McLaren presents new car for F1 season (13 minutes ago)
London, Feb 24 (IANS) McLaren presented on Friday its new car, MCL32, ready for the 2017 Formula One world championship.

Defender Federico renews contract with Swansea until 2020 (23 minutes ago)
London, Feb 24 (IANS) Welsh football club Swansea City announced on Friday the contract renewal of defender Federico Fernandez until June 2020.

Aizawl out for revenge against Chennai FC in I-League (Preview) (23 minutes ago)
Aizawl, Feb 24 (IANS) Aizawl FC will look to avenge their earlier loss to Chennai City FC when they meet in an I-League football clash here on Saturday.

Kumble defends team, calls it a bad day at office (22:02)
Pune, Feb 24 (IANS) India chief coach Anil Kumble defended his team after the hosts were bowled out for 105 in their first innings, resulting in Australia taking a commanding lead of 298 runs at stumps on the second day of the opening cricket Test here on Friday.

Sindhu prefers Andhra over Telangana for government job (21:38)
Vijayawada, Feb 24 (IANS) Olympic 2016 silver medallist P.V. Sindhu has preferred Andhra Pradesh over Telangana to accept a government job offer. The star shuttler, who was born in Hyderabad, has accepted the job offer of Andhra Pradesh, the state her parents come from.

Roma vs Lyon, highlight of Europa League's last 16 draw (20:28)
Nyon (Switzerland), Feb 24 (IANS) The draw for the Europa League's last-16 football contest sets Roma against Olympique Lyonnais. The draw, held here on Friday, also resulted in a German clash between Schalke and Borussia Mönchengladbach, and Belgian battle between Ghent and Genk.

JK Tyre Himalayan Drive 5 to be flagged-off on Saturday (19:48)
Siliguri, Feb 24 (IANS) As many as 100 top rallyists from around the country will be vying for the top honours when the Biswa Bangla JK Tyre Himalayan Drive 5 gets underway here on Saturday.

Smith reassured me, helping me stay calm, says O'Keefe (19:32)
Pune, Feb 24 (IANS) Buoyed after helping Australia gain a vital 155-run first innings lead, left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe, who got his maiden six-wicket haul in the first cricket Test against India, credited his skipper Steve Smith for helping him stay calm here on Friday.

Mumbai aim to continue sensational campaign in HIL semi-final (Preview) (19:22)
Chandigarh, Feb 24 (IANS) Maiden semi-finalists Dabang Mumbai will look to extend their dream campaign into the final of the Coal India Hockey India League (HIL) when they face former champions Delhi Waveriders in a last four battle at the Chandigarh Hockey Stadium here on Saturday.

Donetsk eliminated from Europa League by Celta Vigo (19:10)
Kiev, Feb 24 (IANS) Ukrainian football club Shakhtar Donetsk was eliminated from the UEFA Europa League Round-of-32 after a 1-2 aggregate defeat to Spanish outfit Celta Vigo at the Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv.

Cutting Edge Events named exclusive sales agency for FIFA 2018 World Cup (18:58)
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) After being named the exclusive sales agency in India for the 2018 football World Cup, Cutting Edge Events President Mayank Khandwala on Friday hoped to have more than 2,000 fans flying in from the country to watch the matches in Russia next year.

Pooja's bronze opens India's medal count in shooting World Cup (18:58)
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Ace shooter Pooja Ghatkar claimed a bronze in the women's 10m air rifle event to open India's medal count at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range here on Friday.

AIBA organises certification courses for national academy (18:34)
Rohtak, Feb 24 (IANS) The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) on Friday organised the International Boxing Association (AIBA) One-Star certification courses at the National Boxing Academy here.

Real Madrid's Varane out for 1 month due to injury (18:22)
Madrid, Feb 24 (IANS) Real Madrid on Friday announced that defender Rafael Varane is suffering from a hamstring injury.

Bengaluru FC to take on table toppers East Bengal in I-League (18:20)
Bengaluru, Feb 24 (IANS) Reigning champions Bengaluru FC are set to take on table-toppers East Bengal in the I-League match at the Shree Kanterava Stadium here on Saturday.

Smith, O'Keefe put Australia 298 runs ahead of India at stumps (Roundup) (17:40)
Pune, Feb 24 (IANS) Left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe's career-best six-wicket haul and skipper Steve Smith's half century helped Australia take a commanding lead of 298 runs as they reached 143/4 in their second innings at stumps on the second day of the opening cricket Test at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Friday.

Second division football club forfeits match, owner absconding (17:20)
Kolkata, Feb 24 (IANS) Pride Sports, a Madhya Pradesh-based club currently playing the second division league organised by the All India Football Federation (AIFF), has all but disbanded club operations, also giving a walkover to their opponents in their last group engagement on Friday.

Wembley experience will give us advantage at EFL Cup final: Smalling (17:14)
Manchester, Feb 24 (IANS) Manchester United's experience of playing at Wembley stadium should hold the team in good stead ahead of Sunday's EFL Cup final against Southampton, defender Chris Smalling said.

UP Wizards aim to break HIL semi-final jinx, face Kalinga (Preview) (17:12)
Chandigarh, Feb 24 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Wizards will aim to break their semi-final hoodoo, while Kalinga Lancers will eye a second consecutive final appearance when these two sides face off in a last-four match of the Coal India Hockey India League (HIL) here on Saturday.

Zulpikar refuses to fight Vijender on April 1 (17:04)
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) WBO Oriental super middleweight champion Zulpikar Miamiatiali, who was set to fight WBO Asia Pacific Super middleweight champion Vijender Singh in Mumbai on April 1, has backed out of the bout, the promoters IOS Boxing announced on Friday.

Scoreboard: India vs Australia Test (Second Day) (17:00)
Pune, Feb 24 (IANS) Scorecard at the close of play on the second day of the first cricket Test between India and Australia here on Friday:

First Test: Smith, O'Keefe put Australia 298 runs ahead of India at stumps (16:40)
Pune, Feb 24 (IANS) Left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe's career-best six-wicket haul and skipper Steve Smith's half century helped Australia take a commanding lead of 298 runs over India at stumps on the second day of the opening cricket Test here on Friday.

Smartron rumoured to launch Tendulkar-branded phone  (16:22)
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Homegrown technology and IoT company Smartron is rumoured to launch an exclusive Sachin Tendulkar-branded mobile phone in April which will be the first-ever signature series of the master blaster for a mobile phone brand.

Indian athletes can dominate Kenyans, Ethiopians in future: Gebrselassie (15:28)
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Two-time Olympic gold medallist long distance runner Haile Gebrselassie on Friday predicted that Indian atheltes will outshine their Kenyan, Ethiopian and other African counterparts on the track in the coming days.

Woakes, Boult will make big impact for KKR, says batsman Pandey (15:10)
Kolkata, Feb 24 (IANS) India batsman Manish Pandey, who is part of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), said new recruits Chris Woakes and Trent Boult would make the difference for the city-based franchise in the cash-rich Twenty20 cricket league starting April 5.

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