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PM Modi to take Final Call on Indo-Pak Series

Reports say that BCCI may not get clearance of India-Pakistan match anytime soon. BCCI officials have reportedly said that the Union Government is yet to say anything on the matter and they are speculating unlikelihood of the Indo-Pak series. Some reports have claimed that restoration of cricketing ties is not possible yet because the atmosphere is not conducive towards the same. It is learnt that PCB has received clearance from its government of playing with India in 3 ODIs and 2 T-20 matches from December 15. BCCI’s letter asking for central government’s consent is currently with Prime Minister’s office.

PV Sindhu in the Final of Macau Open Badminton Tournament

The lone Indian badminton player in Macau Open, PV Sindhu, is going great guns as she reached the finals of the tournament. Sindhu defeated Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in the semi final match today in a three set battle 21-8,15-21, 21-16. Though Sindhu snatched the first game in just 14 minutes, Yamaguchi bounced back quickly to wrest the next set from the Indian shuttler 21-15. However, Sindhu held her nerve and won the third set 21-16. Meanwhile, world number 2 Saina Nehwal and world No.8 Kidambi Srikanth have qualified for prestigious BWF World Superseries Finals, to be played from December 9 in Dubai.

Ashwin best spinner in world cricket currently: Kohli

Elated with the series-win over South Africa, India skipper Virat Kohli lauded his team, especially off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin who clinched a match-winning 12 wickets in the third Test which ended in a 124-run victory for the home side on Friday. Kohli referred to Ashwin as a world-class spinner, adding that he maybe the best in the world at the moment. Man of the match Ashwin, currently, is the highest wicket-taker of Test cricket in 2015 with 55 scalps, four ahead of English pacer Stuart Broad. With the win here, India have now taken a winning lead of 2-0 in the four-match series ahead of New Delhi Test that will be played from December 3 to 7 at the Ferozeshah Kotla. India won in Mohali but the Bengaluru match was washed out due to rain. Source: IANS

India's Campaign at Macau Open begins with Hits and Misses

Indian shuttlers had a great day today at USD 120,000 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold as both H S Prannoy and B Sai Praneeth advanced to the 3rd round. While Prannoy defeated Lin Chia Hsuan of Chinese Taipei in straight sets (21-19 21-15), Praneeth humiliated Artyom Savatyugin of Uzbekistan 21-11 21-8. In the women’s single section, 5th seeded PV Sindhu defeated Korea’s Kim Hyo Min in straight sets (21-13 22-20). While women’s doubles partner Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa lost to Japanese duo Yuki Fukushima-Sayaka Hirota in straight sets (16-21, 15-21), Jayaram lost to China’s Lin Guipu 11-21, 17-21.

Pankaj Advani wins IBSF World Snooker Championship 2015 Title

30-year old Pankaj Advani has won his 15th world title in Egypt’s Hurghada (Sunrise Crystal Bay resort) by defeating 18-year old Zhua Xintong of China in the IBSF World Snooker Championship. In the best-of-15 final match, the Indian defeated the teenage Chinese sensation by scoring 8-6. Though Bengaluru’s “Golden Boy” was looking unstoppable in the first session with a lead of 5-2, his talented Chinese opponent came back strongly after the break and went on to narrow down the lead to 7-6. However, more experience of the Indian helped him finish the score at 8-6.

India finishes 3rd in Track Asia Cup cycling Championship with 11 Medals in the Kitty

At the end of Track Asia Cup cycling championship, which took place in New Delhi’s IG Sports Complex, India finished at the third spot by winning 11 medals. India won 3 gold, 3 silvers, and 5 bronze medals in the event. India made a great come back on the final day of the event as it won 2 gold and 3 bronze medals. In the medal tally, South Korea finished at the top followed by Uzbekistan and India. While South Korea won 6 gold, 3 silver, and 3 bronze medals, Uzbekistan won 3 gold and 4 silver medals.

India claims five medals in Track Asia Cup cycling meet

India's men and women cyclists brought cheers to the hosts' camp by winning five medals (one gold, three silver and one bronze) on the opening day of the Track Asia Cup at the IG Stadium Complex Velodrome. Indian Anu Chutia ((40.093 seconds) came second to SAI National Cycling Academy's (SAINCA) Amritha Reghunathan (39.927 seconds) in the 500 metres Race Distance event in the junior women category. India has fielded two additional teams of SAINCA and Western Indian Team (WIT). Later, Anu combined with Rajesh Nayana to bag the gold medal in the junior Team Sprint event with a timing of 39.702 seconds. Uzbekistan won the silver of this event with a timing of 41.852 seconds. Source: IANS

IPL spot-fixing: HC sends notice to Sreesanth, 35 others

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued notice to suspended cricketer S. Sreesanth and 35 others on a police plea challenging the trial court order to drop charges against them in the 2013 Indian Premier League spot-fixing case. The trial court on July 25 discharged cricketers Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, and 33 others. Justice Siddharth Mridul sought their response on the plea of police by December 16. Source: IANS

Sreejesh receives Kerala sports award

Indian hockey team vice-captain and goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh was given the Lt. Col. G.V. Raja Award for 2014-2015 by the Kerala Sports Council along with a cash reward of Rs.3 lakh. It is the highest honour for any athlete in Kerala. The award was given in a public meeting presided over by state sports minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan. It was handed over by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. Sreejesh will be participating in a three-match Test series against Australia in Chhattisgarh followed by the Hockey World League (HWL) Final in Raipur. Source: IANS

Donison to represent India at world karting finals

Racing driver Ricky Donison will represent India at the Rotax World Grand Finals to be held in Portugal later this month, where he will face top champions from more than 70 countries. He become eligible to join the race after winning the JK Tyre National Rotax Max Karting Championship in the senior max category last month. Donison has been racing for just three years and in that short space of time he has established himself quickly. In 2013, he was awarded the best newcomer of the year in junior max of the National Championship. He continued his pursuit and won the 2014 National Championship in the same category. Source: IANS

Pakistan not to participate in 2015 Track Asia Cup

Pakistan will not participate in the three-day 2015 Track Asia Cup cycling championships to be held here from Wednesday, officials confirmed. The second edition of the tournament, organised by the Cycling Federation of India (CFI), will be held at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex's indoor cycling velodrome. A list of 13 teams from 10 countries including hosts India will participate in the event, which will see around 150 athletes contesting in several categories. Only five countries took part in the inaugural edition of the event last year. Source: IANS

Rain washes out third day's play in Bengaluru Test

Rain washed out the morning session of the third day's play of the India-South Africa second Test match at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. No action will be possible till lunch, it was decided. The third day's play was scheduled to begin 15 minutes earlier at 9.15 a.m (local time) after the second day's play was called off without a ball being bowled due to rain. Source: IANS

Saina Nehwal ends up 2nd Best at $700,000 China Open Superseries Premier

World No. 2 and ace Indian woman shuttler Saina Nehwal stormed to the final yesterday by defeating China’s Yihan Wang (former world champiom) in straight sets (21-13, 21-18). Saina won the semi final match in just 42 minutes in the prestigious $700,000 China Open Superseries Premier, played at Haixia Olympic Sports Center. However, today the last Indian in the tournament, Saina, couldn’t match her yesterday’s performance in the final against reigning Olympic Champion LI Xuerui of China. Saina Nehwal lost to China’s Li in straight sets 12-21, 15-21 in just 39 minutes.

Top seed Saina Nehwal races up to the Semis of China Open Badminton Championship

Saina Nehwal (top seeded player of prestigious $700,000 China Open Badminton championship, defending champion of the tournament, and World No. 2) defeated Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in straight sets 21-16, 21-13 in the quarter final match, played at Haixia Olympic Sports Center. Saina took just 42 minutes to win the match and advanced to the semi final with élan. In the semis she will face off with Wang Yihan of China, who defeated Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan in straight sets 21-18, 21-17 in the quarters. Wang Yihan is the former World Champion and has a record of winning 9 times out of 12 times she played against Saina Nehwal.

BCCI initiates $900,000 'Snoopgate' Payment Investigation

Shashank Manohar led Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has set up a 2-member committee that has been given the charge of investigating payments, to the tune of $900,000, done to a foreign investigating agency at a time when BCCI was run by the interim President Shivlal Yadav. Reports say that the infamous “snoopgate” controversy will be investigated by G Ganga Raju and Ajay Shirke. The investigation committee was formed after former BCCI vice-president Niranjan Shah, raised the snoopgate issue during an AGM, held last week in Mumbai. Ajay Shirke said they will probe details about the payment made including the purpose, sanctioning and approving authority of the probe, etc.

Saina advances to Quarters of $700,000 China Open Superseries Premier

India had a mixed day of success at $700,000 China Open Superseries Premier yesterday. While Saina Nehwal advanced to the quarter finals, P.V. Sindhu lost to Shixian Wang of China. Top seed Saina defeated Tee Jing Yi of Malaysia in 55 minutes in a three set match (21-10, 19-21, 21-19) at Haixia Olympic Sports Center. In another second round encounter, India’s P.V. Sindhu put up a brave fight against 5th seed Shixian Wang of China but lost in a 1 hour and 28 minutes match, final score being 21-18, 18-21, 16-21. In the quarters, Saina Nehwal will play against Nozomi Okuhara of Japan.

Shiv Kapur holds 4th Position at World Classic Golf Championship

After the completion of opening round of World Classic Golf Championship, India’s Shiv Kapur held joint 4th position. The game was played yesterday at par-71 Laguna National Golf and Country Club in Singapore. In his round, Shiv hit 6 bogies and 5 birdies.  He jointly shares the 4th position with South Africa’s Joe Kruger, Sri Lanka’s Anura Rohana, and Thailand’s Panuphol Pittayarat and Danthai Boonma. In the $750,000 Asian Tour event, the next best placed players from India are S.S.P. Chawrasia and Khalin Joshi, both scoring 73 points and placed at 5th position.

India finishes campaign at 13th Asian Shooting Championship with 44 Medals

Indian team’s final medal tally at 13th Asian Shooting Championship is 44 medals. While 17 medals are gold, 14 are silver and 13 are bronze. On last day of the championship, Vijay Kumar (the silver medalist at London Olympics) won two medals. While he won bronze medal in individual 25m Centre Fire Pistol event, he along with teammates Pemba Tamang and Samaresh Jung won silver medal. In the individual 25m Centre Fire Pistol event, Dae Kyu Jang of Korea won Gold and Pongpol Kuchairatanna of Thailand won silver. In the team event, Team India accumulated 1736 points to finish second, with Korea emerging as winner and Vietnam securing 3rd position.

Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu advances in China Open

Indian women shuttlers Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu advanced to the second round of China Open. While Saina defeated China’s Sun Yu in straight sets 22-20, 21-18, Sindhu defeated Russia’s Ksenia Polikarpova also in straight sets 21-14, 21-9. However, Indian male shuttlers including HS Prannoy, Ajay Jayaram, and Kidambi Srikanth were ousted from China Open.  World No. 25 Ajay Jayaram, in the men’s singles, lost to World No. 1 Chen Long in straight sets 12-21, 11-21. Prannoy lost to China’s Guo Kai in a three set match (14-21, 21-17, 19-21). Kidambi Srikanth lost to Hu Yun in straight sets 12-21, 18-21.

Swapnil Kusale wins Gold in 50m Rifle in Kuwait's 13th Asian Shooting Championship

Swapnil Kusale has helped India bag another medal in the 13th Asian Shooting Championship, played in Kuwait, on penultimate day of the tournament. Kusale won gold medal at junior men’s rifle 3-position, which becomes his second gold medal win in the ongoing tournament in an individual event. While China’s Wang Ce rested for silver in the concerned segment, Iran’s Mohammad Hossein Karimi won the bronze medal. On the penultimate day, India won 1 gold, 2 silver, and 1 bronze. Therefore, total tally of India till now at 13th Asian Shooting Championship is 42 medals including seventeen golds, thirteen silvers, and twelve bronze medals.