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Augsburg, Paderborn fire blanks in relegation battle

Augsburg: Augsburg and bottom club Paderborn played out a 0-0 draw in their Bundesliga relegation battle on Wednesday despite a string of good chances for both sides. Augsburg coach Heiko Herrlich was making his home debut in the club’s 300th Bundesliga game and his team secured a valuable point that kept them 12th on 31 points, four above the relegation …

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No risk of losing 2021 World Cup over tax exemption: BCCI

New Delhi: India is not at risk of losing hosting rights for next year’s Twenty20 World Cup despite its cricket board’s failure to secure a tax exemption for the event, a key BCCI official has told Reuters. Tax exemptions for International Cricket Council (ICC) events are listed as a requirement in host agreements and the BCCI was supposed to confirm …

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Would have loved to play against Kohli: Botham

London: Legendary England all-rounder Ian Botham has said he would have loved to play against Indian captain Virat Kohli, saying he is the right guy to lead the Indian cricket team. Speaking in an online chat session with Playwrite Foundation, Botham was quoted as saying by the Times of India: “Virat takes the game to the opposition, he takes a …

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Footballers set out to help Amphan-affected West Bengal

Kolkata: A consortium of 38 footballers have decided to pool in their resources to help the affected people of West Bengal as it strives to get back on its feet after being heavily hit by Super Cyclone Amphan. The consortium — named ‘Players for Humanity’ include the likes of Subrata Paul, Mehtab Hossain, Arnab Mondal, Subhashish Roychowdhury, Sandip Nandy, Pronay …

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Powerlifter Gaurav feeding poor amidst lockdown

New Delhi: With the world coming to a standstill due to the coronavirus pandemic, sportspersons have tried their best to help the poor and needy and powerlifter Gaurav Sharma is no different as he has been distributing food and water to those who have found the going tough ever since the government imposed the lockdown in March. Maintaining the strict …

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Fissures within IOA out in open as president ‘dissolves’ Ethics Commission

New Delhi: The fissures among the top officials of the Indian Olympic Association have come out in the open with secretary general Rajeev Mehta terming president Narinder Batra’s decision to dissolve the Ethics Commission “illegal”. Batra and Mehta have been at loggerheads for some time with the IOA president recently making a statement that he will take over much of …

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Received death threats after Croatia WC mistake, says Caballero

Buenos Aires: Argentina goalkeeper Willy Caballero has claimed he received death threats following his mistake against Croatia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Caballero’s attempted chip in the 53rd minute of their group stage match against Croatia reached Ante Rebic and he sent the ball into the back of the net. Rebic’s opener followed by two Luca Modric goals inflicted …

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GTTA condoles death of secretary Suresh Bhangui

Panaji: Goa Table Tennis Association (GTTA) has condoled the death of former player and current general secretary Suresh Bhangui, who passed away on Monday following a stroke. He was cremated on Tuesday. In his condolence message GTTA president Vero Nunes said: “Bhangui was a very able administrator who served Goa Table Tennis Association very efficiently for many years. He was …

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NZ cricketer Stephen Murdoch retires LONDON: Canterbury Cricket and Cricket Wellington veteran Stephen Murdoch has announced his retirement from domestic cricket after a 12-year professional career. The Wellington-born played 87 first-class, 71 List A and 58 T20 matches for both provinces, amassing more than 9,000 runs with 18 centuries. The 36-year-old holds a Wellington record for the most runs in …

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Indian hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr no more

PTI Chandigarh Balbir Singh Sr, one of India’s greatest hockey players who won three O lympic gold medals in a stellar career, died at a hospital in Mohali on Monday after battling multiple health issues for over two weeks. The legendary centre-forward was 96 and is survived by his daughter Sushbir and three sons Kanwalbir, Karanbir, and Gurbir. His sons …

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