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Djokovic knocked out of Dubai tournament, hands Medvedev world number one ranking | Tennis News – Times of India

DUBAI: Novak Djokovic lost his Dubai quarter-final and his world number one ranking in one go on Thursday as he suffered a 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) upset at the hands of Czech world number 123 Jiri Vesely. Competing in his first tournament of the season, and first since getting deported from Australia, Djokovic needed to at least reach the semi-finals in the Emirates to try and stop Daniil Medvedev from replacing him at the top of the rankings. But Vesely had other ideas as the left-handed qualifier improved his career record against Djokovic to 2-0 - a result that will see Medvedev become the first man since 2004 outside the "Big Four" - Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray - to occupy the number one ranking on Monday. Djokovic, who has spent a record 361 weeks as the world numb...
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India vs Sri Lanka 1st T20I: Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer sizzle in India’s crushing 62-run win over Sri Lanka | Cricket News – Times of India

LUCKNOW: Ishan Kishan gave a glimpse of his enormous potential with a 56-ball-89 before the bowlers joined the party in India's clinical 62-run demolition of Sri Lanka in the first T20I to take a 1-0 lead in the three-game series here on Thursday. This was also India's longest winning streak in T20Is which has now gone up to 10 matches. Asked to take first strike, Kishan was unstoppable at the top as he blasted a blistering 56-ball 89, while Shreyas Iyer provided the late charge with an unbeaten 57 as India racked up a massive 199 for 2. The Indian bowlers, led by Bhuveshwar Kumar (2/9 in 2 overs) and Venkatesh Iyer (2/36), then provided the finishing touch, limiting Sri Lanka to 137 for 6 in 20 overs. Yuzvendra Chahal (1/11) and Ravindra Jadeja (1/28) also claimed one wicket each. The ...
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ISL: Heated contest earns Odisha FC, ATK Mohun Bagan 1-1 draw | Football News – Times of India

A meticulous and well-drilled effort by Odisha FC saw them delay ATK Mohun Bagan’s chances of sealing playoff berth as the Kalinga Warriors held 10-man Mariners to a 1-1 draw in their Indian Super League match at Tilak Maidan Stadium in Goa on Thursday. The match began on the fast lane with two goals coming inside the first eight minutes on either side of the park as Redeem Tlang’s opener for Odisha was cancelled by Joni Kauko’s equalizer from the spot. Javi Hernandez missed another penalty for Odisha in the 24th minute while substitute Liridon Krasniqi’s powerful strike shook the crosspiece one minute from full time before Roy Krishna, who came in as a substitute the 54th minute, was given marching orders after seeing his second yellow of the match in the added time. Winger Redeem open...
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IPL 2022 Date: IPL 2022 to run from March 26 to May 29, around 40% crowd to be allowed in 4 Maharashtra stadiums | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The 10-team Indian Premier League will start in Mumbai on March 26 and end on May 29 with around 40 percent crowd being allowed at the start of the tournament. "The IPL will start on Saturday, March 26," IPL chairman Brijesh Patel told PTI after the governing council meeting on Thursday. With two new teams Lucknow Supergiants and Gujarat Titans added to the roster, there will be 74 matches with 70 of them being played at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium and Brabourne Stadium along with Navi Mumbai's DY Patil ground and Gahunje Stadium in Pune. As many as 20 games each will be held at Wankhede and DY Patil, while 15 each will be hosted at Brabourne and Gahunje Stadium. "Spectators will be allowed as per guidelines set by the Maharashtra government and to start with, it will be 40 per...
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India vs Sri Lanka: Rohit Sharma becomes leading run-getter in T20Is | Cricket News – Times of India

LUCKNOW: India skipper Rohit Sharma on Thursday became the world's leading run-scorer in Twenty20 internationals, during his 44-run knock against Sri Lanka.Rohit surpassed former India captain Virat Kohli (3,296) and New Zealand's Martin Guptill (3,299) after Sri Lanka invited the hosts to bat first at the start of the three-match series in Lucknow.Rohit Sharma departs after scoring a fine 44.He is now the Top run-getter in Men's T20Is 🔝Follow the match ▶️… https://t.co/e1WmmL9iEi— BCCI (@BCCI) 1645713655000The 34-year-old Rohit, who recently became all-format skipper, put on an opening stand of 111 runs with Ishan Kishan before being bowled by Lahiru Kumara.PlayerMatchesRunsHS10050Rohit Sharma1233307118426Martin Guptill1123299105220Virat Kohli97329694*030Paul Stirling1022776115*120Aaro...
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Ranji Trophy: Ishant bowls only four overs but Saini takes three as Delhi bowl out Jharkhand for 251 | Cricket News – Times of India

GUWAHATI: Ishant Sharma bowled only one short spell of four overs but his Team India colleague Navdeep Saini along with the spinners dismissed Jharkhand for a below par 251 on the opening day of Delhi's second group H must-win Ranji Trophy match on Thursday. Ishant and Saini's entry made Delhi's attack stronger but the lanky fast bowler (4-1-14-0) after a gingerly first spell was never brought back for a second spell. It didn't affect much as Saini (12-2-37-3) along with left-arm spinner Vikas Mishra (18-3-65-3) and two part-time off-break bowlers Lalit Yadav (13-0-46-2) and Nitish Rana (14-2-41-2) got wickets at regular intervals to deflate Jharkhand. At stumps, Delhi were 28 for 1, losing Yash Dhull (5)'s wicket with Dhruv Shorey (15 batting) and Himmat Singh (5 batting) at the crease...
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Strandja Memorial Boxing: Nikhat, Nitu in semis; assured of medals | Boxing News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former junior world champion Nikhat Zareen (52kg) and Nitu (48kg) entered the semifinals of the 73rd Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament but two other Indians bowed out after preliminary stage losses. While Nikhat defeated England's Charley Davision 5-0, Nitu pulled off an equally impressive victory by a similar margin against Italy's Roberta Bonatti. The 25-year-old Nikhat won a gold medal in the 2019 edition of the event. With Nikhat and Nitu entering semi-finals, India are now assured of three medals at the Europe's oldest boxing tournament. On Tuesday, Nandini (+81kg) confirmed the first medal for the country. Later tonight, reigning youth world champion Arundhati Choudhary (70kg) and Praveen (63kg) will compete in the quarter-finals. Earlier, Sumit Kundu (75kg) and Anami...
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Ranji Trophy: Gaurav Yadav claims fifer as MP bundle out Meghalaya for 61 | Cricket News – Times of India

RAJKOT: Right-arm pacer Gaurav Yadav claimed a fifer as Madhya Pradesh bundled our minnows Meghalaya for a meagre 61 on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy Elite Group A match on Thursday. In reply, MP, who had defeated a strong Gujarat side in their lung opener, ended the day at 141 for 2, for a lead of 80 runs. It was Yadav (5/11) who wreaked havoc with the ball, as no Meghalaya batter showed resistance. Only two of them reached double-digit figures. Yadav's sclaps included opener Wallam Kynshi (2), Chirag Khurana (0), skipper Punit Bisht (0), Larry Sangma (0) and Ravi Teja (8). Meghalaya were reduced to 25 for 5 and they could never resurrect their innings from there as MP bowlers kept striking at regular intervals. Wanlambok Nongkhlaw (19) top-scored for the north-eastern side. Ya...
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India vs Sri Lanka: Ruturaj Gaikwad out of 1st T20I with wrist injury | Cricket News – Times of India

LUCKNOW: Talented opening batter Ruturaj Gaikwad has been ruled out of the first T20 International against Sri Lanka owing to a wrist injury sustained during practice session. Ruturaj played in the last T20I against West Indies where he got out cheaply. "Ruturaj Gaikwad complained of pain in his right wrist, which is affecting his batting. He was unavailable for selection for the first T20I. The BCCI Medical Team is examining him," BCCI stated in a media release. UPDATE - Ruturaj Gaikwad complained of pain in his right wrist, which is affecting his batting. He was unavailable… https://t.co/aqwCNEpAEx— BCCI (@BCCI) 1645707692000Suryakumar Yadav and Deepak Chahar are already out of the series with a fractured wrist and hamstring injury respectively. !function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s) {if(f.fbq)retu...
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UEFA to move Champions League final from Russia: Source | Football News – Times of India

UEFA will move this year's Champions League final from St Petersburg in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, a source with knowledge of the situation told Reuters on Thursday. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has called an extraordinary meeting of the Executive Committee on Friday morning and it is expected to agree on moving the final. The showcase match in European club football was set to be held at Zenit St Petersburg's stadium on May 28 - an event that would have normally drawn thousands of fans from across the continent. The stadium is known as the Gazprom Stadium after a sponsorship deal with Russia's state energy company, which also sponsors UEFA's Champions League and UEFA's Euro 2024 national team competition. "Following the evolution of the situation between Russia and ...
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Djokovic to be replaced at No 1 by Medvedev after Dubai loss

Novak Djokovic will fall from No. 1 in the ATP rankings and be replaced by Daniil Medvedev after losing 6-4, 7-6 (4) to Czech qualifier Jiri Vesely in the quarterfinals of the Dubai Championships on Thursday. Djokovic’s latest stay atop the rankings began on Feb. 3, 2020, and his total of 361 weeks there are the most for any man since the tour’s computerized rankings began in 1973. On Monday, Medvedev will move up from No. 2 for the first time and become the 27th man to reach No. 1. He won the U.S. Open last September and was the Australian Open runner-up each of the past two years. Medvedev is the first man other than Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Andy Murray to be No. 1 since Feb. 1, 2004. HE'S GONNA BE NUMBER 1, BRO 🥇@DaniilMedwed will become the NEW ATP WORLD NO. 1! pic....
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India vs Sri Lanka 1st T20I: Kishan, Iyer seize the day

With regulars such as KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant and Suryakumar Yadav absent, two batters grabbed their chance in the first T20I against Sri Lanka in Lucknow: Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer. Kishan, who had a strike-rate of 110 heading into Thursday’s match, finally cracked the opening puzzle this season with 89 off 56 deliveries, his highest T20I score. Iyer, who had been benched for two of the three West Indies T20Is, slammed an unbeaten 57 off 28, his fastest international fifty in the format. An opening stand of 111 inside 12 overs between Kishan and captain Rohit Sharma (44 off 32) was capitalised upon by India taking 44 off the last three overs courtesy Shreyas Iyer. A total of 199 for 2 was always going to be tough against Jasprit Bumrah & Co; Sri Lanka lost Pathum Ni...
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Ranji Trophy: Ton-up Indrajith & Aparajith make it Tamil Nadu’s day | Cricket News – Times of India

After starting the Ranji Trophy season with a fluent 117 against Delhi, Baba Indrajith (127, 21x4) notched up yet another hundred this time against Chhattisgarh as Tamil Nadu were 308-4 on Day 1 of their clash at the Nehru Stadium in Guwahati on Thursday. Apart from Indrajith, twin brother Baba Aparajith too made it count with an unbeaten 101 (8x4, 2x6) as their 206-run third wicket stand was the highlight of Tamil Nadu’s innings. While Aparajith was his sedate self, Indrajith was in an aggressive mood. It took the latter just 109 balls and one session --- the post-lunch --- to notch up his 11th First-Class hundred. Chhattisgarh’s bowling line-up lacked the sting to test Indrajith who arrived at the fall of opener L Suryapprakash (21, 3x4) in the first over after lunch. From being 59 fo...
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Nick Kyrgios writes about ‘suicidal thoughts,’ depression

Tennis pro Nick Kyrgios says he had “suicidal thoughts” and dealt with depression and abuse of drugs and alcohol in the past, the latest in a series of high-profile athletes to speak publicly and frankly about their mental health. The 26-year-old Australian, who has been ranked as high as No. 13 in singles and recently won the Australian Open men’s doubles title, wrote in a message posted Thursday on his verified Instagram account that he now is “proud to say I’ve completely turned myself around and have a completely different outlook on everything.” Kyrgios included a photograph of himself sitting at a tennis court that he said was taken three years ago at the Australian Open. He called that time “one of my darkest periods” and pointed out that his right arm in that photo displays what...
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With a watchful century, Anmol puts a price on his wicket for Punjab

Over the past 18 months Anmol Malhotra waited anxiously for red-ball cricket to resume. The pandemic-related cancellation of the 2020-21 Ranji Trophy season resulted in the wicketkeeper-batter experiencing sleepless nights. He worried about when his next First-Class game would be. The initial uncertainty about the on-going season made matters worse for him. He was itching to get back after an impressive debut season for Punjab in 2019-20. He scored 468 runs, including three half-centuries and one century. He also had 27 dismissals (25 catches and two stumpings). Malhotra is not a regular in the white-ball cricket for Punjab and he is also someone who doesn’t have a lucrative IPL contract like his fellow teammates. “For a player like me, who is not a regular in the white-ball cricket, do...
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Watch: Ravindra Jadeja whips out Pushpa celebration after taking wicket

Cricket and cinema crossed paths once more on Thursday when Indian player Ravindra Jadeja brought out a famous gesture from Allu Arjun-starrer Pushpa as part of his celebration after he dismissed Dinesh Chandimal during the first T20I between India and Sri Lanka in Lucknow on Thursday. Chandimal had stepped out of his crease and Jadeja’s ball turned and beat the outside edge before wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan took off the bails as the Sri Lankan was stumped. Earlier, Ishan Kishan sizzled with a blistering 56-ball 89 before Shreyas Iyer blazed his way to a whirlwind unbeaten 57 as India posted a challenging 199 for 2 against Sri Lanka. The left-handed batter, who failed to capitalise on his starts in the preceding white-ball series against West Indies, finally lived up to his multi-million...
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India vs Sri Lanka 1st T20I Live Score Updates: India look to try out T20 World Cup probables – The Times of India

LIVE NOWTHE TIMES OF INDIA | Feb 24, 2022, 17:08:44 ISTWith the number of claimants increasing heading into T20 World Cup, there will be no let-up in India's willingness to experiment or their intensity in the three-match T20 series against Sri Lanka, beginning on Thursday. Coming off a 3-0 whitewash of the West Indies, the in-form Indians will look to do an encore against the visiting Sri Lankans, and the Rohit Sharma-led squad has a realistic chance of achieving that. Get live cricket score updates of 1st T20I match between India vs Sri Lanka. Check live scorecard, ball by ball commentary, cricket score online on Times of India.Read Less!function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s) {if(f.fbq)return;n=f.fbq=function(){n.callMethod? n.callMethod.apply(n,arguments):n.queue.push(arguments)}; if(!f._fbq)f._fbq...
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MCA to felicitate Rohit Sharma for becoming all-format India skipper

The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) will felicitate Rohit Sharma for becoming Indian cricket team captain in all the three formats of the game. After the T20I and ODI captaincy, Rohit, a Mumbaikar, was appointed Test captain by the Chetan Sharma-led selection panel ahead of the series against Sri Lanka. The decision to felicitate Rohit was taken during the MCA Apex Council meeting held here on Thursday. “In today’s Apex Council Meeting decision passed Rohit Sharma will be felicitated for becoming captain of all three formats,” a MCA Apex Council member told PTI. “Angkrish Raghuvanshi will be felicitated by MCA with a cash prize of Rs one lakh and momento,” the member added. According to the MCA functionary, India players including Suryakumar Yadav, all-rounder Shardul Thakur, opener P...
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Ranji Trophy: Karun Nair slams unbeaten 152 as Karnataka makes 268 for 8 vs J&K on day 1

India Test discard Karun Nair came up with a fighting unbeaten 152 as Karnataka scored 268 for 8 against Jammu & Kashmir on the opening day of the Ranji Trophy Elite Group C match here on Thursday. Opener Devdutt Padikkal (8) fall early to Mujtaba Yousuf (2 for 44) after Karnataka won the toss and elected to bat. Nair (267 balls, 21 fours, 1 six) and the other opening batter Ravikumar Samarth (45, 5 fours) then added 98 runs for the second wicket to steady the innings. K V Siddharth, who hit a century in the opening match against Railways, helped Nair add 56 runs for the third wicket. Karun Nair brings up his 150. This innings could have come at a better time… Karnataka 267/7 #ranjitrophy2022 #KarvJK pic.twitter.com/mbRGGkxc6Z — Manuja (@manujaveerappa) February 24, 2022 Nair grew ...
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League stage’s two best teams Patna Pirates and Dabang Delhi to clash in PKL 8 final | Pro-Kabaddi-League News – Times of India

BENGALURU: The two best teams in the league stage -- Patna Pirates and Dabang Delhi -- will face each other in the summit clash of Pro Kabaddi League Season 8 here on Friday. The gruelling 136-match-long battle has undoubtedly been one of the most competitive seasons in PKL history. Patna showed their superiority in the semi-final against UP Yoddha with their defence completely nullifying the raiding duo of Pardeep Narwal and Surender Gill. Similarly, Delhi, season 7 runners-up, relied on their experienced defence to stop Bengaluru Bulls and Pawan Sehrawat to secure another shot at winning the coveted title. Patna, with their hybrid Kabaddi players who can both attack and defend, have shown the future of the sport this season. They lost their star raider Pardeep Narwal, who won them thr...