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Players should boycott social media to combat racist abuse, says Phil Neville

Aug 21: England women`s coach Phil Neville has urged the football community to boycott social media for six months and 'send a powerful message' in response to a significant rise in online racist abuse of players.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba became the latest high-profile player to be a target of online abuse after he missed a penalty in...

World Test Championship: Kohli’s India gear up for red ball challenge on tricky track

North Sound, Aug 21: A perfect combination and a winning start will be foremost on skipper Virat Kohli's mind when India take on West Indies in their inaugural World Test Championship opener here on Thursday.

A win in the opening Test will be the 27th for Kohli as skipper and will put him on even keel with his predecessor...

FIFA Goal of the Year: Messi and Ibrahimovic in nominees list

Lausanne, Aug 20: Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are the star names on the 10-player short-list announced on Monday by FIFA for its Puskas award for goal of the year. They are joined by three women and five men, with goals scored between July 16, 2018 and July 19, 2019.

There are nominees from the Bundesliga, Spanish Liga and...

ICC Test Rankings: Steve Smith closes in on top-ranked Virat Kohli

Aug 19: Australian batsman Steve Smith has moved up to the second spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Player Rankings for Test batsmen after scoring a valiant knock of 92 during the first innings of the drawn second Ashes Test against England at the Lords' Cricket Ground.

The blistering knock saw Smith gain one spot and close in...

Team India’s security upped in Windies after security threat

Mumbai, Aug 19: The Indian team currently playing in the Caribbean Island has been given additional security after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) received a hoax message that cited Virat Kohli and boys were in danger and their movements were being monitored.

A senior board functionary said that while there was a hoax call on...

Australian Cricketers Association condemns booing of Steve Smith during 2nd Ashes Test

Aug 19: Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) has issued a statement condemning the booing by English fans of batsman Steve Smith after he got hit by a bouncer bowled by England pacer Jofra Archer.

"What was unwelcome and incorrect was the sound of the booing of an injured player. Cricket deserves much better than that. And Lords, the home of...

Virat Kohli completes 11 years in international cricket

Coolidge, Aug 19: Acknowledged by the best in the business and feted across the globe for his consistency, India cricket captain Virat Kohli says he couldn't have asked for more as he completes the 11th year of a stellar international career.

Kohli, whose international career began in 2008, took to social media to share his emotions.

"From starting...

Indian women's hockey team holds Australia to 2-2 draw

Tokyo, Aug 18: The Indian women's hockey team came back twice from a goal deficit to hold world number 2 side Australia 2-2 in a hard-fought round-robin league match of the Olympic Test Event on Sunday.

Vandana Katariya (36th) and Gurjit Kaur (59th) scored for India to cancel out strikes from Kaitlin Nobbs (14th) and Grace Stewart (43rd) in...

Cincinnati: Novak Djokovic stunned by Daniil Medvedev

Cincinnati, Aug 18: World number one Novak Djokovic wilted under pressure from Daniil Medvedev on Saturday, falling 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 to the ninth-seeded Russian in the Cincinnati Masters semi-finals.

Medvedev's upset win sent him into a title showdown with another unexpected finalist, 16th-seeded Belgian David Goffin, who defeated France's Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-4 to reach his first ATP Masters...

Doping: Seven more Russian weightlifters banned

Moscow, Aug 17: Another seven Russian weightlifters have been provisionally suspended for doping violations, joining five compatriots already banned from the sport earlier this week.

The International Weightlifting Federation said on Friday the seven had been charged based on data from the Moscow anti-doping laboratory.

The announcement comes days after the IWF said five other Russian weightlifters had...