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Local favourite Oliveira wins Portuguese MotoGP race | Racing News

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KTM Tech 3 rider Miguel Oliveira dominated his home MotoGP race from start to finish to win the season-ending Portuguese Grand Prix at Portimao’s Algarve International Circuit on Sunday.
The Portuguese had started from pole after setting an all-time lap record at MotoGP’s reserve track on Saturday and was flawless as he finished ahead of Pramac Racing’s Jack Miller.
Petronas Yamaha’s Franco Morbidelli finished third to seal second place in the riders’ championship behind Suzuki’s Joan Mir, who was forced to retire.
Ducati clinched the constructors’ title.


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Australia vs India: KL Rahul looks to fill Dhoni-sized shoes | Cricket News

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KL Rahul is at an interesting stage in his career. For all his batting prowess, he has struggled to get a long run in any format, largely due to the prolific partnership of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan at the top of the order. Wicketkeeping has given him an opportunity to cement his place in the Indian XI in the white-ball formats.
Two days before India’s first ODI in Australia, Rahul made it clear how much he values this opportunity. The Indian team is in the initial stages of building a core for the two ICC T20 World Cups and one 50-over World Cup in the next three years.
“Nothing has been told to me and we are not thinking that far ahead as a team. Obviously, World Cups are important and that is a long-term vision for every team and country,” Rahul said on Wednesday.

“It (him wicketkeeping) helps the team combination a little more and it’s something I would love to do. If the opportunity presents itself and I can keep in three World Cups, I would love to do it for my country,” he added.
Before it actually came his way in January this year, Rahul has been on the prowl to latch onto an opportunity of this kind. He has been carrying his wicketkeeping gear in his kit for a couple of years. He has kept wickets in every white-ball match beyond international cricket.
However, there is also the possibility of burnout while keeping in both formats.
“My batting position will depend on the format I am playing. The last ODI series we played, I batted at No. 5 and I kept wickets, so it is a role that I enjoyed and I am happy to play whatever role the team gives me,” Rahul pointed out.

Team India are looking for a suitable replacement to fill the void MS Dhoni has left behind. The pressure seemed to have got to Rishabh Pant, who has been dropped from the white-ball formats. Rahul knows it’s the expertise from behind the stumps that made Dhoni such an asset in the team.
“Dhoni has shown the way to the wicketkeeper-batsmen on how to do the role perfectly. I will probably go and give the spinners the feedback regarding what length can be bowled on different wickets.”
This is a fresh start for Indian cricket in the post-Dhoni world, a performing wicketkeeper-batsman in KL Rahul could just be the head-start Team India needed.


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isl 2020: Indian Super League: Mumbai leave it late to pip Goa | Football News

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MARGAO: Mumbai City FC needed an added-time penalty from Adam Le Fondre to edge past 10-man FC Goa and register their first points at the Nehru Stadium in Fatorda.
For most part, Goa, who had Redeem Tlang sent off in the 40th minute, weathered the Mumbai storm but were helpless when Seriton Fernandes handled the ball inside the danger zone and the referee pointed at the spot.
It was the fourth minute of the five that were added and Le Fondre kept his cool to hand Mumbai their first win in two games.

For Goa, this would have been a hard blow. With a point to prove after former coach Sergio Lobera and several influential players’ departure to Mumbai, they had done well to keep their famed attack at an arm’s length.
They could have surged ahead themselves early in the second session, if not for double save from goalkeeper Amrinder Singh to deny Edu Bedia and Ivan Gonzalez.
Redeem’s sending off in the 40th minute for a studs-up challenge on Santana was always going to hand Mumbai the advantage.



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Goal-shy Man City ease into Champions League last 16 | Football News

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PIRAEUS, GREECE: Manchester City booked their place in the last 16 of the Champions League but there were more concerns for Pep Guardiola over his side’s lack of ruthlessness in a 1-0 win at Olympiakos on Wednesday.
Phil Foden’s low strike nine minutes before half-time ensured City deservedly kept up their 100 percent record in Europe this season.
But a one-goal margin of victory was scant reward for the visitors’ dominance even with a heavily-rotated side.
Guardiola made five changes to the team beaten 2-0 at Tottenham on Saturday to see City off to their worst league start since the first few months of the club’s Abu Dhabi-backed ownership.
Scoring goals has been City’s big problem in the Premier League, but they had scored three in each of their opening three Champions League wins over Porto, Marseille and Olympiakos in Manchester three weeks ago.
The lack of killer edge was in clear evidence in Piraeus. City had 21 efforts on goal, 10 of which were on target, but again missed Sergio Aguero‘s presence in the final third.
Aguero started on the bench as his former father-in-law Diego Maradona was remembered with a minute of silence before kick-off.
Maradona, whose daughter Giannina was married to Aguero, died at the age of 60 on Wednesday.
Once the action got underway, City soon settled into their stride.
Jose Sa denied Gabriel Jesus when the Brazilian was clean through on goal and twice made good saves to deny Raheem Sterling from outside the area.
Sterling turned creator for the only goal with lovely backheel into the path of Foden, who drilled home his fourth goal of the season.
Chances continued to come and go for City after the break. Ilkay Gundogan blasted inches wide before Joao Cancelo and Bernardo Silva shot straight at Sa with the goal at their mercy.
But one goal was enough as Olympiakos failed to muster a single shot on target, complicating their chances of reaching the knockout stages.
The Greek champions trail second-placed Porto, who travel to Marseille later on Wednesday, by three points.
City just need a point from their final two matches to secure top spot in Group C.


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