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       HEADLINES: Robbery in Kozhikode in the name of Maoists                                              Woman hacks son for creating nuisance                                              Black money at Kayamkulam transport depot: Two suspended                                              Man commits suicide after killing daughter                                              Wadakkancherry gang-rape: Probe under court’s supervision                                              Naidu-led panel on note ban to meet on Dec 7 & 8                                              Tax dept finds Rs 1.64 cr in undisclosed income from Jan Dhan accounts                                              Overweight Tejas won't be deployed on aircraft carriers, says navy                                              China dismisses Trump-Taiwan call as 'small trick by Taiwan'                                              Police plane with 13 on board missing in Indonesia                                              Obama meets UN Secretary-General-designate Antonio Guterres                                              School sports meet: Bibin George bags first gold, record for Babitha                                              Sachin bats for two pitches in single Ranji game                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         Sachin bats for two pitches in single Ranji game    
NEW DELHI: As Indian domestic cricket circuit tries to reinvent itself, the legendary Sachin Tendulkar on Saturday suggested that every Ranji Trophy game should be played on two different pitches to prepare a better Test team for overseas assignments.

         School sports meet: Bibin George bags first gold, record for Babitha    
MALAPPURAM: Ernakulam bagged the first gold in the state school sports meet. Bibin George of Kothamangalam Mar Baselios School obtained gold in senior boys 5000 metres. Thiruvananthapuram and Palakkad grabbed silver and bronze in the same item.

         Saina Nehwal bows out of Macau Open    
MACAU: Top seed Saina Nehwal crashed out of the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament after suffering a straight-game loss against lower-ranked Zhang Yiman of China in the women's singles quarterfinal clash here today. Former World No.1 Saina, who is slowly trying to come back to her best after recovering from a major knee injury which affected her Olympic campaign, found the going tough today, going down 17-21 17-21 to Zhang in a 35-minute clash.

         Greatest fast bowler I faced was McGrath: Dravid    
MUMBAI: Some of his best centuries have come against the mighty Australian attack which comprised a battery of fearsome pacers, but batting legend Rahul Dravid admitted that the greatest fast bowler he had faced was Aussie Glenn McGrath. "They (Australia) were the best cricket team in my generation. Amongst them all, the greatest bowler that I played against, not only the greatest Australian bowler, but the greatest fast bowler (that) I played against has to be Glean McGrath," said Dravid, who

         Virat's team has bowling attack to win overseas Tests: Sehwag    
NEW DELHI: Former India opener Virender Sehwag is confident that the current Test team under Virat Kohli has the quality in its pace attack to win outside the sub-continent just like Sourav Ganguly's team did during 2000-2004. The Test team under Kohli has been invincible at home, having thrashed South Africa and New Zealand by identical margins of 3-0 and is also on a roll against England leading 2-0 in a five-match series.

         Yuvraj Singh, Hazel Keech tie knot    
FATEHGARH: Cricketer Yuvraj Singh and model-turned-actress Hazel Keech today exchanged wedding vows at the spiritual dera of Baba Ram Singh Ganduan Wale in village Duffera on Sirhind-Chandigarh Road here. After the 'Anand Karaj' ceremony, the couple got the blessings of Dera head Baba Ram Singh. The couple tied the knot at the venue which was chosen by Yuvraj's mother Shabnam Singh.

         Saina wins, Kashyap and Manu-Sumeeth lose in Macau Open    
MACAU: Top seed Saina Nehwal rallied to register another narrow victory over Indonesia's Dinar Dyah Ayustine to reach the quarter-finals of the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament here today. Former World No. 1 Saina bounced back from a game down to see off Ayustine 17-21 21-18 21-12 in a match which lasted over an hour in the women's singles competition here. London Olympics bronze medallist, Saina will next take on China's Zhang Yiman.

         We aren't begging but will push for series against India: PCB    
KARACHI: They aren't exactly "begging" India to play against them but Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shaharyar Khan says PCB is well within its rights to "push" the BCCI into honouring the Memorandum of Understanding for six bilateral series between the two countries.

         Kashyap reach pre-quarterfinals at Macau Open    
MACAU: On a comeback trail, Commonwealth Games champion P Kashyap reached the pre-quarterfinals but it was curtains for Hong Kong Super Series finalist Sameer Verma at the USD 120,000 Macau Grand Prix Gold here today.

         Football mourns as plane crash kills Brazilian players    
LA UNION (COLOMBIA): The football world mourned after a plane carrying a Brazilian team crashed in the mountains in Colombia, killing 71 people but miraculously leaving six survivors, officials said.

         Kohli climbs to career-best 3rd in Test rankings    
DUBAI: Indian Test captain Virat Kohli has moved up to a career-best third position in the latest ICC rankings for batsmen after leading his team to an eight-wicket win over England in Mohali. Starting the five-Test series against England in 15th position, Kohli has risen at a fast pace, scoring 405 runs in three Tests so far. India currently lead the series 2-0.

         Yousuf scores a brace as India beat Australia in hockey    
MELBOURNE: Young striker Affan Yousuf scored a brace to guide Indian men's hockey team to a 3-2 win over world champions Australia in the opening match of the two-game series, here today.

         Pakistan collapse to first series defeat to NZ in 30 years    
HAMILTON: New Zealand took nine wickets in a dramatic final session of the second cricket Test against Pakistan to win by 130 runs in Hamilton today and clean sweep their series 2-0.

         India thrash England by eight wickets to take 2-0 lead    
MOHALI: India spinners once again held Centre stage as the hosts produced a clinical performance to cruise to a comfortable eight-wicket victory on the fourth day of the third cricket Test and thereby take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

         Cyrus Mistry, Nusli Wadia to contest removal from Tata Motors at EGM    
NEW DELHI: Hardening their position against Tata Sons, ousted chairman Cyrus Mistry and independent director Nusli Wadia, who has been backing him, will contest the proposal to remove them from the board of Tata Motors by making separate representation to "members of the company".

         Delbonis seals Argentina's maiden Davis Cup title    
ZAGREB: Federico Delbonis swept aside Croatia's Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in the deciding rubber as Argentina clinched a first Davis Cup title with a stunning fightback in Zagreb.

         Jadeja helps India take 134-run lead    
MOHALI: Ravindra Jadeja smashed his way to a career-best 90 as the lower middle-order came good again to help India post a commendable 417 and take a 134 run first innings lead against England in third Test here today.

         India bag bronze at Four Nations Invitational tournament    
MELBOURNE: India put up a dominating performance to beat Malaysia 4-1 in the bronze medal play off match today and finish at third position in the Four Nations Invitational Tournament here.

         Sindhu, Verma falter at final hurdle in Hong Kong Super Series    
KOWLOON: India's hopes of winning twin titles in the Hong Kong Open Super Series were dashed today when Olympic silver-medallist P V Sindhu and national champion Sameer Verma lost their respective final clashes in contrasting fashion here.

         Ashwin, Kohli take India to 271/6 on Day 2    
MOHALI: Indian batsmen, including flamboyant and in-form skipper Virat Kohli, were made to toil hard before Ravichandran Ashwin's counter-attacking 57 enabled the hosts to reach 271/6 at stumps on the second day of the third cricket Test here.

         Sameer enters maiden finals, Sindhu too wins at Hong Kong Open    
KOWLOON: National champion Sameer Verma stunned World No. 3 Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark to reach his maiden Super Series final while Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu made it to her second successive summit clash in women's singles at the Hong Kong Open, here today.

         Gritty Bairstow takes England to 268 for 8    
MOHALI: India bowled with a lot of perseverance to restrict England to 268 for 8 despite a defiant 89 from Jonny Bairstow on the first day of the third cricket Test here today. On a slow track, the home team bowlers maintained a disciplined line and length only to face resistance from England's wicketkeeper-batsman, who forged couple of important partnerships -- 57 for the fifth wicket with Ben Stokes and 69 for the sixth wicket with comeback-man Jos Buttler (43).

         India lose 2-3 to NZ, crash out of title race    
MELBOURNE: Indian men's hockey team lost 2-3 to New Zealand in a hard fought encounter to crash out of the title clash at the four-nation Invitational Tournament, here today. The loss means India will now play Malaysia for the third-fourth place classification match tomorrow.

         Sindhu topples Saina in BWF World Ranking    
NEW DELHI: Riding on her maiden Super Series Premier title at the China Open, Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu entered the top 10 but Saina Nehwal crashed out of the elite bracket in the latest BWF world ranking. Sindhu, who clinched the China Open last week, jumped two places to grab the ninth spot, while former World No. 1 Saina, who is on a comeback trail after recovering from a serious injury, slipped five places to 11th spot, owing to her first round exit at China Open.

         If I did something, ICC would have spoken to me: Kohli on ball-tampering claims    
MOHALI: Indian Test captain Virat Kohli today termed the ball tampering allegations against him as a ploy to "shift focus from the series" as "ICC would have spoken to him" had there been any iota of truth in the matter. At pre-match media conference, Kohli looked prepared with his answer the moment one of the English scribes asked him about the footage that shows him applying saliva to the ball.

         Gold for Elizabeth Susan Koshy    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Elizabeth Susan Koshy, a Keralite has bagged gold in the national police shooting championship being held in the capital city.

         Saina, Sindhu enter second round in Hong Kong Open    
KOWLOON: Top Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu advanced to the second round of the women's singles competition at the Hong Kong Super Series badminton tournament with contrasting victories here today.

         BCCI never responded to ICC mails on Indo-Pak women's matches    
NEW DELHI: The ICC's decision to award six points to Pakistan after the Indian women's team was deemed to have forfeited each of the three matches of the ICC Women's Championship was a result of non-communication from the BCCI about the team's participation.

         Bhuvneshwar Kumar back in Indian Test squad, Gambhir dropped    
NEW DELHI: Having completely recovered from a back injury, seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar was today recalled to the 16-member Indian team for the final three Test matches against England, while veteran opener Gautam Gambhir was shown the door.

         Ibrahimovic says may 'conquer' US    
STOCKHOLM: Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic said today he was eyeing the possibility of a move to the the United States. "I can see myself conquering the US, just as I have (conquered) Europe," the 35-year-old Swede told daily newspaper Aftonbladet in an interview.

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