Tennis

Borna Coric wins Halle Open 2018

Crotia’s Borna Coric defeated Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer in the final of the Halle Open 2018. Coric, 21, won 7-6 (8-6) 3-6 6-2 to end the Wimbledon champion – Roger Federer’s run of 20 consecutive victories on grass. With this Spainard, Rafael Nadal took over as World No. 1 Coric became only the sixth player to defeat Federer in a grass court final.

Brazilian tennis great Maria Bueno dies

Brazilian tennis great Maria Bueno passed away after a battle with mouth cancer, according to a statement by the hospital. She was 78. Bueno was a former top-ranked player who spent most of her career on the court before the professional era. She won 19 Grand Slam titles overall, seven in singles, 11 in doubles and one in mixed doubles, between 1959 and 1966.

Simona Halep retained top spot in WTA rankings

Romanian tennis star Simona Halep has retained her numero-uno spot in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Rankings. Halep maintains a lead of 425 points over second-placed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark. After the 2017 Wimbledon Championships, Simona Halep became the active player with the most consecutive weeks within the Top 10. Halep started her 2018 season by winning the Shenzhen Open.

Nadal breaks record

Spanish world number one Rafael Nadal broke a 34-year-old record by winning his 50th straight set on clay, the most consecutive sets won by a player on a surface. Nadal eased past Argentine Diego Schwartzman 6-3 6-4 in the round of 16 of Madrid Open to storm into the quarter-final round and broke John McEnroe’s long-standing record in Open Era. Nadal is a Spanish professional tennis player.

Mary named ambassador for TCS World marathon

Former tennis star Mary Pierce has been named the International Event Ambassador for TCS World 10K 2018 Marathon. The marathon, scheduled to be held in Bengaluru for May 27. Mary Pierce reached her career high ranking of World No. 3 in 1995, post her first Grand Slam Singles title – that of the Australian Open in January 1995.

Rafael Nadal won Barcelona Open tennis title

World number one Rafael Nadal lifted his 11th Barcelona Open tennis title with a win over Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas.Nadal, who won his 400th match on clay in the semifinal, needed the victory in Barcelona to secure his No. 1 ranking.It was the 77th title overall for Nadal tying him with John McEnroe for fourth best in the Open Era.

Prajnesh won maiden singles title

Prajnesh Gunneswaran has clinched his first ever singles tennis title on the ATP Challenger circuit.The 28-year-old from Chennai, ranked 260, pocketed $21,600 and earned 125 points. It was second final at the Challenger level for left-handed Prajnesh, who had lost the Pune summit clash to Sadio Doumbia in October 2016.

India won South Asian U-12 Tennis Championship

India has won the South Asian Under-12 Qualifying Tennis Tournament, defeating host Nepal in the finals.Indian girls and boys team defeated their Nepali opponents in the final by 2-0. Now both the Indian teams will participate in ITF Asian 12 and Under Team Championship to be played in Kazakhstan later this year.

Tennis: Ankita Raina included in TOPS

28 : Tennis player Ankita Raina has been included in the government’s Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS).She has displayed good form this season both in the Fed Cup and the professional circuit. Ankita recently broke into the top-200, reaching a career-best 197 in the WTA rankings, becoming the third Indian to do so. Before Ankita, Sania and Nirupama Vaidyanathan have made it to the top-200.

Yuki Bhambri back in top-100

Tennis star Yuki Bhambri today broke back into the top-100 for the first time since February 2016.As per the latest rankings, he jumped 22 places to a career-best rank of 83. This follows his title-winning performance at the Taipei Challenger. This is the best rank an Indian has achieved in ATP singles chart since Somdev Devvarman touched a career-high 62 in July 2011.

John Isner won Miami Open title

In Tennis, John Isner has lifted the Men’s Singles trophy of the Miami Open.John Isner defeated German’s Alexander Zverev. Following the win, 32-year old Isner, the world number 17, will now move back into the top 10 next week.

Juan Martin bags Indian Wells Masters title

Juan Martin del Potro ended world number one Roger Federer‘s 17-match unbeaten run to claim the BNP Paribas Open title at Indian Wells. Del Potro is the first player to beat Federer in 2018. Naomi Osaka won her First Women‘s Tennis Association Title at Indian Wells.

Tommy Haas announced his retirement

Former world number two tennis player Tommy Haas officially announced his retirement from tennis. Haas, who won the silver medal for Germany at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, finished his career with 569 wins. His most recent singles titles came in 2013 when he won in Vienna and Munich. Haas reached a career-high number two ranking in 2002, and finished eight seasons ranked in the top 20.

Federer won Most Decorated Laureus Award

Tennis legend Roger Federer became the most decorated winner in the history of Laureus World Sports Awards after he won twin honors at the 18th edition of the awards ceremony in Monaco.It was his sixth award.American tennis great Serena Williams won the Sportswoman of the Year Award. She is now the most decorated female Laureus Award winner with five Laureus statuettes.

Davis Cup to convert into ‘WC of Tennis’

The Davis Cup, in existence since 1900, may be converted into a ‘World Cup of Tennis’ from next year.The new format will feature 18 teams playing a week-long event at one venue, instead of the existing 16 teams playing across four different months. A 25-year, $3 billion partnership with investment group Kosmos is in place for the new event.

Federer becomes oldest world No.1 in tennis

Roger Federer has become the oldest world number one after he defeated his Dutch opponent Robin Haase at Rotterdam’s ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament.He became the oldest No. 1 male player, surpassing eight-time Grand Slam winner Andre Agassi, who holds the record at 33 yrs since September 2003.Federer is back on top after winning 3 majors in 13 months, including another Australian Open.

Australian Open 2018, winners

Women’s Singles – Caroline Wozniacki won by defeating Simona Halep.Men’s Doubles – Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic won by defeating Robert Farah and J. Cabal. Women’s Doubles – Kristina Mladenovic and Tímea Babos won by defeating Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova. Mixed Doubles – Gabriela Dabrowski and Mate Pavic won by defeating Timea Babos and Rohan Bopanna.

Caroline Wozniacki wins Australian Open

Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki defeated Romanian Simona Halep to win her first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.Twice a runner-up at the US Open, Wozniacki becomes the first Dane to win a Grand Slam singles title. With the win, Wozniacki will reclaim the WTA World No. 1 ranking exactly six years since she last held it.

Padma Awards 2018 – 2

The 2017 World Weightlifting Champion Saikhom Mirabai Chanu and former Asian Games gold medallist tennis player Somdev Devvarman have been conferred with the Padma Shri.Ilayaraja, Ghulam Mustafa Khan (Art) and Parameswaran Parameswaran (Literature & Education) were awarded with Padma Vibhushan. Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Pankaj Advani are among others awarded with Padma Bhushan.

Julia Goerges wins Auckland Classic

Julia Goerges claimed a third-straight WTA title with victory over Caroline Wozniacki in the Auckland Classic final.In the final, Goerges was dominant against the top-seeded Dane by 6-4 7-6 (7-4). The German World No.14 broke in the first game of both sets to place early pressure on Wozniacki.

Nick Kyrgios takes Brisbane crown

Nick Kyrgios defeated American Ryan Harrison to claim the Brisbane International in straight sets.The 6-4, 6-2 win was the third-seeded Australian’s fourth title on the ATP tour and his first on home soil. Kyrgios is a polarising figure in Australian sport, his superb tennis skills are often marred by poor on-court behaviour.

Gilles Simon wins Tata Open title

Gilles Simon of France has lifted the inaugural Tata Open Maharashtra Tennis trophy.He defeated Kevin Anderson in straight sets 7-6, 6-2. This tournament is India’s only ATP event.For the past 22 years, the tournament had been associated with the big metro cities, New Delhi hosting the inaugural edition in 1996.

Bellucci to come back from 5-month ban

Brazilian tennis player Thomaz Bellucci was given a five-month suspension for doping.The 30-year-old Bellucci was tested positive for the diuretic hydrochlorothiazide. Bellucci said the positive test was the result of a contaminated vitamin supplement.

India’s Highest-Ranked Player: G Sathiyan

G Sathiyan has become India’s highest- ranked player in the latest International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) rankings.He surpasses his compatriot the legendary Sharath Kamal.As for the women, Manika Batra is topping the world chart among Indians at 62, while Mouma Das is ranked 74th and Madhurika Patkar is ranked 81th.

Anil Khanna nominated for 4 key posts

13 : Asian Tennis Federation president Anil Khanna has been nominated for 4 key positions of the International Tennis Federation for a 2 year term.Khanna will be the chairman of ITF Worldwide Development Advisors Group & has been nominated to Co-Chair of ITF’s New Properties Taskforce.He has also been nominated to be a member of Finance Committee of ITF.

Nadal, Muguruza named ITF champions

9 : International Tennis Federation has named Spaniards Rafael Nadal & Garbiñe Muguruza as this year’s ITF World Champions.While this is the 3rd ITF World Championship for Nadal, it is the 1st for Muguruza.It is also the 1st time since 1998 that men’s & women’s ITF world champions hail from the same country.Muguruza is the 2nd Spanish tennis player to achieve WTA no.1 after Arantxa Vicario.

Sarah Clarke: 1st female Black Rod

Sarah Clarke, a former director of the Wimbledon tennis championships, has been appointed as Black Rod at the House of Lords. It is the first time a woman has held this position in the UK parliament’s 669-year history. She is currently championships director at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. Black Rod is the senior official responsible for maintaining order at the House of Lords.

Yuki Bhambri won ATP Challenger

India’s tennis star Yuki Bhambri clinched his first title of the 2017 season on the ATP Challenger Tour. Bhambri, the country’s top singles player, overcame Ramanathan 4-6 6-3 6-4 in a little over two hours at the Balewadi Sports Complex. He is ranked 137 now and 80 points earned from this event will put him close to 120 when the new rankings list will be released.

Paes and Raja Lifts Knoxville Title

Indian tennis duo of Leander Paes and Purav Raja lifted the Knoxville Challenger title after clinching a fighting win in the finals of the men’s doubles event in Tennessee. The pair fought hard in two consecutive tie-breakers to defeat the American-Australian duo of James Cerretani and John Patrick Smith. It is the first-ever title of Paes and Raja after they joined forces in August.

Rafael Nadal gets ATP World No 1 award

Tennis player Rafael Nadal was presented the ATP World Number 1 award on court, at the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena, in London. Rafael Nadal replaced Andy Murray of Britain at Number 1 position on 21 August 2017. He has guaranteed the year-end Number 1 ranking for a fourth time following 2008, 2010 and 2013.

Virat Kohli got 7th rank in Forbes

According to the list released by Forbes, Virat Kohli ranks ahead of Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi when it comes to brand value. The captain of the Indian cricket has a brand value of $14.5 million which puts him ahead of Messi on the 7th spot in the top 10 list revealed by Forbes. Tennis legend Roger Federer leads the list with a brand value of $37.2m.

Thakkar first Indian to top ITTF

25. Manav Thakkar has become the first Indian to occupy the top spot (3,455 points) on the ITTF World Junior Circuit standings. Manav Thakkar hails from Surat. He was previously placed at No. 5 position. He has reached the top position of top ITTF Junior Circuit standings after finishing runner-up at the 2017 Serbian Junior and Cadet Open, Belgrade.

Federer won Shanghai Masters

Roger Federer beat Rafael Nadal of Spain by 6-4 6-3 to win the final match of Shanghai Masters tennis tournament. This is Roger Federer’s 94th career title and has equalled Ivan Lendl’s record in terms of Open era titles. Top spot is held by American player Jimmy Connors with 109 career titles. Rafael Nadal recently won China Open and US Open and currently hold No.1 rank in men’s tennis.

5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games

The 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games concluded at Ashgabat in Turkmenistan. On the concluding day Indians grabbed 4 medals, including a gold through tennis player Sumit Nagal, to end at 11th place. With 9 gold, 12 silver & 19 bronze, India finished at 11th position in the Games. Hosts Turkmenistan topped the medals tally with 89 gold, 70 silver & 86 bronze, followed by China and Iran.

Mukund wins title in ITF Futures

Top-seed Sasi Kumar Mukund has won his 2nd straight Futures title, beating compatriot Arjun Khade 6-3, 6-4 in singles final of LMW ITF Men’s Futures tennis tournament. Mukund, ranked 501 in ATP list currently, quelled the challenge of the big-serving Khade, who had done well in the two previous Futures events in Chennai. Earlier Mukund & Khade had teamed up for doubles but lost in the final.

Sumit Nagal wins ITF Futures

Sumit Nagal blasted Colin van Beem 6-3, 6-0 in the singles final to justify the top billing in the 8th MCC – S R Subramaniam Memorial ITF Futures Men’s tennis championship. Nagal, who is ranked 261 in the world will pocket 18 ranking points and a cheque for $2,160 for his effort. The top-seed played fluently from the start, stroking the ball and kept his rival on the run.

England to host 2018 ITTF Team World Cup

England has been awarded the right to host the 2018 Table Tennis Team World Cup, which will be held in London. It will be the first major table tennis-only event to be held in London since Wembley hosted the 1954 World Championships. The event will take place at Copper Box Arena in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from 22-25 February. A total of 12 men’s & 12 women’s teams will compete at the event

Alexander Zverev wins Citi Open title

German Alexander Zverev used his dominant serve to claim a fourth ATP title of the year with 6-4, 6-4 win over South African Kevin Anderson at the Citi Open in Washington. Zverev won his fifth career title and improved his career record against Anderson to 3-0. Zverev joined Rafa Nadal as a four-time ATP winner this year. Only Roger Federer, with five, has captured more titles in 2017.

India bags 24 medals in Jordan

India have bagged 24 medals at the Jordan Junior and Cadet Open table tennis tournament. The tally includes 7 Gold, 7 Silver and 10 Bronze medals. In the event held at Amman, India ended as the second best finishers. The team title was denied to India in the cadet section when Payas, Yashansh Malik and Chinmaya Somaiya were defeaed by Hsu Po-Hsuan, Lin Yen-Cun & Peng Chih who claimed gold.

Katerina Siniakova wins Swedish Open

Caroline Wozniacki struggled with injury as she lost the Swedish Open final to Katerina Siniakova. Siniakova was playing in the Swedish Open final for the second year in a row after losing last year to German Laura Siegemund. The 2017 Swedish Open was the 9th edition in women’s category.

India gets WTA event after 5 years

India will host its first WTA tournament in five years in Mumbai, giving home players an opportunity to compete with the world’s top-50. Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association has come forward to bring the tournament to India. Last time India hosted a WTA event (Royal Indian Open) was in 2012 in Pune. There will be 4 wild cards each on offer in main draw and Qualifiers of Mumbai Open.

Roger Federer wins Wimbledon title

Roger Federer won the 2017 Wimbledon title in the men’s single category. In the final match he defeated Marin Cilic of Croatia. It was Federer’s record 8th Wimbledon title and overall 19th Grand Slam. With this victory, 36-year old Federer also became Wimbledon’s oldest champion, succeeding Arthur Ashe.

Muguruza wins first Wimbledon title

Garbine Muguruza won a maiden Wimbledon title after defeating 5 time champion Venus Williams under the roof on Centre Court. She is now a double Grand Slam champion, having won the French Open last year. Muguruza became the 2nd Spanish woman to win the Wimbledon singles title after her coach, Conchita Martinez. She is also the 1st woman to beat both Williams sisters in Grand Slam finals.

Paes and Shamasdin wins Aegon Ilkley

Leander Paes and his Canadian partner Adil Shamsdin has won the men’s doubles title at the Aegon IIkley Challenger Trophy. The duo defeated local wild card entrants Brydan Klein and Joe Salisbury 2-6, 6-2, 10-8 to clinch the trophy. It is third title of the season for Paes on the ATP Challenger Tour and second with Shamasdin.

Federer wins ninth Halle title

World number five Roger Federer defeated Alexander Zverev 6-1 6-3 to clinch a record ninth Halle Open title. Federer saved the only break point he faced and converted four of his eight opportunities to clinch his 92nd career title. The victory gives Federer his ninth Halle crown, joining Rafael Nadal as the only two men in the Open Era who have won a tournament more than eight times.

Harrison-Venus wins French open doubles

Ryan Harrison and Michael Venus won their first Grand Slam tennis title with a victory in men’s doubles final in the 2017 French Open. US-New Zealand pair won 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-3 against Santiago Gonzalez and Donald Young. With this win Michael Venus became New Zealand’s first Grand Slam champion since 1974 and is New Zealand’s second Grand Slam winner in the modern era after Onny Parun.

Rafael Nadal wins 10th French Open title

Rafael Nadal defeated Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 in the Paris final to win 10th French men’s Tennis Open title. He became the 1st man in history to win same major 10 times. This is his 15th Grand Slam title overall, surpassing Sampras to be placed 2nd in all-time list behind Federer’s 18. He is now just 1 short of Margaret Court’s all-time record of 11 titles at a single grand slam event.

Bopanna-Dabrowski Wins French Open

Rohan Bopanna lifted his maiden Grand Slam title by winning the French Open mixed doubles trophy with Canadian partner Gabriela Dabrowski, becoming only the fourth Indian. They defeated Germany’s Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Colombia’s Robert Farah. The 2017 tournament was the 116th edition.

Ramkumar wins ITF Futures title

Indian tennis player Ramkumar Ramanathan lifted the ITF men’s Futures tennis title after outplaying Raymond Sarmiento. He outplayed Raymond Sarmiento 6-2, 6-2 in the finals. It was the first title of the season for Ramkumar and 15th of his career.

Nitin Kumar wins boys singles title

Indian wild card Nitin Kumar Sinha won the boys singles title of HCL Asian Junior Tennis Championship. He defeated Malaysian player Christian Didier Chin in the final match. The Asian Junior Tennis championship is the second highest tournament anywhere in the world after the junior grand slams. Players from 11 countries are participating in the tournament.

Asian Junior Tennis Championship

Asian Junior Tennis Championship 2017, the most reputed tennis championship in the Asian circuit for the under 18 category has begun in Pune. Players from 11 countries in the region – Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Philippines, Hong-Kong, Malaysia, China, Sri Lanka, Iran and India – will participate in the tournament. The Championship is the second highest after the junior grand slams

World Table Tennis Championships

The 2017 World Table Tennis Championships is being held in Düsseldorf, Germany, from 29 May to 5 June 2017. Top-ranked Indian in the world, Achanta Sharath Kamal will lead the 8-member Indian squad. The decision to host the event in Düsseldorf was announced by the ITTF in April 2015. It s the 54th edition of the competition, and the 7th time that it has been staged in Germany.

HCL to host Asian Junior Tennis 2017.

HCL will host the HCL Asian Junior Tennis Championship 2017, the most reputed tennis championship in the Asian circuit for the U/18 category in association with the Maharashtra State Lawn tennis Association. The Championship, which is the only B1 category tournament in Asia will take place from May 29 to June 3 in Pune. Players from 11 countries will participate in the tournament.

Zverev wins Rome Masters, beats Djokovic

Germany’s Alexander Zverev stunned four-time champion Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-4 to win the Rome Masters tennis tournament. 20 year old Zverev claimed his maiden Masters 1000 title after becoming the youngest player in a decade to reach a final at this level. With this win he will move up to No. 10, up from his previous career-high of No. 17.

Djokovic appoints Agassi as new coach.

World number two Novak Djokovic has appointed former world number one Andre Agassi as his new coach. Agassi will join Djokovic ahead of the French Open. Recently Djokovic split with longtime coach Marian Vajda and 2 other team members. Djokovic has been in poor form ever since winning French Open last year with a win-loss record of 20-5 this year with no titles since winning in Doha in Jan.

Life ban on Mitsuhashi for match fixing.

Japan’s Junn Mitsuhashi has been banned from tennis for life after being found guilty of match-fixing offences. The player was offered 2,000 US Dollars to under perform in a singles match and 600 US Dollars in a doubles match. The ban applies with immediate affect . Mitsuhashi cannot compete in, or attend, any tournament or event organised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of the sport.

No wildcard for Maria Sharapova.

Maria Sharapova has been denied a wildcard for the French Open after failing to qualify on the basis of ranking points. French Tennis Federation President Bernard Giudicelli said that there cannot be a wildcard for return from doping. Sharapova was banned from the sport for 15 months after testing positive for meldonium, a heart disease drug.

Wimbledon increases prize money

Wimbledon Grand Slam tournament’s host has announced that this year’s edition will pay out $40.8 million in prize money. The winners of the singles competitions will pocket $2.8 million each which is $258,000 more than in 2016. British Andy Murray and the American Serena Williams, who will not participate in this year’s edition as she is pregnant, are the current champions of the tournament.

Rohan Bopanna and Pablo Cuevas win

Rohan Bopanna and Pablo Cuevas won the 2017 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters in mens doubles category. The crown is the first of the season for Bopanna and Cuevas and the third overall for the Indian. Bopanna had earlier won the Chennai Open in January with Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan.

Nadal wins 10th Monte-Carlo title

Rafael Nadal won the Monte Carlo Masters for a record-breaking 10th time by defeating Albert Ramos-Vinolas. He, who now has 50 clay court titles and 70 in all, will be aiming for a 10th French Open title as well next month. He became the first man in the Open era to win the same event 10 times.

Federer wins ATP Indian Masters title

Roger Federer added another feather in his hat by winning the ATP Indian Wells Masters title. Federer claimed a record-equalling 5th title at Indian Wells, continuing his career resurgence with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Stan Wawrinka. He had earlier won this title consecutively 3 times between 2004 and 2006 and in 2012. Federer is the oldest ATP player to win one of the elite Masters titles.

Dubai Tennis Championship

India’s Rohan Bopanna and his Polish partner Marcin Matkowski have lost their men’s doubles final match in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. In Dubai, the Indo-Polish pair lost to 4th seeded duo of Romanian Tecau Horia and Dutchman Rojer Jean-Julien in three sets 6-4, 3-6, 3-10. Bopanna and Matkowski had made it to the final after beating Leander Paes and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

Dominic Thiem won the 2017 Rio Open

Austrian professional tennis player Dominic Thiem won the 2017 Rio Open in men’s singles category. In the final, he defeated Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta by 7-5, 6-4 score. It was his eighth ATP singles title and his sixth on clay.

Robot table tennis tutor sets record

World’s first robot table tennis tutor in Japan has set a new Guinness World Record for its uncanny ability of being able to play the game better than most humans. FORPHEUS (Future Omron Robotics Technology for Exploring Possibility of Harmonized Automation with Sinic Theoretics) has officially been given the Guinness title for its unique technological intelligence & educational capabilities.

Bangalore to host India’s next Davis Cup

India will host Uzbekistan on the hard courts of Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association in Bangalore when the two sides clash in an Asia Oceania Zone group I Davis Cup tie in April. India beat New Zealand, while Uzbekistan beat Korea. The winner of the tie will advance to the World Group Play-offs, to be held in September.

New bird species found in Nepal

A Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush has been spotted in the high mountainous region of Nepal by Friends of Nature (FoN) reasearchers and then confirmed by the bird experts Carol Inskipp and Hem Sagar Baral. Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush is considered an autumn passage migrant bird species in Pakistan and India.With this the total number of avian species in the Himalayan country became 866.

Bhambri, Ramkumar give India head start

Yuki Bhambri & Ramkumar Ramanathan gave India a 2-0 start in the Asia Oceania Davis Cup tie at the Balewadi Tennis Complex.After Yuki Bhambri got over the initial hiccups with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Finn Tearney, Ramkumar came out blazing with his big serves and explosive forehands on a slow court to record a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 victory over the seasoned Jose Statham in the second singles.

Federer grabs 18th Grand Slam title

Federer won his Men’s singles final match at the Australian Open, Melbourne, against Spain’s Rafael Nadal. As the Fed and Rafa met up on 29th Jan. in Melbourne for the 35th time in a glorious rivalry which has seen 9 Grand Slam finals now, the Swiss belied his past record against his Spaniard nemesis and bagged his 18th Grand Slam title and 5th Australian Open trophy.

Sania Mirza-Ivan Dodig lost final match

Sania Mirza’s bid to win her seventh Grand Slam title ended on a dejected note as she and her Croatian partner Ivan Dodig suffered a straight-set defeat. They were playing against Abigail Spears and Juan Sebastian Cabal in the mixed doubles final of Australian Open. The Indo-Croatian pair lost 6-2, 6-4 to Spears and Cabal in a match that lasted just 1 hour and three minutes.

Serena Williams beats sister Venus

In what was seen as a fairy tale Grand Slam finals, Serena Williams defeated her sister Venus Williams to clinch her seventh Australian Open title. She now holds the most number of major titles in the Open era, going past Steffi Graf who has 22. She now holds 23 Grand Slam titles – an Open era record. Venus, who was looking to win her eighth Grand Slam title, fell in straight sets 6-4, 6-4

Oldest woman to reach Aus Open semifinal

Venus Williams, 36, becomes oldest Grand Slam semi finalist in 23 years. This is Venus Williams first semi final at the Australian Open in 14 years. Venus Williams continued her astonishing late-career revival by felling Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4 7-6(3).

Bopanna and Jeevan Bag Doubles Title

Indian pair of Rohan Bopanna and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan captured Chennai Open men’s doubles title. They defeated India’s Divij Sharan and Purav Raja 6-3, 6-4. This was for the first time, an ATP 250 event witnessed two Indian teams contesting a final. It is the first time that an Indian team has clinched the Chennai Open trophy since the Leander Paes & Mahesh Bhupathi took the title in 2011.

Bautista Agut Wins Chennai Open Title

Roberto Bautista Agut captured his fifth ATP singles title defeating Danill Medvedev 6-3, 6-4 in the final of the Chennai Open. It was the second time that Agut was playing a final at the Chennai Open, having ended runner-up to Janko Tipsarevic in 2013. Last year, Agut had won two of his four titles in Auckland and Sofia. He had claimed two victories (Stuttgart and s-Hetrogenbosch) in 2014.

Djokovic Wins Qatar Open Tennis Title

Novak Djokovic has won the Qatar Open tennis title. In the final in Doha, the Serbian defeated Andy Murray 6-3 5-7 6-4. With the win, Djokovic made an immense statement in his bid to rule men’s tennis again as it was Murray, who deposed him as world number one. It was the 36th contest between the two, and Murray lost for the 25th time against his old rival.

Sania Wins Brisbane Doubles Title

Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza picked up her first title of the season, combining with American Bethanie Mattek-Sands to lift the Brisbane women’s doubles title. The top-seeded duo triumphed 6-2 6-3 against the Russian team of Ekaterina Makarova & Elena Vesnina. The trophy, however, ended Sania’s 91-week reign as the world No.1 doubles player. That position was taken over by Bethanie.

TT Champ Li Xiaoxia Announces Retirement

China’s table tennis Olympic champion Li Xiaoxia has announced her retirement. Li helped China win the team gold medal at the Rio Olympic Games when she also finished the runner-up in the singles event. She is the eighth table tennis Grand Slam winner in history with singles crowns from the 2008 World Cup in Kuala Lumpur, 2012 Olympics in London & 2013 world championships in Paris.

Somdev Devvarman Announces Retirement

India’s star singles player Somdev Devvarman announced his retirement from professional tennis. Somdev touched a career-high rank of number 62 in 2011. He has two runners-up finishes on the ATP World Tour as his best performances on the Tour. He made the finals of Chennai and Johannesburg ATP events. Somdev also won Singles and Doubles medals in Asian Games and Commonwealth Games.

Nadal Wins Mubadala Tennis Championships

Spanish tennis veteran Rafael Nadal defeated Belgian David Goffin 6-4, 7-6 to win the Mubadala World Tennis Championships. Nadal defeated his opponent David Goffin with 6-4, 7-6 in the finals. He reached the Abu Dhabi Finals by beating Tomas Berdych in the quarter-final and Milos Raonic in the semi-final. Adal who received a cash prize of $250,000.

Ana Ivanovic Retires from Tennis

Former world number one &d 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic from Serbia has retired from tennis. She spent 12 weeks as world number one in 2008 and won 15 career singles titles. She has been out with injury since August and dropped to 63 in the world rankings. She reached the French Open semi-final in 2015 & was runner-up at Wimbledon in 2007 & at the 2008 Australian Open.

Bhambri wins ITF Hong Kong F4 Futures

Indian Tennis Player Yuki Bhambri, clinched $10000 ITF Hong Kong F4 Futures title. It was his 11th title on the ITF Pro Circuit. He defeated Shintaro Imai of Japan 6-4, 7-5 who has been placed at second position. Yuki Bhambri is an Indian professional tennis player and former Junior No. 1. He was the winner of the 2009 Australian Open Junior Championship.

Murray & Kerber Named ITF Champions

Britain’s Andy Murray & Germany’s Angelique Kerber were named 2016 ITF World Champions. He won nine titles in a milestone year that ended with him beating rival Djokovic. Kerber enjoyed an equally impressive season, winning the Australian & U.S. Open titles as well as silver medal in Rio. She becomes the first German to win the award since Steffi Graf claimed the last of her seven in 1996.

Cilic confirms return to Chennai Open

World No. 6 Marin Cilic will be the biggest international star in the singles field at the upcoming Chennai Open, scheduled to begin on January 2. The 2014 U.S. Open champion confirmed his participation in India’s premium event at the SDAT tennis stadium in Nungambakkam. “I hope to break into the top five, and the top three, this year” he said.

Sharapova to Return as UN Ambassador

Tennis star Maria Sharapova will once again be a UN goodwill ambassador when her doping ban expires in April. The United Nations had suspended Sharapova’s role as goodwill ambassador in March after she failed a drug test. Last month, the Russian star’s 24-month ban for testing positive for meldonium was cut to 15 months by the Lausann e-based Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Current Events October 2016 – Sports

• NASA spots first-ever gamma-ray binary
NASA has spotted first-ever gamma-ray binary in the neighbour galaxy using Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. The gamma-ray binary was the most luminous binary ever seen by the scientists. These rare systems contain either a neutron star or a black hole and radiate most of their energy in the form of gamma rays.
• United States Takes Lead in Ryder Cup
The USA took an unprecedented 4-0 lead after the morning’s foursomes in the Ryder Cup. The Ryder Cup is a biennial men’s golf competition between teams from Europe and the United States. The 41st Ryder Cup Matches is being held in the United States from September 30 to October 2, 2016, in Minnesota, USA.
• Sports Sector Gets the Infra Status
The Union Finance Ministry has decided that sports infrastructure will be included under the harmonised master list of infrastructure sub-sectors. This inclusion would make the sports sector eligible for obtaining long-term financial support from banks & other financial institutions. This inclusion would encourage private investment in a public good.
• Tyson Fury ‘Tests Positive’ for Cocaine
Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has tested positive for cocaine. Fury’s sample, taken on Sept. 22, tested positive for the substance benzoylecgonine, the central compound of cocaine. The in-competition test was carried out by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association. VADA.
He owns the WBA and WBO titles, and it’s probable he will be stripped as result of the test.
• Sania, Barbora Lose Wuhan Open Final
Sania Mirza and her Czech partner Barbora Strycova lost the women’s doubles final of the Wuhan Open. They were beaten in straight sets by American Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Czech Lucie Safarova. The third seeds lost 1-6, 4-6 to the fifth seeded pair in a final. Sania had won the Wuhan Open title last year, partnering Martina Hingis.
• Kvitova Tops Cibulkova,Wins Wuhan Open
Two -time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova beats Dominika Cibulkova to win Wuhan Open title. The Czech won 6-1 6-1 to claim her second Wuhan title & her first of the 2016 season. She had beaten world number one Angelique Kerber, Britain’s Johanna Konta & fourth seed Simona Halep on her way to the final. Despite her defeat, Cibulkova will move up to a career-high eighth in the world rankings.
• India Win Silver at Asian Beach Games
India’s Deepa Gawale won a silver medal in the women’s single, Long Ho Quyen, Vovinam event in the fifth Asian Beach Games. Deepa lost to Manik Trisna of Indonesia by scoreline a 267-275 points to settle for a silver. Host Vietnam and Japan secured the third place with 261 points. Vovinam, a Vietnamese art, is a combination of events with and without weapons.
• Ricciardo Wins Malaysian GP
Australia Daniel Ricciardo wins the 2016 Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang. The Malaysian Grand Prix is a round of Formula One World Championship. It has been held at the Sepang International Circuit since 1999, although FIA-sanctioned racing in Malaysia has existed since the 1960s. Since 2011, the race has been officially known as the Malaysia Grand Prix.
• Gaganjeet Bhullar Wins Korea Open
Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar won his sixth Asian Tour title, winning the Korea Open in Incheon at the Shinhan Donghae Open. He scored seven birdies on holes two, six, seven, 10,12,13 & 14 to secure his victory. He won last Asian title came in 2013 & was awarded a cash prize of $196,000 for the win. He is also likely to make major gains in the world rankings where he is currently placed 674th.
• India Reclaim No. 1 Test Ranking
India once again became the number one side in the world, replacing Pakistan at the top of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Rankings. The Virat Kohli-led Indian side thrashed New Zealand by 178 runs in the 2nd Test at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens. India now lead the 3-Test series 2-0. India has already won the first Test in Kanpur by 197 runs.
• Roopa Ganguly Nominated to Rajya Sabha
Actress and BJP leader Roopa Ganguly has been nominated to the Rajya Sabha. President Pranab Mukherjee has approved her name. She has been nominated on a seat vacated by cricketer turned politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, who resigned in July this year. She is well known for her role in TV serial Mahabharat. She has also done several Bengali and Hindi films including Bahar Ane Tak & Saugandh.
• BRICS U-17 Football Tournament Begins
The first edition of the BRICS Under-17 Football tournament begins in Goa. The tournament, featuring Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, has been organised on the occasion of the 8th BRICS summit that will be held in Goa on the 15th of this month. The inaugural match will be played between Brazil and China. India will begin its campaign against Russia.
• Maria Sharapova Drugs Ban Reduced
Russian Tennis star Maria Sharapova’s doping ban has been reduced from two years to 15 months. The Court of Arbitration for Sport cut nine months off the suspension imposed on Sharapova. She was tested positive for a banned substance – Meldonium at the Australian Open in January. The latest ruling means that Sharapova can come back in April and return to Grand Slam play at the French Open.
• Rohit, Saha Ascend in ICC Test Rankings
Wriddhiman Saha has gained 18 slots to reach 56th place, while Rohit Sharma has moved up 14 spots to 38th position in the latest ICC player rankings for Test batsmen. The list is headed by Australian captain Steve Smith. In the Test bowlers chart, Ravichandran Ashwin has lost a position to be placed at 3rd spot. South Africa pacer Dale Steyn has retained his number one position as a Test bowler.
• outh Africa Chase Down Australia’s 371
South Africa completed the second-highest run chase in one-day international history as they beat Australia by four wickets in Durban. Australia scored 371-6 in their 50 overs at Kingsmead. But an unbroken seventh-wicket stand of 107 by David Miller and Andile Phehlukwayo helps SA to win with four balls to spare. Their 372-6 eclipsed India’s score of 362-1 also against Australia in 2013.
• Pakistan Debarred from Kabaddi World Cup
Pakistan has been debarred from the kabaddi world cup 2016. It has been denied entry because of a spike in tensions between the two nations after the Uri attack. Iran will take on newcomers the United States in opening round of the tournament. The US, Canada, UK, Australia, Iran, Poland, Bangladesh, Korea, Japan, Kenya & hosts India, are set to take part in the competition for the top honours.
• Shooter Jitu Rai Bags Silver at WC
Indian shooter Jitu Rai clinched a silver medal in the 50 metre pistol event of the ISSF World Cup Final at Bologna, Italy. Jitu shot a score of 188.8 to finish behind China’s Wei Pang at 190.6. Italy’s Giuseppe Giordano settled for the bronze. Jitu Rai also equalled the national record score in the event. He had earlier won a silver medal at the ISSF World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan.
• Sreejesh to Lead India in Asian Trophy
Goalkeeper PR Sreejesh will lead an 18-member Indian men’s hockey team in the Asian Champions Trophy to be held in Kuantan, Malaysia. Hockey India selectors have named midfielder Manpreet Singh as the vice-captain of the side. The 2016 Asian Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy is the 4th edition of the Asian Hockey Champions Trophy for men. Top Six Asian teams will participate in the tournament.
• Ranji Trophy Kicks Off
The new season of Ranji Trophy, India’s premier domestic tournament has begun. This is the first time the BCCI has decided to have matches at neutral venues & all teams play each other away from home, all over the country. Reigning champions Mumbai open their season against Tamil Nadu at Lahli. The team will be led by wicketkeeper Aditya Tare, who had led Mumbai to their 41st title last season.
• Russian Loses 2008 Olympic Bronze
Russian high jumper Anna Chicherova was stripped of her bronze medal from the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She won the gold medal at the 2012 London Games was tested positive for turinabol. Another Russian — Yelena Slesarenko — finished fourth in the high jump in Beijing. She stands to move up to the bronze if the IOC decides to reallocate the medals.
• Ian Nepomniachtchi Wins Tal Memorial
Ian Nepomniachtchi emerged as the winner of the 10th Tal Memorial Chess Tournament.
Nepomniachtchi of Russia won the USD 200000 prize money tournament. Anish Giri finished second on 5.5 points, a half point ahead of Aronian and Anand. Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand split the point with Levon Aronian of Armenia and finished joint third.
• S Korea Stun India in Kabaddi WC Opener
Seven-time champions India failed to make a positive start to their campaign in the Kabaddi World Cup. As India were stunned 32-34 by South Korea in the opening match in Ahmedabad. In another match, titled contenders Iran kick off their opening match with a thumping win over United States. Twelve Kabaddi teams from around the world are participating in the event.
• SC Stop BCCI Funds to State Associations
The Supreme Court has barred the Indian cricket board, BCCI, from releasing funds to state associations. A division bench, headed by CJ Tirath Singh Thakur, ruled that the Board of Control for Cricket in India could not disburse funds to state associations. Those that have received money cannot use it until they file a written undertaking to abide by the Justice R M Lodha panel recommendations.
• WADA to Set up New Dope Testing Body
An Olympic summit mandated the World Anti-Doping Agency to set up a new dope testing body in a bid to clean up drug cheating in sport. A new anti-doping testing authority within the framework of WADA is to be established. WADA will remain in control of regulatory & compliance in the anti-doping fight but that the new testing body will have responsibility for testing athletes.
• Sindhu Brand Ambassador of Vizag Steel
Indian professional badminton player P V Sindhu was roped as brand ambassador of Vizag Steel. The company will have its brand logo on Sindhu’s playing jersey in international and domestic tournaments. She is currently amongst the top 10 ranked players in the world.
She is the first Indian female athlete to win an Olympic silver medal at Rio.
• Agnieszka Win China Open Women’s Final
Agnieszka Radwanska won the China Open with a straight-set victory over Johanna Konta in Beijing. The victory is Radwanska’s 20th career title and second in Beijing. Despite the loss, by reaching the final Konta has amassed enough points to break into the top 10. She will the first British woman to do so since Jo Durie in 1984.
• Andy Murray Win China Open Men’s Title
Andy Murray has won the China Open for the first time in his career after defeating Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 7-6 in Beijing. The win in Beijing is the 40th career singles title & fifth of the year of Murray’s remarkable career. Murray has targeted overtaking Novak Djokovic as the world’s top-ranked player. He has triumphed at Wimbledon and the Olympics this year while Djokovic’s form has dipped.
• Ruthvika Shivani Wins Russian Open title
Indian shuttler Ruthvika Shivani Gadde clinched the Russian Open Badminton title after defeating Russia’s Evgeniya Kosetskaya in finals of the women’s singles event at the Russian Open Grand Prix. She defeated the Russian 21-10, 21-13 in final match. The mixed doubles duo of N Sikki Reddy & Pranaav Jerry Chopra clinched the Gold. In the men’s singles event, Siril Verma took the Silver.
• Jitu Rai Named Champion of Champions
Indian ace shooter Jitu Rai won the ‘Champion of Champions’ title for pistol shooting in 2016 by the ISSF. Rai had beaten Serbian Damir Mikec 29.6 to 28.3 in the 10 m Air Pistol Champions Trophy final in Bologna, Italy. The Champions Trophy matches were held at the end of the rifle and pistol shooting World Cups. All World Final medalists are eligible to participate in the Champions Trophy.
• Nick Kyrgios Wins Japan Open
Australian Nick Kyrgios has won Japan Open Tennis final. He has defeated David Goffin 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 to win his third ATP singles title. Kyrgios’s two previous ATP titles came at ATP250 level events, both this year in Marseilles, France and Atlanta, Georgia. He now stands 38-14 for the season, becoming the fifth men’s player to win three or more titles in 2016.
• Italy Withdraws Rome 2024 Olympic Bid
Italy’s Olympic Committee has officially withdrawn its bid to stage the 2024 Games in Rome after the city council voted to oppose the candidacy. It means only Paris, Los Angeles & Budapest are left in the running after Boston and Hamburg also abandoned bids. The International Olympic Committee is due to make a decision next September. Rome also applied to host the 2020 Olympics but pulled out.
• Russian Lysenko Stripped of 2012 Gold
The International Olympic Committee stripped Russia’s Tatyana Lysenko of her London 2012 hammer gold medal. She tested positive for steroids in re-tests of her sample. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has ordered the IAAF to modify the results of the event in London. In this Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk finished second behind Lysenko and Germany’s Betty Heidler came third.
• India Presented with ICC Test Mace
India captain Virat Kohli was presented with the ICC Test Championship mace for leading his team to the top of the Test Team Rankings. The mace was presented by former India captain Sunil Gavaskar. India formally replaced Pakistan at the top of the table at the end of the Indore Test. Kohli became only the second India captain after Mahendra Singh Dhoni and 10th overall to receive the mace.
• India Clean-Sweep 3 Match Test Series
India won the Indore Cricket Test against New Zealand and clean swept the three-match series 3-0. In the third and final test this evening, India wrapped up the New Zealand innings at 153 in 44.5 overs claiming a huge victory by 321 runs. It was one-man show as Ashwin took his series tally to 27 wickets. He was chosen as the man of the match and man of the series.
• Pakistani footballer Shahlyla passed
Pakistan striker Shahlyla Ahmadzai Baloch passed away in a car accident late on Wednesday night in Karachi. Baloch was sitting in the passenger seat when the accident occurred in Karachi’s DHA Phase VIII area. Baloch, 20, was one of the finest strikers for Pakistan women’s football team. She represented the country at the South Asian Football Federation Women Football Championship 2014.
• India’s Mairaj ends 4th at Shotgun WC
India’s Mairaj Ahmad Khan finished 4th at the ISSF Shotgun World Cup Final in Rome. Mairaj had qualified for the final after scoring 118 in the qualification round. He won a silver medal at the World Cup in Rio de Janeiro earlier this year.
• Olympic champion to run Half Marathon
Kenyas Rio Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge is all set to participate in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, to be held on November 20. Kipchoge has put together a winning streak of seven successive marathons and is unbeaten over the classic distance in the last 3 years. Airtel Delhi half marathon is India’s leading road race over the Half Marathon distance since 2005.
• Gugale, Bawane Set Partnership Record
Swapnil Gugale & Ankit Bawane broke a 70-year-old partnership record for all wickets in the Ranji Trophy championship. They stitched a massive, 594 for Maharashtra against Delhi in a Group B match at the Wankhede Stadium. The broke the previous all-time best fourth wicket partnership record of 577 set by Vijay Hazare & Gul Mohammed for Baroda against Holkar way back in 1946-47 in Baroda.
• Ashwin Regains Number One Spot
Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has reclaimed the number one spot in Test rankings for bowlers. He was named man of the series after he finished with 27 wickets in a 3-0 sweep by India. In the rankings for Test batsmen, India’s Ajinkya Rahane has attained a career-best sixth rank. In the all-rounders’ list, India’s Ravindra Jadeja has reached a career-best joint-third rank.
• Mark Webber Announces Retirement
Former-F1 driver Mark Webber will retire from professional racing at the end of the year. He will retire from professional racing at the end of the world endurance season in Bahrain in November. He has been racing in the World Endurance Championship with Porsche. He competed in 215 Formula One races for Minardi, Jaguar, Williams and Red Bull before leaving in 2013.
• Neeraj Retains Asia Welterweight Title
Indian boxer Neeraj Goyat out-punched Australia’s Ben Kite to retain the WBC welterweight Asia title. He prevailed 120-110,119-109, 115-113 in an unanimous decision for the grueling 12-round contest against his rival. He came into the contest with 7 wins in 11 fights. He is now expected to break into the WBC world rankings which will be a step towards getting him a shot at the world title.
• Brazil Wins Brics U- 17 Tournament
Brazil triumphed in the 1st BRICS U-17 football tournament with a 5-1 demolition of South Africa in the title class at the Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, Goa. Russia came from behind to down China 2-1 and finish third. The 2016 BRICS U-17 Football Cup was the first edition of the BRICS U-17 Football Cup. The tournament featured the under-17 teams of all five members of BRICS.
• Indian Film Gets World Premiere at LFF
A light-hearted Indian film “Tu Hai Mera Sunday,” had its world premiere at the London Film Festival (LFF). The movie which was screened is based in Mumbai and revolves around amateur footballers. The film stars popular TV actor Barun Sobti and actress Shahana Goswani. The film directed by Milind Dhaimade is inspired by a real life amateur football group called Juhu Beach United.
• Sourabh Verma Wins Men’s Singles Title
Indian shuttler Sourabh Verma clinched the men’s singles title at the Chinese Taipei Open badminton. He defeated Malaysia’s Daren Liew in the summit clash. He emerged victorious after his opponent retired in the third game due to a shoulder injury with the scoreline reading 12-10, 12-10, 3-3 in the Indian’s favour. He had ended runner-up at Belgium & Poland international Challengers.
• Andy Murray Wins Shanghai Masters
Britain’s Andy Murray beat Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 6-1 in straight sets to win the Shanghai Masters. He now edge closer to Novak Djokovic in the world rankings. It is the third time he has won the Shanghai Masters, which gives him 1,000 ranking points. He is 915 points behind the Djokovic for 2016, increasing his hopes of finishing the year as world number one.
• India Beat New Zealand in 1st ODI
India carried out their dominance over the Kiwis in the first One Day International in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh by defeating the Kiwis by six wickets. Chasing a victory target of 191, India scored 194 for four in 33.1 overs. India Hardik Pandya was chosen man of the match for his 3/31. With this win, India take 1-0 lead over New Zealand in the five match series.
• Yasir Shah 2nd Fastest to 100 Wickets
Pakistan Yasir Shah became the joint second fastest of all time in terms of number of Tests played to reach the milestone of 100 wickets. He got to this record when he clean bowled Miguel Cummins of West Indies. He achieved the feat in 17 matches & joined the likes of Charlie Turner, Sydney Barnes. England seamer George Lohmann still stands on top of the list after having taken only 16 Tests.
• NCC National Games Begins
Officiating Director General of NCC Maj Gen JS Sandhu inaugurated the Opening Ceremony of the NCC National Games 2016 in New Delhi. The aim of the Games is to provide the talented sportspersons amongst the cadets a feel of a major sporting event. Prepare them with requisite match temperament and further their sporting careers. Shera has been adopted as mascot for the Games.
• Serena Withdraws from WTA Finals
US tennis player Serena Williams has withdrawn from the WTA Finals in Singapore. The WTA announced Williams’ withdrawal from the event that starts on October 23. The 22-time Grand Slam champion pulled out of two tournaments in China after exiting from the semi-finals of the US Open. That defeat saw Williams’ 186-week reign atop the world rankings end.
• India Bag 4 Medals at Tifsa World Games
Indian grapplers clinched four medals, including a gold, at the just-concluded sixth edition of the Tifsa World Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. Dalmiya bagged the yellow metal in 60kg category after outplaying Muhammad Sahan of Azerbaijan 4-1 in the summit clash. Among other Indian wrestlers, experienced Luv Singh claimed a silver, while Naveen Kumar and Josil settled for a bronze medal each.
• Jayasuriya Named as Brand Ambassador
Former Sri Lankan cricket skipper Sanath Jayasuriya was named brand ambassador of the third edition of the STAIRS School Football League (SSFL). STAIRS is a not-for-profit organisation working towards sports, education, health and skill development of children across India. SSFL-3 will begin with league matches at over 15 different venues across four zones in Delhi.
• Djokovic Retained Top Spot
Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic retained the top spot in the latest Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) rankings. He lost 640 points after he was defeated by Spain’s Roberto Bautista in the Shanghai Masters’ semi-final clash. Scotish player Andy Murray garnered 640 points after winning Shanghai Masters to be at second spot. Switzerland Stan Wawrinka is at third spot.
• Saina Appointed IOC Athletes Commission
India star shuttler Saina Nehwal has been appointed as a member of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Athletes’ Commission. She has received a letter to the effect from the IOC President Thomas Bach. The Athletes’ Commission is chaired by Angela Ruggiero and it comprises nine vice presidents and 10 other members. The next meeting of the Commission is scheduled for November 6.
• Kochi first to get the nod for u-17 WC
Kochi was confirmed as a venue for next year’s under-17 football World Cup. Kochi thus became the first city in the country to be confirmed as a venue for next year’s World Cup. A 23-member team, half of them from FIFA and headed by Project Leader Tracy Lu, inspected the Nehru Stadium, the championship’s main venue, and the four training grounds here before making the official announcement.
• Sindhu enters 2nd round at Denmark Open
Rio Olympic silver medallist P.V. Sindhu made a resounding start to her campaign at Denmark Open, defeating China’s He Bingjiao in straight games in the women’s singles competition. Sixth seed Sindhu, who is playing her first event after the Rio Olympics, notched up a 21-14 21-19 victory over Bingjiao in a match. The 21-year-old from Hyderabad will next take on World No. 12 Sayaka Sato of Japan.
• India Rise To Best FIFA Rankings
The Indian football team achieved its best FIFA ranking in over six years when the side jumped 11 places to be 137th in the latest list released. India defeated 114th ranked Puerto Rico in an International Friendly in Mumbai in September, garnered 230 points for the month. In August 2010, India were ranked 137th which stayed India’s best ever FIFA Ranking since then.
• Suarez Handed European Golden Shoe
Luis Suarez received a second European Golden Shoe of his career after becoming the leading scorer in Europe’s top domestic leagues last season. He scored 40 goals in 35 La Liga starts, helping Barca retain the Spanish title. He ended the 2015-16 campaign with 59 goals in 52 appearances for Barca in all competitions. It’s the second time he’s won the prize,having shared it with Cristiano Ronaldo.
• Driven: The Virat Kohli Story Launched
A book penning the life of India`s Test skipper Virat Kohli has been launched. The book, named “Driven: The Virat Kohli Story” has been written by senior journalist Vijay Lokapally. In the book. Lokapally recounts life-altering tales & anecdotes on the journey of Virat`s rapid rise to stardom. The book celebrates the career of Virat Kohli & introduces readers to the man not known to many.
• Gavaskar to Receive Award from SJAM
The Sports Journalists’ Association of Mumbai (SJAM) will present cricket legend Sunil Manohar Gavaskar with the Lifetime Achievement award. The award will be presented to the former India captain on the fourth day of the 4th Test match between India & England. He has completed a memorable 50-year connect with the cricket. The award was presented to badminton legend Nandu Natekar in Sept 2013.
• SC Curbs BCCI’s Financial Powers
Supreme Court asked BCCI not to release funds to state cricket bodies till BCCI promises to implement Lodha panel recommendations. The apex court directed BCCI president Anurag Thakur to give undertaking to comply with Lodha panel recommendations & court orders. Supreme Court also asked Lodha panel to appoint independent auditors to scrutinize BCCI accounts & all high-value contracts.
• India to Clash with Iran in Kabaddi WC
Seven-time defending champions India crushed hapless Thailand 73-20 to storm into the final of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup in Ahmedabad. India will face rising Asian power Iran in the summit clash of the tournament. Iran had earlier defeated South Korea in a low-scoring thriller. Iran came back from 11-13 down to beat the Koreans by 28-22.
• Goa Given Nod to Host FIFA U-17 WC
Goa joined Kochi & Navi Mumbai as one of the venues to host next year’s FIFA U-17 World Cup. It has received the green signal from a high-level delegation of football’s world body. A 13-member Fifa delegation along with the Local Organising Committee (LOC) made an inspection. LOC and Fifa ratified Goa as the third venue to host the event after Kochi and Navi Mumbai.
• India Lifts Kabaddi World Cup 2016
India has lifted the Kabaddi world cup defeating Iran 38-29. This is India’s third Kabaddi world cup title. Kenya were named the emerging team of the tournament as they won a lot of hearts and almost made it to the semi finals. Jang Kun Lee was named the Most Valuable Player of the World Cup. The best referee of the tournament award was given to SMA Mannan from Bangladesh.
• Grandmaster Abhijeet Creates History
Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta created history at the Hoogeveen International chess tournament. He becomes the first player ever to win the title twice in a row in the FIDE Open that concluded at the Dutch hamlet. He scored 7.5 points out of a possible nine to win the title solely ahead of second placed Grandmaster Sandipan Chanda. Third place was bagged by GM M R Lalith Babu.
• Kohli Drives India to 2-1 Series Lead
India registered 7 wicket victory over New Zealand in the third One-Day International played at Mohali. In the process, Kohli made his 26th century while Dhoni made 80. Dhoni became the 3rd wicket keeper-batsman to amass 9000 runs, Adam Gilchrist & Kumar Sangakara are the only two ahead of him. He now also holds the Indian record for maximum number of sixes in ODIs.
• IND beat PAK in Asian Champions Trophy
India beat Pakistan 3-2 in the 2016 Asian Champions Trophy hockey in Kuantan, Malaysia. Ramandeep Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh & Pradeep Mor scored one goal each for India. This victory gives India seven points from three outings. India had outplayed Japan 10-2 in their first outing but were held to draw by S. Korea. Top four teams from the round-robin competition will advance to the semifinals.
• Govt to Release Chana via NCDEX
The govt has decided to sell chana from its buffer stock through the National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange (NCDEX) to cool prices. The decision was taken at a meeting of an inter-ministerial committee on prices under the chairmanship of consumer affairs secretary Hem Pande. Govt is also considering selling subsidised pulses through the outlets of Khadi & Village Industries Corp (KVIC).
• Karate is Now an Olympic Sport
Karate has been included for the first time in Olympics and promises to throw light on the rich history of the discipline. At the 2020 Tokyo Games, 80 competitors will take part in the karate event. It joins surfing, skateboarding, climbing and baseball-softball as new sports included for the 2020 edition. Judo and Taekwondo are already permanent fixtures.
• N.Korea Won 2016 U-17 Women’s World Cup.
The North Koreans beat Japan in penalty kicks to win the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. This is North Korea’s second U-17 Women’s World Cup title. North Korea won the first ever U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2008, finished fourth in 2010 and were runners up in 2012. The 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup was the 5th edition of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
• Guwahati 5th Venue to Get FIFA Approval
Guwahati became the fifth Indian city to be ratified as a venue for next year’s Under-17 Football World Cup. It was given nod after a FIFA inspection team gave its thumbs up to the venue’s preparedness and facilities. Earlier, Kochi, Navi Mumbai, Goa & New Delhi had got the FIFA’s nod. The 23-member strong delegation will travel to Kolkata to visit the last venue of its inspection trip.
• Paul Beatty Wins Man Booker Prize
Paul Beatty was named as the first American to win the prestigious Man Booker fiction prize, for “The Sellout”. His novel tells the story of a young black man who tries to reinstate slavery and racial segregation in a suburb of Los Angeles. It is a literary prize awarded each year for the best original novel, written in the English language.
• Indo-Sri Lanka Military Exercise Begins
The fourth edition of the India-Sri Lanka Joint Military Exercise ‘MITRA SHAKTI 2016’ is being conducted at Sinha Regimental Centre in Ambepussa, Sri Lanka. The main focus of the joint exercise is to enhance inter-operability. The Indian contingent is represented by a platoon from the Rajputana Rifles Regiment. The SL Army will be represented by a platoon from the Sinha Regiment.
• Herath Set for Captaincy Debut
Sri Lankan left-arm spinner Rangana Herath is set to become the oldest player to make his Test captaincy debut in 30 years. Herath, 38, retired from limited-overs format in April to focus on the remainder of his Test career. He was named skipper for the two-Test tour of Zimbabwe this month after injuries sidelined regular captain Angelo Mathews and his deputy Dinesh Chandimal.
• US Robots Beat Aus Rivals in Football
An American team of robots defeated an Australian rival in soccer to win the RoboCup Challenge. The University of Texas at Austin’s Austin Villa beat the University of New South Wales’ Runswift 7-3 during China’s 2016 World Robot Conference. RoboCup is an annual international robotics competition founded in 1997. It aims to promote robotics and artifici

al intelligence research.
• Brazilian Football Legend Carlos Dies
Brazilian football legend Carlos Alberto has died. He captained Brazil to World Cup glory in 1970, in which he scored one of the most famous goals in the tournament’s history. He quit international football in 1977. His achievements saw him named in the World Team of the 20th Century in 1998. FIFA included him on its list of the greatest 100 living players in 2004.
• Team India, R Ashwin Head ICC Rankings
The Indian cricket team and its premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin held on to their number one status in the latest ICC Test rankings for teams & bowlers. India led the team’s table with 115 points ahead of arch rivals Pakistan 111 & Australia 108. England were at fourth place followed by South Africa. Australia’s Steve Smith is ranked number-one followed by Pakistan batsman Younus Khan.
• New Zealand Beat India in Fourth ODI
New Zealand defeated India by 19 runs in the fourth Cricket ODI at Ranchi. Chasing a modest target of 261, India were all out for 241 in 48.4 overs. Earlier after electing to bat, the visitors scored 260 for 7 in the stipulated 50 overs. The 5-match ODI series is now levelled 2-2.
The last match of the series will be played in Visakhapatnam.
• Sania Mirza, Martina Hingis to Reunite
Tennis players Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis are reuniting to defend their WTA Finals title in Singapore this week. The Indo-Swiss pair had parted ways in August. Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis became the world’s No. 1 doubles team after winning 41 matches on-the-trot. They won three grand Slam titles and 11 WTA titles since teaming up in 2015 at Indian Wells.
• India Ranks Poorly In Commonwealth Index
India has ranked very poorly at 133 in a new Global Youth Development Index. It was compiled by the Commonwealth Secretariat on the countries’ prospects for young people in employment, education, health, civic and political spheres. India ranked 133rd in the index covering 183 nations, below neighbouring countries like Nepal (77), Bhutan (69) and Sri Lanka (31).
• Sports Min Recognises Boxing Federation
Ministry of Sports recognises Boxing Federation of India(BFI) as the National Sports Federation for Boxing. Recognition to BFI will give a big boost to preparation of our boxers for the Tokyo Olympics and other major international competitions. There has been no National Sports Federation for Boxing since 2012. Uttarakhand’s Ajay Singh was elected President of BFI.
• Govt to Provide More Sports Facilities
Govt will provide more sports facilities & stadiums to encourage players with disabilities in the country. Social Justice Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot has said the Centre will establish 5 National Level Disability Sports Centres in separate zones. Mr. Gehlot extended his support for organizing Paralympics in India. The idea proposed by President of Paralympics of India Rao Inderjit Singh.
• India Beats Pak in Asian Hockey Final
India won into the final of the fourth Asian Champions Trophy Hockey tournament, beating Pakistan in the 3-2 in Kuantan,Malaysia. This is India’s second victory in the final of the Asian Champions Trophy, having won its inaugural edition in 2011 & was runners up to Pakistan in 2012. Pakistan entered the title clash beating Malaysia.
• India Clinch 5 Match ODI Cricket Series
India clinched the five-match ODI Cricket series 3-2 against New Zealand with a thumping 190-run victory in the final game in Visakhapatnam. Chasing a victory target of 270 runs set by India, New Zealand were all out for only 79 runs in 23.1 overs. Amit Mishra was declared man of the match and player of the series. He has claimed 15 wickets in the series.
• Hamilton Wins Mexican Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton won the Mexico Grand prix at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City. He has reduced Nico Rosberg’s championship lead to 19 points with two races remaining. Nico Roseberg finished at second position. Red Bull driver Max Verstappen was given a five-second time penalty to cost him third place. That pushed Sebastian Vettel into third & Ricciardo, up to fourth.
• B’desh Secure 1st Test Win over England
Mehedi Hasan took six wickets as Bangladesh secured their first ever test win over England with an 108-run victory. Shakib Al Hasan bagged four. England had won all previous nine matches against their South Asian rivals. England had won the first Test at Chittagong by 22 runs. Miraz was adjudged man of the match as well as player of the series.
• Andy Murray Win Erste Bank Open Title
Andy Murray has beaten Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to win the Erste Bank Open. Murray overcame the Frenchman with a 6-3, 7-6 victory. He has also recently won the China Open and Shanghai Rolex Masters. The Scot now closes in on world No.1 Novak Djokovic with the victory. Three times a Grand Slam winner and twice Olympic champion, Murray has never been top of the world rankings.
• Sania Retains No.1 Ranking in Doubles
Sania Mirza will end the season as world’s top doubles Tennis player for the second straight year. Sania finished this season with seven Women’s Tennis Association, WTA titles, a Grand Slam and a semifinal finish in the year ending WTA Finals in Singapore. She was close to being uprooted by Bethanie Mattek-Sands from the top spot, if the American would have taken WTA Finals Doubles title.

Current Events September 2016 – Sports

• Ashwin Slips to 3rd in ICC Test Rankings
Off-spinner R Ashwin dropped a rung to 3rd but remained the highest-placed Indian bowler.Ajinkya Rahane at 8th in the batsmen’s list of the latest ICC Test rankings. Rahane was the lone Indian in the top-10 of batting charts.South Africa pace bowler Dale Steyn stormed back to the number-one position rankings for Test bowlers. India stands 2nd in the list of test rankings team behind Pakistan.
• Walsh to Join Bangladesh as Coach
Former West Indies paceman Courtney Walsh has agreed a three-year deal to become specialist bowling coach with the Bangladesh team. He was the first bowler to take 500 test wickets & has worked as a West Indies selector since he retired as a player. He completes his assignment as a selector for the West Indies this month. He was named one of the Wisden Cricketers of the year in 1987.
• Sidhu Launches Awaaz-e-Punjab
Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu and Akali Dal MLA Pargat Singh, along with some other leaders have announced the launch of a political front, Awaaz-e-Punjab.The formal announcement of the modalities of the new party would be made in the next few days,The new front would work towards the interests of Punjab and its people.Sidhu had resigned in July from his Rajya Sabha seat.
• Maharashtra Bowler Makes History
Maharashtra cricketer Shrikant Mundhe created history by becoming the first Liverpool Competition Premier League bowler to take 10 wickets in an innings.The fast bowler bowled out Birkenhead Park club’s batting line-up with figures of 10-85 in 24.1 overs at Penrhyn Avenue in Rhos-on-Sea,Colwyn Bay.The 10-wicket haul took Mundhe’s season tally to 54 league wickets for the campaign so far.
• PM Announces ` 200 cr Package for Sports
PM Modi has announced a special package of ` 200 crore to engage youth of Jammu & Kashmir in constructive sporting activities.The package provides for construction of indoor sporting halls in all districts of the State.Two stadia of Srinagar & Jammu will be upgraded to the international standards.A special programme ‘Sports for AII’ is being implemented through J&K State Sports Council.
• Zaheer Made Honorary Life Member by MCC
Former pacer Zaheer Khan has been made an honorary life member of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).He becomes the 24th Indian cricketer to be bestowed the honour.The list also includes the likes of Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar, who were inducted in previous years.MCC is a cricket club in London, founded in 1787 & it owns, and is based at, Lord’s Cricket Ground.
• Anand Pawar Enters Men’s Singles Final
Indian shuttler Anand Pawar has stormed into the men’s singles finals of Brazil Open Grand Prix Badminton 2016.Fourth seed Pawar defeated second seed Misha Jiberman of Israel 18-21, 21-14, 21-12 in the semi-finals. Pawar is the only Indian competing in the men’s singles competition.The Brasil Open is an international badminton tournament held annually in Brazil
• Sriram Balaji & Sasi Kumar Win Titles
Fifth seed Sriram Balaji subdued top seed Seong Chan Hong of Korea for the title in the ITF men’s Futures tennis tournament. Balaji also won the doubles title with Vijay Sundar Prashanth. In a similar tournament in Jakarta, Sasi Kumar Mukund won the title outplaying eighth seed Masato Shiga of Japan.It was the second singles title in the professional circuit for Sasi Kumar.
• S. Africa Announces Racial Quotas
Cricket South Africa (CSA) have put in place racial quotas for the national team across all three formats of the game in an effort to increase the number of black players in a sport.The national team will have include a minimum average of six black players.Quotas have been in place at provincial and franchise level for several years.The targets were ratified at CSA annual general meeting.
• S. Africa Announces Racial Quotas
Cricket South Africa (CSA) have put in place racial quotas for the national team across all three formats of the game in an effort to increase the number of black players in a sport.The national team will have include a minimum average of six black players.Quotas have been in place at provincial and franchise level for several years.The targets were ratified at CSA annual general meeting.
• Czech Gymnast Vera Caslavska Dies
Czech gymnast Vera Caslavska, her country’s greatest Olympian & a powerful voice in its struggle against Soviet occupation has died. She took seven golds in all at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo & the 1968 Games in Mexico City.She also led the Czech Olympic Committee from 1990 to 1996. She won the Pierre de Coubertin Prize for promoting fair play and was also awarded the Olympic Order by the IOC.
• Aus Oldest Surviving Test Player Dies
Australia’s oldest surviving Test cricketer, Len Maddocks has passed away. He was a batsman and wicket-keeper & played seven Tests for Australia between 1954 and 1956. He also managed the Australian cricket team on its 1977 tour of England.He made his Test debut at his home ground, the MCG, against England in 1954-55.
• Rosberg Wins Italian GP
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has won the Italian Grand Prix. Rosberg cut Hamilton’s championship lead to two points with seven races remaining. Hamilton now has 250 points & Rosberg 248 with Singapore’s race the next destination. Hamilton finished second after a slow start gifted Rosberg the race. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen crossed third & fourth, respectively.
• India A Wins Quadrangular Series
India A clinched the Quadrangular one-day cricket series, thrashing Australia by 57 runs in the final clash in Mackay, Australia. India A put up 266 for 4 in their 50 overs before bowling out the hosts for 209 in 44.5 overs. Mandeep Singh was the star of India’s batting performance with a 108-ball 95. The other two teams in the series were South Africa A & Australian National Performance Squad.
• Virat Kohli Retains No.2 in ODI Rankings
India’s Test captain Virat Kohli has retained his second spot in the latest One-day International (ODI) cricket batting rankings.Opener Rohit Sharma slipped a place to seventh.AB de Villiers of South Africa is the number-one ranked ODI batsman Kohli has 813 points, a fair distance behind South African AB de Villiers (887).
• Abhinav Bindra Announces Retirement
India ace Shooter Abhinav Bindra has officially announced his retirement.In Rio Olympics 2016, Bindra nearly missed a second Olympic medal by a whisker and came fourth.He was India’s one and only individual gold medallist at the games.He was awarded with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award & Padma Bhushan Award.
• Summer Paralympic Games 2016 Kick Off
15th Summer Paralympic Games kicked off in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro.Over 4,300 athletes from 159 countries plus members of the international refugee team were taking part in the games.India is fielding its largest-ever contingent of 19 athletes who will feature in 10 disciplines.The Sports Ministry has announced that the Gold medallist Paralympians will be awarded 75 lakh rupees.
• ICC Withdraws Two-Tier Test Proposal
The ICC has withdrawn the proposal for a two-tier structure in Test cricket at the meeting of its chief executives’ committee (CEC) in Dubai. The BCCI, Sri Lanka,the Bangladesh & Zimbabwe Cricket had opposed the proposal. According to the proposal, the two-tier system would comprise seven teams in the top tier & five in the bottom, with promotion & relegation between the two based on performance.
• Bhaskar as New Delhi senior team coach
The Delhi and District Cricket Association has appointed former Delhi batsman KP Bhaskar as coach of the senior team while Vijay Dahiya has been put in charge of the Under-23 squad. Rajeev Vinaik has been appointed coach for the U-19 team while V Arvind will be his deputy for the upcoming season.
• Pankaj Advani wins historic bronze at WC
Pankaj Advani became the first cueist from India to win a medal at the prestigious Sangsom 6 Red Snooker World Championship. In the quarterfinals, the Indian received a walkover from Michael Holt who withdrew due to personal reasons. He settled for a bronze after losing the semifinal to Chinese Ding Junhui.
• Kerber wins US Open
Kerber won her first U.S. Open title and the second major trophy of an out-of-nowhere breakthrough season. She beat Pliskova by 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in taking five of the last six games. Kerber, will move up one spot from No. 2 and replace Serena Williams atop the WTA rankings on Monday.
• Indians bag gold, bronze in Paralympics
It was celebration time for India as two of its athletes — Thangavelu Mariyappan (21) of Tamil Nadu and Varun Singh Bhati of Noida — scripted history winning the gold and bronze medals respectively. Both won the medals in the men’s high jump T-42 event at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. Mariyappan jumped 1.89 metres, Bhati registered a personal best of 1.86 metres.
• N. Korea to conduct another nuclear test
North Korea is ready to conduct another nuclear test at any time. South’s military is on full combat-readiness to respond to “further nuclear tests, ballistic missile launches or land provocation” by the North. The North conducted its first nuclear test in October 2006 in the first tunnel and the last four tests in the second tunnel, according to Seoul’s defence ministry.
• Wawrinka wins U.S. Open
Wawrinka defeated Novak Djokovic by 6-7 (1), 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 for his first U.S. Open title and third Grand Slam trophy overall. The 31-year-old Wawrinka is the oldest U.S. Open men’s champion since Ken Rosewall was 35 in 1970. Wawrinka has won only five of his 24 career meetings against Djokovic.
• After LEMOA, it’s war games now
Indian and U.S. troops began to assemble for counter-terrorism exercises in Uttarakhand from Sept 14 to 27. This is the first military exercise after the two countries signed the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Understanding (LEMOA). The bilateral exercise comes against the backdrop of Pakistani media reports that Pakistan and Russia will hold their first joint military exercise later this year.
• Devendra Jhajharia wins gold
Javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia became the first Indian to clinch two gold medals at the Paralympics. Devendra, whose previous best was 62.15 metres (achieved in the 2004 Games), improved the mark with an attempt of 63.97 metres at the Olympic Stadium (Engenhao). India now have two gold, one silver and one bronze in the ongoing edition of the Games.
• 7 women get M.S. Subbulakshmi Awards
Dr. M.S. Subbulakshmi Centenary Awards were presented to seven of India’s most-respected women artistes in Mumbai. Vocalists Girija Devi, Kishori Amonkar, Aruna Sairam and Vishaka Hari; dancers Yamini Krishnamurthy and Vyjayantimala Bali; and Pandavani exponent Teejan Bai were presented with the honour. M.S. Subbulakshmi’s birth centenary celebrations began last year at the Shanmukhananda hall.
• Davis Cup: India-Spain encounters
After 51 years, India will be hosting Spain in New Delhi for a Davis Cup World Group play-off tie (elimination round) from September 16 to 18. Both last played against each other in an Inter Zonal final in 1965. The head-to-head record between India and Spain is 2-1. India is placed at 20th in the Davis Cup rankings while Spain is 14.
• India jump four places in FIFA rankings
The Indian football team jumped four places to be at 148th spot in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday, on the back of an impressive 4-1 win over higher-ranked Puerto Rico last week. India had beaten Puerto Rico 4-1 in an international friendly in Mumbai on September 3. India thus returned to top-150 for the first time since April 2015, when they were ranked 147th.
• Dhoni’s biopic set to be released
Dhoni’s biopic is set to be released on 30 September. He said he wanted the biopic to show his journey, the inherent struggles in “decision making processes” rather than “glorify him”. Dhoni focused that it is very important for parents and schools to push (their children) for sports and promote sports. That is how you will bring medals when its comes to games such as the Olympics.
• Davis Cup: Spain Beat India 5-0
In Davis Cup World Group Play-off tie, hosts India were routed by Spain 0-5. In the last match played. Ram kumar Ramanathan lost to David Ferrer in straight sets 6-2, 6-2. Earlier, in Marc Lopez defeated Sumit Nagal 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 giving Spain 4-0 lead. Rio Olympics Gold medal winning team of Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez defeated Leander Paes and Saketh Myneni .
• Subhankar Pramanick Wins Gold at ISSF
Indian shooter Subhankar Pramanick has clinched the gold medal in 50-metre rifle prone event at the ISSF Junior World Cup for pistol, rifle and shotgun at Gabala in Azerbaijan. Sambhaji Patil bagged India’s second gold when he won the junior men’s 25-metre standard pistol. A total of 279 junior athletes, representing 27 countries, are battling it out in 18 events.
• Rio Paralympic Games End in Brazil
After 11 days showcasing 23 different sports, the 2016 Paralympics have ended in Rio. Brazilian officials handed over the flag to Tokyo for the 2020 Paralympic Games. China dominated the Rio Paralympics games with 239 medals, followed by Britain, Ukraine and the United States. India capped off a successful Paralympic Games campaign in Rio by procuring their best ever haul of four medals.
• Rosberg Wins the Singapore Grand Prix
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg won his third successive race, by clinching a dominant victory in Singapore. This was also his 22nd career win and eight of the current season for Rosberg. Rosberg resisted Ricciardo by just 0.4 seconds to take a third successive victory. Daniel Ricciardo finishes second & Lewis Hamilton has to make do with third.
• Game of Thrones, Veep Take Top Honors
Fantasy drama “Game of Thrones” was honoured as the best drama at Emmy Awards. Veep was named best comedy series & its star, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, won a record-breaking fifth Emmy as best comedy actress. Jeffrey Tambor’s trophy as top comedy actor for Transparent. Indian-origin actor-writer-director Aziz Ansari & Alan Yang received the best writing for a comedy series honour for Master of None.
• Tuti Patriots Win Inaugural TNPL Title
Dinesh Karthk led the Albert Tuti Patriots won the inaugural 2016 Tamil Nadu Premier League title at Chennai. Tuti Patriots vanquished Chepauk Super Gillies by 122 runs in the inaugural edition of the India Cements-TNPL Twenty20 tournament. Ganesh Moorthi was adjudged Man-of-the-Final, N. Jagadeesan the Player-of-the-Tournament & M. Ashwin, the Most Valuable Player.
• India Name Hockey Squad for U18 Asia Cup
India has named an 18-member squad for the Under-18 Asia Cup hockey tournament to be held in Dhaka. Defender Nilam Sanjeep Xess has been named the captain & Hardik Singh will be his deputy. Both Sanjeep Xess and Hardik have been part of the junior team that won the EurAsia Cup earlier this year. Pankaj Kumar Rajak & Tanuj Gulia are the two goalkeepers in the squad.
• Rushiraj Wins Rapid Fire Pistol Gold
Rushiraj Barot won gold in the junior men’s 25m rapid fire pistol of the ongoing ISSF Junior World Cup in Azerbaijan. He had finished ninth in the same event in the first Junior World Cup of the year held in Suhl, Germany, in May. Pratik Borse, Arjun Babuta & Prashant won the team gold in the 10m air rifle event. India is on the fourth place on the medal table winning 6 gold, 4 silver & 8 bronze.
• Anup Kumar to lead India in Kabaddi WC
Star raider Anup Kumar from Haryana will lead India in next month’s Kabaddi World Cup to be held in Ahmedabad. All-rounder Manjeet Chillar will be Anup’s deputy. The tournament that is set to commence on Oct 7 & will feature 12 teams. The countries which will take part are Iran, South Korea, Bangladesh, USA, England, Australia, Poland, Thailand, Japan, Argentina, Kenya and hosts India.
• Sehwag Starts New Inning With US Insurer
US insurance firm State Farm has announced that Sehwag will be the face of its new campaign – “Here to help life go right”. He is the only batsman in history to have scored 7,500-plus runs in both Tests & ODIs as an opener. The only Indian to have twice been honoured as the Wisden Leading Cricketer. State Farm and its affiliates are the largest providers of auto, home & life insurance in the US.
• BCCI Names MSK Prasad as Chief Selector
Former India wicketkeeper MSK Prasad was appointed as the chief selector by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). He was appointed as the latest chief selector at the BCCI’s 87th Annual General Meeting (AGM), in Mumbai. He represented India in six Tests and 17 ODIs. Other members include Jatin Paranjpae, Devan Gandhi, Gagan Khoda and Sarandeep Singh.
• Niti Aayog Action Plan to Secure Medals
Niti Aayog has devised a short-term & medium-to-long term action plan to help India achieve 50 medals in 2024 Olympics. In its action plan for revitalising sports, Niti Aayog said India still does not have a conducive environment for sports. The short-term vision (4-8 yrs) envisages targeting a group of priority sports. While the medium to long term will focus on identifying talent at a young age.
• BPCL Lifts Title of Obaidullah Khan Cup
The Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd-BPCL won the title of the Obaidullah Khan Heritage Cup Hockey Tournament. The team defeated Railways by 3-0 in the final played at Aishbagh Stadium in Bhopal. The match was decided by penalty shoot-outs as both the teams scored one goal each till the end of prescribed time. Air India got the third place in the Tournament.
• Dhoni’s Biopic Becomes Tax-Free
The upcoming biopic “MS Dhoni: The Untold Story” on cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been declared tax-free in his home state Jharkhand. The Jharkhand government waived entertainment tax for the biopic on Dhoni. Dhoni was born in Ranchi and that is where his journey began. The biopic shows how coaches, mentors &friends inspired young Dhoni to become an ace cricketer.
• Japan to Host 2026 Asian Games
Japan’s Aichi prefecture and its capital city Nagoya were confirmed as co-hosts of the 2026 Asian Games. Japan has hosted the Asian Games twice before, at Tokyo in 1958 & Hiroshima in 1994. Asian games 2018 have already been awarded to the Indonesian cities of Jakarta & Palembang. The 2022 edition will be held in the Chinese city of Hangzhou. The Asian Game, also known as ‘Asiad’, is held every 4 years.
• Sania & Barbora Lift Toray Pan Trophy
India’s Sania Mirza & her Czech partner Barbora Strycova lifted the Toray Pan Pacific Open trophy in Tokyo. They posted a comfortable straight-set win over unseeded Chinese pair of Chen Liang & Zhaoxuan Yang 6-1, 6-1 in the final of the women’s doubles event. This is Sania and Strycova’s second title in three tournaments since they have paired together.
• Ritu Rani Retires from Hockey
Former Indian women’s hockey captain Ritu Rani has retired from international hockey. She was controversially dropped from the team for the Rio Olympics citing attitude issues. It was under Ritu’s captaincy that the Indian women’s team qualified for the Rio after a gap of 36 years. It was also under her captaincy that the national team had won a bronze medal at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.
• Maruti Launches Alto Special Edition
Maruti Suzuki India has launched ‘MS Dhoni inspired’ special edition of the Alto small cars. The special editions of Alto800 & AltoK10 cars are part of the carmaker’s association with the upcoming movie ‘M S Dhoni – The Untold Story’. It is based on the life of M S Dhoni. The special edition Alto has Dhoni inspired sporty seat covers with number “7”, MS Dhoni signature decal among others.
• China’s Huge Telescope Begins Testing
The world’s largest radio telescope, which has been built in China is beginning an intensive testing phase. The giant dish, which measures 500m (1,640 ft) across is complete. It will now take three years to calibrate the instrument so it can become fully operational. The radio telescope has been an ambitious project for the National Astronomical Observatories of China.
• India Beat New Zealand in Kanpur Test
India notched up a mammoth 197-run win in their historic 500th cricket Test at Kanpur, U.P. Ravichandran Ashwin claimed 6-132 to complete his 10-wicket match haul. The Kiwis struggled to negotiate a slow track, which offered turn & bounce. With this win, India have taken their unbeaten tally on home soil to 11 matches. NZ have remained without a win on the Indian soil since 1998.
• US Golf Legend Arnold Palmer Dies
US golfer Arnold Palmer, viewed as one of the greatest players in the sport’s history, has died. He started to play golf at age 4 and began his professional career in 1954. He won more than 90 golf tournaments, including the Masters four times, the U.S. Open in 1960, and the British Open in 1961 and 1962. He became the first person to make $1 million playing golf.
• India wins medal in Asian Beach Games
India opened their medal account in the 5th Asian Beach Games as Pinky Balhara bagged a bronze in kurash.Balhara won the bronze in women’s 52kg category after she lost to Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy of Vietnam in the semifinals.Kurash is a form of wrestling that originated in Uzbekistan.India had sent a contingent of 208 members to participate in the Asian Beach Games.
• Arvind Mani sets 200m backstroke record
Arvind Mani made record in 200m backstroke on the third day of the 70th Glenmark National aquatics championship at the V.B.B. Stadium. The 20-year-old Karnataka swimmer clocked 2:05.46s to break Rohit Havaldar’s three-year-old record of 2:06.23s. Rio Olympians Sajan Prakash and Shiwani Kataria also scripted National records, in men’s 100m butterfly and the women’s 200m freestyle.
• Sania holds on to No. 1 ranking
Sania Mirza continued at No.1 in the latest WTA women’s doubles ranking, following her recent victory in the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo with Barbora Strycova. Sania (9,730 points) is only five points ahead of ex-partner Martina Hingis (No. 2). Among the men, Saketh Myneni at No. 138, is India’s highest ranked singles player.
• Swachh Bharat AV campaign launched
Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation’s minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar launched a national audio-visual campaign for the Swachh Bharat Mission. The advertisements launched feature Swachh Bharat official brand ambassadors, Shri Amitabh Bachchan and Shri Sachin Tendulkar. The ministry has fully galvanised its IEC and BCC mechanisms to make the advertisements increasingly people centric.
• BRICS U- 17 Football Tournament Logo
The First BRICS U-17 Football Tournament will be held in Goa in October 2016. A Government of India initiative, this Tournament will be played among the five BRICS countries namely Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports, Shri Vijay Goel launched the BRICS U-17 Football Tournament Logo.
• Sathiyan Gnanasekaran Wins Belgium Open
Sathiyan Gnanasekaran has become only the second Indian table tennis player to win an ITTF event as he clinched the men’s singles title of the Belgium Open. Sathiyan won his first pro title by defeating local player Nuytinck Cedric 4-0 in the final at De Haan in Belgium.Achanta Sharath Kamal is the first Indian to win an ITTF event in 2012. In the quarterfinals, he defeated Steffen Mengel.
• Slum Soccer Wins FIFA’s Diversity Award
Indian NGO Slum Soccer won the inaugural FIFA Diversity Award.The Indian NGO pipped International Gay & Lesbian Football Association to win the award.Slum Soccer uses football to connect individuals & work towards improving the living conditions of marginalized. The Diversity Award is part of FIFA’s overall strategy to reinforce its fight against discrimination & promote diversity in football.
• Indian Women’s Kabaddi Team Wins Gold
India bagged their first gold medal at the 5th Asian Beach Games with the women’s beach kabaddi team. Women’s team won the title for the record fifth time in succession in Danang,Vietnam. Indian beat Thailand 41-31 in a hard-fought summit clash. The Indian women’s kabaddi team had been winning the gold since the inception of the biennial Games in 2008.
• Official Emblem of FIFA U-17 WC Unveiled
The Organising Committee of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 has unveiled the official emblem. The ceremony held in Goa was attended by Fifa President Gianni Infantino. It is shaped like the World Cup trophy, the emblem combines the global look of the beautiful game with a quintessentially Indian feel. The FIFA U-17 WC India 2017 will happen in six venues across the country.
• Ashwin at No. 2 in ICC Test Rankings
India off-spinner R Ashwin gained a place to be second in the latest ICC Test Rankings. He overtook England’s James Anderson by one point. Ashwin’s match haul of 10 for 225, that helped India notch a 197-run victory in the first Test. He is now within seven points of number-one ranked Dale Steyn. Ravindra Jadeja too gained a spot in the rankings and is now placed 7th.
• Ex-Australian Cricketer Max Walker Dies
Former Australian cricketer Max Walker, whose awkward and unorthodox bowling action earned him the nickname ‘Tangles’ passed away. He played 34 Tests between 1972 & ‘77, taking 138 wickets at an average of 27.47. He also took 20 wickets in 17 one-day internationals from 1974-81. In 2011, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to cricket and for his social work.
• PM Unveil Trophy for BRICS Football Meet
PM Modi unveiled the trophy for BRICS U-17 football tournament, scheduled to be held in Goa from Oct 5 to 15. The PM reiterated the Nation’s commitment to ‘sports for all’. The tournament aims at taking the ongoing interaction and cohesion amongst the BRICS nations to a new level of exchange. The ceremony was attended by Ambassadors and High Commissioners of BRICS nations and other dignitaries.
• Sachin as Brand Ambassador for Kerala
Legendary Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has been appointed as brand ambassador for anti- liquor and drug campaign by the Kerala government.This was part of the government’s move to create awareness among people against alcoholism & drug in the state.The Kerala government was for restriction of alcohol use gradually.De-addiction centres would be opened in district level.
• Stage Set as Paralympic Games Begin
The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games will begin today in Rio, Brazil.Around 4,350 athletes from more than 160 countries will compete in 22 different sports.Of the total number of athletes set to take part, approximately 1,650 will be women. Canoe and triathlon will be included in the Games for the first time in Rio.The Indian contingent, largest-ever from the country, comprises of 18 athletes.
• India shines at Rio Paralympics
At 2016 Rio Paralympics, Mariyappan Thangavelu won the gold medal while compatriot Varun Singh Bhati clinched the bronze in the men’s high jump T-42 event. The 20-year-old Thangavelu made a leap of 1.89m, while Bhati jumped his personal best of 1.86m to finish third. T-42 is a disability classification in the sport for differently-abled track-and-field athletes with single ‘above the knee’.
• Deepa Malik wins silver in shot put
India’s Deepa Malik created history by becoming the first-ever woman from the country to win a medal at the Paralympics. She bagged a silver in the shot put F-53 event in Rio de Janeiro. Deepa’s best throw of 4.61m from her six attempts was enough to clinch the silver medal. India, thus, now have secured three medal from the Rio Paralympics.
• Velavan Wins Asian Junior Squash Title
India’s emerging player Velavan Senthilkumar bagged the Under-19 Asian Junior Individual squash championship title in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He beat Jordan’s Mohammad Al-Sarraj 12-14, 9-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 to claim the title. He is the second Indian to win the title after Ravi Dixit in 2010. Also, Tushar Shahani won the boys’ u-17 silver & Yash Fadte, a u-15 bronze.

Bhutan set to host Asian Tennis Tour event next month

Land of the thunder dragon’s Nation Bhutan is set to become the fourth Asian country to host a tournament on the Asian Tennis Tour. India, Thailand and Iran have already hosted a series of tournaments, both men and women, on ATT and Bhutan is scheduled to host its maiden event from September 16 to 18.

Sania wins Connecticut Open doubles title

Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her Romanian partner Monica Niculescu defeated Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine and Chuang Chia Jung of Taiwan in the final. The Indo-Romanian pair won 7-5, 6-4. This is a major confidence booster for Sania ahead of the US Open Grand Slam tournament.

Murray wins Wimbledon title

Andy Murray of Great Britain wins Wimbledon men’s singles title, defeating Milos Raonic of Canada 6–4, 7-7(3), 7-6(2). Serena Williams of the US wins women’s singles crown defeating Angelique Kerber of Germany 7-5, 6-3 score.

French Open Tennis 2016 title wins Garbine Muguruza, Novak Djokovic

Garbine Muguruza of Spain win French Open Women’ssingles tennis title defeating Serena Williams of USA in straight sets 7-5, 6-4 at Roland Garros Stadium in Paris, France.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia wins 2016 French Open title. In the final clash in Paris, Djokovic defeats Britain’s Andy Murray 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.

Italian Open Tennis

Britain’s Andy Murray wins his first Italian Open men’s singles tennis title, defeating Serbian, Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-3, in the final played in Rome. Serena Williams of USA wins women’s singles title defeating compatriot Madison Keys 7-6, 6-3.

Madrid Open Tennis

Women’s : In the Madrid Open Tennis Tournament’s women’s final, Simona Halep of Romania defeats Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia 6-2, 6-4 to win her 12th career title.
Men’s : Novak Djokovic of Serbia defeats Andy Murray of Britain 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to conquer the Mutua Madrid Open men’s.

2016 Monte Carlo Masters Title

Spain’s Rafael Nadal defeats Frenchman Gael Monfils 7-5, 5-7, 6-0 to grab the 2016 Monte Carlo Masters title, in 2 hours 46 minutes.

Azarenka, Djokovic wins 2016 Miami Open tennis title

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus wins women’s singles titles of 2016 Miami Open tennis championship in Miami, defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 6-4, 6-4.
Serbian Novak Djokovic wins men’s singles title of 2016 Miami Open at the Crandon Tennis Center in Miami defeating Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-3, 6-3 in men’s final.

BNP Paribas Tennis Open

Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus win men’s and women’s singles titles of BNP Paribas Tennis Open in USA. Djokovic defeats Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-0 in men’s final while Victoria Azarenka defeats top seed American Serena Williams 6-4, 6-4.

Tennis Player Maria Sharapova failed a drug test at Australian Open

Tennis player Maria Sharapova of Russia announces that she failed a drug test at Australian Open. Due to this failure, she was provisionally suspended from Tennis.

Indian both teams wins Gold at World Team Table Tennis championship

Indian men’s and women’s teams bag Gold at Second Division of World Team Table Tennis Championship held in Kuala- Lumpur, defeating Brazil 3-2 and Luxemburg 3-1, respectively in the finals.

Wawrinka wins Dubai ATP Tennis title

Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland wins his ninth straight final to clinch the Dubai ATP tennis title, defeating Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus in straight sets with a 6-4, 7-6 (13).

WTA Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship

Italy’s Sara Errani defeats Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova to clinch the WTA Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships women’s singles title by a 6-0, 6-2.

Djokovic wins Australian Open Tennis

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic wins men’s singles title of the Syed Modi International Badminton Championships 2016 in Lucknow, defeating China’s Huang Yuxiang 21-13, 14-21, 21-14.

Kerber wins Australian Open Tennis

Germany’s Angelique Kerber wins the Australian Open women’s singles title by defeating defending champion Serena Williams of USA in three sets 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.