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Hockey World League: Indian men escape with 3-2 win over Ireland

New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) India were lucky to escape with a 3-2 win over Ireland and continued their winning streak in the men's Hero Hockey World League Round 2 at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here Thursday.

IOC vote a wake-up call for hockey: FIH president

New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) International Hockey Federation (FIH) president Leandro Negre admitted that International Olympic Committee (IOC) decision to leave out wrestling from core sports for the 2020 Games was a rude shock but it has served as a wake cup call for hockey bosses.

Minnows finally score in Hockey World League

New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) Fiji men and Kazakhstan women scored their first goals in the Hero Hockey World League Round 2 at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here Thursday.

Laxman to commentate in India vs Australia series

New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) A batsman who made a name for himself while playing in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, V.V.S. Laxman will be now seen in a new role of a commentator for the upcoming India vs Australia series.

NBA: Lakers beat Celtics 113-99 to honour Jerry Buss

Los Angeles, Feb 21 (IANS) With their owner Jerry Buss passing away Monday, the Los Angeles Lakers posted an emotional win over the Boston Celtics in NBA league.

Shuttler Kashyap out of top 10

New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) London Olympics quarterfinalist Parupalli Kashyap dropped out of the top 10 of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) men's singles rankings released Thursday to be placed at No.11.

India, Australia renew Test-rivalry sans legends

Chennai, Feb 21 (IANS) The Border-Gavaskar Trophy will get a new meaning Friday as India take on Australia here with many of the big names, who dominated the sport in the last decade, having retired in the last couple of years.

Harbhajan to play his 100th Test in Chennai

Chennai, Feb 21 (IANS) Harbhajan Singh will become the 10th Indian to play 100 Tests when he takes the field in the first Test against Australia here Friday.

India look to narrowing gap on Australia

Chennai, Feb 21 (IANS) India and Australia will lock horns in a four-Test cricket series, starting here Friday, with an eye to the ICC Test Championship table.

Jayalalithaa flays Colombo, axes athletics meeet

Chennai, Feb 21 (IANS) Citing human rights abuses by Colombo, Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Thursday said Tamil Nadu won't host the 20th Asian Athletics Championship in July in which Sri Lanka will take part.

Bhullar upbeat ahead of Avantha Masters

New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) Four-time Asian Tour winner Gaganjeet Bhullar of India is hoping his attachment to Jaypee Greens Golf Course will give him an advantage when the New Delhi venue hosts the Avantha Masters for the first time March 14-17.

Citing Sri Lanka, Tamil Nadu says 'no' to athletics

Chennai, Feb 21 (IANS) Citing human rights abuses by Colombo, Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Thursday said Tamil Nadu won't host the 20th Asian Athletics Championship in July in which Sri Lanka will take part.

IOC warns Rio: 'Time is of the essence'

Rio de Janeiro, Feb 21 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has sounded a warning to Rio 2016 officials about delays to key infrastructure projects.

Botswana cricket team to compete in Uganda

Gaborone, Feb 21 (IANS) Botswana's cricket national team will depart for Uganda Thursday to compete in the International Cricket Council (ICC) - Africa Cricket Association (ACA) Twenty 20 Division One tournament that starts Sunday.

Neymar's agent hits out at Pele

Rio de Janeiro, Feb 21 (IANS) The agent of Brazil star Neymar has accused Pele of hypocrisy and jealousy after the football legend's stinging attack on the 21-year-old's attitude.

Pakistan announces ODI team for South Africa tour

Islamabad, Feb 21 (IANS) The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced a 16-man squad for the upcoming One-day International (ODI) series against South Africa, recalling former captain Shahid Afridi back to the team.

Pistorius' bail ruling postponed again

Pretoria, Feb 21 (IANS) The second day of paralympian Oscar Pistorius's bail hearing ended without a court ruling on his application.

Big occasion won't get to me, says Wells

London, Feb 21 (IANS/CMC) In-form Bermudan striker Nahki Wells says he will not let the big occasion get to him and will "really enjoy it" when Division Two giant-killers Bradford City take on Premier League side Swansea in Sunday's League Cup final at Wembley Stadium.

Russia to fight for wrestling's Olympic future: Putin aide

Moscow, Feb 21 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia will fight on every possible level to secure wrestling's Olympic future, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman has said.

Extreme Park tests please Sochi 2014 organisers

Moscow, Feb 21 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Sochi 2014 Winter Games organisers have said they are "pleased" with how the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park performed in the latest slew of test events for next year's Olympics.

Former Windies batsman disappointed with Australian tour

Port of Spain (Trinidad), Feb 21 (IANS/CMC) Former West Indies middle order batsman Gus Logie says he is disappointed that the momentum that spurred the regional side to the ICC T20 title last October did not carry into the just ended tour of Australia.

Szucsak appointed India's rifle coach for third time

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) Veteran rifle coach Laszlo Szucsak was Wednesday appointed by the National Rifle Association of India for a third stint with the Indian shooters.

Hockey World League: India crush Oman 9-1

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) India put on a dominating performance to crush Oman 9-1 for their second consecutive win in the men's Hero World Hockey League Round 2 at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here Wednesday.

Easy day for Indian teams in Asian Junior Squash

Seoul, Feb 20 (IANS) The Indian junior squash team began with emphatic wins in the Asian Junior Team Championships here Wednesday.

Alonso positive about the new Ferrari

Barcelona, Feb 20 (IANS) Spanish Formula One driver Fernando Alonso is preparing for the forthcoming season with renewed optimism, given that this year he will be racing with a faster car.

UEFA may consider Soviet League revival

Moscow, Feb 20 (IANS/RIA Novosti) UEFA, European football's governing body, would consider proposals to create a joint Russian-Ukrainian football league if the national federations involved agree.

Ministry asks IOA to take up wrestling's cause

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) The sports ministry Wednesday urged the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to take up with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) the issue of dropping wrestling from the 2020 Olympic Games.

Saina, Gopichand back energy conservation mission

Hyderabad, Feb 20 (IANS) Andhra Pradesh has roped in badminton star Saina Nehwal and coach Pullela Gopichand to support its energy conservation mission, an official said Wednesday.

Tsunami survivor India's medal hope at Asian Cycling Championships

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) Tsunami survivor Deborah is making rapid strides in cycling and has emerged as one of India's best bet in the Asian Championships scheduled here March 7-17.

Happy to make my Test debut in India: Henriques

Chennai, Feb 20 (IANS) Australian all-rounder Moises Henriques, who will be making his Test debut against India Friday, said he will have an important role to play in the middle-order, battling reverse swing and the spinners.

Warner makes one of the bravest calls of his career

Chennai, Feb 20 (IANS) Australian opener David Warner by making himself available for the first Test against India starting here Friday with a fractured thumb has risked his long career.

Kohli replaces Vettori as Royal Challengers captain

Bangalore, Feb 20 (IANS) India's star batsman Virat Kohli has replaced Daniel Vettori as the skipper for the Royal Challengers Bangalore for the forthcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), it was announced Wednesday.

AFC vows to fight match fixing

Kuala Lumpur, Feb 20 (IANS) Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has vowed to combat match fixing in Asian football, at a time when European football has been hit with the scandal.

Indian students eye the Great American Bicycle Ride

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) Indian students have a great chance to participate in the Great American Bicycle Ride (GABR), as Inme, a pioneering outdoor and adventure-based learning company, has opened the registrations process for the cycling expedition along the West coast of the US.

Ponting fined for Code of Behaviour breach

Melbourne, Feb 20 (IANS) Cricket Australia (CA) Wednesday fined legendary batsman Ricky Ponting for breaching the Code of Behaviour during the RYOBI One-Day Cup match between Tasmania and Western Australia at the WACA Ground in Perth.

Locatelli, Rinaldi to represent Mahindra Racing in Italy

Mumbai, Feb 20 (IANS) Mahindra Racing Wednesday announced the signing of 16-year-old Andrea Locatelli and 17-year-old Michael Rinaldi as the team's new riders for the 2013 season of the Italian National Motorcycle Racing Championship (CIV) scheduled to begin in Mugello April 6.

Hero boost for Indian cycling

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) Hero Cycles, a unit of Hero Group, has decided to support Indian cyclists for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Bail hearing of Pistorius resumes

Pretoria, Feb 20 (IANS) The bail hearing of murder-accused Paralympian Oscar Pistorius resumed at the Pretoria Magistrate Court Wednesday with a large media contingent scrambling to get inside.

India on track for UCI cycling academy

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) The Cycling Federation of India (CFI) is confident of setting up a professional academy in collaboration with world body Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) by the end of 2013.

Hazlewood, Sandhu, Handscomb added to Australia A squad

Melbourne, Feb 20 (IANS) Cricket Australia (CA) Wednesday added Josh Hazlewood, Gurinder Sandhu and Peter Handscomb to the Australia A squad who are playing visiting side England Lions in six unofficial one-day games.

Ranatunga may run for Sri Lanka board president

Colombo, Feb 20 (IANS) Sri Lanka's former World Cup winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga said he will decide by next week if he will contest for president of the Cricket Board or not.

Kirsten wants seamer-friendly track

Centurion, Feb 20 (IANS) South Africa cricket coach Gary Kirsten has requested the curator for a less turning track when they take on Pakistan in the third and final Test here at the SuperSport Park here Friday.

Del Bosque cools talk of return to Real Madrid

Madrid, Feb 20 (IANS) Spanish national football team coach Vicente del Bosque said that he doubts whether his former club, Real Madrid, misses him and he believes current Madrid coach Jose Mourinho is "aggressive".

Henriques to debut for Australia in Chennai Test

Chennai, Feb 20 (IANS) Allrounder Moises Henriques is set to make his debut for Australia against India in the first Border-Gavaskar Trophy Test match commencing here Friday as Cricket Australia (CA) announced the squad Wednesday.

Pele urges Neymar to choose Barca over Man City

Rio de Janeiro, Feb 20 (IANS) Brazil legend Pele has urged compatriot Neymar to choose Spanish football giants Barcelona over a move to Manchester City or Real Madrid.

Yao Ming honoured with Visionary of the Year award

Los Angeles, Feb 20 (IANS) China's basketball star Yao Ming, an eight-time All-Star centre with NBA's Houston Rockets, was honoured with the "Visionary of the Year" award by Asia Society Southern California (ASSC).

WICB president says Windies showing clear signs of progress

Gros Islet (St.Lucia), Feb 20 (IANS/CMC) West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) chief Julian Hunte believes the regional women's team victory over Australia in the super-six stage of the ICC Women's World Cup is proof of their development.

Seedorf's cousin joins Brazilian club

Rio de Janeiro, Feb 20 (IANS) The cousin of former Dutch international midfielder Clarence Seedorf has signed for Brazilian fourth division outfit Alecrim.

Malaga's Champions League dreams alive despite loss

Madrid, Feb 20 (IANS) Spanish La Liga club Malaga's Champions League dream is still very much alive after suffering a 0-1 defeat in the first leg of their last-16 tie away to Porto.

Kenya shortlists four football coaches

Nairobi, Feb 20 (IANS) Kenya's football federation confirmed that the search of a successor to the departed Frenchman Henri Michel was over with four candidates short-listed and the final choice is expected to be announced Wednesday.


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