Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman Undergoes Heart Surgery

Kingsley Coman is expected back in training within two weeks, said coach Julian Nagelsmann.© AFP Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman has undergone surgery to correct an irregular heartbeat, the German champions announced Friday. The 25-year-old French international is expected back in training within two weeks, said coach Julian Nagelsmann. “He had a slightly irregular heartbeat, a minor heart irregularity. We did a long-term ECG and carried out this operation,” said Nagelsmann. “He’s doing very well and he has little wound pain. Once the wound is healed then he will be able to start…

Prosecutors Probe Alleged Racist Chants By Lazio Fans In AC Milan Clash

Lazio fans were accused of racist chants against AC Milan’s Tiemoue Bakayoko last weekend.© Twitter Prosecutors have opened an investigation into alleged racist chants by Lazio fans against AC Milan‘s Tiemoue Bakayoko last weekend, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) said Friday. They are examining video footage from Milan’s 2-0 win over the Roman club at the San Siro on Sunday, after Bakayoko and his club said he had suffered abuse, it said in a statement. “The federal prosecutors’ office has opened an investigation against Lazio following the complaint filed by AC Milan,”…

National Open Athletics C’ships: Parul Chaudhary Wins Second Gold Medal

Parul Chaudhary of Railways won her second gold medal beating Maharashtra’s Komal Chandrakant Jagdale in the women’s 3000m steeplechase final in the 60th National Open Athletics Championships at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Hanamkonda on Friday. Though Ram Baboo (Uttar Pradesh) was credited with the only national record-breaking performance when he won the men’s 35km race walk in 2 hours 46 minutes and 31 seconds, it was the women’s 3000m steeplechase that made for great viewing for the goodly crowd that turned up. Railways’ B Aishwarya claimed the women’s long…

Davis Cup: Prajnesh Loses To Virtanen, India Down 0-1 vs Finland

Prajnesh Gunneswaran lost 3-6 6-7(1) to Otto Virtanen in just one hour and 25 minutes.© AFP Prajnesh Gunneswaran yet again lost to a lower-ranked player in the Davis Cup to leave India trailing 0-1 in the World Group I tie against Finland, in Espoo on Friday. Up against Otto Virtanen, ranked as low as 419 in the ATP ranking chart, the 165th ranked Prajnesh lost 3-6 6-7(1) in just one hour 25 minutes. Ramkumar Ramanathan now needs to beat Finland’s number one player, Enil Ruusuvuori, who is ranked 74 in the world…

Manchester United On “Right Track” Despite Financial Hit From Virus

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said Friday he had “great optimism” for the future as the club published financial results revealing the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Annual financial figures showed total revenue for the year to June 30 — related to a full season played during the global health crisis — was down 2.9 percent to £494.1 million ($680 million), with matchday revenue plummeting more than 90 percent. In their previous annual results, United’s revenue dropped sharply from £627.1 million to £509 million — figures that incorporated…

Shafali Verma’s Role Will Be Crucial In Pink Ball Test: Hemlata Kala

Former India all-rounder Hemlata Kala believes that the role of aggressive opener Shafali Verma would be crucial in the upcoming one-off Pink Ball test against Australia Women as she plays “unique cricket” and there won’t be any challenge for the teenager. The 17-year-old Rohtak-born Shafali, scored a total of 159 (96 and 63) runs on her Test debut against England earlier this year and was the ‘Player-of-the-match’. She is now part of the Test team for Australia. “Shafali has an important role (to play) and I think she will be…

IPL 2021: Delhi Capitals Paceman Anrich Nortje Reveals Plans For UAE Leg

One of the biggest reasons behind Delhi Capitals’ march to their maiden IPL final last season was the performance of its bowlers. DC had one of the most well-rounded bowling attacks in the tournament with both pacers and spinners doing their job with elan. The Indian spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin (13 wickets) and Axar Patel (9 wickets) kept things tight in the middle overs, but the real damage was done by the South African pace duo of Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje. Rabada, who won the Purple Cap by…

National Boxing Championships: Shiva Thapa Into Last-16, Bidhuri Bows Out

Day 3 of the men’s National Boxing Championships saw lots of ups and downs.© Twitter Five-time Asian medallist Shiva Thapa (63.5kg) moved into the pre-quarterfinals with a knockout victory but former world championship bronze-winner Gaurav Bidhuri (57kg) exited after an opening round loss in the men’s National Boxing Championships on Friday. Representing Assam, Thapa knocked out Shubham Mamta of Steel Plant Sports Board (SPSB) in the opening round of his bout. Shubham was attended to by the medical team after the body shot threw him off balance in the ring.…

Pep Guardiola Unrepentant Over Manchester City Fan Plea

Pep Guardiola says he will not apologise for urging fans to fill empty seats at Manchester City‘s Etihad stadium after his comments irritated some of the club’s supporters. The City boss said this week that he wanted a bigger crowd at Saturday’s home game against Southampton than the 38,062 who watched his side’s 6-3 Champions League win over RB Leipzig in midweek. City’s poor attendances and flat atmosphere for some European games are often used as taunts by rival fans but crowds of more than 50,000 turned up to watch their opening…

MS Dhoni Urges People To Take COVID-19 Vaccination And Wear Masks

As part of a campaign, MS Dhoni asked people to take the COVID-19 vaccine and wear masks.© BCCI/IPL Captain of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Friday urged people to take the vaccine against coronavirus and continue to wear masks in public. Dhoni is taking part in a public health campaign titled “Vaccine Podu, Mask Podu.” The public health campaign is undertaken by Kauvery Group of Hospitals, a multi-specialty healthcare chain, a press note said. Dhoni was roped in as the brand ambassador for Kauvery Hospitals recently. “Our…