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June 14, 2014

Murali Kartik retires from cricket

New Delhi, June 14 (IANS) Former India left-arm spinner Murali Kartik Saturday announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, bringing down the curtains on a career that spanned more than 17 years.The 37-year-old Kartik played eight Tests, 37 ODIs and one Twenty20 international for India. He made his first class debut with Railways in 1996. "I have decided to hang up my boots from all forms of competitive cricket but will honour my commitments for Kings XI Punjab during this year’s Champions League T20. I…

For us it is going to take time: Walsh

The Hague, June 14 (IANS) As India finished a disappointing ninth in the FIH Hockey World Cup, a step below their World rankings, coach Terry Walsh said it would take some time for the 1975 champions to be back among the top teams.Before leaving for the World Cup, the Australian hoped that India would finish among the top-eight but was left disappointed as his boys failed to retain their No.8 rankings. "We mixed different styles of play - they call it the European way and the Asian way, but I feel that it is…

PSG signs David Luiz for five years

Paris, June 14 (IANS/EFE) Chelsea's Brazilian defender David Luiz has signed a five-year contract with French club Paris Saint Germain, the club officially announced.PSG did not reveal further details about the deal but news reports said that it is worth 50 million euros, reports EFE. The club was "delighted" with such an announcement, noting that Luiz is a "powerful, physical defender." The 27-year-old player remained hopeful about gaining more trophies and championships with his new club,…

Modi warns of ‘bitter medicine’ for ailing economy

Panaji, June 14 (IANS) "Achche din" (good days) may not really be on the immediate horizon as Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday warned of "tough decisions" and "bitter medicine" to set India's ailing economy right.Modi, who was addressing a meeting of party workers in Goa, also sought support from the people of India to help him take those difficult decisions, which he said are the "need of the hour". "We will have to take tough and bitter financial decisions to put the…

Hardest loss of my career: Xavi

Salvador (Brazil), June 14 (IANS/EFE) Spanish midfielder Xavi Hernandez admitted that the 1-5 loss to the Netherlands Friday in the World Cup was the “hardest loss” of his career.“It was a terrible match, a debacle. We did everything wrong,” the Barcelona playmaker said after the game, reports EFE. The 34-year-old player also urged the fans to have faith in the defending champions when they face Chile Wednesday in what will be a must-win situation. Forward Fernando Torres also admitted that…
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