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Ruthless India thrash England to pocket Test series 4-0

Chennai: Riding on Karun Nair's unbeaten 303 and left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja's seven for 48, a ruthless India on Tuesday hammered England by an innings and 75 runs in the fifth cricket Test and clinched the five-match rubber 4-0.

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Pinki & Jafreen: 'ASBAH' supports to sportswomen brings laurels to the nation

New Delhi: Two girls whose sporting career is sponsored by ASBAH have won laurels for the country at two different international sporting events.

Jafreen Shaik – young tennis player from Hyderabad, Telengana, lost her hearing ability at a very young age. But this handicap has not discouraged her from pursuing her passion for playing Tennis at the top level. Her determination to excel is finally paying off.

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Wawrinka beats Djokovic to win US Open men's title

New York: Third-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland overwhelmed World No.1 Novak Djokovic 6-7 (1-7), 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 at the Flushing Meadows here to clinch his first US Open tennis title and his third Grand Slam title.

Wawrinka, who fired 46 winners, including three aces, while saving an impressive 14 of 17 break points, prevailed after three hours and 55 minutes on Sunday.

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Thangavelu strikes gold, Bhati gets bronze in Paralympics

Rio de Janeiro: Mariyappan Thangavelu became only the third Indian ever to clinch a Paralympic gold, while Varun Bhati secured a bronze as the duo scripted history for the country in the men's T42 high jump event of the ongoing Rio Games here.

The 21-year-old Thangavelu, who was merely five-years-old when his right leg was crushed by a speeding bus while he was on his way to school, joined Murlikant Petkar (1972, swimming) and Devendra Jhajharia (2004, javelin throw) in the Indian Paralympics gold club.

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106-year-old woman becomes oldest Olympic torch bearer

Rio De Janeiro: Three years after becoming the world's oldest skydiver, Aida Gemanque became the oldest Olympic torch bearer on Saturday when she carried the flame in the Amazonian city of Macapa, aged 106.

Gemanque broke the record formerly held by Alexander Kaptarenko, who was 101 when he took part in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics relay, Xinhua news agency reported.

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Maria Sharapova suspended for 2 years for failed drug test

London: Maria Sharapova was suspended Wednesday for two years for failing a drug test, labeled "the sole author of her own misfortune" because she hid regular pre-match use of a newly banned substance from anti-doping authorities and members of her own entourage.

The tennis star said she would appeal what she called "an unfairly harsh" punishment to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The ban, handed down by a three-person Tennis Anti-Doping Program tribunal appointed by the International Tennis Federation, is backdated to Jan. 26, when Sharapova last played. She tested positive for meldonium that day after losing to Serena Williams in the Australian Open quarterfinals. The panel said various elements of Sharapova's case "inevitably lead to the conclusion" that she took the substance "for the purpose of enhancing her performance."

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