Irv Cross, First Black Network TV Sports Analyst, Dies at 81

After playing defensive back in the N.F.L., he made history when he joined CBS Sports’ pregame show, “The NFL Today.” …

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Iran’s Judo Ban, Sparked by Order to Avoid Israeli, Is Overturned

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said there was “no legal basis” to bar Iran from competitions for ordering an athlete not to compete against an Israeli opponent. …

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Dayton Moore Just Wants the Royals to Get Better

“I’m just going to do what we do in Kansas City,” said General Manager Dayton Moore, who has no interest in tanking. …

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‘Cricket fan’ Leach wants Test matches to last longer than two days

Amid the debates over the nature of the pitch that was prepared for the pink-ball Test, England spinner Jack Leach asserted that he would have liked the third Test against India to go longer than two days….

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Motera pitch was tough to play, says Jeetan Patel

England did not expect the third Test pitch in Motera to spin so early but despite that the outcome of the match could have been different had the visitors scored more than 200 in their first innings, new spin bowling coach Jeetan Patel said on Monday. “If we had scored 200 or 230 in the first innings, the game could have been different.”…

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National T.T. championship | Sayali and Hansini reign supreme

Maharashtra’s Sayali Wani and M. Hansini of Tamil Nadu Table Tennis Association bagged the sub-junior and cadet girls’ titles respectively in the UTT- …

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Virat Kohli is like a modern day hero, says Steve Waugh

Australian great Steve Waugh feels that Virat Kohli is like a “modern-day hero” who represents the “new attitude of India” of taking everything head on with a mind set of nothing is impossible. The former Australia captain said that Kohli is loved by the fans for his attitude of not being intimidated by an opposition….

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Watch: Indian team trains for final Test, top guns go full throttle at nets

Big guns Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane went full throttle at the nets as the Indian cricket on Monday trained in earnest for the upcoming fourth and final Test against England. The fourth Test starts here on Thursday. Captain Kohli, his deputy Rahane and senior opener Rohit were seen batting at the nets in a video posted by the BCCI on Twitter….

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Not many can bowl straight balls on spinners’ track like Axar: Parsana

Dhiraj Parsana, former India left-arm spinner and the long-time curator at the Motera stadium here, remembers a young Axar Patel as someone who had a beautiful high-arm action when the youngster would visit Motera for camps and age-group cricket tournaments….

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Djokovic ties Federer record of 310 weeks as ATP No. 1

Novak Djokovic matched Roger Federer’s all-time record for the most weeks as ATP world number one on Monday, holding the top spot for the 310th week. Djokovic’s ninth Australian Open title last month ensured the 18-time Grand Slam champion will surpass Federer’s record next week. The Serb reclaimed the top ranking in Feb 2020 and finished as year-end number one for the sixth time….

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Get Ashwin back in India ODI squad, says Brad Hogg

Former Australia spinner Brad Hogg on Monday said that India should select Ravichandran Ashwin for their upcoming ODI series against England. Hogg said in a tweet that the 34-year-old off-spinner adds depth to the batting lineup apart from being a wicket-taking option….

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Police Raid F.C. Barcelona’s Offices

The authorities are investigating the club’s relationship with a company that produced disparaging content about Lionel Messi, Gerard Piqué and other star players. …

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Too much ‘moaning and groaning’ about Motera pitch: Viv Richards slams critics of Indian tracks

The West Indian batting legend says England didn’t prepare well for the challenge in India and should work harder and learn to adapt …

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India ‘shake up’ Germany but fans feel robbed of live action

There were two big talking points in the Indian men’s team’s return to competitive hockey on Sunday. They blanked Germany 6-1, but fans couldn’t watch any of the action. The doors of the stadium in Krefeld were understandably closed to the public due to the pandemic; but no livestream of an international game, albeit an unofficial one, resulted in a lot of unhappy fans….

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Glenn Maxwell eager to learn from ‘pinnacle of the game’ Virat Kohli at RCB

The Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore bought Glenn Maxwell, who was released by Punjab Kings after an ordinary IPL in 2020, for a whopping Rs 14.25 crore at the auctions last month. “It’s (RCB stint) going to be next level,” Maxwell said….

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4th Test: Spinning track likely; Umesh, Kuldeep may replace Bumrah, Sundar

From a turner to a rank turner to a two-faced turner – the series has implored global theories, ranging from horticulture and pedology, to invoking the spirit of the game and unfair use of home advantage. Last heard, the ICC was left beseeched by e-mails from cricket media demanding to know if the pitch at Ahmedabad would be rated ‘poor’ or not….

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C. Vivian Stringer Is the Thread Between the W.N.B.A.’s Emerging Stars

The Liberty’s Betnijah Laney and Erica Wheeler of the Los Angeles Sparks are coming into their own after winding paths with a key intersection: Stringer’s coaching at Rutgers. …

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How One Sports Season Fell Apart, Even in a Bubble

Players in the National Women’s Hockey League left Lake Placid, N.Y., wishing there had been better communication as positive tests increased. …

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