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Day: December 21, 2021

Bencic tests positive for COVID-19 after Abu Dhabi event, has ‘severe symptoms’ | Tennis News – Times of India
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Bencic tests positive for COVID-19 after Abu Dhabi event, has ‘severe symptoms’ | Tennis News – Times of India

Olympic tennis champion Belinda Bencic has tested positive for COVID-19 after her trip to Abu Dhabi and has "severe symptoms", she said on Tuesday, a day after Rafa Nadal announced he had also tested positive. Both players had travelled to Abu Dhabi to play in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship exhibition event last week. Nadal also said he was having some "unpleasant moments" after testing positive upon his return to Spain. "Unfortunately and even though I am fully vaccinated, I recently tested positive for COVID-19," Bencic said on Twitter. https://t.co/lJMMgxmef0— Belinda Bencic (@BelindaBencic) 1640097775000"I am currently isolating and taking all precautionary (measures) to get through this as best as possible as I am experiencing quite severe symptoms (fever, aches, chills). "...
Asian Champions Trophy Hockey: India lose 3-5 to Japan in semis, to play Pakistan in bronze medal clash | Hockey News – Times of India
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Asian Champions Trophy Hockey: India lose 3-5 to Japan in semis, to play Pakistan in bronze medal clash | Hockey News – Times of India

DHAKA: Defending champions and Olympic bronze medallist India dished out a below-par performance to suffer a stunning 3-5 defeat against Japan in the second semifinal of the Asian Champions Trophy men's hockey tournament on Tuesday. India were the overwhelming favourites before the start of the match after having thrashed the same opponents 6-0 in their last round robin match and also on head-to-head record, but the Japanese had other plans. A close encounter but not the result we wanted! A look at Team 🇮🇳's Semi-Final clash of the Hero Men’s Champions… https://t.co/E6jqGAyTyC— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) 1640096932000Japan were a completely different side on Tuesday as they toyed with the defence of the Manpreet Singh-led side from the beginning. The Indians were nowhere near their ...
Head coach Rahul Dravid’s chance to change his persona
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Head coach Rahul Dravid’s chance to change his persona

A leading man facing unprecedented pressure extending beyond the field, a coach looking to kickstart the stint by shedding his good boy image, and a buoyant pacer primed to breathe fire into the attack against an opposition led by a dogged man ready for tough contests and tougher conversations at home.India’s tour of South Africa is set to be the stage for overarching narratives. If Rahul Dravid were to trade his bat for a pair of boxing gloves, brandish a drooping moustache and grow long sideburns, he would still not acquire the meanness or ruggedness of a pugilist. Or for all his perfectionism, would struggle to slip into his favourite movie character, Gabbar Singh from Sholay. For, there is a deeply entrenched un-erasable image of Dravid as mellowed and measured, dignifi...
I am playing the best badminton of my life: Kidambi Srikanth | Badminton News – Times of India
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I am playing the best badminton of my life: Kidambi Srikanth | Badminton News – Times of India

HYDERABAD: Kidambi Srikanth arrived to a floral welcome at the Pullela Gopichand Academy here on Tuesday. The silver medallist at the World Championships says he is playing best badminton of his life now. Excerpts of an interview with the former world No.1. Srikanth, we had seen many players start their journey with this academy and they are on their own now. How long are you going to stay with this academy?Can you name a few players who left" PV Sindhu, ok, who else. I don't have any plans of leaving this academy. You have reached where no Indian man had so far. Do you think you are the greatest Indian men's singles player?I can't tell that I am the best. People have to tell. Personally, I feel I could do much better. If I win medal in all the big events then after I retire I may say. ...
Gashimov Memorial chess: Anand ends Rapid event with two more defeats
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Gashimov Memorial chess: Anand ends Rapid event with two more defeats

Indian chess maestro Viswanathan Anand lost both his matches in the Rapid event to end his campaign with just one victory at the 7th Vugar Gashimov Memorial chess tournament here on Tuesday. The former world champion Indian lost to Fabiano Caruana of USA 0.5-1.5 in his first match of the day before going down to lower-rated Azerbaijan player Vugar Asadli by the same margin. Anand’s only win in the Rapid section came against Shakriyar Mamedyarov in the sixth round on Monday. He finished with a tally of 5.5 points from seven rounds. His defeats came against Sergey Karjakin of Russia, Richard Rapport of Hungary, Rauf Mamedov of Azerbaijan and David Navara of Czech Republic. Anand will now compete in the Blitz event beginning on Wednesday. The Gashimov Memorial tournament t...
ISL: With new coach at helm, ATKMB beat NEUFC 3-2 in a thriller
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ISL: With new coach at helm, ATKMB beat NEUFC 3-2 in a thriller

Juan Ferrando got off to a winning start as ATK Mohun Bagan coach after his side scraped past a spirited NorthEast United FC 3-2 in a thrilling Indian Super League match here on Tuesday. Ferrando jumped ship from FC Goa to ATKMB after the Mariners let go off Antonio Lopez Habas in a dramatic turn of events over the last week. Clad in ATKMB travel polo, Ferrando looked unfazed by the noise around him and went about his job but was rocked early on as VP Suhair gave NorhEast United the lead in the second minute. Hugo Boumous (53rd, 76th) scored a brace after Liston Colaco (45th) equalised for ATKMB but Mashoor Shereef (87th) got the Highlanders in the game late on. In the end, the Kolkata side held firm and recorded their first win in four matches. ATKMB now have 11 points fro...
If there is one Indian bowler who can exploit South African conditions, it is Jasprit Bumrah: Dean Elgar | Cricket News – Times of India
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If there is one Indian bowler who can exploit South African conditions, it is Jasprit Bumrah: Dean Elgar | Cricket News – Times of India

JOHANNESBURG: South Africa captain Dean Elgar feels the Indian pace attack has improved immensely, especially in overseas, and Jasprit Bumrah is best placed to exploit the "spicy" conditions in the rainbow nation. India, who lost the series 1-2 back in 2018, are primed for their maiden Test series win in South Africa. The home team also lacks experience with the likes AB de Villiers, Dale Steyn, Faf Du Plessis, Hashim Amla and Vernon Philander, who were all part of the 2018 series, retired from the game. Bumrah had made his Test debut in that series and has gone on to become one of the leading bowlers in international cricket. In a virtual media interaction, Elgar acknowledged the Bumrah threat but said the whole Indian attack will be tough to face. "He (Bumrah) is a world class bowler....
Punjab beat UP 2-1 in shoot-out to win Senior National Men’s Hockey C’ship
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Punjab beat UP 2-1 in shoot-out to win Senior National Men’s Hockey C’ship

Punjab defeated Uttar Pradesh 2-1 in the shoot-out after both the teams failed to break the deadlock in regulation time to clinch the 11th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship title here on Tuesday. In the third-fourth place play-off game, Karnataka beat Maharashtra 5-2. In the final, the first half ended goalless between the two heavyweights. The deadlock continued in the second half as well, with neither of the teams coming close to scoring in regulation time. Punjab goalkeeper Kamalbir Singh emerged as the hero of the match, making as many as four saves in the shoot-out to help his team clinch the title. Speaking about his side’s victory, Punjab coach Balwinder Singh said, “As many as 10 players were playing the Nationals for the first time, so this win shows h...
Vijay hazare Trophy: Tamil Nadu crushes Karnataka to reach semi-finals
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Vijay hazare Trophy: Tamil Nadu crushes Karnataka to reach semi-finals

Tamil Nadu came up with a superb all-round performance to crush Karnataka by 151 runs to progress to the semifinals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy domestic 50-over tournament here on Tuesday. Sent in to bat by Karnataka captain Manish Pandey, Tamil Nadu first amassed 354 for eight in 50 overs and then dismissed the opposition for 203 inside 40 overs for a massive victory with medium-pacer R Silambarasan picking up four wickets to hasten the slide. Opening batter N Jagadeesan hammered 102 (101 balls, 9x4s, 1×6) and left-arm spinner R Sai Kishore, pushed up the order to go after the bowling, smacked 61 (71 balls, 4x4s, 3x6s) before the burly M Shahrukh Khan bludgeoned an unbeaten 39-ball 79 (7 fours, 6 sixes) to help Tamil Nadu pile up 350-plus score. That the last four overs yie...
Schedule for ISL second half released, league stage will run till March 5 | Football News – Times of India
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Schedule for ISL second half released, league stage will run till March 5 | Football News – Times of India

MARGAO: The second phase of the ongoing Indian Super League (ISL) season will kick off on January 10 and will be played over a 55-day period, tournament organisers Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL) announced on Tuesday. Defending champions Mumbai City FC are set to enter Christmas as league leaders but they are being pressured closely by Jamshedpur FC and Hyderabad FC -- two teams desperate for their first semi-finals appearance along with two-time winners Chennaiyin FC. The first leg will end on December 30 with Chennaiyin FC taking on Bengaluru FC. With only eight points separating the bottom-placed team from the top four, clubs will have enough opportunities to change the outcome of their season. Come January, the transfer market will also open and provide clubs an opportuni...
David Lloyd announces retirement from commentary, invokes Elton John | Cricket News – Times of India
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David Lloyd announces retirement from commentary, invokes Elton John | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: Former England cricketer and coach David 'Bumble' Lloyd on Tuesday announced that he will be leaving his role as a commentator with Sky Sports after a stint spanning over two decades, signing off by invoking famous British singer Elton John. The 74-year-old Lloyd has been a prominent voice for Sky Sports' cricket coverage since joining the team in 1999. He has commentated on momentous occasions such as Stuart Broad's 8/15 in the 2015 Ashes Test at Trent Bridge as England bowled Australia out for 60 on the first morning. In a statement on social media, Lloyd wrote: "After 22 wonderful years with Sky Cricket, I've decided the time is now right to pass on the microphone. https://t.co/LXhLYdnfmh— David 'Bumble' Lloyd (@BumbleCricket) 1640081214000"It's been an immense privilege to t...
Liverpool’s Naby Keita named in Guinea squad for Cup of Nations
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Liverpool’s Naby Keita named in Guinea squad for Cup of Nations

Guinea have included Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita in their extended 27-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon next month as they became the first team to name their final selection on Tuesday. Keita is likely to be the first of three players from the title-chasing Anfield club to be selected for the January 9 to February 6 competition along with Egyptian forward Mo Salah and Senegal striker Sadio Mane. Former Arsenal forward Kaba Diawara recently replaced Frenchman Didier Six as Guinea coach and has also selected the brother of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba. Defender Florentin plays for Sochaux in the French second tier. Keita is likely to come up against Mane, with Guinea drawn in Group B at the finals alongside Senegal, Zimbabwe and Malawi. They...
India among world’s top 3 dope violators in latest WADA report | More sports News – Times of India
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India among world’s top 3 dope violators in latest WADA report | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: An uptick in the number of offenders has taken India into the top-three of the world's biggest doping violators in a WADA report detailing the transgressions for the year 2019 with bodybuilding, weightlifting and athletics contributing majorly to the country's embarrassing record. In the latest report published by the World Anti-Doping Agency, 152 (17 percent of the world total) Anti-doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) were reported in India in 2019, leaving it third in the list with the maximum dope offenders coming from bodybuilding (57). Among Olympic sports, weightlifting leads the way with 25 ADRVs, followed by athletics (20) and wrestling (10). Boxing and judo reported four ADRVs each. Four cricketers were also found to have committed ADRVs in 2019. A lightweight in global s...
Mumbai wants Vengsarkar as mentor after Hazare Trophy debacle
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Mumbai wants Vengsarkar as mentor after Hazare Trophy debacle

Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar may don the role of mentor for the Mumbai Ranji team. The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) is keen to have him as a guide after a disastrous outing in the 50-over Vijay Hazare Trophy. The Indian Express also understands that the Apex Council has asked for the disbanding of the Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC) – comprising former Mumbai players Vinod Kambli, Jatin Paranjpe and Nilesh Kulkarni. The three are also deemed responsible for the poor performance and the Apex Council wants to appoint a new CIC. Mumbai finished last in Elite Group B of the Hazare Trophy, winning just one game out of four despite having players like Shivam Dube and Yashasvi Jaiswal in the side. “All issues were discussed and MCA took feedback from coach Amol...
Vijay Hazare Trophy: Himachal stun UP by five wickets, storm into semifinals | Cricket News – Times of India
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Vijay Hazare Trophy: Himachal stun UP by five wickets, storm into semifinals | Cricket News – Times of India

JAIPUR: Himachal Pradesh rode on a stroke-filed 99 by Prashant Chopra as they stunned Uttar Pradesh by five wickets to storm into the semi-finals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy on Tuesday. First, despite a 76 by Rinku Singh, UP could only manage 207/9 as the Himachal bowlers, led by pacer Vinay Galetiya (3/19), ripped apart the opposition line-up. Then, Chopra's sublime knock, and a quick-fire 58 by Nikhil Gangta saw Himachal chase down the total with 27 balls to spare. Put into bat at the Sawai Mansingh stadium, UP were reeling at 39/4 as Galetiya (3/19) wreaked havoc on their top-order. Pacer Siddharth Sharma got the first breakthrough when he trapped opener Abhishek Goswami (17) in the 8th over. Hamirpur-born Galetiya pegged back UP further by removing Aryan Juyal (9) and skipper Karan S...
Dhoni, Williamson two of the calmest guys in cricket: Mitchell Santner
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Dhoni, Williamson two of the calmest guys in cricket: Mitchell Santner

For a country with a population under five million, New Zealand’s prowess on the sporting stage has always appeared to be disproportionate. The country has produced several Olympic champions in rowing, sailing, canoeing and athletics and is a force in team sports such as rugby and cricket. Mitchell Santner, the New Zealand left-arm spinner, believes the country’s outdoors culture has played a key role in its sporting success. “I guess we are very fortunate in having a lot of space to run around. We play a lot of sports growing up, which is a culture. I did the same. I tried to play everything I could,” Santner tells The Indian Express. “Although cricket was my kind of No. 1 sport, I started taking it seriously when I was 16 or 17. I played golf, soccer, tried my hand at rug...
Tamil Nadu crush Karnataka to reach Vijay Hazare Trophy semi-finals | Cricket News – Times of India
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Tamil Nadu crush Karnataka to reach Vijay Hazare Trophy semi-finals | Cricket News – Times of India

JAIPUR: Tamil Nadu came up with a superb all-round performance to crush Karnataka by 151 runs to progress to the semifinals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy domestic 50-over tournament on Tuesday. Sent in to bat by Karnataka captain Manish Pandey, Tamil Nadu first amassed 354 for eight in 50 overs and then dismissed the opposition for 203 inside 40 overs for a massive victory with medium-pacer R Silambarasan picking up four wickets to hasten the slide. Opening batter N Jagadeesan hammered 102 (101 balls, 9x4s, 1x6) and left-arm spinner R Sai Kishore, pushed up the order to go after the bowling, smacked 61 (71 balls, 4x4s, 3x6s) before the burly M Shahrukh Khan bludgeoned an unbeaten 39-ball 79 (7 fours, 6 sixes) to help Tamil Nadu pile up 350-plus score. That the last four overs yielded 64 ru...
South Africa focused on beating India despite off-field woes | Cricket News – Times of India
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South Africa focused on beating India despite off-field woes | Cricket News – Times of India

JOHANNESBURG: Test captain Dean Elgar says he will not let the allegations of racist conduct that have come to light at Cricket South Africa in recent months become an excuse for failure as his side prepare to host India in a three-match series from Sunday. Director of cricket Graeme Smith, who denies the claims, and national team coach Mark Boucher were among a number of CSA employees implicated in "tentative findings" made by the Social Justice and Nation Building Ombudsman into alleged past discrimination. "What happens off the field for me is irrelevant now," Elgar told reporters on Tuesday. "As a playing unit we have been through such crappy times (amid the COVID-19 pandemic) that we have formulated such a good bond within our group. "We must be mindful that if things are bad off t...
I thought missing Olympics is not the end of the world, says Kidambi Srikanth after silver at worlds | Badminton News – Times of India
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I thought missing Olympics is not the end of the world, says Kidambi Srikanth after silver at worlds | Badminton News – Times of India

HYDERABAD: When he missed the Tokyo Games due to a mix of injuries and cancellation of qualifiers owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, shuttler Kidambi Srikanth said to himself that Olympics is not the end of the world. He was confident that his time would come and he worked towards it. Now, he is glad that his toil has paid off, evidence of which is a historic world championships silver medal in the men's singles competition. "Olympics... I was also disappointed. If you look at it, I was still the highest ranked player from India. But, some tournaments were supposed to happen for Olympics qualification. Nearly, seven to nine tournaments got cancelled," Srikanth said on Tuesday. "First part of the qualification, I could not play because of my injury. Second part, I was fully fit. But, tourna...
AC Milan striker Ibrahimovic injured for Empoli match: Stefano Pioli
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AC Milan striker Ibrahimovic injured for Empoli match: Stefano Pioli

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the club’s latest player to be ruled out with injury, Stefano Pioli said on Tuesday, as the Rossoneri look to end a recent winless run against Empoli before the winter break. The Rossoneri have lost important figures like Simon Kjaer, Ante Rebic, Olivier Giroud, Rafael Leao and Davide Calabria to injury in recent weeks, and the absences have coincided with a dip in form. “Ibra won’t be there tomorrow because of an overload on his knee,” Pioli told a news conference. Milan have picked up one point from their last three games in all competitions. A 1-0 defeat to Napoli on Sunday saw them drop to third place in Serie A, four points behind leaders Inter Milan, ahead of their trip to Empoli on Wednesday. “The number of muscular injuries in...