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image New Delhi, India: After a strong 2013 Moto3 season, finishing third in the manufacturers’ standings, Mahindra Racing is struggling in the ongoing 2014 season in the 250cc class of the World Motorcycle Racing Championship.

Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira clinched the team's first and only podium so far in the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix and -- continuing his efforts this year -- achieved a fourth place finish in the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix. But after that, the team has struggled to keep pace with championship contenders KTM and Honda.

“We have been unlucky this year. We had a good start in Qatar. Then we had a couple of crashes, some mechan
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image Dubai: He knocked over Chris Gayle`s stumps in his very first over to set it up for Kings XI Punjab and young medium pacer Sandeep Sharma said it was an "awesome moment" to dismiss the feared batsman in their IPL match against Royal Challengers Bangalore here on Monday.

"I`ve seen Gayle playing many times, hitting many other bowlers, it was an awesome moment (to get him bowled)," Sharma said at the post-match presentation ceremony. Kings XI Punjab continued their winning streak with a facile five-wicket victory to strengthen their position at the top of the heap as Royal Challengers Bangalore were left licking their wounds after yet another loss in the ongo
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image London, U.K.: Arsenal moved four points clear of Everton in the race for the fourth and final Champions League place on offer to Premier League clubs with a convincing 3-0 win over Newcastle United on Monday.

A rare strike by Laurent Koscielny opened the scoring at the Emirates Stadium before Mesut Ozil netted for the 10th time this season and Olivier Giroud sealed victory with his 21st goal of the campaign to boost the Gunners` hopes of a 17th successive term in Europe`s premier club competition.

Arsene Wenger`s side now require just one more victory from their final two league matches against either West Bromwich Albion or Norwich City to book their spot.
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image Sharjah, United Arab Emirates: A stunning catch by Australian Chris Lynn in the last over made the difference as Kolkata Knight Riders narrowly beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by two runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium here Thursday.

Royal Challengers, looking for their third win on the trot, put Knight Riders into bat and they scored 150 for seven in 20 overs with Chris Lynn (45) and Jacques Kallis (43) doing the bulk of the scoring.

Royal Challengers were in control throughout the run chase after a flying start provided by Yogesh Takawale (40 off 28 balls). Virat Kohli (31) and Yuvraj Singh (31) then took over and it se
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image Rome, Italy : Juventus striker Carlos Tevez insisted that his side have good chance to reach the Europa League final despite their 2-1 loss to Benfica on the road in the first leg of their tie Thursday.

The Argentine really had something to celebrate as he broke his four-year long Europe goal drought in the first leg of the Europa League semifinal in Lisbon, Xinhua reported.

But he put his team's interest ahead of his own.

"My goal isn't that important, and it only matters that we are still in the running for qualification," he said.

"I am happy as I am physically fit. We've got a very good chance of getti
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image Dubai, : Chennai Super Kings defeated Rajasthan Royals by seven runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium here Wednesday.

Defending their total of 140/6, Super Kings bowled out the Royals for 133 in 19.5 overs with left arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja picking up 4/33 from his four overs.

Put in to bat, Super Kings kept losing wickets at regular intervals right from the start. It was only opener Dwayne Smith who blazed through the Royals bowling attack with the highest score of the match, hitting 50 off only 28 balls which included six superb boundaries and three sixes.

After West Indian Smith got out it wa
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image Madrid,: Chelsea contained Atletico Madrid here Tuesday to come away with a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal, setting up a decisive sequel next week in London.

Spain's Crown Prince Felipe and his wife, Princess Letizia, were among the roughly 54,000 people who packed Vicente Calderon stadium hoping to see Atleti take a big step toward its first European final in 40 years.

La Liga-leading Atletico dominated in possession and scoring chances, but could not break Chelsea, even though injuries forced the Blues to play most of the match without starting goalkeeper Petr Cech and the last 17 minutes of regulation minus top defender John
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image Lisbon,:  Benfica beat Olhanense 2-0 at the Luz Stadium here with a double from Lima to clinch the Portuguese top flight football league title.

Brazilian attacker Lima put Benfica ahead in the 57th minute and then scored again in the 60th when his effort went between goalkeeper Vid Belec's legs Sunday, reports Xinhua.

Two rounds from the league final, first placed Benfica clinched their 33rd league title and reclaimed the crown from Porto, which has been at the top for three years.

Benfica missed several early chances. Gaitan almost scored in the third minute following a cross by Rodrigo from the right but his effort was blocked by Luis F
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image Sharjah,United Arab Emirates.: Another superb show of batting by Glenn Maxwell gave Kings XI Punjab a massive seven-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in a big run chase in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium here Sunday.

Former champions Rajasthan Royals thought they had a winning total on board after half-centuries from Sanju Samson (52) and skipper Shane Watson (50) took them to a competitive 191 for five in 20 overs.

But Maxwell and David Miller, who struck an unbeaten 51 off just 19 balls, put up a stunning show of power-packed batting as Kings XI easily surpassed the target scoring 193 with seven wickets in hand and eight balls to
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image   Kolkata Knight Riders defeated defending champions Mumbai Indians by 41 runs in the first game of the Indian Premier League 2014 in Abu Dhabi. Follow the highlights here: (Match scorecard | Commentary | Schedule)


23:40 IST: I am playing less cricket now so I can put my body on the line.  I don't have too many years left so am trying to enjoy as much as I can in the last two years: Jacques Kallis after picking up the Man-of-Match award.

That's the end of the opening match. Delhi Daredevils take on Royal Challengers Bangalore tomorrow.


23:38 IST: If me or Jacques (Kallis) end
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image Photo Credit: Delhi Daredevils captain Kevin Pietersen will miss the side’s opening game against the Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday. Pietersen is believed to have injured his finger during a practice drill and will be forced to watch the game from the sidelines. “He did not play in the practice match and he won’t be considered for tomorrow’s game. Dinesh Karthik will captain the side,” Delhi Daredevils’ assistant coach, Eric Simmons, confirmed.

“It is a setback for us because he is an important player in our setup. It is a bit of a jolt for us, but what we did well during the auction was that we made sure that we
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image Photo Credit: The seventh season of Pepsi Indian Premier League was flagged off in Abu Dhabi with an opening event rich in cricketing pedigree as well as a generous dose of fun and frolic.

It began with a welcome note by H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mubarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Culture, Youth & Community Development, in which he spoke of the UAE’s determination as a nation to move forward in the sporting field.

Then it was time for host, Ravi Shastri to invite the eight IPL captains to vow their allegiance to maintain the integrity of cricket by signing the MCC Spirit of Cricket plaque.

Staying with the subject of cricket’s
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image   Rio de Janeiro, April 9 - Napoli defender Bruno Uvini has started training with Brazilian outfit Santos following his arrival on a nine-month loan.

The 22-year-old is expected to make his debut for the club in its Copa do Brasil fixture against Mixto next week, reported Xinhua.

Uvini has struggled for first-team opportunities since being signed by Napoli from Sao Paulo in 2012.

Santos secured him just before the close of Brazil's international transfer deadline April 1.

The center-back captained Brazil to victory at the 2011 U-20 World Cup and has been capped three times for Brazil's senior team. (IANS)  
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image   Johannesburg, Apr 8 - World No. 1 Rafael Nadal has retained his spot on top of the recent men's tennis rankings issued by the ATP.

Meanwhile, Frenchman Richard Gasquet has returned to the top ten at the expense of Canada's Milos Raonic.

According to Sport24, Nadal has 13, 730 points and Serbia's Novak Djokovic, a recent Indian Wells and Miami Masters winner, close behind on 11, 680, while Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland is third on 5760 points.

ATP top 10 as of April 7:

1. Rafael Nadal, Spain, 13, 730 points

2. Novak Djokovic, Serbia, 11, 680

3. Stanislas
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image   New Delhi, April 7 : Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar pleaded with fans not to crucify Yuvraj Singh for his lacklustre performance in the final of the World Twenty20 and warned against writing him off.

Tendulkar wrote on his Facebook page that Yuvraj, who took 21 balls for his 11 runs, had a tough day and should be criticised but should not be written off.

"It is the unpredictable nature of the game that makes cricket such an exciting sport. As cricketers, we always enjoy the applause when we succeed but it is the support and encouragement from fans during tough times that we appreciate the most," said Tendulkar.
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image   London, April 5 : English Premier League champions Manchester United could be without Wayne Rooney when they travel to Munich to face Bayern in their second-leg quarterfinal match next week with the England striker sustaining a toe injury.

Rooney bruised his toe during United's 1-1 home draw with the reigning champions Bayern in the first-leg match Tuesday, reports Xinhua.

Red Devils manager David Moyes revealed Friday that his side would be without Rooney in Saturday's league match against Newcastle and could also miss the Munich match next Wednesday.

"Wayne's got a badly bruised toe," Moyes said. "He picked it
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image   Rome, April 5 : Giuseppe Rossi is working hard to regain fitness in hope of playing the Coppa Italia final, his agent said.

The Fiorentina striker has been sidelined since early January when he suffered a knee injury, and since then he has been working to recover as soon as possible, his agent Andrea Pastorello said Friday, reports Xinhua.

"Giuseppe has worked so much," Pastorello said. "For over two months now he has worked twice a day, six days a week.  He has done all of this with an above average intensity too."

"We have never hidden that the aim is to get him fit for the Coppa Italia final," he said
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image Baku, April 5 - The 2015 European Games will have around 6,000 competitors from the 49 Olympic nations of Europe, the Coordinating Commission of the European Olympic Committee said in the Azerbaijan capital Friday.

The Games will encompass 19 sports including aquatics, archery, track-and-field, basketball 3x3, beach football, boxing, canoe sprint, gymnastics, judo, karate, shooting, taekwondo, volleyball and wrestling, Xinhua reported.

"The Games will reflect the energy and unity of Europe and bring new and meaningful competitions to our athletes as well as bind the European NOCs together with one common goal," Ireland's Patrick Hickey, president o
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