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       HEADLINES: By-election: BJP retains Pappanamcode                                              Jaitley supports appointment of Gita Gopinath                                              C Kesavan Memorial award for Anathalavattom Ananthan                                              Jiji Thomson removed as Industries Development Corporation chairman                                              Kummanam backs Geetha Gopinath's appointment                                              Indian not executed in Indonesia, says Swaraj                                              Former BJP leader Dayashankar Singh arrested                                              Thousands pay tribute to Mahasweta Devi                                              Heavy rain throws life out of gear in Bengaluru                                              UK launches new pilot visa scheme for overseas students                                              Austria hands over Paris attacks 'accomplices' to France                                              IS executes 24 civilians after seizing Syria village: monitor                                              Bastian Schweinsteiger retires from Germany duty                                              Olympic organisers suspect 'isolated' sabotage at village                                              Bolt eyes triple as athletics emerges from darkest hour                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         Bolt eyes triple as athletics emerges from darkest hour    
RIO DE JANEIRO: Usain Bolt will launch an audacious bid for three Olympic sprint gold medals for an unprecedented third time as the perfect antidote to a year of turmoil in his drug-tainted sport. Track and field has been dragged through the ringer since Sebastian Coe took over as president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in Beijing last August on a "zero-tolerance" anti-doping mandate.

         Olympic organisers suspect 'isolated' sabotage at village    
RIO DE JANEIRO: Sabotage by unhappy workers may have caused water and gas leaks, blocked toilets and electrical faults that slowed teams from moving into the athletes' village, Rio Olympic, organisers said. "We are considering isolated cases, but we haven't seen enough to say it was an organised sabotage thing," Rio spokesman Mario Andrada said yesterday.

         Bastian Schweinsteiger retires from Germany duty    
Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger today announced his retirement from international duty with immediate effect. The 31-year-old Manchester United midfielder, who won his 120th and final cap in Germany's 2-0 defeat to France in the semi-finals of Euro 2016, revealed the news on his official Twitter account.

         IOA says Narsingh can replace Rana after green signal by NADA    
NEW DELHI: The Indian Olympics Association (IOA) today said that it will not object to wrestler Narsingh Yadav replacing Praveen Rana in the Rio Olympics if he is cleared by NADA in an ongoing dope scandal. Rana has been nominated by Wrestling Federation of India for the 74kg freestyle quota place after Narsingh tested positive for a banned steroid. Narsingh's case is being heard by a NADA Disciplinary panel.

         We need to work hard to make series even: Simmons    
His inexperienced team might have been outclassed by India in the opening Test but West Indies chief coach Phil Simmons believes there is no need to be demoralised and urged his boys to work hard and make it even in the second match of the four-Test series. "We know we didn't play well and I think that is the good thing about it. If we had played well and we got beaten like that, then something would be wrong. So, we didn't play well and we just have to make sure that we hit our straps whe

         My role was to create pressure and I did well: Mishra    
JAMAICA: Leg-spinner Amit Mishra may not have taken much wickets in the first Test but the leg-spinner says he played his role well by creating pressure on the West Indies batsmen from the one end. Mishra took two wickets in the first innings and one in the second while off-spinner R Ashwin claimed seven wickets when the hosts followed on as India recorded a massive win by an innings and 92 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

         Narsingh fails 2nd dope test, Olympic hopes fade    
NEW DELHI: Narsingh Yadav's hopes of competing in the Olympics seemed bleak today after the wrestler failed a second dope test which was conducted on him on July 5. It is learnt that Narsingh, already under provisional suspension for failing a June 25 dope test, has also flunked the second test done on both his 'A' and 'B' samples taken on July 5.

         Aussies build up lead over Sri Lankans    
PALLEKELE: Australia removed Sri Lankan opener Kusal Perera cheaply after building up an 86-run first innings lead over their hosts as they took firm command today of a low-scoring Test here.

         Narsingh replaced by Rana, scandal reaches police    
NEW DELHI: The alleged conspiracy in the Narsingh Yadav dope scandal began to unravel Wednesday with the wrestler identifying two fellow grapplers as the saboteurs, who contaminated his food with a banned steroid, in a formal police complaint.

         Ashwin regains top spot in ICC bowler rankings    
DUBAI: India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has surged to the top of the MRF Tyres ICC player rankings for Test bowlers after a superb outing in the first Test against the West Indies in Antigua which the visiting side won by an innings and 92 runs.

         Fadnavis seeks justice for Narsingh Yadav    
MUMBAI: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis Tuesday told the state Assembly that he has written to the Union Sports Minister, seeking justice for wrestler Narsingh Yadav, who has been virtually ruled out of the upcoming Rio Olympics after a doping scandal.

         Shot putter Inderjeet fails dope test; cries conspiracy    
NEW DELHI: India's Rio Olympics build-up was rocked by another dope scandal after shot putter Inderjeet Singh tested positive for a banned substance but alleged that his sample has been tampered with.

         What wrestling is going through is unfortunate: Sushil    
NEW DELHI: Two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar today said the dope scandal surrounding fellow wrestler Narsingh Yadav, who was picked ahead of him for the Rio Olympics, is "unfortunate". Reacting to the controversy, which has jeopardised Narsingh's participation in Rio amid allegations that the wrestler might have been framed by rivals, Sushil said he will always support his fellow grapplers.

         Getting a 5-for outside Asia is something I worked for: Ashwin    
ANTIGUA: India's off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, whose bowling masterclass of seven for 83 enabled the visitors to record an emphatic win against the West Indies, is happy that he has been finally able to break the deadlock of getting a coveted 'five-for' outside the sub-continent.

         Failed test of Narsingh's roommate raises suspicion: Tomar    
NEW DELHI: With Narsingh Yadav's roommate Sandeep Yadav at the SAI Sonepat camp also testing positive for the same banned substance, WFI said that it strengthens the conspiracy theory and indicates at a clear case of sabotage. "The fact that Narisngh's teammate at the camp has also tested positive for the same substance, it clearly looks to be a foul play. Both the wrestlers were consuming the same supplements as they were roommates. It arises suspicion," WFI assistant secretary Vinod Tom

         Pawar to quit president's post    
MUMBAI: Mumbai Cricket Association president Sharad Pawar will quit his position in six months' time after the state body accepted the Supreme Court verdict on sweeping reforms in the BCCI and its affiliates in toto.

         It's a conspiracy against me: Narsingh    
NEW DELHI: His Olympic dream in jeopardy after a failed dope test, wrestler Narsingh Yadav Sunday claimed innocence, saying that the scandal is a conspiracy against him.

         Narsingh fails dope test, Rio participation doubtful    
NEW DELHI: Barely 10 days before the start of the Olympics, India suffered a huge embarrassment as 74kg freestyle wrestler Narsingh Yadav failed a dope test conducted by NADA, a development which has cast doubt on his participation in Rio Games.

         Satisfied to score double ton after forgettable debut: Kohli    
NORTH SOUND: "Extremely satisfied" with his maiden Test double hundred, India skipper Virat Kohli says the feat has helped him wipe off the memories of his disappointing debut tour to the Caribbean in 2011 when he had struggled with the bat. Kohli returned to the Caribbean after five years and got down to business, scoring his maiden 200 in the very first innings of the opening Test match against the West Indies here.

         Cook, Root propel Eng    
Joe Root’s unbeaten 141 was the centrepiece of England’s commanding 314 for four on the first day of the second Test against Pakistan at Old Trafford on Friday. Having twice got himself out during England’s 75-run defeat by Pakistan in the first of a four-Test series at Lord’s last week, a determined Root did not give a chance in just over six hours at the crease on Friday.

         Vijender pleads for an end to boxing's administrative mess    
NEW DELHI: Worried about the administrative logjam in Indian boxing, recently-crowned WBO Asia Pacific champion Vijender Singh today pleaded with the officials to put together a new federation at the earliest for the sake of country's pugilists. Speaking at the ASSOCHAM conference, in the presence of Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel, Vijender said the country's boxers have been denied a voice at international events because of the current situation.

         Russia facing calls for all-out Rio ban    
MONTREAL: Russia was facing calls to be kicked out of the Olympics after their highly-regarded track and field squad lost their appeal over being banned from Rio for state-sponsored doping.

         Indian football need a vision to move ahead: Giggs    
MOBOR: Apart from coaching and educating the youth about the beautiful game, India needs a vision to move ahead in football, believes former Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs.

         Kohli cruises to 12th Test ton as India end day one at 302/4    
NORTH SOUND: Virat Kohli continued his sublime form to ease to a 12th hundred and lead India to 302 for four on day one of the first Test against the West Indies here today. Kohli (143 batting) led from the front to lay a solid platform for his team with the other major contribution coming from opener Shikhar Dhawan (84).

         Kohli wins toss, elects to bat in series-opener    
NORTH SOUND: India skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat against the West Indies in the first cricket Test at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, here today. India have opted for a six-batsmen and five-bowlers combination, including two spinners R Ashwin and Amit Mishra. Paceman Mohammed Shami is making comeback to the Indian side after nearly 16 months. The hosts have handed Test debut to 24-year-old off-break bowler Roston Chase. Teams:

         Bolt backs strong action over Russia's doping    
LONDON: Sprint king Usain Bolt believes the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruling on Russia's drug cheats will scare athletes and send a strong message that doping won't be tolerated. CAS today rejected an appeal by 67 Russian athletes seeking to overturn an IAAF doping ban on them competing at the Rio Olympics.

         CAS rejects Russia appeal, bars athletes from Rio    
The Court of Arbitration for Sport today dismissed a Russian appeal against a ban imposed by athletics governing body the IAAF over state-run doping, barring the country's track and field team from the Rio Games.

         We are looking for a steady progression: Holder    
ANTIGUA: West Indies skipper Jason Holder doesn't expect his young and inexperienced side to improve by leaps and bounds and said they are looking for a steady progression as they go into the four-Test series against India with confidence. "The ultimate aim is to start performing well in Test cricket. We have got a young side, and we are looking to build something," said Holder ahead of the opening Test starting at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium here today.

         Confident India take on inexperienced West Indies    
ANTIGUA: A confident India, with a new coach at the helm, will seek to record a third consecutive Test series triumph on the Caribbean soil when the Virat Kohli-led side clashes with an inexperienced West Indies in the first cricket match, here from tomorrow. The Test will herald a new chapter in Indian cricket history as the team will take the field for the first time under new coach Anil Kumble’s guidance.

         Richards' words of gold for Indian batsmen    
ANTIGUA: Skipper Virat Kohli says he received “words of gold” from West Indies batting legend Vivian Richards who visited the Indian team hotel ahead of the first cricket Test here. The first of the four Tests between India and West Indies will be played at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua from July 21-25.

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