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ISL: Ogbeche’s hat-trick helps Hyderabad beat East Bengal 4-0 | Football News – Times of India

VASCO: Bartholomew Ogbeche scored a hat-trick as Hyderabad FC reclaimed atop the Indian Super League standings with a dominating 4-0 win over SC East Bengal at the Tilak Maidan Stadium here on Monday. Ogbeche's triple strike (21st, 44th, 74th minute) extended his lead in the goal-scoring charts. Aniket Jadhav (45+1) also got on the scoresheet for the Nizams. The result took them to the top of the table with 20 points, ahead of Kerala Blasters FC on goal difference. Joao Victor tested Arindam Bhattacharjee from a free-kick early into the game following a strong start by the Nizams. The goalkeeper was called into action a few more times later after having to make saves from Sauvik Chakrabarti and Aniket Jadhav. However, the custodian could not keep the ball out for long as Bartholomew Ogb...
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Gurjit’s hattrick; Monika, Jyoti’s brace hand India 9-1 win over Singapore, enter Asia Cup semis | Hockey News – Times of India

MUSCAT: Gurjit Kaur slammed a hat-trick while Monika and Jyoti scored a brace each as defending champions India spanked lowly Singapore 9-1 to register their second win in Pool A and qualify for the semifinals of the women's Asia Cup hockey tournament here on Monday. After drubbing Malaysia 9-0 in their opener, the Indians slumped to an unexpected 0-2 loss against pool toppers Japan. But the Indian put their last match defeat behind and dished out a much coordinated display on Monday to steamroll Singapore. Gurjit (8th, 37th, 48th) converted two penalty corners, while Monika (6th, 17th) and Jyoti (43rd, 58th) scored two field goals apiece. The other goal getters for India were Vandana Katariya (8th) and Mariana Kujur (10th). India will take on Pool B leaders Korea in the first semifinal...
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Cocaine in cricket’s new fix: Trapped by Indian bookies, says ex-Zimbabwe star Brendan Taylor

BRENDAN TAYLOR, the former Zimbabwe captain, is set to become the second big name from his country after former fast bowler Heath Streak to have breached the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Anti-Corruption Code in recent times. In a statement posted on Taylor’s Twitter handle on Monday, the recently retired 35-year-old wicketkeeper-batter said the ICC is about to impose a “multi-year ban” on him after he delayed reporting a corrupt approach by “an Indian businessman” to the governing body for four months. The Harare-born Taylor, who had a long playing career for Zimbabwe from 2004 to 2021, said that in October 2019, he had been requested by the businessman to come to India to discuss sponsorships and the potential launch of a T20 tournament in the African country. He said he was t...
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bengal: PKL: Maninder helps Bengal Warriors beat Pink Panthers | undefined News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Maninder Singh was the star for defending champions Bengal Warriors as they beat Jaipur Pink Panthers 41-22 in a Pro Kabaddi League Season 8 match here on Monday. Captain Maninder scored 13 points and was supported by his entire team in securing a win that will improve their play-off chances. Jaipur's Arjun Deshwal picked up 10 points but received very little support from his defence and offence. Bengal coach BC Ramesh will take a lot of positives from the match, especially the performance of his much-maligned defence. Ran Sindh scored four points while Vishal Mane scored two points along with Abozar Mighani. The first half was a cagey affair with both teams matching each other blow for blow. Jaipur were without the services of Deepak Hooda which meant more responsibilities o...
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Saina Nehwal top attraction in Odisha Open | Badminton News – Times of India

CUTTACK: London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal will be the star attraction in Odisha Open Super 100, the state's first ever international tournament under Badminton World Federation, which begins here from Tuesday. Saina has been seeded first in the women's singles while P Kashyap is the top seed in men's singles of the tournament to be played at Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium. More than 300 players from 17 countries are participating in this tournament. The event begins with the qualifying round on Tuesday and will continue till January 30. The tournament, a BWF event, is being organised jointly by the state sports and youth service department, Badminton Association of India and its Odisha unit. "It is a matter of pride for our state to host such a prestigious sports event," O...
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Virat Kohli was inspirational as leader but his biggest contribution is emphasis on Test cricket: Shane Warne | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Virat Kohli was an "inspirational leader" in his own right and without his passion for the game's traditional format, Test cricket's popularity would have dwindled in some of the other countries, legendary Shane Warne said on Monday. Kohli recently relinquished Test captaincy after his team's 1-2 defeat against a weak South African side but for the leg-spin wizard, Kohli's biggest contribution is being the foremost flag-bearer of cricket's hardest form. "Virat was a very good leader and he inspired his teammates. I think on the tactical side he could have improved on but as far as being a leader is concerned, I think he inspired his teammates all the time," Warne told PTI during an exclusive interaction while promoting his documentary 'Shane' which has been aired on 'Book My ...
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Lucknow Super Giants: Lucknow IPL team to be called Lucknow Super Giants | Cricket News – Times of India

LUCKNOW: The Lucknow franchise of the Indian Premier League will be called Lucknow Super Giants after its owners announced the name chosen by its fans. The official IPL team of Lucknow, owned by RPSG Group, decided to take public opinions from its fans and the name was shared by owner Sanjiv Goenka in a video message on Monday. "Thank you so much for your overwhelming response to the 'Naam banao naam kamao' contest. Lakhs and lakhs of people responded, based on that we are very happy to choose the name for the Lucknow IPL team," Goenka said in his message, while revealing the team name. Team owner, Dr. Sanjiv Goenka, Chairman @rpsggroup unveils the name for the Lucknow IPL team. 😊👏🏼… https://t.co/kvuAAYPpay— Lucknow Super Giants (@TeamLucknowIPL) 1643032156000"And the name that we have ...
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Fold and leave table when other option is to bet: R Ashwin | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India off-spinner R Ashwin on Monday said former Zimbabwe skipper Brendan Taylor's stunning disclosure about being blackmailed into accepting money for spot-fixing by an Indian businessman should be a cautionary tale for all and it's important to simply "fold and leave table" when the other option is "bet". In an explosive revelation on Monday, Taylor said he is facing a multi-year ban from the ICC for failing to report a corrupt approach by an Indian businessman in 2019. "Spread the awareness!! Most times the hand dealt to us at the poker table gives us an option to bet or fold!! Its important to fold and leave the table! All strength to Brendan and his family," Ashwin tweeted. Spread the awareness!! Most times the hand dealt to us at the poker table gives us an option to be...
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My performance in T20 World Cup win against India was most memorable: Shaheen Afridi | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: Fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi, who became the first Pakistani to win the ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year award on Monday, said his match-winning three-wicket haul against India in the T20 World Cup last year was the most memorable performance of 2021. Afridi took three wickets for 31 runs by removing the top three of the Indian batting order -- Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli -- to play a major role in Pakistan's 10-wicket win over their arch rivals. "I had many good performances including five-fors in Tests. But the most memorable one for me would be the match we won against India,” he told ARY news channel. “It was a great year for me and hopefully you will see good performances in 2022 too.” Afridi described the India opener KL Rahul's wicket as his most prized scal...
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Kaia Kanepi stuns Aryna Sabalenka to reach last eight in Melbourne | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Estonia's Kaia Kanepi rallied from a set down to topple world number two Aryna Sabalenka 5-7, 6-2, 7-6(10) on Margaret Court Arena in a tight contest on Monday to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals for the first time. Having surrendered the opening set for three matches in a row, Sabalenka took a one-set lead for the first time in Melbourne but was unable to build on it as her serving issues resurfaced once again. Kanepi was gifted a double break early in the second set with back-to-back double faults from her 23-year-old opponent and did not waste the opportunity as she cruised to a 4-0 lead before taking the set. The 36-year-old carried that momentum into the decider and looked set to go 5-3 up but Sabalenka saved four break points to hold for 3-4 and level it, before...
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Watford fires Ranieri after falling into EPL relegation zone

Claudio Ranieri was fired by Watford on Monday after 3 1/2 months in charge of the Premier League team that has just slipped into the relegation zone. Watford won two of its 13 league matches under the 70-year-old Ranieri. A 3-0 home loss to Norwich dropped Watford into the bottom three for the first time this season. Watford is looking for its third permanent manager of the season, having already fired Xisco Munoz, and its 16th in the last 10 years. Watford was the 18th different club in Ranieri’s long coaching career which reached its peak in 2016 when he guided Leicester to an improbable Premier League title. Watford Football Club confirms the departure of Head Coach Claudio Ranieri. The Hornets' Board recognises Claudio as a man of great integrity and honour, who will always be res...
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Djokovic could play in France under latest vaccine rules

Top-ranked player Novak Djokovic could be allowed to defend his French Open title under the latest COVID-19 rules adopted by the French government, even if he is still not vaccinated when the clay-court Grand Slam starts in May. Djokovic was deported from Australia and barred from playing in the Australian Open this month for not meeting the country’s strict COVID-19 vaccination rules. It initially appeared that the Serb tennis star would not be welcomed at Roland Garros either under a new law intended to exclude the unvaccinated from stadiums, restaurants, bars and other public places. As questions quickly arose about Djokovic’s status in France following his deportation from Australia, Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu previously said that as soon as the law was passed the country’s ...
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Brentford boss Thomas Frank signs new deal until 2025 | Football News – Times of India

LONDON: Brentford boss Thomas Frank has signed a new contract running until 2025, the Premier League club announced on Monday. The 48-year-old Dane, who was previously assistant head coach under Dean Smith, took charge at the London club in October 2018. He guided them to promotion last season via the Championship play-offs and they are currently 14th in the Premier League table. Frank said in a video message on Brentford's official Twitter feed that he felt privileged to "continue this fantastic journey". "We created a lot of Brentford history. I'm looking forward to doing my best every single day to try to create some new history with all the fantastic people at the club," he added. Frank's assistant, Brian Riemer, has also signed a new deal. "They have been integral to the success th...
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Being Temba Bavuma: Captain of ‘People’s’ Republic of South Africa | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: In 2001, sixth grade students at the prestigious South African College Schools (SACS) in Cape Town were assigned a project -- "Where do I see myself in 15 years?" It was a tiny 11-year-old, whose essay found the pride of place in the school magazine. "I see myself in fifteen years in my suit and shaking (then SA president Thabo) Mr Mbeki's hand congratulating me for making the South African side," sixth grader Temba Bavuma, wrote in his submission. "If I do I would definitely thank my coaches and parents who support me all the way and especially my two uncles who gave me the skills of being one (a Proteas representative)," read the note which was widely carried by local media. For many, it could have merely been musings of an impressionable pre-teen but when in 2016, exactly ...
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Gurjit’s hattrick; Monika, Jyoti’s brace hand India 9-1 win over Singapore, enter Asia Cup semis

Gurjit Kaur slammed a hat-trick while Monika and Jyoti scored a brace each as defending champions India spanked lowly Singapore 9-1 to register their second win in Pool A and qualify for the semifinals of the women’s Asia Cup hockey tournament here on Monday. After drubbing Malaysia 9-0 in their opener, the Indians slumped to an unexpected 0-2 loss against pool toppers Japan. But the Indians put their last match defeat behind and dished out a much coordinated display on Monday to steamroll Singapore. Gurjit (8th, 37th, 48th) converted two penalty corners, while Monika (6th, 17th) and Jyoti (43rd, 58th) scored two field goals apiece. The other goal getters for India were Vandana Katariya (8th) and Mariana Kujur (10th). Our emphatic victory against 🇸🇬 from the eyes of the 📸! 🔥#Indi...
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IPL 2022: KL Rahul is a phenomenal white-ball batter, says Lucknow’s mentor Gautam Gambhir | Cricket News – Times of India

LUCKNOW: Former Indian cricketer and the team mentor of the Indian Premier League's new Lucknow franchise, Gautam Gambhir, has said that KL Rahul is a phenomenal white ball-batter and a leader as well. Lucknow has opted to go with KL Rahul (Rs 17 crore), Marcus Stoinis (Rs 9.2 crore), and Ravi Bishnoi (Rs 4 crore) for IPL 2022. KL Rahul will don the captaincy hat. Andy Flower has already been named the coach of the Lucknow franchise while former India batter Gautam Gambhir will serve as the mentor of the franchise. Gautam Gambhir opened up about choosing KL Rahul, Marcus Stoinis, and Ravi Bishnoi for the showpiece event. "It's a no brainer when it comes to KL Rahul. He is not only a batter but obviously a leader as well. It is a work in progress but he gives you three things -- keeps wi...
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Women’s football hopes to overcome Asian Cup setback

Dalima Chibber was expressing her state of mind but the otherwise cheery right-back might as well have been speaking for the entire Indian team, whose matches in the AFC Asian Cup were declared null and void by the continental body on Monday, following a Covid-19 outbreak within the squad. A day after the hosts were forced to withdraw from the tournament after they were unable to field a team for their group stage match against Chinese Taipei on Sunday, it is learnt that two more Indian players tested positive, taking the total number of infected players to 14. The players and members of support staff have been kept in isolation at the team hotel in Navi Mumbai, where seven other teams and tournament organisers are staying in a bubble and are on ‘high alert’. India is not the only team...
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Shaheen Afridi leads Pakistan’s domination of ICC awards | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: Pakistan fast bowler Shaheen Afridi was named men's Cricketer of the Year on Monday, combining with teammates Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan to help his country dominate the annual awards announced by the governing International Cricket Council (ICC). England captain Joe Root won the Test Player of the Year honours to prevent a sweep of the men's awards by Pakistan. Pakistan captain Babar was adjudged One-Day Cricketer of the Year while his deputy Rizwan grabbed the T20 award. Sizzling spells, sheer display of pace and swing and some magical moments ✨ Shaheen Afridi was unstoppable in 202… https://t.co/1eOGf8yD4z— ICC (@ICC) 1643016643000A fourth Pakistan cricketer, Fatima Sana, won the Emerging Women's Cricketer of the year award. Known for his sizzling yorkers and an ability to...
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Virat was inspirational as leader but his biggest contribution is emphasis on Test cricket: Warne

Virat Kohli was an “inspirational leader” in his own right and without his passion for the game’s traditional format, Test cricket’s popularity would have dwindled in some of the other countries, legendary Shane Warne said on Monday. Kohli recently relinquished Test captaincy after his team’s 1-2 defeat against a weak South African side but for the leg-spin wizard, Kohli’s biggest contribution is being the foremost flag-bearer of cricket’s hardest form. “Virat was a very good leader and he inspired his teammates. I think on the tactical side he could have improved on but as far as being a leader is concerned, I think he inspired his teammates all the time,” Warne told PTI during an exclusive interaction while promoting his documentary ‘Shane’ which has been aired on ‘Book My Show’ stre...