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       HEADLINES: Kunchacko Boban gets UAE driving licence                                              Chennithala calls Maneka Gandhi a hypocrite                                              Dog 'bites' housewife in Varkala                                              Communal speech: Case filed against Sasikala teacher                                              Jose Maveli orchestrates killing of street dogs in Varkala; case filed                                              Espionage case: Pak Mission staffer declared persona non grata                                              Pak targets BOPs, civilian hamlets; BSF jawan killed                                              Man stabs wife to death in car                                              Wildlife population could decline by two-thirds by 2020: Study                                              Pak says espionage charges against its official 'false'                                              Muslim woman sues US firm after being 'rejected due to hijab'                                              Sharif warns India over 'ceasefire violations'                                              Dhoni should stick to batting at No 4, feels Ganguly                                              Job of a finisher is one of the toughest: Dhoni                                              Job of a finisher is one of the toughest: Dhoni                                              Verma, Aravind steal honours on day one                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         Verma, Aravind steal honours on day one    
MUMBAI: Two seasoned, left-handed Bengaluru-born players -- Amit Verma and Sreenath Aravind -- representing rival teams, stole the honours on day one of a Group B Ranji Trophy match between Assam and Karnataka here. While pacer Aravind wrecked the Assam batting line-up after they chose to bat first at the Bandra-Kurla complex ground with his career's second five-wicket in an innings haul, his former statemate Verma stood rocklike to prop up Assam's first innings by notching his 11th first c

         Job of a finisher is one of the toughest: Dhoni    
RANCHI: India's limited overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said that the job of a finisher is one of the toughest and it is difficult to find a 'complete' player who is adept at batting in lower order and take the team through when the chips are down.

         Job of a finisher is one of the toughest: Dhoni    
RANCHI: India's limited overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said that the job of a finisher is one of the toughest and it is difficult to find a 'complete' player who is adept at batting in lower order and take the team through when the chips are down. "Batting down the order is one of the toughest things to do especially on wickets like these. There will be pressure to rotate, to get a partnership. It's not easy. You don't always get a player who's complete and bats at no 5, 6 or

         Dhoni should stick to batting at No 4, feels Ganguly    
KOLKATAL Former India captain Sourav Ganguly today insisted that Mahendra Singh Dhoni should stick to batting at No 4 which will enable him and Virat Kohli could play the finishers' role.

         New Zealand opt to bat against India in fourth ODI    
RANCHI: New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bat in the fourth and penultimate One-day International against India here today. The hosts have brought in Dhawal Kulkarni in place of Jasprit Bumrah, who is not 100 percent fit, in the playing XI. New Zealand are going in with three spinners, including Ish Sodhi and Anton Devich to partner Mitchell Santner, while wicketkeeper BJ Watling also comes in. Luke Ronchi and Matt Henry miss out.

         Team India, Ashwin head ICC Test rankings    
DUBAI: The Indian cricket team and its premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin held on to their numero uno status in the latest ICC Test rankings for teams and bowlers. India led the team's table with 115 points ahead of arch rivals Pakistan (111) and Australia (108). England were at fourth place followed by South Africa, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, West Indies with Bangladesh and Zimbabwe completing the list.

         FIFA U-17 World Cup to be held from Oct 6-28    
KOLKATA: India will stage the Under-17 football World Cup from October 6 to 28 next year, the sport's world governing body FIFA announced today while ratifying Kolkata as the sixth venue for the mega-event after an inspection here. The draw for the mega-event, to be held across six venues in India, will take place on July 7. "We first came here two years ago to see the stadium. The work that has done has been staggering. I am confident that the stadium will look 30 years younger. I grew up

         Hardik looks up to Virat and Dhoni for 'inspiration'    
RANCHI: He believes that his game thrives well in pressure situations and Hardik Pandya does not have to look too far as he has both Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli for "inspiration." "There's a lot to learn when both (Kohli and Dhoni) of them bat. Their batting, running between wickets inspire us. It's at another level. It's fun to watch them bat together," Pandya paid glowing tributes to his seniors on the eve of their fourth ODI against New Zealand in Ranchi.

         Teenager Aditi Ashok qualifies for final stage of LPGA    
VENICE: Aditi Ashok qualified for the Stage III of the Ladies PGA Tour, the most lucrative platform for professional women golfers, by finishing tied 24th in Stage II in Venice, Florida. The 18-year-old Indian carded rounds of 69-76-75-72 and totalled four-over 292 to advance to the next stage to be held in Daytona, Florida from November 30 to December 4.

         India retain same team for last two ODIs    
NEW DELHI: Suresh Raina was today ruled out of the remaining two ODIs against New Zealand after failing to recover from viral fever as India decided not to make any change to the squad that has taken a 2-1 lead in the ongoing five-ODI series. "The All-India Senior Selection Committee has decided to retain the same 14-member squad for the remaining two matches of the five-match Paytm ODI Trophy against New Zealand," the BCCI said in a statement. "Suresh Raina is still to regain his full

         Lodha Panel to BCCI: Need more clarity on Tender Rights Period    
NEW DELHI: The BCCI's tender process to award IPL media rights has been thrown into jeopardy after the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha committee sought clarity from the Cricket Board about duration of the media 'Rights Period', making it amply clear that no independent auditor will be appointed before tomorrow. The BCCI's global media rights tender which comprises broadcast, mobile and Internet rights was supposed to be opened in Mumbai tomorrow with 18 companies including social networking

         Fancied India held to 1-1 draw by rampant Koreans    
KUANTAN: Top-ranked India were held to a 1-1 draw by the brisk-moving South Koreans in the round-robin league encounter of the fourth Asian Champions Trophy hockey here today. Placed five spots behind sixth-ranked India in the world rankings, the Koreans repeatedly caused ripples in the rival defence and found plenty of time and space to dribble into the scoring zone at the Kuantan Hockey Stadium.

         Karnataka rout Gambhir-led Delhi by an innings and 160 runs    
KOLKATA: Gautam Gambhir failed once again on a bowler friendly pitch as Karnataka humiliated Delhi by an innings and 160 runs inside two and half days in the Ranji Trophy group league encounter, here today. However it was off-spinner K Gowtham, who made a comeback this season after his debut in 2012-13, grabbed a careerbest 5/35 and finished with a match haul of 8/61 to return with the Man of the Match award.

         Ministry blames coach Nikolai for Jaisha's water fiasco at Rio    
NEW DELHI: The Sports Ministry inquiry committee, which was probing long-distance runner O P Jaisha's complaint of not being provided water during the Rio Olympics marathon event, has blamed her coach Nikolai Snesarev for the fiasco. In the two-page report, which the Ministry has accepted, it has been concluded that Snesarev refused personalised drinks for Jaisha ahead of the marathon even though Indian officials had asked him about the athlete's requirements.

         BCCI relents on DRS, to be used in Test series vs England    
NEW DELHI: Ending its long-standing opposition to the Decision Review System (DRS), the BCCI today agreed to its usage on a trial basis during India's home Test series against England starting next month.

         SC freezes BCCI's transactions with state cricket bodies    
NEW DELHI: Supreme Court today froze all financial transactions between the BCCI and state cricket associations by directing the apex cricket body not to disburse any funds, even for the match purposes, to them till they resolved to abide by the Justice R M Lodha panel recommendations on reforms.

         Sindhu enters second round at Denmark Open    
ODENSE: Rio Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu made a resounding start to her campaign at Denmark Open, defeating China's He Bingjiao in straight games in the women's singles competition of the USD 700,000 Premier Super Series badminton event here. Sixth seed Sindhu, who is playing her first event after the Rio Olympics, notched up a 21-14 21-19 victory over Bingjiao in a minute match.

         India choose to field in second ODI    
NEW DELHI: India won the toss and opted to field in the second ODI against New Zealand at the Feroz Shah Kotla here today. While India named an unchanged team, New Zealand made three changes with Doug Bracewell, Jimmy Neesham and Ish Sodhi making way for Trent Boult, Matt Henry and Anton Devcich.

         Favourites India under pressure to reclaim ACT hockey title    
KUANTAN: Asian Games gold medalists India start as the overwhelming favourites to reclaim the Asian Champions Trophy (ACT) men's hockey tournament featuring continent's top six nations, starting here tomorrow. Winners of the inaugural Asian Champions Trophy at Ordos five years ago, India have since then been indifferent in fielding their best squad for this competition, which suffered from lack of enthusiasm among the continent's hockey elite.

         Huge demand for ICC Champions Trophy tickets    
LONDON: The ticket sales for next year's ICC Champions Trophy has received an overwhelming response with 60 countries applying for as many as 4,17,000 tickets during the application period. Such has been the demand for tickets that 11 of 15 matches were oversubscribed in at least one price band.

         Proud Cook admits to wrench of leaving family    
CHITTAGONG: Alastair Cook has admitted to questioning how much longer he can extend his record-breaking England career, torn between the pride of playing for his country and the wrench of being parted from his young family. Cook will become England's most capped Test player on Thursday when he leads his side out against Bangladesh in Chittagong at the start of a two-match series -- his 134th appearance in whites for his country.

         Consumers will now be able to book a ride on Ola and Uber directly from Google Search.    
NEW DELHI: Earlier this year, Google had introduced the feature on Google Maps, where a dedicated tab with information for cab services was made available to Indian users, in addition to the existing driving, public transport, or walking options. "Now with this integration, commuters across the country can ask Google for directions and book ride services directly from Google Search," Google said in a statement.

         Saina Nehwal appointed member of IOC's Athletes' Commission    
HYDERABAD: In a rare honour for an Indian sportsperson, star shuttler Saina Nehwal has been appointed as a member of the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Athletes' Commission. Saina has received a letter to the effect from the IOC President Thomas Bach last night.

         'Just enjoying space I am in'    
CHENNAI: India’s premier strike bowler Ravichandran Ashwin does not want to put extra pressure on himself thinking about the coveted milestone of reaching 300 Test wickets in remaining 10 home matches this season as these aspects can rob a player’s enjoyment derived from his game.

         Great expectations as Sindhu returns at Denmark Open after Rio    
ODENSE: Expectations will be sky-high when Olympic silver-medallist P V Sindhu returns to international circuit this week, spearheading the Indian campaign at Denmark Open Superseries Premier badminton tournament starting here tomorrow. A slew of felicitation programs kept her busy in the last one and a half month after Sindhu returned from Rio de Janeiro, becoming the first Indian badminton player to win a silver and her legions of fans will expect her to replicate the Olympic success when s

         Ashwin praise 'great motivation' for Yasir Shah    
DUBAI: Rich praise from India's star spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has given an extra dose of motivation to Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah, who just became the second joint-fastest to 100 Test wickets. Shah achieved the feat with a five-wicket haul against the West Indies during the ongoing day-night Test here. Shah said Ashwin's words of encouragement were inspiring.

         Brazil crowned champions of BRICS U-17 football tourney    
MARGO: Brazil today triumphed in the 1st BRICS U-17 football tournament with a 5-1 demolition of South Africa in the title clash here. Brazil, who exhibited one touch football with swift short passes, dominated the match throughout at the Nehru Stadium. They scored through Paulo Henrique Sampaio Filho(24th), Vinicuis Jose paixo de Oliveira Junior(35th), Victor Gabriel Moura de Oliveira(40th, 61st) and Alan de Sourza Guimaraes (90+1).

         Sushil meets with WWE official but refuses immediate move    
NEW DELHI: India's double-Olympic medal winning wrestler Sushil Kumar today conceded that he has met top officials of the WWE but ruled out any immediate move to professional wrestling. The head of talent Development WWE, Canyon Ceman flew down from Orlando, Florida to meet Sushil and explore options of moving into professional wrestling in the near future.

         Respect government stance on Indo-Pak ties: Abhinav Bindra    
NEW DELHI: Sport and politics should not be mixed in an ideal world but in reality it can't happen in certain cases, feels champion shooter Abhinav Bindra amid heightened tensions between India and Pakistan in the wake of Uri terror attack. "At the end of the day, it is the decision of the government. It takes the final call on whether a team can play (against Pakistan) and that call has to be respected," Bindra told PTI today. So does he feel that politics and sport should be kept sepa

         Chopra scores as Kerala Blasters beat Mumbai City 1-0 in ISL    
KOCHI: Michael Chopra scored his first goal in the Hero Indian Super League as Kerala Blasters notched up their first win of the season, beating Mumbai City FC 1-0 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here today. Chopra scored in the 58th minute, curiously Kerala's first in this edition as the inaugural ISL year finalists finally managed to get their campaign back on track and hand Mumbai City FC their first defeat after four matches.

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