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Rahul, Chahal shine in India's biggest T20 win

New Delhi: KL Rahul smashed an elegant half-century as India continued their domination over Sri Lanka to register a massive 93-run win, their biggest victory in T20 Internationals in Cuttack.

Opening the batting, Rahul struck a quick 61 off 48 balls before leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (4/23) triggered Sri Lanka's collapse to register the convincing win in the first T20 International of the three-match series.

The 93-run win is India's biggest win in T20 Internationals, bettering the 90-run victory over England recorded in Colombo in September, 2012.

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Government To Privatise Stadiums Under SAI For Improved Service Quality

New Delhi: Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has said that the government will privatise some of the stadiums under the Sports Authority of India to improve their administration and quality of services.

Rathore said the move was aimed at delivering better playing experience to the sportspersons.

"We are keenly thinking of privatising some of our stadia to have better operations in terms of delivering sports to the sportspersons. There was a general study on how the stadia can be improved. The fact is that there is need to improve the way stadia are administered," Rathore said at a programme.

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Ex-AC Milan And Real Madrid Star Kaka Retires

New Delhi: Brazil legend Kaka, a 2002 FIFA World Cup winner, has announced his retirement from football at the age of 35, more than two months after playing his last match for Orlando City.

The former AC Milan and Real Madrid attacking midfielder on Sunday revealed his decision on social media, reports Xinhua news agency. “It was much more than I could have ever imagined,” Kaka wrote. “Thank you! I’m now ready for the next journey.”

Kaka also announced that, he would not extend his contract with Orlando City but he opened the door to a possible return to Milan, the club where he made his name. “I prepared very hard to be a professional footballer and I want to prepare for this new role.”

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Australia Reclaim Ashes With Innings And 41-Run Victory

New Delhi: Australia has won back the Ashes after bowling England out cheaply in spite of rain delays and a pitch controversy to secure an innings win on the final day of the third Test in Perth.

Having confirmed his status as the world's best batsman with a match-winning double century, Steve Smith added victorious Ashes captain to his ever-expanding resume as England were dismissed for 218 in their second innings in the last Ashes Test to take place at the WACA Ground.

It gave the home side an innings-and-41-run win and an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series, having won the opening two Tests in Brisbane and Adelaide.

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PV Sindhu Loses At BWF World Superseries Finals

New Delhi: Top Indian shuttler PV Sindhu was defeated by world No. 2 Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in aexciting women's singles summit clash of the BWF World Superseries Finals

In the prestigious season-ending tournament finale, Sindhu played her hearts out before losing 21-15, 12-21, 19-21 to Yamaguchi in an energy-sapping summit clash that lasted an hour and 31 minutes.

"It has been a good year and I ended the year with another good tournament and won a silver. I will look to play next year with the same confidence and hope to go further," Sindhu said after the match.

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