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Sharapova set for comeback in April at Stuttgart event

Updated: Jan 10, 2017 19:59 IST

Johannesburg [South Africa], Jan. 10 (ANI): Embattled Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova, who was handed over a 15-month ban for doping, will make her return to competitive tennis at the WTA Tour clay-court tournament in Stuttgart in April, it was announced on Tuesday.

Sharapova tested positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open, following which she was handed over a two-year suspension by the International Tennis Federation.

Sharapova's 24-month suspension was, however, later slashed down to 15 months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CSA) in the wake of the former's appeal against an "unfairly harsh suspension".

Meldonium was placed on the banned list by the World Anti-Doping Agency last year. She, however, said that she had been taking the drug since 2006 legally for years due to health concerns.

The 29-year-old five-time Grand Slam will play her first match in Stuttgart on April 26 - the day her ban expires.

"I could not be happier to have my first match back on tour at one of my favourite tournaments," Sport24 quoted the Russian tennis star as saying in a press release.

"I can't wait? to see all my great fans and to be back doing what I love," she added.

Stuttgart has been a happy hunting ground for the former world number one, who has lost just once - to world No 1 Angelique Kerber in 2015 - at the WTA tournament and won the title in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

"I'm really happy for Maria that she's back after a long break. Particularly pleasing for me is that it's going to be our audience that gets to watch her comeback live," said tournament director Markus Guenthardt.

The 29-year-old has been given a wildcard to appear in Stuttgart. (ANI)

BMC polls: Sachin Tendulkar casts his vote

Updated: Feb 21, 2017 13:58 IST

Mumbai [India], Feb.21 (ANI): Former Indian cricketer and Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar today cast his vote, along with his wife Anjali, at a polling booth in Mumbai along with his wife to cast their votes in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections.

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Dhaka [Bangladesh], Feb.21 (ANI): Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman has been recalled in the 16-member Test squad for the two-match series against Sri Lanka beginning March 7 at the Galle International Cricket Stadium.

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Dubai [UAE], Feb.21 (ANI): Sri Lanka opener Niroshan Dickwella has been suspended for two limited-over matches after he was found guilty of 'showing dissent at an umpire's decision' during Sunday's second T20I of the three-match series against Australia in Geelong.

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Karachi [Lahore], Feb.21 (ANI): West Indies swashbuckling batsman Chris Gayle and Sri Lankan duo of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene have refused to travel to Lahore to play the final match of the ongoing second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), in the wake of the recent terror attacks in the nation.

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New Delhi [India], Feb.21 (ANI): Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli has expressed his gratitude to Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt after the latter congratulated the swashbuckling batsman, for signing a whopping Rs. 110 crore deal with sports brand Puma by becoming their brand ambassador.

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Barcelona [Spain], Feb.21 (ANI): Barcelona star striker Neymar has been ordered to appear before the court after he lost his final appeal against the corruption charges relating to his move from Santos to the Camp Nou club.

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Hyderabad [India], Feb. 20 (ANI): Besides England all-rounder Ben Stokes and Afghanistan cricketers Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi, there was one more name which caught the attention of many at the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) Auction held on Monday at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Bengaluru.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 20 (ANI): As soon Sports Minister Vijay Goel announced a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakh for the Indian blind cricket team for winning the Blind T20 Cricket World Cup, Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) on Monday said the team won't be accepting the prize as the team were "expecting more".

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New Delhi,[India] Feb. 20 (ANI): Jaypee Punjab Warriors goalkeeper Tristan Clemons was at his usual best yet again to help Jaypee Punjab Warriors beat Uttar Pradesh Wizards 1-0 in a crucial match of the ongoing Hockey India League (HIL) here on Monda

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Aizawl [India], Feb. 20 (ANI): The single goal scored by R. Laldanmawia (58') proved to be enough for Aizawl FC to register their first win over Kingfisher East Bengal in the ongoing I-League on Monday.

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Harare [Zimbabwe], Feb. 20 (ANI): Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan is over the moon after he, along with former national skipper Mohammad Nabi, became the first cricketers from their war-torn nation to be picked in the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction held in Bengaluru.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 20 (ANI): The 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) Auction at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Bengaluru on Monday ended with surprises for many, both in good and bad terms.

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Karachi [Pakistan], Feb. 20 (ANI): The uncertainty around Lahore hosting the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final has finally ended as it was decided on Monday that the summit clash of the league will be held in the metropolis.

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Dubai [UAE], Feb.20 (ANI): India and South Africa are all set to play the final of the ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier 2017 on Tuesday, in what will be an opportunity for their players to perform freely on the big stage.

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Pune [India], Feb.20 (ANI): Brimming with confidence following his successful return from finger injury in the one-off Test against Bangladesh, middle order Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane on Monday called on his side to back their strength and play to their full potential when they will host Australia for a four-match Test series beginning Thursday here at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium (MCA).

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Bengaluru [India], Feb.20 (ANI): All-rounder Mohammad Nabi on Monday became the first Afghanistan player in the Indian Premier League when he was sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad for a base price of Rs. 30 lakh in the IPL Auction at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Bengaluru.

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Bengaluru [India], Feb.20 (ANI): England all-rounder Ben Stokes was sold to Rising Pune Supergiants for a whopping Rs 14.50 crores during the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) Auction at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Bengaluru on Monday.

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Camp Nou [Barcelona], Feb.20 (ANI): Star striker Lionel Messi converted a penalty corner into a goal in the final seconds as Barcelona scraped a 2-1 win over Leganes in their La Liga clash at the Camp Nou here last evening.

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New Delhi [India], Feb.19 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Wizards played out a 1-1 draw against hosts Delhi Waveriders in a crucial Hockey India League (HIL) match here at Shivaji Stadium last evening.

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New Delhi [India], Feb.20 (ANI): German table tennis player Dimitrij Ovtcharov brought the dream run of Japan's 13-year-old sensation Tomokazu Harimoto to an abrupt end to capture the men's singles title in the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour India Open here at the Thyagaraja Sports Complex on Sunday.

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