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         Batsmen have to be better prepared when they go to England next time: Dravid    
New Delhi: Rahul Dravid, the last captain to lead India to a series win in England, says the current side faced unusually tough conditions in the recently concluded five-match rubber and the batsmen must prepare better before embarking on the next English tour.

         Batsmen have to be better prepared when they go to England next time: Dravid    
NEW DELHI: Rahul Dravid, the last captain to lead India to a series win in England, says the current side faced unusually tough conditions in the recently concluded five-match rubber and the batsmen must prepare better before embarking on the next English tour. "Lets just be honest first. The conditions in England were not easy for batting. I think batsmen of both teams struggled. If you take out Virat Kohli from the equation, it was not an easy series for the batsmen. I have played in Engla

         Nadeem breaks List A bowling world record with sensational spell    
CHENNAI: Jharkhand spinner Shahbaz Nadeem Thursday broke a two-decade-old world record for best bowling figures in List A cricket, with an incredible haul of 8/10 against Rajasthan in the Vijay Hazare Trophy here. Left-armer Nadeem, who has been knocking on the doors of the Indian team for a while now, ran through the Rajasthan batting to end a sensational spell. Rajasthan were all out for 73 runs in 28.3 overs with Nadeem's final figures reading 10-4-10-8. The previous best was also

         Didn't expect Arjuna this year: Hima Das    
NEW DELHI: 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.

         High expectations made me anxious: Ronaldo after Juventus goals    
GEORGIA: Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, who finally opened his goal-account with newly-joined club Juventus in a Serie A match against Sassuolo, has admitted that the hype created around his first goal for the club made him anxious. The 33-year-old further expressed happiness over finally being able to score for Juventus and asserted that he is working well with his teammates to adjust according to the conditions. "I was a little bit anxious as expectations were high. I really wante

         Archery coach Teja, athletic's Pannu recommended for Dronacharya Award    
New Delhi: National archery compound coach Jiwanjot Singh Teja is set to become one of the youngest Dronacharya awardees after the 34-year old's name was recommended for the honour along with Asian Games gold medallist Arpinder Singh's coach S S Pannu.

         India captain Virat Kohli recommended for Khel Ratna along with weightlifter Mirabai Chanu    
NEW DELHI: Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and world champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu were Monday jointly recommended for the country's highest sporting honour -- the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award. Kohli will become the third Indian cricketer after legendary Sachin Tendulkar (1997) and the talismanic former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (2007) once the sports ministry officially accepts the committee's recommendation. "Yes, Virat Kohli and Mirabai Chanu's names have been recommend

         Gold for Mary Kom, Manisha gets silver in Polish boxing tournament    
NEW DELHI: The seasoned M C Mary Kom (48kg) collected her third gold medal of the year with a display of tactical brilliance while Manisha (54kg) settled for a silver in the 13th Silesian Open Boxing Tournament for women in Gliwice, Poland. Five-time world champion Mary Kom, returning to the ring after recovering from some niggles that kept her out of the Asian Games, prevailed 5-0 against Kazakhstan's Aigerim Kassanayeva to pick up India's lone senior category gold at the event Saturda

         Cricket Australia open to Shastri's request for extra warm-up game    
MELBOURNE: 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.

         Indian women thrash Hong Kong 6-1 in AFC U-16 Qualifiers    
NEW DELHI: A hat-trick from Lynda Kom ensured the Indian women's team kicked off its campaign in the AFC U-16 Qualifiers in style, breezing past Hong Kong 6-1 in its first match in Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

         Modric should win all that Messi can't: Ivan Rakitic    
MADRID: Croatian footballer Ivan Rakitic has said that his national team-mate Luka Modric should win everything that star striker Lionel Messi cannot. The comment came after Modric was named as UEFA Best Player of the Year and earned a nomination for FIFA's 2018 Best Men's Player award. The nomination left many people in shock as for the first time since 2006, Messi's name did not appear in the list of players who are in contention to win the FIFA Best Player award. "If there is an indivi

         Asia Cup: World Cup combination, renewal of Indo-Pak rivalry    
DUBAI: Virat Kohli's absence might have taken some sheen off it but the general excitement surrounding three possible Indo-Pak encounters will be the USP of the six-nation Asia Cup starting Saturday with a Bangladesh-Sri Lanka clash here. While there are two assured India-Pakistan matches, one in the group league and 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

         India eye upset against Djokovic-less Serbia in Davis Cup tie    
KRALJEVO: India's depleted Davis Cup squad will bank on the consistency of Prajnesh Gunneswaran to pull the side through when it takes on a shorn-of-star-power Serbia in the World Group Play-off tie here from Friday. Recently-crowned US Open champion Novak Djokovic's decision to opt out of the play-offs along with world number 33 Filip Krajinovic has raised hopes of an equal contest between the two teams. Playing away is still an enormous task for the Indian team, which has landed here witho

         SAFF Championship: India outscores Pak to enter final    
Dhaka [Bangladesh]: Two goals from Manvir Singh and a late strike from Sumit Passi helped India beat arch-rivals Pakistan by 3-1 at the Bangabandhu Stadium here on Wednesday to make it to the final of the ongoing the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship.

         Cook ends career with 10th spot in Test ranking    
Dubai [UAE]: England opener Alastair Cook ended his international career on a high note as he finished off by breaking into top ten of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test player ranking. The 33-year-old achieved the feat on the back of an impressive performance in the last Test of the recently concluded five-match series against India.

         Not hard to take, don't require massive correction, insists Kohli    
London: He listed weaknesses aplenty but a combative India captain Virat Kohli insisted that neither is the 1-4 Test series loss to England all that hard to take nor does his side require any "massive" course correction.

         Serena Williams fined $17,000 for US Open final conduct    
NEW YORK: Serena Williams was fined $17,000 for committing three code violations during her U.S. Open final loss to Naomi Osaka on Saturday. The fines, announced on Sunday by the U.S. Tennis Association, break down to $10,000 for verbal abuse of chair umpire Carlos Ramos, $4,000 for being warned for coaching and $3,000 for breaking her racket. Williams, pursuing a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title, got the first code violation for illegally receiving coaching early in the second set

         U.S. Open: Djokovic beats del Potro for 14th Grand Slam    
NEW YORK: Novak Djokovic won his 14th career Grand Slam by beating Juan Martin del Potro in straight sets at the 2018 U.S. Open on Sunday in New York City. Djokovic, 31, won the match 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 for his third U.S. Open crown at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The clash between the 6-seed Djokovic and 3-seed del Potro lasted 3:15. "I would like to congratulate Juan Martin for what he has done in the last four or five years," Djokovic said in his post-match interview. "Wi

         Naomi Osaka wins US Open    
NEW YORK: Naomi Osaka won her first career Grand Slam, beating Serena Williams in straight sets in the 2018 U.S. Open final on Saturday in New York City. Osaka also became the first Japanese woman to win a Grand Slam final after her 6-2, 6-4 triumph in Arthur Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre. Williams had a meltdown late in the second set after being assessed for multiple violations. The 23-time Grand Slam champion was given a warning for coaching after chair um

         Staying on court was too much for me: Nadal    
LONDON: World number one Rafael Nadal, who had to pull out of the semi-final of the ongoing US Open owing to a knee injury, said that although he hates to pull out, staying on the court for another set seemed too much for him. "I hate to retire, but to stay one more set out there playing like this was too much for me," ATP quoted Nadal, as saying. The 32-year-old said that he had some issues with his knee during the tournament, and when the pain resurfaced during the match, he realised that

         Modric receives congratulatory message from Ronaldo    
MADRID: Croatian midfielder Luka Modric has revealed that he received a congratulatory message from Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo after the former was named UEFA Player of the Year. The 32-year-old further stated that he shares a good relationship with Ronaldo and they get along very well. "I have a good relationship with him, he sent me a message, congratulating me for winning it and that he hopes to see me soon. I get on well with Cristiano, we will continue to do so, nothing will ch

         Diego Maradona to coach second-division side Dorados in Mexico    
CULIACAN: Argentine legend Diego Maradona has been hired to coach Mexican second-division football club Dorados, the team announced on Thursday, the retired great's latest foray into managing. Maradona's colorful career has included stints coaching the Argentine national team and a series of clubs around the world, and he had just started a stint as president of Belarus side Dinamo Brest last month. But after parting ways with coach Francisco Ramirez Gamez, Dorados managed to convinc

         Serena outclasses Sevastova to enter US Open final    
NEW YORK: World No. 26 Serena Williams on Thursday (local time) sealed her spot in the final of the ongoing US Open women's singles by handing Latvia's World No. 18 Anastasija Sevastova a 6-3, 6-0 defeat. The win keeps afloat Serena's hopes of winning a first grand slam since becoming a mother, while she is also on the threshold of breaking a host of records. She already has the highest number of Grand Slam singles titles (23) to her name in the Open Era, but the win in the semi-final gives

         Bhupathi defends Balaji selection ahead of Jeevan, Purav    
New Delhi: India's Davis Cup captain Mahesh Bhupathi on Thursday defended the selection of N Sriram Balaji ahead of higher-ranked Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Purav Raja for the tie against Serbia.

         'Messi needs no award to prove his credibility': Barcelona    
MADRID: Describing Liones Messi as the best player in the world, Barcelona">Barcelona spokesperson Josep Vives has said that star striker doesn't need any award to prove his credibility. The comment came after the 31-year old was left out of the nominations for the FIFA's 2018 Best Men's Player award. "We have to be clear that he is the best player in the world and in history. He shows this in every game and so we are not interested in this subject (of not winning an award). We know who L

         US Open: Naomi Osaka defeats Lesia Tsurenko to enter semi-finals    
New York [USA]: Japan's World No. 19, Naomi Osaka on Wednesday sealed her semi-final spot in the women's singles event of the ongoing US Open as she rolled over Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine in straight sets within an hour. 20-year-old Osaka, who played her first quarter-final match in a Grand Slam, exuded a veteran's confidence on her way to registering a 6-1, 6-1 victory in 57 minutes, becoming the first Japanese woman to reach the semi-final of a Grand Slam in 22 years.

         Quarters defeat going to be stuck in my mind forever: Thiem    
London: Austrian tennis player Dominic Thiem, who lost to world number one Rafael Nadal in an epic quarter-final clash of the US Open, has said that the match is going to be stuck in his mind forever and he would never forget it.

         Bhambri, Sharan pull out of Serbia tie; Nagal refuses to come as stand-by    
New Delhi: India's top singles player Yuki Bhambri and Asian Games gold-medallist Divij Sharan have pulled out of the Davis Cup World Group Play-off tie against Serbia due to injuries while Sumit Nagal has refused to join the team as a stand-by.

         Stoffel Vandoorne to leave McLaren at season's end    
London [UK]: Belgian driver Stoffel Vandoorne on Monday announced that he would leave Formula One team McLaren by the end of this season.

         Young Indian shuttlers win titles in Ukraine    
New Delhi: Young Indian shuttlers Anoushka Parikh and Saurabh Sharma and Krishna Prasad Garaga and Dhruv Kapila clinched the mixed doubles and men's doubles titles respectively at the RSL Kharkiv International challenge in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

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