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HO CHI MINH CITY : Five-time World Champion M.C. Mary Kom on Tuesday cruised into the 48-kg finals of the Asian Boxing Championships after beating Japans Tsubasa Komura 5-0 to stay on course for her fifth gold medal in the continental event. "I have been fighting for my country for many years and each time when I start well, that is a good sign. It motivates the others to perform well too," Mary explained after her bout. 

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KAKAMIGAHARA (JAPAN) : India created history as they edged past China 5-4 via shootouts to win the women's Asia Cup hockey title here on Sunday. With this, India also qualified for next year's World Cup as Continental Champions. It was skipper Rani who scored the winning goal for India while Savita made a great save in sudden death to ensure India the 5-4 score in the penalty shootout. 

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RAJKOT : On the eve of the second T20 International against New Zealand here, left-arm spinner Axar Patel on Friday said he doesn't talk much to head coach Ravi Shastri on his bowling technique and revealed that the former India all-rounder only asks him to bowl stump to stump. Axar felt his style of bowling is quite different from Shastri, who was a left-arm spinner himself during his playing days.

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PARIS : Spanish tennis ace Rafael Nadal secured a year-end top position in the ATP Rankings following his victory over South Korean talent Chung Hyeon in the second round of the Paris Masters, while promising German star Alexander Zverev was stunned by Dutch Robin Haase in full sets. The 31-year-old Nadal has become the oldest and first year-end No.1 over the age of 30 since the ATP Rankings were established in 1973, reports Xinhua news agency.

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NEW DELHI : Legendary Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist on Thursday picked former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni as his successor in the world's best stumpers' list. "Dhoni, the way he has carried every role that he has under his job description. A wicketkeeper, batsman, captain every thing. He is a brand and he has carried all these things with amazing success," Gilchrist said at the Royal Stag Barrel Select Perfect Strokes event here.

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KAKAMIGAHARA : India stormed into the women's Asia Cup semi-final here on Thursday, thrashing Kazakhstan 7-1 in the quarters at the Kakamigahara Kawasaki Stadium. Dragflicker Gurjit Kaur was in sublime form as she pumped three goals while Navneet Kaur scored twice and Deep Grace converted two penalty corners to ensure India remained unbeaten in the tournament.

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NEW DELHI : Former India skipper Kapil Dev on Wednesday wished veteran pacer Ashish Nehra all the very best for his farewell game, the opening T20 International (T20I) against New Zealand at the Ferozshah Kotla later in the evening. "For every sportsperson, the debut and farewell games are very special. After years of serving Indian cricket, Nehra deserves the farewell in front of his home crowd," the 1983 World Cup-winning skipper told reporters here.

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VISAKHAPATNAM : Indias top boxers Shiva Thapa, Mandeep Jangra and Manoj Kumar lived up to their billing and breezed into the finals of their respective weight categories at the 2nd Elite Mens National Boxing Championship at the Swarna Bharati Indoor Stadium here on Sunday.

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PARIS : Star Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth defeated Japan's Kenta Nishimoto in straight games to win the men's singles title at the French Open Superseries here on Sunday. Srikanth dominated from the start to carve out a 21-14, 21-13 win in 34 minutes.  Sunday's win helped the eighth seeded Indian to improve his head-to-head statistics against the unseeded Japanese to 2-0. 

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KANPUR : India produced a brilliant all-round performance to beat New Zealand by six runs in the third and final One Day International at the Green Park Stadium here on Sunday and clinch the series. Chasing a daunting target of 338 runs, the Kiwis could only manage 331/7 in their allotted 50 overs. Colin Munro (75), skipper Kane Williamson (64) and Tom Latham (65) were the major contributors for New Zealand.

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KOLKATA :  England rallied brilliantly to wipe out a double-goal deficit and steamroll Spain 5-2 in a thrilling final to annex their maiden FIFA U-17 World Cup title here on Saturday.

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KOLKATA : England and Spain will have their eyes firmly trained on the history books waiting to christen them as first-time champions of the FIFA U-17 World Cup when the two footballing hotshots renew acquaintances in the hotly-anticipated final here on Saturday.

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KOLKATA : Talismanic striker Rhian Brewster fired his second hat-trick on the trot as England marched to their maiden Under-17 FIFA World Cup final with a clinical 3-1 win over Brazil at the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan here on Wednesday. The Englishmen, who have won all their six matches so far, would now take on the victors of the other semi final between Spain and Male -- scheduled later in the evening -- in Saturday's summit clash at the same venue.

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PUNE : The second One-Day International (ODI) between India and New Zealand here became embroiled in controversy hours before its start with allegation of corruption against curator Pandurang Salgaoncar. A television channel claims to have conducted a sting operation in which reporters posing as bookies approached the curator asking for a pitch which will favour the fast bowlers of one of the competing teams.

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LONDON : Real Madrid star footballer Cristiano Ronaldo on Tuesday was named the FIFA men's player of the year during a star-studded night at the Best FIFA Football Awards here. The Real Madrid icon was chosen ahead of Brazilian Neymar and Argentine Lionel Messi in recognition for his achievements over the past year. The Real Madrid forward was also named in FIFPro team of the year alongside club-mates Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.

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KOLKATA : Even without star player Jadon Sancho, in-form England start as hot favourites against Asian heavyweights Japan in their FIFA U-17 World Cup pre-quarterfinal clash at the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan here on Tuesday. ancho, a vital cog in England's free-flowing wheel throughout the group stages, on Monday left for Germany where he plays for German club Borussia Dortmund and would play no further part in the tournament.

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DHAKA : India defeated arch-foes Pakistan 3-1 to top Pool A in Asia Cup at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium here on Sunday. Chinglensana Singh (17th minute), Ramandeep Singh (43rd minute) and Harmanpreet Singh (45th) scored for India. For Pakistan, Ali Shan scored the reducer in the fourth quarter. India will now move into the second round of Super 4s where the top teams from both the pool will play in round-robin format before the knockouts.

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SHANGHAI (CHINA) : Roger Federer defeated World No.1 Rafael Nadal to win the Shanghai Rolex Masters title here on Sunday. Second-seed Federer took 71 minutes to claim a 6-4, 6-3 victory over the Spaniard, who made errors and looked physically exhausted, reports Efe.

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FATORDA : Brazil rode on a couple of first half goals to beat a stubborn Niger 2-0 in their last Group D match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup here on Friday. Lincoln (4th minute) opened Brazil's account right after the start when he tapped in a cross from the right. Brenner doubled the lead in the 34th minute when his free-kick took a lucky deflection off the wall to catch Niger goalkeeper Khaled Lawali on the wrong foot.

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DHAKA : India continued their dominating show at the Hero Asia Cup as they thrashed hosts Bangladesh 7-0 in their Pool A match at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium here on Friday. It was goals by Gurjant Singh (seventh minute), Akashdeep Singh (10th), Lalit Upadhyay (13th), Amit Rohidas (20th), Harmanpreet Singh (28th and 47th), Ramandeep Singh (46th) that ensured India were on top of the pool table.

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KOLKATA : Japan will look to seal a pre-quarterfinal berth when they take on minnows New Caledonia in a Group E FIFA U-17 World Cup contest at the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan here on Saturday. Japan got their campaign off to a flying start with a 6-1 win over Honduras before contenders France beat them 1-2 in the second game.

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NEW DELHI : India ended their campaign on a poor note, suffering a heavy 0-4 defeat to Ghana in their last Group A match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup here on Thursday. Ghana skipper Eric Ayiah (43rd, 52nd minutes) struck a brace, bulging the net on either side of the break before Richard Danso (86th) and Emmanuel Toku (87th) scored in quick succession towards the end.

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BENGALURU : India thrashed Macau 4-1 to qualify for the 2019 Asian Cup football tournament here on Wednesday. Rowllin Borges (28th minute) put India ahead in the first half before Sunil Chhetri (60th) and Jeje Lalpekhlua (90+2) found the net after the break. Macau defender Man Fai Ho scored an own goal in the 70th minute while trying to clear a pass into the penalty box by India's Halicharan Narzary.

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NEW DELHI : Veteran India pacer Ashish Nehra said on Wednesday that he may hang up his boots after the first Twenty20 International (T20I) against New Zealand at the Feroz Shah Kotla here on November 1. The 38-year-old pacer, who made his international debut in December 1999 against Sri Lanka, was picked for Friday's third T20I match against Australia.

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QUITO : Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has bagged a hat-trick and with it Argentina has secured a direct berth at next year's World Cup in Russia with a 3-1 victory over Ecuador. In a dramatic final round on Tuesday in the South American zone qualifiers, Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Uruguay and Colombia booked their tickets to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Xinhua news agency reported.

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NEW DELHI : India lost by a slender 1-2 margin to Colombia in a Group A fixture of the FIFA U-17 World Cup at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Monday. A brace from Juan Penaloza (49th, 83rd minute) helped the visitors seal their first victory and earn three points. Jeakson Thounaojam etched his name in India's football history in the 82nd minute when he headed in off a corner to become the first Indian to score at a FIFA World Cup at any age group.

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ROME : Italian legend Andrea Pirlo has announced that he will retire from professional football in December when his contract with New York City FC expires. "You realise that the time has come, every day you have physical problems, you cannot train as you want because you always have some problem," the former AC Milan and Juventus star deep-lying playmaker was quoted as saying by La Gazzetta dello Sport on Sunday.

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RANCHI : India rode on opener Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Virat Kohli's brilliant knock to score 49/1 (D/L method) against Australia in the rain-marred match to register a nine wicket victory in the first Twenty20 International (T20I) cricket match at the JSCA International Stadium Complex here on Saturday. India thus took a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series against Australia. 

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KOCHI : With just a day to go for the kick-off, practically all the tickets have been sold out for the eight matches to be staged at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium here and the only dampener could be the the rains that have hit this coastal city of Kerala. The venue will see six Group D matches, one match in the round of 16 and a quarterfinal.

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NEW DELHI : Star Indian boxer Vijender Singh on Wednesday said even though cricket was quite popular in India, other sports were also getting popular rapidly in the country. Vijender, the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight Champion and WBO Oriental Super Middleweight Champion, was present at a dinner held here in connection with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.

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KOLKATA : Argentine legend Diego Maradona will now play the ‘Match for Unity against former India cricket captain Sourav Ganguly on October 9, the organisers confirmed. "We would like to confirm that the Match for Unity (Diego vs Dada) is to be held at Aditya School of Sports Stadium, Kadambagachi, Taki Road, North 24 Parganas on the 09th of October 2017 at 2.30pm," a statement from the organisers read.

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NAGPUR : Rohit Sharma struck a century as India beat Australia by seven wickets in the fifth and final One-Day International (ODI) at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground here on Sunday to end the series on a winning note. India thus won the series 4-1. The victory also helped India regain the top spot in the ODI rankings, pushing South Africa to the second spot. Australia remain third.

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IMPHAL : It is no mean achievement for Manipur that out of 21 footballers selected for the FIFA U-17 World Cup beginning from October 6 eight players are from the tiny northeastern state. All these players have a common denominator -- in the form of unspeakable poverty. 

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LUCKNOW : The India Red spin duo of Vijay Gohil and Washington Sundar shared five wickets between them to restrict India Blue to 185/5 at the end of the second day of the Duleep Trophy final at the Ekana International Cricket Stadium here on Tuesday. Gohil (3/65) and Sundar (2/55) scalped five wickets in unison to break the backbone of the India Blue side, who still trail by 302 runs in their first essay.   

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NEW DELHI : The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) on Tuesday unveiled its 2017-18 calendar which includes the prestigious South Asian Championship to be held in Guwahati from December 6-10. This is the first time India will host the South Asian Championship, which will see a potential blockbuster clash against arch-rivals Pakistan besides other SAARC countries -- Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, among others.

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NEW DELHI : Elated at being nominated for the country's third highest civilian honour -- Padma Bhushan -- Rio Olympics silver medallist shuttler P.V. Sindhu on Monday thanked the Sports Ministry for the recommendation. The 22-year-old Sindhu now joins former India cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the second sportsperson to be nominated for the prestigious award this year.

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