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Super Sunday for India: India vs Pakistan in Cricket and Hockey




NewDelhi, June 18: For sports enthusiasts it just cannot get bigger than this Sunday. It doesn’t matter where your allegiances lie for it is expected to be a breathtaking day and one where you would need multiple monitors and screens as things clash as far as the timings go.

Two epic battles are on the cards as India lock horns against Pakistan on the cricket field, and also clash against each other on the hockey turf.

Those who are following the Champions Trophy closely know that the Men in Blue beat Bangladesh in the semi-final on Thursday to set a date with their arch rivals in a blockbuster clash this Sunday. The Indian hockey team led by Manpreet Singh on the other hand will also take the field on Sunday against Pakistan in London in the Hockey World League (HWL) semi-finals.

   India vs Pakistan, ICC Champions Trophy Final

In the ICC Champions Trophy semifinal, India thrashed Bangladesh by nine wickets as with a Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli show, who hammered the Tigers’ bowlers all around the park to put together 178 runs. Whereas in the other semifinal, Pakistan stunned hosts England with their remarkable bowling performance, restricting the opposition to 211. Pakistan chased down the total with eight wickets in hand. On Sunday, the decider will reveal the winner of the eighth edition of ICC Champions Trophy.The match will begin at 3 pm IST at the Oval.

Pakistan have also had a fantastic run in the tournament after the loss to India in the group stage, and Sunday’s final will be a mouth-watering clash for fans.

TV TIMING: The first ball is scheduled for 3 PM with toss at 2.30 PM from The Oval, London.

India vs Pakistan, Hockey World League

In the Hockey World League semifinal Pool B game, India play their third game of the tournament when they face Pakistan have had a terrible start to the tournament. India began their campaign with two straight wins – 4-1 against Scotland and 3-0 against Canada while Pakistan were spanked 0-6 by Canada on Friday evening and had started with a 0-4 defeat to Netherlands. India is currently ranked 6th in World Hockey, while Pakistan are 13th. Teams who qualify from this tournament will play in the HWL finals which will be held in Bhubaneswar. The match will start at 6:30 pm IST in London.

TV TIMING: The ball gets rolling at 6.30 PM from Olympic Park, London

           Kidambi Srikanth vs Kazumasa Sakai, Indonesia Open Super Series Final

Away from the theme of India vs Pakistan will be Kidambi Srikanth who will take on World No. 47 Kazumasa Sakai of Japan in the final of Indonesia Super Series Premier. Srikanth comes into the final on the back of a nervous and dramatic semifinal against World No 1 Son Wan Ho. Srikanth saved one match and converted his third to book a place in the decider.

TV Timing: Kidambi Srikanth is second on court with play scheduled to start at 1.30 PM IST. Expect Srikanth’s match to begin after 2 PM.

Both Cricket and Hockey teams will be out there wearing the national jersey and hopefully the Indian boys will win the double over Pakistan in England and give the fans back home a reason to smile.

WeForNews Bureau



Miami Open: Puig beats Stosur, reaches second round



Monica Puig

Miami (US), March 22: Puerto Rican player Monica Puig advanced to the second round of the 2018 Miami Open after defeating Australian Samantha Stosur 6-3, 6-4.

Puig played better than her Australian rival in the match on Stadium Court in the Tennis Center at Crandon Park here on Wednesday, where she managed to win the first set, taking advantage of the lead she achieved in the eighth game, reports Efe news agency.

In the second set, Puig did not take long to clinch a 2-0 lead, and although she let her serve slip in the sixth game, she immediately regained control of the court and won the set.

Read more…Serena bows out in first round of Miami Open

Prior to this match, Stosur had enjoyed a record of four victories and two losses in a total of six matches against Puig but the Puerto Rican has won their last two matches.

The next match will not be easy for the gold medallist of the 2016 Rio Olympics as she is scheduled to take on No.2 seed, Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki, who was a finalist in the 2017 Miami Open.


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Serena bows out in first round of Miami Open



Serena Williams

Miami (US), March 22: Japan’s Naomi Osaka, fresh from winning the biggest title of her career this month at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, defeated an out-of-sorts Serena Williams 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the second round of the Miami Open.

The 20-year-old Osaka, who was born to a Haitian father and a Japanese mother and grew up in the United States, broke the 23-time Grand Slam champion in the seventh game and then finished off the first set with yet another break of serve here on Wednesday, reports Efe news agency.

Osaka, who broke Williams’ serve on two more occasions in the second set, was clearly the sharper of the two players considering that Serena was playing just her fourth WTA match in the past 12 months.

But the 22nd-ranked Osaka also showed she could match her opponent in the power department and most notably on the serve, ending the match with more aces (seven to three) and winning a higher percentage of first-serve points (78 percent to 76 percent).

She faced just two break points in the match and saved both of them.

Williams’ rust was apparent whenever she had to put in a second serve and enter a baseline rally, as was reflected in her 31 percent winning percentage on second-serve points.

The American went from bad to worse during the one-hour, 17-minute contest and appeared to be shocked at the routine shots she missed to lose her serve in the final game, including a wild forehand well over the baseline on match point.

Next up in the second round of this hard-court event for Osaka, who is unseeded at the Miami Open because she was ranked outside of the top 40 until her strong result in Indian Wells, will be fourth seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine.


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Bad diet was the reason I used to vomit on pitch: Messi




Barcelona, March 20: A change in his diet has helped Argentine FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi not throw up on the pitch during games, the celebrated forward revealed .

“I ate badly for many years: chocolates, fizzy drinks, and everything,” Messi told La Cornisa TV.

“That is what made me throw up during games. Now I look after myself better. I eat fish, meat, salads. Everything is organised and taken care of,” Messi added.

There were concerns over Messi’s state of health and many thought the five-time Ballon d’Or might have an illness, or was suffering from stress.

“I’ve learned to live the way I do, to be myself because at the end of the day it’s easier to do it that way,” the 30-year-old conceded.

“I don’t think too much about how I have to act because of constantly being watched. I’m aware that whenever I speak there are many people that listen, that there are repercussions. I always try to think about what I say in order not to generate controversies.”

Messi also talked about his sons. He welcomed Ciro, his third, earlier this month, but the occasion did not make him emotional.

“The last time I cried for joy was when my son Mateo was born (2015),” Messi said.

“By the time the third one came, I was already used to it!”

Messi added that the birth in 2012 of his first son, Thiago, influenced his life and he could take on-field defeats in a better way.

“The arrival of my first son (Thiago) made me open my mind, not to focus solely on my profession, on football,” he said.

“Of course I don’t like to draw or lose but I take it differently. There are many important things other than a result.

“In the end it’s a game and everyone wants to win, be a champion and be the best. But at times it’s not possible. You can’t always win and not always the best one wins. I learned that when it’s over, there are other things… being with my children, my wife, my family, the rest is secondary.”


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