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Day: January 29, 2022

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India vs West Indies: Shahrukh, Sai Kishore added as stand-byes in Indian squad | Cricket News – Times of India

CHENNAI: A couple of days after he was overlooked by the selectors for the limited-overs series against the West Indies, M Shahrukh Khan has been added as a stand-by to the Indian squad. With the third wave still persisting across the country, the Tamil Nadu middle-order batter has been added as part of a contingency plan along with left-arm spinner and statemate R Sai Kishore. A source confirmed the development late on Saturday. "The BCCI wants to have all its bases covered. With the third wave still persisting, the Board cannot take a chance and Shahrukh and Sai Kishore have been added to the squad. Sai Kishore will be a good handy bowler at the nets too," a source told TOI. Apart from the duo, TN allrounder Washington Sundar has also been selected for the series which starts in Ahmed...
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ISL: Hat-trick hero Kiyan Nassiri delivers ATK Mohun Bagan derby honours over rivals SC East Bengal | Football News – Times of India

FATORDA: Young midfielder Kiyan Nassiri scored a memorable hat-trick as ATK Mohun Bagan once again humiliated a below-par SC East Bengal 3-1 in an Indian Super League (ISL) match on Saturday. Kiyan scored in the 64th minute and then struck twice in second and third minutes of stoppage time (92nd and 93rd) to finish on a memorable note. Nassiri is son of former East Bengal legend Jamshed Nassiri, who was known for his powerful headers in the '80s. Kiyan is of Iranian descent but the 21-year-old was born and brought up in Kolkata. He has been part of green and maroon brigade since 2019-20 season. Mohun Bagan now have 19 points from 11 games and are fourth in the league table having played two games less than toppers Hyderabad FC (23 points from 13 games). East Bengal are predictably last ...
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PKL: Dabang Delhi beat Gujarat Giants 41-22, move to top of points table | Pro-Kabaddi-League News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Dabang Delhi KC thrashed Gujarat Giants 41-22 in a Pro Kabaddi League game on Saturday. Defenders Manjeet Chhillar and Krishan scored 'High 5s' for the Delhi side who moved to the top of the points table with the result. Vijay (8 points) and Neeraj Narwal (4 points) contributed to the raiding points for Delhi who continued to be without their star raider Naveen Kumar. Gujarat coach Manpreet Singh will have no positives to take from the result with both the defence and attack falling short. Dabang Delhi KC started the match on the front foot with their much-maligned defence showing aggressive intent. Captain Joginder Narwal was back in the left corner position and that seemed to have motivated the senior pros in the team. Sandeep Narwal and Manjeet Chhillar looked confident in...
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Bopanna-Ramkumar seeded second at Tata Open Maharashtra | Tennis News – Times of India

PUNE: The Indian pair of Rohan Bopanna and Ramkumar Ramanathan was on Saturday seeded second in the men's doubles event of the Tata Open Maharashtra, beginning January 31 here. Bopanna and Ramkumar, who won the title in Adelaide before the Australian Open, will open their campaign against the experienced American pair of Jamie Cerretani and Nicolas Monroe. The Aussie duo of Luke Saville and John-Patrick Smith has been given the top billing. Apart from Bopanna and Ramkumar, two more Indian pairs will be seen in action in the doubles with Yuki Bhambri and Divij Sharan receiving the wild cards along with local boy Arjun Kadhe and Purav Raja. Four Indians, starting in the singles main draw, have been handed a comparatively tricky draw as they will face tough competitions against the higher ...
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Arjun Erigaisi wins Tata Steel Challengers with a round to spare | Chess News – Times of India

CHENNAI: Grandmaster Arjun Erigaisi became the fourth Indian player after P Harikrishna, B Adhiban and Vidit Gujrathi to win the Tata Steel Challengers event at Wijk Aan Zee in The Netherlands on Saturday evening. The 18-year-old won the tournament --- 9.5 points from 12 games ---- with a round to spare after his draw against Vietnam’s Thai Dan Van Nguyen. Arjun has now qualified for the 2023 edition of Tata Steel Masters. Arjun enjoyed a dream run at the tournament with 7 wins and 5 draws. His stupendous show meant that he also broke into the top-100 of World rankings during the course of the competition. ♟💙 | Arjun Erigaisi wins the #TataSteelChess Challengers Tournament! Congratulations! https://t.co/6wLV4ieJe7— Tata Steel Chess (@tatasteelchess) 1643467234000"This is by far one of m...
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Multan beat Lahore in record-breaking PSL chase | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI (Pakistan): The opening pair of Shan Masood and captain Mohammad Rizwan hit half-centuries to power defending champion Multan Sultans to a five-wicket win over Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League on Saturday. Left-handed Masood made 83 off 50 balls while Rizwan's (69) sublime form in the T20s continued as he scored his second successive half-century in Multan's record-breaking chase of 209-5 with two balls to spare. It was the highest-ever successful chase in the PSL, which is in its seventh season. Opener Fakhar Zaman's blistering 76 off 35 balls had earlier set up Lahore's strong total of 206-5 after Rizwan won the toss and opted to field. With 17 required off the last two overs, Lahore skipper Shaheen Shah Afridi (3-40) pushed Multan in a tight corner by conceding o...
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netherlands: Netherlands’ Ben Cooper announces retirement from international cricket aged 29 | Cricket News – Times of India

AMSTERDAM: Netherlands batter Ben Cooper on Saturday announced his retirement from international cricket at the age of 29. The left-hand batter has featured in 70 international matches for the Netherlands, since making his debut back in 2013 against Canada in an ODI match. "Today, I announce my retirement from international cricket," Cooper posted on Twitter. "It has been an absolute honour and privilege to don the oranges and represent the Netherlands for the last eight years. "It's been a time filled with amazing highs, special moments and tough lows. There's nothing I would change about it and will look back at my time with very fond memories." Thanks to everyone who’s supported me throughout my journey with @KNCBcricket it’s been unreal but it’s time for me… https://t.co/4JwSKBEMG2—...
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Ash Barty says ‘dream come true’ to win Australian Open | Tennis News – Times of India

World number one Ash Barty said her dream came true after she ended Australia's 44-year wait for a home winner at the Australian Open by beating American Danielle Collins 6-3, 7-6(2) in the final on Saturday. Barty staved off a fightback from Collins to pick up her third Grand Slam title, thus becoming the first Australian to win the event since Chris O'Neil captured the women's title in 1978. "This is a dream come true for me, and I am so proud to be an Aussie," said Barty, who also won the 2019 French Open and 2021 Wimbledon titles. "As an Aussie, the most important part of this tournament is to be able to share it with so many people and you guys in the crowd have been nothing short of exceptional. "I have said numerous times, I am so lucky to have so many people here that love and s...
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How cricket helped Ash Barty break Australia’s Australian Open jinx

Carrying the ‘world No. 1, top seed’ targets on her back, and hopes of a nation on her shoulders, Ashleigh Barty became the first Australian player to win the Australian Open singles title since 1978. During the fortnight that ended a 44-year wait, Barty had her full repertoire on display. The kick serve aka “the hopper”. The one-handed slice, two-handed drive backhands. The forehand dripping with heavy topspin. Risky drop shots, opportune volleys, and the all elite overhead. The shot that generated the most buzz, however, was played during practice: Barty casually tucked the tennis ball off her hip, a textbook leg glance, pointed elbow and all. 🎾 x 🏏 @ashbarty • #AusOpen • #AO2022 pic.twitter.com/bUb1gqwxjH — #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 22, 2022 “It was a sweet little glance, w...
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East Bengal legend Nassiri’s son Kiyan scores hat-trick for Mohun Bagan

An East Bengal legend’s son broke the red-and-gold hearts, playing for Mohun Bagan. Kiyan Nassiri, son of former East Bengal striker Jamshid Nassiri, announced his arrival in Indian football, scoring a hat-trick for ATK Mohun Bagan at the return-leg Indian Super League derby against SC East Bengal in Goa on Saturday. The green-and-maroon came back from a goal down to win the match 3-1. Back in the 1980s, Jamshid was a star forward for East Bengal, forming a deadly partnership with Majid Bishkar. They came from Iran and especially Majid lit up the Kolkata maidan with his soccer sorcery. Jamshid was a typical marksman, always ready to pounce on goal-scoring opportunities. While Majid returned to Iran after a short but dazzling career that eventually fell by the wayside, his friend adopted...
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‘Where is Peng Shuai?’ shirts handed to Australian Open fans | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Activists handed out 1,000 "Where is Peng Shuai?" T-shirts to spectators ahead of the Australian Open women's final Saturday to highlight concern for the Chinese tennis star. More than a week after security staff ordered activists inside the precinct to remove the shirts, the protesters returned with a thousand more to give to those arriving at Melbourne Park. "We've handed out hundreds of T-shirts now for free and there's a lot of people going to the final wearing these shirts. They're excited," Drew Pavlou, one of the protest organisers, told AFP. Pavlou said all the shirts had been handed to attendees as they filed into the park, in the hope of beaming the message onto screens around the world during the final. "We just want Peng Shuai to be able to speak freely. We want f...
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Australia conquered, Ash Barty’s coach wants change at US Open

Australian Open champion Ash Barty’s coach believes her only chance of completing a career Grand Slam is if the organisers of the U.S. Open opt for a different ball. Craig Tyzzer’s belief that the world number one was capable of winning Grand Slam titles on all three surfaces was validated on Saturday when she triumphed at Melbourne Park. Ash Barty won the Australian Open title. (AP) The top seed overcame a 5-1 deficit in the second set to defeat Danielle Collins 6-3 7-6(2) to add to her major titles at Roland Garros in 2019 and Wimbledon last year. But Tyzzer, who was the WTA Tour coach of the year in 2019, said the difference in the type of ball used at Flushing Meadows meant it would always be much more difficult for the Australian to succeed in New York. “The US Open really needs t...
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Australian Open 2022 Final Live Streaming: Where and when to watch Nadal vs Medvedev

Australian Open 2022 Men’s Final, Rafael Nadal vs Daniil Medvedev Live Streaming, How and Where to watch: Rafa Nadal and Daniil Medvedev will face off in a generational clash on Sunday for the year’s first Grand Slam singles title at the Australian Open, with both men having the chance to write their names into the record books. A second triumph at Melbourne Park for 2009 champion Nadal will break a three-way tie for the most major titles in the men’s game, with the Spaniard nosing ahead of rivals Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer with a 21st Slam. The 35-year-old repeatedly played down his chances in the leadup and during the past fortnight owing to a calamitous buildup due to a career-threatening foot problem and illness from contracting the COVID-19 virus. Standing against him will be...
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Reference point: Ash Barty replaces O’Neil as last Aussie winner

It underlined an identity issue when one player’s name was incorrectly spelled on the scoreboards as the competitors warmed up for the 1978 Australian Open women’s singles final. An extra “l” was added to Chris O’Neil’s family name on the two manually operated scoreboards at Kooyong, the former home of the Australian Open, in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. Clearly, the innocent error didn’t unsettle the 21-year-old O’Neil, who beat American Betsy Nagelsen in straight sets on the grass court in her finest hour. Until top-ranked Ash Barty’s 6-3, 7-6 (2) triumph over American Danielle Collins on Saturday at Melbourne Park, O’Neil was the last player from the host nation to win the Australian Open singles title. In those 44 years, she had disappeared from the tournament scene. Fittingly, sh...
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Australian Open: ‘Special Ks’ Kyrgios, Kokkinakis win men’s doubles title

The “Special Ks” show at the Australian Open ended on a high after Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis claimed their first major title by defeating compatriots Max Purcell and Matt Ebden in the men’s doubles final on Saturday. Kyrgios and Kokkinakis, nicknamed the “Special Ks” as juniors, entertained the crowd at the Rod Laver Arena with a 7-5 6-4 victory under the lights. The fairytale is complete 🏆 🇦🇺 @TKokkinakis and @NickKyrgios defeat Matt Ebden and Max Purcell 7-5 6-4 to become the #AO2022 men’s doubles champions.#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/eLAmS0l3Fq — #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 29, 2022 They are the first wildcard team to win the Australian Open men’s doubles title in the professional era. “What a week! It was a super tough match but a great week all around,” said Kokkinak...
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I probably didn’t want to play cricket at all: Mitchell Starc looks back at tumultuous phase | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Not long before an incredible turnaround culminated in him winning Australia's men's cricketer of the year award, Mitchell Starc was on the verge of quitting the sport. Starc was not taking the number of wickets expected of a pacer of his calibre. He was also leaking plenty of runs on the field and, off it, he was losing his father to cancer. While Starc managed to keep his cricket going despite a below-par outing against India in the 2020-21 Test series at home, he lost his father to the dreaded disease soon after. Allan Border Medallist, for the very first time! Congratulations, Mitchell Starc 👏 #AusCricketAwards https://t.co/JDQlzI6Dos— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) 1643418820000"Obviously last year was particularly tough on and off the field," Starc was quoted as saying...
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Australian Open: Peng Shuai T-shirt campaign resumes on finals day

Activists made the most of the reversal of an earlier ban by giving away hundreds of T-shirts bearing the question “Where is Peng Shuai?” on women’s final day at the Australian Open on Saturday. The T-shirts, highlighting concerns about the Chinese tennis player, were confiscated by security last weekend but tournament chief Craig Tiley on Tuesday said that they would be allowed as long as fans wearing them were not disruptive. “Some people say it’s a victory that we’ve achieved that they’ve rolled back on the ban,” Australian-born Max Mok, who was raised in Hong Kong, told Reuters as he handed out the shirt. “I think it’s marginal … we don’t really know where Peng Shuai is still. There’s still a long way to go.” Peng, a former world number one doubles player, became a matter of concer...
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Cricket Australia Awards: Mitchell Starc wins maiden Allan Border medal, Ashleigh Gardner bags Belinda Clarke award | Cricket News – Times of India

CANBERRA: Senior pacer Mitchell Starc claimed his maiden Allan Border medal while Ashleigh Gardner became the first indigenous person to win the Belinda Clarke award, the top two honours at Cricket Australia (CA) Awards. Starc was honoured for his strong performance in all three formats of the game. He is only the fifth bowler in 22 years to win the award. Gardener also bagged the recognition for the first time. She is the first indigenous player to clinch the top gong in Australian women's cricket. The awards were decided by a voting process for the period 2021-22. The award winners were decided by votes from players, umpires and media representatives throughout the year. The announcement came during the lunch break of the ongoing women's Ashes Test here. Starc, who took 43 wickets acr...
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‘A Grand Slam champion on three different surfaces, Ash Barty the complete player’

Ash Barty ended Australia’s 44-year wait for a home winner at the Australian Open when the world number one staved off a fightback from American Danielle Collins to complete a 6-3 7-6(2) win on Saturday and pick up her third Grand Slam title. Barty became the first Australian to win the event since Chris O’Neil captured the women’s title in 1978. O’Neil was present in the stands cheering as the crowd on the flooodlit Rod Laver Arena erupted when Barty converted her first match point with a forehand crosscourt winner. Her historic win was hailed unequivocally and Rod Laver reserved special praise for her. “A Grand Slam champion on three different surfaces, you are the complete player @AshBarty and I am so happy for you tonight. There’s nothing like winning at home, congratulations #AO20...