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Medvedev fights back to sink Hurkacz in ATP Finals opener | Tennis News – Times of India
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Medvedev fights back to sink Hurkacz in ATP Finals opener | Tennis News – Times of India

World number two Daniil Medvedev came from a set down to power past ATP Finals debutant Hubert Hurkacz 6-7(5) 6-3 6-4 and get his title defence off to a winning start in Turin on Sunday. Russian Medvedev, who won the U.S. Open title in September for his maiden Grand Slam crown, allowed his Polish opponent to take the early advantage in the season-ending event following a tight tiebreaker but responded in style. The 25-year-old fired 15 aces to Hurkacz's 12 and converted two break points on a fast court to seal victory in the Red Group ahead of potentially tricky challenges against Germany's Alexander Zverev and Wimbledon runner-up Matteo Berrettini. "It was a very tight match," said Medvedev, looking to become the first back-to-back ATP Finals winner since Serb Novak Djokovic claimed fo...
Great to see ‘pure player’ Williamson have an impact in T20 World Cup final: Vaughan | Cricket News – Times of India
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Great to see ‘pure player’ Williamson have an impact in T20 World Cup final: Vaughan | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former England skipper Michael Vaughan on Sunday said it was great to see New Zealand captain Kane Williamson have an impact in the ongoing T20 World Cup final against Australia. Williamson played an 85-run knock in the finals of the T20 World Cup against Australia and he took a special liking to pacer Mitchell Starc as he smashed 39 runs off just 12 balls. "How good !! ... Kane Williamson ... Great to see a pure player having the impact on a final ... #T20WCFinal," tweeted Vaughan. How good !! … Kane Williamson … Great to see a pure player having the impact on a final … #T20WCFinal— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) 1636903549000Former India batter Wasim Jaffer also hailed Williamson's crucial knock under pressure. "Kane Williamson doesn't hurt you with power, when he plays ...
Behind Drona award, unwanted piece of land that became hockey hotspot
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Behind Drona award, unwanted piece of land that became hockey hotspot

It was once grazing land. It is now a breeding ground for some of India’s most talented hockey players. The transformation began with a disagreement. In 2004, while travelling to Sonepat, former India captain Pritam Rani Siwach spotted a parcel of unkempt land large enough to play hockey. One of the mainstays of the national team, Siwach was entering the twilight of her career. For a player who was rated highly for her leadership qualities and game intelligence, coaching seemed to be a logical step. “So, I asked my husband if it was a good idea to use that ground to train women players from the region,” Siwach says. Siwach’s husband Kuldeep, also a former hockey player, had been a rock of support for her, all through her career. But that day, he sounded dismissive. “He replied, ‘Are you...
Croatia edge out Russia to qualify for 2022 World Cup | Football News – Times of India
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Croatia edge out Russia to qualify for 2022 World Cup | Football News – Times of India

SPLIT (Croatia): Croatia secured their place at the 2022 World Cup with a 1-0 win over Russia on Sunday, a late own goal from Fedor Kudryashov swinging the game in their favour after a hard-fought battle in boggy conditions in Split. Finalists at the last World Cup in 2018, Croatia looked bound for the play-offs for much of Sunday's game, as they toiled on a waterlogged pitch against a resolute Russian defence. But Kudryashov's error saw them snatch top spot from the visitors eight minutes from time and secure their passage to next year's tournament in Qatar. An early header from Andrej Kramaric set the tone for a first half in which Croatia had the lion's share of possession and piled on the pressure in search of an opener. Marcelo Brozovic also shaved the bar with a long-range effort,...
Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational: Shiv Kapur prevails over Rashid Khan in playoff | Golf News – Times of India
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Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational: Shiv Kapur prevails over Rashid Khan in playoff | Golf News – Times of India

CHANDIGARH: Shiv Kapur prevailed over Rashid Khan in a playoff at the Rs. 1.5 crore Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational 2021 to register his first ever win at a PGTI event on Sunday. The tournament was decided in a playoff for the fourth year in succession. The Dubai-based Kapur (64-68-67-70), who hails from Delhi and Khan (65-67-69-68), another Delhi golfer, were in a deadlock at 19-under 269 at the top of the leaderboard after regulation play having shot final rounds of 70 and 68 respectively at the Chandigarh Golf Club. Olympian Udayan Mane (69-68-67-67) took third place at 17-under 271 after returning a second straight 67. Shiv, a six time international winner, who also has two previous wins on the Indian domestic tour to his name, came up with a brilliant second shot from the rough to m...
Joachim Hansen wins Dubai Championship, 2nd European Tour win | Golf News – Times of India
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Joachim Hansen wins Dubai Championship, 2nd European Tour win | Golf News – Times of India

DUBAI: Danish player Joachim B. Hansen hit a 4-under 68 to hold off co-overnight leader Francesco Laporta and a soaring Bernd Wiesberger by one stroke to win the Dubai Championship on Sunday. Hansen had four birdies to finish at 23 under overall having opened with a 9-under 63 in the first round. The winning moment 🏆#AVIVDubaiChampionship https://t.co/A5jBmqgz8U— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) 1636896600000Hansen and the Italian Laporta are both outside the top 150 in the world and this was only the 170th-ranked Hansen's second European Tour win. The other was at the Joburg Open in November 2020. On the final hole, Laporta pushed his second shot right of the green into some thick grass. He chipped out and a long birdie putt missed by inches to the right to finish with a 3-under 69. H...
Jon Rahm withdraws from DP World Tour Championship | Golf News – Times of India
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Jon Rahm withdraws from DP World Tour Championship | Golf News – Times of India

LONDON: Jon Rahm has pulled out of the DP World Tour Championship, despite having a chance to win the Race to Dubai for the second time in three years. Rahm, who won the money list title in 2019, is third on the standings behind British Open champion Collin Morikawa and Billy Horschel but will not contest the European Tour's season-ending event. "After lengthy discussions with my team, I have come to the difficult decision not to travel to Dubai next week," top-ranked Rahm said in a statement. "The demands of a long season with many ups and downs has taken a lot out of me. I feel I need to take time to recharge my batteries while spending quality time with my family. "I would like to take this opportunity to wish DP World and the European Tour all the best for the season-ending event, w...
There were some high hopes coming in, so we’re feeling it a bit: Kane Williamson
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There were some high hopes coming in, so we’re feeling it a bit: Kane Williamson

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson says his players showed big heart in the T20 World Cup with their performances but since it did not result in a title, they are “feeling it a bit.” Williamson himself led the New Zealand charge with a majestic 85-run knock after his side struggled in the first half of their innings. They put on board a competitive 172 for four but Australian batter Mitchell Marsh crushed their hopes with a scintillating unbeaten 77. “There was a lot of heart shown, always nice to get to the big dance. But credit to Australia again. Some high hopes coming in, some good cricket played, so we’re feeling it a bit,” Williamson said at the post-match presentation ceremony. “There are only two possible outcomes, shame we couldn’t get the job done.” New Zealand managed only 5...
MotoGP: Bagnaia wins Valencia Grand Prix, Rossi 10th in final race | Racing News – Times of India
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MotoGP: Bagnaia wins Valencia Grand Prix, Rossi 10th in final race | Racing News – Times of India

Ducati's Francesco Bagnaia claimed his fourth win in the last six MotoGP races at the season-ending Valencia Grand Prix on Sunday as his mentor and nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi finished 10th in his final race. Pramac Racing's Spanish rookie Jorge Martin made a strong start from pole position and held off a pack of challengers but was denied a second victory of the season after being overtaken by Bagnaia with 13 laps left. Another podium for @88jorgemartin and so so close to the victory 🔥And with that he clinches the Rookie of the Yea… https://t.co/q4rtVspNFb— MotoGP™🏁 (@MotoGP) 1636898135000"This race victory is a present to Valentino," Bagnaia, a product of Rossi's VR46 riders academy, said. "I want to dedicate this race to him and thank him for what he has done for us at t...
How Hazlewood upskilled to become Australia’s most crafty T20 pacer
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How Hazlewood upskilled to become Australia’s most crafty T20 pacer

For three-and-a-half years, from March 2016 to December 2019, Josh Hazlewood didn’t know what it is to bowl in a T20 game. But in these three-and-a-half years, he learned how it is to bowl in a T20 game. From an outlier, he has emerged as one of the most lethal in the business, wielding more influence in Australia’s World Cup triumph than Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc, the designated white-ball wreckers. It began with a realisation that his red-ball methods of success were untranslatable into white-ball realm. “That top of off (stump), challenging the batsman (philosophy) is still important. That time doesn’t last very long before they’re running at you, and lapping, all this sort of thing.” Often his brain would begin to scramble when batsmen started resorting to the outlandish stuff...
Multiple-time ODI champions Australia finally conquer T20 World Cup
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Multiple-time ODI champions Australia finally conquer T20 World Cup

Kane Williamson’s innings deserved the Cup. But a Mitchell Marsh-led Australian assault ensured that the New Zealand bowlers blew it up. Imperiously, the men in Green and Gold chased down the victory target of 173 at the cost of just two wickets with seven balls to spare. The Blackcaps suffered another final heartbreak, this time to a better team. New Zealand actually lost the T20 World Cup final in the first 10 overs, when they scored 57/1, batting first. A fifth-gear switch in the next 10 overs made their total very challenging. But on a beauty of a surface, befitting a T20 final, they were still about 20 runs below par. Aaron Finch’s customary toss win meant that Australia were batting second, when the ball was coming even more nicely on to the bat. And although a couple of deliverie...
Stefanie Taylor guides West Indies women to six-wicket win over Pakistan | Cricket News – Times of India
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Stefanie Taylor guides West Indies women to six-wicket win over Pakistan | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: Riding on an unbeaten 102 from skipper Stefanie Taylor, the West Indies women's team beat Pakistan by six wickets to complete a whitewash in the three-match ODI series at the National Stadium on Sunday. Set 226 to win, the visitors recovered from 15 for 3 in the fifth over to reach the target for the loss of four wickets in 44 overs. Thank you @TheRealPCB for hosting us!👏🏿🙏🏾 We enjoyed the series!#PAKWvWIW #MaroonWarriors https://t.co/FvI1ZQxtwR https://t.co/LDXZdN9uvc— Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) 1636895917000Taylor then shared a fifth wicket stand of 128 runs with Chedian Nation 51 not out to set up a comfortable win. West Indies had also won the first two ODIs at the same venue in comfortable fashion with Deandra Dottin scoring a hundred in the first match. Hayley Matt...
T20 World Cup Final: Marsh comes good; Finch is toss boss; Kane’s one-handed effort
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T20 World Cup Final: Marsh comes good; Finch is toss boss; Kane’s one-handed effort

Mitchell Marsh had both the pedigree and performance to be a match-winner. Being the son of Geoff Marsh and baby brother of Shaun had its pitfalls, but also perks. He got a longer rope. You thought twice before dropping Marsh. Having led Australia to the under-19 World Cup title in 2010, he had proved that the apple hadn’t tumbled away too far from the tree. As expected he graduated to the senior team in 2011. That’s when his growth stopped. Injuries did play a role but Mitchell couldn’t cement his place in the side. The old joke about him being the “third best” batsman in his family was repeated so often that it lost its sting. For more than a decade, the Aussies waited for him to turn into at least Shaun, if not Geoff. Just last month he turned 30. How can a one-time prodigy be a late...
Amidst all the bubble talk, these guys just had fun: Langer reveals Australia’s recipe for World Cup success
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Amidst all the bubble talk, these guys just had fun: Langer reveals Australia’s recipe for World Cup success

Australia lifted their maiden T20 World Cup trophy with a commanding eight-wicket win over New Zealand in the title clash which was rendered one-sided by Mitchell Marsh with his blistering 77-run knock, on Sunday. New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson top-scored for the Black Caps with his 85-run knock while opener Martin Guptill contributed 28 runs after Australia inserted them in to take first strike. Pacer Josh Hazlewood (3/16) took three out of four wickets while leg-spinner Adam Zampa (1/26) accounted for one Australian batsman. Opener David Warner’s 38-ball 53 and Marsh’s 50-ball unbeaten 77 meant that Australia overhauled the target with consummate ease in 18.5 overs. Australia coach Justin Langer said that the feeling of winning the big one was ‘difficult to explain’. He also ex...
Australia lift maiden T20 World Cup, shatter records and expectations
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Australia lift maiden T20 World Cup, shatter records and expectations

David Warner and Mitchell Marsh put smiles on Aussie faces as they steered Australia to their first ever T20 World Cup on Sunday by beating New Zealand by 8 wickets. And in doing so, they shattered records, left, right and centre. With his 53 off 38 balls against New Zealand, Warner surpassed two Australian legends – Matthew Hayden and Shane Watson – to become the highest run-getter for Australia in a single T20 World Cup. Hayden had amassed 265 runs in six innings in the inaugural T20 World Cup, in 2007 while Watson scored 249 runs in six innings in 2012. Marsh, meanwhile, became the player to score the fastest 50 (31) in a T20 World Cup final which means that New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson’s record of the fastest 50 (32) in the previous innings was very short-lived. Marsh also ...
‘You are a fighter’: Fakhar Zaman backs Hasan Ali after T20 World Cup semis loss | Cricket News – Times of India
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‘You are a fighter’: Fakhar Zaman backs Hasan Ali after T20 World Cup semis loss | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI (UAE): Pakistan batter Fakhar Zaman has come out in support of Hasan Ali following the backlash on the bowler after the team lost the semi-final of the T20 World Cup. Hasan Ali was one of the main talking points in Pakistan's five-wicket defeat against the Aussies. In the penultimate over of the match which later turned out to be the final over, Ali dropped the catch of Australia batter Matthew Wade, who then smashed three sixes in three balls to win the match for his team. Fakhar termed Hasan as a "fighter" and there are not many players who can match the pacer's hard work and grit. "You are a champion mere dost. You are a fighter. There are not many players in the world who can match your hard work, grit and determination. Keep the head high. We are all so proud of you," Fakhar ...
I am very lucky to be alive, don’t know what happens going forward: Chris Cairns | Cricket News – Times of India
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I am very lucky to be alive, don’t know what happens going forward: Chris Cairns | Cricket News – Times of India

CANBERRA: Wheelchair-bound former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns says he is "very lucky to be alive", three months after a medical emergency left him on life support. The 51-year-old is currently recovering from a spinal stroke that left him paralysed waist down, following several complicated surgeries. "We don't know what happens going forward. I don't know if I'll walk, I don't know if I'll stand. But I may stand. I may walk. The only option is to keep going. The thing is I'm not even just lucky to be (alive). I'm very lucky," Cairns was quoted as saying by Canberra Times. As he opened up on his life post the scare, Cairns was flanked by his wife Melanie. 3 mths post op! External chest precautions are off and I got a new set of wheels. Able to start pushing a little ha… https://...
T20 World Cup final: ‘Feel for Kiwis but in the end Australia peaked at the right time’
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T20 World Cup final: ‘Feel for Kiwis but in the end Australia peaked at the right time’

Australia defeated New Zealand by 8 wickets as David Warner and Mitchell Marsh took the initiative and steered the Kangaroos to their first-ever T20 World Cup. Despite losing Aaron Finch in the third over, Australia pressed on and clinched the victory. Marsh smashed an unbeaten 77 off 50 balls and Warner made 53 off 38 as Australia reached 173/2 in 18.5 overs. Earlier New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson was brutal and artistic during his beautifully crafted knock of 85, which took New Zealand to a competitive 172/4 in 20 overs. Put into bat, New Zealand literally struggled in the first 10 overs with Martin Guptill’s painful 28 off 35 balls slowing the proceedings. Williamson made the stage his own with a grace of a ‘ballet dancer’ hitting 10 fours and three sixes in his 47-ball knock. I...
Will continue to work hard to make India proud: Shikhar Dhawan after receiving Arjuna Award | Cricket News – Times of India
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Will continue to work hard to make India proud: Shikhar Dhawan after receiving Arjuna Award | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India opening batter Shikhar Dhawan, who was conferred with Arjuna Award on Saturday, has said he will continue to work hard to make the country proud. President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday conferred National Sports Awards to the athletes. Dhawan along with 34 other athletes were given the prestigious Arjuna Award. The India batter on Sunday expressed gratitude towards everyone who has helped him and thanked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and teammates for the support. "Arjuna award receive karna mere liye bohot sammaan ki baat hai. Mai unn sabhi logon ka dhanyawad karna chahta hu jo iss safar mein mere saath khade rahe - mere coaches, doctors, support staff, BCCI, teammates, sabhi fans, mere doston aur mera parivar," Dhawan tweeted. Arjuna award receive kar...
Eyeing Los Angeles Olympics, ICC could award 2024 T20 World Cup to USA | Cricket News – Times of India
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Eyeing Los Angeles Olympics, ICC could award 2024 T20 World Cup to USA | Cricket News – Times of India

SYDNEY: The USA is likely to host the T20 World Cup in 2024, which could serve as a launch pad in the ICC's bid for cricket's inclusion in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics. The ICC is expected to award a joint bid by USA Cricket and Cricket West Indies to host the 2024 T20 showpiece. According to a report in Sydney Morning Herald, a "decision on venues for ICC events in the next cycle was imminent, and that an outward, global focus would mean they were more widely distributed than in the recent past." If all goes as per the plans, it would be the first global tournament not hosted by either India, England or Australia since the 2014 T20 World Cup in Bangladesh. The ICC has been for a long time looking to give emerging countries the hosting rights for the mega events. The 2024 T20 World Cup...