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Akash bags maiden GM norm

Chennai: Twenty-year-old Akash PC Iyer of Tamil Nadu bagged his first Grandmaster norm in the Delhi GM Chess Tournament. Akash and Nubairshah Shaikh of India, both scored nine- round GM norms. The former drew very quickly against Arkadij Naiditsch, while the latter beat P. Karthikeyan. Both the players made their maiden GM norm. Akash was not in the best of health when he faced top seed Arkadij Naiditsch in the

India will decide soon on day-night Test: BCCI

New Delhi: BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary has said a decision on hosting the first ever day-night Test in India will be taken soon. “This question has been popping up every now and then (about playing and hosting day-night Test) and rightly so. A decision will be taken sooner than later but not in the context of this Test match against Afghanistan,” said Choudhary while announcing the dates of Afghanistan’s inaugural Test

Australian Open: Kyrgios fined $3,000 for expletive

Melbourne: Australia’s volatile Nick Kyrgios has been fined for a colourful directive to the rowdy crowd during his opening round win at the Australian Open. The 22-year-old was slapped with a USD 3,000 penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct early in his 6-1 6-2 6-4 win over Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva in a night match on Hisense Arena on Monday. The Australian was among six players fined a total USD 15,000 for

S Africa second Test: India 35 for three on day 4

Centurion: India were 35 for three in their second innings at stumps on day 4 of the second Test against South Africa here yesterday. Brief scores: South Africa 1st innings: 335 India 1st innings: 307 South Africa 2nd innings: 258 all out in 90.3 overs (AB de Villiers 80; M Shami 4/49) India second innings: 35/3 in 23 overs (Pujara batting 11; Ngidi 2/14).

  Ronaldinho formally confirms his retirement

Sao Paulo: Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldinho has formally confirmed his retirement from football, more than two years since his last appearance as a professional, reports in Brazil said. The 37-year-old former Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona star, a key member of the Brazil side which won the World Cup in 2002, last played in 2015 during a brief stint with Fluminense. However, his brother and agent Roberto Assis said he

Afghanistan to play maiden Test against India June

New Delhi: India will host Afghanistan’s maiden Test match from 14-18 June in Bengaluru, a massive fillip to the war-ravaged country’s cricketing profile. The decision was taken after officials from the BCCI and Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) met here yesterday. BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary said Bengaluru emerged as the best-possible venue for the historic match. “Bengaluru because at the time of the year, there will be rain almost everywhere

The game is in balance: Bumrah

Centurion:  Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah has insisted that the second Test hangs in the balance despite South Africa taking a 118-run lead in the second innings with eight wickets in hand. “The game is still in balance if we get early wickets. The match can be in anybody’s favour. We will look to create pressure well. I think the game is still in balance right now,” said Bumrah after stumps

Anand crushes Caruana to join Giri in lead

Wijk Aan Zee: Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand crushed USA’s Fabiano Caruana in the third round to join Dutchman Anish Giri in lead on 2.5 points at the Tata Steel Masters Chess tournament. For Anand, it was his second victory in three days as he looks for a record sixth title. Caruana went for the Petroff defense, an opening he had used in round one also. Anand went for a

Ben Stokes saga: IPL franchises anxious

London: Ben Stokes being charged for affray by England’s Crown Prosecution Service for his alleged brawl outside a bristol nightclub last september has given anxious moments to IPL franchises. With the mega auction just two weeks away. The franchises will closely monitor the developments in the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB), who will convene within 48 hours to decide on Ben Stokes’ availability to represent England. The developments have

India enter U-19 World Cup quarterfinals in style

Mount Maunganui: Three-time champions India stormed into the ICC U-19 World Cup quarterfinals after inflicting a humiliating 10-wicket loss on minnows Papua New Guinea in a low-scoring group B clash here today. Skipper Prithvi Shaw slammed a strokeful 50 while spinner Anukul Roy claimed a maiden five-wicket haul to emerge as the architects of India’s dominating victory. Roy was the wrecker-in-chief as he ran through the opposition, returning with impressive figures

Injured Saha out, Karthik roped in for 3rd Test

Centurion: Indian wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha was today ruled out of the third and final Test against South Africa due to a hamstring injury and will be replaced by Dinesh Karthik in the squad. Saha, who is not part of the team playing the ongoing second Test here, picked up the injury while training on 11 January. The third and final Test of the series is scheduled to be held in