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Pakistan's Ahmed Shehzad banned for four months for failing dope test

Oct 6: Pakistani batsman Ahmed Shehzad has been banned for four months over a failed drug test, authorities said Friday, after he pleaded guilty to violating anti-doping rules. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) punished the 26-year-old after he tested positive for a "prohibited substance" during the domestic Pakistan Cup earlier this year.

Shehzad "has been banned for four months...

Jadeja hits maiden hundred as India declare at 649/9

Rajkot, Oct 5: Ravindra Jadeja ended a long wait for maiden Test ton as India declared after putting up a mammoth 649 for nine at tea on day two of the series opener here.

Jadeja struck an unbeaten 100 off 132 off balls as India extended their domination with the bat against a struggling West Indies.

His whirlwind...

Cristiano Ronaldo denies hotel sex attack, calls rape 'abominable'

Las Vegas, Oct 4: Cristiano Ronaldo on Wednesday denied accusations made by a former American model that he raped her in a Las Vegas hotel in 2009 and justified his conscience.

Lawyers for his accuser Kathryn Mayorga later hit back, saying that their client had been "very consistent" in her reporting of the incident.

This incident has threatened...

Prithvi Shaw makes dream debut as India cruise to 232/3 at tea

Rajkot, Oct 4: Prithvi Shaw became the youngest Indian and fourth overall to score a Test century on debut as India cruised to 232 for three against West Indies at tea on day one of the series opener here.

At 18 years and 329 days, Shaw (134 off 154) reached the milestone off just 99 balls, adding to a...

Chess Olympiad: Indian men beat Czech Republic, Hungarian eves shock Indian women

Batumi, Oct 4: Krishnan Sasikiran guided Indian men to a 2.5-1.5 win over Czech Republic but the women's team suffered a shocking 1-3 defeat against Hungary in the eighth round of the 43rd chess Olympiad here Tuesday.

On a day when Indian think-tank decided to rest P Harikrishna, the best Indian performer so far, Viswanathan Anand was held to...

India vs West Indies: Prithvi Shaw to debut in Rajkot, to open with KL Rahul

Rajkot, Oct 3: Teenage prodigy Prithvi Shaw is set to open alongside KL Rahul in the first Test against the West Indies after India on Wednesday started the practice of naming their final 12 before the start of every game.

The move of naming the final 12 ahead of the game has more or less settled the debate on...

Australia board name pay war boss Kevin Roberts as new CEO

Melbourne, Oct 3: Kevin Roberts, the face of Cricket Australia during toxic negotiations for a new pay deal with players, will succeed long-serving James Sutherland as the board’s CEO later this month.

A former first class batsman for New South Wales with a strong corporate background, the 46-year-old Roberts has been Sutherland’s deputy for a number of years since...

Finding it difficult to understand parameters of team selection: Harbhajan

New Delhi, Oct 2: Senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh Tuesday said that he is finding it "difficult to understand" the parameters used by the MSK Prasad-led selection committee for picking the national squad.

After spending time on the bench for six consecutive Test matches against Afghanistan and England, the selectors dropped Karun Nair for the West Indies Test series....

Central Information Commission brings BCCI under RTI

New Delhi, Oct 2: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is covered under the RTI Act and answerable to the people of the country under its mechanism, the Central Information Commission ruled on Monday.

The commission, the top appellate body in RTI matters, went through the law, orders of the Supreme Court, the Law Commission of...

Maradona suggests Messi to quit Argentina national team

Madrid, Oct 2: Argentinean football legend Diego Maradona has suggested star striker Lionel Messi to no longer play for the national side.

Reflecting on the reason behind the same, Maradona stated that the team always put the onus of failure on Messi which is "crazy", Marca.com reported.

"Yes, because if the U15 team loses, it's Messi's fault, an...