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Mumbai Marathon 2019: Mulund resident completes half marathon with arti

16 hours ago  
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Nothing can prevent a person who possesses willpower and determination. Mulund resident Amogh Madhav provided a perfect example of this at the Mumbai Marathon yesterday. Madhav successfully completed his second half marathon yesterday with a prosthetic leg. When asked about the difficulty while running with an artificial leg, he replied, "It's not that difficult... it is all in the mind." Six years ago, Madhav, 22, lost his leg in a car accident in his last year at school. "I had a car accident when I was 16. My arteries were damaged so they had to amputate the leg. We opted for a prosthetic leg which allowed me to run long distance," Madhav told mid-day. Madhav, who participated in half-marathons, plays outdoor games such as cricket and football regularly. "Six to seven months after accident, he got a prosthetic leg and started moving independently. I used to run marathons. One day he asked me if he can join me. We started with 5km, but now he can run 21km. We have run almost 15 to..
                 

Australian Open: I have massive regrets, says Roger Federer after loss

17 hours ago  
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Swiss great Roger Federer denied yesterday that his defeat to Greek young gun Stefanos Tsitsipas signalled a changing of the guard as he announced he will play the French Open this year for the first time since 2015. The 20-time Grand Slam champion was shocked by a man 17 years his junior in the Last 16 of the Australian Open 6-7 (11-13), 7-6 (7/3), 7-5, 7-6 (7/5) on Rod Laver Arena. But Federer, the defending champion, played down suggestions it was the beginning of the end for a man who has dominated the sport for so long. "I've heard that story [for] the last 10 years. From that standpoint, nothing new there," he said. And in a signal that he is hungry for more, Federer, 37, said he planned to play on clay again this year for the first time since 2015. "It's a bit of a desire. I'm in a phase where I want to have fun and I've missed not doing it," he told reporters of the French Open. He missed Roland Garros in 2016 with an injury and skipped the clay season the last two years. "I..
                 

Kohli is greatest ODI batsman to have played the game: Clarke

20 hours ago  
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That Virat Kohli is destined to be among the pantheons of all-time greats is an oft-repeated assertion but for former Australia captain Michael Clarke, the India skipper is already the greatest ODI batsman to have ever played the game. Kohli, the World No. 1 Test and ODI batsman, led India through a historic tour of Australia, during which the team won the Test and ODI rubbers and drew the T20I series. Michael Clarke Kohli's India was the first team ever not to lose any series Down Under and along the way, he continued to add to his rapidly-rising count of international hundreds. "To me, Virat Kohli is the greatest batsman to have ever played one-day cricket. I have no doubts after seeing what he has achieved for India," Clarke said. Kohli has already scored 10,385 runs in 219 ODIs with an astounding average of 59 plus, including 39 hundreds. An unabashed Kohli fan, Clarke said that the Indian's passion is unmatchable. "You have to respect Virat's passion to win games for his count..
                 

Imam, Hafeez steer Pakistan to win over South Africa

22 hours ago  
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Imam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Hafeez set up a five-wicket win for Pakistan in the first one-day international against South Africa at St George's Park on Saturday. The left-handed Imam made a cultured 86 off 101 balls and Hafeez hit an unbeaten 71 off 63 deliveries as Pakistan chased down a target of 267 with five balls to spare. Hashim Amla's 27th one-day international century was not enough for South Africa, who lost only two wickets in scoring 266 runs after winning the toss. Pakistan's bowlers deserved credit for their team's win, which came after the tourists were well-beaten in all three Test matches. Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed used his bowlers in short spells and their mixture of seam and spin proved better suited to a slow pitch than South Africa's attack. South African strike bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Duanne Olivier conceded a combined 124 runs in 19.1 overs. The Pakistan batsmen also proved better at rotating the strike, particularly during a 94-run second-wicket stand betwe..
                 

Ankita bags year's first singles title

22 hours ago  
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Indian tennis player Ankita Raina yesterday won her first singles title of the 2019 season and eighth overall after trampling top seed Arantxa Rus in straight sets in the final of the USD 25,000 event in Singapore. Coming into the tournament after competing at the Australian Open Qualifiers, Ankita demolished World No. 122 and the Dutch top seed 6-3, 6-2 in one hour and 23 minutes. The 50 points earned from the title triumph are likely to catapult Ankita to a career-high singles rank of 168 when the new WTA list is issued on Monday. "I've been working on my serve for a long while now and I think it's starting to help. I also feel there's more power in the strokes. It definitely helped playing the Grand Slam as the first tournament of the year. It gave a lot of positivity and self belief," Ankita said. "Even though I was a bit disappointed that I didn't qualify for the Australian Open since I expected that but I was grateful that I had reached where once I used to imagine I would be p..
                 

Sarri slams 'mentally weak' Chelsea

22 hours ago  
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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri labelled his players mentally weak and "difficult to motivate" after losing 2-0 at Arsenal in a toothless performance on Saturday. The Gunners blew the race for a top-four Premier League finish wide open as first-half goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny closed Arsenal and Manchester United, who beat Brighton earlier in the day, to within three points of Chelsea in fourth. "I'm extremely angry, very angry indeed. This defeat was due to our mentality more than anything else, our mental approach. We played against a team more determined than we were and I can't accept that," said Sarri, who chose to speak through a translator in his native Italian to clearly explain the scale of his frustration. "The fact is it appears this group of players is extremely difficult to motivate." Maurizio Sarri On current form, Sarri's men look likely to be caught by Arsenal or United as a fourth defeat in 11 league matches underlined the need for the signin..
                 

Mumbai Marathon: Ultraman cop Krishna Prakash breezes through 42 kms

23 hours ago  
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Krishna Prakash, the first Inspector General of Police (IGP) rank officer to have earned both the global Ironman and Ultraman titles, completed the Tata Mumbai Marathon in three hours and 47 minutes yesterday. An IPS 1998 batch officer, Prakash said, "I'm very happy. I was preparing for a month." The Special Inspector General of Police VIP Security, Maharashtra State Intelligence Department, earned the famous Ironman Triathlon title on August 27, 2017, at Vichy, France, and became the first Indian government servant, civil servant and Serving Uniformed Services Officer to finish this gruelling task. He did so with an impressive timing of 14 hours, eight minutes and 23 seconds - the timeframe given is 17 hours. He is also the only Indian civil servant and the Indian Police Services officer to win the Herculean Ultraman in Noosa Heads, Sun Shine Coast, Australia. Prakash completed it in 34 hours and 21 minutes. Another IPS officer - Anup Kumar Singh - completed the Mumbai Marathon in a..
                 

Mumbai Marathon 2019: Competition... what's that?

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First-timers - Kenya's Cosmas Lagat and Worknesh Alemu of Ethiopia - stunned favourites Kuma Abera and Amane Gobena (both Ethopia) to grab the men's and women's honours respectively at the Tata Mumbai Marathon yesterday. Cosmas dominated the race, clocking 2:09:15, while Alemu clocked 2:25:45. Heat was onThough the athletes yesterday seemed happy with the pleasant 23C weather when the race began outside CST. It soared to 27C by the time the elite athletes touched the 42km-mark. Elite women's marathon winner Worknesh Alemu (C) is flanked by second-placed Amane Gobena (L) and third-placed Birke Debela. Pic/Shadab Khan The top male athletes ran neck-to-neck till the half-way mark after crossing the Bandra-Worli Sea Link with Abera leading the pack with the race clock on 1:03:45. Kenya's Jacob Kendagor, however, took the lead after 26 kms with a time reading 1:18:26. As the group scattered with 10 kms to go, Lagat, sprang a surprise at the Worli Sea Face where he took off for a dominati..
                 

Mumbai Marathon: Cricket trainer Kanchgar not happy with Sunday spell

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Mumbai cricket team trainer Yogesh Kanchgar, who was busy on Saturday, overseeing the fitness of India pacers Shardul Thakur, Dhawal Kulkarni and other Mumbai players completed the half marathon yesterday. Kanchgar, 39, who had the experience of two full marathons, six half marathons, three Dream Runs apart from full marathons in Hyderabad, Bhopal and Satara, was however, not satisfied with his yesterday's timing of two hours, 28 minutes. "Without a practice, you can say it's a good timing, but I am not satisfied. My best half marathon timing was one hour, 33 minutes - two years ago," Kanchgar told mid-day. The professional trainer spoke on the benefits of running a marathon: "By running a marathon you are doing your cardiovascular training through which you train your heart. When I run, I get time for myself where I think and plan my growth." Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

India's campaign ends after Saina Nehwal goes down

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Saina Nehwal's impressive run at the Malaysia Masters came to an end following her straight-game loss to reigning Olympic and world champion Carolina Marin of Spain in the women's singles semifinals, here Saturday. The 28-year-old Indian, who had won the title in 2017 and was a runners-up in the 2011 edition, went down 16-21 13-21 to fourth seed Marin in a 40-minute match to bring an end to India's campaign at the first World Tour Super 500 tournament of the season. Tied 5-5 ahead of the clash, Saina had made a good start to the match leading 5-2 at the start but an aggressive Marin reeled off seven straight points to turn the tables before grabbing a 11-9 lead at the break. The Spaniard extended it to 13-9 before Saina clawed back at 14-14. However, Marin produced a determined effort to reach the game points after gathering six points on the trot. She easily sealed the first game in 20 minutes with a measured return at the Indian's fore court. In the second game, Marin was more dom..
                 

Bernard Tomic's dad threatens Lleyton Hewitt with legal action

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Bernard Tomic has called Lleyton Hewitt a "liar" after the Australian Davis Cup captain claimed he had been blackmailed and physically threatened by the firebrand, whose father Saturday said he planned legal action against the veteran. The explosive allegations on Thursday by Hewitt followed an ugly war of words in which Tomic claimed the two-time Grand Slam champion had ruined the national system and "no one likes him any more". Hewitt responded by calling Tomic "a clown", while alleging he attempted to blackmail him by demanding wildcards and threatening to refuse to play Davis Cup. He also said he and his family had been physically threatened. "I think the threats that I have received for me and my family, that I've had for a year-and-a-half now, I don't think anyone would reach out to a person that speaks like that," said Hewitt, with their relationship in tatters. Tomic told the Herald Sun newspaper late Friday: "I have never threatened his family. "Nice, Lleyton. To think..
                 

Mohamed Salah's brace helps Liverpool register come-from-behind win

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Liverpool moved seven points clear at the top of the Premier League as Mohamed Salah's double inspired a dramatic 4-3 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday. Jurgen Klopp's side were pushed hard by Palace, who took a shock 34th minute lead, but Salah's predatory instincts and a woeful mistake from Eagles keeper Julian Speroni ensured Liverpool improved their unbeaten home league run to 32 games. Foxes lose; United win 2-1Diogo Jota's hat-trick piled pressure on Leicester manager Claude Puel as the Wolves midfielder's last-gasp strike secured a thrilling 4-3 win. Manchester United stretched their winning streak to seven games as they beat Brighton 2-1. Gaetan Bong conceded a penalty with a foul on Paul Pogba and the France midfielder stroked home the spot-kick for his 10th goal of the season. Marcus Rashford marked his 150th game for the club with his side's second goal in the 42nd minute. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android ..
                 

Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant to assist India 'A'

2 days ago  
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Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant will play two one-dayers while Ajinkya Rahane will lead the India A side in the first three games against England Lions in a home series beginning January 23. The BCCI senior selection committee on Saturday announced the India A squad for the five one-dayers against the Lions. Pant was dropped from the ODI team for the just-concluded three-match series in Australia but he remains in the reckoning for a World Cup spot following his stellar showing in the Test series. The hard-hitting batsman will play the ODI games on January 29 and 31 before flying to New Zealand for India's T20 International series beginning February 6. Also getting some game time will be Test vice-captain Rahane, who has been named in the India A squad for the first three one-dayers. Hanuma Vihari, who was a part of the Indian team which won a historic Test series in Australia, will also been seen in action alongside Shreyas Iyer and Shardul Thakur. Maharashtra batsman Ankit Bawne..
                 

Ranji Trophy: Record run-chase takes Saurashtra into semi-finals

2 days ago  
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Cheteshwar Pujara may not have made a big contribution, but his mere presence was reassuring enough as Saurashtra notched up the highest run-chase in the annals of the Ranji Trophy to subdue Uttar Pradesh by six wickets on the way to the semi-finals. At the Ekana Stadium here, after trailing by 171 runs, Saurashtra clawed their way back by dismissing UP for 194 in the second essay. That left them with a daunting target of 372. Pujara remained unbeaten on 67 and Sheldon Jackson on 73 as the two put on 136 for the fifth wicket to take the team home an hour after lunch on the final day. Much was expected of Pujara in the first innings, but he was gobbled up by junior India pacer Shivam Mavi for 11. That led to Saurashtra conceding a huge lead. But the bowlers, led by skipper Jaydev Unadkat, kept their team in the hunt by not allowing the hosts to run away with the match. Openers Snell Patel and Harvik Desai put Saurashtra on the path to victory by setting a strong platform of 132 runs...
                 

'Ban on Mumbai U-16 skipper to act as deterrent for others'

2 days ago  
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The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has said its decision to impose a three-year ban on Mumbai Under-16 captain Musheer Khan for indulging in an obscene behaviour would act as a deterrent for other players. Musheer Khan invited the ban after his team-mates had complained to the Mumbai cricket body that he had indulged in an "obscene behaviour" on the sidelines of Vijay Merchant quarter-final game in Andhra Pradesh in December. Musheer Khan is the younger brother of Sarfaraz Khan, who has represented India in U-19 team and also played for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League. "The ban handed over to Musheer would act as a deterrent for other players, who would think multiple times before indulging in any such actions," a senior MCA official told PTI Friday. According to the official, following the ban, the junior Khan cannot play for any team in Mumbai till 2022. Meanwhile, welcoming the action against the Mumbai U- 16 skipper, the secretary of a well-known c..
                 

Chelsea, Arsenal face off with eye on crucial Champions League spot

2 days ago  
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The need for the riches as much as the prestige of a return to Champions League football leaves Arsenal little room for error when Chelsea visit the Emirates on Saturday. A run of three defeats in their last six Premier League games has left the fifth-placed Gunners six points adrift of their London rivals in the battle for a top-four finish. However, it is Chelsea and not Arsenal who are reinforcing in the January transfer window to ensure they are not forced to cope with the consolation prize of the Europa League for a second consecutive season. Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri seems set to finally get the striker he wanted in Gonzalo Higuain on a loan deal from Juventus having worked with the Argentine international during a prolific 38-goal season at Napoli in 2015-16. Arsenal's problems are at the other end of the field. No side in the top half of the table have conceded more than the 32 goals Unai Emery's men have in 22 Premier League games.However, Emery has revealed that Arsenal ..
                 

Coach Mali sells tea to shape future of teenage boxers

2 days ago  
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The sacrifices sportspersons make to excel in their respective fields are remarkable. But the coaches behind their success don't always get the recognition they deserve. At times, the efforts of the mentors are unknown because of their hesitancy to get into the limelight. Rakesh Mali, 25, a master's degree holder in physical training, is passionate about training boxers in Nandurbar, Maharashtra. Before he kicks off his day with the boxers, he sells tea from 4 to 6 am. Yesterday, at the Khelo India Youth Games, Mali's ward Laxmi Patil, 17, grabbed a bronze medal in the 48kg light fly category. Laxmi's father is a helper at a Nandurbar market. "A little past 6 am, I rush to the ground where my students wait for me. I train them till their school begins and I am back at the tea stall from 1 to 5 pm after which, it's back to the training ground," revealed Mali. Laxmi, who is in her first year of junior college, said: "My college teachers gave me a bicycle and that's how I reach the tra..
                 

Tushar's fourth successive ton guides Al-Barkaat into final

3 days ago  
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Tushar Singh smashed yet another century to help Al-Barkaat MMI (Kurla) enter the final of the MSSA-organised U-14 Giles Shield cricket tournament after IES VN Sule Guruji (Dadar) failed to take the first innings lead on Day Two of their semi-final at Cross Maidan yesterday. Both teams mutually agreed to call off the match, after Al Barkaat reached 191-0 in reply to the opposition's 190 in the post lunch session. Tushar was batting on 116 while Asif Khan was 67 not out. This is Tushar's fourth successive century. His scores in the last three innings read: 132, 130 not out and 202 not out. Al Barkaat will face defending champions Rizvi Springfield (Bandra) in the final at the Wankhede Stadium from January 22 to 24. Rizvi beat Anjuman-I-Islam (CSMT) on the first innings. Catch up on all the latest T20 news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

Mumbai Marathon: The elite are battle-ready

3 days ago  
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Desi met videsi at the press meet and greet held at the Mumbai Marathon press centre at Azad Maidan yesterday. The foreign and Indian elite athletes shared a dais as the co-ordinator began by saying "last year was an astonishing year for road running." Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge set a new marathon world record of 2 hours 1 minute and 39 seconds in September. The fastest man in the field for the city on Sunday is Abe Kuma from Ethiopia. The Arsenal football fan has a 2:05:50 at Rotterdam. Kuma is married to Tejitu Daba, who is also an athlete and competing in the Mumbai marathon. When asked if it was difficult to have two top runners in the family, Kuma smiled and said, "not difficult at all, because my wife is a wonderful lady." Women's defending champion, Ethiopia's Amane Gobena, will look to improve on her 2:25:49 performance in 2018. India's champsThe loudest cheers were reserved for India's defending champions Gopi T and Sudha Singh, with the former citing his mother as his "in..
                 

Suresh Raina carries his wife Priyanka on shoulders

3 days ago  
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Suresh Raina seems to be flexing his shoulder muscles these days. The Indian cricketer has posted a couple of videos on his Instagram handle, where he is seen carrying his wife on his shoulder in one video and in the other video he carries his friend on his shoulder inside a gym. In the first video that Suresh Raina has posted, he is seen hauling his friend on his shoulders and walking around in the gym. The video is captioned, "Lifting on Back - Fitness is not about gyms, fad diets or shortcuts. Its a state of mind & a way of life. Sometimes you gotta go the desi way & grind out results. Don't forget to have fun along the way. My friend asked me for a lift, so I obliged #trainhard #powerup #crankit #vikrambetal"       View this post on Instagram "Lifting on Back - Fitness is not about gyms, fad diets or shortcuts. Its a state of mind & a way of life. Sometimes you gotta go the desi way & grind out results. Dont forget to have fun along the ..
                 

Mary Kom still awaits Olympic glory

3 days ago  
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A 48-kg frame is slight, especially when you carry the weight of expectations of one billion people-strong nation. 'Magnificent Mary' though has made light of that burden. The six-time world champion boxer from Manipur, the face of Sunday's Tata Mumbai Marathon, entered the press centre at Azad Maidan yesterday to spontaneous applause, a reception not often seen even for the most illustrious names that have been brand ambassadors for the event through the years. Hungry for more"I still dream. I have so many medals — Olympics, Asian Games, Commonwealth but there is one elusive medal — the Olympic gold. I dream about it and I am hungry for it," said a smiling MC Mary Kom, who will be competing at next year's Tokyo Olympics in the 51-kg category (there is no 48-kg category at the Games). "For this, I need to train with the junior boys, who are stronger than me. I have to begin and fit that into my training schedule," she said. Speaking about boys, the boxer spoke about her th..
                 

Rishabh Pant reveals his lady love to the world!

3 days ago  
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Things are looking up for Indian cricketer Rishabh Pant these days. After scoring a dominating 159 in the final Test against Australia in the series Down Under, Rishabh Pant has cemented his place in the Indian Test team and it is only a matter of time before he takes over from MS Dhoni as the first choice wicket-keeper in the ODI team. Apart from what the young Delhi lad is doing on the cricket ground, Rishabh Pant has also gone viral on the internet. The reason is a picture Rishabh Pant shared on his Instagram handle.       View this post on Instagram I just want to make you happy because you are the reason I am so happy ❤ï¸Â A post shared by Rishabh Pant (@rishabpant) onJan 16, 2019 at 7:42am PST Rishabh Pant declared on Instagram that he is not single anymore! Rishabh Pant shared this image with his girlfriend Esha Negi with a caption which read, "I just want to make you happy because you..
                 

Shubham shines for Sule Guruji

3 days ago  
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Shubham Shinde struck a fine century for IES VN Sule Guruji (Dadar), but his team struggled to post a decent total on Day One of their Giles Shield semi-final v Al-Barkaat MMI (Kurla) at Cross Maidan yesterday. Shubham scored 123 before the Dadar outfit were bowled out for 190. At stumps, the Kurla school were 37-0. Opting to bat, the Dadar school lost their first wicket with just two runs on the board as Jaycool Girse (0) edged one off left-arm pacer Javed Sharif to Robin Vel at second slip. Shubham, who joined Tanay Khandeshi, put on 88 for the second wicket before Tanay mistimed one off leggie Adil Sayyed, to be caught by Prem Lingre at long on. Apart from Tanay (43) and Shubham, no batsman could manage double figures. Shubham reached his hundred in the 64th over with a sizzling square cut. It was his fourth century of the tournament. Catch up on all the latest T20 news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

Australian Open: Nervous Novak Djokovic beats Jo-Wilfred Tsonga

3 days ago  
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World No. 1 Novak Djokovic said he could feel the tension before overcoming his great rival Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 at the Australian Open yesterday in a repeat of their 2008 Melbourne final. The top seed vanquished the Frenchman, who he described as, "one of my greatest rivals", for the 17th time in 23 tour meetings stretching back 11 years and advances to face Canada's 25th seed Denis Shapovalov in the third round. Repeat of 2008 Melbourne finalDjokovic, 31, won the first of his 14 Grand Slams in that final against Tsonga over a decade ago and he said the memories came flooding back as the pair walked back out on Rod Laver Arena. "You could feel the tension on court at the beginning. We felt a lot of emotion," said Djokovic as both players took a trip down memory lane. He said the tension was because he was, "playing on the centrestage against Jo, who I consider one of the greatest rivals that I had throughout my life, my career. "In the first Grand Slam final I had, I pla..
                 

I'll get some breakfast: Muguruza after record Aus Open late show

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Two-time Grand Slam winner Garbine Muguruza emerged triumphant in the latest women's match ever held at the Australian Open after defeating Briton Johanna Konta in the early hours of Friday morning. Muguruza and Konta's match on Margaret Court Arena did not start until 12:30 am Friday morning -- a record at the season-opening Grand Slam -- and finished with a 6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 7-5 victory for the Spaniard two hours and 42 minutes later at 3:12 am. The start was delayed when the men's match between Alexander Zverev and Jeremy Chardy turned into three hour 46 minute epic, ending 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 5-7, 6-7 (6/8), 6-1 for Germany's Zverev. "I'll go get some breakfast now," Muguruza joked after wrapping up the win to set up a third-round clash with Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland. The previous record for the latest start was set last year when a second-round match between Daria Gavrilova and Elise Mertens began at 11:59 pm. The latest end to a match at any Grand Slam was also at Melbourne Park..
                 

Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul controversy: All you need to know

4 days ago  
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It has been a very tumultous start to 2019 for Indian cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul. Their life and cricket careers have turned upside down ever since their episode on Bollywood producer Karan Johar's chat show Koffee With Karan aired on national TV. We take a look at the problem, the aftermath and the consequences. What exactly happened?  On the show, Hardik Pandya boasted about seeing multiple women and also how 'open' he had been about it with his parents. His actual quotes were "At a party, my parents asked me tera wala [your women] kaun sa hai so I said yeh, yeh, yeh [pointing out to some women] and they were like 'waah, proud of u beta'," he said. Pandya also revealed how he informed his parents when he lost his virginity: "I came home and said, 'Main karke aya hai aaj'. Pandya made another unpleasant comment when he was asked how they decided if they all hit on the same woman. "'Talent pe hota hai. Jisko mila woh leke jao' [it's based on your talent. Whoever get..
                 

Ganguly defends Pandya, Rahul: People make mistakes

4 days ago  
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Former Indian cricket team skipper Sourav Ganguly has defended cricketers Hardik Pandya and K.L. Rahul over their "Koffee With Karan" episode controversy. saying people make mistakes but everyone should move on and ensure it doesn't happen again. Ganguly spoke at the trailer launch of the Hindi film "22 Yards", with the cast members Barun Sobti, Geetika Tyagi and Chaiti Ghoshal and director Mitali Ghoshal here on Wednesday. Pandya and Rahul were slammed over their sexist comments on "Koffee with Karan". Despite an apology to fans and their own teammates, Pandya and Rahul were suspended by the BCCI and ousted from a three-match ODI series against Australia in Sydney. Sourav Ganguly Asked if modern day cricketers should be responsible while giving statements on a public platform as a whole lot of youngsters look up to them, Ganguly said: "I haven't watched that episode. I watch ‘Comedy Nights with Kapil'. Jokes apart, I feel that you can't generalise that only modern day cricke..
                 

Where does Rishabh Pant fit in keeper-batsman mix?

4 days ago  
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With both MS Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik performing, Sachin Tendulkar cited the practical difficulties in having Rishabh Pant in the World Cup-bound side. "It's a nice thought [to have Pant in] but we have already got Dhoni and Karthik playing as a batter, we have two wicketkeepers, who have contributed in our success yesterday [on Tuesday in Adelaide]. They have had a crucial partnership which won us the match. "So if you are looking to have Pant in the team that means you have to remove a proper batter or one bowler, and I don't think we can afford to remove a bowler. So if he replaces a proper batter who doesn't bowl, then its okay but if he is going to replace an all-rounder then that's going to cost us," Tendulkar opined on his app 100MB. Sachin Tendulkar Dhoni from now on will be more like a anchor, who would, "control the game till the end," reckoned Tendulkar. No praise is enough for skipper Virat Kohli and the maestro felt that Indian captain's situational awareness is somethi..
                 

Indian women team is balanced to take on New Zealand: Anuja Patil

4 days ago  
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Offspinner Anuja Patil believes that the Indian women's team is balanced to take on New Zealand in the limited-overs series, beginning on January 24. In an exclusive interview to ANI on Wednesday, the 26-year-old, who has been selected for the T20I squad, said: 'Both our bowling attack and batting line-up are brilliant. New Zealand's weather won't affect us that much. I am sure we can defend them well as our team is balanced. We have a couple of all-rounders as well, which can work in our interest.' The wickets do not tend to turn up much in New Zealand's conditions, however, India has named six spinners for the shortest format. Being one of them, the youngster from Kolhapur said: 'As a spinner, I will try to vary my speed because the wicket is batting friendly. As the situation will demand, I will try to bowl accordingly.' White Ferns, as the New Zealand team is called, have enjoyed a lot of success playing at home. Talking about the most challenging Kiwi player, the Indian off-spin..
                 

English Premier League: Kane they keep pace?

4 days ago  
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Tottenham have defied the odds to remain alive in three cup competitions and on course for a top-four finish in the Premier League after spending nothing in the summer but staying afloat without injured talisman Harry Kane could be the biggest challenge yet for manager Mauricio Pochettino. Kane will not even be fit to train until early March after suffering ligament damage in his left ankle during Sunday's 1-0 home defeat to Manchester United. His absence could not have come at a worse time for Pochettino ahead of a potentially season-defining run of at least 11 games on four fronts over the next seven weeks. Kane is expected to miss both legs of Spurs' Champions League Last-16 tie against Borussia Dortmund, the second leg of a League Cup semi-final at Chelsea and the final should they progress, a trip to Crystal Palace in the fourth round of the FA Cup and the fifth round if Spurs make it through, plus seven Premier League games, including vital clashes in the battle for the top fou..
                 

Australiain Open: Sizzling Sharapova sets up Wozniacki date

4 days ago  
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Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova's scintillating return to form continued yesterday as she powered into the Australian Open third round to set up a mouth-watering clash with defending champion Caroline Wozniacki. Sharapova, who is seeded 30th at the tournament and seeking to recapture former glories after coming back from a drugs ban in 2017, brushed aside Swede Rebecca Peterson 6-2, 6-1. Sharapova has only conceded three games en route to round three at Melbourne Park, where she won the title in 2008 and has reached the final a further three times. Caroline Wozniacki serves against Johanna Larsson in Melbourne yesterday. Pics/AFP "I'm really happy the way I performed today and obviously it's always great to be back on this court. Overall, I thought I played a really solid match." The pair emerged on Rod Laver Arena late in the night due to a long-running men's match, meaning only a smattering of fans were there to cheer on the former World No. 1. Dane Wozniacki, who i..
                 

Will Supreme Court finally streamline BCCI administration?

4 days ago  
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Today's Supreme Court hearing concerning BCCI matters is perhaps the most anticipated one for the country's cricketing fraternity. With the hearing getting postponed on a couple of occasions, the last time the apex court heard BCCI matters was on August 9, 2018 when then Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra modified the July 18, 2016 judgment. There are four major issues that the bench of Justices SA Bobde and Abhay Sapre would have to deal with today. Several state associations have filed interlocutory applications before the Supreme Court. The non-recognised Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) secretary Aditya Verma, who is also the petitioner, has appealed to the court to take cognizance of a 'divided' Committee of Administrators (CoA) and wants it back to four members. He has also highlighted unilateral decision-making by CoA chairman Vinod Rai. The CoA will also press for appointment of an 'ad-hoc' Ombudsman to look into issues related to suspended India cricketers Hardik Pandya and..
                 

FA Cup: Newcastle United rally to beat Blackburn 4-2

5 days ago  
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Newcastle survived an FA Cup scare at Blackburn as they blew a two-goal lead before hitting back to win 4-2 after extra time in Tuesday's third-round replay. Rafael Benitez sent out an under-strength line-up featuring eight changes from Newcastle's 2-1 defeat at Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday. The stand-ins made a fast start when Sean Longstaff scored his first goal for Newcastle. Callum Roberts, handed his first Newcastle appearance since January 2015, doubled their lead in the 22nd minute with his first goal for the club. But Blackburn pulled a goal back 12 minutes before half-time through Adam Armstrong. And Republic of Ireland international Darragh Lenihan equalised for Blackburn with a header in first-half stoppage time. It took extra time to settle the tie, with Blackburn's Bradley Dack missing a golden chance before Joselu pounced to slot home in the 105th minute after Rovers goalkeeper David Raya spilled Fabian Schar's drive. Ayoze Perez completed Newcastle's escap..
                 

Kolkata cricketer Aniket Sharma dies on the field

5 days ago  
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Promising all-rounder Aniket Sharma on Tuesday collapsed on a cricket field and died moments later owing to a possible cardiac arrest, hospital officials said. Aniket, 21, from Paikpara Club, was brought dead to RG Kar Medical Hospital. He is survived by his mother and father. A southpaw, who could also bowl right-arm off spin, Aniket joined the club last year and according to his coach was a fine talent. "He was a good cricketer. He was a brilliant team man and a good fielder too. We are shocked to say the least," his coach said. "We were all there on the field, warming up. He wanted to play football for some time. But before that, while warming up he suddenly collapsed on the field and we rushed him to the hospital," a teammate said. Aniket's club Paikpara were scheduled to take on Milan Samiti in a Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) First Division League match. "We are trying to postpone the match which is scheduled for tomorrow. This is a very unfortunate incident and we a..
                 

Watch Video: MS Dhoni loses temper on water-boy Khaleel Ahmed

5 days ago  
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MS Dhoni was regarded as 'Captain Cool' when he used to captain the Indian team in all formats of the game. But he is no longer captain and in India's win in the second ODI vs Australia, he definitely lost his cool. On a hot Adelaide evening, when India were chasing a steep total and all eyes were on MS Dhoni to win the match for the nation, the former captain lost his temper on Khaleel Ahmed. Khaleel Ahmed, who was 12th man during the match, ran out with water bottles for MS Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik during the drinks break.  MS Dhoni saw Khaleel Ahmed running right on to the pitch wearing pointed spikes, which would hamper the pitch and make it difficult to bat on.  With the match at a crucial juncture and India needing to win the match to stay alive in the series. MS Dhoni snapped at Khaleel Ahmed, gesturing towards the young Indian bowler to walk from the other side of the pitch and hurling abuses at the bowler for his carelessness. A Twitter user tweeted the video: ..
                 

Arsenal 'keeper Petr Cech to retire at end of season

5 days ago  
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Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech announced yesterday that he will retire at the end of the season. The Czech, 36, who won four EPL titles with Chelsea, revealed his decision on Twitter. He wrote: "This is my 20th season as a professional player and it is 20 years since I signed my first professional contract, so it feels like the right time to announce that I will retire at the end of this season." Cech, who arrived in the Premier League with Chelsea in 2004 and moved to Arsenal in 2015, added: "Having played 15 years in the Premier League and won every single trophy possible, I feel like I have achieved everything I set out to achieve. I will continue to work hard at Arsenal to hopefully win one more trophy this season, then I am looking forward to seeing what life holds for me off the pitch." Cech joined Arsenal in 2015 and has made 129 appearances for the Gunners after winning multiple trophies with rivals Chelsea. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also downloa..
                 

MSSA Judo: Parth, Arya win U-14 judo gold

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BCCI should take over blind cricket from CABI, insist players

5 days ago  
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India's blind World Cup-winning cricketer Anish Baig and Maharashtra's blind team skipper Prashant Jagtap urged the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to take over the running of blind cricket from the Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) for the betterment of players. Baig and Jagtap are currently in the city, representing Maharashtra in the national blind tournament for the Siyaram Cup. Baig, who was part of India's T20 World Cup triumph in 2017, but was not picked thereafter has been alleging for some time now that the CABI are asking players to pay to be selected. Blind Welfare Organisation of India chief Arun Bharaskar No hopeHe now wants BCCI to step in to stem this rot. "Why should I give CABI money to represent my country? Though I have lost all hope of being picked for the national team again, I will continue to play and perform. "I urge BCCI to take over blind cricket from CABI and help blind cricketers like me. My World Cup-winning teammate Ketan P..
                 

Australian Open: Laura Siegemund stuns Victoria Azarenka in Round 1

5 days ago  
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Germany's Laura Siegemund ousted former World No. 1 and two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka yesterday to advance to the second round of the Australian Open. Siegemund rallied from a set and a break deficit to beat the Belarusian 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-2 in a marathon match that lasted for almost three hours, reports Efe news.The German trailed 7-6(5), 4-2 in the opening set but finally walked away with a dramatic victory. "I played a good first set and even though I was up in the tie-break, I let go a little bit and she was right there," Siegemund said after the match. Laura Siegemund 'Stayed focused'"I kind of reset myself and knew I was playing a good match, and I just had to close in those situations. In the third set, I stayed very focused. I knew she wasn't going to hand me the match, and I just had to (take) it," she added. Siegemund will now play against No.28 seed Hsieh Su-wei, who beat Stefanie Voegele in her first round match, 6-2, 6-1. Halep survives scareMeanwhi..
                 

Sachin, Sehwag, Laxman praise Dhoni and Kohli after India's win

6 days ago  
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It was like back to 2015, when Virat Kohli scored an anchoring hundred in a steep chase and MS Dhoni played the perfect finisher by winning the match in his trademark six-hitting style in the final over. Chase master Kohli could not take his team to the finishing line this time but Dhoni (55 off 54) and Dinesh Karthik (25 off 14) rose to the occasion with an unbeaten 57-run stand off 34 balls, taking India home with four balls to spare. Australia scored 298-8 after opting to bat. Man of the match Kohli was dismissed in the 44th over after making 104 off 112 balls with five fours and two sixes. Dhoni, who has been coping a lot of criticism for his waning finishing skills, turned back the clock and took India past the finish line with a final over six. The veteran's running between the wickets, laced with two sixes as the only boundaries, finished things off in style for India. With the win, India levelled the three-match series 1-1 with the decider to be played on Friday. Indian cr..
                 

Shane Watson's son invades pitch mid-match to get his dad's autograph

6 days ago  
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Shane Watson is best remembered for being the broad-shouldered Australian batsman who dominated bowling attacks all-around the world. But how many of us knew that he was a father to an adorable son? Well the cricket fans at the Big Bash League were dealt with a bucket load of cuteness as the former Australian cricketer's son decided to invade the pitch during a Big Bash League match to take his dad's autograph on his cap. The moment obviously left many cricket fans igushing, the Big Bash League posted a short video clip of the incident on its official Twitter handle. The tweet read, A moment to remember for Shane Watson and his son Will!" A moment to remember for Shane Watson and his son Will! ❤ #BBL08 pic.twitter.com/7rIdF7iqWv — KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) January 13, 2019 Shane Watson is a former Australian international cricketer and a former captain, who played all formats of the game.He played as a right-handed batsman and a right-handed f..
                 

Australian Open: Andy Murray takes a dig at Nick Kyrgios

6 days ago  
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Andy Murray proved he hasn't lost his sense of humour despite chronic pain from a hip injury forcing him into retirement this year. The three-time Grand Slam winner came across long-time mate Nick Kyrgios in a restaurant and posted a photo on Instagram of the Aussie eating alone with the caption: "[Nick Kyrgios] having dinner with all his mates." Despite coming across as dour, Murray is known to enjoy a laugh. It's game over... oh, not yet!Britain's Katie Boulter had an embarrassing moment when playing the first ever final-set tiebreak at Melbourne Park. Instead of continuing until one player leads by two clear games, third sets for women and fifth sets for men now go to a super tie-break when the score reaches six games all with the first to 10 points triumphing. But the message didn't get through to a confused Boulter who celebrated win over Russia's Ekaterina Makarova when she reached the normal seven tiebreak points. She approached the net to shake hands, only to be told the matc..
                 

Vegetable vendor's daughter Vaishnavi Pawar wins weightlifting gold

6 days ago  
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Vaishnavi Pawar, 14, the daughter of a vegetable vendor, won a weightlifting gold for Maharashtra at the Khelo India games here yesterday. Satara-based clinched gold by lifting a total of 114 kgs (snatch 54 kgs, clean and jerk 60 kgs). Vaishnavi, a Class IX student at Ananta English school, told mid-day: "My father saw the potential in me and I used to assist him by lifting vegetables in gunny bags. He worked day and night for me and my sporting aspirations." Vaishnavi has been training under coach Jitendra Devkar. "This is just beginning. I have a long way to go. It's my dream to represent India at the Olympics and win medals and I'm willing to work very hard," she added. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

Australian Open: Wozniacki, Sharapova seal easy victories

6 days ago  
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Caroline Wozniacki fought back tears after launching her Australian Open defence with a convincing 6-3, 6-4 win over Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium yesterday. The third seed won her maiden Slam at Melbourne Park last year but has since been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. The Dane, who is bidding to become the first woman to defend the title since Victoria Azarenka in 2013, showed no outward sign of the illness as she eased past world number 52 Van Uytvanck in straight sets. Meanwhile, five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova warned she cannot be written off after serving a 6-0, 6-0 "double bagel" to Britain's Harriet Dart in the first round. Russia's Maria Sharapova The Russian arrived at Melbourne Park as the 30th seed after failing to impress at Grand Slam level since returning from a doping ban in 2017. But Sharapova, 31, shrugged off the scorching Australian conditions to prevent Dart winning a game. In another match, second seed and 2016 champion Angelique Kerber was ..
                 

Solskjaer hails De Gea as Manchester United beat Tottenham

6 days ago  
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said David de Gea was making a case to be considered Manchester United's greatest-ever goalkeeper after he produced a masterclass on Sunday to protect his side's 1-0 lead against Tottenham. The match at Wembley pitted two of the bookmakers' favourites to permanently replace Jose Mourinaho against one another but it was the interim United boss who came out on top against Mauricio Pochettino. Marcus Rashford scored the only goal. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever..
                 

Injured Andy Murray bows out of Aus Open after fighting 5-setter

6 days ago  
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Gutsy Andy Murray fought to the end before losing an epic Australian Open farewell match 4-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6, 2-6 at the hands of Roberto Bautista Agut yesterday. The Scot, who said he will retire this season because of chronic hip pain, seemed finished at two sets and a break down to the 22nd seeded Spaniard in the first round but somehow battled back to force a fifth set. Love for Melbourne"Amazing. That was incredible, thank you so much to everyone that came out tonight," the three-time Grand Slam champion said after being swept along on a wave of vociferous support. "Honestly I've loved playing here over the years. If this was my last match, an amazing way to end. I gave everything I had and it wasn't enough tonight." Murray announced on Friday that he would retire at Wimbledon this year, but conceded the Australian Open could be his last tournament, so great have been his injury problems. But he seemed to have a change of heart after a match in which he showed his fighting spiri..
                 

Big Bash League cricket betting racket busted in Hyderabad, 4 held

7 days ago  
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Two kingpins of a cricket betting racket were among the four persons who have been arrested here for allegedly placing bets on the Big Bash League matches, police said Sunday. Cyberabd Police seized Rs 5 lakh in cash, eight mobile phone handsets from them in the raid conducted on Saturday (January 12) evening. Based on a reliable information, a police team apprehended Ankith Agarwal and his brother Mohith Agarwal, a collection agent and a sub-organiser, the Cyberabad Police stated in a release. The Agarwal brothers, the organisers of online betting, and others were engaged in gambling, and were exchanging betting money when they were picked up, it said. The Big Bash League is an Australian professional Twenty20 cricket league. The Agarwal brothers have been indulging in the illicit online cricket betting since 2016, police said, adding that they were arrested in the past. Catch up on all the latest T20 news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get..
                 

14 all out! China cricket hopes stumped by record

7 days ago  
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Cricket's governing body has long dreamed of spreading the game to China, but the latest performance by its women's team is unlikely to inspire many in the world's most populous nation to take up the bat and ball. China was skittled out for just 14 runs at a tournament in Bangkok on Sunday -- the lowest ever score in a Twenty20 international match, for men or women. In reply to the United Arab Emirates' massive 203 for 3, China was bowled out in under an hour and with 10 overs to spare at the Thailand T20 Smash. Hin Lili led their fleeting resistance to the UAE's unsparing attack, top-scoring with four. The Thailand T20 Smash includes fellow cricketing underdogs Malaysia, Indonesia and Myanmar. It is not the first embarrassment to befall Chinese cricket against Asian nations who Beijing dominates in economic and political terms, but struggles to match on the wicket. In October last year, China's men made a dismal 26 against Nepal at a World Twenty20 qualifier, a total bested in j..
                 

Jennifer Lopez: I have learnt a lot from my boyfriend Alex Rodriguez

7 days ago  
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Singer and actor Jennifer Lopez has revealed former American baseball star partner Alex Rodriguez always has encouraging words for her and she's learnt a lot from him. Jennifer, 49, and Alex, 43, have been romancing since 2017. "I have learnt a lot from Alex. He always says, 'Mistakes don't define you. It's what you do after you fall down that matters the most — that's what defines your character,' " Jennifer was quoted as saying by Capital Journal website. "He will tell you, 'Sport is life.' He says that all the time. I'm like, 'I got it baby.' " Jennifer, 49, has twins Max and Emme, 10, with her ex-husband Marc Anthony while Alex has two daughters — Natasha, 14, and Ella, 10 — with ex-wife Cynthia Scurtis. Jennifer revealed Alex regrets not going to college: "He got drafted when he was 18 and always hated that he didn't go to college. "He's in the private equity world now and everyone he meets, or who works for him, went to Harvard. But we both found our way." Ca..
                 

Australian Open: 'Serena Williams not clear favourite'

7 days ago  
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Australian great Margaret Court has predicted nerves could undermine Serena Williams' bid to match her record 24 singles majors at Melbourne Park, clearing the way for an outsider to snatch the title. She disputed the bookies' assessment that Serena is red-hot favourite to lift the Australian Open trophy for an eighth time, taking her overall Grand Slam tally to 24 and equalling Court's mark. "I think it's possible for Serena to equal me, if anybody's going do it, it's Serena, but I don't think there's a clear-cut favourite," Court said. "I think it's a pretty open tournament and I think an outsider can win it." Williams, 37, has won 23 singles Grand Slams since 1999 — seven Australian Opens, three French Opens, seven Wimbledons and six US Opens. Court, now 76, won 24 singles Grand Slams from 1960-73 — 11 Australian Opens, five French Opens, three Wimbledons and five US Opens. However, 13 of Court's titles came before 1968, when the women's game entered the Open era and ..
                 

Andy Murray promises Australian Open ticket to fan

8 days ago  
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British tennis ace Andy Murray promised to give a fan tickets to his Australian Open matches after a disappointing show during a practice session in Melbourne recently. The former World No. 1 announced on Friday that he may retire this year due to severe pain from a hip injury. A fan, Jordyn Kollmorgen, through Instagram, shared his excitement of finally seeing Murray live during the practice. "Still in absolute shock that I finally got to see the man behind my love for tennis in action today," Kollmorgen wrote. "It was Muzza that showed me just how entertaining tennis really could be and for that I thank him with my whole heart," added Kollmorgen. Murray saw the post and commented: "I'm sorry I couldn't be more entertaining. Thanks for the support. If you'd like to come along and watch my match, I'll sort you a ticket." That's sweet! Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

Australian Open: Roger Federer warns opponents: I'm playing good tennis

8 days ago  
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Ageless Roger Federer said Sunday he was in a confident mood and warned his rivals he was "playing good tennis" as he aims for a third successive Australian Open title. The Swiss master enjoyed a successful Hopman Cup warm-up in Perth and knows that at even the grand old age of 37 he has a great chance of a record seventh Melbourne crown and 21st major victory. "I'm playing good tennis. I'm confident that I think it needs a good performance by my opponent probably to beat me," said the third seed, who opens his defence against Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin in Monday's night match on Rod Laver Arena. A buoyant Federer revealed he had enjoyed a successful break coming into the 2019 season. "Throughout my career, I've been very lucky that in the off-seasons I never had any setbacks," he told reporters at Melbourne Park. "What I can say is the off-season was great for me. I think maybe it showed a little bit at the Hopman Cup already. Again, look, I'm playing tomorrow. We'll see how it's goi..
                 

Former sports writer Avinash Iyer no more

8 days ago  
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Former sports journalist Avinash Iyer, 36, passed away in suburban Mumbai on Saturday, following a cardiac arrest. Iyer had a nose for news and worked at this newspaper for a few years. He covered the 2008 cricket Asia Cup held in Pakistan where Sri Lanka beat India in the final. He also covered tennis and several international cricket games in India before carving a niche for himself in the corporate world. Former Test players Karsan Ghavri and Balvinder Singh Sandhu posted condolence messages on Facebook along with a large number of sports writers from all over India. "So long, Avinash Iyer. You've left us devastated, but I'm sure you've already found yourself a box seat watching a game of football or cricket," a former colleague said in a message. Iyer is survived by his parents and wife. The last rites will be performed at Oshiwara Hindu Crematorium today at 11:30 am. . Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps ..
                 

Pakistan fight back in final Test v SA

8 days ago  
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Duanne Olivier took his third five-wicket haul of the series before Pakistan's bowlers fought back on the second day of the third and final Test against South Africa on Saturday. Olivier grabbed took five wickets for 51 as South Africa gained a first innings lead of 77 at the Wanderers Stadium. But the hosts were unable to forge a position of dominance, struggling to 135 for five at the close, an overall lead of 212. Hashim Amla made a patient 42 not out off 90 balls against tight, disciplined bowling, while Quinton de Kock lifted the scoring rate late in the day by scoring 34 not out off 35 balls. The wickets were shared between four bowlers with medium-pacer Faheem Ashraf taking two for 19 -- with both his wickets coming in his first over -- to reduce South Africa to 45 for four. Fast bowler Olivier was twice involved in crucial breakthroughs as Pakistan were bowled out for 185 in their first innings. He ended an hour of frustration for South Africa when he took two wickets in four ..
                 

Rahul Kadam shatters 35-year record in YMCA 400m race

8 days ago  
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Solskjaer, Pochettino face off in Man United audition

8 days ago  
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a golden opportunity to further his credentials for the permanent manager's job at Manchester United when he goes head to head against Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino today. The Norwegian interim manager has enjoyed a perfect start to his Old Trafford career, winning all five matches and transforming the mood among players and fans. But in the opposite dugout at Wembley will be Pochettino, who remains the favourite to be named to the United hot seat after keeping Spurs on the fringes of the Premier League title race against considerable odds. United have beaten Cardiff, Huddersfield, Bournemouth and Newcastle in the league and Reading in the FA Cup since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho last month. But third-placed Tottenham in London will be a different proposition and the match will be a severe examination of how far United have come under their temporary leader. Solskjaer has revitalised a number of players including Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford, but..
                 

Shuttler Siya clinches U-14 title after hard-fought win

8 days ago  
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Siya Singh of Fatima High School (Vidyavihar) showed great resilience and remarkable fighting qualities as she squashed the aspiration of fancied Alisha Naik of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Vidyalaya (Borivli) in an engrossing girls' under-14 final of the Mumbai Schools Sports Association-organised inter school badminton tournament at the Cricket Club of India badminton courts on Saturday. Perfectly executing the strategies of coach Hufrish Nariman, Siya scored a fighting 15-21, 21-18, 21-12 victory to emerge victorious. The boys' under-14 final also witnessed a close battle for supremacy before second seed Saransh Gajbhiye of Ryan International (Goregaon) got the better of top seed Darius Pardiwala of Bombay Scottish (Mahim) 21-19, 22-24, 21-16. "It is a very satisfying win as it was a very tough match. She played to her strength and often caught me off guard with some deceptive drop shots and took the first game. But in the second game, I decided to stay a little bit more ..
                 

Kvitova beats Barty to win second Sydney title

8 days ago  
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Petra Kvitova outlasted Ashleigh Barty in a final-set tiebreak to win the Sydney International for the second time on Saturday. The Czech 2015 champion and fifth seed fought back from dropping the opening set and an early break in the final set to beat the top-ranked Aussie, 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7/3) in two hours 19 minutes. It was a gutsy performance from the two-time Wimbledon champion who only finished her semi-final against Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the early hours of Saturday. Kvitova had beaten Barty both the previous times they played, including in the Birmingham final in 2017, but she had to dig deep to win her eighth straight final, coming back from an 0-3 deficit in the final set. "I left everything out there. I was cramping in the end. It wasn't the best," Kvitova said. "She's Aussie, so she used to these conditions. I played three times in the night, so for me it was totally different conditions, which from the beginning I feel very, very slow. "So it just took me a while to get ..
                 

Australia beat India by 34 runs in first ODI, despite Rohit Sharma ton

9 days ago  
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Australia beat India by 34 runs in the first One-day International to take a 1-0 lead in the three match series here Saturday. Electing to bat, Australia posted 288 for five at the Sydney Cricket Ground. In reply, India were stopped at 254 for nine in the stipulated 50 overs. Opener Rohit Sharma top-scored for the visitors with a fine 133 off 129 balls. Peter Handscomb was the highest scorer for the hosts with his 73-run knock while Usman Khwaja (59) and Shaun Marsh (54) also scored half-centuries. Brief Scores:Australia : 288/5 in 50 overs. (P Handscomb 73, U Khawaja 59, S Marsh 54; K Yadav 2/54, B Kumar 2/66, R Jadeja 1/48).  India: 254/9 in 50 overs (Rohit Sharma 133, Mahendra Singh Dhoni 51; Jhye Richardson 4/26). Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Except for the change in headline, the story has been pro..
                 

Star Superior for RR Ruia Gold Cup

9 days ago  
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The Ramniwas Ramnarain Ruia Gold Cup (Gr 3) is slated as the feature event of Saturday's eight-race card. Reserved for the Classic crop (4y olds), the 2000-meter contest has attracted only five runners. Star Superior, trained by Rajesh Narredu, having respectfully matched strides with the great Sir Cecil repeatedly, stands heads and shoulders above the rest on the criteria of form, fitness and class. The Excellent Art - Ramjet progeny is expected to offer an armchair ride to jockey Suraj Narredu. Sacred Roman and Awesome One may be left fighting for the solitary minor place. First race at 2 pm.Selections: Perceived Value Plate (Class V; 1600m)Western Front 1, Eternal Memories 2, Rogue One 3. Onassis Plate (Class III; 1600m)Truly Epic 1, Sassy Lass 2, Till End Of Time 3. Bourbon King Plate - Div II (For 5y&o, class V; 1000m)Outstanding 1, Isinit 2, Padmakosa 3. Indian Air Force Trophy (Class III; 1000m)Between The Waters 1, Joplin 2, Pokerface 3. Ramniwas Ramnarain Ruia Gold ..
                 

Pakistan bowlers fight back to defy South Africa

9 days ago  
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Pakistan's bowlers changed the course of the third and final Test against South Africa when they engineered a dramatic collapse on the first day of the third and final Test on Friday. From being in control on 226 for three at tea, South Africa were bowled out for 262 at the Wanderers Stadium. Vernon Philander struck back for South Africa, taking two wickets off successive balls as Pakistan reached 17 for two at the close. A polished innings of 90 by Aiden Markram, coupled with some wayward bowling by Pakistan, laid the foundation for some attacking batting by South Africa, who collectively hit 37 fours and a six before tea on what looked the best batting pitch of a series already won by the hosts. But the runs dried up after the interval as South Africa were able to add only 36 for the loss of seven wickets in 19.4 overs, hitting only four more boundaries. Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Abbas set the tone after tea, taking two and one wickets respectively. Both bowlers gained reverse swin..
                 

US cops seek Cristiano Ronaldo's DNA sample in rape case

10 days ago  
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Las Vegas police have asked football star Cristiano Ronaldo to submit a DNA sample as part of their investigation into rape allegations made against him. The Portuguese forward -- who plays for Juventus in Italy's Serie A league -- has vehemently denied the accusations, and his lawyer Peter Christiansen told AFP the request was standard procedure. "Mr Ronaldo has always maintained, as he does today, that what occurred in Las Vegas in 2009 was consensual in nature, so it is not surprising that DNA would be present, nor that the police would make this very standard request as part of their investigation," he said in a statement. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said it had made an official request to Italian authorities, adding it is "taking the same steps in this case as in any other sexual assault to facilitate the collection of DNA evidence". Former model Kathryn Mayorga, 34, of Las Vegas, made the accusations against the now 33-year-old Ronaldo in a complaint filed last ..
                 

Pandya, Rahul suspended pending inquiry; Kohli condemns comments

10 days ago  
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Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul were Friday suspended for their outrage-evoking comments on women by India's cricket administrators, hours after the duo's on-field leader Virat Kohli expressed his strong disapproval. The under-fire players have been suspended pending an inquiry into their sexist comments on a TV show, ruling them out of the three-match ODI series against Australia beginning Saturday in Sydney. "Both Pandya and Rahul have been suspended pending an inquiry," the Committee of Administrators (CoA) chairman Vinod Rai told PTI. The 'Koffee with Karan' episode featuring the cricketers has since been taken down by the channel's online platform. On the show, Pandya had boasted about hooking up with multiple women and being open about it with his parents. Rahul was, however, a shade more restrained in his responses on relationships and women. A source in the BCCI said the two will be issued fresh show cause notices before a formal enquiry begins. "Whether it will be an interna..
                 

Mayank Agrwal floored by comparison to Virender Sehwag

10 days ago  
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Overwhelmed by the comparisons with Virender Sehwag after his 'dream debut' in Australia, Mayank Agarwal says he will be happy if he could do even half of what the former India opener achieved in his illustrious career. Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar and his personal coach Irfan Sait are among those who feel that "there is a little bit of Sehwag" in Agarwal, who drew the flattering comparison with his aggressive style of play. Drafted into the squad in the middle of a well-poised series, the 27-year-old rose to the occasion with a 77, 76 and 42 in Melbourne and Sydney, playing a crucial hand in India's maiden Test series triumph Down Under. "Honestly, I am not a fan of comparisons but he is one of the greats of Indian cricket. I just like to go in the middle, give my best and see what comes out of it. Having said that, if I could do even half of what he (Sehwag) did, I will be happy," the Karnataka batsman told PTI after returning home. He did not have a sponsor's logo on his b..
                 

Mumbai team need a coach like Ramakant Achrekar: Sharad Pawar

10 days ago  
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Mumbai Cricket Association's (MCA) former president Sharad Pawar expressed the need for a coach like Ramakant Achrekar to help the struggling Mumbai team. "I am disturbed. The performance of the Mumbai team evokes restlessness among those who are passionate about it. If we have to change then Mumbai desperately needs a coach like Achrekar," said Pawar at a condolence meeting organised by Shivaji Park Gymkhana yesterday to honour the departed coach. Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli were present too. Achrekar passed away on January 2 at the age of 87. Pawar felt Achrekar's famous students should carry forward his legacy. "Sachin and Vinod told me that they are giving time towards this. If these two and their colleagues give time, I am confident Achrekar's legacy will be carried forward," Pawar said. Tendulkar conveyed a strong message to current coaches while speaking of his best-loved coach. "Sir sent out a big message that coaching doesn't mean making changes. Had my grip been c..
                 

Sania Mirza: My son Izhaan can be a doctor or whatever he wants to be

10 days ago  
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The journey back to the top won't be easy, says star player Sania Mirza, who is targetting a return to competitive tennis by the end of 2019 season. Sania recently had her first child with cricketer-husband Shoaib Malik. The winner of six Grand Slams has started training. The 32-year-old Hyderabadi says she has to juggle many a roles and it is a demanding task. "Well, I have been able to play these roles thick and fast. I have been a wife for a while. I have become mother just now. I am trying to get back to the top level. I know, it is not going to be easy, but nothing is worth than doing it," Sania told PTI. "My realistic goal is to make a comeback to the sport. Probably by the end of this year it may happen. Earlier I had talked about my return by 2020. There was a reason for that. I didn't want to put pressure on myself and still don't," she said. Sania said her life has changed completely after giving birth to her son Izhaan. "Life changes a lot when you have an infant in the h..
                 

New high: Mary Kom becomes World No. 1 in boxing

10 days ago  
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The celebrated M C Mary Kom's unprecedented sixth world title triumph has propelled her to the number one position in the International Boxing Association's (AIBA) latest world rankings. The diminutive Manipuri became the most successful boxer in world championships' history when she claimed the 48kg category top honours in November last year in Delhi. In the updated rankings put out by AIBA, Mary Kom is placed top of the charts in the weight division with 1700 points. The 36-year-old will have to jump to 51kg in pursuit of her 2020 Olympic dream as 48kg is not yet included in the Games roster. The mother-of-three enjoyed a stellar 2018, picking up gold medals at the Commonwealth Games and a tournament in Poland. She also won a silver at the prestigious Strandja Memorial in Bulgaria. Among other Indians, Pinki Jangra is placed eighth in the 51kg category list. Asian silver-medallist Manisha Maun holds the same position in the 54kg category. Former world silver-medallist Sonia Lather..
                 

Spanish police arrest 28 tennis players connected to fixing

10 days ago  
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Spanish authorities arrested 83 people, including 28 professional tennis players, suspected of being involved in a bribery and match fixing scheme linked to an Armenian organised crime gang, Spain's police and Europol said yesterday. Authorities launched the operation, codenamed Bitures, in 2017 when the Tennis Integrity Unit, an anti-corruption body, flagged irregular activities in the ITF Futures and Challengers tournaments. One of the suspects participated in the last US Open. "The suspects bribed professional players to guarantee predetermined results and used the identities of thousands of citizens to bet on the pre-arranged games," Europol, which supported the Spanish operations, said. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reli..
                 

Rohit Sharma: India won't have 'drastic changes' in squad for World Cup

10 days ago  
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Vice-captain Rohit Sharma yesterday said that India's World Cup squad is more or less settled but nobody should take his place for granted as poor form could lead to omissions. He said that there could be one or two changes in the squad that will take on Australia and New Zealand in the upcoming limited overs series, depending on poor form and injuries. 13 ODIs coming up"The squad that plays these 13 ODIs (five in Australia, three in NZ, five at home v Australia) is more or less the same squad that will go to the World Cup. There will be one or two changes, keeping in mind form and injury concerns over the next few months," Rohit said ahead of India's first ODI against Australia here on Saturday. "We played a lot of cricket throughout the year, so injuries are bound to happen. And there will be some concerns about form and fitness." Talking about the slots in the playing XI, he said, "More or less, the slots are pretty much taken but everything will depend on form. Nobody is guarante..
                 

St Mathew's pip Christ Church to emerge champions

11 days ago  
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St. Mathew's High School (Malad) were declared as the overall champions in the Mumbai Schools Sports Association-organised inter school boxing championship at the Schools Sports Centre, Azad Maidan Yesterday. The Malad school, which had a total of 56 boxers competing in the various age and weight categories, came up a total of 27 gold medal winners (24 boys and 3 girls) and they finished with a massive total of 49 points to clinch the top honours. Christ Church (Byculla) finished second best with a cumulative tally of 29 points. St. Mathews boxers were presented with the Subhash Silk Mills Boxing Trophy. In one of the best bout of the night, Harshid Shaikh of St. Mathews kayoed Christ Church's Hussain Arsiwala in the second round to win the gold in the boys' under-16 (49kg) category. Harshid started on a dismal note and trailed at the end of the first round as all the three judges scored in favour of the Christ Church boxer. But in the second round Harshid was a transformed fighter an..
                 

Australian kid imitates Bumrah's bowling action, Jasprit finds it cute

11 days ago  
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Jasprit Bumrah is the talk of the town at the moment. After being the catalyst in India's series win over Australia, by picking up 21 wickets in the series, Jasprit Bumrah is being touted as the best fast bowler in the world at the moment. In a video doing the rounds on Twitter, the kid can be seen taking the Bumrah-esque hop skip and jump run-up, and eventually tottering while approaching the popping crease. Harsha Bhogle and Jasprit Bumrah have been tagged in the tweet, which reads, "The only problem from your great series win may be the next generation of Aussie cricketers you have inspired!" @bhogleharsha @Jaspritbumrah93 The only problem from your great series win may be the next generation of Aussie cricketers you have inspired! 👏💪👊 pic.twitter.com/dmZNClOcBx — Michael Curtin (@c_u_r_t_o) January 9, 2019 Jasprit Bumrah watched the video and replied to the tweet. "The kid is so ..
                 

Virat Kohli and Co hit a six with batsmen in Australia

11 days ago  
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During the post-series press conference here on Monday, Virat Kohli took a deep breath and uttered, "I feel that we have batted really well." In the historic series win Down Under, it has been the fast bowlers that have received all the praise and rightly so. But as Kohli rightfully stated, the batting, led by Cheteshwar Pujara deflated one of the best bowling attacks in their own backyard. One must remember that the team management decided to send assistant coach Sanjay Bangar to Sydney before the second T20I v Australia in Melbourne, to work alongside the Test specialists. One of the keys to taming the Australian attack was to unravel Nathan Lyon. The Indian batsmen practised for substantial periods against balls that were hurled into bowler's footmarks outside the off stump. The theory was to upset Lyon's length by advancing at him. Tackling LyonRarely did the Indian batsmen sweep him, knowing well that the over-spin he generates can lead to top edges. All the hard work paid divid..
                 

EPL: We have to demand more from ourselves, says Manchester City boss

23 hours ago  
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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was far from satisfied despite seeing his side cut Liverpool's lead at the top of the Premier League to four points with a 3-0 win away to basement club Huddersfield yesterday. City were rarely in trouble after Danilo's deflected shot gave them an 18th-minute lead but they appeared to switch off for the remainder of the first half at the John Smith's Stadium against a Huddersfield team who parted company with manager David Wagner on Monday. Pep Guardiola But whatever Guardiola said to his players at the break appeared to have the desired effect, with two goals in a matter of minutes early in the second half from Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane putting the result beyond doubt. "The way we played we didn't deserve more than three goals," Guardiola told the BBC. "We will improve in the future. "We have to demand more from ourselves in every game and do our best, but sometimes it's difficult. They defended deep and man to man." Reigning champions Ci..
                 

Mumbai Marathon: Go-getter Sudha Singh nails it

23 hours ago  
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Indian women elite runner Sudha Singh stepped on the South Mumbai roads yesterday morning with one objective in mind. No, it was not about winning the Mumbai Marathon, but achieving a qualification mark for the Doha IAAF World Championships in September. Tough targetTo achieve her Sunday aim, Sudha had to finish the 42km race under 2:37:00. The Raebareli athlete, also the defending champion, not only achieved the desired timing but also set a personal best of 2:34:55 (previous best 2:35:35 at Beijing World C'ships) to better the national course record of 2:37:29 held by OP Jaisha. Sudha finished first among Indian women and eight overall. The other Indian women couldn't get near Sudha, who was almost three minutes ahead of Jyoti Gawte after crossing the Bandra-Worli Sea Link at the 20km mark, and 10 minutes ahead of Gawte after the 40km mark. Jyoti clocked 2:45:48 to come second among Indian women while Jigmet Dolma was third with 3:10:42. Interestingly, Sudha resumed training only ..
                 

Mumbai Marathon 2019: Naigaon cops sip Cup of cheer

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Usually one sees the police force in large numbers during festivals or big sporting events. Yesterday was no exception, but 66 of them were involved in the 22-team Police Cup - a 21.097km event which had policemen running from Worli Dairy to Hazarimal Somani Marg (near Bombay Gymkhana). Naigaon Police headquarters 'A' team comprising constables Sandip Khutade, Sagar Shinde and Ashish Patil won this event by registering an aggregate timing of 4:09:11 (an average of 1 hour 22 minutes run by each teammate). Naigaon Police beat their 'B' team (Ganesh Kanoje, Dilip Fufane and Sidharam Dongarje) who finished with 4:31:55. Khutade, Shinde and Patil, who participated for the first time, were richer by Rs 75,000. "We were confident of winning the Police Cup considering how hard we trained for this event," Shinde told mid-day after the triumph. Patil, meanwhile said: "The Police Cup helped us maintain our fitness throughout the year. I request all my constable friends to use this platform and..
                 

Horse Racing: Pesi Shroff beats Oaks record

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Roberta, trained by Pesi Shroff, won the HT Palate Fest Indian Oaks (Gr 1), the prime event of Sunday's eight-race card at Mahalaxmi. The Multidimensional - Moonlight Romance filly bred at the Usha stud gave the ace trainer his fifth Oaks winner on the trot, taking his overall Oaks tally to eight, and thus enabled him to eclipse the record of legendary trainer Uttam Singh who, in a 50-year training career, had won seven Indian Oaks. Roberta also took the Oaks tally of the breeders, Usha stud, to a record 16 successes in the coveted race. Roberta, ridden to victory by Trevor Patel, raced in the silks of Vijay Shirke who owns the filly in partnership with Dara and Keki Mehta, and Khushroo & Deepa Dhunjibhoy. In a chat after the race, Pesi Shroff magnanimously gave credit of his record-breaking Oaks victory to the same man, Uttam Singh, whose record he broke, and who was felicitated just minutes before the race by the Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) administration for having c..
                 

Boxer Vikas Krishan wins on pro debut

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Indian boxer Vikas Krishan was off to a winning start in the professional circuit, notching up a Technical Knockout against American Steven Andrade in New York. Vikas, who has signed up with the legendary Bob Arum's Top Rank Promotions, made his debut in what was to be a six-round super welterweight contest. The bout, however, lasted just two rounds on Friday night at the Stone Resort Casino in New York. The fight was the under-card of Olympic silver-medallist Shakur Stevenson's IBF Intercontinental and WBC Continental Americas featherweight title contest against Jessie Cris Rosales. Stevenson knocked out his opponent. "Won my pro debut fight by TKO. Thank you all for your love and support," Vikas tweeted after the bout. Andrade came into the contest with an experience of six fights on the circuit with a 3-3 record. This was his fourth successive loss, the last being in November 2017. The 26-year-old Vikas is one of India's most decorated boxers and has won gold medals at the Asian a..
                 

No ID, no entry: Roger Federer stalled by steward

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Maybe Roger Federer isn't as famous as we thought. Turns out that even he must carry his tournament ID to get where he's try to go at the Australian Open. Rules are rules, after all. So what if Federer is a six-time champion at Melbourne Park ... the owner of 20 Grand Slam titles in all ... a man who's spent more weeks ranked No. 1 than any other ... and one of the most recognizable athletes on the planet? A video showing Federer stopped by a security guard in a hallway outside a locker room at the Grand Slam tournament made the rounds on Twitter on Saturday, drawing a mix of amazement and amusement. In the clip, the guard is seen indicating to Federer that he was missing his Australian Open accreditation pass. Players, coaches, officials, members of the media and others are given lanyards with badges that have a name, a photo, tournament role and a bar code that can be scanned at security checkpoints. Federer didn't argue. He stood patiently, waiting until he was joined by members..
                 

Australian Open: I misconducted myself verbally, says Novak Djokovic

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Top seed Novak Djokovic admitted he should have "known better" than to let a floodlight row get to him after copping a code violation during a mini-meltdown in the Australian Open on Saturday. The Serb angrily blamed floodlights for dropping a tournament set for the first time as he beat Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 in the third round. He seethed when leading 3-0 in the third set against the 25th-seeded Canadian when the powerful lights blazed on all around Rod Laver Arena — in broad daylight. An incandescent Djokovic lost his focus, swore towards a wise-cracking fan and dropped six of the next seven games as the red mist descended under bright sunshine. "I think there was no sense to turn on lights on court at 5pm when we have another four hours of daylight," fumed the Serb 17-time Grand Slam winner. "Completely unnecessary to turn on the lights. The explanation I got was for TV reasons. I hope the viewers enjoyed it," he added. Djoko warnedThe normally mild-mannered D..
                 

Ranji Trophy: Vidarbha rout Uttarakhand

2 days ago  
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Reigningchampions Vidarbha routed minnows Uttarakhand by an innings and 115 runs in their Ranji Trophy quarter-final here Saturday and made to the semifinals. India pacer Umesh Yadav (5-23) and slow left arm orthodox bowler Aditya Sarvate (5-55) grabbed five wickets each to dismantle them for 159 in the second innings and script a memorable win. Trailing the hosts by 274 runs in the first innings and resuming the day at the overnight score of 152 for 5, Uttarakhand needed to bat out their skin to salvage a draw. But their innings folded up very quickly as they lost their last five wickets for only seven runs. It was an abject surrender by Uttarakhand as their lower middle order and the tail failed to put up any fight. First innings centurian Saurabh Rawat fell for a duck after being trapped in front of the wicket by Yadav. Before that Sarvate sent back Malolan Rangarajan (2) to the pavilion. Ater Rawat's departure, Vidarbha bowlers blew out the tail to help their team emerge triumph..
                 

CK Khanna: Let Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul play while inquiry is on

2 days ago  
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BCCI acting President C K Khanna Saturday urged the Committee of Administrators (CoA) to lift the suspension on Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul for their much-criticised sexist remarks and refused to convene a Special General Meeting on the matter. Khanna said calling the SGM to appoint an ombudsman to investigate the two players' conduct, as demanded by Board officials, wouldn't be right as the Supreme Court is due to take up the issue next week. Pandya and Rahul have been suspended pending an inquiry for their sexist comments on a TV chat show. "They made a mistake, and they have already been suspended and called back from the series against Australia. They have also submitted an unconditional apology," Khanna wrote in a letter to the Committee of Administrators (CoA) running the BCCI. "I suggest that pending inquiry we reinstate both the cricketers into the Indian squad immediately and allow them to join the team in New Zealand at the earliest," he added. The CoA wants the Supreme Co..
                 

Mahendra Singh Dhoni: I'm ready to bat at any position

2 days ago  
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Former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni Friday said he has no preference in the Indian batting order and is ready to bat at any position as per the need of the team. Dhoni was adjudged the Man of the Series after he guided India to a comfortable seven-wicket win in the third ODI, thus securing a maiden 2-1 series win in Australia. Batting at number four, Dhoni, who generally bats at number six, anchored India's chase with a 114-ball 87 not out which was studded with six boundaries. "I am happy to bat at any number. The important thing is where the team needs me," said Dhoni, when asked where he wants to bat. "Whether I play at 4 or 6, we need to see if the team balance can be retained. I'm happy to bat lower down at 6. I can't say I can't bat at No. 6 after playing 14 years," he said after the match. Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav shared a 121-run partnership for the unconquered fourth wicket while chasing a tricky target of 231. Asked what the game plan was, Dhoni said: "It was a slow wicket, s..
                 

'There is no one like MS Dhoni'

2 days ago  
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"No one is more committed to Indian cricket" than Mahendra Singh Dhoni and batting at number five is the ideal spot for him, said Virat Kohli in stout defense of the former captain. Dhoni faced criticism for slow batting in the ODI series-opener in Sydney before redeeming his pride and reputation with match-winning contributions in the Adelaide and Melbourne ODIs. Acknowledging Dhoni's contribution in the historic series-triumph in Australia, Kohli defended the former captain, saying he should be allowed breathing space. "I think firstly as a team we are very happy for Dhoni. That he is amongst the runs, because it is very important to get runs under your belt to get that rhythm and get that confidence back. Especially when you have not been playing so much international cricket," said the India captain at the post-match press conference. "Many things happen on the outside. People say a lot of things but as an individual we know that there is no one more committed to Indian cricket t..
                 

Nitendra Rawat determined to win redemption race

2 days ago  
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Army man Nitendra Singh Rawat stole the headlines when he won the 2016 Mumbai Marathon with a new course record (by an Indian) of 2:15:48 eclipsing the previous mark of 2:16.59 set by set by Ram Singh Yadav in 2012. It also ensure he qualified for the Rio Olympics. However, a hamstring injury just before the race saw Rawat finish a poor 84th. He was severely criticised and dropped from the 2018 Commonwealth Games as well as the Jakarta Asian Games squads. The upcoming Tata Mumbai Marathon on Sunday could be his race to redemption. "Rio was the lowest point of my life. I had planned so much for it. The next four months after that were stressful. I isolated myself. People used to send me rude messages. The tendency of Indian people is that if you don't perform as per their expectations, they criticise you. Even when people used to call me an Olympian, I would wonder if they are saying it sarcastically," the Uttarakhand-based runner told mid-day yesterday. He now wants to not just win ..
                 

Centurions Rajsigh, Aditya boost Mumbai U-14 to 418-6

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Superstar Dhoni is an all-time great: Langer

3 days ago  
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Australian coach Justin Langer Friday paid tribute to Mahendra Singh Dhoni as a superstar and an all-time great of the game after the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman produced a master class run-chase in India's ODI series clinching win here. Dhoni scored an unbeaten 87 off 114 balls to anchor India to a seven-wicket victory in the third ODI here to clinch the series 2-1. India won their maiden bilateral ODI series triumph in Australia. Langer was amazed by Dhoni's fitness at the age of 37 and said that playing against him has been a rich learning experience for his young side. "He (Dhoni) is 37 years old. His running between the wickets is elite, and his fitness is elite. For him to run between the wickets for three days in a row, it was 40 degrees the other day, and play like that, he is a superstar of the game and that's what Australians should be aspiring to be -- superstars of the game," Langer said at the post-match press conference. "MS Dhoni, like Virat Kohli, like Cheteshwar Puj..
                 

IND vs AUS 3rd ODI: MS Dhoni anchors India to 2-1 series win

3 days ago  
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India beat Australia by six wickets in the 3rd ODI in Melbourne, to win the series 2-1. MS Dhoni who hit his third consecutive fifty of the series remained unbeaten on 87 to guide India to victory. MS Dhoni was well supported by Kedar Jadhav who was not out on 61. Dhoni was adjudged the 'Man of the Series' for a hat-trick of half-centuries and two coming in winning causes. Chasing 231, India lost Rohit Sharma (9) early after the right-handed opener was caught at slip in the sixth over as he tried to accelerate the run-rate. Despite Kohli coming to the crease thereafter, India were bogged down by the Australian bowlers in the first powerplay and only scored 26-1 in the first ten overs. Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli put on a partnership of 44 runs before Dhawan was dismissed for 23 runs. Virat Kohli scored a fluent 46 before being dismissed. Earlier in the day, Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to field. Playing his first match of the series, Chahal wreaked havoc in t..