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Alpine skiing-Shiffrin claims 83rd World Cup win to set women’s record

American Mikaela Shiffrin claimed yet another record in her trophy-laden career as she secured an 83rd women’s World Cup victory on Tuesday, moving her to the top of the list past her compatriot Lindsey Vonn. After a few near-misses since matching Vonn’s mark in Kranjska Gora earlier this month, Shiffrin sealed her milestone win in the giant slalom at the Italian resort of Kronplatz. The four-time overall World Cup champion clocked the fastest first leg down the Erta slope with Swiss reigning giant slalom world champion Lara Gut-Behrami 0.13 seconds behind. Gut-Behrami piled on the pressure with a superb second run but Shiffrin, 27, responded and consolidated her advantage to claim victory by 0.45 seconds overall.Italy’s Federica Brignone was third. MIKAELA SHIFFRIN MAKES HISTORY‼️ 👑🐐 ...
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IND vs NZ, 3rd ODI: Boundaries galore as Shubman Gill-Rohit Sharma score centuries, add 200 runs for the first wicket

India openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill blasted a 212-run partnership off just 26.1 overs to get India off to a flying start in the 3rd ODI against New Zealand on Tuesday. Having been put in to bat first after the Black Caps won the toss, the duo scored a century each, utilising the short boundaries and batting friendly surface at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore. India captain Rohit Sharma ended his 52 innings century drought as he reached a first triple figure score for India since becoming the all-format captain. Rohit got to his 100 off 83 deliveries, an innings packed with nine fours and six maximums. It was a 30th ODI hundred for the 35-year-old, joint third highest alongside former Australia captain Ricky Ponting. The last time Rohit had scored a hundred in the ODIs was b...
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Mohammed Shami: Can’t doubt this Indian team after results in last 4-6 years

India’s player of the match against New Zealand in the second ODI felt like the team’s performance in recent times hasn’t warranted the scepticism that has followed the team in a World Cup year. In the aftermath of a thumping eight-wicket win over the visitors on Saturday in Raipur, Mohammed Shami responded to being asked whether the Indian team is sure of its first choice XI for the upcoming World Cup. “If people still doubt the Indian team despite the results it has given in the last four to six years…,” Shami retorted. “The World Cup is still a long time away; we need to play a lot of games and need to try out more players before that.” Shami’s comments came following India’s seventh successive ODI series win at home, a run maintained since the 2-3 loss to Australia ahead of the 2019...
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Is there a Netflix curse on Australian Open tennis players?

Tennis is abuzz with tongue-in-cheek talk about a “Netflix curse” during the Australian Open, drawing a line from the streaming service’s new docuseries about the sport to the recent rough times for Season 1 protagonists. Of the 10 players featured prominently across the five episodes released last week, right before the start of play at Melbourne Park, only one remains in the singles competition heading into Saturday: Felix Auger-Aliassime, a 22-year-old from Canada. The No. 6-seeded Auger-Aliassime, a U.S. Open semifinalist in 2021, said he wasn’t aware this was even a topic of conversation until Friday, when his girlfriend clued him in. “I thought it was funny,” he said after beating 28th-seeded Francisco Cerundolo 6-1, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 to reach the fourth round. “I don’t know; I don’t ...
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Getting more opportunities to bat in last one year has helped my power game: Santner

New Zealand left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner feels getting more opportunities to bat over the past 12 months has led to an improvement in his power game and helped him chip in with useful knocks. Santner smashed his third ODI fifty on Wednesday while supporting a rampaging Michael Bracewell in a whirlwind 162-run stand for the seventh wicket against India, taking New Zealand very close to the finishing line in Hyderebad. Batting at number eight, his game plan is simple – to hit sixes from ball one – and that was amply clear in the way he batted in the centre nets of Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh Stadium on Friday. Like the rest of the New Zealand batters, he mostly faced the spinners and tried to hit most balls out of the park. “Being an all-rounder you need to chip in both the department...
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What sparked stir by wrestlers: Calls from women over ‘unsafe environment’ at camp

THE TRIGGER for India’s top wrestlers to stage an unprecedented protest against the sport’s administrators was a series of phone calls that two-time world championship medallist Vinesh Phogat received from several young women expressing fears about the “unsafe environment” at a national camp they were asked to attend in Lucknow, The Indian Express has learnt. It was after the young wrestlers told her about their plan to boycott the camp — and even quit the sport — that Vinesh decided to go public Wednesday with allegations of sexual harassment against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president and BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, and other national coaches. The Lucknow camp, which was to begin Wednesday and for which the women wrestlers were called earlier this month, was cancelled...
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Former Tottenham player Anton Walkes, 25, dies in Florida boat crash

Professional football player Anton Walkes has died from injuries he sustained in a boat crash off the coast of Miami, authorities said Thursday. Walkes, who was 25, was found unconscious and taken to a hospital after the crash between two boats Wednesday near the Miami Marine Stadium basin, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Walkes was operating one of the boats that crashed, the state agency said in a statement. It was unclear whether anyone else was injured. The agency’s investigation is ongoing. Walkes, a defender, was entering his second season with MLS club Charlotte FC. The team had arrived in Fort Lauderdale on Jan. 9 for its first leg of preseason training and had a friendly scheduled with St. Louis on Saturday. That match has been cancelled. Cha...
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Djokovic bothered by leg, heckler during Australian Open win

Novak Djokovic propped up his left shoe on a courtside sign so he could stretch out his bothersome hamstring. He grimaced while flexing the muscle after one point, hopped on his right leg to keep weight off the left. He took a medical timeout while a trainer re-taped him during the second set — which Djokovic would go on to drop. As if he needed another distraction, Djokovic was flustered enough by a heckler that he asked chair umpire Fergus Murphy to have the spectator removed from Rod Laver Arena, saying: “The guy’s drunk out of his mind. He’s been provoking. He just wants to get in my head.” As Djokovic summed up: “It was a lot happening tonight.” Here’s what did not happen Thursday evening at the Australian Open: Djokovic did not lose his way entirely and, most importantly, he did n...
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Staring at uncertain future, Dutee says she is ready for another fight

Dutee Chand wears her India jacket, takes a seat in front of an overflowing trophy cabinet with a stack of accreditation cards of all major events she’s been to hanging on one side and puts on her game face. “I had to fight to save my career,” she tells The Indian Express. “Now I am ready to do that again to revive it.” On Wednesday, it emerged that the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) had provisionally suspended the trailblazing sprinter for failing a drugs test. Dutee is staring at a long suspension, which she fears could unceremoniously end her career. According to Dutee, she was at a school on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar as a chief guest for a sports day event when she got a call from a reporter, seeking reaction to her suspension. “That’s when I got to know about it,” the 100m ...
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‘I have assured them that the government is with them’: Babita Phogat on wrestlers protesting at Jantar Mantar

2014 Commonwealth Games gold medalist and BJP leader Babita Phogat on Thursday assured the wrestlers protesting at Jantar Mantar against the Wrestling Federation of India President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, that their issues will be resolved. “I have assured them that the government is with them. I will try that their issues are resolved today,” said Phogat while talking to media after meeting the wrestlers. This, a day after Vinesh Phogat and Sakshi Malik accused BJP MP and Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh of sexual harassment. Chhatrasal trainee and Tokyo Olympics silver medalist wrestler Ravi Dahiya also joined hundreds of wrestlers protesting against the Wrestling Federation of India at Jantar Mantar. “All of us wrestlers have come together to...
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Former Barcelona player spotted leaving Shakira’s home with Pique diss song blaring in the background

Colombian singer Shakira and FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, who have been together since 2011 and have two children, announced their separation last year. Since then, a lot of drama has been unfolding, and it has not been an easy ride for the duo. In the latest, Shakira seemingly dedicated her latest record-breaking record, in which she appears to target her former partner Gerard Pique, to women worldwide. Spanish TV show ‘El Programa de Ana Rosa’ recently revealed how much money Shakira had made in total following her split and from her last three songs. “In these four days, Shakira has made more than 2,500,000 dollars with ‘BZRP Music Sessions #53’,” they noted. “As for the other recent songs in which she also refers to the ex-footballer, ‘Te felicito’, released in April 2022, ha...
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WATCH: Richarlison tries to interrupt an Arsenal throw during Tottenham’s defeat, gets stopped by Tomiyasu

Richarlison de Andrade is as good a team player as you’ll get. Someone who’ll give it all to his team. Last year, ahead of Brazil’s 2022 World Cup campaign, he displaced Fred during the team photo op ensuring that Neymar Jr, one of the senior players in their team, got his due respect while seating in the middle. So it was only natural that he did something even before he came on as a substitute during Sunday’s North London derby fixture. In a video that is now doing rounds on the social media, the Spurs can be seen trying to interrupt an Arsenal throw in from the sidelines, with his side trailing against Arsenal. However, he is stopped in his tracks by Takehiro Tomiyasu putting a hand in between. Even though Richarlison smacks it down, he is unable to hinder Arsenal’s play. Takehiro T...
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On comeback trail, PV Sindhu trying not to be predictable

PV Sindhu was 21 years old when she won her silver medal at the Rio Olympics. She was 26 when she won the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics. She will be touching 29 when the Paris Games open at the nearest theatres in a year. In a year where the chaos of Olympic qualifications will start to crescendo, Sindhu continues her return from one of her longest injury layoffs – a stress fracture in her left ankle – at the India Open 750. Age and injury come for every athlete and Sindhu is no different. No one understands this better than Park Tae-sang, the Korean who has been training her since 2019. “Sindhu is getting older every year. Many fans remember the Sindhu from the 2019 World Championships. But that was years ago. Now my focus is on maintaining Sindhu’s physicality, her skill and her ...
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In interior Odisha, a 71-year-old hockey coach sold business, mortgaged land to groom champions

“Until my last breath, until there’s life inside me, I will continue this. I will die doing this job.” Dominic Toppo rests on the backboard of a goal post, drenched in sweat and visibly exhausted after playing quarter-court hockey on a harsh Sunday morning for close to five hours. At 71, Toppo belies his age as he weaves past players young enough to be his grandchildren. He outpaces and outmuscles them, stopping only to correct their technique. For the last 22 years, from dawn to dusk, the Odisha resident has followed this routine: He rises before the sun, reaches the hockey field at 6.30 am, and leaves at 5.30 pm. “This sport and these players is all I have,” he says. “I have nothing else in life.” He isn’t exaggerating. Toppo sacrificed his smooth-sailing family life, cycled 40-50 km ...
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India Open: Badminton world’s greatest stars gather for country’s biggest event

You have seen their football fans and teams do it: pick after themselves, collect the trash, the remnants of sporting revelries and leave hallowed playing places in pristine conditions as they had first found them. The philosophy extends to Japan’s shuttlers at the India Open Super 750 in KD Jadhav arena too. Nozomi Okuhara – perhaps India’s first acquaintance with a World Championship final from 2017 when she beat PV Sindhu who beat her back for the title in 2019 – isn’t exactly badminton royalty currently, no longer in the Top 10 even. But after a tiring practice session of multi-shuttles at the IG Stadium alongside Kento Momota, a day before a potentially stressful Round 1 faceoff with Carolina Marin, Okuhara would take a breather, collect all the bottles of water she had sipped from...
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Indian pair of Yuki-Saki wins Bangkok Open Challenger title

The top-seeded Indian team of Yuki Bhambri and Saketh Myneni came from behind to win the Bangkok Open title, their sixth together on the ATP Challenger Tour, as they beat Christopher Rungkat and Akira Santillan here on Saturday. Playing their seventh final together, the Indians beat the Indonesian-Australian combo 2-6 7-6(7) 14-12 in an exciting and close final, that lasted one hour and 50 minutes. Yuki and Saketh, who joined forces last year, made six Challenger finals and won five of them between April and October last year. The win on Saturday is likely to give the 28-year-old Yuki his career-high doubles rank of 90 while the big-serving Myneni, 35, should also touch a career-best 74 in the ATP doubles chart. They will next compete in the Australian Open — the season’s first Grand Sl...
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‘Potentially last minute that was a change of mind’: Zampa on being told he had a ‘very good chance’ of featuring in the Australia squad for India Tests

Australia leg-spinner Adam Zampa wasn’t added to Australia’s 18-player squad for the India Test series in February-March. The 30-year-old however, felt like his recent white ball cricket outings for Australia were in favor of him to be one of the four spinners the Pat Cummins-led lineup has added.  “I’m very disappointed. I would have loved to have been on it,” Zampa was quoted by cricket.com.au. “Don’t know what’s next for me now, it’s two-and-a-half years until the next subcontinent tour. I thought with the way I’ve been going in international in particular that this was going to be my opportunity.” An 18-player Test squad has been assembled for the Qantas Tour of India in February and March. Congratulations to everyone selected! pic.twitter.com/3fmCci4d9b — Cricket Australia (@Crick...
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5 teenagers who will challenge Magnus Carlsen at Tata Steel Chess Wijk

As ‘Chess Wimbledon’ gets underway at Tata Steel Chess Wijk on Saturday, all eyes will undoubtedly be on five-time World Champion Magnus Carlsen as he tries to dominate the world of chess. Among the challengers this time, he faces as many as five teenagers, three of who are from India. Let’s take a look at the young challengers Dommaraju Dommaraju Gukesh has already experienced quite a few highs and lows. He became India’s youngest Grandmaster but missed becoming the world’s youngest GM by just 17 days. (Twitter) At just 16, the Indian Grandmaster is the youngest of the challengers. Ever since becoming a GM in 2019 – at the age of 12 and missed becoming the youngest GM by 17 days — Gukesh has sent shockwaves around the world with his performances, including becoming the youngest person...
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Rarest of rare: Kuldeep Yadav and Umran Malik, save them to savour their skill

A couple of decades back, a local coach in Kanpur asked a skinny 8-year-old left-arm pacer to switch to spin. About five years back an unidentified ‘bhaiyya’ in a cricket-crazy mohalla of Gujjar Nagar in Jammu asked a teenager to switch from tennis to hard ball. In the chaotic world of Indian cricket, the minor mundane acts of Kuldeep Yadav’s wise coach and Umran Malik’s supportive bhaiyya would prove to be proverbial flutters of the butterfly wings that resulted in a wave that carried the two into the Indian team. Cut to 2023, the year of the 50-overs World Cup at home, and the bowlers with contrasting but rare skills could prove to be Rohit Sharma’s impact players, the team’s mystical weapons. For a country not known for its fast bowlers, Umran is a rare pacer with the ability to cons...
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Ishan, Surya for Tests; Rohit-Kohli out of T20s, Shaw in

Prithvi Shaw back in the T20I squad for the series against New Zealand, and inclusion of Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan in the Test squad for the first two Tests against Australia, headlined the first meeting of the new-look Chetan Sharma selection panel which convened virtually on Friday. As expected, despite Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli making themselves available for T20 selection, they were ignored for the series against New Zealand. The new-look selection panel headed by Sharma and including Shiv Sundar Das, Subroto Banerjee, Salil Ankola and S Sharath met on Friday at the conclusion of the fifth round of Ranji Trophy matches. While most of the Test squad picked itself, there were a few decisions to deliberate on especially with regards to the wicketkeeper slot as Rishbah Pant i...