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Manika thrilled to return home as UTT's Delhi leg opens Wednesday (Preview) (20 minutes ago) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) As the CEAT Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) moves to Delhi for the second leg, 2018 Commonwealth Games double gold medallist Manika Batra on Tuesday expressed her excitement at the prospect of playing in front of her home crowd for the first time after her Gold Coast feats.

No SNS, WAGs for S. Korea during Russia World Cup (26 minutes ago) IANS Photo Service
Saint Petersburg, June 19 (IANS) They can meet their family members but are not allowed to be accompanied by them. They can play with their smartphones but are not allowed to post on their social network service (SNS) accounts. These are things that South Korean footballers can and cannot do during the ongoing FIFA World Cup.

JK Tyre national racing championship kick-starts July 6 (16:46)
Coimbatore, June 19 (IANS) The 21st edition of the JK Tyre FMSCI national racing championship will get underway here on July 6, with the countrys top drivers vying for the mantle of Indias fastest racer of the year, the organisers announced on Tuesday.

ISL: Midfielder Balmuchu joins Jamshedpur FC (16:46)
Jamshedpur, June 19 (IANS) Jamshedpur FC on Tuesday announced the signing of Indian midfielder Sanjay Balmuchu in a three-year deal.

Spain PM hopes country will win World Cup (16:32)
Madrid, June 19 (IANS) Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Tuesday that he hoped Spain wins the FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Dhawan, Vijay move up in ICC Test rankings (15:44) IANS Photo Service
Dubai, June 19 (IANS) India openers Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay moved up the ladder in the ICC Test rankings for batsmen after their twin tons in the first innings of India's one-off five-day game against Afghanistan in Bengaluru last week.

Ronaldo joins training session ahead of Morocco clash (15:28) IANS Photo Service
Moscow, June 19 (IANS) Portugal's national football team on Tuesday took to the field in Moscow to prepare for its upcoming World Cup clash against Morocco, having drawn 3-3 in its opening tie against Spain.

Uruguay bank on experience as Saudis cling to World Cup dream (Preview) (14:54) IANS Photo Service
Rostov-on-Don (Russia), June 19 (IANS) Experience will be the key when Uruguay look to seal their place in the last 16 of the FIFA World Cup against Saudi Arabia here on Wednesday.

FIFA World Cup: Saudis in Rostov after scary flight to venue (14:36) IANS Photo Service
Rostov-On-Don (Russia), June 19 (IANS) The Saudi Arabia football team arrived here for their make-or-break game against Uruguay on Wednesday after a frightening flight from their training ground in St Peterburg.

Ecuador's struggling Deportivo Cuenca hires Paez as coach (13:44) IANS Photo Service
Guayaquil (Ecuador), June 19 (IANS) Former Venezuelan national team coach Richard Paez is set to take the helm of struggling football club Deportivo Cuenca, team officials said.

Panama played with dignity, says coach Gomez (13:32) IANS Photo Service
Sochi, June 19 (IANS) After a 3-0 defeat to Belgium in their World Cup debut, Panama coach Hernan Gomez said his team played with dignity and the result was normal.

Thank all my players for their defensive attitude, says Tunisia coach (13:20) IANS Photo Service
Volgograd (Russia), June 19 (IANS) Despite being disappointed with the result of the match against England in the World Cup Group G clash, Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul praised his men for the defensive attitude during the whole game.

Belgium coach Martinez happy with win against Panama (13:16) IANS Photo Service
Sochi, June 19 (IANS) Belgium coach Roberto Martinez felt very happy with the team's performance in their 3-0 win against Panama in the World Cup Group G opener.

England coach Gareth Southgate hails team's efforts (13:10) IANS Photo Service
Volgograd (Russia), June 19 (IANS) England head coach Gareth Southgate praised his team for their endeavours as Harry Kane's late goal gave England a 2-1 victory over Tunisia in their first World Cup game in Group G.

Griezmann leaves France training after taking hit to Achilles tendon (13:06) IANS Photo Service
Moscow, June 19 (IANS) France forward Antoine Griezmann withdrew from a training session after taking a hit to his Achilles tendon, but his participation in France's next 2018 FIFA World Cup match against Peru was not in doubt, for now.

Argentina must put Iceland tie behind it, says defender Mercado (13:04) IANS Photo Service
Bronnitsy (Russia), June 19 (IANS) Defender Gabriel Mercado said Argentina was "aware of what's at stake" following its 1-1 World Cup tie with Iceland and would perform well against Croatia.

Cilic, Wawrinka have good start at Queen's Club (13:02) IANS Photo Service
London, June 19 (IANS) Marin Cilic of Croatia and Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland had a good start in the Queen's Club Championships, defeating Spain's Fernando Verdasco and the UK's Cameron Norrie respectively.

Brazil's Lula makes sports commentator debut in messages from prison (12:56) IANS Photo Service
Rio de Janeiro, June 19 (IANS) Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva made a debut as sports commentator for a television programme from his prison cell and said the national team should not belittle the Costa Rican squad in the next game.

Indian eves register win in fifth hockey match of Spain tour (12:34)
Madrid, June 19 (IANS) The Indian womens team ended their Spain tour on a bright note as they defeated the hosts 4-1 in the fifth and final match at the Consejo Superior de Deportes Hockey Stadium here.

FIFA World Cup: Over 5,000 fans travel through Belarus to Russia (07:14)
Minsk, June 19 (IANS) More than 5,000 fans have travelled through Belarus to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the State Border Service Committee of Belarus said on Monday, reports Xinhua.

FIFA World Cup: Kane double guides England past Tunisia (02:02) IANS Photo Service
Volgograd (Russia), June 19 (IANS) Captain Harry Kane scored a brace as England overcame Tunisia with a 2-1 victory in their FIFA World Cup Group G campaign opener at the Volgograd Arena here on Monday.

2018 World Cup: Belgium ride Lukaku brace to blank Panama 3-0 (Lead) (22:58) IANS Photo Service
Sochi, June 18 (IANS) Belgium rode a second-half brace from Romelu Lukaku to blank Panama 3-0 in their Group G opener of the FIFA World Cup 2018 at the Fisht Stadium here on Monday.

2018 World Cup: Belgium ride Lukaku brace to blank Panama 3-0 (22:36) IANS Photo Service
Sochi, June 18 (IANS) Belgium rode a second half brace from Romelu Lukaku to blank Panama 3-0 in their Group G opener of FIFA 2018 World Cup here on Monday.

UTT: Dabang Smashers outclass Falcons 17-4 (21:58)
Pune, June 18 (IANS) Riding on some good shows by Manika Batra and G Sathiyan, Dabang Smashers T.T.C outclassed defending champions Falcons TTC 17-4 in Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex here on Monday.

Croatia suspend striker Kalinic for refusing to come on as a substitute (21:54)
Moscow, June 18 (IANS) Croatia on Monday suspended striker Nikola Kalinic from its FIFA World Cup squad after he refused to come on as a substitute during the 2-0 win over Nigeria in a Group D clash in Kaliningrad on Saturday, head coach Zlatko Dalic confirmed.

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