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From becoming No 1 Test side to the nightmarish 30 minutes of World Cup – India cricket in 2019

New Delhi: For Indian cricket, this year has been nothing short of a voyage, there was a dream, there were elements, there was a story, there were characters, there was a crescendo, and yes, there was heartbreak. Shattered, plucked away, strewn away – there was a World Cup loss. There was a historic triumph against Australia in Australia – up …

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Nothing spectacular on the podium; future full of promise

AUGUSTO RODRIGUES | NT Panaji: Sports stretched the band it hoisted itself on in Goa in 2019, leaving behind people involved in awe, angst, anger and a host of other emotions that form the bedrock of all games. 2019 will not be remembered as a year of achievements but one of hope in the years to come. Sportingly, in terms …

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Williams strike helps ATK secure first ever win over Blues

Kolkata: Two-time former champions ATK made their Christmas celebrations special, pipping Bengaluru FC by a David Williams solitary strike to secure their first ever win over the defending champions in the Indian Super League here on Wednesday. On a day the Sunil Chhetri-led side had better ball possession, Williams scored the winning goal with an explosive finish in the 47th …

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Chelsea ban fan who racially abused Son

London: A Chelsea supporter was arrested during Sunday’s English Premier League game at Tottenham Hotspur for allegedly racially abusing their South Korean striker Son Heung-Min. “Chelsea Football Club will not tolerate any form of racism, nor is there a place at this club for anyone who is found to have engaged in such behaviour,” a statement said as quoted by …

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Qatar’s cultural divide remains the biggest battle

Doha: Qatar will begin sifting through fan feedback from the Club World Cup to see how it can provide supporters with a successful World Cup in 2022, but cultural differences will be a tricky challenge to surmount. The first ‘trial run’ for the Qatari 2022 World Cup completed at the weekend, with Liverpool defeating Brazil’s Flamengo in the final. Judging …

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Guardiola set for fifth season with City

Manchester: Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said on Monday that he was planning to stay with the Premier League club next season amid talk that he would leave the champions at the end of the current campaign. The Spaniard, who has never managed a club for more than four years, denied reports earlier this month that his contract until 2021 …

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GOA BRIEFS

St Thomas HSS, Aldona girls are state volleyball champs PANAJI: St Thomas Higher Secondary School, Aldona girls emerged state volleyball champions as they defeated Carmel HSS, Nuvem 28-26, 25-13, 25-15 in the final held at Masand de Amori ground in Panaji, recently. Rapid chess at Mala on Jan 5 PANAJI: Tiswadi Taluka Chess Association will be organising Late Shri Srikar …

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Liverpool face Vardy threat on return to domestic action

London: Liverpool, newly crowned Club World Cup winners, return to their main task — fighting for their first league title in 30 years — when they face their closest challengers Leicester City on Thursday. The Boxing Day clash of the top-two, at Leicester’s King Power stadium, headlines a full programme of festive fixtures and despite Leicester’s 3-1 reverse at Manchester …

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Bumrah, Dhawan return; Rohit, Shami rested

New Delhi: A fit-again Jasprit Bumrah will headline India’s pace attack in the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka (T20) and Australia (ODIs) in January next year while vice-captain Rohit Sharma was on Monday rested from the series versus the islanders. Bumrah was out with a stress fracture but has now got the go ahead of Indian team physio Nitin Patel …

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Lazio upset Juventus again to lift the title

Riyadh: Lazio beat Juventus 3-1, their second win over the Turin giants in little more than two weeks, to win the Italian Supercup on Sunday, the annual meeting between the Coppa Italia winners and Serie A champions. Second-half goals from Senad Lulic and Danilo Cataldi won the match which was being played in Saudi Arabia for the second year running. …

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