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Heartwarming story of Dhoni and his Pak-born fan

New Delhi: The bond between MS Dhoni and Karachi-born Mohammad Bashir aka ‘Chacha Chicago’ blossomed during the 2011 World Cup semifinal between India and Pakistan and it has only grown stronger since then. Such is the bond that Bashir has flown in to Manchester from Chicago (approximately 6000 kms) for Sunday’s high-octane Indo-Pak contest without a match ticket. He knows …

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SC Davorlim go past Curtorim Gymkhana BENAULIM: Second half strikes from Robinson Colaco and Sidroy Miranda enabled Sporting Club of Davorlim down Curtorim Gymkhana 2-0 and enter the quarterfinals of 43rd Cana Benaulim football tournament, organised by Cana Benaulim Sporting Association, at St John, the Baptist grounds, Benaulim on Friday. After a goalless first half, SC Davorlim’s Robinson Colaco struck …

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I want our children to start aspiring big with TT: Shrinivas Dempo

The Dempo Group of Companies has added Table Tennis to its sports portfolio by buying 90 per cent stake in Goa Challengers, a team in the Ultimate Table Tennis League. Sports Editor AUGUSTO RODRIGUES discussed ping pong with Chairman SHRINIVAS DEMPO “Table Tennis is the fourth sport the Dempo Group of Companies has decided to add to its verticals. We …

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Italy hammer Jamaica to enter next round

REIMS: Cristiana Girelli scored a hat trick to put Italy into the second round of the Women’s World Cup with a 5-0 victory over Jamaica on Friday. It was Italy’s second hat trick at the World Cup, as Girelli joined Carolina Morace, who did it at the inaugural 1991 tournament. Girelli’s three goals were the third hat trick so far …

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Unhappy Sarri finally moves to Juventus

London: Maurizio Sarri is set to return to Italy to take the vacant managerial role at Juventus and bring the curtain down on a fretful one-year stay at Chelsea. Sarri met his targets by returning Chelsea to the Champions League via a third-placed finish in the Premier League and winning the Europa League, claiming his first major trophy as a …

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Truth will appear soon: Neymar on rape allegations

Sao Paulo: Brazilian police questioned Neymar for five hours on Thursday over allegations he raped a woman he met through social media in a Paris hotel last month — charges he has denied. “The truth appears sooner or later,” the world’s most expensive footballer, who walked on crutches after injuring his right ankle in a pre-Copa America friendly against Qatar …

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Sachin sues Australian bat manufacturer for $2 mn in royalties

Sydney: Batting great Sachin Tendulkar is suing Australian sports equipment maker Spartan Sports after it allegedly failed to pay him almost $2 million. In a case filed in an Australian court, Tendulkar reportedly alleged that the Sydney-based bat maker, which has since been renamed, has failed to make payments due to the batting great.  A preliminary hearing for the dispute …

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Marta dedicates special goal to gender equality

Paris: When Brazil forward Marta scored a landmark 16th World Cup goal, she took the opportunity to promote gender equality with a special celebration. After netting the opener from the penalty spot in Brazil’s 3-2 defeat by Australia on Thursday, the 33-year-old pointed to her boots, which sported a pink and blue symbol to represent equality. Her boot sponsorship deal …

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Rain ruins India, NZ’s winning run

Nottingham: The frustrating English weather finally caught up with the Indian team as their third World Cup game against New Zealand was called off without a ball being bowled here Thursday. New Zealand have seven points from four games while India now have five from three with the next game against Pakistan in Manchester on Sunday. Incidentally, the weather Gods …

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Why Nottingham washout hurts India more than New Zealand

NEW DELHI: The ICC World Cup 2019 encounter between India and New Zealand became the fourth match to be abandoned in the ongoing competition as it was called off due to heavy rain and less than satisfactory ground conditions. The washout will certainly affect India more than New Zealand. The Kiwis, with already three wins in three matches will take a …

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