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Russia expelled from FIFA World Cup, clubs banned from international competitions | Football News – Times of India

PARIS: Russia has been expelled from the 2022 World Cup and its teams suspended from all international football competitions "until further notice" after its invasion of Ukraine, FIFA announced in a joint statement with UEFA on Monday. The men's team had been due to play in qualifying play-offs in March for the World Cup in Qatar later this year, while its women's side had qualified for the European Championship in England, to be held in July. The announcement also affects Russian clubs involved in European competitions. "FIFA and UEFA have today decided together that all Russian teams, whether national representative teams or club teams, shall be suspended from participation in both FIFA and UEFA competitions until further notice," football's global and European governing bodies said. ...
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ISL: Bottom-placed sides SC East Bengal and NorthEast United play out 1-1 draw | Football News – Times of India

VASCO: NorthEast United played out a 1-1 draw in their final game of the season against fellow strugglers SC East Bengal in the Indian Super League (ISL) here on Monday. Goals from Marco Sahanek (45+1) and Antonio Perosevic (55th) managed to split the points either way as Khalid Jamil's men ended the season with only three wins. As for SC East Bengal, their winless run extended to seven matches. Sahanek scored his first goal for NEUFC to give them the lead in the first half but the equaliser came through Perosevic, who scored from a precise penalty. Two good chances fell SCEB's way in the early stages with Lalrinliana Hnamte making the goalkeeper pull off a good save and Mahesh Naorem Singh hitting the crossbar from long-range. NEUFC survived another scare after the half-hour mark as a ...
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US boycotts Russia football games over Ukraine invasion | Football News – Times of India

NEW YORK: The United States joined the list of nations refusing to play international football matches against Russia on Monday following the invasion of Ukraine. In a statement, the US Soccer Federation said no US teams at any level would take to the field against Russia until "freedom and peace" had returned to Ukraine. "The US Soccer Federation stands united with the people of Ukraine and is unequivocal in our denunciation of the heinous and inhumane invasion by Russia," US Soccer said. #WeStandWithUkraine https://t.co/spRVx7NZbr— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) 1646063557000"We will neither tarnish our global game, nor dishonor Ukraine, by taking the same field as Russia, no matter the level of competition or circumstance, until freedom and peace have been restored." The statement came as f...
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FIG identifies Dipa Karmakar as ‘suspended’ gymnast, national body has no clue about reason | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar is currently identified as "suspended" in the International Gymnastics Federation's (FiG) website, a development that has left the national body flummoxed which says there has been no official communication from the world body. Among the various Indian gymnasts listed in the FIG website, the 28-year-old Karmakar is marked as "suspended" while the others are shown as "active" against their respective names. The 'biography' section of the athletes in the FIG website also shows Karmakar as a "suspended" gymnast. There was no immediate clarity on what the "suspended" status meant for Karmakar, who rose into limelight after her stupendous fourth-place finish in the vault event in the 2016 Rio Olympics. She has not been competing since 2019. The Gymnast...
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Davis Cup: Denmark’s singles squad is not as deep in absence of Rune, says India’s Gunneswaran | Tennis News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India's ace tennis player Prajnesh Gunneswaran ahead of the Davis Cup tie against Denmark on Monday said that rankings don't matter so much and added that the Danish team's singles squad is not deep as it could have been after the World No. 90 Holger Rune confirmed his unavailability for the two-day rubber on the grass courts of the Delhi Gymkhana Club (DGC) here. Three-time finalist India will lock horns with Denmark in the World Group playoff I tie on the weekend of March 4 and 5 here. Rune, the winner of the 2019 French Open boys' singles title, was expected to spearhead the Danish challenge against India - no other player from Denmark is ranked inside the Top-200 of the ATP world rankings. The presence of the ITF Junior champion (2019) would have spiced up the proceedings...
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Equation we had with journalists far better than the boys of today: Ravi Shastri | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Former India head coach Ravi Shastri feels that the rapport that players of his generation shared with journalists was far better compared to what it is with cricketers of the current era and the scribes who cover them. Media is a function of the age and times that one lives in and the exponential growth of media houses, electronic and now digital space has made it very difficult for players to remain friends, observed the veteran of 80 Tests and 150 ODIs. "I think it has changed. It has changed from the time we played the game. The equation we had with journalists was far far better than the equation you see with the boys today. And I have been part of (the) dressing room for the last seven years," Shastri said at the launch of ‘It's A Wonderful World', a memoir by Khalid A-H A...
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PCB claims online threat sent to Aussie player Agar’s partner but wasn’t credible | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has claimed that a threat was sent to the partner of touring Australian cricketer Ashton Agar on social media but it was not found to be "credible" after investigation. Australia are touring Pakistan after 24 years amid tight security. "The PCB is aware of a social media post, of which the nature and content has been investigated by the PCB, CA and combined Government security agencies,” the board said in a statement. "There are extensive security plans in place for this type of social media activity, which, in this case, is not considered a risk. No further comment will be made at this time," it added. The message was sent to Agar's partner, Madeleine, on social media, which was immediately reported to Cricket Australia and the PCB. "The Austra...
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Now more mature, experienced in terms of decision making, captaincy skills: Shreyas Iyer | Cricket News – Times of India

DHARAMSALA: India batter Shreyas Iyer believes that he would be entering the captaincy job with his new IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) with more maturity and experience with regards to decision making and captaincy skills. In the IPL mega auction, Iyer was snapped by Kolkata for Rs 12.25 crores and was soon announced as the captain of the franchise ahead of IPL 2022. Iyer comes in with experience of captaining Delhi Capitals in 41 IPL matches, including taking them to the final of IPL 2020. "I would be coming in with a much different mindset now. I'm now more mature and experienced in terms of my decision making and captaincy skills. Really waiting eagerly to work with every individual in the team, and build that synergy which could really help the team perform at a different leve...
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FIG identifies Dipa Karmakar as “suspended” gymnast, national body has no clue about reason

Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar is currently identified as “suspended” in the International Gymnastics Federation’s (FiG) website, a development that has left the national body flummoxed which says there has been no official communication from the world body. Among the various Indian gymnasts listed in the FIG website, the 28-year-old Karmakar is marked as “suspended” while the others are shown as “active” against their respective names. The ‘biography’ section of the athletes in the FIG website also shows Karmakar as “suspended” gymnast. There was no immediate clarity on what the “suspended” status meant for Karmakar, who rose into limelight after her stupendous fourth-place finish in the vault event in the 2016 Rio Olympics. She has not been competing since 2019. The Gymnastic Federa...
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3rd ODI: Afghanistan beat Bangladesh by 7 wickets | Cricket News – Times of India

CHITTAGONG (Bangladesh): Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Rashid Khan starred as Afghanistan defeated Bangladesh by seven wickets in the third one-day international to avoid a whitewash in the three-match series on Monday. Gurbaz hit an unbeaten 106 off 110 balls to power Afghanistan to 193-3 in 40.1 overs after Rashid's 3-37 helped the visitors bowl out Bangladesh for 192 runs in 46.5 overs at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium. "I am proud of the way the team came to the ground today with their heads up," Afghanistan captain Hashmatullah Shahidi said in Chittagong. Gurbaz and Riaz Hassan put on 79 runs in the opening stand. Shakib Al Hasan dismissed Riaz for 35 but Gurbaz never allowed Bangladeshi bowlers to create momentum. He struck seven fours and four sixes and added exactly 100 with Rahmat ...
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FIFA and UEFA suspend Russia from international football

Russian teams were suspended Monday from all international soccer, including qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup, as Moscow was pushed toward pariah status in sports after its invasion of Ukraine. World soccer body FIFA and European authority UEFA banned Russian national and clubs teams from their competitions “until further notice.” Russia’s men’s national team had been scheduled to play in World Cup qualifying playoffs in just three weeks’ time. “Football is fully united here and in full solidarity with all the people affected in Ukraine,” FIFA and UEFA said in a joint statement. FIFA and UEFA suspend Russian clubs and national teams from all competitions. Full statement: ⬇️ — UEFA (@UEFA) February 28, 2022 The high-level punishment involving sports and politics — not seen for ...
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Bottom-placed sides SC East Bengal and NorthEast United play out 1-1 draw

NorthEast United played out a 1-1 draw in their final game of the season against fellow strugglers SC East Bengal in the Indian Super League (ISL) here on Monday. Goals from Marco Sahanek (45+1) and Antonio Perosevic (55th) managed to split the points either way as Khalid Jamil’s men ended the season with only three wins. As for SC East Bengal, their winless run extended to seven matches. Sahanek scored his first goal for NEUFC to give them the lead in the first half but the equaliser came through Perosevic, who scored from a precise penalty. .@sc_eastbengal & @NEUtdFC fought it out in a 1️⃣-1️⃣ draw at the Tilak Maidan Stadium! ⚔ Watch the #ISLRecap of the #SCEBNEU game! 📺#HeroISL #LetsFootball #SCEastBengal #NorthEastUnitedFC pic.twitter.com/GzwNnYgwwA — Indian Super League (@In...
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ICC Women’s World Cup 2022: Full Schedule, Fixtures, Match Timings and Venues | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India women's cricket team will open its campaign in the rescheduled Women's ODI World Cup against Pakistan on March 6, 2022 at Tauranga's Bay Oval in New Zealand. Among the marquee games, Tauranga will host the rematch of the 2017 Women's World Cup final at Lord's with India taking on England on March 16. The event, which was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic from its original window in February-March 2021 with the same six host cities and venues retained, will be held between March 4 and April 3, 2022. It will feature eight of the world's best nations going head-to-head across Auckland, Tauranga, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin. Here is the full schedule of the 2022 ICC Women's World Cup (all timings are in IST):March 4: New Zealand vs West Indies in Ta...
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Smriti Mandhana ‘stable’ after being hit on the head, under observation for mild soft tissue injury to left earlobe | Cricket News – Times of India

RANGIORA (New Zealand): Star India opener Smriti Mandhana was on Monday declared "stable" but under observation due to a "mild soft tissue injury" to her left earlobe. Mandhana was forced to retire hurt after taking a blow to her head during the team's first Women's World Cup warm-up fixture against South Africa here on Sunday, which India won by two runs. The batter was hit by a Shabnim Ismail bouncer. 🚨 UPDATE 🚨: Smriti Mandhana stable after being struck on the head in #CWC22 warm-up game. #TeamIndia Details 🔽— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) 1646044121000According to an ICC report, the 25-year-old Mandhana was assessed by the team doctor following the incident and was originally declared fit to continue, only to retire hurt an over and a half later after another consultation. The report furt...
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Team Combination: Gill at No.3, Pant at No.5 and Vihari at No.6 could be way forward | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Rohit Sharma's first Test as captain will also usher in a new era for India's middle-order with Shubman Gill and Hanuma Vihari all set to become long-term replacements of veterans Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane. It is now clear that Rahane and Pujara won't be called for the three Tests this season (two against Sri Lanka and one away game against England) where Vihari and Gill, along with Shreyas Iyer as back-up, will be the options. There are two vacant spots from the last Test that India played in Cape Town and as Virat Kohli plays his 100th Test at Mohali, the three youngsters will be preparing for a long haul in the spots vacated by the two veterans after having made those their own for a decade. But the bigger question is who will be the one left out if all three ar...
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ICC plans to streamline men’s and women’s calendar to avoid clashes | Cricket News – Times of India

The International Cricket Council (ICC) plans to work in the future on the men's and women's calendars to avoid fixture clashes that can undermine events like the women's World Cup, chief executive Geoff Allardice said on Monday. The tournament, which begins in New Zealand on March 4, clashes with three major men's series Pakistan v Australia, India v Sri Lanka and England v West Indies. "Complementary fixtures between men's and women's events is something, in an ideal world, that we would love to have greater control over in terms of making sure there's quality cricket on most days of the year," Allardice told reporters. "But in practice, issues on the ground in each country make that a challenge. Even Pakistan-Australia fixtures have moved by a day or two, as different arrangements co...
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Masters of art: How the twain of VS Naipaul and Sonny Ramadhin met

A week after his teenage son Vidiadhar left for England to pursue his ambition to become a writer in 1950, Seepersad Naipaul went to the house of another teenager who had left the village in Trinidad the same year and was wreaking havoc in England. The senior Naipaul, who would later write aching letters to his son who would be gripped by self doubts about his writing ambitions and slipping into depression, would tell about the visit. An impressed Vidia would urge his father to send the piece to the London papers as Ramadhin was “known to everyone in England, and very few knew anything about his background”. Ramadhin was 19 then and erasing post-colonial sores of the Caribbean people, along with the 20-year-old bespectacled spinner Alf(red) Valentine, by charging West Indies to their fi...
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Despite losing father, Baroda’s Vishnu Solanki to play third Ranji Trophy match | Cricket News – Times of India

VADODARA: A bereaved Vishnu Solanki has decided to stay on with the team and play the third Ranji Trophy game for Baroda despite suffering twin tragedies. The last few weeks has been extremely difficult for Solanki as close on the heels of losing his new-born daughter, he also lost his ailing father on Sunday. "He (Vishnu) will be playing the last match. He is not coming back. He is playing the third match. He is staying with the team," Baroda Cricket Association secretary Ajit Lele told PTI on Monday. The 29-year-old had become a father on February 10 but the very next day his baby girl died. However, Solanki showed nerves of steel as he returned to play for Baroda and struck 104 against Chandigarh only to get the news of his father's death on the final day. "When his daughter passed a...
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Long Read: No Matara Mauler, no Little Kalu, No Mad Max, No Slinga … Not the Lanka the world feared

The beauty of watching Sri Lanka at their peak was a joy forever. As though reading a fairy tale, characters with sing-song names swung back and forth in the mind-scape, as if they were magical creations, wandering in a state of half-truth and half-fiction. The island is barely a good stone’s throw from the Adam’s Bridge at the southern tip of India, but seemed as though it existed somewhere far away, an ethereal world of mystery spinners and insouciant batsmen, of rubbery fields-men and slithery seamers, who wrapped their necks and arms with magic threads, whose long and melodious surnames exhausted most alphabets in English, who had the longest and the most tuneful national anthem on the cricketing stage. If the tear-shaped island was too close to not spot on a map, one would have ima...
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In numbers: Team India extends limited overs dominance at home | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Shreyas Iyer struck his third consecutive half-century as India beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in the third and final Twenty20 International to sweep the series 3-0 in Dharamsala on Sunday. Iyer followed up his scores of 57 not out and an undefeated 74 in the first two games with 73 not out off 45 balls as India finished on 148/4 in 16.5 overs with 19 balls to spare. Iyer's total of 204 runs in the three-match series helped India wrap up a third consecutive T20I series sweep. India had previously beaten West Indies and New Zealand by the same margin. Here are the big statistical talking points after yet another series win for Team India at home:* This was India's 12th consecutive win in T20Is. India joined Afghanistan as the only other Test playing nation to record 12 consecut...