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         Saina, Jayaram win in Malaysia Masters    
 
 
SARAWAK: Top Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Ajay Jayaram reached the prequarter finals of the season-opening Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold after notching up contrasting wins in women's and men's singles competition respectively here Wednesday.

 
         Sania and Bopanna move to Australian Open 2nd with partners    
 
 
MELBOURNE: Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna made winning starts to their respective campaigns at the Australian Open with contrasting opening-round victories with their doubles partners, here today.

 
         Kohli, Jadhav hit magical centuries to script sensational win    
 
 
PUNE: Skipper Virat Kohli smashed a majestic 122 while Kedar Jadhav conjured up a career-best 120 before India's lower middle-order held nerves to pull off an incredible three-wicket win over England in the first One-day International, here Sunday.

 
         Kashyap hurts his shoulder during PBL final    
 
 
NEW DELHI: On a comeback trail after his long injury lay off, Indian shutter Parupalli Kashyap has been again ruled out of action for three months after suffering a shoulder injury during the Premier Badminton League final here.

 
         Parthiv decimates Mumbai, leads Gujarat to win maiden title    
 
 
INDORE: Parthiv Patel scored the most significant century of his First-Class career as his power-packed 143 enabled Gujarat to bulldoze defending champions Mumbai by five wickets for their maiden Ranji Trophy title here today. Chasing a tricky target of 312, Gujarat team was guided by their oldest player, whose captain's knock off 196 balls will be remembered for a long time as it also ensured the highest fourth innings chase in a Ranji Trophy final. It was the second time that Gujarat had m

 
         Azharuddin's nomination for HCA president's post rejected    
 
 
HYDERABAD: Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin's nomination paper for the post of Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) president was today rejected by the returning officer. A source in the HCA said that Azharuddin's application was rejected by returning officer K Rajiv Reddy who was not sure whether the BCCI has lifted the ban on him for alleged match-fixing and whether he is a HCA voter or not.

 
         Dhoni's presence would be priceless for DRS: Kohli    
 
 
PUNE: With the Decision Review System (DRS) set to be used for the first time in a bilateral One-day series in India, captain Virat Kohli says Mahendra Singh Dhoni's inputs from behind the stumps would be invaluable in taking a call in the matches against England.

 
         A new era to begin with Kohli at helm in ODIs against England    
 
 
PUNE: Young Virat Kohli will usher in a new era in Indian cricket when he leads the side tomorrow in the ODI series-opener against England in place of iconic Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who recently relinquished the captaincy in the limited over formats. These are big boots to fill for Kohli, who will seek to carry forward the superb run in the home Test series into the limited over format.

 
         More hails Dhoni's decision to step down    
 
 
MUMBAI: Former India wicketkeeper-batsman Kiran More believes it is important to have one leader in all three formats and has hailed Mahendra Singh Dhoni's decision to step down as skipper from limited over cricket. "Terrific decision by (MS Dhoni). And that's what Dhoni is, he gives surprises and he knows what is good for Indian cricket. He is a man who takes his call and takes a right call. This is a fantastic decision," More told PTI in an exclusive interaction.

 
         Sania-Strycova lose in final of Apia International    
 
 
SYDNEY: Sania Mirza and her doubles partner Czech Republic's Barbora Strycova went down to Timea Babos of Hungary and Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in straight sets in the final of the Apia International tennis tournament here today.

 
         Three Chinese weightlifters stripped of 2008 Olympic gold    
 
 
LAUSANNE: Three Chinese women's weightlifting gold medallists at the 2008 Beijing Olympics were disqualified for doping following a reanalysis of their drug tests, the International Olympic Committee said. It leaves China facing a ban from international competition for a year, a sanction brought in by the sport's governing body the IWF last year to crack down on doping that is rife in weightlifting.

 
         Pant sizzles, Rahane solid as India A beat England by 6 wkts    
 
 
MUMBAI: Flavour of the season Rishabh Pant sizzled in his first ever match for India A and his smashing 59 off only 36 balls overshadowed senior pro Ajinkya Rahane's compact 91 as a new-look India A side cruised to a six-wicket victory over England in the second warm-up game, here today. Chasing a target of 283, India A knocked off the runs in 39.4 overs. Sheldon Jackson 59 off 56 balls also did his bit adding 119 runs for the opening stand with Rahane. Senior pro Suresh Raina did the finish

 
         Dhoni managed senior players well: Kumble    
 
 
PUNE: M S Dhoni had a phenomenal career as captain and one of the highlights of his leadership tenure was the apt handling of senior players in the team, said current India coach Anil Kumble who himself had made way for the wicket-keeper batsman to be Test captain in 2008. Dhoni succeeded Kumble as Test captain after the leg-spin legend announced his retirement midway into home series against Australia in 2008.

 
         Iyer's 82 keeps Mumbai alive in Ranji Trophy final    
 
 
INDORE: Middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer made a fine half-century to keep multiple-time champions Mumbai in the hunt after the title holders conceded the first innings lead to Gujarat in the summit clash of the Ranji Trophy cricket tournament here today. Iyer made 82 off 137 deliveries with the help of nine boundaries and two sixes as Mumbai reached 208 for three in their second innings to take a handy lead of 108 runs at stumps on day three of the five-day encounter.

 
         Cricketer Sanju samson warned, restrictions on father    
 
 
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) has warned cricketer Sanju Samson in wake of his unacceptable behaviour and it has also placed certain restrictions on his father Samson. The action was taken after considering the report of the disciplinary committee appointed by KCA. KCA representatives said Sanju had tendered an apology letter to it following the warning issued to him. Sanju’s father was instructed not to mingle with coach and trainers. He is not supposed to enter play

 
         Patel, Juneja pave way for Gujarat's handy lead    
 
 
INDORE: Parthiv Patel led from the front and got a good support from Manprit Juneja to help Gujarat take a handy 63-run lead over defending champions Mumbai at stumps on day two of the Ranji Trophy final here today. Patel played the sheet anchor role with a solid 90 off 146 balls before missing out on a deserving hundred, as Gujarat reached 291 for six at the end of the day's play in response to Mumbai's 228. Gujarat would now look to maximise their advantage going into day three.

 
         Will do better than before in series against Australia: Pujara    
 
 
MUMBAI: Wiser after learning from his mistakes, India's specialist Test batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has promised to unleash an improved version of himself in what is expected to be a hard-fought series against Australia next month.

 
         Dhoni still holds the key in terms of communication: Ashwin    
 
 
PUNE: India's premier spinner R Ashwin says Mahendra Singh Dhoni still holds the key for Indian cricket team in terms of communication and he is looking forward to adjust to Virat Kohli's aggressive style of leadership.

 
         FIFA approves 48 team World Cup for 2026    
 
 
ZURICH: FIFA's ruling council today unanimously approved an expansion of the World Cup to 48 teams in 2026, in a major coup for the body's president Gianni Infantino. In a bid to widen the game's global appeal and enrich its coffers, the FIFA panel endorsed a format with 16 groups of three nations, a tweet from FIFA's official account said. The move represents the first major change to the World Cup format since the tournament was boosted from 24 to 32 teams for the 1998 tournament in Fra

 
         Mohd Azharuddin files nomination for HCA top job    
 
 
HYDERABAD: Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin today filed his nomination papers for Hyderabad Cricket Association president's post after incumbent Arshad Ayub quit office following the Supreme Court verdict on Lodha committee reforms. One of the longest serving Indian captain with the distinction of leading India in three successive World Cups (1992, 1996, 1999), Azharuddin was banned for life by the BCCI for his alleged involvement in the match-fixing scandal that was unearthed in 2000.

 
         Rayudu slams ton as Dhoni, Yuvi take India to 304/4    
 
 
MUMBAI: Ambati Rayudu struck an unbeaten century, Mahendra Singh Dhoni blasted 40-ball-68 and Yuvraj Singh (56, off 48 balls) also scored half-century as India A scored 304 for 4 in the first warm-up game against England, here today. Another comeback man Shikhar Dhawan hit 63 off 84 balls while left-arm seamer David Willey took 2 for 55. Brief Scores: India A 304/4 (Ambati Rayudu 100 retd out, MS Dhoni 68 no, Yuvraj Singh 56, David Willey 2/55) vs England.

 
         Ronaldo, Ranieri scoop top FIFA awards    
 
 
ZURICH: Cristiano Ronaldo claimed FIFA's inaugural best player of the year award, the latest prize for the Real Madrid and Portugal star after a glittering 2016 for club and country. Leicester City's Claudio Ranieri received the best men's coach award yeterday following his side's fairytale Premier League triumph. But the night again belonged to the 31-year-old Ronaldo, who edged out long-time nemesis Lionel Messi for the trophy as well as France's Antoine Griezmann, the top player at

 
         One might get to see fearless Dhoni and Yuvi of old: Yuvraj    
 
 
NEW DELHI: One of Indian cricket's eternal comeback men Yuvraj Singh today hailed Mahendra Singh Dhoni's decision to quit limited-overs captaincy as he feels that they can now conjure up the magic of good old days and enthrall the fans with their "fearless brand of cricket". "It will be like the old days playing with him (Dhoni) when we had started. Obviously, I started much before him (Yuvraj made his India debut in 2000 and Dhoni in 2004) but back then we were fearless when we used to

 
         Gujarat chasing history against mighty Mumbai    
 
INDORE:A gritty Gujarat eyeing their maiden title will pose a stiff challenge for record champions Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy final, beginning at the Holkar Stadium here tomorrow.

 
         Kerala enters final phase of Santosh trophy    
 
 
Kerala entered the final phase of Santhosh trophy South Zone football tournament with the all important tie against Karnataka today ending in a goalless draw at the corporation stadium here. The other match between Puducherry-Andhra Pradesh also ended in goalless draw. With three wins in as many matches and with seven points, Kerala topped the points tally in Group A.

 
         Ashwin, Jadeja maintain top slots in Tests, Virat stays 2nd    
 
 
DUBAI: India's spin twins Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja held onto the top two slots in the ICC's latest Test ranking for bowlers while skipper Virat Kohli was a notch behind Steve Smith in batsmen's list.

 
         NZ thrash Bangladesh to sweep T20 series    
 
 
MOUNT MAUNGANUI: Corey Anderson made an unbeaten 94 from 41 balls and shared a 124-run partnership with captain Kane Williamson which guided New Zealand to 27-run win over Bangladesh Sunday and a 3-0 sweep of their Twenty20 cricket series.

 
         Sania wins Brisbane women's doubles title but loses No.1 rank    
 
 
BRISBANE: Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza picked up her first title of the season, combining with American Bethanie Mattek-Sands to lift the Brisbane International women's doubles title, but ended up losing the World No.1 crown to her partner. The top-seeded Indo-American duo triumphed 6-2 6-3 against the second-seeded Russian team of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina in the final here.

 
         Dhoni saved me from getting dropped many times: Kohli    
 
 
NEW DELHI: Not just a leader, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was also a saviour for his successor Virat Kohli, who revealed that the talismanic former skipper prevented his ouster from the Indian team many a times. Kohli has played his entire international cricket under Dhoni's captaincy since his ODI debut in Sri Lanka back in 2008. In his initial days both in ODIs and Tests, Kohli didn't show consistency and his place wasn't secure but Dhoni had immense faith in his talent and abilities. "He (Dho

 
         Smith warns his team of 'difficult series' in India    
 
 
SYDNEY: After successfully completing the clean-sweep against Pakistan today, Australia skipper Steve Smith has urged his new revamped team to switch focus to the upcoming "tough tour" of India. Having beaten Pakistan 3-0, Australia are now gearing up for a gruelling four-Test series against India in India, starting next month, and the captain said unless his boys adapt quickly to the sub-continent conditions, it would be difficult.

 
 
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