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Millie edges out Gurbani in play-off


September 20th, 2012 - 9:15 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 20 (IANS) Millie Saroha held her nerve against a better ranked Gurbani Singh in a play-off to register her first win of the season as she grabbed ... Read more...

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Digvijay eyes ‘double’ at Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open


September 18th, 2012 - 1:39 pm ICT by IANS
Hyogo (Japan), Sep 18 (IANS) India's Digvijay Singh hopes that changes to his golf swing and a strict mid-season training regime will lead him to a unique Asian Tour 'double' ... Read more...

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Sheru Classic to be held Oct 6


September 13th, 2012 - 5:13 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 13 (IANS) The second edition of the Sheru Classic Professional Bodybuilding Championship is to be held here Oct 6 at the IGI Stadium.The competition, first held last ... Read more...

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Iniesta out for two weeks


September 13th, 2012 - 5:10 pm ICT by IANS
Madrid, Sep 13 (IANS) Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta will miss his team's Champions League opener against Spartak Moscow next Wednesday due to an injury which may keep him out of ... Read more...

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Murray first Brit to win Grand Slam singles title (Lead)


September 11th, 2012 - 6:02 pm ICT by IANS
New York, Sep 11 (IANS) Andy Murray has overpowered Serbia's Novak Djokovic in five gruelling sets in a classic US Open final to become the first Britisher to win ... Read more...

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US title takes Murray to World No 3


September 11th, 2012 - 6:02 pm ICT by IANS
New York, Sep 11 (IANS) Andy Murray has become the first British man to win a Grand Slam title since 1936 by defeating Serbian defending champion Novak Djokovic in ... Read more...

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US Open: Murray wins Grand Slam title at last (Second Lead)


September 11th, 2012 - 6:02 pm ICT by IANS
New York, Sep 11 (IANS) Andy Murray became the first British man to win a Grand Slam men's singles title in 76 years after defeating Serbia's Novak Djokovic in ... Read more...

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Tsegay favourite to win Delhi Half Marathon


September 10th, 2012 - 7:46 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 10 (IANS) One of the world's fastest half-marathoners Ethiopian Atsedu Tsegay has confirmed his participation for the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon.The 21-year-old Tsegay clocked 58.47 minutes when ... Read more...

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Russia’s women retain chess Olympiad title


September 10th, 2012 - 6:09 pm ICT by IANS
Moscow, Sep 10 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia's women defended their Chess Olympiad title in Istanbul over the weekend with a 4-0 thrashing of Kazakhstan edging them past China.Russia had trailed China ... Read more...

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Asian Volleyball: India face Japan for bronze medal play-off


September 7th, 2012 - 2:06 pm ICT by IANS
Hanoi, Sep 7 (IANS) India will face Asian Games champion Japan in the bronze medal play-off match after they lost to defending champion Iran in a keenly contested semi-final of ... Read more...

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US Open: Djokovic to face Ferrer in semis


September 7th, 2012 - 1:31 pm ICT by IANS
New York, Sep 7 (IANS) Defending champion Novak Jokovic survived a three hour thriller to set-up a semi-final clash with David Ferrer in the men's singles of the US ... Read more...

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US Open: Sharapova to face Azarenka in semis (Lead)


September 6th, 2012 - 6:40 pm ICT by IANS
New York, Sep 6 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova survived a scare to beat 11th seed Marion Bartoli in the US Open women's singles quarterfinal here at ... Read more...

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US Open: Azarenka overcomes Stosur to reach semis (Lead)


September 5th, 2012 - 1:33 pm ICT by IANS
New York, Sep 5 (IANS) World No.1 Victoria Azarenka advanced to the US Open semifinals for the first time with a 6-1, 4-6, 7-6(5) victory over seventh-seeded defending champion ... Read more...

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US Open: Rain postpones most matches


September 5th, 2012 - 1:18 pm ICT by IANS
New York, Sep 5 (IANS) Frequent rains postponed most matches of the US Open here at the Flushing Meadows.The remnants of Hurricane Isaac dumped rain here a couple of ... Read more...

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US Open: Azarenka, Stosur to meet in quarters


September 3rd, 2012 - 5:16 pm ICT by IANS
New York, Sep 3 (IANS/RIA Novosti) World No.1 Victoria Azarenka and reigning champion Samantha Stosur won their fourth round matches to meet in the US Open quarterfinals here at ... Read more...

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Button wins in chaotic Belgian GP


September 2nd, 2012 - 9:28 pm ICT by IANS
Spa-Francorchamps, Sep 2 (IANS/RIA Novosti) McLaren's Jenson Button took his first win since March with a disciplined drive from pole position in a chaotic and entertaining Belgian Grand Prix Sunday.Championship ... Read more...

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U.S. Open: Robson ousts Li Na


September 1st, 2012 - 2:50 pm ICT by IANS
New York, Sep 1 (IANS) British teen Laura Robson stunned Chinese ninth seed Li Na at the US Open here at the Flushing Meadows to book a fourth round ... Read more...

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US Open: Djokovic in second round


August 29th, 2012 - 2:20 pm ICT by IANS
New York, Aug 29 (IANS) Defending champion Novak Djokovic beat Italian opponent Paolo Lorenzia 6-1, 6-0, 6-1 in the first round of US Open tennis.The Serbian won 79 of ... Read more...

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Pistorius predicts hard race at Paralympics


August 29th, 2012 - 1:43 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 29 (IANS) Paralympic icon Oscar Pistorius said the men's T44 100 metres final at the London Paralympics will be difficult to win.The South African is the defending champion ... Read more...

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Li Na, Stosur ease into US Open second round


August 28th, 2012 - 2:49 pm ICT by IANS
Flushing Meadows (New York), Aug 28 (IANS) Chinese ninth seed Li Na and defending champion Samantha Stosur reached the US Open tennis second round Monday with easy victories.Li, the ... Read more...

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Reigning champion Dortmund defeat Bremen in season opener


August 25th, 2012 - 1:47 pm ICT by IANS
Dortmund, Aug 25 (IANS) The 50th Bundesliga kicked-off as defending champion Borussia Dortmund defeated Werder Bremen 2-1 owing to the winner by substitute Mario Goetze, at the Signal Iduna Park ... Read more...

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US Open: Federer, Murray drawn to meet in semis


August 24th, 2012 - 2:43 pm ICT by IANS
New York, Aug 24 (IANS) Top seed Roger Federer is drawn to meet Britain's Andy Murray in the semifinals at the US Open following their duels of Wimbledon and ... Read more...

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Australian Squash Open concluded


August 19th, 2012 - 8:22 pm ICT by IANS
Canberra, Aug 19 (IANS) After seven days of intense competition, the 2012 HI-TEC Australian Squash Open concluded at the Canberra Royal Theatre Sunday.In the women's final, defending champion Nicol David ... Read more...

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ICC U-19 World Cup: Australia and South Africa set for semifinal clash (Lead)


August 19th, 2012 - 7:12 pm ICT by IANS
Townsville (Australia), Aug 19 (IANS) Australia and South Africa continued their unbeaten run in the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup with contrasting wins in their respective quarterfinals here Sunday.Defending champion ... Read more...

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Djokovic wins Rogers Cup, eyes US Open


August 13th, 2012 - 3:52 pm ICT by IANS
Toronto, Aug 13 (IANS) Serbia's defending champion Novak Djokovic won the Rogers Cup for a third time, defeating Frenchman Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-2 in the men's singles final here.World ... Read more...

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US claim basketball gold, Ugandan marathon (Overall World Roundup)


August 13th, 2012 - 1:13 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 13 (IANS) Kevin Durant scored a game-high 30 points as the US edged Spain 107-100 to retain the Olympic men's basketball title while marathon runner ... Read more...

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Olympics: Sushil secures silver on concluding day (India Roundup)


August 12th, 2012 - 10:58 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 12 (IANS) Wrestler Sushil Kumar's silver Sunday made him the first individual athlete from India to win back-to-back medals at the Olympics and ensured the country's sixth ... Read more...

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Olympic boxing: Britain’s Joshua wins super heavyweight gold


August 12th, 2012 - 10:13 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 12 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Anthony Joshua of Britain won a thrilling super heavyweight (+91kg) final against Italy's defending champion Roberto Cammarelle to take Olympic gold here at the ExCel ... Read more...

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Olympic wrestling: Sushil first to win back-to-back medals (Lead)


August 12th, 2012 - 9:11 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 12 (IANS) Wrestler Sushil Kumar Sunday became the first individual athlete from India to win back-to-back medals at the Olympics after settling for silver in the men's ... Read more...

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Chinese diver determined to bag diving gold at London


August 11th, 2012 - 3:26 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 11 (IANS) China's diving world champion Qiu Bo launched a near-perfect display from the 10m platform to qualify in top spot for Saturday's semi-finals.Qiu, winner of the event ... Read more...

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Olympic 5,000m: Ethiopia’s Defar stuns Dibaba for gold


August 11th, 2012 - 6:43 am ICT by IANS
London, Aug 11 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Ethiopia's 2004 gold medallist Meseret Defar regained her Olympic 5,000 metres title Friday, powering dramatically past defending champion Tirunesh Dibaba in the final straight.Defar accelerated ... Read more...

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Olympic boxing: Bronze for Russia, Ireland


August 10th, 2012 - 10:21 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 10 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia's David Aryapetyan and Ireland's Paddy Barnes won Olympic bronze medals in men's 49kg boxing here Friday.Aryapetyan, a 2009 world silver medallist, narrowly lost his ... Read more...

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Olympic athletics: Felix finally takes 200 metres gold


August 9th, 2012 - 7:59 am ICT by IANS
London, Aug 9 (IANS) Having faced disappointment of not being able to win a gold medal on two previous occasions, Allyson Felix made sure this time it should be different ... Read more...

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Olympic athletics: Russian Antyukh wins 400m hurdles gold (Lead)


August 9th, 2012 - 6:19 am ICT by IANS
London, Aug 9 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russian Natalya Antyukh won the women's 400 metres hurdles Olympic gold Wednesday by posting a personal best of 52.70 seconds for the top medal, holding ... Read more...

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Olympic athletics: Merritt hurdles to 110m gold for US


August 9th, 2012 - 3:59 am ICT by IANS
London, Aug 9 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Aries Merritt of the US took the Olympic gold medal in the men's 110 metres hurdles Wednesday.Merritt, the world No. 1, ran a new personal ... Read more...

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