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South Africa's Semenya back in the spotlight after new IAAF rule
Athletics' new hyperandrogenism rule announced on Thursday has put the spotlight back on South African Caster Semenya's intimate details, which the middle-distance athlete has previously said caused her great distress and embarrassment. Testosterone is a hormone that increases muscle mass, strength and haemoglobin, which affects endurance. That led to a series of invasive tests followed by media leaks about her condition which she found tough to handle. I don't understand when you say I have an advantage because I am a woman, she said.
Kerala Hoopsters set for NBA
Kerala NBA junior boys' and girls' teams will participate in the Junior NBA national finals, a four-day tournament to be held at the NBA Academy in Delhi from April 29 to May 2. The best players from the tournament will represent India in the junior world championship later this year in the US. Eight teams, representing Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kerala, Kolkata, Mumbai and Punjab, in each category will take part in the competition.
Golf: Woods says will play next two events on PGA Tour
Tiger Woods announced on Thursday that he will play the next two events on the PGA Tour - the Wells Fargo Championship in North Carolina and the Players Championship in Florida. Time to get back to work, Woods wrote on Twitter. The 14-times major champion will have had three weeks off after a disappointing US Masters, where he teed up amid massive media hype and perhaps unrealistic expectations. Woods last competed at the Wells Fargo in 2012, when he missed the cut.
Soccer: Advantage Atletico as Griezmann punishes wasteful Arsenal
A late equaliser from French striker Antoine Griezmann gave 10-man Atletico Madrid a precious away-goal advantage over Arsenal as the first leg of their Europa League semi-final at the Emirates ended 1-1 on Thursday. Arsenal were given a huge boost after 10 minutes when Atletico defender Sime Vrsaljko was sent off for stamping on Alexandre Lacazette's foot, and Atletico coach Diego Simeone was sent to the stands for his furious reaction to the decision.
Nearly 1,600 doping rules violations in 2016: WADA
There were nearly 1,600 anti-doping rules violations (ADRV) in 2016 involving athletes and support staff from 117 nationalities across 112 sports with athletics top of the list, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said in a report released on Thursday. WADA said a total of 229,514 samples were collected in 2016 and analysed by WADA-accredited laboratories resulting in 1,595 ADRVs.
Soccer: Payet inspires Marseille to 2-0 win over Salzburg in Europa semi
Olympique de Marseille's Dimitri Payet set up both goals as he guided them to an impressive 2-0 home win over Salzburg in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday. Florian Thauvin headed in Payet's free kick after 15 minutes and Clinton Njie calmly slotted home in the 63rd to put Marseille in the driving seat against the Austrian champions. Marseille stopped the Austrian champions from imposing their usual pressing game and increased their lead just past the hour.
Europa League: 10-man Atletico Madrid and Arsenal draw 1-1 after first leg
Antoine Griezmann scored late for 10-man Atletico Madrid to draw at Arsenal 1-1 in the first leg of their Europa League semifinal on Thursday. With what was Atletico's sole chance in the second half, Griezmann pounced on a long punt badly mishandled by Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny. The goal was a just reward for sustained pressure by Arsenal from the first whistle.
Motor racing: Sirotkin confident Williams can find a cure for aero ills
There is a cure, Sirotkin told reporters at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Thursday, agreeing that the problem was mostly aerodynamic. Unfortunately we haven't recovered enough of the cornering speed to compensate for (losing) that straight line speed this year, said the teenager. We've lost a good chunk in our strong point and we have not gained enough in our weak point. Sirotkin, a rarity as a driver who also has an engineering degree, said he was relishing the challenge despite all the frustration.
India to fight for bronze at archery World Cup
Indian men and women's compound teams advanced to the bronze medal play-offs on a day of disappointments in stage one of the Archery World Cup. The trio of Abhishek Verma, Rajat Chauhan and Chinna Raju Srither lost 233-236 to their Korean opponents in the men's compound semifinal and they will face France for the bronze. In the women's compound team semifinal, Jyothi Surekha Vennam, Muskan Kirar and Mahdhumita Kumari had a close fight against the Russian team before going down 227-228.
BCCI recommends Dravid for Dronacharya, Kohli for Khel Ratna
Kolkata, April 26 The BCCI has recommended former India captain Rahul Dravid for the prestigious Dronacharya award and once again nominated Virat Kohli for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna honour. Rahul is the BCCI nominee for the Dronacharya award, Rai told PTI. Dravid has been nominated for successfully guiding the India U-19 team to World Cup title early this year. BCCI had stopped sending nominations for Dronacharya awards due to multiple coaches at times claiming credit for a player's success.
Geeta explains why Haryanvi stars represent other institutions
Geeta, India's first woman wrestler to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal, explained why some Haryana sportspersons were representing not the state of their birth but other institutions. As the wrestlers from Haryana are far better than those from the other states, many good players don't get a chance to represent Haryana, she said. I think that doesn't make them any less Haryanvi, as long as they perform at the international level and have a Haryana domicile.
Rashid, Shakib rout KXIP for 119, SRH defend 132
Rashid (3/19)) turned out to be the star for Sunrisers once again as he, along with Shakib (2/18), turned the game around for the hosts in the middle overs. Basil Thampi (2/14) and Sandeep Sharma (2/17) also rose to the occasion for the home team. Earlier, young Kings XI pacer Ankit Rajpoot (5/14) registered his career-best bowling figures to restrict Sunrisers to the modest score of 132/6.
Manu, Mitharval finish fourth
This was India's fourth fourth-place finish in the World Cup. The Chinese pair of Xiaojing Ji and Jiayu Wu won gold with a world record score of 487.7 in the final. The Indian pair of Heena Sidhu and Shahzar Rizvi finished 19th in qualification with a score of 762. This will be the same range where the World Championships, the first quota competition for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, will be held four months later.
SRH pulls off another Houdini act
For the second time in succession, Sunrisers Hyderabad cocked a snook at a side stacked with batting riches. Defending a modest 132 for six, Sunrisers terminated Punjab's pursuit at 119 with four balls to spare. Fittingly, he bagged top-scorer Manish Pandey too, a precisely deployed sand-shoe crusher castling the Karnataka batsman, two balls from the close. With a paltry 37 for three in the PowerPlay, Sunrisers' had sunk to its lowest in the season.
Conditional boycott insufficient for improving Indo-Pak relations: Gambhir
In the wake of rising ceasefire violations by Pakistan, veteran Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir opined that conditional boycott would not be enough for improving India-Pakistan relations. If a ban is imposed, it should be in all sectors, be it films, music or any other. Nobody from Pakistan should be provided an opportunity to perform in India unless the relations between the two neighbours improve, he said.
MS Dhoni: The Pythagoras of finishing in IPL 2018
Here's MS Dhoni lucidly laying down the rudimentary science of a run chase, after he architect a classical Dhoni finishing-act at Chinnaswamy on Wednesday night. To further point, it didn't quite work the other night in Mohali, but it did in Chinnaswamy on Wednesday. A quiet over, four singles, a couple and a cheeky little cut past third man by Dhoni, taking the toll to 10 runs.
Muguruza pulls out of Stuttgart event due to injury
World number three Garbine Muguruza was forced to retire with a back injury during her round of 16 match against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at the Stuttgart Open on Thursday. Russian Pavlyuchenkova won the first set 7-5 before Spaniard Muguruza, the second seed, called it quits. Caroline Garcia beat Ukrainian qualifier Marta Kostyuk 6-1 3-6 7-5 to book her place in the quarter-finals. For me, it was a difficult match to prepare for, because I didn't know what to expect, Garcia said.
'New IAAF guidelines on intersex athletes retain same old problems'
The International Association of Athletics Federations' (IAAF) new regulations regarding eligibility for female athletes to compete have made it clear that they are targeting intersex women. In the earlier regulations they had used the word hyperandrogenism, but that was a veil for their real target which are intersex women. That said, the regulations issued by the IAAF today retains many of the problems as it still requires women to lower their testosterone levels, which is actually medically unnecessary.

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