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All eyes on Saina as shuttlers begin quest for Rio glory today

Updated: Aug 11, 2016 06:58 IST      
All eyes on Saina as shuttlers begin quest for Rio glory today

Rio de Janeiro, Aug 11 (ANI): Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal will lead the seven-member Indian challenge when they kick off their Rio Olympic campaign in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro on Thursday.

Saina, the bronze medallist at the 2012 London Olympics, is considered as the country's best bet for a medal and will face local favourite Lohaynny Vicente in the women's singles opening round.

While PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth are the other shuttlers who will represent the country in the singles event, men's doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy and women's doubles combo of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa will also launch their respective challenge.

Among other Indians in the fray, Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza will compete in the first round of the mixed doubles tennis competition while India's highly rated boxer Shiva Thapa will begin his campaign in the first round in the 56kg bantamweight division.

Having already secured their berth for the quarterfinals, the Indian men's hockey team will aim to consolidate their position when they take on Netherlands in their fourth match of Pool B.

After enduring a 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Australia, the Indian women's hockey team will look to put a much improved show when they face United States today.

In archery, Bombayla Devi and Deepika Kumari will aim to progress through to the quarterfinals of the individual recurve event whey they will play their respective pre-quarters rounds today.

Meanwhile, golfers Anirban Lahiri and SSP Chawrasia will tee off in the men's individual round one.

India, which have sent their largest-ever contingent of 119 athletes in Rio Olympics, are yet to open their medal account in the ongoing Summer Games. (ANI)

Robin Singh joins T20 Global League as coach

Updated: Aug 24, 2017 10:20 IST     

Johannesburg [South Africa], August 24 (ANI): Former Indian cricketer Robin Singh, who played 100 ODI matches for the country, have acquired coaching job for the forthcoming T20 Global League of South Africa slated to begin from November 3 and will run until December 16.

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], August 24 (ANI): India will take on Caribbean side St. Kitts & Nevis---which would be their final preparatory match before next month's Asian Cup qualifier against Macau--- in the ongoing Triangular International Football series today at the Mumbai Football Arena.

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Pallekele [Sri Lanka], August 24 (ANI): India will take on Sri Lanka in the second ODI of the five-match series at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, here on Thursday afternoon.

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Pallekele [Sri Lanka], Aug 23 (ANI): Indian skipper Virat Kohli on Thursday said that the series of upcoming limited-over matches scheduled to be held this year will provide a great opportunity to the players, including his predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni, to define their roles and execute it well before the 2019 World Cup.

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AB de Villiers steps down as Proteas ODI captain

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 20:35 IST     

Johannesburg [South Africa], Aug 23 (ANI): In a shocking move, South Africa swashbuckling batsman AB de Villiers has stepped down as the captain of the one-day international side after leading them for past six years.

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Srikanth eases into pre-quarters of World Badminton C'ships

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 20:11 IST     

Glasgow [Scotland], Aug 23 (ANI): Ace Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth produced a rich vein of form as he crushed Lucas Corvee of France in straight games to storm into the third round of the World Badminton Championships here on Wednesday.

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New Delhi [India], Aug 23 (ANI): All India Football Federation's Technical Committee, under the Chairmanship of Shyam Thapa, recently met in Bengaluru to discuss the development plan for Indian Football beyond the FIFA U-17 World Cup, which will be in held in India from October 6 to October 28.

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Wayne Rooney bids adieu to international football

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 18:34 IST     

London [U.K], Aug 23 (ANI): Star striker Wayne Rooney has announced his retirement from international football, thus bringing an end to his illustrious 14-year spell with England which also saw him become their all-time record goal scorer.

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Glasgow [Scotland], Aug 23 (ANI): Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal kicked off her campaign at the 2017 World Badminton Championships on a winning note as she eased past Sabrina Jaquet of Switzerland in straight games in the women's singles event here on Wednesday.

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London [UK], August 23 (ANI): India's batting mainstay Cheteshwar Pujara will re-join Nottinghamshire for the final four Specsavers County Championship games of the 2017 season.

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New Delhi [India], August 23 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued show cause notice to senior Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials, including acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary, acting president CK Khanna and treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary and has asked them to explain why the Lodha recommendations have not been implemented.

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Rani to lead Indian hockey eves in Europe Tour

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 16:24 IST     

New Delhi [India], Aug 23 (ANI): Rani will lead the 18-member Indian women's hockey team while Savita will serve as her deputy in the 15-day Europe Tour, beginning September 5 in the Netherlands .

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ISL 2017: FC Pune City rope in Rafael Lopez Gomez

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 16:04 IST     

Pune [India], Aug 23 (ANI): FC Pune City have announced the signing of Spanish defender Rafael Lopez Gomez for the upcoming fourth edition of Indian Super League (ISL).

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T20s allow you to explore your own game: Williamson

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 15:49 IST     

Wellington [New Zealand], August 23 (ANI): New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, who is one of the leading Test batsmen of his age, believes T20, the shortest format of the game, allows a cricketer to explore his own game.

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Johannesburg [South Africa], Aug 23 (ANI): It seems Russell Domingo, who is all set to be replaced by West Indian Ottis Gibson as the new South Africa head coach, already has a new job in hand.

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Scalped tickets for Perth Test to be put back on sale

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 13:13 IST     

Melbourne [Australia], August 23 (ANI): 2890 scalped tickets for this summer's Perth Ashes Test between Australia and England have been recovered by Cricket Australia (CA) and will be put back on sale.

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Proteas need strong leadership: Graeme Smith

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 12:57 IST     

Johannesburg [South Africa], August 23 (ANI): Former skipper Graeme Smith believes that a "strong leadership" is required by the current South African team.

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Chinese GP set to extend stay at Formula 1

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 12:16 IST     

Johannesburg [South Africa], August 23 (ANI): A new deal has been agreed in principle to keep the Chinese Grand Prix in the Formula 1 calendar.

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Madrid [Spain], August 23 (ANI): Real Madrid star striker Cristiano Ronaldo has said that the decision by Spain's administrative sports court to uphold his five-game ban for pushing a referee is "incomprehensible".

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PSG surprised with Barca's move to sue Neymar

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 10:45 IST     

Paris [France], August 23 (ANI): Paris Saint Germain (PSG) have been left surprised by Barcelona's move to start legal proceedings against star striker Neymar for breach of contract.

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