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Football: Cricket stars among team owners in new India league

Cricket stars Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly and leading Spanish club Atletico Madrid are among the owners of teams in a new India football league set to start this year, organisers said Sunday. The Indian Super League, featuring foreign and Indian talent in teams based in eight cities, is due to start nationwide in mid-September and run until the end of November.

Three men sentenced to death for gang-rapes in Mumbai

By Nivedita Bhattacharjee and Shyamantha Asokan MUMBAI/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Three men were sentenced to death on Friday for two gang-rapes last year in Mumbai, including an attack on a photojournalist that sparked protests in the city and raised fresh questions about attitudes to women in the world's largest democracy. A Mumbai court on Friday sentenced Vijay Jadhav, Kasim Bengali and Mohammed Salim Ansari to death, the first time capital punishment has been given for rape not involving the death of the victim.

Cricket: Gavaskar to take over troubled India board

The Supreme Court installed batting legend Sunil Gavaskar as the interim head of India's troubled cricket board Friday after forcing the scandal-tainted incumbent N. Srinivasan from office. Three days after warning Srinivasan they would order him to stand down if he tried to cling to power, a panel of judges announced that 64-year-old Gavaskar would take the helm of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Cricket: Record-breaker Gavaskar takes charge off-field

As a record-breaking Test opener and captain of India, Sunil Gavaskar was renowned for his stout defence on even the stickiest of wickets. Now he will have to display the same qualities of defiance and immaculate foot-work as he steps to the crease for India's troubled cricket board. "As an opening batsman, you must be ready for all kinds of challenges," Gavaskar said after the Supreme Court recommended he step into the breach at the top of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Cricket: Record-breaker Gavaskar ready for BCCI innings

As a record-breaking Test opener and captain of India, Sunil Gavaskar was renowned for his stout defence on even the stickiest of wickets. Now he will have to display the same qualities of defiance and immaculate foot-work as he steps to the crease for India's troubled cricket board. "As an opening batsman, you must be ready for all kinds of challenges," Gavaskar said after the Supreme Court recommended he take over as interim president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). "I will do everything to the best of my abilities," he told the NDTV network.

Cricket: Gavaskar says willing to step in as BCCI head

Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar said he was willing to step in as president of the Indian cricket board Thursday after the Supreme Court recommended he take over from embattled incumbent N. Srinivasan. "There is nothing that you can do if the Supreme Court -- the highest court -- asks you to do something, that's it," the retired opening batsman, who is now a television commentator, told the NDTV network .

Cricket: Judges propose Gavaskar takes over India board

The Supreme Court recommended Thursday that batting legend Sunil Gavaskar takes over as interim president of India's cricket board in place of the embattled incumbent N. Srinivasan. "In the place of Srinivasan, we propose to appoint an experienced cricket player like Sunil Gavaskar to replace him and function as BCCI president," Justice A.K. Patnaik said at a hearing in New Delhi. str-co/tha/pdh

Cricket: Gavaskar says willing to step in as BCCI head

Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar said he was willing to step in as president of the Indian cricket board Thursday after the Supreme Court recommended he take over from embattled incumbent N. Srinivasan. "If the honourable Supreme Court tells you to do something, then of course ... if they ask me to do something, I will do it," Gavaskar told the NDTV network. "There is nothing that you can do if the Supreme Court -- the highest court -- asks you to do something, that's it." co/mtp

Four men found guilty of gang-raping photojournalist in Mumbai

By Shilpa Jamkhandikar and Shyamantha Asokan MUMBAI/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Four men were found guilty on Thursday of the gang-rape of a photojournalist last year in Mumbai, an attack that sparked street protests in the city and raised fresh questions about attitudes to women in the world's largest democracy.

Cricket: Gavaskar tips big Indian crowds at World Cup

New Zealand and Australia can expect an influx of Indian fans for next year's Cricket World Cup as the world champions look to defend their title, legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar said Friday. Marking the one-year countdown to the event, Gavaskar said Indian fans were keen to relive the joy of 2011, when they became the first team to win the one-day tournament on home soil.
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