Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Don't bat in practice pants: Jayawardene to De Kock

ABU DABHI: Mumbai Indians' opening batsman and wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock put up a perfect performance with the bat on Friday night, scoring a 44-ball 78 to lead his team to an eight-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)

Dominant MI can't take the foot off the pedal: Rohit

ABU DHABI: Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma said that the team is staying guarded against complacency after a facile eight-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders on Friday that helped them go back to the top of the table. MI have won every match they have played since losing to Royal Challengers Bangalore in a Super Over on September 28.

Ruthless MI stroll to eight-wicket win over KKR

ABU DHABI: Eoin Morgan's spell as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper started with a comprehensive eight-wicket loss to Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium here on Friday.

KKR weren't even at the races today: Morgan after MI thrashing

ABU DHABI: Eoin Morgan's first assignment as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper ended in an eight-wicket defeat to Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Friday. MI chased down the target of 149 with over three overs and eight wickets to spare.

Ultimate Table Tennis postponed to 2021 due to Covid-19

MUMBAI: The fourth edition of Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) has been deferred to 2021 in view of the Covid-19 pandemic, it was announced on Friday.

IPL 13: Karthik hands over KKR captaincy to Morgan

ABU DABHI: Wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik on Friday handed over the captaincy of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to England's World Cup winning skipper Eoin Morgan for the remaining matches of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the franchise informed ahead of their match against Mumbai Indians.

Virat Kohli 1st to play 200 games for a single IPL franchise

SHARJAHA: Virat Kohli has added yet another feather to his already illustrious cap by becoming the first player to play 200 matches for a single Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise.

Srikanth advances to Denmark Open quarters, Lakshya out 

COPENHAGEN: Kidambi Srikanth on Thursday went through to the quarterfinals of the Denmark Open while Lakshya Sen's campaign came to an end with a defeat to Denmark's Hans-Kristian Vittinghus.

IPL 13: No place for Kohli, Dhoni in fantasy teams picked by ex-players

NEW DELHI: Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni of Chennai Super Kings have not been able to find a spot in the fantasy teams picked up three former cricketers for the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League.

The courage he showed was amazing: Dhawan on Deshpande

DUBAI: Delhi Capitals' (DC) stand-in captain Shikhar Dhawan was all praise for debutant Tushar Deshpande after their 13-run win over Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Wednesday.

DC's Nortje tears up speed records in fiery opening spell

DUBAI: Delhi Capitals (DC) fast bowler Anrich Nortje smashed the IPL speed records in a fiery opening spell against Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the Dubai International Stadium on Wednesday. His fastest delivery was timed 156.2 kmph that shattered an eight-year-old record of Dale Steyn (154.4 kmph).

Dhoni chosen 'T20 ka king' in a viewer-based survey

NEW DELHI:Former India skipper MS Dhoni has been declared as 'T20 ka king' in a recent online survey conducted by Sports Flashes, country's first online sports radio channel.

Abu Dhabi T10 league to be played from Jan 28 to Feb 6

ABU DHABI:The fourth edition of the Abu Dhabi T10 League will take place from January 28 to February 6 next year in which eight teams will fight for the championship title at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, it was announced on Monday.

SOP for reopening of swimming pools: Max 20 swimmers to train in 1 session

NEW DELHI:The Sports Ministry has issued the SOPs (Standard Operating Procedure) for reopening of swimming pools outside the containment zones across the country in which one of the noticeable points is that not more than 20 swimmers will be allowed to train during one particular session at the Olympic-sized pool.

Ahead of national camp, Pak women player tests positive for Covid-19

LAHORE:A Pakistan women player has returned positive in the second round of Covid-19 testing, just ahead of the of the team's high-performance camp scheduled to begin on Saturday in Karachi.

Tendulkar presents 'Gift of Life' certificates to 10 kids

MUMBAI:Ten seriously ill, but fortunate, children who recovered from serious illnesses received 'Gift of Life' certificates from cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar, with the youngest being Shivam, a five-month-old child from Nepal, who was detected with an extremely complex heart ailment

French Open final: Sofia vows to give her best, Iga unperturbed by occasion

PARIS:Americas Sofia Kenin, in her second Grand Slam final of this year, is preparing to bring out her best when she takes on 19-year-old rookie Iga Swiatek in the summit clash of the French Open to be played on Saturday.

Post Covid-19 hiatus, Indian archers aim to find momentum

NEW DELHI: India's men's and women's recurve archers have been training at Pune's Army Sports Institute ever since sporting facilities resumed in the country after the Covid-19 induced lockdown. The camp for the Archery team commenced on August 25 and the archers are happy to be back training again.

Test series against India will be compelling, says CA interim CEO

SYDNEY:Cricket Australia interim CEO Nick Hockley is looking forward to hearing how SEN experts would cover a "compelling" Test series against India scheduled to be played in the month of December and January.

Veteran composer Naresh Sharma 'learnt a lot' from son Mithoon

NEW DELHI: Veteran music arranger and composer Naresh Sharma does not shy away from admitting that he learns from music created by his son, new-age composer-singer Mithoon.

Predictable Jadeja yet to fire in the IPL

NEW DELHI: MS Dhoni's trusted all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has had a chequered Indian Premier League season thus far. Barring a couple of quick-scoring knocks, there hasn't been anything too spectacular from the left-hander, who is seemingly finding it hard to get used to the pace of the wickets in the United Arab Emirates with the ball.

DC vs RR: Will be focusing on executing our skills, says Harshal

SHARJAH: As Delhi Capitals prepare to face Rajasthan Royals in their sixth game of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, all-rounder Harshal Patel has stated that his team's focus is always on execution regardless of whom they face.

Two-month shooting camp for Olympic probables from Oct 15

NEW DELHI:A two-month coaching camp for the Olympic core group shooters will be held at Karni Singh Shooting Range in the national capital from October 15 to December 14. India have won a record 15 quotas in shooting for the Tokyo Olympics and can still obtain quotas on the basis of world rankings.

Wrestler Babita Phogat quits govt job to join politics

CHANDIGARH: International wrestler Babita Phogat, who unsuccessfully contested the 2019 assembly polls, on Wednesday resigned as the Deputy Director in Haryana's Sports Department.

Good to have guys who can exploit the conditions: Rohit

ABU DHABI: Mumbai Indians (MI) skipper Rohit Sharma was all praise for his team mates on Tuesday after they beat RR by 57 runs at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. This was their third consecutive win this season and both their previous matches ended in comprehensive victories for the four-time champions.

Ajay Devgn's brother and 'Raju Chacha' director Anil Devgan no more

MUMBAI: Filmmaker Anil Devgan, brother of actor Ajay Devgan, has passed away. The 52-year-old director succumbed to cancer.

Gurugram: Two arrested for betting on IPL match

GURUGRAM: The Gurugram police have arrested two people on charges of betting on an Indian Premier League (IPL) match between RCB and Delhi Capitals.

Kohli critical of his fielders, bowlers after RCB's loss

DUBAI: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli blamed his fielders and bowlers for allowing Delhi Capitals to post a big total after his team's 59-run defeat in an IPL match here on Monday.

DC captain Iyer's strategy proves effective, surprises RCB

DUBAI: Delhi Capitals' skipper Shreyas Iyer on Monday surprised Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) as they chased 196/4 by pulling out his ace speedster Kagiso Rabada after just one over and bringing in spinners R Ashwin and Axar Patel for the third and fourth overs of the innings.

Domestic tennis circuit to resume from Nov 16

NEW DELHI: Competitive tennis will make a return after an eight-month Covid-19 hiatus as the All India Tennis Association (AITA) on Monday announced the resumption of the domestic circuit from November 16.

DDCA suffered Rs 1.72 crore loss in FY 2018-19: Forensic audit report

NEW DELHI: The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) suffered a loss of Rs 1.72 crore in financial year 2018-19, a forensic audit report of the balance sheet has revealed. The DDCA's total income was Rs 36.93 crores, but the books show that it spent Rs 38.66 crores.

Lockdown helped us develop technical our knowledge base: Rupinder Singh

BENGALURU: Experienced defender Rupinder Pal Singh feels the Covid-19 induced lockdown period helped the Indian men's hockey team develop their technical knowledge about the game and also up their skill.

French Open: Djokovic advances, Muguruza crashes out

PARIS: World number one Novak Djokovic has moved clear of Roger Federer with his 71st Roland Garros victory, after he cruised past lucky loser Daniel Elahi Galan of Colombia in his third round contest in the ongoing tournament.

Dhoni heroics not enough as CSK succumb to 7-run loss against SRH

DUBAI: A visibly drained MS Dhoni's (47*) best efforts were not enough in the end for Chennai Super Kings (CSK), who succumbed to a seven-run loss to SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday.

Most IPL matches: Dhoni plays 194th game, overtakes Raina

DUBAI: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain MS Dhoni on Friday broke his teammate Suresh Raina's all-time record of most appearances in the IPL -- 193 matches -- as he played his 194th game, against SunRisers Hyderabad at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium here.

SRH win toss and choose to bat against CSK

DUBAI: SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) have won the toss and chosen to bat against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

While SRH have gone with an unchanged team, CSK, who are coming from a six-day break, have made three changes to the squad. Veteran West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo will play his first match of the season while Ambati Rayudu makes a comeback after an injury. Shardul Thakur has also been included in the XI.

Athens Marathon cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic

ATHENS: The 2020 Athens Marathon, which was slated to take place on November 7-8, has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Hellenic Athletics Federation (SEGAS) in a statement on Thursday said that they had discussed several measures to hold the annual event in a safe manner, such as staging only the full 42km race and not the shorter distances, reducing the number of participants and having all participants undertake a Covid-19 test before the race.

IPL all-time record: 269 mn TV viewers watched matches in first week

NEW DELHI: A total of 269 million viewers -- an all-time record in the IPL history -- watched the matches in the opening week of the 13th IPL, according to a Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) India-Nielsen report. Eleven million more viewers watched each match compared to the 2019 IPL.

SAI approves Coaching Camp for Core Olympic Probables; Opens Karni Singh Shooting Range for national squad shooters

NEW DELHI: The Sports Authority of India has approved the request for training facilities at the Karni Singh Shooting Range for national squad shooters with effect from 05 Oct 2020. 64 additional shooters would be provided ammunition and target on Govt expense.

4-2-3-1' formation best system for Indian football, says Stimac

NEW DELHI: Football head coach Igor Stimac believes the '4-2-3-1' formation is the "best system for Indian football".

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