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Thaw in US-Cuba relations warms up MLB

If one ripple from the thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations means baseball prospects get off the island and into the major leagues without payoffs to smugglers and threats from kidnappers, it's hard to see the downside.

Viswanathan Anand beats Michael Adams to win London Chess Classic

Five-time chess world champion Viswanathan Anand won his maiden London Classic title after defeating British Grandmaster Michael Adams in the fifth and final round. The victory confirms Anand's presence in elite chess for some time.

Germany beat Pakistan 2-0 to lift Champions Trophy

Playing attacking shots from the beginning, Germany earned a penalty corner in the first minute of the match. However, they failed to convert. At the end of the first quarter, both the teams were tied goalless.

Pak hockey players remove shirt, make obscene gestures at crowd after win

Pakistani players celebrated their victory by hurling indecent and obscene gestures towards the crowd and Indian media and were promptly rebuked by coach Shahnaz Shiekh.

Chess: Anand holds Nakamura in third round of London Chess Classic

Former world champion Viswanathan Anand played out his third draw on the trot, signing peace with Hikaru Nakamura of United States in a keenly fought game of the third round of London Chess Classic.

2 Pak hockey players banned for obscene gestures

The International Hockey Federation handed on Sunday a one-game ban to two Pakistan players and reprimanded another for their obscene behaviour towards the crowd and media after winning the Champions Trophy semi-final against India.

Sarita finally gets her Asian Games bronze medal

Boxer Sarita Devi on Wednesday finally received her Asian Games bronze medal which she had refused at the victory ceremony in Incheon under controversial circumstances with the Indian Olympic Association secretary general Rajeev Mehta presenting it to her.

Mumbai boy Rishab Shah wins Singapore Open U-12 chess title

India's Rishab Shah won the U-12 event at the Singapore Open Chess Championships beating upcoming talents from countries like Australia, China, England, Hong Kong and the United States.

Hockey: Hot Bhubaneswar a concern for European teams in Champions Trophy

Winter has set in but the relatively high temperatures prevalent in Bhubaneswar, especially in the day time, have become a major concern for the European teams participating in the FIH Champions Trophy which will start from Saturday.

Next Vishy Anand? Dev Shah wins world schools chess title

The youngest Indian to become a rated chess player, seven-year-old Dev Shah, has become the world champion in the Under-7 category in the World Schools Chess Championships that concluded at Juiz de Fora in Brazil on December 4.

Formula One: Vettel lives childhood dream at Ferrari

Quadruple Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel says he is living a boyhood dream after completing his first weekend at Maranello as a Ferrari driver.

Squash: Depleted India blanked by Asian rivals in opener at Women's World Team Championship

India, in absence of their top squash player Dipika Pallikal, were outplayed by Hong Kong 0-3 in their opening match of the WSF Women's World Team Championship in Canada.

Motor racing: Webber suffers horror crash in Brazil

Webber, racing for Porsche in the World Endurance Championship after quitting Formula One last season, was stretchered off the Interlagos circuit after his car collided with the Ferrari of Matteo Cressoni.

PV Sindhu beats Kim Hyo Min 21-12 21-17; defends Macau Open title

Two-time World Championship bronze medallist PV Sindhu lifted her first title of the season by successfully defending the US $120,000 Macau Grand Prix Gold trophy after seeing off Kim Hyo Min of Korea in the women's singles finals at Macau on Sunday.

Formula One: Susie Wolff named Williams test driver

Female racing driver Susie Wolff has been appointed as the official test pilot for Williams, the Formula One team announced on Friday.
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