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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Serena Williams suffers shocking exit at Australian Open

Williams had been hoping to take an outright lead in overall Grand Slam titles with 24 but fell agonisingly short in a three-set epic on Rod Laver Arena.

Subhankar Dey helps Awadhe Warriors to 1st win in PBL 2020

With the two teams locked at 3-3, it boiled down to the men's singles face-off between Dey and Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk to decide the outcome of the penultimate tie on Thursday evening.

India offers to host boxing Olympic qualifiers

BFI president Ajay Singh had on Tuesday written to Watanabe stating the federation's interest in hosting the event in case it had to be shifted out of Wuhan.

World Archery lifts suspension of India

The AAI had been suspended since August 5, 2019, with Indian athletes only allowed to compete under a neutral flag at events that directly affected their qualification chances for the Olympics.

Sania Mirza exits Australian Open with calf injury

Mirza and her Ukranian partner Nadiia Kichenok were trailing 0-1 in the second set against the Chinese pair of Xinyun Han and Lin Zhu when the Indian was forced to retire due to a calf injury. The Indo-Ukranian pair had lost the first set 2-6.

Australian Open: Divij enters 2nd round in doubles, Rohan ousted

Divij and Sitak needed an hour and 28 minutes to win the first-round match 6-4, 7-5 against their lower-ranked opponents. The pair won 69 per cent first-serve points and hit 27 winners to get their Australian Open campaign going.

Australia to host 11th Indoor Cricket WC in October

The tournament will be held at two state-of-the-art, elite indoor cricket venues in Melbourne: Casey Stadium and CitiPower Centre.

BCCI asks Saha to skip Ranji game ahead of NZ tour

Saha is recovering from a finger injury which he picked up during the Day/Night Test against Bangladesh here in November.

Mondal shines with triple gold, Maha crosses 200-medal mark

Soubrity Mondal and Kenisha Gupta joined fellow-swimmer Shivangi Sarma (Assam), gymnast Priyanka Dasgupta (Tripura), rhythmic gymnast Asmi Badade and cyclist Pooja Danole (both Maharashtra) as well as artistic gymnast Jatin Kanojia (Uttar Pradesh) as owners of four gold medals.

Customs Cup Regatta in Mumbai on R-Day

The CCR will be held at the Gateway of India and will be followed by an award distribution ceremony at the nearby Royal Bombay Yacht Club in the presence of eminent personalities and other dignitaries.

Hockey India donates $25,000 to Red Cross bushfire appeal

"I want to note the wonderful support we have received from our international colleagues during this devastating time for our country. We acknowledge and sincerely thank Hockey India for their thoughts and their very charitable contribution to the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal," said Woosnam.

India’s death bowling was exceptional, says Finch

In the final ODI played on Sunday, Australia couldn't capitalise on the strong platform, set up by a third-wicket partnership of 127 between Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne, and ended up with 286/9 -- a below-par score at the Chinnaswamy surface which India chased down comfortably with seven wickets in hand.

Khelo India Youth Games becomes first digital games

If not the world's, they became India's first digital games, going completely paperless, finishing all their processes on their high-tech digital platform.

Sania scripts dream return, clinches doubles title in Hobart

Former doubles No.1 Mirza and Kichenok defeated the second-seeded Chinese duo 6-4, 6-4 in a rather one-sided contest which lasted one hour and 21 minutes.

Former India all-rounder Bapu Nadkarni passes away

A left-arm batsman and slow-left arm orthodox bowler, Nadkarni played 41 Tests for India between 1955 and 1968. He scored 1,414 runs and took 88 wickets. His debut and final Tests were both against New Zealand.

Rohit Sharma fastest to score 7k ODI runs as opener

While Rohit took 137 innings to reach the milestone, Amla, who now stands at the second spot, had achieved the feat in 147 innings. Tendulkar had completed 7,000 ODI runs in 160 inniings.

England becomes 1st to play 500 away Tests

England had played their first away Test match -- which was also the first officially recognised Test match -- under James Lillywhite's captaincy against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) between March 15 and 19, 1877. Australia had won that match by 45 runs.

Sania in doubles final of Hobart International

Mirza, back from a two-year absence from the tour after having her baby, paired with Ukraine's Nadiia Kichenok to win their semi-final clash over Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic and Slovenia's Tamara Zidansek, 7-6(3), 6-2, and move into the summit clash.

Mithali demoted in BCCI’s central contracts for women

Mithali, 37, had retired from T20s in September 2019. However, she remains the ODI captain and is likely to play for the national team till next year's World Cup.

Ashwin to play for Yorkshire in 2020 County season

Ashwin, who will play for Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League 2020, is set to take up the reins as the Club's front-line 'overseas spinner' following Keshav Maharaj's successful stint in 2019.

Sania Mirza storms into semis of Hobart International

The No.5 seeds -- Mirza and Kichenok -- entered the last four after taking down all-American duo Vania King and Christina McHale, 6-2, 4-6, (10-4).

Sindhu sole Indian in 2nd round of Indonesia Masters

While defending champion Saina Nehwal and the in-form men's doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty were knocked out, Sindhu came from a game down to beat Japan's Aya Ohori.

I-League: Gokulam Kerala outgun East Bengal, rise to fourth

With the win, Gokulam Kerala ended their three-match winless run and have now risen to the fourth spot in the points table with 10 points from six games.

ICC Awards 2019: Kohli wins Spirit of Cricket, Rohit named ODI...

Kohli, who had swept the Player of the Year, Test Player of the Year and ODI Player of the Year last year, won the award for his gesture at the 2019 World Cup, when he egged the crowd on to support Steve Smith rather than boo him soon after his return to international cricket from a one-year suspension for the infamous sandpaper-gate controversy.

Robert Farah fails drug test, pulls out of Australian Open

"The Tennis Anti-Doping Programme can confirm that Robert Farah provided an Out-of-Competition sample on October 17, 2019, which returned a positive finding for Boldenone," a tweet from the media account of International Tennis Federation (ITF) read.

Khelo India: Maharashtra remain top of the table

Maharashtra owed it to their gymnasts and cyclists who contributed three gold medals each on Tuesday.

Indian Test team wins ‘team of the year’ award

The awards, supported by the Odisha tourism, MRF, Tissot, Spice Jet, Visit Monaco, LIC, Nippon Paints and Sony Ten 1, were given on Monday.

Ranji Trophy: Jalaj Saxena shines in Kerala’s win

Meanwhile, defending champions Vidarbha notched up their second win of the season as they defeated Bengal by nine wickets in Nagpur. Vidarbha overhauled a paltry 59-run target with ease after losing just the wicket of opener Faiz Fazal (18).

Ahead of Beijing 2022, China launches driverless bullet train

According to a report in independent.co.uk, the high-speed bullet train, which connects Beijing with Zhangjiakou -- two of the main host cities of the Winter Olympics -- slashes the journey time from three hours to just 47 minutes.

Ponting predicts Australia will beat India in ODI series

"Australia will be full of confidence after an excellent World Cup and a great summer of Test cricket but India will be keen to redeem themselves from the last ODI series loss against Australia. Prediction: 2-1 Australia," Ponting said on Twitter during a Q&A session with the fans.

Real beat Atletico on penalties in Super Cup final

Zinedine Zidane's squad won the penalty shootout 4-1 on kicks by Carvajal, Rodrygo, Modric and Sergio Ramos after the clubs played a 0-0 draw in regulation time and overtime on Sunday evening, reports Efe news.

Kerala long jumper Ancy lights up Day 3 of KIYG

It was a gripping contest that the two jumpers treated the onlookers.

South Korea’s Gangwon to host 2024 Winter Youth Olympics

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced the decision following its session on Friday in Lausanne, where the 2020 edition is underway, reports Xinhua news agency.

Kohli becomes quickest to reach 11,000 I’ntl runs as captain

Kohli needed just one run to reach the milestone and the batting ace took a single off Lakshan Sandakan to get there. He became the sixth international skipper to reach the mark and the second Indian after Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Atletico Madrid upset Barca to enter Super Cup final

The 60,000 people in the stands at King Abdullah Sports City stadium in Jeddah on Thursday evening were treated to an exciting clash that saw the lead change hands three times, Lionel Messi in top form and a great performance by Atleti goalkeeper Jan Oblak reports Efe news.

India colts beat SA to win quadrangular series

India rode on a hundred by wicketkeeper-batsman Dhruv Jurel and a four-wicket haul by left-arm spinner Atharva Ankolekar to clinch the series.

Indian Women’s League from January 24

The fourth edition of the tournament will see 12 teams from across the country fight it out for top honours in the Indian women's club football.

Madrid outclass Valencia to enter Spanish Super Cup final

The Blancos, who qualified for this expanded four-team tournament by virtue of their third-place finish in the 2018-2019 La Liga, showed the strides they have made since these squads' hard-fought draw three weeks ago in Spanish-league action at Mestalla Stadium on Wednesday night in Valencia, reports Efe news.

India have edge over Australia: Irfan Pathan

"In the past, that wasn't the case because they were doing really well. We were trying to match that level. I feel that Indian cricket is a notch ahead in terms of talent, in terms of cricket and in terms of confidence," Star Sports expert Irfan Pathan said.

Kramnik, Gelfand to train young Indian chess masters

The training camp will be held in a calmer enclave away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

De Rossi announces retirement from football

Speaking at a press conference on Monday, De Rossi denied that he had come to the decision because of injury problems or any other major issues.

ISL: Odisha stay close to top four with Chennaiyin win

First-half goals by Jerry Mawihmingthanga (37') and Vinit Rai (41') were enough for Josep Gombau's side to make it three wins out of their last four matches.

Maha, Assam among biggest contingents at Khelo India Youth Games

Basumatary added that the home crowd will be a big boost for the athletes from the Assam contingent.

Djokovic joins Sharapova to donate to Australia’s bushfire relief

"Yes, Maria Sharapova. I would like to match your $25k donation to double the aid sent to these communities. We stand by you Australia," Djokovic tweeted on Monday.

Anderson goes past Botham, Ashwin to take 28th fifer in Tests

Anderson, 37, racked up his 28th five-wicket haul as he dismissed Anrich Nortje, who was caught by Ben Stokes as England polished things off for a very handy lead of 46.

Kohli receives special gift ahead of Guwahati T20I

The fan named Rahul met Kohli at the team hotel and presented him with a portrait, which he made using old and discarded mobile phones and wires. The fan said that it took him three days and as many nights to make the portrait Kohli.

I-League: TRAU FC look to get house in order against Punjab

TRAU has had a tough awakening on their I-League debut, as they remain rooted to the bottom of the table after four fixtures.

Deepak Punia, Ravi Dahiya qualify for Asian Championship

Deepak, who is fresh from a string of good performances was qualified in the 86 kg freestyle category by defeating the 2014 Commonwealth Bronze medallist Pawan Kumar. Ravi also managed to qualify in the 57 kg weight category when he dominated Pankaj of Air Force defeating him with a score of 10-0.

Shubman ‘abuses’ umpire after being given out, decision overturned

Shubman, unimpressed with the decision of the on-field umpire, didn't move anywhere and remained at his crease narrated Times of India Journalist.

NADA shares roadmap for 2020; to conduct tests for major events

The agency will be running doping tests for major games like Khelo India Youth Games starting January 10, Khelo India University Games, Tokyo Olympics, and National Games.

Tokyo govt to take steps against asbestos at Olympic venue

Asbestos, a material used for fireproofing and insulation, has been known to cause several health problems, most notably cancer.

Hockey India announces Coaching Education Pathway 2020

A simplified education structure consists of a combination of web-based modules and face-to-face interactive courses, underpinned by a competency-based assessment process, which helps the coaches in progressing to higher levels.

Murray to miss Australian Open due to pelvic injury

"Unfortunately I've had a setback and as a precaution need to work through that before competing," the Scot was quoted as saying by BBC.

Super ODI Series intended to have high class tourney: Ganguly

"It's a proposal. Let's see where it goes. The reason behind it is only to have a good, competitive tournament," Ganguly told Hindustan Times.

Japan to send 72 athletes to 3rd Youth Winter Olympics

The Japan Olympic Committee (JOC) Director Hidehito Ito, consists of 117 members, including 72 players (29 men and 43 women), and 45 coaches.

BBL: Steyn, Coulter-Nile named in Melbourne Stars squad

The Stars have won their first two games and will be looking for their third win when they take on the Strikers at the Metricon Stadium on Friday night.

Steve Smith enters Australia’s top 10 Test run-scorers

"The indications are he's going to finish his career in the very top bracket of batsmen through the history of the game," said Steve Smith.

Mandzukic leaves Juventus to join Qatari side Al Duhail

The 33-year-old Mandzukic helped Croatia reach the World Cup final in 2018 and has plied his trade for Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich, laying his hands on the Champions League with the latter in 2013.

Indian jr. women’s hockey team on right track going into 2020

It was India who took the title as they registered a 1-0 win in the final match against the hosts with Gagandeep Kaur scoring India's only goal.

VAR to be introduced at AFC U-23 Championship

This year's U-23 championship serves as a qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, with the best three sides joining host Japan as Asia's representatives next July.

Record prize money of AUD 71 mn for 2020 Australian Open

Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said the increase was another important step in continuing to invest in the playing group.

Dhoni named captain of CA’s ODI team of the decade

The wicketkeeper-batsman holds all the records which one can ask for as a captain of an international team. He is the only international captain to have won an ICC 50-over World Cup, T20 World Cup, and Champions Trophy.

Kohli named captain of CA’s Test XI of the decade

Kohli would bat lower down the order in this XI with his regular number three position taken up by New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.

MS Dhoni completes 15 years in international cricket

"Dhoni finishes off in style. A magnificent strike into the crowd! India lift the World Cup after 28 years!" commentary by Ravi Shastri

2019 has been one of the best years for Indian cricket...

"The year 2019 has been one of the best years for Indian cricket. Apart from the 30 minutes in the World Cup, it's been a great year. We'll keep chasing that ICC trophy. But apart from that, the way we've played has been satisfying," Kohli said.

Twitter abuzz as India take on WI in Cuttack ODI

Cuttack: As India took on West Indies in the third ODI here on Sunday, cricket fans on Twitter tweeted in support of their respective cricketing...

England’s World Cup winner Martin Peters passes away

"He is the fifth member of English football's greatest-ever team now sadly lost along with Alan Ball, Ray Wilson, Gordon Banks, and his fellow West Ham Academy hero and great friend, Bobby Moore," the club said.

Gujarat rally to win Big Bout Indian Boxing League

Smart-thinking Ashish Kulheria (69kg) and the redoubtable southpaw Amit (52kg) hauled the Giants back on track.

Honoured to be nominated for FIH awards: Lalremsiami

The 19-year-old, who has already won several tournaments with the Indian team including the silver medal at the Asian Games 2018, said that her job is not just restricted to scoring goals.

Russia plans to file appeal against Olympic doping ban

Alexandr Ivlev, head of the Rusada supervisory board, told the local press: "We have made the decision not to accept the decision."

KL Rahul’s gesture triggers meme fest on Twitter

His fans had funny takes on the intriguing gesture of Rahul, who hit 102 runs off 104 balls.

Bayern beat resilient Freiburg 3-1 in Bundesliga

The defending champions were not done with the scoring and added another goal to their lead as Gnabry tapped own his own rebound three minutes later.

Wasim Jaffer appointed Kings XI Punjab batting coach

No official announcement has been made by the franchise with regards to his appointment. However, his job profile as "batting coach" is on display on the website of the Punjab-based franchise.

I-League: Mohun Bagan rope in former Sevilla striker Diawara

"Baba Diawara has applied for his visa and we will confirm on his arrival date soon," the club said in a statement.

ICC opens anti-corruption investigations in Qatar 10 league

In a statement, the ICC said that its Anti-Corruption Unit was appointed by the organizers as the designated Anti-Corruption official.

Deepak Punia named UWW’s Jr freestyle wrestler of the year

"I am feeling very happy. It's a great honor for me to be selected among all the wrestlers from the world over. This is a big source of inspiration for me to keep improving and giving my best," said Punia on the rare honor.

Jasprit Bumrah joins Kohli and boys at practise in Vizag

The Indian team management had called Bumrah to Vizag to asses the pacer's recovery after undergoing rehabilitation for the stress fracture he suffered.

No system in place for young players to come through says...

Speaking on the sidelines of the Tennis Premier League which is being broadcast on Sony Network till December 26, Myneni said that there is no system in the first place for players to come through.

Stokes named BBC Sports Personality of the Year

Stokes was presented with his award by Princess Royal and former Manchester United and Scotland footballer Denis Law.

Klopp signs new Liverpool deal until 2024

"This club is in such a good place, I couldn't contemplate leaving," Klopp said.