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       HEADLINES: Sanction for Aranmula not cancelled: Govt                                              Violence mars hartal in capital city                                              Assembly adjourned again, oppn MLAs begin fast                                              Speaker failed to protect interests of opposition, says Chennithala                                              Two has informed to produce proofs against Mani, vigilance tells court                                              Man decamps with AK-47 rifle of security guard                                              Bangladesh, Bhutan pull out of SAARC summit                                              SC allows marine Latorre to stay back in Italy                                              Nobel laureate Shimon Peres dies                                              If Pak continues to sponsor terrorists, Modi will be free to act: US media                                              Pak approaches World Bank, ICJ over Indus Waters Treaty                                              26/11 case: Pak commission to inspect boat used by terrorists                                              Lodha panel moves SC seeking removal of BCCI top brass                                              Ashwin becomes No. 2 in Tests, top place in sight                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         Ashwin becomes No. 2 in Tests, top place in sight    
DUBAI: Courtesy his 10-wicket haul in the Kanpur Test against New Zealand, India off-spinner R Ashwin today gained a place to be second in the latest ICC Rankings and another good performance in the second match in Kolkata will propel him to the coveted top spot.

         Lodha panel moves SC seeking removal of BCCI top brass    
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Wednesday pulled up the BCCI, asking it to "fall in line" after the Justice R M Lodha panel sought removal of the top brass of BCCI, including its President Anurag Thakur and Secretary Ajay Shirke, for non-compliance of the apex court directions.

         India to reclaim ICC Test top spot if it wins in Kolkata    
DUBAI: India will reclaim the ICC Test Rankings top spot from Pakistan if it wins the second Test against New Zealand starting on Friday in Kolkata. The victory in its 500th Test in Kanpur meant that India is now one victory away from reclaiming the ICC Test Championship mace from Pakistan. India had entered the three-match series against the Kiwis, trailing Pakistan by one point and needed to win the series to move ahead of its traditional rival.

         Ashwin is a priceless cricketer: Kohli    
KANPUR: Effusive in his praise for Ravinchandran Ashwin, Indian captain Virat Kohli today said the off-spinner is a "priceless" cricketer to have in the team having contributed with both bat and ball in the massive win over New Zealand in the opening Test here. Ashwin took 10 wickets and also scored a 40-run cameo in the Indian first innings, playing a crucial role in the 197-run win in the match.

         Ashwin takes six as India savour big win in 500th Test    
KANPUR: India notched up a mammoth 197-run win in their historic 500th cricket Test to assert their supremacy in home conditions, bowling out New Zealand for 236 to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series here Monday.

         India close in on big win in historic 500th Test    
KANPUR: India positioned themselves for a massive win in their 500th cricket Test by polishing off the New Zealand top-order after setting them a colossal 434-run target, propelled by unbeaten half-centuries from Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja here today.

         Sania Mirza-Barbora Strycova win Toray Pan Pacific Open    
TOKYO: India's Sania Mirza and her Czech partner Barbora Strycova posted a comfortable straight-set win over unseeded Chinese pair of Chen Liang and Zhaoxuan Yang to lift the Toray Pan Pacific Open title here today. The second seeded Indo-Czezh combination had an easy outing against the Chinese duo as they took just 51 minutes to down their rivals 6-1 6-1 in the final of the women's doubles event.

         Jadeja, Ashwin spin out Kiwis; India take grip over Test    
KANPUR: The spin duo of Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin exploited a turning track to the fullest to bundle out New Zealand for 262 as India took firm control of the first cricket Test by extending their overall lead to 215 here today. Jadeja (5/73) dismissed three batsmen in one over for a five-wicket haul while R Ashwin (4/93) grabbed four wickets as the Indians spun out New Zealand early into the second session.

         Eden Gardens gears up for tryst with India's 250th Test at home    
KOLKATA: India will play their 250th Test at home when they face New Zealand in the second five-day game of the three-match series at the iconic Eden Gardens from September 30, and the Cricket Association of Bengal has lined up a host of events to make this a special occasion.

         BCCI chief says no question of playing cricket with Pakistan    
KOZHIKODE: In the backdrop of the Uri terror attack, BCCI chief Anurag Thakur today ruled out the possibility of reviving bilateral cricket ties with Pakistan in near future, saying even considering such a thought is not appropriate. Here to attend the BJP National Council meet, Thakur, who is also a party MP and president of its youth wing, struck a combative note, saying India can decimate Pakistan anytime but it is more important to isolate it globally. "In the context of what has happ

         Williamson and Latham keep India at bay    
KANPUR: Indian bowlers toiled hard without much success as New Zealand came up with a resolute performance to be 152/1 before rain washed out the final session on the second day of the opening cricket Test here today. Resuming at 291/9, India were bowled out for 318 in the morning session and in response, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson (65 batting) and Tom Latham (56 batting) struck defiant half-centuries to take the visitors to 152 for one at the stroke of tea when the heavens opened up

         Messi injured as Barca held    
BARCELONA: Lionel Messi will miss the next three weeks after suffering the recurrence of a groin injury as Atletico Madrid came from behind to hold Barcelona 1-1 at the Camp Nou on Wednesday. Ivan Rakitic headed Barca into the lead just before half-time, but Angel Correa slotted home on the hour mark just seconds after Messi limped off to hand Atletico a deserved point.

         India collapse to 291/9 vs NZ after solid start in 500th Test    
KANPUR: India frittered away a solid start as a middle-order collapse saw them reduced to 291 for 9 on the opening day of the first cricket Test against New Zealand despite half-centuries from Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara, here today. After electing to bat in the historic 500th Test, India were comfortably placed at 154 for riding on 112-run second wicket stand between Vijay (65) and Pujara (62).

         Indians to hunt Kiwis in historic 500th match    
KANPUR: A formidable Indian cricket team is expected to dominate the visiting New Zealand by revelling in home conditions in its historic 500th Test match, which will herald the beginning of a long 13-match home season, here from tomorrow. There is an extra bit of statistics and history attached with the match for it being the team's 500th Test match since it started playing the game 80 years back.

         BCCI defies Lodha panel, MSK Prasad heads selection committee    
MUMBAI: In defiance of the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha committee recommendations, the BCCI today named a five-member selection committee headed by former wicketkeeper-batsman MSK Prasad and comprising two members with no Test experience. Prasad, who was a part of the previous panel as the South Zone representative, replaced Sandeep Patil as Chairman of the selectors. The 41-year-old Prasad, hailing from Andhra Pradesh, played six Tests and 17 ODIs in his brief international career.

         Ishant Sharma down with chikungunya, out of 1st against NZ    
KANPUR: India's seniormost fast bowler Ishant Sharma has been ruled out of the first cricket Test against New Zealand starting September 22 as he is recovering from chikungunya, a viral that has been prevalent in the National Capital Region (NCR). India's chief coach Anil Kumble intimated the mediapersons today. "Ishant Sharma is recovering from chikungunya and will not be available for the first Test match. We have not asked for any replacement and will choose our first XI from the avail

         'First Test will set tone for the series'    
KANPUR: Batsman Ajinkya Rahane is expecting the Kanpur wicket to assist the Indian spinners and feels the team’s performance in the first Test will set the tone for the long home season, comprising 13 Test matches.

         Anup Kumar to lead India in Kabaddi World Cup    
MUMBAI: Star raider Anup Kumar from Haryana will lead India in next month's Kabaddi World Cup to be held in Ahmedabad. All-rounder Manjeet Chillar will be Anup's deputy in the 14-member squad for the tournament that is set to commence on October 7 and will feature 12 teams, it was announced at a media conference here today. The countries which will take part in the tournament are Iran, South Korea, Bangladesh, USA, England, Australia, Poland, Thailand, Japan, Argentina, Kenya and hosts I

         After 1,192 days, Brazil mega-event run ends at Paralympics    
RIO DE JANEIRO: After 1,192 days, Brazil's run of hosting mega-sports events came to an end at the Paralympic Games. It began with soccer's Confederations Cup in 2013, extended to the 2014 World Cup, ran through IOC President Thomas Bach's goodbye speech last month at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, and finished with the closing ceremony of the Paralympics before 45,000 spectators at Rio's Maracana stadium.

         Anderson recalled in NZ's ODI squad for India    
WELLINGTON: New Zealand today recalled temperamental allrounder Corey Anderson for the five-match ODI series against India next month and he will play as a specialist batsman. Experienced pacer Tim Southee, who was ruled out of the forthcoming Test series against India after straining an ankle ligament, has found a place in the 15-member squad, while Henry Nicholls, who is part of the five-day game squad, has been dropped.

         Kohli-Kumble must change trend of rank turners: Harbhajan    
NEW DELHI: Senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh feels captain Virat Kohli and chief coach Anil Kumble have got a chance to usher in a new era where Indian cricket teams will not require "rank turners" to win matches as the long-used tactic is beginning to boomerang on the side.

         Leander is one of the best players in the world: Nadal    
NEW DELHI: Indian ace Leander Paes is one of the biggest stars in doubles and one of the best players in the history of tennis, said fourteen-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal, who led Spain to the Davis Cup World Group by winning the doubles match here.

         4th day's play called off, India lose series 0-1    
BRISBANE: The fourth and final day's play between India A and Australia A was called off without a ball being bowled due to persistent rain and a wet outfield as the second unofficial Test ended in a draw with the home side clinching the two-match series 1-0 here.

         Del Potro outlasts Murray, gives Argentina lead in Davis Cup    
GLASGOW: Argentina was in sight of a first Davis Cup final since 2011 after taking a 2-0 lead over titleholder Britain thanks to singles wins by Juan Martin del Potro and Guido Pella in the semifinal.

         India go down to UAE in opener; Iran rally past Saudi    
MARGAO: India began their campaign in the AFC U-16 football championships on a disappointing note as they lost to United Arab Emirates 2-3 at the Nehru Stadium here on Thursday. The loss will put India in a difficult position to qualify from Group A as they face former champions Iran and Saudi Arabia in later fixtures. The top two in each group qualify for the quarterfinal stage.

         Leicester make winning debut    
PARIS: The Leicester City fairytale has another chapter after they eased to a 3-0 away win in their Champions League debut on Wednesday, as Monaco beat Tottenham at Wembley in front of a record crowd for an English club.

         India gain 4 places in FIFA rankings    
NEW DELHI:The Indian football team jumped four places to be at 148th spot in the latest FIFA rankings released today, on the back of an impressive 4-1 win over higher-ranked Puerto Rico last week. India had beaten Puerto Rico 4-1 in an international friendly in Mumbai on September 3. India thus returned to top-150 for the first time since April 2015, when they were ranked 147th.

         Jhajharia creates record, wins gold    
RIO DE JANEIRO: Javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia scripted history on Tuesday by becoming the first Indian to clinch two gold medals at the Paralympics after he broke his own world record at the ongoing Rio Games.

         Minnows on home turf, India eye big fight vs Spanish giants    
NEW DELHI: The Indian Davis Cup team is set for a battle of gigantic proportions as it takes on five-time champions Spain, who have packed the side with world class performers headlined by the legendary Rafael Nadal in their desperation to reclaim a spot in the elite World Group.

         Cauvery fallout: AFC Cup tie to take place behind closed doors    
BENGALURU: The AFC Cup quarterfinal between Bengaluru FC and Singapore's Tampinesa Rovers will be played behind closed doors here tomorrow after incidents of street violence and vandalism in the city owing to the Cauvery water dispute. Bengaluru FC took the decision after consultation with the Bengaluru Police, AFC and AIFF as tension in the state escalated following the Supreme Court directive to Karnataka to release 12,000 cusecs of water from Cauvery to Tamil Nadu.

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