Bhambri, Ramanathan defeated in French Open qualifiers

Indian tennis players Yuki Bhambri and Ramkumar Ramanathan were defeated in the qualifiers round of the French Open tournament on Monday. Bhambri lost 6-7, 6-7 against Peter Polansky of Canada, while Ramanathan was defeated 2-6, 6-1 by Argentinian player Guido Pella. Notably, no other Indian player will feature in men’s singles category of French Open.

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This is why middle stump was introduced in cricket

During the earlier days of cricket, only two stumps were used with a long bail on top. This scenario reportedly changed after May 23, 1775, following a local matched played in England. Reportedly, a bowler named Lumpy Stevens had bowled three deliveries that beat the batsman and passed through the stumps, without disturbing them or the bail. Since then, the third stump was then added to avoid such scenarios.

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When opportunity comes I will grab it with both hands: Rohit

Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma has reportedly said that thinking about captaincy is too far ahead, but when the opportunity comes he would grab it with both hands. According to reports, many twitterites, after Mumbai Indians’s victory in IPL 2017, expressed their wish to see Rohit Sharma replacing Virat Kohli as the captain of Indian team.

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Harbhajan suggests Zaheer’s name for fast bowling coach

Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh has reportedly suggested fast bowler Zaheer Khan’s name for the fast bowling coach of Indian national cricket team. Harbhajan, on his official Twitter handle, tweeted, “@ImZaheer would be the best option for indian fast bowling coach in my opinion..Great mind (SIC)”. Notably, Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble had earlier pushed BCCI for the selection of a fast bowling coach.

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I don't play cricket to get selected for Indian team: Parthiv Patel

Indian cricketer Parthiv Patel has reportedly said that he doesn't plays cricket to get selected for the national team. According to reports, Patel also added that he doesn't worry about the selection anymore as he had been old enough and been around for years. Notably, Patel was not included in Indian squad for ICC Champions Trophy, which is set to begin on June 1 in England.

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Scotland creates history, beats Sri Lanka by 7 wickets

Scotland cricket team reportedly registered their first-ever win over a Test-playing nation by defeating Sri Lanka in a practice match on Monday. The target set by Sri Lanka was 288 which was easily achieved by Scotland in 42.5 overs with seven wickets remaining. Notably, Scotland's openers put up a 201-run opening stand, with both players scoring centuries.

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Triple H to gift Championship belt to MI for winning IPL 2017

Following Mumbai Indians’ win over Rising Pune Supergiant to win their third IPL trophy, WWE Wrestler and EVP of talent relations Triple H congratulated the IPL giant, tweeting that a surprise was in store for them. In the past, WWE has sent custom title belts to sportspersons on their wins, sending one to Serena Williams on her Australian Open victory and to former Chelsea captain John Terry, on the Premier League triumph this year. 

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Kumar Sangakkara announces retirement from first-class cricket

Retired Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara on Monday announced that he would retire from first-class cricket at the end of this county season. Sangakkara who plays for English county Surrey, said,  "It's the last time I'll play a four-day game at Lord's. I'll be 40 in a few months; this is about the end of my time in county cricket. Cricketers, or any sort of sportsperson, have an expiry date and you need to walk away.” Notably, 39-year-old Sangakkara retired from ODI and Test cricket in 2015.

 

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Batting at No 4 in IPL won't cause problems: Rohit Sharma

Indian batsman Rohit Sharma said that batting at No 4 for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League would have no bearing when he opens the batting for India in the ICC Champions Trophy in June. "It has happened for 10 years - players going on to play Test cricket or 50 over games after IPL. I don't think it's going to be difficult to adapt in this age. All it needs is to develop the mindset”, said Rohit. Notably, Rohit scored 333 runs in 17 games for MI batting at No 4 in the IPL.

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I was surprised to get the last over: Johnson

Australian speedster Mitchell Johnson has reportedly said that he was quite surprised to get the last over during the final IPL match between Rising Pune Supergiant and Mumbai Indians at Hyderabad on Sunday. According to reports, Johnson also added that he knew that Mumbai need Smith’s wicket and they got him on the offside to win the game.

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Kohli, Kumble press for selection of fast bowling coach

Indian skipper Virat Kohli and head coach Anil Kumble have reportedly urged the Committee of Administrators for the selection of a fast bowling coach. According to reports, the cricketers also requested the SC-appointed committee to designate batting coach Sanjay Bangar as the assistant coach and pay him between Rs 3-4 crore.

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Sindhu gives India 1st win in Sudirman Cup

Olympic silver medal winner PV Sindhu defeated Denmark's Line Kjaersfeldt to register India's first and only win in Sudirman Cup group tie by deafeating Denmark on Monday. Denmark is seeded second and have ended as runners-up twice. Notably, India will face former champions Indonesia in their second group encounter on Tuesday.

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HC issues notice to BCCI over ban on Sreesanth

In a hearing on a plea by cricketer Sreesanth challenging the life ban imposed upon him, the Kerala High Court on Monday reportedly sought the BCCI's stand. A bench of Justice P B Suresh Kumar issued notice to BCCI’s panel of administrators headed by Vinod Rai, former CAG, and posted the matter for next hearing on June 19. Notably, BCCI imposed a life ban on Sreesanth over detection of his involvement in the 2013 IPL-6 spot-fixing case.

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BCCI bars Irfan, RP Singh from playing in Bahrain match

BCCI reportedly barred the NOC given to cricketers Irfan Pathan and RP Singh to play an exhibition match in Bahrain, because the game also featured banned player S Sreesanth. Irfan was supposed to lead one side, which was finally conducted by West Indies player Marlon Samuels. The game was organised by a relative of Pakistani cricketer Imran Nazir.

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UFC's McGregor taunts boxing legend Mayweather over fight

UFC Lightweight Champion of the world, Conor McGregor, on Monday, taunted retired boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr, to do his part and sign the deal for the proposed fight between the two. "Solid work today. Sign your end Floyd, or you are just a mouth,” the 28-year-old wrote on Instagram after a sparring session. Notably, McGregor has signed on for the proposed fight against Mayweather who retired last year with a professional record of 49-0. 

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Ravi Shastri had no talent, but played big cricket: Kapil Dev

Indian legend Kapil Dev on Sunday said that his then teammate Ravi Shastri had no talent, but relied on his determination to make it big.“Somebody like Ravi Shastri who had no talent and played such big cricket, I think that is the credit. Ravi Shastri had so much determination. In the team, we value that.”  Further, he added that current Indian coach Anil Kumble ended up as India’s leading wicket-taker despite not being a natural athlete.

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India loses 1-4 to Denmark in Sudirman Cup

India has lost 1-4 to Denmark in the Sudirman Cup badminton championship on Monday. Indian shuttler PV Sindhu won 21-18 21-6 against Line Kjaersfeldt of Denmark in women’s singles, while another Ajay Jayaram was defeated 12-21 7-21 by World number three Viktor Axelsen in men’s singles. Notably, Indian shuttlers were also defeated in men’s and women’s doubles.

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Rishabh Pant is a combination of Yuvraj and Raina: Sachin

Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar has hailed Delhi Daredevils’ Rishabh Pant as a combination of India’s most talented limited-overs players, Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina. Sachin reportedly said, “He is a special talent. To me, he looks like a combination of Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina - the setup and the bat swing. (He is) wonderful to watch.” Notably, Pant scored 366 runs in 14 matches with two half-centuries for Delhi Daredevils.

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Police arrest nine over IPL betting

Around nine bookies were arrested in Delhi by the city police on Monday for their alleged involvement in betting during the final IPL match between Rising Pune Supergiant and Mumbai Indians at Hyderabad. According to reports, the police also seized betting rate books, betting boxes and mobile phones from Crowne Plaza Hotel in the national capital.

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Tennis legend Andre Agassi joins Novak Djokovic as new coach

Serbian tennis icon and world number two Novak Djokovic on Sunday announced the former world number one and tennis legend Andre Agassi will join him as his new coach, ahead of the 2017 French Open. This comes after Djokovic had parted ways with one of all time greats and German Boris Becker earlier this year. Notably, he had earlier also parted ways with his coaching staff, which included coaches from his childhood. 

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