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Day: December 18, 2021

Rublev eases past Murray to win Abu Dhabi exhibition event | Tennis News – Times of India
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Rublev eases past Murray to win Abu Dhabi exhibition event | Tennis News – Times of India

World number five Andrey Rublev outclassed Andy Murray 6-4, 7-6(2) in the World Tennis Championship exhibition event final in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. Both players held their opening two service games but Rublev edged ahead when he broke Murray in the fifth game after a series of fiercely-fought rallies from the back of the court. The 24-year-old Russian ran Murray ragged with his powerful groundstrokes but the Briton managed to hold on before Rublev's pressure paid off and he took the set with a stunning forehand down the line. The 34-year-old Murray, a former world number one and three-times Grand Slam champion, got off to a poor start in the second set when he lost serve in the first game before fighting back to force a tiebreaker which Rublev dominated to clinch victory. "I got three ...
I like Virat Kohli’s attitude but he fights a lot, says Sourav Ganguly | Cricket News – Times of India
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I like Virat Kohli’s attitude but he fights a lot, says Sourav Ganguly | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly on Saturday spoke honestly regarding what he felt about Virat Kohli's attitude, saying he likes the Indian Test skipper's "attitude but he fights a lot". There have been talks on the T20I captaincy issues wherein Kohli had stated that he wasn't told by any of the BCCI officials to not step down as the T20I skipper. However, Ganguly had earlier reckoned that he personally asked Kohli to not give up the role. The cricketing fraternity was left all confused as the skipper's statement contradicted what the BCCI chief had earlier stated. According to a report in crictracker.com, Ganguly spoke on Kohli's attitude on Saturday. In an event in Gurgaon, he was asked which player's attitude he likes best. Answering th...
ISL: Chennaiyin move to third in the table with 2-1 win over Odisha | Football News – Times of India
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ISL: Chennaiyin move to third in the table with 2-1 win over Odisha | Football News – Times of India

VASCO: Former champions Chennaiyin FC returned to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Odisha FC in the Indian Super League at the Tilak Maidan Stadium on Saturday. Germanpreet Singh opened the scoring with his first-ever goal in the ISL. Mirlan Murzaev made it 2-0 in the second half with a brilliant strike from distance as the Božidar Bandovic-coached side moved to third in the points table, level on points with second-placed Jamshedpur FC and four off league leaders Mumbai City FC. Odisha succumbed to their second straight defeat and dropped a rung to fifth place with nine points from six matches. Chennaiyin have 11 points from six games. Javi Hernandez scored a superb goal but it wasn't enough in the end. Both teams looked to cancel each other out in the opening exchanges and it was ...
Mamedov beats Anand in Gashimov Memorial chess opener | Chess News – Times of India
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Mamedov beats Anand in Gashimov Memorial chess opener | Chess News – Times of India

BAKU (Azerbaijan): Indian chess ace Viswanathan Anand went down to lower-rated GM Rauf Mamedov in the Armageddon on the opening day of the 7th Vugar Gashimov Memorial chess tournament here on Saturday, after winning one game and losing the other in the Rapid event. The tourney, which also includes a Blitz event, boasts of a strong field that includes Fabiano Caruana, former world championship finalist Sergey Karjakin and Shakriyar Mamedyarov among others. Former world champion Anand defeated Mamedov of Azerbaijan in the first game of the two-game Rapid mini-match but the local star turned the tables on the Indian in the second. After honours were shared by the duo after two games, Mamedov won the Armageddon. Anand won the opening game in 49 moves but the lower-ranked Azerbaijani raised ...
Olympic champion Jacobs says he will run 200 metres in 2022 | More sports News – Times of India
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Olympic champion Jacobs says he will run 200 metres in 2022 | More sports News – Times of India

ROME: Italy's double Olympic champion Lamont Marcell Jacobs said on Saturday he would try out the 200 metres in some races next year, moving up from his usual 100m speciality. Jacobs, who has yet to compete since winning the 100m and 4x100m at this year's Tokyo Olympics, plans to return to competitive action nL1N2SR1QZ in Berlin in February. "This year I'll try the 200 metres in a few races," he told Italian daily La Stampa in an interview, adding it was too soon to suggest he might double up at the Paris Olympics in 2024. "It's one thing to run the 200 metres at a meeting, it's another to do it at the Olympics also running the 100 metres and the relay," he said. Jacobs said his training had been going so well that "it scares me a bit to be in such top form in mid-December." He will hea...
Seamers to give India hope of first Test series win in South Africa, says Cheteshwar Pujara | Cricket News – Times of India
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Seamers to give India hope of first Test series win in South Africa, says Cheteshwar Pujara | Cricket News – Times of India

CAPE TOWN: India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara says they are confident of claiming a historic first Test series win in South Africa, led by their potent fast bowling attack on the lively Highveld wickets where the first two of three Tests will be played. India are fresh from home success against New Zealand, while South Africa have not played red ball cricket since June ahead of the first Test that starts in Pretoria on December 26. "We have played a couple of Tests in India, so most of the guys are in touch," Pujara told the Board of Control for Cricket in India on Saturday. "There is enough time for us to prepare and the guys are really looking forward to these Tests. It is the best chance for us to finally win a series in South Africa." #TeamIndia begin preparations for the first Test in...
Kidambi Srikanth becomes first Indian men’s singles player to reach finals of World Championships
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Kidambi Srikanth becomes first Indian men’s singles player to reach finals of World Championships

Look within, they say, to find the burning embers of ambition. Kidambi Srikanth had searched for last few years and found not even dying flickers as his career careened of its once promising course. On Saturday, the act of looking within, acquired a larger dimension, when Srikanth found the blazing fight staring him in the face with cool un-twinkling Lakshya Sen eyes. His younger compatriot drew out the winner in him, with chisel strikes and hammer-net shots, before Srikanth won 17-2, 21-14, 21-18 to become the first Indian to make the World Championship finals. There was a roar in the end, a munificent smile with raising of arms and a warm hug at the net, as the best person to celebrate this path-breaking journey with could be none other than the man from across the court ...
England’s Dawid Malan rues missing out on century again | Cricket News – Times of India
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England’s Dawid Malan rues missing out on century again | Cricket News – Times of India

ADELAIDE (Australia): Dawid Malan said he was gutted to again fail to convert a 50 into a century on Saturday and warned England must learn to convert good starts into big scores if they want to win Tests. The England number three started day three of the second Ashes Test against Australia on one and built a strong partnership with skipper Joe Root. But it fell apart after the first session when Root fell for 62 and Malan went for 80 in quick succession. It was the second Test in a row that both men appeared headed for centuries but then threw their wickets away. Root made 89 in the first Test in Brisbane and Malan 82. "We talk about getting 20 wickets or what have you, but in Australia there's big runs to be had and big hundreds win you Test matches," Malan said after England were dis...
Aston Villa’s game against Burnley postponed due to more COVID-19 cases | Football News – Times of India
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Aston Villa’s game against Burnley postponed due to more COVID-19 cases | Football News – Times of India

BIRMINGHAM: Aston Villa's Premier League game at home to Burnley on Saturday has been postponed due to more COVID-19 cases in the Villa squad, the league announced about two hours before kickoff. "After reviewing all the new information provided by Aston Villa this morning and receiving separate medical advice, the Board approved the request as a result of the club not having enough players to field a team," the league said. "This decision was based on the number of COVID-19 cases, injuries and illness." Neither the Premier League nor Aston Villa provided details on how many players had tested positive. Aston Villa can confirm that today’s Premier League fixture with Burnley has been postponed due to an increased amo… https://t.co/T9sOoUBKMV— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) 1639831228000"Th...
Srihari Nataraj registers Best Indian performance in swimming World Championship | More sports News – Times of India
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Srihari Nataraj registers Best Indian performance in swimming World Championship | More sports News – Times of India

ABU DHABI: Ace Indian swimmer Srihari Nataraj set 'Best Indian time' at the FINA short course World Championship but that was not enough to take him to the semifinals of the 50m backstroke event on Saturday. The 20-year-old clocked 24.40s in the men's 50m backstroke event to finish 26th in the overall heats. However, Nataraj, who competed at the Tokyo Games after becoming the second Indian swimmer after Sajan Prakash to breach the 'A' qualifying time for the Olympics, was unable to progress to the semifinals where the top 16 swimmers compete. This is Nataraj's second 'Best Indian time' at the meet, the Bengaluru swimmer had bettered his own record in the 100m backstroke event on the opening day. The timings clocked and records in this meet, which is being contested in a 25m swimming poo...
Leipzig slumps to loss at home, Gladbach gives win away
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Leipzig slumps to loss at home, Gladbach gives win away

Leipzig’s hopes of a fresh start under a new coach are fading after losing at home to 10-man Arminia Bielefeld 2-0 in the Bundesliga on Saturday. Japanese midfielder Masaya Okugawa scored the visitors’ second goal in the 75th minute, not long after Fabian Klos was sent off for a bad challenge on Leipzig defender Willi Orban. Janni Serra put Bielefeld in front from a rebound in the 57th, and Leipzig was unable to make its undoubted attacking prowess count, with André Silva, Angeliño, Christopher Nkunku and Benjamin Henrichs all missing chances. It was the first loss in three games for new Leipzig coach Domenico Tedesco, who took over this month after the club dismissed Jesse Marsch. Tedesco started with a win over Borussia Mönchengladbach, then a draw at Augsburg before the ...
2nd Ashes Test: England collapse again as Australia turn the screws | Cricket News – Times of India
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2nd Ashes Test: England collapse again as Australia turn the screws | Cricket News – Times of India

ADELAIDE (Australia): England were staring down the barrel of another chastening defeat on Saturday, dismissed for 236 then forced to watch as Australia batted again and stretched their lead in the day-night second Ashes Test at Adelaide. Joe Root and Dawid Malan had survived the opening session of day three unscathed, building a 128-run stand as they chased Australia's first-innings 473 for nine declared. ScorecardBut it all came crashing down after the dinner break with both players removed in quick succession, Root for 62 and Malan for 80, sparking a collapse that saw England slump from 150 for two to 236 all out. Making matters worse, they did so against a second-string attack with Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood both missing. Stand-in Australian skipper Steve Smith could have enforc...
Chennaiyin move to third in the table with 2-1 win over Odisha
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Chennaiyin move to third in the table with 2-1 win over Odisha

Former champions Chennaiyin FC returned to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Odisha FC in the Indian Super League at the Tilak Maidan Stadium here on Saturday. Germanpreet Singh opened the scoring with his first-ever goal in the ISL. Mirlan Murzaev made it 2-0 in the second half with a brilliant strike from distance as the Bozidar Bandovic-coached side moved to third in the points table, level on points with second-placed Jamshedpur FC and four off league leaders Mumbai City FC. Odisha succumbed to their second straight defeat and dropped a rung to fifth place with nine points from six matches. Chennaiyin have 11 points from six games. Javi Hernandez scored a superb goal but it wasn’t enough in the end. .@javih89 ❤️ G⚽LAAZZOOOS! 😍#CFCOFC #HeroISL #LetsFootball @OdishaF...
KL Rahul to be India vice-captain for South Africa Test series: BCCI | Cricket News – Times of India
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KL Rahul to be India vice-captain for South Africa Test series: BCCI | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Opener KL Rahul has been named as the Indian team's vice captain for the upcoming three-Test series against South Africa, starting December 26, BCCI secretary Jay Shah said on Saturday. Earlier, Rohit Sharma was made deputy to Virat Kohli for the series but he was ruled out due to a recurring left-hamstring injury. The 29-year-old Rahul has played 40 Tests so far and has scored 2321 runs at an average of 35.16, with six centuries under his belt. Importantly, he is being looked at as a long-term potential leader. NEWS - KL Rahul named vice-captain of Test team for South Africa series.KL Rahul replaces Rohit Sharma as vice-ca… https://t.co/gTszAGtLLJ— BCCI (@BCCI) 1639825514000"The All-India Senior selection committee has named KL Rahul as vice-captain for the upcoming 3-match ...
Abraham nets 2 as Roma wins 4-1 at title-chasing Atalanta
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Abraham nets 2 as Roma wins 4-1 at title-chasing Atalanta

Tammy Abraham scored twice as Roma claimed its first win against one of the top teams with a 4-1 victory at Atalanta in Serie A on Saturday. Abraham scored his first less than a minute into the match and Nicolò Zaniolo doubled Roma’s lead before an own goal from Bryan Cristante made it 2-1 at the end of the first half. Cristante had another own goal ruled out shortly before Chris Smalling all but secured the win in the 72nd minute. Abraham capped a brilliant match for Roma 10 minutes later. Roma moved into fifth, five points below fourth-placed Napoli and six below Atalanta in third. League leader Inter Milan has six more points than Atalanta. Oh yes! 😏 Tammy Abraham scores twice, Nico Zaniolo and Chris Smalling add the others … and we come away with a big win in Bergamo! ...
BCCI CMO resigns after hectic run in COVID times | Cricket News – Times of India
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BCCI CMO resigns after hectic run in COVID times | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: BCCI's chief medical officer Abhijit Salvi has resigned due to personal reasons. Salvi told PTI on Saturday that his notice period ended on November 30 but he carried on till the end of the second Test between India and New Zealand on December 7. His role had gained significance in COVID times with regular testing and bubble life becoming an integral part of international cricket. "I thank the BCCI for giving me this opportunity. After 10 years in the organisation, I wanted to move on. It had become a 24x7 job in COVID times and I want to give time to myself and family," said Salvi. Salvi was in charge of BCCI's age-verification, anti-doping and medical wing. His resignation comes ahead of the U-16 boys national championship, better known as the Vijay Merchant Trophy, next mo...
Mamedov scores over Anand in Gashimov Memorial chess opener
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Mamedov scores over Anand in Gashimov Memorial chess opener

Indian chess ace Viswanathan Anand went down to lower-rated GM Rauf Mamedov in the Armageddon on the opening day of the 7th Vugar Gashimov Memorial chess tournament here on Saturday, after winning one game and losing the other in the Rapid event. The tourney, which also includes a Blitz event, boasts of a strong field that includes Fabiano Caruana, former world championship finalist Sergey Karjakin and Shakriyar Mamedyarov among others. Former world champion Anand defeated Mamedov of Azerbaijan in the first game of the two-game Rapid mini-match but the local star turned the tables on the Indian in the second. After honours were shared by the duo after two games, Mamedov won the Armageddon. Anand won the opening game in 49 moves but the lower-ranked Azerbaijani raised his le...
EXCLUSIVE: Gautam Gambhir appointed team mentor of Lucknow IPL franchise | Cricket News – Times of India
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EXCLUSIVE: Gautam Gambhir appointed team mentor of Lucknow IPL franchise | Cricket News – Times of India

Former India opening batter and Kolkata Knight Riders' (KKR) captain Gautam Gambhir has been appointed team mentor of the new Lucknow Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise. The decision follows the announcement of Andy Flower as the franchise’s new head coach as the team firms up its backroom-staff lineup ahead of the all-important IPL auction. “Gambhir brings with him a proven track record in the IPL as captain for KKR. He also has a penchant for grooming young talent which Lucknow feels will suit them well ahead of what is expected to be a tough initiation into an increasingly competitive IPL scenario,” sources in the know told TOI. The feisty Gambhir is expected to have an advisory role in the franchise and will be the “guiding hand” when it comes to firming up the team’s plans and i...
India vs South Africa: KL Rahul to be Virat Kohli’s deputy for SA Test series | Cricket News – Times of India
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India vs South Africa: KL Rahul to be Virat Kohli’s deputy for SA Test series | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Opener KL Rahul is all set to become Indian team's vice captain for the three-Test series against South Africa, starting December 26, BCCI sources confirmed on Saturday. Rohit Sharma was made deputy to Virat Kohli for the series but he was ruled out due to a recurring left-hamstring injury. The 29-year-old Rahul has played 40 Tests so far and has scored 2321 runs at an average of 35.16 with six centuries under his belt. Importantly, he is being looked at as a long-term potential leader in the coming days. "KL Rahul is going to be Virat Kohli's deputy for the three Test series," a senior BCCI official confirmed. The PTI had reported on December 13 that Rahul is the frontrunner for the vice-captaincy. Rohit, who had replaced Ajinkya Rahane as the vice-captain for the Test serie...
Premier League loses another game to a Covid outbreak
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Premier League loses another game to a Covid outbreak

The Premier League lost another match to a COVID-19 outbreak in a squad when Aston Villa’s home game against Burnley was postponed around two hours before kickoff on Saturday. Villa said it did not have enough players to field a team following more positive tests in its squad that were reported early Saturday. The league approved Villa’s request to postpone the match “based on the number of COVID-19 cases, injuries and illness.” Five matches scheduled for this weekend had already been called off because of coronavirus outbreaks in squads amid a worsening health emergency in Britain as the omicron variant spreads. Aston Villa can confirm that today’s Premier League fixture with Burnley has been postponed due to an increased amount of positive Covid-19 test results within ou...