Saturday, February 04, 2023


Prime Volleyball League: Debutants Mumbai Meteors to face Calicut Heroes in opener

Debutants Mumbai Meteors will open their campaign in season 2 against Calicut Heroes and Mumbai Meteors on the second day of the Prime Volleyball League on Sunday. Calicut Heroes, who were placed fourth in the previous season, will be eager to get their campaign started with a victory, While the Mumbai Meteors are playing their debut season, their squad boasts an exciting mix of youth and experience.

Golf: Aditi Ashok leads by five shots in Kenya Ladies Open; Amandeep, Avani make cut

Indian golfer Aditi Ashok produced a second round of 70 (-3) to hold a five-shot lead heading into the weekend at the Kenya Ladies Open. The Indian star, who won the 2016 Hero Women's Indian Open, followed up her first round of 67 (-6) with another consistent day at Vipingo Ridge to sit at the top of the leader board on nine-under-par after 36 holes at Vipingo Ridge.

ILT20: Former India keeper Naman Ojha to replace Dinesh Chandimal in Desert Vipers squad

Former India wicketkeeper-batsman Naman Ojha has been drafted into the Desert Vipers squad for the ongoing ILT20 in the UAE as a replacement for Sri Lanka batter Dinesh Chandimal. Chandimal will be leaving ILT20 as he has been called up for domestic duty by the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). Ojha is expected to join the squad on February 5, ahead of the Vipers' first playoff game, on February 8 in Dubai.

Sri Lanka will go a long way in this Women's T20 World Cup: Chamari Athapaththu

Sri Lanka captain Chamari Athapaththu believes her team is brimming with confidence and feel that they can go a long way in the upcoming ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2023 to be held from February 10-26 in South Africa. "We have never been as confident as we are going into this tournament. Our ambitions are nothing less than winning the tournament-that is our ultimate goal. Our confidence stems from recent results, the skills and competencies of our players, and the experience we have with the team."

Lyon needs to take pages from Erapalli Prasanna to show Australia the way in India: Greg Chappell

Former Australia cricketer Greg Chappell has advised off-spinner Nathan Lyon to take a leaf out of what former India spinner Erapalli Prasanna, whom he called "arguably the best off-spinner of all-time", used to go about on bowling of the pitches in the country.

ILT20: I am used to jumping into tournaments, says Dubai Capitals' Adam Zampa

Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa, a white-ball expert, is a globe-tottering itinerant cricketer who plays for franchises all over the World and has made traversing from one tournament to another a habit. Zampa was brought into their side by Dubai Capitals in the DP World ILT20 for their game against Desert Vipers in Dubai on January 28 and made an immediate impact by bagging two Player of the Match performances in three games.

Golf: Arjun Atwal way down at 130th in Pebble Beach Pro-AM; Kitayama leads

India's Arjun Atwal had another tough day in extremely windy conditions as he shot a 3-over 75 at Spyglass Hill Golf Course in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. With rounds of 73-75, the 49-year-old Atal is now 4-over and way down in 130th place on the leader board at the PGA Tour event. Kurt Kitayama moved into sole lead after opening with 10 straight pars and then had three birdies against one bogey for a 2-under 70 at Pebble Beach.

IND v AUS: Cameron Green has an outside chance of playing Nagpur Test, says Andrew McDonald

Australia men's head coach Andrew McDonald said on Saturday that all-rounder Cameron Green had made "significant" progress over the past couple of days and has got an outside chance to be on the team sheet for the first Border-Gavaskar Trophy match at Nagpur starting from February 9.

KIYG gives the feel of international events, says U21 hockey star Sharda Tiwari

Shardanand Tiwari, a member of the India Under-21 hockey team, has experience playing at the international level and says the Khelo India Youth Games gives the players the feel of playing in top international competitions. Tiwari has played in prestigious global events and is in Gwalior to play the Khelo India Youth Games for the fifth time and described KIYG as a platform that gives new players a feel like the Olympics, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games.

Assam fast bowler Abu Nechim announces retirement from all forms of cricket

Assam fast bowler Abu Nechim, who also played for India U19 men's team and had appearances in the Indian Premier League (IPL), has announced retirement from all forms of the game. "I would like to bring to your kind notice that I have come to decide to step away from the sport and retire from all forms and levels of the game which I have loved very much. I would like to take the opportunity to thank the BCCI and Assam Cricket Association," he said in a note posted on his Instagram account.

Australia keeper Alex Carey cautious about reverse-swing threat ahead of spin exam in India

Australia's left-handed wicketkeeper-batter Alex Carey stated the side is cautious about the threat which reverse-swing can pose ahead of the spin examination awaiting the visitors in India ahead of the first Test at Nagpur starting from February 9. Australia's Test squad is currently in Alur, Bengaluru for a four-day preparation camp before leaving from Nagpur for the first Test and practising in spin-friendly conditions, followed by matches in New Delhi, Dharamshala and Ahmedabad.

Gymnast Dipa Karmakar announces settlement of doping case over unknowingly taking banned substance

Gymnast Dipa Karmakar has announced the resolution of her dispute with the international federation over a provisional suspension for a positive test for ingestion of a banned substance in October 2021 and she will be back in action in July 2023. Dipa had to take a provisional suspension when her sample from an out-of-competition test had returned positive for a banned substance which she "unknowingly ingested and could not determine the source of".

McDonald's view of success based around quality of fast bowling rather temptation to fight spin with spin: Lawson

Former Australia cricketer Geoff Lawson revealed that current head coach Andrew McDonald's viewpoint of the side's success in the upcoming four-match Test series against India is broadly based around the quality of fast bowling rather than the temptation to fight spin with spin in the subcontinental conditions.

Winning in India takes pluck, planning, patience and persistence: Greg Chappell

Former Australia cricketer Greg Chappell believes the Pat Cummins-led side will have to put their best foot forward in terms of talent and experience during the upcoming four-match series against India as succeeding in the country will take a lot of pluck, planning, patience and persistence.

Davis Cup: Huesler, Zverev win to leave Switzerland-Germany level; Norrie keeps GB in hunt

Alexandeor Zverev picked an opportune moment to record his second competitive win in eight months, defeating Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 6-1 to draw Germany level with Switzerland in their Davis Cup Qualifier in Trier, Germany. In Bogota, it was all square for Great Britain and hosts Colombia after Colombia's Nicolas Mejia earned his first Top 100 win with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 result against Daniel Evans, Cameron Norrie levelled the tie at 1-1 by beating Nicolas Barrientos 6-2, 7-5.

Bundesliga: Neuer considers leaving Bayern due to dismissal of goalkeeper coach

Manuel Neuer has attacked Bayern Munich club leaders over the dismissal of goalkeeper coach Toni Tapalovic. The 36-year-old said that he considered leaving the club "as this was a heavy blow for me as I was already lying on the ground." While the 2014 world champion is recovering from a skiing accident leading to a broken leg, Bayern announced that they had sacked 42-year-old Tapalovic due to disagreements with head coach Julian Nagelsmann.

Lionel Messi considering playing on until 2026 World Cup: Report

Argentina captain Lionel Messi has left open the possibility of playing at the 2026 FIFA World Cup, but says his participation will depend on 'many things'. The Paris Saint-Germain forward previously declared the 2022 World Cup in Qatar would mark his last appearance in football's showpiece event.

Aussies playing usual mind games, Ashwin dismisses Smith's comment on relevance of tour games

AS they get ready for the start of the Border-Gavaskar Test series next week, divergent voices have emerged from the Australian camp and former players about the team going directly into the first Test in Nagpur without playing a tour match. Former captain and key batter, Steve Smith, is one of those who support this move not to have a tour match, claiming them to be "irrelevant" as the tourists usually get to play the Test matches on tracks that are completely opposite to those provided for tour games. He said that Australians would gain more training at the mini-camp at Alur near Bengaluru than playing the tour game.

ILT20: Breezy knocks by Md Waseem, Pollard take MI Emirates to playoffs

Breezy knocks by consistent opener Muhammad Waseem and skipper Kieron Pollard backed by Dwayne Bravo's three-wicket spell carried MI Emirates into the playoffs with an impressive 18-run win over Abu Dhabi Knight Riders in the 26th match of the DP World ILT20 here.

SA20: MI Cape Town captain Rashid Khan asks teammates to play smart cricket in next matches

MI Cape Town captain Rashid Khan has asked his teammates to play smart cricket and not take pressure in the upcoming two two matches after his side lost to Durban Super Giants by five wickets in a last-over thriller as action returned in SA20 after a week's break. In the run chase of 166, Durban Super Giants had to work hard in the second half of their innings but they managed to win the game on the penultimate delivery of the match on Thursday night.

Women's T20 World Cup: Delaney replaces injured Stokell in Ireland squad

Indian Super League announces dates for Playoffs and Final for 2022-23 season

The Indian Super League (ISL) on Friday announced the dates of the 2022-23 season's playoffs and final scheduled to be played in March. The playoffs will start on March 3 with the final being played on March 18, 2023. The playoffs will be played in a knockout and semifinal format. The top two teams at the end of the league stage will automatically qualify for the semifinals.

India rise to No. 3 in IBA's world boxing rankings

India continue to take rapid strides in the boxing world as the country jumped to the third spot in the International Boxing Association's (IBA) latest world ranking. The exceptional performances from its boxers saw India accumulate 36,300 ranking points, only behind Kazakhstan (48,100) and Uzbekistan (37,600). They have also surpassed top boxing powerhouse nations including countries like the USA and Cuba, which are ranked fourth and ninth respectively in the current standings.

India begin preparations for the first Border-Gavaskar Trophy Test in Nagpur

The Indian Test side, led by opener Rohit Sharma, on Friday began its preparations for the first Test against Australia starting from February 9 at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur. Batters Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav were among the first players pictured on social media accounts of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to have batting practice in the nets.

Cameron Green hasn't been able to do a lot yet, says Australia captain Pat Cummins

Australia captain Pat Cummins admitted that all-rounder Cameron Green hasn't been able to do a lot in the preparatory camp ahead of the first Border-Gavaskar Trophy match against India in Nagpur, starting from February 9. Green, 23, is racing against the clock to be available for the first Test after suffering a fracture to his finger during the Boxing Day Test against South Africa in December 2022.

Indian karting star Jaden Pariat to drive full season in British F4 championship

Indian karting star, Jaden R. Pariat has signed for a full season in the competitive British F4 Championship for 2023, said a team announcement. The 16-year racing talent from Shillong, who became the first Indian to get a podium in the British F4 Rookie class, has joined team Phinsys by Argenti and will take part in the FIA-certified F4 single-seater motorsports series for 2023 featuring 30 races, held across ten UK's premier circuits, said the release from Anmol Rampal, Director, Marketing Musketeers, here on Friday.

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu extends Bengaluru FC stay till 2028

Goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu has extended his stay with the Bengaluru FC till 2028, the Indian Super League (ISL) club announced on Friday. "Bengaluru FC have secured the long-term presence of goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu between their sticks as the custodian has put pen to paper on a five-year contract that will keep him at the club till 2028," read the club's official release.

Fast bowler Joginder Sharma announces retirement from all forms of cricket

Fast bowler Joginder Sharma, who registered his name in the minds of cricket fans after bowling India to victory in the inaugural Mens T20 World Cup in 2007, has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. "Today with immense gratitude and humility I announce my retirement from all forms of International and domestic cricket. My journey from 2002 to 2017 has been the most wonderful years of my life, honour representing India level of sport," he wrote in a letter addressed to BCCI secretary Jay Shah through his social media accounts on Friday.

Olympic champion pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis begins season with a world-leading mark

Olympic champion and world record-holder Armand Duplantis aka 'Mondo Duplantis', competing in his eponymous meetings here, got his 2023 campaigns off to strong starts with performances that took them straight to the top of the world lists. Duplantis, competing at the Mondo Classic, won the pole vault with a Swedish indoor all-comers' record of 6.10m on Thursday night. The event featured 10 of the best pole vaulters in the world, including Rio 2016 champion Thiago Braz of Brazil, who also won bronze in Tokyo.

Ben Stokes is final bit of jigsaw for Englands ODI World Cup plans: Nasser Hussain

Former England captain Nasser Hussain believes current Test skipper Ben Stokes is the "final piece of the jigsaw" in the side's plans for the Men's ODI World Cup, to be held later in the year in India. Stokes had announced his retirement from ODI cricket last year, citing an unsustainable schedule. But with England recently losing the ODI series to South Africa 2-1 and previously being defeated by India and Australia in the format last year, talks of a comeback by Stokes for the ODI World Cup have gathered steam.

KIYG 2022: Chak De India to Khelo India - The Kerketa story

The movie Chak De India, released in 2007, is one of India's classics based on hockey or sports. In the film, Nisha Nair played the role of Soimoi Kerketa, who appeared on the film screen as a player from Jharkhand. That film influenced many girls from Simdega, considered to be the nursery of hockey in Jharkhand, some of whom are real-life Kerketas.

Bowling sessions before going for World Cup helping me in bowling: Deepti Sharma

India's off-spin all-rounder Deepti Sharma revealed that working on her bowling in specific sessions before arriving in South Africa is giving her results, as seen from a Player of the Series award in the recent women's T20I tri-series. In the women's T20I tri-series, Deepti picked nine wickets, averaging 9.89, apart from making 49 runs to take the Player of the Series award. She had earlier picked 13 wickets at a remarkable average of 7.69 in India's victorious campaign at the Women's T20 Asia Cup last year.

Nick Kyrgios avoids conviction as he admits assaulting ex-girlfriend

Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios admitted assaulting his ex-girlfriend in 2021 and has had assault charges dismissed by the magistrate. Kyrgios appeared in front of ACT magistrates court on Friday and pled guilty after his lawyers failed to have the charge dismissed on mental health grounds.

SA20: De Kock revitalises the campaign of Durban's Super Giants

Quinton de Kock led from the front with a half-century to revitalise the campaign of Durban's Super Giants in the SA20 with a five-wicket victory at Kingsmead here. De Kock showed great courage to battle through the pain of an injured finger. The skipper struck 63 off 41 balls to set up his team's successful chase before Matthew Breetzke took the home team over the line with an undefeated 48 off 39 balls.

ISL 2022-23: There is no time to sit and complain, says Chennaiyin coach Thomas Brdaric

Chennaiyin FC head coach Thomas Brdaric was proud of his team and want them to get moving after they were held to a 2-2 draw at home against Odisha FC in the Indian Super League (ISL) fixture here at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. The Marina Machans extended their winless run to seven games on Thursday as they sit five points adrift of the top six, with 18 points from 16 games. Despite the draw, Brdaric felt that his side showed a fight on the pitch and ran out of luck.

My body is feeling good, I'm excited to be back with the group: Kyle Jamieson

After being included in New Zealands 14-man squad for the upcoming two-match Test series against England, fast-bowling all-rounder Kyle Jamieson said hes thrilled to be back in the group and added that his body is feeling good. Jamieson has been selected for the first time in New Zealand's squad since he injured his back on the tour of England in June last year and made a return to domestic cricket for Auckland in January this year.

Suryakumar Yadav to collaborate with the superfood brand 'Pintola'

Star Indian cricketer Suryakumar Yadav has been roped in as the brand ambassador by Panache, the creative agency for Superfood brand Pintola, for their new range of Performance Series. This is Surya's second innings with a fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) brand in the country. The company echoed the similar values of consistent performance, category leadership riding perfection, and stability embodied by Yadav, who most importantly advance the notion of a healthy India and a healthy body to this generation.

Women's T20I Tri-series: Body is fine, will get better with rest, says Harmanpreet Kaur

India captain Harmanpreet Kaur insisted that the team had some good performances in the tri-series despite losing the final to South Africa by five wickets. India had elected to bat first on a slow pitch at Buffalo Park but managed to put in just 109/4 in their 20 overs. Harleen Deol top-scored with 46 but took 56 balls to make those runs while Harmanpreet made 21 off 22 balls.

Nearly 40 nations may boycott 2024 Olympics to make Paris Games 'pointless' says Poland sports minister

Poland's sport and tourism minister Kamil Bortniczuk has said that nearly 40 countries could boycott the Paris Olympics to make the holding of the Games "pointless". Bortniczuk said he believed it would be possible to build a coalition of 40 countries, including Great Britain, the United States and Canada, to support a block on the IOC's plans before a meeting on 10 February.

Women's T20I Tri-series: Chloe Tryon's heroics lead South Africa to 5-wicket win over India in final

A maiden T20I half-century from all-rounder Chloe Tryon helped South Africa cruise to a five-wicket victory over India in the final of the Women's T20I Tri-Series at Buffalo Park here. Chloe blasted six fours and two sixes on her way to a career-best 57 not out off 32 deliveries for South Africa to successfully chase down India's score of 109/4 after Nonkululeko Mlaba's 2/16 led the charge with the ball.

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