1st Test: Late wickets spoil South Africa's good work against Pakistan
Aidan Markram and Rassie van der Dussen produced patient half centuries but Pakistan grabbed three late wickets as South Africa reached 187 for four in their second innings at the close on day three of a see-saw first Test in Karachi.
Formula E cancels Paris race, Sanya and Seoul uncertain
Formula E on Thursday cancelled its Paris race due to restrictions linked to the COVID-19 pandemic and said E-Prix races planned for Seoul and the Chinese resort of Sanya remained uncertain. The seventh season of the all-electric series, now an FIA-sanctioned world championship, starts in Saudi Arabia on Feb. 26 and 27 with two night races in Diriyah.
Ganguly undergoes angioplasty, two more stents implanted
Indian cricket board chief Sourav Ganguly underwent another angioplasty on Thursday when two more stents were implanted to clear his clogged coronary arteries, an official at the private hospital where he is admitted said. "Two stents have been inserted to clear blocks in Mr Ganguly's coronary arteries," the official told PTI.
Sindhu, Srikanth knocked out of BWF Tour Finals
PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth are out of the BWF Tour Finals after suffering losses for the consecutive day of the BWF World Tour Finals in Bangkok on Thursday. With two losses in two matches, the Indians will not qualify for the knockout stage. While Sindhu lost to Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand 18-21, 13-21, Srikanth went down to Tzu Wei Wang of Chinese Taipei in 3 games 21-19, 9-21, 19-21.
Facilities at COEs will be at par with three star hotels: SAI
Facilities at Sports Authority of India's Centres of Excellence (COE) will soon be at par with three star hotels with the nodal body approving projects worth Rs 100 crore for development and infrastructure upgradation. This was decided during the 54th governing body meeting of the SAI, which took place on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju.
Manchester United condemn racist abuse of players on social media
Manchester United on Thursday condemned the racial abuse of some of their players following Wednesday's shock 2-1 Premier League home defeat by Sheffield United. "Everyone at Manchester United is disgusted by the racial abuse received by players via social media after last night's game," Manchester United said in a statement.
India will beat England 2-1 or 2-0, says Monty Panesar
India ended their tour Down Under on a high. India defeated Australia 2-1 in their own den to clinch the Border-Gavaskar trophy for the second time in a row. Now, India will move to their next assignment - a four-match Test series against England at home. India and England have faced each other in 9 Test matches in Chennai. India have registered five wins and England three at this venue. The Test match in 1982 ended in a draw.
SAI to engage specialised manpower for better athlete experience
The 54th Governing Body Meeting of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) took place on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju. The focus of the meeting was on the development of various aspects of the National Centre of Excellence (NCOE). The pilot will be started with the newly-built hostels at Karni Singh Shooting Range and JLN complex.
This English side has players to be in winning position: Flower
He was among the key plotters of England's historic 2012 Test triumph in India and former coach Andy Flower sees no reason why an encore is not possible this year as he believes the visitors have enough "formidable players" to challenge the upbeat hosts.
FIFA unveils education program to combat player abuse
FIFA is unveiling a program to educate its member associations worldwide about how to properly handle player harassment and abuse. The program, announced Wednesday, is an extension to FIFA Guardians, an initiative announced following the 2019 Women's World Cup to ensure player safety.
I bat the same way as Rishabh Pant, says WI keeper Blackwood
Ahead of the upcoming two-match Test series against Bangladesh, West Indies batsman Jermaine Blackwood has said that he has a similar batting style to Indian wicket-keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant. Pant recently played a match-winning knock of 89 runs in the fourth and final Test against Australia at the Gabba as India won the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2-1.
No objections from Olympic partners say Tokyo organisers
Representatives from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic organising committee told reporters on Thursday there were no doubts or objections from its partners, including the IOC and sporting federations, about Japan hosting the rearranged Games this year.
'Sourav Ganguly to undergo tests, stent decision after reports arrive'
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, hospitalised on Wednesday for the second time in a month, was likely to undergo angiography, and doctors would subsequently decide if another stent insertion was necessary. "Mr Ganguly slept well all night. He had a light breakfast this morning. A series of tests will be conducted on him today to decide on the next course of treatment," a senior doctor said.
Test series: India, England players begin life in the bio-bubble again
ICC|: Kolkata: It will be quite a challenge for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as they are ready with the bio-bubble at a seafront luxury hotel in Chennai to host both India and England teams for the upcoming high profile Test series. The coastal city, capital of Tamil Nadu and witness to many a rivetting India-England contests, will see a ‘first’ as they will host the first two Test matches - a common practice to cut down the logistics of travel and quarantine during the pandemic. The first Test will be held from February 5-9, but the entire England team flew in directly from Colombo on Wednesday on completion of their two-Test series against Sri Lanka. Ben Stokes, their star allrounder, checked in two days earlier alongwith Jofra Archer and Rory Burns - as they were rested from the Lankan tour. “Day 1 quarantine, I have done a fair bit of quarantine, have to try to make my bed every day, not the best job, but have to do it. So that’s basically me for the next five days,” Stokes said in the Instagram post. All the England players, according to a media report, have tested negative for the RT-PCR tests conducted on arrival but they will access to practice facilities only for three days on completion of the quarantine. READ MORE Dream11 extends contract with New Zealand Cricket until 2026 Leander Paes dons the whites in Dad Paes’ honour in Kolkata IPL 2021: Rajasthan Royals name Sangakkara as Director of Cricket Meanwhile, the Indian players were also joining the bio-bubble over Wednesday-Thursday, subject to submission of negative reports for COVID-19 tests. Members of Virat Kohli’s team returned home from their triumphant tour of Australia last week where they were in a bio-secure bubble since mid-November. Upon their return, they were advised to remain in home quarantine before assembling in Chennai for the England home series. It had been a tough ask for most of the Indian cricketers, who have been living in a bio-bubble since August last year for the IPL 2020 in the UAE. The experience had been only marginally better for England players, with the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) opting for a rotational system to give the star players some respite from the bubble-fatigue and monitor their workload in a busy year during which they will be playing as many as 17 Test matches and the T20 World Cup. Virat Kohli (right) and Ajinkya Rahane will be working in tandem to bolster India's challenge in the four-Test series. Image Credit: AP The tourists will, hence, be without Jonny Bairstow for the first two Tests of the four-match series and Jos Buttler for the final three. “Any captain will tell you they want their best players fit, firing and at the top of their game all the time. Unfortunately, because of the world we are in right now it’s not feasible and we have to manage that as best we can,’’ Root had said after their whitewash of Sri Lanka. According to informed sources in the BCCI, their success in hosting the Test series without any hiccups will provide them the template and confidence for hosting the IPL in India with limited venues. Both the Chennai Tests will be played behind closed doors and will be out of bounds for the media - apparently at the request of the ECB. “No one should enter the ground during match or practice. Even I cannot be inside the ground,” S Ramaswamy, secretary of Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA), was quoted as telling the media. Interestingly, the mini-auction of IPL, which will have representatives of the eight franchises converging in Chennai, will be held at a separate hotel on February 18. The action shifts to Ahmedabad after first two Tests where the remaining two contests will be held at the new-look Sardar Patel Stadium. The series is part of ICC’s inaugural World Test Championship and India need to win it at least by a 2-0 margin to qualify for the final set to be played later in June this year. The Tests will be followed by five T20Is and the tour will end with a three-match ODI series.