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Your daily horoscope: 5th October, 2023 | – Times of India

Today, the stars encourage you to embrace your strengths and face challenges head-on. Find out what your daily horoscope has to say for your zodiac sign, as predicted by astrologer Pandit Jagannath Guruji.AriesToday is a day for taking the lead, Aries. Your natural assertiveness and energy will be on full display. Use your confidence to tackle challenges and initiate new projects. Just be sure to consider the feelings of others as you charge ahead. Take care of your health, you may want to see your sitting posture at work as the stars don't seem to be in favour for your spine or back related issues. TaurusYou may find comfort in routine today, Taurus. Stick to your trusted methods and strategies to accomplish your tasks. It's also a good day to focus on your physical well-being, so cons...
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Cricket World Cup: Free tickets & coupons on offer, women to pack stands today for World Cup opener

The stage is being set for an estimated 30,000-40,000 women from across Ahmedabad to watch for free the opening match of the cricket World Cup between defending champions England and New Zealand at the Narendra Modi Stadium Thursday. The BJP’s city ward-level network is mobilising women to pack the stands with local leaders distributing tickets and assuring complimentary coupons for tea and lunch. Lalit Wadhawan, BJP vice-president of Bodakdev area, said the idea to bring women to the stadium was inspired by the passage of the women’s reservation Bill in Parliament last month. All 10 captains pose with the trophy. (PTI) “Around 30,000 to 40,000 women from Ahmedabad will be watching the game in the stadium tomorrow. Our volunteers have been asked to send the names and tickets were hande...
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Barcelona claim hard-fought 1-0 victory over Porto in Champions League – Times of India

NEW DELHI: In a tightly contested Champions League Group H clash, substitute Ferran Torres emerged as the hero for Barcelona, scoring the only goal to secure a hard-fought 1-0 win against Porto. The Spanish side finished the match with 10 men after Gavi received a second yellow card for a late foul.Porto displayed a wasteful but dominant performance throughout the game.In the first half, they had several opportunities to score, with Mehdi Taremi, Stephen Eustaquio, andPepe all missing chances.It was Ferran Torres, who came off the bench in the 34th minute to replace the injured Robert Lewandowski, that made the crucial difference. Torres intercepted a backward pass from Porto midfielder Romario Baro and calmly slotted the ball into the net during first-half injury time.Porto regained co...
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Alvaro Morata’s brace seals thrilling Atletico Madrid victory over Feyenoord – Times of India

NEW DELHI: In a thrilling encounter, Alvaro Morata's double strike propelled Atletico Madrid to a 3-2 comeback victory against Feyenoord in their Champions League Group E clash. The match also witnessed a spectacular second-half performance from Atletico's goalkeeper, Jan Oblak.Feyenoord appeared to be the stronger side throughout the game and claimed an early lead, courtesy of an unfortunate own goal by defender Mario Hermoso. In the sixth minute, a rebound from Oblak, resulting from an Ayase Ueda effort, unintentionally ricocheted off Hermoso's knee and into Atletico's own goal.Nonetheless, Atletico responded swiftly, with Morata finding the net from inside the box just five minutes later. Feyenoord regained the lead in the 34th minute, thanks to David Hancko's strike from a rebound o...
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ICC World Cup 2023: England versus New Zealand in Ahmedabad, a soft launch at biggest cricket stadium in the world

It’s a breezy morning at the city’s most popular tourist spot, the Gandhi Ashram. Around 100-odd sightseers explore the epicentre of Indian freedom movement by the banks of Sabarmati river. A few kilometres away lies the epicentre of modern-day Indian cricket – the biggest cricket stadium in the world named after the Prime Minister Narendra Modi where the 2023 World Cup will begin and also end on November 19. Starting Thursday, when defending champion England play New Zealand in the opener, thousands will drive to the imposing venue, many stopping for Bapu’s darshan on way to their cricketing pilgrimage.Be it the Ashram Road, or the city’s other main arteries, there are no elaborate World Cup signages and fan-parks announcements on hoardings. There was a big model of the trophy at the a...
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Cricket World Cup 2023 | New Zealand meets explosive England in opener

Limited game time: Boult has played only 15 ODIs since the 2019 World Cup. | Photo Credit: VIJAY SONEJI  The days when the ODI World Cup represented the pinnacle of the sport are long gone. Now, it is a snapshot of where the game stands. The 2023 World Cup opener, at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Thursday, pitches the world’s deepest batting line-up, reflecting modern times, against a side with a can-do attitude.For England, New Zealand has joined Australia as the most determined competitor. Sans the political and historic subtexts in the sport, it offers, in many ways, a more wholesome, less fraught rivalry than its Ashes rival. England is currently sweating on all-rounder Ben Stokes’ fitness as he is nursing a hip niggle. Harry Brook could bat at No. 4 if Stokes is sidelin...
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Cricket World Cup 2023 | India, a favourite, will look to recreate the 2011 magic; Australia, England, and South Africa strong contenders

The captains: One of these leaders will have their hands on the coveted trophy come November 19. | Photo Credit: ICC In Ahmedabad, where the Sabarmati Ashram honours the memory of Mahatma Gandhi, the prime architect of India’s freedom movement against the British Empire, cricket will once again showcase its throbbing Indian heart. A quintessential English sport is now distinctly desi while the BCCI wields unbridled clout inside cricket’s governing body, the ICC, and Indian stars are feted as global icons within the limited cricketing universe.Booster shotWhen Jos Buttler and Tom Latham (stepping in for the injured Kane Williamson), who will be helming defending champion England and 2019 edition runner-up New Zealand respectively, step out for the toss in the World Cup opener at Ahmedab...
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World Cup 2023: Grant Elliott hopes New Zealand can bury the ghosts of 2015 & 2019

Unlike anyone else who was present at the Eden Park in Auckland on March 24, 2015, Grant Elliot doesn’t remember any of the conversations he had during the World Cup semifinal against South Africa. Especially not while batting in the middle. Well, maybe one. “The only conversation I remember is when (Daniel) Vettori came down with 5 to win off 2 balls, and said ‘it’s up to you now, you need to take both deliveries’. Yes, my heart started pumping!” he tells The Indian Express. As he tapped gloves with Vettori and went back to take the strike, a thought took over. Not that it was Dale Steyn, arguably the greatest fast bowler of the 21st century, who stood in his way to score those five runs in two official attempts. But that, “If I hit a boundary here, I won’t be going to my sister’s wedd...
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Asian Games: India at unprecedented high on medal table after archers, athletes taste gold

The day began with an arrow piercing the morning chill. It ended with a spear floating across the night sky. And both yielded similar results: a gold medal.The archers ensured India’s best-ever overall medal tally at the Asian Games when the compound mixed team won the gold. The athletes made sure the gold count, too, would be higher than ever before. The track and field athletes, who won seven medals on Wednesday and have a total haul of 29, took India’s medal count to 81 – 11 more than that at the 2018 Games. The 18 gold medals, too, are two more than the previous edition in Jakarta with javelin and relay providing the final push. 𝐆𝐎𝐎𝐒𝐄𝐁𝐔𝐌𝐏𝐒 ❤️❤️❤️ 𝐈𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐚 𝐂𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐇𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲🥇🥇🥇 Witness India’s INCREDIBLE record-breaking moments as we soar higher than EVER at the Asian Games! 81 Medals and...
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Hangzhou Asian Games: Full India schedule on October 5; live updates, live streaming details – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India can add at least two gold medals on Day 12 of the Hangzhou Asian Games to their already best ever show at the continental event as squash player Saurav Ghosal will play in men's singles final while Harinder Pal Sandhu and Dipika Pallikal will feature in mixed doubles final.Follow Timesofindia.com live blog to catch all the action and live updates straight away from Hangzhou.Following is India's Day 12 schedule at the Asian Games on October 5:Athletics4:30 AM: Belliappa Appachangada Bo & Man Singh in Men's Marathon FinalArchery6:10 AM: Jyothi, Aditi and Parneet vs Hong Kong in Compound Women's Team QuarterfinalBridge6:30 AM: Jaggy Shivdasani, Sandeep Thakral, Rajeshwar Tiwari, Sumit Mukherjee, Raju Tolani, Ajay Khare vs Hong Kong- Men Team Final rounds 1Sepaktakraw6:...
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Babar Azam missing Pakistani fans but feels ‘at home’ in Hyderabad | Cricket News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: Overwhelmed with hospitality since arriving in India, Babar Azam is completely feeling "at home" in Hyderabad but didn't forgot to add that Pakistan cricket fans have been missed amid their build-up for the World Cup.The Babar-led Pakistan side has been based in Hyderabad where they played two warm-up matches and will take on New Zealand on October 6 in their tournament-opener.A few days ago, PTI reported that the Pakistan Cricket Board has written to the ICC seeking prompt action on the visa process for its fans and media."I think the hospitality was quite nice. We were not expecting this, but I think the way people are responding towards our team, everyone (has) enjoyed it," Babar told the media here during ICC's Captain's Day event."We are (here since) a week in Hyderabad,...
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India at Asian Games 2023, Day 12 schedule: Shuttlers in quarterfinal action, Ghosal eyes squash gold, women’s hockey semifinal, compound archers look to impress again

Neeraj Chopra delivered once again on what was yet another rich-medal haul day, as India set a new record for their best ever medal tally at the Asian Games. As we reach the business end of the event, the tally is only set to increase. Jyothi Surekha Vennam, Ojas Pravin Deotale and Co have been on fire in Hangzhou and they are potentially looking at more medals in the women’s and men’s compound team events on Thursday. Hockey: Semifinal time for women’s team The men have done their part to edge through to the final and now the attention shifts to Savita Punia and Co, who will face a stiff test against hosts China. Badminton: Crunch time for top shuttlers PV Sindhu, HS Prannoy, Satwik-Chirag are one win away each from ensuring a place on the podium. While Satwik-Chirag came through a tri...
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Closed door practice for Team India as question remains on 3rd pacer or Ashwin – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Virat Kohli, after a brief hiatus, returned to the grind with an extended net session, which took center stage during Team India's inaugural training session in Chennai. This practice session was in preparation for their World Cup opener against Australia scheduled for Sunday.While closed-door training sessions are a customary practice in football, shielding tactical strategies from prying eyes, it is a less frequent occurrence in cricket, where tactics are often more straightforward.Nevertheless, on Wednesday, the Indian team decided to restrict media access to the session.One of the most prominent talking points revolves around the composition of the bowling lineup. The crucial decision looms over whether India will include an additional seamer, Mohammed Shami, or opt for l...
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Asian Games: How Neeraj Chopra held his nerve despite measuring controversy to win come-from-behind gold in javelin

Like a bunch of horticulturists, three men bend forward, squint and pore over a damaged patch of grass.After a minute of careful analysis, one of them looks unhappy and leads the other two to a different hole a few yards away, and the sequence repeats.It’s the final night of track and field at the Asian Games. The Hangzhou Olympic Stadium is packed to its capacity. And under the big bright lights, in the middle of the sprawling field, three puzzled technical officials are trying to find the spot where Neeraj Chopra’s javelin landed. Clueless, they turn to the technical officials’ desk for assistance. But there isn’t any help forthcoming. All they see from a distance, like the tens of thousands in the stands, is an agitated Chopra wildly gesticulating at the bench and the officials seate...
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Cricket World Cup 2023: England, New Zealand kick off extravaganza with the ‘Greatest final of all time’ still fresh in memory

As Eoin Morgan, England’s ODI World Cup-winning captain-turned pundit, walked into the captain’s roundtable in Ahmedabad, Ravi Shastri asked him whether he had dispensed any advice to his successor Jos Buttler. Giggling, Morgan replied in jest: “I told him don’t mess it up.” But assuming a graver voice, he said; “I just told Jos Buttler to be Jos Buttler. Be yourself, do not copy anybody.” Buttler’s men embellished England’s ICC trophy cabinet by winning the T20 World Cup last year, and have lived by Morgan’s relentless-aggression ideals. But they land in India without the aura of defending white-ball champions in both formats, with niggles, concerns and without the ruthless quest for the title Morgan’s men displayed. Post the transformational Morgan era, England have won only half of t...
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‘Ab ki baar, 100 paar’: Will India make their motto come true and breach the 100-medal mark in Hangzhou? | Asian Games 2023 News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India went to Hangzhou with a 653 member strong contingent for the ongoing 19th edition of the Asian Games in China, their biggest contingent ever, with an ambitious goal of making it the best ever Games for the country.They achieved their primary goal on Wednesday, when they breached the 70-medal mark and finished Day 11 of the competition with a staggering total tally of 81 medals.With it, they shattered the previous best medal haul of 70, achieved in the last edition in Jakarta in 2018.India have also shattered their previous record of 16 gold medals, their best gold haul ever achieved in Jakarta, and now have 18 yellow medals in their kitty so far. Apart from the 18 gold, India have won 31 silver and 32 bronze so far (till end of competition on Wednesday, Oct 4) with thre...
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Cricket World Cup 2023 | England skipper Buttler backs his side’s attacking approach

Jos Buttler speaks during the captain’s press conference on the eve of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in Ahmedabad. | Photo Credit: AP  England skipper Jos Buttler backed his side’s attacking approach to hold it in good stead in Indian conditions as it tries to defend the 50-over World Cup crown.When asked if the surfaces here, which could be slower and aid spin, pose the biggest challenge to its method, Buttler said, “Reading the conditions quickly will be a big part of the game. But we will try to adapt our style of attacking cricket to whatever surfaces we are playing on. We will always - whatever the sort of game is - try and play at the higher level of that.” The English skipper also tried to play down the defending champion tag, saying, “I think I have spoken quite a bit about n...
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Asian Games: With 18 gold medals, India achieve historic first in 72 years | Asian Games 2023 News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Out on a medal hunting spree at the Asian Games in Hangzhou, India produced a historic feat on Wednesday, registering their best-ever outing at the continental event as the athletes took the overall medal count to a staggering 81 so far -- the highest ever.With a total of 12 medals in multiple disciplines, led by athletics events on Day 11, India surpassed their previous best total of 70 medals of Jakarta and Palembang Games in 2018. It was another medal rush for India on Wednesday as there were a total of 7 medals in athletics, two in boxing and one each in squash, archery and wrestling. While in the 2018 Games, India had 15 gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze medals, in the ongoing edition, the biggest-ever contingent has already bagged 18 gold, 31 silver and 32 bronze medals. In...
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Chicago Chacha: The lone Pakistan cricket team cheerleader in India with Hyderabad roots

A LONE Pakistan flag fluttered passionately at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium during the warm-up game between Australia and Pakistan. But the voice of its bearer Mohammad Bashir, better known as Chicago Chacha in cricket circles, was the loudest and deepest. He would bounce around the stands throughout the match, wave the flag with furious energy, chit-chat and banter with spectators, and pause occasionally for a swig of water or to catch a quick breath. “I am getting old, have survived three heart attacks and I am not quite as energetic as I used to be,” says the 66-year-old. But the passion for the game remains undiminished. Click here to follow our liveblog of the opening game of the World Cup between England and New Zealand. A familiar face at cricket World Cups — he has not missed one si...