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WWE SmackDown Live: Brock Lesnar makes shocking return, attacks Kofi Kingston

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World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) SmacDown Live opened to a huge match with The New Day taking on The Revival and Randy Orton in a tag team match. Kofi Kingston hit Trouble in Paradise on Scott Dawson to win the match for his team. Kofi Kingston and Randy Orton, as well as The New Day and The Revival, had their share of rivalry for the past few months. While Kofi Kingston went on to defeat Randy Orton at Clash of Champions to retain his WWE title, The New Day lost the SD Live tag team titles to The Revival at the same pay-per-view. However, as Kofi and his team were celebrating, 'The Beast' Brock Lesnar made his epic return to WWE. Lesnar's manager Paul Heyman went on to chant, 'It's a bad day for The New Day, yes it is.' Heyman then extended a possible challenge to Kofi Kingston asking him to defend his WWE title at SmackDown Live on October 4 against Brock Lesnar. Kofi Kingston went on to accept the challenge. Just when Brock Lesnar was about to shake hands with Kofi, he surprised ..
                 

World Wrestling Championships: Two bad for Vinesh Phogat

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Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan): Vinesh Phogat was pushed out of the title race by reigning champion Mayu Mukaida of Japan but one of India's biggest hopes remained in bronze medal hunt in the 53kg category at the World Wrestling Championships yesterday. Mukaida later reached the final to help Vinesh stay in the medal hunt as well as Tokyo Olympics qualification. Two victories will ensure her place in Tokyo Olympics. She will now have to beat three wrestlers in the repechage — Yuliia Khavaldzhy Blahinya from Ukraine, World No. 1 Sarah Ann Hildebrandt and then Maria Prevolaraki from Greece to win her first Worlds medal. It was second consecutive defeat for Vinesh against the Japanese this season after losing to the two-time world champion at the Asian Championship in China. Vinesh has CWG and Asian Games titles but is yet to win a medal at the Worlds. Mayu Mukaida "Japan is a wrestling powerhouse. It takes some time to attack these girls. It's about one technique, one move one point that ..
                 

CL: Bring on Lionel Messi, says Dortmund's Marco Reus ahead of clash

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Berlin: Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus yesterday insisted that his team could beat Barcelona regardless of whether Lionel Messi plays or not, but feared however that Dortmund would ' have to suffer' when the two sides meet in the Champions League tonight. Messi is a doubt for the game amid ongoing struggles with a calf injury, but Reus suggested Dortmund could win if they play to their own strengths instead of obsessing over the opponent. " We have to concentrate on ourselves. We have a good team, we are at home, and we can win the game," said Reus. " It will of course be a tough game, and we are going to have to suffer a lot," he said. Tonight's Champions League opener is a baptism of fire for Dortmund as they look to qualify from a fiercely difficult group which pits them against Barcelona, Inter Milan and Slavia Prague. Yet Reus said his side were confident they could make a perfect start by beating Barcelona on Tuesday. Marco Reus "It is important to start well in the group. ..
                 

Cristiano Ronaldo: I'm in love with Georgina, will marry her

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Mumbai hockey stars to felicitate Dronacharyas Clarence Lobo, Marzban Patel

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Two of Mumbai's well known hockey coaches and Dronacharya awardees, Clarence Lobo and Marzban 'Bawa' Patel will be felicitated by their wards on october 5 at the St Andrew's turf in Bandra in a fun but unique manner. Former India hockey player Viren Rasquinha is planning to bring together some of the big names in Mumbai and Indian hockey, who have played under Lobo and Bawa over the years. " The idea is to do it [ felicitation] in a way both Bawa and Clary would love to see — a hockey match- up between their boys, past and present. Lobo recalled playing for Bawa's club, Bombay Republicans back in the day when it was helmed by its founder, the late Balram Krishna Mohite. " I played quite a few matches for Republicans in 1972. Not many would know this, but there were times when we didn't even have a full playing XI, and both Mohite and Bawa had to take the field. Mohite played half- back while Bawa was left- outer. I remember, once Mohite got so exhausted during a match that he col..
                 

Steven Smith, the Saviour

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Brisbane: Australians pride themselves on a 'no bullshit' filter. They readily concede that without Steven Smith, the Ashes would have been relinquished. I have been inundated with comments from outraged cricket fans who realise that the final result masks a deeper, more uncomfortable truth when it comes to inconsistent selection criteria. It used to be the Asian nations that were accused of biased selections based on family ties and favours owed but recent history suggests that India at least have made it a point to select teams based on performance. What's that you say? Performance? Selected on performance? How quaint! It'll never catch on in Australia. Here are some of the more illuminating texts I received on the topic. Clearly, Warner knows where the corpses are buried in Cape Town so he can't be dropped. Worst series by an opening batsman in cricket history, but Ponting reckons he is a guaranteed pick for the home series. It doesn't matter that Mitch Marsh took five wickets. He d..
                 

Pullela Gopichand's simply the best!

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If coaching one ward to an Olympic or World Championship medal is a fine achievement, what would one call a coach who has trained a bunch of players to win a truckload of international medals and titles? The very best, probably! That's what India's national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand is. Gopi's students have won 200-plus medals/titles and that is nothing short of mind-blowing. Before going into what makes the 2001 All England champion so successful as a coach-cum-mentor, let me give you an idea of his progress rate. In 2011, when I was writing his book, The World Beneath His Feat, his Hyderabad academy students had won 30 titles abroad, including smaller BWF Challenger and Satellite ones. Saina at her best Saina Nehwal Saina Nehwal had a clutch of titles and Parupalli Kashyap was making waves as well. But today, Saina alone has won 45 medals/titles including medals at the Olympic and World Championship. PV Sindhu at just 24, has already won the coveted World Championship gold am..
                 

See Photos: MS Dhoni and his 'Baby shark' Ziva's fun time in the pool with Hardik Pandya

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni is currently not part of the Indian cricket squad and he seems to be making the most of it. MS Dhoni, who is quite an active sportsperson on social media, was recently enjoying some time in a swimming pool with his bundle of joy Ziva and Hardik Pandya. Ziva's official Instagram profile shared a couple of photos which showed her sharing a couple of laughs along with Daddy Dhoni and Hardik Pandya. The caption read 'Baby Shark'.       View this post on Instagram Baby shark !!! A post shared by ZIVA SINGH DHONI (@ziva_singh_dhoni) onSep 11, 2019 at 8:25am PDT Hardik Pandya is seen humouring Ziva and she is all smiles. Ziva Dhoni can't seem to stop laughing and also can't seem to leave her daddy's arms. The little one wore a flowery swimsuit along with a purple float. Dhoni and Ziva with Hardik Pandya Hardik Pandya meanwhile is all geared up for the upcoming Twenty20 International series against South Africa which will commence on September 15. Ha..
                 

This is our grand final: Tim Paine

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Tim Paine described the fifth Ashes Test as Australia's "grand final" as they target their first series win in England since 2001. The tourists have already retained the urn after winning the fourth Test at Old Trafford to take a 2-1 lead but captain Paine said they were "very hungry" to complete the job at the Oval. All-rounder Mitchell Marsh has been recalled to the 12-man squad in place of Travis Head to ease the workload on Australia's impressive pace attack. "We've already spoken a lot about it (the final Test)," Paine said Wednesday on the eve of the match. "We came here to win the Ashes, not just to retain them. "Last week's result was brilliant and we played very well but all the guys are fully aware that this Test match is bigger than that one. Australia's star batsman Steven Smith at The Oval yesterday "This is our grand final. We want this Test just as much as any other Test that we've played in this series." Australia bounced back to win the fourth match of the series at Ol..
                 

Kevin de Bruyne is best in the world: Belgium boss Roberto Martinez

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Belgium manager Roberto Martinez believes a fresh Kevin De Bruyne will be even better for club and country this season after the Manchester City midfielder tore Scotland apart in a 4-0 win for Martinez's men on Monday. De Bruyne, 28, set up Romelu Lukaku, Thomas Vermaelen and Toby Alderweireld to score inside the first 32 minutes before capping a brilliant individual display by rounding off the scoring. No complacencyMartinez showed no complacency with his team selection by naming his strongest available side with captain Eden Hazard sidelined by injury. Belgium and City had to cope without De Bruyne for most of last season due to two major knee injuries. But De Bruyne has started the season like a man keen to make up for lost time. "He has started the season in a fresh manner and you can see his exceptional quality. For me he is the best playmaker in world football," said Martinez. "Playmakers used to stop the play to make the pass, he can execute that pass on the move. You saw him fr..
                 

Inter-school badminton: Saanidhya, Vivaan post contrasting wins

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Saanidhya Agarwal of Gopal Garden High School (Borivli) and Vivaan Fernandes of Jasudben ML School (Khar) had to work hard before winning their respective boys' U-12 Round of 32 singles matches of the CCI-MSSA inter-school badminton tournament at the CCI badminton courts yesterday. In a closely contested encounter, Saanidhya, 10, who had finished runner-up in the boys' U-10 singles event last year, quashed the challenge from Arjun Shah of Vibgyor High (Goregaon) by pulling off a 21-10 win to advance to the pre-quarters. In contrast, Vivaan, 10, who won the U-10 bronze medal last year, was not at his best and many errors in his match against Vihaan Kamat of Jamnabai Narsee (Juhu). Vivaan, however, did managed to find his composure and focus in the nick of time and went on to snatch a tight 21-18 victory to progress to Round of 16. Vivaan Fernandes of Jasudben ML School during their respective MSSA U-12 inter-school badminton matches at CCI yesterday. Pics/Suresh Karkera Rishabh dominate..
                 

Italians, Spainiards win over Faroe Islands and Finland

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Paris: Spain and Italy moved to within touching distance of Euro 2020 on Sunday after respective wins over the Faroe Islands and Finland saw them maintain their perfect qualifying records for next year's tournament. Rodrigo, Alcacer too good Rodrigo and Paco Alcacer both scored twice in an easy 4-0 victory over the Faroes in Gijon. It was their sixth win from six in Group F and put them on a perfect 18 points, seven clear of Sweden, who drew 1-1 with Scandinavian rivals Norway. With two teams qualifying from the group, they are also a further point ahead of third-placed Romania following their 1-0 win over Malta. "Yes, it's almost done, but not yet mathematically," said Spain coach Robert Moreno when asked if his team had all, but qualified with four games to spare. "We must grow as a team by winning all our matches. Of course, the final goal is qualification, but what matters is that the team has the feeling of doing things well." Jorginho nets winner Meanwhile, Italy also kept their ..
                 

Swiss tennis star Belinda Bencic reveals relationship with trainer

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Swiss tennis star Belinda Bencic recently spoke about her romantic relationship with fitness trainer Martin Hromkovic, and said he motivates her every day. Belinda, 22, first met the Slovakian trainer — who is 15 years older to her — in 2018. The tennis player said that dating Martin has been good for her. "It's not that difficult. For me the situation is good. Martin has a good character for me and he manages to motivate me with variety and creativity every day," Belinda was quoted as saying by Tennis World USA. Martin played football for Slovakia before retiring from the sport earlier this year. Belinda recently reached the semi-finals of the US Open, where she lost to eventual winner Bianca Andreescu of Canada. 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..
                 

Kamlesh Mehta takes questions from young paddlers on Table Tennis nuances

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Achanta Sharath Kamal, G Sathiyan and Manika Batra may have become household names in Indian table tennis, but Kamlesh Mehta remains an iconic figure for the sport in the country. In India, when table tennis was in its nascent stages, Mehta played a leading role in grabbing attention for the sport in a cricket-crazy country. With the sport changing rapidly in recent times, the eight-time national champion conducted a table tennis Masterclass for mid-day at the Juhu-Vile Parle Gymkhana recently and provided valuable insights on the game to young aspirants. Mehta, 59, also spoke about the changing landscape of the sport in India and the initiatives being taken by the administration at the grassroot level. Excerpts How has the table tennis scenario changed since the time you played? It has actually evolved a lot in every aspect. The scoring pattern used to be 21 points with a match comprising best-of-five games and five services per player. Now, it's an 11-point game with a best-of-seven ..
                 

Wasim Jaffer disappointed by KL Rahul's struggles

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KL Rahul's struggling run in the opening slot has left former India opener Wasim Jaffer baffled and he feels the Karnataka player seems caught in an unsolved jigsaw puzzle despite having the ability to do well. Rahul's place in the team has been questioned due to his failure to own the opening slot despite being given a long rope by the team management. Rahul averages 36.82 in the opening slot. "I feel a little bit disappointed with KL Rahul because he has got so much ability, he is one of the guys [players] who has got 100 in all three formats [of the game]," said Jaffer during the inauguration of the Adams Wylie Physio Rehab Center instituted by the Indian Red Cross Society in Mumbai Central. "And his mode of dismissals make me a bit disappointed because he gets out very softly at times. He has got a lot of ability and that is why he is getting so many chances, because people believe that he is going to come good. KL Rahul "The way he gets out and the way he does not get that many ru..
                 

Basketball: Abhinav boys, Dastur girls stand tall

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PUNE: Dastur Hormazdiar High School girls dashed Abhinav Vidyalaya hopes of claiming a double in the Srujan Super Cup 2019 Basketball Tournament at the Deccan Gymkhana courts. In the finals of the Inter-School competition, Abhinav Vidyalaya boys won a tight final against Millennium School 46-40 despite taking a 30-18 lead at the halfway mark.Srujan Super Cup 2019: Boys final Having lost the battle in the first two quarters, Millennium School bounced back in the third quarter by sharing honours 6-6 and then in the last quarter did well to do the catching up act with a 16-10 scoreline. For Abhinav Vidyalaya, Aadi Jagdale (17 points) and Abhishek Mali (11) were stand out performers, while Ashwin Hulawale (13) top-scored for Millennium. Earlier, in the girls final, Dastur school downed Abhinav 46-28 after staying ahead in all four quarters. Brilliant performances by Tanvi Salve and Bhumika Sarje (18 points each) were the highlights of the victory. Dastur led 23-10 at half time. Abhinav gir..
                 

Harbhajan Singh blasts Adam Gilchrist over 2001 Test remark

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A furious Harbhajan Singh chided Adam Gilchrist after the Australian suggested that he was perhaps not out when the Indian spinner had him LBW during his historical hat-trick way back in 2001. Gilchrist was Harabhajn's second wicket in that game-changing spell." A fan shared the video clip of Harbhajan's achievement, reacting to which Gilchrist wrote: "No DRS" on his Twitter handle. The Australian suggested that if the Decision Review System (DRS) technology was available at that time, he would have got the LBW decision overturned. Taking it personally, Harbhajan blasted Gilchrist, saying he would not have survived long during that spell. Adam Gilchrist "U think u would have survived for long if not first ball ? Stop crying over these things mate..thought u would talk sense after ur playing days.. but few things never change u r the prime example of that. Always crying," tweeted Harbhajan. The off-spinner was India's first bowler to claim a Test hat-trick in that 2001 home series. Pace..
                 

WWE Clash of Champions: Seth Rollins retains Universal title

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WWE Clash of Champions saw a total of 11 matches played with 10 title matches as well. In the opening match, WWE Cruiserweight champ Drew Gulak retained his title in a triple threat match against Humberto Carrillo and Lince Dorado. AJ Styles also managed to retain his U.S. title after he hit Cedric Alexander with his two finishers - Phenomenal Forearm and the Styles clash. WWE Raw tag team champions Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman, who would meet again later in the event for a title match, failed to defend their tag team titles and lost to Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler. Roode pinned Rollins as he and Ziggle became te new WWE Raw tag team champions. Champion Bayley faced off against Charlotte Flair for the SmackDown Live women's title. Even though Charlotte gained the upper hand with a Big Boot. Charlotte kept the momemtum going but when Bayley threw Charlotte on an exposed turnbuckle, she managed to pin her following a roll-up to retain the SD Live women's title. The Revival also mana..
                 

MSSA: Siya Singh and Aalisha Naik all set to battle

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Last year's champion Siya Singh and runner-up Aalisha Naik, who are also the top two seeds, look to be heading for another final showdown. The top seed Siya of Fatima High School (Vidyavihar) and second seed Aalisha of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Vidyalaya (Malad) easily won their respective girls' under-14 singles round of 64 matches of the CCI-MSSA inter-school badminton tournament at the CCI courts yesterday. The tall and lanky Siya dominated her match against Ananya Shah of Dhirubhai Ambani International (BKC) and raced to a 15-7 victory, while Aalisha also faced little opposition from Ritu Shah of St Peter's School (Mazagaon) and cruised to a fluent 15-4 win as both advanced to the Round of 32. Siya and Aalisha, confidently stated that they would both go the distance. "I don't see any one who is capable of stopping us from reaching the final. Last year, I fought back to emerge champion and expect another keen contest. I had lost the first game and was trailing 11-16 in the second,..
                 

Ashes: Justin Langer backs struggling David Warner to come good

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Australia head coach Justin Langer has backed out-of-form opener David Warner to come good in the fifth and final Ashes Test beginning Thursday at The Oval. Warner has been in awful form in the ongoing Ashes scoring just 79 runs at an average of 9.87 per innings. The left-handed opener has endured a tough series tackling the new ball, particularly against England seamer Stuart Broad, and has managed just one double-figure score (61) in eight innings with ducks from each of his last three starts. "Davey hasn't had a great series, there are no secrets about that," Langer was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. Australia opener David Warner at The Oval nets yesterday "But he's also a word-class player and I've said throughout the whole series, if Davey has one good innings it'll help us win the Ashes. He probably hasn't been through this lean run before, so it's going to be a good test of his character. "But he's a match-winner and he's been brilliant around the group since he's been back..
                 

Former NASCAR driver Danica Patrick wears rival NFL gear to cheer boyfriend

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David Warner used strapping on hand to tamper ball: Alaistair Cook

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Former England captain Alastair Cook has revealed in his autobiography that Australia opening batsman David Warner once told him about using the strapping on the hand to accelerate deterioration of the ball during a first-class match. In his book 'The Autobiography' released on September 5, Cook wrote about an incident after Australia won the 2017-18 Ashes when he and England players shared a few beers with the opposition team then led by Steven Smith. "David Warner, a couple of beers into his celebration, mentioned that he used substances attached to the strapping on his hand to accelerate the deterioration of the ball during a first-class match," Cook wrote in his book, according to 'The Guardian' newspaper. "I looked at Steve Smith who shot a glance that said: 'Ooh, you shouldn't have said that'." On the Australians using sandpaper to tamper with the ball during the infamous Cape Town Test in March 2018, Cook said Smith's team had gone too far. "Stuart Broad sums it up pretty well a..
                 

Hockey stars earn their stripes

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A bunch of talented former India hockey players got together for a unique six-a-side tournament in America recently, and ended up winning it. And they believe that the concept, if replicated back home, can resurrect the dwindling fortunes of the sport. Olympians Adrian D'Souza, 35, Sameer Dad, 40, and Prabhjot Singh, 39, under the guidance of former India coach Harendra Singh, and USA-based former Western Railway drag-flicker Gurusev Singh won the Mixed Social title of the 39th Guru Nanak hockey tournament in Moorpark, California recently (August 31 to Sept 2). "We played for Nabha XI, a Phoenix-based team that has its roots in Patiala's Nabha village. Harendra is good friends with the Phoenix guys, so he got us an invite for this tournament. Prabhjot hails from Nabha village, so he was emotionally charged up. Sameer was at his fluent best and Seva was as hardworking as ever," former India custodian Adrian told mid-day on his return from the US on Sunday. Former India hockey goalkeeper..
                 

Amol Muzumdar to be Ravi Shastri's rival as interim batting coach

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A lot of things can change in a quarter of a century. Ask Amol Muzumdar. The batting stalwart made his Ranji Trophy debut for Mumbai on February 12, 1994 under Ravi Shastri, who was then in his farewell first-class cricket season. Now, Muzumdar will sit in the opposition camp as South Africa's interim batting coach for the Test series against India which kicks off on October 2 in Visakhapatnam. The announcement of Muzumdar's new role was made yesterday. Until the 2015 Test series defeat in India, South Africa had the distinction of being the best touring team after winning series in West Indies (2009-10), New Zealand (2011-12), England (2012), Sri Lanka (2014-15), Zimbabwe (2014-15) and twice drawing with Pakistan in the UAE. Also Read: Akshay Wakhare's fifer helps India Red lift Duleep Trophy title However, post the crushing 0-3 loss in India, the Proteas have never been the same. The Proteas come into the India series on the backdrop of their recent loss against Sri Lanka, both ..
                 

Jolt for Germans

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Germany coach Joachim Loew said his team played below their best after goals from Frenkie de Jong and Georginio Wijnaldum saw the Netherlands inflict a 4-2 defeat on their old rivals in Hamburg on Friday. A goal down for much of the game, the Dutch fought back in an explosive second half, as the two neighbours renewed their rivalry again in their fourth meeting in the last 11 months. 'Netherlands were better' "We are disappointed with the result but the Netherlands were the better side," said Loew. "We played below our technical level and lost possession a lot. That allowed them to apply pressure." Dutch coach Ronald Koeman said the Germans had looked "tired", and had only taken the lead because his side had made errors. Koeman's side came into the game under pressure. Three points from their opening two games meant that defeat would see them slip nine points adrift of the automatic qualification spots in Group C. Germany, by contrast, were in good spirits. A 3-2 win over the Dutch in ..
                 

Rafael Nadal: I'm in good shape

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Rafael Nadal said he felt in good shape after advancing to the semi-finals of the US Open with a battling 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 win over Argentine 20th seed Diego Schwartzman. Second seed Nadal, a three-time champion in New York, will play Italy's Matteo Berrettini for a berth in the final after the 18-time Grand Slam winner overcame a gritty performance from the 5ft 7in (1.70m) Schwartzman. The Spaniard needed the best part of three hours to record an eighth straight win over two-time US Open quarter-finalist Schwartzman in a match that finished early yesterday morning. He received treatment to his left forearm early in the third set but swiftly allayed any injury fears, after a knee injury forced him to retire during last year's semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro. Cramps attack Diego Schwartzman "I'm feeling good. Today was very humid day, very heavy day. I had some cramps in the end of the second and first five games, six games of the third. And then I took some salt, that's all, and ..
                 

Pistol coach Jaspal Rana: Yashaswini Singh Deshwal is so special

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It's been a period of mixed emotions for Jaspal Rana. On one hand, the multiple Asian Games medalist-turned-shooting coach has experienced the disappointment of not being nominated for the Dronacharya Award. On the other, his wards have continued achieving success on the international stage. Pistol shooter Yashaswini Singh Deshwal, the only Indian female to win two medals (gold in 10m air pistol, silver in mixed air pistol event) at the ISSF World Cup in Rio de Janeiro recently, is yet another junior who has excelled on the senior platform under Rana just like world champions Manu Bhaker, Saurabh Chaudhary and Anish Bhala. Indian shooters topped the medals tally (5 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze) at the Rio World Cup but Rana is particularly pleased to see Yashaswini, 22, live up to her potential on the senior circuit. "Yashaswini is a very sincere shooter and has achieved a lot of success at the junior level, but somehow she has been missing out on medals in senior events. With this double ..
                 

Romance powers Gael Monfils and Elina Svitolina

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Elina Svitolina's blossoming romance with Gael Monfils is propelling the couple's deep runs at the US Open, and the Ukrainian urged the French star to keep pace after Tuesday's quarter-final victory. Svitolina, who broke the psychological barrier of reaching a Grand Slam semi-final at Wimbledon in July, became the first Ukrainian to make the last four of the US Open with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Britain's Johanna Konta. Boyfriend Monfils, the 13th seed in the men's draw, is through to a fourth quarter-final at Flushing Meadows and will look to equal his best Slam run when he meets Italian Matteo Berrettini on Wednesday. France's Gael Monfils celebrates his 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 win over Spain's Pablo Andujar "We are pushing each other and we are now trying to join each other in the semi-finals," Svitolina said. "Now it's time for him to step up his game!" The pair set up a joint Instagram account, which currently attracts close to 100,000 followers, after going public with their relationship at thi..
                 

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Atharva Ankolekar's mother on his win against Bangladesh in under-19 Asia Cup

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By the time India's Atharva Ankolekar arrived at Colombo's R Premadasa Stadium to take on Bangladesh in the U-19 Asia Cup final against Bangladesh on Saturday, his mother Vaidehi, a BEST bus conductor, was on Route 334 duty from Marol to Ghatkopar in Mumbai. While Vaidehi had one eye on handing out tickets to her passengers, the other was on her mobile phone, following the scores after India were put in to bat. Vaidehi raised her sons, Atharva,18 and Parth, 13 single-handedly after their father Vinod, also a BEST employee, passed away in 2010 due to malaria. India were bowled out for a paltry 106 runs in 32.4 overs. "I was totally off-mood. I almost gave up on them winning the final as the target was quite easy," she said. Her slim hopes of winning the final were pinned on Atharva's left-arm spin. After requesting her seniors to let her leave an hour early from work, Vaidehi managed to reach her Andheri home just in time for Atharva's first over [11th over of the innings]. Atharva stru..
                 

India Vs South Africa Series: Jasprit Bumrah not KG about Rabada

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Jasprit Bumrah and Kagiso Rabada are set to make it a cracker of a Diwali this year. The India vs South Africa series, which begins on October 2, will see two of the best pacers in business up against each other. Life will also come a full circle for both. While the SA pacer made his Test debut in the 2015 Test series in India, Bumrah first wore the Test jersey in Johannesburg last year. Kagiso Rabada didn't have much success in his debut series, claiming two wickets in three Tests on spin-friendly tracks. Jasprit Bumrah, meanwhile, had a dream debut series by claiming 14 wickets in three Tests. Rabada revealed recently that the likes of Bumrah and Jofra Archer doing well will force him to lift his game. But the lanky Indian pace ace tried to downplay the contest with the Proteas's tearaway pacer. "I don't look at all these things. I don't focus on individuals. For me, team's success is important. I look forward to what I can do and what contribution I can make in the team's success," ..
                 

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Mumbai local: Rayaan, Shahyan bag top ranking in junior snooker

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The Razmi brothers, Rayaan and Shahyan, both of Radio Club, finished as Maharashtra's No. 1 and 2 junior ranked snooker players. Rayaan, 17, defended his title and retained the top position, as he produced some impressive performances to win all his three matches in the junior snooker semi-final round-robin league of the BSAM organised Maharashtra State Junior Snooker and Senior Snooker & Billiards Selection (leg 1) Championship at the PJ Hindu Gymkhana billiards room. Meanwhile, Shahyan, 14, and Khar Gymkhana cueists Sparsh Pherwani and Sumehr Mago completed the league with one win and two defeats. However, Shahyan, with a better win/loss frame difference of minus one (frame won 6, frame lost 7) as compared to Sprash's minus two (FW 5, FL 9), claimed second position. Sumehr with a frame difference of minus three, finished as the No. 4 ranked player. The victorious Emeritus FC team with their trophy in Bandra recently Emeritus FC Online Education clinch rink football title Emeritus..
                 

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Tennis stars Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Caroline Wozniacki enrol at Harvard

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Need to look ahead: South Africa's Interim Director Enoch Nkwe

7 days ago  
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South Africa's cricket establishment acknowledges Faf du Plessis's contribution both as a player and captain but it's about time they look at the future with belief in Quinton de Kock's leadership skills, Interim Director Enoch Nkwe said yesterday. While Du Plessis, 35, is still the captain of the Test side, Nkwe gave enough indications that South Africa wants to infuse fresh blood going into next year's World T20 in Australia. "We know where Faf stands as a captain and as a player. He has done great things for SA cricket. But we also need to look at what future looks like and we strongly believe in Quinton, who is going to be leading the team going forward," Nkwe told reporters with the skipper by his side during their inaugural media interaction at the picturesque HPCA ground. "We have a good leader and it's an opportunity to start building for the future," he added. While admitting that India is a formidable team, Nkwe is confident that this upcoming three-match T20 International se..
                 

Dilip Vengsarkar and Kiran More support decision of Rohit Sharma as Test opener

7 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Sports  
India may have beaten the West Indies comprehensively in the recent two-Test series, but the selectors are viewing a change in the opening combination for the forthcoming three-Test series v South Africa that begins on October 2. Chief selector MSK Prasad said yesterday that they could try Rohit Sharma as an opener against the Proteas, considering KL Rahul's poor form during the West Indies Test series in which Rohit sat out. "We (the selection committee) haven't met after the West Indies tour. We will definitely take this (Rohit as opener) point into consideration when we meet," Prasad told India Today.Rohit's possible new role was fully backed by ex-chief selectors Dilip Vengsarkar and Kiran More. 'World-class player' Vengsarkar had no doubts over Rohit succeeding as a Test opener. "To make him bat in the opening position or No. 3 or 4 doesn't really make much of a difference. It is just about the mental state. It is a good thing that he will be opening; he will get a dedicated slot ..
                 

Emotional high five!

8 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Tennis  
New York: Rafael Nadal captured his 19th career Grand Slam title in thrilling fashion on Sunday by winning the US Open final, outlasting Russia's Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 to seize his fourth crown in New York. The Spanish left-hander moved one shy of Roger Federer's all-time men's record 20 Grand Slam triumphs and became the second-oldest New York champion in the Open era after Ken Rosewall in 1970 at age 35. "Has been one of the most emotional nights in my tennis career," Nadal said. World No. 2 Nadal took the top prize of $3.85 million (Rs 27.5 cr) at Arthur Ashe Stadium and added to his US Open trophy haul from 2010, 2013 and 2017. Nadal, who was in his fifth US Open championship match and 27th Grand Slam final, is the first man to claim five major titles after turning 30. But it took a supreme effort from the Spanish maestro, who nearly became the first player to drop the final after leading by two sets since Ted Schroeder in 1949. "This victory means a lot," Nadal s..
                 

Kiwis could pose threat to World No. 1 India

10 days ago  
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India have started their World Test Championship campaign with a bang by beating hosts West Indies 2-0 to go atop the points table. Virat Kohli & Co lead the nine-team table with 120 points from two games. England and Australia (both teams fighting to win the Ashes) are serious threat for India, but New Zealand can never be underestimated. The Kiwis are in second position after India in the World Test Championship points table. Despite being ranked the No. 2 Test team, they are always considered as underdogs. Ever since their 0-3 loss to India in October 2016, the Kiwis have the best win-loss ratio in Test cricket since November 2016. The Kiwis have won 13, drawn four and lost only three Tests in the last 34 months. Awesome run Apart from a 0-1 home loss to South Africa in March 2017, they have remained unbeaten in all series, never mind if the majority of those contests were played out on home soil. During this period, NZ enjoyed three clean sweeps at home — against Pakistan..
                 

Matteo Berrettini in dreamland after historic win over Monfils

12 days ago  
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Matteo Berrettini said he was "dreaming" after edging Gael Monfils in a thrilling five-set tussle Wednesday to become the first Italian to reach the men's US Open semi-finals since 1977. Berrettini, 23, displayed impressive poise and resilience after fluffing four match points to outlast 13th-seeded Frenchman Monfils 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7/5) in three hours and 57 minutes. He became just the second Italian man to make the last four in New York after Corrado Barazzutti 42 years ago, and is only the fourth in the Open era to advance to a Grand Slam semi-final — joining 1976 Roland Garros champion Adriano Panatta and Marco Cecchinato. "It's tough to focus right now. Just too many things coming in my mind," said Berrettini, who will face 18-time major champion Rafael Nadal for a place in Sunday's final at Flushing Meadows. "I received, like, thousands of messages. I was dreaming about this when I was a child. So now I'm doing that. Like I said the past days, I have to enjoy what ..
                 

Pragyan Ojha and wife Karabi are expecting their first child

13 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Sports  
Mumbai: Hyderabad based cricketer Pragyan Ojha and his wife are expecting their first child this month. The overjoyed couple are preparing full throttle for their bundle of joy’s arrival. Karabi will soon complete her full term and has been in good health by God’s grace. Confirming the pregnancy, a joyous Pragyan, quipped, “I’m thrilled. I’m sure it will be a huge change for both of us, we are both excited and nervous at the same time. This is the biggest commitment in life and one of the most difficult tasks. We are praying for a smooth delivery now. Our families have been very supportive about our decision and they are leaving no stone unturned for the celebrations ahead”. Adding to Pragyan’s thoughts, his wife, Karabi stated, “I feel we are blessed and really looking forward to this new addition to our family. I have a list of names also both for boys and girls pulled out. Now we are really waiting for the surprise. I want to thank our..
                 

Roger Federer: Disappointing, but I'll be back

13 days ago  
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Roger Federer struggled to hide his disappointment after his bid for a first US Open title since 2008 ended abruptly Tuesday with a five-set loss to Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter-finals. The Swiss had defeated Dimitrov in all seven previous meetings but surrendered a two sets to one lead before sliding to a 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 defeat. Asked whether he felt he would have further chances to add to his record haul of 20 men's Grand Slam singles title, Federer replied: "I don't have the crystal ball." Grigor Dimitrov "We never know. I hope so, of course. I think still it's been a positive season. Disappointing now, but I'll get back up, I'll be all right," he added. Federer has already qualified for a record-extending 17th ATP Tour Finals appearance in London — alongside Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev — and has no immediate plans to scale back his end-of-season commitments. Federer, a five-time US Open champion, left the court for a private medical timeou..