Rain hit 2nd test between India, South Africa heads for a draw
In the second cricket Test match between India and South Africa, 4th day’s play has been further delayed due to drizzle after earlier being announced to resume from 2 PM at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
Umpires had called for play to resume after inspecting the outfield at 1 PM. They had inspected the field twice earlier today. Rain had forced the last two days of the match to be called off without a ball being bowled.
India had finished the opening day of this second Test at 80 for no loss, after they had bundled out the visitors for 214. Team India is leading the 4-match series, 1-0.
Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson retires from International cricket
Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has retired from all forms of international cricket.
The 34 year old took two wickets on the final day of the drawn second Test against New Zealand in Perth. He is Australia’s fourth highest Test wicket taker, with 313 in 73 matches, and also took 239 one day wickets.
India to take on China in final group match of Junior Asia Cup
India will take on China in their final group match of the Junior Men’s Asia Cup Hockey tournament at Kuantan in Malaysia today. The match will begin at 3:30 PM Indian Time.
India is currently at the top of Pool-A with six points from two games, and needs only a draw to qualify to the quarterfinals. They had defeated Japan in the opener, and then beat hosts Malaysia, 5-4 in their second match on Sunday.
Bopanna-Mergea beat Bryan brothers at ATP Tour Finals in London
Rohan Bopanna and his Romanian partner Florin Mergea started their campaign at the season-ending ATP World Tour tennis Finale with a win in London on Monday.
The eighth seeded Indo-Romanian pair registered a 6-4, 6-3 win over the legendary American pair and defending champions Bob and Mike Bryan in their men’s doubles round robin encounter.
Bopanna and Mergea will next take on British-Australian fourth seeded duo of Jamie Murray and John Peers. The tournament is a year-ending event, where only the top-eight players or pairs can take part.
India’s Siril wins silver at World Junior badminton Championships
Young Indian shuttler Siril Verma clinched a silver medal at the BWF World Junior badminton Championships in the Peruvian capital of Lima. The 15-year-old Siril could not cross the final hurdle as his fight ended with a 21-17, 10-21 ,7-21 loss to Taipei’s Chia Hung Lu Chia. With this medal, Siril now joins the elite list of Indians such as Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, RMV Gurusaidutt, HS Prannoy and Sameer Verma, who have won medals for India in the Junior World Championships.
|FIFA bans Nepal football chief for corruption|
World football governing body FIFA has banned Nepal’s football chief for 10 years and the president of the Laos federation for two years for bribery. The decade-long sanction against Ganesh Thapa, president of the All-Nepal Football Association, was a new blow to the country’s football image after several national players were accused of match-fixing.
Thapa stood down as a football chief one year ago amid an investigation into accusations that he embezzled millions of dollars during his 19-year tenure. Without giving details, a FIFA statement said Thapa committed various acts of misconduct over several years, including the solicitation and acceptance of cash payments from another football official, for both personal and family gain.
On top of the ban, Thapa was fined 19,850 US dollars or 13 lakh Indian rupees approximately by the ethics committee’s adjudicatory chamber. Laos Football Federation president Viphet Sihachakr was banned for two years after he “solicited and accepted a payment from another football official” around 2011 elections for the FIFA executive. Sihachakr was fined 39,700 US Dollars or 26 lakh Indian rupees approximately.
|Two Indians enter finals of World Wushu Championships|
Y Sanathoi Devi and Pooja Kadian have assured India of at least two silver medals in the 13th World Wushu Championships by entering the finals of their respective weight categories in the competition being held at Jakarta.
However, 2013 bronze medallist Rajani Deori lost to world champion Ali Abdul Khalikov of Russia in the pre-quarterfinals. Asian Games bronze-medallist Sanathoi defeated South Korea’s Hyebin Kim in straight rounds in below 52 kg semifinals, Pooja beat Sherouk Mansour of Egypt in straight rounds in 75 kg weight category.
The two Indians face Chinese opponents in the finals tomorrow. Sanathoi will take on world champion Lunn Zhang and Pooja will fight against Yuan Li. Both of Indians have won silver medals in the last editions — in 2011 in Turkey and in 2013 in Malaysia.
Four Indians will take field on the final day of competitions tomorrow. Besides Sanathoi and Pooja, two others — Surya Bhanu Pratap Singh and Uchit Sharma — will feature in semifinals.