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Mary Kom 'Surprised' as Obama Named her as one of the Indian Achievers

Indian ace boxer from Manipur, M C Mary Kom, told media that she felt proud and at the same time pleasantly surprised after US President Barack Obama acknowledged her contribution and regarded her as one of the achievers of India during his address at the Siri Fort auditorium. Mary Kom also said that she never thought that the US president will mention her name. She was in New Delhi for promoting Tourism Authority of Thailand. Kom has been chosen as the Thai Boxing ambassador.

Leander, Sania take India forward in Australian Open Mixed Doubles

India’s ace tennis players Leander Paes and Sania Mirza qualified for the quarterfinals with different partners. Partners Sania Mirza (India) and Bruno Soares (Brazil) beat Santiago Gonzalez- Abigail Spears duo by 7-5, 6-7 (3), 10-8. In another match, Leander Paes, who partnered with Martina Hingis, cemented his place in the quarterfinals after cruising to victory over Anabel Medina Garrigues-Pablo Andujar duo in straight sets (6-3, 6-1). It took them 51 minutes to win the match.

Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap win Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold Badminton Tournament

Saina Nehwal, the ace woman shuttler of India, wins Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold Badminton Tournament’s women's singles title in a nail biting match. She defeated Carolina Marin of Spain by 19-21, 25-23, 21-16. Saina made a superb comeback after losing the first game to the world reigning champion. Parupalli Kashyap defeated K Srikanth by 23-21, 23-21 to win the men’s title of the tournament. While Saina’s match went on for 1 hour and 19 minutes, Kashyap wrapped up the match in just 52 minutes.

Padma Awards for Sports Personalities – Hits and Misses

Padma Awards of 2015 were announced yesterday where 6 sports personalities made it to the final list. Both shuttler Saina Nehwal and wrestler Sushil Kumar were left out of the final list, even after all the noise regarding their selection in the coveted award list. Padma Bhushan award will be conferred to Satpal, renowned ex-wrestler and coach of Sushil Kumar. Padma Shri award will be given to Mithali Raj (Captain of woman's Cricket team), Arunima Sinha (first woman amputee mountaineer successful in climbing Mount Everest), Saba Anjum (former captain of woman’s hockey team), shuttler PV Sindhu, and Sardar Singh (captain of men’s hockey team).    

Sania, Srikanth, Kashyaps enter into final of Syed Modi Grand Prix

Indian shuttler and World number three Saina Nehwal defeated fourth seed Nichaon Jindapon in straight games and reached finals of the Syed Modi Grand Prix. In finals she will face world number seven Carolina Marin and compete for the title. K. Srikanth also registered a win against H.S. Prannoy. The pair of Manu Attri and K Maneesha has also defeated the Russian duo of Evgenij Dremin and Evgenia Dimova and reached the finals of the mixed doubles. In women's doubles Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa lost to Malaysian duo of Amelia Alicia Anscelly and Fie Cho Soong. In men’s doubles both Indian pairs are out of the tournament.

Sania, Paes and Bopanna lose in Australian Open doubles

Leander Paes, Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza are no longer in the Australian Open as they have lost their respective doubles matches. With this India is now confined to win just the mixed doubles competition. Bhupathi will play doubles with Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia, Bopanna with Czech Republic partner B Zahlavova Strycova and Paes has paired up with Martina Hingis.

Supreme Court verdict bars Srinivasan from Contesting BCCI Chief's Position

Supreme Court has said that BCCI’s chief-in-exile N. Srinivasan has conflict of interest as he held ‘commercial interest in cricket’ during IPL scam and at the same time was BCCI chief. In an unprecedented judgement, apex court of India has struck down the 6.2.4 and thereby asked Srinivasan to either contest for the position of BCCI President or remain owner of Chennai Super Kings. Raj Kundra and Gurunath Meiyappan are also being referred as guilty by SC in its 130 page order.

Shocker for India in Australian Open as Sania and Paes Crash out

Indian ace tennis player Sania Mirza crashed out of Australian Open’s double’s event when the Sania Mirza - Su-Wei Hsieh (from Cheinese Taipei) duo lost to doubles partner Alicja Rosolska and Gabriela Dabrowski in straight sets. The final score was 7-6, 6-4 against Sania-Su. In men’s doubles event, partners Leander Paes of India and Raven Klaasen of South Africa lost to Fabio Fognini-Simone Bolelli duo by 6-2, 4-6, 1-6. Though Paes-Klaasen duo won the first set but couldn’t maintain the momentum and crashed out of the Grand Slam event.

Mahesh Bhupati crashes out of Australian Open Doubles Tournament

Indian ace tennis player Mahesh Bhupati and his men’s doubles partner Jurgen Melzer lost to Diego Schwartzman-Horacio Zeballos duo in straight sets (4-6, 3-6). The game was over in just one hour time, 67 minutes to be precise. Bhupati-Melzer duo committed lots of unforced errors (27), giving their opponents extra mileage in winning the game. Though Bhupati crashed out of the Grand Slam tournament’s doubles’ event, another Indian Rohan Bopanna is still in the fray. He has partnered with Daniel Nestor and is all set to play against Marcos Baghdatis-Marinko Matosevic duo.

Supreme Court to deliver Verdict on 2013 IPL Scam today

Apex court of India will deliver its judgement on 2013 Indian Premier League scam, involving allegations of both match-fixing and betting scandal. The fate of BCCI chief-in-exile N Srinivasan will be sealed today. Srinivasan is defending himself against some serious conflict-of-interest allegations because he was the owner of Chennai Super Kings at IPL and at the same time President of BCCI during the IPL tournament of 2013. The verdict of SC will decide whether Srinivasan can contest for the position of BCCI’s President for another term.

Former Hockey Coach Michael Knobbs suggests India to Appoint Indian Hockey Coach

Michael Nobbs, former hockey coach of India, has recently opined that the time is ripe for Indian national hockey management to select a home-grown coach who is akin with the psychology of players and processes of Indian hockey. Nobbs also suggested that selecting an Indian for the position of coach at this point of time is perfect because it will give the coach enough time to prepare the Indian side for upcoming Rio Olympic Games, which is going to be held after 18 months from now.  

Dhoni's Decision to Bat First on Foreign Soil Backfired; Blames Batsmen for Humiliating Loss

India lost to England during third ODI in Australia tri-series yesterday after Indian skipper M S Dhoni opted to bat first after winning the toss. India was all out within 40 overs by scoring just 153 runs. England chased and reached the target of 154 runs in just 27.3 overs. While meeting the press Dhoni blamed batsmen for the humiliating loss and said that Indian wickets tumbled one after the other at a time when the side required building partnership. Till now Australia tops the chart with 2 wins (9 points), followed by England with 1 win (5 points).

India-England Faceoff during Tri-Nation Series Got Interesting

India today won the toss and elected to bat against England during the 3rd one-dayer in the tri-nation series. India struggled to put up a big score on board. Indian cricket team was all out for 153 runs in just 39.3 overs. Two-digit score were put up by Stuart Binny (44), skipper M S Dhoni (34), Ajinkya Rahane (33), and Ambati Rayadu (23). While chasing a score of 154 runs, England lost its first wicket at just 25 runs when Binny took the wicket of Moeen Ali. At the end of 8 overs, England score was 54/1, requiring another 100 runs out of 252 balls.  

BCCI Officials given Clean Chit by Mumbai Police

Mumbai police has reportedly cleared BCCI officials of the charges of their involvement in match fixing. Crime Branch of Mumbai Police told Mumbai court that they had not found any evidence against the BCCI officials that proves their involvement in the IPL match-fixing scam of 2013. Police also submitted a detailed report on the same, signed by property cell’s inspector Nandkumar Gopale. Police was conducting investigation on the complaint filed by a social activist named Naresh Makani against BCCI back in May 2013.    

Indian Qualifier Yuki Bhambri Crashes Out of Australian Open

Yuki Bhambri, the Indian qualifier to Australian Open, lost to Andy Murray, the two-time grand slam champion. The Indian contender was beaten by Murray today in straight sets - 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (3). Though Bhambri lost the first two sets rather easily, he put up a brave fight in the third set and moved ahead of Murray by 4-1. However, the two-time grand slam champion made up the lost ground quickly and beat the Indian at Margaret Court Arena in the tie-breaker.

Sania Mirza Reaches her Career Best Fifth Rank Yet Again

Sania Mirza has reached her career best rank yet again this season after securing a win in the doubles match against Bethanie Mattek-Sands by partnering with Su-Wei Hsieh at Sydney’s WTA Apia International. She reached the 5th rank by earning 470 points. Sania has reportedly said that she can improve upon her current best position if she manages to stay away from injuries. Today Sania-Su Wei duo will start their Australian Open tour by playing against Maria Irigoyen-Romina Oprandi duo.   

Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja out of tri-series against Australia due to injuries

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that pacer Ishant Sharma because of his left knee injury and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja for his left should injury wont be a part of India's opening game in the ODI tri-series against Australia. The match is scheduled to be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday. Dhoni then talked about his bowling plans and asked packers for perfect yorkers. Mohit Sharma and Kulkarni have also been included in the tri-series team to give a recovery time to main bowlers.

Sania and Bethanie win Apia International and Sania claims her first doubles title of 2015

Sania Mirza and Bethanie Mattek-Sands defeated top-seeded Americans Abigail Spears and Raquel Kops-Jones to won the Apia International. It's the 23rd title of Sania Miraza's career and fifth WTA title for Sania and Bethanie together. The match lasted for just 69 minutes and duo won it by 6-3, 6-3. The win gave Sania and Bethanie 470 ranking points and USD 39,000 as prize money.

Indian Shuttlers Cruise Ahead in Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold

Both men and women shuttlers of India move ahead in Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold tournament for grabbing the prize money of $120,000. While playing at Perpaduan Kuching stadium, Parupalli Kashyap (Men’s Gold Medallist during Commonwealth Games) moved to pre-quarterfinals in men’s singles and P.V. Sindhu (two-times second runner’s up at World Championships) moved forward to quarter-finals of women's singles tournament. Other shuttlers who also progressed in the tournament are Ajay Jayaram, B. Sai Praneeth, Aditya Prakash, Subhankar Dey, and Indian Double’s partner Tarun Kona and Santosh Ravuri.

Pankaj Advani showing Great Performance during National Billiards Championship

Ace indian billiards player Pankaj Advani had cruised ahead to the semi final match of National Billiards Championship. During the match played at Bengal Rowing Club, Advani beat Brijesh Damani, his rival from Petroleum Sports Promotion Board, by 4 to 1. The semi-final match will be played today, where Pankaj will face-off with Siddharth Parikh of Railways. Siddharth Parikh beat Dhvaj Haria by 4 to 3 in the quarter final match.