India vs New Zealand 2nd Test, Day 1 Live: After the first Test in Kanpur ended in a draw, India and New Zealand are set to clash in the second and final Test of the two-match series at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. India's regular skipper Virat Kohli, who had taken a break from the T20I series and the first Test, will lead Team India in the final Test starting Friday. Kohli's return has also left the team management in a dilemma to decide on whom to replace to fit the skipper back in the middle-order as Shreyas Iyer smashed a ton on his Test debut in Kanpur. Apart from team selection, the weather in Mumbai also remains one of the most talked-about subjects ahead of the start of the game. It has been raining in Mumbai for the last two days and teams were forced to train indoors on Thursday. ( IND vs NZ LIVE SCORECARD 2nd Test Day 1 ) India vs New Zealand 2nd Test, Day 1 Live Cricket Score Straight From Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai 2nd Test, New Zealand in India, 2 Test Series, . . .
Mumbai Weather Forecast Mumbai: It was an end-to-end battle as both India and New Zealand fought hard to secure a win in the opening Test. India led by Ajinkya Rahane put up 283 as the target and had the advantage on the final day. Rachin Ravindra and Ajaz Patel ensured safe passage for the Kiwis as the T20 World Cup runners-up just edged the match to secure an all-important draw. Now heading towards the second and final Test match of the series, players and fans are concerned about the Mumbai weather. Off-season rain on Wednesday has put the match on high alert as rain may play a likely spoilsport on the 1st Day of the Test on Friday. Weather.com reported that there are high chances of rain on Thursday and on the day when the Test begins, the chances of the skies opening up are very less. The Friday weather is expected to be humid with partial sunshine, with a rain probability of 25 per cent according to AccuWeather, with the cloud cover likely to be at 74% when . . .
No. 2 Michigan and No. 13 Iowa meet in the Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday in Indianapolis to decide the conference champion and a possible College Football Playoff berth. The Wolverines come into the game off what's easily the biggest win for the program in more than a decade, and certainly the Jim Harbaugh era, as it beat rival Ohio State 42-27 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It was Michigan's first win over the hated Buckeyes since 2011 and only the fourth time since 2000. Still, the Wolverines could only celebrate the win for so long because if they want to finish the job and earn their first berth in the College Football Playoff, they need to get by a tough Iowa team. The Hawkeyes started the season strong, opening 6-0 and reaching the No. 2 spot in the AP Poll before losing consecutive games against Purdue and Wisconsin . Those two losses not only knocked the Hawkeyes out of playoff consideration themselves but nearly cost them a chance to win the Big Ten too. The . . .
The New Orleans Saints (5-6) will enter Thursday Night Football looking to end a four-game losing streak. Taysom Hill is expected to get his first start at quarterback and will face a Dallas Cowboys (7-4) team that is also coming off a Thanksgiving Day loss. The Cowboys have lost three of their last four games and they also lost their head coach after Mike McCarthy tested positive for COVID-19. Recent Cowboys vs. Saints matchups have been closely contested, as the Saints won by two points in a 2019 matchup after the Cowboys won by three points in 2018. Kickoff from the Superdome in New Orleans is set for 8:20 p.m. ET. Dallas is a six-point favorite in the latest Cowboys vs. Saints odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 46. Before you make any Saints vs. Cowboys picks or TNF predictions, be sure to check out what red-hot SportsLine NFL expert Emory Hunt has to say . Hunt is the founder and CEO of Football Gameplan, which has been . . .
The Dallas Cowboys will visit the New Orleans Saints on Thursday Night Football to kick off Week 13. Both teams are still in the NFL playoff picture with just over a month remaining. The Cowboys lead the NFC East at 7-4 and appear to be in line for the postseason, but Washington has cut the lead to two games in the division in the last two weeks. Meanwhile, the Saints are sitting at 5-6, but are still in the hunt. Kickoff from Caesars Superdome is set for 8:20 p.m. ET. Dallas is favored by six points in the latest Saints vs. Cowboys odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the Over-Under is 46. Before you lock in any Cowboys vs. Saints picks, be sure to check out the NFL predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model . The model, which simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, is up almost $7,100 for $100 players on top-rated NFL picks since its inception six-plus years ago. The model enters Week 13 of the 2021 season on an incredible 131-94 run on top-rated . . .
USA Today Joe Burrow made his NFL debut against the Chargers in Week 1 of the 2020 season. With fellow rookie quarterback Justin Herbert watching from the sideline, Burrow's late-game comeback bid was undone by a missed field goal that preserved the Chargers' 16-13 victory. Quite a few things have changed in the 15 months since that game. Herbert has prospered upon becoming a starter one week after the Chargers' 2020 season opener. He won Offensive Rookie of the Year after throwing throwing for 4,336 yards and 31 touchdowns. Burrow, whose rookie season was prematurely ended by a knee injury, has returned to lead the Bengals to a 7-4 record following last Sunday's blowout win over the Steelers . Cincinnati is currently the fifth seed in the AFC, while the 6-5 Chargers would be the seventh and final AFC playoff team if the postseason started today. We'll preview the game along with giving our prediction for Sunday's outcome. Here's how you can follow the action in real . . .
Getty Images There are a select few figures in every generation of NASCAR drivers that compel race fans in such a way that it earns them the distinction of being the Most Popular Driver in all of stock car racing. In the newest generation of Cup Series stars, it's clear who has the most widespread approval among those who fill the grandstands each week. On Thursday at NASCAR Champion's Week, Chase Elliott was officially named the winner of NASCAR's Most Popular Driver Award for 2021. The award, which is determined by a fan vote, has been presented annually nearly each year since NASCAR's first season in 1949. Elliott's Most Popular Driver title is his fourth in a row, as he has won the award each year since 2018. Elliott's being NASCAR's Most Popular Driver is something that runs in the family. His father, NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott, won the award a record 16 times during his career, including 10 years in a row from 1991 to 2000. Dale Earnhardt Jr. holds the . . .
Getty Images Bronco Mendenhall's image flickered onto a Zoom screen late Thursday for the last time as Virginia coach. It might as well have been the third act of a screenplay portraying this college football season. In the performing arts, the third act is when all the loose ends are tied up. It brings a resolution. It's when the story ends: fade to black, applause, drive home safely. Mendenhall's was quite a performance. He didn't intend for it to be that way, but after this year, this season -- even the last 96 hours -- the Virginia coach was a compelling voice of reason in stepping down from his Cavaliers post. Mendenhall suddenly resigned Thursday citing a need to "reassess, renew, reframe and reinvent, with my wife as a partner, our future and the next chapter of our lives." A few minutes prior, the 55-year-old coach stood up before his players and did the exact same thing Lincoln Riley and Brian Kelly had done this week: quit. Except this time, it made perfect . . .
Getty Images For the third consecutive time since September's Ryder Cup, Rory McIlroy is threatening to win a golf tournament. McIlroy won the CJ Cup in October and nearly pulled off the DP World Tour Championship Dubai in November. Now he shares the Hero World Challenge lead at 6 under alongside Abraham Ancer and Daniel Berger. McIlroy said after his round that his game feels sharp and has maintained that he found something after that Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits. "The three starts since the Ryder Cup have been really good, I've shot some good, low scores," he said. "Yeah, the game's feeling a lot better and it's just another ... chance to get into contention and feel that, you know, whatever it is you feel on Sunday when you're trying to win a golf tournament." After going out in just 35 with three birdies and a double, McIlroy was flawless on the back and made an eagle 2 on the par-4 14th. He's obviously always a threat to win any tournament he enters, but his game is . . .
Things didn't start out on an ideal note for either offense, with the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints both stumbling out of the gate due to a mix of good defense and poor execution. It was Dak Prescott and Co. who drew first blood, though, on a drive in the first quarter that looked a lot like the usually prolific group the NFL has become accustomed to seeing from Dallas -- big plays coming from both Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb (who both returned in Week 13) and capped off by a twisting touchdown catch by Michael Gallup. Not to be outdone, Taysom Hill went back to work with the goal of making a case for himself as permanent starter for the Saints, and he got help from wideout Lil'Jordan Humphrey on a 24-yard touchdown to open the second quarter. But just when you thought it would become a barnburner, things cooled down offensively once again, and the Cowboys are currently nursing a six-point lead the Saints hope they can prevent from becoming anything more -- especially . . .