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 •  Asian Games: Women's handball team lose opening match to Kazakhstan
The Indian men's handball team had lost to Chinese Taipei 28-38 in its first group match on Monday.
 •  Coachless India squash players raise another issue before Asiad
The eight players picked for the Asian Games have been training without a full-time coach and most of them don't train regularly with Kumari and Poncha, who has been a longtime national coach.
 •  Liverpool refer Salah to police
Liverpool referred forward Mohamed Salah to the Merseyside Police over a video which appears to show the Egyptian using his mobile phone while driving.
 •  Europe may be bigger priority for Barcelona
Barcelona's last Champions League triumph came in 2015, and since then they have failed to get beyond the quarter-finals while Real Madrid have monopolised the trophy.
 •  Real Madrid face up to life without Ronaldo
Real Madrid need both Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema to step up a level to cover for Cristiano Ronaldo's absence and Marco Asensio will also be given a more prominent role.
 •  PHOTOS: Serena dominates in return; Murray knocked out
Former world number one Serena Williams looked sharp in her return to the hardcourts after a week-long break, soundly defeating Daria Gavrilova 6-1, 6-2 on Monday to advance to the second round of the Cincinnati Masters.
 •  EPL: New season but same old story...
There will be no seismic shifts in the balance of the world's richest football competition if the first weekend of the new Premier League season is anything to go by.
 •  Vinesh Phogat aims to raise the bar for Asian Games gold
Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat had to settle for a bronze medal at the Asian Games four years ago but with experience and momentum on her side, she is hopeful of clinching a gold in Indonesia this month.
 •  Nadal blows away Tsitsipas to lift Rogers Cup; Halep beats Stephens
Nadal produced a rich vein of form as he thrashed Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets to clinch his fourth Canadian Masters 1000 title at the Rogers Cup
 •  Sports Shorts: Koepka holds off Woods to win PGA Championship
A summary of sports events and persons who made news on Monday
 •  Football Briefs: Neymar strikes as PSG seal win over Caen
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 •  PIX: Barca lift Spanish Super Cup after late penalty save
Barcelona lifted the Spanish Super Cup for a record extending 13th time by coming from behind to beat Sevilla 2-1 on Sunday thanks to a stunning strike from France winger Ousmane Dembele and a penalty save in stoppage time from Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
 •  PHOTOS: Liverpool, Manchester City begin with a bang
Images from Sunday's Premier League matches.
 •  GOLD! Reminiscing India's first Olympic hockey triumph 70 years ago...
Seventy years after Independent India won its first Olympic gold in hockey in London defeating Britain, living legend Balbir Singh Sr. went down the memory lanes and said he was overwhelmed by a sense of patriotism after the triumph.
 •  Sports Shorts: Jayaram runner-up at Vietnam; Lorenzo wins Austrian GP
The 30-year-old Indian shuttler had an impressive run in the $75,000 BWF Tour Super 100 tournament before caving in tamely 14-21, 10-21 to Shesar in 28 minutes.
 •  Former Brazil striker Ronaldo in hospital
The two-time Ballon d'Or winner and 2002 World Cup Golden Boot winner is currently in the intensive care unit recovering from pneumonia.
 •  Pogba is afraid! He fears being fined if he speaks out
Speculation about Paul Pogba's future at Manchester United continues to mount amid reports in the British media that the midfielder is afraid he will be punished if he says the wrong thing.
 •  Surging Tsitsipas to face Nadal in Toronto final
Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas slayed another tennis giant on Saturday, saving a match point as he toppled big-serving Kevin Anderson 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-6(7) in a thriller to set up a Rogers Cup final against top seed Rafael Nadal.
 •  EPL PIX: Chelsea, Spurs begin season with entertaining wins
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri made a winning start to life in the Premier League as his team enjoyed a 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium on Saturday.
 •  Football Briefs: Pique announces end of international career
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 •  Asian Games: Why government refused to bear the cost of 49 members
Sports Ministry has cleared a 804-member Indian contingent, including 572 athletes, for the Asian Games but said it will bear the expense of 755 members with 49 out of 232 officials allowed at no cost to government.
 •  Why Rana wants these shooting sensations to be left alone...
Jaspal Rana says 'too much' is being expected from teenage prodigies like Manu Bhaker and Anish Bhanwala
 •  Sports Shorts: Jayaram enters Vietnam Open final
Summary of sports events and persons who made news on Saturday
 •  SPOTTED! Ranveer Singh at Old Trafford
Bollywood star Ranveer Singh is a passionate football fan. On Friday the Padmavat actor was spotted at Old Trafford.
 •  Greek tyro Tsitsipas scalps Zverev in his stride
Greek tyro Stefanos Tsitsipas' dream run at the Rogers Cup continued on Friday as the teenager toppled defending champion Alexander Zverev 3-6, 7-6(11), 6-4 to reach the semi-finals in Toronto.
 •  Pogba penalty sets Manchester United on way to win over Leicester
World Cup winner Paul Pogba's third minute penalty and a late goal from Luke Shaw gave Manchester United a 2-1 win over Leicester City at Old Trafford in the opening game of the Premier League season on Friday.
 •  In a first, four La Marcia graduates to wear captain's armband at Barca
Messi, Barca's all-time top scorer, has been a vice-captain since 2015 and takes the club's armband from Iniesta, who succeeded Xavi Hernandez as captain in 2015 but left for Japanese club Vissel Kobe in June.
 •  Transfer updates! Everton sign Barca's Mina and Gomes
Everton have agreed to sign Barcelona's Colombia centre back Yerry Mina for an initial 30.25 million euros ($34.97 million) and have also taken the club's midfielder Andre Gomes on loan, the Spanish champions said on Thursday.
 •  Sports Shorts: Jayaram, Mithun enter Vietnam Open semi-finals
Summary of sports events and persons who made news on Friday
 •  A decade since his Olympic gold, Bindra craving company at top
'Lonely' Bindra hopes for gold club company in Tokyo 2020
 •  Here's the Sports Minister's advice to Asiad-bound athletes
India is sending a 800-plus contingent, including 572 athletes, to the Asian Games, to be held from August 18 to September 2 in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang.
 •  Nothing less than hockey gold will do for India's Sardar
Anything less than the gold medal will be a disappointment for the Indian men's hockey team at the Asian Games in Indonesia, veteran midfielder Sardar Singh said on Friday.
 •  Mick Schumacher on following his legendary father's footsteps
Mick Schumacher, who is the son of legendary driver Michael Schumacher, has said that Formula One has always been his goal and he is still aiming for the same.
 •  Rowers gear up to make a big splash at Asian Games
Rowers Dattu Baban Bhonkanal and Sawarn Singh sound upbeat about their medal chances in the upcoming Asian Games.
 •  At 35, can Defoe rise in EPL scoring chart?
Jermain Defoe's childhood obsession with scoring goals has put him within reach of a top-five spot in the Premier League's all-time list
 •  Rogers Cup: Djokovic stunned; Halep dominates Venus
Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas secured the biggest win of his career when he sent Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic packing in the third round of the Rogers Cup with a stunning 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-3 win on Thursday.
 •  Kepa Arrizabalaga: Why I joined Chelsea
Fellow Spaniards at Chelsea convinced me to join club, says Kepa
 •  Courtois 'turned down bigger offers' in order to join Real
Courtois's first game for Real could be against Atletico in the UEFA Super Cup on Aug 15 although the fact he has trained little since reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup with Belgium means coach Julen Lopetegui may opt to play Keylor Navas instead.
 •  No gentle introduction for new Arsenal coach Emery
Unai Emery begins the task of steering Arsenal into a brave new post-Arsene Wenger world.
 •  Football Briefs: Rangers hold advantage but Gerrard preaches caution
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 •  Meet India's flag-bearer for Asian Games opening ceremony
Star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra was named the Indian contingent's flag-bearer for the Asian Games opening ceremony to be held on August 18 in Jakarta.
 •  Sports Shorts: Saina out of top 10, Srikanth at 8th spot in BWF ranking
A summary of sports events and persons who made news on Thursday
 •  Bindra appointed member of IOC's elite Athletes' Commission
In 2014, Bindra was elected chairman of the International Shooting Sport Federation's (ISSF) Athletes Committee, becoming the first Indian to receive the honour.
 •  Costa Rican World Cupper Acosta on why he chose East Bengal
'When I signed, I only knew that East Bengal are a big club with great history. I have no idea about ISL or any other tournament. I came here because East Bengal are a big club'.
 •  Football Briefs: Mourinho takes swipe at United's detractors
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 •  Salah, Ronaldo and Messi in race for Champions League award
Ronaldo, who won the award last year, topped the scoring charts with 15 goals in the competition as Real Madrid won a third consecutive European crown.
 •  Transfer updates! Navas staying put at Madrid despite Courtois competition
Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas says the signing of Belgium keeper Thibaut Courtois has not affected his desire to remain at the triple European champions as he emphatically ruled out leaving the club in order to be assured of first team football.
 •  WATCH: Pregnant Sania Mirza hits the tennis court
The expectant tennis star posted a video that shows herself on the court for a workout session.
 •  Why this Olympic medallist is having sleepless nights...
Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik is feeling the heat but insists that athletes always aim for medals so that fingers are not pointed at them.
 •  Should Man United target experienced players like Vidal?
Premier League title hopefuls Manchester United have to sign experienced players like Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal if they are to win trophies, forward Alexis Sanchez has said.
 •  'C'mon, Tiger! Let's go, Tiger!'
Given the depth of his descent into a dark, cavernous hole that has swallowed so many child stars, Tiger's greatest victory was not in golf but rather in his journey back into the light.An exclusive excerpt from the fascinating new book, Tiger Woods.
 •  Kepa and Courtois: A tale of two goalkeepers
Chelsea have signed Spanish goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga for a world record 80 million-euro ($92.8 million) fee from Athletic Bilbao, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.
 •  New stage but familiar cast for Tottenham
While the lack of squad-strengthening is causing consternation amongst the fans, Tottenham's squad is still young and looks more than capable of standing its ground.
 •  How Neymar became one of world's best football players
Brazilian's first Santos FC coach 'Lima' reveals start of PSG star's rise to glory.
 •  Tennis Roundup: Nadal routs Paire; Pliskova, Kerber upset
Rafael Nadal was made to wait before his second-round Rogers Cup match due to several rain delays but did his part to put the schedule back on track with a speedy 6-2 6-3 win over Frenchman Benoit Paire on Wednesday.
 •  Surprise! This ex-gymnast won gold in diving!
Dutchwoman Celine van Duijn was the surprise winner of the 10m platform title at the European Championships on Wednesday, holding her nerve while the favourites disappointed.
 •  Sindhu slams critics, says silver sparkles
PV Sindhu shared her happiness on winning second consecutive silver at the BWF World Championships.
 •  Why naming of India's Asian Games contingent has been delayed...
The Games begin in Jakarta and Palembang in less than 10 days but the Indian contingent is yet to be known officially.
 •  PGA Championship: Lahiri, Shubhankar set to create new landmarks
Shubhankar Sharma becomes the youngest Indian and the third overall to have played all four Majors in a single year after Jeev Milkha Singh (in 2007) and Anirban Lahiri (in 2015 and 2016).
 •  Goalkeeper Kepa set for world record move to Chelsea
At 80 million euros, 23-year-old Kepa Arrizabalaga will become the most expensive goalkeeper in football history, ahead of Liverpool's Alisson Becker.
 •  Bolt to be given time to prove himself, says Mariners boss
The Mariners confirmed on Tuesday the Olympic sprint champion would train "indefinitely" with the club, which finished bottom of Australia's 10-team top flight last season and plays in one of the country's smallest soccer markets.
 •  Football Briefs: Guardiola prefers better performance to points record
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 •  Indian football round-up: WAFF U-16 C'ship: India defeat Yemen 3-0
After Central defender Harpreet Singh headed the first one in the 37th minute, two goals in two minutes immediately after resumption took the issue beyond Yemen's reach.
 •  Asiad-bound Sindhu spurred by World Championships silver
Indian women's team had won a bronze medal at Incheon four years ago and Sindhu hoped they can change the colour of the medal this time when the multi-sport event gets underway on August 18.
 •  Sports Shorts: Kenya's former world champion Bett dies in road accident
A summary of sports events and persons who made news on Tuesday
 •  European C'ships: Hughes, Asher-Smith complete 100m double for Britain
The race to find the continent's fastest woman saw Asher-Smith end the 100m reign of Dutchwoman Daphne Schippers in brilliant style, clocking 10.85, equalling the world's fastest time this year and setting a British record.
 •  Record-breaking Manchester City stick with winning formula
But such was Pep Guardiola's team's domination of the Premier League last season that reinforcements hardly seemed necessary and the solitary addition of Riyad Mahrez makes an already potent attack even more fearsome.
 •  Tennis round-up: Djokovic ends lucky loser Basic's unexpected Toronto start
Djokovic, the ninth seed, was originally scheduled to play Australian Open semi-finalist Chung Hyeon but the 22-year-old South Korean withdrew with a back injury about an hour before the match was due to start.
 •  Champions League qualifiers: Ajax stumble, narrow win for Benfica
Visitors Ajax had looked comfortable after former Southampton winger Tadic set up the first goal with a swerving cross before drilling home the second himself.
 •  Mallya's reign ends as Stroll leads rescue deal for Force India F1 team
They said creditors would be paid in full and all 405 jobs at the Silverstone-based team, that was co-owned by embattled Indian businessman Vijay Mallya and finished fourth last year, were safe.
 •  Anand to Ashwin: Sports stars mourn death of Karunanidhi
Sports personalities from all the country took to Twitter to pay homage to the former chief minister of Tamil Nadu.
 •  We should not put too much pressure on Sindhu: Padukone
Prakash Padukone backed Sindhu to win the World Championship crown soon after two consecutive silver medal performances in the prestigious event.
 •  Sports Shorts: Indian men's hockey team jumps to 5th in rankings
A summary of sports events and persons who made news on Tuesday
 •  How Yogeshwar shaped champion's attitude in Bajrang...
Bajrang Punia says that he has learnt from his mentor Yogeshwar Dutt that conquering big names is the only way to earn a big name.
 •  New Chelsea boss Sarri faces tough task in first season
His first overseas coaching adventure -- Maurizio Sarri has chosen a devilishly difficult league to try and make it happen and a club not exactly known for its patience.
 •  EPL: Strengthened Liverpool set to challenge City for title this season
Their work in the transfer market has also added to the positivity around the club after German manager Juergen Klopp made some major moves that have clearly strengthened his squad.
 •  From Wall Street to squash: Gamble paying off for Tandon
The immediate job at hand is the Asian Games where the men's team will defend the gold it won in Incheon four years ago.
 •  Football Briefs: City's Walker backs decision to cut holidays short
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 •  Tennis round-up: Venus survives Dolehide scare in Rogers Cup opener
Raonic advances, Sock ousted in Rogers Cup
 •  With lack of new faces, Manchester United likely to tread same path
United finished second last term, their best placing since the 2013 title win in Alex Ferguson's last season in charge, but the Red Devils were a massive 19 points behind champions Manchester City and never truly in contention.
 •  India's medal hope, Mirabai Chanu pulls out of Asian Games
The reigning Commonwealth Games champion is struggling with an unidentified lower-back problem since May and is yet to begin full-fledged weight training.
 •  European C'ships: Teen Kolesnikov achieves remarkable 'double-double'
The 18-year-old, who broke the world record in Saturday's 50m event, smashed his own world junior mark while winning the 100m final in a Russian senior record of 52.53 seconds.
 •  FRAMED! Eye-catching images from the European Championships
The Championships that commenced on August 2, will go on till August 12. And over the last four days the action has been incredible. As the saying goes, pictures speak louder than words, brings you some exhilarating action from the ongoing European Championships...
 •  Serena Williams 'struggling with postpartum emotions'
'Mostly, I felt like I was not a good mom'In an Instagram post, the 23-time Grand Slam champion extended support to other mothers struggling with the same
 •  Married to girl who accused him of rape, Indian paddler Ghosh picking up pieces
Soumyajit Ghosh has married his accuser after his career nose-dived owing to the crisis.
 •  New Barca signing Vidal determined to win three Champions Leagues
New Barcelona signing Arturo Vidal says he is stepping up a level in his career and is intent on winning the Champions League three times over his three-year deal.
 •  Big blow! World champ Mirabai 'can't compete' at Asian Games
World Champion Mirabai Chanu's participation at the Asian Games appears doubtful
 •  Football Briefs: Mourinho wants to buy more players to strengthen squad
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 •  Will Paes and Ramkumar team up for Asian Games?
Leander Paes might team up with Ramkumar Ramnathan instead of Sumit Nagal in this month's Asian Games after captain Zeeshan Ali said he will consider the ATP World Tour finalist's request to pair up with the senior pro.
 •  'Indian compound archery team will taste success in Asian Games'
Italian star archer Sergio Pagni, who conducted a 10-day training camp with the Asian Games-bound Indian compound team, is excited to see the progress and said it was primed for success in Indonesia.
 •  European C'ships: World champ Kolesnichenko wins solo
Svetlana Kolesnichenko, the new standard bearer for artistic aquatics, added another European Championships gold to her huge collection of international medals when she took the synchronised swimming solo technical title on Monday.
 •  Sports Minister Rathore's plan to promote sports in schools
Rajyavardhan Rathore said that a games period will be made mandatory in schools after reducing the syllabus by 50 per cent by next year.
 •  Sports Shorts: Peaty's record amended after timing problem at Euros
A summary of sports events and persons who made news on Monday
 •  Bindra, Ganguly urge people to support upcoming sports talent
Online cab network company Ola has launched the 'Road to Gold' campaign under which its customers can contribute a sum of Re.1 per ride across the over 110 cities it operates in, a press release stated.
 •  India football round-up: Junior teams score surprise wins
India stun Argentina in U-20 COTIF Cup football tourney
 •  Tennis Round-up: Zverev wins 9th ATP title with Washington win
Zverev's serve played a big role in the victory, his third of the year, as the World No 3 won all but two of his first-serve points in the final, which lasted 74 minutes.
 •  Aguero hits 200th City goal as Guardiola's side stroll past Chelsea
The new English season got off to a familiar start as two Sergio Aguero goals, including his 200th for the club, handed Manchester City a 2-0 win over Chelsea and claim the FA Community Shield for the fifth time at a sun-baked Wembley.
 •  Why is Bopanna skipping the Rogers Cup?
Rohan Bopanna, recuperating from a shoulder injury, will skip the ATP Rogers Cup beginning in Toronto, on Monday, and will reach Palembang on August 14 to get acclimatised to the conditions ahead of the Asian Games.
 •  Sindhu chokes yet again; loses to Marin in World Championships final
The Olympic silver medallist settled for second place yet again following a 19-21, 10-21 loss to Olympic champion Caroline Marin of Spain.
 •  Crucial eagle lifts Bhullar to Fiji International title
India's Gaganjeet Bhullar chipped in from off the green to record an eagle on the 17th hole to propel himself to a one-shot victory in the Fiji International.
 •  Sports Shorts: Czech Republic pair stun Brazil for first Major Series title
A summary of sports events and persons who made news on Sunday
 •  European C'ship: Russia overcome pool problems to take title
Russia's familiar domination of the synchronised swimming programme at the European Championships continued on Saturday as they won their third successive title in two days of competition, despite problems with the pool water.
 •  Sindhu enters second successive World Championship final
India's PV Sindhu outclassed World No. 2 Akane Yamaguchi in straight games to storm into the final of the World Championships in Nanjing
 •  Sports Shorts: Peaty breaks own world 100 metres breaststroke record
A summary of sports events and persons who made news on Saturday
 •  Tennis round-up: Serena Williams withdraws from Rogers Cup
The returning Scot also announced his withdrawal from next week's Rogers Cup in Toronto.
 •  PHOTOS: Paris hosts Gay Games
Over 12,700 participants from 91 countries are expected during the one-week contest, which features a variety of athletes - young and old, male and female, straight and gay.
 •  Football Briefs: Barca sign Vidal from Bayern
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 •  Golf round-up: Bhullar in sole lead in Fiji; Aditi makes cut at British Open
Gaganjeet Bhullar turned in yet another steady round of three-under 69 to overturn a six-shot deficit into a one-shot lead on a blustery day at the Fiji International.
 •  Sports Shorts: Ricciardo joins Renault F1 team on a two-year deal
'It was probably one of the most difficult decisions to take in my career so far. But I thought that it was time for me to take on a fresh and new challenge'
 •  Asiad updates: Ministry okays funds for Sushil's training in Georgia
The proposals of six para-athletes, who are training in India and abroad ahead of the Asian Para Games that will take place between October 6 and 13 in Jakarta, were also cleared at the meeting.
 •  World Championships: Sindhu storms into semis; Saina knocked out
The Rio Olympic silver-medallist knocked out defending champion Nozomi Okuharabeat 21-17, 21-19 to advance.
 •  On birthday, Chhetri named 'Asian Icon' by AFC
Chhetri is currently the highest goal-scoring active Asian player with 64 strikes from 101 matches and third in the world after superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
 •  Football Briefs: Gabriel Jesus extends Man City stay until 2023
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 •  Sports Shorts: Lahiri tied 7th after flying start, Woods 14th
A summary of sports events and persons who made news on Friday
 •  Roundup: Alexander wins battle of Zverev brothers; Venus tops Watson
Alexander Zverev got the better of older brother Mischa at the Citi Open in Washington on Thursday, winning their first meeting at an ATP Tour event 6-3, 7-5.
 •  Europa League: Burnley's progress adds urgency to transfer dealings
Burnley reached the Europa League third qualifying round with a 3-1 win over Aberdeen after extra time at Turf Moor on Thursday but now face another tough battle to increase their squad size.
 •  Women's Hockey WC: India lose to Ireland via shoot off
India's dream of breaking their 44-year-old last four jinx lay shattered as Ireland registered a 3-1 win via shoot-off in the quarterfinal of the women's hockey World Cup in London on Thursday.
 •  World Championship: Saina, Sindhu sail into quarters; Srikanth ousted
Olympic medallists Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu sailed into the women's singles quarter-finals with straight-game wins but it was curtains for Kidambi Srikanth at the BWF Badminton World Championships, in Nanjing, China on Thursday.
 •  Why this Premier League club have 'all the ingredients' to win titles
Liverpool have assembled a squad with enough skill to end their trophy drought next season, midfielder Adam Lallana has said.
 •  Football Briefs: Higuain undergoes medical at Milan, Bonucci at Juve
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 •  Sports Shorts: Asiad bound steeplechase runner fails dope test
A summary of sports events and persons who made news on Thursday.
 •  Citi Open: Stephens stunned; Murray edges Edmund
Second seed Sloane Stephens was shocked 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 by Germany's Andrea Petkovic in the second round of the Citi Open on Wednesday, disrupting the American's buildup to her US Open title defence.
 •  Champions League: Three former European champs progress in qualifiers
Former European champions Red Star Belgrade, Ajax Amsterdam and Celtic all made it comfortably through to the third qualifying round of the Champions League on Wednesday after surviving away legs.
 •  No Needle Policy: IOA's strict diktak for Indian athletes at Asian Games
The Asian Games-bound Indian athletes should adhere to the 'No Needle Policy' during the mega-event in Indonesia, the Indian Olympic Association instructed on Wednesday.
 •  How wrestling legend Sushil is preparing to win gold at Asian Games
Eager to fetch an Asian Games gold on his comeback to competitive wrestling after a long hiatus, star freestyle grappler Sushil Kumar will head to Georgia for a ten-day tune-up ahead of the continental showpiece.
 •  Boost for India wrestlers ahead of Asian Games
India's wrestlers received a welcome boost ahead of this month's Asian Games after the federation got automaker Tata Motors as their principal sponsor on Wednesday.
 •  World Championship: Sindhu, Srikanth advance; Prannoy ousted
PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth notched up contrasting wins to progress to the Round of 16, but World No. 11 H S Prannoy suffered a shock defeat to unheralded Brazilian Ygor Coelho to bow out of the World Championship.
 •  Football Briefs: Lukaku to cut short vacation to help depleted Man Utd
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 •  Sports Shorts: Pak averts hockey Asiad boycott over allowance payments
A summary of sports events and persons who made news on Wednesday
 •  Tennis: Serena suffers worst career defeat in Silicon Valley opener
The match ended in 52 minutes as Williams played her forehand into the net.
 •  Women's hockey WC: India ease past Italy, to meet Ireland in quarters
India discovered scoring ways to finally end Italy's World Cup adventure through a field strike from Lalremsiami (20th minute) and two penalty corner goals from Neha Goyal (45th) and Vandana Katariya (55th) to register the emphatic win.
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