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Malian armed forces say 8 soldiers died, 7 injured after recent terrorist attack

Bamako [Mali] (ANI/ Sputnik) – The number of soldiers who died as a result of a Wednesday attack in the western part of Mali increased to eight, and seven more were injured, the Malian Armed Forces said.On Wednesday, the military said that four army personnel were killed in the attack in the area of the village of Nara and about ten were injured. “Yesterday’s number of soldiers died increased from 4 to 8 people, 7 soldiers were injured and 3 vehicles destroyed. The enemy lost 31 people, weapons and ammunition were seized,” the military said in a press release, published on the website.The armed forces added that because of airstrikes, carried out by the Malian air force, the total number of terrorists’ casualties is still to be clarified, for which a search operation was launched.Despite the presence of UN and French troops in Mali,…

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Rohit Sharma ruled out of South Africa Tests, Priyank Panchal named replacement

New Delhi [India]: India Test vice-captain Rohit Sharma has been ruled out of the upcoming three-match series against South Africa, confirmed Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah on Monday. “Rohit Sharma is ruled out of the Test series against South Africa,” Shah told ANI.Rohit was hit on his hand while he was training with throwdown specialist Raghavendra on Sunday in Mumbai.The BCCI has also confirmed that Rohit is indeed ruled out and Priyank Panchal has replaced him for the three-match series.“Priyank Panchal replaces injured Rohit Sharma in India’s Test squad. Rohit sustained a left hamstring injury during his training session here in Mumbai yesterday. He has been ruled out of the upcoming 3-match Test series against South Africa,” BCCI tweeted.Last week, Rohit was named India’s Test vice-captain and he was also given the rein of white-ball format. Rohit Sharma,…

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Injured Neymar to miss up to eight weeks at PSG

Paris [France]: Neymar will not play again for Paris Saint-Germain in 2021 as he has been sidelined for up to eight weeks with an ankle injury.Brazil forward was forced from the field on a stretcher after landing awkwardly during the Ligue 1 clash with Saint-Etienne. PSG have said in a statement on the club’s official website on Monday: “The examinations carried out confirm that Neymar Jr suffers from a sprained left ankle with ligament injuries.”“An unavailability of 6 to 8 weeks is to be expected. A new assessment will be made in 72 hours to specify the recovery.”Neymar posted on social media: “Unfortunately, these setbacks are a part of an athlete’s life. Now you have to raise your head and move on. I will come back better and stronger.”If the 29-year-old is to miss the next six weeks, then he will be forced to…

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Devon Conway ruled out

Dubai [UAE]: New Zealand batsman Devon Conway has been ruled out of the upcoming T20 World Cup final against Australia and following tour to India with a broken right hand.Conway sustained the injury when he struck his bat immediately after being dismissed in last night’s semi-final win over England in Abu Dhabi – with an X-ray on Thursday confirming a break to his right-hand fifth Metacarpal. Coach Gary Stead said Conway was devastated by the news. “He’s absolutely gutted to be ruled out like this at this time,” Stead said.“Devon is hugely passionate about playing for the BLACKCAPS and no one is more disappointed at the moment than he is – so we’re really trying to rally around him. It looked a pretty innocuous reactionary incident on the field, but the blow obviously caught the bat between the glove padding and while it’s not…

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T20 WC : Hardik Pandya’s shoulder injury “not serious”

Dubai [UAE] : Flamboyant India all-rounder Hardik Pandya’s shoulder injury sustained during the T20 World Cup opener against Pakistan is believed to be a minor one and he is likely to be available for the next game against New Zealand on October 31. Pandya, who did not bowl in the IPL last month, is playing only as a batter right now and scored 11 off 8 balls on Sunday night, looking distinctly uncomfortable against pacers before being hit on the shoulder by a short ball. “Yes, Hardik’s scan reports have come and the injury is not very serious. Also the fact that there is a six-day gap between two games gives him enough time to recuperate,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity. “But obviously, the medical team would wait and watch as to how he shapes up during the training sessions,” he added.…

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Roger Federer to undergo more knee surgeries, to miss US Open

Zurich [Switzerland]: Swiss tennis maestro Roger Federer has confirmed that he would be undergoing more knee surgeries and he will miss the upcoming US Open.Federer was last seen playing in the Wimbledon, and after that, he also gave Tokyo Olympics a miss due to knee issues. “I just wanted to give you a bit of an update on what’s been going on since Wimbledon. As you can imagine, it has not been simple. I have been doing a lot of checks with the doctors as well on my knee, getting all the information as I hurt myself further during the grass-court season and Wimbledon. That’s just not the way to go forward, so unfortunately they told me for the medium to long term to feel better, I will need surgery. I decided to do it,” Federer said in a video posted on his Instagram…

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Rafael Nadal withdraws from Cincinnati after foot injury

Ohio [USA]: Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from next week’s Western and Southern Open due to his ongoing left foot injury, the tournament announced on Wednesday.The Spanish superstar on Tuesday has already pulled out of the Rogers Cup ahead of his second-round match against Lloyd Harris. Nadal’s left foot injury forced him to miss Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics too. The legendary lefty returned last week at the Citi Open in Washington, where he battled through his opening match against Jack Sock in a final-set tie-break before losing against South African Lloyd Harris in three sets in the third round. Nadal, who lifted the Cincinnati trophy in 2013, is 24-5 this season with titles in Barcelona and Rome. Daniil Medvedev, who won the 2019 Western & Southern Open when it was last held in Cincinnati, will be the tournament’s top men’s seed as the No.…