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British Open: Molinari becomes first Italian to win a major golf title

Carnoustie (Scotland), July 23 (IANS) Francesco Molinari became the first Italian to win a major golf title as he clinched a two-stroke victory at the 147th British Open here on Sunday. The 35-year-old tallied eight-under 276 (70-72-65-69) over the four days to finish two strokes ahead of England's Justin Rose (72-73-64-69), Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy (69-69-70-70) and Americans Kev...

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India have form problems going into first Test

Indian cricketers have been in England for over a month, the senior team playing in the shorter formats and Rahul Dravid's 'A' squad helping out some seniors in getting a knock before the Test series. Yet there is no clarity on the ideal eleven for the first Test. The problems for the Indian team management stem as much from uncertain form as the injuries to key bowlers. The form issues ...

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With FIFA World Cup, football viewership gets a boost in India

New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) Cricket remains the major contributor to sports viewership on Indian television, but football got a boost with the just-concluded 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia where India was not even participating. Sports viewership year-on-year has gone up. While it contributed 2.8 per cent to total TV viewership in 2016, it grew to 3.2 per cent in 2017 and 3.48 per cent in 2...

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Hockey World Cup: Indian women's team to face hosts England

London, July 20 (IANS) The mood among the Indian womens hockey team is upbeat as they are set to take on hosts England in their opening match of the World Cup here on Saturday. India, grouped in Pool B, will take on World No.16 Ireland on 26 July followed by World No.7 US on 29 July apart from facing the Olympic Champions England in their home ground on the opening day of the prestigious...

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Brexit won't hit European economy hard: IMF

Washington, July 20 (IANS) The United Kingdom's planned exit from the European Union will have a small negative impact on the bloc's economy, although it will prove more damaging to countries such as Ireland, the Netherlands and Belgium that have closer links with Britain, the International Monetary Fund said Thursday. In its annual review of the eurozone's economic policies, the Washing...

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2019 Ashes series from Aug 1 to Sep 16

London, July 19 (IANS) The next Ashes Test cricket series between Australia and England will be held from August 1 to September 16, 2019 in the UK, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Thursday. The summer's five-match series assumes more significance as for the first time an Ashes rubber will be part of World Test Championship. While the first Test begins in Ed...

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New UK Brexit secretary set for talks with EU

London, July 19 (IANS) UK's new Brexit secretary Dominic Raab headed to Brussels on Thursday to hold his first talks with the European Union's chief negotiator Michel Barnier. The trip was Raab's first since he took on the role last week following the resignation of his predecessor David Davis over disagreements with Prime Minister Theresa May's plans for post-Brexit trade, the BBC repor...

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Two Indians in all women South Pole expedition

Kolkata, July 18 (IANS) Two Indians - a ramp model and a student - are all geared up for a all-women South Pole expedition to be led by a septuagenarian Guinness World Record holder Briton Janice Meek starting end December, the duo said on Wednesday. Madhabilata Mitra of Kolkata and Tanvi Buch from Mumbai, sitting alongside Meek, beamed with excitement while sharing the details of the e...

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Hockey: India U-23 play out 1-1 draw vs Belgium

Antwerp (Belgium), July 18 (IANS) India's U-23 men's team were held to a 1-1 draw by Belgium in their third round robin match of the Five Nations Tournament here. India had a mixed bag of results in their first two matches of the tournament as they beat Ireland 5-0 in their first match, but lost 1-3 to Great Britain in the second match. However, a strong performance against the...

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Tough draw for Indians at Badminton Worlds

New Delhi, July 17 (IANS) India's competitors in the BWF World Badminton Championships 2018 in Nanjing, China, have been handed a difficult path in the draw. Men's singles fifth seed Kidambi Srikanth has been clubbed in the fourth section which also has Malaysian veteran Lee Chong Wei, means they could clash in the quarter-finals. Srikanth will open against Ireland's Nhat Nguyen ...

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Adidas to use only recycled plastic by 2024

Berlin, July 17 (IANS) Global sportswear maker Adidas announced that it has committed to using only recycled plastic by 2024. The pledge to eliminate the use of virgin plastic includes polyester. Used in everything from t-shirts to sports bras, the material is popular in sportswear because it dries quickly and weighs little, reports CNN. Adidas said on Monday that it would stop u...

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Players with 100 plus caps an advantage: Hockey captain Rani

New Delhi, July 15 (IANS) India's women's hockey team skipper Rani Rampal feels they carry good international exposure and players having 100 plus international caps will be an advantage for them in the forthcoming Women's Hockey World Cup. The Rani-led team on Sunday departed for London to feature in the forthcoming Hockey World Cup, slated to be held between July 21 and August 5. It wi...

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Dozens injured as Ryanair flight loses cabin pressure

Dublin, July 14 (IANS) More than 30 passengers on a Ryanair flight, some bleeding from their ears, were reportedly taken to hospital after the cabin became depressurised and the plane had to make an emergency landing in Frankfurt. A passenger on Friday's said on Facebook that the air went cold, oxygen masks dropped and there was a dive of 3,000 metres in less than one minute. The...

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India outclass Ireland in U-23 5-nation hockey meet

Antwerp (Belgium), July 14 (IANS) The Indian junior men's hockey team marched to a comfortable 5-0 win against Ireland in their opening match at the Under-23 Five Nations Tournament here on Saturday. After a goal-less first quarter, the Indian side, led by Dipsan Tirkey, found their momentum as they struck a splendid field goal in the 20th minute through Rajkumar Pal. Mohd Umar ...

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Hima Das the new poster girl of Indian athletics

What a week it has been for sport! Assams Hima Das created history becoming the first Indian to win a track gold at a world meet and shared headline space with tiny Croatia entering the World Cup final, Roger Federer getting knocked out of Wimbledon and the Indian cricket team starting their tour of Ireland-England on a high note. It was not an unexpected gold for Hima, the first by Indi...

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UK publishes Brexit white paper for free trade area with EU

London, July 12 (IANS) The British government on Thursday published the long-awaited white paper on Brexit seeking to create a free trade area with the EU. Prime Minister Theresa May said it delivers on the Brexit vote. The 98-page document, titled The Future Relationship between the UK and the EU, was published amid chaotic scenes in the House of Commons. It spelled out that workers fro...

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China enters world's top 20 most-innovative economies

New Delhi, July 10 (IANS) China broke into the world's top 20 most-innovative economies as Switzerland retained its number one spot in the Global Innovation Index (GII) annual ranking published by Cornell University, INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on Tuesday. India maintains its top place in the Central and Southern Asia region, moving up three spots, from...

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Illegal ivory on sale in 10 European countries

New York, July 10 (IANS) Illegal ivory has been found on sale in 10 European countries, contravening international efforts to cut down on the trade. The New York-based campaigning group Avaaz bought 109 items containing ivory over a four-month period in Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the UK, reports the Guardian. The grou...

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UK gets new Brexit secretary after Davis' resignation

London, July 9 (IANS) Pro-Brexit minister Dominic Raab was on Monday appointed the new Brexit secretary after David Davis resigned from the post citing differences with Prime Minister Theresa May over the terms on which the country will leave the EU. Raab, a respected lawyer, is known to be a staunch Brexit supporter and has experience as a junior minister in the Housing and Justice Mini...

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Rahul moves to career-high third position in T20I rankings

Dubai, July 9 (IANS) Top-order batsman Lokesh Rahuls scores of 70, 101 not out, six and 19 have made him India's highest-ranked batsman in Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) as he moved up nine places to a career-high third position in the ICC rankings. Opener Rohit Sharma in 11th rank (up by two places) and captain Virat Kohli in 12th rank (down by four places) are the next highest-ranked ...

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