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Brazil V Argentina: Showpiece at the Copa America

Sao Paulo: After producing some uninspiring soccer in the group stage and quarterfinals, the Copa América reaches the last four with a blockbuster matchup between host Brazil and Lionel Messi’s Argentina. The other semifinal will feature two-time defending champion Chile and surprising Peru, which on Saturday ousted continental powerhouse Uruguay from the decisive stage of the South American competition. Peru …

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UC Nerul are Cana Benaulim soccer champs

Benaulim: A left footed angular strike by dashing forward Sanket Jotkar three minutes before the final hooter, enabled United Club of Nerul to register a soliatry goal win against Goan Warriors FC, Tivim and emerge Champions of 43rd Cana Benaulim Soccer Tournament in the final played at St John, the Baptist grounds, Benaulim on Sunday. It was the UC Nerul …

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Goa bag 18 gold, finish third

Panaji: On the concluding day of the 1st National Women Masters Athletic Championship – 2019 held at Bambolim Stadium on Sunday, Goa finished third among the 22 states that participated, with 18 gold medals, 15 silver, 45 bronze and a final tally of 147 points. A total of 737 athletes participated in the event. Tamil Nadu was the top performing …

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Starc strikes as Kiwis submit

REUTERS London Trent Boult’s hat-trick proved in vain for New Zealand as Australia beat their Oceania rivals by 86 runs in Saturday’s group match of the Cricket World Cup at Lord’s to remain top of the points table. Boult finished with 4-51 but Usman Khawaja (88) and Alex Carey (71) forged a century-plus stand to help Australia post a competitive …

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Imad keeps Pak afloat in bid to finish top four

PTI Leeds Pakistan survived a mighty scare to continue its surge towards the World Cup semifinals with Imad Wasim (49 not out) showing nerves of steel to guide them to a tense three-wicket win over Afghanistan, here Saturday. In heart-stopping action, the gritty Afghanistan yet again came close to creating a big upset but were denied by Wasim, who emerged …

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DBO Fatorda enter quarters with ease

NT NETWORK Raia A brace of goals by attacking medio Joel Colaso and a brilliant strike by Edgar Noronha was enough for Don Bosco Oratory, Fatorda to register a convincing 3-0 win over Sao Jose de Areal and enter the quarterfinals of 48th Custodio Memorial football tournamnent played at panchayat grounds, Raia on Saturday. Both the teams played on level …

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LOCAL SPORTS SCAN

Curtorim Gymkhana enter Strikers Trophy quarters BENAULIM: Curtorim Gymkhana entered the quarterfinals of 34th Strikers Trophy football tournament defeating Varca SC 4-3 via the tie breaker played at St John, the Baptist grounds, Benaulim on Saturday. The teams played a 1-1 draw during the regulation time. While Aaron Baretto scored for Varca SC, Curtorim Gymkhana bulged the nets through Milagres …

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The highs and lows of TT through the eyes of Mapsekar

AUGUSTO RODRIGUES | NT Panaji Shantesh Mapsekar finished the 2017 Table Tennis calendar as the second ranked cadet player of India. He was nowhere in the Table Tennis federation of India (TTFI) rankings the following year, as his father Swapnil could not find the financial resources to see him through the season. Yet, the 13 year old ping pong player …

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Chile beat Colombia on penalties to reach semi-finals

AFP Sao Paulo Champions Chile maintained their hopes of a third straight Copa America victory after beating Colombia on penalties on Friday to reach the semi-finals. Chile could have won the game in normal time but had two goals ruled out for marginal decisions in a scoreless draw, before Alexis Sanchez stroked home the winning spot-kick. It was just rewards …

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Sweden upset Germany to enter semis

REUTERS Paris Goals from Sofia Jakobsson and Stina Blackstenius helped Sweden came from behind to stun Germany 2-1 in the women’s World Cup quarter-finals at Roazhon Park in Rennes on Saturday and set up a last-four clash with the Netherlands. After enjoying an early spell of possession, midfielder Lina Magull put the Germans in front in the 16th minute with …

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