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ISL: SC East Bengal’s winless streak continues, draw 1-1 against Hyderabad FC | Football News – Times of India
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ISL: SC East Bengal’s winless streak continues, draw 1-1 against Hyderabad FC | Football News – Times of India

BAMBOLIM: SC East Bengal continued their winless streak after being held to a 1-1 draw by Hyderabad FC in an Indian Super League match here on Thursday. The draw helped the Nizams to jump into second place on the points table and extend their unbeaten run to six matches. The Red & Gold Brigade, however, remained winless in eight matches. Amir Dervisevic (20th minute) gave SC East Bengal an early lead against the run of play with a brilliant free-kick but Bartholomew Ogbeche (35th) scored with a header to bring the match level. Joel Chianese was the first to test Arindam Bhattacharjya in the 12th minute after a cautious start from both teams. However, it was SC East Bengal that went into the lead thanks to a powerful direct free-kick from outside the box by Amir Dervisevic. The midfi...
PKL: Gujarat Giants beat Jaipur Pink Panthers 34-27 | More sports News – Times of India
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PKL: Gujarat Giants beat Jaipur Pink Panthers 34-27 | More sports News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Gujarat Giants beat Jaipur Pink Panthers 34-27 in a Pro Kabaddi League match here on Thursday. Girish Maruti Ernak secured seven tackle points and was ably accompanied by teammate Parvesh Bhainswal (4 raid points) as Gujarat secured an important victory to open their campaign. Jaipur didn't have the raiding strength against a well-oiled Gujarat defence but will take positives from a tactically-fought match. The match started as expected with both defences thwarting the raiders. The first 10 minutes of the match saw no multi-points raids despite both sets of raiders struggling to make an impact. #SuperhitPanga ke doosre din ki shuruaat - Ek aur Blockbuster ke saath! 😍@GujaratGiants beat @JaipurPanthers in a… https://t.co/CXNu2qIx9y— ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) 1640271904000The fi...
If possible, I would play for KKR forever: Shubman Gill | Cricket News – Times of India
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If possible, I would play for KKR forever: Shubman Gill | Cricket News – Times of India

KOLKATA: The talented Shubman Gill said that given a choice he would like to play for Kolkata Knight Riders forever. Gill, who is currently nursing a shin injury which is keeping him out of the South Africa tour, was released by the KKR management, who retained Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer and Varu Chakravarthy. Once seen as KKR's future captain, the 22-year-old Indian opener was among the likes of Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthiik, Rahul Tripathi and Nitish Rana to be released. "The kind of bond I have with the KKR franchise is something really special to me," Gill said in a short-film titled 'Love, Faith and Beyond'. "Once you're associated with a franchise you would want to carry on and play with them forever... And if I would be able to play in purple and gold, I would pla...
SC East Bengal’s winless streak continues, draw 1-1 against Hyderabad
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SC East Bengal’s winless streak continues, draw 1-1 against Hyderabad

SC East Bengal continued their winless streak after being being held to a 1-1 draw by Hyderabad FC in an Indian Super League match here on Thursday. The draw helped the Nizams to jump into second place on the points table and extend their unbeaten run to six matches. The Red & Gold Brigade, however, remained winless in eight matches. Amir Dervisevic (20th minute) gave SC East Bengal an early lead against the run of play with a brilliant free-kick but Bartholomew Ogbeche (35th) scored with a header to bring the match level. .@HydFCOfficial and @sc_eastbengal played out a hard-fought draw! 💪 Here's all the action, ICYMI 🙌#ISLRecap #HFCSCEB #HeroISL #LetsFootball pic.twitter.com/X1Gdo3AlsK — Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) December 23, 2021 Joel Chianese was the fi...
U-19 Asia Cup: India thrash UAE in opener | Cricket News – Times of India
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U-19 Asia Cup: India thrash UAE in opener | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: Harnoor Singh struck a fine hundred before the Indian bowlers ran through the opposition to complete a 154-run rout of UAE in their opening U-19 Asia Cup match here on Thursday. Put in to bat, India put up 282 for five, courtesy Harnoor's 120 off 130 balls and skipper Yash Dhull's 63 off 68 balls. Rajvardhan Hangargekar's unbeaten 48 off 23 balls provided the final flourish. UAE used as many as nine bowling options at the ICC Academy Ground but the move did not help their cause. A solid show with the bat 💪A fine display with the ball 👍India U19 commence their #U19AsiaCup campaign with a t… https://t.co/De8PFntBZI— BCCI (@BCCI) 1640265300000The home team's batters came a cropper against the Indian bowling line up, folding up for 128 in 34.3 overs. Hangargekar took three wickets fo...
Andy Murray accepts wild-card entry to Australian Open
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Andy Murray accepts wild-card entry to Australian Open

Five-time Australian Open runner-up Andy Murray received a wild-card entry Thursday for the tournament’s main draw. Murray last played at Melbourne Park in 2019, when he made a teary retirement announcement before undergoing a second hip surgery to extend his career. The former top-ranked Murray had also accepted a wild-card entry last year but didn’t go after testing positive for COVID-19 shortly before he was due to board a charter flight to Melbourne. “Andy is renowned for his fighting spirit, passion and love of the game and I’m delighted to welcome him back to Melbourne in January,” Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said. Five-time finalist @andy_murray is awarded a main draw wildcard. “Andy is renowned for his fighting spirit, passion and love of the ga...
PKL: Gujarat Giants beat Jaipur Pink Panthers 34-27, Dabang Delhi, Patna Pirates register wins
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PKL: Gujarat Giants beat Jaipur Pink Panthers 34-27, Dabang Delhi, Patna Pirates register wins

In the last match of the day, Patna Pirates beat the Haryana Steelers in a close match which ended 42-39 in favour of the Pirates on Thursday Earlier, Gujarat Giants beat Jaipur Pink Panthers 34-27 in a Pro Kabaddi League match. In another match, Dabang Delhi beat Puneri Paltan 41-30 with Naveen Kumar scoring 16 points. In the last match of the day, Haryana Steelers beat Patna Pirates 22-18. In the first match, Girish Maruti Ernak secured seven tackle points and was ably accompanied by teammate Parvesh Bhainswal (4 raid points) as Gujarat secured an important victory to open their campaign. Jaipur didn’t have the raiding strength against a well-oiled Gujarat defence but will take positives from a tactically-fought match. The match started as expected with both defence...
India vs South Africa: Bowling to Virat Kohli will be tough but exciting too, says SA’s comeback man Duanne Olivier | Cricket News – Times of India
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India vs South Africa: Bowling to Virat Kohli will be tough but exciting too, says SA’s comeback man Duanne Olivier | Cricket News – Times of India

CENTURION: Duanne Olivier had actually framed his Test cap with no hopes of a national comeback but after a surprise recall to the South Africa squad, the right-arm seamer is ready for a battle against none other than Virat Kohli. The 29-year-old Olivier, who made his debut in 2017, had 48 wickets from 10 Test matches before he decided on taking the KOLPAK route (which allows overseas players to play county cricket in the UK as it was then a part of the European Union) to represent Yorkshire. He harboured hopes of playing for England one day. However, with Britain exiting the European Union, Olivier's hopes were dashed and he was back in his land of birth, playing domestic cricket before being named in the Proteas side for the three Tests against India starting Sunday. "This will be the...
‘Conflict of Interest clause should be thrown in bin’
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‘Conflict of Interest clause should be thrown in bin’

“It’s over the top this conflict of interest. I really was not for it to that extent. Because you are not giving your own cricketers a chance. Now with the Indian team, I have my support staff who cannot work in the IPL. A masseur with the Indian team cannot work with an IPL team. Now how is that conflict of interest?” he said at The Indian Express eAdda. Shastri questioned the logic of the conflict of interest clause not applying to foreigners who work in Indian cricket. “Another country’s coach, can come and coach in an IPL team but you are not allowing your own players to do it. Conflict of interest is nonsense. For someone like me, not being allowed to do commentary (IPL) when I am the coach of India, how is that conflict of interest? I am not a selector of a team. Ho...
CABI pick 14-member Indian blind team for home series against Bangladesh | Cricket News – Times of India
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CABI pick 14-member Indian blind team for home series against Bangladesh | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) has selected a 14-member squad for the three-match ODI and T20 series against Bangladesh starting on Friday at Bhopal. The captain of both squads is Sunil Ramesh from Karnataka while Deepak Malik from Haryana will be his deputy. Meet Our New Captain Sunil Ramesh 🔥🔥#OtherMenInBlue #TeamIndia #BCCI #IndvsBang #blindcricket #IndusindBank https://t.co/xH7gvUue9R— Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) (@blind_cricket) 1640169235000The bilateral series, to end on December 29, will be played at Bhopal's Faith Cricket Club. Welcome, Bangladesh Blind Cricket Team 👋#OtherMenInBlue #TeamIndia #BCCI #IndvsBang #blindcricket #IndusIndBank https://t.co/4R0WQtscgk— Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) (@blind_cricket...
The open-chested Predator
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The open-chested Predator

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 Neil D’ Costa remembers the muffled respect in the voice of Marnus Labuschagne earlier this year. Labuschagne, who averages over 60 in Test cricket, was talking about Mohammed Siraj to his personal batting coach D’Costa. “He dangles it in and suddenly gets to hold its line. Have to be careful against this bloke”. He would get out to Siraj in the leg-side trap in Melbourne, Siraj’s first Test in tha...
Liverpool v Leeds, Wolves v Watford games postponed due to rising COVID-19 cases | Football News – Times of India
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Liverpool v Leeds, Wolves v Watford games postponed due to rising COVID-19 cases | Football News – Times of India

COVID-19 cases in the visiting teams have forced the postponement of the Liverpool v Leeds United and Wolverhampton Wanderers v Watford games scheduled for Boxing Day, the Premier League announced on Thursday. The number of Premier League games called off due to COVID-19 outbreaks is now up to 12 in the last two weeks but the League said it was their intention to continue playing fixtures "where safely possible". "Following postponement requests from Leeds United and Watford as a result of COVID-19, the Premier League Board met this morning and regrettably agreed to call off the two affected clubs' Boxing Day fixtures," it said in a statement. "The Board today was able to make its decisions in advance of Boxing Day to give clarity to clubs and their supporters. We apologise for the inco...
Andy Murray handed wild card in Australian Open main draw | Tennis News – Times of India
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Andy Murray handed wild card in Australian Open main draw | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Former world number one Andy Murray has been handed a wild card into the main draw of next month's Australian Open, the tournament organisers said on Thursday. The Briton, down at 134th in the world rankings after long injury lay-offs due to hip surgery, has reached the final five times at Melbourne Park - the last of them in 2016 - though has never claimed the crown. Five-time finalist @andy_murray is awarded a main draw wildcard.“Andy is renowned for his fighting spirit, passio… https://t.co/49borJ7WJP— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) 1640257315000"I'm really excited to be back playing at the Australian Open," the 34-year-old said. "I've had some great times in Australia playing in front of the amazing crowds and I can't wait to step back out on court at Melbourne Park." Murray,...
Shastri at e-Adda: Heard Virat on captaincy, now Ganguly needs to speak
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Shastri at e-Adda: Heard Virat on captaincy, now Ganguly needs to speak

INDIA’S LIMITED-OVERS captaincy change could have been handled better “with good communication”, and now that Virat Kohli has given his side of the story, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has to present his version, former India head coach Ravi Shastri said on Thursday. Speaking at The Indian Express eAdda, Shastri said: “I have been part of this system for many years, I was part of this team for the past seven years. With good communication, this can be handled much, much better, instead of it being out in the public domain. Virat has given his side of the story, it needs the president of the board to come and give his side of the story, or give some clarification on whatever has happened. That is all.” According to Shastri, it is not about whether Kohli or Ganguly was lying...
Suspended NDTL gets back WADA recognition: Sports Minister Anurag Thakur reveals | More sports News – Times of India
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Suspended NDTL gets back WADA recognition: Sports Minister Anurag Thakur reveals | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Sports Minister Anurag Thakur on Thursday said that the World Anti-Doping Agency has restored the accreditation of the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL), which was suspended in 2019 because of its failure to meet global standards. The NDTL is based in the national capital. "National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) regains the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accreditation," Thakur posted on his official Twitter page. "Restoration of accreditation is a boost to India's efforts to achieve the highest global standards of excellence in sport. This is the result of untiring efforts by GOI (Government of India)," he added. National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) regains the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accreditation.Restoration of… https://t.co/Wg7SUW0WGD— Anurag Thakur (@ia...
Abid Ali advised two months’ rest after angioplasty | Cricket News – Times of India
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Abid Ali advised two months’ rest after angioplasty | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: Pakistan opener Abid Ali has been advised two months' rest after he underwent a second procedure for a heart condition on Thursday. The Pakistan Cricket Board also confirmed the development. Abid was rushed to the hospital earlier this week when he complained of severe chest pain while batting during a Quaid-e-Azam Trophy match. Cardiac surgeons after several tests diagnosed that Abid was suffering from "acute coronary syndrome" which basically means blockage of blood flow into part of his heart. The opener underwent an angioplasty procedure to have a stent inserted on Wednesday while a second procedure was carried out on Thursday to insert a second stent. A reliable source close to the player said that doctors had told Abid he needed to take two months complete rest before he ...
Bajrang Punia stresses on taking balanced diet during school visit | More sports News – Times of India
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Bajrang Punia stresses on taking balanced diet during school visit | More sports News – Times of India

PANIPAT: Tokyo Olympics bronze medal winning wrestler Bajrang Punia emphasised on the significance of balanced diet in an athlete's career when he interacted with students at Aarohi Model School on Thursday. Bajrang met students of 75 schools from four districts during the visit under the 'Meet the Champions' initiative. The grappler also promoted Indian traditional sports by participating in a game of Kho - Kho with the students. He even showed them some easy-to-do fitness exercises. "I am very happy that I have come to this school, it reminds me of my school days because even though I come from a village in Haryana and coming back here is like coming back to school," Bajrang said. "India has one of the largest and youngest populations in the world, but we still get so few Olympic meda...
My job is not to butter everyone’s toast… If my statement on Kuldeep hurt Ashwin, I’m glad I made that statement: Ravi Shastri
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My job is not to butter everyone’s toast… If my statement on Kuldeep hurt Ashwin, I’m glad I made that statement: Ravi Shastri

Ravi Shastri said if his remarks directed at Ravichandran Ashwin during the Australia tour hurt the off-spinner, then he was ‘happy’ to have made those comments. Defending his tough-love style of coaching, the former Indian cricket team coach, who was the guest at The Indian Express’ eAdda on Thursday, said he had no agenda while picking a player. “My job is not to butter everyone’s toast. My job is to state facts without agenda,” Shastri said, adding: “If my statement on Kuldeep (Yadav) hurt Ashwin, I’m glad I made that statement. It made him do something different.” In a recent interview with ESPNcricinfo, Ashwin spoke about his disappointment when, after a Kuldeep five-for against Australia in Sydney in 2019, Shastri called the chinaman bowler “India’s No. 1 overseas spi...
Collingwood to stand in as England coach for West Indies series | Cricket News – Times of India
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Collingwood to stand in as England coach for West Indies series | Cricket News – Times of India

Former England captain Paul Collingwood will stand in as head coach for England's five-match Twenty20 International series against West Indies next month, the country's cricket board (ECB) said on Thursday. Regular head coach Chris Silverwood will take a break following the ongoing Ashes series against Australia, with Marcus Trescothick joining Collingwood as an assistant coach. Eoin Morgan will captain the squad. Collingwood was at the T20 World Cup earlier this year with England before going to the Ashes, but flew back to Britain last week. Of the 16 players named in the squad, 11 travelled to the World Cup, with uncapped left-arm seamer David Payne earning a maiden call-up to the England T20I team. "We have selected a strong squad with some serious batting power and a balanced attack...
If possible, I would play for KKR forever: Shubman Gill
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If possible, I would play for KKR forever: Shubman Gill

The talented Shubman Gill said that given a choice he would like to play for Kolkata Knight Riders forever. Gill, who is currently nursing a shin injury which is keeping him out of South Africa tour, was released by the KKR management, who retained Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer and Varun Chakravarthy. Once seen as KKR’s future captain, the 22-year-old Indian opener was among the likes of Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik, Rahul Tripathi and Nitish Rana to be released. “The kind of bond I have with the KKR franchise is something really special to me,” Gill said in a short-film titled ‘Love, Faith and Beyond’. “Once you’re associated with a franchise you would want to carry on and play with them forever… And if I would be able to play in purple and gold, I would play ...