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Thursday, 31 July 2014
Sindhu joins Thulasi  Kashyap  Srikanth in quarters

Sindhu joins Thulasi Kashyap Srikanth in quarters

Glasgow, Aug 1: Indian badminton players had a great day at the 2014 Commonwealth Games when Pusarla Venkata Sindhu joined Parupalli Kashyap, Kidambi Srikanth, Rajah Menuri Venkata Gurusaidatt and Puthenpurayil Chandrika Thulasi in the singles quarterfinals on Thursday night.
Sindhu, India’s leading player in the women’s singles in the absence of Saina Nehwal, had little difficulty in disposing of Sri Lankan Thilini Hendahewa 21-14, 21-14 in barely 26 minutes to win her round of 16 match at Emirates Arena. Sindhu’s quarter-final opponent is Anna Rankin of New Zealand.
Thulasi took half an hour to show Canada’s Rachel Honderich the exit door, winning 21-12 21-7, and she will now meet Jing Yi Tee, World No. 33, who has 2-0 head-to-head against the Indian.
Gurusaidatt, who beat Canada’s Andrew D’Souza 21-13, 21-9 in 27 minutes, next plays top seeded Malaysian Chong Wei Feng. Guru has had close encounters with Feng, though he is yet to beat him, and hopes to have an even chance in their match Friday.
Kashyap, who took just 24 minutes to outclass Australian Jeff Tho 21-7, 21-8, next takes on World No 47 Daren Liew of Malaysia. The top Indian shuttler lost to Liew twice when the Malaysian was among the top 10 in the world, but beat him when they played last year.
The third Indian in the men’s singles quarter-final is Kidambi Srikanth. He had a tough time beating Sri Lankan Niluka Karunaratne, 20-22, 21-16, 21-12, and he will now face Singaporean Derek Wong.
Reigning women’s doubles gold medallists Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa also made it to the quarterfinals but not before sweating it out over three games against Australian combination of He Tian Tang and Renuga Veeran 18-21, 21-10, 21-6, the match lasting 41 minutes.
The other Indian men’s doubles pair Pranaav Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar lost 13-21 14-21 to Malaysians Wee Kioong Tan and Wei Shem Goh
India's schedule on Day 7 at 2014 Commonwealth Games

India's schedule on Day 7 at 2014 Commonwealth Games

India moved up from sixth place to fifth on the medals tally at the 2014 Commonwealth Games after bagging six medals on day eight, taking their overall tally to 47 medals. Wrestlers Yogeshwar Dutt andBabita Kumari claimed Gold medal each and Vikas Gowda made sure India get their first Gold medal in the athletics event at this year’s games.It is day 9 at the Games and India will aim for a prosperous outing.Here we bring to you the schedule of Indian players who will be competing Day 9 of the Commonwealth Games 2014.
Athletics: Sahana Kumari will be participating in Women’s High Jump final. Krishna Punia, Seema Punia will be in action in Women’s Discus throw final. In Women’s 4x400m relay heat M.R. Poovamma, Tintu Luka, Ashwini Akunji, Ratandeep Kaur, Debashree Majmudar and Anilda Thomas will be seen in action. Competing in Women’s 4x100m relay heat will beSaradha Narayan, H.M. Jyoti, Asha Roy, Srabani Nanda, Merlin Joseph, and Santhini Vallikkad.
In Men’s category, Rajiv Arokia, Kunhu Mohammed, Sachin Roby, Lalit Mathur, Jithu Baby and Jibin Sebastianwill take part in men’s 4x400m relay heat.  Arpinder Singhwill be in action in Men’s Triple Jump Qualification. In Men’s Javelin Throw Qualification Ravinder Singh Khaira will compete in Group A while in Group B Davinder Singh and Vipin Kasana.                    
Badminton: In Women’s singles quarterfinal P.C Thulasi will be up against J.Y. Tee of Malaysia and P.V. Sindhu will face Anna Rankin of New Zealand. In Men’s singles quarterfinal Parupalli Kashyap will play againstMalaysian Darren Liew,R.M.V. Gurusaidutt also against Malaysian Wei Feng Chong andK.Srikanth against Derek Wong of Singapore. Also in Women’s Doubles QuarterfinalIndia will face Sri Lanka.
Hockey:India will play hosts Scotland in Women’s 5th-6th classificationmatch.
Gymnastics: Ashish Kumar will participate in Men’s Vault final.
Boxing: Pinki Jangra will face Michaela Walsh in Women’s Flyweight (48-51) kgsemi-final while inWomen’s Lightweight (57-60)kg semi-finalLalita Devi will take on Maria Machongua. In Men’s Middleweight (75kg) semi-finalVijender Singh will be in action against Connor Coyle, in Men’s Light flyweight 49kg semi-finalDevendro Singh vs Ashley Williams andin Men’s Welterweight (69kg) semi-final Mandeep Jangra vs Steven Donnelly.
Lawn Bowls:India will take on Australia in Men’s Fours bronze medal match.
Table Tennis:In Men’s Doubles Semi-final India will face Singapore and in Men’s Singles third round Saurav Ghosh takes on H.Li and Sharath Kamal faces S.Toriola. In Women’s Doubles Third round India will face Australia and Malaysia.
Sharath Kamal in semi-final: 7 reasons to cherish about the ace Indian paddler

Sharath Kamal in semi-final: 7 reasons to cherish about the ace Indian paddler


Indian ace paddler, Achanta Sharath Kamal has entered the semifinals of men’s doubles Table Tennis event at the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The Indian doubles pair of Sharath Kamal and Anthony Arputharaj defeated the English duo of D. Reed and S. Walker in the 3rd Quarterfinals. It was a hard fought match which the Indians won 12-10, 11-6, 7-11, 11-8 to advance to the Semifinals of the 2014 CWG. With this win, Sharath is just one step away from winning a medal in Glasgow. Earlier Sharath Kamal and Shamini Kumaresan lost their mixed doubles quarterfinal match against Reed and Kelly Sibley 7-11, 9-11, 11-5, 14-12, 4-11.
Let’s now have a look at the 7 reasons why the whole of India is cheering for the ace paddler to win a medal in CWG –
This is the third CWG that Sharath is competing in. He has a great record in these games and has won 2 gold medals in 2006 Melbourne games in men’s singles and team events. He repeated his heroics in 2010 games four year later when he won gold in men’s doubles and a bronze in team’s event. He would be looking to repeat his men’s double performance here in Scotland.
Kamal has represented India in two Olympics. He represented the country in 2004 Athens Olympics in Greece and 2008 Beijing Olympics in China. He has the distinction of being the only Indian men’s paddler to be selected for Beijing games.
The 32 year old won the Commonwealth Table Tennis championship in 2004. The tournament was held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
This right-handed Table Tennis player from Chennai won the US Open Table Tennis men’s championship in July 2010. This competition was held at Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Sharath won the 21st edition of the tournament held at Pyongyong, North Korea in August 2007. He became the first Indian to win this competition.
For his consistent topnotch performance and for bringing laurels for the country in Table Tennis, the country’s top paddler was conferred with Arjuna Award in 2004.
Kamal’s best performance on the world circuit came up in year 2007, when he defeated world number 19, Lee Jung Woo in the Japan Pro Tour. Following this victory he reached his best ranking of world number 73. He is currently ranked 40th in the world rankings as of June 2014.

First victory for Jaipur’s Pink Panthers in Pro-Kabaddi League

First victory for Jaipur’s Pink Panthers in Pro-Kabaddi League

 Kolkata, Jul 31Egged on by team owner and bollywood hero Abhishek Bachchan, Jaipur’s Pink Panthers edged out a highly rated Telugu Titans 46-32 to register their first win of the Pro-Kabaddi League on Thursday. The result also signified Telugu’s first defeat after clinching a last minute draw against the table toppers U Mumba in the first match.

Maninder Singh and Jasvir Singh of Pink Panthers wrecked havoc in their raids into the Telugu Titans half, giving Abhishek a chance to try out his Thai 5 before 5000 odd supporters who cheered lustily for Junior Bachchan. They had a crouching tiger approach with lone defender Gokul Shitole coming behind the raider and as he blocked the way back, Rajesh Narwal and Rohit Rana effected perfect leg holds to kill any chance of further offence. At one point Jaipur were on 13 to Telugu’s 7.
However, Telugu recovered after the initial nerves and quality raids from Deepak Nivas Mudda and Sukes Hegde meant they finished the first half at competitive 17-16 in favour of Jaipur. The second half saw Telugu take giant strides and at one point came close to winning a LONA, but Jasvir’s lone battle meant Jaipur stifled off an aggressive offence to maintain 26-21 lead.
However, Telugu achieved the inevitable when they earned the first LONA to move within 2 points of Jaipur’s 26, but Navneet Gautam and Jasvir Singh orchestrated fast paced raids to ensure that the team from the Pink City kept their lead. Jaipur regained their control over the match with a well crafted Lona that saw their lead soar to 41-30 with the match in its last 5 minutes.
Adding to their victory, Jasvir Singh was awarded Best Raider, while team mates Prashant Chavan and Rohit Rana took home the awards for Best Defender and Moment of the Day respectively.
Parupalli Kashyap Kidambi Srikanth Reach Quarters

Parupalli Kashyap Kidambi Srikanth Reach Quarters

Glasgow, Aug 1: Indian shuttlers had a fantastic outing at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday as most of them won their respective Round of 16 matches to proceed to the quarter-finals at the Emirates Arena. To start with, men’s singles second seed Parupalli Kashyap needed only 24 minutes to move past Australia’s Jeff Tho 21-7, 21-8 while fifth seed R.M.V. Gurusaidutt beat Andrew D’Souza 21-13, 21-9 in 27 minutes.
However, fourth seeded Kidambi Srikanth had to struggle for 57 minutes before edging past Sri Lanka’s Niluka Karunaratne 20-22, 21-16, 21-12. Later, sixth seed P.C. Thulasi defeated Canadian Rachel Honderich 21-12, 21-7 in 31 minutes to move into the women’s singles last eight while women’s doubles defending champions Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa overcame Australian combine He Tang and Renuga Veeran 18-21, 21-10, 21-6.
But it was the end of the road for Akshay Dewalkar and Pranaav Chopra in men’s doubles who lost to Malaysian duo Wee Kiong Tan and Wei Shem Goh 13-21, 14-21 in 28 minutes.
Jamaica sprinter eager to leave Glasgow 'freezer'

Jamaica sprinter eager to leave Glasgow 'freezer'

Glasgow, Aug 1: After Usain Bolt quelled a storm over reported criticism of conditions in Glasgow, a Jamaica teammate at the Commonwealth Games said he can’t wait to leave the cold weather. Sprinter Jason Livermore stressed that he found Scotland “very welcoming” but was struggling to cope with the conditions.
“Scotland is very cold,” Livermore said after winning bronze in the 200 meters on Thursday. ”It’s like I’m in a freezer. I can’t wait to get out of the freezer and get back to the Caribbean and soak up some of the Caribbean sun.” Bolt was quoted by The Times of London on Wednesday as saying “it’s a bit s—” when asked whether he was enjoying the games. After Bolt called the story “lies,” the paper published a transcript which said Bolt “shrugs, looks up to gray sky” after using the expletive.
At a wet and chilly Hampden Park, Livermore’s criticism of the conditions came in response to a reporter working for the official games news service asking what he thought of the track and weather. The question didn’t reference Bolt. It was 18 degrees C (64 F) at the time of Livermore’s race. At the same time, in Kingston, Jamaica, it was 32 (90). Livermore finished behind winner Rasheed Dwyer and Warren Weir in a Jamaica 1-2-3.
Given the Glasgow weather, Livermore expressed a desire that the Commonwealth Games Federation take the event to a warmer part of the world closer to home. ”The federation should bring the Commonwealth to the Caribbean one year,” he said.
Kingston hosted the only games in the Caribbean, in 1966, 22 years before Livermore was born.
Commonwealth Games 2014: Indian medal winners at Glasgow!

Commonwealth Games 2014: Indian medal winners at Glasgow!

The following is the list of Indian medal winners at the 2014 Commonwealth Games here
Sanjita Khumukchan: women’s 48 kg weightlifting
Sukhen Dey: men’s 56 kg weightlifting
Abhinav Bindra: men’s 10 metre air rifle shooting
Apurvi Chandela: women’s 10 metre air rifle shooting
Rahi Sarnobat: women’s 25 metre pistol shooting
Satish Sivalingam: men’s 77 kg weightlifting
Jitu Rai: men’s 50 metre pistol shooting
Amit Kumar: men’s freestyle 57 kg wrestling
Vinesh Phogat: women’s freestyle 48 kg wrestling
Sushil Kumar: men’s freestyle 74 kg wrestling
Mirabai Chanu Saikhom: women’s 48 kg weightlifting
Shushila Likmabam: women’s 48 kg judo
Navjot Chana: men’s 60 kg judo
Malaika Goel: women’s 10 metre air pistol shooting
Prakash Nanjappa: men’s 10 metre air pistol shooting
Ayonika Paul: women’s 10 metre air rifle shooting
Anisa Sayyed: women’s 25 metre pistol shooting
Shreyasi Singh: women’s double trap shooting
Ravi Katulu: men’s 77 kg weightlifting
Gurpal Singh: men’s 50 metre pistol shooting
Gagan Narang: men’s 50 metre rifle prone shooting
Vikas Thakur: men’s 85 kg weightlifting
Harpreet Singh: men’s 25 metre rapid fire pistol shooting
Sanjeev Rajput: men’s 50 metre rifle 3 positions shooting
Rajeev Tomar: men’s freestyle 125 kg wrestling
Lalita: women’s freestyle 53 kg wrestling
Bajrang: men’s freestyle 61 kg wrestling
Sakshi Malik: women’s freestyle 58 kg wrestling
Satywart Kadian: men’s freestyle 97 kg wrestling

Ganesh Mali: men’s 56 kg weightlifting
Kalpana Thoudam: women’s 52 kg judo
Santoshi Matsa: women’s 53 kg weightlifting
Rajwinder Kaur: women’s +78 kg judo
Omkar Otari: men’s 69 kg weightlifting
Mohammed Asab: men’s double trap shooting
Punam Yadav: women’s 63 kg weightlifting
Manavjit Sandhu: men’s trap shooting
Gagan Narang: men’s 50 metre rifle 3 positions shooting
Lajja Gauswami: women’s 50 metre rifle 3 positions shooting
Chandrakant Mali: men’s 94 kg weightlifting
Navjot Kaur: women’s freestyle 69 kg wrestling
5 interesting highlights of the day’s play:India vs England 3rd Test Day 4

5 interesting highlights of the day’s play:India vs England 3rd Test Day 4


On day four morning India added only seven runs to their overnight score and lost last two wickets quickly handing England a 2nd innings lead of 239 runs. Home team decided to set India a target instead of enforcing the follow-on. With lead under their belt England declared 2nd innings on 205-4 and gave India a target of 445 runs to win the third Test. At stumps on day four after losing top order India are 112-4 and need 333 more runs on the final day to win, but victory seems to be out of sight and India will be aiming for draw. In case you missed the action here are five interesting highlights of the day’s play.
Birthday Boy James Anderson claims five-for: It was James Anderson’s birthday and he started the morning on a happy note by scalping two quick wickets to claim his five wicket haul. Anderson removed MS Dhoni who could not add a run to his overnight score of 50 and Mohammad Shami to hand England a massive lead of 239 runs. He finished with figures of 5-53.
Alistair Cook & Joe Root notch fifties: Out of touch pre-match England captain after scoring an exceptional 95 in 1st innings registered another half-century in the 2nd innings. Cook who remained unbeaten on 70 made sure England lead go well past 400-run mark. It was for the eighth time in Cook’s career that he had scored fifties in both the innings of a Test. England needed to give their bowlers enough time to bowl at Indian batsmen and to do that they had to score quickly. Joe Root came out to bat exactly with that frame of mind and played exquisite shots to keep the scoreboard ticking. Root who attacked right from the go smashed his half-century off just 38 balls.
Two quick wickets jolt India: Both the Indian openers were watchful and looked on course for a decent opening stand, but some lazy running between the wickets cost India a crucial wicket of in-form batsman Murali Vijay. The right-hander ran from non-strikers but was touch short of crease when Stuart Broad inflicted direct hit at stumps. Alistair Cook then brought spinner Moeen Ali into the attack and he rewarded his captain with a vital wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara who lasted only six balls. Pujara was caught in the slip and England completely dominated the session.
Shikhar Dhawan & Virat Kohli fail to resist: Shikhar Dhawan batted with intent and looked positive as it was for the first time in this series Murali Vijay departed before him. He along with Virat Kohli added 51 runs for the third wicket before being dismissed by part time spinner Joe Root. Soon after Dhawan’s dismissal Moeen Ali found an outside edge off Kohli’s bat to fetch his second wicket of the day.
Ajinkya Rahane & Rohit Sharma on crease: With top order back in the hutch Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma played defensively to make sure no further damage is done. Both batsmen finished not out and will be up for a task tomorrow on day five to try and save Test match. India have only six wickets intact and will be batting for three sessions tomorrow.
 India struggling after end of day 4:India vs England 2014 3rd test

India struggling after end of day 4:India vs England 2014 3rd test

Southampton, Jul 31England look set to level the five-match series 1-1 after reducing India, who still need 333 runs to win, to 112 for four at stumps on day four of the third cricket Test at The Rose Bowl here Wednesday.
India, chasing 445 runs for victory, lost Murali Vijay (12) to a silly run out. Vijay and his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan (37) went for a dangerous single and Stuart Broad was at hand to hit the stumps directly with an underarm throw. India had barely come to terms with Vijay’s dismissal when Cheteshwar Pujara (2) edged an innocuous Moeen Ali delivery to Chris Jordan at slips.
Dhawan and Delhi teammate Virat Kohli (28) stabilised things for a while with a 51-run stand for the third wicket, giving India some hope. But just as things were looking up for the visitors another part-time spinner, Joe Root, got the better of Dhawan to send him back to the pavilion.
Inexplicably for the Indians, it was Moeen Ali who struck again as Kohli feathered an edge into the waiting hands of wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.
Ajinkya Rahane (18 batting) and Rohit Sharma (6) held on to save India more blushes and go into the fifth and final day with six wickets still in hand.
Earlier, England had bowled out India for 330 runs and chose not to apply the follow-on. The hosts then sped to 80 for two in their second outing to extend their lead over the visitors to 319 runs at lunch. Mahendra Singh Dhoni (50) failed to add to his overnight score and was dismissed by an Anderson bouncer.
Shami (5) tried his level best to delay the inevitable but had no answer to the English pacer’s guile and swing. James Anderson recorded his 16th five-wicket haul after taking India’s final two wickets in the morning session. India managed to add just seven more runs to their overnight total before captain Dhoni and Shami were sent packing without much fuss.
England came out all guns blazing in the second innings and smashed the Indian bowlers all over the park to continue their dominance. Sam Robson (13) was the first English casualty in an otherwise near-perfect day.
Cook and Ballance, who had combined so well in the first innings, once again forged a 58-run stand for the second wicket. Ballance, who scored 156 in the first innings, was in punishing mood smashing five fours and a six in his 48-ball stay. Jadeja dismissed Ballance in the last action to take place before lunch. Replays, though, showed that the English batsman was once again unlucky to be given out, like in the first innings.
Aggressive batting by England helped them reach 205 for four declared in the second innings at tea, setting India a 445-run target. Alastair Cook (70 not out) held one end up for England while the rest of the batsmen went gung-ho.
Ballance did the damage before tea, hitting five fours and a six but after lunch Ian Bell (23 off 21) and Joe Root (56 off 41) were the aggressors.
In fairness, the English captain wasn’t sluggish either scoring his runs at a strike rate of 61.40. Barring debutant Pankaj Singh, who is yet to pick his maiden wicket, all the other frontline Indian bowlers went for more than four runs per over. The English batsmen were especially severe on Bhuvneshwar Kumar (5.90), Mohammed Shami (6.00) and Rohit Sharma (6.40).
Jadeja, though, did manage to take three wickets while Bhuvneshwar chipped in with one.
Pinki & Sarita- Devendro reach CWG boxing semis

Pinki & Sarita- Devendro reach CWG boxing semis

 Glasgow, Jul 31: Indian boxers Pinki Jangra, L. Sarita Devi and Devendro Singh made the semi-finals of the Commonwealth Games in their respective categories at the SECC Hall here Wednesday. However, Amritpreet Singh bit the dust as he lost the men’s 91 kg quarter-final bout to local pugilist Stephen Lavelle. The judges found the Scot to be better in all the three rounds to win with the scoreline of 29:28, 30:27 and 30:27.

Pinki started the proceedings with a dominating 4:0 win over Papua New Guinea’s Jacquiline Wangi in the women’s 48-51 kg quarterfinal. She will now face Northern Ireland’s Michaela Walsh in the semis on Friday. Sarita followed it up with a win in the women’s 57-60 kg quarterfinal over Welsh Charlene Jones. Though the Welsh girl won the first round on points, Sarita came back well to win the next three rounds of two minutes each to clinch the contest 3:1.
The Indian will play her last-four bout Friday against Mozambique’s Maria Machongua. Attacking Manipuri boxer Devendro then won his men’s 49 kg last-eight bout, defeating Scottish Aqeel Ahmed 3:0. The 22-year-old notched up perfect scores of 30 from the judges in the last two rounds.
Devendro will face Welsh Ashley Williams in the semis on Friday. The losing semifinalists in the discipline are assured of a bronze medal as the winners proceed to the gold medal final match. Manjeet Jangra (69 kg) and Vijender Singh (75 kg) will play their men’s quarterfinals later in the day.
Commonwealth Games 2014:Big Day for Indian athletes Vikas Gowda  & Krishna Poonia - Tintu Luka

Commonwealth Games 2014:Big Day for Indian athletes Vikas Gowda & Krishna Poonia - Tintu Luka

Glasgow 2014: Day 7 saw India win 5 medals, all in wrestling that included 4 silvers and 1 bronze medal helped India with 6th position in the medal table. India has won a total of 42 medals so far with 10 gold, 20 silver and 12 bronze in the 20th Commonwealth Games. The day 7 also promised addition of 5 more medals from the boxers, with 2008 Beijing Olympics bronze medallist Vijender Singh leading the charge with other 4 boxers. Ending the day 7 on a bright note, the upcoming Day 8 also hopes for great beginning of success for the Indian players in the athletics events. Catch all the live updates Commonwealth Games here on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. See the Medal Table with latest rankings
Indian contingent of 215 members have won highest medals in shooting with 17, 12 in weightlifting, 9 in wrestling and 4 in judo. So far the three out of four gold medals came from the wrestlers Sushil Kumar, Amit Kumar and Vinesh. They hoped to add more gold medals with four other wrestlers in contention but failed to add any to the medal tally. On Wednesday, all four wrestlers Sakshi Malik, Bajrang, Lalita and Satyrat Kadian lost their respective gold medal matches and had to be content with silver medals.

Commonwealth Games 2014 Schedule of  Day Eight:  July 31, 2014 Wednesday

Athletics: Vikas Goawda who topped the qualification after an impressive performance will be contesting in Men`s Discus Throw finals while in Women`s Discus Throw Krishna Poonia will be in action in Qualifying Round. Tintu Luka who qualified yesterday for Women`s 800m semi-final will be eyeing the final spot.
Cycling road: In Cycling events Indian’s will be in action in both Men`s and Women’s Individual Time Trial.
Hockey: India men’s hockey team will face South Africa in the preliminary match.
Badminton: Parupalli Kashyap, Gurusai Datt, Srikaanth Kidambi, P. C. Thulasi and PV Sindhu will be action in Men`s and Women`s doubles Round of 16, Men`s and Women`s singles Round of 16 and Mixed doubles Round of 16.
Diving: Men`s 3m springboard preliminary and Women`s 10m platform preliminary.
Gymnastics: Men`s Floor Final, Men`s Pommel Horse Final and Men`s Rings Final while in Women’s category Women`s Vault Final and Women`s Uneven Bars Final are the events where Indians will be sweating it out.
Squash: Harinder Pal Sandhu and Joshana Chinappa will take on Papua New Guinea’s Schubert Maketu and Eli Webb in Mixed Doubles Pool G fixture.
Wrestling: Babita Kumari and Geetika Jakahar will be in action in Women`s Freestyle 55kg Quarterfinal and Women`s Freestyle 63kg Round of 16 respectively. In Men’s division Yogeshwar Dutt and Pawan Kumar will contest Men`s Freestyle 65kg Round of 32 and Men`s Freestyle 86kg Round of 16 respectively.
Joe Root confident of taking 6 remaining Indian wickets:India v/s England 3rd Test Day 5

Joe Root confident of taking 6 remaining Indian wickets:India v/s England 3rd Test Day 5

Southampton, Jul 30: England batsman Joe Root today expressed joy at the “good day” his side experienced and was also confident that they can take the six remaining Indian wickets on day five of the third cricket Test here.
Chasing 445 runs, the visitors were placed in a precarious position of 112/4 at stumps on day four. ”It was one of the better days for us. You want to have such days as a team,” said Root.
“We took two early wickets and then Alastair Cook set up the game for us with his second innings’ fifty. He drove the pace down to the tee and we were hoping for one last good session tonight. We wanted a couple wickets before stumps but we got four wickets. We are pleased to make inroads into that top order.”
One of the major criticisms for England after the 95-run loss at Lord’s was that their senior players hadn’t stood up. That complaint is gone now.
“It is good to see a lot of guys in form. James Anderson took a fiver here, Stuart Broad bowled well, Ian Bell scored a big hundred, Gary Ballance got one too. Cook has got fifties in both innings. Everyone has contributed throughout the game and it has been a good team effort,” said Root.
When asked if this could be the turning point for England’s summer, he said, “Yes I think so. We are obviously in a good position in the game. But we need to take those six wickets. If we can do that, we will be right back in the series.”
Root scored 56 runs off 41 balls, with 9 fours, to help set up the high target after the hosts had not enforced the follow-on on India, bowling them out for 330 runs in the morning session.
“I think playing a lot of one-day cricket pays dividend in that sort of situation and I have been involved with the shorter format so that helps. But the main reason we were able to do that was because of Cook’s innings. We were really in good position because we had wickets in hand and that?s ideal for a situation like that,” he said. England haven’t won a Test match since the Ashes series at home last summer. It is a run of ten Test matches now but they finally appear to be on the brink of victory.
“It was one of the best days of Test cricket we have played. But a lot of good work has gone into this. We couldn’t have been in this position without runs from the senior batsmen or our efforts with the ball as well. It means nothing if we don’t win tomorrow because we are really hungry to win,” said Root.
“The pitch is starting to give more turn. Moeen Ali could play a big part tomorrow. We just need to put the ball in the right areas and create as much pressure as possible and take those six remaining wickets,” he signed off.
Boxer Vijender Singh Packs a Punch After Wrestlers Win Four Silver for India

Boxer Vijender Singh Packs a Punch After Wrestlers Win Four Silver for India

 Glasgow, Jul 31: Olympic and World Championship bronze-medallist Vijender Singh led the charge as five Indian boxers, including two women, assured themselves of medals at the 20th Commonwealth Games by advancing to the semifinals of their respective weight categories here.
Vijender (75kg), Mandeep Jangra (69kg) and L Devendro Singh (49kg) came up with dominating victories in the men’s competition, while L Sarita Devi (60kg) and Pinki Jangra (51kg) entered the last four of the women’s event. Vijender, the 2008 Olympic bronze-medallist, outclassed Trinidad and Tobago’s Aaron Prince, winning 3-0 on points in a unanimous decision.
“I changed my tactics midway in the bout. In the first round I was trying to play a bit defensively. But he kept on coming and so I had to change my tactics and become aggressive,” said the former World Championship bronze-medallist. ”It is all about doing right things during the bout. I took some punches from my opponent but it was all about boxing. You get hit. I am getting better and hope I win gold,” added the former world number one.
The first round was a bit subdued with both the boxers trying to get a measure of each other. Vijender was the more defensive of the two in the opening three minutes. In the second round though, Vijender picked up pace and caught his rival off guard with a flurry of punches for which Prince had no response.
A straight jab and then a right hook from Vijender rattled Prince. The tempo continued in the third round and Vijender won comfortably in the end. On his comfortable win, Vijender said, “It was an open fight but my opponent was also very tough. I never underestimated him but I never thought I was ever in any real danger either.”
Asked about the semifinal, he said, “Once you get to a semi-final in any competition, you really have to be at your very best and you prepare for that the way you would prepare for the gold medal fight. ”I’m going to be up against Connor Coyle (Nigeria) and that will be a very big challenge for me, but I am feeling really great.”
World No. 3 Devendro outclassed Aqeel Ahmed of Scotland to advance to the medal round. Mandeep, on the other hand, literally walked into the last four after his rival, Daniel Lewis of Australia, was declared unfit to fight due to a cut above his eye. The experienced Sarita Devi and young Pinki Jangra led the women’s charge for India in the boxing ring.
Sarita, the 32-year-old former Asian champion from Manipur, came from behind to outsmart Charlene Jones of Wales 3-1 in a hard-fought quarterfinal bout. She will next take on Mozambique’s Maria Machongua in the semifinals on Friday. Sarita Devi, after her lightweight quarter-finals victory, said, “I want to win this for India and for my son. I have not seen him for five months now because I have been training with the Indian team and I miss him so much. During pregnancy I was 85kg and after my baby was born my husband gave me his full support.”
On assuring herself of a medal, she said, “I want to dedicate my medal to all the people of India.” Placed sixth in the overall standings, India’s medals tally now stands at 41 with 10 gold, 19 silver and 12 bronze. Pinki, who had beaten Olympic bronze medallist Mary Kom in the national trials to make it to the Indian CWG team, outclassed her Papua New Guinea opponent Jacquiline Wangi in a unanimous 3-0 decision by the judges in the semifinal bout.
Mandeep, the Asian Championships silver-medallist, who has won two rounds so far in the event, will now be up against Northern Ireland’s Steven Donnelly. In another quarterfinals of men’s 91Kg category, India’s Amritpreet Singh suffered a 0-3 loss to Stephen Lavelle of Scotland.
Day 8 schedule of Indian players in action at CWG 2014:Commonwealth Games 2014

Day 8 schedule of Indian players in action at CWG 2014:Commonwealth Games 2014

India so far at Commonwealth Games has bagged 41 medals which include 10 prized gold, 19 silver and 12 bronze. The overall medals tally of 41 means India occupy sixth place on the standings. On day eight India will be eyeing coveted medals which are up for grabs. Here we bring to you the schedule of Indian players who will be competing for glory on Day 8 of the Commonwealth Games 2014.
Athletics: Vikas Goawda who topped the qualification after an impressive performance will be contesting in Men`s Discus Throw finals while in Women’s Discus Throw Krishna Poonia will be in action in Qualifying Round. Tintu Luka who qualified yesterday for Women`s 800m semi-final will be eyeing the final spot.
Cycling road: In Cycling events Indian’s will be in action in both Men’s and Women’s Individual Time Trial.
Hockey: India men’s hockey team will face South Africa in the preliminary match.
Badminton: Parupalli Kashyap, Gurusai Datt, Srikaanth Kidambi, P. C. Thulasi and PV Sindhu will be action in Men’s and Women’s doubles Round of 16, Men’s and Women’s singles Round of 16 and Mixed doubles Round of 16.
Diving: Men’s 3m springboard preliminary and Women’s 10m platform preliminary.
Gymnastics: Men’s Floor Final, Men’s Pommel Horse Final and Men’s Rings Final while in Women’s category Women`s Vault Final and Women`s Uneven Bars Final are the events where Indians will be sweating it out.
Squash: Harinder Pal Sandhu and Joshana Chinappa will take on Papua New Guinea’s Schubert Maketu and Eli Webb in Mixed Doubles Pool G fixture.
Wrestling: Babita Kumari and Geetika Jakahar will be in action in Women`s Freestyle 55kg Quarterfinal and Women`s Freestyle 63kg Round of 16 respectively. In Men’s division Yogeshwar Dutt and Pawan Kumar will contest Men`s Freestyle 65kg Round of 32 and Men`s Freestyle 86kg Round of 16 respectively.
Will be hard to save the Test: Shikhar Dhawan

Will be hard to save the Test: Shikhar Dhawan

Southampton, Jul 30: Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan has admitted that his team is in a tough position in the third Test against England and will find it difficult to save the match on the final day tomorrow.
India were placed at 112 for 4 in their fourth-innings’ in pursuit of 445 runs. ”It is going to be hard for us tomorrow,” said Dhawan, who scored 37 runs in the second innings.
“England are in a good position. But we need to have a good partnership and then maybe we can see how it shapes up with the two batsmen in the middle. Dhawan said it is difficult to bat on the pitch because of wear and tear.
“I feel the wicket has started taking turn and it is also seaming a bit. There are some spots created on the pitch because of wear and tear. There is a rough patch outside off-stump and then the ball is also turning when it is not pitching in the rough. You cannot predict this sort of movement, spin or seam, and it is not easy to bat there in the middle,” he said.
Dhawan has been struggling for runs in this series and for once he got a start in the second innings. But it came to nought as he fell to a terrific delivery from Moeen Ali who later also snapped up Virat Kohli.
“When you get out to a good ball, then you cannot do much about it,” said Dhawan about his mode of dismissal. Asked why Indian openers don’t seem to fire together, he said, “It is sad and frustrating that we are not getting runs together and not able to give that big partnership at the front of the order.
“Of course Murali Vijay has done well on this tour. But it is part of cricket. I am working hard in the nets. I tried playing close to the body as well in the second innings but you cannot do much when you get good balls.”
After the end of day’s play, England’s under-fire pacer James Anderson was seen having a few words withAjinkya Rahane, and umpire Rod Tucker had to step in. But Dhawan dismissed the incident off-hand. ”That is normal. It happens in cricket,” he said, without referring to the ongoing Ravindra Jadeja issue.
Saturday, 26 July 2014
CWG 2014: India's weightlifter Santoshi Matsa gets bronze in 53 kg category

CWG 2014: India's weightlifter Santoshi Matsa gets bronze in 53 kg category

Glasgow, July 25: Indian weightlifter Santoshi Matsa won the bronze medal in the women’s 53kg while her compatriot Swati Singh finished fourth at the 2014 Commonwealth Games at the Clyde Auditorium here Friday.
The gold went to Nigeria’s 16-year-old Chika Amalaha while Papua New Guinea’s Dika Toua won the silver.
Amalaha, one of the youngest participants in the Games, had a total lift of 196 kg, a Games Record. She lifted 85 kg on her third and final attempt in snatch and 111kg in the clean and jerk.
Dika had a total lift of 193 kg, including 82 kg in snatch and 111kg in clean and jerk. She went for 115 kg in her final clean and jerk event but failed in her attempt.
Santoshi lifted a total of 188 kg — 83 kg in snatch and 105 in clean and jerk. The 26-year-old Swati picked up a total of 183 kg. She did well in the snatch lifting 83 kg but faltered in the clean and jerk where she managed just 100 kg.

Telangana controversy: Is Saina Nehwal silently slapping the system-Sania Mirza

Telangana controversy: Is Saina Nehwal silently slapping the system-Sania Mirza

There was a huge uproar pouring all over the social and mainstream media when a Telangana stateBharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader K. Laxman termed Sania Mirza as a “daughter-in-law of Pakistan”. Whether she is a daughter-in-law or not, remains another issue, but someone somewhere in the sports fraternity made a silent-yet-thoughtful statement. The Indian ace shuttler Saina Nehwal who put India in the global reckoning in the field of Badminton silently slapped the existing appeasement system in India.
“Leave alone the caste lines; there is so much difference between the sports played in India that any individual cannot look beyond Cricket,” Saina Nehwal yesterday tweeted, which said a lot about the sadistic approach of our ministers/system towards sports structure as a whole in India. Her tweets read:  ”I am very hurt and sad that I have still not received the cash award from my state for the Olympic bronze medal that I won for my country.”
Does this bring even a bit of shame to the ministers? On one hand  a political party/government can dole out lakhs and crores of rupees in gibberish schemes to woo the minority voters in order to maintain their pseudo-secular image, on the other it couldn’t pay the promised cash reward to a player who won the bronze medal at Olympics and made our country proud!
What adds  insult to injury is the fact that the Olympics got over, two years back. When India won the World Cup 2011, cash prizes from all sectors poured in and were received promptly. Ask any cricketer about his prize money? No player will say that he hasn’t been paid his big fat cheque yet.
How insulting would a player feel if she is denied what she has rightfully earned? While we don’t deny the fact cricket is a religion in India, but who made the game so big-The ministers? Or the system? Or players? More than anybody, it’s the passionate viewers who made the game what it is.
Yes, it may sound foolish to compare cricket with other sports. But a quick reality check would make one understand that cricket in India was nothing before the World Cup 1983 win. And on the other hand, Indian Hockey had already won 8 Gold, 1 Silver and 2 Bronze medals at the Olympics; even before the 1983 World Cup took place.
In this noise everybody maintains that the Bharatiya Janata Party leader should retract from his statement on Sania Mirza. But a bigger picture is missed by all. While our cricketing heroes are worshiped with diligence, other sporting icons continue to receive a step motherly treatment!
Mandeep Jangra an Indian boxer wins in 2014 Commonwealth Games boxing

Mandeep Jangra an Indian boxer wins in 2014 Commonwealth Games boxing

 Glasgow, July 26: Indian boxer Mandeep Jangra proceeded to the men’s 69 kg Round of 16 after beating Augusto Mathule of Mozambique 3-0 at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) here Friday. However, Parveen Kumar was knocked out 0-3 of the men’s +91 kg category in the Round of 16 by Scottish boxer Ross Henderson.

Coming back to Jangra’s match, the Haryana boxer was supreme in all three rounds, winning a staggering 89 of the available 90 points in the bout. In the first round, Jangra bagged all 30 points available, 10 from each judge, to Mathule’s 27, nine from each judge. Indian, with 29 points, got one more in the second round from Mathule and again got a perfect 30 in Round 3 to Mathule’s 27.
Earlier, Parveen won 28 points in the first round, one less than Henderson, who was supreme in the second round bagging all 30 to Parveen’s 27. The local pugilist finished off the third and final round with another 30 points from the judges, who gave the Haryana boxer another 27 for the third.