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Police arrest seven for murder of Panama midfielder

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Panama, April 18 : Seven persons have been arrested for their involvement in the murder of Panama international midfielder Amilcar Henriquez, local authorities said.

The suspects, three of whom are reportedly minors, were detained in or near the Caribbean port city of Colon, according to prosecutors on Monday, reports Xinhua news agency.

Henriquez and at least one other person were killed in a drive-by shooting on Saturday. A third person also suffered injuries, according to the police.

The prosecution statement gave no motive for the attack and are believed to have ruled out robbery as a reason.

Henriquez, who was capped 75 times for Panama, had recently rejoined his original club Arabe Unido in Panamanian football’s top tier.

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Happy B’day Sachin: 10 interesting facts you should know about Master Blaster

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New Delhi, April 24: Sachin Tendulkar, the god of Indian cricket, is celebrating his 45th birthday today (April 24). 

Over a career spanning 24 years, 200 Test matches, 100 centuries, Sachin Tendulkar went from a being a 16-year-old debutant on the international pitch to the God of cricket.

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While he came on the pitch with a reputation of having once hit 326 not out as a schoolboy, little did the world know what was in store from the little master.

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Known as one of the greatest batsmen of all time, the former Indian international cricketer is the highest run scorer of all time in international cricket.

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Additionally, Tendulkar is also known for taking a stand on social and civic issues and is a role model looked up to by many, not just in India, but across the world. Which is why it did not come as surprising to see every second person referring to Tendulkar as the ‘legend of cricket’ and somebody who has ‘changes their lives’.

After giving us some of the best cricket moments of our lives, Tendulkar announced his retirement from ODIs in 2012 and later retired from Twenty20 cricket in October 2013.

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Tendulkar received the Arjuna Award in 1994 for his outstanding sporting achievement, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 1997, India’s highest sporting honour, and the Padma Shri and Padma Vibhushan awards in 1999 and 2008, respectively, India’s fourth and second highest civilian awards.

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After a few hours of his final match on 16 November 2013, the Prime Minister’s Office announced the decision to award him the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award. He is the youngest recipient to date and the first ever sportsperson to receive the award.

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At the Legend’s 45th birthday, we bring you some interesting facts about the cricket genius you should know.

1. Sunil Gavaskar gifted the 14-year-old Sachin a pair of his own ultra-light pads. Those pads were later stolen while Sachin was at the under-15 national camp.

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2. The only Test-playing nation where Sachin has never scored a Test century is Zimbabwe.

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3. Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for scoring most Test centuries (5) before turning 20.

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4. Sachin Tendulkar met Anjali for the first time at Mumbai airport in 1990. He was returning from the tour of England at the age of 17.

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5. Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar married Anjali at the age of 22.

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6. Sachin’s daughter ‘Sara’ is named after the first tournament Sachin won as a captain – ‘Sahara’ Cup in 1997. 

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7. In 2007, Virgin Comics created a new superhero called ‘Master Blaster’ based on Sachin to launch a new series of comic books.

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8. Sachin Tendulkar carries India’s national flag in his cricket bag and also sports it on his helmet.

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9. This one is very interesting!! In the Kotla Test against Pakistan where Kumble took a perfect 10, whenever Tendulkar handed Kumble’s sweater and cap to the umpire at the start of an over, Kumble took a wicket. So he continued doing that until Kumble took all ten.

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10. Sachin Tendulkar went to watch the movie Roja in 1995 with a beard and disguise. It all went wrong when his glasses fell off and the crowd in the cinema hall recognized him.

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Here’s wishing the ”God of Cricket” a very Happy Birthday!!

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IPL 2018: Sunrisers fancy chances against under-pressure Mumbai

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Mumbai, April 24: Sunrisers Hyderabad will aim to recover from the recent slump and get back to winning ways when they face an under-pressure Mumbai Indians in a league encounter of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here on Tuesday.

Sunrisers have slipped from a comfortable three-match winning start, suffering back-to-back defeats to Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) respectively, and would be keen to bounce back.

Defending champions Mumbai, on the other hand have a tough task to rediscover themselves after slumping to their fourth loss in five games.

Mumbai had started their campaign with three losses on the trot before registering their first win over Royal Challengers Bangalore, but the three-wicket defeat to Rajasthan Royals on Sunday has once again put them under tremendous pressure.

With nine games left before the play-off stage, Mumbai find themselves in a tight situation to win at least seven of them to improve their chances. As such, a win over SRH on Tuesday is imperative to keep them in the hunt.

Barring local boy Suryakumar Yadav’s heroics with the willow, Mumbai have very little to boast of this season, with the other batsmen yet to deliver.

Yadav has had a consistent run of good scores in the opening slot, leaving him four short of reaching the 200 mark for the season, while skipper Rohit Sharma struck one match-winning knock of 94 against RCB.

Mumbai’s biggest misery in batting has been the repeated failures of West Indian Keiron Pollard and his compatriot Evin Lewis, at the top while the all-rounder duo of Pandya brothers — Hardik and Krunal — have also failed to impress with the bat this season.

In the bowling department, the pace duo of Jasprit Bumrah and Mustafizur Rahman have been right on the money while Mitchell McClenaghan has got among the wickets despite finishing with a higher economy rate. The Pandya siblings have done a decent job with the ball.

Meanwhile, despite a three-match winning streak, Sunrisers find themselves at the lower half of the IPL table, thanks to the successive defeats to Kings XI and CSK.

While captain Kane Williamson has been in superb form, carrying the batting on his shoulders to amass 230 runs in five games, the other batsmen, including opener Shikhar Dhawan, have not given him adequate support.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha has been particularly below par with a tally of just 62 runs and may soon make way for Shreevats Goswami.

Among other batsmen, Yusuf Pathan showed glimpses of his old attacking self against Rajasthan with a quick 27-ball 45, but still lacks consistency.

The bowling unit looks formidable with Bhuvneshwar Kumar leading the pack in the company of youngsters Siddarth Kaul, Billy Stanlake and T.Natarajan.

Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan along with Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan will aim to contain the fancied Mumbai line-up in the middle overs.

Teams:

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson (Captain), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shikhar Dhawan, Shakib Al Hasan, Manish Pandey, Carlos Brathwaite, Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha, Rashid Khan, Ricky Bhui, Deepak Hooda, Siddarth Kaul, T.Natarajan, Mohammad Nabi, Basil Thampi, K Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Sachin Baby, Chris Jordan, Billy Stanlake, Tanmay Agarwal, Shreevats Goswami, Bipul Sharma, Mehdi Hasan, Alex Hales.

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mustafizur Rahman, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Rahul Chahar, Evin Lewis, Saurabh Tiwary, Ben Cutting, Pradeep Sangwan, Jean-Paul Duminy, Tajinder Singh, Sharad Lumba, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Mayank Markande, Akila Dhananjaya, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne.

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Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik set to become parents

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New Delhi, April 24: Indian tennis player Sania Mirza and former Pakistan cricket captain Shoaib Malik are set to become parents, the couple announced on Monday.

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“We are soon to become parents. Having thought about it for a while, we both felt right now is the correct time to start a family,” the 31-year-old Sania announced on her Twitter and Instagram accounts with a picture.

Sania wrote “#BabyMirzaMalik ” on her account while husband Shoaib wrote “#MirzaMalik”. After their posts went viral, friends and fans alike began congratulating the couple.

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“When we found out, we were ecstatic and couldn’t wait to give out this news to our fans and well-wishers. We are very excited to enter this new phase of our lives and look forward to our journey as parents,” she added.

Earlier last month, Sania and Shoaib said they wanted a daughter but whenever they decide to start a family, Sania would want her child’s surname to be ‘Mirza Malik’. The posts they shared on Monday add credence to this fact as both of them wrote ‘MirzaMalik’ on their accounts.

Sania won six Grand Slam in her 15-years of the professional career. The pair got married on April 12, 2010.

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