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Despair or triumph, Srikanth’s arc comes full circle at Huelva | Badminton News – Times of India
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Despair or triumph, Srikanth’s arc comes full circle at Huelva | Badminton News – Times of India

Mischief got Kidambi Srikanth where he finds himself today. Now, before you go looking for some intrigue as he stands on the threshold of the biggest moment in his career, it was the need to curb his extra-playful ways as a kid that made his parents turn to the badminton court. And the rest was history? Not quite. Even that, goes the story, took some doing. Pullela Gopichand wasn't too sure of the kid's potential, happy as the coach was with older sibling Nandagopal's early progress at his academy. An exasperated father had to convince hard to make Gopichand relent and take his younger son too under his wing. Then, as they say, the rest was history. Says who? Like most success stories, Srikanth's tale has its share of grit and hard work. Some critical decisions and self-belief also play...
Kidambi Srikanth: How a last-minute visa ended in a worlds silver | Badminton News – Times of India
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Kidambi Srikanth: How a last-minute visa ended in a worlds silver | Badminton News – Times of India

The Kidambi Srikanth world championships fairy tale at Huelva would never have happened. The first Indian man to win a silver at the World Championships almost missed the chance of playing the tournament, giving up hope after his visa application to Spain was delayed. Upon completing his assignment in Indonesia, Srikanth was on schedule for the World championships, but the former world No.1 did not get his visa on time. All hope seemed lost until the document arrived at the last minute. To think, a delayed visa would have cost India its first men’s silver in the world championship. "I almost lost hope. It was a big relief when I got the visa on Thursday evening (Dec 16) as late as 5 or 6 pm. I am just happy to come here and play another tournament this year. I played really well through...
I really worked hard for this, says world championships silver medallist Srikanth | Badminton News – Times of India
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I really worked hard for this, says world championships silver medallist Srikanth | Badminton News – Times of India

HUELVA (Spain): The World Championships silver medal is a culmination of years of intense hard work, said India's Kidambi Srikanth after falling short of the top prize here on Sunday. Even before his 15-21, 20-22 loss to Singapore's Loh Kean Yew in the men's singles final, the 28-year-old's silver medal made him the first-ever Indian man to achieve the feat at the marquee tournament. "In a few tournaments, I played really well and in a few tournaments I couldn't play well this year, but again, to reach the final of a world championship is something that I really worked hard for, and I am really happy to be here today," Srikanth said. "I will try to continue to work hard, it is a process and there are many other tournaments next year, like the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, world champ...
ISL: 10-man Mumbai City FC suffer shock defeat to Kerala Blasters | Football News – Times of India
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ISL: 10-man Mumbai City FC suffer shock defeat to Kerala Blasters | Football News – Times of India

MARGAO: Kerala Blasters notched up a comprehensive 3-0 win over 10-man Mumbai City FC in an Indian Super League match on Sunday. Sahal Abdul Samad (27th), Alvaro Vazquez (47th) and Jorge Pereyra Diaz (51st, penalty) got on the scoresheet for Kerala Blasters who moved to fifth spot in the standings with nine points from six games. Mumbai City remained on top of the heap but the result meant Hyderabad FC, Jamshedpur FC and Chennaiyin FC can now close the gap on the reigning champions. Mourtada Fall was given the marching orders in the second half to make matters worse for the Islanders. Mumbai almost took the lead in the second minute when a Ahmed Jahouh pass found Cassio Gabriel, whose effort was saved by Gill but only as far as the post before it was cleared. Igor Angulo got another cha...
Ajaz Patel: ‘My Perfect 10 came after a lot of dramatic changes in my life and hard work’
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Ajaz Patel: ‘My Perfect 10 came after a lot of dramatic changes in my life and hard work’

The ace cricketer talks about transitioning, first as a child moving to New Zealand and then rising up the ranks in the game while battling racism. Still true to his origins, he feels politics is a different game but sport has glued differences and encouraged diversity. The session was moderated by Senior Editor Nihal Koshie. Nihal Koshie: Have things changed after your historic feat of getting all 10 wickets in an innings? Not much. We are still working hard and looking at the next series against Bangladesh, and waiting, as always, for news on selection. I guess the market for cricket is smaller in New Zealand than India, which has a billion people with a lot of them crazy about the game. In New Zealand, with four million people, it doesn’t make that kind of an impact. Besides I am sti...
EPL: Leaders Manchester City cruise to 4-0 win over Newcastle | Football News – Times of India
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EPL: Leaders Manchester City cruise to 4-0 win over Newcastle | Football News – Times of India

NEWCASTLE (England): Manchester City's Joao Cancelo scored one goal and made another as they overwhelmed struggling Newcastle United 4-0 on Sunday to ensure they will spend Christmas Day top of the Premier League, a position Liverpool occupied in the last three seasons. The visitors were gifted the opening goal in the fifth minute when Cancelo acrobatically crossed for Ruben Dias to head into an empty net after a mix-up between Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka and defender Ciaran Clarke. Cancelo added a second in the 27th minute, cutting in from the right wing and capping off a solo run with a stunning strike to silence the home crowd. Newcastle were denied what looked to be a clear penalty on the half-hour mark when City keeper Ederson clattered into Ryan Fraser, but neither refere...
Kidambi Srikanth clinches historic silver at BWF World Championships | Badminton News – Times of India
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Kidambi Srikanth clinches historic silver at BWF World Championships | Badminton News – Times of India

HUELVA: Kidambi Srikanth clinched a historic silver medal in the World Badminton Championships after suffering a straight-game defeat to Loh Kean Yew of Singapore in the summit clash to notch up the best ever performance by an Indian in the men's singles on Sunday. A former world no. 1, Srikanth lost 15-21, 20-22 to a Malaysia-born opponent in 43 minutes. As it happened: Kidambi Srikanth vs Loh Kean YewThe 28-year-old Srikanth thus bettered the feats of legendary Prakash Padukone (bronze in 1983), B Sai Praneeth (bronze in 2019) and Lakshya Sen (bronze in this edition), whom he had beaten in the semifinals on Saturday. The maiden silver also placed Srikanth alongside PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, who had finished runner-up in the past. Sindhu had won the coveted gold in 2019, two silver a...
England need another Stokes special to save Adelaide Test | Cricket News – Times of India
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England need another Stokes special to save Adelaide Test | Cricket News – Times of India

ADELAIDE: England's hopes of saving the second Ashes Test against Australia are in tatters following Joe Root's late dismissal on Sunday but the touring side still hope Ben Stokes might be their saviour again. Set an improbable victory target of 468, England finished day four on a precarious 82-4. The toughest blow was Root's dismissal to the day's final delivery when Mitchell Starc had the England captain caught behind for 24. Stokes was unbeaten on three and the touring side need a repeat of his batting heroics which secured England's highest successful Ashes run chase at Leeds two years ago. "Anytime one if your best players (Root) gets out, it's a knock," fast bowling coach Jon Lewis told reporters. "Ben (Stokes) has done it before, he has done special things in an England shirt." A...
BWF World C’ships final: Dazzling speedster Loh beats Srikanth at his own game
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BWF World C’ships final: Dazzling speedster Loh beats Srikanth at his own game

Loh Kean Yew has a high-decibel game, and the cacophony of his pristine speed, jagged and jarred at Kidambi Srikanth’s rhythm as the Indian went down 21-15, 22-20 to the whirlpooling Singaporean in the World Championships finals at Huelva. This silver and the contest for gold were settled by speed, of the quality and quickness that has not been seen on badminton courts since Lee Chong Wei retired. Some even reckon that Malaysia-born, Singapore-reared Loh might be faster than Chong Wei, such is the impact of the unseeded 24-year-old’s conquest of the World title. Kidambi Srikanth, it could be said, offered Loh the most resistance, after his first-round match against Viktor Axelsen. But even if scorelines like 9-3 and later 11-7 in the opener, and Srikanth’s defiance from 18-...
India squad for ICC U-19 World Cup announced, Delhi’s Yash Dhull to lead | Cricket News – Times of India
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India squad for ICC U-19 World Cup announced, Delhi’s Yash Dhull to lead | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Delhi batter Yash Dhull will lead a 17-member Indian squad in the ICC Under-19 World Cup, which is scheduled to be held in the West Indies from January 14 to February 5, the BCCI announced on Sunday. Four-time winners India are clubbed with South Africa, Ireland and Uganda in Group B. Dhull's appointment was on expected lines as he was also named captain for the upcoming Asia Cup, to be held in the UAE from December 23. Dhull will have Andhra's SK Rasheed as his deputy for the premier tournament in the Caribbean. Here's India's squad for ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2022 squad 🔽 #BoysInBlueGo well, boys! 👍 👍 https://t.co/im3UYBLPXr— BCCI (@BCCI) 1639918028000"The All-India Junior Selection Committee has picked India's squad for the upcoming ICC Under 19 Men's Cricket World Cup t...
Tottenham hold Liverpool in pre-Christmas cracker
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Tottenham hold Liverpool in pre-Christmas cracker

After a weekend of COVID-19 related postponements Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool raised the spirits with a rip-roaring 2-2 draw in a pre-Christmas Premier League classic on Sunday. A mistake by Liverpool keeper Alisson gifted Tottenham’s Son Heung-min a 74th-minute equaliser after the Juergen Klopp’s visitors had replied to Harry Kane’s early opener with goals by Diogo Jota and Andy Robertson. A fiercely competitive and engrossing encounter finishes with each side taking a point#TOTLIV pic.twitter.com/2EzRojPy5T — Premier League (@premierleague) December 19, 2021 Liverpool, who failed to win for the first time in nine games in all competitions, ended with 10 men after Robertson was shown a red card for a wild tackle late on. Referee Paul Tierney, right, shows a red c...
10-man Mumbai City FC suffer shock defeat to Kerala Blasters
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10-man Mumbai City FC suffer shock defeat to Kerala Blasters

Kerala Blasters notched up a comprehensive 3-0 win over 10-man Mumbai City FC in an Indian Super League match here on Sunday. Sahal Abdul Samad (27th), Alvaro Vazquez (47th) and Jorge Pereyra Diaz (51st, penalty) got on the scoresheet for Kerala Blasters who moved to fifth spot in the standings with nine points from six games. Mumbai City remained on top of the heap but the result meant Hyderabad FC, Jamshedpur FC and Chennaiyin FC can now close the gap on the reigning champions. Mourtada Fall was given the marching orders in the second half to make matters worse for the Islanders. .@KeralaBlasters inflicted the second defeat of the season on leaders @MumbaiCityFC with a brilliant attacking performance 🔥 Catch all the action from tonight, ICYMI#ISLRecap #MCFCKBFC #HeroISL...
Vijay Hazare Trophy: Nath, Rinku guide UP to quarter-finals with five-wicket win over MP | Cricket News – Times of India
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Vijay Hazare Trophy: Nath, Rinku guide UP to quarter-finals with five-wicket win over MP | Cricket News – Times of India

JAIPUR: Experienced Akshdeep Nath's stroke-filed 78 and a responsible unbeaten 58 by Rinku Singh formed the cornerstone of Uttar Pradesh's five-wicket win over Madhya Pradesh in the pre-quarter-final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy on Sunday. With the win, Uttar Pradesh qualified for the quarter-finals of the national ODI championship and will now take on Himachal on December 21. First, despite Shubham Sharma's responsible 83, Madhya Pradesh were bundled out for a sub-par 234 as UP bowlers wreaked havoc on their lower order. Nath then anchored the chase and Rinku gave the finishing touches as they saw their side home. Put into bat at the Jaipuria Vidhyalaya ground here, Madhya Pradesh was teetering at 0/1 after ace speedster Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/46) castled opener Abhishek Bhandari (0) in th...
Vijay Hazare Trophy: Karnataka beat Rajasthan by eight wickets, set up QF clash with TN | Cricket News – Times of India
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Vijay Hazare Trophy: Karnataka beat Rajasthan by eight wickets, set up QF clash with TN | Cricket News – Times of India

JAIPUR: Karnataka rode on half-centuries from KV Siddharth (85 not out), skipper Manish Pandey (52 not out) and R Samarth (54) to sail into the quarterfinals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy with a comprehensive eight-wicket win over Rajasthan here on Sunday. Chasing 200 for victory in the pre-quarterfinal, Karnataka eased home with more than six overs to spare. Earlier, sent in to bat, Rajasthan's total of 199 was built on a brilliant counter-attacking knock of 109 (nine fours and five sixes) by captain Deepk Hooda after the team slipped to 19 for 5. Karnataka, bolstered by the return of K Gowtham, Devdutt Padikkal and Prasidh Krishna, had Rajasthan in all sorts of bother at 19 for 5 in the eighth over. Krishna struck the first blow, having the in-form Abhijeet Tomar, who has scored over 300...
Vijay Hazare Trophy: Vidarbha defeat Tripura by 34 runs, to meet Saurashtra in QF | Cricket News – Times of India
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Vijay Hazare Trophy: Vidarbha defeat Tripura by 34 runs, to meet Saurashtra in QF | Cricket News – Times of India

JAIPUR: Pacer Yash Thakur got timely breakthroughs in his for wicket haul as Vidarbha defeated Tripura by 34 runs to enter the quarter-final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy here on Sunday. Vidarbha will now face Saurashtra in the quarter-final on December 22. Batting first, Vidarbha rode on half-centuries by Yash Rathod (57 off 63 balls) and Atharva Taide (51 off 58 balls) to post a decent 258/7 on the board and then bowled the opposition out for 224 in 49.2 overs despite a 96 run opening stand. But it was Thakur (4/45), who then grabbed three quick wickets and derailed the opposition. Tripura also had two run-outs in the process as they slipped to 164/6 in 38.3 overs and never recovered from thereon. At the onset, Vidarbha lost in-form skipper Faiz Fazal (0) in the second over as the side w...
Premier League leader Man City beats ailing Newcastle 4-0
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Premier League leader Man City beats ailing Newcastle 4-0

Premier League leader Manchester City made it 11 goals in two games by sweeping aside struggling Newcastle 4-0 on Sunday. Ruben Dias and Joao Cancelo scored before the break, and Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling netted in the second half. Newcastle has now won just one of its 18 league games this season and is only above last-place Norwich on goal difference. Having been repeatedly punished for their own mistakes in recent games, the Magpies set out with a makeshift back four and knowing there was no margin for error against the reigning champions, but capitulated in depressing fashion within five minutes. Goalkeeper Martin Dubravka needlessly conceded a corner after dwelling on Jamaal Lascelles’ back pass. After Kevin De Bruyne’s initial delivery had been half cleared, Cia...
2nd Ashes Test: Australia snare Joe Root to close in on victory | Cricket News – Times of India
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2nd Ashes Test: Australia snare Joe Root to close in on victory | Cricket News – Times of India

ADELAIDE: Mitchell Starc removed England captain Joe Root with the last ball of Day 4 to put Australia firmly on course for victory in the second Ashes Test at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday. Australia declared their second innings on 230/9 before the tea break, setting England an improbable victory target of 468. ScorecardThe touring side were 82/4 at stumps, losing Root in the final over and staring at a second successive heavy defeat in the five-match series. Ben Stokes, whose batting heroics secured England's most successful Ashes run chase at Leeds two years ago, was on three with his team still 386 short of their target. Australia showed their intent by removing opener Haseeb Hameed for a duck before tea and sent back Dawid Malan, who made 20, after the break. England settled briefly...
Youngsters working hard to make final cut for Asian Cup: Dangmei Grace | Football News – Times of India
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Youngsters working hard to make final cut for Asian Cup: Dangmei Grace | Football News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Indian women's football team winger Dangmei Grace on Sunday said the youngsters are working hard to make the cut for the upcoming AFC Asian Cup. There are a number of youngsters present in the ongoing Indian team camp in Kochi. The continental tournament is scheduled to be held in three venues of Maharashtra from January 20 to February 6. Out of 27 players present in the camp, 13 are under the age of 25, something that has added a lot of energy and impetus to the squad. "There are plenty of youngsters in the squad, and they are all working really hard to make the final cut for the Asian Cup. We even have a number of really young players, who are also in the U-17s – Shilky (Devi), Astam (Oraon), Martina (Thokchom), and a few others, who have brought a lot of energy into the sq...
Joe Root excellent batter but a poor captain, says Ian Chappell | Cricket News – Times of India
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Joe Root excellent batter but a poor captain, says Ian Chappell | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE (Australia): Former Australia captain Ian Chappell labelled Pat Cummins as the most inspirational leader and he termed Joe Root the leader as "poor". Pat Cummins replaced Tim Paine as Australia Test skipper earlier this month. Paine had stepped down following a sexting scandal and then he took some time off to look after his mental health. "He is also by far the most inspirational player in the Australia side, and even when he was replaced as captain this week, the team still played hard with thoughts of his reputation in mind. Cummins acquired the appropriate nickname Postman Pat before he was appointed captain. He is accorded this handle because he regularly delivers, often providing Australia with a wicket when it's needed," Chappell wrote in his column for ESPNcricinfo. "T...
Juan Ferrando leaves FC Goa, set to join ATK Mohun Bagan
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Juan Ferrando leaves FC Goa, set to join ATK Mohun Bagan

FC Goa head coach Juan Ferrando is set to join ATK Mohun Bagan after having triggered a release clause in his contract, allowing him to leave the club with immediate effect. FC Goa president and co-owner Akshay Tandon confirmed the development on Sunday through a series of tweets. The 40-year-old Spanish coach is set to take charge of ATK Mohun Bagan, who parted ways with Antonio Habas on Saturday, after a string of poor results saw the side slip to the bottom half of the points table. “With disappointment I’d like to confirm that @JuanFerrandoF has triggered his release clause, obliging us to release him of his duties so that he can join @atkmohunbaganfc. As long the money gets deposited in our accounts, we do not have a choice in his decision,” Tandon tweeted. With dis...