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June 26, 2018

Saina advances; Sameer, Pranaav-Sikki exit Malaysia Open

Kuala Lumpur, June 26: India's Saina Nehwal advanced to the second round, as Sameer Verma and the mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N. Sikki Reddy exited the Malaysia Open badminton championships in the opening round.Saina got past Hong Kong's Yip Pui Yin 21-12, 21-16 in 42 minutes in the first round to set-up a clash against Japanese second seed Akane Yamaguchi, who defeated Indonesian Dinar Dyah Ayustine 17-21, 21-12, 21-13. Sameer got a thrashing from Indonesian Tommy Sugiarto, who registered an…

Peru defeat Australia 2-0 in Group C clash

Sochi (Russia), June 26 (IANS) Peru ended their FIFA World Cup 2018 campaign on a winning note as they thrashed Australia 2-0 in their last Group C clash at the Fisht stadium here on Tuesday.After already being eliminated from the tournament after losing both their previous games, Peru shattered Australia's thin hopes of entering the Round of 16. Andre Carrillo's 18th-minute volley gave Peru a 1-0 lead over Australia before Paolo Guerrero found the back of the net in the 50th minute to extend the lead.…

World Cup: France, Denmark enter round of 16

Moscow, June 26: France and Denmark qualified for the round of 16 of the FIFA World Cup by playing out a 0-0 draw in a tepid Group C tie at the Luzhniki Stadium here on Tuesday.France were already through to the knockout stages before the game while Denmark needed a point to be sure of their qualification. Peru beat Australia 2-0 in the other Group C game but finished with only three points as Denmark ended on five and France bagged seven points from three matches. Australia were consigned to the bottom of the group…

Manika, Manav start UTT’s Kolkata leg with thrilling wins

Kolkata, June 26: Indian stars Manika Batra and Manav Thakkar recorded thrilling victories over higher-ranked rivals to flag off the Kolkata leg of Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) at the Netaji Indoor Sports Stadium here on Tuesday.Manika returned to her winning ways with a fighting 2-1 (7-11, 11-9, 11-10) victory over World No. 20 Lee Ho Ching to help Dabang Smashers gain an early lead against Empowerji Challengers. But teen sensation Thakkar shocked World No. 27 Yoshida Masaki 2-1 (11-10, 5-11, 11-9) to help…

Remain dope free and say no to drugs: AFI President

Guwahati, June 26: Athletics Federation of India (AFI) President Adille Sumariwalla on Tuesday cautioned athletes training outside the national camps at undisclosed places to remain drug free or else they will be caught.Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 58th National Inter State Senior Athletics Championship, which also serves as the selection trial for the Asian Games, Sumariwalla said the athletes must keep a check on their diet and avoid any performance-enhancing drugs. "A few athletes are training alone on…
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