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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

Champions League: Sporting Lisbon eliminated as Chelsea cruise to 3-1 victory

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Champions League: Sporting Lisbon eliminated as Chelsea cruise to 3-1 victory

Sporting Lisbon was eliminated from the Champions League after losing 3-1 at Chelsea on Wednesday, with the Portuguese side surrendering second place to Schalke in the final round of games in Group H....


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McLaren set to announce 2015 drivers

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Time to make the BCCI choose between Team India and the IPL

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Time to make the BCCI choose between Team India and the IPL

The BCCI likes to tell everyone that is a private body and therefore it has the right to operate free from outside interference. It fed the Supreme Court this very line in Wednesdays hearing of the Mu...

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Indian Super League is here to stay, but what about the I-League?

The ISL came and, quite rightly, conquered over the sporting world of India. With crowds of over 20,000 at each game, it is quite easy to see the popularity of the tournament. Yet with the end of the ...

Ricky Ponting appointed head coach of the Mumbai Indians

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Ricky Ponting appointed head coach of the Mumbai Indians

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has been appointed head coach of Indian Premier League side Mumbai Indians, the club announced on Wednesday.The 39-year-old, who retired from international crick...

England's Craig Kieswetter set to miss Cricket World Cup 2015

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England's Craig Kieswetter set to miss Cricket World Cup 2015

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SC says act against Meiyappan in IPL corruption case, keep Srinivasan out of it

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SC says act against Meiyappan in IPL corruption case, keep Srinivasan out of it

Cracking the whip in the Indian Premier League corruption case, the Supreme Court on Tuesday insisted that action must be taken against Board of Control for Cricket in India president N Srinivasan\'s ...