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Hamilton keeps Rosberg off pole for crucial Brazilian GP

Updated: Nov 13, 2016 13:10 IST

Sao Paulo [Brazil] Nov.13 (ANI): Three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton enhanced his hopes of taking the title fight down to the wire as he fended off his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to take the pole position for this weekend's crucial Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo.

The Briton beat current world championship leader Rosberg by a 10th of a second to grab his second pole in Brazil and the 60th of his career.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen finished third fastest ahead of Max Verstappen of Red Bull and team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was sixth, with Romain Grosjean making an impressive seventh-place finish for Haas, formula1.com reported.

The Force India pair of Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez along with McLaren's Fernando Alonso completed the top ten.

Hamilton, who is currently 19-point behind Rosberg, will have to win Sunday's Formula One race to keep alive his hopes of defending the title.

Meanwhile, Rosberg could win his first championship title with a victory in Brazil but the German was also well aware that a second or a third place in last two races would suffice. (ANI)

New Delhi [India], Feb.24 (ANI): Indian shooter Pooja Ghatkar made the country proud on Friday as she clinched the bronze medal in the women's 10m Air Rifle event here at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup.

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Karachi [Pakistan], Feb.24 (ANI): All-rounder and Karachi Kings player Shoaib Malik has revealed that he is trying to convince international cricketers playing in his team to visit Lahore for the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final on March 5.

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Mirza-Strycova ease into Dubai Open semis

Updated: Feb 24, 2017 11:12 IST

Dubai [UAE], Feb.24 (ANI): Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her partner Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic booked their place in the semi-finals of Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships following a straight-sets victory in their women's doubles clash here last evening.

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London [U.K], Feb. 24 (ANI): England swashbuckling opener Alex Hales, who has recovered from a hand fracture he sustained during the ODI series in India, could make a return to the side for the three-match series against West Indies beginning March 3 in Antigua.

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London [U.K], Feb.24 (ANI): Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has been sacked from his position, only nine months after leading the club to their maiden Premier League title in their 132-year history.

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Johannesburg [South Africa], Feb. 23 (ANI): Bulgarian tennis player Grigor Dimitrov has confirmed his intention to play at the 2017 Aegon Championship as preparation for Wimbledon.

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Melbourne [Australia], Feb. 23 (ANI): Making an extraordinary revelation, former South African skipper Kepler Wessels has said that he had suspicions of Hansie Cronje being involved in match-fixing long before he was eventually caught in 2000.

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Pune [India], Feb. 23 (ANI): Australian opener Matt Renshaw, who retired hurt in the morning session on first day of the opening Test against India, on Thursday revealed that he had to use the bathroom and that's the reason he retired ill mid-way through his innings.

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Pune [India], Feb. 23 (ANI): Indian pacer Umesh Yadav, who wrecked havoc on Australian batters to restrict the visitors on 256-9 at stumps on Day One of the opening Test, on Thursday insisted that he has been putting in a lot of hard work in the last six months and it is now paying off.

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Wellington [New Zealand], Feb. 23 (ANI): New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has heaped praise on veteran batsman Ross Taylor, saying he should be considered as one of their greats in the 50-over game.

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Pune [India], Feb. 23 (ANI): Right-arm pacer Umesh Yadav came out with a splendid display of fast bowling to put India on top at the end of first day's play of the opening Test of the four-match series against Australia here at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium on Thursday.

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Chandigarh [India], Feb. 23 (ANI): Olympic silver medalists-Belgiums' John-John Dohmen and retiring Netherlands star Naomi Van As on Thursday won the International Hockey Federation's (FIH) male and female Player of the Year (2016) awards in a star-studded Hockey Stars 2016 Awards ceremony in Chandigarh.

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Karachi [Pakistan], Feb.23 (ANI): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan has revealed that Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq has still not informed the board about his retirement plans.

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Karachi [Pakistan], Feb.23 (ANI): Former speedster Shoaib Akhtar has said that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) saved provisionally suspended cricketers Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif from possible imprisonment over their alleged involvement in match-fixing.

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Johannesburg [South Africa], Feb.23 (ANI): Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao has confirmed that he is in negotiations to face Pakistan-born British fighter Amir Khan, following weeks of conflicting reports about his next bout.

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Sevilla [Spain], Feb.23 (ANI): Jamie Vardy gave Leicester City an away goal and kept alive their hopes of making it to the quarter-finals of the Champions League despite a narrow 1-2 defeat at the hands of the Sevilla in the first leg of the last-16 tie here on Thursday.

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Valencia [Spain], Feb.23 (ANI): Two goals in the first nine minutes allowed Valencia record a 2-1 win over Real Madrid in their La Liga clash at Mestalla Stadium here last evening.

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Lucknow [India], Feb.23 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Wizards stormed into the semi- finals of the ongoing Hockey India League (HIL) after settling to a sensational 4-4 draw against Dabang Mumbai here at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium last evening.

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Pune [India], Feb. 23 (ANI): Australia have won the toss and asked India to bowl first in the opening Test of the four-match series at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium here on Thursday.

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Pune [India], Feb. 23 (ANI): The much anticipated four-match Test series between India and Australia will begin today, here at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium.

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