Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana bat for Ramesh Powar’s continuation as coach

T20 skipper Harmanpreet Kaur commended Ramesh Powar for taking the team forward in a short time. (Source: Reuters File) The row over Mithali Raj’s exclusion from the ICC Women’s World T20 semifinal versus England refuses to die down with two senior players of the team openly backing Ramesh Powar to get an extension as head coach. The former India off-spinner’s contract as caretaker coach expired last week after just a three month-long tenure, and the BCCI has invited applications from eligible candidates for the job on a permanent basis. Mithali…

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India vs Australia: Four horsemen threaten apocalypse

Josh Hazlewood, with his corridor-pounding, length-line precision, is cut from the same cloth as Glenn McGrath. (Reuters) “Dizzy, don’t be so modest,” repeated the shocked interviewer, with a frown that seldom left his face. Seeing his stunned expression, Jason Gillespie repeated the line all over again: “(Mitchell) Starc and (Josh) Hazlewood, without doubt, will be the best fast bowling combination Australia has ever produced.” Still dazed in disbelief, the interviewer followed up: “Better than you and McGrath?”, and Gillespie replied: “Better than all of us.” It’s not that Gillespie’s sense…

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New York’s N.B.A. Teams Don’t Have Much to Celebrate. These Fans Cheer Anyway.

When a team has had eight home arenas in two states over a half-century, it’s tough to build a dedicated fan base. At Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, where the Nets moved in 2012, they are last in the N.B.A. in attendance and most fans tend to make noise only when T-shirts are being shot from cannons. Then there’s Section 114. It’s called The Block — a rowdy section purposely set in a corner of the arena where the fans, who rarely sit down, wouldn’t obstruct anyone else’s view. Various members sport…

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Joanne Kiesanowski joins Rally Cycling staff

Rally Cycling announced today that it has hired Joanne Kiesanowski as part of its performance staff. The three-time Olympian from New Zealand will be an assistant director for the UCI women’s team alongside Canadian and fellow Olympian Zack Bell Related Articles “Joanne brings an enormous amount of international experience, which will be vital as we make the transition to a global program,” Bell in a statement released by the team. “I knew Joanne from my own racing career, and she’s just what we need – serious about performance but low key…

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Why Fred Hoiberg failed with the Chicago Bulls

6:35 PM ET Malika AndrewsESPN CHICAGO — Fred Hoiberg had to go. On an afternoon in late September, the Chicago Bulls head coach was fulfilling his media obligations prior to a preseason practice. As Hoiberg answered questions about his team, his lead assistant, Jim Boylen, called the players into a huddle at the other end of the gym — beginning practice without Hoiberg. It’s now on the Chicago front office to get the next big decisions right. The Chicago Bulls have fired head coach Fred Hoiberg after a 5-19 start…

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UMass ranked No. 1 in college hockey for first time

UMass hockey has done something that it didn’t do when the school had two-time Stanley Cup winners Jonathan Quick or Conor Sheary — earn the No. 1 ranking. Coming off a 7-4 win over UConn Friday night that pushed their record to 12-1, the Minutemen received 26 first-place votes Monday to take the top spot in the USCHO Division 1 men’s poll. UMass jumped from No. 3 which had been its highest ranking in school history. St. Cloud State had been No. 1, but after two ties and a loss…

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Tommy’s Trio: Coach & Tournament Director Haas Set To Compete In London | ATP World Tour

Former World No. 2 Tommy Haas recently won his first ATP Champions Tour events at the Legends Cup in Mallorca. Now, the German, who also serves as Tournament Director at the BNP Paribas Open, heads to Great Britain for Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall, seeking another trophy. Haas spoke to ATPWorldTour.com in the lead-up to the tournament: How excited are you to be heading to Great Britain for Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall?I’m very excited. I’ve heard a lot of great things about the event and…

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Callaway Epic Flash drivers on USGA conforming list

It appears Callaway is ready for its followup to its most successful driver in decades. The Epic Flash, expected to be launched to the public early next year, has made its way this week to the USGA’s list of conforming drivers. Although the company is mum on the details, the new head appears to build on the theme of the Epic, which was the top-selling driver on the market for much of 2017. The success of the driver helped push Callaway to more than $1 billion in sales for the…

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Tiger Woods’ Masters odds take a hit after rough week, now just a co-favorite to win at Augusta National

Tiger Woods remains a favorite to win the 2019 Masters, but he now has company at the top of Westgate Las Vegas Superbook’s board. Following a poor performance at the Hero World Challenge in which Woods, the tournament host, finished 17th in the 18-man field, Westgate downgraded him from 10-to-1 odds at Augusta National to 12-1. The 14-time major champ is now a co-favorite with Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose. PODCAST: Westgate golf oddsmaker discusses handicapping Tiger Woods Woods is a four-time time Masters champ, but hasn’t slipped on the…

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Golden Knights Try to Recapture the Magic of Their Inaugural Season

LAS VEGAS — At the betting tables in Las Vegas, exhilarating highs and devastating lows are commonplace. For the city’s N.H.L. team, the Golden Knights, that volatility may have transferred to the ice. After reaching the Stanley Cup finals in their inaugural year, the Golden Knights have spent much of this season toward the bottom of the standings. “Everybody has bigger expectations for the team, and every player has bigger expectation for themselves,” goalie Marc-Andre Fleury said. “We all know we can be better and it feels like we should…

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