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Cricket

India’s captain Virat Kohli says his priority is to help India win matches than just play ‘slam-bang cricket’ for the sake of entertaining the crowd in the Twenty20 game.  (Photo:Twitter)

Virat Kohli says he would rather finish than entertain

Kohli produced a batting masterclass in 1st T20I match against WI, smashing a career-best 94 not out to help India chase a 200-plus target.

Former South Africa skipper Graeme Smith is set to become the new director of cricket (DOC) at Cricket South Africa (CSA) by Wednesday next week. (Photo:AP)

Graeme Smith set to become Cricket South Africa's director of cricket

CSA prez Chris Nenzani had a talk with Smith, and if all goes according to plan, the appointment will be made official next week.

James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow and Mark Wood returned to England's Test squad for South Africa series. (Photo:AFP)

James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow and Mark Wood back in England squad for SA Tests

Anderson sustained a right calf tear in the 1st Ashes Test, Wood is recovering from a left knee injury sustained in the ICC WC Final.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) have appointed administrator Jacques Faul as acting chief executive and hope to conclude negotiations with former test captain Graeme Smith to take over as director of cricket next week, the governing body said on Saturday. (Photo:Twitter)

Embattled CSA appoint Jacques Faul as action CEO

The CSA decided to appoint Faul at a special board meeting on Saturday after a chaotic week in which they suspended CEO Thabang Moroe.

Shankar Basu

Captain Kohli yet to scale peak in fitness, says Shankar Basu

Basu said Kohli has an insatiable appetite for achieving excellence in whatever he does.

Tennis

As Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal scripted his 19th Grand Slam win, netizens lauded the player and sent in congratulatory messages on Twitter. (Photo: AFP)

Twitteratis hail Rafael Nadal as he scripts 19th Grand Slam win

Nadal defeated Russia's Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 in the finals to record his fourth US Open title win on Sunday.

Indian tennis player Sumit Nagpal moved two places up and achieved his career-best 127th spot in the latest Association of Tennis Professional (ATP) men's singles rankings released on Monday. (Photo: DC File)

Sumit Nagal attains career-best ranking

Nagal currently has 433 points while Rafael Nadal retained the top rank with 9,585 points.

Roger Federer is to become the first living Swiss to have a coin minted in their honour, with a commemorative 20 franc (INR 1437) silver piece bearing his image being issued in January. (Photo: AP/PTI)

Swiss government will mint 55,000 coins featuring Roger Federer

The 38-year-old 20-time Grand Slam champion is regarded by many as the greatest tennis player ever and is a national hero in Switzerland.

Kiren Rijiju congratulated Leander Paes on winning his 44th doubles match in Davis Cup. (Photo: Twitter/ Kiren Rijiju)

Leander Paes congratulated by Kiren Rijiju after Davis Cup win

India had progressed to the 2020 Qualifiers after securing a 4-0 lead against Pakistan in the Davis Cup.

Football

Fijian international footballer Roy Krishna was awarded the ISL Hero of the Month for November after some scintillating performances for his team ATK. (Photo:PTI)

Atletico De Kolkata's Roy Krishna receives ISL Hero of the Month award

The striker saw off stiff competition from the likes of Jamshedpur FC's Sergio Castel, Odisha FC's Aridane Santana, FC Goa's Mourtada Fall.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer went into a crucial week of fixtures with critics questioning whether he was the right man for the job of restoring the club’s fortunes.  But those sniping at the Norwegian will surely be a little quieter now after, in the space of four days, he masterminded victories over two of the most respected managers in the game, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola. (Photo:AP)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer delivers perfect reply to his doubters

After beating UCL runners-up Tottenham Hotspur, Solskjaer’s young side enjoyed a memorable 2-1 triumph over Man City.

Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho has called for a collective effort to plug their leaky defence which has conceded 'cheap goals' in his first four matches at the club. (Photo:AFP)

Tottenham Hotspur must fix leaky defence and stop cheap goals: Jose Mourinho

Spurs have conceded eight goals in all competitions and failed to keep a single clean sheet since Mourinho took over from Pochettino.

Cristiano Ronaldo put Juventus ahead at the Stadio Olimpico when he picked up a Rodrigo Bentancur cross to tap in after 25 minutes. (Photo:AP)

Serie A 2019-20: Napoli defeat Juventus 3-1, leave title race open

Maurizio Sarri's eight-time reigning league champions remain second in the table, two points behind leaders Inter Milan after 15 matches.

Neymar scored a sublime free-kick and set up another goal as Paris Saint-Germain rallied to beat 10-man Montpellier 3-1 and restore their lead at the top of Ligue 1 to eight points. (Photo:AFP)

Ligue 1 2019-20: Neymar stars in PSG's 3-1 comeback win over 10-man Montpellier

Montpellier, unbeaten at home since the opening day of the season, grabbed the lead on 41 minutes at the Stade de la Mosson.

In Other sports

On November 14, WWE superstar Charlotte Flair visited India to celebrate the occasion of Children’s Day with kids from Special Olympics Bharat. (Photo:Twitter)

Watch: Charlotte Flair dances on Bhangra beats, gets lessons from Varun Dhawan

On November 15, the 10-time WWE Champion also met with India’s famous Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan.

The Indian men's table tennis team on Tuesday achieved its best ever ranking by moving up to the eighth spot in the latest ITTF rankings. (Photo: AFP)

Indian men's team achieve their best ranking in Table Tennis

The Indian team comprising World No. 30 G Sathiyan and World No. 36 Sharath Kamal is tied with ninth-placed Austria on 280 points.

Third seed Kidambi Srikanth sailed past Russia's Vladimir Malkov in straight games to set up a second-round clash with fellow Indian Parupalli Kashyap in the Syed Modi International Badminton Tournament here on Wednesday. (Photo:AP)

Srikanth advances to 2nd round of Syed Modi International

Srikanth prevailed 21-12 21-11 in his 36-minute opening round clash, while Kashyap got a walkover from Frenchman Lucas Corvee.

India on Thursday overtook Nepal to reach the top spot of the medal tally in the ongoing South Asian Games 2019. (Photo: South Asian Games website)

South Asian Games 2019: India overtakes Nepal to reach top spot at medal tally

India now has 77 medals in its kitty with 36 gold, 28 silver and 13 bronze. Nepal has 74 medals with 30 gold, 16 silver and 28 bronze.