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Indian Kabaddi league finds multi-million dollar Chinese sponsorship

NEW DELHI: The Indian sport of kabaddi has received a major boost with Chinese mobile company VIVO signing a five-year deal worth $46.7 million to sponsor the game's popular league. Pro Kabaddi has held its own among the myriad professional sporting leagues to emerge in the wake of the lucrative and hugely successful Indian Premier League Twenty20 cricket tournament in 2008. Kabaddi attracts impressive viewer ratings in a competitive market dominated by cricket, but where smaller shares are fiercely contested by other…

Kolkata Knight Riders denies reports of series against Peshawar Zalmi

MUMBAI: Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Thursday denied that it proposed a three-match series against current Pakistan Super League (PSL) Champions Peshawar Zalmi. According to media reports earlier, KKR owner Shah Rukh Khan had contacted Peshawar Zalmi owner Javed Afridi and proposed a three match series between the two teams. KKR CEO Venky Mysore, however, said, "There is absolutely no truth in it. We categorically deny this." Mysore added, "I just had a word with Shah Rukh and…

Brad Hogg thought of committing suicide, reveals in book

SYDNEY: Former Australia Test spinner Brad Hogg has revealed in a new book that retirement and a marriage breakdown led him to contemplate ending his life. After seven Tests and being a key part of Australia's 2003 and 2007 winning World Cups, Hogg said he had no other option than to initially retire from all forms of cricket in 2007-08 in a bid to save his marriage to former wife Andrea. In his autobiography, "The Wrong 'Un", released on Monday, he details the depths he plummeted to in the next three years when, with…

BCCI to invite bids for two new IPL teams

The Indian Cricket board will invite bids for two new teams for the Indian Premier League (IPL) to replace the suspended Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings for the next two editions, it said on Sunday.