ICC U19 World Cup: Holders India favourites as U 19 World Cup begins

When Makhaya Ntini relates the Indian U-19 team to almost ‘watching the Indian senior team as they looked very slick’, it conveys a thing or two about the Priyam Garg-led side, which starts its U-19 World Cup campaign against Sri Lanka on Sunday. The defending champions go into the contest as one of the favourites, riding on a talented group that has largely tasted the rigours of senior level cricket (almost half of the squad has played for their state teams). Four of them Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ravi Bishnoi, Kartik Tyagi and Akash Singh will turn up for franchises at the 2020 IPL.

India vs Austalia: KS Bharat called as Rishabh Pant’s cover for remaining ODIs – Reports

Young Andhra Pradesh wicket-keeper batsman KS Bharat has been called up as cover for Rishabh Pant for the remaining two ODIs against Australia. Rishabh Pant was ruled out from the 2nd ODI at Rajkot with a concussion. Pant had suffered a blow on his head while batting in the first ODI against Australia. He was unable to keep wickets in that match and KL Rahul had to don the gloves.

Australian Open: Novak Djokovic the man to beat, again, at Melbourne Park

Gary Lineker’s celebrated quote that soccer is a simple game that “the Germans always win” might well be adapted to tennis and the inescapable dominance of Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open. For a tournament that has been thrown into some doubt by bushfire smoke in the leadup, a record-extending eighth Grand Slam title for the defending champion Serbian would hardly be a breath of fresh air for many fans at Melbourne Park.

Mumbai ups chill factor on coldest Jan day in decade

At 25.3 degrees Celsius, Thursday was the coldest January day in Mumbai in at least 10 years. The lowest maximum temperature recorded in the city before Thursday, in the past decade, was 26 degrees Celsius on January 12, 2014. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has records for Mumbai’s lowest maximum and highest minimum temperatures only since 2009.

Pro League: Tough test awaits Indian hockey team

The Indian men’s hockey team’s Olympic qualification is done and dusted. The tough journey starts now with the Manpreet Singh-led side set to test their skills and preparedness against the best teams in the world in the Pro League over the next six months, starting with two matches against the Netherlands over the weekend.

DSP Davinder Singh will be probed by counter-terror probe agency NIA

Davinder Singh, the Jammu and Kashmir police officer arrested last week for terror links, will be probed by the National Investigation Agency, the country’s lead counter-terror probe agency. The Home Ministry on Thursday asked the NIA to start investigations into Singh’s case to take a hard and close look at his involvement with terror groups, according to news agency ANI.

Wrestling community mourns death of WWE Hall of Famer

Wrestling lost another legend on Thursday. 75-year-old WWE Hall of Famer Rocky Johnson passed away on Wednesday night. Johnson is the father of professional wrestling and Hollywood superstar Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. Rocky wrestled in the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) before coming over to the WWE where he was part of the first black tag team (along with Tony Atlas) to win the World Tag Team Championship in the company (then WWF).