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Media XI thumps Hindi Newspapers by 49 runs
Jammu: Riding high on the top class performance with bat and ball Media-XI outclassed Hindi Newspapers-XI by a huge 49 runs margin in a 12-over reduced cricket match played here at Phallian Mandal Cricket Ground on Sunday. Led by Captain Mir Imran Media XI won the toss and elected to bat first but lost initial wickets early when the match was reduced to 12 over game from 16 over due to technical problem. Ranjit played a fluent knock of 60 runs in just 23 balls laced with six boundaries and five towering sixes. He took Rohit on charge by hitting four sixes and garnered 29 runs in the over. Earlier, Faheem Tak 24 runs off 18 balls steadied th... More
Hesson hints at playing three spinners against India
NZ coach believes Mark Craig, Ish Sodhi and Michell Santner have a big role to play New Zealand coach Mike Hesson is aware of the threat Ravichandran Ashwin could pose to his batsmen in the upcoming Test series in India. On Sunday, he hinted at the possibility of fielding three spinners in a match. Hesson is impressed with the way his spinners — Mark Craig, Ish Sodhi and Michell Santner — have performed. “Seamers if anything might bowl two-three overs up front and it’s more likely they’re going to have spin at one end to start with if they’re going to play three of them. And if you’ve got two left-handers against Ashwin at the top it’s g... More
Solid Pujara, gutsy Gambhir power India Blue to 362/3
Greater Noida: Under pressure to retain his place in the Test XI, Cheteshwar Pujara overshadowed Rohit Sharma by scoring a solid hundred as India Blue made full use of a placid track to amass 362/3 against India Red on the first day of the Duleep Trophy final here. The other significant contributor on Saturday was skipper Gautam Gambhir with a gutsy 94 off 145 balls. On a track devoid of grass, Pujara dominated the bowling in his unbeaten 111 off 164 balls, which was laced with 15 boundaries. En route his second ton after 166 in the earlier match, Pujara also completed 10,000 runs in first-class cricket. With Rohit again effortlessly reachi... More
Angelique Kerber on top of the world with US Open triumph
New York: Angelique Kerber won the US Open on Saturday, marking her rise to world number one with a gritty victory over Karolina Pliskova to add a second Grand Slam crown to her magical 2016 season. "Being there as champion, this year, to hold this trophy, I can't say it in words," said Kerber, who added the US Open crown to the Australian Open title she claimed in January. Seeded second Kerber rallied from a break down in the third set to beat the hard-hitting 10th-seeded Czech 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 -- breaking Pliskova at love to cap the triumph. "Amazing to win a second Grand Slam in one year," Kerber said. "It's the best year of my career. "It a... More
Divisional level fencing meet of DYSS begins
Sports & Allied News REASI, Sept 11: Inter-district divisional level fencing (boys and girls all age groups) competition, organised by Department of Youth Services and Sports (DYSS), started here today. The three-day event was declared open by District Development Commissioner, Ravinder Kumar who was chief guest. Over 200 student fencers drawn from five districts of Jammu Division, Jammu, Udhampur, Samba, Ramban and hosts Reasi shall compete for the top honours, a handout issued by the DYSS here today informed. The inaugural function also witnessed colourful cultural programme presented by the students. Joint Secretary of J&K State Spo... More
With Neymar’s golden kick, Brazil wins first Olympic soccer title
RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 21: With a kiss of the ball and an unforgettable kick, Brazil’s biggest soccer star gave the Olympic host its biggest moment of the games. Brazil won its first Olympic gold medal in soccer on Saturday with a dramatic penalty kick by Neymar to defeat Germany, sending the nation into a frenzy after a 1-1 (5-4 shootout) victory. Before the decisive shot, Neymar picked up the ball and kissed it before placing it on the penalty spot. With a stutter step and a smooth kick, he calmly sent a shot into the top corner and fell to his knees before being mobbed by his teammates. “That’s it,” Neymar said. “We made history.” It was a... More
Mighty Mo seals distance double, Centrowitz claims 1,500 shock
RIO DE JANEIRO Farah became the first man since Finnish great Lasse Viren in 1976 to retain two Olympic distance titles. Britain’s Mo Farah completed a historic Olympic distance double with victory in the 5,000m Saturday as American runner Matt Centrowitz scored an upset win to claim the 1,500m gold. Farah became the first man since Finnish great Lasse Viren in 1976 to retain two Olympic distance titles after storming to victory, a week after defending his 10,000m crown at Rio’s Olympic Stadium. The 33-year-old Somali-born Londoner again produced a superb tactical race on Saturday to outfox his rivals and take gold in 13min 3.30sec. “Oh... More
BCCI Working Committee meets to discuss Compliance Report
New Delhi, Aug 21: The working committee of the BCCI will be meeting in the capital on Monday to discuss about the 'First Compliance Report' on the implementation of various recommendations made by Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee. As per Lodha Committee's directive, after meeting BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke on August 9, the 'Compliance Report' needs to be submitted to a three-member panel by August 25, for which the BCCI top brass have summoned the meeting. In the interim, BCCI has already filed a review petition with the Supreme Court asking for recusal of Chief Justice of India TS Thakur. However, BCCI has decided to file the Compli... More
India U-17 football side win big in Germany
Mumbai, Aug 21: The Indian Under-17 football side continued their preparation for the FIFA U-17 World Cup next year, with a convincing 3-0 win over German side MSV Duisburg in Duisburg on Sunday. India dominated the show against the German team, as they raced to a three-goal lead by half time. Komal Thatal, Aniket Jadhav, and Aman Chetri were the heroes of the day, as they scored the three first half goals.It was the Indians who shot into the early lead, as midfielder Komal tapped in a cross from defender Boris Singh Thangjam in the very first minute of the game. Captain Amarjit Singh Kiyam got into the act as the first half wore on, as he ... More
Yogeshwar Dutt ends Olympics career with first round defeat
Rio de Janeiro, Aug 21: Celebrated wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt failed to sign off his Olympic career with a medal, losing in the opening round to Mongolian Ganzorigiina Mandakhnaran, whose quarterfinal defeat dashed the Indian's hopes of a repechage at the Rio Games here on Sunday. Expectations were high from Yogeshwar, a London Olympics bronze-medallist, and he was touted as a strong medal prospect. But he looked a pale shadow of his previous gritty self in the 0-3 loss to Mandakhnaran in the qualification round bout. After his loss in the qualification, Yogeshwar's only hope of making the medal round depended on his Mongolian opponent reachin... More
Elated Vijender hints at showdown with Amir Khan in India
New Delhi, July 17: Elated and exhausted in equal measure after being crowned the WBO Asia Pacific champion, Indian boxing star Vijender Singh says he will savour the triumph for a while before looking at the possibility of a showdown with Pakistan-origin British star Amir Khan, who is keen for a face-off with him. The 30-year-old dasher clinched his seventh straight win and the Super Middleweight title by outlasting former WBC European champion Kerry Hope in a 10-round contest, cheered vociferously by delirious home fans last night. The victory propelled him to the 15th spot in the WBO rankings and he will have to defend his title in the n... More
Lokesh Rahul not thinking about first Test yet
BASSETERRE (ST. KITTS), Jul 17: With two fifties in the two practice games here, Indian batsman Lokesh Rahul has virtually staked claim for a Test spot when the series against the West Indies gets underway in Antigua on July 21 but the youngster says that thought has not yet struck him. On day two of the second tour match against West Indies Board President’s XI, he retired not out on 64, following up on his score of 51 in the first warm-up match at the same ground earlier in the week. “Selection is something not in my control. As players we look to prepare and if an opportunity comes by, we want to do well, both for ourselves and for the t... More
India made to toil on Day 3
Basseterre (St. Kitts), july 17: India were made to toil hard on Day Three of the second practice match as West Indies Board President's XI defied the bowling to reach 104/3 at lunch here today. The visitors had finished their first innings at 364 on Day Two after bowling out the hosts for 180 on the first day. Shardul Thakur (0/11) and Ravindra Jadeja (1/25) started the day's proceedings and Thakur was on the mark with his line and length but failed to get any success. Jadeja also struggled with the cross wind across the stadium and was taken for runs by the batsmen. Opener John Campbell stepped out and smacked him for two sixes and th... More
Appointing Kumble as India coach is a great move: Walsh
BASSETERRE (St Kitts), Jul 17: Former West Indies captain Courtney Walsh hailed the BCCI decision of appointing Anil Kumble as the chief coach terming the leg-spinner as someone who has "his heart in right place". "I think it is a very good move. He is a very well respected person, and someone who is involved with the ICC as well," Walsh, who has 519 Test and 227 ODI wickets said. Walsh, who is also a national selector, was present in St Kitts to watch the warm-up games and was seen enjoying dinner with the Indian coach."He (Kumble) has always wanted to contribute and give something back to cricket and his heart is in the right place. I am... More
Ban Russia from Olympics: Draft letter from sports leaders
Russia , Jul 17: A letter drafted by U.S. and Canadian anti-doping leaders urging Russia’s removal from the upcoming Olympics is circulating days before the public release of a report expected to detail a state-sponsored doping system that corrupted the country’s entire sports program. The letter, drafted last week and obtained by The Associated Press, is being prepared to possibly be sent to the International Olympic Committee’s president and executive board after the Monday release of a report by investigator Richard McLaren. The letter, which U.S. Anti-Doping Agency officials say would only be sent if the report details widespread, stat... More
Spieth struggles as weather shows teeth
TROON, Scotland, July 17: Royal Troon bared its teeth on Saturday as the third day of the British Open got underway in difficult conditions and one of the early victims was twice major winner Jordan Spieth. The American carded four early birdies to get back to level par but things then got ugly as he approached the turn with the weather deteriorating. The wind had shifted overnight to out of the west, putting it from left to right on the inward nine. With the wind picking up, Spieth bogeyed nine and 10. He double-bogeyed 11 and then bogeyed 15. That left him at five over par, one worse than his score when the round began. He was not alone.... More
Rahat rocks England before Vince hits back
LONDON, Jul 17: Pakistan’s Rahat Ali removed England’s top three batsmen as the first Test at Lord’s hurtled towards an exciting climax on Sunday’s fourth day. At lunch, England were 90 for three in their second innings, needing a further 193 runs to reach their victory target of 283. James Vince was a Test-best 41 not out and the recalled Gary Ballance 15 not out after Rahat had taken three wickets for 36 runs in eight overs. England captain Alastair Cook launched the chase with a four off the very first ball of the innings when he cut a loose Mohammad Amir delivery to the boundary. All the pre-match focus had been on Amir, making his re... More
Hamilton wins British Grand Prix from pole
London: Lewis Hamilton won his home British Grand Prix for the third year in a row on Sunday with Mercedes team mate and title rival Nico Rosberg finishing second but under a stewards' investigation. The triple Formula One world champion's fourth home win, from pole position, was the 47th victory of Hamilton's career and cut Rosberg's overall lead to four points after 10 of 21 races. Rosberg was slowed by a gearbox problem with five laps remaining and crossed the line 6.9 seconds behind and with a question mark over his result after Mercedes seemingly broke the rules on radio advice by telling him to avoid seventh gear. Red Bull's Dutch t... More
Magnificent Serena pulls up alongside Graf
For all her resoluteness, Kerber fails to deny the American her Open-era record-equalling Major title no.22. For Serena Williams, the journey has just begun. It is one that only a handful of athletes get the chance to undertake. But it is also one that has left some of the greatest sportspersons we know frustrated and defeated. It is not a simple road trip but a daunting trek up the tallest of peaks. And on a glorious Saturday afternoon, in bright sunshine, Serena sighted the peak as she pulled alongside Steffi Graf, widely acclaimed as the greatest champion of the Open Era. As she out-hit a resolute Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 in the final... More
Wimbledon 2016 finals: Andy Murray lifts second Wimbledon title
LONDON: Andy Murray defeated the Canadian in straight sets to lift his third Grand Slam title. Britain's Andy Murray clinched a second Wimbledon title and third Grand Slam crown on Sunday when he downed Milos Raonic of Canada 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/2). The 29-year-old world number two added the 2016 trophy to his 2013 triumph at the All England Club and his 2012 US Open title. Appearing in his 11th final at the majors, but his first against an opponent other than Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, the Scot shattered Raonic's hopes of becoming the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam crown Earlier, Andy Murray won the second set of the Wimbl... More
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