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Pak cricketers back UNICEF's bid to rid world of polio

Karachi, Oct 25 : Pakistan cricket team captain Misbah-ul Haq has pledged his backing to the international bid to rid the world of polio, as the national team has joined hands with Australia to dedicate their ongoing first Test to the fight to end the disease.


Steyn says can 'smell fear' in batsmen despite 'shows of bravado'

Wellington, Oct 25 : World's top-ranked paceman Dale Steyn has said that he can sense fear in a batsman through their body language.


Lorgat confident of WICB resolving issues with players ahead of Proteas tour

Johannesburg, Oct 25 : Cricket South Africa (CSA)'s chief executive officer (CEO) Haroon Lorgat is confident that the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) would have resolved their issues with players by the time the Caribbean team is due to take on South Africa at home in December.


Ferdinand plans on retiring at end of current PL season

Johannesburg, Oct 25 : Former England football team captain Rio Ferdinand has said that he is planning to retire from the sport at the end of the current domestic season.


Duleep Trophy: Central sets up final against South

Mohali, Oct 25 : Central Zone proceeded to the Duleep Trophy final with a first innings lead over North Zone as the four-day semi-final ended in a draw at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium here Saturday.


AIFF fines Pires, Fikru and Habas

New Delhi, Oct 25 : The All India Football Federation (AIFF) Saturday came down hard on FC Goa marquee player Robert Pires, Atletico de Kolkata striker Fikru Lemessa and head coach Antonio Lopez Habas by slapping them with severe fines and match suspension for offensive behaviour during the ill-tempered Indian Super League (ISL) encounter in Margao, Thursday.


Bangalore indoor stadium venue for World snooker

Bangalore, Oct 25 : Looking at a budget of Rs.50 lakh for next month's IBSF World Snooker Championship here, Billiards and Snooker Federation of India (BSFI) officials have been doing the rounds of state government offices and also the municipality in a bid to put on a show worthy of the occasion.


Pune FC sign Liberian Brown

Pune, Oct 25 : I-League club Pune FC Saturday completed the signing of Liberian playmaker Eric Brown for the 2014-15 season.


Dhoni buys Ranchi Rays hockey franchise

By Abhishek Purohit : Ranchi, Oct 25 : Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who recently became a co-owner of football team Chennians FC, Saturday joined Sahara Adventures Sports Limited to co-own the new Ranchi-based Hockey India League (HIL) team Ranchi Rays, which was unveiled here Saturday.


Hend pulls two clear of Lahiri at Macau Open

Macau, Oct 25 : Defending champion Scott Hend of Australia raced two shots clear of India's Anirban Lahiri after battling to a four-under-par 67 in the third round of the Venetian Macau Open Saturday.


Cuttack to host 1st India-Sri Lanka ODI

Mumbai, Oct 25 : Cuttack will host the first of the five One-Day Internationals (ODI) between India and Sri Lanka Nov 2, the Indian cricket board announced Saturday.


'Windies walk-out a collapse of governance'

Kingston (Jamaica), Oct 25 : Former Jamaican prime minister P.J. Patterson has described the West Indies' walk-out of the India tour as "humiliation" and says it has exposed "a total collapse of a governance system" in the administration of the game by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).


Carter in Windies A squad for Sri Lanka series

St. John's (Antigua), Oct 25 : Left-handed stroke-maker Jonathan Carter is among four players called up for the West Indies A team's three-match one-day tour of Sri Lanka starting next month.


Saina Nehwal ousted from French Open quarters

Paris, Oct 25 : The Indian challenge came to an end at the $275,000 French Open Super Series when the country's top shuttler Saina Nehwal lost her women's singles quarterfinal to Shixian Wang of China here.


Terry Walsh leaves 'sporting' bureaucracy in a tizzy

By Veturi Srivatsa : Hockey coach Terry Walsh has coined a new expression to describe the babus and the officials of the national sports federations - "sporting" bureaucracy!


Samuels opts out as players retain lawyers for battle ahead

Port of Spain, Oct 25 : West Indies players who controversially abandoned the tour of India last week have retained legal counsel as they prepare to tackle the contentious Collective Bargaining Agreement signed by their union, West Indies Players' Association (WIPA), but batsman Marlon Samuels has opted not to pursue this course of action along with his team mates.


Rafael Nadal to defend Rio Open title

Rio de Janeiro, Oct 25 : Former world No.1 Rafael Nadal has confirmed that he will defend his title at next year's Rio Open tennis.


Rafael Nadal to skip Paris Masters

Paris, Oct 25 : French Open winner Rafael Nadal will be missing the Paris Masters 2014, the French Tennis Federation announced here.


Advani emerges World billiards champion

Leeds, Oct 24 : Pankaj Advani, the 29-year old from Bangalore, set a record of sorts when he defeated Peter Gilchrist 6-2 in the final of the World billiards championship (points format), here Saturday.


Advani clinches World billiards title

Leeds, Oct 24 : Displaying sublime touch, Pankaj Advani crowned himself World billiards champion for the 10th time when he overcame Peter Gilchrist 6-2 in the points format (150-up) final here Saturday.


Shuttler Kashyap loses in French Open quarters

Paris, Oct 24 : After ousting top-10 competitors in the first two rounds, Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap had to bite the dust as he lost his men's singles quarter-final to China's Zhengming Wang but not before putting up a fight at the $275,000 French Open Super Series here Friday.


Punish those guilty of IPL fixing severely, says petitioner Verma

Patna, Oct. 24 : Aditya Verma, the petitioner in the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing case on Friday said that the people found guilty in the scam should be severely punished.


ADT's India Masters golf to be played in Bangalore

Singapore, Oct 24 : Irish golfer Niall Turner, American Brett Munson and Sattaya Supupramai of Thailand, who are ranked third, fourth and fifth respectively on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) Order of Merit, will headline the inaugural India Masters next week.


Golfer Ormsby aims for title defence at Panasonic Open India

New Delhi, Oct 24 : Australian golfer Wade Ormsby believes good rest will be the perfect tonic for his title defence at the $300,000 Panasonic Open India which will be held here Nov 6-9.


Proteas thrash Kiwis by 72 runs in second ODI to take unbeatable 2-0 series lead

Wellington, Oct 24 : South Africa thrashed New Zealand by 72 runs in the second ODI at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui to take an unbeatable 2-0 series lead.


Lahiri slips to tied third in Macau Open

Macau, Oct 24 : After leading the first round, Anirban Lahiri slipped to tied third as defending champion Scott Hend of Australia fought his way into a share of the halfway lead with countryman Adam Groom as he kept up his chase for a second successive victory at the $900,000 Venetian Macau Open golf here Friday.


Ex-Proteas skipper Wessels' bemused' with Ryder's situation involving participation in NZ squad

Wellington, Oct 24 : Former South African captain Kepler Wessels is reportedly bemused with New Zealand Jesse Ryder's situation, as the all-rounder is 'too busy' to take part in domestic league and his involvement in the United Arab Emirates tour is yet to be discussed.


Scoring big hundreds way to Indian team: V.V.S. Laxman

Kolkata, Oct 24 : Roped in as a batting consultant by the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), former India cricket great V.V.S. Laxman has a simple message for the upcoming generation of batsmen -- score big hundreds.


AITA president Khanna rubbishes resignation reports

New Delhi, Oct 24 : All India Tennis Association (AITA) president Anil Khanna Friday rejected reports that the sports ministry has asked him to step down for violating the government guidelines in the election process and reiterated that the tennis body was the first National Sports Federation (NSF) to accept the sports code.


GCA wants tax probe into Kapil's lights firm

Panaji, Oct 24 : The Goa Cricket Association has asked the state government's finance ministry to probe iconic cricketer Kapil Dev's firm Dev Musco Lighting for inflated costs and other alleged improprieties in the process of installing floodlights at the association's academy.


South thrash East to reach Duleep Trophy final

Lahli (Haryana), Oct 24 : South Zone thumped East Zone by an innings and 118 runs in the semi-final of the Duleep Trophy cricket at the Chaudhary Bansi Lal Stadium here Friday.


Doubles tennis title for Myneni and Sanam

Pune, Oct 24 : The Indian camp had some consolation as Saketh Myneni, who lost his singles semi-final match, paired up with Sanam Singh to bag the men's doubles title, defeating top seeded Thai twins of Sanchai and Sonchat Ratiwatana 6-3, 6-2 in the $50,000 KPIT-MSLTA ATP Challenger tennis tournament here Friday.


Gautam Gambhir scores 167 but Central Zone get lead

Mohali, Oct 24 : Gautam Gambhir's 167 powered North Zone to 457 on the third day of the Duleep Trophy cricket semi-final against Central Zone at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium here Friday.


Ashton Turner to lead Cricket Australia XI against South Africa

Melbourne, Oct 24 : Ashton Turner will skipper the Cricket Australia (CA) XI against the South African side in a Twenty20 contest to be played Nov 2 at the North Sydney Oval.


Top Indians for Challenger squash

Chennai, Oct 24 : The Indian Squash Academy here will host the fourth and concluding round of the JSW Indian Squash Challenger circuit beginning Saturday, followed by the National sub-junior and junior championships that have received over 500 entries.


Hodgson does not believe there are any 'gay footballers'

London, Oct 24 : England football team manger Roy Hodgson has said that he did not believe there were any gay footballers, as he had never come across any players who had aroused his suspicion.


Ahmed says will be happy if his ton helps Pak win first Test against Oz

Johannesburg, Oct 24 : Pakistan wicketkeeper batsman Sarfraz Ahmed has said that he would be happy if his innings help his team win, after he scored the fourth fastest ton by a Pakistani to help his side to a big first innings total of 454 on the second day of the first Test in Dubai on Thursday.


Windies women focused despite men's team upheaval

Canberra, Oct 24 : West Indies women's team management say their side will not be distracted by the controversy surrounding their male counterparts.


V.V.S. Laxman confident of India doing well Down Under

Kolkata, Oct 24 : Banking on the abundance of talented Indian cricketers, former India batting great V.V.S. Laxman Friday exuded confidence about the Indian cricket team doing well in its upcoming tour to Australia.


Rafael Nadal withdraws from Paris Masters

Paris, Oct 24 : World No.3 Spaniard Rafael Nadal Friday withdrew from the ATP Paris Masters, slated for next week, for personal reasons, the French Tennis Federation (FFT) announced.


Hockey India announces team for Australia tour

New Delhi, Oct 24 : Asian Games champions India will play a four-match hockey Test series against Australia to prepare for the FIH Champions Trophy 2014 slated in Bhubaneswar Dec 6-14, Hockey India (HI) announced Friday.


Qatar win AFC U-19 Championship

Yangon, Oct 24 : Qatar beat defending champions North Korea to win the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-19 Championship at the Thuwunna Youth Training Center here.


Flintoff 'excited' to play for Brisbane Heat in Australia's BBL

Johannesburg, Oct 24 : Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has extended his surprise return to Twenty20 cricket with Australia's domestic Big Bash League (BBL) on Thursday, and has joined the Brisbane Heat on a short-term deal for the same.


India drop to 159 in FIFA rankings

Zurich, Oct 24 : The Indian football team dropped one place to be ranked 159th in the latest FIFA rankings released here Friday.


Beetroot boosts athletes' performance

New York, Oct 24 : Forget energy drinks, athletes may now rely on a more organic drink to enhance their performance - beetroot juice.


Pistorius' agent to discuss running future with athlete in prison

Johannesburg, Oct 24 : Jailed Paralympics runner Oscar Pistorius' agent has revealed that he is looking forward to a meeting with the double-amputee athlete in prison in the next few days to discuss his running future.


Pretoria prison's number gangs behind death threat to Pistorius

Washington, Oct 24 : Paralympics runner Oscar Pistorius, who starts his five-year sentence at Pretoria's Central Prison, would urgently need to study the lore and laws of South Africa's numbers gangs as the double-amputee athlete is reportedly under a death threat from the gangs.


Saina, Kashyap in French Open quarters

Paris, Oct 24 : Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap continued his giant-killing spree, stunning World No.9 Tian Houwei 21-19, 21-18 in the pre-quarters of the French Open Super Series while Saina Nehwal also advanced to the quarterfinals at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin here.


Former Windies fast bowler Lawson shines on US debut

Kuala Lumpur, Oct 24 : Former West Indies fast bowler Jermaine Lawson marked his debut for the United States by helping to demolish Bermuda on the opening day of the six-nation Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division Three 50-over tournament here.


Never wanted to abandon India tour: Marlon Samuels

Kingston, Oct 24 : West Indies stroke-maker Marlon Samuels said he never wanted to be part of the one-day team's plan to abandon the tour of India, and revealed he stayed away from most of the players' meetings during the troubled tour.


Billiards - Advani, Kothari enter semis

Leeds, Oct 23 : Pankaj Advani and Sourav Kothari entered the final of the World Billiards championship (150-up points format) with 4-0 victories over Alok Kumar and England's Ian Williamson, respectively, here Thursday.


Golfer Lahiri leads Venetican Macau Open

Macau, Oct 23 : Indian star golfer Anirban Lahiri fired a 10-under 61 to lead after the first round of the Venetican Macau Open at the par-71 Macau Golf and Country Club here Thursday.


Myneni makes semi-finals

Pune, Oct 23 : Saketh Myneni maintained his winning momentum and entered the singles semi-finals and the doubles finals of the KPIT-MSLTA ATP Challenger tennis tournament here Thursday.


Jonathan Trott extends contract with Warwickshire till 2017

London, Oct 23 : England batsman Jonathan Trott, whose mental issues led to his abrupt departure from last winter's Ashes tour, has confirmed his successful comeback to competitive cricket by signing a new three-year contract with Warwickshire.


Srikanth, Kashyap big movers in BWF rankings

Kuala Lumpur, Oct 23 : Indian men shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and Parupalli Kashyap jumped seven places each in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings released Thursday while Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal moved up one spot to the sixth.


Srikanth, Kashyap, Saina rise in world rankings

Kala Lumpur, Oct 23 : Indian men shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and Parupalli Kashyap jumped seven places each in the latest released Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings Thursday while Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal moved up one spot to the sixth.


Andrew Flintoff signs for Big Bash side Brisbane Heat

Brisbane, Oct 23 : Former England captain and all-rounder Andrew Flintoff, who retired from international cricket in 2009, Wednesday confirmed that he will play for Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League (BBL) this summer.


Golfer Bhullar to defend Indonesia Open title

Jakarta, Oct 23 : Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar Thursday confirmed that he will return to the Damai Indah Golf, PIK Course, here in a bid to defend Indonesia Open title to be held Dec 4-7.


World Cup 2015 organisers look for 1,500 net bowlers

Dubai, Oct 23 : With barely four months to go for the cricket World Cup 2015, the event organisers in Australia and New Zealand are looking for 1,500 net bowlers to help the participating teams in training during the One-Day International (ODI) tournament.


Hong Kong to host 2015 Asia-Pacific Golf Amateur Championship

Melbourne, Oct 23 : The Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club in Hong Kong has been confirmed as the host venue for the 2015 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship (AAC), organisers announced during the sixth staging of the championship here Thursday.


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