IPL 2021: Can Virat Kohli's RCB go all the way this season?
Over the years, RCB has come close to winning that elusive IPL title, but haven't managed to get their hands on the silverware. They have been runners-up thrice (2009, 2011, 2016). Out of 13 completed editions, they have finished in the top four six times.
Partnership with Kohli made it easier to hit boundaries in middle overs: Padikkal
Devdutt Padikkal notched up his maiden hundred of the IPL on Thursday, putting to rest all talks about his strike rate after a couple of unimpressive outings. The 20-year-old smashed an unbeaten 101 off 52 balls in an opening stand of 181 with Kohli as RCB registered an emphatic 10-wicket victory over Rajasthan Royals.
Green gets CA central contract; Wade, Pucovski miss out
All-rounder Cameron Green was awarded a Cricket Australia central contract for the first time on Friday; but fellow young gun Will Pucovski as well as more experienced hands Matthew Wade, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh and Marcus Stoinis missed out.
Indian coaches among the best in the world: Rahul Dravid
Just before the second wave of Covid, Rahul Dravid got the NCA cracking with a first-of-its-kind initiative - conducting two Fast Track Level-2 coaching courses for former international and First-Class cricketers, who have played more than 75 games.
Tennis: Rafael Nadal downs battling Kei Nishikori to reach Barcelona quarter-finals
Tennis|: Dubai: Rafael Nadal needed to go the distance for the second successive day in Barcelona, defeating Japan’s Kei Nishikori to make the last-eight and stay on course for a 12th title at the tournament. The world No. 3 triumphed 6-0, 2-6, 6-2 over 2014 and 2015 champion Nishikori and next face Britain’s Cameron Norrie, a fellow left-hander, for a place in the semi-finals. Tennis: Djokovic to relaunch ill-fated Serbia tournament a year after COVID ‘horror show’ Tennis: Rafael Nadal rues missed chance after Rublev shock in Monte Carlo Tennis: Novak Djokovic knocked out of Monte Carlo Masters by Dan Evans in last 16 Tennis during COVID-19: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic miss ‘energy’ of fans Nadal, who suffered a surprise quarter-final exit at the Monte Carlo Masters last week, had also required three sets to beat Belarusian qualifier Ilya Ivashka, ranked at 111, in his Barcelona opener on Wednesday. Former world No. 4 Nishikori, now down at 39 in the rankings, was left to regret converting just two of 13 break points carved out against the man who also beat him in the 2016 Barcelona final. World No. 58 Norrie progressed when Belgian eighth seed David Goffin retired with an injury in the second set. Nadal defeated Norrie in their only previous meeting in straight sets in the Australian Open third round in February. Second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, the champion in Monte Carlo, eased into the last-eight with a 7-5, 6-3 victory Australian 14th seed Alex de Minaur. Tsitsipas next faces 11th seeded Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime who got the better of compatriot Denis Shapovalov 6-2, 6-3. “I was happy with my level today,” said Auger-Aliassime. “It’s never easy to play against him and it’s great to have won in straight sets. The next match won’t be easy, a tough challenge.” Russian third seed Andrey Rublev, the runner-up to Tsitsipas in Monte Carlo, claimed a 6-4, 6-7, 6-4 victory over Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas in two and a half hours. Rublev, who has a tour-leading 26 wins in 2021, fired 35 winners past the Spanish clay-courter. He has an intriguing quarter-final against red-hot Italian teenager and 11th seed Jannik Sinner who defeated fifth seed Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6, 6-2. It was Sinner’s third win over the veteran Spaniard this year.
WATCH — UFC: Former MMA star Ronda Rousey expecting first child
Sport|Entertainment|HollyWood|: Dubai: Ronda Rousey, who followed Olympic judo bronze with a stellar mixed martial arts career, is expecting her first child with husband Travis Browne. Rousey revealed in a video on social media that she’s four months pregnant. “I can’t hide it anymore, so it’s time to show it off,” she said with a laugh as Browne gave her a kiss and a hug. It was part of a video that clips of the 34-year-old attending doctor appointments with Browne. Rousey won judo bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics before becoming the Ultimate Fighting Championship women’s bantamweight champion. She won 13 straight bouts and helped establish UFC as a global brand before fellow American Holly Holm knocked her out in 2015. Rousey has also tried her hand at WWE wrestling and appeared in action movies, including “Expendables 3” and “Furious 7”. She and fellow fighter Browne have been married since 2017.
Padikkal happy to leave Covid-forced absence behind with a ton
Royal Challengers Bangalore's (RCB) opening batsman Devdutt Padikkal, who scored an unbeaten 101 off 52 balls to lead RCB to a 10-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals on Thursday, expressed relief on getting back to big scores after recovering from Covid-19.
IPL 2021: Anxiety grips players, teams, as travel resumes
Life inside the tightly knit bio-bubble has been kind, irrespective of suggestions in certain quarters about how 'isolation is not for the weak-hearted'. Because, outside that bio-bubble, life has been perishing like never before. It's crumbling. Dystopian in every sense of the word.
IPL: Virat hails future star Devdutt for his century
Devdutt Padikkal is a "great talent" and "one for the future", feels Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli, who is happy that the stylish left-hander has put to rest all debates with regards to his strike-rate after his maiden IPL hundred against Rajasthan Royals on Thursday.
Brajkovic leads from start to finish at Nad Al Sheba Cycling Championship
Dubai: Slovenian Jani Brajkovic, a resident in the UAE since 2010, took the Men’s Open crown at the 75km Nad Al Sheba Cycling Championship on Thursday night, finishing 0.07 seconds ahead of his friend Vladimir Gusev of Russia. Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council and Chairman of Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament’s Organising Committee, flagged off the race, which featured more than 370 riders of different nationalities, in the presence of Nasser Aman Al Rahma, Assistant Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council, Hassan Al Mazrouei, Director of NAS Sports Tournament, Adel Al Bannay, Chairman of the Tournament’s Technical Committee, and a number of UAE Cycling Federation officials. Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid’s Addeybb defends Queen Elizabeth Stakes title in Sydney UAE youngster Rashid Al Dhaheri continues sensational racing season Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi to host Fina World Swimming (25m) in December Al Kamali and Al Qasim aim for gold at Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament Padel Championship Brajkovic, winner of the UCI Under-23 Road World Championships time trial title in 2004, took the lead from the start and topped the leaderboard with a time of one hour, 41 minutes and 45.26 seconds despite waiting for Gusev when the Russian suffered a puncture in the middle of the race. The Slovenian, who finished ninth overall at the 2012 Tour de France and fourth at the 2015 Abu Dhabi Tour, took home the winner’s cheque of Dh18,000, while Gusev – Brajkovic’s teammate early in their professional career at Discovery Channel and Astana between 2006 and 2008 – received Dh12,000 for his runners-up finish. Slovenia’s Grega Bole, another former professional who was riding for UCI World Team Bahrain–McLaren until 2020, finished third in 1:43.43 and he was followed by the Emirati duo of Talal Mohammed and Khalid Mayouf in fourth and fifth. “It was a very nice race,” said Brajkovic, 37, who was riding for the Slovenia-based team Adria Mobil until last year. “The road itself is so nice that the speeds are very high. There is no problem anywhere. “There was a lot of riders at the start, so I needed to make sure that I am at the front all the time and not at risk. Unfortunately, in the middle of the race Vladimir got a puncture and couldn’t get a wheel. But anyways, I decided to wait for him because together we are much, much stronger.” Calling Brajkovic a deserving champion, Gusev said: “I had a technical problem, a puncture, and he waited for me. He is a very strong rider and a deserving champion. He is also a good friend. Before in professional racing, we were racing for the same team and he was my roommate. “I came here in 2014 when they started the cycling tour and cycling has really grown in these seven years. Many more people are training now and it is really nice to see all the community riding together here tonight.”
Devdutt Padikkal's ton leads RCB to 10-wicket win over hapless Rajasthan Royals
For a youngster full of promise and talent, a Covid-induced break from sport would have been an exasperating period. Few understand this predicament better than Devdutt Padikkal. The young Royal Challengers Bangalore opener, who contracted the virus in the last week of March, missed the season opener but warmed up well through two matches before announcing his comeback on Thursday.