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Surprised at being conferred Padma Shri: Kidambi Shrikanth (22:56) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, March 20 (IANS) Noted badminton player Kidambi Shrikanth on Tuesday said that he was surprised when he got a call from the government about his selection for the Padma Shri.

Portugal train for Egypt friendly (21:16)
Lisbon, March 20 (IANS) Portugal's football squad undertook a training session on Tuesday at the Soccer City ground in Lisbon ahead of friendly games against Egypt and the Netherlands.

Santosh Trophy: Mizoram see off strong Goa (21:10) IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, March 20 (IANS) Former champions Mizoram completed a come-from-behind 3-1 victory over six-time champions Goa in their opening Group B game of the 72nd edition of the national football championship for Santosh Trophy at the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium here on Tuesday.

Chiellini's thigh injury 'not serious' (20:00) IANS Photo Service
Turin, March 20 (IANS) Veteran Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini's right thigh injury, which he took against Spal in a Serie A match on Saturday, is not serious, the Italian football champions announced on Tuesday.

Peru's suspended star striker returns to training with Flamengo (19:48) IANS Photo Service
Rio de Janeiro, March 20 (IANS) Peruvian national team star striker Paolo Guerrero, who was hit with a six-month doping ban by FIFA, will be back in training on Tuesday with Brazilian club Flamengo, the team has announced.

Spain trains without Pique ahead of friendlies (19:46)
Madrid, March 20 (IANS) The Spain national football team on Tuesday practised at its second-to-last training camp before the 2018 World Cup without Gerard Pique, who missed the first session in which Rodrigo Hernandez, Marcos Alonso and Dani Parejo took part, under coach Julen Lopetegui's helm.

Headlight failure forces Aishwarya to retire from Desert Storm (19:30)
Bikaner, March 20 (IANS) A malfunctioning headlight ended national womens racing and rally champion Aishwarya Pissays campaign in Desert Storm 2018 here as she was docked a penalty of 100 hours, forcing her to retire from the week-long cross-country rally.

FIFA satisfied with high tempo of World Cup ticket sales (19:26)
Moscow, March 20 (IANS) The worlds governing football body, FIFA, is satisfied with the progress in ticket sales for the 2018 World Cup, which kicks off in 11 cities across Russia this June, a FIFA official said on Tuesday.

Santosh Trophy: Punjab rally past Odisha 2-1 (19:26) IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, March 20 (IANS) Former champions Punjab rallied from a goal down to beat Odisha 2-1 and open their campaign with a win in the 72nd edition of the national championship for Santosh Trophy here on Tuesday.

FIFA experts satisfied with Yekaterinburg Arena's readiness (18:52)
Moscow, March 20 (IANS) Experts from football's governing body, FIFA, are satisfied with the readiness of the football arena in the Russian Urals city of Yekaterinburg for hosting matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, a FIFA official said on Tuesday.

Rathore honours winners of Parliamentarians' rally (18:50)
New Delhi, March 20 (IANS) Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore gave away trophies to the winners of the JK Tyre - Constitution Club of India Club Car Rally for Parliamentarians here.

Rathore flags off BSF's 2nd expedition to Mt. Everest (18:30) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, March 20 (IANS) Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Tuesday flagged off the Border Security Force (BSF) mountaineering team's second expedition to Mount Everest.

Excited about playing in Mumbai T20 league, says Lad (IANS Interview) (18:22)
By Ajeyo Basu
Mumbai, March 20 (IANS) Fresh from a series of excellent performances in domestic competitions this season, upcoming batsman Siddhesh Lad is excited about representing the Shivaji Park Lions in the inaugural Mumbai T20 league.

Nadal considered to be 'ideal boss' in Spanish survey (18:14) IANS Photo Service
Madrid, March 20 (IANS) Spanish tennis ace Rafael Nadal is the sports personality most Spaniards would like to have as their boss, according to a report published by a human resource company.

Golfer Gursimar favourite for 6th leg of Hero women's tour (18:12)
Gurugram, March 20 (IANS) Golfer Gursimar Badwal, who has won two of the last three events and has been the most consistent in the 2018 season, will begin as a clear favourite in the sixth leg of the Hero womens Pro Tour, starting at the Classic Golf & Country Club here on Wednesday.

IPL: RCB camp under way at Bengaluru (17:08)
Bengaluru, March 20 (IANS) Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have begun their preparations with a six-day camp for the new Indian Premier League (IPL) season, which begins from April 7.

New Davis Cup format difficult for India: Amritraj (IANS Interview) (16:38)
By Ajeyo Basu IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, March 20 (IANS) With the national tennis squad scheduled to face China next month, former star Vijay Amritraj on Tuesday said the new Davis Cup format is not ideal for emerging countries like India.

Golfer Shubhankar ready for WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play (16:08) IANS Photo Service
Austin (Texas), March 20 (IANS) Indias Shubhankar Sharma will enter the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play cauldron after being drawn into a mouth-watering opening match against reigning Masters Tournament champion Sergio Garcia on Wednesday.

Bad diet was the reason I used to vomit on pitch: Messi (15:18) IANS Photo Service
Barcelona, March 20 (IANS) A change in his diet has helped Argentine FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi not throw up on the pitch during games, the celebrated forward revealed .

IPL: Rajasthan Royals announce ticketing partner (14:54) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, March 20 (IANS) Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday announced online ticketing platform as the ticketing partner for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

IPL: Kings XI announce change of home schedule (14:46) IANS Photo Service
Mohali, March 20 (IANS) Kings XI Punjab on Tuesday cited logistical difficulties while announcing a change in their upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) home schedule with the first three matches now shifted to the Mohali stadium here before capping it off with four matches at Indore.

Rabada cleared to play third Test vs Australia (14:10) IANS Photo Service
Johannesburg, March 20 (IANS) South Africa received a major shot in the arm ahead of the third Test against Australia, starting in Cape Town on Thursday, after paceman Kagiso Rabada's two-match ban for making physical contact with Steve Smith was overturned by the ICC's code of conduct appeal commissioner Michael Heron.

Lazio defender Luiz Felipe signs new contract (13:52)
Rome, March 20 (IANS) Lazio's Brazilian defender Luiz Felipe has signed a contract extension until 2022 with the capital football club.

Injured Coentrao, Ruben Dias out of Portugal football squad (13:52)
Lisbon, March 20 (IANS) Sporting full back Fabio Coentrao and Benfica defender Ruben Dias have left the Portuguese national team camp with injuries and were replaced by Luis Neto (Fenerbahce) and Mario Rui (Napoli), the Portuguese football federation has announced.

Miami Open set to create new tennis memories at Hard Rock Stadium (13:42)
Miami, March 20 (IANS) The Miami Open tennis tournament has officially initiated its move from its historic location on Key Biscayne to Hard Rock Stadium where, starting in 2019, it will begin to create new memories that leave behind nostalgia for its three decades at Crandon Park.

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