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ICC Women’s World T20: West Indies and England join India and Australia for the semi-final line up.        

Gujarat Fortunegiants notch a comfortable 35-23 win over Bengal Warriors

– Parvesh Bhainswal was a rock at the back for Gujarat Fortunegiants as he showed great fitness levels to floor Bengal raiders.
– The brave moment of the match belonged to Gujarat Fortunegiants’ defence who never allowed Bengal Warriors to settle down

Gujarat Fortunegiants got off to a flying start to their home leg as they crushed Bengal Warriors 35-23 in Inter Zone Challenge Week of Vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 6. K Prapanjan led the scoring charts for Gujarat as he scored 9 points and was ably supported by Ajay Kuamr and Parvesh Bhainswal. Bengal Warriors were in the match for the first 10 minutes but never recovered from the all out they suffered in the first half. Maninder Singh and Jang Kun Lee couldn’t live up to their high standards as Bengal Warriors suffered a second consecutive defeat.

Ajay Kumar and Maninder Singh got a couple of raid points to get their teams going in the first five minutes. Prapanjan’s two-point raid gave Gujarat 6-5 lead in the sixth minute. Both teams were jostling for points and refused to give an inch in what was a closely contested first half. Maninder Singh scored another raid point in the ninth minute to give Bengal Warriors 9-8 lead.

In the 14th minute, Gujarat Fortunegiants grabbed the advantage as they inflicted an all out to lead 14-11. Their defence ended the first half strongly by sending Jang Kun Lee and Maninder Singh to the bench. At half time, Gujarat Fortunegiants led 19-14.

A super tackle forced by Bengal Warriors in the 23rd minute reduced the deficit to four points. Gujarat were in no mood to allow Bengal Warriors to make a comeback. Ajay Kumar’s successful raid in the 28th minute led to Gujarat inflicting another all out as they led 27-18.

With less than five minutes to go, Gujarat Fortunegiants enjoyed a healthy 12-point advantage.

The home side picked up a few more raid and tackle points in the last couple of minutes to wrap up an easy 35-23 win.

Fans can catch live action of Inter-Zone Challenge Week matches when Gujarat Fortunegiants play Bengaluru Bulls while Puneri Paltan take on Bengal Warriors on Saturday, i.e. 17th November 2018, 7:30 pm onwards, on Star Sports 2, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 HD Hindi, Star Sports 1 Tamil, Star Suvarna Plus, Star Maa Gold, Star Sports First and Hotstar.

Final Score

Gujarat FortuneGiants vs Bengal Warriors

35 – 23

Match Awards:

THE VIVO PERFECT RAIDER OF THE MATCH: K. PARPANJAN (JERSEY 25) GUJARAT FORTUNEGIANTS
THE TATA ACE DEFENDEDR OF THE MATCH: PARVESH BHAINSWAL (JERSEY 5) GUJARAT FORTUNEGIANTS
THE GUJARAT FORTUNEGIANTS MOMENT OF THE MATCH AWARD: DONG GEON LEE (JERSEY 14) GUJARAT FORTUNEGIANTS

 

Tournament finds Top Four: Windies and England join Australia and India

– All-round Matthews lights up Windies win over Sri Lanka; home team enter last four
– Shrubsole hat-trick, Sciver’s spell see England into semi-finals; South Africa knocked out

Gros Islet, Saint Lucia, 16 November 2018: The ICC Women’s World T20 2018 found all its four semi-finalists by Friday as the Windies and England booked their spots, joining Australia and India. In two one-sided games of different tempo, both teams registered wins at a venue that finally lived up to its high-scoring reputation.

Heather Knight of England is presented with her 50th cap from former England captain Charlotte Edwards during the ICC Women’s World T20 2018 match between England and South Africa at Darren Sammy Cricket Ground on November 16, 2018 in Gros Islet. Coutesy: ICC

The millionth ball in women’s international cricket was sent down in the second game, and a hat-trick taken in the first, on a day when the Windies stole the show with their batting. After barely getting past 100 in their last two games, their batting finally clicked, helping them post their highest ever T20I score. The weekend will see two top-of-the-table clashes to decide the line-up of the top four.

Windies v Sri Lanka:

The pitch at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium seemed hard and dry after a few days of sunshine, and that helped the Windies banish their batting blues. After the defending champions won the toss and batted first, Hayley Matthews and Deandra Dottin put up a belligerent 94-run opening stand in 9.4 overs to set up a mammoth total of 187 for five. Matthews scored the second-fastest fifty of this tournament, reaching the mark off just 25 balls.

Deandra Dottin and Stafanie Taylor contributed 49 and 41 respectively, with Taylor striking 22 off the last eight balls she faced to ensure that her team’s strong start was not wasted. Together, the Windies top-three scored 152 runs from the team’s total. It was the third-highest total in the history of the ICC Women’s World T20, and had more than 5000 home-fans dancing through much of the innings.

Only captain Chamari Athapaththu (44) provided any resistance for Sri Lanka, as Matthews capped off her day by becoming the first woman to take three wicket and score a half century in an ICC Women’s World T20 match. Sri Lanka were bowled out for 104 in 17.4 overs, handing the Windies a massive 83-run win.

Player of the Match Hayley Matthews said:  “I think it’s is good to be able to come out to the games and really see the support we’ve been getting. From game-one when we played in Guyana we had an amazing crowd, and since we’ve been here in St. Lucia it’s been just as good or even better.

“I think especially when we set the low totals in the last game, the crowd really helped to push us on and I guess hype us up in the field a bit. We saw the same thing happened today.”

Sri Lanka captain Chamari Athapaththu said: “We have only a few players who are international-quality players. Shashikala (Siriwardene) and me, we have been playing good cricket in the last couple of years, but unfortunately we don’t have enough international-level players.

“But we will try our best and we trust our players. We will give them more opportunities to improve. I think they have they played a good match today and they want to play more cricket. In the next couple of years we can build good team. That’s my target.”

England v South Africa:

In a game that saw only the second ever hat-trick in ICC Women’s World T20s, England made short work of an insipid South Africa to take a step closer to the semi-finals, a position that was confirmed when the Windies beat Sri Lanka later in the night. Anya Shrubsole took a hat-trick at the end of the first innings, but Natalie Sciver was more impressive with the ball at the start, as South Africa’s batting collapsed for the second consecutive game.

Chasing just 86, England’s openers brought up their fifty partnership off 43 balls, with Danielle Wyatt crossing the 1000-run milestone in T20I cricket on the way. Wickets fell against the run of play as they neared the South Africa total, but they eventually secured a resounding seven-wicket win.

Earlier, South Africa were guilty of playing too slow in the first half of the innings for the second game in a row, as they took 28 balls to get the team score into double figures. Big-hitting opener Lizelle Lee took 26 balls for her 12 runs, and the resulting pressure on the middle-order meant wickets fell regularly.

Chloe Tryon then built two partnerships to give South Africa hope of getting to a hundred. But she was dismissed for 27 in the 18th over, the first scalp in a double-wicket maiden from Sciver, who finished on 3 for four from four overs. South Africa folded for 85 in 19.3 overs, Anya Shrubsole claiming a hat-trick to clean up the last three wickets.

England’s Anya Shrubsole said: “The bowling has been outstanding the last couple of games. She’s (Natalie Sciver) been brilliant with the new ball. It’s something she’s done in the past when I guess either myself or Katherine (Brunt) have been injured, and she always does a brilliant job. She’s worked really hard in the period leading up to this.”

South Africa coach Hilton Moreeng said: “We’re so frustrated because some of the players got in a muddle; they just changed their game-plan and approach. I think even today was a bit on the slow side. We still felt you can get yourself a respectable score if you have 130 on this wicket, it would be difficult to chase.”

Scores in brief:

Windies defeated Sri Lanka by 83 runs at the Daren Sammy National Stadium at Gros Islet, Saint Lucia

Windies 187-5, 20 overs (Hayley Matthews 62, Deandra Dottin 49, Stafanie Taylor 41)
Sri Lanka: 104 all out, 17.4 overs (Chamari Athapaththu 44; Hayley Matthews 3-16)

Player of the Match: Hayley Matthews

England defeated South Africa by seven wickets at the Daren Sammy National Stadium at Gros Islet, Saint Lucia

South Africa: 85 all out, 19.3 overs (Chloe Tryon 27; Natalie Sciver 3-4, Anya Shrubsole 3-11, Kirstie Gordon 2-18)
England: 87-3, 14.1 overs (Danielle Wyatt 27, Tamsin Beaumont 24; Dane van Neikerk 2-13)

Player of the Match: Natalie Sciver

Saturday’s fixtures:

Australia v India, Georgetown, Guyana (Group B)
Ireland v New Zealand, Georgetown, Guyana (Group B)

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Patna Pirates edge out Dabang Delhi 38-35

– The brave moment of the match came when Pardeep Narwal kept on playing despite suffering a hand injury
– Naveen Kumar showed excellent fitness levels as he charged through Patna’s defence on multiple occasions

In a nail-biting encounter, it was Patna Pirates who held their nerve to beat Dabang Delhi 38-35 in Inter Zone Challenge Week of Vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 6. Pardeep Narwal led Patna with an excellent raiding performance as he scored 16 points and was ably supported by Manjeet (8 points). For Dabang Delhi, Naveen Kumar was the star performer as he scored 15 raid points and almost led his team to a victory. Dabang Delhi would rue the missed opportunities as they were in control for most of the match.

Pardeep Narwal opened Patna Pirates’ account in the second minute with a successful raid. It was an evenly contested affair in the first 10 minutes with both teams traded raid and tackle points. Dabang Delhi scred a raid point through Rajesh Narwal in the 10th minute as they trailed 7-8.

Manjeet made a brilliant super raid as Patna Pirates led 11-7 and reduced Dabang Delhi to just two men. Dabang Delhi averted an all out as Naveen Kumar got a two-point raid and trailed 10-12. Patna Pirates finally inflicted an all out in the 13th minute to extend the lead to 16-10.

In the last five minutes of the first half, Dabang Delhi fought back with their defence getting two tackle points as they trailed 15-17. Patna Pirates were reduced to two men as Dabang Delhi ended the first half trailing by just one point

Dabang Delhi inflicted an all out in the 21st minute to lead 21-19. Pardeep Narwal made a super raid in the 23rd minute to level the match at 23-23 for Patna Pirates. Dabang Delhi quickly took a three-point lead with tackles and raids as they led 26-23 after 26 minutes. Patna Pirates were being led ably by Naveen Kumar’s raiding endeavours throughout the match. With less than seven minutes to go, Dabang Delhi led 30-26.

Both Pardeep Narwal and Naveen Kumar kept picking raid points to keep their teams into the match. Dabang Delhi held the edge as they led 33-31 with just over three minutes to go. Pardeep got another raid point as in the 38th minute Patna trailed 32-33. Patna Pirates defence made a critical tackle to send Naveen Kumar to the bench as they leveled the match at 33-33. Patna inflicted an all out with just two minutes to go and led 36-33.

Fans can catch live action of Inter-Zone Challenge Week matches when Gujarat Fortunegiants play Bengal Warriors while Jaipur Pink Panthers play UP Yoddha on Thursday, i.e. 16th November 2018, 7:30 pm onwards, on Star Sports 2, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 HD Hindi, Star Sports 1 Tamil, Star Suvarna Plus, Star Maa Gold, Star Sports First and Hotstar.

Final Score

Patna Pirates vs Dabang Delhi K.C

38 – 35

Match Awards:

THE VIVO PERFECT RAIDER OF THE MATCH: Pardeep Narwal (Jersey 9) Patna Pirates
THE TATA ACE DEFENDER OF THE MATCH: Jaideep (Jersey 8) Patna Pirates
THE INDIGO PAINTS MOMENT AWARD: Jaideep (Jersey 8) Patna Pirates

 

U Mumba beat Tamil Thalaivas 36-22

– Fazel Atrachali showed a lot of strength as he put on a number of successful tackles
– The brave moment of the match belonged to U Mumba’s defence that made a critical super tackle in the first half

U Mumba ended their home leg with a comfortable 36-22 win over Tamil Thalaivas. It was a solid defensive performance by the home team as they dominated Thalaivas’ raiders. Fazel Atrachali got a high five whereas in raiding department it was Darshan Kadian who got six points. Thalaivas’ defence got mere five points in the match and was the main reason for their downfall. Ajay Thakur top-scored for Thalaivas with seven raid points.

Darshan Kadian got U Mumba up and running with two raids in the first three minutes as they trailed 2-3. For Tamil Thalaivas, Ajay Thakur looked in fine touch at the beginning of the match. Siddharth Desai scored a raid point in the sixth minute as U Mumba trailed 3-5.

U Mumba forced a super tackle in the 10th minute to trail 7-8. It looked like a close match in the first half as both teams continued to trade raid and tackle points. In the 14th minute U Mumba inflicted the first all out of the match to open a 6-point lead. At the end of the first half, U Mumba led 18-12.

The second half saw U Mumba take charge of the match as they didn’t allow Tamil Thalaivas to make any sort of comeback. U Mumba defence held their ground on multiple occasions and didn’t let Thalaivas raiders settle in.

The game was all but over in the 30th minute when U Mumba inflicted another all out to open up an 11-point gap as they led 28-17. Ajay Thakur scored a couple of raid points but didn’t get enough support from his team mates. The defensive trio of Fazel Atrachali, Surender and Rohit Rana were in superb form all night as they piled on the pressure on Thalaivas’ raiders. The biggest difference between the two teams was their defence. Tamil Thalaivas’ defence had a disappointing game as they scored just five tackle points. Compared to that U Mumba had 17 tackle points

With less than two minutes to go, U Mumba led 33-21 and looked on course to end their home leg with a comfortable victory. In the end it was an easy win for U Mumba in front of their home crowd.

Fans can catch live action of Inter-Zone Challenge Week matches when Gujarat Fortunegiants play Bengal Warriors while Jaipur Pink Panthers play UP Yoddha on Thursday, i.e. 16th November 2018, 7:30 pm onwards, on Star Sports 2, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 HD Hindi, Star Sports 1 Tamil, Star Suvarna Plus, Star Maa Gold, Star Sports First and Hotstar.

Final Score

U Mumba vs Tamil Thalaivas

36 – 22

Match Awards:

THE VIVO PERFECT RAIDER OF THE MATCH: Ajay Thakur (Jersey 7) Tamil Thalaivas  
THE TATA ACE DEFENDEDR OF THE MATCH: Vinod Kumar (Jersey 3) U Mumba
THE INDIGO PAINTS MOMENT AWARD: Fazel Atrachali (Jersey 1) U Mumba
THE GILLETTE MACH 3 TOTAL CONTROL HOME TEAM PLAYER: Fazel Atrachali (Jersey 1) U Mumba
THE HONDA X BLADE MOST STYLISH PLAYER OF THE MUMBAI LEG: Fazel Atrachali (Jersey 1) U Mumba
THE ULTRATECH CEMENT NO.1 PLAYER OF THE HOME TEAM: Siddharth Desai (JERSEY 8) U Mumba

STANDING

Zone A

RNK

TEAM

MATCHES PLAYED

WON

LOST

TIE

SCORE DIFFERENCE

POINTS

1

U MUMBA

14

10

3

1

126

56

2

PUNERI PALTAN

14

6

7

1

-2

38

3

GUJARAT FORTUNEGIANTS

8

6

1

1

40

34

4

DABANG DELHI KC

10

4

5

1

11

28

5

HARYANA STEELERS

13

4

8

1

-65

26

6

JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS

9

2

7

0

-70

12

 

Zone B

RANK

TEAM

MATCHES PLAYED

WON

LOST

TIE

SCORE DIFFERENCE

POINTS

1

PATNA PIRATES

12

6

6

0

-11

33

2

BENGALURU BULLS

8

6

2

0

41

32

3

TELUGU TITANS

9

5

3

1

7

30

4

UP YODDHA

13

3

7

3

-55

28

5

BENGAL WARRIORS

9

4

3

2

-1

27

6

TAMIL THALAIVAS

11

3

7

1

-21

20

 

During match 21 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between FC Goa and FC Pune City held at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa, India on the 28th October 2018
Photo by: Faheem Hussain /SPORTZPICS for ISL
During match 34 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between Kerala Blasters FC and FC Goa held at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi, India on the 11th November 2018
Photo by: Faheem Hussain /SPORTZPICS for ISL

Jackichand Singh and Manvir Singh’s brilliant start to ISL season helps in Indian camp call up

Both Indian internationals have found the back of the net

Panjim, November 2018: 7 games, 16 points, and 21 goals. FC Goa have got off the blocks in the new season of the Indian Super League in  Usain Bolt-esque fashion and sit currently at the top of the table with a three-point gap.

The Gaurs’ success can be attributed to a number of reasons.

Coro has again captured the eyes of all and sundry with his rampant start to the season that has seen him score eight in addition to shelling out four assists. Ahmed Jahouh and Edu Bedia have been their brilliant selves as well, serving up one impeccable performance after another in the middle of the park.

Sergio Lobera has, however, time and again credited Goa’s brand of play for being the real strength of the team and the reason for success of the club. The Gaurs, in the last two seasons, have been one of the few clubs who have been able to get the best out of both their Indian as well as their foreign contingent.

Whilst the foreigners have been at the heart of the blueprint, the Indian players have excelled and have truly become the backbone of the team’s success under the Spaniard.

A prime example of the same is the performance of Jackichand Singh and Manvir Singh – both of whom have been called up for the Indian national camp for the International Friendly against Jordan.

Jackichand has taken to life as a Gaur like a duck to water. The winger has already become an integral part of Lobera’s plans, having chipped in with two goals while laying on an assist for his teammates.

What is more impressive is the fact that the man from Manipur is looking closer to his devastating best on the wings for FC Goa. Whether it is on the right or left, the fleet-footed winger has added another dimension to Goa’s attack, providing the team with an ever-dependable outlet.

“Does he need an introduction from me? I don’t think so,” stated Jesus Tato, speaking on Jacki’s impact on the side. “He is one of the best wingers in Indian football in my opinion.”

“The important thing for us this season has been to make him believe that he is the best every single moment. He has so much talent and that was evident in our early running. As a coach hope to instill even more belief in him so that we can go the extra mile.”

Manvir looking in prime form

Manvir Singh, on the other hand, seems to have found a new gear this year and has been pivotal to the ISL side’s success of late. The lad from Punjab has come on as a substitute in most games so far and has been able to add a real fizz to the proceedings.

His contributions especially in the games against Mumbai and Delhi were eye-catching. The icing on the cake was, however, reserved for the game against Kerala Blasters in Kochi where he scored his first ever ISL goal.

With Coro starting up front for Goa, it hasn’t been easy for the Indian international to get a place in the starting XI. That, though, hasn’t deterred the forward from giving his 100% every time he steps on to the pitch.

“He has been really impressive. He is really non-stop. His effort is there for all to see, not only in the games, but also in training. He wants to improve and keeps on picking my brain. He has been putting in a real effort,” added Tato.

“He gives the team a real lift every time he comes on and his energy resonates through the side. In the last few games he has been really been important for us.”

India will take on Jordan in an international friendly in Amman on 17th November, 2018.

 

India seal semi-final spot, New Zealand salvage pride with a win over Pakistan

– Mithali Raj scores second consecutive half-century, helps India make semi-finals for the first time since 2010
– New Zealand grab first win of the tournament thanks to top order, despite Javeria blitz

Georgetown, Guyana, 15 November 2018: India made a return to the last four of the ICC Women’s World T20 for the first time since 2010, with a comfortable 52-run win over Ireland. Another Mithali Raj half-century at the top of the order was the highlight of what was the first ever meeting between the two teams in the T20I format.

Pic Courtesy: ICC

In the second game of the day, New Zealand outlasted a racing start from Pakistan captain Javeria Khan to secure their first win of the ICC Women’s World T20 2018, a comfortable 54-run victory in the end. But India’s win earlier meant that New Zealand were eliminated from the tournament before the semi-finals for only the second time.

India v Ireland:

On a pitch that showed some turn and variable bounce due to overnight showers, Mithali used all her experience to build a foundation for India. She combined with Smriti Mandhana to post a 67-run opening partnership, of which Mandhana scored 33. The duo helped India set the base for a safe score, but the India innings lost some momentum towards the end, losing their last four wickets for 27 runs, finishing at 145 for six.

After Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues joined Mithali in a 40-run partnership, but no other batter in the top six got into double figures. Mithali reached her fifty in the 18th over, finishing on 51, making her the first woman to score seven T20I fifties in a calendar year. The eventual win, their third in the tournament, which tied them with Australia on six points, was India’s seventh consecutive T20I win, their longest streak in the format.

There was little joy in Ireland’s chase, which ended on 93 for eight, as only two batters got past single figures, strangled by the slowness of the pitch and the Indian spinners. Wickets fell regularly and then in a heap, as Isobel Joyce top scored with 33. Clare Shillington set a historic mark for Ireland on the way to her 23, becoming the first Irish batter to score more than 1000 T20I runs.

Indian vice-captain Smriti Mandhana said:  “Well, it means a lot (to make the semis) because after the Asia Cup final, a lot of things happened back home. Everyone had actually thought that we wouldn’t even make it to the semi-finals because we did not even win the Asia Cup.

“But I guess everyone was motivated enough after the Asia Cup that this time, this is the time everyone will be watching, and we have to prove our point. In 2017 we qualified for the final, but that can’t be just a one-off.”

Ireland’s Isobel Joyce said: “If you look at the top Indian players, they play against top bowlers all the time. They have a plan against Ellyse Perry, against all the top bowlers, because they’ve played them a number of times each year.

“Today’s the first time I’ve played against any of those bowlers in a couple of years. I’m trying to think on my feet, and suddenly it’s four or five balls into a spell and a new bowler comes on. That’s really where the difficulty lies personally. It’s not the nerves.”

New Zealand v Pakistan:

New Zealand put up a team effort with the bat to score 144 for seven, with their rearranged top four scoring 122 of those runs. Sophie Devine retuned to open the batting with Suzie Bates, and the two put on 59 for the first wicket with a mix of aggression and good running. Bates top scored with 35, and Devine was close behind with 32.

Amy Satterthwaite and the in-form Katie Martin then added 37 for the fourth wicket, until both were dismissed in a series that saw four wickets fall for 13 runs in eight balls across the last two overs of the innings. The late slump meant that New Zealand scored only 70 in their last 10 overs, failing to double their halfway score.

In reply, Javeria gave them a scare, following up her career best 74 not out in the last game with a quick-fire 36 off just 23 balls. That left Pakistan needing just 96 runs in the remaining 84 balls with eight wickets in hand. But she received no support from the other end, only one other regular batter getting into double figures. The spin duo of Jess Watkin and Amelia Kerr finished with six wickets between them, bowling Pakistan out for 90 in exactly 18 overs.

New Zealand’s Jess Watkin, who took three wickets, said: “You never know what this wicket is going to do, whether it’s going to turn or stay low, so yeah, it’s real nice to bowl with.

“We didn’t finish well with the bat, but I think we just kind of put it behind us and just focused on our bowling and really went hard out there. I think when we got (Nida) Dar out, I think we definitely had a chance then, that was the turning point.”

Pakistan captain Javeria Khan said: “We have worked a lot on the batting since last year. The coach Mark Coles has been giving us clear plans and the girls have responded well. He brings a new thinking and a new culture to the dressing room.

“The find of this tour was Umaima Sohail. Even though she didn’t perform as well this time, we have seen that she has the talent and the ability to absorb pressure.”

Scores in brief:

India defeated Ireland by 52 runs at the Guyana National Stadium at Georgetown, Guyana

India: 145-6, 20 overs (Mithali Raj 51, Smriti Mandhana 33; Kim Garth 2-22)
Ireland: 93-8 in 20 overs (Isobel Joyce 33, Clare Shillington 23; Radha Yadav 3-25, Deepti Sharma 2-15)

Player of the Match: Mithali Raj

New Zealand defeated Pakistan by 54 runs at the Guyana National Stadium at Georgetown, Guyana

New Zealand: 144-6, 20 overs (Suzie Bates 35, Sophie Devine 32; Aliya Riaz 2-29, Sana Mir 2-35)
Pakistan: 90 all out in 18 overs (Javeria Khan 36; Jess Watkin 3-9, Amelia Kerr 3-21)

Player of the Match:  Jess Watkin

Friday’s fixtures:

England v South Africa, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia (Group A)
Windies v Sri Lanka, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia (Group A)

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Haryana Steelers and Tamil Thalaivas in an exciting 32-32 tie

– The brave moment of the match belonged to Manjeet Chhillar who kept his team in the match with a crushing tackle on Vikas Kandola
– Amit Hooda showed immense strength as his tackles on Monu Goyat restricted the raider to zero points

Haryana Steelers and Tamil Thalaivas played out a thrilling 32-32 tie in Inter Zone Challenge Week of Vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 6. Vikas Kandola’s heroics once again turned the tide for Haryana Steelers as he scored 14 raid points. For Tamil Thalaivas, it was a team effort with Sukesh Hegde (7 points), Ajay Thakur (6 points) and Manjeet Chhillar (4 points) combing to get 17 points. This was the second tie of the season between these two teams.

Tamil Thalaivas raced into a 4-1 lead with Jasvir Singh and Ajay Thakur getting a raid point each after four minutes. Thakur got another raid point with a flying hand touch in the fifth minute as Thalaivas led 7-2 Haryana Steelers got a tackle point in the eighth minute as they trailed 4-9.

Monu Goyat was sent to the bench once again by Thalaivas they led 11-5 after 10 minutes. Sukesh Hegde’s two-point raid in the next minute saw Thalaivas extend their lead to 13-5. Haryana Steelers mounted a comeback as they scored four points in four minutes to cut the lead to 9-13. Haryana Steelers inflicted an all out in the 16th minute as they led 14-13. Vikas Kandola showed his class once again as he got two-point raid to give Haryana Steelers 17-14 lead. At the end of the first half, Haryana Steelers showed remarkable grit to lead 19-15.

Haryana Steelers held a slender three-point lead after 25 minutes as the match was finely poised. Tamil Thalaivas cut the lead to just a point in 26th minute as they trailed 20-21. Ajay Thakur got another tackle point in the 28th minute as Thalaivas trailed 22-23.

Both teams weren’t ready to take many chances as they game progressed into tense finale. With just over five minutes to go, Haryana Steelers led 26-24.

Haryana Steelers made a silly error as Sachin Shingade stepped off the court as Tamil Thaliavas leveled the match at 27-27. Kandola and Hegde got a point each as both teams were tied at 28-28.

Tamil Thalaivas inflicted an all out in the 38th minute to take the lead at 31-29. Manjeet Chhillar made a strong tackle on Kandola as Tamil Thalaivas extended their lead to three points in the 39th minute. Vikas Kandola got a bonus point as it was a one-point game with less than 60 seconds to go. There was last-minute drama as Steelers asked for a review on an empty raid by Jasvir Singh but weren’t successful as the match ended in a tie.

Fans can catch live action of Inter-Zone Challenge Week matches when Patna Pirates take on Dabang Delhi while U Mumba play Tamil Thalaivas on Thursday, i.e. 15th November 2018, 7:30 pm onwards, on Star Sports 2, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 HD Hindi, Star Sports 1 Tamil, Star Suvarna Plus, Star Maa Gold, Star Sports First and Hotstar.

Final Score

Tamil Thalaivas vs Haryana Steelers

32 – 32

Match Awards:

THE VIVO PERFECT RAIDER OF THE MATCH: Vikash Khandola (Jersey 12) Haryana Steelers
THE TATA ACE DEFENDER OF THE MATCH: Manjeet Chhillar (Jersey 5) Tamil Thalaivas
THE INDIGO PAINTS MOMENT AWARD: Vikash Khandola (Jersey 12) Haryana Steelers

 

U Mumba beat Bengaluru Bulls 32-29

– The brave moment of the match belonged to Pawan Sehrawat who scored a super raid to get Bengaluru Bulls back in the game
– Surender showed immense strength and high fitness levels to lead U Mumba’s defensive charge

Mumbai, November 14: U Mumba resisted a late fightback from Bengaluru Bulls as they won 32-29 in the table-topping Inter Zone Challenge match of Vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 6. It was a terrific first half performance by U Mumba that laid the foundation of the victory. Bengaluru Bulls just got six points in the first half as both their defenders and raiders struggled. Darshan Kadian scored 9 points whereas Surender got his second consecutive high five for U Mumba. After a quiet first half, Pawan Sehrawat top scored for Bengaluru Bulls with 8 points.

In the first three minutes, U Mumba raced into a 3-0 lead with two raid and one tackle point. Darshan Kadian powered through Ashish Sangwan as U Mumba led 5-0 and Bengaluru Bulls were reduced to just two men. In the sixth minute U Mumba inflicted an all out to lead 9-0. Bengaluru Bulls were struggling to find their feet against the aggressive U Mumba side.

Rohit Kumar scored a raid point to open Bengaluru Bulls but it came in the 11th minute. The first tackle point for the Bulls came in the 13th minute. Darshan Kadian scored with a two-point raid in the 20th minute as U Mumba continued to dominate the proceedings. U Mumba went into the break with a healthy 11-point lead as the score was 17-6 in their favour.

Abolfazl Maghsodlou got three points for U Mumba in the 23rd minute as they led 20-7. U Mumba inflicted an all out in the next minute to extend the lead to 23-8. Pawan Sehrawat, Bulls’ star raider failed to get on the score sheet in the first 25 minutes.

Sehrawat finally got his first point as Bengaluru Bulls trailed 10-25 after 28 minutes. Sehrawat revived Bulls’ hope with a brilliant super raid in the 33rd minute as they inflicted an all out and cut the lead to just seven points.

U Mumba scored two tackle points as they led 28-20 with just under five minutes left on the clock. Kashiling Adake came up with super raid in the 37th minute as Bengaluru Bulls trailed 24-29 to leave the match in the balance. Pawan Sehrawat got another raid point in the 38th minute as Bengaluru Bulls reduced the lead to four points.

Surender made a strong tackle on Pawan Sehrawat in the 38th minute as U Mumba led 31-25. U Mumba didn’t make any silly errors in the last two minutes of the match as they won 32-29.

Fans can catch live action of Inter-Zone Challenge Week matches when Patna Pirates take on Dabang Delhi while U Mumba play Tamil Thalaivas on Thursday, i.e. 15th November 2018, 7:30 pm onwards, on Star Sports 2, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 HD Hindi, Star Sports 1 Tamil, Star Suvarna Plus, Star Maa Gold, Star Sports First and Hotstar.

Final Score

U Mumba vs Bengaluru Bulls

32 – 29

Match Awards:

THE VIVO PERFECT RAIDER OF THE MATCH: Darshan Kadian (Jersey 88) U Mumba
THE TATA ACE DEFENDER OF THE MATCH: Surender Singh (Jersey 55) U Mumba
THE INDIGO PAINTS MOMENT AWARD: Pawan Kumar (Jersey 17) Bengaluru Bulls

STANDINGS

 Zone A

RANK

TEAM

MATCHES PLAYED

WON

LOST

TIE

SCORE DIFFERENCE

POINTS

1

U MUMBA

13

9

3

1

112

51

2

PUNERI PALTAN

14

6

7

1

-2

38

3

GUJARAT FORTUNEGIANTS

8

6

1

1

40

34

4

DABANG DELHI KC

9

4

4

1

14

27

5

HARYANA STEELERS

13

4

8

1

-65

26

6

JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS

9

2

7

0

-70

12

 

Zone B

RANK

TEAM

MATCHES PLAYED

WON

LOST

TIE

SCORE DIFFERENCE

POINTS

1

BENGALURU BULLS

8

6

2

0

41

32

2

TELUGU TITANS

9

5

3

1

7

30

3

PATNA PIRATES

11

5

6

0

-14

28

4

UP YODDHA

13

3

7

3

-55

28

5

BENGAL WARRIORS

9

4

3

2

-1

27

6

TAMIL THALAIVAS

10

3

6

1

-7

20

 

NAU Women’s Basketball Inks Sanjana Ramesh and Emily Rodabaugh to NLIs

NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

Flagstaff, Ariz. (November 14, 2018): The Pacific Northwest has been kind to the Northern Arizona women’s basketball program of late, but head coach Loree Payne did not stop there when looking to supplement next season’s roster. In addition to nabbing another Seattle product, Payne went far east to untapped recruiting ground to fill her 2019 signing class.

On Wednesday, Payne announced Sanjana Ramesh (Bangalore, Karnataka, India) and Emily Rodabaugh (Lynnwood, Wash.) as the newest Lumberjacks after the pair signed their National Letters of Intent. Both Ramesh and Rodabaugh will be incoming freshmen for the 2019-20 season.

“With only two scholarships, we had to get two impact players and we did,” Payne said. “We got two players who have the potential to impact our program right away. Both fit our style of play, can get up and down the floor and are very versatile. They can play on the perimeter and can play on the inside. We pride ourselves on player development, and there is no ceiling to how great these two players can be.”

Ramesh’s signing is monumental not only for the Lumberjacks, but for her entire country as she becomes just the second Indian-born female player to receive a Division I basketball scholarship. Ramesh, a 6-0 forward, will head to NAU with phenomenal international accolades in her home country.

In 2017, Ramesh captained India’s U16 team in FIBA’s U16 Asia Cup. There, the team went undefeated in Division B and won promotion to Division A for the next edition of the tournament. She averaged 6.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game during the tournament and then proceeded to play for India in the 2018 William Jones Cup held in Taiwan.

Ramesh, with numerous experiences on the state, national and international level, also participated in The NBA Academies Women’s Program camp in May at The NBA Academy India in Delhi National Capital Region (NCR), where she received on- and off-court training alongside top female prospects from throughout India.  Following the NBA Academies Women’s Program camp, Ramesh was then named the MVP of the girls division at Basketball Without Borders Asia, a three-day basketball development camp featuring the top male and female basketball prospects from throughout Asia.

“Sanjana is an athlete who has international and national experience in India,” Payne  said. “We’re trying to get our foot in the door in the international recruiting scene and for us, Sanjana is everything we’re looking for. She’s a joyful kid and very thankful for the opportunity to come here and she’s going to be a heck of a player. Her potential is limitless.”

Rodabaugh, a 6-0 wing, enters her senior season at Archbishop Murphy High School as the two-time Cascade Conference Most Valuable Player. Last season as a junior, Rodabaugh helped lead her team to the Class 2A state championship game where Archbishop Murphy would finish runner-up with a 24-3 record. Even in defeat, Rodabaugh was named the tournament MVP.

Her performance in the state championship game capped a season in which she averaged 15.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 3.4 steals per game. She was incredibly efficient, shooting 49 percent from the field. Rodabaugh improved her three-point shooting from 28 percent as a sophomore to 35 percent last season.

Rodabaugh was named to the 2018 Associated Press All-State Team and is a two-time All-State performer. She has also been selected to play in the Washington/North Idaho High School Girls’ All-State Basketball Classic twice in 2017 and 2018.

“Emily has had a ton of success as a high school player in Seattle,” Payne said. “She’s a trail 4 who can shoot the three. She’s got a scorer’s mentality and is athletic and mobile. She will be a huge contributor to our offensive scheme, and defensively, she is solid as well.

 

Priority is to top the pool and make the Quarter Final: Manpreet Singh

The dynamic midfielder emphasized that his team is focused on earning the three points from each game in the Pool Stage

Bhubaneswar, 15 November 2018: With less than two weeks to go for the start of the prestigious Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018 on 28 November which will witness 16 top teams battle for supremacy in front of hockey-crazy spectators at the iconic Kalinga Stadium, hosts the Indian Men’s Hockey Team are busy making final preparations to their campaign.

BREDA – Rabobank Hockey Champions Trophy
India – Pakistan
Photo: Manpreet Singh.
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The side has exuberance of youth with seven members from the 2016 Junior World Cup winning squad. Combined that with the mastery of players such as PR Sreejesh, Chinglensana Singh, Akashdeep Singh and Manpreet Singh who have registered over 150 International appearances for India, the hosts invoke expectations of a top-three finish, something India has not managed to achieve since 1975.

While creating history in Bhubaneswar is on Team India’s mind, Manpreet Singh emphasized on being focused on their immediate goal which is to top the Pool. “There is no doubt we want to win every match in the Pool Stage, earn the three points from each match, and top the Pool to make the Quarter Final. That is our first hurdle. It’s the World Cup and every team will come with an intention of winning and we do not want to take any team lightly, be it South Africa, Canada or World No.3 Belgium,” expressed midfielder Manpreet Singh who has been in lethal form.

The host nation grouped in Pool C will face off against South Africa on 28 November, play Belgium on 2 December followed by their last Pool C match against Canada on 8 December. While the Indian team has not faced South Africa in a major tournament in over two years, Manpreet stated that a win in their first match will set them on the right course. “Though we haven’t played them in any major tournament, we played a practice match against South Africa during the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. That match gave us an idea of how they play. Though we won we don’t want to go by the past result. We play them in our first match and it’s always good to get off to a winning start in any tournament,” added the 26-year-old Captain.

While India have tasted success against Belgium in their recent outings — FIH Champions Trophy in Breda and last year’s Hockey World League Final where they beat them in the same ground in the Quarter Final match, Canada has posed India some serious threat in their past campaigns at major International Tournaments. The team had drawn 2-2 against Canada in the round robin league at the Rio Olympics and in the 2017 Hockey World League Semi Final in London, India had lost 3-2 in the 5th-6th place play-off to Canada. “It was a forgettable outing for us but I believe we have improved as a team in the past two years and we have learnt from every tournament. If we play our best hockey, who we are playing should not matter. Even against Belgium, if we are able to score early then the pressure will be on them. For now, our team is focused on winning the three points from each match in Pool C,” he emphasized.

 

BFC thriving on Sunil-Miku camaraderie

Bengaluru, November 15: Strikers always hunt in pairs and nobody does it better in the Hero Indian Super League than Sunil Chhetri and Miku.

Nicolas Ladislao Fedor of Bengaluru FC celebrates a goal with his teammates during match 15 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between FC Pune City and Bengaluru FC held at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium, Pune, India on the 22nd October 2018
Photo by: Vipin Pawar /SPORTZPICS for ISL

The Bengaluru FC pair contributed a total of 24 goals last season with the Venezuelan hitman notching up 14 and the captain tallying 10. They have started this season exactly where they left off. The pair have already accounted for seven of the 10 goals Bengaluru have scored so far and have got Carles Cuadrat’s team chugging along on full steam.

It is not just their ability to score that is troubling Bengaluru’s opponents.

Miku and Chhetri have a chemistry between them and complement each other very well. While Miku is the centre forward, Chhetri plays off him or from the left wing. But both are intelligent with their movement in and around the penalty box that makes it very hard for opposition defenders to pick up their runs.

“We have great communication on the field – with our body language. Just by looking, we know what the other is thinking. It helped us get results last time. We want to do the same this year,” said Miku.

Focusing on Miku allows Chhetri to trouble rival defences and that plays right into Bengaluru FC’s hands. That probably explains why Bengaluru have failed to score only once in their previous 16 ISL matches (a goalless stalemate against FC Pune City last season).

“Miku is a top-class player and he’s showing everyone exactly why he possesses tremendous quality. And we are all benefitting from it,” said Chhetri.

Both of them have a keen sense of occasion as well and are big-match players. Most of their goals have come at key junctures of games. Bengaluru FC’s 2-1 win over ATK is a prime example. After taking the lead, ATK were defending stoutly and it took a terrific strike from Miku on the stroke of half-time to turn the match around in favour of the Blues. They would go on to net a winner in the second-half and pick up all three points.

Chhetri picked up an injury during the clash against arch-rivals Kerala Blasters FC and has now been ruled out for two weeks. He has opted out of India’s international friendly against Jordan away on Saturday and there are fears he may not be able to recover fully to face FC Goa in a table-top clash when action in the ISL resumes next week.

If that happens, can Miku shoulder the scoring burden alone for the first time, or will he miss his partner-in-crime? Your guess is as good as ours.

 

Finalists announced for 2018 Male Rising Star Award

With just three weeks to go until the IAAF Athletics Awards 2018, the IAAF is delighted to announce the five finalists for the 2018 Male Rising Star Award to recognise this year’s best U20 athlete.

The winner will be announced live on stage at the IAAF Athletics Awards 2018 in Monaco on Tuesday 4 December.

The nominees are:

Selemon Barega (ETH)
– IAAF Diamond League champion at 5000m with a world U20 record of 12:43.02, the world’s quickest time since 2005
– World indoor silver at 3000m
– Fourth at World U20 and African Championships 5000m

Jordan Diaz (CUB)
– World U20 lead at triple jump with 17.41m, a world U18 best
– World U20, Youth Olympic and (senior) North/Central American & Caribbean champion
– Central American & Caribbean Games silver

Armand Duplantis (SWE)
– European (senior) champion at pole vault with a world-leading height of 6.05m, which has been bettered outdoors only by Sergey Bukba
– World U20 champion
– Eight world U20 records or bests, indoors and out

Jakob Ingebrigtsen (NOR)
– European (senior) champion at 1500m and 5000m
– World U20 lead at 1500m with 3:31.18
– World U20 silver at 1500m and bronze at 5000m

Rhonex Kipruto (KEN)
– World U20 champion and world U20 lead at 10,000m with 27:21.08
– Two world U20 bests and world senior lead at road 10km with 26:46, just two seconds outside the senior world record
– African junior cross-country champion

IAAF

 

Yadav and Hafeez gain big after stellar performances

Pakistan lead second-ranked India by 11 points in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings; New Zealand and the Windies drop points following 3-0 losses

Dubai, 12 November 2018: Kuldeep Yadav of India and Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez have been rewarded with big jumps in the latest MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings after they played key roles in their sides’ convincing victories over their respective rivals in the recently-concluded T20I series.

Yadav picked up five wickets in two matches at an economy-rate of 5.6 in his side’s 3-0 win over the Windies. This has helped him vault 14 places to a career-high 23rd position in the bowling table.

Hafeez was in sparking form with the bat against New Zealand and his series aggregate of 132 runs at a strike-rate of 145 has lifted him 16 places to 53rd spot in the batting chart.

Pakistan and India’s identical 3-0 series wins mean they have gained points in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings, while New Zealand and the Windies have moved in opposite directions.

Number-one ranked Pakistan have collected two points and number-two ranked India have pocketed three points, moving to 138 and 127 points respectively, while fifth-ranked New Zealand and seventh-ranked West Indies have ended up on 112 and 102 points respectively after dropping four points apiece.

Other batsmen to make notable improvements in the latest update include Rohit Sharma in seventh (up by three places), Kane Williamson in 12th (up by three places), Shikhar Dhawan in 16th (up by five places) and Ross Taylor in 59th (up by five places).

The batting table is headed by Pakistan’s Babar Azam, who has gained 14 points following his series total of 126 runs, which has opened up the gap with Australia’s second-ranked Aaron Finch to 19 points.

A number of bowlers have made notable upward movements. These include Faheem Ashraf in seventh (up by nine places), Imad Wasim in eighth (up by two places), Bhuvneshwar Kumar in 19th (up by nine places), Jasprit Bumrah in 21st (up by five places), Carlos Brathwaite in 29th (up by four places), Tim Southee in 36th (up by five places), Adam Milne in 40th (up by five places) and Hafeez in 59th (up by 20 places).

Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan remains the number-one ranked bowler. He leads Pakistan’s Shadab Khan by 41 points, with England’s Adil Rashid in third position.

There is no change in the top-four of the all-rounders’ list with Australia’s Glenn Maxwell leading the field. Mohammad Nabi is second, followed by Shakib Al Hasan and JP Duminy.

Meanwhile, Australia will be involved in all four remaining T20Is later this month. They will play South Africa in a one-off match in Carrara on 17 November, before taking on India in a three-match series on 21, 23 and 25 November.

If Australia win all four matches, then they will rise to second position on 126 points. However, if they lose all four matches, then they will end up in sixth position on 112 points.

Similarly, South Africa will gain three points if they win on 17 November, while India will move to 129 points if they win all three matches against Australia.

The T20I predictor function is available here, while the player rankings will now be updated at the conclusion of Australia versus India T20I series.

Upcoming fixtures:

17 November – Australia v South Africa, Carrara, Gold Coast

21 November – Australia v India, Adelaide

23 November – Australia v India, Melbourne

25 November – Australia v India, Sydney

MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings (as on 12 November, following India v Windies and Pakistan v New Zealand series)

Rank    Team               Points

1.      Pakistan           138 (+2)

2.      India                 127 (+3)

3.      Australia           118

4.      England            118

5.      New Zealand     112 (-4)

6.      South Africa      111

7.      West Indies      102 (-4)

8.      Afghanistan      92

9.      Sri Lanka          87

10.   Bangladesh      77

11.   Scotland           62

12.   Zimbabwe         55

13.   UAE                 50

14.   Netherlands      50

15.   Hong Kong       42

16.   Oman               39

17.   Ireland              34

*Nepal have 26 rating points but need to play one more match before being ranked

(Developed by David Kendix)

MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings (as on 12 November, following India v Windies and Pakistan v New Zealand series)

BATSMEN (top 20)

Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Points    Avge      Highest Rating

   1          ( – )         Babar Azam          Pak         858         54.26     881 v Win at Karachi 2018

   2          ( – )         Aaron Finch          Aus         839         41.05     900 v Zim at Harare 2018

   3          (+1)        Colin Munro          NZ          815         33.60     830 v Pak at Dubai 2018

   4          (-1)         Lokesh Rahul       Ind          780         47.18     854 v Eng at Old Trafford 2018

   5          ( – )         Fakhar Zaman      Pak         749         28.24     842 v Aus at Harare 2018

   6          (+1)        Glenn Maxwell      Aus         742         31.51     801 v NZ at Auckland 2018

   7          (+3)        Rohit Sharma       Ind          707         33.43     718 v Win at Lucknow 2018

   8          (-2)         Martin Guptill        NZ          703         34.40     793 v SA at Hamilton 2012

   9          (-1)         Alex Hales             Eng         697         32.10     866 v Ind at Edgbaston 2014

  10         (-1)         Jason Roy            Eng         688!       23.21     688 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2018

  11         ( – )         D’Arcy Short         Aus         677*       38.41     756 v UAE at Abu Dhabi 2018

  12         (+3)        Kane Williamson   NZ          664         31.64     760 v Ban at Napier 2017

  13         (+1)        M. Shahzad           Afg         647         31.22     706 v Ire at Greater Noida 2017

  14=       (-2)         Evin Lewis             Win         632*       33.06     780 v Eng at Durham 2017

               (-2)         Virat Kohli             Ind          632         48.88     897 v Eng at Edgbaston 2014

  16         (+5)        Shikhar Dhawan   Ind          631         27.87     636 v Ire at Malahide 2018

  17         (-1)         Shaiman Anwar    UAE       630         31.52     636 v PNG at Abu Dhabi 2017

  18         (-1)         Jos Buttler             Eng         610         26.80     614 v Ind at Bristol 2018

  19         (-1)         Hashim Amla        SA          603         33.60     683 v Ban at Potchefstroom 2017

  20         (-1)         H. Masakadza       Zim         599         27.07     699 v Ban at Khulna 2016

  21         (-1)         Eoin Morgan         Eng         590         28.42     872 v Ind at Old Trafford 2011

  22         ( – )         Faf du Plessis       SA          584         35.34     843 v Ban at Mirpur 2015

  23         ( – )         Joe Root               Eng         583         35.77     750 v Win at Kolkata 2016

  24         ( – )         Kusal Perera         SL           582         29.22     751 v SA at Chittagong 2014

  25         (+1)        JP Duminy            SA          554         37.91     713 v NZ at Chittagong 2014

  26         (+1)        David Miller           SA          552         29.28     563 v Ban at Potchefstroom 2017

  27         (+1)        Sabbir Rahman    Ban         551         25.88     650 v NZ at Bay Oval 2017

  28=       (+1)        Shoaib Malik         Pak         542         30.84     577 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2009

               (+2)        Kyle Coetzer         Sco         542!       25.24     542 v Net at Amstelveen 2018

  30         (+1)        Paul Stirling           Ire           532         25.12     557 v Sco at Deventer 2018

BOWLERS (top 30)

Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Points    Avge      Highest Rating

   1          ( – )         Rashid Khan         Afg         793         12.40     816 v Ban at Dehradun 2018

   2          ( – )         Shadab Khan        Pak         752         17.16     769 v Sco at Edinburgh 2018

   3          (+2)        Adil Rashid            Eng         676!       26.38     676 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2018

   4          ( – )         Y. Chahal              Ind          669         18.75     706 v Ban at Colombo (RPS) 2018

   5          (-2)         Ish Sodhi               NZ          668         21.10     739 v Pak at Wellington 2018

   6          (+2)        Imran Tahir           SA          653         14.95     795 v NZ at Auckland 2017

   7          (+9)        Faheem Ashraf     Pak         652*!      19.47     652 v NZ at Dubai 2018

   8          (+2)        Imad Wasim         Pak         651         19.62     780 v Win at Trinidad 2017

   9          ( – )         Billy Stanlake        Aus         640*       19.65     653 v Pak at Dubai 2018

  10         (+1)        Andrew Tye          Aus         634         21.75     658 v Pak at Harare 2018

  11         (+1)        Shakib Al Hasan   Ban         633         21.06     672 v Pak at Mirpur 2014

  12         (+1)        Mohammad Nabi  Afg         630         24.25     638 v Ban at Dehradun 2018

  13         (-7)         Mitchell Santner    NZ          626         21.37     731 v Pak at Wellington 2018

  14         ( – )         M. Naveed            UAE       622         17.96     632 v Afg at Dubai (GCA) 2016

  15         ( – )         Liam Plunkett        Eng         621         25.00     644 v Ind at Cardiff 2018

  16         (-9)         Samuel Badree     Win         616         21.07     855 v Pak at Mirpur 2014

  17         (-1)         Chris Jordan         Eng         611         28.00     628 v Ind at Nagpur 2017

  18         (+1)        M. Rahman           Ban         598         17.44     695 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2017

  19=       (+9)        B. Kumar               Ind          595         24.16     622 v SA at Cape Town 2018

               (+1)        David Willey          Eng         595         24.67     615 v Ind at Cardiff 2018

  21         (+5)        Jasprit Bumrah     Ind          589         19.65     764 v Eng at Bengaluru 2017

  22         ( – )         Adam Zampa        Aus         585*       18.84     599 v NZ at Sydney 2018

  23         (+14)      Kuldeep Yadav     Ind          584*       12.48     596 v Win at Lucknow 2018

  24         ( – )         Mark Watt             Sco         568         26.36     573 v Pak at Edinburgh 2018

  25         ( – )         Ahmed Raza         UAE       567         39.66     578 v PNG at Abu Dhabi 2017

  26         ( – )         George Dockrell   Ire           566         19.18     668 v Zim at Sylhet 2014

  27         (-9)         Trent Boult            NZ          564         21.18     622 v Aus at Sydney 2018

  28         (-7)         Hasan Ali              Pak         556         22.81     590 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2018

  29         (+4)        Carlos Brathwaite Win         555         30.25     582 v Ind at Kolkata 2018

  30         (-1)         Akila Dananjaya   SL           553*       30.35     564 v SA at Colombo (RPS) 2018

ALL-ROUNDERS (top 10)

Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Points    Highest Rating

   1          ( – )         Glenn Maxwell      Aus         345        396 v Eng at Melbourne 2018

   2          ( – )         Mohammad Nabi  Afg         313        323 v Ban at Dehradun 2018

   3          ( – )         Shakib Al Hasan   Ban         310        408 v Pak at Mirpur 2015

   4          ( – )         JP Duminy            SA          225        276 v Ban at Mirpur 2015

   5=        (+1)        Mahmudullah        Ban         213        215 v Afg at Dehradun 2018

               (+1)        Thisara Perera      SL           213        214 v Win at Lord’s 2018

   7          (+1)        Paul Stirling           Ire           208        227 v UAE at Sylhet 2014

   8          (+1)        R. Berrington         Sco         202 /*    203 v Net at Amstelveen 2018

   9=        (-4)         Marlon Samuels   Win         197        321 v SL at Mirpur 2014

               (+1)        Sean Williams       Zim         197*/     224 v Afg at Nagpur 2016

*indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after he has scored 600 or more runs; a bowler qualifies for a full rating after he has bowled 400 deliveries.

!indicates career-highest rating

 

UP Yoddha squander lead to draw 26-26 with Telugu Titans

– The brave moment of the match belonged to Mohsen Maghsoudlou of Telugu Titans for his 26 th minute tackle on Shrikant Jadhav
– Shrikant Jadhav of UP Yoddha was given the Perfect Raider for 4 raid points
– Abozar Mighani of Telugu Titans was given the Defender of the match for 4 tackle points out of 4 tackles

UP Yoddha drew with Telugu Titans in Vivo Pro Kabaddi League Season VI making it 2 draws in 2 days. UP Yoddha squandered their 8 point lead near the end of the match to draw with the Titans. Abozar Mighani was the sole defender to cause trouble to UP until the end when his corner partner Krushna Madane sprang to get holds. Telugu Titans didn’t get many raid points and thus performed more defensively. Sachin Kumar and Nitesh Kumar were the reason the Titans failed in raids many times by getting 3 and 4 tackle points respectively. Nitesh Kumar was handed the Orange Sleeve for 34 tackle points in Vivo Pro Kabaddi League Season VI as he became the new top defender.

UP Yoddha had a disappointing encounter yesterday after they gave away they gave away their lead to Bengal in the dying moments of the match and then drew it while Telugu Titans were starting without their captain Vishal Bhardwaj. Shrikant Jadhav started the match by getting Anil Kumar ushered to the bench in the first raid of the match. Sachin Kumar got a thigh hold on Mohsen Maghsoudlou to take the lead in th 5 th minute Do-Or-Die raid for the Titans. Both teams took a defensive approach as they continued to use Do-Or-Die raids to attack on the opponent. Telugu Titans tried to reduce the lead by getting a Super Tackle on Shrikant Jadhav in the 9 th minute with Abozar Mighani and make it 8-5. They worked it out again with Anil Kumar stopping Rishank Devadiga in his tracks in the 12 th minute raid and make it 9-7. This didn’t continue for long as the Titans were All Out in the 16 th minute and help UP take the lead to 15-9. They continued this form into half-time as they lead the Titans by 19-10.

The second half saw both teams continue with their previous strategy as Titans got a point recovered by C. Manoj Kumar when he got Rishank Devadiga in a Do-Or-Die raid to make it 19-11 in the 22 nd minute only to be neutralised in the very next raid by Shrikant Jadhav and make it 20-11. Nitesh Kumar caused tandem as he got Farhad Milaghardhan with a thigh hold and make it 22-11 in the 24 th minute.

The 27 th minute saw an injury as Abozar Mighani’s dash caused a head injury to Shrikant Jadhav after he was stopped by Mohsen Maghsoudlou with a double ankle hold. The 33 rd minute saw Rahul Chaudhari finally get a point in the match and make it 25-17 after 9 raids out of which 5 were unsuccessful. His movements had a different game plan as he got 3 points in the next 5 raids. His performance helped Telugu Titans inflict an All Out on UP Yoddha after Krushna Madane got a strong waist hold on Bhanu Pratap in the 36 th minute and make it 26-23. These advances towards UP Yoddha’s score by the Titans made UP nervous as they started bottling the match near the end. Mohsen Maghsoudlou’s 39 th minute raid saw him get out of the hold of Nitesh Kumar and equalize to 26-26.

Fans can catch live action of Haryana Steelers vs Dabang Delhi K.C. and UP Yoddha vs Bengaluru Bulls on Thursday, i.e. 8 th November 2018, 7:30 pm onwards, on Star Sports 2, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 HD Hindi, Star Sports 1 Tamil, Star Suvarna Plus, Star Maa Gold, Star Sports First and Hotstar.

Final Score:

UP Yoddha vs Telugu Titans
26 – 26

Match Awards:

THE VIVO PERFECT RAIDER OF THE MATCH: SHRIKANT JADHAV (Jersey 22) UP Yoddha
THE TATA ACE DEFENDEDR OF THE MATCH: ABOZAR MOHAJERMIGHANI (Jersey 10) Telugu Titans
THE UP YODDHA MOMENT OF THE MATCH: MOHSEN MAGHSOUDLOUJAFARI (Jersey 11) Telugu Titans

 

Jaipur Pink Panthers prove to be Haryana Steelers’ kryptonite as they defeat them 38-32

– The brave moment of the match belonged to Nitin Rawal of Jaipur Pink Panthers for his tackle on Vikas Khandola
– Deepak Hooda of Jaipur Pink Panthers was given the Perfect Raider for 12 raid points
– Mohit Chhillar of Jaipur Pink Panthers was given the Defender of the match for 4 tackle points out of 5 tackles

Jaipur Pink Panthers win their 2 nd match in Vivo Pro Kabaddi League Season VI against Haryana Steelers. Deepak Hooda was finally used as an all out raider and he proved his resilience by getting a Super 10. Nitin Rawal caused issues to Haryana’s raiders as he made some good tackles, assists to tackles and some really good and quick raids. Vikas Kandola tried his best to make some impact but Mohit Chhillar’s amazing performance sidelined him. Haryana Steelers have now lost both their matches to Jaipur.

Jaipur Pink Panthers were entering this match after losing their last 4 matches and thus had a point to prove to their fans while Haryana, even though were having an average performance, planning on tending those burns from their last encounter where Jaipur defeated them at home. Jaipur started the raids and got a point from Anup Kumar who successfully attempted a bonus point in the first raid of the match. Deepak Hooda was blocked strongly by Sachin Shingade to equalize in the 2 nd minute and make it 2-2.

The regular mistakes made by Haryana caused Jaipur to take the lead and concede an All Out in the 9 th minute to make it 11-6. It looked like Vikas Kandola had other plans as he constantly bothered Jaipur’s defense with regular bonus and touch points. Deepak Hooda got rid of two Haryana raiders in his 15 th minute raid by getting Monu Goyat and Vikas Kandola. It looked like this could cause a lot of problems to them and thus concede another All Out but Naveen came in as a Super-Sub for Haryana. He got Nitin Rawal, Anup Kumar and after the review Sunil Siddhgavali and a bonus point in the 15 th minute to flip the table and make it 16-13. They then continued this form and got Jaipur All Out in the last raid of the half to make it 18-20 in favour of Haryana Steelers.

The second half saw Haryana continue with the positivity of the first half and dominate Jaipur as Kuldeep Singh got Anup Kumar with an ankle hold to make it 18-23 in the 22 nd minute. Jaipur stepped up to bring out a response as they got the Super Sub Naveen in the 25 th minute Do-Or-Die raid when Young Chang Ko got him with an ankle hold to make it 20-23. Jaipur blocked Haryana from running away with the lead like Nitin Rawal and Mohit Chhillar blocked Vikas Kandola near the midline after a failed ankle hold by Young Chang Ko
in the 27 th minute to make it 22-24.

Mohit Chhillar continued to run nuisance to Haryana raiders as he got a strong block on Mayur Shivtarkar to inflict the All Out and make it 28-25 in their favour in the 30 th minute. This All Out came in as a confidence boost for Jaipur as they then increased the lead slowly to 4 points by the 34 th minute as Mohit Chhillar got a double thigh hold on Monu Goyat and make it 32-28. Nitin Rawal continued to cause trouble as an assister to tackles as he blocked Monu Goyat from returning to the midline this time after Young made a mistake and make it 34-30. Deepak Hooda got his first Super 10 of the season as he got a bonus point in the 38 th minute and make it 35-30. Jaipur Pink Panthers win the match 38-32 against Haryana Steelers.

Fans can catch live action of Haryana Steelers vs Dabang Delhi K.C. and UP Yoddha vs Bengaluru Bulls on Thursday, i.e. 8 th November 2018, 7:30 pm onwards, on Star Sports 2, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 HD Hindi, Star Sports 1 Tamil, Star Suvarna Plus, Star Maa Gold, Star Sports First and Hotstar.

Final Score:

Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Haryana Steelers
38 – 32

Match Awards:

THE VIVO PERFECT RAIDER OF THE MATCH: Deepak Niwas Hooda (Jersey 5) Jaipur Pink Panthers
THE TATA ACE DEFENDEDR OF THE MATCH: Mohit Chhillar (Jersey 4) Jaipur Pink Panthers
THE UP YODDHA MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Nitin Rawal (Jersey 14) Jaipur Pink Panthers

 

Chennaiyin recover, leave Pune down in the dumps

Photo by: Faheem Hussain /SPORTZPICS for ISL

Pune, November 6: Defending champions Chennaiyin FC tasted victory for the first time this season with a convincing 4-2 victory against FC Pune City in their Hero Indian Super League clash at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium, Pune, on Tuesday.

Ashique Kuruniyan’s early goal in the ninth minute gave Pune the lead but a strong second half from Chennaiyin allowed John Gregory’s men to seal three points. Mailson Alves equalised with a header in the 53rd minute and Gregory Nelson completed the comeback two minutes later. Inigo Calderon and Thoi Singh helped the visitors increase their lead and Jonathan Vila’s late goal was nothing more than a consolation.

Brazilian striker Marcelinho was given his marching orders after a dangerous tackle on Germanpreet Singh as Pune ended the game with ten men to compound interim coach Pradyum Reddy’s woes since another striker, Diego Carlos de Oliveira, also remains suspended for another red card against FC Goa.

A tentative start by the defending champions was punished by Pune City less than ten minutes into the match. An audacious cross-field diagonal ball by Robin Singh allowed Kuruniyan to race past Inigo Calderon on the left flank and beat Karanjit Singh from a tight angle inside the box.

John Gregory’s men had the lion’s share of the ball but struggled to create clear-cut chances with it. The visitors were content to use the turnovers to good effect whenever they sensed an opportunity from their own half.

Chennaiyin came out of their blocks quickly after the restart and scored the equaliser in the 53rd minute. Martin Diaz fouled Anirudh Thapa outside the box and the young midfielder picked out Mailson Alves at the far post from the resulting free-kick. The skipper’s looping header hit the back of the net, leaving the goalkeeper with no chance.

The match turned on its head as the champions took the lead two minutes later. The scorer turned provider as Mailson’s long ball found Nelson on the right flank who ran in behind Lalchhuanmawia Fanai before chipping the ball over an onrushing Kamaljit Singh.

Chennaiyin doubled their lead in the 69th minute from Thapa’s corner-kick. Pune’s defence failed to tackle the delivery from the corner and Raphael Augusto managed to push the ball into the path of Calderon who tapped the ball into the net.

The visitors grew in confidence as the second half progressed and scored their fourth goal three minutes later. Augusto played a delightful ball across the face of goal for Jeje whose shot was kept out by the goalkeeper. The rebound fell perfectly for Thoi who made no mistake from handshaking distance.

Augusto almost wrote his name onto the scoresheet with a dipping effort on goal but the swerving effort full of Brazilian flair hit the crossbar.

Pune grabbed a consolation goal in the 90th minute when Jonathan Vila rose the highest at the near post to head in Marcelinho’s well-taken corner kick. Marcelinho, however, jumped into a dangerous tackle to steal the ball off Germanpreet Singh with just seconds left on the clock and the forward was punished with a straight red card.

Pune are now at the bottom of the league ladder with just two points from six matches while Chennaiyin moved up to the eighth spot with four points from seven matches.

 

All Outs galore won by juggernauts Gujarat Fortunegiants as they defeat Dabang Delhi K.C. by 38-45

– The brave moment of the match belonged to Rohit Gulia of Gujarat Fortunegiants for his 3rd minute Super Raid to get Yogesh Hooda and Vishal.
– Dong Geon Lee of Gujarat Fortunegiants was given the Perfect Raider for 10 raid points.
– Parvesh Bhainswal of Gujarat Fortunegiants was given the Defender of the match for 6 tackle points out of 9 tackles.

Gujarat Fortunegiants continued their streak with a win over Dabang Delhi K.C. in Vivo Pro Kabaddi League Season VI. Chandran Ranjit and Naveen Kumar tried their best to make an impact on the match by getting 11 and 8 raid points. They were led down by the experienced corner pair Ravinder Pahal and Captain Joginder Narwal who collected 3 tackle points in total between them. Dong Geon Lee was brought in for the match and caused problems for Delhi to get a Super 10. Sunil Kumar had a below par performance but his absence was covered up by Parvesh Bhainswal who got 6 tackle points.

Dabang Delhi K.C. and Gujarat Fortunegiants will try to register a win over the other as the last time they had a very well fought tie. Gujarat Fortunegiants started the match with a toe touch by Rohit Gulia on Vishal in the first raid of the match. They continued to dominate Delhi with Rohit Gulia getting a Super Raid with a bonus point and touch points on Vishal and Yogesh Hooda to make it 1-5 in favour of Gujarat by the 3rd minute. They then inflicted an All Out on Delhi by the 6th minute to take an 8 point lead with 3-11.

It looked like Delhi were moving towards another loss, they got a boost of optimism with Naveen Kumar and Chandran Ranjit who got regular touch points on Gujarat. They got Sunil Kumar and Parvesh Bhainswal ushered to the mat by the 11th minute which made Gujarat helpless. This could be seen clearly as they were All Out in the 15th minute with Ravinder Pahal getting a thigh hold on K. Prapanjan and make it 15-18.  Delhi couldn’t keep up with this great form as they again conceded an All Out by the 19th minute to make it 17-27 with Yogesh Hooda being caught by Sunil Kumar with a strong thigh hold. The half ended with Gujarat leading with a 9 point lead with 18-27.

Dabang Delhi came with a positive attitude to get the Gujarat defense weakened by getting Parvesh and Sunil out by the 23rd minute to make it 20-29. Gujarat got a Super Tackle as Naveen entered the lobby without a touch while Sachin got out of the mat. Rohit Gulia was also giving soft points to Delhi as he tried to tackle the raiders regularly.

Parvesh Bhainswal got a Super Tackle with a strong thigh hold on Chandran Ranjit to extend the lead to 24-36 by the 27th minute. Delhi tried to make a comeback by inflicting an All Out on Gujarat when Chandran Ranjit got Parvesh Bhainswal and Sachin out in the 30th minute to reduce the lead to 7 points. Dong Geon Lee was causing trouble for Delhi with his agility and quick movements by regularly getting Ravinder Pahal to make mistakes. The 36th minute saw Ruturaj Koravi dash onto Chandran Ranjit to cause an injury to both of them. Delhi thought on reducing the lead but after the 37th minute saw Yogesh Hooda concede a Super Tackle by Sachin Vittala this could not be done. Gujarat made sure that they win the match by slowing down the match with empty raids and hence won it by 38-45.

Fans can catch live action of Jaipur Pink Panthers play Haryana Steelers while UP Yoddha play Telugu Titans on Tuesday i.e. 6th November 2018, 7:30 pm onwards, on Star Sports 2, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 HD Hindi, Star Sports 1 Tamil, Star Suvarna Plus, Star Maa Gold, Star Sports First and Hotstar.

Final Score

Dabang Delhi K.C vs Gujarat Fortunegiants

38 – 45

Match Awards: 

THE VIVO PERFECT RAIDER OF THE MATCH: Dong Geon Lee (Jersey 14) Gujarat Fortunegiants
THE TATA ACE DEFENDEDR OF THE MATCH:  Parvesh Bhainswal (Jersey 5) Gujarat Fortunegiants
THE UP YODDHA MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Rohit Gulia (Jersey 7) Gujarat Fortunegiants

 

Jamshedpur deny Delhi their first win

New Delhi, November 4: Delhi Dynamos’ wait for their first win in this edition of Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2018 season continued after their clash against Jamshedpur FC finished 2-2 in the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium here on Sunday.

Jose Luis Espinosa captain of Jamshedpur FC scores during match 28 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between Delhi Dynamos FC and Jamshedpur FC held at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi, India on the 4th November 2018
Photo by: Ron Gaunt /SPORTZPICS for ISL

The hosts struck through two second-half goals from Lallianzuala Chhangte (55’) and Adria Carmona (58’) while Sergio Cidoncha (39th) and Tiri (77’) got on the scoresheet for the visitors who climbed above NorthEast United FC at the top of the table on goal difference.

Delhi remain rooted to the eighth position with four points from seven games.

The teams started in cagey fashion with neither of them able being to assert their dominance over the ball. It were the visitors who carved the first real chance of the match with Tiri’s header from a Cidoncha corner flying straight into the hands of Delhi custodian Francisco Dorronsoro.

Another Cidoncha set-piece threatened Delhi’s goal again. The Spaniard’s floated free-kick found Tiri unmarked at the edge of the box with the defender redirecting the ball towards the danger area. However, the hosts’ defence was alert enough this time to clear the danger.

The game failed to really liven up as the first period progressed with chances coming at a premium for both teams.

The visitors, however. broke the deadlock in the 39th minute following a quick breakaway from a Delhi set piece. Rene Mihelic’s free-kick at the other end was cleared towards Gaurav Mukhi who surged forward towards an outnumbered Delhi defence before laying the ball for Cidoncha who applied the finishing touch.

Desperate for an equaliser, Delhi coach Josep Gombau made all three changes at the interval with Andrija Kaluderovic and Adria Carmona coming on. And the hosts were level within 10 minutes into the second half after a dreadful error from Robin Gurung. The Jamshedpur defender’s poor back pass was duly intercepted by a surging Chhangte who made no mistake after skipping past Subrata Paul.

Just minutes later, the hosts were in front with Chhangte providing the assist for the goal this time. The Delhi winger’s cross found its way to an unmarked Carmona at the far post and the substitute gleefully converted to make it 2-1.

The hosts were unable to hold on to their lead for too long though with Jamshedpur equalising through a corner kick. Carlos Calvo’s corner kick was inadvertently flicked on by Marcos Tebar towards the path of Tiri at the far post who guided the ball into an empty net.

The teams pressed for a late winner with substitutes Tim Cahill and Kaluderovic coming close with headers at both ends. However, there would be no more goals with the hosts left wondering what might have been once again.

 

Tamil Thalaivas smash UP Yoddha at their home ground to win 46-24

– The brave moment of the match belonged to Sukesh Hegde of Tamil Thalaivas for getting 3 touch points and inflicting an All Out in the 15th minute.
– Sukesh Hegde of Tamil Thalaivas was given the Perfect Raider for 9 raid points.
– Manjeet Chhillar of Tamil Thalaivas was given the Defender of the match for 8 tackle points out of 14 tackles.

Tamil Thalaivas stopped their losing streak with a victory over the host UP Yoddha in Vivo Pro Kabaddi League Season VI. Manjeet Chhillar and Amit Hooda caused great difficulties for UP Yoddha as they got 8 and 6 tackle points on UP Yoddha’s raiders. Sukesh Hegde did the damage in the first half especially with his amazing 15th minute raid to inflict an All Out. Ajay Thakur took the mantle from Sukesh in the second half to increase the damage. Prashant Kumar Rai was the only raider who caused some difficulties for Tamil Thalaivas.

The focus was now shifted from Patliputra Indoor Stadium, Patna to Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex, Greater Noida which is the home stadium of UP Yoddha. UP Yoddha were entering this match with an unbeaten streak of 3 matches while Tamil Thalaivas were coming from a loss against Gujarat Fortunegiants. It looked like the home leg started acting as a pressure to UP Yoddha as they were 3 points down by the 3rd minute as the score was 1-4 in favour of Tamil Thalaivas. They did get a Super Tackle on Jasvir Singh in the 3rd minute when Narender got a strong ankle hold on him which reduced the gap to 3-4.

UP continued to have a dismal show as they were All Out in the 6th minute to make it 4-10 in favour of Tamil Thalaivas. This match saw Sukesh Hegde reach the 300 raid points mark in the 9th minute as he successfully attempted for a bonus point and take it to a 6 point lead with 7-13. The game slowed down slightly only to make jaws ajar in the 15th minute when Sukesh Hegde got Rishank Devadiga, Narender and Jeeva Kumar out in his fluid movements and inflict another All Out on UP Yoddha to make it a 14 point lead. The half ended with Tamil Thalaivas dominating UP Yoddha by 11-26.

UP Yoddha would have needed a miraculous effort to come back from such a miserable first half. They did try to do some damage but were matched every time by Tamil Thalaivas. Tamil Thalaivas continued to increase the lead to 14-28 in the 26th minute as Amit Hooda stopped Prashant Kumar Rai from running away with a strong double ankle hold.

Sukesh Hegde started to have a contrasting second half as he didn’t get any raid points for the half. Amit Hooda was the most disciplined player for Tamil Thalaivas as he got ushered to the bench for the first time in the match in the 37th minute by substitute Md. Masud Karim to make it 21-35. Ajay Thakur was getting Narender out from a touch point but got Jeeva Kumar as well while Jeeva was trying to get out of his way in the 38th minute Do-Or-Die raid by Ajay. Tamil Thalaivas inflicted another All Out on UP Yoddha in the 39th minute when Amit Hooda got an ankle hold on Prashant Kumar Rai to make it 23-43. The match ended with Tamil Thalaivas winning it 24-46 against UP Yoddha.

Fans can catch live action of U Mumba Vs Puneri Paltan and UP Yoddha Vs Bengaluru Bulls tomorrow i.e. 3rd November 2018, 7:30 pm onwards, on Star Sports 2, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 HD Hindi, Star Sports 1 Tamil, Star Suvarna Plus, Star Maa Gold, Star Sports First and Hotstar.

Final Score

UP Yoddha – Tamil Thalaiva

24-46

Match Awards:

THE VIVO PERFECT RAIDER OF THE MATCH: SUKESH HEGDE (JERSEY 17) TAMIL THALAIVAS
THE TATA ACE DEFENDER OF THE MATCH: MANJEET CHHILLAR (JERSEY 05) TAMIL THALAIVAS
THE UP YODDHA MOMENT OF THE MATCH: SUKESH HEGDE (JERSEY 17) TAMIL THALAIVAS

 

The International Olympic Committee reanalyses further London 2012 samples for banned substances

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is currently conducting additional analyses on the samples collected from the Olympic Games London 2012. This programme, which uses the latest scientific analysis methods, aims to test samples for all substances prohibited in 2012.

November 2, 2018: If an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) is confirmed for any of the reanalysed samples from London 2012, the concerned athlete will be informed accordingly, after which the proceedings against the athlete can begin.*

As the International Testing Agency (ITA) is now operational, the IOC has delegated results management to the ITA, which will therefore review all the test results and notify the athletes concerned. The notification will give them the choice to have their case heard before CAS or before an IOC Disciplinary Commission. This choice is given as the Anti-Doping Rules (ADR) for the Olympic Games London 2012 still apply for cases that arise from the current reanalyses. In addition to results management, the IOC has also delegated the selection of samples to be reanalysed to the ITA.

Prior to the Olympic Games Rio 2016 and in the context of the investigations into the systematic manipulation of the anti-doping system in Russia, more than 500 reanalyses were already conducted for London 2012, resulting in 48 Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs). These were mostly for anabolic steroids detected through the new “long-term metabolite (LTM) test”.

The reanalysis programme for the samples from the Olympic Games London 2012 will continue in 2019 before the statute of limitations is reached by 2020.

This is part of the IOC’s efforts to protect clean athletes and the integrity of the competition. The IOC has been storing samples from the Olympic Games since Athens 2004 and has reanalysed them systematically. The fight against doping is a top priority for the IOC, which has established a zero-tolerance policy to combat cheating and to make anyone responsible for using or providing doping products accountable.

* Please note that, for legal reasons, the IOC will not give detailed information on possible cases. This would follow in due course.

The following tables provide the number of ADRVs recorded during and after the Games, leading to a sanction in relation to the Olympic Games.

Olympic Winter Games

Year  IOC RMA (1) IOC RMA Total
During the Games Re-analysis after the Games
1972 1   1
1976 2   2
1984 1   1
1988 1   1
2002 7   7
2006 7   7
2010 3 1 4
2014 8 Cases still pending  
2018(2) 4   4

* As of 30 October 2018

Olympic Games

Year IOC RMA(1) IOC RMA Total
During the Games

Re-analysis after the Games

1968 1   1
1972 7   7
1976 11   11
1984 12   12
1988 10   10
1992 5   5
1996 4   4
2000 11   11
2004 17 5 22
2008 7 65 72 
2012 9 48 57
2016 8   8

* As of 30 October 2018

(1) IOC RMA: The IOC is the Results Management Authority (RMA) and directly issues a sanction following an ADRV during the period of the Games (including potential further analysis after the Games). In case of a non-IOC RMA, the IOC is not the Results Management Authority and takes action based on the recognition of the ADRV decided by another authority (e.g. WADA, IF). We cannot provide exhaustive numbers of the non-IOC RMAs.

(2) For the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, the IOC had delegated the results management to the Doping Free Sports Unit (DFSU) of GAISF and sanctioning to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to make testing and sanctioning independent from the IOC.

International Olympic Committee Press Release

 

Pune yet to win a match this season

Nikola Krcmarevic of Kerala Blasters FC celebrates after scoring a goal during match 26 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between FC Pune City and Kerala Blasters held at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium, Pune, India on the 2nd November 2018
Photo by: Faheem Hussain /SPORTZPICS for ISL

Pune, November 2: Kerala Blasters were handed their fourth successive draw in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2018 after being held by FC Pune City 1-1 at the Shiv Chhatrapati Shivaji stadium in Pune on Friday.

A class strike from Marko Stankovic (13’) got Pune City up and running only to see Nikola Krcmarevic (62’) pull Kerala Blasters level in the second half. The result pulls Pune City, still without a win, off the bottom of the table temporarily while Kerala Blasters have moved up to the fifth spot with seven points from five games.

It were the visitors who got off to an energetic start with CK Vineeth testing the Pune City custodian Kamaljit Singh in the third minute. Kerala Blasters continued to pepper Kamaljit’s goal with shots but the goalkeeper denied Vineeth and Slavisla Stojanovic in the space of minutes.

Against the run of play, Pune City drew first blood in the 13th minute through a stunning strike from Stankovic. The Austrian gained possession in midfield before finding the top corner from about 30 yards out with a terrific left-footer.

The goal infused some confidence into Pune who should have doubled their lead when Emiliano Alfaro missed a free-header from Stankovic’s free-kick.

Pradyum Reddy’s side began to sit back, however, and play on the counter. Alfaro and Marcelinho did pose a threat on the break but Kerala were not without opportunities themselves. Sahal Abdul Samad imposed himself in midfield while Nikola Krcmarevic almost bundled the ball home following a scramble.

Kerala continued to attack Pune City in the second-half but it were Pune City who were handed a glorious chance to double their lead. Krcmarevic was adjudged to have pushed Alfaro in the box and the referee awarded a spot-kick. The Uruguayan, however, sent his effort crashing against the bar, much to Kerala’s relief. Crucially, Alfaro had missed a penalty against FC Goa in the previous game as well.

Six minutes later, Pune were made to pay for that miss when Krcmarevic lashed a loose ball from a half-cleared corner home from inside the box.

Pune showed a bit more urgency in their bid to find a winner while Kerala also endeavoured to find one. But it was not to be as both teams shared the spoils.

 

Gujarat Fortunegiants continue their dream run with a 25-36 win over Jaipur Pink Panthers

– The brave moment of the match belonged to Young Chang Ko of Jaipur Pink Panthers for his strong Super Tackle on Mahendra Rajput in the 18th minute
– Rohit Gulia of Gujarat Fortunegiants was given the Perfect Raider for 6 raid points.
– Sunil Kumar of Gujarat Fortunegiants was given the Defender of the match for 8 tackle points out of 8 tackles.

3rd November 2018: Gujarat Fortunegiants continued their win streak with their 4th win on the trot in Vivo Pro Kabaddi League Season VI. Jaipur looked like they could have a different story but succumbed to Gujarat’s defense. Sunil Kumar did the damage for Gujarat in prominence as he got 8 tackle points from 8 tackle attempts and a Super Tackle.  The South Korean Young Chang Ko made his mark in the eyes of Jaipur team management as he was the star player for Jaipur with 2 Super Tackles and a tackle point to have 5 tackle points. Anup Kumar and Deepak Niwas Hooda had a dismal performance with many unsuccessful raids.

Jaipur Pink Panthers were having a bad patch after losing their last three matches and wanted to regain their glory while Gujarat Fortunegiants were from the opposite side of the spectrum as they were entering the match from a three match win streak. It looked like the bad patch would continue as Jaipur were 4 points down by the 3rd minute at 0-4 after some great efforts by Gujarat. Jaipur came back slightly when Mohit Chhillar made a successful Super Tackle effort on Rohit Gulia with an ankle hold to make it 2-4.

The balance then shifted with Gujarat looking like they were in a bleak spot as they were down to 3 men in the 7th minute only to glimmer with a Super Tackle by Ruturaj Koravi to dash out the experienced Anup Kumar and regain the lead with 5-6. Raiders of both teams made a few errors by entering the lobby without a touch and kept the score ticking. A sudden change in fortune was seen in the 16th and 18th minute which saw Young Chang Ko bring back Jaipur with two Super Tackles and get Sachin and Mahendra Rajput out with a double thigh hold and a double ankle hold respectively. The half ended with Jaipur trailing by 1 point with score line being 13-14.

Gujarat finally got the opportunity to inflict the All Out on Jaipur in the 23rd minute after they continuously came out of it. After having a 6 point trail above them in the 25th minute, Jaipur constantly recovered points from Gujarat and came within 2 points to them with a great block effort by Young Chang Ko to make it 18-20.

With 2 men on the mat, Anup Kumar entered the half with a sly smile on Shubham Palkar in his 29th minute raid only to be stopped in his tracks by a strong ankle hold by Sunil Kumar and assistance by Shubham to get the Super Tackle and make it 18-22. Anup Kumar and Mohit Chhillar’s absence saw Jaipur having a weak performance on the mat and hence conceded another All Out. Gujarat inflicted it in the 35th minute with Parvesh Bainswal making a strong ankle hold on Deepak Hooda. The 39th minute saw Gujarat Fortunegiants completely show their intent when Parvesh Bainswal with assistance from Sunil Kumar pull Anand Patil back from the midline and make it 25-36. The match ended with Gujarat Fortunegiants winning the match against Jaipur Pink Panthers by 25-36.

Fans can catch live action of U Mumba Vs Puneri Paltan and UP Yoddha Vs Bengaluru Bulls tomorrow i.e. 3rd November 2018, 7:30 pm onwards, on Star Sports 2, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 HD Hindi, Star Sports 1 Tamil, Star Suvarna Plus, Star Maa Gold, Star Sports First and Hotstar.

Final Score

Gujarat Fortunegiants – Jaipur Pink Panthers

36 –  25

Match Awards:

THE VIVO PERFECT RAIDER OF THE MATCH: ROHIT GULIA (JERSEY 7) GUJARAT FORTUNEGIANTS
THE TATA ACE DEFENDER OF THE MATCH:  SUNIL KUMAR (JERSEY 11) GUJARAT FORTUNEGIANTS
THE UP YODDHA MOMENT OF THE MATCH: YOUNG CHANG KO (JERSEY 15) JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS

 

Rahul Dravid formally inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame

Dubai, 1 November 2018: Former India captain Rahul Dravid was today formally inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. To mark the occasion, Dravid received his commemorative cap from fellow ICC Cricket Hall of Famer Sunil Gavaskar before the start of the fifth and final ODI between India and the West Indies in Thiruvananthapuram.

Dravid was named in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame along with Australia men’s legend Ricky Ponting and England women’s stalwart Claire Taylor during the ICC Annual Conference in Dublin in July. However, Dravid was unable to attend the induction ceremony due to a coaching assignment with the India ‘A’ side.

Dravid, after receiving the cap, said: “I am honoured and delighted to have been formally inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in front of my home fans. This award gives me the satisfaction that I have been able to contribute to the success of the India cricket team in particular, and cricket in general.

“I am grateful to all my contemporaries, who helped and supported me during my playing days, as well as coaches and officials who guided me on the long journey. I have enjoyed each and every moment of my association with them, as together we not only set big targets but achieved most of them.”

Dravid is the fifth India cricketer to be formally inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame after Bishen Singh Bedi, Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar and Anil Kumble. Dravid played 164 Tests and 344 ODIs for India from 1996 to 2012, and scored a total of 24,177 runs in the two formats.

ICC MEDIA RELEASE

 

Patna Pirates ended their losing streak with a win over Bengal Warriors by 29-27

– The brave moment of the match belonged to Kuldeep Singh of Patna Pirates for his last minute thigh hold on Mahesh Goud to ensure a win for Patna.
– Deepak Narwal of Patna Pirates was given the Perfect Raider for 7 raid points in 16 raids.
– Jaideep of Patna Pirates was given the Defender of the match for tackle points 5out of his 7 tackles.

Patna Pirates finally stopped their losing streak at home to win against Bengal Warriors in Vivo Pro Kabaddi League Season VI. This was a low scoring match that saw both teams struggling to score raid points and hence use a defensive strategy. Jaideep made it a great show by getting 5 crucial tackle points on Bengal’s raiders. Ran Singh was given the mantle of Maninder Singh which he did a great job at with 7 raid points in his 10 raids. Deepak Narwal did some damage in the end to take Patna Pirates to the victory with 7 raid points. Jaideep is now the best defender in Season VI and the holder of Orange Sleeve.

Patna Pirates were starting the match without their star raider Pardeep Narwal as he was tending his wrist injury while Bengal Warriors were starting without Maninder Singh. The absence of Pardeep Narwal looked prominent for Patna Pirates as they started to trail by 4 points by the 3rd minute. It looked like another dismal start to the game by Patna but was overturned by Tushar Patil who came in as a substitute in the 5th minute for a Do-Or-Die raid and Amit Kumar to start the tally for Patna. They equalized by the 8th minute.

Bengal lost Mahesh Goud and Jang Kun Lee to Patna’s defense and thus a new face came up as the hero as Ran Singh took the raiding in his hands. He took 2 bonus points from under the nose of Patna’s defense before he got out to a strong thigh hold by Vijay in the 12th minute to concede an All Out for Bengal Warriors and make it 9-7. Both teams then worked on getting the raiders through their defenses as they used Do-Or-Die raids. The half ended with Patna Pirates leading Bengal Warriors by 15-12.

Both teams continued to work on Do-Or-Die raids as they made empty raids after empty raids. Bengal Warriors reduce the gap to 1 point by the 25th minute as Jang Kun Lee did his back kick to make it 16-15. Patna Pirates increased it back to 4 points by the 27th minute as Manjeet got Mahesh Goud with an ankle hold while Jaideep came with a dash from behind Goud’s back to make it 19-15.

The 32nd minute saw Deepak Narwal be saved by the line officials who saw Shrikant Tewthia step out of mat while also being the main defender who stopped Deepak from crossing the midline in his 32nd minute raid. Ran Singh continued to make great works with his raids which could be seen in his 36th minute raid where he would have got 6 players out if his dangling foot would have crossed the midline after being stopped by Jaideep. Baldev Singh caught a leap frog attempt by Tushar Patil in the 37th minute to creep back towards equalizing the score line which they achieved by the 38th minute when Vikas Jaglan got himself out by going out of mat. The 39th minute saw the substitute Manish make a great ankle hold to make it 27-25 but this raid also saw Jang Kun Lee nurse a shoulder injury. This cracker of a match ended with Patna Pirates finishing their home leg with a win by 29-27 against Bengal Warriors. The Patna home leg has now ended with great game by Patna Pirates as we shift the focus to UP Yoddha as they host matches at Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex, Greater Noida.

Fans can catch live action of UP Yoddha Vs Tamil Thalaivas while Jaipur Pink Panthers play Gujarat Fortunegiants tomorrow i.e. 2nd November 2018, 7:30 pm onwards, on Star Sports 2, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 HD Hindi, Star Sports 1 Tamil, Star Suvarna Plus, Star Maa Gold, Star Sports First and Hotstar.

Final Score

PATNA PIRATES – BENGAL WARRIORS

29-27

Match Awards:

THE VIVO PERFECT RAIDER OF THE MATCH: DEEPAK NARWAL (JERSEY 7) PATNA PIRATES
THE TATA ACE DEFENDER OF THE MATCH:  JAIDEEP (JERSEY 8) PATNA PIRATES
THE PATNA PIRATES MOMENT OF THE MATCH: KULDEEP SINGH (JERSEY 88) PATNA PIRATES
THE GILLETTE MACH 3 TOTAL CONTROL HOME TEAM PLAYER: PARDEEP NARWAL (JERSEY 9)  PATNA PIRATES
THE HONDA X BLADE MOST STYLISH PLAYER OF THE PATNA LEG: JAIDEEP (JERSEY 8) PATNA PIRATES
THE ULTRATECH CEMENT NO 1 PLAYER OF THE HOME TEAM: PARDEEP NARWAL (JERSEY 9)  PATNA PIRATES

The following are the highlights of the Patna Leg:

An outstanding performance by Rising Star Raider of U Mumba Siddharth Sirish Desai who is 2 points away to achieve the fastest 100-point mark in VIVO Pro Kabaddi League history with an average of 13.85 raid points

At the home leg of Patna Pirates, the fans saw Pardeep Narwal reach the 700-point mark

Bengaluru Bulls has a 90%-point ratio which is the highest point ratio for Season VI

The caravan now moves to Greater Noida which will see U.P.Yoddha led by Rishank Devadiga, along with Prashanth Rai and Shrikant Jadhav a strong raiding contingent with defenders Jeeva Kumar and Nitesh Kumar  as they try to build on momentum from the Patna Leg.

STANDINGS

Zone A

RANK

TEAM

MATCHES PLAYED

WON

LOST

TIE

SCORE DIFFERENCE

POINTS

1

PUNERI PALTAN

12

6

5

1

10

37

2

U MUMBA

7

5

1

1

65

29

3

GUJARAT FORTUNEGIANTS

5

3

1

1

20

19

4

DABANG DELHI KC

6

2

3

1

4

16

5

HARYANA STEELERS

9

3

6

0

-57

16

6

JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS

5

1

4

0

-30

7

 

Zone B

RANK

TEAM

MATCHES PLAYED

WON

LOST

TIE

SCORE DIFFERENCE

POINTS

1

PATNA PIRATES

10

4

6

0

-34

23

2

BENGALURU BULLS

5

4

1

0

28

21

3

TELUGU TITANS

6

4

2

0

9

21

4

UP YODDHA

7

3

3

1

0

21

5

BENGAL WARRIORS

6

3

2

1

14

19

6

TAMIL THALAIVAS

8

2

6

0

-29

12

 

Jamshedpur give Goa a taste of their own medicine

Jamshedpur, November 1: Jamshedpur FC broke their run of four successive draws in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2018 with a stunning 4-1 demolition of FC Goa at the JRD Tata Sports Complex here on Thursday.

Michael Soosairaj of Jamshedpur FC celebrates scoring during match 25 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between Jamshedpur FC and FC Goa held at JRD Tata Sports Complex, Jamshedpur, India on the 1st November 2018
Photo by: Ron Gaunt /SPORTZPICS for ISL

Michael Soosairaj’s brace (17’ and 50’) along with goals from Memo (77’) and Sumeet Passi (78’) saw Jamshedpur hand Goa their first defeat in the league and climb to third spot on the table. Mourtada Fall’s 33rd-minute equaliser for the Gaurs went in vain as Goa’s defence was found wanting.

Having lost the prolific striker Ferran Corominas to a suspension, Sergio Lobera started with Miguel Palanca up top, while Cesar Ferrando made five changes to his Jamshedpur starting XI from the 2-2 draw with Kerala Blasters.

The hosts were lightning quick off the blocks with young Gaurav Mukhi forcing Mohammad Nawaz into an excellent save as early as the second minute. The young Goa custodian made an even better one a minute later from Sergio Cidoncha’s well-struck free-kick.

The hosts’ early pressure paid off in the 17th minute with Soosairaj calmly slotting the ball into the net after Goa failed to clear a Cidoncha corner.

Goa failed to threaten a dominant Jamshedpur until the 26th minute when Hugo Boumous struck the woodwork with a fierce low shot.

A few minutes later, the visitors equalised against the run of play through Fall’s header after Edu Bedia had flicked on a Boumous free-kick. The hosts should have gone into the break with their noses in front but Memo blasted his shot high and wide after he had peeled away at the far post from a Cidoncha free-kick.

Ferrando’s men did have their deserved lead four minutes into the second half with Soosairaj bagging his second. The 24-year-old made no mistake after he was released behind the Goa defence by Cidoncha following a quick breakaway.

A horrible Lenny Rodrigues back pass almost gifted the hosts another goal before Tiri came close with a header. At the other end, Bedia threatened with a couple of long-distance attempts with the hosts remaining in the ascendancy.

A belter of a Memo strike from just outside the box after Goa failed to deal with a corner in the 77th minute sealed three points for Ferrando’s men. Passi added gloss to the scoreline just a minute later after he tapped into an empty net following a layoff from fellow substitute Carlos Calvo.

 

NorthEast two good for Delhi, return to the top

New Delhi, October 30: Late strikes from Federico Gallego and Bartholomew Ogbeche sealed three points for NorthEast United FC against Delhi Dynamos in the Hero Indian Super League 2018 (ISL) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Tuesday.

Federico Gallego of Northeast United FC celebrates the goal during match 23 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between Delhi Dynamos FC and Northeast United FC held at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi, India on the 30th October 2018
Photo by: Deepak Malik /SPORTZPICS for ISL

The hosts failed to create enough chances to score and were outplayed by the visitors who couldn’t find a breakthrough until the 82nd minute.  A moment of individual brilliance from Gallego and a clinical strike by Ogbeche helped NorthEast United climb to the top of the table with 11 points, although they have played a match more than FC Goa (10 points).

This was NorthEast’s third victory on the road and the best start they have had to any of their campaigns

NorthEast United spurned a golden chance to take an early lead five minutes into the match. A pacy surge forward by the hosts was led by Ogbeche who played a one-two with Redeem Tlang before unleashing a dipping effort from the edge of the box. The goalkeeper stood no chance of keeping it out but luckily for him, the effort hit the crossbar.

The visitors were attacking in numbers with Tlang’s exploits on the right flank pinning both Nandhakumar Sekar and Narayan Das into their own half.

Lallianzuala Chhangte’s pace was put to the test when an overhit backpass placed Robert Lalthlamuana in a spot of bother in the visitor’s half. The defender managed to get to the ball before the Mizo-born winger and averted a defensive catastrophe against the run of play.

Delhi could have shocked the visitors with a lead when Pritam Kotal rose highest to get a corner-kick delivery but the ball sailed over the bar.

NorthEast United had a couple more chances before the break. Rowllin Borges received Tlang’s cross into the box, controlled it with a delightful touch and released a shot that was blocked by Rana Gharami. The resulting corner-kick was aimed for Juan Mascia in the centre who flicked it to the near post where Mateo Grgic’s header destined for the net was brilliantly kept out by Dorronsoro.

Gombau responded to the visitors’ onslaught by adding Vinit Rai into Delhi’s midfield as the hosts were struggling to keep the ball.

NorthEast’s first chance after the break saw Gallego’s powerful shot take a deflection off a sliding Gianni Zuiverloon and went straight into the hands of goalkeeper Francisco Dorronsoro.

At the other end, Zuiverloon stood over a free-kick outside the box on the left and swung it towards the far post for Andrija Kaludjerovic who couldn’t keep his shot on target, much to the dismay of the large crowd in the stands.

The hosts had their chance in the 78th minute when a long ball by Marti Crespi fell perfectly for Kaludjerovic at the edge of the box. The striker played a one-two with Marcos Tebar whose well-weighted through-ball had Kaludjerovic attempt a finesse shot which was blocked and deflected wide by a sliding Mato Grgic.

NorthEast United finally got their goal through a moment of brilliance from Gallego. The Uruguayan midfielder picked up the ball from the left flank, skipped past his marker, surged into the box before sending a stunning finish into the bottom right corner.

Romeo Fernandes’ poor pass back to Pritam Kotal was intercepted by Gallego who charged down the left flank and squared the ball to Ogbeche. The Nigerian forward sent the ball into the net to complete NorthEast United’s masterclass in Delhi.

 

Battle Of Supremacy saw Rahul Chaudhari win it for Telugu Titans by 53-32 against Patna Pirates

– The brave moment of the match belonged to Rahul Chaudhari of Telugu Titans for his 28th minute Super Raid.
– Rahul Chaudhari of Telugu Titans was given the Perfect Raider for 17 raid points.
– Vishal Bhardwaj was given the Defender of the match for 9 tackle points.

Telugu Titans got their fourth win in Vivo Pro Kabaddi League Season VI in the match against Patna Pirates. This match saw two of the finest raiders in the league fight for supremacy against each other. With 18 tackle points by Telugu Titans over Patna made sure that Pardeep and Co couldn’t play their natural game. Rahul Chaudhari claimed back his position on top of the most raid points in Vivo Pro Kabaddi League table with 17 raid points. Vishal Bhardwaj made it tough for Patna’s raiders with his 9 tackle points. This match also saw all but one of Telugu Titans’ players get a tackle point. Titans have now reached the top of the table in Zone B while Patna Pirates continue to have a dismal home leg to move down to 4th place.

The match started with Pardeep Narwal making the grave mistake of entering the lobby without a touch on the defender to give away an easy point to Telugu. A good raid by Tushar Patil to get Farhad Milaghardhan and Vishal Bhardwaj gave Patna the start they needed by the 4th minute to lead 3-2.

A Super Raid by Nilesh Salunke in the 11th minute saw the game turn tables as Telugu Titans took the lead with score being 9-11 in their favour. This led to an All Out in the 13th minute on Patna making it a 7 point lead. Rahul Chaudhari getting his Super 10 in the first half and Vishal Bhardwaj getting 4 tackle points saw them take 10 point lead in 17th minute. The last raid of the half was by Pardeep Narwal. An unsuccessful raid would have seen Patna concede another All Out but Nilesh Salunke going out of bounds helped delay this. Telugu Titans lead Patna Pirates by a score of 25-17.

The second half saw the All Out being inflicted on Patna Pirates with a surrender tackle. Both teams continued to work on the other team’s Do-Or-Die raid with Patna reviewing successfully to get the point. Titans continued to increase the lead to 11 points by the 27th minute by Rahul Chaudhari.

The 28th minute was the minute of the match as it saw Rahul Chaudhari get a Super Raid as well as Patna concede another All Out. This made the Titans take a 15 point lead on the Pirates to 23-38. With Pardeep being out of the game because of his injury revisiting him during the match, Rahul Chaudhari made the most of the opportunity. He continued to rack up points for his team to regain the position of the raider with the most raid points in Vivo Pro Kabaddi League by the 35th minute. He was stopped by Vijay who slipped out of his hands and the hold of Anil Kumar in the 36th minute to try to reduce the lead to 29-45.

Fans can catch live action of Dabang Delhi K.C. vs Puneri Paltan and Patna Pirates vs Bengaluru Bulls tomorrow i.e. 31st October 2018, 7:30 pm onwards, on Star Sports 2, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 HD Hindi, Star Sports 1 Tamil, Star Suvarna Plus, Star Maa Gold, Star Sports First and Hotstar.

Final Score

PATNA PIRATES – TELUGU TITANS

32-53

Match Awards:

THE VIVO PERFECT RAIDER OF THE MATCH: RAHUL CHAUDHARI (JERSEY 9) TELUGU TITANS
THE TATA ACE DEFENDEDR OF THE MATCH: VISHAL BHARDWAJ (JERSEY 7) TELUGU TITANS
THE PATNA PIRATES MOMENT OF THE MATCH: RAHUL CHAUDHARI (JERSEY 9) TELUGU TITANS

STANDINGS

Zone A 

RANK

TEAM

MATCHES PLAYED

WON

LOST

TIE

SCORE DIFFERENCE

POINTS

1

PUNERI PALTAN

11

5

5

1

6

32

2

U MUMBA

7

5

1

1

65

29

3

GUJARAT FORTUNEGIANTS

5

3

1

1

20

19

4

HARYANA STEELERS

9

3

6

0

-57

16

5

DABANG DELHI KC

5

2

2

1

8

15

6

JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS

5

1

4

0

-30

7

 

Zone B

RANK

TEAM

MATCHES PLAYED

WON

LOST

TIE

SCORE DIFFERENCE

POINTS

1

TELUGU TITANS

6

4

2

0

9

21

2

UP YODDHA

7

3

3

1

0

21

3

BENGAL WARRIORS

5

3

1

1

16

18

4

PATNA PIRATES

8

3

5

0

-34

17

5

BENGALURU BULLS

4

3

1

0

26

16

6

TAMIL THALAIVAS

8

2

6

0

-29

12

 

Social Media Has Not Killed Us, says Gianni Merlo on Journalists

The AIPS President spoke ahead of the ‘AIPS Executive Committee / Jury Meet – 2018’ at the Sharq Village & Spa, in Doha on Monday.

Doha, Qatar: AIPS President Gianni Merlo has stressed on the fact that the primary goal of the ‘AIPS Executive Committee / Jury Meet – 2018’ starting here tomorrow, was to select the “best” entry for the AIPS Sports Awards scheduled for January in  Lausanne, Switzerland.

Merlo, who is leading the AIPS Executive Committee members and jurors from across the world in this 4-day event, spoke to renowned sports journalist Rhodri Williams of AlKass Sports Channels, ahead of the meet at the Sharq Village & Spa – the venue for the meet.

“We have to judge all the entries and after that we will chose the best. The situation is this one – We have received 1276 entries submissions in eight categories – So that is a huge amount of work and they are coming form 119 countries. This is the most successful result.”

Putting the importance of award in perspective, Merlo added, “You can imagine in some way the total world is following these awards. From here we will chose the semi-finalists and that would be around 15 from each category. Then after that a jury of 12 members, specialised in finding only the finalists; that will be three; will be invited in Lausanne.”

“In Lausanne we would decide from among these three who is the first, second and the third.”

Speaking on the fact that a large number of journalists have applied for the awards, and that they have submitted some of their bests works for it, he said, “The good thing the journalists want to fight for their work [to be recognised]. They want to show that we are still alive. That so-called social media has not killed us and this is the answer to it. Because our work is culture. For example – one of the jurors who has already seen the submissions. He told me that there is a journalist, who is always travelling around the world. Going into this submission, he took another trip around the world, knowing things that he didn’t know before, because sports [that] are in the society are really amazing.”

The AIPS President went on to focus how the young and upcoming journalists today have to struggle to defend their independence and how the AIPS is playing a vital role towards it. “Our role is – first, to defend our independence; to send around a new culture, because we have to look to the future. We have to adapt our profession to the new tools, but the principle of our profession stays the same.”

The former ‘La Gazzetta dello Sport’ journalist also shed light on the changing scenario in journalism.

“It is not because of the [presence] of the computer or that of the mobile phones that our philosophy is changing and also our dignity is changing – NO! The principle of the fair journalism is still there. We have to find a new solution of how to write, how to propose, how to send some images.”

“For example – In the submission we found something that ‘New York Times’ had spoken about last week – there would be some video of 360 degrees that helps you to look around the event. In the future maybe that the image would be important, but even after that, people want to read. For example, now there has been an increase in the number of young people who are going [back to] the books. People are going back to the book, back to the paper. Because Kindle and ‘Sound’ are nice and sound, but it’s not the same feeling,” said the 71-year old journalist.

Citing an example from California, he added, “In California people are thinking that we cannot allow people to spend all the day on mobile phones or on the computer. That we completely kill their personality, so we have to go back to their human part. I know that sometimes it looks like a dream, but we must be dreamers.”

On the fact that Doha has become a home of international sporting events, Merlo added, “My first Congress as President [of the AIPS] was in Doha [in 2006]. After that, we have had another Congress [in 2016] and two other Executive Committee Meets and we have had two young reporters’ projects here.”

“The cultural discussion, here has always been very hot; we have discussed how to promote the culture. So, it’s normal that we are here. It is normal because the journalists of Qatar [Qatar Sports Press Committee] are our partners in the world. But, especially they were always together, we discussed about culture. Together we are building a new culture, so it was important to begin here and afterwards we will go around the world,” he said.

Speaking further about embracing the culture of Doha, the IAAF award-winning journalist, said, “The Executive Committee members when they finish their work, they would spend one more day here and go to visit the facilities for the [FIFA World Cup] 2022, to visit the [Qatar] Foundation, and have different experiences. This because some of them have already seen Qatar six years ago, four years ago, but now new things have come up.”

“Qatar is like Beijing of some years ago, every six month you would find something new. It would provide them with the [opportunity] to enter in the era of the new World Cup here. And a visit to the Gymnastics [48th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships 2018] event as well.”

“This is the most important thing – we will touch down everywhere,” he added.

Courtesy: Qatar Sports Press Committee

 

Kerala rally to hold Jamshedpur in tale of two halves

Jamshedpur, October 29:  Australian great Tim Cahill opened his goal account in the Hero Indian Super League 2018 and Jamshedpur FC scored two before the breather. Yet, that wasn’t enough for the hosts as Kerala Blasters FC struck back in the second half for an entertaining 2-2 draw at the JRD Tata Sports Complex here on Monday.

Vineeth Chekiyot Kizhakkeveettil of Kerala Blasters scores during match 22 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between Jamshedpur FC and Kerala Blasters FC held at JRD Tata Sports Complex, Jamshedpur, India on the 29th October 2018
Photo by: Ron Gaunt /SPORTZPICS for ISL

It was all Jamshedpur in the first half as star forward Cahill (3’) and Michael Soosairaj (31’) put them two goals to the good. However, a spirited comeback from the visitors saw Slavisla Stojanovic (71’) and CK Vineeth (85’) restore parity and claim a share of the spoils.

Jamshedpur FC have now played four successive draws while Kerala themselves have drawn three matches. Both teams are yet to taste defeat.

The home team got off to a perfect start with a goal as early as the third minute from a corner kick. Sergio Cidoncha’s delivery was headed in by a diving Cahill to register his first ISL goal.

High on confidence after the early goal, Jamshedpur assumed control of the match and were able to string passes almost at will.

The visitors struggled to impose themselves and Soosairaj was seeing a lot of the ball on the left wing. He cut in and sent a shot over in the 20th minute but made amends 10 minutes later. A throw-in from the left fell to Soosairaj inside the penalty box and the Tamil Nadu born winger curled a delightful strike into the far bottom corner to send the home crowd into raptures.

Soosairaj kept troubling the Kerala defence as the half wore on and on one occasion saw a wonderful cross headed wide by Cidoncha.

David James’ team came out with intent after the break and had a chance to get back into the match when Stojanovic was brought down clumsily by Sanjay Balmuchu inside the penalty box. However, the Serbian striker’s ensuing spot-kick was saved by Subrata Paul.

Despite the setback, the Men in Yellow kept pressing forward and finally had some joy in the 71st minute. Two second-half substitutes combined as Sahal Abdul Samad found Seiminlen Doungel on the left wing. The youngster’s cross was emphatically turned in by a stunning left-footed volley from Stojanovic.

Doungel’s impact on the match was telling and the winger went on to fashion Kerala’s second goal with just five minutes left in regulation time. He surged to the byline before cutting a pass back which Vineeth swept in, much to the chagrin of the home faithful.

 

Encouraging start as clubs register record attendance figures

New Delhi, October 29, 2018: The first round of the new Hero I-League 2018/19 season came to an end on Sunday (October 28, 2018) and witnessed five excellent matches, which saw a number of exciting moments that left fans on the edge of their seats.

While Minerva Punjab and Churchill Brothers played out a goalless draw, the remaining four games saw a total of 12 goals scored as Chennai City FC’s Pedro Manzi scored a hattrick on the opening day against the Indian Arrows while East Bengal’s Mexican import Enrique Esqueda and Shillong Lajong’s 19-year-old debutant Naorem Mahesh Singh registered a brace apiece.

However, the most heartening numbers from the three days were the attendance figures, as the five home venues – the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium in Coimbatore, Khuman Lampak Main Stadium in Imphal, EMS Stadium in Kozhikode, Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Chandigarh and Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium in Shillong, all saw impressive turnouts.

The season opener in Tamil Nadu on Friday saw an audience of 8,262 as the hosts Chennai City FC hosted the youngsters from the Arrows, with the match ending 4-1 in favour of the home side. Saturday saw robust numbers as well as the match between NEROCA FC and East Bengal, which finished in a 2-0 win for the Red and Golds, saw 26,412 fans throng the stands, which became a virtual sea of orange.

The other match of the day saw the highest attendance among the five fixtures as 28,437 fans witnessed hosts Gokulam Kerala FC play out a scintillating 1-1 draw against the Calcutta Football League champions Mohun Bagan. The figure was also the maximum so far for a Gokulam home match in the I-League, which is a highly encouraging sign.

On Sunday, defending champions Minerva saw 8,591 fans fill in the stands for their stalemate against Churchill. The club owner Ranjit Bajaj tweeted, “First da positives 4m our season opener @ILeagueOfficial @minervapunjabfc 1.The largest turn out in the 3 year history of minerva punjab fc  in Ludhiana / Chandigarh or Panchkula (2nd div incld)- so thank you soooo much Panchkula and Chandigarh #chakdittephatte 8591 2 pm match.”

The final match, a NorthEast derby played in Meghalaya, featured 14,697 fans who saw Shillong Lajong record a memorable 2-1 win against Aizawl FC. Naorem Mahesh Singh, the hero of the match for Alison Kharsyntiew’s men, was quoted as saying, “Our fans are the best! They cheered for us throughout the match and that gave us more confidence to play to the best of our abilities.”

Incidentally, apart from Coimbatore, every other venue which hosted a game in the first game week of Hero I-League 2018-19 has seen a significant rise in the footfall. Defending Champions Minerva Punjab FC’s first match in the previous season was attended by 5,995 Minervans at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Panchkula. On the other hand, Kozhikode (25,841), Imphal (27,633), Shillong (6,989) has also witnessed fewer spectators in the first game week of the previous edition of the Hero I-League.

According to Mr. Sunando Dhar, CEO, I-League, the Hero I-League has seen an ‘encouraging’ start and he believes that every team will build on this.

“It’s heartening to see an encouraging start to the Hero I-League this season. We have to congratulate the clubs for the marketing done by them. They have done a splendid work so far and I’m sure, every team will build on this to make this edition of Hero I-League another successful one.”

The second round of fixtures of the 2018/19 I-League gets underway on Wednesday and will see four clubs from the first week – NEROCA, Minerva Punjab, Shillong Lajong and Chennai City play hosts yet again. On Saturday, Mohun Bagan will play their first home match of the league campaign as they host Aizawl FC at the iconic Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.

I-League Round 1 Attendance

Gokulam Kerala FC v Mohun Bagan – 28437
NEROCA FC vs Quess East Bengal FC – 26412
Shillong Lajong FC v Aizawl FC – 14697
Minerva Punjab FC v Churchill Brothers – 8591
Chennai City FC v Indian Arrows – 8262

 

Khalin Joshi wins Panasonic Open India

New Delhi, October 28, 2018: Indian golfers maintained their stranglehold over the Asian Tour’s Panasonic Open India trophy as Bengaluru lad Khalin Joshi broke the victory barrier at the Delhi Golf Club (DGC) on Sunday.

Joshi, who had been runner-up on the Asian Tour on two previous occasions, produced a gallant final round performance of four-under-68 at the US$ 400,000 event to seal the title with a one-shot margin. His total of 17-under-271 was the joint lowest in the history of the tournament as he equaled Shiv Kapur’s record from last year.

The 26-year-old Khalin, the overnight joint leader, also became the seventh Indian to win the tournament in a total of eight editions.

Bangladesh’s Md Siddikur Rahman, who was the overnight joint leader along with Joshi, finished runner-up at 16-under-272 as a result of his last round of 69.

India’s Ajeetesh Sandhu came up with a fourth round of 70 to finish tied third at 14-under-274 along with Thailand’s Suradit Yongcharoenchai (69).

The two other exceptional performances by Indians this week came from Aman Raj and rookie Kshitij Naveed Kaul.

While Aman Raj carded a final round of 69 to post a career-best fifth place finish on the Asian Tour, Kshitij Naveed Kaul, making his professional debut this week, had a dream start to his pro career as he claimed tied sixth place at 12-under-276 courtesy his last round of 68.  

Khalin Joshi (71-68-64-68) didn’t start the final round as per his expectations as he stumbled with bogeys on the first and third due to a couple of bad breaks, an ordinary bunker shot on the first and a bad lie in the rough on the third.

However, the three-time winner on the PGTI, displayed tremendous grit thereafter to launch a brave fightback. Khalin began to turn it around with a good recovery from the trees on the eighth where he went on to sink a tough downhill 12-footer for birdie.

Joshi, the man with two top-10s on the Asian Tour earlier this season, then quickly followed that up with another birdie on the 10th before striking it rich towards the end with four birdies on the last five holes. Khalin, tied for the lead with Siddikur after 17 holes, became the second new Indian winner on the Asian Tour this year after Viraj Madappa when he sank the all-important seven-foot birdie putt on the 18th for victory.

Khalin’s success was the sixth by an Indian on the international level this year. It also accounted for the fifth win by an Indian on the Asian Tour in 2018.

Joshi said, “I have no words honestly. It’s a huge monkey of my back.I think I played really well. Kept my nerves and played really solid coming in. The last 4 holes were key for me. All night I was thinking about the 16th hole tee shot because that tee shot has haunted me for a while now

“You know I am really relieved and really happy. I don’t know if it was nerves but just poor decision making I guess, starting off with two bogeys. But I still knew that there was a lot of golf to be played. I was playing well and it was just a matter of time. You know the birdie I made on 8th gave me a lot of confidence that I am not very far away and I got to keep sticking to my game plan, I got to keep playing aggressive. You know like that’s all I did. Then again I hit the driver on 18th and I played very aggressive and that’s what paid off.

“This year I played very different from the previous years. I have seen many of the pastchampions going for it in 2 on the par 5’s. but I have been hitting 3 irons in the past. You know it was just believing in myself and playing aggressive golf. That was key for me this week. On the 18th, I just knew I had the advantage over Siddikur because he didn’t have a driver. So I just knew that I had to keep it in play.

“This win means the world to me. Winning anyway was great but winning at Delhi Golf Club was unbelievable. All the spectators and crowd over here were very supportive. I have a bunch of friends over here, hopefully I gave them a good show.

“For me the world ranking points, jumping up in the order of merit in the Asian Tour was key. Going forward and playing as good as I am playing. I have four big weeks coming up after this. I am going to go back work on my game and come back fresh for Hong Kong.

“Just gives me a sense of satisfaction for sure. I have been close a few times, a bunch of my friends have won. All of my close friends have won. I told Rahil at the start of the week that I am leaving Bangalore, I hope I can be the Indian Panasonic Open champion and here I am standing with the trophy. Just very happy with the way I played all week, it has obviously given me a great sense of satisfaction.”

Former Indian Open champion Siddikur Rahman (67-66-70-69), who like Khalin made a birdie on the 17th to begin the last hole in the joint lead with him, couldn’t make it a second title at the DGC. He missed a 10 footer for birdie on the last hole.

Ajeetesh Sandhu (67-67-70-70), lying overnight third and one off the lead, had a quiet day with three birdies and a bogey. Sandhu was in the joint lead till the 13th but then had a bad bounce with his second shot on the 14th and landed in the bushes which led to a bogey. He couldn’t catch up with Khalin and Siddikur thereafter.

M Dharma (71) and Mukesh Kumar (68) finished tied 10th at 10-under-278 to make it six Indians in the top-10.Karandeep Kochhar (68) and Sachin Baisoya (73) took a share of 15th place at eight-under-280.

Last year’s champion Shiv Kapur (72) closed the week in tied 24th at five-under-283.

 

Dabang Delhi hand the victory to UP Yoddha as the lose 36-38

– The brave moment of the match belonged to Narender from UP Yoddha for catching Naveen Kumar in the 40th minute.
– Shrikant Jadhav was given the Perfect Raider was with 12 raid points.
– Nitesh Kumar was given the Defender of the match with 4 tackle points.

28th October 2018: UP Yoddha win their third match in Vivo Pro Kabaddi League Season VI as they defeated Dabang Delhi KC. This match saw four raiders, Naveen Kumar and Chandran Ranjit for Dabang Delhi KC and Prashant Kumar Rai and Shrikant Jadhav for UP Yoddha, achieve a Super 10. Yogesh Hooda came in as the super-sub for Delhi, as he grabbed 3 tackle points, the most for them in the match. Shrikant Jadhav’s efforts turned the match on its heels as he got Ravinder Pahal and Joginder Narwal in the dying moments.

Dabang Delhi started the raids as they lost the toss to UP Yoddha who chose side. Naveen Kumar and Chandran Ranjit raided well with bonus points and touch points regularly. They started to run away with the lead by the 4th minute with a score of 6-3.

UP Yoddha started having great successful tackles on the raiders of Delhi with Narender and Nitesh Kumar making great tackles on Naveen and Chandran Ranjit. With the raiders out on the bench the team started to crumble. Prashant Kumar Rai inflicted an All Out on Delhi in the 12th minute with a Super Raid on Ravinder Pahal and Chandran Ranjit to take a lead of 12-14. Shrikant Jadhav got a Super Raid to take Ravinder Pahal,Viraj Landge and Vishal Mane and take the lead away to 14-21. The half ended with the score reading 17-25.

The second half saw Dabang Delhi trying to make a comeback with strong defensive display. They took regular tackle points to reduce the difference to 5 points in the 21st minute of the match to 20-25. Azad came in as a substitute and helped UP Yoddha inflict a Super Tackle on Naveen Kumar after they were reduced to 2 men in the 26th minute.

Chandran Ranjit getting two touch points in the 27th minute on Amit Narwal and Nitesh Kumar led to UP Yoddha being All Out as the very next raid saw Prashant Kumar Rai being caught by Vishal Mane and making it 27-31. With touch and tackle points being grabbed by Dabang Delhi, they equalized the score by the 30th minute. The game continued to be neck and neck as each team would get a point and the other countered it till the 36th minute. The 40th minute raid by Shrikant Jadhav saw Delhi lose both their corners and hence lose the match 36-38.

On Tuesday, Puneri Paltan will face Gujarat Fortunegiants while the host Patna Pirates will face Telugu Titans.

Final Score

DABANG DELHI K.C. – U.P. YODDHA

36-38

Match Awards:

THE VIVO PERFECT RAIDER OF THE MATCH:  Shrikanth Jadhav (Jersey 22) U.P.Yoddha
THE TATA ACE DEFENDER OF THE MATCH: Nitesh Kumar (Jersey 2) U.P.Yoddha
THE PATNA PIRATES MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Narender (Jersey 3) U.P.Yoddha

 

Haryana Steelers loot Patna Pirates to defeat them by 43-32

– The brave moment of the match belonged to Naveen from Haryana Steelers for his Super Raid in the 28th minute.
– Vikas Kandola from Haryana Steelers was given the Perfect Raider for raid points.
– Kuldeep Singh from Haryana Steelers was given the Defender of the match for 5 tackle points.

28th October 2018: Haryana Steelers won the match against Patna Pirates to win their third match in Vivo Pro Kabaddi League Season VI. Patna Pirates lost another home game to continue their dismal home league. Surender Nada was appointed as the Assistant Coach for Haryana Steelers increasing his responsibilities for the team. Monu Goyat’s absence had no  effect on Haryana Steelers as they defeated Patna with ease. Pardeep Narwal getting his 700th raid point today had no effect on the match as he couldn’t inspire his team to a victory. Vikas Kandola and Naveen made great raids to get Super 10s while Kuldeep Singh made the efforts in the defensive department.

Pardeep Narwal started the raids for Patna Pirates and acquired a quick raid point to become the second man in Vivo Pro Kabaddi League to reach the 700 raid point mark. Both team’s raiders made great starts as they got raid points in each raid. Vikas Kandola tried to get more out of the moment in the 5th minute after Jaideep went out of bounds and saw Vikas Kale dash him out of court to make the score 4-5 in favour of Haryana Steelers.

A jersey pull in the 7th minute on Pardeep Narwal to make it 7-6  and save him as it was the Do-Or-Die raid. His absence makes a huge difference on the team as seen in yesterday’s match against U Mumba. Vikas kandola and Mayur started to make great raids as they started to increase the lead to 5 points by the 14th minute with 10-15 in Haryana’s favour. Patna didn’t let Haryana run away with the lead in half time as they came back strong to reduce the gap to 2 points with 15-17 being the score on half time.

The second half saw Haryana completely dominate the half with constant raid and tackle points. They increased the lead to 6 points as Jaideep made the mistake of making a jersey pull in the 26th minute to deny Patna a Super Tackle. By the 27th minute, Patna Pirates conceded their first All Out of the day as Vikas kandola got Vijay and Jawahar to make it 20-28.

Naveen after coming back made a Super Raid to take away Jawahar, Vikas Kale and Vijay out of the mat to make it 21-31 in the 28th minute. Patna Pirates were inflicted another All Out in the 33rd minute to take the gap out of their reach completely with 23-38. Haryana continued to dominate with the help of Vikas Kandola and Naveen getting more touch points on Patna. A bad defensive performance by Patna Pirates just helped Haryana even more. Patna tried to reduce the gap to not give Haryana another point from winning but the gap was too large to reduce as the match ended at Patna Pirates losing to Haryana Steelers 32-43.

On Tuesday, Puneri Paltan will face Gujarat Fortunegiants while the host Patna Pirates will face Telugu Titans.

Final Score

PATNA PIRATES – HARYANA STEELERS

32-43

Match Awards:

THE VIVO PERFECT RAIDER OF THE MATCH: Vikash Kandola (Jersey 88) Haryana Steelers
THE TATA ACE DEFENDER OF THE MATCH: Kuldeep Singh (Jersey 44) Harayana Steelers
THE PATNA PIRATES MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Naveen (Jersey 77) Haryana Steelers

STANDINGS:

Zone A

RANK

TEAM

MATCHES PLAYED

WON

LOST

TIE

SCORE DIFFERENCE

POINTS

1

PUNERI PALTAN

10

5

4

1

16

32

2

U MUMBA

7

5

1

1

65

29

3

HARYANA STEELERS

9

3

6

0

-57

16

4

DABANG DELHI KC

5

2

2

1

8

15

5

GUJARAT FORTUNEGIANTS

4

2

1

1

10

14

6

JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS

5

1

4

0

-30

7

 

Zone B

RANK

TEAM

MATCHES PLAYED

WON

LOST

TIE

SCORE DIFFERENCE

POINTS

1

UP YODDHA

7

3

3

1

0

21

2

BENGAL WARRIORS

5

3

1

1

16

18

3

PATNA PIRATES

7

3

4

0

-13

17

4

BENGALURU BULLS

4

3

1

0

26

16

5

TELUGU TITANS

5

3

2

0

-12

16

6

TAMIL THALAIVAS

8

2

6

0

-29

12

 

Entertaining Goa see off FC Pune City

Goa, 28 October 2018: FC Goa climbed back to the top of the Hero Indian Super League on Sunday in an entertaining game here at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda which saw a six goal melee in first 35 minutes and teams being reduced to 10 men towards the final whistle. Sergio Lobera and his attacking game play ensured Goa walked off the pitch with 4-2 win over FC Pune City.

FC Goa players celebrates a goal during match 21 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between FC Goa and FC Pune City held at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa, India on the 28th October 2018
Photo by: Vipin Pawar /SPORTZPICS for ISL

Ferran Corominas’ brace (5’, 35’) and goals from Hugo Boumous and Jackichand Singh gave the hosts their third win while Marcelinho (8’) and Emiliano Alfaro (23’) scored for the visitors who remain winless. Diego Carlos and Corominas were sent off late on as both teams finished the game with just 10 men.

Just like he had done against Mumbai, Corominas gave the Gaurs an early lead. A well-worked Goa move in the fifth minute saw Ahmed Jahouh release the Spaniard behind the Pune defence and the striker held off Gurtej Singh before applying a smart finish past Vishal Kaith.

The Stallions hit back immediately though, as Marcelinho beat an outstretched Mohammad Nawaz with a brilliant chipped finish into the top-right corner.

In typical ping-pong fashion, Goa retook the lead by the 12th minute through another well-worked move as Coro turning provider this time. Boumous delivered an inch-perfect cross back to the midfielder to head past Kaith.

Coro had a second assist to his name just minutes later after he sprung the off-side trap before laying the ball for Jackichand to smash into an empty net.

It was a game of shaky defences as Pune once again responded in kind, this time due to an error by Mohammad Nawaz. The young goalkeeper was at fault after he was beaten at his near post by a fierce Alfaro shot.

A frantic first period saw attacks from both sides thrive as chances kept coming with regularity at each end but it was the hosts who extended the lead with Coro bagging his second of the night following a goalmouth melee.

The second half started just as frantically as the first with Alfaro and Marko Stankovic coming close to reducing Pune’s arrears on separate occasions.

Alfaro then earned a penalty for the visitors when he went down under Chinglensana Singh’s challenge after the defender had lost possession. However, Nawaz pulled off a fine save from his spot-kick to preserve Goa’s two-goal lead.

A goal-line clearance by Ashutosh Mehta at the other end denied Coro his hat-trick as both attacks continued to prosper.

The Gaurs frustrated the visitors by keeping a stranglehold on the ball and starving them of goal-scoring chances.

The visitors finished the game with 10 men after Diego Carlos was shown a straight red for his knee-high challenge on Seriton Fernandes.

Goa’s night would be marred towards the end as Coro was also shown a straight red card after he slid into a tackle on Stankovic with his studs raised.

 

5th Men’s Hero Asian Champions Trophy 2018
India and Pakistan declared joint winners

– The decision was taken after the Final of the tournament was abandoned due to bad weather conditions
– Akashdeep Singh declared as ‘Player of the Tournament’ while PR Sreejesh won the ‘Goalkeeper of the Tournament’ Award

Muscat (Oman), 29 October 2018: The Indian Men’s Hockey Team was declared as the Joint Winners of the 5th Men’s Hero Asian Champions Trophy Muscat 2018 here today after their Final of the competition against Pakistan was abandoned due to bad weather conditions here on Sunday.

India were looking to defend their title which they won back in Kuantan, Malaysia in 2016 when they beat arch-rivals Pakistan 3-2 in the Final. However, the weather conditions in Muscat played spoilsport as heavy rainfall made it difficult for both the teams to start the Final here at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex.

World No. 5 India had earlier secured their passage through to the Final of the 5th Men’s Hero Asian Champions Trophy Muscat 2018 after remaining undefeated in the competition with five wins and a draw in their six matches; defeating hosts Oman 11-0, Pakistan 3-1, Japan 9-0, drawing 0-0 against Malaysia, and South Korea 4-1 in the round robin stages; whereas beating Japan again with a margin of 3-2 in the Semi-Final.

The Indian team were also the highest scoring team in the competition as they scored a total of 30 goals in six matches; and consisting of 11 different goal-scorers. India’s Harmanpreet Singh scored the most goals for his team with six goals, while forwards Mandeep Singh and Dilpreet Singh scored five each.

Earlier on Sunday, it was Malaysia who finished at the third place as they defeated Japan 3-2 in Penalty Shootout after the scores remained 2-2 at the end of regulation time in the Bronze Medal match of the competition.

 

Chris Broad completes triple centuries of ODIs

– Becomes only the second match referee to reach 300 ODIs in the Pune ODI between India and the Windies
– Chris Broad: “300 is not a number for me but a story of all those who have made contributions and sacrifices so that I can live my dreams and achieve my objectives”
– For a video interview of Chris Broad as part of our Know your ICC Match Officials series, please click here

Chris Broad today became only the second member of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees to reach 300 ODIs when he walked out for the toss in the third ODI between India and the Windies in Pune.

Even though Broad made his ODI debut as an official in Auckland in 2004, 11 years after Ranjan Madugalle refereed in his opening match in Karachi, the Englishman now trails the Sri Lankan by only 36 ODIs. Jeff Crowe of New Zealand is third on the list with 270 ODIs, while former India fast bowler Javagal Srinath has officiated in 212 ODIs. Roshan Mahanama retired in 2015 after refereeing in 222 ODIs.

Broad is presently sitting on 98 Tests and will become the second referee after Madugalle to complete a unique double by reaching the 100-Test mark in the second Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh in Wellington in March 2019. Madugalle also leads Broad 92-89 on a head-to-head in T20Is.

A stylish left-handed top-order batsman during his playing days, Broad became an elite match referee in 2004, a year after refereeing in his maiden Test in Hamilton, and has since refereed in all the ICC Cricket World Cups.

“I feel honoured and incredibly fortunate to be actively involved with the game for such a long period,” remarked Broad, adding: “300 is not a number for me but a story of all those who have made contributions and sacrifices so that I can live my dreams and achieve my objectives. On top of that list is my immediate family, and followed by colleagues in the ECB and ICC, and all my mates in the match officials’ panel.

“I am enjoying my job as if it was my first day in the office. The passion is there to continue to do what I love most, and in the process, help as many people as possible.

“I have been very lucky to have visited so many countries, meet people from different cultures and backgrounds, and build relationships. Similarly, I have been part of some outstanding and edge-of-the-seat cricket, but the match that stands out for me is South Africa’s world-record run-chase against Australia in Johannesburg in 2006 when they scored 438 to win the five-match series on the penultimate ball with one wicket to spare.”

To mark the occasion, a memento was presented to Broad before the start of the match.

BACKGROUNDER ON CHRIS BROAD

Played 25 Tests and 34 ODIs for England between 1984 and 1989, scoring 1661 and 1361 runs, respectively

In 1986-87, he hit three successive centuries in an Ashes series to equal Jack Hobbs and Wally Hammond’s record

Played for Gloucestershire and Nottinghamshire and finished with a total of 21,892 first-class runs with 50 centuries and 105 half-centuries

Became an ICC match referee in 2003 and was elevated to the elite panel in 2004

Besides 300 ODIs, Broad has also refereed in 98 Tests and 89 T20Is. He will complete his century of Tests in the second Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh in Wellington in March 2019.

Broad’s son Stuart is a regular member of the England men’s Test side, having taken 433 wickets in 123 matches. He also played in 121 ODIs and 56 T20Is, taking 121 and 55 wickets, respectively.

In addition to the ICC Cricket World Cups in 2007, 2011 and 2015, Broad has also refereed in the ICC Champions Trophy in the years 2004, 2013 and 2017 as well as the ICC World T20s in 2007, 2009 and 2016.

 

Panasonic Open India
Ajeetesh Sandhu, Tapy Ghai excel

New Delhi, October 25, 2018: The Indian duo of Ajeetesh Sandhu and Tapy Ghai excelled on day one of the Asian Tour’s Panasonic Open India.

Sandhu, a winner on the Asian Tour and last year’s joint runner-up and young Ghai, playing only his second season as a professional, shot scores of five-under-67 at the Delhi Golf Club (DGC) on Thursday to be placed tied second.

The lead was held by Thailand’s Suradit Yongcharoenchai at six-under-66.

While Bangladesh’s Md Siddikur Rahman (67) also took a share of second, the other Indians who enjoyed a strong start at the US$400,000 event were Veer Ahlawat and Rashid Khan in tied fifth with scores of 68 and Jeev Milkha Singh, Kapil Kumar and Karandeep Kochhar in tied ninth with scores of 69.

Ajeetesh Sandhu, a winner on the Asian Tour last year, was quick off the blocks collecting three birdies on the front nine at the cost of one bogey. The man with two top-10s in Asia this year then stepped on the gas on the back nine as he gathered four more birdies in exchange for a single bogey.

Interestingly, the 30-year-old’s day one performance was reminiscent of his first round show last year when he had taken the lead with an eight-under-64.

Chandigarh lad Ajeetesh said, “The score is pretty good. I played alright, not my best. It’s something that might just happen on this course. I think I played pretty well. That three birdies in a row kind of gave me some momentum heading into the remainder of the round.

“I hit two good shots on the 13th and made a 10-footer for birdie there. The 14th hole was the toughest hole that I birdied today. I hit a great chip for eagle on the 18th but it somehow lipped out. But I’ll take it. I’m happy with the birdie on the last.

“It was pretty warm out there. There was no wind so it was pretty easy. The greens are a bit slow so you got to be aggressive with your shots. If you miss on the wrong side of the greens, you miss another chance.

“I am sure the conditions will be different tomorrow morning. It plays completely differently when the sun comes out. The course plays shorter and it’s definitely easier. I’ll just take it as it comes. I have played this course enough times.”

Gurgaon-based Tapy Ghai, who bagged his maiden professional title on the PGTI earlier this month, carried his form to the DGC as he mixed seven birdies with two bogeys. The 22-year-old made a couple of birdie conversions from a range of 12 to 20 feet.

Ghai said, “When you score seven birdies it’s always a good round. All the aspects of my game were in good shape today. I had clarity of mind and didn’t have any doubts during my round so that helped.

“I’ve drawn a lot of confidence from my first professional win which was achieved on the PGTI earlier this month in Ahmedabad. That win has helped me break some mental barriers. I feel like a different player now.

“As a junior I’ve played a lot of golf at the DGC as it was my home course at the time before I moved to Gurgaon. I’m quite familiar with the DGC so that is another advantage I enjoy this week.

“I recovered well from the bushes to make my first birdie of the day on the 10th. The momentum just continued thereafter as I hit a terrific tee shot on the 12th that set up a seven-foot birdie putt. Then I also had a 20-feet birdie conversion on the 14th.

“Subsequently, I made two birdies and two bogeys till the fourth before coming back strong with consecutive birdies on the fifth and sixth. I’m delighted with this effort considering this is only my second Asian Tour event.”

Md Siddikur Rahman produced a bogey-free 67 at his favourite course where has secured 12 top-10 finishes in the past.

Veer Ahlawat, another 22-year-old, made a mark on day one draining six birdies against a lone bogey. Ahlawat has been one of the most consistent performers on the PGTI since he turned pro back in 2016. In the last three seasons he has 13 top-10s to his credit.

Veer said, “It’s been a good season for me so far as I’ve posted five top-10s on the PGTI in 2018. I’m 11th in the PGTI Order of Merit at the moment and I feel I’m carrying some good form into this week.

“My game was pretty solid today as I struck it well and therefore hit 16 regulations. I also holed a couple of 15 feet birdie putts.

“I started really well with birdies on the first two holes and four birdies on the first seven holes but a poor tee shot on the 18thwas a dampener as it resulted in a double bogey. Importantly, I didn’t let that double bogey affect my rhythm on the front nine where I picked up two more birdies.

“The highlight of my round though was the chip-in from the fringe for a par save on the seventh.

“My game is at a good point as of now as I’m striking and putting well. But I don’t want to think too ahead and want to take it one round at a time. My focus was good today as I managed to pull myself up even after the double bogey on the 18th.

“My goals in the near future include getting my first win on the PGTI and also trying to qualify for the Asian Tour through the Qualifying School.”

Defending champion Shiv Kapur carded a 70 to be tied 16th.

 

Patna Pirates beat Jaipur Pink Panthers 41-30

– The brave moment of the match belonged to Pardeep Narwal and his second super raid of the match.
– Jaideep showed tremendous strength in Patna’s defence to achieve a high five

Defending champions Patna Pirates started their home leg with a bang as they crushed Jaipur Pink Panthers 41-30 in the Inter Zone Challnge Week of Vivo Pro Kabaddi season VI. Pardeep Narwal’s raiding performance laid the foundations of Patna’s victory with 11 points and was ably supported by Manjeet who got 10 points. Jaideep and Vikas Kale combined to score 10 tackle points for Patna. Narwal achieved a landmark with his super 10 as he now the leader of super 10s in the history of Pro Kabaddi League. Anup Kumar also reached a milestone as he hit the 500 raid point mark in Pro Kabaddi League but his eight-point effort couldn’t help his team from avoiding a defeat.

Both teams’ defence got into the scoring act early in the game as Jaipur Pink Panthers led 2-1 after three minutes. With Patna trailing 2-3 in the 3rd minute, Pardeep Narwal’s super raid got the lead. Anup Kumar reached the milestone of 500 raid points in PKL with a successful raid in the fourth minute.

Jaipur came back in the next three minutes as they got 5 points to lead 8-6 in the 8th minute. But Pardeep Narwal had other ideas as in the 9th minute he got another super raid to give Patna Pirates 11-8 lead. Deepak Niwas Hooda scored two quick raid points as Jaipur Pink Panthers trailed 14-20 after 16 minutes.

At the end of the first half, Patna Pirates led 22-15 with Pardeep Narwal scoring nine points.

The second half saw Jaipur Pink Panthers start impressively as they forced a super tackle to trail 17-23. Two more points saw Jaipur cut the lead to just three as they trailed 20-23 after 24 minutes. Patna Pirates defence tightened their hold on the match to lead 29-21 after 29 minutes.

In the 30th minute Patna Pirates inflicted another all out to lead 33-21. Anup Kumar tried to revive Jaipur Pink Panthers with a super raid as they reduced the deficit to nine points.

Patna Pirates although were in no mood to relinquish their winning position. Manjeet got a couple of raid points as with less than five minutes to go Patna Pirates led 38-26. Patna Pirates rounded off the match with an 11-point victory.

In tomorrow’s matches, Jaipur Pink Panthers will take on Bengal Warriors while Patna Pirates face U Mumba.

Final Score

PATNA PIRATES – JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS

41-30

Match Awards:

THE VIVO PERFECT RAIDER OF THE MATCH: Pardeep Narwal (Jersey 9) Patna Pirates  
THE TATA ACE DEFENDER OF THE MATCH:  Vikas Kale (Jersey 5) Patna Pirates Pardeep Narwal (Jersey 9) Patna Pirates

 

ATK heap more misery on Chennaiyin FC

Kolkata, October 26: ATK secured their first home win of the season after a 2-1 triumph over beleaguered Chennaiyin FC at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan, Kolkata, on Friday.

Nigerian hitman Kalu Uche (3’) and John Johnson (13’) put Steve Coppell’s side 2-0 up before Carlos Salom (17’) pulled one back for the defending champions. ATK, however, held out to hand Chennaiyin FC their fourth defeat of the season and climbed to the fourth spot on the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) table.

Karanjit Singh Goalkeeper of Chennaiyin FC jumps to save during match 19 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between ATK and Chennaiyin FC held at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan stadium (Salt Lake Stadium) in Salt Lake Kolkata, India on the 26th October
Photo by Saikat Das /SPORTZPICS for ISL

Chennaiyin FC got off to the worst possible start as a defensive mix-up saw them concede as early as the third minute. Chennaiyin goalkeeper Karanjit Singh’s goal-kick was headed back by Gerson Vieira. It fell to Uche who found himself clear of both the centre-backs and slotted a calm finish past the goalkeeper.

ATK assumed control of the match thereafter as Manuel Lanzarote started to show his quality on the ball. He threaded a delicious ball for Uche in the 11th minute but the Nigerian’s shot was straight at the goalkeeper. Two minutes later, Johnson met his wonderful free-kick into the box and headed into the far corner to double ATK’s lead.

The setback forced the reigning champions into action and they pulled a goal back within five minutes through Salom. Francisco Fernandes’ accurate cross from the right wing was glanced into the net expertly by the Palestinian striker as coach John Gregory heaved a sigh of relief.

Chennaiyin FC pressed for an equaliser and created several chances in the first half but failed to convert them. In an attempt to attack, they were leaving spaces behind for the likes of Lanzarote to exploit. However, ATK also could not capitalise on the offerings.

ATK looked a bit more compact at the start of the second half and Chennaiyin had to wait until the 56th minute to fashion a proper opportunity when Salom managed to dart into the box, only to see his rasping shot from close-range go well wide of Arindam Bhattacharya’s goal.

The story of spurned chances continued for Chennaiyin FC as Andrea Orlandi saw a brilliant ball across the box just miss the outstretched legs of Salom and Issac Vanmalsawma.

At the other end, Lanzarote continued to threaten the Chennaiyin defence with his set-piece deliveries. One such effort saw Everton Santos send a header just over the bar.

Second-half substitute Gregory Nelson could have rescued a point for the Marina Machans when Thoi Singh found him at the far post with a cross. But his header was parried away by an alert Bhattacharya.

 

Gujarat Fortunegiants beat Tamil Thalaivas 36-25

– The fitness levels of Parvesh Bhainswal were on full display as he made strong tackles to keep Thalaivas raiders under control
– Brave moment of the match belonged to Sachin who made a crucial two-point raid at the beginning of the second half

Gujarat Fortunegiants produced an accomplished performance to beat Tamil Thalaivas 36-25 in Inter Zone Challenge Week of Vivo Pro Kabaddi Season VI. Sachin led the charge for Gujarat with 12 raid points and got ample support from Ajay Kumar who contributed seven raid points. For Tamil Thalaivas, Ajay Thakur got seven points but their second half performance let them down. It was the sixth defeat of the campaign for Thalaivas whereas Gujarat Fortunegiants registered their second win of the season.

Both teams began the match on a strong footing as they traded tackle and raid points. Ajay Kumar for Gujarat Fortunegiants and Ajay Thakur for Tamil Thalaivas got couple of raid points as the score was 5-5 after four minutes.

Tamil Thalaivas trailed 6-8 in the 9th minute but tied the match at 8-8 in the next minute. It was an evenly contested first half as Gujarat got into the lead but Tamil Thalaivas keep coming back to level the match. Sukesh Hegde got a raid point in the 18th minute for Tamil Thalaivas to level the match at 11-11. Gujarat Fortunegiants held a slender two-point advantage as they led 16-14 at the end of the first half.

Gujarat started the second half strongly as they scored five points in three minutes to lead 20-15 after 23 minutes. Gujarat Fortunegiants extended their dominance as the inflicted the first all out of the match in the 26th minute to lead 26-16.

Tamil Thalaivas scored just one point in first seven minutes of the second half. Amit Hooda forced a great tackle on danger man Ajay Kumar as Thalaivas trailed 18-28. A two-point raid by Ajay Thakur in the 31st minute saw Thalaivas reduce the lead to nine points.

As the match progressed Gujarat Fortunegiants strengthened their grip and remained on course to a comfortable win. They enjoyed a 11-point lead with just four minutes left. Tamil Thalaivas tried to reduce to the margin of defeat in the last couple of minutes.

Pardeep Narwal’s Patna Pirates will face U Mumba in tomorrow’s encounter while Jaipur Pink Panthers will take on Bengal Warriors.

Final Score

GUJARAT FORTUNE GIANTS – TAMIL THALAIVAS

36-25

Match Awards:

THE VIVO PERFECT RAIDER OF THE MATCH: Sachin (Jersey 99) Gujarat Fortunegiants

THE TATA ACE DEFENDEDR OF THE MATCH:  Parvesh Bhainswal (Jersey 5) Gujarat Fortunegiants

THE PATNA PIRATES MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Sunil Kumar (Jersey 11) Gujarat Fortunegiants

STANDINGS

Zone A

RANK

TEAM

MATCHES PLAYED

WON

LOST

TIE

SCORE DIFFERENCE

POINTS

1

PUNERI PALTAN

10

5

4

1

16

32

2

U MUMBA

6

4

1

1

64

24

3

DABANG DELHI KC

4

2

1

1

10

14

4

GUJARAT FORTUNEGIANTS

4

2

1

1

10

14

5

HARYANA STEELERS

8

2

6

0

-68

11

6

JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS

4

1

3

0

-19

7

 

 

Zone B

RANK

TEAM

MATCHES PLAYED

WON

LOST

TIE

SCORE DIFFERENCE

POINTS

1

BENGALURU BULLS

4

3

1

0

26

16

2

PATNA PIRATES

5

3

2

0

-1

16

3

UP YODDHA

6

2

3

1

-2

16

4

TELUGU TITANS

5

3

2

0

-12

16

5

BENGAL WARRIORS

4

2

1

1

5

13

6

TAMIL THALAIVAS

8

2

6

0

-29

12

 

Jamshedpur squander chances against 10-man NorthEast

Guwahati, 25 October 2018: NorthEast United climbed back to the top of the Hero Indian Super League after an eventful 1-1 draw against Jamshedpur FC at the India Gandhi Athletic stadium here today.

Farukh Choudhary of Jamshedpur FC runs with ball during match 18 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between NorthEast United FC and Jamshedpur FC held at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati, India on the 25th October 2018
Photo by: Deepak Malik /SPORTZPICS for ISL

Bartholomew Obgeche (20’) gave the hosts early lead before Farukh Chaudhary cancelled out his strike in the 49th minute.

It was the Highlanders who created the first real opening in the game after Federico Gallego surged down the right flank. The Uruguayan squared the ball back for Ogbeche from the by-line but the Nigerian’s rushed shot was some way off target.

The Nigerian would not be denied his goal minutes later after an error from Mario Arques. The Jamshedpur midfielder was dispossessed off the ball in his own box by Gallego before Ogbeche showed a brilliant first touch and then toe-poked the ball past a hapless Subrata Paul.

The visitors almost hit back immediately after Calvo’s intended cross from the left-flank deceived Pawan Kumar before bouncing off the crossbar. At the other end, Ogbeche continued to look dangerous with his quick feet and physical prowess.

Ferrando’s men began exerting a greater control on the ball as the half progressed but always seemed to run out of ideas in the final third.

Just seconds after Redeem Tlang had forced Subrata into an excellent save, the hosts shot themselves in the foot with Komorski picking up a red card at the stroke of half-time. The Croatian defender swung his elbow wildly towards Pablo Morgado’s face and the referee had no hesitation in giving him the marching orders after consulting with the linesman.

Come the second period, Eelco Schattorie sacrificed Nikhil Kadam to bring on defender Gurwinder Singh. Cesar Ferrando, meanwhile, threw caution to the winds by taking off defender Pratik Chaudhari for Michael Soosairaj.

It took just four minutes for the visitors to make their man advantage count after Reagan Singh failed to clear the ball. Morgado stole the ball before delivering a delightful cross from the left to which Farukh applied a sumptuous first-time finish with his left foot, leaving Pawan Kumar no chance.

With the game meandering towards the 70th minute mark, Tim Cahill was finally brought on as Ferrando went for the kill. The visitors put bodies forward in numbers with balls being launched into the box constantly but the cutting edge was missing.

Soosairaj came closest to taking the lead for the visitors but the 10 men of NorthEast hung on dearly for a precious draw.

 

Pawar Public School crowned as the Champions of KBD Juniors Season 2 Pune Leg

In a test of strength and passion for kabaddi, the KBD Juniors Season 2 Pune finale witnessed Pawar Public School emerge victorious against Panditrao Agashe School and the score was 50 – 16. Pawar Public School had an unbeaten run to lift the trophy. ‘Puneri Paltan’ raider Akshay Jadhav was present to encourage the kids and award the trophy to the winning team.

Prior to the finals, two semi-final matches witnessed JP TRUSTS VIDYA NIKETAN test their mettle against PAWAR PUBLIC SCHOOL  and MES BOYS HIGH SCHOOL took on PANDITRAO AGASHE SCHOOL.

Amongst the schools in the fray for the coveted title of Pune city champions were JP TRUSTS VIDYA NIKETAN, THE BISHOPS SCHOOL CAMP, Dr. DY PATIL PUBLIC SCHOOL, PAWAR PUBLIC SCHOOL, PUNE POLICE PUBLIC SCHOOL, PANDITRAO AGASHE SCHOOL, MES BOYS HIGH SCHOOL and LATE CAPT SHIVRAMPANT DAMLE PRASHALA. Families, principals, teachers turned up in good numbers as they cheered the students to deliver their best.

Score Sheet

Match. No

Team A

Team B

Final Score

Winning Team

Team A – Team B

1

JP TRUSTS VIDYA NIKETAN

THE BISHOPS SCHOOL CAMP

25 – 13

JP TRUSTS VIDYA NIKETAN

2

Dr. DY PATIL PUBLIC SCHOOL

PAWAR PUBLIC SCHOOL

Nov-28

PAWAR PUBLIC SCHOOL

3

PUNE POLICE PUBLIC SCHOOL

PANDITRAO AGASHE SCHOOL

17 – 22

PANDITRAO AGASHE SCHOOL

4

MES BOYS HIGH SCHOOL

LATE CAPT SHIVRAMPANT DAMLE PRASHALA

30-Jun

MES BOYS HIGH SCHOOL

5

JP TRUSTS VIDYA NIKETAN

PAWAR PUBLIC SCHOOL

24 – 37

PAWAR PUBLIC SCHOOL

6

MES BOYS HIGH SCHOOL

PANDITRAO AGASHE SCHOOL

17 – 35

PANDITRAO AGASHE SCHOOL

7

PAWAR PUBLIC SCHOOL

PANDITRAO AGASHE SCHOOL

50 – 16

PAWAR PUBLIC SCHOOL

 

Hero Asian Champions Trophy 2018
India to face Japanese test in Semi-Finals

Defending Champions India will face Japan in their Semi-Final match on Saturday

Muscat (Oman), 26 October 2018: The Indian Men’s Hockey Team will be hoping to secure their spot in the Final of the 5th Men’s Hero Asian Champions Trophy 2018 when they take on World No. 16 Japan in their Semi-Final encounter to be held here at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex on Saturday. The defending Champions have remained unbeaten in the competition so far as they topped the Pool Standings in the round-robin stage by accumulating 13 points from five matches via four wins and a draw.

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The Indian team started the competition with a routine 11-0 victory over hosts Oman, and then came from behind to defeat arch-rivals Pakistan 3-1 in their second match. The Semi-Final on Saturday will be a rematch of India and Japan’s third round-robin encounter where the World No. 5 had showcased their dominance to run away with a 9-0 victory. However, a rusty performance from the Indians saw them draw their fourth match against Malaysia 0-0 where the team wasted several chances, but the attackers did come good in their last match as they defeated South Korea 4-1 to progress to the Semi-Finals.

Captain Manpreet Singh, who scored a stunning individual goal against Pakistan, believes that his team has the chance to peak at the right time when they play the Semi-Final against Japan. “I think in the recent tournaments we have played this year, we have always started the competitions well but we have not been able to finish as well we would have liked. With an eye on the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018, this Semi-Final encounter against a good Japanese side will give us the chance to peak at the correct time, and book a place in the Final,” said the 26-year-old.

There will be no dearth of confidence within the Indian team as they have not lost to the Asian Games 2018 Gold Medallist since the 2013 Men’s Asian Champions Trophy where Yoshihara Heita scored twice for Japan to register a historic 2-1 victory. In the past 12 meetings between the two teams, India have ended up on the winning side on the last 11 consecutive occasions, while one match ended as a 1-1 draw. “We know that we go into the match as the favourites but that doesn’t mean anything if we don’t perform on the field. We will be ready to fight for every duel, and every ball, and we will look to start the match well. It is important to produce a good performance and for us to be efficient in all departments. If we manage to do that, we should be able to secure a place in the Final,” said the 2018 Arjuna Awardee.

The midfielder also believes that the team’s good form in the round-robin stage will help them in settling down and keeping their composure. “We have had as many as eleven different goal-scorers in the tournament so far which is a very positive sign for us. Our attacking approach and dynamic play during the matches helps us in keeping the balance on the field, and gives every outfield player a chance to get involved in the final third. I am expecting a good match against Japan and I am sure the team is ready to produce a performance which shall give us the victory,” said the 26-year-old.

On 27th October 2018, the Indian Men’s Hockey Team will play their Semi-Final match of the competition against Japan at 22.40hrs IST.

 

Rohini Bopanna nominated FIH International Technical Official

The 38-year-old Mysore-based official has officiated in 9th Women’s Asia Cup 2017 and 5th Women’s Asian Champions Trophy 2018 in recent times

New Delhi, 24 October 2018: Hockey India on Wednesday congratulated Rohini Bopanna on being promoted as FIH International Technical Official by the FIH Officials Committee. The World Governing Body for Hockey, announced its decision on Wednesday. Earlier this year, Bopanna was also appointed as a Technical Official for the 5th Women’s Asian Champions Trophy 2018 held in Donghae City, South Korea, after having officiated as a Technical Official at the 9th Women’s Asia Cup 2017 in Kakamigahara, Japan.

Rohini Bopanna started her career as a Technical Official when she first officiated during the 4th Hockey India National Championship (Women) in 2014 where she was involved with the Junior, Sub-Junior and Senior categories. Being a former hockey player herself, the 38-year-old has since then officiated in various domestic and international events. Bopanna considers her first International assignment as a key milestone in her career as a Technical Official which came when she officiated at the 12th South Asian Games 2016 in Guwahati, India. She was also assigned to officiate the 4th Women’s Asian Champions Trophy which was held in Singapore later that year.

Hailing from a family that has hockey in its roots, Bopanna also played for the state of Karnataka in all age groups – Junior, Sub-Junior and Senior level. Her husband, P. Bopanna, also used to play hockey as a Goalkeeper, and has supported the 38-year-old in her endeavor as a Technical Official. “It is a huge honour for me to have been promoted as FIH International Technical Official by the FIH Officials Committee. Exposure at the 4th Hockey India National Championship (Women) in 2014 helped me start my career as a Technical Official, and I have been fortunate to have officiated in various domestic and international tournaments. I would like to thank my family for always supporting me and helping me in continuing with my duties of being a Technical Official. I would also like to extend my gratitude to the Hockey India Umpiring, Technical and Competitions Committee for believing in my abilities and for giving me opportunities to progress and grow as a Technical Official. This would not have been possible without their training, guidance and support,” an ecstatic Bopanna said.

Congratulating Rohini Bopanna on her promotion accorded by the FIH, Hockey India’s Secretary General, Rajinder Singh said, “I would like to wish Rohini Bopanna the very best for her promotion as FIH International Technical Official by FIH Officials Committee. It has been Hockey India Umpiring, Technical and Competitions Committee’s aim to train, guide and support the upcoming officials to the International level by providing them with exposure in domestic and international competitions. I am delighted to see several technical officials and umpires making their name through hard-work and determination in the International stage, and would like to wish Mrs. Bopanna the very best for the future.”

 

Goa hammer five past hapless Mumbai

Goa, October 24: FC Goa surged to the top of the Hero Indian Super League table after a comprehensive 5-0 win over Mumbai City FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, on Wednesday.

Star striker Ferran Corominas converted an early penalty (6’) to hand the hosts the lead before second-half strikes from Jackichand Singh (55’), Edu Bedia (61’) made it 3-0. A late brace from Miguel Palanca (84’, 90’) condemned Mumbai City to a heavy defeat.

Miguel Palanca Fernandez of FC Goa takes a shot to score a goal during match 17 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between FC Goa and Mumbai City FC held at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa, India on the 24th October 2018
Photo by: Faheem Hussain /SPORTZPICS for ISL

The game got off to an end-to-end start and Mumbai should have taken the lead when Arnold Issoko scuffed his effort from a corner. From the ensuing counter, Souvik Chakrabarti brought down Coro with a horrendous challenge which left the referee no option but to point to the spot. The former Espanyol striker pulled off a Panenka which bewildered Amrinder Singh and handed Goa the lead.

The visitors had several opportunities to score the equalizer as they won several free headers inside the Goa box but just could not test Nawaz. Goa threatened themselves but Amrinder came to Mumbai’s rescue on occasions.

The floodgates opened in the second session when Seriton Fernandes’ cross into the box was turned into the net by Jackichand who got ahead of Souvik Chakrabarti to make it 2-0.

The Gaurs then added one more to the tally through Bedia’s stunning outside of the foot shot which sailed into the back of the net.

Goa were in cruise control by this time. Miguel Palanca, who came on in the 82nd minute, hammered the final nails in Mumbai City’s coffin with a well-taken brace. First, Palanca took Manvir Singh’s cross in his stride and lifted a finish over substitute goalkeeper Ravi Kumar before sending a left-footed finish past the goalkeeper in the 90th minute after bringing Ahmed Jahouh’s cross from the right wing.

The victory would be proof for Sergio Lobera that his tiki taka ways were producing results. Goa have now scored 10 goals in their first three matches and will next face FC Pune City in the next home game on Sunday.

The win sees Goa climb above Bengaluru FC and NorthEast United on goal difference at the top of the table while Mumbai drop to the seventh spot.

 

Bengaluru Bulls beat Haryana Steelers 42-34

– Pawan Sehrawat exhibited his fitness levels by the sheer strength in which he bulldozed through Haryana Steelers defence on multiple occasions
– The brave moment of the match belonged to Vikas Kandola who twice saved Haryana Steelers from suffering an all out

A terrific second-half performance by the Bengaluru Bulls saw them notch a comfortable 42-34 victory over Haryana Steelers in the Inter Zone Challenge Week of Vivo Pro Kabaddi Season VI. The architect of their win was their raider Pawan Sehrawat who scored 21 raid points and singlehandedly tormented the Steelers’ defence. For Haryana Steelers, Vikas Kandola got 14 points while Monu Goyat scored nine points but it wasn’t enough. This was the sixth defeat of the season for Haryana Steelers.

In the first few minutes of the match, it was the raiders who got their teams going. Pawan Sehrawat, Monu Goyat scored points as Haryana Steelers led 3-2 after three minutes. Rohit Kumar got his first raid point of the match in the fourth minute as Bengaluru Bulls trailed 3-5. Another raid by Rohit leveled the scored at 5-5 for Bengaluru Bulls in the sixth minute.

It was the battle of the raiders in the first half with both defences having a hard time to get tackle points. Bengaluru Bulls scored just two tackle points in the first half while Haryana Steelers got three.

Monu Goyat – whose heart rate was measured at 151 at one point in the first half – scored with a two-point raid in the 18th minute. Haryana Steelers went into the break holding a slender two-point lead with the score 15-13 in their favour.

Bengaluru Bulls started the second half strongly as first Pawan Sehrawat came up with a super raid in the 24th minute. The Bulls then inflicted the first all out of the match in the 25th minute to lead 21-17.

Pawan Sehrawat came up with another super raid in the 28th minute as Bengaluru Bulls led 26-18. Vikas Kandola scored with four points with two raids and saved his team from two all outs. Bengaluru, however, inflicted an all out in the 32nd minute to lead 32-23.

Bengaluru Bulls were in a commanding position as they led by eight points with less than five minutes to go. Vikas Kandola got another raid point for the Steelers in the 37th minute as Haryana were left to reduce the margin of defeat.

In the next round of matches, Patna Pirates will take on Jaipur Pink Panthers while Gujarat Fortunegiants face Tamil Thalaivas.

Final Score

BENGALURU BULLS – HARYANA STEELERS  

42 – 34

Match Awards:

THE VIVO PERFECT RAIDER OF THE MATCH: Pawan Kumar (Jersey 17) Bengaluru Bulls
THE TATA ACE DEFENDEDR OF THE MATCH:  Mahendra Singh (Jersey 25) Bengaluru Bulls
THE FORCE MOTORS MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Pawan Kumar (Jersey 17) Bengaluru Bulls

 

UP Yodhha beat Puneri Paltan 29-23

– Prashanth Kumar Rai was the fittest player on the mat as he outmuscled Pune defence on a couple of occasions.
– The brave moment of the match belonged to UP Yoddha defence who forced a crucial super tackle in the second half

In an evenly matched contest, it was UP Yoddha who showed a lot of composure to beat Puneri Paltan 29-23 in Inter Zone Challenge Week of Vivo Pro Kabaddi Season VI. Prashanth Kumar Rai and Shrikant Jadhav combined to score 14 raid points to lead UP Yoddha to another victory. At crucial moments of the match, UP Yoddha held their nerve as they beat the home team in front of a boisterous crowd. Leading raider of the season Nitin Tomar had a quiet match by his high standards as he scored just five points.

Shrikant Jadhav opened UP Yoddha’s account with a two-point raid in the first minute as Monu responded for Puneri Paltan with an equivalent raid. The two raiders scored a point apiece in the next few minutes as both teams were level at 3-3. UP Yoddha led 8-4 in the eighth minute as Prashanth Kumar Rai scored four raid points in two raids.

It took Nitin Tomar nine minutes to open his account in the match. A two-point raid in the 14th minute by Nitin Tomar reduced the deficit to one-point for Puneri Paltan. UP Yoddha went into the halfP time leading 16-12 and holding a slight edge over Pune.

There were a slew of empty raids at the start of the first half as UP Yoddha maintained four-point lead in the 23rd minute. A super tackle in the 30th minute by UP Yoddha saw them lead 21-17. It was a low-scoring second half as in 10 minutes both teams managed to score five points apiece.

With less than five minutes to go, Akshay Jadhav scored a raid point as Puneri Paltan trailed 21-25. It looked like the match would go down to the wire but UP Yoddha defence rose to the occasion as they sent Nitin Tomar to the bench twice to quell any hopes of a Puneri Paltan comeback.

In the next round of matches, Patna Pirates will take on Jaipur Pink Panthers while Gujarat Fortunegiants face Tamil Thalaivas.

Final Score

PUNERI PALTAN – UP YODDHA  

23 – 29

Match Awards:

THE VIVO PERFECT RAIDER OF THE MATCH: Prashant Kumar (Jersey 4) UP Yoddha
THE TATA ACE DEFENDER OF THE MATCH:  Sagar Krishna (Jersey 77) UP Yoddha
THE FORCE MOTORS MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Amit (Jersey 15) UP Yoddha
THE GILLETTE MACH 3 TOTAL CONTROL HOME TEAM PLAYER: Ravi Kumar (Jersey 18) Puneri Paltan
THE HONDA X BLADE MOST STYLISH PLAYER OF THE PUNE LEG: Nitin Tomar (Jersey 5) Puneri Paltan
THE ULTRATECH CEMENT NO 1 PLAYER OF THE HOME TEAM: Nitin Tomar (Jersey 5) Puneri Paltan

STANDINGS 

Zone A

RANK

TEAM

MATCHES PLAYED

WON

LOST

TIE

SCORE DIFFERENCE

POINTS

1

PUNERI PALTAN

10

5

4

1

16

32

2

U MUMBA

6

4

1

1

64

24

3

DABANG DELHI KC

4

2

1

1

10

14

4

HARYANA STEELERS

8

2

6

0

-68

11

5

GUJARAT FORTUNEGIANTS

3

1

1

1

-1

9

6

JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS

3

1

2

0

-8

7

 

Zone B

RANK

TEAM

MATCHES PLAYED

WON

LOST

TIE

SCORE DIFFERENCE

POINTS

1

BENGALURU BULLS

4

3

1

0

26

16

2

U.P. YODDHA

6

2

3

1

-2

16

3

TELUGU TITANS

5

3

2

0

-12

16

4

BENGAL WARRIORS

4

2

1

1

5

13

5

TAMIL THALAIVAS

7

2

5

0

-18

12

x6

PATNA PIRATES

4

2

2

0

-12

11

 

5th Men’s Hero Asian Champions Trophy 2018
India 4 South Korea 1

A hat-trick from Harmanpreet Singh (5′, 47′, 59′) and a goal from Gurjant Singh (10’) help India progress to the Semi-Finals

Muscat (Oman), 25 October 2018: The Indian Men’s Hockey Team secured the top spot in the Pool stages of the 5th Men’s Hero Asian Champions Trophy 2018 as they defeated South Korea 4-1 in their fifth and final round robin match held here at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex on Wednesday. The Indian team secured the three points through Harmanpreet Singh’s hat-trick of goals scored in the 5th, 47th and 59th minutes and Gurjant Singh’s 10th-minute strike which saw India secure the top spot in Pool Standings with a tally of 13 points from their five matches and a goal difference of 25, and progress to the Semi-Final match of the competition.

Having played a goalless draw against Malaysia on Tuesday, the Indian team looked to cement their position at the top of the Pool Standings by attacking the South Koreans from the opening whistle. The Indian team maintained possession in the opening few minutes and were awarded their first Penalty Corner in the 5th minute which was fiercely struck in the top right corner by drag-flicker Harmanpreet Singh, to give India the lead. In the following minutes, South Korea seemed content in sitting back and maintaining a compact structure, which made it difficult for the Indians to break through but in the 9th minute, Striker Akashdeep Singh had a chance to score but saw his shot blaze over the crossbar. Good game-reading in the following minute saw the World No. 5 team extend their lead to two goals as they scored through a counter attack in which Harmanpreet Singh found Gurjant Singh inside the South Korean circle with a precise long pass, the young striker obliging by making a turn and shooting into the top left corner with a tomahawk.

India started the second quarter with some high pressing again but it was South Korea’s turn to open their account as they scored in the 20th minute against the run of play when a clearance by Surender Kumar was intercepted by a Korean player and passed onto Lee Seungil on the right side of the Indian circle, and the Korean Captain struck a vicious shot from a tight angle to beat PR Sreejesh and make the scores 2-1. Two minutes later, South Korea won their first Penalty Corner but the resulting execution was blocked by the first rusher, Chinglensana Singh Kangujam. Both the teams had their chances before the half-time break but neither could produce the goods in the final third as India took their 2-1 lead into the interval.

The third period started on an anxious note for India as the South Koreans scored inside 29 seconds, but the goal was disallowed after a successful referral by the Indian team. Another referral five minutes later, but this time for the World No. 14 side saw them win another Penalty Corner, but the resulting execution was well defended by Indian Captain Manpreet Singh who saw away the danger. Both the teams battled for possession throughout the third quarter but could not find any real opening.

It was only in the fourth quarter that India finally managed to make the most of their opportunity as Harmanpreet Singh converted his second Penalty Corner when he thrashed the ball into the top left corner, past South Korean Goalkeeper Kim Jaehyeon to extend India’s lead to 3-1 after 47 minutes. South Korea tried to make a comeback as they were awarded a Penalty Corner in the 54th minute, but Indian Goalkeeper Krishan B Pathak made a great reflex save off Jang Jonghyun’s slider shot to deny the South Korean. India made sure that they rotated possession well in the final few minutes and created another chance in the 59th minute as Striker Mandeep Singh was blocked by a Korean defender inside the circle. Playing with a kicking back for the final few moments, South Korea could not effectively defend the Penalty Corner as Harmanpreet Singh scored to complete his hat-trick and secure the three points for India.

On 27th October 2018, the Indian Men’s Hockey Team will play their Semi-Final match of the competition.

 

Zaheer Khan, RP Singh, Praveen Kumar sign up for the 2nd edition of  T10 league

Mumbai, October 23, 2018: T10 League on Wednesday announced left arm pacers Zaheer Khan, RP Singh, recently-retired Praveen Kumar, S Badrinath and Reetinder Singh Sodhi are among eight Indian players to have confirmed their participation in the second season of the T10 League, starting November 21 2018.

One of India’s most successful fast bowlers, Khan has spearheaded the pace attack for many years including at the victorious 2011 World Cup and has over 600 international wickets across all formats. RP Singh, another fine left arm pacer, who announced his retirement from all forms of cricket last month, was a part of the Indian team that won the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa where he emerged as second-highest wicket-taker in the competition.

Subramaniam Badrinath, regarded as one of the most successful first-class cricketers in the history of Indian Cricket, is known for his large appetite for scoring runs. His experience of playing in the domestic cricket in India, especially in the Indian Premier League, will be of a big advantage to the team he represents in the T10 league.

On the other hand, Praveen Kumar’s ample experience of playing international and his guile with the ball in hand would be handy for any team across the board. Reetinder Singh Sodhi’s all-round abilities will also be very useful for team he plays for.

Earlier, Virender Sehwag was named the T10 Cricket League icon along with Shahid Afridi. Besides appointing Sehwag and Afridi as the league icons, former Pakistan cricket legend Wasim Akram has been entrusted the task of global talent hunt as Director of Talent Hunt Programme.

Eight teams – Kerala Kings, Punjab Legends, Maratha Arabians, Bengal Tigers, The Karachians, Rajputs, Northern Warriors and Pakhtoons – have been drawn in to two groups to fight it out in the 2nd Season of T10 League – that takes place at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium from November 21 to December 2, 2018.

This year, two teams – The Karachians and Northern Warriors – have been added to the list of the earlier six teams. This will expand the support and fan base of the T10 League.

 

5th Men’s Hero Asian Champions Trophy 2018
India beat Pakistan 3-1

Captain Manpreet Singh (24’), Mandeep Singh (31’) and Dilpreet Singh (42’) scored as India came from a goal down to beat their arch-rivals

Muscat (Oman), 21 October 2018: The Indian Men’s Hockey Team produced a stunning performance in their second match of the 5th Men’s Hero Asian Champions Trophy 2018 as they came from a goal down to defeat arch-rivals Pakistan 3-1 here at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex on Saturday. India were helped by some moments of individual brilliance from Captain Manpreet Singh, who was also awarded the ‘Man of the Match’, and Forward Mandeep Singh, as the two scored in the 24th and 31st minutes respectively to turn the match around after Pakistan’s Muhammad Irfan Jr. had scored in the 1st minute to give Pakistan the lead. India were then helped by Dilpreet Singh’s convincing strike in the 42nd minute which secured the three points.

World No. 5 India went into the match with a 10-match unbeaten streak against Pakistan but it was the World No. 13 side who started the match with a good rhythm as they attacked the Indians from the opening minute, creating pressure on the Indian defence. It was a quick start for the Pakistanis as they won a Penalty Corner in the 1st minute and managed to score through Muhammad Irfan Jr. who was the quickest to react after Indian Goalkeeper PR Sreejesh had made a save off the PC execution. The goal came as a setback for the Indian team but they did manage to regain control in the next few minutes, keeping possession and trying to open up the Pakistani defence through darting runs from the baseline. It was a tactic that worked for the Indians as they created a few opportunities with their midfield and forwards players getting involved and also winning a couple of Penalty Corners. But the Pakistani defence held on in the opening quarter to take their one-goal advantage into the two-minute break.

India tried to look for the equalizing goal in the second quarter, but the World No. 5 struggled to create any chances in the opening few minutes as they could not find the final pass inside Pakistan’s striking circle. But it was a moment of magic from the Captain Manpreet Singh which saw India finally get their equalizer as the Midfielder showcased individual brilliance to score in the 24th minute. Manpreet created pressure on his opponent and won possession just inside Pakistan’s half, making a marauding run into the striking circle and beating three defenders in the process to finish the move all by himself as he stroked the ball into the far-post to revive India’s spirits. Both the teams had a couple of chances in the closing stages of the second period, but neither could manage to convert as the teams went into the half-time break level at 1-1.

The third quarter started with another moment of magic from an Indian, as it was Mandeep Singh’s turn to get his name on the score-sheet and give his team a 2-1 lead. A turnover in the 31st minute saw Akashdeep Singh make a darting run into the striking circle and pass the ball to fellow striker Mandeep, who found himself with his back to goal but produced majestic skills to keep possession and flick the ball between his own legs to surprise everyone, and score past Pakistani Goalkeeper Imran Butt. India had a good third quarter as they denied their arch-rivals in making many circle entries and then extended their lead to two-goals as Dilpreet Singh scored his fourth of the tournament to put India 3-1 ahead. The crucial goal came in the 42nd minute as India attacked their opponents through a quick counter-attack which was led by Akashdeep Singh, who showed his pace to run beyond the Pakistani midfielders and then find Lalit Upadhyay on the right flank. Lalit then moved forward towards the baseline and struck a hard low shot towards goal, which was padded by Imran Butt into the path of Dilpreet Singh, who produced a calm finish.

The Indian team maintained their high pressure play in the last quarter as they looked to win the ball back as soon as they lost possession and won the 50-50 battles to make sure that Pakistan could not have chances to make their way into the match. Young Goalkeeper Krishan Bahadur Pathak, who replaced the milestone-man PR Sreejesh in goal in the last quarter, made a good interception in the last few minutes to help India maintain their strong hold on the match. India had chances of their own as goal-scorers Mandeep Singh and Dilpreet Singh had opportunities to extend India’s lead even further, but neither could manage to score again. India managed the game well in the closing stages as they maintained their intensity and saw themselves come from a goal-down to beat Pakistan 3-1.

On 21 October 2018, the Indian Men’s Hockey Team will play their third round robin match against Japan at 22.40hrs IST.

Matches will be shown live on Star Sports 2, Star Sports HD 2 and Hotstar.

 

U Mumba thrash Telugu Titans 41-20

– Siddharth Desai showed his incredible fitness levels as he powered through Titans defence on multiple occasions throughout the match
– The bravest moment of the match also belonged to Siddharth Desai’s super raid

A terrific raiding performance by Siddharth Desai saw U Mumba hammer Telugu Titans 41-20 in the Inter Zone Challenge Week of Vivo Pro Kabaddi Season VI. Rahul Chaudhari created history by becoming the first man to score 700 raid points in Pro Kabaddi but couldn’t save his team from a defeat. Desai scored 17 points and made life difficult for the Titans’ defence throughout the match. Desai is also the leading raider of the Pro Kabaddi League Season VI with 83 points so far.

Rahul Chaudhari opened Telugu Titans’ account with his raid in the first minute. Siddharth Desai got two quick raid points as U Mumba led 3-1 after two minutes. Mohsen Magsudlou got into the act with Rahul Chaudhari as Titans scored five straight points to lead 6-3 in the 7th minute.

Siddharth Desai continued his hot streak of the season as he piled on the points and pressure on the Telugu Titans defence. In the 13th minute, Desai scored a super raid to give U Mumba 13-7 lead as they inflicted the first all out of the match.

Titans defence found it difficult to contain Siddharth Desai in the first half. Rahul Chaudhari scored two raid points in two minutes as Titans reduced the deficit to 10-14. At the end of the first U Mumba led 17-12.

The second half saw Desai at his best again as he scored with a super raid in the 21st minute to give U Mumba 20-12 lead. U Mumba stepped up their game in the first 10 minutes of the second half. Another all out was inflicted in the 24th minute by U Mumba as they led 25-16.

A moment of history was created in the second half when Rahul Chaudhari scored a raid point to become the first man in Pro Kabaddi League to reach the 700-raid point mark. However, he wasn’t able to revive his team’s fortunes in this match.

U Mumba inflicted another all out in the 31st minute to open a massive 18-point lead. In the last five minutes U Mumba gave a run out to few of their bench players as they were ensured of a comfortable victory. U Mumba collected a few tackle points in the last couple of minutes of the match to wrap an easy 41-20 win. It wasn’t meant to be a Titans Tho Tuesday as they couldn’t build on a fast start of the match.

In tomorrow’s matches, Bengaluru Bulls will face Haryana Steelers and Puneri Paltan take on UP Yoddha.

Final Score

TELUGU TITANS – U MUMBA

20 – 41

Match Awards:

THE VIVO PERFECT RAIDER OF THE MATCH: Siddharth Sirish Desai (Jersey 8) U Mumba
THE TATA ACE DEFENDER OF THE MATCH:  Fazel Atrachali (Jersey 1) U Mumba
THE FORCE MOTORS MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Siddharth Sirish Desai (Jersey 8) U Mumba

 

Dorronsoro keeps Chennaiyin at bay

New Delhi, October 23: Goalkeeper Francisco Dorronsoro delivered a masterclass as Delhi Dynamos and Chennaiyin FC played out an engaging goalless stalemate in the Hero Indian Super League 2018 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Tuesday.

Francisco Dorronsoro Goalkeeper of Delhi Dynamos FC saves during match 16 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between Delhi Dynamos FC and Chennaiyin FC held at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi, India on the 23rd October 2018
Photo by: Deepak Malik /SPORTZPICS for ISL

Chennaiyin FC had the better chances but could not beat the Spanish goalkeeper who refused to concede with brilliant saves throughout the match. The visitors couldn’t get a breakthrough but the point earned lifts them from the bottom of the table. The teams are still searching for their first win of the season.

Andrea Orlandi could have opened the scoring for Chennaiyin FC as early as the second minute of the match. The midfielder rose the highest to head a corner kick from Isaac V but Dorronsoro got down low to pull off a stunning reflex save.

Raphael Augusto then looked to be in the mood to score as the trickster surged up the field from midfield before taking aim from 40 yards. His piledriver lacked enough force to trouble Dorronsoro.

The Delhi goalkeeper was called into action again five minutes from half-time. A defence-splitting through-ball by Augusto released Carlos Salom behind the backline. The striker squared the ball to an unmarked Thoi Singh who took a touch before sending a powerful strike that was kept out.

Delhi’s first shot of the game came at the stroke of half-time. Lallianzuala Chhangte beat his marker on the left flank, burst forward before crossing perfectly towards Andrija Kaludjerovic. The striker headed the ball first-time and forced goalkeeper Karanjit Singh to a save.

The visitors threatened again soon after the restart. Carlos Salom’s first-touch to receive Augusto’s through ball from midfield was wonderful but the same could not be said for the end product as the striker sent the ball wide.

The hosts were struggling to find gaps at the other end. Kaludjerovic cut an isolated figure up front and crosses into the box were dealt well by the Chennaiyin backline.

The defending champions had a glorious chance to score a breakthrough goal in the 70th minute when a cleared corner kick turned into a counter-attack. Augusto released Isaac into space down the left flank. The winger surged forward and squared the ball to an unmarked Salom whose shot was brilliantly saved by the onrushing goalkeeper.

The Delhi custodian put on a fine show under the bar. The Spaniard flew out from his line to punch away a delightful cross from the left by Thoi as the Lions held on for a point.

 

Tamil Thalaivas beat Puneri Paltan 36-31

– The brave moment of the match belonged to Jasvir Singh who came up with a critical two-point raid in the dying moments of the match
– Ajay Thakur showed his strength and fitness levels with a crucial two-point raid in the 35th minute

Tamil Thalaivas ended their five-match losing streak by registering an impressive 36-31 victory over Puneri Paltan in Inter Zone Challenge Week of Vivo Pro Kabaddi Season VI. Ajay Thakur led the charge for Thalaivas as he scored 12 points and reached the 600-point milestone in Pro Kabaddi League. Jasvir Singh chipped in with eight points and important raids for Tamil Thalaivas. GB More who came on a substitute for Puneri Paltan scored 10 points.

It was an evenly contested match with both teams trading raid and tackle points in the first five minutes. Jasvir Singh started brightly for Tamil Thalaivas and Nitin Tomar got couple of raid points for Puneri Paltan. After five minutes both teams were level at 4 points apiece.

Ajay Thakur reached the milestone of 600 raid points in Pro Kabaddi League in the 6th minute of the match. Sukesh Hegde and Jasvir supported Thakur with raid points as Tamil Thalaivas led 10-6 after nine minutes. Puneri Paltan forced a super tackle in the 13th minute as they cut the deficit to just one point.

Tamil Thalaivas inflicted the first all out of the match in the 15th minute to lead 15-12. Nitin Tomar scored two more raid points for Puneri Paltan as they went in the break trailing 15-16.

Both teams refused to give an inch and fought for every point in the second half. Tamil Thalaivas held a slender advantage for the first 10 minutes as they led 23-20 after 30 minutes.

Ajay Thakur scored an important raid point in the 31st minute to give Thalaivas a five-point lead. Jasvir Singh scored with a two-point raid as Tamil Thalaivas inflicted another all out to lead 29-20 in the 32nd minute.

In the 35th minute Thakur attained a super 10 with a two-point raid to give Thalaivas 31-22 lead. Puneri Paltan tried to mount a comeback but Nitin Tomar’s absence off the court hurt their chances. With less than two minutes left, Tamil Thalaivas led 32-27. Puneri Paltan scored two quick points in a minute to cut the deficit to 29-32.

Jasvir Singh scored a critical two-point in the 39th minute to give Tamil Thalaivas 34-30 lead. Amit Hooda came up with a strong tackle to send Nitin Tomar to the bench to ensure Tamil Thalaivas’ victory.

In tomorrow’s matches, Bengaluru Bulls will face Haryana Steelers and Puneri Paltan take on UP Yoddha.

Final Score

PUNERI PALTAN – TAMIL THALAIVAS

31 – 36

Match Awards:

THE VIVO PERFECT RAIDER OF THE MATCH: Ajay Thakur (Jersey 7) Tamil Thalaivas
THE TATA ACE DEFENDER OF THE MATCH:  Ravi Kumar (Jersey 18) Puneri Paltan
THE FORCE MOTORS MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Jasvir Singh (Jersey 2) Tamil Thalaivas

STANDINGS

Zone A

RANK

TEAM

MATCHES PLAYED

WON

LOST

TIE

SCORE DIFFERENCE

POINTS

1

PUNERI PALTAN

9

5

3

1

22

31

2

U MUMBA

6

4

1

1

64

24

3

DABANG DELHI KC

4

2

1

1

10

14

4

HARYANA STEELERS

7

2

5

0

-60

11

5

GUJARAT FORTUNEGIANTS

3

1

1

1

-1

9

6

JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS

3

1

2

0

-8

7

 

Zone B

RANK

TEAM

MATCHES PLAYED

WON

LOST

TIE

SCORE DIFFERENCE

POINTS

1

TELUGU TITANS

5

3

2

0

-12

16

2

BENGAL WARRIORS

4

2

1

1

5

13

3

TAMIL THALAIVAS

7

2

5

0

-18

12

4

BENGALURU BULLS

3

2

1

0

18

11

5

U.P. YODDHA

5

1

3

1

-8

11

6

PATNA PIRATES

4

2

2

0

-12

11

 

India held to a draw by Malaysia

India continue to top the pool; play South Korea in the next Round Robin match

Muscat, October 23: Defending Champions India were held to a goalless draw by Malaysia in the fast-paced encounter of the Hero Asian Champions Trophy Muscat 2018 at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex here on Tuesday.

Both India and the Asian Games Silver medallists Malaysia now have 10 points each from four outings in the preliminary round-robin league, with India topping the standings on basis of a superior goal difference.

The Indian team got off to a nervy start as they wasted several scoring opportunities early in the match. They had a spate of chances early in the contest, only for Hardik Singh to fritter away a scoring opportunity, Harmanpreet Singh’s penalty corner flick being blocked by the Malaysian goalkeeper and Mandeep Singh failing to get a touch on long diagonal balls twice in the first quarter.

Malaysia created one opening on a counter-attack, but mostly fell back to defend their goal against the Indian strikers.

In the second half the Indian strikers were not allowed space to enter the circle until the closing stages, when they forced two penalty corners but could not produce a goal-bearing shot. This was a period when Malaysia were down to 10 players as Tengku Tajuddin was shown the yellow card for a deliberate foul on Indian Captain Manpreet Singh.

Nilakanta Sharma missed the target by inches in one of the combined Indian raids.
Indian Chief Coach Harendra Singh rued the missed chances. “I am not happy. We cannot miss chances like this in international hockey,” said Harendra.

Malaysian Coach Roelant Oltmans said his team faced a tough time when they were down to 10 players due to Tajuddin’s yellow card. “We came under some pressure in the last phase after the yellow card,” said Oltmans. “Otherwise, the game was more of less what we expected.”

On 24 October 2018, the Indian Men’s Hockey Team will play their fifth round robin match against Korea at 22.40hrs IST.

Please find attached the match schedule and pictures from Indian Men’s Hockey team’s match against Malaysia.

 

Bengaluru punish sloppy Pune City

Pune, October 22: A quick-fire first-half brace from Sunil Chhetri and another powerful finish from Miku set up a majestic 3-0 win for Bengaluru FC against FC Pune City in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) clash at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium, Pune, on Monday.

Bengaluru led 2-0 at the breather with Chhetri striking in the 41st and 43rd minute while Venezuelan striker Miku completed the rout in the 64th minute.

Bengaluru FC players celebrate their 1st victory on the road against FC Pune City in Hero ISL at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium, Pune.

The win saw Bengaluru FC race to the top of the table with seven points and a better goal difference compared to NorthEast United FC, while Pune have just one point after three matches.
Bengaluru FC were the early aggressors and had an opportunity to score in the 15th minute when Matt Mills’ poor first-touch allowed Miku to nick the ball off the defender. The Venezuelan striker dribbled into the box before curling the ball over the bar from a tight angle.

Bengaluru FC goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh used his height to great effect to keep out a dipping free-kick effort by Marcelinho. The Brazilian’s stunning take looked destined to hit the top right corner of the net but the Blues custodian dived to his left to pull off a terrific save.

As the two sides stood tight at the back, clear-cut chances were hard to come by.

Dimas Delgado’s in-swinging corner-kick found Chhetri unmarked in the centre of the box but the striker’s header was straight at the goalkeeper.

Bengaluru’s best chance of the half came in the 40th minute when Udanta Singh was released down the right flank by Miku. The winger crossed perfectly for Chhetri in the centre whose effort struck agonisingly wide from close range.

The Blues skipper made amends for his miss with a goal a minute later. He beat Pune’s offside trap to receive Delgado’s long diagonal from the right and placed a neat finish past goalkeeper Vishal Kaith to give his side the lead.

Chhetri doubled his side’s lead within two minutes. Another long ball from the back was poorly cleared by the Pune defence. Miku pounced on the loose ball before releasing Chhetri into the box who skipped past Sarthak Golui’s challenge to complete the move.

Soon after the restart, the visitors threatened again. Udanta intercepted a pass and lobbed the ball over the defence for Miku to chase but the striker, once he got to the byline, took too long to cross and the delay allowed Martin Diaz to slide in with a tackle.

Miku’s physical prowess and persistence helped Bengaluru add their third goal in the 64th minute. A long punt forward by Albert Serran fell to Miku who outmuscled Sahil Panwar and slammed home.

Pune almost came up with an immediate response at the other end. Rahul Bheke failed to clear a long ball and Diego Carlos pounced onto it before sending a ferocious attempt that struck the outside of the post and sailed out.

 

Nominees announced for Female World Athlete of the Year 2018

This week marks the opening of the voting process for the 2018 World Athletes of the Year ahead of the IAAF Athletics Awards 2018 in Monaco on Tuesday 4 December.

The IAAF is pleased to confirm a list of 10 nominees for Female World Athlete of the Year who were selected by an international panel of athletics experts, comprising representatives from all six continental areas of the IAAF.

The nominees for 2018 Female World Athlete of the Year are:

Dina Asher-Smith (GBR)
– European champion & world lead at 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay
– Second over 100m in the Diamond League final and Continental Cup
– Commonwealth Games relay gold and 200m bronze

Beatrice Chepkoech (KEN)
– World steeplechase record by eight seconds, backed up by the third-quickest mark of all-time
– Winner of seven out of eight steeplechase finals including the Continental Cup, African Championships and Diamond League
– Commonwealth Games silver at 1500m

Sifan Hassan (NED)
– World lead at one mile and 3000m, the latter set when winning at the Continental Cup
– European champion at 5000m; European records at 5000m and half marathon
– World indoor medals at 1500m and 3000m

Caterine Ibarguen (COL)
– Continental Cup winner, Diamond League champion and Central American &?Caribbean – champion at both long and triple jumps
– World lead & unbeaten in eight finals at triple jump

Mariya Lasitskene (ANA)
– Winner of 25 out of 26 contests at high jump, including the World Indoor Championships, European Championships, Diamond League final and Continental Cup
– World leads both indoors and out

Shaunae Miller-Uibo (BAH)
– Unbeaten across five events in 15 races (13 finals & 2 preliminaries), including a 200m/4x100m relay double at the Continental Cup
– World lead and three wins at 400m with the world’s fastest time since 2006
– Commonwealth Games and Diamond League champion at 200m
– World bests at indoor 300m and 150m straight

Sandra Perkovic (CRO)
– Winner of 11 out of 13 contests at discus throw, including the European title for a record fifth time
– Had the seven longest throws of the year

Caster Semenya (RSA)
– Unbeaten in her nine 800m finals including the Commonwealth Games, African Championships, Diamond League final and Continental Cup
– Commonwealth champion at 1500m and African Champion at 400m
– World leads at 800m & 1000m

Nafissatou Thiam (BEL)
– European champion, world lead and unbeaten at heptathlon
– World number three at high jump

Anita Wlodarczyk (POL)
– European champion, IAAF Challenge winner and world lead at hammer throw

A three-way voting process will determine the finalists.

The IAAF Council and the IAAF Family will cast their votes by email, while fans can vote online via the IAAF’s social media platforms. Individual graphics for each nominee will be posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram this week; a ‘like’ on Facebook and Instagram or a retweet on Twitter will count as one vote.

The IAAF Council’s vote will count for 50% of the result, while the IAAF Family’s votes and the public votes will each count for 25% of the final result.

Voting for the Female World Athlete of the Year closes on 12 November. At the conclusion of the voting process, five men and five women finalists will be announced by the IAAF.

The male and female World Athletes of the Year will be announced live on stage at the IAAF Athletics Awards 2018.

The male nominees will be announced tomorrow, Tuesday 23 October.

 

PR Sreejesh completes 200 International Caps

The 30-year-old Goalkeeper achieved this milestone during India’s second round-robin match against Pakistan

Muscat (Oman), 20 October 2018: The Indian Men’s Hockey team’s Goalkeeper PR Sreejesh completed a remarkable 200 International Caps on Saturday. He achieved this milestone in India’s second round-robin match here at the ongoing 5th Men’s Hero Asian Champions Trophy Muscat 2018.

BREDA – Rabobank Hockey Champions Trophy
India – Belgium
Photo: Sreejesh Parattu.
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The stalwart Goalkeeper,  who hails from Kerala, is considered as one of the best goalkeepers in the world due to his heroic efforts over the years in between the posts. Sreejesh made his International debut for the Indian Men’s Hockey Team in 2006 at the South Asian Games in Sri Lanka. He was later awarded as the “Best Goalkeeper of the Tournament” at the 2008 Junior Asia Cup where India won the Gold Medal. In the presence of experienced Goalkeepers, a young Sreejesh made drastic improvements to his game and became a regular fixture in the national team since 2011, the year in which he made two match winning saves in the Final of the Men’s Asian Champions Trophy against Pakistan to help India win the inaugural edition of the tournament.

The man from Kerala was crowned as the “Best Goalkeeper of the Tournament” at the 2013 Men’s Asia Cup where India won the Silver Medal. A stalwart in front of goal, the 30-year-old has represented the nation at the 2014 World Cup, 2012 & 2016 Olympic Games, but his best performances in an Indian shirt came in the year 2014 after which he was also nominated for the Best Male Goalkeeper award by FIH. Sreejesh won the “Goalkeeper of the Tournament” award in the 2014 edition of the FIH Men’s Champions Trophy and saved two Penalty Strokes in the Final match of the 2014 Asian Games against Pakistan to give his team the Gold Medal. The year 2016 saw PR Sreejesh transform into one of the best Goalkeepers in the world as he led India to the Silver Medal at the FIH Men’s Champions Trophy in London. A long-term injury saw Sreejesh miss most of last year’s action but the experienced Goalkeeper has performed exceptionally since coming back early this year, contributing majorly to the Silver Medal winning campaign at the FIH Men’s Champions Trophy 2018 and the Bronze Medal finish at the 18th Asian Games.

“It is an honour for me to be completing 200 International Matches for India as it is something I never dreamed of as a child. I have always taken pride in representing the country at the highest level, and to be doing that for the 200th time tonight, it feels special and I hope to help the team in finishing victorious in this special match of my career. The journey has not been easy as I have had to make several sacrifices and have faced long-term injuries, but I would like to thank my family, my teammates, support staff and Hockey India, for always having faith in me and for encouraging me to put my best step forward,” expressed an emotional PR Sreejesh.

Congratulating the 30-year-old, Mr Rajinder Singh, Secretary General, Hockey India said, “On behalf of Hockey India, I congratulate PR Sreejesh for completing 200 International Caps for India. This is a crucial milestone in his career as Sreejesh has always been a fully dedicated player for the Indian Hockey Team. The support that he provides to the defensive unit, and the insights that he gives to the forwards, is something that we all admire about him. Apart from this, the most critical aspect of his career has been that the team has always been able to rely on him when they faced pressure from the oppositions on the field. It is no surprise that Sreejesh has played a vital part in the team’s success over the past few years, and we all look forward to seeing him deny the oppositions in the future tournaments.”

 

Surender Kumar scores a century!

The 24-year-old Defender accomplished this milestone during India’s third round-robin match against Japan

Muscat (Oman), 21 October 2018: The Indian Men’s Hockey team’s third round-robin match against Japan at the 5th Men’s Hero Asian Champions Trophy Muscat 2018 saw Defender Surender Kumar achieve the milestone of completing a 100 International Caps for the National team. The 24-year-old Defender had made his International debut in the year 2013 when he was a part of the team that took part in the Men’s Asian Champions Trophy 2013.

Surender Kumar hails from the state of Haryana and came through the ranks of the Junior team set-up where he was first drafted in the year 2012. He made his debut in the Junior team in the same year and was also a part of the team which finished 10th at the FIH Junior Men’s World Cup in 2013. His dynamic performances in the Hockey India League and in the domestic circuit saw him get selected regularly for the Senior team in from the year 2016 onwards. At just 24, Surender has been a part of the teams which have participated at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Hero Men’s Asia Cup 2017, FIH Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy 2018 and the 18th Asian Games.

Surender, who is known for his tackling and clearing skills, spoke ahead of the match against World No. 16 Japan, “I am very proud to have been able to represent the nation through the years, and it gives me immense joy and satisfaction to be getting the chance to play in my 100th International Match for India. I have always wanted to represent my country at the highest level, and to be able to do it a hundred times, it swells my heart with gratitude towards everyone who has been involved in my development which includes my teammates, coaches, team management, family, friends and Hockey India.”

Mr Rajinder Singh, Secretary General, Hockey India, congratulated the 24-year-old Defender, “On behalf of Hockey India, I would like to congratulate Surender Kumar on completing 100 International Caps for the country. He is a young player who has developed well through the ranks and I am happy to see his progress as he is regularly involved with the Senior team now. Surender has proven to be an added resource to the Indian defence. I would like to wish him the best for the future, and hope to see him achieve wonderful things with the Indian team.”

 

Debutante Gemechu breaks women’s course record

Andamlak Belihu and Amdework Walelegn make an Ethiopia 1-2 in the men’s category

Delhi, October 21 2018: The pre-race publicity for the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2018 focussed on a duel between Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba and Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei, quite rightly considering their careers and 2018 racing records, but Dibaba’s compatriot Tsehay Gemechu hadn’t read the script and flew to a course record of 1:06:50 on Sunday.

Gemechu, running her first half marathon, took four seconds off the nine-year-old previous record set by Kenya’s Mary Keitany in 2009 to take the USD$27,000 first prize in the richest half marathon in the world.

In a race full of drama and surprises, the 20-year-old Gemechu outsprinted the world record holder Jepkosgei in the final few hundred metres, the latter taking second place in 1:06:56, with Ethiopia’s Zeineba Yimer running a strong final five kilometres to take third in 1:06:59.

The first shock was the sight of the three-time Olympic champion Dibaba visibly starting to struggle as early as the 5km mark, clinging on to the back of the women’s leading group. She was still hanging on at 10km as a pack of eight, assisted by male pacemaker Timothy Kutto, went through that checkpoint in 31:42 but she soon became detached and ceased to be a factor in the women’s race.

Four women – Gemechu, Jepkosgei, Kenya’s Stacy Ndiwa and Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi – followed Kutto through 15km in 47:51 but Teferi, another half marathon debutante, decided to take off shortly afterwards.

At 19km, Teferi had a 12-second advantage over the chasing pair of Gemechu and Jepkosgei who seemingly were battling for second place.

However, with little more than one kilometre to go, Teferi started to slow dramatic and was soon barely raising her gait above walking pace.

Teferi drifted to the side of the road and with about 700 metres to almost came to a halt as Gemechu and Jepkosgei sped past her before dropping out due to dehydration, although she recovered quickly after getting treatment.

Gemechu then showed her speed honed over three quick and high quality 10km races earlier in the year and shook off the world record holder for 10km and the half marathon as the finish line in the Jawahrlal Nehru Stadium approached.

“To be honest, I hadn’t changed my training to do this race so I’m surprised that I won and ran so fast,” said the beaming Gemechu. “When we went past Teferi, I actually thought it was a tactic, that she was slowing and was going to run with us before sprinting,” she added.

Jepkosgei confessed that she had not even noticed Teferi as she went past her, focussing on her immediate Ethiopian rival Gemechu and thinking that they were battling for second place. “I was just focusing on my own race and I didn’t notice her (Teferi),” said the Kenyan. “I may not have won but I’m happy with my race and the time,” she added.

Preceding his compatriot across the line, Adamlak Belihu started the Ethiopian success story in the Indian capital on Sunday with an assured run over the final third of the race, having pushed the pace from just after the halfway point.

At 15km, passed in 42:41, four men were together – Belihu and his fellow Ethiopian Amdework Walelegn, Kenya’s Daniel Kipchumba and Eritrea’s Aron Kifle – but soon Belihu pushed again and only Walelegn could follow him.

The two 19-year-olds stayed together, although Belihu always looked the more comfortable and confident, until the final 250 metres when the eventual winner turned the screw again and crossed the line in 59:18 with Walelegn finishing four seconds behind him in 59:22.

“After finishing second last year, I came here determined to win and I was looking at the course record (59:06 by Ethiopia’s Guye Adola in 2014) but the pacemakers in the first half of the race didn’t do a good job,” said Belihu, despite the fact that the leaders were taken through 10km in 28:01.

“As for next year, I’m not going to move up to the marathon just yet. I have the World Cross Country Championships and 10,000m on the track at the world championships next summer as my targets,” he added.

Kipchumba and Kifle also broke the hour in Delhi with 59:48 and 59:50 in third and fourth respectively, to emphasise the depth and quality of the race and potential for running quick times on the course.

Leading times:

Men

1. Andamlak Belihu (ETH) 59:18
2. Amdework Walelegn (ETH) 59:22
3. Daniel Kipchumba (KEN) 59:48
4. Aron Kifle (ERI) 59:50
5. Aweke Ayalew (BRN) 1:00:09
6. Leonard Korir (USA) 1:00:12
7. Abdallah Mande (UGA) 1:00:34
8. Betesfa Getahun (ETH) 1:00:47
9. Emmanuel Bett (KEN) 1:00:48
10. Alfred Ngeno (KEN) 1:04:07

Women

1. Tsehay Gemechu (ETH) 1:06:50
2. Joyciline Jepkosgei (KEN) 1:06:56
3. Zeineba Yimer (ETH) 1:06:59
4. Stacy Ndiwa (KEN) 1:07:15
5. Ababel Yeshaneh (ETH) 1:07:49
6. Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH) 1:08:36
7. Worknesh Degefa (ETH) 1:11:04
8. Tejitu Daba (BRN) 1:12:49
9. Failuna Matanga (TAN) 1:12:51
10. Sanijvani Jadhav (IND) 1:13:58

 

Dabang Delhi beat Bengal Warriors 39-30

– The fittest player on the mat was Naveen Kumar who showed immense strength to overpower Bengal defenders multiple times.
– Brave moment of the match belonged to Chandran Ranjit’s super raid in the 23rd minute.  

In the first match of Inter Zonal Challenge of Vivo Pro Kabaddi Season VI, Dabang Delhi KC beat Bengal Warriors 39-30. Naveen Kumar scored 11 raid points for Delhi whereas Ravinder Pahal contributed four tackle points. Jang Kun Lee put in an impressive second half performance to score 10 points but it wasn’t enough.

It was a tight start to the match as both teams were leveled at 2-2 after two minutes with Bengal Warriors getting two tackle points and Dabang Delhi scoring a raid and tackle point. Naveen Kumar and Chandran Ranjit scored a raid point each as Dabang Delhi tied the match at 4-4 after five minutes.

Maninder Singh scored with a two-point to give Bengal Warriors 8-5 lead in the 8th minute. Dabang Delhi fought back once again to level the match at 8-8 in the 10th minute. Dabang Delhi inflicted the first all out of the match in the 11th minute to lead 12-9.

At the end of the first half Dabang Delhi led 16-13. Bengal Warriors’ defence didn’t get going in the first half as they scored just one tackle point.

The second half saw Dabang Delhi assert further dominance as they inflicted an all out in the 23rd minute to lead 25-15. Bengal Warriors’ were looking slightly out of sorts but made a strong attempt to make a comeback.

Jang Kun Lee who had a quiet first half made crucial raid points at regular intervals. However, that was more down to Dabang Delhi taking their foot off the pedal. Jang Kun Lee ended up with a super 10 for Bengal Warriors.

With less than five minutes to go, Jang Kun Lee made a raid to reduce the deficit to 10 points. Dabang Delhi made no mistakes in the end and ran out comfortable winners.

In the next round of matches, U Mumba will face Telugu Titans while Puneri Paltan will take on Bengaluru Bulls.

Final Score:

BENGAL WARRIORS – DABANG DELHI

30 – 39

Match Awards:

THE VIVO PERFECT RAIDER OF THE MATCH: Naveen Kumar (Jersey 19), Dabang Delhi K.C.
THE TATA ACE DEFENDE  R OF THE MATCH:  Ravinder Pahal (Jersey 6), Dabang Delhi K.C.
THE FORCE MOTORS MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Joginder Narwal (Jersey 8), Dabang Delhi K.C.

 

Puneri Paltan edge Bengaluru Bulls 27-25

– The brave moment of the match belonged to Bengaluru Bulls’ management for their bold substitution of Akshay Jadhav
– Kashiling Adake was the fittest player on the mat as he powered through Pune defence on multiple occasions

Puneri Paltan beat the Bengaluru Bulls 27-25 in the second Inter Zone Challenge match of Vivo Pro Kabaddi Season VI. It was a closely fought encounter with both teams having the chances to win it However, it was the home side which kept their nerve to emerge victorious. Akshay Jadhav scored five crucial raid points for Puneri Paltan. Nitin Tomar chipped in with four raid points. For Puneri Paltan. Pawan Sehrawat and Kashiling Adaka combined to score 14 raid points but their effort went in vain.

Bengaluru Bulls started off strongly with Pawan Sehrawat getting raid points to lead 4-1 after three minutes. Nitin Tomar scored with a two-point raid in the 8th minute to give Puneri Paltan 6-5 lead. Bengaluru forced a super tackle in the 13th minute to tie match at 9-9. Bengaluru Bulls fought back in the last couple of minutes of the first half to lead 13-10 at the break.

The second half was a close affair with both teams refusing to give an inch. Bengaluru Bulls led 22-20 after 30 minutes but Puneri Paltan refused to give up. Akshay Jadhav scored a crucial raid point in the 33rd minute to tie match at 23-23. In the 35th minute Nitin Tomar got an important raid point for Puneri Paltan to give them 25-23 lead. Both teams were level at 25-25 in the 37th minute and the match could have gone either way. Puneri Paltan defence got an important tackle point in the 40th minute to send Kashiling Adake to the bench.

Puneri Paltan held their nerve and composure in the last five minutes to register an important victory.

In the next round of matches, U Mumba will face Telugu Titans while Puneri Paltan will take on Bengaluru Bulls.

Final Score:

BENGALURU BULLS – PUNERI PALTAN

25 – 27

Match Awards:

THE VIVO PERFECT RAIDER OF THE MATCH: Akshay Jadhav (Jersey 2), Puneri Paltan
THE TATA ACE DEFENDEDR OF THE MATCH:  Kashiling Adake (Jersey 11), Bengaluru Bulls
THE FORCE MOTORS MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Rinku Narwal (Jersey 10), Puneri Paltan

STANDINGS

Zone A

RANK

TEAM

MATCHES PLAYED

WON

LOST

TIE

SCORE DIFFERENCE

POINTS

1

PUNERI PALTAN

8

5

2

1

27

30

2

U MUMBA

5

3

1

1

43

19

3

DABANG DELHI KC

4

2

1

1

10

14

4

HARYANA STEELERS

7

2

5

0

-60

11

5

GUJARAT FORTUNEGIANTS

3

1

1

1

-1

9

6

JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS

3

1

2

0

-8

7

 

Zone B

RANK

TEAM

MATCHES PLAYED

WON

LOST

TIE

SCORE DIFFERENCE

POINTS

1

TELUGU TITANS

4

3

1

0

9

16

2

BENGAL WARRIORS

4

2

1

1

5

13

3

BENGALURU BULLS

3

2

1

0

18

11

4

UP YODDHA

5

1

3

1

-8

11

5

PATNA PIRATES

4

2

2

0

-12

11

6

TAMIL THALAIVAS

6

1

5

0

-23

7

 

Keepers err as ATK grab a point in Jamshedpur

Jamshedpur, October 21: A solid defensive display from ATK saw them hold an in-form Jamshedpur FC 1-1 in the Hero Indian Super League at the JRD Tata Sports Complex, Jamshedpur, on Sunday.

Sergio Cidoncha gave Jamshedpur the lead with a 35th-minute freekick before Manuel Lanzarote curled a corner directly into the net at the stroke of half-time to level scores.

Home team Goalkeeper Subhasish Roy in action during a match against ATK in Hero ISL

The ATK defence was called into the action as early as the sixth minute when Gerson Vieira’s headed clearance thwarted Cidoncha from getting his head to a Michael Soosairaj cross.

The hosts were in control of the midfield with the ever-present Mario Arques and Memo working in tandem to nullify ATK’s forays forward.

Soosairaj, meanwhile, was enjoying space down the left flank. His cross into the box allowed Cidoncha to send a volley at goal from close-range but the effort was straight at goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya who managed to punch the ball away.

Cidoncha had another chance to score when a rebound fell to his feet after Soosairaj’s effort was initially blocked. But ATK had plenty of bodies inside the box to keep out the forward’s attempt.

The third time was the charm for the Spaniard as the hosts took the lead in the 35th minute. Pronay Halder’s foul on Cidoncha just outside the box allowed the forward to curl the resulting free-kick into the bottom right corner with goalkeeper Arindam at fault for not reading the bounce.

ATK equalised against the run of play on the stroke of half-time. Lanzarote’s in-swinging corner flew directly into the net after the goalkeeper Subhasish Roy Chowdhury failed to punch it clear.

After the break, John Johnson and Gerson Vieira were required to hold firm as the hosts tried to find a gap in ATK’s backline.

At the other end, a free-kick from the left by Lanzarote just after the hour mark managed to take the entire Jamshedpur backline out of the equation but the near-post delivery missed Johnson by a whisker.

A fantastic ball into the box by Mario Arques allowed Tim Cahill to sneak in behind ATK defence but the Australian’s header fell safely into the hands of the goalkeeper.

Manuel Lanzarote’s willingness to drop deep in midfield allowed ATK to hold on to the ball better as the second-half progressed. Jamshedpur, who threatened from the flanks in the first half, were unable to maintain the same intensity after the restart.

Jamshedpur almost took the lead at the end when Carlos Calvo’s cross was headed just over by Mario Arques. Till the final whistle, there would not be a deciding goal as the two teams shared the spoils.

 

5th Men’s Hero Asian Champions Trophy 2018
India 9 Japan 0

Mandeep Singh (4’, 49’, 57’) scored a hat-trick while Harmanpreet Singh (17’, 21’), Gurjant Singh (8’), Akashdeep Singh (36’), Sumit (42’) and Lalit Upadhyay (45′) also contributed with goals

Muscat (Oman), 22 October 2018: The Indian Men’s Hockey Team maintained their 100% record at the 5th Men’s Hero Asian Champions Trophy 2018 as they produced a stunning 9-0 victory over Japan in their third round robin match held here at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex on Sunday. The World No. 5 team dominated proceedings from the start and scored goals in all the four quarters through Mandeep Singh (4’, 49’, 57’), Harmanpreet Singh (17’, 21’), Gurjant Singh (8’), Akashdeep Singh (36’), Sumit (42’) and Lalit Upadhyay (45’) to register a convincing victory and remain at the top of the Pool Standings.

The Indian team, riding high on confidence after their 3-1 victory against Pakistan on Saturday, started the match with a good rhythm as Forwards Lalit Upadhyay and Akashdeep Singh had chances in the opening few minutes, but it was Mandeep Singh who scored the opener for India in the 4th minute as he deflected Akashdeep Singh’s vicious low cross from the left flank, through the Japanese Goalkeeper’s leg and into the back of the net. India’s dominance in the opening period saw them win their first Penalty Corner in the 8th minute, which was taken by Harmanpreet Singh and resulted in a goal for Gurjant Singh. Drag-flicker Harmanpreet struck the ball in the centre of goal, forcing Japanese Goalkeeper Takashi Yoshikawa to save the shot through his body, but the ball fell kindly to Gurjant Singh, who pushed it into the back of the net to make it 2-0.

The Indian team continued to dominate the match in the second quarter which saw them win a Penalty Stroke in the 17th minute as Varun Kumar’s execution of a Penalty Corner was saved by Japan’s Goalkeeper Yusuke Takano but skipper Manpreet Singh was the quickest to react, and his shot was intercepted on the line by the head of a Japanese defender. It was Harmanpreet Singh who kept his composure to stroke the ball crisply towards the right of Takano to give India a three-goal advantage. The goal-scorer was in action again in the 21st minute as he drilled in a Penalty Corner towards the right side of goal, beating the Japanese defenders and scoring his second goal of the match. It was a difficult match for the World No. 16 Japanese team as they struggled to put pressure on the Indians, and had to go into the half-time break trailing by four goals.

The third quarter started with both the teams trying to create chances, but it was India who maintained their upper hand as they scored a fifth goal six minutes after restart which was scored by Akashdeep Singh. The following minutes saw India play with 10-men as Forward Dilpreet Singh was awarded a Yellow Card for pushing a Japanese player, but the World No 5 team showcased their quality by scoring twice through Sumit (42’) and Lalit Upadhyay (45’). First, it was Kothajit Singh who found himself free on the left side of the circle, and struck a fierce shot which was cleverly deflected by Sumit to place it in between the Goalkeeper’s legs. While Lalit Upadhyay scored his first of the match with just one second left on the clock as he was found at the edge of the circle by a low drilled cross from the right flank, and did well to wriggle and create space to score India’s seventh goal.

India continued to put pressure on the Japanese defence in the last quarter as they scored in the 49th minute through a Penalty Corner in which the defending Champions tried a variation. It was Harmanpreet Singh who played a brilliant back-door pass to Varun Kumar, whose slider pass to Mandeep Singh was put in the back of the net on the second attempt by the striker. On the other end of the field, Japan had a chance to open their account in the 53rd minute as they won themselves a Penalty Corner, but the resulting strike was wide of the target as India continued to test the Japanese defence. Forward Mandeep Singh was in action again in the 57th minute as he completed his hat-trick by deflecting Manpreet Singh’s hard and low pass across goal into the back of the net to secure a 9-0 victory for the Indian team.

On 23 October 2018, the Indian Men’s Hockey Team will play their fourth round robin match against Malaysia at 22.40hrs IST.

 

Mumbai bag bragging rights in Maha derby

Mumbai, October 19: Mumbai City FC registered their first win of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) and it came at the expense of their Maharashtra rivals, FC Pune City, at the Mumbai Football Arena on Friday.

A maiden goal in Mumbai colours for Modou Sougou (25’) and a spot-kick from Rafael Bastos (45’) sealed the Islanders’ 2-0 win, their first at home in four attempts in the Maharashtra Derby.

Modou Sougou of Mumbai City FC celebrates after scoring a goal during match 12 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between Mumbai City FC and FC Pune City held at The Mumbai Football Arena in Mumbai, India on the 19th October 2018
Photo by: Faheem Hussain /SPORTZPICS for ISL

After a fairly uneventful start, Mumbai drew first blood through Sougou. The Senegalese forward made no error with an emphatic finish from close range after Paulo Machado’s cross had rebounded off the crossbar.

At the other end, Emiliano Alfaro was starting to look threatening for Pune and the Uruguayan vociferously appealed for a penalty after going down under Subhashish Bose’s challenge, to no avail.

However, a spot-kick would be awarded at the other end eventually in the dying minutes of the first session. A scrappy phase of play found Mumbai’s attackers with a numerical advantage over Pune’s defenders. Bastos attempted to set Sougou through on goal but the Senegalese was brought down by a challenge from behind from Chhuantea Fanai.

The referee had no hesitation in blowing his whistle for a penalty. Bastos stepped up for the penalty and made no mistake from the spot, sending Vishal Kaith the wrong way.

Pune came out with some much-needed urgency after the break.  However, it were the hosts who should have extended their lead around the hour mark when Machado surged forward on a mesmerising run. The Portuguese’s attempt after cutting in from the left flew inches wide off the target.

Miguel Angel Portugal threw on Marcelinho as he sought to get his side back into the game and the Brazilian almost made an instant impact with a snapshot from the edge of the area where Amrinder Singh was alert enough.

Alfaro almost reduced the deficit in the 65th minute with a sharp turn and shot in the 65th minute following a cross from Golui. But his effort agonisingly scraped the crossbar before going out of play.

Jorge Costa shored up the hosts’ defence as they looked to protect their two-goal lead with Pune’s attackers being thwarted repeatedly despite coming forward in numbers.

There would be another spot-kick awarded in added time, once again to the hosts. A quick breakaway saw Arnold Sissoko skip past the Pune defence before he was hacked down in the box by Gurtej Singh. Lucian Goian stepped up to take the penalty but his effort was saved well by Kaith who guessed the right way.

 

Telugu Titans beat Patna Pirates 35-31

– Vishal Bhardwaj was the fittest player on the mat as he put in strong tackles throughout the match
– Vishal Bhardwaj’s excellent tackle in the 39th minute was the brave moment of the match as it ensure Titans’ win

Telugu Titans rode on a solid defensive performance by Vishal Bhardwaj and Abozar Mighani to beat defending champions Patna Pirates 35-31 in Vivo Pro Kabaddi Season VI. Both the defenders combined to score 11 tackle points and kept Patna’s star man Pardeep Narwal to ensure the Titans’ third win of the season. With Pardeep misfiring and their defence having an off night, Patna suffered their second defeat. Manjeet and Vijay together score 16 raid points for Patna but it wasn’t enough. For Telugu Titans, Rahul Chaudhari got seven raid points.

Telugu Titans defence started off brightly as they sent Pardeep Narwal to the bench and led 2-0 after two minutes. Nilesh Salunke scored with a two-point raid to make it 4-0 for Titans in the third minute. Patna Pirates scored a bonus point and sent Rahul Chaudhari off the mat to make it 3-4 after five minutes.

Patna Pirates got  two point raid through ManjeetI to lead for the first time in the match in the ninth minute. It took Pardeep Narwal 10 minutes to open his account as Patna Pirates led 8-6. He followed it up with a two-point raid in the next minute as Patna inflicted the first all out of the match to lead 11-9.

Telugu Titans suffered from Rahul Chaudhari’s indifferent form in the first half. Patna Pirates maintained their advantage at the end of the half as they went into the break leading 17-14.

Rahul Chaudhari scored a raid point in the 25th minute as Titans inflicted an all out to lead 22-21. Telugu Titans picked up two bonus points and then scored a tackle point to lead 25-21 after 27 minutes.

Pardeep Narwal had a quiet start to the second half as he scored just one point in the first 10 minutes. Patna Pirates were trailing 24-27 when they sent Rahul Chaudhari to the bench to cut the lead to just one point. Telugu Titans forced a super tackle in the 33rd minute to lead 29-28.

With less than five minutes to go, Manjeet scored a crucial raid point as Patna tied the match at 30-30. Abozar Mighani sent Pardeep Narwal to the bench with a brilliant super tackle and gave Telugu Titans 32-31 lead. Mohisn Maghsoudlou made a critical raid in the 39th minute to give Titans 33-31 lead.

In tomorrow’s matches UP Yoddha will play Bengal Warriors whereas Puneri Paltan will face U Mumba in the Maharashtra derby.

FINAL SCORE

PATNA PIRATES – TELUGU TITANS

31-35

Match Awards:

THE VIVO PERFECT RAIDER OF THE MATCH: Rahul Chaudhari (Jersey 9), Telugu Titans
THE TATA ACE DEFENDER OF THE MATCH: Vishal Bharadwaj (Jersey 7), Telugu Titans
THE FORCE MOTORS MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Abozar Mohajermighani (Jersey 10), Telugu Titans

 

Rock-solid Puneri Paltan edge out Jaipur Pink Panthers 29-25

– A flurry of super tackles by Puneri Paltan in the first half were the brave moments of the match
– Deepak Niwas Hooda was the fittest player of the mat as he produced a solid all round performance for Jaipur

A record-equalling six super tackles laid the foundation of a close-fought win for Puneri Paltan as they beat Jaipur Pink Panthers 29-25. In front of a packed stadium of home crowd over 2,500 fans, Puneri Paltan’s defence led by Ravi Kumar (6 points) came up with crucial super tackles to thwart Jaipur’s raiders. Overall Puneri Paltan scored 18 tackle points to ensure they remain top of the table in Zone A. For Jaipur Pink Panthers, it was the second defeat of the season as they remain rooted at the bottom Zone A table.

Jaipur Pink Panthers led 3-1 after three minutes as their defence started off swiftly. Akshay Jadhav made a two-point raid in the sixth minute as Puneri Paltan tied the match at 4-4. Both teams traded tackle and raid points in the next couple of minutes as it was 6-5 in Jaipur’s favour after nine minutes. Jaipur Pink Panther led 10-5 after 14 minutes and it was then when Pune started their flurry of super tackles.

It was an evenly contested first half were defenders played a bigger role than raiders. Puneri Paltan forced three super tackles in the first half. The most surprising fact of the first half was that Nitin Tomar couldn’t score a single raid. It was a testament to Jaipur’s defence who kept one of the best raiders in the league quiet. At the end of the first half it was 13-12 in the favour of Puneri Paltan.

Puneri Paltan forced another super tackle in the 22nd minute to lead 15-13. The fifth super tackle for Puneri Paltan came in the 25th minute as they led 17-15.

Nitin Tomar’s first point came in the form of a tackle with Puneri Paltan leading 20-15 after 32 minutes. It was a low-scoring affair as both teams played on the do-or-die strategy. After 34 minutes, Jaipur Pink Panthers trailed 18-21 as they sent Tomar to the bench again.

Puneri Paltan equaled the record of most super tackles in a match in the 35th minute to lead 23-18.

Deepak Hooda scored two crucial raid points as Jaipur Pink Panthers inflicted the first all out of the match in 38th minute as they cut the lead to just one point.

Puneri Paltan had their defence to thank for as they managed to pick important tackle points throughout the match.

In tomorrow’s matches, Puneri Paltan will play U Mumba whereas UP Yoddha will take on Bengal Warriors.

FINAL SCORE:

PUNERI PALTAN – JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS

29 – 25

Match Awards:

THE VIVO PERFECT RAIDER OF THE MATCH: Monu (Jersey 55), Puneri Paltan
THE TATA ACE DEFENDER OF THE MATCH: Ravi Kumar (Jersey 18), Puneri Paltan
THE FORCE MOTORS MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Girish (Jersey 8), Puneri Paltan

STANDINGS:

Zone A

RANK

TEAM

MATCHES PLAYED

WON

LOST

TIE

SCORE DIFFERENCE

POINTS

1

PUNERI PALTAN

6

3

2

1

24

20

2

U MUMBA

4

3

0

1

44

18

3

HARYANA STEELERS

7

2

5

0

-60

11

4

DABANG DELHI KC

3

1

1

1

1

9

5

GUJARAT FORTUNEGIANTS

3

1

1

1

-1

9

6

JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS

3

1

2

0

-8

7

 

Zone B

RANK

TEAM

MATCHES PLAYED

WON

LOST

TIE

SCORE DIFFERENCE

POINTS

1

TELUGU TITANS

4

3

1

0

9

16

2

BENGALURU BULLS

4

2

2

0

-12

11

3

BENGAL WARRIORS

2

2

0

0

20

10

4

PATNA PIRATES

2

2

0

0

14

10

5

UP YODDHA

4

1

3

0

-8

8

6

TAMIL THALAIVAS

6

1

5

0

-23

7

 

I admire the energy and passion: Sanya Richards-Ross

The 2012 London Olympics Gold Medalist Sanya Richards-Ross believes that the marathon has helped in bringing a running culture throughout the country

New Delhi, October 18, 2018: Procam International, promoters of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon (ADHM), today welcomed the fastest American woman in the history of 400m, Sanya Richards-Ross, here today at a Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, where the Ambassador of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2018 spoke to the media.

The 33-year-old spoke on a variety of topics, ranging from the start of her career to being an Ambassador of the half marathon. “I have been a part of a couple of half marathons before, once was in Argentina. But I am really proud to be a part of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2018. I believe that most of the participants are actual athletes and there is a different feel to the whole surroundings of a raceday. The whole city is also involved, and I really admire the energy and passion that the runners show at the starting line,” said Richards-Ross.

The American is considered by many to be one of the most graceful sprinters in recent history and is known as the fastest woman in the history of 400m from USA with her time of 48.70 set when winning at the 2006 IAAF World Cup. However, the legendary sprinter says that she is keen on getting involved with more marathons in the coming future, starting with this year’s edition of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon. She said, “I am really excited to be a part of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon and I hope to get more involved with the sport in the future. I believe that representing such events helps in contributing to the sport and it is important to give back to the sport.”

The winner of three consecutive 4x400m gold medals, also commented on the changing running culture in India. “India has always produced some good runners and I believe that running has now become a part of the culture here. There are positive changes in the culture as lots of young people are wanting to get involved in track and field events, which is always a good indication of the status of the sport. I am proud to see how running has changes in India and I look forward to seeing more young Indian runners.”

“Running is also something that teaches you a lot from a very young age. It teaches you how to fight everyday and in every moment, and to win every race. It makes you strong mentally as well, and you learn how to have more perseverance in your life,” said Richards-Ross.

The American also had good things to say about her first visit to the country. “This is the first time that I am visiting the country and the hospitality from everyone has been fantastic. Everyone I have met has been so warm, and I was actually surprised to see that people recognized me at the airport. I get a lot of lovely mails from Indian fans which have motivated me through my career. I am also very excited to be here to witness the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon,” she said.

Sanya Richards-Ross will be involved with the 14th edition of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2018 as the Ambassador as the race day takes place on 21st October, 2018 in New Delhi.

 

Haryana Steelers edge out Dabang Delhi 34-31

– The brave moment of the match was Vikas Kandola’s super raid which revived Haryana’s fortunes
– The fittest player of the match was Ravinder Pahal who made crucial tackles for Dabang Delhi KC

Haryana Steelers ended their home leg in Sonepat with a hard-fought 34-31 win over Dabang Delhi KC. It was an impressive team performance by Haryana and stopped a four-match losing streak. Vikas Kandola came up with crucial raids and got able support from Monu Goyat and Naveen Kumar. Dabang Delhi didn’t do much wrong but failed to capitalize on opportunities. Their star man Meraj Sheykh had a disappointing match and scored just two points.

Monu Goyat got Haryana to a flying start as he scored three points in the first minute to give them a 3-1 lead. Pawan Kadian made a successful raid in the third minute as Dabang Delhi KC trailed 2-4. Haryana Steelers’ defence did a fine job on Delhi raiders as they led for the majority of the first half.

Naveen Kumar scored with a two-point raid in the 16th minute as Dabang Delhi avoided an all out. Dabang Delhi forced a super tackle in the 17th minute as they leveled the game at 13-13. Another super tackle by Dabang Delhi in the 20th minute gave them the lead for the first time in the match. At the end of the first half Dabang Delhi led 16-14.

Dabang Delhi forced another super tackle at the start of the second half and led 19-15 after 25 minutes. Haryana Steelers responded with a  super tackle of their own as they cut the lead to two points.

Vikas Kandola came up with a brilliant super raid in the 28th minute and Haryana Steelers inflicted an all out to lead 23-20. With less than 10 minutes to go the match was evenly poised as Haryana Steelers had a two-point advantage. Vikas Kandola made another super raid in the 32nd minute as Haryana Steelers led 28-22.

Haryana Steelers led 30-25 with less than five minutes to go. Chandran Ranjit scored with a  crucial two-point raid as Dabang Delhi trailed 28-32 in the 38th minute. Haryana Steelers kept their nerve in the last two minutes of the match and registered a much-needed victory.

In tomorrow’s matches Pardeep Narwal’s Patna Pirates will take on Telugu Titans while Puneri Paltan will face Jaipur Pink Panthers.

FINAL SCORE

HARYANA STEELERS – DABANG DELHI KC

34 – 31

Match Awards:

THE VIVO PERFECT RAIDER OF THE MATCH: Vikash Khandola (Jersey 88), Haryana Steelers
THE TATA ACE DEFENDER OF THE MATCH:  Praveen (Jersey 9), Haryana Steelers
THE JSW MOMENT OF THE MATCH AWARD GOES TO: Vikash Khandola (Jersey 88), Haryana Steelers
THE GILLETTE MACH 3 TOTAL CONTROL HOME TEAM PLAYER: Praveen (Jersey 9), Haryana Steelers
THE HONDA X BLADE MOST STYLISH PLAYER OF THE SONEPAT LEG IS: Vikash Khandola (Jersey 88), Haryana Steelers
THE ULTRATECH CEMENT NO. 1 PLAYER OF THE HOME TEAM IS: Monu Goyat (Jersey 2), Haryana Steelers

 

Gujarat Fortunegiants beat Puneri Paltan 34-28

– Substitute Ajay Kumar’s super raid in the 35th minute as the brave moment of the match
– Sachin was the fittest player as he scored tackle and raid points at regular intervals

Gujarat Fortunegiants produced a terrific second half performance to beat Puneri Paltan 34-28 as the action shifted to Pune in Vivo Pro Kabaddi Season VI. Ajay Kumar who came on a substitute was the hero for Gujarat as he scored 6 crucial points. Sachin produced a very good all-round performance and scored 12 points for Gujarat. Puneri Paltan were let down by their defence as they scored just seven points. Out of the seven points, six were scored by Girish Erna kwho didn’t get much support. Nitin Tomar’s excellent raiding performance of 13 points went in vain as Puneri Paltan as they began their home league with a disappointing defeat.

Gujarat Fortunegiants started strongly as they led 4-0 after two minutes with Prapanjan getting two raid points. Nitin Tomar singlehandedly got Puneri Paltan back in the contest with three quick points. Tomar then came up with a super raid in the fifth minute to give Pune 7-5 lead.

Gujarat Fortunegiants forced a super tackle in the 14th minute to lead 12-11. Both teams were locked in an intense battle and traded raid and tackle points. There was very little to separate both of them at the end of the first half as they were tied at 15-15. Nitin Tomar was in exceptional form as he picked up 11 raid points. Such was his impact that no other Pune raider managed to get even a single raid point.

Deepak Kumar Dahiya came up with a two-point raid in the 22nd minute to give Pune 17-15 lead. The second half saw Gujarat Fortunegiants take control of the match as they kept Nitin Tomar quiet for almost 15 minutes. Sachin was doing the bulk of scoring for Gujarat Fortunegiants with tackle and raid points.

Ajay Kumar made a successful raid in the 30th minute to level the match at 20-20 for Gujarat Fortunegiants. Gujarat inflicted an all out in the 33rd minute to lead 25-20. Ajay Kumar came up with a brilliant super raid in the 35th minute to give Gujarat 30-22 lead.

Nitin Tomar scored with a quick raid for Puneri Paltan as they cut the deficit to seven points in the 36th minute. Gujarat Fortunegiants showed a lot of composure in the last few minutes as they ran out eventual winners.

In tomorrow’s matches Pardeep Narwal’s Patna Pirates will take on Telugu Titans while Puneri Paltan will face Jaipur Pink Panthers.

FINAL SCORE

PUNERI PALTAN – GUJARAT FORTUNEGIANTS

28-34

Match Awards –

THE VIVO PERFECT RAIDER OF THE MATCH – Sachin (Jersey 99), Gujarat Fortunegiants
THE TATA ACE DEFENDER OF THE MATCH –  Girish Ernak (Jersey 8), Puneri Paltan
THE FORCE MOTORS MOMENT OF THE MATCH – Ajay Kumar (Jersey 33), Gujarat Fortunegiants

STANDINGS:

Zone A

RANK

TEAM

MATCHES PLAYED

WON

LOST

TIE

SCORE DIFFERENCE

POINTS

1

U MUMBA

4

3

0

1

44

18

2

PUNERI PALTAN

5

2

2

1

20

15

3

HARYANA STEELERS

7

2

5

0

-60

11

4

DABANG DELHI KC

3

1

1

1

1

9

5

GUJARAT FORTUNEGIANTS

3

1

1

1

-1

9

6

JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS

2

1

1

0

-4

6

 

Zone B

RANK

TEAM

MATCHES PLAYED

WON

LOST

TIE

SCORE DIFFERENCE

POINTS

1

TELUGU TITANS

3

2

1

0

5

11

2

BENGALURU BULLS

2

2

0

0

20

10

3

BENGAL WARRIORS

2

2

0

0

14

10

4

PATNA PIRATES

3

2

1

0

-8

10

5

UP YODDHA

4

1

3

0

-8

8

6

TAMIL THALAIVAS

6

1

5

0

-23

7

 

5th Men’s Hero Asian Champions Trophy 2018
India 11  Oman 0

– Dilpreet Singh (41′, 55′, 57′) scored a hat-trick to help the defending Champions start with an emphatic victory
– lit Upadhyay (17′), Harmanpreet Singh (22′), Nilakanta Sharma (23′), Mandeep Singh (30′), Gurjant Singh (37′), Akashdeep Singh (48′), Varun Kumar (49′) and Chinglensana Singh Kangujam (53′) also registered their names on the score-sheet

Muscat (Oman), 19 October 2018: Defending Champions the Indian Men’s Hockey Team began their title defence at the 5th Men’s Hero Asian Champions Trophy 2018 with a convincing 11-0 victory in their first round-robin match here on Thursday. India’s forwards were in prime form in their opening match as striker Dilpreet Singh struck a hat-trick of goals, scoring in the 41st, 55th and 57th minutes while Lalit Upadhyay (17′), Harmanpreet Singh (22′), Nilakanta Sharma (23′), Mandeep Singh (30′), Gurjant Singh (37′), Akashdeep Singh (48′), Varun Kumar (49′) and Chinglensana Singh Kangujam (53′) were all on target which ensured a stupendous start for the World No. 5 team.

Hosts Oman had earlier started the match well as they tried to attack the Indian team from push-back, but could not find the finish they were expecting as India avoided going behind early. The following minutes saw India take control of the match and create opportunities to put the pressure on the hosts. Strikers Akashdeep Singh, Dilpreet Singh and Mandeep Singh had chances but could not convert as the Oman defence held on. More resolute defending from the home team in the closing few minutes of the first quarter meant that the Indians failed to score the opening goal even after forcing eight circle entries and taking four shots.

The second quarter was the turning point for the Indian team as they started with an aggressive approach, attacking in the opening minute from the left flank through debutant Hardik Singh, whose pass across goal was too quick to find his teammates. But it was in the 17th minute that India managed to break the deadlock as Captain Manpreet Singh stole the ball in the center of Oman’s area and passed it on the right to Forward Lalit Upadhyay, who found himself in space inside the circle, and produced a fierce shot, beating Oman’s Goalkeeper Fahad Al Noufali on his near post to give India a 1-0 lead. India seemed to have found a nice rhythm in the next few minutes as they kept penetrating Oman’s circle, playing fast balls into the circle.

The world No. 5 team’s efforts were rewarded again in the 22nd minute as they scored through their first Penalty Corner, with ace drag-flicker Harmanpreet Singh beating the rushers and drilling the ball towards the left of Oman’s Goalkeeper to put India 2-0 up. India made the most of their dominant phase in the match as they scored their third goal in the following minute as Chinglensana Singh Kangujam’s shot fell into Nilakanta Sharma’s path, who stroked it into the back of the net to make it 3-0. India’s fourth goal was scored by striker Mandeep Singh who was found inside the circle by fellow striker Akashdeep Singh, and the Indian No. 11 did not hesitate in putting the ball past Al Noufali from in-front of goal to take his team into the half-time break with a 4-0 lead.

A lethal charge in attack in the third quarter saw India extend their lead to 5-0 as comeback man Gurjant Singh deflected Surender Kumar’s fiercely struck cross into the back of the net in the 37th minute. It was always going to be a tough match for the home team given their World No. 33 ranking as India continued to pile misery on their opponents. A decision review in the 41st minute saw India earn their third Penalty Corner of the match. The resulting execution, struck by Harmanpreet Singh, was padded into the path of India’s Dilpreet Singh by the Oman Goalkeeper and the Indian forward’s reflex reaction saw him score off a sublime finish to give India a six-goal advantage.

India’s goal tally increased in the fourth quarter as Akashdeep Singh and Varun Kumar were rewarded on the back of some marvellous team-play as the duo struck a goal each in the 48th and the 49th minutes respectively to put India 8-0 ahead with a little over 10 minutes remaining on the clock. India’s Harmanpreet Singh had a chance to score his second goal of the match through a Penalty Corner in the 52nd minute but his vicious strike struck the crossbar and resulted in Oman breaking on the counter, but to India’s relief the final pass was overplayed. India’s Vice-Captain Chinglensana Singh Kangujam also registered his name on the score-sheet as he cleverly deflected Harmanpreet Singh’s next drag-flick into the back of the net and give India a nine-goal advantage. Striker Dilpreet Singh showcased calmness in front of goal as he struck twice in three minutes to complete his hat-trick of goals, scoring in the 55th and 57th minutes and wrapping up a convincing 11-0 victory for the Indian team.

On 20 October 2018, the Indian Men’s Hockey Team will play their second round robin match against arch-rivals Pakistan at 22.40hrs IST.

Please find attached the match schedule and pictures from Indian Men’s Hockey team’s match against hosts Oman.

Matches will be shown live on Star Sports 2, Star Sports HD 2 and Hotstar.

 

Bengal Warriors edge out Telugu Titans 30-25

– The brave moment of the match came from Maninder Singh who scored with a two-point raid in the 32nd minute to tilt the balance in Warriors’ favour
– Abozar Mighani was the fittest player on the mat as he made crucial tackles at regular intervals

Bengal Warriors registered their second consecutive victory as they beat Telugu Titans 30-25 in a thrilling encounter of Vivo Pro Kabaddi Season Vi. Maninder Singh was in fine raiding form for the Warriors and scored 11 points to lead his teams to victory. It was a disappointing night for Telugu Titans as they squandered many opportunities to win the game. Rahul Chaudhari had a match to forget as he could score just two tackle points and made a costly error in the last minute. Telugu Titans defence scored more points than their raiders in the match. This was Telugu Titans’ first defeat of the tournament.

Telugu Titans still remain top of the table in Zone B whereas Bengal Warriors climb to third spot.

In a low-scoring first half, it was the Telugu Titans defence that stood out the most with Abozar Mighani leading them. The match began with Telugu Titans taking a swift 2-0 lead with Nilesh Salunke scoring a raid point. Bengal Warriors opened their account in the third minute with a tackle point.

Jang Kun Lee scored his first raid point as Bengal Warriors led 5-4 in the fifth minute. Both teams traded raid and tackle points in the next couple of minutes as it was 9-9 after 14 minutes. At the end of the first half, Telugu Titans held a slender three-point advantage as they led 13-10.

The second half followed a similar pattern till the 32nd minute when Maninder scored with a two-point raid as Bengal Warriors inflicted an all out to lead 19-17. Rahul Chaudhari had a extremely quiet game as he was sent to the bench once again by Warriors’ defence in the 33rd minute.

The match was evenly poised with Bengal Warriors holding a two-point lead after 34 minutes. The Bengal Warriors’ defence was on the top of their game as they made three crucial tackle points in the last five minutes. With less than three minutes to go Bengal Warriors looked on course to a win as they led 26-21.

Telugu Titans defence sent back Maninder to the bench in the 39th minute as they trailed 25-27. Rahul Chaudhari missed a golden opportunity to get Titans back in the game as he made a critical error which gave Bengal Warriors two points. It wasn’t meant to be a ‘Titans Tho Tuesday’  as they lost 30-25.

In tomorrow’s matches, Bengaluru Bulls will play Tamil Thalaivas while U Mumba will take on Haryana Steelers.

FINAL SCORE

TELUGU TITANS – BENGAL WARRIORS

25 – 30

Match Awards:

VIVO Perfect Raider OF THE MATCH – Maninder Singh (Jersey 9), Bengal Warriors
THE TATA ACE DEFENDEDR OF THE MATCH – Abozar Mohajermighani (Jersey 10), Telugu Titans
JSW MOMENT OF THE MATCH AWARD GOES TO – Shrikanth Tewthia (Jersey 12), Bengal Warriors

 

Glittering Hero Asian Champions Trophy unveiled

– AHF Chief Executive Dato Tayyab Ikram, Oman Hockey Federation President Capt Talib Al Wahaibi and His Excellency Sheikh Rashad Ahmed Al Hinai, Under Secretary, Ministry of Sports Affairs unveiled the trophy in a glittering ceremony
– Captains of the participating nations India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Japan, Korea and 18-players from host nation Oman witness the unveiling ceremony on Tuesday

Muscat, 16 October, 2018: Ahead of the start of the much-awaited Hero Asian Champions Trophy Muscat 2018 on 18 October 2018, the Asian Hockey Federation Chief Executive Dato Tayyab Ikram, along with host nation Oman Hockey Federation President Capt Talib Al Wahaibi and his Excellency Sheikh Rashad Ahmed Al Hinai, Under Secretary, Ministry of Sports Affairs unveiled the glittering Trophy amidst an elite gathering that included the six Captains from the participating nations India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Japan, Korea and 18-member Oman team here on Tuesday.

Speaking on the occasion, AHF Chief Executive Dato Tayyab Ikram said, “This is the first time, an international hockey event of this magnitude is being held in Oman and the AHF is delighted with the overwhelming support received from the Oman Hockey Federation in organising this event. I would like to thank the Oman Hockey Federation President Capt Talib Al Wahaibi and Minister of Sports Affairs, His Execellency Sheikh Sa’ad bin Mohammed bin Said al Mardhouf al Sa’adi and also His Execellency Sheikh Rashad Ahmed Al Hinai, Under Secretary, Ministry of Sports Affairs for their relentless support. We are once again grateful to have Hero MotoCorp, one of India’s most successful businesses and an organization that has shown extraordinary support for the sport over a number of years, as title sponsors for the 5th edition of Asian Champions Trophy. I am pleased to share that the tickets for most of the matches are sold out and this shows the enthusiasm of the sports-loving people of Oman. I am sure the world class players who have arrived for this important tournament will leave the hockey lovers of Oman enthralled.”

Dato Tayyab Ikram further added that bringing the event to Muscat was important to promote the sport in this region. “Hockey in Oman is on the rise with the national team showing a lot of promise. As part of Asian Hockey Federation’s endeavour to promote, grow and professionalize the sport in Asia, it was important to bring a major tournament to this region. I hope this event will inspire more and more youngsters from Oman to take up hockey,” the AHF Chief Executive stated.

Meanwhile, Oman Hockey Federation President Capt Talib Al Wahaibi expressed his delight over hosting world class players for the Hero Asian Champions Trophy Muscat 2018. “We are elated to have world class players in the Sultanate of Oman and over the span of ten days, hockey lovers will get to witness top-class hockey. I am grateful for the AHF to have given us an opportunity to host a marquee Asian event and I am hopeful all the participating nations will enjoy their stay in Muscat, I wish all the teams the very best,” Capt Talib Al Wahaibi said.

His Excellency Sheikh Rashad Ahmed Al Hinai, Under Secretary Ministry of Sports Affairs, who unveiled the trophy said, “We are very happy to host the Hero Asian Champions Trophy here in Muscat. It is a matter of pride that so many players of international repute are here in the Sultanate of Oman to showcase their talent and eagerness to perform to their potential. I wish all the teams the very best and hope that all the officials, teams and those traveling from other parts of Asia for this event have a pleasant stay.”

Introduced in 2011, with the first edition played in Ordos, China, the Asian Champions Trophy is a marquee event in the Asian Hockey Federation’s calendar. The inaugural edition was clinched by India while Pakistan won the title twice in 2012 and 2013 before India could lift the title again in 2016 held in Kuantan, Malaysia. This year’s tournament will witness stiff competition among the top performing teams from across Asia with big stakes at play, especially in the lead-up to the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup, Bhubaneswar 2018 slated to begin on November 28, 2018.  

India is the top ranked team among the competing teams at 5th position in the latest FIH Hero World Rankings, while Japan, the Asian Games title holders are ranked No.16 in the world. World No.12 Malaysia, World No.13 Pakistan, World No. 14 Korea and a highly inspired Oman team round up an exciting mix of teams promising a fiercely competed tournament ahead.

The opening match on 18 October 2018 will be played between Japan and Malaysia at 18.55 hours local time while the second match will be played between hosts Oman and Defending Champions India at 21.10 hours local time.

 

Focus is on producing our best performance: Harendra Singh

Manpreet Singh-led Indian team will take on hosts Oman in their opening match of the 5th Men’s Hero Asian Champions Trophy Muscat 2018

BREDA – Rabobank Hockey Champions Trophy
India – Pakistan
Photo: Manpreet Singh.
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Muscat (Oman), 17 October 2018: The Indian Men’s Hockey Team will look to open their 5th Men’s Hero Asian Champions Trophy Muscat 2018 campaign with a convincing performance as they face hosts Oman in their opening match on Thursday, 18 October 2018, here at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex. World No. 5 India go into the tournament as the highest ranked Asian nation, and will be looking to bounce back from their subdued Bronze Medal finish at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.

India beat Oman 7-0 when the two teams met the last time during the 17th Asian Games 2014, but Chief Coach Harendra Singh believes that facing the hosts will be a good test for the Indian team ahead of other crucial round-robin pool matches, “We are very excited to start our 5th Men’s Hero Asian Champions Trophy Muscat 2018 campaign against the hosts Oman, who will be playing in front of their home crowd. The opening match will be a good test for us ahead of some crucial pool matches against the likes of Malaysia, Pakistan, Japan and South Korea. It is important for us to the start the competition by doing the basics right and producing our best performance in order to build momentum for the upcoming fixtures.”

India go into the tournament as the defending Champions, having won the 2016 edition by defeating Pakistan 3-2 in the Final in Kuantan, Malaysia. But Harendra Singh believes that the team needs to minimize errors if they are to lift the coveted trophy again, “We know that we have a good team which is capable of defeating any country in the world, but sometimes things do not go your way. Therefore, it is important for the unit to keep their focus throughout the sixty minutes and not give the opponents any chances. We have to make sure that we have improved from the mistakes that we committed at the 18th Asian Games, and this tournament gives us the perfect opportunity to regain confidence ahead of the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018. Our immediate aim is to qualify for the Semi-Finals of the competition and the team will work hard to achieve that.”

After playing Oman in the first match, India will face arch-rivals Pakistan on October 20, Japan on October 21, Malaysia on October 23 and South Korea on October 24. The last edition of the tournament saw India remain undefeated as they beat Japan 10-2, drew 1-1 with South Korea, beat Pakistan 3-2, beat China 9-0 and Malaysia 2-1 in the Pool stages, while winning their Semi-Final match against South Korea 5-4 in Penalty Shootout.

India and Pakistan have both won two titles each and will be looking to win a record third time when the tournament starts on October 18th with World No. 12 Malaysia taking on Asian Games 2018 Gold Medalists Japan in the first match, followed by India facing hosts Oman. India had won the inaugural edition in 2011, whereas Pakistan won the 2012 and 2013 editions by defeating India and Japan respectively, before India won the 2016 edition by beating Pakistan in the Final.

The Indian Men’s Hockey Team will face Oman in their opening match tomorrow, 18 October 2018 at 22.40hrs IST.

Matches will be shown live on Star Sports 2, Star Sports HD 2 & Hotstar.

 

Jaipur Pink Panthers hold on to beat Haryana Steelers 36-33

– The brave moment of the match belonged to Haryana’s Bhuvneshwar Gaur who came on as a sub and saved his team from an all out in the 25th minute
– Nitin Rawal was the fittest player of the match as he put in a good all-round performance

Jaipur Pink Panthers registered their first win of Vivo Pro Kabaddi Season VI as they beat Haryana Steelers 36-33. A solid all-round performance by Nitin Rawal aided by Anup Kumar’s crucial tackle points, Jaipur outclassed the opposition after a closely-fought first half. Naveen produced a terrific raiding performance for Haryana and scored 17 points but his effort went in vain. Monu Goyat’s poor start to the tournament continued as he scored just three points in the match. This was Haryana Steelers’ fourth loss of the tournament as their disappointing home leg continued.

Haryana Steelers started off brightly with Monu Goyat and Naveen getting raid points as they led 2-0 after three minutes. Monu Goyat scored another raid point to extend Haryana’s lead to 3-1. Jaipur Pink Panthers were struggling to get their foot in the first five minutes. Captain Anup Kumar scored two quick raid points for Jaipur as they trailed 4-5 after seven minutes.

It was an evenly contested first half with both teams trading tackle and raid points. At no point in the first half, any team led by more than a margin of three points. Monu Goyat after the first two minutes had a disappointing half for Haryana Steelers. There were a lot of empty raids from both sides in the first half and both teams went into the break tied at 12-12.

The second half saw Jaipur Pink Panthers take slight control of the match as they scored four points in four minutes to lead 16-13. Nitin Rawal then scored another raid point for Jaipur as they led 17-13 and reduced Haryana to just two men.

Substitute Bhuvneshwar Gaur scored with a two-point raid in the 25th minute to avert an all out for Haryana Steelers. Haryana avoided another all out as Jaipur defence made a silly error. However, Anup Kumar scored with a two-point raid in the 28th minute as Jaipur inflicted the first all out of the match to lead 23-17.

Things went from bad to worse for Haryana Steelers as Deepak Niwas Hooda came up with a super raid in the 29th minute to give Jaipur Pink Panthers a 10-point lead.

Haryana Steelers tried to mount a comeback and forced a super tackle in the 33rd minute to cut the deficit to seven points. Jaipur Pink Panthers, however, were in no mood to relinquish their advantage.

A terrific super raid by Naveen in the 38th minute saw Haryana Steelers trail 30-34. There were a few nervy moments for Jaipur in the last two minutes but they held their nerve to win 36-33.

In tomorrow’s matches, Bengaluru Bulls will play Tamil Thalaivas while U Mumba will take on Haryana Steelers.

FINAL SCORE

HARYANA STEELERS – JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS

33 – 36

Match Awards:

VIVO Perfect Raider OF THE MATCH – Naveen (Jersey 77), Haryana Steelers
THE TATA ACE DEFENDEDR OF THE MATCH – Nitin Rawal (Jersey 14), Jaipur Pink Panthers
JSW MOMENT OF THE MATCH AWARD GOES TO – Nitin Rawal (Jersey 14), Jaipur Pink Panthers

POINTS TABLE

             
               

ZONE A

             
               

RANK

TEAM

MATCHES PLAYED

WON

LOST

TIE

SCORE DIFFERENCE

POINTS

1

PUNERI PALTAN

4

2

1

1

26

14

2

U MUMBA

3

2

0

1

34

13

3

DABANG DELHI KC

2

1

0

1

4

8

4

JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS

2

1

1

0

-4

6

5

HARYANA STEELERS

5

1

4

0

-53

6

6

GUJARAT FORTUNEGIANTS

2

0

1

1

-7

4

               
               

ZONE B

             
               

RANK

TEAM

MATCHES PLAYED

WON

LOST

TIE

SCORE DIFFERENCE

POINTS

1

TELUGU TITANS

3

2

1

0

5

11

2

BENGAL WARRIORS

2

2

0

0

14

10

3

PATNA PIRATES

3

2

1

0

-8

10

4

UP YODDHA

4

1

3

0

-8

8

5

TAMIL THALAIVAS

5

1

4

0

-14

7

6

BENGALURU BULLS

1

1

0

0

11

5

 

Bengaluru FC win Puttaiah Memorial Cup

Lalengzama, Myron On Target As Blue Colts Down MEG 2-1 in Summit Clash

Bengaluru: Bengaluru FC clinched their second Puttaiah Memorial Cup after a 2-1 win over Madras Engineering Group (MEG) in the final of the 2018 edition of the competition at the Bangalore Football Stadium, on Sunday. In an entertaining clash, it was Myron Mendes’ (86’) late winner that handed Blue Colts their first piece of silverware this season after MEG’s Rahul (56’) had cancelled out Lalengzama Vangchhia’s (41’) opener.

Going into the decisive game, Coach Naushad Moosa made one change as Altamash Sayed replaced Ajay Chhetri in the starting line-up. The first close chance fell for Bengaluru when defender Parag Shrivas released Edmund Lalrindika clear down the left flank with a quick throw-in. The attacker raced past his marker while controlling the ball but his low left-footed drive across the goal went inches wide at the far post.

Meanwhile, MEG who were restricted to only a few counter attacks throughout the half, had their close moment midway through the first half. A freekick pumped in from the right flank was headed out by Namgyal Bhutia and fell kindly for MEG attacker Leon who’s attempt on the half-volley sailed just over the horizontal.

The Blue Colts finally broke the deadlock five minutes from the break. Midfielder Myron Mendes was fouled right on the edge of the box. Lalengzama stepped up to take the resultant freekick and curled his attempt perfectly at the far post for his first goal of the competition.

The second half was a completely different story as MEG began attacking with intent. A momentary lapse of defence in the BFC backline allowed them to pull level when winger Rahul slotted home Ramu’s neat through pass to make it 1-1 in the 56th minute.

Thereafter it was an end-to-end affair with both sides creating chances. While the Blue Colts created majority of them, the closest they came was in the 68th minute. Substitute Leon Augustine and Naorem Roshan Singh combined well on the right flank before the former chipped in a ball at the far post from inside the box. Biswa Darjee who timed his run well powered the ball goalward with a diving header but his effort was cleared off the line by MEG defender Reagan.

Bengaluru kept their pressure on and had back-to-back chances through Edmund in the final ten minutes who was only denied by the rival custodian Sharath. First, he somehow kept Edmund’s effort out from the edge of the box after BFC attacked on a quick freekick in the 83rd minute, before blocking his shot at the first post from close range a minute later.

As the Blue Colts pushed ahead, left-back Parag Shrivas was fouled on the left earing a freekick in the process. Altamash fired a low effort from the set piece to find Myron who pulled out of the crowd to fire home a first-time left-footer and seal the game in Bengaluru’s favour with five minutes to go on the clock.

Bengaluru FC B’s Parag Shrivas was among the individual awards as he picked up the best defender of the tournament.

 

Puneri Paltan hammer Haryana Steelers 45-27

– The brave moments of the match came from Akshay Jadhav who made critical tackles and scored points
– Rajesh Mondal was the fittest player on the mat as he made quick and effective raids

Puneri Paltan climbed to the top of Zone A table in Vivo Pro Kabaddi Season VI with a resounding 45-27 win over Haryana Steelers. Haryana Steelers’ poor defensive performance was the main reason for their third consecutive defeat. Vikas Kandola put a solid all-round performance for Haryana Steelers and scored 11 points. . Nitin Tomar got 10 points whereas Rajesh Mondal chipped in with 8 points to lead Puneri paltan to a comfortable win.

It was an evenly contested affair in the first few minutes of the match as both teams were tied at 5-5 after seven minutes. Puneri Paltan then shifted gears with Nitin Tomar getting into the act. Tomar scored three points in two raids as Puneri Paltan inflicted an all out to lead 13-7 after 12 minutes.

Rajesh Mondal then scored with a two-point raid to give Puneri Paltan 15-10 lead after 15 minutes. Haryana’s star man Monu Goyat had a quiet first half which affected the team’s performance. At the end of the first half Puneri Paltan enjoyed an eight-point lead with the score 19-11 in their favour.

Vikas Kandola made a super raid in the 30th minute as Haryana Steelers cut the deficit to 20-31. Puneri Palta were in no mood to surrender any advantage as they pocked tackle and raid points at regular intervals. With just over five minutes left Puneri Paltan led 34-23.

Puneri Paltan were exemplary in both attack and defence. While Haryana Steelers scored 20 raid points compared to Pune’s 21, it was the tackle points which let them down. Puneri Paltan scored 16 tackle points wheres Haryana scored just four.

In the last five minutes, Puneri Paltan kept their composure and kept on picking raid and tackle points. Haryana left themselves a mountain to climb and eventually fell short as they crashed to 27-45 defeat.

The brave moments of the match came from Akshay Jadhav who was imperious in defence and earned a high five for himself.

In the next round of matches Bengal Warriors will take on Telugu Titans while Haryana Steelers play Jaipur Pink Panthers.

FINAL SCORE

Haryana Steelers – Puneri Paltan

27 – 45

Match Awards:

VIVO Perfect Raider OF THE MATCH: Nitin Tomar (Jersey 5), Puneri Paltan
THE TATA ACE DEFENDEDR OF THE MATCH: Akshay Jadhav (Jersey 2), Puneri Paltan
JSW MOMENT OF THE MATCH AWARD GOES TO:  Akshay Jadhav (Jersey 2), Puneri Paltan

Points Table

ZONE A

             
               

RANK

TEAM

MATCHES PLAYED

WON

LOST

TIE

SCORE DIFFERENCE

POINTS

1

PUNERI PALTAN

4

2

1

1

26

14

2

U MUMBA

3

2

0

1

34

13

3

DABANG DELHI KC

2

1

0

1

4

8

4

HARYANA STEELERS

4

1

3

0

-50

5

5

GUJARAT FORTUNEGIANTS

2

0

1

1

-7

4

6

JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS

1

0

1

0

-7

1

               
               
               

ZONE B

             
               

RANK

TEAM

MATCHES PLAYED

WON

LOST

TIE

SCORE DIFFERENCE

POINTS

1

TELUGU TITANS

2

2

0

0

10

10

2

PATNA PIRATES

3

2

1

0

-8

10

3

UP YODDHA

4

1

3

0

-8

8

4

TAMIL THALAIVAS

5

1

4

0

-14

7

5

BENGALURU BULLS

1

1

0

0

11

5

6

BENGAL WARRIORS

1

1

0

0

9

5

 

 

Shaw and Pant continue upward surge

 Umesh Yadav gains four slots after 10-wicket match haul; Holder reaches top 10 among bowlers for the first time

India rookies Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant have made substantial gains in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen after their fine efforts in the second Test against the West Indies contributed to a 10-wicket victory that sealed a 2-0 series triumph for the home side.

Shaw, who led India to victory in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup this year in New Zealand, completed a memorable debut series as he finished the Hyderabad Test in 60th place, a gain of 13 slots after knocks of 70 and 33 not out. Shaw had entered the rankings in 73rd place after a century on debut.

Left-handed wicketkeeper-batsman Pant also continued his upward climb as his knock of 92 saw him gain 23 places to reach 62nd position. The Delhi batsman had started the series in 111th position and would be deriving satisfaction from the rankings gain after missing centuries in successive Tests, also dismissed for 92 in the opening match in Rajkot.

In other movements, Ajinkya Rahane has gained four places to reach 18th position after his knock of 80, while Umesh Yadav has gained four slots to reach 25th position after becoming only the third India fast bowler to claim a 10-wicket Test haul on home soil.

For the West Indies, captain Jason Holder has made significant gains in all departments. His haul of five 56 in India’s first innings has lifted him four places to a career-best ninth position among bowlers while his first innings half-century was good enough to help him gain three slots to reach 53rd position. Holder has also overtaken South Africa’s Vernon Philander to third position among all-rounders.

Other players from the visiting side to advance in the rankings include Roston Chase, whose first innings century helped gain 10 slots and reach 31st position, and Shai Hope, who has gained five places to reach 35th position.

The 2-0 series result sees top-ranked India gain one point while the West Indies have lost one point, without any change of positions in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings.

The Test team rankings, unlike the ODI and T20I rankings, are updated after the end of the series and the Test predictor function is available here.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings (as of 15 October, after the Hyderabad Test):

RANK  TEAM              POINTS

1.     India                 116 (+1)

2.     South Africa     106

3.     Australia           106

4.     England            105

5.     New Zealand    102

6.     Sri Lanka           97

7.     Pakistan            88

8.     West Indies       76 (-1)

9.     Bangladesh       67

10.  Zimbabwe         02

11.  Afghanistan       00

12.  Ireland               00

(Developed by David Kendix)

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Ranking (as of 15 October, after the Hyderabad Test):

BATSMEN (top 20)

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team   Points  Avg    Highest Rating

   1         ( – )         Virat Kohli            Ind         935       54.57     937 v Eng at Southampton 2018

   2         ( – )         Steve Smith         Aus        919       61.37     947 v SA at Durban 2018

   3         ( – )         Kane Williamson  NZ          847       50.35     893 v Aus at Perth 2015

   4         ( – )         Joe Root              Eng        835       51.04     917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

   5         ( – )         David Warner       Aus        812       48.20     880 v NZ at Perth 2015

   6         ( – )         C. Pujara              Ind         765       49.54     888 v SL at Nagpur 2017

   7         ( – )         D. Karunaratne    SL          754!      37.28     754 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2018

   8         ( – )         D. Chandimal       SL          733       44.96     755 v Win at St Lucia 2018

   9         ( – )         Dean Elgar           SA          724       41.05     784 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018

  10        ( – )         Usman Khawaja   Aus        719       44.58     747 v Pak at Sydney 2017

  11        ( – )         Aiden Markram    SA          703*      47.27     759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018

  12        ( – )         Ross Taylor          NZ          697       47.22     871 v Win at Hamilton 2013

  13        ( – )         Hashim Amla       SA          673       47.23     907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

  14        ( – )         Faf du Plessis      SA          665       42.33     734 v Ind at Centurion 2018

  15        (+1)        Azhar Ali              Pak        646       44.27     787 v Aus at Melbourne 2016

  16        (+1)        Kusal Mendis       SL          641       36.78     693 v Win at St Lucia 2018

  17        (+1)        Jonny Bairstow    Eng        637       37.19     772 v SA at Old Trafford 2017

  18        (+4)        Ajinkya Rahane    Ind         633       41.40     825 v NZ at Indore 2016

  19=      ( – )         Shakib Al Hasan  Ban        632       39.69     694 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

              (-4)         Kraigg Brathwaite Win        632       36.54     701 v Eng at Headingley 2017

Bowlers (top 20)

Rank      (+/-)        Player                  Team     Points   Avg      Highest Rating

   1         ( – )         James Anderson  Eng        899       26.84     903 v Ind at Lord’s 2018

   2         ( – )         Kagiso Rabada    SA          882       21.71     902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018

   3         ( – )         Vernon Philander SA          826       21.54     912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

   4         ( – )         Ravindra Jadeja   Ind         812       23.50     899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017

   5         ( – )         Trent Boult           NZ          795       27.84     825 v Eng at Lord’s 2015

   6         ( – )         Pat Cummins       Aus        792*      23.81     800 v SA at Johannesburg 2018

   7         ( – )         Rangana Herath  SL          791       27.95     867 v Zim at Harare 2016

   8         ( – )         R. Ashwin             Ind         777       25.44     904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

   9         (+4)        Jason Holder        Win        766*!     28.50     766 v Ind at Hyderabad 2018

  10        (-1)         Neil Wagner         NZ          765       28.26     785 v Win at Wellington 2017

  11        (-1)         Josh Hazlewood  Aus        751       26.84     863 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017

  12=      ( – )         Stuart Broad         Eng        734       28.92     880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016

              (-1)         Shannon Gabriel  Win        734       30.20     757 v Ban at Jamaica 2018

  14        (-1)         M. Abbas              Pak        725*!     16.89     725 v Aus at Dubai 2018

  15        ( – )         Tim Southee        NZ          720       30.82     799 v Win at Jamaica 2014

  16        ( – )         Nathan Lyon        Aus        700       32.35     774 v Eng at Adelaide 2017

  17        ( – )         Keshav Maharaj   SA          692*      27.65     695 v Zim at Port Elizabeth 2017

  18        ( – )         Mitchell Starc       Aus        690       28.61     805 v SA at Durban 2018

  19        ( – )         Shakib Al Hasan  Ban        665       31.87     705 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

  20        (+1)        Yasir Shah           Pak        656       29.89     878 v Eng at Lord’s 2016

All-Rounders (top five)

Rank      (+/-)        Player                  Team     Points   Highest Rating

   1         ( – )         Shakib Al Hasan  Ban        420       489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

   2         ( – )         Ravindra Jadeja   Ind         400       438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017

   3         (+1)        Jason Holder        Win        380/*     381 v Ind at Hyderabad 2018

   4         (-1)         Vernon Philander SA          370       378 v SL at Galle 2018

   5         ( – )         R. Ashwin             Ind         341       493 v Eng at Mohali 2016

*indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after playing 40 Test innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating when he reaches 100 Test wickets.

!indicates career-highest rating

 


Sanath Jayasuriya charged under ICC Anti-Corruption Code

Dubai, 15 October 2018: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has charged Sanath Jayasuriya with two counts of breaching theICC Anti-Corruption Code. Mr Jayasuriya, the former Sri Lanka Cricket Chair of Selectors, has been charged with the following offences under the Code:

1. Article 2.4.6 – Failure or refusal, without compelling justification to cooperate with any investigation carried out by the ACU, including failure to provide accurately and completely any information and/or documentation requested by the ACU as part of such investigation.

2. Article 2.4.7 – Obstructing or delaying any investigation that may be carried out by the ACU, including concealing, tampering with or destroying any documentation or other information that may be relevant to that investigation and/or that may be evidence or may lead to the discovery of evidence of corrupt conduct under the Anti-Corruption Code.

Mr Jayasuriya has 14 days from 15 October 2018 to respond to the charges. The ICC will not make any further comment in respect of these charges at this stage.

 

 

Back from Break, Will ISL See A Better CFC, ATK?

Winning a title is one thing and defending is another. Off the past four years, Hero Indian Super League (ISL) has seen two clubs ie ATK and Chennaiyin FC winning the coveted trophy twice, but no club has ever been able to retain the title.

ATK, who won the inaugural edition in 2014, though came closest to it in 2015 when they reached the play-offs but were defeated by eventual champions, Chennaiyin FC.

Though ISL 2018-19 season is still in its early days, but if the first two games of Chennaiyin FC is anything to go by – the defending champions are certainly struggling to find their feet. The case is no different for ATK as well who have had a similar start to their campaign – even though they are not in the race as CFC to retain the title. For ATK the pressure is more since a lot is expected out of them.

Off the first nine matches of this season, the two former champions are the only clubs yet to open their account.

Chennaiyin FC begun the season with two defeats in a row against Bengaluru FC and FC Goa. ATK haven’t fared well too. Steve Coppell’s men were beaten by Kerala Blasters and NorthEast United at home. But more tellingly, the Kolkata giants are yet to score a goal while conceding three.

“It’s certainly not the way we wanted to start. This league is like a 400 metres race. So, we will come back. We have a few days of rest now before the next game. It will be a difficult game against Delhi (17 Oct). We will be working hard and try to bounce back,” said Coppell.

Coppell has had a revamped squad with several star players brought in like Manuel Lanzarote (FC Goa), Kalu Uche (Delhi Dynamos), John Johnson (Bengaluru FC) and Everton Santos (Mumbai City FC). However, the Englishman has not yet been able to get his team to gel properly resulting in incoherent performances in attack.

Coppell is traditionally a slow starters and he will want much more from the team in the coming games. A win against Delhi Dynamos will be a good way to start the next phase of the league and ensure they do not fall into a rut.

John Gregory have had problems of his own at Chennaiyin FC where the porous midfield has been a cause for concern. In the injured Dhanpal Ganesh’s absence, Chennaiyin started with Germanpreet Singh and Issac Vanmalsawma against Bengaluru FC before Anirudh Thapa replaced the latter when FC Goa came calling. Germanpreet and Thapa were overrun by the FC Goa midfield as they clinched a 3-1 result.

Another concern for Gregory will be the form of Jeje Lalpekhlua who has been listless up front in the first two games.

“The pressure’s all mine. I’m the leader and it’s down to me to get results. It’s down to me to prepare the team and make sure the team does well. We’ve had two punches down the throat, just like the other team with an English coach (ATK),” said the Englishman.

The ISL’s first break could be a gift for the two clubs. It would be interesting to see how the two English coaches have used last week to introspect and strategies a comeback.

 

Hero Asian Champions Trophy
Japan Chief Coach Siegfried Aikman: India are the top contenders to win the Asian Champions Trophy title

The Asian Games Gold Medalists will vie to reassert their supremacy in Asia; begin Hero Asian Champions Trophy campaign against Malaysia on 18 October 2018

Muscat, 15 October, 2018: With just three days to go for the start of the much-awaited Hero Asian Champions Trophy Muscat 2018, the top Asian teams have descended on the beautiful Capital city of Muscat for a battle of supremacy in the continent. Asian Games Gold Medalists Japan, who arrived yesterday along with their nemesis Korea, Malaysia and Pakistan, will be joined by Defending Champions India who arrive today. A free-wheeling conversation with the Japanese Coach Siegfried Aikman, a Dutch national of Indian origin, on Monday revealed his team’s strategical approach to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics where they will be gunning for a podium finish.

Aikman, without mincing words said, “We wanted to enter the 2020 Olympic Games not as host nation but as Continental Champions. We had to win big in order to gain that self-confidence that we too can beat big teams and that we are not afraid of teams like Korea, Pakistan, Malaysia or India anymore.”

At the forthcoming Hero Asian Champions Trophy Muscat 2018, Japan will have the platform to reinstate this self-belief and reassert their supremacy in Asia when they take on World No.5 India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Korea, Oman and prove to the world that the Asian Games Gold Medal was not a one-off incident. “Of course we will be playing to win every single match but at the same time we will also be testing quite a few young players who are below the age of 20, in order to select a core group that will give us enough options and also create more competition within the team ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games,” stated Aikman, who is a master at accurately studying the opponents’ weaknesses and successfully using it to Japan’s advantage. It is what they did in the Final of the Asian Games where they were 0-4 at half time against Malaysia but made a sensational comeback to draw 6-6 in regulation time and go into a shootout.

“It was in fact against India that we had planned thoroughly to play against in the Final of Asian Games. After we drew in our final Pool match, we knew we wouldn’t face India in the Semi Final but were expecting to meet them in the Final and had strategically prepared for it. We had strategised differently against them in the pool stage and would used a different strategy had we played them in the Final. However, because of their loss against Malaysia, we will never know how we would have done against them in a Final. I think for our team, it was also critical to have won a few matches against Pakistan in the lead up to the Asian Games that helped boost our confidence,” he added.

At the tournament in Muscat which begins on 18 October 2018, Japan will begin their campaign against Malaysia on the opening day. According to Aikman, his team will not be looking at results as much as they would like to emphasis on their own game. The Dutchman explained, “For us it is extremely important to focus on our own game and work on certain areas that will put us in good stead and help us build on our game for 2020. While we will play to win, results will not matter as much as playing a disciplined game.”

Speaking of who would be the title contenders for this year’s edition, Aikman called out India without skipping a beat. “India are undoubtedly the contenders for winning the tournament. They have the skills, tactical awareness and fitness but they are vulnerable under pressure and that’s the area which we need to capitalize if we want to success against them,” Aikman concluded.

Japan will take on Malaysia in the opening match at the Hero Asian Champions Trophy Muscat 2018 while India play hosts Oman in the second match of the day.

 

5th Men’s Hero Asian Champions Trophy Muscat 2018
We will try to produce our best performance: Manpreet

The 18-member squad led by Manpreet Singh will go into the tournament as the Defending Champions

BREDA – Rabobank Hockey Champions Trophy
The Netherlands – India
Photo: Mandeep Singh celebrates his goal.
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New Delhi, 15 October 2018: The 18-member Indian Men’s Hockey Team led by Midfielder Manpreet Singh left for the 5th Men’s Hero Asian Champions Trophy Muscat 2018 from the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi on Monday evening. The World No. 5 team will begin their campaign on October 18 as they face hosts Oman in their opening match to be held in Muscat, Oman.

Speaking ahead of the team’s departure, Captain Manpreet Singh said, “We have had a tough few months as we could not achieve our target of winning the Gold Medal at the 18th Asian Games, but it is time now for all of us to rejuvenate ourselves and prepare well for the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018. The 5th Men’s Hero Asian Champions Trophy Muscat 2018 will give the team a chance to face some of the best Asian teams, who will also be involved in the World Cup later in November-December, therefore we will try to produce our best performances and aim at winning the competition.”

With the Indian team facing competition from World No. 12 Malaysia, arch-rivals Pakistan, World No. 14 South Korea, Asian Games 2018 Gold Medallists Japan, and hosts Oman, the tournament will give the Indian team the opportunity to avoid committing the mistakes which cost them the Semi-final loss to Malaysia in the 18th Asian Games 2018. “We have trained well during our National Camp in Bhubaneswar, and have focused on minimizing the mistakes in our overall play. We all knew that there were areas that needed work and the team has been determined in making things right as we approach the biggest two months in all of our careers,” expressed Manpreet.

The Indian team will go into the 5th Men’s Hero Asian Champions Trophy Muscat 2018 as the Defending Champions, after having won the title in 2016 when they beat Pakistan 3-2 in the Final match held in Kuantan, Malaysia. “We have won the tournament twice before in 2011 and 2016, and we go into the 2018 tournament as the Defending Champions. Our focus is on producing good performances throughout the five Pool stage matches in order to qualify for Semi-Finals. We have strong opponents in Malaysia, Pakistan, Japan and South Korea, therefore we will need to give our 100% at all times, and make sure that we play like the highest ranked team in the continent,” said Manpreet.

The 5th Men’s Hero Asian Champions Trophy 2018 will be held from 18th – 28th October 2018 in Muscat, Oman where the six teams will play each other in a round-robin format, and the top four ranked teams will progress to the Semi-Finals, with the Bronze Medal and Final match taking place on 28th October 2018.

Indian Team

Goalkeepers: 1. PR Sreejesh 2. Krishan Bahadur Pathak
Defenders: 3. Harmanpreet Singh 4. Gurinder Singh 5. Varun Kumar 6. Kothajit Singh Khadangbam 7. Surender Kumar 8. Jarmanpreet Singh 9. Hardik Singh
Midfielders: 10. Manpreet Singh (Captain) 11. Sumit 12. Nilakanta Sharma 13. Lalit Kumar Upadhyay 14. Chinglensana Singh Kangujam (Vice Captain)
Forwards: 15. Akashdeep Singh 16. Gurjant Singh 17. Mandeep Singh

Matches will be shown live on Star Sports 2, Star Sports HD 2 & Hotstar.

 

Seven-Time NBA Champion Robert Horry to celebrate 2018-19 NBA season tip-off in India

Horry to Train with Prospects at The NBA Academy India and Make Appearances on Sony Ten 1 and Sony Ten 3’s NBA Wraparound Shows

Mumbai, Oct. 12, 2018: The National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced that seven-time NBA Champion Robert Horry will visit India to celebrate the 2018-19 NBA season tip-off with fans and engage with the country’s top prospects at The NBA Academy India.

Horry will first stop in New Delhi on Oct. 19, where he will train with the 24 full-time prospects at The NBA Academy India.  Horry will then make live television appearances on Sony Ten 1 and Sony Ten 3’s NBA wraparound shows on Oct. 20 and Oct. 21 respectively to discuss the upcoming NBA season.

“I’m excited to return to India to work with some of the most promising talent the country has to offer and celebrate what will certainly be an electrifying NBA season,” said Horry.  “I understand the game has made huge strides since my last visit to India in 2012, and I can’t wait to see this for myself.”

Horry, a 6’7” forward from the University of Alabama, was selected 11th overall by the Houston Rockets in the 1992 NBA Draft.  One of the winningest players in NBA history, Horry was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in 1993 and won two of his seven NBA Championships with the Houston Rockets in 1994 and 1995.  Horry also won titles with the Los Angeles Lakers (2000-2002) and the San Antonio Spurs (2005, 2007).

Since 2006, more than 30 active and retired NBA and WNBA players have visited India with the NBA, including Sim Bhullar, Bruce Bowen, Muggsy Bogues, Chris Bosh, Swin Cash, Tamika Catchings, Seth Curry, Pau Gasol, Dwight Howard, Brian Shaw, Robin Lopez, Jason Richardson, Kevin Durant, and Brook Lopez.

The NBA Academy India officially launched in May 2017, building on the NBA’s existing basketball and youth development initiatives in India.  NBA Champion Kevin Durant became the first active NBA player to visit the facility in July.  The Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program has reached more than 10 million youth and trained more than 10,000 physical education instructors nationwide since its launch in 2013.  On April 7, the NBA launched NBA Basketball School, a network of tuition-based basketball development programs around the world open to male and female players ages 6-18 from outside the U.S.  The first NBA Basketball Schools launched in New Delhi and Mumbai as part of a multiyear agreement with India On Track (IOT), one of India’s leading sports management, marketing and development companies.

 

Polaris’ Arindam Saikia jumps from P14 to take lead after Day 2 of Raid de Himalaya

Kargil, October 11: Team Polaris’ Arindam Saikia shot into the lead after a snow-hit Day 2 in the 20th Raid de Himalaya here on Thursday.

Arindam, who was trailing in the 14th place after Day 1, jumped to the top position by showing his skill and courage on the highly challenging climb to Penzi La, where the temperature hovered around -16 degree Celsius.  

Himanshu Arora of Harjee Rallying, a Delhi-based rallying club, moved to second place in his Maruti Gypsy. Col. Shakti Bajaj of Team Army was behind him in the third place, followed by 2014 Raid winner Captain AVS Gill.

Harpreet Bawa, also of Harjee Rallying, was in the fifth spot. The Raid will draw to a close on October 14.

Amitrajit Ghosh of Team Mahindra, who was leading after the first day, suffered two flaps during the day’s demanding stages and lost several minutes. His teammate Philippos Mathai too slipped from his overnight second position to fall behind the lead pack.

Clerk of the Course Manjeev Bhalla said that the rallyists had to contend with snow, ice and slippery conditions all through the day. They endured their most harrowing moments at Penzi La in the Ladakh region, at a height of 4,400 meters, known as the gateway to Zanskar.

Indeed, the competitors woke up to snow and ice in the morning. On the route from Panikhar to Penzi La, almost every single biker suffered at least one fall. Fortunately, all the bikers finished the day without any serious injury.

Despite all the challenges, R Nataraj, riding for Team TVS in the Xtreme Moto, has taken a solid lead among bikers after the second day. Imran Pasha is second, followed by Vishwas SD, Abrar bin Ayub and Rana Pratap Singh.

A significant dropout on Day Two of the Raid was Sanjay Agarwal of Gurgaon, a podium finisher at multiple Raids. Driving in his Grand Vitara, Sanjay has been dogged by bad luck during this edition. His car rolled into a ditch on Wednesday while a wheel came off it on Thursday while coming down from Penzi La.

Lt. Col. BD Malik of Team Army too had to drop out of the Raid Xtreme after the front wheel of his Maruti Gypsy hit a stone and was wrenched off. The vehicle suffered major damage.

Sri Lankan competitors Sarfraz Junaid and Akhry Ameer too dropped on Day 1, taking a severe toll on the Raid.

On the bright side, though, two amputees racing in the Xtreme Moto, Ashok Munne and Vinod Rawat, are still in the fray.

For the first time in its 20-year history, Raid de Himalaya began from Kargil on October 10. A total of 75 teams took the start in the various categories, including Raid Xtreme, comprising Xtreme 4X4, Xtreme Moto and Extreme Alpine.

 

Nassau passes the Baton to Yokohama for IAAF World Relays 2019

Japan will now host two of the biggest events on the athletics calendar in successive years after the IAAF Council voted this week to award the 2019 IAAF World Relays to Yokohama.

Already preparing to host the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan will now welcome the athletics world a year earlier, when it holds the IAAF World Relays in Yokohama International Stadium on 11-12 May next year.

After The Bahamas Government confirmed that it would no longer be able to offer the financial guarantee that underpinned the event in Nassau, several member federations contacted the IAAF directly to express their interest in hosting the 2019 World Relays. Following very careful consideration, Japan was considered to be the preferred location.

The first three editions of the IAAF World Relays, in 2014, 2015 and 2017, were held in the Bahamian capital, which proved to be an exceptional host of the new event.

IAAF President Sebastian Coe thanked The Bahamas for its key role in establishing the World Relays as a successful competition and welcomed Yokohama as only the second city to host the event.

“I am delighted that Yokohama has stepped in to host our youngest World Athletics Series event and I am confident that they will do an outstanding job despite the short preparation period,” Coe said.

“Several of our Member Federations expressed interest in hosting the popular IAAF World Relays next year and I thank them for their efforts, which confirm the appeal of what is a very entertaining team-based competition with a unique spirit.

“Japanese crowds are renowned for their enthusiastic support and I am sure they will give our athletes a tremendous reception next year. This will also be a great opportunity for our athletes to experience the culture and conditions of the host nation little more than a year before the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Yokohama has long been regarded as the gateway to Japan, as the first port opened to foreign trade in 1859, and now it will once again welcome the world.”

The President of the Japan Association of Athletics Federations, Hiroshi Yokokawa, said he was excited to invite the athletes of the world to compete in Yokohama.

“The Bahamas have left important footprints on the history of athletics by organising the IAAF World Relays for the past three editions, and it is an honour and privilege for Japan to receive the baton from them,” Yokokawa said.

“The hosting of the World Relays will provide us a platform and opportunity to build up towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The advancement of athletics in Japan is closely integrated with our relay culture, and there is strong interest and excitement to welcome the top runners from around the world.

“With seven months to go, we promise to showcase the best competition and to mark a new page in the history of the World Relays.”

The Mayor of Yokohama, Fumiko Hayashi, said his city was ready to welcome athletics fans and he was confident that the citizens of his city would embrace such a vibrant event.

“It is a great honour for Yokohama to be the first city in Japan to host the IAAF World Relays,” he said.

“As host city, we will be working together with our citizens to stoke up excitement for the event and provide the best possible environment for top athletes.

“I hope many of you come and enjoy the fastest racing in the world as it unfolds in Yokohama.”

About Yokohama:

Japan’s second largest city by population, Yokohama (which means Horizontal Beach) is home to 3.7 million people and lies on Tokyo Bay, just south of Tokyo, on the main island of Honshu. Originally a small fishing village, it developed rapidly after 1859 when it became the first port in Japan opened to foreign trade. It is now Japan’s most multi-cultural city. The average high temperature in May is 22.4 degrees Celsius.

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Brilliant Goa gun down champions

Ferran Corominas of FC Goa celebrates a goal during match 8 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between Chennaiyin FC and FC Goa held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai, India on the 6th October
Photo by: Vipin Pawar /SPORTZPICS for ISL

Chennai, October 6: FC Goa notched their first win of this Hero Indian Super League season after a convincing 3-1 result over defending champions Chennaiyin FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai, on Saturday.

A first-half strike from Edu Bedia (12’) set them on their way before Ferran Corominas (53’) and Mourtada Fall (80’) sealed the result for the Gaurs. Eli Sabia scored the consolation for the home team deep into stoppage time.

FC Goa had all the early possession as expected while Chennaiyin were camped in their own half, trying to get a measure of their opposition.

With their full-backs playing high up the pitch, Goa were finding space down the wings and Mailson had to be alert to clear a cross from Coro in the eighth minute. Two minutes later, Jackichand Singh raced down the left wing and fizzed a ball across the box which was almost met by Coro.

The sustained spell of pressure paid off for Goa in the 12th minute as Lenny Rodrigues got to the touchline down the right wing after a smartly worked throw-in routine. His cut-back into the box found Edu Bedia who placed a smart finish into the bottom corner of Karanjit Singh’s goal with the help of a slight deflection.

Chennaiyin slowly grew into the game and fashioned several chances. Gregory Nelson set up Anirudh Thapa on the edge of the area around the half an hour mark but the youngster’s attempted curler went wide.

Shortly later, Inigo Calderon ventured into the penalty box before finding Francis Fernandes. However, the winger’s shot was saved by Mohammed Nawaz.

The home team started the second period with urgency but FC Goa doubled their lead, capitalising on some poor defensive work from Chennaiyin FC. A throw-in down the right saw Seriton Fernandes get to the touchline and fizz a low ball across the face of the box. Nobody picked up Coro who darted in at the far post to knock in his third goal of the season.

Chennaiyin almost got a goal back in the 67th minute when Calderon’s long throw into the box was flicked on by Jeje Lalpekhlua. It fell for Raphael Augusto who blazed over from point-blank range.

Any hopes of a Chennaiyin comeback were extinguished in the 80th minute. Ahmed Jahouh picked up the ball down the right and swung in a cross which was flicked on by Coro towards Mourtada Fall and the Senegalese managed to direct a looping header into the top corner.

Chennaiyin got a consolation goal in the end through Eli Sabia who headed in Andrea Orlandi’s corner in the 95th minute.

Goa are now on four points from two games while the defending champions are yet to open their account.

 

Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games
India beat Uruguay 2-1

Striker Lalremsiami (1′, 19′) bagged a brace in India’s 2-1 victory

LONDON – Vitality Women’s Hockey World Cup India – Ireland Photo: LALREMSIAMI. COPYRIGHT WORLDSPORTPICS RODRIGO JARAMILLO

Buenos Aires (Argentina), 08 October 2018: The Indian U-18 Women’s Hockey maintained their fine start to the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games as they defeated Uruguay in their second match of the Hockey 5s competition here today at the Parque Polideportivo Roca. Striker Lalremsiami (1′, 19′) continued her goal-scoring form as she scored twice again to help India defeat Uruguary, whose only goal was scored by Magdalena Verga (10′).

The Indian team, on the back of their 4-2 victory in the opening match against Austria, looked confident right from the first minute of the match and scored through in-form striker Lalremsiami in the 1st minute. India dominated the first period and saw a goal being disallowed in the 9th minute when Mumtaz Khan thought she had given India a 2-0 lead, but the umpire blew the whistle for a foul. Uruguay’s Goalkeeper Victoria Bate produced a fantastic performance to make 13 saves in the match out of India’s total 15 shots on target, to keep her team in the match. The South Americans found possession of the ball in the last minute of the first period and scored the equalizer at the stroke of half-time through Magdalena Verga (10′) to make for an interesting second period.

However, the second period was again dominated by the Indian team as they looked for a winner. The Indians took as many as 25 shots in total during the match, but could only manage to convert twice. The second instance was the one which brought India their winning goal as Lalremsiami popped up again in the 19th minute to snatch a 2-1 win for her team.

The Indian U-18 Women’s team will now face Vanuatu in their third match of the Hockey 5s competition on Wednesday, 10th October 2018, at 00.45hrs IST.

 

UP Yoddha beat Tamil Thalaivas 37-32

A terrific first half performance by UP Yoddha saw them beat Tamil Thalaivas 37-32 in Vivo Pro Kabaddi Season VI. Prashant Kumar Rai (8 points) led the Yoddha’s scoring chart while Narender did the damage with his tackles. Tamil Thalaivas’ defence let them down in the first half. Ajay Thakur scored 12 points for Tamil Thalaivas but it just wasn’t enough.

UP Yoddhas began the match with bang as for the first 10 minutes they dominated Tamil Thalaivas and didn’t allow them to score a single point. In the 9th minute UP Yoddha inflicted the first all out to lead 10-0. UP Yoddha defence did a fine job on Tamil Thalaivas raiders and didn’t allow Ajay Thakur and Jasvir Singh to score any points.

Tamil Thalaivas finally opened their account in the 13th minute as Manjeet Chhillar got a tackle point. Ajay Thakur then followed it up with Thalaivas’ first raid point as they trailed 2-12.

It was a totally one-sided affair in the first half as UP Yoddha led 18-4 at the break. None of Thalaivas’ players got going as they failed to match the intensity of UP Yoddha.

It was perhaps the fatigue of last night’s encounter that was showing but Thalaivas were looking listless. On the other hand, UP Yoddha were looking fitter and sharper, especially their defenders Sagar Krishna and Jeeva Kumar.

UP Yoddha started the second half on the same dominant note as they inflicted another all out to lead 23-5. Prashant Kumar Rai scored with a two-point raid in the 22nd minute to open a 20-point gap.

Athul MS scored with a two-point raid in the 28th minute as Tamil Thalaivas reduced the deficit to 16 points. Silly mistakes did cost Tamil Thalaivas as they lost three technical points.

The brave moment of the match came in the 31st minute when Ajay Thakur scored with a two-point raid as Thalaivas inflicted an all out to cut the gap to nine points. For a moment it looked like Thalaivas might do the impossible and it was down to Thakur’s brilliance and bravery.

However, UP Yoddha maintained their composure and didn’t give too many opportunities to Thalaivas to make a comeback.

Ajay Thakur achieved a super 10 in the 38th minute as Tamil Thalaivas trailed 26-33. Tamil Thalaivas inflicted an all out in the 29th minute as they trailed 30-34. UP Yoddha held on in the dying minutes as they won 37-32.

In tomorrow’s matches, Dabang Delhi will take on Gujarat Fortunegiants whereas Tamil Thalaivas will face Telugu Titans.

Final Score:

Tamil Thalaivas vs UP Yoddha

32 – 37

Match 2 Awards:

VIVO Perfect Raider of the match – Ajay Thakur

The TATA ACE defender of the match – Manjeet Chillar

The TAMIL THALAIVAS moment of the match award – Ajay Thakur

 

U Mumba, Puneri Paltan play out a thrilling tie

In the much-anticipated Mahrashtra derby, Puneri Paltan and U Mumba played out a scintillating tie in the second match of Vivo Pro Kabaddi Season VI. It was 32-32 in the end as Puneri Paltan came back in the last seconds to tie the match. Siddharth Desai scored 14 raid points for U Mumba whereas Nitin Tomar scored 15 points for Puneri Paltan.

Siddharth Desai started in fine raiding form for U Mumba as did Nitin Tomar for Puneri Patan as it was 4-4 after four minutes. It was a closely-contested first half with both teams trading raid points. They were evenly matched and Desai and Nitin Tomar kept the raids going for their teams.

Puneri Paltan forced a super tackle in the 12th minute to lead 11-10. Siddharth Desai scored with a  two-point raid in the 15th minute to give U Mumba 13-11 lead. U Mumba inflicted the first all out of the match to lead 17-14 after 16 minutes.

Both teams were evenly matched in the first half and U Mumba went into the break holding a slender two-point lead. It was 20-18 in U Mumba’s favour at the end of the first half.

Siddharth Desai scored a super raid to give U Mumba 25-21 lead after 24 minutes. Nitin Tomar continued to get raid points for Puneri Paltan and achieved a super 10 in the second half.

For U Mumba the bulk of scoring came from Siddharth Desai whereas the experienced duo of Fazel Atrachali and Dharmaraj Cherlathan got tackle points.

It was anyone’s match till the last few minutes with U Mumba leading 31-29 with just under two minutes left on the clock. Dharmaraj Cheralathan came up a great tackle in the 40th minute as he sent Nitin Tomar to the bench. U Mumba led 32-30.

Puneri Paltan scored two quick points in the dying seconds to tie the match at 32-32. The Bravest Moment of the match came from the Puneri Paltan defence in the last seconds as they stopped Desai from crossing the white line and tackled him.

Puneri Paltan will take on Haryana Steelers whereas Tamil Thaliavas will take on UP Yoddhas in tomorrow’s matches.

Final Score:

U Mumba Vs Puneri Paltan

32 – 32

Match 2 Awards:

VIVO Perfect Raider of the match – Siddharth Sirish Desai (Jersey 8), U Mumba

The TATA ACE Defender of the match – Fazel Atrachali (Jersey 1), U Mumba

The TAMIL THALAIVAS moment of the match award – Girish Maruti Ernak (Jersey 8), Puneri Paltan.

 

Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games
India U-18 Women’s Hockey Team 4 Austria 2

Lalremsiami (4′, 17′), Salima Tete (5′) and Mumtaz Khan (16′) scored in India’s victory

LONDON – Vitality Women’s Hockey World Cup India – Ireland Photo: LALREMSIAMI. COPYRIGHT WORLDSPORTPICS RODRIGO JARAMILLO

Buenos Aires (Argentina), 07 October 2018: The Indian U-18 Women’s Hockey team today started their Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games campaign with a 4-2 victory over Austria in their first Hockey 5s match of the competition here at the Parque Polideportivo Roca. After the Men’s team’s victory earlier in the day, the U-18 Women’s team were helped by goals from Lalremsiami (4′, 17′), skipper Salima Tete (5′) and Mumtaz Khan (16′) as Austria’s Sabrina Hruby (13′) and Laura Kern (20′) scored for the opponents.

The Indian team started the match well as they scored twice in the opening five minutes as Vice-Captain Lalremsiami (4′) and Captain Salima Tete (5′) led from the front and registered their names on the score-sheet. India took their two-goal advantage into the half-time break but the Austrian team did trouble the Indians as they took a total of 9 shots in the match.

The second period started well for India’s opponents as they scored their first goal in the 13th minute through Sabrina Hruby, but India restored their two-goal advantage three minutes later as Mumtaz Khan also scored in the 16th minute. Another goal by Lalremsiami in the 17th minute saw India extend their lead to 4-1 and maintain pressure on their opponents. However, Laura Kern scored a consolation goal for Austria in the last minute to make it a 4-2 victory for India in their opening match.

The Indian U-18 Women’s team will now face Uruguay in their second match of the Hockey 5s competition on Monday, 8th October 2018, at 18.00hrs IST.

 

Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games
India U-18 defeat Bangladesh 10-0

Rabichandra Moirangthem (9′, 20′), Sudeep Chirmako (11′, 17′) and skipper Vivek Sagar Prasad (9′, 18′) registered braces while Shivam Anand (4′), Rahul Kumar Rajbhar (4′), Sanjay (6′) and Maninder Singh (12′) also scored for India

Buenos Aires (Argentina), 07 October 2018: The Indian U-18 Men’s Hockey team registered an emphatic 10-0 win over Bangladesh in their opening match of the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games to start their Hockey 5s campaign on a positive note at the Parque Polideportivo Roca here today. The Indian team were helped by goals from Rabichandra Moirangthem (9′, 20′), Sudeep Chirmako (11′, 17′) skipper Vivek Sagar Prasad (9′, 18′), Shivam Anand (4′), Rahul Kumar Rajbhar (4′), Sanjay (6′) and Maninder Singh (12′).

India dominated the match from the start as they scored five goals in the first period, not giving the Bangladeshi team any chances to score. Shivam Anand scored India’s first goal of the tournament in the 4th minute and Rahul Kumar Rajbhar also scored in the same minute to make it 2-0. A third goal from Sanjay in the 6th minute saw India stamp their authority, with two more goals in the 9th minute by Rabichandra Moirangthem and skipper Vivek Sagar Prasad meant that India took a 5-0 lead into the half-time break.

A quick start to the second period saw India score two goals in the opening two minutes through Sudeep Chirmako (11′) and Maninder Singh (12′). The Indian team dominated the match throughout, taking a total of 30 shots in the match and scoring 10 goals with Sudeep Chirmako (17′), Vivek Sagar Prasad (18′) and Rabichandra Moirangthem (20′) getting their braces.

India will now face Austria in their second match of the Hockey 5s competition on Monday, 8th October 2018, at 23.15hrs IST.

 

Youngest Indian Mukhi & Sergio win point for JFC

Bengaluru, 7 Oct 2018 : Late goals in Hero ISL Match 9 before the first season break, kept the audience on edge of theior seats as it set up an unforgettable night of football at the Kanteerava Stadium on Sunday, with Jamshedpur FC holding Bengaluru FC to a 2-2 draw.

Nishu Kumar’s stunning volley at the stroke of half-time put the hosts ahead. Youngster Gourav Mukhi made history when he came on for Jamshedpur FC as substitute and scored on his debut to equalize. Sunil Chhetri’s header in the 88th minute was cancelled out by Sergio Cidoncha’s effort in added time (90+4).

Tim Cahill and Michael Soosairaj got their much-awaited debuts in the Hero ISL as Jamshedpur FC head coach Cesar Ferrando named an attacking side to take on last season’s finalists. Carles Cuadrat’s Blues were unchanged from their 1-0 win over defending champions Chennaiyin FC.

Ferrando’s side started the game on the front foot but the first real threat came from the home side 12 minutes into the match. Udanta Singh’s blistering pace allowed him to race past winger-turned-left-back Bikash Jairu into space on the right flank.  The winger’s cross, however, failed to reach Sunil Chhetri and was cleared by Tiri at the centre of the box.

Cahill looked to get in on the act by teasing a through-ball into space for Jerry Mawhmingthanga. The right-sided winger had time to pick out Soosairaj’s run into the box but the youngster’s cross was struck with too much force.

The Men of Steel piled up the pressure as the first-half progressed but their final delivery into the box lacked clarity. Mario Arques struck a dangerous free-kick at Gurpreet Singh’s goal but it sailed inches over the bar and had the goalkeeper’s eyes on its trajectory all the way through.

The midfield battle was proving to be difficult to win for both teams. The forwards were kept under watch and the ball was often played into the wide areas for crosses into the box.

Sunil Chhetri’s clever free-kick from the right flank was aimed at Xisco Fernandez who was waiting at the edge of the box. The Spanish midfielder’s sweet volley flew inches past the post and was an alarm signal for what was to come.

Two minutes later, another free-kick, earned by Miku and taken by Xisco, was headed clear initially by Tiri. The ball fell to Nishu Kumar outside the box who unleashed a stunning strike into the top left corner of the net, leaving Subhasish Chowdhury helpless and stunned.

Miku was proving to be a difficult for the Jamshedpur defence. He ran in behind the defence and squared a good through-ball across the face of goal, inviting Chhetri who failed to make a connection.

Ferrando replaced defender Gaikwad with Mobashir Rahman and the midfielder almost pulled off another long-range goal. A brilliant strike from outside the box was kept out of the top right corner of the net by the outstretched hands of Gurpreet Singh.

With 19 minutes left on the clock, 16-year-old forward Gourav Mukhi replaced Jerry to become the youngest ever player to make his debut in ISL. Ten minutes into his debut, the youngster produced a moment of brilliance to bring Jamshedpur back into the game.

Mukhi outmuscled Serran as he raced into the box to receive Maria Arques’ chip and slotted the ball past Gurpreet Singh for the equaliser.

Just as the Blues faithful thought they were done for the day, Harmanjot Khabra’s long ball into the box from the right flank was headed into the net by Sunil Chhetri to put the hosts back into the lead in the 88th minute.

However, Jamshedpur FC showed gumption as they pulled one back right at the death. Arques’s cross into the box saw Cidoncha place his effort into the far post to ensure that they pick a crucial point away from home.

A hard fought draw earned today kept Jamshedpur FC unbeaten run here at the Kanteerava Stadium.

 

India’s Premier Cyclothon witnesses over 6000 participants

– At Saksham Pedal Delhi, Cyclists participated across four categories which included Elite Race, Amateur Race, Open Ride, Green Ride
– Dignitaries including Disha Patani (Actress & Fitness Enthusiast), Mr. Alok Tripathi (ED-PCRA), Mr. Sumeet Yadav, (CEO-DO IT Sports, Retail and Creative Attractions) and Mr. Onkar Singh (Secretary General – Cycling Federation of India)
– Star Indian athletes including Arpinder Singh, Jwala Gutta, Ashwini Ponnappa, Heena Sidhu, Munaf Patel and Sai Praneeth graced the occasion

Delhi, 8th October: The second edition of India’s Premier Cyclothon- Saksham Pedal Delhi, was flagged off yesterday with over 6000 participants – across elite race, amateur race, open ride and green ride categories – taking their mark on the start line at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, Delhi. The cyclothon attracted participants from all walks of life including officials from PCRA, school and college children, cycling professionals, amateurs and housewives.

An initiative by PCRA and DO IT Sports Management, Saksham Pedal Delhi 2018 aimed to profess the importance of socio-environmental consciousness by promoting cycling, both as a lifestyle and as an alternate means of commute, especially for shorter distances for day to day activities such as cycling to work, riding to nearby places etc. Not only does this save fuel/money but also keeps us healthy and fit contributing to the reduction of vehicular emission by reducing congestion and improving traffic flow.

Mr. Alok Tripathi – Executive Director of PCRA said, “The second edition of Saksham Pedal Delhi, received a fabulous response from the citizens of Delhi and provided further proof that Indians are ready to rally behind an important initiative that promotes fuel conservation and propagates less reliance on oil. I would like to thank the Oil PSU’s and Cycling Federation of India, DO IT Sports Management and Meraki Sport & Entertainment for supporting us and bringing this cyclothon to the masses.”

Mr. Sumeet Yadav, Group CEO, DO IT (Sports, Retail and Creative Attractions) said, “It gives us great pleasure to associate with PCRA, CFI, Meraki Sport & Entertainment and Concern India, on this wonderful initiative. Over 6000 cyclist came together and pedal their way on the Delhi track to #BringTheChange. We firmly believe that cycling should become a bigger part of our lifestyles where it is not simply a health & fitness alternative but also a means to promote a more sustainable future.”

 

Three-time Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba added to Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2018 field

The Ethiopian will be the star attraction of the IAAF Gold Label Road Race in the capital city

J21PKY St Jame’s Park, London, UK. 23rd Apr, 2017. Thousands take part in the 37th London Marathon Credit: Alan Fraser/Alamy Live News

Delhi, October 6 2018: Saying that somebody is the ‘world’s greatest’ in whatever they do is sure to provoke a likely debate and is a subjective judgement but, in many people’s eyes, Tirunesh Dibaba deserves the honour of being called the world’s greatest female distance runner.

The Ethiopian legend has won three Olympic Games gold medals and five world titles on the track as well as four world cross country championships victories as a senior. She is also the current 5000m world record holder.

Dibaba will now run the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2018 on Sunday October 21 in a bid to add to her list of accolades.

In the wake of her third place at last month’s Berlin Marathon, her third run under 2:19 over the classic distance in the last 18 months, she will be chasing two half marathon marks in the capital city in addition to a win which comes with a cheque for USD $27,000, the Ethiopian national record and Delhi course record.

Her compatriot Ababel Yeshaneh – who has been previously announced as running in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon – reduced the Ethiopian half marathon record to 65:46 on the same day, 16 September, in Copenhagen as Dibaba was running in the German capital over the full marathon distance.

The Airtel Delhi Half Marathon course record has stood since 2009 at 66:54 to Kenya’s Mary Keitany but with Dibaba and Yeshaneh in this year’s race, along with a host of very strong other runners, this standard must surely be in danger.

After Berlin, I felt good about myself and felt I could still run fast over the half marathon despite the short recovery time. I didn’t achieve my aims completely in Berlin, although I certainly have to be pleased with my performance, because I went there to win and run faster than my time of 2:18:55 so there is no better race than the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon to make my return to racing. I am excited about coming to India and I look forward to make my presence felt,” said the 33-year-old Dibaba.

Strictly speaking, it will not actually be Dibaba’s first race in India. She ran a 5000m in Hyderabad back in 2003 when she was just 18 but, by her own admission, can’t remember much about that trip so her outing in Delhi will have the sensation of being like her debut on Indian soil.

For more information about the 2018 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, the website of the event is: http://adhm.procamrunning.in

The event website contains an up to date list of the elite runners in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2018.

An impressive addition to the men’s elite field for this year’s race is Dibaba’s compatriot and fellow Ethiopian Hagos Gebrhiwet.

He may not have quite the same extensive medal collection as Dibaba – although he can boast of two world championships 5000m medals and a Rio 2016 Olympic Games 5000m bronze medal – but will come to Delhi in fine form.

In his last race, at the IAAF Diamond League 5000m final in Brussels on August 31, he ran 12:45.82 for second place and moved up to fifth on the all-time list for the event.

 

India Grand Prix of F1H2O in Amaravati

Vijayawada, October 3, 2018: After a splendid run at the Agile Grand Prix in Xiangyang, China, F1H2O World Championship is now set to be hosted in Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh for the 6th round of UIM championship. The global sporting event is making a grand comeback to India after a long gap of 14 years. The racing extravaganza will be held on the River Krishna from Nov 16 – 18.

F1H2O Championship is a globally loved sport with millions of followers across the world. The mega event takes place every year in some of the most challenging international circuits. This year the championship began in Portugal on May 18 and will end in Sharjah on December 15. The races in Amaravati will see world’s top teams in action including teams from Portugal, Italy, UAE, France and our very own, Team Amaravati.

Team Amaravati made a splendid debut in China at the Agile Grand Prix in Xiangyang. The race was held on the 23rd September with 39 laps and saw Jonas Andersson clinching the fourth spot in the main race. The team narrowly missed the podium finish to Team Abu Dhabi. Lead driver Jonas Andersson and partner Erik Edin have shown great potential and are looking to cause a few upsets as the competition heads into the business end of the championship. In fact, Jonas made it to the 3rd spot in the BRM qualifications before the main race began in China. He and Edin are placed seventh and eighth on the F1H2O Drivers Championship leader board with Thani Al Qemzi of Abu Dhabi occupying the top spot. In the World Team Championship standings, Team Amaravati stands third with Team Abu Dhabi and Team CTIC F1 Shenzhen China holding number one and two spots respectively. The F1H2O flag was officially handed over to Team Amaravati in China, making a gesture of taking the championship to Krishna waters.

Mr. Himanshu Shukla, CEO, Andhra Pradesh Tourism Authority spoke during the press conference held at the APTA office in Vijayawada. He said, “We are making spectacular arrangements at the home venue, welcoming close to 350 international guests and other prominent power boating enthusiasts in India. Elaborate planning is being done in terms of hospitality and logistics, in order to incorporate the oncoming traffic in November. We are very confident that with this championship, Amaravati will become a global destination for international level sporting events. AP Tourism had been applauded for all the initiatives taken so far and we intend to create solid resonance for Amaravati with F1h2O”

Sandeep Mandava, CEO, India Xtreme of Malaxmi Group, the local organizer spoke on the occasion and shared further plans “We have recently welcomed Mr Marco Peitrini, Director of Logistics, F1h2O in Amaravati. The teams have jointly conducted complete reconnaissance of the venue and took stock of all the protocols and updates in order to conduct the race smoothly on the home ground.” He said.

The capital city is gearing up to welcome visitors from across the globe to witness the event. The 23 km stretch along the River Krishna will turn into a carnival site celebrating best of the sport along with a host of other exciting activities to engage the crowd and showcase arts, culture and delectable cuisine of Andhra Pradesh. APTA will also set up viewing galleries near Punnami Ghat and will close the Prakasam Barrage during the two-day event, turning it into a makeshift viewpoint for spectators.

F1H2O World Championship is the world’s premier international series of single-seater inshore circuit formula 1 powerboat racing, which began in 1981. The series attracts millions of viewers across continents lining up to watch some of world’s leading drivers. An international event of this stature will not only put India on the global sporting map but will also help create the sporting culture and infrastructure in the country. The gala event will also help promote tourism in the state and showcase its unique culture on the global stage.

 

Fazi lives her Raid dream with help from pals

Shimla, October 4: Fazeela Uppilathodi is  passionate about competing at the Raid de Himalaya – the highest motorsport event in the world. A workshop owner at Cochin, Jose Sebastian, his mechanic-cum-partner, Vishnu V Vinyan….and a Tempo Traveller used extensively in the devastating Kerala flood in August for rescue, transportation and food distribution.

These four came together to make possible Fazeela’s Raid adventure this year. The Tempo Traveller was purchased by Fazeela, Jose and Vishnu in May 2018. The transport vehicle is part of the story because in a distress sale in September end, Fazeela and her pals sold it. They needed the money to finance her flight tickets, entry fee and other expenses at the Raid de Himalaya.

Raid de Himalaya will be organized from October 8 to October 14. It will begin from Leh.

Fazeela, called Fazi by friends, is currently in Leh. The 28-year-old is training for competing at the Raid by riding long distance in high altitudes. Fazeela has been in competitive motorsport racing for close to two years now. In this short period, Fazeela was second among women bikers at the Indian National Rally Championship (INRC), 2017.

This year, Fazeela has participated in five rounds of INRC. She is eagerly waiting for the last round of the championship, to be held in October end.

Fazeela’s Raid dream has been made possible by her friends Jose Sebastian and Vishnu. Sebastian is owner of Cog Racing, a workshop in Cochin. He recalls that in November 2016, Fazeela came to his workshop to get some work done on her motorbike. “She was practicing stunts on her bike. She asked us how she could do good stunts. I told her I didn’t know stunts, but could train her for racing,” says Sebastian. His workshop prepares bikes for motorsport racing events.

With just four days of practice, Fazeela stood first in women’s category at a bike race held in Cochin in November 2016. Jose says Fazeela is not a biker with loads of practice in how to ride. “She has natural talent. She can focus completely on the track, and knows how to take risks. When she is at a race, she gives it her best,” says Jose.

Fazeela, Jose and Vishnu managed to go for all INRC rounds last year in trains and buses. This year, the trio purchased the Tempo Traveller so that going for motorsport races would be convenient.

During an INRC round last year, Fazeela had met Sarah Kashyap, the biker from Chandigarh. Kashyap has carved a niche for herself in the largely exclusive male world of competitive motorsport racing on bikes. “Sarah urged me to come for Raid de Himalaya, and consistently gave me courage. But arranging money to come for the Raid was a huge problem,” she says.

In a stroke of good luck, TVS Racing offered Fazeela the use of their bike, TVS Apache RTR 200 for competing at Raid de Himalaya. For her travel and other expenses, Fazeela and her friends sold the Tempo Traveller. The videos of the flood rescue work, taken by Jose’s friends in August, show the group going around in about two feet of water in a shiny white Tempo Traveller, with posters on its windows. ‘Kerala Flood Rescue Mission’.

Fazeela has been competing in the INRC rounds in a Hero Impulse given to her by Vishnu. “If TVS Racing had not offered Fazi the bike, we would have arranged a racing bike for her somehow,” says Jose.

Fazeela works as a fitness trainer, and is also skilled in yoga and meditation techniques. She has a five-year-old daughter, Isha Finha, who has staying with Fazeela’s foster parents at Calicut while Fazeela is at the Raid.

Raid de Himalaya is the flagship rally of the country’s premier motorsport club, Shimla-based Himalayan Motorsport. The Raid began in 1999, and will witness its 20th edition this year.

President Himalayan Motorsport Vijay Parmar said that over the last two decades, he has witnessed how competing at the Raid is a dream for motorsport enthusiasts. “It torments their sleep for six months of the year. They go the last mile to try and put everything together. Some of these competitors have been out on the first day. It is amazing to see that whoever fails at the Raid is among the first batch of competitors to mark their entry the next year,” said Parmar.

The Raid will run from October 8 to October 14, on some of the highest roads of Ladakh, Kargil and Zanskar sectors.

 

 

Fenesta Open National Tennis Championship

Nitin and Zeel enter semi-finals

New Delhi, 4th October: It was mixed luck for Siddhanth Banthia in the Fenesta Open National Tennis Championship. Playing two events — under-18 boys and mens’ — was not easy for him on Thursday as he lost to a lesser seeded player in the senior event.

Competing against fifth seed Nitin Kumar Sinha, Siddhanth was not able to play his best game and lost 2-6, 2-6 in the quarter-finals of the mens’ event. Siddhanth has age on his side and it was brave for him to try his luck in two events which is demanding on the body and game.

The youngster would have gained in experience for sure as he defeated Krish Patel 6-0, 6-3 in the under-18 quarter-final. It puts him in prime position to go full tilt at the junior boys’ title in the next two days.

Arjun Kadhe continued his unbeaten run in his quest to crown himself as national men’s champion. On Thursday, Arjun demolished Ishaque Eqbal from West Bengal 6-0,6-3.

“My match was really good and I started really well. I didn’t give an opening in the first set, in the second set I had 5 minutes of off time. Overall, it was good. I was moving well. I am feeling confident and I will go my strokes and I think I will do fine,” said Arjun.

Later in the day, seasoned campaigner VM Ranjeet lost steam and the quarter-final to Siddharth Rawat in straight sets.

In the ladies’ singles event, Prerna Bhambri and Zeel Desai turned in strong performances. Prerna had to grind it out in the first set from the baseline and then played with more freedom to defeat Humera Shaikh 7-5, 6-1.

“This match was absolutely brilliant, Humera played really well. The first set was really long, I am just glad I managed to pull it off,” said Prerna.

For young Zeel Desai, the top seed, it was a strong 6-3, 6-3 win against Sathwika Sama in the ladies quarter-finals. “After today’s match, I feel confident. I got into a good rhythm and I played couple of drop shots which made me win one or two extra points. It was good,” she said.

In the longest match of the day in the same section, Natasha Pahla from Goa beat Ramya Natrajan, the sixth seed from Tamil Nadu 6-2,5-7,7-6 (7/2). Fortunes fluctuated wildly and Natasha grabbed her chances big time in the final set tie-breaker.

Men Singles (QF)

Arjun Kadhe (seed 1) (MH) bt Ishaque Eqbal (WB ) 6-0,6-3; Siddharth Rawat(seed 3)(UP) bt V M Ranjeet (TN) 7-5,6-0; Nitin Kumar Sinha (seed 5) (WB) bt Siddhant J Banthia (seed 3)(MH)6-2,6-2; S Vishwakarma(seed 6) (UP) bt Manish Sureshkumar(seed 2) (TN) 6-4,7-6(4).

Women Singles (QF)

Zeel Desai (seed 1) (GJ) bt Sathwika Sama(TS) 6-3,6-3; Mahak Jain (seed 2) (MH )bt C Shavni Sharvya(TS) 6-2,6-4; Prerna Bhambari (seed 4)(DL) bt Humera Shaik (seed 5)(TS) 7-5,6-1; Natasha Pahla (GOA) bt Ramya Natrajan(seed 6) (TN)6-2,5-7,7-6(2).

Boys 18 Singles (QF)

Siddhanth Bantia(Seed 1) (MH)Bt Krish Patel(GJ) 6-0,6-3; Calvin Golmei (CH) (seed 3) bt Kabir Hans(OD)6/3, 6/7(4), 7/5;Drona Walia (UK) bt Ajay Malik(seed 6) (HR) 7-5,6-7(4),6-3; M Kamath (GJ) bt Druv Tangri(PB) 6-4,6-3.

Girls 18 Singles (QF)

Sara Yadav (MP) bt Ishita Singh (HR) 6-2,7-5; Rashmika S Bamadipaty (PB) bt Sarah Dev(TS)  2-6,6-3,6-3;Sharannya  Gaware(seed 2)(MH) bt Kashish Bhatia(DL) 6-1,6-3; Humera Shaik(TS) bt Farhat Qamar(RJ) 6-0,6-1.

 

NEUFC edge past 10-man ATK with last-minute goal

Rowllin Borges of Northeast United FC celebrates the goal with team players during match 6 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between ATK and Northeast United FC held at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan stadium (Salt Lake Stadium) in Salt Lake Kolkata, India on the 4th October
Photo by: Deepak Malik /SPORTZPICS for ISL

Kolkata, October 4: NorthEast United FC kept hunting for a goal which they eventually managed to get in the end as they got the better of 10-man ATK in an intriguing Hero Indian Super League battle at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan, Kolkata, on Thursday.

With left-back Sena Ralte being issued the marching orders just after the half an hour mark, ATK were playing with their backs to the wall for large part of the match. After much probing, NorthEast made their advantage count towards the end when Rowllin Borges headed the winner in the 89th minute.

The visitors started the brighter of the two sides with a sweeping move down the left resulting in Federico Gallego finding some space for a shot but Gerson Vieira was on hand to close down the danger.

The hosts’ first real attacking threat came after some good work by Balwant Singh down the left flank. The India forward set the ball up for Manuel Lanzarote but the Spaniard’s snapshot was some way off target.

The home side were reduced to 10 men as early as the 32nd minute when Sena Ralte was awarded a second yellow card for a stamp on Nikhil Kadam. Just minutes earlier, the left-back was booked for hacking down Redeem Tlang on the edge of the ATK box.

The visitors nearly profited from the man advantage in the dying minutes of the first half with Bartholomew Ogbeche and Gallego combining well to release Tlang down the left. The winger’s low cross across the face of goal found Ogbeche’s run but defender John Johnson got in a foot to deny the Nigerian.

Lanzarote’s sweetly struck free-kick at the stroke of half-time could have given ATK the lead against the run of play but Rehenesh was alert enough to avert the danger.

As expected, it were the Highlanders who kept most of the ball in the second half with Steve Coppell’s men looking to play on the break. Coppell’s defensive organization came to the fore as ATK’s 10 men held firm in the face of NorthEast’s relentless forward forays.

With the home side looking defensively sturdy, Eelco Schattorie took off midfielder Jose Leudo with Ghana’s Augustine Okrah coming on instead.

However, ATK nearly took a shock lead from a Lanzarote set-piece with John Johnson’s glancing header going agonisingly wide of the post.

The Englishman was a rock at the heart of the ATK defence and was on hand to deny Ogbeche a simple tap-in after a cross from Gallego in the dying minutes.

But the Highlanders would eventually find the winner in the dying minutes. Rowllin Borges’ well-placed header from a Gallego corner finally broke the deadlock to send Schattorie’s men to the top of the table with four points from two matches. ATK are yet to open their account.

 

Chance for Australia, Pakistan to improve rankings

– A series win will see Australia overtake South Africa to second position, Pakistan can edge Sri Lanka to sixth position with a 2-0 win
– India look to maintain top position in two-match series against the West Indies
– Kohli gets an opportunity to consolidate top position, Azhar, Khawaja, Brathwaite other leading batsmen in upcoming series
– Cummins, Gabriel, Jadeja and Yasir lead the list of bowlers in forthcoming series

Pakistan host Australia for a two-match series in the United Arab Emirates starting Sunday, with both sides having the chance to improve their positions in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test Team Rankings.

The series gives Pakistan the opportunity to edge Sri Lanka to sixth position if they are able to complete a 2-0 series win over the opposition, while a 1-0 series win will be enough for Australia to overtake South Africa and claim second position behind India.

Pakistan will move to 97 points if they win both Tests and ahead of Sri Lanka on decimal points while Australia, who are presently on 106 points and behind South Africa only on decimal points, will move ahead with a series win. They will advance to 107 points with a 1-0 win and to 109 points if they prevail 2-0.

In a series that starts earlier on Thursday, India will be looking to ensure they do not lose any points in a bid to maintain their top position. India lead the table with 115 points but only stand to gain one point even with a 2-0 series win owing to the large difference in rating points with the West Indies. On the other hand, India can slip to 108 points with an unlikely 2-0 loss and Australia could overtake them if they defeat Pakistan 2-0.

For the West Indies, even a 2-0 series win will at best help them bridge the gap with Pakistan and Sri Lanka but will not pull them up from their present eighth position.

Series scenarios:

India v West Indies:

India win 2-0: India 116 points, West Indies 76 points
India win 1-0: India 114, West Indies 78
Drawn series: India 112, West Indies 81
West Indies win 1-0: India 109, West Indies 84
West Indies win 2-0: India 108, West Indies 85

Pakistan v Australia:

Pakistan win 2-0: Pakistan 97 points, Australia 100 points
Pakistan win 1-0: Pakistan 95, Australia 102
Drawn series: Pakistan 90, Australia 105
Australia win 1-0: Pakistan 86, Australia 107
Australia win 2-0: Pakistan 84, Australia 109

 

Shuchi Thakur to compete again at Raid 2018

Delhi woman Shuchi Thakur, a St Stephen alumnus and global number one in extreme cross country high-altitude motorsport racing among women, is again taking on the challenge at the 20th edition of the Raid de Himalaya.

The Raid will start from Leh on October 8, and will finish on October 14. Competitors at Raid 2018 will take on mountain roads, hairpin curves and dangerous drop-offs in Kargil, Zanskar and Ladakh sectors.

Raid de Himalaya runs approximately 3,000 kilometers every year. Shuchi has competed at the Raid an astounding 12 times. That is a formidable record, since the Raid is considered among the top ten toughest motorsport rallies of the world.

Shuchi Thakur, who hails from Dharamshala and now lives at Delhi, first competed in Raid de Himalaya in 2005. She has been racing at the Raid every year since then, except 2016. This makes Shuchi the only woman globally who has raced a 4X4 vehicle over one lakh kilometers of high-altitude dangerous roads in an extreme motorsport event.

Shuchi’s commendable podium finishes include second in T1 category at Raid 2017, first in T2 category at Raid 2015, and second in T2 category at Raid 2013. At the Maruti Suzuki National Autocross Championship 2016-17, she ranked first in North Zone 4-Wheel Drive category.

Shuchi says it is important for a professional rallyist to be fit all the year round. “For cross country endurance rallying, fitness is key. One has to be prepared for long hours of strenuous driving under all kinds of conditions. I run a lot, also do resistance training and high intensity interval workout.”

Shuchi works in the advertising industry in the creative section. “Everything else that I do is a means to this end – rallying. I am there to compete, not for a fun drive in the hills. I try to do as many events in a year as possible. Seat time is essential. The more seat time you get, the better you get at your craft,” she says.

Shuchi Thakur has been competing in other cross-country rallies in the country like the Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm and the SJOBA Sub-Himalayan Rally. She also races at autocross events in the country.

The other major woman rallyist in the Xtreme category of the Raid is Anu Rana of Chandigarh. Anu has been competing in Xtreme motorsport racing since 2014. This is the fourth time she is competing at the Raid de Himalaya.

In 2015, Anu was second in the T2 category at the Raid. She bagged the Coup de Dames trophy, given to the all-women team that performs best at the Raid, in 2015 and also 2016. Anu was second in the T2 category at the Dakshin Dare 2015, and first in the women’s category at Dakshin Dare in 2016 and 2017.

Anu, a financial consultant, will compete at the Raid with her sister Poonam Rana as navigator. The duo have won various trophies together.

Anu says the Raid is her favourite motorsport race. “Competitive driving for long hours at high altitudes requires completely different set of training and conditioning of your body. The terrain keeps getting steeper with every turn, and you will not know when you will be racing on loose rocks or even sand, which makes the drive tougher with distance. For a racer like me, the terrain looks tempting, but you should never forget limits of your car,” said Anu, a seasoned rallyist now.

Raid de Himalaya is the flagship event of the country’s premier motorsport club, Shimla-based Himalayan Motorsport. President Himalayan Motorsport Vijay Parmar said women drivers who come to the Raid are are really, really tough. “Their level of dedication, fearlessness and outright driving skill is a world apart. Shuchi Thakur has been coming for the Raid for over a decade. She has always aimed for an overall win, beating men and women in her category. Anu Rana, teaming with her sister, can be a formidable combination in Xtreme 4×4. Interesting times ahead.”

For Raid de Himalaya 2018, motorsport adventure seekers will race on the new pass of Kaldang-Kildang La at an elevation of 4.092m in the Ladakh region. The Raid will also have competitive stretches across the daunting stretches of Photoksar and Sirisir La.

This year’s Raid will run its first stage on the never-before traversed section from Lamayuru, called the moonland of Ladakh, to Photoksar. Competitors are going to race on a newly-upgraded road that was earlier a mule track into Zanskar. Competitors at the Raid will also on the road leading to Umba La, a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.496 meters above sea level. This is one of the most spectacular stretches globally, and is listed on dangerousroads.org. Crossing the Sirisir La at a height of 4805 meters above sea level, the 20th Raid De Himalaya is going to enter totally unchartered territory.

 

 

Kensville Open 2018 presented by PGTI

– Sachin Baisoya sets the bar at five-under-67
– Shivnaren Srinivasan makes a hole-in-one

Ahmedabad, October 2, 2018: Delhi’s Sachin Baisoya, fresh from his season’s best finish in Noida last month, set the bar in round one of the Kensville Open 2018 presented by PGTI as he carded an error-free five-under-67 to enjoy a one-shot lead at the Kensville Golf & Country Club.

Teenager Arjun Prasad, another Delhi-based golfer, occupied second place after a round of four-under-68 at the Rs. 40 lakh event.

The 22-year-old Sachin Baisoya, currently placed 52nd in the PGTI Order of Merit, was extremely accurate off the tee on Tuesday as he regularly found the centre of the fairway to set up a number of birdie opportunities.

He made three 10-feet conversions and salvaged birdies from the edge of the green on two occasions, one a two-putt on the 14th and the other a chip-putt on the closing ninth.

Sachin said, “I felt the rhythm was good coming into this event as I had posted my first top-10 of the year, a tied seventh finish, at the last PGTI event in Noida last month. I’ve been driving and hitting better since that event.

“Today I struck it really well and found the centre of the fairway on many occasions. That helped me set up most of my birdies. I made all fairways except for one. I also made some long two-putts. However, it was really disappointing to miss a two-foot birdie putt on the eighth.

“Last season was great for me as I secured four top-20s including two top-10s. But I had a few issues with my hitting in the first half of this year and my game suffered as a result. I then took coaching from senior pros Vinod Kumar and Harendra Gupta that got my game back on track.”

Nineteen-year-old Arjun Prasad, who has had a runner-up finish and a third place finish in the current season, also came up with a bogey-free effort on Tuesday.

Prasad, placed 15th in the PGTI Order of Merit at the moment, sank his first birdie of the day on the fourth. Arjun, playing only his second season as a professional, then enjoyed a late surge as he came up with birdies on the 14th, 16th and 17th.

Prasad said, “I’ve been playing well since the Noida event. The third place finish in Noida was a morale-booster.

“One has to hit most fairways here and place it well off the tee. The wind picks up in the second half here so one has to watch out for that too. Both nines have tough and easy holes so one has to play well on both sides to score low here.”

Chandigarh’s Abhijit Singh Chadha and Gurgaon-based Tapy Ghai returned scores of three-under-69 to be tied third.

Chennai-based rookie Shivnaren Srinivasan fired a hole-in-one on the 11th during his round of three-over-75. He was placed tied 51st.

Among the local players, professional Arshpreet Thind posted a 79 to be tied 92nd while amateur Lokinder Malik shot an 82 to be tied 117th.

 

Jamshedpur edge past Mumbai City

Pablo Morgado of Jamshedpur FC celebrates a goal during match 4 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between Mumbai City FC and Jamshedpur FC held at The Mumbai Football Arena in Mumbai, India on the 2nd October 2018
Photo by: Vipin Pawar /SPORTZPICS for ISL

Mumbai, October 2: Jamshedpur FC lived up to their early pre-season promise with a methodical 2-0 victory over Mumbai City FC in their Hero Indian Super League opener at the Mumbai Football Arena on Tuesday.

In a fiercely-contested affair, Mario Arques’ 28th-minute header and Pablo Morgado’s second in the fifth minute of added time proved to be the difference.

It were the visitors who started the match in a much more confident manner and a move involving Jerry Mawihmingthanga almost paid off in the 10th minute.  The Jamshedpur winger played a one-two with Memo before crossing the ball across the box. Sergio Cidoncha’s attempted bicycle kick failed to come off before Carlos Calvo’s shot was deflected out for a corner. The resulting set-piece saw Calvo find himself in a great position to score once again but the Spaniard blasted his effort over the bar.

Mumbai were finding it difficult to make any real forays into the Jamshedpur box and the visitors deservedly took the lead in the 28th minute through a Mario Arques’ header.

The Spanish midfielder’s attempted shot from 25 yards out initially found its way to Calvo on the left-flank. Calvo crossed the ball back across the face of goal and Arques, who had made a brilliant run, cushioned in a perfect header from a tight angle.

Cesar Ferrando’s men almost doubled their lead immediately after the restart through a Calvo corner. An unmarked Tiri rose well to meet the excellently taken corner but his header was cleared off the line by Lucian Goian.

Mumbai should have levelled matters minutes later following a midfield scramble which ultimately saw Sanju Pradhan thread a brilliant through ball between Jamshedpur’s two central defenders to release Rafael Bastos on goal. With just goalkeeper Subhasish Roy to beat, the Brazilian somehow failed to get a proper connection on the ball and the meek attempt was easily dealt with by the Jamshedpur custodian.

Subhasish though, was required to be at his very best around the hour mark after Goian’s punted ball forward was flicked on to the path of Modou Sougou. The Senegalese striker’s perfect header seemed destined to nestle into goal before Subhasish pulled off an excellent dive to tip the ball over for a corner.

Mumbai thought they had got their equalizer in the 77th minute after Rafique’s header from a cross from the left-fla  mnk beat Subhasish. Much to the dismay of the home fans and the coach, the goal was ruled out for offside. Another ‘goal’ in the 85th minute was again flagged for offside.

There was a goal, finally, but at the other end. In added time when Mumbai pressed more men forward, a quick break saw Sergio Cidoncha release debutant Pablo Morgado Blanco down the right flank and the substitute sealed all three points for his side with a thumping finish which beat Amrinder Singh from a tight angle.

 

NEUFC, FC Goa share spoils in exciting draw

Bartholomew Ogbeche of Northeast United FC in action during match 3 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between NorthEast United FC and FC Goa held at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati, India on the 1st October 2018
Photo by: Deepak Malik /SPORTZPICS for ISL

Guwahati, October 1: In an open-ended Hero Indian Super League (ISL) clash at the Indira Gandhi Athletic stadium, Guwahati which saw chances galore for either side, NorthEast United FC and FC Goa played out an entertaining 2-2 draw.

Ferran Corominas (14’, 38’) bagged both goals for the visitors while Federico Gallego (8’) and Bartholomew Ogbeche (53’) were the scorers for the hosts.

After a stop-start first few minutes, the hosts were gifted a goal after a terrible error from 18-year-old Mohammad Nawaz, handed an ISL debut. The Goa custodian charged out of his box and handled the ball in the belief that Bartholomew Ogbeche was offside. However, no such whistle was blown by the referee who instead awarded the free-kick to NorthEast United for a handball. With Nawaz yards outside the box, Federico Gallego showed some quick thinking to chip the dead ball into the empty net, much to the horror of Nawaz.

Having profited from Nawaz’s error to take the lead, the hosts relinquished it minutes later after an error by their own goalkeeper, TP Rehenesh. The NorthEast custodian failed to collect a floated cross from Jackichand Singh and Spanish sharpshooter Ferran Corominas was on hand to bundle the ball into the net.

The visitors gained a foothold in the match after the equalizer and came close to taking the lead twice through Jackichand but the winger’s first attempt was deflected away for a corner, while the second just bounced over the bar.

Goa had their deserved lead in the 39th minute with Corominas bagging his second of the night. A midfield scramble saw Hugo Bomous release the Spaniard in the box and the prolific striker did well to evade two tackles with body feints before beating Rehenesh at his near post with a perfectly placed shot.

In the second half, the Highlanders did not have to wait too long get their second goal with Ogbeche getting off the mark with a thumping header. The NorthEast forward’s header after a perfect cross from Keegan Pereira gave Nawaz no chance as 18000 home fans roared in delight.

The hosts had two gilt-edged chances to take the lead around the 65th minute when Nikhil Kadam beat his man to come one-on-one with the Goa custodian. The winger attempted to curl the ball into the right-hand corner of the goal but Nawaz pulled off an excellent dive to deny him. From the resulting corner, Grgic had the goal at his mercy but the central defender directed his header wide.

Minutes later, Boumous made a darting run into the hosts’ box after being released by Carlos Pena. The Goa midfielder had done well to beat his markers and was poised to take a shot with only Rehenesh to beat but a last-ditch tackle by Leudo averted the danger.

The end-to-end action continued till the final whistle with the teams sharing the spoils.

 

PGTI and TAKE Solutions launch Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational presented by TAKE Solutions

New Delhi, September 29, 2018: The Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) and TAKE Solutions have jointly launched the Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational presented by TAKE Solutions. The tournament will be staged at the esteemed Chandigarh Golf Club from November 1 – 4, 2018. The main event will be preceded by the Pro-Am on October 31.

The tournament, in its third edition, has been renamed from ‘TAKE Open Golf Championship’ to ‘Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational presented by TAKE Solutions’ as a gesture to honour Indian golfing legend Jeev Milkha Singh.

The event which will be staged at Jeev’s home course, the Chandigarh Golf Club, will offer a whopping Rs. 1.5 crore in prize money, the highest-ever for an event in Chandigarh.

This is the first time that a PGTI event has been named after an iconic Indian professional golfer. Jeev Milkha Singh conquered uncharted territory over two decades back when he became one of the first Indian golfers to taste success at the international level. Since then he has added many more firsts and Indian records to his name.

Jeev has the rare distinction of being the only Indian to have won the Asian Tour Order of Merit twice (in 2006 & 2008). He has won multiple titles on the European Tour, Japan Golf Tour and Asian Tour and has 14 Major appearances to his name. Jeev has also achieved a career-high world ranking of 28, an Indian record.

A thrilled Jeev Milkha Singh, said, “When Mr. Srinivasan informed me about this event, there were three things that I was excited about. Firstly, that the tournament is to be played in my home town Chandigarh, the city where I grew up. Secondly, it will be played at my home course Chandigarh Golf Club, the place where I learnt my golf. Lastly, it is one of the biggest tournaments on the PGTI in terms of prize money.

“I have played tournaments in the United States which have been named after legends such as Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. I feel it is the ultimate honour for a sportsperson to have a tournament in his name. I would therefore like to thank Mr. Srinivasan for extending this honour to me. I’m truly humbled.

“Hopefully, as a host I can get a good field at the event and give the players a good time and make sure everybody is looked after and the players enjoy the course and the city. I’m also looking forward to bringing out my best on the golf course and having a good outing in front of my home crowd.

“We need more people like Mr. Srinivasan in our country. He has made an immense contribution to Indian professional golf through his sponsorship of an Asian Tour event in India, PGTI events and sponsorship of Indian professionals who have gone on to win accolades at the international level. As a senior player, I would like to thank him on behalf of all the Indian players for helping create so many opportunities for us.”

Mr. Srinivasan H R, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, TAKE Solutions, said, “TAKE Solutions is delighted to join Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) to honour one of the country’s greatest sportsman and the best ambassador of golf we have, golf veteran Jeev Milkha Singh. Jeev has brought numerous victories for India, and continues to inspire young sports enthusiasts across the country. The ace golfer and Padma Shri awardee is most deserving of this recognition. We look forward to the Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational becoming a world-class event.”

Mr. Uttam Singh Mundy, CEO, PGTI, said, “We are proud to launch the Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational presented by TAKE Solutions. The tournament is a true recognition of Jeev Milkha Singh’s extraordinary accomplishments at the global stage which have helped elevate the status of Indian golf and inspired many other Indian golfers to follow in his footsteps. The Chandigarh Golf Club provides the ideal setting for the tournament as it is the place where Jeev began his golfing life and gave shape to his dreams. We look forward to developing this event into one of the biggest attractions on the PGTI calendar in the years to come.”

Mr. B S Gill, President, Chandigarh Golf Club, said, “As Jeev Milkha Singh’s home course, it is our privilege at the Chandigarh Golf Club to play host to the Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational presented by TAKE Solutions. Jeev has done the country proud with his path-breaking achievements over the last two decades. This tournament is a befitting tribute to his immense contribution to Indian golf. The Chandigarh Golf Club will strive towards making it a memorable event by providing the perfect playing conditions for the professionals. We wish the players all the best.”

 

Bengaluru settle scores with Chennaiyin

during match 2 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between Bengaluru FC and Chennaiyin FC held at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru, India on the 30th September 2018
Photo by: Faheem Hussain /SPORTZPICS for ISL

Bengaluru, September 30: Bengaluru FC got their Hero Indian Super League campaign off to a perfect start with a 1-0 win over defending champions Chennaiyin FC at the Sree Kanteerava stadium, Bengaluru, on Sunday.

In what was a repeat of last season’s final at the same venue, Miku’s 41st minute strike was enough for the Blues to overcome the visitors’ challenge. Chennaiyin FC will be disappointed as they got nothing out of this game, particularly after they were gifted two gild-edge chances to take the lead.

Bengaluru, though, were quick to get off the blocks with Eric Paartalu being gifted an excellent chance as early as the third minute. After some scrappy play in the Chennaiyin box following a throw-in by Rahul Bheke, the loose ball fell to the Australian midfielder’s feet but his snap shot was aimed straight at goalkeeper Karanjit Singh.

The visitors started to gain a foothold in the match through their quick breaks as the minutes wore on and they should have drawn first blood midway into the game. Gregory Nelson and Jeje Lalpekhlua broke at pace following an error by Bheke and Nelson’s perfectly threaded through ball left the India striker one-on-one with Gurpreet. As the Bengaluru goalkeeper rushed forward, Jeje slotted the ball for a completely unmarked Germanpreet Singh but his pass was over-hit with the Chennaiyin midfielder unable to direct it towards an empty goal.

Bengaluru were seeing plenty of the ball but failed to make it count while Chennaiyin continued to look dangerous on the break. Another Bheke mistake around the half an hour mark almost gifted Chennaiyin with a goal after his poor back-pass was intercepted by Jeje. The off-balance Chennaiyin forward had only Gurpreet to beat but lost his footing.

Gurpreet then pulled off a fine save from a long-distance effort by Germanpreet before Bengaluru took the lead against the run of play.

Xisco Hernandez won the ball following a midfield scrap and quickly released Miku behind the Chennaiyin defence with a perfectly weighted pass. The Venezuelan striker unleashed a thunderbolt of a shot which, despite being aimed at Karanjit’s near post, left the Chennaiyin goalkeeper with no chance.

The visitors came close to grabbing an equaliser straight after the interval following a long-throw into the Bengaluru box. The resulting loose ball fell to Inigo Calderon at the edge of the box whose blocked shot fell to Eli Sabia with his back to goal. The central defender’s clever backheel unfortunately was directed straight to the rival goalkeeper.

The visitors took the game to the opposition in the second period with Bengaluru looking dangerous on the break. One such break in the 72nd minute found Sunil Chhetri with some space in the Chennaiyin box but Calderon was quick to recover and deny the Bengaluru skipper the chance to put the match to bed.

Gregory threw caution to the wind in the closing stages by bringing on striker Carlos Salom for defender Mailson Alves. But while Chennaiyin threw the kitchen sink, the hosts held on to their lead for a perfect start to their campaign.

 

Kerala Blasters two good for ATK in ISL opener

Slavisla Stojanovic of Kerala Blasters scores for Kerala Blasters during match 1 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between ATK and the Kerala Blasters held at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan stadium (Salt Lake Stadium) in Salt Lake Kolkata, India on the 29th September 2018
Photo by Ron Gaunt / Sportzpics for ISL

Kolkata, September 29: Kerala Blasters FC registered their first win in Kolkata and handed ATK their first defeat in the opener as they scripted a 2-0 victory in the opening match of the Hero Indian Super League 2018-19 season at Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan, Kolkata, on Saturday.

The teams were locked goalless in the first 45 minutes but second half goals from Matej Poplatnik (77th) and Slaviša Stojanović (86th) made the difference.

It were Kerala who started the match on the front foot with Poplatnik coming close with a header as early as the fourth minute, following a delicious cross from left-back Lalruatthara. Five minutes later, the Slovenian forward was in the forefront again following another cross from Lalruatthara but his rasping shot was blocked well by Gerson Vieira.

In the 11th minute, Lakic-Pesic’s inch-perfect header from a Poplatnik corner was cleared brilliantly off the goal-line by Sena Ralte.

ATK’s first threat came through Lanzarote’s corner which curled in and hit the top of the crossbar before going out of play.

Everton Santos then came mighty close to giving ATK a surprise lead in the 26th minute as his pile-driver of a shot from outside the box sailed inches above the crossbar.

ATK custodian Arindam Bhattacharya was then called to make a fine save from a well-placed shot by Abdul Samad. It was the hosts who had the perfect opportunity to take the lead in the dying minutes of the first-half when Jayesh Rane found himself unmarked in the box but the midfielder failed to find the target from El Maimouni’s corner despite having the entire goal at his mercy.

Kerala coach David James threw on Courage Pekuson in place of Abdul Samad after the interval as a cagey 15 minutes or so ensued. Seiminlen Doungel had the best chance during that period after being released behind the ATK defence but the winger’s scuffed shot failed to trouble Bhattacharya.

A set-piece taken by Poplatnik in the 65th minute saw Jhingan bare down on ATK’s goal but the defender’s header sailed just wide of the target. James then brought on CK Vineeth for Doungel as his second throw of the dice as Steve Coppell made a double change at the other end with Kalu Uche and Eugeneson Lyngdoh coming on for Balwant and El Maimouni respectively.

The deadlock was finally broken in the 78th minute by the lively Poplatnik who cushioned a perfect header beyond Bhattacharya after Stojanovic’s blocked shot looped above the ATK defence.

Kerala wrapped up three points in the 86th minute, thanks to Stojanovic’s thunderous strike from outside the box.

The visitors then held on to preserve their two-goal lead in the dying minutes to get their 2018-19 campaign off to a perfect start.

 

Armed Services and Mumbai Police personnel to run the race

Legendary batsman, Sachin Tendulkar to flag off the races and felicitate the winners

Mumbai, 28th September, 2018: More than 16,000 runners are set to run the 3rd edition of the IDBI Federal Life Insurance Mumbai Half Marathon on Sunday, 30th September, 2018. Of the runners, over 1000 participants are from the defence services, with 800 runners from the Navy alone. In addition, there will be about 100 participants from the Mumbai Police force. Around 10 members from the 7 Sikh Regiment of the Indian Army will also be participating. This elite team has participated in top marathons across the country, with their members bagging numerous podium finishes.

Organised by NEB Sports, the IDBI Federal Life Insurance Mumbai Half Marathon will be flagged off by legendary batsman and brand ambassador of IDBI Federal Life Insurance, Sachin Tendulkar. The race will start at Jio Gardens, Bandra Kurla Complex and conclude at R2 Ground, BKC. Winners will be felicitated by the Master Blaster himself. The Half Marathon will commence at 5:15 am and will witness 5000 runners; while the Timed 10K will start at 6:45 am with 7000 runners. The 5K Fun Run will begin at 8:15 am and will have 4000 runners crossing the starting line. The participants will compete for a podium finish; with a total prize money of around Rs 10 lakh up for grabs across the categories.

50 doctors from Nanavati Hospital, the medical partner for the event, will be present along the race route for the benefit of the runners. The doctors will be supported by their medical staff and will have 10 ambulances present on standby, while the medical base camp will be equipped to handle emergencies. Over 200 Mumbai police personnel, and over 1000 youth volunteers and support staff will assist the runners for a glitch-free race day. To further help the runners, there are 9 aid stations along the route, at every kilometre.

Karthik Raman, Chief Marketing Officer, IDBI Federal Life Insurance, said, “After successful marathons in New Delhi and Kolkata this year, we are confident of putting up a grand show in Mumbai for the third time in a row. We are delighted with the overwhelming response and see this as a positive sign that more people from the city are taking up running as a way to stay fit and #KeepMoving. As I prepare to run the Half-Marathon myself, I am sure that all the participants will be gearing up for race day, and I wish each of them a great race!”

Nagaraj Adiga, Race Director, said, “We are doing our best to ensure that all 16,000 runners have a safe run, and enjoy the race day. We are thankful to Mumbai Police, BMC, MMRDA, Maharashtra Tourism, IDBI Federal Life Insurance, Adidas, our partners, and everyone who has supported us each year to make the event bigger and better. As race day approaches, we look forward to executing a great race so that all the runners have many happy memories along the route!

 

Sanya Richards-Ross will be International Event Ambassador

– She is the London 2012 Olympics Games 400m champion  
– One of the most decorated American athletes, Sanya will champion the cause of running in the Capital City for this edition

New Delhi, 28th September 2018: Airtel Delhi Half Marathon keeps getting bigger and better every year as Procam International today announced American track and field legend Sanya Richards-Ross as the International Event Ambassador for the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2018 scheduled for 21st October. 

Considered by many to be one of the most graceful sprinters in recent history, Sanya Richards-Ross is the fastest American woman in the history of 400m with her time of 48.70 set when winning at the 2006 IAAF World Cup.

Expressing her excitement to be a part of the 2018 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, Sanya said, “It is an honour to be the ambassador of one of the world’s most prestigious half marathons. Running a half marathon is so much hard work, remaining disciplined and determined, the same mentality one can use to achieve other goals. The city has shown tremendous affinity to the race, which is evident with the increasing participation numbers every year. I’m pretty excited about this role and will be happy to share my experiences and hope I can inspire everyone starting the race that day.

She further added, “This is my first visit to India and I have heard only wonderful things about the country. I look forward to soaking in all the local flavours and feel the magic of this colourful city!” 

After a 400m silver medal and 4x400m gold at the 2002 World Junior Championships, Sanya made a big impact in the senior ranks during the 2003 IAAF World Championship where, despite being just 18, she anchored the USA to the 4x400m title.

From there on, she went on to dominate the world stage over one lap of the track, winning the 2009 400m world title, three world championships 4x400m gold medals (2007, 2009, 2011) as well various other major championship medals.

Sanya’s meteoric rise also saw her win three consecutive 4x400m gold medals at the Olympic Games (2004, 2008, 2012) and – after bronze in Beijing four years earlier – she become the first American female runner to win an individual 400m gold medal in 28 years as she was crowned the champion in 400m at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

On bringing Sanya Richards-Ross as the event ambassador, Vivek Singh, Jt. MD, Procam International said, “It’s a milestone year for us as Procam has completed 30 years and a decorated athlete like Sanya Richards-Ross matches the occasion as well as the calibre of the race that Airtel Delhi Half Marathon is. Sanya’s been a trailblazer not only for her exploits on track and field but also for her contribution beyond the sport. Her journey of persistence and beating the odds is as inspirational as it can get and we hope it ignites a fire in our participants to achieve their goals.”

She retired from the sport in 2016. Besides the glory she has achieved in athletics, she also dons the hats of an entrepreneur, an author, a TV Personality, public speaker and a humanitarian.

She founded the Sanya Richards-Ross Fast Track Program in Kingston, Jamaica – the country where she was born and still has close roots – that has provided over 700 children with literacy training, physical education, and healthy meals. As an author, Sanya has three books in her name called Run With Me, Right On Track and Chasing Grace.

 

Eight teams pick up top-notch players to build up formidable squads for the 2nd Season of T10 League

Eight teams have formed some of the best combinations from a pool of 64 top cricketers in the Players’ Draft for the 2.0 Se10 League – the limited ten-over format cricket – that takes place at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium from November 23 to December 2, 2018.

Eight teams – Kerala Kings, Punjab Legends, Maratha Arabians, Bengal Tigers, The Karachians, Rajputs, Northern Warriors and Pakhtoons – have been drawn in to two groups to fight it out in the 2nd Season of T10 League.

This year, two teams – The Karachians and Northern Warriors – have been added to the list of the earlier six teams. This will expand the support and fan base of the T10 League.

This year’s Players’ Draft featured a number of Afghan players who displayed exceptional skills in the international cricket, following gaining Test status, Last year’s champions Kerala Kings have picked up top draw Chris Gale, Junaid Khan, Sandeep Lamichhane, Tom Curran, Fabian Allen, Niroshan Dickwella, Benny Howell, as well as Imran Nazir – making a strong come back after being on the side line for a while.

Players such as Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Luke Ronchi, Muhammad Sami, Zahir Khan, Umar Akmal, Mitchell McClenaghan, Tom Moores, Anwar Ali, Jade Dernbach and Hassan Khan have been selected by Punjabi Legends – last year’s runners’ up team.

Bengal Tigers have picked up Morne Morkel, Aamir Yamin, Mohammed Nabi, Kusal Perera, Sherfane Rutherford, Kevon Cooper, Dan Christian, Ali Khan and Rayad Emrit from the draft while Jason Roy, Sam Billings, Asif Ali have previously been selected by the team.

Maratha Arabians, led by the Afghan sensation Rashid Khan, have picked up Alex Hales, Kamran Akmal, James Faulkner, Lasith Malinga, James Vince, Liam Livingstone, Brendan Taylor, Adam Lyth, Roelof Van Der Merwe, Najibullah Zadran and Richard Gleeson.

Pakhtoon team picked up Liam Dawson, Mohammed Irfan, David Willy, Colin Munroe, Andre Fletcher, Sohail Khan, Sharfuddin Ashraf, Chadwick Walton, Shahpur Zadran, Cameron Delport and Gulbadin Naib while team Rajputs chose Mohammed Hafeez, Rilee Rossouw, Mohammed Shahzad, Tymal Mills, Carlos Brathwaite, Rahat Ali, Samit Patel, Qais Ahmad, Ben Dunks, Peter Trego and Shan Masood.

Among the newcomers, the Karachians picked up Jofra Archer, Thisara Perera, Ben Cutting, Muhammad Nawaz, David Malan, Fawad Ahmed, Isuru Udana, Joe Clarke, Samiullah Shenwari and Muhammed Irfan Jr.

Another newcomer, Northern Warriors chose Ravi Bopara, Rovman Powell, Harry Gurney, Chris Green, Obed McCoy, Lendl Simmons, Kharry Pierre and Kennar Lewis from the draft to be added to Dwayne Smith, Nicholas Pooran.

T10 League, the world’s first 10-over international professional cricket league that has been sanctioned by the International Cricket Council (ICC), was born in the UAE in 2017.

The event takes place at the backdrop of the recent recognition by the International Cricket Council (ICC) the global governing body of cricket – that makes it the world’s first official ten-over format league.

Welcoming the pool of international cricketers, Nawab Shaji Ul Mulk, Chairman of the T10 League, said, “The Players’ Draft has been an out and out success, with a wider participation of players from all over the world. In addition to the reputed senior star cricketers, the draft also witnessed bids for some of the most sought after young players who have great potential to contribute to the game of cricket.

“The participation of cricketing legends Wasim Akram, Shahid Afridi, Herschelle Gibbs, Darren Sammy, Daniel Vettori, Stephen Fleming, Robin Singh and Dean Jones were added attraction that reflects the growing popularity and acceptance of the ten-over format cricket.

“The team owners are happy with their selection of players and we are looking forward to an exciting star-studded tournament in November and December this year.”

T10 League was launched last year by T10 Sports Management to popularise the game of cricket in its shortest format – that concludes within less than 90 minutes in which two teams bat it out in ten overs – or just 60 balls – thrilling the crowd.

Preparation for the Second Season of the T10 League started following the runaway success with sold-out stadium during all the four days of the first Season that drew full-gallery crowd at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium and watched by cheering fans across the GCC, South Asia and parts of the African continent where cricket is a popular sport.

A number of Bollywood and Lollywood celebrities from India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will add festive flavour to the ten-day tournament to be watched live in more than 20 countries across the world.

Parvez Khan, Board Member of the T10 League, said, “The successful Players Draft will set the ball rolling for the ten-day explosive tournament that will set new records in the ten-over format. The team coaches will now plan their strategies and winning formula to strengthen their chances.

“This year, we are expecting cricket fans travelling to the UAE to watch the tournament and this way, the T10 League will reinforce the UAE’s position as a sporting hub in the Middle East.”

The T10 League is live telecast in the GCC, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the United Kingdom and the United States – followed by millions of fans – watching the actions of some of the most popular cricket stars, such as Shane Watson, Shahid Afridi, Eoin Morgan, Rasheed Khan, Shoeb Malik, Sunil Narine, Darren Sammy, among many others.

Team Groupings:

Group A

Group B

Kerala Kings

Punjabi Legends

Karachians

Bengal Tigers

Pakhtoon

Maratha Arabians

Rajputs

Northern Warriors

List of the T10 League teams:

Group A:

Kerala Kings
Owners : Shafi Ul Mulk, Hussain Adam Ali and AliAshraf
Coach : Daniel Vittori
Icon Player : Eoin Morgan
Team : Chris Gale, Junaid Khan, Sandeep Lamichhane, Tom Curran, Fabian Allen, Niroshan Dickwella, Imran Nazir, Benny Howell

The Karachians
Team Owners : Mohammed Imran Amin and Mohsin Imran
Coach : Tom Moody
Icon Player : Shane Watson
Team : Jofra Archer, Thisara Perera, Ben Cutting, Muhammad Nawaz, David Malan, Fawad Ahmed, Isuru Udana, Joe Clarke, Samiullah Shenwari, Muhammed Irfan Jr.

Pakhtoon
Owners : Habib Khan and Tajuddin Khan, Jawad Ghulam Rasool,
Coach : Dean Jones
Icon Player : Shahid Afridi
Team : Liam Dawson, Mohammed Irfan, David Willy, Colin Munroe, Andre Fletcher, Sohail Khan, Sharfuddin Ashraf, Chadwick Walton, Shahpur Zadran, Cameron Delport, Gulbadin Naib

Rajputs
Owners : Vijay Dutt Vyas
Coach : Herschelle Gibbs
Icon Player : Brendon McCullum
Team : Mohammed Hafeez, Rilee Rossouw, Mohammed Shahzad, Tymal Mills, Carlos Brathwaite, Rahat Ali, Samit Patel, Qais Ahmad, Ben Dunks, Peter Trego, Shan Masood

Group B:

Punjabi Legends
Owners : Hyder Khan
Coach : Mushtaq Ahmed
Icon Player : Shoeb Malik
Team : Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Luke Ronchi, Muhammad Sami, Zahir Khan, Umar Akmal, Mitchell McClenaghan, Tom Moores, Anwar Ali, Jade Dernbach and Hassan Khan

Bengal Tigers
Owners : Rizwan Sajan, Anis Sajan and Nilesh Bhatnagar
Coach : Stephen Flemming
Icon Player : Sunil Narine
Team : Jason Roy, Sam Billings, Asif Ali, Morne Morkel, Aamir Yamin, Mohammed Nabi, Kusal Perera, Sherfane Rutherford, Kevon Cooper, Dan Christian, Ali Khan, Rayad Emrit

Maratha Arabians
Owners : Parvez Khan, Ali Tumbi and Sohail Khan
Coach : Wasim Akram
Icon Player : Rashid Khan
Team : Alex Hales, Kamran Akmal, James Faulkner, Lasith Malinga, James Vince, Liam Livingstone, Brendan Taylor, Adam Lyth, Roelof Van Der Merwe, Najibullah Zadran, Richard Gleeson

Northern Warriors
Owners : Mohomed Morani, Lucky Morani and Shahbaz Ilyas
Coach : Robin Singh
Icon Player : Darren Sammy
Team : Dwayne Smith, Nicholas Pooran, Ravi Bopara, Rovman Powell, Harry Gurney, Chris Green, Obed McCoy, Lendl Simmons, Kharry Pierre and KennarLewis

T10 Cricket League is a professional ten-over format Cricket League launched by T10 Sports Management. It is approved by the Emirates Cricket Board and the International Cricket Council. It is the first ever internationally ten-over format approved league.

Matches have 10-over-a-side format and duration of 90 minutes. The tournament is played over ten days, with a round robin followed by semi-finals and the final. The 2017 edition was played from 14-17 December at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. In August 2018, the International Cricket Council (ICC) officially sanctioned the league.

 

20th edition of the Raid de Himalaya to start on October 8

On the most impossible roads of the Kargil, Zanskar and Ladakh sectors, motorsport titans of India are going to clash at the 20th edition of the Raid de Himalaya – the world’s highest cross-country motorsport challenge.

Raid 2018 will run from October 8 to October 14. It will begin and end at Leh.

A total of 31 teams for Xtreme cars and trucks, 37 teams for Xtreme motorcycles and quads, 12 bikers in the Alpine two-wheeler category, and 31 teams in Adventure Trail, which follows the Time-Speed-Distance format, are going to race on the highest reaches of the Himalayas.

This year’s Raid will run its first stage on the never-before traversed section from Lamayuru, called the moonland of Ladakh, to Photoksar. Rallyists are going to race on a newly-upgraded road that was earlier a mule track into Zanskar. Crossing the Sirisir La at a height of 4805 meters above sea level, the 20th Raid De Himalaya is going to enter totally unchartered territory.

Raid 2018 is all set for the clash between motorsport titans Phil Mathais and Amitrajit Ghosh of Team Mahindra, Raid winner 2015 Lhakpa Tsering, Raid 2017 Runners Up Sanjay Razdan and Sanjay Agarwal, Raid 2017 third overall.

The choice of vehicles for these motorsport champions is diverse. The grueling Raid de Himalaya 2018 is going to feature Mathais and Ghosh driving the XUV 500, Sanjay Razdan driving the Maruti Gypsy, Sanjay Agarwal driving the Grand Vitara, and Lakhpa Tsering of Arunachal Pradesh challenging them all with the Polaris RZR 1000 Turbo Dynamix.

Raid 2018 will see competitors racing to Umba La, a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.496 meters above sea level. This is one of the most spectacular stretches globally, and is listed on dangerousroads.org. The high mountain road features more than 50 hairpin curves and dangerous dropoffs.

Lhakpa Tsering of Arunachal Pradesh, Raid Winner 2015, said it takes guts to race at the heights and the roads that form part of the Raid de Himalaya. “Rallying is not cricket or tennis where you have 17-18 year olds as champions. Competitive high-altitude racing needs maturity, brains and physical fitness, and tremendous grit,” said Lakhpa, 45, who has been in motorsport for 20 years.

The Raid de Himalaya, the world’s highest cross-country rally raid, is considered among the top ten toughest rallies of the world. The Raid was established in 1999, and those in the motorsport circuit admit that it’s made grown men cry ever since.

In 20 years, the Raid has mapped a total of 13.23 lakh kilometres over the highest motorable roads of the Himalayas, including route reconnaissance and transport stages. Competitors driving four wheelers, two wheelers and scarabs have raced over 41,570 kilometers in two decades.

Raid de Himalaya, India’s most formidable motorsport race, is the flagship rally of the country’s leading motorsport club, Himalayan Motorsport. Vijay Parmar, President of Himalayan Motorsport, said that it has been the Raid’s tradition to open new areas every year to adventure tourism.

“Raid 2018 offers new winding high-altitude dirt roads as extremely challenging stages on the worlds’ highest cross-country challenge. We have been discovering new routes every year. For the 20th anniversary of our epic rally, there had to be something special. Racing on the new pass of Kaldang-Kildang La at an elevation of 4.092m in the Ladakh region, and the daunting stretches of Photoksar and Sirisir La promises to make Raid 2018 a nail-biting finish,” said Parmar.

 

David James : I cherish ATK & KBFC rivalry

Kolkata, September 28: David James is no stranger to Kerala Blasters’ rivalry with ATK in the Hero Indian Super League. He was the player-manager for Kerala when ATK triumphed in the inaugural edition, and since then his record against their rivals hasn’t really been encouraging.

“I am not sure my record is that bad with ATK. The rivalry between ATK and KBFC is on different levels which I cherish. Winning every single game is important. We want to set the record straight with ATK,” said the former England goalkeeper who has won just once against their arch rivals.

Although both teams have quality Indian players, many of them national players, it will be the international players who will possibly have the biggest say. ATK have signed tried and tested big names in the ISL, while Kerala have opted for younger legs.

“I was very involved (in the recruitment) from beginning of their season. They (ATK) have poured in players with ISL experience. We have roped in players with a longer strategy, looking at the future of the club. We are looking to win the ISL not only this season but in future seasons as well,” explained James.

His opposite number, Steve Coppell, has also been unlucky while sitting in the Kerala dugout against ATK. He lost the 2016 final in tiebreaker in front of the home crowd and is now aiming to help the two-time champions get one over Kerala, first in the opener.

“Just before the start of the season everybody thinks that you are ready but until you play you don’t know if you are ready.

“We are looking forward to the game. It is good that it is against Kerala. They always bring a great atmosphere. So, I am hoping we will enjoy the game and start judging ourselves against other teams,” said the ATK coach.

The former Manchester City manager has a terrific squad at his disposal and he is eager to get going right from the word go.

“I think the big advantage in the ISL is the continuity. If you have continuity of coaches and selection of players, the coaches who have continuity of same core players who have been in the squad. This year for ATK is almost a new beginning with a new coach. We have a very different squad from last year. So, I am hoping we will gel together very quickly.”

Coppell will be handicapped by the absence of right-back Prabir Das, Arnab Mondal (knee) and Andre Bikey (thigh muscle) for the opener, but possibly the biggest set-back before they start their campaign tomorrow would be the absence of Nigerian striker Kalu Uche, while defender Anas Edathodika is suspended for the visitors.

 

ATK, Kerala sharpen knives for Hero ISL opener

Kolkata: ATK and Kerala Blasters have played so many important fixtures since the start of the Hero Indian Super League in 2014, that even four years and four editions later, they still retain some freshness.

These sides have already played two gripping finals, including one in the first edition at DY Patil Stadium Mumbai and one at a jam-packed home ground of Kerala Blasters in 2016. They’ve played the opening match of last season too and as they square up again in the opening game of the Hero ISL 2018-19 season, there is so much of excitement in the air.

ATK, twice champions, has a 5-1 win record over their rivals from Kerala but when they march out at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan, Kolkata, on Saturday, they will be just as anxious. With several new recruits, many of them established performers in the ISL in the past, ATK have shown that they mean business after missing out on a playoff last season. With a team that has foreign players like Kalu Uche, Everton Santos, Gerson Vieira and Manuel Lanzarote, no wonder the fans are smacking their lips in anticipation.

“For the last two years, I might not have had those players that could give that something extra in the final third. This time we have Lanzarote, Everton, Kalu and Balwant (Singh) who could do that with the ball. I will do my best to create them opportunities but it is all about balance in the team,” said new coach Steve Coppell, who took Kerala Blasters to the final in 2016 and lost, curiously, against ATK.

However, ATK will miss the services of Kalu Uche as the Nigerian is yet to arrive in Kolkata, pending Visa, while their India recruit Arnab Mondal has been replaced by Sandeep Singh. Arnab will be out of action for 4 to 6 weeks due to knee ligament strain.

Coppell will be hoping for complete match fitness for Andre Bikey. “Andre is almost near recovery. We will take call on him tomorrow.”  

In the opposite dug out, the man in the hot seat will be a familiar face. Former England goalkeeper David James has had a taste of the ATK-Kerala Blasters rivalry, given that he was the player-coach of the team that lost the inaugural ISL final. The former Liverpool custodian has seen the battle up close and believes it’s the fiercest in ISL.

“Rivalry between Kerala and ATK is the biggest in ISL. Both teams have played two finals, close ones at that. Of course, ATK have the upperhand when it comes to dominance. Also, the fixture will have the biggest attendance figures in the league stage,” said James.

These, however, are early days in the new season and like James said, “as much as we want to win against ATK, one game will not define the season.”

The opening game will see Kerala miss the services of India defender Anas Edathodika who is serving a three-match ban. With Anas in the stands, the onus of defending the Kerala fort will be on captain Sandesh Jhingan and co, particularly against an attack that has Kalu Uche and Lanzarote, both proven goal creators and scorers.

Kerala have had their own reinforcements too. James will be hoping the likes of Matej Poplatnik and Slavisa Stojanovic adapt to the league quickly and add the much-required firepower up front, something that Kerala lacked last year.

Ugandan star Keziron Kizito and Ghanaian winger Courage Pekuson will be expected to provide support to the strikers.

“The recruitment was important. We can get best players who are not particularly great people. We have recruited good players who were great for the team. I think the bonding over the pre-season has been very good,” he said.

With so much of firepower at both ends, it is unlikely that the result will be the same as the opening game of last season when the teams drew a blank. More likely, it will go down to the wire.

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Hockey India names 18-member Team for the 5th Men’s Hero Asian Champions Trophy 2018

The Defending Champions will be led by Manpreet Singh while Chinglensana Singh will be his deputy

New Delhi, 26 September 2018: Hockey India on Wednesday named the 18-member Indian Men’s Hockey Team for the 5th Men’s Hero Asian Champions Trophy 2018 to begin in Muscat, Oman on 18th October 2018. The Indian team will go into the tournament as the defending Champions as they won the 2016 edition when they beat Pakistan 3-2 in the Final match in Kauntan, Malaysia. The team will be Captained by recent Arjuna Awardee Manpreet Singh while Chinglensana Singh will shoulder the duties of Vice-Captain.

Along with an experienced Goalkeeper in PR Sreejesh, India’s 18-member team also features young Goalkeeper Krishan Bahadur Pathak, while the defensive unit will see experienced Defender Kothajit Singh Khadangbam make a comeback into the side. Harmanpreet Singh, Gurinder Singh, Varun Kumar, Surender Kumar and Jarmanpreet Singh will also be involved in India’s defense while 20-year-old Hardik Singh will be making his debut for the Senior team.

Manpreet Singh, the recipient of this year’s Arjuna Award, will be responsible of commanding the midfield along with the experienced Chinglensana Singh Kangujam. The midfield duo will be joined by Lalit Kumar Upadhyay while Nilakanta Sharma and Sumit also make a comeback into the side. India’s forward-line will see 23-year-old striker Gurjant Singh return to the squad while Akashdeep Singh, Mandeep Singh and Dilpreet Singh will hope to score plenty of goals in Oman to help India retain the title.

Speaking about the team composition for the 5th Men’s Hero Asian Champions Trophy 2018, Chief Coach Harendra Singh said, “I believe we have a great mix of players in this 18-member team for the Asian Champions Trophy as there is a right balance between youth and experience. The tournament gives us the last chance to test a few players before the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018 and I’m sure that these players will produce the results in Oman. It is important we stick to our plans and have a good outing in this tournament so that we can wash away the bad memories of the 18th Asian Games, and start fresh in the build-up to the World Cup in Odisha.”

The Indian team will continue to train in Bhubaneswar, Odisha for the next three weeks where they are undergoing a National Coaching Camp, post which they will leave for the 5th Men’s Hero Asian Champions Trophy 2018 to be held from 18th – 28th October 2018 in Muscat, Oman. The World No. 5 team will be up against the likes of Malaysia, Pakistan, South Korea, Japan and hosts Oman, with all the teams playing round-robin matches to progress to the Semi-Finals, with the Bronze Medal and Final match taking place on 28th October 2018.

Goalkeepers: 1. PR Sreejesh; 2. Krishan Bahadur Pathak

Defenders: 3. Harmanpreet Singh; 4. Gurinder Singh; 5. Varun Kumar; 6. Kothajit Singh Khadangbam; 7. Surender Kumar; 8. Jarmanpreet Singh 9. Hardik Singh

Midfielders: 10. Manpreet Singh (Captain); 11. Sumit; 12. Nilakanta Sharma; 13. Lalit Kumar Upadhyay; 14. Chinglensana Singh Kangujam (Vice Captain)

Forwards: 15. Akashdeep Singh; 16. Gurjant Singh; 17. Mandeep Singh; 18. Dilpreet Singh

 

India girls ready to showcase dominance in SAFF U-18 Championship

New Delhi, September 26th, 2018 : These are busy days for the India U-18 women’s national team who are set to participate in the SAFF U-18 Women’s Championship, that kicks off on September 28, 2018. Armed with a new coach in the form of Alex Ambrose, the U-18 girls are all set for a new challenge in Bhutan.

The team that has recently been assembled, had a rigorous preparatory training camp at the National Institute of Sports (NIS) in Patiala, and are set to take on the best in South Asia, come Friday.

“We had a tough preparation for the SAFF U-18 Women’s Championship, but it was good for the girls. We have got our players into the best shape possible, ahead of the tournament,” said coach Ambrose from the Indira Gandhi International Airport, in New Delhi, ahead of the team’s departure for Thimphu.

Jabamani Tudu, who is one of the key players in the team, and has also represented India on the international level, believes that the young eves are the best team in their age group in South Asia at the moment, and will look to dominate the opposition from the very first day.

“We had some really good practice sessions in Patiala. We’ve put in our hearts and souls into these sessions, and we hope that the results will show on the pitch,” the midfield general said. “We believe that we are the best team in the SAFF Championships, so we hope to get some good results.”

However, the SAFF Championship is set to serve as a stepping stone for the likes of Jabamani, as coach Ambrose believes that this tournament will help him and the girls build a better team chemistry ahead of the crucial AFC U-19 Championship next month in Thailand.

“The SAFF Championship is a great opportunity to gauge our players, and figure out the team combinations ahead of the AFC U-19 Championship Qualifiers next month,” said Ambrose. “It’s all about getting match experience. To add to that, these are international matches, so they are getting a lot more experience.”

 

Lavillenie donates 2011 World Championship’s uniform and spikes to IAAF Heritage Collection

France’s Renaud Lavillenie, the world record-holder for the men’s pole vault, is the latest star to donate significant competition items to the IAAF Heritage Collection.

IAAF Heritage, which aims to preserve and savour artefacts from the best athletics moments to help promote the sport and engage with fans, was publicly launched at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham on 4 March this year. So, it seems somewhat appropriate that Lavillenie, who became a three-time world indoor gold medallist when winning in Birmingham on the same day as the launch, should join the growing list of global champions, past and present, to give his support to this athletics legacy project.

Lavillenie, the 2012 Olympic champion, has very generously donated the French team bodysuit, competition numbers and spikes which he wore when capturing the pole vault bronze medal at the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Daegu, Korea.

Lavillenie, the current star in the long illustrious history of French pole vaulting, jumped 5.85m for third place behind Poland’s Pawel Wojciechowski’s 5.90m winning vault in the final on 29 August 2011.

“I treasure the memories and mementos of the major competitions of my career,” commented Lavillenie, the 2014 World Athlete of the Year. “By making this donation of my uniform from Daegu 2011 to IAAF Heritage, I hope to help fans for generations to come to appreciate the wonderful excitement, drama and spectacle of pole vaulting. Perhaps some of those might be encouraged to take up athletics and might even become champions themselves one day!”

Lavillenie’s World Championships kit will be on public display for six months next year in Doha, Qatar, as part of an IAAF Heritage Exhibition in the lead-in to the IAAF World Championships Doha 2019.

The IAAF Heritage Collection, which had public displays this year in Birmingham, UK and Buenos Aires, Argentina and staged a major exhibition in Ostrava, Czech Republic for three months ahead of the IAAF Continental Cup, will be regularly travelling to IAAF competitions and events around the world.

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Chocho and Qieyang win 2018 IAAF Race Walking Challenge

Ecuador’s Andres Chocho and China’s Qieyang Shijie have been confirmed as the overall winners in the 2018 IAAF Race Walking Challenge.

The scoring system takes each athlete’s three best marks from the series with points being awarded to the top 10 finishers in category A and B races and the top six finishers in category C races. Prize money is awarded to the top eight finishers at the end of the challenge. The athlete with the highest score wins US $25,000.

Final standings

Men

1 Andres Chocho (ECU) 25
2 Eider Arevalo (COL) 24
3 Lebogang Shange (RSA) 22
4 Diego Garcia Carrera (ESP) 22
5 Jose Leyver Ojeda (MEX) 18

Women

1 Qieyang Shijie (CHN) 34
2 Erica de Sena (BRA) 23
3 Ines Henriques (POR) 22
4 Wang Yingliu (CHN) 18
5 Ana Cabecinha (POR) 15

The series concluded at the recent Around Taihu International Race Walking Competition, a three-day contest in which challenge points are awarded according to the overall final ranking after the three stages.

World champion Eider Arevalo was victorious in Suzhou and picked up 12 points, but it wasn’t quite enough to catch challenge leader Chocho, who had amassed 25 points earlier in the season following his 50km win in Monterrey, his 20km triumph at the South American Championships and his fourth-place finish over 20km in Rio Maior.

South Africa’s Lebogang Shange, the 20km winner in Monterrey and the runner-up in Suzhou, finished third overall with 22 points.

With just one point separating Chocho and Arevalo and five points between the top three, it is the closest finish in the men’s Race Walking Challenge standings for 12 years.

Qieyang already had an insurmountable lead in the Race Walking Challenge before the competition in Suzhou. With victories in Rio Maior and La Coruna, the 2012 Olympic silver medallist amassed 34 points throughout the year to secure her first overall challenge win.

Brazil’s Erica de Sena, last year’s overall challenge winner, finished second this year with 23 points. Portugal’s world and European 50km race walk champion Ines Henriques was one point further back in third place.

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Marcelinho & Alfaro will look to exploit the opponents weakness

Emiliano Alfaro of FC Pune City tackles the ball during match 31 of the Hero Indian Super League between FC Goa and FC Pune City held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa, India on the 23rd December 2017
Photo by: Faheem Hussain / ISL / SPORTZPICS

Mumbai, 25 Sept 2018 : Uruguayan hitman Emiliano Alfaro’s form will have a huge bearing on FC Pune City’s chances of reaching the Hero Indian Super League play-offs this season.

The striker scored nine goals in 2017-18 season and enjoyed a fruitful partnership with Brazilian striker Marcelinho as Pune reached the play-offs for the first time before being edged out by Bengaluru FC.

This year the challenge will be to better their showing and Alfaro is up for the challenge.

“It’s good to have developed that understanding with Marcelinho. We understand each ones movements, try to exploit opponents weakness and look out for each other on the field.

“I don’t think there is any pressure (on us). We have a good team and a good coaching staff. Our target is to reach the semifinals first. We have to go step by step. We will give our best. I promise,” said Alfaro.

Pune City parted ways with Serbian coach Ranko Popovic ahead of the season and former Delhi Dynamos coach Miguel Angel Portugal has been roped in. However, Alfaro feels adjusting to the new coach’s methodologies should not be a problem.

“This is part of our job. This happens in football. One season, you are under one coach and then again another season under new coach. You have to adjust and work hard to understand the philosophy of a new coach,” said the Uruguayan striker.

Alfaro is now into his third season in India, having started with Northeast United in 2016 and moving on to Pune City last season.

The 30-year-old has seen a positive spurt in the standards of Indian players, and seemed impressed with the development of youngsters like Vishal Kaith, Ashique Kuruniyan, Sarthak Golui, Rohit Kumar etc.

“I can see so many young talents coming in. I personally like this. These youngsters have grown immensely over last two years. Today everyone knows Vishal (Kaith), Ashique (Kuruniyan), Rohit (Kumar) and others. They are much more confident today and are hungry. This is the big difference I see.,” he disclosed.

Spanish coaches look to entertain Indian fans

Mumbai, 24 Sept 2018 : The Spanish flavour in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) keeps increasing with each passing year. If the French dominated the inaugural edition and Brazilians were all over in the second, the Spaniards are now hard to ignore.

Five of the 10 participating teams have Spanish coaches and they can be trusted to stick to their philosophy of free-flowing football.

FC Goa, under Sergio Lobera, were one of the biggest proponents of the Spanish approach last season with the former Barcelona youth coach implementing a style of play that was a treat to watch for connoisseurs of the attacking game.

Though Goa came undone in the playoffs against eventual champions Chennaiyin FC, they have no plans of abandoning the Spanish approach that was pleasing to the eye.

“Our idea is to win. But we want good football as well. Last season, the fans enjoyed our football. So we want to keep it that way as it also important for the fans to be entertained,” assistant coach Jesus Tato said during a media interaction.

While Tato’s words confirm that Goa’s Spanish ethos will be untouched, the side will not be the only one banking on that philosophy when the ISL gets underway this year.

Delhi Dynamos FC might have finished a lowly eighth in the ISL last season but their football under former Real Madrid youth coach Miguel Portugal carried all the hallmarks of the Spanish approach. Looking to dominate the possession against every opposition they faced, Dynamos grew in confidence as the campaign wore on and were playing some extremely fluent football by the time the league culminated.

Dynamos parted ways with Portugal at the end of the season but have looked to continue the Spanish approach by roping in his compatriot Josep Gombau as a replacement. Gombau comes from the Barcelona school of thought, having spent seven seasons as a youth coach at the Catalan club.

“When you are from Spain, you grow with this certain philosophy. I am from the Barcelona academy and I understand football in a certain way. If you go to an English coach, then his understanding will be different. Every country has its own style and the coach belonging to that country will stick to the same style,” said Gombau.

It won’t be exclusively tiki taka for Dynamos.

“More than tiki-taka, we like to have the ball and attack. We have the responsibility to play entertaining football as well so that fans who come to see us can enjoy. People come when they enjoy and in this way football in India will grow,” he added.

While Gombau gets to work with the Spanish way at the Delhi, his predecessor Portugal will be hoping to implement the same approach at his new club, FC Pune City.

“The Spanish players have the same philosophy and have the same mentality which becomes easier to work with. Their skills and technique also become very important. They love to have possession and keep the ball,” said Portugal.

Other than Goa, Delhi and Pune, Indian Super League will also see the Spanish style of play from Jamshedpur FC and last season’s runners up Bengaluru FC.

These five clubs have put their faith in Spanish coaches and will hope they can land them a maiden crown, just like Antonio Habas and Jose Molina, both Spaniards in the past did with ATK.

 

Borosil Glass Works Ltd supports Inspire Institute of Sport and athletes

– The Glassware giants have partnered with IIS to sponsor athletes and support their endeavour to produce world class Olympians
– Takes initiative to make the campus plastic free

Mumbai, 26 September: In a first-of-its-kind association, Borosil Glass Works Ltd., India’s leading glassware brand joined hands with the Inspire Institute of Sport (IIS) in their quest to help Indian athletes achieve their Olympic dreams. Borosil has been supporting IIS during the current Olympic cycle (2017-2020) and was one of the first corporate partners of  the state-of-art sports training facility which was recently inaugurated in Vijayanagar, Karnataka.

The partnership with IIS will also see Borosil pilot their campaign to increase awareness among young athletes about the dangers of plastic for their health and the environment. They will champion this cause by making IIS a plastic-free zone. Borosil will provide over 200 athletes based out of the sprawling 42-acre campus with their Hydra range of products to ensure the athletes stay healthy and well hydrated. They will also equip the institute with products in areas like water coolers and the cafeteria like juicers and sandwich makers. These are high food-grade quality stainless steel and glass products which are safe and healthy for the athletes as well as the environment.

Commenting on this association Mr. Shreevar Kheruka, Managing Director, Borosil Glass Works Ltd. said, “We are extremely delighted to be associated with the Inspire Institute of Sport (IIS). IIS is championing a great cause towards building future Olympic Stars from India and we have been part of this exciting journey having shared their vision for the last two years. The outcome of their hard work can be seen at IIS’ amazing facility. Our brand’s core promise of performance applies to athletes as well and we are extremely proud of our Indian athletes who show tremendous grit and determination on the playing field. We would like to see India’s growth in stature as a sporting nation reflecting in its glory at the Olympic Games in Tokyo and beyond.”

This is Borosil’s second significant alliance with Indian sports in addition to their recently announced long-term partnership with the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) as  official hydration partners for the Indian contingent at the 18th Asian Games Jakarta-Palembang as well as other key events including the upcoming Youth Olympic Games in October.

Welcoming Borosil Glass Works Ltd.’s support to the IIS movement, Mr. Parth Jindal, Founder and Director, Inspire Institute of Sport, said, “It has been very encouraging to have Borosil extend their support to the Inspire Institute of Sport. As one of the first sponsor partners to believe in our vision for IIS, the Borosil team’s support was instrumental in helping us pursue this project and they have been an important part of the IIS family over the last two years. We are now happy to strengthen this relationship further through their presence at the institute.”

The Institute, which features international standard training infrastructure for the sports of athletics, boxing, judo and wrestling, along with  a state-of-the-art 42,000 sq. ft. High-Performance Centre and a 5,000 sq. ft. cafeteria, is a unique initiative led by the JSW Group to bring a world class Olympic training centre to India which can provide Indian athletes access to the most advanced infrastructure, coaching and sports science within the country. Close to 150 young athletes have received residential scholarships to train at the institute and numerous elite athletes and professional teams have used the IIS facilities to prepare for tournaments and for inujry rehabilitation and conditioning.

 

KL to host best sportspersons of Asia awards in March

Jeddah, September  23, 2018: The Asian Sports Press Association (AIPS Asia) created sporting history when it announced the introduction of the prestigious ‘Awards for Asia’ at their 21st edition of Congress here on Sunday.

The ‘Awards for Asia’ will be the perfect stage to recognise and celebrate the tremendous efforts of Asian athletes at the highest level of world sport.

The decision to introduce the annual Awards was unanimous from delegates representing countries at the close of the Congress, hosted by the Saudi Sports Media Federation (SSMF).

The first edition of ‘Awards for Asia’ is expected to be held in March 2019 in Kuala Lumpur.

The ‘Awards of Asia’ will honour Asia’s best in several categories, namely ‘Athlete of The Year’, ‘Asian Team of The Year’ besides several other awards, including recognition for achievements in the sports journalism in the region.

AIPS Asia President, Sattam Al-Sehali of Kuwait, welcomed the ‘Awards for Asia’ and described it as the best platform to solidify AIPS Asia’s status as among the main stakeholders in Asian sports.

“The Awards will be the most meaningful recognition an athlete could receive, especially as it comes from sports journalists who have reported and documented the athletes’ journey towards sporting excellence,” said Sattam.

AIPS Asia will also induct Asian sporting legends into newly created ‘Hall of Fame’ as part of the ‘Awards for Asia’ programme to ensure a proper archive of former Asian greats.

The Congress also approved hosting of two Young Reporters’ Programme, one in Karachi from November 5 to 8 and the second in Bhubaneswar from December 12 to 16 coinciding with FIH World Cup hockey.

 

Defence will be Mumbai City’s attack

Amrinder Singh of Mumbai City FC during the Hero Indian Super League ( ISL ) media day held at the Trident hotel in Mumbai on the 24th September 2018
Photo by: Sandeep Shetty / ISL / SPORTZPICS

Mumbai, 24 Sept 2018 : There will be a marked difference at Mumbai City FC this season as new coach Jorge Costa stresses on defensive stability ahead of the Hero Indian Super League kick off.

Some of the most attractive teams in the ISL all swear by attacking football. But while that may seem like good to watch, experienced campaigners know that it’s defensive solidity that wins you championships. It will not be any different at Mumbai City as much like former coach Alexandre Guimaraes, Jorge Costa also has been drilling defensive organisation into the team’s mindset.

“Last year you saw that the coach (Guimaraes) was a bit defensive. This year also, the new coach wants to have a strong defence. It is important to remain tight at the back and then go for the raid. So naturally, this season again our focus is more on defence,” said goalkeeper Amrinder Singh.

The 25-year-old believes Mumbai City feels like a family now, and the united front can work wonders.

“This year we are like a family. In football, this is very important. I am happy that every member of the team is looking after each other. Last time maybe this was missing,” said Amrinder.

The Islanders endured a frustrating campaign last season that saw them finish seventh on the league table. However, after a good pre-season in Thailand, Amrinder is bristling with confidence.

“Past performances don’t matter (in ISL). It is the current team that matters. I feel we will do well this season.

“In Thailand, we got proper conditions to train. The weather was the same as in India. It was a good experience,” he said.

The Asian Cup 2019 is the most important tournament that Indian will play in recent times and there is a rush to impress coach Stephen Constantine. Amrinder is aware of the competition but isn’t losing sleep.

“I don’t like to think about the future (getting selected for the Asian Cup). I just think what I need to do in training tomorrow. If I am giving my best in training, then nothing else matters. If I start thinking about the future then things can get difficult and complicated,” he said.

 

Everyone is a captain in FC Goa: Mandar

Mandar Rao Dessai of FC Goa during the Hero Indian Super League ( ISL ) media day held at the Trident hotel in Mumbai on the 24th September 2018
Photo by: Sandeep Shetty / ISL / SPORTZPICS

Mumbai, 24 Sept 2018: Mandar Rao Dessai is synonymous with FC Goa. Part of the Goan club in the Hero Indian Super League since inception in 2014, Mandar is a name that most Goans can connect with.

The 25-year-old is a fan favourite and is now set to feature in a fifth consecutive season for the Gaurs. His importance in the squad has been underlined with coach Sergio Lobera handing him the captaincy.
The marauding left winger, who can also double up as a wing-back, rejected suggestions that the new responsibility will burden him.

“Every player in our team is a captain on the pitch. They all know their duties and will help me in all matters on and off the pitch. So, handling captaincy will be easier for me,” said Mandar during a media interaction here today.

Mandar has been a much-improved player since 2014 and he credited players from different nationalities for the transformation.

“People like to see a local player do well. I have always been training very hard. I try to perform what the coach expects from me. This has helped me to develop as a player.

“The senior and international players have helped me a lot. Players from various countries have come to play here and I have picked up something from each one of them,” he said.

The former junior international is yet to win the coveted ISL title with FC Goa, though he came close in 2015 when the hosts were defeated by Chennaiyin FC in the final. The winger admitted that there is pressure from the fans to land the elusive title.

“Goa is a footballing state. And everyone wants us to win the trophy from the first season. We have been trying to do so and we have reached the play-offs quite a few times. But our first target is to be in the top four. We will take it from there,” he said.

The former Dempo winger also credited the ISL for sparking a revolution in terms of grassroots football, having seen a lot of kids take up the sport.

“Football has improved a lot after ISL. A lot of work is being done at the grassroots level. Now I see school kids coming up in large numbers whenever FC Goa hold a camp in any of the schools. It is a welcome change,” said Mandar.

 

WRC comeback with Volkswagen: Petter Solberg to drive the new Polo GTI R5 in Spain

– 2003 world rally champion returns to the scene of his last WRC rally
– Three world champions in one rally: Sébastien Loeb, Sébastien Ogier and Petter Solberg
– Debut for the new Polo GTI R5 for customer sport only planned outing as works team

Wolfsburg (D) – He’s back! 2003 champion Petter Solberg (N) returns to the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) with the Volkswagen Polo GTI R5. Solberg and co-driver Veronica Engan (N) will compete in the WRC 2 class at the Rally Spain in Catalonia from 25 to 28 October. Six years after his last rally in 2012, the Norwegian will make his comeback in precisely the same place, at which he called time on his rally career. Solberg, who drives a Polo for his PSRX Volkswagen Sweden team in the FIA World Rallycross Championship (WRX), will briefly change fields. The Polo GTI R5 will make its competitive debut at the Rally Spain, which will be the car’s only outing with the Volkswagen works team. The R5 rally car will then be run by customer teams in national and international championships.

“The opportunity to make a WRC comeback with Volkswagen is a unique one, and I was very happy to accept the offer,” said Solberg. “When I drove the car in January in Sweden, I didn’t want to stop. Everything about the Polo GTI R5 worked from the very beginning. I am really looking forward to the Rally Spain. I always used to like the combination of gravel and asphalt. It will obviously be a special feeling to return to the place I brought the curtain down on my rally career back in 2012. It will be a fantastic reunion with the WRC Family, but one with a professional background. I obviously want to get the R5 Polo off to a good start with a good result.”

Volkswagen Motorsport Director, Sven Smeets: “Petter is a true rally hero. We have already experienced his passion and professionalism working alongside him in World Rallycross. To give everything, always 110 per cent is Petter’s trademark. He has tested the Polo GTI R5 and has always been one of our preferred candidates for the debut of our new customer sport car. It is fantastic that he will drive the R5 Polo in Spain. Everyone in the team is looking forward to the rally and to working with Petter and his team-mate Eric Camilli.”

Petter Solberg returns to his rallying roots

Solberg returns to the WRC from the WRX for a weekend. This sees the Norwegian return to his rallying roots. Between 1998 and 2012, he made 188 appearances in the World Rally Championship – with Toyota, Ford, Subaru and Citroën. In 2003, Solberg won the world championship title with Subaru, ending the season just one point ahead of eventual record-breaking champion Sébastien Loeb and third-placed Spaniard Carlos Sainz. He remains the last nordic world rally champion. In 2009, 2010 and 2011, Solberg competed in the WRC with his own team. He then spent one final year as a works driver with Ford in 2012. Solberg claimed 52 podium results in the World Rally Championship, 13 of them victories. The Rally Spain marks Solberg’s first rally with Volkswagen, and his debut in an R5 car.

Three world champions in one WRC rally for the first time for eight years Solberg is the third world rally champion set to drive at the 2018 Rally Spain, where he will line up against reigning champion Sébastien Ogier and the returning Sébastien Loeb. As such, the last three men to win the title will all compete in Spain – albeit in different classes. The last time three world champions raced at the same event was the 2010 Rally Finland (Loeb, Solberg, Kankkunen).

Solberg and Volkswagen in the WRX – an extremely successful combination

After switching from WRC to WRX, the 43-year-old won the Drivers’ title in both 2014 and 2015. Volkswagen Motorsport and Solberg’s PSRX team announced a partnership at the start of 2017. This has proven to be a winning combination: the team took the Team title and was behind the world champion, Johan Kristoffersson (S), in its very first year. Volkswagen is responsible for the development and technical preparation of the two Polo R Supercars, while PSRX Volkswagen Sweden looks after the logistics, on-site running of the car, and the marketing side of things. Solberg remains the only driver to have won the Drivers’ title in two different FIA world championships.

 

Eastern clubs have a point to prove in ISL 5

Head coaches Eelco
Schattorie of NorthEast United FC (L) , Stephen
Coppell of ATK (C) and Cesar
Ferrando of Jamshedpur FC (R) during the Hero Indian Super League ( ISL ) media day held at the Novotel hotel in Kolkata on the 20th September 2018
Photo by: Tamal Das / ISL / SPORTZPICS

Kolkata, 22 Sept 2018: If there is passion in the South and method in the West, the Eastern region has undeniable history when it comes to Indian football. Bengal, for instance, has been a powerhouse for a long time now while the northeast has been the hotbed of providing a continuous supply of talents in Indian football. The history of Tata Football Academy from Jamshedpur needs no reminding.

While the region is rich historically, the last Hero Indian Super League season unfortunately was not as fruitful for the three Eastern clubs competing in the League as the fans would have wanted to, none making to the Playoffs. As the ISL 2018-19 draws closer, this time they will have plenty to prove.

All three clubs – ATK, NorthEast United FC and Jamshedpur FC — are embracing a change of guard and change of philosophy in the hope that it sparks a revival in fortunes.

ATK are shaping to be title contenders again. With a star-studded but entirely revamped foreign contingent which has the likes of Manuel Lanzarote, Andre Bikey, Kalu Uche and Everton Santos, ATK coach Steve Coppell will be expected to steady the rocking ship and bring success to the club.

Last season, Coppell was with Jamshedpur FC who made their debut in the ISL. They were only one match away from playoff before surrendering their spot to FC Goa in the concluding league clash.

Whereas, Jamshedpur have now embraced a Spanish philosophy. They have signed former Atletico Madrid coach Cesar Ferrando and has a sizeable Spanish core in Mario Arques, Pablo Morgado, Tiri, Carlos Calvo and Sergio Cidoncha.

It is an approach that worked for ATK in the first three seasons and Jamshedpur FC will be looking to reap the same benefits this time around.

“The Indian players want to learn that is a very good quality. They have to work hard and understand the game. Also, I signed three new Spanish players to bring in the style we want to play this time. They all are very good players. All the players must work together. The Indian players and the international ones together can win us matches,” said Ferrando while interacting with media here in Kolkata.

NorthEast United started last season under Portuguese tactician Joao de Deus but were forced to part ways after the club’s lacklustre start. Former Chelsea man Avram Grant came in to bring a semblance of respectability, even though they still ended up last.

Dutchman Eelco Schattorie, who assisted Grant, has now been promoted as head coach. Schattorie has prior experience coaching in India having taken charge of clubs like United SC and East Bengal.

They have also revamped their foreign contingent entirely with former Paris Saint Germain striker Bartholomew Ogbeche the star capture. The Highlanders will count on Schattorie’s experience to lead a competitive squad to their first-ever play-offs.

“The challenge is that there is huge pressure on me. There are 10 teams fighting for the same goal. But everything is possible in football,” said Schattorie.

The Eastern clubs have certainly left nothing to chance. ATK, Jamshedpur FC and NorthEast United will hope their efforts come to fruition.

 

We will be putting smiles on our fans faces: Tim Cahill

Tim Cahill and Subrata Paul with Head Coach Cesar Ferrando of JFC during the Hero Indian Super League ( ISL ) media day held at the Novotel hotel in Kolkata on the 20th September 2018
Photo by: Saikat Das / ISL / SPORTZPICS

Tim Cahill is a name synonymous with aficionados of the Premier League, given his illustrious eight-year-long stint at Everton FC.

The Australian forward has since played in a variety of league including the Major League Soccer (MLS) in USA, Chinese Super League (CSL) in China, the A-League and now is set to dazzle in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL).

“I have travelled and played world over, but truly it was amazing to experience the welcome in Jamshedpur. The drums, culture, people of the city… for me it gave great motivation and I am very proud to be here in the Indian Super League and to be part of the city of Jamshedpur,” Tim revealed during the ISL Media Day in Kolkata today.

“Jamshedpur has no distraction unlike we see in the bigger cities. No traffic blockage, we have great training facilities, apartments, gym, swimming pool everything is available within the complex… so yah, its good for the players.”

When asked about his role in Jamshedpur FC, the World Cupper said, “For me and for a player like Subrata Paul who has the international experience, we would want to help the youngsters in the team. We have three players, Gaurav Mukhi, Mobashir Rahman and Vishal Das who graduated from the Tata Football Aacademy and have been promoted from the reserve side this season to the first team. I especially have taken these three youngsters under my wing. I have been watching their diet, gym, training, sleeping hours, everything to make them better players.

“We all are equal in the team. Leadership is about respect, it’s about making everyone equal in the team. We focus heavily on discipline and respect. We focus on good work ethics and to help each other. With these ingredients, my experience, the coaching staff and also with Subrata Paul – we bring this together because we need to help grow Indian football, our local talent and do more in the community. This is the most important thing. We will be putting smiles on our fans faces.”

Tim admitted that he rejected offers from various clubs from other parts of Asia before deciding to come to India.

“During and after the 2018 World Cup, I was approached by many agents. I had offers from the Middle East and Asian teams. But for me,the biggest thing was to understand the team and the league,” said the all-time top-scorer of the Australian national team.

 

FC Goa unveil new look for Hero ISL 2018-19 season

Mumbai, 22nd September 2018: FC Goa today launched their official new home kit for the Hero ISL 2018-19 season at an event held at Bambolim Athletic Stadium. This year the Gaurs will don an orange coloured kit having worn blue in the first four editions of the tournament.

The jersey features a contrast of bright orange and white with orange stripes down the middle, and FC Goa’s trademark blue sleeve and collar trims. The orange symbolizes the Gaurs’ fire and focus to win the ISL trophy. It also symbolizes their indomitable team spirit and an attitude of always rising to the occasion. The jersey pays homage to the Gaurs’ annual campaign #NowWeRise.

The jersey launch saw players Mandaar, Coro, Jahouh and Sana take the stage to unveil the new jersey amongst much cheering from FC Goa’s unrivalled fan base. The players spoke about their excitement around the new jersey and how they are looking forward to a fantastic season.

Speaking about the new look said Sana, “The new jersey looks great. It has a powerful and aggressive look to it and I’m looking forward to donning it in the coming season”. Mandaar echoed his thoughts. “The jersey looks completely different from the earlier ones. Love the new look”.

The jersey reveal was followed by FC Goa’s first pre-season friendly against Kolkata Giants Quess East Bengal.

 

Third Round delivers competitive Series

– India, South Africa and the West Indies are within two points of each other while Sri Lanka won their first two points
– West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor: “Having lost the first game, we had to go back to the drawing board because we know South Africa have evolved and they have been playing well over the last few years”
– South Africa captain Dane van Niekerk: “We did not take the opportunity to go up the ladder. We need to find ways to win ODI series and a draw is not great but probably better than a loss”
– Sri Lanka captain Chamari Athapaththu: “Between the two teams, we did not see much of a difference. We won the third game and lost the second game very narrowly”
– India captain Mithali Raj: “We won the series but would have ideally liked a 3-0 score-line to garner maximum points since we had not lost to them in an ODI for five years”

The latest two series in the third round of the ICC Women’s Championship delivered closely fought games and propelled West Indies out of the bottom half of the table as the teams test their competitive edge with the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2018 less than 50 days away.

Reigning World T20 champions West Indies drew their three-match series at home to South Africa 1-1 while India defeated Sri Lanka 2-1 in an away series of the eight-team tournament, which sees sides compete for four direct qualifying spots in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2021 in New Zealand.

The results mean the West Indies have moved up one place to fourth position on the points table led by New Zealand. The defending ICC Women’s World Twenty20 champions are on nine points while South Africa are not far behind with seven points and in seventh position. India are in sixth position with eight points while Sri Lanka have drawn their first two points with a victory in the last match of the series. All four teams have played nine matches each so far.

The West Indies lost the series opener by 40 runs but after the second match was a no-result due to rain, came back strongly to win the third match by a huge margin of 117 runs. Opener Hayley Matthews notched a fine 117 with 17 fours while all-rounder Deandra Dottin followed up a brisk 44-ball 59 with four for 36.

The West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor was expecting more points from the series and South Africa captain Dane van Niekerk, who came up with some fine efforts during the series, too saw it as a lost opportunity in terms of tournament points.

West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor: “I am not 100 per cent satisfied with the outcome of the series. Having lost the first game, we had to go back to the drawing board because we know South Africa have evolved and they have been playing well over the last few years.

“So, losing that first game was a wake-up call for us and that we needed get things going and get back to the game we know we can play. In the second game, I thought we did well to restrict them and I believe that if that game had played until the end, it would have been good. Today, we just played brilliantly.

“We still have way more to go. We still need to improve on our 50-over game. We still need to get consistent where that is concerned. We have the players to do it, but we must work on being far more consistent.”

South Africa captain Dane van Niekerk: “I’m quite disappointed. The way we started the ODI series, especially the second game, we did very well, given the conditions. But you have to give credit to them, the West Indies played very well in the final match and we have to go back to the drawing board.

“We did not take the opportunity to go up the ladder. We need to find ways to win ODI series and a draw is not great but probably better than a loss.”

“I’ve to commend the bowlers, they have been pretty good on the flat surfaces. I was really excited with the batters at the start of the tournament but looks like we lacked a bit of steam. I would like everyone in the top six to chip in and one of them to go big. There are lots of positives, we just need to learn to win games of cricket.

“Kudos to them. They were brilliant today (in the final match). They outplayed us in all facets – they bowled better, batted better, even fielded better.”

In Sri Lanka, India’s 10-match victory run against the home side was brought to an end in the final encounter of the series by captain Chamari Athapaththu’s match-winning century. The hard-hitting batter, whose amazing 178 not out against Australia in last year’s World Cup is acclaimed as one of the great all time knocks in the women’s game, eclipsed a century by rival captain Mithali Raj earlier in the day.

Raj had scored 125 not out, but Athapaththu’s 115 helped the side make it with just one ball to spare. The second match of the series too was close as India won by seven runs after notching an impressive nine-wicket victory in the opener.

Sri Lanka captain Chamari Athapaththu: “We’re a bit disappointed that we did not win the series, despite coming very closer in the second game, However, we are taking a lot of confidence out of this series, since, there is clear indication of a turnaround of our team’s performances, especially under our new coach Mr. Harsha De Silva.

“Between the two teams, we did not see much of a difference. We won the third game and lost the second game very narrowly.

“We are looking forward to do well in the T20 series, and then move on and further capitalize on what we have achieved in this ODI series, against a very strong Indian team. We had some good outcomes – we are once again working as a team, every individual has started to understand their role and our confidence levels have gone up.”

India captain Mithali Raj: “We won the series but would have ideally liked a 3-0 score-line to garner maximum points since we had not lost to them in an ODI for five years.

“I thought we were close to doing that but Chamari produced a fine innings to take the final game away from us. It was a competitive match to cap the series and could have gone either way.

“Smriti (Mandhana), Jhulan (Goswami), Taniya (Bhatia), Mansi (Joshi) and I came up with some good performances during the series and we hope to build on our efforts as we aim to move up on the points table. The ICC Women’s Championship tests the depth of teams over a long run and the challenge is to be at your best all the time.”

Meanwhile, Raj has moved up three places in the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings to fourth position among batters after scoring 177 runs in the series. Other batters to advance after the rankings update include Athapaththu (up 11 places to 10th), van Niekerk (up three places to 12th) and Dottin (up three places to 21st).

South Africa fast bowler Marizanne Kapp has gained one slot to reach third position, India’s experienced new-ball bowler Goswami has moved up one place to fifth position, Taylor has moved up one place to eighth position while Sri Lanka off-spinner Shashikala Siriwardene has advanced three places to reach ninth position.

Scores in brief:

Sri Lanka v India:

1st ODI in Galle, 11 September

India won by nine wickets

Sri Lanka 98 all out in 35.1 overs (Chamari Athapaththu 33; Mansi Joshi 3-16, Jhulan Goswami 2-13, Poonam Yadav 2-13)

India 100-1 in 19.5 overs (Smriti Mandhana 73 not out)

2nd ODI in Galle, 13 September

India won by seven runs

India 219 all out in 50 overs (Taniya Bhatia 68, Mithali Raj 52, Dayalan Hemalatha 35; Chamari Athapaththu 3-42, Sripali Weerakkody 2-36, Udeshika Prabhodani 2-45)

Sri Lanka 212 all out in 48.1 overs (Chamari Athapaththu 57, Shashikala Siriwardene 49; Nilakshi de Silva 31; Rajeshwari Gayakwad 2-37, Mansi Joshi 2-49)

3rd ODI in Katunayake, 16 September

Sri Lanka won by three wickets

India 253-5 in 50 overs (Mithali Raj 125, Smriti Mandhana 51, Deepti Sharma 38)

Sri Lanka 257-7 in 49.5 overs (Chamari Athapaththu 115, Hasini Perera 45; Jhulan Goswami 2-39, Mansi Joshi 2-43).

West Indies v South Africa:

1st ODI in Bridgetown, 16 September

South Africa won by 40 runs

South Africa 201-9 in 40 overs (Sune Luus 58, Dane van Niekerk 46 not out, Laura Wolvaardt 45; Staphanie Taylor 3-37, Deandra Dottin 2-36).

West Indies 161 all out in 46 overs (Shemaine Campbell 46, Marizanne Kapp 3-14, Zinte Mali 2-11, Tumi Sekhukhune 2-28).

2nd ODI in Bridgetown, 19 September

No result

South Africa 177-8 in 38 overs (Dane van Niekerk 53, Chloe Tryon 37; Deandra Dottin 3-29).

3rd ODI in Bridgetown, 22 September

West Indies won by 115 runs

West Indies 292 for five in 50 overs (Hayley Matthews 117, Deandra Dottin 59; Marizanne Kapp 4-55)

South Africa 177 all out in 42.3 overs (Dane van Niekerk 77, Laura Wolvaardt 54; Deandra Dottin 4-36).

MRF Tyres ICC Women’s Team Rankings (as of 23 September, after the Sri Lanka-India and West Indies-South Africa ICC Women’s Championship series)

Rank   Team             Points

1.     Australia           132

2.     England            126

3.     New Zealand    120

4.     India                  111

5.     West Indies        98

6.     South Africa       95

7.     Pakistan             74

8.     Sri Lanka            63

9.     Bangladesh        43

10.  Ireland                26

(Developed by David Kendix)

MRF Tyres ICC Women’s Player Rankings (as of 23 September, after the Sri Lanka-India and West Indies-South Africa ICC Women’s Championship series)

BATTING (top 20)

Rank    (+/-)       Player             Team   Points  Avge   Highest Rating

   1        ( – )       Ellyse Perry      Aus      744      51.83   758 v Ind at Vadodara 2018

   2        (+1)      Meg Lanning     Aus      684      53.00    834 v NZ at Bay Oval 2016

   3        (+4)      Mithali Raj         Ind       674      51.17    839 v Aus at Baroda Vadodar 2004

   4        ( – )       S. Mandhana    Ind       672      39.07    692 v SL at Galle 2018

   5        ( – )       Nicole Bolton     Aus      666      46.22    687 v Ind at Vadodara 2018

   6        (-4)       Lizelle Lee        SA        659      33.69    752 v Eng at Hove 2018

   7        (-1)       T. Beaumont     Eng      657!     41.53    657 v NZ at Leicester 2018

   8        (-1)       Suzie Bates      NZ        656      43.76    775 v Aus at Bay Oval 2016

   9        ( – )       Stafanie Taylor  Win      632      43.69    765 v Ind at St Kitts (WP) 2012

  10       (+11)    C. Athapaththu  SL        628!     31.45    628 v Ind at Katunayake 2018

  11       (-1)       Sophie Devine   NZ        619!     32.19    619 v Eng at Leicester 2018

  12       (+3)      D. van Niekerk  SA        601!     35.38    601 v Win at Bridgetown 2018

  13       (-2)       Heather Knight  Eng      596      36.42    620 v NZ at Headingley 2018

  14       (-2)       A.Satterthwaite NZ        593      37.36    756 v Aus at Bay Oval 2017

  15       (-1)       Natalie Sciver    Eng      588      38.00    642 v NZ at Derby 2017

  16       ( – )       L. Wolvaardt     SA        574*    45.77    580 v Win at Bridgetown 2018

  17       (-4)       H. Kaur             Ind       558      34.68    679 v SA at Bangalore 2014

  18=     ( – )       Alyssa Healy     Aus      555!     22.43    555 v Ind at Vadodara 2018

            (-1)       Deepti Sharma  Ind       555*    42.66    560 v SL at Galle 2018

  20       ( – )       Sarah Taylor     Eng      541      40.25    803 v Aus at Chelmsford 2009

BOWLING (top 20)

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team   Points  Avge    Eco.    Highest Rating

   1        ( – )       Jess Jonassen  Aus      676!     23.19    4.18     676 v Ind at Vadodara 2018

   2        ( – )       Megan Schutt   Aus      667      24.21    4.41     671 v Ind at Vadodara 2018

   3        (+1)      M. Kapp            SA        643      23.86    3.66     689 v Ind at Potchefstroom (N 2017

   4        (+1)      Sana Mir           Pak      620!     25.72    3.70     620 v SL at Dambulla 2018

   5        (+1)      J. Goswami       Ind       609      21.60    3.24     796 v Eng at Chennai 2007

   6        (-3)       Shibnam Ismail SA        603      20.26    3.62     648 v Eng at Worcester 2018

   7        (+1)      Katherine Brunt Eng      592      23.58    3.48     796 v Ind at Mumbai 2013

   8        (+1)      Stafanie Taylor  Win      573      19.56    3.26     768 v NZ at Kingston 2013

   9        (+1)      Ellyse Perry      Aus      567      25.61    4.41     698 v Ind at Mumbai 2012

  10       (-3)       A. Khaka           SA        562      28.00    4.13     620 v Eng at Worcester 2018

  11       ( – )       D. van Niekerk  SA        551      19.38    3.53     602 v Ban at Potchefstroom 2018

  12       ( – )       Anya Shrubsole Eng      544      27.57    4.27     595 v Aus at New South Wales 2017

  13       ( – )       Poonam Yadav Ind       542*!   21.15    3.77     542 v SL at Katunayake 2018

  14       ( – )       Deepti Sharma  Ind       540*    26.89    3.81     553 v SL at Galle 2018

  15       (+1)      Leigh Kasperek NZ        517*!   16.38    3.68     517 v Eng at Leicester 2018

  16       (+2)      R. Gayakwad    Ind       509*    16.72    3.37     540 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2017

  17       (+3)      Amelia Kerr       NZ        500*    20.58   4.04     516 v Eng at Headingley 2018

  18       (-1)       Shikha Pandey  Ind       498*    21.43   4.00     566 v Aus at Derby 2017

  19       (-4)       A. Mohammed  Win      495      19.63   3.37     704 v Aus at Sydney 2014

  20       (+1)      Danielle Hazell  Eng      490      28.96   3.92     553 v Ind at Nagpur 2018

ALL-ROUNDERS (top five)

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team   Points Highest Rating

1          ( – )       Ellyse Perry      Aus      421      446 v NZ at Bay Oval 2016

   2        ( – )       S. Taylor           Win      362      559 v NZ at Kingston 2013

   3        ( – )       D. van Niekerk  SA        331      333 v Win at Bridgetown 2018

   4        ( – )       Deepti Sharma  Ind       299*/*  304 v SL at Galle 2018

   5        ( – )       Sana Mir           Pak      251      252 v SL at Dambulla 2018

 

Karnataka men crowned champions of 3rd Hockey India 5-a-side

– Hockey Karnataka beat Hockey Haryana 4-3 in the Final Match to secure the title
– Hockey Maharashtra beat Hockey Odisha 5-4 to secure the Bronze Medal

Bengaluru, 23 September 2018: Hosts Hockey Karnataka produced a fantastic display in the Final match of the 3rd Hockey India 5-a-side Senior National Championship 2018 (Men) here today to defeat Hockey Haryana 4-3 and become the Champions of the competition for the second year running.

The Final match of the competition saw Hockey Karnataka take a two-goal lead after nine minutes, but Hockey Haryana did not back down and scored twice in the second period to make the scores 2-2. Two goals in the last four minutes by the hosts saw them secure an emphatic 4-3 win as Hockey Haryana only managed to score one goal. All four of Hockey Karnataka’s goals were scored by Mohammed Raheel Mouseen in the 9th, 9th, 17th and 20th minutes while Gagandeep Singh (10′), Manpreet (12′) and Bharat (18′) scored the goals for Hockey Haryana.

The Bronze Medal match saw Hockey Maharashtra defeat Hockey Odisha 5-4 to complete a double Bronze Medal finish at this year’s competition as their Women’s team also finished third in the 3rd Hockey India 5-a-side Senior National Championship 2018 (Women). It was Hockey Odisha who twice took the lead inside the opening five minutes, but Hockey Maharashtra scored four goals in ten minutes to stamp their authority on the match and eventually prevail as the victors. Goals for Hockey Maharashtra were scored by Sayyad Niyaz Rahim (2′, 17′), skipper Tyron Pereira (8′, 10′) and Ulsan Mundu (8′) while Tikei Kujur (1′, 18′), Teophil Kujur (5′) and Prakash Barla (20′) scored for Hockey Odisha in an entertaining match.

Earlier in the day, Mohd Raheel Mouseen starred for Hockey Karnataka in their splendid 11-3 Semi Final victory against Hockey Odisha. Local boy Mohd Raheel Mouseen (2′,4′,7′,12′) scored four goals while his compatriots Abharan Sudev (6′,16′) and Prutvi Raj (11′, 13′) scored twice for Hockey Karnataka and Likith MB (9′), KT Cariappa (10′), Muthanna VT (17′) also scored in the home team’s fine win. For Hockey Odisha, Tikei Kujur (3′), Ahis Topno (18′) and Nilam Sanjeep Xess (19′) scored a goal each.

The second Semi-Final saw Hockey Haryana beat Hockey Maharashtra 5-0 with Pardeep Mor (8′), Jagwant Singh (10′), Bharat (13′), Manpreet (15′) and Gagandeep Singh (20′) scoring in their one-sided win.

 

India wins six gold medals in  Track Asia Cup 2018

Track Asia Cup 2018 saw its curtain falling on Sunday, 23rd September here at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium Complex Velodrome. The last & final day of the Track Asia Cup turned out to be a spectacular performance from the host team.

India won the top spot by bagging 6 gold medals, 5 silver and 2 bronze. The Indonesian team secured the second place with 4 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze while Hong Kong came third by winning 4 gold and 2 bronze. The closing ceremony of the magnificent event was privileged by the presence of Mr. Rajeev Mehta, General Secretary of Indian Olympic Association.

The first final of the day was Men Junior 200 Mts. Sprint. India’s prominent cyclist Esow Alben grabbed the gold in a tough fight with Kazakhstan’s Dimitry Rezanov. Esow who hails from Andaman and Nicobar Islands has a plethora of accomplishments already and his performance was something that the cycling enthusiasts have been looking forward to. While Esow secured first place with a timing of 10.500 s, Kazakhstan’s Dimitry Rezanov (10.863 s) and India’s Jemsh Singh (11.132 s) won silver and bronze medals respectively.

Esow told after the event,”It was a tough fight with Kazakhstan’s rider but I was confident that I can defeat him and I put my all energy in last 50m to grab the Gold.”

Indian team saw its second gold of the day in the Women Junior 200 Mts. Sprint. Mayuri Lute from Maharashtra clocked 12.263s to grab the Gold while Thailand’s Kanyaral Hnokacw won silver by clocking 12.871s. Alyona Abramchok from the Kazakhstan team got bronze. This was Mayuri’s second Gold medal for her and for the country. Indian team won Gold in both Junior Men and Women sprint.

In the Women Elite Keirin final, India’s Sonali Chanu missed the bronze medal by a whisker. Hoi Yan Jessica from Hong Kong, Crismonita Dwiputri from Indonesia and Fatchah Mnstapa from Malaysia won the first three places respectively. Deborah finished 6th in this event.

Similarly in Men Elite Keirin final, India missed all the medals, coming 4th and 5th in the event. But SAINCA’s Amarjeet Singh Negi could manage to bag the bronze in this event. Cyclists from Kazakhstan and Indonesia secured the first and second places.

The Men Elite 25 kms Points Race final was another enthralling event in which Hong Kong’s Ka Yu Leung grabbed the gold medal. Thailand’s Thurakit Boonratanathanakorn missed the gold for just one point. Ryan James from Netherlands won the bronze and third medal of the event for him.

The Indian track coach Mr. R K Sharma said that he is satisfied with the overall quality of the performance by Indian team in the Cup. When asked about the future of Indian Cycling, he pointed out– “It is a tough journey forward as China and Korea are stronger teams in the Asian region and the quality of European Cycling is unmatchable.”

 

 

Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai Golfers Qualify for World Amateur Golfers Championship in Malaysia

Bengaluru, September 23, 2018: Two golfers from Bengaluru and one each from Delhi, Mumbai earned the rights to represent the tricolor at the World Amateur Golfers Championship (WAGC) in Johor Baru, Malaysia, in end October, as the 10thSara Futura Karnataka Golf Festival (KGF) concluded at the Karnataka Golf Association (KGA) course on Sunday. The annual marquee event, celebrating a decade of success this year, is supported by Karnataka tourism and is South India’s largest participative amateur golf championship.

Over 500 golfers participated at the KGF this year with more than 100 outstation golfers from 16 cities and towns of India. Among the star names that participated in the tournament include former sprint queen Ashwini Nachappa, India cricketer Karun Nair, former India cricketers Ajit Agarkar, Subramaniam Badrinath and Sujith Somasunder, television actor Akul Balaji and popular sports commentator Charu Sharma.

On the concluding Sunday of the four-day 10thSara Futura KGF, Haresh Patel won the 21-24 handicap category with a gross score of 39, while Nandan Hebliker (16-20, 39 points), K Anil Kumar (11-15, 36 points), Hritik Gandhi (6-10, 43 points) and Deep Karan Singh (0-5, 33 points) emerged as the day’s winners in the other four categories.

However only Mumbaikar Haresh Patel, Nandan Hebliker, K Anil Kumar and Delhi’s Hritik Gandhi made the cut to represent India at the Malaysia WAGC as they were the best net scores in their handicaps over four days. Bengaluru’s Mukesh Jumburao Madhav who had won the 0-5 category on Saturday grabbed the fifth qualification spot for the WAGC.

 

Shubhankar Sharma and Anirban Lahiri to represent India at the World Cup of Golf 

New Delhi, September 20, 2018: India will be represented by Shubhankar Sharma and Anirban Lahiri at this year’s World Cup of Golf slated to be held at The Metropolitan Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia, from November 21 to 25.

The ISPS Handa Melbourne World Cup of Golf will feature two-man teams from the top 28 nations based on the Official World Golf Ranking. The 59th edition of the event will see the 56-player field vie for the US$ 7 million prize money on offer. India had qualified for the event on the basis of the world rankings on September 4.

The 22-year-old Shubhankar Sharma, India’s highest ranked golfer at 107, committed for the event and thus became one of the first 28 players to be named by tournament officials on September 14. Shubhankar, who enjoyed great success on the European Tour this season courtesy two wins, will be making his debut at the prestigious event.

Sharma, also the current Asian Tour Order of Merit leader, has picked 31-year-old PGA Tour regular Anirban Lahiri as his partner for the World Cup.

Lahiri, currently the second-highest ranked Indian in the world at 110, will be making his second appearance at the event. Anirban, a two-time European Tour winner and a former Asia No. 1, had last played the World Cup in 2013 when he partnered Gaganjeet Bhullar. Lahiri has enjoyed a decent season on the PGA Tour thanks to four top-10 finishes.

An excited Shubhankar said, “It’s my privilege to represent my country in the forthcoming World Cup of Golf at Melbourne. In Anirban, I will have a great partner and senior to guide us through the grind of the event and hopefully win it for us.

“Since the start of the year, I made this event as one of my goals as it has so much history, tradition and a wonderful list of past champions,” added Shubhankar, who played all four Majors this year and also posted two top-20s on the PGA Tour.

Anirban, who has previously also taken part in other esteemed team events such as the Presidents Cup, the Olympics and the EurAsia Cup, said, “I’m very excited to be pairing up with Shubhankar. He’s a special talent and a dear friend so obviously it’s going to be a lot of fun. We both have the capability to bring back the trophy if we can play to our abilities.

“Representing the country is extremely special and a great honour. It’s the first time for me playing the World Cup as a team event so I’m really looking forward to the team competition. I feel like it brings out the best in me. Hopefully, we can have a good run in Melbourne this year.”

Mr. Uttam Singh Mundy, CEO, PGTI, said, “Shubhankar and Anirban make a formidable World Cup team for India. While Shubhankar has enjoyed great success on the international stage in 2018, Anirban has held his own on the PGA Tour with some top-notch performances this season. We look forward to seeing the Indian team bring out their best as they compete against an elite field. We wish them all the best.”

At the last edition of the World Cup in 2016, the Indian team comprising of SSP Chawrasia and Chikkarangappa S had finished tied 22nd.

India’s best performance at the World Cup of Golf came in 2005 when the pair of Arjun Atwal and Jyoti Randhawa secured a creditable ninth place finish.

 

Karnataka, Haryana and Punjab register their second consecutive victories

Bengaluru, 19 September 2018: Action in the 3rd Hockey India 5-a-side Senior National Championship 2018 (Men) continued here today into its second day which saw hosts Hockey Karnataka, Hockey Haryana and Hockey Punjab secure their second consecutive wins in the competition as Hockey Odisha and Hockey Unit of Tamil Nadu played out a 2-2 draw.

In the first Pool B match of the day, Hockey Haryana defeated Hockey Maharashtra 6-4 to register their second consecutive victory in the competition. It was Hockey Maharashtra who took a two-goal lead inside the first four minutes but Hockey Haryana made a great comeback to end the first period with scores level at 3-3. However,  Hockey Haryana produced the goods in the second period and secured a 6-4 win with Jagwant Singh (8′, 9′), Manpreet (11′, 20′), Gagandeep Singh (5′) and Bharat (12′) scoring the goals. Whereas, it was Sayyad Niyaz Rahim (4′, 15′), Taleb Shah (2′) and skipper Tyron Pereira (5′) who scored for Hockey Maharashtra.

In the other Pool B match, Hockey Odisha and Hockey Unit of Tamil Nadu played out a 2-2 draw. It was the latter who took the lead in the match as J Joshua Benedict Wesely scored in the 11th minute, but Hockey Odisha responded with two goals in the 13th and 14th minutes through Ashis Topno and Teophil Kujur respectively. But with a minute remaining on the clock, Hockey Unit of Tamil Nadu equalized through J Joshua Benedict Wesely as the match finished 2-2.

In Pool A, Hockey Punjab defeated Hockey Jharkhand 6-3 to register their second consecutive win of the competition. Hockey Punjab ended the first period with a three-goal advantage but their opponents made it tough for them in the closing stages as six goals were scored in the last four minutes of the match. Goals for Hockey Punjab were scored by Jaskaran Singh (4′, 9′, 20′) and skipper Satbir Singh (9′, 18′, 20′) while Noyel Topno (17′, 18′, 20′) scored a quick-fire hat-trick for the losing team.

In the second Pool A match, hosts Hockey Karnataka came from behind to secure an emphatic 8-4 victory over Uttar Pradesh Hockey. The victory saw Hockey Karnataka retain the top-spot in the Pool standings as they have a tally of six points from two matches, with Hockey Punjab also having a similar record. The match saw Hockey Karnataka score seven goals in the second period to come back from 1-2 down. Goals for Hockey Karnataka were scored by Mohammed Raheel Mouseen (2′, 16′, 18′), Pruthvi Raj (12′, 14′), Abharan Sudev (20′, 20′) and K T Cariappa (18′) while Ajay Yadav (9′, 12′), skipper Pal Raj Kumar (10′) and Sourabh Anand (16′) scored for Uttar Pradesh Hockey.

 

Men’s Hockey Team to focus on Hero Asian Champions Trophy

Chief Coach emphasises on erasing bitter memories at the Asian Games by defending the Hero Asian Champions Trophy in Muscat, Oman next month

Bhubaneswar, 19 September 2018: The temperature on Wednesday morning in Bhubaneswar hovered around 32 degrees but the real feel was ten degrees higher, thanks to the humid conditions. The sweltering heat, however, did not hamper the pace or deter the enthusiasm of the Indian Men’s Hockey Team Core Group who went about their morning session with zest. The team began their preparations for the Hero Asian Champions Trophy next month followed by the much-awaited Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018 here at the Kalinga Hockey Stadium on Monday.

The team, after reporting for the month-long national camp, was put through the routine Yo-Yo Test that helps analyse the fitness levels of the team members. “The weather conditions here are quite challenging. It’s humid and can be exhausting and a player can tire much faster than usual which is why we are paying more attention to recovery sessions post training,” explained Chief Coach Harendra Singh on the sidelines of the training session. “But working hard in this condition will only help us in Muscat, Oman during the Asian Champions Trophy where the weather will be similar to this,” he added.

Not wanting to delve too much into the disappointment at the Asian Games where the team settled for a Bronze Medal, Harendra said, “It is important for every player to be accountable and also be able to criticise their own mistake. As a team activity, I have asked all players to mention five instances where they thought their own individual performance was poor during the Asian Games.”

Even though the team carries bitterness of the Asian Games, they are aware that only another win can help change the scenario for the team in the road ahead to Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018. “With all top teams in Asia who were part of the Asian Games coming to Muscat next month, we need to focus on defending our title because only a win can help us forget about the SemiFinal loss at Asian Games,” he said.

The Chief Coach further emphasised that there is no need for the team to change their whole approach basis the two-and-half minutes of the match against Malaysia at the Asian Games. “We were blanked out those last two-and-a-half minutes, no doubt but there is not need to change our whole approach to the game as the team had done well through out. We paid the prize for underperforming but there were also a lot of positives in the entire tournament and it’s important to revisit India’s performance at the FIH Champions Trophy too where they did well against higher ranked teams. This will reinforce confidence in the team,” he stated.

The Indian Men’s Hockey Team Core Group will continue their training camp until October 14 when they will leave for Muscat, Oman to defend the Asian Champions Trophy title.

of India, has drawn out a Long-Term Development Programme (LTDP) to train players, provide world-class infrastructure and International exposure besides regular international competition. With its vision to popularize the game and constantly promote it, Hockey India is dedicated to getting our team into the top three in the world.

 

5-a-side Senior National Championship 2018 (Men)

Karnataka, Haryana, Odisha and Punjab win their opening matches

Bengaluru, 18 September 2018: Hosts Hockey Karnataka ensured the buoyant local crowds were thoroughly entertained watching this new-age hockey as they scored a fine 8-2 win against Hockey Jharkand at the 3rd Hockey India 5-a-side Senior National Championship 2018 (Men) which began here in Bengaluru on Tuesday. The hosts overcame an initial 1-2 setback after Noyel Topno (9′) and Sunil Xaxa (10′) of Hockey Jharkhand spoiled a good start for the home team who scored the first goal through Pradhan Somanna (4′). Backed by the home crowd, Mohammed Raheel Mouseen scored a back-to-back hat-trick of goals (12′,12′,13′) followed by Purthvi Raj who also scored a hat-trick (14′,15′, 19′) that changed the game. Raheel scored his fourth goal of the match in the 20th minute that seal the winning points for the home team.

Earlier, in a nerve-wrecking first match of the evening session, Hockey Haryana registered a narrow 3-2 win against Hockey Unit of Tamil Nadu. After ending the first half of ten minutes in a stalemate 1-1 with RT Raghuram scoring for Hockey Unit of Tamil Nadu in the 4th minute and Shivdeep scoring the equaliser for Hockey Haryana in the 5th minute, Hockey Haryana took a 2-1 lead in the 12th minute through Bharat’s goal. Though Anand Khujur of Hockey Unit of Tamil Nadu scored an equaliser in the 18th minute, Hockey Haryana came up with a strong finish as Shivdeep struck yet again in the 19th minute that saw his team through.

In the second match of the evening session, Hockey Odisha overpowered Hockey Maharashtra with a 5-3 win. Goals for the winning team were scored by Ashis Topno (5′, 10′), Nitin Mukesh Tigga (9′), Tikei Khujur (14′) and International player Nilam Sanjeep Xess (19′) while Tyron Pereira (6′, 18′), Rahim Sayyad Niyaz (15′) scored for Hockey Maharashtra.

Hockey Punjab featuring star players from the 2016 Junior World Cup winning team entertained the evening audience as they scored a splendid 9-5 win against Uttar Pradesh Hockey. Hockey Punjab were dominating through the match to keep up the lead with hat-trick of goals scored by Jaskaran Singh (1′, 9′, 20′) and Satbir Singh (8′, 12′, 20) while Gurmail Singh (5′, 14′) scored twice and dashing forward from teh 2016 Junior World Cup fame Parvinder Singh, who is making a comeback after a year-long rehab due to knee injury also scored in the 6th minute for Hockey Punjab. For Uttar Pradesh Hockey, Ajay Yadav (5′), Sourabh Anand (7′, 8′), Mohd Talib 15′) and Raj Kumar Pal (20′) scored goals.