January 15, 2022
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Good morning! India will be aiming to maintain their envious record and unearth a plethora of talent along the way when they begin their U-19 World Cup campaign against South Africa today. P V Sindhu defeated fellow Indian Ashmita Chaliha in straight games to enter into the semis at the Yonex-Sunrise India Open badminton tournament and more...
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1. ⚽ Manchester City vs Chelsea (English Premier League) - Saturday 6pm (πŸ“Ί Star Sports network & Disney+ Hotstar app)

  • What's at stake: A highly-anticipated top-of-the-table clash kicks off the Premier League action on Saturday, as Manchester City welcome closest challengers Chelsea to the Etihad Stadium. City currently sit 10 points clear of their upcoming opponents in the standings, with another defeat for the Blues seemingly rendering their title charge impossible. Chelsea are in second place in the Premier League standings.

2. 🏏 Australia vs England (Ashes - Day 2) - Saturday 9:30am (πŸ“Ί Sony Six & Sony LIV app)

  • What's at stake: If Carey along with the help of the all-rounders manage to get a few handy stands, England will fall behind in this game. On the other hand, if England manage to take wickets early they are right back into the contest. Scorecard

3. πŸ€ Memphis Grizzlies vs Dallas Mavericks (NBA) - Saturday 8:30am (πŸ“Ί Vh1 & MTV)

  • What's at stake: Memphis comes into a matchup with Dallas as winners of 11 consecutive games. The Grizzlies are 23-9 in Western Conference games. Memphis is ninth in the NBA with 25.3 assists per game. The Mavericks are 8-2 against opponents in the Southwest Division. Dallas has a 2/3 record in games decided by less than 4 points. The teams play for the third time this season. 

4. πŸ’ Boston Bruins vs Nashville Predators (NHL) - Saturday 11:30pm (πŸ“Ί ASN)

  • What's at stake: John Hynes will coach his first game with the Nashville Predators when they host the Boston Bruins at Bridgestone Arena. The Bruins are 0-1-2 in their past three games and 4-5-6 in their past 15 games. Last year, the teams met once. The confrontation took place on Dec 3 in Nashville and ended with the victory for Boston with a football score of 2:0.

5. 🏈 Cincinnati Bengals vs Las Vegas Raiders (NFL) - Sunday 3pm (πŸ“Ί Not available)

  • What's at stake: A pair of AFC teams will end their playoff droughts when the Las Vegas Raiders take on the Cincinnati Bengals to kick off the postseason. The Raiders (10-7) are in the playoffs for the first time in five years, when they lost at Houston in the Wild Card Round. The Bengals (10-7) are back in the postseason for the first time since falling 18-16 to Pittsburgh at home in the Wild Card Round back in 2016.
U-19 World Cup: India face South Africa in opener
Source: Twitter

One-liner: India will be aiming to maintain their envious record and unearth a plethora of talent along the way when they begin their U-19 World Cup campaign against South Africa today.

Key players: Expectations will be high from the likes of Harnoor Singh, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, skipper Yash Dhull and Ravi Kumar, who have already shown glimpses of their potential in tournaments leading into the World Cup.

No big names: The current batch doesn't posses prodigies like Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill (2018 pass outs) but some of the players have already attracted attention.

Key batter: Harnoor is expected to score a bagful of runs in the tournament, much like what Yashasvi Jaiswal did in the previous edition.

  • The 18-year-old was India's leading run-getter in the Asia Cup with 251 runs in five games and struck an unbeaten 100 against Australia in the team's final warm-up game

Key bowlers: Right-arm pacer Hangargekar, who has played senior cricket for Maharashtra, is another player to watch out for. He impressed with his raw pace in the Asia Cup, picking up eight wickets, and is also a handy batter down the order.

India Open: Sindhu enters semis
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One-liner: P V Sindhu defeated fellow Indian Ashmita Chaliha in straight games, to enter into the semis at the Yonex-Sunrise India Open badminton tournament on Friday.

Opponent to face next: Top seed Sindhu, a former world champion, took 36 minutes to get the better of 21-year-old Chaliha 21-7 21-18 and set up a last-four clash with Thailand's Supanida Katethong, seeded sixth.

Yeo Jia Min pulled out: Katethong entered the semi-finals after the third seeded Yeo Jia Min of Singapore pulled out of the tournament due to high fever.

Zoom in: The last time Sindhu was up against Chaliha, at the 83rd Yonex-Sunrise Senior National Championship in 2019, the youngster from Assam had produced a spirited performance.

  • On Friday, Chaliha took time to get into the groove and put up a good fight in the second game but couldn't stop Sindhu from walking away with the match

Other semi-final match: Aakarshi Kashyap will face second seeded Thai Busanan Ongbamrungphan after the Indian notched up a 21-12 21-15 win over compatriot Malvika Bansod in the quarterfinals on Friday.

South Africa wrap up series with seven-wicket win
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One-liner: South Africa beat the Indian team with a seven-wicket victory in the third Test to clinch a memorable 2-1 series triumph on Friday.

Zoom in: Keegan Petersen (82, 113 balls) along with Rassie van Der Dussen (41 not out) added 54 runs for the third wicket to seal the match before Temba Bavuma (32 not out) helped in putting the final touches.

Player of the series: Petersen walked away with both the player of the match as well as player of the series honours.

Contentious DRS review: The Indian team, lost it in their mind after the DRS review of Elgar that went wrong on Thursday and their focus on using stump microphone more to take digs at broadcaster Supersport instead of focussing on getting Petersen out spelt their doom.

Need to know: With this series defeat, India's record of never having won a Test series in the Rainbow Nation for three decades, remained intact.

  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the only India captain to have managed a drawn series back in 2010.
PKL: Delhi aim comeback, Bengal Warriors take on U Mumba
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One-liner: Dabang Delhi KC take on Haryana Steelers in the first match of the third Triple Panga night of Pro Kabaddi League today.

Missing key player: Delhi have looked a disjointed unit in the absence of their star raider Naveen Kumar and will need to organise their defence against the impressive raiding trio of Haryana.

Other matches: The second match will see in-form UP Yoddha take on Telugu Titans. The Yoddha defence has looked strong in their recent outings and will fancy their chances against the winless Titans.

  • U Mumba will lock horns with Bengal Warriors in the final match of the night. Mumbai is desperately seeking inspiration with raider V Ajith Kumar injured and will hope their defence step up against Warriors' Maninder Singh

Injury update: Naveen Kumar might recover from his injury in time for Delhi's match against neighbours Haryana. But it is important that Delhi develops a Plan B that can be executed when Naveen is off the mat.

Djokovic faces deportation after Australia revokes visa
Source: Twitter

One-liner: Novak Djokovic faces deportation again after the Australian govt revoked his visa for a second time.

Visa revoked: Immigration Minister Alex Hawke used his ministerial discretion to revoke the 34-year-old Serb's visa on public interest grounds three days before the Australian Open is to begin.

Looking forward: Djokovic's lawyers are expected to appeal the cancelation in the Federal Circuit and Family Court as they successfully did after the first cancellation.

Backstory: It is the second time Djokovic's visa has been cancelled since he arrived in Melbourne last week to defend his Australian Open title.

Ireland beats West Indies in rain-hit 2nd ODI
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One-liner: Ireland beat the West Indies by five wickets in a rain-interrupted second one-day international at Sabina Park.

Rain interrupted: Ireland was chasing 230 to win and was well ahead of the run rate at 157-4 in the 32nd over when rain stopped play for 90 minutes.

DLS used: When the match resumed, the Duckworth-Lewis method reduced Ireland's ask to 168 from 36 overs, or 11 more runs from 28 balls.

  • The Irish knocked them off in seven balls, winning on a pair of no balls at 168-5

Series tied: Victory tied the series 1-1, with the deciding ODI on Sunday on the same ground.

ODI rescheduled: This ODI was rescheduled from Tuesday, when Ireland was too depleted to field a side because of five coronavirus cases and two injured players.

HI announces core probable group for women's hockey team
Source: Twitter

One-liner: Hockey India on Friday announced a new-look core probable group for the senior women's team which will play in many major international tournaments this year.

Selection process: The group was selected following selection trials held in Sports Authority of India, Bengaluru for a group of 60 who were called-in on the basis of their performances in various national level events.

Players travelling for Asia cup: While an 18-member Indian team, led by Savita, will be travelling to Muscat for the upcoming women's hockey Asia Cup, the remaining players from the core group will stay on at the camp and continue to train for the FIH Hockey Pro League matches to be held in Bhubaneswar, Odisha next month.

List of players: Savita, Rajani Etimarpu, Bichu Devi Kharibam, Deep Grace Ekka, Gurjit Kaur, Nikki Pradhan, Udita, Ishika Chaudhary, Suman Devi Thoudam, Akshata Abaso Dhekale, Mahima Chaudhary, Rashmita Minz, Nisha, Salima Tete…,

Isolation hitch threatens NZ-Australia white-ball series
  • New Zealand's white-ball cricket tour to Australia later this month is in doubt because of extended border restrictions which require the team to have isolation places booked for their return. The Black Caps are due to leave for Australia on Jan 24, to play one-day matches on Jan 30, Feb 2 and Feb 5 and a Twenty20 international at Canberra on Feb 8
  • New Zealand Cricket didn't book places in managed isolation for the team in February because they anticipated the implementation in mid-January of a policy which would allow New Zealand citizens and residents returning from Australia to do so without going through managed isolation
  • The change has now been delayed until late February because of the emergence of the omicron variant which New Zealand so far has contained at the border. New Zealand Cricket on Friday said it expects the Australian tour to go ahead but is discussing options with Cricket Australia. That might include rescheduling or delaying the team's return from Australia

Source: PTI