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Looking forward to winning some tournaments before I stop, says Sania Mirza

Melbourne [Australia] (ANI): Indian women’s tennis superstar Sania Mirza said that she is looking forward to winning some tournaments in 2022 before quitting the sport.The six-time Grand Slam champion on Wednesday announced her decision after her first-round loss in the women’s doubles at the Australian Open 2022. Mirza hopes to play at least until the US Open in August-September. Further talking about her retirement plan, the 35-year-old on ‘Extraaa Serve’ on Sony Sports Network during the ongoing Australian Open 2022, said: “Oh, I haven’t really thought about that actually, but yeah I’m looking forward to this last season I’m, but I am looking forward to, you know, being at home not leaving out of a suitcase for a change and yeah just living a normal life whatever that is but I’m you know I hope that I can finish the season and my body…

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Mohammad Hafeez announces retirement from international cricket

Lahore [Pakistan]: Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has announced his retirement from international cricket on Monday.After making a debut on April 3, 2003, against Zimbabwe, the all-rounder has decided to retire after 18 years. Hafeez represented Pakistan in 392 international matches, scoring 12,780 runs and taking 253 wickets, besides also captaining the side in 32 international matches. He was a member of the Pakistan side that won the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in England and Wales.Overall, Hafeez played in three 50-over World Cups (2007, 2011 and 2019), six 20-over World Cups (2007, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2021) and three ICC Champions Trophies (2006, 2013 and 2017).“Today I say goodbye to international cricket with pride and satisfaction. In fact, I have earned and accomplished more than I had initially envisaged and for that, I am thankful to all my fellow cricketers, captains, support staff and…

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South African wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock announces sudden retirement from Test cricket

Centurion [South Africa]: South Africa wicket-keeper batter Quinton de Kock has announced his retirement from Test cricket with immediate effect.The announcement comes after the Proteas’ first Test match against India in Centurion, where the visitors won by 113 runs and took a one-nil lead in the three-match series. Cricket South Africa (CSA) said De Kock has cited his intentions to spend more time with his growing family for the timing and reason for his relatively early retirement from the format. He and his wife, Sasha, are anticipating the imminent birth of their first-born child in the coming days.“This is not a decision that I have come to very easily. I have taken a lot of time to think about what my future looks like and what needs to take priority in my life now that Sasha and I are about to welcome our first…

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‘He will be missed’: Tim Southee bids farewell to Ross Taylor ahead of NZ veteran’s retirement

Wellington [New Zealand]: New Zealand pacer Tim Southee expresses his emotions after veteran Kiwi batter Ross Taylor announced his retirement from the international cricket post team’s current home season.New Zealand’s upcoming Test series against Bangladesh will be Taylor’s farewell from the longest format of the game before he plays his final ODIs against Australia and Netherlands. “Any time a player retires, it’s a messy moment especially when someone who has played and been a regular in the squad for such a long period of time. It will take some adjusting to look around and not see Ross as a player or have him in this side. That assurance of having a quality player around, and the runs he’s had and the job he’s done for this side over a long period of time has been amazing,” said Tim Southee in a statement.Southee elaborated on…

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Wishing you happiness in ‘doosra’ phase of your career: Tendulkar bids farewell to Harbhajan

New Delhi [India]: India cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar bid farewell to spinner Harbhajan Singh as the latter has announced his retirement from all the formats of crickets on Friday.The 41-year-old spinner has played 103 Tests, 236 ODIs and 28 T20Is for Men in Blue. He scalped 294 wickets in limited-overs cricket. Taking to his Twitter, Sachin wrote, “What a wonderful & fulfilling career, Bhajji! I first met you at India nets in ’95 – over the years, we’ve been part of wonderful memories. You have been a great team man, playing with all your heart. Both on the field and off it – it is always fun to have you as part of any team. I cannot forget all those moments of laughter. You have done your best for India in your long career, we are all very proud of you. Wishing you happiness…

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David Lloyd announces retirement from cricket commentary

London [UK]: Former England batter and coach David Llyod on Tuesday announced his retirement from commentary.Llyod was employed with Sky Sports and he was popularly known as ‘Bumble’ by his colleagues. While announcing his decision, Lloyd said that the commentary box feels a little emptier following the departure of David Gower, Ian Botham and Michael Holding. “I’ve decided the time is now right to pass on the microphone,” Lloyd said in a statement, as reported by ESPNcricinfo. “It’s been an immense privilege to try and bring the sport I love into people’s homes up and down the country.”“Sharing a commentary box in Australia in 2013 with my broadcasting hero Bill Lawry was a real highlight. It has been a great pleasure to work alongside Ian Bishop, Ravi Shastri, Shane Warne, Shaun Pollock, and Ian Smith amongst many others,” he added.Further in his statement, Lloyd…

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‘The harder I tried, the farther it felt’: Ashwin reveals he contemplated retirement in 2018

New Delhi [India]: Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has revealed that in the year 2018 he had given serious thought about retiring after the England series as he felt he was not being adequately backed despite being a stellar performer for the side.Ashwin has not only been a key cog in the Indian bowling wheel but has also played useful knocks to help the side come out of precarious positions during a game. Ashwin said there was a time three years ago when he used to feel tired just after bowling six balls. The seasoned off-spinner explained how he had to adjust his techniques to keep bowling along the same lines as he used to do.“Between 2018 and 2020, I contemplated giving up the sport at various points. I thought, ‘I have put in a lot of effort, but it is not coming through.’ The…

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Will think about participation in IPL 2022, there’s lot of time: Dhoni

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper MS Dhoni on Saturday said that he will decide whether he will play for the franchise in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022.He also said that there is a lot of time so he does not need to make the decision in a hurry. “I will think about it, there is a lot of time, right now we are just in November. IPL 2022 will be played in April,” said Dhoni at an event in Chennai.Earlier, after winning the IPL 2021, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper MS Dhoni remained tight-lipped regarding his participation in the next year’s edition of the tournament.For IPL 2022, two new teams will be coming in — Ahmedabad and Lucknow. However, Dhoni also pointed out that he still has not left behind his legacy, hinting that he might just play the next…

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‘Our bond is beyond the game and will always be’

New Delhi [India] : Former Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli on Friday termed AB de Villiers as the most “inspirational” person he has met in his life.De Villiers, the former South African batter announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. Kohli, his RCB teammate said the bond between the two cricketers is “beyond the game and will always be.” “To the best player of our times and the most inspirational person I’ve met, you can be very proud of what you’ve done and what you’ve given to RCB my brother. Our bond is beyond the game and will always be,” Kohli tweeted.“This hurts my heart but I know you’ve made the best decision for yourself and your family like you’ve always done. I love you,” he added.The decorated South Africa batter, who began his RCB career in 2011, enjoyed 10 seasons,…

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‘I ain’t leaving’, says Chris Gayle

New Delhi [India]: West Indies batter Chris Gayle has indicated he isn’t going anywhere and might be playing cricket despite the Windies’ poor show in the recently concluded T20 World Cup.For West Indies, it was an emotional end to their title defence. The two-time champions showed glimpses of their era-defining T20 batting as they bid farewell to Dwayne Bravo and potentially Gayle. However, Gayle on Thursday hinted that he isn’t leaving via a cryptic tweet.“I Ain’t Leaving…,” Gayle tweeted. The opening batter had clarified after the West Indies’ last match that he has not officially announced his retirement from international cricket as he wants to play his farewell game at his hometown Jamaica.Gayle was applauded onto the field by teammates when he went out to open the batting against Australia in the T20 World Cup and he had saluted the ground after his dismissal,…

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Brian Williams leaving NBC News after nearly three decades

Washington [US] : Veteran journalist Brian Williams on Tuesday confirmed that he is set to depart NBC News after a 28-year run at the broadcasting television network.As per The Hollywood Reporter, Brian Williams, longtime anchor and MSNBC’s chief host will leave NBCUniversal at the end of 2021 after nearly three decades with the company. The 62-year-old journalist opted not to renew his contract with MSNBC, where he has hosted ‘The 11th Hour’ since 2016.The Hollywood Reporter obtained an email sent to the NCB staff by MSNBC president Rashida Jones. In the memo, she said Brian “has informed us he would like to take the coming months to spend time with his family.”In the memo, she further said “Brian’s time at NBC has been marked by breaking countless major stories, attracting leading journalists and guests to his programs, and most especially, great resiliency.”Jones added, “He…

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‘God decides your destiny’: Yuvraj Singh hints at comeback from retirement in February

New Delhi [India]: Former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh on Tuesday said that “on public demand” he will be back in February to play cricket.Yuvraj, who had retired from international cricket in June 2019, played this year’s Road Safety World Series for India Legends. The former all-rounder shared a special message for his fans on Instagram with a video of him whacking boundaries.“God decides your destiny !!On public demand il be back on the pitch hopefully in February ! Ain’t nothing like this feeling ! Thank you for your love and wishes mean a lot to me ! Keep supporting it’s our team and a true fan will show his or her support in tough times,” Yuvraj said on Instagram.The 2011 World Cup was memorable for Yuvraj as he was named the Player of the Tournament and he played an important role in India winning…

Health & Lifestyle Relationship

Study Finds How Retirement Impacts Social Support & Wellbeing

New research shows that Australian couples moving into retirement tend to maintain their social networks, and many see an improvement in their mental health and wellbeing. High levels of social connectedness are linked with better health and wellbeing, so this is good news for those with strong social ties. However, for those with low levels of support, it suggests that policies and programs to increase support in retirement could improve wellbeing. The World Health Organisation says social isolation and loneliness have a serious impact on older people’s physical and mental health, quality of life and longevity, compared to other well-established risk factors such as smoking, obesity and physical inactivity. “For some people, social support might decrease when they retire, as they lose work connections or move home, while for others retirement brings more opportunities to strengthen ties or make new friends,” says co-author UTS…

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Michael Caine Not Retiring From Acting

Despite his recent remarks that ‘Best Sellers’ may end up being his last film, Michael Caine has now confirmed that he is not retiring from acting. As per Variety, sources close to Caine said that he is currently reviewing two scripts for upcoming projects. “Regarding retirement, I’ve spent over 50 years getting up at 6 am to make movies, and I’m not getting rid of my alarm clock!” Caine said in a statement to Variety. He also tweeted about the situation, simply writing: “I haven’t retired and not a lot of people know that.” Rumours about Caine’s retirement began to swirl on Friday when the 88-year-old actor spoke about the state of his career on the BBC radio program ‘Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review’. “Funnily enough, it has turned out to be my last part, really. Because I haven’t worked for two years, and…

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Michael Caine Announces Retirement From Acting; Says Film ‘Best Sellers’ Will Be His Last

Sir Michael Caine is taking his final bow! The two-time Academy Award winner has announced that his new film ‘Best Sellers’ will be his last. As per People magazine, the 88-year-old actor announced his retirement from acting on Friday on the BBC Radio show Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review, following what will be his final onscreen appearance in ‘Best Sellers’. “Funnily enough, it has turned out to be what is my last part, really,” he explained.The veteran star added, “Because I haven’t worked for two years, and I have a spine problem, which affects my legs. So, I can’t walk very well.” “And I also wrote a book, a couple of books, which were published and were successful. So, I’m now not an actor, I’m a writer, which is lovely because as an actor, you have to get up at half-past 6 in the…

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Nicolas Cage Clarifies ‘He’s Not Thinking Of The Word Retirement’

Hollywood star Nicolas Cage, who has over 100 movies under his belt, recently said that he won’t be calling it quits on his career anytime soon. The prolific actor made the revelation while talking with Entertainment Weekly about his upcoming film ‘Prisoners of the Ghostland’. When asked about taking a rest after his next few movies, Cage made sure to clarify he’s not even thinking of the word “retirement”. He said, “That can’t happen. To do what I do in cinema has been like a guardian angel for me, and I need it. I’m healthier when I’m working, I need a positive place to express my life experience, and filmmaking has given me that. So I’m never going to retire.” The conversation came about after Cage revealed why he has to keep himself interested after so many years of acting. “At my age, the…

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Shastri intends to step down as coach after T20 WC, says ‘never overstay your welcome’

London [UK]: Team India head coach Ravi Shastri intends to step down from his role after the T20 World Cup as in an interview with The Guardian, he said that he has achieved everything there was and he does not want to overstay his welcome.“I believe so because I’ve achieved all I wanted. Five years as No 1 in Test cricket, to win in Australia twice, to win in England. I spoke to Michael Atherton earlier this summer and said: ‘For me, this is the ultimate – to beat Australia in Australia and win in England in Covid times.’ We lead England 2-1 and the way we played at Lord’s and the Oval was special,” The Guardian quoted Shastri as saying. “We’ve also beaten every country in the world in their own backyard in white-ball cricket. If we win the T20 World Cup that…

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Dale Steyn announces retirement from all forms of cricket

Durban [South Africa]: One of the greatest pacers to have played the game of cricket, Dale Steyn, on Tuesday announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.Proteas pacer Steyn had bid adieu to the longest format in 2019 but continued to play in the 50-over format and 20-over format. On Tuesday Steyn announced that he is now retiring from all forms of cricket. “And it’s been a long December and there is reason to believe, maybe this year will be better than the last. I cannot remember all the times I tried to tell myself to hold on to these moments as they pass,” said Steyn in an official statement.“It has been 20 years of training, matches, travel, wins, losses, strapped feet, jet lag, joy, and brotherhood. There are too many memories to tell. Too many faces to thank. So I left it to…

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Stuart Binny’s contribution to Karnataka Cricket would be written in golden letters: Sourav Ganguly

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly on Monday said Stuart Binny’s contribution for Karnataka cricket would be written in golden letters. Stuart announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Monday.“I would like to wish Stuart Binny all the very best for his future endeavours. He has had a long career. First-Class cricket is the base for a good international set up and Stuart has had an immense contribution in that. His contribution for Karnataka State Cricket Association, which has produced so many players of repute, will be written in golden letters. I wish him all the success in his life,” Ganguly stated in an official BCCI release. Talking about Stuart, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah said: “Stuart Binny has been a true servant of Indian cricket and the all-rounder has contributed heavily in the…

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West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo plays his final T20I match in the Caribbean

Georgetown [Guyana]: Dwayne Bravo, the two-time T20I World Champion, on Tuesday announced that today’s match against Pakistan in Guyana will be his last international match on home soil.Bravo made the disclosure to his teammates in the team huddle and via Cricket West Indies (CWI) social media ahead of the start of the fourth and final T20I at the Guyana National Stadium. “I just want to take this opportunity to wish one of our stalwarts. In all three formats, he has played though he retired from the other two a long time back. But Bravo is playing his final game in Maroon on the Caribbean soil. We look forward to that,” Kieron Pollard said in a video posted on Windies Cricket.According to CWI, Bravo has been a lion-hearted competitor for West Indies from the very start of his career. The highlights of his T20I career…

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Pacer Pankaj Singh retires from all forms of cricket

Former India and Rajasthan pacer Pankaj Singh on Saturday announced retirement from all forms of cricket. The 36-year-old player, who represented India in two Tests and an ODI, made the announcement through a letter sent to the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA). “It’s not an easy decision to make, however, there comes a time in every sportsperson’s life where one has to call it a day. With a heavy heart and mixed emotions, I officially announce my retirement from all forms of cricket,” Singh said in the statement. The right-arm pacer represented Rajasthan for almost a decade before moving to Pondicherry in 2018. He returned to play for Rajasthan a year later with his last appearance being at this year’s Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy. “Today is the most difficult day for me but it is also a day of reflection and…

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Amazon begins new chapter as Jeff Bezos hands over CEO role

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos stepped down as CEO on Monday, handing over the reins as the company navigates the challenges of a world fighting to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic. Andy Jassy, who ran Amazon’s cloud-computing business, replaced Bezos, a change the company announced in February. Bezos, Amazon’s biggest shareholder with a stake worth about $180 billion, will still hold sway over the company he started out of his Seattle garage in 1995. He takes over the role of executive chair, with plans to focus on new products and initiatives. Jassy takes the helm of a $1.7 trillion company that benefited greatly from the pandemic, more than tripling its profits in the first quarter of 2021 and posting record revenue as customers grew ever more dependent on online shopping. At the same time, Amazon faces activism from a restive workforce just as a rapid…