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India vs South Africa, 1st ODI: KL Rahul blames lack of wickets in middle-overs, middle-order collapse for loss | Cricket News – Times of India

PAARL (South Africa): India skipper KL Rahul blamed lack of wickets in the middle overs and below-par show by the middle order batters for the team's 31-run defeat against South Africa in the ODI series-opener here on Wednesday. Resolute batting from home skipper Temba Bavuma (110) and Rassie van der Dussen (129 not out) took South Africa to a match-winning 296 for four as Indian bowlers struggled to take wickets. "It was a nice game. There's so much to learn. We started off really well, we couldn't get wickets in the middle. We'll look to see how we get wickets in the middle overs and stop the opposition," Rahul said at the post-match presentation ceremony. When India chased, Rahul himself, Rishabh Pant (16), Shreyas Iyer (17) and Venkatesh Iyer (2) could not contribute much. "The midd...
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ISL: SC East Bengal finally break jinx with 2-1 win over FC Goa | Football News – Times of India

BAMBOLIM (Goa): It took SC East Bengal 347 days to end their winless run in the Indian Super League (ISL) as they inflicted a blow to FC Goa's semi-final hopes with a 2-1 win at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim on Wednesday. The first win of the season helps East Bengal rise from the bottom while FC Goa remain stuck in ninth place in the table. Mahesh Naorem Singh (9') scored early for East Bengal against the run of play until Alberto Noguera (37') levelled the score. Naorem Singh (42') completed his brace after a gift from the opposition defender which remained the difference between the teams. Despite dominating the possession, FC Goa were dealt a shock in the early stages after an unforced error from Edu Bedia caught Anwar Ali off-guard. Mahesh Naorem Singh took advantage of the situ...
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Ahmedabad, Kolkata recommended as venues for India’s home series against West Indies | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: The upcoming West Indies tour of India, consisting of a six-match limited overs series, could now be played only in Ahmedabad and Kolkata due to the Covid-19 surge in the country. “The tours and fixtures committee of the BCCI held a meeting today. It was initially thought that the series could be played in multiple venues. However, due to the covid situation, the committee has recommended that the white-ball series will now only be played in two venues — Ahmedabad and Kolkata,” a source in the BCCI told TOI on Wednesday. The BCCI is expected to announce the finalised fixtures of the series in a day or two. The ODI series will begin from February 6. Originally, the ODI series was to begin in Ahmedabad, the second ODI was to be played in Jaipur on 9 February, and the third ODI was...
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‘My body is beat’: Sania Mirza says 2022 season is her last | Tennis News – Times of India

The 2022 tennis season is likely to be Sania Mirza's last. The 35-year-old comeback mom pegged her decision on injuries, a missing spark and her three-year-old son Izhaan, who is of school-going age. The former world No.1 dropped the bombshell rather casually during a post-match press-conference at the Australian Open. "I'm pretty sure that this is my last season, if I do finish it," she added as an afterthought. "I'm not going to be back in Australia to play the Australian Open again." "I have had some great memories, great results in singles, doubles and mixed-doubles here. I have been able to do that over 20 years of my career (from 2001). It has been a great journey for me," she said. "I'm literally taking it one tournament at a time, going week to week with my body, the virus, the ...
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In Pics: Bavuma, Van der Dussen star as SA beat India in first ODI | The Times of India

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Djokovic holds 80% of Danish biotech developing COVID treatment: CEO | Off the field News – Times of India

COPENHAGEN: Tennis champion Novak Djokovic has an 80% stake of Danish biotech firm QuantBioRes, which is aiming to develop a medical treatment to counter COVID-19, the company's chief executive told Reuters on Wednesday. CEO Ivan Loncarevic, who described himself as an entrepreneur, said the investment was made in June 2020 but declined to say how much it was. QuantBioRes has around 11 researchers working in Denmark, Australia and Slovenia, according to Loncarevic, who stressed they were working on a treatment, not a vaccine. The company is developing a peptide, which inhibits the coronavirus from infecting the human cell, and expects to launch clinical trials in Britain this summer, he added. A spokesperson for Djokovic did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The tennis n...
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ICC U-19 World Cup: Covid strikes India U-19 camp, six players ruled out | Cricket News – Times of India

Captain, VC & 2 others test positive, 2 showing symptoms, team management struggles to make XI for Ireland tieNEW DELHI: The U-19 India team playing the World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) has witnessed an outbreak of Covid-19 infections. Four boys, including captain Yash Dhull and vice-captain Shaikh Rasheed, tested positive while Vasu Vats and Manav Parakh showed symptoms before Wednesday’s match against Ireland. Nishant Sindhu walked out to lead the team as the team management and selectors struggled to put up a playing XI. Dhull, Rashid and Aaradhya Yadav tested positive in the rapid antigen test (RAT) on the morning of the match while Siddharth Yadav’s RT-PCR tests came positive on Tuesday night. Dhull and Rasheed were at the venue before the start of the game. According...
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Haryana Steelers beat Puneri Paltan 37-30 in PKL | Pro-Kabaddi-League News – Times of India

BENGALURU: A dominant performance in the second half helped Haryana Steelers beat Puneri Paltan 37-30 in an intensely-contested affair at the Pro Kabaddi League on Wednesday. Haryana's defenders Jaideep and Mohit picked up 7 tackle points each while captain Vikash Kandola had 8 raid points. The first half saw the lead see-sawing between the two sides. Haryana Steelers' defence was certainly in the groove as Mohit and Jaideep thwarted the Pune raiders. Aslam Inamdar and Pankaj Mohite struggled to derive errors from the Steelers while at the other end Pune matched it with resolute defending. Pune had conceded 50 points in their previous match, but Sanket Sawant and Sombir ensured the cover remained safe. A well-time Super Tackle by the latter with less than a minute to go for half time en...
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‘We’re not getting tested’: Zverev says more players probably have COVID-19 at Australian Open | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Alexander Zverev believes there are probably more players at the Australian Open who have tested positive for COVID-19 but they are not being tested, the third seed said on Wednesday. Frenchman Ugo Humbert said earlier on Wednesday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, a day after his first round defeat by compatriot Richard Gasquet, forcing him to isolate for a week in Australia. Players must be fully vaccinated to compete at the Australian Open, a rule that forced the government to deport world number one Novak Djokovic due to his unvaccinated status. "We are allowed to go outside to eat, allowed to do whatever we want, so I think it's natural that more people get COVID," Zverev told reporters after dispatching Australia's John Millman in straight sets in the sec...
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Novak Djokovic holds 80% of Danish biotech developing Covid-19 treatment: CEO

Tennis champion Novak Djokovic has an 80% stake of Danish biotech firm QuantBioRes, which is aiming to develop a medical treatment to counter COVID-19, the company’s chief executive told Reuters on Wednesday. CEO Ivan Loncarevic, who described himself as an entrepreneur, said the investment was made in June 2020 but declined to say how much it was. QuantBioRes has around 11 researchers working in Denmark, Australia and Slovenia, according to Loncarevic, who stressed they were working on a treatment, not a vaccine. The company is developing a peptide, which inhibits the coronavirus from infecting the human cell, expects to launch clinical trials in Britain this summer, he added. A spokesperson for Djokovic did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The tennis number one has ...
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KL Rahul blames lack of wickets in middle-overs, middle-order collapse for loss

India skipper KL Rahul blamed lack of wickets in the middle overs and below-par show by the middle order batters for the team’s 31-run defeat against South Africa in the ODI series-opener here on Wednesday. Resolute batting from home skipper Temba Bavuma (110) and Rassie van der Dussen (129 not out) took South Africa to a match-winning 296 for four as Indian bowlers struggled to take wickets. “It was a nice game. There’s so much to learn. We started off really well, we couldn’t get wickets in the middle. We’ll look to see how we get wickets in the middle overs and stop the opposition,” Rahul said at the post-match presentation ceremony. That's that from the 1st ODI. South Africa win by 31 runs. Scorecard – https://t.co/PJ4gV8SFQb #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/NrRNxZgMNK — BCCI (@BCCI) Jan...
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ICC congratulates Marais Erasmus on reaching 100-ODI landmark | Cricket News – Times of India

PAARL (South Africa): The International Cricket Council (ICC) has congratulated Marais Erasmus for officiating in 100 men's One Day Internationals as an on-field umpire. Erasmus, a member of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Umpires, reached the landmark when he took the field in the first ODI between South Africa and India in Paarl on Wednesday. "Marais is a very consistent umpire with a fine temperament. It is no surprise that he has reached this milestone and I am sure he will continue to do well in the coming years,"Adrian Griffith, ICC Senior Manager - Umpires and Referees said as per an official ICC release. "I congratulate him on behalf of everyone at the ICC and wish him all the best for the future. He has served the game well and is a role model for many aspiring umpires the worl...
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Shikhar Dhawan proves his resilience & resourcefulness… yet again

Shikhar Dhawan, with his exuberant disposition, infuses the team with a sudden lightness. If there indeed hung a heavy air of tenseness around the team, with off-field developments stewing in the background, Dhawan’s presence provided the perfect antidote. There was the usual broad smile and laughter, jokes and banter flying round, as he and Virat Kohli breezed through their partnership — suddenly it felt like the good old times again — and there was a sense of India enjoying their cricket again. If he had converted his 79 into a hundred, he could have pulled out the moustache-twirls and thigh-slaps too. Dhawan came back as though he had never been away; as though he had always been there, like an invisible shadow. And not someone who is, these days, reduced to sporadic appearances, lik...
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McIlroy to take aspects of Tiger Woods’ game to improve in 2022 | Golf News – Times of India

ABU DHABI: Rory McIlroy made it something of a ritual to write his goals for the season on the back of his boarding pass on the flight to the Middle East for his first tournament of the year. Gone, though, are the days when he might jot down the name and number of tournaments he wanted to win. For McIlroy, it's now about smaller objectives that are more in his control. And to see the bigger picture, he's used the player he has called his hero growing up, Tiger Woods, as a benchmark. “Not saying that my game compares to his in any way,” McIlroy said Wednesday of Woods, who he now regards as a close friend, “but there are certainly aspects of what he did so well in the past that I would obviously love to put into my game.” To that end, McIlroy thinks he needs to be “more of a measured and...
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South Africa go 1-0 up after India self-destruct in first ODI

India’s inexplicable middle-order collapse ensured that fine half-centuries from Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli did not count for much as the team was handed a 31-run defeat by a resolute South Africa in the opening ODI here on Wednesday. Chasing a challenging 297, India were cruising at 138 for one before wickets fell in a heap dashing the hopes of the visitors who trail 0-1 in the three-match series. India’s innings ended at 265 for eight. South Africa skipper Temba Bavuma (110 off 143) and Rassie van der Dussen (129 not out off 96) had scored contrasting hundreds en route to their 204-run stand to take South Africa to 296 for four after opting to bat. That's that from the 1st ODI. South Africa win by 31 runs. Scorecard – https://t.co/PJ4gV8SFQb #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/NrRNxZgMNK —...
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Smriti Mandhana named in ICC T20I Women’s Team of the Year | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: Star India opener Smriti Mandhana was on Wednesday named in the ICC T20 women's Team of the Year for her superlative show in the format in 2021 but no Indian made the men's side. The stylish Southpaw, who is the Indian team's vice-captain in the format, was the country's highest scorer in the format in 2021 with 255 runs at an average of 31.87. The ICC Women's T20I Team of the Year is here 🤩Did your favourite players make the list? 🤔 https://t.co/x228TJMTcz— ICC (@ICC) 1642583009000The 25-year-old scored two fifties in the nine matches she played and got her team off to rapid starts regularly, as evident up by her strike-rate of 131.44. While Mandhana was the only Indian, several members of the English side feature in the team with Nat Scriver being named captain. The experienced...
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Thursday’s ISL match between Kerala Blasters and ATKMB postponed

The organisers of the Indian Super League (ISL) on Wednesday said the upcoming match between Kerala Blasters FC and ATK Mohun Bagan has been postponed due to unavailability of enough players in the former’s ranks after being hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The game was scheduled to take pace at Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco on Thursday. “Hero Indian Super League (ISL) has decided to postpone Match No. 66 between Kerala Blasters FC and ATK Mohun Bagan scheduled to be played on Thursday, January 20, 2022, at Tilak Maidan Stadium, Vasco,” the ISL said in a statement. Postponed 👉 Match 66 between @KeralaBlasters 🆚 @atkmohunbaganfc Rescheduled 👉 Match 53 between ATKMB 🆚 @OdishaFC (1/4) League Statement: https://t.co/xZ3H3eNkim#HeroISL #LetsFootball pic.twitter.com/Dkmfjyr9vW — Indian Sup...
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Asian Cup: Moment of truth for Indian women’s football

Growing up in Thoubal, Manipur, Yumnam Kamala Devi didn’t know there was such a thing called women’s football. She’d cut her hair short to be ‘one of the boys’; she’d sneak out of her house to avoid facing the wrath of her parents for playing a ‘boys’ game’; she’d humiliate other players with her body feints and dribbles, and score goals for fun, without ever knowing there was a professional set-up. Kamala, who was All India Football Federation’s Player of the Year in 2017, wasn’t the only one to think so. #WAC2022 🏆 #BackTheBlue 💙 #ShePower 👧 #IndianFootball ⚽ pic.twitter.com/c72pA7GpMy — Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) January 19, 2022 Save for the last couple of years, women’s football has virtually been non-existent in the country. There has been no youth programme, more tha...
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Yorkshire appoint former West Indies all-rounder Gibson as new head coach | Cricket News – Times of India

Yorkshire have appointed Ottis Gibson as their new head coach with the former West Indies all-rounder signing a three-year contract, the county club said on Wednesday, following a number of staff changes after a racism scandal. Gibson was appointed following the departure of coach Andrew Gale, members of the coaching team and director of cricket Martyn Moxon last month following allegations of racist abuse by former player Azeem Rafiq. The scandal shook English sport, cost Yorkshire sponsors and the right to host England internationals while it also embroiled some of the biggest names in English cricket. Gibson previously worked as the head coach for the West Indies and South Africa as well as a bowling coach for England and Bangladesh. Yorkshire County Cricket Club today announces the ...
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Under-19 World Cup: Four India players, including skipper Yash Dhull, test positive for Covid-19

Four India Under-19 players at the ongoing World Cup, including captain Yash Dhull and vice-captain Shaik Rasheed, were unavailable for selection for the Group B game against Ireland in Tarouba, Trinidad and Tobago, after testing positive for Covid-19 following results of rapid antigen tests. Siddharth Yadav and wicket-keeper batsman Aardhya Yadav are the other two players who were found to be positive in rapid antigen tests on the morning of the team’s second league game against Ireland. The Indian Express understands that as a precautionary measure the BCCI decided to isolate these four players till the results of RT-PCR tests are received later in the evening. “We don’t know whether it’s a false positive. So we have taken precaution and decided not to field these pl...