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Day: December 16, 2021

3rd T20I: Pakistan beat West Indies by 7 wickets to sweep series | Cricket News – Times of India
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3rd T20I: Pakistan beat West Indies by 7 wickets to sweep series | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: Pakistan beat the West Indies by seven wickets in the third and final Twenty20 international in Karachi on Thursday, sweeping the series 3-0. Mohammad Rizwan scored 87 and skipper Babar Azam hit 79 as Pakistan achieved their highest run-chase in all Twenty20 internationals by reaching the 208-run target in 18.5 overs. Babar and Rizwan, who put on 158 for the opening wicket, registered their sixth century stand in T20 internationals -- all this year. It is the most by any pair in the shortest format. West Indies skipper Nicholas Pooran struck a rapid 37-ball 64 to lead the tourists to 207-3 in their 20 overs after they won the toss and opted to bat. Pakistan won the first match by 63 runs and the second by nine runs, also played in Karachi. Scores: West Indies 207-3 in 20 overs;...
Pakistan-West Indies ODI series called off over Covid cases | Cricket News – Times of India
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Pakistan-West Indies ODI series called off over Covid cases | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: A one-day international series between hosts Pakistan and the West Indies starting this weekend was called off Thursday because of a Covid-19 outbreak among the visitors, officials from both sides said. Five members of the West Indies squad -- including three players -- tested positive for Covid on Thursday, in addition to four cases reported at the weekend. The three-match series, which was due to start Saturday, is part of the qualifying round for the 2023 World Cup. The matches will be rescheduled for June next year, a statement from officials said, adding the decision was taken to protect players and acknowledge the limited resources left in the West Indies squad. Despite the outbreak, a third Twenty20 match between the two sides went ahead Thursday, with a depleted West In...
Sindhu, Srikanth storm into quarterfinals of World Championships | Badminton News – Times of India
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Sindhu, Srikanth storm into quarterfinals of World Championships | Badminton News – Times of India

PV Sindhu tamed her recent tormentor Pornpawee Chochuwong with a commanding straight game victory 21-14, 21-18 in the pre-quarterfinals of the BWF World Championships in Huelva, Spain, on Thursday. While, former World No.1, Kidambi Srikanth is just one victory away from winning his first medal at the Worlds. In the pre-quarterfinals Srikanth defeated Lu Guang Zu of China in straight games 21-10, 21-15. In the quarterfinals, the world No.14 Indian will face world No.28 Mark Caljouw of The Netherlands. This would be the first meeting between the two. However, the Indian challenge ended in doubles with the unexpected exit of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty. The duo lost to ninth seeds Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi of Malaysia 22-20, 18-21, 15-21. Earlier, Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki R...
2nd Ashes Test: Smith back at Australia helm after shock Cummins exit | Cricket News – Times of India
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2nd Ashes Test: Smith back at Australia helm after shock Cummins exit | Cricket News – Times of India

ADELAIDE: It took a quirk of fate for Steve Smith to be captaining Australia again and the stand-in skipper saw his team fight back after an attritional opening day in the second Ashes Test against England on Thursday. Vice-captain Smith was shoehorned into the skipper's role after Pat Cummins was ruled out hours before the match after being deemed a close contact of a COVID-19 case. Smith became Australia's third captain in three Tests following Tim Paine's resignation over a 'sexting' scandal in the lead-up to the series. Smith was suspended from international and most domestic cricket for 12 months and also banned from leadership roles in the Australian set-up for two years for his involvement in the 2018 ball-tampering scandal against South Africa in Newlands. The leadership ban exp...
Novak Djokovic crowned ITF world champion for record seventh time | Tennis News – Times of India
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Novak Djokovic crowned ITF world champion for record seventh time | Tennis News – Times of India

Men's world number one Novak Djokovic has been named the 2021 ITF world champion for a record seventh time while women's number one Ash Barty has picked up her second crown, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said on Thursday. Djokovic, who finished the year as number one for a record seventh time, won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon while he fell short at the Tokyo Olympics and the U.S. Open final in his quest for a rare golden slam. The Serb was tied with American great Pete Sampras on six wins for the title first awarded in 1978. Barty, who won her first Wimbledon title this year and a bronze medal at the Olympics in mixed doubles, previously won the award in 2019. "After such a rewarding year for me, my team, family and fans it is a great honour to be named the...
World’s Most Admired: Tendulkar among top 3 sportspersons alongside Messi and Ronaldo | Off the field News – Times of India
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World’s Most Admired: Tendulkar among top 3 sportspersons alongside Messi and Ronaldo | Off the field News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Legendary Sachin Tendulkar has been adjudged as the world's 12th 'Most Admired Man', as per a survey conducted by YouGov, an internet-based market research and data analytics firm. This year's study surveyed more than 42,000 people in 38 countries and territories to compile the list. Among sporting heroes, Tendulkar is third in the list behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. In the list, the iconic batter is ahead of former US president Donald Trump, Bollywood superstars Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan and also present India captain Virat Kohli. Tendulkar has been associated with UNICEF for more than a decade and was appointed the South Asian ambassador in 2013. Over the years, Tendulkar has supported several initiatives in health, education, and the sports sector in rural ...
Resurgent Kidambi Srikanth a step closer to world championship podium finish
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Resurgent Kidambi Srikanth a step closer to world championship podium finish

A World Championship that has inadvertently culled out physical, one-dimensional, tight-controlled automaton games in men’s singles, is seeing a bunch of has-beens, daisy-fresh upstarts and assorted journeymen find their place under a muted sun. The big names – Momota, Axelsen, Chen Long, Shi Yuqi, Chou Tien Chen – those with mistakes you could count on one hand’s fingers on their clinical days, those who abhor errors of a straying shuttle, those whose perfection hems in the bird as if on a verbal incantation, none of them made it to tournament Thursday. Half of them never turned up at the fag end of the physically charred and exhausted season. It’s left an assorted bunch, some of whose beautiful, quirky, committed, reserved, exuberant, rakish and nascent games would not go...
Pakistan sweeps virus-hit West Indies in Twenty20 series
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Pakistan sweeps virus-hit West Indies in Twenty20 series

Pakistan completed a clean sweep in the three-match Twenty20 series against a virus-hit West Indies with a resounding seven-wicket win on Thursday. Run-machine Mohammad Rizwan rounded off the year with his 12th half-century in Twenty20 internationals by scoring 87 while captain Babar Azam made 79 in Pakistan’s blistering run-chase of 208-3 in 18.5 overs. The West Indies squad was further depleted on the morning of the match when three more players tested positive for the coronavirus, increasing the number of cases to nine six players and three support personnel in the tourists’ camp. The West Indies’ top-order batters, led by captain Nicholas Pooran’s blazing 64 off 37 balls, still did well to post 207-3 after the tourists had won the toss and elected to bat. Rizwan and I t...
Wolff casts doubt on Hamilton future, both to shun FIA gala | Racing News – Times of India
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Wolff casts doubt on Hamilton future, both to shun FIA gala | Racing News – Times of India

LONDON: Lewis Hamilton may never get over the pain of being 'robbed' of a record eighth Formula One title, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said on Thursday in comments that raised doubts about the driver's future in the sport. The Austrian, speaking to reporters for the first time since Sunday's race in Abu Dhabi and after Mercedes had dropped plans to appeal, said he and Hamilton would not be attending the governing FIA's gala awards in Paris that evening. Attendance is mandatory for the top three drivers in the championship, with Mercedes also winning the constructors' title for an unprecedented eighth year in a row. Hamilton finished runner-up to Red Bull's Max Verstappen after the Dutch driver overtook him on the last lap at Yas Marina, benefiting from a sudden change to the safety ca...
Abhinav Bindra offers mental wellness support after spate of shooter suicides
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Abhinav Bindra offers mental wellness support after spate of shooter suicides

A day after a fourth sport shooter committed suicide over the past two months, 2008 Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra has written to the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) offering his help to mentally condition competitors. On Wednesday, 26-year-old shooter Konica Layak’s body was found hanging at a guest house in Bally, Howrah. “Prima facie, it’s a suicide case. We have found a suicide note,” said a police official. “It seems she wasn’t happy with the opportunity she was getting and was mentally depressed. However, the probe is on.” A case of unnatural death has been registered, and the body has been sent for autopsy. Layak’s case is the fourth such incident of a shooter committing suicide recently. State-level shooter Hunardeep Singh Sohal ended his life in O...
Team India lands in South Africa for Test series | Cricket News – Times of India
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Team India lands in South Africa for Test series | Cricket News – Times of India

JOHANNESBURG: The Indian cricket team, led by skipper Virat Kohli, landed here on Thursday for the three-match Test series against South Africa, beginning December 26 at Centurion. "Touchdown South Africa," the BCCI posted on its official Twitter handle along with pictures of team members, including Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara, Shardul Thakur and Shreyas Iyer among others. 📍Touchdown South Africa 🇿🇦#TeamIndia #SAvIND https://t.co/i8Xu6frp9C— BCCI (@BCCI) 1639655676000The Kohli-led Test side had departed from Mumbai for the tour that also includes three ODIs in January. Given the threat posed by the new COVID-19 variant Omicron, the tour's T20 matches have been postponed for now and the two teams will stay in a bio-bubble for the duration of the series. Star opener and newly-appoin...
Shafali Verma is working overtime to improve her short-ball game | Cricket News – Times of India
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Shafali Verma is working overtime to improve her short-ball game | Cricket News – Times of India

GURUGRAM: Two seasons old in international cricket, 17-year-old Shafali Verma is fully aware of the need to improve constantly and her immediate focus is on tweaking her short ball game against fast bowlers. Having made her India debut as a 15-year-old prodigy, Shafali has come a long way over the past 24 months and alongside the elegant Smriti Mandhana, forms one of the most explosive opening pairings in women's cricket. She has played a couple of Tests, six ODIs and 28 T20 Internationals since making her debut in the shortest format in September 2019, enough exposure for top teams like Australia and England to work out her game. On tours of England and Australia this year, Shafali was peppered with short balls and she didn't look particularly comfortable against them. To get better ag...
PV Sindhu in beast mode but faces Tai Tzu challenge
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PV Sindhu in beast mode but faces Tai Tzu challenge

Good, better, beast. Reigning World Champion PV Sindhu can operate on any of those three modes, while historically, continuing her steady march deep into the treacherous draws of a big tournament. You’d struggle to know which. Watching the unbelievably athletic Indian get done, the job of winning big matches, more times than not, is akin to a first-timer marvelling at their maiden spectator outing at a F-1 paddock and seeing those dizzy frat-mobils whiz past your vision – never mind the relative +/-mph of those speedy cars. The blur of Sindhu’s absolutely bullying performance lingers, tinyurl-ed into a neat straight-sets scoreline for posterity as the jamboree of her wins moves forth. On Thursday it was a 21-14, 21-18 choke-hold over her mini-nemesis Pornpawee Chochuwong, w...
No great expectations for Rafael Nadal on return in Abu Dhabi | Tennis News – Times of India
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No great expectations for Rafael Nadal on return in Abu Dhabi | Tennis News – Times of India

ABU DHABI: Rafael Nadal returns to competition in Abu Dhabi on Friday with his expectations low after a lengthy injury absence but hopes high of lining up in next month's Australian Open. The 20-time major champion has struggled with a foot injury for the past six months -- forcing him to miss both Wimbledon and the US Open. His first event in four months is the Mubadala World Tennis Championship exhibition where the Spaniard will face another former world number one Andy Murray or Dan Evans on Friday. Nadal is guaranteed to get two matches under his belt in the UAE capital, which will help him assess the progress he has made with regard to his foot. "It's not about pain. Pain I had a lot of times in my career, almost all the time. It's more about having the chance to have a pain that I...
Marnus Labuschagne, David Warner put Australia in control of 2nd Ashes Test | Cricket News – Times of India
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Marnus Labuschagne, David Warner put Australia in control of 2nd Ashes Test | Cricket News – Times of India

ADELAIDE: Marnus Labuschagne and David Warner both ground out gritty 95s as Australia seized control of the second Ashes Test on Thursday, surviving an onslaught from veteran English seamers Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad. The visitors came into the day-night Adelaide Test on the back of a nine-wicket defeat at Brisbane but confident they could get back into the five-match series. But even with the greatest wicket-takers in English history back in the side they struggled to make inroads with the pink ball as the home team compiled 221 for two by the close. A consolation for England is that the world's premier Test bowler, Australia skipper Pat Cummins, was ruled out less than three hours before the start over a Covid scare. The tourists did snare an early breakthrough with Broad gettin...
No statements or presser; BCCI will deal with it: Ganguly declines comment on Kohli’s bombshell PC | Cricket News – Times of India
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No statements or presser; BCCI will deal with it: Ganguly declines comment on Kohli’s bombshell PC | Cricket News – Times of India

KOLKATA: A day after India Test captain Virat Kohli triggered a storm by publicly contradicting him, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly refused to comment on the matter, saying the Board will deal with it. Kohli, during his pre-departure press conference ahead of the tour of South Africa, said that he was never asked to stay on as T20 skipper when he made his intent clear on relinquishing the post. This was in complete contrast to Ganguly's assertion a few days back that Kohli had been requested to not quit the position. "No statements, no press conference. We will deal with it, leave it to (the) BCCI," Ganguly told local media persons on Thursday. There was talk of BCCI asking chairman of selectors Chetan Sharma to address the media after Kohli's explosive press conference but the Board eve...
Confident India look to continue experimentation against arch-rivals Pakistan in Asian Champions Trophy | Hockey News – Times of India
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Confident India look to continue experimentation against arch-rivals Pakistan in Asian Champions Trophy | Hockey News – Times of India

DHAKA: Back to their best after a slow start, defending champions India would look to continue their cautious experiments when they take on arch-rivals Pakistan in their third round-robin match of the Asian Champions Trophy men's hockey tournament here on Friday. Olympic bronze-medallists India did not have the best of starts to the tournament, their first after the historic Tokyo campaign, as Korea came from two goals down to hold the Manpreet Singh-led side 2-2 in their tournament opener. Stunned by Korea, the Indians came out a completely different side against Bangladesh on Wednesday, thrashing the hosts 9-0 in a lop-sided affair. Striker Dilpreet Singh slammed a hat-trick of field goals, while Jarmanpreet Singh found the net twice from set pieces as the Graham Reid-coached side exp...
Smriti Mandhana hopes learnings from ‘The Hundred’, BBL stands her in good stead during World Cup
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Smriti Mandhana hopes learnings from ‘The Hundred’, BBL stands her in good stead during World Cup

For the past six months, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, and Shafali Verma have gone from one bio-bubble to another. They departed with the national team to England on June 3 and returned home at the end of November. In between, they have played full-fledged series against England and Australia, but the biggest takeaway for the trio was playing in ‘The Hundred’ in England and the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) in Australia. India’s T20I vice-captain Smriti Mandhana says the experience of playing in ‘The Hundred’ and WBBL will help her and others immensely in the upcoming Women’s ODI World Cup beginning in New Zealand on March 4. India will face Pakistan in their opening match. “For me, the biggest takeaway was facing the international bowlers. Just playing against those...
Leicester-Tottenham the 4th EPL game in 5 days called off
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Leicester-Tottenham the 4th EPL game in 5 days called off

Coronavirus infections in the Premier League led to a fourth match in five days being postponed on Thursday with Leicester’s game against Tottenham called off hours before kickoff. It is the third consecutive Tottenham match postponed due to coronavirus cases in its squad, including a Europa Conference League game. Dealing with its own outbreak, Leicester had an earlier request to postpone the match turned down by the Premier League. But the league said Thursday that Leicester now had an “insufficient number of players available” after further COVID-19 infections among staff and players. The training ground was closed to contain the outbreak. “The Premier League understands this decision will disappoint and frustrate fans who were due to attend this evening’s game and apolo...
BWF World Championships: PV Sindhu beats Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand to enter quarters, will meet Tai Tzu next | Badminton News – Times of India
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BWF World Championships: PV Sindhu beats Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand to enter quarters, will meet Tai Tzu next | Badminton News – Times of India

HUELVA (Spain): Defending champion PV Sindhu stormed into the women's singles quarterfinals of the BWF World Championships with a straight-game win over Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand on Thursday. The world number 7 Indian defeated her Thai opponent, ranked three places below her, 21-14 21-18 in the pre-quarterfinal match that lasted 48 minutes. With the win, Sindhu, seeded sixth in the showpiece tournament, extended her head-to-head record against Chochuwong to 5-3. Sindhu also avenged her twin loss to Chochuwong this season -- group match of BWF World Tour Finals earlier this month and All England Championships in March. The double Olympic medallist Sindhu faces top seed and world number one Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei, who beat Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland 21-10 19-21 21-11, in th...