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Tottenham manager Nuno affirms Harry Kane is ‘our player’
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Tottenham manager Nuno affirms Harry Kane is ‘our player’

Harry Kane may want out of Tottenham but new manager Nuno Espirito Santo sent a bold message Friday: “Harry is our player.” The England captain has indicated he wants a change of scenery after Tottenham’s seventh-place finish in the Premier League left it out of the Champions League, but Nuno said he expects the striker to return. “Look, Harry is our player, period. No need to talk about anything else,” Nuno said in his first news conference as Tottenham manager. “Now is the moment for Harry to recover his energy, to rest. When Harry comes again, we have time to speak.” Kane, who is under contract with Tottenham until 2024, is on a break after helping England reach the final of the European Championship. “Now is the moment for Harry to rest, to prepare for what’s coming,” N...
Needing 35 off last over, Ballymena batsman hits six sixes to win final
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Needing 35 off last over, Ballymena batsman hits six sixes to win final

Northern Irish cricket club Cregagh had all but won Thursday’s LVS Twenty20 Trophy final with their opponents Ballymena needing 35 runs off the final over, until John Glass took centre stage and smashed six sixes to snatch victory against all odds. Cregagh, who were playing at their home ground, looked in control for 39 of the 40 overs after the opening batsmen built a platform for a competitive total of 147 before the bowlers reduced Ballymena to 113-7. JOHN GLASS TAKE A BOW! He has just hit 36 off the final over and Ballymena are the 2021 Lagan Valley Steels 2021 champions. What an innings from the skipper. #ncut20t pic.twitter.com/afatC6Q7co — Northern Cricket Union (@NCU_News) July 15, 2021 However, stand-in skipper Glass, who was on 51, launched the ball over the rope...
Liton Das ton helps Bangladesh to convincing 155-run victory over Zimbabwe
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Liton Das ton helps Bangladesh to convincing 155-run victory over Zimbabwe

A century from Liton Das and five wickets from Shakib Al Hasan helped Bangladesh secure a one-sided 155-run victory over Zimbabwe in the first of their three One-Day Internationals at the Harare Sports Club on Friday. Liton scored 102 as Bangladesh, who were put into bat, recovered from a poor start to post 276-9 off their 50 overs before bowling Zimbabwe out for a paltry 121. Bangladesh looked in trouble at 74-4 but Das dug them out in a 93-run partnership with Mahmudullah to put them on course for an imposing total on a difficult wicket. Afif Hossain weighed in with a quickfire 45 off 35 balls while Luke Jongwe took 3-51 for the home team, who earlier this week had lost their one-off test against Bangladesh at the same venue. Regis Chakabva scored 54 in Zimbabwe’s respons...
‘Fear’ for India vs England series rises as Covid cloud looms large in UK
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‘Fear’ for India vs England series rises as Covid cloud looms large in UK

On a day when former India legend Kapil Dev urged citizens to protect themselves from the dreaded coronavirus, the Indian cricket team on English soil was rocked by the Covid scare. This was after wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant and training assistant/net bowler Dayanand Garani tested positive. Bowling coach Bharath Arun, Wriddhiman Saha, and Abhimanyu Easwaran have also been asked to isolate themselves after coming in close contact with Garani. However, these developments have set the alarm bells ringing across the cricket fraternity. Former England captain Michael Vaughan raised concerns over the upcoming five-Test series between India and England, saying a change to COVID-19 related isolation laws is the need of the hour. “I fear for the 100 & the Indian Test serie...
The block that keeps the NBA Finals alive
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The block that keeps the NBA Finals alive

Bucks live to fight another day The Milwaukee Bucks capitalised on home court advantage to level the NBA Finals 2-2 after beating the Phoenix Suns 109-103 in Game 4 on Wednesday. But the play that sealed the deal for them – by their superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo – was one that will be looked at as the moment that changed this series – if the Bucks go on to lift the 2021 NBA championship. Historical context Five years ago in the NBA Finals, a Golden State Warriors (GSW) team on its way to be considered the greatest team in the history of the NBA was stopped by LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers. GSW led the final series 3-1 and no team in the history of the NBA had ever recovered from that deficit. But LeBron and the Cavs levelled the series and then in...
Japan holds ‘good karma’ for me, says Olympics-bound golfer Udayan Mane
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Japan holds ‘good karma’ for me, says Olympics-bound golfer Udayan Mane

PROFESSIONAL GOLFER Udayan Mane, who is Tokyo-bound for his first Olympics, feels that Japan holds “good karma” for him. The 30-year-old, along with leading Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri will represent India in the 60-player field. The men will compete at Kasumigaseki Country Club from July 29 to August 1. On Wednesday, both players, who have close ties to Poona Club Golf Course, were facilitated as well as given ‘playing rights for lifetime’ in the presence of club president Nitin Desai, captain of Poona Club Golf Course Lalit Chinchankar and other committee members. Candid about his qualification, Mane said, “It has still not sunk in. As there was a lack of tournaments in India and to suddenly jump into the Olympics, which is the biggest and grandest stage of all, there is...
UK to ban online racists from games after Euro 2020 uproar
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UK to ban online racists from games after Euro 2020 uproar

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced plans to ban anyone guilty of online racist abuse from attending soccer matches after three members of England’s national team were targeted following its loss in the European Championship final. Johnson on Wednesday condemned the abuse leveled at three Black players after they failed to score penalties in England’s shootout defeat to Italy on Sunday at Wembley Stadium. And Johnson told the House of Commons it was time to act. The government plans to add online racism to the list of offenses for which fans can be barred from matches, he said. “What we are doing is taking practical steps to ensure that the football banning regime is changed so that if you are guilty of racist abuse online on football, then you will not be going t...
With baseball nearing a crossroads, MLB Commissioner turns nostalgic
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With baseball nearing a crossroads, MLB Commissioner turns nostalgic

by Tyler Kepner MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred rarely speaks romantically about his sport. But Tuesday, with the All-Star Game a few hours away after a lonely 2020 summer without one, Manfred gave in to nostalgia. Fifty years ago, at a friend’s house on Brantingham Lake in upstate New York, an All-Star Game captivated him. “I can vividly recall the great room that we were sitting in, and Reggie Jackson hitting the home run,” Manfred said at a luncheon with writers. “I was 12 years old then, and I don’t think I can remember a single other place where I was on a particular day when I was 12 years old. I think that maybe missing last year’s game has made me focus on how great an event the All-Star Game can really be.” Alas, even the gauzy return of the midsummer classic, after t...
Yashpal Sharma never gave a chance, as a player and in life too: Kirti Azad
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Yashpal Sharma never gave a chance, as a player and in life too: Kirti Azad

Yashpal Sharma, who passed away in Delhi on Tuesday, was a complete team man, a gutsy fighter, a tiger on the ground but a vegetarian off the field, observed his long-time friend and teammate Kirti Azad. “We’re like family. Today our family is broken. I asked bhabhi (Yashpal’s wife). She said it rained in the morning so he didn’t want to go for his usual walk. While chatting, he took a couple of deep breaths and collapsed. Gone! He never gave a second chance just like his playing days,” said Kirti while sharing his friend’s final moments with indianexpress.com. Yashpal, unlike his cool as a cucumber image, was a killer with the willow. India started the 1983 World Cup campaign against the mighty West Indies and it was his knock against fearsome Caribbean bowlers that set up...
Yashpal Sharma: ‘Gutsy, improviser, and a crisis man’
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Yashpal Sharma: ‘Gutsy, improviser, and a crisis man’

Dilip Vengsarkar’s voice turns into a purr when asked about that 38-summers-old shot from Yashpal Sharma, who succumbed to heart attack on Tuesday. “Oh yes, kya maara tha. That too Bob Willis ko,”. Sometimes, a solitary shot gets tattooed in a generation’s psyche. Its creator might or might not do much else in his sporting career, but that single shot of expresso lingers long enough to remember and even be grateful for. Yashpal, as Vengsarkar stresses, has stitched more than enough moments to savour, but for a particular vintage he will be forever associated with one of the most audacious sixes ever walloped by an Indian batsman. It was the semi-final of the ’83 world cup and match hung in balance when the much-feared Bob Willis charged in with his signature curl of a run-u...
India aim for complete performance in series-decider against England
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India aim for complete performance in series-decider against England

The Indian women’s cricket team would aim to put up a complete performance instead of relying on individual brilliance to topple a hurting England for its first T20 series victory since 2019 here on Wednesday. Another impressive outing in the field and tight death over bowling from the spin duo of Poonam Yadav and Deepti Sharma brought India back from the dead in the second T20 on Sunday. And now Harmanpreet Kaur and her players have a chance of enjoying their first T20 series success after the 2019 away triumph against the West Indies. England self-destructing from a commanding position also helped the visitors level the series in Hove. The hosts are unlikely to gift another match to India, who will need to excel in all departments to win the series. While Shafali Verma wa...
Kumar Rocker becomes one of the first pro baseball players of Indian origin
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Kumar Rocker becomes one of the first pro baseball players of Indian origin

The Mets selected Vanderbilt RHP Kumar Rocker with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2021 MLB Draft. Rocker was once considered a candidate to go first overall but slid down draft boards following an inconsistent spring. A second-generation athlete, Rocker’s mother Lalita hails from India. Rocker’s father Tracy Quinton Rocker played professionally for the Washington Redskins for two seasons before transitioning to coaching. His uncle David Deaundra Rocker also played at Auburn and professionally for the Los Angeles Rams for four years. We got a 𝓰𝓸𝓸𝓭 one! Welcome to the big apple @KumarRocker! #LGM 🍎💪 pic.twitter.com/qYBmXtSqqH — New York Mets (@Mets) July 12, 2021 Kumar is one of the first South Asians drafted in any US professional sport. One of the first pro baseball player...
‘Unacceptable’: Lewis Hamilton condemns racist abuse of England players
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‘Unacceptable’: Lewis Hamilton condemns racist abuse of England players

Seven-times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has voiced support for the three Black England soccer players who missed penalties in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday, after they were subjected to a torrent of racist abuse on social media. Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka missed their spot-kicks as Italy won 3-2 on penalties following a 1-1 draw after extra time at Wembley Stadium. Hamilton, a vocal advocate for social justice, said on Instagram on Monday that the abuse suffered by the England trio showed how much still needed to be done in the fight against racism. “The pressure to deliver is felt by every sportsperson but when you are a minority representing your country this is a layered experience,” Hamilton said. “Success would feel like a double victo...
Australia cricketer Peter Handscomb positive for Covid-19
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Australia cricketer Peter Handscomb positive for Covid-19

Out of favour Australia batsman Peter Handscomb was forced to miss his county match against Leicestershire in England after testing positive for Covid-19. The 30-year-old, who has been captaining Middlesex this season, couldn’t play their Championship Group Two game on Sunday after being forced into isolation following a positive test result. “Irishman Tim Murtagh stepped up to fill in for Handscomb as skipper as Middlesex ended day one of the clash with Leicestershire at 3-280,” A report in ‘The West Australian’ said. Handscomb is going through a poor run of form as he failed to cross the 50-run mark in 13 innings for Middlesex. He has fallen out of the radar of the national selectors and last played a Test against India in Sydney in January, 2019. His last T20I was also a...
Messi’s Argentina beats Brazil 1-0, wins Copa America title
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Messi’s Argentina beats Brazil 1-0, wins Copa America title

Two long droughts ended on Saturday at the Copa America final: Argentina won its first major title since 1993 after a 1-0 win against Brazil. And Lionel Messi finally lifted his first major trophy for the national team, filling in one of the biggest gaps in his decorated career. Argentina’s winning goal at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro came in the 22nd minute after Rodrigo de Paul made a long pass to Angel di Maria. The 33-year-old veteran striker counted on some sloppy defending from left-back Renan Lodi to take control and lob it past goalkeeper Ederson. Rodrigo De Paul pass to find Di Maria is ridiculous — A beautiful assist for a beautiful goal. #ARGBRA pic.twitter.com/ThC1UWmf1l — — (@UtdStewart) July 11, 2021 When the match ended, a tearful Messi was thrown ...
Countdown in state of emergency, few carry a torch for Olympics in Tokyo
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Countdown in state of emergency, few carry a torch for Olympics in Tokyo

The opening ceremony of the pandemic-hit Tokyo Olympics is just 12 days away. But instead of the celebratory fervour that normally grips a host city, there seems to be a sense of dread among the locals that they are all aboard a runaway train. Japan’s sprawling capital is witnessing another surge in Covid-19 cases, a state of emergency has been imposed in Tokyo, spectators have been banned from the stadiums, and Shigeru Omi, the Japanese government’s top coronavirus advisor, has said it is “abnormal” to conduct the Olympics during a pandemic. “Everyone I talk to seems to feel a sense of helplessness, resignation or outrage about these very unpopular Games,” author and journalist Timothy Hornyak told The Sunday Express from Tokyo. “I don’t know a single person who is excited...
Harmanpreet credits coach Abhay Sharma after Harleen’s stunning catch
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Harmanpreet credits coach Abhay Sharma after Harleen’s stunning catch

Indian women’s T20 skipper Harmanpreet Kaur on Saturday credited coach Abhay Sharma for the team’s considerable improvement in fielding, saying his “little adjustments” and “individual sessions” with the players are paying rich dividends. Harmanpreet and Harleen Deol pulled off splendid catches in the rain-hit first T20I which England won by 18 runs here on Friday night. “When you play a team game, you need a momentum and it can come from any member of the team. When I took the catch, it created a sort of energy in the team and then Harleen also took a brilliant catch. So to create that energy, you need to take some extra effort,” Harmanpreet said during the virtual press conference. “Throughout the game, our ground fielding was good, we saved a lot of runs, and we also too...
Harbhajan Singh, Geeta Basra welcome baby boy
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Harbhajan Singh, Geeta Basra welcome baby boy

Former Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Saturday announced the arrival of his second child with wife, actor Geeta Basra. The 41-year-old sports star shared the news on his official Instagram page. “Blessed with a baby boy #grateful #babyboy,” Singh wrote. He said both mother and child are “doing well”. Blessed with a Baby boy 💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙 shukar aa Tera maalka 🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/dqXOUmuRID — Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) July 10, 2021 The cricketer went on to express gratitude to their well-wishers for their constant love and support. Basra and Singh, who got married in the 2015, are also parents to four-year-old daughter, Hinaya Heer Plaha. Source link
First batch of athletes to depart for Tokyo Olympics on July 17: IOA
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First batch of athletes to depart for Tokyo Olympics on July 17: IOA

The first batch of India’s Olympic-bound athletes will depart for Tokyo on July 17, IOA President Narinder Batra revealed on Thursday while expressing disappointment at the Games organisers’ refusal to allow them to check in earlier than that. The IOA wanted the first batch of athletes and officials to leave on July 14 and serve three days of mandatory quarantine on reaching Tokyo. More than 120 athletes are bound for the Games. But in a letter to Kate Yoneyama, Regional Manager (Asia and Ocenia, NOC Relations) of the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (TOCOG), Batra wrote with the necessary approvals still pending, IOA was left with no other option but to send the first batch on July 17,” Batra stated. He, however, did not divulge the strength o...
Tokyo Olympics spectators to face ban after COVID-19 emergency in host city
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Tokyo Olympics spectators to face ban after COVID-19 emergency in host city

Olympic organisers are set to ban all spectators from the Games, the Asahi daily said on Thursday, as Japan prepared to declare a state of emergency for Tokyo that will run through its hosting of the event to curb a new wave of coronavirus infections. Organisers were set to formally reach the decision on spectators during five-way talks between key parties on Thursday, the newspaper said, citing people involved in the Games. The ban on spectators is the latest blow to the troubled Olympics, already delayed by a year because of the pandemic and plagued by a series of setbacks, including massive budget overruns. Medical experts have said for weeks that having no spectators at the Games would be the least risky option amid widespread public concern that the influx of thousands...