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Opener Smriti Mandhana named in ICC Women's T20I Team of the Year

India opener Smriti Mandhana on Wednesday was named in ICC Women's T20I team of the year for 2021. The team of the year announcements by the International Cricket Council acknowledges the best players in women's cricket who entertained one and all with their performances in a calendar year.

Australian Open: Barty, Badosa and Azarenka cruise into third round

World No.1 Ashleigh Barty sealed a second win at the Australian Open in under an hour, defeating Italian qualifier Lucia Bronzetti 6-1, 6-1 to secure a spot in the third round of the opening Grand Slam of the year here on Wednesday.

U-19 CWC: Skipper Prest slams 93 as England crush Canada by 106 runs

England skipper Tom Prest scored a-run-a-ball 93, while opener George Thomas and middle-order batter George Bell slammed half-centuries as they defeated Canada by 106 runs in a Group A match of the Under-19 ICC Cricket World Cup at the Warner Park here on Wednesday (IST).

'To my superhero,' Siraj's heartfelt message to Virat Kohli

India pace bowler Mohammed Siraj has called Virat Kohli his "superhero" after the latter stepped down as the Test skipper following the 1-2 series loss to the Dean Elgar-led South Africa.

Australia's No.1-ranked T20I woman batter Mooney out of Ashes with broken jaw

The Australian women's cricket team suffered a huge setback on Tuesday after their world No.1-ranked T20I batter Beth Mooney was ruled on the eve of the Ashes with a broken jaw.

U-19 CWC: Wellalage slams half-ton, takes five wickets as Sri Lanka beat Australia

Aided by a patient half-century and a five-wicket haul from skipper Dunith Wellalage, Sri Lanka defeated Australia by four wickets in a Group D match of the Under-19 ICC Cricket World Cup here at the Conaree Sports Club on Tuesday (IST).

Bayern striker Lewandowski awarded Best FIFA Men's Player of Year 2021

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has been crowned 'The Best FIFA Men's Player of Year 2021', winning the award for the second year in succession.

AFC Women's Asian Cup: We are very mature team, says India's Sanju Yadav

The prolific forward of the Indian womens football team, Sanju Yadav said that the team, the youngest in Group A with an average age of 23, is very mature to handle all kinds of pressure.

2022 CWG cricket competition: Five teams to compete for lone remaining slot

Five teams -- Bangladesh, Kenya, Malaysia, Scotland and Sri Lanka -- will vie for the lone remaining slot for the 2022 Commonwealth Games cricket competition in Birmingham, when the ICC Commonwealth Games Qualifier 2022 commences at the Kinrara Oval here on Tuesday.

ISL team Mumbai City set to debut in AFC Champions League

Indian Super League (ISL) defending champions Mumbai City are set to debut in the AFC Champions League 2022, after the draw for the event was completed in Kuala Lumpur on Monday, the club said in a statement.

ISL 2021-22: ATK Mohun Bagan's match against Bengaluru FC postponed

ATK Mohun Bagan's match against Bengaluru FC in the ongoing Indian Super League (ISL) was postponed, hours before the start here on Saturday due to COVID-19 cases in the Kolkata-based franchise's bio-bubble.

Hockey India names 66 players for junior women's national camp

Hockey India on Saturday named 66 players for the junior women's national camp, which begins at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre in Bengaluru from January 17.

India Open: Two more players withdraw due to COVID-19

Two more players have withdrawn from the ongoing 2022 India Open badminton tournament ahead of their semifinal clash, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) confirmed on Saturday.

Australia release Marsh, Inglis and others from Test squad for BBL

Australia on Saturday released Mitchell Marsh, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Swepson and Michael Neser from their men's Test squad to join their respective teams in the Big Bash League BBL (BBL).

Afy Fletcher returns to West Indies side for WODI series against South Africa

Experienced leg-spinner and right-handed batter Afy Fletcher has returned to the West Indies side from maternity leave for the WODI series against South Africa Women at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg from January 25 to February 7.

U-19 CWC: Australia, Sri Lanka begin in style, crush West Indies and Scotland

A patient unbeaten 86 by Australia's top-order batter Teague Wyllie helped them defeat hosts West Indies by six wickets with more than five overs remaining in the opening match of the U-19 ICC Cricket World Cup here on Saturday (IST).

Virat behaves the way he wants to behave; rest of the cricket world bows down to him: Cullinan

Former South African cricketing great Daryll Cullinan and India's Sanjay Manjrekar lambasted Virat Kohli for his on-field behaviour on Thursday, wherein the Test captain walked up to the stumps mic and insinuated that the South African broadcasters had not given a fair DRS review, because of which Dean Elgar's LBW decision got overturned. Kohli and a few other Indian players fumed at South African broadcaster, SuperSport, after Elgar got an LBW reprieve following the DRS review. The India captain walked up to the stump mic and said, "Focus on your team while they shine the ball. Not just the opposition. Trying to catch people all the time." On-field umpire Marius Erasmus had earlier given Elgar out but the ball-tracking technology showed that the ball had missed the stumps, and the decision was overturned on review.

SA v IND, 3rd Test: South Africa on the verge of victory after Petersen's sublime 82

A sublime 82 from Keegan Petersen and some gorgeous shots from Rassie van der Dussen and Temba Bavuma meant South Africa are on the verge of winning the third Test and series against India at Newlands Cricket Ground on Friday. At lunch on day four, South Africa are 171/3 in 55 overs and need just 41 runs to win the match and series.

Australian Open: Djokovic included in draw even as uncertainty continues

The Novak Djokovic visa-saga in Australia continues even as World No 1 from Serbia was on Thursday drawn to start his campaign in the year's first Grand Slam against compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic, the World No 78.

India Open badminton: Srikanth among seven tests Covid positive, withdraws from event

Men's singles top seed and World Championship silver medallist Kidambi Srikanth along with six other players was on Thursday forced to withdraw from the ongoing India Open badminton championship after testing positive for Covid-19.

U-19 World Cup: Harnoor slams century as India thump Australia by 9 wickets in warm-up

India got a huge morale-booster ahead of the U-19 Men's Cricket World Cup, defeating Australia by nine wickets in a warm-up match here on Wednesday (IST).

Djokovic forced to issue clarification after 'misinformation' on COVID-19 test emerges in media

World No. 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic has issued an exhaustive clarification on social media after reports emerged that he was part of a children's event on December 17 and also gave an interview to L'Equipe on December 18, knowing that he was infected with COVID-19.

Tata to replace Vivo as IPL title sponsor from this season

Chinese mobile manufacturer Vivo has pulled out as Indian Premier League's title sponsor from this year and the BCCI will replace it with Tata, the cash-rich league's governing council decided in a meeting on Tuesday.

Nick Kyrgios tests COVID-19 positive ahead of Australian Open

Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has pulled out of the Sydney Tennis Classic after testing positive for COVID-19, casting doubt whether or not he will be ready to play in the upcoming Australian Open.

COVID UPDATE: Second ODI between West Indies and Ireland postponed

The second One-day International (ODI) between the West Indies and Ireland, scheduled later on Tuesday at Sabina Park, has been postponed owing to two more COVID-19 cases being reported in the tourists' squad.

ICC U-19 World Cup: Sri Lanka, UAE, Scotland record big wins in warm-up games

Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates and Scotland recorded impressive wins as the warm-up matches for the 2022 ICC Under-19 Men's Cricket World Cup continued in the West Indies on Tuesday (IST).

Djokovic saga has been damaging on all fronts, says ATP

The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) -- the governing body of the men's professional tennis circuits -- has said that the Novak Djokovic court saga has "been damaging on all fronts", including for the world No. 1 tennis player's well-being and preparation for the Australian Open.

Cooch Behar trophy knockout matches postponed: BCCI

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday announced the postponement of the knockout stage matches of the Cooch Behar Trophy following some positive Covid-19 cases within the team environment.

NZ spinner Ajaz Patel wins ICC Men's Player of the Month award for December 2021

Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel won the ICC Player of the Month award for December following his record 10-wicket haul in a Test innings against India at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a release on Monday.

India is ready for AFC Women's Asian Cup, says Praful Patel

The AFC Women's Asian Cup India local organising committee (LOC) has expressed its readiness to stage Asia's marquee women's national team competition that kicks off in 10 days. The All India Football Federation (AIFF) President and LOC Chairman Praful Patel shared the tournament's preparations leading up to the first match on January 20.

Immigration detention: Djokovic wins court case

World No. one tennis player Novak Djokovic on Monday won the legal battle in his bid to remain in Australia, with a court ordering his immediate release from immigration detention.

BBL launches player pool amid Covid-19 outbreaks

The Big Bash League has launched a centralised pool of replacement players to help clubs continue to field a team as widening Covid-19 outbreaks wreak havoc across the competition, the League confirmed on Monday.

U19 World Cup: Afghanistan's warm-up matches cancelled due to visa glitches

The International Cricket Council (ICC) said Afghanistan's warm-up matches ahead of the ICC Men's Under 19 Cricket World Cup have been cancelled due to 'delay in obtaining visas'. It also said that the warm-up matches for England and the UAE have been rescheduled.

2010 CWG gold medallist wrestler Narsingh Yadav eyes a repeat in Birmingham

2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist and 2014 Asiad bronze winner Narsingh Yadav lives in Mumbai, which has been seeing the worst of the ongoing Covid surge, so he's left grappling with the reality of training facilities being shut down and the fear of a lockdown disrupting his preparations for this year's Birmingham Games.

Cook wants ECB to make Anderson bowling coach once he retires

Former England skipper Alastair Cook wants the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to make Jimmy Anderson the bowling coach once he retires from international cricket given the "goldmine" of expertise he has, which could be passed on to the next generation.

COVID UPDATE: All Big Bash teams to relocate to Melbourne

In a bid to combat the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the Big Bash League (BBL), Cricket Australia (CA) has asked all the competing teams to relocate to Melbourne (Victoria).

COVID-19: Women cricketers warned to be extra vigilant ahead of World Cup

Australian women's cricket team chief selector Shawn Flegler has warned the players competing in the Ashes to be extra vigilant as they might not be allowed to enter New Zealand for the ICC Women's World Cup in March if they test positive for COVID-19 during the series.

Hazlewood ruled out of fifth Ashes Test, confirms Australian selector

A day after Australian head coach Justin Langer said he was unsure about Josh Hazlewood returning for the fifth Ashes Test, selector Tony Dodemaide ruled out the injured pace bowler for the Hobart match.

Premier League: Newcastle make Trippier their first signing since Saudi takeover

Newcastle FC announced their first signing since being taken over by the Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman-owned Public Investment Fund (PIF).

Ashes, 4th Test: Bairstow slams century but England still in trouble

An unbeaten century by Jonny Bairstow (103 off 140 balls) on another rain-interrupted day saw England post 258/7 on Day 3 of the fourth Ashes Test, even as Australia strengthened their advantage with the ball, with Pat Cummins and Scott Boland taking two wickets apiece at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.

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