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Day: December 14, 2021

Pakistan outlast West Indies to take T20I series | Cricket News – Times of India
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Pakistan outlast West Indies to take T20I series | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: Pakistan beat a resurgent West Indies in a thrilling finish by nine runs to win the second Twenty20 international in Karachi on Tuesday, taking an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. For the home team Mohammad Rizwan top-scored for a second match running with 38 to help Pakistan get to 172-8 before keeping the West Indies down to 163 all out in 20 overs. The win gives Pakistan another series with the last game on Thursday, also in Karachi. Pakistan skipper Babar Azam praised man-of-the-match Shadab Khan for his brisk scoring. "The finish from Shadab (with the bat) was very good and then bowlers did well too - especially Shaheen (Shah Afridi)," said Azam. "The idea was to set a target and defend, and play as per the conditions and the wicket." Brendon King knocked a f...
Less than 4000 people turn-up for Pakistan’s 2nd T20I against West Indies | Cricket News – Times of India
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Less than 4000 people turn-up for Pakistan’s 2nd T20I against West Indies | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: Former Pakistan captains Wasim Akram and Shahid Afridi urged cricket fans to come to the stadium to watch the T20 series between Pakistan and West Indies after yet another disappointing turnout which was witnessed at the National Stadium in Karachi for the second international. The evening game hardly had 4000 spectators in the 32,000 capacity stadium although the Pakistan Cricket Board has allowed full attendance after months of Covid-19 restrictions. "It is really disappointing to see such a low turnout of people for these matches. We were expecting a bigger turnout after reducing ticket prices to nearly half of the usual denominations," a PCB official said. Incredibly sad to see an empty stadium in Karachi for the #PAKvWIt20 especially after the performance of Pakistan T… ht...
ISL: Greg Stewart hat-trick scripts Jamshedpur’s win over Odisha | Football News – Times of India
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ISL: Greg Stewart hat-trick scripts Jamshedpur’s win over Odisha | Football News – Times of India

VASCO: Greg Stewart produced a spectacular first-half hat-trick as Jamshedpur FC breezed past Odisha FC 4-0 to climb to the second place in the points table of the Indian Super League, here on Tuesday. Stewart scored three very different yet stunning goals in the 4th, 21st and 35th minutes after Peter Hartley's strike gave the lead in the third minute. The result means Jamshedpur leapfrogged from fifth to second in the points table with 11 points from six games. Odisha are in fourth position having nine points from five games. Odisha were rocked inside the first four minutes. Hartley turned in a delightful Stewart corner into the right bottom corner, out jumping Vinit Rai after winning the flag-kick himself. One minute later, Stewart made it 2-0 pouncing on a mistake from the Odisha def...
If Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are not playing together, team will suffer: Kirti Azad | Cricket News – Times of India
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If Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are not playing together, team will suffer: Kirti Azad | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former India cricketer Kirti Azad on Tuesday said that if Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are not playing together, then the team will suffer. Rohit Sharma will miss the upcoming Test series against South Africa due to a hamstring injury and Virat Kohli's participation in the ODI series also remains unclear. Last week, Rohit was handed the reins of ODI and T20I formats. "If Rohit and Virat are not playing together then the team will suffer later they will suffer themselves first. One player will replace another. No one is indispensable. Many greats have come and gone Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly. So, they will suffer first if they do not play in each others' captaincy," Azad told ANI. "Rohit being unwell and Kohli not available for th...
BWF World Championships: Axelsen’s exit boosts Prannoy’s chances | Badminton News – Times of India
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BWF World Championships: Axelsen’s exit boosts Prannoy’s chances | Badminton News – Times of India

Olympic champion and title favourite, Viktor Axelsen was knocked out of the BWF World Championships, losing to Loh Kean Yew of Singapore 21-14, 9-21, 6-21. The Dane looked completely out of sorts in the last two games. Axelsen credited his opponent and dismissed the defeat as one bad day. "Pretty much everything fell apart in the second and the third sets. The first game was OK, but then it was something I'd rather forget. Loh stepped up and I stepped down," Axelsen said after the match. With top star Kento Momota pulling out before the tournament, it is difficult to pick the winner in men's singles but Axelsen's exit will boost HS Prannoy's chances in the tournament. Late on Monday, Prannoy stunned eighth seed Ng Ka Long Angus of Hong Kong. Prannoy will face Daren Liew of Malaysia. If ...
Srikanth, Sen & Satwik-Chirag take down fancied opponents, making it memorable Tuesday for Indian badminton
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Srikanth, Sen & Satwik-Chirag take down fancied opponents, making it memorable Tuesday for Indian badminton

They don’t quite _ yet _ have the ‘stans’ (overzealous, obsessive fans), who will casually ‘kms’ (kill myself – an informal, facetious internet expression of melodramatic disappointment) when a smash sent down by them drifts wide, or an error gets dumped into the net. The large swathes of badminton diehards from China, Indonesia, Malaysia, now Singapore, who throng Snapchat, Insta, Twitter, Weibo, Tiktok and Facebook following every movement of the East Asian shuttlers, with K-Pop religiosity, are far removed from the small pockets of niche support for India’s men’s players. So, a Lakshya Sen edging out Japanese Kenta Nishimoto in Round 2 of the World Championships, isn’t going to send seismic waves through Indian web-verse, unless it’s closer to the weekend title. Those yo...
AICF announces Indian Chess League in June next year | Chess News – Times of India
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AICF announces Indian Chess League in June next year | Chess News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Taking a leaf out of sports like cricket and badminton, the All India Chess Federation on Tuesday announced that the sport will have its very own franchise-based league to be held next year in June. The Indian Chess League will be a six-team event and will feature two Super GMs, two Indian GMs, two Women GMs, one Indian Junior Boy and one Indian Junior Girl in each franchise, the AICF said. The first of its kind franchise model event will take place over two weeks in the double round-robin format in one or two Indian cities. The top two teams will clash in the finals. "Our dream is coming true," Dr Sanjay Kapoor, president of AICF said at a press conference here. "The Indian Chess League is going to change the face of chess in the country. It will help us attain our goal of b...
Only Alireza Firouzja as title contender interests Magnus Carlsen
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Only Alireza Firouzja as title contender interests Magnus Carlsen

Days after enjoying a front-row seat to the self-destruction of fellow challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi in the World Chess Championship, Magnus Carlsen announced on a Norwegian podcast that he wasn’t interested in battling it out in another similar iteration of the tournament again. “It is important for me to say that I do intend to play chess. I will continue to play chess, it gives me a lot of joy. Already in the middle of the World Championship here in Dubai, I started to look forward to playing the World Rapid and Blitz Championship this Christmas. But the World Championship has not been so pleasurable,” said Carlsen on the Loperekka podcast. The five-time classical chess champion said that unless a certain French challenger won the Candidates tournament, there was no ince...
SJFI to honour Sunil Gavaskar with medal | Cricket News – Times of India
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SJFI to honour Sunil Gavaskar with medal | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: The Sports Journalists' Federation of India (SJFI) on Tuesday decided to confer the prestigious 'SJFI Medal' to legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar. The body took the decision at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Guwahati. Neeraj Chopra, who won India's lone gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics, was adjudged the SJFI Sportsman of the Year while weightlifter Mirabai Chanu, who won a silver at the quadrennial extravaganza, was voted as the Sportswoman of the Year, according to a media statement. The Indian men's team that won the hockey bronze in Tokyo - its first hockey medal in 40 years - was declared the Team of the Year. Sumit Antil and Pramod Bhagat, the stars of India's Paralympics campaign, will share the Para-athlete of the Year in men's category while shooter Avani Lekhra wi...
Pakistan edges West Indies in 2nd T20 to take series
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Pakistan edges West Indies in 2nd T20 to take series

Pakistan hung in against Romario Shepherd’s late charge to beat the West Indies by nine runs in the second Twenty20 for an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series on Tuesday. Needing 23 off the last over, Shepherd hit Haris Rauf for 13 runs but the West Indies was bowled out on the last ball when the paceman clean bowled No. 11 batter Oshane Thomas. The West Indies was all out for 163 in reply to Pakistan’s 172-8. Top work boys!Another T20I series win for 🇵🇰 pic.twitter.com/tACyCH1X65 — Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) December 14, 2021 Pakistan was only 141-7 after 18 overs but Shadab Khan crunched an unbeaten 28 off 12 balls to give them a defendable total. It proved to be the difference. “The finish from Shadab was very good,” captain Babar Azam said. All smiles!...
Vijay Hazare Trophy: Tripura beat Meghalaya for 5th straight win, qualify for knock-out phase | Cricket News – Times of India
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Vijay Hazare Trophy: Tripura beat Meghalaya for 5th straight win, qualify for knock-out phase | Cricket News – Times of India

JAIPUR: Tripura beat Meghalaya by nine wickets in their final Vijay Hazare Trophy Plate group match on Tuesday to finish with an unbeaten record and qualify for the knockout phase. With both Tripura and Meghalaya locked on four wins from four games, the fifth match on Tuesday was a direct shootout for a spot in the next round and the former eased home after bundling out its opponent for 116 in 39.5 overs. Chasing 117 for a win, opener Bishal Ghosh and Samit Gohel slammed half-centuries to knock off the required runs in 28 overs and secured Tripura's progress in the national 50-over tournament. Earlier, leg-spinner Amit Ali picked up five wickets in 7.5 overs to stymie the opposition batting line-up with none being able to play a long innings to support opener Chirag Khurana who scored a...
ISL: Stewart hat-trick scripts Jamshedpur’s win over Odisha
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ISL: Stewart hat-trick scripts Jamshedpur’s win over Odisha

Greg Stewart produced a spectacular first-half hat-trick as Jamshedpur FC breezed past Odisha FC 4-0 to climb to the second place in the points table of the Indian Super League, here on Tuesday. Stewart scored three very different yet stunning goals in the 4th, 21st and 35th minutes after Peter Hartley’s strike gave the lead in the third minute. The result means Jamshedpur leapfrogged from fifth to second in the points table with 11 points from six games. Odisha are in fourth position having nine points from five games. A dominant performance from the Red Miners was the story of the night at the Tilak Maidan stadium tonight! 🏟🔥 Here's all the action ICYMI 😉#OFCJFC #HeroISL #LetsFootball #ISLRecap @JamshedpurFC @OdishaFC pic.twitter.com/7f8TiTGfX8 — Indian Super League (@I...
Aubameyang dropped as Arsenal captain after disciplinary breach | Football News – Times of India
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Aubameyang dropped as Arsenal captain after disciplinary breach | Football News – Times of India

Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been dropped as the team's captain following a disciplinary breach last week, the Premier League club said on Tuesday. The Gabon international will also be not considered for selection for Wednesday's league game at home to West Ham United, the club added. "We expect all our players, particularly our captain, to work to the rules and standards we have all set and agreed," Arsenal said in a statement. "We are fully focused on tomorrow's match." Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta dropped Aubameyang from the squad that beat Southampton 3-0 at the weekend due to a disciplinary breach, but the Spanish boss had declined to reveal exactly what the striker had done. The Athletic reported that Aubameyang was dropped after returning late from a trip abroad....
Less than 4000 people turn-up for Pakistan’s 2nd T20I against Windies
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Less than 4000 people turn-up for Pakistan’s 2nd T20I against Windies

Former Pakistan captains Wasim Akram and Shahid Afridi urged cricket fans to come to the stadium to watch the T20 series between Pakistan and West Indies after yet another disappointing turnout which was witnessed at the National Stadium in Karachi for the second international. The evening game hardly had 4000 spectators in the 32,000 capacity stadium although the Pakistan Cricket Board has allowed full attendance after months of Covid-19 restrictions. “It is really disappointing to see such a low turnout of people for these matches. We were expecting a bigger turnout after reducing ticket prices to nearly half of the usual denominations,” a PCB official said. But while the turnout is disappointing there is no doubt that people faced many problems getting into the stadium. ...
SAI has received 17 sexual harassment complaints since 2018: Sports minister Anurag Thakur
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SAI has received 17 sexual harassment complaints since 2018: Sports minister Anurag Thakur

The Sports Authority of India (SAI) received 17 complaints of sexual harassment since 2018, the government said during the Question Hour in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. Replying to questions asked by seven House members, including some from the Bharatiya Janta Party, sports minister Anurag Thakur said SAI centres located in Thiruvananthapuram, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Gandhinagar, Lucknow and Delhi NCR received complaints of sexual harassment. Seven of those complaints were received in 2018, six in 2019, one in 2020 and three so far this year. Thakur added that 16 complaints were made by employees of SAI and where the ‘occurrence has taken place within SAI Complex. “In another case, one coach of SAI has been accused of sexual harassment misconduct outside SAI premises for which cri...
Wicketkeeper-batsman KS Bharat proves patience & perseverance can take him to Team India reckoning
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Wicketkeeper-batsman KS Bharat proves patience & perseverance can take him to Team India reckoning

Three years before he made his Test debut, two years before he masterminded his domestic side Gujarat to its first-ever Ranji Trophy title, Jasprit Bumrah stopped by at the Vizianagaram Stadium, aglow in his Indian Premier League fame, wooing scattered crowds to the ground. An idyllic venue, fringed with slender areca palms piercing the skies, had rolled out a green track, as was the practice in those days in Andhra cricket to suit the hosts’ quartet of medium pacers. Put in to bat, Gujarat piled 308, a daunting total on that surface, before openers KS Bharat and Prasanth Kumar strode in. Just as Bharat was warming up, captain Mohammad Kaif sidled up to the young opener: “Here’s the opportunity, grab it.” Bharat replied with a firm smile. By then, he was four seasons into h...
PV Sindhu, Lakshya Sen, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty win at World Championships | Badminton News – Times of India
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PV Sindhu, Lakshya Sen, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty win at World Championships | Badminton News – Times of India

PV Sindhu, Lakshya Sen and men's doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty moved into the pre-quarterfinals of the BWF World Championships in Huelva, Spain, on Tuesday. Playing his first World Championships, 20-year-old Lakshya gave a good account of himself when he worked hard to beat world No.17 Kento Nishimoto of Japan in three games 22-20, 15-21, 21-18. In the last-16 clash, Lakshya will play Kevin Cordon of Guatemala. Sindhu's victory was a foregone conclusion and the world champion demolished Martina Repsika of Slovakia in straight games 21-7, 21-9. Eighth seeds, Satwik-Chirag were tested in the first game before dominating Lee Jhe-Huei and Yang Po-Hsuan of Chinese Taipei in the second 27-25, 21-17. The Indians have themselves to blame as they were leading 20-17 in...
Newcastle can now sign Saudi sponsors with EPL approval
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Newcastle can now sign Saudi sponsors with EPL approval

Newcastle’s Saudi ownership can start signing up sponsors from the kingdom after new English Premier League rules were introduced to end the brief ban on clubs bringing in such deals to potentially inflate income. After the Saudi state’s sovereign wealth fund took control of Newcastle, a freeze on any clubs signing commercial deals with companies linked to their investors was rushed through temporarily by rivals in October to prevent them being used unfairly to comply with financial regulations. But Premier League clubs agreed at a meeting on Tuesday to introduce regulations that mean sponsorships from companies associated with a club’s owners can resume but will have to be approved by the competition’s board. The Premier League will assess if deals such as jersey sponsorsh...
Virat Kohli has made no official request for break as of now: BCCI official | Cricket News – Times of India
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Virat Kohli has made no official request for break as of now: BCCI official | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India Test captain Virat Kohli has not put in any formal request for a break from the ODI leg of the upcoming South Africa tour, a top BCCI official has asserted. Kohli will be leading India in a three-Test series starting December 26 in Centurion and the series ends on January 15 in Cape Town with the third and final Test. The three-match ODI series will kick off on January 19. After vice-captain Rohit Sharma was ruled out due to the recurrence of a left hamstring injury, reports have emerged that Kohli will take a break to spend some time with his young family. "As of now, Kohli hasn't sent any formal request to skip the ODIs to either BCCI president Sourav Ganguly or secretary Jay Shah. If something is decided at a later date or God forbid, he sustains an injury, then it's...