Manipal: The International Braille Chess Association (IBCA) Asian Chess Championship for the visually challenged 2017 was inaugurated at the Dr TMA Pai Hall, KMC Manipal, on Wednesday. The first round games will begin tomorrow as teams from Yemen and Philippines are expected to arrive later on Wednesday. The Championship hosted by Manipal University is being organised by the All India Chess Federation for the Blind (AICFB) under the aegis of IBCA and All India Chess Federation. 

Manipal: Eight countries, including India, will take part in the International Braille Chess Association (IBCA) Asian Chess Championship for the visually challenged 2017, which will get underway at the Dr TMA Pai Hall, KMC Manipal from March 22 to 31. The championship, organised by the All India Chess Federation for the Blind (AICFB) under the aegis of IBCA and the All India Chess Federation, is being sponsored by the Adani group.

Bengaluru: Football craze seems to be catching up in Bengaluru. An indication of the fever is the growing number of clubs in the city. Sharan Parikh, CEO of South United FC, says the sport has been attracting underprivileged kids, who are now getting exposed to major tournaments, a trend, Parikh feels, will bring about a change in the sporting culture. South United FC has 24 players out of which 17 are from areas such as Austin Town, Ejipura, Koramangala, Bommasandra.

Bengaluru: Indian men's hockey team chief coach Roelant Oltmans said foreign teams now consider India as a serious competitor and it is time for the P.R. Sreejesh-led side to show the world what they are capable of. Oltmans' comments came after Germany and Kalinga Lancers skipper Moritz Fuerste's recent statement post the Hockey India League (HIL) that India can be top three in world hockey soon. "I see it as a compliment that top sides in the world are seeing what India is doing," said Oltmans about Fuerste's remark.

Ranchi: India cricket head coach Anil Kumble on Tuesday said that his wards don't need to curb their aggression when they take on Australia in the third Test match here from Thursday. The second Test in Bengaluru witnessed many controversies with the on-field conduct and behaviour of several players being questioned. Off the field too, there were several allegations and counter-allegations. Home captain Virat Kohli objected to rival captain Steve Smith looking at the dressing room to get help on a review.

Birmingham: Top seed Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei won the women's singles title of the All England Open badminton championships here, while the men's doubles title went to the Indonesian duo of Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo. World No.1 Tai on Sunday beat former world champion and fifth seed Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand 21-16, 22-20 in 51 minutes in the final to claim her country's first trophy in this category at the All England.

Kolkata: Delhi-born Chirag Suri, the only United Arab Emirates (UAE) cricketer to bag an Indian Premier League (IPL) contract last month, does not rule out playing for his home nation some day and believes the cash-rich league is his gateway to fame. At the outset, it might sound improbable, but after the 22-year old opener -- who is yet to play an ODI or T20 for his country and was even dropped for the first two 50-over engagements against Afghanistan -- was picked by Gujarat Lions, he feels nothing is impossible.

Chennai: I-League football tournament defending champions Bengaluru FC will don pink jerseys commemorating the International Women's Day when they take on Chennai City FC in a 13th round tie here at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Wednesday. "In our hearts, on our minds and on our sleeves. Today and every day, @bengalurufc celebrates the women in our lives. #IWD2017 #WomensDay," the club's official handle tweeted with a picture of captain Sunil Chhetri.

Bengaluru: Accusing the Australians of repeatedly seeking clarification from support staff housed in front of television screens and laptops in the dressing room on the usage of the Decision Review System (DRS), India skipper Virat Kohli on Tuesday claimed that he had reported about the incident to match referee Chris Broad.

Rio de Janeiro: Former Arsenal star Gilberto Silva has said it is time for the London football club to part ways with long-time chief coach Arsene Wenger. Calls for Wenger to step down have grown louder after Arsenal's 1-3 loss to Liverpool on Saturday, a result that left the Gunners fifth in the English Premier League (EPL) standings, reports Xinhua news agency. "I feel that the time has come," Gilberto was quoted as saying by Sambafoot on Monday.

Bengaluru: Star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin led the way with a six-wicket haul as India defeated Australia by 75 runs in the second cricket Test at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Tuesday. Chasing a target of 188 runs, Australia were all out for 112 in their second innings shortly after tea on the fourth day. India have now levelled the four-Test series at 1-1. The Indians bowled superbly on a pitch which has developed quite a few cracks, making it difficult for batting.

Ludhiana: High-flying Minerva Punjab FC will look to continue their six-match unbeaten run when they take on struggling defending champions Bengaluru FC in an I-League football game at the Guru Nanak Stadium here on Sunday. Minerva, who shared spoils when the two sides last met in Bengaluru, have not lost in the last six games while their rivals are yet to register a win in their last seven encounters.

Bengaluru: After returning with the best figures of 8/50 for any visiting bowler in India, Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon on Saturday said he drew inspiration by watching videos of his Indian counterpart Ravichandran Ashwin, but stuck to his strength of extracting bounce from the track at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. Lyon, who scripted India's downfall scalping the remaining five wickets in a span of just 21 runs after the tea session, said he had bowled close to 1200 deliveries in the preparatory camp in Dubai ahead of the subcontinent tour.

Buenos Aires: Five-time FIFA Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi will lead a 26-member Argentina football squad for their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Chile and Bolivia later this month. Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain, Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero, Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria and Messi's Barcelona teammate Javier Mascherano were also named by Albiceleste coach Edgardo Bauza on Friday, reports Xinhua news agency.

Bengaluru: Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon ripped apart the Indian batting with career-best figures of 8/50 to bundle out the hosts for a paltry 189 in their first innings of the second cricket Test at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Saturday. Opener Lokesh Rahul (90) was the lone batsman to offer some kind of resistance as the Indians succumbed to the Aussie spinners for the third consecutive time in the series.


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