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Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings Highlights: Pacers, Rahul shape Punjab Kings’ crucial win over Kolkata | Cricket News – Times of India
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Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings Highlights: Pacers, Rahul shape Punjab Kings’ crucial win over Kolkata | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: Punjab Kings boosted their chances of making the IPL play-offs with a five-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders as effective death over bowling and smart batting by skipper KL Rahul and Shahrukh Khan shaped their crucial victory in the Indian Premier League on Friday. Rahul scored 67 runs off 55 balls and shared a 70-run stand with fellow opener Mayank Agarwal (40), knocking off a 166-run target with three balls to spare. Scorecard | As it happened | Points TableShahrukh produced an impactful 9-ball 22-run knock when it mattered and finished the match with a six. Venkatesh Iyer hit a fluent 67 while Nitish Rana produced a fiery 31 off 18 balls before Punjab Kings managed to stop KKR at 165 for seven. Invited to bat, the in-form KKR batsmen controlled the proceedings for a major ...
20-year-old Ganemat Sekhon wins silver in ISSF Junior World Championship in Peru
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20-year-old Ganemat Sekhon wins silver in ISSF Junior World Championship in Peru

Competing in what was her last junior international event, Punjab shooter 20-year-old Ganemat Sekhon on Thursday won the silver medal in the women’s skeet category in the ISSF Junior World Championships being held at Lima, Peru. Sekhon, a student of SD College Sector 32, who in 2018 became the first ever Indian women skeet shooter to win a medal in a junior ISSF World Cup, won the bronze medal in the ISSF World Cup in Delhi earlier in March this year, the first Indian senior skeet shooter to achieve the feat. She lost out to USA’s Alishia Layne 2-0 in a shoot-off for the gold medal after they were both tied with 46 points in the final. “It was my last international tournament as a junior and I am glad to end my junior career with a medal in the world cup. The conditions were very challe...
Punam Raut has earned lot of respect by choosing to walk: Mandhana | Cricket News – Times of India
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Punam Raut has earned lot of respect by choosing to walk: Mandhana | Cricket News – Times of India

GOLD COAST (Australia): Star India batter Smriti Mandhana was surprised that Punam Raut chose to walk even before waiting for the on-field umpire's decision but said she gained a lot of respect from her teammates by doing so on day two of the day/night Test against Australia on Friday. Raut walked off after a caught behind appeal despite the umpire not entertaining Alyssa Healy and Meg Lanning's loud shouts. Since there is no DRS in the series, Australia would not have been able to review the not out call. ICYMI: A caught-behind appeal was declared Not Out by the umpire, but Punam Raut opted to walk. #AUSvIND #TeamIndiahttps://t.co/6xrofu5AVs— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) 1633073349000Raut's act ignited an intense debate on the spirit of cricket on social media, dividing opinions. "At first ...
Knights drop the ball, points: Kings benefit from KKR’s fielding errors to stay in Playoff contention
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Knights drop the ball, points: Kings benefit from KKR’s fielding errors to stay in Playoff contention

Four catches, three of them that weren’t taken and one that was deemed not taken cleanly, dramatically swung the match towards Kings XI Punjab, who hung on for dear life to finally win a close game. WHAT A WIN! 👏 👏 Yet another nail-biter as @PunjabKingsIPL pull off a 5 wicket win over #KKR in Dubai. 👍 👍 #VIVOIPL #KKRvPBKS Scorecard 👉 https://t.co/lUTQhNzjsM pic.twitter.com/3J2N1X6a4G — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) October 1, 2021 The four ‘catches’ that tell the story It’s perhaps best to start from the last chance and retrace the path of the game. It came on the third ball of the final over, just after the wicket of KL Rahul. Venkatesh Iyer had the onerous task of defending five runs but it had to be him as match situations at various points had forced Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Eoin...
Sri Lanka add five more players to T20 World Cup squad | Cricket News – Times of India
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Sri Lanka add five more players to T20 World Cup squad | Cricket News – Times of India

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka on Friday added five more players to their squad for the T20 World Cup to played in the UAE and Oman. Sri Lanka Cricket's (SLC) selection committee included Pathum Nissanka, Minod Bhanuka, Ashen Bandara, Lakshan Sandakan and Ramesh Mendis in the squad, making it a total of 23 players. The SLC said the Minister of Youth and Sports Namal Rajapaksa has ratified the inclusion of the additional players. Sri Lanka Cricket’s Selection Committee included 05 more additional players to join the Sri Lanka squad taking part… https://t.co/qlRWzpFo3O— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) 1633091103000"Lahiru Madushanka, who was named in the original squad for the ICC Men's T20 World Cup, will not travel with the team as he is recovering from an injury," the SLC informed. Sri Lanka h...
Solskjaer slams lack of ‘common sense’ in Premier League fixtures | Football News – Times of India
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Solskjaer slams lack of ‘common sense’ in Premier League fixtures | Football News – Times of India

MANCHESTER (England): Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says there is "no common sense" in his team being forced to play the earliest fixture of the weekend after being involved in Wednesday's Champions League. United face Everton at Old Trafford in the lunchtime kickoff slot on Saturday after hosting Villarreal on Wednesday in European competition. Rivals Liverpool and Manchester City played on Tuesday but have the last fixture slot of the weekend, meeting late Sunday afternoon at Anfield. The United manager said he has not received any reasoning for the fixture order, but blamed television companies. "Absolutely no explanation. Well, it is TV," he said in his news conference on Friday. Solskjaer noted a similar situation had occurred last season when United had a trip to ...
Young Indian wrestlers face stiff test at Worlds, expectations high from Anshu, Sarita | More sports News – Times of India
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Young Indian wrestlers face stiff test at Worlds, expectations high from Anshu, Sarita | More sports News – Times of India

OSLO (Norway): The youngsters in the Indian wrestling contingent will seek to gain big-stage experience in the absence of star players even as Anshu Malik's performance will be followed keenly at the World Championships, starting on Saturday. The proven performers such as Bajrang Punia, Ravi Dahiya, Vinesh Phogat and Deepak Punia are all missing from the squad either due to injury issues or lack of preparation. In their absence, it is a tremendous chance for youngsters like Ravinder Dahiya (61kg), Rohit (65kg), Yash Tushir (74kg), Pruthviraj Basaheb Patil (92kg) and Anirudh Gulia (125kg) to get first hand experience of senior-level World Championship after making a mark at the junior worlds. But, the expectations will be high on Anshu Malik (57kg), who is the only wrestler at the presti...
Real Rahul, Cricket Shahrukh nick this one away from KKR
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Real Rahul, Cricket Shahrukh nick this one away from KKR

It’s a decision depending on your eyesight and your sympathies with either team – you could either agree with or rage against the third umpire’s call. When 11 runs were needed from 10 balls, KL Rahul slugged Shivam Mavi towards deep midwicket where Rahul Tripathi charged in from the boundary. And he leaped forward to scoop the ball much like Ajay Jadeja did in the 1992 World Cup to take out Allan Border. Luckily for Jadeja there was no doubt in that, here the umpires went upstairs for the final call. Endless replays followed, zoomer was used and the umpire decided that a tiny bit of the ball had touched the ground. Many might have felt that Tripathi had his fingers under the ball but the umpire felt it touched the ground when he scooped it up. Rahul slashed a four off the final ball to...
Clare Connor takes charge as MCC’s first female president | Cricket News – Times of India
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Clare Connor takes charge as MCC’s first female president | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: Former England captain Clare Connor on Friday took charge as the MCC president, becoming the first woman to hold the post in the club's 234-year-old history. Connor's nomination was announced by her predecessor and Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara at the Annual General Meeting last year but she had to wait for a year to take charge due to COVID-19. 📝 @BNCB begins term as the sixth Chairman of MCC today, while former England captain @ConnorCricket CBE takes offic… https://t.co/HSis0U8Z2u— Marylebone Cricket Club (@MCCOfficial) 1633079683000Clare takes over from the former Sri Lanka captain after his term was extended to two years because of the pandemic. MCC is the custodian of cricket's laws. Connor, who is currently the ECB's Managing Director of Women's Cricket, was made an ...
From Taliban to Ronaldo’s land, Afghan women footballers train again | Football News – Times of India
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From Taliban to Ronaldo’s land, Afghan women footballers train again | Football News – Times of India

LISBON: Forced to flee Afghanistan by the Taliban takeover, members of the Afghan women's youth football team and their families have sought refuge in Portugal and are back training in the Lisbon suburbs. The relief at having found a safe haven after arriving on September 19 shows in their faces as well as joy at being in a country whose most famous son these days is a footballer. "I can't believe it. I'm so happy I can play football again," Omul Banin Ramzi tells AFP after their first training session in six months. "In Afghanistan it was so bad. "I'm happy in Portugal because Cristiano Ronaldo is from here," she adds with a broad smile as her father looks on proudly. Ramzi, sporting a red shirt topped off with a black bandana round her head, added that she would love to meet the five-...
Warwickshire crush Lancashire to claim Bob Willis Trophy | Cricket News – Times of India
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Warwickshire crush Lancashire to claim Bob Willis Trophy | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: Warwickshire completed a domestic double on day four of the final of England's domestic Bob Willis Trophy at Lord's on Friday after crushing Lancashire by an innings and 199 runs. Mark Robinson, who guided England to Women's World Cup glory in 2017, has won two trophies in his first season as Bears head coach after clinching the County Championship title one week ago. 𝗕𝗢𝗕 𝗪𝗜𝗟𝗟𝗜𝗦 𝗧𝗥𝗢𝗣𝗛𝗬 𝗖𝗛𝗔𝗠𝗣𝗜𝗢𝗡𝗦 🏆🐻#YouBears | #WARvLAN https://t.co/9kizE9crXm— Warwickshire CCC 🏏 (@WarwickshireCCC) 1633084857000Lancashire faced an uphill battle from day one after being inserted by Warwickshire and skittled out for just 78. At one point they were reduced to 12-6 in an innings featuring five ducks as paceman Craig Miles took 5-28. Warwickshire -- who pipped Lancashire on the final day of the season ...
Jaiswal hoping to convert starts into big scores after speaking to Kohli | Cricket News – Times of India
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Jaiswal hoping to convert starts into big scores after speaking to Kohli | Cricket News – Times of India

ABU DHABI: Struggling to convert his starts into big scores in the ongoing IPL, young Rajasthan Royals opener Yashasvi Jaiswal is hoping for a change in fortunes after a post-match conversation with India and Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli. Following their seven-wicket loss to RCB on Wednesday, several Royals youngsters, including Jaiswal, had a long conversation with Kohli. "I wanted to know how to make it big. That was what I was talking about with Virat bhaiya, like how to make it effective and how can I help my team," the 19-year-old said in a video posted by Rajasthan Royals. "He explained in a really nice way about how can I do well and improve. He also said about how can I be positive all the time and play little more." The left-handed opener has often failed to ...
Coach Louis van Gaal names two new faces in Dutch squad | Football News – Times of India
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Coach Louis van Gaal names two new faces in Dutch squad | Football News – Times of India

AMSTERDAM: German-based goalkeeper Mark Flekken and Club Brugge attacker Noa Lang were handed first call-ups by the Netherlands as coach Louis van Gaal on Friday included them in his squad for World Cup qualifiers against Latvia and Gibraltar this month. Lang moves up from the under-21 team after impressing with Belgium’s Club Brugge in the Champions League. Flekken was largely unknown to the Dutch having spent his entire career in Germany, but his recent performances for Freiburg have caught the coach’s eye. “He’s done good things in the Bundesliga and I want to see him close up to get a better understanding of his qualities,” said Van Gaal in a statement. The Dutch play Latvia in Riga on Oct. 8 and Gibraltar in Rotterdam three days later as they look to solidify top spot in Group G an...
IPL 2021: Shubman Gill just a match away from big score, believes Lara | Cricket News – Times of India
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IPL 2021: Shubman Gill just a match away from big score, believes Lara | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Former West Indies skipper Brian Lara feels Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) batsman Shubman Gill is just a match away from regaining his form in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. The West Indies batting legend also explained why KKR wouldn't consider replacing Gill in the matches ahead. "This guy (Shubman Gill), he is a bit unlucky, if you look at him bat, he is in some form, alright. And I believe he's just a match away from a big score," Lara said on Star Sports show GAME PLAN. "I think he gels really well with Iyer (Venkatesh) and I believe that both of them can come together and make something special, but replacing Shubman Gill now is not something that KKR wants to do," he added. Meanwhile, Punjab Kings have 8 points from eleven games and the KL Rahul-led side will have to...
India Women vs Australia Women, Pink Ball Test: Lightning, heavy rain force early stumps on Day 2 as India reach 276/5 | Cricket News – Times of India
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India Women vs Australia Women, Pink Ball Test: Lightning, heavy rain force early stumps on Day 2 as India reach 276/5 | Cricket News – Times of India

GOLD COAST: Rain wiped out a significant part of the second day's play after India opener Smriti Mandhana stole the limelight with a magnificent maiden Test hundred in the historic women's day/night match against Australia on Friday. India were 276 for five in 101.5 overs when lightning forced the players indoors some time after the dinner break, meaning more than a session's play was wasted due to inclement weather. The lightning was followed by rain, rendering the outfield wet. The Carrara Oval's excellent drainage system notwithstanding, play could not resume as the outfield needed more than a few hours to dry, even after the super-sopper was employed by the proactive ground-staff. The umpires inspected at 8.30 pm local time before arriving at the decision to call off the remaining d...
Mohammad Kaif: We are fortunate to have quality Indian players with international experience: Kaif | Cricket News – Times of India
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Mohammad Kaif: We are fortunate to have quality Indian players with international experience: Kaif | Cricket News – Times of India

SHARJAH: The presence of many quality Indian players with international experience has been a boon for Delhi Capitals this IPL season, the team's assistant coach Mohammad Kaif said on Friday. The assistant coach stressed the importance of having quality Indian players in their team. "Having quality Indian players in a franchise is the key for any franchise. We are lucky to have some quality Indian players and we are also fortunate to have quite a few Indian players who play international cricket," Kaif said. "If there are seven Indian players, who have been playing in the IPL regularly and understand their roles and responsibilities, then that's a huge benefit for any team." Second-placed Delhi Capitals are in no mood to experiment and will look to field their best playing XI in every m...
Academies, equipment sellers, all point to javelin surge after Neeraj Chopra gold
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Academies, equipment sellers, all point to javelin surge after Neeraj Chopra gold

Popular sports academies, like the Chhatrasal Stadium in Delhi, are clocking a rush of new enrollments. An Olympian says he is getting “at least half-a-dozen text messages every day” from beginners asking about coaches. And retailers are shipping in more equipment. Neeraj Chopra’s historic gold at the Tokyo Olympics in August has triggered a javelin surge at the grassroots. So much so that the Athletics Federation of India is moving to give the sport an extra push. AFI has announced that each state unit will hold an annual javelin competition every August 7, the day Chopra won India’s first-ever track and field gold at the Olympics. Talks are also on for an exchange programme with Finland, one of the traditional powerhouses of the sport. At the Chhatrasal Stadium, famous for its wrestli...
Jayawardene: Hardik Pandya might struggle if pushed to bowl, says MI coach Jayawardene | Cricket News – Times of India
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Jayawardene: Hardik Pandya might struggle if pushed to bowl, says MI coach Jayawardene | Cricket News – Times of India

SHARJAH: Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene on Friday said the team is in no hurry to force Hardik Pandya into bowling in the IPL as the all-rounder might "struggle" if pushed hard, which could jeopardise his outing in the upcoming T20 World Cup. After missing the first two games in the second leg of the tournament, Hardik played for MI purely as a batsman. This has raised questions over his selection in India's T20 World Cup squad, with the chairman of selectors saying that Hardik is fully fit to bowl in the marquee event, starting October 17 in the UAE and Oman. But Jayawardene felt otherwise and said that the Mumbai franchise is in constant touch with the Indian team think tank regarding Hardik. "He (Hardik) hasn't bowled for a long period of time, so we are just trying to do th...
Klopp made me a better manager, says Manchester City’s Guardiola
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Klopp made me a better manager, says Manchester City’s Guardiola

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes that his duels with Liverpool counterpart Jürgen Klopp have made him a better coach as the two prepare to face off once again in the Premier League on Sunday. Guardiola and Klopp first came up against each other eight years ago in Germany while in charge of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, respectively, before renewing their rivalry in England. “He (Klopp) helped me. His teams and he helped me be a better manager. He put me on another level, to think about it and prove myself… this is the reason why we’re still in this business,” said Guardiola. “Some managers make a challenge to make you step forward. We did it in Germany… here in England we’re many years together. It’s nice because both teams have the same idea — score goals. They’re ...
Solskjaer slams lack of ‘common sense’ in fixtures
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Solskjaer slams lack of ‘common sense’ in fixtures

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says there is “no common sense” in his team being forced to play the earliest fixture of the weekend after being involved in Wednesday’s Champions League.United face Everton at Old Trafford in the lunchtime kickoff slot on Saturday after hosting Villarreal on Wednesday in European competition. Rivals Liverpool and Manchester City played on Tuesday but have the last fixture slot of the weekend, meeting late Sunday afternoon at Anfield. The United manager said he has not received any reasoning for the fixture order, but blamed television companies. ℹ️ A squad update from Ole, including news on @HarryMaguire93, @LukeShaw23 and @MarcusRashford…#MUFC | #MUNEVE — Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 1, 2021 “Absolutely no explanation. Well, it is...