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Nearly 2000 athletes to attend forest sports meet in Goa

Panaji, Oct 31 : Nearly 2,000 athletes drawn from forest departments across the country will participate in the 21st All India Forest Sports meet which gets underway in Goa from Nov 5.

Asian and Commonwealth Games squash medallists feted

Chennai, Oct 31 : Gold medallists at the Asian and Commonwealth Games and other medallists as also the fresh Arjuna Award winner Anaka Alankamony were felicitated here Friday by the Squash Rackets Federation of India.

United SC beat Air India 2-1 in Durand Cup

Raia (Goa), Oct 31 : United SC defeated Air India 2-1 in a crucial second round Pool B match to keep their semi-final hopes alive in the 127th Durand Cup football tournament at the Raia Sports Complex here Friday.

Junior squash Nationals: Kush, Harshit in title round

Chennai, Oct 31 : Reigning U-19 champions Kush Kumar and Harshit Kaur Jawanda cruised into the final with comfortable wins in the boys' and girls' sections, respectively, in the sub-junior and junior national squash championship being held here Friday.

Rally de Bengal: Rao leads Gill on Day One

Kolkata, Oct 31 : Mangalore-based Arjun Rao and co-driver Satish Rajagopal, in a Volkswagen Polo, took a 16.6-second lead over championship leader Gaurav Gill (Musa Sherif) of Mahindra Adventure at the end of a chaotic Leg-1 of the Rally de Bengal, the fourth round of the FMSCI Indian Rally Championship, near here Friday.

Too many foreigners not good for ISL: Zico

Fatorda (Goa), Oct 31 : Too many foreigners in the starting 11 won't help Indian Super League's (ISL) cause of developing football in the country, said Brazilian legend and FC Goa coach Zico.

AIFF relaxes Habas' ban

New Delhi, Oct 31 : The All India Football Federation (AIFF) Friday reduced Atletico de Kolkata head coach Antonio Lopez Habas' four-match ban to two and put him on a two-month probation from Oct 23. If Habas commits another infringement he would have to serve out his two-match ban again.

AIFF reduces Habas's ban, puts him on probation

New Delhi, Oct 31 : The All India Football Federation (AIFF) Friday reduced Atletico de Kolkata head coach Antonio Lopez Habas's four-match ban to two and put him on two-month probation from Oct 23. If Habas commits another infringement he would have to serve out his two-match ban again.

I almost gave up football for cricket, says Sir Geoff Hurst

London, Oct 31 : Sir Geoff Hurst has revealed that he was on the verge of giving up his football career to become a cricketer.

Jha extends lead to six shots

Bangalore, Oct 31 : Local challenger Abhishek Jha blasted a seven-under-65 to zoom into a healthy six-shot lead in round three of the Asian Development Tour's TAKE Solutions India Masters golf tournament, at the Eagleton Resort, here Friday.

Poovamma eyeing gold at National Open Athletics

New Delhi, Oct 31 : Fresh from her Asian Games double medal winning feat, athlete M.R. Poovamma Friday warned her rivals ahead of the National Open Athletics Championships starting Sunday at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, stating she would settle for nothing less than gold.

Central ride on strong opening stand to take 111 runs lead

New Delhi, Oct 31 : A strong opening partnership by Faiz Fazal and Jalaj Saxena helped Central Zone to take a 111-run lead in the second innings against South Zone, who were bowled out for 379 on the third day of the final Duleep Trophy cricket match at the Ferozeshah Kotla here Friday.

Pune FC down Churchill 3-0 in Durand Cup

Raia (Goa), Oct 31 : I-league side Pune FC began their Durand Cup campaign in style with a comfortable 3-0 win over Churchill Brothers SC in a Group IV quarter-final stage match of the 127th Durand Cup here Friday.

Ryder picked for New Zealand A tour

Wellington, Oct 31 : New Zealand selectors Friday threw a lifeline to talented batsman Jesse Ryder by including him in the 13-member A squad for four one-dayers in Dubai next month.

New Zealand PM invites Indian cricket fans to 2015 World Cup

Mumbai, Oct 31 : With 100 days to go before the commencement of the 2015 ICC World Cup, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key Friday invited Indian cricket fans to visit his country during the Feb 14-March 29 event, to be co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia.

India-centric CTL won't clash with IPTL: Vijay Amritraj

New Delhi, Oct 31 : The inaugural Champions Tennis League (CTL) from Nov 17-26 to be played across six cities in India won't have any clash of interests with the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL), though, both will have franchises based out of New Delhi, former Indian tennis star and CTL promoter Vijay Amritraj said Friday.

India announce squad for AFC U-19 Women's Championship qualifiers

New Delhi, Oct 31 : Head coach Priya P.V. has named a 23-member India squad for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-19 Women's Championship China 2015 qualifiers starting Wednesday in Amman, Jordan.

Sharif backs PCB's decision to nominate ex-boss Sethi for ICC president's post

Karachi, Oct 31 : Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)'s patron Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has reportedly backed the decision of the board's chairman Shahryar khan and Board of Governors (BoG) to recommend former head Najam Sethi as Pakistan's nominee for the International Cricket Council (ICC)'s presidency post.

Clarke gives Smith 'shelling' over 'friendly chat' with 'adversary' Ali

Washington, Oct 31 : Australia cricket team captain Michael Clarke gave a telling off to his teammate Steve Smith during the opening day of the second Test against Pakistan after the batsman's friendly chat with their rival team's Azhar Ali.

Ryder says 'passion still there' to play for NZ in 2015 WC

Wellington, Oct 31 : Big-hitting batsman Jesse Ryder has said that the passion is still there to play for New Zealand in the one-day format World Cup after he was named in the New Zealand A squad on Friday.

Border says Clarke's field setting in second Test 'against spirit of cricket'

Sydney, Oct 31 : Former Australia cricket team captain Allan Border has said that current skipper Michael Clarke's field setting against Pakistan in the second Test going on at Abu Dhabi is against the spirit of cricket.

Trott to get 24-hour access to psychological help on England return

London, Oct 31 : England batsman Jonathan Trott would reportedly be nursed through his comeback to the national squad with 24-hour access to psychological help on tour if required.

President congratulates Pankaj Advani

New Delhi, Oct 31 : President Pranab Mukherjee Friday congratulated cueist Pankaj Advani on winning his 12th world title in World Billiards Championship in Leeds, Britain.

Warne broke up with gal-pal Emily Scott because she wanted to have kids

London, Oct 31 : Australia spin legend Shane Warne has revealed that the reason behind his split with his model girlfriend Emily Scott, after three months, was her desire to have children.

Lahiri hoping for memorable debut at WGC-HSBC Champions

Shanghai, Oct 31 : India's Anirban Lahiri will be hoping for a memorable debut when he takes his place among the game's elite at next week's $8.5 million WGC-HSBC Champions.

Roberts wants WICB to prioritise salvaging ties with BCCI

St. John's (Antigua), Oct 31 : Former West Indies fast bowler Andy Roberts said he is not in agreement with the decision by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to first setup a task force to probe the circumstances which gave rise to the abandoned tour of India rather than salvaging ties with the BCCI.

Ottis Gibson appointed England bowling coach on temporary basis

London, Oct 31 : Former West Indies head coach Ottis Gibson has been appointed as a bowling coach for England on a temporary basis.

Kerala Blasters beat FC Pune City to win first ISL match

Pune, Oct 30 : Kerala Blasters FC registered their first win of the inaugural Indian Super League (ISL) football tournament, defeating hosts FC Pune City 2-1 in a close contest at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium here.

IPTL tickets go on sale from Friday

New Delhi, Oct 30 : Micromax Indian Aces Thursday announced that online ticket sales for the Delhi leg of the inaugural International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) will start from Friday morning.

Anish Sood to open for David Guetta India Tour 2014

New Delhi, Oct 30 : After lending direct support to electronic dance music (EDM) giant David Guetta on his tour two years ago, Indian EDM producer and DJ Anish Sood will open for the global megastar on his 2014 tour in Delhi and Bangalore in December.

Somdev to play for Punjab Marshalls in CTL

Chandigarh, Oct 30 : India's No.1 tennis star Somdev Devvarman will be turning out for the newly launched Punjab Marshalls, the Chandigarh franchise of the Champions Tennis League (CTL), that was launched here Thursday.

Golfer Rashid Khan eyes Panasonic Open India

New Delhi, Oct 30 : Rising star Rashid Khan is planning another title assault at the $300,000 Panasonic Open India, seven months after claiming a 'life changing' first Asian Tour victory at the Delhi Golf Club (DGC).

Pune FC face Churchill Brothers in Durand Cup opener

Panaji, Oct 30 : Pune FC will be eager to kick-off their Durand Cup campaign with a win when they face Goan side Churchill Brothers in their quarterfinal stage Group IV opener at the Raia Sports Complex here Friday.

Vaishavi grabs lead in Hero women's golf

Greater Noida, Oct 30 : Vaishavi Sinha played the only under-par round on Day 2 to grab the lead in leg 13 of the Hero Women's Professional Golf Tour at Jaypee Greens here Thursday.

Saina expresses surprise at French Open loss

New Delhi, Oct 30 : Top Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal said Thursday that she was surprised by her sudden capitulation and subsequent loss in the women's singles quarter-final of the French Open Super Series against Chinese World No.2 Shixian Wang.

National Open Athletics in New Delhi Nov 2-5

New Delhi, Oct 30 : The National Open Athletics Championships will be held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here Nov 2-5.

Tvesa thrilled to get DGC Ladies trophy from Saina

New Delhi, Oct 30 : Tvesa Malik, one of India's leading amateurs, grabbed the Usha fifth Delhi Golf Club Ladies Open Amateur title, one of the leading events for the ladies on the Indian Golf Union circuit here Thursday.

Sharma, Pandey script big win for India A

Mumbai, Oct 30 : Twin centuries by Rohit Sharma and Manish Pandey helped India A beat the Sri Lankans by 88 runs in a 50-over warm-up game at the Brabourne Stadium here Thursday.

Rajasthan XI skipper Pankaj hopeful of a good season

New Delhi, Oct 30 : Captain Pankaj Singh Thursday hoped that a newly-formed Rajasthan XI will have a good season ahead, after the state cricket body Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) was suspended by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for elected former Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner Lalit Modi as its president.

Abhinav Bindra elected ISSF Athletes Committee head

New Delhi, Oct 30 : India's lone individual Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra was Thursday elected chairman of the International Shooting Sport Federation's Athletes Committee.

AMU wins north zone varsity tennis

Aligarh, Oct 30 : The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) tennis team won the North Zone Intervarsity Tennis (men) Tournament for the third time, beating Punjab University, Patiala (PUP), in the finals at DCR University in Murthal.

Happy to be compared with Dravid: Lokesh Rahul

New Delhi, Oct 30 : South Zone opener Lokesh Rahul, who scored an unbeaten 168 to guide his team to take a 32-run lead against Central Zone in the Duleep Trophy final at the Ferozeshah Kotla here Thursday, expressed his happiness over his comparison with legendary batsman Rahul Dravid.

Karun Chandhok elected to Formula E panel

Mumbai, Oct 30 : Mahindra Racing's Karun Chandhok has been elected as a drivers' representative for the FIA Formula E Championship along with Dragon Racing's Oriol Servia.

South take 1st innings lead against Central

New Delhi, Oct 30 : Opener Lokesh Rahul's unbeaten 168 helped South Zone gain a 32-run lead against Central Zone, who were bowled out for 276 on the second day of the Duleep Trophy final at the Ferozeshah Kotla here Thursday.

Advani still a work in progress: Geet Sethi

By Anand Philar, Bangalore, Oct 30 : Pankaj Advani, when still in teens and yet to make his mark, had nursed a wish that his name becomes synonymous with cue sport, much like his idol Geet Sethi's. Just over a decade later, the Bangalorean has more than fulfilled that wish.

Vikas downs Ranjit in junior national squash

Chennai, Oct 30 : Tamil Nadu's Vikas Mehra upset second seed Ranjit Singh of Uttar Pradesh in four games for a semifinal berth in the Under-17 boys section as another day of intense competition was completed in the sub-junior and junior National Squash Championship here Thursday.

Trinidad cricket board hits out at striking WI players

By Paras Ramoutar, Port-of-Spain, Oct 30 : Former Trinidad and Tobago sports minister Manohar Ramsaran has successfully piloted a Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board motion condemning the West Indies cricketers for abandoning the India tour two weeks ago.

Golfer Jha takes lead at India Masters

Bangalore, Oct 30 : India's Abhishek Jha continued his good form at the inaugural India Masters by matching his opening day's effort with another six-under-par 66 to take the second round lead at the Eagleton Golf Resort here Thursday.

Saina Nehwal climbs to No.5 in rankings

New Delhi, Oct 30 : India's leading shuttler Saina Nehwal climbed a place to be ranked No.5 in women's singles in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings released Thursday.

Ryder inches closer to NZ national squad return

Wellington, Oct 30 : Big-hitting batsman Jesse Ryder is reportedly set to be named in a New Zealand Cricket (NZC) team release on Friday, for the first time since January.

Misbah looking consistency for Pak in second Test against Oz

Johannesburg, Oct 30 : Pakistan cricket team captain Misbah-ul Haq would reportedly seek consistency while his counterpart Australia's Michael Clarke would look for runs in the second Test starting in Abu Dhabi from Thursday.

Lara reveals no letter from Mandela this time to save Windies' SA tour

Johannesburg, Oct 30 : West Indies legendary batsman Brian Lara has revealed that there would be no letter from former president Nelson Mandela, which saved their tour 16 years ago, to protect the national team's tour to South Africa later this year.

Amla on course to ODI landmark

London, Oct 30 : South Africa Test team captain Hashim Amla is reportedly very close to a landmark that would confirm him as one of the best ODI batsmen of all time.

FIFA secretary-general defends use of artificial pitches for 2015 Women's WC

London, Oct 30 : FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke has defended the use of artificial pitches for the 2015 Women's World Cup and suggested that they could be used for men.

KP's 'bullying culture' allegations sadden, disappoint Broad, Anderson

London, Oct 30 : England fast bowlers Stuart Broad and James Anderson have said that ousted batsman Kevin Pietersen's allegations of a bully culture in the dressing room has saddened and disappointed them.

FA suspends Ferdinand for three matches, fines 25,000 pounds over 'sket' tweet

London, Oct 30 : The Football Association (FA) has reportedly suspended Queens Park Rangers (QPR) defender Rio Ferdinand for three matches and fined him 25,000 pounds for comments he made on Twitter.

Sachin Tendulkar revisits memories of meeting Bradman

Sydney, Oct 30 : Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne were so daunted by the prospect of meeting Austalian cricketing legend Donald Bradman for his 90th birthday that they could not decide who should speak first, the Indian batting great said.

Flamengo take control of Copa do Brasil semi-final

Rio de Janeiro, Oct 30 : Defending champions Flamengo took a big step towards reaching the final of the Copa do Brasil football competition after winning their semi-final first leg against Atletico Mineiro 2-0 here.

Advani: first ever player to bag triple double

Leeds (Britain), Oct 30 : Pankaj Advani outplayed England's Robert Hall 1928-893 in the final of the IBSF World Billiards championship (timed format) here Wednesday night to complete a grand double.

ISL: Delhi Dynamos, NorthEast United play out barren draw

New Delhi, Oct 29 : Hosts Delhi Dynamos and NorthEast United FC promised a lot but delivered little to produce a lively yet goalless draw Wednesday in an Indian Super League (ISL) match here at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

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