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ISL: Five-star Mumbai City FC blow away ATK Mohun Bagan

If ATK Mohun Bagan have reasons to be basking in their new-found domination over SC East Bengal in recent times, Antonio Lopez Habas's side seems to have found in Mumbai City FC an adversary too good to be conquered.

2 Dec 2021 11:10 am
Jr Hockey WC: Lucknow home guard's son is star of India's win against Belgium

Shradhanand Tiwari, son of an escort driver of Lucknow's district magistrate (DM), was India's spearhead at the junior hockey World Cup's quarterfinal match against Belgium at the Kalinga stadium in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday. He converted a penalty corner to score the only goal of the match to take his team into the semifinals.

2 Dec 2021 11:10 am
Mumbai-born Ajaz Patel looking forward to special 'homecoming'

New Zealand's Mumbai-born left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel couldn't hide his emotions as he spoke about playing at the Wankhede stadium in the second Test against India, 25 years after his family had left these shores for good.

2 Dec 2021 11:10 am
'Like poking the bear', David Warner thrives on criticism

David Warner might be a polarising figure but the aggressive opening batsman is rarely boring and his heroics for Australia at the Twenty20 World Cup signalled he is back to his explosive best.

2 Dec 2021 11:10 am
From Subhash Gupte to Shreyas Iyer, Shivaji Park Gymkhana legacy lives on

It made for lovely banter in Mumbai's club circuit and Whatsapp groups. Sunil Gavaskar, an India and Dadar Union (DU) legend giving the first Test cap in Kanpur to Shreyas Iyer, a product of Mumbai's most fertile cricketing stable, Shivaji Park Gymkhana (SPG), DU's fiercest club rival.

2 Dec 2021 11:10 am
India vs New Zealand, 2nd Test: Opportunity may knock for KS Bharat

Will KS Bharat, who did well behind the stumps while substituting for Wriddhiman Saha in the first Test, make his debut in the second Test, which begins at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday? While Saha overcame a stiff neck to score a fighting half-century (61 not out) in the second innings at Green Park, there's still uncertainty over his fitness and availability for the second Test.

2 Dec 2021 11:10 am
India vs New Zealand, 2nd Test: Grass shaved off at Wankhede

The hick layer of grass on the Wankhede pitch for the second Test between India and New Zealand has been shaved off in the build-up to the game. The draw in Kanpur in the first Test meant that both India and New Zealand had to be content with four points, something that clearly isnt to the liking of the hosts, who want to maximise home conditions and grab the 12 World Test Championship points on offer.

2 Dec 2021 11:10 am
Will 'struggling' Rahane get to play his first Test on home ground?

The prospect of playing a Test in front of his home crowd at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday - after an eight-and-a-half year Test career - should have got Ajinkya Rahane excited. Instead, the Mumbaikar is staring at a future as gloomy as the Mumbai weather was on Wednesday.

2 Dec 2021 8:30 am
Karsten Warholm named men's World Athlete of the Year

Norwegian Karsten Warholm was crowned male world athlete of the year on Wednesday on the back of his astonishing season in the 400m hurdles, twice breaking the world record and taking Olympic gold in one of the greatest races of all time.

2 Dec 2021 2:40 am
Vihari unbeaten on 45 as India A reach 198/5 in second unofficial Test

Eyeing a senior national team return, Hanuma Vihari found some runs as India A reached 198 for five at stumps against South Africa A on the second day of the second unofficial Test on Wednesday.

1 Dec 2021 11:10 pm
Not many leg-spinners have Test ambitions: Sivaramakrishnan

Former India player Laxman Sivaramakrishnan on Wednesday rued that the current leg-spinners don't have the ambition to play Test cricket and he partially blamed it on too much stress on reverse swinging the ball these days.

1 Dec 2021 11:10 pm
2nd Test: Rain likely to play spoilsport on Day 1

The untimely Mumbai monsoon threatens to play spoilsport as there is a fair chance of first day's play during the second Test between India and New Zealand being affected by rain as per weather forecast which may turn the 22-yard strip at Wankhede into a bowlers' paradise.

1 Dec 2021 11:10 pm
Sindhu gets first round bye in World Championships

Defending champion PV Sindhu has got a first round bye and faces the prospect of coming up against Tokyo Olympics silver medallist Tai Tzu Ying and former world number one Carolina Marin in the quarters and semis respectively of the World Badminton C'ships.

1 Dec 2021 10:49 pm
Junior Hockey WC: India beat Belgium 1-0 to enter semis

Defending champions India beat European giants Belgium by a solitary goal to progress to the semifinals and keep alive their title hopes in the FIH Junior Men's Hockey World Cup at the Kalinga Stadium on Wednesday.

1 Dec 2021 10:00 pm
Kohli's fate as ODI skipper set to be decided in next few days

Virat Kohli's future as India ODI captain will be decided this week when the national selection committee, led by Chetan Sharma, selects the squad for the upcoming tour of South Africa. The BCCI top brass have said that India's tour of South Africa remains on schedule, though they're keeping a close watch on the situation surrounding the emergence of new COVID-19 variant in that country.

1 Dec 2021 10:00 pm
BWF World Tour Finals: Sindhu makes winning start; Lakshya also through

Top Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth registered straight-game victories to make impressive starts to their respective singles campaigns at the season-ending BWF World Tour Finals on Wednesday.

1 Dec 2021 7:31 pm
'Chapter closed', says Warner as SRH release him for IPL mega auction

The bittersweet relationship of Australian destructive batter David Warner with the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) has finally ended after he was released for the mega auction ahead of the upcoming season.

1 Dec 2021 7:10 pm
Britain's Johanna Konta announces retirement from tennis

Former British number one Johanna Konta announced her retirement from tennis. The 30-year-old has struggled with persistent knee trouble over the past couple of seasons and has slipped to 113 in the world rankings -- a far cry from her career high of number four.

1 Dec 2021 7:10 pm
PT Usha reminisces winning first 100m gold in re-run

Legendary sprinter PT Usha's debut 100m race was nothing sort of spectacular as she was erroneously disqualified for 'false start' before a crowd intervention led to a re-run and eventually winning gold.

1 Dec 2021 7:10 pm
2nd Test: Sri Lanka claw back as Mendis sparks Windies collapse

Ramesh Mendis led the Sri Lanka fightback at Galle with a six-wicket haul to bowl out the West Indies, but the hosts stumbled after returning to bat in the second Test on Wednesday.

1 Dec 2021 7:10 pm
ICC Test rankings: Rohit, Kohli and Ashwin retain spots

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli continued to be best-placed Indians in the batting chart, while off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin also held onto the second spot among bowlers in the latest ICC Test rankings released on Wednesday.

1 Dec 2021 7:10 pm
IPL: Really honoured to be retained by RCB, says Siraj

India pacer Mohammed Siraj expressed his gratitude towards the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for retaining him ahead of the mega auction of the upcoming season.

1 Dec 2021 7:10 pm
Sindhu makes winning start at BWF World Tour Finals

Top Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth registered straight-game victories to make impressive starts to their respective women's and men's singles campaigns at the season-ending BWF World Tour Finals on Wednesday.

1 Dec 2021 7:10 pm
Junior Hockey WC: Six-time champions Germany, Argentina, France enter semis

Six-time champions Germany and Argentina earned hard-fought wins over Spain and Netherlands respectively, while France cruised past Malaysia to enter the semifinals of the FIH Junior Men's Hockey World Cup on Wednesday.

1 Dec 2021 5:17 pm
Australians have immense mental strength: Saba Karim

The upcoming edition of the Ashes is one which both teams - Australia and England - go in with some amount of controversial baggage. The Aussies are having to deal with the Tim Paine episode, which has also meant that they have had to suddenly unveil a new captain and also look for a replacement wicket-keeper good enough to handle the rigours of Test cricket.

1 Dec 2021 4:30 pm
South Africa captain Temba Bavuma confident in board's COVID protocols

South Africa's limited overs captain Temba Bavuma said he has full confidence in the bio-security protocols laid out by the country's cricket board (CSA) ahead of India's tour later this month.

1 Dec 2021 3:10 pm
2nd Test: India face welcome dilemma with return of skipper Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli will return to lead India in the second Test against top-ranked New Zealand on Friday, posing a welcome selection dilemma for the hosts.

1 Dec 2021 3:10 pm
Unethical if Rahul was approached by new teams: Punjab Kings

IPL franchise Punjab Kings is unhappy about KL Rahul leaving the team despite getting all the freedom as captain over the past two seasons and says it would be unethical if he has already been approached by a new franchise. Rahul had replaced R Ashwin as captain ahead of the 2020 season and though he did excel with the bat, he failed to take the team to play-offs. He is now linked to new franchise Lucknow and it has been reported that he is set to lead the team owned by the RPSG Group.

1 Dec 2021 3:00 pm
Junior Hockey World Cup: The Indo-Canadian connect

Junior Hockey World Cup: The Indo-Canadian connect

1 Dec 2021 2:49 pm
Australian official rejects Novak Djokovic vaccine 'blackmail' claim

Novak Djokovic is not being lackmailed by Australian Open organisers, a senior official said Wednesday, insisting a requirement for players to be vaccinated was about safety.

1 Dec 2021 2:43 pm
Premier League: Late Raphinha penalty gives Leeds win over Palace

A stoppage-time penalty from Brazilian winger Raphinha earned Leeds United a 1-0 home win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Tuesday, as they moved five points clear of the relegation zone.

1 Dec 2021 11:10 am
Omicron fears: Commonwealth Wrestling Championships in South Africa called off

Covid-19's latest variant Omicron has disrupted the sporting world, and also the Indian athletes' training and competition programme.

1 Dec 2021 11:10 am
Alex Carey 'given nod' as Australia keeper but rain ruins Ashes build-up

Alex Carey looks poised to replace Tim Paine as Australia's wicketkeeper for the Ashes against England and is set to make his Test debut, as more bad weather Wednesday wrecked preparations for both teams.

1 Dec 2021 11:10 am
Germany knock out Britain to reach Davis Cup semi-finals

Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz beat British doubles pair Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski in two tight sets to send Germany through to the Davis Cup semi-finals on Tuesday.

1 Dec 2021 11:10 am
Premier League: Norwich deny 10-man Newcastle first win of the season

Teemu Pukki denied 10-man Newcastle a first win all season as Norwich earned a 1-1 draw at St James' Park on Tuesday, but wasted a huge chance to deepen the Magpies' relegation fears.

1 Dec 2021 11:10 am
Serie A: Alvaro Morata helps Juventus return to winning ways at Salernitana

Juventus striker Alvaro Morata scored four minutes after coming on to seal a 2-0 win at basement side Salernitana in Serie A on Tuesday and ease the pressure on the stuttering Turin club.

1 Dec 2021 11:10 am
India vs New Zealand: 'Greenish' pitch for the second Test?

Team India has made its preference for turning tracks clear, so there might be a surprise in store when the team turns up for practice on Wednesday afternoon and checks out the surface for the second Test against New Zealand, scheduled to be held from December 3-7 at the Wankhede Stadium.

1 Dec 2021 11:10 am
World Tour Finals: Srikanth makes winning start, Ashwini-Reddy pair loses

Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth secured a straight-game win over France's Toma Junior Popov to make an impressive start to his men's singles campaign at the season-ending BWF World Tour Finals here on Wednesday.

1 Dec 2021 11:10 am
Jack Leach sniffs Ashes chance with Ben Stokes return

England are beaming with the return of Ben Stokes for the Ashes but few players could be happier than spinner Jack Leach, who sees the pugnacious all-rounder as his own ticket back into the Test set-up.

1 Dec 2021 11:10 am
BCCI and CSA might have to reschedule India's tour of South Africa

With time running out and a number of plans yet to fall into place for India to fly to South Africa, the BCCI is left with no choice now but to sit across the table with Cricket South Africa (CSA) and reschedule the series.

1 Dec 2021 11:10 am
Junior Hockey WC: Belgium & India's re-emergence sets narrative for QF clash

When Belgium won their first Olympic medal, India were yet to play at the Games. It was the seventh edition in 1920, at home for Belgium in Antwerp., and only four teams participated in the hockey event. But that's not the significant part.

1 Dec 2021 11:10 am
BCCI puts team selection for South Africa tour on hold

The Indian cricket board (BCCI) has put a hold on the selection meeting for the upcoming tour of South Africa. TOI has learnt that the board is awaiting clearance from the government before going ahead with the tour. South Africa has been identified as 'at-risk country' after the emergence of the Omicron variant of the Covid-19 virus.

1 Dec 2021 10:00 am
IPL: MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma retained

All remaining players - capped and uncapped - will now be available for the two new franchises that have come into the IPL - Lucknow and Ahmedabad - to invest in. The same retention policy - three Indians and an overseas player or two Indians and two overseas players, with a mix of uncapped players at Rs 4 crore each - will be available to the new teams.

1 Dec 2021 8:30 am
Woods unsure of return date, 'would love' to play British Open

Tiger Woods does not know when he will return to the PGA Tour following a February car accident that left him in a wheelchair for two months, but said on Tuesday he would love to compete in the British Open next July at St. Andrews.

1 Dec 2021 2:39 am
Delhi High Court directs status quo on IOA elections

The Delhi High Court Tuesday directed maintenance of status quo on the elections to the executive committee of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), which was scheduled for December 19.

30 Nov 2021 11:10 pm
Benzema not upset after Ballon d'Or snub: Ancelotti

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Tuesday Karim Benzema is ot crying about missing out on winning his first Ballon d'Or.

30 Nov 2021 10:37 pm
Mithali, Smriti remain 3rd and 6th in ICC women's ODI rankings

India batters Mithali Raj and Smriti Mandhana held on to their third and sixth spots respectively while allrounder Deepti Sharma was also steady at the fifth position in the latest ICC women's ODI rankings released on Tuesday.

30 Nov 2021 7:11 pm
Asian team squash tournament: Indian men, women off to winning starts

The top-seeded Indian men's team won its first two matches in the 20th Asian Squash Championship on Tuesday.

30 Nov 2021 7:11 pm
Carrick to lead United against Arsenal as Rangnick awaits work visa

Manchester United interim coach Ralf Rangnick will be unable to take charge of the team for Thursday's Premier League clash with Arsenal as his work visa is yet to be finalised, the club said on Tuesday, adding Michael Carrick will remain caretaker.

30 Nov 2021 7:11 pm