Bumrah released from Indian Test squad due to personal reasons

Ahmedabad Fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah was on Saturday released from India’s squad for the fourth Test against England, beginning here on Thursday, due …

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Tracing Team India’s ‘Axar’ factor

There’s a story narrated by Vijay Patel, who was Gujarat’s senior team coach for 14 years from 2004 to 2018, that shows why left-arm orthodox spinner Axar Patel may be difficult to drop even when Ravindra Jadeja returns to the fold. Axar was India’s hero in the third Test in Ahmedabad with incredible match figures of 11/70. Pant and Rahane have nicknamed Azar ‘Wasim Bhai’….

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Motera pitch bad advertisement for Test cricket: Dilip Vengsarkar

Former India skipper Dilip Vengsarkar has joined voices of those who have criticized the wicket for the third Test at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, terming it as “poor advertisement for Test cricket.” Thriving on left-arm spinner Axar Patel and experienced offie Ravichandran Ashwin’s skills, India thrashed England by ten wickets in less than two days….

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More India is allowed to get away, more toothless ICC will look, says Vaughan

Vaughan called India’s win “a shallow victory” but admitted that the home team is much better equipped to deal with the conditions. …

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N.B.A. Investigating After Jeremy Lin Said He Was Called ‘Coronavirus’

Lin, who is Taiwanese-American, said on social media that he had been called “coronavirus” on the court. He has been playing in the N.B.A.’s developmental league. …

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Rangers’ Don Wakamatsu Sanitizes Stadium Using Drones

Don Wakamatsu’s day job is bench coach of the Rangers, but his background in farming led to an interesting solution for how to sanitize a stadium. …

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Geddert and Nassar Abused Gymnasts for Decades

Coach John Geddert drove young gymnasts to the point of injury, then sent them to Lawrence G. Nassar, the doctor who abused them sexually. Geddert killed himself on Thursday in the face of criminal charges. …

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John Geddert Charges: What Is Human Trafficking?

Experts say the filing of human trafficking charges against John Geddert, who died on Thursday, could have major ramifications for future prosecutions of coaches in the high-pressure world of elite sports. …

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Pandemic Insurance Helped the N.C.A.A. Tournament and Others

Event cancellation insurance is a specialized realm. But during the coronavirus pandemic, it has shored up the balance sheets of sporting events around the world. …

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The 7 N.B.A. All-Stars Who Would Be King (or Just M.V.P.)

Near the halfway point, this season’s race for the Most Valuable Player Award has top-tier candidates from the usuals (LeBron James) to the newcomers (Joel Embiid). …

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Stars Aligned: McDavid and Matthews Set, and Keep, the Pace.

Edmonton’s Connor McDavid leads the N.H.L. in points, and Toronto’s Auston Matthews has the most goals. The two will play three consecutive games against each other starting Saturday. …

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Shotgun World Cup: Indian men win skeet team bronze

Indian men’s skeet team, comprising Angadvir Singh Bajwa, Mairaj Ahmed Khan, and Gurjoat Khangura, beat Kazakhstan 6-2 to win team bronze at the shotgun World Cup in Cairo on Friday….

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India vs England: Pitch conundrum – To play or not to play

Ratings for the pitches used for the second Test in Chennai and the third in Motera, like elsewhere in the world, remain in the hands of the International Cricket Council (ICC)….

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More India is allowed to get away, more toothless ICC will look: Vaughan

Former England captain Michael Vaughan on Friday said the more India is allowed to “get away” with producing pitches that are not deemed good enough for Test cricket, the more “toothless” the ICC will look. England on Thursday suffered an embarrassing 10-wicket defeat in the third Test against India on a spin-friendly Motera track to go down 1-2 in the four-match series….

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ISL: NorthEast United qualify for playoffs with best-ever league finish

NorthEast United FC sealed a playoff berth with a 2-0 win over Kerala Blasters in an Indian Super League match at the Tilak Maidan here on Friday….

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Atlanta Dream, WNBA Team Co-owned by Kelly Loeffler, Are Sold

Renee Montgomery, a former Dream guard, is part of a group buying the team from Kelly Loeffler, the former Georgia senator, who upset players by attacking the Black Lives Matter movement. …

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Alastair Cook slams Virat Kohli’s assessment of Motera pitch

Former England captain Alastair Cook on Friday questioned Virat Kohli’s stance on the Motera pitch and said the India skipper “defended the wicket almost as if it’s a BCCI thing”. Disagreeing with Kohli’s assessment of the third Test that ended with India crushing England by 10 wickets inside two days, Cook said batting was near impossible on the newly laid strip….

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Is There a Way Back for a Forgotten Soccer Star?

For some stars, the path to China’s Super League was paved with riches. But as the country’s soccer fever cools, is there a way back to Europe for the best of them? …

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I accidentally became a cricketer, living my dream: R Ashwin

India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has revealed that his planning before a game goes to a ‘different level’ and he watches a lot of footage before a match to leave no stone unturned with regard to his preparations. Ashwin also revealed that during the Australia tour, before the Adelaide Test, he watched the footage for eight straight hours which helped him better understand the game….

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