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Ind vs SL ODI Series: Rahul Dravid’s most emotional & inspirational speech to the Indian team after victory over Sri Lanka, Check Video



Ind vs SL ODI Series: Rahul Dravid’s most emotional & inspirational speech to the Indian team after victory over Sri Lanka, Check VideoAfter Team India managed to win the nail-biting second ODI in Colombo, India’s head coach Rahul Dravid praised the players for their courageous show. In a video shared by BCCI on Twitter, Dravid acknowledged the team efforts collectively rather than mentioning individual names.

Team India’s victory not just ended in a win but also sealed the ODI series 2-0 against Sri Lanka. “We obviously finished on the right side of the result, which is incredible and fantastic. But even if we didn’t finish on the right side of the result, the fight that we put forth was absolutely brilliant. Well done all of you.

IND vs SL ODI series:The former Indian player recognized the team’s efforts and hailed the boys’ zeal for keeping their steel. “It is not the right time to talk about individual names at this point of time, obviously there have been fantastic individual performances, especially towards the end. But we have talked about that in our meetings, acknowledged and recognized everyone’s contribution in this game. But I think when you look at the whole game, it was a really good team performance. Many performances right across bowling, batting even at the start or even at the guys who finished it off in the end. It was a fantastic team performance. Well done to all of you!

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Dravid also mentioned how Lankans came back strongly to give India a close fight in the second contest. “We said that they were going to respond, we knew we have to respect the opposition, they are also an international team. They responded and we responded back like a champion team. With our backs to the wall, we found a way to win. Very well done to all of you! Fantastic!

Soon after the spine-chilling speech from Dravid, the dressing room flooded with thunderous applause.

IND vs SL ODI series: Deepak Chahar: Man of the moment

The three and a half minute video featured Suryakaumar Yadav praising Deepak Chahar who cruised Team India to a glaring win with his vital 69-run knock. The clip also featured Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the man standing with Chahar of how their strategy was all like during their partnership.

The video also saw raw emotions coming from Chahar who minced, “Really good. We won! Got a chance to bat besides undertaking complete fielding earlier during the match. Feels great batting after performing batting for 25 overs as I rarely get a chance to get on with the willow.”

Ind vs SL ODI Series: Rahul Dravid’s most emotional & inspirational speech to the Indian team after victory over Sri Lanka, Check Video

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Premier League: Headers in training to be limited



New regulations are to be introduced that will limit the number of headers professional footballers practice in training per week.

Over the last few years, heading within football, especially among children, has become a hot topic.

A study conducted in 2019 found that footballers are more likely to suffer from degenerative brain diseases Dementia compared to people whose jump doesn’t involve frequently heading a ball.

In February of last year, the practice of heading in training sessions was banned for all children aged 11 or under in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland at all levels.

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Several high-profile former footballers such as Sir Bobby Charlton, Nobby Stiles and Jeff Astle have all died within the last few years after suffering brain disease, with Charlton suffering from Dementia before his death.

In order to protect players, they will be limited to 10 ‘high force’ headers per week in training at ever level of English football including the Premier League.

“Our heading guidance now reaches across all players, at all levels of the game,” said FA chief executive Mark Bullingham.

“We are committed to further medical research to gain an understanding of any risks within football. In the meantime, this reduces a potential risk factor.

“It is important to remember that the overwhelming medical evidence is that football and other sports have positive impacts on both mental and physical health.”

What has the reaction been?

Former Arsenal, West Ham and England central defender Matthew Upson told Sky Sports he is in favour of the rule change.

“I 100% back the research and the studies that have gone into making this step,” he said.

“There’s been a lot of work behind the scenes, researching the impact of heading the ball and it seems a very reasonable request if I’m honest.

“The key words are the ‘high impact’ contact. You can still practice heading, technically, as let’s be honest, heading is a real art – a matter of timing, technicality towards it.

“Those big ones when you’re heading from a goal kick or from a corner – it just makes sense in training not to expose yourself to that impact.

“Save it for opportunities in matches when three points are on the line. In training, it just makes perfect sense, so I fully welcome the change.”

Studies have shown that it can have an impact on your health

When asked whether he looks back on some training sessions in the past and worries about his own health, Upson admits he wouldn’t agree to them now.

“I sometimes cast my mind back to some of the sessions that I’ve done over the 20 years as a professional footballer, and looking back, you wouldn’t entertain a training session like that,” he continued.

“You wouldn’t head a number of large balls into the box. When as an apprentice practicing those big, headed clearances and getting your head on kicks from the halfway line.

“There isn’t really a need to practice that in mass numbers. Studies have shown that it can have an impact on your health.”

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Boston Bruins among 4 free agent destinations for Ryan Getzlaf



The Boston Bruins are looking to bring in a veteran center for their next playoff push and Ryan Getzlaf is one of the leading options.

NHL Free Agency opened on Wednesday and has already kicked into full gear with signings and rumors flying in. The latest comes from TSN’s Pierre Lebrun as the Boston Bruins are one of the top destinations for Ryan Getzlaf if he leaves the Anaheim Ducks for the first time in his 16 year career.

The Bruins join the Dallas Stars, Edmonton Oilers and Montreal Canadiens among the potential destinations.

The move makes a lot of sense for the Bruins, who are still looking to get another Stanley Cup with their main core before the window closes. A potential Bruins-Getzlaf signing feels reminiscent of when Boston brought in David Backes during the 2016 offseason. While that partnership didn’t ultimately work out for either side, it did give them another center and more leadership for the team.

What could Ryan Getzlaf bring to the Boston Bruins?

Getzlaf is an interesting addition for anyone this offseason. The 37-year-old is far from his prime anymore and had the worst statistical season of his career during the 2020-21 season. In 48 games, Getzlaf totaled career lows in goals, assists, and points with 5-12-17. To be fair to him, however, the Ducks were terrible this season. The only team to finish worse than them was the Buffalo Sabres.

A better assumption of what Getzlaf could bring to the table this season would be to look back at the 2019-20 season. He totaled 13 goals and 29 assists, good for 42 points overall. Seeing that the Bruins are looking for secondary scoring and overall solid play from their third and fourth lines, Getzlaf feels like the perfect fit for them this season and maybe even beyond.

The former Stanley Cup champion could channel his former linemate, Corey Perry, by leaving the Ducks as Perry has found success and has made it to back-to-back Stanley Cup Finals. Seems like a good fit if the Bruins and Getzlaf can come together on a deal.

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2021 FFA Cup preview: Is Adelaide City primed for an upset?



In less than a months’ time, the 2021 FFA cup Round of 32 off kicks off including a qualifier between A-League clubs Perth Glory and Melbourne Victory, with the winner of that match to travel to South Australia for a potential banana skin of a fixture against Adelaide City. (more…)

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