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Sports News for January 2011

1. Argentina and Barcelona forward player Lionel Messi on January 10th, 2011 won the inaugural Fifa Ballon d’ Or award at a ceremony in Zurich. Messi, 23, won the prize – a merger of the FIFA Player of the Year prize and Ballon d’Or – ahead of his Barca team-mates Andres Iniesta and Xavi. Jose Mourinho, who won an unprecedented Treble with Inter Milan in 2010, was named the Coach of the Year.

2. England won the final Ashes Test in Sydney by an innings and 83 runs on the fifth day to wrap up the series 3-1 on January 7th, 2011. It was the first time any team had won three Tests by an innings in a single series away from home. England Captain Alastair Cook was both man of the match and man of the series, having hit 189 in Sidney and 766 across all five matches. Cook was the series top-scorer with 766 at 127.66. The winning team’s James Anderson was the leading wicket-taker in the series with 24 wickets.

3. The third and final test of the Test series between hosts South Africa and India at Newlands, Cape Town ended in a draw on the final day on January 6, 2011. Set to make an improbable 340 to win, India were 166 for three when play was called off with eight overs remaining Scores : South Africa 362 and 341; India 364 and 166 / 3. India had won the toss and decided to field. South Africa’s Jacques Kallis was Man of the Match for his 161 and 109 ( not out ) in first and second innings respectively.

4. England allrounder Paul Collingwood announced his retirement from test cricket on January 6th, 2010. Collingwood has scored 4,259 runs in 68 test matches at an average of 40 since his debut against Sri Lanka in 2003. Collingwood will continue to play limited – overs cricket and is expected to play an integral role in England’s World Cup campaign starting next month. He is England’s Twenty 20 captain.

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5. Former Australian skipper Steve Waugh was immortalised in a bronze sculpture unveiled during the final Ashes Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on January 5th, 2011. Waugh is shown holding aloft his bat and baggy cap in celebration of his 29th and perhaps most famous Test century, which he completed off the final ball of a day’s play against England at the ground in 2003.

6. India lose first OD1 in series with SA : India lost the first OOI against hosts South Africa at the Kingsmead stadium in Durban on January 12th, 2011 by 135 runs. South Africa won the toss and elected to bat scoring 289 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in 50 overs. In reply, India were bowled out for 154 in 35.4 overs. Lonwabo Tsotsobe who took four wickets for 31 runs in 8.4 overs for South Africa was declared Player of the Match. AB de Villiers ( 76 ) and Virat Kohli (54) were the top scorers for SA and India respectively.

7. Wawrinka wins Chennai Open tennis : Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka beat Xavier Maltese of Belgium 7-5 , 4-6 , 6-1 in the final to win the Chennai Open tennis tournament on January 8th, 2011. India’s Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi won the doubles title with a 6-2, 6-7( 3 ), 10-7 win over Robin Haase and David Martin of the US in the final pg January 9th, 2011.

8. Federer wins Qatar Open : World No. 2 Roger Federer of Switzerland began his season in formidable fashion by beating Russia’s Nikolay Davydenko 6-3, 6-4 to win the Qatar Open at the at the Khalifa Tennis Complex in Doha on
January 8th, 2011

9. Li Na wins Sydney International Tennis : China’s Li Na upset Kim Gijsters of Belgium 7-6 ( 3 ), 6-3 to win the Sydney International on January 14, 2011.

10. Rajasthan won the Ranji Trophy for the first time in 77 years after getting the better of Baroda on first innings lead at Vadodara on January 15th, 2011. Rashmi Parida of Rajasthan was declared the Man-of-the-Match.

The scores : Rajasthan – 1st innings; 394; Baroda – 1st innings: 361; Rajasthan – 2nd innings: 341.

11. The 2011 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Buffalo, U.S.A. ends with Russia defeating Canada 5-3, marking the first time Russia has won a gold medal since 2003. The host American team defeats Sweden in the bronze medal game.

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12. Pakistan clinched a 1-0 series win and its first test series victory for five years by securing a draw against New Zealand in the second test which ended at Wellington on January 19th, 2011 .

Scores : New Zealand 356 and 293; Pakistan 376 and 226/5. Pakistan had beaten the hosts by ten wickets in the first test at Hamilton ( Jan 7-9, 2011 ).

13. The Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports has sanctioned cash awards worth ₹ 22.57 crore to 286 sportspersons who have won medals for the country in the 19th Commonwealth Games, 2010, held at New Delhi and 16th Asian Games, 2010 held at Guangzhou. The cash awards have been given to these sportspersons under the Scheme of Special Awards to winners of medals in International Sports events. The Award money for winners of medals in Commonwealth Games and Asian Games was doubled in October, 2010.

14. Novak Djokovic won the Men’s singles title at the Australian Open beating fifth seed Andy Murray of Britain 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 in the final at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on January 30th, 2011. Despite the triumph, Djokovic remained World No. 3 behind Nadal and Federer in the new ATP rankings published on January 31st, 2011. Belgium’s Kim Clijsters rallied to beat Li Na 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the Australian Open final on January 29th, 2011. Li was aspiring to become the first Asian player to win a Grand Slam.

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Sports News for February 2011

1. British prosecutors on February 5th, 2011 charged Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer with corruption offences and their extradition to the United Kingdom will be sought if they fail to return to this country voluntarily. The three players along with their agent, Mazhar Majeed, are set to face charges of accepting corrupt payments and conspiracy to cheat, for their alleged involvement in spot – fixing in the Lord’s Test during the team’s tour of England last summer

2. The new cricket stadium being built by the Maharashtra Cricket Association ( MCA ) on the outskirts of Pune is to be named after Subrata Roy Sahara, the Chairman and Managing Worker of the Sahara Group, ICC President Sharad Rawar announced on February 5th, 2011. Originally, the stadium was proposed to be named after Sahara India Group, but since the rules did not permit naming of the stadium after any corporate brand or company, MCA decided to name it after Roy.

3. Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine won the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess tournament in Gibraltar that concluded on February 4th, 2011. Ivanchuk ( 9 points ) won the 17,000 pounds first prize ahead of Nigel Short (8.5) of England. Kulaots Kaido of Estonia and Michael Roiz of Israel tied for the third spot with 7.5 points while Indian Grandmasters G N Gopal and P Harikrishna finished joint fifth ( 7.0 points ).

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4. Kenyan athletes won both Men’s and Women’s races in the third edition of the Nagpur International Marathon for Peace and Non – Violence. Organised to coincide with the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, on January 30th, 2011. Kyui John clocked hours to clinch the top spot in the men’s 42.195 km marathon, while Afework Ayele Kibret of Ethiopia claimed the second place with hours; Sumbei Fredrick (also from Kenya) finished third clocking hours. Kenyans ruled the roost in the women’s half marathon too, taking all the top three positions. Muia Jane Mwikali needed just hours to capture the crown in the 21.097 km race, while Muthio Kumyu won the second spot with hours. Adimas Kasahun Mamo with hours finished third.

5. Top Indian squash player Dipika Pallikal reached her career-best ranking III in WISPA by rising to the 24th spot. This is the best-ever ranking for an Indian woman, bettering Misha Grewal’s 27 achieved’in 1995. Dipika is now at the same level as Saurav Ghosal who dropped from 23 to 24 in the men’s PSA ranking in January 2011.

6. An anti – corruption tribunal of the International Cricket Council in Doha, Qatar on February 5th, 2011 banned former Pakistan captain Salman But for ten years, Mohammad Asif for seven years and Mohammad Amir for five years for their role in a spot-fixing betting scam.

7. South Zone lifted the Duleep trophy on February 5th, 2011 beating North Zone by seven wickets in the final played at Visakhapatnam. This was the 11th time that South Zone won the inter-zone tournament, after finishing runner-up to West Zone last season. The Duleep Trophy was presented to South Zone captain S, Badrinath, who was also adjudged Man-of-the-Match while the V.J. Divecha Trophy was given to runnem up North Zone.

The scores : North Zone — 1st innings: 337. South Zone — 1st innings: 477. North Zone — 2nd innings: 317. South Zone — 2nd innings: 178 for three wickets.

8. Ajantha Mendis and Thisara Perera shared seven wickets as Sri Lanka posted a 26-run win over the West Indies in the third one-day international at Colombo on February 6th, 2011 to clinch the series 2-0. Sri Lanka defended their total of 277-9 restricting the tourists to 251. Mendis finished with 4-46 and seamer Perera with 3-36, while paceman Dilhara Fernando took 2-45. Sri Lanka won the second match by eight 1 wickets after the opening game was abandoned due to rain.

9. Australia wrapped up an emphatic 6-1 series win over a visitors England with a convincing 57-run win in the seventh and final one-day international at the WACA Ground in Perth on February 6, 2011. The home side made 279-7 after winning toss, and in reply England managed just 222

10. International Cricket Council ( ICC ) President Sharad Pa war and Sports Minister Ajay Maken released a coffee table book on women’s cricket, Women’s Cricket World,’ in New Delhi on February 8th, 2011, The book, written by prominent woman cricketer Anjum Chopra and Sunil Yash Kalra, relives the journey of women’s cricket from 1745, the year in which the first recorded match was played.

11. Sachin – Genius Unplugged’, an anthology of essays on Sachin Tendulkar edited by journalist Suresh Menon, was released on February 8th, 2011. The book is. The book features articles on Tendulkar written by eminent writers and players like Pater Roebuck, Mike Coward, Kumble and Dravid.

12. JK Tyre on February 11th, 2011 announced the launch of a new racing series – JK Racing Asia Series. The championship will run under the patronage of JK Tyre brand but will remain under the management of Motorsport Asia, the biggest motorsport promoter and organiser in the continent.

13. Delhi will host the Champions Trophy Hockey tournament from December 1 to 11, 2011 followed by the men’s and women’s hockey qualifiers for the 2012 London Olympics, according to an announcement by the International Hockey Federation ( FIH ) President, Leandro Negre on February 9th, 2011.

14. India’s Somdev Dewarman lost to South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 6 – 4 , 3 – 6 , 2 – 6 in the final of the ATP South African Open tennis tournament at Johannesburg, South Africa op February 6th, 2011.

15. India’s Joshna Chinappa beat compatriot Dipika Pallikal 11 – 4 6 – 11 12 – 10 2 – 11 11 – 6 to win the Metrosquash Windy City Open title in Chicago on February 9th, 2011.

15. Anirban Lahiri produced his best score with a six under 64 in the final round on February 11th, 2011 to annex the title in the ₹ 40 lakh Aircel PGTI Players Championship at the Tollygunge Club in Kolkata. Jyoti Randhawa and Rashid Khan tied for the second place. The win propelled Lahiri to the second position in the 2011 PGTI Rolex Rankings. Gaganjeet Bhullar, the current leader in the Rolex rankings finished in the eighth place.

16. Dinesh Karthtk’s unbeaten century (154 not out) enabled defending – champion Tamil Nadu to beat Hyderabad by 88 runs in the K.S. Subbiah Pillai Trophy one – day cricket tournament at Perinthalmanna on February 18th, 2011. Tamil Nadu also retained the title with 22 points after securing five points for the win.

17. The number of teams for the 2015 ODI World Cup would be reduced to 10. This was confirmed by International Cricket Council CEO Haroon Lorgat in Dhaka on February 18th, 2011. The governing body’s decision on team reduction was taken last year and ratified by the executive board in Dubai recently. However, the ICC World Twenty 20 will feature 16 teams.The 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup being co – hosted by Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka features fourteen national cricket teams, including ten full members and four associate members.

18. India’s first cricket mentoring portal — — was launched in Chennai on February 13th, 2011. An endeavour of computer analyst Subramanian Ramakrishnan, the online portal will enable players to upload videos and get them analysed by experts anywhere in the world. The platform will also offer e-learning capabilities that will help assess development and progress of individual players as well as teams.

19. The AIFF Executive committee on February 23th, 2011 decided to sack the national football coach Bob Houghton from his post. The Committee decided to accept the recommendation of the Technical Committee which in its review had expressed disappointment at the performance of the Indian team in the continental showpiece event held in Doha, Qatar. India had lost all their three group matches – against Australia ( 0-4 ), Bahrain ( 2-5 ) and South Korea ( 1-4 ).

20. Two – time world under-8 chess champion Ivana Furtado secured her Woman FIDE Master ( WFM ) title after winning a silver medal in under-1 12 Girls category at World Youth Chess championship in Greece in February 2011. The 11-year-old chess prodigy from Goa had earlier become the Women Candidate Master ( WCM ).

21. Former captain, Kapil Dev launched noted cricket photographer Kamall Jhulka’s book World Cup : A Pictorial Journey, at the Press Club of India in New Delhi on March 3rd, 2011. The 285-page book is a compilation oil photographs, mainly by Jhulka, and articles by cricketers anil mediapersons covering each edition of the World Cup since its inception in 1975.

22. Defending champion Novak Djokovic, who took away Roger Federer’s Australian Open title in January, beat him again to prevent the former World No. 1 from regaining the Dubai tennis championship on February 26th, 2011. The second-seeded Serbian beat Federer 6 – 3, 6 – 3. It gained Djokovic his third successive title at the $1.6 million event.

23. Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki remained on top of the latest rankings released on March 1st, 2011 as the leading ten players all held their spots.

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  1. Caroline Wozniacki (Denl) 9550 points,
  2. Kim Clijsters ( Bel ) 8835,
  3. Vera Zvonareva ( Rus ) 75651,
  4. Samantha Stosur ( Aus ) 5086,
  5. Francesca Schiavone (Ita) 50511
  6. Jelena Jankovic ( Srb ) 4825,
  7. Li Na ( Chn ) 4300,
  8. Venus Williams ( USA ) 3465,
  9. Victoria Azarenka (BIr) 3440,
  10. Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) 3170.

24. Martin Kaymer is World No.l Golfer : Martin Kaymer of German is the new World number one in golf, taking over from Lee Westwoofl on 28, 2011. Kaymer reached the pinnacle by reaching the final of the WGC Matchplay tournament at Arizona where he lost n England’s Luke Donald. Donald moves up to third while US Open champion Graeme McDowell is fourth, relegating Tiger Woods to fifth place, his lowest position since his breakthrough win at the 1997 Masters.

World Top 10 :

  1. Martin Kaymer ( Ger );
  2. Lee Westwood ( Eng );
  3. Luke Donald (Eng);
  4. Graeme McDowell ( Nir );
  5. Tiger Woods ( USA );
  6. Phil Mickelson ( USA );
  7. Paul Casey ( Eng );
  8. Rory Mclfaoy ( Nir );
  9. Steve Strieker ( USA );
  10. Matt Kuchar ( USA ).

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25. Sonny and Rohit win Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm : Sunny Sidhu and Rohit Michael clinched the Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm Rally title, pipping the nearest rivals Rai Virendra Singh and Gunpreet by almost five-minute margin on February 27th, 2011. Sidhu and Michael emerged winners in the Xtreme Tl category – competition for modified cars -in their Suzuki Grand Vitara. Other winners include Dharam Pal Jangra & Vijuraj N in Xtreme T2 category; R Natraj inMoto; Takale Sanjay Ram and Rahul Sancheti in Ndure and Mukul Budhia in Xplore. Close to 300 participants traversed about 3500 km in the six-day rally, which was flagged off from Ahmedabad and concluded in Delhi, The rally crossed the Great Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, the deserts of Thar in Rajasthan and finally the Aravali ranges enroute to the national capital.

26. Ireland shocks England in World Cup : Kevin O’Brien ( 113, 63b, 13×4, 6×6 ) scored the fastest World Cup century to help Ireland defeat England by three wickets in a Group ‘B’ contest at the M. Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore on March 2nd, 2011. Batting first, England made 327 for eight, which Ireland overhauled in the final over. O’Brien brought up his century in just 50 balls, bettering Matthew Hayden’s effort of a hundred in 66 balls against South Africa at St. Kitts, West Indies in 2007.

27. 16 – year old Nitish, youngest to make his WC debut : Canada’s 16-year old Nitish Kumar on February 28th, 2011 became the youngest cricketer to make his World Cup debut when he was drafted into the playing XI against Zimbabwe in a group match in Nagpur. Canada now has the oldest and youngest player in the tournament with their difference of age being 24 years.

28. National Games conclude at Ranchi : After a fortnight-long sporting action, the curtain was rung down on the 34th National Games at the Birsa Munda Athletics Stadium at the Mega Sports Complex in Ranchi on February 26th, 2011. The five – hour closing ceremony brought to an end to one of the biggest and well – attended Games in which competitions were held in 33 disciplines in three cities of Jharkhand. Services emerged as the best sporting unit with a haul of 70 gold, 50 silver and 42 bronze medals for a total of 162, a tally that surpassed its previous best of 59 – 46-  37 achieved at the last Games in 2007. Richa Mishra of Delhi and Virdhawal Khade of Maharashtra were adjudged as thebest female andmale athletes of the Games and were awarded IOA Trophies. Services were given the Raja Bhalendra Trophy which was received by Air Marshal J.N. Verma on behalf of the Services Sports Control Board. Manipur was adjudged as the best State State and was given a trophy as well kerala will host of the 35th edition in 7 cities spread across the State in Dec 2012.

29. Union Minister of State ( I / C ) for Youth Affairs and Sports, Ajay Maken, on March 3rd, 2011 unveiled the Ministry’s road map for the forthcoming London Olympics – OPEX LONDON 2012. The programme that envisages undertaking Operation Excellence ( OPEX ) in the run up to the games, entails training, coaching and all other facilities to teams and individual competitors in different disciplines.

30. Joginder Sharma gave a fine exhibition of seam bowling with a six-wicket haul as North Zone beat West by five wickets to defend its Deodhar Trophy title at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur on March 9th, 2011. North’s bowlers made the best use of a helpful track in the morning after skipper Amit Mishra lost the toss. They bundled out West captained by Parthiv Patel for a paltry 101 inside 27 overs after which North achieved the target within 30 overs.

31. India lost the Davis Cup World Group first round tie to defending champions Serbia 1-4 after Somdev Dewarman and Karan Rastogi went down in straight sets in the two reverse singles at Paris on March 6th, 2011. Dewarman failed to reproduce his opening day’s performance to go down 4 – 6, 2 – 6, 5 – 7 to Viktor Troicki in the first reverse singles.

32. The team of Sudip Ghosh and Solimen Mondal emerged winner in the adventure category in the fourth JK Tyre Indo-Bhutan Friendship Car Rally, which culminated in Thimpu, Bhutan on March 7th, 2011. Ghosh and his navigator Mondal bagged the first prize of ₹ 60,000 with 679 penalty points. In the Extreme category, Pritul Dey and his navigator Nirav Mehta were declared the winners.

33. Bengal beat Madhya Pradesh by a solitary run in the final to emerge champions in the National Twenty 20 Championship for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy at the Uppal Stadium in Hyderabad 6n March 16th, 2011. It was Bengal’s first major championship win at the senior level after 21 long years since Samabaran Banerjee-led side won the Ranji Trophy in 1990. Bengal team scored 142 for seven after being put into bat. Madhya Pradesh could only manage 141 for eight.

34. Indian Wrestling League, an event on the lines of hugely successful IPL, will be launched later this year, the Wrestling Federation of India announced on March 14th, 2011. The WF1 in collaboration with Kolkata based Leisure Sports will organise the League during November and December this year.

35. Pakistan beat West Indies by 10 wickets in the first quarter-final of the World Cup at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Bangladesh on March 23rd, 2011.

36. Yuki Bhambri won the CCI-ITF men’s $15,000 Futures tennis tournament, beating Croatia’s Roko Karanusic 2 – 6, 7 – 5, 6 – 3 at the Cricket Club of India, Mumbai on March 19th, 2011. In doubles, the Indian pair of Divij Sharan and Purav Raja won the final 7 – 6 ( 4 ), 7 – 6 ( 5 ) against the top-seeded German duo of Gero Kretshmer and Alexander Satschko.

37. Novak Djokovic of Serbia beat World No. 1 Rafael Nadal of Spain 4 – 6, 6 – 3, 6 – 2 to win the Men’s Singles hfle at ATP Indian Weils Tennis on March 20th, 2011. Women’s title was won by Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki who beat Marion Bartoli of France 6 – 1, 2 – 6, 6 – 3 in the final.

38. The logo and mascot of the Indian Volley League ( IVL ) 2011, held from May 29 to June 25, were launched in Hyderabad on March 21st, 2011.

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Sports News for April 2011

1. Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes beat Belarusian-Canadian pair of Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor 6 – 7 ( 5 ), 6 – 2, 10 – 5 in the final to win the men’s doubles title at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami on April 2nd,2011. The title also gave them No. 1 position in the ATP World Tour doubles team rankings.

2. National champion Alok Kumar on April 14th, 2011 became the first cueist to achieve the rare feat of winning both the Billiards and Snooker Asian titles when he blanked Praput Chaithanasukan of Thailand 6-0 to win the Asian Billiards championship at the Olympic Stadium of Kish Island in Iran. Earlier, back in 2004 in Jordan, Alok had lifted the Asian Snooker title by defeating his compatriot former World Professional Billiards champion Pankaj Advani in the finals.

3. Commonwealth Games bronze winner Sanjeev Rajput on April 14th, 2011 became the third Indian marksman to book a berth for London Olympics after winning the gold medal at the 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men Final at Shooting World Cup in Changwon, Korea, World record holder Gagan Narang was the first Indian shooter to book a place for the London Olympics when he won the bronze medal in men’s 10m air rifle in the World Shooting Championships in Munich last year.

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4. World champion Sebastien Vettel won the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang on April 10th, 2011 to take an early grip on the Formula One season. The 23-year-old German steered his Red Bull car from pole position to the chequered flag to win ahead of McLaren’s Jenson Button, the 2009 champion, and Nick Heidfeld who finished third for Renault. Force India drivers Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil finished 10th and 11th respectively.

5. Benjamin Kiptoo and Priscah Jeptoo secured a Kenyan double in the Paris marathon on April 10th, 2011. Kiptoo was the first man home in 2hr 06min 31sec, ahead of compatriot Bernard Kipyego ( 2.07:14 ) and Ethiopian Eshetu Wendimu ( 2.07:28 ). Jeptoo smashed her personal record by more than four minutes to win the women’s event in 2.22:52, almost two minutes ahead of compatriot Agnes Kiprop ( 2.24:41 ).

6. In order to ensure optimum utilisation of the newly-built and renovated Commonwealth Games venues, the Union Sports Ministry on April 15th, 2011 unveiled a new scheme — Come And Play ( CAP ). Under this scheme, the stadia owned by the Sports Authority of India ( SAI )  in the capital would be opened for school children, sportspersons and common people.

7. Force India, the racing sports venture of Vijay Mallya, on April 13rd, 2011 launched ‘Force India Fl Team Academy to identify racing talent in the country, along with providing vocational and academic training to young Indians for pursuing a professional career in motor sports. Force India will go about the ‘Hunt for One from a Billion’ on a regional level wherein all participants will be given a week to practice karting and then go through the selection process with 14 of them selected for the National level.

8. The Government on April 15th, 2011 announced the setting up of two Centres of Excellence dedicated to football and swimming in the national capital to raise the standard of the two sports to international level. Sports Minister Ajay Maken said that the two Centres will be set up at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and Talkatora Swimming Pool Complex.

9. Brazil climbed to third place in the latest FIFA world rankings published on April 13rd, 2011, knocking Germany off the podium and dropping South American rival Argentina one place to fifth.General Studies Question Bank CD

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  1. Spain;
  2. the Netherlands;
  3. Brazil;
  4. Germany;
  5. Argentina;
  6. England;
  7. Uruguay;
  8. Portugal;
  9. Italy;
  10. Croatia.

10. Spinners by Shane Warne launched in India; Apparel brand ‘Spinners by Shane Warne’ promoted by former Australian spinner and 1PL team Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Warne was launched in India in an exclusive retail partnership with Reliance Trends in April 2011. ‘Spinners by Warne’ — a partnership between Warne and an Australian; brand development company Lime Door Brands — was launched in November 2009 in Australia and has sold a million units since then.

11. Nerolac launches ‘Champions Blue’ : Kansai Nerolac Paints has dedicated a special shade ‘Champions Blue’ to the Indian cricket team. In addition, Kansai Nerolac, keeping with its green philosophy, has introduced a new range of lead bee premium exterior emulsions called ‘Nerolac Excel’ and ‘Excel Total’ that have been upgraded from low volatile organic compound ( VOC ) to almost zero VOC. The new shades were introduced in April 2011.

12. Rafael Nadal beat his Spanish compatriot David Ferrer 6 – 4, 7 – 5 on April 17th, 2011 to win his seventh straight Monte Carlo Masters tennis title. It was his 44th career title and 19th at a Masters event. Doubles title was won by Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan who beat Juan Ignacio Chela & Bruno Soares 6 – 3, 6 – 2 in final.

13. Wimbledon prize money increased : Wimbledon organizers have increased the prize money for the winners of this year’s tournament to £1.lm, which amounts to a rise of 10 per cent. The total prize fund for the 125th edition of the tournament has also been increased and by 6.4% from last year and is £14.6m. The singles runners-up will earn 550,000 pound, the beaten semi-finalists will get 275,000 pound and even a first-round loser pockets 11,500 pound for their efforts. Rafael Nadai and Serena Williams triumphed last year. Nadal had defeated Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, while Williams got past Vera Zvonareva of Russia.

14. Real Madrid defeated archrivals Barcelona 1-0 after extra time in a dramatic finale on April 21st, 2011 at Valencia to win the Spanish Cup for the first time since 1993. A header from Cristiano Ronaldo sealed the championship, delivering coach Jose Mourinho’s first trophy since joining the club last May.

15. Dubai Open chess : Former World junior champion and Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta defeated BPCL teammate Fferimarjan Negi in a battle of nerves to clinch the Dubai International Open chess title in Dubai on April 19th, 2011. Abhijeet finished the tournament on 7.5 points out of a possible nine and took the winner’s purse of $8000.

16. McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton won the Chinese Grand Prix on April 17th, 2011 at Shanghai followed by Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber in second and third positions respectively.

17. The Badminton World Federation ( BWF ) has decided to push back the date of implementation of its new clothing regulations, which require female players to wear skirts or dresses for Level 1 to 3 tournaments, to June 1st, 2011.

18. The BCCI on April 27th, 2011 increased the prize money announced for the Indian Cricket team for World Cup triumph from Rs one crore to rupees two crore each. “The cash incentive to the members of the World Cup winning Indian team has been increased from Rs 1 crore per player to Rs.2 crore per player,” BCCI secretary and president-elect N Srinivasan said in a media release.

19. The Indian Football Association in April 2011 announced the launch of Premier League Soccer ( PLS ), an innovative venture that looks to bring together professional players from across the world in a franchise-based system like cricket. The tournament, which will be played in the January-March period in 2012, will initially have six franchises chosen through competitive bidding.

20. Former Olympian football star Mohammad Abdus Sattar, who was part of the 1951 Asian Games gold winning team and led Mohun Bagan to their maiden Rovers Cup victory in 1955, passed away at the age of 85 in Kolkata on April 25th, 2011, Sattar also played in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics.

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Sports News for May 2011

1. Veteran Sourav Ganguly silenced his critics by marking his belated return to the Indian Premier League with a gutsy batting display as Pune Warriors notched up a comfortable six-wicket victory over Deccan Chargers.

2. Swapnali Yadav won the women’s category and. grabbed second spot in the Open category at the first Kimberley National Lake Argyle Swim, held in Western Australia. She clocked seven minutes, seven minutes and 24 seconds in completing the 02km open event. The Indian swimmer competed as a special invitee at the event organised by the Lake Argyle Swim Inc, under the auspices of Association of Swimming Australia.

3. Hammer thrower Jitender Singh has been banned for life, having tested positive a second time in his career. The ban was imposed recently by the National Anti – Doping Disciplinary panel headed by retired judge Dinesh Dayal. Jitender who belongs to Uttar Pradesh, was undergoing a re-instatement testing process for an earlier offence when he was ‘caught’ a second time last November. He tested positive for epimethandiole, a metabolite of steroid methandienone.

4. The BCCI, recommended Zaheer Khan for the Arjuna Award. The left – arm paceman, who took 21 wickets to finish the event as the joint highest wicket-taker with Shahid Afridi of Pakistan, has been in terrific form over the past one year.

5. Argentina legend Diego Maradona is to took over as coach of Al-Wasl Sports Club next season at Dubai, on 17th May 2011. Al-Wasl Sports Club is proud about the appointment of Diego Armando Maradona as head coach of Al-Wasl Football Club, in a momentous development that will see the football legend lead the team for the next two seasons.

6. Portuguese goal-machine Cristiano Ronaldo equalled the all-time league record of 38 goals with a brace in Real Madrid’s 3-1 victory at Villarreal in the Spanish La Liga football on 16th May 2011.

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7. Barcelona FC will put the UNICEF logo on the back of the team jersey next season after agreeing to extend its support for the UN Children’s Fund. Barcelona’s globed five – year agreement with UNICES whose logo is now emblazoned oh the front of the Spanish league champions’ jersey.

8. Novak Djokovic of Serbia took his unbeaten start of the year to 37 matches as he stunned World No. 1 Rafael Nadal to win the Rome Masters. This was the fourth time in a row the Serbian has beaten Nadal in a Masters final this season and the second successive week he has done so on clay after winning in Madrid.

9. Triple Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova won her first tournament’ in almost a year when she powered past Australia’s Sam ant ha Stosur 6-2, 6-4 to win the Rome International.

10. Reigning Olympic marathon champion Sammy Wanjiru of Kenya died after falling from the second floor of his home in the town of Nyahururu on 17th May 2011.

11. A golden goal by Chris Ciriello in the second half of the extra-time gave Australia its sixth triumph in the Sulan Azlan Cup Hockey tournament in the final against Pakistan.

12. Former Pakistan Test spinner Akram Raza, fined in a match-fixing inquiry 11 years ago, was arrested over betting on Indian Premier League ( IPL ) matches on 17th May 2011.

13. Some of the best players from India, Australia, Pakistan, West Indies and South Africa are set to participate in a Twenty 20 league that will be held in July-August this year. Five domestic teams from Sri Lanka, captained by the likes of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, among others, will feature in the tournament. Somerset Entertainment, a company that bought rights to Sri Lanka Cricket last year, will run the league, it was announced on May 5th, 2011.

14. Skipper Darren Sammy took five wickets and Ravi Rampaul claimed four as the West Indies defeated Pakistan by 40 runs in the first Test at the Guyana National Stadium in Georgetown, Guyana on May 15th, 2011.

15. A golden goal by Christopher Ciriello in the second half of the extra-time enabled Australia to beat Pakistan 3-2 in the fined at Ipoh, Malaysia to win the Sulan Azlan Cup Hockey tournament for the sixth time on May 15th, 2011.

16. Russia’s Maria Sharapova won her first tournament in almost a year when she powered past Australia’s Samantha Stosur 6 – 2, 6 – 4 to win the Rome International on May 15th, 2011.

17. Indian Davis Cup player Rohan Bopanna on May 16th, 2011 achieved his carrer-best rank of 11 in the ATP doubles chart while Somdev Dewarmari rose to number 66, his career best singles rank. Veteran doubles stars Mahesh Bhupathi ( 5 ) and Leander Paes ( 7 ) were changed. In the doubles team ranking, Paes and Bhupathi continue to be number two but Bopanna and his Pakistani partner Aisam-ul-haq Quereshi slipped to number seven from six.

18. Novak Djokovic took his unbeaten start to 2011 to 37 matches as he stunned world number one Rafael Nadal 6 – 4, 6 – 4 to win the Rome Masters on May 15th, 2011. Djokovic has won all seven tournaments he has played this year, including the Australian Open, and must surely now be considered the favourite going into the French Open which starts on May 22nd 2011.

19. The Basketball Federation of India ( BFI ) on May 17th, 2011 appointed Kenny Natt as the head coach of the men’s national team, while Ftete Gaudet will shoulder the responsibility of women’s team. Natt has got 13 years coaching experience in the National Basketball Association while Gaudet is a veteran with more than four decades of international exposure. Apart form the two, BFI has also appointed Zak Penwell as the strength and conditioning coach.

20. Porto wins Europa League : Falcao fired Porto to Europa League glory as the Colombia striker capped a remarkable campaign by clinching his side’s 1-0 win over Braga in the all-Portuguese final in Aviva stadium in Dublin on May 18th, 2011. Andre Villas – Boas’ side arrived at the Aviva Stadium already crowned as Portuguese champion after a record-breaking domestic season.

21. Orissa defeated three-time champions Bengal 5-0 to clinch their maiden title in the 19th edition of the Senior National women’s football championship at Pant Stadium in Bhilai on May 18th, 2011. Orissa’s leading goal scorer Sasmita Mallick struck a brace ( 5th and 80th ), while Jabamoni Soren ( 50th ), Pinky Magar ( 60th ) and Shradhanjali Samantaray (17st ) fired in one each to complete the rout.

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22. Annu Raj Singh on May 17th, 2011 became the fifth Indian shooter to book a berth in next year’s London Olympics after clinching the 10m Air Pistol silver medal at the ongoing ISSF World Cup in Fort Benning, USA. Olena Kostevych of Ukraine won the gold while Celine Goberville of France won the bronze. Singh joins rifle shooters Ronjan Sodhi, Gagan Narang, Hari Om Singh and Sanjeev Rajput, to clinch a quota place for the London Olympics.

23. Defending champions Bengal on May 27th, 2011 beat Railways by a solitary goal to set up a summit clash against Manipur in the 65th Senior National Football Championship for the Santosh Trophy at Guwahati.

24. Vijay Kumar clinched the silver medal and the Olympic quota place in the 25-metre rapid fire pistol event in the shooting World Cup in Fort Benning, US, on May 21st, 2011.

25. Five – time World champion M C Mary Kom ( 48kg ) clinched her first gold medal of the year by finishing on top in the Asian Cup Women’s Boxing tournament in Haikou, China in May 2011. Kom claimed the gold after beating Asian champion Kim Myong Sim of North Korea 4 – 3 in the final. This was her first tournament since her bronze medal at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games.

26. Pinki Jangira ( 51kg ) on May 13th, 2011 was the lone Indian pugilist to strike gold at the Arafura Games while two of her compatriots settled for silver medals after losing in the finals of the event in Darwin, Australia.

27. The International Hockey Federation ( FIH ) on May 11th, 2011 announced its intention to make India a hub of hockey activities. Unveiling its plan of reviving its erstwhile Project India, now called ‘FIH Project Chak De,’ the FIH has charted.out the major features of the initiative.

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Sports News for June 2011

1. World champion Viswanathan Anand completed a comprehensive victory over Alexei Shirov of Latvia to claim the Leon Masters rapid chess title for the eighth time at Leon, on June 5th, 2011. This was Anand’s record eighth triumph at this annual rapid chess destination. Anand’s previous triumphs came in 1996,1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006 and 2007.

2. Gary Kirsten, who guided India to the ICC World Cup title, was named coach of his native South Africa on June 6th, 2011. The 43-year-old former opening batsman will have the official title of head coach and team director and be assisted by ex-South Africa fast bowler Allan Donald. Kirsten succeeds Corrie van Zyl.

3. India’s Sachin Tendulkar and South Africa’s Jacques Kallis remained jointly on top Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen. Both Tendulkar and Kallis have garnered 883 points each. Kallis also maintained his top spot in the list of leading all-rounders in Test cricket in the current list released by the ICC on June 8th, 2011. In the list of bowlers, Dale Steyn is on top with 899 points with England off-spinner Graeme Swann being a distant second.

4. Rohit Sharma scored an unbeaten 68 as India notched up an easy four-wicket win over the West Indies in the first One-Day International of the five-match series at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain.

5. India won one silver and five bronze medals at the Giraldo Cordova Cardin Memorial Boxing tournament that concluded in Havana, Cuba on June 7th, 2011. Manpreet Singh ( 91kg ) won the lone silver medal for India, while Nanao Singh ( 49kg ), Suranjoy Singh ( 52kg ), Santosh Harijan ( 52kg ), Kuldeep Singh ( 75kg ) and Paramjeet Samota ( 91kg ) had to be content with a bronze medal each.

6. India win OD1 series in West Indies 3-2 : The West Indies defeated India by seven wickets with eight deliveries remaining at the Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica on June 16th, 2011 and reduced the visitor’s series victory margin to 3-2. Rohit Sharma was adjudged Player of the Series. Andre Russell was named Man of the Match.

7. Kerala annexed the men’s, women’s and the overall team honours and extended its domination to the individual ‘best athlete’ with Sajeesh Joseph (800 metres gold) and Mayookha Johny ( long jump gold with a New Meet record ) winning the best men and women’s awards, respectively at the Inter-State Athletics Meet that concluded at the at the Sree Kanteerava stadium in Bangalore on June 14th, 2011. Kerala with 13 golds ( four men and nine women ) finished ahead of Punjab with six gold medals ( three men, three women ).

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8. India defeated the West Indies by 63 runs on the fourth day of the first Digicel Test at Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica on June 23rd, 2011. Pursuing a target of 326, the hosts were bowled out for 262. Rahul Dravid was declared Man-of-the-Match for his 112, his 32nd test hundred, in India’s second innings.

9. Chennai Spikers on June 24th, 2011 won the inaugural edition of the Indian Volleyball League by registering a comprehensive four-set victory against Hyderabad Chargers 25 – 19, 21 – 25, 25 – 20, 25 – 17 at the Kotla Vijayabhaskar Reddy stadium in Hyderabad.

Overall standings :

  1. Chennai Spikers (35)
  2. Hyderabad Chargers ( 33 )
  3. Yanam Tigers ( 31 )
  4. Kamataka Bulls ( 29 )
  5. Maratha Warriors ( 27 ) and
  6. Kerala Killers ( 25 ).

11. China’s Chen Jin won the Men’s Singles at the Singapore Open Super Series Badminton tournament on June 20th, 2011 when his compatriot Lin Dan withdrew from the final because of sickness. Women’s Singles title was won by China’s Wang Xin who beat Tine Baun of Denmark 21-19, 21-17 in the final. Indonesia’s Tantowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir overcame Chen Hung-ling and Cheng Wen-hsing of Taiwan 21 – 14, 27 – 25 to take the mixed doubles crown.

12. India’s Chetan Anand won the Mauritius Open Badminton Championship defeating Chiang Jiann of Malaysia 21 – 11, 21 – 14 in the men’s fined on June 20th, 2011.

13. Marion Bartoli of France beat Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic to win the Eastbourne Grass Court tournament 6 – 1, 4 – 6, 7 – 5 on June 18th, 2011.

14. Rory Mcllroy of Northern Ireland won the US Open Golf Tournament at Bethesda, Maryland, USA on June 19th, 2011, confirming his rich promise as a potential golfing great by becoming the championship’s youngest winner since 1923. Australia’s Jason Day finished second ahead of South Korea’s Yang Yong-eun, Britain’s Lee Westwood and Americans Kevin Chappell and Robert Garrigus. Mcllroy, long regarded as a future world number one, eclipsed the US Open scoring record of 12-under set by Tiger Woods at the 2000 US Open.

15. India on June 27th,2011, agreed to a modified version of the controversial Umpire Decision Review System ( UDRS ). The International Cricket Council’s chief executives’ committee unanimously agreed at its Hong Kong conference to make UDRS mandatory in all international Tests and one-day matches. This was disclosed by N. Srinivasan, the presidentelect of the Board of Control forCricket in India, in a statement posted on the BCC1 website.

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Sports News for July 2011

1. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic won the 2011 Wimbledon Championships organised at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London, England, from
June 20 to July 3rd, 2011
. It was the 125th edition of the championships, and the third Grand Slam tournament of the year.

2. Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on July 7th, 2011 became the third Indian bowler and 11th overall to take 400 wickets in Test cricket. Anil Kumble ( 619 ) and Kapil Dev ( 434 ) are the other two Indian bowlers to have recorded the feats. Playing in his 96th match, Harbhajan .achieved the feat when he bowled Carlton Baugh on the second day of the third and final cricket Test against the West Indies at Roseau, Dominica.

3. Asian Games silver-medallist V Santhosh Kumar rallied to beat Russia’s Alexander Malinin and fetched India its lone gold after three others settled for bronze medals at the 21st President’s Cup boxing In Jakarta, Indonesia on July 8th, 2011 J. The 20-year-old Santhosh won the light welterweight 64kg fined 10-8 to clinch his maiden senior international gold medal. Jasveer Ahlawat ( 81kg ), Lakhbir Singh ( 69kg ), Gaurav Bidhuri ( 49kg ) won bronze medals after losing in the semi-finals.

4. Italy’s Fabiano Caruana on July 2nd, 2011 won the AAI International Grandmasters chess tournament organised in New Delhi.

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Final standings ( with points and prize-money ) :

  1. Fabiano Caruana of Italy ( 7 points, $8,000 ),
  2. K. Sasikiran of India ( 6, $6000, )
  3. Viktor Laznicka of Czech Republic ( 5.5, $4,000 ),
  4. Wesley So of Philippines ( 5, $3,000 ) and
  5. Parimaijan Negi of India ( 3.5, $2,000 ).

5. Pyeongchang was on July 6th, 2011 chosen to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. The South Korean city was selected by the International Olympic Committee in the first round of voting ahead of Munich in Germany and Annecy in France. Pyeongchang received 63 of the Committee’s 95 votes, well ahead of Munich’s 25 and Annecy’s seven.

6. The Union Sports Ministry on July 4th, 2011 decided to sack Yuriy Ogorodnik, the Ukrainian coach in-charge of training the tainted Indian athletes. Sports Ministry recommended the dismissal of the Ukrainian coach and also advised removal of any other coaches suspected of encouraging the use of performance-enhancing substances.

7. Akhilesh Das Gupta was elected as the president and Ashok Bajaj the treasurer in the Badminton Association of India ( BAI ) elections, organised on July 2nd, 2011. Das Gupta takes over following the exit of former BAI President VK. Verma in connection with the Commonwealth Games scam.

8. Digambar V Kamat was on July 9th, 2011 elected as President and Kamlesh Nanavati as general secretary of the Swimming Federation of India for a four-year term.

9. India opted not to press for a win with 86 needed from 15 overs with seven wickets in hand as the third and fined cricket Test against the West Indies ended in a draw, giving the visitors a 1-0 series victory at Roseau, Dominica on July 11th, 2011.

10. Graeme Swann became the world’s number one ODI bowler on July 10th, 2011 for the first time in his career after the off-spinner’s eight-wicket haul helped England to a 3-2 series win against Sri Lanka. The 32-year-old dethroned New Zealand’s left – arm spinner Daniel Vettori, who had held the spot since September 2009 in the ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers. Swann is also ranked number two in Test cricket, behind South Africa’s Dale Steyn.

11. Hosts Japan won 11 golds, 10 silver and 11 bronze medals to emerge on top of the medals tally at the 19th Asian Athletics Championships that concluded in Kobe Japan on July 10th, 2011. India ended its campaign with 11 medals ( 1 gold, 2 silver and 8 bronze medals ) in the four-day meet, which is similar to its performance in the last edition held at Guangzhou two years ago ( 1G, 3S, 7B ). 22-year old Mayookha Johny won the only gold medal for India’ on July 7 when she leapt 6.56m in women’s long jump to achieve this honour. China’s Lu Minjia edged Saeko Okayama of Japan 6.52 to 6.51 to grab the silver.

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12. Fernando Alonso delivered Ferrari’s long-awaited first win of the year on July 10th, 2011 when he made the most of unpredictable wet-dry conditions to triumph at a thrilling British Grand Prix at Silverstone. The 29-year-old Spaniard finished ahead of Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. Force India drivers Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil finished 15th and 11th respectively.

13. The match for World Chess Championship Title for 2012 between defending champion Viswanathan Anand and Israeli grand master Boris, Gelfand is to be held at Chennai during April-May that year. The state government has given its nod for the conduct of the Championship Title, which would cost around ₹ 20 crore. The announcement came after a meeting between Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa and Kirsan illyumzhinov, president, World Chess Federation on July 15th, 2011.

14. The United States with 32 medals ( 17 gold, 6 silver and 9 bronze ) topped the medals tally at the Shanghai World Swimming Championship followed by hosts China ( 15 gold, 3 silver and 8 bronze ) and Russia ( 8 gold, 8 silver and 4 bronze ) in second and third positions respectively in the 14th FIN A World Championships were held at July 16-31, 2011 at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai, China.

15. India’s World Cup ( 2014 ) Asia qualifying campaign came to an end with a 2-2 draw against United Arab Emirates ( UAE ) at the Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi on July 28th, 2011. Having won the first leg at home 3-0, UAE finished with an aggregate of 5-2 to advance.

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Sports News for August 2011

1. The National Football Academy will be based Kolkata, the All India Football Federation general secretary Kushal Das said on August 2nd, 2011. The Pailan Group, which has joined the national federation as the sponsor of its team Indian Arrows, will provide the infrastructure for the academy. The academy was initially planned to be instituted in Goa and later in Gurgaon.

2. McLaren’s Jenson Button won the Hungarian Grand Prix at Budapest on July 31st, 2011. Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel was second while Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was third. 18. Sania Mirza won her third WTA doubles title of the season and 12th overall as she and Yaroslava Shvedova beat Olga Govortsova of Belarus and Alia Kudryavtseva of Russia 6 – 3, 6 – 3 in the final of the Citi Open on August 2nd, 2011 in the US.

3. In a step that would help boost rural tele-density, the Central Department of Telecommunications ( DoT ) on August 13th, 2011 recognised Vihaan Networks Limited ( VNL )’s solar-powered mobile tower – World GSM – as a cost-effective and .efficient telecom solution best suited for remote and rural areas.

4. China’s Olympic gold medallist Lin Dan beat top-seeded Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia 20 – 22, 21 – 14, 23 – 21 in the final to win the Men’s Singles title at the World Badminton Championship organised by the Badminton World Federation ( BWF ) at the Wembley Arena, London from August 8 to 14, 2011. Lin’s triumph was the highlight of the last day of the tournament on August 14 in which China again set records, becoming the first nation successfully to defend all five World titles.

5. The Jesus Boat Club ( JBC ) of Kollam, on the ‘Devas’ chundan, won the 59th annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race ( NTBC ) on the Punnamada lake in Alappuzha, Kerala on August 13th, 2011 while the Freedom Club, Alappuzha, on the ‘KarichaT chundan, came second. JBC was captained by Syan Chacko while Freedom was captained by Gigy Jacob Pollayil. The United Boat Club ( UBC ), Kainakary on the ‘Mutter chundan came third.

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6. Aditya Mehta claimed his maiden National snooker title with a defeat of Alok Kumar in the best-of-eleven frame final at the Hash 10 World Sim championships, in Chennai on August 11th, 2011. Lionel Messi volleyed a late winner as Barcelona beat Reed Madrid 3-2 in a fiery Spanish Super Cup second leg at Barcelona on August 17th, 2011 to secure a 5-4 aggregate victory.

7. Novak Djokovic of Serbia beat Mardy Fish of USA to win the Rogers Cup for his ninth tournament title of the year and record fifth in a season in an ATP Masters event at Montreal on August 16th, 2011. Djokovic, the Australian Open and Wimbledon champion, is now 29 – 0 this year on hard courts and 53 – 1 overall. He also won the Rogers Cup in 2007.

8. The Indian golf team ended an 18-year long medal drought with a bronze in the team championships of the Asia-Pacific Golf championships for Nomura Cup in Denarau, Fiji on August 19th, 2011. Australia won the Nomura Cup for a record ninth. time with a fined round of 201 and a total of 840, while New Zealand finished second at 861 with a final round of 209.

9. Oscar scored a hat-trick to lead Brazil to a 3-2 win over Portugal in extra time to win the FIFA Under-20 World Cup for the fifth time at the Estadio Nemesio Camacho stadium in Bogota, Colombia on August 20th, 2011.

10. Indian cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan earned a place in the ICC Test Team of the Year, chosen by a selection panel headed by West Indian legend Clive Uoyd on August 26th, 2011. Four countries are represented in the 12-man line-up and Tendulkar made the side for the third year in a row, having appeared in the ICC World Test Team of the Year in 2009 and 2010.ICC Test Team of the Year: Alastair Cook ( Eng ), Hashim Amla ( SA ), Jonathan Trott ( Eng ), Sachin Tendulkar ( Ind ), K. Sangakkara ( SL, wicketkeeper / captain ), A.B. de Villiers (SA), Jacques Kallis (SA), Stuart Broad ( Eng ), Graeme Swann ( Eng ), Dale Steyn ( SA ), James Anderson ( Eng ). 12th man: Zaheer Khan ( Ind ).

11. India’s Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi won their third title of the season and first at Cincinnati after 10 years, following a hard – fought win over Michael Uodra and Nenad Zimonjic. The third seeds edged past the fourth – seeded French-Serbian combination ) after battling for one hour and 41 minutes.

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Sports News for September 2011

1. Barcelona of Spain beat Porto of Portugal in the final to win the European Super Cup in Monaco on September 2nd, 2011. Cesc Fabregas ( 88th minute ) and Lionel Messi ( 39th minute ) were the goal scorers for the winning team.

2. The Jamaican team of Usain Bolt, Nesta Carter, Michael Prater and Yohan Blake created the only world record of the tournament when they won the gold in 4?100 m relay race in 37.04 seconds. on the final day of the 13th edition of the IAAF World Championships organised from August 27 to September 4, 2011 at Daegu in South Korea. France won the silver while. St. Kitts and Nevis won the bronze medal.Blake had also won the 100 m individual event :

3. South Korea fought their way back from two-goal down to overpower hosts China 5-3 and win the women’s Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament at Ordos, China on September 10th, 2011.

4. Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid gained a place each in the latest ICC player rankings for Test batsmen, which is being headed by South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis. Bell and Alastair Cook have jointly claimed the second position after Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara slipped three places to fifth. Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott are other batsmen in the top-10. While Tendulkar improved from fifth to fourth, Dravid was ninth.

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5. Indian boxer Vijender Singh ( 75kg ), an Olympic and World championship bronze medallist, won gold and also bagged the ‘Best Boxer’ award as the Indian team ended the tournament with two golds, two silvers and a bronze at the World Police and Fire Games in New York on September 4th, 2011. Dinesh Kumar ( 81kg ) won the second gold medal for India.

6. Arsenal Tata Tea Jaago Re Soccer Stars ( ATTJRSS ) won the 21st International Soccer festival ( under-15 ) in UK in August – September 2011. In all, 126 teams from 12 countries took part in the festival conducted by Arsenal. After losing two matches, the Indian team defeated Marks Park (South Africa), New Windsor Heronstop ( UK ), Flying Eagles ( USA ) and Forest Royal ( Essex, UK ) to win the U-15 AISF Cup 2011.’

7. England reigned supreme in the fifth and fined match of the NatWest Series at the Sophia Gardens, Cardiff on September 16th, 2011. The host won by six wickets and the triumph helped England blank India 3-0 in the series. India scored 304 for six in 50 overs with Virat Kohli ( 107 ), Rahul Dravid ( 69 ) and M.S. Dhoni ( 50 n.o. ) bating well. England had an asking rate of 6.1 at the start. It increased to 6.27 and finally to 7.08 as two rain-interruptions meant that the target was adjusted to 295 from 47 overs and the eventual 241 from 34 overs as per the Duckworth-Lewis Method. Mahendra Singh Dhoni was adjudged ‘Man-of-the-Series’.

8. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic defeated defending champion Rafael Nadal of Spain in the final to win the US Open Men’s Singles title at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, Flushing Meadows Park, New York City on September 12th, 2011. Djokovic, who has been ranked number one in the world by the Association of Tennis Professionals ( ATP ) since 4th July 2011,

Has won four Grand Slam singles titles : The 2008 and 2011 Australian Open championships, the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, and the 2011 US Open.

9. Samantha Stosur of Australia outplayed three-time champion Serena Williams of USA in straight sets 6 – 2, 6 – 3 to win the Women’s Singles title at the U.S. Open on September 11th, 2011. This was the first Grand Slam title for Stosur whose previous appearance in a Grand Slam final was a runner-up finish in the French Open in 2010.

10. The ICC also announced its latest inductees into its Hall of Rime in London on September 12th, 2011. Alan Davidson, Belinda Clark, Curtly Ambrose and the late Frederick Spofforth joined the earlier list of 64.

11. The Indian women’s recurve archery team beat World champion Italy with a 215-204 victory in the final of the World Cup ( Stage IV ) meet at Shanghai on September 10th, 2011. The Indian team of L. Bombayla Devi, Deepika Kumari and Chekrovolu Swuro had been beaten in the final of the World championship at Turin. ( Italy ) earlier this year.

12. India defeated Pakistan 4-2 in the penalty shootout in the final to clinch the inaugural Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament at Ordos, China on September 11th, 2011. Rajpal Singh, Danish Mujtaba, Yuvraj Walmiki and Sarvanjit Singh scored for India in the penalty shootout while Muhammad Rizwan and Waseem Ahmed scored for Pakistan after both the sides were locked goalless in the regular and extra time. A last-minute goal by Firhan Ashari helped Malaysia beat Japan and clinch the bronze medal.

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13. N. Srinivasan took over as the new President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India ( BCCI ) from Shashank Manohar at its 82nd Annual General Meeting organised in Mumbai on September 19th, 2011. There were no elections for any of the posts of the office bearers with Sanjay Jagdale, the outgoing joint secretary being elevated to the post of secretary, while Anurag Thakur of Himachal Pradesh and Ajay Shirke of Maharashtra were elected unopposed as joint secretary and treasurer respectively of the country’s richest sports body.

14. The Board of Control, for Cricket in India ( BCCI ) has terminated its contracts with Kochi Tuskers Kerala for “non-payment of bank guarantees”. Under the terms of the agreement, each franchise has to submit a bank guarantee every year that covers the fee payable to the BCCI. The Kerala team is said to have defaulted on a ₹ 156-crore annual payment.

15. Peter Svidler on September 20th, 2011 won the World Cup chess championship at Khanty Mansiysk, Russia, on September 19th, 2011 after drawing the fourth game in the final with fellow Russian Alexander Grishuk to finish 2.5 – 1.5 ahead on points. Vassily Ivanchuk took the third spot and the final qualifying place for the Candidates tournament by completing a 2.5-1.5 victory over his Ukrainian compatriot Ruslan Ponomariov. Final : Game Four: Peter Svidler ( Rus, 2.5 ) drew with Alexander Grischuk ( Rus, 1.5 ). For third place : Game Four: Ruslan Fbnomariov ( Ukr, 1.5 ) drew with Vassily Ivanchuk ( Ukr, 2.5 ).

16. The 2011 F1BA Asia Championship was held in 15-25 September 2011 at Wuhan, Hubei, China. China won the tournament, defeating Jordan 7Q-69 in the final. Indonesia defeated India for the 13th place.

17. Fourth-seeded Chen Long of China beat top-seeded Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia 21-8, 10-21, 21-19 in the final to win the Japan Open badminton championships in Tokyo on September 25th, 2011. In the women’s singles fined, Chinese world champion and number one Wang Yihan beat eighth-seeded Juliane Schenk of Germany 21-16, 21-14 in 43 minutes to win the title. Fourth-seeded Saina Nehwal of India lost to Schenk in the semifinals 19 – 21,10 – 21 on September 24.

18. Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel finished ahead of McLaren-Mercedes driver Jenson Button to win the Singapore Grand Prix on September 25th, 2011. Vettel crossed the line 1.7 seconds ahead of Button with Red Bull team mate Mark Webber a further 27.5 seconds back in third. Force India’s di Resta finished career-best sixth while his teammate Adrian Sutfl came eight

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Sports News for October 2011

1. Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine won the Brazil leg of the fourth Final Masters Chess Championship at Sao Paulo on October 3rd, 2011 followed by Hikaru Nakamuca of USA in second place. World champion Vtewanathan Anand, who started the event as a firm favourite along with Norwegian World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen, finished in the third place.

2. Asian Games gold medallist Ronjan Sodhi won the Double Trap gold medal in the World Cup Finals in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, on October 4th, 2011. Beijing Olympic bronze medallist, Hu Binyuan of China, finished second.

3. Rajasthan lost the Irani Cup match – to Rest of India by 404 runs at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur on October 5th, 2011. Rajasthan was skittled out for 213 in its second innings as spinners Pragyan Ojha and Rahui Sharma bowled well.

4. Mumbai Indians beat Royal Challengers Bangalore ( RCB ) by 31 runs in the final of the Nokia Champions League T 20 tournament at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on October 9th, 2011. After restricting Mumbai Indians to 139, RCB were bowled out for 108. Spearheading the Mumbai victory was their captain and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh who took 3 for 20 and won Player of the Match award. Mumbai Indians went home richer by $2.5 million while RCB received $1.3 million. Daniel Vettori lead RCB had entered final by beating New South Wales while Mumbai Indians got the better of Somerset in the second semi-final.

5. India Red was bowled out for 238 in 49.5 overs in reply to India Green’s 238 for eight in the final of the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy on October 13th, 2011 played at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur. The trophy was jointly awarded to the two teams. Shikhar Dhawan was the captain of India Red while India Green was led by Harbhajan Singh. India Blue was the third team in the tournament.

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6. Magnus Carlsen of Norway won the Masters Chess tournament at Bilbao, Spain beating Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine in the fined on October 11th, 2011. World champion Viswanathan Anand defeated Francisco Vallejo Fbns of Spain in the 10th and final round to avoid a last-place finish. Anand, Levon Aronian of Armenia and Hikaru Nakamura of the United States tied for the third spot while Pons had to be content with the last-place finish despite showing some incredible results.

7. Former World junior champion Abhijeet Gupta drew with top seed and defending champion Parimarjan Negi in 41 moves to claim his maiden National Chess title at Aurangabad on October 22nd, 2011. Close contender Deepan Chakkravarthy settled for the second spot. The tide for Abhijeet not only meant a place in the National team for the next one year but also gave him a World Cup berth. Besides Abhijeet and Deepan, others who made it to the elite top-six bracket are S.R Sethuraman, M.R. Venkatesh, Vidit and last year’s runner-up G.N. Gopal.

8. Hosts New Zealand beat France 8 – 7 and win the Rugby World Cup for the second time after 1987 at Eden Park in Auckland on October 23rd, 2011. In the semifinals, New Zealand beat Australia 20 – 6 on October 16 while Ranee defeated Wales 9 – 8 on October 15. Australia won bronze with a 21 – 18 third place play-off win over Wales.

9. Yuki Bhambri beat Vishnu Vardhan 6 – 4, 7 – 6 ( 6 ) to win the Men’s Singles title at the DLTA Complex in the Fenesta National Tennis championship in New Delhi on October 15th, 2011. Fifteen-year-old Rutuja Bhosale emerged the new women’s champion when she beat Isha Lakhani in the final.

10. Britain’s Andy Murray beat David Ferrer of Spain in the final to win the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament on October 16th, 2011. Doubles title was won by the team of Max Mirnyi & Daniel Nestor who beat Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic.

11. India’s top-ranked squash player Dipika Pallikal faced stiff resistance from England’s Sarah-Jane in the final to win the WISPA Dread Series 2 tournament in Washington on October 18th, 2011. Pallikal showed good form throughout the championship and won it without conceding a set to secure her second title of the year.

12. Australia’s David Gleeson scored a record-setting winning tally of 20 – under 268 to win the $1.25 million Hero Indian Open at the Delhi Golf Club course on October 16th, 2011. Gleeson collected $198,125 while the second placed Chiragh Kumar of India received $135,625.

13. World champion Sebastian Vettel finished first followed by Lewis Hamilton ( McLaren )  and Mark Webber ( Red Bull ) in second and third places respectively to win the Grand Prix at Yeongam, South Korea on October 16th, 2011. Force India drivers Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil finished 10th and 11th respectively. Vettel’s Red Bull team also won the Formula One Constructors title for 2011. Vettel had been crowned as the 2011 drivers World champion after finishing third in the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka on October 9.

14. Churchill Brothers beat Prayag United 5-4 in the tie-break to lift the Durand Cup football tournament in the fined played at the Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi on October 15th, 2011.. East Bengal overcome Salgaocar Club 9 – 8 via the sudden-death in the Super Cup contest at the Ambedkar Stadium in New delhi on October 18th, 2011. The teams failed to score a goal despite some concerted efforts in the regulation period.


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