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March 29, 2017

Tottenham’s Lamela out for the season with injury

London, March 29: English football club Tottenham Hotspur's midfielder Erik Lamela has been ruled out for the rest of the season owing to a hip injury.Lamela, 25, last played for Tottenham in October. He will undergo surgery on Saturday. Tottenham said Lamela had "achieved a good level of function" but was not at a stage to make a return to training, leading to the decision to operate, according to a BBC report. Lamela made 14 appearances this season for Spurs before the injury.

Pakistan quick Irfan suspended for one year

Lahore, March 29: Pakistan pacer Mohammad Irfan was banned for a year by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday for failing to report approaches by bookmakers linked to spot-fixing twice.According to a BBC report, the 7ft 1in bowler was one of three cricketers charged during the Pakistan Super League following an anti-corruption investigation. The ban might get curtailed to six months if the 34-year-old Irfan fulfils certain conditions imposed on him. His last game for Pakistan was in 2016. Besides Irfan,…

Indian shuttlers shine at India Open

New Delhi, March 29: Indian shuttlers enjoyed a successful outing at the India Open 2017 badminton tournament here on Wednesday with most of them sailing through to the second round.Sameer Verma created one of the biggest upsets of the day when he stunned World No. 5 Son Wan Ho of South Korea 21-17, 21-10. He found his rhythm early in the first game and did not let the Korean play the attacking strokes that he is known for. Sameer has now set up a relatively easy clash against Hong Kong's unseeded player Hu Yun in…

Cristiano Ronaldo gets airport named after him in Madeira

Funchal (Portugal), March 29: Portuguese football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was on Wednesday given a special tribute when the airport of the city of Funchal at his home state of Madeira was named after him.During an event that saw the airport change its name officially, the Real Madrid star forward said: "I know that some people aren't in favour of the renaming, and some of you are even here right now, but we are free and live in a democracy." Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and Prime…

Sacking as Leicester manager was a shock: Ranieri

Milan, March 29: Former Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri said his sacking by the reigning English Premier League (EPL) champions was a huge shock to him.The Italian coach was axed from his post in February, just nine months after leading Leicester to an improbable EPL title. "Thinking of Leicester, the first thing that comes to mind is the sense of surprise, even more than bitterness," Ranieri was quoted as saying by Gazzetta dello Sport on Wednesday. "I have been through a lot in my long career,…
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