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Franchises stick to their big players, Gauti, Gayle to go under hammer


Mumbai, January 5 : Mahendra Singh Dhoni was back at his ‘spiritual home’ Chennai Super Kings while Royal Challengers Bangalore retained India captain Virat Kohli during the much-publicised yet predictable Indian Premier League retentions. Mumbai Indians had the league’s most successful captain Rohit Sharma back in their stable as most of the retentions happened on expected lines. Australia skipper Steve ...

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Wrestlers Sushil, Rana fight inside ring; supporters clash outside


New Delhi, December 29 : The wrestling trials for next year’s Commonwealth Games turned into an unprecedented brawl here on Friday after double Olympic-medallist Sushil Kumar beat arch-rival Parveen Rana in one of the bouts, triggering a clash between their respective supporters. The opening day of the trials, attended by, among others, Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) President Brijbhushan Singh ...

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Skipper Shaw, Dravid hope to bring the Cup home


Mumbai : Three-time champions India are set to leave for the U-19 World Cup, and coach Rahul Dravid said the team would face a “unique challenge” in New Zealand. “The conditions would provide a unique challenge in that no one in the team has played in New Zealand before,” Dravid said at the pre-departure press conference of the team. The ...

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Kohli keen to end SA drought


Mumbai : India will need mental toughness as much as consistent performances with bat and ball if they are to record their first Test series victory in South Africa, Virat Kohli said in the pre-departure press conference here today. Kohli, who was rested during India’s T20I series win against Sri Lanka earlier this month, urged his team to embrace the ...

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Nadal pulls out of Brisbane, but says yes to Australian Open


Brisbane, December 28 : World No.1 Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Brisbane International with a knee injury, but said he still intends to play in next month’s Australian Open. The Spaniard, who hasn’t played since losing to David Goffin at the World Tour Finals in London, was scheduled to start his season in Brisbane this weekend, but said he would ...

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