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Reinforced India set for Proteas challenge

PTI Dharamsala Hardik Pandya’s eagerly-awaited international comeback adds a lot of context to India’s three-match ODI campaign against South Africa starting Thursday where the hosts would be aiming to put the ‘New Zealand Nightmare’ behind them. Amid the ever-rising danger of Novel Coronavirus and threat of rain once again playing spoilsport, Pandya’s all-round flamboyance will keep skipper Virat Kohli in …

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A look at Tokyo 2020 Olympics status since virus outbreak

REUTERS Tokyo With just over four months left to the July 24 opening of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, organisers say events will go ahead as planned. But the situation is fluid and filled with unknowns, experts say. WHAT’S AT STAKE? Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has gambled his legacy as the longest-serving Japanese leader on a successful Games, with Japan …

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Akhilesh, Aditya hat-tricks help BITS blow away Mormugao United

NT NETWORK Panaji Hat-tricks by Akhilesh Joshi and Aditya Gurjar helped BITS Pilani FC defeat Mormugao United Cultural & Sports Club 7-0 in a Round 5 match of the GFA Second Division Football League played at the Bits Pilani ground, Sancoale. BITS were leading 3-0 at half time. Aryan Trivedi put BITS ahead in the 25th minute off a pass …

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Saurashtra on top despite Bengal fightback

PTI Rajkot Saurashtra maintained their grip over the Ranji Trophy final on day three despite a fighting stand between Bengal veteran Manoj Tiwary and Sudip Chatterjee on a deteriorating pitch here on Wednesday.   Chatterjee (47 not out off 145) and Tiwary (35 off 116) took a leaf out of Cheteshwar Pujara’s book to share a gritty 89-run partnership off 226 …

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Vardy scores on return as Leicester thrash Villa

REUTERS Leicester Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy ended his long scoring drought with two goals after coming off the bench as they returned to winning ways with a 4-0 drubbing of Premier League strugglers Aston Villa at the King Power Stadium on Monday. Leicester’s goal-machine Vardy had not found the net since Dec. 21 but converted a penalty just past the …

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Vasavada does a Pujara, puts Saurashtra in driver’s seat

IANS Rajkot Arpit Vasavada scored a second successive hundred while Cheteshwar Pujara slammed a patient half-century to help Saurashtra reach 384/8 at stumps on Day 2 of the Ranji Trophy final against Bengal here on Tuesday. At the close of play, Chriag Jani (13 not out) and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja (13 not out) were at the crease.  Overnight batsman Vasavada scored …

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BCCI unlikely to roll back slashed playoff fund: IPL chief

Rasesh Mandani | HT Rajkot BCCI’s decision to reduce the amount that the eight franchises would have received had met with opposition. The franchises have written to BCCI asking it to reconsider the move, but IPL chairman Brijesh Patel told HT: “The franchises’ views will be put up before the IPL Governing Council that will meet soon. Then we will …

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Alber brace helps Dempo SC have the last laugh

NT NETWORK Duler Dempo Sports Club kept taking the lead and Panjim Footballers kept fighting back till the seventh goal proved to be the decider and the former returned home with three points and a chance of winning the Goa Football Association (GFA) Professional League at Duler stadium on Tuesday. The game ended: Dempo 4, Panjim Footballers 3. Dempo SC …

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Mohun Bagan crowned champs for second time

PTI Kalyani Indian football heavyweights Mohun Bagan clinched their second I-League title with a 1-0 win over Aizawl FC with four rounds to go in the season here on Tuesday. Prolific Senegalese striker Baba Diawara scored the all-important goal for Mohun Bagan in the 80th minute to beat former champions Aizawl in their 16th round match and give their supporters …

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East Bengal go second after edging Real Kashmir in ill-tempered clash

PTI Srinagar East Bengal scraped past Real Kashmir 1-0 in an ill-tempered I-League clash in which two home team players and one from the visiting side were sent off here on Monday. The lone goal was scored by Spaniard Victor Perez from a penalty in the fifth minute of added time, which secured vital three points for the Kolkata giants. …

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