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Day: January 26, 2022

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ISL: Bengaluru FC register convincing 3-0 win over Chennaiyin FC | Football News – Times of India

BAMBOLIM: Udanta Singh scored a goal each on either side of half time to help Bengaluru FC register a convincing 3-0 win and crush Chennaiyin FC's hopes of going atop the table in the Indian Super League on Wednesday. Iman Basafa opened the floodgates for Bengaluru who were missing first-choice goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu with Lara Sharma filling in for the star shot-stopper. Basafa converted from the spot in the 12th minute before Udanta made it 2-0 in the 42nd minute. The pacy winger struck in the 52nd minute too to take the game away from Chennaiyin and ensure his side moved to sixth in the table with 17 points from 13 games. Chennaiyin remained fifth with 18 points from 13 matches, but a victory would have taken them at the top of the tree with Hyderabad FC having 20 points fro...
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Virat Kohli is like a beast on the field, he wants to compete, says Ravi Shastri | Cricket News – Times of India

MUSCAT (Oman): Former Team India head coach Ravi Shastri has termed Virat Kohli a "beast" on the field but said the former skipper is totally opposite when he is not playing the game. Kohli had stepped down as the Test skipper after India suffered a Test series loss against South Africa. Shastri said the challenge for Kohli is now to maintain the same energy when he is playing as a player and not as the captain of Team India. "Virat is like a beast on the field. He is a terrier. Once he enters the ground, he wants to compete and is not worried about anybody. He is in-your-face and passionate. Off the field, he is totally opposite," Shastri told Shoaib Akhtar on the former Pakistan pacer's YouTube channel. Ravi Shastri & Future of Cricket | Shoaib Akhtar | SP1N"Absolutely calm, chill...
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U Mumba decimate Bengaluru Bulls for second time in PKL-8 | Pro-Kabaddi-League News – Times of India

BENGALURU: U Mumba thrashed Bengaluru Bulls 45-34 in a Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) match on Wednesday. Abhishek Singh scored 11 raid points for Mumbai and was ably supported by Ajith Kumar with eight. But it was the defence that won them the encounter with Rahul Sethpal clinching a High 5 (7 tackle points + 1 bonus point). The Mumbai defence, marshalled by Fazel Atrachali, ensured the Bulls captain Pawan Sehrawat spent a lot of time in the dugout. Pawan did secure his Super 10 but didn't get enough support from his teammates to challenge U Mumba. U Mumba started the match on the front foot with their raider Abhishek Singh upsetting the Bulls defenders. His clinical hand touches gave Mumbai an early advantage while Fazel Atrachali's tackle on Pawan Sehrawat ensured the Bulls captain remaine...
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Ravi Bishnoi gets maiden call-up for Windies series, Kuldeep Yadav makes comeback | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: After a marathon meeting on Wednesday, the Chetan Sharma-led national selection committee has decided to bring back Kuldeep Yadav in India’s white-ball scheme of things. The selectors have also decided to try out up and coming right-arm wrist-spinner Ravi Bishnoi for the home series against West Indies beginning from Feb 6 in Ahmedabad. The selectors were at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) where newly-appointed full-time white-ball captain Rohit Sharma was due to take a fitness test. Upon passing the test, Rohit went into the meeting to pick the squad for the T20I and ODI series. Rohit Sharma also made a comeback after missing the Test and ODI series against South Africa due to a hamstring injury. "Pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami have been rested from the series w...
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Malinga appointed Sri Lanka bowling strategy coach for Australia tour | Cricket News – Times of India

COLOMBO (Sri Lanka): Former Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga has been appointed as the national team's bowling strategy coach for the Australia tour. Malinga, in his new short-term role as a specialist coach, will support Sri Lanka's bowlers, providing tactical insight and technical expertise to help the on-field execution of strategic plans. "Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce the appointment of Lasith Malinga, the Sri Lankan fast bowling legend and former captain of the ODI and T20I team, as the 'Bowling Strategy Coach' of the National Team for the upcoming Tour of Australia," SLC said in a statement. Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce the appointment of Lasith Malinga, the Sri Lankan fast bowling legend and form… https://t.co/zXW9Vn4bF6— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) 16...
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Premier League says minimum four COVID-19 cases needed for fixture postponement | Football News – Times of India

Clubs can apply for a fixture postponement only if they have a minimum of four positive COVID-19 cases in their squads, the Premier League said on Wednesday following a meeting of representatives of all 20 sides. A total of 22 games have been called off this season due to COVID-19 outbreaks and the subsequent unavailability of players, with the league being criticised by some clubs for their handling of the crisis. Following a club meeting today, the Premier League's COVID-19 match postponement guidance has been updated to inclu… https://t.co/GJPYPIl9bp— Premier League (@premierleague) 1643205856000Earlier, a match could be postponed if one of the teams did not have 13 available outfield players and one goalkeeper "either from its squad list or its appropriately experienced Under-21 pla...
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Hockey India congratulates Gurjit Kaur on completing 100 international caps | Hockey News – Times of India

MUSCAT (Oman): Indian Women's hockey team's ace drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur completed 100 international caps at the ongoing Women's Asia Cup 2022 in Muscat. She achieved this milestone during India's semi-final match against Korea on Wednesday. Since her debut against Malaysia in 2014, Gurjit Kaur has shown grit and determination to become a vital player in the Indian team. Her goals have contributed to big victories for the team in recent years, most notably so at the ninth Women's Asia Cup in 2017, Japan where she scored a total of eight goals, finishing as the tournament's third-highest goal-scorer. 1⃣0️⃣0️⃣ reasons to celebrate Gurjit Kaur stepping out on the turf today. 🤩Hockey India congratulates her as she… https://t.co/vW48Qo1ZmD— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) 1643200477000Gurjit ...
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Rumesh Ratnayake appointed Sri Lanka’s interim coach for Australia series | Cricket News – Times of India

COLOMBO (Sri Lanka): Former Sri Lanka cricketer Rumesh Ratnayake was on Wednesday appointed as the interim coach of the national side for the upcoming tour of Australia. The five-match series from February 11-20 will be played across three venues, the Sydney Cricket Ground, Manuka Oval, and Melbourne Cricket Ground. "He was appointed by the Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket in consultation with the Technical Advisory Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket," SLC said in a statement. Rumesh Ratnayake was appointed as the interim coach of the National Team for the upcoming Sri Lanka Tour of Austral… https://t.co/Czn3j7rMKo— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) 1643185510000Sri Lanka Cricket said Ratnayake will not travel to Australia with the team but will join before the 1st T20I game, as h...
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Padma Bhushan honour for me is a huge moment for entire community: Devendra Jhajharia | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The first para athlete to be bestowed with the Padma Bhushan, Devendra Jhajharia says the "huge honour" will help change the attitude of society towards the differently abled and motivate them to strive for excellence. The multiple Paralympics gold medallist and world champion was on Tuesday named for the prestigious Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian honour in the country. Jhajharia won two gold medals at the 2004 and 2016 Paralympics and a silver at the 2020 Tokyo Games. देश के तृतीय सर्वोच्च नागरिक सम्मान पद्म भूषण से नवाजे जाने की घोषणा के लिए प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी जी का बहुत-ब… https://t.co/LnjvgYF927— Devendra Jhajharia (@DevJhajharia) 1643132138000"It's not just huge for para sports but also for disabled community. The perspective of society towards para ath...
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English cricket comes under fresh fire over racism | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: English cricket is back in the firing line over racism in the game after "stereotypical" and "outdated" views were expressed about the reasons for a lack of interest in the game among Britain's ethnic-minority communities. Former Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq delivered harrowing testimony to lawmakers in November in which he said his career had been ended by the abuse he received at the county club. The Pakistan-born off-spinner, who had dreamed of playing for England, said cricket was blighted by institutional racism "up and down the country". The parliamentary Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee issued a report earlier this month saying English cricket must root out "deep-seated" racism or face losing public money. Lawmakers on the committee heard evidence from a number...
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IOC says it talked to China’s Peng Shuai last week | Tennis News – Times of India

ATHENS: The International Olympic Committee talked with Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai last week and will meet her in Beijing during next month's Winter Olympics, it said on Wednesday. Peng's situation became a matter of concern in November when the former women's number one doubles player alleged that a former Chinese vice premier, Zhang Gaoli, had sexually assaulted her in the past. After that social media post, she was absent from public view for nearly three weeks. Last month Peng said she had never accused anyone of sexually assaulting her, and that the post she made had been misunderstood. Zhang has not commented on the matter. "Since the first call that the IOC held with Peng Shuai on 21 November 2021, the IOC team has kept in touch with her and had a number of conversations wi...
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From preparing pitches to facing self-doubts, Jodhpur boy Bishnoi now to face West Indies in ODIs and T20s

It has been a rapid rise for Ravi Bishnoi. The boy from a humble background, who once had to work at a ground to make it fit for cricket training, starred at the 2020 U-19 World Cup, which prompted a big-money Indian Premier League contract with Punjab Kings, for whom he impressed greatly with his skills as well as temperament. The last few days too have been quite eventful for the youngster from Jodhpur. He was among the three players acquired in the draft by the new Lucknow franchise of the IPL before next month’s mega auction, his paycheque doubling to Rs 4 crore. And on Wednesday, Bishnoi made it to the India squad after being named in the ODI and T20 sides for the home series against the men from the Caribbean. It has is close to being a typical rags-to-riches story. A few years ag...
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Rahul Dravid will bring in a lot to the table but it’s more about man-management than coaching: Shane Warne | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Rahul Dravid will bring in a "lot of steel" in the current Indian team and his role will be more of a 'Man Manager' rather than of a conventional coach which is an obsolete concept, reckons Australian spin wizard Shane Warne. Warne had some great on-field battles with Dravid during their playing days. The legendary leg-spinner has utmost respect for the new Indian head coach but as has been his stance for nearly three decades now, he doesn't believe in "terminology" at elite level. "Rahul Dravid will bring in a lot to the table. Terrific cricketer, great person. I think he will bring in a lot of steel, a lot of toughness to the group," Warne said. "I think he will bring in a lot of tactical stuff that will be good. Rahul is fantastic for Indian cricket," he added. (Photo by A...
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India vs West Indies 2022 ODI, T20 squads: Ashwin dropped, Rohit to lead, Bishnoi gets maiden call

India vs West Indies 2022: The All-India Senior Selection Committee picked an 18-member squad for the upcoming ODI and T20I series against the West Indies on Wednesday. Team India are set to play three ODIs at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad from 6th February followed by the T20I series at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata from 16th February. Ravichandran Ashwin has been dropped from both T20 and ODIs while Rohit Sharma will return to lead India against the Caribbean team in the six-match white-ball series. Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami have been rested from the series while KL Rahul will be available from the 2nd ODI onwards. Deepak Hooda has also been picked in ODI squad. T20I squad: Rohit Sharma(Capt),KL Rahul (vc),Ishan Kishan,Virat Kohli,Shreyas Iyer,Surya Kumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant ...
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Netherlands’ Vivian Kingma gets four-match suspension for ball-tampering | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: Netherlands fast bowler Vivian Kingma has been given a four-match suspension for tampering with the ball during his side's third one-day international against Afghanistan, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Wednesday. Kingma will miss his team's next four limited-overs games after breaching level three of the ICC's code of conduct during Tuesday's match in Doha. "The incident occurred in the 31st over of Afghanistan’s innings, when the fast bowler changed the condition of the ball by scratching it with his nails," the ICC said in a statement. Kingma, 27, admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Wendell La Brooy, it added. Netherlands were handed a five-run penalty, and lost the match by 75 runs as Afghanistan completed a 3-0 sweep. !fu...
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ICC ODI Rankings: Virat Kohli retains 2nd spot, Rohit Sharma remains at 3rd | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: India stalwart Virat Kohli retained his second spot in the ICC men's ODI batting rankings on the back of his decent performance in the recently-concluded South Africa series. Kohli, who stepped down from the Indian team Test captaincy after the away series against South Africa, scored 116 runs in the three-match ODI rubber against the Proteas, including two half-centuries. Another India senior player Rohit Sharma, who has been named Kohli's successor in the India ODI team, also maintained his third place despite not playing in the South Africa series as he was recovering from an injury. Kohli has 836 rating points to his kitty, while Rohit has 801. Pakistan captain Babar Azam leads the ODI batting rankings with 873 points. South Africa's Rassie van der Dussen broke into the top 1...
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Asia Cup Hockey: India’s title hopes dashed after losing 2-3 to Korea in semifinal

The Indian women’s hockey team’s hopes of defending the Asia Cup title went up in smoke as Korea secured a come-from-behind 2-3 win to qualify for the final of the continental event at the Sultan Qaboos Complex here on Wednesday. India started brightly and took the lead in the 28th minute through Vandana Katariya before Korea made a brilliant comeback after the change of ends and scored thrice through skipper Enubi Cheon (31st), Seung Ju Lee (45th) and Hyejin Cho (47th) to stun the holders. India will now play the loser of the second semifinal between Japan and China in the third-fourth place play-off match on Friday. A great battle on the field💯#TeamIndia gave it all till the end but not the result we wanted. 🇰🇷 3:2 🇮🇳#IndiaKaGame #WAC2022 pic.twitter.com/SM5d68Zbi3 — Hockey India (@T...
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‘I asked myself what would Novak do’: Medvedev booed by crowd after Djokovic comment

Top seed Daniil Medvedev battled back from two sets down and saved a match point against Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime to reach the Australian Open semi-finals with a 6-7(4) 3-6 7-6(2) 7-5 6-4 victory on Wednesday. Medvedev had his back firmly up against the wall for much of an absorbing contest as Auger-Aliassime produced some stunning tennis at the Rod Laver Arena. But he simply refused to lie down as he overturned a two-set deficit for only the second time in his career to set up a Friday semi-final against Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas. Never count @DaniilMedwed out 🙅‍♂️ From two-sets-to-love down, the world No.2 completes the comeback to defeat Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-7(4) 3-6 7-6(2) 7-5 6-4 and advance to his second consecutive #AusOpen semifinal.#AO2022 pic.twitter.com/Pbel08qtGM — ...
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From watching martial arts movies to national honour: Story of Faisal Ali Dar, Kashmir’s first Padma awardee in sport

Faisal Ali Dar is the first Padma awardee in sport from Kashmir, but the 33-year-old martial arts coach is determined to ensure that the recognition is only a pitstop in his long journey on which he wants to achieve much more. As the Dar family celebrated the accolade, and calls started pouring in from his trainees and coaches from the nine centres he runs in Jammu and Kashmir, he got emotional about the honour. “It’s a big honour. My four-year-old son learnt to say Padma Shri last night. It’s a matter of pride for me, Kashmir and the whole country,” the man from Bandipora said. “I come from a district where we are ages behind in terms of sports infrastructure and to get this award will certainly motivate us even more to achieve more despite all the hurdles,” Dar told The Indian Express...
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Daniil Medvedev wins in five sets, into Australian Open semis

Daniil Medvedev rallied from two sets down and saved a match point before beating No. 9 Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-7 (4), 3-6, 7-6 (2), 7-5, 6-4 to move into the Australian Open semifinals. The Meddy Show 🙌@DaniilMedwed produces an incredible comeback to secure his SF spot 🔥 🎥: @AustralianOpen | #AusOpen | #AO2022 pic.twitter.com/YVimaqGlWd — ATP Tour (@atptour) January 26, 2022 The U.S. Open champion’s bid to become the first man in the Open era to win his second Grand Slam title in the next major tournament is still on track after the 4-hour, 42-minute comeback victory. A six-minute delay in the third-set tiebreaker for the roof on Rod Laver Arena to be closed during a rain shower swung the momentum mostly in Medvedev’s favor. Auger-Aliassime won only one of the last six points in the t...