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Berlin to host Hockey Indoor World Cup 2018 (8 minutes ago)
Berlin, Jan 18 (IANS) The International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Wednesday announced that Berlin will host the Hockey Indoor World Cup 2018 between February 7-11.

Former Egypt footballer accused of links with terror outfit (10 minutes ago)
Cairo, Jan 18 (IANS) Egypt's former football star Mohamed Aboutrika has been added to a terror list for his alleged links with the banned Muslim Brotherhood group, according to his lawyer.

Defender Lakra aims to return to vintage form in HIL (14 minutes ago)
Mumbai, Jan 18 (IANS) Seasoned defender Birendra Lakra aims to hit full throttle in the Coal India Hockey India League (HIL), starting from January 21, as he continues his comeback process after a knee surgery.

Australia batsman Handscomb to make ODI debut vs Pakistan (16:34)
Perth, Jan 18 (IANS) Middle-order batsman Peter Handscomb will make his One-Day International (ODI) debut for Australia against Pakistan in the third match of the VB ODI series on Thursday as the hosts aim to wrest back the initiative.

India aim to wrap up ODI series vs England in second tie (Preview) (16:26)
Cuttack, Jan 18 (IANS) After guiding India to a thrilling three-wicket win against England in his maiden One-day International (ODI) as full-time skipper, Virat Kohli will be aiming to clinch the three-match series by grabbing the second ODI too here on Thursday.

Former English footballer Whitehouse passes away at 81 (15:58)
Manchester, Jan 18 (IANS) Former English footballer Brian Whitehouse breathed his last at the age of 81, his former club West Bromwich Albion has confirmed.

Karlovic - The giant who served a record 75 aces (15:52)
By Binoo K. John
Melbourne, Jan 18 (IANS) Croatian giant Ivo Karlovic served 75 aces to set an Australian Open record of 75 aces in a match during his first round tennis match against Horacio Zeballos, winning 6-7, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 22-20.

Volunteers' recruitment programme for 2018 football World Cup sets new record (15:26)
Moscow, Jan 18 (IANS) A programme for recruiting volunteers for the 2018 football World Cup in Russia has set a new record with around 1,77,000 applications submitted, global governing body FIFA has said.

Kerber celebrates 29th birthday with victory in Australian Open (15:26)
Melbourne, Jan 18 (IANS) World No.1 woman tennis player Angelique Kerber celebrated her 29th birthday on Wednesday with a 6-2, 6-7(3), 6-2 victory against her compatriot Carina Witthoeft, securing her place in the third round of the Australian Open.

Winger Orellana will not play for Celta Vigo again, says coach (15:24)
Madrid, Jan 18 (IANS) Celta Vigo head coach coach Eduardo Berizzo has said that winger Fabian Orellana will not play for the Spanish football club again following a fallout with the Chilean international as he showed "unacceptable lack of respect" to him.

Brathwaite committed to West Indies duty despite T20 lure (15:08)
Sydney, Jan 18 (IANS) West Indies star Carlos Brathwaite has reiterated his commitment to playing international cricket, despite the demand for his services in Twenty20 leagues across the globe.

Duan to face Venus Williams in third round of Australian Open (15:06)
Melbourne, Jan 18 (IANS) China's Duan Yingying defeated Vavara Lepchenko of Uzbekistan in the second round of the Australian Open tennis tournament here on Wednesday.

Israeli president receives FC Barcelona Foundation delegation (14:58)
Jerusalem, Jan 18 (IANS) Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has received a delegation from the FC Barcelona Foundation at his residence here, in the Spanish football club's quest for social and cultural partnerships in foreign countries.

Sporting Gijon coach Abelardo resigns (14:52)
Madrid, Jan 18 (IANS) Abelardo Fernandez became the eighth coach in the Spanish La Liga to lose his job this football season when he tendered his resignation from Sporting Gijon.

Bopanna, Sania enter second round of Australian Open (Second Lead) (14:50)
By Binoo K. John
Melbourne, Jan 18 (IANS) India's star tennis doubles players, Rohan Bopanna pairing Pable Cuevas of Peru and Sania Mirza pairing with her new partner Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic, advanced to the second round with little difficulty on the third day of the Australian Open.

Bopanna, Sania enter second round of Australian Open (Lead) (13:28)
Melbourne, Jan 18 (IANS) Indian tennis players Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza advanced to the second round of Australian Open on Wednesday.

Demichelis is Malaga's new player till season-end (12:18)
Malaga (Spain), Jan 18 (IANS) Spanish football club Malaga said Argentinian Martin Demichelis is the new player for the remainder of the La Liga season.

Bopanna-Cuevas advance at Australian Open (12:10)
Melbourne, Jan 18 (IANS) Indian ace tennis player Rohan Bopanna and Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay entered the men's doubles second round of the Australian Open here on Wednesday.

Brazil's Jadson mulls options after leaving Tianjin Quanjian (12:04)
Rio de Janeiro, Jan 18 (IANS) Former Brazil international midfielder Jadson is considering offers from several Brazilian clubs after rescinding his contract with China's Tianjin Quanjian.

Rivaldo agrees to join Barcelona "Legends" project (12:04)
Rio de Janeiro, Jan 18 (IANS) Former FIFA World Player of the Year Rivaldo said he has agreed to act as a global ambassador for his former club, Barcelona.

Mohun Bagan thump Minerva 4-0 to go top of I-League (Lead) (22:10)
Kolkata, Jan 17 (IANS) A far superior Mohun Bagan thrashed newcomers Minerva Punjab FC 4-0 in a third round I-League football match at the Rabindra Sarovar Stadium on Tuesday to go top of the league table.

Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Manipur boxers shine at youth nationals (21:16)
New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) Pugilists from Tamil Nadu, Punjab and Manipur won their respective bouts to reach the second round of the Youth Men's and Women's National Boxing Championship here on Tuesday.

Haryana beat Jaipur to enter PWL final (21:04)
New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) Haryana Hammers entered the Pro Wrestling League (PWL) final for the second consecutive year with a comfortable 6-3 win over Jaipur Ninjas in their semi-final contest at the KD Jadhav Indoor Stadium here on Tuesday.

Real's Ronaldo returns for Copa del Rey, Isco may play (20:42)
Madrid, Jan 17 (IANS) Star forward Cristiano Ronaldo returns to a Copa del Rey call for the first time in the football season in the first leg of the quarter-finals against Celta de Vigo, where midfielder Isco Alarcón may also reappear after recovering from injury.

Mumbai eye revenge against Punjab in PWL semis (Preview) (20:40)
New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) Defending champions Mumbai Maharathi will aim to enter the final for the second consecutive time when they meet Punjab Royals in the second semi-final of the Pro Wrestling League (PWL) at the KD Jadhav Indoor Stadium here on Wednesday.

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