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Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe by five wickets in first ODI | Cricket News – Times of India

KANDY: Dinesh Chandimal and Charith Asalanka smashed half-centuries as Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe by five wickets in the first one-day international on Sunday. Chasing 297 for victory, Sri Lanka rode on a 129-run stand between Chandimal (75) and Asalanka (71) to achieve the target with eight balls to spare and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series in Kandy. Opener Pathum Nissanka made 75 to set up the chase on a batting-friendly wicket. Sean Williams scored 100 in Zimbabwe's 296 for nine in 50 overs. The second match is on Tuesday at the same venue. !function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s) {if(f.fbq)return;n=f.fbq=function(){n.callMethod? n.callMethod.apply(n,arguments):n.queue.push(arguments)}; if(!f._fbq)f._fbq=n;n.push=n;n.loaded=!0;n.version='2.0'; n.queue=[];t=b.createElement(e);t.async=!0; t.src...
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PKL: Jaipur hold Tamil Thalaivas to thrilling tie, Patna Pirates win against Bengaluru Bulls | Pro-Kabaddi-League News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Tamil Thalaivas and Jaipur Pink Panthers played out an entertaining 31-31 draw in their Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) match here on Sunday. Defences of both the teams had a great outing with Thalaivas captain Surjeet Singh and Jaipur's Sandeep Dhull picking up High 5s. Thaliavas had a two-point lead going into the final raid of the match but made a mistake resulting in a tie. Their raider Manjeet misjudged a touch and walked into the lobby resulting in a Super Tackle and two points for Jaipur. In the other match, Patna Pirates' defence produced a performance to remember as it helped the team beat Bengaluru Bulls 38-31. Patna defenders Sunil (9 points) and Mohammadreza Shadloui (3 points) were instrumental in setting up a defensive wall that even the likes of Pawan Sehrawat could n...
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EPL: Liverpool go second with comfortable win over Brentford | Football News – Times of India

LIVERPOOL: Liverpool climbed to second in the Premier League after goals from Fabinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Takumi Minamino earned them a 3-0 win over Brentford at Anfield on Sunday. The win moved Juergen Klopp's side above Chelsea in the table and 11 points behind leaders Manchester City with a game in hand. City beat Chelsea 1-0 on Saturday. The win ends a three-match winless patch in the league for Liverpool which has seen them fall off the pace in the title race. Liverpool were without Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane who are playing at the African Cup of Nations and their lack of potency in attack was evident as they struggled to open up a determined Brentford defence. The home side finally broke through a minute before the interval when a corner from Trent Alexander-Arnold boun...
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PCB asks Pakistani players in BBL to return home immediately for PSL 7 | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket Board has asked all the national players participating in the ongoing Big Bash League in Australia to return home immediately in order to give themselves ample time to prepare for the seventh edition of PSL, which begins here from January 27. The PCB has asked Muhammad Hasnain, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf and Shadab Khan to return home immediately ahead of the upcoming Pakistan Super League. The Board has also confirmed that the PSL would be held as per original schedule in two phases at Karachi and Lahore. The PCB had already released the match schedule for the tournament, which begins at the National Stadium here, before the event is being shifted to Lahore from February 9. Having signed enhanced new broadcast and title sponsorship deals for the PSL 7, the PCB i...
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ODI series win against India would give us lot of confidence going ahead: Temba Bavuma | Cricket News – Times of India

CAPE TOWN: South Africa's white-ball skipper Temba Bavuma believes that a series win over India in the upcoming three-match ODI rubber will give the home team a "hell lot of confidence" going ahead. The last time India came to South Africa in 2018, they won the six-match series 5-1. It was also their first-ever ODI series win in the Rainbow Nation. "We will have to get things right in the next ODI series against India. I'm not too worried about what happened in that 2018 series. I'm more concerned about establishing our own style of play and implementing our strategy to good effect. "An ODI series win against India would give us a helluva lot of confidence, and some momentum ahead of the games to follow," Bavuma was quoted as saying by 'Daily Maverick'. Bavuma, who was a part of the Pro...
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Rafael Benitez sacked as Everton manager | Football News – Times of India

LONDON: Rafael Benitez was sacked as Everton manager on Sunday after just eight months in charge of the struggling Premier League club. Benitez was an unpopular appointment in June last year after his long spell with Everton's Merseyside rivals Liverpool. The Spaniard paid the price for a dismal run of nine defeats in Everton's last 13 league matches, culminating in a 2-1 loss at lowly Norwich on Saturday. "Everton Football Club can confirm the departure of Rafael Benitez as first-team manager," a club statement said. Everton Football Club can confirm the departure of Rafael Benitez as first team manager.— Everton (@Everton) 1642344852000"Benitez, who joined Everton in June 2021, has left the club with immediate effect. "An update on a permanent replacement will be made in due course." ...
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Virat Kohli: Captain who went for win at all costs | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Going for the win at the risk of losing and playing five bowlers were two non-negotiables for Virat Kohli, India's most successful Test captain. Having taken up Test captaincy from MS Dhoni in the middle of a series in Australia back in 2014, Kohi changed the way India played the five-day game. Filling in for the injured Dhoni in the Adelaide Test, Kohli not for once thought about a draw with India needing 364 runs in 98 overs on day five. His aggressive approach rubbed off on to the entire team as the visitors got agonisingly close to a famous win before losing the game by 48 runs. "At no point did we not think about chasing the score down. We have come here to play positive cricket. No sort of negativity is welcome in this group. That's the kind of belief we have come here ...
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IOA chief Narinder Batra and his wife test positive for Covid-19 | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Indian Olympic Association President Narinder Batra and his wife have tested positive for COVID-19, the IOA chief said on Sunday. Both Batra and his wife are asymptomatic. "Chetna & I Have Tested Positive for Covid Today on 16th January in Asymptomatic Category," the top IOA official said in a WhatsApp message. "All our Family, Friends and Colleagues who Came in Contact With us Since 14th January are Requested to Please Have Themselves Examined. "We Have Been asked to Stay in Quarantine Till Saturday 22nd January. We are Available on Phone," Batra added. Batra's father had tested positive for COVID-19 along with two of his attendants and as many security guards posted at his house in May, 2020. Batra had recently attended the Queens Baton Relay for the 2022 Birmingham Com...
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Novak Djokovic’s family says politics and ‘other interests’ dominated his case | Tennis News – Times of India

BELGRADE: Tennis star Novak Djokovic's family said on Sunday they were "very disappointed" with Australian authorities' decision to revoke his visa and deport him from the country. "We are very disappointed with the decision of the Federal Court and the fact that Novak has to leave Australia," the family said in a statement. "Despite the scandalous behavior towards Novak, we believed that the sport would win," it said. It also said the court ruling was related with "politics and all (other) interests." !function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s) {if(f.fbq)return;n=f.fbq=function(){n.callMethod? n.callMethod.apply(n,arguments):n.queue.push(arguments)}; if(!f._fbq)f._fbq=n;n.push=n;n.loaded=!0;n.version='2.0'; n.queue=[];t=b.createElement(e);t.async=!0; t.src=v;s=b.getElementsByTagName(e)[0]; s.parentNode.i...
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Serbia rails against deportation of Novak Djokovic | Tennis News – Times of India

BELGRADE: The deportation of Novak Djokovic sparked outrage in Serbia Sunday with political leaders and sports bodies rounding on the Australian authorities' decision to revoke the tennis superstar's visa on the eve of the Australian Open. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said Australia had "humiliated themselves", while the country's Olympic Committee called the move a "scandalous" decision as fellow Serbs added their voice to a chorus of disapproval over the court ruling that saw Djokovic deported. "They think that they have by this, this mistreatment of ten days humiliated Djokovic, but they have humiliated themselves. Djokovic can return to his country with his head held high," Vucic told a state media outlet." Vucic has remained steadfast in his support for Djokovic throughout th...
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Ashes series win just the beginning, says Pat Cummins | Cricket News – Times of India

HOBART: Australia may have beaten England 4-0 in the Ashes series but captain Pat Cummins believes they need to test themselves in all conditions and against all countries. The rampant Australian side took 10 wickets for 56 runs to destroy England in the fifth Ashes Test in Hobart Sunday to wrap up the series 4-0. It was a spectacular comeback for the Australians, who were beaten at home by India this time last year. Cummins said the Test team, which did not tour in 2021 due to Covid, was building well and needed to test itself in all conditions. "These were quite foreign conditions to what we normally expect in Australia," Cummins said of the Hobart Test, where Australia slumped to 3-12 on the first morning. "It was a green seaming wicket but I think the way Marnus (Labuschagne), Travi...
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Sen shows maturity to clinch India Open

Lakshya Sen played with time. And he toyed around with freshly-minted World Champion Loh Kean Yew while pulling the strings of one of the most nuanced attacks to script a memorable triumph on home ground. Winning the India Open 24-22, 21-17, Sen took the sting out of the lightning quick champion – Loh’s reputation for hopping around the court, being everywhere all at once, and a wicked hand speed had preceded him. Sen, at the outset, slowed down the pace, to a lulling lilt, from where the Singaporean who feeds off pace found himself a tad boggled. It wasn’t a one-off phased plan though. Sen’s brilliance lay in starving Loh’s racquet of the shuttle with such control over his shots that the Huelva champion was left hacking at thin air more often than not. Lakshya Sen with his medal (Twi...
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Wanted Kohli to continue as captain as he has built this Indian team, says Madan Lal | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former Indian pacer Madan Lal on Sunday said that he did not want Virat Kohli to quit Test captaincy as he had built this current Indian team. Madan Lal's comments came a day after Kohli shocked the world by announcing his decision to step down as India's Test captain. "These decisions are personal decisions whatever he has taken but his achievements will always be with him because he is the most successful captain-- the fourth most successful in the world. But I am a little surprised because it did not seem that he was going to quit captaincy the way he was captaining. He was a passionate captain, a captain who always wanted to win. So, when we see such things on TV, then we feel that he is enjoying Test captaincy but suddenly he has dropped a bomb and has taken everyone by ...
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Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty claim maiden India Open title | Badminton News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Top doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty scripted a stunning straight-game win over three-time world champions Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia to become the first men's team from the country to win the Yonex-Sunrise India Open here on Sunday. The world no 10 Indian pair, which had won its first Super 500 tournament in Thailand in 2019, upset the top seeded Indonesian pair 21-16 26-24 in 43 minutes to make a rampaging start to the new season. Coming into the match with a 1-3 head-to-head record, Satwik and Chirag dished out a brave effort against the Indonesian pair and staved off a fightback to reign supreme in the final. From almost missing the tournament following a false COVID positive result to winning the title, life has come full cir...
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Liverpool find scoring backups to beat Brentford 3-0 in EPL

Liverpool found the goalscoring alternatives needed in the absence of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane as their stand-ins stepped up in a 3-0 Premier League win over Brentford on Sunday. Midfielder Fabinho proved an unlikely solution with his third goal in eight days with the opener just before halftime. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and substitute Takumi Minamino netted in the second half. A 0-0 draw against 10-man Arsenal in the League Cup on Thursday had raised questions about how Jürgen Klopp’s side would cope while Salah and Mane remain at the African Cup of Nations, but this result offered more hope for the coming weeks. With a first clean sheet in five league matches and a first league win since mid-December, Liverpool moved above Chelsea in second place but 11 points behind Manchester Ci...
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Australian Open 2022: Schedule, Telecast, Live Stream — All you need to know

Australian Open 2022: Schedule, Telecast, Live Stream: The Australian Open is set to begin on January 17 and it would be the 110th edition of the tournament. Before it even started, the biggest tale of the Australian Open has been Novak Djokovic’s vaccination status. The No. 1 stalwart and arguably the biggest name in the sport was detained when he entered Australia without an appropriate COVID-19 vaccine medical exemption. He was on Sunday deported by the Australian government, meaning that he will not be able to defend his title at this year’s event. Naomi Osaka is the defending women’s champion while Novak Djokovic, who was deported on Sunday, was the reigning men’s champion. Some of the biggest names in tennis who will also be missing out in this season are Roger Federer, Serena and...
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Serbian president says Australia ‘humiliated themselves’ with court ruling | Tennis News – Times of India

BELGRADE: Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic lashed out at Australian authorities Sunday morning, hours after a federal court paved the way for the deportation of Novak Djokovic on the eve of the Australian Open over his vaccine status. "They think that they have by this, this mistreatment of ten days humiliated Djokovic, but they have humiliated themselves. Djokovic can return to his country with his head held high," Vucic told a state media outlet. Vucic has remained steadfast in his support for Djokovic throughout the drama, calling the earlier detention of the unvaccinated tennis star a "political witch hunt". "I spoke earlier to Novak Djokovic after the decision and I encouraged him. We look forward to seeing him return to his country, where he is always welcome," the president add...
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Everton fires Rafa Benitez after 200 days as manager

Rafa Benitez was fired by Everton after 200 days in charge on Sunday with a brutal 40-word statement that offered no thanks to the manager whose appointment was always contentious with fans. The Spaniard never overcame his successful association with Liverpool, whose stadium is only a mile (1.6 kilometers) from Goodison Park across Stanley Park, and his position became increasingly untenable as Everton sunk closer to the relegation zone. Benitez’s name was chanted at Anfield within minutes after the announcement by Liverpool fans during their match against Brentford. Everton Football Club can confirm the departure of Rafael Benitez as first team manager. — Everton (@Everton) January 16, 2022 They not only fondly remember his 2004-10 reign, which included leading Liverpool to the Champ...
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Sunil Gavaskar wants Rishabh Pant to succeed Virat Kohli as Test skipper

Kohli surprised the cricket fraternity by quitting Test captaincy on Saturday evening, a day after losing the Test series in South Africa 1-2 to draw the curtains on a successful seven-year reign. Gavaskar said he preferred Pant as he is an automatic choice for selectors across all formats of the game. “It’s going to be quite a debate as far as the selection committee is concerned as to who should be taking Indian cricket forward. First of all, it should be someone who is an automatic pick across all formats of the game. Once that happens, it will be a lot easier,” Gavaskar told India Today. “If you ask me, I am still staying, I would look at Rishabh Pant as next India captain. “For one reason only, just like Rohit Sharma was given the captaincy of Mumbai Indians when Ricky Ponting st...