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Day: February 3, 2022

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China stun Japan in AFC Women’s Asian Cup semis, face Korea in final | Football News – Times of India

China and Korea Republic will battle it out for top honours at AFC Women’s Asian Cup after winning their respective semifinals at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune on Thursday. While China rode an extra-time equaliser and successful last penalty from captain Wang Shanshan to win 4-3 in a dramatic shoot-out after the regulation time ended 2-2, the South Koreans cruised past Philippines 2-0 in the other last-four clash. Defending champions Japan, aiming for a hat-trick of titles, controlled proceedings from kick off. Riko Ueki began where she had left off in the quarters and came close to scoring a couple of times. She finally got her fourth goal of the tournament from a team effort in the 26th minute when Hiyata Miyazawa’s cross found an unmarked Ueki in the box whose glancin...
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From Ahmedabad to Antigua: U-19 World Cup winning captain Virat Kohli holds session with 2022 batch | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Virat Kohli knows exactly how it feels to be on top of the world when you have barely attained the age to have a driving licence. Virat Kohli also knows how it feels when criticism flies thick and fast when one doesn't perform as per potential after a global trophy. And no one knows more than Virat Kohli how it feels to be a world beater at a level where it matters the most. So it wasn't just "good but a great morning" for the likes of Rajvardhan Hagargekars, Kaushal Tambes, Yash Dhulls connected on a zoom call from their respective hotel rooms in Antigua, they had one of their role models waiting to "congratulate them" and also speak to them about what it means to play an U-19 World Cup final. India U-19 led by Yash Dhull will take on England in what will be the fourth succe...
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Tamil Thalaivas thrash Telugu Titans in PKL | Pro-Kabaddi-League News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Sagar clinched 9 tackle points as he helped Tamil Thalaivas thrash Telugu Titans 43-25 in the Pro Kabaddi League on Thursday. Sagar needed very little help from his teammates as he single-handedly kept the Titans raiders quiet in the Southern Derby. Sahil Gulia in the left corner picked up 4 points while raiders Ajinkya Pawar (10 points) and Manjeet (9 points) excelled in the one-sided victory. Telugu Titans were once again without sufficient quality across the mat. The absence of Siddharth Desai and Rajnish cost them dearly as they remained with just one win in the season. Thalaivas' win – their second in as many matches – will give them much-needed confidence in their pursuit of a playoff spot. The Telugu Titans, despite just having one win in the season so far, were in no ...
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ISL: Mumbai City, ATK Mohun Bagan settle for 1-1 draw | Football News – Times of India

FATORDA: Heavyweights Mumbai City FC and ATK Mohun Bagan displayed their full repertoire but had to settle for a 1-1 draw in the Indian Super League on Thursday. David Williams opened the scoring for ATKMB in the ninth minute but an own goal from Pritam Kotal in the 24th minute restored parity for Mumbai. Both teams had their fair share of chances in each half but could not produce a winner. The result means ATKMB could not break into the top-four, remaining fifth with 20 points from 12 games. Mumbai's winless run stretched to seven games as the reigning champions remained sixth in the table with 19 points from 13 outings. ATKMB looked in control from the off and it did not take them long to nose ahead. The brilliant Liston Colaco was hacked down on the left channel but despite green an...
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U-19 sensation Ravi Kumar set to be part of Bengal Ranji squad, Saha likely to play first two games | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Bengal's team management is very keen on fast-tracking U-19 India pacer Ravi Kumar in the upcoming Ranji Trophy where the team starts its campaign from February 16 in Cuttack. It is understood that veteran keeper-batter Wriddhiman Saha will be available for at least the opening game if not the first two of the Ranji Trophy before he joins the India team's bio-bubble in Mohali for the first Test, scheduled tentatively on March 4. Bengal has been clubbed alongside Chandigarh, Hyderabad and Baroda in Elite Group B and the team will leave for Cuttack on February 10 along with two U-19 World Cuppers -- Ravi and left-handed batter-keeper Abhishek Porel. In fact former India opener and current Bengal U-19 head coach Devang Gandhi welcomed the idea if the senior state selectors and t...
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Mason Greenwood arrest was a factor in Jesse Lingard’s failed move: Man United boss Ralf Rangnick | Football News – Times of India

LONDON: Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick said Thursday that Mason Greenwood's arrest and suspension by the club was a factor in the decision to keep Jesse Lingard at Old Trafford. Greenwood was arrested on Sunday over the alleged rape and assault of a young woman. While still in custody, the 20-year-old was further arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of sexual assault and threats to kill. United started Rangnick's pre-match press conference by saying the German would not take any questions on Greenwood, who was released on bail on Wednesday, while a police investigation was ongoing. Rangnick insisted United had a "normal" week of training ahead of Friday's FA Cup fourth round match against Middlesbrough despite the Greenwood distractions. "Obviously, I suppose, it was a topi...
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With Sri Lanka Tests pushed back to March, Cheteshwar Pujara-Ajinkya Rahane set to get Ranji Trophy lifeline | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The February 10 start for Ranji Trophy has offered a lifeline to veterans Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane to get their Test career back on track. With Test series against Sri Lanka set to be played from first week of March after the T20Is starting February 25, a big hundred in the Ranji Trophy will provide the confidence that they need and probably ensure that they retain their place in the Indian team. The Elite group games will start from February 16 after the Plate group matches begin from February 10 and both under-fire seniors will get two matches at least to convince the selectors. Both seasoned batters have already started training with the Mumbai and Saurashtra squad respectively and are determined to score the big runs that are expected of them. In fact, both wi...
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Four tennis players including Sania, Bopanna included in TOPS core group till Asiad | Tennis News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Indian tennis stars Sania Mirza, Rohan Bopanna, Ankita Raina and Ramkumar Ramanathan were on Thursday included in the core group of athletes under the Sports Ministry's Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) till the Hangzhou Asian Games later this year. The decision to include quartet for support under TOPS was taken at a meeting of the Sports Ministry's Mission Olympic Cell after receiving a request from the All India Tennis Association (AITA). Besides, the MOC also approved Rs 3.62 lakh to teenage archer Manjiri Alone for purchase of a recurve bow set. She won bronze in the 2021 World Archery Youth Championships in Wroclaw, Poland in August last year. The MOC also sanctioned a proposal worth Rs 4.31 lakh for para pistol shooter Singhraj Adhana, who won a silver and a bronze i...
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‘Shameful’, says US lawmaker on China picking PLA soldier as torchbearer for Beijing Olympics | More sports News – Times of India

WASHINGTON: A top US lawmaker on Thursday described as "shameful" China picking a PLA soldier, who was part of the military command that attacked Indian soldiers in the Galwan Valley in 2020, as a torchbearer for the Beijing Winter Olympics. Republican Senator Jim Risch, a Ranking Member of the powerful US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, also said that the US will continue to support the sovereignty of India. "It's shameful that Beijing chose a torchbearer for the Olympics 2022 who's part of the military command that attacked India in 2020 and is implementing genocide against the Uyghurs. The US will continue to support Uyghur freedoms and the sovereignty of India," Risch tweeted. It's shameful that #Beijing chose a torchbearer for the #Olympics2022 who's part of the military comman...
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IND vs WI: Team India starts training as Mayank Agarwal in mandatory 3-day quarantine | Cricket News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: The Indian team's playing squad save the trio of Shikhar Dhawan, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Shreyas Iyer started training at the Narendra Modi Stadium after their RT-PCR tests came negative on Thursday. While Mayank Agarwal has joined the squad, he will only be available on the match day as his mandatory three-day quarantine has started, the team management has kept Ishan Kishan in scheme of things for the ODIs. India is set to play a three-match ODI series against West Indies here, beginning February 6. "Today is a light session where the players have been accompanied by trainers," a veteran official in know of things told PTI. It is also learnt that wicket-keeper batsman Ishan Kishan, who is a specialist opener, has been added to the ODI squad. A COVID-19 outbreak had hit the Indi...
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Indian sports pedals towards Olympic disciples that offer a bulk of medals

Next week, a seven-member Indian cycling team will travel to Antalya, Turkey, for a 53-day, first-ever, training-cum-competition stint. A tour of this nature, routine for most sports, would usually go unnoticed but this outing for the country’s mountain bikers marks a significant policy change for Indian sports that is now targeting disciplines that offer a bulk of medals. “It is a sort of an investment,” Pushpendra Garg, the CEO of the government’s Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) told The Indian Express, adding that approximately Rs 40 lakh will be spent for the 53-day tour. “If they perform to a certain level, then we can go the whole hog.” Cycling is one of the six sports which account for almost fifty percent of the medals at the Olympics, according to data crunching by Impact A...
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Yash Dhull’s 110: Blockbuster for the world, regular viewing for coach, parents

Coach Pradeep Kochar rewinds to a Vijay Merchant match played in Delhi four years ago to highlight what those who have followed the Indian U19 team’s progress to the final of the World Cup now know — captain Yash Dhull has nerves of steel.At the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium, Dhull, then only 15, batted a little over a day for his unbeaten 183 to draw the game against Punjab. Delhi were down to their last two wickets at stumps but Dhull had shepherded the innings. The result helped Delhi qualify for the knock-outs. Kochar of the Airliner Cricket Academy goes back to another innings, which would define Dhull. “He was 14. He batted for 90 overs and made 78. This was an Under-19 tournament in Amritsar. He wasn’t intimidated facing bowlers much older than him. The calmness and maturity he showed...
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Skier Arif Khan, India’s only athlete at Beijing Games, faced uphill battles with worldly approach

Farhat Naik, best friends with India’s only Winter Games Olympian competing in Beijing Arif Khan, recalls his former classmate once rising in class to correct the pronunciation of ‘asthma’ – as enunciated by their elderly English teacher, Abdul Ghani. “Arif had just returned from a training stint in the USA. He confidently stood up and told Ghani Sir, that it’s ‘as-muh’ not ‘astha-maa’. Imagine this was happening in a government school at Chandi Pora village,” Farhat chuckles, recalling a classmate who always stood out for his polished manners and obsession with precision. To his credit, the wise old teacher encouraged the correction, making the whole class repeat it. Though classmates in higher secondary often ribbed him for his “Amrican accent”, asking him to read out paras from textb...
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Sri Lanka’s Suranga Lakmal retires to join Derbyshire | Cricket News – Times of India

COLOMBO: Veteran Sri Lankan fast bowler Suranga Lakmal will retire from international cricket after the team's tour of India ends next month to join the English county club Derbyshire, officials said on Thursday. The 34-year-old fast bowler has claimed 168 wickets in a 68-Test career, captaining Sri Lanka in five of them. 𝙎𝙐𝙍𝘼𝙉𝙂𝘼 𝙎𝙄𝙂𝙉𝙎! 📝Sri Lanka great, Suranga Lakmal, has joined #DCCC on a two-year deal 📝Read ⤵️— Derbyshire CCC (@DerbyshireCCC) 1643875201000Derbyshire County Cricket Club said they signed up Lakmal on a two-year contract, where he will join former Sri Lanka head coach Mickey Arthur. "Really happy with this signing... (he) is a top bowler and will assist with the development of our young quicks," Arthur said on Twitter. Really happy with this signing..Surra is a top bow...
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Definitely the World Cup will come to India, says u-19 skipper Yash Dhull’s father | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Yash Dhull has led the Indian Under-19 team to the ICC Under-19 World Cup final leading by example, scoring a century against Australia in the semifinal. India's unbeaten run now makes them the tournament favourite. India's Under-19 team will now face England in the final and the entire nation is expecting them to win the World Cup. "Definitely the World Cup will come to India as the team is performing so well then they deserve it. There is no doubt that the other team has also performed well to get there and the aim is only one. The entire nation is expecting them to do well and why not after all they are doing so well." said Yash Dhull's father Vijay Dhull while speaking to ANI. Not only Yash Dhull's batting but his captaincy is also appreciated as he is on the verge of cre...
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China stun Japan in AFC Women’s Asian Cup semifinals, face Korea in final

A gritty China fought back from a goal-down twice before stunning two-time defending champions Japan 4-3 in the penalty shootout in the semi-finals to book a summit clash against Korea in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup here on Thursday. Japan led twice in the match, first in the normal time and second in the extra time but China had answers each time to take the match to the penalty shootout at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex. As the epic match ended 2-2 after extra time, China prevailed 4-3 in the dramatic penalty shoot-out to remain on course for a record extending ninth title in the continental showpiece. The Steel Roses had won seven consecutive titles between 1986 and 1989 before adding another one in 2006. ✨FINALISTS✨ ✅ First appearance in final since 2008✅ A chance to lift conti...
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From Ahmedabad to Antigua: U-19 World Cup winning captain Virat Kohli holds session with 2022 batch

Virat Kohli knows exactly how it feels to be on top of the world when you have barely attained the age to have a driving license. Virat Kohli also knows how it feels when criticism flies thick and fast when one doesn’t perform as per potential after a global trophy. And no one knows more than Virat Kohli how it feels to be a world beater at a level where it matters the most. So it was not just “good but a great morning” for the likes of Rajvardhan Hagargekars, Kaushal Tambes, Yash Dhulls connected on a zoom call from their respective hotel rooms in Antigua, they had one of their role models waiting to “congratulate them” and also speak to them about what it means to play an U-19 World Cup final. WHAT. A. PERFORMANCE! 💪 👌 India U19 beat Australia U19 by 9⃣6⃣ runs & march into the #U...
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ISL: Mumbai, ATKMB settle for 1-1 draw

Heavyweights Mumbai City FC and ATK Mohun Bagan displayed their full repertoire but had to settle for a 1-1 draw in the Indian Super League here on Thursday. David Williams opened the scoring for ATKMB in the ninth minute but an own goal from Pritam Kotal in the 24th minute restored parity for Mumbai. Both teams had their fair share of chances in each half but could not produce a winner. The result means ATKMB could not break into the top-four, remaining fifth with 20 points from 12 games. Mumbai’s winless run stretched to seven games as the reigning champions remained sixth in the table with 19 points from 13 outings. ATKMB looked in control from the off and it did not take them long to nose ahead. The brilliant Liston Colaco was hacked down on the left channel but despite green and m...
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Ranji Trophy from February 10 to June 26 at 9 venues | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Returning after a gap of two years due to Covid, the Ranji Trophy, which will be held in two phases, will kick off from February 10 and conclude on June 26, BCCI secretary Jay Shah communicated to all the state associations in an e-mail (TOI has a copy) which detailed the format of the tournament, on Thursday. Listing out the highlights of the 2020-21 edition of the Ranji Trophy, Shah informed that a total of 38 teams will feature in the tournament at nine venues. The league stage will be held before the IPL from February 10 to March 15, and will have 57 matches. The knockout stage will be held post the IPL, and will have seven matches from May 30 to June 26. The teams have been divided into nine groups (eight Elite and One Plate). Each Elite Group will have four teams, while th...
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Lingard told to stay at Man U because of Greenwood absence

Mason Greenwood’s suspension at Manchester United played a role in the club’s decision to keep Jesse Lingard until the end of the season, manager Ralf Rangnick said on Thursday. Greenwood was arrested on Sunday and questioned on suspicion of the rape and assault of a woman. He was released on bail on Wednesday and United has said the 20-year-old forward “will not train with, or play for, the club until further notice.” Lingard, who plays in a similar position to Greenwood, wanted to leave United before the end of the January transfer window in search of more playing opportunities. Newcastle and West Ham were reportedly interested in signing the England international. Rangnick said United’s board changed its stance over Lingard. “With the window closing Monday evening, in the afterno...