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IPL Auction 2017: Ben Stokes sold to Pune Supergiants for whopping Rs. 14.50 crores
Bengaluru , Feb.20 : England all-rounder Ben Stokes was sold to Rising Pune Supergiants for a whopping Rs 14.50 crores during the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) Auction at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Bengaluru on Monday. Read Full Story

La Liga: Messi's last-gasp penalty rescues Barca against Leganes
Camp Nou [Barcelona], Feb.20 : Star striker Lionel Messi converted a penalty corner into a goal in the final seconds as Barcelona scraped a 2-1 win over Leganes in their La Liga clash at the Camp Nou here last evening. Read Full Story

HIL 2017: Uttar Pradesh Wizards hold Delhi Waveriders to 1-1 stalemate
New Delhi , Feb.19 : Uttar Pradesh Wizards played out a 1-1 draw against hosts Delhi Waveriders in a crucial Hockey India League (HIL) match here at Shivaji Stadium last evening. Read Full Story

Ovtcharov ends Harimoto's dream run to clinch ITTF India Open title
New Delhi , Feb.20 : German table tennis player Dimitrij Ovtcharov brought the dream run of Japan's 13-year-old sensation Tomokazu Harimoto to an abrupt end to capture the men's singles title in the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour India Open here at the Thyagaraja Sports Complex on Sunday. Read Full Story

Shahid Afridi bids adieu to international cricket
New Delhi , Feb. 20: Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi on Sunday announced his retirement from international cricket, bringing to an end his illustrious 21-year career, as per local Pakistan media reports. Read Full Story

Virat Kohli signs deal with Puma
Mumbai, Feb 19 : Indian cricket skipper Virat Kohli has signed a new deal with sportswear brand Puma. Read Full Story

I-League: Minerva pip Churchill in 9-goal thriller
New Delhi, Feb 19 : Minerva Punjab FC secured a crucial away victory in a hostile territory as they pipped Churchill Brothers by 4-5 in a nine-goal thriller at the Tilak Maidan in Goa on Sunday, an official release stated. Read Full Story

Vanuatu, Samoa & Fiji get the early wins
Dubai, Feb 19 : There were easy wins for Vanuatu, Samoa and Fiji on day 1 of the 2017 ICC World Cricket League Qualifier - East Asia-Pacific in Bendigo, Australia, an official release said. Read Full Story

Kings XI Punjab emerges with largest purse for IPL 2017 players' auction
Bengaluru (Karnataka) , Feb.19 : On Monday (February 20), attention will shift to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Bengaluru, Karnataka, where the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) auction of cricket players from around the world will take place. Read Full Story

Sri Lanka take unbeatable 2-0 lead against Australia with narrow Geelong Twenty20 win
Melbourne [Australia], Feb.19 : Sri Lanka on Sunday took an unbeatable two nil lead against Australia in a three-match Twenty20 international series through a two wicket win in Geelong. Read Full Story

Thousands participate in marathon to promote adventure sports, tourism in Chhattisgarh
Raipur (Chhattisgarh) , Feb.19 : Thousands of people participated in a half-marathon in Chhattisgarh capital Raipur on Sunday with an aim of promoting adventure sports and tourism across the state. Read Full Story

South Africa beat New Zealand in Hamilton ODI
Hamilton [New Zealand], Feb.19 : South Africa on Sunday beat New Zealand by four wickets in a one day international match played here. Read Full Story

Steve Smith replaces Dhoni as Rising Pune Supergiants skipper
Pune (Maharashtra) , Feb.19 : Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) has announced that Australian cricket captain Steve Smith will take over as skipper of the team from Mahaendra Singh Dhoni for the 2017 and 10th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Read Full Story

RCB, Mitchell Starc discontinue their association ahead of 2017 season
Mumbai, Feb 19 : The Royal Challengers Bangalore and fast bowler Mitchell Starc have mutually decided to discontinue their association ahead of the upcoming season of VIVO Indian Premier League 2017. Read Full Story

Ahead of IPL season 10, MS Dhoni steps down as Rising Supergiants skipper
Mumbai, Feb 19 : Former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday stepped down as captain of Indian Premier League (IPL) team Rising Pune Supergiants, media reports said. Read Full Story

Steve Smith replaces Dhoni as Rising Pune Supergiants skipper
Pune (Maharashtra) , Feb.19 : Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) has announced that Australian cricket captain Steve Smith will take over as skipper of the team from Mahaendra Singh Dhoni for the 2017 and 10th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Read Full Story

Ashish Nehra says he retains hope of playing in Champions Trophy in England
New Delhi , Feb. 19 : India's Twenty20 left-arm fast bowler Ashish Nehra has said that he would like to represent the country again in one-day internationals and is training his sights on the Champions Trophy to be played in England in June this year. Read Full Story

Australia, Sri Lanka face off in 2nd Twenty20 in Geelong
Melbourne [Australia], Feb.19 : Having lost their first Twenty20 clash against Sri Lankaat the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) , Australia will now look to redeem itself against the visitors in the second Twenty20 international clash at Kardinia Park in Geelong on Sunday evening. Read Full Story

Victoria SC orders Stuart MacGill, Cricket Australia to begin mediation
Melbourne [Australia], Feb.19 : The Supreme Court in Victoria, Australia, has ordered both Cricket Australia and former Test leg-spinner Stuart MacGill to commence mediation over the latter's 2.6 million Australian dollar injury case. Read Full Story

Oz keeper Matthew Wade calls on ICC to review concussion substitute rule
Mumbai , Feb.19 : Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade has called on the International Cricket Council (ICC) and other administrators of the sport to undertake a review of the current concussion-related substitution rule. Read Full Story

Could England's Ben Stokes be IPL 2017's next auctioned millionaire?
Bengaluru (Karnataka) , Feb.19 : On Monday (February 20), attention will shift to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Bengaluru, Karnataka, where the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) auction of cricket players from around the world will take place. Read Full Story

Virat Kohli interacts with kids
Mumbai, Feb 18 : Indian cricket skipper Virat Kohli on Saturday interacted with school kids. Read Full Story

Akhil Kumar, Jitender Kumar set to make pro boxing debuts in April
New Delhi , Feb.18 : Following the footsteps of Indian boxing sensation Vijender Singh, Olympic Quarterfinalists Akhil Kumar and Jitender Kumar are all set to make their profession debut. Read Full Story

Pakistan, Lanka look set to qualify for ICC Women's WC 2017
Dubai [UAE], Feb.18 : Pakistan and Sri Lanka look all set to make it to the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 as they take on India and Bangladesh respectively, in their last round of Super Six matches at the qualifying event on Sunday. Read Full Story

Cummins backs Stanlake after tough T20I debut against Lanka
Melbourne [Australia], Feb.18 : Australian paceman Pat Cummins has called on his teammate Billy Stanlake to put his poor Twenty20 international debut behind and back his pace in the remaining two games of the three-match series against Sri Lanka. Read Full Story

PSL fixing row: Sharjeel, Latif record statements before PCB's anti-corruption unit
Karachi [Pakistan], Feb.18 : Islamabad United cricketers Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif have formally recorded their statements on the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) spot-fixing scam before the anti-corruption unit of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Read Full Story

An insightful chat with MMA fighter Isaac Kario Maheo
By Vangamla Salle K S, New Delhi , Feb.18 : Meet Isaac! Hailing from the remotest region of Northeast India, Isaac Kario Maheo, have come a long way in life, competing among the world top fighters of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Read Full Story

Mirza-Strycova knock out of Qatar Open in semis
Doha [Qatar], Feb.18 : Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her partner Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic suffered a major blow as they crashed out of the ongoing Qatar Open after going down in the semi-finals of the tournament here last evening. Read Full Story

Sania Mirza critical of media's approach to her tax notice
New Delhi , Feb.18 : Ace Indian tennis star Sania Mirza has launched a scathing attack on the country's media, saying a certain sections of it choose to highlight the negative news rather than focusing on her entry into the semi-finals of the ongoing Qatar Open. Read Full Story

HIL 2017: Delhi Waveriders thrash Punjab Warriors 6-1
Chandigarh , Feb.17 : An inspired performance by Delhi Waveriders saw them edge past title holders Jaypee Punjab Warriors 6-1 and jump to the third spot in the ongoing fifth edition of the Hockey India League (HIL) here last evening. Read Full Story

Du Plessis gushes over 'massive weapon' Tahir post T20I heroics
Johannesburg [South Africa], Feb.17 : South Africa T20 skipper Faf du Plessis has heaped praise on Imran Tahir, saying that the leg-spinner is one of the reason why the national side are so successful in the shortest format of the game. Read Full Story

India, South Africa book places in ICC Women's World Cup 2017 with comfortable wins
Colombo, Feb 17 : India and South Africa completed comprehensive victories in the ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier 2017 on Friday to become the first two teams from the tournament to qualify for the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 to be held in England and Wales from June 24 to July 23. Read Full Story

Mustafizur Rahman likely to make return against Lanka
Dhaka [Bangladesh], Feb.17 : Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman is expected to make a return to international cricket during next month's full tour of Sri Lanka, national chief selector Minhajul Abedin has hinted. Read Full Story

Lanka register last-ball win against Aussies in T20 opener
Melbourne [Australia], Feb.17 : Asela Gunaratne struck a quick-fire half-century as Sri Lanka trounced Australia by five wickets in the opening Twenty20 of the three-match series at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) here on Friday. Read Full Story

India crush Bangladesh by nine wickets to qualify for Women's WC 2017
Colombo [Sri Lanka], Feb.17 : Opener Mona Meshram and skipper Mithali Raj struck scorching half-centuries as India booked their place in the upcoming ICC Women World Cup 2017 after thrashing Bangladesh by nine wickets in their qualifying clash at Nondescripts Cricket Club here on Friday. Read Full Story

Squads and fixtures announced for East Asia-Pacific Qualifier
Dubai, Feb 17 : The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday announced the squads and fixtures for the 2017 ICC World Cricket League Qualifier - East Asia-Pacific which starts in Bendigo, Victoria on Sunday Feb 19, an official release stated. Read Full Story

Tahir grabs fifer as Proteas thump Kiwis in lone T20I
Auckland [New Zealand], Feb.17 : Imran Tahir scalped a five-wicket haul as South Africa claimed a thumping 78-run win over New Zealand in a one-off Twenty20 match at Eden Park here on Friday. Read Full Story

Pat Rafter steps down from Tennis Australia role
Johannesburg [South Africa], Feb.17 : Tennis Australia performance director Pat Rafter has stepped down from his role, thus putting an end to his rocky relationship with the country's two controversial players Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic. Read Full Story

If Australia play well, India will win 3-0, else 4-0: Harbhajan Singh
Melbourne [Australia], Feb. 17 : Veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has predicted that India will completely dominate the upcoming four-match Test series against Australia, adding that the best the visitors can hope is for a draw in one of the games. Read Full Story

HIL 2017: Uttar Pradesh Wizards climb to third spot with 4-0 win against Ranchi Rays
Lucknow , Feb. 17 : Uttar Pradesh Wizards enthralled the home crowd with a scintillating 4-0 win against two-time title holders Ranchi Rays that lifted them to the third spot in the points table in the ongoing fifth edition of the Hockey India League (HIL). Field goals by Seve van Ass (37') and Akashdeep Singh (60') sealed the much-needed five points from the match here on Thursday. Read Full Story

Root backs his predecessor Cook to 'smash every record'
Johannesburg [South Africa], Feb. 16 : Joe Root, who has replaced Alastair Cook as England's new Test captain, has backed his predecessor to "smash every record going". Read Full Story

Post Lahore blast, Karachi Mayor proposes to host PSL final
Karachi [Pakistan], Feb. 16 : With questions being raised whether the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final would be held in Lahore following Monday's blast which claimed 13 lives, Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar has said he would like the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to hold summit clash in the metropolis. Read Full Story

Vice-captain Stokes is not automatically England's skipper in Root's absence
London [UK], Feb.16 : England's newly appointed vice-captain Ben Stokes has been warned that he will not necessarily lead the Test side in Joe Root's absence. Read Full Story

Never thought I'd be No. 1 bowler: Imran Tahir
Auckland [New Zealand], Feb. 16 : South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir, who is sitting at the top of the rankings for bowlers in both ODIs and T20s, says he never thought he would be No. 1 bowler. Read Full Story

England's new captain Root draws inspiration from Kohli, Smith
London [UK], Feb. 16 : Newly appointed England Test skipper Joe Root believes that the added responsibility would just take his batting to a new level, just like it has done for Virat Kohli and Steve Smith. Read Full Story

Morne Morkel was told 'he would never be able to play cricket again'
Johannesburg [South Africa], Feb. 16 : South African pacer Morne Morkel, who is leaving stones unturned to make a comeback into the national side from a back injury since the One-Day International (ODI) tri-series held in West Indies in June last year, has revealed that he was told he would never be able to play cricket again. Read Full Story

Bayern Munich give five-star hammering to Arsenal in Champions League
Munich [Germany], Feb. 16 : Bayern Munich came out with a stupendous performance as they thrashed Arsenal 5-1, which included three goals in a span of 10 minutes in the second half, to win the first leg of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match on Thursday at Allianz Arena, Munich. Read Full Story

HIL 2017: Dabang Mumbai snatch 3-2 win against Delhi Waveriders
New Delhi, Feb. 16 : A resilient Dabang Mumbai showed class yet again with a magnificent comeback in the dying minute of the match to hand home side Delhi Waveriders a heartbreaking loss in a thrilling encounter of the ongoing fifth edition of the Hockey India League (HIL). Read Full Story

Virat Kohli greets people on social media
Mumbai, Feb 16 : Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli on Thursday took to social media to greet his fans. Read Full Story

VIVO Indian Premier League 2017 fixtures announced
Mumbai, Feb 15 : The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday announced the fixtures of the upcoming VIVO Indian Premier League 2017 season with the opening match scheduled to be held at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad on April 5, 2017. Read Full Story

India closes in on place in ICC Women's World Cup 2017 with impressive win over South Africa
Colombo, Feb 15 : India closed in on a berth in the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 after a resilient 49 runs win over South Africa while Sri Lanka and Bangladesh also registered notable wins on Wednesday in the first round of Super Six matches at the ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier 2017. Read Full Story

VIVO Indian Premier League 2017 fixtures announced
Mumbai, Feb 15 : The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday announced the fixtures of the upcoming VIVO Indian Premier League 2017 season with the opening match scheduled to be held at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad on April 5. Read Full Story

Maxwell to go 'silent' against Kohli and men
Melbourne [Australia], Feb. 15 : While Australia's skipper Steve Smith has given his boys the license to sledge Virat Kohli and his men; all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, opposite to his nature, has some other plans to stop the Indian run-machine in the upcoming four-match Test series beginning February 23 at Pune. Read Full Story

PCB cancels round-table conference post PSL corruption scandal
Karachi [Pakistan], Feb. 15 : In the wake of the recent corruption scandal in the ongoing second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has cancelled the round-table conference, aimed at improving the sport in the country, and scheduled for March. Read Full Story

Virat expresses his love for Anushka on social media
Mumbai, Feb 15 : The Valentine bug seemed to have bitten Indian cricket skipper Virat Kohli too as the dashing batsman took to social media to express his love for Bollywood star Anushka Sharma, further confirming their status as a pair. Read Full Story

De Villiers' absence can damage Test cricket in long run: Steve Waugh
Johannesburg [South Africa], Feb. 15 : Expressing his disappointment over AB de Villiers's decision to play less Test cricket, former Australian skipper Steve Waugh believes the absence of the star South African batsman from the longest format of the game would damage the game in the long run. Read Full Story

Mumba, Ngarava in Zimbabwe squad for Afghanistan ODIs
Harare [Zimbabwe], Feb. 15 : Uncapped left-arm pacer Richard Ngarava and Carl Mumba have been included in the 16-member squad for the upcoming ODI series at home against Afghanistan in Harare, beginning on Thursday. Read Full Story

Post India's triumph, Tendulkar endorses Women WC for Blind
New Delhi , Feb. 15 : Thrilled with the recent success of the T20 World Cup for the Blind which India won, Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar has endorsed that a similar kind of event be held for women. Read Full Story

England's David Willey out of Windies Tour
London [UK], Feb. 15 : England's all-rounder David Willey will miss the upcoming three-match One-Day International (ODI) series against West Indies in the Caribbean following surgery on a shoulder injury. Read Full Story

'Injured' Guptill out of first three matches against Proteas
Wellington [New Zealand], Feb. 15 : New Zealand opener Martin Guptill has been ruled out of the first three matches against South Africa, which include one T20 and first two ODIs, due to a hamstring issue. Read Full Story


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