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Japan denies reports about calling off Olympics

Japan's Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Manabu Sakai has denied reports about Tokyo Olympics being cancelled due to COVID-19. President of International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, has also said there is no reason to believe that Olympic Games in Tokyo would not take place on 23 July. Battling a surge in Coronavirus cases, Japan has put several prefectures under emergency.

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Rajasthan Royals trade Robin Uthappa to CSK in new deal

Rajasthan Royals have traded Indian batsman Robin Uthappa to Chennai Super Kings in an all-cash deal. The trade was confirmed after teams announced list of retentions. Uthappa was brought in for INR30 million by Rajasthan Royals and only played 2020 IPl for the team. Uthappa’s transfer to CSK could bolster their top order after Shane Watson’s retirement.

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Dubai: Mountain bike marathon to draw 400 riders

More than 400 riders from 40 countries will compete at the upcoming HERO Dubai Hatta, a mountain bike marathon event set to start on 5 March 2021. The event will be the first stage of the 'HERO World Series', with the subsequent phases slated to take place in Dolomites and Thailand. HERO Dubai Hatta will put riders' skills to test on a 60-km and a 30-km route.

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England announce squad for first two Tests against India

England and Wales Cricket Board has announced a 16-member squad to face India in the first two Tests in Chennai next month. The Joe Root-led team sees the return of Jofra Archer, Rory Burns, and Ben Stokes, while Jonathan Bairstow, Sam Curran and Mark Wood have been rested for the first two Tests. The squad also includes six reserves in James Bracey, Mason Crane, Saqib Mahmood, and others.

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Bernie Sanders rules the meme world on day one of Joe Biden presidency

The US presidential inauguration will be remembered for many firsts. Kamala Harris became the first woman and person of colour to be sworn-in as Vice President, while Joe Biden the oldest sitting president. However, it was Bernie Sanders who stole the show with his standout appearance. The veteran Democrat triggered a meme fest as he showed up at the event in a heavy winter jacket and patterned mittens.

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Dubai to see first all-schools sports tournament

Dubai Sports Council has launched an initiative under which all schools in the emirate will be competing against each other in Dubai Schools Games. Such an initiative is taking place for the first time in Dubai. It is a safe 'Opt-In' return to school sports post COVID-19 pandemic. It will help promote physical and mental health and well-being for all.

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Ajinkya Rahane gets hero's welcome for Australia triumph

Indian cricket team's stand-in Test captain Ajinkya Rahane received a grand welcome in Mumbai after clinching the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Australia. Fans celebrated his arrival with chants of 'Ala re ala, Ajinkya Ala' while dancing to the beats of drums. Rahane created history by becoming the only second Asian skipper to register a Test series win in Australia.

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Here comes the Spider-Pant, says ICC

The International Cricket Council (ICC) dedicated a 'Spider-Pant' song to appreciate Indian wicket-keeper batsman Rishab Pant. He supported and guided his country to win the fourth Test at Gabba against Australia. Pant was seen singing 'Spiderman-Spiderman' behind the stumps on fourth day of Test and taking a cue from that, ICC decided to dedicate this song to him.

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IPL 2021 retention: These big names will go under the hammer

Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings released star players like Shane Watson and Harbhajan Singh, among others ahead of the 14th edition of the T20 tournament. Another big news was Rajasthan Royals releasing their skipper Steve Smith and announcing young India batter Sanju Samson as the new captain. Sunrisers Hyderabad retained Afghan cricketers Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan.

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Virat Kohli slips in ICC Test rankings for batting

India skipper Virat Kohli slid one position down the ICC Test Player Rankings for batting, finding himself on the 4th spot below Australian batsman Marnus Labuschagne. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and Aussie star batter Steve Smith retained the 1st and 2nd spots. Joe Root, England Test captain, moved six places to clinch the 5th position on the table.

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Dubai sports council promises exciting weekend

Dubai Sports Council is holding an exciting range of sporting events and activities on 22-23 January. These will include Al seef dragon boat challenge, Punjabi Run, Arabian Ranches Polo Cup 2021, Polo Silver Cup 2021, Spinneys Dubai 92 Buildup Rides, Spinneys Family Fun Run, and Dubai’s Women’s Run Challenge. Archery and other events are also lined up for the weekend.

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David Warner reacts on Australia's Test series loss to India

Australia opener David Warner shared two pictures related to the India Test series. India defeated Australia by 2-1 to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy. In the first image, Virat Kohli and Tim Paine were seen posing with the trophy. In the second picture, a few members of Team India were celebrating their three-wicket victory over the hosts at Gabba.

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IPL: Rajasthan Royals release Smith, Samson to lead team

Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals have released Aussie star batsman Steve Smith ahead of the 14th edition of the T20 tournament. Kerala batsman Sanju Samson will lead the franchise in IPL 2021. Smith played 14 games in IPL 2020, scoring 311 runs with the help of three half-centuries. Royals finished the previous season at the bottom of the table with six wins in 14 games.

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IPL 2021: CSK release off-spinner Harbhajan Singh

Harbhajan Singh announced that his contract with Indian Premier League franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK) has come to an end. He was one of the two CSK players along with Suresh Raina who chose to skip the 13th edition of the IPL in UAE due to COVID-19 restrictions. Harbhajan has played 160 IPL matches and has 150 wickets to his name.

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Cricket Australia pens open letter to thank BCCI, hail series

Cricket Australia (CA) has written an open letter to their Indian counterpart, the BCCI. This came after Indian and Australian team completed a successful series amid difficult times due to ongoing pandemic. CA said they are grateful to BCCI for their "friendship, trust and commitment". They also hailed the series as "one of the greatest Border-Gavaskar Test series ever contested".

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Google celebrates India's historic win over Australia with unique fireworks

Google India paid homage to Team India's win over Australia in a rather unique way. A search for the Indian team online currently displays the Google search results with fireworks sparking across the screen. Missing many key members, Team India dove for victory in the recently concluded Test cricket series. For the first time in 32 years, a visiting team had defeated Australia at The Gabba.

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AUS VS INDIA: Rishabh Pant breaks MS Dhoni's record

Rishabh Pant has broken former India skipper MS Dhoni's record to become the fastest wicket-keeper-batsman to score 1000 Test runs for India. Pant achieved the feat as he won India the Gabba Test against Australia with an unbeaten knock of 89 runs in the fourth innings. While MS Dhoni took 32 innings to complete the milestone, Pant achieved the milestone in just 27 innings.

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IND vs ENG: BCCI announces squad for first two tests

Board of Control for Cricket in India today announced the squad that will take on England in the first two Tests of the four-match series. Skipper Virat Kohli and all-rounder Hardik Pandya will be making a comeback while Mohammad Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, and Umesh will miss the series due to injuries. Both the Test matches will be played in Chennai's M. A. Chidambaram Stadium.

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Never ever underestimate Indians: Australia head coach Justin Langer

Australia head coach Justin Langer said one massive lesson that he has learnt from India's Test series win against his side is to "never ever, ever underestimate Indians". Langer lauded India for their spectacular comeback to win the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2-1 despite playing with a second-string side. "India deserves full credit, they have been outstanding", Langer said as he praised the Indian side.

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2nd race of Dubai Women Running Challenge to kick-off on 23 January

Next stage of Dubai Women's Running Challenge will take place on 23 January at another unique location, the Palm Jumeirah. Stage 1 of the challenge provided the participants with an unforgettable experience as they ran past lions, giraffes and many other exotic animals on a chilly morning at Dubai Safari Park. Stage 3 of the race will take place at Dubai Garden Glow on 28 January.

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India move to top spot in ICC WTC standings after beating Australia 2-1

India moved to the top of ICC World Test Championship standings following their remarkable 2-1 win over Australia in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Australia slipped down to third position while New Zealand retained the second spot. The Indian team still has two important series left in the ongoing World Test Championship including home series against England in early February.

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PM Modi congratulates India for winning Border-Gavaskar Test series in Aus

India PM Narendra Modi took to Twitter to congratulate the Indian cricket team for winning the Border-Gavaskar Test series in Australia. Modi hailed the team's remarkable energy and passion throughout the game. “Their stellar intent, remarkable grit and determination. Congratulations to the team! Best wishes for your future endeavours”, said PM Modi.

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BCCI announces INR50 million bonus for triumphant Indian team

The Indian team which battled all odds to pull off a record-breaking chase in the 4th Test at the Gabba will receive a monetary bonus of INR5) million. India chased down 328 in the final Test to end Australia's 32-year unbeaten run at the Gabba, Brisbane. BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah tweeted within minutes of each other to make announcement of the bonus.

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India overtakes Australia to become No. 2 in ICC Test Team Ranking

The Indian cricket team scripted history in Brisbane to beat Australia in the fourth Test match. After winning the match, Team India is now second in the ICC Test Team Rankings having accumulated 117.65 rating points. They are behind New Zealand, who top the ICC Test Rankings with 118.44 rating points. Meanwhile, Australia has slipped down to the third position.

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Aus vs Ind: Visitors clinch Test series after a nail-biting day 5

India defeated Australia in the 4th Test by 3 wickets, clinching the series 2-1. In what was a nail-biting day five in Brisbane, India successfully chased down a target of 328 runs. Opener Shubman Gill was the top-scorer for the visitors in the 4th innings, scoring a valuable 91. It was keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant who took India over the line in the end with an unbeaten 89.

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Ireland's Simi Singh enters record books with economical five-for

Irish all-rounder Simi Singh returned figures of 5/10 against UAE in the 4th and final ODI of the series. It was the 3rd-most economical five-for of the 21st century, only behind Stuart Binny's 6/4 vs Bangladesh in 2014 and Muttiah Muralitharan's 5/9 vs New Zealand in 2002. The series between UAE and Ireland ended in a draw (1-1) as both the teams won a match in the series.

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Ireland draw ODI series against UAE

Ireland won the 4th ODI against UAE by 112 runs to draw the Sky247.net Abu Dhabi ODI Series 2021. UAE were bundled out for 116 runs chasing a target of 229 runs. All-rounders Curtis Campher and Simi Singh scored half-centuries for Ireland. Singh also took 5 wickets for just 10 runs. The 2nd and 3rd ODIs of the series were cancelled due to COVID-19.

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Now, Coca-Cola says no to advertising during Super Bowl 2021

Following the footsteps of rival Pepsi, Coca-Cola has announced that it will not run ads during Super Bowl 2021. Coca-Cola said the decision was taken to ensure the company is investing in the right resources. This comes days after Pepsi announced that it not run ads during Super Bowl and instead focus on their annual halftime show.

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Victoria Premier rejects Novak Djokovic's demands

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has rejected tennis world no. 1 Novak Djokovic’s demands to ease restrictions on Australian Open players stuck in quarantine. The players were quarantined following detection of COVID-19 cases on chartered flights from Los Angeles and Doha. Australian Open organisers said 25 players onboard the Doha flight will not be able to leave their hotel rooms for 14 days.

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Japan PM moves forward with canceled Olympics despite COVID-19 surge

Japan PM Yoshihide Suga vowed to hold the already-postponed Olympics this summer despite a COVID-19 surge. Suga said his government would revise laws to make anti-virus measures enforceable with fines and compensation. Kono’s comments stoked a row after recent media polls showed close to 80% of Japanese believe the Olympics, already postponed by a year because of the pandemic, should be cancelled entirely.

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Praises continue to pour in for Mohammed Siraj

Former India cricketer Aakash Chopra took to Twitter to praise pacer Mohammed Siraj, who picked up his maiden five-wicket haul in the 4th Test against Australia. Chopra hailed Siraj's resolve and impressive performances despite losing his father and facing racial abuse from Australian crowds. "Love and respect for you Siraj", he tweeted.

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Drone shot captures fascinating view of Abu Dhabi Cricket Stadium

International Cricket Council shared an "incredible" aerial view of the Abu Dhabi Cricket Stadium. Known for its design and modernity, the stadium's floodlights can be seen peeking through the clouds in the early-morning shot captured by a drone. UAE and Ireland are playing the final ODI of their 4-match series.

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Aus vs Ind: Play abandoned on day four due to persistent rain

Play on day four of the final Test between Australia and India has been called off due to persistent rain. Earlier, the Aussies were bundled out for 294 in the second innings, giving India a target of 328 runs to win the match as well as series. Shubman Gill (0) and Rohit Sharma (4) will take crease for India on last day of the series' final Test.

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Virat Kohli changes his Twitter bio to sweet status after becoming a father

Indian cricketer Virat Kohli recently changed his Twitter account status to “A proud husband and father” as h became a father to a baby girl. Before his Twitter bio said “Indian cricketer, soccer lover and car lover”. According to news sources, the couple has put strict restrictions at the hospital in Mumbai for privacy where his baby was born.

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England bags seven-wicket victory in first Test against Sri Lanka

England won the first Test against Sri Lanka by seven wickets with Jonny Bairstow and Dan Lawrence finishing the game, bringing team to safety. Bairstow (35) and Lawrence (21) after three quick wickets steadied the innings and scored required 36 runs in 10 overs on final day. The second and final Test begins on Friday in Galle with Sri Lanka hoping to pace and win next game.

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Abu Dhabi ODI Series: Emirates Cricket Board clears 4th match

Emirates Cricket Board has cleared the fourth match in the Sky247.net Abu Dhabi ODI Series 2021 between UAE and Ireland on 18 January. The match will be played at the Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi, and will start at 09:30 (UAE Time). "The match will be live streamed in partnership with ITW Consulting and broadcast in India on EuroSports", the board said in a statement.

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Alpine F1 Team ropes in Davide Brivio as racing director

Davide Brivio has joined Alpine F1 Team as the racing director ahead of the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship. Brivio joins the Alpine F1 Team with a rich experience of over 20 years in the MotoGP World Championship. The F1 team will announce Brivio's specific role and responsibilities shortly. Besides, the racing director will report to Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi.

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Dubai Women’s Running Challenge draws over 300 enthusiasts

The four-stop Dubai Women’s Running Challenge attracted more than 300 enthusiasts to Dubai Safari Park during the opening stage on Saturday. Shamsa Salim of the UAE was fastest in the 2.5K run. Becky Hayward of the UK and Norway’s Ingrid Feliza Fuglestad topped the overall charts in the 10K and 5K Run. The event was organised in collaboration with Dubai Municipality.

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Aus vs Ind: BCCI ropes in Ashwin for special interview of 'day 3 heroes'

Board of Control for Cricket in India will broadcast a special interactive session with the heroes of day three from the 4th Test between Australia and India. Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has been roped in to host the interview with Shardul Thakur, Washington Sundar, and T Natarajan. Australia currently have a lead of 54 runs in the final Test of the series.

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Hardik Pandya remembers father with emotional post

Team India all-rounder Hardik Pandya took to Twitter to pay a heartwarming tribute to his father who died on Saturday. "I will miss you everyday dad. Love you always", he tweeted. Hardik and Krunal Pandya's father Himanshu Pandya passed away after a cardiac arrest, with both cricketer brothers performing the last rites.

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Aus vs Ind: Sundar, Thakur heroics help India gain lead

Day three of the 4th and final Test between Australia and India ended with the hosts at 21/0. Earlier, India scored 336 runs in their first innings with significant contributions from the lower order. Debutant Washington Sundar scored his maiden half-century before getting out on 62 to Aussie pacer Mitchell Starc. Shardul Thakur hit 67 during his stay at the crease.

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GPX Racing second Emirati team to clinch Hankook 24H DUBAI

The UAE-based GPX Racing has become only the second Emirati team to take outright victory at the Hankook 24H DUBAI. Its commanding performance on Saturday also secured Porsche a record-extending sixth win at the event. The team beat their nearest rivals at the chequered flag by three minutes, completing 600 laps of the 5.39km Dubai Autodrome in the process.

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AUS vs IND: Sundar, Thakur put on impressive show in Brisbane Test

Indian cricketer Shardul Thakur and Washington Sundar impressed cricket legend Virendra Sehwag and VVS Laxman with their performance in the ongoing fourth Test against Australia. Sundar and Thakur registered their half-centuries at Gabba, Brisbane, while also listed highest seventh-wicket partnership for India. Sehwag continued his wordplay and wrote, "Gabba the Dhaba for these two guys. Brilliant from Sundar and Thakur”.

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This is how much a cyber attack costs an average business

Data theft is now among top 10 global risks and poses a serious threat for commerce, the World Economic Forum warned. Phishing and social-engineering methods are the most-common ways to steal data, the global financial body says. Quoting a study by Accenture, the forum says the current mean cost of an attack for an average business is USD380,000.

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Australian Open: 47 players quarantined after COVID-19 cases detected

47 players arriving from Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi to participate in the Australian Open have been quarantined after three COVID-19 cases were detected on the charter flights ferrying them. The tournament is scheduled to start 8 February. The positive cases from Los Angeles involved an aircrew member and a passenger. The third positive case, also not a player, was from a flight from Abu Dhabi.

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Badminton star Saina Nehwal expresses her trust in vaccine

Indian badminton player Saina Nehwal took to Twitter to thank healthcare team and government for the launch of the COVID-19 vaccine. Saina expressed her trust in the vaccine saying that it's safe and effective. She urged her fans to keep the COVID-19 protocols in mind and follow them strictly despite taking the shots. Saina had tested positive for COVID-19 before her first-round match of the Thailand Open.

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Cricket: South Africa arrive in Pakistan for 1st tour in 14 years

The South African cricket team arrived in Karachi on today to play two Tests and three T20Is on their first tour of Pakistan in 14 years. South Africa last toured Pakistan in late 2007. Since then, Pakistan has twice hosted South Africa in UAE. Pakistan Cricket Board was forced to choose UAE as its home venue after terrorists attacked a Sri Lanka team bus at Lahore in 2009.

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Auckland withdraws from FIFA Club World Cup due to COVID-19

FIFA confirmed that Auckland City Fan Club won't participate in the FIFA Club World Cup 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic regulations. Despite numerous meetings between New Zealand Football and the OFC regarding COVID-19 isolation protocols did not reach any conclusion. However, FIFA and the Qatari authorities will implement a full security protocol required to protect the safety of everyone involved in the competition.

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Cricket: Condolences pour in after Pandya brother's father passes away

Condolences poured in for Indian cricketers Hardik and Krunal Pandya’s father Himanshu Pandya's demise. Team India captain Virat Kohli, legend Sachin Tendulkar, Irfan Pathan, and Mumbai Indians official team handle also expressed condolences on social media. Himanshu Pandya suffered a cardiac arrest, early Saturday morning, and could not be revived by first responders.

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AUS vs IND 4th Test: Day's play abandoned due to wet outfield

India were 62 for two in reply to Australia’s first innings total of 369 at stumps on a rain-curtailed second day of fourth and final Test on 16 January. The entire third session was lost as wet outfield did not allow play to resume. Cheteshwar Pujara and skipper Ajinkya Rahane will resume India’s response on 17 January. India are still trailing by 307 runs.

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