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Pakistan legend Hanif Mohammed dies in Karachi

Pakistan: Former batsman, 81, was suffering from lung cancer and was on ventilator at a Karachi hospital. Pakistan cricket legend and former captain Hanif Mohammed has died after protracted illness at a hospital in the southern city of Karachi. Hanif, 81, had been battling lung cancer for more than two years and was admitted at

Big Bash League 2016-17 Squads Team Lists

The 2016-17 Big Bash League will be the sixth edition of Australian T20 domestic league KFC Big Bash League. Sydney Thunder are the title defending champions in BBL-06 season. The championship is set to be played between 20 December, 2016 and 28 January, 2017. A total of 35 matches will be played between 8 teams

Bindra qualifies for 10m air rifle Final, Gagan Narang misses

Ace shooter and olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra qualified for the 10m Air Rifle event by scoring 105.2 in final series and scoring a total of 625.7. Gagan Narang who finished 23rd with a final score of 621.7. Italy’s Nicolo Campriani sets a new Olympic record with a score of 630.2. Narang started the better

Chinese lifter Long smashes world record to win gold

Rio de Janeiro: Chinese lifter Long Qingquan claimed his second Olympic gold medal, winning the men’s 56 kg weightlifting event with a world record total lift of 307kg. The 25-year-old Long, the 2008 Olympic gold medallist, overcame a stiff challenge from defending champion Om Yun Chaol of North Korea, reports Xinhua. Long hoisted 137kg in

Aussie Kyrgios captures Atlanta Open title

Atlanta (Georgia): Australian Nick Kyrgios beat defending champion John Isner 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4) in the Atlanta Open tennis final to win his second professional tour title. The second seeded Kyrgios spent one hour and 47 minutes in his first career win over Isner and snap the hard-serving American’s 15-match winning streak here on Sunday, reports

Russian para athletes banned for political reasons: World Archery

Lausanne:  The suspension of Russian athletes from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games was made for political reasons and contravenes the main principle of the Paralympic movement, the international governing body for the sport of archery has said. In July, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) urged the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to suspend Russia from the

Rio Olympics: Del Potro stuns Novak Djokovic in tennis Round 1

Rio de Janeiro: World No.1 and favourite to win the Olympic gold Novak Djokovic was stunned by bete noire Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2) in the first round of tennis competitions at the Rio Olympics here. Djokovic, who had lost only four games so far this year, was on Sunday

Olympic exotica: Pin collectors add colour and informal social exchange at Games

Rio de Janeiro: “I can give you Barcelona, if you give me Rio.” That’s a snatch of conversation you are likely to hear in various forms on the sidelines of the Olympic Games, where dozens of lapel pin collectors have congregated from all over the world. Often spreading their wares just outside the stadia or

Indian Women’s Archery Team, hails to quarters

Indian Women’s Archery team are through to quarters after beating Colombia by 5-3. Deepika Kumari, Bombayla Devi and Laxmirani Majhi fetch the triumph for India in Rio

Opening ceremony celebrates Brazil to open Games: Rio Olympics 2016

The 2016 Olympic Games were formally opened in a colourful and pulsating ceremony at Rio’s Maracana stadium. Broadcast to an estimated audience of three billion, the ceremony celebrated Brazil’s history and natural beauty, before former marathon runner Vanderlei de Lima lit the Olympic cauldron. Wimbledon champion Andy Murray led the British team into the arena.

Rio 2016: The five Olympic Rings

Rio de Janeiro: The Olympic Rings emblem first appeared in 1913 on a letter written by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games. He drew and coloured the rings by hand and they were then used as the symbol of the Olympic Congress in Paris in 1914, reports Xinhua. Speaking at the

Russia will be cleanest team in Rio, says ROC chief

Rio de Janeiro: Russia Olympic Committee (ROC) President Alexander Zhukov has asserted that the country will have the cleanest team at the Rio Olympics after 271 of its athletes were cleared to compete in the Games. Several anti-doping bodies called for Russia to be excluded from the Rio Olympics, which begin on Friday, in the

Lifter Mirabai aims for medal at Rio Games

Rio de Janeiro: Saikhom Mirabai Chanu will have an outside chance of a podium finish for India when the weightlifter begins her campaign in the women’s 48kg category at the Rio Olympic Games here tomorrow. Another Indian in fray -Sivalingam Sathish Kumar will compete in men’s 77kg division on August 10. Mirabai, who earned the

Chinese women gymnasts battling with illness, injuries ahead of Olympics

Rio de Janeiro: Chinese women gymnasts are struggling with illness and injuries ahead of the Olympic competitions, but world champion Fan Yilin is upbeat about grabbing the silver medal of the team event at Rio. The Chinese team had podium training on Thursday with the rotation starting from the beam. But team captain Shang Chunsong

President extends good wishes to India’s Olympic contingent

New Delh: President Pranab Mukherjee today extended his best wishes to the Indian athletes participating in the Rio Olympic Games and said they should also promote unity and friendship with sportspersons of other nations. In his message to Chef-de-Mission of the Indian Contingent Rakesh Gupta, the President said he is sure that the Games will

Portugal down Argentina in Olympic soccer

Rio de Janerio:  Two second-half goals helped Portugal outplay Argentina 2-0 in the Olympic football tournament opener here. In the match at the Olympic Stadium on Thursday afternoon, however, it was Argentina who dominated in the first half. But it were Rui Jorge’s squad who really took off in the second half, reports Efe. Paciencia

Indian men and women gears up for Olympic hockey

Rio de Janerio: Buoyed by some strongperformances in the run-up to the Rio Olympics, Indian men’s team will look to break their 36-year-long medal jinx when the hockey competition begins here tomorrow. Eight-time champions, India won their last Olympic gold at the 1980 Moscow Games. What followed were years of missed opportunities and then came

Five hockey players from Punjab selected for Rio Olympics 2016

Jalandhar: Renowned for its international presence in the legendary sport of Hockey, as many as five players from Punjab have been selected for the Men’s Hockey Squad for the upcoming Rio Olympics in Brazil. It is after the grand success at Sultan Azlan Shah Cup and Champions trophy that the nation was hopeful of ending

Jaitley sees personal assets decline by Rs 2.83 cr in FY16

New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley hasseen his assets decline by Rs 2.83 crore in fiscal year ended March 2016 to Rs 68.41 crore due to fall in cash balance in bank accounts. In his declaration of Assets and Liabilities for 2015-16 posted on the PMO website, Jaitley said the value of his immovable properties

Cambodia named World Best Tourism Destination for 2016

Phnom Penh: The European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) has named Cambodia as the World Best Tourism Destination for 2016. Some 30 countries joined the competition for the illustrious award this year, an ECTT press release issued late Wednesday said, adding that Cambodia presented its report for the competition under the title ‘Cambodia: The