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India vs South Africa: ODI team selection pushed to end of this week as all eyes on Rohit Sharma’s fitness status | Cricket News – Times of India
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India vs South Africa: ODI team selection pushed to end of this week as all eyes on Rohit Sharma’s fitness status | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The BCCI has decided to delay the selection committee meeting for the ODIs in South Africa till the end of this month to get a clear picture on new white-ball captain Rohit Sharma's left-hamstring injury status. Rohit has been doing his rehabilitation programme at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) but it could still take some time for the Indian captain to regain full fitness. "The team selection meeting will happen after the first Test. It could be on December 30 or 31st but the BCCI is yet to take a final call. Rohit is pulling all stops to get fit but hamstring injuries are a bit different from other injuries. "It has been learnt that Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel are unavailable for selection. About Rohit, a call will be taken closer to the selection date," a senior BCC...
ISL: NorthEast United share spoils with Mumbai City in cliffhanger | Football News – Times of India
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ISL: NorthEast United share spoils with Mumbai City in cliffhanger | Football News – Times of India

FATORDA (Goa): Deshorn Brown's powerful hat-trick ensured Mumbai City FC remained winless after two matches as NorthEast United FC played out an intense 3-3 draw against the defending champions in a high-octane Hero Indian Super League clash on Monday. Brown scored in the 29th, 56th and 80th minute as Igor Angulo (33rd, 52nd) and Bipin Singh (40th) scored either side of his treble in a match that ebbed and flowed from start to finish. The result means Mumbai sit at the top of the pile with 16 points from eight games but have drawn after their 0-3 loss to Kerala Blasters. NorthEast United remain ninth having eight points from nine games. Mumbai bossed the initial exchanges with Cassio Gabriel and Jahouh pulling the strings in the middle of the park. Mohammad Nawaz did not have to warm hi...
Premier League had record 103 Covid-19 cases in past week | Football News – Times of India
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Premier League had record 103 Covid-19 cases in past week | Football News – Times of India

A record 103 positive Covid-19 cases were found among players and staff in the Premier League over the past week, the league said on Monday following a raft of fixture postponements during the busy festive period. "The League can today confirm that between Monday 20 December and Sunday 26 December, 15,186 Covid-19 tests were administered on players and club staff. Of these, there were 103 new positive cases," the league said in a statement. The figure has steadily increased in recent weeks with 42 cases between December 6-12 and 90 testing positive between December 13-19. The Premier League has had 15 games postponed so far due to Covid-19 outbreaks at various clubs. Watford, who have had three games called off so far, said they had welcomed back players who were previously isolating bu...
PKL: Tamil Thalaivas tie U Mumba 30-30 in a closely fought match | Pro-Kabaddi-League News – Times of India
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PKL: Tamil Thalaivas tie U Mumba 30-30 in a closely fought match | Pro-Kabaddi-League News – Times of India

BENGALURU: V Ajith Kumar's heroics with raids was not good enough for former champions U Mumba as they settled for a 30-30 tie against Tamil Thalaivas in their Pro Kabaddi League match on Monday. The raider scored 15 points in the match to help U Mumba take a lead after trailing for long periods, but a last-minute blunder by the season 2 champions helped Thalaivas escape with a tie, their second of the season. The first half began with Tamil Thalaivas defenders paying no respect for U Mumba. Captain Surjeet Singh, ably supported by Sahil Singh in the left corner, thwarted Mumbai raiders Abhishek Singh and V Ajith Kumar in successive attempts. With Manjeet and Bhavani Rajput, both lanky raiders with massive reach, impressing with their raids, the Thaliavas clinched their first ALL OUT in...
Hope I can repeat my success of England and Australia in South Africa too: Shardul Thakur | Cricket News – Times of India
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Hope I can repeat my success of England and Australia in South Africa too: Shardul Thakur | Cricket News – Times of India

CENTURION: Shardul Thakur has had a good initiation into Test cricket and the India seam bowling all-rounder wants to replicate his impressive show in Australia and England in the ongoing series against South Africa. Thakur has been preferred by the Indian team management ahead of Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav because of his superior batting skills. "I am looking forward to it. I hope it comes off in SA too as I have been successful in England and Australia, to contribute in South African conditions, I would be more than happy," Shardul told teammate Ravichandran Ashwin during a chat on bcci.tv. On an otherwise gloomy day in Centurion, here's something to brighten up your feed 👌🙂Of dance moves, comebacks an… https://t.co/bbHqyCZLsy— BCCI (@BCCI) 1640614521000For Shardul, who has 67 wick...
Indian hockey team wants to build on historic Tokyo Olympics campaign in 2022: Rani Rampal | Hockey News – Times of India
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Indian hockey team wants to build on historic Tokyo Olympics campaign in 2022: Rani Rampal | Hockey News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: From a historic fourth-place finish at the prestigious Tokyo Olympics to achieving the best-ever FIH World Rankings to bagging FIH Hockey Stars Awards 2021 in all categories, the year 2021 was a fairytale for the Indian women's hockey team. The Indian eves became the first of India's hockey teams to return to international hockey after the pandemic-enforced hiatus disrupted the calendar. The team began the Olympic year 2021 with an Argentina tour in January, followed by a four-match Germany tour in February. After having spent the following months at SAI Centre in Bengaluru, the Indian Women's Hockey team went on to script history at the Tokyo Olympics in August 2021. Rani-led India, who started their campaign with three losses, pulled off arguably one of the biggest upsets i...
‘Ridiculous’ to play Manchester City, Liverpool in 48 hours: Rodgers | Football News – Times of India
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‘Ridiculous’ to play Manchester City, Liverpool in 48 hours: Rodgers | Football News – Times of India

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers said it was "ridiculous" that they have to return to action against Liverpool just 48 hours after playing Manchester City given the growing injury list at the club. Rodgers' side host Liverpool on Tuesday following their extraordinary 6-3 defeat by the Premier League champions on Boxing Day, when Leicester were without a number of first-team regulars. "It's a ridiculous schedule, we all know that. Players aren't fully recovered for 72 hours after a game so for us to be playing on Tuesday against Liverpool is ridiculous," Rodgers said on Monday. "We have to play the game so there will be virtually no physical work, just recovery work and then we'll look at some videos and prepare from there." Ryan Bertrand did not feature at the Etihad Stadium on Su...
U-19 Asia Cup: India beat Afghanistan by four wickets to enter semi-final | Cricket News – Times of India
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U-19 Asia Cup: India beat Afghanistan by four wickets to enter semi-final | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: A match-winning 65-run seventh wicket stand between Raj Bawa and Kaushal Tambe ensured a fighting four-wicket victory for India over a gritty Afghanistan as they entered the semi-final of the U-19 Asia Cup tournament on Monday. Bawa (43 not out) and Tambe (35 not out) joined forced when India were in trouble at 197 for six but they kept calm to take the 'Boys in Blue' to their required 260-run target with 10 balls to spare. A 4-wicket win over Afghanistan U19 has ensured India U19’s qualification for the semi-final of #U19AsiaCup to be p… https://t.co/m5Gb9yzAET— BCCI (@BCCI) 1640611595000This was after in-form opener Harnoor Pannu (65) and his partner Angkrish Raghuvanshi (35) added 104 for the opening stand. However, the middle order caved in with skipper Yash Dull (26) and Nis...
Virus stopped Life
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Virus stopped Life

Written by Nitin Sharma, Mihir Vasavda, Shahid Judge, Shashank Nair, Devendra Pandey, Shivani Naik, Gaurav Bhatt The Pandemic year locked them in quarantines but athletes around the world found resilience to call time on people-pleasing and discovered their moral voice to say NO. Gymnast Simone Biles, tennis star Naomi Osaka and Virat Kohli spoke their minds and defied convention. The year also saw athletes discover the full potential of social media – not just the big names but even the hitherto unknowns from small towns became stars in their own right. There were also some breakthrough performances that will stand the test of time. The hockey captain who reawakened a country’s nostalgic pride, a Mumbai-born New Zealand cricket returned to his roots to create history, a ba...
India vs South Africa, 1st Test: 2nd day’s play washed out without a ball being bowled in Centurion | Cricket News – Times of India
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India vs South Africa, 1st Test: 2nd day’s play washed out without a ball being bowled in Centurion | Cricket News – Times of India

CENTURION: The Indian team will look to reset its first innings target after the second day's play in the opening Test against South Africa had to be called off without a ball being bowled due to heavy and persistent rain since morning on Monday. What started as a drizzle this morning became a steady downpour in the afternoon and with 90 overs lost in the game, Virat Kohli's men, sitting pretty at 272 for 3 after day one, will now have to quicken up the proceedings in the remaining three days with a high probability of winning the match. Scorecard | As it happenedTwice, the rain stopped and umpires decided on inspection but on both occasions just before they were to step out, heavens opened up once again. "Unfortunately, due to the large volume of rain today at Centurion, play has been ...
Flashback 2021: Athletes speak up on mental health and well-being | More sports News – Times of India
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Flashback 2021: Athletes speak up on mental health and well-being | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Year 2021 saw the second wave of COVID-19 which brought numerous changes to the dynamics in the field of sports, where many sportspersons shifted their focus from physical to mental health. In this digitally intrusive world, where people feel constantly scrutinized for every action of theirs, certain sporting stars like Ben Stokes, Naomi Osaka, Simone Biles created a new benchmark by prioritising their mental health over respective sports. The highlight of the year was definitely when the American gymnast Simone Biles who withdrew herself from much of the competition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in which she was favoured to come home with as many as five gold medals, citing her mental health concerns. The five-time medallist (four gold, one bronze) at Rio 2016 revealed tha...
ISL: NorthEast United share spoils with Mumbai in cliffhanger
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ISL: NorthEast United share spoils with Mumbai in cliffhanger

Deshorn Brown’s powerful hat-trick ensured Mumbai City FC remained winless after two matches as NorthEast United FC played out an intense 3-3 draw against the defending champions in a high-octane Hero Indian Super League clash here on Monday. Brown scored in the 29th, 56th and 80th minute as Igor Angulo (33rd, 52nd) and Bipin Singh (40th) scored either side of his treble in a match that ebbed and flowed from start to finish. The result means Mumbai sit at the top of the pile with 16 points from eight games but have drawn after their 0-3 loss to Kerala Blasters. NorthEast United remain ninth having eight points from nine games. Mumbai bossed the initial exchanges with Cassio Gabriel and Jahouh pulling the strings in the middle of the park. Mohammad Nawaz did not have to warm...
I League: Mohammedan start with win, Aizawl lose to Real Kashmir
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I League: Mohammedan start with win, Aizawl lose to Real Kashmir

Mohammedan SC defeated Sudeva Delhi FC 2-1 in an I-League match here on Monday to log home its first points. The Black Panthers maintained the ball possession in the opening play and started to create chances early on. Sudeva looked solid on the other side but the pressure was piling on. Sudeva Delhi were broken early on as SK Faiaz opened the scoring for Mohammedan in the 13th minute. He got on the end of a wonderful cross from captain Nikola Stojanovic to take the lead in the first 15 minutes. Goalscorer Faiaz received a yellow card in the 20th minute for simulation. The second half began in the same manner, as Mohammedan pressing high while Sudeva Delhi being under the pump. Another goal came for the Black Panthers in the 53rd minute as midfielder Brandon Vanlalremidk...
Hamstring worry cost Duanne Olivier place for India Test: Selector | Cricket News – Times of India
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Hamstring worry cost Duanne Olivier place for India Test: Selector | Cricket News – Times of India

CENTURION (South Africa): Duanne Olivier was recovering from Covid-19 and had suffered a mild hamstring strain according to South African selection convener Victor Mpitsang explaining why he was omitted for the first Test against India at SuperSport Park. The 29-year-old's non-selection was one of the big talking points of the first day on Sunday when India piled up 272 for three, with KL Rahul scoring 122 not out. Olivier was the inform bowler of the South African domestic season leading up to the Test series, with 28 wickets at an average of 11.10 in four first-class matches. With his ability to intimidate batsmen with fast, short-pitched deliveries, Olivier had been expected to play a key role in the Test team, especially after Anrich Nortje, the country's fastest bowler, was ruled o...
Hope I can repeat my success in England and Australia in South Africa too: Shardul
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Hope I can repeat my success in England and Australia in South Africa too: Shardul

Shardul Thakur has had a good initiation into Test cricket and the India seam bowling all-rounder wants to replicate his impressive show in Australia and England in the ongoing series against South Africa. Thakur has been preferred by the Indian team management ahead of Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav because of his superior batting skills. “I am looking forward to it. I hope it comes off in SA too as I have been successful in England and Australia, to contribute in South African conditions, I would be more than happy,” Shardul told teammate Ravichandran Ashwin during a chat on bcci.tv. On an otherwise gloomy day in Centurion, here's something to brighten up your feed 👌🙂 Of dance moves, comebacks and more – here's a fun Walk & Talk, featuring @ashwinravi99 & @imSha...
No clarity on Novak Djokovic’s participation, with ATP Cup days away | Tennis News – Times of India
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No clarity on Novak Djokovic’s participation, with ATP Cup days away | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: With players starting to arrive in Sydney for the men's season-opening ATP Cup, there was still no clarity on Monday whether top-ranked Novak Djokovic would be taking part in the team tournament or in the Australian Open that follows. There has been intense speculation over Djokovic's participation at the Australian Open, which starts on Jan. 17, with the 34-year-old, who is opposed to vaccinations, repeatedly declining to say if he has been inoculated against COVID-19. The rate of vaccination in the top 100 in men's tennis is 95%, according to ATP Tour data. With the organisers of the Grand Slam confirming that all players and participants at Melbourne Park must be vaccinated or have a medical exemption granted by an independent panel of experts, Djokovic has kept everyone g...
Klopp frustrated at EPL’s 3-sub rule as Covid-19 cases bite
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Klopp frustrated at EPL’s 3-sub rule as Covid-19 cases bite

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp became the latest Premier League manager to express his frustration at being allowed to make only three substitutions in a match at a busy time when many squads are being hit hard by coronavirus cases. England’s top division is one of the few leagues to decide against using five substitutions for matches. That measure was introduced in May 2020 to enable teams to cope better with the congested schedule when soccer resumed following a suspension due to the coronavirus, and has been retained on a permanent basis by most countries. Clubs in England voted to revert back to three subs for last season and this season. The issue has been reignited, though, because of COVID-19 outbreaks in many squads over the past month in the wake of an increase in ...
U19 Asia Cup: India beat Afghanistan by four wickets to enter semi-final
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U19 Asia Cup: India beat Afghanistan by four wickets to enter semi-final

A match-winning 65-run seventh wicket stand between Raj Bawa and Kaushal Tambe ensured a fighting four-wicket victory for India over a gritty Afghanistan as they entered the semi-final of the U-19 Asia Cup tournament here on Monday.) Bawa (43 not out) and Tambe (35 not out) joined forced when India were in trouble at 197 for six but they kept calm to take the ‘Boys in Blue’ to their required 260-run target with 10 balls to spare. This was after in-form opener Harnoor Pannu (65) and his partner Angkrish Raghuvanshi (35) added 104 for the opening stand. However, the middle order caved in with skipper Yash Dull (26) and Nishant Sindhu (19) failing to convert starts. It was left to Bawa and Tambe to take the team home. With this win, India were placed second in the group behin...
Bajrang begins 26-day training camp in Moscow ahead of busy season
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Bajrang begins 26-day training camp in Moscow ahead of busy season

Tokyo Olympics bronze medal-winning wrestler Bajrang Punia reached Moscow on Monday for a 26-day pre-season training camp scheduled till January 21. This is Bajrang’s first training stint after the performance in Tokyo. “This is my first training camp after the Olympics and I’m hoping this turns out to be a very good one,” mentioned Bajrang from Russia in a statement. “I’ve chosen Russia as its wrestlers win the most medals in the Olympic Games and World Championships. I will draw benefit from training with the experienced wrestlers here.” The Sports Ministry’s Mission Olympics Cell (MOC) approved his trip at an overall cost of Rs. 7.53 lakh. Jitender and Anand Kumar have accompanied Bajrang as his sparring partner and physiotherapist respectively. Bajrang is set to co...
Former Protea pacer reveals he felt paralysed before bowling to Sachin Tendulkar in 2006
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Former Protea pacer reveals he felt paralysed before bowling to Sachin Tendulkar in 2006

Facing former South African bowler Morne Morkel at his peak was the stuff of nightmares for many batsmen around the world. But according to the Proteas pacer himself, he was in complete awe of Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar and felt paralysed before bowling to him in the 2006 series. Morkel had made his debut in that series and he still remembers how his hands froze at the thought of bowling to the Little Master. “I’ll tell you what. When I made my debut in 2006… I bowled my first over to Sachin. I remember Polly (Shaun Pollock) game me the ball and I felt paralysed. I thought ok ‘I am going to have to bowl this ball,” he said on a Star Sports’ Cricket Live show. Sachin was simply sensational while touring South Africa, scoring six centuries in total. However, in the 2006/0...