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“Let’s start with news from Gokulam Kerala, India’s champion women’s soccer team who were originally scheduled to be on a short flight to Qarshi from Tashkent in Uzbekistan for their maiden Asian Women’s Club Championship campaign. Instead of that, they were forced to stay in the Uzbek capital after being barred from participating in the championship as FIFA suspended the Indian Football Federation (AIFF) for third-party interference.

Gokulam Kerala said on Twitter: “…Our Prime Minister’s dream is to make India a superpower and become the world’s No. 1. In a way, our club is spearheading efforts to bring women’s football to India… which is why we again humbly seek your good offices to step in.
Odisha FC capitalized on a first-half brace from Jerry Mawihmingthanga to demolish NorthEast United FC 6-0 in their Durand Cup opener on Wednesday. Jerry opened the scoring in the 15th minute , producing a nice finish to a well-worked team move.

Eleven minutes later, goalkeeper Lalthuammawia Ralte came into action with a pinpoint touch across the field to find Nandhakumar Sekar on the left. The Salem-based player used a bit of trickery to take out two defenders before netting a shot into the top corner. Jerry got his second (37′), getting after a shot from Raynier, Pedro, Nadha to put the game to rest. Thoiba Singh pitched in to make it a day to forget for the North East side.
“Sunil Chhetri and Roy Krishna scored a goal each as 10-man Bengaluru FC overcame anxious moments in the second half to defeat Jamshedpur FC 2-1 in the Durand Cup on Wednesday.

In view of the elusive Durand Cup title, the former I-League and Indian Super League champions started on a high note with Chhetri finding the net in the 23rd minute from a Prabir Das corner. The highly anticipated couple of Chhetri and Krishna then got going to make it 2-0 with former ATK star shot-stopper Mohun Bagan opening his account in the 56th minute.

Starting from the bench, the renowned Fijian rookie scored just 11 minutes after entering the pitch, working in tandem with talismanic skipper Chhetri.
“Meanwhile,

Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo has said he will reveal the truth in a matter of weeks after constant speculation over his future at the club.

The Portuguese are reportedly keen to leave Old Trafford despite new manager Erik ten Hag insisting he is ‘not for sale’.

Cristiano wrote on Instagram: “They will know the truth when they speak in a few weeks.” Ronaldo also liked a message from a fan saying that Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone wanted to sign him.

In response to the message, Ronaldo said: “The media is telling lies. I have a notebook and over the past few months, of the 100 stories I’ve done, only five were right. Imagine how it is.


” Let’s move on,

The Pakistani Super League are set to face the mighty Indian Premier League in the summer of 2025 due to Pakistan’s busy home season which sees them hosting the ICC Champions Trophy.

The two and a half month window of the IPL starts from March and continues until the beginning of June. However, the Pakistan Cricket Board has been forced to push back the popular league from its usual window between March and May, as the country is set to host the Champions Trophy in February 2025, which will be the first ICC event held in Pakistan for nearly 30 year. years.

It will be the first time that a T20 league will face the cash-rich Indian Premier League.
“The Indian cricket team will face Pakistan in the upcoming Asian Cup on August 28.

Recalling how fiery the games would get, former India fly-half Virender Sehwag revealed how Sachin Tendulkar was targeted by the opposing team in the 2003 World Cup when he scored 98 winning points.

He said: “I came running for him during the game because he had cramps and Pakistani Shahid Afridi was abusing him a lot, kept saying nonsense. But he stayed focused. He knew it was important for him to stay in the fold. Usually, he doesn’t take a runner, but he knew that if I come, I will run like him. There will be no misunderstanding,”
“And finally,

India, under manager Rohit Sharma, will be looking to win the Asian Cup title for a record eighth time when the tournament kicks off with the high-tension match India v Pakistan on August 28.

The Indian side will lock horns against their rivals for the first time since the 10-wicket thrashing in Dubai last year, but according to Sharma things will be different this time.

He said: “The Asian Cup is coming after a long time, but we played Pakistan last year in Dubai, where the result was not in our direction. The team plays differently and is prepared differently, so a lot has changed since then. As a team, we have to keep the process going,’”

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