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       HEADLINES: Heavy rains continue, wide range of calamities, trains running late                                              17 picked Nipah virus from 1st victim: Kerala govt report                                              Heavy rains: Low lying areas in Kottayam, Idukki submerged                                              Islamic pandit Hameed Madani passes away                                              Rain: Four more death, govt calls high officials meet                                              BJP too has contributed to delay in projects: Mayawati hits back                                              Delhi Air hostess commits suicide, family alleges dowry harassment                                              Temples aren't going to create jobs for tomorrow, says Sam Pitroda                                              Petrol and diesel prices set to break all-time high levels                                              Fresh batch of pilgrims leave for Amarnath shrine                                              UK minister quits over lewd messages to barmaids                                              Russia targeted by almost '25 million cyber-attacks' during World Cup: Putin                                              France ends 20-year itch, lifts second FIFA World Cup                                              I feared Serena might die, says husband                                              With flags, song, pride, French celebrate unifying victory                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         With flags, song, pride, French celebrate unifying victory    
PARIS: It was a victory for all of France and the home crowd did it justice, pouring into Paris' Champs-Elysees Avenue by the tens of thousands to celebrate in an explosion of joy. France's 4-2 win over Croatia in the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday marked the second time in 20 years that France has won the World Cup, and came at a time when the people feel needy. "It represents enormous things," said Goffrey Hamsik, dressed in a hat resembling a rooster - the French national symbol

         I feared Serena might die, says husband    
LONDON: The husband of Serena Williams admitted Sunday that he feared the tennis superstar would die after giving birth to their daughter last year. Alexis Ohanian, the internet entrepreneur and founder of Reddit, saluted the 36-year-old Williams for battling back from life-saving surgery to get within touching distance of an eighth Wimbledon title. However, the American suffered a straight sets defeat to Angelique Kerber in Saturday's final.

         France ends 20-year itch, lifts second FIFA World Cup    
Moscow [Russia]: Putting an end to its 20-year-long wait, France on Sunday won its second FIFA World Cup title after defeating Croatia 4-2 in a high-octane final at the Luzhniki Stadium here.

         Dhoni booed by Indian spectators during 2nd ODI    
LONDON: On a day when he crossed the 10,000-run milestone in ODIs, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was booed by the Indian supporters at the 'Home of Cricket' for his slow batting during the team's 86-run defeat against England in the second game of the three-match series. Dhoni was widely criticised for not showing initiative in his 59-ball 37 as India could only manage 236 in 50 overs after England posted 322 for seven.

         Griezmann happy if France win World Cup 'ugly'    
MOSCOW: France forward Antoine Griezmann said Friday winning the World Cup against Croatia on Sunday was more important than how his team do it. Belgium's players criticised the tactics France used in their 1-0 semi-final win as Didier Deschamps' team sat deep and Samuel Umtiti's headed goal came from a corner, but Griezmann dismissed the criticism.

         Epic Djokovic stuns Nadal to reach Wimbledon final    
LONDON: Novak Djokovic reached his fifth Wimbledon final on Saturday with a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (11/9), 3-6, 10-8 victory over Rafael Nadal in the second longest semi-final ever played at the tournament. Djokovic, the 2011, 2014 and 2015 champion, will face Kevin Anderson, the first South African in the final in 97 years, for the title after a 5-hour 15-minute marathon.

         Epic Djokovic stuns Nadal to reach Wimbledon final    
London: Novak Djokovic reached his fifth Wimbledon final on Saturday with a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (11/9), 3-6, 10-8 victory over Rafael Nadal in the second longest semi-final ever played at the tournament.

         Hima ends campaign after anchoring relay team to junior national record    
Tampere (Finland): Newly-crowned world U-20 qurtermile event champion Hima Das today ended her campaign after anchoring the Indian women's 4x400m relay quartet to a junior national record, though the quartet failed to qualify for the final round here.

         It's been like a dream so far: Das    
New Delhi: "I am living a dream", said Hima Das as she tried to put in words her remarkable journey from being a stubborn footballer in a nondescript Assam village to becoming the first Indian woman world champion in athletics. The 18-year-old Das, daughter of farmer parents at Kandhulimari village at Nagaon district, has become the toast of the nation after she won a gold at the IAAF World U-20 Athletics Championships in Finland yesterday.

         Rathore to skip Asian Games torch relay, IOA invites Goel    
New Delhi: Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has expressed his inability to attend the Asian Games torch relay here on Sunday, prompting the Indian Olympic Association to extend an invitation to his predecessor Vijay Goel, who has accepted it.

         Terror fears high, Paris police brace for World Cup risks    
Paris: Paris is preparing to deploy thousands of police to secure the massive street parties if France wins Sunday's World Cup after years of attacks targeting crowds and other so-called "soft" targets.

         We might be tempted to play Kuldeep, Chahal in Tests too: Kohli    
NOTTINGHAM:India captain Virat Kohli is tempted to play his ‘key weapons’ Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal in the upcoming five-Test series against England, considering the wrists spinners’ stellar performance in the ongoing limited overs leg of the tour.

         Wimbledon: Federer out, Anderson enters semi-final    
London [UK]: Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer on Wednesday got knocked out of Wimbledon by South African Kevin Anderson after a thrilling five-set battle in the last-eight clash of the men's singles event here. Despite losing first two sets, Anderson pulled off a stunner to beat the twenty-time Grand Slam champion 2-6, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11.

         People should recognise that I'm one of the world's best'    
Moscow: Doing his part well -- against the criticism -- to help steer Croatia into the World Cup final, Croatia defender Dejan Lovren has found it just to call for more recognition of his talent, stating that people should recognise him as one of the world's best.

         India vs Eng first ODI: England stands at 82 runs for loss of three wickets    
Nottingham: England scored 82 runs for the loss of three wickets at the end of 15 overs in their first match of the ongoing ODI series against India at Trent Bridge on Thursday. Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow scored 38 each, while Joe Root departed early at 3. Kuldeep Yadav took all of the 3 wickets.

         FIFA WC: Croatia reach final for first time, beat England 2-1    
Moscow [Russia]: Croatia defeated England in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium by 2-1 in extra-time to reach their first-ever FIFA World Cup final.

         Home Ministry has cleared Pakistan's participation at Asian jr championship: WFI    
New Delhi: Decks were today cleared for participation of Pakistani grapplers at the Asian Junior Championship after Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) agreed to give an undertaking that the movement of the contingent from the neighbouring nation will be restricted to the competition venue.

         Eyeing a sixth world title, Mary Kom for 'smart' training    
New Delhi: Indian boxer MC Mary Kom says she has her sights set on a historic sixth World Championship crown and is training "smartly" to achieve it. The 35-year-old had pulled out of the Asian Games due to a shoulder problem, but is expected to be back in action at the World Championships to be held in New Delhi in November.

         FIFA WC: France beat Belgium 1-0 to reach finals    
Right from the beginning of the match, there was an early possession by France while Belgium attacked from the right side. Matuidi took everyone by surprise when he unleashed a thunderbolt of a shot but it straight went into at Courtois hands. All through the match, France steadily took chances into the Belgium box and Matuidi's run looked to have had them in danger every time.

         Kohli should bat at number four in ODIs, says Ganguly    
Nottingham: Former skipper Sourav Ganguly has advised Virat Kohli to bat at crucial number four position to provide solidity to the India's batting line-up in the three-match ODI series against England, starting here on Thursday.

         India bag four medals at Asian Archery, finish third    
Taipei: India bagged three silver medals and a bronze to finish joint third with Iran in the Asia Cup World Ranking Tournament Stage 3 here today.

         Asian Jr wrestling: MHA put Pakistan's participation on hold    
New Delhi: The Home Ministry has given green light to the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) for hosting the Asian Junior Championship but has put on hold participation of grapplers from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq, according to officials.

         First ever Grand Slam quarterfinal for Divij and Sitak    
London: Divij Sharan has reached the Grand Slam quarterfinals for the first time in his career as he combined with Artem Sitak to stage yet another dramatic comeback after being by down by two sets to defeat Jonathan Erlich and Marcin Matkowski at the Wimbledon Championships, here today.

         Morgan laments batting collapse, says England were 20-30 runs short    
Bristol: England captain Eoin Morgan said his side was 20-30 runs short in the lost third T20 International against India and blamed the death-overs' batting collapse for the score, which wasn't enough despite being steep.

         Former Barca coach Enrique tasked with reviving Spain    
Madrid: Former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique was appointed Spain's new coach on Monday after previous incumbent Julen Lopetegui was sacked on the eve of the World Cup in what turned out to be a disappointing campaign.

         How Ganguly's gamble on youngsters helped India retain Dhoni: Book    
New Delhi: It was Sourav Ganguly's gamble on talented youngsters waiting for the opportunity that helped India from losing one of its greatest cricketers of all times - Mahendra Singh Dhoni, according to a new book.

         Dipa wins gold in Gymnastics World Cup    
New Delhi: Returning to action after a long lay-off of nearly two years due to injury, India's premier gymnast Dipa Karmakar clinched the gold medal in the vault event of FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup at Mersin, Turkey today. The 24-year-old from Tripura, who had finished fourth in vault event in the 2016 Rio Olympics, scored 14.150 to win gold today. She had topped the qualification also with a score of 13.400.

         England did well to curb mistakes: Chahal    
CARDIFF: England batsmen made fewer mistakes in the second Twenty20 as compared to the Manchester game and consequently won the second match, said India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.

         By beating Russia, Croatia can finally shake 20-year shadow    
Sochi: Twenty years ago, Croatia made its World Cup debut with a result that happened only once previously in the tournament's history and has never been topped.

         Former hot-shot Kempes joins Maradona in offering to coach    
Buenos Aires: Hot on the heels of Diego Maradona, another Argentine World Cup winner has thrown his hat into the ring to become the next national team coach.

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