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Berdych to miss US Open (18 minutes ago)
Prague, July 19 (IANS) Czech tennis ace Tomas Berdych has been forced to skip next month's US Open and the warm up events that precede it due to persistent back problems.

Lahiri stumbles in opening round of British Open (24 minutes ago)
Carnoustie (Scotland), July 19 (IANS) Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri got off to a disastrous start at The 147th British Open with a scorecard of five-over 76 here on Thursday.

Saina, Sindhu, Srikanth, Prannoy retain places in BWF rankings (21:22)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) India's star shuttlers P.V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal retained their positions in women's singles in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings released on Thursday.

Badminton: Indian campaign at Singapore Open ends (21:22)IANS Photo Service
Singapore, July 19 (IANS) The Indian campaign in the Singapore Open ended as all shuttlers crashed out in the pre-quarter finals here on Thursday.

Indian U-17 eves' football team lose to Russia (21:14)
Johannesburg, July 19 (IANS) India lost 1-3 to Russia in the BRICS Under-17 women's football tournament here on Thursday.

East Bengal pip Mohun Bagan on penalties to clinch U-19 IFA Shield (21:14)IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, July 19 (IANS) East Bengal defeated crosstown rivals Mohun Bagan 4-2 on penalties to clinch the Under-19 IFA Shield football tournament here on Thursday.

New coach Luis Enrique open to adapting Spain's passing game (21:14)IANS Photo Service
Madrid, July 19 (IANS) New Spanish national football team coach Luis Enrique said on Thursday that it was possible to evolve the current style of play.

Pension doubled for former sportspersons (20:52)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Thursday said that the rate of pension for sportspersons who have won medals in international competitions and have retired from active sports, has been doubled from April 1.

Kazakh Olympian figure skater Denis Ten stabbed to death (20:36)IANS Photo Service
Astana, July 19 (IANS) Kazakhstan's Olympic medal-winning figure skater Denis Ten was on Thursday stabbed to death at the age of 25.

Roma keeper Alisson on verge of joining Liverpool (20:18)IANS Photo Service
Rome, July 19 (IANS) AS Roma sporting director Monchi on Thursday confirmed that their Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker is on the verge of joining Liverpool FC, adding that the transfer fee offer from the English football giants "was way above the market average".

Arsenal announces Nwakali's transfer to FC Porto (20:14)IANS Photo Service
London, July 19 (IANS) Arsenal announced on Thursday the transfer of Kelechi Nwakali to Portugal's FC Porto on loan for the upcoming football season.

Ronaldo surprises visitors at China's Forbidden City (20:12)IANS Photo Service
Beijing, July 19 (IANS) New Juventus signing Cristiano Ronaldo surprised visitors at the Forbidden City here on Thursday.

Sao Paulo edges Flamengo 1-0, closes gap at top of Brazilian league (19:44)IANS Photo Service
Rio de Janeiro, July 19 (IANS) Sao Paulo went on the road to defeat Flamengo 1-0, narrowing the latter's lead in the 2018 Brazilian league's standings to just a single point.

Pogba answered critics with World Cup show: Ibrahimovic (19:24)IANS Photo Service
London, July 19 (IANS) Star Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic feels former Manchester United teammate Paul Pogba has answered his skeptics with his impressive performance at the just-concluded World Cup, helping France lift the trophy for the second time.

Hamilton renews contract with Mercedes through to 2020 (18:20)IANS Photo Service
Brackley (UK), July 19 (IANS) British Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes signed a two-year contract extension with Mercedes, the racing team announced Thursday.

Golfer Gaurika leads in second round of Hero WPG Tour (18:00)
Bengaluru, July 19 (IANS) Golfer Gaurika Bishnoi made just one birdie on the second hole, but still managed to grab the lead at the end of the second round of the Hero womens Pro Tour at the Eagleton golf resort here on Thursday.

2019 Ashes series from Aug 1 to Sep 16 (17:58)IANS Photo Service
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.

Indian chess body to work out strategy to put more players in world top-20 (17:20)
By Venkatachari Jagannathan
Chennai, July 19 (IANS) The All India Chess Federation (AICF) will soon chalk out a programme of action to have a couple of Indian Grand Masters in the top 20 in the world by 2020, said a senior official.

Kaif urges Shukla for fair probe into UPCA bribery scandal (17:10)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) Former India batsman and Uttar Pradesh captain Mohammad Kaif on Thursday reacted sharply to the alleged bribery scandal unearthed by a sting operation, which claimed that a member of Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Rajeev Shukla's personal staff sought bribes to facilitate selection of players.

Cummins finding ways to stop Kohli's tons Down Under (17:10)
Sydney, July 19 (IANS) Ahead of India's tour Down Under later this year, Australian quick Pat Cummins has praised skipper Virat Kohli as a "really passionate" player while conceding that his bowling attack will target the "prized" wicket of the right-hander.

Deschamps to stay as France coach until 2020 (16:40)IANS Photo Service
Paris, July 19 (IANS) The French Football Federation on Thursday confirmed that Didier Deschamps would continue as the coach of the national team until 2020, when his contract expires.

Zola returns to Chelsea as head coach assistant (16:40)
London, July 19 (IANS) Former Italian football player Gianfranco Zola rejoined Chelsea on Thursday as an assistant to the new head coach Maurizio Sarri, the English club said.

Thailand game a mental test for U-16 team: coach Bibiano (16:40)
New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) After the Indian Under-16 football team came from two goals down to play out a 2-2 draw against Bangkok Glass FC U-17 in Thailand, head coach Bibiano Fernandes labelled the performance as a 'brave' one.

Ronaldo's trip to S. Korea postponed (16:02)IANS Photo Service
Seoul, July 19 (IANS) Portuguese football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will not visit South Korea later this month, officials here said on Thursday, due to his hectic schedule.

Augsburg's Schieber ruled out with knee injury (15:58)IANS Photo Service
Berlin, July 19 (IANS) German football club FC Augsburg has announced that new striker Julian Schieber will be sidelined with a knee injury for several weeks.

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