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Soccer: Classy Croatia rout Argentina to reach second round
Rebic made the most of a goalkeeping error, Modric fired home a superb long-range effort and Rakitic completed the rout as Argentina suffered their heaviest defeat in the first round group stages since losing 6-1 to Czechoslovakia in 1958. Rakitic struck the crossbar with a free kick soon after before finishing off the rout by tucking the ball away from close range in stoppage time to complete the victory, leaving a subdued Lionel Messi and his Argentina team mates dejected.
Salah, Neymar, Messi, messy, messy: World Cup stars stifled
No one has had rougher treatment from the opposition than the world's priciest player, Neymar. Overall, Switzerland fouled Brazil 19 times, with little intervention from the referee, and it worked - especially on Neymar. Brazilians suggested their opponents were too violent; Swiss midfielder Gelson Fernandes thinks Neymar has another problem. Throughout the matches against Iceland and Croatia, disciplined defenders and midfielders stopped Messi from making his famous runs and getting one-on-one chances.
World Cup matches screened for Moscow commuters in metro carriages
I use the metro a lot and time flies by thanks to football, said Bek Usmanov, a Moscow resident who described himself as a passionate soccer fan. The Moscow metro is used by nine million people a day during the week. It now has public wifi in it, and 1,600 television screens were installed in metro carriages this year. Latypov said he believed it was the first time in the world that World Cup matches had been broadcast live inside metro carriages.
4 Indians in semis of Mongolia boxing
India were assured of four medals at the Ulaanbaatar Cup in Mongolia after four boxers, including Sonia Lather (57kg), advanced to the semifinals. Joining her in the Last-4 stage were Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), Himanshu Sharma (49kg) and Ashish (64kg). Sarjubala Devi (51kg) bowed out in the quarterfinal stage after losing a close bout to Mongolian Myagmardulam Nandinsetseg 1-4. Advancing with a 5-0 win was Ashish, who put it past South Korea's Kim Song Yun in a clinical performance.
PSPCL Sports Cell a 'dying cadre'!
The decision to declare the Sports Cell as a 'dying cadre' was taken by the PSPCL Board in its 58th meeting on August 11, 2017. This is the first time that a Sports Cell in a Punjab public sector unit has been declared a 'dying cadre'. Incidentally, the Sports Cell of PSPCL, established in 1974, is one of the biggest sports departments in the state.
Hockey as National Game: Rathore sees no need for official word
New Delhi, June 21 A day after Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declare hockey the National Game, Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said no official proclamation was required to love the sport. In terms of facilities, hockey is one of the priority sports of our country, said Rathore. He said he would leave it to the people to decide whether they really want hockey to be declared the National Game officially.
England beat Australia by six wickets, lead ODI series 4-0
England beat Australia by six wickets to win the fourth one-day international at Chester-le-Street on Thursday as they went 4-0 up in the series with one to play. England, set a ground record 311 to win, finished on 314 for four after Jason Roy top-scored with 101 and fellow opener Jonny Bairstow made 79. Jos Buttler ended the match with 32 balls to spare when he hit a four off Michael Neser.
Lionel Messi, Argentina beaten 3-0 at World Cup, Croatia advances
Lionel Messi and his Argentina teammates are on the verge of World Cup elimination. Argentina was handily beaten by Croatia 3-0, a loss that makes advancement very difficult with only one group match remaining. Croatia frustrated Argentina throughout the match and never gave Messi space to operate. Argentina has won two World Cups - the last in 1986 - but has not won any major title in 25 years. Croatia, a 1998 World Cup semifinalist, reached the knockout stage for only the second time.
Soccer: Russia World Cup coach wins graffiti honour
Stanislav Cherchesov is getting the big graffiti treatment in Russia after coaching the home team to the second round of the World Cup for the first time in 32 years. After Tuesday's 3-1 win over Egypt in St Petersburg, his familiar moustachioed features appeared at a city intersection, spray-painted across a wall. He's just a beauty, he said of the burly and balding 54-year-old former Spartak Moscow goalkeeper.
France yet to shine but Kante's steel bodes well
The 19-year-old Mbappe, now the youngest scorer for France at a World Cup, took the man-of-the-match award but Deschamps disagreed, praising midfielder Kante for another top-notch performance at the Ekaterinburg Arena. Mbappe scored from Olivier Giroud's deflected shot, which came after Pogba had won the ball close to the Peru area. We matched them physcially and it's a good sign, said midfielder Blaise Matuidi, who started the game after being benched against Australia.
Moscow was warm & splendid in 1980: V Baskaran
He is happy to have led India all the way in Moscow but he is never proud to be the last Indian to do so. The Olympian recalled the splendid support his team got from the local people 38 years ago when Moscow last welcomed the entire sporting world home. Baskaran still remembers the warmth of volunteers at the 1980 Games. When I went there in 1980, Moscow was full of old Soviet style apartments and buildings.
Word-war fires up UFC bout
In a promotional video launched recently, Edwards drew first blood by taking a dig at Cerrone. Much to his reputation the 35-year old Cerrone, remained cool and responded with: I prefer to stay calm and enjoy my life. Elsewhere, the catfight between Jessica-Rose Clark and Jessica Eye was pretty evident here when both women fighters took digs at each other ahead of their upcoming bout.
Tennis Tournament: Sahaja Yamalapalli in final
Sahaja Yamalapalli from Telangana entered the finals of Telangana State Tennis Association AITA Ranking Tennis Tournament by defeating compatriot Smriti Bhasin in straight sets win 6-1, 6-2 at the SATS Tennis Complex, Lal Bahadur Stadium in Hyderabad on Thursday. Sahaja came up the hard way. She played three rounds in the qualifying and entered the main draw without dropping a single set. Sravya cruised into the women's final with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Sunskruti Damera.
Soccer: For Serbia 'hellish' Swiss win could avoid Brazil nightmare
Following a win over Costa Rica in their opener, Serbia can clinch their knockout round place by beating the Swiss on Friday. This would then spare them the terrifying prospect of needing a result in the their final group match against five-time world champions Brazil. The Swiss team will also try to be a threat to win three points. Serbia, who embrace a physical style of play, promise to bring familiar aggression to the match, led by their Manchester United enforcer Matic.
Kabaddi Masters: There is always more pressure when we play Pakistan, says Thakur
Indian skipper Ajay Thakur has always made it count in the 'do-or-die' raids and he expects to do the same during the marquee clash against Pakistan that will flag off the six-nation Kabaddi Masters tournament in Dubai on Friday. On the eve of the clash, Thakur spoke to TOI on the importance of this tournament, the pressure of playing Pakistan and more. I will want my raiders to stay focused during the contest and play carefully as it's going to be a very tight clash.
Soccer: Gareca puts brave face on Peru exit, expresses sadness for fans
Peru coach Ricardo Gareca put a brave face on his team's premature World Cup exit, saying his side had left a positive image but that he was sorry for their huge army of travelling fans. I said before the tournament that everyone would be surprised with they their passion, and their love for the team. Entertaining and ambitious in both their games, Peru were let down by an age-old following in front of goal.
I'm not one of Wimbledon favourites, insists Djokovic
Novak Djokovic may have won Wimbledon three times, but the former world number one insists he isn't one of the favourites to land the All England Club crown this year. Djokovic stepped up his Wimbledon preparations by sweeping into the Queen's Club quarter-finals with a 6-4, 6-1 demolition of Grigor Dimitrov on Thursday. Even so, Djokovic doesn't believe he should be expected to dethrone defending champion Roger Federer at Wimbledon next month. I'm definitely not one of the favourites for Wimbledon, he said.
Imran Khan faces feminist backlash
Imran Khan vocalised his critique of 'western' feminism in an interview recently, and the backlash was sharp and swift. A mother is the biggest influence in her child's life, Khan said in the interview. Neelakantan feels, Imran Khan, is a product of such a society and is only reflecting what has been instilled in him since childhood. Anju Talwar, who many would consider a 'traditional Indian mother', said, I don't agree with Imran Khan's off the cuff statement.
Kabaddi Masters Dubai 2018: Rajyavardhan Rathore to unveil trophy
The inaugural six-nation Kabaddi Masters Dubai will get underway with much fanfare with Union sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore unveiling the Trophy on Friday. IKF president Janardan Singh Gehlot said they are looking forward to exploring options for a comprehensive international kabaddi calendar that is active annually, successfully pinning kabaddi across the world map. Kabaddi Masters Dubai 2018 is our first step in that direction and will elevate the stature of our sport considerably.

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