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India placed in tough Pool B in men’s hockey competition of Paris Olympics | Hockey News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Asian Games champions and Tokyo Olympics bronze medallists Indian men's hockey team faces a challenging draw in Pool B at the upcoming Paris Games.The eight-time champions India have been clubbed with formidable opponents, including reigning Olympic champions and world number two, Belgium, powerhouse Australia, Rio Games gold medallist Argentina, New Zealand, and Ireland.India, currently ranked third globally, secured a historic bronze medal in Tokyo, ending a 41-year medal drought. The team has historically found it challenging to overcome opponents like Tokyo silver medallist Australia and Argentina.In Pool A, the competing teams include Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, Spain, France, and South Africa.The International Hockey Federation (FIH) revealed the pools for both...
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German World Cup-winning captain and coach Franz Beckenbauer dies at 78 | Football News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Franz Beckenbauer, one of Germany's greatest soccer players, who led the team to World Cup triumph in 1974 and then secured another victory as the manager in 1990, has passed away at the age of 78, according to a report by the German news agency DPA on Monday.Beckenbauer, renowned for his grace and commanding presence on the field for West Germany and Bayern Munich during the 1960s and 70s, was instrumental in introducing the central defensive sweeper role, showcasing calmness on the ball and effortless distribution in his midfield performances.Having earned 103 caps for West Germany, he achieved success by winning the 1972 European championship and later clinched the World Cup on home soil, redeeming the loss in the 1966 final to England.During the mid-1970s, Beckenbauer's B...
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There will be no gold for the USA at the Basketball World Cup, after 113-111 loss to Germany

There will be no gold medal for the U.S. at this World Cup. And for the second consecutive time in FIBA’s biggest tournament, there might not be any medal at all for the Americans. Instead, it’s Germany on the cusp of a world title. Andreas Obst scored 24 points, Franz Wagner added 22 and Germany shredded the U.S. defense for much of the way in its first win over the Americans — 113-111 in the World Cup semifinals on Friday night. Obst hit the shot of the night, a 3-pointer with 1:15 left to put Germany up by four and just about snuff out a last-ditch U.S. rally. Germany led for 30 of the game’s 40 minutes, the U.S. led for about 4 1/2, and there was little question who was controlling play much of the way. “We knew the task at hand, and that was to go win,” U.S. guard Austin Reaves sa...
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Chess is in good hands for the future, says Magnus Carlsen after winning his first chess World Cup title | Chess News – Times of India

NAGPUR: After winning his maiden World Cup title on Thursday, Magnus Carlsen said in an interview, "Chess is in good hands for the future. I think this generation of players born between 1990-94 really have dominated for a long time and finally now with these youngsters born 2003+, we have a generation that's worthy of succeeding us when the time comes and the time could be fairly soon."Carlsen, who is not sure of participating again in the World Cup, has "no specific plans for playing any tournaments this year".Carlsen said he entered the World Cup at the last moment and that was "somewhat emotional decision," and added, "I wouldn't say winning the World Cup increases the chances that I'll play this event again - that's for sure."03:17Chess World Cup final: Carlsen beats Praggnanandhaa...
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With Germany, Brazil and Canada eliminated, it’s shaping up to be the most open FIFA Women’s World Cup ever

Change is happening fast in women’s football.A leveling of the playing field is being highlighted at the Women’s World Cup, which saw two-time champion Germany crash out of the tournament on Thursday.In the biggest upset of a World Cup that has been full of surprises, the second-ranked Germans, two-time World Cup winners, were eliminated in group stage for the first time in team history. Copa America champion Brazil and Olympic gold medalist Canada were also eliminated in the first round, while Morocco, South Africa and Jamaica all advanced to the knockout stage while making history along the way. “If I’m candid, I really am surprised,” said Jill Ellis, who coached America to World Cup wins in 2015 and 2019. “I think when you suddenly see a Germany or a Brazil get knocked out of a World...
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FIFA Women’s World Cup: Colombia seal dramatic victory over Germany | Football News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Colombia snatched a dramatic 2-1 victory over Germany, courtesy of a 97th-minute winner scored by Manuela Vanegas with a powerful header in a thrilling and heart-stopping encounter at the Women's World Cup. The enthralling match had spectators on the edge of their seats until the very last moment, leaving Colombia on the cusp of reaching the last 16.The match took place at the iconic Sydney Football Stadium, where singing and dancing Colombian fans vastly outnumbered their German counterparts, creating an electrifying atmosphere. The intense contest showcased the passion and determination of both teams as they fought relentlessly for victory.Germany began the game as the more dominant side, enjoying a significant share of possession in the first half. They created several pro...
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India go down to Germany 0-2, end tour with three defeats on trot | Hockey News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Indian women's hockey team concluded their disappointing tour of Germany with a 0-2 defeat against the home side in their third and final match on Wednesday. Germany's Nike Lorenz (52nd minute) and Charlotte Stapenhorst (54th minute) were the goal-scorers in a match that marked India's third consecutive loss during their tour.In their previous two outings, the Indian team had suffered defeats against China (2-3) and Germany (1-4). The three-match German tour was a crucial part of the Indian team's preparations for the upcoming Hangzhou Asian Games.During the final match, the Indian team showcased a resilient defence and held the Germans to a 0-0 stalemate until the third quarter. However, the intensity escalated in the fourth quarter when Germany launched a lethal attack,...
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Bastian Schweinsteiger says Pep Guardiola shares blame for Germany’s decline

Former Germany player Bastian Schweinsteiger says Pep Guardiola shares blame for the national team’s decline, telling British radio station Talksport that Germany lost its values because of the Spanish coach. “When Pep Guardiola joined Bayern Munich, when he came to the country, everyone believed we have to play this kind of football, like short passes and everything. We were kind of losing our values,” Schweinsteiger told Talksport on Thursday. Schweinsteiger, who works as a TV pundit, played under Guardiola for two seasons at Bayern following the former Barcelona coach’s arrival in Munich in 2013. Schweinsteiger left the club in 2015, while Guardiola left for Manchester City in 2016. “I think most of the other countries were looking at Germany as a fighter, we can run until the end an...
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Ex-Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil announces end of playing career | Football News – Times of India

Germany's World Cup-winning midfielder Mesut Ozil announced his retirement from football at the age of 34 on Wednesday.The former Real Madrid and Arsenal player was a key member of Germany's World Cup-winning side in Brazil in 2014.He retired from the squad in 2018 amid a political debate in Germany about an influx of migrants and after backlash over a photograph taken with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, saying he faced "racism and disrespect" over his Turkish ancestry."I've had the privilege to be a professional football player for almost 17 years now and I feel incredibly thankful for the opportunity," Ozil, who most recently played for Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir, said in a statement on Instagram."But in recent weeks and months, having also suffered some injuries, it's become...
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Indian men’s hockey team jumps to fourth place in FIH World Rankings | Hockey News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Riding on the thundering back-to-back wins against Germany and Australia in the Pro League, the Indian men's hockey team jumped two places to fourth in the latest FIH rankings.India moved ahead of Australia, who dropped a place down to fifth.The Netherlands, who won bronze in the World Cup, are at the top spot while runners-up Belgium occupy the second place in the latest FIH rankings.Reigning World champions Germany, who were on top spot, also slipped two places to third spot after losing back-to-back matches to India.India won all their four matches -- two each against Germany and Australia -- in their FIH Pro League matches played at the Birsa Munda Stadium in Rourkela.India maintains its unbeaten record at the newly built Rourkela stadium after four consecutive wins in th...
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FIH Pro League: India beat Germany 6-3 to jump to top spot | Hockey News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India continued their good run in the FIH Pro League as they registered their second win over world champions Germany in three days to jump to the top spot in the standings at the Birsa Munda Stadium in Rourkela on Monday.With the win, Harmanpreet Singh-led side moved to the top of the table with 17 points from seven matches, ahead of Spain on goal difference.India conceded an early goal when Tom Grambusch gave his team a third-minute lead by converting a penalty corner.India secures an emphatic victory against the World Champions Germany in the FIH Pro League 2022/23.🇮🇳 IND 6-3 GE… https://t.co/G3fSz0W4ry— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) 1678721528000But India soon got into the act with goals from Jugraj Singh (21st, PC), Abhishek (22nd, 51st), Selvam Karthi (24th, 46th) and ...
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Hockey Pro League: India ready to start afresh after World Cup debacle | Hockey News – Times of India

ROURKELA: The last time the Indian men’s hockey team played at Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium here, it was their final classification match of the World Cup where they beat South Africa to finish a disappointing ninth.It wasn’t the end that the team or the fans were hoping for after their fiery start to the tournament – a 2-0 win against Spain. But, little more than a month after the World Cup, the team — coached by David John, S Kariappa and Shivendra Singh — is back here once again to take part in a mini tournament of FIH Pro League against Australia and Germany from March 10-15, with their first match against the world champion Germans on Friday.It is their chance to pick up the pieces and begin their preparation for the Asian Games to be held later in the year which also doubles up as a...
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Defending champions Belgium to face Germany in Hockey World Cup final | Hockey News – Times of India

BHUBANESWAR: Defending champions Belgium beat the last two editions' runners-up Netherlands in penalty shootout 3-2 to set up a summit clash against Germany in the FIH Men's World Cup on Friday.Reigning Olympic champions Belgium and the Dutch were locked 2-2 in regulation time at the Kalinga Stadium.The match between the oldest side, Belgium, and a young Dutch team was contested equally, but the more experienced defending champions ran away winners in the shootout.Belgium have 11 players over 30 years of age, while the Netherlands have eight players below 25 and just two above 30.The Red Sticks, who have come with almost the same set of players that won the Tokyo Olympics gold, are among the fittest and most experienced sides.Star striker Tom Boon (27th) and Nicolas de Kerpel (45th) sco...
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Gonzalo Peillat sends adopted country Germany to Hockey World Cup final with sensational hat-trick | Hockey News – Times of India

BHUBANESWAR: Star drag-flicker Gonzalo Peillat struck a second-half hat-trick as Germany made a sensational comeback after being two goals down to beat Australia 4-3 and enter the FIH Men's World Cup final for the fifth time on Friday.Peillat scored from penalty corners in the 43rd, 52nd and 59th minutes, while 'Player of the Match' Niklas Wellen (60th) struck with just a few seconds left in the game to stun Australia, who squandered a 2-0 half-time lead in the semi-final at the Kalinga Stadium.Jeremy Hayward (12th), Nathan Ephraums (27th) and Blake Govers (58th) scored for Australia, who will now play for the bronze medal on Sunday.This was Germany's second comeback win after being 0-2 down against England as well in the quarter-final match. They had scored twice in the last three minu...
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‘The nights were atrocious’: Emotional Boris Becker recounts prison experience | Off the field News – Times of India

BERLIN: Former tennis superstar Boris Becker said he relied on "blood brothers" to protect him in a British prison and said his life was threatened twice in his first interview since being released.The 55-year-old German was deported to Germany after being released last week having served eight months of a two and a half years sentence for flouting insolvency rules by hiding £2.5 million ($3.1 million) of assets and loans to avoid paying debts.He had been declared bankrupt in June 2017, owing creditors £50 million over an unpaid loan of more than £3 million on his estate on the Spanish island of Majorca.In an often emotional three hour interview with German broadcaster Sat.1 the former tennis world number one said the nights in Wandsworth Prison -- not far from where he won the Wimbledo...