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Portugal first for Ronaldo

Lisbon: Cristiano Ronaldo says he would like to win the world player of year prize, but he places more importance on helping Portugal win their first international trophy. “Careers are made by trophies that are won collectively, not individually. The most important thing for me is to win something for the national team,” Ronaldo was quoted as saying by the Portuguese Football Federation website.

Arsenal deal

London: Arsenal has secured the futures of five key players, with Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey, and Carl Jenkinson signing new deals. Arsenal has lost a string of top talent in recent years, including Robin van Persie and Cesc Fabregas.

Pallikal loses

New Delhi: India’s Dipika Pallikal squandered a one-game lead to go down 11-7, 9-11, 6-11, 5-11 to Egypt’s Raneem El Weleily in the pre-quarters of the Women’s World Open Squash Championship, in Grand Cayman Island, in the Caribbean.

IOA case

New Delhi: The government has said on Wednesday that it was taking steps to resolve issues between International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Indian Olympic Association (IOA) so that Indian sportspersons can participate in international sporting events. Minister of state for youth affairs and sports, Jitendra Singh, told the Rajya Sabha that government was working to resolve the issue soon so that Indian sportspersons do not suffer.

Dhoni record

Ranchi: Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has paid Rs 12 crore income tax so far this fiscal and the department is optimistic that he would accomplish a hat-trick as the highest individual income taxpayer in Jharkhand.

T20 tickets

Mumbai: Tickets for the second and final T20 International between India and England, to be held at the Wankhede, on Saturday, will be sold only online, at http://in.bookmyshow.com/cricket/india-vs-england-t20-2012, the Mumbai Cricket Association announced on Wednesday. There will be no counter sale of tickets.

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