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Premier League match between Spurs and Burnley postponed after heavy snowfall

Lancashire [UK]: Sunday’s Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Burnley FC has been postponed after adverse weather conditions.The weather in the northwest of England has had an impact in Lancashire, where Burnley were due to play Spurs at Turf Moor. With the snow continuing to fall in the stadium with less than an hour to go until kick-off, the volume of snow coverage on the pitch was deemed too much for the game to be played.Having earlier checked the pitch around lunchtime, match officials had waited for Antonio Conte and his Tottenham team to arrive at the ground shortly before 1 pm before a decision over the game was made.“GAME POSTPONED Due to concerns with the playing surface and surrounding areas, it’s been deemed that the game can’t go ahead safely. #UTC,” Burnley FC tweeted.

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ISL: Hyderabad outplay Mumbai City for an inspired win

Fatorda (Goa) [India]: Reigning champions Mumbai City FC was dealt their first defeat of the season by Hyderabad FC in their Indian Super League (ISL) match at the PJN Stadium in Fatorda, Goa on Saturday. The Nizams came away 3-1 winners on the night with a brilliant comeback victory against the Islanders who scored early into the game.Ahmed Jahouh (6′) opened the scoring with a thumping right-footed finish after the HFC players failed to clear their lines inside the penalty area. Joao Victor (13′) brought the game level by converting a penalty with calmness. HFC went into the lead with Bartholomew Ogbeche (53′) scoring his first goal of the season against his former team. 19-year old Rohit Danu (82′) sealed victory by scoring the third goal for his team. Mumbai City FC made one change to their starting lineup as Mohammad Rakip came in…

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India’s campaign at Indonesia Open ends as Satwiksairaj-Chirag lose in semis

Jakarta [Indonesia]: India’s campaign at the Indonesia Open 2021 came to an end after men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty collapsed to a straight-game defeat in the semi-finals on Saturday.Playing on Court 1, the Indian duo lost to top-seeds Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon of Indonesia by 21-16, 21-18 in 44 minutes. The Minions got off the blocks very quickly as they took the 11-6 lead after exchanging some rapid rallies with Indians. The Indian pair showed some resistance late in the game but the top seeds from Indonesia, in the end, clinched the opener 21-16 in 16 mins.Rankireddy-Shetty came strong in the second game as they took a slender 11-10 lead going into the mid-game interval. But the Indonesians showed their extreme composure as they won the game after leveling it on 16-16.Earlier in the day, India’s ace…

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Indonesia Open: Sindhu collapses in semis against Intanon

Jakarta [Indonesia]: India’s ace shuttler P.V. Sindhu collapsed in the women’s singles semifinals of the Indonesia Open on Saturday against Ratchanok Intanon.Battling it out at Court 1, Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand rallied back to defeat Sindhu by 15-21, 21-9, 21-14 in 54 minutes. With this win, Thai shuttler has better her head-to-head record against two-times Olympic medallist Indian by 7-4. The third-seed Indian opened the proceedings on the front foot as she took a handy lead of 8-3 early on. But Ratchanok Intanon showed her poise and reduced the margin to two points going into the mid-game interval.After the break, Sindhu kept her nose ahead through the brilliant defence and crosscourt play as she made sure to profit from Intanon’s errors. The reigning world champion gained the handy lead of 19-14 and made sure to kill the game within the next three points.Intanon came…

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ISL: Valskis shines with double goal as Jamshedpur sinks Goa

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Coming on the back of a draw against SC East Bengal, Jamshedpur FC took early initiative to come on the top of table after they defeated FC 3-1 in a 2021-22 Indian Super League (ISL) match at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim on Friday.Nerijus Valskis (51′, 61′) was the hero of the match as he remained one shy of a perfect hat-trick, managing to first drive the ball with his left foot and then score via a header. Jordan Murray (80′) piled the third right after coming off the bench. Airan Cabrera though denied the Men of Steel a clean sheet with a neat finish to register a goal in the 86th minute. Juan Ferrando rung in the changes after a heavy opening weekend defeat. Jorge Ortiz was brought in as Devendra Murgaonkar led the line. Airam Cabrera was relegated to…

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Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty storm into semis

Jakarta [Indonesia]: The Indian men’s pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty on Friday entered the semi-finals of the ongoing Indonesia Open.The Indian duo defeated the team of Goh Sze Fei and Nur Izzuddin from Malaysia by 21-19, 21-19 in a closely contested battle at Court 2 in 43 minutes. The Malaysian duo quickly went off the blocks as they headed into the first mid-game interval with an 11-6 advantage. But Rankireddy-Shetty rallied and clinched the first game after leveling it on 19-19.The second game played out the same way as the earlier one. Fei and Izzuddin went into mid-game interval with a thin 11-10 lead. Indians then came back stronger and gained a healthy 18-13 lead. But the Malaysian pair showed their extreme composure to level the match at 19-19. In the end, Indian shuttlers held their nerves to clinch the game and…

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Defending champions India names 20-member team for Asian Champions Trophy in Dhaka

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: Hockey India on Friday named the 20-member men’s team for the upcoming Men’s Asian Champions Trophy which is scheduled to be held between December 14-22.Defending Champions India begin their campaign against South Korea. In this edition, they will battle it out against Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, and hosts Bangladesh in the single-pool tournament for top honours. The Indian team will see Manpreet Singh Captain the side along with Harmanpreet Singh who will be his deputy. The team includes goalkeepers Krishan B Pathak and Suraj Karkera. India’s defence will see Harmanpreet Singh lead the charge along with Gurinder Singh, Jarmanpreet Singh, Nilam Sanjeep Xess, Dipsan Tirkey, Varun Kumar, and Mandeep Mor. With this line-up, India will have four options for drag-flick. The midfield will see Hardik Singh, Manpreet Singh, Jaskaran Singh, Sumit, Rajkumar Pal, Shamsher Singh, and the experienced Akashdeep Singh.The forward…

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FIH Men’s Junior WC: Hosts India thrash Canada 13-1

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: Hosts India thrashed Canada 13-1 in their second Pool B match of the FIH Men’s Junior Hockey World Cup 2021 in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha on Thursday.For India, Uttam Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Sanjay, Maninder Singh, Sharda Nand Tiwari, Hundal Araijeet Singh, and Abhisek Lakra got on the scoring sheet. Coming to Canada, the only goal scorer in the match was Chris Tardif. After their opening game defeat against France, the hosts came off the blocks very quickly with Uttam Singh opening the scoring for India after just three minutes in the match.The captain Vivek Sagar Prasad doubled the team’s lead in Q1 after lifting the one over the Canadian goalkeeper. The vice-captain Sanjay soon found himself among the goals after he dispatched a penalty stroke in the back of the net in the second quarter.Maninder Singh who created most of the problems…

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Spain register record-breaking 17-0 win over US in Men’s Junior Hockey World Cup

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: Over 70 goals were scored on the second day of the Men’s Junior Hockey World Cup in Odisha, with Spain registering a record-breaking win with a margin of 17-0 over the USA in a Pool C game.Now with this win, Spain has set a new record for the highest victory margin in the history of the tournament. This record was previously held by Argentina, who defeated Egypt by 14-0 in a Pool D game earlier on Thursday. Argentina had broken the record of the highest victory margin in the tournament’s history, previously held by India, who had defeated Singapore by a margin of 13-0 in the 1982 edition of the tournament. However, Spain’s dominant display of skill meant that the record set by Argentina was broken in a matter of a few hours.Indian Hockey team also dominated the day and registered…

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Indonesia Open: Sindhu sails into quarters after beating Germany’s Yvonne Li

Jakarta [Indonesia]: Two-time Olympic medallist and star Indian shuttler PV Sindhu on Thursday entered the quarter-finals of the ongoing Indonesia Open. Sindhu defeated German badminton player Yvonne Li 21-12, 21-18 in 37 minutes to clinch the match.Starting the encounter on a high, Sindhu comfortably took the opening game 21-12 after winning seven straight points at a particular stage in the essay. Riding on the confidence, the Indian shuttler lead 7-4 at the start and took full control over the match. The second half of the second game saw Yvonne coming close to Sindhu but the Indian shuttler got over the line with a score of 21-18.On Wednesday, Sindhu defeated Japan’s Aya Ohori 17-21, 21-17, 21-17 in the match that lasted for 70 minutes on Court 1.Sindhu went down in the first game, but she was able to rise to the occasion in the next…

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ISL: Odisha defeat Bengaluru to get among winning ways

Vasco (Goa) [India]: Two early goals in either half and a clean late strike ensured Odisha FC register a comfortable 3-1 win over Bengaluru FC, here in a 2021-22 Indian Super League (ISL) match at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco on Wednesday. Interestingly, this is the first time Odisha FC has beaten the Blues in the ISL.It was Javi Hernandez (3′, 51′) who led the charge for Odisha with a brace. While he rode some luck for his first goal, the second was nothing short of breathtaking from just outside the box. Alan Costa (21′) scored one for Bengaluru as Sunil Chhetri failed to convert a penalty kick. Aridai Suarez (90 + 4′) sealed the deal for Odisha with a sublime goal adding more sheen to the win. Bengaluru left Cleiton Silva on the bench while young Roshan Singh was given a runout…

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Indonesia Open: Kidambi Srikanth defeats Prannoy, marches into next round

Jakarta [Indonesia]: India shuttler Kidambi Srikanth on Wednesday progressed to the next round of the ongoing Indonesia Open.In an all Indian affair, Srikanth defeated HS Prannoy 21-15, 19-21, 21- 12in a match that lasted for 56 minutes. Srikanth won the first game, but Prannoy staged a comeback, sending the match into the third and deciding game. Srikanth however did not relent and he ended up winning the third and final game, progressing ahead in the ongoing tournament.Earlier in the day, Sai Praneeth progressed ahead in the Indonesia Open after defeating France’s Toma Junior Popov 21-19, 21-18.Two-time Olympic medallist and star Indian shuttler PV Sindhu also entered the pre-quarterfinals of the ongoing Indonesia Open on Wednesday. The Indian shuttler defeated Japan’s Aya Ohori 17-21, 21-17, 21-17 in the match that lasted for 70 minutes on Court 1.Sindhu went down in the first game, but she…

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Lionel Messi believes Man United can turn its fortunes around

Paris [France]: Argentine and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) striker Lionel Messi believes Manchester United can still turn its fortunes around in the Premier League.United is currently in the eighth spot in Premier League standings and the club recently sacked its manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the Red Devils lost against Watford. “United is a very strong team with great players. The Premier League is a very difficult competition and an equal one, and things can turn around many times,” Messi told Marca, as reported by Goal.com.“After December, a lot changes and anything can happen,” he added.Talking about Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United, Messi said: “Cristiano already knew the club but that was at a different stage and now he has adapted in an impressive manner.”“From the start, he has scored goals as he always does and had no problems adapting,” he added.The Argentine striker also…

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ISL: Chennaiyin FC register win over Hyderabad FC

Panaji (Goa) [India]: In a game of determination to last the longest, Chennaiyin FC pulled off a hard-fought 1-0 win over Hyderabad FC, here in a 2021-22 Indian Super League (ISL) match at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim on Tuesday.Vlagyimir Koman (66′ P) scored from the spot to give Chennaiyin a crucial lead, ultimately sealing all three points as Hyderabad were left to rue their wastefulness in front of goal, especially in the first half. Hyderabad, whose average age of its Indian players in the lineup was just 24, was dealt a major blow early on with Halicharan Narzary limping off in under 10 minutes.That did not deter their resolve to stamp their impression as former ATK Mohun Bagan man Edu Garcia’s shot was cleared away in a hurry but Bartholomew Ogbeche could not follow through.Chennaiyin had goalkeeper Vishal Kaith to thank for keeping…

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Majestic Pride felicitated Ravi Kumar Dahiya in a Glittering Ceremony

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Majestic Pride Group held a special event on Saturday and felicitated freestyle wrestler Ravi Kumar Dahiya, the Tokyo Olympics Silver Medalist and recipient of the country’s highest sporting honour – Khel Ratna. “Ravi Kumar Dahiya brought glory to our country. So, we thought of honouring him in a glittering ceremony,” said Majestic Pride Group Chairman Ashok Khetrapal, adding, “We are happy the event held under strict COVID-19 protocols was a huge success.”The meet-and-greet program after the felicitation ceremony gave Majestic Pride Group guests a rare opportunity to interact with the country’s wrestling icon besides taking photographs with the champ. “I’m touched with the gesture extended by Majestic Pride Group. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I am looking forward to take part in the Group’s future events too,” said Freestyle Wrestler Ravi Kumar Dahiya. Majestic Pride Group has been holding various events,…

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Jharkhand barred from participating in Santosh Trophy

New Delhi [India]: No team from Jharkhand will be able to compete in the Santosh Trophy and Women’s championship due to “internal conflict” within the management of the Jharkhand Football Association (JFA), the All India Football Federation (AIFF) said. In a letter to the state sports department and JFA, AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das alleged that the football governing body of India received two independent teams for both the competitions and the apex body of the state for football did not resolve the issue of multiple entrant requests.The letter accessed by ANI reads, “The AIFF received two independent teams for both the competitions, one recommended by the Chairman- Hony. Secretary while one recommended by the President- Jt. Secretary.” “Upon receiving four (4) lists in total from the JFA, the AIFF entered into resolution communication with the management of JFA immediately. “However, despite the AIFF’s…

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Gareth Southgate and Steve Holland set to coach England for 2022 World Cup in Qatar

London [UK]: England manager Gareth Southgate and assistant coach Steve Holland have been renewed for their respective duties and will lead the Three Lions to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Both have signed new contracts that have extended their roles in the team till December 2024.Southgate, who marks five years in charge of the Three Lions at the end of this month, has overseen a period of positive progress, guiding England to a FIFA World Cup semi-final and UEFA Nations League third place before securing the best men’s performance in 55 years with the UEFA EURO final this summer. “I am delighted that Steve and I have been able to extend our stay in our respective roles. It remains an incredible privilege to lead this team. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mark [Bullingham, FA CEO), John [McDermott, FA technical…

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Good luck, my friend! You deserve it, says Ronaldo to departing Solskjaer

Manchester [UK]: Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo shared his emotions after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer left his role as the manager of the Red Devils on Sunday. This decision came after Manchester United suffered a 1-4 defeat at the hands of Watford in the Premier League on Saturday.Taking to Twitter, the Portugal captain wrote, “He’s been my striker when I first came to Old Trafford and he’s been my coach since I came back to Man. United. But most of all, Ole is an outstanding human being. I wish him the best in whatever his life has reserved for him. Good luck, my friend! You deserve it!” Earlier, Manchester United stated in an official statement, “Ole will always be a legend at Manchester United and it is with regret that we have reached this difficult decision. While the past few weeks have been disappointing, they…

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16 teams ready to battle it out for FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s Junior WC

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India] : The stage is set in Bhubaneswar as the 16 participating teams prepare to battle it out for top honours at the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup Bhubaneswar 2021, which is scheduled to begin on November 24.All four teams in their respective pools will be aiming to finish in the top half of their pool, as the top two teams from each pool will qualify for the quarter-final of the tournament. In Pool A, European heavyweights Belgium will face off against Malaysia, Chile and South Africa.“India will be, of course, a force to watch playing at home with the qualities they have,” Belgium coach Jeroen Baart said on arrival, according to a Hockey India release.Speaking on the prospect of playing at the iconic Kalinga Stadium, Malaysia head coach Wallace Tan expressed, “Our team is very excited to play at…

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Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup: Odisha Sports Minister reviews preparedness

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: With just two days to go for the Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup, Odisha Sports Minister, Tusharkanti Behera visited the Kalinga Stadium and reviewed the progress of work.Almost all of the participating teams have arrived in the host city, Bhubaneswar, and are training rigorously at the Kalinga Stadium for winning the Champions title. According to the press release by the Sports & Youth Services Department on Sunday, Officials of the Sports and Youth Services Department and Hockey India briefed and updated him on the preparations. Aspects related to Covid management, security, infrastructure, broadcasting and hospitality, were the high points of the review.Expressing his satisfaction with the preparedness of the event, Sports Minister said, “All mandatory arrangements and protocols are in place. I am satisfied with the timely execution of work. Our efforts are towards the safe and successful conduct of the…

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Qatar GP: Hamilton wins, narrows Max Verstappen’s title lead

Doha [Qatar]: Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton has closed the gap to title rival Max Verstappen following a dominant victory in the inaugural Qatar Grand Prix at the Losail International Circuit, with Verstappen recovering from a grid drop that saw him start P7 to finish second, as Alpine’s Fernando Alonso took the final podium position.After a clinical start from pole position, Hamilton was able to control the pace at the front of the field, his second in a row after Brazil. But while Hamilton was impressive, so too was Verstappen, who was dropped from P2 to seventh on the grid for failing to respect double waved yellow flags in qualifying. “Verstappen shrugged off the disappointment, though, jumping to P4 at the start before quickly making his way up to second, before following Hamilton home to limit the damage to his title lead, which now stands at…

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ISL: East Bengal, Jamshedpur FC play out 1-1 draw

Vasco (Goa) [India]: Both sides cancelled each other out tactically in an intense affair as SC East Bengal was held to a 1-1 draw by Jamshedpur FC in a 2021-22 Indian Super League (ISL) game at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco on Sunday.Both goals came from set-pieces. Croatian defender Franjo Prce (17′) scored a delightful opener for the Red and Golds while Peter Hartley (45+3′) equalised at the stroke of halftime for the Men of Steel. Jose Manuel Diaz started in a classic 4-4-2 formation with Hira Mondal and Lalrinliana Hnamte making their ISL debuts for SC East Bengal. Jamshedpur FC sported a rather familiar look with new attacking duo Jordan Murray and Greg Stewart named on the bench.The opening few exchanges saw two youngsters impress particularly. Boris Singh made his mark in an attacking role for Jamshedpur while debutant Hnamte had a…

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Indian contingent win 47 medals at Uganda Para-Badminton International

Kampala [Uganda]: The Indian contingent has managed to win 47 medals at the Uganda Para-Badminton International event.This medal tally includes 16 gold, 14 silver and 17 bronze medals. Palak Kohli, Abu Hubaida and Ammu Mohan finished with 2 gold and 1 silver each. Manasi Joshi also managed to clinch a gold medal in the women’s singles SL3 event.The list of gold medal winners — Manoj Sarkar, Sukant Kadam, Hardik Makkar, Abu Hubaida, Dhinagaran, Manasi Joshi, Palak Kohli, Jyoti, Ammu Mohan, Arwaz Ansari and Deep Ranjan, Chirag Baretha and Raj Kumar, Palak Kohli and Mandeep Kaur, Manasi Joshi and Ruthick, Abu Hubaida, Ammu Mohan and Sivarajan.Tokyo Paralympics gold medallist Pramod Bhagat ended up winning a silver medal in the men’s singles SL3 event. Bhagat also won a silver in the men’s doubles SL3-SL4 event alongside Manoj Sarkar.Bhagat bagged his third silver alongside Palak Kohli in…

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Premier League: Man Utd’s woeful run continues as Red Devils lose against Watford

Watford [UK]: Manchester United’s woeful run continued in the Premier League on Saturday as the Red Devils lost against Watford.Watford defeated Manchester United 4-1 on Saturday and now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s club is positioned at the seventh spot in the points table with 17 points from 12 games. For Watford, Joshua King, Ismaila Sarr, Joao Pedro, and Emmanuel Bonaventure got on the scoring sheets.For Manchester United, Donny van de Beek registered the lone goal.Watford managed to score two goals in the first half while United pegged one back in the second half.However, Pedro and Bonaventure put the final nail in the coffin in the second half, and as a result, Watford emerged triumphant.Watford is now at the 16th position with 13 points from 12 games.

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India senior women’s team look forward to ‘evaluate’ themselves

New Delhi [India]: The Indian women’s national senior team is set to play in a 4-nation International tournament in Manaus, Brazil. India will lock horns with Brazil, Chile, and Venezuela in their three matches, all of which are part of their preparation for the forthcoming AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022.Head coach Thomas Dennerby outlined the importance of putting in “three good performances”, mentioning “the opportunity will allow us to evaluate ourselves.” “This tour and everything we have been doing in the past two months is about the preparation for the AFC Women’s Cup which kicks off in January. It is all about finding out whether we are doing the right things on the pitch and evaluate our performances in each and every department,” Dennerby said in an official release.“We are going to play three good quality games now, the first game against Brazil…

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Kevin De Bruyne is Covid Positive

Manchester [UK]: Manchester City star midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has tested positive for COVID-19 on international duty with Belgium, City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed on Friday.“Unfortunately Kevin tested positive for COVID in Belgium,” Guardiola said in the pre-match press conference, as per goal.com. The City boss added that the midfielder would isolate for 10 days. The 30-year-old playmaker has been away on World Cup qualifying duty with his country, helping Roberto Martinez’s side to book their place at next year’s showpiece event in Qatar.“We found out two days ago, he’s here. Forget about fitness and momentum, he’s positive, now he has to recover. We have to be careful, people are dying from COVID. He’s vaccinated so hopefully he will be okay,” Guardiola added.The defending champions will host Everton in the Premier League on Sunday.

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ATK Mohun Bagan beat Kerala Blasters

Panaji (Goa) [India]: ATK Mohun Bagan defeated Kerala Blasters 4-2 in the opening game of the 2021-22 Indian Super League (ISL) at the PJN Stadium in Fatorda on Friday. The Kolkata giants wasted no time in putting up a dominating display, sounding warning bells across the league at the very outset.Hugo Boumous (3′, 39′) and Liston Colaco (50′), brought in for upwards of INR 3.5 crore paid instant dividends by scoring the goals. Roy Krishna (27′ P), too did not fail to capitalise from the spot, yet again amongst the goals. For Blasters, young enigma Sahal Abdul Samad (24′) thought he had equalised, but in vain. Former FC Goa and Mumbai City FC star Boumous became the league’s fastest scorer in an opening encounter, finding the net from outside the box within three minutes. ATK Mohun Bagan suddenly struggled to cope with the Blasters’…

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Lukaku, Kovacic out of Leicester game

London [UK]: Forward Romelu Lukaku will not feature in Chelsea’s Premier League trip to Leicester on Saturday, head coach Thomas Tuchel confirmed.It’s been almost a month since the Chelsea striker injured his ankle during a Champions League game against Malmo, in what was his 11th appearance of the season after re-joining the club in the summer. When asked about the availability of Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner, and Mateo Kovacic, who were all missing prior to the pause for international football, Tuchel in a post-match press conference on Friday as per Chelsea’s official website said: “I can tell you Mateo and Romelu are out for the game in Leicester. Romelu is very close to team training, hopefully, he will join the squad on Sunday. Let’s see how this works out. He is pushing hard and trying to come back as soon as possible. We will…

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Bhubaneswar: Teams arrive for Junior Hockey WC

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: USA and Chile arrived in Bhubaneswar on Thursday for the much-awaited FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup Bhubaneswar 2021.Grouped in Pool C, along with Korea, Spain, and the Netherlands, the USA are in for a tough battle to make it through to the group stages. “We had a camp in California. It was around 10 days, so we had a training camp there. We were preparing as a team, so we are ready to go,” said Pat Harris, USA Head Coach, according to a Hockey India release.Excited to compete in Bhubaneswar at the iconic Kalinga Stadium, Harris said, “The boys are very excited. This is the first time for many that they have been in such a hockey atmosphere. I think to the world, India has a very strong hockey culture with a big hockey stadium. So, I am sure…

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Abhishek Verma finishes with silver

Dhaka [Bangladesh]: India’s Abhishek Verma bagged silver in the Men’s Individual final at the Asian Archery Championships 2021 on Thursday in Dhaka.The 32-year old bowed out of the tournament after losing to the Korean archer Kim Jongho by 148-149. This is Abhishek’s second Asian championship, as he earlier won Bronze in the men’s team event. The game went down to the wire as both the archers kept on fighting till the last minute. Verma went down in the very round as he was able to grab 29 while Jongho took 30. However, all the next rounds went for a draw and the game ended with Abhishek losing by one point.Earlier in the day, India’s Jyothi Surekha Vennam clinched gold in the women’s compound final after defeating former world champion Oh Yoohyun by 146-145.On the other hand, Rishabh Yadav and Jyothi Surekha Vennam settled for…

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Vennam wins gold in archery

Dhaka [Bangladesh]: India’s Jyothi Surekha Vennam clinched gold in the women’s compound final at the Asian Archery Championships 2021 on Thursday in Dhaka.In a nerve-wracking final the Indian defeated top seed and former world champion Oh Yoohyun by 146-145. This is Jyothi’s second Asian championship (individual) gold. The 25-year-old Indian enjoyed a perfect start to the final shooting 30 with the first set of three arrows, compared to the Korean’s 29. However, a wobble in the second set with a score of 28 meant that Oh Yoohyun equalised at 58-58.Jyothi came back strongly in the third set as she shot a perfect 30 again, while Yoohyun replied with 28 and handed a two-point lead. Both archers didn’t take their step from the pedal in the fourth set as they shot the perfect 30s and the Indian maintained a two-point lead.Though Jyothi wasn’t able to…

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ATP Finals: Djokovic reaches semis

Turin [Italy]: Novak Djokovic on Wednesday qualified for the semi-finals at the ATP Finals with his 50th match win of the year.The World No. 1, chasing a record-equalling sixth trophy at the season finale, won Green Group play at the Pala Alpitour in Turin with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over fifth seed Andrey Rublev. With Daniil Medvedev winning the Red Group on Tuesday, a possible World No. 1 versus No. 2 final is on the cards come 21 November.The Serbian will look to carry his momentum into Friday’s round-robin match against British alternate Cameron Norrie, who has replaced Stefanos Tsitsipas (right elbow) in the elite field.In the other singles match of the day, Casper Ruud claimed the first win of his ATP Finals campaign after rallying from a set down against alternate Cameron Norrie 1-6, 6 -3, 6-4.

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Sai Praneeth bows out after losing to Rhustavito

Bali [Indonesia]: India shuttler Sai Praneeth on Wednesday crashed out of the ongoing Indonesia Masters.Praneeth suffered a defeat against Indonesia’s Shesar Hiren Rhustavito 21-16, 14-21, 20-22. The Indian shuttler won the first game, however, the Indonesian opponent staged a remarkable comeback in the second and third games to win the match.Earlier, HS Prannoy entered the pre-quarters of the Indonesia Masters Super 750 badminton tournament after a thumping win.Prannoy defeated Malaysian badminton player Liew Daren 22-20, 21-19 in the round of 32 game. The entire game lasted for 49 minutes which saw the Indian shuttler getting over the line after a fighting show.With this win, India’s campaign continued its fine form as earlier mix doubles pair of Dhruv Kapila and N Reddy Sikki and ace shuttler Kidambi Srikanth had reached the last 16.Also, Ashwini Ponnappa and Sumeeth Reddy went down 15-21, 16-21 against sixth-seeded, Indonesian…

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First SAI Institutional Awards

New Delhi [India] : A total of 162 athletes and 84 coaches were conferred with awards in the Outstanding Award and Best Award category for their performance in national and international competitions on Wednesday.The first-ever SAI Institutional Awards for Athletes and Coaches were given out by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Wednesday, in the presence of the Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur and Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Nisith Pramanik. The athletes and coaches were given cash awards amounting to a total of Rs 85.02 lakhs during the ceremony at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here.According to a statement, the awards acknowledged the exceptional performance of the SAI athletes and coaches under the various sports promotion schemes at the national and international level from 2016. The awards thus have been granted to the deserving candidates for…

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Berrettini withdraws from ATP Finals

Turin [Italy]: Matteo Berrettini on Tuesday withdrew from the ATP Finals after suffering a left oblique injury that forced him to retire from his match on Sunday evening against Alexander Zverev.After one game in the second set, the Italian took a medical timeout. An emotional Berrettini attempted to continue but was forced to retire. Zverev won a tightly contested first set 7-6(7) in 79 minutes and led 1-0 in the second set when Berrettini was unable to continue. Following a medical timeout, the home favourite attempted to continue. But after playing one more point, he walked to the net to shake hands. Zverev climbed over the net to embrace and console him.Berrettini announced his withdrawal from the ATP Finals through an emotional Instagram post.Now the first alternate Jannik Sinner will take Berrettini’s place. Sinner will face Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz.Sinner has enjoyed the best season…

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Antonio to leave Alfa Romeo

London [UK] : Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi will leave the side at the end of the 2021 Formula One championship, following three seasons, the racing team said on Tuesday.The Martina Franca-born racer, the first Italian to compete in a full F1 season since 2011 when he lined up for the team on the Melbourne grid in 2019, has taken part in 59 races with the Swiss squad so far — including two for Sauber in 2017. “Saying goodbye to a driver is never easy, especially so in the case of Antonio, who has been part of the team for so long,” said Alfa Romeo’s Team Principal Fred Vasseur in a statement.“As we part ways, we will cherish the memories of the good times and learn lessons from the bad ones, knowing these moments all made us grow together as a team.“We wish Antonio…

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Anirudh Thapa to lead Chennaiyin FC

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Indian mid-fielder Anirudh Thapa will lead Chennaiyin FC in the upcoming Indian Super League (ISL) season.The eighth edition of the ISL is all set to kick start from November 19, with the first clash between ATK Mohun Bagan and Kerala Blasters at the Fatroda stadium. Speaking on his appointment as the new captain, Anirudh Thapa said, “I think not much has changed for me after being appointed the captain. I have been here for six years now and so it’s not hard to understand what the club wants. They want to win. And so do I. But as captain, there is an added responsibility.”“To grow up a little bit faster. I will still be a boy who loves football but I will also ensure that the team stays together on and off the field. And I will always protect my team…

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Federer unlikely to play Australian Open

Melbourne [Australia]: Swiss maestro Roger Federer is unlikely to play in the Australian Open as he recovers from injury, according to his coach Ivan Ljubicic. The 20-time Grand Slam champion is still determined to return to tournament action at some point. He has been inactive since losing in the Wimbledon quarter-finals in July.Federer underwent arthroscopic right knee surgeries in February 2020 and May 2020. Federer has played five tournaments since having those surgeries, all of which came this season. “I think the Australian Open is not a real possibility right now,” Ljubicic told Stats Perform. “I think there are very few chances, he is still recovering and knowing him, he wants to be sure he can play to win the tournament and be at 100 per cent. He will go step by step because he is 40 years old now and he needs to…

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Brazil GP: Hamilton records win

Sao Paulo [Brazil]: Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton won the Sao Paulo Grand Prix after a sensational battle with his rival Max Verstappen in an absolutely enthralling return to Brazil for Formula 1.Verstappen finished runner-up ahead of third-placed Valtteri Bottas. Hamilton enjoyed a terrific start from P10 on the grid and was clearly on the charge, team mate Bottas – who lost the lead to Verstappen at the start – letting him for P5 by on Lap 5. “Hamilton then took P2 off Perez in a duel that began on Lap 17 and culminated in a Lap 19 pass at Turn 4. The first stops took place around Lap 25 but the action built up to a terrific crescendo after Verstappen took a second stop on Lap 41, Hamilton on Lap 44,” stated an official F1 report.The Mercedes driver bore down on Verstappen and despite being…

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Tommy Paul lifts maiden ATP title

Stockholm [Sweden]: Tommy Paul on Saturday defeated defending champion Denis Shapovalov to clinch his first ATP Tour title at the Stockholm Open.The American recorded a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 victory over third seed Shapovalov of Canada in two hours and 12 minutes. With his 25th match win of the season, the 24-year-old is the first American to lift the Stockholm title since James Blake captured his second straight trophy in 2006.En route to his title win, the world number 53 defeated Leo Borg, Taylor Fritz, Andy Murray, and Frances Tiafoe.“I played some of my best tennis to beat Denis,” said Paul, as per atptour.com. “It’s the most fun I’ve had playing a tennis tournament. It means everything to win my first title. I’ve worked so hard to achieve this and I’d like to break into the Top 30 at some point,” he added.

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Paula Badosa reaches semis

Guadalajara [Mexico] : Paula Badosa on Saturday defeated number four seed Maria Sakkari of Greece, 7-6(4), 6-4 in the group stage of the ongoing WTA Finals Guadalajara.In the first meeting between the two, the number seven seed from Spain gritted out a 2-hour and 4-minute win and extended her current winning streak to eight straight victories. Badosa then waited for the result of the nightcap between Aryna Sabalenka and Iga Swiatek to see if she qualifies for the semifinals prior to playing her third round-robin clash in the Chichen Itza group.In that match, Aryna Sabalenka held her nerve to defeat Swiatek in a thriller. The Belarusian secured her first win of the WTA Finals after defeating the player from Poland by 2-6, 6-2, 7-5. 

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“England had a point to prove”

London [UK]: England captain Harry Kane who scored a hat-trick against Albania was quick to turn the attention on to his teammates after what he described as ‘an incredible performance’.Kane added another Three Lions record to his collection at Wembley Stadium by making it 39 competitive goals in 55 games, meaning he surpassed Wayne Rooney’s record for competitive goals for England. The 1-1 draw with Hungary last month meant England went into the crucial contest with Albania with a job to do but Kane’s treble and goals from Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson mean Gareth Southgate’s men top the group by three points and have a superior goal difference of six heading into the final qualifier with San Marino on Monday.With Poland three points behind, England know a draw will be enough in Stadio Olimpico di Serravalle in three days’ time.Speaking at the end…

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Olympic bronze medal : Indian Hockey Team

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India] : Star players from the historic Olympic bronze medal-winning Indian men’s hockey team will arrive in Bhubaneswar on Sunday for the national coaching camp.The coaching camp commenced on Wednesday as part of their preparations for the Asian Champions Trophy in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The 30-member Indian men’s hockey core probable group will camp in Bhubaneswar till December 9. The group includes Manpreet Singh and PR Sreejesh who will be conferred with the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award on Saturday in New Delhi.The group also includes Harmanpreet Singh, Dilpreet Singh, Amit Rohidas, Surender Kumar, Nilakanta Sharma, Sumit, Hardik Singh, Simranjeet Singh, Gurjant Singh, Mandeep Singh, Shamsher Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Varun Kumar who were all conferred with the Arjuna Award for their historic performance in Tokyo Olympics.Vivek Sagar Prasad, who is also in New Delhi for the Arjuna Award ceremony, will join…

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Riske beats Cristian

Linz [Austria]: Upper Austria Ladies Linz title clash on Friday saw Alison Riske defeating lucky loser Jaqueline Cristian after two hours and 24 minutes in a 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 thriller to win her third career title.The American was previously champion at Tianjin 2014 and ‘s-Hertogenbosch 2019, but had lost her seven other finals, including in Portoroz two months ago to Jasmine Paolini. In the doubles final, the number three seeds Natela Dzalamidze and Kamilla Rakhimova ended the 10-match winning streak of Wang Xinyu and Zheng Saisai to claim the title. It was the second trophy in three WTA finals for both Russians.Dzalamidze, 28, also won the Winners Open, Cluj-Napoca with Kaja Juvan in August for her maiden title; Rakhimova’s first WTA crown came at the Phillip Island Trophy in February alongside Ankita Raina.

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Salah : Player of the Month

London [UK]: Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been named Premier League’s Player of the Month for October 2021 after the team thrashed Manchester United by 5-0 in the Premier League match, last month.The Egyptian scored a hattrick against United and brought his side a 5-0 victory. Apart from that, he even scored singles against Manchester City and Watford. It is Salah’s fourth Player of the Month award, first won in November 2017, following February and March 2018.Salah had nine goal involvements in league games in October, helping Liverpool to two wins and two draws.The 29-year old was followed by Phil Foden, Aaron Ramsdale and Ben Chilwell in the nomination list.

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WTA Finals, Day 2

Guadalajara [Mexico] : Paula Badosa made a remarkable debut at the 2021 WTA Finals, defeating top seed and world number two Aryna Sabalenka 6-4, 6-0 on Thursday night in Guadalajara.With the win, the 23-year-old Spaniard joins Maria Sakkari atop the Chichen Itza group after Day 2. Badosa has now won her past seven matches dating back to her Indian Wells triumph three weeks ago. Maria Sakkari of Greece got her WTA Finals campaign off to a stellar start, defeating Iga Swiatek of Poland 6-2, 6-4 on Thursday afternoon in Guadalajara.Badosa will now face Maria Sakkari. The Greek star got her WTA Finals campaign off to a stellar start, defeating Iga Swiatek of Poland 6-2, 6-4 earlier in the day. The winner will sit alone atop the Chichen Itza group.Iga Swiatek will next face number one seed Aryna Sabalenka. 

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Mangala Club defeat Classic Football

New Delhi [India]: Mangala Club entered the semi-finals of the ongoing Futsal Club Championship after defeating Classic Football Academy 6-4 in the final match of the group stage on Wednesday.Coming into the tie, Classic Football Academy needed only one point to top the group, whereas Mangala needed an out-and-out win to make it to the final four. Classic Football Academy had a blistering start to the match, having scored two quickfire goals within the first 10 minutes through Ganningam Malangmei. He completed his hat-trick within minutes, but the Odisha outfit breached the Manipuri defence twice in between.Bapuni Bindhani and Babul Kumar Rout were on the scoresheet for Mangala FC to leave the fate of the match hanging on tenterhooks at the halfway mark. Classic Football Academy was leading the tie 3-2 at the lemon break.Mangala came out with renewed vigour and finesse as Babul…

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Gerrard named Villa manager

London [UK]: Aston Villa Football Club on Thursday announced the appointment of Steven Gerrard as the new head coach.Gerrard guided Glasgow Rangers to the Scottish Premiership title last season, finishing the campaign undefeated in the league. The 41-year-old has attracted many admirers in the game for his work in transforming the fortunes of the Glasgow giants while also implementing an attractive, attacking style of football.Gerrard, who enjoyed a glittering playing career with Liverpool and England, joined Rangers in 2018 following a spell as an Academy Coach at Liverpool.Steven Gerrard in an official release said: “Aston Villa is a club with a rich history and tradition in English football and I am immensely proud to become its new Head Coach.”“In my conversations with Nassef, Wes and the rest of the Board, it was apparent how ambitious their plans are for the club and I am…

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Women’s team to face Brazil

Jamshedpur (Jharkhand) [India]: Senior Indian National Women’s football team captain Ashalata Devi expressed her excitement as her side will be going against Brazil for the first time in a tournament to be held in Manaus, Brazil later this month.“It’s absolutely fantastic. I think this is the first time that any Indian Senior team will be playing against Brazil. If that’s not enough motivation for us to better prepare ourselves, I don’t know what is,” said Ashalata Devi in an official AIFF release. “We understand and appreciate the efforts put in by AIFF behind getting this organised for the team. As a footballer, you want to play against the best of the best, and it doesn’t get much better than Brazil. And Chile are such a powerful opponent too, and even Venezuela,” she added.Marvelling at the opportunity, winger Sanju Yadav said, “Very few in India…

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National Rally Championship

Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) [India]: After a couple of postponements due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the 2021-22 season of the FMSCI Indian National Rally Championship will kick-start in Visakhapatnam from December 16-18.The announcement was made in a glittering function by the Sports Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Muttamseti Srinivas Rao and the promoter of INRC, Vamsi Merla here in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday. This is the first time that the city host an event of such magnitude and the promoter as well the government has promised to make it a grand affair and will leave no stone unturned to deliver a spectacular and memorable event.The event will be conducted by the Karnataka Motorsport Club and apart from round 1, they have been given the responsibility to take care of the K100 Rally as well, which is Round 2 and will take place in Bengaluru in January.“It is…

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BAI to begin domestic badminton

New Delhi [India] : The 20-month wait for the domestic badminton season is over as Indian shuttlers are getting back into action with back-to-back senior-ranking Level 3 tournaments next month, the Badminton Association of India (BAI) announced Wednesday.The season is scheduled to kick off in Chennai with the first tournament from December 16 to 22, followed by another Level 3 tournament in Hyderabad from December 24 to 30. Both events carry prize money of Rs 10 lakh each, and are a part of the Badminton Association of India’s (BAI) new domestic format, which was approved in 2019 but due to the pandemic was not introduced earlier. The last date of entry for the Chennai event is November 24, while that of Telangana is December 1.BAI secretary Ajay K Singhania said that the domestic season begins with all Covid-related protocols in place and that the…

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Kerala eye maiden win

Aqaba [Jordan] : India’s Gokulam Kerala FC will be eyeing their first victory while Shahrdari Sirjan of Iran will bid to stay perfect when the two sides meet in the AFC Women’s Club Championship 2021 at the Aqaba Development Corporate Stadium on Wednesday.Gokulam Kerala suffered a 1-2 defeat against Jordan’s Amman Club on Matchday One, while Shahrdari Sirjan cruised to victory with a similar scoreline over Uzbekistan’s FC Bunyodkor. Gokulam Kerala enjoyed a good start against Amman, taking a first-half lead on the counter-attack courtesy of Elshaddai Acheampong’s fine strike. However, a switch in formation for Amman made all the difference as Gokulam conceded twice in the second half, with strikes from Maysa Jbarah and Samia Ouni paving the way for the come from behind victory for the Jordanians.“In the first game against Amman, we couldn’t convert some of our chances and that cost…

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Virender Singh conferred PadmaShri

New Delhi [India]: Wrestler Virender Singh was on Tuesday honoured with Padma Shri at the civilian awards ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan.He received the award from President Ram Nath Kovind. The President presented Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri Awards for 2021.Veteran Indian table tennis player Mouma Das was also honoured with the Padma Shri on Tuesday.On Monday, Olympian badminton player PV Sindhu was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India’s third-highest civilian award while women’s hockey team skipper Rani Rampal was honoured with the Padma Shri award.Rani Rampal had led the women’s hockey team in Tokyo Olympics 2020 held earlier this year.Padma Shri is the country’s fourth-highest civilian award. The Padma awards are the country’s highest civilian honours and are given in three categories: Padma Vibhushan (for exceptional and distinguished service), Padma Bhushan (distinguished service of higher-order) and Padma Shri (distinguished service).

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Mouma Das awarded PadmaShri

New Delhi [India]: Veteran Indian table tennis player Mouma Das was honoured with the Padma Shri on Tuesday.The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, presented the award to Mouma Das here at Rashtrapati Bhavan. On Monday, Olympian badminton player PV Sindhu was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India’s third-highest civilian award while women’s hockey team skipper Rani Rampal was honoured with the Padma Shri award 2020.Rani Rampal had led the women’s hockey team in Tokyo Olympics 2020 held earlier this year.Padma Shri Award is the country’s fourth-highest civilian award.The Padma Awards are the highest civilian honours of India announced annually ahead of Republic Day. However, the award-giving ceremony was affected due to the Covis-19 pandmeic.The awards are given in three categories: Padma Vibhushan (for exceptional and distinguished service), Padma Bhushan (distinguished service of higher-order) and Padma Shri (distinguished service).The award seeks to recognise achievements in…

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Newcastle Gets New Coach

London [UK]: Premier League club Newcastle United appointed Eddie Howe as the club’s new head coach on a contract until summer 2024.The 43-year-old arrives on Tyneside having left AFC Bournemouth last summer, ending a long affiliation with the Cherries as a successful player and manager. As well as amassing more than 300 senior appearances for the south coast side as a player, he also has the distinction of managing AFC Bournemouth through all four tiers of English football, culminating in five years in the Premier League between 2015 and 2020.“It is a great honour to become head coach of a club with the stature and history of Newcastle United. It is a very proud day for me and my family. This is a wonderful opportunity, but there is also a lot of work ahead of us and I am eager to get onto the…

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“Messi texted me good luck”

Barcelona [Spain]: Barcelona new manager Xavi Hernandez on Monday said that he received a good luck text from Argentine striker Lionel Messi, but the club cannot think about the players that are no longer there at Camp Nou.Xavi was appointed as the club’s head coach on Friday and he will look to turn around the fortunes of Barcelona in La Liga and Champions League. “Messi, Samuel Eto’o, Ronaldinho, of course, but they are not here. Messi is a great friend, he texted me good luck. But we cannot think about the players that are not here. I am really excited, I am back at home. We are in a tough situation economically and not in our best sporting moment. But we are Barca and we are the best club in the world,” Goal.com quoted Xavi as saying.“I was really emotional to see all the…

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Rani Rampal awarded PadmaShri

New Delhi [India]: Women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal was honoured with the Padma Shri award 2020 on Monday. Rani Rampal had led the women’s hockey team in Tokyo Olympics 2020 held earlier this year.Padma Shri Award is the country’s fourth-highest civilian award. The ceremony for presenting Padma awards was held at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi today. Rampal was conferred with the award by President Ram Nath Kovind. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Union External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar were among the attendees. The Padma Awards are one of the highest civilian honours of India announced annually on the eve of Republic Day. The Awards are given in three categories: Padma Vibhushan (for exceptional and distinguished service), Padma Bhushan (distinguished service of higher order) and Padma Shri (distinguished service). The award seeks to recognise achievements in all fields of…

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Paris Masters: Djokovic Wins

Paris [France]: Novak Djokovic held his nerve on Sunday to capture his sixth Paris Masters title by defeating the defending champion, Daniil Medvedev.This victory in Paris also marked his record-breaking 37th ATP Masters 1000 crown. World No. 1 Djokovic came from behind to overcome No. 2-ranked Daniil Medvedev 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in two hours and 15 minutes battle. It was the 14th time this year that Djokovic has rallied from a set down to win.This was also the 48th match win of a standout season (48-6) for Djokovic as he breaks a tie with Rafael Nadal for most Masters 1000 titles. Notably, the Serbian secured year-end No. 1 in the ATP Rankings for a record seventh time on Saturday by reaching the Paris final.It was the first Paris final to feature the top two players in the ATP Rankings since Stefan Edberg played Boris…

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Villa announce departure of coach

Birmingham [UK]: Aston Villa FC on Sunday confirmed that the Premier League club have parted company with head coach Dean Smith.Smith leaves Villa following Friday’s 1-0 loss at Southampton, a fifth straight defeat which has left them 15th in the Premier League. Dean was appointed Villa head coach just over three years ago in October 2018 and led the club back to the Premier League via the play-offs in his first season in charge following a club-record ten-match winning sequence towards the end of that campaign.The following season, he kept Villa in the top flight while also leading the team out at the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley, narrowly losing 2-1 to Manchester City.CEO Christian Purslow in a statement said: “The Board would like to sincerely thank Dean for his many excellent achievements, on and off the pitch, during this time. Everyone knows how…

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Russia triumph over Switzerland to claim 5th Billie Jean King Cup

Prague [Czech Republic] : The Russian Tennis Federation claimed Billie Jean King Cup by defeating Switzerland on Saturday in the championship tie to claim the premier team competition in women’s tennis for the fifth time.They put an end to that 13-year drought after Daria Kasatkina and Liudmila Samsonova picked up singles wins to build an insurmountable 2-0 lead over the Swiss squad and capture the cup at the O2 Arena in Prague. The Russians denied Switzerland their maiden Billie Jean King Cup championship. The Swiss finish as runners-up for the second time, along with their finalist showing in 1998 when they fell to five-time champions Spain.Kasatkina got the Russians off on the right foot with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Jil Teichmann of Switzerland in the opening match. In the first meeting between the pair, World No.28 Kasatkina ousted World No.39 Teichmann in an…

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Mexican GP: Mercedes stuns Red Bull

Mexico City [Mexico] : Valtteri Bottas soaked up the pressure to take a sensational pole position for the Mexico City Grand Prix, as his Mercedes team upset the odds and outpaced favourites, Red Bull.The Finn was positioned on track to give championship contender and teammate Lewis Hamilton a tow on both runs in qualifying, but it was the Alfa Romeo-bound driver who was the fastest Silver Arrows car on Saturday. “Bottas pumped in the quickest time on the first runs, with Hamilton 0.145s adrift and the Red Bull duo of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez struggling with the rears and unable to mount the challenge their practice pace had suggested,” stated an official release.On the second runs, home favourite Perez ran wide when he got distracted by AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda running off in front of him, which put him out of pole contention to…

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Want best for Manchester United : Solskjaer

Manchester [UK] : After stumbling to a defeat against Manchester City in the Premier League, Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said that he believes that he can turn the fortunes around for the Red Devils.Manchester City dished out a dominant performance as an Eric Bailly own goal and a Bernardo Silva strike earned the champions their first Manchester derby victory in five Premier League attempts over their local rivals at Old Trafford on Saturday. “I have good communication with the club. I want the best for United and as long as I’m here I want to do everything I can to improve this. We’ve been through this a few times and since the last home game, it’s been a very difficult period. Systems or style we need to be on the front foot more. I can’t look at myself and say this is…

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Novak overtakes Sampras

Paris [France]: Novak Djokovic has clinched the year-end No. 1 ATP Ranking for a record-breaking seventh time after a season full of historic achievements. The Serbian achieved this feat after he stormed into the title clash of Paris Masters on Saturday.The 20 times Grand Slam champion eclipsed the mark previously he shared with American Pete Sampras for the most year-end No. 1 finishes in history. By defeating Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz in the Paris Masters semi-finals, Djokovic breaks a tie with Sampras, who completed six straight year-end No. 1 finishes between 1993-98. Djokovic has achieved the feat in seven of the past 11 seasons (also 2011-12, ’14-15, ’18 and ’20).Andrea Gaudenzi, ATP Chairman, said, as per atptour.com: “Finishing the season as No. 1 is a monumental achievement. To do it seven times, in this incredible era of men’s professional tennis, is hard to describe. Novak…

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PL: Dominant City drub United 3-0 to claim derby victory

Manchester [UK]: Manchester City dished out a dominant performance as an Eric Bailly own goal and a Bernardo Silva strike earned the champions their first Manchester derby victory in five Premier League attempts over their local rivals at Old Trafford on Saturday. The champions went ahead on seven minutes when Bailly diverted Joao Cancelo’s cross into his own net. United briefly rallied when Cristiano Ronaldo’s shot was saved by Ederson and Mason Greenwood scuffed the rebound wide.David De Gea made five big saves in the first half to deny Gabriel Jesus, Kevin De Bruyne, Cancelo, twice, and a Victor Lindelof deflection before City beat the Spaniard’s resistance again on the stroke of half-time. Cancelo earned his second assist with a cross which was turned in by Bernardo at the far post behind a hesitant Luke Shaw. The hosts improved in the second half but…

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“Going to Turin is a dream”

London [UK]: The field for the 2021 ATP Finals is set. Hubert Hurkacz has earned the final spot at the season finale, to be held at the Pala Alpitour in Turin from November 14-21.The 24-year-old is the second Polish player to earn a spot at the event in tournament history (after 1976 runner-up Wojtek Fibak) and will make his debut following a standout season in which he reached a career-high No. 10 in the ATP Rankings and captured three ATP Tour trophies. “It feels incredible. Obviously going to Turin is a dream,” Hurkacz said as per nittoatpfinals.com. “Growing up as a kid, seeing all those top guys playing in the Finals, it’s inspiring. Now being among them, it’s very special because it’s just eight spots there, so it’s not that easy to get there.”Hurkacz clinched his spot by defeating James Duckworth in three sets…

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Manu Bhaker, Javad Win

New Delhi [India] : India’s woman pistol ace Manu Bhaker and Iran’s reigning Olympic champion Javad Foroughi, won the 10M Air Pistol Mixed Team Gold at the ongoing International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) President’s Cup Rifle/Pistol in Wroclaw, Poland, late on Friday.The Indo-Iranian pair got the better of the French-Russian duo of Mathilde Lamolle and Artem Chernousov 16-8 in the gold medal match. Manu and Javad had placed third in the qualification with a combined 582/600 to qualify for the first semi-final where they topped the field of four pairs to make it to the final. Lamolle and Artem came through by winning the second semi-final.Among the other Indians in the field, Abhishek Verma paired up with Ukrainian Olena Kostevych to finish sixth while the pairing of Saurabh Chaudhary and Swiss Heidi Gerber Diethelm also made it among the top eight semi-finalists to finish…

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Hockey India name 24-player core probable group for FIH Junior WC

New Delhi [India]: Hockey India on Saturday named 24 players in the Junior Men’s Core Probable Group for the much-awaited FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup scheduled to be held in Bhubaneswar from 24 November 2021.The players will report to Chief Coach Graham Reid and Coach BJ Kariappa on November 7 for the preparatory camp ahead of the prestigious quadrennial event where 16 teams from across the world will vie for top honours. The Core Probable Group includes Pawan, Prashant Kumar Chauhan, Sahil Kumar Nayak, Sanjay, Yashdeep Siwach, Shardanand Tiwari, Abhishek Lakra, Manjeet, Dinachandra Singh Moirangthem, Sunil Jojo, Cyril Lugun, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Rabichandra Singh Moirangthem, Vishnu Kant Singh, Gurmukh Singh, Ankit Pal, Mareeswaran Sakthivel, Uttam Singh, Maninder Singh, Araijeet Singh Hundal, Sudeep Chirmako, Rahul Kumar Rajbhar, Boby Singh Dhami, Prabhjot Singh.Hosts and defending Champions India are grouped in Pool B along with…

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Xavi as FCB head coach

Barcelona [Spain]: FC Barcelona has reached an agreement with Xavi Hernandez for him to become first-team coach for the rest of the current season and two more seasons.“Xavi Hernandez, a youth team product at Barca, has left his current club, Al-Sadd of Qatar, after talks held over the last few days with the owners of the club,” said FC Barcelona in an official statement. It is expected that Xavi Hernandez will arrive in Barcelona this weekend and that on Monday his presentation as new FC Barcelona first team coach will take place in an event open to the public at Camp Nou.Xavi is a legend at FC Barcelona. His 767 appearances for the senior team were a record until he was surpassed recently by Leo Messi (778).In his 17 years in the first team (1998 to 2015), he won 25 major trophies.However, in total…

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Futsal Club C’ship: Vijay R shines as Super Strikers defeat Chanmari Zothan Futsal by 6-4

New Delhi [India] : Super Strikers defeated Chanmari Zothan Futsal by 6-4 in the second encounter of the Futsal Club Championship on Friday.The match started with both teams full of energy, pressing and not giving any room to breathe. Chanmari Zothan though first got on the front foot, as they tested the opposition defence a few times. However, around the 10-minute mark, thunderstruck twice as Surya U K netted a brace in a couple of minutes. Chanmari Zothan also gave a tough fight as Avida and George scored from close range after some beautiful build-up play. Just before the break, Vijay made a slick move count and ensured that his team had an advantage heading into the second half.After the break, Barry Francis scored another goal for the Super Strikers to regain their 2-goal lead. The Bengaluru-based side took the game by the scruff…

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Argentine Football Association set to launch commercial operations in India

New Delhi [India]: The Argentine Football Association (AFA) announced on Friday that it is set to begin its commercial operations in India with the official launch of AFA social media handles for the Indian audience.The respective social media handles will serve as a targeted medium to reach and interact with football fans in India with a more focussed approach. The Latin American federation has formed an official partnership with sports marketing agency India On Track to develop specific digital content for the Indian market. Speaking about the AFA’s expansion plan in India, AFA President Claudio Tapia said, “We are very happy and have great expectations with this project. We have seen in these years everything that the Argentine National Team generates in the Indian public and we know the potential that exists in that market.”“The National Team and the Professional League will from now…

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Paris Masters : Fritz sets showdown against Djokovic; Zverev, Medvedev advance

Paris [France] : Taylor Fritz reached his second consecutive ATP Master 1000 quarter-final at the Paris Masters after defeating Cameron Norrie on Thursday.The World No. 26 saved two set points in the second set to down countryman Norrie 6-3, 7-6(3) in one hour and 33 minutes. Fritz will next clash with Novak Djokovic for a place in the semi-finals after the World No. 1 received a walkover from Gael Monfils. Elsewhere, Alexander Zverev recovered from squandering two match points in the second set, downing Grigor Dimitrov 7-6(4), 6-7(3), 6-3 to continue his pursuit of a third Masters title of the season.In a tight match against Dimitrov, the fourth-seed saved eight of the nine break points he faced but had to be patient on return against the 30-year-old, who gave the German very few chances.Daniil Medvedev moved into the last eight in Paris after defeating…

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Have been lucky to get exposure with senior team, says Salima Tete

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Over the last three years, Salima Tete has proven her mettle to cement her place in the Senior Women’s Team. Only 19-years-old, Salima was one of the youngest members of the Indian Women’s Team that came up with a historic performance at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 where they narrowly lost the bronze medal to Great Britain.“I have been really fortunate to get this kind of exposure with the senior team, so early in my career. Playing under pressure and also understanding what it really takes to play at the highest level have been some of the key takeaways for me. I look forward to using this experience with the Senior team while working with my teammates from the Junior core group,” stated Salima in an official release. The Indian Junior Women’s team are grouped in Pool C along with Argentina, Japan…

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Akash Kumar becomes 7th Indian male boxer to win medal at World Boxing Championships

Belgrade [Serbia]: Indian boxer Akash Kumar’s sensational run at the 2021 AIBA men’s World Boxing Championships ended with a bronze medal after he suffered a heartbreaking loss in the semi-final in Belgrade on Thursday.Akash endured a 5-0 loss against Kazakhstan’s Makhmud Sabyrkhan in the 54kg category. It was India’s seventh medal at the world’s one of the biggest boxing events as Akash joined the elite list of boxers that includes Amit Panghal (silver in 2019), Vijender Singh (bronze in 2009), Vikas Krishan (bronze in 2011), Shiva Thapa (bronze in 2015), Gaurav Bidhuri (bronze in 2017) and Manish Kaushik (bronze in 2019) who have won medals for the country at the Men’s World Championships in the past.Playing in his debut World Championships, Akash started the Last-4 bout aggressively as the first round saw both the boxers trading heavy blows.However, the Kazakh boxer looked in a…

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Champions League: Jota, Mane score as Liverpool defeat Atletico Madrid

Liverpool [UK]: Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane registered goals as Liverpool defeated Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League Group B match on Wednesday.Liverpool defeated Atletico Madrid 2-0 at Anfield on Wednesday. The Reds are now at the top of Group B with 12 points from four games. Atletico Madrid is in the third spot with 4 points from four matches.Both goals for Liverpool came in the first half of the game. It was Jota who scored the first goal in the 13th minute of the game.Seven minutes later, Mane got on the scoring sheet. No other goals were scored in the game, and Liverpool registered a 2-0 victory.In other matches, Manchester City defeated Club Brugge 4-1. Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus scored goals for Pep Guardiola’s side.Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig played out a 2-2 draw while Ajax stunned…

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Antonio Conte vows to deliver ‘attractive’ football with Tottenham Hotspur

London [UK]: Newly-appointed Tottenham Hotspur FC head coach Antonio Conte has vowed to bring consistency to the Primer League side by playing “good and attractive” football.On Tuesday, the north London side announced the appointment of Antonio Conte as the head coach on a contract until the summer of 2023, with an option to extend. In his first interview since being appointed, Conte told Spurs TV: “My coaching philosophy is very simple – to play good and attractive football for our fans. To have a stable team, not up and down.”“I think the fans deserve to have a competitive team with a will to fight. I will do everything to deserve their support. This type of situation pushes you and increases the desire to work and to do something important for the fans of this club. This is a great opportunity, an honour to become…

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Honoured to be awarded Khel Ratna, says Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra

New Delhi [India] : Tokyo Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra on Wednesday said that he is honoured to be chosen for the prestigious Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna award.“Very honoured to be awarded the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna alongside some outstanding sportspersons. Aap sabhi ke sahyog aur support ke liye tahe dil se dhanyavad. Koshish ye hi rahegi ki aise hi apne performances se desh ke liya aur success haasil kar paun! Jai Hind,” tweeted Neeraj Chopra. Earlier this year, Neeraj Chopra had bagged a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics and the javelin thrower brought India its first medal in athletics at the mega event.Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports on Tuesday announced the list for National Sports Awards 2021. The awardees will receive their awards from the President of India at a specially organized function at the Darbar Hall of Rashtrapati…

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Champions League: Ronaldo scores brace as United play out draw against Atalanta

Rome [Italy]: Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal in the dying minutes of the Champions League fixture against Atalanta helped Manchester United walk away with a point.United and Atalanta played out a 2-2 draw on Tuesday in the Champions League. For Atalanta, Josip Iicic and Duvan Zapata got among the scoring sheet while Ronaldo scored both the goals for United.Heading into the dying minutes of the game, it seemed United would lose the match as the side was trailing 1-2, but Ronaldo’s brilliance helped the side in ending the match in a draw.United is at the top spot in Group F with seven points from four games while Atalanta is at the third spot.In other matches, Barcelona defeated Dynamo Kyiv 1-0 while Bayern Munich thrashed Benfica 5-0.Juventus outclassed Zenit 4-2 while Villarreal defeated Young Boys 2-0.

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Neeraj, Mithali, Chhetri among 12 to receive Khel Ratna on November 13

New Delhi [India] : Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports announced the National Sports Awards 2021 on Tuesday. The awardees will receive their awards from the President of India at a specially organized function at the Darbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan on November 13.Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award will be given to 12 sportspersons including Neeraj Chopra (Athletics), Ravi Kumar (Wrestling), Lovlina Borgohain (Boxing), Sreejesh P.R (Hockey), Avani Lekhara (Para Shooting), Sumit Antil (Para Athletics), Pramod Bhagat (Para Badminton), Krishna Nagar (Para Badminton), Manish Narwal (Para Shooting), Mithali Raj (Cricket), Sunil Chhetri (Football), and Manpreet Singh (Hockey). All men’s Hockey India team who has won the historic bronze medal in Tokyo 2020 Olympics has been awarded Arjun Award with the exceptions of PR Sreejesh and Manpreet Singh.The full list of athletes who will receive the Arjuna Award are Arpinder Singh, SimranjitKaur, Shikhar Dhawan,…

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Ranbir Kapoor to pay tribute to Diego Maradona via football match

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Ranbir Kapoor, Shoojit Sircar, Ahan Shetty and Vivian Dsena, among several others, are coming together to play a special football match in honour of the Argentina football legend Diego Maradona. The match will be held on November 3 at Jamnabai Grounds, Mumbai.Also, celebrities will be seen playing the match just days after the launch of Amazon Original Series ‘Maradona: Blessed Dream’, a biopic spanning 10 episodes that follows the triumphs and challenges of the legendary football player Diego Armando Maradona, from his humble beginnings in Argentina to his game-changing career through Barcelona and Napoli, and his role in taking his national team to win the World Cup in Mexico in ’86. Diego Maradona passed away last year on November 25. He was 60 when he breathed his last.

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Tottenham Hotspur appoints Antonio Conte as new head coach

London [UK]: Tottenham Hotspur FC on Tuesday announced the appointment of Antonio Conte as the head coach on a contract until the summer of 2023, with an option to extend.Antonio has won titles in Serie A, including a hat-trick of Scudettos with Juventus, the Premier League and also managed Italy, leading the Azzurri to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016. In a statement by Spurs, Conte said: “I am extremely happy to return to coaching, and to do so at a Premier League club that has the ambition to be a protagonist again. Tottenham Hotspur has state-of-the-art facilities and one of the best stadiums in the world.”“I can’t wait to start working to convey to the team and the fans the passion, mentality and determination that have always distinguished me, as a player and as a coach. Last summer our union did not happen because…

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Paris Masters: Pair of Djokovic, Krajinovic advance to second round

Paris [France]: Serbian pair of Novak Djokovic and Filip Krajinovic reached the second round of Paris Masters after defeating the Australian duo on Monday.The Serbian pair rallied from a set down and saved seven of the eight break points they faced to edge Australians Alex de Minaur and Luke Saville 4-6, 6-4, 10-7 in one hour and 36 minutes in an entertaining match. In the singles, Cameron Norrie recorded the 100th tour-level match win of his career in Paris to keep alive his chances of qualifying for the ATP Finals in Turin. The 10th-seeded Briton won nine straight games from 2-2 in the first set to overcome Federico Delbonis of Argentina 6-2, 6-1 in 73 minutes.Earlier, American Sebastian Korda recovered from squandering two match points in the second-set tie-break, edging Aslan Karatsev 6-2, 6-7(9), 7-6(5) to reach the second round in Paris, ending the…

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Awards always motivate players to do better, says Lovlina Borgohain

New Delhi [India] : Indian Boxer Lovlina Borgohain, who on Monday received the trophy for Arjuna Award for 2020, has said that winning such awards always motivates the players to do better.Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports felicitated the recipients of the Dhyan Chand Award 2020, Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award, Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar 2020 and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy on Monday in New Delhi. Last year, the ceremony took place virtually on August 29, due to COVID-19 restrictions. “It feels great to finally get the trophy for my Arjuna Award after a year. Last year, I was in quarantine, so I went to collect my certificate wearing a PPE kit. The real value of the Arjuna Award is from the trophy and today I have got it,” said Lovlina in a video posted by SAI Media on Twitter.“At the beginning,…

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Novak Djokovic eyes year-end no 1 finish in Paris, says ‘that’s the goal’

Paris [France]: Novak Djokovic who is making his long-awaited return to action this week at the Paris Masters, has set his eye on the year-end No. 1 finish in the ATP Rankings.The five-time champion in Paris/Bercy will play his first tournament since falling to Daniil Medvedev in the final of the US Open. Djokovic has also signed up to play doubles for just the third time this season (ATP Cup, Mallorca) and will team with countryman Filip Krajinovic. The Serbian superstar has an opportunity to clinch his seventh year-end No. 1 finish in the ATP Rankings, which would break his tie with Pete Sampras for the most year-end No. 1 finishes in history.“The year-end No. 1 is on the line between Medvedev and myself, and I’m in a pretty good position,” atptour.com quoted Djokovic as a saying. “That’s obviously the goal for the end…

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Tottenham Hotspur sacks head coach Nuno Espirito Santo

London [UK] : Tottenham Hotspur FC on Monday announced that head coach Nuno Espirito Santo and his coaching staff Ian Cathro, Rui Barbosa and Antonio Dias have been relieved of their duties.Nuno Espirito Santo has been sacked by the north-London club after only four months in charge. Nuno took charge of just 17 games across all competitions as Tottenham head coach, recording nine wins, one draw and seven losses. The Portuguese was appointed permanent successor to Jose Mourinho in June, with Spurs handing him an initial two-year contract. This decision to remove Nuno came after a 3-0 home defeat to Manchester United in the Premier League, which leaves the Spurs ten points adrift of League leaders Chelsea after ten games.Fabio Paratici, Managing Director, Football in a statement said: “I know how much Nuno and his coaching staff wanted to succeed and I regret that…

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World Boxing C’ships : Sanjeet, Nishant advance into quarter-finals

Belgrade [Serbia] : Extending India’s winning momentum, Sanjeet and Nishant Dev registered excellent come-from-behind victories to enter the quarter-finals at the 2021 AIBA Men’s Boxing Championships in Belgrade, Serbia.Joining Akash Kumar (54kg) and Narender (+92) in the Last-8 stage, the current Asian champion Sanjeet and Nishant showcased a splendid show in their matches played late on Sunday night to ensure an all-win record for the country on the seventh day of the prestigious tournament, where 650 top boxers have been participating from more than 100 countries from across the world. Having lost the opening round, the boxer from Rohtak, Sanjeet recovered well in time against the Georgian opponent Giorgi Tchigladze not only to win the next round but also the 92kg Last-16 contest 4-1 comfortably in the end.Similarly, on the other hand, playing in the 71kg pre-quarterfinals bout, debutant Nishant struggled in the early…

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World Boxing C’ships: Narender advances into quarter-finals

Belgrade [Serbia]: India’s Narender entered the quarter-finals at the 2021 AIBA Men’s Boxing Championships with commanding victories in Belgrade, Serbia on Sunday.Narender produced a power-packed performance to upstage the former Asian Games champion veteran Tajikistan pugilist Jakhon Qurbonov by the Referee Stopping the Contest (RSC) verdict in the second round of the +92kg pre-quarterfinal contest. Akash started the day for India on a winning note. Playing their first match in the competition, both the boxers began with an aggressive note and traded punches continuously in a highly busy first two rounds of the 54kg Last-16 bout. The 21-year-old Indian had received a walkover in his opening match while Tirado was given bye in the first round.The tallest among the two pugilists, Akash made good use of his height and landed some sharp punches to tilt the momentum in his favour. Having taken a comfortable…

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Man Utd’s criticism is always there, it does not bother me, says Cristiano Ronaldo

London [UK]: Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo has said that the criticism of the club does not bother him as he has been playing for more than 18 years.Ronaldo’s comments came after Manchester United defeated Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 on Saturday in the Premier League. “The criticisms are always there. For me, it doesn’t bother me because I have played 18 years of football, so I know that one day people will say we are perfect and another day they will say we are crap. I know that and we have to deal with that, but it’s always better when the people praise you and they are happy with you,” Manchester United’s official website quoted Ronaldo as saying.“Sometimes life is like that, sometimes we have to pass through bad moments and we have to change and we changed today. The team was a little bit…

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World Boxing C’ships: Akash Kumar storms into quarter finals

New Delhi [India]: India’s Akash Kumar stormed into the quarter-finals at the 2021 AIBA Men’s Boxing Championships with a comprehensive victory against Puerto Rico’s Caleb Tirado in Belgrade, Serbia on Sunday. Both the boxers, playing their first match in the competition, started with an aggressive note and traded punches continuously in a highly busy first two rounds of the 54kg Last-16 bout. The 21-year-old Indian had received a walkover in his opening match while Tirade was given a bye in the first round.The tallest among the two pugilists, Akash made good use of his height and landed some sharp punches to tilt the momentum in his favour. Having taken a comfortable lead after the first two rounds, Akash showed tactical brilliance and started maintaining distance in the final round which denied his opponent any chance to make a comeback into the match. With this…

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Pele remembers ‘beautiful friendship’ with Maradona on Argentine birthday

Sao Paulo [Brazil]: Brazilian football great Pele remembered his fellow legend late Diego Maradona on Saturday as the mercurial Argentine was recalled all around the world on his 61st birth anniversary. Three-time FIFA World Cup winner Pele took to Instagram and wrote: “God gave him the genius. The world gave him its love. Today is Diego’s Birthday. Forever, on this day, anyone who loves football will remember what he used to do with the ball. As for me, personally, I have the chance to fondly remember the beautiful friendship we had. These memories are a real gift.”Pele and Maradona had often vied for the title of best footballer in history. The Brazilian and Argentine were jointly named best player of the 20th century by FIFA in 2000. Maradona died on November 25th last year after suffering a heart attack. Maradona had begun his professional…

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Premier League: Ronaldo maintains scoring spree as United defeat Spurs

London [UK]: Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani all got on the scoring sheet as Manchester United defeat Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Saturday.United defeat Spurs 3-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday to move to fifth place in Premier League standings. The side now has 17 points from 10 matches. On the other hand, Tottenham has slipped to the eighth spot with 15 points from 10 games.Ronaldo opened the scoring for United as he registered the goal in the 39th minute of the game. At halftime, the Red Devils had a 1-0 lead.In the second half, Cavani and Rashford registered goals in the 64th and 86th minutes of the game respectively and United gained a 3-0 lead.Spurs were left searching for answers and in the end, United gained a comfortable victory.United will next lock horns against Atalanta in the…

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World Boxing C’ships: Sumit extends winning run, advances into pre-quarters finals

New Delhi [India]: Indian boxer Sumit continued his impressive form and moved into the pre-quarterfinals after defeating Abdumalik Boltaev of Tajikistan in the 75kg round of the 32nd match at the 2021 AIBA Men’s Boxing Championships in Belgrade, Serbia on Saturday.Sumit started the bout aggressively right from the first minute and dominated in a highly engaging and busy bout. Boltaev however tried to gauge Sumit’s strategy but the Indian played on the front foot, taking away the first two rounds comfortably from his southpaw opponent. Trailing unanimously, Boltaev hit the aggressive mode in the third round but couldn’t match the sharp footwork and work rate of Sumit, who kept landing precise punches before securing a unanimous victory.In the Last-16 stage, Sumit will be up against Cuba’s Yoenlis Hernandez on Monday.Later tonight, Sachin (80kg), Govind Sahani (48kg) and Shiva Thapa (63.5 kg) will be seen…

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ARSENAL TRIUMPH AT THE KING POWER

In a match that promised a lot, it certainly delivered. Arsenal began in a tidy manner, pressing, passing forward, moving through and vehemently pushing to draw first blood. Which they certainly did , Gabriel delivered a goal from a corner, connecting from a Saka corner and putting the Gunners in front. Leicester looked like they were half asleep, boring backward passes, sideways and backwards, letting the Gunners run around with ample time to showcase their own brilliance which eventually led to another goal from Emile Smith Rowe, a James Maddison mispass which eventually led to Arsenal on a break and a clinical finish. Brendan Rodgers made some half time changes bringing on Barnes and Daka, which did threaten the Arsenal goal but Ramsdale delivered another great performance to hinder any Leicester advances. Mikel Arteta will be happy with the brilliant performance overall even though…

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Hockey Haryana clinch 11th Hockey India Junior Women National C’ship

Simdega (Jharkhand) [India] : Hockey Haryana clinch the 11th Hockey India Junior Women National Championship 2021 after beating hosts Hockey Jharkhand in a thrilling final by 3-2 here on Friday.It was a heart-breaking loss for Hockey Jharkhand who began the match well and even made a late fight-back in their quest to win the title in their home ground. But Hockey Haryana played like champions to ensure they remain undefeated in the tournament. It was Deepika Soreng of Hockey Jharkhand who kicked off the proceedings with an early goal in the 5th minute through a penalty corner. But an infringement by Hockey Jharkhand defenders in the striking gave away two crucial penalty corners for Hockey Haryana who were on target. It was Neelam who scored on both occasions in the 9th and 19th minute to fetch an impressive 2-1 lead.In the 21st minute, Seema…

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Haryana, MP are through to finals of 11th Hockey India Senior Women National C’ship 2021

Jhansi (Uttar Pradesh) [India] Hockey Madhya Pradesh and Hockey Haryana registered victories in their respective Semi-Final matches at the 11th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship 2021 here in Jhansi on Friday.In the first Semi-Final match, Hockey Madhya Pradesh earned a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Hockey Maharashtra. Upasana Singh (8′) and Prashu Singh Parihar (38′) were the scorers for Hockey Madhya Pradesh, while Captain Bhavana Khade (25′) scored the only goal for Hockey Maharashtra. In the second Semi-Final, Hockey Haryana defeated Hockey Punjab 3-0. Soni (9′, 51′) scored a brace, while Amandeep Kaur (35′) scored one goal for Hockey Haryana.Hockey Punjab will now be facing Hockey Maharashtra for the 3rd place match on Saturday, while Hockey Haryana will be going against Hockey Madhya Pradesh in the summit clash of the 11th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship 2021 on the same day. Hockey Haryana…

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French Open: PV Sindhu beats Thailand’s Ongbamrungphan, storms into semis

Paris [France]: India’s ace shuttler PV Sindhu on Friday stormed into the semi-finals of the ongoing French Open after defeating Thai badminton player Busanan Ongbamrungphan in straight sets.The Indian shuttler defeated Ongbamrungphan 21-14, 21-14 in the quarter-finals to move into the next round. Sindhu started the match on a high and took the opening game Ongbamrungphan 21-14. Riding high on confidence, the Indian shuttler started the second game with a lead of 4-2.Sindhu continued her fine form and won the second game 21-14 to seal the match.Earlier in the day, shuttler Lakshya Sen faced a defeat in the quarter-finals of the ongoing tournament.Playing at Court 2, Lakshya lost in straight sets against South Korea’s Heo Kwanghee 15-21, 17-21.On Thursday, Sameer Verma got retired hurt and bowed out of the tournament despite winning the first game with a scoreline of 21-16, 12-21.

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French Open: Lakshya Sen loses to Heo Kwanghee in quarter-finals

Paris [France]: Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen got defeated in the quarter-finals of the ongoing French Open on Friday.Playing at Court 2, Lakshya lost in straight sets against South Korea’s Heo Kwanghee 15-21, 17-21. Earlier in the tournament, shuttler Sameer Verma got retired hurt and bowed out of the tournament despite winning the first game with a scoreline of 21-16, 12-21.The Indian mix doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy lost in the round of 16 match.Playing at Court 4, the Indian pair lost against Indonesia’s Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti 21-15, 17-21, 19-21.The pair of Ponnappa and Satwik dominated the game in the first round but the Indonesian duo came back stronger in the second and the third round.Later, India’s ace shuttler PV Sindhu will be going against Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan in the quarter-finals game of the French Open 2021. Sindhu on…

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French Open: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty advance into quarterfinals

Paris [France] : Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty edged out another Indian duo to cruise into the quarter-finals of the men’s doubles in the ongoing French Open here at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin on Thursday.Battling it out at Court 2, Rankireddy and Shetty defeated compatriots M R Arjun and Dhruv Kapila 15-21, 21-10, 21-9 in 58 minutes. In another late-night encounter, Sourabh Verma bowed out after losing to Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto 12-21, 9-21 in just 37 minutes. The Japenese was in control of the tie from the word go as he dominated and cruised into the next round with ease.Earlier, India’s ace shuttler PV Sindhu defeated Danish badminton player Line Christophersen in straight sets to move into the third round of the women’s singles event by winning 21-19, 21-9.Lakshya Sen also entered into the third round of the ongoing tournament after defeating Singapore’s…

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French Open: PV Sindhu, Lakshya Sen sail into third round

Paris [France]: India’s ace shuttler PV Sindhu defeated Danish badminton player Line Christophersen in straight sets to move into the third round of the women’s singles event at ongoing the French Open 2021 on Thursday.Sindhu started the match on a high as she won the first game 21-19 after a hard-fought battle. The Indian shuttler then thrashed Christophersen 21-9 in the second game to seal the match. Lakshya Sen also entered into the third round of the ongoing tournament after defeating Singapore’s Loh Kean Yew 21-17, 21-13 on Thursday.However, shuttler Sameer Verma got retired hurt and bowed out of the tournament despite winning the first game with a scoreline of 21-16, 12-21.The Indian mix doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy lost in the round of 16 match.Playing at Court 4, the Indian pair lost against Indonesia’s Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti…

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French Open: Mix doubles pair of Ponnappa, Satwik lose to Indonesian duo

Paris [France] : Indian mix doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy on Thursday lost in the round of 16 match in the ongoing French Open.Playing at Court 4, the Indian pair lost against Indonesia’s Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti 21-15, 17-21, 19-21. The pair Ponnappa and Satwik dominated the game in the first round but the Indonesian duo came back stronger in the second and the third round.Earlier, India’s ace shuttler PV Sindhu defeated Denmark’s Julie Jakobsen 21-15, 21-18 in straight sets to advance into the second round of the women’s singles event at the French Open 2021.Elsewhere, London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal was forced to retire from her opening round match with an injury. Saina Nehwal was trailing 21-11, 9-2 against Japan’s Sayaka Takahashi in her women’s singles clash when she decided to concede.Earlier, Lakshya Sen stormed into the…

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