Fit-again pacer Umesh Yadav primed to play fourth Test
With Jasprit Bumrah out of the fourth and final Test that begins on Thursday, fast bowlers Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Siraj will strive to take his slot in the bowling line-up that is likely to see the spinners play an important role once again.
Joe Root wants England to be 'brave' against Indian spinners
Joe Root has urged his England team to be "braver" and to free themselves from fear in the 4th & final Test against India starting Thursday. The tourists have sustained heavy defeats in the past 2 matches -- by 317 runs in Chennai and 10 wickets in a chastening 2-day finish in Ahmedabad -- but can still draw the series 2-2. Root's side have been bowled out for 134, 164, 112 and 81 in their last 2 Tests.
'Team man' Ajinkya Rahane bats for himself
Ajinkya Rahane has totalled just 85 runs in five outings with a highest of 67 in the second Test in Chennai. He also remains the only Indian batsman in the top six who is yet to cross the cumulative three-figure mark in the series.
5 Raptors ruled out for rescheduled game vs. Pistons due to COVID-19 protocols
Sports/Basketball/NBA: A greatly reduced Raptors team will host the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday in Toronto's temporary home of Tampa, Fla. The team announced Tuesday that starters Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby are out as part of the NBA's health and safety protocols, as are Patrick McCaw and Malachi Flynn.
Sources: AAA season delayed at least 1 month
While Triple-A, the highest level of minor league baseball, was scheduled to begin April 6, games will be pushed back to around the same time that Double-A, high-A and low-A are expected to start -- the first week of May, sources told ESPN on Tuesday.
QB Lawrence: Rehab going better than expected
Trevor Lawrence told ESPN's Stephania Bell that he's doing great as he continues to recover from left shoulder surgery in California. His current rehab plan is to remain in a brace through mid-March and to begin throwing in about six to eight weeks.
Premier League: Man City equal unbeaten record in 4-1 Wolves victory
Football|: Manchester: Manchester City equalled their club record of 28 games unbeaten on Tuesday, hammering Wolves 4-1 to open up a 15-point lead at the top of the Premier League. Pep Guardiola shuffled his pack at the Etihad against the team who did the league double against them last season. City were made to sweat after Conor Coady headed in a second-half equaliser to cancel out an early own goal from Leander Dendoncker. But two late goals from Gabriel Jesus and a Riyad Mahrez strike sealed the three points. City’s 28-match unbeaten run in all competitions equals their run from April to December 2017 and they are red-hot favourites to win a third Premier League title in four years. The victory was their 21st in a row as they go in search of an unprecedented quadruple. The home side toyed with the visitors from the opening whistle, hogging possession as Wolves struggled to gain a foothold. Raheem Sterling had an early chance smothered by Rui Patricio. But City’s dominance was rewarded when Dendoncker could only steer the ball into his own net in the 15th minute. Mahrez made an incisive run down the right, getting behind the City defence and was brilliantly picked out by Rodrigo from midfield. The Algeria international whipped the ball across the face of goal and Dendoncker, with Sterling hovering menacingly behind him, inadvertently found the net. Laporte had an effort ruled out for offside and Bernardo Silva blazed over after Patricio saved smartly from his header on the stroke of half-time. City nearly doubled their lead early in the second half but Patricio was down smartly to his left to make a fingertip save from Kevin De Bruyne after a slick move. Minutes later he pushed a Mahrez shot wide as City sought to give the scoreline a more realistic look. But incredibly, Wolves were level just after the hour mark when Coady headed in Joao Moutinho’s free-kick. City upped the pressure and reclaimed the lead with 10 minutes remaining. Wolves failed to cut out a Kyle Walker cross and Jesus turned to smash home from close range. Guardiola’s men put the result beyond doubt when Mahrez tucked home their third in the 90th minute and Jesus claimed a fourth with the final kick of the game, awarded after a long VAR check. City’s winning streak is the third-best streak among teams in Europe’s leading five leagues, behind only Bayern Munich’s 23 in a row in 2020 and Real Madrid’s 22 successive victories in 2014. What is even more astonishing is that they started the season slowly, with many commentators forecasting the closest Premier League title race for years. Instead, Guardiola’s men are turning the race into a procession.