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Day: February 25, 2022

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Dabang Delhi KC beat Patna Pirates to become PKL Season 8 champions | Pro-Kabaddi-League News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Dabang Delhi K C clinched the Pro Kabaddi League Season 8 trophy by eking out a close 37-36 win over Patna Pirates in the summit clash here on Friday. Delhi's star raider Naveen Kumar (13 points) and all-rounder Vijay (14 points) secured Super 10s as they overcame a tough challenge from three-time champions Patna Pirates. Patna had an uncharacteristically poor night in the defence with the likes of Mohammadreza Shadloui and Sunil committing far too many errors. 🏆 𝐃𝐀𝐁𝐀𝐍𝐆 𝐃𝐄𝐋𝐇𝐈 𝐊.𝐂. 🏆ALL HAIL THE ℂℍ𝔸𝕄ℙ𝕀𝕆ℕ𝕊 OF VIVO PRO KABADDI SEASON 8 🎉#SuperhitPanga #VIVOProKabaddi… https://t.co/u2N2Mb2jOL— ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) 1645805361000The Pirates, however, had a chance to level the scores in the final move of the match, but Naveen evaded the defenders to cross the baulk line and win ...
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ISL: Jordan Murray’s winner takes Jamshedpur one step closer to maiden semis spot | Football News – Times of India

MARGAO: Jordan Murray came off the bench to score the winner as Jamshedpur FC edged past NorthEast United 3-2 to stay one point away from a maiden semifinal berth in the Indian Super League here on Friday. Seiminlen Doungel (35th) gave Jamshedpur the lead before Greg Stewart (59th) made it 2-0 in the second half at the PJN Stadium. But in the space of two minutes, Laldanmawia Ralte (59th) and Marcelinho (67th) found the back of the net to level matters. However, in the end, Murray came on and scored for the third time for the Red Miners to underline their tag as one of the contenders for the League Shield and the title this season. Jamshedpur now have 34 points from 17 matches and will need just one point to ensure a semifinal spot. They have a game in hand against league leaders Hydera...
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3-member committee to investigate threats & intimidation from senior journalist to Wriddhiman Saha | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The BCCI has formed a three-member committee to probe the alleged threat by a senior journalist to Wriddhiman Saha for not agreeing to give an interview. While Saha had initially refused to name the journalist in a series of tweets on February 23, it is understood that now he is ready to reveal the identity of the journalist and has given his consent to probe. "The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has today constituted a three-member committee to look into the matter of Wriddhiman Saha receiving threats and intimidation from a senior journalist," BCCi said in a release. "The three member committee comprises of BCCI Vice-President Mr Rajiv Shukla, BCCI Treasurer Mr Arun Singh Dhumal and BCCI Apex Council Member Mr Prabhtej Singh Bhatia. The committee will start the...
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Klitschko brothers to take up arms and fight for Ukraine | Boxing News – Times of India

Former heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko said he would take up arms alongside his brother and fellow Hall of Famer Wladimir Klitschko to fight in what is a "bloody war" following Russia's invasion of their country Ukraine. Russia launched its invasion by land, air and sea on Thursday following a declaration of war by President Vladimir Putin. An estimated 100,000 people have fled as explosions and gunfire rocked major cities. Dozens have been reported killed. Vitali Klitschko, who has been the mayor of Ukraine's capital Kyiv since 2014, said he was ready to fight. Ukraine's champion boxer brothers to take up guns to fight for country"I don't have another choice, I have to do that. I'll be fighting," the 50-year-old, known as "Dr Ironfist" during his fighting days, told broadc...
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IOC urges federations to move or cancel events in Russia, Belarus | More sports News – Times of India

International sports federations should either move or cancel sports events currently planned in Russia or Belarus, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Friday, a day after Russia invaded Ukraine. Russian troops entered Ukraine through Belarus when the invasion began on Thursday. Ukraine's chief of staff said on Friday that the Russians were now using an airfield in Belarus to line up troops to assault Kyiv. "The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee reiterated today the IOC's strong condemnation of the breach of the Olympic Truce by the Russian government and the government of Belarus through its support in this," the IOC said in a statement. It said international sports federations "should take the breach of the Olympic Truce by the Russian and Belar...
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Liton Das ton gives Bangladesh ODI series win over Afghanistan | Cricket News – Times of India

CHITTAGONG (Bangladesh): Liton Das struck a hundred and shared a record 202-run stand with Mushfiqur Rahim to set up an 88-run win for Bangladesh in the second one-day international against Afghanistan in Chittagong on Friday. Liton's 136 off 126 balls guided the hosts to 306-4 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, before they bowled out the visitors for 218 to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Mushfiqur hit 86 off 93 balls to play his part before Taskin Ahmed (2-31) and Shakib Al Hasan (2-38) combined with other bowlers to wrap up the Afghanistan innings in 45.1 overs. Afghanistan lost their first three wickets cheaply and were facing humiliation at 34-3 before Najibullah Zadran (54) and Rahmat Shah (52) lifted them with an 89-run stand for the fourth wicket. But...
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Christian Eriksen to make Brentford debut against Newcastle | Football News – Times of India

Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen will make his debut for Brentford in Saturday's Premier League home game against Newcastle United, marking his return after suffering a cardiac arrest in June last year, manager Thomas Frank said. Eriksen, 30, joined Brentford as a free agent in January, nearly eight months after he collapsed on the pitch and received life-saving treatment during Denmark's Euro 2020 clash with Finland. "Christian Eriksen will be in the squad and he will get on the pitch tomorrow," Frank told reporters on Friday. "It's a big day for all of us but especially Christian and his family." Eriksen's former club Inter Milan ended his contract in December as he is not allowed to play in Serie A because of his heart starter device, an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator. !f...
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Ranji Trophy: Ton-up Bhui, Shinde power Andhra to 389 vs Services | Cricket News – Times of India

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Former India U19 skipper Ricky Bhui 149 and Karan Shinde's 96-run knock helped Andhra post 389 in the first innings against Services in the Ranji Trophy Elite Group E match here on Friday. Resuming at the overnight 277 for 3, Andhra continued to add runs as Bhui and Shinde took the score to 337 before the latter fell to off-spinner Pulkit Narang for four short of a well-deserved hundred. The 218-run fourth wicket partnership between Bhui and Shinde was the cornerstone of the Andhra innings as the rest of the batters did not make substantial contributions. From 350 for 4, Andhra slipped to 389 all out with Narang finishing with 6 for 56. Services lost the wickets of Anshul Guta (14) and Rahul Singh (9) to C V Stephen and K V Shashikanth and finished the day at 75 for ...
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BCCI committee to probe journalist’s threat to Wriddhiman Saha

The BCCI has formed a three-member committee to probe into the allegation of Wriddhiman Saha receiving threats from a journalist, who purportedly sent him a string of WhatsApp messages, demanding an interview. The cricket board’s vice-president Rajiv Shukla, treasurer Arun Dhumal and the BCCI Apex Council member Prabhtej Singh Bhatia constitute the committee that will start the inquiry proceedings early next week. This comes on a day when Saha dropped a hint that he might be open to revealing the name of the journalist, although for the “time being” he is maintaining secrecy. This paper had earlier reported that the BCCI would ask Saha to reveal the identity of the journalist. “The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has today constituted a three-member committ...
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Sri Lanka Test squad checks in, Niroshan Dickwella drafted in for two T20Is; Maheesh Theekshana returns home | Cricket News – Times of India

DHARAMSALA: The 18-member Sri Lanka Test squad, led by star batter Dimuth Karunaratne and featuring veterans such as Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne and Dinesh Chandimal, checked in here on Friday for the two-match series against India starting March 4 in Mohali. However, senior batter Kusal Mendis and spinner Maheesh Theekshana have been ruled out of the last two T20 Internationals with the latter going back home owing to a hamstring injury. Kusal is, however, going to stay back as he is part of the Test squad and will be added subject to fitness. Members of the Sri Lanka Test Squad left the country early this morning to take part in the 02 match Test series vs… https://t.co/SjOfw8l1V2— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) 1645790150000Niroshan Dickwella, who recently came out of susp...
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Ranji Trophy: Aparajith, TN bowlers shine on Day 2 | Cricket News – Times of India

It was yet another day of Tamil Nadu’s dominance against Chhattisgarh in their Ranji Trophy clash at the Nehru Stadium in Guwahati on Friday. Baba Aparajith’s (166, 15x4, 4x6) top effort helped Tamil Nadu declare their first innings on 470-9 before the spinners Sai Kishore (2-20) and M Siddharth (2-35) – played a key role in reducing Chhattisgarh to 105-5 at stumps on Day 2. Continuing from his overnight score of 101, Aparajith --- in the company of M Shahrukh Khan (69, 8x4, 2x6) kept Tamil Nadu’s scoreboard ticking with a 125-run fifth wicket stand in 177 deliveries. Shahrukh played an entertaining innings with drives, reverse sweeps, pulls and upper cuts before being bowled by left-arm spinner Sumit Ruikar (4-168) for 105-ball 69. His knock contained 8 fours and 2 sixes. Despite losin...
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IOC urges sports bodies to cancel events in Russia, Belarus

The International Olympic Committee urged sports bodies Friday to cancel or move all events they plan to hold in Russia and Belarus, and stop using the countries’ flags and national anthems. The request from the Olympic body came after UEFA moved the Champions League final from St. Petersburg to suburban Paris, and after the governing body of skiing and Formula One pulled upcoming races from Russia. Volleyball and shooting both have world championships scheduled to be held in Russia. There is also a World Cup qualifying playoff match against Poland scheduled for March 24 in Moscow. Russia breached the Olympic Truce by invading Ukraine on Thursday, only four days after the closing ceremony of the Winter Games in Beijing. Some of the Russian troops entered Ukraine from Belarus, Russia’s a...
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FIH Pro League: Graham Reid’s India aim to hit the ground running against Spain

When he was asked about the reason for India’s improvement in the recent years – from losing in the quarterfinals of the 2018 World Cup to finishing on the podium in Tokyo – Max Caldas had a one-word answer: “Graham.” The Spain coach was talking about Graham Reid, who, soon after the World Cup, quit as Caldas’s assistant at the Netherlands and took over India. Caldas’s glowing remarks come at a time when there have been slight speculations over Reid’s future with the Indian team. After India were unable to reach the final of the Asian Champions Trophy in December and a shock defeat to France earlier this month, former Hockey India chief and current Indian Olympic Association president Narinder Batra had demanded an explanation for the ‘unacceptable’ performances. (Twit...
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Domestic Resumption: BCCI to hold Sr Women’s T20 and Col CK Naidu Trophy (U-25 Men) from March-May

The Indian cricket board is all set to resume its remaining domestic competition with the Senior National T20 for women and the National U-25 red ball tournament for CK Naidu Trophy to be held between March and May, BCCI secretary Jay Shah said on Friday. The Ranji Trophy is already into its second round after it became a curtailed season due to peak third wave in January which threatened the entire domestic calendar but now things are expected to fall in place. “As we completed the Round 1 of Ranji Trophy 2021-22, it gives me immense pleasure to apprise you that Sr Women’s T20 Trophy and Col CK Naidu Trophy 2021-22 shall take place during months of March-May 2022. BCCI will share draw of the tournaments and safety protocols in due course,” Shah wrote in a letter to various state associ...
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3-member committee to investigate threats & intimidation from senior journalist to Saha

The BCCI has formed a three-member committee to probe the alleged threat by a senior journalist to Wriddhiman Saha for not agreeing to give an interview. While Saha had initially refused to name the journalist in a series of tweets on February 23, it is understood that now he is ready to reveal the identity of the journalist and has given his consent to probe. “The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has today constituted a three-member committee to look into the matter of Wriddhiman Saha receiving threats and intimidation from a senior journalist,” BCCi said in a release. “The three member committee comprises of BCCI Vice-President Mr Rajiv Shukla, BCCI Treasurer Mr Arun Singh Dhumal and BCCI Apex Council Member Mr Prabhtej Singh Bhatia. The committee will start the proceeding...
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Liverpool announce loss for Covid-hit 2020/21 financial year | Football News – Times of India

LONDON: Liverpool on Friday reported a second successive Covid-impacted financial loss but the Premier League club said they remained committed to investing on and off the pitch. Figures for the period ending May 2021, which included a first league title triumph in 30 years, show the club made a pre-tax loss of £4.8 million ($6.4 million) -- down from a £46 million loss the previous year. Overall revenue fell by £3 million to £487 million, with a huge drop of nearly 95 percent in matchday income -- most matches took place in empty stadiums due to the coronavirus pandemic. Managing director Andy Hughes said the hit to the club's finances would not prevent further outlay on players and infrastructure but it was "imperative" they continued to live within their means. "We'll continue to rei...
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Nikhat Zareen beats Tokyo Olympic silver medalist Busenaz Cakiroglu at 73rd Strandja Memorial Boxing

Former Junior World Boxing Champion Nikhat Zareen on Friday defeated Tokyo Olympics silver-medallist Busenaz Cakiroglu at the 73rd Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria. The Indian pugilist claimed a 4-1 split decision win over the Turkish boxer in the 51kg category semifinal match of the tournament. This gave Nikhat her first win against Turkey’s Busenaz, who had defeated Mary Kom in the 51kg semifinal bout at the 2019 World Women’s Boxing Championships. The two boxers engaged in an intensely-fought contest where the Turkish boxer took charge at the start. However, Nikhat held her nerves and landed heavy blows on her opponent from a close distance. The nail-biting encounter saw the Telangana athlete get back with multiple combination attacks as she evaded her oppon...
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Ranji Trophy: Himanshu Rana delivers on promise as talent meets temperament

At 23, Himanshu Rana is one of the more experienced members of the Haryana team. And with regular captain Harshal Patel away on national duty, the youngster is leading from the front. On Friday, Rana scored his fourth first-class century as Haryana reached 204/3 in reply to Punjab’s 444 on the second day of their Ranji Trophy Group F fixture at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi. With the innings, Rana showed why Haryana Cricket Association (HCA) has continued to give him chances despite several failures, and why he has been rated highly by many. Once asked to name Ranji players with a spark, one of the names tweeted by Virender Sehwag was Himanshu Rana’s. That was back in 2015. Rana was 16 but had already left an impression on Sehwag when the former India opener played for H...
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IPL 2022 Format: IPL 2022 changes format; 10 teams divided into two groups of five; each team to play 14 games | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The 2022 Indian Premier League will see a tweak in format as 10 teams will be divided into groups of five but the number of matches per side will remain 14. As per groupings released by BCCI on Friday, group A comprises Mumbai Indians, KKR, Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals and Lucknow Supergiants. The group B will have Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Royal Challengers Bengaluru, Punjab Kings and Gujarat Titans. Over the years, the IPL has been an eight-team affair where each team played each other twice at the round robin league stage to complete 14 games. However this group league format is not new in IPL as it was once used a decade back when Pune Warriors and Kochi Tuskers Kerala were part of the league. Ready Reckoner for FormatThe rows and columns of the groups...
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With Russian forces approaching, Ukraine Cricket CEO hopes peace returns soon

“I heard nine explosions yesterday morning and that left me startled. When I looked out of the window, it was like a movie… children running across the streets, some of them with boxes in their hands which had pets in them. Their parents were visibly panicking and rows of cars were waiting in the queue to leave the city. I knew the war had come,” recounted Kobus Olivier, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ukraine Cricket Federation. As tension soared in the country, the 62-year-old former club cricketer in his native South Africa who now resides in Nyvky ( a Kyiv suburb, 15 minutes from the city centre) was glued to the television catching updates. As Russia launched a full-scale attack on Ukraine, targeting cities and military bases with airstrikes or shelling, Olivier s...