Netherland crash India 7-0 in quarter-finals of HWL

Netherland crash India 7-0 in quarter-finals of HWL

Antwerp, Belgium, July 1 - The Indian women's hockey team suffered a humiliating 7-0 defeat at the hands of world champions Netherlands in the quarterfinals of the Hockey World League on Tuesday.

Indian eves were no match against the Olympic champions Netherlands and were simply outclassed throughout the entire game.

The Dutch onslaught began from the opening minute when Naomi van As scored with a deft scoop and from there on didn't gave the 13th ranked opponent a chance to make a comeback into the game.

Harbhajan Singh's guidance will be of great help: Ajinkya Rahane

Ajinkya Rahane

New Delhi : Named captain for the tour of Zimbabwe, Ajinkya Rahane says he would like to take Mahendra Singh Dhoni's calmness and Virat Kohli's controlled aggression into the field when he wears the skipper's hat in the upcoming limited-overs series.

Over the years, Rahane has played under various captains - Rahul Dravid, Dhoni and Kohli. Asked what he would like to imbibe form them, Rahane said, "Firstly, playing under MS Dhoni I would observe how he would be calm on the field. He has a very peculiar and calm way of handling situations. I would like to take that quality from him.

2015 Cricket WC gives `significant boost` to Australia, New Zealand economies

2015 Cricket WC gives `significant boost` to Australia, New Zealand economies

Sydney, June 30 - Australia and New Zealand have received a significant boost to their local economies as a result of co-hosting the ICC World Cup 2015 while generating a staggering 1.1billion Australian dollars (843.59 million dollars).

The findings of an economic impact and benefits analysis carried out by PricewaterhouseCoopers show that the tournament generated more than 1.1 billion Australian dollars in direct spending, created the equivalent of 8,320 full time jobs, and had a total of 2 million bed nights across the two countries.

Man U make 28.6 million pounds bid for Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos

Sergio Ramos

London, June 29 - In an attempt to strengthen its defence, Manchester United have made a staggering 28.6million pounds bid for Real Madrid's star defender Sergio Ramos.

The 29-year-old, whose contract runs till 2017, is reportedly unhappy with Real after they failed to extend his contract, the BBC reported.

Ramos, who joined Real from Sevilla in 2005, has played 445 games for the La Liga club.

The Spaniard played an instrumental role in helping Real lift the 2014 Champions League trophy, including scoring their injury-time equalizer. (ANI)

Vargas brace inspires Chile to beat Peru 2-1 to reach Copa America final

Vargas brace inspires Chile to beat Peru 2-1 to reach Copa America final

London, June 30 - Chile advanced to the Copa America final after outclassing 10-man Peru 2-1 in a pulsating thriller in Santiago, thanks to a brace from Eduardo Vargas.

Vargas put the hosts ahead in the 42nd minute after Alexis Sanchez had hit the post. Peru worked hard for an equaliser before a Gary Medel own-goal shortly after half-time brought them on to level terms, the BBC reported.

However, a few minutes later, Vargas scored the decisive goal from 25 yards to help his side reach the tournament final for the first time in 28 years.

Gambhir turns to Langer to revive stalled career

Gambhir turns to Langer to revive stalled career

Johannesburg, June 29 : Aiming to revive his stalled career, Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir is training under the supervision of former Australian opener Justin Langer in Perth.

After the death of his coach Parthasarthy Sharma, Gambir was looking for someone who could understand his game. And he wanted to give it a shot with Langer and that's why he was in Perth, Sport24 reported.

He added that he could instantly relate to him as it was Langer's intensity that he liked the most.

BCCI's meeting underway to pick India's squad for Zimbabwe tour

BCCI's meeting underway to pick India's squad for Zimbabwe tour

New Delhi, June 29 - The meeting of the All-India Senior Selection Committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is currently underway here to pick the squad for the upcoming India's tour of Zimbabwe.

India is scheduled to play three ODIs and two T20 Internationals starting from 10 July 2015.

Detailed story to follow. (ANI)

Wimbledon fans set 'queuing record' by camping for 54hrs to buy tickets

Wimbledon fans set 'queuing record' by camping for 54hrs to buy tickets

London, June 29 - Fans of Wimbledon 2015 have set a new opening day queuing record by camping for almost 54 hours to buy tickets for the games.

All the tennis fans camped outside the Centre Court Wimbledon tickets, including a group of 60-year-old women who were there from around 7:30 in the morning on rainy day of June 27, whereas the sale had to start from 1 pm in the afternoon, the Mirror reported.

Management later forced almost 50 fans and the group of old women outside the Wimbledon Park and banned early queuing as it would have affected people's health and safety.

Shuttlers Jwala-Ashwini win 2015 Canada Open

Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa

Calgary (Canada), June 29 - Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa clinched the 2015 Canada Open badminton title after beating top pair Eefje Muskens and Selena Piek in their women's doubles event in Calgary.

The Commonwealth Games silver medalist pair overcame the Dutch duo 21-19, 21-16 in a thrilling final showdown that lasted over 35 minutes.

Although the Indian pair had to face stiff competition from their opponents to secure the first set, the second game began on a promising note as they were 15-6 at one stage.

Gatlin cruises to 200m win at US championships

Justin Gatlin

London, June 29 - Justin Gatlin continued his blistering pace of the season as he became the fifth-fastest 200m sprinter in history by winning the final at the American Athletics Championships.

The American clocked 19.57 seconds to finish ahead of Isiah Young and Wallace Spearmon and consequently sets up a thrilling showdown with Usain Bolt in both 100m and 200m at the World Championships in Beijing in late August, the BBC reported.

The 33-year-old, who has served two doping bans, had earlier opted to skip the 100m heat in view of automatic bye into World Championships.

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