Sports News 07/04/2017
Smith powers RPS to 7-wicket win
Well, that was a routine story there. Rising Pune Supergiant have never lost a game chasing, reportedly, and they keep that record in tact. Steve Smith stood up like a boss to spearhead the chase of 185, which shouldn’t have been the case if not for a horrid final over the previous innings from Ashoke Dinda in which Hardik Pandya had plundered 30 extra runs. Jasprit Bumrah bowled quite well without any wickets, although his economy was not enough to surmount the assault that Ajinkya Rahane had launched up front with his 34-ball 60. Stokes and Dhoni struck a few meaty blows, but in the end, Smith was the man with his 54-ball 84. There were a couple incredible forward-diving catches, as well as a couple insipid drops.
Mahesh Bhupathi drops veteran Leander Paes from Davis Cup squad
Rohan Bopanna and Sriram Balaji will feature in the doubles match against Farrukh Dustov and Sanjar Fayziev.Veteran Leander Paes was on Thursday dropped from the Indian team for the Asia/Oceania Davis Cup tie against Uzbekistan to be held in Bangalore from April 7 to 9. India’s non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi instead selected Rohan Bopanna to pair with Sriram Balaji in the second round Davis Cup tie in Group 1 of the Asia/Oceania zone to be played at the KSLTA.
Events like Champions Trophy dilute bigger events, says Shastri
Reiterating his stance on scrapping the International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy, former Team India director Ravi Shastri on Thursday said such tournaments dilute the bigger events like the World Cups in different formats of the game.The former India all-rounder said the Champions Trophy, which is scheduled in England and Wales from June 1 to 18, is only an overdose of cricket for the audience and equally hard on the players.
India rises to 101 in FIFA rankings, best ever in two decades
The Indian football team achieved its best ever FIFA ranking in over two decades as it jumped to 101 in the latest list released on Thursday. This is the team’s best ever ranking since May 1996 it was ranked 101 then also.India jumped 31 places from its last rank of 132nd in the previous month. Following a couple of wins in recent times, India is now ranked 11th in Asia.
Malaysian Super Series: Ajay Jayaram beats India Open winner Vikto Axelsen in three sets
Ajay Jayaram – the lone survivor from the Malaysian Super Series past the first round – continued to do well after rallying to a 9-21, 21-14, 21-19 win over World No 2 and last week’s India Open champ Viktor Axelsen in 44 minutes of the second round clash. India’s highest ranked singles player currently at No. 20, Ajay has made a string of quarterfinals last season will seek to go past the last 8 when he plays Korean Son Won Ho on Friday.
PV Sindhu’s rise continues with career-high No 2 ranking
The darling of Indian badminton and 2016 Rio Olympics silver medalist PV Sindhu has scaled a new high in her career, moving to No 2 in the world rankings for women’s badminton. Sindhu’s ascension from fifth to second place was confirmed on Thursday, a day after she exited in the first round of the Malaysia Open Super Series. What propelled Sindhu up three places in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings was winning her first India Open Superseries title last Sunday, beating her Rio Olympics rival Carolina Marin. Sindhu entered the India Open ranked fifth, and beat Marin to make it two wins in a row over the Spanish shuttler following her victory during the Dubai Masters in December.
Women’s hockey: Katariya scores in 1-0 win over Belarus
Vandana Katariya scored the winner as the Indian women’s team beat Belarus 1-0 in their second pool An encounter at the Women’s Hockey World League Round 2. India had earlier defeated Uruguay 4-2 in a thrilling shootout in their opening match. It was Kariya, who scored a stunning backhanded field goal in the 26th minute to help India win and top the table in Pool A giving them an entry into the semi-finals.
Dustin Johnson withdraws from Masters with back injury
Dustin Johnson has withdrawn from the Masters after injuring his lower back in a fall at the home he was renting for the week.Dustin Johnson has withdrawn from the Masters after injuring his lower back in a fall at the home he was renting for the week. The world’s No. 1-ranked player arrived at Augusta National on quite a roll, having won his last three starts. He never took a shot at the first major championship of the year.
Ryu wins ANA Inspiration as controversy engulfs Thompson
South Korea’s Ryu So-Yeon won the ANA Inspiration with a birdie on the first playoff hole on Sunday, beating Lexi Thompson after the American was left in tears by a rules fiasco that cost her four strokes. Thompson was in the lead when she learned after the 12th hole that she was being penalized for an infraction the previous day, spotted by a television viewer.
Bolt, van Niekerk, Farah, Rudisha headline Jamaican meet
The meet dubbed a ‘salute to the legend’ is set to be Bolt’s last professional race in Jamaica as the eight-times Olympic sprint champion closes the meet in the 100 meters. Usain Bolt, fellow world record holders David Rudisha and Wayde van Niekerk and middle distance king Mo Farah will headline the JN Racers Grand Prix on June 10, organizers announced on Friday.
IPL 2017: Washington Sundar prepares to fill in R Ashwin’s boots
Washington Sundar was picked following a trial after R Ashwin was ruled out to help him recover from a sports a hernia.Picked as a replacement for injured Ravichandran Ashwin in Rising Pune Supergiant, all-rounder Washington Sundar says he is gearing up to fill in the big boots of the “legend” whenever he gets a chance to play.
Raunak’s brave move takes IM Rathnakaran by surprise; a win away from maiden norm
Fortune favors the brave and the courageous moves played by Raunak Sadhwani took higher ranked International Master (IM) K Rathnakaran by surprise as the giant-killing act produced by the 11-year-old gave him the joint 4th position after the penultimate round of the 1st Sharjah Masters International Chess Championship.
Brighton half marathon course ‘too short’
Runners reported their personal tracking devices showed they had not run the full distance. Organizers of a half marathon on England’s south coast said they were “devastated” and apologized after it emerged the course had been 146 meters short for the past three years. UK Athletics contacted Brighton Half Marathon organizers after runners reported their personal tracking devices showed they had not run the full 21.1-kilometre distance.
Thailand International Boxing: Shyam Kumar enters final, Rohit settles for bronze
India’s K Shyam Kumar (49kg) advanced to the final but Rohit Tokas (64kg) settled for a bronze medal after going down in the semifinals of the Thailand International Boxing tournament in Bangkok on Thursday. Shyam Kumar defeated Mongolia’s Gankhuyag Gan-Erdene in the last-four stage to make the summit clash.The national silver medallist, who had won a gold medal in the 2015 edition of the event, will now be up against Olympic champion Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan.