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India lead 2-0 after Ramkumar, Sumit thrash Pakistan

Nur-Sultan: A ruthless India raced to a 2-0 lead in their Davis Cup tie for the loss of just two games as Ramkumar Ramanathan and Sumit Nagal toyed with their teen rivals from Pakistan, on Friday. In a mismatch of epic proportion, Ramkumar double-bageled 17-year-old Muhammed Shoaib in just 42 minutes in the opening singles. The only time Shoaib made …

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After getting clarity on road map, Ranjit Bajaj gets football to the living room

AUGUSTO RODRIGUES | NT Arrosim, Cansaulim: The 13th edition of the I-League, starting today, will start with an extra sparkle for fans, players and club owners not only because the roadmap for football in India is in place but because for the first time a broadcast partner DSport is in place due to the initiative of Punjab FC owner Ranjit …

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Aizawl FC meet Mohun Bagan in season opener

Aizawl: Two former champions, Aizawl Football Club and Mohun Bagan will square off in the opening match of the 13th edition of the I-League, which has been reduced to a second tier domestic competition this season. The All India Football Federation (AIFF) and some of the clubs were locked in a bitter face-off on which out of Indian Super League …

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Sporting Clube leaves Corps of Signals in a daze

Duler: Sporting Clube de Goa Nigerian striker Philip Odugwu got out of his lull to score three and enable his team to finish with a convincing 7-0 win over Corps of Signals in the Goa Football Association (GFA) Professional League match at Duler stadium on Friday. George D’Souza (2), Stendly Fernandes and Marcus Mascarenhas were the other scorers. Sporting took …

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FIFA delegation inspect Kalinga stadium preparations

Bhubaneswar: Provisionally approved as a venue for next year’s U-17 Women’s World Cup, a FIFA team on Friday made another inspection of the Kalinga Stadium here to evaluate the progress and preparations for the global age-group showpiece event. The FIFA delegation was accompanied by members of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the 2020 U-17 Women’s World Cup. FIFA’s Project …

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Barca barge into knockouts; Liverpool held by Napoli

Paris: A Lionel Messi-inspired Barcelona booked their place in the Champions League knockout stages by crushing a desperate Borussia Dortmund 3-1. Lucien Favre’s position as Dortmund coach looks increasingly in peril following the thumping at the Camp Nou on Wednesday, orchestrated by a sensational Messi, that ensured Barca’s progress to the last 16 as Group F winners and leaves the …

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Man City owners buy 65% stake in Mumbai City FC

Mumbai: The owners of Premier League champions Manchester City have agreed to buy 65% of Indian soccer team Mumbai City FC, expanding their global stable of clubs to eight in countries from China to Japan to the United States. The City Football Group (CFG) announced the deal just a day after it agreed to sell a stake to US private …

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B’desh opener Hassan fined for overstaying in India

Kolkata: Bangladesh cricketer Saif Hassan was stuck at the Kolkata airport for staying in India on an expired visa and had to pay Rs 21,600 as fine to fly back home on Wednesday evening. Hassan travelled with the Bangladesh team as a back-up opener for the Test series which they lost 0-2 against hosts India.                Hassan, who missed the day-night …

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Odisha, Chennaiyin draw after getting the best of each other

Chennai: Chennaiyin FC and Odisha FC shared the spoils after a thrilling Indian Super League encounter finished 2-2 at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in Chennai on Thursday. After a barren first-half, Nerijus Valskis (51’) handed Chennaiyin the lead. But Odisha equalised through Xisco Hernandez (54’). Valskis thought he had given Chennaiyin the win with a second goal in the 71st …

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Bhutia, Gopichand, Gagan, Anju in committee to review Nat’l Sports Code

New Delhi: Former football captain Baichung Bhutia, ace badminton coach Pullela Gopichand, Olympic bronze-medallist shooter Gagan Narang and former long jumper Anju Bobby George were on Thursday named in a 13-member expert committee formed by the Sports Ministry to review the controversial Draft National Sports Code 2017, sources said. The experts will review the code vis-a-vis the present code and …

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