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Chennaiyin FC edge out ATK in thriller

chennai: Jeje Lalpheklua scored two goals, including the winner in the 90th minute, as Chennaiyin FC beat ATK 3-2 in an exciting Indian Super League (ISL) match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Thursday. ATK's star signing Robbie Keane made his much-awaited ISL debut, coming in the 61st minute and orchestrated the team's goals but could not finish on the winning side. After a lacklustre first half which saw both teams try hard to break the deadlock without much success, the home side came up trumps after a flurry of goals in the last 25 minutes. In a contest of fluctuating fortunes, Chennaiyin were 1-0 and 2-1 up before the final minutes saw two strikes from either side with the home team coming up with the all- important goal in the 90th minute. It was Jeje, who did the trick for John Gregory's men by calmly slotting home a deflection of ATK goalie Debjit Majumder in front a cheering 17,000-plus fans.

 

Pamment is mi’s new fielding coach

new delhi: Mumbai Indians today announced the appointment of New Zealander James Pamment as its new fielding coach. Pamment (49) will replace former South African great Jonty Rhodes who has been part of the outfit for nine seasons since 2009 and has now expressed desire to move on to spend more time on his personal business ventures, MI said in a release here. Attributing Rhodes' work ethics as key to MI's successful journey, MI owner Akash Ambani termed his contribution as "invaluable" and "unmeasurable in words". "Jonty has been a pillar of strength and energy in Mumbai Indians. His contribution cannot be valued in words," Akash Ambani was quoted as saying in the release.

 

Afghan keeper suspended for doping violation

new delhi: The International Cricket Council on Thursday suspended Afghanistan wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad for one year after he pleaded guilty for failing a dope test. "The wicketkeeper-batsman had inadvertently ingested the prohibited substance, as a contaminant of a weight loss product he was taking, Hydroxycut," the ICC said in a statement. The 29-year-old Shazad breached article 2.1 of the ICC Anti-Doping Code. "Mr Shahzad had provided a urine sample as part of the ICC's out-of-competition testing programme in Dubai, UAE, on 17 January 2017," the ICC stated.

 

Srikanth at 4th, Lakshya breaks into 100

new delhi: Kidambi Srikanth improved a rung to be at the 4th position, while promising Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen entered the World top 100 after jumping 19 places to reach the 89th spot in the latest BWF ranking on Friday. Lakshya, 16, was rewarded for his good run in international badminton this season.  Among others, HS Prannoy and B Sai Praneeth were static at the 10th place and 17th spots, respectively. In women's, PV Sindhu and S Nehwal retained their third and 10th places respectively          Agencies

 
 
 
 
 

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