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Light at the end Of the tunnel for matured Balotelli

Down on his haunches on the turf of Kiev’s Olympic stadium, Mario Balotelli battled in vain to hold back the tears. The Italy striker, so often labeled miscreant for his temper tantrums of the past, had just witnessed his side’s 0-4 thrashing by Spain in the Euro 2012 final. But these were not tears of a brat who had lashed ...

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Why are athletes beating world records?

What is the key to athletes beating their own records, consistently. A “performance improvement index”, based on a comparision of the relative improvement of top athletes over the last 100 years, explains why. Steve Haake, director of the Centre for Sports Engineering at Sheffield Hallam University, UK, who has developed the ‘index’, said it shows how men’s 100-metre sprint is ...

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Euro 2012 win has to sink in: Jordi Alba

Spain left-back Jordi Alba said Monday it will take time to realise he has become a part of history after scoring in Spain’s 4-0 thrashing of Italy in the Euro 2012 final. The Barcelona left-back was on target along with David Silva, Fernando Torres and Juan Mata in a victory that secured Spain’s record third-successive major title. Alba made it ...

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Australian cricket team to play Afghanistan next month

World No.1 ODI team, Australia will play the emerging Afghanistan in the Middle East next month in the latest step that recognises Afghanistan’s increasing importance in world cricket. The game has been organised as a warm-up for the Australia-Pakistan series, which immediately precedes the ICC World Twenty20 tournament in Sri Lanka, in which Australia, Pakistan and Afghanistan are all competing ...

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Kashmir car rally driver killed in crash, aide critical

The prize distribution function for the Mughal Road Car Rally was cancelled here Monday following the death of a participating driver and critical injuries to his navigator, an official said. “One of the participating drivers in the car rally, Jitender Singh of Punjab, died in vehicle crash at Simthan Pass while returning back to Srinagar in the rally,” Aamir Ali, ...

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We must look to repeat performance: Gayle

Opener Chris Gayle has praised the West Indies batting following their 56-run win over New Zealand in the opening Twenty20 International here but said it was important the Caribbean side kept up the pressure in Sunday’s second match. The left-handed Gayle was at the centre of the victory, paving the way for the Windies’ total of 209 for two with ...

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Young BMX rider dies after crash

A 17-year-old Latvian freestyle BMX rider has died of injuries sustained in a crash during a competition here, organisers said Sunday. Arturs Grikis fell from his bike at the Ghetto Games extreme sports event Saturday, and died of internal injuries at the city’s Ventspils hospital Sunday morning. Event organiser Raimonds Elbakjans told Latvian news agency LETA that Grikis slipped while ...

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IPL is a big party, says Ryder

New Zealand all-rounder Jesse Ryder Sunday called the Indian Premier League (IPL) a “big party”. Ryder’s international career hit a roadblock after he admitted to having a drinking problem, and said that the IPL franchises provided all the luxuries to the player. “It’s an easy life over there. They (IPL franchises) look after you so well and there’s so many ...

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Gayle, Pollard shine as Windies break winless slide

Aggressive opener Chris Gayle stroked his second half-century in three innings since his return to the West Indies team as the Caribbean side broke a nine-match winless slump with a 56-run victory over New Zealand in the opening Twenty20 International of the historic two-match series here Saturday. The left-handed Jamaican brought the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium to life with ...

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India, Pakistan share U-19 Asia Cup after tied final

India Under-19 captain Unmukt Chand led from the front with a magnificent 121 in the thrilling tied final against Pakistan as both the countries shared the Asia Cup at the Kinrara Academy Oval here Sunday. Chasing a target of 283, opening batsman Chand kept alive India’s hope till the final over when seven runs were needed. But after Chand’s dismissal, ...

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Bolt in 200m semis at Olympic trials

Usain Bolt shrugged off a shock defeat to Yohan Blake in the men’s 100 metres final to coast into the semi-finals of the 200 metres at the Jamaica Olympic trials here. Running at the National Stadium, the 25-year-old showed no signs of the heavy defeat as he recorded a time of 21.21 seconds in the opening heat Saturday. Ainsley Waugh ...

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Japanese shuttler wins Russian Open

Japan’s Kazumasa Sakai won badminton’s Russian Open Sunday, denying Vladimir Malkov a second win at his home event in Vladivostok. Kazumasa’s winning margin of 21-17, 21-17 was belied by a strong performance by the Russian No.3 and 2009 champion who led 16-15 in the first game and held Kazumasa at 15-15 in the second before two late surges from the ...

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Comeback Evans fails to qualify at US swimming trials

Former Olympic champion Janet Evans had to end her comeback as the 40-year-old finished 53rd out of 65 swimmers in the 800-metre freestyle preliminaries at the US Olympic trials. Evans timed nine minutes and 1.59 seconds, placing eighth out of 10 swimmers in the heat won by Jamie Bohunicky, a 21-year-old who swam 8:48.42. Evans’ time was far off her ...

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Former Liverpool defender Aurelio out with injury

Former Liverpool and Valencia defender Fabio Aurelio will miss the remainder of the Brazilian Serie A season after suffering a serious knee injury. The 32-year-old tore the anterior cruciate ligament of his right knee in a collision with a teammate during training Saturday for new club Gremio. It came just a day before he was set to make his debut ...

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