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Open champion Stenson dedicates victory to close pal who died of cancer

Updated: Jul 18, 2016 14:56 IST      
Open champion Stenson dedicates victory to close pal who died of cancer

London, July 18 (ANI): Newly-crowned Open champion Henrik Stenson has dedicated his Claret Jug to a close friend who passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer on the eve of the tournament.

The 40-year-old Swedish golfer edged past American competitor Phil Mickelson by three shots to win his maiden major trophy. He also became the first Scandinavian man to win a major in the 145th British Open at Royal Troon on Sunday.

"I lost a dear friend on Wednesday morning, Mike Gerbich," Stenson was quoted as saying by the Daily Express. "He died of cancer on Wednesday. I felt like he has been with me all week. Mike, this one's for you."

"He was one of the real good guys back in Dubai. I had news on Tuesday that the end was near, and unfortunately he passed away on Wednesday morning," Stenson added while giving his victory speech.

Shedding more light on their family heartache, Stenson's wife Emma said she was glad her partner had dedicated his victory to his late friend at the end of a gruelling week.

"It is hard talking about it," she said. "Mike was one of those guys who lights up a room when he comes in. Henrik played for him this week so I am glad he did it."

Stenson surpassed former world number one Tiger Woods' Open record for the lowest score by finishing 20-under par with a final-day 63. He also equalled the lowest single round ever at a major tournament. (ANI)

Meghalaya Govt. to develop football in Garo Hills

Updated: Aug 24, 2017 15:56 IST     

Meghalaya [India], August 24 (ANI): In an endeavour to foster football talents in Meghalaya's Garo Hills, Chief Minister Mukul Sangma has announced the launch of Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools - a William Initiative football academy in Tura. The academy would impart coaching to players between the age group of 6 to 15 years.

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Mayweather, McGregor to fight for the 'Money Belt'

Updated: Aug 24, 2017 15:39 IST     

Melbourne [Australia], August 24 (ANI): American boxing star Floyd Mayweather and UFC star Conor McGregor will not be fighting just for the money in the much awaited battle to take place on August 26.

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India opt to bowl against Lanka in Pallekele ODI

Updated: Aug 24, 2017 14:27 IST     

Pallekele [Sri Lanka], Aug 24 (ANI): India won the toss and elected to field in the second ODI of the five-match series against Sri Lanka at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium here on Thursday.

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Johannesburg [South Africa], Aug 24 (ANI): England opening batsman Alex Hales and former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi are amongst 90 internationally-based players who have been shortlisted to participate in the inaugural edition of the T20 Global League.

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Lahore [Pakistan], Aug 24 (ANI): Sarfraz Ahmed has welcomed the announcement of revival of international cricket in Pakistan, saying that the arrival of three foreign teams later this year will serve as a good omen for the nation's cricket and its fans.

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Windies coach disappointed with Ambrose criticism

Updated: Aug 24, 2017 13:24 IST     

Leeds [UK], August 24 (ANI): Stuart Law has expressed his disappointment at Curtly Ambrose's criticism of West Indies following the embarrassing first Test defeat against England.

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Raonic withdraws from US Open with wrist injury

Updated: Aug 24, 2017 12:36 IST     

Johannesburg [South Africa], August 24 (ANI): World number 11 Milos Raonic has withdrawn from the US Open because of wrist injury.

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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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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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