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  1. MS Dhoni rises while Virat Kohli slips in latest ICC ODI rankings - Ind vs Eng
  2. Rio Olympics 2016 Usain Bolt wins 9th Olympic gold take 4x100m relay
  3. Rio Olympics 2016 PV Sindhu, silver lining for Indian campaign
  4. Sakshi Malik wins first medal for India at Rio Olympics
  5. Rio Olympics 2016, Narsingh Yadavs dope saga, PV Sindhus win
  6. Rio Olympics 2016 Britains golden couple - Laura Trott & Jason Kenny
  7. Rio Olympics 2016 Usain Bolt wins 100m gold, Justin Gatlin got second
  8. Kohli and Kumble will face greater tests than West Indies
  9. India captain Kohli targets period of Test domination
  10. Sri Lanka Cricket captain Angelo Mathews frustrated as two more players injured
  11. Vijender Singh hints at showdown with Amir Khan in India
  12. Ishant Sharma I am at my best in Test cricket
  13. Sachin Tendulakar Players have a lot to learn from Kumble
  14. Indian Hockey Team is praised by PM Narendra Modi for champion trophy
  15. Kohli has decided to become the best athlete in the world
  16. Sushil Kumar vs Narsingh: Today Delhi HC to pronounce verdict
  17. To enjoy the occasion Kohli wants Royal Challengers
  18. French Open: It is a Sania Mirza vs Leander Paes mixed doubles final
  19. Yuvraj Singh Slams Fifty, Says Has No Time For Critics
  20. Caroline Wozniacki Set Up A Third Round Meeting At The Madrid Open

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MS Dhoni rises while Virat Kohli slips in latest ICC ODI rankings - Ind vs Eng

Posted Date :   28 January 2017 01:23:44 PM  

Indian captain Virat Kohli slipped a rung to third in the ICC rankings for ODI batsmen but his predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni gained a spot to be 13th in the latest list issued.
 
Rohit Sharma slipped three places to be 12th, while Shikhar Dhawan was in the joint 14th spot with Englishman Jos Butler.
 
Among the bowlers, no Indian found a place in the top-10 with Akshar Patel being the highest placed at 12th, a drop of three positions. Following him closely was Amit Mishra at the joint 14th position.
 
Meanwhile, Australia opener David Warner wrested the top spot rankings for ODI Batsmen.
 
The Indian team was unchanged at the third position in the team rankings.
 
The attacking left-hander has attained the top ranking for the first time, leapfrogging South Africa's AB de Villiers and Kohli after amassing 367 runs in the five-match home series against Pakistan which his side won 4-1.
 
There were other batsmen to gain too after India's 2-1 win over England in a series that ended on Sunday.
 
England batsman Jason Roy's three half-centuries have taken him into the top 20 for the first time as he has gained 23 slots to reach 17th. For India, Kedar Jadhav's 232 runs have helped him gain 57 slots to reach 47th ranking.

Rio Olympics 2016 Usain Bolt wins 9th Olympic gold take 4x100m relay

Posted Date :   20 August 2016 01:03:03 PM  

Bolt, 29, had won the 100m and 200m in Rio and is the only man to win all three sprint events at three Games.
 
He combined with Asafa Powell, Yohan Blake and Nickel Ashmeade to finish in 37.27 seconds.
 
Japan won a surprise silver and the USA were disqualified to hand Canada bronze and lift Britain up to fifth.
 
Bolt said, "There you go. I'm the greatest,"  after bringing an end to one of the most astonishing Olympic careers of all time.
 
 
In February, Bolt confirmed he would retire after the 2017 World Championships in London and will not compete at Tokyo 2020, at which point he will be nearly 34.
 
His haul of nine gold medals is the joint highest among Olympic athletics, equal with USA sprinter and long jumper Carl Lewis and Finnish long-distance runner Paavo Nurmi.
 
"I'm going to stay up late and have fun. I never knew this would happen when I started out," Bolt told BBC Sport.
 
"My team came through for me tonight. As long as we got the baton round, it was never in doubt.
 
"It's a brilliant feeling. I've pushed myself, it's been a long road. I'm happy but I'm relieved. It's great to be in the history books as one of the greatest. I'm proud of myself."
 
Blake made an attempt to persuade 100m and 200m world-record holder Bolt to continue for another four years, saying: "Usain needs to be immortal and he is immortal. I will encourage him to come back for 2020."
 
When asked about bowing out of the Olympics, Bolt added: "I'm going to miss the crowds. I'm not going to miss the interviews. I've done, like, 500."
 
 

Rio Olympics 2016 PV Sindhu, silver lining for Indian campaign

Posted Date :   20 August 2016 11:44:04 AM  

 
Rio Olympics 2016: Day 14  saw India win a historic silver medal in badminton after PV Sindhu went down fighting in a closely contested women's singles final against Spain's Carolina Marin. But her second-placed finish made her the most successful Indian woman at the Olympics. 
 
PV Sindhu's silver Medal in the women's singles competition lifted India's spirits, as the nation erupted in joy at the 21-year-old's historic feat. World No 10 Sindhu fought hard but ultimately ended up losing 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 to World No 1 Carolina Marin of Spain.
The silver took India's medal tally to two, after wrestler Sakshi Malik won bronze in the 58-kilogram freestyle wrestling on Wednesday.
 
Sindhu started on a positive note but after 3-3, the Spaniard dominated the proceedings and took four consecutive points to lead 7-3 and then 9-5.
 
Unperturbed by the pressure of the occasion and her opponent, Sindhu controlled her nerves and displayed swift court movements and hit bodyline smashes to diminish the lead to 13-15. Sindhu, who was trailing 16-19 at one point, fought her heart out and took five points on the trot to claim the first game in 27 minutes.
 
In the second game, Carolina attacked from the start and Sindhu couldn't manage to control the torrent of attacks, trailing 2-11 at the mid-game break. After the break, Sindhu tried to bounce back and displayed a lot of power and strength to dismantle the strategy of her Spanish opponent, but eventually relinquished the second game 12-21.
 
In the decider, Marin got off to a flying start and took a five-point lead to go 6-1 up. But Sindhu, who was on a giant-killing spree after dismissing two higher-ranked opponents in the earlier rounds, pulled level at 10-10. Carolina went into the mid-game interval leading by a slender one-point margin.
 
After the breather, the duo continued to fight valiantly for each point, but it was the more experienced Marin who proved superior. Sindhu kept herself within touching distance at 14-16. But she was powerless when Marinupped the ante to pull ahead 19-14. She edged closer to match point with a half smash and eventually clinched the contest 21-15 to become the first Eurpoean woman to clinch gold.

Sakshi Malik wins first medal for India at Rio Olympics

Posted Date :   19 August 2016 12:08:30 PM  

 
The 23-year-old Indian Wrestler Sakshi Malik defeated Kyrgyzstan’s Aisuluu Tynybekova in a dramatic finish in the 58kg freestyle wrestling category, making a comeback in the final seconds to win 8-5.
 
After her victory Malik jogged around the wrestling arena, carrying the Indian flag before collapsing on the mat as true realisation of her feat sank in. 
 
“It’s (the victory) the result of 12 years of wrestling day and night. I never gave up in the bout and gave it my maximum,” she told Indian television news channels after her victory.  
 
Sakshi Malik is the first Indian female wrestler to win an Olympic medal
 
Born in northern conservative Haryana state, adjoining New Delhi, where women were only recently allowed to wrestle, Malik is India’s fourth female athlete to climb the Olympic victory podium. 
 
Sakshi’s father Subir Malik said, “She emulated her grandfather who was a wrestler and never regretted her decision.” 
 
Sakshi should be an example to all fathers who feel that their daughters should not enter the sports field, he told NDTV from his hometown of Rohtak.
 
 
Prime minister Narendra Modi congratulated Malik, calling her "India’s daughter" as millions of thankful Indians celebrated the event, bitterly disappointed after almost all the country’s medal hopefuls were eliminated.
 
 
 

Rio Olympics 2016, Narsingh Yadavs dope saga, PV Sindhus win

Posted Date :   17 August 2016 12:43:33 PM  

Shuttler PV Sindhu raised serious hopes of breaking India's long-awaited medal quest in the Rio Olympics by storming into the semifinals of the women's singles event with a stunning straight games win over London Games silver medallist Wang Yihan of China in Rio de Janeiro.
 
The two-time World Championship bronze medallist Sindhu, who came into the match with a 2-4 head-to-head record, dished out a compact game to outmaneuver the more experienced Wang 22-20 21-19 in a gruelling battle lasting 54 minutes.
 
The 21-year-old Indian now stood just a win away from assuring India an elusive medal at the Rio Olympics.
With the memorable win, Sindhu became the second Indian badminton player to reach an Olympic semifinal after Saina Nehwal achieved the feat four years ago.
 
Sindhu's win has overshadowed the fresh saga surrounding India's floundering campaign at the Rio Games on day 11 after World Anti-Doping Agency lodged an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sports against the clean chit given to wrestler Narsingh Yadav by NADA in the dope scandal back home.
 
"WADA has appealed against the NADA (National Anti-Doping Agency) clearance in Court of Arbitration (CAS). Now the hearing is on and the IOA Secretary General (Rajeev Mehta) is there with WADA officials," Indian contingent's chef-de-mission Rakesh Gupta told PTI.
 
Enduring a disastrous campaign thus far, the medal-less Indian contingent has been pinning its hopes mainly on shuttlers Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth, besides its wrestlers — including world championship bronze medal winner Narsingh — to end the drought before the disheartening development.
 
Eleven days of action have failed to bring India, that won a record six medals in London four years ago, a single podium finish and there's growing desperation to end this poor run.
India's campaign now has been reduced to three disciplines — track and field, badminton and wrestling — after the flop show put up by the contingent in other sports.
 
It's woes continued on day 11 when Hardeep Singh lost 1-2 in his opening encounter against Turkey's Ildem Cenk in the Greco-Roman 98kg category.
 
And adding to the miserable run was the news that some of its contingent members were served only "peanuts" at a dinner party organised by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports here on Independence Day, after having skipped dinner at the Games Village.
 
Having conquered world no 2 Yihan, India's all hopes now rests on Sindhu who will face the winners of the last quarterfinal between Japan's Akane Yamaguchi and Nozomi Okuhara on 18 August for a place in the gold medal encounter.
 
The lanky shuttler from Hyderabad and Srikanth, who made it to the men's singles quarters, are the only two medal contenders left in the badminton competition after the shock elimination of last Games bronze medallist and former world no 1 Saina Nehwal two days ago.
 
Srikanth also showed his class when he upset higher ranked Danish rival Jan Jorgensen to become the second man from India to enter the last eight in badminton after Parupalli Kashyap in the 2012 London Games.
 
He too faces an arduous task in the quarterfinals against two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan of China, who is defending the title he won in London.
 
Greco-Roman wrestler Hardeep Singh was the other Indian in action on day 11 while the freestyle event, to start later, could see three men and as many women in fray.
 
Among them is London Games bronze winner Yogeshwar Dutt, who will take to the mat on the last day of the Games — August 21 — and Narsingh who would take part in his event on 19 August, provided CAS turns down WADA's appeal a day before his opening bout.
 
Narsingh was reinstated by NADA after returning a positive dope test on June 25 with the authorities accepting his version that the food or drinks he had ingested had been spiked with prohibited anabolic steroid — methandienone.
Away from these two disciplines, track and field is the only other arena left for India to strike it rich but the depth and quality of the top athletes is such that they carry very slim chances of winning a medal.
 
Thus far, barring Lalita Babar in women's 3000m steeplechase, it has been a dismal show by the athletes with many of them not even approaching the mark which had earned them qualification for Rio.
 
If India draw a blank in the Games it would be the first Olympics since 1992 in Barcelona that the country has emerged without a single medal to its name.
 
It has been a gradual improvement since 1996 when tennis player Leander Paes provided the country with its first individual Olympic medal after 1952 Helsinki by winning a bronze in men's singles.
 
The bronze medal by woman weightlifter Karnam Malleswari in Sydney 2000 was followed by shooter Rajyawardhan Singh Rathore's silver winning effort in Athens 2004.
 
These were forerunners to Abhinav Bindra becoming the first and only Indian individual gold medal winner in 2008 Beijing where wrestler Sushil Kumar and boxer Vijender Singh also won bronze medals.
 
Three in Beijing became six in London four years later, albeit without a gold medal to boast of, as Sushil Kumar (silver), shooters Vijay Kumar (silver) and Gagan Narang and Dutt (all bronze), among men, and shuttler Saina Nehwal and boxer M C Mary Kom, among women, climbed the medal podium.