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       HEADLINES: B Sujatha Devi Passes Away                                              Fish preserved in formalin seized                                              Son brutally beats mother                                              Bid to sabotage probe against ADGP’s daughter                                              V K Rajagopal’s Sabarimala appointment cancelled                                              Violence cannot solve any problem: Modi                                              Major held for colleague's wife's murder                                              PDP never 'wavered' on agenda of alliance, says Mehbooba                                              UAE says ready to back efforts for peaceful Yemen rebel pullout                                              Musharraf says he has not quit politics                                              Constant bullying of activists unacceptable: HRCP                                              Kohli & Co. depart for Ireland, England tour                                              FIFA WC: Lukaku, Hazard braces help Belgium stun Tunisia 5-2                                              FIFA WC: Vela, Hernandez help Mexico win against S Korea 2-1                                              Amit wins gold at World Para Athletics Grand Prix                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         Amit wins gold at World Para Athletics Grand Prix    
NEW DELHI: India's Amit Kumar Saroha has clinched the gold medal in the men's club throw F51 event at the World Para Athletics Grand Prix in Tunisia.

         FIFA WC: Vela, Hernandez help Mexico win against S Korea 2-1    
Rostov-on-Don [Russia]: Mexico beat South Korea with a graceful 2-1 victory in their Group F match in Rostov-on-Don on Saturday. Mexico got goals from Carlos Vela and Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, one in each half, to secure its second victory. Mexico dominated the match right from the beginning, holding the vast majority of possession as South Korea was forced to chase and hope for a counter.

         FIFA WC: Lukaku, Hazard braces help Belgium stun Tunisia 5-2    
Moscow [Russia]: Forward Romelu Lukaku and captain Eden Hazard smashed a brace each as third-ranked Belgium notched up a convincing 5-2 win over 21st ranked Tunisia in their second Group G clash of the ongoing 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup here at the Spartak Stadium on Saturday.

         Kohli & Co. depart for Ireland, England tour    
New Delhi: The Indian men's cricket team left for the upcoming two-month long tour, featuring series against Ireland and England, from the Indira Gandhi International Airport here on Saturday. India are heading into the clash on the back of their crushing win by an innings and 262 runs in the historic one-off Test match against minnows Afghanistan inside two days. England, on the other hand, are fresh from their five-match ODI series win over Australia. They have already clinched the series

         FIFA WC: Shaqiri's last-minute stunner earns Switzerland 2-1 win over Serbia    
Moscow [Russia]: A last-minute goal from Xherdan Shaqiri earned Switzerland 2-1 win over Serbia in a Group E clash of the ongoing 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup at the Kaliningrad Stadium here on Friday. While Aleksandar Mitrovic gave Serbia a lead in the fifth minute of the game, Switzerland's equaliser came in second half, thanks to a superb long range strike by Granit Xhaka in the 52nd minute.

         FIFA WC: Musa helps Nigeria beat Iceland 2-0    
Volgograd [Russia]: Nigeria stunned Iceland with a stupendous 2-0 victory in their Group D match at the Volgograd Arena on Friday. Nigeria looked listless in its opening loss to Croatia, and started gradually in this game as well. After a dry first half, Ahmed Musa won the points for Nigeria making the second half interesting.

         Wary of hacks, World Cup teams get serious on cybersecurity    
Bronnitsy: Fearful of data breaches and keen to avoid embarrassing images surfacing in the home of 'kompromat', several teams at the World Cup in Russia have enforced rigid guidelines to shield their players from hacks. Whereas in past tournaments teams went to extraordinary lengths to keep the paparazzi at bay, the stars of Russia 2018 have a more high-tech approach to guarding their privacy.

         FIFA WC: Mbappe's goal takes France into knockout stages    
Moscow [Russia]: Kylian Mbappe's close-range goal on Thursday got France through to the knockout rounds of the ongoing 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup at the Ekaterinburg Arena courtesy of their 1-0 win over Peru. After being fortunate in their 2-1 opening match win over Australia, France had their slices of luck again as Peru players did give a tough competition before their expected departure from the tournament.

         Pressure on Messi against Croatia after Ronaldo scores again    
Volgograd (Russia): Lionel Messi is under increased pressure to redeem himself when Argentina face Croatia in Thursday's pivotal match after eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo scored his fourth goal of the World Cup to send Morocco packing. France will be looking for a second World Cup Group C win against Peru Thursday while Australia need to bounce back from their heart-breaking defeat to Les Bleus against Denmark.

         Ronaldo aging like 'port wine' at fourth World Cup    
Moscow: Portugal coach Fernando Santos compared Cristiano Ronaldo to a bottle of port, the fortified wine that famously gets better with age, after his latest match-winning goal for his country.

         Kidambi Srikanth named Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year    
New Delhi: The country's top-ranked men's shuttler Kidambi Srikanth was adjudged Sports Illustrated 'India's Sportsperson of the Year' for his stupendous performance in 2017.

         My hardest day in cricket: Paine post England drubbing    
London: Australian skipper Tim Paine has admitted that he was left despondent after his side slumped to a shocking 242-run defeat at the hands of England in the third ODI to go down 0-3 in the five-match series at the Trent Bridge. Electing to bat first, England put on the gigantic total of 481 on the board, thus surpassing their own record of highest-ever total in one-day internationals. Alex Hales (147), Jonny Bairstow (139) and Jason Roy (82) were the highest scorers for the hosts. I

         Tick, Tock: Time running out for Messi to deliver    
Nizhny Novgorod: Time is running out for Lionel Messi to bring Argentina a World Cup, which would give him the one thing that's missing from a career that ranks among the greatest.

         Yo-Yo effect: BCCI for fitness tests before selection    
New Delhi: The BCCI has decided to conduct fitness tests of players before they are picked in the national team to avoid embarrassing late withdrawals like the ones by Mohammad Shami and Ambati Rayudu from the Test and ODI sides after failing the 'Yo-Yo' test.

         Federer to lock horns with Bedene in Halle opener    
Halle [Germany]: World number one Roger Federer will look to begin his campaign at the Halle Open on a promising note when he faces Slovenian Aljaz Bedene in the opening match of the tournament here on Tuesday.

         Messi regrets missing penalty against Iceland    
MOSCOW: Argentine superstar Lionel Messi said he regretted having squandered a second-half penalty try that could have led his team to victory over Iceland in Group D action on Saturday at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

         Cristiano Ronaldo hattrick earns Portugal thrilling draw against Spain    
One of the most eagerly anticipated games of the opening days of the 2018 World Cup did not disappoint as Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hattrick, made history and earned Portugal a draw in an enthralling contest against a Spain side eager to put a tumultuous week behind them.

         Uruguay strike late to beat Egypt as Salah sits out match    
Yekateringburg (Russia): Jose Gimenez was the unlikely 89th-minute match winner as Uruguay defeated an Egypt side shorn of star man Mohamed Salah 1-0 in their World Cup opener on Friday. Uruguay's deserved last-gasp victory leaves them and Russia in early control in Group A after the hosts' 5-0 mauling of Saudi Arabia in the tournament opener on Thursday.

         Nervy Argentina seek Messi magic against Iceland    
Moscow: Lionel Messi's Argentina aim to put a shambolic World Cup build-up behind them and make a statement in their opening match against tournament debutants Iceland today. The two-time champions arrived in Russia dogged by poor form, injuries and controversy.

         Afghanistan have a mountain to climb, says Simmons after heavy loss    
Afghanistan have a mountain to climb, says Simmons after heavy loss Simmons made his comments after Afghanistan suffered a crushing loss against India on their Test debut with the one-off game finishing inside two days.

         Opera singer Placido Domingo, popularly known as "the King of Opera" also performed at the grand event.    
Hollywood actor Will Smith and American singer and songwriter Nicky Jam also performed their official song 'Live It Up' along with 500 dancers and gymnasts at the event.

         Messi needs to be supported if Argentina wants WC glory: Guzman    
Buenos Aires [Argentina]: Argentina goalkeeper Nahuel Guzman called on his side to lessen the burden of their star striker Lionel Messi if they want to attain the glory at the FIFA World Cup in Russia.

         Afghan bowlers make comeback after Vijay, Dhawan tons take India to 347/6    
Bengaluru: Hundreds from Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay gave Afghanistan the expectedly tough initiation into Test cricket but the debutants managed to find their bearings to leave India a tad uncomfortable at 347 for 6 on a rain-curtailed first day of the historic one-off Test here.

         Prajnesh misses clash with Federer after losing 2nd round in Stuttgart    
New Delhi: Prajnesh Gunneswaran missed out on a clash with the legendary Roger Federer after losing his second round at the ATP Mercedes Cup to Argentina's Guido Pella in Stuttgart today

         ISL 2018-19: FC Pune City retain Brazil's Marcelinho    
PUNE: FC Pune City on Wednesday retained their skipper Marcelinho for the 2018-19 season of the Indian Super League (ISL). One of the top scorers for the club, Brazilian footballer Marcelinho led the team from the front to a historic first semi-finals appearance.

         Akinfeev out to save host Russia's World Cup blushes    
Moscow: Russia's love for Igor Akinfeev, their goalkeeper who spends much of his time picking balls out of the net, speaks volumes about the home team's World Cup chances.

         Neymar is star attraction as fans swarm to Brazil training    
Sochi: Brazil attracted an army of excited youngsters -- including one who managed to break onto the pitch for a selfie -- as they held their first training session on Russian soil ahead of the World Cup.

         Bangladesh women cricketers get cash promise after Asia Cup    
Dhaka: Bangladesh showered its women cricketers with cash rewards Tuesday for their upset triumph over India in the Asia Cup Twenty20 tournament.

         Afghanistan gear up for first Men's Test    
New Delhi: The newest Test nation Afghanistan is all set to take on India in its debut in Bengaluru from Thursday. Afghanistan, who have fast established themselves as a force to reckon with in the shorter formats, will become the 12th side to figure in men's Test cricket after Ireland debuted against Pakistan last month. Both Ireland and Afghanistan were granted Full Member and Test status last June.

         ISL 2018-19: FC Pune City retain Emiliano Alfaro    
Pune: Indian Super League (ISL) club FC Pune City on Monday retained the services of striker Emiliano Alfaro for the 2018-19 season. The Uruguayan joined the club in 2017-18, playing each and every match last season. Speaking on retaining Alfaro, FC Pune City CEO Gaurav Modwel said, "Alfaro has been one of our key core members and a fan favourite too. He clocked almost 90 minutes in every game he played last season and his speed and decision making up-front contributed big time to FC Pune

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