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Day: February 22, 2022

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West Indies call up two uncapped players for first England Test | Cricket News – Times of India

ST. JOHN'S (Antigua and Barbuda): West Indies called up two uncapped players, fast bowler Anderson Phillip and opener John Campbell, for the first Test against England next month. Cricket West Indies said both players had impressed in the early rounds of the West Indies Championship. Phillip, a 25-year-old who plays for Trinidad and Tobago, took 12 wickets at an average of 14.25. "Anderson Phillip bowled extremely well and was very impressive in the first two rounds of the West Indies Championship and we decided to give him an opportunity in the Test squad to face England. He has been around the squad before in white ball cricket, so he has some experience at the international level," said lead selector Desmond Haynes. Campbell, a 28-year-old who plays for Jamaica hit 213 runs at an ave...
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ISL: Mumbai City beat SC East Bengal 1-0 to make top-four return | Football News – Times of India

MARGAO: Defending champions Mumbai City FC returned to contention for a semi-final spot with a narrow 1-0 win over SC East Bengal in the Indian Super League on Tuesday. A solitary goal by Bipin Singh (51st minute) helped Des Buckingham's men climb up to fourth place with 28 points. SC East Bengal made a spirited start after Mohammad Nawaz had to make an early save from Mahesh Naorem's powerful drive. A few minutes before the half-hour mark, Thongkhosiem Haokip found himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper but a poor first touch denied him a scoring opportunity. His penalty appeal fell on deaf ears following a faint touch from Mourtada Fall tripping him inside the box. Despite dominating more of the ball possession, the Islanders could only muster up two shots on target in the first half....
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IPL: Ajit Agarkar set to be Delhi Capitals assistant coach | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former India pacer Ajit Agarkar is set to join Delhi Capitals as the assistant coach of the franchise this season. Agarkar is likely to join the Capitals setup once he finishes his commentary commitments during Sri Lanka’s tour of India which will conclude with the pink-ball Test in Bengaluru on March 16. Former Australia allrounder James Hopes was with the Capitals over the past few seasons. “Agarkar and Capitals have sealed the deal. The announcement will be made soon. Agarkar will get into the bubble immediately after the Sri Lanka series,” a source told TOI. It is learnt that the domestic players have been asked by franchises to be ready to assemble in Mumbai around March 15. The IPL is likely to start on March 27. Roping in consultant for T20 WC?Agarkar’s appointment has...
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Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues among overseas players retained for 2022 Hundred | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: Indian stars Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues were among the overseas players retained by their respective franchises for the 2022 edition of the women's Hundred. The three other Indian players -- Harmanpreet Kaur, Shafali Verma and Deepti Sharma -- who were part of the last edition have been released by their franchises and will be available for selection by other teams. Rodrigues plays for the Northern Superchargers while Mandhana represents the Southern Brave in the 100-ball per innings match. Birmingham Phoenix released Shafali, London Spirit let go of Deepti Sharma while Manchester Originals did not retain Harmanpreet. Last time, Mandhana aggregated 167 runs from seven innings at a strike rate of 133.60 before she flew back home to spend time with her family before the...
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Maxwell and Du Plessis among overseas stars to sign up for Hundred | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: Australia's Glenn Maxwell and South Africa's Faf du Plessis were among several overseas stars announced Tuesday to have signed up for the 2022 edition of English cricket's the Hundred. The second season of the eight-team, 100 balls-per-side tournament will also feature some of the world's leading women's players in Australia's Ellyse Perry and Alyssa Healy, India's Smriti Mandhana and South Africa's Lizelle Lee. England fast bowler Jofra Archer, currently sidelined by an elbow injury that saw him miss the whole of last year's inaugural tournament, is set to make his comeback to senior cricket with the Southern Brave, the reigning men's champions. Archer will be joined at the Brave by Australia's Marcus Stoinis. Former South Africa captain du Plessis is at Northern Superchargers ...
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Ireland, UAE qualify for T20 World Cup | Cricket News – Times of India

MUSCAT: Ireland booked their spot at this year's T20 World Cup with a comfortable 56-run victory over hosts Oman in qualifying on Tuesday, as the United Arab Emirates also secured a ticket to Australia. The Irish will be making their seventh straight appearance in the showpiece, having only missed the inaugural edition in 2007. Andy Balbirnie's side made a shaky start to the Global Qualifier A event, losing their first game last week to the UAE, but bounced back with successive wins to reach the semi-finals. With the two finalists to qualify, Tuesday's last-four game was a winner-takes-all affair, and Ireland made a strong start, posting a challenging total of 165-7 after Oman won the toss and opted to field first. Ireland beat Oman by 56 runs in the semi-final and qualify for the ICC M...
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Saha says he won’t reveal identity of journalist who threatened him | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Veteran India wicketkeeper-batter Wriddhiman Saha on Tuesday decided not to reveal the identity of the journalist who had sent him a threatening message. In a series of tweets on Tuesday, Saha said he will keep the journalist's name with himself on grounds of "humanity". 2/3- My nature isnt such that I will harm anyone to the extent of ending someone’s career. So on grounds of humanit… https://t.co/nhpcBPSYxQ— Wriddhiman Saha (@Wriddhipops) 1645533379000"I was hurt and offended. I thought not to tolerate such kind of behaviour and didn't want anyone to go through these kind of bullying. I decided I will go out and expose the chat in public eye, but not his/her name," Saha wrote. "My nature isn't such that I will harm anyone to the extent of ending someone's career. So on grou...
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Dutee Chand opens season with 100m gold, Priya Mohan bags 400m title in National Inter-University Championships | More sports News – Times of India

BHUBANESWAR: Ace sprinter Dutee Chand opened her season with a 100m dash gold while up and coming quarter-miler Priya Mohan ran her personal best to win the 400m title on the second day of the National Inter-university Women's Athletics Championships on Tuesday. Chand, the 2019 World University Games gold medallist, easily won the 100m final in 11.44 seconds as she kicked off her season with a gold. The 26-year-old, representing the hosts KIIT University, holds the national record of 11.17 seconds which she had clocked last year. The 18-year-old Mohan, the fastest Indian woman quarter-miler last year, clocked 52.58 seconds in the final to better her 52.77 effort while finishing fourth in the 2021 World U-20 Championships. Mohan's effort here was also a new meet record, bettering the 52....
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KL Rahul donates Rs 31 lakh for budding cricketer’s surgery | Off the field News – Times of India

BENGALURU: In a heart-warming gesture, Indian opener KL Rahul has come to the rescue of an 11-year-old budding cricketer, needing an urgent bone marrow transplant (BMT) to treat a rare blood disorder. Since September 2021, Varad, a schoolboy from Mumbai, who aspires to don an India cricket jersey, had been under the care of hematologists at Mumbai's Jaslok Hospital. In December, Varad's parents Sachin Nalawade, an insurance agent, and homemaker Swapna Jha, started a fundraising campaign on GiveIndia to raise Rs 35 lakh they needed to pay for their son's treatment. Rahul's team got in touch with them as soon as they came to know about Varad. Rahul donated a generous Rs 31 lakh of the 35 lakh required for the procedure. Varad was operated upon, and he is now recuperating. "When I came to ...
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BFI brings out selection policy for big-ticket events including CWG, Asian Games | Boxing News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India's boxers are set for a hectic round of trials in the coming four months with the national federation unveiling its selection policy for major events such as the Commonwealth and Asian Games scheduled to be held between July and September this year. As per the Boxing Federation of India's (BFI) selection policy, which is in PTI's possession, the first set of trials would be held next month for the women's world championships in Turkey this May. "Simultaneously, selection trials for the elite women will also be held for selecting boxers for the Asian Games," the policy stated. While the dates have not been mentioned in the document, it is learnt from reliable federation sources that the world championship trials would be held from March 7 to 9, followed by the Asiad trial...
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Bangladesh captain Tamim unfazed by ‘world best’ Afghan spinners in ODI series | Cricket News – Times of India

CHATTOGRAM (Bangladesh): Bangladesh captain Tamim Iqbal is not fazed by an Afghanistan spin attack he describes as the world's best going into their one-day international series starting on Wednesday. All three ODIs are in Chattogram on Wednesday, Friday, and Monday, followed by two Twenty20s next week in Mirpur. The Afghan spin attack features Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi, but Tamim said on Tuesday he likes Bangladesh's chances. "I am not willing to think and talk much about any particular bowler," Tamim said. "Probably they got the best spin attack in the world but we have played well against them, especially in the ODI format. "We play the ODI format well always, and it will give us the edge." Bangladesh has beaten Afghanistan in five out of their eight ODIs, thoug...
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Mumbai City beat SC East Bengal 1-0 to make top-four return

Defending champions Mumbai City FC returned to contention for a semi-final spot with a narrow 1-0 win over SC East Bengal in the Indian Super League here on Tuesday. A solitary goal by Bipin Singh (51st minute) helped Des Buckingham’s men climb up to fourth place with 28 points. SC East Bengal made a spirited start after Mohammad Nawaz had to make an early save from Mahesh Naorem’s powerful drive. A few minutes before the half-hour mark, Thongkhosiem Haokip found himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper but a poor first touch denied him a scoring opportunity. His penalty appeal fell on deaf ears following a faint touch from Mourtada Fall tripping him inside the box. .@MumbaiCityFC get the crucial points to move into the 🔝4️⃣ after a 1-0 win against @sc_eastbengal! 👏🏻 Watch the full high...
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Seven unvaccinated India U-19 players were denied entry into Caribbean and told to ‘go back’ | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Covid-19 outbreak in its camp was not the only off-field challenge the Indian team overcame on its way to the U-19 World Cup triumph. India's problems began on arrival in the Caribbean islands, with as many as seven unvaccinated members of the side detained at the airport for more than 24 hours, requiring the government to step in and resolve the issue. This was after a long flight from Dubai to Port-of-Spain via Amsterdam. Left-arm pacer Ravi Kumar, who played a huge role in the team's unprecedented fifth World Cup triumph, and opener Angkrish Raghuvanshi were among the players who were told to "go back to India" as they were not jabbed. Team manager Lobzang G Tenzing, who came to their rescue with the help of the ICC and colleagues in the BCCI, narrated the "harrowing e...
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UK government wants Champions League final moved from Russia

The British government led calls for the Champions League final to be taken out of Russia on Tuesday to punish its deepening intervention in Ukraine, prompting UEFA to say it would reconsider hosting rights. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson highlighted concerns about the showpiece men’s game being played in St. Petersburg on May 28 as he urged Russian President Vladimir Putin not to conduct a full invasion of Ukraine. Russia sparked an outcry by announcing on Monday that its recognition of independence for areas in eastern Ukraine extended to territory currently held by Ukrainian forces. “It’s absolutely vital in this critical moment that President Putin understands that what he is doing is going to be a disaster for Russia,” Johnson told the House of Commons. “He is going to end u...
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UAE and Ireland qualify for ICC T20 World Cup

UAE and Ireland on Tuesday confirmed their tickets to the ICC men’s T20 World Cup in Australia after reaching the final of the Qualifier A at Al Amerat, Oman. UAE stopped the three-match winning run of Nepal with a 68-run victory while Ireland beat Oman by 56 runs. At the Oman Academy ground 1, UAE produced a clinical performance to reach the T20 World Cup for the second time. The last time UAE made it to the global showpiece event was in 2014. For Ireland, the only Full Member nation in Qualifier A, it will be their seventh appearance at the global showpiece. Australia calling 📞 Ireland and UAE have booked their spot in the ICC Men’s #T20WorldCup 2022 🎉 ➡️ https://t.co/kzdCgsj3bD pic.twitter.com/Trdi6gtyn2 — T20 World Cup (@T20WorldCup) February 22, 2022 The two winning teams took the...
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How sister’s hobby shaped young chess wizard Praggnanandhaa’s life | Chess News – Times of India

CHENNAI: It was a hobby acquired from his sister but R Praggnanandhaa made chess his life's calling pretty early on, picking up the nuances of the game at an age when most kids are classified as toddlers. All of 3 when he took to the sport after his elder sister Vaishali was introduced to it to wean her away from watching too many cartoon shows on TV, the currently 16 Praggnanandhaa is now the next big thing in Indian chess. Touted as the one for the future when he became an International Master at the tender age of 10 years and nine months in 2016, Praggu, as he is fondly called by his friends and coaches, has made giant strides and on Sunday he notched up the biggest win of his career by upstaging world number one Magnus Carlsen. It was a special feat considering that he is only the t...
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‘Finally you score with that big head’: Bruno Fernandes reaction to Harry Maguire goal against Leeds

England defender and Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has had his fair share of critics, with a lot of people questioning his defensive capabilities as well as aerial abilities. So it must have come as a relief to Maguire when he finally netted a goal with a well-placed header against Leeds United on Sunday. Manchester United would go on to win the match 4-2 with Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Elanga and Fred being the other three goal scorers for the Red Devils. In a press conference on Tuesday, before United’s upcoming Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid, midfielder Fernandes told the media what exactly he had said to his captain Maguire after he scored that goal against Leeds. “I was slapping his head and saying finally you score with that big head,” Fernandes said, sitti...
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Ishant Sharma still has plenty to offer

It’s the era of athletes ageing gracefully. Of them delaying the inevitable vagaries of time; of them not stopping the clock, but running alongside it; of them accepting their age and finding ways of resisting that good night in their sporting middle age. Last month, Rafael Nadal, with a ravaged 35-year-old body, outlasted a 25-year-old in a gruelling five-setter for his record 21st Grand Slam title. His great peer Roger Federer, at 40, could still be fuelled by the dream of chasing Nadal. Elsewhere, 37-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo is pummelling goals with the relish of a 17-year-old in the toughest football league in the world, just like Jimmy Anderson, who turns 40 this year, was harassing batsmen for fun last summer. So 33-year-old India pacer Ishant Sharma, snubbed for the two-Test se...
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Pramod Bhagat upskilling on speed

Pramod Bhagat went all the way to Paris to fall in love with his weakest link. All his life, the Tokyo Paralympics gold medallist shuttler in S3 category has worked every remaining muscle of his body to compensate for a disability in his left leg, brought on by polio. Never had the four-time World Champion been told that his perennially-protected leg ought not to be shielded, but launched into attack while lunging. In the first 10 minutes of his 10-day training camp in Paris at France’s badminton development centre, the European coaches had lobbed a hitherto unheard poser at him: Why was he ‘hiding’ his left leg, so to speak, when playing? On a two-month training stint in Spain where he will proceed to play a clutch of tournaments, Bhagat is upbeat about this refreshing way of thinking ...
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Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues among overseas players retained for 2022 Hundred

Indian stars Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues were among the overseas players retained by their respective franchises for the 2022 edition of the women’s Hundred. The three other Indian players — Harmanpreet Kaur, Shafali Verma and Deepti Sharma — who were part of the last edition have been released by their franchises and will be available for selection by other teams. Rodrigues plays for the Northern Superchargers while Mandhana represents the Southern Brave in the 100-ball per innings match. Birmingham Phoenix have released Shafali, London Spirit let go of Deepti Sharma while Manchester Originals did not retain Harmanpreet. Last time, Mandhana aggregated 167 runs from seven innings at a strike rate of 133.60 before she flew back home to spend time with her family before the ...