Sunday, November 28, 2021


Covid watch: Bayern announce wage cuts for unvaccinated players

Bayern Munich have announced that players who are not vaccinated against Covid-19 will be subject to wage cuts. Media reports suggest that the record German champions have announced the cuts for unvaccinated players such as Joshua Kimmich, as professional football in Germany is suffering from a rising number of positive infection cases and quarantine orders.

Badminton: Sindhu, Srikanth lose in semi-finals of Indonesia Masters

Reigning world champion PV Sindhu and former world No. 1 Kidambi Srikanth crashed out of the 2021 Indonesia Masters badminton tournament after losing their respective women's and men's singles semi-final matches, here on Saturday. The 26-year old Sindhu wasn't at her usual best and lost 13-21 9-21 against Japan's Akane Yamaguchi in a one-sided semi-final contest that lasted for just 32 minutes. The Indian shuttler struggled with keeping her returns in right from the start and she never recovered from an early deficit. On the other hand, Yamaguchi got a great dip on her

ATP Finals 2021: Zverev beat Hurkacz, to face Djokovic in semis

Germany's Alexander Zverev reached the semifinal of the 2021 ATP Finals after beating Poland's Hubert Hurkacz, moving to 2-1 in Red Group action, here on Thursday. Third seed Zverev, who won the title in 2018, was rarely troubled by an off-colour Hurkacz as he registered a comprehensive 6-2 6-4 win. The 24-year old played aggressively and consistently, hitting 22 winners and committing just eight unforced errors to secure victory after 62 minutes.

Sindhu, Lakshya advance to second round of Indonesia Masters

India's double Olympic medallist PV Sindhu and in-form Lakshya Sen entered the second round of the 2021 Indonesia Masters badminton tournament after registering victories in their respective matches, here on Tuesday. Sindhu, who was last seen in action at the French Open semifinals, beat Thailand's Supanida Katethong 21-15, 21-19 in a women's singles match, which lasted 43 minutes. Up against the 

We just need to set the template right, which is very important: Rohit Sharma

India T20I captain Rohit Sharma said that the team needs to get the template right in the format. He added that India needs to form its own template rather than following some other team's formula. Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid addressed the pre-match press conference ahead of the first T20I against New Zealand on Wednesday. "I think the template is a very important one. We just need to set the template right, and we have got some time to do that. India has been brilliant in T20Is but it's just that we just haven't won an ICC tournament. But we have played and performed well as the team. Of course, there are some holes that we need to fill up and make sure that they

Twin blasts near Indian para-badminton players' hotel in Kampala, team safe

Two explosions occurred in the centre of Uganda's capital, where the Indian para-badminton team has gone to take part in an international tournament, but the shutters are safe. The blasts, which are reported to have occurred just 100 meters from the hotel the Indian team is staying in, have killed at least two people and set several cars on fire. However, Para-Badminton India took to social media and said that players are safe. "Indian Team is Safe!There is multiple Bomb Blast 100 mtr away from the official Hotel," it said in a tweet. Coach Vikash Khanna

Golfer Amandeep Drall will look to maintain strong form in 12th leg of WPGT

Golfer Amandeep Drall, who had a fine season in Europe and then won on return to India last month for the Hero Women's Pro Golf Tour, will be looking to maintain the form this week at the 12th leg of the Tour to be played at the Hyderabad Golf Club. The tournament will carry a purse of Rs 9 lakh. Amandeep won the 10th leg at Chandigarh and was runner-up in the 11th leg at Panchkula. The event was won by amateur Avani Prashanth who is not playing this week. With many of the stars 

Men's T20 World Cup: It's huge: Wade on Australia's maiden title

Wicket-keeper batsman Matthew Wade on Sunday said that it was a huge achievement for Australia to win the maiden Men's T20 World Cup trophy, adding that the boys had the belief to become the first team to achieve success for their country. A clinical unbeaten knock from Mitchell Marsh (77 not out off 50 balls) along with a crucial half-century from David Warner (53 off 38 balls) led Australia to their first Men's T20 World Cup trophy, defeating New Zealand by eight wickets in the final of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday. "It's huge. First T20 World Cup coming in, felt like a lot of people wrote us off early, but internally we spoke about how we could be the first team to achieve this

Laxman posts image of a sick Rizwan, salutes the Pak cricketer's grit

Former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman on Friday paid tributes to Pakistan batter Mohammad Rizwan's commitment to the team at the ICC T20 World Cup here, saying that the opener was a great example of "courage and determination", after the 29-year-old battled serious health issues to slam a half-century in a losing cause on Thursday (November 11). Not many would have known before Pakistan's semifinal clash against Australia that Rizwan had spent two nights in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a hospital here after he developed a severe

Djokovic, Tsitsipas in Green Group at Nitto ATP Finals

Serbian world No. 1 Novak Djokovic is in the 'Green Group' of the 2021 Nitto ATP Finals -- the elite year-end tournament for the top-eight tennis players in the world -- along with Greece's world No.3 Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev of Russia and Norwegian Casper Ruud. The tournament, scheduled to run from November 14 to 21 at the Pala Alpitour here, will see the 'Red Group' being led by defending champion from Russia Daniil Medvedev. The group also

We were sloppy on the field, but teamwork took us past Pakistan: Finch

Australian skipper Aaron Finch said that despite being sloppy on the field during the first half of the game, it was a complete team effort which helped the side make it to the ICC T20 World Cup final and set up a title clash with the Kane Williamson-led New Zealand. Finch, who went first ball to Shaheen Shah Afridi but later saw teammates David Warner, Matthew Wade and Marcus Stoinis come up with crucial scores to lead Australia to a five-wicket win against Pakistan in the semifinal here on Thursday evening, said that while the Wade-Stoinis partnership was outstanding, the team was "pretty sloppy 

T20 World Cup final: Meet the two teams

After 25 days of breath-taking action, the finalists for the T20 World Cup have been decided. The Black Caps won a thrilling semifinal against 2016 runners-up England, triumphing in a match that was billed as a rematch of their 2019 50-over World Cup final. It is the third straight ICC final they have made across three formats, having clinched the inaugural World Test Championship title earlier this year and finished runners-up in the 2019 Cricket World Cup. They were also runners up in 2015, giving them a run of three World Cup finals across four limited-overs competitions, with the 2016 T20

India's squad for Tests against New Zealand announced

Top-order batter Rohit Sharma, wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant and the pace-bowling duo of Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah are not in the squad for the two-Test series against New Zealand, beginning in Kanpur on November 25. The All-India Senior Selection Committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), while announcing the squad for the two Tests, did not give any reason for their exclusion, although it is widely speculated that they have been rested due to the gruelling schedule over the last six months.

ICC T20I rankings: Kohli drops to 8th spot, Rahul jumps to 5th in batting chart

India captain Virat Kohli dropped four places to eighth while his team-mate KL Rahul jumped three slots to fifth in the latest ICC men's T20I Player Rankings for batters, released on Wednesday. Apart from first two matches the T20 World Cup, Kohli didn't get too many opportunities to bat and it affected his T20I batting rankings. On the other hand, Rahul with his three fifties in India's last three matches, moved to No 5. After returning low scores against Pakistan 

Wrestler Nisha Dahiya releases video after death news, says she is fine

Indian wrestler Nisha Dahiya has released a video on social media and said the news that she and her brother were shot dead by unknown assailants was fake. In the video, with Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik by her side, Nisha said that she is in Gonda, Uttar Pradesh, for the senior national wrestling championships. "Hello, my name is Nisha. I have come to play Senior Nationals in Gonda and I am completely fine. This is fake news. I am completely fine," she 

Indian senior women's football team to play Brazil, Chile, Venezuela in Manaus

The Indian senior women's football team will feature in an international tournament in Manaus, where they are going to play three matches against Brazil, Chile and Venezuela. The team will begin their campaign against Brazil on November 25 followed by matches against Chile on November 28, and Venezuela on December 1. This will be the first time any Indian Senior National team will be playing against either Brazil, Chile or Venezuela.

President's Cup: Indian shooters bag five medals, Rahi wins silver on final day

Indian shooter Rahi Sarnobat clinched silver medal in women's 25m pistol at ISSF Presidents Cup, which ended in the Polish city of Wroclaw, on Tuesday. That effort along with Manu Bhaker's second gold, which she won on the final day partnering Turkey's Ozgur Varlik in the 25m Rapid Fire pistol Mixed Team competition, meant that the Indians won a total of five medals in the prestigious year ending event. Manu had earlier partnered Iran's Javad Foroughi to clinch the 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team title, on day two of competitions. The seasoned Rahi 

All-India U-16 hockey: Naval Tata Academy, Anwar Society make winning start

Naval Tata Hockey Academy, Jamshedpur, and Anwar Hockey Society, Uttar Pradesh registered contrasting wins to log full points in their respective groups on the opening day of the 5th SNBP All-India Hockey Tournament (Boys Under-16) at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex here on Tuesday. In a Pool-B encounter, Naval Tata Hockey Academy got the better of Guru Hockey Academy 3-1. The Jamshedpur team went one up through Abhishek Tigga (26th) to end the first half 1-0. On the switch over, Jolen Topno (32nd) made it 2-0, before Sandeep (50th) pulled one back for Guru Hockey Academy. Later a penalty corner 

T20 World Cup: What can we say if players prioritise IPL over country, says Kapil Dev

Legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev has urged the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to plan the schedule of the game better and said that players must also learn to differentiate and prioritise between the IPL and playing for the nation. His comments come after India were knocked out of the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup, which is the first occasion since 2012 when the team has taken an exit in the group stage of an ICC competition. On Sunday, India's bowling coach Bharat Arun had said that the workload could have had a toll on the players. To this, Kapil Dev said that Indian players should have had a break after the second leg of IPL 2021 before they headed to the T20 World Cup. "When players prioritise IPL over playing for the country, what can we say. Players should take pride in playing for their nation. I don't know their financial conditions so can't say much," 

T20 World Cup: Pakistan, along with England, have looked the most complete side so far, feels Hussain

Former England captain Nasser Hussain feels that Pakistan, along with England, have been the most complete side in the ICC Men's T20 World Cup. He added that UAE has been a second home for the Babar Azam-led side, pointing towards Pakistan being unbeaten in 16 straight T20Is in the gulf country.

Premier League: City outclass United 2-0 in Manchester derby

Manchester City capitalised on an own goal by Eric Bailly and a first-half strike by Bernardo Silva to overcome cross-town rivals Manchester United 2-0 in a derby clash here on Saturday. After the 5-0 thrashing by Liverpool last month, Ole Gunnar Solskjær's suffered another demoralising defeat at home, losing to a team they have dominated for lone time but have lost ground to in recent years.

T20 World Cup: England, Australia seal semis berths from Super 12 Group 1

Eoin Morgan-led England and Aaron Finch's Australia on Saturday qualified for the semi-finals from Super 12 Group 1 at the ongoing 2021 ICC Men's T20 World Cup. England sealed their berth in the semi-finals with four wins and one loss in the Super 12 stage of the tournament.

Srikanth, Lakshya Sen lose in HYLO Open semis

Two Indians reached the men's singles semi-finals of the HYLO Open BWF World Tour Super 500 event but both failed to progress as Kidambi Srikanth and Lakshya Sen crashed out in straight games.

I enjoy taking the responsibilities to sometimes bat through the innings as well: Mayank Agarwal

India opener Mayank Agarwal said that he enjoys taking responsibility of carrying his bat through the innings. He added that he has always looked to make the best out of power-play, a role which has been given to him. Agarwal is all set to feature for Karnataka in the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021/22 when they will open their campaign against Mumbai on Thursday. "I have always tried to make the best use of the powerplay, and that was the role that was given to me. I am happy that I am able to do that for the side and also look to bat through 

Abu Dhabi T10: I'll be better than what I was in the previous season, says Northern Warriors' Imran Tahir

Veteran South Africa leg-Spinner Imran Tahir, who is set to play his second Abu Dhabi T10 with the star-studded Northern Warriors side, expressed during a virtual press conference on Monday that he will be better than what he was in the previous season. He said that he will use his experience from the previous season and come up with different plans and thoughts to bowl well in the tournament.

Messi talks of possible return to FC Barcelona

Former FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi said in an interview that he intends to return to FC Barcelona at some point in the future. This summer, Messi concluded his 21-year-spell at the club where he called home and joined Paris Saint-Germain, with which he

Mumbai shuttler Taarini wins triple crown in Finland

Young upcoming talent Taarini Suri of Mumbai won three titles in the FZ FORZA Finnish Youth 2021 Badminton Championship at the Otahalli Recreation Center, Otaranta, Finland, which concluded on Sunday. The 14-year-old Taarini, who trains with Hufrish Nariman at the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy at the Cricket Club of India (CCI), clinched the gir's' singles under-15, girls' doubles under-17, and the mixed doubles under-17 titles in the event

T20 World Cup: I actually think people talking about my form is quite funny, says Warner

Australia opener David Warner believes that people talking about his form sounds quite funny to him. He added that he is in good space and is hitting the ball well in the nets. Warner was left out of the playing eleven of Sunrisers Hyderabad in the UAE leg of the IPL 2021 after registering scores of 0 and 2. In the warm-up matches ahead of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup, he amassed 0 and 1. In Australia's first match against South Africa in the ICC men's T20 World Cup, Warner struck three boundaries before falling for 14.

Junior hockey nationals: Salute Academy, SGPC and M.P. reach quarters

Gaganjeet Singh and Gurnoor Grewal scored a hat-trick each as Salute Hockey Academy, Delhi thrashed Malwa Hockey Academy Hanumangarh 17-2 in a Pool E league match and qualified for the quarter-finals of the 1st Hockey India Junior Men Academy National Championship 2021 here on Saturday. In other matches, Jai Bharat Hockey Academy, Hubli Hockey Academy, SGPC Hockey Academy, and Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy earned victories in their respective matches on day six of the competition. SGPC Academy and MP Hockey Academy also made it to the quarter-finals.

Bengal's Swadesh Mondal sets national record in 400m medley

Swadesh Mondal of Bengal created his fourth national record here at the ongoing 37th Sub Junior and 47th Junior National Championships 2021, romping to victory in 400m individual medley for Group II boys. He came up with a brilliant effort to push a fighting Shoan Ganguly of Karnataka to second place, much like their battle in the 200m medley event earlier in the week where Swadesh took the gold and Shoan had to settle for a silver

T20 WC: Sri Lanka bowlers bundle out the Netherlands for 44

Wanindu Hasaranga (3/9) and Lahiru Kumara (3/7) led the demolition job for Sri Lanka as the 2014 champions bundled out the Netherlands for 44 in the final Group B match of the ICC men's T20 World Cup at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium here on Friday. The Netherlands batting crumbled in front of Sri Lanka, with Colin Ackermann the only batter to reach double-figures.

Women's hockey nationals: Big wins for Odisha, Punjab, and Haryana on Day 2

Top states continued to have a field day with teams from Odisha, Punjab, Chandigarh, Haryana, Maharashtra, and Madhya Pradesh registering comfortable victories in their respective matches on the second day of the 11th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship 2021 here on Friday. In the first match of the day, Odisha registered a comprehensive 18-0 victory over Hockey Himachal in their Pool D match. Dipti Lakra

T20 World Cup: Matches against Australia have always been full of fire, says Bavuma

South Africa captain Temba Bavuma believes that matches against Australia have always been full of fire for his team and they are expecting a difficult encounter in the T20 World Cup on Saturday. He added that Saturday's match at Sheikh Zayed Stadium being their tournament opener means they are eager to start well and get the early momentum in their favour.

Women's National Boxing: Delhi's Hemlata, Maharashtra's Aarya dominate on Day 1

The Women's National Boxing Championships got off to a blistering start on Thursday, with Delhi's Hemlata defeating her opponent PS Mantasaha Kumari from Assam 4-0 in the 50kg category. Hemlata gave Mantasaha no chance whatsoever as she connected her jabs to precision and won the contest on a unanimous basis here.

T20 World Cup: Bangladesh hammer PNG by 84 runs, advance to Super-12

A clinical Bangladesh hammered Papua New Guinea by 84 runs in the 9th match of ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021 at Al Amerat Cricket Ground, here on Thursday. Riding on a quickfire fifty by skipper Mahmudullah (50 off 28) and a vital knock by Shakib Al Hasan (46 off 37), Bangladesh posted a total of 181/7 in 20 overs.

Champions League: Real need to avoid repeat of last season's upset in Kiev

Real Madrid flew to Kiev on Monday ahead of Tuesday night's Champions League game against Shakhtar Donetsk, hoping to avoid a repeat of the two defeats in last season's group stage. Real are already in trouble after a shock defeat to minnows Sheriff Tiraspol in the last round.

MS Dhoni Cricket Academy launched in Bengaluru

Sports companies GamePlay and Aarka Sports on Tuesday launched the M.S. Dhoni Cricket Academy (MSDCA) in Bengaluru, which will commence training operations from November 7. The registrations are currently open.

Saudis take charge of Newcastle United, other clubs worried

English Premier League clubs are in turmoil after a Saudi Arabia-led consortium took over Newcastle United, ending the previous owner Mike Ashley's 14-year-old ownership of the club. The £300m takeover was confirmed by the Premier League in a statement last week and the process has been completed on Monday with news spreading in the British media that the new owners want to sack manager, Steve Bruce. Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers is tipped to be the frontrunner to take over charge at St James' Park. The investment group is led by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) and also comprises PCP Capital Partners and RB Sports & Media.

Eyes on Saina's injury as badminton teams get ready for next matches

After a day's rest, the Indian men and women's badminton teams will get into action in the Thomas and Uber Cup finals here with the focus on Saina Nehwal who struggled with a groin injury in the previous match and had to quit after losing the first game. Though not a lot is forthcoming on the former World No.1's injury, Saina is likely to be rested for the next match against minnows Scotland in an Uber Cup preliminary round match on Tuesday. The Indian women's team is in a four-team group with Thailand, Spain, and Scotland as other members. India can afford to give Saina another day of rest

Jr shooting worlds: India finish on top with 43 medals

A relook at the results resulted in India's overall medals tally being re-totaled to a whopping 43 medals as the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Championship concluded at the Las Palmas Shooting range in the Peruvian capital of Lima. India had sought some clarifications from the ISSF as its overall tally was being shown 40 in the competition that ended on Saturday after eleven days of competitions involving the top young shooters in rifle, pistol, and shotgun. Vijayveer Sidhu, Rhythm Sangwan, Arjun Singh Cheema, and Shikha Narwal were India's gold medallists on the 11th and final day on Saturday, putting India firmly on top of the standings with 17 gold medals. India made a clean sweep of all four events on the final day.