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Day: January 17, 2022

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IPL 2022: Having picked Hardik and Rashid, Ahmedabad prefer Shubman Gill over Ishan Kishan | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Ahmedabad IPL franchise on predictable lines have signed Hardik Pandya and Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan but preferred young India opener Shubman Gill for the upcoming season of Indian Premier League. PTI was the first to report on January 10 that Pandya is all set to captain the Ahmedabad franchise for the season and they have also finalised Rashid Khan, who otherwise would have gone for a "bomb" at the auctions. However, their third choice Ishan Kishan didn't work out and they zeroed in on Gill, who could also be seen as a potential captaincy candidate. "Ahmedabad has decided on its players and accordingly informed the BCCI about their draft picks. Hardik, Rashid and Shubman are the three choices," a senior IPL official told PTI on conditions of anonymity. "They w...
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PKL: Surender Gill shines as UP Yoddha thrash Puneri Paltan 50-40 | Pro-Kabaddi-League News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Surender Gill shone with his raids as UP Yoddha thrashed Puneri Paltan 50-40 in a high-scoring match of Pro Kabaddi League Season 8 on Monday. Gill (21 points) and Pardeep Narwal (10 points) scored Super 10s for Yoddha in a match, which had way too many defensive errors. Aslam Inamdar and Mohit Goyat had Super 10s for the Pune side, but they did not get any help from a stuttering defence that conceded far too many points. The first half was a high-scoring affair with just one empty raid in the first five minutes. Pardeep Narwal started the proceedings with a three-point Super Raid and that certainly set the tone for the other raiders. Inamdar and Goyat combined to help Pune clinch the game's first 'All Out' close to the 10th minute but Yoddha immediately clawed their way back...
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Would love to see Shakib Al Hasan playing all formats: Habibul | Cricket News – Times of India

MUSCAT: Shakib Al Hasan may be mulling on retiring from Test cricket to prolong his white-ball career, but former Bangladesh skipper and current national selector Habibul Bashar said they still need the star all-rounder in all the three formats. Bangladesh created history recently beating reigning World Test Champions on their home soil at Bay Oval to bag their first-ever win in New Zealand and the win came without Shakib, who had decided to opt out of the series. "I would love to see Shakib in all formats definitely. But the problem these days is playing in a bio-bubble with so much cricket happening all around the world... These guys sometimes also need time out," Bashar said in a media interaction organised by the Legends League Cricket here. The 34-year-old ace all-rounder Shakib pl...
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Ben Stokes opts out of IPL auctions to stay fresh for English home summer: Reports | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: World's premier all-rounder Ben Stokes has opted out of this year's Indian Premier League in order to manage his workload and remain mentally fresh for England's next home season, according to reports in British media. Stokes had an underwhelming Ashes, having scored only 236 runs and picking only four wickets in England's 0-4 thrashing at the hands of Australia. With lot of England stalwarts including former skipper David Gower already starting their annual criticism of the cash-rich T20 league, it is understood that Stokes, who could have again fetched bug bucks, has decided to stay away. "Stokes will sit out this year's tournament, which will feature 10 teams for the first time and be preceded by a mega-auction in which there are plenty of spaces to fill," London's Evening St...
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Lewandowski wins FIFA best player vote ahead of Messi, Salah

Robert Lewandowski was voted the best men’s player in the world, retaining the FIFA award he won last year. The Bayern Munich forward overturned the result last month of the Ballon d’Or prize where he placed second behind Lionel Messi, who finally led Argentina to a senior title at the 2021 Copa América. Mohamed Salah of Liverpool was also on the shortlist. 🏆 A delighted Robert Lewandowski is presented with The Best FIFA Men's Player award!#TheBest pic.twitter.com/tME8R134zL — beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_EN) January 17, 2022 Lewandowski broke two Bundesliga records by scoring 41 goals for Bayern in its title-winning 2020-21 season and 43 in the calendar year of 2021. Both marks were held since 1972 by another Bayern great, Gerd Müller. Alexia Putellas, who captained Barcelona to its firs...
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New PC rule by FIH: Defenders can keep wearing protective face gear within 23 metre area | Hockey News – Times of India

LAUSANNE: In its bid to make the sport more safer for its athletes, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) has allowed players defending penalty corners to keep their protective equipment on even after the ball goes outside the striking circle, but must remove them at the first opportunity inside the 23m area. Earlier, the players defending penalty corners were bound to remove their protective equipment immediately inside the circle once the flick is executed. But the FIH has tweaked its Rule 4.2, which relates to removal of penalty corner protective equipment. "Rule 4.2 has been changed to allow for defending players using Penalty Corner protective equipment to continue to play the ball outside the circle after an interception during the taking of a penalty corner. Players can now c...
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Do aim to be playing for a couple of more seasons: Joshna Chinappa | More sports News – Times of India

At 35, most players are either past their peak or face challenges to stay hungry. But that’s definitely not the case with Joshna Chinappa who continues to go stronger despite being on the international squash circuit for over two decades. Joshna had an eventful start to the year as she returned to the top-10 in world rankings last week after a gap of over five years. “It’s obviously great to be back in the top-10. But the goal is to keep improving on it and go higher,” the world no. 10 told TOI. With the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and Hangzhou Asian Games scheduled later this year, Joshna is understandably keen to stay in the best possible shape. “Both the CWG and Asian Games are important events. The key for me will be to pick and choose tournaments this year. You not only need t...
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‘Most challenging bowling I have ever come across’: Petersen on Indian attack | Cricket News – Times of India

PAARL (South Africa): South African batter Keegan Petersen has said that the Indian bowling attack was the most challenging he has ever come across in his cricket career so far. The right-hander was the top run-scorer in the three-match Test series, scoring 276 runs at an average of 46.00. He was the only player to score more than three half-centuries, recording scores of 72, 82, and 62. South Africa came from behind to win the Test series 2-1 and this may very well revive cricket in the country. "It hasn't completely sunk in yet," he said. "I still can't explain how it feels completely despite it being two days already. Myself, my family and everyone close to us are still trying to get over it somehow. It was a challenging series against one of the best bowling attacks in the world," t...
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Won’t judge Virat Kohli’s decision, it’s a personal one and we respect that: Bumrah | Cricket News – Times of India

PAARL (South Africa): Virat Kohli's decision to quit Test captaincy needs to be respected, said India's stand-in ODI vice-captain Jasprit Bumrah, who believes that the former skipper would continue to be a "leader in the group". Kohli announced his decision to step down via social media, a day after India lost a three-match Test series 1-2 to the weakest South African side in recent times. TOI POLL: Who do you think should replace Kohli as India Test captain?When asked how Kohli informed the team, the normally reticent Bumrah said that the star batter called a meeting to announce his decision to quit. "Obviously, as a team unit, we are closer, so we came to know earlier that he would step down from Test captaincy and we respect his decision and value his leadership. We congratulated him...
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Zverev wins all-German tussle to cruise into Australian Open second round | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: World number three Alexander Zverev won an all-German battle to successfully launch his bid for a first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open on Monday. Zverev encountered stiff resistance from the 87th-ranked Daniel Altmaier before prevailing 7-6 (7/3), 6-1, 7-6 (7/1) in a night match on Rod Laver Arena. Zverev's power from the baseline gradually wore down the plucky Altmaier, who earned the acclaim from the crowd for his spirit. "It's the first round of hopefully a very long Grand Slam, you are not always going to play your best tennis, except if you are Roger (Federer) or Rafa (Nadal), I'm not like them," Zverev, 24, said on court. "It was a good match for me to get into the tournament, hopefully in the next one I'll be better." Zverev next faces Australian John Millman,...
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No hard feelings, we’re good friends: Jansen on heated moments with Bumrah | Cricket News – Times of India

PAARL (South Africa): South Africa pacer Marco Jansen on Monday said he has no "hard feelings" with his IPL side Mumbai Indians team-mate Jasprit Bumrah even though the duo engaged in some heated exchanges during the Proteas' 2-1 Test series triumph. Jansen and Bumrah shared some heated exchanges during the second Test at Wanderers which South Africa won by seven wickets and again during the third match at Newlands where the hosts sealed a remarkable Test series win. "I've played with Bumrah in the IPL and we're good friends. You're not going to back down when you're playing for your country and sometimes on-the-field things get heated," the 21-year-old said in a media interaction on Cricket South Africa Twitter handle. "He obviously did the same and there are no hard feelings because i...
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Virat Kohli will have to give up his ego: Kapil Dev | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Virat Kohli needs to shed his ego to play under a new leader after giving up the Test captaincy, cricket icon Kapil Dev said as uncertainty swirled about the future of the national team. Kohli, 33, announced his surprise departure late on Saturday having already quit as T20 captain last year and been sacked as head of the one-day side soon afterwards. Dev, who led India to glory in the 1983 World Cup, welcomed Kohli's decision, saying he was "going through a rough time" and "appeared to be under a lot of pressure". TOI POLL: Who do you think should replace Kohli as India Test captain?But he said that Kohli will now have to knuckle down and bite his tongue if he is to remain in the team under a new captain. "Even Sunil Gavaskar played under me. I played under K Srikkanth and (...
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Sindhu looks to end title drought at Syed Modi International

P V Sindhu will look to recover from her unexpected semifinal loss at the India Open and end her title drought at the Syed Modi International beginning here on Tuesday, even as the tournament lost a lot of sheen following the withdrawal of top players like Lakshya Sen and Kidambi Srikanth. The 26-year-old Sindhu, a two-time Olympic medallist, was well on course to win her first title since the 2019 World Championship triumph last week before left-hander Supanida Katethong of Thailand shattered her hopes with a three-game win at the India Open. Sindhu, who had finished runner-up at Swiss Open and World Tour Finals last year, will hope to turn things around this week when she begins her campaign against compatriot Tanya Hemanth. The former champion will be itching to settle her scores ag...
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Jasprit Bumrah: If given an opportunity, it will be an honour to captain India | Cricket News – Times of India

PAARL (South Africa): India pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah on Monday said he is not averse to leading the national team if an opportunity comes knocking at his door in the near future. With Virat Kohli's captaincy tenure in all formats coming to an end following his resignation from Test leadership, there are questions about who could be his long-term successor considering that Rohit Sharma will be 35 next year. TOI POLL: Who do you think should replace Kohli as India Test captain?"If given an opportunity, it will be an honour and I don't see any player would say no and I am no different. Be it any leadership group, I always look to contribute however I can, to the best of my abilities," Bumrah replied to a query from PTI in a press conference ahead of the ODI series against South Africa...
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Indian bowling attack by far most challenging one for me: Keegan Petersen

Rookie South Africa batter Keegan Petersen admits the world class Indian bowling attack was by far the most challenging he has faced but said he would not have wanted another way to build his nascent career. The 28-year-old was named player of the series after his outstanding exploits with the bat against India in the three-match contest which South Africa won 2-1. The stylish right-hander was the top run-scorer from either sides in the series, amassing 276 runs at an average of 46.00. He was the only player to notch-up three half-centuries, recording scores of 72, 82 and 62, whilst his slip fielding was another hallmark of the series. Keegan Petersen reflects on the recent series win against India as well as his player of the series award👀 Full article: https://t.co/HgudmcH3NW#SAvIN...
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Guardiola hails Manchester City’s mental strength | Football News – Times of India

LONDON: Pep Guardiola has praised the way his Manchester City players have dealt with adversity on and off the pitch after they strengthened their grip on the Premier League title race. City, who beat Chelsea 1-0 on Saturday, are 11 points clear of second-placed Liverpool after 12 straight league wins and closing in on a fourth English title in five years. Guardiola cited the example of full-back Joao Cancelo, who suffered facial injuries in an attack at his home last month. Cancelo has started all three of City's games since, helping them come through a tough period in which they have been badly hit by a coronavirus outbreak. "In this season there are personal problems for the players," said Guardiola. "They are human beings, they have families, there are problems sometimes. "For examp...
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Tata Steel chess hit by controversy after Norway’s infamous robber invited as guest in broadcast

The ongoing Tata Steel Chess tournament has been embroiled in an unnecessary controversy after the event’s broadcaster has invited Norway’s most infamous bank robber, David Toska as a guest for a show. Known as the mastermind behind the biggest heist in the country’s history, Toska has been invited to join as a guest during TV 2’s Tata Steel Chess broadcast. The controversial move, however, has provoked strong reactions from the chess fraternity with one sponsor pulling out of the show hours after the announcement, according to chess24.com website. Controversy in Norway as a bank robber who spent 13 years in jail will commentate on #TataSteelChess on national TV today! https://t.co/ZhmQIn4l5P #c24live pic.twitter.com/TJyRB6ROwG — chess24.com (@chess24com) January 17, 2022 The Tata S...
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Ben Stokes opts out of IPL auctions to stay fresh for English home summer: Reports

World’s premier all-rounder Ben Stokes has opted out of this year’s Indian Premier League in order to manage his workload and remain mentally fresh for England’s next home season, according to reports in British media. Stokes had an underwhelming Ashes, having scored only 236 runs and picking only four wickets in England’s 0-4 thrashing at the hands of Australia. With lot of England stalwarts including former skipper David Gower already starting their annual criticism of the cash-rich T20 league, it is understood that Stokes, who could have again fetched bug bucks, has decided to stay away. “Stokes will sit out this year’s tournament, which will feature 10 teams for the first time and be preceded by a mega-auction in which there are plenty of spaces to fill,” London’s Evening Standard ...
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Yellow card amnesty agreed for World Cup playoffs in Europe

An amnesty for yellow cards in European qualifying for the World Cup has lifted the threat of suspension for dozens of players involved in the playoffs in March, FIFA said Monday. UEFA had asked FIFA to help wipe the disciplinary records of players from the 12 European teams involved in the playoffs who were set to carry over a single yellow card collected in group-stage qualifiers. The decision means no player can be suspended for one of the three playoff finals on March 29 for getting a yellow card in the six semifinals played five days earlier. The ruling potentially helps around 100 players who could be selected across the 12 squads. One reason for the request was some playoff teams had 10 games in their qualifying groups last year and others played only eight so had fewer chances ...
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Chinese basketball player Yao Ming says he and Peng Shuai ‘chatted merrily’ last month

Chinese basketball legend Yao Ming said on Monday that tennis star Peng Shuai, who became the subject of concern after she accused a former senior politician of sexually assaulting her, was in good spirits when they appeared at an event last month. “She seemed well. We chatted merrily,” Yao said when asked in Beijing on Monday about his impressions of Peng at a cross-country skiing event they both attended last month in Shanghai. The Women’s Tennis Association has suspended tournaments in China due to what it says are concerns over Peng’s safety, which it says have not been alleviated by her public appearances. The issue has cast a shadow over the upcoming winter Olympics in Beijing. Yao said he and Peng had known each other for nearly 20 years. However, he did not comment directly on t...