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Pro Kabaddi League: Second-part schedule announced, 33 games to be played between Jan 20-Feb 4

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] (ANI): Mashal Sports, the organizers of Pro Kabaddi League, successfully completed 66 matches constituting the first half of the league stage ongoing Season 8, in complete conformity to the league schedule that was released in December 2021.Mashal Sports on Monday announced the second part of the ongoing round-robin league, with 33 matches to be played from January 20 to February 4, 2022. A significant feature of the 66 completed matches of PKL Season 8 has been the augmented quality of competition between the 12 PKL Teams. The score difference at the end of matches has reduced by 42 per cent with an avg. of 6 in PKL 8 VS 10 in PKL 7. There has been a 16 per cent increase in total points scored: avg. 68 points per match in PKL 8 vs 59 in PKL 7. The league organizers…

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Lakshya Sen wins India Open 2022, defeats Loh Kean Yew in summit clash

New Delhi [India] (ANI): India shuttler Lakshya Sen won the men’s singles final of the ongoing India Open 2022 here at the KD Jadhav Stadium here on Sunday.Lakshya Sen defeated Singapore’s Loh Kean Yew 24-22, 21-17 in the summit clash that lasted for 54 minutes. This is the first time that Sen has managed to win the Super 500 title in his career. Lakshya Sen was comfortably leading the first game, but world champion Kean Yew came from behind, and it was evenly poised at 22-22. The India shuttler then raised his game to win the first game 24-22.The 20-year-old Sen continued with his momentum and he went on to win the summit clash in straight games.Earlier on Sunday, the duo of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy clinched victory in the men’s doubles finals of Indian Open 2022, which is part of the BWF…

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India Open 2022: Duo of Chirag, Satwik storm into finals

New Delhi [India] (ANI): Indian duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty stormed into the finals of the ongoing Indian Open 2022, which is part of the BWF World Tour tournament series, at the KD Jadhav Stadium here on Saturday.The Indian pair defeated French duo of Fabien Delrue and William Villeger in the straight sets of 21-10, 21-18 in a match that lasted for 37 minutes. Earlier in the day, shuttler Aakarshi Kashyap bowed out after losing against Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan in the straight sets of 24-26, 9-21 in a match that lasted for 52 minutes.Lakshya Sen made his way into the finals of men’s singles after defeating Malaysia’s NG Tze Yong in the semi-finals on Saturday. He has reached the first Super 500 final of his career.Later in the day, two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu will be going against Supanida Katethong in the…

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Australian Open will be great with or without Novak Djokovic, says Rafael Nadal

Melbourne [Australia] (ANI): Rafael Nadal on Saturday said the Australian Open is much more important than any one player while talking about his rival Novak Djokovic, who is currently fighting deportation from Australia.Ahead of the start of the season’s first Grand Slam on Monday, Nadal at Melbourne Park in his pre-event press conference said: “Australian Open will be a great Australian Open with or without him.” Currently, nine-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic is still in the draw to defend his title in Melbourne after the Serbian’s visa was cancelled on Friday by Hawke, the Australian Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services, and Multicultural Affairs. Djokovic is placed against compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic in the opening round.When asked about how different AO 2022 would look with Djokovic in the draw and without him, Rafa said: “I tell you one thing, it’s very clear that Novak…

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ISL: Eyes locked on summit, Mohun Bagan look to stymie Bengaluru run

Fatorda (Goa) [India] (ANI): ATK Mohun Bagan hopes their journey to the top of the tree starts with a win over arch-rivals Bengaluru FC when the two sides are scheduled to meet in the 2021-22 Indian Super League (ISL) at the PJN Stadium in Fatorda on Saturday.ATKMB are fifth in the points table with 15 in their bag but they have played only nine matches so far. A win on the morrow will take them closer to Kerala Blasters who are top of the heap with 20 points but having played 11 games. All teams have played 11 games in the top four and for the Mariners, it is a golden opportunity to get there.Under Juan Ferrando the team has looked to be finding its mojo after losing the plot at the start of the season. The green and maroons have been unbeaten in…

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ISL: Hyderabad spoil Chennaiyin’s top-four hopes with 1-1 draw

Panaji (Goa) [India] (ANI): Chennaiyin FC’s aspirations of breaking into the top-four went up in smoke as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Hyderabad FC in a tense Indian Super League game that ended in a 1-1 stalemate at the PJN Stadium in Fatorda on Thursday.Chennaiyin went ahead through Mohd Sajid Dhot in the 13th minute but could not hold on to their slender lead till halftime as Javier Siverio (45th) continued his scoring spree with a goal on the cusp of halftime. There were no goals in the second period as Debjit Majumder made a string of saves in Chennaiyin goal and the home side put pressure in six minutes of added time for the winner but in the end, it ended all square. Hyderabad missed talisman Bartholomew Ogbeche, lacking teeth upfront as the league’s top-scorer served his suspension after picking…

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India Open 2022: Bansod upsets Nehwal to reach quarters; Chaliha, Kashyap, Sindhu in Round of 8

New Delhi [India] (ANI): Malvika Bansod became only the second Indian to beat former World No. 1 Saina Nehwal since 2017 in any international tournament while Ashmita Chaliha continued her strong run by beating France’s Yaelle Hoyaux to reach the quarter-finals of the India Open 2022, which is part of the BWF World Tour tournament series, at the KD Jadhav stadium on Thursday.Bansod defeated Nehwal 21-17, 21-9 in 34 minutes while Chaliha got the better of Hoyaux 21-17, 21-14. Also advancing to the Round of 8 were top seed PV Sindhu and Aakarshi Kashyap. Sindhu defeated Ira Sharma 21-10, 21-10 while Kashyap beat Keyura Mopati with an identical scoreline.Prior to today’s match, Nehwal’s only loss against an Indian opponent at the India Open was in the quarter final against PV Sindhu in 2017. On the domestic circuit any Indian to beat her was in…

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India Open 2022: Saina Nehwal bows out after losing second-round match

New Delhi [India] (ANI): India shuttler Saina Nehwal on Thursday bowed out of the ongoing Indian Open 2022 here at the KD Jadhav Indoor Hall in New Delhi.Malvika Bansod defeated Nehwal 21-17, 21-9 in the second-round match which lasted for 35 minutes. The 31-year-old Nehwal was trailing 5-7 in the first game, and Malvika was in no mood to let this advantage and she ended up winning the first game 21-17.Bansod then did not look back, and she continued with her momentum, winning the match inside 35 minutes.Earlier in the day, PV Sindhu progressed to the next round of the ongoing competition. In an all-Indian affair, Sindhu outclassed Ira Sharma 21-10, 21-10 to progress to the next round.Sindhu was at her dominant self in the first game and she wrapped up the game inside 13 minutes. Continuing from where she left off, the 26-year-old…

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Can serve country while working in Assam Police but main focus will be sports: Lovlina Borgohain

Dispur (Assam) [India] (ANI): Tokyo Olympic bronze medallist boxer Lovlina Borgohain expressed happiness at being appointed as Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in Assam but said that currently she will focus on sports and winning medals for the country.Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma handed over the letter of appointment to the bronze medallist at Janata Bhawan, Dispur on Wednesday. Addressing the media at the event, Lovlina said, “It feels good to have a confirmed job. Now I can serve the country while working in Assam Police but my main focus is sports and winning medal. I will focus on training and won’t join duty until retired from boxing; will join post boxing (career).”Lovlina Borgohain became the third Indian boxer after Mary Kom and Vijender Singh to bag a Bronze medal at the quadrennial event, held last year.Later in November, Lovlina was also conferred…

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Saina Nehwal is unhappy, reveals shuttler’s father as he demands actor Siddharth to apologize

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India] (ANI): Saina Nehwal’s father Harvir Singh Nehwal on Tuesday said that the ace Indian shuttler is unhappy after the remarks made by actor Siddharth against her.“A person from cinema industry (actor Siddharth) has made some bad remarks against Saina (Nehwal) on Twitter,” Harvir Singh told ANI. Siddharth on January 6 had retweeted a post by Saina Nehwal in which she had expressed her concern over the security breach of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Punjab visit on January 5.Raising concerns over the Prime Minister’s convoy being stopped for 15-20 minutes on a flyover in Punjab’s Bathinda as the road was blocked by protesting farmers, the Olympic medallist tweeted: “No nation can claim itself to be safe if the security of its own PM gets compromised. I condemn, in the strongest words possible, the cowardly attack on PM Modi by anarchists.”Retweeting…

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India Open: Sindhu, Srikanth to be in action on Day 1, Sumeeth Reddy and Manu Atri withdraw from men’s doubles

New Delhi [India] (ANI): The Indian Open badminton is all set to start here in New Delhi at the KD Jadhav Indoor Hall. The experienced Indian men’s doubles combination of B Sumeeth Reddy and Manu Atri along with men’s singles fourth seed Kantaphon Wangcharoen of Thailand have withdrawn from the competition.However, Sumeeth will be in action in mixed doubles alongside Ashwini Ponnappa with the pair taking on second seeds Rodion Alimov and Alina Davletova in the opening round. Star Shuttler PV Sindhu will be in action on the first day. The disarming smile and lightning speed that mesmerized badminton fans at the World Championship last month has suddenly made Loh Kean Yew the star attraction around the globe.Singapore’s first World Championships gold medallist is still basking in that glory, even posing for pictures with fellow players on the eve of the India Open, which…

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Australian Open: Pleased and grateful that judge overturned my visa cancellation, says Djokovic

Melbourne [Australia] (ANI): World number one men’s singles player Novak Djokovic on Monday said he is “pleased and grateful” that the judge has overturned his visa cancellation ahead of the Australian Open.The tennis star won his legal appeal on procedural grounds, quashing the border officer’s initial decision to cancel his visa. Judge Anthony Kelly of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia quashed the cancellation of Djokovic’s visa and confirmed the twenty-time Grand Slam winner Serbian will be permitted to stay in Australia.Djokovic was also ordered to be released from detention immediately with his passport and “personal effects”.“I’m pleased and grateful that the Judge overturned my visa cancellation. Despite all that has happened, I want to stay and try to compete @AustralianOpen.I remain focused on that. I flew here to play at one of the most important events we have in front of…

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La Liga: Sevilla edge Getafe to keep pressure on Real Madrid, Atletico play four-goal draw with Villarreal

Madrid [Spain] (ANI): Sevilla kept the pressure on Real Madrid at the top of La Liga on Sunday by edging Getafe 1-0, while Atletico Madrid had to settle for a point in a 2-2 draw against Villarreal.Rafa Mir’s goal in the 22nd minute past David Soria sealed the home team’s fate as they reduced the gap with Madrid to five points, with Sevilla owning a game in hand. Madrid thrashed Valencia 4-1 on Saturday. At Mestalla Stadium on January 20, Sevilla will have the chance to reduce the points difference to two by beating Valencia.At the Estadio de la Ceramica, Atleti and Villarreal drew 2-2 in a spectacular clash as Angel Correa and Geoffrey Kondogbia- who was later sent off – scored goals for the Madrid-based team while Oblak saved a penalty. Alberto Moreno and Pau Torres struck for the Yellow Submarine.With this draw,…

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Rafael Nadal downs Cressy to clinch his 89th tour-level title in Melbourne

Melbourne [Australia]: Rafael Nadal lifted the Melbourne Summer Set trophy on Sunday by downing the American qualifier Maxime Cressy 7-6(6), 6-3.The Spaniard was playing for the first time since August this week after a foot injury curtailed his 2021 season. However, the world number six showed little sign of rustiness in Melbourne, not dropping a set at the ATP 250 event to earn his 89th tour-level crown. In an entertaining match, Cressy attacked Nadal with his high-flying serve-and-volley game, but the Spaniard returned well throughout and showed a great fight. The 35-year-old saved a set point in the first-set tie-break and rallied from a break-down in the second set, before eventually triumphing after one hour and 44 minutes. This was Cressy’s first ATP Tour final.“This court has always been very, very special for me,” Nadal said after the match. “The Rod Laver Arena is…

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Hyderabad FC deserve to be on top: Kerala Blasters FC’s Ivan Vukomanovic

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Kerala Blasters FC coach Ivan Vukomanovic believes his side is in the middle of a process and is happy with the progress his players have made as they prepare for Hyderabad FC in match 55 of the Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 at Tilak Maidan Stadium, Vasco da Gama on Sunday.Kerala Blasters FC are fifth in the league table with 14 points in nine matches. They have three wins, five draws, and a loss. KBFC are only two points away from moving back into the top four. “Well, we have to praise them [Hyderabad FC] because they are working consistently for the second year in a row. They are not top of the table by coincidence, they deserve to be there. They have had a strategy and now it’s showing good results. Nothing happens overnight in football. When you work consistently…

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ISL: Kerala on form and Hyderabad go toe-to-toe in battle of ascendancy

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Kerala Blasters will look to re-enter the top four positions but against Hyderabad FC they will face a resolute test when the two sides meet in the 2021-22 Indian Super League (ISL) at the Tilak Maidan Stadium on Sunday.Kerala played out two draws in their last two encounters and are now in the fifth spot with 14 points from nine games. A win on the morrow will take them to the top four but second-placed Hyderabad will want to keep snapping at league leaders Mumbai City FC’s heels and therefore they are expected to come hard at Kerala. Kerala have just lost one game so far and at the heart of their eight-game unbeaten run is Adrian Luna who has been brilliant so far. Luna scored a goal and provided an assist in Kerala’s 2-2 draw against FC Goa. Luna scored…

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Proud of way team fought: SC East Bengal’s Renedy Singh after match against Mumbai City

Panaji (Goa) [India]: SC East Bengal’s interim coach Renedy Singh was pleased with the way his team executed their game plan as they held Mumbai City FC to a 0-0 draw in the Indian Super League (ISL) at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco, Goa on Friday.Both teams struggled to create major scoring chances in the match. The Islanders dominated possession but found it tough to find spaces behind SCEB’s back-line. Due to resilient defending from the Red and Gold Brigade, both teams had to settle for a draw. “I’m really proud of them. You have seen the game, I’m really proud of the boys. We played with one foreigner, can you imagine the opponent team was playing with the top four foreigners. Even the Indian boys the way they have played along with Daniel Chima Chukwu at the end is commendable. This is…

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ISL: Chennaiyin look to roll Goa over

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Chennaiyin FC will look to build on the winning momentum and break into the top four when they take on FC Goa in 2021-22 Indian Super League match at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim on Saturday. Chennaiyin snapped a two-game losing run to script a win against Jamshedpur FC, albeit being lucky at times. The former champions bolstered their ranks by bringing back Nerijus Valskis from Jamshedpur.Lithuanian forward Valskis donned Chennaiyin colours in his first season in India, the 19-20 ISL. He scored 15 goals for the club in 19-20, winning the ISL Golden Boot and reaching the finals of the ISL where the club lost to ATK FC 3-1. “Valskis will be available and Ariel Borysiuk will skip this game. He is feeling much better so we will see what will happen in the next few days and decide about…

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I take blame for defeat, won’t criticise anyone: NorthEast United FC’s Khalid Jamil

Panaji (Goa) [India]: NorthEast United FC head coach Khalid Jamil took the blame for the 3-2 defeat against Jamshedpur FC in the Indian Super League (ISL) on Thursday but also urged his team to start winning matches as his side’s hopes of a semi-final appearance diminished further.Deshorn Brown’s (4′, 90+1′) brace that sandwiched Jordan Murray (44′) and Boris Singh’s (56′) strikes went in vain as Ishan Pandita (90+3′) came off the bench to score the late winner. “Yeah, we got unlucky today. Because of the last goal, it was a misunderstanding between defender and goalkeeper. So lack of concentration you can say,” said Khalid Jamil in a post-match press conference as per the ISL website.“No, I cannot blame anybody because everybody played well. But talking about the result throughout this is my mistake. I’ll take the blame. I should not blame anybody,” he added.NorthEast…

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ISL: Desperate for a win, beleaguered East Bengal have task cut out against Mumbai City

Panaji (Goa) [India]: The search for their first win of the campaign is still on, SC East Bengal look to take confidence from their dogged display in the last game and put it across Mumbai City FC when the two sides meet in the 2021-22 Indian Super League (ISL) at the Tilak Maidan Stadium on Friday.The red and golds have had a wretched campaign so far, failing to win any of their nine games so far and languishing rock-bottom in the points table with just five points. The Kolkata side parted ways with Jose Manuel Diaz before the game against Bengaluru FC and Renedy Singh was named interim coach.The former India captain oversaw a spirited performance against the Blues but only managed to eke out a point from the fixture, making it two draws in two games for the beleaguered outfit.Renedy, who has been…

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ISL: Midfielder Vinit Rai joins Mumbai City FC on loan from Odisha FC

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Odisha FC midfielder Vinit Rai has joined defending champions Mumbai City FC on loan for the rest of the Indian Super League (ISL) campaign, the Islanders announced through a statement on Wednesday.Rai who was the captain of Odisha FC this season makes the switch to the Islanders to add to their already rich midfield options that include Lalengmawia Ralte and Ahmed Jahouh. “Mumbai City FC are pleased to announce that the Club has reached an agreement with Odisha FC for the loan of 24-year-old midfielder Vinit Rai until the end of the season,” the club’s official statement read, as per the ISL website.Rai has featured in eight matches for Odisha FC this season and has a staggering passing accuracy of 86.61 per cent.The Islanders who have been dislodged from the top spot by Hyderabad FC will hope the acquisition of Rai…

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Ramanathan, Bopanna battle past into quarterfinals in Adelaide

Adelaide [Australia]: India’s Ramkumar Ramanathan and Rohan Bopanna battled their way into the men’s doubles quarterfinals of the Adelaide International 1 ATP tournament in Adelaide on Wednesday.In the ATP 250 men’s event, the Indians defeated the American pair of Nathaniel Lammons and Jackson Withrow 6-7(4) 7-6(3) 10-4 in a super tie-breaker in the second round. Earlier in the round of 32, Bopanna-Ramanathan beat American Jamie Cerretani and Brazil’s Fernando Romboli 6-2, 6-1. They will face the winner of the match between the French-Monegasque duo of Benjamin Bonzi and Hugo Nys and the Belgian pair of Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen.On Tuesday in the women’s WTA 500 event here, India’s Sania Mirza and her Ukrainian partner Nadiia Kichenok advanced to the quarter-finals of the women’s doubles in the Adelaide International tournament. Sania Mirza and Nadiia Kichenok came from a set down to upset second seeds…

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Really proud of the way team fought: SC East Bengal’s Renedy Singh

Panaji (Goa) [India]: SC East Bengal interim coach Renedy Singh was pleased with the way his team executed their gameplan as they held Bengaluru FC to a 1-1 draw in the Indian Super League (ISL) at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim, Goa on Tuesday.Semboi Haokip (28′) opened the scoring with a diving header before Sourav Das (OG 55′) handed the equaliser to the opposition with an own goal. “We were talking about the structure before the match, they keep the shape till the end. One clear-cut chance, other than that there was no clear-cut chance for them. But we got three open chances, which we scored one and we could have scored two. Again, the players that we have, and with so many foreigners out we cannot play that expensive game. But then whatever the players who were in the field today, the way…

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Lukaku apologises to Chelsea fans, Tuchel days after suggesting he wants to join Inter Milan

London [UK]: Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has apologised to the fans of the club, manager Thomas Tuchel and his teammates days after saying that he is unhappy with the club. In an interview with Sky Sport Italia, Lukaku had said that he is unhappy with Tuchel’s way of managing Chelsea adding that he hopes to link up with his old club Inter Milan.“To the fans, I’m sorry for the upset that I caused. You guys know the connection that I have had with this club since my teenage years, so I totally understand you guys being upset. Obviously, it’s up to me now to restore your trust and I’ll do my best to show commitment every day on the training ground and in the games to make sure we win games,” Lukaku said in a video posted on the official Twitter handle of Chelsea.…

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ISL: Thriller on cards as Mohun Bagan and Hyderabad fight for top spot

Fatorda (Goa) [India]: Juan Ferrando will have the opportunity to take ATK Mohun Bagan top of the table when they take on high-flying Hyderabad FC in the 2021-22 Indian Super League (ISL) at the PJN Stadium in Fatorda on Wednesday.Since Ferrando took over from Antonio Lopez Habas, ATKMB have got back to winning ways, extending their run to two games in the last outing against FC Goa. The Mariners are back in the top four with 14 points from eight matches but in Hyderabad, they will face an opponent who are on a seven-game unbeaten run. Placed second in the points table, Hyderabad will go top of the table if they beat ATKMB as they are one point adrift of table-toppers Mumbai City FC having 15 in their kitty from eight matches.Even if the Manolo Marquez-coached side draw, they will go to the top…

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ISL: Odisha FC stun table-toppers Mumbai City to throw league wide open

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Odisha FC completed a scintillating second-half comeback recording an impressive 4-2 win over Mumbai City FC at the Tilak Maidan Stadium the 2021-22 Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22.The result leaves Des Buckingham’s men winless in three games. Victory for Kiko Ramirez’s men means that only three points separate them from the league leaders despite being in seventh place on the table. Aridai Cabrera (4′) scored an early goal against the run of play but Ahmed Jahouh (11′) quickly brought the game on level terms with a superb finish.Igor Angulo (38′) then headed his team into the lead before Jerry Mawihmingthanga (70′, 77′) scored a memorable brace to hand the lead back to the Kalinga Warriors. Jonathas (89′) put the result beyond any doubt by scoring the fourth.The match began at a rapid pace as Odisha FC scored an early goal. Mumbai…

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I-League postponed by at least six weeks

New Delhi [India]: The I-League 2021-22 has been postponed by at least six weeks, the All India Football Federation announced on Monday.Harsh Mahajan, a member of the AIFF Sports Medical Committee informed the clubs that with the number of positive cases rising all over the country exponentially, the new covid norms and restrictions being implemented by the Government of West Bengal, and with the philosophy of AIFF not allowing any compromise with the health and safety of the players and officials, it’s prudent that the I-League 2021-22 be postponed by at least 6 weeks, a fact which was corroborated by all the participating clubs in the meeting. “The clubs also unanimously appreciated the efforts taken by the AIFF to give paramount importance to the health of the players and officials,” AIFF in a statement said.Subrata Dutta, Senior Vice President, All India Football Federation, and…

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Showed great discipline and concentration: Chennaiyin FC’s Bozidar Bandovic

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Chennaiyin FC head coach Bozidar Bandovic hailed the spirit and effort of his players as they beat Jamshedpur FC 1-0 to reignite their semi-final hopes after recent defeats in the Indian Super League (ISL).Bandovic was particularly pleased with his players’ response after losses in the last two matches. “I think we were very good tactically. We showed great discipline and concentration. It was difficult for the boys as we are playing after two losses. These players give everything for the team every match and that makes me proud. Their effort, their spirit was great and we had problems before this game,” said Bozidar Bandovic in a post-match press conference as per the ISL website.Talking about dropping Vishal Kaith and playing with Debjit Majumder, the head coach said that the decision was taken for the team’s benefit and will also help both…

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Had wonderful chances, but never took them: Jamshedpur FC’s Owen Coyle

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Jamshedpur FC head coach Owen Coyle rued the wasted opportunities as his side dropped points against Chennaiyin FC in their Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 match at the Athletic Stadium, in Bambolim, on Sunday evening. Lukasz Gikiewicz’s lone strike in the 31st minute was enough for Chennaiyin FC to bag full points, as the Red Miners failed to score the equaliser despite creating quite a few chances.“I think it’s important that you don’t single out anybody individual, because if we win as a team, then we lose the team. So I don’t like the way that’s been phrased to try and blame one person. Well, there is a group. So, if we look, we conceded the goal as a group, I never ever believe as individuals in my team,” said Owen Coyle in a post-match press conference as per the ISL…

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ISL: Odisha FC face stern Mumbai City test in bid to steady ship

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Odisha FC will be desperate to snap a four-game winless run but in Mumbai City FC, they will face their sternest test yet, as the two sides lock horns in the Indian Super League (ISL) at the Tilak Maidan Stadium on Monday.Odisha suffered a heavy defeat to Hyderabad FC in their last outing, underlining their drop in form since the first few games where they looked very good. The Kiko Ramirez-coached side have been poor defensively, conceding 20 goals in 8 games this season, the worst record so far. In 2020-21 ISL, Odisha ended with the worst defensive record in Hero ISL conceding 44 goals in 20 games with just one clean sheet.“There are some moments where we made individual mistakes and that cost us the game. But we cannot blame anyone. The coaching staff will take the responsibility first and…

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ATP Cup: Krajinovic leads Serbia to victory against Norway

Sydney [Australia]: Filip Krajinovic did double duty Saturday at ATP Cup to guide Serbia to a 2-1 victory against Norway in Group A in Sydney on Saturday.The World No. 42 teamed with Nikola Cacic to overcome Casper Ruud and Viktor Durasovic 7-6(3), 6-3 in the decisive doubles rubber after the two singles matches were split. “It was an amazing point at the end,” Krajinovic said in his on-court interview. “Thank you for watching and thank you for Nikola for playing with me and we are very happy to win today. It is a very good start. We are happy we won and we came here to go all the way if we can and we are going to give our best.”The Serbian tandem hit with power, closed the net effectively throughout and broke three times, winning an epic exchange on match point to clinch…

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ISL: Blasters eye claim for top spot against struggling Goa

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Kerala Blasters FC will want to start the new year like they ended the last when they meet FC Goa in the 2021-22 Indian Super League at the Tilak Maidan Stadium on Sunday.Kerala are fifth in the points table with 13 points from eight matches but have remained unbeaten for the last seven games. Ivan Vukomanovic’s charges have looked very good this season, especially in midfield and attack. A win on Sunday will take them atop the league standings, displacing Mumbai City FC. One of the main reasons for Kerala Blasters’ success this season is the stability and balance their midfield duo of Jeakson Singh and Puitea add in both offence and defence.Jeakson and Puitea are both good in possession and solid defensively. Jeakson is the one who sits behind usually, doing more defensive work and starting attacks. Puitea is the…

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Premier League: Southampton’s match against Newcastle United postponed

London [UK]: Southampton’s match against Newcastle United at St Mary’s Stadium, due to be played on Sunday, has been postponed, Premier League announced on Friday.Newcastle continue to have ongoing COVID-19 cases and injuries that led to their match against Everton being called off earlier this week. The Board accepted the postponement application as the club do not have the required number of players available for the match (13 outfield players and one goalkeeper). This is the 18th League game to be postponed in the month of December.The Board was able to make its decision in advance of the fixture to give clarity to the affected clubs and their fans. “We apologise for the inconvenience and disruption caused to supporters’ festive plans,” the statement from PL read.“The League is aware that the decisions recently to postpone matches will disappoint supporters and understands their frustrations at…

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Never lost confidence: Bengaluru FC’s Marco Pezzaiuoli after ending winless run

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Bengaluru FC head coach Marco Pezzaiuoli said he never lost faith in his team’s abilities despite being on a seven-match winless run in the Indian Super League (ISL) that was ended with a 4-2 victory over Chennaiyin FC at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco, Goa on Thursday.The Blues struck twice in either half to claim just their second victory of the ISL season. “We had confidence all the time. I don’t think we played badly in this spell. The worst game we played was against ATK Mohun Bagan tactic wise and it was a 3-3 draw. I think if you win, you feel better. We can now enjoy the new year better. The team has been playing well from the first game. Sometimes we had bad luck. That’s it,” said Marco Pezzaiuoli in a post-match press conference as per the…

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Pro Kabaddi League: Bengal Warriors plotting comeback after humiliating defeat

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Day 10 of Pro Kabaddi League Season 8 will see bottom-placed team Puneri Paltan take on Tamil Thalaivas.Puneri Paltan, despite showing glimpses of brilliance through their all-rounder Aslam Inamdar, have struggled to gather points with “showman” Rahul Chaudhari not getting the expected points. The match will be followed by Patna Pirates’ encounter against defending champions Bengal Warriors who suffered a humiliating loss against Dabang Delhi KC on Wednesday. Tamil Thalaivas have been involved in two ties this season (in three matches). Coach J Udaya Kumar will now need to figure a way to ensure they convert these tight games into victories. In Manjeet and Bhavani Rajput they have two lanky raiders who have impressed in patches. But Thaliavas’ habit of losing momentum towards the closing stages of the match has seen them concede cheap points.Captain Surjeet Singh will need to marshal…

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‘It was overwhelming’: Neeraj Chopra on fulfilling legendary Milkha Singh’s wish

California [US]: Indian javelin star Neeraj Chopra expressed that he felt overwhelmed after winning gold at Tokyo Olympics 2020 and fulfilling legendary athlete Milkha Singh’s wish to see India bringing the biggest laurel back at the mega event in track and field event.The 24-year-old is in California, US, preparing for the 2022 World Athletics Championships, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. “It was an overwhelming experience of fulfiling the wish of legendary athlete Milkha Singh, who has inspired so many people of this country. He has made our country proud on so many occasions and it’s really important to remember him at such a big event,” said Neeraj Chopra while replying to ANI query during a virtual press conference.“It was his dream to see an Indian athlete winning gold at the Olympics. I remembered his words at that moment and I wished that he should…

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Juan Ferrando and I are still friends: FC Goa assistant coach Clifford Miranda

Panaji (Goa) [India]: FC Goa assistant coach Clifford Miranda said that he remains friends with ATK Mohun Bagan head coach Juan Ferrando despite the Spaniard’s move away from the club. The two were in opposite dugouts on Wednesday as Ferrando’s ATK Mohun Bagan beat FC Goa 2-1 in the Indian Super League (ISL) match at the PJN stadium.“If you talk individually they are a better team, they have better players. But I felt as a team we did well against established players, against a good system. As a team, I think we did very well. We need to work on our finishing, on our play in the final third and our coordination while pressing. When the ball is shifted from one side to the other, coordination is important,” said Clifford Miranda in a post-match press conference as per the ISL website. Miranda further said…

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La Liga: Barcelona suffer COVID outbreak as Dembele, Umtiti, Gavi also test positive

Barcelona [Spain]: FC Barcelona footballers Ousmane Dembele, Samuel Umtiti and Gavi has tested positive for COVID-19, the Spanish club confirmed on Wednesday.The FCB players are currently in good health and self-isolating at home and the Club has reported the cases to the relevant authorities. The three players join left-back Jordi Alba, center-back Clement Lenglent and defender Dani Alves, who also tested positive this week for the La Liga side.“The footballers O. Dembele, Umtiti and Gavi are positive for COVID-19 after PCR tests on the squad. The players are in good health and self-isolating at home. The Club has reported the cases to the relevant authorities,” FC Barcelona in a statement said.Notably, Sergio Roberto is also out after having surgery on a thigh problem, Memphis Depay is nursing his hamstring injury, full-back Sergino Dest has been struggling with an adductor issue and Sergio Busquets is…

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Premier League: Leicester City shock Liverpool

London [UK]: Leicester City managed to stun Liverpool in the ongoing Premier League here at the King Power Stadium. Owing to Ademola Lookman’s goal in the 59th minute, Leicester City managed to defeat Liverpool 1-0.Liverpool is currently in second place in Premier League standings with 41 points, six behind table-toppers Manchester City. On the other hand, Leicester is in the ninth place. Tottenham Hotspur played out a 1-1 draw against Southampton. The Spurs are currently in the sixth place in Premier League standings. In other games, Crystal Palace defeated Norwich City 3-0 while West Ham United outclassed Watford 4-1. Later in the day, Chelsea will be in action against Brighton.

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Ferran Torres joins FC Barcelona from Manchester City

Manchester [UK]: FC Barcelona has reached an agreement with Manchester City for the transfer of Ferran Torres, the Spanish Club informed on Tuesday.The player has signed a contract for the next five seasons, until 30 June 2027, and his buyout clause has been set at 1,000 million euros as per FC Barcelona. Manchester City said Ferran Torres has left the Club and completed a permanent move to Barcelona.“Ferran should be proud of what he has achieved here at Manchester City. Last season was his first time in a new country, but he adapted well. He always gave 100 per cent, worked hard for the team and scored goals which helped us win trophies,” Manchester City’s Director of Football Txiki Begiristain said in a statement.“Last season was his first time in a new country, but he adapted well. He always gave 100 per cent, worked…

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ISL: Overall performance of team was good, says NorthEast’s Khalid Jamil

Panaji (Goa) [India]: NorthEast United FC head coach Khalid Jamil was pleased with his team’s overall performance against Mumbai City FC in the Indian Super League (ISL) match at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa on Monday.NorthEast was held to a 3-3 draw against table-toppers Mumbai City FC. Deshorn Brown scored in the 29th, 56th, and 80th minute for the Highlanders, whereas Igor Angulo (33rd, 52nd) and Bipin Singh (40th) found the back of the net for the defending champions. Both teams pushed for the winner but were unable to bag all three points.NEUFC head coach Jamil in the post-match press conference while talking about the role of Imran Khan in the team said: “Yeah, he’s working hard. He also missed the start of the season. We missed him. And he came back. And today we changed his role. We told him to…

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Premier League: Cavani earns a point for Manchester United at Newcastle

Newcastle [UK]: Edinson Cavani came off the bench to mark his first Premier League appearance since October with the equaliser as Manchester United drew 1-1 at Newcastle United on Monday. Newcastle went ahead with a stunning strike from Allan Saint-Maximin on seven minutes. Sean Longstaff’s threaded pass picked out the Frenchman, who cut inside two defenders before expertly placing the ball into the far corner.Saint-Maximin was denied at close range by David De Gea seconds after the break before his opposite number Martin Dubravka made a flying save from Marcus Rashford’s swerving long-range effort as Man Utd responded. Cavani struck the equaliser with 20 minutes left, firing home at the second attempt, and the Uruguayan nearly added a second five minutes later only for Dubravka to avert the danger. In a pulsating finish, Jacob Murphy hit the post and De Gea superbly tipped Miguel…

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ISL: If any team could have won that match, it was us, says Jamshedpur FC’s Owen Coyle

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Jamshedpur FC head coach Owen Coyle felt his team had the better chances to win the match against Kerala Blasters FC that ended in a 1-1 draw but felt it was another valuable point in the race for the Indian Super League (ISL) semi-final race.The Red Miners took the lead in the match through Greg Stewart but Kerala Blasters FC’s Sahal Abdul Samad scored the equaliser as the game ended 1-1. “I think I’ve got to say I think it was a very good game with two very good teams. I do feel that we edged that in terms of the chances we created. I think we had some wonderful goalscoring chances with four or five on target and obviously scored a wonderful goal with Greg,” said Owen Coyle in a post-match press conference as per the ISL website.“And then we…

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COVID-19: Premier League clash between Arsenal, Wolves postponed

London [UK]: Arsenal’s match against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium, due to be played on Tuesday, has been postponed.“The Premier League Board accepted the postponement application as Wolves do not have the required number of players available for the match (13 outfield players and one goalkeeper) as a result of a number of COVID-19 cases and injuries at the club,” read an official statement. “The Board was able to make its decision in advance of the fixture to give clarity to the affected clubs and their fans. We apologise for the inconvenience and disruption caused to supporters’ festive plans,” it added.On Sunday, Leeds United’s home match against Aston Villa on Tuesday was also called off.“The League is aware that the decisions this week to postpone matches will disappoint supporters, and understands their frustrations at a special time of year when fans look forward to…

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Defending champions Gokulam Kerala FC begin I-League campaign with solid win

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Defending champions Gokulam Kerala FC began their I-League title defence in solid fashion with a 1-0 win over last season’s runners-up Churchill Brothers at the Kalyani Stadium here in Kolkata on Sunday.Gokulam Kerala skipper Sharif Mohammad scored the solitary goal of the match from the penalty spot early in the first half. Both teams made a nervy start to the game as they cancelled each other out in the opening exchanges of the game. As each team began to grow into the contest, their intentions were laid bare as both Gokulam Kerala and Churchill Brothers looked for a direct attacking threat by way of long balls behind the opponent’s last line of defence.The Malabarians found the first breakthrough of the match after being awarded a penalty in the 16th minute. As the pacy Ngangom Ronald Singh skilfully surged with the…

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Pro Kabaddi League: Haryana Steelers go down 38-40 against Jaipur Pink Panthers

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: The Haryana Steelers played their hearts out, but they went down 38-40 against Jaipur Pink Panthers in Pro Kabaddi League Season 8 in Bengaluru on Saturday.Captain Vikash Kandola was Haryana’s best player with 14 raid points in the match. The Haryana Steelers carried out a fantastic tackle in the fourth minute and took a two-point lead at 4-2. Kandola pulled off a brilliant raid moments later and helped the Steelers take a four-point lead at 7-3.The Haryana side carried out an all-out in the next minute and extended their lead by 6 points. The Steelers pulled off a brilliant Super Tackle in the 15th minute and led at 17-12. The Jaipur Pink Panthers carried out an All Out in the last few minutes, however, the Steelers held on to their lead at 22-21 at the end of the first half.Both sides…

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ISL: Jamshedpur look to upset Kerala Blasters’ apple cart in Boxing Day blockbuster

Panaji (Goa) [India]: The Kerala Blasters FC juggernaut will look to remain unscathed amid festivities and continue making merry but in Jamshedpur FC they will face a stern test, to say the least when the two sides meet in the Indian Super League here on Sunday.The Boxing Day blockbuster at the Tilak Maidan Stadium will see two sides who are not only in the top four but also in supreme form, riding on some free-scoring attackers and well-oiled defence in the last few matches. Kerala have been unbeaten in six games while Jamshedpur haven’t lost their last two. Jamshedpur shared the spoils in a 0-0 draw against Bengaluru FC in their previous engagement but the Men of Steel have been prolific in front of goal with Greg Stewart being at the heart of their success.Kerala have been spectacular so far, putting behind disappointments of…

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ISL: Odisha FC hold Goa to 1-1 draw

Panaji (Goa) [india]: FC Goa and Odisha FC shared spoils in Derrick Pereira’s first game as Goa’s head coach in the Indian Super League game that ended in a 1-1 draw at the Tilak Maidan Stadium here on Friday.Ivan Gonzalez (42nd) gave Goa the lead in the first half but their joy was short-lived as Jonathas Cristian (53rd) equalised early on the second period. There were chances for both teams to clinch the game but it ended in a stalemate leaving both camps high and dry. The result means Odisha stay seventh with 10 points from seven games while Goa also remain in eighth place with eight points in their kitty from seven outings.The game got off to a cagey start before Gonzalez helped Goa take the lead. Aiban Dohling got on the end of a free-kick and sprinted in front of the defenders…

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We’ll try not to repeat our mistakes, says Haryana Steelers’ Captain Vikash Kandola

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Haryana Steelers, who went down 39-42 to Patna Pirates on Thursday, will be up against Jaipur Pink Panthers in their next match of Pro Kabaddi League Season 8 in Bengaluru on Saturday.Jaipur Pink Panthers also lost their first match of the season. The Pink Panthers went down 27-34 to Gujarat Giants on Thursday. “The entire team played well yesterday and it was a close match. Both sides were neck-to-neck throughout the contest. Sometimes Patna Pirates were leading and sometimes we were leading. It was our first match and we made some small mistakes. We will work on those mistakes and make sure that we don’t repeat them in the next game,” said Haryana Steelers’ Captain Vikash Kandola in a statement.Kandola added that the side made a few errors in the latter part of the match against Patna, “I made a couple…

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Pro Kabaddi League: Patna Pirates down Haryana Steelers 42-39

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: The Haryana Steelers played out a close encounter against the Patna Pirates in their first match of the Pro Kabaddi League Season 8 in Bengaluru on Thursday.The Pirates attained momentum in the second half, however, the Steelers kept fighting to earn the lead before going down 39-42 in the match. Rohit Gulia was Haryana Steelers’ best player with 10 raid points in the game. The Haryana Steelers took the lead early on in the match, however, the Patna Pirates picked up a few points quickly and took the lead at 12-7 in the 11th minute. However, Rohit Gulia got the Steelers back into the match with a Super Raid in the 12th minute helping his team take the lead at 14-12. Moments later, the Haryana team carried out an All Out and extended their lead by 5 points at 18-13. The…

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Football legend Pele discharged from hospital, will spend Christmas with family

Sao Paulo [Brazil]: Football legend Pele has been discharged from the hospital after two weeks of chemotherapy for a colon tumor, the Brazilian confirmed on Thursday. Considered by many to be the greatest footballer of all time, Pele has been in poor health in recent months and has had quite a few stints in the hospital.“The smiling photo is not for nothing. As I promised you, I will spend Christmas with my family. I’m coming back home. Thanks for all the kind messages,” Pele wrote on his Instagram. On August 31, Pele was hospitalized for medical tests at the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo, which revealed a tumor. The 81-year-old then underwent successful surgery on September 4 to remove a tumor on the right side of his colon. He at that time spent a month in the hospital before being discharged to continue…

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ISL: Hyderabad, East Bengal play out 1-1 draw

Bambolim (Goa) [India]: SC East Bengal held Hyderabad FC to a 1-1 draw but could not stop the Nizams from jumping into second place on the points table, in their 2021-22 Indian Super League fixture at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim on Thursday.Hyderabad extended their unbeaten run to six matches but the Red & Gold Brigade remain winless in eight matches. Amir Dervisevic (20′) gave SC East Bengal an early lead against the run of play with a brilliant free-kick but Bartholomew Ogbeche (35′) scored with a header to bring the match level.Joel Chianese was the first to test Arindam Bhattacharya in the 12th minute after a cautious start from both teams. However, it was SC East Bengal that went into the lead thanks to a powerful direct free-kick from outside the box by Amir Dervisevic. The midfielder scored with a left-footed shot that…

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Pro Kabaddi League: Defending champions Bengal Warriors defeat UP Yoddha 38-33

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: UP Yoddha narrowly missed the winning flight against defending champions Bengal Warriors in their opening game in the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) on Wednesday.UP Yoddha, who started on a slow note, put up a valiant fight towards the end, but narrowly missed their chances for a win as they lost 33-38 to the Bengal Warriors. For the Yoddha’s their star player Pardeep Narwal earned the 8 raid points followed by 5 points from Surender Gill, while captain Nitesh Kumar and Ashu Singh earned 3 tackle points each. UP Yoddha are currently placed fifth on the points table with 1 point to their kitty.UP Yoddha started at a slow pace giving away points to Bengal Warriors. The Yoddha lost 12 crucial points in the first 8 minutes but slowly made a comeback through Pardeep Narwal’s streak of intelligent raids.Pardeep who stood tall…

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ISL: Kerala Blasters defeat Chennaiyin FC

Vasco (Goa) [India]: Kerala Blasters FC recorded an impressive second consecutive win in their 2021-22 Indian Super League (ISL) campaign after defeating Chennaiyin FC with a 3-0 scoreline at the Tilak Maidan Stadium on Wednesday.The Yellow Army rise to third place in the points table while handing the Marina Machans their second defeat of the season, which sees them drop to sixth. Jorge Pereyra Diaz (9′) gave KBFC the lead by scoring his third goal of the campaign prior to Sahal Abdul Samad (38′) doubling the advantage before halftime. Adrian Luna (79′) then scored his first goal of the season to put the result beyond any doubt in the second half.Jorge Diaz sent his team into an early lead after a lofted through ball found the striker in ample space behind CFC’s backline. His right-footed shot towards the bottom left corner gave no chance…

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ISL: Vukomanovic wary of ‘tight game’ as Kerala look to build on winning momentum

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Ahead of the Indian Super League (ISL) match on Wednesday, Kerala Blasters FC head coach Ivan Vukomanovic lauded Chennaiyin’s safety-first approach, saying the best defence usually wins the league.Chennaiyin FC and Kerala Blasters will both look to build on the winning momentum when they lock horns at the Tilak Maidan Stadium on Wednesday. Kerala Blasters leapfrogged to sixth in the table with a marauding 3-0 win over league leaders Mumbai City FC, in one of their finest performances in recent times.“We faced tomorrow’s (today’s) opponents in pre-season. As coaches, we know each other for a long time. So looking from that side, there won’t be any surprises. We will try to explore certain things in order to win the game,” said Vukomanovic as per the ISL release.“They will be organized and play the way they want to. We will see a…

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Punjab clinches 11th hockey senior men’s National Championship

Pune (Maharashtra) [India]: Punjab beat Uttar Pradesh 2-1 in a shootout to clinch the 11th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship title here in Pimpri Chinchwad on Tuesday. Karnataka defeated Maharashtra 5-2 to finish third in the tournament.In the summit clash, the first half ended goalless in a closely contested final between the two heavyweights. The deadlock continued in the second half as well, with neither of the teams coming close to scoring in the regulation time. Punjab goalkeeper Kamalbir Singh emerged as the hero of the match, making as many as four saves in the shootout to help his team clinch the title. Speaking about their victory, Punjab Coach Balwinder Singh said, “As I had mentioned earlier, are as many as 10 players were playing the Nationals for the first time, so this win shows how talented this group is. “We expected this…

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ISL: FC Goa announce Derrick Pereira as new head coach

Panaji (Goa) [India]: FC Goa on Tuesday confirmed the appointment of Derrick Pereira as the club’s new head coach.Pereira, who is currently with the Club as its Technical Director, had taken charge of the Gaurs along with Clifford Miranda and Roma Cunillera during the fag end of the 2019/20 season after the departure of Sergio Lobera. The former Indian international during his little time at the helm of the Gaurs, took the side to finish top of the Indian Super League table at the end of the 2018/19 league table – paving the way for FC Goa’s qualification for group stages of the 2021 AFC Champions League.The 59-year-old has extensive experience working with the majority of players from the present FC Goa squad. A number of them have played under him in his stints before his time with FC Goa while many more come…

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ISL: Bengaluru shut out Jamshedpur in intriguing draw

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Jamshedpur FC and Bengaluru FC were involved in a game that had everything except a goal. The two sides played out an engaging goalless stalemate in the 2021-22 Indian Super League (ISL) at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim on Monday.Jamshedpur moved to the second spot on the table with 12 points but would rue their missed opportunity to close the gap on leaders Mumbai City. Bengaluru now have two draws in a row and their first clean sheet but languish at second-last with just 6 points. Sunil Chhetri was named on the bench for the second game in a row. Jamshedpur were dealt a major blow even before the first whistle was blown. Lithuanian striker Nerijus Valskis pulled up with an injury during the pre-match warm-up with Jordan Murray replacing him up top.Udanta Singh had Jamshedpur in trouble early on. First,…

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All the hard work seems to pay off: Kidambi Srikanth after winning silver in BWF World C’ships

New Delhi [India]: Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth on Monday after winning a historic silver medal at the BWF World Championships said it was massively fulfilling to reach the final in Huelva.The former world No. 1 Srikanth became the first Indian to win a silver in the men’s singles at the badminton world championships, with Prakash Padukone (1983), B Sai Praneeth (2019), and Lakshya Sen (2021) winning a bronze each. In the summit clash in Sapin, the Indian was defeated by Singapore’s Loh Kean Yew 21-15, 22-20 on Sunday. The final lasted for 43 minutes.“All the hardwork seems to pay off! Reaching the finals of the World Championship was massively fulfilling, and I am extremely grateful to each one of you for your constant love & support!” Kidambi tweeted on Monday.Coming to the final match, the 12th-seeded Indian came out all guns blazing and took…

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Srikanth’s a great attacking player, had to prepare to defend well, says Loh Kean Yew

Madrid [Spain]: Singapore’s Loh Kean Yew, who defeated Kidambi Srikanth in BWF World Championships 2021 final, said he had to make plans to sharpen his defending skills against the Indian shuttler.Srikanth became the first Indian man to win a silver medal at the Badmintion World Championships on Sunday after facing a defeat in the finals. Loh Kean Yew defeated Kidambi in the final 21-15, 22-20 to clinch the game. The match lasted for 43 minutes.“I cannot really think. At the start of the year I just didn’t think this would happen. I’m very very very happy,” the Badminton World Federation’s (BWF) website quoted Loh Kean Yew as saying.“Srikanth’s a great attacking player, I had to prepare to defend well. It wasn’t easy to handle the pressure. I just tried to calm myself. I managed to stay patient,” he added.The shuttler from Singapore explained how…

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Real Madrid ‘very interested’ in signing Erling Haaland, confirms Dortmund CEO

Madrid [Spain]: Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has confirmed Real Madrid are interested in signing Erling Haaland.The 21-year-old Norwegian is one of the most sought-after players in world football currently and has been linked with a host of clubs across Europe. But Watzke revealed Madrid are most eager to lure Haaland to Santiago Bernabeu. Dortmund CEO believes La Liga would be the ideal next destination for the forward if he leaves Germany but hasn’t completely given up hope of retaining his services after talks with agent Mino Raiola.“All I know is that Real Madrid are very interested in him,” Watzke told BILD, as per goal.com. “I could name 25 others now, but with Real I know for sure.”“I think he would fit in better in Spain. A different kind of football is played in England. I am not so skeptical that he will stay…

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ISL: FC Goa play first draw after a thrilling contest with Hyderabad

Bambolim (Goa) [India]: FC Goa played a highly entertaining 1-1 draw with Hyderabad FC in the Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 fixture at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim on Saturday.The result elevates the Nizams to second place in the points table after having dropped down to fourth owing to Chennaiyin FC’s win over Odisha FC earlier in the evening. Joel Chianese (54′) scored his first goal of the season, sending HFC into the lead with a brilliant header but Airan Cabrera (62′) equalised for FCG just after the hour mark.The match started on a high tempo with both teams enjoying scoring opportunities early on. Amidst the high energy where tackles were flying in from both sets of players, Rohit Danu was the first to receive a yellow card on the night for a high boot in the 26th minute.Moments later, Seriton Fernandes got a…

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Hockey National C’ship: Punjab, Karnataka advance into semis

Pune (Maharashtra) [India]: Punjab and Karnataka registered victories in their respective quarter-final matches of the 11th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship here in Pimpri Chinchwad 2021 here on Saturday. In the first quarter-Final, Punjab edged out Chandigarh 2-1 in a thriller to reach the semi-finals of the tournament, courtesy of a brace from captain Rupinder Pal Singh (46′, 53′).Whereas, Arshdeep Singh (50′), who put up a spirited performance, was the goalscorer for Chandigarh. In the second quarter-final, Karnataka earned a hard-fought 3-2 win over Bengal. In the topsy-turvy encounter, it was Hockey Bengal who struck first through Alsem Lakra’s goal in the 9th minute. However, in the second quarter, Karnataka bounced back and took the lead through goals from captain Mohd. Raheel (21) and Harish Mutagar (30′). Abhishek Pratap Singh scored an equaliser for Bengal in the 40th minute. With both teams, pushing…

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Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski breaks Gerd Muller’s 49-year goalscoring record

Munich [Germany]: Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski set a new record for most Bundesliga goals in a calendar year with his late strike against Wolfsburg on Friday.Lewandowski scored his 43rd Bundesliga goal of 2021 on Matchday 17 – just his 34th game of the year – to break a record set by the late Gerd Muller in 1972. It’s the second time this year Lewandowski has trumped a 49-year Muller best-mark. The Striker of the Year scored with the final kick of the 2020/21 season to bring up his 41st single-season goal, besting Der Bomber’s previous gold standard of 1971/72 by one.The incumbent No.9 in Munich is now only 69 goals behind Muller’s all-time total, which he could just reach – at his current rate – before his contract expires at the end of 2022/23.Before then, he could claim the Bundesliga record for most games…

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ISL: NorthEast United FC stun SC East Bengal to register their second win of season

Panaji (Goa) [India]: NorthEast United FC recorded their second win of the ongoing Indian Super League 2021-22 season by defeating SC East Bengal thanks to a 2-0 scoreline at the PJN Stadium in Fatorda on Friday.The result extends SCEB’s winless run to seven games which keeps them firmly at the bottom of the points table. V.P. Suhair (61′) broke the deadlock by scoring his second goal of the season to give NEUFC a crucial lead. Patrick Flottmann (68′) extended the advantage by scoring his first goal in the ISL by getting his head on the end of a cross.NEUFC’s evening started on a negative note as they lost Hernan Santana to injury during the warm-up. The first 30-minutes of the game did not have any clear scoring opportunities as both teams cancelled each other out. SCEB saw their centre-back Franjo Prce leave the pitch…

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ISL: Resurgent Goa will have task cut out against in-form Hyderabad

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Back in business after a torrid start, FC Goa will look to extend their winning streak but in Hyderabad FC, they will have their task cut out in a 2021-22 Indian Super League (ISL) clash at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim on Saturday.The Gaurs snapped a three-game losing streak against SC East Bengal with a 4-3 verdict and followed it up with a 2-1 triumph over Bengaluru FC in their last outing. Placed eighth in the points table, the Juan Ferrando-coached outfit will look to climb up the ladder but sans the services of key man Jorge Ortiz, it won’t be easy. Ortiz picked up his first-ever red card in the ISL in FC Goa’s last match and will be unavailable for selection in the upcoming match as a result of it. It was his first-ever red card in the ISL.“For…

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BWF World C’ships: Kidambi Srikanth storms into quarterfinals

Madrid [Spain]: Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth on Thursday entered into the quarter-finals of the ongoing BWF World Championships in Huelva.Srikanth defeated China’s Lu Guang Zu in straight sets 21-10, 21-15, in a match that lasted for 40 minutes. On the other hand, the men’s doubles pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy bowed out of the tournament.The India duo lost against Malaysian pair Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi 20-22, 21-18, 15-21, in a match that lasted for 68 minutes.Earlier in the day, defending champion PV Sindhu clinched victory against Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand 21-14 21-18 and stormed into the quarter-finals, while women’s doubles pair of Ashwani Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy bowed out of the tournament.Later in the tournament, HS Prannoy will be going against Denmark’s Rasmus Gemke, while Lakshya Sen will be squaring off with Kevin Cordon.

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ISL: Resolute Bengaluru hold Bagan in spectacular six-goal draw

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Another high-scoring Indian Super League 2021-22 fixture with six different goal scorers saw Bengaluru FC and ATK Mohun Bagan play a 3-3 draw at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim on Thursday. The result stretches BFC’s winless run to six matches and further extends ATKMB’s run to four games without a win.Subhasish Bose (13′) broke the deadlock early on with a well-placed header before Cleiton Silva (18′) scored from a penalty to level the score. Danish Farooq (26′) scored his first-ever goal in the competition to send the Blues into the lead but Hugo Boumos (38′) turned up to draw level for the Mariners. Roy Krishna (58′) also got on the scoresheet as he converted a second-half penalty but Prince Ibara (72′) equalised with his second goal of the season. Sunil Chhetri started from the bench while Ashique Kuruniyan was slotted in…

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Defending champion Sindhu beats Chochuwong to enter QF of World Championship

Madrid [Spain]: India’s PV Sindhu beats Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand 21-14 21-18 in the Round of 16 of the ongoing 2021 BWF World Championships on Thursday in Huelva. The defending champion Sindhu has now entered the quarter-final.The two-time Olympic medallist started the match on a positive note taking a 5-1 lead in the opening game. Her Thai opponent clawed her way back reducing the deficit to 4-5. Sindhu once again raced to the lead making it 7-4 in her favour. The ninth seed Thai girl once again fought hard to level the score at 9-9. The sixth-seeded Indian then raced ahead once again winning 5 points on the trot to extend her lead to 14-9 and from there on there was no looking back as she pocketed the opening game 21-14.The 5-time world championship medallist PV Sindhu started the second game in a similar…

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ISL: Rahul Bheke nets winner as Mumbai City consolidate lead

Fatorda (Goa) [India]: Mumbai City FC rode on Rahul Bheke’s second-half goal to consolidate their lead at the top of the table and end Chennaiyin FC’s unbeaten run in an Indian Super League (ISL) game at the PJN Stadium in Fatorda on Wednesday.Bheke scored the winner in the 86th minute, making the most of a Vishal Kaith error as the goalkeeper bottled up after Ahmed Jahouh set Bheke up from a free-kick. Courtesy of the 1-0 result, Mumbai now have 15 points from six matches. Chennaiyin, meanwhile, dropped to fifth with eight points from five matches.Chennaiyin were off to a good start but in no time Mumbai were back to doing what they do best, keep the ball and dictate the tempo of the game.Cassio Gabriel looked as sharp as ever but the first chance fell to Igor Angulo after Vishal Kaith made a…

Games Sports

Asian Champions Trophy: India defeat B’desh 9-0

Dhaka [Bangladesh]: Indian eased past hosts Bangladesh with a convincing 9-0 victory in the Men’s Asian Champions Trophy here at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium on Wednesday.It was Dilpreet Singh who starred in India’s win with a fine hat-trick that gave India a breakthrough in the first quarter. He scored goals in the 12th, 22nd and 44th minute to put pressure on the Bangladeshi defence while Jarmanpreet Singh (31′, 43′), Lalit Upadhyay (29′), Akashdeep Singh (54′), Mandeep Mor (55′) and Harmanpreet Singh (57′) too scored in India’s first win at the prestigious continental tournament. The match started with a resilient Bangladeshi defence disrupting their high-octane attacks of Indian forwards. As many as eight PCs earned by India in the first quarter were brilliantly defended by the hosts, particularly their first rushers doing a fine job to keep India from taking an early lead. Dilpreet…

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Anurag Thakur inaugurates Khelo India Women’s Hockey League, says competition exposure important for athletes

New Delhi [India]: Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Singh Thakur formally inaugurated the first-ever national-level Khelo India Women’s Hockey League (Under 21) at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi on Wednesday. Thakur was joined by Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Nishith Pramanik and the Indian Olympic Association President Narendra Batra and other dignitaries. The league holds a cash prize of Rs 30 lakh for the winners- 15 lakh from the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and 15 lakh from Hockey India.A total of 14 teams are competing in the first phase of the tournament to be held from December 15 to 21. As many as 42 matches will be played during the first phase, while the second and third phase will be held early next year. Congratulating the Sports Authority of India and Hockey…

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ISL: Stewart hat-trick helps Jamshedpur defeat Odisha

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Greg Stewart sharpened his pedigree as one of the best players in the league this season with a spectacular first-half hattrick as Jamshedpur FC rode his heroics to breeze past Odisha FC and climb to second in the points table, in the Indian Super League 2021-22 season at the Tilak Maidan Stadium on Tuesday.Stewart scored three very different yet stunning goals in the 4th, 21st and 35th minutes to crown Peter Hartley’s effort in the 3rd minute as the ‘away’ side made Odisha look ordinary despite this being their best start to the season. The result means Jamshedpur leapfrog from fifth to second in the points table with 11 points from six games. Odisha is in fourth position having nine points from five games.Odisha was rocked inside the first four minutes. Peter Hartley got The Men of Steel going with the…

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Asian Champions Trophy: India, South Korea play out 2-2 draw

Dhaka [Bangladesh]: India was denied a winning start to their campaign at the Men’s Asian Champions Trophy with a spirited Korean team holding the defending champions to a thrilling 2-2 draw here at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium.For India, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay (3′) and Harmanpreet Singh (33′) scored while Jonghyun Jang (42′) and Kim Hyeongjin (46′) scored in Korea’s resurgence. Although it was India who dominated the proceedings in the first and second quarter with better ball possession (58 per cent) and a higher number of circle penetrations (14 for India and 8 for Korea), the Korean side rallied on a strong defensive structure in the third and fourth quarter to deny any opportunity for India to score.After Lalit put India ahead early in the game with a fine field goal, converted brilliantly after controlling the ball upon receiving an aerial pass in the…

Sports Tennis

Season 3 of Tennis Premier League launched amidst great fanfare

New Delhi [India]: Tennis Premier League (TPL) launched its third season in a grand way at The Celebration Sports Club, keeping all COVID-19 protocols in mind.It was a double whammy for all Tennis lovers and enthusiasts to see Tennis Legend Leander Paes and Tennis icon Sania Mirza together in support of the League. Co-Founder of the League Kunal Thakkur was elated with the response and was quoted saying ” For me the biggest victory is to see the entire tennis fraternity of India, supporting and collaborating to promote tennis as a sport, for which I am very grateful “.Co-Founder Mrunal Jain meanwhile added ” We have come this far only with the support of all our owners, celebrities and players and are looking forward to a smashing season 3″.The highlight of the inauguration was the one on one virtual interaction with Goran Ivanisevic, current…

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Hockey National C’ship: Karnataka, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Delhi register win on Day 3

Pune (Maharashtra) [India]: Karnataka, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Chandigarh, Rajasthan and Delhi earned victories in their respective matches on Day 3 of the 11th Hockey India senior men National Championship in Pimpri Chinchwad 2021 here on Monday.In the day’s opener, Karnataka beat Le Puducherry 4-0 in Pool C. Goals for Karnataka were scored by Harish Mutagar (5′), S Deekshith P (25′), Shamanth CS (40′) and Pavan Madivalar (49′). With this, stay on top of the table with a perfect record. In Pool C’s second game of the day Jammu and Kashmir beat Arunachal 10-3 in a high scoring encounter. A hat trick by Jasprit Singh (13′, 19′, 33′, 44′) and a brace each by Karanjit Singh (16′, 26′) and Manpreet Singh (42′, 59′) consolidated the victory.Sandeep Singh (21′) and Hussain Mohd Dar (56′) also got a goal each for Jammu & Kashmir. Goals for…

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UEL knockout round play-off draw: Man Utd face PSG, Messi-Ronaldo faceoff to happen again

Nyon [Switzerland]: FC Barcelona will face Napoli while Borussia Dortmund await the Rangers following the draw for the 2021/22 UEFA Europa League knockout round play-off.The draw was made at UEFA headquarters in Nyon on Monday. Serie A’s Atalanta take on Greek giants Olympiacos while RB Leipzig face Real Sociedad. Elsewhere, Zenit will take on Real Betis, Porto will clash with Lazio, and Sheriff – fresh from their UEFA Champions League rollercoaster ride- have been paired with Braga.The first legs are scheduled for February 17, with the second legs a week later.The winners of the eight ties will join the eight UEFA Europa League group winners in the round of 16. The draw for that is on February 25.UEFA Europa League knockout round play-off draw: Sevilla vs Dinamo Zagreb, Atalanta vs Olympiacos, RB Leipzig vs Real Sociedad, Barcelona vs Napoli, Zenit vs Real Betis, Borussia…

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Commonwealth Weightlifting C’ships: Ajay Singh wins gold, qualifies for Birmingham 2022

Tashkent [Uzbekistan]: India’s weightlifter Ajay Singh on Sunday won the gold medal in the men’s 81kg category at the ongoing Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships 2021 in Tashkent.With this result, the 24-year-old Indian weightlifter earned direct qualification for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Ajay lifted an impressive total of 322kg (147kg and 175kg) to win top honours at the Commonwealth meet. He created a national record with a 147kg snatch. Ajay Singh is the third Indian weightlifter to qualify for the 2022 Commonwealth Games after Jeremy Lalrinnunga and Achinta Sheuli.“#IND secures 2 more medals at Senior Commonwealth Championships 2021 with #AjaySingh winning GOLD in Men’s 81kg with Total lift of 322kg (147kg+175kg) & #PopyHazarika winning SILVER in Women’s 59kg with Total lift of 189kg (84kg+105kg,” SAI Media tweeted.On Saturday, Hazarika Popy lifted 84kg snatch and 105kg clean and jerk for a total of 189kg to…

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BWF World C’ships: Sai Praneeth knocked out, Srikanth wins first round match

Madrid [Spain]: Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth began his BWF World Championships campaign with a win but Sai Praneeth had to face defeat as India’s charge got underway on Sunday.Srikanth defeated Pablo Abian of Spain in straight sets (21-12, 21-16) in 36 minutes to seal the match. On the other hand, Sai Praneeth started the game on a high (21-17) but lost the next two sets (7-21, 18-21) to give away the match on Sunday.Later in the day, several other Indian shuttlers including HS Prannoy will be action in the BWF World ChampionshipsLast week, the three-time champion shuttler Carolina Marin’s return to court got further delayed after the Spaniard decided to pull out of the tournament.This decision came after the Rio Olympics gold medallist was unable to recover completely from a left knee injury sustained earlier in the year.

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F2 champion Piastri beats Zhou to finish season with victory in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi [UAE]: Championship winner Oscar Piastri finished off his Formula 2 career on the top step of the podium, beating UNI-Virtuosi pair Guanyu Zhou and Felipe Drugovich in a strategic Feature Race at Yas Marina on Sunday.With Drugovich and Theo Pourchaire on the alternate strategy, Piastri and Zhou worked hard to retain enough life in their medium Pirellis for a late duel, but in the end, they’d not need the extra rubber as a late Virtual Safety Car gave them some breathing space, with a 4.9s gap separating the two Virtuosi’s at the flag. PREMA Racing’s Robert Shwartzman couldn’t hold on to a podium spot and finished behind Drugovich and Pourchaire in fourth following late overtakes.Dan Ticktum’s medium tyre held off Marcus Armstrong’s supersofts for sixth, with Juri Vips, Ralph Boschung and Richard Verschoor completing the top 10.Piastri ends the season with 252.5…

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Barcelona has ‘psychological issue’ not ‘football one’, believes Xavi

Barcelona [Spain]: FC Barcelona head coach Xavi believes that his side has a ‘psychological issue’ and further admitted that players in his team lack courage.Xavi who replaced Ronald Koeman at the Camp Nou in November has managed to deliver two wins and a draw in his first three games. However, Barca then suffered a 1-0 loss to Real Betis and exited the Champions League after a 3-0 defeat to Bayern Munich. After such heavy losses, the manager was left questioning the collective mental strength within his dressing room. “It is a psychological issue rather than a football one,” the Spaniard told a press conference, as per goal.com.“They have to believe it and that is my job. We are encouraging them to dare and be brave. At Barcelona it’s not worth playing 6/10 or 7/10. You have to aim for excellence. This is what is…

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It can give rise to baseball in India: MLB Cup 2021 gives hopes to baseball coaches

New Delhi [India]: Major League Baseball kicked off their first-ever MLB Cup 2021 in India, a youth tournament for children of age group 9-11. A total of 12 teams from across the country came to participate in the competition.Rick Dell, General Manager for Baseball Development in Asia, and Dinesh Patel, the first Indian-born athlete to sign with an MLB team, The Pittsburgh Pirates, were also in attendance. The tournament, as described by Dell, is designed to inculcate interest in baseball in children at a young age, which may give rise to the sport in the country.“On our MLB development pyramid, on the bottom is the grassroots launch. That is what our first pitch programs do when we go to schools here in India. The next segment of the period is MLB Cup – it’s called retention to play the game. The very purpose of…

Football Sports

ISL: FC Goa defeat Bengaluru 2-1

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Bengaluru FC was pushed near the bottom place as FC Goa handed the Blues a third consecutive defeat, emerging 2-1 winners in an Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 fixture at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim.This was a second consecutive victory for the Gaurs in a match that saw two red cards and eight yellow cards. Ashique Kuruniyan (16′ OG) scored his second own goal of the season, sending the Gaurs in an early lead before Cleiton Silva (45′) pegged them back with a sublime free-kick. Devendra Murgaonkar (70′) helped his team regain the lead and scored the winner after going down to 10-men. Jorge Ortiz started the game on a bright note, being the source of several attacking opportunities. He seemed to have got on the scoresheet in the 16th minute but the goal was accredited to Ashique Kuruniyan who got…

Football Sports

Premier League: Centurion Raheem Sterling shines as Man City beat Wolves

Manchester [UK]: Raheem Sterling scored his 100th Premier League goal as Manchester City defeated 10-man Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium.In a goalless opening 45 minutes, Raul Jimenez was dismissed in first-half stoppage time for collecting two yellow cards in 31 seconds. The Mexican was booked for a foul on Rodri and then prevented the resulting free-kick from being taken. After the break, City upped the pressure and Ilkay Gundogan had his header cleared off the line by Conor Coady.The hosts were then awarded a penalty when Joao Moutinho was adjudged to have handled the ball. Sterling converted down the middle for his landmark goal on 66 minutes.City extend their lead at the top to 38 points, four clear of Liverpool who face Aston Villa later on Saturday. Wolves remain eighth on 21 points.

Games Sports

Asian Rowing C’ships: Arjun Lal Jat, Ravi claim gold in double sculls

Bangkok [Thailand]: India’s Arjun Lal Jat and Ravi on Saturday won the gold medal in the men’s double sculls event at the Asian Rowing Championships 2021 in Thailand.The Indian rowers outpaced China’s Qing Li/Lutong Zhang and Uzbekistan’s Davrjon Davronov/Abdullo Mukhammadiev for the top-podium finish at the Royal Thai Navy Rowing Center in Rayong. The Indians clocked the timing of 6:57.883 while the Chinese pair finished the race in 7:02.374 to win silver while the Uzbek duo claimed bronze with 7:07.734.Later, Parminder Singh won the silver medal in the men’s single sculls. The Indian rower finished with a timing of 8:07.323 whereas Uzbekistan’s Kholmurzaev Shakhboz clinched gold with a timing of 7:56.307. Indonesia’s Memo claimed bronze with 8:10.055.“Medals for at Asian #Rowing Championships 2021, Thailand @OLYArjun with partner #Ravi (L) won in M2X Men’s Double Sculls event with timing of 06:57.883 while #ParminderSingh (R) bagged…

Football Sports

Indian women’s football team don’t feel pressure against big teams anymore, says Manisha Kalyan

New Delhi [India]: The Indian women’s football team forward Manisha Kalyan has said that the team doesn’t feel the pressure now before the big matches.The Indian Women’s Team has played against a number of quality opponents over the last few years including Turkey, Uzbekistan, UAE, Bahrain and Sweden. Towards the end of November, Manisha Kalyan registered her name in the record books by scoring India’s first-ever goal against Brazil at the senior level.Reaffirming the confidence that has grown in the side, Manisha was quoted as saying by AIFF: “We gained a lot of experience against the higher-ranked teams and we got to learn so much from them.”“We used to be nervous facing tough opponents, but after having faced such big teams, we don’t feel that pressure anymore. We don’t fear any team and just want to play good football against them and give them…

Games Sports

India’s weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga clinches gold at Commonwealth C’ships

Tashkent [Uzbekistan]: India’s weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga on Friday won the gold medal in the men’s 67kg category at the ongoing Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships 2021 in Tashkent.The 2018 Youth Olympics gold medallist lifted an impressive total of 305kg (141kg and 164kg) to win top honours at the Commonwealth meet. Lalrinnunga was just 1kg shy to improve his personal best which stands at 306kg (140kg+166kg). The 19-year-old managed to lift 141kg in the snatch to create a new national record. In clean and jerk, he then lifted 164kg. In the World Championships, the Mizo teenager was placed fourth in snatch and seventh overall.“@raltejeremy wins GOLD at the Senior Commonwealth Championships 2021 with total lift of 305kg in Men’s 67kg Jeremy who trains at @SAI_Patiala also set the New Snatch National Record (141kg),” SAI Media tweeted.Earlier, Guru Raja won the silver medal in the men’s 61kg among…

Football Sports

ISL: Jonathas Cristian strikes as Odisha edge NorthEast to close gap on Mumbai City

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Jonathas Cristian scored a second-half goal to help Odisha FC jump to second place in the points table with a 1-0 win over NorthEast United FC in the 2021-22 Indian Super League (ISL) at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco on Friday.Odisha now have nine points from four matches, three behind league leaders Mumbai City FC who have 12 points from five games. NorthEast, meanwhile, dropped to ninth with four points from five games. NorthEast United started on the front foot with Deshorn Brown dribbling past two defenders early on and firing wide from an acute angle.It was all about the Highlanders in the opening exchanges barring an Aridai Suarez curler that skimmed the crossbar and went out.Brown was at it again as he tried to dance past a few Odisha defenders after goalkeeper Mirshad Michu found him with a long…

Football Sports

Premier League: Pep Guardiola wins manager of the month for 10th time

London [UK]: Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola has been voted the Premier League’s manager of the month for November 2021 on Friday.Guardiola claims the award after a month in which Manchester City won all three Premier League matches. Guardiola has now been named manager of the month 10 times, giving him the competition’s joint third-highest total alongside West Ham manager David Moyes. Only Sir Alex Ferguson (27) and Arsene Wenger (15) have claimed the award on more occasions. Man City started November with a 2-0 derby victory at Manchester United and followed up by keeping a second consecutive clean sheet in a 3-0 home success against Everton.Their winning streak continued by beating West Ham United 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium.That run of results moved the champions to within one point of the top of the table, before they reached the summit with consecutive…

Football Sports

Mumbai City FC defeat Jamshedpur in six goal thriller to remain on top

Fatorda (Goa) [India]: Mumbai City FC consolidated their lead at the top of the table with a 4-2 win over Jamshedpur FC in a rip-roaring 2021-22 Indian Super League (ISL) encounter that ebbed and flowed from start to finish, at the PNJ Stadium in Fatorda on Thursday.Cassio Gabriel (3rd), Bipin Singh (17th) Igor Angulo (24th) and substitute Ygor Catatau (70th) were on the scoresheet for Mumbai who now are four points clear at the top with 12 points from five matches. Komal Thatal (48th) and Eli Sabia (55th) found the back of the net for Jamshedpur who remain in second place, having eight points from five games. It was the home team all the way from the first whistle, nodding ahead in the third minute through the extremely skilful Gabriel.Ahmed Jahouh’s short corner was played in the path of Gabriel just outside the box,…

Football Sports

ISL: Middle table movements hinge on crucial NorthEast, Odisha FC tie

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Odisha FC will look to get back to winning ways and close the gap at the top of the table when they take on NorthEast United FC in the 2021-22 Indian Super League (ISL) at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco on Friday.Odisha, who finished rock-bottom last season, got off to a flying start this time with two wins in two games. But their dream run came to an abrupt half when they lost to Kerala Blasters 1-2 in their last outing. Placed fifth in the points table with six points from three games, the Kiko Ramirez-coached side have all to play for on the morrow as a win will catapult them back among the top four teams.Ramirez said that it was a hard week for his team as few players have muscle injuries.“There is a small gap between matches so…

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Barcelona knocked out of Champions League, Spanish club hits new low

Barcelona [Spain]: After suffering a 0-3 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich in Group E of the UEFA Champions League, Spanish club Barcelona failed to make it to the knockout stages of the tournament.This is the fourth time that Barcelona has been knocked out from a Champions League group stage and this is the first one since 2000/01 when they played the UEFA Cup. Barcelona entered the contest against Bayern battling Benfica for the second qualifying spot in Group E, however, Bayern Munich had to break no sweat in order to defeat Barcelona.Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane, and Jamal Musiala registered goals for the Bundesliga club as Bayern Munich thrashed Barcelona.In another game, Manchester United and Young Boys played out a 1-1 draw in Group F at Old Trafford. Mason Greenwood scored the goal for United in the 9th minute while Fabian Rieder registered…

Sports Tennis

Ash Barty, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal among top names in Australian Open

Melbourne [Australia]: Ash Barty and Novak Djokovic headline stellar player fields that are set to compete at Melbourne Park for Australian Open 2022 in the entry list released on Wednesday.Defending champion Djokovic will play for an incredible 10th Australian Open trophy — and a men’s record 21st major singles title — and will be the favourite in a draw that showcases 49 of the world’s top 50 including world No.2 Daniil Medvedev, who beat top-ranked Djokovic in this year’s US Open final. World No.1 Barty, who will attempt to become the first local player to win an Australian Open singles title in 44 years, leads a women’s field featuring all of the world’s top 40.Defending champion Naomi Osaka is expected to return to action and will target a fifth career major singles title; and reigning US Open champion Emma Raducanu will make her Australian…

Football Sports

Jurgen Klopp lauds ‘exceptional’ Liverpool after their record CL win in Milan

Milan [Italy]: Liverpool FC head coach Jurgen Klopp lauded his team’s ‘exceptional’ performance as they came from a goal down to beat AC Milan 2-1 at San Siro on Tuesday night.A second Divock Origi winner in the space of three days ensured the Reds finished their Group B campaign boasting a perfect record of six victories from six matches. Earlier, Mohamed Salah’s 20th goal of the season had equalized Fikayo Tomori’s opener on an evening during which Joe Gomez and Naby Keita made their returns from injury with second-half substitute appearances.With this win, Liverpool became the first English team to win all six Champions League group games. Talking about this, Jurgen Klopp said: “Honestly, I don’t feel pride a lot in football because most of the time I expect good things to happen, to be honest, but that tonight fills me with a lot…

Football Sports

ISL: FC Goa edge SC East Bengal to register first win of season

Panaji [Goa]: FC Goa’s woeful start to the Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 season came to an end as they defeated SC East Bengal 4-3 at the Tilak Maidan Stadium on Tuesday.This was the Gaurs’ first win of the season while the Red and Gold Brigade continue to be bottom dwellers with no win as yet. Fourteen minutes into the match, Alberto Noguera (14′) scored his first goal of the season with a long-range screamer and gave the Gaurs an early lead. Antonio Perosevic (26′) went a step better and scored a sensational equaliser with a half-volley from a similar distance. The attempt hit the right-sided post and deflected inside the net, giving Dheeraj Singh no chance.Saviour Gama and Seriton Fernandes both received yellow cards in the first half for poor challenges. Jorge Ortiz (32′) then regained the lead for his team by opening…

Games Sports

ISL: FC Goa, SC East Bengal eye first win of campaign

Panaji [Goa]: SC East Bengal and FC Goa will have their eyes locked on that elusive first win when the two sides cross swords in a bottom-table clash in the 2021-22 Indian Super League (ISL) at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco on Tuesday.SC East Bengal, who will play their fifth straight game at the Tilak Maidan Stadium, their ‘home’ this season too, eked out a point against Chennaiyin FC in their last outing. The red and gold outfit showed grit in a 0-0 draw, with the likes of Hira Mondal, Md Rafique, Suvam Sen and Tomislav Mrcela making their presence felt.The Jose Manuel Diaz-coached team have two points from four matches. But against FC Goa, the century-old club will fancy their chances.Juan Ferrando’s FC Goa are yet to win a game after three games, suffering a last-ditch heartbreak against NorthEast United FC.The reigning…

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Saudi Arabia GP: Hamilton beats Verstappen in controversial race to draw equal on points

Riyadh [Saudi Arabia]: Lewis Hamilton won a controversial debut Saudi Arabian Grand Prix from pole position ahead of Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas amid two red-flag stoppages.The result means the two championship protagonists go to the Abu Dhabi finale level on points. Hamilton led Bottas and Verstappen – who shrugged off his qualifying crash – at the start but on Lap 10, Mick Schumacher spun and hit the Turn 23 barriers. The Safety Car soon turned into a red flag, crucially giving Verstappen a free stop in the pits, while the Mercedes had stopped under yellows. “The Lap 15 standing start saw Hamilton lead, but Verstappen went wide and off-track at the first chicane, cutting back across Hamilton, who dropped to P3 behind Alpine’s Esteban Ocon (who also enjoyed a red flag tyre change and the subsequent advantage). However, there were two separate incidents…

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Russia defeat Croatia to lift third Davis Cup title

Madrid [Spain]: Russia has won the Davis Cup for the third time after the side defeated Croatia 2-0 in the summit clash in Madrid. Andrey Rublev defeated Borna Gojo 6-4, 7-5 in the opening match and then the victory was sealed by Daniil Medvedev after he outclassed Marin Cilic.Medvedev defeated Cilic 7-6, 6-2 to seal the victory for Russia. This was the third final in five years for Croatia. “It feels amazing. But I am more happy for the team than for myself. We have an amazing team, amazing atmosphere,” the official website of Davis Cup quoted Medvedev as saying. “I am happy to be a part of it and bring the points we need. It is never easy to come here at the end of the season but they were some of the best weeks of my career,” he added. (ANI)

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Man City coach Pep Guardiola set for toughest part of season

Manchester [UK]: Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola believes the next period of the season will be the toughest.With seven matches between Sunday and New Year’s Day, starting with Tuesday’s Champions League game in Germany against RB Leipzig, Guardiola says many things can happen at this crucial stage. “There are many games to come and it’s the toughest part of the season. We’ll try to continue at this level and this rhythm,” he said as per the club’s official website.“Everyone is back, it doesn’t matter who plays, we are consistent and winning games but in football, everything can go down in one second. I’m more than pleased with what the guys have done in this tough period and now comes the toughest one for the number of games, weather, injuries. We keep going with this rhythm and try to play well,” the City boss…