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India bags 8 medals on day 6 of CWG

Indian wrestlers put a stunning show in the Commonwealth Games on the day 6 by winning three of the five medals. Sushil Kumar, Amit Kumar and Vinesh Phogat bagged gold medals in the wrestling events held in the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC). Rajeev Tomar had to settle for a silver medal. In shooting, Sanjeev Rajput and Gagan Narang have won the silver and the bronze medals respectively. Harpreet Singh also won the silver for the country in the 25m rapid fire pistol shooting.


Gagan Narang wins silver medal at Glasgow

Shooter Gagan Narang brought cheers for India at Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 when he won the silver medal in the men's 50m Rifle Prone event.

Narang was bronze medallist at the London Olympics.

Bindra wins gold medal and declares his signing off from Commonwealth Games

Ace shooter Abhinav Bindra won a gold medal in Commonwealth Games in men's 10m air rifle. Bindra played his fifth and last Commonwealth Games. He made the announcement about his retirement on the eve of the event. Bindra is the only player in India to win Olympic gold medal. Apart from this, Malaika Goel fired a silver and lifter Santoshi Mats won bronze medal. India’s total medal tally reached 10 with three gold, four silver and three bronze. India is at fourth position in the medal count. England is at first position (10-8-7), Australia at second (7-6-9) and Scotland at third (6-3-4), as per media report.

Indian Basketball Players Face Discrimination in Asia Cup

The Indian basketball players faced humiliation and racial discrimination when the Sikh members of the team were asked to remove their turban before India’s match against Japan. According to media reports, two Sikh players namely - Amritpal Singh and Amyjot Singh - were prevented from wearing turbans. According to match officials, the article 4.4.2 of the rules states, “Players shall not wear equipment (objects) that may cause injury to other players”. Basketball Federation of India president RS Gill said “"This is a very serious issue. I will seek the manager's report immediately and will lodge a strong protest with the governing body, both Fiba Asia and World. I will also follow it up with the ministry of sports and see to it that this never happens again".

CWG 2014: Sachin Roby hit by Jaundice

Indian men’s 4X400m relay team player Sachin Roby has been diagnosed with jaundice. Sachin is likely to miss the 20th Commonwealth Games event. Raj Singh, Indian chef-da-mission told the media that Roby had to be hospitalised before returning to the Games Village. He added, “We have asked the team doctors to make a call on whether he can stand the travel back home, and based on their report, a final decision will be taken”.

India beat England at Lord's, after 28 years

India has defeated England by 95 runs in the second test at Lord’s. India has won after 28 years at Lord’s where the third generation Indians brought a long awaited victory for the nation. Since 2011, this is the first overseas test win of the team. Ishant Sharma’s seven wickets, Ravindra Jadeja’s 68 runs in the second innings and three wickets, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s 52 runs in the second innings and six wickets contributed to the victory of the team.

Mohammad Kaif to lead Andhra in Ranji Trophy

Mohammad Kaif will captain Andhra Pradesh in the upcoming Ranji Trophy season. The veteran has signed a two-year deal with Andhra Cricket Association (ACA) and ended his 16-year old association with Uttar Pradesh. Kaif said “It's the end of the road for me at Uttar Pradesh. Now we should give a chance to young players from the state. When players like Suresh Raina, Praveen Kumar and Piyush Chawla joined the UP team, we helped them learn the ropes of international cricket”. He also added that although he has informed the UPCA about his move, he will be available for the state whenever a need arises. 

Saina Nehwal pulled out of Commonwealth games due to fitness issues

Women’s single badminton champion of Commonwealth games, Saina Nehwal has been pulled out of the Commonwealth Games, scheduled to be held in Glasgow, due to lack of fitness and her inability to recover from the blisters on her feet. Saina suffered from a groin injury during her victory series in the Australian Open. Saina said over the issue, “I just have a few issues like not being fit and during Australia, I got the blisters and got injured. It took time for me to recover and so I am withdrawing from the CWG”.

Dhoni: Anderson crossed the lines

The controversy that raged over alleged altercation between James Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja gained momentum when Indian cricket team captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that Anderson crossed the line by making a physical contact with Ravindra. He also said that he was happy with the way Jadeja managed the entire situation and did not retaliate at the scene.   

India select 32 athletes for the Commonwealth Games

A team of 32 athletes have been selected by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) for the Commonwealth Games to be held in Glasgow from 23 July 2014 to 3 August 2014. 17 women and 15 men athletes along with 12 coaches and three support staff have been selected by India for the track and field competitions. Gurbachan Singh Randhawa, Chairman of the selection committee said that the board has selected the best medal prospects, which are a combination of talented and experienced youngsters.  

Dhoni happy with his team's performance

The first Test between India and England ended in draw at the Trent Bridge. India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was satisfied with the performance of his team. He added that he managed to put pressure on England’s team and performed well when under pressure. England captain Alastair Cook was unhappy as passive play had added nothing to his pacers. He said that they had a poor session in this Test match.

India leads England by 128 runs

India, at 163/3, was leading England by 128 runs in the second innings at the end of Day 4 in the first Test at Trent Bridge. Virat Kohli (8) and Ajinkya Rahane (18) were batting. Vijay and Pujara scored their fifties. James Anderson and Joe Root's superb batting put England into a better position.

Bhuvneshwar and Shami display remarkable partnership against England

Hitting their first maiden half-centuries, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami scored 111 runs against England on the second day. England team was trailing by 414 runs. In the fourth over, England captain Alastair Cook (5) was stumped out by Shami. England was at 43/1 in 17 overs with Sam Robson at 20 not out and Gary Ballance on 15 not out. Opener Murali Vijay scored his fourth test century, and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni made 82 runs. But the real show was presented by No 9 batsman Bhuvneshwar (58) and No 11 Shami (51 not out).   

Vijay, Dhoni place India in a comfortable position

Opening batsman Murali Vijay made his first overseas Test century and helped India score 259 for four on the first day of the first Test against England at Trent Bridge.India decided to bat first after wining the toss and made 106 runs in the first session. In the second session, England took two wickets of Cheteshwar Pujara (38) and Virat Kohli (1). In the third session, India lost the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane (32) but this session was the comeback time for India in which Vijay was on 122 and skipper MS Dhoni on 50. At the end of the day,India can start with a positive note the next day.

India chooses to bat against England in Trent Bridge Test

India won the toss and opted to bat against England at the Trent Bridge. Both the teams are playing the first match of the five-match Test series. All-rounder Stuart Binny has replaced Rohit Sharma and with this Binny will play his first Test. In England’s team, Ben Stokes has replaced Chris Jordan. David Boon from Australia is match referee, Ian Gould from England is TV umpire and Kumar Dharmasena from Sri Lanka and Bruce Oxenford from Australia are umpires of the series.

Yuvraj to raise funds through charity auction for cancer

Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh after his brilliant performance at the bicentenary match at Lord's is all set to hold a charity auction on July 14 to raise funds for YOUWECAN, an initiative of Yuvraj Singh Foundation. The organisation is working with an objective to create awareness for early detection and prevention of cancer. Apart from this, it will also provide the required support to fight the disease. The auction will have T-shirt of Sachin Tendulkar from his 200th Test match, the 2011 World cup-winning medal, an opportunity to have a dinner date with Yuvraj and a special practice session with Yuvraj. The event will be attended by many popular cricketers like Virat Kohli, Tendulkar, Kevin Pietersen, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly.

Sania Mirza is into top-five of WTA rankings

For the first time in her career, the Indian tennis player Sania Mirza has been ranked into the top-five of the doubles WTA rankings. Though the performance of Sania and Zimbabwean partner Cara Black at the Wimbledon championships was not up to the mark but then also they managed to get 130 ranking points. These points placed Sania at the fifth place above Slovenia's Katarina Srebotnik. For the past some time, Sania has not been performing well because of her wrist injury. On the other hand in ATP ranking, Somdev Devvarman is now at 135 place after a drop of 10 places. Leander Paes is still at number 13 in men’s double and Rohan Bopanna is at 20th place after a drop of three places.

Wimbledon men's title goes to Novak Djokovic

Serbian Tennis player Novak Djokovic has won the Wimbledon title for the second time. He shattered the Swiss star Roger Federer’s dream of a record victory for the eighth time. Djokovic held on for a 6-7 (7), 6-4, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-4 victory and later carried the golden trophy. After winning the match, he fell on his knees and ate the pinch of the grass of the court. He was greeted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who also attended the Wimbledon final. Altogether it was a hard fought battle and the audience was totally engrossed in it. 


S.K Uthappa, Jasjit and Mandeep Singh don't make it to the Hockey team for CW Games

Goalkeeper Harjot Singh, midfielders S.K Uthappa, Jasjit Singh and forward Mandeep Singh are not part of the 16-member team selected by Hockey India for the 2014 Commonwealth Games to be held in Glasgow. The team will be led by Sardar Singh. Midfielder Danish Mujtaba and forward Gurwinder Singh Chandi are the two new players in the team. The selection trials were conducted at the National Stadium. India’s first match will be against Wales on July 25. The team will then play against Scotland on July 26, Australia on July 29 and South Africa on July 31.

16-member women hockey team announced for CWG

Hockey India has announced its 16-member women’s hockey squad for the Commonwealth Games 2014. The team will perform under the captaincy of Midfielder Ritu Rani whereas defender Deepika has been selected as the vice-captain of the team. The selection trials took place at the National Institute of Sports (NIS),Patiala. The Games will take place in Glasgow from July 23 to Aug 3. The team will play its first match on July 24 against Canada, followed by matches against New Zealand on July 27,Trinidad and Tobagoon July 28 and a match againstSouth Africaon July 30 in Scotland.

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