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Juventus are winning another Serie A: Conte

Juventus are winning another Serie A: ConteMilan, March 17 : Following the Juventus 2-0 win at Bologna, head coach Antonio Conte has said his side is winning the Italian Serie A title this season.

The 2-0 victory Saturday at the Dall'Ara was a difficult test as Bologna were fresh from three consecutive victories over the likes of Fiorentina and Inter Milan, reports Xinhua.

"Juventus are flying at the moment but the same thing happened last season. We are achieving important things and must continue. It was a great step forward. We still need to get past the finish line and there are nine games left," he said.

Brazil guarantee Maracana completion

Brazil guarantee Maracana completionRio de Janeiro, March 17 : Brazil's 2014 World Cup organising committee has guaranteed that the Maracana Stadium here will be ready in time to host the FIFA Confederations Cup in June.

The iconic venue has already had its playing surface laid but is still awaiting the installation of its fibre-glass roof. Originally earmarked to be ready by December last year, the stadium has already had its completion postponed thrice, reports Xinhua.

Last month, FIFA said the latest deadline shift to April 27 would be final.

Steyn’s eleven wickets helps Proteas thrash ‘hapless’ Pak by 211 runs in Wanderers Test

Dale-Steyn-vs-PakistanJohannesburg, Feb 4 : Dale Steyn picked up eleven wickets to help South Africa register a comprehensive 211 runs win over touring Pakistan on the day four of the first Test match at the Wanderers.

Set a target of 480, Pakistan were dismissed for 268 on the fourth day of the Test after being shot out for 49 in their first innings, Sport24 reports.

Steyn was chiefly responsible for their demise with his remarkable six-wicket haul, for eight runs, in 8.1 overs in Pakistan's first innings and 5/52 in the second.

His match figures were 11 for 60, the paper added.

Karthikeyan launches Formula 2000 car in Chennai

Karthikeyan launches Formula 2000 car in ChennaiNarain Karthikeyan has launched the new Formula 2000 car at an event in Chennai to a cheep of hundreds of motor enthusiasts.

The Hispania Racing Team (HRT) driver drove the 2000cc MRF Formula car
within the Express Avenue mall in the southern city showcasing the
vehicle to fans. The car will take part in the first MRF Challenge 2012
at the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) in Greater Noida.

The MRF Formula 2000 is developed by Jayem Automobiles in Coimbatore in
association with Italys Automobili Dallara. The car is powered by

Switzerland expels Olympian due to racist remarks on Twitter

Switzerland expels Olympian due to racist remarks on TwitterSwiss authorities have expelled a member of its football team taking part in the London Olympics 2012, on Monday due to his threatening and racist remarks against the South Koreans on micro blogging site, twitter.

The comments were posted by Michel Morganella just hours after Switzerland's foot ball team lost to South Korea in the mega sporting event.

Deepika Kumari Pockets First World Cup Title

Deepika Kumari Pockets First World Cup TitleCountry's Olympic candidate Deepika Kumari pocketed her initial World Cup individual recurve gold medal on May 05 at Antalya, Turkey.

Deepika Kumari defeated Korea's Lee Sung Jin by 6 set points to four in the closing of the Phase 2 of the contest.

As per information obtained in Kolkata, teenager Deepika gained the second set (29-27), third (27-26) and the fifth (28-27) whilst missing the first (27-30) and the fourth (27-29).

Kings XI Punjab To Take On Rajasthan Royals At PCA Stadium

Kings XI Punjab To Take On Rajasthan Royals At PCA StadiumWhen Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals met before the latter pocketed the competition by 21 scores.

So when the two groups will again confront one another, KXIP will make attempts to gain.

Kings XI Punjab won their earlier two games and will make entry in the stadium with self-confidence whilst Rajasthan Royals have lost their last 3 games.

Punjab will aspire to carry on their gaining streak and will expect that the form of Praveen Kumar, Hussey, Azhar Mahmood and Piyush Chawla.

Senior Cricketers Assisting Delhi Daredevils Stay Grounded, Says Irfan Pathan

Senior Cricketers Assisting Delhi Daredevils Stay Grounded, Says Irfan PathanDelhi Daredevils all-rounder Irfan Pathan senses his group has sufficient wise-heads to embark upon the complacency matter for the rest of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Irfan stated that Delhi Daredevils, who have consolidated their place on the top, were concentrated on winning their first title.

Daredevils have presented an extraordinary turn this season after ending up last during the last year (2011), and are almost ascertained of being the first group to meet the criteria for play-offs.

`I didn''t axe Katich,'' says Clarke

 `I didn''t axe Katich,'' says ClarkeDurban (S. Africa), Oct. 29 : Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke has said he had nothing to do with the axing of opener Simon Katich from the national contracted players list, and added that Katich''s latest outburst were not good for the team''s morale, and therefore, he wouldn''t be rushing to bring him back into the national squad.

Ahmed Shahzad not ready to accept ‘attitude problem, disciplinary issues’ allegations

Ahmed Shahzad not ready to accept ‘attitude problem, disciplinary issues’ allegationsLahore, August 28 : Out-of-favour Pakistan batsman Ahmed Shahzad, often criticised for his attitude, is not ready to accept the allegations about his lack of discipline, insisting that he has done nothing wrong.

Shahzad has a history of disciplinary issues since his club-cricket days, and his attitude problem was first highlighted in 2008, when the then team manager Abdul Raqeeb had reported his disruptive behaviour during the ICC Youth World Cup in Kuala Lumpur.

India facing a series whitewash

India facing a series whitewashLondon, Aug 21 - India find themselves facing the ignominy of a whitewash after England seamers ripped through the top order to leave the visitors struggling at 103/5 at the close of the rain-interrupted third day's play of the fourth and last cricket Test at The Oval here Saturday.

The Indian batsmen once again failed to dig in their heels after England declared their first innings at the lunch time score of 591/6. Heavy showers during the lunch break washed out the second session.

India vs. England, Fourth Test, Day Three

India vs. England, Fourth Test, Day ThreeLondon, Aug 21 - Scoreboard at close of third day's play of the fourth and last cricket Test between India and England at The Oval here Saturday:

England first innings:

Andrew Strauss c Dhoni b Sreesanth 40 Alastair Cook c Sehwag b Sharma 34 Ian Bell lbw b Raina 235 Kevin Pietersen c & b Raina 175 James Anderson c Laxman b Sreesanth 13 Eoin Morgan c Dhoni b Sreesanth 1 Ravi Bopara not out 44 Matt Prior not out 18

Extras: (b-6, lb-8, w-7, nb-10) 31

Total: (for six wickets decl in 153 overs) 591

Trouble-free final, thanks to Police planning

Full proof security arrangements were made for the ambitious President's Cup final between Al Jazira and Al Wahda football clubs. Police and the security agencies in the city did not want to take any chance and thus also deployed private security guards in the vicinity of the stadium.

Col Rashid al Ali, head of the security committee for the final match of the President's Cup, said that security cover around the private security guards had been made and separate routes for parking places were put in place for the convenience of visitors.

Omani pair ready for Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge

The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, one of the region's most important motorsport events, is all set to bring pride for GCC countries. Two Omani rally stars Nizar al Shanfari and Ahmed al Hajri will bring the event at culmination, at a challenging and stunning terrain in the Middle East.

Mohammed ben Sulayem, the Federation International de l'Automobile (FIA) vice-president for sport and chairman of the Desert Challenge organizing committee told, "The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge is one of our region's most important motorsport events and we want our fellow GCC countries to be as proud of it as we are in the UAE."

Vardhan wins in the Chennai Open qualifying

Chennai is the proud host of the ongoing Aircel ATP Chennai Open. The opening has given chances to a lot of budding tennis talent in the country.

One of such exciting talent is the 23 year old Andhra Pradesh player, Vishnu Vardhan. The nation was expecting a lot from him when the tournament started, and he has not disappointed anyone.

He beat third seeded Conor Niland of Ireland 4-6, 7-5, 6-4. With this win he will be moving forward to the second round of the qualifying tournament. His ranking was a not so impressive, 386 as against 29-year old Conor's 129.

Saina Nehwal To Receive Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna

Saina Nehwal To Receive Rajiv Gandhi Khel RatnaAce Indian shuttler and world no 2 Saina Nehwal will receive the India's highest sports award, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna.

The award's panel chaired by the country's renowned athlete P. T. Usha met today to finalize the winners of 2020's national sports awards.

A sports ministry representative stated that the Arjuna Awards will be announced in next couple of days.

Saina has been in superb form and recently bagged three back-to-back tournaments, which comprised two Super Series titles.

Arrest Warrants Against Priety Zinta, Ness Wadia

Arrest Warrants Against Priety Zinta, Ness WadiaIndian Premier League (IPL) team Kings XI Punjab finished up on the wrong side of the law today when a court issued bailable arrest warrants to its three owners including actress Priety Zinta, industrialist Ness Wadia and businessman Mohit Burman.

Chief Judicial Magistrate J. S. Sidhu issued the arrest warrants after the three owners failed to appear before the court in a case against them.

The case against the team owners was lodged by the Registrar of Companies (ROC) office during April, accusing them of not forwarding their balance sheet and returns.

Malinga To Skip Colombo Test

Malinga Not To Be A Part Of Colombo TestSri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga will not be a part of the second Test at Colombo against India because of an injury.

Malinga led the Lankan pace attack during the first Test at Galle and took seven wickets.

Lasith was also announced man of the match.

Lankan physiotherapist Tommy Simsek advised the bowler to take complete rest as the player complained of a stiff right knee.

Fast bowler Dilhara Fernando would replace Malinga.

India To Host Men's Champions Trophy In 2011

India To Host Men's Champions Trophy In 2011After successfully hosting the Hero Honda FIH World Cup Hockey at the beginning of 2010, India is ready to host the FIH Champions Trophy (Men) by the coming year (2011).

The Executive Board of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) has chosen India to be the location for hosting the trophy in 2011.

The FIH Champions Trophy is planned to be hosted in India in December next year.

During the same year, Olympic and World Champion Netherlands will host the Women's FIH Champions Trophy.

FIH will announce the dates for both the events later.

Shahid Afridi To Quit Test Cricket

Shahid Afridi To Quit Test CricketAfter Murali, it's time for stylish Pakistani captain Shahid Afridi to say bye to the international Test cricket, resulting in the closure of one significant chapter in the past of Test cricket in the sub-continent.

Afridi declared that he will give up both Test cricket and captaincy of Pakistan group after the second Test against Australia that begins at Headingley on Wednesday.

Afridi declared his verdict instantly after his side lost to Australia by 150 runs in the first Test at Lords.

He started his Test career versus Australia at Karachi in the year 1998.




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