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No 800m; no world championships for Semenya

GENE CHERRY | REUTERS Stanford, California Olympic champion Caster Semenya said on Sunday she would not defend her world title in Doha next September if she could not run in the 800 metres because of new testosterone regulations imposed by the sport’s governing body. “If I am not running 800 metres, I’m not running in the world championships,” the 28-year-old …

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England back on track, India suffer first setback

Birmingham: England survived to live for another day as they outbatted India for a 31-run win in a high-scoring World Cup encounter, keeping their semifinal hopes alive here Sunday. Opener Jonny Bairstow’s hundred (111 off 109 balls) set the platform and a cavalier 54-ball 79 by all-rounder Ben Stokes took England to an imposing 337 for 7 in 50 overs …

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Rohit Sharma, Shami join elite list

Rohit Sharma hammered his 25th ODI hundred in the World Cup encounter against England on Sunday in Birmingham. In doing so, he became only the second Indian to slam three hundreds in a single edition of a World Cup. Before Rohit, it was former India captain Sourav Ganguly who had achieved the same feat in the 2003 World Cup. Rohit, who …

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Kohli scripts history with 5th successive fifty

India captain Virat Kohli on Sunday scored his 54th ODI half century and by doing so the right-handed batsman became the first captain to score five consecutive fifties in a World Cup. The 30-year-old also became only the second player after Steve Smith, to score five consecutive fifties in a World Cup. Smith had achieved the same feat in the …

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When Pak fans prayed for Indian win

New Delhi: In the sporting world, the India-Pakistan rivalry needs no explanation. And when the two archrivals clash on cricket field, it not only ignites emotions and feelings but also attracts eyeballs globally. However, it was a rarest of the rare occasion when on Sunday Pakistani fans cheered and prayed for their neighbours — India — who took on hosts …

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Suarez weeps as Uruguay choke on penalties

Salvador: Luis Suarez broke down in tears after his shootout miss saw Uruguay dumped out of the Copa America by unfancied Peru on Saturday, the 15 times champions losing 5-4 on penalties after having three goals ruled out in a scoreless draw. Suarez spurned the first penalty of the shootout, his effort bouncing off the chest of Peru goalkeeper Pedro …

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Brazil V Argentina: Showpiece at the Copa America

Sao Paulo: After producing some uninspiring soccer in the group stage and quarterfinals, the Copa América reaches the last four with a blockbuster matchup between host Brazil and Lionel Messi’s Argentina. The other semifinal will feature two-time defending champion Chile and surprising Peru, which on Saturday ousted continental powerhouse Uruguay from the decisive stage of the South American competition. Peru …

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UC Nerul are Cana Benaulim soccer champs

Benaulim: A left footed angular strike by dashing forward Sanket Jotkar three minutes before the final hooter, enabled United Club of Nerul to register a soliatry goal win against Goan Warriors FC, Tivim and emerge Champions of 43rd Cana Benaulim Soccer Tournament in the final played at St John, the Baptist grounds, Benaulim on Sunday. It was the UC Nerul …

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Goa bag 18 gold, finish third

Panaji: On the concluding day of the 1st National Women Masters Athletic Championship – 2019 held at Bambolim Stadium on Sunday, Goa finished third among the 22 states that participated, with 18 gold medals, 15 silver, 45 bronze and a final tally of 147 points. A total of 737 athletes participated in the event. Tamil Nadu was the top performing …

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Starc strikes as Kiwis submit

REUTERS London Trent Boult’s hat-trick proved in vain for New Zealand as Australia beat their Oceania rivals by 86 runs in Saturday’s group match of the Cricket World Cup at Lord’s to remain top of the points table. Boult finished with 4-51 but Usman Khawaja (88) and Alex Carey (71) forged a century-plus stand to help Australia post a competitive …

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