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Sep 3, 2014

India’s Devvarman not to defend Asian Games tennis gold

MUMBAI (Reuters) – India’s top singles player Somdev Devvarman has opted not to defend his tennis gold medals at this month’s Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, as he wants to concentrate playing on the ATP Tour after sliding down the rankings.

Devvarman, who won singles and men’s doubles gold at the 2010 Guangzhou Games in China, has slipped to 143 in the rankings after a spate of poor results and wants to improve his position by playing on the circuit.

Sep 3, 2014

Games-India’s Devvarman not to defend Asian Games tennis gold

MUMBAI, Sept 3 (Reuters) – India’s top singles player Somdev Devvarman has opted not to defend his tennis gold medals at this month’s Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, as he wants to concentrate playing on the ATP Tour after sliding down the rankings.

Devvarman, who won singles and men’s doubles gold at the 2010 Guangzhou Games in China, has slipped to 143 in the rankings after a spate of poor results and wants to improve his position by playing on the circuit.

Sep 3, 2014

Chopra ready to give up British passport for India stint

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Former Newcastle United striker Michael Chopra is ready to surrender his British passport to represent the country of his origin, India, and realise his dream of playing senior-level international soccer.

The 30-year-old Chopra, whose grandparents moved to England from Jalandhar in Punjab in the 1950s, has represented England at the age-group tournaments.

Sep 3, 2014

Soccer – Michael Chopra ready to give up British passport for India stint

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Former Newcastle United striker Michael Chopra is ready to surrender his British passport to represent the country of his origin, India, and realise his dream of playing senior-level international soccer.

The 30-year-old Chopra, whose grandparents moved to England from Jalandhar in Punjab in the 1950s, has represented England at the age-group tournaments.

Sep 3, 2014

Soccer-Chopra ready to give up British passport for India stint

MUMBAI, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Former Newcastle United striker Michael Chopra is ready to surrender his British passport to represent the country of his origin, India, and realise his dream of playing senior-level international soccer.

The 30-year-old Chopra, whose grandparents moved to England from Jalandhar in Punjab in the 1950s, has represented England at the age-group tournaments.

Aug 25, 2014
Aug 25, 2014

BCCI calls Dhoni comments on Fletcher as ‘personal opinion’

MUMBAI (Reuters) – The Indian cricket board (BCCI) has labelled Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s comments as “personal opinion” after the national team’s captain said beleaguered coach Duncan Fletcher still called the shots and would lead them into next year’s World Cup.

“I have not spoken to Dhoni and so the BCCI will not like to react to his comments,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel told Reuters on Monday about Dhoni’s comments on the eve of their one-day series against England which appeared to undermine former captain Ravi Shastri.

Aug 25, 2014

Cricket-BCCI calls Dhoni comments on Fletcher as ‘personal opinion’

MUMBAI, Aug 25 (Reuters) – The Indian cricket board (BCCI) has labelled Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s comments as “personal opinion” after the national team’s captain said beleaguered coach Duncan Fletcher still called the shots and would lead them into next year’s World Cup.

“I have not spoken to Dhoni and so the BCCI will not like to react to his comments,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel told Reuters on Monday about Dhoni’s comments on the eve of their one-day series against England which appeared to undermine former captain Ravi Shastri.

Aug 22, 2014

Zimbabwe’s Utseya latest to have action reported

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Zimbabwe all-rounder Prosper Utseya has become the fourth off-spinner to be reported for an illegal bowling action by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in recent months as the governing body continued their crackdown on the issue.

The off-spinner’s action raised concerns during Zimbabwe’s seven-wicket loss in the third and final one-day international against South Africa in Bulawayo on Thursday, the ICC said in a statement on Friday.

Aug 22, 2014

Cricket-Zimbabwe’s Utseya latest to have action reported

MUMBAI, Aug 22 (Reuters) – Zimbabwe all-rounder Prosper Utseya has become the fourth off-spinner to be reported for an illegal bowling action by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in recent months as the governing body continued their crackdown on the issue.

The off-spinner’s action raised concerns during Zimbabwe’s seven-wicket loss in the third and final one-day international against South Africa in Bulawayo on Thursday, the ICC said in a statement on Friday.