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         Messi retires from international football    
EAST RUTHERFORD (US): Ace footballer Lionel Messi on Monday announced retirement from International Football after Argentina's loss in Copa America final. Chile stunned Argentina to win the Copa America Centenario in a penalty shootout as Messi's title curse struck again.

         Messi misses as Chile beat Argentina to win Copa America title on penalties    
EAST RUTHERFORD (United States): Holders Chile stunned Argentina to win the Copa America Centenario in a penalty shoot-out on Sunday as Lionel Messi's title curse struck again.

         Vijender is an amateur, not in my league: Kerry    
NEW DELHI: Former European champion and an experienced Australian boxer Kerry Hope has dared Indian knockout king Vijender Singh ahead of their WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight championship title to be held at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex here on July 16. WBC Asian Boxing Council champion Kerry Hope, who is currently training hard in Wales, comes into the title fight against Vijender with an impressive record of 23 wins from 30 fights.

         Atanu Das selected for Rio Olympics    
BENGALURU: The Archery Association of India (AAI) today selected Atanu Das to represent the country in the men's recurve event at the Rio Olympics after conducting trials here.

         Anas qualifies for Rio Olympics men's 400m race    
NEW DELHI: Indian quartermiler Mohammad Anas qualified for the Rio Olympics by shattering the men's 400m national record on the second day of Polish Athletics Championship at Bydgoszcz.

         Sprinter Dutee Chand qualifies for Rio Olympics    
NEW OLYMPICS: Nearly a year after fighting her way back into her international career by winning a landmark 'gender' case, gutsy Indian woman sprinter Dutee Chand today qualified for Rio Olympics 100m dash, shattering her own national record in the process at the 26th G Kosanov Memorial Meet in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

         Jitu Rai wins silver in ISSF World Cup    
BAKU: 'Pistol King' Jitu Rai pipped three-time Olympic champion Jongoh Jin of Korea to clinch the silver medal at the ISSF Shooting World Cup here today, signalling his intentions ahead of the Rio Games.

         BCCI to host mini IPL overseas in September    
DHARMASALA: The BCCI is set to introduce a new Twenty20 event, to be branded as mini IPL, outside India in September. "In the month of September, the BCCI is willing to host a mini IPL or IPL overseas with all the eight teams participating," BCCI president Anurag Thakur said at the conclusion of the Board's Working Committee meeting here. "It will be a shorter format, not home and away matches but a lesser number of matches. In a two-week window we should be able to complete it," he s

         Through to Olympics, Vikas and Manoj settle for bronze    
BAKU (AZERBAIJAN): Already through to the Olympics, Indian boxers Vikas Krishan (75kg) and Manoj Kumar (64kg) today had to be content with bronze medals in the International Boxing Association's (AIBA) World Qualifying Tournament here. While Vikas was declared medically unfit and had to concede his bout against Turkmenistan's Achilov Arslanbek, Manoj lost 0-3 to reigning European champion Pat McCormack of Britain.

         Kumble appointed India's head coach for one year    
DHARMASALA: Former captain Anil Kumble was today appointed the Indian cricket team's head coach for a one-year tenure, bringing an end to the prolonged suspense over who will take over the reins of the side. The 45-year-old Kumble pipped former Team Director Ravi Shastri, Australians Tom Moody and Stuart Law and a host of others to clinch the high-profile position following an elaborate selection process headed by a three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC).

         Boxer Manoj Kumar qualifies for Olympics    
BAKU: Former Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Manoj Kumar (64kg) today became the second Indian boxer to qualify for the Olympic Games after advancing to the semifinals of the AIBA World Qualifying Tournament here. Manoj thrashed Tajikistan's Rakhimov Shavkatdzhon in the quarterfinal 3-0. He will next face European champion Pat McCormack of Britain in the semifinal tomorrow. McCormack defeated Frenchman Amzile Hassan in his quarterfinal bout.

         Rio bus missed but Mary Kom not quitting just yet    
NEW DELHI: Her last hope for an Olympic berth might be over after the denial of a wildcard, but star Indian woman boxer M C Mary Kom today said she would not hang up her gloves just yet.

         Chile down Colombia to reach Copa final    
CHICAGO: Chile stormed into the Copa America final here Wednesday, beating Colombia 2-0 in a weather-disrupted semi-final that took more than four hours to complete.

         India survive last-ball scare to clinch T20 series    
HARARE: India survived a mighty last-ball scare before clinching the T20 series 2-1 with a nervy three-run victory over a spirited Zimbabwe in the third and final Twenty20 International here today. The series decider went right down to the last ball after Zimbabwe restricted India to 138 for six and got close to the target before ending at 135 for six. Earlier, Kedar Jadhav bailed India out of trouble with a timely 58 off 42 balls.

         Dhoni equals Ponting's record by leading India in 324th game    
HARARE: Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni today equalled Australian great Ricky Ponting's record of leading the side in 324 international matches across all formats. Dhoni achieved the milestone during the third and final Twenty20 International against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club. India won the series 2-1, days after 3-0 whitewash of the hosts in ODIs.

         Bale inspires as brilliant Wales into last 16    
TOULOUSE: Gareth Bale struck his third goal in as many Euro 2016 games as brilliant Wales cruised into the last 16 as winners of Group B with a clinical 3-0 dismantling of Russia here.

         France, Swiss share points    
LILLE: Switzerland rode their luck to earn a 0-0 draw against a misfiring France to reach the knock-out stage at a European Championship for the first time on Sunday as they finished second in Group A behind the hosts. Les Bleus hit the woodwork three times, including two efforts by the impressive Paul Pogba and a spectacular strike from substitute Dimitri Payet. Despite their failure to score, they still managed to top their section with seven points, two ahead of Switzerland.

         Frustrated England progress after Slovakia draw    
Roy Hodgson's England secured their place in the last 16 of Euro 2016, but lost their status as Group B winners, after being held to a goalless draw by Slovakia here. Wales' 3-0 win over Russia in Toulouse meant the Three Lions finish second in Group B.

         India restrict Zimbabwe to 99 after Sran's excellent debut    
HARARE: Seamer Barinder Sran made his first outing in a T20 International memorable as he returned the best figures by an Indian debutant in this format to help the visitors restrict Zimbabwe to a paltry 99 for nine in the second match here today.

         Champagne on ice for Wimbledon, says Murray    
LONDON: Andy Murray warned Novak Djokovic he has the champagne on ice as the Queen's Club history-maker plots to end the world number one's reign as Wimbledon champion. Murray completed the perfect warm-up for Wimbledon when the world number two defeated Milos Raonic 6-7 (5/7), 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday to retain the Queen's title and lift the trophy for a record fifth time.

         France top Euro group as Albania claim historic win    
LILE: Euro 2016 hosts France secured top spot in Group A with a goalless draw against Switzerland in Lille on Sunday that also took their opponents through to the knockout stage. Meanwhile, Albania recorded a historic first win at a major tournament as they defeated Romania 1-0 in Lyon thanks to a solitary goal by Armando Sadiku, and the Balkan underdogs now face a nervous few days as they wait to find out if they will progress as one of the best third-place teams.

         No Indian cricketer involved in alleged rape in Zimbabwe    
NEW DELHI: India's cricket tour of Zimbabwe was Sunday hit by a massive controversy after an official associated with one of the sponsors of the series was arrested for alleged rape even though he pleaded innocence to the charge.

         Messi record as Argentina thrash Venezuela    
FOXBOROUGH (US): Lionel Messi scored a record-equalling 54th international goal as Argentina outclassed Venezuela 4-1 to book their place in the semi-finals of the Copa America Centenario here Saturday.

         Chigumbura powers Zimbabwe to 170/6 in first T20 International    
HARARE: India's rookie bowlers were taken to cleaners by the seasoned Elton Chigumbura, who smashed an unbeaten 55 to help Zimbabwe reach a competitive 170 for six in the first Twenty20 International, here today. Chigumbura hit seven lusty sixes along with a boundary to give his team something to fight for with his 26-ball knock.

         BCCI suspends arrested GCA officials, issues show cause notice    
NEW DELHI: The BCCI today suspended and issued show cause notices to the top Goa Cricket Association officials, who were arrested for alleged misappropriation of organisation funds, and initiated a probe of its own against them. GCA president Chetan Dessai and secretary Vinod Phadke, who are also part of important committees of BCCI, along with treasurer Akbar Mulla were arrested earlier this week by police for alleged misappropriation of Rs 3.13 crore belonging to the organisation.

         India bag silver in hockey Champions Trophy    
LONDON: India muffed three tries in the title-deciding shootout to settle for a silver medal in the 36th Hero Champions Trophy as they lost the final 1-3 against World Champions Australia, in London on Friday.

         Shami, Wriddhiman to be part India's first 'Pink ball' game    
KOLKATA: Mohammad Shami and Wriddhiman Saha are among India players, who will get a first-hand experience of Day/Night cricket with pink ball when local giants Mohun Bagan and Bhowanipore Club meet in a Cricket Association of Bengal's Super League final, starting tomorrow.

         India enter Champions Trophy final for first time in 36 years    
LONDON: Indian men's hockey team had their date with history as they clinched a maiden appearance in the final of the prestigious 36th Hero Champions Trophy Hockey tournament against formidable Australia after hosts Great Britain held Belgium to 3-3 draw in a final round robin match.

         Formidable India gear up for T20 Whitewash against Zimbabwe    
HARARE: The ODI series proving to be a stroll in the park, Mahendra Singh Dhoni would look to finish his current season with another dominant performance when he leads India in the three-match Twenty20 series against a hapless Zimbabwe, starting here tomorrow. Riding high after inflicting a 3-0 whitewash on the hosts, Dhoni and his boys will try do an encore in the shortest version as well.

         Indian men's archery fail to qualify for Rio Olympics    
ANTALYA: India will not have a men's archery team to compete in the Rio Games as it failed to make the cut in the Final Olympic Qualifying Tournament held on the sidelines of the World Cup Stage 3 at the Konyaalti Beach Park here today. The Indian trio of Atanu Das, Jayanta Talukdar and Mangal Singh Champia, who got the top seeding, lost to lower ranked Malaysians 4-5 in the shoot-off (27-28) in the quarters to be out of Rio reckoning.

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