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Golfer Spieth joins Rio exodus over Zika virus fears

Updated: Jul 11, 2016 21:27 IST

Johannesburg, July 11 (ANI): World number three golfer Jordan Spieth has joined the chorus of players pulling out of next month's Rio Olympics over increasing fears about the Zika virus.

Brazil has been most affected by the mosquito-borne virus that has spread rapidly through Latin America and the Caribbean. It is known to cause the head-shrinking microcephaly and other birth defects.

The news was confirmed by the International Golf Federation president Peter Dawson, Sport24 reported.

With this decision, Spieth has joined a host of golfers to withdraw from this year's Olympics, which includes Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel, Marc Leishman and Vijay Singh.

Golf, which is making its return in Olympics after a century-long absence, has now lost four of its biggest stars following the withdrawal of McIlroy, Day and Johnson. (ANI)

Karachi [Pakistan], Mar.24 (ANI): Discarded batsman Sharjeel Khan has appeared before the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) Anti-Corruption Tribunal (ACT) at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) as part of the ongoing investigation into the Pakistan Super League (PSL) spot-fixing scandal.

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Dubai [UAE], Mar.24 (ANI):International Cricket Council (ICC) Chairman Shashank Manohar has today agreed to defer his recent resignation following the board resolution requesting him to remain in the post was passed with overwhelming support earlier this week.

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Bengaluru [India], Mar.24 (ANI): The Indian hockey teams, both senior and junior, have made rapid progress in the past two years and much of this success needs to be attributed to the new approach adopted in terms of training, feels senior team coach Arjun Halappa.

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New Delhi [India], Mar.24 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to release funds to the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) to host the fourth and the final Test between India and Australia in Dharamsala as per the schedule.

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Dubai [UAE], Mar.24 (ANI): The West Indies and Pakistan will square-off in a four-match series starting in Bridgetown on Sunday with a chance to move up to third position in the ICC T20I Team Rankings.

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Dharamsala [India], Mar.24 (ANI): The Australian cricket team on Friday visited Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, at his adopted home in McLeod Ganj before the training session.

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Back injury forces Tomic out of Miami Open

Updated: Mar 24, 2017 13:46 IST

Johannesburg [South Africa], Mar.24 (ANI): Australian controversial tennis player Bernard Tomic has pulled out of the Miami Open due to a back injury.

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Dharamsala [India], Mar.24 (ANI): While the uncertainty surrounding Virat Kohli's availability for the series-deciding Test against Australia continued, the skipper on Friday made it clear that he would play the match in Dharamsala only if he is 100 percent fit.

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De Kock cleared to play Hamilton Test

Updated: Mar 24, 2017 12:13 IST

Hamilton [New Zealand], Mar.24 (ANI): South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock has been cleared to play in the final Test of the three-match series against New Zealand in Hamilton, despite suffering tendon damage in his right index finger.

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Hamilton [New Zealand], Mar.24 (ANI): In a major blow to New Zealand, pace spearhead Trent Boult has been ruled out of the final Test of the three-match series against South Africa in Hamilton after failing to recover from a leg injury.

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Buenos Aires [Argentina], Mar.24 (ANI): Star striker Lionel Messi converted a penalty corner into a goal in the first-half as Argentina edged past Chile 1-0 in their World Cup qualifying clash at the River Plate Stadium here on Friday.

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New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): The All India Senior Selection Committee have named replacements for Rohit Sharma and Kedar Jadhav who have been ruled out of the Paytm Prof D.B. Deodhar Trophy 2017 due to an injury.

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Pune (Maharashtra) [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): The RPS has roped in South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir after Australia and Rising Pune Supergiant all-rounder Mitchell Marsh was ruled out of the 10th edition of the VIVO IPL owing to a shoulder injury.

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Kolkata [India], Mar 23 (ANI): The 'Rendez-Vous a Roland-Garros in partnership with Longines' returns to India for its third edition which will be played across three cities.

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Dharamsala [India], Mar.23 (ANI): As Virat Kohli continued to attract unwanted attention from the Australian media, his fellow team-mate Cheteshwar Pujara has come out in support of the Indian skipper by describing him as a great ambassador of the game.

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Johannesburg [South Africa], Mar.23 (ANI): German tennis star Angelique Kerber, who has surged back to the world number one ranking by virtue of Serena Williams' injury, has said that the top spot is not really important for her.

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Karachi [Pakistan], Mar.23 (ANI): In the wake of the recent Pakistan Super League (PSL) spot-fixing scandal, national team manager Talat Ali has assured that the upcoming tour of West Indies will be absolutely controversy-free.

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Melbourne [Australia], Mar.23 (ANI): Taking a cheeky dig at Virat Kohli, Cricket Australia's chief executive James Sutherland said that he is not sure whether the Indian skipper knows how to spell the word "sorry".

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Colombo [Sri Lanka], Mar.23 (ANI): Sri Lanka wicketkeeper-batsman Kusal Perera has been ruled out of the first two ODIs of the four-match series against Bangladesh due to a hamstring injury.

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New Delhi [India], Mar.23 (ANI): Indian shooter Ankur Mittal clinched his first World Cup gold medal by defeating Australian James Willet in the finals of the men's double trap event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Acapulco, Mexico, on Wednesday.

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