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India will open their campaignagainst Belgium in the men's Rabobank Hockey World Cup to beheld at The Hague, Netherlands from May 31 to June 15.According to the competition schedule announced by theInternational Hockey Federation (FIH) today, India are placedin a tough Pool A and will face Belgium on May 31, followed bymatches against England (June 2), Spain (June 5), Malaysia(June 7) and reigning world champions Australia (June 9).It will only be the second time that both the men's andwomen's World Cups will be held at the same time and at thesame location.The tournament, consisting of 76 matches, will see sixgames take place a day in the pool phase running until June10, and reducing to four during the knock-out phases.The semifinals of the men's competition are scheduled forJune 13 at the Kyocera Stadium. The women's final will be heldon June 14 followed by the men's on June 15."Today is a very exciting day for hockey. After afantastic Hockey World League Final in Delhi, we are here inHolland, a massive hockey nation to announce the schedule ofthe Rabobank Hockey World Cup," FIH CEO Kelly Fairweathersaid."With 120 days to go, the tournament really starts tocome alive. Hockey fans all over the world can plan theirdiaries whilst players and coaches focus their minds. ThisWorld Cup promises to be our biggest yet," he added.PTI

Euro 2016: Italy fixture will be one of the toughest games of my career, says Spain's Alvaro Morata

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Euro 2016: Italy fixture will be one of the toughest games of my career, says Spain's Alvaro Morata

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Lionel Messi's premature retirement is just heartbreak, hell probably return

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Lionel Messi's premature retirement is just heartbreak, hell probably return

At 29? Really? After losing the final of Copa America to Chile, the third loss in a major tournament for Argentina in three years, Lionel Messi decided to hang up his national boots. Do we now get to ...

Euro 2016 a success for Slovakia despite loss to Germany: coach Jan Kozak

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Euro 2016 a success for Slovakia despite loss to Germany: coach Jan Kozak

Lille:Slovakia coach Jan Kozak said his side should consider their performance at Euro 2016 a success despite a humbling 3-0 defeat to world champions Germany in the round of 16 on Sunday.Slovakia qua...

Wimbledon 2016: Serena Williams faces tricky ride as women's tennis enters exciting era

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Wimbledon 2016: Serena Williams faces tricky ride as women's tennis enters exciting era

Serena Williams continues to dominate the discourse in womens tennis. The great American has been playing a limited schedule, focusing on her quest for a 22nd grand slam title. She is eager to emulate...

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From 'Spanish' temper to 'Mate' lover: Five interesting facts about Antoine Griezmann

Antoine Griezmann rode to France's rescue on Sunday with a second-half double to dig the Euro 2016 hosts out of trouble and reach the quarter-finals with a 2-1 win over the Republic of Ireland. Here a...

Copa America: Back-to-back titles show Chile is ready to take its place among football's elite

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Copa America: Back-to-back titles show Chile is ready to take its place among football's elite

Chile lies on a narrow strip to the west of Argentina, making them uncomfortable bedfellows joinedat the waist by geography but separated through a history of mistrust surrounding their conflictingcla...

Euro 2016: Repeating a Hungary-like rout against Wales will be difficult, says Eden Hazard

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Euro 2016: Repeating a Hungary-like rout against Wales will be difficult, says Eden Hazard

Toulouse, France:Chelsea star Eden Hazard said Belgium are hoping to keep the Euro 2016 party going with a win over Wales in Lille on Friday but said their 4-0 rout of Hungary will be hard to beat.In ...