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Real Madrid dominate FIFA's 2018 World XI (14:00)
London, Sep 25 (IANS) The 2018 FIFPRO World XI announced here includes four current Real Madrid players and erstwhile teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.

France's Deschamps named FIFA best men's coach of the year (13:48)IANS Photo Service
London, Sep 25 (IANS) Didier Deschamps, who led France to World Cup glory in Russia, was honoured with the prize for best men's coach of the year at The Best FIFA Football Awards 2018 gala here.

Salah strike in Merseyside derby proclaimed goal of the year (13:48)IANS Photo Service
London, Sep 25 (IANS) Though he lost out to Luka Modric for best male player of the year, Liverpool's Mohamed Salah did not walk away empty-handed from The Best FIFA Football Awards 2018 gala here, picking up the Puskas trophy for best goal.

Wozniacki beats Peterson, moves on to Wuhan Open 3rd round (13:48)IANS Photo Service
Wuhan (China), Sep 25 (IANS) Denmarks world number two Caroline Wozniacki defeated Swedens Rebecca Peterson on Tuesday to advance to the third round of the Wuhan Open.

Kerber beats injured Keys, advances at Wuhan Open (13:48)IANS Photo Service
Wuhan (China), Sep 25 (IANS) Madison Keys of the United States was forced to retire in the second set of her Wuhan Open second round match against Germanys Angelique Kerber on Tuesday.

Indian hockey team shoots for 'Kaun Banega Crorepati' (Lead) (12:02)
Mumbai, Sep 25 (IANS) The Indian hockey team has shot for an episode for the quiz show "Kaun Banega Crorepati" hosted by Amitabh Bachchan. The megastar called the sportsmen as the country's "brand ambassadors".

Shraddha Kapoor 'excited' to start shooting for 'Saina' (11:26)
Mumbai, Sep 25 (IANS) Actress Shraddha Kapoor, who has started shooting for the biopic on India's veteran shuttler Saina Nehwal titled "Saina", says she is excited to embark in this new journey.

Sportsmen are nation's brand ambassadors: Big B (11:16)
Mumbai, Sep 25 (IANS) Megastar Amitabh Bachchan says sports is the identity of a nation and sportsmen are the brand ambassadors.

Messi to miss Argentina friendlies against Iraq, Brazil (07:58)IANS Photo Service
London, Sep 25 (IANS) Lionel Messi's leave of absence from Argentina's national team will extend to at least November, the Albiceleste's interim coach Lionel Scaloni has said.

Luka Modric named best male player at FIFA awards (07:12)IANS Photo Service
London, Sep 25 (IANS) Croatian footballer Luka Modric was named the world's best male player at the Best Fifa Football Awards here.

Former BCCI President B.N. Dutt dead (Lead) (22:40)IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, Sep 24 (IANS) Former President of Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) in India Biswanath Dutt, famed as a strict disciplinarian and one who brought the legendary Jagmohan Dalmiya into cricket administration, died at his south Kolkata residence on Monday following prolonged respiratory ailments, family sources said.

Chess Olympiad: Indian teams breeze past their opponents (Lead) (22:32)
By Venkatachari Jagannathan
Chennai, Sep 24 (IANS) Resting five times World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand, the fifth seeded Indian chess team under the open category breezed past the 94th seeded El Salvador scoring 3.5-05 points at the 43rd World Chess Olympiad held at Batumi, Georgia.

Chess Olympiad: Indian open team breezes past rivals (22:16)
By Venkatachari Jagannathan
Chennai, Sep 24 (IANS) Resting five times World Chess Champion V. Anand, the fifth seeded Indian chess team in the open category breezed past the 94th seeded El Salvador scoring 3.5-05 points in the first round at the 43rd World Chess Olympiad held at Batumi, Georgia.

Gavrilova upsets Ostapenko in Wuhan Open 1st Round (20:32)IANS Photo Service
Wuhan (China), Sep 24 (IANS) Australias Daria Gavrilova defeated Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia in straight sets in the first round of the Wuhan Open here on Monday.

Atletico coach says squad improving (20:30)IANS Photo Service
Madrid, Sep 24 (IANS) Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone said on Monday that his squad is improving after a rocky start to the La Liga football season, and praised France midfielder Thomas Lemar for his first Spanish league goal in the 2-0 win against Getafe over the weekend.

TVS racer Jagan extends lead at INMRC championship table (20:28)
Bengaluru, Sep 24 (IANS) TVS Racings Jagan Kumar put up a stellar show in the fourth round of the Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship (INMRC) to extend his championship lead.

Afghanistan keeper Shahzad reports fixing approach (20:18)IANS Photo Service
Dubai, Sep 24 (IANS) In a fresh case of corruption in cricket, Afghanistan wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad has been approached to underperform in the inaugural edition of the Afghan Premier League to be played in Sharjah from October 5 to 23. The offer was made during the ongoing Asia Cup here.

Vedanta Group bets big on Indian football (20:04)
New Delhi, Sep 24 (IANS) After setting up its state-of-the-art facilities in Udaipur and Goa, Vedanta Ltd. on Monday unveiled its plans to spread its wings to the states of Odisha and Chhattisgarh, as it aims to build a development model for grassroots football across the country.

Defiant India hold Iran in AFC U-16 football meet (20:00)
Kuala Lumpur, Sep 24 (IANS) India played a goalless draw against Iran in the AFC U-16 football Championship at the Bukit Jalil Stadium here on Monday.

With a twist in the tail, Indian open chess team finalised for Olympiad (18:14)
By Venkatachari Jagannathan
Chennai, Sep 24 (IANS) With a twist in the tail, the fixed board order for the Indian open chess Olympiad team has been finalised, as per the information gleaned from the team pairings uploaded in the official website.

CA closes Moeen's 'Osama' probe for lack of fresh details (18:08)IANS Photo Service
Melbourne, Sep 24 (IANS) Cricket Australia (CA) on Monday announced the closure of the probe into English all-rounder Moeen Ali's allegations of being addressed as "Osama" by an Australian player during the 2015 Ashes series, after no new details emerged.

Leg-spinner Rashid inks all-format deal with Yorkshire (17:54)IANS Photo Service
London, Sep 24 (IANS) One month after making his Test comeback for the first time since 2016, leg-spinner Adil Rashid on Monday inked a one-year contract extension with his county side Yorkshire, making himself available for all formats.

India finish Serbian Junior & Cadet Open on a high (17:50)
Kovilovo (Serbia), Sep 24 (IANS) Indias young paddlers concluded their successful run in the Serbian Junior and Cadet Open here on Sunday, adding three gold, four silver and six bronze medals.

Rescued sailor is mentally stable, says father (17:14)IANS Photo Service
Kochi, Sep 24 (IANS) V.C. Tomy, father of Indian Naval Commander Abhilash Tomy, on Monday heaved a sigh of relief as he heard about his son being finally rescued by a French vessel from the high seas in the southern Indian Ocean.

Play golf to boost longevity, cut stroke risk (17:00)IANS Photo Service
London, Sep 24 (IANS) Want a long life? Playing golf regularly can boost longevity as well as reduce the risk factors for heart disease and stroke, a panel of international experts has claimed, while stressing on the need to make the sport more inclusive.

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