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Real’s Modric suffers injury blow

Madrid—Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric is set to miss the rest of the year with a thigh injury, the La Liga leaders said in a statement. ... Thursday, November 20, 2014 Details

Girl stayed whole night ‘alone’ in player’s (individual no. 3) hotel room in Sri Lanka

Mumbai—The individual no.3, a senior India player who has been in Team India for some years and named in the Mudgal committee report is “safe” as far as his involvement in having a lady in his hotel room in Sri Lanka during the 2010 Asia Cup is concerned. According to the highly placed sources, the lady, believed to be an executive of the management company, which looks after other players as well, didn’t sleep with the player but she stayed in the room alone whole night till 4.00 AM. ... Thursday, November 20, 2014 Details

Euro 2016 mascot unveiled

Paris—Organisers of Euro 2016 unveiled the tournament mascot, a cartoon boy in the France team kit with a red cape fluttering behind. The mascot, which has yet to be named and was unveiled on Twitter, was due to make its first public appearance later on Tuesday before a friendly between France and Sweden at Stade Velodrome in Marseille. ... Thursday, November 20, 2014 Details

Hafeez to undergo ICC testing

Karachi—Mohammad Hafeez, the Pakistan allrounder, has been released from the Test squad so that he can undergo independent testing on his suspect bowling action on November 24 at Loughborough University in England. He was ruled out of the ongoing second Test against New Zealand with a hamstring injury after his action was reported following the opening Test in Abu Dhabi which Pakistan won by 248 runs. An ICC accredited team of biomechanics experts at one of the newly authorised laboratories in Loughborough will assess Hafeez’s action ... Thursday, November 20, 2014 Details

Finch, Smith spearhead Aussies to big win over South Africa

Canberra—Australia cruised to a 73-run victory over South Africa in their third one-day international on Wednesday on the back of big-hitting innings by Aaron Finch and Steve Smith. Opener Finch cracked 109 off 127 balls and Smith hit a swashbuckling unbeaten 73 off 55 balls as Australia amassed a formidable 329 for five off their 50 overs in Canberra. ... Thursday, November 20, 2014 Details

2nd Test: New Zealand eye big lead after late strikes

Dubai—New Zealand endured a fruitless morning session, tied Pakistan down after lunch for Younis Khan’s bonus wicket, and struck thrice with the second new ball after tea. Barring the first and the last hours, Pakistan were kept quiet through the day, and were still trailing by 122 runs at stumps with the tail in. ... Thursday, November 20, 2014 Details

Forsberg, Modano, McCreary highlight Hall inductees

Toronto—Peter Forsberg, Mike Modano, Dominik Hasek and referee Bill McCreary were among those inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday night. Joining the four players and the ref in the 2014 class is the late Pat Burns, who was enshrined as a coach, and defenceman Rob Blake. ... Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Details

New Indian hero rises as Lee’s star falls

Hong Kong—Overnight sensation Kidambi Srikanth will try to write more positive headlines for badminton this week in Hong Kong after he shocked the great Lin Dan in the China Open final—just months after a meningitis scare. ... Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Details

Sri Lanka Cricket Board ‘fails’ to assist Mudgal panel

Mumbai—The Indian cricket board’s clout over Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Board was so much that the Mudgal panel could not get to bottom of the incident involving a leading Indian batsman who was in the company of a girl in Sri Lanka in 2010. ... Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Details

No one comes close to Misbah: Najam Sethi

Islamabad—Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi feels no other player comes close to skipper Misbah-ul-Haq in terms of mental ability, discipline and batting saying the green-shirts Pakistan needed a captain like him. Sethi said everyone criticized my decision to persist with Misbah by saying he is fine as Test captain, but not ODI captain. ... Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Details

Hafeez returns home to work on action

Karachi—All-rounder Muhammad Hafeez will travel back to Pakistan after being ruled out of the ongoing second Test against New Zealand and is now also expected to miss the third match, which will be played from November 26 in Sharjah. While Hafeez was not included in the playing eleven due to fitness issues, the team management was also unwilling to risk him with his action already under question after the first Test. ... Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Details

Pakistan in trouble after New Zealand’s 403

Dubai—Pakistan were under pressure after losing both their openers for 34 in reply to New Zealand’s big total of 403 in the second Test in Dubai on Tuesday. Azhar Ali (four) and Younis Khan (one) were unbeaten at close on the second day after Shan Masood (13) and Taufeeq Umar (16) departed early to give New Zealand an edge for the first time in the series. ... Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Details

Court panel clears India chief of graft

New Delhi—An investigation into scandals in the Indian Premier League has cleared Indian and world cricket chief Narayanaswami Srinivasan of corruption, the Supreme Court heard on Monday. “This individual was not involved in match-fixing activities. This individual was not involved in scuttling investigations into match-fixing,” said a report by an investigative panel released to the court. ... Tuesday, November 18, 2014 Details

IAAF set to unveil 2019 Worlds venue

Paris—One of Doha, Barcelona or Eugene, Oregon will get the nod to host the 2019 Athletics World Championships on Tuesday when the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) meets in Monaco. Doha are back for a fresh bid having missed out to London for the 2017 edition, but did successfully stage the 2006 Asian Games, albeit in the cooler month of December. Heat is a major factor in the furore surrounding Qatar being awarded the 2022 World Cup and capital city Doha propose staging the world championships in September or October rather than August. ... Tuesday, November 18, 2014 Details

N. Srinivasan’s name in Mudgal panel for NOT taking action against Suresh Raina

Mumbai—The Supreme Court on Monday has released the part of the Justice Mudgal IPL Probe Committee and identified Individual No. 1 as Gurunath Meiyappan, Individual no. 11 as Raj Kundra, Individual No. 12 as Sunder Raman and Individual No. 13 as N. Srinivasan. The report on the allegations of betting and spot-match fixing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Season VI have been numbered for 13 individuals, the identity of others are kept confidential. ... Tuesday, November 18, 2014 Details

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