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Cricket fans are bound to be enthralled as the Global T20 Canada returns for an eagerly anticipated third edition. Scheduled over the course of 18 days starting 20th July, the marquee tournament will see six franchises from across Canada vying for success.

Following the player draft held last week that saw the likes of Chris Gayle, Harbhajan Singh and Shahid Afridi featured among the star-studded marquee players, the franchises launched their official jerseys for the competition. The vibrant and distinctive colours serve as each team’s visual representation as they seek to imprint their unique identities on the tournament.

Adorned in shades of blue and a slither of red the Toronto Nationals Jersey will also feature the iconic maple leaf embossed on their jersey. Speaking of his excitement ahead of the tournament, Aaqib Javed, head coach of Toronto said, “We are very excited for the upcoming season. The team registered a solid performance last season and with the guidance of experienced legends like Colin Munro and Shahid Afridi, we have a very strong combination.”

Predominantly featuring orange hues, last year’s table leaders, the Brampton Wolves are all set for another challenge at the title, head coach Shane Bond said, “The unit is really looking forward to competing in Canada, we have an exciting mix of youth and experience in the form Harbhajan Singh, Colin De Grandhomme and Tim Southee. We are confident that they will lead us to a successful campaign.”

With striped red and black jerseys, the Montreal Tigers are all-set to hunt for their maiden title this season. Head Coach Dav Whatmore expressed confidence in his side, “We have some of the finest players to have featured in the format, with a squad that comprises the likes of Andre Russel, Shakib Al Hassan, Chris Lynn, Sherfane Rutherford and Carlos Brathwaite, we are undoubtedly in very capable hands,” he said.

New entrants Surrey Jaguars led by the coach of last edition’s winners, Lalchand Rajput, will sport a spotted yellow jersey. With a title already under his belt, head coach Rajput opined, “With big hitters like Alex Hales, Iftikhar Ahmed and Litton Das on board, the fans will be treated to a very entertaining brand of cricket, which is what this tournament and format is all about. The boys are very keen to get going.”

The Vancouver Knights will take to the field clad in emerald green, eager to improve on their runners-up performance from last edition. Representing the team, Donovan Miller reiterated the strength of the squad, “We are feeling good with the squad mix. All departments are well served, we have top quality batters in Mohammed Rizwan and Rassie Van Der Dussen and a formidable bowling through Naveen Ul Haq and the youngster Karthik Meiyappan, so we believe we will be serious contenders for the trophy again.”

Also debuting this season, the Mississauga Panthers will be predominantly draped in jet black and purple as they look to assert themselves in their inaugural campaign. CEO, Hassan Mirza said, “We were very happy with the draft. Any team that has the experience of players like Shoaib Malik and Chris Gayle has always got an advantage. We are brimming with anticipation to go out there and express ourselves on the field.”

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League Cup trophy part of final chapter with Liverpool, says Klopp – ARN News Centre

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Winning the League Cup would be a crucial addition to the final segment of a memoir with Liverpool, the soon-to-depart manager Juergen Klopp said before his side’s final match against Chelsea.

Klopp has announced his decision to step down as Liverpool manager at the end of the season, citing dwindling energy levels.

The 56-year-old, who is the only Liverpool manager to win six different major trophies, would dedicate the victory to everyone connected to the Merseyside club as part of his trophy-laden nine-year epoch.

“I want to win on Sunday, but not for me or my trophy cabinet,” Klopp said of the League Cup final. “It is for the boys, for the club, for the people. That is much more important.

“We wrote, and we are still writing a wonderful book, and when I leave, we close that book and put it on the shelf and then someone else will write a wonderful book.

“Yes, there is space for some chapters. It is long. I am not there and writing the resume already? Not at all. I am 100% in trying to create a few special memories on top of what we have done.”

Klopp’s side has a lengthy injury list that could hinder their chances of securing a record-extending 10th League Cup triumph at Wembley, with the likes of Diogo Jota, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alisson, and Curtis Jones sidelined and forwards Mohamed Salah, Darwin Nunez and midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai doubtful for Sunday.

Liverpool’s most recent triumph came in the 2021-22 campaign when they also lifted the FA Cup and narrowly missed securing a treble as they finished second in the Premier League.

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Last-gasp Casemiro goal sets up United for Liverpool clash – ARN News Centre

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Brazilian Casemiro struck late to send Manchester United into the FA Cup quarter-finals with a 1-0 victory over Nottingham Forest as teenagers Jayden Danns and Lewis Koumas inspired Liverpool to a 3-0 win over Southampton on Wednesday.

Chelsea overcame second-tier Leeds United 3-2 thanks to Conor Gallagher’s 90th-minute winner, easing the pressure on coach Mauricio Pochettino, and Wolverhampton Wanderers beat Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 thanks to Mario Lemina’s early goal.

United kept alive their last hope of lifting a trophy in a difficult season for the 12-times FA Cup winners when the 32-year-old Casemiro headed in a low bouncing free kick from Bruno Fernandes from close range, setting up an enticing quarter-final meeting with Liverpool.

United manager Erik Ten Hag and his team held their breath through a lengthy VAR check for offside before the goal was confirmed to the delight of the United fans at the City Ground.

Three days after Liverpool’s young side beat Chelsea 1-0 to win the League Cup final, Danns struck twice with his first goals for the senior side and Koumas scored on his first-team debut.

Koumas, the 18-year-old son of former Wales international Jason Koumas, scored just before halftime, receiving a superb pass from Bobby Clark before shooting into the bottom corner via a deflection off Jack Stephens.

Danns, also 18, netted his first in the 73rd minute when he dinked the ball over keeper Joe Lumley, and scored again 15 minutes later after pouncing on a loose ball.

With injuries to key players including Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp fielded a young team against Southampton — 23 spots below them in England’s football pyramid.

For Chelsea, struggling in mid-table in the league, the FA Cup is their last realistic chance of silverware.

The Premier League side were shocked in the eighth minute when Leeds took the lead after a defensive mix-up playing out from a goal kick allowed Mateo Joseph to score his first senior goal.

Chelsea replied with two goals from flowing moves in the 15th and 37th minutes and fine finishes by Senegal’s Nicolas Jackson and Ukrainian Mykhailo Mudryk.

Leeds upped the intensity in the second half and were rewarded in the 59th minute as a free header from the unmarked Joseph flew past Chelsea keeper Robert Sanchez.

Pochettino brought on Gallagher and Ben Chilwell as well as top scorer Cole Palmer in the second half and the move paid off. With extra time looming, Gallagher latched on to a pass from Argentine midfielder Enzo Fernandez before shooting home to take Chelsea into the last eight.

Pochettino called the win a “big relief”.

Liverpool travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United over the weekend of March 16, champions Manchester City host Newcastle United, Chelsea play Leicester City and Wolves take on Coventry City.



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Medvedev edges past Sonego to book Dubai quarter-final spot – ARN News Centre

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Reigning champion Daniil Medvedev avoided an early scare to overcome a spirited performance by Lorenzo Sonego and secure a spot in the quarterfinals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory.

The World No. 4 looked shaky during the opening exchanges, winning just 53 per cent (10/19) of points behind his first delivery as counterpart Sonego took full advantage and deservedly won the first set.

Medvedev, to his credit, recovered quickly and served with far more aggression in the second and third sets, firing off both wings and hitting pinpoint
serves.

The decisive moment came during a tense fifth game in the final set as the No. 1 seed broke Sonego’s serve with a running forehand winner and safely saw out the match thereafter.

Medvedev will face Alejandro Davidovich Fokina after Qatar Open finalist Jakub Mensik was forced to retire through injury early in the second set of their clash.

Hubert Hurkacz will join Medvedev in the last eight after a battling 7-6, 6-4 victory over Australian Christopher O’Connell. The World No. 8 will make his fourth quarter-final appearance in Dubai when he takes to the court to face Ugo Humbert, the French No. 1, on Thursday evening.

One man who will not be competing in the quarterfinals is Karan Khachanov after the No. 4 seed was sent crashing out of the tournament following Jiri Lehecka’s stunning comeback victory (6-7, 7-6, 6-4).

Lehecka, the World’s No36, knelt to the floor in elation after securing a spot in the last eight at the expense of in-form Khachanov, who had come into the match on the back of five straight wins.

The 27-year-old won his sixth-career title in Doha last week and looked on course to continue that momentum after clinching the first set against Lehecka.

Lehecka had other ideas, though, saving five points during a tense second set, coming back from 0-3 in the tiebreak that later followed and from 2-4 in the third decisive set to secure a second top-20 win of the season after a mammoth three-hour clash on Court One.

Meanwhile, Sebastian Korda continues to enjoy his maiden Dubai tournament, needing just 43 minutes to breeze past Botic van de Zandschulp and set up a quarter-final meeting against 2022 winner Andrey Rublev.

Korda, the first son to follow in his father’s footsteps in featuring in the premier tennis tournament of the Middle East, dropped just one game in an emphatic straight sets victory (6-1, 6-0) over the Dutch No. 2.





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