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Day: February 23, 2023

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How Mac McClung, an undrafted player who was dropped by G League teams, became ‘saviour’ of NBA’s Dunk Contest

Just before the Dunk Contest at the 2023 NBA All-Star Weekend started, basketball legend-turned-analyst Shaquille O’Neal filmed himself telling Mac McClung: “This is where you steal the show. Nobody knows your name. Make them remember your name. And don’t miss a dunk!” Over the course of four dunks, McClung did all of that at Salt Lake City. He did so well, in fact, that Shaq and Magic Johnson later said that McClung had ‘saved the dunk contest’. LeBron James went even further in his praise, putting McClung’s defiance of gravity on par with the iconic performances in the past by Michael Jordan and Vince Carter. With their praise, the three NBA superstars had put on a lofty pedestal a man who, until a week before the All-Star Weekend, none of the 30 NBA teams had deemed worthy of even a ...
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Sergio Ramos retires from Spain duty with parting shot at coach

Spain’s most capped player Sergio Ramos announced his international retirement on Thursday after being told by new coach Luis de la Fuente that he was not part of his plans. The 36-year-old Paris St Germain defender, who won the World Cup in 2010 as well as two European Championships, has not played for Spain since March 2021, yet said he should have been given the chance to show he could still be of service to his country. “The time has come, the time to say goodbye to our beloved and exciting national team,” Ramos, who captained Spain 52 times, said in a statement. “This morning I received the call from the current coach who told me that he doesn’t and will not count on me, regardless of the level I can show or how I continue my sporting career.” The Spanish FA (RFEF) confirmed to Reu...
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Lesley Paterson competed in triathlon despite excruciating pain from broken shoulder to fund BAFTA-winning movie

It’s been an incredible couple of days for Lesley Paterson, who took home the Best Adapted Screenplay trophy at the BAFTA Awards earlier this week for ‘All Quiet on the Western Front”. The Oscar-nominated movie is an adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s anti-war novel of the same name published in 1929. While the script of the movie has been getting some richly-deserved plaudits, the backstory of what the five-time world champion triathlete Paterson had to go through to get the movie made is even more remarkable. The story goes that in 2016, Paterson crashed her bike and broke her shoulder just one day before she was to compete in a triathlon. She needed to win the event in Costa Rica to use the winner’s cheque for making the movie. She opened up about that excruciating experience to Th...
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ICC Womens T20 World Cup 2023: Cape of bad hope for India

Maybe, it’s all written in the stars. Otherwise, Jemimah Rodrigues, playing one of the most sublime innings one could hope to watch in the 20-over format, wouldn’t feather behind a short ball — high enough to be a wide — attempting a ramp shot just one delivery after playing a gorgeous cover drive. Otherwise, skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, fresh from spending time at hospital due to illness but leading from the front with a typical half-century, wouldn’t have been run out going for a routine second run as her bat got stuck in the pitch. Otherwise, with the game on the line, the umpire would have called a wide in the penultimate over of the match when Jess Jonassen bowled well down the legside as Sneh Rana made room to hit it behind the square. India needed 18 off 10 balls at that stage. On t...
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Horoscope Today, February 24, 2023: Read your daily horoscope predictions here – Times of India

AriesToday, you are blessed by a positive moon. You may enjoy your work, you may get rewards after your hard work. Your social respect may be increased now. Overworking your mind may make you tired, due to workload, you may not be able to reach some family events. Chronic health issues related to your parents may be cured now.TaurusToday you are blessed by a positive moon, you may be satisfied at work. You may plan for a short work related trip. You may also visit some religious places to maintain your inner peace. Your elders may likely show you the right path, which may give you clarity in regarding your goals.Gemini Today your mood becomes negative, you may feel dull, it is advised to keep your mind cool, it's a golden rule for you to think twice before doing anything. You may travel...
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T20 World Cup: ‘One of the best’: Australia skipper Lanning hails India thriller | Cricket News – Times of India

CAPE TOWN: Australia captain Meg Lanning described it as "one of the best games I have played in" after her team gained a five-run win over India in a thrilling Women's T20 World Cup semi-final at Newlands in Cape Town on Thursday.Australia's imposing 172 for four proved only just enough as India replied with 167 for eight.For India captain Harmanpreet Kaur there were tears and bitter disappointment although there was pride in her players fighting until the last ball.Kaur admitted that she had defied illness to play and that she was not feeling well during an innings of 52 which put India in sight of victory.India batted with aggressive intent from the first ball and for much of the innings were ahead of Australia's total at the equivalent stages despite losing three wickets in the six-...
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Nagpur and Delhi pitches given ‘average’ rating by ICC Match Referee | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The pitches at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur and the Arun Jaitley Stadium in the national capital were rated as 'average' by the ICC match referee on Thursday. Both the India vs Australia Tests at the respective venues finished inside three days as Rohit Sharma and co. retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. New agency PTI reported that match referee Andy Pycroft has not given any adverse report about the two tracks.While the Australian media went paranoid about the nature of the Nagpur track where the visitors scored 177 and 91 in both innings, India were able to score 400 in their only innings.In Delhi, Australian batters couldn't adjust to the up and down nature of the track on the third day and lost last nine second innings wickets for 52 runs.While Ravichan...
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The way I got run-out, can’t get ‘unluckier’ than that: Harmanpreet Kaur | Cricket News – Times of India

CAPE TOWN: Harmanpreet Kaur found it difficult to control her tears as she cursed her poor luck for a freak run-out that led to another heartbreaking knock-out defeat against Australia in the semi-final of the Women's T20 World Cup on Thursday.Battling high fever and dehydration, the India skipper who faced a medical emergency on the eve of the match, struck a delightful fifty and conjured a scintillating partnership with Jemimah Rodrigues, but in the end was caught inches short while failing to slide her bat in.India lost the last-four encounter by five runs."Can't feel unluckier than this," Harmanpreet said at the post-match presentation ceremony where she wore black sunglasses to avoid eye contact as she was vulnerable and shedding tears."We got the momentum back with Jemi (Rodrigues...
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Women’s T20 World Cup, India vs Australia Highlights: Australia beat India by 5 runs to enter seventh straight final | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India went down fighting against defending champions Australia in their ICC Women's T20 World Cup semi-final match on Thursday, losing a closely-fought contest by five runs in Newlands, Cape Town.Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (52 off 34) scored a magnificent fifty, and added a valuable 69 runs for the fourth wicket with Jemimah Rodrigues (43 off 24), but failed to take India home. Chasing a challenging 173-run target, India’s lower-order batters succumbed to pressure and could manage just 167 for 8 in their 20 overs.As it happened: India vs AustraliaIndia had a terrible start to their run chase, losing three quick wickets to be stranded at 28 for 3 inside four overs, before Harmanpreet and Jemimah revived the chase. Harmanpreet then stitched a quick 36 runs with Richa Ghosh to put...
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Andy Murray’s latest comeback seals Qatar Open semi-final place | Tennis News – Times of India

DOHA: Former tennis world number one Andy Murray staged another defiant fightback Thursday to beat French qualifier Alexandre Muller and reach the Qatar Open semi-finals.Murray struggled with heat as he lost the first set 4-6 to Muller but then produced a sizzling masterclass performance to wrap up the next two 6-1, 6-2.The 35-year-old Scot, slowed by surgery on both of his hips, must now take on rising ATP Tour powerhitter Jiri Lehecka, aged 21, who also fought back from a set down to beat top seeded Russian Andrey Rublev.Murray has had a gruelling time in Doha, where he is a two-time winner but a wild card this year.On Monday, he saved three match points before winning a final-set tie-break against Italian Lorenzo Sonego.In the second round, Murray was only two points from defeat in t...
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India’s sloppy fielding allows Australia to post 172/4 Women’s T20 World Cup semi-final

ess Jonassen, Meg Lanning and Ashleigh Gardner of Australia celebrate following the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Semi Final match between Australia and India at Newlands Stadium on February 23, 2023 in Cape Town, South Africa. | Photo Credit: Getty Images India's shoddy fielding allowed Australia to post a challenging 172 for four in the first semi-final of the Women's T20 World Cup here on Thursday. The bowling effort also left a lot be desired as Beth Mooney extended her envious record against India with a classy 54 off 37 balls. One of the best power hitters in the game, Ashleigh Gardner, hurt India with 31 off 18 balls while skipper Meg Lanning made 49 not out off 34 balls. Australia opted to bat at a sunny Newlands and India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, who chose to play the knock-out g...
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Watch: Harmanpreet Kaur’s bizarre run out during chase against Australia | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Team India went down fighting against Australia in the first semi final of the Women's T20 World Cup in Cape Town on Thursday. Meg Lanning and co. won the nail biter by 5 runs as Australia marched into their seventh successive final.The India Women were in control of the 173 chase but match turned on its head in the 15th over when the skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, who was batting on 52 at that time, got involved in an unlucky and untimely run out. On the fourth ball of the 15th over, Harmanpreet slog-swept Georgia Wareham to deep mid-wicket as Ashleigh Gardner dived at the fence, stopped the ball and threw it back to the keeper. It was an easy two and it looked like Harmanpreet would completely make her way back at the striker's end. But then at the last split second, when Harman...
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‘Do it, or you’re out!’ Bruno Fernandes reveals how Erik ten Hag laid down law to Cristiano Ronaldo and others

Midfielder Bruno Fernandes has revealed just how much of a strict disciplinarian Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag can be. In a conversation with club legend Rio Ferdinand just before Manchester United’s Europa League clash against Barcelona, the Portuguese footballer spoke about the United’s boss’ my-way-or-the-highway approach even with superstars like Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford. “He demands from people that ‘you do it, or you’re out’. You don’t play. Everyone in the beginning was a bit like ‘if a big player doesn’t do what he wants, he will pull him apart or what?’ But he did it many times, he did it with Cristiano (Ronaldo), with Jadon (Sancho), with Marcus (Rashford) also. “Marcus did something wrong, and the manager just put him out and everyone was like ‘wow’… He ...
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Anish Bhanwala bags bronze, gives India rapid-fire pistol World Cup medal after 12 years | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India's 12-year old jinx of not winning a 25m rapid-fire pistol medal finally came to an end with young Anish Bhanwala bagging a bronze in the event on the last day of the ISSF World Cup Rifle/Pistol in Cairo on Thursday.The stunning effort gave the 20-year-old his first senior individual World Cup medal that came after three hard-fought shoot-offs.Vijay Kumar was the other India to have won medals in the event at the international. He clinched silver at the 2012 London Olympics and had two podium finishes at World Cups.India’s @anish__bhanwala wins bronze🥉 in the men’s 25m rapid-fire pistol. India finish the @issf_official World Cup… https://t.co/EmgUrKTTPU— NRAI (@OfficialNRAI) 1677161751000Italian Massimo Spinella won gold with 32 hits in the medal match, while World Champ...
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I would tell my fast bowlers to watch James Anderson’s professionalism: Ravi Shastri | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: James Anderson's achievement at 40 left everyone in awe of the England pacer and the former India head coach Ravi Shastri lavished praise on him saying he is easily among the best fast bowlers to have ever played the game.At 40 years and 207 days Anderson dethroned Australian paceman Pat Cummins off his four-year perch to become the oldest player to top the ICC Test rankings."I used to watch him so closely when I was a coach on tours of England every time. And what I used to admire was his work ethic," Shastri said during the latest episode of The ICC Review.Shastri also lauded Anderson's work ethic and the amount of efforts he used to put in to ensure he was always at his best."I would say he would bowl 20 balls or 25 balls at the most. But every ball, he would give it his a...
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Asian Wrestling Championship shifted from New Delhi to Astana | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The United World Wrestling on Thursday shifted the Asian Wrestling Championship from from New Delhi to Astana. The tournament was supposed to be held in India from March 28 to April 2 but will now take place from April 7-15 in Kazakhstan. UWW was forced to change the host of the continental championships due to the recent developments in Indian wrestling and a pending inquiry by the Indian sports ministry against the Wrestling Federation of India president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.Apart from the senior competition, the U17 and U23 Asian Championships are set to return to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan for a second straight year. The tournament will take place from June 10 to 18.Astana hosted the World Championships in 2019 with grand success and Kazakhstan was the host of the Asian Cha...
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Hussamuddin and Bishwamitra advance into quarters at Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament | Boxing News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Two-time Commonwealth bronze medallist Mohammad Hussamuddin and 2021 Asian Youth champion Bishwamitra Chongtham dished out commanding performances to seal their quarterfinal berths at the Strandja Memorial International Boxing Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria on Thursday.Hussamuddin faced Michele Baldassi of Italy in his round of 16 match of the 57kg category. Starting out on the front foot, the Italian displayed his attacking intent from the get-go and made the first round a closely contested affair.However, the Telangana-born pugilist utilized his experience and technical ability to make a stellar comeback in the second round by landing a flurry of punches and defending his opponent’s jabs sternly.Continuing that momentum, Hussamuddin took charge of the final round too, and se...
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Women’s Premier League | Yashasri’s amazing journey from swimming & basketball to cricket

S. Yashshri | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement As a schoolgirl, S. Yashasri had been into many sports initially. Cricket wasn’t one of them. Swimming and basketball were.During an inter-school game, when she watched her teammate Pooja Vanka hitting the ball really hard, she felt she too wanted to bat like that. Since she was tall, she was asked to bowl pace by her coach. Yashasri’s progress was rapid and she made it to the India Under-19 squad. She was bought by UP Warriorz at the auction for the inaugural Women’s Premier League in Mumbai a few days ago. #WPLAuction ✅Here are the squads of all the 5️⃣ franchises 🔽How excited are you to see them take the field 💪 🤔 pic.twitter.com/tNrKnG4Adi— Women's Premier League (WPL) (@wplt20) February 13, 2023“My mother broke the news to me,” the 1...