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All 12 wrestlers at national camp test negative, training to begin from Monday: Coach Malik | More sports News

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NEW DELHI: All 12 women wrestlers who had assembled at SAI centre in Lucknow, including Olympic qualifier Vinesh Phogat, have tested negative for coronavirus, clearing the decks for the resumption of training from Monday.
Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik (62kg), Seema (50kg), Lalita (53kg) and Nisha (68kg) will join the camp from October 25, according to national coach Kuldeep Malik.
“All the wrestlers have tested negative. We will begin with light training from tomorrow. The focus will be on general fitness, gym training, running and exercise. The mat training will only start from next week (starting October 26),” Malik told PTI from Lucknow.
Vinesh Phogat, the only woman wrestler to have qualified for next year’s Tokyo Olympics, had tested positive for COVID-19 just before the virtual national awards ceremony where she was to receive the prestigious ‘Khel Ratna’.
She later recovered and joined the national camp.
“The four missing wrestlers were to join from Tuesday but the Sports Authority of India and the Wrestling Federation of India have asked them to join from October 25,” he added.
The camp was postponed twice due to the coronavirus pandemic and will now continue till December 31.
Wrestlers at camp:
50 Kg: Nirmala Devi, Pinki, Ankush.
53 Kg: Vinesh Phogat, Anju
57 Kg: Anshu Malik, Sarita Mor, Pooja Dhanda
62 Kg: Sonam Malik, Navjot Kaur
68 Kg: Divya Kakran, Anita.


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Kings XI Punjab: KXIP showing why they were deemed ‘dangerous’ at the start of IPL 2020: Harsha Bhogle | Cricket News

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NEW DELHI: A hat-trick of wins from a sorry position at the halfway stage of IPL 2020 has taken Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) to a position where they are looking a good bet to finish in the top four for a place in the playoffs.
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Languishing at the bottom of the table a week ago, the Punjab unit, led by KL Rahul and his inspired batting, has shown teeth lately in all departments to come back into reckoning.
In his column for The Times of India on Thursday, noted cricket expert and commentator Harsha Bhogle listed the reasons that have made Punjab the “dangerous” team they always promised to be.
“You can see now why they were deemed a dangerous team at the start of the tournament,” Bhogle wrote. “Chris Gayle has led the revival by offering a robust follow-up to the outstanding opening combination and letting the ridiculously gifted (Nicholas) Pooran play freely.
“When you have those two, the opposition is always concerned, especially if Pooran is free to play the match-winner’s role with the bat.”

Gayle hit a half-century to announce his late arrival to the IPL following an illness and Pooran’s fifty against Delhi in KXIP’s last match completed the team’s three wins on the bounce to storm up to their current fifth position in the points table.
Punjab have eight points from four wins in their 10 matches, with four more to play.
Bhogle went on to add two more “areas of note”, which have helped Punjab churn out those wins they narrowly missed in the first half of the season.
“There are two other areas of note: one they have handled well and one they have benefited from. Let us look at the second first: Mohammed Shami.
“Some of his end-overs bowling has been at par with the very best in the world, and defending five in a Super Over (against Mumbai Indians) is the stuff of a legend. (Jasprit) Bumrah and Shami in that Super Over will be one of the highlights of this tournament,” Bhogle reckoned, before mentioning the second reason.

“They have also handled (Glenn) Maxwell wonderfully. We are talking of an extraordinary T20 cricketer who just slips into Russian Roulette sometimes. You don’t know if he is going to fire a bullet or a blank. Most teams would have dropped him by now,” he added.
Maxwell had a forgettable tournament until his four-over spell of 1/31 followed by a 24-ball 32 against Delhi.
“(KXIP) Offered him a Powerplay bowling option (against Delhi). I have always rated his ability to bowl fast off-breaks from round the wicket and with that string to his bow working, the confidence has started returning. I won’t be surprised if he delivers a match-winning performance with the bat soon,” Bhogle further wrote.
He then rounded off his opinion by highlighting one last missing link in the Punjab armoury.
“If they can find a balanced line-up that allows them to play another fast bowler with Shami, I think it would complete the team. They are struggling with that and hence are choosing to bolster the batting with Jimmy Neesham, an exquisite striker, but more a batsman than a bowler.
“This Punjab revival has been excellent for the tournament which ran the risk of the top four teams separating themselves from the rest,” Bhogle concluded.


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KKR vs RCB: I don’t think a lot of people have belief in RCB, says Virat Kohli | Cricket News

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ABU DHABI: After gaining a comprehensive eight-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli said that many people do not have faith in the side’s abilities but all players do have the desired confidence.
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RCB chased down a total of 85 with eight wickets in hand and 39 balls to spare. Devdutt Padikkal and Gurkeerat Singh Mann played knocks of 25 and 21 respectively as RCB gained victory in the 14th over.
With this win, RCB has gone to the second position in the points table with 14 points from 10 matches while KKR is at the fourth spot with 10 points. Earlier in the match, Siraj had taken three wickets to put KKR on the backfoot.
“It was a late call to be honest to give Siraj the new ball. Was thinking of giving it to Washington Sundar. I obviously have thought about the things we can do on the field. Management has brought in a proper culture. We have plan A, we have plan B, and people are executing it that’s why it’s looking good. Don’t think lot of people have belief in RCB. Guys in the changeroom do and that’s all that matters,” Kohli said.

“You can have the best players in the world but if you don’t have the belief it’s no good. Morris is loving the responsibility. He likes to be in a leadership role in the team. Even against Kings, he tried to york Gayle. His energy is amazing. A great, great addition to our squad. Last year he had a tough year. Lot of people went hard at him. But he worked hard. He’s seeing the result now and we want him to continue,” he added.

Earlier, spectacular bowling performance by Mohammed Siraj and Yuzvendra Chahal restricted Kolkata Knight Riders at 84/8 in the allotted twenty overs.
Morgan played a knock of 30 runs and he was the top-scorer for KKR in the match against RCB.
For RCB, Siraj returned with the figures of 3-8 while Chahal clinched two wickets.



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Indian Super League: Clubs left with too little time to prepare for Indian Super League | Football News

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PANAJI: SC East Bengal had little time to put their team together and will now have just three weeks of pre-season training to prepare for this edition of the Indian Super League (ISL), which kicks off on November 20. East Bengal, fortunately, have all their foreign players and coach Robbie Fowler in Goa at the moment, and the new entrants should be able to kickstart training next week. Others are not so lucky.
Chennaiyin FC, for example, are awaiting the arrival of five of their seven foreign players, while coach Csaba Laszlo got his visa stamped only on Tuesday. Along with the rest of the foreign players, he should be in Goa later this week.
Odisha FC are also waiting for their coach Stuart Baxter. Assuming both coaches land here later this week, their 14-day mandatory quarantine period means they may not even have a fortnight to put their thoughts into action. Significantly, both are new to India.
“Football-wise, we all know this is not an ideal scenario and that we need more time for pre-season. But we are also cognizant of the fact that a lot of things are beyond the control of everyone, including the League. If our coach was from Spain, he would have been here. It affects (us) but it’s nobody’s fault. Some will benefit, some will lose; that’s how it will be. We are just grateful that the league is happening,” said Abhik Chatterjee, director of football operations at Odisha FC.
This is an unusual season. In times of Covid-19 and quarantine protocols, teams have struggled to put their best foot forward. Till the time of filing this report, only four teams – ATK Mohun Bagan, FC Goa, Hyderabad FC and SC East Bengal – had their full contingent of signed foreign players in Goa.
Even FC Goa, who are based here and brought in their domestic players before anyone else, have been hampered.
FC Goa first had issues with their team hotel and had to shift to another one on the outskirts of the city. When they returned to the hotel, which will be their home for the next five months, training had to stop due to the mandatory seven-day quarantine. Hyderabad FC have seen Covid-19 positive cases in their team hotel, while Mumbai City haven’t had the best of starts after being forced to stop training for two days since rain battered their training ground at Nagoa.
ATK Mohun Bagan were the first team to kick off full training sessions. Coach Antonio Habas is the first, and till now the only, chief coach to take charge of training session. Not everything, though, has been to his liking. ATK Mohun Bagan are one of the three teams who have floodlights available for training, but when the club last checked, lights were not working.


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