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Mercedes to run black cars as a stand against racism

London: Mercedes will have black-liveried cars in the 2020 season as the world champions aim to make a visual stand against racism and for diversity in the wake of ‘Black Lives Matter’ campaign. Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will race black-liveried Mercedes cars when the former targets Michael Schumacher’s record as Formula One returns this week after the 2019-20 season …

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Defenders rescue Inter against Parma

Rome: Two late goals from defenders Stefan de Vrij and Alessandro Bastoni prevented Inter Milan from an away defeat, as the Nerazzurri edged past Parma 2-1 in the 28th th round of Italy’s Serie A. On Sunday, Inter travelled to Parma without regular defender Milan Skriniar, who was serving the first of a three-match suspension, so Diego Godin stepped in …

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Benzema magic sees Real Madrid go two points clear of Barca

Madrid: Karim Benzema delivered another moment of magic on Sunday as Real Madrid took a two-point lead over Barcelona at the top of La Liga by beating bottom club Espanyol. Benzema’s volley against Valencia could be goal of the season and he might now have a claim to best assist too after his brilliant backheel teed up Casemiro to finish …

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Nitin Menon becomes youngest umpire to enter ICC Elite Panel

Dubai: India’s Nitin Menon on Monday became the youngest member of the International Cricket Council’s Elite Panel of Umpires, replacing England’s Nigel Llong for the upcoming 2020-21 season after an annual review. The 36-year-old, who has officiated in three Tests, 24 ODIs and 16 T20Is, is only the third from India to make it to the prestigious group after former …

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Lawyer-turned-shooter Verma game for cyber crime cases

New Delhi: The lawyer who picked up the pistol and won plenty of medals in shooting will go back to the court room, ill at ease with the utter lack of activity in the sporting arena due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And Abhishek Verma is fairly confident of striking a balance between shooting and legal practice. The multi-faceted Verma, who …

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Dhoni started trusting his bowlers by 2013: Pathan

New Delhi: Former India pacer Irfan Pathan has revealed that World Cup-winning ex-skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni liked to control his bowlers when he started his captaincy stint back in 2007 but came to trust them by 2013, a phase during which he also became a calmer leader. The 35-year-old Pathan, who played under Dhoni as part of both the 2007 …

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Cahill believes exposure for young Indian footballers will raise their level

New Delhi: Former Australia and Jamshedpur FC striker Tim Cahill believes Indian football’s young talents can flourish with systematic exposure at the top level. Cahill, who brought his sterling career to an end following his stint with the Jamshedpur-based side in the 2018-19 season of the Indian Super League (ISL), said his experience convinced him that India has what it …

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Liverpool deserve a guard of honour, says Guardiola

Manchester: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed that his players will be giving the customary guard of honour to recently-crowned Premier League champions Liverpool when the two teams clash at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday. Liverpool became champions of England after City lost to Chelsea 1-2 away from home recently and it became mathematically impossible for them catch up with …

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Holding defines entertainment in sport as the standard of play, not spectators

New Delhi: Spectators certainly add to any high octane contest but the entertainment value of any sport can only be determined by its quality as the English Premier League has shown since its resumption amid the COVID-19 pandemic, feels fast bowling great Michael Holding. International cricket will be resuming with the much-awaited Test series between England and the West Indies …

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PM Modi stresses on importance of indoor games in Mann Ki Baat

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday stressed on the importance of indoor games in India, saying these traditional games should be presented in a new avatar. “We should present the traditional indoor games of India in a new and attractive avatar. Those mobilising their sources pertaining to these games, the suppliers and start-ups associated with these traditional indoor …

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