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India vs New Zealand: Tom Latham stands and deliver for visitors at Wankhede
Mon, Oct 23, 2017

Tom Latham-Ross Taylor partnership helped New Zealand trump Virat Kohli’s 31st ton and take 1-0 lead in the three-ODI series.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Rhian Brewster shoots, England march against USA
Sun, Oct 22, 2017

Rhian Brewster scores a hat-trick, and Morgan Gibbs adds another in 4-1 win over USA to seal semifinal spot

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Iran test defence ahead of knockouts
Sat, Oct 21, 2017

Iran were busy simulating tackles during their practice sessions. They almost formed a line of three, one behind the other, and the defenders would have to deny the attacker from breaching them.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Soccer versus football as USA go up against England
Sat, Oct 21, 2017

The quarterfinal clash at Fatorda on Saturday will have England’s football team taking on the American soccer team.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: The USA team once bitten, this time ready with spray in Goa
Thu, Oct 19, 2017

The USA junior team had visited Goa in May last year for the AIFF Youth Cup with many of the players from their World Cup team and coach John Hackworth having made that trip.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: USA’ Timothy Weah grooves to a different beat
Thu, Oct 19, 2017

United States’ striker Timothy Weah, an R& B and jazz fan, has recorded six songs in a budding hip-hop career

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Mexican fan mistaken for serial match-fixer
Wed, Oct 18, 2017

The evening didn’t end too well either for the fan as he had to endure his team’s 2-1 defeat to Iran.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Football trends in Iran, Iraq despite social media curbs
Wed, Oct 18, 2017

According to Iraq coach Qahtan Chither, his players are allowed one phone call each “sometimes” to check on their families.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Iraq coach Qahtan Chither says Mali ‘look’ like U-23 team
Wed, Oct 18, 2017

Iraq coach Qahtan Chither has accused Mali of fielding a team that looked like an Under-23 team but said they won't be filing any official complaint

FIFA U-17 world Cup: Mexican wave breaks on Iranian rock
Wed, Oct 18, 2017

The Iranians, like they did in the group stage, got things going very quickly taking a 2-0 lead within the first 11 minutes of the match.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Mexico’s music therapy
Tue, Oct 17, 2017

Kevin Lyttle’s dubbed soca single was followed by a few more popular English RnB hits in Spanish before the session ended with something more Mexican, some mariachi. 

FIFA U-17 World Cup: After deflated balls, Mali colts left in the dark
Mon, Oct 16, 2017

A day after Mali colts landed in Margao with 20 deflated balls and no electric pump, they had to cancel a scheduled practice after insufficent power couldn't take load of the lights.

One for the ignoramuses: ‘We are Nee-zherians, not Nigerians’
Mon, Oct 16, 2017

Niger, the largest country in terms of land mass in West Africa, are often mistaken for its similar-sounding neighbour (Nigeria) with which it shares the Niger River.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Eden Gardens is a must see for England coach, Esther Staubli makes history, France’s hunt for home support
Sun, Oct 15, 2017

Like all cricket lovers, Steve Cooper is reverential toward India’s most storied cricket venue and wants to watch a match at Eden Gardens.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: At second home Goa, Brazil take a breather
Sat, Oct 14, 2017

After producing a fast-paced first half, favourties take it easy in the second during their 2-0 win over Niger

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Brazil born ‘Goan’ soccer moms keen to pass on joy of beautiful game
Sat, Oct 14, 2017

Solania, Brazil-born, fears a posibilty of her two sons not considering football over cricket, a sport of her husband’s choice.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Biryani boost for Iran, Guinea skipper’s desire to play for Real Madrid
Sat, Oct 14, 2017

Fandje Toure turned down an offer from Chelsea earlier this year as he dreams to play alongside his idol Cristiano Ronaldo.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Chile’s Kolkata tour, Niger’s emperor, Age no bar for Guinea and Brazil
Fri, Oct 13, 2017

Down and almost out after back-to-back losses, the Chile U-17 team is enjoying their time in Kolkata.

FIFA Under 17 World Cup: In Portugal’s ‘backyard’, Samba beats
Fri, Oct 13, 2017

Goa may shed its lukewarm response to the Under-17 World Cup now that Brazil are in town for their game against Niger

Indian cricket team’s new hurdle: Yo-Yo test
Mon, Oct 09, 2017

Indian cricket team and management has made it clear that every players need to pass yo-yo test to be part of the national team.

We would kill each other to bid for Test cricket rights if everybody was watching it, says Star India CEO Uday Shankar
Sun, Sep 17, 2017

Star India coughed up an amount in excess of Rs 16,000 crore to secure the media rights for the Indian Premier League between the years 2018 and 2022. But CEO Uday Shankar says that, contrary to the general notion, the media rights "were not very expensive."

IPL franchises’ share is 40 per cent, says BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry
Tue, Sep 05, 2017

BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry tells The Indian Express about what Star India’s massive bid of $22.5 billion for Indian Premier League media rights means for the league and the sport.

IPL media rights: Each IPL ball bowled to be worth Rs 23.3 lakh for BCCI
Tue, Sep 05, 2017

Star India pays an astronomical sum of $2.55 bn to bag Indian Premier League’s media rights, establishes a virtual monopoly over broadcasting Indian cricket as it already has right to broadcast matches of Indian cricket team.

Band Bajan: Seven players from Barbados helped West Indies shock England
Thu, Aug 31, 2017

It would still be premature to link the astonishing five-wicket win to some sort of dramatic revival in West Indies cricket. But, when West Indies chased down 322 in the second Test in Leeds, they had completed arguably the greatest turnaround in cricket history.

CoA tells Supreme Court: Sack BCCI’s top three office-bearers
Thu, Aug 17, 2017

CoA has urged the Supreme Court to remove the top three BCCI office-bearers, stating that their conduct was “unfit” and that they weren’t in a position to “make good” on their undertakings of implementing the Lodha reforms.

Get rid of top three BCCI office-bearers, CoA tells Supreme Court
Wed, Aug 16, 2017

The report mentioned that Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke were removed from their posts of the BCCI president and secretary, respectively, through an order of apex court on January 2 and that “it was only fair” the current office-bearers be treated in the “same manner”.

Opener Abhinav Mukund lashes out at trolls targeting his skin colour
Fri, Aug 11, 2017

In a lengthy post on Twitter, Abhinav Mukund, who is presently in Sri Lanka with the Indian team, wrote that he was speaking up not just for himself but “for many from our country who experience ridicule based on the colour on one’s skin”.

Overworked Virat Kohli deserves a mini break
Wed, Aug 09, 2017

Rohit Sharma could be named skipper for limited overs series in Sri Lanka if selectors rest Virat Kohli. The Indian selectors will meet in two days' time to pick the squad for the five ODIs and solitary T20 in Sri Lanka.

Back home, Indian women’s cricket team get their share of the sun
Thu, Jul 27, 2017

The arbitrary photo-shoot once done, it was time for the women to take the podium with Mithali taking first strike. The rest sat diligently on seats arranged on the side, some looking on nervously as if already preparing for their time in the spotlight and in front of the microphone.

Patrick Patterson: The story of an Unquiet Mind
Sun, Jul 30, 2017

The most fearsome of Caribbean pacers disappeared into oblivion in the 1990s. Patrick Patterson is still around, though he does not quite remember the man he was, or his bowling spells which went down in history. But he is grateful for the dogged fan who travelled half-way around the world to his door — to hear his story.

Coaching is the toughest job… captain has tools; as coach, you have nothing, says Ravi Shastri
Fri, Jul 14, 2017

Ravi Shastri shares his vision of how he sees the coaching job should work, the relationship with the team, his time as a player and the philosophy surrounding the coaching job. He was appointed as coach on July 11.

Indian cricket team’s unsettled nine-to-five shift
Tue, Jul 11, 2017

India still seemed to have a 9-5 conundrum, and a weak West Indies outfit should have been the best opportunity for them to get some clarity on it. The 3-1 series win was dominated more or less by the same players.

Beyond a boundary, former West Indian spin-bowling-all-rounder Omari Banks is now Reggae music phenomenon
Tue, Jul 11, 2017

Banks became the first Anguillan to play international cricket when he debuted against Australia in Barbados. He was probably also the first major professional athlete to come out of his island. That still didn’t make him the most popular member of his family.

India vs West Indies: At the fag end, a battle of equals
Sun, Jul 09, 2017

The five-match ODI series was woefully lopsided, but the one-off T20I match promises a more even contest with the return of Chris Gayle and Co. For the record, India have only ever beaten Windies twice in this format in seven matches.

Anil Kumble’s short innings as India head coach
Sun, Jul 09, 2017

Was Anil Kumble overbearing, or sticking to his beliefs? Did Virat Kohli undermine him, or voicing what the team felt? As a meeting is held to pick new India coach on July 10, The Indian Express give the view from dressing room on Kumble’s exit

To hell and back: How former fast bowler Franklyn Rose’s New Zealand stint turned into ‘Banged up Abroad’ experience
Sat, Jul 08, 2017

The charges that were used to send Rose to prison were based on him over-staying his visa. But he insists now that it wasn’t his intention, and that his Kiwi sojourn had turned pear-shaped, and quite dramatically, ever since he was attacked by four unknown men outside his home back in 2012.