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Bopanna, Katarina reach US Open quarterfinals

Rohan Bopanna from India and Katarina Srebotnik from Slovenia have reached the mixed doubles quarterfinals of the US Open. They will come face to face with India’s Sania Mirza and Brazil’s Bruno Soares in the top seeds tournament. Leander Paes from India is also in the quarterfinals along with Zimbabwe’s Cara Black.

Indian shuttler Sindhu wins bronze medal

Indian shuttler PV Sindhu again had to satisfied with a bronze medal at the World Badminton Championship. Carolina Marin of Spain defeated her at the semifinal at the Ballerup Super Arena by 17-21, 15-21. With this bronze medal; 11th seeded player Sindhu failed to be the first Indian women shuttler to reach the finals of the World Championship. Sindhu also won bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Bihar government to honour CWG silver medallist Shreyasi Singh

Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi announced that soon 2014 Commonwealth Games women's double trap shooting silver medallist Shreyasi Singh will be honoured by the state government. She will also receive Rs 11 lakh. The government was being criticized regularly for not honouring her. Shreyasi is a daughter of former union minister, the late Digvijay Singh. As per media reports, she was upset with the government for not acknowledging her performance at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Sindhu, Saina reach women's quarter-finals of World champoinship

Badminton champions P.V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal made it to the women’s singles quarter-finals of the World Championship which was held in Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen. Saina won the match by 14-21,21-18 and Sindhu won it by 19-21, 22-20, 25-23.

Delhi Half Marathon will be held on 23 November

As per media reports, the seventh edition of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon is likely to will be held on 23 November. The organisers are expecting more competitors this year than last year which was reported to have 31,000 entries. The fees for the event is kept as Rs. 1,300 for the professionals for the half marathon and Rs. 600 for amateurs for the great Delhi run.

Mary Kom and Akhil prepared for the Asian Games

Indian boxers Mary Kom and Akhil Kumar made a comeback to the boxing squad for the Asian Games to be held next month. Both the players put a strong fight during the two day selection trials. 13 boxers including 10 men and 3 women have been selected to represent India in the Asian Games, post these trials.

Saina Nehwal reaches the third round of World Badminton Championship

Saina Nehwal has reached the third round of the World Badminton Championship. She has defeated Russia’s Natalia Perminova in women’s singles held in Copenhagen. She took only 31 minutes to win over Perminova 21-11 21-9. In men’s single, Ajay Jayaram has also moved to the second round after defeating Japan’s Kenichi Tago. However, Commonwealth gold medalist Parupalli Kashyap witnessed a defeat by Germany’s Dieter Domke.

Badminton Championship: Tarun-Ashwin makes exit in the first round

India saw a disheartening start at the World Badminton Championship as Ashwin Ponnappa and Tarun Kona made an early exit in the mixed doubles held in the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen. The duo went down by Denmark pair - Anders Kristiansen and Julie Houmann - by 16-21, 25-27. However, they came close to push the game when they led 21-20 and 23-22.


BCCI annoyed with Dhoni over referring Fletcher as 'Boss'

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is annoyed after India skipper MS Dhoni gave a statement that ‘Fletcher is still the boss’ and will also lead the team during the next World Cup to be held next year. As per a press statement by a BCCI official, only BCCI can decide about the coach and not Dhoni. He also added that the committee of BCCI will decide about the captain and the coach for the Indian cricket team for the World Cup.

Telugu Titans defeated Patna Pirates by 3 points – Pro-Kabaddi League

Telugu Titans and Patna Pirates played an interesting match of Pro Kabaddi League at the Sawai Mansingh Indoor Stadium, Jaipur. Both the teams played very well but Telugu Titans was slightly better with their attacking best. Rahul Chaudhari and Deepak Niwas Hooda displayed a wonderful game by backing each other. It defeated Patna by 3 points.

No Arjuna award for boxe Manoj Kumar

As per media reports, the Sports Ministry is sticking to its list of winners of Arjuna awards which does not include the name of boxer Manoj Kumar. Boxer Jai Bhagwan had recommended the name of Manoj Kumar which created a controversy. The selection committee headed by former cricketer Kapil Dev held a meeting again but decided not to make any changes in the list. Jiji Thomson, Director General of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) said that the panel has discussed about seven athletes during the review meeting, but unanimously decided not to make any changes in the list of 15-athletes.

Pakistan beats India in friendly football series by 2-0

Pakistan defeated its arch rival, India in a friendly football match by 2-0. A late goal by Pakistani player Saddam Hussain in the 89th minute of the match led to the team's victory. India had won the first match of the series on Sunday and the audience was expecting a similar performance in this match too. Both the teams are prepared to compete in the Asian Games which will be held in South Korea next month.

Sachin Tendulkar to attend FIFA conference

Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar will attend the conference to be hosted by FIFA on ethical sports leadership. The event will be organised by the Brussels-based World Forum for Ethics in Business. As per reports, FIFA president Sepp Blatter will inaugurate the meeting on September 19 , which will aim at elaborating on what sports can teach to business and politics. Besides Sachin, Katarina Witt, a german skating champion will also attend the event.

AIFF looking for coach for India Under-17

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) is looking for a foreign coach for the Under-17 team. India will be hosting the next Under-17 World Cup and AIFF wants to ensure that the team representing the country should be competitive enough to bring cheers for India. AIFF general secretary Kushal Das said that they are seeking advice from FIFA for choosing the right coach for the team.

England defeats India by an innings and 244 runs

England has defeated India by an innings and 244 runs at the fifth and last cricket Test at the Oval. England, thus, won the series by 3-1. The Indian cricket team faced a humiliating defeat this time as in the second innings it had lost all the wickets in just 29.2 overs at 94, while it scored 148 in the first innings. The match was wrapped up in three days only.

India's top order except Dhoni fails to perform

On the opening day of the fifth cricket Test, England overpowered India and kept it at 148 runs. The team then scored a quick 62 runs without a loss. England is leading the series by 2-1. The Indian batting was awful but Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni made a remarkable 82 runs including 15 fours and one six. Except for him only two other batsmen Murali Vijay (18) and Ravichandran Ashwin (13) could touch the double figure.

Sushil Kumar to skip Asian Games

Star wrestler Sushil Kumar will not be participating in the World championships in Tashkent Uzbekistan and the Asian Games which are to be held in Incheon,South Korea. The Secretary General of the Wrestling Federation of India, Raj Singh said that Sushil has told the federation that he will not be taking part in both the sports events as he wants to concentrate on the Rio Olympics to be held in 2016. The federation has also relieved the gold winners of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games – Sushil Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt and Amit Kumar from participating in the wrestling trials.

Mary Kom: I felt disrespected

London Olympic bronze medallist Mary Kom is upset over the sudden postponement of the Asian Games trials. She said that she felt humiliated as the ad-hoc committee did not even intimate her about the postponement of the event. She added that she reached Patiala and was not informed about the change in the event's schdeule . She also stated that boxing in India is not in a good condition as it has been a long time since any national level tournament has been organised for the sport.

No Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awards; 15 selected for Arjuna Award

This will be for the first time in the last two decades that no sportsperson will be honoured with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2014. A panel that was to decide the names of the players for different awards has only decided 15 names for the Arjuna Awards. Cricketer R Ashwin, shuttler V Diju, golfer Anirban Lahiri, shooter Heena Sidhu and athlete Tintu Luka are few of the names selected for Arjuna Awards.

Welfare schemes to be implemented for sportspersons

The Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs will be implementing various welfare schemes in the coming months for the yesteryears national sportspersons. Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister of State and Independent Charge for Sports and Youth Affairs said a scheme ‘National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons’ will be implemented to offer financial assistance to yesteryears sportspersons with less than Rs. 2 lakh annual income. Monthly pension for former Olympians and national players will also be fixed. 

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