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Clarke ditches BBL, opts for commentary

Updated: Sep 09, 2016 13:35 IST      
Clarke ditches BBL, opts for commentary
Johannesburg [South Africa], Sept.9 (ANI): Ruling out his possible return to this year's Big Bash League (BBL), former Australian skipper Michael Clarke has confirmed that he has instead struck a deal to join a TV commentary team this summer.

"Really excited to announce that I will be part of the Channel Nine commentary team this summer," Clarke said in a video message on Twitter.

Clarke's confirmation comes in the wake of speculations that he might return to play in the BBL for the Sydney Sixers.

The 35-year-old, however, informed that he would play the opening three matches of the Sydney grade competition for his Western Suburbs club, Sport24 reported.

Clarke, who retired from all forms of cricket following the disastrous Ashes series in England last August, had returned to Sydney grade cricket with Western Suburbs in February before featuring in the Hong Kong Twenty20 tournament in May. (ANI)

New Delhi [India], July 29 (ANI): Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports of India Vijay Goel has advised Athletic Federation of India (AFI) to honour the the Kerala High Court directive to ensure participation of woman middle-distance runner PU Chitra in 1,500m race in the IIAF World Championships to be held in London from August 4.

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New Delhi [India], July 29 (ANI): Former track and field star Ashwini Nachappa, who is also president of Clean Sports of India (CSI), has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking a special investigation into the increasing drug abuse in sports in the country.

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UTT: Yang, Pitchford star as Falcons TTC storm into final

Updated: Jul 29, 2017 14:03 IST     

Mumbai [India], July 29 (ANI): Wu Yang and Liam Pitchford won both their matches to help Falcons TTC beat DHFL Maharashtra United 14-5 in the first semifinal of the inaugural Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) at the NSCI in Mumbai last evening.

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New Delhi [India], July 29 (ANI): Delhi Gladiators played out a draw with OPM Punjab Sultans 9-9 to book their spot in the semi-finals of the Super Boxing League (SBL) at the Siri Fort Squash and Badminton Stadium here last evening.

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Melbourne [Australia], July 29 (ANI): Scotland and Sussex batsman Matt Machan has been forced to call curtains on his career at the age of just 26 because of a wrist injury.

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Philander hospitalised with suspected viral infection

Updated: Jul 29, 2017 12:39 IST     

Melbourne [Australia], July 29 (ANI): South Africa all-rounder Vernon Philander has been hospitalised with a suspected viral infection, thus adding to the Proteas' woes in the ongoing third Test of the four-match series against England at The Oval.

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Bound to follow Kerala HC's decision on PU Chitra: AFI

Updated: Jul 29, 2017 11:56 IST     

New Delhi [India], July 29 (ANI): After Kerala High Court directed the Athletic Federation of India (AFI) to include woman middle-distance runner PU Chitra in the squad for the upcoming World Athletics Championships in London, AFI's selection committee chairman Gurbachan Singh Randhawa on Saturday said that they are bound to follow the court's order.

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Stokes, Roland-Jones put England in control of Oval Test

Updated: Jul 28, 2017 22:26 IST     

London [England], July 28 (ANI): All-rounder Ben Stokes scored a brilliant hundred as England posted 353 runs in their first innings of the third Test against South Africa at the Oval on Friday.

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New Delhi [India], July 28 (ANI): NBA champion and Finals MVP Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors and 3,459 Indian children from the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program set a new Guinness World Record achievement for the world's largest basketball lesson (multiple venues) ever held.

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New Delhi [India], July 28 (ANI): The Sri Lankan cricket board has turned down Pakistan Cricket Board's invitation (PCB) to send its national team to Lahore to play two T20 matches at the start of its home series in October.

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], July 28 (ANI): Falcons TTC lead DHFL Maharashtra United 7-5 after four matches in the ongoing first semifinal of the inaugural Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) at the NSCI in Mumbai on Friday. Five more matches remain in the tie.

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Lovepreet Singh wins bronze at Asian Youth Weightlifting

Updated: Jul 28, 2017 21:25 IST     

Kathmandu [Nepal], July 28 (ANI): India's Lovepreet Singh won a bronze medal in Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championships taking place at Kathmandu on Friday.

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'When you get a chance, capitalise on it'

Updated: Jul 28, 2017 20:48 IST     

Galle [Sri Lanka], July 28 (ANI): Abhinav Mukund, who was included in the India's playing XI for the Galle Test against Sri Lanka in absence of both regular openers, believes one has to capitalise whenever he gets a chance to perform in the middle.

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New Delhi [India], July 28 (ANI): The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday appointed former Tamil Nadu left-arm spinner Sunil Subramanian as the administrative manager of Indian men's cricket team.

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Mukund, Kohli strengthen India's position in Galle Test

Updated: Jul 28, 2017 18:50 IST     

Galle [Sri Lanka], July 28 (ANI): Brilliant half centuries from skipper Virat Kohli and opener Abhinav Mukund have taken India into a commanding position in the opening Test of the three-match series against Sri Lanka on Friday.

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Johannesburg [South Africa], July 28 (ANI): Fifteen-time Grand Slam Champion Rafael Nadal has said he is fully upbeat to battle against his arch-rival and Swiss maestro Roger Federer in the race to end the year on numero uno spot.

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Mumbai (Maharashtra),[India] July 28 (ANI): The Maharashtra Government has announced a cash reward of Rs. 50 lakh for each player of the Indian women's cricket team for their stellar performance throughout the recently-concluded ICC Women's World Cup.

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Karachi [Pakistan], July 28 (ANI): In the wake of Pakistani Supreme Court's decision to disqualify Nawaz Sharif as country's Prime Minister on Friday, Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) Secretary Shahbaz Senior has insisted that the development will not affect the functioning of the sport's body.

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SC seeks BCCI's reply over e-auction of IPL media rights

Updated: Jul 28, 2017 14:20 IST     

Mumbai [India], July 28 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Friday sought a detailed response from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) over a plea seeking e-auction of media rights for the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches.

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Mohammad Amir dismisses `ridiculous` retirement rumours

Updated: Jul 28, 2017 14:20 IST     

Melbourne [Australia], July 28 (ANI): Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir has dismissed rumours about his retirement from Test cricket.

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