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Sri Lanka will play Pakistan in Lahore only after security assessments
Sri Lanka Cricket will send its team to Pakistan for a Twenty20 International match next month only after more security assessments. The third and final Twenty20 is scheduled for Lahore, Pakistan, where Sri Lanka's team bus came under a terrorist attack in 2009. Sri Lanka player Dinesh Chandimal said touring Pakistan will be a collective decision by the players and it will happen only after more discussions.
PKL 2017: Haryana Steelers beat Jaipur Pink Panthers 30-26
Haryana Steelers showed their all- round mettle as they beat Jaipur Pink Panthers 30-26 in a Pro Kabaddi League Season 5 match here on Thursday. Jaipur Pink Panthers were let down by their defence as they made too many errors and allowed Haryana to score raid points at will. Pawan Kumar made a successful raid in the third minute as Jaipur Pink Panthers tied the match at 2-2. Tushar Patil scored with a three-point raid as Jaipur Pink Panthers led 11-8 in the 15th minute.
Sports Ministry bars IABF from using Indian in title
The Sports Ministry has barred the de-recognised Indian Amateur Boxing Federation from using Indian in its title, a significant snub in the face of IABF's attempts at revival. The IABF, which was terminated by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) in 2014 before being de-recognised by the sports ministry, had conducted a meeting last month, inviting state units to revive their membership.
Australia invited to first Asian Games in 2022
Athletes from Australia and the rest of Oceania have been invited to compete at the 2022 Asian Games, Australian Olympic chief John Coates said on Thursday, days after the Olympic Council of Asia said such a move was unlikely. The OCA's invite to the Games in China's Hangzhou is for selected sports only to enable regional athletes to qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics through Asian competition, Coates said.
Bowl what you want: MS Dhoni's brilliant suggestion to Kuldeep Yadav before hattrick ball
Hat-trick man Kuldeep Yadav on Thursday described his memorable feat against Australia in the second ODI here as a special effort and said he had never dreamt of achieving it. Left-arm spinner Kuldeep today became only the third Indian to take a hat-trick as the hosts demolished Australia by 50 runs here. Not really, replied Kuldeep when asked if he had ever thought of taking a hat-trick.
Soccer: Brighton must learn to rebound from disappointment, says Hughton
Brighton and Hove Albion must recover quickly from disappointing results if they are going to be successful in the Premier League this season, manager Chris Hughton said on Thursday. The key is going to be responding to them , Hughton told reporters. Hughton said the Tyneside club are reaping the benefits from the transfer business they did last year. Hughton said he will make a late decision on the availability of on-loan Chelsea winger Isaiah Brown, who has resumed training following a hamstring injury.
Yadav hat-trick gives India a memorable win at Eden
Kuldeep Yadav strode into the pantheon of cricketing heroes with a definitive hat-trick as India prevailed over Australia by 50 runs at the Eden Gardens here on Thursday evening. As Kuldeep emerged the toast of the town, India coasted to its eighth successive ODI win. This made it a memorable evening for the two young spinners, who were playing their fourth match together in national colours.
Mexico U-17 team members and families safe, to arrive on October 4
India-bound Mexico team members and their families are safe after the devastating earthquake and their World Cup U-17 team will reach Kolkata on October 4. All the families of U-17 Mexican delegation are fine, thank god, Mexico team's press coordinator Valvanera Garcia Cuevas told PTI in an email communication. The team, who are preparing for the U-17 World Cup in Spain, will arrive in Kolkata as per schedule on October 4 for their group F matches at the Salt Lake Stadium.
Soccer: Under-performing Tevez takes aim at Chinese football
Carlos Tevez has criticised the standard of Chinese footballers, claiming the country will be unable to match the sport's leading nations even in 50 years. Tevez is the highest paid player in the world, according to media reports when he signed which said he would earn about $750,000 per week. In South America and Europe, players learn to play football when they're kids, but not here, Tevez said. I don't think they are going to get to the same heights, not even in 50 years.
Light heavyweight boxing champ Ward announces retirement
Unified light heavyweight world titleholder and former Olympic champion Andre Ward announced his retirement from boxing on Thursday. The 33-year-old American, who is regarded by many as the best pound-for-pound boxer today, attributed both the physical demands of the sport and a waning desire to fight for his decision. If I cannot give my family, my team, and the fans everything that I have, then I should no longer be fighting.
Cricket: Second ODI between England and West Indies rained off
The second one-day international between England and West Indies at Trent Bridge was abandoned because of heavy rain on Thursday. Only 2.2 overs were possible after West Indies won the toss and elected to field first. England reached 21 without loss when the rain arrived. England lead the series 1-0 after a seven-wicket victory at Old Trafford on Tuesday. Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Hugh Lawson.
Kuldeep hat-trick sets up India's win against Australia
Left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav took a hat-trick to help India comfortably beat Australia by 50 runs in the second one-day international at Eden Gardens on Thursday and take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. The 22-year-old Kuldeep had not enjoyed success in his first seven overs and gave away 39 runs. He dismissed Matthew Wade, Ashton Agar and Pat Cummins in his eighth over to turn the match in India's favour.
Better late than never, says Justice Lodha
I am very happy, Justice (Retd) RM Lodha said reacting to the Supreme Court's stern warning on Thursday to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to implement the reforms in its entirety. There has been a little delay but, as they say, better late than never, Lodha told The Hindu. We gave our best to ensure that the fiefdom of few should be brought to an end.
Smiling Virat Kohli shows Aussies sledging is not good
India captain Virat Kohli is known for playing cricket the hard way. The 28-year-old has become one of cricket's leading statsmen with his leadership on and off the ground. Kohli, who has a history with the Aussies, instead kept his dignified silence to the chagrin of instigators. Defending the total, India bowlers did an amazing work to dismiss the Aussies for 202 runs, thus setting up a 50-run win.
Sanabria's late winner stuns Real Madrid
Real Madrid suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat to Real Betis on Wednesday as an inspired performance from their former goalkeeper Antonio Adan and a stoppage-time winner from Antonio Sanabria stunned the Liga champions. Sanabria had an effort disallowed for offside in the final minute of normal time, but rose highest to head in a 94th-minute winner to secure a memorable backs-to-the-wall victory for Quique Setiens side.
Kuldeep Yadav sets Twitter on fire with maiden ODI hat-trick
Kuldeep Yadav, who became the third Indian to take an ODI hattrick as India played Australia in the second ODI in Kolkata, set Twitter on fire on Thursday. Kuldeep picked up the wickets of Matthew Wade, Ashton Agar, and Pat Cummins in successive deliveries to become the third Indian bowler to register a hat-trick in one-day cricket after Kapil Dev and Chetan Sharma.
North Korea says sanctions block imports of athletes' gear
North Korea has protested to three international sporting federations that requests to buy sports equipment for its athletes were being denied due to US-led sanctions, letters obtained by Reuters on Thursday showed. The United Nations Security Council has unanimously imposed nine rounds of sanctions on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) since 2006 for its unlawful nuclear and ballistic missile programmes. The far-reaching sanctions include grey areas such as luxury goods and exceptions that are subject to interpretation.
Two hat-tricks in a day as Belagavi Panthers storm into KPL 2017 final
Hat-tricks from Anand Doddamani and D Avinash were just what the big occasion of a semi-final needed, tilting a see-saw clash the way of Belagavi Panthers. Their 14-run VJD-Method victory at the KSCA Rajnagar Stadium in Hubli meant Belagavi sealed their place in the final of Karnataka Premier League 2017. Earlier, half-centuries from Stalin Hoover and KN Bharath had helped Belagavi post a target of 153 for Hubli, in tricky conditions for bowlers.
Technically they are not very good: Underperforming Carlos Tevez slams Chinese Super League
Carlos Tevez has criticised the standard of Chinese footballers, claiming the country will be unable to match the sport's leading nations even in 50 years. The Argentinian striker, who joined Shanghai Shenhua in January from Boca Juniors, made the comments in an interview broadcast on French television on Thursday after a difficult nine months in the Chinese Super League. Tevez is the highest paid player in the world, according to media reports when he signed which said he would earn about $750,000 per week.
Chelsea agree to sell Costa back to Atletico Madrid
Diego Costa's messy split from Chelsea appeared to reach its conclusion on Thursday with the Premier League club saying they had agreed to sell the Spain striker back to Atletico Madrid. At the time Costa seemed on the verge of signing a lucrative deal with Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian. He returned to the first team, however, and ended the season with 20 Premier League goals as Chelsea lifted the title.

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