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Sports event deferred
GUWAHATI: 1st North East India Strongman/Strongwoman Event, 2019 which was proposed to be held at the 5th Ground, Polo, on June 15 has been deferred to July 20. The Meghalaya Strongman and Amateur Power Sports Association is organising the event.

Jemimah to play in KSL
Mumbai: Indian cricketer Jemimah Rodrigues has been named in the Yorkshire Diamonds squad for the fourth and final edition of the Kia Super League (KSL). Rodrigues, who made her international debut in February last year, will join Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur who are also set to feature in the tournament once again. The official Twitter handle of Yorkshire Diamonds posted the squad which included Jemimah’s name. “BREAKING: The Diamonds have announced their squad for the fourth and final edition of the KSL, which will be replaced by the Hundred from 2020. This summer’s competition kicks off in early August,” the tweet read along with the squad photo which has Jemimah’s name. Mumbai-based Jemimah has represented India in 10 ODIs and 25 T20Is so far. KSL will feature six teams beginning August 6. (PTI)

India Jr men lose 3-2 in hockey
Madrid: India’s junior men’s hockey team lost a hard-fought game 2-3 to the Netherlands in a group stage encounter at the 8-Nations U-21 Invitational campaign here on Tuesday. In the first quarter, it was the Netherlands who snatched the initiative early with Jim van de Venne scoring in the 5th minute. Despite the early setback India played an attacking game and looked for an equaliser. But the teams went into the break separated by the single goal. The game took off in the second quarter with both teams attacking with vigour and their defensive qualities being pushed to the brink. It was India who scored first when Vishnukant Singh got the equaliser in the 23rd minute. But Dutch pull out a significant 3-2 margin in the end. India play Spain next in a group stage encounter on June 13. (PTI)

ICC refuses to change LED bails
London: The International Cricket Council Tuesday refused to change the controversial ‘zing’ bails, which sometimes fail to come off even when the ball hits the stumps, citing “statistical anomaly”. India captain Virat Kohli and his Australian counterpart Aaron Finch had on Sunday complained about the flashing LED bails that glow at being hit, making the TV umpires’ job a shade easy, but do not come off a lot of times. “We wouldn’t change anything mid-event as it would compromise the integrity of the event – the equipment is the same for all 10 teams across all 48 games,” the ICC was quoted as saying by SkySports. (PTI)

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