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Day: February 23, 2022

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Business as usual as Novak Djokovic reaches 10th successive quarter-final | Tennis News – Times of India

DUBAI: Novak Djokovic, playing his first tournament since his deportation from Australia, continued his fight to keep his number one ranking with a convincing 6-3, 7-6 (7/2) victory over Karen Khachanov in Dubai to move into his 10th consecutive quarter-final on Wednesday. The Serbian top seed, who has not lost before the last-eight stage at any tournament since Monte Carlo 10 months ago, must at least reach the semi-finals in the Emirates to stand a chance of stopping Daniil Medvedev from replacing him at the summit of the rankings. Medvedev is competing in Acapulco this week and is guaranteed to end Djokovic's world number one reign if he clinches the title. There are other scenarios however that could allow Djokovic to extend his 361-week at at the top, should Medvedev falter in Mexi...
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Hyderabad qualify for maiden ISL semifinals with 2-1 win over Kerala | Football News – Times of India

BAMBOLIM: Hyderabad FC qualified for their maiden semifinals with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Kerala Blasters in an entertaining Indian Super League match on Wednesday. Bartholomew Ogbeche got Hyderabad in front in the 28th minute with Javier Siverio doubling the margin in the 87th minute to make it 35 points from 18 games and stay firmly in pole position. Kerala fought hard with Alvaro Vazquez at the heart of their second-half stellar show but in the end, Hyderabad held firm with Laxmikant Kattimani doing the job at the goal for Manolo Marquez's side. Vincy Barretto scored a consolation goal for Kerala in stoppage time but it was too little too late by then. The result meant Kerala stay in fifth place with 27 points from 17 outings, with Mumbai only a point above them at fourth. Kerala ...
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Patna Pirates to play Dabang Delhi in PKL 8 final | Pro-Kabaddi-League News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Three-time champions Patna Pirates on Wednesday beat UP Yoddha 38-27 while Dabang Delhi KC defeated Bengaluru Bulls 40-35 to set up a title clash against each other in the Pro Kabaddi League Season 8 here. In the first semifinal, star defender Mohammadreza Shadloui and Sunil picked up High 5s for Patna while at the other end raiders Sachin (7 points) and Guman Singh (8 points) ensured a difficult night for UP Yoddha. UP Yoddha's Pardeep Narwal had a quiet outing with just four points in the entire match. In fact, it was substitute Shrikant Jadhav who performed best for UP Yoddha in attack, scoring 10 points (including 2 for a Super Tackle). Later in the day, Dabang Delhi qualified for their second consecutive final of PKL by getting the better of Bengaluru Bulls. Naveen Kumar...
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Indian archers script history in Para World Championships, Shyam and Jyoti duo enters final | More sports News – Times of India

DUBAI: India scripted history in the World Archery Para Championships here on Wednesday as the duo of Shyam Sundar Swami and Jyoti Baliyan assured the country of at least a silver medal by reaching the final of compound mixed team open event. The Indian pair will face the Russian team in the summit clash on Friday. Indian para archers have won medals in almost every single event since 2017, except in the World Championships. The duo of Shyam Sundar and Jyoti Baliyan, who have previously won silver medals at the 2021 Fazza World Ranking event in the UAE and the 2019 Bangkok Asian Championships, downed the French pair of Julie Chupin and Thierry Joussaume 151-145 in the semifinal to assure at least a silver. In the quarterfinals, they had pipped Maria Andrea Virgilio and Matteo Bonacina o...
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IPL 2022 set to be held in four venues in Mumbai and Pune | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The matches of the upcoming Indian Premier League will be held in four venues across two cities -- Mumbai and Pune, according to a report. While 55 matches will be held in Mumbai across three venues -- Wankhede Stadium, DY Patil and Brabourne Stadium, Pune's MCA International Stadium will play host to 15 games, cricbuzz.com reported. All the IPL teams are set to play four games each at the Wankhede and DY Patil Stadium and three apiece at Brabourne and Pune, according to the report. While the BCCI is yet to finalise the starting date of IPL 2022, the lucrative T20 tournament is expected to start in the last week of March. The venues for the playoffs are also yet to be decided and a decision is expected to be taken in the IPL governing council meeting scheduled for Thursday. !...
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Lewis Hamilton calls for ‘non-biased’ F1 stewards | Racing News – Times of India

Seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton called on Formula One to bring in "non-biased" race stewards, saying friendships between some of them and certain drivers had influenced their decision-making. The Briton, who said he had lost faith in the sport's governance following the controversial safety car call in last year's Abu Dhabi finale that denied him an unprecedented eighth title, did not name any stewards or driver. He also did not specify any incidents where a biased decision had gone against him. "Race drivers, some are very, very good friends with certain individuals, some travel with certain individuals and tend to take a more keen liking to some of them," the 37-year-old told a news conference on the opening day of pre-season running in Barcelona on Wednesday. "So I think (F...
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Pakistan’s Nawaz ruled out of Australia Tests with injury | Cricket News – Times of India

Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz has been ruled out of next month's three-Test home series against Australia due to a foot injury and will not be replaced in the squad, the country's cricket board (PCB) said on Wednesday. Australia will play in Pakistan for the first time in almost 25 years, with the opening test to be held in Rawalpindi from March 4. The second Test will be played in Karachi from March 12 followed by the final Test in Lahore from March 21. The two sides are also scheduled to play three one-day internationals and one Twenty20 match. The PCB said that bowler Naseem Shah and wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfaraz Ahmed have been added to the Test squad as travelling reserves and will only be considered for selection if there is an injury. Australia are the top-ranked Test side,...
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Olympic champion Alexander Zverev says behaviour was ‘unacceptable’ in Acapulco | Tennis News – Times of India

ACAPULCO: German Olympic tennis champion Alexander Zverev said there "was no excuse" for smashing his racket on the umpire's chair several times and his foul-mouthed rant at the official was "unacceptable", as he was expelled from the Acapulco Open by the ATP. Zverev, ranked three in the world, posted an apology posted on his Instagram account a few hours after his expulsion. "It is difficult to put into words how much I regret my behavior during and after the doubles match yesterday," he wrote. "I have privately apologised to the chair umpire because my outburst towards him was wrong and unacceptable." Zverev lost his cool after he and doubles partner Marcelo Melo of Brazil fell 6-2, 4-6, 10-6 to Briton Lloyd Glasspool and Finn Harri Heliovaara. Ausraster von Alexander #Zverev: Beim AT...
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1st ODI: Afif Hossain, Mehidy Hasan help Bangladesh sink Afghanistan | Cricket News – Times of India

CHITTAGONG: Afif Hossain and Mehidy Hasan shared a record 174-run seventh-wicket stand as Bangladesh recovered from a top-order collapse to beat Afghanistan by four wickets in the first one-day international of a three-match series in Chittagong on Wednesday. Afif hit an unbeaten 93 off 115 balls while Mehidy added 81 not out, helping Bangladesh reach 219-6 in 48.5 overs, after Afghanistan left-arm pace bowler Fazalhaq Farooqi's opening-spell burst reduced the hosts to 18-4 inside five overs. Spinners Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Rashid Khan took one wicket apiece to leave Bangladesh struggling at 45-6 before Afif and Mehidy turned the tide. Earlier Mustafizur Rahman took 3-35 with Shoriful Islam (2-38), Shakib Al Hasan (2-50) and Taskin Ahmed (2-55) all making an impact as Bangladesh bowled ou...
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Every Test match is important because of the WTC points: Mayank Agarwal | Cricket News – Times of India

BENGALURU: India opener Mayank Agarwal feels that every Test match has become important because of the involvement of World Test Championship (WTC) points. In the current 2021-23 WTC cycle, India are ranked fifth in the table with 49.07 percentage while collecting 53 points. Agarwal will be a part of the 18-member squad which will face Sri Lanka in the Tests at Mohali (March 4-8) and Bengaluru (March 12-16). "I am very excited to be part of the squad and part of the Indian Test team. I am really looking forward to contributing to the team's success. Every Test series is of utmost importance because of the World Test Championship. Each Test carries points. The collective thinking of our team is to pick up a win in every match that we play and try to get the maximum points we can from all...
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Mayank Agarwal set to captain Punjab Kings in IPL 2022

India batter Mayank Agarwal is likely to captain Punjab Kings in the upcoming Indian Premier League. Agarwal, who is part of the Indian Test team, was one of the two players retained by Punjab Kings alongside young pacer Arshdeep Singh ahead of the mega auction earlier this month. A formal announcement is expected soon. “In all likelihood, Mayank will captain the side. The announcement is expected later this week,” an IPL source told PTI. Punjab, who went into the auction with the maximum purse, made good use of the money by getting the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Kagiso Rabada and buying back left-arm spinner Harpreet Brar and explosive Tamil Nadu batter Shahrukh Khan. Dhawan’s name as captain was also doing the rounds but the management was keen o...
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UK tennis star Raducanu gets restraining order against stalker | Tennis News – Times of India

LONDON: A man who stalked British tennis star Emma Raducanu, walking 23 miles (37 kilometres) to her home and taking one of her father's shoes, was on Wednesday given a five-year restraining order. The 19-year-old US Open champion said Amrit Magar, 35, had made her feel her "freedom has been taken away" and that she was "constantly looking over her shoulder", Bromley Magistrates' Court in south London heard. The former delivery driver from northeast London made three visits to Raducanu's house in southeast London, and on one occasion decorated a tree in the front garden with Christmas lights. He also left flowers with a note saying "nothing to say but you deserve love". The message included a hand-drawn map to show the "23 miles" he had walked from his home. "The incidents made her feel...
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Haryana’s new No. 3 Yashu Sharma keen to make up for lost time

Yashu Sharma took the 2019-20 CK Nayudu (Under-23) Trophy by storm. His 777 runs at 155.40 in eight innings (7 matches), including three centuries, helped him break into the Haryana senior team. Last week, the 23-year-old left-hander scored his maiden first-class century against Tripura in the Ranji Trophy. The Rohtak lad’s 129 came in only his second first-class game. “I made my Ranji debut against Jammu and Kashmir in 2019-20. It was the last game of our season. Just getting into the senior team was amazing. I was looking forward to the next season, and then the pandemic (Covid-19) took over,” Sharma told The Indian Express on the eve of Haryana’s clash against Punjab. For a promising youngster like Yashu, who wanted to make his mark in first-class cricket, the Covid-19 outbreak came ...
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Delhi Capitals confirm Ajit Agarkar’s appointment as assistant coach | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former India pacer Ajit Agarkar was on Wednesday officially appointed as the assistant coach of IPL franchise Delhi Capitals. Agarkar will join the team after completing his commentating duties for India's home series against Sri Lanka beginning on Thursday. "I am very excited to be part of Delhi Capitals squad for this season," Agarkar said, on the development in a team statement. 🚨 ANNOUNCEMENT 🚨Former 🇮🇳 fast bowler @imAagarkar has joined the Delhi Capitals coaching staff as an Assistant Co… https://t.co/9LEsQ4BHEa— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) 1645618568000He is looking forward to working with captain Rishabh Pant and head coach Ricky Ponting. "I have been lucky enough to be a player and to be returning in a different capacity. It's obviously very exciting. We have a y...
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Ranji Trophy: Punjab seamer Baltej realising teenage potential

Since making his first-class debut for Punjab in the 2011-12 season, Baltej Singh Dhanda has played only 15 matches. Out of those, six came in the 2019-20 season. At 31, the second- most senior player in the side after Gurkeerat Singh Mann has finally found his second wind. In the first match of the ongoing season, the seamer bagged his maiden five-wicket haul against Himachal Pradesh and is hungry for more in the next few games. “It took me 10 years and 14 matches to bag my first five-wicket haul. One can appreciate how significant the moment must be for me. It was priceless; hopefully I will get more in the future,” Baltej told The Indian Express. Despite taking heaps of wickets in the Katoch Shield, Punjab’s inter-district tournament, he used to warm the bench for the state side on m...
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IPL 2022 will be a nice build-up for T20 WC, says Australia interim coach Andrew McDonald | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Australia's interim coach Andrew McDonald on Wednesday advocated the importance of the IPL, saying the upcoming edition of the lucrative league will be a nice build up for his team as it defends its T20 World Cup title on home soil later this year. "Oh, no doubt. I think the quality of the IPL can coexist with our preparation for our plans for the T20 World Cup, and there was no greater example than Josh Hazlewood. Going to the IPL before the World Cup, getting a nice build in getting a nice lead-in," McDonald said during a virtual press conference just days ahead of Australia's departure to Pakistan. Australia is set to embark on a historic tour of Pakistan after 24 years where they will play a full series, involving three Tests beginning March 4 in Rawalpindi, followed by t...
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Patna Pirates to play Dabang Delhi in PKL 8 final

Three-time champions Patna Pirates on Wednesday beat UP Yoddha 38-27 while Dabang Delhi KC defeated Bengaluru Bulls 40-35 to set up a title clash against each other in the Pro Kabaddi League Season 8 here. In the first semifinal, star defender Mohammadreza Shadloui and Sunil picked up High 5s for Patna while at the other end raiders Sachin (7 points) and Guman Singh (8 points) ensured a difficult night for UP Yoddha. UP Yoddha’s Pardeep Narwal had a quiet outing with just four points in the entire match. In fact, it was substitute Shrikant Jadhav who performed best for UP Yoddha in attack, scoring 10 points (including 2 for a Super Tackle). Later in the day, Dabang Delhi qualified for their second consecutive final of PKL by getting the better of Bengaluru Bulls. Ab hoga ᴀᴀʀ ʏᴀ ...
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Injured Nawaz ruled out of Test series against Australia

Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz has been ruled out of next month’s much-anticipated three-match Test series against Australia due to a foot injury. The Pakistan Cricket Board on Wednesday confirmed Nawaz’s unavailability and said only wicketkeeper Sarfaraz Ahmed and fast bowler Naseem Shah would be the travelling reserves. Australia is scheduled to tour Pakistan after 24 years for three Tests, three ODIs, and one T20I. The first Test will be played in Rawalpindi from March 4. The PCB said four other reserves including Yasir Shah, Kamran Ghulam, Muhammad Abbas and Mohammad Haris have been added to the squad but they will be appearing in the national One-Day Cup from March 2 and will be called upon if required. Test players camp at the National Stadium, Karachi.Scenario-based prac...
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Hyderabad FC qualify for maiden ISL semifinals with 2-1 win over Kerala

Hyderabad FC qualified for their maiden semifinals with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Kerala Blasters in an entertaining Indian Super League match here on Wednesday. Bartholomew Ogbeche got Hyderabad in front in the 28th minute with Javier Siverio doubling the margin in the 87th minute to make it 35 points from 18 games and stay firmly in pole position. Kerala fought hard with Alvaro Vazquez at the heart of their second-half stellar show but in the end, Hyderabad held firm with Laxmikant Kattimani doing the job at the goal for Manolo Marquez’s side. 𝐕𝐢𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 ✅ 3️⃣ 𝐏𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐬 ✅ 𝐒𝐞𝐦𝐢-𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐒𝐩𝐨𝐭 ✅ @HydFCOfficial are the 1️⃣st semi-finalists of the #HeroISL 2021-22 season! 💯#HFCKBFC #LetsFootball pic.twitter.com/HGzg65MQW2 — Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) February 23, 2022 Vincy Barretto sc...
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Who is Carmelo Hayes? Hardik Pandya lookalike from WWE has fans stumped

Social media is a tool for people from all across the globe to stay in touch and put out their varied opinions. On Wednesday, cricket and WWE crossed paths here as fans started posting reactions on how WWE’s Carmelo Hayes bears a striking resemblance to Indian cricketer Hardik Pandya. Hayes is an American professional wrestler and he seemed to have a lot of similar features to Pandya who is one of the fittest cricketers in India. The fans could not stop their excitement watching the lookalike of Pandya and images of the star had gone viral on social media. Even Hayes, took to Twitter to post his reaction. “@hardikpandya7 has me trending in India. Much love,” he posted. Hayes had defeated NXT Cruiserweight Champion Roderick Strong to unify the North American Championship and Cruiserweigh...