SPORTS - 2017 September

September 1

Gaurav Bidhuri settles for bronze medal in World Boxing Championships
Gaurav Bidhuri completed his dream debut at the AIBA World Boxing Championships with a bronze in the bantamweight category (56kg), becoming the fourth Indian ever to win a medal at the global meet.
Bidhuri, who hails from Delhi, lost to another debutant, 19-year-old Duke Ragan of the US in the semifinals in Hamburg, settling for bronze -- India’s only medal from this edition.
The 24-year-old Bidhuri, who has been struggling from a back injury for almost six months, was happy to return home with a medal, which came after a lot pain and struggle the last few months.

Shubhankar and Shikha bag titles
Fourth seed Shubhankar Dey of Railways Sports Promotion Board and third seed Shikha Gautam of Air India Sports Promotion Board reigned supreme in men’s and women’s singles on the concluding day of the Central Zone inter-state badminton tournament at the Dadoji Konddev Stadium in Thane.
Shubhankar bagged his second successive three-setter with an impressive win against the second-seeded Mithun Manjunath of AISPB.

September 2

Iran’s Rasht triumphs, KIIT finishes runner-up
Top seed Rasht emerged as the champion at the Asian Cities chess championship.
The Iranian team, comprising Arash Tahbaz, Mahyaar Mehry, Ali Faghiranvaz, Shahin Sadeh and A.M. Soozanker, finished with 16 points, following its crushing win in the ninth and final round against Dubai.
Host and second seed KIIT, took the runner-up spot, with 14 points, despite being held to a draw by Puri. Dhaka, seeded third, also justified the billing, taking the third place with 13 points.
Sri Lanka still not assured of World Cup spot
Sri Lanka will have to wait on a direct-qualification berth in the ICC Cricket World Cup, after failing to win at least two matches that it needed to in the ongoing ODI series against India.
Cricket’s premier quadrennial event, scheduled between May 30 and July 15 in the UK will see the top seven ODI sides as on September 30, apart from host England, qualify directly.
The teams not getting direct places to the World Cup 2019 will have another shot through a qualifying tournament in 2018, featuring the bottom four sides from the ODI rankings, the top four from the World Cricket League Championship and the top two sides from the World Cricket League.
The top two sides from the Qualifier tournament will complete the 10-team line-up for the World Cup 2019.

Siobhan clinches the H.H. Sri Krishnaraja Wadiyar Memorial Trophy
Siobhan (Sandesh up) won the H.H. Sri Krishnaraja Wadiyar Memorial Trophy, the main event of the races.
The winner is owned by Mr. Marthand Singh Mahindra and trained by S. Attaollahi.

September 3

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, 1st Wicketkeeper to Effect 100 Stumpings
Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the first wicketkeeper in world cricket to effect 100 stumpings in One Day Internationals (ODIs). Dhoni achieved the feat in his 301st ODI in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
36-year-old Dhoni has also taken 281 catches apart from scoring 9,657 runs so far. In 90 Tests, Dhoni has taken 256 catches and affected 38 stumpings. In T20 Internationals, Dhoni has taken 43 catches and affected 23 stumpings.
Former Sri Lankan Skipper Kumar Sangakkara is on second position with 99 Stumpings on his name.

India, 1st Visiting Country to Inflict 5-0 Whitewash on Sri Lanka
India has whitewashed host Sri Lanka 5-nil in One Day International cricket series. By winning all the 5 games, India became the first visiting country to inflict a 5-0 defeat on Sri Lanka.
India had, earlier, also whitewashed the 3-match Test series. Indian Captain Virat Kohli made 30th ODI hundred in his only 194th game and is now jointly second highest in list of century makers alongside Ricky Ponting with only Sachin Tendulkar (49 hundreds) ahead of him.

Hamilton wins Italian GP to take lead in F1 title race
Mercedes' British Formula One racer Lewis Hamilton won the Italian Grand Prix at Monza to take the lead in the F1 drivers' championship title race for the first time this season.
Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas finished second while Hamilton's championship rival Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was placed third. Hamilton now leads Vettel by three points.

Bharadwaj finishes runners-up at India Junior GP
Young Indian shuttler Rahul Bharadwaj suffered a straight-game loss against top seed Thai Kunlavut Vitidsarn in the men's singles final to finish runners-up at the India Junior International Grand Prix.
Bharadwaj blew lead in the first game to eventually go down to the Thailand shuttler in a 33-minute contest.

September 4

India’s Divya Deshmukh wins gold at the Under-12 Chess Cadet Championships in Brazil
Nagpur-based Divya Deshmukh clinched the gold medal in the girls’ U-12 category at the World Cadets Chess Championship at Pocos de Caldas, Brazil.
She scored a total of 9.5 points to give India its only medal in the championship this year. She topped the table by beating her compatriot and the top-seeded Rakshitta Ravi.
It is Divyas second world title after her victory in the under-10 World Youth Chess Championship in Durban in 2014. She had previously won the U-10 Asian blitz event in early 2014 and won the rapid and standard formats in the Asian Schools Championship in 2012.
Konsam Ormila Devi bags gold at Commonwealth Youth weightlifting Championship
India’s Konsam Ormila Devi bagged a gold medal in 44kg weight category on the opening day of the Commonwealth Youth (boys & girls) weightlifting championships.
Commonwealth Youth weightlifting Championship was held at Gold Coast, Australia. Ormila lifted 57kg in snatch and 76kg in clean and jerk for an overall effort of 133kg, to finish on the top of the podium.

September 5

ISSF World Championship: Ankur Mittal settles for silver in double trap
Indian shooter Ankur Mittal settled for the silver medal in the double trap event of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Shotgun Championship.
Mittal finished with 66 points in contrast to Fokeev's 68. China's Binyuan Hu settled for the bronze with 50 points in the summit showdown.
Meanwhile, in the finals of the juniors' double trap event, 17-year-old Ahvar Rizvi also clinched a silver medal with a score of 66 points.

Viswanathan Anand wins on return to World Cup after 15 years
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand made a winning start on returning to the Chess World Cup after 15 years.
Anand defeated 18-year-old Li Tian Yeoh of Malaysia in the first round of the first game. The 47-year-old, who has won the World Cup twice, never needed to play the tournament ever since winning the World Championships in 2007.

September 6

India to Host Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships in 2019
India will host the 2019 edition of the Commonwealth (Youth, Junior and Senior) Weightlifting Championships.
The Executive Board of Commonwealth Weightlifting Federation met at Gold Coast, Australia and decided to allot the 2019 edition of the competitions to India.The current edition of the tournament is being held at the Gold Coast.
India's Saikhom Mirabai Chanu and K Sanjita Chanu bagged a gold medal each at their respective weight categories to book berths at next year's Commonwealth Games to be held at the same Australian city.

Virat Kohli fastest to 15,000 runs in international cricket
Indian captain Virat Kohli became the fastest player to score 15,000 runs in international cricket during the one-off T20I against Sri Lanka.
Kohli achieved the feat in his 333rd international innings, overtaking Hashim Amla who took 336 innings to score 15,000 international runs. Kohli has scored 8,587 ODI, 4,658 Test and over 1,750 T20I runs.

3. Virat Kohli breaks world record for most runs in T20I chases
Virat Kohli has become the highest run-getter while chasing in T20Is after his 82-run knock against Sri Lanka.
Kohli, who now has 1,016 runs while chasing, went past former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum's tally of 1,006 runs. Kohli also became the third highest run-getter in T20Is with 1,830 runs, and is only behind Tillakaratne Dilshan and McCullum.

September 7

Duleep Trophy cricket tournament to begin in Lucknow
Duleep Trophy cricket tournament has begun in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
The 2017 season will commence at the newly built Ekana International stadium which will host the opening and the final match while Kanpur’s Green Park stadium will host the other two games.
Total of four matches will be played with teams playing two matches each. Suresh Raina has been appointed as captain of India Blue while Abhinav Mukund and Parthiv Patel will captain ‘India Red’ and ‘India Green’ teams respectively.
Earlier, Uttar Pradesh (UP) hosted the tournament last season when it was played at the Greater Noida Sports Complex ground.

Hyderabad girl Tejasvi Duduka wins U.S. Open women’s singles title
Tejasvi Duduka from Hyderabad won the women’s singles of U.S. Open Grand Slam Carrom tournament.
Earlier, she had won the Telangana State Women’s singles title in Nizamabad. In the men’s singles, Vemuri Anil Kumar of India finished runner up for the second year in the U.S Open.
The U.S. Open Carrom tournament was won by former National Champion Radhakrishnan.

September 8

India Wrestler Sonam Malik won a gold medal in Cadet World Wrestling Championship
Young Indian wrestler Sonam Malik bagged a gold medal at the World Cadet Wrestling Championship in Athens, Greece while Neelam settled for a bronze.
Competing in the 56kg category, the 15-year-old Sonam defeated Japanese Sena Nagamoto in the final.
Neelam, competing in the 43kg category, defeated Roxana Alexandra of Romania in the bronze medal bout.

ICC Test rankings: India retains top spot, Australia slips to fifth
India continued to be at the top in the ICC Test rankings but Australia slipped one rung to fifth in the latest list after drawing the away series against Bangladesh in Chittagong.
India, who whitewashed Sri Lanka in the recent away series, have 125 points. Australia is now on 97 points, the same as New Zealand, but are behind on decimal points.

September 9

Lifters Sathish Kumar, RV Rahul qualify for 2018 Commonwealth Games
Indian weightlifters ‘Sivalingam Sathish Kumar’ and ‘Ragala Venkat Rahul’ have qualified for next year's Commonwealth Games after winning a gold medal each in their respective weight divisions.
Rahul created new records en-route to his standout total lift of 351 kilogram (156kg in snatch and195 kilograms in clean & jerk).
Sathish Kumar (Games gold medallist -2014 Commonwealth) lifted 148 kilograms in snatch and 172 kilograms in clean & jerk for a total effort of 320 kilograms in senior men's 77 kilograms.
Two Indian women weightlifters ‘S.Nirupama Devi’ and ‘Nikeeta Kale’ also claimed gold medals in 69 kilogram weight division of junior section.

Harinder Pal Sandhu wins his fifth consecutive title in Kuala Lumpur
Former Indian men’s national squash champion Harinder Pal Sandhu simply cannot stop winning! The 28-year-old won his fifth professional title in a row when he emerged victorious at the 10th leg of the Malaysian Tour at the National Squash Centre in Kuala Lumpur.
The World No. 66, who was the top seed at this tournament, edged the second seeded Mohd Syafiq Kamal of Malaysia, in a tough final to win the title. This is Sandhu’s 10th international triumph overall.

Sumit Nagal Wins ITF Futures Tournament
Sumit Nagal of India blasted Colin van Beem of the Netherlands in the singles final to justify the top billing in the 8th MCC – S R Subramaniam Memorial ITF Futures Men’s tennis championship in Chennai.
He conceded only nine points while winning the next nine games in a row to win the match. Nagal received USD 2,160 and 18 ITF points for the victory while van Beem received USD.1272 AND 12 ITF points.

September 10

India finish 5th in Moscow Shotgun World Championships
India has finished fifth in the medals tally with one gold and two silver medals at the Moscow Shotgun World Championships. Only 16 of the 76 participating nations got amongst the medals and Italy topped the tally with nine gold medals for a total of 17 medals in all.
Both their Olympic skeet champions Gabrielle Rossetti and Diana Bacosi were also crowned world champions in the process.
The USA stood second with five gold medals for a total of 12. Hosts Russia were third in the overall tally with two golds for a total of eight.

India Win 2nd SABA U-16 Championship
India has won 2nd South Asian Basketball, SABA, Under - 16 Championship. India defeated Bhutan by in its last league match at Kathmandu in Nepal.
India remained unbeaten in its all four matches and accumulated 8 points. Bangladesh finished second and host Nepal third.
The championship was played in a round robin league format. India has now qualified for 2017 International Basketball Federation, FIBA, Under-16 Asian Championship to be played in Malaysia later this year.

US Open: Sloane Stephens wins Women's Singles Title
Unseeded American Sloane Stephens lifted the US Open women's singles title. Sloane ranked 83rd completed a spectacular return from injury to beat 15th seed Keys in the finals.
The 24-year-old was ranked as low as 957th six weeks ago went on to become only the fifth unseeded woman to win a major title in the Open era. Sloane stunned Venus Williams in the semifinal.

September 11

World number one Rafael Nadal wins his third US Open title
World number one Rafael Nadal (Spain) won the 2017 US Open title in men’s single category. It was his overall 16th Grand Slam title and third US Open title (2010 and 2013).
In the final match played at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City, Nadal defeat world number 32, Kevin Anderson from South Africa.
Other Category winners:
Women’s singles: Sloane Stephens (US) won the title by defeating Madison Keys (US).
Men’s doubles: Jean-Julien Rojer (Netherlands) and Horia Tecau (Romania) pair Won the title by defeating Spanish pair of Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez.
Women’s doubles: Chan Yung-jan (Chinese Taipei) and Martina Hingis (Switzerland) pair defeating Lucie Hradecka and Katerina Siniakova from Czech Republic.
Mixed doubles: Martina Hingis (Switzerland) and Jamie Murray (United Kingdom) Pair defeated Chan Hao-ching (Chinese Taipei) and Michael Venus (New Zealand).

BWF World Senior Badminton Championship begins at Kochi
The Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Senior Badminton Championship has begun at Kochi (Kerala).
A total of 665 players (175-Indian players) from forty countries in eight different groups are participating in the week-long Championship. It is for the first time the Championship is being held in India.
The Badminton World Federation (BWF) is the world governing body for badminton recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

September 12

PV Sindhu, Sai Praneeth lead Indian charge at Korea Open Super Series
The World Championship silver Medallist ‘PV Sindhu’ will lead Indian challenge at Korea Super Series, in Seoul, South Korea.
Sindhu will open her campaign against Hong Kong's Cheung Ngan Yi in women's singles competition in Seoul. Earlier, Saina and Srikanth decided to skip the event and prepare for next week's Japan Open.
B Sai Praneeth(Singapore Open champion) will face Hu Yun(Hong Kong). (Commonwealth Games champion) will play Lin Yu Hsien (Chinese Taipei) in qualifiers.

Maharashtra wins Chief Minister's cup at National kickboxing championship
Maharashtra has won the Chief Minister's cup with 45 gold medals at the National kickboxing championship being held in Raipur.
Chhattisgarh secured the second position with 27 gold and Haryana third with 15 gold medals. Around two thousand players from 27 states participated in the four-day event.

Shah Rukh's Trinbago Knight Riders win their 2nd CPL title
Shah Rukh Khan-owned Trinbago Knight Riders won their second Caribbean Premier league title, defeating St Kitts and Nevis Patriots by three wickets in the final.
Trinbago Knight Riders, captained by Dwayne Bravo, were table-toppers in the group stage, winning 8 out of their 10 matches. The team had won their first CPL title in 2015.

September 13

Los Angeles to host the 2028 Olympics
According to the evaluation commission of International Olympic Committee (IOC), Los Angeles (USA) will host the 2028 Olympics.
Earlier, Los Angeles had originally bid for 2024, but because of the new date, it had to make changes to its host contract.
The full IOC will award the 2024 Games to Paris and the 2028 Games to Los Angeles.

14-yr-old Indian wins two bronze medals at Asian chess event
Mumbai's 14-year-old chess player Rishabh Shah bagged two bronze medals in the Under-14 Rapid and Blitz formats of the 2nd Western Asia Youth Chess Championship in Sri Lanka.
Third-ranked Rishabh, who trains at the South Mumbai Chess Academy, finished with five points and 4.5 points in the Rapid and Blitz categories respectively to win the bronze medals.

September 14

17-yr-old Indian golfer equals birdie world record
Seventeen-year-old Indian golfer Rayhan Thomas equalled the record of registering nine consecutive birdies, while defending his title at the Dubai Creek Open, an official World Golf Ranking event.
The record was earlier held by American golfer Mark Calcavecchia who achieved the feat in the 2009 Canadian Open. A birdie is a score of 1-under par on an individual golf hole.

Indian football team crashes out of top 100 after 4 months
The Indian football team crashed out of the top 100 in the latest FIFA rankings after four months, dropping 10 places to 107 among 211 countries.
In May, India had entered the top 100 for the first time after 21 years, and was ranked 97 in August. Notably, India reached the 94th spot in 1996, it’s best-ever FIFA ranking.

September 15

Indian swimmers win 47 medals at Asian aquatic championship
Indian swimmers won 47 medals, including eight gold’s, at the 9th Asian Age-group Aquatic Championship at Tashkent in Uzbekistan. During the championship, India won 47 medals – eight gold, 15 silver and 24 bronze.
Prominent medal winners in both men and women’s categories were Sajan Prakash, Anshul Kothari Madhu P S, Siddharth Pardeshi, Shivani Katariya and Dipti Panwar, among others.
Prakash won gold and silver in men’s open category in 200m butterfly and 800m freestyle, respectively. Madhu bagged silver in open men category in 100m backstroke event.
Katariya won gold in 200m freestyle and silver in 100m freestyle in women’s open category. Kothari bagged silver in 50m butterfly and bronze in 50m freestyle.

September 16

Chris Gayle becomes first batsman to hit 100 sixes in T20Is
Windies' cricketer Chris Gayle became the first batsman to hit 100 sixes in T20I cricket. Gayle achieved the feat in his 49th T20I innings during the one-off T20I against England at Chester-le-Street.
The 37-year-old West Indian has hit 439 sixes in international cricket and is only behind former Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi, who has hit 476 sixes.

Afghan bowler Rashid Khan youngest to take 100 T20 wickets
Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan has become the youngest cricketer to take 100 wickets in T20s, at the age of 18 years and 360 days.
Khan overtook English left-arm spinner Danny Briggs, who reached 100 T20 wickets aged 23 years and 56 days. Khan, who achieved the feat in his 66th T20, also became the joint-second fastest to 100 T20 wickets.

Lewis Hamilton wins Singapore Grand Prix, extends lead by 28 points
Mercedes' British Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton registered his 60th career win at the Singapore Grand Prix, extending his lead over Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel at the top of the table by 28 points.
Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo finished second while Vettel crashed out in the first lap. Six races are remaining in the season.

September 17

PV Sindhu wins Korea Open Super Series title
India’s ace shuttler P V Sindhu (World no. 4) won women’s singles title at 2017 Korea Open Super Series badminton tournament. In summit clash held at Korean capital city Seoul, she defeated Nozomi Okuhara (World No. 7) of Japan in three sets.
With this victory, Sindhu became first Indian to win Korea Super Series crown. It was overall her third super series title of her career. She had won 2016 China Super Series Premier and India Super Series and Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold this season.
PV Sindhu received international fame after getting listed on the Top 20 list of Badminton World Federation rankings in 2012. In 2013, she created history by Becoming first Indian women’s singles badminton player to win medal at World Championships.
Sindhu had won Silver medal in 2017 Rio Olympics. She was second Indian female shuttler to win Olympic medal after Saina Nehwal who had won bronze medal in 2012 London Olympics. Sindhu was awarded Padma Shri in 2015, India’s fourth-highest civilian honour.

MS Dhoni completes 100 fifties in international cricket
Former India captain MS Dhoni completed 100 fifties in international cricket, reaching the milestone in the first ODI against Australia at Chennai.
Dhoni is the 14th batsman to accomplish the feat, with Sachin Tendulkar leading the list with 164 fifties in international cricket. Dhoni's 100 fifties include 66 ODI fifties, 33 in Tests and one in T20Is.

September 18

Virat Kohli remains on top, Bumrah climbs up to second in ICC T20 rankings
India skipper Virat Kohli maintained his top spot in the latest ICC rankings of T20 batsmen, while pacer Jasprit Bumrah climbed up a place to be at second position in the bowlers’ table.
Kohli leads number-two ranked Aaron Finch of Australia by 39 points, while Evin Lewis of West Indies has grabbed a career-best third position after jumping up a place.
Pakistan batsman Babar Azam has risen 21 spots to be at career-best sixth position after his player of the series performance helped complete win over the World XI in the recent Independence Cup series at Lahore.
In the bowlers’ list, Bumrah has overtaken South Africa’s Imran Tahir to jump up to the second spot. The table is headed by Imad Wasim of Pakistan. India’s star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has remained static at 10th position.

India lose Davis Cup Tennis World Group Play-offs tie against Canada
India has lost the World Group Play-off tie of Davis Cup Tennis Tournament to the host Canada.
In a must-win match, Edmonton Canadian Denis Shapovalov defeated Ramkumar Ramanathan. India will yet again strive in the Asia/Oceania Group I in the 2018 season.
However, Yuki Bhambri won the dead fifth match against Brayden Schnur .It is the fourth straight year that India has not managed to cross the World Group Play-offs hurdle.

1st female biker to win a World Championship race wins by 0.053sec
Spain's Ana Carrasco became the first woman to win an individual World Championship motorbike race.
The 20-year-old achieved the feat after finishing 0.053 seconds ahead of second-placed Alfonso Coppola from Italy in the Super sport 300 World Championship's round 10 in Portugal. Notably, Carrasco, in 2013, had become the first woman to win a World Championship point since 2001.

September 19

India's Purnima wins pentathlon gold at Asian indoor meet
Indian athlete Purnima Hembram bagged gold in women's pentathlon event at the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Turkmenistan.
Hembram, who was participating in her career's first pentathlon, broke the Indian record by scoring 4,062 points and won the event by more than 100 points. Meanwhile, Tejinder Singh Toor won silver in men's shot put.

Chitra, Lakshmanan win gold for India in Asian indoor meet
India's middle-distance runners PU Chitra and G Lakshmanan bagged gold medals at the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Turkmenistan.
Chitra bagged the gold in women's 1,500m event while Lakhsmanan won the men's 3,000m to take India's gold tally in the event. Meanwhile, 18-year-old wrestler Dharmender won bronze in the men's freestyle 70kg category.

Suljovic beats 2-time world champ in Darts Champions League
Austria's Mensur Suljovic, also known as 'The Gentle', defeated two-time world champion Gary Anderson to win the 2017 Champions League of Darts in Cardiff.
The 45-year-old world number seven won all five matches over the weekend. This was the second edition of the championship, with Phil Taylor winning the inaugural edition of the tournament.

September 20

Sri Lanka qualify for 2019 ICC World Cup
Sri Lanka has qualified for the ICC World Cup 2019 after the West Indies lost the first ODI against England at Old Trafford.
With 30 September 2017 set as the cut-off date for automatic qualification for the ICC's pinnacle 50-over tournament, the West Indies (78 points) now cannot move ahead of Sri Lanka (86 points) in the ICC ODI Team Rankings irrespective of how their remaining matches against England pan out.
This means the 1996 world champions have become the eighth and last team to qualify directly, joining Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan and South Africa.

India wins one gold, two bronze medals in Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games
India added one gold and two bronze medals to their kitty on the fifth day of the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games.
Ajay Kumar Saroj won the gold in men's 1500m race, clocking 3 minute and 48.67 seconds to clinch the gold. Neha Solanki and Jyoti bagged a bronze each in women's kurash 87kg and 87kg respectively.
With four gold, two silver and four bronze, India are seventh in the medals tally with hosts Turkmenistan on top with a whopping 50 gold, 30 silver and 35 bronze.

September 21

Kuldeep becomes first Indian spinner to take ODI hat-trick
Indian Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav became the first Indian spinner to take a hat-trick in ODI cricket after achieving the feat in the second ODI against Australia.
Yadav took the wickets of Matthew Wade, Ashton Agar and Pat Cummins in consecutive balls in his eighth over. This was the first ODI hat-trick by an Indian in over 26 years.

Sindhu, Saina crash out of Japan Open in the 2nd round
Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal crashed out of the Japan Open in the second round after losing to Japan's Nozomi Okuhara and Spain's Carolina Marin respectively.
Nozomi beat Sindhu in straight sets in their ninth meeting and their most recent, after the Korea Open final. Saina also lost in straight sets to Rio gold medalist Marin.

Official emblem and slogan for FIFA Women's World Cup France unveiled
With less than two years to go, the official emblem and slogan for FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019 were unveiled at the Musee de l'Homme.
The emblem features the competition trophy wrapped in blue and white, with eight shards of light around football at the top of the trophy symbolising the eighth edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, reports Xinhua news agency.
The slogan of the tournament "Dare To shine" reflects the development of football, especially women's football.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino and French Football Federation (FFF) President Noel le Graet attended the unveiling event and were joined by French women's national football team.

September 22

Sindhu jumps to World No 2 in BWF women's singles rankings
Star India shuttler P V Sindhu jumped two places to second spot in the Badminton World Federation women's singles rankings, riding on her Korea Open Super Series title.
This is the second time in her career that Sindhu, the Olympics silver medallist, occupied the second spot. She was at the same second rank on April 6 this year. Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu Ying retained her top spot.
London Olympics bronze winner Saina Nehwal was static at the 12th spot. The reigning Olympic champion Carolina Marin of Spain also remained at fifth while world champion Nozomi Okuhara of Japan moved up one place to eighth.
In the men's singles rankings, K Srikanth remained unchanged at eighth while B Sai Praneeth and H.S. Prannoy dropped one place each to be at 17th and 19th respectively. Ajay Jayaram also lost three places to be at 20th spot.

September 23

MC Mary Kom to be AIBA representative at IOC athletes’ forum
Five-time world champion and Olympic bronze-medallist M C Mary Kom has become the first Indian to be picked as the International Boxing Association’s (AIBA) representative for the IOC Athletes’ Forum scheduled in November.
The 33-year-old, who is also an active parliamentarian, has been invited to attend the 8th International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Athletes’ Forum in Lausanne from November 11 to 13.

First Indian team for FIFA U-17 World Cup announced
India’s U-17 World Cup 21-man squad for the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 was announced.
India are in Group A alongside USA, Colombia and Ghana and are definite underdogs going into what will be their first-ever participation in a FIFA tournament. However, Coach Luis Norton de Matos believes the side is equipped to deal with the challenge.
In order to prepare for the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 in India, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) organised tours for the India U-17s wherein the side faced Macedonia, Serbia and Benfica amongst others.

Sasi Kumar Mukund clinches his fifth Futures title
Top seed Sasi Kumar Mukund worked his way to a 6-3, 6-4 wins over Arjun Kadhe in the final of the $15,000 LMW-ITF Futures tournament at the Perks Tennis Centre.
Some stinging serves and well-angled returns saw Sasi Kumar get off to a superb start. He broke Kadhe in the second and fourth games.
But Kadhe, a first-time finalist, was playing the waiting game. Having read his rival, and working hard from the baseline, Kadhe got one break back, and followed that up with a hold.
He then put Sasi Kumar under pressure by varying up his rallies. For the first time in the match, the top seed looked like he would choke, as he faced triple break-point in the seventh game.

September 24

India bags 4 more medals in 5th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games in Turkmenistan
India grabbed the 11th spot in the 5th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games in Turkmenistan after winning four more medals.
India's medal tally now stands at 5 gold, 7 silver and 7 bronze. Sajan Prakash of India finished second with a silver medal in the Men's 100-metre butterfly event.
Divya Gurling Shilwant and Pratiksha Chandrakant Parhar managed to win a bronze medal each in women's Alysh classic in 70 kg and 75 kg categories in the Belt Wrestling Discipline.
Wrestler Keduovilie Zumu from Nagaland won the Bronze medal in Kazakh Kuresh style belt wrestling in 90 kg weight category.
Meanwhile, Saurav Kothari continues his race for the gold medal after winning his semifinal contest in men's billiards singles against Thailand's Thawat Sujaritthurakaran.

ICC launches anti-corruption probe into Sri Lanka cricket
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has launched an anti-corruption investigation in Sri Lanka but did not specify if any particular series involving the country is under the scanner.
The ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) officers had recently visited the country as part of the probe.

India become World No. 1 in both ODIs and Tests
India beat Australia by 5 wickets in the third ODI played between the two sides at Indore. The victory helped them take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five match series which helps them pip South Africa to claim the no. 1 spot in the ICC ODI rankings. This now means that India is now at the top of both the Test and ODI rankings.
At the start of the series, India was two points behind South Africa in the rankings. Their wins in the first and second matches meant that they came within 0.01 rating points of South Africa, which also led to many claiming that India had become World No.1 already. Australia, on the other hand, are six rating points behind India on third. South Africa can reclaim the top spot if they beat Bangladesh in the upcoming three-match series that will be preceded by a Test series.

East Bengal win record 8th consecutive CFL title
East Bengal registered a record-extending eighth consecutive Calcutta Football League (CFL) title by holding Mohun Bagan to a 2-2 draw in a thrilling match at the Kanchenjunga Stadium.
East Bengal has won all the CFL titles since 2010. They have a total of 39 CFL titles -- a record haul.
East Bengal needed a draw to seal the deal with both teams being on the same number of points (22) but the former remained ahead on goal difference.
Azharuddin Mullick (2nd) gave Mohun Bagan an early lead only for Laldanmawia Ralte (43rd) to equalise just before halftime.

5. Vaishnavi clinches Belgian Junior Open, Arjun-Shlok win in Ethiopia
Indian shuttler Vaishnavi Reddy notched up the women's singles U-19 title at the Belgian Junior Open after defeating top seed Vivien Sandorhazi in a three-game final at Herstal, Belgium.
Second seed Reddy saw off Vivien 21-19, 17-21, 21-12 in a 42-minute summit clash at the Hall Omnisport La Prealle.
At Ethiopia International, top seeded men's doubles pair of Arjun MR and Ramchandran Shlok won 21-6, 21-19 against Jordanian pair of Bahaedeen Ahmad Alshannik and Mohd Naser Mansour in the finals at the Ethiopian Youth Academy Gymnasium Hall to clinch the title.
Indian women's doubles combination of Maneesha K and Arathi Sara Sunil suffered a 19-21, 22-24 loss to top seeded English pair of Jenny Moore and Victoria Williams in the finals to settle for silver at the Polish International at Bierun, Poland.

September 25

Lakshmanan wins 5,000m gold at National Open Athletics
Reigning Asian champion Govindan Lakshmanan of Services cruised to victory in the men's 5000 metre race on the opening day of the 57th National Open Athletics Championships at the Nehru Stadium.
Lakshmanan, fresh from winning a gold in the 3,000m event at the Asian Indoor Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, clocked a time of 14 minutes, 4.21 seconds to emerge winner.
Abhishek Pal of Railways came in second, clocking a time of 14 minute 8.38 seconds. Mann Singh of Services took the bronze with a time of 14:08.87.
It was way below Lakshmanan's personal best (of 13:35.69), which he achieved during the Worlds in London.

Moeen Ali hits 61 off 14, scores fastest ODI ton in England
England's Moeen Ali smashed 61 runs off 14 balls, including 8 sixes and 2 fours, to record the fastest ODI hundred on English soil against Windies.
He took only 12 balls to score the second half of his century, joint fastest in international cricket. Further, this was the second-fastest ODI century for England after Jos Buttler's 46-ball hundred.

September 26

ICC Announces Major Changes in Cricket Rules
The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced implementing changes in playing conditions from the introduction of Decision Review System (DRS) in T20 Internationals to putting a restriction on the bat sizes.
Players can now also be sent off the field for misconduct, as the new ‘playing conditions’ will be applicable in all series across formats effective September 28.
Teams will also not lose any review due to ‘umpire’s call’, adding that it was doing away with DRS appeal top-ups in Test cricket after 80 overs in an innings.
In a move that will help the batsmen survive close run-out chances, grounding the bat or any part of his body inside the crease but losing contact before stumps are broken will not be considered run out.
In one of the biggest decisions announced by the ICC, the sizes of the bats will be reduced to a depth of maximum 67mm and edges cannot be more than 40mm thick.

September 27

14th World Wrestling Championships 2017 at Paris, France
Without winning any medal India ended its campaign in 14th World Wrestling Championships (WWC) 2017 held at Paris, France. This is the second successive World Championship that Indian wrestlers have returned empty-handed (previous one was at Budapest, Hungary).
A strong 24-member Indian contingent did not just fail to make it to the podium but everyone lost in the initial rounds of their respective weight categories. None of the wrestlers could win two consecutive bouts in the main round.
The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh blamed the organizers saying that the lack of facilities in Paris resulted in wrestlers losing out on 15 days of training ahead of the mega-event.

India win U-15 SAFF football Championship
The India football team came from behind to defeat Nepal to win the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Under-15 Championship at the ANFA Complex.
After Nepal converted a penalty to take the initial lead in the 40th minute, Lalorikama (58) and skipper Vikram (74th) struck twice in the second-half to help India seal the match.

September 28

David Warner becomes first Australia player to score century in 100th ODI
David Warner achieved a feat which no Australian batsmen has previously managed. In his 100th One-Day International, the Australian opener scored a hundred, becoming the first Australian player to do it. In the fourth ODI against India, Warner struck his 14th ODI century which was also his first in the limited overs cricket in India.
Warner reached his century off 104 balls with the help of 10 fours and three sixes. Apart from Warner Greenidge, Chris Cairns, Mohammad Yousuf, Kumar Sangakkara, Chris Gayle, Marcus Trescothick and Ramnaresh Sarwan have scored centuries in their 100th ODI.

September 29

5 Indian men in top 20 badminton world rankings for 1st time
For the first time in badminton history, five Indian shuttlers have featured within the top 20 men's singles BWF rankings.
Shuttler Sameer Verma jumped from 21st place to 19th spot, joining Kidambi Srikanth, B Sai Praneeth, HS Prannoy and Ajay Jayaram among the top 20 male players. Kidambi Srikanth is the highest-ranked Indian on the list, occupying the eighth spot.

Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games 2017 held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
September 2017, the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games 2017, was held at Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. This is the 5th edition of the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games.
India secured 11th place in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games 2017. Indians won a total of 40 medals. This consists of 9 gold, 12 silver and 19 bronze medals. India was represented by more than 200 athletes in 15 disciplines.
1st: Turkmenistan topped the games with 89 gold, 70 silver and 86 bronze medals.
2nd: China with 42 gold, 32 silver and 23 bronze medals.
3rd: Iran with 36 gold, 23 bronze and 59 bronze medals.
11th: India with 9 gold, 12 silver and 19 bronze medals.

September 30

Sharapova shocks Halep in US Open
Former World No. 1 Maria Sharapova made a winning return to Grand Slam competition after a 15-month doping ban, outlasting second-ranked Simona Halep at the US Open.
The 30-year-old Russian, who had just one hardcourt tune-up match due to a nagging forearm injury, swatted 60 winners with 64 unforced errors, setting the tempo and baffling Halep at times in a tension-packed thriller at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.



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