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Day: October 7, 2023

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Watch: How AC Milan’s Olivier Giroud turns goalkeeper and makes stellar save against Genoa in Serie A? – Times of India

NEW DELHI: AC Milan claimed the Serie A summit with a dramatic 1-0 win over Genoa on Saturday, sealed by a late goal from Christian Pulisic. The match took an unexpected twist as striker Olivier Giroud took over as goalkeeper after Milan's keeper, Mike Maignan, received a stoppage-time red card.In the closing moments of the game, Maignan was sent off for a foul on Caleb Ekuban, setting the stage for Giroud to don the goalkeeping gloves. The extraordinary turn of events continued as Genoa's Albert Gudmundsson struck a free kick from the edge of the box, narrowly missing the target as it hit the crossbar.However, Giroud's heroics were not limited to goalkeeping, as he made a spectacular save to deny George Puscas just moments before the final whistle. The match ended with Milan securing a...
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Run-dezvous at Kotla: South Africa and Sri Lanka plunder 754 runs, hit 74 fours and 31 sixes on a batting beauty

After South Africa and Sri Lanka piled on a combined 754 runs on a six-lane expressway of a surface, at a run-rate of nearly 8 runs an over throughout the game, the spectators would have been left wondering whether they were watching a T20 game or an ODI encounter. The boundary count boggles—the stadium witnessed 74 fours and 31 sixes, three South batsmen scored hundreds at breakneck pace. So much so that it looked like Kotla was an Instagram app, and the sixes and fours were like watching reels, one after another. The pre-winter ODI evening had a midsummer IPL-night feel. Perhaps, the batsmen, most of them IPL regulars, too thought as much and tucked in. Spectators, of course love, boundaries that rolled off every sixth ball of the match. Bowlers could do nothing much, other than curse...
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Cole Palmer, Nicolas Jackson, and Raheem Sterling on scoresheet as Chelsea thrash Burnley 4-1 | Football News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Chelsea showcased their resurgence by securing consecutive Premier League victories for the first time since March, overcoming an early setback to trounce Burnley 4-1 in Saturday's encounter.Eager to put an end to their streak of four consecutive home defeats upon their return to the top flight this season, newly promoted Burnley sprang into a surprising 15th-minute lead, with Wilson Odobert scoring his inaugural goal in English football, leaving the visitors momentarily stunned.Chelsea initially struggled to respond until, in the most unfortunate circumstances, Ameen Al Dakhil netted an own goal just three minutes before halftime, levelling the score for Mauricio Pochettino's squad.Having previously notched a win in their last 19 matches when conceding the opening goal in th...
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BCCI to release 14,000 tickets for India-Pakistan World Cup clash – Times of India

MUMBAI: The hype around the mega World Cup clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan has forced the BCCI to release 14,000 tickets for the contest to be played on October 14 in Ahmedabad.India and Pakistan will clash at the world's largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad for which the demand for tickets has been at its highest.India captain Rohit Sharma, a colossus in white-ball cricketThe Narendra Modi Stadium is expected to be a full house as the two rivals will be taking on each other in India after their 2016 World T20 clash in Kolkata, which the hosts won."BCCI announces the release of 14,000 tickets for the highly anticipated India vs Pakistan match to be held on October 14, 2023, at Ahmedabad," the board said in a statement late on Saturday.Will Virat Kohli fire on all cylinders ...
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BCCI set to release 14,000 more tickets for India vs Pakistan encounter on Oct 14

With India finally taking the field in the World Cup on Sunday in their opening match against Australia, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday gave fans something else to cheer about. The BCCI announced that the board will be releasing 14,000 more tickets for the high voltage India Pakistan League encounter scheduled on October 14 from the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. “The BCCI announces the release of 14,000 tickets for the highly anticipated India v. Pakistan match to be held on October 14, 2023, at Ahmedabad. The sale of tickets for the match will commence from 12 PM IST onwards on October 8th, 2023. Fans can purchase tickets by visiting the official ticketing website at https://tickets.cricketworldcup.com,” the release by the board stated. 🚨...
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Asian Games: Chirag Shetty summons ‘Nadal-like’ resilience to overcome illness and partner Satwiksairaj Rankireddy to historic badminton gold

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy has a new name for Chirag Shetty. “Rafael Nadal,” Satwik laughs. “He never gives up. I could see it this week.”They joke about it now, nearly 30 minutes after winning the country’s first-ever badminton gold medal at the Asian Games. But when they were on court, Chirag feared he’d collapse if he stood still. Or at least Mathias Boe did. Between almost every point during the final, the Danish doubles coach of the Indian pair kept reminding and urging Chirag to move around the court. “He was constantly asking me to keep moving and not stay still because I still am not physically 100 per cent,” Chirag says. But at least he was fit enough to take the court. Chirag and Satwik won India’s first-ever badminton gold medal at the Asian Games, defeating the South Korean duo...
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How a record-shattering South Africa marched past Sri Lanka to sound early World Cup warning | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen and Quinton de Kock smoked sensational centuries as South Africa rewrote record books on their way to a commanding 102-run victory over Sri Lanka in the national capital on Saturday.Riding on the triple tons, the Proteas posted the highest-ever World Cup total of 428 for five -- bettering the previous best of 417 made by Australia against Afghanistan at Perth in 2015.Markram, who hit a 49-ball century, recorded the fastest-ever ton in an ODI World Cup as he pulverised the Lankan bowling attack after a record van der Dussen and de Kock 204-run stand.Chasing an improbable total, the Lankans did give a brave fight, courtesy a fiery Kusal Mendis 42-ball 76 and Charith Asalanka and Dasun Shanaka fifties but the 1996 champions crumbled under the...
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Jude Bellingham equals Cristiano Ronaldo’s record as Real Madrid thump Osasuna 4-0 | Football News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Real Madrid's Jude Bellingham netted twice, leading his team to a commanding 4-0 victory over Osasuna in a LaLiga home match on Saturday. The England midfielder has achieved a remarkable feat, tallying 10 goals in his first 10 starts for his new team.Bellingham's goal-scoring efficiency is nothing short of extraordinary, with 10 goals scored from just 19 shots. The 20-year-old has made the transition to Spanish soccer appear astonishingly effortless.In his first ten starts for Real Madrid across all competitions, Bellingham not only equalled Cristiano Ronaldo's 10-goal record but also delivered three assists, outperforming Ronaldo's one assist in a similar period.The midfielder found the back of the net in both halves of the match, providing Real with a two-goal lead. Viniciu...
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Mehidy relishing batting at the top of the order

Bangladesh all-rounder Mehidy Hasan Miraz on Saturday said he is relishing the opportunity to bat at the top of the order. Miraz, who has batted in five different positions in ODIs this year, scored 57 and took three wickets as Bangladesh beat Afghanistan by six wickets in its 2023 ODI World Cup opener in Dharamsala. “I always play at number 8, so it was a great opportunity to bat at the top. I always want to do well. When I score runs, both my team and I benefit from it,” Miraz said. About bowling in tandem with captain Shakib Al Hasan, who also picked three wickets, Miraz said, “I was a little bit cautious in my mind early on while bowling. I didn’t bowl a great first over either. But the captain told me to bowl in the right areas and told me to have a positive mindset. So, credit goe...
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Asian Games: From 70 medals to a record 107: how and why the needle moved

New Delhi/Hangzhou: It was the shooters and archers who aimed their sights at the 100-plus medal target Team India had set themselves for the Hangzhou Asian Games. This, coupled with the dramatic improvement in both track and field, powered India’s sprint to a record tally of 107 medals that included 35 golds.The previous best at 2018 Jakarta — 70 medals, 16 gold — had been well and truly relegated to a distant second. At Sunday’s closing ceremony, India’s march will flag many positives: Team medals in shooting indicate a new depth of talent; gains in compound archery is good news since the event is likely to be included in the Olympics; the track-and-field domination, the mother sport, added to India’s image as a growing sporting nation. And, significantly, the badminton gold and tabl...
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Ind vs Aus | Cummins backs Maxwell to deliver as a spinner

Australian captain Pat Cummins during a press conference in Chennai. | Photo Credit: Robert Cianflone Australia sees Glenn Maxwell as a front-line spin bowler and expects the all-rounder to have a big ODI World Cup, captain Pat Cummins said on Saturday ahead of the opening match against India here at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium.“In the 2015 World Cup, he was the sole spinner in basically every single match I think other than one so really happy with how he’s going. So, we’ve got 20 overs of spin out there if we need it,” Cummins, who will be leading for the first time in a World Cup, said in the pre-match press conference. Apart from Maxwell, Australia brags of three more all-rounders – Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Marsh, and Cameron Green - who, as the captain said, will be chipping in ...
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Ind vs Aus | We may play three spinners and three seamers: Rohit

Captain Rohit Sharma during practice session at M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk in Chennai ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup match against Australia, on October 7, 2023. | Photo Credit: B. Jothi Ramalingam Indian skipper Rohit Sharma dropped the biggest hint that the hosts could play three spinners in the World Cup opener against Australia on October 8. The pitch at Chepauk traditionally aids spin, and India’s depth in the department could be handy.“Yeah, that’s the luxury we have where we can afford to play three spinners because I don’t consider Hardik Pandya a seamer. He is a proper fast bowler who can crank up good speed,” said Rohit when asked about playing R. Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav alongside Ravindra Jadeja. “There’s a possibility that we can play three spinners on this pitc...
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Fans go berserk as Scott McTominay scores twice in injury time to earn Manchester United 2-1 win vs Brentford | Football News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Scott McTominay emerged as the hero for Manchester United, netting two crucial late goals to rescue his team from what could have been another humiliating defeat.The match against the visiting team took an unexpected turn when Mathias Jensen secured the lead for them during the first half. Manchester United's makeshift defence appeared vulnerable against the opposition's offensive prowess. Goalkeeper Andre Onana had an opportunity to make a better save but only managed to get a feeble hand on the ball. At halftime, Casemiro was substituted for Christian Eriksen in an attempt to bolster United's efforts, but the team continued to struggle to regain control of the game.Scott McTominay thought he had finally secured a late equalizer for United, but the goal was ultimately ruled ...
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Asian Games: Jyothi Vennam, India’s archery star was once a record breaking open water swimmer

Hangzhou: For 15 years, Jyothi Vennam did not win much. In the last six months, she’s won ‘everything everywhere all at once’.The Oscar-winning movie’s reference isn’t merely because of the South Korean opponent she overwhelmed on a cold, wet Saturday morning. Instead, it is also to underline the stupendous rise of the 27-year-old archer. The record-breaking open water swimmer, whose archery career has been punctuated by near-misses and heartbreaks, has achieved almost everything she could – equalling the world record, winning medals at the World Cups, World Championships and now, the Asian Games. And having won everywhere – from Antalya to Paris – Hangzhou is her moment of crowning glory. The 27-year-old won a hat-trick of gold medals after demolishing South Korea’s So Chaewon 149-146,...
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We can afford to play three spinners with Hardik Pandya in side: Rohit Sharma | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: With the Chepauk Stadium in Chennai known to offer a tacky, spin-aiding surface and the presense of a pace all-rounder in Hardik Pandya, skipper Rohit Sharma hinted that India might go in with three spinners in their World Cup opener against Australia on Sunday. The presence of a genuine quick all-rounder like Hardik gives India the option playing three specialist spinners -- left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and slow left-arm orthodox Ravindra Jadeja -- during the World CupAsked if he is game on playing the troika of slow operators, Rohit replied: “Yeah, I mean that's the luxury we have where we can afford to play three spinners because I don't really consider Hardik Pandya as just a seamer," said Rohit in his pre-match press meet.“He (Har...
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India’s historic Asian Games run culminates with 107 medals, including 28 gold | Asian Games 2023 News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Indian athletes have achieved an impressive milestone of 107 medals at the Asian Games through their unwavering dedication and hard work over the past two weeks.This achievement not only serves as an early Diwali gift to the nation but also holds the promise of a historic harvest at the 2024 Paris Olympics.Chirag Shetty is Rafael Nadal, he never gives up: Satwiksairaj RankireddyAs India concludes its participation in this continental showcase on Saturday, with no Indian athletes competing in the final events scheduled for Sunday, the tally of 107 medals will be cherished in the collective memory of the nation until athletes have the opportunity to reset it in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan in 2026.In Hangzhou, India's final medal count comprises 28 gold, 38 silver, and 41 bronze medals,...
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‘Good to be desperate, but need balance’ Rohit Sharma sends message ahead of Australian challenge

Rohit Sharma struggles to reveal how much this World Cup means to him. For someone articulate who can seamlessly slip to Hindi or Marathi to speak from the heart, he simply doesn’t know how to describe the feeling of leading India at a World Cup. Almost 12 years after missing out on a World Cup on home soil, Rohit is in the hot seat now, dreaming of becoming the third Indian captain to lift the crown. Part of the side in the last two world cups, termed as “best-ever Indian team’ by their previous coach Ravi Shastri, Rohit knows it is only the World Cup winner tag that is missing him and his generation of players – Virat Kohli, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja – that would put them in the same pedestal as Kapil Dev’s and MS Dhoni’s men. It is the tournament that India have been building up for ...
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“We’re lucky Mujeeb hasn’t got a serious knee injury”: Jonathan Trott on patchy Dharamsala outfield

Afghanistan head coach Jonathan Trott critiqued the HPCA Stadium outfield in Dharamsala after his team lost their 2023 World Cup opener to Bangladesh on Saturday. “We see in cricket players being encouraged to improve their fielding but if they are afraid to dive, I mean we’re lucky Mujeeb (Ur Rahman) didn’t have a serious knee injury towards the end. We saw Devon Conway from New Zealand early on as well. Something for them to look at but I’m definitely not putting any blame on that for our loss today,” Trott said in the post-match presser.Most Read 1 Israel-Palestine Conflict Live Updates: At least 480 Israelis and Palestinians dead; Hamas says it has taken many Israeli captives 2 Threat to kill PM, blow up Modi stadium: Security agencies...
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World Cup is an unfinished business: Rohit Sharma – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The absence of global silverware in the trophy cabinet always leaves a void, regardless of how revered you are as a player.Sachin Tendulkar experienced that sense of emptiness until the triumph in 2011, and Lionel Messi had to wait until 2022 to claim his share of glory.India captain Rohit Sharma, a colossus in white-ball cricketRohit Sharma, too, is undeniably a champion player, but his desire for a 50-over ICC title is palpable, as he referred to this World Cup as an "unfinished business" for him.While Rohit has secured victory in two ICC events - the 2007 T20 World Cup and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy - cricket enthusiasts understand that the pinnacle in the sport is the 50-over World Cup."Yeah, I mean look, you heard the great man say that so many times that you know, un...
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India vs Australia Live Streaming: When and where to watch India vs Australia World cup 2023 match?

India vs Australia World Cup 2023 Live Streaming: Rohit Sharma, one of the most revered cricketers of his generation, would carry the audible expectations of a billion people when his Indian team starts its high-stakes World Cup campaign against Australia on Sunday. For the sports aficionados, the Asian Games campaign with 100-plus medals was a juicy appetiser and they are bracing up for exotic main course from country’s most followed sports team. Led by a genial Pat Cummins, Australia are a tough yet likable bunch, who are ready for a good scrap at the Chepauk where both the teams have had some epic battles in the past be it the tied Test of 1986 or the close Reliance Cup game the next year or the 2001 Test series-decider. If India’s batting is world class, Australia’s pace attack is ...