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England talisman Ben Stokes ‘excited’ over Ashes tour to Australia | Cricket News – Times of India
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England talisman Ben Stokes ‘excited’ over Ashes tour to Australia | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: Ben Stokes says he is excited at the prospect of facing Australia in the Ashes as he prepares to return following a long break to focus on his mental health and recover from a finger injury. The 30-year-old, who has not played any cricket since July, was added to Chris Silverwood's 17-man squad last month. Joe Root's men fly to Australia on Thursday for the five-Test series beginning on December 8 in Brisbane and Stokes said he was raring to go. "I took it day by day and had fantastic support around me," Stokes told Sky Sports. I'm excited to get out there and can't wait to see everyone." The all-rounder's return is a major boost for England, who are seeking their first series win "Down Under" since 2010/11. Stokes made his Ashes debut in 2013/14, scoring a maiden Test century i...
After Tokyo high, a crashed computer & red tape delay salary and prize for women’s hockey coach
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After Tokyo high, a crashed computer & red tape delay salary and prize for women’s hockey coach

Three months after the Indian women’s hockey team showcased their best-ever Olympics outing, the man credited with the transformation, Dutch coach Sjoerd Marijne, is still waiting for the last instalment of his salary and cash incentives. The reason for the delay: a crashed computer and bureaucratic red-tape. India, under Marijne, secured a historic fourth position at Tokyo 2020, a remarkable turnaround for a team that had finished last at Rio in 2016. Though they failed to make it to the podium this time, their performance, along with the men’s bronze medal, got Indian hockey unprecedented national focus and sparked hope for the sport’s revival in the country. Post-Tokyo, the players, along with the coaching staff, were promised cash awards and incentives. But since Marijne’s tenure en...
Manpreet Singh added to Khel Ratna winners; sports ministry okays 35 Arjuna awardees | More sports News – Times of India
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Manpreet Singh added to Khel Ratna winners; sports ministry okays 35 Arjuna awardees | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Olympic bronze-winning Indian men's hockey team captain Manpreet Singh was on Tuesday added to the list of Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna awardees, taking the total number of this year's winners to an unparalleled 12, with the ceremony scheduled for November 13 at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Manpreet was originally recommended for the Arjuna award but he joined veteran goalkeeper P R Sreejesh as the second hockey player in the list of awardees for the highest sporting honour. The other prominent Khel Ratna winners this year include Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra and Olympic silver-medallist wrestler Ravi Dahiya. Among 35 Arjuna awardees are most of India's Paralympic medal winners and cricketers Shikhar Dhawan and Mithali Raj. "The awardees will receive their awards from the Presid...
Newcastle United close in on Unai Emery appointment: Reports | Football News – Times of India
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Newcastle United close in on Unai Emery appointment: Reports | Football News – Times of India

LONDON: Newcastle are hoping to appoint Villarreal boss Unai Emery as their new manager by the weekend, according to widespread reports on Tuesday. The former Arsenal manager will be on the touchline for Villarreal's home Champions League clash against Swiss side Young Boys on Tuesday. The BBC said newly wealthy Newcastle were aiming to hire Emery in time for Saturday's trip to Brighton. A compensation deal worth £6 million ($8 million) is reportedly being negotiated to free Emery from the remainder of his contract. Newcastle were taken over by a consortium led by the Saudi sovereign wealth fund last month and have ambitions to recreate the success of Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea, all of whom are backed by wealthy foreign investors. However, the Magpies' immediate ta...
T20 World Cup: Kohli, Rohit hit nets first as Surya returns to training ahead of must-win game | Cricket News – Times of India
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T20 World Cup: Kohli, Rohit hit nets first as Surya returns to training ahead of must-win game | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI (UAE): Team India had an optional training session at the ICC Academy in Dubai on Tuesday ahead of the do-or-die clash against Afghanistan in the ICC T20 World Cup on Wednesday. While the team had initially decided to skip training, they gave it a rethink on Tuesday afternoon and headed to the academy. Skipper Virat Kohli and deputy Rohit Sharma were the first to hit the nets as the frontline pacers like Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami gave the session a miss to recover for the game on Wednesday. Another good news was the presence of batsman Suryakumar Yadav. Having missed the crucial game against New Zealand on Sunday due to back spasm, Surya returned to the training ground and started off with a light jogging session. He followed it up with some fitness drills under the watchf...
Pakistan crush Namibia by 45 runs, storm into semifinals
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Pakistan crush Namibia by 45 runs, storm into semifinals

Opener Mohammad Rizwan continued his scintillating form with a blistering 79 as a thoroughly professional Pakistan stormed into the semifinals of the T20 World Cup with a 45-run thrashing of Namibia here on Tuesday. From scoring only 12 runs in his first 21 balls, the wicketkeeper-batter smashed 67 in the next 29 deliveries, as Pakistan pummelled 130 runs in the back-10 to set a daunting target of 190 for the tournament debutants. Rizwan’s 50-ball knock contained four sixes and eight fours, while his skipper Babar Azam soaked up the early pressure with a classy 70 from 49 deliveries in a record-breaking 113-run opening stand. With the knock, Rizwan (1661) surpassed Indian skipper Virat Kohli (1614) and remained just five shy of Chris Gayle (1665) to become the batter with most T20 runs...
ICC T20 World Cup, South Africa vs Bangladesh, Highlights: Bowlers take South Africa closer to semis by scripting six-wicket win over Bangladesh | Cricket News – Times of India
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ICC T20 World Cup, South Africa vs Bangladesh, Highlights: Bowlers take South Africa closer to semis by scripting six-wicket win over Bangladesh | Cricket News – Times of India

ABU DHABI: Pacers Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje ran through the Bangladesh batting-line up to fashion South Africa's comfortable six-wicket win, which took the Proteas closer to the T20 World Cup semifinals on Tuesday. SCORECARD | AS IT HAPPENED | POINTS TABLESouth Africa skittled out a struggling Bangladesh for 84 in 18.2 overs and then knocked off their target in 13.3 overs to consolidate their second position in Group 1. With three wins from four matches, South Africa now have a match left against in-form table toppers and unbeaten England on November 6. Image credit: TimesofIndia.comAlready down and out, Bangladeshi batters were at sea against a disciplined South African attack, which was not only consistent with its teasing line and length but also got the ball to jump off good l...
Social media companies must do more to tackle online abuse: Thierry Henry | Football News – Times of India
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Social media companies must do more to tackle online abuse: Thierry Henry | Football News – Times of India

LISBON: Former France soccer player Thierry Henry slammed social media giants on Tuesday, saying they had not done enough to tackle online abuse since he quit the platforms earlier this year in protest over their lack of action to combat racism and bullying. Henry, who had 15 million followers across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, disabled his accounts in March, calling on platforms to tackle online abuse with the same effort they put into taking down material that infringes copyright. Now, around six months since he ditched social media, the 44-year-old former Arsenal and Barcelona player, who suffered racial abuse during his playing career, said things are the same and that he might never reactive his personal accounts. "They (social media companies) are doing nowhere near what is r...
World Boxing Championships: Debutant Akash Kumar enters semis; secures India’s first medal in Belgrade | Boxing News – Times of India
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World Boxing Championships: Debutant Akash Kumar enters semis; secures India’s first medal in Belgrade | Boxing News – Times of India

BELGRADE: Hardened by difficult circumstances in his personal life, young boxer Akash Kumar (54kg) secured India's first medal at the ongoing AIBA Men's World Championships on Tuesday by advancing to the semifinals with a superb win over former Olympic silver-medallist Yoel Finol Rivas of Venezuela. However, Narender Berwal (+92kg) bowed out of the competition, out-maneuvered by Azerbaijan's Mahammad Abdullayev. Berwal lost 0-5 But before that, the 21-year-old Akash prevailed 5-0 with a fabulous performance which was a perfect mix of powerful punching and great showmanship. The fearless youngster scored on counter-attacks with a non-existent guard and taunted his opponent, all this while staying out of his range with terrific pace and footwork. Even a cut above his right eye could not s...
India reboot against Afghanistan, hoping against hope
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India reboot against Afghanistan, hoping against hope

How does a team bounce back from two morale-crushing defeats when its cricket is not brave enough, by Virat Kohli’s own admission? How does a team return to winning ways when its bowling unit has taken only two wickets in two matches? How does a team motivate itself knowing that its fate at the T20 World Cup is no longer in its own hands? Inclusion of fresh faces could help; some new players coming into the playing eleven against Afghanistan without carrying the excess baggage of back-to-back losses. Then again, it’s a double-edged sword. Axing is easy, the message it would carry might not be palatable. To start with, dropping a player would send a negative vibe; that he is a reason for the failure. It will also expose selection errors in the first two matches. India are in a no-win sit...
Hamid Hassan: Afghanistan can win against India if we post a good total, says Hamid Hassan | Cricket News – Times of India
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Hamid Hassan: Afghanistan can win against India if we post a good total, says Hamid Hassan | Cricket News – Times of India

ABU DHABI: Eyeing a semifinals spot on the back of an excellent run, Afghanistan will fancy their chances against a struggling India in the T20 World Cup on Wednesday, says its senior pacer Hamid Hassan. Currently, Afghanistan are in the second spot in Group 2 with four points, while India are staring at a league stage exit following back-to-back losses. According to Hassan, the most important thing will be to put up a good total if they win the toss. "We have a good opportunity against India. If we put up good runs on the board, we can defeat them by bowling and fielding (well)," said Hassan on Tuesday. The right-arm pacer, who has so far played 23 T20Is, was asked how big is this an opportunity for him to get early breakthroughs against a struggling Indian top-order. "It (will) depend...
T20 World Cup: Team India divided into two groups, says Shoaib Akhtar | Cricket News – Times of India
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T20 World Cup: Team India divided into two groups, says Shoaib Akhtar | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar expressed his shock over Team India's poor performance in the ongoing T20 World Cup and said that there appears to be "divisions" within the side. Akhtar's remarks came after Virat Kohli and his brigade lost their second Group 2 match against New Zealand on Sunday by eight wickets. Speaking in a video on his Youtube channel, Akhtar said that there may be two camps within the Indian team, one of which may be against the Indian skipper. Indian Media go Easy on Team India, Be Sensible | Shoaib Akhtar | SF1N"Why I can see that there are two camps within the team? One is with the Kohli and one against Kohli. It's crystal clear. The team is looking divided. I don't know why this is happening. Maybe it's because of his last T20 World Cup as a ...
T20 World Cup: Hamid Hassan backs Afghanistan’s spinners to do the job against India | Cricket News – Times of India
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T20 World Cup: Hamid Hassan backs Afghanistan’s spinners to do the job against India | Cricket News – Times of India

ABU DHABI (UAE): Afghanistan fast bowler Hamid Hassan is optimistic about defeating India in the T20 World Cup on Wednesday on the back of their "best spinners" who have troubled most teams in the showpiece event. It will be a change in venue for India after playing both their opening games at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium as they will play Afghanistan at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Hamid Hassan, who picked three wickets against Namibia last week, also pointed out how well Afghanistan batsmen have performed in the ongoing T20 World Cup. "Afghanistan is very good at batting and bowling, fielding has also improved. We have the best spinners in the world, Nabi, Rashid and Mujeeb and it is a proper complete team. "If you see our top order it sometim...
Manpreet added to Khel Ratna winners; sports ministry okays 35 Arjuna awardees
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Manpreet added to Khel Ratna winners; sports ministry okays 35 Arjuna awardees

Olympic bronze-winning Indian men’s hockey team captain Manpreet Singh was on Tuesday added to the list of Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna awardees, taking the total number of this year’s winners to an unparalleled 12, with the ceremony scheduled for November 13 at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Manpreet was originally recommended for the Arjuna award but he joined veteran goalkeeper P R Sreejesh as the second hockey player in the list of awardees for the highest sporting honour. The other prominent Khel Ratna winners this year include Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra and Olympic silver-medallist wrestler Ravi Dahiya. Among 35 Arjuna awardees are most of India’s Paralympic medal winners and cricketers Shikhar Dhawan and Mithali Raj. “The awardees will receive their awards from the President of Indi...
Rohit was part of group that collectively decided on sending Ishan up the order: Rathour | Cricket News – Times of India
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Rohit was part of group that collectively decided on sending Ishan up the order: Rathour | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: Long-time opener Rohit Sharma was fully taken into confidence before being replaced by Ishan Kishan at the top of batting order for India's T20 World Cup match against New Zealand, batting coach Vikram Rathour said on Tuesday. The Indians lost that game by eight wickets to stand on the verge of a group stage exit, days after their 10-wicket drubbing at the hands of Pakistan. On the eve of the Afghanistan match, Rathour said that Kishan's elevation was more about having a left-hander at the top of the order rather than having too many similar type of players in the middle-order. "How things went was Surya was having some back spasm the previous night and was not fit enough to take the field. The person coming in was of course Ishan and we know Ishan had done well as an opener as h...
I have reapplied for batting coach’s position, confirms Vikram Rathour | Cricket News – Times of India
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I have reapplied for batting coach’s position, confirms Vikram Rathour | Cricket News – Times of India

ABU DHABI: India's batting coach Vikram Rathour on Tuesday confirmed that he has already re-applied for the same position as he feels there is a lot of work still left to be done. Rathour is the only one from the current support staff, who is keen on a second stint as head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharath Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar have decided to move on. "Going forward, I have already applied for the batting coach's job and if I get the job, there is going to be a lot of work to be done. (I) will take it as it goes," Rathour said at the pre-match press conference ahead of the team's match against Afghanistan to a query by PTI. Rathour took over as the India batting coach from former India batsman Sanjay Bangar in 2019 and his appointment was till the end of the 2021 T2...
India lacked role clarity and team construction, feels Mahela Jayawardene | Cricket News – Times of India
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India lacked role clarity and team construction, feels Mahela Jayawardene | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former Sri Lanka skipper and Mumbai Indians head coach Mahela Jayawardene feels the lack of role clarity and team construction led to India's downfall in the first two games of the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup in the UAE. Jayawardene, who has been a vital cog in MI's thinktank since 2017, said batting has always been India's strength but once that department faltered, it became a Herculean task for the bowlers. "...the skills in that dressing room is immense and I feel that role clarity and how you want to construct is something which is lacking. Form as well coming into this tournament and how they are going to set themselves up because India, as a team, hasn't played T20 cricket for a little while and that showed," he said on ESPNcricinfo's T20 Time Out show. "They had couple ...
TOI Poll: Fans vote for wrong team selection and bubble fatigue as main reasons for Team India’s two defeats at the T20 World Cup | Cricket News – Times of India
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TOI Poll: Fans vote for wrong team selection and bubble fatigue as main reasons for Team India’s two defeats at the T20 World Cup | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: To say that Indian fans are shell-shocked with their team's back-to-back defeats in the T20 World Cup would be an understatement. India were crushed by arch-rivals Pakistan by 10 wickets in their tournament opener and then lost to New Zealand by 8 wickets in their second match. India currently find themselves languishing in fifth place on the Group 2 points table, behind even Namibia and ahead of Scotland, only on NRR. Pakistan's emphatic victory was their first against India in the T20 World Cup, while New Zealand extended their victory streak against India in T20 World Cups. TimesofIndia.com ran a poll asking readers and fans what they think was the main reason for Team India's debacles in these two matches. The options were: 1) Wrong team selection; 2) Senior players' bad ...
Sepp Blatter, Michel Platini indicted for fraud in Switzerland
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Sepp Blatter, Michel Platini indicted for fraud in Switzerland

Former FIFA officials Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini were charged with fraud and other offenses by Swiss prosecutors on Tuesday after a six-year investigation into a controversial $2 million payment. The 85-year-old Blatter and 66-year-old Platini now face a trial within months at federal criminal court in Bellinzona. “This payment damaged FIFA’s assets and unlawfully enriched Platini,” Swiss federal prosecutors said in a statement. The case was opened in September 2015 and ousted Blatter ahead of schedule as FIFA president. It also ended then-UEFA president Platini’s campaign to succeed his former mentor. Swiss cases often take years to reach a conclusion. The case centers on Platini’s written request to FIFA in January 2011 to be paid backdated additional salary for working as a pres...
Why Virat and Rohit don’t justify match winners’ tag in ICC knockout games
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Why Virat and Rohit don’t justify match winners’ tag in ICC knockout games

After another underwhelming performance in a must-win – virtually knockout – game, the contrast couldn’t be starker. India is the best team going around, across formats, home and away, when it comes to bilateral series. But the trophy cabinet has been vacant ever since the 2013 Champions Trophy, as far as major ICC events are concerned. It’s not as if India are not making it to the latter stages of big competitions. India routinely reach at least the semifinals of these elite tournaments, but there seems to be a mental block or glass ceiling that they don’t seem to overcome. The big guns, who play a big part in India getting to the business end and lord over everyone in bilateral series, don’t deliver when needed most, as was the case against the Kiwis on Sunday. Virat Kohli was the Pla...