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Erigaisi in joint lead with Carlsen, Fedoseev; Humpy in joint second spot

India’s star player Koneru Humpy won three games in four rounds to share the joint second place with four others in the women’s event of the FIDE World Rapid Chess Championships which kicked off here on Monday. In the open section, young Indian GM Arjun Erigaisi is in joint lead with 4.5 points from five rounds along with world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen and Vladimir Fedoseev after holding the Norwegian superstar in round five. The 35-year-old Humpy, a former world Rapid champion, posted wins over Enkhtuul Altan-Ulzii (Mongolia), Armenia’s Mariam Mkrtchyan and Singaporean Gong Qianyun in round one, two and four respectively. The seventh-seed drew against Kazakhstan’s Meruert Kamalidenova in the third round to secure 3.5 points after four rounds. Two other Indian players – D Harika (seeded six...
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‘I know if I eat a paratha, the coach will make me pay for it in training next day’: Neeraj Chopra

Having chai dabaake at home, going to malls with a cap & mask, walking past a baklava sweets counter in Turkey without getting tempted and setting off a fire alarm trying to fry onions for a tadka in Germany: the many adventures of 24-year-old Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra as raconteured to Andrew Amsan and Nihal Koshie Excerpts How has your short break from competitions been so far? As soon as we finished the Diamond League, my friends, uncle and I went on a small trip to Switzerland. We tried new things there and then I came back home to India. This time I could spend some quality time at home. I had a nice Diwali and had a lot of tea. When I am out of the country training, I don’t take much tea but at home dabaake peeta hun (indulge myself). Now I am going to resume traini...
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Surya keeps raising bar, Perth knock is his new T20 high

It’s Suryakumar Yadav’s eyes that tell the story. They don’t light up when he sees a bad ball as the commentators are prone to say. There’s no frantic scanning and surveying of the field. They remain calm, and they alone should hold off a tempest, like the one at Perth on Sunday. The captain had perished, the hero had drowned. His 40- ball 68 against South Africa was on a fast and bouncy track against a frightening quartet of hard-length perpetrators. Surya is just 35 international T20 innings old. Yet, in this briefest of periods, he has remade T20 batting in his own image. Every time he makes the world believe that he has compiled his greatest knock, he makes them rethink. Within days, he raises the bar, comes up with a new greatest knock. This was a night when all there was to do was...
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Once you get used to Australian conditions, you can get a lot of runs: Hardik Pandya

India allrounder Hardik Pandya feels that coming to Australia 17 days before the World Cup will be pretty beneficial for the India as well as himself when the tournament begins. “I was always excited to come to Australia and get so much time to prepare because I have always felt that as an individual, if I get the right situations and conditions to practice, you can’t ask for a better scenario for me or the whole team to come here and spend 17 days before the World Cup starts and get used to the conditions, atmosphere and weather,” Hardik said in an interview to the BCCI website. The swashbuckling batter also said that he was pretty satisfied on how he approached the warm up games against Western Australia and Australia. “It was a satisfactory day. It’s not about the runs I scored but w...
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Trossard hat-trick earns Brighton hard-earned draw at Liverpool

A hat-trick from Belgian forward Leandro Trossard earned Brighton a worthy point in an exhilarating 3-3 draw with Premier League title-chasing Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday. Brighton coach Roberto De Zerbi’s first game in charge could not have got off to a better start as two well-taken goals from Trossard gave the visitors a 2-0 lead by the 17 minute mark at a stunned Anfield. Home supporters grew more frustrated as the hosts struggled to create openings, before Roberto Firmino’s goal, which was initially ruled out for offside against Mohamed Salah only to be overturned by VAR, gave his side a 33rd-minute lifeline. Brighton caused Liverpool more problems early in the second half, but their inability to make some promising situations count proved costly as Firmino showed brilliant co...
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Shaheen Shah Afridi takes cheeky dig at critics of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan as PAK defeat ENG by 10 wickets

Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan took part in a record-breaking double-century opening stand as Pakistan defeated England by 10 wickets on Thursday. This was also the second time when Pakistan had managed to chase down a target in T20I without losing a single wicket with the first one coming against India in the 2021 World Cup. Babar’s 110 not out and Rizwan’s 88 not out will, for the time being, silence their naysayers who were very vocal about their form during and after the Asia Cup. This innings will come as a relief to not only the countless Pakistan fans but also their teammates. One of their teammate, Shaheen Shah Afridi took a veiled jab at the critics of Babar and Rizwan by posting a rather cheeky tweet where he said, “I think it is time to get rid of Kaptaan @babarazam258 and @i...
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Badminton Worlds: Dhruv-Arjun prevail in thriller

Dhruv Kapila finally had had enough. All this year, he and partner MR Arjun had taken nice chunky leads in deciding games, only to falter at the crunch. A 15-10 advantage against Lee Jhe-Huei-Yang Po-Hsuan at the Thailand Open, 12-9 up against another Taiwanese pair, and a cat-and-mouse 13-11, 14-13, 17-16, 18-17, 19-18 leads in the third game against Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi at German Open, falling short on all occasions. The Indians, ranked No. 35, even ran the legendary Ahsan-Setiawan close at Singapore, after pushing a decider at the All England Championships. In all instances, they left the court disappointed. Playing their World Championship opener against No. 33- ranked Supak Jomkoh-Kittinupong Ketren of Thailand, Dhruv finally scoffed at the familiarity of their brain-fade that too...