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Sunday, Feb 18

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Change of pace was key, says Bhuvi

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar said South Africas ploy to unsettle Indian batsmen with short-pitched balls back-fired and the key to Indias success in the first T20 international was changing the pace and bowling more slower deliveries.

Gameiro, Costa on target for Atletico

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Kevin Gameiro came off the bench to score one goal and make another for Diego Costa as Atletico Madrid beat Athletic Bilbao 2-0 in the La Liga on Sunday.

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Soumya stuns Khushbir with national record

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Soumya B stunned Khushbir Kaur to grab the gold medal in the womens 20km walk in the National Race Walking Championships on Sunday. In the process, Soumya shattered the national record and won the ticket to the Commonwealth Games in Gold…

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Dhawan, Bhuvi pack off South Africa

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Shikhar Dhawan smashed a half-century and Bhuvneshwar Kumar took career-best figures of 5-24 as India eased to a 28-run victory over South Africa in the opening Twenty20 International of their three-game series at the Wanderers on Sunday.

Marcelinho enjoying his run at Pune

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Bengaluru FC fans will certainly have vivid memories when the name Marcelinho is mentioned, considering he was their clubs tormentor-in-chief when they drew 1-1 with FC Pune City on Friday. The Brazilian, who has been a journeyman for a…

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Narrow victory for BFC

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Bengaluru FC reserve team were made to sweat before they secured a narrow 1-0 win over an improved FC Deccan in the BDFA Super Division League championship here on Sunday.

South Africa eves keep T20I series alive

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Indias middle-order collapsed after a fiery start as South Africa won the third Twenty20 International by five wickets to keep the five-match series alive, here on Sunday.

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Djokovic cheers lookalike Olympic winner

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Tennis ace Novak Djokovic has invited French lookalike Winter Olympic champion Pierre Vaultier for a get-together after the snowboard gold medallist noted the resemblance between the two men.

Prannoy credits Saina, Sindhu for mindset change

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Star shuttler HS Prannoy has credited top women shuttlers P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal for the positive change in the mindset of other players while facing tougher opponents.

13

Kiwis through despite defeat

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An aggressive Colin Munro belted New Zealand into the Twenty20 tri-series final against Australia despite England claiming their final round-robin match by two runs in Hamilton on Sunday.

Anderson ends Nishikori's run

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South Africas Kevin Anderson ended Kei Nishikoris hopes of a comeback victory at the New York Open, beating the Japanese fifth seed in three sets in Long Island.

Smith looks forward to pace challenge

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A refreshed Australia captain Steve Smith is looking forward to the challenge of taking on South Africas fast bowlers in a four-Test series starting in Durban on March 1.

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My goal rush is far from over, says Salah

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Mohamed Salah predicts there will be no let-up in his goalscoring after netting his 30th for Liverpool in a prolific season.

Saturday, Feb 17

21

Suarez, Alba strike as Barca grind out victory against Eibar

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Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba were on target as Barcelona saw off Eibar 2-0 on Saturday to continue their unbeaten record in La Liga and extend their lead at the top of the table.

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Brown keeps Blasters' hopes alive

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Defender Wes Brown scored the solitary goal as Kerala Blasters kept their play-off hopes alive in the Indian Super League by defeating Northeast United 1-0 at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, here on Saturday.

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Irfan impressed with India's bowlers

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Senior cricketer Irfan Pathan was full of praise for the Indian bowlers, who stood out in South Africa. Even though India lost the Test series, their pacemen was exceptional and the bowling continued in the same fashion to dominate the…

Senior trio back for quarterfinal tie

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All-rounder Stuart Binny, senior wicketkeeper-batsman CM Gautam and veteran paceman S Arvind have returned to Karnataka one-day side that will take on Hyderabad in the first quarterfinal of the Vijay Hazare Trophy tournament on Wednesday.

India to play around 63 matches in 2018-19

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With an eye on next years ICC World Cup, the Indian cricket team will be playing around 30 ODIs in an estimated 63 international games across formats, scheduled for the 2018-19 season.

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SA bank on fresh faces in T20Is

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Stand-in T20 skipper J P Duminy said the 1-5 ODI series loss was a reality check for South Africa and the hosts would rely on fresh faces and an "aggressive mindset" in the new format to counter rampaging India in the three-match T20I…

India look for encore of ODI victory

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On a high after the demolition of South Africa in the ODIs, an upbeat India will be aiming to tighten the noose around the beleagured hosts when they square off in a three-match T20 series, starting here on Sunday.

14

Hanyu crowned king of ice

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"Ice Prince" Yuzuru Hanyu clinched the first back-to-back mens Olympic figure skating title in 66 years on Saturday as snowboarder Ester Ledecka pulled off a major shock as she skied to womens super-G gold.

Virat Kohli is the best batsman in world cricket: Shastri

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Indias head coach Ravi Shastri feels that the sheer impact of Virat Kohlis brilliance makes him "worlds best batsman" at the moment.

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Wozniacki in semifinals

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Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki continued her sensational start to the season beating two-time Grand Slam winner Angelique Kerber in three sets on Friday.

One needs to show patience with Markram: Kohli

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International cricket can be harsh on young captains and no one knows it better than Virat Kohli, who feels that South Africa should persist with young Aiden Markram, since he has got all the requisite qualities to become a good leader

Kohli made the difference, says Markram

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The desperation to singlehandedly take his team over the line, condemning himself for mistakes are some of the aspects of Virat Kohlis leadership that South African captain Aiden Markram wants to pick up after witnessing the Indian skipper…

Return to top spot was beyond my dreams, says Federer

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If someone had told Roger Federer 13 months ago that reclaiming the world number one ranking would require three more Grand Slam titles and three Masters 1000s, even he might have declared it mission impossible. Fast forward a year and a…

I don't feel like competing with anyone: Kohli

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Virat Kohli has literally made the 22-yard strip his own kingdom and the India captain is not in a mood to "compete with anyone" for any specific "tag" such as the best batsman in world cricket. Kohli was again at the forefront scoring a…

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Federer on top of the world again

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Roger Federer added yet another record to his vast collection when he guaranteed becoming the oldest ATP world number one by beating Dutchman Robin Haase 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 to reach the semifinals in Rotterdam on Friday.

Chelsea romp past Hull City

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Antonio Conte believes Chelsea are ready for a season-defining few weeks after Willian starred with two goals to blow away Hull City 4-0 to reach the FA Cup quarterfinals on Friday.

Friday, Feb 16

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Veteran scorer Nagaraj calls it a day

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S K Nagaraj, the affable scorer who drew enormous respect across Karnataka, on Friday bid goodbye to his profession which he did with pride and passion.