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jaipur pink panthers:  PKL: Ajith, Abhishek shine as U Mumba beat Jaipur Pink Panthers 37-28 | Pro-Kabaddi-League News – Times of India
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jaipur pink panthers: PKL: Ajith, Abhishek shine as U Mumba beat Jaipur Pink Panthers 37-28 | Pro-Kabaddi-League News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Young raider V Ajith Kumar and Abhishek Singh called the shots in style as U Mumba steamrollered past Jaipur Pink Panthers 37-28 in their Pro Kabaddi League match on Thursday. While Kumar had 11 points from 14 raids, Singh managed 10 points from 22 raids as U Mumba recorded their second win of the season. For Jaipur Pink Panthers, Arjun Deshwal was the only shining star as he picked up 14 points but sadly lacked support from his teammates. U Mumba won the toss and invited Jaipur Pink Panthers to make the first raid. Both the teams started on a cautious note as neither of them tried to take a strong hold of the match in the initial raids. Jaipur Pink Panthers took a slender lead at 2-1 when Abhishek Singh perished in a do-or-die raid. The Jaipur team continued to hold the lead...
West Ham’s Moyes says rules for postponing games unclear | Football News – Times of India
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West Ham’s Moyes says rules for postponing games unclear | Football News – Times of India

LONDON: West Ham United manager David Moyes said the rules for postponing Premier League matches are not being adhered to after as many as 16 games were called off this month due to injuries and COVID-19 related issues. The Premier League only grants a postponement if a club has fewer than 14 players -- 13 outfield and one goalkeeper -- available, with the board examining requests on a case-by-case basis. West Ham had their home game against Norwich City on Dec. 18 postponed due to injuries, COVID-19 cases and illness reported among players and staff in the visitors' camp. "We have five or six injuries so feeling it from there. I don't agree injuries should play a part of it but if you don't have enough to field a team is it right?" Moyes said on Thursday. "There's a lot I don't agree w...
Key to Rahul’s success: ‘Enjoying’ leaving balls outside the off-stump | Cricket News – Times of India
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Key to Rahul’s success: ‘Enjoying’ leaving balls outside the off-stump | Cricket News – Times of India

CENTURION: The more one leaves, the more one gains has been his mantra since the start of England tour, which was some sort of a second coming in Test cricket for KL Rahul. His talent was always unquestionable but translating it into consistent performances was an issue before the tour of England, where a classy ton at Lord's changed it all for the Karnataka man. And then Centurion happened where Rahul, believing in his philosophy of "less is better", curbed his once-infamous impetuosity, left a lot of deliveries outside the off-stump and waited for his moment. Rahul has understood it the hard way. Like in life, in cricket too, sometimes it is better to let go. In this case those deliveries on the corridor of uncertainty. "It is something that I am enjoying doing a lot at the moment. Th...
Neeraj Chopra shedding kilos as first step to breach 90m mark | More sports News – Times of India
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Neeraj Chopra shedding kilos as first step to breach 90m mark | More sports News – Times of India

Away from his home and the bustle of the "wedding season", the 24-year-old Olympic gold medalist is at Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Centre in San Diego, California, with coach Klaus Bartonietz and physiotherapist Ishaan Marwaha, on a 90-day training regime. And in Neeraj Chopra's sight is the elusive 90m mark that he intends to breach this season. Clinching the gold medal in Tokyo with his second throw of 87.58m in the Olympic finals, Neeraj is aiming to better his distance with some of the biggest sporting events - World Championship, Diamond League, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games - scheduled for 2022, even with the threat of Covid lurking in the backdrop. And he is glad to be back to the athlete regime at the elite 153-acre training facility. "It was getting very cold in Pat...
India vs South Africa: Won’t lack in confidence going into Jo’burg Test, says Elgar | Cricket News – Times of India
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India vs South Africa: Won’t lack in confidence going into Jo’burg Test, says Elgar | Cricket News – Times of India

CENTURION: The batters may have let South Africa down and allowed India to breach the Centurion fortress, but skipper Dean Elgar on Thursday vowed to bounce back in the second Test in Johannesburg, saying they will not be short on confidence. The Indian pace attack comprising Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj was at its sizzling best as South Africa were bowled out for 197 and 191 in their two innings to suffer a 113-run defeat in the first Test. "I don't think we are going to lack any confidence going into Jo'burg. It's never nice losing a game especially when we know we actually went wrong. And it's difficult to correct those wrongs during a game," the skipper said at the post-match media interaction. "Hopefully building up to the Wanderers second Test we're going to h...
Chelsea announce $196.7 million loss despite Champions League success | Football News – Times of India
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Chelsea announce $196.7 million loss despite Champions League success | Football News – Times of India

LONDON: European champions Chelsea announced Thursday an annual loss of £145.6 million ($196.7 million, 173.5 million euros) for the year to June 30 2021 despite their Champions League triumph. The London club were crowned kings of Europe in May following a 1-0 win over English rivals Manchester City in the Champions League final in Porto. But while their turnover rose from £387.8 million to £416.8 million thanks to an increase in broadcasting revenue, Chelsea said they still made a loss after playing games with no crowds because of Covid-19, with a reduction in profits on player sales also damaging their balance sheet. Chelsea continue to be backed financially by Fordstam Limited, a company controlled by club owner Roman Abramovich, with their accounts saying "the company is reliant on...
India vs South Africa: Cricket fraternity hails India’s first win at Centurion | Cricket News – Times of India
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India vs South Africa: Cricket fraternity hails India’s first win at Centurion | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The cricket fraternity hailed India's maiden Test win at Centurion on Thursday, with Virat Kohli's bowling attack coming in for special praise from greats such as Sachin Tendulkar for its ability to "take 20 wickets anywhere in the world". After memorable wins at the Gabba and Lord's, team India wrapped up 2021 in style by bringing down South Africa's citadel, the Supersport Park, as they handed the Proteas a 113-run loss in the opening Test. India's fiery pace unit, including the world-class Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, picked up 18 wickets to make the country the first Asian team to win a Test match at the SuperSport Park. As expected, congratulatory messages for Kohli and Co. poured in from the cricket fraternity. Here are some of them:*Sachin Tendulkar: Superb bowli...
Mandhana is one of the four nominees for ICC Women’s T20 Player of the Year award | Cricket News – Times of India
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Mandhana is one of the four nominees for ICC Women’s T20 Player of the Year award | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: India opener Smriti Mandhana was on Thursday nominated for the ICC Women's T20 Player of the Year 2021 award along with three more cricketers. Besides Mandhana, England cricketers Tammy Beaumont and Nat Sciver and Ireland's Gaby Lewis are the other contenders for the honour. In 2021, Mandhana scored 255 runs in nine T20 matches at an average of 31.87 with two half-centuries. She played a major role in the first of the two wins, smashing 48 off just 28 balls against South Africa, chasing 113 in the final T20I. The win saved India the blushes, as they managed to avoid the clean sweep. Mandhana was India's top run-scorer in the T20I series against England with 119 runs but didn't find enough support from the rest of the batters. She was India's top-scorer in both the matches that In...
Tale of two Centurions
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Tale of two Centurions

“It almost has to be a madness to be able to win away from home and you have to live it every minute, every day of being on tour. It is a very individual thing but we need to discuss this as a team, for sure.” These were Virat Kohli’s words at Centurion in January 2018. India had just lost the second Test against South Africa by 135 runs, and with it, the three-match series after their 72-run defeat in Cape Town. “It will go down as one of the greatest years in Indian cricket history, especially in Test cricket. The victories have taken a lot of discipline. We have worked really hard as a team for the last few years and we are slowly starting to see the results.” These were KL Rahul’s words at Centurion in December 2021. India had begun the year with the grandmother of all ...
Rasheed hits unbeaten 90 to guide clinical India to U-19 Asia Cup final | Cricket News – Times of India
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Rasheed hits unbeaten 90 to guide clinical India to U-19 Asia Cup final | Cricket News – Times of India

SHARJAH: Shaik Rasheed hit an unbeaten 90 as India dished out a clinical performance to thrash Bangladesh by 103 runs here on Thursday and set up a summit clash with Sri Lanka in the Under-19 Asia Cup. One-down Rasheed made his runs in 108 balls to help India post 248 for eight after being invited to bat. Rasheed paced his innings to perfection after India had lost both their openers -- Angkrish Raghuvanshi (16) and Harnoor Singh (15) -- inside the 50-run mark, in the 17th overs. The Indian bowlers, then, produced a cohesive effort to bundle out Bangladesh for 140 runs in 38.2 overs. A spirited bowling performance from India help them reach the finals of the tournament.🇮🇳 - 243/8 in 50 overs🇧🇩… https://t.co/1Oq42uxO6M— AsianCricketCouncil (@ACCMedia1) 1640868614000Ariful Islam top-score...
2021 will go down as one of the greatest years in Indian cricket: KL Rahul | Cricket News – Times of India
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2021 will go down as one of the greatest years in Indian cricket: KL Rahul | Cricket News – Times of India

CENTURION: From a near impossible win at the Gabba with a second-string side to walloping a hapless South Africa in their own backyard, 2021 can easily go down in the annals as "one of the greatest in Indian cricket", opener KL Rahul asserted on Thursday after his side breached the Centurion fortress. Between the start and finish of the year, India also recorded creditable Test victories at the Lord's and the Oval. Rahul was an architect in all these milestone wins on more than one occasion. He had scored a hundred in India's win at the Lord's. Having set the tone with his first innings hundred, the stand-in vice-captain for the South Africa series summed up the year when the Indian team became the first Asian nation to win a Test at the Centurion. "It's a super super special year for t...
Mohammed Shami among the best 3 seamers in the world, says Virat Kohli | Cricket News – Times of India
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Mohammed Shami among the best 3 seamers in the world, says Virat Kohli | Cricket News – Times of India

CENTURION (South Africa): Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli lavished praise on Mohammed Shami following the pacer's match-winning performance in the first Test against South Africa. Shami picked five wickets in the first innings before completing 200 scalps in the longest format of the game on Tuesday. In the second innings, Shami dismissed three South African batters to help India win the game. "Knew the bowlers will do the job. Spoke about it in the change room - the fact he didn't bowl much in the first innings, it allowed SA to get around 40 more runs (Bumrah)," Kohli told hosts broadcasters after the end of the match. "Just the way these guys bowl together has been a hallmark of our team getting a result in difficult situations. Absolutely world-class talent (Shami). "For me he's in ...
Gold, Rush
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Gold, Rush

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 cricketer returned to his roots to create history, a badminton star who finally learnt how to marry art with commerce, and the man who launched his gold-plated javeli...
Quinton de Kock announces retirement from Test cricket
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Quinton de Kock announces retirement from Test cricket

South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman, Quinton de Kock, announced his retirement from Test cricket with immediate effect on Thursday. The announcement comes on the backdrop of South Africa’s defeat in the first Test match against India in Centurion, where the visitors won by 113 runs and took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. De Kock, 29, made his Test debut against Australia in Port Elizabeth in 2014. In 54 matches, he has scored 3300 runs with the highest score of 141 not-out, at an average of 38.82 and strike rate of 70.93. He also has six centuries and 22 half-centuries under his belt. Behind the stumps, he has 232 dismissals, including 221 catches and 11 stumpings. De Kock has also taken the third-most catches in the inaugural ICC World Test Championship – 48 in 11...
BCCI U-16 tournament postponed after virus surge
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BCCI U-16 tournament postponed after virus surge

The U-16 Vijay Merchant Trophy has been postponed due to the recent surge in Covid-19 cases in India. In its email to all its affiliated units on Thursday, the Indian cricket board’s secretary Jay Shah, informed that domestic cricket had started off well, with the completion of 748 matches till date, however, the sudden spike in cases has forced the board to postpone its junior tournament. “The cases across lndia are spiralling and despite being a large number of adults doubly vaccinated, they have still been infected. We have been closely monitoring the situation in lndia and across the world, and it is estimated that the caseload will shoot up in the immediate future if the situation is not controlled now,” Shah wrote an email, accessed by The Indian Express. Further addi...
Pravin Tambe’s storied life to be made into a biopic
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Pravin Tambe’s storied life to be made into a biopic

It’s not only the big-wigs of sport, or the ones who have played for India, that are a muse for biopics. There is another motion picture coming soon, based on the life of Mumbai’s leg-spinner Pravin Tambe. In 2012, the then 41-year-old Tambe was picked by the Mumbai team for the Vijay Hazare tournament. Few months later, the Rahul Dravid-led Rajasthan Royals IPL team hired his services. Soon he became the face for one of sport’s most common saying: ‘age is just a number.’ The Indian Express understands that Tambe’s role will be played by Shreyas Talpade, whose Bollywood debut Iqbal coincidentally had a cricket-based plot. Talapade has been shooting in Thane along with Ashish Vidyarthi. Tambe, meanwhile, did not comment about the biopic. However, his close friend confirm...
J&K skier Arif Khan qualifies for 2 events in 2022 Winter Olympics
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J&K skier Arif Khan qualifies for 2 events in 2022 Winter Olympics

Jammu and Kashmir-based alpine skier Arif Mohammed Khan has become the first Indian athlete to qualify for two different events of the Winter Olympics, set to be held in Beijing from February 4, next year. Khan achieved the rare feat recently by qualifying for his second event — giant slalom — a month after booking his first Winter Olympics ticket in alpine skiing slalom category in an Olympic qualifier in Dubai. The news was confirmed by his promoter JSW Sports. JSW-supported Alpine skier Arif Khan, who had earlier earned a provisional quota for the Slalom event at the 2022 Winter Olympics, has now qualified for the Giant Slalom event as well. ??#BetterEveryday ???? #Beijing2022 pic.twitter.com/Ua6EfIRJ65 — JSW Sports (@jswsports) December 29, 2021 “JSW-supported Alpine skier Arif Kha...
Won’t lack in confidence going into Jo’burg Test: Elgar
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Won’t lack in confidence going into Jo’burg Test: Elgar

The batters may have let South Africa down and allowed India to breach the Centurion fortress, but skipper Dean Elgar on Thursday vowed to bounce back in the second Test in Johannesburg, saying they will not be short on confidence. The Indian pace attack comprising Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj was at its sizzling best as South Africa were bowled out for 197 and 191 in their two innings to suffer a 113-run defeat in the first Test here. “I don’t think we are going to lack any confidence going into Jo’burg. It’s never nice losing a game especially when we know we actually went wrong. And it’s difficult to correct those wrongs during a game,” the skipper said at the post-match media interaction. “Hopefully building up to the Wanderers second Test we’re goi...
Australia vs England: Veteran James Anderson calls on senior England players to rally round | Cricket News – Times of India
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Australia vs England: Veteran James Anderson calls on senior England players to rally round | Cricket News – Times of India

James Anderson urged England's senior players to come together to help the side restore some pride with a competitive performance in the fourth Ashes Test after a humiliating innings and 14-run loss to Australia in Melbourne. Australia retained the Ashes with two Tests to spare with the Melbourne win, having already won by 275 runs in Adelaide and nine wickets in the Brisbane opener. England will be without head coach Chris Silverwood for the fourth Test, after a positive COVID-19 test in the touring party on Wednesday forced him to isolate for 10 days, but Anderson backed his team to battle through their setbacks. "We have to restore some pride and try and compete. That's our main focus as players," Anderson told British media. "We have to block out what's happening off the field and f...