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ICC Awards 2017: Full list of winners

India captain Virat Kohli struck it big at ICC Awards 2017 by bagging two top honors - Cricketer of the Year (Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy) and ODI Cricketer of the Year. He was also named the captain of both Test and ODI teams of the year. Australia captain Steve Smith has been crowned the International Cricket. . . . .

North, South Korea to march together under one flag at Winter Olympics

North and South Korean athletes will march together at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony under a unified flag. The two Koreas also agreed during rare talks to form a combined women's ice hockey team. These are the first high-level talks between the two Koreas in more than two years. The Games will take place. . . . .

‘Khelo India’ Anthem launched by Rajyavardhan Rathore

Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore unveiled the Khelo India Anthem, a spirited composition, which resonates with the vision of the programme, of nurturing a rich sporting culture in the country. Khelo India is a unique programme which is focused on building. . . . .

Aanchal Thakur Becomes First Indian To Win International Medal In Skiing

Aanchal Thakur created history as she gave India the first-ever international medal in skiing. The 21-year-old, who hails from Manali, won bronze in Alpine Ejder 3200. She clinched the medal in the slalom race category. The Cup organised by the Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS) in Turkey. Turkey. . . . .

Federer-Bencic lead Switzerland to Hopman Cup title

Switzerland won their third Hopman Cup as Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic beat Germany's Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber 4-3(3) 4-2 in the deciding mixed doubles to secure a 2-1 victory in the final at the Perth Arena. It was Federer's second Hopman Cup triumph after victory in 2001 alongside. . . . .

'Khelo India' Logo Launched by Sports Minister Rathore

The Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore, stated that Khelo India would go a long way in achieving the twin objectives of mass participation and promotion of excellence in sports. The Sports Minister launched the simple yet vibrant Khelo India logo at the Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.. . . . .

G Sathiyan Becomes India’s Highest-Ranked Player in Latest ITTF(International Table Tennis Federation) Rankings

Sathiyan, who was nowhere near the top-100 bracket until a few months ago, is the leader today at world No. 49, thus pushing A. Sharath Kamal to the second spot at No. 51. They are followed by Soumyajit Ghosh (58), Harmeet Desai (60), Sanil Shetty (68) and Anthony Amalraj (87). As for the women paddlers,. . . . .

Bronze medal to Viswanathan Anand in the World Blitz Chess Championship

Viswanathan Anand won a bronze in the World Blitz Chess Championship following his gold-winning performance in the Rapid section. After ending the first day of the Blitz category on a disappointing note when he suffered a loss at the hands of Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia, Anand won against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France.

Saudi Arabia hosting world chess tournament for first time after long ban

Saudi Arabia is hosting a world chess tournament for the first time after the country's top cleric issued a religious edict against playing the board game. However, players from Israel and Qatar are missing the tournament due to regional tensions. Saudi Arabia's top cleric, Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Sheikh, said. . . . .

Vidarbha Win Maiden Ranji Trophy After Beating Delhi 

Vidarbha has created history by winning the Ranji Trophy for the first time in history with a thumping nine-wicket win over Delhi at the Holkar stadium in Indore. Rajneesh Gurbani’s 6/59, including a hat-trick and a century from Akshay Wadkar, were the key moments in Vidarbha scripting a fairytale run. For Delhi, Dhruv. . . . .

Abhinav Bindra resigned as chairman of Target Olympic Podium (TOP) committee

Shooting legend Abhinav Bindra on Friday resigned as the chairman of the sports ministry's Target Olympic Podium (TOP) committee to avoid any potential conflict of interest. In a letter posted on his official Twitter handle, India's lone individual gold medallist Bindra announced his decision to discontinue as National. . . . .

India’s rank 105 and Germany topped the table: FIFA rankings

Sunil Chhetri-led Indian national team retained their 105th spot in the latest FIFA rankings while Germany topped the table to be named the 'Team of the year'. After jumping up two positions to the 105 in the FIFA rankings in October, India has only played out a 2-2 draw with Myanmar in the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers, after. . . . .

Indian origin Jason Sangha to lead Australia’s U-19 world cup team.

Three-time Under-19 World Cup champions Australia will be led by Jason Sangha in next month's edition in New Zealand.Sangha became the youngest Australian to be handed a full-time contract. Earlier this year, Sangha, became the youngest Australian to score a first-class century courtesy of his 133 for Cricket Australia XI against. . . . .

Rohit Sharma ranked number 5 in One-Day International batting charts

India’s Rohit Sharma broke into the top five of the One-Day International batting charts of the ICC rankings after a successful series against Sri Lanka where he scored his third double hundred. The India opener is ranked fifth after gaining two spots and crossing the 800-point mark for the first time. Both of India’s ODI. . . . .

Australia clinched Ashes with two matches to remaining

Australia thrashed England by an innings and 41 runs in the third Test in Perth to reclaim the Ashes with two matches to spare. Australian captain, Steve Smith was named Man-of-the-Match for a second time in the series, his brilliant 239 having left England with an improbable second innings mountain to climb. Fact sheet:

Grigor Dimitrov announced as Balkan Athlete of the year

Bulgaria’s world number three tennis player Grigor Dimitrov has been named Balkan Athlete of the Year, the Bulgarian news agency (BTA) said.Dimitrov, who won the biggest title of his career when he captured the season-ending ATP Finals in London last month, became the first Bulgarian to scoop the prize after female wrestler. . . . .

Real Madrid won the 5th title of the year.

Cristiano Ronaldo's second-half free-kick ensured Real Madrid picked up a fifth trophy of 2017 by beating Gremio 1-0 in Abu Dhabi to retain the Club World Cup.A third Club World Cup in four years brings Madrid level with rivals Barcelona as the most successful side in the competition's history and adds to the La Liga, Champions. . . . .

P.V Sindhu finishes with silver at Dubai Super Series final

PV Sindhu finished with the Silver medal in the summit clash of the BWF Super Series Finals in a marathon contest against Akane Yamaguchi. Yamaguchi emerged victorious by 15 21, 21-12, 21-19 in a final that was played over 94 minutes. In the process, Sindhu became the second Indian female shuttler to finish with a silver medal. . . . .

India ended up with 29 Gold medals at Commonwealth Wrestling Championship

Double Olympic medalist ( He won bronze in 2008 Beijing Olympics and then followed it up with a silver in 2012 London Games) Sushil Kumar made a glorious return to the international arena by clinching a gold medal at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships in Johannesburg, South Africa. It was his first medal in international. . . . .

Roger Federer awarded BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the year

Roger Federer awarded BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year. In the public vote, the 36-year- old Swiss came out ahead of five other nominees in what was a glorious year following time away in 2016 due to injury. Legend of the sport, Federer extended his Grand Slams tally to 19 with titles at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.. . . . .

First ever four-day test match to be played between South Africa and Zimbabwe

South Africa and Zimbabwe will play the first ever four-day Test match and the International Cricket Council has laid down the template for the match. The board has decided that every day, a minimum of 98 overs will be bowled that means a total of 392 overs in four days. In a five-day game, a total of 450 overs are bowled. Also,. . . . .

2023cricket world cup to be held in India.

India will host the One Day International World Cup in 2023 as well as the Champions Trophy in 2021, the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed in its Special General Meeting (SGM) on Monday.This is the first time India would be hosting an ODI World Cup completely. India has previously co-hosted ODI World Cup. . . . .

Jitu, Heena win medals at Asian Airgun Championships

Pistol aces Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu bagged a bronze each to continue India's medal charge at the 10th Asian Championship 10m Rifle/Pistol in Wako City, Japan. Jitu won an individual bronze in the men's 10m Air Pistol, which also helped the Indian team comprising Shahzar Rizvi and Omkar. . . . .

India beat Germany 2-1 to win bronze in Hockey World League Final

India defeated Germany 2-1 in the Hockey World League Final and grabbed the bronze medal at the event, in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.  Germany is four-time Olympic gold medallists. Germany Capital- Berlin, Currency- Euro.

Russia banned from winter Olympics over doping issue

Russia has been banned from competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang (South Korea) in an historic decision by the International Olympic Committee – although some Russian athletes will be allowed to compete under a neutral flag.The head of the IOC, Thomas Bach, revealed the decision in a press conference in Lausanne,. . . . .

Ajay Kumar Reddy to lead India in World cup cricket tournament for blind

Ajay Kumar Reddy will lead a 17-member Indian squad at the 5th ODI World Cup Cricket Tournament For The Blind to be held in January.The squad was announced by the Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI).The World Cup will be held in Pakistan and Dubai from January 7 to 21.

Prithvi Shaw named as India’s U-19 world cup team Captain

Young batting sensation Prithvi Shaw will lead India in the ICC Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand next month. The 16-team event will be held from January 13 to February 3, 2018. India’s record: Previously India won this tournament in 2000,2008 and 2012 respectively

Virat Kohli achieves a rare feat in Test Cricket    

The swashbuckling batsman Virat Kohli, who has been dominating in all the formats as a player, is equally good as a captain as well. The added burden of captaincy hasn't affected him at all.In fact, Kohli's form got better with the captaincy. The Team Indian captain who scored his career's 20th Test ton and the third consecutive. . . . .

India blue won Challenger Trophy

India Blue beat Sri Lanka Board President XI by 95 runs in the final of the BCCI’s Challenger Trophy Men’s Under-19 one-day tournament on Saturday.The Challenger Trophy was a selection trial tournament for the ICC Under-19 World Cup to be held in New Zealand from January 13 to February 3. The 15-member Indian team and other. . . . .

India grabbed 9 Medals in Asian Archery Championships

Indian archers produced an impressive performance, grabbing three gold, four silver and two bronze medals at the Asian Championships. Asian Championships held in Dhaka, Bangladesh Two Indian boys and girls also booked quota places for the 2018 Youth Olympics

Shiva Keshavan wins gold in Asian Luge Championships

India's veteran Winter Olympian Shiva Keshavan on Friday i.e., 1/12/2017 won a gold medal at the Asian Luge Championships at Altenberg, Germany. The defending Asian champion retained his title with a time of 55.60 seconds. Shiva was followed by Lien Te-An, Taiwan (56.12 seconds) and Kim Dong-Kyu,. . . . .

BCCI to unofficially retire No.10 jersey

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to “unofficially” retire the No.10 jersey for international matches. The No.10, worn by Sachin Tendulkar throughout his career in ODIs. The Mumbai Indians, incidentally, had retired No.10 in 2013 after Tendulkar retired from all forms of the game.

ICC test rankings, Pujara climbed to the second spot

India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara jumped a couple of rungs to second, while skipper Virat Kohli held on to the fifth spot in the latest ICC rankings for Test batsmen, issued here on 28/11/2017. Top position in Batting: Steve Smith From India: C. Pujara (2nd rank) Top rank in Bowling: James Anderson From. . . . .

Indian Men’s and Women’s Teams Win 2017 Asian Kabaddi Championships

The Indian men’s and women’s kabaddi teams were both crowned the champions of Asia after beating Pakistan and South Korea in Gorgan, Iran. Star raider Ajay Thakur led from the front in the men’s final, as India beat their arch-rivals Pakistan 36-22. The Indian women’s team. . . . .

7th World Military Games to be Held at Wuhan in China

The 7th international military games will be held in Wuhan city in the central China's Hubei Province. The International Military Sports Council (CISM)’s  Military World Games is a top sports event for military personnel. It comprises 329 competitions in 27 categories and is expected to attract. . . . .

India claim 5 gold medals at World Women's Youth Boxing Championship

India topped the medals' chart after claiming five gold medals on the final day of the AIBA World Women's Youth Boxing Championships on Sunday. Nitu, Jyoti, Sakshi, Shashi Chopra and Ankushita Boro clinched the yellow metals. India earlier had also won two bronze medals. It was the biggest medal haul in the championship,. . . . .

Gopi Thonakal became the first India man to win Asian Marathon Championship

Gopi Thonakal became the first India man to win Asian Marathon Championship. He achieved the feat in the 16th edition of the prestigious event held at Dongguan in China. Gopi clocked 2 hours 15 minutes and 48 seconds to clinch the gold.Andrey Petrov of Uzbekistan bagged the silver with a timing of 2:15:51s. . . . .

Lionel Messi wins fourth European Golden Shoe Award

Lionel Messi received his fourth Golden Shoe award on 24/11/2017 for leading all of Europe's leagues in scoring last season. Messi scored 37 in the Spanish league, beating out Dutch striker Bas Dost, who netted 34 for Sporting Lisbon in the Portuguese league. The 30-year-old Messi also led Europe's league in scoring. . . . .

Ritu Phogat gets silver in U-23 Senior World Wrestling Championship

India wrestler Ritu Phogat (48kg) settled for the silver medal in the Under-23 Senior World WrestlingChampionship at Poland.The 23-year-old, who had won the gold medal at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championship last year, lost against Turkish Wrestler Demirhan in the gold medal bout to settle for a silver. In. . . . .

11th edition of Hero I-league launched in Delhi

The 11th edition of the Hero I-League was officially launched in Delhi and, to be played over three months, will run parallel to the more glamorous Indian Super League.The prize money has also been enhanced — the winner’s purse would be ₹1 crore with the runner-up getting ₹60 lakh.

Bronze for Pankaj Advani in IBSF World billiards championship

Pankaj Advani settled for bronze in the long-up format of the IBSF World billiards championship after losing to English opponent Mike Russell in the semifinals here. Russell reached the desired 1250 mark ahead of Advani. Fact sheet: Venue- Doha (Qatar)

Shanshan Feng becomes world No.1 in Women’s Golf Rankings

In a historic first for professional golf, Shanshan Feng, of the People’s Republic of China, has reached No. 1 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings (WWGR). She becomes the first player from China, male or female, to sit at the top of the golf rankings.

India out of Under-19 Asia cup

Defending champion India was knocked out of the Under-19 Asia Cup after suffering its second defeat in three days as the Rahul Dravid-coached side went down to Bangladesh by eight wickets here on Tuesday. Venue: Kuala Lumpur

Sebastian Vettel wins Brazilian Grand Prix

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel took his victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix, where Lewis Hamilton battled from the back to finish fourth. Vettel controlled the race after taking the lead from pole position man ValtteriBottas' Mercedes at the start. Hamilton, his fourth world title won at the last race in Mexico, provided much. . . . .

Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal announced retirement

Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. During a successful but controversial career, Ajmal was once celebrated as the world's number one bowler in one-day internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 cricket, and was almost as successful in Tests. He famously captured 24 wickets. . . . .

Leander Paes and Purav Raja won Knoxville Challenger tournament

Leander Paes and Purav Raja swept aside the duo of James Cerretani and John Patrick Smith 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 in the summit showdown of the Knoxville Challenger tennis tournament in Tennessee It is Paes and Raja’s first-ever title after joining forces in August this year. Earlier, Leander Paes won three Challenger level titles. . . . .

Saina Nehwal Beats PV Sindhu to Become National Champion for 3rd Time

Saina Nehwal became the national champion for the third time by defeating PV Sindhu in world Level Ranking in the women's singles final of Senior National Badminton Championships, in Nagpur, Maharashtra. Saina played nationals thrice winning the title each time.

Mary Kom golden punch in Asian Championship

Mary Kom golden punch in Asian Championship Mary Kom won gold at the Asian Championships. She scored a 5-0 win over Kim Hyang Hi of North Korea in Ho Ch Minh City, Vietnam. Venue: Ho Ch Minh City, Vietnam. Fact sheet: Mary was nominated to be a member of the Rajya Sabha by the Indian President in April. . . . .

Saina and H.S Prannoy won Senior National Badminton Championships

Saina and H.S Prannoy won Senior National Badminton Championships H.S. Prannoy defeated Kidambi Srikanth while Saina Nehwal edged past P.V. Sindhu in the Senior National Badminton Championships finals to clinch the respective titles. **Winners: Mixed doubles: Satwik Sai Raj R and Ashwini Ponnappa by beating. . . . .

Mumbai team playing it’s 500th Ranji match

Mumbai team playing it’s 500th Ranji match***  Mumbai playing its 500th Ranji Trophy match against Baroda at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday, November 9. The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), formerly known as the Bombay Cricket Association (BCA), Fact sheet: Mumbai won Ranji Trophy on 41 times, which. . . . .



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