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Battle for Kochi turf played online
After the renovation, the quality of Kochi's turf has been regarded as 'world class'. Both cricket and football require different fields and if Kochi has got a world standard turf, efforts should be made to restore it. Renovation on the ground was done taking into consideration that JNI is a multi-purpose stadium and that cricket should be played on it afterwards. Worried about the potential damage to the FIFA approved World class Football turf in Kochi.
IAS officer Ashok Khemka gears up for a new dangal
The often-transferred Haryana cadre IAS officer Ashok Khemka, 52, now on his 51st posting in a 24-year bureaucratic career, is readying himself for a mega dangal. Not only in Haryana, this department has huge potential in all states because we are very backward in sports. Haryana has a very competitive and business-type culture which means that if they want to do it, they will do it.
'I keep thinking what would have happened if DK hadn't hit that six,' says Vijay Shankar
I keep thinking what would have happened to me if DK hadn't struck that six and we'd lost. I also think what would have happened if I hadn't soaked up those many dot balls, maybe we would have won easily, and I would have been an anonymous figure. Promoted up the order, much to his own surprise as well as Karthik's, Shankar began on a positive note.
Kagiso Rabada's lawyer: A former ANC member, who fought for miners
Rabada's acquittal has made his lawyer a national hero, the country's heart-felt salutations conveyed on social media. Some say the 56-year-old lawyer can walk on water and even represent the disgraced former President Jacob Zuma. He is seen as advocate of the people, the great one and the messiah who saved South African cricket. A former member of the African National Congress (ANC), he shifted in 2013 to the Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF), a revolutionary socialist political party.
Sushil wants Oly gold, via CWG route
New Delhi, March 20 There is nothing to prove anymore but quite a bit is left to achieve, says India's most decorated wrestler Sushil Kumar. The grappler sees next month's Commonwealth Games as the first step towards accomplishing his unfulfilled dream - winning an Olympics gold. I have achieved everything in life and I didn't need to make a comeback through the Nationals, Sushil said.
Rashid spins Afghanistan to victory over UAE
Brief scores: United Arab Emirates: 177 ; Afghanistan: 178 /5. It was left-arm medium pacer Katie George (4/6) who wrecked the home batting after they chose to bat. In the women's Asian Snooker Championship, Vidya Pillai won her second match with a 2-1 scoreline against Iran's Akram Mohammadi. Amee Kamani defeated Iran's Parisa Darvishvand 2-0, while Varshaa Sanjeev beat 2-0 against Indonesian Riny Astuty Nasution. In the under-21 category, Shoaib Khan beat Ching Chiu Poon of Hong Kong 4-2 in the snooker league match.
Shubhankar to lock horns with Garcia in WGC Match Play
Austin (USA), March 20 Shubhankar Sharma will enter the World Golf Championships Match Play cauldron after being drawn into a mouth-watering opening match against reigning Masters champion Sergio Garcia on Wednesday. Sharma will be making his debut at the event, which is exclusive for the leading 64 players in the world. I love match play as it's a lot of fun and you go for a few shots which you don't normally do in stroke play events, Sharma added.
'I couldn't see Rabada going into Smith or Smith going into Rabada,' says Mike Procter
I couldn't see Rabada going into Smith or Smith going into Rabada. I tried looking at both sides since I was a match referee for such a long time. For me, I would go by the book but I would also take cognizance of the situations. That's how I would perceive it to be but maybe, that's not the case at this space and time.
Blinding! Long hard road for this marathoner
Today he is a long distance runner with a few prestigious marathons to his name, but Sagar Baheti, 32, has had a long hard run against a progressive disease that is costing him his sight to reach where he has. Six years ago he began to progressively lose his sight and with time the vision loss only became worse. Slowly I couldn't see even closer objects, recalls Sagar, who had no idea that he was suffering from Stargardt's disease.
Manchester United still flex most social media muscle: Report
Manchester United are trailing Manchester City this season on the pitch but are peerless when it comes to their social media muscle, according to a report published this week. The report, produced by Newton Insight, ranked England's 20 top-flight according to eight performance indicators across various social media platforms. United beat Manchester City to first place with Chelsea third, Arsenal fourth, Liverpool fifth and Tottenham Hotspur in seventh place.
IPL for women makes sense only when there is strong domestic set up, says Mithali Raj
Mithali Raj said an IPL-like event for women will make sense only when the BCCI has in place for them a strong domestic setup. It's important to have the pool of players, who will be qualified to play IPL kind of a league. Once we have those many players then it will be wise enough to have an IPL, Mithali, skipper of India's women's Test team, said.
Santosh Trophy: Punjab rally to win, Goa shocked
Punjab overturned a one-goal deficit to beat Odisha 2-1 in their 72nd Santosh Trophy opening match even as Mizoram stunned Goa 3-1 in Kolkata on Tuesday. Sarbjit restored parity for Punjab in the 70th and an own goal by Odisha's Rudra Pratap Pradhan sealed full points for the eight time champions. Mizoram came from behind to beat six-time champions Goa in their opening Group B game at the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium.
Vijay Amritraj's no to new format
The legendary Vijay Amritraj is not happy with the tinkering of the traditional format, asserting that it is not suitable for emerging countries like India. The three-day format is important for us because we have a singles player who will also be required to play doubles. It was a tried and tested format which worked very well, Amritraj told this paper here on Tuesday.
Pakistan legend Javed Miandad congratulates Indian hero Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik did a Javed Miandad - hitting a six off the last ball - to take India home in a thrilling final of the Nidahas Trophy in Colombo on Sunday. The Pakistan legend, who had pulled off a heist against India in 1986, on Tuesday congratulated Karthik for his spectacular show. Miandad then wanted to know the boundary distance of the Colombo stadium. The former Pakistan cricketer said the introduction of T20 has changed the dynamics of the game.
DK's final punch breaks an Indian cricket jinx
Dinesh Karthik may have settled a 32-year-old jinx about the final punch of the kind Javed Miandad delivered in the desert. The Karachiite changed the course of cricket history back in 1986 for his team and nation wilting under the glare of Indian superiority in limited-overs cricket from Lord's in 1983. Team India used to thrive on MS Dhoni's finishing power as in that World Cup victory-sealing six in the final in Mumbai seven years ago.
X-ray trucks to be used at top races to detect motors
The International Cycling Union (UCI) will use X-ray equipped trucks on Grand Tour stages and leading classic races this season following an increase in concerns about riders using motors inside their bikes. A source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Tuesday that X-ray cameras would check bikes after stages of the Tour de France, the Giro d'Italia, the Vuelta and the five biggest one-day races.
Deepa Malik asks for equal treatment to para-sports
Paralympic silver-medalist Deepa Malik has said that it is the time when para-sports should be treated with equal respect as winning international medals in such sports is yet more challenging than the other abled-bodied sports. We never know when our events could get changed or when we could be combined in other categories under point systems. Para-sports should now be respected, Malik told ANI.

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