After failing to defend 201 against Dindigul Dragons, the Kovai Kings fielded and bowled with purpose to restrict Madurai to 153-8 in 20 overs. The win was doubly sweet as it catapulted Kovai Kings to the top of the table with five points from four matches. Ashwin Venkatraman who plucked a stunning catch off Abhishek Tanwar to dismiss the dangerous Jagatheesan Kousik (29 off 15 balls, 2 fours, 2 sixes) indicated the fielding standards set by the Kovai Kings in the match. 1 9919-nonopta-7502 Medium-pacer S Divakar (3-18) and left-arm spinner S Ajith Ram (3-24) did most of the damage to the Madurai innings with their economical strikes. Captain NS Chaturved (39 off 26 balls, 5 fours, 1 six) and opener KB Arun Kaarthick (21 off 12 balls, 4 fours) dominated when they were at the crease but they did not last long, both falling prey to Ajith Ram. Earlier, the bluster of captain M Shahrukh Khan (58 off 30 balls, 2 fours, 5 sixes) and the grit of young Bhardwaj Sai Sudharsan . . .
There were no medals to trigger a frenzy but definitely some top-notch performances that India raised a toast to on day 6 of the Olympic Games, the highlights being the men's hockey team's march into the quarters and archer Atanu Das ' stunning triumph over a two-time Olympic champion Korean. A big, big heartbreak was boxing legend M C Mary Kom's pre-quarterfinal exit despite the fact that the London Olympic bronze-medallist had actually won two of the three rounds in her flyweight (51kg) bout against Colombia's Ingrit Valencia. But how could one not celebrate the fact that the 38-year-old mother-of-four is still going strong and has promised not to stop just yet even though her Olympic journey has drawn to a close now. Before India celebrated her grit, it woke up to some fantastic news from the hockey stadium. The Manpreet Singh-led men's team hammered defending champion Argentina 4-1 in its penultimate group match to storm into the quarterfinals. This was after badminton ace . . .
India men's hockey captain Manpreet Singh has stated that the defeat against Australia was a wake-up call for the team at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics and they are now focusing on one match at a time. On Thursday, the India men's hockey team defeated defending Olympic Champions Argentina 3-1 in their fourth group A game here at Oi Hockey Stadium -- North Pitch. With this win, the team has qualified for the quarterfinals in the Olympics. "Tournament is not over. We have a match against Japan tomorrow and there is so much left. We will not be thinking about how we defeated defending Olympic champions tomorrow. We all played well and dominated the first three quarters but still, we missed our chances. Our defence did good and we will carry this further in the tournament and will focus on tomorrow's match," Manpreet told reporters after the match. "We created a lot of opportunities and we will work on our last pass. In the quarter-finals and match against japan will be . . .
India golfer Anirban Lahiri overcame a shaky start to post a solid first-round score of 4-under 67 for a share of the eighth position in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics men's competition on Thursday. Making his second appearance in the Olympics, Lahiri dropped an opening bogey before finding his stride with a run of four birdies over five holes before making the turn in 33. He sank two more birdies on the 15th and 16th holes against a second bogey at a weather-hit Kasumigaseki Country Club. Austrian Sepp Straka produced a flawless 63 sprinkled with eight birdies on his card to hold the first round lead as 60 of the best golfers from around the world chase gold, silver and bronze this week. "It was good. I think I started off a little dodgy the first few holes, couldn't get my rhythm going early. But then I settled down nicely. I think I played pretty good," Lahiri said in a statement. "I probably feel like I could have taken some more chances, some opportunities on the . . .
Kimberly Daniels hadn't expected to transition until after the Tokyo 2020 Olympics , but after the year-long pandemic postponement she is now the first openly transgender judge at a Games. The canoe judge, whose daughter Haley competes in the canoe slalom, said Thursday she was "highly motivated" but admitted it was still "scary" being a trailblazer. "Coming here, yes it is scary, but it is also comfortable because I can now be myself," she told reporters in Tokyo. "Sharing that story globally is, again, scary, but I think it is important for people to understand we are just people... You have to be respectful of people first." Daniels was speaking at an Olympics where next week, New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard will become the first transgender woman athlete in Games history. Canada's Daniels said she had initially expected to judge at the Games before transitioning, but the when the postponement was announced she was able to go ahead with the move. And she said . . .
"Take your time, Simone Biles . You owe explanation to no one," said Indian cricket team's head coach Ravi Shastri as he lent his support to the multiple Olympic medallist American gymnast after she pulled out of the team and all-round individual events at the Tokyo Games citing mental health concerns. The 24-year-old Biles, one of the most decorated gymnast of all times, had withdrawn from the women's team final on Tuesday and all-around final on Wednesday to focus on her mental health . Take your time @Simone_Biles . You have earned the right to owe it to yourself at this tender age. 48 hours or 48 days it might take. Just do it Champion. You owe no explanation to no one. @naomiosaka , you too. God bless you girls #Olympics pic.twitter.com/wMS7eV1UlX — Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) July 29, 2021 "Take your time @Simone_Biles. You have earned the right to owe it to yourself at this tender age. 48 hours or 48 days it might take. Just do it Champion. You owe . . .
Swimmer Sajan Prakash finished second in his Heat but that was not enough to advance to the semifinals of the men's 100m butterfly event as India's underwhelming campaign at the T okyo Olympics ended on Thursday . Prakash, who also competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics, finished second in the second-slowest heat with a time of 53.45s. The cut was placed at 51.74s. The 27-year-old from Kerala, finished 46th among 55 swimmers. The top-16 progressed to the semifinals. All three Indian swimmers -- Prakash, Srihari Nataraj, and Maana Patel -- head home after a disappointing show, failing to even match their personal best times in their main events. Prakash, who became the first Indian ever to breach the Olympic 'A' qualification mark last month to qualify for the Tokyo Games, had finished 24th overall in the 200m butterfly, his pet event, on Monday. Nataraj, competing in his first Olympics, was ranked 27 among the 40 swimmers in the 100m backstroke. Promoted Listen to the . . .
Six-time world champion M C Mary Kom 's (51kg) pursuit of a second Olympic medal ended in the pre-quarterfinals of the Tokyo Games as she went down to 2016 edition's bronze-medallist Ingrit Valencia in a fiercely-fought showdown, on Thursday. The 38-year-old legend, who is a multiple-time Asian champion and a bronze-winner from the 2012 London olympics, lost 2-3 to the Colombian, giving it her all in what would now be her final Olympic bout. Mary Kom had tears in her eyes and a wide smile on her face when the referee raised Valencia's hand at the end of the bout, exhausted after the intense clash. The way Valencia rushed in when the first bell rang, it was quite obvious that the bout would be high voltage and it was exactly how it turned out to be. The two were attacking each other from word go and Valencia grabbed the upper-hand when she clinched the opening round 4-1. The Manipuri veteran fought back to claim the second and the third round by 2-3 margins but the slender . . .
Getty Images The 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup is winding down, and only four teams remain ahead of Thursday's semifinal matchups. The United States is set to take on invited guest Qatar in the tournament's first semifinal pairing, and the Americans hold an edge against the Gold Cup's highest-scoring team. What will prevail between the Unites States' stout defense and Qatar's impressive attack? Kickoff from Q2 Stadium in Austin, Texas, is set for 7:30 p.m ET. William Hill Sportsbook lists USA as the -105 favorite (risk $105 to win $100) on the 90-minute money line in its latest USMNT vs. Qatar odds, while Qatar is the +275 underdog. The over-under for total goals scored is set at 2.5. Before making any Qatar vs. USMNT picks or Gold Cup 2021 predictions, you need to see what consummate soccer insider Martin Green has to say . After working in the sports betting industry for several years, Green became a professional sports writer and handicapper and has covered the game worldwide. . . .
Six-time world champion Mary Kom on Thursday slammed the International Olympic Committee's Boxing Task Force for "poor judging" in her Flyweight (51kg) pre-quarterfinal at the Tokyo Games which she lost despite winning two of the three rounds. The Task Force is conducting the boxing competition at the Tokyo Olympics after the International Boxing Association (AIBA) was suspended by the IOC for alleged mismanagement and financial wrongdoing. "I don't know and understand this decision, what's wrong with the Task Force? What's wrong with the IOC?" she asked in a telephonic interview to PTI after the 2-3 loss to Colombian Ingrit Valencia in the pre-quarters in Tokyo. "I was also a member of the Task Force. I was even giving them suggestions and supporting them in ensuring a clean competition. But what have they done with me?" she said. The 38-year-old, multiple-time Asian champion who was eyeing her second Olympic medal after the bronze at the 2012 London Games, said the loss . . .