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BCCI and team owners to discuss IPL 2022 back-up venues on Saturday | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The BCCI and IPL team owners will discuss potential back-up venues for the upcoming edition of the league in a virtual meeting on Saturday. The mega auction venue, scheduled for Bengaluru on February 12 and 13, will also come up for discussion as the country deals with the third wave of COVID-19. "Owners have been invited for the meeting and it will be held virtual," a team official told PTI. BCCI's first preference is to hold the event in India but if COVID situation worsens, it needs to have a back-up plan ready. The 2020 edition was entirely held in the UAE while the second half of the 2021 edition was held across the Emirates after the event's suspension in India due to the second wave of COVID-19. The IPL is usually held in the April-May window. !function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s) ...
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ICC U-19 World Cup: Covid strikes India U-19 camp, six players ruled out | Cricket News – Times of India

Captain, VC & 2 others test positive, 2 showing symptoms, team management struggles to make XI for Ireland tieNEW DELHI: The U-19 India team playing the World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) has witnessed an outbreak of Covid-19 infections. Four boys, including captain Yash Dhull and vice-captain Shaikh Rasheed, tested positive while Vasu Vats and Manav Parakh showed symptoms before Wednesday’s match against Ireland. Nishant Sindhu walked out to lead the team as the team management and selectors struggled to put up a playing XI. Dhull, Rashid and Aaradhya Yadav tested positive in the rapid antigen test (RAT) on the morning of the match while Siddharth Yadav’s RT-PCR tests came positive on Tuesday night. Dhull and Rasheed were at the venue before the start of the game. According...
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‘We’re not getting tested’: Zverev says more players probably have COVID-19 at Australian Open | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Alexander Zverev believes there are probably more players at the Australian Open who have tested positive for COVID-19 but they are not being tested, the third seed said on Wednesday. Frenchman Ugo Humbert said earlier on Wednesday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, a day after his first round defeat by compatriot Richard Gasquet, forcing him to isolate for a week in Australia. Players must be fully vaccinated to compete at the Australian Open, a rule that forced the government to deport world number one Novak Djokovic due to his unvaccinated status. "We are allowed to go outside to eat, allowed to do whatever we want, so I think it's natural that more people get COVID," Zverev told reporters after dispatching Australia's John Millman in straight sets in the sec...
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Thursday’s ISL match between Kerala Blasters and ATKMB postponed

The organisers of the Indian Super League (ISL) on Wednesday said the upcoming match between Kerala Blasters FC and ATK Mohun Bagan has been postponed due to unavailability of enough players in the former’s ranks after being hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The game was scheduled to take pace at Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco on Thursday. “Hero Indian Super League (ISL) has decided to postpone Match No. 66 between Kerala Blasters FC and ATK Mohun Bagan scheduled to be played on Thursday, January 20, 2022, at Tilak Maidan Stadium, Vasco,” the ISL said in a statement. Postponed 👉 Match 66 between @KeralaBlasters 🆚 @atkmohunbaganfc Rescheduled 👉 Match 53 between ATKMB 🆚 @OdishaFC (1/4) League Statement: https://t.co/xZ3H3eNkim#HeroISL #LetsFootball pic.twitter.com/Dkmfjyr9vW — Indian Sup...
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Under-19 World Cup: Four India players, including skipper Yash Dhull, test positive for Covid-19

Four India Under-19 players at the ongoing World Cup, including captain Yash Dhull and vice-captain Shaik Rasheed, were unavailable for selection for the Group B game against Ireland in Tarouba, Trinidad and Tobago, after testing positive for Covid-19 following results of rapid antigen tests. Siddharth Yadav and wicket-keeper batsman Aardhya Yadav are the other two players who were found to be positive in rapid antigen tests on the morning of the team’s second league game against Ireland. The Indian Express understands that as a precautionary measure the BCCI decided to isolate these four players till the results of RT-PCR tests are received later in the evening. “We don’t know whether it’s a false positive. So we have taken precaution and decided not to field these pl...
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Aubameyang having tests after early return from African Cup

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has returned to London and is undergoing medical tests as Arsenal looks for “clarity” after he was diagnosed with heart lesions during his recovery from the coronavirus at the African Cup of Nations, manager Mikel Arteta said Wednesday. Aubameyang was released by Gabon’s national team after being diagnosed with “cardiac lesions” in tests conducted by Confederation of African Football medical officials, who were checking on his condition after he tested positive for COVID-19. “We haven’t had any clarity from the Gabon national team about the reasons why he came back,” Arteta said. “It’s our obligation to make sure, medically, the player is safe, in a good condition and there are not any issues related to that. Because historically everything we have done with t...
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Long-format journeymen hit hard by Ranji postponement, financially and cricket-wise

With the 2021-22 season of the Ranji Trophy currently postponed due to the pandemic, after the tournament was cancelled last term, it has hit hard particularly those domestic players who only play the long format of the game. Not only do they lose out on earnings, their cricketing development is stalled also. Bihar captain Ashutosh Aman is one of them. A left-arm spinner by trade, Aman bagged 68 wickets in the 2018-19 domestic season, surpassing Bishan Singh Bedi’s 44-year-old record – the former India skipper had 64 scalps during the 1974-75 season – in the process. But two years without first-class cricket has made it a distant memory for the 35-year-old. A lucky few in domestic cricket have IPL contracts, but Aman is not one of them. “It doesn’t matter if a cricketer is playing the ...
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Novak Djokovic’s family says politics and ‘other interests’ dominated his case | Tennis News – Times of India

BELGRADE: Tennis star Novak Djokovic's family said on Sunday they were "very disappointed" with Australian authorities' decision to revoke his visa and deport him from the country. "We are very disappointed with the decision of the Federal Court and the fact that Novak has to leave Australia," the family said in a statement. "Despite the scandalous behavior towards Novak, we believed that the sport would win," it said. It also said the court ruling was related with "politics and all (other) interests." !function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s) {if(f.fbq)return;n=f.fbq=function(){n.callMethod? n.callMethod.apply(n,arguments):n.queue.push(arguments)}; if(!f._fbq)f._fbq=n;n.push=n;n.loaded=!0;n.version='2.0'; n.queue=[];t=b.createElement(e);t.async=!0; t.src=v;s=b.getElementsByTagName(e)[0]; s.parentNode.i...
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TIMELINE: Key moments in Novak Djokovic’s Australian saga | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: World tennis number one Novak Djokovic's bid to win a record-breaking 21 men's Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open without a COVID-19 vaccination hangs in the balance after Australia cancelled his visa for a second time on public health grounds. Here is a summary of key dates in the developing saga: December 16: Djokovic tested positive for coronavirus, according to his affidavit to the Australian federal court. His accompanying PCR result by the Institute of Public Health of Serbia shows he was tested at 1:05 p.m. and the result time as 8:19 p.m. December 17: The tennis star said he attended a charity event in Belgrade and social media posts show him maskless handing out awards to children. He said in a statement on Wednesday he did not get his PCR result until after th...
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Arsenal’s north London derby at Spurs postponed by Premier League | Football News – Times of India

Arsenal's north London derby at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday has been postponed because their squad has been depleted by COVID-19 infections, injuries and players away at the Africa Cup of Nations, the Premier League said on Saturday. Arsenal had asked the league on Friday to delay the derby - the 21st match to be called off this season. "With Arsenal having fewer than the required number of players available for the match (13 outfield players and one goalkeeper), the Board accepted the club's application (for a postponement)," the Premier League said in a statement. Arsenal's Granit Xhaka was ruled out of Sunday's match after picking up a red card in Thursday's 0-0 draw at Liverpool in the League Cup semi-final first leg, while Cedric Soares, Bukayo Saka and Calum Chambers all sustained...
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Consternation after Arsenal-Tottenham is latest EPL game off

Arsenal’s request to call off its north London derby match against Tottenham because of a lack of senior players available was granted by the Premier League on Saturday. “We know how much this match means to our fans around the world,” Arsenal said of the decision to postpone Sunday’s match which will cause some consternation among rival teams. It was reached because Arsenal has fewer than the required number of players — 13 outfield and one goalkeeper — because of a combination of COVID-19 cases, injuries and players away on international duty at the African Cup of Nations. However, Arsenal has recently decided to let two players go out on loan and has one player out suspended in Granit Xhaka. In Arsenal’s most recent update, there were not many coronavirus-related absences for this g...
Covid-19: Ranji, Col C K Nayudu Trophy & senior women’s T20 League postponed
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Covid-19: Ranji, Col C K Nayudu Trophy & senior women’s T20 League postponed

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday announced the postponement of the Ranji Trophy, Col C K Nayudu Trophy & Senior Women’s T20 League for the 2021-22 season in the wake of the rising Covid-19 cases in the country. The Ranji Trophy & Col C K Nayudu Trophy were scheduled to begin this month while the senior women’s T20 League was scheduled to commence in February. The BCCI press release stated, “BCCI does not want to compromise the safety of the players, support staff, match officials and other participants involved and hence, has decided to put the three tournaments on hold till further notice. The BCCI will continue to assess the situation and take a call on the start of the tournaments accordingly.” 🚨 NEWS 🚨: BCCI postpones Ranji Trophy, Co...
Cavani will stay at Manchester United, insists Rangnick | Football News – Times of India
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Cavani will stay at Manchester United, insists Rangnick | Football News – Times of India

MANCHESTER (United Kingdom): Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has ruled out the possibility of losing Edinson Cavani this month. The Uruguayan has scored 19 goals in 49 appearances for the Red Devils since joining on a free transfer in October 2020. However, the 34-year-old's time in England has also been beset by injury problems and a controversial ban last season for using what the English Football Association deemed racist language in a social media post. Cavani, whose contract expires at the end of the season, has been linked with a move to Barcelona, but Rangnick highlighted his importance despite having a wealth of attacking options to choose from. "We spoke about Edi and he knows that I will definitely not let him go," said Rangnick ahead of United's Premier League...
How Team India openers passed the overseas test in 2021 | Cricket News – Times of India
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How Team India openers passed the overseas test in 2021 | Cricket News – Times of India

Three of India's four overseas Test wins last year were marked by strong opening partnershipsA dream that started four years ago at the Wanderers will come to fruition at the same venue in the New Year Test starting on Monday. There have been ups and downs along the way, but India are now one win away from winning in South Africa for the first time. And this opportunity comes after back-to-back series wins in Australia and England. Starting from England, where India led the series 2-1 before Covid forced a postponement of the fifth Test, to Centurion, the one pattern that has emerged in India's overseas wins is the success of their opening partnerships. Be it at Lord's, Oval or Centurion, India have gone on to win the Test match when there has been at least one big opening partnership. ...
Australia’s Usman Khawaja looks beyond stop-gap Sydney role
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Australia’s Usman Khawaja looks beyond stop-gap Sydney role

While Usman Khawaja is ready to fill in for Travis Head in the fourth Ashes Test against England, the veteran Australia batsman hopes his would not be a stop-gap role this year. Head will miss the Sydney contest, which begins on Wednesday, after testing positive for Covid-19, and Khawaja is set to play his first test in more than two years. Khawaja is aware that Head, whose match-winning 152 in the Brisbane opener set the tone for Australia’s unassailable 3-0 lead in the series, is likely to reclaim the spot in the final Test in Hobart but believes he can still contribute to Australia. “It’s one of those things where even if I do play, it’ll only be for one game,” Khawaja told Cricket Australia (CA). “I understand that situation … hopefully I can go out there and score a hu...
Sourav Ganguly discharged after COVID-19 treatment, to remain in home isolation | Cricket News – Times of India
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Sourav Ganguly discharged after COVID-19 treatment, to remain in home isolation | Cricket News – Times of India

KOLKATA: BCCI president and former India skipper Sourav Ganguly was on Friday discharged from the hospital after being treated for COVID-19 but will remain in home isolation for the next two weeks. The former skipper will be in home isolation under doctors' supervision and has not been infected with the Omicron variant, hospital authorities said. "We have discharged Ganguly this afternoon. He will have to be in home isolation for the next fortnight under doctors' observation. After that the next course of treatment will be decided," a hospital official told PTI. The 49-year-old was rushed to the Woodlands Multispeciality hospital on Monday night as a precautionary measure after his RT-PCR test came positive for COVID-19. He received the "Monoclonal Antibody Cocktail therapy" after admis...
BCCI postpones U-16 Vijay Merchant Trophy | Cricket News – Times of India
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BCCI postpones U-16 Vijay Merchant Trophy | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: As news trickled in of Mumbai imposing Section 144 in the city and putting certain suburbs of the city under night curfew, the BCCI officials too locked themselves in a meeting to take a call on the upcoming domestic fixtures. The U-16 cricketers scheduled to play the Vijay Merchant Trophy are not vaccinated and the Board, led by secretary Jay Shah, is contemplating cancelling the tournament. There could be a postponement too, but a final call hasn't been taken yet and the possibility of the tournament now being held look remote. "U-16 cricketers aren't vaccinated. They can't be put at risk. Cancellation hasn't been considered but there's worry about rising numbers. The immediate solution one can think of is to postpone and wait," BCCI sources said. While it's only the Vijay Mer...
I-League suspended for at least a week after 8 players test positive for Covid-19
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I-League suspended for at least a week after 8 players test positive for Covid-19

I-League was on Wednesday suspended for at least a week after COVID-19 breached its bio-bubble as eight players and three officials have tested positive for the dreaded virus. Five players and three team officials from Real Kashmir FC, one player each from Mohammedan Sporting, debutants Sreenidi Deccan FC and Aizawl FC returned positive in the tests conducted on Tuesday. “The next round of matches (on December 30 and 31) will be rescheduled. We will review the situation on January 4,” I-League Chairman Subrata Dutta told PTI after an emergency meeting. The first round matches were played on Sunday and Monday while the third round games are scheduled for January 4 and 5. Sreenidi, Mohammedan Sporting, NEROCA and Aizawl FC have matches scheduled for Thursday while RKFC have...
Virus stopped Life
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Virus stopped Life

Written by Nitin Sharma, Mihir Vasavda, Shahid Judge, Shashank Nair, Devendra Pandey, Shivani Naik, Gaurav Bhatt The Pandemic year locked them in quarantines but athletes around the world found resilience to call time on people-pleasing and discovered their moral voice to say NO. Gymnast Simone Biles, tennis star Naomi Osaka and Virat Kohli spoke their minds and defied convention. The year also saw athletes discover the full potential of social media – not just the big names but even the hitherto unknowns from small towns became stars in their own right. There were also some breakthrough performances that will stand the test of time. The hockey captain who reawakened a country’s nostalgic pride, a Mumbai-born New Zealand cricket returned to his roots to create history, a ba...
Klopp frustrated at EPL’s 3-sub rule as Covid-19 cases bite
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Klopp frustrated at EPL’s 3-sub rule as Covid-19 cases bite

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp became the latest Premier League manager to express his frustration at being allowed to make only three substitutions in a match at a busy time when many squads are being hit hard by coronavirus cases. England’s top division is one of the few leagues to decide against using five substitutions for matches. That measure was introduced in May 2020 to enable teams to cope better with the congested schedule when soccer resumed following a suspension due to the coronavirus, and has been retained on a permanent basis by most countries. Clubs in England voted to revert back to three subs for last season and this season. The issue has been reignited, though, because of COVID-19 outbreaks in many squads over the past month in the wake of an increase in ...