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Golfer Spieth joins Rio exodus over Zika virus fears

Updated: Jul 11, 2016 21:27 IST      
Golfer Spieth joins Rio exodus over Zika virus fears

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)

Kidambi Srikanth breaks into top 10 of BWF rankings

Updated: Jun 29, 2017 20:17 IST     

New Delhi [India], June 29 (ANI): Ace Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth has been rewarded for his recent stellar performances as he broke into the Top 10 of the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings released on Thursday.

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Sri Lanka likely to visit Pakistan later this year

Updated: Jun 29, 2017 19:17 IST     

Karachi [Pakistan], June 29 (ANI): In the wake of Pakistan's successful Champions Trophy campaign, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has said that it is expecting Sri Lanka to tour the country for one-day internationals and Twenty20 matches at the end of this year.

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Johannesburg [South Africa], June 29 (ANI): World number one Andy Murray's troubled preparation for Wimbledon continued as he has been ruled out of an exhibition match due to a hip problem.

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Steve Smith is now engaged to girlfriend Dani Willis

Updated: Jun 29, 2017 17:21 IST     

Melbourne [Australia], June 29 (ANI): Wedding bells are all set to ring for Australian skipper Steve Smith as he got engaged to his girlfriend Dani Willis in New York.

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FIA to `further examine` Vettel-Hamilton Baku collision

Updated: Jun 29, 2017 16:48 IST     

Johannesburg [South Africa], June 29 (ANI): FIA, Formula 1's governing body, has asserted that it will have another look at championship leader Sebastian Vettel's deliberate collision with three time world champion Lewis Hamilton at the 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix after the Ferrari driver escaped with only a time penalty.

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Jadeja thanks PM Modi for inspiring Indians to stay fit

Updated: Jun 29, 2017 16:27 IST     

New Delhi [India], June 29 (ANI): Star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for inspiring all the Indians across the world to stay fit.

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95-member Indian squad for Asian Athletics C'ships 2017

Updated: Jun 29, 2017 15:07 IST     

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar [India], June 29 (ANI): India have entered a strong 95-member squad, including 47 women, for the 22nd Asian Athletics Championship to be held at the refurbished Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha from July 5 to July 9.

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London [U.K], June 29 (ANI): Portugal star striker Cristiano Ronaldo has left the Confederations Cup early after becoming the father of twins.

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New Delhi [India], June 29 (ANI): Former India all-rounder Mohinder Amarnath has refused to join the steering committee tasked with the responsibility of forming the players' association.

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New Delhi [India], June 29 (ANI): Former Indian medium pacer and current junior national chief selector Venkatesh Prasad has applied for the post of Indian cricket team's head coach.

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Johannesburg [South Africa], June 29 (ANI): Tennis legend John McEnroe has admitted that it would have been better had he not made the 'No 700 on men's tour' remark for 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams.

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New Delhi [India], June 29 (ANI): Manish Pandey and Karun Nair have been named as skippers for the respective One-day and Test India 'A' teams for their upcoming tour of South Africa.

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Taunton [UK], June 29 (ANI): India will take on West Indies in their second match of the ICC Women's World Cup in Taunton today.

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New Delhi [India], June 29 (ANI): Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan has been in an exceptional form ever since he made a comeback to Team India.

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Women's WC: Pakistan found guilty of slow over-rate

Updated: Jun 28, 2017 18:05 IST     

London [UK], June 28 (ANI): Pakistan has been found guilty of maintaining a slow over rate during its ICC Women's World Cup match against England in Leicester on Tuesday.

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Federer poised to enter Wimbledon 2017 as favourite

Updated: Jun 28, 2017 17:28 IST     

Johannesburg [South Africa], June 28 (ANI): Twelve months after shutting down his season in the wake of a devastating semi-final defeat, Swiss maestro Roger Federer will once again go into the Wimbledon 2017 as favourites.

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Dani Alves leaves Juventus

Updated: Jun 28, 2017 16:50 IST     

London [UK], June 28 (ANI): Juventus defender Dani Alves has confirmed that he has left Serie A champions after one season in Italy.

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AFI goes social for 22nd Asian Athletics Championship

Updated: Jun 28, 2017 14:00 IST     

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India], June 28 (ANI): Odisha is ready and raring to host the prestigious 22nd Asian Athletics Championships at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar.

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Kumble-Kohli episode was not handled properly: Ganguly

Updated: Jun 28, 2017 13:49 IST     

Kolkata (West Bengal)[India], June 28 (ANI): Sourav Ganguly, who is member of the three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) tasked to find the new head coach, has said the differences between ex-head coach Anil Kumble and skipper Virat Kohli were not handled properly.

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London [UK], June 28 (ANI): Former Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara has added one more feather to his cap as he became the first batsman to reach 1,000 runs in the Specsavers County Championship this season.

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