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Day: February 7, 2022

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Virat Kohli says he was approached a few times by IPL franchises in past | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Indian batting maestro Virat Kohli has revealed that he was "approached a few times" by few IPL franchises in the past to put himself in the auction but he preferred to stay at Royal Challengers Bangalore. The former India captain, who stepped down as RCB skipper at the end of last season after eight years in charge, is the only cricketer to have played for one franchise since the league's inaugural edition in 2008. "I've been approached a few times as well -- to come into the auction somehow -- I have thought about it," Kohli told the RCB podcast. "At the end of the day, a person lives a certain number of years, and then you die and life moves on. There have been many great players who have won trophies and things like that but no one addresses you like that. "If you are a g...
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IOA threatens EFI of suspension in case involving Indian horsemen impersonating as Nepalese riders | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has warned the Equestrian Federation of India (EFI) of suspension/withdrawal of its membership after it was apprised of the incident involving Indian horsemen impersonating as Nepalese riders during the Tent Pegging World Cup Qualifiers in Greater Noida in March last year. IOA president Narinder Dhruv Batra has directed the EFI to apprise him of the factual status at the earliest, as such violations by the federation can't be ignored. In its letter dated February 7, 2022, Batra referred to the legal case filed in the Delhi High Court by the president of the Rajasthan Equestrian Association (REA), Raghuvendra Singh Dundlod, in the controversy involving the participation of Indian riders impersonating as Nepalese citizens at the Tent Pegging WC ...
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Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson ruled out of South Africa series | Cricket News – Times of India

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson will miss the two-match Test series against South Africa later this month after failing to recover in time from a long-standing elbow injury, the country's cricket board (NZC) said on Monday. All-rounder Colin de Grandhomme and opener Hamish Rutherford have been recalled for the first game while wicketkeeper Cam Fletcher and fast bowler Blair Tickner were given maiden call-ups to the test side, which will be led by Tom Latham. The first Test starts at Christchurch's Hagley Oval on Feb 17. "(Kane) was desperate to be fit for the series but with the amount of loading required for Test cricket, we had to make the tough call... and focus on returning for the white-ball matches against Netherlands in March," said Kiwi head coach Gary Stead. The 31-year-old...
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ISL: Odisha edge out SC East Bengal 2-1, keep semifinal hopes alive | Football News – Times of India

VASCO: Javier Hernandez scored a decisive goal as Odisha FC beat SC East Bengal 2-1 to keep their semifinal hopes alive in the Indian Super League (ISL) on Monday. The result has elevated Odisha to the sixth place in the points table. Jonathas (23') gave Odisha an early lead that lasted until Antonio Perosevic (64') scored the equaliser in the second half. Hernandez (75') regained the lead for OFC with a precise finish which proved to be the winner in the end. In the early stages of the match, Odisha FC applied a lot of pressure and was rewarded with a goal from Jonathas. The cross for the goal was provided by Hernandez who made room on the right flank and served the ball on a platter for the striker who tapped in from close range. Looking for the equaliser, Hira Mondal took an attempt ...
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U19 World Cup hero Raj Bawa likely in Chandigarh Ranji squad | Cricket News – Times of India

CHANDIGARH: Rising all-rounder Raj Angad Bawa’s exploits in the Under-19 World Cup final is most likely to be rewarded with a spot in the Chandigarh squad for the upcoming Ranji Trophy tournament. Sources in the UT Cricket Association have confirmed to TOI, that the teenage sensation’s selection was based on his performance in the World Cup. Raj was on fire in the final against the England colts, returning with a five-wicket haul and scoring 35 runs, to be adjudged the Man-of-the-match in Antigua on Saturday. His tally of 5 for 31 against England was the best bowling performance ever in an U-19 World Cup final. The UTCA on Monday, released a statement citing that president Sanjay Tandon has got the consent from BCCI secretary Jay Shah that allowed Under-19 boys to play in the Ranji Trop...
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PKL: Deepak Hooda helps Jaipur Pink Panthers overcome Gujarat Giants | Pro-Kabaddi-League News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Deepak Hooda produced a fine performance for Jaipur Pink Panthers as they beat Gujarat Giants 36-31 in the 100th match of Pro Kabaddi League's eighth season on Monday. Hooda scored a Super 10 (11 points) in a win that will help Jaipur in their race for a playoff spot and top-6 finish. He was supported well by the Panthers defence. Sandeep Dhull scored four points while Deepak Singh and Vishal chipped in with three each. Gujarat Giants had levelled the scores in the dying stages of the second half, but Jaipur's experience helped them navigate carefully in a tense situation. Raider Rakesh Narwal scored eight points for Gujarat while cover defender Parvesh Bhainswal four. Jaipur started the match on the front foot with Arjun Deshwal and Deepak Hooda taking turns to raid. But Guj...
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U19 WC Heroes: Maharashtra Police’s ATS officer watching son Kaushal Tambe fulfill his cherished dream | Cricket News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: Like hundreds of others who would ply their trade in the very competitive Kanga League during Mumbai monsoons, Sunil Tambe also nurtured a dream of making it big in professional cricket. But just like hundreds of dream gets crushed in Mumbai by the second, Tambe knew that it's a arduous road with no guarantees as he decided to concentrate on academics. On Saturday evening, the current Assistant Commissioner of Maharashtra Police's Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) must have tried to conceal an entire gamut of emotions that he felt when he watched his teenager son Kaushal get a wicket for India U-19 in the World Cup final against England. "I basically played university level and Kanga-level cricket for Mumbai, but I could not make a career in cricket. I had wished that my son should ...
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India vs West Indies: Rahul, Mayank, Saini sweat it out in the nets ahead of 2nd ODI | Cricket News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: India vice-captain KL Rahul, opener Mayank Agarwal, who has completed his quarantine after being added to the squad, sweated it out on Monday ahead of the second ODI against the West Indies. It was an optional training day for the team India members as it was just a day after a full-fledged game. Agarwal was added to the squad after multiple Covid-19 cases were reported in the Indian squad. The 29-year-old pacer Navdeep Saini was also part of the practice session. "Look who are here! The trio joined the squad and sweated it out in the practice session today," the BCCI tweeted along with the pictures of the cricketers. Look who are here! 🙌The trio has joined the squad and sweated it out in the practice session today. 💪#TeamIndia… https://t.co/Lh5AtLycUW— BCCI (@BCCI) 164423986...
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Upbeat Indian men face France in FIH Pro League Hockey opener | Hockey News – Times of India

POTCHEFSTROOM (SOUTH AFRICA): Carrying the mantle of Olympic bronze medallists has added "some pressure" as India begin their campaign in the 2021-22 FIH Pro League Hockey with a match against France here on Tuesday. After France, the Manpreet Singh-led side will face hosts South Africa on Wednesday. The tournament will be the Indian team's first competitive assignment of the year. Speaking about whether the Olympic bronze medallists tag adds any pressure on his wards, chief coach Graham Reid said, "Realistically, yes, it does add some pressure, but I don't think it is more than the pressure we put on ourselves to perform well. "Whenever a team does well at a big event like the Olympics, I think other teams take note of that and there is a target on you. It does add extra pressure, but ...
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Beijing Winter Olympics: World champions Germany miss ski jumping mixed team final after disqualification | More sports News – Times of India

ZHANGJIAKOU (China): Germany, who have won four successive world championships, failed to reach the inaugural Olympic ski jumping mixed team final on Monday after individual silver medallist Katharina Althaus was disqualified for a suit violation on a chaotic night. Germany were hot favourites for the event, which involves two men and two women, but with only three scoring jumpers, they finished ninth of the 10 competing nations, with only eight advancing to the final later on Monday. Japan also suffered a disqualification, for Sara Takanashi, but squeezed through as did Austria, another of the favourites, when Daniela Irashko Stolz fell foul of the complex rules that link suits and skis to bodyweight in an attempt to remove any advantage that can be gained by athletes being lighter. Ge...
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PSL: Jason Roy’s quickfire 116 gets Quetta Gladiators over finish line

England’s Jason Roy, representing Quetta Gladiators in a Pakistani Super League match against Lahore Qalandars, devastated the latter’s bowling attack as he scored a quickfire 116 off just 57 balls. Batting first, the Qalandars had scored 204/5 in 20 overs but Roy’s sublime innings, which consisted of 11 fours and 8 sixes, took the match away from them. He was finally caught by Haris Rauf off David Wiese’s delivery in the 16th over. Roy had lapped it and ended up finding the man at short fine leg. The Gladiators won a tight match with just 3 balls to spare with 7 wickets in hand and the credit as well as plaudits will all go to Roy’s remarkable innings. Jason Roy out for 116 (57) – an innings of amazing power! Quetta Gladiators need 31 runs in 23 balls#PSL #QGvLQ pic.twitter.com/lTbAtc...
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Auction Action: RCB may bid handsomely for Jason Holder | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former West Indies captain and one of world's premier all-rounders Jason Holder could well turn out to be one of the most expensive buys at this edition of Indian Premier League's mega-auction with Royal Challengers Bangalore expected to bid heavily for him. If sources privy to RCB's auction strategy are to be believed, the franchise that has Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and Mohammed Siraj in its ranks as retained players, are likely to bid up till Rs 12 crore because of his multiple skill-sets, which is a rarity in this format. "Ben Stokes isn't available, Hardik Pandya and Marcus Stoinis are taken. Mitchell Marsh you never know whether he can survive a full IPL with his injury prone career, Holder has been phenomenal if one looks at his record. RCB will like to go the distanc...
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Kohli says he was approached a few times by IPL franchises in past

Indian batting maestro Virat Kohli has revealed that he was “approached a few times” by few IPL franchises in the past to put himself in the auction but he preferred to stay at Royal Challengers Bangalore. The former India captain, who stepped down as RCB skipper at the end of last season after eight years in charge, is the only cricketer to have played for one franchise since the league’s inaugural edition in 2008. “I’ve been approached a few times as well — to come into the auction somehow — I have thought about it,” Kohli told the RCB podcast. Listen to the full episode of the #RCBPodcast featuring Virat on @spotifyindia. Link: https://t.co/bixXHID9bQ#PlayBold #WeAreChallengers — Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) February 6, 2022 “At the end of the day, a person lives a cer...
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Dortmund signs Germany defender Süle for free from Bayern

Borussia Dortmund is signing Germany defender Niklas Süle on a free transfer from Bayern Munich for next season. Dortmund said on Monday it agreed on a four-year deal with the 26-year-old Süle after he decided not to extend his contract with its biggest rival. Bayern said last Wednesday that Süle would leave at the end of the season after he turned down its latest offer. Dortmund’s announcement came a day after the team was humiliated in a 5-2 loss at home to Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga, where it is already nine points behind Bayern with 13 rounds to play. ✍️ Der #BVB hat zur Saison 2022/23 den deutschen Nationalspieler Niklas #Süle (26) verpflichtet. Der Innenverteidiger steht gegenwärtig noch in Diensten des FC Bayern München. Sein Vertrag dort läuft im Sommer 2022 aus. 👉 htt...
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Odisha edge out SC East Bengal 2-1, keep semifinal hopes alive

Javier Hernandez scored a decisive goal as Odisha FC beat SC East Bengal 2-1 to keep their semifinal hopes alive in the Indian Super League (ISL) here on Monday. The result has elevated Odisha to the sixth place in the points table. Jonathas (23′) gave Odisha an early lead that lasted until Antonio Perosevic (64′) scored the equaliser in the second half. Hernandez (75′) regained the lead for OFC with a precise finish which proved to be the winner in the end. FULL-TIME | #SCEBOFC@javih89's winning goal gifts @OdishaFC a hard-fought victory over @sc_eastbengal at the Tilak Maidan Stadium! 🥵#HeroISL #LetsFootball pic.twitter.com/mcQdS1kvA5 — Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) February 7, 2022 In the early stages of the match, Odisha FC applied a lot of pressure and was rewarded with a ...
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Paul Collingwood named England interim coach for tour of West Indies | Cricket News – Times of India

England assistant coach Paul Collingwood has been named interim head coach for next month's three-Test tour of the West Indies, the country's cricket board (ECB) said on Monday. Collingwood takes over after Chris Silverwood stepped down last week following the team's 4-0 series defeat in the Ashes against Australia. Collingwood was a former captain of England's limited-overs side who led the team to the 2010 Twenty20 World Cup title. He took charge of the team's T20 tour of the West Indies last month which England lost 3-2. Our Interim Head Coach, @Colly622 👍Colly takes charge for the #WIvENG Test series 🏏— England Cricket (@englandcricket) 1644231554000"Having a challenging Test series against the West Indies straight off the back of the Ashes disappointment gives us a chance from now ...
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Ramkumar Ramanathan enters doubles top-100, touches career-high 94 after Tata Open triumph | Tennis News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India's Ramkumar Ramanathan on Monday broke into the doubles top-100 for the first time in his career, after winning the Tata Open Maharashtra along with compatriot Rohan Bopanna, who also jumped eight places to 35 in the ATP list. Ramkumar, who zoomed to a career-best 94, and Bopanna won their second title together on Sunday after beating the Australian team of Luke Saville and John-Patrick Smith. The 250 points earned helped Ramkumar jump 14 places while Bopanna gained eight places for the performance. Bopanna, 41, and the 27-year-old Ramkumar are the only players from India ranked inside top-100. The left-handed Divij Sharan is ranked 134, having moved up by one slot. Ramkumar is also the highest ranked Indian in the singles chart. He is placed 185 after losing three place...
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New Jugraj reminds one of original

“If you take the shortcut, Pakistan is just 1km from our house. So from a very young age, we have stayed away from shortcuts.” Sarabjit Singh is describing the place India’s ‘fastest drag-flicker’, Jugraj Singh, calls home. But the statement also captures his younger brother’s long road to the national team. Attari is largely known for two things: as the last Indian station on the rail route connecting Delhi and Lahore; and the flag-lowering ceremony at the Wagah-Attari crossing. In quick succession, though, the tiny village in Amritsar has produced two national team players. The first was forward Shamsher Singh, who won an Olympic bronze in Tokyo. On Tuesday, Jugraj – a versatile player who can play the roles of centre-half, full-back and drag-flicker – is set to make his debut when In...
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Miserable day on slopes for American stars Shiffrin, Gerard

It was a miserable day on the mountains outside Beijing for American stars Mikaela Shiffrin and Red Gerard. Shiffrin’s opening race in the Beijing Olympics ended quickly with a rare mistake and a rare DNF — Did Not Finish. Favored to defend her gold medal in the giant slalom, Shiffrin instead crashed out a few seconds and five gates into the race. She lost control coming around a left-turn gate and fell onto her hip on a course known as The Ice River at the Yanqing Alpine Skiing Center. The missed gate meant she was done early in the opening run of the two-leg event. Sweden's Sara Hector grabs gold on the giant slalom after Mikaela Shiffrin's early elimination. Full story: https://t.co/dY0MOfolOw pic.twitter.com/gfehkscP10 — AP Sports (@AP_Sports) February 7, 2022 While Shiffrin is exp...
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Dinesh Karthik sharpening his T20 finishing skills for India comeback | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Dinesh Karthik is currently putting in the hard yards in Mumbai under the guidance of friend and mentor Abhishek Nayar, focussed on sharpening his finishing skills in the T20 format. Not because the IPL auctions are around the corner. His plan is simple. The 36-year-old, who last played for India in the 2019 ODI World Cup semifinal, is committed to playing the game for "another 3-4 years" and is determined to make a national comeback in the shortest format. The motivation to play for India remains as strong as ever, says Karthik who would also want his six-month old twin boys to see him playing at the highest level a couple of years down the line. "T20s will be the starting point for me. Obviously with a tournament like the IPL, you play against the best in the world and you ...