New coach must understand Indian culture, says Dhoni

MUMBAI India's next cricket coach should have a clear understanding of the country's diverse culture, limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said on Tuesday.

India have been without a full-time coach since Ravi Shastri's two-year tenure as team director ended with the hosts' defeat in the semi-finals of this year's World Twenty20.

In the advertisement for the coach's job, the Indian cricket board (BCCI) said the ability to communicate in an Indian language was desirable but not mandatory.

Inexperience may cost Vardy Euro 2016 starting spot - Wenger

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy's lack of experience at major international tournaments means he will not be an automatic starter for England at Euro 2016, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said.

The 29-year-old forward, who has scored three goals in seven internationals, was the joint second-highest scorer in the Premier League during Leicester's title-winning season and was the Football Writers' Association player of the year.

England's youth is a strength at Euro 2016, says Sturridge

LONDON England's lack of international experience can work in their favour, Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge said as their Euro 2016 opener against Russia looms.

Roy Hodgson's starting line-up for Saturday's match in Marseille is likely to include the likes of Tottenham Hotspur trio Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Harry Kane, none of whom have played at a senior tournament.

England have no animosity towards Amir, says Broad

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir can expect no animosity from England when he comes up against the hosts in the four-test series starting next month, seamer Stuart Broad has said.

Amir, who spent time in jail and served a five-year ban for spot-fixing, admitted he had deliberately bowled a no-ball in the fourth test against England at Lord's in 2010.

The 24-year-old was cleared to return to the sport in September and could make his first test appearance since his suspension after being named in Pakistan's 17-man squad on Sunday.

Two Russian female medallists from 2008 Olympics tested positive for doping - TASS cites coach

MOSCOW B-samples of two Russian female weightlifting medallists from the 2008 Olympics have tested positive for banned substances, TASS news agency on Tuesday quoted the coach of one of them as saying.

Marina Shainova won a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and Nadezhda Evstyukhina won a bronze medal at the same Games.

"The B-sample has tested positive for turinabol," Shainova's coach Vladimir Shainov told TASS. "We haven't decided yet what to do ... now, certainly, her medal will be taken away and she will be diqualified. Evstyukhina is in the same situation."

Key Bok Vermeulen puts country above club

CAPE TOWN, June 7 (Reuters) – - Loose forward Duane Vermeulen said he had no hesitation to answer a call to play for South Africa in this month's three-test series against Ireland, even though he misses his club Toulon’s bid to win the French title.

“There was never any question about the fact that I would be here," the number eight told a news conference on Tuesday ahead of Saturday's first test at Newlands.

New research finds low risk of Zika virus at Olympics

CHICAGO New research attempting to calculate the risk of the Zika virus at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro may reassure organizers and many of the more than 500,000 athletes and fans expected to travel to the epicenter of the epidemic.

Controversy about the global gathering in August has grown as more about the disease becomes known. The mosquito-borne virus can cause crippling birth defects and, in adults, has been linked to the neurological disorder Guillain-Barre.

Celtic players excited by Rodgers appointment

The prospect of playing under new manager Brendan Rodgers next season has thrilled the players at Celtic, goalkeeper Craig Gordon has said.

Rodgers, who replaced Ronny Deila at Celtic, joined the Scottish league champions on a 12-month rolling contract in May after he was sacked by Liverpool in October.

"We can't wait to get in and see how he wants the team set up and how he wants us to play," Gordon told the BBC.

Gold would be sweet for factory girl Ratchanok

SYDNEY As the humble daughter of factory workers at a Bangkok sweet-maker, badminton was a ticket out of poverty for Ratchanok Intanon, who hopes winning gold at the Rio Olympics might inspire more Thai girls to chase their dreams.

The 21-year-old will be among Thailand's main medal hopes in Brazil and one of the chief threats to China's chances of defending their astonishing sweep of all five badminton titles at the London Games.

Brownlee brothers lead British Triathlon challenge

LONDON For Jonny Brownlee his Olympic target is simple -- beat his older brother and gold should be his.

The 26-year-old was named alongside Alistair, the Olympic champion, in Britain's six-strong Triathlon squad for the Rio Games on Tuesday and he will be hoping to turn the tables having finished with a bronze medal in London four years ago.

"The way Alistair's training at the moment, if I beat him then I think it should be gold," he said of his 28-year-old sibling who has struggled with injury and needed surgery on his Achilles tendon last year.