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Day: December 24, 2021

ISL: FC Goa held to a 1-1 draw by Odisha FC | Football News – Times of India
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ISL: FC Goa held to a 1-1 draw by Odisha FC | Football News – Times of India

VASCO: FC Goa started off the Derrick Pereira era with a 1-1 draw against Odisha FC in an Indian Super League game here on Friday. In a game of two halves, the Gaurs saw themselves take the lead thanks to an Ivan Gonzalez goal before being pulled back in the second half when Odisha struck through their Brazilian striker Jonathas. Pereira, in his first game as FC Goa head coach decided to go for an unchanged XI with Edu Bedia again leading the side. The former Indian international was without the services of Glan Martins, Brandon Fernandes and Jorge Ortiz owing to injuries and suspensions. Kiko Ramirez, on the other hand, rang in five changes to his side with a view to bring to end Odisha's recent slide down the table which has seen them lose three of their last four games. Goa started t...
What inspired me most about Harbhajan Singh was his hunger to perform: Sourav Ganguly | Cricket News – Times of India
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What inspired me most about Harbhajan Singh was his hunger to perform: Sourav Ganguly | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: BCCI president Sourav Ganguly congratulated just-retired Harbhajan Singh on a glorious career, saying the one aspect of the veteran off-spinner that inspired him the most was his "hunger to perform". Harbhajan Singh called time on his career on Friday after an illustrious 23-year stint in international cricket. During his career, he won two World Cups -- the inaugural ICC World T20 in 2007 and then the ODI World Cup in 2011. He took 417 wickets in 103 Tests, 269 wickets in 236 ODIs and 25 scalps in 28 T20Is. "I congratulate Harbhajan Singh on a remarkable career. He has faced several challenges in his life, but Bhajji is not the one to give up. He has overcome many hurdles and put many setbacks behind him to rise every time. What inspired me the most about him was his hunger ...
PKL: Naveen Kumar stars in Dabang Delhi KC’s win over U Mumba | Pro-Kabaddi-League News – Times of India
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PKL: Naveen Kumar stars in Dabang Delhi KC’s win over U Mumba | Pro-Kabaddi-League News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Raider Naveen Kumar starred for his side as Dabang Delhi KC beat U Mumba 31-27 in a Pro Kabaddi League match on Friday. Kumar fetched 17 points and was the big difference in the tightly fought contest that saw U Mumba lead for a long time. The raiders, including Kumar, had a very slow start to the game with both sets of defenders keeping a high line and not even allowing bonus points. Mumbai raiders Abhishek Singh and Ajith Kumar had very little luck too and the score was tied 5-5 after the first 10 minutes. Delhi changed gears towards the half-time, Kumar once again instrumental, and had reduced U Mumba to a man on the mat. But Anil Shivam clinched a raid point and then a super tackle, to keep Mumbai in the game. The first half saw no all outs and ended 12-10 in Mumbai's fav...
I have no regrets when I look back, gained more than what I lost: Harbhajan Singh | Cricket News – Times of India
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I have no regrets when I look back, gained more than what I lost: Harbhajan Singh | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Harbhajan Singh did feel bitter during the dark phase of his career in 2015-16 as he was repeatedly overlooked but as he called time on his illustrious cricket career spanning 23 years, regret had no space in his mind even though he felt he could have got the timing better. In a freewheeling chat with PTI, he spoke about his journey, the captains he played under, how Indian cricket could do with a bit more empathy and also the infamous 'Monkeygate' and the emotional toll it took on him. All good things come to an end and today as I bid adieu to the game that has given me everything in life, I would l… https://t.co/AJe9OFjD7c— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) 1640335993000Excerpts: Do you feel that you announced the retirement a bit late?Well, I must admit that the timi...
FC Goa held to a 1-1 draw by Odisha FC
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FC Goa held to a 1-1 draw by Odisha FC

FC Goa started off the Derrick Pereira era with a 1-1 draw against Odisha FC in an Indian Super League game here on Friday. In a game of two halves, the Gaurs saw themselves take the lead thanks to an Ivan Gonzalez goal before being pulled back in the second half when Odisha struck through their Brazilian striker Jonathas. Pereira, in his first game as FC Goa head coach decided to go for an unchanged XI with Edu Bedia again leading the side. The former Indian international was without the services of Glan Martins, Brandon Fernandes and Jorge Ortiz owing to injuries and suspensions. Kiko Ramirez, on the other hand, rang in five changes to his side with a view to bring to end Odisha’s recent slide down the table which has seen them lose three of their last four games. It ...
Tamil Nadu beat Saurashtra by 2 wickets to enter Vijay Hazare Trophy final | Cricket News – Times of India
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Tamil Nadu beat Saurashtra by 2 wickets to enter Vijay Hazare Trophy final | Cricket News – Times of India

JAIPUR: Baba Aparajith smashed 122 to help Tamil Nadu eke out a two-wicket win over Saurashtra here on Friday, and enter the final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy One-Day Championship. This was after Saurashtra rode on a blistering 134 by Sheldon Jackson to post an imposing 310 for eight. But Saurashtra's effort was overshadowed by Aparajith's master-class coupled with half-centuries by his brother Indrajith (50) and Washington Sundar's (70) late cameo as TN chased down the stiff target in the final ball. TN needed seven runs off the final over and tail-enders R Sai Kishore (12 not out) and R Silambarasan (2 not out) brought it down to 1 off the last ball off medium-pacer Chirag Jani. Sai Kishore finished off the chase in style with a boundary. Earlier asked to bat, Saurashtra openers Vihars...
Long jumper Shaili Singh, swimmer Riddhima Kumar selected for TOPS support | More sports News – Times of India
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Long jumper Shaili Singh, swimmer Riddhima Kumar selected for TOPS support | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Under-20 World Athletics silver medal-winning long jumper Shaili Singh is among 50 sportspersons across eight disciplines who have been added to the Core Group of the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS), the Sports Ministry announced on Friday. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) on Thursday, where 143 athletes were included in the Development Group. By picking 50 athletes in the Core Group and 143 in the Development Group across eight disciplines in the second list, the MOC has increased the count to 291, including 102 in the Core Group. Athletes from as many as 13 Olympic disciplines and six Paralympic disciplines have been identified so far for support in their preparation for the 2024 Games. The 17-year-old Shaili, considered one of the b...
I am with Ravi Shastri, Conflict of Interest rule should be thrown in the bin: Madan Lal | Cricket News – Times of India
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I am with Ravi Shastri, Conflict of Interest rule should be thrown in the bin: Madan Lal | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former India pacer Madan Lal has supported Ravi Shastri's statement where he had said that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) should throw the rule of conflict of interest in the dustbin. As per the rule of conflict of interest, former players cannot perform different roles while doing one job in the administration. "I totally support what Ravi Shastri has said. Two rules that were made by the Lodha Committee, one is the conflict of interest. It should be thrown in the bin. It will bring mediocrity in cricket and those people will be in office who can be easily approached. Former cricketers should be holding the position in the office, as they can maintain the dignity of the game and the board," Madan Lal told ANI. "Secondly, the age factor that was changed from...
What inspired me most about Harbhajan was his hunger to perform: Ganguly
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What inspired me most about Harbhajan was his hunger to perform: Ganguly

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly congratulated just-retired Harbhajan Singh on a glorious career, saying the one aspect of the veteran off-spinner that inspired him the most was his “hunger to perform”. Harbhajan Singh called time on his career on Friday after an illustrious 23-year stint in international cricket. During his career, he won two World Cups — the inaugural ICC World T20 in 2007 and then the ODI World Cup in 2011. He took 417 wickets in 103 Tests, 269 wickets in 236 ODIs and 25 scalps in 28 T20Is. “I congratulate Harbhajan Singh on a remarkable career. He has faced several challenges in his life, but Bhajji is not the one to give up. He has overcome many hurdles and put many setbacks behind him to rise every time. What inspired me the most about him was his hunge...
Rishi Dhawan’s all-round show takes HP to Vijay Hazare Trophy final, to face TN | Cricket News – Times of India
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Rishi Dhawan’s all-round show takes HP to Vijay Hazare Trophy final, to face TN | Cricket News – Times of India

JAIPUR: Rishi Dhawan led from the front with an all-round show as Himachal Pradesh beat Services by 77 runs in the semi-final at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Friday, to set up the title clash against Tamil Nadu in the Vijay Hazare Trophy domestic One-Day championship. Batting at No 6, the Himachal Pradesh skipper top-scored with a 77-ball 84 to help his side recover from a mid-innings collapse and prop up a fighting 281 for six. In reply, Services were bundled out for 204 in 46.1 overs with Dhawan being the wrecker-in-chief with figures of four for 27 from 8.1 overs. Earlier, Dhawan hit nine boundaries and one six, and got perfect support from Akash Vasisht, who smacked four boundaries and two sixes in his quickfire 45 not out from 29 balls. Put on, Himachal lost Shubham Arora in the s...
Ex-India goalie Sanat Seth dies at 91
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Ex-India goalie Sanat Seth dies at 91

Former India goalkeeper Sanat Seth, who was part of the 1954 Asian Games squad, died on Friday after prolonged illness. Seth, 91, was suffering from age-related problems and breathed his last on Friday morning, according to family sources. He lost his wife last year and has left behind his son. Known for his acrobatic saves under the bar, Seth began his journey at the Eastern Railway FC in 1949 before moving to Aryan Club in 1951. He then moved to East Bengal in 1957 and the next year he joined their arch-rivals Mohun Bagan, where he played for six years. “I was born at Railway FC, Aryan is my uncle’s house while East Bengal and Mohun Bagan are my aunt’s places,” he had once said famously. He was part of the Manila Asian Games squad but he did not get a chance to play in th...
With second international medal, Aanchal eyes Winter Olympics
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With second international medal, Aanchal eyes Winter Olympics

A fall during the East Timor alpine skiing National Junior Championships in Kolasin, Montenegro, earned Aanchal Thakur a ‘DNF’ at the giant slalom event. That and muscle soreness in her left thigh. A day later though, on Thursday, at the Jamaica Ski Federation’s national championships, she won bronze to become the only Indian to win a second Internationale de Ski (FSI) – the world body – medal. The first medal came in 2018, when she won bronze at the FIS Alpine Edjer 3200 Cup in Turkey, a feat that announced her name on the international circuit. “The weather was very bad on Wednesday and when I had the fall, I felt soreness in my left thigh the entire day,” she told The Indian Express. “I had a good first run but then had the fall. The weather was better on Thursday, and I...
India vs South Africa: Rahul hints India will play five bowlers, admits it will be ‘tough call’ between Rahane and Iyer | Cricket News – Times of India
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India vs South Africa: Rahul hints India will play five bowlers, admits it will be ‘tough call’ between Rahane and Iyer | Cricket News – Times of India

CENTURION: India vice-captain KL Rahul on Friday indicated that the team will continue with its five-bowler strategy in the first Test against South Africa but agreed that the choice between Ajinkya Rahane and Shreyas Iyer for the number five slot is a tough one. India have been practising here for a week ahead of the opening match, starting Sunday, and the newly-appointed vice-captain believes that a good start is needed to set the tone in the Rainbow Nation where they have never won a Test series. Asked if playing four bowlers, which allows an extra batter in the line-up, becomes a workload management problem for the team, Rahul replied in an affirmative. "Every team wants to pick up 20 wickets to win a Test match. We have used that tactic and it has helped us in every Test match that...
Government approves Rs 8.16 lakh for fencer Bhavani Devi to compete in four FIE WCs | More sports News – Times of India
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Government approves Rs 8.16 lakh for fencer Bhavani Devi to compete in four FIE WCs | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India's first-ever Olympian fencer Bhavani Devi is set to take part in four international competitions in the next calendar year after the Sports Ministry sanctioned an amount of Rs 8.16 lakh to facilitate her participation in the events. According to a ministry statement, the amount was sanctioned via the Annual Calendar for Training and Competition (ACTC) scheme. Bhavani, who won her first round individual sabre event before going down in the Round of 32 match at the Tokyo Olympics earlier this year, will be taking part at a training camp in Tbilisi, Georgia from January 4, before competing at the International Fencing Federation (FIE) World Cup in the same city from January 14 to 16. She will then be competing at the World Cup in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, scheduled from January 2...
Burnley vs Everton match postponed due to Covid-19 cases and injuries | Football News – Times of India
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Burnley vs Everton match postponed due to Covid-19 cases and injuries | Football News – Times of India

Covid-19 cases and injuries at Everton forced the Premier League to accept the club's request for a postponement and called off their Boxing Day fixture away at Burnley, the league said on Friday. It is the 13th Premier League game to be called off due to Covid-19 and third Boxing Day fixture to be postponed after Liverpool vs Leeds United and Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Watford were called off on Thursday. Everton’s request to postpone their Boxing Day away fixture at Burnley has been approved following a Premier League… https://t.co/yXGbDsOPYj— Premier League (@premierleague) 1640345693000Everton manager Rafael Benitez said on Thursday that his club had a request to postpone Sunday's match rejected by the Premier League, adding it was unfair as he had six injuries and five players down...
I love playing freely & the team management has given me that freedom: Shreyas Iyer
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I love playing freely & the team management has given me that freedom: Shreyas Iyer

Having represented India in 54 white-ball games, Mumbai batter Shreyas Iyer made his long-awaited entry into Test cricket in Kanpur against New Zealand in November. After becoming the only Indian to make a century and a fifty on Test debut, a sterner challenge awaits the 27-year old on the South Africa tour, where he will be competing for a middle-order spot with Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari. Before leaving for South Africa, Iyer spoke to The Indian Express on his debut performance and his preparation for the upcoming big tour. Your Mumbai team-mate Siddhesh Lad once asked you to focus on white-ball cricket when you were not getting chances in red-ball. But you replied that red-ball lamba khelna hai [I want to play red-ball for a long time]. Tell us a bit more about tha...
Tendulkar, Kohli, Dravid pay tributes to Harbhajan Singh | Cricket News – Times of India
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Tendulkar, Kohli, Dravid pay tributes to Harbhajan Singh | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India's cricket fraternity raised a toast to veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh as he called time on his career on Friday, with bigwigs such as Sachin Tendulkar describing his journey a fulfilling one. Harbhajan, who last played for India in March 2016 in a T20 against UAE, had been contemplating retirement on a highly successful international career for quite some time now. During his 23-year stint in international cricket, he won two World Cups -- the inaugural ICC World T20 in 2007 and then the ODI World Cup in 2011. He took 417 wickets in 103 Tests, 269 wickets in 236 ODIs and 25 scalps in 28 T20Is. Recalling the innumerable memorable moments he shared with Harbhajan, batting icon Tendulkar wished the 41-year-old good luck for his "doosra phase." "What a wonderful & ...
Against South Africa, India need a united front, not a Virat Kohli dousing home fires
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Against South Africa, India need a united front, not a Virat Kohli dousing home fires

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 Just before the 2008 under-19 World Cup, the national junior selectors, in an inspired move, had decided on a leadership change. They replaced Tanmay Srivastava, a soft spoken Lucknow opener who gracefully carried his city’s gentility to the cricket field, with Virat Kohli, a West Delhi boy not known to give undue respect, or an undeserving inch, to rivals. What had then seemed like a minor tweak to...
India vs South Africa Test, ODI Series: Schedule, Squads, Venues, Telecast, Live Streaming — All you need to know
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India vs South Africa Test, ODI Series: Schedule, Squads, Venues, Telecast, Live Streaming — All you need to know

India vs South Africa 2021, Schedule, Squads, Live Streaming: For all its glorious history, India has never won a test series in South Africa and the chance to change that will be the focus for Virat Kohli’s top-ranked team on a monthlong tour spent in another coronavirus bio-bubble, this time amid the threat of the new omicron variant. Despite omicron, the three-test series goes ahead, starting on Sunday in Centurion, but with a tightening of virus protocols after South Africa first identified and announced to the world the existence of the highly contagious variant last month. India’s chances of finally cracking South Africa on its eighth test tour to the country are improved by a world-class and deep fast-bowling lineup led by Jasprit Bumrah, and with Ishant Sharma, Moha...
Harbhajan Singh: A match winner who gave it his all | Cricket News – Times of India
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Harbhajan Singh: A match winner who gave it his all | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: A small spot jump followed by a two step angular run-up and a fast action that hoodwinked batters. Harbhajan Singh would repeat this on sunny days, dreary afternoons and those nippy floodlit evenings for a decade at a stretch, winning matches for India. And then one day, it all came to a screeching halt. Not all beautiful love stories have perfect endings and one can bet that as he bid adieu to the cricket field, the 41-year-old would have ideally liked a happier ending to his cricketing script. But there shouldn't be any regrets as it was a lovely journey, full of experiences that make life worthwhile and anyone who knows him closely, would vouch that the 'R' word in his dictionary never stood for 'regret'. He was semi-retired for the past few years having last worn the Indi...