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      T20 World Cup Broadcasters Announce Special Feed For Hearing And Visually Impaired Fans

      • May 16, 2024
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      Hearing and visually-impaired cricket fans can look forward to an Indian Sign Language (ISL) and audio descriptive feed during next month's T20 World Cup in the Americas with official broadcasters Disney Hotstar and Star Sports Network announcing special telecast arrangements. This will be applicable for 10 matches including all the India games, semi-finals and finals. The broadcaster said that this is the first time that the T20 World Cup will be telecast with sign language and descriptive commentary making "cricket more immersive for its deaf, hard-of-hearing and visually-impaired users."Minister of Information and Broadcasting and Youth Affairs and Sports, Anurag Thakur, welcomed the move."The Government of India is committed to creating an inclusive society and I strongly believe that this initiative will enhance the viewing experience for millions of differently-abled sports enthusiasts," he said in a press release.With this, Disney Hotstar also becomes the first OTT platform to make ISL available for live cricket.Sajith Sivanandan, Head, Disney Hotstar India, said, "This underscores our commitment to promote inclusivity and serve all users. With these enhancements, we aim to ensure that the excitement of cricket knows no bounds." Sanjog Gupta, Head of Disney Star (Sports), said the innovation has got good response in the ongoing IPL."Our mission of serving sports fans is powered by such pioneering initiatives which seek to remove barriers of access and engagement for fans from all walks of life. The initiative also serves to present a more inclusive picture of India's favourite sport and is of immense pride for the sporting fraternity," he said.The ISL feed will provide a ball-by-ball update through the presence of a translator on the live stream. The audio descriptive feed will be complemented by voice-over technology for specific pages, which can render text and images into a speech output.Alok Kejriwal, Founder and CEO, India Signing Hands, a non-profit organisation that advocates for equal opportunities for the deaf, described it as an excellent move."I am confident that it will open doors to the exciting world of cricket to many more people from the Deaf and Visually Impaired communities," he said.According to the World Health Organization, there is an estimated 6.3 crore community of deaf and four crore visually impaired individuals in India.Also Read: BCCI sounds out CSK head coach Stephen Fleming to succeed Rahul Dravid

      FOOTBALL

      Top 5 footballers of all time

      • Jun 06, 2024
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      Picking a player as the greatest of all time, in any sport, is a very subjective task with various unquantifiable facets coming into the picture. However, with the number of goals he has scored and having won every possible trophy he could, Lionel Messi is considered the greatest football player of all time. He finally attained the undisputed GOAT status after Argentina won the FIFA World Cup in Qatar after a frantic final against France. The fact that Messi won the Golden Ball by scoring seven goals and assisting three more in the competition, adds to his argument as the greatest footballer ever.Top 5 football players of all timeRank PlayerGoals Trophies1Lionel Messi802422Pele767263Diego Maradona353124Cristiano Ronaldo819345Johan Cruyff433226Zinedine Zidane156157Gerd Muller 718168Ronaldo Nazario414199Alfredo di Stefano5092710Michel Platini 35312Lionel Messi (Argentina) - 802 goals, 42 trophiesEmerging from Barcelona’s academy La Masia, Lionel Messi quickly became one of the best players in football, winning his first Ballon d’Or in 2009 at the age of 22. He went on to win seven of them. He won the coveted treble twice with Barcelona and finally ended his wait for a major international trophy with the Copa America 2021 and then added the FIFA World Cup 2022 trophy to his haul, which also includes an Olympic gold medal from Beijing 2008. He is also the only player in history to win two Golden Balls in World Cups (2014 and 2022).Now in the twilight of his career, the Argentinian legend is now playing in the United States with Inter Miami. In his short time in Miami, he has made an impact by helping the franchise win the Leagues Cup which is the first ever in the history of the franchise.While the Miami outfit is yet to establish itself as a powerhouse in the MLS, many fans of the team and neutrals alike are confident that it is only a matter of time until the team starts competing for the MLS title with the addition of Messi to the squad.The belief is so widespread in Miami that many fans are already touring them as a contender next term. A lot of fans are not stopping at tagging them as possible champions in the next couple of years, many are backing their claim by betting on the team to become champions next term.Of course, the odds are quite good and it guarantees a handsome reward if it pays off. However, there are other incentives like betting bonuses for signing up and placing a bet on a betting site.It is a common practice for Sportsbook to reward new customers with a betting bonus when they sign up and make a deposit.Football Legends and Their Remarkable AchievementsPele (Brazil) - 767 goals, 26 trophiesPele, a three-time World Cup winner, made a sensational debut on the global stage with six goals in the 1958 World Cup. Known as the "Black Pearl," Pele scored over 700 goals for club and country, achieving numerous titles with the Brazilian club Santos. He is celebrated as the first modern football superstar.Diego Maradona (Argentina) - 353 goals, 12 trophiesDiego Maradona is regarded as one of the greatest attacking players in football history. His incredible ball control and skill inspired generations. Maradona led Argentina to victory in the 1986 World Cup, scoring twice in both the quarter-finals and semi-finals. He also drove Napoli to their only two league titles.Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) - 819 goals, 34 trophiesCristiano Ronaldo is the highest goal-scorer in football history, winning league titles in England, Spain, and Italy. He has five Champions League titles, four of which were won with Real Madrid. A five-time Ballon d'Or winner, Ronaldo also scored four goals in Portugal’s first major trophy win at UEFA Euro 2012.Johan Cruyff (Netherlands) - 433 goals, 22 trophiesJohan Cruyff, the pioneer of "Total Football," is considered one of the most influential figures in football. He won three consecutive European Cup titles with Ajax and three Ballon d'Or awards. Cruyff also led the Netherlands to the World Cup finals in 1974 and 1978.Zinedine Zidane (France) - 156 goals, 16 trophiesZinedine Zidane is one of football's all-time greats, known for his exceptional control and technique. Starting his career with Cannes, he gained fame at Bordeaux and later won multiple titles with Juventus and Real Madrid. Zidane helped France win the 1998 World Cup and reached the finals again in 2006. He was named the best player in the world in 1998, 2000, and 2003.Also Read: TOP 5 RICHEST FOOTBALLERS IN THE WORLD 2024: NET WORTH, CAREER, SALARY AND MORE

      HOCKEY

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      Harmanpreet Singh, Gurjit Kaur win best player awards as India sweep international hockey honours

      • Oct 06, 2021
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      Indian hockey touched a new peak on Wednesday, making a virtual clean sweep of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) awards, with drag-flick sensation Harmanpreet Singh being crowned the 'FIH Player of the Year' in the men's category, PR Sreejesh winning the 'Goalkeeper of the Year' award and the men's hockey chief coach Graham Reid getting the 'FIH Coach of the Year' award. Former Indian women's hockey chief coach Sjoerd Marijne got the 'FIH Coach of the Year' award in the women's category. The voting-based annual awards had six Indian players and two coaches in men's and women's categories. This is the first time that all nominees from India have won the prestigious awards in their respective categories. Drag-flick sensation Harmanpreet Singh was the top scorer in India's bronze medal-winning performance at the Tokyo Olympic Games. He was nominated for the award along with Belgium's Arthur Van Doren and Alexander Hendrickx as well as Australia's Jake Whetton, Tim Brand and Aran Zalewski. Drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur won the 'FIH Player of The Year' award in the women's category. She was nominated alongside Argentina's Agustina Gorzelany and Agustina Albertarrio. The other nominees for the award were Netherlands' Eva De Goede, Frederique Matla and Maria Verschoor. Sreejesh, who won the 'Goalkeeper of the Year' award, had come up with a career-best performance at the Olympic Games. The other nominees in this category were Belgium's Vincent Vanasch and Australia's Andrew Charter. Goalkeeper Savita won the award for the best goalkeeper in the female category. Savita, who was also the joint-vice captain of the women's team at the Olympics, was outstanding in guarding India's post and played an instrumental role in the team finishing fourth in Tokyo. The other nominees in this category were Great Britain's Maddie Hinch and Argentina's Belen Succi. 2020-21 FIH #HockeyStarsAwards results announced! Olympic Success Wave continues for India with @TheHockeyIndia winning big.A record number of almost 300’000 fans casted their votes for this year's Awards.CONGRATULATIONS to all winners and nominees!— International Hockey Federation (@FIH_Hockey) October 6, 2021In the FIH 'Rising Star of the Year' category for men, Vivek Sagar Prasad won the award for the second consecutive time. He was nominated along with South Africa's Mustaphaa Cassiem and Australia's Sean Findlay. In the 'FIH Rising Star of the Year' category for women, Sharmila Devi won the award with maximum votes ahead of Great Britain's Fiona Crackles and Argentina's Valentina Raposo. Graham Reid got the 'FIH Coach of the Year' award. He was nominated along with Australia's Colin Batch and Belgium's Shane McLeod. Congratulating the award winners, Hockey India president Gyanendro Ningombam said, "This is a great moment for Indian hockey as all our Indian nominees for the FIH Stars Awards have been announced winners. After the historic performances in Tokyo by both the Indian men`s and women`s hockey teams, the support from Indian fans from across the globe has been overwhelming. We thank everyone who supported the nominees by voting for them. "This is a big moment for us and these awards will definitely inspire future generations to take up the sport professionally. On behalf of Hockey India, I congratulate all the award winners and wish them success in their future endeavours."Also Read- Sagar Rana murder case: Delhi court denies bail to Olympic wrestler Sushil Kumar

      SERIES

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      Gukesh wins in Chennai, one step closer to Candidates

      • Dec 22, 2023
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      The 17-year-old edged past compatriot Arjun Erigaisi on tie-breaks after both Indians finished on 4.5 points after the completion of the seventh and final roundIndian Grandmaster D Gukesh took a significant step towards earning a spot in the prestigious Candidates tournament next year by winning the Chennai Grand Masters 2023 chess tournament in Chennai on Thursday.Local boy Gukesh, 17, edged past compatriot Arjun Erigaisi on tie-breaks after both Indians finished on 4.5 points after the completion of the seventh and final round. Another Indian Grandmaster P Harikrishna, whom Gukesh drew with in the final round on Thursday, finished third on the leaderboard with 4 points.Going into the final round of the eight-player tournament, Gukesh needed only a draw in his clash with Harikrishna with black pieces. Erigaisi made things rather interesting by defeating Russian-born Hungarian Grandmaster Sanan Sjugirov in the final round. Gukesh and Erigaisi were equal on points and on par in terms of head-to-head but the former came out triumphant on the basis of a superior tie-break score.The tournament victory gives Gukesh — who in September this year had surpassed Viswanathan Anand as the top-ranked Indian player in the FIDE charts — a great chance of booking a seat in next year's Candidates tournament in Toronto in April through the FIDE Circuit route.With six of the eight spots already taken (including those by Indians R Praggnanandhaa and Vidit Gujrathi), two remain up for grabs via the 2023 FIDE Circuit (for one player who achieves the highest results during the eligible tournaments in 2023) and the FIDE rating route. By winning the tournament in Chennai, Gukesh has put himself on top of the FIDE Circuit leaderboard and will be in a battle with Dutch Grandmaster Anish Giri to finish on top with one more tournament to go.The FIDE Circuit ends with the World Rapid and Blitz Championship in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, from December 26-30. Gukesh, though, was quoted as saying by chess.com after his tournament win that he was still "50-50" about participating in the World Rapid and Blitz.Gukesh remained unbeaten through the seven rounds in Chennai, notching up wins against Russian-born Serbian Grandmaster Alexandr Predke and Sjugirov in the fourth and fifth round, respectively, to go with the five draws. The win over Sjugirov with black pieces on Tuesday had put Gukesh in the sole lead."It was really good. I finally managed to enjoy myself in a tournament," Gukesh told chess.com. "Obviously, the last few months have been very stressful."Erigaisi had an impressively strong finish to the tournament (with three wins overall). He defeated Sjugirov on Thursday and Parham Maghsoodloo, the Iranian GM who was the top seed in Chennai, with black in the penultimate round. However, his opening-round defeat to compatriot Harikrishna proved to be the difference in the end. The 20-year-old Grandmaster needed to win this tournament to stand a chance of qualifying for the Candidates via FIDE Circuit.Harikrishna, the 37-year-old from Guntur, meanwhile also remained unbeaten with six draws that followed the win over Erigaisi. Top-seeded Maghsoodloo, another competitor who was in contention for the Candidates through a triumph in Chennai, could not quite live up to his billing and finished sixth with 3.5 points and a couple of defeats.ASlso Read: European Court of Justice rules FIFA, UEFA breached EU Law over Super League ban

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      LaLiga will not be weakened by Lionel Messi's exit, says ex-Real Madrid player Fernando Morientes

      • Sep 08, 2021
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      La Liga may be shorn of its biggest name in Lionel Messi who left FC Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain but former Real Madrid player Fernando Morientes feels the Spanish league would not be "weakened" by the exit of the Argentine maestro.Messi joined Paris Saint-Germain's club last month is not the only high-profile exit from La Liga. In the last five seasons, players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Sergio Ramos have left Real Madrid or Barcelona."La Liga throughout its history has lost players, just like any other league... It is nothing new. Cristiano left, Neymar left, Messi and Ramos have also left," Morientes, who is also the La Liga ambassador, said during a virtual media interaction."Footballers will eventually leave, but clubs will stay. La Liga doesn't sell itself through a single player. La Liga is never going to have a problem to sell itself as a competition"."La Liga has done a spectacular job attempting to attract the best players to make it as competitive as always been."Morientes said it's an opportunity for the Spanish clubs to prove themselves at the marquee Champions League.“I would like to see a Spanish final in fact, because there are many people who think that Messi's departure has weakened the league. We have to show that this is not the case.Also Read- Lionel Messi signs two-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain after leaving Barcelona"In the last 10-15 years, La Liga teams have always been very competitive in all European competitions. And I'm convinced this coming season the Spanish teams will demonstrate their true potential in this competition," said the former Spanish center-forward.The 45-year-old said it was the responsibility of the clubs to change, adapt and sign great players."La Liga will continue to be a really attractive league that will bring in new players and I'm sure there are great players who will want to play here," said Morientes, who played 183 games for Real Madrid between 1997 and 2005."The Spanish league is strong enough to be attractive to everyone. I am convinced that you in India will continue to follow the league and continue to follow our teams as fans and not just as individual players."On the prospect of 'El Clasico' without Messi and Ronaldo, he said: "Real Madrid and Barcelona at the end of the day are much more than just two players. It's true that both Cristiano and Messi have made history in Spanish football."Obviously we would like to have players of this level. But we must remember that the rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona goes back many years, and Messi and Ronaldo are not always at the club." Also Read- Cristiano Ronaldo becomes all-time highest goalscorer in international football with brace against Ireland

      DOMESTIC

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      Mumbai Gets Ready To Host NBA India Games

      • Oct 01, 2019
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      The capital of Maharashtra, Mumbai, hosts the next National Games (NBA Games) in India, which will begin on September 8th. There will be two pre-season games between the Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers.Mumbai will host the next NBA Games starting September 28th. As the celebrations begin, it will be the first game, also a pre-season game, between Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers. The game will be played in front of 3,000 children in 70 schools in Mumbai. It will also be the first match of the NBA in India, scheduled for October 4. Then there will be another game on October 5th, which will be open to the public.Celebrations will begin tomorrow, beginning with The Gateway of India, followed by the first floating Bandra-Worli Naval Court, which will lead to community events highlighting NBA values.In addition, graffiti artists such as NME and Minzo will promote events through street art, while Indian hip hop artists such as Shah Rule and Brodha V will do so through original compositions. For matches also, Geo Safin chose playlists in Hindi, English, and Tamil.Gateway of India lights up for historic NBAIndia GamesBarnes added that Indian fans will have the opportunity to understand what basketball is at the 2019 Indian Games in Mumbai.An important event is expected when the Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings will play two games before the 2019 NBA season in Mumbai for the first time on Friday, October 4, 2019, and Saturday, October 5, 2019. To celebrate the arrival of En Los, basketball games and India Gate illuminated on Saturday. The news agency also shared photos of the illuminated memorial.Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings and Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Vlad Devak, and Indiana Pacers Doug McDermott and Basketball Operations Manager Pritchard shared their enthusiasm for the visit in India with the country's media. During a teleconference organized by the National Basketball Association.It will be a very exciting time for us, as a team, for the league, to be part of the first game of the NBA Games India 2019 in India. I talked to my teammates and they are very happy to see the culture. The most important thing in India is that the culture is beautiful. I was there earlier this year and I want to give my teammates the opportunity to walk around town, eat Indian food and watch the Taj Mahal, as well as work with children who are NBA members. Academy in India. It's a beautiful experience. "From a basketball standpoint, I want to see how passionate fans are," Barnes said.Barnes added that Indian fans will have the opportunity to understand what basketball is at the 2018 NBA India Games in Mumbai.I think watching the game on TV is one thing, but the power to watch it closely will give Indian fans an idea of its content. Feeling passion and experience is what I feel everyone wants to promote. I was very moved by the kids when I traveled to India this summer and they have a lot of talent. To see how difficult their job and diligence for the details. "There is no doubt that the game will develop and more players will come out of India," said Barnes.Kevin Pritchard, general manager of the Indiana Pacers, said the two teams were pioneers in the transfer of the NBA from the United States to India."We are very happy to arrive in India, we talk a lot about it internally and we feel like pioneers because it's the first basketball game in the country." I think the players are excited and want to be ready to do a good show, "Pritchard said.