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Virat Kohli to receive Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award on September 25

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Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and world champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu will receive the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award on September 25, the Sports Ministry announced on Thursday. The list was already out but the ministry made it official on Thursday. Star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra was among 20 sportspersons picked for the Arjuna Awards, and they will be honoured by President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.On Wednesday, archery coach Jiwanjot Singh Teja was dropped from the list of Dronacharya award nominees due to a past case of indiscipline. Teja was among the five coaches named by the selection committee for Dronacharya award but it came to light that he had served a one-year ban following an incident of indiscipline during the 2015 World University Games in Korea. Virat Kohli, the world's No.1 Test batsman as per the ICC rankings, has been in stupendous form in the past three years though he missed out of the top award despite nominations in ..
                 

Virat Kohli to make his film debut?

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What is Virat Kohli gearing up to? Any idea? Well, the major buzz around the film project that Virat Kohli is touted to make his debut with is doing the rounds on social media. The industry is abuzz with rumours of the cricketing world's wonder boy Virat Kohli's big project - off the pitch. Here's the poster that's sure to have gossip mills churning overtime about his next interesting and imminent project. Backed by Wrogn Productions, the poster shows the cricketing superstar in an action setting which sets the tone for the big unveil of the trailer on 28th September. Another debut after 10 years, can't wait! 😀 #TrailerTheMovie https://t.co/zDgE4JrdDT pic.twitter.com/hvcovMtfAV — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) September 21, 2018 The cricketer himself took to social media and shared the poster of this brand new project. His post reads : Another debut after 10 years, can't wait! Trailer The Movie! A highly-placed source says, "Despite being a short film that Virat's h..
                 

Dhawan's wife Ayesha and Rohit's wife Ritika enjoy girl time!

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Shikhar Dhawan's wife Ayesha Mukherjee posted a collage of pictures with Rohit Sharma's wife Ritika Sajdeh and son Zoravar enjoying the Asia Cup match where India beat Pakistan by eight wickets on Wednesday and wrote: "Great day at the match with @ritssajdeh and #zoraverdhawan too many laughs and fun moments #indiavspakistan #cricket_love #cheersquad #thankyoudubai #beautifulstadium #teamindia #thecoolbreeze."       View this post on Instagram Great day at the match with @ritssajdeh and #zoraverdhawan too many laughs and fun moments 🤣🤣🤣 #indiavspakistan #cricket_love #cheersquad #thankyoudubai #beautifulstadium #teamindia #thecoolbreeze A post shared by Aesha Dhawan (@aesha.dhawan5) onSep 20, 2018 at 1:03am PDT Ritika Sajdeh, too, shared a few pictures of the two women posing for a selfie as well as another photo on Instagram.       View this..
                 

Asia Cup 2018: India need to guard against complacency against B'desh

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After blowing hot and cold in their league matches, India have their job cut out. They have to win at least two Super Four games to ensure a berth in the Asia Cup final. They have to play three matches in next five days, including one against Pakistan on September 23, to achieve that goal. After the completion of the league phase, the battle begins in right earnest to determine who will become the champion in this desert venue. After five-time winners Sri Lanka were sent packing by Afghanistan and Bangladesh, the field is open for India and Pakistan. But the Afghan and Bangla fans will beg to differ. Given the performances so far, they would consider their teams at par with the two front-runners. Most experts feel that it would be an India-Pakistan final on September 28. But before that, they have to do a lot to reach there. India take on Bangladesh here today here while Pakistan travel to Abu Dhabi to face Afghanistan. Thereafter, it will again be an Indo-Pak affair on September 23,..
                 

9 Puducherry players return home after special allowance taken away

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The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) yesterday decided to take away the special allowance granted to Puducherry for their inaugural season in domestic cricket after the debutants fielded all outstation players for their Vijay Hazare Trophy opener against Manipur. The opposition team suffered a crushing eight-wicket defeat in Baroda. It is understood that rising objections from several state associations resulted in the BCCI taking a firm decision. The BCCI yesterday informed the Cricket Association of Pondicherry (CAP) to pick only those players in the playing XI who were registered before August 2017. As a result, nine players who were part of Puducherry's opening clash were told to return home with immediate effect. Three of those players — Sagar Trivedi, Shashank Singh and Sagar Udeshi — are from Mumbai. Trivedi (3-47) and Udeshi (4-20) shared seven wickets between them against Manipur. The team are led by veteran Mumbai all-rounder Abhishek Na..
                 

Chahar, Kaul, Jadeja to replace injured Pandya, Shardul and Axar

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The Indian cricket team's injury woes were compounded yesterday with spinner Axar Patel and speedster Shardul Thakur ruled out of the ongoing Asia Cup here, joining all-rounder Hardik Pandya in the casualty list. Pandya was also ruled out of the tournament with an acute back injury he suffered against Pakistan on Wednesday. The en masse rule out has led to growing concerns in the BCCI about injury management by the team's support staff. Deepak Chahar has replaced Pandya in the squad, Ravindra Jadeja will come in for Axar, while Siddharth Kaul will be flown in as reinforcement for Shardul, the BCCI confirmed yesterday. Left-arm spinner Axar injured his left index finger while fielding in the same game against Pakistan. He was sent for scans and the results showed that he had a tendon tear. Pacer Shardul experienced right hip and groin soreness after the game against Hong Kong. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps ..
                 

Manchester United boss Jose impressed with 3-0 win over Young Boys

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Jose Mourinho continues to be impressed by his players' character after Manchester United secured a third successive away win to kick off their campaign in style. United beat Young Boys 3-0. Paul Pogba netted twice and assisted Anthony Martial for the other. "At half-time I told the players this is the third time in a row that we arrive at half-time winning 2-0," United boss Mourinho said. "Against Burnley, we didn't finish it off, but we didn't concede. Against Watford, we conceded, and we were in trouble. And today, we could have more of that or go in the other direction. In the sUnited beat Young Boys 3-0. Paul Pogba netted twice and assisted Anthony Martial for the otherecond half, the players were responsible, they were ambitious, they tried to score the third goal to kill the game, so I like that." 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 syn..
                 

Pregnant model Kate Upton does light weight exercises to stay fit

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American baseball star Justin Verlander's supermodel wife Kate Upton has revealed she does low-impact workouts to stay fit during pregnancy. Upton explained that it is not always necessary to do overdo cardio to stay fit. "I think a huge misconception is that you have to overdo it on the cardio in order to get in shape. Instead, I focus on body-weight and light weight exercises to get tight and toned. I just fit cardio into my daily, everyday life in small ways," she told US wellness website Well+Good. Upton added: "I fit in cardio throughout my day with things as easy as walking up the stairs or just going outside to take a walk in the fresh air. It makes me feel better not only physically, but mentally as well." 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..
                 

A good coach never screams from sidelines: Clarence Lobo

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Hockey coach Clarence Lobo is not one to shout himself hoarse from the sidelines — be it on the hockey turf during his 25-year coaching stint, or off it. Lobo, 58, is the only Mumbaikar in the list of four Dronacharya awardees in the Lifetime category to be felicitated by president Ram Nath Kovind at the Rastrapati Bhawan on September 25. The other three are Tarak Sinha (cricket), Jiwan Kumar Sharma (judo) and V R Beedu (athletics). It began in 1993Lobo's coaching journey began in 1993 with his employers Tata Sports Club, following which he coached the Mumbai, Maharashtra, sub-junior India, junior India and senior India teams. Foreign flavour"The senior stint under chief coaches Jose Brasa and Michael Nobbs were most special. Besides hockey, they taught me life lessons. While Brasa would relentlessly hammer the same exercise till the boys got it right, Nobbs was an astute tactician, just like Ric Charlesworth under whom I worked for Mumbai Magicians [Hockey India League franchi..
                 

Champion Caroline Wozniacki crashes out in Tokyo

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Italian Camila Giorgi dashed Caroline Wozniacki's hopes of a winning a third consecutive Pan Pacific Open title with a stunning ambush of the top seed on Thursday. Giorgi, ranked 35 places below Wozniacki at 37th in the world, completed a 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 upset in Tokyo to set up a quarter-final with another former number one, Victoria Azarenka. Azarenka thrashed Australia's Ashleigh Barty 6-4, 6-2 as the Belarusian seeks a return to the top echelons of women's tennis after becoming a mum in late 2016. Giorgi reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals earlier this year and showed exactly why as she took just 38 minutes to take the first set with some brutal hitting. The Italian sealed the advantage with a looping forehand that nibbled the back edge of the baseline, wrong-footing Wozniacki, who cut a forlorn figure as she trudged back to her seat shaking her head. Wozniacki hit back to take the second set, the Australian Open champion levelling with a ferocious backhand that forced Giorgi into..
                 

Clemence Bertrand helps boyfriend Pouille patch up with Benoit Paire

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Clemence Bertrand has helped her French tennis player boyfriend Lucas Pouille reconcile with fellow tennis player Benoit Paire. Since 2015, Pouille and Paire were not in talking terms since the Mouilleron-le-Captiff Challenger final where Pouille refused to shake hands with Paire after the match. They even started taking a dig at each other publicly post the incident. Benoit Paire However, in Canada last year, Paire had a chat with Pouille's girlfriend Clemence, who encouraged Paire to speak to her boyfriend. "We had a great time hanging out with each other this year in the United States. We realised that we had a lot in common," Pouille told L'Equipe. Pouille and Paire led France to beating Spain in last week's Davis Cup World Group semis. 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..
                 

Michael Phelps is impressed by his son's skills inside the pool

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America's most decorated Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps is pretty impressed with his son Boomer's skills inside the pool. During a recent appearance on US TV show Access Live with Natalie Morales, Kit Hoover and Scott Evans, the 23-time Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer spoke about the experience of being dad to Boomer, two and seven-month-old Beckett, with wife Nicole. Phelps with son Boomer, wife Nicole and Beckett "He [Boomer] always wants to be in the pool… his kick is absolutely insane. He's got the shoulder flexibility like dad does, so we'll see," said Phelps. Phelps added he is waiting for the day when his son asks him: 'Dad, when are you going to swim again and compete again?' "So, I'm waiting and I'm preparing myself for that question," he said. 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..
                 

Services register win over Tripura in Vijay Hazare Trophy

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Services defeated Tripura by seven wickets (via the VJD method) in a rain-hit match in the opening round of Vijay Hazare Trophy Elite Group 'C' at the M A Chidambaram stadium here Wednesday. The two other matches scheduled for the day - Gujarat versus Assam (at TI Cycles ground) and Haryana vs Jharkhand (SRMC ground) were abandoned without a ball being bowled owing to rain. All the teams get two points each. In the Services-Tripura game reduced to 43 overs a side, the former chose to bowl first under overcast conditions and ended up bundling out the rival for 118 in 38.4 overs. Tripura was in trouble early, losing opener Nirupam Sen Chowdhary in the third over, caught and bowled by medium-pacer Diwesh Pathania for 4. Wickets kept falling at regular intervals as the Services bowlers maintained a good line and length aided by good fielding. For Tripura, Bishal Ghosh toped scored with 21 runs. Diwesh Pathania picked three wickets for Services, while Varun Choudhry and Abhishek claimed ..
                 

Winning return for Bihar in domestic cricket after beating Nagaland

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Bihar returned to domestic cricket with an easy eight-wicket win over Nagaland in a plate group match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy one-day tournament here on yesterday. Back to the domestic fold after a gap of 18 years, Bihar put up a solid batting display led by Babul Kumar's 121 not out to cruise to the 254-run target with 38 balls to spare. Babul's knock came off just 119 balls with 15 fours and a six as he along with opener Vikash Ranjan (47) put together 116 runs to lay the foundation. After Ranjan's departure, the No 3 batsman held the fort with Keshav Kumar joining the party with a brisk 76 not out off 69 balls, studded with six fours and three sixes in match-winning 130 unbroken partnership. Opting to bat, debutants Nagaland got off to a promising start with opener Nitesh Lochab's 79 from 69 balls (12x4, 2x6). But Samar Quadri (3/35) put on the brakes with a twin blow of Lochab and Sedezhalie Rupero (35) as Nagaland were restricted to a modest 253/8. Elsewhere in Vadodara, Pudu..
                 

India vs Pakistan: Hardik Pandya sustains back injury, stretchered off

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India all-rounder Hardik Pandya was yesterday stretchered off the field during the Asia Cup group league encounter against Pakistan after sustaining an "acute lower back injury". The incident took place in the 18th over of the Pakistan innings when the all-rounder was bowling his fifth over. It was the fifth delivery and Pandya, after completing the follow through, immediately felt his lower back and lay on the ground in considerable pain. He was unable to get up and was stretchered off and was taken for medical examination. "Hardik Pandya has an acute lower back injury. He is able to stand at the moment and the medical team is assessing him now. Manish Pandey is on the field as his substitute," BCCI's media team updated. Pandya's figures were 4.5-0-24-0 after Babar Azam's catch was dropped by Mahendra Singh Dhoni when the batsman was on 32. Azam however was later dismissed by Kuldeep Yadav. Catch up on all the latest T20 news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android ..
                 

Umpire Lahyani suspended for helping Nick Kyrgios in US Open

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The US Open umpire criticised for giving Australia's Nick Kyrgios a pep talk has been hit with a two-week suspension, reports said. Swedish official Mohamed Lahyani triggered controversy last month after coming down from his chair to give advice to Kyrgios during his second round game against Pierre-Hugues Herbert. The US Open later said Lahyani "went beyond protocol" with his conduct. "I want to help you," Lahyani could be heard telling Kyrgios, who was a set and 3-0 down at the time. "This isn't you. I know that. I have seen your matches. You are great for tennis." Kyrgios subsequently captured 19 of the next 25 games, claiming a 4-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-3, 6-0 win. "The US Open determined that chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani's conduct during Thursday's second-round match involving Nick Kyrgios and Pierre-Hugues Herbert went beyond protocol," a US Open statement said. Reports citing the ATP on Tuesday said Lahyani, 52, had been suspended for two weeks over the incident. "Lahyani's actions i..
                 

Champions League: Lyon stun favourites Manchester City

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Pep Guardiola had to watch on in horror from the stands as Manchester City's Champions League campaign got off to the worst possible start in a 2-1 home defeat by Lyon on Wednesday. Guardiola was serving a touchline ban for being sent-off in last season's quarter-final exit to Liverpool and the competition favourites failed to live up to their billing. Maxwel Cornet and Nabil Fekir fired Lyon into a 2-0 half-time lead and despite Bernardo Silva pulling a goal back, City slumped to their first defeat of the season. A decade into their stewardship, winning the Champions League for the first time may remain the holy grail for City's Abu Dhabi owners. But it seems City's fans still need to be convinced with plenty of empty seats dotted around the Etihad and the Champions League anthem again booed before kick-off. That flat atmosphere transferred into City's first-half display as Guardiola could only sit and watch a performance riddled with uncharacteristic basic errors from the Premier L..
                 

Badminton Association of India grants Rs 1.6 crore to states

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The Badminton Association of India (BAI) has distributed cash incentive of Rs 1.6 crores to the member state associations for development of the sport across the country. The decision was taken on Monday during the Executive Council (EC) meeting, presided over by BAI President Himanta Biswa Sarma. The cash incentives will be distributed among the 30 state associations with each receiving a sum of Rs 5 lakh for the development and promotion of the sport in the grassroots level. "This financial assistance to state associations is the beginning of our vision of making all states self-sustaining in the longer run. It will help them promote and develop badminton in their region more assiduously," Sarma said. India have become a major force in world badminton with P V Sindhu emerging as the face with silver medals in all the major events, including 2016 Rio Olympics, World Championship (2017 and 2018), Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. BAI Secretary General, Ajay K Singhania, said..
                 

Injured Rafael Nadal sorry for missing out on Asian events

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World number one Rafael Nadal has announced his withdrawal from upcoming tournaments in Beijing and Shanghai due to the right knee injury that forced him to retire from the US Open earlier this month. Nadal had to pull out during his semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro in New York and also missed Spain's Davis Cup defeat by France last weekend. The 32-year-old said he visited doctors in Barcelona on Monday and has subsequently made the decision to play neither the ATP 500 event in Beijing nor the Masters 1000 in Shanghai. "While the annoyances on my knee are nothing new, we have decided together with my medical and technical team not to participate in the Asian tour to recover the knee the way we have always done," Nadal said on Wednesday. "I'm sorry I can't be with all the fans in China and with the organisers of the Beijing and Shanghai tournaments that have always had a great relationship with me and my team." Nadal is the defending champion in Beijing, where he beat Ni..
                 

Sajan Bhanwal becomes first Indian to win back-to-back medals

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Sajan Bhanwal became the first Indian to win back-to-back medals at the Junior World Wrestling Championship after he secured a silver in the 77kg Greco Roman category in Trnava, Slovakia. Islam Opiev of Russia proved to be too good for the 20-year-old from a village near Sonipat, winning the bout through technical superiority. The scoreline was 8-0. In the opening 90 seconds, Sajan was hit with passivity and was thrown from the par terre position, official website of United World Wrestling reported. With Sajan down, Opiev went to work, scoring six additional points from a pair of back-arches, followed by a feet over back exposure to take the 7-0 lead. The action was blown dead, and both wrestlers were brought up to their feet. In the standing position, Opeiv charged Sajan near the edge of the mat and picked up the match-ending eighth point, and the 77kg gold medal, the report added. The Haryana wrestler, who had won the gold at Junior Asia Championship in July, had defeated Dmytro G..
                 

CL: Harry Kane's not a machine, says Spurs' Lamela after 1-2 loss

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Harry Kane is not a "machine" and it is only a matter of time before he is back among the goals, according to Tottenham teammate Erik Lamela. The under-fire striker endured another frustrating night on Tuesday as Spurs slumped to a late 1-2 Champions League defeat at Inter Milan. The England captain and has now gone five games for club and country without scoring. But Lamela insists Kane should not be the only player to carry the scoring burden for Spurs. "Harry is not a machine. He scores a lot. He always scores," Lamela said. "Here he didn't and for two or three games he didn't. But he will score again. "It's not like Harry needs to score every single game. Christian [Eriksen] scored, I scored in the last game. All the pressure is not on Harry. "All the attacking players need to score. And that's it." 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 synd..
                 

Mandira Bedi looks gorgeous at the 'Big Bash' in Melbourne

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Actor and presenter Mandira Bedi posted this picture on Instagram of her experience on hosting an event of the Big Bash League at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia. "A beautiful Tuesday morning spent hosting an event at the majestic and imposing #MCG for #BKTTires and the #bigbashleague #Melbourne #ilovemyjob," Bedi captioned the picture. Mandira Bedi is an Indian actress, fashion designer, and television presenter who gained celebrity status playing the title role in the 1994 television serial, Shanti, shown on India's national channel, Doordarshan, which was the first ever daily soap on Indian television. Mandira Bedi followed up her career in TV serials with shows like Aurat (DD and Sony), Dushman (DD) and Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi (Star Plus) with hosting duties for ICC Cricket World Cups in the years 2003 and 2007 and the Champions Trophies in the years 2004 and 2006 as well as the Indian Premier League season 2 for Sony Max. She fronted the coverage of IPL s..
                 

Pakistan captain Sarfraz miffed at India playing all matches in Dubai

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Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed yesterday expressed his displeasure at the Indian team playing all its Asia Cup matches in Dubai while the others are being made to shuttle between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. India were to play two matches in Abu Dhabi but the schedule was tweaked to allow Rohit Sharma's men to play all their matches in Dubai. Asked about the scheduling being skewed in India's favour, Sarfraz said: "If you look at the schedule, even if India lose pool match, they still play in Dubai. Travelling is an issue. If you have to travel 90 minutes and then play matches with a gap of a single day, then it is challenging. "I believe it should have been same for all the teams, irrespective of whether it is India or Pakistan. I don't know what was Asian Cricket Council's thought behind this. I think PCB is looking into the matter," said Sarfraz. It is learnt that the BCCI, which is hosting the tournament, decided against the shuttling of venues keeping the commercial conditions in mind. ..
                 

WWE Crown Jewel set for November 2 in Saudi Arabia

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The Saudi General Sports Authority in partnership with WWE will present the Crown Jewel at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Friday, November 2, including a Universal Championship Triple Threat match featuring Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman, and the first-ever WWE World Cup tournament to determine the best in the world. General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia Chairman His Excellency Turki Al Sheikh, WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, invite the world to celebrate this signature event. Following the sold-out Greatest Royal Rumble in April, this is the second event as part of a long-term partnership between WWE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Crown Jewel will stream live on WWE Network and be available on pay-per-view outside of the Middle East. Ticket availability and regional broadcast information will be announced in the coming weeks. About WWEWWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integ..
                 

Asia Cup 2018: Rusty India made to sweat for win by Hong Kong openers

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Minnows Hong Kong gave India a might scare in a Group A match of the Asia Cup at the Dubai stadium yesterday. After their bowlers had done a good job of restricting India to under 300, their openers Nizakat Khan and Anshuman Rath put on a record 174-run stand that sent shock waves in the Indian camp. But once wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav got rid of Rath and debutant Khaleel Ahmed accounted for Nizakat, their challenge wilted away. After being put in to bat, the way centurion Shikhar Dhawan and Ambati Rayudu were batting, it seemed India would post a huge total. But after the duo departed, the Indian innings lost much of the momentum and managed 285 for seven in the end. Hong Kong kept threatening the Indian total right till the end. Luckily for India, barring the openers the other Hong Kong batsmen were overawed by the task and cast their wickets away. The win assured both India and Pakistan's passage into the Super Four, rendering today's match between the two of little consequence,..
                 

CL: We've got the best side in the world, says Man City's Arteta

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Mikel Arteta has hailed Manchester City as the best side in the world as he prepares to fill in for suspended manager Pep Guardiola in the Champions League this week. Guardiola must serve a touchline ban during tonight's Group F opener versus Lyon at the Etihad Stadium as a result of his sending-off in last season's quarter-final against Liverpool. That will leave Arteta to direct affairs from the bench and the Spaniard was given chance to warm up for managerial responsibilities as Guardiola asked him to carry out the pre-match press conference. Arteta, 36, spoke confidently in the media centre at the City Football Academy, praising the squad that powered to Premier League title glory last season. "For me, we have the best players in the world and I look at our players as if they are the best," said Arteta. "I wouldn't change my players for any others. They are absolutely fantastic, the hunger in this group is incredible. People talk about money to spend but people have to look insi..
                 

Maradona wins on Mexico debut

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Diego Maradona won big in his Mexican coaching debut Monday, as the Argentine legend's new club, Dorados, routed fellow second-division side Cafetaleros 4-1. Maradona has raised eyebrows with his decision to coach the struggling team from Culiacan, Sinaloa, in the heart of Mexican drug cartel country. But he was all smiles as Ecuadoran forward Vinicio Angulo -- wearing Maradona's old number 10 -- scored a hat trick to give the new coach the win. "We played a great match," he told a packed press conference afterward. "Some people said Maradona's useless. There were a lot of stupid people going on television to fill up the time. I hope they'll come to the pitch now and look at my record and see what we're actually doing, see that I know how to do this," he added. Still, it was hardly a monumental win: Dorados were 13th in their league heading into the match, and Cafetaleros 15th. With their newly earned three points, Maradona's team doubled their previous total and leapt to 10th place...
                 

Didn't expect Arjuna nomination, says Hima Das

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India's newest sprint sensation Hima Das Tuesday said she didn't expect to be nominated for the Arjuna award this year, despite her stunning season in international athletics. The 18-year-old from Assam was among the 20 sportspersons recommended for the Arjuna Award, which is subject to approval by Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. "I didn't expect to win the Arjuna this year. I was thinking may be next year, I will be considered," said Hima, who clinched the gold medal at the U-20 World Championship in Finland, on the sidelines of a promotional event organised by Adidas. Nicknamed the "Dhing Express", Hima has been a sensation this year as she added three medals -- a gold and two silvers from the 18th Asian Games -- to her World Championship gold. The star sprinter won gold in Women's 4×400m and silver medals in mixed 4x400m and 400m individual event. Asked when she will start training, Hima said: "The season is over now. Next year, there is South Asian Games, Asian ..
                 

Champions League: Messi scores hat-trick as Barcelona thrash PSV

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Lionel Messi pictures the Champions League ending with him hoisting the trophy and it began with him scoring a hat-trick on Tuesday as Barcelona put four goals past PSV Eindhoven. An early kick-off at Camp Nou meant that before most of the tournament's teams had even named their line-ups, Messi was up and running, his sumptuous free-kick from the edge of the area nestling in the top corner, exactly where it was intended. Messi would have his second and third before the end, and a record eighth Champions League treble, but the game was up by then thanks to a superb strike from the excellent Ousmane Dembele. Only when Barca were three ahead was Samuel Umtiti sent off for a second yellow card, meaning he will miss the trip to Wembley to face Tottenham next month. Even with 10 men, Messi completed his set for a 4-0 win. Dembele's goal was worthy of deciding any match but this was Messi's night. After a miserable World Cup trying to retrieve the irretrievable Argentina, Barcelona's now-cap..
                 

Firmino hands Liverpool flying Champions League start over PSG

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Liverpool left it late but showed Paris Saint-Germain have plenty of work to do if they are to challenge for a first-ever Champions League title as Roberto Firmino struck in stoppage time to seal a 3-2 win at Anfield on Tuesday. Despite the late drama, victory was well deserved for last season's finalists who dominated throughout and bounced back from blowing a 2-0 first-half lead to take the early advantage in Group C. Daniel Sturridge and a James Milner penalty put the hosts in command before Thomas Meunier reduced PSG's arrears. Having kept Kylian Mbappe and the world's most expensive player Neymar quiet for almost the entire match, Liverpool seemed set to pay a heavy price for one poor pass by Mohamed Salah as Mbappe swept home seven minutes from time in front of a stunned Kop. But Firmino, who started on the bench due to an eye injury suffered against Tottenham on Saturday, had the final say as he twisted and turned before firing into the far corner to stretch Liverpool's perfect..
                 

After Asiad gold, Arpinder Singh eyes Olympic podium finish in 2020

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Triple jumper and Asian Games gold medallist Arpinder Singh aims at a podium finish at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after becoming the first Indian to clinch a medal in the IAAF Continental Cup. Before the Tokyo Games, he has a golden chance to test his mettle at next year's Asian and World Championships in Doha, Qatar. "This year has been really amazing for me. Next year, there is Asian Track and Field (athletics championships) and the World Championships and I hope to do well in these tournaments," Arpinder told reporters here Tuesday. After the Asiad gold, Arpinder created history by becoming the first Indian to win a medal in the IAAF Continental Cup at Ostrava in Czech Republic as he clinched bronze with a modest effort of 16.59 metres. "My target is the Tokyo Olympics and I hope I get a medal over there as well," said Arpinder at a promotional event of Godrej Cinthol. "No doubt, the competition will be greater at the Olympics than the Asian Games. If we give our best, I'm sure we wi..
                 

Asia Cup 2018: India score 285/7 against minnows Hong Kong

3 days ago  
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Before the start of Asia Cup 2018, there was so much buzz on why India's regular skipper Virat Kohli is not playing this tournament and it even irked the official broadcaster. Indian team led by Rohit Sharma lost the toss and was invited by Hong Kong to bat first and put 285/7 on the board. Indian team were led by centurion Shikhar Dhawan, who returned to form in style (after his struggles in England) against hapless Hong Kong attack and blasted 127 off 120 balls. India lost captain Rohit Sharma early and then Dhawan and new No 3 Ambati Rayudu, who regained his place after clearing the fitness test (60) added 116 runs for the second wicket. Indian middle order which has been facing questions didn't fare well again and the biggest disappointment was former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni getting out for zero. The Indian team, which wanted to experiment in this match handed a debut to Rajasthan left-arm seamer Khaleel Ahmed and it would be interesting to know how the youngster handle..
                 

Sunil Gavaskar reveals reason for his famous 1984 moustache

3 days ago  
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Former India cricket captain Sunil Gavaskar's moustache became quite a style statement during the inaugural edition of the Asia Cup played at Sharjah, UAE in 1984. It was also the first time that India won a tournament under Gavaskar's captaincy. India won both their matches in the tournament. Speaking at India Today's Salaam Cricket 2018, he disclosed that he decided to sport a moustache in order to get some more sleep. Gavaskar explained: "Matches used to start very early and I liked my sleep. Like most of us, I wanted to sleep five extra minutes. I didn't have to shave my moustache so I could sleep those extra five minutes." Sunil Gavaskar is a former Indian international cricketer who played from the early 1970s to late 1980s for the Bombay cricket team and Indian national team. Widely regarded as one of the greatest Test batsmen and best opening batsmen in Test cricket history, Gavaskar set world records during his career for the most Test runs and most Test centuries scored by ..
                 

It's now or never for Manish Pandey, reckons Sanjay Manjrekar

3 days ago  
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Manish Pandey may have forced his way back into the India ODI team after his superlative show for India 'B' in a recent tri-series. However, former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar feels it is now or never for the stylish Karnataka batsman to cement his place in the middle order. Pandey, Kedar Jadhav and Ambati Rayudu are some of the contenders who will be looking to impress the team management for middle order slots during the Asia Cup. Lifeline for ManishPandey, who last played an ODI against Sri Lanka in Visakhapatnam in 2017, has been given another lifeline by MSK Prasad & Co to stake his claim. Pandey began his ODI career with a bang, scoring 71 on debut against Zimbabwe in 2015. In only his third innings, he impressed with an unbeaten 104 against Australia in the final ODI at Sydney in 2016. But in his next 14 innings, Pandey managed just a half century [v Sri Lanka last year]. "I am surprised that he was picked in this [Asia Cup] squad because after that hundred in Australia..
                 

CL: All eyes will be on Mo Salah and Naymar in tonight's clash

3 days ago  
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Mohamed Salah outshone Neymar and Kylian Mbappe on the Champions League stage last season, but as Paris Saint-Germain's star duo head to Anfield today seeking to make amends, the Egyptian is struggling to match the heights of his debut campaign at Liverpool. Salah's failure to hit top form dates back to his last Champions League appearance four months ago. Back in May, Salah was on the crest of a wave as his 44-goal campaign had carried Liverpool to the Champions League final and ensured qualification for this season's competition. Shoulder injuryHowever, he lasted just 30 minutes in Kiev after injuring his shoulder when wrestled to the ground by Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos and the Spanish giants went on to lift the trophy in a 3-1 win. That started a difficult few months for Salah as he was also robbed of being 100 percent fit for Egypt's first World Cup in 28 years. Without their talisman, the Pharaohs were beaten by Uruguay in their opening game and his goals against Russia an..
                 

Want to win every race, says F1 champ Lewis Hamilton

3 days ago  
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Lewis Hamilton will enter the F1 season climax "with all guns locked and loaded" after vowing to seal the championship in style by winning every race. Following a dominant victory on Sunday, Hamilton arrived at Mercedes' hospitality suite in the Singapore paddock with his face glued to his iPhone. Following a moment of silence, the 33-year-old revealed he had received a message of congratulations from the Hollywood actor, Samuel L. Jackson. "That's pretty cool," he laughed. "It never gets old." Only hours earlier, Hamilton had taken a major step towards a fifth championship after moving 40 points clear of Sebastian Vettel with just 150 left. A Ferrari strategy gamble cost Vettel one position and three points, and although Hamilton resisted to admit he is in the form of his life — after winning four of the last five rounds — he did say that he was going beyond in a Mercedes car inferior to Vettel's Ferrari machinery. "There is a lot of pressure on us as drivers. Small per..
                 

Wayne Parnell's new county deal could end his South Africa career

3 days ago  
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South Africa's Wayne Parnell has signed a new three-year contract with Worcestershire that could signal the end of the 29-year-old all-rounder's Proteas career. Parnell has not played for South Africa in nearly a year and was sidelined with injury in December. By agreeing what is known as a 'Kolpak' deal with Midlands side Worcestershire, he has effectively agreed to being classed as a home player and not a member of the county's overseas contingent. That status that would no longer apply if Parnell played for South Africa while still under contract at New Road. Parnell decided to spend the next several years with Worcestershire while helping them win English cricket's Twenty20 Blast at Edgbaston on Saturday. "This is probably the toughest decision I've had to make in my career," Parnell told ESPNCricinfo. "It's a very difficult decision and I am fully aware and understand the pros and cons of it. "I am still young and I have plenty to offer to any environment that I'm in. I've love..
                 

Sehwag resigns from Cricket Committee over Prabhakar issue

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The legendary Virender Sehwag Monday said he resigned from the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association's cricket committee keeping the body's interests in mind while skipper Gautam Gambhir distanced himself from Manoj Prabhakar's non-appointment as bowling coach. Sehwag, along with committee members Aakash Chopra and Rahul Sanghvi, had recommended the retention of Prabhakar as bowling coach but it wasn't ratified by the management. It couldn't be confirmed if that was the trigger for Sehwag's resignation. However, as per DDCA sources the trio's resignation was accepted because the state body will submit a new constitution as per the Supreme Court orders in the next two days, and fresh panels will be appointed. When Sehwag was asked whether Prabhakar's non-appointment led to his resignation, he gave an open-ended reply. ''We had come together and given time and effort with the idea of contributing and helping in the improvement of Delhi cricket within the framework of our role as a cr..
                 

Asia Cup 2018: Afghanistan ends Sri Lanka's campaign with big win

3 days ago  
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Sri Lanka crashed to a massive 91-run defeat to Afghanistan in the Asia Cup here last night after being bowled out for 158 in 41.2 overs. Afghanistan scored 249 in their opening match of the tournament. The 1996 World Cup champions, who lost their opening game to Bangladesh, are out of the tournament. Sri Lanka were dealt an early blow when opener Kusal Mendis was dismissed lbw for a duck in the very first over of the innings by Mujeeb Ur Rahman.Upul Tharanga and Dhananjaya de Silva then tried to bring Sri Lanka back on track with a 54-run partnership before the latter was run-out for 23 by substitute Samiullah Shenwari. Tharanga added another 32 runs for the third wicket with Kusal Perera. Wicketkeeper-batsman Perera was bowled by star spinner Rashid Khan for 17 with the score reading 86-3 in the 20th over. Tharanga was dismissed in the very next over by Gulbadin Naib for 36. Shehan Jayasuriya (14), skipper Angelo Mathews (22), Thisara Perera (23), Dasun Shanaka (0) and Akila Dananj..
                 

Asia Cup 2018: India to take on minnows Hong Kong with eye on Pakistan

4 days ago  
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Favourites India will look to sweep aside minnows Hong Kong in their Asia Cup opener on Tuesday and prepare for the much-anticipated clash against arch-rivals Pakistan the next day. Hong Kong, expectedly, lost to Pakistan by eight wickets in their first game. India, who even without talismanic skipper Virat Kohli, should give them the same treatment. Under Rohit Sharma's captaincy and with experienced M.S. Dhoni in their ranks, India will look to get their combination right in the first game before the tougher test of Pakistan on which all eyes will rest. Besides Rohit, the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, K.L. Rahul and Kedar Jadhav add teeth to their batting while in the bowling department, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal throw up a lot of variety. The Asia Cup will once again bring to the fore Dhoni's batting frailties with age as his strike rate has been below par in recent limited overs matches. The celebrated former India captain, known for his big..
                 

Mumbai's slum caddies head to Paris for World Cup

4 days ago  
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A golf player of one country helping out a counterpart financially from another country to participate in an important tournament in a third country. You can't be blamed if you haven't heard such a story before because it's more than just rare. Thanks to Germany's Urban Golf team skipper Norman Dick, 39, Mumbai's slum golf stalwarts — Sunil Mane, Sachin Salve, Suresh Mehboobani, Sunil Shinde and Nagaraj Bing — will be on a flight to Paris on Wednesday to represent India in the World Urban Golf Cup (street golf) organised by Urban Golf Collective Association. Mane, 32, a caddie at the Bombay Presidency Golf Club (BPGC) in Chembur, will parade his street golf skills at the world level for the first time, but he is used to this particular brand of golf since he has been playing it with his friends on the roads and lanes of Chembur for the last 20 years. Mane and his fellow travellers are slum golfers, who work as caddies. Mehboobani, 32, who recently played a golf tournament ..
                 

Wrist spinners Kuldeep and Chahal might relish Dubai pitches

4 days ago  
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The Asia Cup championship will be a stern test for India's two wrist spinners, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, more so the latter after he was sent back from the England tour following a dismal performance in the Lord's Test. He was the cynosure of all eyes when he bamboozled the England batsmen in the first T20 International at Manchester where he grabbed six wickets in his four overs. It was thought he would give the home batsmen a harrowing time in the Test matches too after doing fairly well in the ODIs. But the team management chose to play him at Lord's when the conditions were not in his favour. After the flop show in the second Test he was dropped for the third and then sent back home to the grind with India 'A'. Kuldeep's coach in Kanpur, Kapil Pandey, said he was confident that his ward can ride roughshod over opponents and come back stronger. "A wrist spinner needs to have a large heart. There will be days when he will be taken apart. It's the resilience that's crucial..
                 

Gold-medallist Manjit Singh finally spends time with his new-born son

4 days ago  
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Asian Games gold-medal winning athlete Manjit Singh Chahal wasn't around when his son Abhir was born in April, as he was busy with his preparations for the Jakarta event in Ooty and Bhutan. But he seems to have been making up by spending all the time he has with his son. Yesterday, he posted this picture and wrote: "Today, I got to meet my son and spend time with him." Manjit Singh is an Indian middle-distance runner who specialises in the 800 metres and 1500 metres events. He represented India at the 2018 Asian Games and won the gold in the 800 metres event at Jakarta. Manjit Singh was born in Ujhana village, Jind district, Haryana, to Randhir Chahal and Bimala Devi. He grew his passion for athletics from his father Randhir who himself was a field athlete, in discus throw and shot put. In his spare time helps his father in dairy, cattle and agriculture farming. He had a two year contract job with ONGC from 2013 to 2016 Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also ..
                 

Mithali Raj's 125* goes in vain as India lose third ODI to Sri Lanka

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Skipper Mithali Raj's career-best knock of 125 not out went in vain as Sri Lanka women shocked India women by three wickets in the inconsequential third and final One-day International, here on Sunday. India had already sealed the series by winning the first two ODIs but in the 3rd match they could not defend the total of 253 for five, built around Raj's unbeaten 125 and opener Smriti Mandhana's 51. They had shared a 102-run stand for the second wicket after young Jemimah Rodrigues (0) made an early exit. Mithali's seventh ODI hundred and first in 14 months, came off 143 balls with 14 fours and a six. Sri Lanka skipper Chamari Attapattu's century though counted as her 115-run knock and a gutsy 101-run stand with fellow opener Hasini Perera (45) set the tone for the chase. There were a few hiccups after the two batswomen returned to the pavillion as Indian bowlers made in roads but tail-ender Kavisha Dilhari held her nerves to push her side to the finish line with one ball to spare. S..
                 

EPL: Mourinho hails Man United's spirit after 2-1 win vs Watford

4 days ago  
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Jose Mourinho hailed the spirit of his Manchester United team after they withstood intense late pressure from early Premier League pacesetters Watford to win 2-1 and relieve the pressure on his shoulders. United have endured a miserable start to the season, losing two of their first four matches and slipping well off the searing pace set by Liverpool, Chelsea and Watford themselves. But two goals in three first-half minutes from in-form Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling gave them valuable breathing space at half-time and ultimately paved the way to a victory that ended Watford's perfect record. Rocked by United's strong finish to the first half, Watford pulled a goal back midway through the second period through Andre Gray but failed to find an equaliser. A relaxed-looking Mourinho singled out Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini for praise. "I'm very happy with the points," he said. "I'm very happy with the spirit, I'm very happy with something that represents for me the spirit of the team -..
                 

Davis Cup: Balaji beaten, India lose 0-4

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Turning out to play the dead fourth rubber, N Sriram Balaji lost to Pedja Krstin in straight sets as India ended the Davis World Group Play-off tie against Serbia without a single win, losing 0-4, here on Sunday. Since the tie was already decided in favour of the hosts, who had taken an unassailable 3-0 lead, India fielded Balaji in place of Ramkumar Ramanathan. Serbia also changed the nomination, playing Krstin in place of Dusan Lajovic. Balaji, who is more focussed on the doubles, lost 3-6 1-6 in 66 minutes on indoor clay courts at the Kraljevo Sports Venue. The two sides agreed not to play the fifth rubber. "It was not a bad match for me. In every service game I had game points but I was not sharp enough to take them. Even most of the return games were close. The scoreline look easy for him but we had long games," Balaji told PTI. "Before going into the tie, we thought we had a chance of beating them. But they came up strong in every match." Serbia did not have multiple Grand Slam..
                 

Olympic champ Beckie Scott quits WADA over Russia relief

4 days ago  
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Olympic champion Beckie Scott resigned from the World Anti-Doping Agency committee which recommended ending Russia's drug suspension on Saturday as the global watchdog defended its handling of the case. Scott, one of six members of WADA's compliance review committee, stepped down a day after it emerged the panel had given a green light for the sanction against the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) to be lifted at a board meeting in the Seychelles on September 20. WADA's disclosure of the committee's decision on Friday drew criticism from athletes and other testing bodies who claim Russian authorities have not met set benchmarks necessary for readmission. The WADA decision also came after a leaked document earlier this week which showed that the committee had initially recommended leaving the ban in place at next week's meeting. Scott's resignation, which was reported by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the BBC, appears to highlight tensions within WADA over the decision. S..
                 

Barcelona midfielder DBarcelona midfielder Denis Suarez recovers from l

4 days ago  
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Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez of Spain was given the green light by the team's doctors to take part in competitive matches, the La Liga club announced on Sunday, having fully recovered from a left thigh muscle injury. Suarez picked up the injury on July 29 during a pre-season clash with Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and had been sidelined since, reports Efe news. With Suarez allowed to compete, Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has only two players out due to injury: Spanish midfielder Sergi Samper and Brazilian forward Malcom. The rest of the squad is available for Barcelona's clash on Tuesday in their 2018-2019 UEFA Champions League group-stage opener against Bundesliga club PSV Eindhoven. Having come from behind to defeat Real Sociedad 2-1 on Saturday, Barcelona built up a two point advantage in the La Liga standings over second-placed Real Madrid, which played to a 1-1 draw against Athletic Bilbao. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download..
                 

Did Peter Crouch hint that his wife Abbey Clancy is a gold-digger?

4 days ago  
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Former England striker Peter Crouch, 37, is not one of the greatest lookers and the lanky footballer is the first to admit it. In fact, he was even booed and groaned at on his England debut a few years ago. So, how then did he manage to get a wife as stunning as Liverpool-based model Abbey Clancy, 32. It's his football that helped him find the woman of his dreams, says Stoke City striker Crouch, who is convinced that had he been in a normal job, he could never have got a woman like Clancy. And in a recent interview with British tabloid The Daily Mirror, 6-foot-seven Crouch had no hesitation in admitting this. "Would I have ended up with a wife as attractive as Abbey? I'd like to think I'd have done OK. Maybe not that well, but I'd have done all right," said Crouch, going on to explain how he faced severe criticism in the past for his looks. "I've heard every insult under the sun but it's made me a more resilient character. The jokes about how I look have actually made me stronger," ..
                 

MSD supervises team training in absence of coach Ravi Shastri

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My heart and soul is into MMA, says Fatemah Moslemi

5 days ago  
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Iranian Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) athlete, Fatemah Moslemi will set some eyes rolling even before she makes her first move to combat India's Priyanka Jeet Joshi during the first-ever Fight Night at the National Sports Club of India (NSCI) Dome on September 29. Spectators at the Worli venue will be surprised to see her sporting a hijab. But there's more to Fatemah, 39, than what she wears over her head and neck. The fact that she is out there competing is a victory in itself. Back home in Tehran, she went against her parents' wishes (father Mohamad and mother Masoumeh) to take up the full-contact combat sport and turned professional last year. "Nothing is easy in life. To achieve what you want, you have to sacrifice a lot of things. Even though my family was against me fighting at first, they understand me now. My heart and soul is into this," she said from Tehran. Fatemah is a product of MMA talent-scouting in Iran and sincerity has been at the heart of her success. "My father taught ..
                 

Chris stars in St. John the Evangelist's win

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Inter Milan stunned at San Siro by lowly Parma

5 days ago  
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On-loan Parma defender Federico Dimarco stunned his parent club Inter Milan with a brilliant winner in a 1-0 victory at the San Siro on Saturday, just days before the hosts meet Tottenham in the Champions League. Inter fell to their second league defeat this season and have only four points from as many Serie A games ahead of their return to the Champions League. 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..
                 

Chris Gayle, McCullum to feature in Afghanistan Premier League

5 days ago  
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Cricket fans in India will be treated with yet another overseas competitive cricket league from October 5 to 21. DSPORT, a premier sports channel of discovery communications India, will bring nonstop live cricketing action from the inaugural edition of the 'Afghanistan Premier League' for cricket enthusiasts. Afghanistan was given the rights to play Test after playing top class international cricket last year, where they debuted against India. Afghanistan are currently standing at the eighth spot in the T20 rankings and have also qualified for the 2019 World Cup which bears testimony to the massive growth of cricket in this country. With the presence of some highly-talented players in Afghanistan like Rashid Khan who tops the table in the best bowlers category and Mohammad Nabi who is world number two in the all-rounder category in the T20 format, Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) is all set with this one-of-its-kind league in order to provide a major platform for emerging players to s..
                 

Will Rohit Sharma be India's saviour in Australia?

5 days ago  
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India should view their disappointing 1-4 series loss to England as a missed opportunity. India were highly competitive in the series - apart from a disastrous loss at Lord's - but the squad had enough ability to do better than just compete. The batting was disappointing and especially the way they played spin bowling at Trent Bridge. A great opportunity went begging when their failure to be more proactive against Moeen Ali meant a chance to level the series was squandered. Apart from Cheteshwar Pujara, no player was prepared to alter the off-spinner's flight path by leaving the crease. The series loss is even more of a wasted opportunity when you consider how well the visiting fast bowlers performed. India now have to rely on rehabilitating their reputation in the highly-anticipated series against Australia but the batting inadequacies have to be addressed. While Australia's batting is questionable with their two best players Steve Smith and David Warner missing through suspension,..
                 

Cricket Australia open to Ravi Shastri's request for extra warm-up game

6 days ago  
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Cricket Australia has responded positively to India coach Ravi Shastri's request for more warm-up matches ahead of their Test series Down Under later this year. India only had one practice match ahead of their recent Test series against England - which they lost 1-4 - and Shastri believes his side would be better prepared to tackle Australia if more red-ball cricket was scheduled prior to the first Test in Adelaide starting on December 6. "We are happy to discuss options with the BCCI, but we have not received any formal notification to increase the number of tour matches prior to their series commencing in Australia," a Cricket Australia spokesperson was quoted as saying. In England, even the lone four-day practice match against county side Essex was reduced to three days amid high drama over the condition of the pitch and the outfield, both of which apparently left the visitors unhappy. On Thursday, Shastri said he was not averse to the idea of playing practice games. "Absolutely ..
                 

Khloe Kardashian wants sister Kim to be daughter's guardian angel

6 days ago  
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Keeping Up with The Kardashians star Khloe is keen that her elder sister Kim should become the legal guardian of her daughter True with basketball player Tristan Thompson. "I can't make anything official until the baby is born, but I am going to probably have Kim as the legal guardian if God forbid something happens. Just because I don't know my parenting style until I have a baby, but from what I envision my parenting style to be, I do feel it will be more like Kim. Kim Kardashian "A little more stricter... watching Kim be a mom, I really respect her parenting skills. Not that I don't respect Kourtney's. I really relate to how Kim parents more," Khloe recalled what she spoke before the birth of True, according to a report in Female First. Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian Meanwhile, sister Kourtney has admitted she is a bit upset by Khloe's decision. "I mean, I'm a bit disappointed that I'm not the guardian. You never know, Khloe might switch back to me," said Kourtney. Catch up on ..
                 

Serena puts US Open incident behind; talks fashion at Las Vegas event

6 days ago  
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Serena Williams talked about her fashion business and her family, but not tennis fouls during an appearance before a business trade group in Las Vegas. The 23-time Grand Slam champion wasn't asked about gender equality in sports or an argument she had last weekend with the chair umpire at her U.S. Open finals match in New York during about 25 minutes onstage with Sarah Robb O'Hagan, chief executive of Flywheel Sports, at the National Retail Federation trade show. Williams, who took no questions from the audience, said previously she felt she had been treated more harshly than a male player would have been for smashing her racket and arguing with match official Carlos Ramos during her straight-set finals loss to Naomi Osaka of Japan on Sept. 8 in New York. Williams received three code violations and was penalized one game. She was later fined USD 17,000. The incident drew a volley of commentary in recent days. Tennis icon Billie Jean King said she believes tennis applies a double sta..
                 

ISSF World Championships: Indian shooters' performance shines event

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India's junior shooters Vijayveer Sidhu shot a gold in the 25m standard pistol event after combining with Rajkanwar Singh Sandhu and Adarsh Singh to claim the team gold and steer the country to its best-ever finish in the ISSF World Championships here yesterday. Senior Gurpreet Singh added to the medals tally with a silver in the men's 25m standard pistol on the last day of the prestigious competition. India signed off third in the overall medals tally with 11 gold, nine silver and seven bronze medals for a total of 27, making this their best performance in the showpiece. Sidhu, who finished fourth in the 25m pistol on Thursday, managed an individual score of 572 to finish ahead of Korean Lee Gunheyok (570) and China's Haojie Zhu 565). In the team competition, Sidhu, Sandhu (564) and Singh (559) totalled 1695 to fetch the top honours with Korea (1693) and Czech Republic (1674) settling for the silver and the bronze medals respectively. In the senior competition, Gurpreet Singh ..
                 

Davis Cup: Ramkumar Ramanthan loses opening tie; India trail Serbia 0-1

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Ramkumar Ramanthan gave his all but it was not enough to stop Laslo Djere from winning his first Davis Cup match as India trail Serbia 0-1 in the World Group play-off tie here yesterday. Ramkumar battled hard before losing 6-3, 4-6, 6-7, 2-6 to Djere in the opening singles which lasted three hours and 11 minutes on the indoor clay court. Djere, ranked 86, had lost both his earlier Davis Cup matches before clashing with Ramkumar, ranked 135, at Kraljevo Sports Venue. The onus to bring India back is now on Prajnesh Gunneswaran, who will clash with World No. 56 Dusan Lajovic. 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 n..
                 

Japan Open: Kidambi Srikanth crashes out of event

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Kidambi Srikanth crashed out of the singles event after losing a marathon three-game quarter-final to draw curtains on India's campaign at the Japan Open badminton tourney here yesterday. Just like his compatriots, fatigue seemed to have caught up with Srikanth as he squandered a game's lead to lose 21-19, 16-21, 18-21 against Korea's Lee Dong Keun. It was Srikanth's second loss to Lee, who had beaten the Indian at the 2016 Asia Championship. With Srikanth's exit, the Indian shuttlers' campaign at the Japan Open came to a halt as Olympic medallist and Asian Games silver-medallist PV Sindhu and HS Prannoy crashed out in the previous rounds on Thursday. 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 man..
                 

Asia Cup: India look to fine-tune their preparation ahead of World Cup

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The Indian team had planned to arrive here for the Asia Cup on Friday, but realising the importance of the tournament, nine members of the squad who were not part of the Indian Test team to England, made it here a day earlier. The remaining seven will join the side today after a couple of days' rest at home. "Since the Indian team had not played in this part for over a decade, we thought it prudent to arrive early and get used to the conditions," said stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma. The team had a rigorous workout at the ICC Academy ground in the Dubai Sports City. Considering India have to play back-to-back matches against Hong Kong on September 18 and Pakistan the following day, they have brought along two net bowlers - Shahbaz Nadeem and Siddharth Kaul. None of the support staff except physio Patrick Farhart is here. The others will arrive along with the rest of the players. When Rohit was asked if the Asia Cup was a rehearsal of sorts for the next year's World Cup, he said: "This ..
                 

Usain Bolt enters space race in zero-gravity sprint

6 days ago  
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Paris: Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt was back on the starting line on Thursday — but found it a challenge to stay on his feet in zero-gravity conditions aboard an aeroplane. Bolt briefly broke off from his pursuit of a professional football career with Australia's Central Coast Mariners to travel to France for the event. Dressed in a spacesuit, Bolt was aboard a zero-gravity Airbus as part of an event sponsored by a champagne brand. The plane performed a series of parabolas as Bolt and two other guests experienced a phase of weightlessness for 22 seconds, time for a race to be staged within the cabin. 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 rig..
                 

Usain Bolt enters space race in zero gravity sprint

7 days ago  
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Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt was back on the starting line Thursday -- but found it a challenge to stay on his feet in zero gravity conditions aboard an aeroplane. The 32-year-old briefly broke off from his pursuit of a professional football career with Australia's Central Coast Mariners to travel to France for the event. Dressed in a spacesuit, Bolt was aboard a zero gravity Airbus as part of an event sponsored by a champagne brand. The plane performed a series of parabolas as Bolt and two other guests experienced a phase of weightlessness for 22 seconds, time for a race to be staged within the cabin. The eight-time Olympic champion and 100m and 200m world record holder called time on his athletics career last year. 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 ..
                 

Asia Cup 2018: World Cup combination, renewal of India-Pakistan rivalry

7 days ago  
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Virat Kohli's absence might have taken some sheen off it but the general excitement surrounding Indo-Pak encounters will be the USP of the six-nation Asia Cup starting Saturday with a Bangladesh-Sri Lanka clash in Dubai. While there are two assured India-Pakistan matches, one in the group league and the other at the Super Four stage, the organisers, broadcasters, and the supporters will be hoping for a possible summit showdown on September 28 too. For India, it will be a chance to see how the team reacts to pressure situations in absence of Kohli, who has been rested after a gruelling England tour, which ended with a 1-4 Test series loss earlier this week.The team will begin its campaign on September 18 against Hong Kong, followed by the much-anticipated clash against Pakistan the next day. While Rohit Sharma has been a brilliant white ball player, his leadership skills haven't been tested against a quality side. He led against Sri Lanka last December but it was a below par opposit..
                 

Ravi Shastri wants warm-up games before India-Australia Test series

7 days ago  
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Their decision of not playing enough warm-up games ahead of the England tour questioned, India's head coach Ravi Shastri now says they have requested the BCCI to arrange for a couple of practice matches before the Austrtalia tour kicks off later this year. Ahead of the five-Test series, which it lost 1-4 to England, India played just one warm-up game. Even the lone four-day practice match against county side Essex was reduced to three days amid high drama over the condition of the pitch and the outfield, both of which apparently left the visitors unhappy. On Thursday, Shastri said he was not averse to the idea of playing practice games. "Absolutely not. Why would we be?. You can only see the results (in the England Tests). Every time after the second Test we have improved. You can still get better. But why can't we be in that position in the first Test match?," he was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo. Shastri, though, was doubtful if practice games for the tour Down Under could be ar..
                 

Paris St Germain sign ground-breaking agreement with Jordan Brand

7 days ago  
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French football giants Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) on Thursday became the first club to have signed an agreement with the iconic Jordan Brand. The two powerhouses of sport and style have created a world exclusive collection of over 90 performance, training and lifestyle products, and the Jumpman will make its UEFA Champions League debut, featuring on the Paris Saint-Germain home and away jerseys during their European campaign this season, reports Xinhua news agency. "The collaboration between Paris Saint-Germain and Jordan underlines the ambition of both brands to combine performance, innovation and style. It is a logical next step in our project to make Paris Saint-Germain one of the biggest global sports brands, capitalising on the avant-garde approach of our Parisian roots," said Nasser Al-Khelaifi, Chairman and CEO at Paris Saint-Germain. "Jordan Brand and Paris Saint-Germain share a distinct position in sport and style, so to partner with the club is a natural fit. We're excited t..
                 

Murali Vijay hits century in dream County debut, his team Essex win

7 days ago  
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India's Murali Vijay struck a fine century in a dream county debut, guiding Essex to a comfortable eight-wicket victory over Nottinghamshire in a Specsavers County Championship Division One match at Trent Bridge Thursday. Vijay scored exactly 100 from 181 balls and shared a second-wicket stand of 204 with Tom Westley, who finished with an unbeaten 110. Set 282 to win, the visitors reached their target just before lunch to complete a convincing win. The Chennai-born right-hander had earlier scored a half-century in his debut innings. Vijay's feat matched that of South African Hashim Amla, who scored 181 against Glamorgan in 2009, as the last Essex batsman to score a century on his county debut. The 34-year-old Vijay, who struggled in the just-concluded Test series against England before being dropped from the India squad, was eventually bowled off an inside edge by Samit Patel, with 61 required for victory. This was Essex's fifth victory of the championship this season. Catch up on a..
                 

Watch Video: Relive Shane Warne's 'Ball of the Century'

8 days ago  
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Shane Warne is unarguably one of the finest spinners in the world in the history of cricket. The Aussie spinner has made many batsmen his prey in his international cricket career. However, there is one particular wicket which will always stand apart - the wicket of Gatting! On Shane Warne's birthday, we take a look at the most historic ball in Test cricket history - when Shane Warne dismissed Mike Gatting at Old Trafford by a unique delivery in 1993. 25 years ago, on June 4th 1993, Shane Warne dismissed Mike Gatting at Old Trafford by a unique delivery which came to be known as the 'Ball of the Century'. Watch the 'Ball of the Century' video below. Video Courtesy/ YouTube Shane Warne. Pic/ AFP The Australian spin legend is the second leading wicket-taker in Test history with 708 wickets. 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..
                 

Virat Kohli calls Alastair Cook a great cricket ambassador

8 days ago  
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A great ambassador for the game who has never gone out of line -- this was India captain Virat Kohli's tribute to England batting legend Alastair Cook, who retired from international cricket here. Cook scored a century in his last Test to end his international career on a high as England completed a 4-1 win over India in the five-match series Tuesday. "He's a great example for everyone to love Test cricket so much, and has so much determination and passion to play for the country. He's been a great ambassador for the game," Kohli said in the post-match press conference. "I certainly have a lot of respect for him because he's one guy who has not gone out of line ever. Doesn't say a word to anyone in a negative manner, just carries on with his work and he's very sure about his work as well. I wish him well." Kohli said Cook's determination reflects in his batting as he scored 147 -- his 33rd century -- in his last Test. "I asked him on the field are you having second thoughts that now ..
                 

Saina Nehwal takes the plank challenge

8 days ago  
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On the back of the launch of Bajaj Allianz Life Health Care Goal, a critical illness product covering 36 critical illnesses, Bajaj Allianz Life unveiled a uniquely engaging #36SecPlankChallenge initiative. It was kick-started by a sleek video asking viewers to hold a plank and challenge friends for a healthier world. The challenge is simple - shoot a video holding plank for only 36 seconds and upload it using the hashtag (#36SecPlankChallenge) on any social media platform. Participants can challenge friends and family to do the plank by tagging them on these videos. For every hashtag, the company will contribute monetarily to Hrudaya Cure A Little Heart Foundation (Hrudaya Foundation), Hyderabad-based healthcare organization dedicated towards curing heart disorder of disadvantaged children. Chandramohan Mehra, Chief Marketing Officer, Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance, the person behind the design of the campaign and customer outreach program, said, “The consumer engagement #36SecPla..
                 

Sardar Singh announces retirement, Sandeep Singh hails decision

8 days ago  
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India hockey veteran Sardar Singh hung his head in utter disappointment when teammate SV Sunil missed his second attempt in the penalty shootout (sudden death) during the Asian Games semi-final against Malaysia in Jakarta recently. India lost the match and with it a chance to directly qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Yesterday, after he was not named in the 25 probables for the Asian Champions Trophy in Oman, he hung up his stick, deciding he will not don the Indian blue jersey again. He may continue playing domestic hockey though. However, while Indian hockey fans may have mixed reactions about Sardar's international exit, given his inconsistent form in Jakarta, his good friend and former India drag flick ace Sandeep Singh believes Sardar, 32, has made the call at the right time. 'Well thought-out decision'"Sardar has made the right decision and I'm sure he has thought hard about this. While hockey fans the world over will miss seeing him in India colours, the reality is that mo..
                 

Jamal Blackman owns label for taller men and curvier women

8 days ago  
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Chelsea goalkeeper Jamal Blackman, who is 6 feet 7 inches tall, has always struggled to find clothes that fit him. To tackle the issue, he decided in 2016 to have his own clothing line, Prodigieux. He started with snapback caps and within two years, his company ventured into T-shirts, sweatshirts, bikinis and jackets, that fit and look good on bigger people, tall men and curvier women. "There are quite a lot of designers out there that don't make clothes that fit big people. I'm 6'7" and it was always a problem for me finding clothes I liked that would fit my body. If I found a top I wanted, often the arms would be too short or I'd lift my arms up and it would look like a crop top," Blackman told The Sun. 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..
                 

ICC Rankings: India still No. 1 in Tests despite loss

8 days ago  
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India continued to be at the numero uno position but England grabbed the fourth spot in the ICC Test Team Rankings after completing a 4-1 series victory at The Oval on Tuesday. The Virat Kohli-led side had started the series at 125 points but the series loss meant it is now on 115 points. India had lost the five-match series after conceding a 1-3 lead to hosts England after the fourth Test. The visitors on Tuesday lost the fifth and final Test by 118 runs. England begun the series in fifth position and 97 points but the emphatic victory over top-ranked India has resulted in a big gain of eight points and lifted them to 105 points as they surpassed New Zealand. Joe Root's England side are now just one point behind South Africa and Australia, who are both on 106 points with the former marginally ahead on decimal points. With New Zealand not far behind on 102 points, there are now four teams within a space of five points of each other on the points table. Catch up on all the ..
                 

My 18-ball 28 against Oz 'A' more satisfying than a ton, says Bawne

8 days ago  
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India 'A' batsman Ankit Bawne, who played a big role in his team's six-wicket win over Australia 'A' during the second unofficial Test at the Karnataka State Cricket Association ground in Alur on Tuesday, said his 18-ball 28 gave him more satisfaction than scoring a hundred. After bowling out the Australians for 213 in the second innings on Day Four, India 'A' fought against time and fading light to chase down a 55-run target in 6.2 overs to end the two-match series 1-1. Australia emerged victorious by 98 runs in the first game at Bangalore last week. On Tuesday, India 'A' faced a daunting task after openers Shreyas Iyer (3) and Shubman Gill (4) fell cheaply. A bigger crisis emerged when they were reduced to 25 for four in 3.5 overs. The match appeared heading for a draw, but No. 3 batsman Bawne had other plans. He changed the course of the game by scoring 16 runs in the sixth over which was bowled by pacer Chris Tremain. Maharashtra's Bawne ensured India 'A' achieved their victory t..
                 

WWE star Paige faces online backlash for her haircut and botox lips

9 days ago  
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World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) star Paige, 26, whose real name is Saraya-Jade Bevis, was trolled on social media after she posted a picture of her new haircut. The Brit, who is general manager of the show, SmackDown Live, got rid of her long black tresses and replaced them with a short bob. Paige posted her new hairdo with a message, 'New hair, same person', on Instagram and captioned it: "Thank you @waynetugglehair for absolutely KILLING the hair game. Amazing friend and amazing stylist!" Though the post received almost 400,000 'likes', an online user wrote: "It looks like you got a full plastic surgery plus botox lips and face."Other comments made were: "Lips look hideous looked 100% better the night you debut and beat aj for the divas title... now you look like a Geordie shore reject." "THATS Paige? OMG what has she done??" "So sexy but I think there's something wrong with your lips." Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day..
                 

KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant put on a show but hosts take series 4-1

9 days ago  
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For over three hours on the fifth day of the final Test at the Oval yesterday it seemed like India could salvage a draw from an improbable situation. Both KL Rahul and Rishab Pant had prolonged the Test late into the final session by scoring masterful centuries. However, as has often been the case throughout the series, England won the decisive moment and clinched the final Test by 118 runs to claim the Pataudi Trophy series 4-1. Resuming on 58-3, Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane continued to repel James Anderson and Stuart Broad in the first hour with some gritty batting. The pitch had lost its zing, but Rahane and Rahul ensured they stroked the loose balls to the boundary. Both drove in imperious fashion and the ease at which the pair batted prompted Joe Root to turn to Moeen Ali. The move would prove to be an immediate success as Rahane top-edged a sweep to be caught at mid-wicket for 37. Ben Stokes then got rid of Hanuma Vihari (0). At 121-5, an early finish looked likely, but there..
                 

4-1 scoreline doesn't mean we were outplayed, stresses skipper Kohli

9 days ago  
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India captain Virat Kohli said that the final scoreline of 1-4 is not a true reflection of how his team competed in the five-Test series which concluded yesterday. "I think the 1-4 scoreline is a fair one as England played better than us but we were not outplayed barring the Lord's Test," Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony. "The kind of cricket we have played might not show on the scorecard. But both the teams know this series has been a competitive one," he added. Kohli said the series has been a great advertisement for Test cricket. 'Great advert for Test cricket'"This has been a great advert for Test cricket. The fans will come and watch if both teams play for a win. The basic idea was to go out there and play the cricket we are supposed to do," he said. "England are a professional side and we realised that the game could change with in two-three overs. England also don't go for draws and they played fearless cricket and so did we. That is why you won't see draws i..
                 

India 'A' register thrilling win vs Australia 'A'

9 days ago  
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Ankit Bawne's 18-ball-28 ensured a thrilling six-wicket victory for India 'A' against Australia 'A' in the second unofficial Test after Krishnappa Gowtham and Kuldeep Yadav set-up with fine bowling performance. The two-Test series ended 1-1 with Australia winning the first game. The match went down to the wire as India 'A' dismissed the visitors for 213 in their second innings with off-spinner Gowtham getting 3-39 and chinaman Kuldeep ending with 3-46. Needing 55 to win eight overs, India 'A' sent Shreyas Iyer and Shubman Gill to open the innings but both were dismissed cheaply. Bawne guided the team to victory after Srikar Bharat hit a six and four but India 'A' were reduced to 25-4. With Australia 'A' spreading the fielders to the deep, Bawne changed the course of the match with 16 runs off Chris Tremain's fifth over. 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 th..
                 

Indian eves thrash Sri Lanka by 9 wickets

9 days ago  
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India produced a clinical performance to register a convincing nine-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the first ODI of the ICC Women's Championship here Tuesday. India women produced an incisive bowling effort to bundle out Sri Lanka women for a meagre 98 in 35.1 overs after the home side opted to bat first and then chased down the target with consummate ease, reaching 100 in 19.5 overs for the loss of just one wicket. Medium pacer Mansi Joshi (3/16) and veteran Jhulan Goswami (2/13) wreaked havoc at the top. Besides the duo, Poonam Yadav (2/13) picked up two wickets for India. The spin trio of Deepti Sharma (1/16), Rajeshwari Gayakwad (1/18) and Dayalan Hemalatha (1/19) also chipped in with wickets. Skipper Chamari Atapattu top-scored for Sri Lanka women with a struggling 93-ball 33. Chasing the paltry target, the Indian openers -- Punam Raut (24) and Smriti Mandhana (73) -- looked at ease as they stitched 96 runs for the first wicket to seal the match for their side. But just when it s..
                 

UEFA Nations League: Italy showed desire in 0-1 loss to Portugal, insis

9 days ago  
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Roberto Mancini remains defiant his strategy will reap rewards after a 0-1 defeat to Portugal in the Nations League piled pressure on the Italy coach as the country craves a victory to ease the pain of their World Cup absence. An Andre Silva strike just after the break ensured Portugal went top of their Nations League Group 3 with three points from their first game in Lisbon. "We must grow," said Mancini. "If a young player doesn't play at a high level then it's clear that they'll struggle in the first few games. I didn't enjoy the defeat, but I did like the team's desire to keep trying right until the end, even if they were at risk of conceding a second goal. "This was the right attitude to have. We don't want to be relegated and we still want to finish among the top teams in the group." 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, ag..
                 

PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy advance at Japan Open

9 days ago  
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Ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu had to toil hard even as Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy scored easy victories to progress to the second round of their respective events at the Japan Open, on Tuesday. Third seed Sindhu had to sweat it out for 53 minutes before prevailing 21-17 7-21 21-13 over unseeded local girl Sayaka Takahashi in her women's singles opening round. Sindhu will next play Chinese Fangjie Gao, who defeated the other Indian in fray Jakka Vaishnavi Reddy 21-10 21-8. Having finished second-best yet again with a historic silver in the Asian Games, Olympic medallist Sindhu would be desperate to break the final jinx here. Sindhu has been outstanding with silver medals in all the major events this year -- the Commonwealth Games, the World Championship and the Asian Games but the gold has been eluding the Indian for a while now. In men's singles, Prannoy defeated current Asian Games gold medallist Jonathan Christie of Indonesia 21-18 21-17 while Srikanth got the better of Chines..
                 

I've not had a spray tan, retorts Jamie Vardy's wife Rebekah

9 days ago  
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Former England striker Jamie Vardy's wife Rebekah has slammed a British tabloid for commenting on her tanned look. Rebekah wore this yellow dress (right) for the TV Choice Awards at The Dorchester in London on Sunday and The Daily Mirror reported: 'The clinging bright dress clashed with Becky's Fake tan making her one of the night's fashion fails.' Rebekah tweeted the screen grab of the report and wrote: "Hi @DailyMirror I don't mind if you didn't like my outfit but what I do mind is that you have commented on my skin colour AGAIN. I am half Portuguese and naturally tanned, I am just back from a holiday and my skin goes much darker in the sun. I HAVE NOT HAD A SPRAY TAN. "This is the third time in a year that you have knocked me for my skin colour and the third time I am letting you know that I find it offensive that you continue to complain about my natural skin colour. It is unacceptable. You have been told this before so why have you slated my skin colour again? I would really lik..
                 

Swimmer Ryan Lochte gets married to wife Kayla for the second time!

10 days ago  
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United States competitive swimmer and Olympic medal winner Ryan Lochte, 34, got married to his wife Kayla Rae Reid, 27 (yes, you heard that right) for the second time at Morrow Ranch in Palm Springs, California with around 100 guests in attendance on Sunday. According to People magazine, their son Caiden Zane Lochte, one, served as a ring bearer at the wedding. RyanLochte's representative also confirmed the news that he and his wife tied the knot on September 9. The couple were engaged in 2016 and they first exchanged their vows in January at a courthouse in Gainseville. The couple waited for 10 months to have a larger wedding in front of family and friends because they wanted their son Caiden to have a bigger role in the ceremony. "We wanted Caiden to be old enough to walk down the aisle. One of our visions was to have him be able to be the ring bearer, so it's perfect timing," Reid told the magazine. Lochte and Reid enjoyed their respective bachelor and hens parties weeks before th..
                 

Shane Watson wants long stint for Usman Khawaja in the Australian team

10 days ago  
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Former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson wants top order batsman Usman Khawaja to get a lengthy run with the national team. "I hope 'Uzzie' (Khawaja) gets a really good run. He's one of our world-class batsmen, across all formats. He just needs to have the confidence instilled in him by the selectors and by the coaching staff, to let him play with the freedom he does when he's at his best," Watson told cricket.com.au. "We don't have a lot of world-class batsmen at the moment around Australian cricket and he's absolutely one," he added. Watson opined that despite Khawaja's talent, being dropped from the team affects his confidence which has a negative effect on his performance. "When he's not getting selected all the time, he's worried about failing. Then you can see him going into his shell and that's not when he's at his best. When he is at his best he's one of the best ones we've got," Watson said. "So they need to look after him. If they keep playing him for one or two Test matc..
                 

Germany coach Joachim Loew says team deserved 2-1 win over Peru

10 days ago  
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Manager Joachim Loew insisted Germany did enough to warrant their 2-1 victory over Peru, despite admitting Nico Schulz's winner was fortuitous. Debutant Schulz's low drive crept under Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese's body and into the net as the hosts edged to victory in Sinsheim. Luis Advincula put Peru ahead with a crisp finish before Juliant Brandt levelled for the hosts before half-time. Loew believes Germany were worthy winners as his side fight to rebuild their reputation after the humiliation of failing to pass the World Cup group stages. "I am pleased that we won the game, you got the sense during the game that the team really wanted to get the victory," Loew said. "The winning goal was slightly fortuitous, but we also missed plenty of chances in the first half. At the end of the day, the goalkeeper should have saved the winning goal. But I'm still really pleased for Nico Schulz." Joachim Loew Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-..
                 

Police chief pleads not guilty for manslaughter during football match

10 days ago  
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The police commander at the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster pleaded not guilty on Monday on the first day of his manslaughter trial over the death of 95 Liverpool supporters. David Duckenfield, 74, was the match-day commander at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough ground. He faces 95 counts of gross negligence manslaughter following the fatal crush in the Leppings Lane end allocated to Liverpool fans. The former chief superintendent appeared via videolink at Preston Crown Court on Monday, confirming his name and entering his plea. England's state prosecutor, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), had applied to lift a historical stay -- an order preventing him being tried -- on Duckenfield, which was put in place in 2000. Former Sheffield Wednesday club secretary Graham Mackrell, 68, also pleaded not guilty to one charge involving the stadium safety certificate and one health and safety charge. Catch up on all..
                 

Ind vs Eng: Alastair Cook scores a memorable hundred in his last match

10 days ago  
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