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Day: November 18, 2021

Ex-Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq apologises for anti-Semitic messages | Cricket News – Times of India
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Ex-Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq apologises for anti-Semitic messages | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: Azeem Rafiq, a former English cricketer who this week said he had lost his career to racism, admitted Thursday he had sent anti-Semitic messages as a teenager. The Times newspaper uncovered messages sent to former Warwickshire and Leicestershire player Ateeq Javid, in which Rafiq is seen to make disparaging comments about an unnamed Jewish person. Rafiq, tweeting about those remarks on Thursday, said: "I have gone back to check my account and it is me -- I have absolutely no excuses. "I am ashamed of this exchange and have now deleted it so as not to cause further offence," the 30-year-old Pakistan-born cricketer added. "I was 19 at the time and I hope and believe I am a different person today. I am incredibly angry at myself and I apologise to the Jewish community and everyone ...
Of late, Rishabh Pant hasn’t lived up to my expectations: Inzamam-ul-Haq | Cricket News – Times of India
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Of late, Rishabh Pant hasn’t lived up to my expectations: Inzamam-ul-Haq | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq believes that India wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant hasn't lived up to his expectations lately. He added that when he started to see Pant play, he felt that the 24-year-old will turn out to be like MS Dhoni. Ul-Haq's comments come after Pant made an unbeaten 17 runs in 17 balls and had slammed the winning boundary for India in the first T20I in Jaipur. "I am saying this because the Indian team was under pressure in the World Cup. They were under media pressure but Pant appeared under a lot of pressure from different things. Earlier as well, he had been under pressure but he always used to hit his way out of it with attacking cricket irrespective of the formats. Of late, he hasn't lived up to my expectations. He scored 17 off 17 but havi...
India vs New Zealand: Would love to pick Dravid’s brain, says Rachin Ravindra | Cricket News – Times of India
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India vs New Zealand: Would love to pick Dravid’s brain, says Rachin Ravindra | Cricket News – Times of India

RANCHI: Young New Zealand all-rounder Rachin Ravindra on Thursday said he was clueless if his name had any link with Rahul Dravid but he hoped to pick the brains of the India chief coach during the course of the ongoing T20I series. Rachin, who celebrated his 22nd birthday on Thursday, was asked during a virtual media conference if his name had any connection with two of India's greatest cricketers Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar. "Honestly, I'm not too sure. I've never really asked mom and dad where the name has come from... I guess you'd have to ask them," he said. Rachin was born in Wellington to Indian parents, Ravi Krishnamurthy and Deepa Krishnamurthy, both of whom moved from Bangalore in the 1990s. Rachin made his New Zealand debut in the 2016 U-19 World Cup as well as the 2018...
Ponting says he was approached by BCCI for India coach’s job before Dravid took it up | Cricket News – Times of India
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Ponting says he was approached by BCCI for India coach’s job before Dravid took it up | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has revealed that he was approached by the BCCI to coach India before Rahul Dravid was chosen for the coveted job. Ponting, a batting legend and one of the most successful captains ever, said time commitment stopped him from taking up the India coaching job and a similar role for Australian team. "I had a couple of conversations with some people during the IPL about it (the India head coach's position). The people that I spoke to were pretty hell-bent on finding a way to make it work," Ponting told 'The Grade Cricketer' podcast. "... first up, I can't give up that time, that means I can't coach in the IPL," Ponting said of his conversations about the India coach job. Ponting also said that because of the same reasons, he would not be abl...
Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Runs flow after a dry spell for Karnataka’s Karun Nair | Cricket News – Times of India
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Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Runs flow after a dry spell for Karnataka’s Karun Nair | Cricket News – Times of India

Before the start of the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy, Karnataka’s middle-order batsman Karun Nair has endured a long lean patch with the bat. Runs were scarce and his place in the playing XI was under scrutiny. If anyone could have helped, it was only him. Over the past few weeks, the 29-year-old has not only helped his cause but has proved to be a vital cog in Karnataka’s march into the semifinals, where they play Vidarbha on Saturday. In seven matches thus far, he has scored 218 runs, including two half- centuries to emerge the highest run-getter for the former champions. Two of his best innings of the tournament 44 and 55 not out respectively have come against Bengal and in both innings, he displayed ample composure under pressure. But his innings in the quarterfinals against ...
Ishan Kishan is no ‘hit-or-miss’ player, his time will come: Former coaches | Cricket News – Times of India
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Ishan Kishan is no ‘hit-or-miss’ player, his time will come: Former coaches | Cricket News – Times of India

RANCHI: Ishan Kishan may have been labelled a 'hit-or-miss' player after his failure against New Zealand in the T20 World Cup, but the young wicketkeeper batter's former coaches feel he can become a vital cog in India's white-ball cricket in the next few years. Having suffered a 10-wicket defeat to arch-rivals Pakistan in their opening match of the recent T20 World Cup, India gambled by promoting Ishan to open in place of Rohit Sharma and the young left-hander got out cheaply while trying to clear the ropes. Criticising India's decision to rejig the lineup, legendary Sunil Gavaskar had called Ishan a "hit-or-miss player" but according to his childhood coach Uttam Majumdar it's not the end of the road for the 23-year-old. "He (Ishan) is an utility player, best suited for the shorter form...
ITF says player safety top priority amid concerns over China’s Peng | Tennis News – Times of India
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ITF says player safety top priority amid concerns over China’s Peng | Tennis News – Times of India

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) is committed to player safety and supports an investigation into the whereabouts of Chinese player Peng Shuai, the governing body said on Thursday. Peng, 35, hasn't been seen or heard from publicly since she said on social media that a former vice-premier of China, Zhang Gaoli, coerced her into sex and that they later had an on-off consensual relationship. Her post was deleted about half an hour later. "Player safety is always our top priority and we support a full and transparent investigation into this matter," the ITF said in a statement to Reuters. Women's Tennis Association (WTA) chairman Steve Simon expressed doubt over an email the association received on Wednesday in which Peng denied the allegations of sexual assault. The email, release...
ATP Finals: Zverev makes last four after seeing off Hurkacz | Tennis News – Times of India
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ATP Finals: Zverev makes last four after seeing off Hurkacz | Tennis News – Times of India

TURIN (Italy): Alexander Zverev set up a clash with Novak Djokovic in the last four of the ATP Finals after a straight sets victory over Hurbert Hurkacz 6-2, 6-4 on Thursday. World number three Zverev claimed a spot in the semis behind already-qualified Daniil Medvedev in just over an hour and will face Djokovic on Saturday for a place in the final in Turin. Zverev looked like he would have qualification done in very short order after sweeping to the first set in just 26 minutes with a dominating display of tennis. Seventh seed Hurkacz won just nine points in the opening set as Zverev charged to the first four games before serving out to take a quick lead. However Hurkacz unloaded his powerful serve to put the breaks on his opponent, rattling off 10 aces to grab a foothold in the match ...
HC constitutes 3-member panel to probe Manika Batra’s allegation of match-fixing | More sports News – Times of India
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HC constitutes 3-member panel to probe Manika Batra’s allegation of match-fixing | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court has constituted a three-member committee under the chairmanship of former judge of the Supreme Court Justice Vikramjit Sen to look into the allegation by star table tennis player Manika Batra of a match-fixing attempt by the national coach. Another former Supreme Court judge Justice A K Sikri and Arjuna Awardee and Padma Shri Winner athlete Gurbachan Singh Randhawa will also form part of the committee, said Justice Rekha Palli, while dealing with Batra's petition against the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI). Batra, who was left out of the Indian contingent for the Asian Table Tennis Championships, had moved the court earlier this year alleging that the national coach Soumyadeep Roy “pressurized” her to “throw away” an Olympic qualifier match in fav...
Venkatesh Iyer went for the reverse sweep again, his coach has some advice
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Venkatesh Iyer went for the reverse sweep again, his coach has some advice

Venkatesh Iyer had struggled to get going for Kolkata Knight Riders on a two-paced pitch in Sharjah against Rajasthan Royals. He had hung in, though, to move to 38 off 34 deliveries, but then tried a big reverse-sweep against the legspinner Rahul Tewatia only to be bowled. Iyer had already impressed during his breakthrough IPL season, not least for his ability to hit pace on the up with power. Dinesh Sharma, one of Iyer’s mentors and his long-time coach at Maharaja Yeshwantrao Cricket Club in Indore, was, however, unimpressed seeing him give away a hard-earned start. “Reverse sweep is a shot usually needed by those who do not have too many strokes,” Sharma said. “God has given him such a gift that he can smash deliveries on the rise that may be out of the reach of others.” After he retu...
Veteran football commentator Novy Kapadia dies after prolonged illness | Off the field News – Times of India
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Veteran football commentator Novy Kapadia dies after prolonged illness | Off the field News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Considered an authority on Indian football, veteran commentator and former Delhi University professor Novy Kapadia died here on Thursday after a prolonged illness. He was 67. Kapadia is not survived by any immediate family member after the death of his sister. The soft-spoken Kapadia, who has covered nine FIFA World Cups, was on ventilator for the last month. The eminent football expert and author had been suffering from motor neurone disease, a rare condition that causes the nerves in the spine and brain to lose function over time. Rendered immobile because of the condition, he was confined to his house for the last two years. Kapadia was left bed-ridden for the last couple of years and was most recently in the news due to issues with his pension, prompting former Sports Min...
Hyderabad beat Gujarat by 30 runs to enter Mushtaq Ali Trophy semis | Cricket News – Times of India
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Hyderabad beat Gujarat by 30 runs to enter Mushtaq Ali Trophy semis | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Tilak Varma's quick-fire 75 and an impressive show by the bowlers helped Hyderabad beat Gujarat by 30 runs in their quarter-final match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament on Thursday. Put in to bat at the Air Force ground at Palam, Hyderabad rode on Varma's 75 off just 50 balls to post a competitive 158/5 and then restricted the opposition to 128/8 to enter the last-four stage of the national T20 championship. Hyderabad lost opener Pragnay Reddy (1) early after he was trapped in front by pacer Chintan Gaja (2/32). In-form skipper Tanmay Agarwal (31) then steadied the innings, along with Varma, as the duo added 46 runs for the second wicket. It was Varma, who not only toyed with the Gujarat attack but also anchored the innings and hammered five fours and two sixes i...
IOC hails progress at meeting with Afghan sports officials
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IOC hails progress at meeting with Afghan sports officials

Sports leaders appointed by the Taliban have promised Olympic officials that Afghanistan will continue to allow its athletes and teams to compete internationally. The International Olympic Committee announced the pledge Thursday after its delegation met in Qatar with leaders of the Afghan General Directorate of Physical Education & Sports. The Qatari capital city of Doha has been a political base for the Taliban, which retook control of Afghanistan in August. “During the meeting, the Afghan representatives stated that they were strongly committed to following and observing the Olympic Charter,” the IOC said in a statement. Hundreds of athletes and sports officials, including many women who feared being barred from competing and from reprisals, have left Afghanistan since August. The...
Gambhir launches East Delhi Premier League
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Gambhir launches East Delhi Premier League

Ten teams each from a Vidhan Sabha constituency of East Delhi will clash in the East Delhi Premier League cricket tournament, starting November 30, for a Rs 50 lakh prize money event. The tournament promises to provide a platform to budding talent from East Delhi, especially those from underprivileged background. It will also provide an opportunity to people of Delhi to watch day and night matches in the newly upgraded Yamuna sports complex. The inaugural ceremony of the East Delhi Premier League was held here on Thursday with former India cricketer and MP Gautam Gambhir unveiling the grand trophy and draft teams to their owners. The team jerseys were also launched. A tournament of this magnitude is being organised for the first time at Yamuna Sports Complex. The ten teams will c...
Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Manish Pandey stars as Karnataka beat Bengal in a super-over thriller to enter semis | Cricket News – Times of India
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Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Manish Pandey stars as Karnataka beat Bengal in a super-over thriller to enter semis | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Manish Pandey first got a brilliant direct hit to take their match against Bengal into Super Over and then hit a massive six to steer Karnataka into the semi-finals of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on Thursday. It was one of the best thrillers of the National T20 meet in recent times with both teams locked at 160 each after 20 overs. Karnataka scored the required six runs with four Super Over deliveries to spare. In a debatable decision, skipper Sudeep Chatterjee sent an off-colour Kaif Ahmed along with Ritwik Roy Chowdhury in the Super Over was baffling. Ahmed had barely scratched to score 20 off 26 balls. Surprisingly, Ritwik, who brought Bengal back in contention with 36 off 18 balls, did not take the strike in the Super Over. The quarter-final match was a testimony as to why Be...
Azeem Rafiq sorry about antisemitic remarks he made 10 years ago
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Azeem Rafiq sorry about antisemitic remarks he made 10 years ago

Azeem Rafiq, the former cricketer whose revelations about the racism he suffered at Yorkshire has sparked a crisis in the English game, apologized Thursday after admitting to sending antisemitic messages 10 years ago. British newspaper The Times of London reported it has seen an exchange of messages that appear to have been sent between Rafiq and another former cricketer, Ateeq Javid, and which contain disparaging comments about an unnamed Jewish person. Rafiq confirmed in a post on Twitter that he did send the messages and has “absolutely no excuses.” “I am ashamed of this exchange and have now deleted it so as not to cause further offense,” Rafiq wrote. “I was 19 at the time and I hope and believe I am a different person today. I am incredibly angry at myself and I apologize to th...
Olympic gold medalist among 13 weightlifters in doping case
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Olympic gold medalist among 13 weightlifters in doping case

Olympic gold medalist Oxana Slivenko of Russia is one of 13 European weightlifters facing new charges over doping in the run-up to the London Games in 2012, the International Testing Agency said Thursday. The cases date from the European championships in April 2012, four months before the Olympics, and follow the ITA re-testing old samples using modern methods. Of the 13 weightlifters from eight countries, 11 won medals at the event in Turkey. They are all provisionally suspended until their cases are resolved. Eight of the weightlifters have already served bans for breaking doping rules at some stage in their careers. Most are retired. They include Slivenko, who was the gold medalist at the 2008 Olympics and won gold with ease at the 2012 European championships. She withdrew shortl...
Olympian sailor Vishnu Saravanan aims Asiad gold after best finish by an Indian in World Championships | More sports News – Times of India
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Olympian sailor Vishnu Saravanan aims Asiad gold after best finish by an Indian in World Championships | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: His confidence on a high after a 25-place finish in the recent World Championships -- the best ever by an Indian in the marquee event, India's premier Laser Class sailor Vishnu Saravanan is aiming another rare feat -- a gold in the next year's Asian Games. India has won just one gold in sailing since the sport was introduced in 1970 in the continental multi-sport showpiece through Farokh Tarapore and Zarir Karanjia in fireball class in 1982. The 22-year-old Saravanan, who finished 20th in the Tokyo Olympics earlier this year, feels he can win India's second sailing gold and first in 40 years at the Hangzhou Asian Games next year. "Nothing less than a gold," Saravanan told PTI when asked how confident he is for a top finish in the Chinese city in 2022. "I was the best Asian in...
Ponting says he was approached by BCCI for India coach’s job before Dravid took it up
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Ponting says he was approached by BCCI for India coach’s job before Dravid took it up

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has revealed that he was approached by the BCCI to coach India before Rahul Dravid was chosen for the coveted job. Ponting, a batting legend and one of the most successful captains ever, said time commitment stopped him from taking up the India coaching job and a similar role for Australian team. “I had a couple of conversations with some people during the IPL about it (the India head coach’s position). The people that I spoke to were pretty hell-bent on finding a way to make it work,” Ponting told ‘The Grade Cricketer’ podcast. “… first up, I can’t give up that time, that means I can’t coach in the IPL,” Ponting said of his conversations about the India coach job. Ponting also said that because of the same reasons, he would not be able to take up ...
Verstappen expects no sanction for ‘hard racing’ incident
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Verstappen expects no sanction for ‘hard racing’ incident

Red Bull’s Formula One championship leader Max Verstappen said he did not expect to be punished retrospectively for a defensive move against Lewis Hamilton at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix, and would do it again. Hamilton’s Mercedes team have requested a review of the incident, with stewards hearing representatives of both teams on Thursday ahead of this weekend’s Qatar Grand Prix to decide how to proceed. Both drivers went off track as Verstappen defended, with Mercedes feeling the Dutch youngster should have had a time penalty. Hamilton ultimately overtook his rival anyway and won the race at Interlagos. Verstappen, now 14 points ahead of the seven times world champion, said last Sunday’s race had been a good battle between the two contenders. Asked whether he would repeat the move in the...