World TT: Indian men beat Kazakhstan, women get better of Egypt to reach last 16
Chengdu, Oct 3 (Table Tennis News) The Indian men's team, led by seasoned campaigner G Sathiyan, kept its hopes alive for a knock-out stage berth, beating Kazakhstan 3-2 in a closely fought group league tie of the World Table Tennis Championship here on Monday.
For the women's team, after a heartbreaking close defeat against Germany, Sreeja Akula and company prevailed over Egypt 3-1 to qualify for the pre-quarterfinals.
The men's team now needs to beat France in the final group league match to finish on top of group 2 table.
In case the Indian team loses to France and Germany happens to beat Kazakhstan, then there will be a three-way tie between India, Germany and France.
After the high of beating Germany, Sathiyan started the new tie in earnest, making short work of Denis Zholudev in straight games. Sathiyan won 11-1, 11-9, 11-5.
However, Harmeet Desai had a poor outing against Kirill Gerassimenko to lose 6-11 8-11 9-11 in quick time.
But, young Manav Thakkar beat Alan Kurmangaliyev 12-10, 11-1, 11-8.
With 2-1 lead, Sathiyan was expected to close the tie in the fourth rubber but Kirill pipped the Indian ace 6-11, 11-5, 12-14, 11-9, 11-6 to restore parity.
However, Harmeet was in his element against Kazakhstan's weakest link Jholudev whom he beat 12-10, 11-9, 11-6.
In the women's event, the Commonwealth Games mixed doubles gold medallist Sreeja Akula won the first and fourth rubbers to clinch a place for India in the knock-out stages.
After a poor outing against Germany, Manika Batra won the second rubber while Diya Chitale ended second best against her opponent.
Sreeja beat Goda Han 11-6-11-4, 11-1 and Dina Mishref 11-8, 11-8, 9-11, 11-6 while Manika struggled past Dina 8-11, 11-6, 11-7, 2-11, 11-8 in five games to help India win the match.
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TT: Manika loses both matches as Indian women go down to Germany in World Team C'ships
Chengdu, Oct 1 (Table Tennis News) Sreeja Ajula and Diya Chitale registered impressive wins but star paddler Manika Batra lost both her fixtures as Indian women lost 2-3 to Germany in their ITTF World Team Championships opener here on Saturday. The men's team, on the other hand, blanked Uzbekistan 3-0 in its Group 2 opening clash.
Commonwealth Games medallist Batra, ranked 44 in the world, was no match to the world number eight Ying Han, who breezed past the Indian 3-0 (11-3 11-1 11-2) to giver her side a 1-0 lead.
World number 77 Sreeja then upstaged the higher-ranked Nina Mittelham 3-0 (11-9 12-10 11-7) to put India back in the contest.
The 122-ranked Diya then gave India the lead with a hard-fought 3-1 (11-9 8-11 11-6 13-11) win over Sabine Winter.
Asian Games medallist Batra made a strong start to her second match but couldn't take advantage of the winning momentum as she was handed a 1-3 (11-7 6-11 7-11 8-11) defeat by world number 14 Mittelham as the fixture was tied at 2-2.
However, the 24-year-old Sreeja too was no match to the mighty Ying, the 2016 Rio Olympics team silver medallist, as she also surrendered meekly to the German 0-3 (3-11 5-11 4-11) in the decider.
Indian women are placed third in Group 5.
Earlier, the men's team was hardly tested by its Uzbek rivals.
Harmeet Desai gave India the lead with a 3-0 (11-9 11-9 11-1) win over Elmurod Kholikov.
G Sathiyan then doubled the lead with a similar 3-0 (11-3 11-6 11-9) victory against Abdulaziz Anorboev while Manav Thakar sealed the fixture after defeating Shokhrukh Iskandar 3-0 (11-8 11-5 11-5).
The win puts India in third place in Group 2 behind Germany and France.
The Indian men will next face Germany while the women will take on Czech Republic on Sunday.
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Gujarat’s Elavenil Valarivan shoots down gold even as 9 records fall in athletics
Gandhinagar, Sep 30 (Sports News) Gujarat's ace shooter Elavenil Valarivan gave the hosts their fourth gold while Olympic silver medallist weightlifter Mirabai Chanu, path-breaking fencer Bhavani Devi and wrestler Divya Kakaran, lived up to their top billing with yellow metals in their respective events in the 36th National Games here on Friday.
The athletics arena at IIT, Gandhinagar, however, was on fire, with as many as nine Games’ records falling during the course of the action-packed day.
Munita Prajapati (Uttar Pradesh), daughter of a construction labourer, and 17-year-old Parvej Khan (Services) were the stars of the day, with Munita setting the first record of this edition in the Women’s 20km walk. She clocked a commendable 1 hour 38 minutes 20 seconds.
Parvej Khan, then, did one better, breaking the highly-rated Bahadur Prasad’s 28-year-old Games record in the men’s 1500m to the delight of the fraternity. He slashed nearly two seconds off his personal best time to win the metric mile gold in 3:40.89.
2018 Asian Games decathlon champion Swapna Barman, competing in Madhya Pradesh colours here, claimed the women’s High Jump record with a clearance of 1.83m while Praveen Chithravel (Tamil Nadu) made light of a depleted Triple Jump field to win gold with a Games record effort of 16.68m.
Damneet Singh (Punjab) in the men’s Hammer Throw and Kiran Baliyan (Uttar Pradesh) in women’s Shot Put also entered the record books. In the men’s 100m semifinals, Amlan Borgohain (Assam) also broke the National Games record, set at 10.45 seconds by Haryana’s Dharambir Singh in Thiruvananthapuram in 2015.
Amlan Borgohain, who has been in good form this season, stopped the clock at 10.28 seconds, two-hundredths of a second outside the National Record held by Amiya Kumar Mallick since 2016.
Gujarat had plenty to cheer though, with their Netball Men’s team adding a fifth medal after the Technical Committee awarded the bronze to them as well as their opponents, Delhi, following a tie in their bronze medal play-off.
Powered by Ankita Raina, Gujarat women's team continued their march into the tennis final with an easy win over Karnataka. They will start favourites in the gold medal match against Maharashtra at the Riverside Sports Complex on Saturday.
The women's tennis team also stayed on course to defend its gold medal, defeating Karnataka 2-0 in the semifinals at the Sabarmati Riverfront sports complex.
Among the favourites, Bhavani Devi (Tamil Nadu) completed a hat-trick of women's Sabre individual gold medals. Having barely slept after flying in from her training base in France and having carried the Tamil Nadu flag in the athletes’ parade yesterday, she spent a productive day at the Mahatma Mandir, asserting her primacy as India's best Sabre fencer.
Divya Kakaran (Uttar Pradesh) stopped a Haryana sweep of all six gold medals at stake on the opening of wrestling competition. She won the women's 76kg class title, beating Haryana’s Reetika in the quarterfinals and Rohini Satya Shivani (Telangana) and Rani (Himachal Pradesh) with a measure of comfort.
Haryana men and Odisha women claimed the Rugby 7s gold medals respectively with victories over Maharashtra teams. Haryana scored a golden double in Netball, their men’s team defeating Telangana 75-73 in a thriller that went to the wire and their women quelling Punjab’s challenge 53-49.
The women's Kabaddi event will see an in-form Maharashtra square-up against Himachal Pradesh in the final on Saturday.
Both sides had a varied journey in the semi-final round with Maharashtra winning at a canter against Tamil Nadu while Himachal Pradesh had more than a few tense moments against Haryana.
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Hockey World Cup: India open campaign against Spain on Jan 13
New Delhi, Sep 27 (Hockey News) Hosts India will take on lower-ranked Spain in the men's Hockey World Cup opener at the newly-built Birsa Munda International Stadium in Rourkela on the opening day on January 13.
Tokyo Olympics bronze medallists India, who are currently world No. 5 in the FIH rankings, are clubbed alongside England (6), Spain (8) and World Cup debutants Wales (16) in pool D.
India will play their second match in Rourkela, against on England on January 15, before moving to the capital city of Bhubaneswar, where they will face Wales in their final group match on January 19.
Pool A is headed up by world number one Australia, who got the bronze medal at the last World Cup in 2018. They were drawn along with 2016 Olympic champions Argentina, France and African champions South Africa.
Reigning world champions Belgium are the top seed and they were drawn in Pool B along with 2006 winners Germany, Korea and Japan. Belgium are ranked second while Germany are fourth.
Pool C will feature last edition finalists the Netherlands, ranked third in the world, along with Oceania representative New Zealand, Malaysia -- playing their ninth World Cup -- and debutants Chile.
As per the fixtures released by FIH on Tuesday, 2016 Olympic champions Argentina will take on South Africa, while world No. 1 Australia face France on the same day at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.
While India's game starts at 7pm IST, the tournament will start in Rourkella with England taking on Wales in the first game.
Reigning champions and world No. 2 Belgium, who won the title in the 2018 in Odisha, will take on South Korea in Bhubneswar.
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Mistakes cost England as they draw against Germany in six goal thriller
(Football news) The Three Lions were on the brink of victory against perennial rivals Germany before an error by Nick Pope resulted in a 3-3 result at the Wembley Stadium. Harry Maguire, who is in torrid form was responsible for a couple of errors, the first of which led to an Ilkay Gundogan converted penalty while Kai Havertz doubled the advantage in the 67th minute. However, the hosts fought back valiantly, getting two goals in the space of four minutes from Luke Shaw and Mason Mount while a Harry Kane penalty gave England a 3-2 lead in the 83rd minute. Just when a win looked all but certain, an error by Nick Pope who fumbled Serge Gnabry's shot helped Havertz tap it in from close range for his second goal of the match.
England have now failed to win six games in a row for the first time in 29 years but will take solace in the fact that they showed immense character and fighting spirit to get back into the game after being two goals down. However, it’s clear that Southgate needs to get much more from his team if they hope to win the coveted World Cup trophy in Qatar later this year. As compared to the match against Italy, England’s first half performance was a notable improvement but the side was visibly low on confidence after a string of bad results. Southgate’s side showed plenty of fragility, especially with regards to misplaced passes and poor touches, but went on to grow into the match and create chances for themselves.
However, Maguire was responsible for Germany getting the first two goals after the centre back fouled Jamal Musiala and VAR corrected referee Danny Makkelie initial assessment of the challenge, rightly awarding a penalty that was converted by Ilkay Gundogan. That wasn’t all as Maguire was caught on the ball up the field and Germany broke away with Havertz scoring from a brilliant 25 yard effort into the top right corner. England, who were already low on confidence, fought back when Reece James' cross found Shaw at the back post and the left back’s shot squeezed past Ter Stegen’s legs, which was the Three Lions’ first non penalty goal in 250 minutes. England were level just a few minutes later when Bukayo Saka found Mount who found the back of the net in the 75th minute.
With both momentum and fans on their side, England then took the lead in the 83rd minute when Jude Bellingham was fouled by Nico Schlotterbeck and Harry Kane converted the penalty, much to the delight of the 90,000 home supporters. However, the jubilation was short lived as keeper Nick Pope couldn’t keep hold of Serge Gnabry’s shot from distance and Kai Havertz was at hand to convert from close range. Despite the character that England have shown in this particular fixture, Gareth Southgate will now be under pressure to drop Harry Maguire from his starting XI after another poor performance by the 29 year old. The player is clearly low on confidence and giving him gametime is not only proving to be a liability for his team but also not helping Maguire rediscover his form. The centre back has always been a reliable option for the England national team but with the World Cup fast approaching, players who can perform on the day are more important than those who have performed in the past.
Speaking after the match, England manager Gareth Southgate said “As a group they've come together this week. It's been a tough period for them and they've grown. You are always going to be exposed to pressure, we're going to a World Cup. We played a friendly here in March where Ivory Coast went down to 10 men and it became a non-event. We learnt nothing. But this week, we've learnt a huge amount. They've had to step forward and as a group come together. It's going to benefit us in the long term. A couple of errors have cost us the goals but I'm focused on the fact we played with tremendous spirit and belief that we haven't shown in the last few games. The crowd could see that. And they rose to it. We started the game a bit tentatively and you could feel it was a night where the crowd were with us but wondering how it would play out.
“We were not aggressive enough with our pressing - against a team technically very good. We kept going backwards and weren't as positive. But we had the best chances, great counter-attack moments and should have been ahead at half-time. All the goals we conceded were avoidable. At 2-0 we were looking into a difficult moment. Players have collectively talked as a group, on their own, with us. The whole experience is one we've needed to grow as a team. You're going to have pressure in the World Cup. It's coming. Better we feel it and learn how to deal with it. The players reacted in the right way. We showed some character but also a lot of quality in chances we created throughout the game and also goals we scored. The crowd stayed with the team, even at 0-2, and that was so important for us. We score, the roof goes off, we remember what it feels like to watch a goal go in... then we have a punch on the nose at the end."
Hungary face Italy for a place in the final, England take on Germany
(Football news) A crucial clash between Hungary and Italy on Monday sees the pair battle for a place in next UEFA Nations league summer's finals. While the hosts are two points clear of the European champions at the top of League A Group 3, the Azzurri's win over England means they still have a chance to snatch first place with victory in Budapest. Hungary's record in the Nations league makes for an impressive reading, when the inaugural tournament kicked off in 2018 they started off in the third tier, but successive promotions have seen them rise to League A status and potentially a trip to the finals next year.
The ‘Mighty Magyars' are within touching distance of qualifying for next June's finals as they are making up for their failure to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar. Italy suffered a shock World Cup playoff exit to North Macedonia, but they were also comprehensively beaten in the 'Finalissima' against South American champions Argentina and in their most recent away fixture they lost 5-2 to the Germans. They have managed to win just five from their last 15 matches but there is a slim chance of redemption for a squad that is undergoing a transition before taking the road to Euro 2024. They finished third in the Nations League's previous edition as La Nazionale can yet go further and lift their second trophy in the space of two years.
Hungary possible starting lineup:
Gulacsi; Lang, Orban, At. Szalai; Fiola, Schafer, Gazdag, Kerkez; A. Nagy, Szoboszlai; Ad. Szalai
Italy possible starting lineup:
Donnarumma; Toloi, Bonucci, Bastoni; Di Lorenzo, Barella, Jorginho, Frattesi, Dimarco; Raspadori, Immobile
England and Germany will only play for pride when the two giants meet at Wembley Stadium on Monday night. The Three Lions were relegated to League B after a 1-0 defeat to Italy on Friday night, while Hansi Flick's men saw their hopes of qualifying to the finals crash and burn with a loss to Hungary. The Three Lions are winless after five games in League A Group 3 as Southgate's men have now failed to score in three successive matches for the first time since 2000, and their only goal in the tournament came through Harry Kane's penalty, which is simply unacceptable for a footballing nation of this calibre.
Defeat to Hungary marked Germany's first defeat in any competition since Euro 2020 and the visitors have surprisingly only picked up one win from their seven Nations League matches away from home, conceding at least one goal each time. Prior to Szalai’s brilliant goal, Germany's most recent loss came in the Euro 2020 when they lost 2-0 in the round of 16 to England at Wembley 15 months ago, and the two sides played out a 1-1 draw earlier in the Nations League, marking the only goal England have scored this campaign.
England possible starting lineup:
Ramsdale; Stones, Dier, Maguire; Trippier, Rice, Bellingham, Chilwell; Mount; Kane, Sterling
Germany possible starting lineup:
Ter Stegen; Hofmann, Sule, Schlotterbeck, Raum; Kimmich, Gundogan; Musiala, Muller, Sane; Havertz
WSL: Everton defeat Liverpool while Chelsea overcome Manchester City
(Football news) Everton kickstarted their Women’s Super League campaign with a fantastic 3-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield in front of a record 27,574 fans. The Reds, who had defeated reigning champions Chelsea at Prenton Park last week were left stunned when Megan Finnigan opened the scoring in the 9th minute followed by Jess Park doubling the advantage in the 33rd minute. Such was Everton’s dominance that Liverpool barely had a sniff of goal despite Megan Campbell’s dangerous long throws.
The opening goal came when Finnigan headed home from close range after the set piece was flicked on by Lucy Graham. Liverpool had their first chance after 25 minutes when Everton defender Rikke Sevecke gifted the ball to Katie Stengel deep in her own half but the 30 year old American couldn’t hit the target. The Toffees then doubled their advantage when Nathalie Bjorn released Park who rounded Laws to find the back of the net. Liverpool’s Ceri Holland had a brilliant opportunity to reduce the deficit but couldn’t find the target after Everton failed to deal with a corner. The hosts finally scored their third when debutant Giovana helped put Park on a break. The forward played through Bennison who found the back of the net.
Speaking after the match, Liverpool manager Matt Beard said “I'm not going to use that [the crowd] as an excuse. We didn't start well enough. We looked scared, the passing was too slow and movement. We took extra touches and we knew we would be under a press, we practiced that all week. We had three or four really good chances and so did they. But they were the better team at the end of the day. You can't wait until half-time to get going again. Everton defended really well but we let ourselves down in key moments: possessions, movement, little reactions. We will learn from it. We took the plaudits last week, tonight will be a massive learning curve for us. The goals came from our own turnovers and a set play but at the top level you get punished. We didn't start well tonight and we caused our own problems. We will look back and learn from it."
Everton manager Brian Sorensen said “I'm really happy. I think the girls did exactly what we've been training on. In a game like this to have the coolness and calmness to do well. Jess has been a bit sick last week. In pre-season she hasn't had the best ride so we are really lucky that she performed today and she was extraordinary. We are putting in a strategy in terms of how we want to play in a clear plan. The identity we want to show is really aggressive, our pressure was good today but we were composed. We saw the situation and we did not always have to send it long and chase it all the time. As soon as we win the ball, we can face forwards and break the line. That's what we struggled with in the last game and we were brilliant here.
"[Nathalie] Bjorn was brilliant today. It's important that our sixes control our game. They have to be on the ball so much for us to play really well. Aurora [Galli] and Bjorn played really well today. Both Gio and Benni came in with energy, that's what they can bring to the game for us. We celebrated a lot with the third goal. A lot can happen if they get a goal from a corner or a long throw-in but we really handled that well today. If we dominate on the ball, we will shut the spectators down. We did that coming into the second half. I knew they would come in with energy and do some subs. But we kept our calm and that was cool.
"That's what we have to work for. With the team we have with the offensive threat, we will score goals. But if we concede every time we will be on the back foot. It was great to keep a clean sheet, especially here. We binned last season and we're focusing on this season. Ten new players are coming in also me and the coaching staff so we don't look back and we look forwards. We are ready for Thursday against Leicester. Be ready then and then step up again and execute the game plan from the coming week. One game at a time."
In other results, reigning champions Chelsea overcame Manchester City 2-0 at Kingsmeadow Stadium with goals from Fran Kirby and a penalty by Maren Mjelde. The Blues were defeated 2-1 by Liverpool last week but bounced back effectively while City squandered a number of chances. Despite the visitors dominating the proceedings with 10 attempts at goal, it was Chelsea’s Fran Kirby who opened the scoring against the run of play in the 42nd minute. The hosts then went on to double their advantage when Leila Ouahabi was penalised for handball and the penalty was slotted into the top corner by Mjelde in the 78th minute, thereby securing the three points.
Speaking after the match, Chelsea manager Emma Hayes said “I felt we were lucky to go in 1-0 up, but sometimes you've got to do that and I thought our second half performance was what I was expecting from us, it was much more controlled, we dominated all areas. But in the first half, I thought we overplayed, we overdid it and went from underplaying a week ago to overplaying this week. We've got to find the balance, but it is the second game, I thought it looked like a second game of the season.
“If you are going to give it against Millie Bright last week, then you are going to have to do it this week. The officials kept on saying to me that certain changes that have happened this year in terms of letting certain things go, but not the penalties, then it is a penalty. "We just need to find a rhythm, we've had a cancelled game, lost last week, I thought it was resilient from the team, I still think we can create a little more for the quality that we have. But it was a good day for the team in general."
Man City boss Gareth Taylor said “I thought we had a great first half, dominated most of the game, had some good moments, and could have capitalised on a couple of those chances, some good saves obviously from Berger and she's not bad when you are taking shots from 20-25 yards. Disappointed to give the goal away, but it was full of positivity at half-time, we really got up to the ball, really engaged, and that probably took a little bit out of us for the second half. When you put a lot of energy into a game like that, naturally you are going to have a consequence of that.
"It is a handball, but the ball is going over the bar. I don't know what the rule is regardless of where it is going, but that is not a shot on target, so you can make of that what you want. They are a good team, they are good on this patch, we knew it would not be easy coming here today, but we did not make it easy for them."
Netherlands beat Belgium while Denmark outperform France
(Football news) Netherlands captain Virgil van Dijk netted a second-half winner as they defeated Belgium 1-0 to clinch top spot in their Nations League group and a place in next year's Nations League finals. Van Dijk powered home a strong header from a corner in the 73rd minute at the Amsterdam Arena on Sunday to ensure that the Dutch finished as winners in League A Group Four. The Dutch finished with 16 points, six more than Belgium who had a chance to leapfrog their neighbours and take first place, but had to win by three goals or more. Any hopes of a goal fest quickly died down as the two sides cancelled each other out in a tight tactical battle.
The winner came from a simple set piece with Van Dijk jumping higher than the 18-year-old Zeno Debast, to give Louis van Gaal his 37th victory in his third spell in charge of the national side which subsequently equalled the record for a Dutch coach held by Dick Advocaat. Belgium’s coach Roberto Martinez had to sit in the stands after being shown a red card at the end of last week's win over Wales. Belgium had a chance for a perfect start after only four minutes with Eden Hazard blazing the shot over the crossbar after being set up by Amadou Onana. Belgium might have forced a draw as a spectacular bicycle effort from substitute Dodi Lukebakio hit the crossbar with the final kick of the game.
"We wanted to win but it wasn't a great game. We could have done better but we also had to work hard against a team with a lot of quality players. But winning was the most important," Van Dijk said after the match.
Defending Nations League champions France lost 2-0 to Denmark in their final Group game but somehow salvaged their place in the top tier at the end of a dismal campaign. Didier Deschamps's side now will face the same opponents in Group D at the World Cup in November. France conceded first-half goals which were scored by Kasper Dolberg and Andreas Skov Olsen as Les Bleus finished third in their Group with five points from six games. Austria were relegated to League B after a 3-1 defeat to Croatia as they qualified for the final four with 13 points which was one point ahead of Denmark.
The world champions had several first-choice players out injured including the likes of Paul Pogba, Karim Benzema and Hugo Lloris, Deschamps will be hoping that they will recover for the tournament in Qatar. Denmark opened the scoring on the 34th minute mark when Dolberg latched on to a perfect cross from Damsgaard. Five minutes later, Skov Olsen scored a beautiful volley from just outside the box as Denmark took a 2-0 lead. France struggled to deal with the set piece threat and their opponents' pace and after the break, Kasper Schmeichel denied Mbappe at the end of a counter-attack and blocked a powerful shot from close range. France lacked defensive stability with Raphael Varane on the bench as Deschamps looked to preserve key players and give youngsters the opportunity.
"We had a lot of chances, but we were not aggressive enough and made several technical mistakes," Deschamps said. "We had a young team and they don't have the experience of a high level. Tonight was a reality check. I'm not worried about the World Cup because we'll get most of our injured players back in time. We don't, however, think we're stronger than the others and we know it's going to be a big fight."
Liverpool fans to sue UEFA after Champions League final debacle
(Football news) Lawyers have claimed that more than 1700 Liverpool fans are expected to sue European football governing body UEFA, claiming they were left injured or endured psychological trauma in the events leading up to the Champions League final. The final was held in Paris and was delayed by 35 minutes due to “security issues” which resulted in many Liverpool fans missing out on significant periods of the match after being denied entry into the stadium.
Liverpool law firm Bingham has partnered with global law company Pogust Goodhead for a lawsuit involving 1,450 clients alleging negligence on UEFA’s part over duty of care towards supporters who were harmed both physically and psychologically. The French police was allegedly heavy handed in dealing with many supporters, with tear gas being used in order to manage the crowd who wanted entry for the match.
Gerard Long from Binghams said: "As a life-long Liverpool fan, I was absolutely horrified when I heard how events unfolded at what should have been the highlight of the football season. Not only fellow fans, but my friends, family and clients who were in attendance that day have spoken of the terrifying scenes that surrounded the Stade de France before, and even after, the game."
Another law firm Leigh Day will also take action against UEFA for “failing to provide a safe and secure environment" for fans. Consumer and travel law experts Clare Campbell and Jill Paterson, who are leading Leigh Day's action, said: "It was truly shocking to see how Liverpool fans and others who had travelled to watch the Champions League final were treated both at the match and in the aftermath. The accounts of their experiences paint a picture of a terrifying situation where people really feared for their lives."
Leigh Day is currently representing approximately 400 clients and have gathered 8,500 testimonies from supporters about their experiences. Club chief executive Billy Hogan said they "suffered harrowing experiences". While UEFA has apologised to both Liverpool and Real Madrid supporters for the incidents at the Champions League final, the governing body is yet to comment on the lawsuits as things stand.
Four FC Barcelona players suffer injury on international duty
(Football news) It's the international break in football and while it is an exciting time for players as they get to represent their nations, clubs have never been keen on the period. International break always brings bad news of injuries to players which significantly affects the club. Barcelona are facing a crisis situation at the moment as in the past couple of days 4 players have injured themselves during international duty and the coming run of fixtures is possibly the most important run in Barcelona's season as it includes an El Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeu. The players who have suffered a setback are Ronald Araujo, Frenkie De Jong, Memphis Depay and Jules Kounde.
Uruguay were playing a friendly against Iran in preparation for the FIFA World Cup. Aruajo started at centre back and only lasted 40 seconds before limping off the field with an injury. Aruajo has been an integral part of the Barcelona side, starting 7 off out of 8 games this season and playing 90 minutes in 6 of them. The defender in his short career has struggled with injuries here and there. He is likely to miss 2 to 3 weeks of action due to the injury. It will be a race against time to see if can get fit before the El Clasico on 16th October. Araujo is the only defender in the Barcelona team who is best equipped to keep Vinicius Jr in control.
To make matters worse, Jules Kounde also picked up an injury in France's game against Austria. The defender who played at right centre back had to be brought off after 23 minutes. Out of all the injuries, this one looks the most serious and it could even put his participation in the World Cup in danger. Kounde and Araujo both play centre back and left back for Barcelona. Now without both of them Barcelona will be significantly weaker in defence. The Frenchman has started 5 out of the 6 games for Barcelona, playing the 90 minutes in all of them. Barcelona do have Sergi Roberto and Hector Bellerin at right back while Andreas Christensen, Gerard Pique and Eric Garcia can cover the centre back position. However Kounde and Araujo are two of their best defenders.
The match between Barcelona and Poland brought a double blow for Barcelona and thankfully it wasn't Robert Lewandowski. Netherlands started with Memphis Depay and Frenkie De Jong but both of them had to be substituted due to injuries. De Jong has injured his thigh and has left the Netherlands camp to return to Barcelona. The injury didn't appear to be serious with manager Louis Van Gal saying that the substitution was precautionary. De Jong hasn't been a regular starter for Barcelona and the international break would've been a good opportunity for him to show what he has got but it wasn't meant to be. Depay's injury on the other hand looked more serious as he injured his hamstring. His absence won't be as catastrophic as the others as Barcelona have a lot of alternatives in his position.
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Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma misses cut, Rasmus Hojgaard leads
Paris, Sep 24 (Golf News) Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma tried hard to rally back and did manage three birdies against one bogey in the second round for a 2-under 69 but still missed the cut at the Cazoo Open de France at Le Golf National.
Sharma, who started 2022 with a runner-up finish at the Rolex Series event, the Abu Dhabi Championships, has now missed 12 cuts in the last 15 starts since the Steyn City Championship in March.
He was T-2 (Abu Dhabi) and T-13 (Kenya) in two of the first three DP World Tour starts at the beginning of the year, but has since then lost form. He did make the cut in his Asian Tour appearance in Singapore in this period.
Rasmus Højgaard opened up a six-shot lead at the halfway point of the Cazoo Open de France after the gifted Dane added a six under par 65 to his stunning opening 62 at Le Golf National to reach a record 15 under total.
The 21-year-old is aiming to become the first Danish winner in the 116-year history of Continental Europe's oldest national open. He took another large step towards a fourth DP World Tour title with a domineering performance at the challenging 2018 Ryder Cup venue.
Playing alongside his compatriot and 2023 Ryder Cup Vice Captain Thomas Bjørn, Højgaard's round caught fire at the 15th with the first of three successive birdies, before picking up four shots on the back nine with just a single bogey on the fifth.
His 36-hole halfway total of 127 strokes is the tournament's lowest since becoming a Tour event in 1972 and moved him six clear of Frenchman Paul Barjon (68) moved him into outright second spot.
South Africa's George Coetzee was a shot further back on eight under after a five under 66, while Rasmus Højgaard's playing partner Antoine Rozner boosted his own hopes of a home victory with a 66 which moved him alongside Alexander Björk on seven under.
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Laver Cup: Roger Federer closes the curtains on his illustrious career
(Tennis news) A tearful Federer waved goodbye in what was his final match of his professional career. The 20 time Grand Slam champion partnered alongside Rafael Nadal but succumbed to a 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 11-9 defeat to Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe in front of a capacity crowd at the O2 in London. At the conclusion of the match, Federer and Nadal embraced in a lengthy hug before the 41 year old was given a standing ovation by the crowd.
In the on-court interview after the match, Federer said “We'll get through this somehow. Look, it has been a wonderful day. I told the guys I'm happy, I'm not sad. It feels great to be here and I enjoyed tying my shoes one more time. Everything was the last time. Funny enough with all the matches, being with the guys and having family and friends, I didn't feel the stress so much even if I felt something would go during the match. I am so glad I made it through and the match was great. I couldn't be happier.
“Of course playing with Rafa on the same team, having all the guys here, the legends, Rocket (Rod Laver), Stefan Edberg, thank you. It does feel like a celebration to me. I wanted to feel like this at the end and it is exactly what I hoped for so thank you. It has been a perfect journey and I would do it all over again. Thank you everybody. I've had so many people cheer me on and you guys here tonight mean the world. My wife has been so supportive... she could have stopped me a long, long time ago but she didn't. She kept me going and allowed me to play so thank you. She is amazing."
The match began with Federer appearing to be at his vintage best, but couldn’t maintain that level as Team World levelled the score after being 2-0 down. Unfortunately for Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe, who were forced to play villains in the match, the crowd at the O2 and arguably the world wanted the iconic duo of Federer and Nadal to win the game, but fittingly, Team USA fought hard and deservedly secured the win.
Despite Federer’s long absence due to his knee problem, the Swiss player showed excellent footwork and shot making ability, helping his team edge out the opening set by breaking Tiafoe’s serve. With a combined age of 77 and 42 Grand Slam titles between them, the tennis veterans fell back early in the second set and were dragged into an intense tie break. With the crowd chanting “Let’s go Federer, lets go”, the 41 year old served an astonishing 116 mph ace and a fantastic drop shot, but the pair still fell short of their opponents at the end.
Another slow start for Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma in Paris
Paris, Sep 23 (Golf News) Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma shot four bogeys and a double bogey to card a disappointing 3-over 74 on the opening day of the Cazoo Open de France at Le Golf National.
Sharma's bogeys and a double bogey came on on a day when Denmark’s Rasmus Højgaard stormed into a two-shot lead by equalling the course record with a nine under par opening round 62, including ten birdies.
Sharma, who had had three birdies, had opened 2022 with a superb Tied-second spot at the Abu Dhabi Championships but has missed seven cuts in the last eight starts.
Højgaard, 21, already has three DP World Tour titles to his name, but has yet to win in the 2022 season.
He birdied four of his first five holes - his only dropped shot of the day coming in between at the second hole - en route to a five under front nine of 31, and he soared into the lead courtesy of four birdies on the way home for a nine under total.
Sweden's Alexander Björk was in second place after signing for a seven under 64, while Frenchman Paul Barjon, who has forged his professional career in the USA, was a shot further back on six under.
Højgaard said, “It’s not that easy but today was very good. To be fair I didn’t feel like I was that good off the tee but I felt like my approach play today was very good, alongside a very good putter – I holed a few long putts and you have to do that to shoot nine under.
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Disappointing start for Indian golfers at Women’s Irish Open
Dromoland Castle, Sep 23 (Golf News) The Indian quartet of Vani Kapoor, Tvesa Malik, Amandreep Drall and Diksha Dagar endured a disappointing start at the KPMG Women’s Irish Open golf tournament.
Vani, who has shown sparks of good form this season, and Diksha, who indicated a return to form, shot even par 72 each and were the best among the Indians at Tied-67th.
Tvesa, who has struggled this year, was 1-over 73 in T-78, and Amandeep shot 74 and was T-93.
Vani had two birdies on 15th and 16th and she dropped a couple of shot on the second and 14th. Diksha, on the other hand, had two birdies and three bogeys on the front side of the Dromoland Castle course and she had one birdie and no bogeys on the back nine as she totalled 72.
Alexandra Swayne and Lina Boqvist fired opening rounds of 7-under 65 to sit at the top of the leader board on the first day. The duo enjoyed the better of the conditions at Dromoland Castle with sunshine all afternoon following the morning’s rainfall.
For LET rookie Swayne, who began her round on the 10th tee, her only bogey of the day came at the 12th before she rolled in four birdies. Further birdies on the second, fifth, seventh and ninth holes ensured the U.S. Virgin Islands native carded a round of seven-under-par on day one.
It was a similar story for Sweden’s Boqvist who also started on the 10th tee and rolled in five birdies on her front nine including four consecutively from 15 to 18.
The 31-year-old then dropped her only shot of the day on the second hole before making additional birdies on the third, sixth and seventh holes.
Three players are in a tie for third place on six-under-par with England’s Annabel Dimmock, Czechia’s Klara Spilkova and France’s Anne-Lise Caudal all shooting rounds of 66.
It was an interesting start to the day for Dimmock who made a double bogey on her first hole but that was soon forgotten with a pair of eagle twos on the 12th and 15th holes.
Seven players are in a tie for sixth place on five-under-par including home favourite and Solheim Cup star Leona Maguire.
The cut will applied at the end of the second round with the top 60 professionals and ties making it through to the weekend.
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Abhay Singh wins title; Sunayna Kuruvilla falters in final
Chennai, Sep 24 (Sports News) India's Abhay Singh posted an easy 11-4, 11-3, 11-4 win in 22 minutes over Egypt's Khaled Labib to win the men's title in the HCL-SRFI Indian Tour 2022 Chennai leg here on Friday.
The Indian player, seeded fourth, who had defeated the top-seed Egyptian Yassin Elshafei in the semifinals, appeared in good touch and made short work of Labib, the third-seed. It was Abhay Singh's fourth PSA title.
In the women's final, No.1 seed Kenzy Ayman had things easy against Indian star Sunayna Kuruvilla, winning 11-7, 11-2, 11-6 in 23 minutes.
The tournament saw participation of 48 players across 10 countries including Canada, Egypt, France, Japan, Russia, and Spain, apart from India.
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Spain face Switzerland while Portugal travel to Czech Republic
(Football news) Spain could potentially book their place in the final four of the 2022-23 UEFA Nations League as they welcome Switzerland to Zaragoza on Saturday. La Roja currently sit one point clear of Portugal at the top of the standings while their visitors are at risk of being relegated with a defeat. The current Spain may no longer strike fear into the hearts of teams with the same ferocity as in 2010, but Luis Enrique's side have improved leaps and bounds as they can still be considered as genuine World Cup contenders
La Roja are in Group E with Costa Rica, Japan and Germany and also have the chance to seal first place in their Nations League group this week, when they aim to go one better than last year's defeat to France in the Nations League final. Enrique's men have taken eight points from a possible 12 to get a one-point gap over second-placed Portugal. Spain have not lost since October 2018 on home soil. For Switzerland, the gap to third-placed Czech Republic is only one point, meaning that the Swiss could change their fortunes with victory in Zaragoza, but their relegation could also be sealed with defeat if Jaroslav Silhavy's Cech side beat Portugal.
Spain possible starting lineup:
Simon; Carvajal, Garcia, Torres, Alba; Gavi, Busquets, Koke; Sarabia, Morata, Torres
Switzerland possible starting lineup:
Omlin; Widmer, Akanji, Elvedi, Rodriguez; Freuler, Xhaka, Sow; Shaqiri, Seferovic, Embolo
Portugal will endeavour to keep their hopes of a UEFA Nations League finals berth as they travel to the Sinobo Stadium to meet the Czech Republic on Saturday. Fernando Santos' side are currently occupy second place in League A Group 2 which is one point less than Spain - while their hosts are in third place aiming to preserve their top-flight status. Portugal got the better of North Macedonia in the World Cup playoff as Santos's men are now preparing for battle with Uruguay, Ghana and the Korea Republic in Group H, but their Nations League fate could be sealed on Saturday.
Defeat for Portugal along with victory for Spain at home to Switzerland would see Luis Enrique's men make the finals but for Santos the main aim is to end his side's three-game winless streak away from home in all tournaments. Last time around Joao Cancelo and Goncalo Guedes were on target when the Selecao saw off their Czech opponents 2-0 three months ago, which marked Portugal's third consecutive win, having previously defeated them at the Euros. The Czech Republic have only accumulated four points from their four games to sit third in the table and in the relegation spot as it is impossible for Silhavy's side to secure an unlikely place in the finals, their main will not get relegated to league 2.
Czech Republic possible starting lineup:
Vaclik; Zima, Brabec, Jemelka; Coufal, Kral, Soucek, Zeleny; Cerny, Schick, Hlozek
Portugal possible starting lineup:
Patricio; Dalot, Dias, Pereira, Mendes; Neves, Carvalho, Fernandes; B. Silva, Ronaldo, Leao
UEFA Nations League: Kevin de Bruyne shines as Belgium defeat Wales
(Football news) A fantastic performance by Kevin de Bruyne in the first half was enough for Belgium to defeat Wales 2-1 in the UEFA Nations League. The result means that Wales now need to win against Poland in order to not get relegated from Group A4. De Bruyne gave Belgium the lead in the 10th minute with a fantastic left foot finish and then went on to assist Michy Batshuayi in the 37th minute to make it 2-0. Wales managed to reduce the deficit to one early in the second half when Kieffer Moore scored in the 50th minute but couldn’t score the equaliser despite Gareth Bale’s introduction.
After a slow opening 10 minutes, Belgium broke the deadlock from midfielder Kevin de Bruyne whose left footed first time finish at the edge of the area could not be kept out by Wales keeper Wayne Hennessey who managed to get a fingertip to it. The goal was a massive blow for Wales who failed to recover from that early setback. De Bruyne nearly doubled his tally when he struck at the base of the post with a long range effort and he was involved in Belgium’s second goal as well, setting up Batshuayi with an accurate cross who finished from close range.
Wales bounced back in the second half when Nottingham Forest forward Brennan Johnson’s cross was met with a towering header from Kieffer Moore who overpowered Belgium’s 18 year old centre-back Zeno Debast. Gareth Bale was introduced to get the equaliser as Wales almost conceded a penalty when Joe Morell appeared to have brought down Kevin de Bruyne, only for VAR to intervene and rule it as a correct challenge. Forest forward Johnson had an opportunity late in the match to get the equaliser but the 21 year old couldn't find the target.
Speaking after the match, Wales manager Rob Page said “It's a great lesson for us. We were without five players today who would make us stronger. We couldn't press high. Every time we pressed high they played through us. We changed that at half-time and dropped a little bit deeper and changed the shape. There's been lessons learnt here to take into the World Cup. I said to them in the changing room, we've asked for this. By qualifying for the World Cup, we're asking to compete against nations like Belgium, like Holland, and we've been in the games right up until the end. It speaks volumes about that group of players.
"Tactically, of course we're going to have to make tweaks and changes. They're the number two seed in the world, by the way. We've come away from home, it's 2-1 at the death and we're still creating chances. There are too many positives. I'm not going to be negative. It's one game now. If we've come from June to now where we've qualified for the World Cup and stayed in the division [League A] then that's a massive achievement for those players. We've just got to recover the lads [for Poland on Sunday]. There'll be some changes made and we'll go and put a team out to win the game. It's the final. Forget the World Cup, this is the game we want to win on Sunday."
Mbappe and Giroud find the net as France defeated Austria
(Football news) World Champions France secured a 2-0 win over Austria with goals from Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud, with the result helping Les Bleus climb in third place in Group A1 with five points in five games. France will travel to Denmark on Sunday and will be without defender Jules Kounde and goalkeeper Mike Maignan who sustained injuries while the likes of Karim Benzema, Hugo Lloris, Paul Pogba are already unavailable for selection.
Playing at the Stade de France, the hosts entered into the match against Austria with two losses and two draws. They didn’t take long to find their first opportunity with Mbappe’s effort being called offside in the second minute. Quick combination play between Antoine Griezmann and Mbappe resulted in Aurelien Tchouameni attempting to score, only for the effort to be tipped over by Austria keeper Patrick Pentz.
The last thing France needed was another injury and that is exactly what happened with defender Kounde was forced off with a muscle problem while Maignan was replaced by Alphonse Areola at halftime due to a calf pain. The Austrian defence struggled to contain Mbappe who used his pace to create opportunities for his teammates early in the second half. The 23 year old scored the opening goal of the match after defeating five defenders and coolly finishing into the back of the net.
Despite Austria’s attempts to get back into the match, it was France who struck again in the 65th minute with Olivier Giroud capitalising on an accurate cross by Antoine Griezmann to score his 49th international goal, just two behind the legendary Thierry Henry. The 35 year old was replaced by Ousmane Dembele and has now given France manager Didier Deschamps another option in their already star studded attacking lineup.
Roger Federer to play last competitive match in Laver Cup doubles
(Tennis news) 20 time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer will play the last competitive game of his career on Friday night in London at the O2. The Swiss tennis player has been struggling with a knee problem in recent times and doesn’t feel fit enough to compete in the singles category. His last competitive match resulted in a defeat by Hubert Hurkacz in last year's Wimbledon quarter-finals.
The Laver Cup will feature Team Europe taking on Team World at a three day event with six players from each side playing at least one singles match. With Federer ruling himself out of the singles match, Italian Matteo Berrettini will take the 41 year old’s place over the weekend. Speaking in a news conference, Federer said “It's an event I don't want to mess with, but I know my limitations. I asked [Europe captain] Bjorn [Borg] if I could play one doubles on Friday night, then Matteo comes in. I'm nervous, I haven't played in so long."
In what should be a fitting send off, Federer hopes to team up with rival and friend Rafael Nadal for his final match. Speaking to BBC Sport, Federer said “It is clear that the most beautiful thing would be to play doubles here with Nadal, because it has been my great rivalry. I want to play at a level that is also OK for me but also for the fans and the event. I also want to enjoy myself but at the same time I want to try my best and to soak it all in. Eurgh, it's going to be very different in the next 48-72 hours but I want to look forward to it. I signed up for it and I wanted to - when I announced it - be around.
“I wanted to not just put out the news and be a ghost, I didn't want that, I wanted to be around. At the Laver Cup I have a wonderful platform being surrounded by everybody and feeling like it's a party." Team Europe features some of the biggest names in tennis such as Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Casper Ruud, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer while Team World will feature Taylor Fritz, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Diego Schwartzman, Alex de Minaur, Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock.
Speaking about his retirement, Federer said “The last three years have been tough to say the least. I knew I was on very thin ice for the last year ever since I played Wimbledon. I tried to come back but there was a limit to what I could do. And I stopped believing in it, to be honest. Then the question becomes: how do you announce and when do you announce? This is when it becomes reality. It was OK but stressful."
Speaking about his many achievements in his career, Federer said “I don't think anybody grows up and thinks they're gonna win this much. You know, you're happy with winning a Wimbledon title, which is already crazy, or becoming number one, being the best. But then you don't think how many weeks, this is only the media and the fans talking about breaking records. Before it was just, I hope to be on tour one day. Just to make it into the top 100 is a huge deal. Coming from a small country, we don't have a base of so many players. I totally overachieved in my mind. It's been an absolute dream that I've had for so long. And I know that, and that's why I'm totally happy to step away as well."
Speaking about the future of tennis, Federer said “When I came up, we didn't expect it either. You know, we were more on a bit of a downslope after [Pete] Sampras retired. What's gonna come next, right? Well, here I came, and then came Rafa. And then there was Novak, and then Andy, all together. All of a sudden, there was this beautiful mix, we're all winning for 10 plus years, all the same tournaments, almost nobody else could win anything else. It was like a lock on the big tournaments. So I think, also for the fans, it's been a joy to watch, and I'm sure some fans will be sad I'm leaving, of course, but then again, there will always be wonderful new people. I think our tour allows for incredible storytelling so that's why I know that the game is very safe, and I'm sure it will see incredible new superstars."
England fight for survival against Italy while Germany face Hungary
(Football news) Italy and England are going to renew hostilities for their UEFA Nations League clash in League A Group 3. The Three Lions are guaranteed to miss out on a place at the Nations League final 4, while Roberto Mancini's side are also three points off Hungary in the Group. The Azzurri will be forced to watch the 2022 World Cup from home after succumbing to a 1-0 playoff defeat to North Macedonia anytime soon, as the 4 time world champions got knocked out by a nation ranked 64th in the world.
From storming to European glory at Wembley in 2021 to failing to qualify for the World Cup for the second consecutive time is quite surprising since Italy won 15 games in a row up until last summer. This year they have just four wins from their last 14 games in all tournaments. Mancini's side were torn to shreds in a 5-2 defeat to Germany in their last Nations league game which subsequently leaves them in third place in the standings.
England's 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Hungary was unsurprisingly the most shocking result, as Gareth Southgate's men were well and truly humbled at Molineux. Some English fans quickly pointed the finger of blame at the organisers for scheduling four international fixtures in quick succession after a very gruelling domestic campaign. This was England’s heaviest home defeat in 94 years and to send them to the bottom of the pile. Still without a win in the 2022-23 Nations League, the three lions mathematically cannot finish first in League A Group 3 and only have one goal to boast from their four games. Now Southgate will use these matches to test his bench strength before selecting his squad for the World Cup
Italy possible starting lineup:
Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bastoni, Bonucci, Emerson; Barella, Tonali, Jorginho; Gnonto, Immobile, Grifo
England possible starting lineup:
Ramsdale; James, Tomori, Maguire; Trippier, Rice, Bellingham, Chilwell; Sterling, Kane, Foden
Germany has the chance to move top of Group A3 of the UEFA Nations League if they beat high flyers Hungary on Friday. The visitors surprisingly lead the standings after they beat England 4-0 last time out. Hansi Flick has comfortably won all his seven World Cup qualifiers since he took over the German national team job in August 2021. The Nations League has provided a sterner test for him as gets his players ready ahead of the winter World Cup. Still unbeaten in Flick's 13 matches in charge, Germany can move top of the Group by beating Hungary.
Last time around Germany only mustered one shot on target against Marco Rossi's side as they will need to show much more invention against a well-disciplined defensive outfit. Rossi and his players will take a lot of confidence after handing England their worst home defeat last time around. Should Hungary do the unthinkable and cause another upset, they will ensure that destiny remains in their own hands and can qualify for the Nations League final.
Germany possible starting lineup:
Neuer; Kehrer, Sule, Rudiger, Raum; Kimmich, Goretzka; Hofmann, Muller, Sane; Werner
Hungary possible starting lineup:
Gulacsi; Lang, Orban, At Szalai; Nego, Schafer, Styles, Fiola; Adam, Szoboszlai; Szalai
ATKMB player Ashutosh Mehta fails dope test, banned for 2 years
New Delhi, Sep 21 (Football News) ATK Mohun Bagan's Ashutosh Mehta, who had also made one international appearance, became the first Indian Super League player to be handed a ban for doping as he has been suspended for two years by the NADA's Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel for flunking a dope test.
Mehta tested positive for morphine (narcotics) -- specified substance -- in the in-competition test conducted on February 8 during an ISL match played in Goa.
The 31-year-old player accepted provisional suspension, which was optional in his case, on June 24.
Mehta pleaded that he did not have the intention to consume narcotic substance and he wanted the benefit of substantial assistance clause.
In the his defence, he claimed that a teammate of his "allegedly administered him with opium, a source of morphine in the form of 'Kaala Daba' (literally translating to 'Black Medicine') in pretext of it being an Ayurvedic Medicine".
"...it is held that the athlete has violated Art 2.1 and 2.2 of NADA ADR 2021. Furthermore, the panel is of the view that the anti-doping violation was unintentional...," the panel headed by Chaitanya Mahajan said in the order.
"We accordingly hold that the athlete is liable for a period of ineligibility of two years." The Panel directed that Mehta be given credit of his provisional suspension. Former India goalkeeper Subrata Pual was handed a provisional suspension by the NADA in 2017 after for testing positive for a prohibited substance in an out-of-competition test conducted during a national camp but was later let off with a warning after he was able to prove that his dope violation was not intentional.
At that time, Paul was playing for an I-League club DSK Shivajians although he had played in the ISL the previous year.
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France look to get back to winning ways while Poland face Netherlands
(Football news) Having seen their hopes of consecutive UEFA Nations League titles crash, France resume League A duties with Austria. Les Bleus are facing the prospect of a devastating relegation to League B, while their visitors are sitting in third place with four points. Not even the goalscoring brilliance of Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe could prevent France going winless throughout all of June’s Nation Leagues fixtures as Didier Deschamps witnessed his side go to the bottom of the standings in their Nations League group.
France endured a five-game winless streak recently in 2021 and are now at risk of suffering three consecutive home defeats which would be concerning for the Le Blues as the calls for Zinedine Zidane to displace Deschamps in the Bleus hot seat after Qatar is increasing. Victory for Austria would officially relegate France to League B, but Ralf Rangnick's side are not safe from the drop just yet as they are also going through a winless streak in their final three Nations League games back in June. After opening the 2022-23 season with an eye-catching 3-0 success over Croatia, Austria took just one point from the next nine games and succumbed to 2-0 defeat to Denmark last time out.
France possible starting lineup:
Maignan; Pavard, Kounde, Varane, Mendy; Guendouzi, Tchouameni, Camavinga; Griezmann; Mbappe, Giroud
Austria possible starting lineup:
Lindner; Lainer, Trauner, Lienhart, Alaba; Sabitzer, Schlager, Seiwald; Baumgartner; Arnautovic, Gregoritsch
Netherlands will move one step closer to booking their place in the UEFA Nations League semi-finals as they are going to face Poland in their penultimate League A Group 4 match. While the hosts have won only four of their last 10 home matches, the Oranje are unbeaten in each of their last seven away matches. Czeslaw Michniewicz, has been in charge of the national team since January and he sees his side sitting third in the group with four points from as many matches, but with Belgium and the Netherlands already on six points their chances of finishing at the summit are extremely slim.
Netherlands are currently enjoying a 13-game unbeaten run, which dates back to June last year when they lost 2-0 to Czech Republic in the knockout phases of Euro 2020. Van Gaal and co will be confident of extending their run and booking their place in the last four of the Nations League. They are subsequently also unbeaten in their last 10 encounters against Poland, including six victories and four draws. The last defeat against Poland was back in May 1979 when they lost 2-0 away from home in a Euro qualifier.
Poland possible starting lineup:
Szczesny; Bereszynski, Bednarek, Kiwior, Reca; Krychowiak, Linetty; Frankowski, Zielinski, Zalewski; Lewandowski
Netherlands possible starting lineup:
Cillessen; De Ligt, Van Dijk, De Vrij; Dumfries, Berghuis, Koopmeiners, F. de Jong, Malacia; Gakpo, Memphis
Diksha, Tvesa and Vani all set for Women's Irish Open
Dromoland Castle (Ireland), Sep 21 (Golf News) Fresh from her third place finish at the Lacoste Ladies Open de France, India's Diksha Dagar will look to continue her good run when she tees up at the KPMG Women's Irish Open here on Thursday.
The 21-year-old from Jhajjar will be accompanied by three other Indians, Tvesa Malik, Amandeep Drall and Vani Kapoor.
Malik seems to be finding her feet somewhat after a disappointing season, Amandeep Drall too recently had a career-best T-7 finish Swiss Ladies, and Vani Kapoor also had Top-3 finish this season.
A fifth Indian, Ridhima Dilawari is second on the waiting list.
The 400,000 Euro event, which marks the return of the Ladies European Tour (LET) to Ireland after 10 years, will be held at the Dromoland Castle.
Among Indians, Diksha has been trending well. She was T-12 at the Aland 100 Ladies Open and T-25 at the Open de France. She also had Top-20 finishes at German Masters and Big Green Egg Open.
Her weekend blitz of 66-64 indicated that she is returning to the kind of form that saw her become only the second Indian to win on the Ladies European Tour in 2019 when she triumphed in South Africa.
Diksha is also keenly looking at the Hero Women's Indian Open next month, which returns to action after missing out in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.
All the Indian girls are looking at the home event with great interest as it will also have valuable points as they try to secure their cards for 2023.
The last Irish Open was held in 2012 with winning Solheim Cup captain Catriona Matthew triumphing with a one-shot victory over Suzann Pettersen. The champion from 2012 is back this year and is one of the many LET winners getting ready to participate in the 72-hole stroke play competition.
There will be 126 players teeing it up around the picturesque Dromoland Castle including Race to Costa del Sol number one and four-time LET winner Linn Grant.
Seven of the top 10 in the 2022 Race to Costa del Sol will be aiming to add more points to their total with Sweden's Johanna Gustavsson (third) and Argentina's Magdalena Simmermacher (fifth) still on the hunt for their maiden LET titles.
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Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma misses cut in Italian Open
Rome, Sep 17 (Golf News) Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma shot 1-under 70 with a superb back nine that had four birdies, but still missed the cut at the Italian Open here.
The turnaround came too late as his front nine of 3-over had damaged his chances along with 4-over 75 first round.
Rory McIlroy finished his second round minutes after the hooter was sounded off to signal the end of play on the second day due to fading light. He birdied the final 18th and took a one-shot lead over Matt Fitzpatrick at the top of the leader board. McIlroy shot 66 and was nine-under for the 36 holes.
Sharma, who is 36th on the DP World Tour rankings, has been having a disappointing run after a superb runner-up finish at the Abu Dhabi Championships in January. In his last 15 starts, he has missed 11 cuts, since his tied 13th finish in Kenya.
McIlroy made a stunning eagle, six birdies and three bogeys as he played some world-class golf at the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club.
First-round leader Fitzpatrick produced a second-round 69 which contained five straight birdies to get to eight under, having earlier returned to put the finishing touches to his first round.
Tom Lewis was alone in third on seven under after making eight birdies and two bogeys in his second-round 65.
Victor Perez was on six-under for two days, one clear of the large group containing Europe's Ryder Cup Captain Luke Donald, who himself impressed as he took a closer look at next year's host venue and several prospective team members.
Frenchman Julien Quesne had a day to remember as he made a hole-in-one at the short fourth from 187 yards with a nine iron.
Play was suspended early at 7.20 pm local time with the second round set to resume at 8 am on Saturday.
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Diksha shoots 66 with 5 straight birdies, lies T-12 in France; all 4 Indians make cut
Deauville (France), Sep 17 (Golf News) Indian golfer Diksha Dagar was on fire as she drilled in five straight birdies in a card of 5-under 66 in the second round at the Lacoste Ladies Open de France here.
Diksha was at her best, especially in the second half of her front nine. She made the turn in 6-under 29 and then had one bogey and no birdies on the back nine, as she moved to T-12 after the second round.
Diksha is seven shots behind the LET rookie professional Ines Laklalech, who took a one-shot lead into the final round as she attempts to become the first Moroccan and first North African woman to win a title on the Ladies European Tour.
Diksha, who is slowly showing signs of the form that won her a Ladies European title in South Africa in 2019, birdied the second and then had five birdies from fifth to ninth. Her only blemish of the day was a bogey on Par-3 15th.
All four Indians in the field made the 36-hole cut. Among them was Tvesa Malik, who showed a lot of patience as she negotiated the Golf Barrière course in Deauville.
She started from the 10th and had eight straight pars to start with before dropping a shot on 18th. A birdie on first brought her back to par for the day but a bogey on par-4 fourth meant she finished at 1-over 72 and was 2-under 140 for 36 holes in Tied-20th place.
Amandeep Drall, coming off a Top-10 finish last week, had two birdies against five bogeys, three of them in a row from 10th to 12th for a 3-over 74. She is now 1-over 143 for two rounds and T-36, while Vani Kapoor (73) is now 3-over 145 for two days and T-52nd. The cut fell at 3-over.
Rookie pro Ines Laklalech, 24, from Casablanca fired a second round of five-under-par 66 in windy conditions. She now has a 36-hole total of 11-under-par to sit a shot ahead of England’s Meghan MacLaren.
Defending champion Celine Boutier is two strokes further behind in third position on eight-under-par after a pair of 67s, while Denmark’s Nicole Broch Estrup lies in fourth on seven-under-par.
Elsewhere, Italian Virginia Elena Carta had the rarest of golfing birds -- an albatross -- on the par-5 second hole.
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Indian chess players Pranav Anand, Ilamparthi win titles
Mamaia (Romania), Sep 16 (Chess News) India's Pranav Anand and A R Ilamparthi emerged champions in the Open under-16 and under-14 categories respectively in the World Youth Chess Championship here on Friday.
The top-seeded Anand, who Thursday became the country's 76th Grandmaster, scored nine points from 11 rounds to emerge clear winner. He was half a point ahead of the rest of the field.
Anand's compatriot M Pranesh, who was the second seed, finished joint third with eight points along with three others.
Anand remained unbeaten through the 11 rounds and posted seven wins apart from four draws. He drew his 11th and last round game against France's Droin Augustin after scoring over Armenia's Emin Ohanyan in round 10.
Pranesh, on the other hand, recorded six wins and four draws. However, a defeat at the hands of Ohanyan in round six hurt his title chances.
Like Anand, Ilamparthi was half a point ahead of the rest of the field with 9.5 points from 11 rounds. Though he lost to Ukraine's Artem Berin in the fourth round, he won nine games and drew one to claim the top prize.
In the Open under-18 event, Sohan Kamotra took the 14th place with 7 points while S Harshad (6.5 points) had to be content with 24th place.
Among the girls, Mrittika Mallick finished fourth in the girls under-14 section with 8 points. Also, Anupam M Sreekumar and H G Pragnya secured seventh and eighth place respectively.
In the girls under-18 event, S Kanishka with 7.5 points took sixth place while Rakshitta Ravi finished eighth, also with the same number of points.
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Sharma disappoints with 75, Fitzpatrick leads with 65 in Italy
Rome, Sep 16 (Golf News) India's Shubhankar Sharma got off to a disappointing start with a card of four-over 75 in the opening round of the DS Automobiles Italian Open golf tournament here.
It was a rough day right through for the Indian as he had no less than eight bogeys, four on either side of the course at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club.
Sharma had four birdies, three on the front nine and one on the back nine.
Placed T-119, Sharma, who is 39th on the Race to Dubai standings, will need a low second round score to make the cut.
Meanwhile, US Open Champion Matt Fitzpatrick posted a late birdie run to edge clear of his Ryder Cup teammate Rory McIlroy before fading light stopped play in the opening round.
Fitzpatrick picked up shots on the second and seventh holes on his front nine and then posted three consecutive birdies on the 11th, 12th and 13th holes to move to five under par, before being forced to stop his round on the 16th tee.
He is one shot clear of a group of eight players, including McIlroy, who recovered from a one-over par opening nine to come back in 30 shots and finish with a round of 67.
McIlroy, who is making his first professional appearance in Italy, kickstarted his round with an eagle two on the third hole after holing out from 115 yards. He then picked up further shots on the fifth, eighth and ninth holes on the course, which will host the 2023 Ryder Cup in little over 12 months.
The four-time Major champion was among the morning players whose rounds were delayed by an hour due to lightning, with Malaysia's Gavin Green and Spain's Adri Arnaus also joining him in the clubhouse on four under par.
Scotland's Scott Jamieson, France's Antoine Rozner and Englishman Eddie Pepperell also carded rounds of 67 in the afternoon, with Spaniard Alvaro Quiros and Dutchman Joost Luiten also on four-under through 16 holes and 13 holes respectively.
European Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald eagled the 12th hole and is in a share of 14th place on two-under par through 14 holes before play was suspended.
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Amrit Lal's super 63 gives him second round lead at Jaipur Open
Jaipur, Sep 15 (Golf News) Chandigarh golfer Amrit Lal's sizzling seven-under 63 gave him the second round lead at the Jaipur Open here on Thursday.
The 22-year-old's two day total stood at 12-under 128 at the Rambagh Golf Club here.
The leaderboard was dominated by Chandigarh-based players as Amrit's city mates Akshay Sharma (65) and Abhijit Singh Chadha (69) were placed second and third at totals of 10-under 130 and nine-under 131 respectively at the Rs 40 lakh event.
The best-placed among the Jaipur-based golfers was professional Girraj Singh Khadka (67) in tied 18th at four-under 136. Manoviraj Shekhawat was the only amateur to make the cut as he ended round two in tied 37th at one-under 139.
The cut was declared at even-par 140. Fifty-one players made the cut including fifty professionals and one amateur.
Yuvraj Singh Sandhu of Chandigarh, the winner on the PGTI last week, missed the cut as he totalled one-over 141 after 36 holes.
Amrit (65-63) shot the day's best score to move up two spots to first position.
After being three off the lead in third position after day one, he began his second round with a bogey on the 11th but came roaring back with birdies on the 12th, 14th and 16th, courtesy a couple of long putts and an eagle on the 17th where he chipped-in.
Amrit, currently 63rd on the PGTI Order of Merit, dropped a shot on the 18th but continued the good work on the front-nine making five birdies, including three from eight to 10 feet and a lone bogey.
Akshay Sharma (65-65) moved up one spot to second position despite a poor start to the day as he bogeyed the third and fourth after missing up and downs from the bunker on both holes.
A two-time winner on the PGTI, Akshay then rallied with five birdies between the eighth and the 17th landing it within three feet on most occasions. He finally signed off with an eagle conversion from 15 feet on the 18th to head into the third round as a major contender.
Abhijit, the first round leader, slipped two spots to third place following his round of 69 that featured a lone birdie on the 16th.
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Amandeep, Tvesa, Diksha and Vani set for Open de France
Deauville (France), Sep 14 (Golf news) Fresh from a career-best finish last week, Amandeep Drall will lead a group of four Indians at the Lacoste Ladies Open de France here.
The other three Indians are Diksha Dagar, Tvesa Malik and Vani Kapoor.
Diksha has trended well but still needs a few more good results. Tvesa made the cut last week at Swiss Ladies, but is still way off her normal form.
Vani did have a fine Top-3 finish earlier but will like to be consistent ahead of her National Open, the Hero Women’s Indian Open.
Amandeep has done well to find her way up through a lot of starts on the LET Access Tour. She earned a career best finish of tied seventh in last week’s VP Bank Swiss Ladies Open.
Vani, too, played all over from Europe to South Africa and Australia and is now achieving decent results on LET.
The LET remains in Europe this week for a new chapter in the history of the Lacoste Ladies Open de France.
The 32nd edition of the tournament will be played at a new venue, on the iconic Diane Barrière course at Golf Barriere, Deauville, in the Normandy area of northwestern France.
There will be 108 of the best LET players competing, including 19 French players.
From the young amateur Constance Fouillet, aged just 14, to the experienced Anne-Lise Caudal (playing in her 18th consecutive Lacoste Ladies Open de France), they will all try to shine in front of the French audience.
French number one Celine Boutier, from Montrouge near Paris, will defend the title she won last year at Golf du Medoc in Bordeaux.
Eight of this year's tournament winners will be looking to climb the Race to Costa del Sol Rankings with another victory.
The field also includes last week's winner Liz Young, who captured her maiden win in the VP Bank Swiss Ladies Open, as well as Lee-Anne Pace (Investec SA Women’s Open), Tiia Koivisto (Jabra Ladies Open), Manon De Roey (Aramco Team Series – Bangkok Individual), Meghan MacLaren (Australian Women’s Classic – Bonville) and Jana Melichova (Tipsport Czech Ladies Open).
There are several names who did well in last year's competition, such as Kylie Henry, who finished second behind Boutier, as well as Anais Meysonnier and Magdalena Simmermacher, who tied for third.
There are also several players yet to notch their first wins, such as Johanna Gustavsson, the highest ranked player in the field on the Race to Costa del Sol.
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Vinesh Phogat wins bronze in World Wrestling C'ships
Belgrade, Sep 14 (Wrestling news) Vinesh Phogat on Wednesday became the first Indian woman wrestler to win two medals at the World Championships as she clinched a bronze in 53kg by defeating Emma Jonna Malmgren of Sweden here.
The 28-year-old Vinesh had also won a bronze in 2019 edition in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
It was a remarkable comeback for Vinesh after her opening round defeat as she beat Malmgren 8-0 in the bronze medal round.
She had made it to the bronze play-off via the repechage round after losing to Khulan Batkhuyag of Mongolia, the 2022 Asian championships silver medallist, in her first bout on Tuesday.
Vinesh, a triple Commonwealth Games champion, made it to the repechage round after Batkhuyag reached the final.
In the repechage round, Vinesh first beat Zhuldyz Eshimova of Kazakhstan in a Victory by Fall (4-0) decision and then won the next bout after injury to her opponent Leyla Gurbanova of Azerbaijan to advance to the bronze medal round.
In the women's 57kg, 2021 world bronze medalist Sarita Mor won her opening bout 4-2 against world U-23 bronze medalist Hannah Taylor of Canada. Sarita then lost to Anhelina Lysak of Poland 0-7.
Mansi Ahlawat was eliminated after her defeat to Jowita Maria Wrzesien of Poland 3-5 in the 59kg quarterfinal. The Indian was out of repechage contention also after Jowita lost in the semifinal.
In 68kg, Nisha Dahiya will fight for bronze on Thursday. She advanced to the semifinal after defeating Sofiya Georgieva of Bulgaria 11-0. But she later went down 4-5 to reigning junior world champion Ami Ishii of Japan in the semifinals.
Nisha led 2-0 and then 4-3 but her Japanese opponent overpowered her in the dying seconds.
Reetika lost 2-6 in the first round to Kendra Augustine Jocelyne Dacher of France in the 72kg contest.
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India's Karman Kaur Thandi shocks No.8 seed Packet
Chennai, Sep 12 (Tennis News) In her best result ever, India No. 2 Karman Kaur Thandi pulled off an upset 4-6 6-4 6-3 win over No. 8 seed Chloe Paquet of France in the first round of Chennai Open WTA 250 tennis tournament here on Monday.
She held her nerve in the decider against the experienced French player to record a memorable win in front of a cheering crowd in the city's first ever WTA tournament.
"This is definitely the biggest win of my career coming as it did in a 250 event," Thandi said after showing the eighth-seed the exit door.
"Even after losing the first set, I had the belief that I could turn things around the crowd support helped me a lot my opponent played extremely well," she added.
After the duo was locked in an even battle in the first few games, the Indian broke through in the seventh to nose ahead. The Indian took full advantage as Paquet appeared to lose steam in the decider. It was her first singles WTA main draw win.
The 24-year-old Thandi bounced back after losing the first set to take the second, holding serve in the 10th game despite a minor blip. She served strongly and was not afraid to go for the big shots which paid dividends against the world No. 109.
She led 5-3 before allowing the Frenchwoman to reduce the margin. The lanky Thandi then held serve in the 10th game to push the match into a third set.
The Indian, ranked 359 in the world, let Paquet off the hook in the first set despite holding the advantage. She fought valiantly even in the 10th game before dropping serve to lose the first set.
"My forehand is my strength and I wanted to make the most of it," Thandi said after producing several winners.
Canada's Eugenie Bouchard, on a comeback trail from injury, began her campaign in the tournament with a 7-5 6-2 win over Joanne Zuger of Switzerland. She was joined in the second round by compatriot and seventh-seed Rebecca Marino.
The 28-year old Bouchard roared to a 4-1 lead after losing her serve in the opening game of the match before letting her opponent back into the set. It was a set which saw the two players come up with some good shots and also numerous unforced errors.
She allowed Zuger to hit back after taking a commanding lead, committing unforced errors.
"I lost focus after taking the lead," she said after the match, adding that it was good to regain focus and win.
The Swiss player, ranked 167, bounced back after falling behind early, coming up with some impressive shots on her part. However, mistakes at crucial junctures pegged her back. The former Wimbledon finalist managed to snatch the tie-break to go a set up. She had earlier saved a set point at 5-6 with a superb backhand.
In the second set, Bouchard raised her game and won it quite easily to secure her first WTA main draw victory since March 2021.
The Canadian, who has slipped from the highs of 2014 when she won her maiden WTA title and also made the Wimbledon final, is aiming to claw her way back into the elite.
"I never thought of giving up. It (tennis) is a passion. I missed playing...I had not undergone for a surgery for 27 years but had to do so when I was 28," Bouchard said when asked if she had entertained thoughts of walking away from the sport.
Bouchard's compatriot Rebecca Marino sealed a spot in the second round when she beat Anna Blinkova 7-5, 6-2, rallying from 3-5 down in the first set. In other matches, Katarzyna Kawa of Poland eliminated Australian Astra Sharma 6-4, 6-3 and Nao Hibino of Japan thrashed Jana Fett 6-0, 6-4 in a battle of qualifiers to advance to the round of 16.
Results - Singles (1st round): Karman Kaur Thandi beat Chloe Paquet (France) 4-6.6-4.6-3,Eugenie Bouchard (Canada) beat Joanne Zuger (Switzerland) 7-6, 6-2, Katarzyna Kawa (Poland) beat Astra Sharma (Australia) 6-4, 6-3; Nao Hibino (Japan) beat Jana Fett (Croatia) 6-0, 6-4; Rebecca Marino (Canada-X7) beat Anna Blinkova (Russia) 7-5, 6-2.
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Ankita Raina, Karman Kaur Thandi drawn to face seeded players in round 1
Chennai, Sep 10 (Tennis News) India's top singles player Ankita Raina will run into fourth-seeded Tatjana Maria of Germany in the first round of the singles main draw in the Chennai Open WTA 250 tennis tournament, beginning here on Monday.
Raina got a spot in the main draw courtesy a wild card along with the country's No.2 singles player Karman Kaur Thandi, who has been drawn to meet eighth-seeded Chloe Paquet of France in round one.
The draw ceremony for the WTA tournament being held in Chennai for the first time was conducted here Saturday afternoon and saw the top-seed Alison Riske-Amritraj (USA), the world No.29, getting Anastasia Gasanova as her opponent in round one.
Second-seeded Varvara Gracheva will start her campaign against a qualifier while the third-seeded Magda Linette (Poland) opens with a match against Japan's Moyuka Uchijima.
The India No.1 Ankita, ranked No. 139 as of August 29, recently lost in the final of an ITF tournament in Britain. She faces a battle against 35-year old German Maria, a mother of two, ranked 85 on the WTA list and a semifinalist at Wimbledon in July.
Meanwhile, Thandi, ranked 365, meets Paquet, who is 111 on the rankings list and would aim for a strong performance given the gulf in the ratings.
Former Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard of Canada, who is on a comeback trail and received a wild card into the singles of the Chennai Open, will face Joanne Zuger of Switzerland in her opening match.
She is expected to be among the big draws in the tournament especially following the withdrawal of the in-form Caroline Garcia.
International tennis action returns to the city after more than five years with the WTA tournament. The event lost a couple of its top players when Frenchwoman Garcia, the world No.17, and Belgian Elise Mertens withdrew due to scheduling challenges and injury respectively.
Key first round matches: Alison Riske-Amritraj (X1) vs Anastasia Gasanova, Qiang Wang (X6, China) vs Yanina Wickmayer, Magda Linette (X3) vs Moyuka Uchijima, Rebecca Marino (X7, Canada) vs Anna Blinkova, Chloe Paquet (X8) vs Karman Kaur Thandi, Tatjana Maria (X4) vs Ankita Raina, Rebecca Peterson (X5, Sweden) vs Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva, Varvara Gracheva (X2) vs Qualifier.
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Presence of Spain will make India's pool even tougher: Hockey coach Reid
New Delhi, Sep 9 (Hockey News) Presence of ever-improving Spain in India's pool will make even the league stage of the FIH World Cup very challenging, men's hockey team chief coach Graham Reid said on Friday, adding that staying in the moment will be key to the home team's success.
World No.5 India are placed in a tough Pool D along side England (world No. 6), Spain (world No.8) and Wales in the showpiece event to be jointly hosted by Bhubaneswar and Rourkela from January 13 to 29 next year.
The Indians drew 4-4 against England and beat Wales 4-1 en route to a silver medal-winning effort in this year's Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
"The pools in the FIH Hockey World Cup and the Olympics are always difficult. Every team is there to win. We just played England and Wales in the Birmingham Commonwealth Games and the games were of the highest quality," Reid said in a Hockey India release.
"To top that off with Spain who have been improving in the last 12 months will make the first-round games very difficult.
"England are a world-class team and they are playing a very good brand of hockey at the moment. But so are we and the important part about the FIH World Cup is that we have to keep our minds in the moment and focus on each aspect of the game," he added.
Before the marquee event, India will get to play Spain in the FIH Pro League 2022-23 season at the Kalinga Stadium on October 30 and November 6.
"It always swings and roundabouts when you play games against future opponents in big tournaments. Do you try strategies that you may want to use in the World Cup or do you show nothing and miss that opportunity? They can learn as much about you as as you can learn about them," Reid said about the double-header. India failed to cross the quarterfinal hurdles in the last World Cup, which was also hosted by Bhubaneswar's Kalinga Stadium in 2018.
But this time around, Reid is hopeful of improving their past record.
"It is a very different team than it was four years ago, with different experiences and some different personnel. We are looking forward to the World Cup and playing in front of our home crowd," the Australian said.
Pool A comprises Australia, Argentina, France and South Africa, while reigning world champions Belgium, Germany, South Korea and Japan are placed in Pool B.
The Netherlands, Chile, Malaysia and New Zealand complete Pool C in the 16-team tournament.
The pool winners will advance directly to the quarterfinals, while the teams placed second and third will have to play crossover matches to progress.
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Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra scripts another history, becomes Diamond League champion
Zurich, Sep 9 (Sports News) Olympic gold medallist javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra achieved yet another historic feat as he became the first Indian to win the prestigious Diamond League Finals title here.
Chopra began with a foul but jumped to the top spot with a throw of 88.44m -- his fourth career best -- in his second attempt, and that turned out to be his winning effort. He had 88.00m, 86.11m, 87.00m and 83.60m in his next four throws.
Olympic silver medallist Jakub Vadlejch of Czech Republic finished second with a best throw of 86.94m which he registered in his fourth attempt. Julian Weber of Germany was third with a best of 83.73m.
"It was a very good competition with Jakub Vadlejch today, he threw also very nice. I expected 90m from me today. But it is OK, I have the diamond trophy and this was the most important thing for me. Also because my family is here," Neeraj said.
"First time, they are at an international competition. They came to see me as this is my last competition and we go for a holiday - France, Paris, so it will be good.
"I was injured after Eugene so I need some rest, 2-3 weeks and I start some rehab and then some training for next year." The 24-year-old Indian superstar is now the Olympic champion, World Championships silver medallist and Diamond League champion. All these he has achieved in just 13 months. He had won the Olympic gold on August 7 last year in Tokyo.
He has produced 88m-plus throw six times this season which showed his consistency. He holds the national record of 89.94m, which he achieved this season.
Chopra also ended his international season with a history-scripting performance. The Diamond League Finals can be considered as the most prestigious competition outside of Olympics and World Championships.
It was Chopra's third appearance in the Diamond League Finals. He had finished seventh and fourth respectively in 2017 and 2018.
Chopra was also awarded a Diamond Trophy, USD 30,000 prize money and a wild card for the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
He, however, has already qualified for the World Championships as his Lausanne-leg winning throw breached the 85.20m qualifying mark.
The Diamond League encompasses 32 Diamond Disciplines, following a championship style model. Athletes earn points at the 13-series meet to qualify for the final of their respective disciplines.
Chopra had made a spectacular return from a one-month injury lay-off by winning the Lausanne-leg of the Diamond League series on August 26 and qualifying for the Finals here.
He had become the first Indian to clinch a Diamond League meet title in Lausanne with his third career-best throw of 89.08m.
He had missed the Birmingham Commonwealth Games (July 28 to August 8) due to a minor groin injury he had suffered during his silver-winning performance in the World Championships in USA in July.
The six-man field in Zurich was without world champion Anderson Peters of Grenada, who is recovering from injuries after he was assaulted inside a boat in his country last month.
With Thursday's win, Chopra has beaten the 31-year-old Vadlejch for the fifth time since winning gold in Tokyo Olympic Games in August last year.
Vadlejch was sixth and fourth when Chopra finished second in Paavo Nurmi Games (June 14) and Stockholm Diamond League (June 30).
While Chopra won silver in World Championships in Eugene, Vadlejch clinched a bronze before the pair again clashed in Lausanne on August 26.
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Hosts India drawn with England, Spain and Wales in Pool D of FIH World Cup
Bhubaneswar, Sep 8 (Hockey News) India have been drawn with England, Spain and Wales in Pool D of the FIH Men's Hockey World Cup, to be held in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela in January next year.
The draw of the 16-team tournament was held here on Thursday, with four teams making up four pools. The World Cup will be held from January 13 to 29.
Hosts India -- world No. 5 -- are the highest ranked side in Pool D. They will face world No.6 England, whom they have recently met at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, two-time silver medallists Spain and Wales.
Spain are ranked eighth in the world while world No.16 Wales are playing in their maiden World Cup.
Pool A is headed up by world number one Australia, who got bronze medal at the last World Cup in 2018. They were drawn along with 2016 Olympic champions Argentina, France and African champions South Africa.
Reigning world champions Belgium are the top seed and they were drawn in Pool B along with 2006 winners Germany, Korea and Japan. Belgium are ranked second while Germany are fourth.
Pool C will feature last edition finalists the Netherlands, ranked third in the world, along with Oceania representative New Zealand, Malaysia -- playing their ninth World Cup -- and debutants Chile.
During the draw, India, Australia, Belgium and Netherlands were placed on the first row of their corresponding pools based on FIH World Rankings of June 1.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, FIH Acting President Seif Ahmed, state sports minister Tusharkanti Behera, Committee of Administrators (CoA) members S Y Quraishi and Zafar Iqbal were also present on the occasion.
“We are always very proud to welcoming the best hockey teams and players of the world for such an outstanding event," Patnaik said.
FIH Acting President Seif Ahmed said: “We can’t wait to see the best teams in the world in action in the new 'jewel' of hockey, the Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium in Rourkela, alongside the iconic Kalinga Hockey Stadium in Bhubaneswar."
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Mauro Icardi is set to join Turkish side Galatasaray on loan
(Football news) PSG striker Mauro Icardi is close to agreeing a season-long loan deal with Turkish giants Galatasaray, according to Fabrizio Romano who wrote on Twitter: “Mauro Icardi, prepared to complete his move to Galatasaray. Loan deal from Paris Saint-Germain set to be done, as just final details are being discussed. He's expected in Turkey to undergo medical tests."
Icardi joined PSG from Inter Milan in the summer of 2020 after initially arriving on a loan deal, but has failed to live up to his goal scoring expectations in France. With Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, and Neymar scoring for fun at the moment which has meant that Icardi has fallen down the pecking order at PSG. Mauro Icardi went on to score 124 goals for Inter from 2013 to 2019. If he had stayed at Inter and continued at that pace, he would have scored 188 goals for Inter by now which would have been 21 away from Inter's 2nd all-time leading scorer Alessandro Altobelli.
During the 2021-22 season, the Argentine just scored five times in 30 matches across all competitions. Overall for PSG he has registered 38 goals and 10 assists during his three-year stint at Paris. He has gone on to lift seven trophies with the club, including two Ligue 1 titles. Luis Campos and co have got rid of Icardi, Julian Draxler, Georginio Wijnaldum, Leandro Paredes, Ander Herrera, Abdou Diallo, Layvin Kurzawa, Colin Dagba all in one summer as Campos and Gailter cleared out a massive chunk in wages.
Earlier this summer, PSG signed promising striker Hugo Ekitike on a season-long loan deal from Reims to be the backup for Mbappe. On the other hand, the Parisians made six permanent signings to their squad during the summer transfer window. The club signed Vitinha, Fabian Ruiz, Renato Sanches, Carlos Soler, Nuno Mendes and Nordi Mukiele for a combined sum of €147 million. PSG have always been heavy spenders in the market but ever since the appointment of Luis Campos as the football director, they have started to get bargain deals.
Karen Khachanov knocks out Nick Kyrgios from the US Open
(Tennis news) Nick Kyrgios was knocked out of the US Open after a 7-5 4-6 7-5 6-7 (3) 6-4 defeat at the hands of Russia’s Karen Khachanov. The fiery Australian took his frustration out on his racquets by destroying two of them before walking out of the court. Both the players were tied 1-1 in head-to-head fixtures ahead of the match and Kyrgios looked a bit deflated, needing a medical timeout for his knee in the opening set against Khachanov. The Australian then went on to take the second set and during the third, Kyrgios had two chances to break at 4-4 but failed to take either.
Kyrgios is known for his fiery temper and was seen throwing his racquet in temper after his second chance to break. The 27 year old has already been fined $18,500 during the tournament for unsportsmanlike conduct which includes spitting, swearing and smashing his racquet. The Australian looked set for defeat but pulled off a brilliant tie-break to force a decider. However, Khachanov broke serve in the opening game to take the lead and went on to resist Kyrgios’ attempts to make a comeback to secure the victory. The Russian will now face Casper Ruud in the semi-final after the 23 year old defeated Matteo Berrettini.
Speaking after the match Nick Kyrgios said “It's just devastating - like, it's heartbreaking. Pretty much every other tournament during the year is a waste of time, really. You should just run up and show up at a Grand Slam. That's what you're remembered by." Khachanov said “I was prepared. I was expecting that the crowd would be more for him, that he was the favourite in their eyes. I'm really proud of myself. I was really focused from the beginning to the end."
Harmanpreet nominated for FIH player of year award; Sreejesh, Savita in goalkeepers' categories
Lausanne, Sep 6 (Hockey News) Star Indian drag-flicker Harmanpreet Singh was on Tuesday named among five nominees for the Men's Player of the Year honour while PR Sreejesh and Savita Punia figured in the shortlists for the best male and female goalkeeper for the FIH Hockey Stars Awards 2021-22.
Indian team vice-captain Harmanpreet was named along with two Belgians in Arthur de Sloover and Tom Boon, Niklas Wellen of Germany and Thierry Brinkman of the Netherlands for the FIH Men's Player of the Year award. There is no Indian in the list of players nominated for the FIH Women's Player of the Year award.
Harmanpreet had also won the coveted award last year when the Indian players and coaches swept all the honours after their historic Olympic Games performance in Tokyo where the men's team won a bronze for the first time after 41 years while the women's side lost in the bronze-medal match.
Men's team coach Graham Reid, Sreejesh and Savita also won last year.
The sweeping of the awards by the Indians in all the five categories last year (2020-21) had led to a furore, especially from men's Olympic champions Belgium.
Reid and Janneke Schopman were named in the respective men's and women's coach of the year award lists, while Mumtaz Khan and Sanjay figured in the lists for the men's and women's rising player of the year honour.
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) said players, coaches, media and fans can register their votes online for the nominees in the women's and men's categories for the best player, goalkeeper, rising star and coach of the year, starting from Tuesday (September 6) itself till September 30.
The winners for all categories will be announced in early October.
Additionally, awards for the Best Umpire of the Year, in men's and women's categories, will be given, which will be selected by the FIH Officials Committee.
The new voting process includes an expert group whose votes will count for 40 per cent of the overall result. Votes from national associations, represented by their respective national teams' captains and coaches, will count for a further 20 per cent. The fans and other players (20%) as well as media (20%) will make the remaining 40%.
The final shortlist was established solely by an Expert Group comprising players, former players, coaches and officials selected by each of their Continental Federations. Before establishing the final shortlist, the Expert Group received a long list of players and coaches based on performance data registered during the concerned period.
The performance of the players in FIH Hockey Pro League, FIH Hockey Women's World Cup, FIH Hockey Junior World Cups and Continental Championships (senior category) were considered in nominating the players.
List of Awards: FIH Player of the Year Award: Women: Felice Albers (NED), María José Granatto (ARG), Frédérique Matla (NED), Agustina Gorzelany (ARG), Georgina Oliva (ESP).
Men: Arthur de Sloover (BEL), Harmanpreet Singh (IND), Niklas Wellen (GER), Thierry Brinkman (NED), Tom Boon (BEL).
FIH Goalkeeper of the Year Award: Women: Savita (IND), Josine Koning (NED), Belén Succi (ARG), Jocelyn Bartram (AUS), Phumelela Mbande (RSA).
Men: Loïc van Doren (BEL), PR Sreejesh (IND), Pirmin Blaak (NED), Arthur Thieffry (FRA), Alexander Stadler (GER).
FIH Rising Star of the Year Award: Women: Charlotte Englebert (BEL), Luna Fokke (NED), Mumtaz Khan (IND), Jip Dicke (NED), Amy Lawton (AUS).
Men: Miles Bukkens (NED), Timothée Clément (FRA), Sanjay (IND), Pau Cunill (ESP), Rizwan Ali (PAK) FIH Coach of the Year Award: Women: Janneke Schopman (Team India), Jamilon Mülders (Team Netherlands), Katrina Powell (Team Australia), Raoul Ehren (Team Belgium), Adrian Lock (Team Spain).
Men: Jeroen Delmee (Team Netherlands), Michel van den Heuvel (Team Belgium), Graham Reid (Team India), Garreth Ewing (Team South Africa), Frederic Soyez (Team France).
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Frances Tiafoe knocks out Rafael Nadal from the US Open
(Tennis news) Rafael Nadal was knocked out of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in 2022 after Frances Tiafoe defeated the Spaniard 6-4 4-6 6-4 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals. Nadal, who was looking for his 23rd Grand Slam title, showed immense fighting spirit at the Arthur Ashe Court. However, Tiafoe simply proved to be too much for the 36 year old and defeated his opponent in three hours and 33 minutes. It will be the second time in his career that the 24 year old American will reach the quarter-final of a Grand Slam tournament and will face Andrey Rublev who knocked out British No 1 Cameron Norrie in straight sets.
Speaking in the on-court post match interview, Tiafoe said “I'm beyond happy, I'm almost in tears. I can't believe it. He's definitely one of the greatest of all time. I played unbelievable tennis today, but I really don't know what happened. I came out not giving Rafa all the respect, I came out to win a tennis match in front of you guys." As for his opponent Rafael Nadal, the Spaniard is expected to play at the Laver Cup in London later this month and the 36 year old said “I am going to try to be ready mentally. When I feel that I will be ready to compete again, I will be there. Tennis is a sport of position. You need to be very, very quick and very young. I was not able to create the damage I used to do."
It was a competitive match between Tiafoe and Nadal with the American taking advantage of the only break point of the first set to take it 6-4. Nadal was forced to take a medical timeout at the end of the opener and had a more aggressive approach in the second set but Tiafoe fought valiantly, breaking at 3-3 to go ahead before holding serve twice to restore his lead. With clouds gathering over the court, officials at the Arthur Ashe Court decided to close the roof in order to not cause a delay in the match. Tiafoe then went on to give Nadal a 3-1 lead and was visibly frustrated at the drop in performance. However, the American regained focus and won five straight games to secure the win.
"When I first came on the scene I felt like a lot of people had a lot of expectations of me of how I would do and stuff like that," the 24-year-old said. "I wasn't ready for it, mentally I wasn't mature enough for those moments, and these last couple of years when it hasn't been on me, I've been able to develop. I have a great team behind me, and I've been putting my head down. I'm happy where I am in life in general. I'm able to do it my way, and enjoy the game I love."
Former Everton player Ross Barkley joins OGC Nice on a free transfer
(Football news) Ross Barkley left Chelsea last week when he mutually terminated his contract but he didn’t stay a free agent too long as he signed with OGC Nice in Ligue 1. He’s the latest Premier League player to land on the Côte d'Azur, joining the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Kasper Schmeichel, and Nicolas Pépé at the club this summer. Former Chelsea goalkeeper Marcin Bułka is another familiar name who arrived recently. Nice is owned by Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s company who is one of Great Britain’s richest people and was touted as a potential buyer for Chelsea and Manchester United as well.
Barkley, who recently turned 28 left Chelsea after a 4.5-year spell, where he managed 100 appearances, scoring 12 goals and providing 11 assists. While he remained a peripheral figure for Chelsea even though he went on loan to Aston Villa for a season, he did win the FA Cup, the FIFA Club World Cup and the UEFA Europa League. Everton academy product Ross Barkley moved to Chelsea in 2018 after spending eight years with the Toffees. He played in the Europa League final win over Arsenal, but he was on loan at Villa when Thomas Tuchel guided the Blues to the Champions League title last year.
Everton and Villa were reportedly offered the opportunities to sign Barkley this past summer transfer window, but they didn’t reciprocate the interest. Chelsea paid Barkley and made him a free agent as the player preferred a move to France. He's far from the only player that English football fans would recognise in the Nice squad. They've also brought in Premier League experience in Morgan Schneiderlin, Nicolas Pepe from Arsenal, loaned Joe Bryan from Fulham and picked up Mads Bech Sorensen from Brentford also.
“A British blend of talent, technique and aggression topped off with character, the 28-year-old has decided to continue his career at Le Gym,” read a Nice club statement. “Though the summer transfer window closed last Thursday evening in France, he can join the Aiglons as he was out of contract. Welcome Ross!”
Indian golfer Diksha Dagar finishes tied 12th in Finland
Aland (Finland), Sep 4 (Golf News) Indian golfer Diksha Dagar added another round of even par 72 in the third and final round to be placed a creditable Tied-12th at the Aland 100 Ladies Open here on Sunday.
The other Indian women golfers, however, slipped on the final day as Amandeep Drall (75) was T-43rd, Vani Kapoor (78) was T0-53rd, Tvesa Malik (78) was T-65.
Diksha birdied second, 15th and 16th and bogeyed first, seven and 13th in her 72 to go with earlier rounds of 72-73 as she totalled 1-over 217 for the three days.
With seven more events to go, this was a good result for Diksha, who is only the second Indian woman to win on the Ladies European Tour.
France's Anne-Charlotte Mora claimed a maiden Ladies European Tour victory in dramatic style, producing a fine finish to win at the Åland 100 Ladies Open.
The 25-year-old went into Saturday’s final round a stroke adrift of overnight co-leaders Ana Pelaez Trivino of Spain and Lisa Pettersson of Sweden.
Mora shot 68 and pipped Pettersson by one shot as Ana Pelaez finished third. Emma Spitz was fourth.
Mora made a huge putt for birdie on the fifth hole and then sank another on the long seventh, before giving a stroke back on the par-3 eighth hole.
Although she pulled a shot back at the 10th, she dropped further strokes at the 11th and 13th. Her fine with birdies on 14, 15, 16 and 18 clinched the issue.
Pettersson, who finished with a round of 70, was forced to settle for her second runner-up finish in as many weeks following her performance in last week’s Skaftö Open.
Pelaez Trivino finished third after a 71. Spitz, who tied for 10th on her professional debut in the Skaftö Open last week, ended in fourth place on five-under-par and is undoubtedly a star of the future.
Ursula Wikstrom, buoyed by her home crowd, made a run for the title over the closing holes but came up just short. She carded a final round of 69 to lie in a share of fifth place on four-under-par with Sweden’s Sofie Bringner.
Chloe Williams of Wales carded a final round of 68 to end in outright seventh position on three-under-par, two strokes ahead of Finland’s Linda Osala, who also shot a 68 to tie for eighth place alongside Swedish pair Caroline Hedwall and Sara Kjellker, who signed for a pair of 70s.
With her win, Mora vaulted 58 places from 74th to 16th on the Race to Costa del Sol Rankings and runner-up Pettersson climbed to 24th. Pelaez Trivino moved up from eighth to sixth position, with seven events still to be played on the 2022 Ladies European Tour.
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Sharma shoots even par round, lies 61st in Denmark
Forso (Denmark), Sep 4 (Golf News) Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma recovered from two bogeys and a double bogey in his first six holes with five birdies to be T-61 at the Made in HimmerLand tournament here The 26-year-old had birdies on eighth, ninth and three more on 14th, 16th and 17th as he carded an even par 71 in the third round.
Meanwhile, it is all to play for heading into the final day as four players share the third round lead, with the English trio of Ross McGowan, Oliver Wilson and Matthew Southgate joined by Italy's Francesco Laporta at the summit on 17-under par.
Englishman Matthew Jordan equalled the course record with a nine under 62 to move to within one shot of the lead on 16-under, while American John Catlin delighted the fans with a hole-in-one at the famous 16th - known as HimmerLand Hill.
The spectators witnessed another remarkable hole-out for Southgate, whose second shot on the par four first hole dropped into the cup for a spectacular eagle two.
His six under 65 was matched by former Ryder Cup player Wilson, who could have led outright only for back-to-back bogeys on the final two holes.
McGowan, the outright leader after both of the opening two rounds, signed for a two under 69 while Laporta carded a three under 68.
Jordan held the fifth place on his own while Scotland's Ewen Ferguson, Tom Lewis of England and South African Justin Walters were a shot further back on 15 under par.
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Ireland name academy squad named for the 2022 ECC
(Cricket news) Cricket Ireland has today announced a 12-player Ireland Academy squad that will represent Ireland at the 2022 European Cricket Championships to be held at Cartama Oval in Spain from 12-16 September 2022.
The European Cricket Championships (ECC) is an annual tournament played by European national teams, under the auspices of the European Cricket Network. The ECC is the first international T10 cricket event ever to be staged. In 2022, the ECC will feature 21 teams from a range of countries including: Ireland, England, Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Belgium, France, and Scotland.
Teams will be placed into four groups of five teams, with the England XI receiving automatic qualification into finals week. Ireland have been drawn in Group A, alongside Spain, Austria, Czech Republic and Portugal. Should Ireland qualify out of the group they will move on to finals week, which takes place between 10-14 of October.
John Matchett (CIYMS), Scott Macbeth (Bready), Cameron Melly (Cardiff UCCE), John McNally (Clontarf), Séamus Lynch (Terenure), Jared Wilson (Newbuildings), Michael O’Reilly (YMCA), Max Burton (Cliftonville Academy), Finn Catherwood (Beaconsfield CC), Matthew Humphreys (Lisburn), Muzamil Sherzad (North Kildare), Carson McCullough (CIYMS), Jamie Forbes (YMCA).
Head coach: Pete Johnston
Assistant coach: Albert van der Merwe
Pete Johnston, National Academy and Performance Manager, said:“We’re very excited to have been invited to the European Cricket Championships at Cartama Oval, Spain.
“Tournament cricket provides us with the opportunity to see our players develop under pressure - the games will come thick and fast, with two games per day. The popularity of new shorter formats is growing globally, and our first experience of T10 cricket should prove to be very rewarding.
“The selectors have been very specific about the skill sets we were looking for in this format and have chosen talented positive players that have impressed domestically in white ball cricket. There is the added incentive for the guys to progress through the group and play in a finals week in October.
“T10 cricket will certainly put our dynamic fielding, death bowling and power hitting into overdrive, and this can only benefit by improving and increasing our depth of talented white ball players.”
Fenerbahçe signs Michy Batshuayi after his move to Forest collapses
(Football news) Fenerbahçe S.K have completed the signing of Belgian forward Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea on a permanent deal after his reported loan move to Nottingham Forest failed at deadline day. After spending time in the academy of Anderlecht, the forward joined Standard Liege’s youth team and was soon promoted to the main squad and established himself as a prolific scorer.
Batshuayi went onto net 44 goals in 120 appearances for the Belgian club before moving to France. In 2014, the Belgium international signed for French club Marseille as he continued his great form in France and generated great interest from top clubs of every league. By this time, he also started to appear for the Belgian national team regularly. Finally, Chelsea managed to snap up the forward after a huge bidding war, although the Belgian could never establish himself in the starting eleven as he will always be remembered for his winning strike against West Brom which helped Blues clinch the Premier League title. After seeing that he was not getting regular game time, the forward went on to have loan spells with Borussia Dortmund, Valencia, Crystal Palace, and Besiktas.
With Chelsea making so many signings to strengthen their squad, there was no place for Michy Batshuayi in Thomas Tuchel's plan. The player was already looking for a transfer as Batshuayi had a golden opportunity to stay in the Premier League when the newly promoted Nottingham Forest came for his signature on deadline day. However with Chelsea being busy with other transfers, they couldn’t send the paperwork at the right time. Hence the move collapsed, however, Chelsea acted quickly and sent the Belgian forward to a league where the transfer window is still open.
When an offer from Fenerbahçe came, it was a no-brainer for them to complete the transfer quickly. With only a year left on Batshuyai’s contract, the forward has officially ended his six-year-long association with the Blues. Batshuayi already has the experience of playing in the Turkish Leagues when he featured for Beskitas last year as the forward had a decent outing where he netted 14 goals in 33 appearances. His move to Fenerbahçe will provide an opportunity to compete at the European level as well. Fenerbahçe have started their season decently as they are currently sixth in the Turkish League with six points from four matches. Fenerbahçe take on Kayserispor in their next outing and we can expect Batshuayi to make his debut.
Vani and Diksha rally superbly to be Tied-12th in Finland
Alands (Finland), Sep 2 (Golf News) Indian golfers Diksha Dagar and Vani Kapoor rallied to card a matching even par 72 after being three-over within the first six holes of the opening round at the Aland 100 Ladies Open here.
While Dagar had a troublesome start on the front nine, Vani had a big double bogey after starting from the back nine. However, the two ensured they finish round one at Tied-12th.
Finland's Ursula Wikstrom and Austrian Emma Spitz shared the first round lead after a matching four-under 68 each in challenging and windy conditions here.
Among the other Indians, Ridhima Dilawari and Amandeep Drall shot two-over 74 each and were T-27, while Tvesa Malik (75) was T-39. Neha Tripathi (80) had a very rough day.
Vani, started with a birdie on the ninth, the starting hole for the back nine at the Alands Golf Club, but dropped a crippling quadruple bogey on the Par-4 13th, which was her fifth hole.
She had another bogey on Par-5 16th at which point she was 3-over after six holes. From there, she rallied superbly to finish the day at even par.
Making a similar rally was Diksha, who started on the first nine and dropped shots on second, fourth and sixth. She recovered from there with birdies on 12th, 13th and 15th to get back to even par 72.
Ridhima and Amandeep had just one birdie each against three bogeys, while Tvesa had one birdie against four bogeys in 3-over 75.
Finland's Ursula Wikstrom, one of the most experienced players on the LET, had just one bogey against five birdies, while Spitz started with a bogey on first and had six birdies and an eagle against four bogeys in an eventful round of 68.
Home hope Wikstrom, who started from the ninth, birdied the 11th, 14th and 17th holes before sinking a five metre putt on the 18th green to tie for the lead. She dropped a shot on the first hole, but quickly recovered with a birdie on the fourth.
Three of Wikstrom's eight runner-up finishes have been in this tournament.
Sofie Bringner is one stroke behind the leaders in third position on three-under-par 69.
Sweden's Isabella Deilert, Anne-Charlotte Mora of France and England's Sarah Gee are tied for fourth on two-under-par 70.
Five other players are tied for seventh position on one-under-par as only 11 players played under par and another eight, including Vani and Diksha, played even par.
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Soumya Guguloth, Jyoti join Croatia's Dinamo Zagreb
Kolkata, Sep 1 (Football News) Indian women's national team player Soumya Guguloth and her Gokulam Kerala FC teammate Jyoti Chouhan have signed a year-long contract with Croatian giants Dinamo Zagreb, becoming their first overseas recruits.
They were signed up by the club after a successful trial in Croatia. Both of them won the Indian Women's League last season with Gokulam Kerala FC.
Soumya and Jyoti are the first ever international players for the Dinamo Zagreb women's football team.
"I'm very excited to play out of country this is a great opportunity for me. I never expected to play for a club like Dinamo. This will be helpful for me and my family and my country.
"I hope to give my best during the season. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported on me," said Soumya.
"This is a great opportunity for me, and I feel lucky that I got this platform. I will use this platform and give my 100% and will work hard to learn more and perform better when I am at Zagreb, Croatia, representing Dinamo," said Jyoti as she prepares to join her Gokulam teammate for this season at Dinamo.
Dinamo Zagreb is the most successful club in Croatia having won 46 trophies. Their men's team is in the UEFA Champions League 2022-23 group stage, alongside European powerhouses like Chelsea and AC Milan.
ZNK Dinamo Zagreb, the women's team, have similar ambitions and hope that the two players from India can help them achieve their goals.
"Step by step the puzzle was put together and in the seventh year of club's existence (since becoming the women's team of Dinamo Zagreb), we took a step higher. I believe that the girls that are coming will justify the coach’s trust," said ZNK Dinamo club president, Josipa Maslać Petričević.
Head coach Marija M. Damjanović said the duo would boost the team.
"I'm satisfied. We are signing players that are necessary for boosting our team." Croatia is among the top performing countries in the world and made it to the FIFA World Cup final in 2018 where they lost to France.
Soumya and Jyoti were among the 12 players who took part in the recently-held Women In Sports trials held in Kolkata.
The players were coached, assessed and trained by coaches from five international clubs (Rangers WFC, Marbella FC, ZNK Dinamo Zagreb, Western Sydney Wanders FC and Melbourne Victory FC) in the hopes of getting selected and being offered a professional contract.
They also played two friendly matches with the local boys' teams in Kolkata.
While all coaches were pleasantly surprised by the level, technique and experience of the two Indian women, ZNK Dinamo Zagreb were quick to call Jyoti and Soumya to Croatia for their pre-season and extended trials.
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VAR technology to make debut in FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in India
New Delhi, Aug 30 (Football News) The upcoming Under-17 Women's World Cup in India will see the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology making its debut in the age-group showpiece, world football governing body FIFA announced on Tuesday.
The prestigious tournament, which was given the go-ahead by FIFA after lifting the 11-day-long suspension on All India Football Federation (AIFF), will be held in Bhubaneswar (Kalinga Stadium), Margao (JLN Stadium) and Navi Mumbai (DY Patil Stadium) from October 11-30.
“The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup will give us important and significant insights into the qualities of the match officials who have been appointed. We are very happy that, also for the first time, VAR technology will be used at a FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup," said FIFA’s Head of Women Refereeing Kari Seitz.
"This event will be another great opportunity to showcase the skills of the appointed VARs and continue the development of our female VARs as part of the Road to Australia/New Zealand 2023 project,” she said in a FIFA statement.
The VAR technology supports the decision-making process of the referee in four game-changing situations: goals and offences leading up to a goal, penalty decisions and offences leading up to a penalty, direct red card incidents, and mistaken identity.
Throughout a match, the VAR team constantly checks for clear and obvious errors related to these four match-changing situations. The VAR team communicates with the referee only for clear and obvious mistakes or serious missed incidents.
The U-17 Women’s World Cup in India will be the third FIFA women’s tournament to utilise VAR following the U-20 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2022 and the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019.
This will be the second time the VAR technology will be used in India, the first one being from the quarterfinal stage of the AFC Women's Asian Cup the country hosted in January-February this year. The FIFA Referees Committee also announced match officials for the tournament comprising 14 women referees, 28 women assistant referees, three support referees and 16 video match officials.
“We are delighted that the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup is returning after a four-year hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are really looking forward to this important competition in India taking place in October," said the chairman of the FIFA’s Referees Committee Pierluigi Collina.
"For the match officials, of course, it’s another big stage in the preparation of the potential candidates for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023." The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) will be represented by 14 referees, assistant referees and video match officials from seven member associations. There is no one from India.
Pansa Chaisanit of Thailand, Edita Mirabidova of Uzbekistan and Oh Hyeon Jeong of Korea have been selected as referees, marking their first appointments in a FIFA tournament, as the main referees.
They will be joined by assistant referees Supawan Hinthong and Nuannid Donjiangreed of Thailand, Joanna Charaktis of Australia, Kristina Sereda of Uzbekistan and Chinese duo Fang Yan and Xie Lijun.
In addition, five video match officials -- Omar Mohamed Al Ali from the United Arab Emirates, Hanna Hattab from Syria, Sivakorn Pu-Udom from Thailand and Australia’s Lara Lee and Casey Reibelt -- will assist from the VAR room.
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Chelsea agree a fee of £75m with Leicester City for Wesley Fofana
(Football news) Chelsea are close to agreeing a deal for France defender Wesley Fofana with Leicester City as the transfer fee is believed to be £70m plus add-ons. The Blues are set to host the Foxes at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, with Frenchman already confirmed that he will miss the game because of his transfer speculation. The bid is Chelsea's fourth for the French centre-back, having seen an offer of around £60m rejected by the Foxes earlier this week.
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers confirmed that Fofana, who missed last weekend's defeat to Southampton amid the speculation over his future, would also be unavailable until and unless his future has been sorted out. Fofana desperately wants to move to the Blues and speaking after Leicester's penalty shoot-out victory at Stockport in the Carabao Cup, Rodgers further went on to confirm that the player was training with the U23s after failing to turn up to training last week. Rodgers confirmed that Leicester had rejected a third bid from Chelsea for Fofana and expressed his desire that the situation would be resolved sooner rather than later. A third Chelsea bid for Fofana worth £75m along with £10m add-ons is apparently set to accept the bid this time.
There were few eyebrows raised when the Foxes paid such an exorbitant fee for a 19 year old centre having only paid 20 matches for the French outfit. But that season he really proved his worth as he went on to form a very reliable partnership with Johnny Evans which didn’t let the absence of Harry Maguire affect the team chemistry. Fofana quickly was making headlines and even got selected for the French National team but since then his career trajectory went downhill as he missed majority of last season which subsequently meant that he lost his place to Jules Kounde in France squad.
Chelsea were desperate for a young centre back to partner alongside Thiago Silva and Koulibaly, Wesley Fofana fitted the profile, hence Chelsea owners weren’t afraid of spending the cash. The 21 year old is a hybrid of an old-school and modern day defender and impresses whenever he plays. At 6ft 2in, he is a physical presence in the air and a tough tackler, but his positional play is also excellent and he is confident to play out of the back. Considering the likes of Harry Maguire and Jack Grealish went for much more money with the so-called ‘english tax’ applicable on them, Fofana might actually be a bargain in the future as he has the ability to become a world class player.
"He won't be available for the weekend and has trained with the U23 squad ahead of Saturday's game.I'm not sure [if a deal will get done], my concentration is on the players that we have, and the team. I can't lose energy. If something will be done, it will be done with the clubs. Until that happens we just have to work with what we have." Rodgers told reporters
Rodgers added: "Hopefully [there will be some transfer business done between now and the end of the window]. That would be really good for the team to be able to do that, to improve the squad is always important. But until that changes, we will work with what we have."
Nicolas Pepe looks set to end his torrid time with Arsenal
(Football news) Nicolas Pepe’s looks set to end his torrid time with Arsenal as he is set to join OGC Nice on loan without an option to buy him next season, with the Ligue 1 club hoping to sign him in time to face Marseille on Sunday. According to reports in France, Nice’s negotiations to loan Nicolas Pepe for the coming season are progressing well, with the player expected to arrive for his medical this week. The deal is back on track for Pepe but there’s still no agreement over his wages. Once the personal terms are agreed then the final insignificant details are required to complete a deal.
Without an agreement on his personal terms the deal still remains dubious as plenty of deals fall apart at this stage. There have also been links between Pepe and Leicester City in recent days, but Nice seem to remain the favourites to sign him. Fabrizio Romano reported earlier last week that talks are continuing between Arsenal and Nice over a loan deal for Pepe, with the Gunners telling Pepe to find a new team as soon as possible. Romano also added that despite some rumours, Sevilla did not make a proposal for Pepe. He was left out of the matchday squad to face Bournemouth on Saturday, with all parties hoping he’ll soon finalise his future as Arsenal plan to sign Pedro Neto from Wolves as his potential replacement.
Arsenal are claimed to be in talks over a move to sign Pedro Neto from Wolves, but the deal could be dependent on Nicolas Pepe’s departure from the club. Ever since he joined Arsenal for a record fee in 2019, the Ivory Coast international has struggled to hold down a regular starting role. According to English reports, Arsenal are in talks over a move to sign Pedro Neto from Wolves as a potential replacement. Neto would be an exciting addition to the Arsenal ranks and one who would definitely fit into their young thriving squad. It would be interesting to see where he would fit into the squad with new arrival Fabio Vieira would be earmarked as the backup to Martin Odegaard through the middle of the park despite him predominantly being a winger. If Arsenal could land Neto, his raw aggressive attitude in attack, and running at defenders will surely give a new dimension to the Arsenal squad.
BWF Worlds: Saina advances to pre-quarterfinals, Gayatri-Treesa too win
Tokyo, Aug 23 (Badminton News) London Olympic bronze medallist shuttler Saina Nehwal produced a fine performance to kick-off her BWF World Championships campaign with a straight game win over Hong Kong's Cheung Ngan Yi here on Tuesday.
A former world number one, Saina took 38 minutes to dispatch Ngan Yi 21-19 21-9 in the opening round.
The 32-year-old Indian, who has a silver and bronze from the Worlds, thus moved into the pre-quarterfinals as her second-round opponent, Nozomi Okuhara pulled out of the tournament due to an injury, giving the Indian a bye.
The women's doubles pair of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand also made a winning start.
The Indian duo hardly broke a sweat as it inflicted a 21-11 21-13 defeat on Malaysians Yeen Yuan Low and Valeree Siow.
Young women's pairing of Ashwini Bhat K and Shikha Gautam also progressed to the second round after beating the Italian duo of Martina Corsini and Judith Mair 21-8 21-14 in 30 minutes.
Saina had showed signed of regaining her form during her stunning win over He Bingjiao of China en route her first quarterfinal appearance in 16 months at Singapore Open in July.
The Hyderabad shuttler dished out another gritty show on Tuesday as she recovered from 4-7 to turn the tables at 12-11 just after the interval.
Fighting for each point, Saina kept herself in contention as she maintained a narrow one-point lead over Ngan Yi, before moving ahead with the two crucial points at 19-19 to pocket the opening game.
Saina then switched gears in the second game even as Ngan Yi struggled. Soon, the Indian moved to a 11-6 advantage at the interval and marched ahead to eventually seal the contest without much fuss.
However, it was the end of the road for the mixed doubles pair of Venkat Gaurav Prasad and Juhi Dewangan as they went down 10-21 21-23 to Gregory Mairs and Jenny Moore of England.
Men's doubles pair of Krishna Prasad Garaga and Vishnuvardhan Goud Panjala also crashed out of the tournament, losing 14-21 18-21 to France's Fabien Delrue and William Villeger.
Mixed doubles duo of Tanisha Crasto and Ishaan Bhatnagar also didn't have a good outing, losing 14-21 17-21 to 14th Supak Jomkoh and Supissara Paewsampran of Thailand.
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Lecce agree loan deal with Barcelona for Samuel Umtiti
(Football news) Serie A club Lecce have reportedly agreed a deal with Barcelona for Samuel Umtiti. The deal will be a loan wherein Barcelona will cover all of Umtiti's wages but Lecce will pay add-ons depending on the Frenchman's appearances. Barcelona have pulled a few financial levers to register their new signings but are yet to register Jules Kounde. Umtiti's signing will officially save Barcelona money but it certainly would help the situation by getting rid of a player who is not in Xavi's plans. The Blaugrana are running out of time to register Kounde and if not done soon then Kounde could leave the club for free.
Umtiti was considered one of the best centre backs in the world back in 2018 when he scored the winner for France in the World Cup semi final against Belgium. Since then, injuries and inconsistencies have been a major problem for him. Barcelona have tried to offload the Frenchman several times but have failed. Umtiti played just 1 match last season and 16 matches the season before that. He desperately needs a change to try and get his career back on track. The defender is still just 28 years of age and could still have some success left to achieve.
When Umtiti was on top of his game he was world class. Even though his fitness is a big issue now, he could still be a good asset to Lecce. The Italian side have just been promoted to the Serie A this season and they will be keen to have Umtiti on board. The Frenchman has a lot of big game experience which is something a newly promoted team is always searching for. Barcelona will be hoping that Umtiti performs well so that they can sell him in January or in the summer for some money or who knows, even bring him back to play for them again.
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Man United defender Eric Bailly joins Olympique Marseille on loan
(Football news) Marseille have reached a full agreement with Manchester United for the signing of Ivory Coast international Eric Bailly on loan for the rest of the season. According to Fabrizio Romano, Eric Bailly will now be on his way to France and the update also mentions that the Ivorian and his agents are still in talks over his personal terms, following which a deal can be made official.
Bailly has been with Manchester United since 2016 but has never been able to cement a regular first-team position at Old Trafford. The 28-year-old has played a little over 100 games for the Red Devils despite being at the club for more than six years now. Last season, he made only seven appearances as he sustained an injury midway through the season. Even though he played really well in the pre-season, it was always likely that he would be departing Old Trafford in search for some regular football. Several clubs, including the likes of AS Roma, coached by former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho have been linked with the player.
The Ligue 1 giants are looking like the favourites to sign Bailly despite many clubs being linked to him. Marseille seek to add more quality and experience to their roster ahead of a run in the UEFA Champions League this season. Despite having brought in the likes of Chancel Mbemba from Porto and Isaak Toure, Marseille remain intent on adding another experienced centre-half before the window closes.The Ligue 1 club are now close to landing Bailly from Manchester United after reaching an agreement with Manchester United for an initial loan with an obligation to make the move permanent for around £10m should they qualify for the UEFA Champions League again. Given Bailly’s desire to leave, finalising the wages and other aspects of his stay in France should be straight forward.
Tvesa finishes 51st as Nelly Korda wins in Spain
Sotogrande (Spain), Aug 21 (Golf News) India's Tvesa Malik endured a roller-coaster of a final round to finish tied 51st at the Aramco Team Series – Sotogrande golf tournament here.
Tvesa, who had made the cut on the line, had four birdies against five bogeys in her round of 73. She finished four-over 220.
Tvesa was the only Indian in the field and will continue her schedule on the Ladies European Tour next week at Skafto Open in Sweden.
Meanwhile, world No.3 Nelly Korda fired an excellent final round of 67 (-5) to win the Individual title at the Aramco Team Series – Sotogrande by three shots.
The Major champion began the day seven shots behind the overnight leader, her sister Jessica Korda, and dropped a shot on the second hole.
But the Olympic champion soon found her feet rolling in three birdies on holes seven through nine and again on holes 12 through 14, before adding another on 16.
Despite making a bogey at the last, Korda sealed the victory – her second on the LET – with a total score of 13-under-par at La Reserva Club de Sotogrande.
Three players finished in a share of second place with Jessica Korda, France's Pauline Roussin and Spain's Ana Peláez Trivino all finishing on 10-under-par.
France's Emma Grechi and Slovenia's Pia Babnik finished in a tie for fifth at the end of day three on nine-under-par with USA's Alison Lee, Dutch star Anne Van Dam, Belgium's Manon De Roey and Sweden's Linn Grant one shot further back.
South Africa's Lee-Anne Pace remains in seventh spot with England's Meghan MacLaren just behind, while Spain's Peláez moves up to ninth place and now has 1,096.46 points with Finland's Tiia Koivisto completing the top 10.
In the 2022 Race to Costa del Sol, Sweden's Maja Stark still leads the rankings with 3,037.64 points ahead of her compatriots Grant (2,533.91) and Johanna Gustavsson (1,802.63).
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Bhagat-Kadam win men's doubles gold, 3 women para shuttlers also emerge champions in Thailand
New Delhi, Aug 20 (Cricket News) Indian para shuttlers Pramod Bhagat and Sukant Kadam claimed the gold after beating Indonesia's Dwiyoko Dwiyoko and Fredy Setiawan in the men's doubles final of the Thailand Para Badminton International tournament in Pattaya on Saturday.
The Indian duo defeated the Indonesian pair 21-18 21-13 in the summit clash of SL3-SL4 category.
In the men's singles, Bhagat and Kadam had to settle for a silver medal each after losing their respective finals.
While Pramod went down fighting to England's Daniel Bethell 13-21 19-21, Kadam lost 2-21 17-21 to France's Lucas Mazur.
"I am happy with my performance throughout the tournament. I wish to congratulate Bethell on the win and now I will head back to the training ground and train harder for World Championship in Tokyo," Bhagat said in a release.
In other results, Ruthick Ragupathi and Manasi Joshi finished second best in mixed doubles SL3-SU5 class, losing 21-17 15-21 7-21 to France's Lucas Mazur and Faustine Noel in the final.
In women's singles, Mandeep Kaur got the better off compatriot Manasi 20-22 21-19 21-14 in SL3 finals to claim the gold medal, while Manisha Ramadass also bagged the yellow metal after beating Japan's Kaede Kameyama 20-22 21-12 21-19 in SU5 final.
Nithya Sre Sumathy Sivan also won the gold with a 21-9 24-22 win over England's Rachel Choong 21-9 24-22 in SH6 final.
Manasi and Shanthiya Viswanathan also combined to sign off with a silver in the women's doubles SL3-SU5 after going down 20-22 19-21 to Thailand's Nipada Saensupa and Chanida Srinavakul.
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Thailand Para Badminton Tournament: Pramod, Sukant reach finals in men's singles and doubles
New Delhi, Aug 19 (Badminton News) Indian para badminton stars Pramod Bhagat and his compatriot Sukant Kadam reached the finals of the men's singles and doubles SL 3 - SL 4 events respectively at the Thailand Badminton International tournament on Friday.
World No. 1 Pramod sealed his his place for the summit clash after defeating fellow Indian Kumar Nitesh 21-12 21-18 in a match that lasted 37 minutes.
Pramod will lock horns with England's Daniel Bethell in the summit clash.
The 33-year-old shuttler has already beaten the Briton at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games, when he clinched India's first para badminton gold medal at the showpiece event.
Meanwhile, World No. 4 Sukant also secured his final spot after humbling Thailand's Siripong Teamarrom in straight sets.
Sukant won 21-10, 21-16, a result that saw him wrapping up the game in just 23 minutes.
He will now take on France's Lucas Mazur in the final.
In the doubles event, both Pramod and Sukant reached the final as well after downing countrymen Mohammad Arwaz Ansari and Deep Ranjan Bisoyee in the semifinal in straight sets.
Pramod and Sukant won the clash 21-10, 14-21, 21-14 and will now take on the Indonesian duo of Dwiyoko Dwiyoko and Fredy Setiawan in the final.
However, the duo of Pramod and Manisha Ramadass went down in their mixed doubles semifinals to the French pair of Mazur and Faustine Noel.
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Tvesa Malik rallies to finish even par in first round in Spain
Sotogrande (Spain), Aug 19 (Golf News) Indian golfer Tvesa Malik, who has been lately struggling to find her form back, fought back from a 3-over after five holes to get back even par and ended Tied-30th in the first round here at the Aramco Team Series on Friday.
Tvesa, who was inside the Top-20 on the Order of Merit last year, started from the 10th and bogeyed 11th, 12th and 14th to go 3-over.
She birdied 18th, sixth and eighth to get back to even and will now need to build on her current form to get back on track.
Meanwhile, Jessica Korda produced a blistering round of 11-under-61 to lead the individual tournament by five shots.
The American, a six-time LPGA Tour winner, hit six birdies and three eagles on her way to a course record and equalling the lowest round in relation to par on the Ladies European Tour (LET), despite scoring a bogey.
In the team's event, it was team Jessica Korda that also sits on top of the leadeboard with 19-under-par.
The quartet of Korda, Czech’s Tereza Melecka, Finland’s Noora Komulainen and amateur Malcolm Borwick only dropped one shot in their round, scoring 10-under-par on the front nine and nine-under-par on the back nine.
Team Roussin and Team De Roey share second place after 18 holes with both teams recording totals of 18-under-par.
For the quartet of Pauline Roussin, Jana Melichova, Mim Sangkapong and amateur Ana Luisa Hernandez they played their front nine in seven-under and found their form on their back nine coming home in 11-under to be in second place.
It was an excellent day for Manon De Roey, who won the Individual title at the Aramco Team Series – Bangkok, as she sits in second place on the Individual leaderboard after shooting a round of 66 (-6).
France’s Pauline Roussin and USA’s Nelly Korda sit in a share of fourth place on five-under-par after they shot rounds of 67.
Four players are tied for sixth in the individual competition with 2021 Aramco Team Series – London individual event winner Marianne Skarpnord on four-under-par alongside German pair Leonie Harm and Olivia Cowan, as well as Spain’s Ana Peláez Trivino.
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Norrie defeats Murray while Nadal crashes out in Cincinnati
(Tennis news) Cameron Norrie defeated Andy Murray for the first time in his career 3-6 6-3 6-4 at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. The two players have only faced each other once before in 2019 and it was far from a one sided fixture between the two players until Murray suffered a cramp late in the third set. The Scot received treatment from the physiotherapist and went on to apply pressure on Norrie in the next game, however, the 26 year old held his ground to secure the win.
Such was Murray’s condition that the player had to undergo more treatment after the match to be able to walk off the court. Norrie will now face American wildcard Ben Shelton, who defeated Casper Ruud 6-3 6-3, in the next round but before that, the 26 year old will partner Australian tennis player Alex de Minaur for the doubles match against Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies on Wednesday.
Speaking after the match, Norrie said “I think there really wasn't much in it. It just came down to a little bit of physicality and it didn't really help him [Murray] that his match with Stan [Wawrinka] went really, really long. He was struggling a little bit towards the end and I just tried to put a lot of balls in the court in the end. For me, I'm still battling with the conditions a little bit, trying to get used to them. I'm trying to find rhythm on my serve. I've got a doubles match later to try and work on that. I really just got through with my attitude, I just tried to stay as positive as I could."
In other results, Rafael Nadal succumbed to a 6-7(9), 6-4, 3-6 defeat to Borna Coric at the Western and Southern Open. The Spaniard was playing in his first match after being forced to withdraw from Wimbledon’s semi-final against Nick Kyrgios due to an abdominal tear. Both players went toe-to-toe but Nadal looked visibly rusty and eventually lost to Coric who will now face Roberto Bautista Agut in the third round. Nadal will hope to recover his form in time for the US Open and get back on top of the ATP ranking.
During the on-court interview after the match, Borna Coric said “It has been very, very special. I was out for the last two years and I didn't play on the big stage in front of the crowd and everybody. I was honestly just looking forward to playing this match as I haven't had that in the last two years. Now that I won, it's kind of crazy." In other results, Sebastian Korda defeated Frances Tiafoe 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.
Everton are going to re-sign Idrissa Gana Gueye from PSG
(Football news) Everton should be able to wrap up the signing of midfielder Idrissa Gueye from Paris Saint-Germain in the next 48 hours, according to reports. The Toffees have been working on the transfer for quite some time despite PSG wanting to offload him. It was suggested that Gueye was having second thoughts over returning to Everton, who he left in 2019, however he appears to have been convinced by Frank Lampard’s vision.
Issues between the player and PSG played a part in slowing down the deal, but Everton expect Gueye to add to Frank Lampard’s midfield options. That would mean the midfielder would be available for selection on Saturday when Everton face Nottingham Forest at Goodison Park. Everton have not won any of their opening two league fixtures and the pressure will be on for them to win their first match against the Tricky Trees. Gueye has not been part of PSG’s matchday squads for their first two Ligue 1 games this season against Clermont Foot and Montpellier.
Sporting advisor Luis Campos is looking to reshape the midfield group as Marco Verratti and Danilo Pereira are the only two players that will remain as PSG will potentially have three new arrivals to the midfield group. Meanwhile, Georginio Wijnaldum, Ander Herrera, Idrissa Gueye, and Leandro Paredes are all leaving the club before the summer window closes on Sept. 1. This reunion has been long in the making and the Senegal international will surely be ready to get back into the starting XI once again after his time in France.
Despite not playing many games for PSG last season, Gueye raked in a lot of silverware and will now be set for a new challenge of dragging the Toffees out of this slump in form. Amadou Onana performed well on his debut compared to others in midfield while playing against Aston Villa and with Gueye alongside him in the defensive role, he could really push up into the attacking third. Gueye’s arrival means that the likes of Tom Davies, Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure will be in reserve, with Alex Iwobi also potentially set for a new role despite playing brilliantly in a midfield two against Villa. Time will tell but that midfield area is now looking more stacked than ever, and it could mean that some Everton players will depart.
Scuderia Ferrari insist no changes are needed despite mishaps
(Motorsport) Scuderia Ferrari Principal Mattia Binotto has insisted that the team doesn’t need to undergo any changes despite a big gap between themselves and Red Bull / Max Verstappen in the Drivers and Constructors Standings. Charles Leclerc, who was at the top of the Drivers Standing at the beginning of the season is now 80 points behind reigning champion Max Verstappen, largely due to poor strategy decisions by the team combined with a few individual errors. The team have cost Leclerc an estimated 100 points so far this season with the F1-75 also suffering from reliability issues.
Many Ferrari fans have grown frustrated with the incompetence shown by the team and have asked for changes to be made so that Leclerc can compete for the Championship. However, Mattia Binotto has insisted that there is no need to panic and has blamed bad luck for their misfortunes. He said “It's not a matter of bad luck, and there is nothing to change as well. It's always a matter of continuous learning and building, building experience, building skills. Certainly there is something that you need to look at and understand why. But if I look again at the balance of the first half of the season, there is no reason why we should change."
At the Spanish GP, Leclerc suffered from engine failure, losing 25 points while the team reacted too late for the changing weather conditions in Monaco, resulting in Sergio Perez undercutting him. Moreover, Ferrari had a slow pit stop in the race, resulting in Leclerc finishing fourth from a winning position on his home track. In Azerbaijan, Leclerc was leading until lap 20 before his engine blew up while in Canada, Leclerc was forced to incur a grid penalty due to the engine failure in the previous race and finished fifth. At Silverstone, Ferrari’s strategy failed Leclerc and the team cost him 13 points, a race that the team could have won. Lastly, Ferrari got the strategy wrong in Hungary, not allowing Leclerc to stay on with the medium tyres and switching to the hard compound, which went disastrously wrong for the team and the driver.
Former Scuderia Ferrari driver Filipe Massa said “Definitely Charles is not happy at all, but he needs to be patient. If he starts fights now, it will not help the team, but also Charles. We cannot forget that in France he made a mistake, he just gave away a very good possibility to win the race and score the right amount of points. You need to be patient, even if you're not happy with the mistakes and the decisions, you need to fight professionally, not showing outside. If you do that, you're not helping both sides, even if Ferrari made more mistakes this year.
“I know him very well, I raced for him already, we worked together for a very long time. He was an engineer of the engines, then became the boss. He's a very good engineer, very professional guy, he understands a lot on the technical side. He's also a good guy, I like him as a person. But, at the end of the day, you understand the results are not coming as they should. We need to say he's part of it, they need to be a little more calm. Many mistakes that happen at the beginning of the season are still happening and this is something that cannot continue. He needs to turn things in a quick way, or he can pay for it."
AC Milan start off their campaign against Udinese and Inter face Lecce
(Football news) Upon their return to Serie A, Lecce face a very tough task as they welcome Inter Milan to Stadio Via del Mare. Last season Lecce won the Serie B championship as they will entertain a Nerazzurri side that are intent on reclaiming the Scudetto in the 2022-23 campaign, after narrowly missing out on the Scudetto to AC Milan in May. The former Lazio manager's first season brought two trophies as they won the Supercoppa Italiana and the Coppa Italia, on each occasion they got the better of Juventus to lift the trophy.
Over the summer, Inter made some big moves in the summer as they brought in Romelu Lukaku back to the club, following his dismal time at Chelsea and now the Belgian striker will form a potent partnership with Lautaro Martinez. Milan Skriniar has been retained despite strong interest from Paris Saint-Germain, Inzaghi's revolution seems set to gather pace, but Inter's pre-season form has been inconsistent before the competitive action begins this weekend. In the recent preseason match they lost to La Liga outfit Villarreal as the Nerazzurri have won only once in five warm-up games; conceding 10 goals in the process. Nevertheless, Inter have won each of their last three opening fixtures in Serie A and are unbeaten in 11 against newly-promoted sides in the league.
Lecce possible starting lineup:
Falcone; Gendrey, Blin, Dermaku, Gallo; Bistrovic, Hjulmand, Askildsen; Ceesay, Strefezza; Di Francesco
Inter Milan possible starting lineup:
Handanovic; Skriniar, De Vrij, Bastoni; Dumfries, Barella, Brozovic, Calhanoglu, Dimarco; Martinez, Lukaku
After winning their Scudetto in May for the first time in over a decade, AC Milan set to kick off their title defence against Udinese on Saturday evening. San Siro will host the champions' competitive debut for the 2022-23 campaign, with the Rossoneri under pressure to start with a win. Stefano Pioli was the architect of a largely youthful side as he was guided by a handful of veterans, that helped the former Lazio boss win his first major trophy after many years of coaching in the Italian league
Pioli managed to win the Scudetto on a tight budget and despite his success last term, he banked from a long-overdue Champions League campaign at San Siro. Influential midfielder Franck Kessie left the club to join the revolution at Barcelona while Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be out of action until next year after knee surgery. In response, Maldini and co have sanctioned the signings of Liverpool's Divock Origi and another Belgian star Charles De Ketelaere.
Milan still have a thinner squad than their title rivals Inter and Juventus while Roma are building a deeper squad this season for Jose Mourinho. Nonetheless, pre-season has progressed smoothly as they warmed up for their title defence by winning four of five preseason fixtures, scoring 17 goals in the process. AC Milan have lost only one of their last 10 league matches against Udinese, so they start as strong favourites to get the new campaign off to a successful start.
AC Milan possible starting lineup:
Maignan; Calabria, Kalulu, Tomori, Hernandez; Bennacer, Krunic; Messias, Diaz, Leao; Giroud
Udinese possible starting lineup:
Silvestri; Perez, Bijol, Masina; Soppy, Pereyra, Walace, Makengo, Udogie; Deulofeu, Success
Messi left out of the Ballon D'or top 30 for the first time since 2005
(Football news) France Football has announced its 30 man nominees list for this year's Ballon D'or. The prestigious award has gone through some changes this season as the performance of a particular season is taken into account instead of a calendar year. The big news is that Lionel Messi is not a part of the list for the first time since 2005. Messi has had difficulty adjusting to life at Paris Saint Germain which is the reason for his absence. His club teammate Neymar isn't a part of the list either but rival Cristiano Ronaldo has made the cut.
Ballon D'or Nominees list: Thibaut Courtois, Rafael Leao, Christopher Nkunku, Mohamed Salah, Joshua Kimmich, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Vinicius Junior, Bernardo Silva, Luis Diaz, Robert Lewandowski, Riyad Mahrez, Casemiro, Heung-Min Son, Fabinho, Karim Benzema, Mike Maignan, Harry Kane, Darwin Nunez, Phil Foden, Sadio Mane, Sebastien Haller, Luka Modric, Antonio Rudiger, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kevin De Bruyne, Dusan Vlahovic, Virgil van Dijk, Joao Cancelo, Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland.
According to where they played last season, the Premier League has the most representation with 15 nominees. La Liga has 5 nominations but all of them are from Real Madrid making them the 2nd most represented club along with Manchester who also have 5 nominees. Only Liverpool have more nominees with 6 players. The Bundesliga have 4 nominees while the Serie A has 3. Ligue 1, Eredivisie and Liga NOS have 1 nominee each. It is no secret that Karim Benzema is the outright favourite to win the prize this season. Real Madrid teammate Thibaut Courtois could be the closest in terms of competition.
France Football also announced the 10 shortlist for the Yashin Trophy which is awarded to the best goalkeeper. Alisson Becker, Ederson, Edouard Mendy, Hugo Lloris, Thibaut Courtois, Jan Oblak, Yassine Bounou, Manuel Neuer, Kevin Trapp and Mike Maignan have all been nominated. The Premier League once again has the most nominees with 4. La Liga has 3 representatives while Bundesliga and Serie A have 2 and 1 each. There would be very few people in the world who will not consider Courtois as the outright favourite to win after the season he has had. Brazilian duo Alisson and Ederson are likely to be the next in line to complete the top 3.
The Kopa trophy will be given to the best player under the age of 21. The 10 nominees for the award are Karim Adeyemi, Jude Bellingham, Eduardo Camavinga, Gavi, Ryan Gravenberch, Josko Gvardiol, Nuno Mendes, Jamal Musiala, Bukayo Saka, Florian Wirtz. The Premier League has only one nominee in the form of Saka. Bundesliga has the most nominees with 4 while La Liga has 2 representatives. Ligue 1, Eredivisie and the Austrian League have 1 nomination each. Picking a winner for this award will be tricky. In terms of collective trophies Camavinga has the most and he also has had some incredibly impactful performances. The only problem is that he has started a very few games this season which is not the case with the other nominees.
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PSV beat AS Monaco to face Rangers in the UCL playoff finals
(Football news) Rangers defeated Union SG after a stunning turnaround and now will play PSV in the Champions League play-off finals. Gio van Bronckhorst's men moved within two games of joining their arch rival, Celtic in the group stages after overturning last week's 2-0 defeat in the first leg in Belgium as they notched an incredible 3-0 win tonight at Ibrox yesterday. Goals from Rangers captain James Tavernier, Antonio Colak and Malik Tillman sent the home crowd wild as the Light Blues completed a famous comeback.
There was plenty of drama in Eindhoven too as PSV battled Monaco at the Philips Stadion. The teams played a 1-1 draw in France last week but PSV managed to get the job done after a thrilling 3-2 win in extra-time. Rangers will now host PSV in the first leg at Ibrox on August 16 or 17 before making the trip to Holland a week later where the second leg will decide who lands a £40million Champions League jackpot. A defeat to either side will see them drop into the Europa League group stages.
PSV Eindhoven defeated AS Monaco 4-3 on aggregate in the Champions League play-off round. The Dutch team dispatched the Ligue 1 side over two legs after a hard-fought 3-2 extra-time win on their home ground. Both sides drew 1-1 in the first leg in the French Principality last week. New signing Joey Veerman put the Eredivisie side in front after 21 minutes to put the host in the driving seat. Monaco clawed their way back in the game with Guillermo Maripán's 58th-minute strike. The former Sevilla striker Wissam Ben Yedder got what looked like a crucial second 12 minutes later to put the Principality team into the driving seat Erick Gutierrez grabbed a brilliant 89th minute equaliser after being set up by Luuk De Jong.The the former Barcelona player grabbed the winner with ten minutes of added time remaining to send the home into ecstasy.
Juventus accept Manchester United’s bid for Adrian Rabiot
(Football news) Manchester United have reached an agreement with Italian club Juventus for Adrian Rabiot but are yet to agree personal terms with the player. The 27 year old midfielder only has a year remaining on his existing contract and has been largely underwhelming for Juventus since his transfer from Paris Saint-Germain. The news was met with mixed reception from the fans as Rabiot has a reputation for being a disruptive presence and it also signified the lack of transfer strategy at Manchester United.
Having lost 2-1 to Brighton on the opening day, Manchester United are now desperately looking for reinforcements to salvage their season and have been linked to 33 year old striker Arnautovic and Rabiot since then. The Frenkie de Jong saga has seemed to reach a standstill with the player still reluctant to leave Barcelona despite both the clubs having an agreement for a transfer. Ten Hag has identified central midfield as an area that desperately needs strengthening and a move for both Rabiot and De Jong has not been ruled out.
Having been at the Manchester City academy for a brief spell, Rabiot made his name at Paris Saint-Germain, making 227 appearances, scoring 24 goals and winning five league titles. He left the French club for Juventus three years ago in controversial circumstances as he was frozen out by the club for not agreeing to a new contract. His mother, who is also his agent, said that he was leaving PSG to “buy his freedom”. Despite interest from Bayern Munich and Barcelona, Rabiot then joined Juventus but hasn’t made a big enough impact in Italy, starting 28 matches last season.
Rabiot was also at the centre of controversy with the French national team after he was picked in the stand-by squad for the 2018 World Cup. However, the midfielder removed himself because he refused to be a backup. He was then included in the French squad for Euro 2020, playing three of the four matches before the team was knocked out by Switzerland. If he does join Manchester United, Rabiot is expected to play as a box-to-box midfielder behind Bruno Fernandes with Frenkie De Jong playing in a deeper role in an ideal scenario. It’s clear that Fred and McTominay aren’t a reliable duo for the season ahead. While Rabiot is undoubtedly an improvement on what Manchester United already have, but he might not be the “right” player Ten Hag has insisted that the club are looking for.
Dortmund scrap past Leverkusen and Leipzig were held to a draw
(Football news) A first half goal by Dortmund captain Marco Reus was enough to carry last season's runners-up Borussia Dortmund past Bayer Leverkusen in their first match in the Bundesliga on Saturday but their win was overshadowed by an injury to new signing Karim Adeyemi. It was also a victorious return to coach for Edin Terzic, who was back on the bench after 15 months following his first stint as an interim coach in 2021.
Adeyemi's injury forced him off in the 23rd minute and was the latest new signing who got injured, as Dortmund are already without defender Niklas Sule who is nursing a thigh injury and forward Sebastien Haller could be out for months following the discovery of a malignant testicular tumour. Adeyemi thought he had scored the first goal when he turned a Youssoufa Moukoko cutback toward goal in the 10th minute but the ball was kept on the line by Leverkusen goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky before Reus stabbed it over for the much deserved lead. Minutes later, the German international Adeyemi was taken off following a knock on his foot
Leverkusen, who finished third last season, had their share of chances and Mo Dahoud perfectly timed a sliding tackle in the 42nd minute on Patrik Schick who would have had the chance to level. Dortmund came close to doubling the lead after the break with Hradecky denying Thorgan Hazard in the 50th before Schick responded with a pair of chances of his own and forced two good saves from Dortmund's Gregor Kobel. It was a much improved performance by Leverkusen who were shocked last week in the German Cup first round exit to third division team Elversberg. The hopes of a draw were spoilt when Hradecky was sent off for holding the ball with his hands outside the box late in the game.
"We did not start really well, lost possession a few times but recovered well. They were better after the break but we defended our lead well," said Terzic, who coached for the first time in the Bundesliga in front of fans. Sometimes it's not possible to score more than one and you have to protect that clean sheet instead."
"He tried to play on but it was not possible," Terzic said. "We have to wait until tomorrow to have a clear diagnosis."
RB Leipzig dropped points in their first match of the Bundesliga season, drawing 1-1 against VfB Stuttgart on Sunday despite taking the lead early, they went on to miss a bagful of chances in the second half. Leipzig lost 5-3 to Bayern Munich in the German Super Cup last week. The defending DFB Pokal winners got off to a flying start as 2021/22 Bundesliga Player of the Year Christopher Nkunku slotted the ball in the back of the net to take the lead in the eighth minute. Stuttgart gradually grew into the game and found space to attack, with Naouirou Ahamada's strike from the edge of the box levelling in the 31st minute with France's youth international first career goal. Dani Olmo also could not beat Mueller in the 73rd as Leipzig piled up a total of 27 efforts towards goal to Stuttgart's 11.
Other results were:
- VFL Bochum 1(Stoger) - 2 Mainz (Onisiwo x2)
- Augsburg 0 - 4 Freiburg (Gregoritsch, Grifo, Ginter, Doan)
- Wolfsburg 2 (Nmecha, Guilavogui) - 2 Werder (Fulkrug, Bittencourt)
- Union Berlin 3 (Siebatcheu, Becker, Knoche) - 1 Hertha Berlin (Lukebakio)
- Monchengladbach 3 (Bensebaini, Thuram, Elvedi) - 1 Hoffenheim (Skov)
- Koln 3 (Kilian, Kainz, Ljubicic) - 1 Schalke (Butler)
Diksha Dagar, Aditi Ashok miss cut at Women's Open
Murifield (Scotland), Aug 6 (Golf News) Diksha Dagar and Aditi Ashok missed the halfway cut at the AIG Women's Open here.
Dagar (77-70) and Aditi (73-74) were both 5-over and two shots outside the cut line.
It was a disappointing week for the Indian duo who played well in 18-hole qualifier to earn a place in the last Major of the season. Aditi was playing a record 23rd Major.
Korea's In Gee Chun produced a round of 66 (-5) to climb to the top of the leaderboard at the halfway stage.
The three-time Major champion made the most of the afternoon conditions making two birdies and one bogey on her front nine before rolling in four birdies on her back nine to reach a total of eight-under-par.
And Chun, who leads by one shot, has a goal for the two rounds over the weekend thanks to caddie Dean Herden.
Sweden's Madelene Sagström and South Africa's Ashleigh Buhai sit one shot back in a tie for second place on seven-under-par.
It was an excellent day for three-time LET winner Buhai after she made the turn in 30 (-6) with four birdies and one eagle on her scorecard.
Korea's Inbee Park sits in fourth place on six-under having shot a round of 67 (-4) on day three with Japan's Miyuu Yamashita and Australia's Hannah Green one shot further back in T5.
France's Celine Boutier is in a share of seventh place on four-under-par alongside Australian pair Minjee Lee and Steph Kyriacou, as well as 2019 AIG Women's Open champion Hinako Shibuno.
The cut fell at +3 with 65 players making it through to the final two rounds at Muirfield.
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Everton hijack the Amadou Onana from West Ham at the last minute
(Football news) Everton are going to sign Lille midfielder Amadou Onana after submitting a £33 million offer and are now also interested in a move for Wolverhampton Wanderers center back and captain Conor Coady. The deal for Onana, who was very close to joining West Ham United, has now chosen to play for Frank Lampard’s side. Along with Onana they also plans to recruit Idrissa Gana Gueye from Paris Saint-Germain three years after he left Goodison Park. Onana who is just 20 years old is a defensive midfielder who has played for the Belgium national team.
He was tracked by West Ham throughout the summer and manager David Moyes tabled a bid for the youngster worth an initial £29.2 million with a further £4.2 million in add ons. However, sources in France say that Everton have now matched Lille’s asking price following talks between both the clubs. He will make his move to Goodison Park after having chosen Everton over fellow Premier League side West Ham who had a similar agreement with the Ligue 1 outfit. The Belgian international is now waiting for the final go-ahead from Lille to fly to Liverpool in time to watch his teammates to take on Chelsea on the opening day of the new Premier League season.
The 20-year-old is now expected to sign a five-year deal with Everton just as he did with Lille last summer where he quickly forced himself into the playing XI. Everton have needed a defensive midfielder for a long time, ever since Idrissa Gana Gueye left them to join Paris Saint-Germain, and that position finally looks like that issue is going to be resolved. The Toffees are replacing Gueye with someone who is a very highly-rated player as he already towers over the vast majority of footballers, standing at six-foot, five-inches tall.
This kind of force should help Frank Lampard to stop them from conceding a lot of goals, at the very least while his lanky stature may also see him be able to bomb forward from time to time and hopefully physically dominate the opposition defenders instead. If things go quickly and smoothly, it might be that Onana could be revealed as an Everton player either at half-time or before Saturday’s game at home to Chelsea. He would have to be registered before midday on Friday to be able to play against Thomas Tuchel’s side which seems highly unlikely at this stage.
Aditi, Ashok make disappointing start at LPGA tour in Scotland
Muirfield (Scotland), Aug 5 (Golf News) Indian golfers Aditi Ashok and Diksha Sagar made a disappointing start at the 2022 AIG Women's Open here. The Indians came into this tournament through their qualifiers at North Berwick earlier this week.
Aditi opened with a 2-over 73 and was at T-56, while Diksha scored a 77 and was at T-118th.
The Indians will need a strong second round to keep the hopes alive of making a cut.
Japan's Hinako Shiburo leads the chart as she fired an opening round of 65 (-60) as she had a one-shot lead over American Jessica Korda, who sits alone in second place on five-under-par.
The 23-year-old Shibuno won the Open in 2019 at Woburn, her first event outside her country.
She got off to a quick start with three birdies in a row before dropping a shot on the fourth.
The Japanese star rolled in birdies on the fifth and ninth holes to make the turn in 32 (-4) before making three more birdies and one bogey on her back nine for a round of six-under-par.
Scotland’s Louise Duncan and Mexico’s Gaby Lopez share third place on four-under-par with Lopez having a bogey-free day.
Duncan, who won the Smyth Salver in 2021 at Carnoustie, had an up and down round with two bogeys, four birdies and an eagle for her 67.
Five players are in a tie for fifth place on three-under-par after 18 holes including 2022 Race to Costa del Sol leader Maja Stark, France’s Celine Boutier and England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff.
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IOC to consider cricket's inclusion in 2028 Los Angeles Olympic Games
Lausanne, Aug 4 (Cricket News) Cricket's much-anticipated inclusion in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics received a shot in the arm as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) shortlisted it for a review along with eight other sporting disciplines. Cricket has only featured once at the 1900 Paris Olympic Games, with Great Britain and hosts France as only participants.
According to ESPN Cricinfo, The development comes a day after the International Cricket Committee (ICC) was formally invited by both the LA28 and IOC to submit presentation in order to make their case considered.
However, a final decision is expected to be announced ahead of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) session in Mumbai sometime in mid-2023.
The other eight sports in consideration for the showpiece event are baseball/softball, flag football, lacrosse, break dancing, karate, kick-boxing, squash, and motorsport.
In February this year, the IOC said that a total of 28 sporting events will be part of the Los Angeles Games and also added that the 'potential new sports' will be considered with a focus on youth.
As per IOC diktat, a sport should clear some set of criteria in order to be considered for inclusion.
This includes priorities to cost and complexity reduction, engaging the best athletes and sports with safety and health first, global appeal, host country interest, gender equality, youth relevance, upholding integrity and fairness to support clean sports, and long-term sustainability.
Cricket is currently being featured in the ongoing Commonwealth Games with the women's T20 format being played among eight nations, albeit only the women's teams are participating in it.
However, for a sporting event to be featured at the Olympic Games, it must be for both men and women.
ICC CEO Geoff Allardice said he was pleased the way the cricket was viewed during the Birmingham Games and the sport has been a "star attraction" at the showpiece event.
"We've seen from the Commonwealth Games how much the world's best players have enjoyed playing in front of big crowds and what I'm sure will be large TV audiences," Allardice told the website.
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Mikkel Damsgaard joins Brentford FC for a fee of £16m
(Football news) Brentford's are set to sign Danish midfielder Mikkel Damsgaard for £16.7m which has been accepted by Sampdoria as the Bees close in on their replacement for Christian Eriksen. The Bees are now discussing personal terms and they hope that the 22-year-old midfielder will undergo a medical in the coming days. He came into the limelight when he scored twice during Denmark's journey to the Euro 2020 semi-finals, he then scored in the semi finals in their defeat to England at Wembley and has been linked with a move to the Premier League since then. The west Londoners club made their initial approach for Damsgaard a week ahead of their crucial season opener against Leicester City next Sunday.
Damsgaard caught the attention of other Premier League clubs but Brentford jumped ahead of the queue as Sampdoria accepted their bid. Mikkel Damsgaard's links to Christian Eriksen go way beyond the midfielder just filling in for him at last summer's Euro 2020 campaign. The new Brentford player even studied Eriksen's game during his younger years as he was somewhat of an inspiration to him. Eriksen was crucial to Brentford's survival in the Premier League last season as the team picked up seven wins in the 10 games. The Bees' goal ratio doubled in that time and Ivan Toney also got more chances to score goals. Eriksen’s another quality was that he brought a lot of joy from set-pieces, creating 17 chances from dead-ball situations last season for the Bees and Damsgaard can potentially bring all of his compatriot's skills with him.
England fans will remember him scoring a wonderful free-kick in the Euro 2020 semi-finals at Wembley. Damsgaard's season since last summer's Euros has not gone to plan with a mysterious illness, with his agent claiming it was arthritis. His class and form got him a move to Serie A with Sampdoria in 2020, where he had a solid start in Italy making 35 appearances in the league. However, due to injury, last season he played just 11 times in the Serie A as.Sampdoria finished 15th, helping them survive relegation by a margin of just six points. Brentford finished 13th in the Premier League last season which was 11 points above the drop zone. It would be a step up for Damsgaard to move to England with Brentford.
He has already starred for Denmark at a major tournament before and will be looking to do the same at the Qatar World Cup later this year. Denmark is in a tough group with France, Australia and Tunisia. This move suits him as playing in the Premier League would no doubt prepare him for competing against the world’s best in November. Damsgaard is still just 22 years of age and a move to Brentford would suit him as he will be joining fellow Danes in the likes of Christian Nørgaard, Mathias Jensen, Kristoffer Ajer, Mads Bech Sørensen, Mads Roerslev and Luka Racic. He would also be under the guidance of fellow countryman Thomas Frank so it should not take long for him to settle at Brentford.
"I can say that I'm inspired by him," Damsgaard said about Eriksen last season. "Eriksen is one of the players I have looked to emulate the most. I admired him a lot when I was younger and since then, I've always played as a No 10. I took a lot of inspiration from him. I studied many details of his game and how he finds spaces. I've tried to include him in my game when I was little."
French club Nice reach agreement with Leicester for Kasper Schmeichel
(Football news) Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is set to undergo a medical after an agreement has been reached with Nice for the Danish goalkeeper. The 35 year old will end his 11 year stay with Leicester where he won a Premier League title, FA Cup, Championship and a Community Shield. This weekend, Leicester manager Brendan Rogers had confirmed that Schmeichel would be allowed to leave if an agreement is reached and the goalkeeper will travel to France in the next 24-48 hours.
Schmeichel has been a part of the most successful spell in the club’s history, winning the Championship and promotion in 2013/14, the Premier League title in 2015/16, and the FA Cup and Community Shield in 2021. He will be joining Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey at Nice after the 31 year old’s contract was terminated by Juventus. Leicester’s financial woes have been well documented and the club are also linked with the departures of James Maddison, Wesley Fofana, Harvey Barnes and Youri Tielemans while they are yet to make a single signing this summer.
Speaking about Schmeichel’s future, Leicester manager Brendan Rogers said “There's been a little bit of interest over the summer. Kasper has earned the right to have a think about the next chapter of his career and where that's going to be. When there's something concrete, we'll sit and discuss it, and take it from there. Absolutely (it is a possibility Schmeichel may not start the season in goal). There's nobody here guaranteed to play. You have to defend your place by your performances every day in training and in games. He's been a great player for me in my time here.
“He's been brilliant over many years for the club. But you're always looking forward and always looking to see where the team can improve. There's lots of things to weigh up because sometimes speculation and the prospect of a move can affect people. For some, it doesn't, and they just get on with their work. Either way I will always pick a team that is fully committed, that's what's important. Kasper is going into his 12th season and he has earned that respect and the time to make sure. He's 35 years of age and it's a big year for him. It's a time of his life where he might consider another challenge and he has to be able to do that. So it's just communication and then we'll see where it's at this coming week.”
Jeev drops from third to disappointing 22nd on final day of JCB Seniors golf
Uttoxeter (England), Aug 1 (Golf News) Indian golfing legend Jeev Milkha Singh faltered in the third and final round of the JCB Senior Championships here as he dropped to T-22.
Jeev, who shot 64 in the first round and then 73 in the second, dropped further with 6-over 78 for a total of 1-under 215 after being 8-under on the first day.
"It was disappointing for sure, but that’s the nature of the game. I enjoyed my events on the Legends Tour and it was great to catch up with a lot of old friends with whom I played on the European Tour. I will be back for sure many of the events I played this year and more,” Jeev said.
Jeev is likely to travel to Japan next where he is scheduled to take part in as many as nine events.
Meanwhile, Germany’s Alex Čejka posted rounds of 69, 66 and 70 to secure the win by two shots ahead of Ireland's Paul McGinley who was second.
Cejka was 11-under with McGinley (70-68-69) at 9-under, while North Ireland's Darren Clarke, the Senior Open winner last week, South Africans Retief Goosen and James Kingston all finished on 8-under par in joint third position.
The German’s last victory on European soil came at the Trophée Lancôme in France on October 2002 and admits that any win is special especially when the leaderboard is full with so many legendary names.
The 51-year-old Cejka’s seniors’ career has been nothing short of a fairy tale.
Last year, he won two major titles at the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship and the Regions Traditions and says that he is happy that he managed to keep cool under the pressure and win another title.
The 1999 Open Champion Paul Lawrie and The Masters champion from 2000 Vijay Singh finished in a tie for sixth position on 7-under par one shot ahead of eight-time European Tour Number One Colin Montgomerie in joint eighth position.
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Hungarian GP: Verstappen secures epic victory while Ferrari falter again
(Motorsport) In what can only be described as a fantastic comeback, reigning Formula 1 champion Max Verstappen went from 10th to 1st at the Hungarian Grand Prix after a combination of brilliant racing combined with intelligent strategic calls from the Red Bull team. The result meant that he increased his lead to Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc by 80 points following another miserable day for the Italian manufacturer, who got their strategy embarrassingly wrong and failed Carlos Sainz at the pit stops not once but twice.
After a disappointing qualifying performance for Red Bull and the incredible pace shown by Ferrari, few would have predicted that the Dutchman would finish the race in first place, seven seconds ahead of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton while both the Ferrari cars were nowhere in contention for a win. Mercedes enjoyed a double podium finish, thanks to Ferrari’s inability as a team on the whole and at this point, the most successful F1 team in history are becoming their own worst enemy and gifting their rivals valuable points on a weekly basis.
Leclerc started the race in third place behind teammate Carlos Sainz and eventually climbed to first place in lap 31. It looked like a much needed victory for the Monegasque driver after his disappointing crash in France but then Ferrari decided to pit Leclerc on hard tyres, despite plenty of evidence from the race so far that the compound was underperforming and wasn’t providing enough pace or traction. This meant that despite Ferrari’s pace, the hard compound resulted in Leclerc being a sitting duck and was overtaken by Verstappen not once but twice and ended up finishing the race in sixth position.
With the team understanding that they got the strategy wrong, they got Leclerc into the pit again to switch to the soft compound but it was too late. The 24 year old simply couldn’t climb up the grid so late in the race in what was undoubtedly a frustrating race for him. As for Sainz, he couldn’t match up to the pace of Lewis Hamilton and was relegated to fourth after starting the race in second place, a situation that could have been very different had Ferrari not failed him at the pit stops twice. McLaren’s Lando Norris, who began the race in fourth place finished seventh ahead of Alpine’s Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon while Daniel Ricciardo finished 15th after being penalised for a crash involving Lance Stroll.
Hungarian GP Race Result: Top 10
1) Max Verstappen, Red Bull
2) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
3) George Russell, Mercedes
4) Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
5) Sergio Perez, Red Bull
6) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
7) Lando Norris, McLaren
8) Fernando Alonso, Alpine
9) Esteban Ocon, Alpine
10) Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin
Hero Open: Aman Gupta slips in third round, American Crocker still on top
St. Andrews (Scotland), Jul 31 (Golf News) Indian-American golfer Aman Gupta suffered a 14-shot swing from his second to third round as he carded a 5-over 77 after a 9-under 63 on the second in a low-scoring Hero Open here.
Alongside his first round 69, Gupta is now 7-under and at T-49.
However, the other Indian origin golfers such as Julian Suri and Jack Singh Brar both missed the cut.
Sean Crocker's sensational chip-in eagle at the 18th handed him a two-shot lead going into the final round as he bids to secure his maiden DP World Tour title.
The 25-year-old American golfer showed impressive patience on a testing third day to get a 18-under par and remain on course for a smooth victory.
After making four birdies and a single bogey in his opening 12 holes on Saturday, Crocker ran into trouble at the 13th as he could not find a way out of the thick rough after two shots and also had a wall to worry about as he prepared to take his third.
He took time to think about his next step and, instead of taking any risks, he opted for a drop and walked away with a double bogey.
Crocker soon put that to the back of his mind, though, pulling off some battling par saves in breezy conditions before chipping in at the last to sign for a 69.
Sweden's Jeans Dantorp, who is in the second spot, is two shots further back on 16 under par after posting a bogey-free 69.
Dantorp is one ahead of both home favourite David Law and Spaniard Adrian Otaegui.
South African Louis De Jager, Victor Dubuisson of France, Welshman Oliver Farr and England's Eddie Pepperell are all at 14 under and at T-5.
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Nuno Tavares completes his season long move to Marseille
(Football news) Arsenal second choice left-back Nuno Tavares has completed a season-long loan to Marseille. According to reports it has been understood that the Ligue 1 side do not have an option to buy. Arsenal have already signed Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City for a £30million fee earlier this month, which meant that Tavares fell down the pecking order. Last season he made 28 appearances across all competitions in 2021-22, starting the majority of his games towards the end of the season, when Kieran Tierney was injured.
Tavares is a Portugal Under-21 international who arrived from Benfica for around £8m in July 2021. Arsenal have a history of loaning several players to Marseille in recent years, including centre-back William Saliba, who returned to north London this summer and midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, who made his move to France permanent last month.The 22-year scored once and assisted twice. The Portuguese scored on his first appearance for the Gunners, netting in the pre-season friendly against Rangers in July 2021. Nuno’s first competitive Arsenal goal came in a 3-1 Premier League home win against Manchester United back in April.
Arsenal fans will be optimistic Tavares can upset those odds and hopefully thrive at the Stade Vélodrome next season as Marseille have proven their expertise in the field of youth development, as William Saliba has become a French international with his performances at Marseille. The French centre-half was already a star in the making when he returned to Ligue 1 last season, but he desperately needed regular first-team action to further his progress and he gained the experience with Jorge Sampaoli in defence, where a series of magnificent displays moulded him into quite a player..
A club statement said: “Everyone at Arsenal wishes Nuno all the best this coming season with Marseille.”
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Indian trio misses cut at Women’s Scottish Open after disappointing show
Troon (Scotland), Jul 30 (Golf News) The Indian trio of Aditi Ashok, Diksha Dagar, and Tvesa Malik all drew a blank at the Women's Scottish Open, after missing the halfway cut here.
Aditi (74-74), Diksha (75-76), and Tvesa (77-74) crashed out after the second round as the cut fell at 1-under.
It was a disappointing week for the Indians as Aditi had just one birdie against three bogeys and Tvesa once again bogeyed first and second and despite three birdies later on she had a card of 2-pover 74.
Diksha, on the other hand, double bogeyed the first for the second day running and had three more bogeys on front nine to turn in 5-over. On the back nine, she had three birdies against two bogeys and finished the day with 76.
World number four Lydia Ko produced another bogey-free round of 65 to lead by two shots at the midway mark.
The New Zealander, who began her second round on the 10th tee, had a slower start only making one birdie on her front nine.
However, Ko had an excellent back nine with four birdies and an eagle to put her in pole position on 14-under-par.
Two shots behind Ko in second spot is American Lilia Vu, who carded a round of 67 (-5) to reach a total of 12-under-par after 36 holes.
Vu, a three-time Epson Tour winner rolled in back-to-back birdies on 11 and 12 before dropping a shot on the 17th but soon made up for it with further birdies on two, six, seven and nine.
Korea’s Eun-Hee Ji sits in third place on 11-under-par having fired the joint-best round of the day, along with Sweden’s Johanna Gustavsson, and equalling the course record with a 64 (-8).
Thailand’s Wichanee Meechai and France’s Celine Boutier are in a share of fourth place on 10-under-par having shot rounds of 65 and 69, respectively.
Four players are one shot further back on nine-under-par including Germany’s Leonie Harm, who produced a bogey-free round of 68 on day two.
England’s Georgia Hall and France’s Pauline Roussin are two of the six players in a share of 10th place on eight-under-par.
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Leclerc finishes fastest in FP2 with Norris trailing closely behind
(Motorsport) As we have seen so often this season, Ferrari once again were quickest on track, this time at the Final Practice ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix. After a disastrous crash in France, Leclerc was determined to make amends and posted a time of 1:18.445 at the Hungaroring, followed closely behind by McLaren’s Lando Norris, just 0.2 seconds behind. Scuderia Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz, who finished quickest in Final Practice 1 finished third in FP2 while reigning champion Max Verstappen finished in a surprising fourth place, 0.3 seconds behind leader Leclerc.
McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo finished in fifth place ahead of Alpine's Fernando Alonso and Aston Martin's Sebastian Vettel. As for Mercedes, the Silver Arrows looked reasonably competitive in FP1 but couldn’t match that performance in FP2 as George Russell finished eighth and Lewis Hamilton 11th. Red Bull’s Sergio Perez also had a disappointing session, finishing in ninth place. The biggest takeaways from the two sessions so far was Ferrari’s clear advantage over Red Bull, despite the two teams being pretty evenly matched in terms of performance so far.
Seven time World Champion Lewis Hamilton was realistic about his team’s chances in Hungary, saying “The car's a bit of a struggle. It's crazy how much it swings from track to track but yeah, we've just got to figure out how to get it working. At the moment it's a little bit loose and it's not doing what we wanted to do. Nothing's changed on the car since last week and I'm the same driver this week as I was last week. It's just, for some reason on this track it's not working as well. But I think once we got it right.
“The gap is about the same as last week - around a second. I didn't get to run at the end because I had some damage. I sustained some damage on the floor so after that, it was pretty tricky for the long-run base. It's going to be a tough weekend, that's for sure, but we're going to give it everything,” Hamilton concluded. It can be said that last week’s double podium in France was a bit lucky for Mercedes with Charles Leclerc crashing from pole position and Carlos Sainz beginning the race at the back of the grid.
This time around, Ferrari will face no penalties and Leclerc would be extremely unlucky to face another crash. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen admitted that the Italian manufacturer had the advantage ahead of Sunday’s Grand Prix by saying “It was a bit tricky as expected. Around here trying to find a bit of balance from high to low speed, sometimes it worked a bit better, sometimes a bit tricky. I think Ferrari are a bit ahead of us and I think it will be hard for us to beat that, but overnight we will try to close the gap as much as we can and see what the weather will give us tomorrow. I think in the dry we can't compete and in the rain maybe we can, who knows."
Joe Rodon is going to French team Rennes FC on loan
(Football news) According to french reports, Tottenham have decided to loan out Joe Rodon to Rennes as his contract could include a purchase option. Reports over recent weeks have indicated that Spurs are going to let Rodon and Japhet Tanganga leave the club and sign another defender before the transfer window closes. It was reported earlier this month that Rodon, who since joining Tottenham has been struggling for game time and is ‘desperate’ to leave the north London club in search of regular first-team football before the World Cup.
It looks like the 24-year-old is getting his wish as Fabrizio Romano reported that the Welshman is set to join on an initial loan move to Rennes and added that the Ligue 1 club will have the option to buy the centre-back for €20m (£16.7m) next season’. L’Equipe reported that Rennes have completed the signing of Rodon who is due for his medical in France. Spurs would perhaps want an option worth more than the reported £17m figure, considering Rodon’s ceiling is high and his market value could potentially skyrocket if he has a solid season in Ligue 1 and then goes on to impress everyone in the World Cup.
Spurs signed the 24-year-old two years ago from Swansea City for a fee of £11m and are currently in the market for another defender after making a 6million profit on Joe Rodon. With Eric Dier's now an accomplished centre-back, there is little prospect of regular game time for Rodon. Spurs this season have also signed Clement Lenglet, who made 27 appearances in all competitions for Barcelona last season. Lenglet fell out of favour at Barcelona as he is still highly regarded and is expected to play along with Christian Romero in a three man defence. Since Conte took over Romero has been an outstanding performer and is expected to be one of the first names on the team sheet.
Antonio Conte has brought in Clement Lenglet, which meant that Rodon was down the pecking order. Rodon would therefore have to bide his time on the bench and it made him depart the club. Meanwhile, the club are in conversation with Villarreal over a £17m deal for Giovani Lo Celso but the Spanish side still have to agree on the fee. Lo Celso heavily impressed Unai Emery's side as he helped the La Liga club reach the Champions League semi final. It looks like Spurs will aim to sign one more centre back after already completing six summer signings this transfer window.
Disappointing start for Indian trio at Women’s Scottish Open
Troon (Scotland), Jul 29 (Golf News) India's Aditi Ashok (74), Diksha Dagar (75) and Tvesa Malik (77) started their campaign on a disappointing note at the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open.
With Korea’s Hye-Jin Choi firing a course record of 8-under 64, the Indians would need low second rounds to make the cut at the event which is co-sanctioned by the LPGA and the Ladies European Tour.
Aditi was T-97, while Diksha was T-122 and Tvesa was T-127.
Aditi had just one birdie against three bogeys, while Diksha had three birdies but those were negated by two bogeys and two doubles on first and second.
Tvesa, who went home to take a break was, once again, in for disappointment with one birdie against six bogeys.
The 22-year-old Hye began her round with two pars before making a bogey on the third hole, but after that she found her rhythm and rolled in an eagle on the fifth.
Choi then made three consecutive birdies on holes seven through nine before adding four more on her back nine including on the 18th to reach eight-under-par.
Three players are tied for second place just one shot back with France’s Celine Boutier, American Lilia Vu and New Zealand’s Lydia Ko all on seven-under-par.
It was a bogey-free day for Boutier, who rolled in four birdies on the front nine and three on the back nine and contended with the heavy mid-afternoon rainfall. It was a similar day for world number four Lydia Ko, who also produced a bogey-free round at Dundonald Links.
Two players sit in a share of fifth place with England’s Georgia Hall and Korea’s Narin An both producing rounds of six-under 66.
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Charles Leclerc won’t change driving style despite recent disappointments
(Motorsport) Scuderia Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc has reiterated that he will not change his aggressive driving style despite crashing at last weekend’s French Grand Prix. The mistake resulted in Verstappen extending his Championship lead to 68 points and a comeback for Ferrari and Leclerc under the circumstances would be a tall ask. Leclerc finished on pole during qualifying at the Paul Ricard Circuit (as he has done many times this season) but the driver couldn’t capitalise on his advantage despite leading at the beginning of the race.
A visibly upset Leclerc said in the post race interview that his mistake was “unforgivable” and questions were raised about the Monegasque driver being ‘error prone’. Mattia Binotto, Principal of the Scuderia Ferrari, quickly downplayed those suggestions by saying “It is a bit of an unfair judgement. I think that may happen when you are driving to the limit... but there is certainly no reason to blame him. We have always seen that Charles is reacting very strongly and well when he is making mistakes. I am pretty sure he will be back in Hungary stronger and hungrier."
Defending his driving style, Leclerc said “No, I think that's what gave me the edge in most of the races this year. At the beginning of the year, I didn't really know how to manage the car well at some tracks, like Miami I struggled massively at the race but overall, I feel I've got better and better with it, so it's definitely something that I want to keep for sure because it has lots of benefits. The downside is it makes the car more difficult to drive, but I am a racing driver and I need to be able to drive a car that is a bit pushier which I do, but this time, I pushed a bit too much on that lap and I paid the price for it."
Unfortunately for Leclec, the crash in France wasn’t the first time the 24 year old has made a mistake that has cost him the race. The Monegasque driver gave away 7 points at the Emilia Romagna GP after losing control of his car while being in second place. This combined with Ferrari’s reliability issues that has resulted in two retirements due to engine failure has meant that despite the pace the F1-75 has shown so far, they aren’t where they should be due to various factors. Ferrari is not just the most iconic brand in Formula 1 but also the most successful and it’s strange that the Italian manufacturer last won a Drivers Championship in 2007 through Kimi Raikkonen. While expectations are high from Leclerc, there are doubters who believe that the Monegasque driver isn’t at the same level as Verstappen.
Speaking about his title ambitions, Leclerc said “I do feel I'm ready. If I look at the first part of the season especially, I think it's been my strongest season in Formula 1. I think in the races especially, I've made another step up which is good. Mistakes like last weekend show I've still got some way to go but I'm getting there, and I know my worth. In moments like last Sunday, everyone puts you down and it's not easy but that's fine, it's part of the job. Now I just need to focus on myself, grow from that and show everybody what I'm worth."
Jehan Daruvala sets sights on seventh podium finish in Hungary
Mumbai, Jul 28 (MotorSports) Indian racer Jehan Daruvala will be looking to secure his seventh top-three finish as he heads to his next event in Hungary's Hungaroring race track this Sunday.
The 23-year-old chalked up his sixth podium of the season in France when he finished second last week.
It was also the fifth time this year he finished in the runner-up spot.
"The Hungaroring is a track that I really enjoy. While it is a purpose-built circuit, its tight, twisting corners have a street-track feel to them, making it very similar to Monaco," Jehan said.
"Of course that means overtaking is always difficult here and qualifying will be absolutely crucial this weekend. We know that’s an area we need to improve on but we’re working hard to make that step up so we can fight at the front in the Feature race on Sunday," he added.
Jehan, who is also a member of the Red Bull Junior Team, has raced at the 4.3-km long track on the outskirts of Budapest several times in his career.
He finished second at the track while racing in Formula Renault in 2016 and followed that up with a third-placed finish in European Formula 3 in 2017.
He also scored a double points finish at the venue in his first F2 season in 2020. However, the track was absent from the F2 calendar last year.
The Hungarian round, which will run as a support event to the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix, is the last before the series takes its annual summer break.
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Euro 2022: Germany to face England after defeating France in semi final
(Football news) Germany remain on course to potentially win their ninth European championship after securing a hard fought 2-1 win over France in the Euro 2022 semi final. To say that Die Nationalelf's journey to the semi-finals has been flawless would be an understatement as they had not conceded a single goal before taking on France and were overwhelming favourites going into the fixture. Alexandra Popp scored a brace for Germany, the first of which came in the 40th minute when the 31 year old finished off an excellent move by her team, capitalising on an precise cross by Svenja Huth.
The opening goal was Germany’s 100th goal at the European Championships, an all time high record. However, France pulled a goal back at the stroke of halftime when a shot by Kadidiatou Diani hit the post but the rebound awkwardly hit Germany’s goalkeeper Merle Frohms and went into the back of the net. What followed was a wave of pressure by France who were given a boost of confidence after scoring the equaliser with the likes of Selma Bacha, Wendie Renard and Diani being denied by Frohms. Eventually, the tournament’s joint top scorer struck again in the 76th minute when Huth provided the assist to Popp whose powerful header went beyond French goalkeeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin.The result means that Germany will face England in the Euro 2022 final at the Wembley Stadium on Sunday in what will be a repeat of 2009’s final which was won by the Die Nationalelf.
Speaking after the match, Germany captain and goalscorer Alexandra Popp said “I can't put it into words. We played an amazing game and threw everything in. We are incredibly happy; nobody expected us. We're in the final at Wembley against England - it doesn't get any better than that. We earned our self-confidence in all the games. The team is just great; they have my back and are happy with me after my whole story of suffering. Now it's time to regenerate quickly. It [the Golden Boot] is not my priority - my priority is to win the Euro. If I have the chance to crown the title with that achievement, it would be nice - but if it doesn't happen, then I'll still be happy."
Germany head coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg said “I feel pure pride for this achievement and these players from numbers one to 23," she said. "We have worked so hard and have become such a tight-knit bunch who support each other on the field. We totally deserved to win. France made a change for the second half after only having one shot on goal before the break. We knew that they could do more offensively and hurt us. It was a terrific team effort and that's what we wanted. It worked out in the end but it was super-exciting and super-exhausting.
“It will be a great football feast, it's a classic game and England has been incredible in this tournament, every single game full of dynamics, loads and loads of goals, but the first 30 minutes against Sweden showed you can hurt them. We will play in Wembley in front of 80,000 most of them probably for England, very few for us but we are accepting the challenge. I am very proud. I look forward to this game, this will be an incredible final."
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Tvesa joins Aditi and Diksha at the Women’s Scottish Open
Troon (Scotland), Jul 27 (Golf News) Indian golfer Tvesa Malik hopes her return to action after a short gap at the women's Scottish Open will end her none-too-good run this season on the Ladies European Tour.
Tvesa, who was in Top-20 of the LET Order of Merit last season, has been struggling to make cuts and finishing way down on the leaderboard this season.
Now she hopes her fortunes will turn as she tees up at the Dundonald Links in Troon as the Scottish summer of golf continues.
The other Indians in the field are Aditi Ashok and Diksha Dagar.
With the event being co-sanctioned by the LPGA, this is a great chance for the European players wanting to move to the LPGA. Also, the fact that it comes ahead of the AIG Women's Open means a chance to get into the field for the Major.
Aditi comes to Europe after numerous starts with modest results on the LPGA, while Diksha Dagar, after some moderate results, had Top-20 finishes in Amundi German Masters and Big Green Egg Open.
Aditi will play with Yealimi Noh of the US and Swiss golfer, Kim Metraux, while Tvesa plays with the 2019 Hero Women's Indian Open winner Christine Wolf, who is back after a four-month break from golf, and Allisen Corpusz of the US.
Diksha Dagar tees off in the company of Scot Hannah McCook and Lauren Stephenson of the US.
Austria’s Wolf has not featured on the LET after the season’s curtain-raiser at the Magical Kenya Ladies Open. She then put aside her golf bag and traveled through South America.
"It's something I've always wanted to do and I felt like it's a good time to step away for a little bit, and come back more motivated than ever. Our world has so much to offer and I am so grateful I got to do this trip and put some things in perspective as well," she said.
After four months on the road, Dundonald Links is her first destination back on tour.
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Euro 2022: England Women thrash Sweden to reach the final
(Football news) A record breaking 28,624 crowd at Bramall Lane witnessed England Women secure a 4-0 win over Sweden in the first Euro 2022 semi final. The Lionesses were tested by their opponents for large parts of the first half but the deadlock was finally broken by Beth Mead in the 34th minute when she collected a pass from Lucy Bronze before finishing on the turn to register her sixth goal of the competition. Mead is now two goals ahead of Germany's Alexandra Popp and her compatriot Alessia Russo for the Golden Boot.
Early in the second half, Bronze capitalised on Sweden’s failure to clear a corner to score England’s second in the 48th minute, nodding home a free header. Manchester United’s Alessia Russo, who has been a regular feature for the England Women from the bench, displayed a moment of brilliance with a bold backheel effort that went into the back of the net in the 68th minute. To make matters worse for Sweden, England’s Fran Kirby scored the fourth goal after spotting the goalkeeper off her line and going for an audacious lob. Sweden keeper Lindahl did manage to get a hand on the ball but it wasn’t enough. The result means that England will now face either Germany or France in the final, depending on the result of the 2nd semi final.
Speaking after the match, England manager Sarina Wiegman said “You asked yesterday if we were ready to write history. This is history. We said before the tournament and throughout that we want to inspire the nation, I think that's what we're doing and making a difference. The whole country is proud of us, and even more girls and boys will want to play football. We have confidence in this team, our players stay calm and stick with the plan. We spoke about scenarios and sometimes things go well and sometimes things don't. We can count on each other and our task and then come back into the team."
Meanwhile, Sweden coach Peter Gerhardsson said “I can't give analysis, but I can give emotions. It's tough, naturally. In the first 25 minutes I thought we had chances, even though England did too. We had the more dangerous chances to score first. It would have given the game a different outlook. Going 2-0 down from a set piece early in the second half against a difficult opponent like England is going to be tough. Then going 3-0 and 4-0 down doesn't make it any easier. We were playing a really talented team and when you face that sort of opponent you need to take your chances. We matched them physically but there are various reasons why it went the way it did in the second half."
Aditi Ashok misses cut at Evian Championship in France
Evian-les-Bains (France), Jul 24 (Golf News) Indian golfer Aditi Ashok missed the cut at the Evian Championship after carding a one-over 72 in the second round here.
Aditi, who made a record 22nd Major appearance, needed a birdie on the final hole to stay on in the event but failed to do so as the cut fell at even-par.
Canadian Brooke Henderson continued her fine run as she carded a 3-under 68 in the third round to hold on to her top position in the leaderboard.
The 24-year-old, who is aiming for a second major title of her professional career, is at 17-under, two strokes clear of two-time major champion So Yeon Ryu of Korea and four strokes ahead of LPGA Tour rookie Sophia Schubert of USA.
For Schubert, this could be a true breakthrough moment in her five-year professional career.
After reaching the LPGA Tour by finishing fourth on the Epson Tour’s 2021 Race for the Card, the 27-year-old American has struggled through her rookie season, missing five cuts and only finishing inside the top-15 one time.
But she closed her third round with four consecutive birdies to take a spot in Sunday’s penultimate group.
Five players are tied for sixth at 11-under, including No. 1 Jin Young Ko and No. 3 Nelly Korda.
Korda entered the day in solo second but dropped off the pace with a round of even-par 71 on Saturday.
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Jehan Daruvala finishes second in French round of F2
Le Castellet (France), Jul 24 (MotorSports News) Indian racer Jehan Daruvala secured his sixth podium of the season, finishing second in the French round of the Formula 2 championship here.
On Sunday, Jehan started the 'feature race' from 10th on the grid but fought his way up to the seventh spot before finishing second overall. It was his fifth second-place finish this season.
The 23-year-old, who races for Italian team Prema, was robbed of a potential fourth F2 victory by a post-race penalty in the last round in Austria.
"It's good to be back on the podium what happened in Silverstone and Austria. We were struggling with pace down the straights but had some good battles to finish second," Jehan said.
"We would have finished even higher in the feature race with our strategy to run a long first stint but we gambled on a safety car and stayed out a bit longer than ideal. Other than that, it was a solid weekend for us. We still have some areas to work on and I'm confident we'll come back stronger next weekend in Hungary," the 23-year-old added.
Jehan started Saturday's 'sprint race' from the pole position and after a lightning start led into the first corner.
He comfortably held on to his own at the front when an incident involving three cars brought out the safety car.
The 23-year-old Mumbai-based driver timed the restart to perfection, that allowed him to open up a small gap with second-placed Liam Lawson but the latter's superior straight-line speed allowed him to close in.
Lawson used his car's superior speed down the straights to get past Jehan and the former swept around the outside into turn one.
Jehan held his line but the pair touched, which opened up a tear on his front tyre, but he didn't suffer a puncture.
A few laps later, Marcus Armstrong attempted to pass Jehan for second at the same corner but on the inside. They made contact but Jehan, forced wide across the chicane, and kept his position.
Armstrong was handed a five-second penalty for forcing Jehan off the track.
The Red Bull-backed racer, who earlier this week completed a second Formula One test with McLaren, will now go to Hungary.
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A year after accident, Pissay gears up for Bajas World Cup
Teruel (Spain), Jul 23 (Motorsports News) TVS Racing's Aishwarya Pissay, the only World Cup winner from India in motorsports, is all set to re-launch her international campaign with Baja Aragon, the fourth round of the FIM Bajas World Cup.
The race is scheduled from Friday.
After her accident in Jordan Baja in March 2021, Pissay worked hard on rehabilitation and bagged another national title in the last one year before plunging into high-performance training abroad for about 90 days this year under her acclaimed mentor Michael Metge and Jordi Grau.
More than 70 riders will participate in the race, including 18 motorcycle and eight quad riders.
Pissay will be a part of Sherco TVS Rally Factory team that has registered four riders. Lorenzo Santolino, Rui Gonçalves, Harith Noah and Pissay make up the team this year.
For the five-time national rally champion who became the first Indian woman to make her international debut at Baja Spain in 2018 at the age of 22, this will be her third Baja Aragon Spain.
The Indian rider will look to turn the tables astride a Sherco 450 Enduro, the same bike that she trained with in France and Spain to improve her physical fitness and riding skills.
"It was a high-performance training not just focussing on physical fitness and mental conditioning but identifying and fine-tuning certain riding skills and consistently learning the terrain and the art of Road Book.
"Staying focussed and calm are some other interesting aspects that I enjoyed," said Pissay, who continues to get support from Surana College, her alma mater.
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Hamilton looking for 300th GP win as Mercedes reveal new upgrade
(Motorsport) Seven time World Champion Lewis Hamilton will be looking for his 300th Formula 1 Grand Prix victory in France this weekend as Mercedes look to close the gap on Ferrari and Red Bull with a new upgrade for the W13. Few would have predicted that Hamilton and Mercedes would fare so poorly at the beginning of the 2022 season but the Silver Arrows have improved significantly in the last few races and the team are hoping for a favourable outcome at Le Castellet's Paul Ricard Circuit.
Hamilton, who was relatively pessimistic about his team's chances early in the season now considers himself as one of the candidates to win the French Grand Prix this weekend, a testament to Mercedes’ engineers and their tireless efforts to fix the W13’s problems. A win at the French Grand Prix would be the longest time Hamilton has had to wait in his career for a victory and it will also be an achievement for the British racing driver as he could become only the sixth driver in history to secure 300th GP wins.
Speaking ahead of the Grand Prix weekend, Hamilton said “I hope so (being in the hunt to win), that's what we're all working towards. I'm working towards getting that win and I do believe at some stage we will be able to compete with these guys, whether that's this weekend or in five races time. The journey is the important part. We started off not where we wanted to be, we've made progress and we've started to hit a patch of consistency. When we do get back to where we deserve to be, I think we'll appreciate it that much more.
"Every weekend we're helping to improve, for sure. I really don't know to what extent this weekend. We have things we're constantly changing on the car, aero surfaces and things like that. I'm hoping we discover something this weekend and that hope creeps further forward. In general this has been a decent race for us, and I hope that continues this weekend” concluded Hamilton.
Hamilton’s teammate George Russell was not as confident about his team's chances, saying “The honest answer is we don't really know. We think we'll be closer than we probably were in Austria, relatively speaking. It could be reasonable. I think we're not going to be quicker than Ferrari or Red Bull. I think if we have an exceptional weekend, we could be within two tenths if we get absolutely everything right, but I'll be shocked if we get any closer than that."
Mercedes have been working tirelessly to understand the problems plaguing the W13 and have introduced a new aerodynamic upgrade to boost performance at the French Grand Prix. The redesigned nose appears to be flatter and could reduce drag, giving the car a boost in straight line speed. The full package is set to be revealed before Friday’s practice session and the Silver Arrows have not ruled out the possibility of installing even more upgrades.
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said “Our understanding of the W13 is growing with every lap and it's encouraging to see that reflected in our development and results. While we were quicker in Austria, we still weren't quick enough to challenge at the front. We need to keep chasing those final few tenths and bringing new developments to the cars, including this weekend in France."
Euro 2022: Germany Women defeat Austria to progress into semi finals
(Football news) Germany Women defeated Austria 2-0 at the Brentford Community Stadium to progress into the semi finals, capitalising on their opponents mistakes to secure the win. Having already beaten Denmark, Spain and Finland, Germany were in for a surprise as Austria began the match on the front foot with Marina Georgieva’s header hitting the back off the post early in the match. Austria’s lack of ruthlessness proved to be their undoing as Germany went on to score the opening goal, their high press causing a defensive mix up which gave Magull the opportunity to score from 12 yards in the 25th minute.
Both sides hit the post twice before half-time and Austria came close to getting the equaliser when Germany failed to clear a corner but Sarah Puntigam was denied the opportunity. Germany’s Klara Buhl’s long range effort struck the bar and she also missed an open goal as Germany looked to consolidate their lead with a second goal. It was in the final minute of normal time when Zinsberger’s goal kick struck Alexandra Popp’s back and went into the back of the net, much to the embarrassment of the Austrian keeper. The result means that Germany will now face either France or the Netherlands in the semi final next Wednesday.
Speaking after the match, Germany manager Martina Voss-Tecklenburg said “We're very happy to win, we were deserved winners and it was as intense as we expected. Austria played well from set-pieces and in the moment where we didn't do things well, they hurt us. Thankfully, they didn't score, which helped us. We wanted to come over the flanks and the opening goal was fantastically played, at half-time we changed a few things in terms of positioning. We weren't courageous enough in terms of getting into the right positions before half-time and spoke about it at the break, and then we were a lot calmer after half-time. It took a long time to score the second which was a pity, but it was a great game for the fans - compliments to Austria, they did what we expected, which was to play good football, with a clear plan and a good mentality."
Munich Para Shooting World Cup: India record best-ever finish with 10 medals
Munich, Jul 21 (Shooting News) Paralympic medallist Singhraj Adhana won two gold medals on the final day as India produced their best-ever performance at the Para Shooting World Cup, finishing with 10 medals here.
Singhraj's twin medals propelled India to the top of the medal table, their best performance since taking part in the competition for the first time in 2017. In total, India won six golds, three silvers and one bronze.
France (11) and Ukraine (15), took the second and third place, having won 4 and 3 gold respectively.
On the final day of the event, Tokyo Paralympic silver medallist Singhraj, who initially qualified in the fourth place, rode on his steady rounds of shooting to score 224.1 points and eventually clinched the gold.
Ukraine's Oleksiy Denisiuk, settled for silver with 216.2 points, while Korea's Jeongdu Jo won bronze after scoring 193.9.
Before the individual event, Singhraj teamed up with compatriots Deepender Singh and Manish Narwal to take the team gold.
The individual gold was also Singhraj's first ever in the P4 event after several silver and bronze medals.
"I am very happy to finally win a gold in this event. I wanted to win it in Chateauroux 2022 in France but had some technical glitches. I am happy that I could execute my plans in Munich," Singhraj said in a release.
"I would like to thank my coaches for the success." Earlier, India started off its Para Shooting World Cup campaign on a brilliant note with Rahul Jakhar clinching gold in P3-Mixed 25m Pistol SH1 event.
Jakhar also combined with Singhraj and Nihal to take the team gold with a total of 1695-36x ahead of Korea and the Czech Republic.
Shooters Manish Narwal and Rubina Francis followed it up with another gold in P6 - Mixed Team 10m Air SH1 Pistol event.
The Indian Para Shooting team will next be in action at the World Championships in November slated to be held in Al Ain, UAE.
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PSG have agreed personal terms with Nordi Mukiele
(Football news) PSG are attempting to secure the signing of Nordi Mukiele from RB Leipzig, this summer transfer window. Mukiele is said to be keen on joining the French Champions with an agreement between PSG and the player already done. A fee is yet to be agreed between the two clubs but it is believed that around €10m would be enough to see Leipzig sell the 24-year-old. New PSG boss Christophe Galtier has confirmed to the media that he is looking to add a player who can bring “versatility on the right side”.
If Mukiele is to make the switch then Achraf Hakimi’s future might be in question as Manchester United have reported interest in him and the player has been labelled a dream signing for new coach Erik Ten Hag. The right-back position has been an issue for over a decade now and Aaron Wan-Bisska was supposed to provide the answer but the ex-Palace man has gone backwards in his development since his arrival at Old Trafford. Hakimi would be a significant upgrade for Ten Hag, providing the United boss a world-class option in that position. If there is a chance to sign the Moroccan international then the United board should act on it.
Mukiele has already reportedly reached an agreement over the personal terms with the Ligue 1 champions, and Luis Campos had earmarked the versatile Frenchman as a priority target after arriving in Paris. PSG can supposedly expect to pay in excess of €10m (£8.5m) to sign Mukiele, who had previously spent nine years at Paris FC as a youth player between 2004 and 2013. Mukiele then eventually rose through the youth ranks at Lorient before joining Montpellier HSC in 2017, but he subsequently spent one-and-a-half years at the Stade de la Mosson before heading to Germany.
The France international has since scored 10 goals and provided 11 assists in 145 games for Leizpig, including two goals and five assists from 38 appearances last season. Mukiele also won his first piece of silverware with RB Leipzig last term in the form of the DFB-Pokal. The versatile 24-year-old could therefore provide stiff competition for PSG to compete for the right-wing back spot with Achraf Hakimi after Colin Dagba joined Strasbourg on loan. Mukiele can also provide backup to Marquinhos, Sergio Ramos and Presnel Kimpembe at centre-back, although Kimpembe is to be linked with a move to Chelsea. PSG this window have already signed Vitinha, Hugo Ekitike and Nuno Mendes has made his move from Sporting Lisbon permanent.
India's first Olympian Fencer Bhavani Devi loses in Cairo World Championships
Cairo, Jul 20 (Combat Sports News) India's first Olympian fencer Bhavani Devi bowed out of the World Championships after losing in the second round of senior women's individual sabre event here on Wednesday.
Bhavani gave a tough fight to her German opponent Larissa Eifler, seeded 8th, before going down 12-15 in the round of 32.
The 28-year-old from Chennai made history at the Tokyo Olympics by becoming the first Indian to compete in the sport at the Games.
Bhavani, currently ranked 39th in the world, had recovered from 4-11 to beat Gabriella Page of Canada 15-14 in her opening round match.
At the Tokyo Olympics, she won her round of 64 match 15-3 against Tunisia's Nadia Ben Azizi before going down to eventual bronze-medallist, Manon Brunet of France in the round of 32.
Bhavani, who has won three Asian medals, had claimed the Charlellville National Competition in France in October last year.
She had also finished 23rd out of 166 participants in the women's individual sabre event of the FIE World Cup in Istanbul in March this year.
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Does Memphis Depay have a future at FC Barcelona?
(Football news) Barcelona are having an incredible transfer window despite all the financial troubles. The catalan club have signed Andreas Christensen, Frank Kessie, Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski while Ousmane Dembele signed a new contract. Jules Kounde is another player who is linked with a move to the Nou Camp. Barcelona's financial troubles are very well known at this point but the fact that they have signed these players shows that behind the scenes there is something which is sorted despite what the media is portraying. Naturally there will have to be sales to generate money. The Blaugrana have already loaned out Clement Lenglet, Moussa Wague, and Francesco Trincao while they have let youngsters Arnau Comas and Rey Manaj leave for free. Ferran Jutgla was sold for £4.2m to Club Brugge.
Frenkie De Jong has been linked with a move to Manchester United as Barcelona need to sell him for financial purposes. Memphis Depay is another player who Barcelona reportedly want to sell in this transfer window. Depay was signed by Barcelona in 2021 for free from Olympic Lyon. His first season at Barcelona was a difficult one as he was troubled by injuries. Despite that he did score 12 goals in all competitions. Now Barcelona have Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Robert Lewandowski, Ousmane Dembele, Ferran Torres, Raphinha and Ansu Fati as attacking options. Depay has only one year left on his contract and he is supposedly surplus to requirements for Xavi.
Memphis Depay is currently in America for Barcelona's Pre-season tour. Tottenham Hotspur and Sevilla are the two clubs who have been offered a chance to sign the Dutchman. He has only one year left on his current contract and should be available for around €15m. He is still only 28 years of age and has a lot of football left in him. If fit, Depay can be a valuable addition to any team in the world. Tottenham have already completed 6 incredible signings this summer and Depay would be the icing on the cake. Sevilla on the other hand need a forward after they decided not to renew Anthony Martial's loan deal.
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Chelsea bid £42.5m for PSG centre back Presnel Kimpembe
(Football news) Chelsea are in direct contact with Paris Saint-Germain over a potential deal for french centre-back Presnel Kimpembe. The Blues have reportedly continued their search for a second defensive signing this summer after landing Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli this week. There were several centre-backs linked with a potential move to Stamford Bridge, but Romano claims that Chelsea are now working on a potential deal to get Kimpembe to West London.
The France international spent two seasons working with Tuchel in Paris and he still has two years left in his contract at Parc des Princes. There are claims that PSG are open to selling the defender this summer and have set a price tag of €60-65million (roughly £51-55m) for the player. On the other hand, Chelsea are preparing a bid in the region of €45-50m (£38-42.5m) as the negotiations between the clubs are expected to continue. “PSG consider Kimpembé part of the project — but he can leave in case of a good proposal,” Fabrizio Romano said on Twitter.
PSG are closing in on Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar who could prove influential if Kimpembe decides to leave his boyhood club. The Frenchman is seriously considering leaving Paris for a new challenge as the 26-year-old in an interview said that his next contract will be “very important” for him and that he expected a meeting with PSG over the club’s future project. Nathan Ake was the number target and would have been a brilliant addition to Tuchel’s squad. The Netherlands international had the attributes required to succeed in the Premier League but now that the deal has collapsed, Chelsea have acted quickly and shifted their interest towards Kimpembe.
The 26-year-old still has two years left on his contract but it appears PSG are ready to cash-in if their valuation is met. Kimpembe has similar attributes to Rudiger, who joined Real Madrid this summer but he’s a lot more composed with the ball at his feet. He can also operate on the left side of a back three so he should fit in well with Tuchel’s 3-5-2 system. Chelsea have already signed Koulibaly from Napoli and have reignited their interest in Sevilla’s Jules Kounde so it will be interesting to see if their two main targets come to Chelsea.
Calvin Bassey joins Ajax as Lisandro Martinez’s replacement
(Football news) Rangers defender Calvin Bassey is set to join Ajax and the deal is expected to complete his medical in the next few days. The deal will see Rangers receive over £20million. When the performance-related bonuses are taken into consideration, the transfer fee could eclipse Kieran Tierney’s move from Celtic to Arsenal, which was around £25million. It is understood a 10 per cent sell-on clause has also been negotiated in the players contract.
Several Premier League clubs including the likes of Aston Villa, West Ham United and Brighton & Hove Albion, were very keen on the Nigerian defender and he was heavily scouted by sides from Italy, Portugal, France and Germany. It is understood that Rangers made it clear to other clubs that they wanted a Scottish transfer record fee, resulting in several teams dropping out of the race to sign him. The 22-year-old was signed from Leicester for £230,000 two years ago and until November was mostly used as a reserve left-back, but Bassey’s performances in central defence on the road to the Europa League final caught the attention of clubs all over Europe and he subsequently will now become Rangers’ record transfer sale.
Bassey had numerous options but he has chosen Ajax due to their history of developing young players and the opportunity for him to continue playing regular first-team football. The Dutch side have signed him as a replacement for Lisandro Martinez who joined Manchester United yesterday. Talks accelerated with Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson in recent days and Bassey was left out of the squad that faced Blackpool in Saturday’s 2-1 friendly victory. It will be the most that Ajax have ever spent on a defender and this will comfortably break the £16.5million fee Rangers received for Nathan Patterson in January from Everton.
Rangers play their first opening Champions League qualifier as they have pre-season friendlies to come against West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur. Van Bronckhorst in this summer has brought in five players this summer but Bassey’s exit will leave him with another gap in the squad to fill, after Joe Aribo was sold this month to Southampton for £10 million. New York City FC loanee James Sands started alongside Connor Goldson in Bassey’s absence while Barisic scored the opening goal from left-back which could be the new defence for next season. Arsenal loanee Leon Balogun left after his loan expired and Filip Helander suffered a fresh injury and Bassey’s departure means Van Bronckhorst will have the funds to go back into the market to potentially one or two defenders.
Euro 2022: Holland Women score four past Switzerland at Bramall Lane
(Football news) Netherlands progressed into the quarter-finals of Euro 2022 after a 4-1 win over Switzerland at Bramall Lane. With the scores tied 1-1 for the majority of the match, Netherlands’ Romee Leuchter and Victoria Pelova scored three goals between them in 10 minutes to secure a vital win for Mark Parsons’ side. The result meant that Switzerland is out of the competition while Netherlands finished as runners-up in Group C and will take on France in the quarter-finals.
The Swiss were dominating proceedings in the opening 10 minutes with progressive passing and Sandy Maendly’s curling effort was saved by Daphne van Domselaar, who tipped it over the crossbar. The Netherlands had a chance of their own at the 20th minute mark through Lineth Beerensteyn’s deflected shot and the forward was then brought down by goalkeeper Gaelle Thalmann but no penalty was awarded after a VAR check. Both teams continued to threaten but it was the Netherlands who found the breakthrough first due to an unfortunate own goal three minutes before half-time when Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic nodded the ball into the back of her own net from a corner.
However, Switzerland responded just four minutes later after Bachmann played Reutler through who slotted the ball into the bottom corner. They nearly had a second but Coumba Sow failed to capitalise on two excellent opportunities as goalkeeper Van Domselaar was called to action. With both teams looking for that elusive winner towards the end of the game, substitute Leuchter found the breakthrough in the 84th minute with a looping header while Pelova found the back of the net just two minutes later. To make matters worse for Switzerland, Leuchter scored again in the 90 + 5 minute to secure the victory.
Nithya wins gold, Bhagat signs off with silver at 4 Nations Para Badminton International
New Delhi, Jul 17 (Badminton News) India's Nithya Sre Sumathy Sivan won the women's singles SH6 class, while world number one Pramod Bhagat finished runners-up in men's singles SL3 in the 4 Nations Para Badminton International in Dublin, Ireland on Sunday.
Nithya beat Rachel Choong of England 21-14 18-21 21-7 in a 32-minute final, while Bhagat went down 17-21 9-21 to England's Daniel Bethell in the summit clash.
"I am disappointed with my performance, I tried everything possible but couldn’t Execute. Daniel was playing very well. This loss will motivate me to perform better in the upcoming tournaments," Bhagat said in a release.
Mixed doubles pairing of Chirag Baretha and Mandeep Kaur also settled for silver after losing 14-21 18-21 to France's Lucas Mazur and Faustine Noel in the finals of SL3-SU5 classification.
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Aditi-Pajaree finish 24th in Great Lakes Invitational
Midland, (US), Jul 17 (Golf News) The Indo-Thai par of Aditi Ashok and Pajaree Annanarukarn finished T-24 despite a 7-under final round of the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational here.
In an event where Aditi and Pajaree finished third a year ago, they shot 72-62-69 in the three rounds.
Personally, Aditi had a good round as she closed with five birdies, three of them in the last four holes. She will now take this form to Europe, which has two Majors -- Evian Championship and AIG Women’s Open with the Scottish Open in the next three weeks.
Aditi is confirmed for the Evian and the Scottish Open events.
Jennifer Kupcho and Lizette Salas won the event, closing with a 9-under 61 in best-ball play for a five-stroke victory in the LPGA Tour's lone team event.
The U.S. Solheim Cup partners finished at 26-under 254 at Midland Country Club. Kupcho won for the third time this year and in her career, while Salas won her second tour title.
Matilda Castren and Kelly Tan were second after a 62 as Stacy Lewis and Maria Fassi shot a 59 to finish third at 20-under. Cheyenne Knight and Elizabeth Szokol had a 61 to match Tiffany Chan and Haeji Kang at 19 under Chan and Kang shot a 62.
The 51-year-old Annika Sorenstam and Madelene Sagstrom, tied for the first-round lead, closed with a 66 to tie for 28th at 11 under.
The tournament ended Saturday so players could head to France for the fourth major of the year at the Evian Championship, which will start the European portion of the LPGA Tour schedule.
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Odisha to promote chess in schools, colleges: CM
Bhubaneswar, Jul 15 (Chess News) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Friday said his government will promote chess at schools and colleges.
Handing the Chess Olympiad relay torch to Padmini Rout at a function in Loka Seva Bhavan, he said it was a proud moment for India as it was hosting such an international event on the 75th year of its Independence.
Kiran Manisha Mohanty brought the relay torch to the Loka Seva Bhavan and handed it to the chief patron of All Odisha Chess Association (AOCA), Achyuta Samant. The chief minister received the torch from Samant.
Both Kiran and Padmini are celebrated international chess players from Odisha. As many as six players from the state will participate in the olympiad to be held in Chennai.
Patnaik said some of the state's players have done exceedingly well at national and international chess events.
"We also organised the World Junior Chess Championship in 2016. We intend to further strengthen the game across the state, especially in schools," he said.
He said chess is a game that can be easily taught as not much infrastructure or equipment is required.
"We will create competitions at school and college levels regularly and promote the game in a professional manner," Patnaik said.
Congratulating the organisers of the olympiad, the chief minister said that probably for the first time in India representatives from around 200 countries will participate in a sports event.
India has produced some of the best chess players in the world and this event will further promote the game, he said.
The relay torch was received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on June 19, and he handed it to Grand Master Viswanathan Anand.
Odisha Sports Minister TK Behera said the state is building international standard sports infrastructure and hosting global events successfully.
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Euro 2022: France progress into the quarter final with win over Belgium
(Football news) France Women defeated Belgium 2-1 at the New York Stadium to progress into the quarter finals of Women’s Euro 2022. Les Bleus opened the scoring in the 6th minute when Kadidiatou Diani’s header went in at the back post but despite the dominance by France it was Belgium who managed to grab the equaliser in the 36th minute when Janice Cayman found the back of the net. However, France managed to score the winner in the 41st minute when Griedge Mbock Bathy nodded home in her first Euro 2022 appearance.
Belgium were forced to play with 10 players with a minute to go for full time when Amber Tysiak was shown a red card for her handball in the box but France’s Wendie Renard could not capitalise on the opportunity from the spot. After a five star performance against Italy, France began their match against Belgium in similar form with Renard’s header going narrowly wide from Clara Mateo’s cross in the third minute. However, their relentlessness paid off in the 6th minute when Sakina Karchaoui’s cross from the left flank was met with Kadidiatou Diani’s header to make it 1-0.
Belgium struggled to deal with Karchaoui throughout the match and provided another cross to Diani who could not find the net this time around. With France dominating the proceedings, few would have predicted that Belgium would find the equaliser against the run of play when Cayman scored past an onrushing Pauline Peyraud-Magnin. However, it was France who had the last laugh as they restored their lead just five minutes later when Mbock Bathy headed home Eve Perrisset’s cross from close range, securing a place in the quarter finals of the tournament.
We have great chance of winning medal in doubles at CWG: Chinappa
Chennai, Jul 12 (Sports News) India's top woman squash player Joshna Chinappa on Tuesday said the country has a great chance of winning a medal in doubles at the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
"This is one of the best Indian teams. Saurav Ghosal and myself have been playing on the pro tours for a number of years. We are still in the top-20 in the world. We (India) definitely have a great chance of winning a medal in doubles," Chinappa told reporters here on the sidelines of an event to announce new initiatives as part of the HCL-SRFI squash podium programme.
"This time, we are also trying to push for a medal in singles as well." While Chinappa is ranked 17 among women, Ghosal is no.15 among men.
The 35-year squash ace, who recently won the women's doubles title at the World Doubles championship in Glasgow, also said she and Dipika Pallikal Karthik (with whom she triumphed in the worlds) were a very strong team.
"To be honest, she (Dipika) has had one of the greatest comebacks. When we started playing after a gap of three years, I was quite surprised that she was playing really well. I expected her to be a little rusty. She has been putting in a lot of effort into her training. We are a very strong team. Hopefully, we can show that on court." Chinappa said.
India have won a gold in women's doubles at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 apart from two silvers (in women's doubles and mixed doubles) in the previous Games in Gold Coast in 2018.
Members of the CWG-bound squash team have begun training in Chennai ahead of the quadrennial event and Chinappa felt it was great to have someone like former world No.1 Gregory Gaultier to train with the players.
"First of all, it is great to have someone of the calibre of Greg (Gregory Gaultier) here. He is a former world champion. He is a former world No.1. He still plays at an unbelievably high level. He is one of the best trainers we have got in a very long time. His expertise and knowledge will definitely boost us. Sebastian (Bonmalais) plays on the pro tour. It is nice to have fresh inputs and fresh minds.
"The major part of our training was done in the last few months. As you get closer to the tournament, it is about sharpening the skills and playing a lot of matches. It has been great to share the court with both of them," she added.
Chinappa said England and New Zealand would be the teams to watch out for in the CWG.
"England is solid. New Zealand is really good. Then there are teams like Malaysia and South Africa. These are the countries we will have to keep an eye out for," she added.
Asked about the now-postponed Hangzhou Asian Games, she said she was prepared to play in both (CWG and Asiad) but it was nice to have a bigger break to get fitter and stronger.
"I did not look at it (postponement of Asian Games) that way. I was prepared to play both (CWG and Asian Games). It is just unfortunate that it (Asian Games) will not happen this year. It is nice to have a bigger break to get fitter and stronger. In a way, it is good," Chinappa added.
The Indian No.1 said she saw herself as a singles player and was looking forward to doing much better in it.
"I have always looked at myself as a singles player first. Of course, I have had wonderful success with Dipika in doubles as well. But, I always train like a singles player. I am a singles player for the majority of my career. This Commonwealth Games, I am definitely looking forward to doing much better in singles too," Chinappa said. Meanwhile, top Indian men's player Saurav Ghosal said the country has a realistic chance at the CWG.
"We have realistic shots (chances) in three or four events – men's singles, women's singles, women's doubles and mixed doubles. We have put ourselves in the position to be able to have those chances. Now, it comes down to execution. Hopefully, it will all come together," he added.
He said the players were preparing in the best way possible to produce medal-winning performances.
"We started the camp just yesterday (Monday). I got back from America on Saturday. I was training there for three weeks. The last block of training is going pretty well. We are preparing the best way possible to produce medal-winning performances. "Right now, we are in the home stretch of our preparation. We just need to keep the body and mind fresh so that we play the best possible squash which we are capable of. Hopefully, it will happen," he added.
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Indian GM Iniyan finishes second in chess tournament in France
La Plagne (France), Jul 10 (Chess News) India's teenage Grandmaster P Iniyan finished second in the La Plagne International Open Chess Tournament 2022 here.
The 19-year-old GM scored 7 points from nine rounds to tie for top spot with Ukraine GM Vitaly Sivuk early on Sunday.
The Ukrainian, however, won the first prize on the basis of a better tie-break score.
India's Sayantan Das with 6.5 points took the third place.
Iniyan remained unbeaten through the nine rounds, winning five games and drawing four. One of the draws came against Sivuk, in round six.
He started with a win and had a score of 4.5 after five rounds but three straight draws in rounds six, seven and eight pegged him back.
A win over Austrian GM Andreas Diermair helped Iniyan reach seven points and also gain 10 rating points.
Das, on the other hand, registered four wins and five draws including against Iniyan and Sivuk and finished half a point behind the duo.
The field for the tournament comprised 95 players from 19 countries including 9 GMs and 18 International Masters.
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Amandeep Drall, Vani Kapoor only Indians to make cut in Ladies European event
Sitges, Jul 9 (Golf News) Amandeep Drall and Vani Kapoor were the only two out of six Indian golfers to make the cut at the Estrella Damm Ladies Open currently here.
Deaflympics gold medallist Diksha Dagar (74-74), Neha Tripathi (73-76), Tvesa Malik (77-73), and Ridhima Dilawari (78-76) -- all had a rough time and missed the cut.
Drall, who was hit by a double bogey in her first round 72, was steady with two birdies against two bogeys for another 72, that put her at even par 144 and Tied-34th.
Vani, who started from the back nine, also had two birdies and two bogeys in her 72 that followed her first round 73. At one-over for two rounds, she is currently T-44.
Spain's Carlota Ciganta, who is looking for her sixth LET title, held a commanding five-shot lead at the midway point.
The 32-year-old Spaniard rolled-in five birdies in a bogey-free second round of 67 to reach 12-under, ahead of Scotland’s Michele Thomson, Sweden’s Maja Stark and Magdalena Simmermacher of Argentina.
However, the defending champion, Stark, who played with Ciganda for the first two rounds, matched her 67 to move closer to the former in the points table.
Simmermacher shot 68 and Thomson added an impressive three-under-par 69 to her opening 68.
Sweden’s Elin Arvidsson sits in fifth place, while Spain’s Nuria Iturrioz shot the round of the day - a six-under-par 66 - to move into a share of sixth position with Anne-Lise Caudal from France.
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Swiss court clears Blatter and Platini of corruption charges
(Football news) A Swiss court has cleared former FIFA President Sepp Blatter and former UEFA President Michel Platini of corruption charges today. The Federal Criminal Court in the southern city of Bellinzona cleared Blatter, who had been FIFA President for 17 years of fraud while Platini was also acquitted of the charges. Prosecutors had accused Blatter and Platini of wrongfully arranging a sum of two million Swiss francs (£1.7m) in 2011 to the former France national team captain.
The accusations resulted in Blatter resigning from his position and Platini succeeding him as FIFA President. According to Blatter, the payment to Platini was for his role as technical advisor in 1998 as per a “gentleman’s agreement” between the pair. When the payment came to light, the US Department of Justice launched an investigation into bribery, fraud and money-laundering at FIFA in 2015, resulting in both Blatter and Platini being banned for eight years in 2015, a sentence which was later reduced.
According to Platini, the accusations were a deliberate attempt to sabotage his attempt to become FIFA President in 2015 with Gianni Infantino, former general secretary at UEFA eventually taking over the role in 2016. Speaking following the verdict, Platini said: "I want to express my happiness for all my loved ones that justice has finally been done after seven years of lies and manipulation. My fight is a fight against injustice. I won the first game.
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FIH Women's World Cup: Wasteful India lose 3-4 to NZ, to play Spain in crossover for QF berth
Amstelveen, Jul 8 (Hockey News) A wasteful India lost 3-4 to New Zealand in their final Pool B match but still remained in contention for a quarterfinal berth of the FIH Women's Hockey World Cup after finishing third in their group here.
New Zealand topped Pool B with seven points ahead of England (4), while India and China finished on two points apiece but progressed on account of a better goal difference.
According to the tournament format, the top four sides from four pools will directly qualify for the quarterfinals, while the second and third placed teams will feature in the crossovers.
The winner of the crossover matches will grab the remaining four quarterfinal spots.
India will play the second placed team of Pool C, co-hosts Spain, in their crossover match at Terassa on Sunday.
Co-hosts Netherlands, New Zealand, Argentina and Australia have directly qualified for the quarterfinals after topping their respective pools.
India should have sealed the game in regulation 60 minutes if not for an uncountable missed chances, including as many as 15 penalty corners, out of which they converted just one.
Vandana Katariya (4th minute), Lalremsiami (44th) and Gurjit Kaur (59th) were the goal scorers for India on Thursday, while New Zealand sounded the board through Olivia Merry's brace (12th, 54th), Tessa Jopp (29th) and Frances Davies (32nd). The Indians started brightly, enjoying early possession and their efforts bore fruit when a diving Vandana deflected in Lalremsiami's push after a quick turn from inside the D in the fourth minute.
In the 10th minute, Shamila Devi had a brilliant opportunity to hand India the lead from a one-one-situation with New Zealand goalkeeper Brooke Roberts, only to falter but in the process secured India's first penalty corner.
Gurjit's powerful flick from the resultant set piece was saved by Roberts.
New Zealand secured their first penalty corner in the 12th minute and Olivia Merry found the net with a routine shot through the legs of India skipper and custodian Savita to level the scores.
Three minutes into the second quarter, Lalremsiami was denied by an onrushing NZ goalie Roberts from an one-one-situation, resulting in another penalty corner but Deep Grace Ekka's shot wide.
India were punished by New Zealand for lapse in concentration a minute before half-time when an opportunist Jopp scored from a goal-mouth melee.
New Zealand came out attacking after the change of ends and secured back-to-back set pieces, the second of which was converted by Davies.
It was all India thereafter as they secured penalty corners in numbers but failed to utilise the chances.
Lalremsiami pulled a goal back for India in the 44th minute neatly deflecting in Sushila Chanu's pass. India went on the offensive in the final quarter and secured a barrage of PCs, only to waste them again.
New Zealand got their two goal lead back when Merry scored from another set piece.
But Gurjit finally scored from a set piece when she converted India's 13th penalty corner in the 59th minute.
In the final minute of the match, India secured two more PCs but to no avail.
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Nadal, Kyrgios and Norrie reach Wimbledon quarter-finals
(Tennis news) Rafael Nadal reached his eighth Wimbledon quarter-final after defeating Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp 6-4 6-2 7-6 (8-6) in two hours and 22 minutes at the Centre Court. The 36 year old Spaniard remains on course for a calendar slam and will now face Taylor Fritz in the quarter-finals. In the on-court interview after the match, Nadal said “I am a little bit tired to talk about my body. Sometimes I am tired about myself and all the issues that I am having. I prefer to not talk about that now. Sorry for that.
"But I am in the middle of the tournament and I have to keep going. All respect for the rest of the opponents. I am just trying my best every single day. For the moment I am healthy enough to keep going and fight for the things that I want. It takes a lot of mental and physical effort to try to play this tournament after the things that I went through the last couple of months. But as everybody knows, Wimbledon is a tournament that I like so much. I have been three years without playing here. I really wanted to be back. That's what I am doing. So that's why it means a lot for me to be in the quarter-finals."
Taylor Fritz defeated Australia's Jason Kubler 6-3 6-1 6-4 to set up a match against Nadal in the quarter-finals. The 24 year old hasn’t dropped a single set at the tournament yet and won his eighth straight victory on the grass surface, having played at Eastbourne before Wimbledon began. Speaking after the match, Fritz said “My first Grand Slam quarter-final, that's really a big deal. Part of the final eight and... I'm glad I could get the win on the Fourth of July, being American."
In other results, Nick Kyrgios also reached the quarter-finals after a five set win over Brandon Nakashima, winning 4-6 6-4 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-2. The Australian tennis player was on his best behaviour after a fiery clash with Stefanos Tsitsipas and successfully made it to the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time in seven years. During the on-court interview after the match, Kyrgios said “It wasn't near my best performance, level wise, but I'm just super, super happy to get through. I've never lost a fifth set here. Honestly, that's what I was thinking about. I was like, I've been here before, I've done it before and I came through again."
Meanwhile, British tennis player Cameron Norrie will face David Goffin in the quarter-finals after defeating Tommy Paul 6-4 7-5 6-4. When asked about being the only British player still playing at Wimbledon, Norrie said “I'll take it. At the beginning of the tournament, you guys were asking me, 'You're British No 1, you got a lot of pressure, a lot of expectations on your shoulders'. For me to play the way that I did in all my matches so far means a lot. Unfortunately I'm the last one standing. But I think it's even more reason for everyone to get behind me. The atmosphere was great today and definitely helped me get over the line there. Especially on that last game, I was obviously pretty nervous. I was serving for my first quarter-final of a Slam. I wanted to get it done there.
"It's great to be through to the quarters. But no reason to be satisfied. I want to keep pushing. I'm looking forward to the next match. Another challenge. Very experienced player. There's still a long way to go, but it's pretty nice to tick the box making the quarters. I feel like I'm improving and my level is getting better. Definitely a little bit more calm in the bigger matches. It's nice to do it that way round."
As for Goffin, the 31 year old is playing at Wimbledon after a year’s gap, having suffered an ankle injury in the 2021 edition and was subsequently ruled out due to a knee problem. However, he reached the quarter-finals after defeating Frances Tiafoe in four hours and 36 minutes. He said “I have another opportunity to play on Centre Court to try to have a win, finally to have a win on Centre Court. I didn't have any chances. I had [Andy] Murray and I had [Novak] Djokovic. Not easy," said the former world No 7.
"Another British, against Cameron. He played less than me. He played well from the start of the tournament. He played really well. He's very consistent. He's a tough opponent to play, but I will try to recover. That's the most important now, today and tomorrow, try to be ready to play against the whole country."
Neymar Jr's future under the scanner after significant changes at PSG
(Football news) The future of Neymar Jr at PSG is doubtful according to multiple reports. There have been significant changes this season at PSG as director Leonardo has been replaced by Luis Campos. Mauricio Pochettino is set to be replaced by Christophe Galtier with only the official announcement pending. Owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi in a recent interview said “Dreams are one thing, reality is another. Perhaps we should change our slogan. Dreaming bigger is good, but today we must be realistic, we don't want flashy, bling-bling anymore, it's the end of the glitter. We want players who love the club, who love to fight, who love to win, And we want this mentality to spread throughout the club."
The comments could've perhaps been aimed towards Neymar whose flashy and party lifestyle is very well reported in France. PSG had spent a world record €222 million back in 2017 and now 5 years later it is safe to say that the Brazilian hasn't been worth it. He has 100 goals and 60 assists which have led to 11 trophies but PSG have not won the UCL yet and Neymar has never had an extraordinary season which would make the world take notice. Injuries have been a big problem as he has never had a full season without problems. The winger has had 21 different injuries while at PSG which is way too much for a player of his calibre.
Chelsea are reportedly interested in his services as the new ownership want to make a statement. Despite the injury and other problems, Neymar is still a quality player and if managed well he can make the difference in any team. Thomas Tuchel has worked with Neymar at PSG before which is a good sign. Neymar has 3 more years left on his contract but if PSG are desperate to get rid of him then Chelsea should get a bargain deal. His wage demands will be a big obstacle that can make the negotiations very tricky. Juventus are another club who are linked with Neymar as manager Massimiliano Allegri is keen on the move.
Corentin Tolisso is going to rejoin Olympique Lyon on a free transfer
(Football news) At the end of last season, Bayern Munich confirmed that they would be losing two senior players on free transfers. The first senior player to leave was Niklas Sule who had rejected a contract renewal from Die Roten at the start of the year and soon announced that he would join Borussia Dortmund when he reached an agreement with him in February. Meanwhile, Corentin Tolisso also confirmed his departure from Bayern in May but he was expected to attract a lot of interest as he was linked with various clubs. However, the French midfielder will be returning to Ligue 1 with Lyon after spending five years in Bavaria.
According to Fabrizio Romano, Corentin Tolisso underwent a medical on Thursday to seal a move back to Lyon. Tolisso is expected to sign a five year contract at Lyon and is set to be unveiled as their new player today. Bayern Munich made Tolisso their record transfer in 2017 after buying him for €41.5 million. The French midfielder enjoyed a productive debut season, providing goals and assists from midfield. He rounded off a good debut season with a place in the French squad that won the World Cup 2018 in Russia.
Things started to go downhill for Tolisso at Bayern in the second season. After winning the World Cup with France, Tolisso suffered an ACL tear at the start of the 2018/19 campaign which subsequently ruled him out for more than eight months. The French midfielder then continued to struggle with various injuries in the next three years, which restricted him from getting a long run of games in the first team. Tolisso’s quality was never in doubt and he fared quite well whenever he played for Bayern in the playing XI. However, he was hardly available for selection due to his poor luck with injuries. It was reported that Bayern was considering a contract extension for him, but it was not a financially feasible solution for the club.
Eventually, Corentin Tolisso parted ways with Die Roten after he made around 118 appearances with the Bavarian Club, in a spell that was marred by injuries after an initially impressive first season. He went on to score 21 goals and win five Bundesliga titles and the Champions League in 2020. A move to Lyon will be beneficial for him to kickstart his career again. He will be entering the peak years of his career, so getting regular game time becomes very crucial for the French midfielder. With the World Cup in a few months away, Tolisso will be looking to start well with Lyon for a chance of being in the French squad. Since then, Bayern have replaced Tolisso with Ryan Gravenberch. The Dutch midfielder completed a move to Bayern Munich from Ajax earlier this month. Gravenberch will be fit for pre-season after recovering from a serious injury that he suffered in May.
Clement Lenglet is set to join Tottenham on a season long loan
(Football news) Clement Lenglet is closing in on a departure from Barcelona and looks to complete a surprising move to join Premier League side Tottenham on loan. The centre-back has decided Spurs is his best option currently and will move if the two clubs can agree a loan fee. According to latest reports, Lenglet is just “one step away” from leaving Barcelona and heading to north London.
The two clubs are said to be in “advanced talks” after Roma dropped their interest in the Frenchman. The reports also add that the clubs are currently discussing contract details as personal terms don’t seem to be an obstacle. Barcelona wants Tottenham to pay all of Lenglet’s salary, but Spurs are hoping that the Catalans will help them out in that regard. Barca are still hoping the majority of the outgoings in the squad will be done before Monday which is when the first-team squad are due back for pre-season training at the Ciutat Esportiva. Lenglet had joined Barcelona from Sevilla in 2018 and enjoyed a couple of positive seasons but the 27-year-old fell down the pecking order in the Barcelona squad. Given his very high wages, Barça have been intent on getting rid of the defender for quite some time now.
There has been interest in Lenglet’s services from France and Italy but it now seems that Tottenham Hotspur is where the French international will be heading this summer. As per Gianluca Di Marzio, the loan signing of Lenglet from Barça will be until the summer of 2023 as there has been no mention about the percentage of wages that Tottenhman would be paying and how much burden Barcelona will have to bear. Nevertheless, Lenglet’s impending exit will be a huge relief for Barcelona who want to finally offload the player this summer. There could be a possibility that Barca include a buy option in the contract, which could be activated once the loan spell is done.
Tottenham have been on the hunt for a new left-sided centre-back for a while now and have been linked with the likes of Inter Milan star Alessandro Bastoni and RB Leipzig ace Josko Gvardiol. They failed in their attempt to capture them as Antonio Conte’s side quickly turned their focus towards Lenglet and have virtually sealed the deal for the French ace. It is a good move for Lenglet after hardly playing any first team football with Barca for 2 years. The move also comes at a good time for the player as this year he may have an outside chance of making the France World Cup squad. It is now on Tottenham if they agree on a mandatory buy option in the contract.
Wonderkid Xavi Simons is set to sign a new contract with PSG
(Football news) Xavi Simons, who just turned 19 years old played in the La Masia academy with FC Barcelona but then moved to Paris as he yearned to enjoy a greater role at Paris Saint-Germain. Therefore, the Parc des Princes entity is going to extend his contract and let the Dutchman go out on loan. According to Fabrizio Romano, his next destination might be PSV Eindhoven. Simons will look to work under the orders of the legendary Ruud van Nistelrooy.
Simons, who is still just 19, has been known as a young prodigy for many years. He made his name at the La Masia academy but then he eventually moved to Paris Saint-Germain three years ago. The Dutch youth international contract was expiring but with Luis Campos at the helm, his number one priority was to offer him a contract extension. Simons has several options for the continuation of his career as PSV is one of the clubs interested in him and is looking at whether it is possible to bring the youngster to Eindhoven. He has just played eleven matches in the first team of Paris Saint-Germain, nine of which came last season. He is a versatile player who can play in midfield and up top.
Simons was named after Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez. Mauricio Pochettino handed him his PSG debut at the age of 17, in a team which is surrounded by superstars. Poch is a manager who has a track record of developing young players and it seemed that the stage was perfectly set for Simons to unlock his potential. That’s in spite of the fact that Paris has an obsession with selling their home grown superstars over the last decade, a strategy that has certainly backfired as it has blocked the pathway into the first team for talented youngsters like Kingsley Coman and Christopher Nkunku, who had to move elsewhere to advance their careers.
Not long after his first appearance and 18th birthday, Simons showed some flashes of brilliance in last summer’s pre-season, hinting at an increased first-team role in Pochettino’s squad for the 2021-22 campaign. He ultimately made nine appearances for PSG and went onto notch his first senior assist with a lovely through ball for Kylian Mbappe’s hat-trick as a young PSG side beat lower-league side Vannes 4-0 in the Coupe de France. Most of his appearances came off the bench, and he totalled just 127 minutes in PSG’s Ligue 1 campaign, making no impact in a title victory that was so effortlessly done this season by PSG. Once again this season, Simons produced his best football at the youth level. He turned heads in the UEFA Youth League, setting up three goals in a 4-1 victory over RB Leipzig’s Under-19s in November, and averaged a goal or assist every 61 minutes, finishing with four goals and six assists in seven appearances in the competition.
Alphonse Areola joins West Ham on a permanent transfer
(Football news) West Ham have reached an agreement with PSG over an £8m permanent deal for Areola. Areola, 29, was on loan at the east London club from PSG during the 2021-22 season and he went on to make 17 appearances in all competitions. West Ham activated an option to buy which was worth around £8 million as they chose to buy him over the alternative of a further loan.
Areola was a man in demand as he had received interest from Newcastle and former club Fulham this summer, but the Magpies ultimately went for Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope. The France international was David Moyes’ number one goalkeeper in West Ham’s run to the Europa League semi-finals. Despite being the second goalkeeper to Lukasz Fabianski, Areola kept eight clean sheets in 16 appearances, including an impressive performance during a 2-0 victory over Sevilla in the Europa League last 16. Areola has had loan spells at both Real Madrid and Fulham but now finally moves away from PSG where he hardly got any game time. West Ham face a difficult start to the Premier League season when they take on the Champions Manchester City on August 7 at the London Stadium.
West Ham have already made the signing Nayef Aguerd from Rennes as Alphonse Areola becomes the clubs second transfer this summer window. West Ham United are also interested in signing Armando Broja from Chelsea this summer. The Hammers are looking for a new centre-forward to give Antonio some competition and have identified the Albanian as a potential option. With Chelsea yet to finalise the future of the youngster, there is a chance that he could move across London but Newcastle United are also pushing to sign the forward this summer. West Ham are also interested in signing some wingers as they have already offered Jesse Lingard a contract and are reportedly interested in Villarreal winger Danjuma. The Hammers are going to lose Mark Noble, Andriy Yarmolenko, Ryan Fredericks and David Martin this summer and David Moyes needs to find able replacements ahead of next season.
ATK Mohun Bagan sign Paul Pogba's elder brother Florentin
Kolkata, Jun 25 (Football News) Indian Super League heavyweights ATK Mohun Bagan on Saturday signed centre-back Florentin Pogba, the elder brother of 2018 World Cup-winning French midfielder Paul.
"It feels exciting to have joined a club as big as ATK Mohun Bagan. It makes me very proud. This legacy of the club is its jersey -- I'm looking forward to the day I turn up in gree-and-maroon," the 31-year-old said in an ATKMB statement.
"This is a new challenge for me. It will give me a chance to know the country, new championships and many clubs. It's huge to me," he added.
The Mariners already have Australian A-League star defender Brendan Hamill on board and with the latest acquisition, it will bolster their defence ahead of their AFC Cup inter-zonal semifinal in September.
The Juan Ferrando-coached side struggled in their defensive department last season with injury woes to Spanish centre back Tiri and India star Sandesh Jhingan.
The Spaniard is on his way out, while there's an uncertainty about Jhingan's future at ATKMB for the upcoming season.
Hailing Florentin as a goalsetter, Ferrando said: "He is a goal-setting footballer. Who always wants to give the best and tries to prove himself by coming out of the comfort zone.
"He can create an attack from the defense. and give the forwards good passes to score goals." Florentin last played for French Ligue 2 club FC Sochaux-Montbeliard where he still had one-year left in the contract.
Having joined in 2020, he played two seasons with the Sochaux jersey, playing 62 Ligue 2 matches.
Unlike Paul Pogba, who plays for France, Florentin represents Guinea and has 30 caps for the national side since making his debut as a 19-year-old in 2010.
Born in Guniea, Florentin was brought up in France and began his professional career in 2010 with CS Sedan where he played 45 matches across two seasons.
He then moved to AS Saint-Etienne in 2012 before making his Ligue 1 debut the next year.
He then went to the Turkish side Gençlerbirligi SK, followed by Atlanta United in Major League Soccer where he won the US Open Cup and Campeones Cup.
"I wish you all the best at your new club ATK Mohun Bagan FC," Paul Pogba wrote on his Instagram story.
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Archery World Cup Stage 3: Compound mixed pair make final, confirm second medal for India
Paris, Jun 24 (Archery News) Indian archers assured themselves of a second medal in the World Cup Stage 3 with ace duo of Abhishek Verma and Jyothi Surekha Vennam sailing into the compound mixed team final here on Friday.
A day after Deepika Kumari and Co. cruised into the final of recurve women's team event to confirm their first medal of the meet, the compound mixed pair of Verma and Jyothi followed suit, defeating Estonia's Robin Jaatma and Lisell Jaatma 156-151 in a lopsided semi-final.
The Indian duo will face fifth seed France in the compound mixed team final on Saturday.
Making a comeback after more than seven months, world number 3 Jyothi, who was sidelined in the Asian Games trial, is also in the hunt for an individual medal, having advanced into the semi-final.
A day after Lisell gave Jyothi a tough fight in the individual quarterfinal, the Estonian along with her teammate Robin failed to create much pressure and slipped behind after the Indian pair had a perfect first round.
Maintaining their consistency, Verma and Jyothi extended their lead to five points in the third round that proved decisive, even as their rivals levelled it 38-38 in the final set of arrows.
Having got a bye into the pre-quarters, third seeded India began their mixed team campaign eliminating Puerto Rico by a handsome eight-point margin (158-150).
In the quarters, the Indian duo faced their stiffest challenge from El Salvador's Roberto Hernandez and Sofia Paiz who stretched it to shoot-off.
But Verma and Jyothi kept their calm to oust their 11th seed opponents, drilling in an X which made the difference in the shoot-off after their final scoreline read an identical 155-155 (19-19).
A new-look recurve mixed pair of Tarundeep Rai and Ankita Bhakat, however, made a first round exit going down to lower-ranked Kazakhstan 4-5 (34-36 37-33 37-35 35-36) (18-20) in a shoot-off.
The Indian duo was inconsistent and squandered a 4-2 lead from being 0-2 down as the Kazakh bounced back to force a shootoff.
In the shootoff, Rai and Ankita managed two 9s as the Kazakh pair sealed it with two perfect 10s.
Ankita made the cut at the expense of world number 3 Deepika Kumari, who slipped in the qualification round.
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Christopher Nkunku signs a contract extension with RB Leipzig
(Football news) RB Leipzig forward Christopher Nkunku has signed a two-year contract extension which will be till 2026. The 24-year-old this summer window has been linked with a number of clubs, including Chelsea and Manchester United, but he has opted to commit to the Bundesliga side. Nkunku was voted the 2021-22 Bundesliga player of the season and helped Leipzig win their first major trophy as they won the German Cup in May. Nkunku this season had scored 20 goals and registered 14 assists in 34 league games as he helped RB Leipzig finish fourth in the Bundesliga after a disappointing start to the campaign under Jesse Marsch
The 24-year began his footballing career with French champion Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in 2015 before he moved to Leipzig in 2019 for a fee of €13 million plus add-ons. He has scored 47 goals in 136 matches for Leipzig and in his career, he has scored 63 goals in 241 appearances. The Frenchman has now penned a two-year extension with the German club, which means that Nkunku is essentially ruled out as a transfer target for this summer transfer window prompting the Red Devils and Chelsea to look elsewhere in the process. Fortunately, there is some hope for a future move as Fabrizio Romano has given a ray of hope to the Manchester United fans. He has stated that there is a release clause which is just €60million which has been added to his contract, which is quite a feasible price for a man of Nkunku’s qualities and skills that he possess
Romano also added that the release clause will only be valid after the next season. Even then, he claimed that the fee could rise in the future depending on certain factors, as the Bundesliga side have been known to include in their players’ contract clause. Nkunku’s versatility makes him a very attractive prospect for big clubs around the world as he could slot into the striker role or even on the right wing. Both positions are crucial positions for both Chelsea and Manchester United as they require additions at this moment. Although in United’s case we have to wait and see whether any reinforcements for these roles are coming this summer as it may influence them to pursue to sign the 24-year-old.
"I am pleased to continue wearing the RB Leipzig shirt. After our great achievement in winning the DFB-Pokal (German Cup), it remains clear that my story here isn't over yet - we want more. I was really impressed with the club's efforts to keep me” said Nkunku. He added: "RB Leipzig have made a name for themselves on the international stage in recent years and have shown time and again that we can compete for titles. We want to build on that going forward and go one step further.”
World Cup 3: Indian archers go down in compound team events
Paris, Jun 22 (Archery News) Indian women's compound team lost the bronze play-off to France while the men's team was eliminated from the Archery World Cup Stage 3 after losing its quarterfinal to Turkey, here on Wednesday.
A day after World Championship silver medallist Jyothi Surekha Vennam raised the expectation with a second-place finish, the women's trio of Jyothi, Priya Gurjar and Muskan Kirar lost 228-231 to Britain in the semifinal.
Fighting for the bronze, the team squandered a two-point lead to lose to French opponents Sophie Dodemont, Lola Grandjean and Sandra Herve 231-233.
Having got a bye into the quarterfinals, the third seeded Indian women's team had started off by eliminating their Brazilian rivals 230-227.
The men's team of Abhishek Verma, Mohan Bhardwaj and Aman Saini began with a 234-232 win over South Africa but suffered a one-point defeat against Turkey, going down 234-235.
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Kristóf Milák retains 200m butterfly crown by smashing the world record
(Swimming news) Hungarian swimmer Kristóf Milák broke his own 200m butterfly record at the World Aquatics Championship in Budapest. The 22 year old’s time of one minute 50.34 seconds was 0.39 seconds faster than the record he set in July 2019. France's Leon Marchand finished second, three seconds behind Milák while Tomoru Honda of Japan took third. Speaking afterwards, Milák said “This is my home, the pool belongs to me, lane four belongs to me. I have 4,000 amazing people here to watch me and I couldn't let them down."
In other results, Freya Anderson from Great Britain was fastest into the 200m freestyle final but finished fourth while China's Yang Junxuan secured the gold medal. Bobby Finke from the USA won the men's 800m freestyle ahead of Germany's Florian Wellbrock and Ukrainian Mykhailo Romanchuk. Speaking after the event, Finke said “I knew I just had to just stick with them and stay with what I am good at, the finish. I knew the 50 length was going to hurt but it was worth it.”
One of the most awaited aspects of today’s event is the meeting between American Olympic and world champion Caeleb Dressel and 17 year old Romanian prodigy David Popovici. Popovici won the 200m freestyle final on Monday after being more than a second ahead while Dressel withdrew from the 100m freestyle semi-finals with a medical issue. A statement issued by the United States team on Dressel said “The team will determine his participation in the events later in the week.”
Apeksha Fernandes breaks long-standing record in 200m butterfly
It’s fair to say that Apeksha Fernandes isn’t chasing records, it’s the records that are chasing her. The 17 year old made history once again by winning the 200m gold medal, clocking a time of 02:25.18s, a new meet record. She was significantly faster than her closest competitor Disha Bhandari (2:28.58s) while Manavi Verma of Karnataka (2:29.73s) finished in third place. If that’s not all, she’s now setting her sights on the Junior Nationals in July and is aiming to qualify for the FINA World Junior Championships.
In this exclusive interview, Apeksha Fernandes speaks about her preparations leading up to the tournament, accomplishments at the Khelo India Youth Games, breaking the 200 metres butterfly record, her competitors and her future goals.
Q 1) Tell us about your preparations leading up to the Khelo India Youth Games?
This time’s prep was very limited as I had been travelling a lot more than training. I departed for France for the ISF Gymnasiade on May 12th, after which I raced at Canet-en-Roussillon for the Mare Nostrum swim circuit. We returned home on June 1st after which we had to head over to Pune on the 3rd for the Maharashtra state trails. Jet lagged and tired from all the travelling, I rested the whole of June 5th, trained for two sessions on June 6th and flew out to Ambala on the 7th. Before my races at KIYG, I swam a total of only 4-5 sessions, so these races were more of a mental challenge. But my mom and I have this understanding of never backing down from challenges after we’ve accepted them, so we were set to race and take the results as they came.
Q 2) Did you believe that you could win 4 gold medals in the individual races, a gold and silver in the team relays? Which amongst them was the most difficult to achieve and why?
If I have to be very honest here, foreseeing this time's results was not really possible given my limited time in the water. So to answer your question, no, I had no idea that I’d be coming back home with 4 golds in my individual races. All the individual events were challenging in their own way, so I can’t exactly point out to only one being the most difficult but I’d say that the 200 metre butterfly was a race I’d mentally planned well before swimming it. It was a race I’d spent some time on before I walked into our call-room for reporting. I guess the Indian best timing was the biggest surprise and the most successful outcome of the plan.
Q 3) How was the feeling of breaking a long-standing record that has existed for 10 years in 200 metres butterfly?
I had literally no idea that I had been going against the clock for this one. By the way I had planned the race, I was only focused on actually finishing it. After I had glanced at the display, I was so speechless and squeaked, “Oh my god, Indian best” to myself. I was drained, my muscles aching and mouth drooling after that long race but the excitement just seemed to extinguish all that exhaustion, so I ran to my mom and enveloped her in a big, bear hug and did the same to my dad and coach. My best had always been 2:21.52 for a very long time and 2:18.66 seemed like a long way to go. It was unbelievable that I had actually broken such a longstanding record without even having any intention of doing so.
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Q 4) What did you feel about the level of competition at the event?
It’s the same competitors I met last year at the Junior Nationals in Bangalore along with the next generation of talented swimmers, so it felt nice to be back, racing with India’s best swimmers and reuniting with friends. At the call-room, we’re individual swimmers, focused on only ourselves and our races. Everyone comes there with the goal of doing well. We’ve all spent months training for that event, so at the blocks, it’s “may the best win.” In some races I win, in some I don’t, but it’s something I’ve learnt to embrace: the victory with a smile and the defeat with the same smile.
Q 5) What is your next goal in your swimming career? How are you working towards making it a reality?
We’re now focused on Junior Nationals that are going to be held in Bhubaneshwar from July 16th to 21st. This time, I’m aiming to better all my timings and qualify for the FINA World Junior Championships.
India's Anahat Singh wins Asian Junior Squash title in U-15 category
New Delhi, Jun 19 (Sports News) Promising Indian player Anahat Singh won the gold medal in the girls Under-15 category at the Asian Juniors Squash Championships in Pattaya, Thailand.
The tournament, which started in the picturesque beach town on Wednesday, concluded on Sunday.
The 14-year-old Anahat defeated Kwong Ena of Hong Kong 3-0 in the final to claim the top prize.
She reached the finals without dropping a single game in the tournament.
Anahat had defeated Malaysian top seed Whitney Isabelle Wilson 3-0 in the semi-finals.
So far, Anahat has won 46 national circuit titles, two national championships and eight international titles.
She is the only Indian girl to win the US Junior Open in any category and the British Junior Open.
At 14, Anahat will be the youngest player to represent India at the World Juniors Squash Championships in Nancy, France later this year.
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Pogba complains about receiving no offer from Man Utd in his Pogmentary
(Football news) In an upcoming documentary named ‘Pogmentary’ which was released on Amazon Prime, Paul Pogba claimed that Manchester United offered him ‘nothing’ despite the club offering him two contract extensions worth more than £290,000, a 3.5% increase on his previous deal. The player is now on the verge of joining Juventus as a free agent as his agents are finalising a four year contract with the Turin based club despite interest from Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid.
In a preview of the Pogmentary, Pogba is seen speaking to his agent Mino Raiola, asking him “Did Manchester (United) make a second offer?” His Italian agent, who has since passed away, replied with “Yes. They absolutely want you to stay. For me, the offer doesn't reflect that. I told them, 'If you want him to stay, don't make that offer'. I will make them understand that if they really want you to stay and they want to build a project around you, this time they have to act differently and put the money on the table." After hearing his agent's comments, Pogba is heard replying “They're bluffing. How can you tell a player you absolutely want him and offer him nothing? Never seen that."
The Frenchman has also claimed that Manchester United didn’t show adequate care for the player while he was recuperating for an injury, resulting in Pogba only managing to regain his confidence after joining the French national team. As things stand, the 29 year old is expected to announce his final decision in the coming days and if he returns to Juventus, he would make a return to the club where he has spent 4 successful years already. It could very well be the last big move of his career as he would be 34 years old by the time he leaves the Italian club. Manchester City were also interested in Pogba’s signature and despite considering their offer, the Frenchman decided not to join the rivals of his boyhood club.
Overall, Pogba would be disappointed by his time at Manchester United. His time at Old Trafford has been underwhelming to say the least, with his only decent season coming when he signed for a world record fee. The player has failed to justify his hefty price tag and despite moments of brilliance, Pogba has largely been unable to replicate the form he has shown with the French national team. The player has been unjustly criticised by the British media as well for his haircuts, fashion sense and his happy-go-lucky attitude, with underlying hints of racism a possible reason behind his treatment by many publications. A move back to the Serie A might not be the best for the Frenchman, as he has already won all there is to achieve in Italy and it would signify a lack of ambition from Pogba. In an ideal world, he should have stayed back at Manchester United and been a part of Erik ten Hag’s rebuilding process to take his boyhood club back to the summit of world football.
Indonesia Open: Lakshya Sen, Srikanth bow out in first round
Jakarta, Jun 15 (Badminton News) India's Lakshya Sen and Kidambi Srikanth crashed out in the opening round of the Indonesia Open badminton tournament after losing in straight games, here on Wednesday.
While world no. 8 Sen lost to compatriot H S Prannoy 10-21 9-21 in an all-India first round clash, world no. 11 Srikanth, who was making a comeback after nearly a month, was stunned by 41st ranked Brice Leverdez of France 21-23 10-21.
This is Srikanth's first loss against the 36-year-old Frenchman in their six meetings.
Sen, who is in red hot form, clinched his first-ever Super 500 title this year. The 20-year-old reached the finals of the prestigious All England Championships and was also part of the Indian men's team that lifted the historic Thomas Cup crown.
Interestingly, this was Prannoy's first-ever win against Sen out of their three head-to-head meetings so far.
In the doubles action, the duo of M R Arjun and Dhruv Kapila opened their account with a win, getting the better of higher ranked Japanese pair of Kelichiro Matsui and Yoshinori Takeuchi 27-25 18-25 21-19.
However, it was curtains for the women's duo of Ashwini Bhat and Shikha Gautam, losing 9-21 10-21 to China's Zhang Shu Xian and Zheng Yu in just 28 minutes.
The campaign also ended for another women's pairing of Haritha M Harinarayan and Ashna Roy as the duo also suffered straight-game defeat against South Korea's Jeong Na Eun and Kim Hye Jeong.
In the Sen versus Prannoy game, the former was in no match in front of over-aggressive Prannoy, who despite trailing 3-6 at one point, made a strong comeback, courtesy some good shots.
The 29-year-old eventually extended his lead to 21-10 and pocketed the first game easily.
In the second game, Prannoy continued from where he left off and took a massive 11-3 lead.
Trailing, Sen was expected to make a comeback, but Prannoy's unplayable cross-court smashes made it a difficult affair for the former.
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Australia reach the World Cup after beating Peru on penalties
(Football news) Australia's substitute goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne saved the last penalty to book a place at this year's World Cup in Qatar as they beat Peru 5-4 in a shootout following a 0-0 draw after extra time in an inter-continental playoff. Redmayne danced his way across the goal-line before diving to the right to stop a spot kick from Alex Valera and hand Australia a much deserved victory in the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium.
Redmayne was brought on three minutes from the end of the game to make sure he stood between the goalposts during the shootout and became an instant hero with his antics on the line as he tried to distract the Peruvian players. He danced up and down, wiggling his hips and throwing his arms, clowning the antics of Liverpool's Bruce Grobbelaar when they won the European Cup in 1984. Redmayne's antics were enough for Luis Advincula to fire his effort against the post and then made an outstanding save against Valera to see Australia qualify for a fifth successive World Cup and a sixth in total. They will now play in Group D at the World Cup with defending champions France, Denmark and Tunisia.
Australia started the shootout in nervous fashion as they had missed their first penalty but converted the next five to silence thousands of Peru supporters, who travelled for the game and provided home support but they saw their team conjure up very few opportunities. Instead, Australia dominated the match, with Martin Boyle twice cutting through the Peruvian defence to provide teasing crosses but subsequently no one was there to follow up. The second half also followed a similar pattern with limited efforts on goal until the 80th minute when Australia suddenly had three good opportunities in quick succession to win the match but failed to capitalise on those chances.
In the extra time Peru found an extra gear as Flores headed the ball against the post in the closing stages but they were still unable to settle the score after two hours of play, setting the stage for Redmayne to take centre stage. The single game playoff between the fifth-placed finishers in Asian and South American qualifiers determined the second last team at this year's World Cup. The last place at this year's World Cup will be decided when Costa Rica and New Zealand clash in their inter-continental playoff, which will also be at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium.
"I'm a bit lost for words. It's a team game, it's a team effort so I can't take any more credit than any of the other 27 [players] who are here. This idea was floated pre-selection that this might eventuate in these kinds of circumstances and for the two or three weeks we've been here (in Qatar), I've kind of had that in my mind. I've been working on a few things in training but at the end of the day it's a flip of the coin, it's either right or left. I'm no hero, I just played my role like everyone did tonight" Redmayne said.
Peru coach Ricardo Gareca said: "We had the expectation to make it, we were close but unfortunately it was not the case. We are flooded with pain. We gave our utmost. They emptied their tanks and we feel deceived that we are out of the World Cup. We wanted to avoid the penalty shootout."
"I am just so proud of the players," said Australia coach Graham Arnold. "Really no one knows what these boys have been through to get here, it was so hard, the whole campaign. The way they stuck at it, the way they committed themselves, brilliant."
On the decision to bring on Redmayne for the shootout, Arnold added: "He's a very good penalty saver and I did something that could affect them mentally.
"They were probably asking themselves the question, 'Why is this guy being brought on, he has to be good. Maybe that was the reason they hit the post. It's a 1% mental effort to trouble the Peru penalty takers. It was a risk but it worked out."
Will Jules Kounde's injury affect his potential transfer to Chelsea?
(Football news) France were defeated 1-0 by Croatia in the UEFA Nations League clash. Luka Modric's penalty in the 5th minute was enough to give Croatia the 3 points. France are now 4th spot on their Nations League table which is very worrying for Didier Deschamps. What is slightly more worrying is that Jules Kounde had to be replaced at half time. After the match Deschamps said ''Tomorrow Kounde will surgery because he has a problem that has been going on for several months.''
The news will be very concerning for Chelsea who have been linked with Kounde for a long time. Reports suggest that Thomas Tuchel is really keen on signing the player but his surgery will make things more and more complicated. Chelsea will be taking a very big risk by signing Kounde in the middle of his recovery. The Blues might be able to get him at a cheaper price depending on the extent of his injury. Sevilla will definitely not let Kounde go easily considering the fact that they have already sold Diego Carlos to Aston Villa. After the surgery the time table of Kounde's recovery will be set which could well determine his future. The likelihood is that he will have to wait another year to make a move away from Sevilla.
Kounde has been an incredible asset to Sevilla ever since his transfer from Bordeaux in 2017. The Frenchman's biggest strength is his pace and agility which makes him a versatile defender. Kounde can play centre back as well as right back. He is one of the most technically gifted defenders in the world as his creativity is something not many defenders have. Chelsea have already lost Antonio Rudiger to Real Madrid while Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen are heavily linked with a move to Barcelona. Kounde would be a perfect signing for the Blues but his injury plants a few doubts.
Shuttlers Manashi Joshi, Manisha Ramadass bag gold at Canada Int'l Para Tournament
Ottawa (Canada), Jun 13 (Badminton News) Indian para shuttlers continued their great run of form as they clinched nine medals including two gold by Manasi Joshi and Manisha Ramadass at the Canada International Para Badminton here.
Joshi, the reigning world champion, produced a fine performance winning all her round robin matches over fellow Indian Parul Parmar, France's Coraline Bergeron, Noriko Ito of Japan and Ukrainian Oksana Kozyna.
In the final, Joshi rallied from a game down to take the second game and fought it out till the end before winning 21-18, 15-21, 22-20 against her Ukrainian opponent. This is Joshi's fourth title win in the women's singles event this season.
"Extremely delighted to be winning Gold in Singles & Bronze in Mixed Doubles with @RUTHICK_INDIA at Canada para-badminton international. With this my one month tour to the Middle East & North America ends," tweeted Joshi, who also claimed the mixed doubles SL3-SU5 bronze with Ruthick Ragupathi.
Ramadass too followed her Fazza Dubai 2022 International title triumph by winning the women's singles SU5 gold medal. The 17-year-old from Chennai kept her composure and fought it out to pull off a 27-25, 21-9 victory over Japan's Akiko Sugino in the final. This is her fourth women's singles gold in the SU5 category this season.
However, Paralympic gold medallist Pramod Bhagat had to settle for the silver going down fighting against his arch rival Daniel Bethell 14-21, 21-9, 15-21. This is Bhagat's second defeat to England's Paralympic silver medallist since the Tokyo 2020 Games.
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How will Aurélien Tchouaméni fit in Real Madrid's midfield?
(Football news) Real Madrid have officially announced the signing of Aurélien Tchouaméni. The midfielder has signed a 6 year deal with Los Blancos who paid a reported €80 million plus €20 million add-ons. The Frenchman is the 2nd player the Merengues have signed in this transfer window and it will definitely not be the last. Tchouaméni outright rejected Liverpool and PSG despite the best efforts from Jurgen Klopp and Kylian Mbappe because he only wanted Real Madrid.
According to reliable reports, Carlo Ancelotti personally called Tchouaméni to explain his role in the team and convince him to choose Madrid. Real Madrid's legendary midfield trio of Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Casemiro are still going strong while youngsters Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga have also been excellent whenever called upon. Getting into PSG and Liverpool's midfield would be much easier for Tchouaméni which means that Ancelotti has definitely promised the 22-year-old significant minutes in a specific role. Real Madrid are slowly but surely working at the transition away from Kroos, Casemiro and Modric.
Tchouaméni is a proper number 6 defensive midfielder and a direct replacement for Casemiro. Real Madrid have been playing Kroos, Camavinga and Valverde in Casemiro's absence in the number 6 role but Tchouaméni is now an option as he also provides a solution to a problem Real Madrid has had for a while now. Whenever Madrid comes up against attacking teams where the forwards cut inside and the full backs overlap they tend to struggle. The UCL tie against Manchester City is the perfect example. The reason is that Casemiro gets overcrowded and when the fullbacks do come to help, a lot of space is left on the flanks. Kroos and Modric don't have the strength and defensive instinct even when they do accompany Casemiro in a double pivot.
Now that Tchouaméni is here Real Madrid can always deploy a double pivot against teams like Barcelona, Liverpool, Manchester City, PSG and Valencia. Casemiro and Tchouaméni may not play a lot of games together because it will make the midfield starve for creativity but when they do it will be destructive. The inclusion of Antonio Rudiger and Tchouaméni will definitely strengthen the Real Madrid squad for next season. One aspect which Tchouaméni will have to work on is his ball carrying and passing which is where training with the likes of Modric and Kroos will help.
There has been a lot of talk about the price tag which will definitely put some pressure on him but having played quite a few games for France, Tchouaméni can deal with it. It will be interesting to see how much game time Tchouaméni actually gets in the first season because Casemiro is still on top of his game.
Toyota secure a one-two finish at the 24 hour Le Mans
(Motorsport) Toyota secured their fifth Le Mans 24 hour victory after finishing first and second in the famous Paris race. Former Formula 1 driver Brendon Hartley secured the win in the number 8 car while Argentina's Jose Maria Lopez came in second, two minutes behind his Kiwi colleague. British team Jota won the second tier LMP2 class with former F1 driver Will Stevens at the wheel while Glickenhaus finished third and fourth.
The 709 Glickenhaus, driven by USA's Ryan Briscoe, Britain's Richard Westbrook and France's Franck Mailleux ended up third ahead of France's Romain Dumas and Olivier Pla, and Luis Felipe Derani of Brazil. As for Alpine, they finished 23rd due to technical difficulties and will look to improve on their performance next time. Driven by Mexico’s Roberto Gonzalez and Portugal's Antonio Felix da Costa, Jota’s 38 car finished fifth overall despite being fourth for the majority of the race.
The second Jota came in seventh place with Oliver Rasmussen at the wheel, separated from the team’s other car by the Prema driven by Robert Kubica of Poland. The number eight Toyota, driven by Switzerland's Sebastien Buemi and Japan's Rio Hirakawa swapped places with the number seven car driven by Britain's Mike Conway and Japan's Kamui Kobayashi throughout the 24 hours of the race. The Circuit de la Sarthe was largely dominated by the Japanese manufacturer as expected.
Driving a Porsche 911, Michael Fassbender of Ireland finished 51st overall and 16th in the GTE AM amateur class. The 45 year old movie star crashed heavily during practice and had a few spins in the race. With the next iteration of the 24 hour Le Mans being its 100th year, more manufacturers will be returning for its hypercar class such as Peugeot and the legendary Italian team Ferrari for the first time since the 1970’s.
Anahat Singh seals berth for World Junior Squash C'ship after topping selection trials
New Delhi, Jun 11 (Sports News) Delhi girl Anahat Singh has sealed her spot in the World Junior Squash Championship in August after topping the selection trials in Chennai.
The world event will be played in Nancy, France.
Anahat beat Aishwariya Khubchandani of Maharashtra 3-0 in the finals of the selection trials held at the Indian Squash Academy in Chennai earlier this week.
The top ranked player in the U15 category in India and Asia, Anahat had won the US Junior Squash Open in December last year.
She has also won multiple international medals for India including the gold at British Junior Squash Open 2019, followed by a silver in 2020.
The two-time national champion is now preparing to play the Asian Junior Squash Championship at Pattaya from June 15-19.
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My CWG hopes are dwindling, I'm sinking into depression: Gymnast Ashish Kumar
New Delhi, Jun 11 (Sports News) India's most decorated male gymnast Ashish Kumar is sinking into depression as his hopes of making the Commonwealth Games squad continue to dwindle a month after alleging partiality in selection trials.
Kumar, who won medals at the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games in 2010, wrote to the Gymnastic Federation of India and Sports Authority of India, alleging that he "faced injustice" at the selection trials for the upcoming Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
The trials were held on May 11 and 12.
He also requested to review the video footage of the performance of the top eight gymnasts during the trials by international judges.
The SAI, accordingly, had asked the GFI to submit a report regarding the same and said it can set up a committee, if required, to probe the matter.
However, the 32-year-old Kumar said he is yet to hear anything either from the GFI or SAI, and that his "hopes are dying with each passing day".
"I am feeling depressed by this whole episode. I don't know why I am training. When you don't even know if you would be able to compete at the Commonwealth games, it is difficult to continue in such uncertainty.
"There has been no response from SAI or GFI despite my repeated mails. We play a difficult sport which needs a lot of mental strength. If you are not mentally okay, you might injure yourself," Kumar told PTI.
GFI president Suddir Mittal said that it has already submitted the report and the ball is in SAI's court.
"We have submitted the report immediately after we were asked for it by SAI. It is up to them to take a decision on it," Mittal said.
On June 2, Kumar wrote another letter to SAI and GFI, seeking clarity.
"I am writing this mail again to request you to please look into the complaint I have raised on the unfair selection and judgement for the core probables and World Challenge Cup selection trials dated 11-05-2022," he wrote.
Kumar had 5th highest score in All Around but he said he is still "nowhere in the World Challenge Cup teams nor in the list of abroad camp" while "other gymnasts who are in 7th and 8th are being selected for World Challenge Cups and foreign exposure".
An eight-member Indian team, including four men and four women, on Wednesday left for FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup, which began on Thursday in Croatia.
The same team will also compete at Asian Championship.
"If the teams are departing for World Challenge Cup on 8th June followed by Asian Championship and foreign exposure camp in France, then it's very clear that there is no possibility of CWG trials," Kumar lamented.
Kumar also said the scores of a couple of Indian gymnasts competing at the ongoing World Challenge Cup proved his allegation of bias.
"If you look at the scores of qualification at Croatia, you will clearly understand the difference of the judgements made at trials and by the international officials.
"In gymnastics, 0.1 to 0.5 point difference is okay but anything above it is a huge difference. Just look up at the scores of Yogeshwar who was 7th in trial but was still sent to Croatia. The other person is Abhijeet (2nd in trial), who is from Navy." Yogeshwar Singh scored 12.60 in floor at the trials but he produced 12.000 on Friday at the world challenge. In horizontal bar and vault, Yogeshwar scored 12.90 and 14.35 in trials compared to 10.800 and 13.375 in Croatia.
Abhijeet Kumar, on the other hand, had exactly similar score in trials and the world challenge, scoring 11.65 in pommel Horse.
However, his performance slipped in horizontal bar as he scored 11.250 at Croatia compared to 12.85 in the selection trials.
"Their scores are so vastly different at the world challenge then it was in the trials which clearly show the bias.
"But I am still training with this slim hope of competing at open trials because I know I can win a CWG medal," Kumar signed off.
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Fulham are all set to sign Thomas Strakosha on a free transfer
(Football news) Fulham are all set to sign Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha. He is moving to the Cottagers as his contract at Lazio ends this month. Newcastle were also keen on the goalkeeper, but talks with Fulham have been ongoing for some weeks and they finally reached an agreement regarding the personal terms. His deal with Fulham could be up to four years and worth around £1million a year. He is also expected to receive a hefty signing-on bonus along with a hefty salary per week for the Albania international.
The Cottagers have been on the prowl for a new goalkeeper as they prepare to return to the Premier League for the 2022/23 season after winning the Championship season last season. In the Championship, former Tottenham goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga made just 15 appearances, with Marek Rodak slotting back into the starting role for the latter half of the season. It was also reported that they had explored re-signing Alphonse Areola from Paris Saint-Germain after his successful loan spell in west London during their 2020/21 campaign. However, the France international is now likely to join West Ham on a permanent deal and Marco Silva swiftly turned his attention to get Strakosha to the other side of London.
Strakosha came through the academy at Lazio, where he has been in the club for the past ten-years. He played 208 games for the club and won two Coppa Italia titles along the way. He will end his 10-year association with Lazio this summer, having joined the Italian side at a tender age of 17. He went on a brief loan spell with Salernitana in Serie B. Since then the goalkeeper made his first team breakthrough in Rome in 2016 and went on to play 208 for Le Aquile. Strakosha started last season as the number two goalkeeper in the squad behind Pepe Reina, but played every Serie A game from December 5 onwards and kept seven clean sheets in 23 matches as Lazio finished fifth. At international level, the 6ft 4in stopper has earned 19 caps for Albania and played in the Euros last year
Contrasting reports on Zinedine Zidane becoming the new PSG manager
(Football news) It has been quite a busy period for Paris Saint Germain with a lot of changes. Kylian Mbappe finally signed a new contract after rejecting Real Madrid. Sporting director Leonardo left the club and was replaced by the highly rated Luis Campos. Manager Mauricio Pochettino's departure looks imminent at this moment in time. A lot of managers have been linked with the PSG job including Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho. The most recent one was Zinedine Zidane as reports claimed that the Frenchman had already agreed terms with the club.
Rumours in France went as far as stating that Zidane was already in Qatar to sign the contract with PSG's owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi. The manager's advisor Migliaccio was quick to respond by saying “All these rumours about an agreement with PSG are unfounded. Neither Zinedine nor I have been contacted directly by the PSG owner. I’m the only one allowed to speak for Zidane and represent him, as of today”. Even after the whole saga one can't be totally sure that the deal won't happen. Zidane has always been linked to take over from Didier Deschamps as the France manager. After the former midfielder left Real Madrid, Florentino Perez also said that Zidane wants to become the French national team manager.
Zidane will be taking a lot of risk if he is ever to join PSG as he is a former Marseille player who came through the clubs academy. Marseille and PSG have a very fierce rivalry which is called the Le Classique. Seeing one their very own become the manager of PSG would not have gone well with the Marseille fans. Zidane is also one of the biggest legends in the history of Real Madrid. Madridistas would have definitely been unhappy to watch Zidane manage PSG considering what happened with the whole Kylian Mbappe saga.
The power that PSG have shouldn't be underestimated and it's more than just financial. France president Emmanuel Macron is said to have been a major influence on Kylian Mbappe renewing his PSG contract. Macron recently also said that he wants Zinedine Zidane to manage PSG. The most surprising part is that Macron is a fan of PSG's fiercest rivals Marseille.
Current Nice manager Christophe Galtier is another candidate for the job. The Frenchman has previously worked with Campos during a successful period at Lille. He isn't a typical marquee signing but could do the job in Paris. PSG have gone for big names in the past and they haven't necessarily worked out. Hiring a French manager who has experience of managing in Ligue 1 could work in their favour but PSG need more than just a good manager to win the UCL.
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Rough start for Diksha Dagar, Tvesa and Sharma in Sweden
Gothenburg, Jun 10 (Golf News) Indian golfers Diksha Dagar, Shubhankar Sharma and Tvesa Malik endured a rough start at the Volvo Car Scandinavian Mixed and run the risk of missing the cut.
Diksha with a 2-over 74 was the best of the three Indians at 114th place, while Sharma and Tvesa carded 4-over 76 each and were T-140th.
All three will need solid second round cards to make the weekend. The top 65 and ties will make the cut.
Diksha had two birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey, while Tvesa had three birdies but also three bogeys and two double bogeys.
Sharma, who has missed four cuts in last five starts, looks likely to miss another one. He had two birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey.
Meanwhile, Italian amateur Carolina Melgrati produced a spectacular opening round of 7-under 65 to be in a four-way share of the lead.
The Volvo Car Scandinavian Mixed is a co-sanctioned event between the LET and DP World Tour with 78 men and women each playing for the same prize fund of USD 2 million and one trophy with Henrik Stenson and Annika Sörenstam as hosts.
Melgrati, 19, who finished T4 at last week’s Ladies Italian Open, landed an eagle on par-5 11th besides six other birdies against just one bogey on eighth.
Melgrati was joined at the top of the leader board by Scotland’s Craig Howie, France’s Matthieu Pavon and Spain’s Santiago Tarrio, who all carded rounds of 65.
Four players were tied for fifth place including England’s Liz Young and Sweden’s Linn Grant after they both fired rounds of 6-under 66.
At the end of the first day, 16 players are Tied-11th on four-under-par including local LET winner Julia Engström, German duo Karolin Lampert and Leonie Harm, France’s Anne-Lise Caudal, England’s Rosie Davies and Italy’s Virginia Elena Carta.
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Narwal, Singhraj and Akash add silver to India's tally in Chateauroux Para Shooting WC
New Delhi, Jun 9 (Shooting News) Tokyo Paralympic gold medallist Manish Narwal settled for a silver medal in P4 Mixed 50m Pistol SH1 Team event at the World Para Shooting World Cup in Chateauroux, France on Thursday.
A day after winning the 10m Mixed Team gold medal, the 20-year-old Narwal, who took the P4 Mixed 50m Pistol SH1 gold with a Paralympic record in his debut Games, teamed up with Singhraj, also a Paralympic medallist, and Akash to aggregate a total of 1581 to finish behind China (1628).
Turkey took the bronze with a total score of 1565.
The top Indian shooters, however, faltered in the individual event with Akash being the only Indian to qualify for the P4 Mixed 50m Pistol SH1 finals. He eventually finished fifth with a score of 159.4.
China's Yang Chao took the gold with a total of 223.9, followed by compatriot Huang Xing (218.5) and Uzbekistan's Ibragimov Server (200.7).
Singhraj and Narwal ended in the ninth and 10th places in the qualification round. The top eight shooters qualify for the final round.
On Friday, Deepender Singh, Rahul Jakhar, Rubina Francis and Akash will be in action in P5 Mixed 10m Air Pistol Standard SH1 event.
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Narwal-Francis pair win India's third gold in Para Shooting World Cup in France
New Delhi, Jun 8 (Shooting News) Manish Narwal and Rubina Francis won the 10m P6 air pistol mixed team event to clinch India's third gold medal at the ongoing World Shooting Para Sport World Cup in Chateauroux, France on Wednesday.
Narwal and Francis, who aggregated a world record qualifying score of 565 to enter the final at the top position, defeated Chinese pair of Yang Chao and Min Li 17-11 in the title clash.
The Indian pair totalled 274.3.
Tokyo Paralympics gold medallist Narwal scored 138.7 in the final six shots. He shot consistent scores of 10s and 9s, but Francis also matched her fancied partner with 9s, a few 8s and 10.
China's Chao was impressive with four 10s but Min faltered in crucial moments.
On Thursday, Narwal, Singhraj Adhana, Rahul Jakhar and Akash will be in action in P4 - mixed 50m pistol SH1 event.
On Tuesday, Sriharsha Devaraddi Ramakrishna became the second Indian para shooter to earn a quota for the Paris Paralympics after securing a gold medal in mixed 10m air rifle SH2 event.
Ramakrishna produced a final score of 253.1 to claim the yellow metal, while Slovakia's Francek Tirsek (252.6) and Tanguy De La Forest (230.3) bagged the silver and bronze.
Ramakrishna thus followed the extraordinary show of Tokyo 2020 Paralympic champion Avani Lekhara, who set a new world record en route clinching the gold medal. In the R2 - women's 10m air rifle standing finals, Lekhara, the 20-year-old from Rajasthan, shot a final score of 250.6 to break her own world record of 249.6 and take the gold ahead of Poland's Emilia Babska (247.6) and Anna Normann of Sweden (225.6).
"This event is very important for me as it is the first event after Tokyo. It will help me understand the progress that I've made on various aspects that I have been working on since then," Lekhara told the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI).
"It is also my first international event with my new equipment and this will help me analyse my game further and know further adjustments that need to be made! Lekhara, the two-time Tokyo 2020 medallist, said her "target for the year is to consistently analyse my game and improve the little bits." "To be a consistent shooter is my aim and hopefully win medals along the way too." India has been represented by 13 para shooters at this season opening World Cup in Chateauroux, France.
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Chateauroux 2022 World Cup: Ramakrishna joins Lekhara in clinching gold, Paris 2024 quota
New Delhi, Jun 8 (Shooting News) Sriharsha Devaraddi Ramakrishna has become the second Indian para shooter to earn a quota for the Paris Paralympics after securing a gold medal in mixed 10m air rifle SH2 at the ongoing Chateauroux Para Shooting World Cup.
Ramakrishna produced a final score of 253.1 to claim the yellow metal, while Slovakia's Francek Tirsek (252.6) and Tanguy De La Forest (230.3) bagged the silver and bronze.
Ramakrishna thus followed the extraordinary show of Tokyo 2020 Paralympic champion Avani Lekhara, who set a new world record en route clinching the gold medal on the opening day of the event.
In the R2 - women's 10m air rifle standing finals, Lekhara, the 20-year-old from Rajasthan, shot a final score of 250.6 to break her own world record of 249.6 and take the gold ahead of Poland's Emilia Babska (247.6) and Anna Normann of Sweden (225.6).
"This event is very important for me as it is the first event after Tokyo. It will help me understand the progress that I've made on various aspects that I have been working on since then," Lekhara told the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI).
"It is also my first international event with my new equipment and this will help me analyse my game further and know further adjustments that need to be made! Lekhara, the two-time Tokyo 2020 medallist, said her "target for the year is to consistently analyse my game and improve the little bits." "To be a consistent shooter is my aim and hopefully win medals along the way too." India has been represented by 13 para shooters at this season opening World Cup in Chateauroux, France.
On Wednesday, Paralympic medallist Manish Narwal and Singhraj Adhana would be in action in the P6 10m air pistol mixed team event.
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Avani Lekhara wins gold with world record in Para World Cup
New Delhi, Jun 7 (Shooting News) Tokyo Paralympics champion Avani Lekhara won gold at the Para Shooting World Cup with a world record score of 250.6 in women's 10m air rifle standing SH1 in Chateauroux, France on Tuesday.
The 20-year-old shooter broke her own world record of 249.6 to secure her a spot at the 2024 Paris Paralympics.
Poland's Emilia Babska bagged the silver medal with a total of 247.6, while the bronze went to Anna Normann of Sweden after she shot 225.6.
SH1 category is for athletes with lower limb impairment for competition in rifle events.
Lekhara bagged the top prize three days after being on the verge of missing the tournament as her coach and escort were initially denied visas.
However, the issue was resolved after intervention of the Sports Authority of India and Sports Ministry.
"Proud to bring home the gold in the R2 10M Air Rifle SH1 event with a WR score & India's 1st Paris2024 Quota, at the Chateauroux2022. My 1st Int. event since the @paralympics. A big thank you to everyone who has supported me!" she tweeted.
"Avani Lekhara, the new WorldRecord holder in the R2 - women's 10m air rifle standing SH1. The Indian shooter just crushed the former record (249.6) by scoring 250.6 in the Chateauroux2022 World Cup, in France!" Shooting Para Sport wrote on its Twitter handle.
In August last year, Lekhara bagged a gold in the 10m air rifle standing event in the SH1 category at the Tokyo Paralympics. She followed it up with a bronze in the women's 50m rifle 3 positions SH1 event, making her the first Indian woman to win multiple medals at the Paralympics.
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What's next for Marcelo after 15 years at Real Madrid?
(Football news) After 15 years at Real Madrid, Marcelo has left the club. His career with Los Blancos was filled with trophies. In the 2021/22 season which was his first and last season as club captain, Real Madrid won the La Liga and the Champions League. According to reports, the Brazilian could have hung up his boots and stayed at Real Madrid in some other role. The left-back however rejected the offer saying that he still has some football left in him.
Marcelo hasn't played regular football for over two seasons now. His fitness is a major issue which makes his next move all the more difficult. Fenerbahce and Marseille are the two clubs who are interested in his services. A move to Brazil is definitely on the cards but only if Marcelo doesn't have the ambition of playing in Europe. Despite a natural drop in form with age, Marcelo still has the ability to succeed at any European club. The demands of Real Madrid may be too much right now but a move to Marseille who are in the Champions League is something which will be interesting to see.
Marcelo's defensive ability has never been his greatest strength but attacking wise he is still world class. Even in his final appearances for Real Madrid he could ping accurate crosses with ease. Marcelo's leadership skill is also a very big asset as he has been one of the main guys in that successful Real Madrid dressing room. Both France and Turkey are leagues in which he could thrive in. At the age of 34, Marcelo isn't going to be a long term option for any club as he is already way past his prime. The duration of his contract offers will not be more than two years.
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England take on Germany in a crucial UEFA Nations League tie
(Football news) Germany and England will both be out to secure their first UEFA Nations League as both suffered disappointing starts to the campaign, both would eye a victory when they renew their historical rivalry in Munich on Tuesday night. Hansi Flick's side started the proceedings in League A Group 3 with a 1-1 draw against Italy, while the Three Lions suffered an embarrassing 1-0 loss to Hungary.
In the first match they were unlucky to go behind after some strong play from debutant Wilfried Gnonto down the right-hand side allowed Lorenzo Pellegrini to convert from close range with 70 minutes gone, but Joshua Kimmich quickly scored for a wasteful Germany who had plenty of chances to win the match but ultimately they shared the points. In doing so, Germany maintained their unbeaten run in all tournaments to 10 games since their Euro 2020 elimination at the hands of England in the round of 16, and they find themselves second in the rankings of League A Group 3 as they aim to progress to the finals for the first time in this tournament.
Die Mannschaft have tried and failed on two previous occasions to progress to knockout stages of the Nations League as they continue to ramp up their preparations for the 2022 World Cup, as they look to improve upon their group-stage calamity in 2018. A tally of two wins from their 11 Nations League matches is not upto the mark for top side like Germany, but they are still unbeaten at home in this tournament.
England had not failed to score in 14 matches before their embarrassing 1-0 loss to Marco Rossi's Hungary at the Puskas Arena, but Southgate's side have subsequently gone three games without a goal away from home in the Nations League as England will travel to Munich to face Germany at the Allianz Arena. Last time they faced each other, the Wembley Stadium was bouncing when England dumped Germany out of the Euros with a 2-0 win in the last-16 stage 12 months ago. The last time the Three Lions triumphed on Mannschaft turf was in a friendly in 2016, when Eric Dier scored a 91st-minute winner last time
Germany possible starting lineup:
Neuer; Kehrer, Sule, Rudiger, Raum; Gundogan, Kimmich; Gnabry, Muller, Musiala; Havertz
England possible starting lineup:
Pickford; James, Stones, Maguire; Alexander-Arnold, Rice, Phillips, Saka; Sterling, Kane, Grealish
Asian Cup Qualifiers: Chhetri-led India ready to crush 171st ranked Cambodians
Kolkata, Jun 7 (Football News) Skipper Sunil Chhetri will get a chance to bolster his tally of 80 international goals as the Indian team gears up to steamroll 171st ranked Cambodia on Wednesday in its bid to make a fifth appearance in AFC Cup tournament proper.
Cristiano Ronaldo (117 goals from 188 games), Lionel Messi (86 from 162 games) have been on a scoring spree and no wonder at his level, the Indian talisman would like to ride the roughshod over Cambodia, Afghanistan (150th) and Hong Kong (147th).
While no one is comparing the international levels at which they operate, briefly surpassing Lionel Messi won't be a bad feeling for the 37-year-old.
With the next Asian Cup slated in late 2023 or early 2024 after the pull-out of China, Chhetri, who will complete 17 years' in International football, might see this tournament as the 'final frontier' in his illustrious career.
"I want to qualify. If I'm not there, my country will be there. So either I'll be having a beer and watching Udanta sprint, or you having a beer and I'll be sprinting there. But we want to be there," Chhetri made his intention clear ahead of his 126th International appearance.
This is a tournament which gives India the best chance to qualify for the Continental trophy without much fuss but if there is a slip-up against lowly-ranked nation, Chhetri or coach Igor Stimac will have little room for justification.
The Blue Tigers under Stimac did not have a perfect build-up to the continental showpiece, having lost all their three International friendlies arranged in the lead-up to the qualifiers.
In between they endured a shameful 1-2 defeat against Indian Super League side ATK Mohun Bagan, won 2-1 against I-League All Stars and were held to a 1-1 draw against Bengal, the Santosh Trophy runners-up of the season.
It's more than seven months since they won a match at International level -- a 3-0 win against Nepal in the SAFF Championship final on October 16, 2021.
The recent results have proved to be a setback for the Stimac-coached side, which put up some gritty shows in the World Cup Qualifiers against Asian heavyweights Qatar (goalless draw) and Oman (1-2 loss after leading till 81st minute).
Up against an 'unknown entity' in Cambodia, Chhetri conceded that half the battle will be lost if they don't do well against the minnows.
"We are playing them first. If we don't do well against Cambodia, you have lost half your battle," he pointed out.
"As of now, we are just thinking about Cambodia, watching as many videos as possible of them. Once we are done (with them), then we think about Afghanistan. No doubt, Afghanistan are also strong." Compared to Indian build-up, the 'Angkor Warriors', who have qualified for the Asian Cup only once 50 years back in 1972, come here with a 2-1 win over Timor-Leste in a home friendly.
With their Japanese tactician duo of Ryu Hirose and Keisuke Honda at their helm of coaching affairs, the Cambodians will look to surprise the home-backed Indians.
From an Indian point of view, the biggest setback for Stimac in the recent past has been the injury to striker Rahim Ali, who started forming a strong attacking force with the livewire Chhetri.
Just when he started to fill in the vacuum created by Jeje Lalpekhula, Ali is forced out with a muscle injury as Stimac is forced to look for an alternate combination with little success.
Fresh from his hat-trick in the AFC Cup, in-form Liston Colaco, Manvir Singh and Udanta Singh can give some options but it's difficult to match Ali's ball control and precise passing.
It remains to be seen how Chhetri approaches this problem as they look to make it to the continental championship for the fifth time.
As for the defence, Sandesh Jhingan's match fitness would be under scanner as he along with Subhasish Bose will form the backbone of the team that has in the recent past drawn some criticism for conceding late goals.
Back to playing at home turf after almost three years, the biggest plus for India would be the strong home support.
Overnight the response has multiplied after Chhetri expressed shock and dismay that Kolkata generated a cold response for India's matches as estimated by the AIFF.
Estimating a low "response of no more than 5,000", the AIFF decided to distribute all tickets "complimentary" which would mean that they would not have to shell out hefty hosting fees (to the tune of Rs 16 lakh per match).
"Let the three teams that are going to play against us, play against us plus you, because that will be a massive difference," Chhetri once again urged the fans in a post in the social media, as the match is all set for an overwhelming response.
Eleven slots -- six group toppers and five best runners-up -- are up for grabs for the 24-team Asian Cup Finals.
Afghanistan will kick off the group D Asian Cup against Hong Kong in a 4.30 pm match followed by India's at 8.30pm.
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James Milner signs one year contract extension with Liverpool
(Football news) James Milner has signed a contract extension with Liverpool which will see the 36 year old remain at the club until 2026. Milner has accepted reduced personal terms in order to remain at Anfield despite having offers from at least one Premier League club and two teams from overseas. The extension means that Milner will have spent eight years at Liverpool and there is a big possibility that he might decide to hang up his boots at the end of next season.
Speaking after signing his new contract, Milner said “I'm very pleased to be staying for another season. I have never taken playing for this club for granted and I never will. An overriding feeling for me - and a vitally important one in the process - was the belief I can still contribute to the team. The gaffer was clear what he thought and that was a big factor in me extending my contract. As long as I can still play my part, that's not something easy to walk away from.
“Last season was extraordinary, even though it didn't have the ending we hoped it would. But I think that will only make us all even hungrier for more success, to be honest. I felt that after the parade and that played a part in my decision-making also. It's a unique club. Now this is signed, I'm already looking forward to getting back with everyone, refocusing and going again. It's a brilliant dressing room to be part of."
Milner made 39 appearances for Liverpool last season and remains an important squad player in the team. His contributions are greatly appreciated, not just in the Liverpool squad but also in the eyes of Jurgen Klopp and the German manager was instrumental in the 36 year old receiving the extension from the club. He was offered a new contract before the end of last season but chose to wait until the campaign was over before making a decision regarding his future.
Milner is likely to surpass 300 appearances for Liverpool next season, with the 36 year old just 11 away from achieving that milestone. Klopp has said that none of Liverpool’s achievements, including their Champions League and Premier League trophy lifts in 2019 and 2020 would have been possible without the midfielder's contributions. The German manager said “He's a role model. I have told him, I can tell the whole world - nothing we have achieved in the last few years would have happened without James Milner, it's as easy as that. Whether he was on the pitch or not, he set standards in a way not a lot of people can set standards, and it educated all of us."
Fikayo Tomori is set to sign a contract extension with AC Milan
(Football news) AC Milan are in talks about a new contract renewal with Fikayo Tomori. The former Chelsea defender signed for AC Milan last summer after a successful six month loan with them previously. Tomori this season was instrumental in helping Milan win their first Scudetto since 2011. Tomori and his crew have already agreed a contract extension with Milan. The deal will see a hike in his salary by €3m net a season plus add-ons. His current deal expires in 2025 but now this will be extended by two years until 2027.
After arriving on loan from Chelsea in January 2021 as he also had an option to buy in his loan deal, he has been worth every penny of the €28m transfer fee paid to buy him last summer. Simon Kjaer’s serious injury this year meant that Tomori became the leader of the defence as he showed extreme consistency in his game having played 40 games in all competitions and which was subsequently the third-most minutes of any player in the squad, becoming virtually undroppable from the playing XI. Pablo Maldini and Stefan Pioli have already held dialogues with the Englishman which began a few weeks ago. While he currently has a contract expiring in 2025, there is already a basis of understanding with his agent to extend his current contract.
There is optimism around the club that both of their young centre backs Tomori and Kalulu will become Milan’s cornerstone players in the future. Although Milan are still looking to sign a new centre-back this summer with Gleison Bremer and Sven Botman on top of their wish list, they are also looking to reward the current pairing of Fikayo Tomori and Pierre Kalulu. Both this season were exceptional especially in the final 11 games of the season during which the team conceded just 2 goals in 11 games and they had 9 clean sheets during that stretch. Kalulu will also renew his contract until 2027 as his deal currently expires in 2025, a pay rise from the current figure of around €600k to €1.5m net per year is expected. A meeting at the end of the season with his agents revealed the mutual desire to continue together, and soon things should be made official.
World champions France draw against Croatia at the UEFA Nations League
(Football news) It was a rematch between the finalists of the 2018 World Cup but this time around, a reshuffled France could only muster a disappointing 1-1 draw against Croatia at Stadion Poljud in their second UEFA Nations League match, having already lost to Denmark 2-1. Les Bleus took the lead through Adrian Rabiot early in the second half (52nd minute) but a late equaliser from the spot by Andrej Kramaric in the 83rd minute restored parity for the hosts in what was a well deserved draw.
Following the death of his father, France head coach Didier Deschamps was back on the sidelines. Speaking after the match, the 53 year old said “We did good things considering all the changes. We were ahead and could have scored more but it's a pity we gifted them the equaliser. It was, however, a coherent performance. They barely threatened in the second half. The result is not satisfying and even if it's a competitive game our goal is to prepare for (the World Cup at) the end of the year."
Croatia made the better start after the kickoff but it was France’s Christopher Nkunku who was denied a goal after being offside as the visitors slowly grew into the game and began to assert their dominance. Deschamps’ tactics were to apply pressure on Croatia’s left flank and it almost paid dividends when Moussa Diaby came close to breaking the deadlock just before half-time while a venomous shot by Aurelien Tchouameni was parried away by Croatia goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic.
Eventually, France’s persistence paid off and Adrian Rabiot scored the opening goal in the 52nd minute after receiving a through ball from Wissam Ben Yedder and finding the back of the net to score his second international goal of his career. However, the joy was short-lived as French substitute Jonathan Clauss brought down Croatia’s Andrej Kramaric in the penalty area and the 30 year old duly converted from the spot after sending Mike Maignan the wrong way. The hosts had an opportunity to win the match through Kramaric again but the attacking midfielder failed to beat Maignan this time, resulting in both the teams sharing the spoils.
Norway chess: Anand, Giri share honours in round six; Carlsen moves into lead
Stavanger (Norway), Jun 7 (Chess News) Indian maestro Viswanathan Anand drew his sixth round contest against Anish Giri of the Netherlands in the Classical section of the Norway Chess tournament.
The classical match ended in a draw after which the Armageddon ended in stalemate early on Tuesday to leave Anand on 11.5 points and in second place. World champion Magnus Carlsen roared to the top spot with a victory over Azerbaijan's Shakhriyar Mamedyarov to take his tally to 12.5 points after six rounds.
The classical match between Anand, playing black, and Giri saw the two players shaking hands for a draw after 35 moves in an English Variation game.
In the ensuing Armageddon (sudden death tie-break), the duo battled for 45 moves before it ended in a draw. As per Armageddon rules, the player playing black is deemed to have won the game if it ends in a draw.
The 52-year old Indian superstar, who had shocked Carlsen in the previous round, takes on Teimour Radjabov in round eight.
Barring the Carlsen-Mamedyarov clash, all the other matches ended in draws in the round. The Norwegian world No.1 defeated his Azerbaijan opponent in 56 moves.
In other matches on the day, France's Maxime Vachier-Lagrave beat China's Hao Wang via the sudden death tie-break while Wesley So (USA) got the better of Norwegian Aryan Tari. Veselin Topalov drew with Radjabov in the Armageddon to share honours.
In the ongoing Norway Chess tournament, the players take part in an Armageddon (sudden death) in case of a draw in the classical game.
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Would Jose Mourinho even consider joining PSG?
(Football news) Reliable reports in France all suggest that there are going to be major changes at PSG. Director Leonardo is going to be replaced by Luis Campos while manager Mauricio Pochettino is also set to be sacked. Kylian Mbappe while signing his new deal was given the right to have his say on important decisions at the club including manager choice and approval of signings. The first manager to be linked with the club was Zinedine Zidane who has reportedly rejected all advances. The deal was always going to be difficult considering Zidane's history with Marseille and Real Madrid.
Antonio Conte was on the list for a long time but he now looks set to continue with Tottenham Hotspur. There are several reports of Jose Mourinho which are quite interesting. Mourinho is a proven winner and given his track record he is definitely the man to take PSG to European glory. His recent success with AS Roma is proof that he still has what it takes to deliver success at the highest level. From PSG's point of view he would be a perfect candidate as he will bring a defined culture in the club. His attitude may cause problems at the club but it won't matter if he is successful.
Mourinho has already stated publicly that he wants to continue at AS Roma and further build the project at the club. That was before the interest from PSG emerged but it will still be difficult for PSG to convince Mourinho. The Portuguese manager will definitely want full control of the decisions. The recent reports of Mbappe having control over club matters is a big indication that Mourinho wouldn't go anywhere near the PSG job. For him to consider the offer he will need certain promises at the club which may be difficult for PSG to execute.
Current Nice manager Christophe Galtier is another candidate for the job. The Frenchman has previously worked with Campos during a successful period at Lille. He isn't a typical big name signing but could do the job in Paris. PSG have gone for big names in the past and they haven't necessarily worked out. Hiring a French manager with league experience could work in their favour. PSG need more than just a good manager to win the UCL. The major change will have to be in the culture of the club.
Norway Chess: Anand claims another win over world champion Carlsen; leads standings
Stavanger (Norway), Jun 6 (Chess News) Indian ace Viswanathan Anand returned to winning ways, upstaging world No.1 Magnus Carlsen in the fifth round of the Classical section early on Monday in the Norway Chess tournament to climb to the top spot.
After defeating the Norwegian superstar in the Blitz event that preceded the Classical section, Anand claimed the victory in a thrilling Armageddon (sudden death game) after the regular match ended in a 40-move draw.
In the Armageddon, the 52-year old Anand recreated magic of old when he stunned Carlsen to post a win in 50 moves.
With 10 points in his kitty, the Indian GM leads the field with four more rounds to go in the prestigious tournament which features some of the best players in the sport.
Anand had started the Classical section with three straight wins, beating Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France), Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) and Hao Wang (China) before American Wesley So ended his streak in the fourth round.
Carlsen lies in second spot with 9.5 points despite the loss to his long-time rival.
So, who won the Blitz section earlier, shares third place with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan) on 8.5 points.
In the fifth round, So went down to Mamedyarov via Armageddon.
There were wins for Anish Giri (the Netherlands) and Norway's Aryan Tari over Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan) and Hao Wang respectively in the fifth round.
Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won the sudden death game against veteran Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) in the other match to improve his score to 7 points.
In the ongoing Norway Chess tournament, the players take part in an Armageddon (sudden death) in case of a draw in the classical game.
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Wales and Ukraine go head to head for a spot in the World Cup
(Football news) There is only one European spot left in the World Cup. Ukraine and Wales will fight for that one spot in the Playoffs final. The winner of the match will be pitted in a World Cup group with England, Iran and USA. The match will be played at the Cardiff City stadium where the atmosphere is expected to be electric as always. Ukraine fans made their presence felt in their last match against Scotland and Sunday will be no different.
Ukraine finished 2nd in their group behind France. After defeating Scotland a few days ago, they have earned their place in this final. Wales on the other hand edged Czech Republic to finish behind Belgium in their group. A Gareth Bale masterclass led them to victory over Austria and now they are just one step away from reaching their first ever World Cup. On paper the two teams are pretty evenly matched but there is one player who could be the difference between the two sides and that is Gareth Bale. Even though Bale hasn't had enough game time at club level with Real Madrid, he has shown in the past that he can deal with it.
Apart from Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Ben Davies will also be very important for Wales. As for Ukraine, captain Andriy Yarmolenko and Oleksandr Zinchenko are absolutely crucial for them. Dan James' pace is going to be very difficult for Wales to handle. The battle between Davies and Yarmolenko will be one to look out for in the game. The good thing for Wales is that they rested their players in the Nations League clash against Poland while all of Ukraine's first choice players had to play against Scotland.
Wales possible starting XI:
Hennessey; Rodon, Ampadu, Davies; Roberts, Ramsey, Allen, Williams; Wilson, Bale, James
Ukraine possible starting XI:
Bushchan; Karavaev, Zabarnyi, Matvienko, Mykolenko; Malinovskyi, Stepanenko, Zinchenko; Yarmolenko, Yaremchuk, Tsygankov
In these sorts of games temperament often proves to be more important than quality. It will be important for the teams to be patient and not rush into anything. Some reports since the past year have stated that Gareth Bale will retire from professional football if Wales don't qualify for the World Cup which gives the Welsh players something more to play for. As for Ukraine, football is the one thing that has the ability to give joy to their people in these testing times and a qualification for the World Cup will be an incredible achievement.
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Swapnil-Ashi win 50m rifle 3P mixed gold, India end Baku WC on 2nd spot
New Delhi, Jun 4 (Shooting News) Swapnil Kusale and Ashi Chouksey drew curtains on India's campaign at the ISSF World Cup Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun in Baku, Azerbaijan with a gold medal in the 50m rifle 3 positions (3P) mixed team competition, here on Saturday.
The pair of Swapnil and Ashi beat Ukranian's Serhiy Kulish and Daria Tykhova 16-12 in the gold medal match.
This was India's second gold in the tournament after the trio of Elavenil Valarivan, Shreya Agarwal and Ramita clinched a yellow metal in the 10m air rifle women's team event.
Besides, the Indian shooters had also bagged three silvers in the tournament and finished second on the medals tally behind Korea.
It was also Swapnil's first gold and third medal overall at the Baku World Cup. He had earlier won silvers in both the men's 3P individual and men's team competitions.
In the first qualification stage played earlier in the day, Swapnil and Ashi finished fourth with a combined score of 881 out of 900 to qualify for stage two among 31 teams. The Ukranian pair finished second to march into the top eight stage.
In stage two, the Indian pair finished second with an effort of 583 out of 600. It was the same score as the Ukranians but the Indians topped on countback.
In the final, Ukraine started stronger and opened up a 6-2 lead after the first four single-shot series.
But the Indian pair fought back admirably, winning six of the next eight series to go ahead 14-10.
Serhiy and Daria were not the ones to give up and narrowed the deficit down to 14-12 before Swapnil and Ashi claimed the well-deserved victory.
This was India's second ISSF Rifle/Pistol World Cup of the year.
The Indian shooters had topped the first World Cup stage in Cairo in the beginning of the year before both the rifle and pistol teams opted out of the Rio World Cup in April.
India was represented by a 12-member rifle squad in Baku. The shotgun team also participated in two World Cup stages, winning medals in each of them.
All three squads will be seen in action in the fourth and final Changwon World Cup stage next month, before the big-ticket event -- the World Championships later this year.
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Paralympic medallist Singharaj, 5 others denied visas; will miss Para Shooting WC in France
New Delhi, Jun 4 (Shooting News) Six members of the Indian para shooting contingent, including double Paralympic medallist Singharaj Adhana, on Saturday failed to travel to Chateauroux, France for the World Shooting Para Sport World Cup after they were denied visas, despite the intervention of the Indian government.
The matter came to light after Tokyo Paralympic Games gold medallist shooter Avani Lekhara took to twitter, seeking help following denial of visa to her escort and mother Shewata Jewaria and coach Rakesh Manpat.
But talking to PTI from the airport, chief national coach and chairman of Indian Para Shooting Jai Prakash Nautiyal said Lekhara and her coach Manpat's visas were cleared.
"Avani and her coach's visas were granted but her escort, who is also her mother didn't get her visa," Nautiyal said.
"Besides, three para shooters -- Singharaj, Rahul Jhakhar and Deepinder Singh (all para pistol shooters) and two coaches Subhas Rana (national coach) and Vivek Saini (assistant coach) did not get their visas.
"The French embassy didn't mention any reason, simply said there is a huge surge for visas. We applied for our visas on April 23 and were sure of getting all cleared. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) also intervened and were helping us but despite that visas of six members were rejected," he added.
The event to be held from Jun 4 to 13 is of significance for Indian para shooters as Paris Paralympics quota places were on offer there.
"We are now going with a 22-member contingent, which includes 14 shooters. We were quite confident of getting visas of all members cleared since Paris will be the host for the next Paralympics and there are 18 2024 Paralympics quota places on offer in the tournament," Nautiyal said.
Replying to Avani's tweet, the Sports Authority of India termed the incident as unfortunate.
"It is unfortunate that all the visas of the Indian Para Shooting Contingent going to France have not been approved. All efforts were made by MYAS and MEA to secure all visas but unfortunately this time the efforts did not materialise," SAI tweeted.
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UEFA apologises for chaos during build-up of the Champions League final
(Football news) European football governing body UEFA has apologised to fans for the events that took place ahead of the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool in Paris. They announced that an independent review will be launched to assess why fans, including women and children were tear gassed and crushed outside Stade de France, resulting in the match being delayed by 30 minutes.
In a statement released by UEFA, they said “UEFA wishes to sincerely apologise to all spectators who had to experience or witness frightening and distressing events in the build-up to the UEFA Champions League final at the Stade de France on May 28, 2022 in Paris, on a night which should have been a celebration of European club football. No football fan should be put in that situation, and it must not happen again.
“To that end, immediately after the events, UEFA commissioned an Independent Review to identify shortcomings and responsibilities of all entities involved in the organisation of the final, and has today published the Terms of Reference for this review. The Independent Review, which will be led by Dr Tiago Brandao Rodrigues from Portugal, aims at understanding what happened in the build-up to the final, and determining what lessons should be learned to ensure there is no repeat of the actions and events of that day."
Fourteen times Champions League winners Real Madrid issued a statement of their own, calling on authorities to explain why supporters were left "helpless and defenceless". The club have also demanded to know why the venue was chosen to host the Champions League final and have said that "many of the fans were violently assaulted, harassed and robbed" and "some of them even had to spend the night in hospital".
Premier League’s chief executive Billy Hogan publicly said that he was “horrified” after hearing accounts from fans after receiving more than 6,000 pieces of feedback about issues surrounding last week's game. Hogan said “They had major concerns with the matchday operation, including the policing operation around the match. I know they're equally concerned about making sure this, again, is an independent and open investigation."
A day full of surprises in the UEFA Nations League
(Football news) The first matchday of the UEFA Nations League has begun. Three matches were played on the 3rd of June and all three were massive upsets where the away side came out on top. Croatia, Austria, France, Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark were all in action on what was an exciting day of football. There are still 3 more matches left to play in the international break which means there will be more scintillating matches which will perfectly set up the World Cup at the end of the year.
Austria in their first match under Ralf Rangnick defeated Croatia 3-0 away from home and they did it without their captain and Champions League winner David Alaba. Marko Arnautovic opened the scoring in the 41st minute after which the game opened up a bit. Michael Gregoritsch and Marcel Sabitzer scored in the 2nd half to put the game to bed. Despite having 61% possession, Croatia were completely outplayed. Sabitzer, who has had a very difficult season with Bayern Munich was the star of the show. Rangnick is off to a very good start and can concentrate on the job now that he is not a consultant with Manchester United.
France were handed a shock 2-1 defeat by Denmark at the Stade de France. Despite playing the full 90 minutes of the Champions League final less than a week ago, Karim Benzema started the game and played the full 90 minutes. The first half was goalless after which Kylian Mbappe was taken off due to a niggle. His replacement Christopher Nkunku assisted Karim Benzema who went past a couple of defenders to score a worldie and break the deadlock. Raphael Varane also had to go off injured and he was replaced by William Saliba which turned things around. Danish substitute Andreas Cornelius scored twice to win the game for Denmark. Despite having more possession, France weren't very effective in attack. Everything looked very lethargic and predictable.
Netherlands dismantled Belgium 4-1 away from home. Steven Bergwijn scored the opener in the 40th minute with a sumptuous long shot. Memphis Depay scored two goals in the 2nd half while Denzel Dumfries also got his name on the scoresheet. Michy Batshuayi got a consolation goal at the very end to deny Netherlands a clean sheet. The Barcelona duo of Depay and Frenkie De Jong were incredible throughout the 90 minutes. It is a tough loss to take for Belgium as all their big names had a quiet night. The injury to Romelu Lukaku in the 27th minute was a big blow for the host and it played its part in the loss.
Norway Chess: Anand's winning run ends, but still in joint lead with Carlsen
Stavanger (Norway), Jun 4 (Chess News) India legend Viswanathan Anand's winning run in the Classical event of the Norway Chess tournament came to an end after suffering a loss against American Wesley So in the fourth round here on Saturday.
The 52-year-old former world champion now shares the lead with Magnus Carlsen on 8.5 points each.
The regular Classical game between Anand and So ended in a draw in 28 moves. The American then beat the Indian GM in 46 moves via the Armageddon (sudden death) game.
The Indian ace had posted wins over France's Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Vaselin Topalov of Bulgaria and China's Hao Wang in the first three rounds.
Meanwhile, Carlsen defeated Dutchman Anish Giri in the Classical game to pick up three points and join Anand in the lead.
In another decisive game in round four, Azerbaijan's Shakhriyar Mamedyarov defeated Hao Wang, while Teimour Radjavov and the experienced Topalov won via the Armageddon against Vachier-Lagrave and Aryan Tari (Norway) respectively.
In the ongoing Norway Chess tournament, the players take part in a Armageddon (sudden death) in case of a draw in the classical game.
So had won the Blitz event ahead of the Classical event.
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Alexandre Lacazette is close to joining Lyon on a free transfer
(Football news) Alexandre Lacazette has agreed a deal to return to his former club Lyon upon the expiry of his Arsenal contract. The 31-year-old was in the final month of his current deal at the Emirates and Arsenal didn’t want to renew his contract as he failed to strike an agreement over fresh terms, with Arsenal instead prioritising a renewal for young Eddie Nketiah.
Lyon have always been open to the idea of re-signing him and never hid away from admitting their desire to get Lacazette back. He came through the French side's academy and netted 129 goals in 275 appearances before joining Arsenal in 2017 for a club-record £46.5m. Lacazette is leaving Arsenal with a record of 71 goals and 36 assists in 206 games, but this season has been the worst for him as he managed to score four goals in 30 Premier League outings over this past season. Finding more quality in attack has been a key priority for Arsenal, who offloaded Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January and currently have just one proper striker in the team. Nketiah showed glimpses of his talent towards the end of the season and has been promised regular minutes next year, but the plan is to sign at least one new striker to provide competition and certain depth in that crucial position.
Alexandre Lacazette had a fast start to his Arsenal career under Unai Emery but ever since Mikel Arteta took over the reins, he has been out of favour. The final months of Lacazette's Arsenal career saw him take over the captaincy from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after he was banished from first-team training and then sold to Barcelona in January after returning late from a trip to France. Arsenal have been linked with a numerous number of strikers ahead of the summer transfer window with the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Richarlison and Tammy Abraham all linked with moves to the North London club. With Lacazette's significant wages off the books, it may allow Edu to accelerate his plans in the market and bring in one or two new frontmen.
“We will make every possible effort [to sign him],” Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas confessed in February.
Lyon general manager Vincent Ponsot and president Jean-Michel Aulas expressed their desire to bring Lacazette back to the club. Ponsot said: “He’s a player who interests us for all that he has represented here. We noticed his maturity and he is someone that the club have stayed in contact with.”
“We will make every possible effort,” added Aulas.
Nadal to aim for 14th French Open title with win over Alexander Zverev
(Tennis news) Rafael Nadal will hope to give himself the perfect birthday present by reaching the finals of the French Open by defeating Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals. The 21 time Grand Slam winner turns 36 today and it may very well be the last time he plays at the Roland Garros, a tournament that he has been extremely successful in throughout his career. The Spaniard is suffering from a chronic “foot” injury and is yet to find a solution to the longstanding problem, but it didn’t stop him from defeating rival Djokovic in a four set encounter that lasted four hours.
Speaking about his foot injury, Nadal said “The last three months and a half, for me, the only thing that I can say is they haven't been easy. If we are not able to find an improvement or a small solution, then it's becoming super difficult for me. So that's it. It's not the moment to talk about [what happens after the French Open]. We are going to talk about that when my tournament finishes. I am just enjoying every day that I have the chance to be here, and without thinking much about what can happen in the future. Of course I'm going to keep fighting to find a solution, but for the moment, we haven't. I don't know what's going to happen after this."
Victory in France would mean Nadal could move another title clear of both Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic and his chances of reaching the finals is quite likely, especially considering that Nadal has defeated Zverev in six of their last nine encounters and four out of five meetings on clay. The wait continues for the 25 year old’s maiden Grand Slam but the German defeated in-form Carlos Alcaraz to reach the semi-finals and underestimating the World Number 3 could have disastrous consequences for Nadal. The winner of this match will face either Norwegian eighth seed Casper Ruud or Croatia's Marin Cilic in the finals.
Speaking ahead of the match, Zverev said “I'm not 20 or 21 years old anymore. I'm 25. I am at the stage where I want to win, I'm at the stage where I'm supposed to win. Yes, I have not beaten [Djokovic or Nadal] in majors, but I feel like I was very close. "I feel like I have had very difficult and tough matches against them. But there is a big difference between having a tough match and beating them. Still a major difference."
In the other semi-final, World Number 23 Marin Cilic, who defeated Russian seventh seed Andrey Rublev in a fifth-set tie-break, will take on Norway’s Casper Ruud. The 33 year old Croatian became the fifth active men's player apart from Djokovic, Nadal, Federer and Andy Murray to reach the semi-finals of all four Grand Slams. As for Casper Ruud, he is the first Norwegian player to reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam, recording the most ATP clay-court wins since the start of 2020 with an impressive 65. Speaking ahead of the match, Ruud said “These are the matches that you dream about playing, and hopefully of course even the final if it's possible. "I have to be really focused and bring my A-game to the semi-final. Marin has played great all week, and it's going to be another tough match."
Sports Ministry provides financial assistance to athletes, including Manika Batra, for future competitions
New Delhi, Jun 2 (Sports News) The Sports Ministry on Thursday granted financial assistance to several athletes across the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) core and development groups, including Tokyo Paralympics silver medallist Nishad Kumar and ace woman table tennis player Manika Batra, to support them in their preparations for upcoming competitions.
Nishad, who created an Asian record of 2.06m in the T-47 men's high jump, has been given a financial assistance of Rs 18.9 lakh towards training at the Olympic Training Centre in Chula Vista, United States. He has already left for the 73-day training camp, which started on Thursday and will continue till August 12, along with his physiotherapist Aalaap Jawadekar.
Nishad, who will be in action during the Asian Para Games next year, will be training in Chula Vista under Jeremy Fischer, who is the lead coach and director of the centre.
Paddlers Batra and Sreeja Akula have also been extended support. While the former has been provided financial support to have her personal coach Chris Pfeiffer for the WTT Contender Zagreb (June 13-19), Sreeja has been provided financial assistance towards participation in WTT Feeder Otocec, Slovenia (June 20-26).
3000m steeplechase runner Avinash Sable, who competed at the Tokyo Olympics, has been granted financial assistance to travel to Colorado Springs. He will compete at the Diamond League in Rabat, Morocco, on June 5.
Sable, who is a part of the TOPS core team, will also be assisted with a masseur as well as a Garmin GPS watch. The total financial assistance provided to him is Rs 3.52 lakh.
Tokyo Olympian Annu Rani has also been assisted financially for the procurement of Nemeth and Nordic Valhalla javelins, which will cost Rs 4.15 lakh.
Swimmer Aneesh Gowda has been provided financial assistance towards participation in Singapore National Swimming Championships (June 23-26), while men's sabre fencer Karan Singh has been extended support for a training camp at the Bauer Fencing Academy Orleans, France, from June 1 to July 31. Karan, who will train under the watchful eyes of Christian Bauer, will compete in the Asian Fencing Championship in Seoul from June 10-15 as well as in the Senior World Fencing Championship in Cairo from July 15-23. The only other fencer from India who is training under Bauer is Olympian Bhavani Devi.
Also Read : Nearly 4,700 athletes set to vie for honours in Khelo India Youth Games
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Hugo Ekitike joins Newcastle for a reported fee of £35m
(Football news) Newcastle United are closing in on signing Hugo Ekitike, with a reported fee worth up to £35 million which has been agreed with Reims for the striker. The Magpies are finally getting their man after missing out on him in the winter transfer window as the fans must have wondered whether Ekitike would ever end up on Tyneside. After weeks of speculation, the club have finally agreed a fee and Ekitike looks set to join the rebuild under the Saudi owners.
Ekitike had established himself as a regular for Reims in Ligue 1 during the 2021/22 campaign. He went on to score eleven goals in 26 appearances as the attacker has been capped at U20 level for France and his contract was set to expire in 2024 but Newcastle pulled the trigger now as he fits the scheme of Eddie Howe’s tactics. Newcastle were struggling under Steve Bruce but once Eddie Howe took over the club went on a brilliant run and ultimately ended up 11th in the Premier League in 2021/22 and they are expected to be busy in the transfer market this summer.
Fabrizio Romano has revealed via Twitter that Ekitike has ‘agreed a five-year deal’ to join Newcastle. His move is all but as the ‘final details’ now need to be discussed. Romano stated that the fee for Ekitike will be €30m plus an extra €5m in add-ons. The club from north east saw off some big names from the Bundesliga in the form of Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen. Ekitkei is also set to become Newcastle's first signing under new sporting director Dan Ashworth
Ekitike was scouted by the likes of Man City, Man United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs and even Real Madrid took interest in him .The 6ft 2inch striker has risen rapidly since he made his professional footballing debut in 2020. He began his career at Cormontreuil FC before he signed for the Reims youth set-up in 2013. After coming through the academy at Reims, Ekitike finally made his debut with the club in a 3-1 loss to FC Lorient in October of 2020. In January of 2021, he was loaned out to Danish Superliga klub Vejle Boldklub for the rest of the season, where he found the net three times in 11 appearances but that was his stepping stone in his career.
He got the much needed confidence in his career as he single handedly carried Remis to 12th in the Ligue 1. This season he has often drawn comparisons to Kylian Mbappe because of his playing style as he likes to take the defenders on, with his pace and trickery. If he continues this way then Newcastle have got themselves a player not only for the future but also someone who takes up the goal scoring mantle. A France national team call up doesn’t look far for this 19 year old especially taking the league by storm this season.
Norway chess: Anand posts second straight win in Classical event, takes lead
Stavanger (Norway), Jun 2 (Chess News) Indian Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand posted his second win on the trot, defeating Bulgarian Veselin Topalov in the Classical section to take the lead at the Norway Chess tournament here.
The 52-year-old Anand trumped his opponent in 36 moves in the battle of the veterans to make it two out of two after the second round late on Wednesday.
The five-time world champion now leads with six points.
He had started the Classical event with a win over France's Maxime Vachier-Lagrave following a fourth place finish in the Blitz event.
American Wesley So, who won the Blitz event ahead of the classical section, outwitted world No.1 Magnus Carlsen in the Armageddon (Sudden death game) to lie in second spot behind Anand after their regular game ended in a 38-move draw.
Anand, who had defeated Carlsen in the blitz event earlier, continued the good run. With the victory over his long-time rival, the Indian ace climbed to the 9th spot in the world live rating list.
In the other games in the second round of the 10-player competition, Vachier-Lagrave beat Shakhriyar Mamedyarov via Armageddon and Teimur Radjabov got the better of Norwegian GM Aryan Tari.
Dutch GM Anish Giri and Wang Hao drew their Armageddon game after the regular match ended in a stalemate.
In the classical event, players play an Armaggedon (sudden death) game in case of a draw.
Also Read : Anand beats Vachier-Lagrave in Norway Chess tourney
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Marin Cilic reaches French Open semi-final after defeating Rublev
(Tennis news) Marin Cilic progressed to the semi-finals of the French Open to set up an epic encounter against Casper Ruud. The 33 year old Croatian defeated Andrey Rublev 5-7 6-3 6-4 3-6 7-6 (10-2) and will take on his Norwegian opponent in the next round after Ruud overcame Holger Rune 6-1 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-3. Cilic has shown some impressive form in France, defeating world No 2 Daniil Medvedev in the quarter-finals. He got 33 aces and forced 71 unforced errors in a four-hour, 14-minute match.
Speaking in the on-court interview after the match, Cilic said “The win comes from being me, I played that kind of tennis the whole match. The fifth set was an incredible battle. Andrey played incredibly well, it was an incredibly fair-play performance on the court. A lot of heart. One had to go down and today was my day. But Andrey also played an incredible match. Bad luck to him. I felt more tired emotionally out there because Andrey plays a difficult game, he serves big, hits big, and you don't have many chances. You have to keep up with your level, which I did. Unfortunately, I lost that fourth set. I thought I was close to getting the break. When you play this long, there will always be ups and downs in the match but I kept my focus in the fifth."
In the other quarter-final match, Holger Rune, who had already defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas and Denis Shapovalov but could not overcome Casper Ruud. Speaking after the match, the Norwegian said “Of course a lot of nerves all day to get going. It's tough to find calm and peace. I started great but Holger fought back and raised his level. "I had played him three times already, now fourth, I guess I know a little bit how he plays. He plays fearless, goes for big shots. It's a big day for Norwegian tennis," Ruud added. "I will use tomorrow to prepare. These matches are the ones you are dreaming about playing."
Milind leads in men's section, Avani tops among women in IGU Trials for WATC
Hyderabad, Jun 1 (Golf News) Milind Soni shot one-under 69 to maintain his pole position even as Shaurya Bhattacharya (66) cut his overnight lead from three to two in the IGU Trials for the World Amateur Team Championship to be held in France later this year.
Milind is now six-under 134, while Bhattacharya (70-66) is second at four-under 136. Raghav Chugh (68-70) was tied-third with Tushar Pannu (72-66) for the day's best card.
Another youngster to turn in a good card was Krishna Nikhil Chopraa (72-67), whose score was the day's second best.
Among women, Avani Prashanth followed her three-over 73 with one-over 71 to take the lead at four-over 144, while Sneha Singh (75-71) moved to second place at six-over 146. Saanvi Somu (74-73) was third.
Milind looked like breaking away from the field as he was flawless over the front nine with three-under 31.
However he erred a lot on the back nine with two bogeys on 11th and 13th and also bogeyed 16th and 18th. His two birdies on back nine were on 14th and 15th as he was two-over 38 for the back stretch.
Shaurya had five birdies, one on the front nine and four on the back nine, and dropped just one shot during the day on Par-4 18th.
Nishna Patel (82-68) saw a 14-shot swing in her first and second round scores in women's section and moved to fourth. First round leader, Smriti Bhargava, after first round 72, slipped to 80 and dropped to sixth, one behind Mannat Brar (77-74).
A total of 14 amateurs in men's section and nine in women's category teed off in the trials.
The 2022 World Amateur Team Championships (WATC) for 2022 will be held near Paris in France. The 29th edition of WATC for women for the Espirito Santo Trophy will be held from August 24 to 27 and the 32nd men's championship for the Eisenhower Trophy will be played from August 31 to September 3.
The Le Golf National (Albatross Course) and the Golf de Saint-Nom-La Breteche (Red Course) will be used for the events.
Also Read : Milind leads IGU trials for World Amateurs; Avani trails Smriti among women
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Italy and Argentina face off in the return of Finalissma
(Football news) Wembley will host the first Finalissima since 1993 where the UEFA Euro winners Italy will take on Copa America winners Argentina. There were two previous editions of the contest when it was known as Artemio Franchi Cup in 1985 and 1993 respectively. France won in 1985 by defeating Uruguay while Argentina defeated Denmark to win 1993. Now the match has returned and it promises to be better than ever.
In the last international break Italy faced a massive upset as they lost to North Macedonia in the World Cup qualifiers playoff. This will be the 2nd consecutive World Cup which will not feature Italy. Italy did however have an excellent campaign in the Euros. They will be looking to make up for their World Cup failure by winning the Finallisma trophy. Argentina have had an incredible couple of years internationally. They went unbeaten in the Copa America as they won the trophy after 29 years. Messi and co. will be looking to clinch another trophy before the World Cup to assert their dominance.
Italy possible playing XI:
Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Emerson; Barella, Jorginho, Verratti; Bernardeschi, Scamacca, Insigne
Argentina possible playing XI:
Emiliano Martinez; Montiel, Romero, Otamendi, Acuna; De Paul, Paredes, Lo Celso; Messi, Martinez, Di Maria
Ciro Immobile is the big miss for Italy after the striker was ruled out due to an ankle injury. Domenico Berardi, Moise Kean, Nicolo Zaniolo and Andrea Pinamonti have also pulled out of the squad due to injuries. Argentina on the other hand have a fully fit squad with a lot of depth. Lionel Messi will lead the attack which will also have Di Maria and Lautaro Martinez. Italy's defence as usual will be solid as a rock and won't be broken down easily. The battle between the two midfield trio is going to be very crucial in the game.
Luis Campos becomes the new sporting director of PSG
(Football news) After signing Kylian Mbappe on a bumper deal, PSG wasted little bit of time and replaced Leonardo with the experienced campaigner Luis Campos as the Sporting Director of the club. The 57 year old is one of the most respected sporting directors in the whole of Europe, he’s best known for the team he built with Monaco that lifted the Ligue 1 title in 2017 and was subsequently led by a young and emerging Kylian Mbappe. He also oversaw the Lille side that achieved the same feat by beating the mighty PSG to lift the Ligue title in 2021. Campos left Lille in the middle of the season in December 2020 as he was waiting for a big club to come calling. Meanwhile he was assisting the project at Celta Vigo.
Campos and Mbappe's family have been very close since their time in Monaco where Campos watched over the young prodigy and helped nurture into a worldwide talent that he is right now. Luis Campos was one of the big factors leading to the 23-year-old France forward staying in Paris as he knew Leonardo would leave his post of director of football. The new sporting director can expect a busy summer as all eyes will be on PSG on who they will sign this summer. They are also likely to sack Mauricio Pochettino if they find a suitable replacement. Zinedine Zidane is at the top of the club's list but they could face a hard time convincing the former Real Madrid coach to take over this job as Campos will have his task cut out selecting a suitable candidate..
The first thing he needs to do is offload a lot of players on very high salaries, especially in midfield, as they try make prospective moves for four of their top targets in Ousmane Dembele, Frenkie de Jong, Monaco's Aurelien Tchouameni and Lille's Renato Sanches. Nonetheless, Campos will need to have support from his fellow compatriot and former PSG Sporting Director Antero Henrique, as they need to sell off the players who have no future in the French capital. Players like Sergio Rico (on loan to Mallorca this season), Layvin Kurzawa, Thilo Kehrer, Abdou Diallo, Leandro Paredes, Ander Herrera, Danilo Pereira, Gana Gueye, Julian Draxler and Mauro Icardi are potential candidates. The PSG sporting director job is one of the most toughest sporting jobs, many have come and failed to live upto Nasser Al Khelaifi’s ambitions but with Campos, you have a seasoned professional who helps promote youth and most importantly buys players who want to play for the badge rather than the money.
Milind leads IGU trials for World Amateurs; Avani trails Smriti among women
Hyderabad, May 31 (Golf News) In-form Milind Soni got off to a flying start in the Indian Golf Union-organised trials for the World Amateur Championships to be held later this year.
The 17-year-old Telengana golfer, who wore India colours at the Asia-Pacific Amateurs last year in Dubai, shot a superb five-under 65 that included a late eagle took a three-shot lead after the first round at the Hyderabad Golf Association course.
A total of 14 amateurs in men's section and nine in women's section teed off in the trials.
Milind, winner of the IGA Assam Amateurs in April and then the IGU AP Amateurs in May, is now looking at making a place in the Indian squad for the World Amateur Team Championship in France.
Among the girls, Smriti Bhargava edge past the fancied Avani Prashanth to hold the lead.
Smriti shot two-over 72 while Avani carded 73. Saanvi Somu scored 74 and Sneha Singh, who alongside Avani went to the recent Queen Sirikit Cup, scored 75 and was fourth.
The 2022 World Amateur Team Championships (WATC) for 2022 will be held near Paris in France. The 29th edition of WATC for women for the Espirito Santo Trophy will be held from August 24 to 27 and the 32nd men's championship for the Eisenhower Trophy will be played from August 31 to September 3.
The Le Golf National (Albatross Course) and the Golf de Saint-Nom-La Breteche (Red Course) will be used for the events.
Milind started superbly and had four birdies and no bogeys on the front nine, while the back nine started with five pars. Then he birdied 15th and had an eagle on 17th while dropping shots on 16th and 18th for one-under back nine and a total of five-under 65.
Chugh had five birdies against three bogeys in a round of 68, while Pranav had four birdies against three bogeys in his 69.
Chugh (68) was lying second, and Pranav (69) was third, while Shaurya Bhattacharya and Yuvraj Singh were tied fourth with cards of 70 each. Krishnav Nikhil Chopraa and Tushar Pannu, with rounds of 72 each, were tied sixth.
Two-time All India amateur champion, Aryan Roopa Anand and Akshay Neranjen along with Shat Mishra were tied eighth with 73 each.
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Anand beats Carlsen in blitz event of Norway Chess, finishes fourth
Stavenger (Norway), May 31 (Chess News) Indian chess ace Viswanathan Anand defeated world champion Magnus Carlsen in round seven of the blitz event of the Norway Chess on way to a fourth-place finish.
The former world champion, however, suffered defeats to Anish Giri (the Netherlands) and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France) in the fourth and ninth round respectively to finish with 5 points in the 10-player blitz event early on Tuesday.
The Indian GM started with a win over Aryan Tari (Norway) in the blitz before drawing with So in round two. He posted a victory over veteran Veselin Topalov in the third round before sharing the point with Teimur Radjabov.
After a loss to Giri and a draw with Hao Wang (China), Anand scored over Carlsen. However, the draw against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov followed by the loss to Vachier-Lagrave put paid to his chances of a high finish after having started with 2.5 points from the first three rounds.
Anand's win over Carlsen comes close on the heels of compatriot and teen sensation R Praggnandhaa defeating the Norwegian world champion in an online blitz tournament recently.
American Wesley So finished on top of the Blitz standings with 6.5 points, one clear of Carlsen while Giri took the third spot. He thus earned the right to pick his starting number for the classical event.
The 10 players will play a classical event beginning later on Tuesday.
Anand begins his campaign in the Classical event with a game against Vachier-Lagrave.
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India men drop a rung to 4th, women rise to 6th in FIH world ranking
New Delhi, May 30 (Hockey News) The Indian men's hockey team slipped to fourth spot but the women side gained a place to rise to number six in the latest FIH World Rankings, issued on Monday.
At the top, Australia (2842.258) and Netherlands (3049.495) continued to be the world number one ranked teams in the men's and women's ranking.
In men's category, Netherlands (2465.707) replaced India (2366.990) in the third place based on their impressive results in the FIH Pro League.
Germany (2308.156) continues to hold fifth place but England's (2171.354) recent wins over France and South Africa helped them move to sixth, ahead of Argentina (2147.179).
Further down the table, New Zealand (1798.247) are in eighth place followed by Spain (1779.462) and Malaysia (1704.115), who moved into the top 10 due to a strong performance at the ongoing Hockey Asia Cup.
In women's world rankings, Australia (2440.750), England (2204.590) and Germany (2201.085) remain in third, fourth and fifth place respectively.
India (2029.396) have jumped to sixth at the expense of Spain (2016.149) who drop to seventh.
Belgium (1991.089) are in eighth and followed by New Zealand (1914.412). The top ten is completed by Japan (1800.350).
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Is it possible for Karim Benzema to not win the Ballon d'or this season?
(Football news) Real Madrid on Saturday defeated Liverpool 1-0 to become European champions for the 14th time. Los Blancos completed the European double and Karim Benzema was the main man. The Frenchman had 42 goals and 14 assists this season having won the Pichichi Trophy and the UCL top goalscorer award. He also equalled Raul to become the 2nd highest goalscorer in Real Madrid's history with only Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of him. The striker has collectively won the La Liga, Champions League, Spanish Super Cup and the UEFA Nations League this season. The only thing left is individual accolades which are bound to come. Benzema is the frontrunner to win La Liga player of the season, UCL forward of the season and Player of the Season, FIFA The Best and the Ballon d'or.
Benzema's numbers despite being so amazing don't completely do justice to his impact on Real Madrid. He is so crucial for Real Madrid and it shows when he doesn't play. Real Madrid's 4-0 loss at the Bernabéu against Barcelona was mainly because Benzema was injured. His presence alone has an effect on the team and Madrid have no plan B when he is not available. The Frenchman is right up there with the greatest players to wear the royal white jersey of Real Madrid. Benzema may have been Real Madrid's first choice striker for over a decade but it is only now that he is getting the appreciation and recognition that he truly deserves. He has turned up in big games when it matters the most. The striker has scored against PSG, Chelsea, Manchester City, Sevilla, Barcelona and Atlético Madrid this season. At the age of 34 he is still showing no signs of slowing down and could go on for at least two more years if not more.
Talking about the Ballon d'or, Thierry jokingly said "I just wanted to say something to France Football or whoever is voting... Close the vote, Benzema won it. Bye!". If Liverpool had won the UCL then Sadio Mane would have been in the running but right now there is no one who deserves it more than Benzema. There have been a few people who have picked others. Neymar Jr insisted that fellow Brazilian Vinicius Jr deserves the award, a claim which Vinicius Jr himself is likely to disagree with. Cesc Fabregas said that even though Benzema has had a good season, Thibaut Courtois has been very crucial for Real Madrid and deserves the award. There are very few people, if any, that would dispute if Benzema is awarded the Ballon d'or because he richly deserves the accolade.
Also read: Real Madrid defy all odds to win historical European double
Swimmer Maana Patel registers Best Indian Time (women's 100m backstroke event)
New Delhi, May 30 (Swimming News) Indian Olympian Maana Patel set the 'Best Indian time' in the women's 100m backstroke event at the Canet leg of Mare Nostrum swimming meet in France.
The 22-year-old swimmer from Gujarat, who had competed at the Tokyo Olympics last year, clocked 01:03.69, improving her personal best on Sunday night, which was the final day of the competition.
The previous 'Best Indian time' of 01:03.77 in the event was also under Maana's name, which she had previously clocked in Belgrade last year.
At the meet, Maana qualified 15th overall to qualify for the 'B' final, where she finished with a timing of 01:03:87.
In swimming, a timing is considered a national record when it has been achieved at the National Aquatic Championships. Hence, the timings clocked in other meets are called the 'Best Indian time'.
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Real Madrid's unbelievable run ends with 14th Champions League triumph
(Football news) Real Madrid defeated Liverpool 1-0 at the Stade de France to become the European champions for the 14th time in their History. Los Blancos had a very different road to the final which was filled with drama, emotions and most of all sensational grit. They started off with a 1-0 win at San Siro but then faced a shock 1-2 defeat at the Bernabeu against FC Sheriff. The defeat against the newcomers caused a blip in their season but things turned around. Madrid recovered well by winning 2 games against Shakhtar Donetsk before beating Sheriff away and Inter at home.
In the round of 16, Real Madrid put in one of their worst performances at Parc de Princes but only lost 1-0 to PSG. It looked like they did not deserve to even be in the UCL knockouts. In the return leg Madrid were 1-0 down at half time and needed 2 goals to equalise. Karim Benzema scored a dramatic hat-trick to mark one of the greatest comebacks in the history of the competition. In the quarter finals, Madrid won 3-1 at the Stamford Bridge against Chelsea thanks to another hat-trick by Karim Benzema. In the return leg however, they blew the lead and were trailing 4-3 on aggregate to Chelsea at the Bernabeu. With 10 minutes to go, Luka Modric played one of the best passes of the UCL season to set up Rodrygo who equalised. Real Madrid won in extra time as Karim Benzema scored once again.
It looked like Real Madrid had played two of the most dramatic UCL ties of all time but the semi final against Manchester City was something else. In the first leg the blues were far better throughout the 90 minutes but they could only manage to win 4-3. Manchester City had a two goal lead 3 times but kept on losing it. The 2nd leg at the Bernabeu was a cagey affair at first but Manchester City scored in the 73rd minute after which Real Madrid looked down and out needing two goals. They didn't even have a single shot on target until the 90th minute when substitute Rodrygo scored twice to send the game to extra time. Benzema scored another penalty in extra time to send Real Madrid to the final.
The final was another game where the entire world seemed to count out Real Madrid before the match. Liverpool dominated the majority of the game, the first half especially was total carnage but it remained goalless. Benzema scored just before half time but it was controversially disallowed. That goal sort of changed the momentum a little as Real Madrid started mounting more attacks in the 2nd half. Vinicius Jr scored the only goal of the game in the 59th minute which was set up by Fede Valverde. Liverpool had plenty of chances to equalise but Thibaut Courtois was steady as a rock. The Belgian made 9 saves which was most by any keeper in a UCL final since 2004. He was given the man of the match award for his incredible performance.
Real Madrid's Champions League campaign has been incredible and arguably the toughest of all time. Karim Benzema finished as the top goalscorer and also equaled Cristiano Ronaldo's record of 10 goals in a single UCL knockouts campaign. Thibaut Courtois's 59 saves in the campaign were the most since 2012. Vinicius Jr had the joint most assists with 6 to go with 4 goals. The old guards in midfield Toni Kroos, Casemiro and Luka Modric had another fantastic season which ended up being their 4th trophy as a trio. Youngsters Rodryo, Eduardo Camavinga and Fede Valverde delivered when it mattered the most throughout the tournament. 9 Real Madrid players namely Marcelo, Nacho, Dani Carvajal, Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Karim Benzema, Luka Modric, Isco and Gareth Bale equalised Cristiano Ronaldo's record of 5 trophies in the UCL era. The demands of the club is such that president Florentino Perez the very next day said "Now we go for the 15th UCL trophy next year".
Real Madrid take on Liverpool in historical Champions League final
(Football news) The 2021/22 UEFA Champions League final has reached its final stage. Two giants of European football i.e Real Madrid and Liverpool will be going head to head for the coveted title. The final will be played at the Stade de France in Paris in front of over 80,000 people. This will be a replay of the 2018 final which was won by Real Madrid. Things are different now as both teams have changed quite a bit but the core is the same. Real Madrid have had 2 days extra to prepare for the game and because they secured the league with 4 games in hand, they have been treating the remaining matches as pre-season games. Liverpool on the other hand missed out on the Premier League and have played every single match possible this season.
Real Madrid have a fully fit squad with all the players available but Carlo Ancelotti has to leave out 2 players from his matchday squad. As for Liverpool, the only doubts were around the fitness of Thiago and Fabinho but the pair trained with the team on Friday. Both the teams will definitely line-up in a 4-3-3 as they have done all season. The only question for Madrid is whether they start Fede Valverde or Rodrygo on the right wing. Jurgen Klopp will have to choose between Joel Matip and Ibrahim Konate to partner Virgil Van Dijk. Substitutes will play a very important part in this game even if it finishes in regulation time. Eduardo Camavinga and Rodrygo have been incredible super subs for Real Madrid. Liverpool can bring on Diogo Jota, Naby Kieta and Roberto Firmino from the bench.
The battle between Vinicius Jr and Trent Alexander-Arnold is going to be spicy. Trent's defensive weakness has been well highlighted in his short career. Vinicius Jr on the other hand doesn't like to track back. Last season, Vinicius scored a brace against Liverpool and destroyed Alexander-Arnold in the process. This time around things could be different but the winner of this battle is likely to win the match for their team. Karim Benzema will lock horns with Virgil Van Dijk in another fierce contest. Liverpool are not going to change the way they play but it will be interesting to see Madrid's approach on the night. The Merengues have had some incredible nights in this year's competition but this time the match is at a neutral venue which changes things completely.
Liverpool possible Playing XI:
Allison; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ibrahim Konate, Virgil Van Dijk, Andy Robertson; Thiago, Fabinho, Jordan Henderson; Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Luis Diaz.
Real Madrid possible Playing XI:
Thibaut Courtois; Dani Carvajal, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Ferland Mendy; Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Luka Modric; Fede Valverde, Vinicius Jr, Karim Benzema.
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Boubacar Kamara joins Aston Villa on a free transfer
(Football news) The 22-year-old was announced as a Villa player on Monday as the club have already made a statement by signing Diego Carlos and Kamara in the transfer window. He was signed as a free agent from Marseille, it was reported that Steven Gerrard’s side had fought off competition from Atletico Madrid to get the highly-rated defensive midfielder from France. Kamara, 22, will join the Midlands club on a five-year contract.. He is the third player to join Villa this month after Philippe Coutinho made his loan from Barcelona permanent.
Kamara has made around 170 appearances for Marseille after graduating from the club's academy in 2016 and he even helped the club reach the Europa League final in 2018 and finished runners-up to Paris Saint Germain in Ligue 1 this season. He has nine caps for France U21s and was called up to the senior squad for the first time for Nations League matches next month. The signing makes a lot of sense as Steven Gerrard likes playing with a double pivot in the midfield with Douglas Luiz acting as the second holding midfielder and pushing John McGinn a little forward. Villa also want to sign free agent Burnley centre back James Tarkowski to sure up their defence even and have agreed a deal with Hearts for Scotland youth international midfielder Ewan Simpson who's just 15 years old
Villa under Steven Gerrard is going through somewhat of a transition as he is trying to implement some youthful exuberance along with some experienced players in the squad. With the signings of Coutinho, Kamara and Diego Carlos, Villa are certainly a club which is looking to take a step forward and qualify for Europe next season. These signings indicate that the board are backing Gerrard heavily in the transfer market. In Kamara he was heavily scouted by the likes of Manchester United, PSG and Bayern Munich but ultimately he chose Aston Villa for the club's ambition to the next step forward.
'When I met with Steven, Christian [Purslow] and Johan [Lange], I knew Aston Villa was for me,' Kamara told Villa's official website.'Their ambition and determination to succeed matches my own. I cannot wait for pre-season to get going.'
Gerrard added: 'I am delighted that we have been able to attract one of the most promising young talents in European football. 'We have a very clear plan to make our team stronger and Bouba is an important part of that.'
French Open: Djokovic and Nadal progress while Raducanu gets eliminated
(Tennis news) French Open’s defending champion Novak Djokovic and 21 time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal progressed to the third round of Roland Garros with relative ease. The World Number 1 Serbian defeated Alex Molcan 6-2 6-3 7-6, hitting 40 winners and 10 aces on Court Suzanne-Lenglen while Rafael Nadal overcame France's Corentin Moutet 6-3 6-1 6-4, securing his 300th Grand Slam victory and 107th of the French Open.
Carlos Alcaraz also secured a narrow victory at the French Open after surviving a match-point during a five set game. The Spaniard has been the in-form player in 2022 and defeated his countryman Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1, 6-7, 5-7, 7-6, 6-4. Alcaraz, who is 15 years younger than Ramos-Vinolas, saved the match point in the 10th game of the fourth set to take it on a tiebreak and went on to rally after a poor start to the fifth and final set to win it 6-4. He will face Sebastian Korda in the next round.
In other results, Alexander Zverev defeated Sebastian Baez 2-6 4-6 6-1 6-2 7-5 in a match that lasted for three hours and 36 minutes on Court Philippe-Chatrier. The German struggled against Baez and had to be at the top of his game to secure passage into the next round where he will face Brandon Nakashima of the United States.
Speaking after the match, Zverev said “I said to him that how he feels now is the worst you're going to feel on a tennis court. It was such an incredible match. I know how it feels, as I lost the US Open final by two sets to love up. I was two points away from winning it and I lost 7-6 in the fifth. You always get better from it. I wish him nothing but the best, he's an unbelievably great kid and he's going to do a lot of great things in this sport."
In the women’s category, Emma Raducanu was knocked out from the 2nd round of the French Open after losing to Aliaksandra Sasnovich 3-6 6-1 6-1. The Belarusian tennis player will now face Angelique Kerber in the third round while Raducanu will shift her attention to the grass-court season. In other results, Maria Sakkari was also knocked out of the Roland Garros after a 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-4) defeat to Karolina Muchova while Coco Gauff overcame Alison van Uytvanck of Belgium 6-1 7-6 (7-4).
India's Murali Sreeshankar claims long jump gold in Greece
New Delhi, May 26 (Sports News) India's premier long jumper Murali Sreeshankar won the gold medal at the 12th International Jumping Meeting in Kallithea, Greece with an effort of 8.31m.
The Tokyo Olympian is the current national record holder with a jump of 8.36m, which he had achieved last month.
Sreeshankar was followed by Swede Thobias Montler, who claimed silver with an 8.27m jump, and Jules Pommery of France, who bagged bronze with an 8.17m effort in the 10-man field.
Only the top three jumpers crossed the 8m-mark.
Jeswin Aldrin, meanwhile, finished fifth after he hit the 7.69m mark at the 17th Iberoamerican Meeting in Huelva, Spain.
Filip Pravdiva of Croatia (7.91m), Uruguay's Emiliano Lasa (7.82m) and Peruvian José Luis Mandros (7.77m) completed the top three of the seven-man field.
"Sreeshankar consistently jumping far. In 12th International Jumps Meeting , Kallithea, Greece, event part of World Athletics Continental Tour Bronze. Performance 8.31 meters," Athletics Federation of India tweeted.
Competing in his first outdoor international meet since the Olympics campaign, Sreeshankar warmed up on Wednesday evening with jumps of 7.88 and 7.71 metres before leaping 8.31 metres.
Sreeshankar came into the competition on back of his excellent domestic form where he repeatedly breached the 8m mark. The Kerala athlete logged 8.14m and 8.17m at the season-opening Indian Open Jumps Competitions in Thiruvanthapuram before breaking his own national record at the Federation Cup in Kozhikode after a close battle with Tamil Nadu's Jeswin Aldrin.
Indian athletes have been training and competing in Europe over the last few weeks.
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RB Leipzig defeat Freiburg to win the DFB Pokal Cup
(Football news) RB Leipzig defeated Freiburg 4-2 on penalties in a very entertaining German Cup final on Saturday, as Domenico Tedesco's side won their first major trophy despite playing 10 men for most of the match in Berlin's Olympic stadium. Freiburg's captain Christian Guenter and Ermedin Demirovic both missed their penalty kicks to seal a thrilling win after the clash had ended 1-1 after extra time.
Maximilian Eggestein had put Freiburg in front in the 19th minute with a brilliant low shot from the edge of the box, the goal stood following a VAR review for a potential handball in the build-up. Leipzig then came close to equalising five minutes later after Christopher Nkunku's rebound from close range beat goalkeeper Mark Flekken, but defender Nico Schlotterbeck made a brilliant goal line clearance. However, when Freiburg fans thought that they won the DFB Pokal cup as all the fans started chanting and lighting up flares, Nkunku went onto spoil their party with a 76th-minute equaliser
The 24-year-old France international, who was recently voted as Bundesliga player of the season, beating the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Erling Haaland for the converted title. Nkunku bundled the ball over the line after a precise header from Willi Orban found him unmarked. The late equaliser poured life into Leipzig’s game, they played with one man down from the 57th minute following a red card shown to defender Marcel Halstenberg for a dangerous tackle on Freiburg forward Lucas Hoeler. Both sides had chances to win the game at the end of normal time, while Freiburg came even closer when they hit the post twice and struck the bar in the extra time period.
Leipzig, on the other hand, were denied a clear penalty after a foul on midfielder Dani Olmo, but VAR deemed it as a clear tackle in the frenetic dying minutes as substitute Kevin Kampl received a second yellow card for his protests against the decision. Leipzig finally got their hands on the trophy for the first time after they finished runners-up in 2018-19 and 2020-21 season’s. The victory meant that they sealed a position in next season's Europa League but they had already secured a fourth straight season in the Champions League after they finished 4th in the Bundesliga. Freiburg enjoyed one of their best season’s in the club's history but couldn’t end the season with the trophy. Their sixth-placed finish in the Bundesliga sees them return to the Europa League for the first time since 2013. It also means seventh-placed FC Koln will go into the Europa Conference League playoffs.
Serie A: AC Milan win their first Scudetto since 2011
(Football news) AC Milan went on to secure their first Scudetto since 2011 as they beat the giant Killer Sassuolo 3-0 on the final-day victory at Sassuolo on Sunday, with a double from their main man Olivier Giroud and one from the departing Franck Kessie to seal the Scudetto in style. Stefano Pioli's side came into the final match of the season knowing that a point would be enough for them to finish top above city rivals Inter who subsequently won their match against Sampdoria 3-0 also, but after Giroud squeezed the ball in the goal in the 17th minute, a 19th Serie A title never looked in doubt for the Rossenari’s.
France international Giroud then went onto stab home a second goal in the 32nd minute after fine work from Rafael Leao to put Pioli's men on course for their first trophy in five years, without concentrating much on Inter’s match, AC Milan made sure that there was no relenting from Milan as Kessie slotted home a third four minutes from the first half end and title race, was virtually sealed before halftime. After the break, it was party time in Emilia-Romagna, with 18,000 Milan fans, celebrating throughout the half as AC Milan never looked in any danger of conceding their precious lead
The final whistle was greeted with wild scenes of celebration from the club who have waited far too long for a Scudetto for a side which is used to winning major trophies as they finished the season two points above Inter, whose home win over Sampdoria was in vain. In the second half, Fikayo Tomori's header was cleared off the line and Alexis Saelemaekers' shot was well saved. In the opening minutes of the match Rafael Leao stole the ball down the left side and squared it for Giroud who finished it calmly as he fired his side in front. The second goal was all about the grit and persistence of Leao, who again held off several tackles from the Sassuolo players before again squaring the ball to Giroud who scored his 11th Serie A goal of the season.
Kessie, who was playing his final game for AC Milan before joining Barcelona next season then side-footed the third goal with ease to finish the job in the first half only. 40 year old Zlatan Ibrahimovic thought he had added the icing on the cake with a fourth off the bench, but his header was ruled out for offside. Little did it matter as the celebrations were already in full swing. Even for Pioli it was a joyous moment as he won his first trophy after 19 years of being a head coach and he too joined in with supporters singing "Pioli's on fire" in the final few minutes of the match. At the final whistle Milan's jubilant supporters swarmed the pitch, embracing every player and staff with their wait for another league title finally over after 11 years
"I don't remember when we last lost a game," Pioli told the reporters. "We deserved this Scudetto because we have been more consistent and we have won difficult matches, coming from behind in a derby and winning twice in Rome.
"My bosses have given me exceptional confidence; if you get to this level it is because each member has given their all."
Verma & Co win successive World Cup archery gold, Bhardwaj clinches silver
Gwangju (South Korea), May 21 (Archery News) The Indian men's compound archery team on Saturday came from behind to prevail over France by two points in an intense finish to win the gold medal in successive World Cup stages.
Unheralded Mohan Bhardwaj also shared the limelight as he stunned reigning world champion Nico Wiener en route to winning a dream World Cup individual silver medal as Indian compound archers outshone their much-fancied recurve teammates.
A day after the Olympic discipline recurve archers ended their campaign with a solitary bronze (in women's team event), India bagged one gold, one silver and one bronze in the compound section on Saturday to end their World Cup Stage 2 campaign with five medals.
That the compound archers bagged one gold, one silver and two bronze from India's total medal count of five summed up their dominance compared to the TOPS-supported Olympic discipline recurve archers.
India began the day with the men's compound team dishing out a superb fightback to prevail over France 232-230 to win the gold medal.
In a repeat of the Stage 1 final, the fourth-seeded men's team, comprising Abhishek Verma, Aman Saini and Rajat Chauhan, found itself trailing against its sixth-seed rivals in the first two ends.
But riding on an immaculate finish in the third end the trio sealed a 232-230 win over its French counterparts Adrien Gontier, Jean Philippe Boulch and Qentin Baraer to win the World Cup Stage 2 gold.
In the last World Cup final at Antalya in April, the same Indian trio had defeated France by one-point.
"It's our second consecutive win (this season). We were the best in Turkey and we proved it again. We are very happy about that," Verma said.
"We know the strategy of France and we know their potential. We changed our strategy after the third round and it helped up," Chauhan pointed out.
Verma went on to win a second medal when he along with Avneet Kaur pipped higher-seeded Turkey's Amircan Haney and Ayse Bera Suzer 156-155 to win the bronze in the mixed team event.
For Kaur, this was her second bronze having won a team bronze in the women's event earlier.
Starting off with 39-all, the sixth-seeded Indian duo trailed by two points in the second end (77-79) with its fourth-seeded rivals shooting four 10s including three Xs (closer to the centre).
Verma and Kaur narrowed the deficit to one point in the third end shooting 39/40 and finished off in style with a perfect fourth end -- four 10s, including one X.
Later in the day, world number 223 Bhardwaj, who made his World Cup debut only last month, conjured up the biggest win of his career when he shocked his world number 7 Austrian opponent 143-141 in the semifinal en route to claim a silver.
Trailing by two points after first two ends, the 32-year-old, who won a silver at this year Senior Nationals, produced a remarkable comeback by winning the third with two 10s to level it 85-all.
Having fallen behind by one-point in the fourth end, Bhardwaj finished it off in style with three 10s.
The Uttarakhand archer's dream run finally ended in the final by none other than Dutch world number one Mike Schloesser (141-149).
This was his first individual medal at the international stage. Bhardwaj had won his maiden international medal, a team silver, at the Bangkok Asian Championships in 2019.
Qualified as a lowly 42nd seed, Bhardwaj packed off the Australian duo of Patrick Coghlan (146-144) and Scott Brice (146-143) in the first two rounds. The 46-year-old Slovakian world No. 12 Jozef Bosansky, who qualified as seventh seed, became the victim of Bhardwaj's giant-killing act in the pre-quarterfinals (149-145).
Bhardwaj then ousted local favourite Yang Jaewon 147-140 to make the last-four.
In the men's compound team final, France started off with a 57 in the first end. Verma shot in the red ring (8) with his second arrow but Saini and Chauhan showed perfect team bonding to finish with two 10s to make sure the deficit was just one point.
Both teams shot identical scores of 58/60 in the second end. India stepped it up with three 10s in their second set of arrows as France also matched them to retain their overall one-point lead.
Shooting first as they trailed in the third end, India showed tremendous resilience to turn it around with three 10s as their under-pressure French rivals shot a couple of 9s to fall behind.
Showing calm nerves, the Indian trio sealed it with another round of three 10s to make it 60 out of 60, while their opponents managed just 56 as India turned the tables from a one-point deficit to a three-point cushion (174-171) going into the decisive fourth end.
It was all about not doing anything silly as the Indian team capped it with four 10s to make it 58, against the French trio's 59 but that was not enough as the Indian compound men's team won their second gold of the season.
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Tvesa T-16 after Round 1, Aditi gets hole-in-one in Round 2 at Jabra Ladies
Evian-les-Bains (France), May 20 (Golf News) Indian golfer Tvesa Malik carded two birdies and as many bogeys for an even par 71 to lie T-16 alongside compatriot Aditi Ashok after the first round of the Jabra Ladies Open here.
Aditi, who came in from the LPGA Tour, also carded 71 but had an eventful round with five birdies and five bogeys. The Indian duo was five shots behind Carmen Alonso of Spain who held a one-stroke lead after a round of 5-under 66.
While Tvesa was yet to start her second round till late afternoon, Aditi Ashok was an early starter on the second day and she had a hole in one on the Par-3 eighth hole.
It was her first hole-in-one as a professional. However, she carded a modest 3-over 74 that had an ace, a birdie and six bogeys. At 4-over for 36 holes, she was T-44th and should make the cut comfortably.
Things did not go too well for the other three Indians as Amandeep Drall (72-82) was T-94th and Vani Kapoor (79-85) was T-123. They were sure to miss the cut, which was likely to fall at 5-over.
Tvesa is looking to get back to the form that saw her finish 19th on the Order of Merit on the Ladies European Tour.
The winner of this week’s tournament will earn a place in the USD 6.5 million Amundi Evian Championship, the only Major in continental Europe, to be played in July at the same venue, and so there is fierce competition for the first prize.
Australian Whitney Hillier, who won the Team competition in last week’s Aramco Team Series – Bangkok, started her round with three straight birdies from the 15th to the 17th and signed for a four-under-par 67 to lie in second place alongside LET Rookie Gabrielle Macdonald from Scotland.
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Srikanth out of Thailand Open after giving walkover in second round
Bangkok, May 19 (Badminton News) Kidambi Srikanth, one of the main architects of India's historic Thomas Cup triumph, exited from the Thailand Open after handing a walkover to his opponent in the men's singles second round match here on Thursday.
Srikanth, seeded eighth, gave a walkover to his Irish rival Nhat Nguyen. The reason for his withdrawal is not yet known.
The world no. 11 Indian had earlier produced a gritty show to get the better of Brice Leverdez of France 18-21 21-10 21-16 in his opening round match.
In the women's singles, it was curtains for Malvika Bansod, who lost 21-16 14-21 14-21 to Line Christopherson of Denmark in the second round.
The Indian mixed doubles pair of Ishaan Bhatnagar and Tanisha Crasto also bowed out in the second round, losing 19-21 20-22 against sixth seeded Malaysia combination of Goh Soon Huat and Lai Shevon Jemie.
Later, Ashwini Bhat K and Shikha Gautam too crashed out in the women's doubles second round, losing 19-21 6-21 against fifth seeds Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara.
Two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu, seeded sixth and ranked seventh in the world, will face Sim Yu Jin, who had played a pivotal role in Korea's Uber Cup win.
Sindhu had staved off a spirited challenge from world number 62, USA's Lauren Lam, in the opening round.
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FIH Pro League: No major surprises in Indian team for away leg, Rohidas to lead
New Delhi, May 19 (Hockey News) Olympic medal-winning defender Amit Rohidas will continue to lead the Indian men's hockey team in the crucial last leg of the 2021-22 edition of the FIH Pro League in Belgium and the Netherlands, next month.
India are leading the FIH Pro League standings with 27 points from 12 games, three ahead of Argentina and the Tokyo Olympic bronze medallist will look to utilise the four matches to extend their domination and also get much needed match practice ahead of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
India will play world no. 2 Belgium on June 11 and 12 in Antwerp before facing the Netherlands on June 18 and 19 in Rotterdam.
As has been the case in the last two legs at home, star drag-flicker Harmanpreet Singh will be Rohidas' deputy.
There are no big surprises in the squad as the Indian team management continues to test various combination from the core group in the Pro League ties ahead of a busy calendar year, which includes the CWG and the World Cup next year.
Goalkeeper Kishan Bahadur Pathak has made way for Suraj Karkera as he has sustained an injury at the last minute.
In the backline, there is only one change from the last Pro League squad with Gurinder Singh, who will lead India in the inaugural FIH Hockey 5s in Lausanne on June 5 and 6, missing out.
Surender Kumar, Harmanpreet, Varun Kumar, Rohidas, Jugraj Singh and Jarmanpreet Singh make up for the rest of the defensive line-up.
Barring the exclusion of Moirangthem Rabichandra Singh and transfer of Akashdeep Singh from the forwardline, the midfield remains the same featuring experienced Manpreet Singh, Hardik Singh, Shamsher Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad,and Nilakanta Sharma.
Gurjant Singh has come in place of Dilpreet Singh, who is part of the Hockey 5s squad, in the forwardline, which includes Mandeep Singh, Shilanand Lakra, Sukhjeet Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay and Abhishek.
Speaking about the team combination, India's chief coach Graham Reid said, "This is the most important stage of the FIH Hockey Pro League with matches against the top teams of the world at their home ground. The plan is to carry forward our momentum from the home games in India." "...we continue to introspect our performance in the league so far and are focused on putting up an improved performance in Europe. The team continues to remain more or less the same with no major changes." The Indian team had beaten South Africa in the double header (10-2, 10-2), while they won one and lose one against France (5-0, 2-5).
At home, India won one and lost one game to Spain (5-4, 3-5) apart from winning 4-3 and losing 2-2 (1-3 SO) to Argentina. Recently, the team won both of its games against England, 3-3 (3-2 SO), and 4-3.
In their last two matches, India defeated Germany 3-0 and 3-1 in the double-leg matches.
Team: Goalkeepers: Suraj Karkera, Sreejesh Parattu Raveendran Defenders: Surender Kumar, Harmanpreet Singh (Vice-Captain), Varun Kumar, Amit Rohidas (Captain), Jugraj Singh, Jarmanpreet Singh Midfielders: Manpreet Singh, Hardik Singh, Shamsher Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Akashdeep Singh, Nilakanta Sharma Forwards: Gurjant Singh, Mandeep Singh, Shilanand Lakra, Sukhjeet Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Abhishek.
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Formula 1 to not replace Russian Grand Prix after cancellation
(Motorsport) Formula 1 has confirmed that the 2022 Russian Grand Prix, which was cancelled due to the host country’s invasion of Ukraine, will not be replaced with another venue. The ongoing season was originally meant to be a record breaking 23 race calendar with the Russian GP scheduled to be the 17th race of the season on September 25th.
After the cancellation, Formula 1 had planned to change the venue to Qatar or Turkey but they have now decided to not fill in the vacant slot. The Sochi Autodrom event was meant to kickstart one of the two triple headers after the summer break but due to the cancellation now, there will be a week’s break before the Singapore-Japan double header.
One of the biggest reasons for Formula 1 to not replace the Russian Grand Prix despite the options available is due to the logistical and EU freight rules. A venue like Qatar was out of question due to the heat in September and since the country is also set to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup just two months later. The cancellation of the Russian Grand Prix means that the country will not be hosting Formula 1 events until the foreseeable future as well.
F1 2022 calendar for the rest of the season
22 May: Spain (Barcelona)
29 May: Monaco (Monaco)
12 June: Azerbaijan (Baku)
19 June: Canada (Montreal)
3 July: Great Britain (Silverstone)
10 July: Austria (Spielberg)
24 July: France (Le Castellet)
31 July: Hungary (Budapest)
28 August: Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps)
4 September: Netherlands (Zandvoort)
11 September: Italy (Monza)
2 October: Singapore (Marina Bay)
9 October: Japan (Suzuka)
23 October: USA (Austin)
30 October: Mexico (Mexico City)
13 November: Brazil (São Paulo)
20 November: Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina)
Archery World Cup Stage 2: Indian women's team wins recurve bronze
Gwangju (South Korea), May 19 (Archery News) Indian women archers won a team bronze in the recurve section to take their medal's tally to three at the World Cup Stage 2 here on Thursday.
On a day when Indian men made a quarterfinal exit going down to lower-ranked France, the young trio of Ridhi Phor, Komalika Bari and Ankita Bhakat defeated Chinese Taipei 6-2 (56-52, 54-51, 54-55, 55-54) in a one-sided bronze medal play-off encounter.
Displaying a consistent show, the trio drilled in three perfect 10s and eight 9s from the first 12 arrows to cruise to a 4-0 lead.
Two arrows (8-8) in the inner red circle cost them the third set but they bounced back strongly in the fourth to wrap the issue with one X and five 9s.
The Indian women's team had to fight for a bronze after they lost out to its nemesis and home favourites Korea 2-6 (53-55, 57-55, 51-53, 43-53) in the semi-final.
It wasn't as if the top-seeded team shot some great scores but the Indian women choked under pressure. They were at their inconsistent best and only time they could up their game was in the second set where they had a spectacular show of four 10s including one X and one 9.
But in the fourth set, they misfired an arrow, while another shot in the red-ring (7) snuffed out any chance of a fight, even as the famed Koreans totalled an ordinary 53.
Earlier a new look men's team which had the experienced duo of Tarundeep Rai and Jayanta Talukdar along with debutant Neeraj Chauhan capped a disastrous outing to lose out to their 15th-seeded France 2-6 (54-57, 55-52, 53-55, 47-53).
The seventh-seeded men's team had two 8s in the first set and put up an improved show to win the second but they slipped again and were eliminated with a horror show in the fourth set where they shot twice in the red rings (8-7) and once in the blue-ring (6).
On Wednesday, the men's compound team stormed into the final to assure at least a silver, while the women's team won a bronze to open their account.
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Tvesa Malik, Aditi Ashok among 5 Indians at Jabra Ladies Open
Evian-les-Bains (France), May 18 (Golf News) Tvesa Malik and Aditi Ashok will lead a big Indian challenge at the Jabra Open as the Ladies European Tour returns to Europe this week.
The strong field of 132 includes five Indians.
Tvesa has played in Asia recently while Aditi Ashok hops from across the Atlantic where she plays the LPGA to get ready for the Majors in Europe.
The other Indians in the field are Amandeep Drall, who has travelled a lot over the past 18 months in search of events, Vani Kapoor and Suchitra Ramesh, who plays regularly on the Indian domestic Tour.
Tvesa is paired with former Hero Women's Indian Open winner, Camille Chevalier, and Spain's Harang Lee, while Aditi plays alongside Lucie Malchirand of France and Linn Grant of Sweden.
Amandeep Drall is paired with Ainil Bakar of Malaysia and England's Florentyna Parker, and Vani plays with Katja Pogacar and Emma Grechi of France.
Suchitra is drawn with Olivia Mehaffey of Norther Ireland and Klara Sionkava of Czech Republic.
Situated in the picturesque Evian Resort Golf Club on the banks of Lake Geneva, the French destination will see the LET stars compete for a Euro 250,000 purse over 54 holes from Thursday to Saturday this week.
The last year's winner Pia Babnik will be back to try to defend her crown, which she won in a playoff against 2020 champion Annabel Dimmock last time around, with Dimmock also in the field once again this week.
The 2010 Order of Merit winner Lee Ann Pace will also be looking to challenge at the top of the leaderboard, with the South African hoping to add to her 11 LET tournament victories in her career.
Pace has already tasted success this year at the Investec South African Women's Open, and there will be a further five 2022 winners in the field, with last week's Aramco Team Series -Bangkok winner Manon De Roey also in the field.
Meghan MacLaren (Australian Women's Classic) and Maja Stark (Women's NSW Open) will also be looking to make it two wins for the season, as will Linn Grant, who took the spoils at the Joburg Ladies Open back in March.
Johanna Gustavsson comes into the week off the back of a third second-place finish of the season is Bangkok, with the Swede also finishing as runner-up at the Aramco Saudi Ladies International earlier in the year, as well as at the Women’s NSW Open.
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Kidambi Srikanth enters second round of Thailand Open
Bangkok, May 18 (Badminton News) Fresh from playing a major role in India's historic Thomas Cup triumph, ace shuttler Kidambi Srikanth advanced to the men's singles second round of the Thailand Open with a tough three-game win over Brice Leverdez of France here on Wednesday.
Srikanth, seeded eighth in the BWF Super 500 tournament, won the first round match 18-21 21-10 21-16 in 49 minutes.
He next faces qualifier Nhat Nguyen of Ireland, who defeated Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus of Denmark 21-12 23-21 in the first round.
The Indian men's team, led by Srikanth, had beaten powerhouse and 14-time champions Indonesia in the final to win the country's maiden Thomas Cup title on Sunday.
However, in the women's singles, Indian qualifier Ashmita Chaliha lost to seventh seeded Ratchanok Intanon of Thaliand 10-21 15-21 in a first round match that lasted 29 minutes.
Compatriot and another qualifier, Aakarshi Kashyap lost to Michelle Li of Canada 13-21 18-21 to bow out of the tournament in the first round.
The mixed doubles pair of B Sumeeth Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa also suffered a first round exit, losing to the eighth-seeded Japanese duo of Yuki Kaneko and Misaki Matsutomo 17-21 17-21 in 34 minutes.
Other top Indian shuttlers like PV Sindhu and HS Prannoy, who was also a member of the historic Thomas Cup title winning team, will be in action later in the day.
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Ashmita Chaliha, Malvika Bansod enter main draw of Thailand Open
Bangkok, May 17 (Badminton News) Indian shuttlers Ashmita Chaliha and Malvika Bansod entered the women's singles main draw at the Thailand Open Super 500 tournament here on Tuesday.
While Ashmita beat USA's Jennie Gai 21-16 21-18, Malvika defeated fellow Indian Anupama Upadhyaya 21-18 21-8 in their respective opening round matches.
However, it was curtains for Thomas Cup winner Priyanshu Rajawat, Kiran George and Subhankar Dey as they failed to cross the second qualification round. Priyanshu, who had made it to the Thomas Cup squad after topping the selection trials, disposed off France's Christo Popov 21-17 21-16 in his opening qualification round, only to go down 10-21 24-22 12-21 to China's Li Shi Feng.
Kiran, Odisha Open champion, beat Denmark's Victor Svendsen 21-19 13-21 21-13 before losing 17-21 21-14 16-21 to Germany's Kai Schaefer, while Subhankar defeated France's Arnaud Merkle 21-16 17-21 21-17 but suffered a narrow 14-21 21-18 7-21 loss to Denmark's Mads Christophersen.
Kidambi Srikanth, B Sai Praneeth and other Indians will start their campaign on Wednesday.
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Spain and German qualify for FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in India
New Delhi, May 14 (Football News) Defending champions Spain and Germany have qualified for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, to be held in India in October, after they reached the final of the UEFA European Championships.
Spain and Germany beat France and Netherlands respectively in the semifinals of the European Women's Under-17 Championship held in Bosnia and Herzegovina. They face each other in the final on Sunday.
The winner of the third-place match between France and Netherlands, also slated on Sunday, will be the third team to qualify for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup from Europe. The FIFA has allotted three slots for Europe for the age group women's showpiece in India.
Germany and Spain join China, Japan, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and hosts India in securing their places for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, which will be held between October 11 and 30.
Only African representatives are yet to be known for the 16-team World Cup. The final round of the African qualifying tournament is yet to be held.
The matches will be held in Bhubaneswar, Margao and Navi Mumbai.
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Shooting: India picks up four more gold at Junior World Cup
New Delhi, May 13 (Shooting News) Indian shooters continued to dominate the proceedings at the ISSF Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany, winning four more gold medals in the women's and men's air rifle and air pistol team events on Friday.
India's tally currently stands at 14 medals, including eight gold and six silver.
Australia, France, Poland and Bulgaria have won the other four gold medals on offer.
India's gold rush on Friday began when the men's 10m air rifle trio of Rudrankksh Patil, Paarth Makhija and Umamahesh Maddineni beat Spain's Jesus Oviedo, Adrian Diaz and Jorge Estevez 16-8 in the gold medal match.
It was a second gold in the competition for both Rudrankksh and Paarth, who had won the individual men's 10m air rifle and the mixed team rifle competitions earlier respectively.
It was then the turn of the junior women's 10m air pistol team of Manu Bhaker, Palak and Esha Singh who outplayed Georgians Salome Prodiashvili, Mariam Abramishvili and Mariami Prodiashvili by the same 16-8 margin.
Then the air rifle women's team consisting of Arya Borse, Zeena Khitta and Ramita downed the Korean trio of Yeeun AN, Eunji Kwon and Jeongin Jang 17-9 in the title decider to give India the third gold of the day.
Finally, the men's air pistol team of Saurabh Chaudhary, Shiva Narwal and Sarabjot Singh outclassed Uzbekistan's Mukhammad Kamalov, Veniamin Nikitin and Umidbek Komolbekov 17-9 to clinch India's fourth gold of the day.
India have also reached the gold medal round of the men's and women's trap team competitions, assuring themselves of two more silver medals at the very least.
Shardul Vihan, Arya Vansh Tyagi and Vivaan Kapoor will clash with the US trio of Patrick Thompson, Ernest Carvahlo and Christian Kutz later in the day for the junior men's trap team title.
Then India's Preeti Rajak, Sabeera Haris and Bhavya Tripathi will be up against the Italian trio of Marika Patera, Sofia Gori and Sofia Littame in the women's trap team gold medal contest.
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Giorgio Chiellini set for MLS switch after 18 years with Juventus
(Football news) Juventus on Wednesday lost 4-2 against Inter Milan at the end of extra time in the Coppa Italia final. The loss meant that Juventus will end the season without a single piece of silverware. After the game, captain Giorgio Chiellini confirmed that he will be leaving the club after 18 years. The Italian is likely to go to the MLS, bringing an end to his incredible career at Juventus.
Giorgio Chiellini joined Juventus at the age of 20 and has worked his way up to a legendary status at the club. He is a part of one of the best defence quartets in the world along with Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli and Gianluigi Buffon. In his career at Juventus, Chiellini has seen everything from a relegation to Serie B to 9 consecutive Serie A wins. He has been with the club through thick and thin but both parties have now decided that it is time to move on. Individually the Italian has been a part of the Serie A team of the season 5 times and has won the Serie A defender of the year award 3 times. He was a part of the UEFA team of the year in 2017 and the France football World XI in 2015.
Chiellini is widely considered as one of the greatest defenders of his generation. He led the Italian side to a victory in the Euros last year, showing that even at the age of 36 he still had that quality. One of things he hasn't been able to achieve is the UEFA Champions League winners medal despite reaching the finals twice. Known for his aggressive defensive ability and courage; the Italian is possibly one of the last of his kind. Football doesn't produce defenders like Chiellini very often these days. It will be tough for Juventus to replace the great man but Merih Demiral, Matthijs de Ligt and Daniele Rugani will be fighting for his spot.
Esha Singh, Saurabh Chaudhary win mixed team pistol gold
Suhl (Germany), May 12 (Shooting News) The duo of Esha Singh and Saurabh Chaudhary won the mixed team pistol gold as Indian shooters extended their dominance at the ISSF Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany on Thursday.
India's Palak and Sarabjot Singh settled for the silver medal after losing to Esha and Saurabh 16-12 in the gold medal match.
Ramita and Paarth Makhija also won silver in the 10m air rifle mixed team competition, going down 13-17 to the Polish pair of Julia Piotrowska and Wiktor Sajdak but not before making it three medals on the day.
In all, India has so far won 10 medals, including four gold.
The Indian pistol pairs came through after topping a 38-field qualification round of 60 shots with scores of 578 and 575 respectively. It was Palak and Sarabjot who had the better of Esha and Saurabh in this round but the more experienced pair saw it through when it mattered the most.
In the junior men's trap, three shooters -- Arya Vansh Pathak, Vivaan Kapoor and Shardul Vihaan -- shot respectable scores of 118 (the first two names) and 117 each to finish ninth, 10th and 12th respectively.
Shapath Bharadwaj finished 17th with a round of 115 while Bakhtyaruddin Malek shot 110 for a 32nd place finish.
Sabeera Haris had reached the top-eight final elimination stage in the junior women's trap. The rifle trio of Paarth Makhija, Rudrankksh Patil and Umamahesh Maddinenni also reached the gold medal round and were to face Spanish opponents in the men's 10m air Rifle team competitions.
France and Poland are the only other nations to have won gold medals off India so far.
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Rudrankksh, Abhinav make it 1-2 for India in men's 10m air rifle at Suhl Junior World Cup
New Delhi, May 11 (Shooting News) Indian shooter Rudrankksh Balasaheb Patil beat compatriot Abhinav Shaw in the gold-match match as India made it a 1-2 in the men's 10 m air rifle competition of the ISSF Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany on Wednesday.
Patil won the gold after going 17-13 up against Abhinav Saw in a tight title-decider.
The Indian duo shot consistently well throughout Wednesday morning, first crossing the eight-man final stage elimination hurdle and then putting up a show in the gold-medal matchup.
On Tuesday, Rudrankksh had also topped the qualification stage with 627.5 points, leading three Indians into the top-eight stage. Paarth Makhija accompanied the duo, holding on to his fifth position in qualifying in the end classifications.
But the morning undoubtedly belonged to Rudrankksh who dominated all three stages of the competition over two days of shooting.
In the final, it was Abhinav who started stronger in the early stages, going up 4-2 after the first three shots.
Rudrankks recovered quickly though, and went past his countryman, keeping his nose ahead till the very end to seal victory. Germnay's Nils Palberg won bronze.
In the junior women's 10m air rifle, India's Ramita after topping qualification on Tuesday with a solid 630.5, also topped the final stage elimination with a score of 261.0.
However, she settled for silver in the end, going down 8-16 to France's Oceanne Muller, a reigning Junior World Champion and Tokyo Olympics finalist, in the gold medal match.
India is presently topping the medal tally as well with one gold and two silver medals.
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Diksha enters semifinals at Deaflympics golf competition
Caxias do Sul (Brazil), May 10 (Golf News) India's Diksha Dagar put herself in line for a second medal at the Deaflympics when she cruised into the semi-finals of the women’s golf competition here.
The Indian star, who has won twice on the Ladies European Tour, once each in an individual and team event, outplayed Germany’s Amelia Paloma Gonzalez Podbicanin 6 and 5. She was six up with five holes to go in the match-play contest.
Diksha will next take on Norwegian Andrea Hovstein Hellegjerde, who had a bronze medal in the 2017 Deaflympics, the year Diksha lost in the final.
Andrea beat Canada’s Sasha Laoun 4 and 3. While Diksha is a professional golfer, Andrew combined golf with a job as a kindergarten teacher.
The day’s biggest winner was Ashlyn Grace Johnson of the USA who beat Zuzana Lesse 8 and 6, which means she was eight holes up with six to go. Ashley will take on Margaux Brejo of France, who defeated Stefanie Mayer of Germany 5 and 4.
Diksha had topped the 36-hole stroke play, where Ashlyn was placed 14 shots behind the Indian. The top eight players qualify for the match-play section of the competition.
Diksha, who won the silver medal in 2017, is looking to go one better this time. She also took part at the Tokyo Olympics last year.
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Uber Cup Final: India seal quarterfinal berth with 4-1 win over USA
Bangkok, May 10 (Badminton News) Indian women's badminton team sailed into the knockout stage of the Uber Cup Final after humbling USA 4-1 in a lopsided Group D match here on Tuesday.
India, who had defeated Canada 4-1 in their opening tie, notched up a second successive win to cement their position in the top two spot in their group to qualify for the quarterfinals.
P V Sindhu once again lead the proceedings with a 21-10 21-11 win over Jennie Gai, doubles pair of Tanisha Crasto and Treesa Jolly then beat Francesca Corbett and Allison Lee 21-19 21-10 before Aakashi Kashyap notched up a 21-18 21-11 victory over Esther Shi as India took an unassailable 3-0 lead.
Young doubles pair of Simran Singhi and Ritika Thaker then went down fighting to Lauren Lam and Kodi Tang Lee 12-21 21-17 13-21 to salvage some pride for USA.
In the final match, Ashmita Chaliha prevailed 21-18 21-13 over Natalie Chi to wrap up the match.
Indian women's team, which has won two bronze medals in the past, will next face Korea on Wednesday in their last group match.
The Indian men's team also qualified for the knockout stage after ensuring their place in the top two in their group.
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Gokulam Kerala seek to become first club to defend title in I-League era in match against Sreenidi
Naihati (WB), May 9 (Football News) History beckons Gokulam Kerala when they face Sreenidi Deccan in the penultimate round of the I-League here on Tuesday, as even a draw will hand them the crown and make them the first club to defend the title in the 15-year-old league.
Gokulam are currently on 40 points, six ahead of second-placed Mohammedan Sporting (34 points), and they can win a second successive title on Tuesday even with a defeat if the Kolkata team does not win against Rajasthan United in the second match of the day at Kalyani.
No club in the I-League era has defended its title. Kolkata side East Bengal had achieved the feat in the era of National Football League, the predecessor of I-League, by winning title in 2002–03 and 2003–04 seasons.
Gokulam Kerala emerged 2-1 winners the last time these two teams met. Coach Vincenzo Alberto Annese is aware of the magnitude of the game but maintained that preparations would not be that different.
“We know the importance of the game but the preparation is the same. We need to play and we need to score. I want my players to come up with extra power for this game and that is what will help us to try and get the three points,” he said.
“Having played them earlier in the season, we feel we know them better. They have two top forwards in Louis Ogana and David Castaneda. We know they are strong in the central areas and we will have to be at our best to get the three points,” said Annese.
Sreenidi Deccan -- currently fifth with 26 points -- notched an impressive 2-0 win over Punjab FC and head coach Fernando Santiago Varela is hoping his side can carry that momentum into the game against Gokulam Kerala.
“From the last time we played them, I believe we are a better team now, in both the offensive and defensive phase. This is our first season together so I am happy with what we have achieved together,” he said.
Varela is focused on the battle for third place in the table where only one point separates his team from Churchill Brothers and Punjab FC.
“We will try to fight to define our position and not how it impacts the other teams in the table, try to get third place which I believe is the least we deserve,” said Varela.
In the second match of the day to be played at Kalyani, Mohammedan Sporting face Rajasthan United, who are currently placed at sixth with 22 points.
“We have been playing good football. We managed to win the Calcutta Football League after so many years and reached the final of the Durand Cup. For me, this is one of the best seasons for this football club," Mohammedan head coach Andrey Chernyshov said.
Rajasthan United head coach Francesc Bonet said his players are prepared to play against one of the top teams in the I-League.
“We will be playing our last game against Mohammedan SC in Kolkata in front of the fans. So, the motivation is always there. We know this match can also determine the champions but we are focusing on ourselves,” he said.
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India's Diksha Dagar tops stroke-play, enters last eight in Deaflympics
Caxias do Sul (Brazil), May 9 (Golf News) India's Diksha Dagar outclassed the field with rounds of 67-72 to top the 36-hole stroke play segment of the women's golf competition at the Deaflympics in Brazil.
The Indian, who won a silver medal at the 2017 Deaflympic, and competed at the Tokyo Olympics last year, was 14 shots clear of the second-placed American Ashlyn Grace Johnson, who carded 76-77 in her two rounds.
Diksha's 67 and 72 were the two best rounds of the two days and the next best was 76 by Ashlyn Grace Johnson and Margaux Berjo of France (76-78).
The top eight players from stroke play will now feature in the match play segment as Diksha takes on Alemie Paloma Gonzalez Podbicanin of Germany.
Diksha should have an easy passage into the semis as the German had qualified as the eighth best with rounds of 100 and 96.
The losing semi-finalists will play for the bronze medal.
In the men's section, India's Yogesh Dagar was Tied-18th and failed to get into the Top-16, who made the match-play section of the tournament.
India have so far won four gold and two bronze medals. Ukraine tops the table with 31 gold, 15 silver and 18 bronze.
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Tvesa lands two birdies on back nine to make the cut in Spain
Madrid, May 7 (Golf News) Indian golfer Tvesa Malik pulled herself out of a tough situation with two birdies and seven pars on the back nine to squeeze inside the cut line at the Comunidad de Madrid Ladies Open.
Tvesa, who has been trying to find her rhythm in 2022, shot 1-under 71 and at even par 144 for two days she is T-56 and right on the cutline.
The other two Indian players in the fray, Vani Kapoor and Amandeep Drall, who flew in from Australia for the week, missed the cut.
Vani, who shot 72-73 missed the cut by one shot, while Amandeep had a rough week with 77-76. The cut fell at even par and 64 players made it to the next round.
Finland’s Tiia Koivisto holds a one-stroke lead on 10-under-par at the halfway stage. The 28-year-old fired a six-under-par 66 to take control.
Tvesa, who has been having middling finishes this year, had a double bogey on the first day and she had another one the second day. While she had just one birdie on the first, she had three on the second day.
Vani had a birdie on first and then two bogeys on second and 18th in her round of 73. The bogey on 18th proved costly for the Indian.
Linn Grant of Sweden, who is second on the Race to Costa del Sol and the leading LET Rookie after winning the Joburg Open, shot a course-record seven-under-par 65 to share second spot with Spanish amateur Cateyana Fernandez, who carded a 67.
Another promising Spaniard, Ana Pelaez, lies in fourth position on eight-under-par, while her compatriot Carmen Alonso shares fifth with Agathe Sauzon of France and Pia Babnik of Slovenia.
Grant, who has Swedish DJ "Kaaze" acting as her caddie, carded eight birdies and a solitary bogey. This is her third LET tournament of the year and her first since South Africa.
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Real Madrid and Liverpool's contrasting roads to the 2021/22 UCL final
(Football news) The final of the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League final is all set. It will be a replay of the 2018 final as Real Madrid will take on Liverpool at the Stade de France. This will be the 3rd time that the two European giants will be facing each other in the UCL final. Liverpool had won the first one in 1981 while Madrid were victorious in 2018. This time around the stakes will be as high as ever as Liverpool could potentially be hunting for a quadruple while Real Madrid will be looking for a double. The two teams squared off in a two legged quarter final last season which Madrid won comfortably.
Liverpool had the perfect group stage in the UCL this season. In a group of Porto, AC Milan and Atlético Madrid; the Merseyside club won all 6 games, scoring 17 and conceding only 6. Liverpool rarely lose at Anfield but winning the 3 away games was an incredible achievement. Jurgen Klopp's team was in control of the games in what was a tricky group. In the Round of 16, Liverpool beat Inter Milan 2-0 at the San Siro in the first leg. In the 2nd leg they went 1-0 down before Alexis Sanchez was controversially sent off. Jurgen Klopp's men got a little lucky in that particular game as Inter were playing really well but the game ended with Liverpool 2-1 up on aggregate. In the quarter finals, Liverpool got a 6-4 victory over Benfica. The semi final was a tricky one as they defeated Villarreal 2-0 at Anfield. In the return leg away from home, Liverpool conceded two goals before half time. Villarreal did the unthinkable but in the 2nd half Liverpool took control and scored 3 goals to progress to the final.
Real Madrid had a very different road to the final. Los Blancos started off with a 1-0 win at San Siro but then faced a shock 1-2 defeat at the Bernabeu against FC Sheriff. The Merengues recovered well by winning 2 games against Shakhtar Donetsk before beating Sheriff away and Inter at home. In the round of 16, Real Madrid put in one of their worst performances at Parc de Princes but only lost 1-0 to PSG. In the return leg Madrid were 1-0 down at half time and needed 2 goals to equalise. Karim Benzema scored a dramatic hat-trick to mark one of the greatest comebacks in the history of the competition. In the quarter finals, Madrid won 3-1 at the Stamford Bridge against Chelsea thanks to another Benzema hat-trick but then blew the lead as they trailed 4-3 on aggregate to Chelsea at the Bernabeu. With 10 minutes to go, Luka Modric played one of the best passes of all time to set up Rodrygo who equalised. Real Madrid won in extra time as Karim Benzema scored again.
It looked like Real Madrid had played two of the most dramatic UCL ties of all time but the semi final was something else. In the first leg Manchester City were far the better team but won only 4-3. Manchester City had a two goal lead 3 times but kept on losing it. The 2nd leg at the Bernabeu was a cagey affair at first but Manchester City scored in the 73rd minute after which Real Madrid looked down and out needing two goals. They didn't even have a single shot on target until the 90th minute when substitute Rodrygo scored twice to send the game to extra time. Benzema won and scored a penalty to send Real Madrid to the final.
The journey of both the teams has been different. Liverpool have had a couple of tricky situations but Real Madrid have been put through the works in all their knockout games. Liverpool haven't been challenged enough in the competition. All 3 of Real Madrid's incredible victories have come at the Bernabeu which has some magic in it. The crowd just like the players never give up and the welcome that the players get before the match sets the tone. The final will be at a neutral venue which changes things a little bit. Real Madrid have the confidence of beating 3 of the best teams in the world. Los Blancos have already wrapped up the league while Liverpool are still in an intense title race with Manchester City. The final without a doubt will be a cracking battle in Paris.
Does the English media watch football with blinkers?
(Football news) England is the place where football came to life and to this day it is still considered to be the country where people breathe football. A lot of the time English media is subject to criticism by foreign players and media. The most prominent example is when Luka Modric before facing England in the Euro 2020 talked about the English media hype saying that "Arrogance is not so much related to the players and to the national team but to the people around them, some of the journalists and commentators."
The Premier League is undoubtedly the most competitive and famous league in the world but sometimes things in England get way too much hype. One decent season or even less than that by a player in the Premier League gets a lot of hype all over the world while in other leagues it's not the case. There is a term in football called the English tax where England players tend to receive transfer fees which are way more than their worth like Jack Grealish and Harry Maguire. A player like Declan Rice, who has never played for a top team at the club level gets added into the bracket of extraordinary midfielders while someone like Pedri, Federico Valverde and Joshua Kimmich barely get a mention. This hype results in a lot of things but the main thing is delusion in England.
People in England always believe that the Premier League is the best in the world despite the fact that statically La Liga is superior. This season, West Ham and Leicester City were lauded in England for being great teams but they ended up getting knocked out of the European semi finals. West Ham were knocked out by Eintracht Frankfurt who are 11th in the Bundesliga while Leicester were knocked out by Roma who are 5th in the Serie A. Real Madrid defeated UCL champions Chelsea and Premier League champions Manchester City in their road to the UCL 2022 final but the British media majorly described it as luck. In both these games the Premier League teams were considered favourites despite the fact that Real Madrid are runaway leaders in the La Liga and Chelsea are not having a great season.
After Karim Benzema's hat-trick in Real Madrid's comeback win against PSG, former Manchester City player Micah Richards said that Benzema has convinced him that he is up there with Harry Kane and Robert Lewandowski only in the last 6 months. There is a lot wrong with that statement in many ways. Karim Benzema when he was playing 2nd fiddle to Cristiano Ronaldo was still a great player who scored goals. He did it with France at the 2014 World Cup and in the Euro 2020. Since Ronaldo left in 2018, Benzema has been carrying Real Madrid single handedly in terms of goals. Using Harry Kane, who has never won a single trophy in his career as a benchmark for Benzema who has won everything there is to win in football is criminal. It does seem like media channels have made their choice of getting entertaining pundits who don't have much knowledge about football.
British Pundits often don't analyse foreign teams well as they don't watch competitions other than the Premier League. It wouldn't be wrong to say that they do indeed watch football with blinkers which is why their prediction of English dominance is often wrong. Jamie Carragher during an analysis of the 1st leg between PSG and Real Madrid said that Real have absolutely no chance of winning the UCL despite being La Liga leaders and yet they are in the finals. Players like Thiago and Thiago Silva got overhyped when they came to the Premier despite the fact that they were the exact same players when they played in other leagues before.
Before every major tournament, British Pundits always believe that England are favourites because they only watch the Premier League and hence think that the England squad is better. Apart from the last two tournaments, it has always resulted in heartbreak for England. Alan Shearer after England's shock Euro 2016 exit against Iceland said " We're blinded by our Premier League, we think it is the best in the world for talent but we're totally reliant on foreign players and foreign managers. We're not as good as we think we are." The statement at that time was true even though England can now genuinely be considered contenders for big tournaments.
World Cup Stage 1 : India compound men's team bag gold
Antalya, Apr 23 (Archery News) Indian men's compound archery team of Abhishek Verma, Rajat Chauhan and Aman Saini downed France by one-point in a thrilling final to win the gold medal at the World Cup Stage 1 here on Saturday.
This was the men's compound team's first World Cup gold medal since Shanghai 2017.
India, however, lost out on a second medal after the compound mixed pair of Verma and Muskan Kirar went down 156-157 to Croatia in the bronze medal playoff.
In the compound men's team final, the Indian trio started off with a one-point deficit, losing the first end 56-57 to their French rivals of Jean Philippe Boulch, Quentin Baraer and Adrien Gontier.
India slowly improved on their first-end score by one-point but the French team had a near perfect set of 59/60 comprising three four 10s, including arrows closer to the centre (X) to extend their lead (113-116).
Trailing by three points, Indians showed amazing resilience to drill in a perfect end of 60/60 with two Xs to win the third set 60-58, and curtail the deficit by one-point (173-174).
There was no stopping the Indian trio thereafter as they shot a 59 in the fourth end, with the under-pressure Frenchmen managing 57 to go down by one-point.
"Mentally we were really strong today, and we've been preparing for this event only and we have the Asian Games coming up this year which is something we also want to do well at," 24-year-old Saini, who bagged his first World Cup gold, said.
"After the gold medal that gives us a great confidence boost especially for the other world cup events, it will hopefully help us." On Sunday, India's recurve mixed team pair of Tarundeep Rai and Ridhi Phor will be vying for a second gold after having defeated Spain in the semi-final 5-3.
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Indian archers make quarterfinal exits in season-opening World Cup Stage 1
Antalya, Apr 21 (Archery News) The new-look Indian archery teams without some big names produced disappointing performances to get eliminated in the quarterfinals in the season-opening World Cup Stage 1 here on Thursday.
The men's recurve trio of Tarundeep Rai, Sachin Gupta and Jayanta Talukdar got the top billings in the qualifying but the team failed to live up to expectations, going down to their rivals from the war-ravaged Ukraine 1-5 (58-58, 53-56, 55-58) in a lop-sided contest.
The Indians started off with a solid shot of 58/60, but they slipped to 53/60 in the second set, hitting thrice in the red ring (8-8-8) to fall 1-3 behind.
Their 55/60 in the third set was not enough as the Ukrainian trio of Artem Ovchynnikov, Usach Mykhailo and Oleksii Hunbin sealed the issue with a 58/60.
There was worse in store from the fourth-seeded women's trio of Ridhi Phor, Ankita Bhakat and Simranjeet Kaur who capped poor scores of 52/60 twice to lose to lower-rung Italy 2-6 (52-57, 55-46, 52-53, 54-55) and get eliminated.
The only set the Indians won was when their Italian rivals shot a below-par 46.
It remains to be seen how the Indian recurve archers fare in the mixed pair and individual events that will get underway on Friday.
In the compound section, Priya Gurjar and Rajat Chauhan were the best finishers with quarterfinal exits.
Priya lost to Chen Yi-Hsuan of Chinese Taipei 136-143, while Chauhan was ousted by Jean Philippe Boulch of Luxembourg 146-149.
Former Asian Games gold medallist Abhishek Verma lost in the second round in a tight shoot-off finish (9-10) against Frenchman Quentin Baraer after being locked 146-all.
So far, India have assured one medal in the compound men's team event by advancing to the final where they will take on France on Saturday.
India had some big upsets in the selection trials last month as three of the four Tokyo Olympics-returned archers -- including the star couple of Atanu Das and Deepika Kumari -- failed to make the cut.
The only Tokyo Olympian to make the cut was veteran Army man Tarundeep Rai who was joined by another old warhorse in Jayanta Talukdar, who made an International comeback after six years.
The recurve women's team, on the other hand, are mostly youngsters.
The compound team is also without four-time World Championships silver medallist Jyothi Surekha Vennam.
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Indian compound archers in final of team event, assure of medal in World Cup Stage 1
Antalya (Turkey), Apr 20 (Archery News) Indian archers qualified for the compound team final, assuring the country a medal in the World Cup Stage 1 here on Wednesday.
The trio of Abhishek Verma, Rajat Chauhan and Aman Saini, who were seeded ninth, overcame a stiff fight from their opponents from Britain to win 236-235.
The Indians will now play France in the title clash.
The compound women's team of Muskan Kirar, Avneet Kaur and Priya Gurjar, on the other hand, lost out to Turkey 233-235 to bow out in the quarterfinal stage.
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Tsitsipas defeats Davidovich to win Monte Carlo Masters title
(Tennis news) Stefanos Tsitsipas defended his Monte Carlo Masters title after winning against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-3 7-6 (7-3) in a little over 90 minutes, moving the Greek player into second in the ATP Race to Turin. His opponent, Davidovich Fokina knocked out Novak Djokovic and Indian Wells champion Taylor Fritz in the earlier rounds, and had the better start in the finals, leading 2-1 against the reigning champion.
However, the world number 46 surrendered his serve in the next game, which allowed Tsitsipas to take control of the match and the Greek player subsequently went a set up in just 31 minutes after an almost perfect display. Tsitsipas capitalised on a tie-break to secure the win and get his eighth career title while Davidovich Fokina struggled to deal with his backhand. Speaking after the match, Tsitsipas said “I am very proud of myself. Things weren't going well at one point, but I managed to stay composed to finish the match off. I am really proud of the belief I put in my game. Sometimes you doubt yourself, but it is always important to keep your head high."
In other results, Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram defeated Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-4 3-6 10-7 to cement their place as the top-ranked doubles pairing in the world. At 29, Salisbury reached the Number 1 spot in rankings for the first time on Monday. Speaking after the match, Salisbury said “It's unbelievable. I'm so happy right now. It's a first title on clay together, on a surface that we always thought was a weaker one for us. [We have] not done too well here before, but we've been working really hard, and we knew we could play well. [I am] just so happy that it's come together and to get the win here."
Tsitsipas will now turn his attention to the Barcelona Open where he reached the final in 2021. He could face Grigor Dimitrov in the third round while Carlos Alcaraz could be a potential opponent in the quarter-finals. The bottom half of the draw will feature the likes of Casper Ruud and Felix Auger-Aliassime and their opponents could be Frances Tiafoe and Alexander Bublik respectively.
Young Indian Grandmaster R Pragganandhaa wins Reykjavik Open chess
Reykjajvik (Iceland), Apr 12 (Chess News) Young Indian Grandmaster R Pragganandhaa on Tuesday won the prestigious Reykjavik Open chess tournament here with 7.5 points from nine rounds.
The 16-year-old Pragganandhaa defeated compatriot GM D Gukesh in the final round to emerge sole winner.
Praggnanandhaa turned things around in the all-Indian battle after his opponent blundered when he appeared to be losing.
The highly-rated Indian remained unbeaten through the nine rounds and finished with wins over Matthieu Cornette (France) and Gukesh in the last two rounds.
He also posted four other wins, including the one over American Abhimanyu Mishra, who last year became the then youngest Grandmaster at the age of 12 years and four months.
Praggnanandhaa (ELO 2624) gained 13.2 ELO points from the triumph.
He had recently hogged the limelight after stunning world No.1 Magnus Carlsen in an online tournament.
Gukesh, who logged six points, finished 17th while GM Abhijeet Gupta took the eighth spot, securing 6.5 points.
The Netherlands GM Max Warmerdam took second place with seven points ahead of Mads Anderson (Denmark), who also scored the same number of points.
Abhimanyu Mishra picked up seven points and finished fifth.
Among the other Indians, IM Tania Sachdev (6 points) claimed 21st spot while experienced GM B Adibhan scored 5.5 points and settled for 34th place.
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Defender Amit Rohidas to lead India against Germany in FIH Pro League tie
Bhubaneswar, Apr 11 (Hockey News) Defender Amit Rohidas will continue to lead the 22-member Indian men's hockey team in its next FIH Pro League tie against Germany, starting here on Thursday.
Star dragflicker Harmanpreet Singh will don the responsibility of vice-captain in the double-header at the Kalinga Stadium. The second match of the tie will be played on Friday. There were no big surprises in the squad as the Indian team management continues to test various combination from the core group in the Pro League ties ahead of a busy calendar year, which includes the Birmingham Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China.
The squad includes goalkeepers PR Sreejesh, Krishan Bahadur Pathak, and defenders Varun Kumar, Amit Rohidas, Surender Kumar, Jugraj Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Jarmanpreet Singh, and Gurinder Singh.
The midfield will manned by Nilakanta Sharma, Manpreet Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Shamsher Singh, Hardik Singh, and Moirangthem Rabichandra Singh, while the forward line will feature Sukhjeet Singh, Abhishek, Mandeep Singh, Shilanand Lakra, Dilpreet Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, and Akashdeep Singh.
Speaking about the team composition, India's chief coach Graham Reid said, "This year's FIH Pro League has provided us with great opportunities to try different combinations and tactics. We have recognised what works and, more importantly, what areas we need to improve on.
"This week against Germany is the last leg of our home games for this year and we are looking forward to two more world-class encounters once again.
"Germany are always an extremely tough opponent and given where we both are on the ladder it will be important for us to finish this week with as many points as possible to remain at the top of the points table," he added.
India has so far played 10 matches in this season of FIH Pro League and are currently placed on top of the table with 21 points, while Germany occupy the second position with 17 points from eight games.
The Indian team had beaten South Africa in the double header (10-2, 10-2), while they won a game and lost one each against France (5-0, 2-5), which was also held in South Africa.
At home, India won a game and lost one to Spain (5-4, 3-5), won one game 4-3 and lost one 2-2 (1-3 SO) against Argentina, and recently, won both their games against England, 3-3 (3-2 SO), and 4-3.
Team: Goalkeepers: Sreejesh Parattu Raveendran, Krishan B Pathak.
Defenders: Varun Kumar, Amit Rohidas, Surender Kumar, Jugraj Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Jarmanpreet Singh, Gurinder Singh.
Midfielders: Nilakanta Sharma, Manpreet Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Shamsher Singh, Hardik Singh, Moirangthem Rabichandra Singh.
Forwards: Sukhjeet Singh, Abhishek, Mandeep Singh, Shilanand Lakra, Dilpreet Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Akashdeep Singh.
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Real Kashmir and Rajasthan United face off for place in top seven
Naihati (WB), Apr 9 (Football News) Aiming to be in the top seven in the pecking order, Real Kashmir FC and Rajasthan United FC will lock horns in an I-League fixture here on Sunday.
The Snow Leopards are coming into the match after conceding a late goal against Churchill Brothers while Rajasthan United faced defeat at the hands of league leaders Mohammedan SC.
Real Kashmir FC head coach David Robertson wants to finish the first phase positively after a few difficult matches.
"We lacked consistency. We also missed lots of chances. It has been a difficult season for us due to so many reasons. However, we have a few games left. We have to enter the field with a positive mindset," he said.
Talking about their opponents, Robertson emphasised the importance of the match.
"Rajasthan are a very good team. It will be a tough game. Every team provides different challenges. In the context of the top seven race, it's a very important match for all of us. We need to focus on what we do. We have to correct things to get all three points," the coach said.
On the other hand, Rajasthan United head coach Francesc Bonet wants to take all the positives from the second half of the last match.
"We made a few mistakes in the first half. We rectified and also dominated the second half. We have to minimize those mistakes," he mentioned.
Punjab aim to derail Mohammedan Sporting's title charge =================================== After another win in the campaign against the young Indian Arrows, RoundGlass Punjab FC are looking to continue their winning run against table toppers Mohammedan SC, who defeated Rajasthan United FC 2-1 in their last game.
Talking about the opponents and preparations against Mohammedan Sporting, head coach Ed Engelkes said, "We did prepare well and yes we have been watching their games, and accordingly we prepared our game plan.
"We don't want to adjust too much because of the opponents but yes our players are ready to face them and we are looking forward to the game." Mohammedan Sporting are on the top of the table and will be aiming to continue to maintain their lead over Gokulam Kerala FC who are hot on their heels.
Churchill Brothers face Kenkre =================== In-form Churchill Brothers will go head-to-head against bottom-side Kenkre FC at the Naihati Stadium.
Kenkre succumbed to their seventh loss of the season after going down 1-2 to NEROCA on Tuesday.
Churchill Brothers are one of the league's best teams at the moment. They picked up their third win in four games against Real Kashmir thanks to a sensational last-minute winner from Kingslee Fernandes.
"Kingslee is a very good player. Nothing is impossible for him. We kept faith until the last minute and we won the game," said head coach Antonio Rueda.
The Red Machines have lifted themselves to sixth in the table and a late push for the title cannot be ruled out, but Rueda is only taking one match at a time.
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Orleans Masters: Indian shuttler Mithun Manjunath loses in final
Orleans (France), Apr 4 (Badminton News) Indian shuttler Mithun Manjunath's splendid run at the Orleans Masters ended with a straight game loss to local favourite Toma Junior Popov in the summit clash of the Super 100 tournament here.
The 23-year-old Manjunath went down 21-11 21-19 to world number 32 and fourth seed Frenchman in 50 minutes late on Sunday night.
It was Majunath's maiden Super 100 final. He is a product of the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy.
The unseeded Indian had been impressive throughout the tournament, stunning world No. 22 Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus of Denmark in the quarterfinals.
The world number 79 has won four All-India ranking titles, including the All India Senior Ranking Badminton tournament in December last year.
The shuttler from Bengaluru was rated highly during his junior days and he also had one or two odd performances in the circuit like reaching the quarters at 2018 Czech Open and back-to-back semi-finals finishes at Vietnam Open and Russian Open in 2018.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, he decided to work hard on his fitness, something which has helped him to stay longer in the rallies and outlast his opponents in the three-game contests.
He had reached the semifinals of Infosys foundation India International in October last year.
He was one of the players who had withdrawn from the India Open Super 500 event ahead of his second round match against India's H S Prannoy after testing positive for COVID-19.
However, he made a good comeback, reaching the last four at Lucknow and the quarters in Odisha in January.
He was also part of the Indian team which competed at the Badminton Asia Team Championships in Malaysia.
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Shuttler Mithun enters final at Orleans Masters Super 100
Orleans (France), Apr 3 (Badminton News) India's Mithun Manjunath made it to his maiden Super 100 final with a straight-game win over Indonesia's Christian Adinata at the Orleans Masters badminton tournament here.
The 23-year-old, a product of the Prakash Padukone Badminton academy, Manjunath prevailed 21-18 21-14 over Adinata in a 47-minute showdown at the Palais des Sports here late on Saturday night.
The world No. 79, who had reached the semi-finals of Syed Modi International Super 300 event and quarterfinals of Odisha Super 100 in January, will next face fourth seeded local hope Toma Junior Popov, who is ranked world No. 32, in the summit clash.
It was a tight battle with Manjunath and Adinata moving neck and neck initially before the Indian managed to go three-points up at the interval. However, the Indonesian came back to level the scores at 16-16.
Manjunath then stepped up his game and grabbed five points on the trot to earn the bragging rights.
The second game also started on an equal footing but Manjunath managed to lead 11-9 at the break and then kept his nose ahead to eventually seal the contest in 47 minutes.
In other results, women's doubles pair of Ashwini Bhat K. and Shikha Gautam put up a gallant fight before going down 16-21, 21-18, 22-24 to Germany's Stine Kuspert and Emma Moszczynski in the semifinals.
Manjunath has been impressive throughout the tournament as he stunned world No. 22 Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus of Denmark in the quarterfinals to keep the Indian flag fluttering following the early exit of top seed B Sai Praneeth.
Manjunath claimed four All-India ranking titles, including the All India Senior Ranking Badminton tournament in December last year.
The shuttler from Bengaluru was rated highly during his junior days and he also had one or two odd performances in the circuit like reaching the quarters at 2018 Czech Open and back-to-back semi-finals finishes at Vietnam Open and Russian Open in 2018.
However, it was during the COVID-19 pandemic that he decided to work hard on his fitness, something which has helped him to stay longer in the rallies and outlast his opponents in the three-game contests.
He had reached the semi-finals of Infosys foundation India International in October last year.
However, COVID-19 disrupted his plans as he was one of the players who was withdrawn from the India Open Super 500 event ahead of his second round match against India's H S Prannoy after testing positive for the virus.
He, however, reached the last four at Lucknow and the quarters in Odisha in January. He was also part of the Indian team which competed at the Badminton Asia Team Championships in Malaysia.
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World Cup 2022 draw announced: Spain to face Germany in Group Stage
(Football news) The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be held later this year and the Group Stage draws have already been announced despite some playoff final fixtures remaining. Gareth Southgate’s England will begin their World Cup campaign on November 21st against Iran before facing the United States in their second game on November 25th. However, their third Group Stage fixture remains ambiguous as one of Wales, Scotland or Ukraine are yet to qualify for the World Cup.
The tournament will kick off with hosts Qatar facing Ecuador on November 21st with kick off timings and venues yet to be decided. The hosts are in Group A alongside Ecuador, Senegal and the Netherlands. Reigning world champions France have been drawn in Group D alongside Denmark, Tunisia and one of Australia/UAE or Peru. Meanwhile, Group E features two blockbuster teams as 2010 champions Spain will take on 2014 champions Germany while Japan and one of Costa Rica/ New Zealand are also in the group.
Group G features four time winners Brazil alongside Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon while their rivals Argentina are in Group C alongside Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland. Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal will face tricky opponents Uruguay, Canada and South Korea while Belgium will take on Ghana, Morocco and Croatia.
2022 World Cup draw in full
Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands
Group B: England, Iran, USA, Scotland/Ukraine/Wales
Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland
Group D: France, Australia/UAE/Peru, Denmark, Tunisia
Group E: Spain, Costa Rica/New Zealand, Germany, Japan
Group F: Belgium, Ghana, Morocco, Croatia
Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon
Group H: Portugal, Canada, Uruguay, South Korea
India eye wins against England to climb to top spot in FIH Pro League standings
Bhubaneswar, Apr 1 (Hockey News) Fairly well-placed after eight games, the Indian men's hockey team would look to annexe the top position in the standings when it takes on England in a double-leg FIH Pro League tie, starting here on Saturday.
The second match of the tie will be played on Sunday.
Tokyo Olympic bronze medallists India have so far played eight matches this season and are placed second in the standings, behind Germany (17 points), with 16 points.
The Indian team defeated South Africa 10-2, 10-2 before winning a game and losing one against France (5-0, 2-5) and Spain (5-4, 3-5).
Recently against Argentina, the Indians lost 2-2 (1-3 in shoot-out) before registering a thrilling 4-3 win in the second match.
Going into tie against England, defence remains a major concern for the Indians as the backline wilted under pressure in every match.
Conceding soft goals has been India's bane and vice-captain Harmanpreet Singh had no qualms in admitting that, saying the defenders need to improve their decision making going forward.
"Our main focus is to make the team stronger match by match. We are learning a lot about our weakness and strengths. We need to improve our finishing, create more penalty corners.
"The decision making need to improve. The defenders need to avoid conceding penalty corners and tackle outside the circle," he said during a virtual pre-match press conference.
On the contrary, India's forwardline has been impressive, scoring as many as 42 goals in the eight games.
Mandeep Singh, in particular, has been at his best inside the opposition circle, scoring some important goals, including the last-minute match-winner against Argentina in their previous game.
Captain of the Olympic bronze-medal winning side, Manpreet Singh is the backbone of India's midfield alongside Hardik Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Nilkanta Sharma and Sumit.
The presence of four world-class dragflicking options -- Harmanpreet, skipper Amit Rohidas, Varun Kumar and young Jugraj Singh -- hand India a clear edge over their opponents.
Jugraj has been a revelation since making his senior team debut, striking a brace in the second game against Argentina before providing the assist to Mandeep for the winner.
"He (Jugraj) is playing really well. He is a powerful, world-class dragflicker, it is a big benefit for the team. He is availing his chances. The presence of so many dragflickers makes it difficult for opponents to judge," Rohidas said.
In their last meeting, India defeated England 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Olympics last year.
On paper and in world rankings too, India hold an edge over England. While the Indians are ranked fourth, the Englishmen occupy the seventh spot.
England, on the other hand, are placed seventh in the Pro League standings with six points from two wins and as many defeats.
England started their Pro League campaign on a positive note beating Spain 6-1 and 3-2 before losing 1-3 and 0-2 to Argentina.
England are on a rebuilding phase under new captain Tom Sorsby and head coach Zak Jones, and are looking at the Pro League matches to gain valuable experience ahead of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
"It (Pro League) is really important... We have new players and we want to gain some experience. These games are vital in building the momentum as much as possible going into CWG," Jones said.
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Top seed Sai Praneeth knocked out, Mithun and Anupama in quarterfinals
Orleans (France), Mar 31 (Badminton News) Top seeded Indian shuttler B Sai Praneeth bowed out of the men's singles competition at the Orleans Masters after suffering a shock straight-game defeat against France's Christo Popov, here on Thursday.
Praneeth lost his pre-quarterfinal match of the Super 100 event 12-21 11-21 in 35 minutes.
He had advanced to the round of 16 after beating Czech Republic's Jan Louda on Wednesday.
However, Mithun Manjunath stunned the second seed from Denmak Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus 16-21 21-10 21-11 to reach the men's singles quarterfinals.
Anupama Upadhaya also reached the last-eight stage of the women's singles competition, beating Léonice Huet of France 21-17 21-16 in 38 minutes.
Ira Sharma lost her women's singles match 11-21 17-21 to Australia's Hsuan-Yu Wendy Chen, but the seventh seeded Indian duo of Ishaan Bhatnagar and Tanisha Crasto carved out a win over the Netherlands' Ties Van Der Lecq and Debora Jille 21-18 22-20.
Earlier, the Indian troika of Kiran George, Meiraba Luwang Maisnam and Manjunath had progressed to the men's singles pre-quarterfinals after contrasting wins in the second round of the tournament.
While George stunned Netherland's third seed Mark Caljouw 19-21 21-16 23-21, qualifier Meiraba got rid of eighth seed Toby Penty of England 21-16 21-16 and Manjunath prevailed over compatriot Siddharth Pratap Singh 21-14 21-10 in another second round match.
George, who had won the Odisha Super 100 event in January, will face Indonesian qualifier Christian Adinata, Meiraba will meet Hong Kong's Chan Yin Chak and Manjunath will taken on second seeded Dane Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus next.
Ashwini Bhat K and Shikha Gautam eked out a 21-23 21-12 21-10 win over Danish pairing of Amalie Schulz and Christine Busch to set up a fight against French duo of Flavie Vallet and Emilie Vercelot.
The men's doubles pair of PS Ravikrishna and Sankar Prasad Udayakumar also made it to the pre-quarterfinals with a 19-21 21-11 21-12 win over German pairing of Marvin Datko and Patrick Scheiel.
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Kiran George, Meiraba Maisnam, Mithun Manjunath enter pre-quarterfinals in Orleans Masters
Orleans (France), Mar 30 (Badminton News) The Indian troika of Kiran George, Meiraba Luwang Maisnam and Mithun Manjunath progressed to the men's singles pre-quarterfinals after contrasting wins in the second round of the Orleans Masters Super 100 badminton tournament here.
While George stunned Netherland's third seed Mark Caljouw 19-21 21-16 23-21, qualifier Meiraba got rid of eighth seed Toby Penty of England 21-16 21-16 and Manjunath prevailed over compatriot Siddharth Pratap Singh 21-14 21-10 in another second round match.
George, who had won the Odisha Super 100 event in January, will face Indonesian qualifier Christian Adinata, Meiraba meets Hong Kong's Chan Yin Chak and Manjunath takes on second seeded Dane Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus next.
Ashwini Bhat K and Shikha Gautam eked out a 21-23 21-12 21-10 win over Danish pairing of Amalie Schulz and Christine Busch to set up a fight against French duo of Flavie Vallet and Emilie Vercelot.
Men's doubles pair of PS Ravikrishna and Sankar Prasad Udayakumar also made it to the pre-quarterfinals with a 19-21 21-11 21-12 win over German pairing of Marvin Datko and Patrick Scheiel.
Among others, top seed B Sai Praneeth and women's singles players Anupama Upadhyaya and Ira Sharma also entered the third round on Wednesday night.
Mixed doubles pairing of Ishaan Bhatnagar and Tanisha Crasto, seeded seventh, also crossed the opening round hurdle.
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Sai Praneeth, Anupama, Ira win in Orleans Masters Super 100 badminton tournament
Orleans (France), Mar 30 (Badminton News) Top seed B Sai Praneeth advanced to the men's singles third round with a straight game win over Czech Republic's Jan Louda at the Orleans Masters Super 100 badminton tournament here on Wednesday.
Praneeth, who was down with COVID-19 in January, saw off Louda 21-19 21-12 to set up a clash with France's Christo Popov.
In women's singles, Anupama Upadhyaya and Ira Sharma also advanced to the second round with straight game victories over their respective opponents.
While Anupama beat Switzerland's Jenjira Stadelmann 21-12 21-18, Ira stunned seventh seed Qi Xuefei of France 21-14 21-17 in another match.
Mixed doubles pairing of Ishaan Bhatnagar and Tanisha Crasto, seeded seventh, beat fellow Indians Ashith Surya and Swetaparna Panda 21-8 21-10 to also reach the second round.
However, it was curtains for Rituparna Das, Ashmita Chaliha, Priyanshu Rajawat and Keyura Mopati.
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FIH Pro League vs England: India retain Rohidas as captain, Neelam makes comeback
Bhubaneswar, Mar 30 (Hockey News) Amit Rohidas was retained as captain, while defender Neelam Sanjeep Xess made a comeback in India's 22-member squad for the upcoming FIH Pro League double-header against England here this weekend.
Neelam was part of India's team in the Asian Champions Trophy in December last year at Dhaka where they finished third with a 4-3 win over Pakistan.
The 23-year-old comes in at the expense of Varun Kumar in the only change to the squad announced by Hockey India on Wednesday.
The Rohidas-led side recently lost 2-2 (1-3 SO) and won 4-3 against Argentina.
"It has been quite exciting to see how some of the younger players are grabbing the opportunity to play in the Pro League and have been showing great potential," Chief coach Graham Reid said in a release issued by Hockey India.
"It is good for us to have these options, we have been using this platform to try out different combinations. England has a talented squad and no doubt the matches this weekend will be quite exciting." India (16 points) are placed second behind Germany (17) after eight matches in this season of Pro League.
The Indian team has beaten South Africa at home (10-2, 10-2) while they won a game and lost a game against France (5-0, 2-5) which was also held in South Africa.
At home, they won a game and lost one to Spain (5-4, 3-5) and Argentina.
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Gokulam Kerala to test defensively solid Rajasthan United in I-League
Kalyani, Mar 28 (Football News) Title holders Gokulam Kerala would look to breach the defensive wall of Rajasthan United when the two teams face each other in an I-League match here on Tuesday.
After a hard-fought 1-1 draw against leaders Mohammedan Sporting, Gokulam are currently placed second in the league table with 14 points from six matches.
Rajasthan United, who have made it to the I-League after winning the qualifying round, have conceded the least number of goals (2) so far this season and Gokulam coach Vincenzo Annese is well aware of their solidity at the back.
"They are a quality side in the defensive phase. They have five clean sheets. Mauro (dos Santos), their leader at the back, played in LaLiga for many years. So it won't be easy to score against them," Annese said ahead of the match.
Annese also noted that playing here, on a pitch they are more familiar with, will be an advantage for his team.
"Rajasthan have played most of their games in Naihati where it's easier to defend because of the shorter pitch. We have speedy players like Fletcher, Luka, Jithin and Emil who can create a lot of problems and punish them." Rajasthan United were held to a 0-0 draw by bottom-placed Kenkre FC in their last match but head coach Francesc Bonet is not too concerned.
"We lacked goals but created a lot of chances. So we're not worried. If we keep working hard, the goals will definitely arrive," Bonet said.
Regarding his team's impressive defensive record, Bonet said, "We aren't conceding goals because we keep possession and attack a lot, which doesn't give the opposition many chances to score. We want to continue doing that and go for the win against Gokulam." In other matches on Tuesday, table leaders Mohammedan Sporting will face TRAU FC at the Naihati stadium while Sudeva Delhi FC play against Real Kashmir FC at the same venue.
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Bates' 12th ton, Rowe's five-for power NZ to 71-run win over Pakistan
Christchurch, Mar 26 (Cricket News) Suzie Bates compiled her 12th ODI century and became the first New Zealand batter, and fourth overall, to reach 5,000 runs in the format as the hosts beat Pakistan by 71 runs to end an otherwise disappointing Women's World Cup campaign on a positive note here on Saturday.
After Bates' magnificent century guided New Zealand to 265 for eight, a maiden five-wicket haul from medium pacer Hannah Rowe helped New Zealand register a comfortable victory at the Hagley Oval.
Bates hit 126 from just 135 deliveries in the White Ferns' total and that proved too much for Pakistan as Rowe picked up 5/55 to effectively seal the result for New Zealand.
The victory is unlikely to help the Kiwis reach the semi-finals of the tournament though, with New Zealand now requiring both England and India to record large losses on Sunday to have any chance of sneaking in.
It means the tournament hosts will most likely finish in sixth place on the standings, while Pakistan will end eighth with one victory from their seven matches in the tournament.
New Zealand will be left to wonder what could have been, especially after the way Bates played as she compiled her fourth World Cup hundred.
The New Zealand veteran hit 14 boundaries during her 135-ball innings as she brought up her 5000th ODI run for her country while pacing New Zealand's healthy total on what was an excellent batting wicket.
Many of Bates' fellow batters got starts, but Katey Martin (30 not out), Brooke Holliday (29), Amelia Kerr (24) and Maddy Green (23) weren't able to match the exploits of their more experienced teammate.
Nida Dar (3/39) was the pick of the Pakistan bowlers, which included two wickets in three deliveries early in her spell that disrupted New Zealand's highly-rated top-order.
Dar was also the mainstay of Pakistan's run chase, with her entertaining knock of 50 keeping her side in with a glimmer of hope of reaching the victory target.
While Dar and skipper Bismah Maroof (38) were together at the crease there was an outside chance, but New Zealand managed to pick up wickets at crucial stages to deflate Pakistan prospects.
While it was spinner Frances Mackay (2/29) that did the damage at the top of the Pakistan run chase, it was Rowe that sealed the contest by running through their middle order in style.
Rowe had Maroof caught behind to end an 82-run stand with Dar and then dismissed Aliya Riaz for one and got the key wicket of Dar to send Pakistan tumbling from 155/3 to 158/6.
That decisive spell proved enough as Pakistan's last wickets fell tamely to leave New Zealand enough time to cruise home.
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Indian Golfer Shubhankar Sharma slips to T-10 in Qatar Masters
Doha, Mar 25 (Golf News) India's Shubhankar Sharma, who was bogey free on the first day, witnessed an up-and-down outing in round two as he shot one-over 73 to slip to tied-10th from second position at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters at the Doha Golf Club here on Friday.
Sharma was three-over at one stage with bogeys on eighth, 13th and 14th, but birdies on 15th and 16th helped him recover to some extent.
Pablo Larrazabal displayed a superb back nine fightback to retain the lead at the halfway stage.
The Spaniard leads by one on nine-under par after posting a one-under par round of 71 on day two, but the 38-year-old's second round was truly a tale of two nines.
The overnight leader made the turn at four-over par following a double bogey on the par five ninth, but immediately responded with an eagle at the tenth.
Three additional birdies put the finishing touches to a five-under par back nine to complete a return to the top of the leader board on a windy day here.
The six-time DP World Tour winner is closely followed by Chase Hanna of the United States, Poland's Adrian Meronk and South African Wilco Nienaber, who all share the second place on eight-under par, with Romain Langasque of France a shot further back on seven-under par.
Scotland's Ewen Ferguson, English duo of Daniel Gavins and Matthew Jordan, and Austrian Lukas Nemecz share the sixth place on six-under par, while Sweden's Marcus Kinhult, whose seven-under par round of 65 was the lowest round of the day, is part of the group in a tie for the 10th spot at five-under par.
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Srikanth, Kashyap enter quarterfinals; Satwik-Chirag lose at Swiss Open
Basel, Mar 24 (Badminton News) Four Indian shuttlers, including double Olympic medallist P V Sindhu and World Championships silver winner Kidambi Srikanth, progressed to the quarterfinals of the Swiss Open badminton tournament here on Thursday.
While Sindhu, a former world champion, eased into the last 8 with a 21-19 21-14 win over Neslihan Yigit of Turkey, Srikanth staved off a spirited challenge from France's Christo Popov, ranked 60th, with a fighting 13-21 25-23 21-11 win in the Super 300 tournament.
Second seed Sindhu will square off against either fifth seed Canada's Michelle Li or Denmark's Line Christophersen.
Seventh seeded Srikanth, who had missed India leg of the BWF tour in January after testing positive for COVID-19, will face second seeded Dane Anders Antonsen next.
Former top 10 player HS Prannoy also struggled past Finland's Kalle Kolionen 19-21 21-13 21-9 to find a place in the quarters as did former Commonwealth Games gold medallist Parupalli Kashyap after top seed and Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen gave a walkover.
In other results, third seeds Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty lost 19-21 20-22 to Indonesian pairing of Pramudya Kusumawardana and Yeremia Erich Yoche Yacob Rambitan in the men's doubles.
In the women's singles, Ashmita Chaliha put up a tough fight before going down 18-21 20-22 to eighth seeded Scot Kirsty Gilmour in the second round.
On Wednesday night, Sindhu had entered the second round with a 21-14 21-12 win over Denmark's Line Hojmark Kjaersfeldt here.
Sindhu, also a former world champion, will face Neslihan Yigit of Turkey late in the day.
Also progressing was the women's doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy, who got the better of local pair Aline Muller and Jenjira Stadelmann 21-15 21-16 in straight games.
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Srikanth makes winning start at Swiss Open, Chirag-Satwiksairaj pair stuns All England champions
Basel, Mar 23 (Badminton News) Seventh seed Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal made a winning start in the singles competition while Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy battled past All England champions Muhammad Shohibul Fikri and Bagas Maulana to progress in the Swiss Open here on Wednesday.
Srikanth defeated Mads Christophersen in straight games in the men's singles opening round. The Indian beat the Danish player 21-16, 21-17 in a match lasting 32 minutes.
Parupalli Kashyap too cruised to a 21-17, 21-9 win over France's Enogat Roy to enter the second round. In an all-India contest, H S Prannoy pipped B Sai Praneeth 25-23, 21-16 in a tight match lasting 48 minutes.
Third seeds Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy got past Indonesia's Muhammad Shohibul Fikri and Bagas Maulana after losing the first game in the men's doubles opening round. The final scoreline read 17-21, 21-11, 21-18.
The Indonesian duo had won the All England title last week.
In the women's singles, Ashmita Chaliha scripted a come-from-behind win over France's LéOnice Huet, prevailing 19-21, 21-10, 21-11.
Later in the day, London Olympics bronze medallist Saina outplayed Yaelle Hoyaux 21-8, 21-13 in her opening round fixture.
The mixed doubles duo of Ashwini Ponnappa and Sumeeth Reddy lost their first round match and so did the women's doubles combine of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand.
Star shuttler P V Sindhu will play her opening round later tonight.
The Chinese badminton team pulled out of the Super 300 tournament which began on Tuesday due to multiple COVID-19 cases and injuries to its players.
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Indian para club thrower Dharambir sets new Asian record, wins silver in Dubai
Dubai, Mar 22 (Sports News) Indian para athlete Dharambir set a new Asian record in the men's F32/51 club throw event en-route winning a silver on the opening day of the 13th Fazza International Para Athletics Championships here.
India won three medals on the opening day with Devendra Singh also clinching a silver in the F44 men’s discus throw event, while Jyoti Behera claimed a bronze in 400m women’s final T37/38/47 final.
In the club throw F32/51 men's final, Dharambir, the 2018 Asian Para Games silver medallist, threw the club to a distance of 31.09m in his second attempt to finish second behind Algeria’s Walid Ferhah (37.42m) on Monday.
In the process, Dharambir also set a new Asian record.
Great Britain’s Stephen Miller took the bronze with an effort of 29.28m.
Later, Devendra clinched the silver in men’s discus throw F44 after hurling the disc to a distance of 50.36m in combined F42/43/44 category.
Kuwait’s Faisal Sorour, the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic bronze medallist, took the F42 gold with a throw of 47.61.m, which was also a new Asian record, while France’s Badr Touzi claimed the bronze in F42 with a 39.16m throw.
“I am very happy with the result here. Few months back I wasn’t sure if I was competing in the Fazza event due to health reasons. I was down with Covid-19 and hardly trained for the past few months. We have important events in the year ahead, so it was good to start the year with a medal,” said the 28-year-old Devendra.
The championships kicked off the World Para Athletics’ Grand Prix season with around 500 para-athletes from 43 nations in action at the Dubai Club for People of Determination grounds.
The event holds significance as athletes will aim to achieve Minimum Qualification Standard for this July’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and Asian Para Games in Hangzhou this October.
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Dangerous lightning cuts Ireland Wolves' opening T20 short
(Cricket news) The Ireland Wolves suffered a two-run loss under the DLS method after dangerous lightning at the ground forced an abandonment of play mid-way through Namibia’s run-chase in the first T20 at the Wanderers Cricket Ground today.
Murray Commins, in his second match for Ireland Wolves, top-scored with 29 on a low-scoring pitch that rewarded disciplined bowling throughout the day. The Wolves batter successfully held the dominant hand over the Namibian bowling attack. Following his 60 in the Ireland Wolves match against Zimbabwe last September, the left-handed South African-born batter has made an impressive start to his time in the Green.
The match started 45 minutes late and was reduced to 18 overs-a-side due to persistent passing showers, the Namibian bowling attack struck in the first over itself. Jeremy Lawlor (0) and James McCollum (7) fell early, before Commins began to counter-attack. He struck two fours and a six in a 22-ball innings of 29, before unluckily falling to a spectacular diving catch at short third after middling a reverse-sweep.
The Irish batters looked very uncertain at times about the pace of the pitch, but continued to look to play their shots against a disciplined Namibian attack. Senior Namibian international Helao Ya France (3-12 from 4 overs) delivered an impressive spell of right-arm off-spin, and Nicol Loftie-Eaton grabbed two wickets through the middle overs, leaving the Wolves lower-order with much to do.
They needed quick wickets to build some sort of early pressure, but Peter Chase and Graham Hume delivered three wickets in the first two overs and all three were brilliantly taken by the Wolves fielders. The pick of the catches was a diving outfield effort from Graham Kennedy at deep square leg to dismiss the threatening-looking Lohan Louwrens for 6.
When Campher claimed the fourth wicket with just 34 on the scoreboard in the 7th over, the Wolves looked well in the hunt, and it looked more likely that they were closing in on what would be a dramatic low-scoring win. However, lightning struck near the ground and dark clouds overhead stopped the game shortly after, with the Namibians ahead of Duckworth-Lewis by two runs and play did not resume and umpires called the match off, handing the home side a DLS win.
The two sides will return for the 2nd T20 of the three-match series at 2pm (local time) or 12pm (GMT) Wednesday at the same venue.
MotoGP: Miguel Oliveira wins rain soaked Indonesian Grand Prix
(Motorsports news) MotoGP returned to Indonesia after 25 years and it certainly did not disappoint. KTM's Miguel Oliveira won a delayed and soaking wet 2022 Indonesian MotoGP at Mandalika, responding perfectly to a late charge by world champion Fabio Quartararo, who started on pole but really couldn’t take advantage in the tough conditions. In Moto 2 Somkiat Chantra (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) became the first Thai rider to win a Grand Prix race. Chantra led from the first corner to the chequered flag and eventually beat World Championship leader Celestino Vietti by 3.2 secs and Aaron Conet. In Moto 3, Dennis Foggia put his Qatar disappointment behind and won the Indonesian Moto3 Grand Prix quite comfortably.
Starting seventh, Oliveira had a brilliant start and wasted no time in passing leaders Quartararo and Jack Miller before easing away in the distance. After struggling early on, pole starter Quartararo finally got the much needed grip in the treacherous conditions and went on the attack, climbing back up to second, even threatening to catch Oliveira. However, the Portuguese saw off the danger and kept his victory margin intact as Johann Zarco completed the podium. It was Oliveira's fourth MotoGP victory but his first podium since Assen 2021. There was plenty of drama in the run-up to the planned start as the rain delayed the start and the race distance being shortened from 27 to 20 laps due to problems with the wet track surface, then Marc Marquez was declared unfit due to a head concussion after his massive crash in the final practice before qualifying, subsequently he’s fine and fit to race in the next Grand Prix.
The riders had experienced damp track conditions on Friday practice and Saturday qualifying, but on Sunday the circuit was flooded. The race eventually started with plumes of spray as the 23 remaining riders charged for turn one, with world champion Quartararo taking an early advantage from Oliveira with Miller climbing to third after a brave start. Quartararo then touched the kerb in the final corner and was passed by both Oliveira and Miller at the start of lap 2, the Australian diving past Oliveira soon after to take the lead.
However, he couldn’t sustain the lead as the tide soon turned in favour of Oliveira. Miller eventually had to settle for fourth ahead of Suzuki riders Alex Rins and Joan Mir, with Franco Morbidelli in seventh. Oliveira's Red Bull KTM team-mate Brad Binder put a pass on younger brother Darryn and finished in eighth but his younger brother really excelled in the tough conditions, as he settled for tenth and best rookie in the race. Yamaha team-mate Andrea Dovizioso had to because of a technical problem. Miller's factory Ducati team-mate and Qatar Grand Prix winner Francesco Bagnaia saved himself from a massive crash but ran off track on his way to 15th place.
Oliveria said "Without this good start the race could have been a bit different for me. I really couldn’t see anything behind the riders. With all the spray and the rain on the visor, it was definitely hard to see the lines and be precise. Also to judge the grip level.
He added "I think by the end of the race I could understand more and how much I could push, but to ride 20 laps in a row in the rain or compared to a practice is quite different. You can explore a bit more the braking points in the practice, or going wide, or cool down the tyres. Fortunately, I made a good start and after that I was following Jack [Miller] a little bit and could understand a bit more. Than it was just about building up the gap and controlling the race. If the race had seven laps more I don’t know (if a win was possible) because Fabio [Quartararo] was coming pretty strong."
Serie A: AC Milan extend their lead and Inter fail to win again
(Football news) AC Milan continued their good form in the league after they managed to secure a narrow 1-0 victory over Cagliari. A brilliant strike from Ismael Bennacer earned AC Milan all three points as Stefano Pioli's side maintained a three-point lead at the top of Serie A. It took the Rossenari 59 minutes to find the winner, and it was worth the wait as Olivier Giroud laid the ball off for Bennacer to volley into the net from the edge of the penalty area. Milan survived a major scare late on when Leonardo Pavoletti's last-gasp header came off the crossbar but the leaders defended really well and moved onto 66 points from 30 matches, three clear of Napoli and six ahead of Inter Milan in third.
Inter dropped points again as their hopes of retaining the Scudetto looks to fade away after a disappointing 1-1 against Fiorentina. Inter were top of the table last month but since then they have won only one of their last seven games and now sit third on 60 points. The goalkeepers were very busy in the first half which ended goalless, with Inter's Samir Handanovic called into action to stop long-range efforts from the Viola players, while Fiorentina goalkeeper Pietro Terracciano denied Edin Dzeko from close range.
The visitors' pressure paid dividends early in the second half when Gaetano Castrovilli cut open Inter's defence and then found Nicolas Gonzalez in the box, whose cut-back was fired in by Torreira. Inter responded five minutes later after Ivan Perisic floated a cross into the box to find Dumfries who was unmarked and headed home the equaliser. Inter also had a penalty overturned by the VAR as Jonathan Ikone nearly scored a winner for Fiorentina in added time but Handanovic came to the rescue with an extraordinary save as both sides shared the spoils.
"Ikone could have given us a nice gift in the last minutes, but I'm happy with what the boys did today. I didn't realise Torreira lost a tooth, but I can only congratulate him on how he gets there in front, he has the right timing as a goalscorer while others are struggling” Fiorentina manager Vincenzo Italiano said.
"There is bitterness. We wanted to win tonight and turn the situation around. We have to get back to our levels, there is quality in Inter and we have to go back to showing it. I'm happy for my goal but not for the final result." Dumfries said.
Napoli again rode on Osimhen brilliance as they maintained pressure on AC Milan on the top of the table with a 2-1 victory over Udinese. A second successive double from Victor Osimhen earned Napoli a crucial victory. They were looking to make it back-to-back league wins for the first time since late January, but Napoli fell behind in the 22nd minute after Gerard Deulofeu scored for Udinese. The hosts looked like a different side in the second half, and turned the match on its head as striker Osimhen scored his first goal with a bullet header to level the match seven minutes after the halftime break, before a clever near-post finish 11 minutes later to completely turn the match upside down. Pablo Mari's late red card ended Udinese's hopes of making a comeback at the Diego Armando Maradona stadium, as Napoli saw move onto 63 points.
The other results were:
- AS Roma 3 (Abraham x2, Pellegrini) - 0 Lazio
- Juventus 2 (Dybala, Vlahovic) - 0 Salernitana
- Sassuolo 4 (Berardi x2, Ayhan, Scamacca) - 1 Spezia (Verde)
- Genoa 1 (Portanova) - 0 Torino
- Bologna 0 - 1 Atalanta (Cisse)
- Empoli 1 (Francesso) - 1 Hellas Verona (Cancellieri)
- Venezia 0 - 2 Sampdoria (Caputo x2)
India to continue experimentation in FIH Pro League match against Argentina
Bhubaneswar, Mar 18 (Hockey News) The Indian men's hockey team would look to continue its experimentation and test its bench strength ahead of a busy calendar year, despite suffering its second defeat in the tournament, when they take on Argentina in the two-legged FIH Pro League tie beginning here on Saturday.
The Indians slumped to their second defeat in the FIH Pro League, losing 3-5 to Spain in the second leg at the Kalinga Stadium here on February 27.
Tokyo Olympic bronze medallist India's other defeat came against France (2-5) last month.
But despite that, India are currently placed second in the standings with 12 points from six matches, including four wins, behind Netherlands (16 points).
India chief coach Graham Reid continued to test his reserve players to broaden the team's base ahead of this year's Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games, which is a qualifier for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
Midfielder Moirangthem Rabichandra Singh, a member of the FIH Junior World Cup squad, will make his debut against world number six Argentina. The home team will also witness Olympic medallist striker Gurjant Singh's return from a brief injury lay-off.
The Indians also made a few changes in the main squad from the Spain tie.
Goalkeeper Krishan Bahadur Pathak has taken the place of Suraj Karkera while Amit Rohidas and Jugraj Singh have replaced Mandeep Mor and Dipsan Tirkey in the backline.
Jaskaran Singh and Akshdeep Singh made way for Sumit and Rabichandra in the midfield.
The Indian think-tank continued to repose faith in young strikers Abhishek and Sukhjeet Singh and drag-flicker Jugraj Singh.
In fact, the Indian team management has named Amit Rohidas as skipper in place of Manpreet Singh, and Mandeep Singh as his deputy for this tie to broaden the team's leadership group ahead of the important year.
The Indians have been hit hard by late goals in both the defeats and going forward, the team's backline will have to lift its game by leaps and bounds to counter stronger oppositions.
India's captain for the tie, Rohidas said they have worked on their errors and is confident of putting up a good show against Argentina.
"We have analysed the errors that we made in the previous game against Spain, and we have trained and planned accordingly. We have had discussions within our leadership group about the areas we need to improve upon. We have worked on those areas and we are confident we will put up a good showing," Rohidas said at a pre-match virtual press conference.
India had previously played against Argentina at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 where they had defeated them 3-1 in the pool stages.
The two teams also met each other in 2020-21 FIH Pro League in Argentina last year, in which India picked up wins in both the games, one of which came in the shootout.
"We have seen videos of our matches against Argentina and we have planned accordingly. They have been in good form this season. So, we have been in constant discussion on what strategies we have to create to stop their attacking set-ups. Our focus and our practice sessions have been designed keeping the same in mind. We hope to stick to our plans and be successful in implementing the same," Rohidas said.
Argentina, on the other hand, are placed sixth with nine points from four games.
The visitors would be brimming with confidence having defeated England 2-0 and 3-1 in their previous tie.
The Los Leonas also stunned Olympic champions Belgium 2-1 before losing 0-2 in the return leg.
Argentina captain Matias Rey gave a brief glimpse of his team's strategies in the upcoming matches.
"As a team, we feel we have to play like we have played the last couple of matches against England. We have to be really strong on the ball. When we don't have the ball, we have to be really aggressive and inflict pressure when we can. Our goal right now is to win both the games against India," Rey said.
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Leaders Mohammedan Sporting face winless Churchill, aim for fifth consecutive win
Kolkata, Mar 15 (Football News) On a roll with four wins on the trot, local heavyweights Mohammedan Sporting will aim to continue that perfect record when they face a winless Churchill Brothers in an I-League fixture here on Wednesday.
The Black Panthers are coming from a 4-0 drubbing of Indian Arrows and are top of the 13-team standings, while Churchill Brothers are languishing at the bottom without a win from four matches.
For Mohammedan Sporting, forward Marcus Joseph has been in excellent touch, scoring a brace in each of his three appearances.
"We've played good organised football and obtained good results. When you do that, you become confident and other teams start to respect you," Mohammedan Sporting coach Andrey Chernyshov said.
Churchill Brothers, on the other hand, have endured back-to-back losses in their previous matches against Suvedha FC and TRAU.
"Losing two matches in a row has been a great setback. We have lacked a bit of concentration," said assistant coach Mateus Costa.
"We're not thinking about where we stand on the table and just taking it match by match,” he added.
Goalscoring has been a problem for Churchill, with striker Kenneth Ikechukwu scoring their only two goals so far.
Rajasthan hope to break into top half ======================= In the opening match of the day at Naihati, I-League Qualifier champions Rajasthan United will look to move into the top-half of the table when they face the young Indian Arrows.
The Rajasthan outfit are coming into the match after a goalless draw with Sudeva Delhi FC.
"We have two clean sheets and our team is looking solid. We are working to correct some mistakes. As a team, we want to attack more to create chances and score goals," Rajasthan United head coach Francesc Bonet said.
Reflecting on their poor show against Mohammedan Sporting in the last match, Indian Arrows head coach Shanmugam Venkatesh said: "It was a very good opportunity for the boys to play against Mohammedan Sporting.
"It was an opportunity for them to have experience playing against one of the best teams in the league. But, they are learning, I am happy how they are making progress." Aware of the threats posed by their opponents, he said: "They are a good team. In the last two games, they got positive results. They have quality foreigners. Our boys are ready to play under pressure and we are looking forward to the match." Kenkre up against rejuvenated TRAU ====================== Debutants Kenkre FC will look to turn around their fortunes when they face a rejuvenated TRAU FC in the concluding match of the day.
Having started off with a 1-1 draw with Real Kashmir, the Mumbai-based team has let in 10 goals in their last two outings against RoundGlass Punjab (0-4) and Gokulam Kerala (2-6).
But head coach Akhil Kothari believes these heavy defeats will not affect his team's morale.
"Our mentality has always been to fight for the points and play well and that is something we are not going to change," Kothari said.
TRAU, meanwhile, are fresh from their first win of the campaign against Churchill Brothers as they would look to continue their momentum.
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Joshi, Bhagat shine as India bag 21 medals at Spanish Para Badminton International
New Delhi, Mar 14 (Badminton News) Manshi Joshi and Nithya Sre claimed a gold each, while Tokyo Paralympics champion Pramod Bhagat secured two silver and a bronze as India bagged as many as 21 medals at the Spanish Para Badminton International in Cartagena, Spain.
World no 1 Joshi (SL3) and Sre (SH6) were among the six gold medallists, while India also secured seven silvers and eight bronze medals in the level I tournament, which concluded on Sunday.
Raja/Krishna (men's doubles SH6), Raj/Parul (mixed doubles SL3-SU5), Chirag/Raj (men's doubles SU5) and Nitesh/Tarun (men's doubles SL3-SL4) also bagged the yellow metal.
World no 1 Bhagat (SL3) secured two silver and a bronze, while world no 2 Sukant Kadam (SL 4) ended up with a bronze medal at the event.
Tarun Dhillon (men's singles SL4), Krishna Nagar (men's singles SH6), Mandeep Kaur (women's singles SL3), Manasi/Ruthick (mixed doubles SL3-SU5), Hardik/Ruthik (men's doubles SU5) and Manoj/Bhagat (men's doubles SL3-SL4) also won silver medals.
The bronze medal winners were Nitesh Kumar (men's singles SL3), Manoj (men's singles SL3), Nilesh Gaikwad (men's singles SL4), Parul Parmar (women's singles SL3), Bhagat/Kohli (mixed doubles SL3-SU5), Arwaz/Deep (men's doubles SL3-SL4), and Prem Ale/Abu Hubaida (men's doubles WH1-WH2).
"It was a tough week and I couldn't execute what I had planned for. I have identified my mistakes and will start working on them immediately. I am going to head straight back in to training and focus on my upcoming tournaments," Bhagat said.
Kadam lost to world no 1 Lucas Mazur from France 21-19 19-21 12-21 in the semifinal to settle for a bronze.
Mazur went ahead to secure gold medal defeating India's Tarun 21-7 21-9 in the summit clash.
"I had a decent run in the tournament and pushed Mazur to his limits, but came short. I am sure I will work on the mistakes from this game and be ready for the next tournament," Kadam said.
India had claimed 34 medals, including 11 gold, seven silver and 16 bronze, from the Spanish Para badminton International II event recently.
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Aditi shoots 68 in third round at LPGA Thailand
Chonburi, Mar 12 (Golf News) Indian golfer Aditi Ashok shot her best round in three days as she carded 4-under 68 to climb five places at the 2022 Honda LPGA Thailand here on Saturday.
Aditi, who shot 70-72 in the first two rounds, is now 6-under for three days and T-47th in a tournament that has produced a lot of low scores.
Starting from the 10th tee, Aditi birdied 10th and 18th and added birdies on first, sixth and seventh. Her only bogey was on third.
After finishing in top-15 in her previous two LPGA starts in 2022, Aditi will need a really low score like the 63 she shot in the final round of LPGA Drive On Championship last month.
With 18 holes to go, Denmark’s Nanna Koerstz Madsen led a tightly packed leaderboard. She played a bogey-free round of 66 in the third round and reached -21 overall, setting a new tournament 54-hole scoring record.
The previous mark was -20, set by Jessica Korda in her 2018 victory. The 195 also sets a new personal best.
If she wins, she will become the first Danish to do so on the LPGA Tour.
China’s Xiyu Lin and France’s Celine Boutier are tied for second, one stroke behind Madsen at -20. Like Madsen, Lin is looking for the first win of her LPGA Tour career.
Mexico’s Gaby Lopez, Canadian Brooke Henderson and Japan’s Nasa Hataoka are tied for fourth at -18.
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Ireland enter development squad in 2022 European Cricket Championship
(Cricket news) Cricket Ireland has today announced that it has agreed to enter a representative team in the 2022 European Cricket Championship in September 2022. The pan-European competition is the national partner competition to the European Cricket League – a club cup competition which is currently happening.
The competition will feature 21 teams from a range of countries including: Ireland, England, Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Belgium, France, and Scotland. Teams will be placed into four groups of five teams, with the England XI receiving automatic qualification for finals week. Ireland’s team will feature in Group A alongside Spain, Austria, Czech Republic and Portugal. Group A’s fixtures will be played between 12-16 September 2022 at Cartama Oval in Spain. Finals Week will be 10-14 October 2022.
Richard Holdsworth, High Performance Director for Cricket Ireland, said: “Cricket Ireland is pleased to be able to send a team to the next European Cricket Championship. We will be putting together an emerging talent squad for what will be a great international cricket experience for a squad of players keen to develop their careers.”
“The team behind the European Cricket Championship, and its sister club competition – the European Cricket League – have been exceptional to work with and deliver a great tournament that showcases the growing depth of talent in European cricket.
“We will select the squad in coming months and look forward to the opportunity to compete at a pan-European level once more.”