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WC qualifiers: Messi's penalty helps Argentina sink Chile 1-0

Buenos Aires, March 24 -- Star striker Lionel Messi converted a penalty corner into a goal in the first-half as Argentina edged past Chile 1-0 in their World Cup qualifying clash at the River Plate Stadium here on Friday.

It was in the 16th minute of the match when the Bracelona star sent Claudio Bravo in the wrong way with his spot-kick after Chile's Jose Pedro Fuenzalida brought down Angel Di Maria in the area.

Alexis Sanchez did come close t... Read More


Shreyas Iyer, Indian cricket's new kid on the block

India, March 24 -- Shreyas Iyer is among the top young batsmen from Mumbai to watch out for. However, he never quite set the stage on fire in local games like his contemporaries Sarfaraz Khan or Armaan Jaffer did in school cricket.

Shreyas Iyer quietly went about his task. He was also part of the India U-19 World Cup squad in 2014 played in the UAE, but Shreyas Iyer hardly got a look in, playing just three matches in which he scored 161 runs.

S... Read More


Why BCCI axed 'family man' Suresh Raina from cash-rich central contracts list

India, March 24 -- Suresh Raina was the most notable absentee from the latest central contracts list released by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Committee of Administrators (COA). If a former Uttar Pradesh Ranji Trophy coach is to be believed, the 30-year-old cricketer's inclination towards family is a reason behind it.

"His priorities have changed after he became a family man. I have noticed that he has not been concentrating on hi... Read More


Virat Kohli keeps India in suspense; Shreyas Iyer called up for Dharamsala Test

India, March 24 -- India cricket team skipper Virat Kohli, has been the driving force for his team's continued success through a long home run, but could well be forced to sit out for arguably the hosts' biggest match of the season, the final Test against Australia starting on Saturday.

Virat Kohli Kohli, who injured his right shoulder after landing heavily while stopping a boundary in the third Test in Ranchi, did come out to bat in that game. ... Read More


Question mark over De Kock

Midrand, March 24 -- Proteas wicket keeper Quinton de Kock's availability for the Indian Premier League (IPL) is in doubt. He is also in a race against time to make a team for the third and final Test against New Zealand starting tomorrow. He suffered a finger injury during the eightwicket victory over New Zealand last week where he scored 91 runs. He went for scans and he could need between four and six weeks to recover. The IPL is set to start ... Read More


Shreyas Iyer called up as cover for injured Kohli

New Delhi, March 24 -- Young Mumbai batsman Shreyas Iyer has been called as a cover for injured India skipper Virat Kohli for the fourth and the final Test against Australia in Dharamsala, starting on Saturday.

The 22-year-old, who has been included in the national side late last night, was called after Kohli skipped team's net session yesterday as he is nursing an injury on his right shoulder. Kohli sustained a shoulder injury while he was try... Read More


Within week of Punjab govt formation, rumblings audible in Capt cabinet, party over posts

Chandigarh, March 24 -- It's barely a week since the Captain Amarinder Singh-led Congress assumed power in Punjab, but the first rumblings are already audible in the corridors of power. Reason: While wings of some leaders have been clipped, others are "flying high".

On March 16, when Amarinder took oath as CM along with nine ministers, former leader of opposition Charanjit Singh Channi was sworn in seventh in the pecking order as a cabinet minis... Read More


It takes two to tango in the new Punjab cabinet: Ministers' spouses centrestage

Chandigarh, March 24 -- There are many "better halves" in the cabinet of Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh. And they are working in tandem within the government, for better or for worse.

On Monday, it was Navjot Singh Sidhu's wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu, a former MLA who opted out of her Amritsar East seat for him, who courted a controversy by attending an official meeting of the local bodies department. She defended it saying that as a f... Read More


Fans pitch for IPL in Lucknow!

New Delhi, March 24 -- Cricket buffs in the state capital are hopeful of seeing the first-ever Indian Premier League (IPL) match of season-10 being played in Lucknow. Karan Kundra with IPL Trophy at Gomti Riverfront

As per reports, the underconstruction Ekana International Cricket Stadium has been tipped to host a few matches in this season itself, if it is completed by mid April.

With the IPL trophy being showcased in Lucknow on Thursday and I... Read More


How a video call helped trace girl who left Delhi home with starry dreams

New Delhi, March 24 -- A screenshot captured during a video call helped trace a 14-year-old girl who had escaped from her West Delhi home to fulfil her dreams of starring in a music album.

The girl, daughter of an e-rickshaw driver, was fascinated by the film industry and wanted to follow in the footsteps of popular Haryanvi singer Sapna Chaudhary.

Her father had managed to get her enrolled in a private school in Hari Nagar but his finances did... Read More