Rio is Phelps's chance to bow out on own terms

Rio is Phelps's chance to bow out on own terms

Los Angeles, July 24 - Michael Phelps is giving himself one last chance to get his Olympic farewell right.

It seems an odd aim for the owner of a record 22 Olympic medals, 18 of them gold.

Four gold medals and two silver in London in 2012 seemed a fitting enough finale to a career that peaked with Phelps's stunning eight-gold performance in Beijing.

But Phelps knew deep down that he could have done more four years ago, and that "haunted" feeling made it impossible for his post-London retirement to stick.

Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra becomes first Indian to set world record

Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra becomes first Indian to set world record

New Delhi, July 24 : Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra has created history by becoming the first Indian athlete to set a world record on his way to win a gold medal at the IAAF World U-20 Athletics Championship at Bydgoszcz in Poland on Saturday.

Neeraj, who hails from Khandra village of Panipat, logged a throw of 86.48m to become the first Indian athlete to win gold at any world athletics championship.

Shooter Chain Singh to be discharged from hospital today

Shooter Chain Singh to be discharged from hospital today

New Delhi, Jul 23 - India's Rio Olympic-bound rifle shooter Chain Singh, who was hospitalised in Lausanne, Switzerland after being diagnosed with pulmonary embolism and pneumonia, is set to be discharged from the hospital today and will soon resume training.

The 27-year-old shooter developed a condition where the veins of the patient have blood clots which results in trouble in breathing.

It came as a setback but National Rifle Association of India secretary Rajiv Bhatia said there was nothing to worry about and he is being getting ready to be discharged.

In-form Indian eves subdue Canada 3-1 in USA tour

In-form Indian eves subdue Canada 3-1 in USA tour

Manheim, July 24 :The Indian women's hockey team produced yet another brilliant performance as they defeated Canada 3-1 in their second consecutive encounter of the USA tour in Pennsylvania on Saturday.

India immediately started off on the offensive and had a shot on target within the first few minutes, one that was saved by Rowan Harris in Canada's goal. A penalty corner was also squandered away, before the game settled into a midfield battle, as the teams played out a stalemate heading into the first break.

Plan was to frustrate Windies batsmen by bowling maidens: Umesh Yadav

Plan was to frustrate Windies batsmen by bowling maidens: Umesh Yadav

Antigua, July 24 : After putting India in a commanding position, fast bowler Umesh Yadav has said it was the plan of the team to bowl as many maidens as possible and frustrate the West Indian batsmen in the opening Test here at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.

West Indies were bundled out on 243 in their first innings and were asked to follow on after India declared innings on 566-8.

Besides Kraigg Braithwaite (74) and Shane Dowrich (57), none of the Caribbean batsmen was able to counter India's bowling attack for long and managed to contribute much in their side's innings.

Bengaluru Bulls survive U Mumba scare in Pro Kabaddi League clash

Bengaluru Bulls survive U Mumba scare in Pro Kabaddi League clash

Mumbai, July 24 :Bengaluru Bulls survived a second-half scare as they prevailed U Mumba 28-27 in a nail-biting clash in the fourth edition of the Pro Kabaddi League here at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium last evening.

Despite suffering another home leg defeat, U Mumba remain in fourth spot with 37 points from 13 games whereas Bengaluru Bulls are now in sixth spot with 31 points from 13 games but will not be able to make it to the semi finals.

Pardeep Narwal inspires Patna Pirates to Pro Kabaddi League semis

Pardeep Narwal inspires Patna Pirates to Pro Kabaddi League semis

Mumbai, July 24 : Pardeep Narwal produced a remarkable performance as Patna Pirates booked their place in the semi-finals of the fourth edition of the Pro Kabaddi League with a 31-28 win over Puneri Paltan here at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium last evening.

It is for the fourth consecutive time that Patna have made it to the semi finals.

Patna Pirates are now top of the table with 47 points from 12 games whereas Puneri Paltan are now fifth with 32 points from 12 games. Pune have an outside chance of still qualifying for the semi finals.

Security at Olympics "robust", says IOC chief

Security at Olympics "robust", says IOC chief

Brasilia, July 24 : The visiting head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is "confident about Brazil's security plans for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games," a report said on Saturday.

IOC Executive Director Christophe Dubi spoke to reporters in Rio on Friday, describing the security plans as "robust," and commending the level of cooperation between Brazilian security forces and foreign intelligence services, Xinhua reported citing the Agencia Brasil news agency as saying.

Starc fires warning shots at `under pressure` Mathews

Starc fires warning shots at `under pressure` Mathews

Pallekele, July 23 : Australian pace spearhead Mitchell Starc has issued a warning to Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews that he will be under pressure to perform and lead his side in the three-Test series that begins in Pallekele on Tuesday.

Hosts Sri Lanka will look to put behind the disappointing England tour, in which Mathews' side failed to win a single game across three formats.

Bolt quashes fitness concerns, cruises to 200m victory in London

Bolt quashes fitness concerns, cruises to 200m victory in London

London, July 23 : Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt brushed aside concerns surrounding his fitness ahead of next month's Rio Olympics as he cruised to victory in the 200metres at the London Anniversary Games.

The six-time Olympic gold medallist showed no signs of rust, winning the race in 19.89 seconds in his return following a pelvic injury, the Mirror reported.

The world's fastest man will aim to become the first person to win the 100m and 200m double at three consecutive Games when he will feature in the Rio Olympics. (ANI)

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