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How the pandemic turned things around for Avesh Khan | Cricket News – Times of India
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How the pandemic turned things around for Avesh Khan | Cricket News – Times of India

India's standby pacer fed migrant labourers last year. With little cricket around, saw uncertainty grip domestic players. He decided to train and lose 6 kg to make most of life and opportunitiesNEW DELHI: It was the last Friday of Ramadan and Avesh Khan was just finishing his evening prayer when he was told that he would be travelling as a standby with the Indian Test team to England next month. Avesh is 24 now. But he has been travelling with the Indian team as a net bowler since January 2018. This time, though, he is aware he will have to be in the best shape over the next three and a half months to fit in if an opportunity arises. He has seen how unheralded players had to come in and perform in Australia. However, the last year has put things in perspective for Avesh. That he turned ...
All Punjab Kings domestic team members have reached home safely: PBKS
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All Punjab Kings domestic team members have reached home safely: PBKS

All the Indian members of the Punjab Kings team have reached home safely after the suspension of the IPL, the franchise said on Sunday. “Following the suspension of the IPL 2021, all PBKS team members have reached home safely while a few are quarantining outside India before they head back to their respective countries,” the club said in a statement on Twitter. “We would like to thank BCCI, other IPL franchises and our airline partner GoAir for their cooperation,” it added.The club urged its fans to “wear masks, follow social distancing norms and hygiene protocols” to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are in it together. Stay safe!” Update ➡️ Sadda Squad’s back 🏠 safely!#StayHomeStaySafe #SaddaPunjab #PunjabKings pic.twitter.com/w1DmHWaLK9 — Punjab Kings (@PunjabKin...
‘Nothing happened’: David Warner, Michael Slater deny hotel brawl in Maldives
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‘Nothing happened’: David Warner, Michael Slater deny hotel brawl in Maldives

Star opener David Warner and cricketer-turned-commentator Michael Slater have denied reports of their involvement in a drunken bar brawl in Male, where Australian cricketers competing in the now-suspended IPL are waiting to board a flight home in a few days’ time. According to the ‘Daily Telegraph’, Warner and Slater got into a late night physical altercation after a heated argument at the Taj Coral Resort where they are in quarantine. But Warner, who captained Sunrisers Hyderabad before being replaced by Kane Willaimson just before the suspension of IPL due to multiple COVID-19 cases inside the bio-bubble, and Slater, also a former Australia opener, said “nothing happened”. “There is absolutely nothing to the rumour mill Buzz. Davie and I are great mates and absolutely zer...
Alexander Zverev reaches Madrid Open final by overcoming Dominic Thiem
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Alexander Zverev reaches Madrid Open final by overcoming Dominic Thiem

Alexander Zverev avenged his defeat by Dominic Thiem in last year’s U.S. Open final in clinical fashion on Saturday, beating the Austrian 6-3 6-4 to reach the final of the Madrid Open. Zverev, who beat top seed and tournament favourite Rafa Nadal in straight sets in the quarter-finals on Friday, will meet Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in Sunday’s final. We have our finalists! 🇩🇪 @AlexZverev 🆚 Matteo Berrettini 🇮🇹@atptour | @ATPTour_ES | #MMOPEN pic.twitter.com/tJ4Z3q5l0D — #MMOPEN (@MutuaMadridOpen) May 8, 2021 The German, who was champion in Madrid in 2018, made a strong start, breaking Thiem early in each set in what turned out to be a routine victory, despite a swirling wind at Caja Magica. “I’m quite happy to win this one,” fifth seed Zverev said in a courtside interview. ...
Chelsea beat Man City to delay Premier League title party | Football News – Times of India
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Chelsea beat Man City to delay Premier League title party | Football News – Times of India

MANCHESTER: Chelsea forced Manchester City to put their Premier League title party on hold on Saturday, winning 2-1 to boost their own chances of a top-four finish in a dress rehearsal for the Champions League final. Raheem Sterling gave the home side the lead just before half-time at an empty Etihad Stadium but Hakim Ziyech levelled and Marcos Alonso bundled in the winner in the dying seconds. City could be crowned champions before they play again. Second-placed Manchester United face three matches before Guardiola's men are next in action, against Newcastle on Friday. As it happened: Man City vs ChelseaThe point lifts Chelsea into third spot, six clear of fifth-placed West Ham with just three games to go. Thomas Tuchel's in-form team ended City's dreams of a historic quadruple by beat...
Barcelona and Atletico Madrid draw to give Real title advantage | Football News – Times of India
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Barcelona and Atletico Madrid draw to give Real title advantage | Football News – Times of India

(Reuters Photo)BARCELONA: The La Liga title race was blown wide open after Barcelona and Atletico Madrid played out a 0-0 draw at Camp Nou on Saturday. The stalemate means that should third-placed Real Madrid beat fourth-placed Sevilla on Sunday, they will move top of the table - level on 77 points with Atletico - but ahead given their superior head-to-head record with just three games to play. Barcelona moved up to second place on Saturday with 75 points. "We're still in the mix. La Liga's still wide open, three games is a lot even if we know it's not in our hands anymore," Barca defender Gerard Pique said. "Anything can happen. I'd like to know if any other side in La Liga has won four in a row, it's only something we've done. "If we win our remaining three matches, I think we'll win ...
Zverev sees off Thiem to reach Madrid Open final | Tennis News – Times of India
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Zverev sees off Thiem to reach Madrid Open final | Tennis News – Times of India

Alexander Zverev. (AP Photo)MADRID: Alexander Zverev produced an impressive display to beat Dominic Thiem in straight sets on Saturday and book his spot in the Madrid Open final, where he will face either Casper Ruud or Matteo Berrettini. Fifth seed Zverev, who stunned five-time champion Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals on Friday, saw off Thiem 6-3, 6-4 in a repeat of the 2018 final, which was also won by the German. Thiem threatened a late fightback after trailing 4-1 in the second set, but had too much to do to reach a third Madrid final. The Austrian third seed will now turn his attention to Rome next week and then the French Open which starts later this month, where he is also a two-time runner-up. The tournament has seen a welcome return to form for Zverev, who had won only two m...
Palace secure top-flight status with 2-0 win at Sheffield United | Football News – Times of India
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Palace secure top-flight status with 2-0 win at Sheffield United | Football News – Times of India

Christian Benteke celebrates after scoring goal against Sheffield United. (Reuters Photo)Deflected goals from Christian Benteke and Eberechi Eze gave Crystal Palace a 2-0 win at relegated Sheffield United on Saturday, snapping a run of three league defeats for the London club and guaranteeing their top-flight status next season. The visitors took the lead in the second minute when Eze carved the Blades open with a mazy run and slid the ball to Benteke, whose effort bounced off George Baldock and dribbled over the line. Wilfried Zaha had an effort from close range blocked before Benteke was denied a second when his powerful header was only just kept out by United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale. A half-time team talk from interim manager Paul Heckingbottom momentarily sparked the Blades into l...
Bayern Munich win Bundesliga title after Leipzig lose | Football News – Times of India
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Bayern Munich win Bundesliga title after Leipzig lose | Football News – Times of India

MUNICH: Bayern Munich secured a record-extending ninth consecutive Bundesliga title on Saturday without kicking a ball, after RB Leipzig's 3-2 defeat at Borussia Dortmund kept the Bavarians seven points clear with two games left for their rivals. Celebrations, however, will have to wait until after their own game against Borussia Moenchengladbach later on Saturday, with Thomas Mueller and David Alaba becoming the first Bundesliga players to win 10 league titles. 🏆 @FCBayernEN — 2020/21 #Bundesliga Champions! ✌️❤️ https://t.co/Gh5mSTawHS— Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) 1620487417000Bayern, who have now won 30 Bundesliga titles since the introduction of the top division in 1963, and 31 German league crowns in total, are on 71 points. Leipzig stayed second on 64. Dortmund's Jadon Sanc...
2nd Test: Zimbabwe 52/4 in reply to Pakistan’s imposing 510/8 declared | Cricket News – Times of India
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2nd Test: Zimbabwe 52/4 in reply to Pakistan’s imposing 510/8 declared | Cricket News – Times of India

Pakistan players celebrate the wicket of Zimbabwean captain Brendan Taylor. (AP Photo)Zimbabwe were teetering on 52/4 at the close on the second day of the second Test after Pakistan declared their first innings on 510 for eight with Abid Ali scoring a maiden double century at the Harare Sports Club on Saturday. The home team, one down in the two-Test series after losing by an innings and 116 runs last week, are still 458 runs behind with a mammoth task ahead if they are to avoid the follow-on. SCORECARDPakistan's 36-year-old debutant bowler Tabish Khan took a wicket in his first over and the top order continued to tumble cheaply as Zimbabwe lost their first four wickets inside the opening 25 overs of their reply. Regis Chakabva, moved up the order to No. 3, provided the only real resis...
Lewis Hamilton claims 100th pole in qualifying for Spanish Grand Prix | Racing News – Times of India
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Lewis Hamilton claims 100th pole in qualifying for Spanish Grand Prix | Racing News – Times of India

Hamilton is the first Formula One driver to reach a century of pole positions. (Getty Images)BARCELONA: World champion Lewis Hamilton celebrated his 100th pole on Saturday after setting the fastest time in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix. The Mercedes driver's latest milestone puts him 32 clear of Michael Schumacher in the all-time pole chart and leaves him in prime position to secure a record-extending 98th win in Sunday's race. "I'll always remember that one," he beamed. Alongside the 36-year-old Briton on the front row in Barcelona will be his Red Bull title rival Max Verstappen. Hamilton reached his century 14 years after securing his maiden pole in the Canadian Grand Prix in 2007, which he went on to win to take the first step on the road to becoming Formula One's most succes...
Neymar extends PSG contract until 2025: Club | Football News – Times of India
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Neymar extends PSG contract until 2025: Club | Football News – Times of India

PARIS: Brazil forward Neymar has signed a new contract with Paris St Germain that will keep him in the French capital until 2025, the Ligue 1 club said on Saturday. The 29-year-old Neymar, who joined PSG in 2017 from Spanish club Barcelona for a record transfer fee of 222 million euros ($270 million), has agreed a deal French media reported will earn him an annual salary of 30 million euros. Neymar said he wanted to leave PSG in 2019 amid media reports he was keen on returning to Barcelona, but he stayed in Paris and helped PSG reach the Champions League final last season. 🤙❤️💙#NeymarJr2025 https://t.co/sGM4K27n7T— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) 1620477166000"I'm very happy to be extending my contract with Paris until 2025," Neymar told the PSG website. "The truth is that I'm very h...
Unbreakable Seema Bisla set for Tokyo
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Unbreakable Seema Bisla set for Tokyo

Sushila Devi made it a point to call her parents in Gudhan village once news came through. Ever since her younger sister Seema Bisla was little, Sushila and her husband Nafe Singh had looked after her at their home in Rohtak. On Friday, when Sushila made the call, the message was clear: Bisla will be staying in Rohtak for three months more. After all, now that Bisla had won an Olympic quota, she will need to prepare for it. Around 5000 km away in Sofia, Bulgaria, on Friday, Bisla grappled and won the semi-final against Poland’s Anna Lukasiak 2-1 to become the fourth Indian woman wrestler to seal a quota for the Tokyo Olympics. A few hours later, she went on to earn gold in the 50kg event of the Olympic qualification tournament by beating Ecuadorian Lucia Guzman, who concede...
Dhanraj Pillay writes: ‘I tried to model my game around Kaushik sir’s’
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Dhanraj Pillay writes: ‘I tried to model my game around Kaushik sir’s’

– By Dhanraj Pillay The year was 1987. I was new to Bombay, as it was called back then, and one of the first places I visited was the hockey stadium next to Churchgate station. I can’t recall the teams that were playing, but I do remember one thing: until that moment, I had never seen anyone run so fast on a hockey ground. That was the first time I saw Maharaj Krishan Kaushik in flesh, he was playing for Tata I think, and he was everything my brother Ramesh described to me. Over the decades, Kaushik sir meant different things to me. Growing up in Khadki, I wanted to be an Olympian like him. After moving to Bombay and watching him play, I tried to model my game around Kaushik sir’s, trying to run as fast and cross as precisely as him. When I became a player, he was one of th...
Hockey loses two shining lights in one day, MK Kaushik and Ravindra Pal Singh
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Hockey loses two shining lights in one day, MK Kaushik and Ravindra Pal Singh

Saturday was a day to forget for the Class of 1980, the bunch that took India to the summit of world hockey at the Moscow Olympics – the last time the country enjoyed such success. Ravindra Pal Singh, 60, in the morning and Maharaj Krishan Kaushik, 66, in the evening succumbed to the Covid-19-related ailments on the same day. Kaushik, a right-out, passed away in the national capital after a three-week battle with the virus and leaves behind a legacy full of success and recognition on the hockey turf, both as player and coach. Hockey lovers of more recent vintage may recall Kaushik as a former coach of the national women’s team, who guided the unfancied bunch to the 2002 Commonwealth Games gold medal, which was one of the inspirations for the hit movie Chak de India. But Kau...
Leipzig loss hands Bayern 9th consecutive Bundesliga title
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Leipzig loss hands Bayern 9th consecutive Bundesliga title

Bayern Munich clinched its record-extending ninth consecutive Bundesliga title without even kicking a ball on Saturday thanks to second-place Leipzig’s 3-2 loss to Borussia Dortmund. Leipzig’s defeat means it can no longer overhaul Bayern, which holds a seven-point lead before hosting Borussia Munchengladbach in the late game. Two rounds remain after this weekend’s games. Jadon Sancho scored twice for Dortmund after captain Marco Reus fired his team into a seventh-minute lead. Sancho capitalized on some lackluster defending to make it 2-0 in the 51st. Germany defender Lukas Klostermann pulled one back for the visitors in the 63rd, and Leipzig’s equalizer came in the 77th when Hwang Hee-chan shrugged off Mats Hummels’ challenge to set up Dani Olmo. But Sancho saved the best ...
Vaulting from Midnapore to Tokyo: Pranati Nayak
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Vaulting from Midnapore to Tokyo: Pranati Nayak

A chef at Kolkata’s Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre assigned to cook for gymnast Pranati Nayak is preparing to slice the fish super-fine rather than the thick fillet, large chunks he usually tosses into the tomato curry. Aside from all the tweaks that’ll go on over the vaulting table, Pranati’s palate will now be conditioned to trade the machher jhol (fish curry) for the sashimi twice a week. “Our athletes always run into this problem: they struggle for food abroad and then mentally they keep thinking they’ve not eaten properly and are not prepared for competition. Pranati will need to get used to having Japanese meals, so 2 or 3 days in a week, we’ll start her off on the food she might end up eating in Tokyo,” coach Lakhan Sharma says, of India’s latest and only qua...
Manchester City poised to win Premier League title | Football News – Times of India
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Manchester City poised to win Premier League title | Football News – Times of India

Manchester City players (Getty Images)LONDON: Manchester City can win a third Premier League title in four years if they beat Chelsea on Saturday and Pep Guardiola says he has "not one thought" about the Champions League final between the two sides later this month. City host Thomas Tuchel's side at the Etihad at 1630 GMT just three weeks before they meet again in European club football's showpiece match, scheduled to be played in Istanbul on May 29. City swept aside Paris Saint-Germain in the semi-finals of the Champions League to give Guardiola the opportunity to win the European crown for the third time as a manager after he won it twice with Barcelona in 2009 and 2011. But he insisted the Champions League final and the meeting in the Premier League on Saturday were not connected. "T...
Postponed IPL 2021 should be held in UK in September, says Kevin Pietersen | Cricket News – Times of India
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Postponed IPL 2021 should be held in UK in September, says Kevin Pietersen | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: Former England captain Kevin Pietersen wants the remaining matches of this year's postponed Indian Premier League to be shifted to the United Kingdom in September, instead of the UAE. Pietersen feels moving the IPL to UK would be the best decision as there is a window in September just after England host India in a five-match Test series that concludes on September 14. "I have seen people talking about the UAE as a possible destination to finish the IPL in September, but I actually think the IPL should move to the UK. "There is a window in September after the England vs India Test series has finished. All the best Indian players would already be there, and all of the best English players would be available as well," Pietersen wrote in a column for Betway. The 40-year-old right-h...
Indian team to leave for UK on June 2, players will have families for company on marathon tour | Cricket News – Times of India
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Indian team to leave for UK on June 2, players will have families for company on marathon tour | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Indian cricketers will complete an eight-day hard quarantine period in Mumbai before leaving on June 2 for a marathon tour of United Kingdom, where they will play six Test matches including the marquee World Test Championship final against New Zealand. The BCCI is still carrying out negotiations regarding the duration of 10 days of soft quarantine (training allowed) for players after reaching the UK where they will be based for three and half months. "Indian team will have eight days of hard quarantine (confined to hotel rooms) in India with mandatory negative RT-PCR reports on second, fourth and seventh day required to board the flight," a senior BCCI official told PTI on Saturday. Shami, Jadeja return to India's Test squad for WTC final and England tour"Since we have a bubb...