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Advani leads the way to last 16

Leeds, Oct 22 : Pankaj Advani set up a mouth-watering clash with top seed and defending champion David Causier in the pre-quarterfinals of the World Billiards Championship (points format, 150-up) after both strolled through their respective round of 32 matches, here Wednesday.


Don't have power to intervene in India-West Indies dispute: ICC

Dubai, Oct 22 : The International Cricket Council (ICC) Wednesday admitted it "does not have the power to intervene" in the dispute between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).


Saina, Kashyap in second round of French Open

Paris, Oct 22 : Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap marched into the second round of the women's and men's categories of the French Open Super Series at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin here Wednesday.


ATP Pune Challenger: Pavlasek knocks out Devvarman

Pune, Oct 22 : Third seeded and Davis Cupper Somdev Devvarman's disappointing run on the ATP Tour continued as he went down to lower ranked Czech Republic's Adam Pavlasek 3-6, 6-7 (3) in the pre-quarterfinals of the KPIT-MSLTA Challenger tennis tournament here Wednesday.


Duminy says NZ's fielding 'world benchmark' despite Proteas winning in first ODI

Wellington, Oct 22 : South African batsman J.P. Duminy has said that New Zealand fielding remains the benchmark in world cricket despite his side beating the hosts in the first ODI at Mt. Maunganui.


PCB planning Women's Cricket Cup to honour Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai

Karachi, Oct 22 : The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) revealed on Tuesday that it aims to conduct a Women's Cricket Cup in the name of Pakistani Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai to pay tribute to her for the achievement.


Indian hockey coach Terry Walsh's contract to be renewed

New Delhi, Oct 22 : A day after Indian hockey chief coach Terry Walsh resigned citing difficulty in dealing with the bureaucracy, Sports Authority of India (SAI) director general Jiji Thomson Wednesday said the contract of the Asian Games gold medal-winning coach will be "renewed" before Nov 19.


100 days left for 35th National Games

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 22 : With just 100 days left for the 35th National Games, which will see 34 disciplines being held at 31 venues with more than 12,000 athletes and sports officials, and 6,000 facilitators attending, Kerala is gearing up for the sports extravaganza to be held in seven districts of the state.


Messi scores during Barca's 3-1 Ajax win to inch closer to Raul's 71 CL goals record

London, Oct 22 : Argentina football team captain Lionel Messi scored during Barcelona's comfortable 3-1 win over Ajax to move to within two goals of Spanish striker Raul to become Champions League's all-time leading scorer.


Indian hockey coach Walsh's contract to be renewed

New Delhi, Oct 22 : Indian hockey coach Terry Walsh, who resigned Tuesday, will be given a new contract that will provide him with more functional autonomy in the technical matters of the running of the sport.


Pep Guardiola brands Bayern's 'not normal' 7-1 win over Roma 'a fluke'

London, Oct 22 : Bayern Munich football team coach Pep Guardiola has branded his side's whooping 7-1 win over Roma as a fluke, saying that it is not normal to win by such a big score.


Golfer Anirban Lahiri upbeat ahead of Macau Open

Macau, Oct 22 : Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri is eager to post a stiff challenge to Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee and American David Lipsky for the Macau Open title starting here Thursday.


Kashyap upsets World No.4 Tago in French Open

Paris, Oct 22 : Continuing his giant-killing spree, Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap stunned World No.4 Japanese Kenichi Tago 21-11, 21-18 in the first round of the French Open Super Series at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin here Wednesday.


India eves face Jordan test in AFC Under-16 qualifiers

Dhaka, Oct 22 : Indian Under-16 women's team will aim to win against Jordan here Thursday and also hope hosts Bangladesh beat Iran to help India secure qualification to the main draw of the 2015 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women's Championships.


Hockey coach Walsh keeps resignation on hold till Nov.19, happy with SAI solutions

New Delhi, Oct. 22 : National hockey coach Terry Walsh said Wednesday that he has not withdrawn his resignation, but will keep it on hold till November 19, when he expects the solutions put forward by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) to come into effect. He said that once the solutions are incorporated, he will consider the withdrawal option at that point of time.


WICB forms task force to probe India tour pull-out

Bridgetown (Barbados), Oct 22 : The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has decided to establish a task force to probe the circumstances leading to the dramatic pull out by its cricketers from an ongoing tour of India.


Hockey coach Walsh withdraws resignation: Minister

New Delhi, Oct 22 : Union Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal tweeted Wednesday that Indian hockey coach Terry Walsh has withdrawn his resignation after a meeting with the Sports Authority of India (SAI).


Thai golfer Pavit earns Asian Tour spot

Singapore, Oct 22 : Thailand's Pavit Tangkamolprasert became the second player following Chinese Taipei's Chan Shih-chang to earn playing rights for the remainder of 2014 Asian Tour golf season after putting up stellar performances in the Asian Development Tour (ADT).


Mitchell Johnson not in Akram's league yet: Waqar Younis

Dubai, Oct 22 : Australia's Mitchell Johnson may have threatened some of the best batting line-ups in world cricket with his lethal pace, but Pakistan coach Waqar Younis says that the left-arm fast bowler is yet to reach Wasim Akram's level.


Rajinikanth joined Amitabh Bachchan to cheer for Chennaiyin FC

Mumbai, Oct 22 : Amitabh Bachchan thanked superstar Rajinikanth for cheering for the megastar's son Abhishek Bachchan's Indian Super League (ISL) team Chennaiyin FC.


Bhaichung Bhutia inducted to AFC'S hall of fame

New Delhi, Oct 22 : Former Indian football team captain Bhaichung Bhutia has been inducted to the Asian Football Confederation's (AFC) Hall of Fame, the continent's football governing body confirmed Wednesday.


Boxer Sarita Devi, coaches suspended by AIBA

Lausanne, Oct 22 : Indian woman boxer L. Sarita Devi, who refused to accept 2014 Asian Games bronze after losing the semi-final bout over a controversial decision, has been provisionally suspended by the International Boxing Association (AIBA).


European Champions League standings

Paris, Oct 22 : Following are the European Champions League standings for Groups E to H after Tuesday's matches (tabulated under matches played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, against, points), according to Xinhua.


Citing bureaucratic processes, Terry Walsh quits as hockey coach

New Delhi, Oct. 21 : National Hockey Coach on Tuesday announced that he had resigned from his position, citing the bureaucracy present in Indian sport.


Chennaiyin beat Kerala Blasters 2-1 in ISL

Chennai, Oct 21 : Chennaiyin FC beat Kerala Blasters FC 2-1 in an Indian Super League (ISL) match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here Tuesday.


BCCI to pursue legal action against West Indies

Hyderabad, Oct. 21 : The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday announced that it would pursue legal action against the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for the cancellation of the ongoing tour of India by their team.


Walsh quits as Indian hockey chief coach

New Delhi, Oct 21 : Terry Walsh, who guided the Indian men's hockey team to the Asian Games gold after 16 years, Tuesday resigned as the chief coach citing "difficulty in adjusting to the functioning of the country's bureaucratic system" but the Sports Authority of India (SAI) contended that the Australian was unhappy with the functioning of Hockey India (HI) rather than the nodal agency.


Somdev, Yuki make progress

Pune, Oct 21 : Davis Cuppers Somdev Devvarman and Yuki Bhambri, along with winner of the Indore ATP event Saketh Myneni, entered the second round of the KPIT-MSLTA ATP Challenger tennis tournament here Tuesday.


Shuttlers Ashwini-Ivanov enter French Open main draw

Paris, Oct 21 : Indo-Russian badminton pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Vladimir Ivanov qualified for the main draw of the $275,000 French Open Super Series here Tuesday.


SAI contends Walsh was anguished over HI working

New Delhi, Oct 21 : Hours after Terry Walsh resigned as chief coach of the Indian men's hockey team citing difficulty with the country's bureaucratic system, Sports Authority of India (SAI) director general Jiji Thomson Tuesday contended that the Australian was unhappy with the functioning within Hockey India (HI) and not regarding the nodal agency.


BCCI to move court against WICB, suspends bilateral tours

Hyderabad, Oct 21 : The Indian cricket board Tuesday decided to initiate legal action against the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and cancel all bilateral series against the Caribbean side whose players withdrew mid-way from an ongoing India tour last week.


CTL's Bangalore franchise launched

Bangalore, Oct 21 : The Bangalore franchise team, owned by Air Asia chief executive Mittu Chandilya, was Tuesday named Bangalore Raptors. The team will participate in the Champions Tennis League (CTL) commencing Nov 15.


BCCI to write to ICC about WICB's conduct

Hyderabad, Oct 21 : The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will write to the International Cricket Council (ICC) to apprise the world body about the conduct of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), whose team cancelled the tour of India mid-way last week.


Terry Walsh resigns as Indian hockey chief coach

New Delhi, Oct 21 : After guiding the Indian men's hockey team to the Asian Games gold, Terry Walsh resigned as the chief coach Tuesday citing "difficulty in adjusting to the functioning of the country's bureaucratic system which is not working in the interest of its hockey players".


Dhoni, Bhuvneswar left out, Kohli to lead India

Hyderabad, Oct 21 : Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar were left out of the squad for the first three of the five One-Day Internationals (ODI) against Sri Lanka, starting Nov 2, while star batsman Virat Kohli was named as the stand-in skipper of the 15-man squad selected here Tuesday.


BCCI to write to ICC about WICB's conduct

Hyderabad, Oct 21 : The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will write to the International Cricket Council (ICC) to apprise the world body about the conduct of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), whose team cancelled the tour of India mid-way last week.


Siddle gains five kilos mass with 'vegetarian' diet to regain speed for Pak Test

Wellington, Oct 21 : Australian fast-medium bowler Peter Siddle has reportedly added five kilos of mass in a bid to regain the speed coach Darren Lehmann wants his quicks to deliver and has said that he is ready to show that his meat-free diet can provide the fuel he needs to survive the searing heat of the Middle East.


Associate ICC nations confident ahead of World Cricket League

Kuala Lumpur, Oct 21 : Three associate member nations of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Uganda, Bermuda and Singapore Tuesday exuded optimism of their teams' chances of winning the World Cricket League (WCL) Division 3, beginning here Wednesday.


West Indies players to play in IPL

Hyderabad, Oct 21 : Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Ranjib Biswal said Tuesday that despite the West Indies players cancelling their tour of India mid-way last week, they will play in the cash-rich league next season.


Dhoni rested, Kohli to lead India

Hyderabad, Oct 21 : Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was rested for the first three of the five One-Day Internationals (ODI) against Sri Lanka, starting Nov 2, while explosive batsman Virat Kohli was named the stand-in skipper of the 15-man squad selected Tuesday.


KP is 'a guy who commands huge respect' for Morgan

Wellington, Oct 21 : England batsman Eoin Morgan has said that his former teammate Kevin Pietersen is a guy who commands huge respect and believes that the strength of the national cricket team in the wake of the ousted batsman's autobiography would be measured by the way in which the team performs at the World Cup.


Aus eyeing No.1 Test spot during Pak series in UAE

Dubai, Oct 21 : Australia has a chance to reclaim the top spot in the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings when it faces host Pakistan in the two-Test series in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which starts on Wednesday in the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.


Bangladesh will aim to reduce 20-point deficit against Zimbabwe during Test series

Dubai, Oct 21 : Bangladesh would be aiming to reduce a 20-point deficit on Zimbabwe as both teams will aim to gain vital ranking points in their Test series, which starts on 25 October.


Waqar believes Oz paceman Johnson will be 'X-Factor' during Test series against Pak

Karachi, Oct 21 : Pakistan cricket team head coach Waqar Younis is of the opinion that Pakistan 'A's' 153-run win over Australia in a warm-up game has helped him find flaws in the opposition for the first Test starting in Dubai, saying that paceman Mitchell Johnson would be a key factor.


Australia aim for top Test spot

Dubai, Oct 21 : Australia have a chance to reclaim the top Test team spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings when they take on Pakistan in a two-match series in the United Arab Emirates from Wednesday.


BCCI to move court against WICB, suspends bilateral tours

Hyderabad, Oct 21 : The Indian cricket board Tuesday decided to initiate legal action against the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and cancel all bilateral series against the Caribbean side whose players withdrew mid-way from an ongoing India tour last week.


Mixed luck for Advani in World billiards

Leeds, Oct 21 : Former champion Pankaj Advani, returning to the three-ball sport after a two-season break, had a mixed start as he lost to 2013 winner Peter Gilchrist of Singapore 2-3 but defeated Brian Harvey 3-0 in his next outing as the World Billiards Championship (points format) started here Monday.


Primed for huge summer of cricket: Shane Watson

Sydney, Oct 21 : Australian all-rounder Shane Watson Tuesday said after battling five months with a calf injury he is now primed for a huge summer of international cricket.


Marsh, O'Keefe to herald new dawn in Australian cricket

Canberra, Oct 21 : On the eve of a new Test series against Pakistan, the Australian cricket team is on the verge of a major makeover.


Hagley Oval receives ICC accreditation

Christchurch, Oct 21 : The Hagley Oval, New Zealand's newest cricket ground and venue for the opening game of the 2015 World Cup, Tuesday received the official accreditation from the International Cricket Council (ICC).


Mahanama is fourth match referee to officiate in 200 ODIs

Dubai, Oct 21 : Roshan Mahanama became the latest member of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) elite panel of match referees to reach the 200-mark milestone in One-Day Internationals (ODI) when he officiated the first ODI between New Zealand and South Africa in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand, Tuesday.


India showcases IPL as driver of economic development

By Arul Louis, United Nations, Oct 21 : The success of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in cricket embodies the emergence of sports as a global industry that promotes economic development and job creation in developing countries, India told the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Monday.


India's Karman Thandi wins WTA Future Stars title

Singapore, Oct 20 : India's Karman Kaur Thandi dispatched Chinese Taipei's Huan Hsiang-Wen 6-4, 6-2 in the women's singles final to clinch the Under-16 2014 WTA Future Stars event at the Kallang Tennis Centre here Monday.


Mohammedan Sporting to skip I-League, Durand Cup

Kolkata, Oct 20 : One of India's oldest soccer clubs Mohammedan Sporting has decided to skip the I-League second division and the Durand cup this year for its inability to meet the All India Football Federation's (AIFF) club licensing criteria and financial difficulties.


U-16 India girls face must-win game against UAE

Dhaka, Oct 20 : The Indian women's Under-16 football team will take on United Arab Emirates in a must-win Group B clash of the AFC Championship qualifying round at the Bangabandhu Stadium here Tuesday.


Mohammedan Sporting temporarily shuts football activities

Kolkata, Oct 20 : Mohammedan Sporting -- one of the country's oldest soccer clubs -- has decided to temporarily close down its football wing following financial difficulties.


Vishnu Vardhan in second round of Pune ATP Challenger

Pune, Oct 20 : Reigning national champion Vishnu Vardhan beat Belgium's Yannik Reuter 7-6(5), 6-7(6), 6-3 to enter the second round of the KPIT-MSLTA ATP Challenger at the Mhalunge Balewadi Tennis Complex here Monday.


Saina Nehwal to lead Indian challenge at French Open

Paris, Oct 20 : Olympic bronze medal winning shuttler Saina Nehwal will once again lead the Indian challenge in the $275,000 French Open Super Series, starting here Tuesday at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin.


Mourinho insists Chelsea will be eventually 'beaten' despite blistering start to PL season

London, Oct 20 : Chelsea football team manager Jose Mourinho has insisted that his team is not invincible and they would be beaten between now and May, despite winning seven of their eight opening matches.


Hesson says Ryder got 'ground to make up' for return to NZ squad

Wellington, Oct 20 : New Zealand cricket team coach Mike Hesson has met with all-rounder Jesse Ryder on his return from England, and said that the player has got ground to make up for return to national team.


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