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Category: Sports

Police investigating spot-fixing in other Rajasthan matches

17 May, New Delhi: The Delhi Police is investigating whether spot-fixing took place in matches involving Rajasthan Royals in the IPL other than the three matches in which three of its players were allegedly involved. Police sources today said so far concrete evidence has emerged only in three matches on May five, nine and 15 and three players –Sreeshant, Ajit Chandela and Ankit Chavan — were arrested, besides 11 bookies. It has also come to light that Amit Singh, one of the bookies arrested, had played for Rajasthan Royals in the previous IPL season. A senior police official said...

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Tainted trio be banned for life if found guilty: Sourav Ganguly

16 May, Kolkata: Former India captain, Sourav Ganguly today said the three cricketers accused of spot fixing should be “banned” for life if found guilty. Stunned by the spot-fixing scandal that has thrown the cash-rich Indian Premier League into a massive crisis, Ganguly said: “I am disappointed and angry at what has happened. If found guilty they should be banned for life.” “This type of corruption is up to the player, no one can force you. The deed is done by the player, no one can force him,” Ganguly told a news channel. Indian pacer S Sreesanth and two...

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England must improve to beat feisty New Zealand

13 May, London: England have been left in no doubt about what will be required of them in the first test against New Zealand starting at Lord’s on Thursday. The world’s second-ranked team struggled on their recent tour of New Zealand where they were outplayed in the three-test series, salvaging a 0-0 draw only by stubbornly batting out a gripping final day of the third match in Auckland. With the five-match Ashes series against Australia starting in July, captain Alastair Cook and his team mates know they must focus fully on beating New Zealand under the enterprising leadership of...

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Clay king Rafael Nadal wins Madrid Open

13 May, Madrid: Rafael Nadal sent another reminder he is not about to surrender his Roland Garros crown without a fight when he crushed Swiss 15th seed Stanislas Wawrinka 6-2 6-4 to win the Madrid Open on Sunday. It was the Spanish world number five’s fifth title since he returned from a seven-month injury layoff in February and was more evidence that his troublesome knees are not about to bring his career to a premature end. Nadal now heads to Rome, where he beat world number one Novak Djokovic in last year’s final, for another Masters event on his...

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My goal is to play well in every match, says Pravez Rasool

10 May, Pune: Parveez Rasool, who became the first cricketer from Jammu and Kashmir to play in the Indian Premier League, has called his debut for Pune Warriors the “proudest day” of his life even though the team ended up on the losing side. “This is the proudest day of my life. And the whole of Jammu and Kashmir was watching the match and I am proud of that. I feel really great. First of all, thanks to Almighty Allah, I have made it this far. It feels really nice to get an opportunity in the IPL and to...

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Lionel Messi to be subject of Rocky-style movie

9 May, Los Angeles: Barcelona FC player Lionel Messi is to have a film made about his life and career so far. Messi – regarded in many quarters as the current best footballer in the world – will be the subject of a Rocky-style movie produced by Epic Pictures, reported Variety. The studio has purchased the rights to the biography ‘Messi: The Inside Story of the Boy Who Became a Legend’ by Luca Caioli as the basis for the project. Epic’s Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson are said to be meeting with potential writers and directors, with the film...

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Spain head unchanged top 10 in latest FIFA rankings

9 May, Paris: World champions Spain maintain their position at the head of FIFA’s latest world rankings published on Thursday with the top ten teams all unchanged. FIFA world rankings 1. Spain 2. Germany 3. Argentina 4. Croatia 5. Portugal 6. Colombia 7. England 8. Italy 9. Holland 10. Ecuador 11. Russia 12. Ivory Coast 13. Greece 14. Switzerland (+1) 15. Belgium (+1) 16. Mexico (-2) 17. Uruguay 18. France 19. Brazil 20. Denmark -Agence France Press...

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I was looking to play till the last over, says Suresh Raina

9 May, Hyderabad: His breathtaking unbeaten 99 set up Chennai Super Kings’s 77-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL 2013, but a modest Suresh Raina credited his batting colleagues for the comprehensive victory here. In-form Raina, who smashed 11 fours and three sixes in his whirlwind unbeaten knock, praised openers Murali Vijay (29) and Michael Hussey (67) for laying the foundation of the huge total of 223 for three. “Hyderabad wicket, we were expecting probably 140, 150. Vijay and Hussey batted really well in five overs. And we knew, me and Hussey, Dhoni followed by Jadeja, we thought...

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Nepal crushes Malaysia by seven wicket

8 May,Kathmandu: Nepal defeated Malaysia by seven wickets in today’s match played under the U-19 Elite Cup Cricket Competition held in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. According to a press communiqué published by the ACC today, Malaysia made 69 runs in all out in 22 overs in the game of 50 overs after Malaysia chose batting by wining the toss. Nepal, which took batting with target of 70 runs, made the target by losing three wickets in 24.4 overs. Team vice captain Abinash Karna won the ‘Player of the match’ title and Bhuwan Karki made two wickets, Yagyaman...

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Nepali cricket team receives grand welcome

8 May,Kathmandu: The Nepali Senior National Cricket Team, which returned home after becoming the champions of the World Cricket League Division-3 held in Bermuda received a grand welcome here today. Office-bearers of the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) and cricket lovers, who reached Tribhuvan International Airport, welcomed the team. They honoured the cricket players by playing Panchebaja band as well as by offering flowers, khada and by smearing vermilion powder. Cricket lovers also chanted different slogans as they welcomed the cricket team by singing patriotic songs like ‘Yo Nepali Shir Uchali Sansarama Lamkinchha,’ ‘Rato Ra Chandra Surya, Jangi Nishan...

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