroes' welcome as they flew into Zagreb yesterday. Zlatko Dalic's side were surprise finalists in Russia but were beaten 4-2 by France in Sunday's showpiece event in Moscow. Croatia, who eliminated England in extra-time in their semi-final clash, may have lost but the squad were greeted by jubilant supporters as they arrived back home. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever..
                 

Pakistan's Azhar Ali signs for Somerset

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Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali has joined Somerset for the remainder of their first-class English County Championship fixtures this season, the southwest club said Monday. The 33-year-old replaces Australia opener Matt Renshaw, who made three hundreds at 51.30 in the opening rounds of the Championship before breaking a finger against Surrey at Guildford last month. Azhar is set to make his Somerset debut against Worcestershire later this month. "The standard of first-class cricket in England is very high and I hope that I can make a contribution to Somerset winning matches," Azhar told his new county's website. "I have heard good things about Somerset and I was impressed by what I saw at Taunton in 2016 (when Pakistan opened their tour of England that year against the county). "I am looking forward to joining my new team mates and meeting the Somerset supporters soon." Azhar struggled during Pakistan's three Tests against Ireland and England earlier this season, making 73 runs in six inni..
                 

Novak Djokovic: My son inspired Wimbledon triumph

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Novak Djokovic revealed Sunday that the thought of his son seeing him win a Grand Slam title for the first time inspired him to his fourth triumph at the All England Club and 13th crown at the majors. Written off as a spent force — and even doubting his own famed powers of recovery — after seeing his world ranking slump to its lowest in 12 years, Djokovic swept past a weary Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (7/3) in the final, adding the 2018 title to his wins in 2011, 2014 and 2015. His crowning moment, however, was seeing three-year-old son Stefan watch the trophy ceremony from up in the players box in the arms of his mother Jelena. "Actually, I didn't talk about it, but it was the biggest motivation I've had for this Wimbledon this year," said the Serb whose win will see him return to the top 10 in the world. "I was imagining this moment of him coming to the stands, cherishing this moment with my wife and me and everyone. "I never had him in the box watching a tennis match ..
                 

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge targets personal best in Berlin

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Kenyan Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge said his goal is to lower his personal best time ahead of the Berlin Marathon in September. In what might be viewed as a thinly veiled plan to smash the world record on his fourth attempt at the Berlin Marathon course, Kipchoge said he is keen to lower his personal mark, which is 2:03:05 he set by winning the London Marathon, reports Xinhua news agency. Although he went on to run 2:00:25 in Italy in a controlled setting, the time has not been ratified by the IAAF. The 33-year-old Kenyan has won all nine marathon competitions he's entered except in Berlin in 2014. Those who have succeeded ahead of him include Paul Tergat, Haile Gebresellasie, Patrick Makau, Kipsang and current world marathon record holder Dennis Kimetto. But Kipchoge said his push to lower his marathon running time begins in September during the Berlin Marathon. "I may not smash the world record but I am preparing to run my personal best [time] in Berlin," Kipchoge said..
                 

FIFA World Cup 2018: Penalty decision killed us, says Luka Modric

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Croatia captain Luka Modric believes his side were the better team in the World Cup final against France, but admitted: "Sometimes the better teams don't win." Like Oliver Kahn, Zinedine Zidane and Lionel Messi before him, Modric lost the game but was then awarded the Golden Ball for being the tournament's best player. The midfield magician told reporters he was "proud to have received the award for myself" but wanted "to win a trophy with Croatia". France were comfortable 4-2 winners in the end, but were very fortunate to have a 2-1 lead at the interval and did not get on top of Croatia until Paul Pogba added a superb third in the 59th minute. Asked if he thought Croatia had been unlucky, Modric said: "Yeah, I think so. Everyone has the same feeling that we played well. I think we were the better team but sometimes better teams don't win." The Real Madrid star thought France's controversial second goal in the 38th minute was "the turning point", as they were in the ascendancy after ..
                 

Sam Billings called in as cover for injured Jason Roy for third ODI

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Wicketkeeper-batsman Sam Billings has been called up to the England ODI squad as cover for opener Jason Roy for the third ODI against India here tomorrow. Roy suffered a laceration to his right hand little finger during practice on Monday. He will undergo a fitness test before the game. Batsman James Vince is also in the squad as cover, previously called in to replace Dawid Malan. Smarting from their 86-run loss at the Lord's after winning the first game in Nottingham by eight wickets, India have their task cut out. Victory in London confirmed England's spot as the No.1 ODI side in the ICC Rankings. A win for India at Headlingley will only help close the gap and hand them the bragging rights before the Test series begins on August 1. India had previously won the T20I series 2-1. Also Read: James Vince Called Into England Squad For India ODI Finale Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This ..
                 

Novak Djokovic back in top 10 after Wimbledon win

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Novak Djokovic's fourth Wimbledon win propelled him back into the top 10 of the latest ATP rankings released Monday. Djokovic beat Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) to claim his fourth Wimbledon men's singles crown on Sunday, launching him 11 places to 10th in the rankings, ending an eight months top 10 exile. South African surprise finalist Anderson, 32, moved up three places to fifth in the rankings. Serb Djokovic, whose last stay in the top 10 dates back to October 2017, is hoping his 13th grand slam title will mark a turning point after a difficult two years marked by loss of motivation, personal issues and niggling injuries. Spain's Rafael Nadal remains top of the table and has widened the gap over number two Roger Federer, who was eliminated by Anderson in a marathon quarter final. Latest ATP rankings: 1. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 9310 pts2. Roger Federer (SUI) 70803. Alexander Zverev (GER) 56654. Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) 53955. Kevin Anderson (RSA) 4655 (+3)6. Grigor Dimitrov (..
                 

FIFA World Cup 2018: Dream 11

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The FIFA World Cup 2018 has finally come to an end and France put on a goal-fest against Croatia in the final at Moscow to lift the trophy for the second time in their history. Some expected players did really well in the tournament, a few new names came to the fore and some players regarded as the best in the world faded into oblivion. On June 14th 2018, nobody would have expected that Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar would fail to make it to the semifinals and very few had predicted a World Cup 2018 Best XI squad without any of them. We have compiled the Best XI from the FIFA World Cup 2018 with a 3-4-3 formation based on performances: Hugo Lloris (France): GoalkeeperDespite his goal-keeping howler in the final and the Golden Glove being awarded to Thibaut Courtois, Hugo Lloris makes it to our list as the best goalkeeper of the World Cup. The Frenchman captained his team against major contenders keeping two clean sheets in the knockouts. Hugo Lloris's campaign was highlighted by his heroi..
                 

Zaheer Khan and Sagarika Ghatge enjoy FIFA mania together at Moscow

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Former India and Mumbai fast bowler Zaheer Khan posted this picture of himself with wife, Bollywood actress Sagarika Ghatge in Moscow. "Loving the World Cup vibes #moscow," he wrote. Sagarika Ghatge, known for her role as a hockey player who was dating a cricketer in "Chak De! India", got married to Indian cricket star Zaheer Khan in real life. Talking about her relationship and the connection with the "Chak De! India" role, she had once said at an event, "When I think of it, there is an irony in that, but it's definitely not planned. I don't know how to look back at it, but we can definitely call it ironic. More than me, a lot of people think of it like, 'Oh my God, she is actually marrying a cricketer because she dated a cricketer'. But that was a movie, this is my real life. So, I don't know how I can associate both." Also View: Love off the pitch: Cricketers and their beautiful wives and girlfriends Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download th..
                 

Ramesh Powar named Indian women's team interim coach

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Former India 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 in the wake of differences with senior players who were not happy with the coaching methods of former Baroda all-rounder. Powar will oversee the women's team camp which begins in Bengaluru from July 25. The BCCI has already invited applications for the full-time coach's job with July 20 being the deadline to apply. "I am happy with the responsibility given and I will try my best to take them (women's team) ahead," Powar told PTI. The 40-year-old played just two Test matches for India, claiming six wickets, while his 31 ODI appearances fetched him 34 scalps. His first-class career was more prolific and he claimed 470 wickets in 148 games. It has been learnt that Powar got a call from the cricket board yesterday about his interim appointment. Only last week, Mumbai wicket-keeper and ba..
                 

I feared Serena Williams might die, says husband Alexis Ohanian

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The husband of Serena Williams admitted yesterday that he feared the tennis superstar would die after giving birth to their daughter last year. Alexis Ohanian saluted Williams, 36, for battling back from life-saving surgery to get within touching distance of an eighth Wimbledon title. However, the American suffered a straight sets defeat to Angelique Kerber in Saturday's final. "Days after our baby girl was born, I kissed my wife goodbye before surgery and neither of us knew if she would be coming back. We just wanted her to survive - 10 months later, she's in the #Wimbledon final," Ohanian wrote on Instagram. The couple's daughter Olympia was born in September but Serena then needed a series of operations to free her from the risk of clotting. "Our family knows she'll win many more trophies, too. She's just getting started." Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

Kate Upton expecting her first child with Justin Verlander

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Supermodel Kate Upton is expecting her first child with husband, American baseball player Justin Verlander, who she married in Italy last November. Upton, 26, who began dating the star pitcher in 2014, announced her pregnancy with a picture she shared on Instagram. Her photograph (above), in which she wears a red suit and a white top on a balcony in Miami, showed a glimpse of a baby bump. "#PregnantinMiami," she wrote and added a sunshine and a heart emoji. Verlander, who was also tagged in the picture, commented: "You're going to be the most amazing mom. I can't wait to start this new journey with you! You're the most thoughtful, loving, caring, and strong woman I've ever met! I'm so proud that our little one is going to be raised in this world by a woman like you! I love you so much." Later, Upton attended the Sports Illustrated's first-ever open casting at W South Beach. There, she stuck to fresh juice at brunch, while her friends sipped on cocktails. Catch up on all the late..
                 

Manu Bhaker-Anmol Jain pair clinch mixed air pistol team gold

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Teen sensations Manu Bhaker and Anmol Jain claimed the gold medal in mixed 10m air pistol team competition, ending on rousing note India's successful campaign in the 28th Meeting of Shooting Hopes international competition in Plzen, Czech Republic yesterday. Having topped qualification with a score of 763, the duo of Bhaker and Jain shot 476.9 to finish ahead of another Indian pair of Devanshi Rana and Saurabh Chaudhary by 1.2 point. In the mixed 10m air rifle team competition, the Indian teams — Shreya Agrawal and Hriday Hazarika (496.5) and Elavenil Valarivan and Divyansh Singh Panwar (433.9) — won the silver and bronze medals respectively. The Indians finished the tournament with 11 gold, seven silver and six bronze medals. Bhaker had won four gold in the prestigious annual tournament. In the 50m men's junior pistol event, Arjun Singh Cheema (563), Anmol (554) and Vijayveer Sidhu (553) occupied the top three places. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates h..
                 

Belgium star Eden Hazard hints at Chelsea exit

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Chelsea forward Eden Hazard has fuelled speculation he could leave the club after saying it "might be time to discover something different" following Belgium's win against England in the World Cup third-place playoff. The 27-year-old, who scored the second goal in Saturday's 2-0 victory in Saint Petersburg, has been linked with a move to Real Madrid following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus. "After six wonderful years at Chelsea it might be time to discover something different," he told reporters after Belgium achieved their best World Cup finish. "I can decide if I want to stay or go, but Chelsea will make the final decision, if they want to let me go. You know my preferred destination." Hazard has won the Premier League title twice with Chelsea, in 2014-15 and 2016-17, since joining from Lille six seasons ago. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced..
                 

FIFA WC 2018: Coach Didier Deschamps hails France's crushing victory

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France coach Didier Deschamps hailed his side's "wonderful" World Cup victory after a 4-2 victory over Croatia in yesterday's final at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. Deschamps, 49, becomes only the third man to win the World Cup as both a player and a coach after leading France to their maiden title in 1998 as captain. "It's so beautiful, so wonderful," Deschamps told French TV channel TF1. Croatia president Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic embraces Luka Modric after he is presented with his World Cup runners-up medal yesterday. Pic/Getty Images "I'm really happy for this group... It wasn't always easy, but by working hard, listening, they are on top of the world for four years." France, strongly fancied to win the final, started their tournament in France slowly, beating Australia and Peru by the odd goal before a goalless stalemate with Denmark saw them top the group. But they moved up through the gears in the knockout stages, seeing off Lionel Messi's Argentina in a seven-goal thriller befo..
                 

Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic beats Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6

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Novak Djokovic is a Grand Slam winner once again after defeating a weary Kevin Anderson to claim his fourth Wimbledon title here yesterday. The Serbian has been fighting for two years to restore health, form and confidence after the heights of making it four Slam titles in a row at the French Open in 2016. His two-day semi-final victory over Rafael Nadal proved he was back to his best and he fought off a comeback from Anderson to win 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (7/3) earning him a 13th Grand Slam trophy. Kevin Anderson Anderson, in his first Wimbledon final, had five set points in the third set but could not take any of them. And Djokovic wrapped up victory after two hours and 19 minutes, pointing his finger at the sky before taking his now customary bite of the Centre Court grass. Anderson did not even schedule a practice session on Saturday as he battled to recover from the effects of his epic semi-final against John Isner, where he finally overcame the giant American after six hours and 36 min..
                 

FIFA World Cup 2018 Final: France defeat Croatia 4-2 to lift their second titlel

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France has clinched its second World Cup title with a 4-2 win over Croatia in a dramatic final in Moscow featuring a series of firsts and a pitch invasion orchestrated by Russian protest group Pussy Riot. France led 2-1 at halftime courtesy of the first own-goal and the first video-reviewed penalty in a World Cup final. The own-goal off the top of Mario Mandzukic's head was the 12th of the tournament. That's double the previous World Cup record of six. Croatia rallied to equalize on a terrific left-foot strike by Ivan Perisic, but France took the lead right back when Perisic handled the ball in the area. Argentine referee Nestor Pitana initially didn't call the handball but awarded the spot kick after a video review. Antoine Griezmann converted the penalty to put France back in front. Four pitch invaders disrupted the game in the 52nd minute for about a minute before being dragged away by security and police. Punk rock group Pussy Riot quickly claimed responsibility for the pitch i..
                 

England pacer James Anderson makes wicket-taking return

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England great James Anderson took two wickets on his return with Lancashire's 2nd XI on Sunday after more than a month out of action with a shoulder injury. The 35-year-old paceman, England's all-time leading Test wicket-taker, took two for 32 in 14 overs as Nottinghamshire were dismissed for 126 on the first day of a three-day friendly at Old Trafford. It was Anderson's first appearance since deciding to take some time out from cricket to rest after a longstanding shoulder problem flared up during England's second Test victory over Pakistan completed on June 3. As he no longer plays white-ball cricket for England, Anderson would have missed the ongoing one-day international series with India even if he had been fully fit. Anderson, who has taken 540 Test wickets, is aiming to prove his fitness for a five-match series at home to India which begins at Edgbaston on August 1. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to ..
                 

FIFA World Cup 2018 Final: Top 5 battles to watch out for in France vs Croatia

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It’s time for the final face-off of the World Cup 2018 and we have two contenders to take the throne. On one hand France has galloped to the finals after topping their group and conquering heavyweights in the knockouts such as Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium. Croatia on the other hand has shown absolute relentless never-say-die attitude to reach the final frontier, on the way they knocked out Denmark and Russia in penalties, Croatia then upset high-flying England in added time and now they are just one step away from lifting their first ever FIFA World Cup trophy. Let’s take a look at the top 5 battles to watch out for in the all important final: MARIO MANDZUKIC vs RAPHAEL VARANE This will be the most grueling battle in-front of the French goal-post. Mario Mandzukic, who scored the winner against England will keep probing t to get an inch or two behind the French defenders, but Raphael Varane whose stoic defense has led to France keeping four clean-sheets already in the..
                 

Thailand Open: PV Sindhu loses to Nozomi Okuhara in final

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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 summit clash of the USD 350,000 Thailand Open World Tour Super 500 badminton tournament here today. Second seed Sindhu struggled with her consistency throughout the duel as fourth seeded Okuhara dominated the proceedings to beat the Indian 21-15 21-18 in exactly 50 minutes. It was Sindhu's third disappointment in a final this year following her defeats in the summit clash of the India Open and Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Sindhu, who had an ankle strain ahead of the CWG and missed the Uber Cup final, reached semifinal and quarterfinal in her last two tournaments -- in Malaysia and Indonesia -- before this one. World number 3 Sindhu showed glimpses of her best against world number 8 Okuhara, who besides the initial part of the second game, looked in complete control over the proceedings. Okuhara took no time to get her grip on the match..
                 

FIFA World Cup 2018: England could have done better, says Harry Kane

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England captain Harry Kane said his team could have done better, following their 0-2 loss to Belgium in the third-place playoff in 2018 FIFA World Cup. Kane, who lead the scoring for England with six goals, also said he regretted not having scored since the round of 16 against Colombia, reports Efe. "Today showed that there's still room for improvement and we've said that all along," Kane said on Saturday. "We're not the finished article and we can get better," the Tottenham Hotspur forward said. "We don't want to wait another 28 years for another World Cup semifinal. This is the level that we want to stay at now." Belgium controlled most of Saturday's game, starting with an early goal from Thomas Meunier just four minutes into the match, and despite England's attempt at a second-half comeback, Eden Hazard sealed the win with a goal in the 82nd minute. In the semifinal, England squandered a 1-0 lead against Croatia to lose 1-2, with the winner coming in extra time. Also Read - FIFA ..
                 

Unfortunate Dhoni's finishing skills are questioned again and again, says Kohli

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Skipper Virat Kohli had to once again come to the rescue of under-fire former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, whose painstaking 37 off 58 balls, came in for sharp criticism after England beat India by 86 runs in the second ODI at the Lord's. Hailed as one of the best ever finishers in limited overs, Dhoni in the past couple of years have struggled to finish a lot of high pressure games unless there has been top-order support from the other end. India were chasing a competitive target of 323 on a Lord's track that slowed down and for once the top order failed with a lot of responsibility on Dhoni. However Dhoni failed to force the pace with India managing only 236 in 50 overs. When former England skipper Nasser Hussain asked the question about Dhoni's approach, Kohli didn't look amused. "This thing comes up again and again when he's not able to play the way he does," Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony. "It's unfortunate that people jump to conclusions quickly. When he doe..
                 

Dwayne Bravo's dinner with his 'brothers' MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya in London

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West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo posted a picture of himself having dinner with MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya in London. He captioned the Instagram picture: "Dinner with my brothers @mahi7781 @hardikpandya93 always nice to catch up with Cpt Kool #RunDWorld #Champion." Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the fourth Indian to reach the milestone of 10,000 runs in ODIs during the second match of the three-game series against England. The 37-year-old former India skipper joined an elite list which features some of India's greatest batsmen in Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid. Dhoni needed just 33 runs to achieve the milestone and he did it with a single in the 43rd over of the second ODI between India and England at the iconic Lord's Stadium.Dhoni is currently placed 12th in the list of all-time highest run-getters in ODIs. Also Read: MS Dhoni, Bravo, Harbhajan Singh celebrate Chennai's win with a dinner treat Catch up on all the latest T20 news and updates here. Also down..
                 

Sri Lanka bowl out South Africa for 73 to register big win

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South Africa collapsed dramatically against Sri lanka's spin to crash to 73 all out in the first Test in Galle on Saturday, their lowest total since readmission to international cricket. The dismal performance came a day after they were bowled out for just 126, which had been their previous lowest Test innings in Sri Lanka. Off-spinner Dilruwan Perera took six for 32, and veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath claimed three for 32, as the pair bowled in an unbroken partnership for 28 overs, after Sri Lanka set South Africa a target of 352 for victory. Herath moved to ninth on the all-time wicket tally, with 423 career dismissals to his name, while Perera's five-wicket haul was the sixth of his career. South Africa's match aggregate of 199 was 20 runs fewer than Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne's individual score across both innings. Only three of the visitors made it into double figures, and the highest partnership yielded just 22, as batsmen repeatedly fell in their attempts to tak..
                 

Sergio Ramos' post-World Cup days reserved for family

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Belgium beat England 2-0 in third-place tie

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Belgium achieved their best World Cup finish as goals from Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard secured a 2-0 victory over England in today's third-place playoff in Saint Petersburg. Meunier, who missed the semi-final loss to France due to suspension, scored after just four minutes before Hazard grabbed a late second as Belgium eclipsed the side that came fourth at the 1986 edition. Belgium have now defeated England twice in a fortnight, having waited 82 years to beat them before winning 1-0 in their group stage encounter. Gareth Southgate's men were forced to settle for England's joint best performance at a World Cup abroad, matching that of the 1990 generation. He made five changes to the team beaten 2-1 by Croatia in the last four, as England fielded their youngest World Cup line-up in history -- with an average age of 25 years and 174 days. Phil Jones, Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Fabian Delph and Ruben Loftus-Cheek all came into the side, while Belgium boss Roberto Martinez recalled Me..
                 

Saurabh Chaudhary wins gold in junior shooting meet

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India's Saurabh Chaudhary claimed the individual gold medal in men's 10m air pistol event at the 28th Meeting of Shooting Hopes junior international championship in Plzen, Czech Republic. Chaudhary shot 245.4 in the finals to win he top prize ahead of the Russian duo of Aleksandr Kondrashin (240.0) and Anton Arisarkhov (219.1). Arjun Singh Cheema finished fourth with 195.7. Teen sensation Manu Bhaker added two team gold medals in her kitty, winning the top prizes in women's 25m pistol and 10m pistol. Bhaker, however, had to be contend with the fourth place in the 25m individual pistol event after scoring 23. Arunima Gaur was seventh. For the team gold, Bhaker shot 584, Arunima 567 and Muskan 564. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthin..
                 

Why sprinter Hima Das owes it to coach Nipon

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Nipon Das had no concerns when his ward Hima Das started slowly off the blocks in the 400m final at the IAAF U-20 World Championships in Tampere, Finland on Thursday night. He knew that she was spot-on in her strategy. Hima ultimately blazed in the final 100 metres for India's first ever gold in an international track event. Perfect strategy"Hima's race begins in the final 80m. It's amazing and almost surprising to watch her excelling within such a short time towards the end. It's only two years since she first wore spikes," said Nipon, Hima's first coach, who has acted a mentor to the novice since spotting her in January last year. Hima who initially was running in the 200m events, was asked to try the 400m too last year by Nipon. "I did so because she can also be part of relays. She has not only excelled in it but has beaten some of the world's best athletes too," he added. Interestingly, Hima began her sporting journey by playing football in school. Kicking around with boys in he..
                 

Thailand Open: PV Sindhu beats Gregoria Mariska, reaches finals

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Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu advanced into the women's singles final after registering a hard-fought victory over Indonesia's Gregoria Mariska Tunjung at the USD 350,000 Thailand Open World Tour Super 500 tournament here today. The second seeded Indian continued her unbeaten run in the Thai capital with a 23-21 16-21 21-9 win over Tunjung in a match that lasted an hour. In what is expected to be a high-voltage summit showdown, Sindhu will lock horns with Nozomi Okuhara in a rematch of the last World Championship, in which the Japanese prevailed. The world no 3 Indian pipped Tunjung to win the first game that went down to the wire, separated by just two points. In the second game, Sindhu played with much more variation and mixed things up to unsettle her opponent. She took a 9-5 lead on the back of some incredible net-play but squandered it as Tunjung reeled off four points to lead 11-9 at the lemon break. After trailing 10-16, Sindhu earned three consecutive points but it went..
                 

Sri Lanka beat South Africa by 278 runs in first Test at Galle

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South Africa collapsed dramatically against Sri lanka's spin to crash to 73 all out in the first Test in Galle on Saturday, their lowest total since readmission to international cricket. The dismal performance came a day after they were bowled out for just 126, which had been their previous lowest Test innings in Sri Lanka. Offspinner Dilruwan Perera took six for 32, and veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath claimed three for 32, as the pair bowled in an unbroken partnership for 28 overs, after Sri Lanka set South Africa a target of 352 for victory. Herath moved to ninth on the all-time wicket tally, with 423 career dismissals to his name, while Perera's five-wicket haul was the sixth of his career. South Africa's match aggregate of 199 was 20 runs fewer than Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne's individual score across both innings. Only three of the visitors made it into double figures, and the highest partnership yielded just 22, as batsmen repeatedly fell in their attempts to ta..
                 

FIFA World Cup 2018: Croatia hungry for World Cup title, says Ivan Rakitic

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Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic has said that all 4.5 million of his compatriots will be behind the team when they battle France in the 2018 World Cup final. "You need only to look at the footage from Croatia to see what's been going on over the past month - the joy felt by the people there," he said at a press conference at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, the venue for Sunday's final, reports Efe. "It doesn't just concern the 23 players, coaching staff and backroom staff, but the 4.5 million people back home. If there was a stadium big enough for 4.5 million people, it would be full," the FC Barcelona player said. Rakitic, 30, acknowledged that defeating France would "be difficult, both in defense and attack, but the most important thing is to concentrate on ourselves." "We want to leave the pitch with our heads held high and to say we did everything," he said. Also Read - FIFA WC 2018: Ivan Rakitic Is The Heartbeat Of Team Croatia Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates her..
                 

Athletics Federation of India says sorry for mocking Hima Das' English

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The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) yesterday issued an apology for allegedly mocking Hima Das' English on their official Twitter account. After Das won her semi-final in the women's 400 metre event at the IAAF World U-20 Championships in Tampere, Finland, the AFI posted a video with a caption which pointed out to Hima's limited English speaking ability. "#HimaDas speaking to media after her SF win at #iaaftampere2018. Not so fluent in English but she gave her best there too. So proud of u #HimaDas Keep rocking & yeah,try ur best in final!" the AFI had posted. The post caused an uproar which prompted the federation to issue a clarification: "(We ask) Forgiveness, you have been hurt by one of our TWEET! The real purpose was to show that our runner is not afraid of any difficulty, inside or out of the ground! Regardless of the small village coming from, the speaker exclaimed abroad! Once again sorry for those who are angry, Jai Hind." Catch up on all the latest sports news and ..
                 

Did Gareth Southgate restore Susanna Reid's faith in marriage?

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Sometimes even the smallest things can make a huge impact on somebody's life and that's what happened to Good Morning Britain presenter Susanna Reid. Reid, 47, who split with English journalist Dominic Cotton, 51, in 2014, has revealed that seeing a picture of England manager Gareth Southgate hugging his wife Alison inside an empty Luzhniki Stadium in Russia as she consoled him after his team lost to Croatia in the semi-final of the World Cup. She posted this picture (above) of them on Twitter and wrote, "I think a photo has just changed my mind on marriage." Within few hours of her tweet, she was flooded with marriage proposals. One Twitter user wrote, "I have the blue 3 piece suit, just let me know which Stadium & I'll see you there!" Another said, "Marry me then." A third one added, "So millions of people have just formed a queue!!" And a fourth one joked, "I'm here waiting for you Susanna." Reid was among many known names who paid tribute to Southgate after England failed t..
                 

FIFA: No player tested positive in Russia

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FIFA has confirmed that all the dope tests carried out before and during the World Cup finals have returned negative. The testing programme was the "largest ever conducted for a FIFA World Cup," with a preliminary testing pool of 1,500 players who were thought to be candidates to represent their countries this summer. The regular tests were carried out and complimented by FIFA's "use of the athlete biological passport programme," in order "to detect potential deviations that may indicate an abuse of performance-enhancing drugs. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion f..
                 

FIFA World Cupm 2018: England eye future high

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Harry Kane says England restored pride during their run to the World Cup semi-finals and can use the tournament as a springboard for sustained success for a talented young generation. Playing in their first World Cup semi-final for 28 years, England surrendered a 1-0 half-time lead to lose 2-1 to Croatia after extra-time in Moscow on Wednesday. The Three Lions play Belgium for third-place spot tonight. The tournament's top goalscorer with six goals, Kane himself missed a huge chance to give England breathing space in the first half. But he believes even brighter days lie ahead for the young squad. "It hurts now but I know when we look back there are a lot of positives and experience we can take. That's the aim, in two years' time in the Euros to go again and win big tournaments," Kane said. "We've shown we can do well and the aim is now not to wait another 20-odd years to get to another semi-final. Let's go and achieve our dreams." In their run to the Last four, England re-engaged wi..
                 

Virat Kohli and Co eye ODI series win v England at Lord's today

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Sourav Ganguly and Virat Kohli have a similar aggressive streak on cricket field and wear their heart on the sleeve. But Kohli, one assumes, will not take off his shirt on the Lord's balcony if India clinch the ODI series by defeating England in the second game here today. Sixteen years ago India had surprised England in the 2002 NatWest Series final at Lord's. That was the game that changed India's outlook to one-day cricket in this millennium. The subsequent captains have taken the team forward and India are now the team to beat in world cricket. India on a rollIndia are on a roll after bagging the T20I series and the comfortable win at Nottingham in the first ODI. Most of the players are in top gear. However, what the Indians need to guard against is complacency because you this England team lightly at your peril. There were two factors that were crucial in the first ODI: Winning the toss and chasing, and the bowling of Kuldeep Yadav. Will the team rise to the occasion if they lose..
                 

Hima Das's family recalls thrilling moments as she won historic gold

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At Dhing village in central Assam's Nagaon district, some 150 km from here, farmer Ranjit Das and his wife Jonali are the centre of huge attraction. There's a surge of media persons at this remote village because the couple's daughter, Hima, made history on Thursday night when she became the first Indian woman to win a gold medal at an international track event. Teenager Hima Das, 18, clocked 51.46 seconds to run away, quite literally, with the top prize in the 400m final at the IAAF World U-20 Athletics Championships in Tampere, Finland. It may have been all joyous yesterday, but on Thursday night, dad Ranjit and mom Jonali were a bundle of nerves as their daughter took to the starting line around 10:40pm India time. Hima's parents Jonali and Ranjit Intense nervousness"I was so nervous last night that I couldn't speak to anyone. I was restless and began praying," Jonali told mid-day. And it took less than a minute — 51.46 seconds to be precise — for God to answer her pr..
                 

FIFA World Cup 2018: 2018 WC in Russia 'best ever', says Gianni Infantino

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The FIFA World Cup has changed the perception of Russia among all countries as the visitors have discovered a hospitable country, full of people who are keen to show to the world that what sometimes is said is not actually what happens here, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said. "It is an incredible, amazing World Cup. From the very beginning of the tournament, we have experienced incredible emotions from being here and in two days the top of all this will be the finals. These couple of years I said that the 2018 World Cup will be the best for all time. Now I can say it again, being convinced that this is the best world championship in history. I would like to thank everyone who was involved in the organization and preparation of the tournament," Infantino said at a news conference, reports Sputnik news agency. Infantino also thanked the government, President Vladimir Putin and the Local Organizing Committee (LOC). "I thank all the people in this country who have ensured the optimal ..
                 

Vinayak Samant: Coaching Mumbai is a very big responsibility

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After three meetings (on July 6, 10 and 11), which lasted nearly 18 hours in total, the Mumbai Cricket Association's (MCA) Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC) yesterday finally decided on who will coach the Mumbai Ranji Trophy team and the under-19 side. Former Mumbai and Tripura wicketkeeper-batsman Vinayak Samant got the Ranji team's job while ex-Mumbai all-rounder Wilkin Mota will guide the under-19 outfit." Samant was the first candidate to appear before the CIC for an interview on Wednesday morning before former Test off-spinner Ramesh Powar and ex-Rajasthan coach Pradeep Sunderam. Samant, who coached the Mumbai U-23 team to their 2015-16 CK Nayudu Trophy triumph, had a sleepless night on Tuesday as he worked on two consecutive shifts — 3 pm to 10 pm and then 10 pm to 7.30 am — at his Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) office in Sewri. "I am used to it," Samant told mid-day about his grueling schedule. "I don't think it's too hectic for me because I enjoy fin..
                 

We might be tempted to play Kuldeep, Chahal in Tests too, says Virat Kohli

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India captain Virat Kohli is tempted to play his 'key weapons' Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal in the upcoming five-Test series against England, considering the wrists spinners' stellar performance in the ongoing limited overs leg of the tour. While Kuldeep has already played two Tests, Chahal is yet to earn the coveted cap in the longest version of the game. "Anything is possible with the selections for Tests and there might be a few surprises. Kuldeep is making a strong case for himself and so is Chahal. And looking at the way, the English batsmen have struggled against them, we might be tempted to do it," said Kohli after India's emphatic win in the opening ODI yesterday. "But the focus now is winning the next two games. Especially the next game, looking at it from the series perspective. The weather has been lovely. It has been very welcoming. The crowd support has been brilliant. The tour is really long and there is some tough cricket ahead of us which we are looking forward ..
                 

Kuldeep has exposed area of our game we need to improve on, says Eoin Morgan

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Nottingham, July 13 (PTI) England captain Eoin Morgan says his team must improve against chinaman Kuldeep Yadav if it is to bounce back in the three-match ODI series against India. England batsmen have been at all sea while facing Kuldeep who has picked up 11 wickets in the two T20s and one ODI against the hosts. He finished with a career-best six for 25 in the series opener here yesterday. When asked to explain the Kuldeep phenomenon so far, the skipper replied, "It is about identifying when he bowls well. The two grounds we've played at have offered more turn than other grounds. Today, like at Old Trafford, he turned it more than any other spinner in the game and similar to Cardiff and the way we adapted between the two games, conditions change. "I think Lord's will be similar to Cardiff in that regard so the shift will be important, but that doesn't paper over the fact that we need to get better at playing him. He is very good and there is no getting around that. He exposes an are..
                 

Imran Khan has five illegitimate kids, some of them Indian: Reham

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Wimbledon: This is crazy, says Serena Williams

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Serena Williams said it's crazy that she has managed to reach a 10th Wimbledon final, 10 months after life-saving surgery which followed her pregnancy. The American, 36, eased past Germany's Julia Goerges 6-2, 6-4 and will face another German, Angelique Kerber in tomorrow's final, her 30th Grand Slam championship match. "It's crazy. I don't even know how to feel because I literally did not think I'd do this well in my fourth tournament back," said Williams. Victory on Saturday will give her an eighth Wimbledon title and 24th Grand Slam crown, taking her level with Margaret Court's all-time mark. It's a staggering achievement for Williams, who defeated Kerber in the 2016 final before sitting out the 2017 tournament to prepare for parenthood. German Julia Goerges Her daughter Olympia was born in September but Williams then underwent emergency surgery to prevent life-threatening blood clots. She was bed-ridden for six weeks and only returned to the tour in March. "This is not inevitabl..
                 

WWE Superstar Braun Strowman to visit India

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The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) superstar Braun Strowman will visit India after his epic cage match against Kevin Owens at Extreme Rules this weekend, it was announced on Thursday. Strowman will travel to Mumbai on July 19-20 and then make his very first appearance in Hyderabad on July 21. Strowman will also be a guest on WWE Sunday Dhamaal, airing on July 22, as well as meet young athletes from the Special Olympics International, contest winners, and children's hospital patients. "After the overwhelming love I received from my fans in India, I'm excited to be coming back for more. Brace yourself WWE Universe India. The Monster is coming!" Strowman said. Commenting on the development, Sheetesh Srivastava, Vice President and General Manager, WWE India, said: "Braun Strowman is one of the most successful WWE Superstars today who is literally powering his way to the top. "In the last couple of months, he has won the Greatest Royal Rumble and the Money in the Bank contract. Giv..
                 

FIFA World Cup 2018: Argentina's Nestor Pitana to referee World Cup final

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Nestor Pitana of Argentina will referee the World Cup final between France and Croatia, FIFA announced on Thursday. Pitana, a former actor who has already refereed four games including the tournament opener between host nation Russia and Saudi Arabia and France's quarter-final win over Uruguay, will take charge of Sunday's showpiece at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. He will have two more Argentines, Hernan Maidana and Juan Pablo Belatti as assistant referees. Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers will be the fourth official backed up by another Dutchman, Erwin Zeinstra. In addition to handling a French victory, Pitana was also in charge when Croatia beat Denmark in the last 16 on penalties. The 43-year-old's other game in Russia was Sweden's 3-0 group-stage victory over Mexico. In Brazil in 2014, Pitana refereed four matches. The last was France's 1-0 loss to eventual champions Germany in the quarter-finals. For the third-place playoff between Belgium and England in Saint Petersburg on Saturday, F..
                 

Wimbledon: Great feeling to be back in final, says Angelique Kerber

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Angelique Kerber raced into her second Wimbledon final as the German crushed former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3 here yesterday. Kerber took the express route to her a fourth Grand Slam title match with a 'blink and you miss it' demolition of Ostapenko on Centre Court. She hit only 10 winners but that was all it took to get the job done as Ostapenko shot herself in the foot with 36 unforced errors. Kerber faces seven-time champion Serena Williams in tomorrow's final. “I was just trying to move good and take my chances. I'm so excited,” Kerber said. “It's such a great feeling to be back in the final. Playing on Centre Court is always great.” Referencing her dismal form last year, Kerber added: “2017 is over and I'm really happy about that. We are in 2018! I'm really happy and proud to be in a Grand Slam final. These are the matches I was working for since I was a kid.” Kerber was beaten by Serena in the 2016 Wimbledon showpiec..
                 

Vihari, Karun put India A in command v West Indies A

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Half centuries by skipper Karun Nair and Hanuma Vihari enabled India A to finish on a comfortable 214 for 3 chasing a tricky target of 321 against West Indies A in the second four day 'Test', here yesterday. Nair (55) was out off the last ball of the day even as Vihari (65 batting, 123 balls) looked solid at the other end. They now need 107 runs on the final day with seven wickets in hand. The Nair-Vihari pair added 136 runs for the third wicket to lay the foundation of what could be a praiseworthy victory after being bowled out for 192 in the first innings. In both matches so far, the Indian batsmen have done well in the second essay when they didn't have to face red Dukes during the morning session. Earlier, West Indies A were bowled out for 210 in their second innings and could only extend their oveall lead to 320. India's new ball bowlers Mohammed Siraj (4/64) and Rajneesh Gurbani (3/64) did most of the damage while Jermaine Blackwood (67) and John Campbell (61) scored half centu..
                 

NBA star LeBron James to act in comedy film

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Los Angeles Laker star LeBron James, 33, is in talks not just to produce but even act in a comedy film. According to USA"s Variety magazine, LeBron is working with writer Steve Mallory and has sold the film"s rights to Paramount Players. The film which is in the development stages, will have Maverick Carter as James" business partner. LeBron recently agreed to a four-year $154 million deal with the Lakers getting him closer to Hollywood. The 6-ft-8 basketball star has previously acted alongside Amy Schumer in the Judd Apatow-directed hit, Trainwreck. LeBron became a member of the prestigious Producers Guild after recently producing the film Hustle, where a talent scout tries to bring a Chinese player into the NBA. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

Antonio Conte finally out, Sarri in: reports

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The long-running saga over Antonio Conte's future appears to have been resolved with Chelsea sacking him as manager and appointing Maurizio Sarri, according to media reports on Thursday. The BBC said the 48-year-old Italian's two year reign -- which brought league success in 2017 and the FA Cup last season -- was ending although they added Chelsea would not comment. However, Conte's apparent dismissal drew a response from Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas, who liked a tweet a Chelsea fan posted about Conte having been sacked although the Spanish 2010 World Cup winner subsequently claimed he had liked it by accident. Conte leaves with the best win percentage 65.1% of any of Chelsea's managers in the Premier League era. Former banker Sarri, 59, will be Chelsea's ninth full-time manager since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003. Conte -- who had a year to run on his contract -- is seen to have contributed to his own demise by falling out both with the players and the board as the sheen of the..
                 

India vs England: Kuldeep Yadav takes six as England all out for 268

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Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav once again cast a spell on the England batsmen with his mesmerizing wrist spinners as his career-best 6 for 25 restricted the hosts to a moderate 268 in the first ODI, here today. Once Virat Kohli opted to field, the English script unfolded very much on similar lines with the T20 series, where things went downhill as soon as Kuldeep was introduced into the attack. None of the England batsmen were able to read him and a testimony to that was his brilliant figures of 10-0-25-6. He bowled an astounding 38 dot balls and not once was he hit for a boundary. This was Kuldeep's first five-for in ODIs after he had recently achieved the same feat in T20Is during the Manchester encounter. As usual Jos Buttler (53 off 51 balls) looked the most comfirtable while Ben Stokes (50 off 103 balls) played a painstaking knock. Together, they added 83 for the fifth wicket showing signs of recovery but he dismissed the two set batsmen in quick succession to bring about the home team'..
                 

Cristiano Ronaldo wil retire at Juventus, says player's agent Jorge Mendes

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Cristiano Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes has revealed that the Portugal superstar will retire at Juventus, the club he just joined from Real Madrid. "I'm very happy for Cristiano," Mendes told Sport. "Juventus will be his last club and I'm glad he has made this decision. With this team he'll close out his marvellous career." Ronaldo left Real after spending nine years with them. The five-time Ballon d'Or winner joined Italian champions Juventus on a four-year deal. Ronaldo has been Real's all-time top scorer, with an extraordinary 451 goals in 438 games. Ronaldo won four Champions Leagues, two La Liga titles and two Copa del Reys during his time at the Bernabeu. Mendes also heaped praise on Juventus board for making the deal happen. "I thank (Juventus president) Andrea Agnelli in particular for his determination and his willingness to negotiate with Real Madrid. "And I also thank [Juventus general manager] Beppe Marotta for his professionalism." Ronaldo will officially be presented as ..
                 

FIFA World Cup 2018: Luka Modric lashes out at English media after win

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Croatia captain Luka Modric feels that the English media underestimated his team who came from behind to knock England out of the FIFA World Cup with a 2-1 semi-final win here. "We proved everything differently that people were talking," Modric told ITV after Wednesday evening's match. "Especially English journalists, pundits from television, they underestimated Croatia tonight and that was a huge mistake," he added. "All these words from them we take, we were reading and we were saying 'OK, today we will see who will be tired.' As I said, they should be more humble, and respect opponents more. That's it." After Kieran Trippier had given England the lead inside the opening five minutes, Ivan Perisic equalised in the 68th minute and Mario Mandzukic scored the winner in the second period of extra time. The victory sent Croatia into their first-ever World Cup final, where they will meet France on Sunday. "We showed again that we were not tired, we dominated the game physically, mentall..
                 

FIFA World Cup 2018: Harry Kane reckons semis run just the start for England

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Playing in their first World Cup semi-final for 28 years, England blew a golden opportunity to reach their first final since 1966, surrendering a 1-0 half-time lead to lose 2-1 to Croatia after extra-time in Moscow on Wednesday. The tournament's top goalscorer with six goals, Kane himself missed a huge chance to give England breathing space in the first half. But he believes even brighter days lie ahead for the third-youngest squad on show in Russia. "It hurts now but I know when we look back there are a lot of positives, (a lot of) experience we can take. That's the aim, in two years' time in the Euros to go again and win big tournaments," said the Tottenham Hotspur striker. "We've shown we can do well in these tournaments and the aim is now not to wait another 20-odd years to get to another big semi-final. It's to go again and try to achieve our dreams." In their run to the last four, England re-engaged with a fanbase disaffected by decades of failure at international tournaments, m..
                 

FIFA World Cup 2018: Croatia will be ready for France in final, says Dalic

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Ecstatic Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic is confident tiredness will not be an issue for his side when they face France in the World Cup final despite once again coming through extra time to beat England on Wednesday. Croatia came from behind to win 2-1 in the semi-final clash in Moscow, with Mario Mandzukic claiming the winner in the 109th minute after Ivan Perisic had earlier cancelled out Kieran Trippier's free-kick opener. Dalic's side were clearly exhausted, but they managed to fight on to the end of two hours of gripping football to take the country of just over four million people into the final for the first time. However, the biggest concern looking ahead to Sunday's game is bound to be fatigue, with Croatia having also required extra time and penalties to come through ties against Denmark and hosts Russia in the past two weeks. France will have had 24 hours longer to prepare for the game after edging out Belgium 1-0 in 90 minutes in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday. "This is fantasti..
                 

Caroline Wozniacki's fiance David Lee 'can't wait to marry' her

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Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki turned 28 yesterday and her fiancee and former NBA star David Lee had a sweet message for her. Wozniacki posted the above picture in a bikini on her Instagram account and wrote, "Birthday smiles! #Capri #feeling28." Moments later, Lee Instagrammed a picture with her and wrote, "Happy birthday to my fiance !! Thank you for being my other half, my best friend and my most loyal supporter. I can't wait to marry you and grow old with you, but for now let's continue to enjoy your 20's!!! I love you!" Lee and Wozniacki began dating early last year and announced their engagement on social media in November. Caroline Wozniacki Announcing her engagement to Lee, Wozniacki had posted a picture wearing a diamond ring with the message: "Happiest day of my life yesterday saying yes to my soulmate @Dlee042." Wozniacki was previously engaged to Irish golfer Rory McIlroy in 2014 but broke up a few days before their wedding, as the golfer felt he wa..
                 

India 'A' all out for 192 against West Indies

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India A once again struggled in the first innings, folding up for 192 in response to West Indies A's 302 on day two of the second unofficial Test here. West Indies A could only add a run to their overnight score, ending at 302 in 90.5 overs Shamarh Brooks scoring an unbeaten 122. Like the previous game, Indian batsmen had a hard time facing the red ball in the first innings. Raymon Reifer (5/50) and Oshane Thomas (3/66) wrecked the Indian innings that lasted 48 overs. In the absence of openers Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal, Ravikumar Samarth (10) and Abhimanyu Easwaran (23) did not make the most of the opportunity. Captain Karun Nair (42) and Ankit Bawne (43 not out) were the only ones to show some resistance against the West Indies A attack. Rishabh Pant (3), playing his first game of the series, lasted only 13 balls. At the time of writing, West India A had made a promising start in their second innings, reaching 40 for no loss in 13 overs. The first unofficial Test had ended in..
                 

FIFA World Cup 2018: We missed Euro title, so want this one, says Samuel Umtiti

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Match-winner Samuel Umtiti is targeting World Cup glory as he attempts to erase the memory of his Euro 2016 heartache. The Barcelona defender headed France to a 1-0 semi-final victory over Belgium on Tuesday and into Sunday's showdown with a chance to make up for the bitter disappointment of a final defeat by Portugal two years ago. Asked if he was a good luck charm after reaching that final, he said: "No, I'm not at all a good luck charm. We didn't win the Euros final, so that's why it's close to my heart now to reach this level at the World Cup. I hope it's going to be different this time, I hope we will able to bring the World Cup back to France." 51st minute: Umtiti heads the ball to score. Pic/Getty Images Manager Didier Deschamps, who led the nation into that tournament, is bidding to become just the third man after Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer to win the World Cup as both player and coach, but is refusing to look back to his own triumph as a player in 1998. He said: "..
                 

Home Ministry clears Pakistan for Asian Jr championship

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Decks were today cleared for participation of Pakistani grapplers at the Asian Junior Championship after Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) agreed to give an undertaking that the movement of the contingent from the neighbouring nation will be restricted to the competition venue. After much delay, WFI had got the clearance yesterday for the six-day event, starting July 17, but the Home Ministry had put on hold participation of Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan. A miffed WFI feared that it could be be penalised by the world body United World Wrestling (UWW), if Pakistani grapplers will be denied Visa. The MHA had not cleared participation of Pakistani wrestlers for the Asian Cadet Championship in 2015. "We got a call from a home ministry official today that wrestlers from Pakistan can come to India and compete. They will be granted visas," WFI assistant secretary Vinod Tomar told PTI. "We have to give an undertaking to the Crime Branch that we will take responsibility of the Pakistani wre..
                 

Hima Das storms into 400m final at U-20 Worlds

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Indian sprinter Hima Das stormed into the women's 400m final as the fastest runner in the semifinals heats on day two of the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships here yesterday. The 18-year-old Das clocked 52.10 seconds to win the semifinals heat number one and led the overall time charts. She had also led the time charts in the first round heats yesterday with a timing of 52.25. Another Indian in the fray, Jisna Mathew, however, failed to make the finals after finishing fifth in semifinals heat number 2 with a time of 53.86 and 13th overall. Andrea Miklos of Romania was the second in overall time charts in 52.58. The first two finishers in each of the four heats and the next two fastest qualify for the final which will be run today. Das is a favourite to win gold as she is the U-20 season leader in this quartermile event. If the Assam girl happens to win gold, she will become the first Indian athlete to do so in a track event in an U-20 World Championships. Das clocked a..
                 

Geoff Boycott recovers from bypass surgery

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Former England batsman and popular broadcaster Geoffrey Boycott is recovering after a quadruple heart bypass surgery, his family announced yesterday. Boycott, 77, had the procedure in Leeds on June 27 and spent 10 days in critical care, Emma Boycott said in a statement on her father's Twitter account. "The surgeon says the operation was a success and has now allowed him home to recover from the invasive surgery. He will not be commentating at the start of the England v India Test match series but hopes to be back at work for the 3rd Test," the statement read. Catch up on all the latest T20 news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the conten..
                 

Italian media hail Cristiano Ronaldo's arrival as coup of the century

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Italian media was bubbling with enthusiasm yesterday after Serie A club Juventus announced the 100 million-euro deal of the century and wrestled Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid. The country's number one daily the Corriere della Sera led the cries of joy at Ronaldo's arrival by acclaiming a dream come true, while La Repubblica hailed a 117 million-euro dream, referring to the huge investment Juventus will make in their signing. La Repubblica breaks down the cost of the deal to Juventus as 100 million euros going to Real Madrid, a five million-euro solidarity contribution paid to FIFA and 12 million  incidental costs. The Corriere della Sera believes that the latter sum is the commission being paid to those who facilitated the transfer — principally Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes. The front page of Italy's sport daily Gazzetta Dello Sport has Ronaldo exclaiming, "I'm coming!" after what it calls "the coup of the century". Rome-based paper Il Messaggero acclaimed club p..
                 

FIFA World Cup 2018: France rail takes a dig at Thierry Henry

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That the French people were not too happy to see their former star striker Thierry Henry helping out Belgium as assistant coach was evident from a tweet put out by France's national rail service (SNCF) yesterday. A day after France beat Belgium 1-0 in the World Cup quarter-finals, SNCF trolled Belgium's assistant coach, Henry. "@ThierryHenry, si vous souhaitez revenir en France demain, plusieurs @thalys_fr partent de la gare de Bruxelles Midi. #FRABEL #FiersdetreBleus," SCF wrote on its official Twitter handle. The message in French translates into "Thierry, if you want to come back to France tomorrow, several trains are leaving Brussels Midi station." Henry, who won the 1998 World Cup with France in 1998 and finished runner-up in the 2006 edition, has been Belgium's assistant coach since 2016. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated fe..
                 

Rohit on KL Rahul's batting position: Where Virat wants to bat is important

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KL Rahul has made a case for himself in the shorter formats with a string of good scores but his batting position against England in the three-match ODI series will primarily depend on where skipper Virat Kohli wants to bat, said Indian team's vice captain Rohit Sharma. Kohli has a phenomenal record batting at No 3 but Rahul has impressed one and all with his performance in the T20 Internationals coming one down. The skipper dropped himself at No 4 for the T20s against Ireland and England but it will be interesting if he follows the same strategy in the 50 over format too. 'Speaking of Rahul batting at 3 or 4, I don't know where he'll bat in ODIs. Certainly he has been in great form. We have got to see tomorrow where he actually bats. It will either be No 3 or 4. I don't know where the captain wants to bat. That will be the most important question," Rohit said on the eve of the first ODI against England. Rohit was all praise for Rahul's ability to play match winning knocks. 'I think R..
                 

India vs England: Shikhar Dhawan's form is a big concern

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India go into the three-match ODI series with their confidence high after clinching the T20I series. But that does not mean they do not have worries. Their biggest is the form of opener Shikhar Dhawan and inconsistent performance of their strike bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who also has a niggle, and Kuldeep Yadav. Before the first ODI at Trent Bridge, the Indian think-tank would be in dilemma whether to re-induct Bhuvneshwar and Kuldeep in the playing XI after dropping them at Bristol for the final T20I. Size mattersTrent Bridge is a big ground, unlike at Cardiff and Bristol. So, the conditions would not be as adverse to give the duo a look-in for this game. Having persisted with Dhawan in all the three T20I matches, India would like to give him a longer rope as he can tear any bowling attack on his day when set. The only problem has been that "his days" are fewer these days. An in-form Dhawan, accompanying Rohit Sharma at the top of the order, gives the Indian batting line-up the righ..
                 

Harmanpreet Kaur demoted from DSP to constable due to fake degree

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Indian Women's T-20 Captain and vice-captain of women's national team Harmanpreet Kaur, who was appointed as a deputy superintendent of police (DySP) in March this year on the basis of her sporting credentials, may be demoted to the rank of constable after her graduation degree was found to be "fake" by Punjab Police. "As her graduation degree was found to be fake, Harmanpreet's qualification can now be treated as Class XII. So she can be given the post of constable which matches her educational qualification," said a senior government official. The government, however, is yet to take a final decision as the home department has sought comments from the director general of police on this matter. "The file (pertaining to Harmanpreet) has been sent to the DGP office for his comments," a senior official of the Home Department said.According to the service rules, a candidate has to be a graduate for the post of DSP in Punjab. The Punjab police during verification of Harmanpreet's testim..
                 

Ind vs Aus: Virat Kohli won't score a ton, says pacer Pat Cummins

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Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins has made a 'brave and bold' prediction: Virat Kohli will not score a hundred when Indian team plays a four-Test series Down Under later this year. "My brave, bold prediction; I'd say I think Virat Kohli is not going to get a hundred and we're going to knock them off over here," Cummins said at a Channel 7 event here yesterday. Kohli averages 62 in the eight Tests he has played in Australia, more than his career average of 53.40. He has five Test centuries to his name while playing in Australia. Pat Cummins In the absence of the suspended Steve Smith and David Warner, India have a good chance of winning their maiden series in Australia. Australian fast bowling great Glenn McGrath was present at the function alongside Cummins. McGrath predicted that Australia would blank India 4-0. He also wants to see the home team target Kohli. "I want to see Australians put pressure on Kohli and just see how he handles it. It's going to be a good, hard, tough serie..
                 

After Wimbledon exit, fans urge Eugenie Bouchard to take up modelling

6 days ago  
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Canadian tennis ace Eugenie Bouchard is going through some tough times. Bouchard, who crashed out of Wimbledon last week after a 4-6, 5-7 loss to Ashleigh Barty in straight sets, posted a picture (above) of herself recently on Twitter with a Wimbledon shopping bag. "Who wants some Wimbledon goodies?" she tweeted. The picture did not go down well with some of her fans. "Concentrate on tennis instead of modelling. Lost focus," one user wrote. Another added: "You have all the time dear to shop since you again didn't go very far in the tournament. It's a shame for such tennis talents to go to waste. So long Wimbledon, hello Instagram." Some fans though did come to her defense. "Ya done good Genie," one user wrote. "What is she supposed to do? Sit and wallow in her loss?" asked another user. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also, download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

US hedge fund Elliott takes over club AC Milan

6 days ago  
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US hedge fund Elliott announced it has taken over Italian giants AC Milan after the club's Chinese owners failed to repay debt, saying the deal opened "a new chapter" for the football institution. Elliott Management pledged to inject 50 million euros ($59 million) to bring financial stability to the seven-time European champions after Chinese owner Li Yonghong missed a Friday deadline to repay 32 million euros. Elliott's founder and co-CEO Paul Singer said his fund "looks forward to the challenge of realising the club's full potential and returning the club to the pantheon of top European football clubs where it rightly belongs". In the statement from Elliott, Singer added: "Financial support, stability, and proper oversight are necessary prerequisites for on-field success and a world-class fan experience." The changes at the top come as the club faces a ban from next season's Europa League for failing to respect the break-even requirement in European football governing body UEFA's Fi..
                 

Juan Martin Del Potro downs Gilles Simon; meets Rafael Nadal in quarters

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Juan Martin del Potro set up a Wimbledon quarter-final clash against Rafael Nadal when he downed Gilles Simon of France 7-6 (7/1), 7-6 (7/5), 5-7, 7-6 (7/5) yesterday. In a match suspended from Monday night due to darkness with the Argentine star two sets to one ahead, Del Potro sealed victory on a fifth match point after almost four and a half hours of action on Court Two. Today, he will be playing in his first Wimbledon quarter-final since 2013. Today's QFs line-up Novak Djokovic v Kei Nishikori Roger Federer v Kevin Anderson Juan Martin del Potro v Rafael Nadal Milos Raonic v John Isner Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, d..
                 

Riyad Mahrez finally gets his dream move to Manchester City

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Algerian international Riyad Mahrez secured his move to Manchester City on Tuesday, with the Premier League champions paying a reported club-record £60 million ($79.6 million) for the winger. It comes seven months after City refused to pay Leicester's asking price of £80 million, having offered £50 million plus young winger Patrick Roberts, who was valued at £15 million. This time though Leicester said they had sold him in a club-record deal. The 27-year-old -- a pivotal figure when Leicester stormed to a shock Premier League title in 2016 -- signed a five-year contract. "I am so pleased to have joined City, a side playing great football under Pep Guardiola," Mahrez told the Manchester City website. "Watching them from afar has been a pleasure. "Pep is committed to playing attacking football, which is a perfect for me, and City's performances last season were outstanding." Mahrez, who was so upset at not gaining his move to City at the begi..
                 

FIFA World Cup 2018: After Zizou in '98 and '06, France have Grizou in 2018

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If Zinedine Zidane, fondly called Zizou, was the decisive factor for France in 1998 and 2006, then their 2018 hero is Antoine Griezmann, also known as Grizou. The Atletico Madrid striker has only three goals to his credit so far, but is the mastermind behind almost every move, and this was proved against Belgium in the semi-final on Tuesday. It's no surprise then that he is now dreaming of winning the World Cup over the weekend —the second for France after '98. "To play in the World Cup final was the only dream I had since the start of the season. We were brilliant as a team. We scored a goal and did not allow them to do anything. Now, there are 90 minutes between France and another World Cup win. It should be a great final," said Grizou in the mixed zone at Saint Petersburg. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

Mohammed Shami's wife Hasin Jahan returns to modelling. Watch video

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Team India pacer Mohammed Shami's wife Hasin Jahan, who recently accused her husband of cheating on her, has returned to modelling to rebuild her life. Jahan, a former cheerleader for Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kolkata Knight Riders, had said that she left a promising career for marriage, but it looks like she is now ready to change that. Jahan posted a video of herself on Twitter (screen grab below) during a photoshoot recently."Hasin Jahan I m," she wrote. Wonder what will be Mr Shami's take on this latest development! India pacer Mohammed Shami found himself in the centre of a controversy following accusations of domestic violence and extra-marital affairs by his wife Hasain Jahan. Jahan posted screenshots of Shami's alleged WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger conversations with multiple women on her Facebook account. She also uploaded photos and phone numbers of the women. Hasin Jahan alleged that Shami, 27, and members of his family had even tried to kill her. "Everyon..
                 

Pakistan's Shehzad fails drug test; could face a ban of up to four years

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Maverick Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad failed a drug test conducted during a domestic tournament in April, the country's cricket authorities confirmed Tuesday and could face a ban of up to four years. The offence is the latest in a long litany of Pakistani players charged with doping and is a severe blow to the 26-year-old's stuttering career. The Pakistan Cricket Board will issue a formal charge sheet "later today" it said in a release, confirming reports in recent days that Shehzad had tested positive for a banned substance. Shehzad lost his Test place following Pakistan's tour to the West Indies in mid-2017 and has not played a one day international since last October. He was part of Pakistan's Twenty20 squad for the team's two international matches last month, managing scores of 14 and 24, but missed out on playing for the tri-series Twenty20 in Zimbabwe which ended Sunday. Pakistan's cricketers have a history of failing tests for performance-enhancing drugs. Pace bowlers Sho..
                 

Wimbledon: Serena Williams, Angelique Kerber power into quarter-finals

7 days ago  
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Serena Williams raced into her 13th Wimbledon quarter-final as the seven-time champion thrashed Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina 6-2, 6-2 in just 62 minutes yesterday. 18-match winning streakSerena, who won the Wimbledon title on her last two visits in 2015 and 2016, is now on an 18-match winning streak at the All England Club. Serena, faces Italian Camila Giorgi for a place in the semi-finals today. Meanwhile, former Wimbledon finalist Angelique Kerber stepped up her bid to return to the title match with a 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) win against Switzerland's Belinda Bencic in the fourth round. Dominika Cibulkova launched a scathing attack on Wimbledon's officials after a line call controversy marred her 6-4, 6-1 rout of Taiwan's Hsieh Su-Wei yesterday. Line call controversyCibulkova was furious when Hsieh successfully persuaded the umpire to replay a point that was initially called in the Slovakian's favour and would have given her three set points in the opening set. Hsieh's protests to the..
                 

Wimbledon: Roger Federer enters 16th quarterfinal; Rafael Nadal cruises

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Roger Federer needed just 16 minutes to win the opening set in a 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 defeat of France's Adrian Mannarino to reach his 16th Wimbledon quarter-final yesterday. Top seed Federer, 36, has now won 32 consecutive sets at Wimbledon, just two behind his record set from the third round in 2005 to his title triumph in 2006. Rafael Nadal Easy win for NadalWorld No. 1 Rafael Nadal reached his first Wimbledon quarter-final since 2011 with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 win over Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic. It will be Nadal's 35th appearance in a Grand Slam quarter-final as he continues his bid to win an 18th major title. Raonic fires 37 aces Big-serving Milos Raonic fired 37 aces and 74 winners to defeat Mackenzie McDonald of the United States and reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the fourth time. The Canadian, who was runner-up to Andy Murray in 2016, triumphed 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-2. The 13th seed won all 20 of his service games yesterday and will tackle US ninth seed John Isner for ..
                 

Thierry Henry's heart will be split, says France captain Hugo Lloris

7 days ago  
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Will Thierry Henry sing the French national anthem aloud when his current employers Belgium meet France in the FIFA World Cup semi-final today? Belgium's assistant coach may or may not. But that does not take away anything from the stalwart, who still holds the record for being France's highest scorer in international football with 51 goals. Moreover, he was in both French teams that had won the World Cup in 1998 and the Euro in 2000. How does it feel to have Henry as a foe, the French captain Hugo Lloris was asked yesterday. "I was fortunate to play with him in the national side for two years — huge player, great gentleman. It's peculiar to see him with Belgium, but that is his career and that's how he is learning things. His heart will be split because he had some great moments with the French team," Lloris, 31, said. Henry was appointed assistant manager of Belgium in 2016 after Roberto Martinez took charge of the Belgian national team. Also Read: FIFA World Cup 2018: ..
                 

Froome booed as BMC edge Sky in time-trial

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Chris Froome was booed by a section of the public on the starting ramp but otherwise enjoyed a great day in the Tour de France team time-trial on Monday where Sky were edged by four seconds by winners BMC. Belgian team Quick Step came third at seven seconds but because Fernando Gaviria was dropped along the route he failed to reclaim the race leader's yellow jersey, which was instead claimed by BMC's Olympic road race champion Greg van Avermaet. "It's a great feeling and very good for the team. I have my chances to win tomorrow too and also at the Roubaix," said Van Avermaet. It was also a very satisfying day for Froome, the Kenyan-born Briton ignoring some booing at the start line and making up some of the valuable time he lost on Saturday's first stage. Defending champion Froome lost four seconds to Richie Porte, but took five seconds off British rival Adam Yates, eight seconds off world champion Tom Dumoulin of Sunweb, 50 seconds off Colombia's Nairo Quintana and was a less-than-e..
                 

Wimbledon: Roger Federer beats Adrian Mannarino, reaches quarters

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Roger Federer needed just 16 minutes to win the opening set in a 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 defeat of France's Adrian Mannarino to reach his 16th Wimbledon quarter-final on Monday. Eight-time champion Federer will be playing in his 53rd Grand Slam last-eight when he tackles either Gael Monfils of France or Kevin Anderson, the eighth-seeded South African. Top seed Federer, 36, has now won 32 consecutive sets at Wimbledon, just two behind his record set from the third round in 2005 to his title triumph in 2006. "It was crucial for him to stay in the match at the beginning of the second set and then it got tougher," said Federer after his sixth win in six meetings against French left-hander Mannarino. "You always tend to play better against better players and I am happy to be back in the second week of Wimbledon." Federer boasts a 4-0 career record against 2017 US Open runner-up Anderson and 9-4 over Monfils. Monfils and Anderson have yet to get to the quarter-finals at Wimbledon, although the French..
                 

KL Rahul moves to third position in T20I rankings

8 days ago  
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Top-order batsman Lokesh Rahuls scores of 70, 101 not out, six and 19 have made him India's highest-ranked batsman in Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) as he moved up nine places to a career-high third position in the ICC rankings. Opener Rohit Sharma in 11th rank (up by two places) and captain Virat Kohli in 12th rank (down by four places) are the next highest-ranked India batsmen. Meanwhile, Australia opener Aaron Finch became the first player in the history of T20Is to break the 900-point mark as he moved up three places to finish the tri-series in Harare against Pakistan and Zimbabwe as the top-ranked batsman in the shortest format of the game. Finch, who captained Australia to the final, had touched the 900-point mark following his record-breaking knock of 172 (76b, 10x6, 16x4) against Zimbabwe in Harare on July 3. The 31-year-old from Victoria eventually finished the T20Is (also comprising a one-off against England at Edgbaston) in number-one position on 891 points. Finch had sta..
                 

PR Sreejesh to lead Indian hockey team at 2018 Asian Games

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