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Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Capitals Highlights: Srikar Bharat, Glenn Maxwell pull off RCB’s thrilling last-ball win over Delhi Capitals | Cricket News – Times of India
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Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Capitals Highlights: Srikar Bharat, Glenn Maxwell pull off RCB’s thrilling last-ball win over Delhi Capitals | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: A last-ball six by KS Bharat powered Royal Challengers Bangalore to a seven-wicket win over Delhi Capitals in a thrilling finish to their Indian Premier League match that shifted this way and that here on Friday. SCORECARD | POINTS TABLE | SCHEDULE & RESULTSBharat smashed an unbeaten 78 off 52 balls while Glenn Maxwell blazed away to 51 in 33 deliveries as RCB chased down a target of 165 with the former's heroics. Needing 15 to win from the final over, Maxwell started it with a boundary but pacer Avesh Khan came back with a couple of excellent deliveries, including a yorker. However, Bharat had the last laugh as he smoked Khan's full toss over long-on for a six to seal the game in his team's favour. A wide off the fifth delivery from Khan helped RCB's cause. What a way to bri...
‘Hard decisions have to be taken for big goals’: IOA chief Batra on Hockey India’s CWG pullout | Hockey News – Times of India
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‘Hard decisions have to be taken for big goals’: IOA chief Batra on Hockey India’s CWG pullout | Hockey News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Indian Olympic Association President Narinder Batra on Friday backed Hockey India's decision to pull out of next year's Commonwealth Games to ensure greater focus on the Asiad, saying "hard decisions" have to be taken for bigger goals and it wasn't feasible to even send a second-string team. Hockey India withdrew from the Games on Tuesday saying that there was only a 32-day window available between the Birmingham Games (July 28-August 8) and the Hangzhou Asian Games (September 10-25). HI said it was unwilling to risk sending its players to the UK, which has been one of the worst affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Batra said it was the correct call given that an Asiad gold would ensure direct qualification to the 2024 Paris Olympics. "You will peak at the CWG, come back home f...
ECB gives ‘conditional approval’ for England’s Ashes tour | Cricket News – Times of India
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ECB gives ‘conditional approval’ for England’s Ashes tour | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: England's Ashes tour of Australia is set to go ahead after the England and Wales Cricket Board gave "conditional approval" to the trip on Friday. There were fears the Ashes would be cancelled after months of concern over tough Covid-19 quarantine guidelines which England's players and their families will have to follow in Australia. England Test captain Joe Root last week sparked fresh doubts about the tour when he refused to confirm he would tour Australia. The ECB Board has met today and given its approval for the England Men's Ashes tour to go ahead, subject to several… https://t.co/B4tvBTznXy— England Cricket (@englandcricket) 1633711223000But the five-match series is now set to start as scheduled in December following talks between Cricket Australia, the ECB and England's p...
F1 drivers praise grippy Istanbul track after 2020 ‘ice rink’ | Racing News – Times of India
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F1 drivers praise grippy Istanbul track after 2020 ‘ice rink’ | Racing News – Times of India

ISTANBUL: Formula One drivers hailed the Istanbul Park circuit's grippier surface on Friday, saying the Turkish Grand Prix track was fun to drive again and very different to last year's wet and slippery "ice rink". Turkey returned to the F1 calendar in 2020 after nearly a decade away with a resurfaced track that lacked grip in wet conditions. The drivers were unimpressed and organisers reacted to the criticism ahead of this weekend's Turkish Grand Prix by water-blasting the asphalt to make it more abrasive. Mercedes' world championship leader Lewis Hamilton, who last year called the track "terrifying" and joined other drivers in comparing the surface to ice, said after lapping fastest in Friday practice that the track was "much, much different". "I didn't really know what to expect when...
IPL 2021 – ‘It’s been a great ride’: David Warner pens emotional note for SRH fans | Cricket News – Times of India
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IPL 2021 – ‘It’s been a great ride’: David Warner pens emotional note for SRH fans | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI (UAE): Australian batsman David Warner on Friday penned a heartfelt message for the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) fans and termed his stint with the IPL franchise as a "great ride". Warner was removed as SRH skipper in May this year following his poor form and was again dropped from the playing XI during the UAE-leg of IPL. As SRH plays their last league game on Friday against Mumbai Indians, Warner thanked all the fans for the support and said he will miss every one of them. "Thank You for the memories created. To all the fans, you have been a driving force for our team always to give 100%. I can't thank you all enough for the support shown. It's been a great ride. My family and I are going to miss you all!! #respect #cricket #hyderabad One last effort today," Warner wrote on Instagr...
Sir Alex and tearful mum see Marcus Rashford receive honorary degree | Off the field News – Times of India
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Sir Alex and tearful mum see Marcus Rashford receive honorary degree | Off the field News – Times of India

MANCHESTER: Manchester United and England forward Marcus Rashford was presented with an honorary degree by the University of Manchester at Old Trafford on Thursday, in recognition of his campaigning work off the pitch in tackling child poverty. At just 23 years of age, Rashford became the youngest recipient of an honorary doctorate from the university. Family ♥️ https://t.co/dDGpn1G8GO https://t.co/j88z04dCYO— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) 1633695114000Former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who also has an honorary degree from the university, joined Rashford's friends and family - including his tearful mum - to see him receive the award from vice-chancellor Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell. Rashford waged a high-profile campaign last year to persuade the British government to pro...
Indian greco-roman wrestlers bite dust in World Championship | More sports News – Times of India
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Indian greco-roman wrestlers bite dust in World Championship | More sports News – Times of India

OSLO (Norway): India's greco-roman wrestlers cut a sorry figure in the World Championships as none of them could enter the medal rounds on Friday. In the 51kg category, Sandeep crashed out in the first round losing 0-7 against Ekrem Ozturk of Turkey, followed by the ouster of Gyanender in the 60kg who lost 2-3 to Japan's Ayata Suzuki. In the 72kg class, Vikas bowed out in the qualification round, losing to Cengiz Arslan of Turkey. Sajan then lost his 77kg opening round bout against Tamas Levai of Hungary. The script was the same in the 82kg, 97kg and 130kg divisions. While Harpreet Singh lost to Ireland's Pejman Soltanmorad Poshtam in the qualifying round of 82kg, Ravi was shown the door by Korea's Jewoo Park. In the 130kg category, Sonu lost to Radoslav Plamenov Georgiev of Bulgaria in...
How SRH foxed Pollard with a smart fielding position
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How SRH foxed Pollard with a smart fielding position

The cracking sound from Kieron Pollard’s bat was enough to fear that the ball would have punctured even the sight-screen. It was struck sweet, flat and hard—the fuller length ball that pitched outside the off-stump in Pollard’s murdering range—that it seemed destined for a six the moment it left his bat. But it was not to be. Somehow, Jason Roy, whose fielding was at best sloppy this evening, was perfectly stationed to swallow the catch. He just had to move a couple of inches to his left to house the ball in his palms. So powerfully struck the ball was that it nearly tumbled out his hand, but Roy kept his calm to not add another incident that would have made him look clownish. Praiseworthy though his catch was, the credit goes to Manish Pandey, restored as captain after a while away fr...
MI go for broke but sink: Post 235/9 against SRH but fall well short of margin of victory needed to advance
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MI go for broke but sink: Post 235/9 against SRH but fall well short of margin of victory needed to advance

Try they did, and win they did by a margin of 42 runs, but in the end, it was always a bridge too far for Mumbai Indians, even by their penchant for shocks and surprises, to cross. They posted the highest total of an unusually low-scoring season—235/9—but couldn’t restrict Sunrisers Hyderabad to 65 or less, the play-off sealing cut-off mark. Power player For close to an hour, Ishan Kishan offered a peep into the future of batting in the T20s. Maybe, how it would be like in 2040, or well in 2030, batting with the faintest regard to the get-your-eye-in fundamental. He strode in, marked his guard, picked his spots and began unfurling a torrent of leg-side strokes, ensuing in an exhibition of sheer power. Like it is playstation cricket. Behind the no-holds-barred aggression was obviously de...
Hamilton dominates Turkish Grand Prix practice but faces penalty | Racing News – Times of India
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Hamilton dominates Turkish Grand Prix practice but faces penalty | Racing News – Times of India

ISTANBUL: Mercedes Formula One world championship leader Lewis Hamilton smashed the track record in Turkish Grand Prix practice on Friday while Red Bull rival Max Verstappen was out of sorts and off the pace. Verstappen was second in the morning session at Istanbul Park, 0.425 behind his Mercedes rival, and only fifth in the afternoon when he was slower than Mexican team mate Sergio Perez. Hamilton will have a 10-place grid penalty for Sunday's race after exceeding his season's engine allocation but Mercedes hope he will be able to make up places at a track with good overtaking opportunities. The seven times world champion lapped with a best time of one minute 23.804 seconds after leading in the morning with 1:24.178. Verstappen, two points behind Hamilton with seven races remaining, wa...
Sharjah in Dubai: Last-ball maximum takes RCB home against Capitals, who are punished for lacklustre fielding
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Sharjah in Dubai: Last-ball maximum takes RCB home against Capitals, who are punished for lacklustre fielding

Six runs needed. One ball left. Avesh Khan went for a yorker but sprayed it down the legside for a wide. Next arrived a full toss and Srikar Bharat tonked it into the night sky. For a moment, it wasn’t clear if it had only height and not the distance but it landed well clear of the boundary to trigger celebrations in the Royal Challengers Bangalore dugout. Scenes from the #RCB camp as @KonaBharat finishes it off in style.#VIVOIPL #RCBvDC pic.twitter.com/ApyHdTuJ9U — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) October 8, 2021 In fact, the ball before the wide proved to be crucial in its own way. Bharat had squirted a drive towards long-on and had seemingly settled for a single. It was Glenn Maxwell who not only realised that Axar Patel was making a meal of it in the outfield but also understood the impo...
Sarfaraz Ahmed returns as Pakistan make three changes to T20 World Cup squad | Cricket News – Times of India
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Sarfaraz Ahmed returns as Pakistan make three changes to T20 World Cup squad | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: Former skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed makes a surprise return in three changes to Pakistan's World Cup squad, selectors said Friday. The 34-year-old Sarfaraz was not in the 15-man squad announced last month but all 16 teams competing in the event had October 10 as the deadline to make any changes. The Twenty20 World Cup starts in Oman and the United Arab Emirates from October 17. Pakistan's chief selector Mohammad Wasim said changes were made after taking into account performances in the ongoing National Twenty20 tournament. "After reviewing player performances and in consultation with the team management, we have decided to include Haider Ali, Fakhar Zaman and Sarfaraz in the squad for the T20 World Cup 2021," Wasim was quoted as saying in a Pakistan Cricket Board release. Haider, dro...
More than 600 boxers from over 100 countries set for world boxing championship | Boxing News – Times of India
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More than 600 boxers from over 100 countries set for world boxing championship | Boxing News – Times of India

LAUSANNE: More than 600 boxers from 105 countries are set to fight it out in the men's world championships to be held in Belgrade, Serbia where gold-winners will walk away with a prize money of $100,000. The tournament gets underway from October 24 and India will be represented by a full-strength squad featuring Asian medal winners such as Shiva Thapa (63.5kg), Deepak Kumar (51kg) and Sanjeet (92kg) among others. "The number of registered boxers is 650 athletes, which is a record in the tournament's history," the International Boxing Association (AIBA) said in a statement. The competition will be held in 13 weight categories for the first time in AIBA's history. The weight classes were increased from 10 to 13 in July and the event will feature AIBA world champions, including Andy Cruz G...
Jack Leach, Dawid Malan and Ollie Robinson awarded first central contracts by England under new system | Cricket News – Times of India
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Jack Leach, Dawid Malan and Ollie Robinson awarded first central contracts by England under new system | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: First-timers Dawid Malan, Jack Leach and Ollie Robinson were among 20 England cricketers who were awarded central contracts on Friday, a change from their cricket board's earlier policy of handing players separate red-ball and white-ball deals. "Under the new system, 20 annual contracts have been awarded on a 'single' contract list instead of the previous separation of red-ball and white-ball contracts introduced in 2016," said the ECB in a statement. "The system considers the likelihood of players featuring in England teams across formats in the next 12 months, whilst also recognising performances in the preceding year. "Considerations were also agreed against a busy international schedule, made challenging by additional Covid-related constraints, and taking into account the me...
SRH vs MI Live Score, IPL 2021: Mumbai Indians face Sunrisers Hyderabad in ‘must win’ game  – The Times of India
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SRH vs MI Live Score, IPL 2021: Mumbai Indians face Sunrisers Hyderabad in ‘must win’ game – The Times of India

SRH vs MI Live Score, IPL 2021: Mumbai Indians face Sunrisers Hyderabad in a 'must win' gameLIVE NOWFive-time champions Mumbai Indians will need to outclass bottom-placed Sunrisers Hyderabad in the last league match of the Indian Premier League tonight, knowing fully well the tricky situation they have found themselves in their bid for a play-offs spot. Stay with TOI to get IPL live score, scorecard, highlights and ball by ball score updates of IPL match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians.Read LessTHE TIMES OF INDIA | Oct 08, 2021, 16:33:27 ISTFacebookTwitterLinkedinEMail Source link
CSK official hints MS Dhoni not leaving: ‘Last game will be at Chepauk’
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CSK official hints MS Dhoni not leaving: ‘Last game will be at Chepauk’

The Chennai Super Kings management is confident that the 2021 IPL is not going to be MS Dhoni’s swansong as a cricketer and the team captain would play at least one more season before waving goodbye in front of ‘home’ fans at Chepauk. “I don’t think so,” said a CSK insider, when asked if this IPL could be Dhoni’s last as a cricketer. “Think he would like to play his last game at Chepauk, which is very likely,” he told The Indian Express. This follows mixed signals from the former India captain over the last two days. On Tuesday, at an India Cements function, Dhoni dropped a hint that he would continue to lead CSK next season as well. When asked by a fan, he had said: “When it comes to the farewell, you can come and see me play for CSK and that can be my farewell game. So you will get th...
Barcelona to play away from Camp Nou during stadium overhaul
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Barcelona to play away from Camp Nou during stadium overhaul

Barcelona will play at another stadium for up to a year when the club starts its planned modernization of Camp Nou stadium, president Joan Laporta said Friday. Laporta said that he wants to begin the long-delayed overhaul of Camp Nou in the summer of 2022. He added that the work will last three to four years, but that the team will only need to find another home for a maximum of 12 months. “We are considering different possibilities, but the strongest candidate is the Johan Cruyff Stadium,” Laporta told Catalan radio Rac1 on Friday. Johan Cruyff Stadium is where the women’s team plays and forms part of the club’s training complex on the outskirts of Barcelona. With a capacity to seat only 6,000 spectators, Laporta said the club wants to increase that to 50,000 if the men’s team plays th...
India look up to star players for good show at Thomas and Uber Cup Finals | Badminton News – Times of India
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India look up to star players for good show at Thomas and Uber Cup Finals | Badminton News – Times of India

AARHUS: India will look up to their star players, including Saina Nehwal and men's doubles pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, to quickly recover from the Sudirman Cup drubbing and produce a better show at the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals beginning here on Saturday. With their stars missing and senior players out of form, India cut a sorry figure at the Sudirman Cup mixed team championships in Vantaa, Finland as they lost to China and Thailand to be knocked out of the tournament last week. However, with Saina and Chirag and Satwik back in the team, India will look to forget the Sudirman Cup disappointment and produce a strong performance in the men's and women's team events, where 16 top teams from five continents battle for a week. In the Thomas Cup, the Indian team has be...
T20 World Cup: Pakistan make three changes, announce confirmed squad
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T20 World Cup: Pakistan make three changes, announce confirmed squad

The national selectors of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed the country’s squad for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup, set to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from October 17 to November 14, on Friday. Pakistan is in Group 2 and will open their campaign against India on October 24 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The updated squad has three changes. Sarfaraz Ahmed and Haider Ali have replaced Azam Khan and Mohammad Hasnain respectively, while Fakhar Zaman, who was initially named as a travel reserve, has swapped places with Khushdil Shah. “After reviewing player performances in the highly-competitive National T20 and in consultation with the team management, we have decided to include Haider Ali, Fakhar Zaman and Sarfaraz Ahmed in the squad for the ICC Men’s T20 Wo...