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Gujarat hold Bengal in PKL contest (23:06)
Ahmedabad, Aug 17 (IANS) Zone A team Gujarat Fortunegiants ended their match tied 26-26 against Zone B side Bengal Warriors in an inter zone PKL contest at the Transstadia Arena here on Thursday to stay unbeaten in the home leg.

Dabang Delhi beat Tamil Thalaivas in thrilling PKL contest (21:44)
Ahmedabad, Aug 17 (IANS) Zone A team Dabang Delhi K.C fought till the dying minutes of the match to edge past Zone B side Tamil Thalaivas 30-29 in an inter-zone contest of the Pro Kabaddi League's (PKL) fifth edition at the Transstadia Arena here on Thursday.

Striker Suarez's injury adds to Barcelona's woe (21:38) IANS Photo Service
Madrid, Aug 17 (IANS) Things went from bad to worse for FC Barcelona on Thursday with the news that striker Luis Suarez will miss the first month of the season with an injury to his right knee.

Regained confidence while in China, says Barca midfielder Paulinho (20:56) IANS Photo Service
Barcelona, Aug 17 (IANS) Brazilian midfielder Paulinho on Thursday said he was joining Barcelona after regaining confidence in his game during his stint with Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande.

GP Petroleums appoints Raina as brand ambassador for IPOL (20:10)
Mumbai, Aug 17 (IANS) Lubricant maker and part of UAE-based Gulf Petrochem Group, GP Petroleums Limited on Thursday announced the appointment of India middle-order batsman Suresh Raina as the brand ambassador for IPOL Lubricants, the signature brand of the company in the industrial lubricants segment.

Steelers announce online ticket sales for PKL's Haryana leg (19:50)
Sonepat, Aug 17 (IANS) Pro Kabaddi League franchise Haryana Steelers on Thursday announced the opening of online tickets sales for the home leg of their debut in the competition.

Fast time inspires champs Kirui, Kiplagat to defend Chicago marathon titles (19:50)
Nairobi, Aug 17 (IANS) Defending Chicago Marathon champions Abel Kirui and Florence Kiplagat of Kenya are plotting to run a fast time in this year's event, which will be held on October 8.

Former international decries falling standards of boxing in Kenya (19:18)
Nairobi, Aug 17 (IANS) A former Kenyan international boxer on Thursday decried the falling standards of the game in the East African nation, saying the former boxing powerhouse ought to go back to the drawing board to arrest the decline.

I must return to Atletico Madrid: Chelsea's Diego Costa (19:10) IANS Photo Service
London, Aug 17 (IANS) Chelsea's Spanish forward Diego Costa on Thursday confirmed his intention to return to Spanish football giants Atletico Madrid during the current summer transfer window.

Murali Vijay, Jonty Rhodes to attend Surfing Festival (17:28) IANS Photo Service
Chennai, Aug 17 (IANS) India Test opener Murali Vijay and South African legend Jonty Rhodes will attend the fifth edition of Covelong Point Surf, Music and Yoga Festival, starting here from August 25.

Sports tournaments generate travel interest in England: Survey (17:22)
New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) Sports tournaments like Women's Cricket World Cup had a trickle down effect on tourism in England, according to a survey.

Australia's Hastings optimistic for India series (16:12) IANS Photo Service
Melbourne, Aug 17 (IANS) Injured pacer John Hastings on Thursday expressed confidence about gaining full fitness for Australia's upcoming limited overs tour to India from September 17 to October 11.

Teenage shuttler Lakshya clinches Bulgarian Open title (16:06) IANS Photo Service
Sofia (Bulgaria), Aug 17 (IANS) Sixteen-year-old Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen defeated second seed Zvonimir Durkinjak of Croatia to clinch the Bulgarian Open men's singles title here on Thursday.

History repeats itself in several grounds as new La Liga season kicks off (15:54)
Madrid, Aug 17 (IANS) The new season in the La Liga kicks off on Friday night with two games, but fans will have to wait until Sunday before Real Madrid and FC Barcelona are in action.

PCB issues show-cause notice to Umar Akmal (Lead) (15:28) IANS Photo Service
Lahore, Aug 17 (IANS) The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday issued notice to Umar Akmal for breaching the code of conduct after the middle-order batsman accused head coach Micky Arthur of verbally abusing him in front of chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq and other senior players.

BCCI's Amitabh, Anirudh's expeditures raise eyebrows (14:42)
New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) BCCI Acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary and Treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhary's expenses touched a whopping Rs 1.56 crore and Rs 1.71 crore respectively in the financial year (FY) 2015-16, 2016-17 and in three months from April this year, according to details available in a report prepared by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA).

Poor planning, Supercup defeat point to difficult season for Barca (14:04)
Madrid, Aug 17 (IANS) FC Barcelona go into the new Liga Santander football season with the task of regaining the title that Real Madrid took from them in the last campaign, but with the feeling that for the moment at least they are playing catch-up against their main rivals, who have been able to build a stronger squad, while a lack of planning has seen Barca going backwards.

Gremio edge toward Copa do Brasil final (14:04)
Rio de Janeiro, Aug 17 (IANS) Brazilian football club Gremio took a step toward in securing a place in the Copa do Brasil final by defeating Cruzeiro 1-0 in the first leg of their semi-final in Porto Alegre.

Mumbai City FC ties up with Rooter for ISL fan-engagement (13:40)
New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) Indian Super League (ISL) franchise Mumbai City FC on Thursday announced its association with real-time sports social platform Rooter as its official fan engagement partner for the fourth edition of the cash-rich football tournament.

India face Australia in ICC U19 World Cup opener (13:38)
Dubai, Aug 17 (IANS) Three-time champions India and Australia will lock horns in their tournament opener of the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup, to be held in New Zealand from January 13 to February 3 next year.

Sania-Shuai advance, Ramkumar crashes out of Cincinnati Masters (12:18) IANS Photo Service
Ohio, Aug 17 (IANS) Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her Chinese partner Peng Shuai advanced to the quarter-finals of the Cincinnati Masters following a straight-set victory in the women's doubles clash here.

Umar Akmal again finds himself in the soup (12:06) IANS Photo Service
Lahore, Aug 17 (IANS) The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced that it would serve Umar Akmal with a show-cause notice even as head coach Micky Arthur brushed aside the allegations levelled against him by the middle order batsman.

Real Madrid loses appeal against Ronaldo ban (11:36) IANS Photo Service
Madrid, Aug 17 (IANS) Spain's football federation have dismissed Real Madrid's appeal against the five-match ban imposed on Portugese star forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

Prince Boateng leaving Las Palmas for personal reasons (11:30)
Las Palmas (Spain), Aug 17 (IANS) Ghanaian midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng said that he is leaving Spanish football club Las Palmas to take care of his family.

Celtic claim Champions berth; Sevilla, Napoli boost their chances (11:18)
Madrid, Aug 17 (IANS) Celtic pounded Astana 5-0 in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier against the squad from Kazakhstan, which all but assures the Scottish football champions a spot in the group stage.

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