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Day: December 20, 2021

Harjinder Singh appointed India’s Chef de Mission for Beijing Winter Olympics | More sports News – Times of India
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Harjinder Singh appointed India’s Chef de Mission for Beijing Winter Olympics | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Indian Olympic Association of India (IOA) on Monday appointed Ice Hockey Association of India's general secretary, Harjinder Singh, as the Chef de Mission of the country's contingent for the upcoming 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Singh was the Chef de Mission of the Indian contingent for the 23rd Winter Olympic Games too, which was held in Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018. IOA president Narinder Batra shared two pictures of him with Singh after the latter's appointment. The Beijing Games, the 24th edition of the showpiece that started way back in 1924, will be held from February 4 to 20. US, UK, Australia, Lithuania and Canada have decided to boycott the Beijing Winter Olympics due to the alleged human rights abuse in China. But Russian President Vladimir Putin recentl...
Shopkeeper’s son in India u-19, one of many from small towns
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Shopkeeper’s son in India u-19, one of many from small towns

A SMALL general provisions store in Kotgaon, Ghaziabad, has been the centre of attention since Sunday evening, when Siddharth, son of the shopkeeper Shravan Yadav, was selected to represent the country. The top-order batsman is part of the India under-19 squad for the upcoming Asia Cup, followed by the World Cup in January. The senior Yadav is elated, so are his customers. As Shravan narrates his son’s journey, the telephonic conversation is frequently punctuated by “Aapko bhi bohot mubarak ho (congratulations to you too)”, as the father exchanges greetings with the regulars at his shop. Siddharth’s story is not dissimilar to that of several others from India’s smaller towns not traditionally known for producing cricketing talent. The presence in the team of players from across the coun...
premier league:  Premier League to plough through festive schedule despite Covid surge | Football News – Times of India
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premier league: Premier League to plough through festive schedule despite Covid surge | Football News – Times of India

Premier League clubs have agreed to continue playing games scheduled over the festive period despite several fixtures being postponed due to a surge in Covid-19 cases, the League announced after a meeting between all teams on Monday. Ten Premier League games have been postponed this month due to outbreaks amid a busy schedule where teams are set to play three times between Boxing Day and January 3. Only four of this weekend's 10 fixtures were played after teams told the Premier League they were missing players due to Covid-19. "While recognising a number of clubs are experiencing Covid-19 outbreaks and challenges, it is the League's collective intention to continue the current fixture schedule where safely possible," the Premier League said. It was confirmed at a #PL club meeting today ...
premier league:  Premier League set to plough through festive schedule despite Covid surge | Football News – Times of India
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premier league: Premier League set to plough through festive schedule despite Covid surge | Football News – Times of India

Premier League clubs have agreed to continue playing games scheduled over the festive period despite a surge in Covid-19 cases postponing several fixtures, the BBC reported on Monday. Ten Premier League games have been postponed this month due to outbreaks amid a busy schedule where teams are set to play three times between Boxing Day and Jan. 3. Only four of the 10 weekend's fixtures were played after teams told the Premier League they were unable to name a full strength side. Clubs will be expected to play games so long as they have 13 outfield players and a goalkeeper, the BBC said. The Premier League did not immediately respond to a request for comment. There could be some adjustment of the schedule for Cup games, though, with talks between clubs and authorities to scrap FA Cup repl...
India vs South Africa series to be held behind closed doors due to Covid-19 | Cricket News – Times of India
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India vs South Africa series to be held behind closed doors due to Covid-19 | Cricket News – Times of India

South Africa's upcoming home cricket series against India will be played without spectators due to a wave of Covid-19 infections, Cricket South Africa (CSA) said on Monday. South Africa host India in a three-Test series beginning on Sunday in Centurion. The teams are also scheduled to play three one-day internationals starting from January 19. ANNOUNCEMENT🚨 Tickets for the upcoming #SAvIND tour will not be made available after both cricket bodies took a j… https://t.co/upOn0MgIkR— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) 1640008847000The South African board said in a statement that the decision to play behind closed doors had been taken jointly with the Indian cricket board (BCCI). "This decision was taken in order to avoid any breaches that could compromise the tour from a Covid-risk perspe...
Premier League to plough through festive schedule despite Covid surge
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Premier League to plough through festive schedule despite Covid surge

Premier League clubs have agreed to continue playing games scheduled over the festive period despite several fixtures being postponed due to a surge in COVID-19 cases, the league announced after a meeting between all teams on Monday. Ten Premier League games have been postponed this month due to outbreaks amid a busy schedule where teams are set to play three times between Boxing Day and Jan. 3. The Premier League released a statement shortly after the meeting saying that a record 90 new COVID-19 cases were detected among players and staff in the past week, a significant increase from its total of 42 in the previous round on Dec. 6-12.”The safety of everybody is a priority and the Premier League is taking all precautionary steps in light of the recent rise in COVID-19 cases...
Post mortem from the Ashes
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Post mortem from the Ashes

England seamers bowl too short in first innings In a mind-boggling repeat of what transpired four years ago at the same venue, England bowled far too short and to disastrous effect. Statistics showed that on Day One, only five per cent of their deliveries would have hit the stumps. It caught every expert by surprise. “When only five per cent of the deliveries England bowled on the opening day were going on to hit the stumps, how did they expect to bowl Australia out?” Jason Gillespie, former Australia bowler, would gasp in his column in Daily Mail. “I wouldn’t anticipate the proportion being as high as 50 per cent but challenging that off-stump regularly has simply got to be part of a team’s bowling plan. Without it, you’re taking out two dismissals instantly — bowled and l...
I think I have been lucky against India but Kanpur Test was reassuring: Kyle Jamieson | Cricket News – Times of India
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I think I have been lucky against India but Kanpur Test was reassuring: Kyle Jamieson | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Kyle Jamieson has had a fair degree of success in four of the five Tests that he has played against India but the giant New Zealand seamer attributes a lot of it to the groundwork done by senior bowlers Trent Boult and Tim Southee. The fastest New Zealander to reach 50 wickets (in 9 Tests), Jamieson, during an interview with PTI, said that he still has a "long way to go" and "learn a lot" in terms of skills in white ball cricket. "It's still a long way from where I am now to where I want to be in my career. Lot of things to learn, skills in white ball cricket as I go along the way," Jamieson said in an interaction facilitated by Amazon Prime Video, which will start streaming cricket matches live from January 1, 2022. It has secured the rights for live streaming of New Zealand...
Srihari Nataraj makes it a hat-trick of records at World Championships | More sports News – Times of India
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Srihari Nataraj makes it a hat-trick of records at World Championships | More sports News – Times of India

ABU DHABI: Star Indian swimmer Srihari Nataraj continued his record-breaking spree at the FINA short course World Championships on Monday, registering his third 'Best Indian time' in the tournament. The 20-year-old clocked 48.65s in the men's 100m freestyle event to better Sajan Prakash's best Indian performance. However, the timing wasn't enough to take the Bengaluru swimmer to the semifinals as he finished 38th in the overall heats and only the top 16 swimmers move forward. Nataraj, who competed at the Tokyo Olympics after becoming the second Indian swimmer after Prakash to breach the 'A' qualifying time for the Olympics, had lodged 'Best Indian times' in the 50m and 100m backstroke events last week. Delhi's Kushagra Rawat clocked 15:07.86s in the men's 1500m freestyle to finish 21st ...
Sindhu, Srikanth and Lakshya to headline India Open 2022 | Badminton News – Times of India
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Sindhu, Srikanth and Lakshya to headline India Open 2022 | Badminton News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu, reigning world championships runner-up Kidambi Srikanth and bronze winner Lakshya Sen will be the top draw at the 2022 India Open, scheduled from January 11-16 in the national capital. The $400,000 prize money tournament, which will be held without spectators owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, is part of the HSBC BWF World Tour Super 500. Also headlining the tournament will be newly-crowned world champion Loh Kean Yew. Singapore's Yew, who created history in Huelva, Spain recently by becoming the first-ever unseeded player in the open era to win the world championships, will lead the international line-up at the 2022 BWF season opener. Former world No. 1 Srikanth has been named the top seed in the men's singles category followed by the 2019 ...
Smith hails ‘exceptional’ Starc after Australia win second Test | Cricket News – Times of India
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Smith hails ‘exceptional’ Starc after Australia win second Test | Cricket News – Times of India

ADELAIDE (Australia): Marnus Labuschagne won man-of-the-match for scoring a century and a fifty in Adelaide, but it was "exceptional" Mitchell Starc who was praised by stand-in Australia captain Steve Smith after England were beaten by 275 runs in the second Ashes Test. The left-arm seamer led from the front after his regular partners Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood were both ruled out of the Adelaide day-night clash, replaced by inexperienced pair Jhye Richardson and Michael Neser. Starc took 4-37 to help skittle England for 236 in the first innings and a fiery 2-43 as they were bowled out for 192 on Monday. "They all bowled exceptionally well as a group, led by Mitchell Starc," said Smith, captaining the side for the first time in nearly four years after Cummins was ruled out as a clos...
PV Sindhu appointed BWF’s Athletes’ Commission member | Badminton News – Times of India
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PV Sindhu appointed BWF’s Athletes’ Commission member | Badminton News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India's two-time Olympic medallist shuttler PV Sindhu was on Monday appointed as a member of the Badminton World Federation's (BWF) Athletes' Commission. The-26-year-old former world champion was named alongside five others who will serve as members till 2025. "BWF is pleased to announce the six members of the BWF Athletes' Commission 2021 – 2025: Iris Wang (USA), Robin Tabeling (NED), Greysia Polii (INA), Kim Soyeong (KOR), Pusarla V Sindhu (IND), Zheng Si Wei (CHN)," the BWF said in a statement. Some big names have been voted onto the BWF Athletes' Commission 2021-2025.Read 👉 https://t.co/dyAmesmTcp https://t.co/yLF7ookrEl— BWF (@bwfmedia) 1639999200000The Chair and Deputy Chair will be decided among the six members. "The new Commission will meet soon and decide the Chair a...
Joe Root takes heart from England rearguard action | Cricket News – Times of India
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Joe Root takes heart from England rearguard action | Cricket News – Times of India

ADELAIDE (Australia): England captain Joe Root said he was gutted on Monday to lose another Ashes Test but would take confidence from the way his side battled to take the day-night clash in Adelaide to the final session. The visitors, spearheaded by a fighting 26 off 207 balls from Jos Buttler, batted through two sessions on day five after resuming on 82 for four chasing a nominal 468 to win. They ultimately succumbed to be all out for 192, crashing to a humbling 275-run defeat on the back of a nine-wicket loss in the first Test at Brisbane. But Root said he saw enough in that rearguard action to believe England could reverse their downward slide in the third Test in Melbourne, which begins on Sunday. "We have to believe, we need to learn and learn fast. We can't make the same mistakes ...
2nd Ashes Test: Great to have two bowlers out and still be able to dominate, says Labuschagne | Cricket News – Times of India
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2nd Ashes Test: Great to have two bowlers out and still be able to dominate, says Labuschagne | Cricket News – Times of India

ADELAIDE (Australia): Australia batter Marnus Labuschagne expressed happiness after his side defeated England in the second Ashes Test at the Adelaide Oval on Monday. Jhye Richardson scalped five wickets in the second innings as Australia defeated England by 275 runs in the second Ashes Test. With this win, Australia has gained a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. The Boxing Day Test will begin on December 26 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). "We really stuck it out there, and Davey batted very well and put the pressure on the bowlers. I tried to absorb the pressure and if you have a combination like that out there, it hands us the advantage. I do a bit of self-talk, especially when I congratulated myself on playing the bouncer by Stokes, as opposed to the one before that I played ...
FIFA touts billions to be gained from biennial World Cups
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FIFA touts billions to be gained from biennial World Cups

FIFA is making a financial pitch to win support for biennial World Cups. On the day it hoped to hold a vote for the overhaul of the game — before it was abandoned — FIFA claimed Monday that revenue would jump by $4.4 billion to $11.4 billion over four years, according to parts of a presentation seen by The Associated Press. FIFA President Gianni Infantino has faced opposition from the leaders of the European and South American confederations as well as the International Olympic Committee. But he has pushed ahead with trying to convince the 211 member associations of the merits of doubling the frequency of men’s and women’s World Cups, increasing the status of FIFA and diminishing the window for other major sports events to dominate. FIFA commissioned market research firm Ni...
FIR against Yasir Shah for helping friend, who molested girl
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FIR against Yasir Shah for helping friend, who molested girl

Police have registered an FIR against Pakistan Test leg-spinner Yasir Shah and his friend on the allegations of kidnapping, molesting and threatening a girl. The FIR was registered at the Shalimar police station in Lahore after the girl complained. The Pakistan cricketer is yet to respond on the issue. In the FIR, the girl has alleged that Yasir’s friend, Farhan kidnapped her on gunpoint, raped her, made videos of her and later made threats to her. Reports state that Yasir Shah has been named in a case registered at Islamabad's Shalimar Police Station for allegedly aiding in the rape and harassment of a 14-year-old girl — Saj Sadiq (@SajSadiqCricket) December 20, 2021 The girl has alleged that Yasir Shah helped his friend and later with Farhan threatened her that if she ra...
Gashimov Memorial chess: Anand beats Mamedyarov for first win
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Gashimov Memorial chess: Anand beats Mamedyarov for first win

Viswanathan Anand defeated Shakriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan in the Armageddon after the two-game mini-match ended in a draw for his first victory in the Rapid event of the 7th Vugar Gashimov Memorial chess tournament here on Monday. Earlier in the day, Anand had lost 0.5-1.5 to Sergey Karjakin in the fifth round. In the match against Mamedyarov, the Indian GM had drawn both the games before winning the Armegeddon in 31 moves. Players play the Armageddon style (single game where result is certainty) in case the two-game mini-match ends in a draw. In the Armageddon, White gets 5 minutes and Black gets 4 minutes, with 3-second increments starting after move 60. Black will have draw odds. The Indian No.1 lies in seventh place after five rounds with 4.5 points while Fabia...
Battling England succumb as Australia clinch second Ashes Test | Cricket News – Times of India
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Battling England succumb as Australia clinch second Ashes Test | Cricket News – Times of India

ADELAIDE (Australia): Australia ground down a battling England to win the second Test in Adelaide Monday and go 2-0 up in the Ashes series, leaving the visitors' dreams of winning back the hallowed urn in tatters. England resumed day five of the pink ball Test in deep trouble at 82 for four chasing a massive 468 to win, needing a miracle to salvage a draw. AS IT HAPPENED | SCORECARDThey gamely hung on into the final session, fighting a desperate rearguard action until ultimately crumbling to be all out for 192, crashing to a 275-run defeat. Jhye Richardson was the pick of the attack with 5-42. Two wins in two Tests, Australia are ruling the #WTC23 standings alongside Sri Lanka 🌟#Ashes | #AUSvENG https://t.co/LaICTLLvCZ— ICC (@ICC) 1639993864000England slumped by nine wickets in the firs...
Shoaib Malik’s nephew Mohammad Huraira becomes second youngest Pakistani to hit triple ton | Cricket News – Times of India
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Shoaib Malik’s nephew Mohammad Huraira becomes second youngest Pakistani to hit triple ton | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: Mohammad Huraira, a nephew of Pakistan's former captain Shoaib Malik, created history on Monday when he became the country's second youngest cricketer to score a triple century, in the ongoing Quaid-er-Azam Trophy. Huraira, who is playing in his debut first-class season scored the triple ton at the age of 19 years and 239 days. Huraira has become the second youngest cricketer in Pakistan's first-class history to reach the 300-run mark and the eighth overall to achieve this feat. MONUMENTAL EFFORT! 19-year-old Mohammad Huraira becomes the second youngest Pakistan batter to score a first-class… https://t.co/gpYfMqQvYY— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) 1639983670000This is the 23rd triple ton scored on Pakistan soil with Huraira being the 22nd player overall to score a 300 in Pakist...
Cricket South Africa to investigate Graeme Smith and Mark Boucher over racism allegations | Cricket News – Times of India
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Cricket South Africa to investigate Graeme Smith and Mark Boucher over racism allegations | Cricket News – Times of India

JOHANNESBURG: Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Monday announced it will launch a formal inquiry into the conduct of current director Graeme Smith and national team's head coach Mark Boucher after reviewing the Social Justice and Nation Building (SJN) Commission report. A 235-page final report submitted by the SJN Commission head Dumisa Ntsebeza had accused CSA administration, former captain and current director Smith, Boucher and former batter AB de Villiers of engaging in racial discrimination. The report alleged that the trio discriminated against the black players by not selecting them in the national team. "The formal inquiries will take place early in the new year. They will include formal inquiries into the conduct of Graeme Smith, the CSA Director of Cricket, and Mark Boucher, the c...