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Women’s Hockey Team Produced A Spirited Performance To A 1-1 Draw With The US In Their Last Pool B Match

New Delhi: Indian women’s hockey team has produced a spirited performance to make a comeback from a goal down and hold higher-ranked US team to a 1-1 draw in their last Pool B match. Indian team progresses to the knock-out stages of the World Cup on Sunday with this victory.

The draw enabled India too keep their campaign afloat in the tournament and progress to the cross overs.As per the rules of the tournament the top teams from the four pools progress directly to the quarterfinals while the second and third placed teams will feature in the cross overs to decide the remaining four spots of the last eight round.

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Chopra Qualifies For Diamond League Along With Five Other Athletes

New Delhi: Reigning Commonwealth Games champion, Neeraj Chopra, finished fifth in the Rabat (Morocco) leg of the Diamond League series earlier this month, with a best throw of 83.32m.

He collected four Diamond League points from there and made it to the Final along with five other athletes. Besides Chopra, current world champion Johannes Vetter, Olympic champion Thomas Rohler, 2017 IAAF Diamond League champion Jakub Vadlejch, German champion Andreas Hofmann and Estonian record holder Magnus Kirt have also qualified.

Before Rabat, Chopra has taken part in two other Diamond League Meetings. He finished fourth while collecting five points in Doha on May 4 and sixth, with 3 points, in Eugene (USA) on May 25.

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Difficult For The Team Management To Keep KL Rahul Out Of First Test Against England

New Delhi: Controversially dropped for the last ODI, KL Rahul will make it difficult for team management to keep him out of the first Test against England. Essex left-arm seamer Paul Walter, getting a rare chance to play for the main eleven, had his tails up on Wednesday.

He had got a set Virat Kohli to play away from the body and nick to first slip on the first day of the practice game on a green pitch. Conditions improved later on Day 1 in the three-day tie, but Walter was causing problems due to the angle the tall pacer created. He had also bowled Vijay for 53.

This time, he tried to set up new batsman KL Rahul. The first delivery, pitched up, was creamed through off. The next was short, and Rahul got enough bat but found the extra-cover fielder. The next one carried real danger. It was a slow, pitched up delivery, the kind visiting batsmen obligingly nick in these parts where the ball moves.

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Serena Claims Discrimination By US Doping Chiefs For Testing Her More Than Others

New Delhi: Several times Wimbledon champion, Serena Williams claims that she is the victim of “discrimination” by US doping chiefs who are testing her more than other players. Williams slammed “shocking” treatment over excessive targeting from testers in the run-up to the second Grand Slam of the season.

And in a tweet on Wednesday the 23-time Grand slam winner reignited the discussion. “.....and it’s that time of the day to get “randomly” drug tested and only test Serena,” she posted on her official Twitter page.

“Out of all the players it’s been proven I’m the one getting tested the most. Discrimination? I think so. At least I’ll be keeping the sport clean #StayPositive,” she wrote.

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Cheteshwar Pujara Says, The Team Is Better Prepared Against England Than In 2014

New Delhi: Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara said on July 24 that the team is better prepared against England than in 2014 when they lost the series 1-3.

"We have played a lot of cricket outside the sub-continent since our last tour of England in 2014 and that experience will come in handy. There have been some seaming tracks in India as well and most of the batsmen are experienced in handling the conditions now. We are better prepared this time," Pujara said.

Ahead of the Test series against England, Pujara had spent considerable time at English county Yorkshire. Though his stint produced only mixed results, Pujara said he was happy with his preparations. "Playing county cricket is always helpful as it allows you to get used to the conditions. England is the toughest place to bat because you have to get used to the weather, and the seaming conditions.