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Sachin Tendulkar expected to pep up Kerala Blasters

For Kochi Blasters, the campaign in the second edition of the Indian Super League (ISL) starts on Tuesday when they take on North East United FC (NEFC), with the presence of cricket icon and co-owner Sachin Tendulkar in the stands expected to give the players and home fans some much needed adrenalin. The weather has played truant in recent days with rains at regular intervals, and with thunderstorms forecast for Tuesday a free flowing match is most unlikely. Source: IANS

Shashank Manohar today formally sworn in as BCCI President

Mr. Clean Shashank Manohar has been formally sworn in as the new BCCI President after sudden death of Jagmohan Dalmiya last month. The 58-year-old lawyer from Nagpur said, just after his appointment as BCCI chief, his first priority will be to clean board 's image for restoring faith of the cricket lovers. Manohar also assured to do everything possible to address all the pertaining issues. These issues include prevention of on-field corruption, get accounts of member associations in order, put financial records of Indian Cricket Board in public domain, develop women's cricket, conduct World T20 2016 in best possible manner, and many more.

Sania-Hingis duo wins Wuhan Open Doubles Title

Ace Indian tennis sensation Sania Mirza along with her Swiss partner Martina Hingis is continuing their dream run as they won the Wuhan Open women's doubles title against Monica Niculescu- Irina-Camelia Begu duo (unseeded) today in straight sets (6-2, 6-3). This is their 7th title win for the Indo-Swiss pair this year after winning Indian Wells, Miami, Charleston, Wimbledon, the US Open, Guangzhou Open titles. In the semi-final match, Sania-Hingis duo crashed their Chinese Taipei opponent Yung-Jan Chan and Hao-Ching Chan in straight sets (6-2, 6-1) in just 53 minutes. Most importantly, Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis duo has not lost the last 13 matches.

Dhoni's Team India loses 1st T20 Match against SA in Gandhi-Mandela Series

Team India started the celebrated Mahatma Gandhi–Nelson Mandela series with a loss to the South African cricket team. In the first T20 match of the series, played yesterday, India batted first and scored 199 runs at the loss of 5 wickets in 20 overs. Opener Rohit Sharma scored 106 runs in 66 balls, followed by Virat Kohli’s 43 runs knock in 27 balls. Proteas scored 200 runs in 19.4 overs at the loss of just 3 wickets. JP Duminy was the highest scorer with 68 runs (in 34 balls), followed by AB de Villiers’s 51 runs and Hashim Amla’s 36 runs.

Hockey India starts 6 Test Campaign in New Zealand with a Winner

Hockey India today started their New Zealand campaign with a decisive win (3-1) against New Zealand A. The three scorer for India are Nikkin Thimmiah, Ramandeep Singh, and Akashdeep Singh. The first goal was netted by Akashdeep Singh, who comfortably slotted the ball to its destiny after Ramandeep dribbled the ball past two New Zealand A players and passed it to Akashdeep. The second goal was scored by Ramandeep himself at 20th minute of the match. The final goal was scored by Nikkin Thimmiah, after getting pass from Gurjinder Singh. New Zealand A scored their only goal at 36th minute.

Sania-Hingis duo enters Wuhan Open Semi-Final Match

Indo-Swiss women’s doubles pair Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis continued their robust form after winning Wimbledon doubles this year and  entered Wuhan Open WTA tournament’s semi final match. Top seeded Sania-Hingis combine defeated 5th seed American pair Abigail Spears and Raquel Kops-Jones in the quarter final match in Wuhan in straight sets 6-2, 6-2. In the second round match of the tournament, Sania-Hingis pair defeated K. Jans-Ignacik and A. Rodionova in straight sets (6-3, 6-2) too. In the semi final match today they will face off with 4th seeded H. Chan - Y. Chan pair.

FA to continue backing Platini for FIFA chief

The England Football Association has insisted it will continue to back its continental parent body, UEFA's president Michel Platini's bid to become FIFA chief, despite his links to a corruption inquiry. Investigators are probing payments made to Platini by FIFA counterpart Sepp Blatter, bbc reported.The FA announced in July it was backing the Frenchman for the role and in a statement, it said: "We are still of that view. Events of recent days have raised a number of issues which do need to be fully examined.” Source: IANS

Cyclist Pinto in command at MTB Himalaya

Top Portuguese cyclist Luis Leao Pinto claimed a hat-trick of stage victories in both men's solo and overall categories at the MTB Himalaya here. After clinching victory on Day 1 -- after the race was flagged-off from the Ridge in Shimla to Gada-Kuffer -- the 36-year-old Pinto clinched wins in the next two stages as well on Monday and Tuesday, respectively, ahead of the rest day on Wednesday. Pinto, who won here two years back, completed Monday's second stage in four hours, 10 minutes and five seconds in the cross country, stage-based endurance race. Spaniard Pau Zamora, who finished third on the first day, wasn't far behind, coming home second in 4:11:56. (Source: IANS)

Beighton Cup to be held from October 1

The 120th edition of one of the world's oldest hockey tournament -- the Beighton Cup -- is scheduled to be played at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) ground. A total of 24 teams are taking part in the event which will give away Rs. 2 lakhs to the champions and Rs 1 lakh to the runners-up. The best player of the tournament -- which concludes on October 11 -- will pocket a purse of Rs.10,000. The qualifying round has already started. Source: IANS

Motorsport: TEN Sports to telecast India leg of Asia Cup

TEN Sports Network will telecast the final round of the Asia Cup Rally which is part of the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship series to be held in Chikkamagaluru, Karnataka, on December 11-13. According to a press release from Brian Young, director, APRC Television and Media, TEN Sports Network will have exclusive rights in India, to broadcast the APRC's official television series that stars India's most successful international rally driver Gaurav Gill. Source: IANS

India in quarters of Asian basketball meet despite losing

The Indian men's basketball team has qualified for the quarter-finals of the 2015 Asia Championship for the first time since 2003 -- despite losing 65-99 to Philippines. India progressed to the knockout stage, despite the loss, on the basis of a superior head-to-head matchup against Palestine. Both the teams ended their Group E commitments with a 2-3 win-loss record, but India defeated Palestine in their group encounter on Sunday to clinch the knockout spot. Source: IANS

Muraleedharan wins rider's title in Suzuki Gixxer Cup

Vishwadev Muraleedharan, a 23-year-old MBA graduate from Coimbatore, completed a fine double to clinch the rider's title in the Suzuki Gixxer Cup (Novice) category of the Madras Motor Sport Club (MMSC) One-Make Championship at the Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida. Also clinching the championship in their respective categories were: Ananth Raj (Suzuki Gixxer Cup (Open), Kannan S (TVS Apache RTR 180, Open), Akhanda Pratap Singh (TVS Apache RTR 180 Novice) and Sarath Kumar of Ten10 Racing (Honda CBR 250). Source: IANS

Shashank Manohar agrees to become next BCCI President

Ajay Shirke, President of Maharashtra Cricket Association, has confirmed that “Mr. Clean” Shahshank Manohar has agreed to become the next BCCI President after he became the “unanimous choice” of Sharad Pawar-Anurag Thakur alliance. When inquired about probable alliance of NCP chief Sharad Pawar with Tamil Nadu strongman and ex-BCCI chief N Srinivasan, Shirke dismissed them by saying Pawar will not do anything that is against board’s interests. Reports say Pawar-Srinivasan talks failed after Ajay Shirke and Niranjan Shah of Pawar faction opined against aligning with Srini. It will be Shahshank Manohar’s second stint as he served BCCI chief’s position during 2008-2011.

VVS Laxman calls Appointment of Ganguly as CAB Chief a Positive Sign

Bengal Ranji team’s batting consultant and former Indian batsman VVS Laxman called appointment of Sourav Ganguly as President of Cricket association of Bengal (CAB) as a positive aspect for Indian cricket. Laxman also said that it is a great selection and went on to say that he has been seeing Sourav as an able administrator for last 1 year. Sairaj Bahutule, Bengal Ranji coach, also resonated the same feeling and said that Sourav Ganguli will be able to do justice in leading CAB as he has the natural instinct of taking wise decision in all kinds of circumstances.  

Indore to host World Junior Circuit Finals TT

India will host the World Junior Circuit Finals at Indore between January 22 and 25, 2016, the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) confirmed. Incidentally, this will be the fifth international event that India will host this season as the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) has already completed hosting the Asian Cup at Jaipur (March), SAF Championships in New Delhi (May) and Indian Open at Indore (September). The Commonwealth Championships will be held at Surat in December followed by the World Junior Circuit Finals at Indore. India had hosted the World Junior Finals in 2011 at Hyderabad, but then it was a combined event for the Cadet as well as Junior Boys and Girls. Ever since, the ITTF has separated the two events and conduct them on alternate years like they do in the World Championships -- team and individual events. (Source: IANS)

Chessboard game on to succeed Dalmiya as interim BCCI chief

Sharp and smart chessboard moves have started in the BCCI to fill the slot left vacant by the death of board president Jagmohan Dalmiya, with the names of Sharad Pawar, Rajeev Shukla and Amitabh Choudhary doing the rounds as possible claimants. As per the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) constitution, the interim president has to be chosen though a special general meeting (SGM) in case of death of the incumbent. Source: IANS

Himachal to host India's maiden paragliding world cup

Himachal Pradesh's Bir-Billing in the picturesque Kangra Valley - voted the second best flying site in the world after Lake Como in Italy - is all set to hold India's first AAI Paragliding World Cup 2015 in October. A total of 102 paragliders from 49 countries, including six of the top 10 international ranking pilots, have confirmed their participation and the numbers could go up to 130, Sudhir Sharma, president of Billing Paragliding Association, said. While the state government and the association would jointly organise the event from October 23 to 31, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) would be the title sponsors. (Source: IANS)

India seeded No.1 in Davis Cup Group 1 Asia/Oceania

India have been seeded No.1 in the Davis Cup Group 1 Asia/Oceania zone despite their tennis team losing their World Group Playoff against the Czech Republic here last weekend. Uzbekistan have been seeded second in the zone and the two countries will get first round byes, to be held in March, in the 2016 season. The draws for next year will be announced on Wednesday in Santiago on the conclusion of the International Tennis Federation's (ITF) Annual General Meeting (AGM). Source: IANS

Turkmenistan clash crucial for India: Captain

Following three consecutive defeats in the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers, Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri believes the coming away match against Turkmenistan on October 8 will be crucial -- if India has to bag at least a point. India lost 1-2 to Oman, 1-2 to Guam and 0-3 to Iran in the qualifiers.Source: IANS

BCCI chief Dalmiya dead, to receive state funeral

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya, who was admitted to a hospital three days ago after complaining of chest pain, died on Sunday evening, triggering shock and sorrow among the fraternity who termed it a great loss to the game. "He passed away at around 9 p.m.," Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) treasurer Biswarup Dey said. Source: IANS