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A batsman for every condition: Sridhar
Indian team fielding coach R Sridhar lauded Cheteshwar Pujara's batsmanship after the second day's play here on Friday. He said, Pujara is a batsman for every condition. Given the nature of the pitch here, Sridhar said a lot could happen over the remaining three days if the skies cleared up. Asked about Suresh Raina, Sridhar said, He is a fabulous fielder. Sridhar said India's major Test campaigns over the next 15 to 20 months would all be away from the sub-continent.
Sri Lanka's own 'frog in the blender'
In fact, until recently he had no idea how the former South African unorthodox spinner bowled in his heyday. Throughout last week, all the young Sri Lankan spinner heard were comparisons with Adams. While most experts find his unorthodox action strikingly similar to Adams', many in Sri Lankan cricketing circles have already touted him as the next big thing. This is something he has learnt from Sri Lanka's fast bowling coach, Chaminda Vaas.
Pune Challenger: Bhambri meets Ramkumar
India's Yuki Bhambri and Ramanathan Ramkumar will fight it out for the title in the KPIT-MSLTA $50000 Challenger at Mhalunge-Balewadi sports complex on Saturday. Bhambri had come into the semifinals with a confidence-boosting straight-set wins over Kaichi Uchida, Ante Pavic and Jay Clarke. He had also beaten the Spanish opponent on clay in 2015 in the Samarkand Challenger in Uzbekistan. After entering the third Challenger final of the year, Ramkumar said: It's always difficult to play Saketh.
Notice not served for BCCI SGM
The BCCI has not served notice to its members convening a Special General Meeting in New Delhi on December 1. Where is the question of putting off the SGM when it was not convened at the first place, asked a BCCI functionary. Two associations confirmed to The Hindu that it has not received the notice. The acting BCCI president C K Khanna has told some members over phone that the SGM will be held on December 1.
ISL: Blasters hold ATK goalless
The much-hyped opening clash of the Hero ISL turned out to be a damp squib as ATK and Kerala Blasters played out a goalless draw at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium here on Friday. A rusty Kerala Blasters was lucky to earn a point from the contest as ATK was clearly the superior side. There was nice build-ups through both flanks from the visitor to put pressure on Blasters half.
Junior chess: Praggnanandhaa stuns top seed
Prodigious talent R Praggnanandhaa, 12, stunned top-seeded Dutch Grandmaster Jorden van Foreest to move to the joint second spot in the World junior (under-20) chess championship here on Thursday. Praggnanandhaa, rated 2509 and seeded a distant 26th in a strong field, produced a flawless display over 44 moves to defeat the favourite rated 2616. Though Harsha Bharathakoti, one of the overnight leaders lost, two-time National champion M Karthikeyan joined Praggnanandhaa at 3.5 points.
Wrestling Nationals: After a bout with kidney stone, Divya Kakran bags gold
Before she wrestles anyone, Divya Kakran has a habit of asking her coach if she should try to win the bout via pin fall or by accumulating points. As soon as the coach said that she can easily win gold, Divya set her sights on the yellow metal. The only change Divya had to do was to change her strategy a bit and not be predictable for her opponents.
Sushil Kumar has been an inspiration for me: Sakshi Malik
Talking to PTI on the sidelines of the ongoing National Wrestling Championship, Sakshi said, Sushil has been a great inspiration for me. After seeing him playing, I used to think that I would also play Olympics and win a medal for the country. The 25-year-old freestyle wrestler said, However, now I am also a winner of Olympic medal, but I have to be like him. Sakshi expressed satisfaction over the facilities available to the wrestlers in the country for preparing the international events.
ATP Finals: David Goffin Breezes Past Dominic Thiem, Sets Up Semi Final Clash With Roger Federer
David Goffin pummelled his good friend Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-1 to advance to the semi-finals of the ATP Finals on Friday, where he will have the daunting task of facing Roger Federer. It was a pity to play against Dominic, he is such a good friend and a nice guy. It's never easy to play against a friend, said Goffin, who beat world number one Rafael Nadal over three punishing sets in his opening match.
Saudi, UAE, Bahrain to miss Qatar's Gulf Cup amid rift
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain will not take part in a Qatar-hosted soccer tournament for Arab nations scheduled for next month after missing a deadline to confirm their participation, organisers said on Friday. The three countries cut ties with Qatar in June, including banning their citizens from visiting the fellow Gulf Arab state, over accusations that Qatar supports terrorism.
Guardiola wants better yet from table-topping Man City
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday he was keen to wring further improvement from his table-topping squad, sending a stark warning to a chasing pack that is already struggling to stay in touch. City's return of 31 points and a plus-31 goal difference after 11 games represents the best-ever start to a Premier League season by any club. Though they currently lead second-placed Manchester United by eight points, Guardiola wants more.
Cheteshwar Pujara is a world class player, says Sri Lanka coach Nic Pothas
India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara was again India's warrior in the rain as he remained unbeaten on 47 when bad light stopped play at the Eden Gardens. Pujara's efforts drew praise from the opposition camp as Sri Lanka head coach termed the right-hander as a world class player and how the county experience came good. He certainly played the conditions very well, Pothas said at the press conference after the second day's play.
ISL 2017: Jamshedpur FC to take on NorthEast United in their debut match
Jamshedpur FC would look to make a winning start in their Indian Super League debut when they take on NorthEast United FC in Guwahati on Saturday. On the field, there will be Jose Luis Espinosa Arroyo in defence, South African Sameehg Doutie in midfield and Senegalese striker Talla N'Diaye. Coppell said his side have prepared well for the league and his players were raring to go.
Rugby-May flying as England hope raw speed can tame Wallabies
Elliot is a fast guy as well, he's got some wheels and we know Tone is quick. The way Jonny prepares is unbelievable, he's a 24/7 athlete, said England captain Dylan Hartley. Everything he does is to make sure he's the fastest winger in the world or whatever he wants. I'm still getting quicker and more powerful, explained the 27-year-old, who was once helped to hone his speed by Britain's 2004 Olympic 4x100 metres relay champion Marlon Devonish.
Soccer: Triple injury boost for United as Ibrahimovic, Pogba, Rojo return
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Marcos Rojo are in contention to face Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday after recovering from their injuries, manager Jose Mourinho has said. You can clearly see Manchester United this season before Paul's injury and after Paul's injury, Mourinho said. There are qualities in our football, there are qualities that influence our approach in matches with Pogba and without Pogba - it's as simple as that.
Figure skating: Osmond leads after short programme at France grand prix
Canada's Kaetlyn Osmond on Friday took the lead at the second to last qualifying event for the grand prix final next month with a crowd-pleasing but flawed short programme. Osmond, the world silver medallist who won the Skate Canada grand prix event last month, nonetheless secured first place with 69.05 points. She was closely followed by Russia's Maria Sotskova, who ranked second with 67.79 points. Sotskova cleanly executed a triple lutz-triple toeloop combination but made a two-footed landing on her triple flip.
Chapecoense avoid relegation one year after air crash
Chapecoense striker Tulio de Melo says the team feared they would not honor the memory of the dead. It was to their great relief that it avoided relegation in the Brazilian championship almost one year after an air crash killed 19 of its players in Colombia. During the match, as in all others since the air crash, fans chanted Vamos, vamos Chape (Let's go Chape) at 71 minutes in reference to the total number of victims.

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