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Hockey Test series: Kiwis complete 5-0 whitewash against Indian eves

Updated: May 20, 2017 11:31 IST      
Hockey Test series: Kiwis complete 5-0 whitewash against Indian eves

Hamilton [New Zealand], May 20 (ANI): The New Zealand women's hockey team continued to produce rich vein of form as they hammered India 6-2 in the final Test to complete a five-match series here on Saturday.

The Black Sticks were untroubled from the start with Olivia Merry converting a splendid field goal in the 4th minute of the first quarter. She starred in the first 15 minutes as she came up with another field goal in the 15th minute to give her team a strong start with a 2-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter saw India make strong amends, earning a penalty corner in the 22nd minute. Deep Grace Ekka was successful in converting the penalty corner with an improvised flick to earn India's first goal of the match. This was Grace's second successful penalty corner in the five-match series. New Zealand fought back with Pippa Hayward earning the third goal for the hosts in the 27th minute to take their score to 3-1 at the end of the second quarter.

India began the third quarter with positive intent, and their determination paid off when they earned a penalty corner in the 33rd minute. It was skipper Rani who was inch-perfect to convert the penalty corner and narrow India's goal difference to 2-3. Soon after, India won two back-to-back penalty corners creating a brilliant opportunity to tie the score with the hosts. However, the chance went begging as the Gurjit Kaur's flick was deflected by an alert Kiwi goalkeeper Grace O'Hanlon. New Zealand overcame this scare to take a formidable 6-2 lead at the end of the third quarter with three goals scored in a span of four minutes. It was Natasha Fitzsimons (37'), Samantha Harrison (38') and Kirsten Pearce (40') who ensured New Zealand put India under pressure going into the final quarter.

India showed resilience in the final 15 minutes, trying to find a gap in the striking circle. While India matched New Zealand's challenge with pace, good skill work and improvised ball possession they could not quite make it count in the 25 yards mark. A few good opportunities at a shot on goal were lost, for instance with eight minutes remaining Udita's pass was not controlled by Preeti Dubey who had positioned herself inside the circle thus missing out on a chance. However, India's defence remained strong denying New Zealand a further lead and ended the match with a 6-2 win for the hosts.(ANI)

Chennai surfers dominate Day Two of 'Indian Open of Surfing'

Updated: May 27, 2017 18:23 IST     

Mangaluru (Karnataka) [India], May 27 (ANI): The penultimate day of the second edition of the 'Indian Open of Surfing' witnessed a strong dominance from surfers from Chennai.

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Monaco GP: Vettel tops final practice, Button given penalty

Updated: May 27, 2017 18:08 IST     

Monte Carlo [Monaco], May 27 (ANI): Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel on Saturday dominated the final practice at the Monaco Grand Prix.

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Pakistan to play friendly T20 series against Afghanistan

Updated: May 27, 2017 17:28 IST     

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New Delhi [India], May 27 (ANI): Touching souls, a non-profit organization, yesterday announced its second edition junior level of the International Tribal games at India Habitat Centre in the presence of its founder Sabina Samad and event supported by ONGC.

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Paris [France], May 27 (ANI): Indian tennis player Abhimanyu Vannemreddy will aim to secure wild card for the main boys' singles draws in the Junior French Open when he takes on Hikaru Shiraishi from Japan in the finals here today.

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IPL 10 brings 500 million interactions on Instagram

Updated: May 27, 2017 14:27 IST     

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`Injury-plagued` del Potro confirms French Open participation

Updated: May 27, 2017 12:43 IST     

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Monaco's Bernardo Silva signs five-year deal with Man City

Updated: May 27, 2017 11:49 IST     

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New Delhi [India], May 27 (ANI): After 400m hurdler Jithin Paul was provisionally suspended for failing dope test, Athletics Federation of India (AFI) on Saturday issued notices to chief coach Bahadur Singh, deputy chief coach Radhakrishnan Nair and others for keeping the federation in the dark and not informing them about NADA's surprise check in NIS Patiala.

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NADA provisionally suspends javelin thrower for doping

Updated: May 27, 2017 08:03 IST     

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Champions Trophy: We're in a ` very hard` group, says Mortaza

Updated: May 26, 2017 21:23 IST     

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London [UK], May 26 (ANI): Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has insisted that his side is under no pressure and have nothing to lose at the upcoming Champions Trophy beginning June 1 in England and Wales.

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Mangaluru (Karnataka) [India], May 26 (ANI): The second edition of the 'Indian Open of Surfing' on Friday got underway amidst much fanfare at the Sasihithlu beach in Mangaluru.

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Djokovic drawn to face Nadal in French Open semis

Updated: May 26, 2017 18:20 IST     

Johannesburg [South Africa], May 26 (ANI): World No. 2 Novak Djokovic and fourteen-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal have been drawn to face each other in a blockbuster French Open semi-final.

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New Delhi [India], May 26 (ANI): Even as the national football team prepares for the forthcoming AFC Asian Cup Qualifier against Kyrgyz Republic in Bengaluru, the two newcomers--Lalruatthara and Laldanmawia Ralte are not much willing to speculate whether they would be able to secure a berth in the final 23.

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Nishikori, Wawrinka battle into Geneva Open semis

Updated: May 26, 2017 15:17 IST     

Johannesburg [South Africa], May 26 (ANI): Japanese tennis star Kei Nishikori produced a spirited fight back as he bounced back from a set down to book his place in the semi-finals of the Geneva Open last evening.

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Can have 'big role' to play in Champions Trophy: Adam Zampa

Updated: May 26, 2017 14:35 IST     

Melbourne [Australia], May 26 (ANI): Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa has insisted that he can have a big role to play for his side in the upcoming Champions Trophy beginning June 1 in England and Wales.

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New Delhi [India], May 26 (ANI): As the Board of Control for Cricket in India prepares to meet the Pakistan Cricket Board to discuss the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two countries in 2014, senior BCCI functionary Rajeev Shukla on Friday said that they will not play any bilateral series against the arch-rivals without the Indian government's permission.

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