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Afridi retires from international cricket

Tuesday, 21 Feb 2017 | AFP | Sharjah

Legendary Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi announced his retirement from international cricket, ending an illustrious and sometimes controversial 21-year career. The 36-year-old star had already quit Tests in 2010 and ODI cricket after the 2015 World Cup but still skippered the Pakistan Twenty20 team at the 2016 world championships in India. He...

City look for solace in Europe

Tuesday, 21 Feb 2017 | AP | London

After the Champions League knockout phase was opened by teams with a combined 24 European titles, the spotlight shifts to those with far less of a continental pedigree. Just one of this week's four Round of 16 matches features former European champions, with FC Porto and Juventus — both two-time winners...

India, SA gear up for Final of WC qualifier

Tuesday, 21 Feb 2017 | PTI | Colombo

Having already booked their berths in the ICC Women's World Cup, India and South Africa would have a chance to perform freely on the big stage and put their best foot forward when they clash in the final of the qualifying tournament, here on Tuesday. These two teams were assured of...

Messi's 90th minute penalty saves Barca

Tuesday, 21 Feb 2017 | AP | BARCELONA

Lionel Messi scored a 90th-minute penalty for his second goal of the night to give Barcelona a 2-1 win over lowly Leganes in the Spanish league on Sunday. Messi's spot-kick, following a questionable penalty after Neymar tumbled in the area, saved Barcelona from a second demoralizing result this week after a...

Defending champions Punjab fail to reach S/F

Tuesday, 21 Feb 2017 | PNS | New Delhi

Tristan Clemons was at his usual best yet again to help Jaypee Punjab Warriors beat Uttar Pradesh Wizards 1-0 here on Monday but it wasn’t enough as the defending champions failed to reach the semifinals of Hockey India League 2017. Mink van der Weerden was the lone scorer of the match...

Dhoni axed as Pune skipper

Monday, 20 Feb 2017 | PTI | Kolkata

Mahendra Singh Dhoni was on Sunday removed as captain of IPL franchise Rising Pune Supergiants and replaced by Australian Steve Smith, ending his innings as skipper in both international and franchise cricket. Dhoni, who had stepped down as India's limited-overs captain to snap his international run as skipper earlier this year,...

Iyer’s double ton highlights draw

Monday, 20 Feb 2017 | PTI | Mumbai

Young batsman Shreyas Iyer pounded the Australian bowlers with his career-best unbeaten 202 before the three-day warm-up game between India A and the visitors ended in a draw here on Sunday. Iyer, who resumed at overnight 85, completed his century in 10 minutes and put the Aussie attack, especially spinners Nathan...

Focus on uncapped players at IPL auction

Monday, 20 Feb 2017 | PTI | Bengaluru

There will be a strong focus on buying uncapped Indian players with eight franchises gearing up to pick a maximum of 76 out of the 350 plus, who will go under the hammer at the auction for the 10th Indian Premier League, here on Monday. This is the last auction of...

‘Sledging Virat makes him even better’

Monday, 20 Feb 2017 | PTI | Mumbai

Known for playing mind games, Australian vice-captain David Warner today indicated that they will not sledge in-form India skipper Virat Kohli in the upcoming four-match Test series beginning February 23. "For us, it's about going out there and playing our brand of cricket. Virat Kohli is one of those players, if...

Waveriders play out a draw against UP

Monday, 20 Feb 2017 | PTI | New Delhi

With a semifinal spot at stake, Uttar Pradesh Wizards and hosts Delhi Waveriders played a 1-1 draw in a crucial Hockey India League match here on Sunday. The first quarter saw the Delhi Waveriders make a strong start with some excellent counter attacking skills, creating a lot of chances with brave...

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Tamil Nadu’s political quagmire

19 Feb 2017 | Kumar Chellappan

What will happen to the State politics after the weakening of the AIADMK? There is a positive consolidation of the DMK under the leadership of Stalin, which should be taken into consideration. One can only wait and watch, writes Kumar Chellappan It may not be out of place to write a requiem for a political entity called the AIADMK, which has been admitted to the critical care unit and connected...

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STATE EDITIONS

Stop promoting ‘donkeys of Gujrat’ appeals CM

21 Feb 2017 | PNS | Lucknow

Political rhetoric touched a new low in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh with Samajwadi Party chief and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav asking mega star Amitabh Bacchan `to stop appearing in the advertisement promoting donkeys of Gujarat’. Yadav was speaking at an election rally at Rae Bareli on Monday...

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SOUNDBITE

In the case of both nations, India and Afghanistan, cross-border terrorism is originating from Pakistan which is also patronising it.

Afghan Speaker | Abdul R Ibrahimi

I have said goodbye to international cricket. I have played with seriousness and in a professional way for my country.

Pakistani cricketer | Shahid Afridi

All of us in America have generally paid for our gas and oil all along. We're not in Iraq to seize anybody's oil or gas.

US Defence Secretary | Jim Mattis
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