Messi double eases Barca past nine-man Espanyol

Madrid, Jan 7 (AFP) A Lionel Messi-inspired Barcelona reacted from the shock of conceding early to edge towards the Copa del Rey quarter-finals with a 4-1 win over nine-man Espanyol.

Espanyol held the European champions 0-0 in a bad-tempered first of three meetings between…

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Sehwag lashes out at 'inefficient' state assns, team selection

New Delhi, Jan 6 (PTI) Swashbuckling former India opener Virender Sehwag, who recently retired from international cricket, has lashed out at selectors who picked players under the influence of “people in power” and at inefficient running of state associations.

Asked if it’s a problem that state associations were not…

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Coach Zidane seeks 'good relationship' with Real Madrid players

Madrid, Jan 6 New Real Madrid head coach French legend Zinedine Zidane has said “a coach has to be close to his players – that is the most important thing, a good relationship with them all”.

The Frenchman’s quest with Real Madrid will start next Saturday with a game against…

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Dhanawade: From cricket's craddle Mumbai comes new prodigy

Mumbai, Jan 6  Son of an auto-rickshaw driver in Kalyan, 15-year-old Mumbai school cricketer Pranav Dhanawade had one goal — to be a hard-hitting batsman and score a lot of runs.

On Tuesday, the dream finally came true as K.C. Gandhi High School student scored a…

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Duleep Trophy to be day-night matches, played with pink ball

Mumbai, Jan 5  The prestigious Duleep Trophy will return to the domestic first class cricket calendar in the 2016-17 season in a new avatar with matches being day-night affairs played with a pink ball, it was announced on Tuesday.

The traditional tournament, started by the Board of Control…

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