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Day: February 1, 2022

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Man United’s Greenwood further arrested on suspicion of ‘threats to kill’: Police | Football News – Times of India

MANCHESTER (United Kingdom): Manchester United's Mason Greenwood has been further arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and threats to kill as police were given a fourth day to question the 20-year-old. The forward was initially arrested on Sunday afternoon on suspicion of the rape and assault of a young woman after social media images and videos were posted online. He was held in custody overnight on Monday after detectives from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) were given more time to question the player, whom they have not formally named as the suspect. The force said in a statement on Tuesday: "Detectives have been granted further additional time to speak to a man in his 20s who was arrested on suspicion of rape and assault of a woman. "The suspect was detained in custody on Sunday ...
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ISL: Late Romario strike helps FC Goa draw with Odisha | Football News – Times of India

BAMBOLIM: Odisha FC suffered a huge blow in their quest for play-offs qualification after they were held to a 1-1 draw by FC Goa in their Indian Super League match on Tuesday. Goals from Jonathas (61st, penalty) and a last-minute equaliser from FC Goa striker Romario (90+5) meant that neither team would take away three points. The result prevents Odisha from rising to fifth place in the standings, level on points with Bengaluru FC and Kerala Blasters FC. As for FC Goa, the winless run extends to five games. Plenty of end-to-end stuff was observed in the starting few minutes by both teams. The Gaurs had a bigger share of the possession but struggled to translate it into scoring opportunities. Airan Cabrera got space behind the Odisha defence at the first quarter of the hour but ended up ...
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South Korea reach 10th straight World Cup finals | Football News – Times of India

DUBAI: South Korea beat Syria 2-0 in Dubai on Tuesday to reach their 10th straight World Cup finals. The Koreans, who have appeared at every finals since Mexico in 1986 and came fourth when they co-hosted the tournament in 2002, go to Qatar alongside Iran, who had already clinched a place from Asia's preliminary Group A. Even without injured English Premier League star Son Heung-Min, Paulo Bento's side dominated the game but they did come close to scoring until forward Cho Gue Sung's shot from close in went wide in the 43rd minute. Two minutes later, Cho, who got the winning goal in the last match against Lebanon, headed the ball against the post. Kim Jin-Su opened the scoring with a 54th minute shot that gave Syrian goalkeeper Ibrahim Alma no chance. Kwon Chang-Hoon shot from outside t...
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To progress from U-19 to first-class level, we need to put in double effort: India captain Yash Dhull | Cricket News – Times of India

COOLIDGE (Antigua): Virat Kohli became a world beater, Unmukt Chand faded after early promise and Manjot Kalra's senior career didn't even kick-start properly in four years. The story of star junior cricketers of their times, all hailing from India's capital city, unfolded very differently and Yash Dhull is completely aware about the assortment of examples that's there in-front of him. Before his team's ICC U-19 World Cup semi-final against Australia on Wednesday, skipper Dhull made no bones about the fact that the actual fight will start after the mega event. "We will need to work doubly harder after this level and need to improve even more. We need to be consistent and perform regularly so that the transition from U-19 to first-class level is quick enough and in turn, we get picked qu...
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PKL: Gujarat Giants beat Bengal Warriors 34-25 | Pro-Kabaddi-League News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Gujarat Giants beat defending champions Bengal Warriors 34-25 in a Pro Kabaddi League match on Tuesday. Ajay Kumar picked nine points and was supported by Pardeep Kumar with seven. For Bengal, captain Maninder Singh scored nine points but had a difficult time on the mat against a well-drilled Gujarat unit marshalled by Parvesh Bhainswal and Sunil Kumar. It was Gujarat who took an early lead in the match but the lead kept changing hands in the first half. Gujarat led through a 3-point Super Raid by Pardeep Kumar in the ninth minute. Bengal immediately clawed their way back with a 2-point raid by Maninder Singh. Both defences opted for a high line which meant there were no bonus points on offer. Gujarat's Ajay Kumar also chipped in with valuable raid points. The half ended with...
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U-19 World Cup: Focus will be on building partnerships against Australia, says Yash Dhull | Cricket News – Times of India

ST JOHN'S (Antigua): India Under-19 skipper Yash Dhull has said the team will focus on building partnership if the side loses quick wickets in the match against Australia in the U-19 World Cup semi-final on Wednesday. In the match against Bangladesh, India bowled first and dismissed the Tigers for 111 at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua and Barbuda before their batters chased down the modest target for the loss of five wickets. However, during the chase, India lost quick wickets before getting over the line in the quarter-final. "The Australian bowling attack is a normal one and we focus on building partnerships as soon as we lose quick wickets. Our focus then shifts towards building partnerships so that we could score more in death overs," said Yash Dhull while replying to a quer...
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Tom Brady announces retirement from NFL after record-setting career | NFL News – Times of India

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, widely considered the greatest player in NFL history, announced his retirement on Tuesday after an age-defying career during which he won a record seven Super Bowl championships. The 44-year-old Brady spent 20 seasons with the New England Patriots, winning six Super Bowl titles, before relocating to Tampa Bay and leading the Bucs to a championship last season. "I have always believed the sport of football is an 'all-in' proposition - if a 100% competitive commitment isn't there, you won't succeed, and success is what I love so much about our game," Brady wrote in a lengthy post on Twitter. "There is a physical, mental, and emotional challenge EVERY single day that has allowed me to maximize my highest potential. And I have tried my very best t...
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‘It’s a surprise for everyone’: Hardik Pandya on ‘bowling in IPL 2022 | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India all-rounder and Ahmedabad franchise captain Hardik Pandya on Tuesday said that it's a surprise for everyone whether he will bowl or not in IPL 2022, adding that his team knows about his current status. The 28-year-old last played for India in the 2021 Men's T20 World Cup in UAE. Since then, there are questions around Pandya's bowling considering he's asked the national selectors not to pick him for India as he continues to build his bowling load. "It's (bowling) a surprise for everyone. My team knows where I stand," Cricbuzz quoted Hardik as saying. There were speculations that Hardik could also decide to play just as a batter considering his injuries and workload on his body. However, the all-rounder cleared the air by saying that he still wants to contribute with the ...
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India beat China in back-to-back matches in women’s FIH Pro League, win second game 2-1 | Hockey News – Times of India

MUSCAT: Indian women's team continued to make waves in the FIH Pro League as it dished out yet another masterclass to beat China 2-1 and move to the top of the standings on Tuesday. After defeating China 7-1 in their debut match on Monday, the Indians emerged 2-1 victorious against the same opponents at the Sultan Qaboos Complex on Tuesday. While the win was not as goal-heavy as the previous day, what India showed was an ability to play swift, attacking hockey without losing composure. Just another day and we see a great performance put up by #TeamInBlue 💙One more win against the Chinese at the FI… https://t.co/UiAV4ZZWJw— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) 1643719598000A lack of experience and a certain level of weariness seemed to beset the China women's team right from the opening whistl...
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Man U’s Greenwood questioned on suspicion of threats to kill

Manchester United player Mason Greenwood remained in police custody on Tuesday as officers investigating an attack on a woman also started to question him on suspicion of sexual assault and threats to kill. The 20-year-old forward was arrested initially on Sunday on suspicion of rape and assault after police said they became “aware of online social media images and videos posted by a woman reporting incidents of physical violence.” A court granted police until Wednesday to continue holding Greenwood, who has not been charged and is now being questioned over further allegations. Manchester United official statement. “Manchester United reiterates its strong condemnation of violence of any kind. As previously communicated, Mason Greenwood will not train with, or play for, the club until f...
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Selectors and team management know where I stand, it’s communicated to them: Hardik Pandya | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Hardik Pandya's bowling fitness status in the past couple of years had led to conjectures about his apparent "lack of communication" with national selectors and team management but the flamboyant all-rounder on Tuesday made it clear that "everyone knows" where he stood. Pandya's back problem had led to him not bowling a lot in the past two years but he intends to "surprise" everyone during the upcoming Indian Premier League where he would be captaining the CVC-owned Ahmedabad franchise. "They know where I am (in terms of bowling fitness). It has been communicated to everyone," Pandya told PTI during an interaction facilitated by the franchise. It is understood that Pandya has made it clear that he shouldn't be considered for national selection for the home series against West...
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As IPL captain, Hardik can mould his own destiny

The Australians’ trip to India in early 2017 began with a three-day tour match against India A at the Cricket Club of India in Mumbai. Steven Smith and Shaun Marsh got centuries, Shreyas Iyer hammered 202 in 210 balls. Little else stands out from the scorecard, apart from an oddity. It remains, across formats, the only official match in which Hardik Pandya has led a senior representative side in his nine-year career. Which is why the newly-formed Ahmedabad Indian Premier League franchise’s decision to sign him up as captain has raised more than a few eyebrows. When asked during a media interaction arranged by the franchise on Tuesday about his lack of leadership experience, Pandya, understandably so, didn’t even refer to that obscure match at the CCI. “I led when I was in Under-16,” he ...
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Juventus DNA made Turin move an easy choice, says Dusan Vlahovic | Football News – Times of India

ROME: Dusan Vlahovic said the never-say-die mentality he shares with Juventus made it easy to ignore interest from abroad and clinch a move to Turin as the Serbian striker was unveiled on Tuesday. The 22-year-old’s switch from Fiorentina to Juventus, in a deal worth up to 80 million euros ($90 million), was the biggest of the January transfer window. Vlahovic, Serie A’s joint-top scorer, was linked with teams in the Premier League, but said there was only one club on his mind. "There was a lot of talk about offers from foreign teams, but the decision was easy," Vlahovic told a news conference. "The Juve DNA is to fight, to never give up, to suffer when you need to. This is part of my mentality." The Serbia international has taken the No.7 shirt in Turin, vacated by Cristiano Ronaldo las...
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ISL: Late Romario strike helps FC Goa draw with Odisha

Odisha FC suffered a huge blow in their quest for play-offs qualification after they were held to a 1-1 draw by FC Goa in their Indian Super League match here on Tuesday. Goals from Jonathas (61st, penalty) and a last-minute equaliser from FC Goa striker Romario (90+5) meant that neither team would take away three points. The result prevents Odisha from rising to fifth place in the standings, level on points with Bengaluru FC and Kerala Blasters FC. As for FC Goa, the winless run extends to five games. Both the team share a point after a 1️⃣-1️⃣ draw at the Athletic Stadium, Bambolim between @FCGoaOfficial and @OdishaFC! 🤜🤛 Watch the recap, ICYMI! 📽️#FCGOFC #HeroISL #LetsFootball #ISLRecap pic.twitter.com/F5SXVKcVXy — Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) February 1, 2022 Plenty of end...
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Team India needs to decide whether KL Rahul is an opener or middle-order batter: Ajit Agarkar | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Former India pacer Ajit Agarkar feels the team needs to decide whether vice-captain KL Rahul will open for the side or play as a middle-order batter in the upcoming series. Team India are set to play three ODIs at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad from February 6 followed by the T20I series at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata from February 16. "I think that's the first thing they need to decide, whether he is an opener or a middle-order batsman because he was the captain in South Africa and he opened, which to me it was a bit disappointing because he's been so successful at number 4 or 5 and that's the role that they were looking at," said Agarkar on Star Sports Show Game Plan ahead of the India-West Indies ODI series, "If that is not going to be the case then again you have got to ...
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South Korea qualifies for World Cup in Qatar, Japan beats Saudi Arabia

South Korea qualified for a 10th successive World Cup after beating Syria 2-0 in Dubai on Tuesday. Second-half goals from Kim Jin-su and Kwon Chang-hoon gave the Koreans a comfortable victory over the bottom team in Asia Group A qualifying. South Korea moved 11 points clear of the third-placed United Arab Emirates, which has just three games remaining. The top two teams from each of the two groups automatically qualify. The third-place teams advance to playoffs. ✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✨ Ten back-to-back #WorldCup tournaments! 🇰🇷💪 @theKFA | #WCQ pic.twitter.com/SPzIEzlvuP — FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) February 1, 2022 In Group B, a first-half goal from Takumi Minamino set Japan on the way to beating Saudi Arabia 2-0 at Saitama Stadium and keeping the host on course for a seventh successive World...
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To progress from U-19 to first-class level, we need to put in double effort: India captain Dhull

Virat Kohli became a world beater, Unmukt Chand faded after early promise and Manjot Kalra’s senior career didn’t even kick-start properly in four years. The story of star junior cricketers of their times, all hailing from India’s capital city, unfolded very differently and Yash Dhull is completely aware about the assortment of examples that’s there in-front of him. Before his team’s ICC U-19 World Cup semi-final against Australia on Wednesday, skipper Dhull made no bones about the fact that the actual fight will start after the mega event. “We will need to work doubly harder after this level and needs to improve even more. We need to be consistent and perform regularly so that the transition from U-19 to first-class level is quick enough and in turn, we get picked quickly. So we ne...
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I-League to resume on March 3

The Hero I-League 2021-22 season will resume on March 3 in Kolkata after a brief pause to ensure the safety of all the players and officials involved in the league, the All India Football Federation said on Tuesday. On January 3, the I-League was suspended by the AIFF after a fresh COVID-19 outbreak hit the participating teams inside the bio-bubble here. The league will be played from within the safety of a bio-bubble, which will begin on February 20, with the players and officials needing to travel with three negative RT-PCR tests before joining the bubble. Additionally, every players will also be required to do a 12 lead ECG before arrival. Once inside the bio-bubble, each individual needs to serve 7 days in quarantine, with three more tests being done. On receiving three negative RT-...
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Mithali Raj gains one spot to be at second in ICC ODI rankings | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: India captain Mithali Raj moved up one place to be at second among batters while veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami maintained her second spot among bowlers in the ICC women's ODI rankings issued on Tuesday. Among the all-rounders, India's Deepti Sharma also gained one spot to be at fourth. Raj has 738 rating points in her kitty, behind top-ranked Alyssa Healy (750) of Australia. Another Indian, Smriti Mandhana, is unchanged at sixth with 710 rating points. Australian Jess Jonassen (760) leads the pack among bowlers, followed by Goswami (727). Another Australian, Megan Schutt (717), is at third. Englishwoman Natalie Sciver leads the all-rounders' chart with 372 rating points, ahead of Ellyse Perry (365) of Australia, Marizanne Kapp (355) of South Africa and Deepti (299). West Indies st...
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Barcelona president says Dembele rejected 2 offers to leave

Barcelona came agonizingly close to losing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. It never really had a chance of getting rid of Ousmane Dembélé. Barcelona president Joan Laporta said on Tuesday the deal to sign Aubameyang was sealed a minute before the transfer window deadline ended on Monday night, and that Dembélé inexplicably rejected two good offers to leave the club. The club did not want Dembélé to stay after the French player’s agents turned down several offers to extend his contract in negotiations that lasted nearly six months. “We had made a good offer for him to renew his contract and stay, but it became a financial issue and he wanted more,” Laporta said. “We showed him two good offers (at the transfer deadline) for him to play with another club during these last six months, the la...