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Watford’s Burnley clash postponed due to Covid outbreak | Football News – Times of India
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Watford’s Burnley clash postponed due to Covid outbreak | Football News – Times of India

LONDON: Burnley's Premier League clash against Watford was postponed less than three hours before kick-off because of "an ongoing Covid outbreak" within the Hornets' squad on Wednesday. Burnley revealed the match at Turf Moor had been cancelled at the last minute after their opponents were hit by the coronavirus. "Burnley Football Club can confirm tonight's match against Watford has been postponed due to an ongoing Covid outbreak within the opposition squad," the Clarets said in a statement. !function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s) {if(f.fbq)return;n=f.fbq=function(){n.callMethod? n.callMethod.apply(n,arguments):n.queue.push(arguments)}; if(!f._fbq)f._fbq=n;n.push=n;n.loaded=!0;n.version='2.0'; n.queue=[];t=b.createElement(e);t.async=!0; t.src=v;s=b.getElementsByTagName(e)[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore...
‘I can understand why I was removed as ODI captain’: Top 10 Virat Kohli quotes from his press conference | Cricket News – Times of India
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‘I can understand why I was removed as ODI captain’: Top 10 Virat Kohli quotes from his press conference | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Indian Test captain Virat Kohli's virtual press conference on Wednesday has caused quite a stir. Not mincing any words, Virat firmly made it clear that he had not been asked to reconsider his decision to step down as India T20I captain by the BCCI. That after BCCI President Sourav Ganguly had earlier said that Virat was asked not to step down. Virat also put an end to all the speculation about his availability for the ODI series in South Africa and his alleged rift with new white-ball skipper Rohit Sharma. Kohli also cleared the air that he was never spoken to about being replaced as ODI captain till chairman of selectors Chetan Sharma intimated him 90 minutes before the scheduled Test team selection meeting for the South Africa tour. The following are 10 of the most importan...
Virat Kohli makes displeasure known about losing ODI captaincy
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Virat Kohli makes displeasure known about losing ODI captaincy

Only a few years ago, press conferences involving members of the Indian cricket team would often start with the media manager asking reporters to limit themselves to ‘match-related questions.’ The sky could have fallen in the world of cricket but you were to restrict your enquiries to the match scheduled the following day. A bit later, during the heady unchallenged days of his captaincy, Virat Kohli once even glowered at a media manager for letting a reporter ask a question that was seemingly out of syllabus for the day. Time passes, equations change, and how! On Wednesday, as Kohli’s online press conference – the first he had addressed since losing the ODI captaincy – wound to a close, the India Test captain himself prevented the media manager from formally ending it. “I c...
Have got my groove back but want to be more consistent: Smriti Mandhana | Cricket News – Times of India
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Have got my groove back but want to be more consistent: Smriti Mandhana | Cricket News – Times of India

GURUGRAM: Smriti Mandhana has established herself as one of the leading batters in women's cricket but the elegant southpaw wants to add more consistency to her batting going into the ODI World Cup next year. The 25-year-old did not have the best of times in the home series against South Africa, which marked the Indian team's return to international cricket in COVID times, before she found her rhythm on away tours of England and Australia. Mandhana, who plays all formats and is considered as a future leader of the Indian women's team, feels it is imperative for a batter to remain selfish for achieving consistency. "Post Covid, it was hard to get the rhythm back as I was playing international cricket after one and a half years," Mandhana told PTI after being named a Hyundai ambassador he...
Badminton Worlds: PV Sindhu needs to be wary of Chochuwong
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Badminton Worlds: PV Sindhu needs to be wary of Chochuwong

Lingering feelings of loss can play a few tricks on the mind, and in sport, with the body, if not consciously addressed. Not all statistics in sport are inconsequential – though ask PV Sindhu and she’ll check her tournament badge, read ‘World Championships’ or ‘Olympics’, smile and wave away any nagging doubts about a pre-quarterfinal opponent. Not since 2013 has Sindhu lost before a quarterfinal in the two biggies – Olympics and Worlds. That’s eight consecutive mega majors. There are four finals, three minimum semifinals (2013, 2014 Worlds, 2020 Olympics) and the 2015 quarters. There are innumerable invisible struggles, of course, in reaching the Friday of any tournament. But one has come to expect Sindhu to hurdle over these and get into the business weekend of big tourna...
Italy and Argentina to play ‘Finalissima’ in London
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Italy and Argentina to play ‘Finalissima’ in London

European champion Italy and Copa America winner Argentina will play each other in London on June 1, UEFA and CONMEBOL said Wednesday. No venue was announced for the “Finalissima” — the first of three inter-continental championships that the two soccer bodies have agreed to stage. Italy won the European Championship in July. The match was played at Wembley Stadium in London, where there was some of the worst disorder and organizational failures in international soccer in recent years. Thousands of ticketless England fans broke into the stadium to watch their national team play its first major final in 55 years. When the inter-continental game plan was announced in September, the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium in Napoli was thought to be a likely venue. The late Argentina gre...
Mumbai City snap Chennaiyin’s unbeaten run, consolidate top position
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Mumbai City snap Chennaiyin’s unbeaten run, consolidate top position

Mumbai City FC rode on Rahul Bheke’s second-half goal to end Chennaiyin FC’s unbeaten run with a 1-0 win and consolidate their lead at the top of the table in the Indian Super League (ISL) on Wednesday. Bheke scored the winner in the 86th minute, making the most of Chennaiyin goalkeeper Vishal Kaith’s error. After the win, Mumbai City has 15 points from six matches. Chennaiyin dropped to fifth with eight points from five matches. Chennaiyin were off to a good start but in no time Mumbai were back to doing what they do best, keep the ball and dictate the tempo of the game. Cassio Gabriel looked as sharp as ever but the first chance fell to Igor Angulo after Vishal Kaith made a meal of an easy collection and Angulo was on hand to take a swipe but the seasoned striker found th...
Neeraj Chopra’s gold an opportunity to broaden athletics footprints in India: Sebastian Coe | More sports News – Times of India
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Neeraj Chopra’s gold an opportunity to broaden athletics footprints in India: Sebastian Coe | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: World Athletics President Sebastian Coe on Wednesday said India must grab the opportunity provided by Neeraj Chopra's historic gold medal in Tokyo Olympics and broaden athletics' footprint in the country by holding more international events. Terming India's first Olympic gold in athletics "as a hugely important moment", Coe advised the country to use it in raising the profile of the sport. "Chopra is a very strong element (in India's athletics profile). A one-off performance from an athlete, how important it is, is not that powerful if you don't have a strong federation behind it. And you have that now," Coe said during a virtual interaction with select Asian media. "(It is) the opportunity to use that performance to broaden the footprints for athletics," he added. "Regarding...
‘Long way to go’: Ravindra Jadeja on his road to recovery | Cricket News – Times of India
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‘Long way to go’: Ravindra Jadeja on his road to recovery | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja on Wednesday shared a picture of himself in Test jersey saying that he has a long way to go on his road to recovery. Jadeja has been ruled out of the upcoming Test series against South Africa due to an injury. "Long way to go," Jadeja wrote on Twitter. Long way to go💪🏻💪🏻 https://t.co/tE9EdFI7oh— Ravindrasinh jadeja (@imjadeja) 1639565471000Earlier, there were some reports saying Jadeja might consider retiring from Test cricket in order to prolong his white-ball career. Jadeja had suffered a right forearm injury during the 1st Test match in Kanpur against New Zealand. After undergoing scans, he was diagnosed with a swelling on his forearm. He was advised to rest and hence was ruled out of the second Test against New Zealand. !function(f,b,e,v,...
AB de Villiers, Graeme Smith accused of engaging in racially prejudicial conduct in SJN commission report
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AB de Villiers, Graeme Smith accused of engaging in racially prejudicial conduct in SJN commission report

Cricket South Africa (CSA) and some top former players such as Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers have been accused of engaging in racially “prejudicial conduct” against players by the Social Justice and Nation-Building (SJN) commission. According to ‘ESPNcricinfo’, a 235-page final report submitted by the SJN Commission head Dumisa Ntsebeza has accused CSA administration, former captain and current director Smith, current head coach Mark Boucher and former batter de Villiers of unfairly discriminating against black players. De Villiers, a much-admired figure in South African cricket who recently retired, denied the charge. “I support the aims of CSA’s Social Justice and Nation Building process, to ensure equal opportunities in cricket,” he tweeted. “However, in my career, I e...
Real Madrid’s Luka Modric and Marcelo test positive for COVID-19 | Football News – Times of India
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Real Madrid’s Luka Modric and Marcelo test positive for COVID-19 | Football News – Times of India

Real Madrid players Luka Modric and Marcelo have tested positive for COVID-19, the LaLiga club said in a statement on Wednesday. Real did not say if the two were suffering any symptoms, but that they have been moved into quarantine in line with Spain's health protocol and will miss Sunday's league game against Cadiz. The number of COVID-19 cases growing around Europe is also impacting the world of soccer. Valencia confirmed four cases on Monday, including their head coach and two players. In England, 42 Premier League players and staff tested positive in the past week - the most recorded in the league over a seven-day period. An outbreak at Tottenham Hotspur led UEFA to postpone their Europa Conference League game against French side Rennes last week. !function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s) {if(f.fbq)...
Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships: Punam Yadav wins silver; Arockiya, Vikas clinch bronze | More sports News – Times of India
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Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships: Punam Yadav wins silver; Arockiya, Vikas clinch bronze | More sports News – Times of India

TASHKENT (Uzbekistan): India's weightlifter Punam Yadav on Tuesday won the silver medal in the women's 76kg category at the ongoing Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships 2021 in Tashkent. Punam Yadav lifted a total of 220kg (98+122) and stood seventh in the World Weightlifting Championships, which are being held concurrently in Tashkent until December 17. India being a Commonwealth nation is competing in both. 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist compatriot R Arockiya Alish clinched bronze for a total lift of 214kg (91+123). Canada's Maya Laylor won the Commonwealth gold for a total of 229kg (99+130). Earlier, twice CWG medallist Vikas Thakur clinched the bronze medal in the men's 96kg at the Commonwealth championships. The seven-time national champion pulled off a combined lift of...
Rohit Sharma is able captain and will have my 100 percent support, tired of questions on equation with him: Virat Kohli | Cricket News – Times of India
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Rohit Sharma is able captain and will have my 100 percent support, tired of questions on equation with him: Virat Kohli | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: "Tired" of quelling never-ending speculation about a rift with Rohit Sharma, India's Test skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday described his white-ball successor as an "able and tactically sound" captain, who will have his complete backing as a senior player. Kohli, who was removed by the BCCI from ODI captaincy, made it clear that he was never spoken to about being replaced till chairman of selectors Chetan Sharma intimated him 90 minutes before the scheduled team selection meeting for the South Africa tour. 💬 💬 @ImRo45 and Rahul Dravid have my absolute support: @imVkohli #TeamIndia #SAvIND https://t.co/jXUwZ5W1Dz— BCCI (@BCCI) 1639559754000Asked how he sees his role under Rohit Sharma's captaincy, Kohli said: "My responsibility is obviously to push the team in the right direction,...
Ashes 2021, Australia vs England 2nd Test Live Streaming: When and where to watch?
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Ashes 2021, Australia vs England 2nd Test Live Streaming: When and where to watch?

Ashes 2021, Australia vs England 2nd Test Live Streaming: Pat Cummins’ team head to the day-night second Test in Adelaide with huge momentum and a 1-0 lead in the five-match series after dominating England with bat, ball and in the field. The tourists, meanwhile, will be left to pore over their failings in Brisbane, with question marks hanging over their selections and tactics, and with few ready solutions for the batting woes ruthlessly exposed by Australia. Here is all you need to know before the 2nd Test begins- Where will the second Ashes 2021 Test between Australia vs England be held? The second Ashes 2021 Test between Australia vs England will take place at the Adelaide Oval, Adelaide. What time will the second Ashes 2021 Test between Australia vs England start? The s...
Dilpreet’s hat-trick, Jarmanpreet’s brace power India to 9-0 win over Bangladesh in ACT hockey | Hockey News – Times of India
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Dilpreet’s hat-trick, Jarmanpreet’s brace power India to 9-0 win over Bangladesh in ACT hockey | Hockey News – Times of India

DHAKA: Striker Dilpreet Singh struck a hat-trick as defending champions and Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist India thrashed hosts Bangladesh 9-0 to register their first win in the Asian Champions Trophy men's hockey tournament here on Wednesday. Dilpreet (12th, 22nd and 45th) scored three field goals for India, while Jarmanpreet Singh (33rd, 43rd) struck a brace from penalty corners situations. In between Lalit Upadhayay (28th) deflected in a variation from vice-captain Harmanpreet Singh's flick from a penalty corner. Akashdeep Singh (54th) also found the net from a field effort before Mandeep Mor scored his debut goal for the country from a set piece in the 55th minute. If that was not enough, Harmanpreet also put his name on the score-sheet, perfectly converting India's 13th penalty co...
Barcelona striker Sergio Aguero announces retirement due to heart condition | Football News – Times of India
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Barcelona striker Sergio Aguero announces retirement due to heart condition | Football News – Times of India

Barcelona and Argentina striker Sergio Aguero announced his retirement from football on Wednesday at the age of 33 after being diagnosed with a heart condition, bringing the curtain down on an 18-year career during which he scored more than 400 goals. Aguero was taken to hospital on Oct. 30 after experiencing chest pain and breathing difficulties in Barcelona's 1-1 draw with Alaves. The club announced a few days later that he would be out for at least three months following cardiac analysis. "This press conference is to communicate that I've decided to stop playing soccer. It's a very hard moment but I'm at peace with the decision I made," a tearful Aguero told a gathering at the Camp Nou. "It's a decision that I made to preserve my health. It's what the doctors said to me, that it woul...
‘Wasn’t told not to give up T20I captaincy’, Virat Kohli contradicts Sourav Ganguly’s claim | Cricket News – Times of India
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‘Wasn’t told not to give up T20I captaincy’, Virat Kohli contradicts Sourav Ganguly’s claim | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Virat Kohli, the India Test captain on Wednesday said that he had informed the board about his decision to quit as T20I captain just prior to the World Cup and it was "received well" and termed as "progressive" by the BCCI top brass, contradicting Sourav Ganguly's statement which suggested that the star batter was asked to reconsider his decision. Shortly before the start of this year's T20 World Cup in the UAE, Kohli had announced his decision to step down as India's T20I captain after the tournament. "When I decided to leave the T20I captaincy and approached the BCCI about my decision, it was received well," Kohli said. "There was no offence or hesitation. I wasn't told to reconsider it. It was received well; I was told it's progressive and it's (a step) in the right direct...
We can do something special in South Africa this time around: Virat Kohli | Cricket News – Times of India
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We can do something special in South Africa this time around: Virat Kohli | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: South Africa is the final frontier that the Indian Test team is yet to conquer but skipper Virat Kohli firmly believes that his side can do "something special" in its upcoming tour of the Rainbow Nation with a maiden series win there. India would look to improve on their recent impressive record overseas when they take on South Africa in a three-match Test series, starting December 26, under Kohli's captaincy. "We are very well placed in terms of experience, belief and confidence that this time around we can do something special and get the results that we want as a team and overcome probably the toughest conditions to go and win a series," Kohli said on Wednesday. "South Africa is one place where we have not won a series yet. So we are very motivated to do that. And the mindset...
James Anderson not taking swing for granted at ‘temperamental’ Adelaide Oval | Cricket News – Times of India
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James Anderson not taking swing for granted at ‘temperamental’ Adelaide Oval | Cricket News – Times of India

England's James Anderson enjoys playing at Adelaide Oval so much he calls it his "favourite ground outside the UK" but the veteran seamer said swing is not a given at the "temperamental" venue, which is set to host the pink ball second Ashes Test. Anderson, who along with fellow seamer Stuart Broad was included in the tourists' 12-man squad for the match starting Thursday, claimed six wickets last time out at Adelaide, though England lost that 2017 contest. Smarting from their nine-wicket loss to Australia in the opener in Brisbane, England have recalled the seam duo while sacrificing the express speed of Mark Wood in their bid to level the five-Test series. "I had success with it last time here. But obviously, it is quite temperamental," the 39-year-old told a news conference on the ev...
There is no rift between me and Rohit Sharma: Virat Kohli | Cricket News – Times of India
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There is no rift between me and Rohit Sharma: Virat Kohli | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday clarified regarding his relationship with opening batter and white-ball captain Rohit Sharma. Rohit Sharma was named India's new ODI skipper last week and he takes the reins from Kohli as India gear up for the South Africa series. There were reports that alleged a rift between Kohli and Rohit but the Indian Test skipper said there was no strain between him and Rohit. "There is no rift between me and Rohit Sharma. I have clarified multiple times in the last 2.5 years and now I am tired of clarifying things. I can guarantee you that my communication will never be to take my team down till I am playing cricket. It is my commitment towards Indian cricket," said Kohli in the virtual press conference. Kohli said his responsibility is to pus...