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Leg spinner Lammichhane leaves for India

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KATHMANDU — Star spinner Sandeep Lamichanne is leaving for New Delhi today to link up with his team Delhi Daredevils before participating in the Indian Premier League.

The 17-year-old leg spinner, a member of Nepali national team, was bought by the Delhi Daredevils for a base price of Rs 2 million Indian rupees to play in the 2018 edition of IPL, a Twenty20 tournament featuring various Indian clubs with local and foreign players.

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Speaking at a press conference in Kathmandu on Monday, Lamichhane expressed happiness for being able to represent Nepal in the tournament. He also shared that experience from the tournament would be helpful to the Nepali cricket sector as a whole.

Various cities will hosts the tournament from coming April 7 to May 26.

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France beats Croatia 4-2 to clinch 2nd World Cup title

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MOSCOW — France has clinched its second FIFA World Cup title after beating Croatia 4-2 in the finals in Moscow on Sunday in the highest-scoring final since 1966.

France led 2-1 at halftime courtesy of the first own-goal and the first video-reviewed penalty in a World Cup final. The own-goal off the top of Mario Mandzukic’s head was the 12th of the tournament.

Argentine referee Nestor Pitana initially didn’t call the handball but awarded the spot kick after a video review – the first time in a World Cup final. Antoine Griezmann converted the penalty to put France back in front.

Croatia rallied to equalize with a terrific left-foot strike by Ivan Perisic; however France took the lead right back when Perisic handled the ball in his own penalty area.

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The match was temporarily disrupted when four pitch invaders ran onto the field in the 52nd minute before being dragged away by security and police.

Punk rock group Pussy Riot quickly claimed responsibility for the pitch invasion via social media, saying it was a protest aimed at ending illegal arrests of protesters and to allow political competition in Russia.

Play resumed and France quickly took a 4-1 lead with goals from Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe in the 59th and 65th minutes.

Croatia was playing in its first World Cup final. For France, it was a first World Cup crown since winning on home soil in 1998.

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