SPORTS - 2017 November

November 1

Indian wrestler Geeta Phogat wins GOLD MEDAL In All India Police Championship
Geeta Phogat, the first Indian woman to win gold medal in wrestling clinched another gold medal at the All India Police Championship on.
The 28-year-old, whose life was portrayed in the Bollywood movie 'Dangal', returned to wrestling after her stint on the Rohit Shetty-hosted show 'Khatron Ke Khiladi'.
After the release of the Aamir Khan-starrer, Bollywood film ‘Dangal’, Geeta became a role model for aspiring women wrestlers.

Bopanna wins Erste Open, Myneni-Prashanth clinch Vietnam Open trophy
Rohan Bopanna won the Erste Open title in Vienna with Pablo Cuevas while the team of Saketh Myneni and Vijay Sundar Prashanth clinched the Vietnam Open trophy at the Ho Chi Minh City.
In Vienna, unseeded Bopanna and Cuevas beat Sam Querrey and Marcelo Demoliner 7-6, 6-7, 11-9. It was third title of the season for Bopanna, having won Chennai Open with Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Monte Carlo Masters with Cuevas.
In Vietnam, the unseeded Indian pair of Myneni and Vijay Prashanth beat the Japanese combination of Go Soeda and Ben Mclachlan 7-6, 7-6 in the summit clash. It was first title of the season for Myneni and maiden Challenger level trophy for Prashanth.

November 2

Hong Kong becomes the first ever Asian city to host the 2022 Gay Games
Hong Kong will host the 2022 Gay Games, fighting off bids from cities in the United States and Mexico to become the first Asian city to stage the sports and cultural event.
The win comes amid growing momentum for the gay rights movement in Asia, with Taiwan’s constitutional court this year declaring that same-sex couples have the right to marry, the region’s first such ruling.
The games are expected to attract more than 15,000 participants and provide a HK$1-billion ($128-million) boost to the economy.

Virender Sehwag Gate inaugurated at Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium
The Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) honoured Virender Sehwag, by naming Gate No.2 at the Feroz Shah Kotla after the Indian legend.
It was an honour for him to have a gate named after him at the stadium, the place where he started his journey. This gate will act as a source of inspiration for young cricketers. Many other initiatives are being taken to recognise the contribution of cricketers who have richly contributed to the DDCA.
Sehwag changed the way game was played in India. Earlier we used to score 240-250 runs in a day, but after he came, 350-360 became possible. He was a major reason why India won so many matches.

Federer fights back to claim eighth Basel title
Roger Federer exorcised a Swiss Indoors demon by coming from behind to beat Juan Martin del Potro and claim an eighth title in Basel.
Federer may have been the dominant force in his home tournament since a maiden triumph in 2006, but back-to-back final defeats to Del Potro in 2012 and 2013 will have rankled.
The win takes Federer to 95 ATP singles titles, surpassing Ivan Lendl and leaving only Jimmy Connors (109) ahead of him.
Federer twice went a break up in the opening set only to see Del Potro respond immediately, and the trend continued into the tie-break - the hometown hero went 3-0 up before collapsing to defeat.

November 3

K Srikanth achieves career best World No 2 ranking
India ace Kidambi Srikanth was rewarded for his sensational run this season as he grabbed a career-best ranking of World No. 2 after jumping two places in the latest BWF ranking.
Srikanth, who reached five finals and clinched four titles this year so far, now has 73,403 points, 4527 point away from World Champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark, who heads the ranking list.
The 25-year-old from Guntur, who had clinched back-to-back titles at Indonesia and Australia and then at Denmark and France, will have a chance to topple the Dane shuttler with some good show in the upcoming events at China and Hong Kong.
US Open Grand Prix Gold winner H S Prannoy, who had reached the semifinals at Paris, also improved a place to reach a career-best ranking of World No. 11.

November 4

FIFA suspend Peru striker Guerrero for failing doping test
LIMA, Peru (AP) Peru captain and striker Paolo Guerrero has been provisionally suspended by FIFA for 30 days after failing a doping test. Guerrero tested positive after the World Cup qualifying match against Argentina.
If the decision is upheld, Peru will miss its main striker for both World Cup playoff matches against New Zealand this month. Peru and New Zealand meet on Nov. 11 and 16.
Guerrero, who plays his club football for Flamengo, scored six times in South American qualifiers and led Peru to fifth place.

Aditi Ashok wins in Abu Dhabi for her third Ladies European Tour title
Young Indian golfer Aditi Ashok made a triumphant return to the Ladies European Tour by clinching the Fatima Bin Mubarak Ladies Open after surviving a few anxious moments in the closing stages.
The 19-year-old sounded a warning to her competitors ahead of the Hero Indian Open, where she will defend her. It is Aditi’s third LET win in less than 12 months. India’s other player, Vani Kapoor (70) finished in a tie for 57th.
Aditi, who won the Hero Indian Open and Qatar Ladies Open last year, survived a late scare when she double bogeyed the par-3 17th. But she held her nerve to par the 18th and final hole for a one-shot win over Georgia Hall (66).

November 5

Satbir, Manorama win in Elite category at Cyclothon
Satbir Singh and T Manorama Devi emerged victories in the Elite Men's and Elite Women's events at the Cyclothon, which saw over 4500 cyclists participate in an atmosphere of gaiety and revelry.
Based on the distance to be covered, the Cyclothon featured four categories Elite (Men 45 km/women - 27 km), Amateur (27 km), Open and the popular Green Ride.
While the Elite and Amateur categories were for serious cyclists, the 9 km Open and the 5 km Green Rides allowed participants the experience the joy of cycling.
The Cyclothon attracted participants from all walks of life including officials from various ministries, sports personalities, celebrities Farhan Akhtar, school and college children cycling professionals, amateurs and housewives.

Table Tennis Super League in Chennai from Nov 24
Chennai will be hosting the inaugural edition of Table Tennis Super League-Tamil Nadu, which will feature the top paddlers of the state, from November 24 to 26.
The tournament, organised by Indusports, under the auspices of Tamil Nadu Table Tennis Association and 11Even Sports would be held at the Express Avenue mall.
The league would have eight teams, and each would have six members from different categories men, women, junior boys, junior girls, cadet boys and veterans.
Each tie would comprise six singles and three doubles matches.

Indias Sharath Kamal & Sathiyan bag bronze in Belgium Open
Indias Achanta Sharath Kamal and G Sathiyan won a bronze medal each at the prestigious 2017 Challenge Belgium Open Table Tennis tournament.
They lost their semifinals to the second-seeded German of Patrick Franziska and Ricardo Walther respectively by identical 2-3 margin to settle for a.
Kamal and Sathiyan lost the first game 7-11 but came back strongly, to win the next two games. They, however, couldnt sustain the momentum and lost the next two games to miss an opportunity to make the final.
They first beat the Belgian team of Thibaut Darcis and Lauric Jean and then got the better of Swedens Harald Andersson and Simon Arvidsson. Indias Sanil Shetty too had a good run in the tournament, beating higher ranked players and going all the way to the quarterfinals.

November 6

India beat China to win women's Asia Cup hockey title, qualify for 2018 World Cup
India edged past China 5-4 via shootout to win the women’s Asia Cup hockey title. With this, India also qualified for next year’s World Cup as Continental champion.
It was skipper Rani Rampal who scored the winning goal while Savita Punia made a great save in sudden death.
It was advantage China as a stick check in the circle saw India concede a penalty corner in only the second minute of the game. However, Savita padded it away and an alert Deep Grace cleared the ball.

National Cycling Championship organized in New Delhi to promote fuel conservation
National Cycling Championship was organized in New Delhi to promote fuel conservation.
Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Film actor Farhan Akhtar and cricketer Munaf Patel flagged off the event. It was organised by the Petroleum Conservation Research Association.
This initiative will motivate people for fuel conservation.

Shiv Kapur wins Panasonic Open to claim first Asian Tour title in India
Shiv Kapur clinched his first Asian Tour title in India, bagging the Panasonic Open by three strokes after bringing home a card of four-under 68 in the fourth and final round at the Delhi Golf Club.
It is second Asian Tour title of the season for Kapur, who fired five birdies against one bogey to stay three strokes clear off a pack of fellow Indians, including Ajeetesh Sandhu (65), Sudhir Sharma (69) and Chirag Kumar (64).
Kapur had won the Yeangder Heritage in April and finished second at the Thailand Open this season. He had won his first Asian tour title in 2005 at the Volvo Masters of Asia.

November 7

India unveil logo, mascot and song for Boxing Youth World Championship
Assam's famed one-horned rhino was unveiled as the official mascot of the 2017 AIBA Youth Women's World Boxing Championship in a glittering ceremony.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Boxing Federation of India (BFI) president Ajay Singh also released the championship's official logo and anthem, to mark the countdown for India's first youth world boxing championship from November 19 to 26.
The chief minister was particularly keen that the boxers and the visiting dignitaries experienced the rich cultural and aesthetic heritage of Assam while also enjoying the state's picturesque natural beauty and spectacular wildlife.
The official mascot, named Guppy, is a female version of Assam's one-horned rhino. It has been chosen as it's a symbol of strength and endurance, something that Indian women are known for, traits that are also synonymous with the game of boxing.

Punjab govt to organise village-level tourneys to curb drug menace
Punjab government will soon start a campaign to organise village level sports tournaments across the state in order to wipe out the menace of drugs.
These tournaments will promote sportsmanship amongst the youth besides channelising their unbounded energy in a positive direction.
Addressing the gathering during a sports tournament to mark the Prakash Utsav of Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji in Jalandhar, that dope test will be made mandatory in order to ensure free and fair competition in these tournaments.

India Finish With 20 Medals In Commonwealth Shooting Championships
India wins 20 medals at the Commonwealth Shooting Championships in Australia. India bagged 6 gold, 7 silver and seven bronze medals.
In the Men's Trap event at the Shotgun ranges, Birendeep Sodhi was the lone Indian to qualify for the six-man final round.
India ended their campaign at the Commonwealth Shooting Championships with a rich haul of 20 medals after Satyendra Singh and Sanjeev Rajput clinched gold and silver respectively in the men's 50m rifle 3 Positions event on the concluding day of competitions in Brisbane, Australia.

November 8

Mitchell Starc makes history with two hat-tricks in one game
Strike bowler Mitchell Starc became the first man to take two hat-tricks in the same first-class game in Australia as he hit ominous form ahead of the Ashes Test series against England.
The left-arm pacer became only the eighth player in first-class cricket history and the first in 39 years to achieve the feat as he spearheaded New South Wales to victory over Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield.
Having removed Jason Behrendorff, David Moody and Simon Mackin in WA's first innings to complete his first career hat-trick, Starc then got both Behrendorff and Moody again off the final two deliveries of his 15th over.

Mary Kom wins gold at Asian Boxing Championship
Mary Kom won the gold medal in the Asian Boxing Championships in the Light Flyweight category, defeating DPR Korea’s Kim Hyang Mi in the final bout 5-0 by unanimous judge’s decision.
Both boxers started the first round looking to attack and get an early lead. Mary Kom landed a number of blows but Kim didn’t back down and got in a few punches of her own before the round ended.
The second and third rounds were less intense, as Mary Kom took her time before picking her moment to strike. Showcasing her defensive capability, she fended off her challenger whilst also landing a few punches when the opportunity arose.

November 9

HS Prannoy, Saina Nehwal reign supreme at National badminton championships
Hyderabad's HS Prannoy defeated Kidambi Srikanth while Saina Nehwal edged past PV Sindhu in the Senior National badminton championships finals to clinch their respective titles in Nagpur.
The 27-year-old Saina, a former world number one, got the better of Sindhu, the Olympic and World Championship silver medallist, in a pulsating summit clash that lasted 54 minutes.
Second seed HS Prannoy, who achieved a career-best World No. 11 ranking last week, saw off top seed World No 2 Kidambi Srikanth in a 49-minute battle to win the men's singles title in the 82nd edition of the tournament.

November 10

Indians set 2 world records at Shooting Para Sport World Cup
Indian para shooters Deepender Singh and Manish Narwal won gold and silver respectively in the P1 10m Air Pistol SH1 category in the Shooting Para Sport World Cup
With 238.3 points, Deepender broke the world record set by Iran's Mahdi Zamanishurabi (235 points) in September.
On the other hand, Manish Narwal, 16 years old, made world record in junior section by air pistol at 236.6 Points. Although he had to be satisfied with the silver.

November 11

Bharat Khandare Becomes First India-Born Fighter To Sign With Ultimate Fighting Championship
Ultimate Fighting Championship might already have an Indian-origin fighter in Arjan Singh Bhullar, however, history was made as Bharat Khandare became the first India-born fighter to be signed by the MMA promotion.
The UFC's aim to take MMA to all parts of the world is well and truly underway and now India can to be added to the list. The UFC India welcomed Brave Combat Federation bantamweight fighter Bharat Khandare to the organisation.
UFC Fight Night will take place at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai on November 25. It will be the first UFC event held on mainland China and will air live on UFC Fight Pass in the United States.

Gautam Gambhir named govt nominee in DDCA managing committee
Former Test opener Gautam Gambhir was named a government nominee in the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) managing committee and he has made it clear that he would do his bit to "restore glory days" of the much-maligned association.
Had the honour of adjusting fields at Ferozeshah Kotla. Time to adjust 'corridors' at DDCA to help restore its glory days. Honoured to be Government Nominee on DDCA Managing Committee.
The 36-year-old Gambhir has played 58 Tests, 147 ODIs and 37 Twenty20 Internationals. He has been the top scorer in finals of two World Cups (2007 T20 and 2011 50-over) that India won.

November 12

Marc Marquez wins fourth MotoGP world title
Spain's Marc Marquez sealed his sixth world championship and fourth in the premier MotoGP category with third place at the season-ending Valencia Grand Prix.
Holding a commanding 21-point lead in the championship from Andrea Dovizioso, Marquez was guaranteed the title with a top-11 finish or if Dovizioso failed to win the race.

MS Dhoni launches Global Cricket Academy in Dubai
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, former India captain, fulfilled his "dream" to give back to the game by launching his first global cricket academy in the United Arab Emirates.
The academy, jointly launched by Dubai-based Pacific Sports Club and Aarka Sports Club, has been in operation for a couple of months at the Springdales School in Al Quoz. The facility, named the MS Dhoni Cricket Academy (MSDCA), will have coaches from India to train the wards.
The academy has all the world class facilities from turf pitches to spin and swing bowling machines. It also boasts of safety nets, lights for night practice, in-house sports shop for quality cricket gear and video analysis.

Teddy Riner claims tenth World Judo Championship gold
The first day of the World Openweight Judo Championships in Marrakesh saw Teddy Riner set out to claim an unprecedented tenth world title.
The Frenchman is the very definition of a superstar and after a win in his opening bout against Iurii Krakovetskii of Kygyzstan he had a chance to show his metal in only the second round as he faced his biggest challenger Georgia’s Guram Tushishvili.
With Tushishvili out, nothing could stand in Riner’s way as he swept aside Facial Jaballah of Tunisia in the third round after throwing for waza ari and then holding for an ippon win.

November 13

Vettel wins Brazilian Grand Prix, Hamilton fourth
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel won the Brazilian Grand Prix while Lewis Hamilton fought from the back of the field to finish fourth for champions Mercedes.
Hamilton, who clinched his fourth world championship in Mexico two weeks ago, started from the pitlane after crashing in qualifying but led the race after 31 of 71 laps when others pitted.

Pankaj Advani wins 17th World Billiards Championship title
Ace Indian cueist Pankaj Advani clinched his 17th world title after he thrashed his arch-rival Mike Russell of England in the IBSF World Billiards Championship in Doha.
Advani beat Russell to defend the 150-up format title he had won in Bengaluru last year. The Indian did not have an ideal start to the best-of-11 summit clash as Russell drew first blood with a well-crafted break of 155.

Golfer Vani Kapoor finishes in top 10 at Women's Indian Open
Indian golfer Vani Kapoor registered her maiden top-10 finish after finishing tied 6th at the Women's Indian Open in Gurugram. France's Camille Chevalier edged out Scotland's Michele Thomson on the final hole to clinch her maiden Ladies European Tour title at the Women's Indian Open. Meanwhile, another Indian, Aditi Ashok, finished the tournament at the tied 13th spot.

Leander Paes and Purav Raja lift Knoxville Challenger tennis title
Leander Paes and Purav Raja lifted the Knoxville Challenger title after clinching a comfortable straight sets win in the finals of the men’s doubles event.
The top-seeded pair swept aside the American-Australian duo of James Cerretani and John Patrick Smith 7-6, 7-6 in the summit showdown of the USD 75,000 hard court event that took place at the indoor hard court of Goodfriend Tennis Center.

Qualification assured, confident India take on Myanmar in 2019 AFC Asian Cup Qualifier
Having made the cut, a buoyant Indian football team will fancy its chances when it locks horns with Myanmar in the return leg of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers.
Stephen Constantine's men will be buoyed by their 12- match unbeaten streak in international football.
India qualified for the continental showpiece after crushing Macau 4-1, in a qualifier last month, and a point at the Nehru Stadium in Fatorda would take them to the top position.

Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal retires from all cricket
Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, two years after losing his wicket-taking bite with a remodelled bowling action that was twice deemed illegal.
During a successful but controversial career, Ajmal was once celebrated as the world's number one bowler in one-day internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 cricket, and was almost as successful in Tests.

November 14

Italy Fail To Qualify For World Cup For First Time Since 1958
Italy will miss the World Cup for the first time since 1958, an astounding development in an autumn full of qualifying failures. The Netherlands, United States, Ghana and now Italy, a four-time champion and a pillar of soccer for almost a century, all will be absent from the 2018 tournament. Amid boos and whistles in Milan,
The Italians were ousted by Sweden, which repelled a second-half deluge for a 0-0 draw in the second leg of a two-game playoff to secure a 1-0 aggregate victory in the World Cup qualifier.

Aditi Ashok becomes first Indian to qualify for LPGA Tour Championships
Aditi Ashok has qualified for the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship on the LPGA, becoming the first from the country to play in the prestigious meet.
The 19-year-old prodigy is one of the eight rookies to make it to the Tour Championships in what is one of the strongest fields in women’s golf.
Meanwhile, Aditi has succeeded in keeping her LPGA card for 2018 after a sterling rookie season.
With a string of creditable performances, including a Top-10 and starts at all five Majors, it has been a landmark year for the Bengaluru golfer, who won two LET events in 2016 and one in 2017.

November 15

2023 Rugby World Cup: France beat South Africa and Ireland to host competition
France will host the 2023 Rugby World Cup after beating rival bids from South Africa and Ireland.
South Africa had been expected to win the vote after an independent review recommended they stage the tournament.
France - the main host of the competition in 2007 - won in the second round of voting, with 24 votes compared to 15 for South Africa.

November 16

Shagun Chowdhary crowned National Women's Trap champion
Shagun Chowdhary bagged a national champion crown when she won the women's trap event at the 61st National Shooting Championship.
Representing ONGC, Chowdhary, the first Indian woman trap shooter to win an Olympic berth, overcame the challenge from Punjab's.

Vinesh, Ritu bag gold at National Wrestling Championship
Vinesh Phogat and Ritu Phogat bagged the gold medal in their respective weight categories of women's wrestling on the opening day of the National championship.
In women's wrestling, bouts were fought in only two weight categories and in both, the Phogat sisters emerged triumphant.
While Commonwealth Games gold medallist Vinesh, representing Railways, finished on the top of the podium after getting the better of Haryana's Manisha in women's 55kg, youngster Ritu bagged the yellow metal in women's 50kg after beating Nirmala.

India to host Asia Cup of Road Racing with National C'ship
The 20th JK Tyre-FMSCI National Racing Championship will have a robust international flavour, with the addition of the high-profile FIM Asia Cup of Road Racing (ACRR) leg to the grand finale.
Top bikers from Japan, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Nepal, Taiwan and India will participate in Round 3 of the ACCR at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida.
India will be represented by Sai Rahil Pillarisetty and Israel Vanlalhruaizela, who are fourth in the standings after the first two rounds in Thailand and Taiwan.

November 17

Sushil Kumar ‘walks over’ to gold at National Wrestling; Sakshi, Geeta excel
Back in action after three-long years, two-time Olympic-medallist Sushil Kumar took less than three minutes to bag a gold medal as three of his rivals gave him a walk over in men’s 74kg freestyle competition of the National Wrestling championship in Indore.
Sushil battled for just 2 minutes and 33 seconds in total on the mat as he fought only two of his initial round bouts before three of his opponents -- in the quarterfinal, semifinal and final -- gave him a walk over.

November 18

Pollard becomes 2nd batsman to hit 500 sixes in T20 cricket
Windies all-rounder Kieron Pollard became only the second player in history to hit 500 sixes in T20 cricket. Pollard achieved the feat after slamming three sixes for Dhaka Dynamites against Rajshahi Kings in a Bangladesh Premier League match. Pollard is only behind compatriot Chris Gayle, who has smashed 772 sixes in 303 T20 innings.

Yuki Bhambri outlasts Ramkumar Ramanathan to win Pune Challenger
Yuki Bhambri clinched his first title of the 2017 season on the ATP Challenger Tour following a come-from-behind win over compatriot Ramkumar Ramanathan in the final of the KPIT-MSLTA Challenger in Pune.
Yuki, country's top singles player, overcame Ramanathan in a little over two hours at Balewadi Sports Complex.
Interestingly, Yuki's last Challenger had come at the same tournament and venue in 2015. He had broken into the top-100 after that trophy-winning effort and this win will again push him to the top-100 bracket.

Khatri, Dhankar win gold at National Wrestling Championship
The likes of Amit Dhankar and Mausam Khatri bagged the gold medal in their respective weight categories of men's freestyle on the third and final day of National Wrestling Championship.
Other big names in the Indian wrestling circle such as Rahul Aware (61 kg), Jitender (79 kg), Somvir (92 kg) and Sumit (125 kg) also finished on top of the podium.

Sharath-Sathiyan duo wins bronze at Sweden Open
India's star doubles pair A Sharath Kamal and G Sathiyan put up a stellar show in the Seamaster 2017 World Tour Swedish Open to seize a bronze medal.
They upset the top seeds of the tournament, Quadri Aruna from Nigeria and Diogo Carvalho from Portugal, 3-1 to make it to the semifinals in style. Hong Kong's Kwan Kit Ho and Chun Ting Wong to miss out on the chance to make the title round.

Geeta Phogat, Sakshi Malik win national golds in wrestling
Indian wrestlers Sakshi Malik and Geeta Phogat won gold medals in their respective weight categories at the National Wrestling Championship.
Geeta won gold in the 59 kg category while Sakshi clinched the top spot in the 62 kg category. Earlier, cousins Vinesh and Ritu Phogat bagged gold medals in the 55 kg and 50 kg categories respectively.

November 19

Afghanistan trounce Pakistan by 185 runs to lift U-19 Asia Cup title
Afghanistan won the final of the Under-19 Asia Cup by registering a comprehensive 185-run victory over Pakistan at the Kinrara Academy Oval, Kuala Lumpur.
Ikram Ali Khil’s hundred and Mujeeb Zadran fifer with the ball helped the Afghans win their historic U-19 Asia cup. Courtesy of his unbeaten knock of 107, Khil was awarded the man of the match.
Pakistan skipper Hasan Khan won the toss and opted to bowl first. However, his bowlers failed to get provide early breakthroughs as Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran forged a fifty run opening stand.

ATP Finals: Grigor Dimitrov beats David Goffin to win title in London
Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov became the first man for 19 years to win the ATP Finals on his debut appearance with victory over Belgian David Goffin.
Sixth seed Dimitrov, 26, claimed the biggest title of his career as he won 7-5 4-6 6-3 at London's O2 Arena.
The Bulgarian collected £1.9m in prize money for coming through the tournament unbeaten in five matches across the group stage, semi-finals and final.

Ayana, Legese win gold in Delhi Half Marathon
Current woman world athlete of the year Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia clinched gold in her debut race while compatriot Berhanu Legese won the men's event in the Delhi Half Marathon .
Ayana, the world's leading woman long distance runner on track, clocked one hour, seven minutes and 11 seconds to emerge champion in her maiden half marathon race as Ethiopians ran away with all the three top positions.

November 20

Sixth edition of Swimmathon
The sixth edition of Swimmathon, touted as the countrys premier open water swimming competition, will be held at Colva beach in South Goa.The event had been accredited by the Swimming Federation of India as the national selection trials.
Winners of Swimmathon, both men and women in 5K and 10K races, will represent India at the FINA World Championship and Asian and Commonwealth Games.

Gates 3 & 4 of Feroz Shah Kotla to be named after Anjum Chopra
A month after the Gate No.2 was dedicated to former India opener Virender Sehwag, the Ferozshah Kotla Ground in the national capital will have another couple of gates named after ex-Indian women's team captain Anjum Chopra.
The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) has decided to name the Gate No. 3 and 4 of the stadium after the cricketer-turned-commentator, who represented the country in six World Cups.

November 21

Indian luger Shiva Keshavan qualifies for his sixth Winter Olympics
Indian luger Shiva Keshavan will make his sixth appearance at the Winter Olympics as he qualified for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games at the ongoing Viessmann Luge World Cup 2017-18 in Innsbruck, Austria.
The three-time Asian Cup gold medallist luger needed five necessary points to achieve the qualification standard for next year’s mega-event and he managed to achieve that at the World Cup.

November 22

Basel to jointly host Badminton, Para Badminton Worlds
Basel will become the first city to jointly host the Badminton and Para Badminton World Championships after it was awarded the 2019 edition of the Para event.
The Badminton World Federation (BWF) confirmed that the two tournaments will be staged simultaneously for the first time, reports Xinhua news agency.
The Swiss city defeated Tokyo to land the 2019 Para Badminton World Championships in a vote which was delayed by the BWF Council to allow further discussion.
The event will be the last held in the sport before Para Badminton makes its Paralympic Games debut at Tokyo 2020.

November 23

India remain 105th in FIFA rankings, 10 of top 32 teams not in World Cup 2018 draw
India’s 2-2 draw with Myanmar at the Sri Kanteerava Stadium in Bangalore earlier meant that their FIFA rankings remain static at 105. India’s draw against Myanmar was a blemish on the perfect record that they had maintained before that in the fourth round of qualifying for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. In Asia, India are 15th, ahead of the likes of North Korea, Jordan and Bahrain.
It is a rather peculiar scenario further up the table as 10 teams in the top 32 of the rankings have failed to make it to the FIFA World Cup 2018 to be held in Russia. Among the notable absentees include Italy, ranked 14, Chile, ranked 10 and United States ranked 24. The Asian Football Confederation’s World Cup entries are Australia, Iran, Japan, Saudi Arabia and South Korea, all of whom are outside the top 32.

November 24

First Indian casino game training course centre in Goa
Delta Corp Limited claimed to have set up the first casino game training courses in India.
The casino game training courses were set up in 2013 as a part of the company's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR.
We had the courses set up since 2013, earlier we did not have a fixed rule to who can apply for it," Anil Malani, President Delta Corp Ltd.

Guwahati hosts World Youth Women's Boxing Championship
World youth women's boxing championship, which saw the participation of players from more than 30 countries, was hosted in Guwahati's Md Tayabullah Hockey Stadium amid much fervour.
The championship was inaugurated by Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
The championship saw 200 participants from over 30 countries and everyone was seen carrying their flags high in the procession.

November 25

Ritu Bhogat bags silver at U-23 Senior World Wrestling Championship
Female wrestler Ritu Phogat bagged the silver medal in U-23 Senior World Wrestling Championship being held at Poland.
Phogat defeated Bulgarian Wrestler Selishka by 4-2 points in the quarterfinal and defeated Chinese Wrestler Jiang Zhu by 4-3 points in the semifinal.
In Gold Medal bout, Ritu Phogat unfortunately lost the bout from Turkish Wrestler Demirhan by 4-4 points.
Turkish Wrestler Demirhan by 4-4 points.
Ritu had recently won the National championship in Indore.
In May, Phogat won a bronze medal at the Asian Championships.

PV Sindhu in Hong Kong Open badminton final, eyes 3rd Superseries win of 2017
PV Sindhu was in sublime form as she defeated former world badminton champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand in straight games to enter the women’s singles final at the $400,000 Hong Kong Open Superseries.
In a battle of 22-year-olds, it was the second-seeded Indian who came out on top, winning 21-17, 21-17 in 43 minutes at the Hong Kong Coliseum.

November 26

Gopi Thonakal becomes first Indian to win Asian Marathon Championship gold
Gopi Thonakal became the first Indian man to win Asian Marathon Championship after he achieved the feat in the 16th edition of the prestigious event.
Gopi Thonakal clocked 2 hours, 15 minutes and 48 seconds to clinch the gold. Andrey Petrov of Uzbekistan bagged the silver with a timing of 2:15:51s, while Byambalev Tseveenravdan of Mongolia won bronze by clocking 2:16:14s.

Virat Kohli first captain to smash 10 international hundreds in a calendar year
Virat Kohli struck his 19th hundred in Tests as India maintained the upper hand against Sri Lanka in the second match at the VCA Stadium in Nagpur.
Kohli reached his fourth Test hundred in 2017 in just 130 balls when he took a single off Lakmal. He struck 10 boundaries in his innings to take the attack to the opposition.

Valtteri Bottas beats Lewis Hamilton to win season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Valtteri Bottas won the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from pole position beating his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton as Formula One’s season finale petered out into a procession.
The Finnish driver comfortably secured the third win of his F1 career, all this season since joining from Williams. It was his 22nd career podium and 13th with Mercedes.

India win 10 medals in Para-Badminton World Championships
India clinched 10 medals, including two golds, at the BWF Para-Badminton World Championships.
India’s Parul Parmar defeated Thailand’s Wannaphatdee Kamtam in the finals of the women’s singles Standing Lower (SL3) to clinch the gold medal.
Parmar also combined with Japan’s Akiko Sugino to win the gold in the women’s doubles (SL 3-4) after beating Chinese pair of Cheng Hefang and MA Huihui in the summit clash.

7th world military games to be held at Wuhan in China
The 7th international military games will be held in Wuhan city in the central China's Hubei Province, the defence ministry has announced.
The International Military Sports Council (CISM) Military World Games is a top sporting gala for military personnel.
It comprises 329 competitions in 27 categories and is expected to attract around 8,000 participants from more than 100 countries and regions.

5 out of 5: Gold rush for India at Women’s Youth World Championships
Haryana shone as it rained gold for India at the AIBA Women’s Youth World Championship.Four boxers from Haryana – Nitu in light flyweight (45-48 kg), Jyoti in flyweight (51 kg), Sakshi in bantamweight (54 kg) and Shashi Chopra in featherweight (57 kg) – won gold in the first four final bouts. Assam’s Ankushita Boro added the fifth in welterweight (64 kg) category.

November 27

India claim 5 gold medals at AIBA Youth Women Boxing Championship
India topped the medals' chart after claiming five gold medals on the final day of the AIBA World Women's Youth Boxing Championships.
Nitu, Jyoti, Sakshi, Shashi Chopra and Ankushita Boro clinched the yellow metals. India earlier had also won two bronze medals. It was the biggest medal haul in the championship, followed by Russia (2 gold, 4 silver).

India thump Pakistan, South Korea to win Asian Kabaddi Championship 2017 titles
For the second time in a week, Ajay Thakur proved to be the decisive man for India over Pakistan as the world champions edged the neighbours 36-22 to win the Asian Kabaddi Championship gold medal in Gorgan.
Thakur produced a match-winning showing as India dominated the final completely and Pakistan never came close to bothering Rambir Singh Khokkar-coached side. Sandeep Narwal returned to India’s line-up ahead of Mohit Chhillar who had played in the semifinal against South Korea the same day.

Pankaj Advani wins World Snooker Championship, pockets 18th global title
Pankaj Advani continued his strong show on global stage by winning the 15-frame IBSF World Snooker Championship at the Al Arabi Sports Club in Doha.It was the Indian star’s 18th world title.

PV Sindhu, R Ashwin, Kidambi Srikanth, Mithali Raj bag awards at Indian Sports Honours 2017
The national sports icons and celebrities came together to honour the sports personalities of the country in the inaugural edition of Indian Sports Honours 2017 held in Mumbai. Indian shuttlers Srikanth Kidambi and PV Sindhu were honoured with sportsman and woman of the year respectively for individual sports while in the team sports it was off-spinner R Ashwin in men’s and Mithali Raj in women’s category who bagged the awards.
Tennis player Sania Mirza was awarded Inspirational Honour by the jury, while Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra was honoured with the Transformational Contribution to Sports award.

Bajrang, Vinod settle for silver medals at U-23 Worlds
Asian champion Bajrang Punia and Vinod Kumar settled for silver medals at the Under-23 World Wrestling Championship in Poland after losing their respective finals as India finished with three medals at the event.
Bajrang lost the 65kg lop-sided final 6-17 to Russian grappler Kuular while Vinod lost 1-3 to American Richard Lewis.

November 28

European Games to include new mixed gender team event in 2019
European Athletics is poised to spearhead the charge for radical change in the sport with organisers having unveiled a new mixed gender team competition to be introduced at the second edition of the European Games in 2019.
The new competition planned for the Games in Minsk, Belarus, called Dynamic New Athletics (DNA), will see Europe's top 30 countries compete across 10 events in two hours, culminating in a staggered pursuit relay called the Hunt.
Each team comprising nine women, eight men and six reserves will compete in a knockout format over five days before the quarter-final, semi-final and final rounds.

120 BPM' wins Golden Peacock at IFFI 2017
Morocco-born French director Robin Campillo’s drama film 120 BPM won the coveted Golden Peacock Award at the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which concluded in Goa.
The film, set in France in the 1990s, deals with homosexuality and the AIDS epidemic. The film had its India premiere at IFFI 2017.
The Golden Peacock carries a cash prize of ₹40 lakh, to be shared equally between the producer and the director. The Best Actor (Male) Award went to Nahuel Perez Biscaryat for his portrayal of AIDS activist Sean Dalmazo. In a video address, Mr. Biscayart dedicated the award to those afflicted by HIV/AIDS.

Punjab to get world-class football academy
UK's premier Southhall Football Club will jointly set up an international level football academy with Cordia Institutes at its campus at Sanghol in Punjab.
Cordia Institutes Chairman Diljit Rana told IANS that the objective was to build a world class academy with facilities comparable to the very best in the world.

November 29

Sathiyan wins gold in Spanish Open TT
Indian table tennis player G. Sathiyan clinched the gold medal after defeating Japan’s Kazuhiro Yoshimura in the men’s singles final of the 2017 ITTF Challenge Spanish Open.
The ninth seeded Indian’s calculated game enabled him to prevail over the 11th seed, who displayed sheer power. Incidentally, this was Sathiyan’s second major title as he had won the singles gold two years ago in the ITTF World Tour Belgium Open.

IOA formally recognises Boxing Federation of India
The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) was recognised as a national body by the Indian Olympic Association, which removed the terminated Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) as its affiliate after months of indecision.
The BFI, already recognised by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) and the Sports Ministry, finally got the IOA's nod, which had IABF registered as the official body till now.

Odisha Chief Minister unveils logo and mascot of Hockey World Cup 2018
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik unveiled the logo and mascot for the Hockey Men’s World Cup 2018 at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.
Stating that Odisha is fast becoming a sporting destination of India, Patnaik the state had successfully hosted the Asian Athletics Championships a few months ago.

Competition Commission slaps Rs 52-crore penalty on BCCI
The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has imposed a `52-crore fine on the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the abuse of its dominant position in the organization of professional domestic cricket leagues or events in the country.
The penalty follows BCCI’s assurance to broadcasters of the Indian Premier League (IPL) that it will not organize, sanction, recognize, or support another professional domestic Indian T20 competition that is competitive to IPL for a sustained period of 10 years.

Odisha Chief Minister unveils logo and mascot of Hockey World Cup 2018
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik unveiled the logo and mascot for the Hockey Men’s World Cup 2018 at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.
Stating that Odisha is fast becoming a sporting destination of India, Patnaik the state had successfully hosted the Asian Athletics Championships a few months ago.

November 30

India wins 3 gold, 4 silver, 2 bronze in Asian Archery Cships
Indian archers produced an impressive performance, grabbing three gold, four silver and two bronze medals at the Asian Championships.
Two Indian boys and girls also booked quota places for the 2018 Youth Olympics.
15-year-old Haryana girl Himani Kumari defeated her Mongolian opponent Bayasgalan Badamjuani 7-1 in the recurve cadet bronze play-off to bag the quota.



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