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Lionel Messi signed napkin which started his career at FC Barcelona to be auctioned in March starting £300,000

FC Barcelona’s director of football, Carles Rexach didn’t have the paperwork ready in December 2000. In a haste to get the signature of a certain Argentine teenage footballer, Rexach used a napkin to get the deal done. On it was written, “In Barcelona, on 14 December 2000 and in the presence of Messrs Minguella and Horacio, Carles Rexach, FC Barcelona’s sporting director, hereby agrees, under his responsibility and regardless of any dissenting opinions, to sign the player Lionel Messi, provided that we keep to the amounts agreed upon.” The napkin has since been secured in a vault in Andorra and has been part of the club’s rich memorabilia as Messi went on to become the most successful and celebrated player in the club’s history. Come March though, the fabled piece of paper shall be for ...
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Abhinav Bindra selected as torchbearer for the 2024 Paris Olympics | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India's first individual gold medallist at the Olympic Games, Abhinav Bindra has been selected as a torch bearer for the upcoming 2024 Paris Olympic Games to be held in the French capital from July 26 to August 11.Bindra, who won gold in the men's 10m air rifle in the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, will be part of the Olympic torch relay that will be held from April 16 to July 26."Excited to share that I’ll be a torch bearer for the @paris2024 Olympic Games, a beacon of peace and perseverance across the globe. This flame represents our collective spirit and the power of dreams. A great privilege and honour!" Bindra said in a social media post on 'X', formerly Twitter.The Paris 2024 Olympic Torch Relay will start its journey in France on 8 May 2024 with the flame arriving in M...
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Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami set to miss remainder of Test series against England | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who got injured during the first Test against England in Hyderabad, will need more time to recover from the hamstring injury and could miss the remainder of the 5-match series.Along with Jadeja, injured pacer Mohammed Shami is also likely to miss the series. Shami was not included in the squad for the first two Tests.Jadeja, who pulled his hamstring following his run-out during India's fourth-innings chase in the series opener, was initially ruled out of the second Test beginning in Visakhapatnam from Friday.Jadeja returned with figures of 3/88 and 2/131 and also scored 87 and 2 in the first Test that India lost by 28 runs.A hamstring injury normally takes at least four weeks to heal and it is likely that Jadeja could be ruled out of the entire se...
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IND vs ENG: Why England is handing out debut to Pakistan-origin rookie off-spinner Bashir

Last Sunday, despite landing in Hyderabad at around 8.30 am after a visa delay, Shoaib Bashir turned up at the Uppal stadium midway through the morning session of the first Test. It was a Test where he could have made his debut, but he didn’t show any disappointment. Ben Stokes told him that he could go back to the hotel and beat the jet-lag. But the 20-year-old would seat himself right next to the boundary hoardings and soak in the atmosphere. In the next four days, Bashir, who is a player of Pakistan-origin, had just one full training session and on Friday would make his debut. In the net sessions, despite all the adventure that England’s batsmen show, it is still hard to miss Bashir, who stands at 6ft 4 inches. He is slim and agile and with a smooth run-up, and a tall trajectory, it ...
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Thailand Open badminton: Gayatri-Treesa script super fightback vs Ashwini-Tanisha, another disappointment for Srikanth

There were two streaks of impressive comebacks for Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly in their second-round win against Ashwini Ponnappa and Tanisha Crasto at the Thailand Masters Super 300 in Bangkok on Thursday.After taking the first game, the pair of 20-year-olds was trailing 5-11 in Game 2 as Ashwini and Tanisha picked up their quality. Soon after, they were trailing 15-20 and a deciding Game 3 was imminent. But on both occasions, Gayatri-Treesa held their nerves to see out their training partners in an impressive 21-15, 24-22 win to reach the quarterfinals. #ThailandMastersSuper300 What a fightback! Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly trailed 5-11 and then faced five game points at 15-20. But Gayatri steps up big time as the youngsters save 7 game points to take this match in strai...
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The age of Aquarius influence on each Zodiac sign – Times of India

Curious to know? Then dust off your dancing shoes, and prepare to be swept away by the grand Aquarian Air Era as decoded by Celebrity Astrologer- Pandit Jagannath Guruji.The clock strikes 2024 with not just with a bliss for the New Year, but a cosmic curtain calls for the twinkling of the stars, unveiling a mystical scene in the Hallmarks for the Age of Aquarius.Now, forget about the heavy chains of just caring about money, whereas money steps aside for now, and in comes the glitter of shared thoughts, and the sound of creative coins clinking.Imagine whispers of wisdom floating in the air, a medium for ideas to dance and knowledge to soar. This Aquarian influence fuels an Intellectual Renaissance, propelling us towards uncharted frontiers of thought. The old "fast lane" of information i...
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Rajat Patidar or Sarfaraz Khan? Siraj or Washington Sundar? Concerns over batting leads to flatter track, as India wrestle over playing XI for second Test

As the Indian players headed to the team bus after their optional training session on Thursday, their head coach Rahul Dravid walked to the centre of the square. This was his second such visit of the day; at noon with the Vizag sun showing early glimpses of what upcoming summer would be, he had the groundstaff remove the tarpaulin covers to have a feel of the surface. Post his chat with the groundsmen, the tarpaulin covers were replaced with sack-clothes to ensure adequate air flow and the moisture stays intact. In the first Test in Hyderabad, the early-morning moisture was a reason the ball spun the quickest in the first session of the opening day. And even in the coastal city of Visakhapatnam where the winter is showing signs of withdrawal, moisture has been a factor in the morning.Wh...
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Rishabh Pant shares grim detail about his car accident: ‘There was a possibility of amputation, that is when I felt scared’

It’s been more than a year since Rishabh Pant last donned the Indian colors. Having played a major role in India’s Test series win against Bangladesh, Pant’s career was put to a halt following his car accident late in 2022. Having torn a ligament in his right knee and taken two cuts to his forehead, Pant concedes that in the immediate aftermath of the accident, his injuries looked even grim. “If there was any nerve damage, there was a possibility of amputation. That is when I felt scared,” Pant told Star Sports on the segment titled ‘Believe – To death & back’. “I had taken an SUV, but what I was seeing was a sedan,” Pant recollected the mangled state of his vehicle. “It was the first time I had such a feeling in life. At the time of the accident, I was aware of the wounds, but I wa...
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Astrological IQ Test: Discover Your Smart Star Sign | – Times of India

People really like thinking about stars and what they mean for our personalities. Each zodiac sign has special qualities, and some signs are known for being super smart. Let's find out which signs are great thinkers.1. AquariusAquarians are smart and like coming up with new ideas. They are ruled by Uranus, a planet that loves new things. Aquarians are open-minded, which means they like different ideas.They're great at seeing the big picture, and they often have cool and new thoughts that help everyone.2. VirgoVirgos are careful and pay attention to details. They're really good at solving problems. Mercury, the planet of talking and thinking, rules Virgos. They like being exact and precise. Virgos use their sharp eyes to notice small things, and this helps them fix problems in a smart wa...
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Watch – ‘Sachin meets TENDULKAR’: Indian legend has a special encounter with long-time fan | – Times of India

NEW DELHI: In a heartwarming moment, India legend Sachin Tendulkar had a delightful meet-up with an old fan of his, who was seen wearing the icon's jersey with 'I miss you' imprinted on the back.A Sachin fan, who was on his way on a busy road on a scotty was stopped by Sachin himself after he saw the the text on fan's jersey. The legendary batter on Thursday posted a video on X, sharing glimpses of his joyous meeting with the enthusiastic fan. "Sachin meets TENDULKAR. It fills my heart with joy when I see so much love showered on me. It is the love from the people that keeps coming from unexpected corners which makes life so special," Sachin wrote on X.The batting maestro signed an autograph for him and even posed for a picture with the fan. Sachin also complimented that fan for wearing...
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RANJI TROPHY | Chhattisgarh aims for a win against misfiring Kerala

Kerala will look to Sachin Baby and Sanju Samson to kickstart its revival in the competition. | Photo Credit: FILE PHOTO: AKHILESH KUMAR The rectangular brown strip in the middle stands apart from the lush green outfield at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International stadium here. In Chhattisgarh’s last match against Andhra, the wicket proved to be a mirage for the home bowlers. It aided the opposition bowlers more, as the host lost by a big margin. However, the defeat will not deter Chhattisgarh from maximising its home advantage when it plays Kerala in their Ranji Trophy Group B encounter here from Friday. Medium pacers Ravi Kiran and Sourabh Majumdar’s effectiveness with the new ball has been the cornerstone of Chhattisgarh’s success this season. The duo have provided early breakth...
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IND vs ENG: How short Ben Duckett and tall Zak Crawley drive England’s Bazball engine

Posting the team picture before Ashes on Instagram, Ben Duckett wrote: “I should probably find a different spot to stand.” Beside the padded-up Duckett, 5 feet seven, was his opening accomplice, Zak Crawley, all of six feet five. It’s the height that strikes first. In a way, everything begins with height. It’s their vertical proportions that has shaped their game. Crawley stands tall on the crease, has long levers, a long reach, and his strokes travel clean straight lines. He is strong on the front-foot and an immaculate driver through covers. Duckett squats in his stance, the pad reaching almost to his mid-riff, has short strides, is a strong square of the wicket, and drives on the rise rather than reaching to the pitch of the ball. Whereas Crawley seems to glide along the turf, Ducke...
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If we have to play Test cricket, we have to be patient: Sarfaraz Khan on maiden India call up

Sarfaraz Khan’s long overdue selection to the Indian side came after a lot of struggles and countless eye-watering knocks in the domestic circuit. After KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja were injured in the first Test against England, Sarfaraz was called up to the Test squad as a replacement player. “The game is all about patience. If we have to play Test cricket, we have to be patient. In life, there are times when we rush ourselves. I would get emotional about my wait to get into the team. My father always told me that keep working hard and you’ll be unstoppable. Having self belief and patience is very important,” he said on his call up for his maiden Test. “More than myself, I am happy for my father. In a country that boasts such a huge population, it is a proud feeling to be part of the ...
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Lewis Hamilton set for shock switch to Ferrari in 2025: Reports | Racing News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: According to multiple media reports on Thursday, seven-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton is reportedly poised for a surprising transition from Mercedes to Ferrari in 2025, stepping in as a replacement for Spanish driver Carlos Sainz.Both Mercedes and Ferrari have refrained from commenting on the speculation surrounding what could potentially be the most sensational driver move of the 'silly season.'Reports suggest that Mercedes principal Toto Wolff is expected to brief the team before a formal announcement later today, as per Sky Sports television.Hamilton, who is currently 39 years old, has been associated with Mercedes since 2013, securing his first championship title with McLaren back in 2008. His existing contract is set to expire at the end of next year, and...
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Sri Lanka captain Dhananjaya de Silva says aggression key to halt Test slide | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Newly appointed captain Dhananjaya de Silva emphasized the need for increased on-field aggression to revive Sri Lanka's Test cricket prowess, ahead of their upcoming one-off red-ball match against Afghanistan.Currently at the bottom of the World Test Championship (WTC) rankings, Sri Lanka experienced a devastating defeat in their last match in October in Colombo, suffering an innings and a 222-run loss to Pakistan – their worst home defeat.Following Australia's recent loss to the West Indies, Sri Lanka slipped to eighth place in the WTC rankings. De Silva expressed that their cautious style of play had not made the desired impact, prompting a call for more assertiveness on the field."I have been telling the guys the last few days the need to play aggressive cricket," he told ...
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The art of stress management based on your Zodiac sign – Times of India

In the hustle and bustle of work, stress becomes a daily companion. We all face tight deadlines, overflowing emails, and that occasional burnt office coffee. But how we handle this pressure differs based on our zodiac signs. So, grab your water bottle, take a deep breath, and let's explore how each sign tackles workplace tension, according to Pandit Jagannath Guruji.Aries (March 21 - April 19):Aries individuals charge into challenges headfirst. Stress fuels their competitive spirit, and they thrive on tackling deadlines head-on. However, they need to watch out for impulsive decisions and burnout. A quick power walk or a satisfying workout session can be their stress-busting jam.Taurus (April 20 - May 20):Taurus values stability and routine. Change is their kryptonite, and deadlines trig...
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Lewis Hamilton to leave Mercedes and join Ferrari in 2025: Reports

Lewis Hamilton, 7-times Formula 1 champion, is set to join Ferrari from Mercedes for the 2025 season, according to various news reports. Though Mercedes and Ferrari are yet to comment publicly on the matter, the reports state that Hamilton will join as a replacement for Spanish driver Carlos Sainz. The 39-year-old Hamilton who has been associated with Mercedes since 2013 had won his first title in 2008 when he was the member of McLaren. His current contract with Mercedes is expected to expire next year. “I do believe we have a North Star now. Which I don’t think we’ve had for two years. But still getting there is not a straight line. I think we understand the car so much better. They have developed great tools in the background. So naturally, I’m hopeful, but I’m not going to hold my br...
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Rishabh Pant reveals he feared leg amputation after life-threatening car crash | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant has disclosed he feared a potential amputation of his right leg following a scary car accident he survived 13 months ago.In December 2022, Pant was en-route from Delhi to his hometown Roorkee to meet family when his car collided with the median divider. The accident occurred shortly after India's win in the second Test against Bangladesh in Mirpur where Pant played a major role in victory."If there was any nerve damage, there was a possibility of amputation. That is when I felt scared," Pant said in Star Sports series 'Believe: To Death & Back' which documents his recovery."I had taken an SUV, but what I was seeing was a sedan," he quipped as he remembered his mangled vehicle.Recounting the initial moments after the crash, the 26-yea...
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Team India ready to bounce back against England in Visakhapatnam

'It's not that we don't know how to sweep, reverse sweep or pedal'"We play a lot of cricket on these tracks. It's not that we don't know how to sweep, reverse sweep or pedal, but on that particular day depending on the situation of the team we as batters take our calls," said Bharat. Source link
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‘Dad told me I play like him’: Sarfaraz Khan’s batting resemblance to this Pakistan great | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Amid debut murmurs in the second Test against England, Sarfaraz Khan on Thursday said his biggest strength is that doesn't get satisfied easily and likes putting in hard yards while training and during matches.The 26-year-old said that he is used to playing 500-600 balls every day and keenly observes legendary batters and tries to understand their game.After tremendous success in the domestic circuit, Sarfaraz is now eyeing to replicate the same at the international level.His batting style has also drawn comparisons with Pakistan great Javed Miandad, according to his father."I like to watch Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Sir Vivian Richards, and even Javed Miandad because my dad has told me that I play like him. I watch Joe Root’s batting also."Anyone who is succeeding, I am wa...