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Tai Tzu Ying defeated Saina Nehwal

India Olympic bronze medalist Saina Nehwal after 21-11, 13-21, 9-21 defeat against Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei is out of the World Super Series finals tournament at Dubai. Saina won the first game in 16 minutes but lost other two consecutive games. Fourth seed Kidambi Srikanth also lost a game against Chen Long of China and lost a chance to enter the final.

Sania Nehwal enters last four BWF Superseries Finals

World No. 4 and Olympic bronze medallist Sania Nehwal defeated No. 8 Bae Yeon Ju of South Korea. This win let Sania to enter the last four of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Superseries Finals. The match lasted for one hour and nine minutes in which Sania lost first game 15-21. She then won the next two games 21-7 and 21-17.

Michael Phelps pleads guilty to drunken driving

US swimmer Michael Phelps has pleaded guilty to drunken driving, as per media reports. The Olympic gold medalist has been given a one-year suspended prison term and has been sentenced to 18 months of supervised probation. 29-year old Phelps was arrested in Baltimore in September after he tested at nearly twice the legal alcohol limit. He was caught for speeding at 84mph in a 45mph zone. This is the second time Phelps has been convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol. He was convicted in Maryland in 2004 and was banned from the sport for six months.

Indian Shuttlers move Ahead in World Super Series Finals

Indian ace shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal moved one step forward towards semi finals of World Super Series Finals. While 6th ranked Srikant beat Indonesia’s 8th ranked Tommy Sugiarto by 21-18 21-13, fourth ranked Saina beat Sung Ji Hyun of South Korea by 21-12, 21-18. Srikant took just 38 minutes to beat Sugiarto. While Saina will face Bae Yeon Ju of South Korea in her next match, Srikanth will play against Jan O Jorgensen.  

AIBA Bans Sarita Devi for 1 year; Government Writes for Ban Reversal

International Boxing Association banned ace Indian woman boxer Sarita Devi for 1 long year and also fined her 1000 Swiss Francs for defying Asian Games authority by not accepting her bronze medal during Incheon Asian Games on the grounds of controversial decision against her. Sources say that AIBA lessened the earlier threatened life ban on Sarita to a 1-year ban because of the support and persuasion from cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and Union Sports Ministry. Sarbananda Sonowal, Sports Minister, said that he has written to the AIBA President for revoking imposed ban on Sarita.

India starts Badminton World Super Series with a Bang

Indian badminton team started its final campaign of World Super Series with twin wins. India’s Saina Nehwal (5th seeded) defeated China’s Shixian Wang, reigning Asian Games champion and former World No. 1, in women’s singles match by 21-17, 21-18. In the men’s group, 6th seeded Srikanth defeated Japan’s Kento Momota by 15-21 21-16 21-10.

BCCI Submits List of Administrators having Conflict of Interest in IPL to Supreme Court

Board of Control for Cricket has submitted a list of players as well as administrators to the apex court of India who have conflict of interest in IPL. This list includes names of some cricketing legends including Ravi Shastri, Sourav Ganguly, Sunil Gavaskar, Venkatesh Prasad, Lalchand Rajput, and Krishnamachari Srikkanth. This list was submitted by the BCCI today after a special SC bench asked the Indian cricket board to submit a list of players as well as officials of the board who have conflict of interest in T20 Champions League and IPL.

Vishy wins London Classic

Viswanathan Anand won his first London Classic by defeating Michael Adams of England in the fifth round. This win by the 5 time World Chess Champion is a relief as he suffered a humiliating defeat against Norway’s Magnus Carlsen during Sochi’s World Championship. Vishy cliched the title in a tie-breaker, when his score equalled with that of Anish Giri and Vladimir Kramnik.

IHF takes action against Pakistan Hockey Players after India's Complaint

International Hockey Federation has suspended two Pakistani players after Hockey India complained to the international body regarding obscene gestures of Pakistani players while celebrating their emphatic win over India during semi final of Champion’s Trophy. Shahnaz Sheikh, Hockey Coach of Pakistan has said that the two rivals must play more games against one another for lifting standard of hockey in subcontinent.

 

Right time to elevate Kohli to full-time Test captain – Former Australia cricket captain Ian Chappell

Former Australia cricket captain Ian Chappell in his column for ESPNcricinfo wrote that it is the right time to make Virat Kohli a full-time Test captain of the Indian Cricket Team. He mentioned that Kohli's remarkable performance in the past three and a half days must have stimulated the selectors to think about making him a full time Test captain. But Chappell also said that the only concern is Kohli's inability to keep his emotions under control that he showed during verbal altercation on the fourth day of the match.

Australia beat India by 48 runs in 4-match Test series

India lost the first match at the Adelaide Oval to Australia in the 4-match Test series. Spinner Nathan Lyon who also ended the match took seven wickets in the second innings. Though stand-in captain Virat Kohli (141) and opener Murali Vijay (99) made great efforts but India lost eight wickets in quick succession and Australia had a stunning victory of 48 runs. Australia captain Michael Clarke got injured and he may not play the second test in Brisbane.

India Enters Hockey Championship Trophy Semi-Final by Beating Belgium

Twelfth ranked India made it to the semi-finals by beating 4th ranked Belgium convincingly in an action-packed match. India was trailing by two goals till eighteenth minute. But made a marvelous comeback with four goals in a row by Rupinder Pal Singh, SK Uthappa, Akashdeep Singh, and Dharamvir Singh at 18th, 27th, 41st, and 49th minute respectively. India is going to face their arch rival Pakistan (which beat Netherlands 4-2) in the semis on December 13 (Saturday).

Sarita Devi receives her Asian Games bronze medal

Indian ace boxer Sarita Devi has ultimately received her Asian Games bronze medal. Rajeev Mehta, Secretary General of Indian Olympic Association, presented the medal to Sarita Devi on Wednesday at IOA Headquarters. International Boxing Federation had suspended Sarita provisionally after her refusal to accept the medal during the Asian Games of 2014 at South Korea’s Incheon. Rajeev Mehta has said that IOA is behind the suspended boxer and the organisation has also written to AIBA for taking a soft stand on the Manipuri boxer.

India Hockey Team Enters Quarterfinal by Defeating the Mighty Netherlands

Indian hockey team makes its way to the quarter finals by securing a convincing win over Netherland. India stunned the second ranked Netherland by defeating them 3-2 and finished third in Pool B. After this win Indian hockey team is going to face Belgium in the quarters. The other quarterfinal matches are between Argentina-Australia, Netherland-Pakistan, and Germany-England. All these games will be played tomorrow.

 

Ex-BCCI Chief's Son-in-Law in Big Trouble

Apex court of India asked BCCI to undertake punitive action against Gurunath Meiyappan (son-in-law of former BCCI chief N. Srinivasan), who was charged with betting charges during IPL 2013. Supreme Court didn’t buy N. Srinivasan's reasoning that no conflict of interest is there in remaining President of BCCI and owning IPL team, all at the same time.

Virat Kohli to Lead Indian Cricket team in Test Matches

For the first time ace all-rounder of Indian Cricket team, Virat Kohli, has been selected to lead the team in Test Matches, to be played in Australia. The first Test match between the two cricketing giants will start from 9 December 2014. Sources reveal that Dhoni was ruled out of the Indian Team as he is still suffering from thumb injury. Kohli’s counterpart of the Australian side will be Michael Clarke.

Roger Federer is excited to play in India

Playing for the first time in India is a 'pleasure and privilege' said the Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer who came to India to play for Indian Aces in International Premier Tennis League (IPTL). The 17-time Grand Slam winner will play in India against Singapore Slammers. He said it is special to play somewhere for the first time. India is a different place and he is excited to play here he added.

Delhi is all set for three days IPTL

Delhi for the next three days is going to witness the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL). The IPTL that started in Manilla last week has a very fast-paced and a shorter format. This year four teams named Manila Mavericks, Singapore Slammers, Indian Aces and UAE Royals will participate in the competition. 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer who is a part of the Indian Aces team will also play and expected to reach Capital on Saturday. Apart from him Delhi will also welcome other players, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Lleyton Hewitt, Tomas Berdych, Ana Ivanovic and Pete Sampras.

World Cup 2015 Shocker - Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag Left Out

Thirty-member probable list for World Cup 2015 has been announced and the shocker is some of the most popular names in Indian cricket - Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir, and Virender Sehwag – are missing. All of them were members of winning team of World Cup 2011. 4 members of World Cup 2011 who secured their place in the 30 probables list include Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ravichandran Ashwin, and MS Dhoni.

Sports Ministry asks AIBA President to Revoke Sarita Devi's Suspension on Sympathetic Grounds

Sarbananda Sonowal, Sports Minister of India, has written to Dr Ching Kuo Wu, President of AIBA, and pleaded to revoke imposed suspension order on ace woman Indian boxer Sarita Devi. The minister has asked AIBA to reconsider the decision keeping the humble background of the boxer in mind. It is learnt that final decision on the extent of Sarita’s punishment has not been decided yet by AIBA.