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PV Sindhu creates history, gives India its first Olympic silver in badminton

Updated: Aug 19, 2016 21:31 IST      
PV Sindhu creates history, gives India its first Olympic silver in badminton

Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Aug.19 (ANI): Despite losing an opportunity to win gold in Rio de Janerio, PV Sindhu on Friday scripted history by becoming country's first shuttler to hand India an Olympic silver medal here on Friday.

After producing a spirited fight-back to clinch the first game, the 21-year-old lanky shuttler from Hyderabad failed to capitalize on it and went on to lose the next two games with a big margin against world number one Carolina Marin in the women's singles event.

The Spaniard took about one hour and 20 minutes to outclass Sindhu, the two-time bronze medallist at the World Championship, 19-21, 21-12, 21-15 and seal a gold medal in a nerve-wracking summit showdown.

Earlier, Sindhu produced a perfect blend of power and aggression as she registered a 21-19, 21-10 win over reigning All England singles champion Nozomi Okohura of Japan to book her place in the finals of the prestigious quadrennial event and assure India of its second medal at the ongoing Rio Olympics and in the games' history.

Sindhu has now become the second Indian player in badminton to win an Olympic medal after Saina Nehwal, who had clinched bronze in London four years ago.

With the feat, Sindhu has also become the fifth Indian woman to clinch a medal in Olympics history after Karnam Malleswari, Mary Kom, Saina Nehwal and Sakshi Malik.(ANI)

Nitin Tomar emerges top buy at Pro Kabaddi League auction

Updated: May 23, 2017 04:29 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 23 (ANI): Nitin Tomar on Monday scripted history as went for a whopping Rs. 93 lakhs at the Season Five auctions of the Pro Kabaddi League.

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], May 23 (ANI): Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma has heaped praise on young pacer Jasprit Bumrah, saying the Gujarat speedster has for sure got all the abilities to be No. 1 bowler in the world.

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], May 23 (ANI): Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma, who batted at No. 4 throughout the IPL season 10, has insisted that he would be having no issues when he would open the batting for India in the upcoming Champions Trophy, beginning June 1 in England and Wales as both are two completely different formats.

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David Moyes steps down as Sunderland manager

Updated: May 23, 2017 01:19 IST     

Johannesburg [South Africa], May 23 (ANI): Sunderland manager David Moyes has resigned from his post following the club's relegation from the Premier League.

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Haryana boys break record at Asian Youth Athletics C'ships

Updated: May 23, 2017 01:02 IST     

Bangkok [Thailand], May 23 (ANI): Haryana youngsters Abhay Gupta and Sahil Silwal made history at the 2nd Asian Youth Athletics Championships by clinching the gold and silver medals respectively and breaking the championship record in the boys' discus throw competition at the Suphachalasai National Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand on Monday.

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New Delhi [India], May 23 (ANI): Ace Indian shooter Jitu Rai failed to qualify for the finals of the men's 10m Air Pistol in the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup (Rifle/Pistol) being held at the Olympic Shooting Range in Munich, Germany on Monday.

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Ex-MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden dies at 35

Updated: May 23, 2017 00:23 IST     

London [UK], May 23 (ANI): 2006 MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden died on Monday five days after being involved in a road accident.

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National football team's preparatory camp kicks-off in Mumbai

Updated: May 23, 2017 00:07 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 23 (ANI): The National Team Camp in preparation for the forthcoming AFC Asian Cup qualifying match against Kyrgyz Republic has kicked-off in Mumbai with players for stage 1 having reported on Saturday.

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New Delhi [India], May 22 (ANI): Commenting on the upcoming edition of the Pro Kabaddi League, where for the first time the auction will see as many as 10 Pakistani players facing the process, Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Monday stated that extending any cultural or sports association with Islamabad was not "advisable."

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Mitchell Santner attains career-best ODI ranking

Updated: May 22, 2017 17:49 IST     

Dubai [UAE], May 22 (ANI): New Zealand spinner Mitchell Santner has attained a career-best 11th spot in the ICC Player Rankings for ODI Bowlers after taking seven wickets in the ongoing Ireland tri-series which also features Bangladesh.

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Karachi [Pakistan], May 22 (ANI): Suspended batsman Khalid Latif lawyer has lashed out at the Pakistan Cricket Board's Anti-Corruption tribunal for donning a biased attitude in their ongoing probe into the Pakistan Super League (PSL) spot-fixing scandal.

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Gold Coast [Australia], May 22 (ANI): Rio Olympics silver-medallist P V Sindhu was the only good performer on the dismal day as India slumped to a 1-4 defeat against Denmark in their opening match of the Sudirman Cup mixed team badminton championship at the Carrara Indoor Sports Stadium here on Monday.

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Karachi [Pakistan], May 22 (ANI): Inzamam-ul-Haq, chief selector of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), has revealed that left-handed batsmen Umar Amin and Haris Sohail are under consideration to replace middle-order batsman Umar Akmal in the national squad for the Champions Trophy, beginning June 1 in England and Wales.

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Johannesburg [South Africa], May 22 (ANI): German tennis player Alexander Zverev, who lifted his first Masters crown at the Italian Open on Sunday, has refused to back himself to clinch French Open title and instead called on 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal to emerge victorious at the Roland Garros.

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French football star Robert Pires to visit Pakistan in July

Updated: May 22, 2017 14:01 IST     

Karachi [Pakistan], May 22 (ANI): French football star and former Arsenal winger Robert Pires will visit Pakistan in July.

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Karachi [Pakistan], May 22 (ANI): Pakistan bowling coach Azhar Mahmood has called on his side's players to see the upcoming Champions Trophy clash against India as a great opportunity for them to shine and become heroes.

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IPL betting menace: Nine held in Rohini for betting on finale

Updated: May 22, 2017 13:34 IST     

New Delhi [India], May.22 (ANI): The Delhi Police on Monday arrested nine bookies from Rohini area of the national capital for allegedly betting in the final-match of the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL).

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Collective effort responsible for Mumbai Indians' IPL-10 win

Updated: May 22, 2017 11:59 IST     

Hyderabad [India], May 22 (ANI): After the Mumbai Indians lifted their record third Indian Premier League (IPL) title, skipper Rohit Sharma credited his team's collective efforts for their plucky one-run win over rivals Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) in the 2017 finals on Sunday.

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New Delhi [India], May 22 (ANI): The cricket fraternity has come in unison to praise the Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians, who pulled off a nerve-wracking one-run win over Rising Pune Supergiants to lift this year's Indian Premier League (IPL) title in a low-scoring final on Sunday.

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New Delhi [India], May 21 (ANI): India cricket team coach Anil Kumble and skipper Virat Kohli have demanded a 150 percent hike for Grade A players, who have contracts with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), and a 50 percent hike for the support staff.

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