SPORTS - 2017 MARCH

March 1

Jitu Rai wins gold, Amanpreet Singh bags silver in 50m pistol event at the ISSF World Cup.
Star Indian shooter Jitu Rai continued his imperious form in the ongoing International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup as he won gold in the 50m-pistol event at Karni Singh Shooting Range.
Rai shot a world record score of 230.1 to bag the number one spot. His compatriot Amanpreet Singh, who scored 226.9, won silver in the same event.
Indian junior para shooter Avani Lekhara sets junior world record WSPS world cup.
India's 15-year-old para shooter Avani Lekhara shot a junior world record score of 244.4 at the World Shooting Para Sport World Cup in Al Ain, UAE, winning a silver medal at the competition.
Another Indian shooter, Pooja Agarwal, also won a silver medal at the tournament. Notably, both Indian shooters were making their international debuts at the competition.

Rangaswamy Becomes First Woman to Be Honored BCCI Lifetime Achievement Award.
Former captain, Ms. Shanta Rangaswamy has been nominated for the award. She led India in 12 Test matches and in 16 ODIs. 
Mr. Vaman Viswanath Kumar and late Ramakant Desai have been nominated for the BCCI Special Award in recognition of their yeoman services to Indian Cricket.

Indian Badminton Duo Tarun Kona and Alwin Francis Wins Uganda International Series Doubles Title.
Top seeded Indian shuttler duo Tarun Kona and Alwin Francis won the Men's Double title at the 2017 Uganda International Series by defeating Aatish Lubah and Georges Julien Paul of Mauritius, 21-8, 21-14 at MTN Arena Lugogo, Kampala.
The Uganda International Badminton Tournament 2017, sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation, was held from 23rd to 26th of February 2017. In Men's Single George Julien Paul (Mauritius) defeats Edwin Ekiring (Uganda).
In Women's Single Shamim Bangi (Uganda) defeats Domou Amro (Jordan). In Women's Double Doha Hany/ Hadia Hosny (Egypt) defeats Evelyn Siamupangila/ Ogar Siamupangila (Zambia).
In Mixed Doubles Bahaedeen Ahmad Alshannik/ Domou Amro (Jordan) defeats Ahmed Salah/ Menna Eltanany (EGYPT).

March 2

Luis Norton de Matos appointed new head coach of India U-17 football team.
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) appointed Portugal's Luis Norton de Matos as the head coach of the India Under-17 team for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup.
The tournament is scheduled to be held in October 2017 in India. A former manager with the Benfica Reserve side, De Matos replaces Nicolai Adam, who was forced to resign under controversial circumstances after a revolt from the players.

March 3

Swiss skier sets world record by skiing backward at 130 kmph.
Switzerland's Elias Ambühl set a world record for the fastest speed attained while skiing backward, after he managed to ski switch (backward) at the speed of 131.23 kmph at the Arosa ski resort in Switzerland.
The 24-year-old freestyle skier broke the previous record of 128.7 kmph set by Norway's Anders Backe in 2013.

March 4

Rohan Bopanna, Marcin Matkowski to play Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships final.
The unseeded Indo-Polish pair knocked out the Indo-Spanish combination 6-3, 3-6, 10-6 in the semi-finals of the $2,617,160 hard court tournament.
This is the second best performance of the season for Bopanna, who is playing with his fourth different partner of the season. He had won the season-opening Chennai Open with compatriot Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan.
In the final, Bopanna and Matkowski will clash with the winner of the second semi-final between top seeded duo of Henri Kontinen and John Peers, and fourth seeds Rojer Jean-Julien and Tecau Horia.
There is no Indian competing in the singles. Prajnesh Gunneswaran had lost in the first round of the Qualifying event, suffering a 2-6, 2-6 defeat against Romania's 124th ranked Marius Copil.

March 5

Rohan Bopanna, Marcin Matkowski Lose Dubai Open Final.
India's Rohan Bopanna and his Polish partner Marcin Matkowski have lost their men's doubles final match in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
The Indo-Polish pair lost 6-4, 3-6, 3-10 in the title clash to the fourth seeded pair of Romanian Tecau and Dutchman Rojer.
The unseeded duo had entered the final of the USD 2,617,160 hard court tournament by beating Leander Paes and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.
The title-clash lasted One hour and 19 minutes.

March 6

Sam Querrey wins ATP Mexico Open.
Unseeded American Sam Querrey has won the ATP Mexico Open hard court tennis tournament.
In the final at Acapulco in Mexico, Querrey stunned second-seeded Rafael Nadal straight sets 6-3, 7-6. In the process, the American ended the Spaniard's run of in perfection in the tournament. Nadal, the 2005 and 2013 champion, had never even lost a set in Acapulco.
Querrey, ranked 40th in the world, fired 19 aces, backed up by powerful, precise groundstrokes, en route to his first career victory over Nadal in five meetings. For Querrey, it is his ninth ATP title.

Andy Murray wins Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships for first title of 2017.
The Dubai Tennis Championships were held at the Aviation Club Tennis Centre in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Britain's Andy Murray claimed his first title of the year with a straight-sets victory over Fernando Verdasco despite a soggy start in the high-octane game.
Men's Singles: AndyMurray (UnitedKingdom) defeats Fernando Verdasco (Spain)
Women's Singles: Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) defeats Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark)
Men’s Doubles: Netherlands Pair Jean-Julien Rojer/ Romania Horia Tecău defeats Rohan Bopanna (India)/ Marcin Matkowski (Poland)
Women’s Doubles: Ekaterina Makarova (Russia)/ Elena Vesnina (Russia) defeats Andrea Hlaváčková (Czech Republic)/ Peng Shuai(China).
India finish fifth with five medals at ISSF World Cup.
India ended their campaign in the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Cup (Rifle/ Pistol/ Shotgun) with five medals, including one Gold, two Silver and two Bronze medals at the Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range, New Delhi.
List of top 5 countries
(1) China (6 Gold, 6 Silver)
(2) Italy (2 Gold, 3 Silver)
(3) Australia/ Japan (2 Gold, 1 Bronze)
(4) India (1 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze)
List of Indian winners
(1) Jitu Rai, Heena Sidhu won Gold Medal in ISSF World Cup mixed team 10m air pistol event.
(2) Pooja Ghatkar in the Women's Air Rifle (Bronze).
(3) Ankur Mittal in Men's Double Trap (Silver).
(4) Amanpreet Singh in Men's 50M Pistol (Silver).
(5) Jitu Rai in the Men's 10M Air Pistol (Bronze) and 50M Pistol (Bronze and Gold).

(6) Ashwin made a record of most balls bowled in a Test season surpassing Anil Kumble.
Ravichandran Ashwin overtook Anil Kumble to become the bowler with most balls bowled in a Test cricket season.
Ashwin has bowled 3,701 balls (616.5 overs) in the 2016-17 season while Kumble had bowled 3,673 balls (612.1 overs) in the 2004-05 season. Interestingly, the top five bowlers with most balls bowled in a season are all Indian spinners.

India 7th secured rank by defeating Pakistan at Asia Men's Rugby Sevens Trophy.
The Indian men's Rugby team defeated Pakistan 14-12 to secure the 7th rank at the Asia Men's Rugby Sevens Trophy. The two-day championship was held at Aspire Rugby Field in Doha, Qatar.

March 7

OPPO wins Indian cricket team sponsorship rights for five years.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced that mobile manufacturing company Oppo Mobiles India Private Limited will be the new team sponsor of the Indian cricket team from April 1, 2017 for a period of five years.
The team sponsorship rights include the the title of official team sponsor and the right to display a commercial logo in the kits of the India men's, women's, A and Under-19 teams.
The existing rights holders Star India had last month ended its four-year association with the BCCI when it announced that it was not going to bid for the apparel sponsorship again.

March 8

Cuevas wins third Brasil Open tennis title.
Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas won his third consecutive Brasil Open title by beating Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas in a final that eventually finished more than 24 hours late after successive rain delays.
The world No. 33 quickly took control, winning the second set 6-4 and then taking the third by the same score against the second-seeded Spaniard who is ranked 24th. The final took almost three hours to complete and the victory gave Cuevas his sixth career title.
Doubles Men's Category: Winners- Rogério Dutra Silva (Brazil) and André Sá (Brazil), Runner Up- Marcus Daniell (New Zealand) and Marcelo Demoliner (Brazil).

Sindhu, Saina to represent Indian challenge at All England Open Championships.
In Badminton, Olympic medalists P.V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal are leading the Indian challenge in the prestigious All England Open Championships being held at Birmingham.
In the women’s singles event, Rio Olympic Silver medalist Sindhu has been given the 6th seed, while Beijing Olympic Bronze medalist has attained the 8th seed. In the first round game, Sindhu will face unseeded Danish player Mette Poulsen, on the other hand Nehwal will take on the defending champion Nozomi Okuhara from Japan.
In the men's singles event, Ajay Jayaram, H.S. Prannoy and K. Srikanth will be playing their first round games. Where Jayaram will face Huang Yuxiang from China, Prannoy will take on Chinese player Qiao Bin and Srikanth will meet another Chinese qualifier Zhao Junpeng.
In the doubles event Mannu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy in men's, Jakkampudi Meghana and Poorvisha Ram in women’s and Pranav Chopra and Sikki Reddy in the mixed doubles are the pair vying out for top spots

ICC Test bowlers ranking 1st place jointly hold by Ashwin, Jadeja.
India's spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja became the first pair of spinners to jointly hold the No. 1 spot in the ICC Test Bowlers rankings.
The last time two bowlers shared the top spot was in April 2008, when Dale Steyn and Muttiah Muralidaran were at the top.

March 9

Ritu Rani withdraws retirement to join Indian hockey team.
Former captain Ritu Rani shunned retirement to make a comeback in the Indian team after a seven-month sabbatical as Hockey India announced an 18-member Indian squad for the women's Hockey World League Round 2, to be held in Canada from April 1.
India will be up against Belarus, Canada, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and Chile in the Round 2.
Midfielder Ritu had announced her retirement in September last year, post her wedding.

March 10

1st ever international win registered by Indian women's ice hockey team.
The Indian women's ice hockey team registered its 1st ever win in an international ice hockey match by beating Philippines 4-3 at the Challenge Cup of Asia in Bangkok.
The Indian team had to rely on over 3,000 donors who contributed through a crowdfunding platform to pay for the team's accommodation, training, visa, air fares, equipment and jerseys.

Ritu Rani withdraws retirement to join Indian hockey team.
Former hockey captain Ritu Rani has shunned retirement to make a comeback in the Indian team after a seven-month sabbatical. She figures in the 18-member Indian squad announced by Hockey India for the women's Hockey World League Round 2.
The tournament will be held in Canada from April 1. Midfielder Ritu had announced her retirement in September last year 2016. India will be up against Belarus, Canada, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and Chile in the Round 2.

Indian football team slips 2 places in FIFA rankings.
The Indian football team slipped two places to be at 132nd in the latest FIFA rankings. India secured 233 points, which is 11 lower than its previous month’s total.
The countries from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), India rose a place to 19th among 46 nations, with Iran, ranked 33rd internationally, leading the way.
The South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) members, India are comfortably placed the highest. Maldives are now placed 140th while Nepal (170), Bhutan (177), Bangladesh (193), Sri Lanka (197) and Pakistan (198) are ranked much lower.
Argentina leads the international rankings followed by Brazil, Germany, Chile and Belgium.

March 11

Saina and Sindhu exit.
Olympic silver medallist P.V. Sindhu failed to overcome World No. 1 and top seed Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei and crashed out of the All England badminton Championship with a straight-game loss in the quarterfinals of the Super Series premier event.
Also exiting was Saina Nehwal, seeded No. 8, who gave the No. 3 seed Sung Ji Hyun of Korea a tough fight before bowing out.
World No. 5 Sindhu, who had beaten Tai Tzu en route to her Rio Games silver, was erratic and couldn’t break the defence of the Chinese Taipei shuttler.

March 12

Mirza, Strycova storm into quarter-finals of Indian Wells Masters.
Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her doubles partner Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic defeated Italy's Sara Errani and Alicja Rosolka of Poland to enter the quarter-finals of the ATP Indian Wells Masters.
The Indo-Czech pair defeated their opponents 6-2, 6-3 in a contest that lasted for over an hour.
In Men's Doubles, Leander Paes and his Argentinian team-mate Juan Martin Del Potro made an exit in the opening round after losing to the American-Luxembourgish duo of Sam Querrey and Gilles Muller, 3-6, 4-6.
S.S.P. Chawrasia Becomes Second Indian Golfer to Defend Indian Open Title.
S.S.P. Chawrasia became the only Indian Golfer to retain his Hero Indian Open title for the second year in a row with a remarkable seven-stroke win in New Delhi.
The Hero Indian Open held at the redesigned DLF Golf and Country Club redesigned DLF Golf and Country Club carries an enhanced prize purse of USD 291,660.
This was his sixth win on the Asian Tour and overall sixth international victory.
Chawrasia is the third player to win back-to-back Indian Open. The other two golfers who did so earlier are Jyoti Randhawa who won in 2006 and 2007 and Japan’s Kenji Hosoishi who won in 1967 and 1968.

World No. 1 loses to world No. 129 in ATP world tournament.
World No. 1 Andy Murray was defeated by world No. 129, Canada's Vasek Pospisil, at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.
Pospisil, a qualifier at the tournament, defeated Murray 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) in the second round, to register his first victory against the Briton in five meetings.
Pospisil has won the Wimbledon men's doubles title in 2014.

March 13

Lee Chong Wei won Men's Singles title of All England Open badminton.
Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia has lifted the Men's Singles crown at the All England Open badminton championships In the final in Birmingham.
The 34-year-old world number one defeated Shi Yuqi of China. For the Malaysian, it is his fifth Singles Title in seven finals in the prestigeous championships.
Earlier, the Chinese pair of Lu Kai and Huang Yaqiong won the Mixed Doubles title by defeating the Malaysian duo of Peng Soon Chan and Liu Ying Goah in the final in three games.

March 14

CAS upholds lifetime ban on Sergei Portugalov.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld a lifetime ban levied against Sergei Portugalov, former chief of the Russian Athletics Federation's Medical Commission for his role in providing illicit substances to Russian athletes.
The Lausanne-based court stated in a statement that it had slapped Portugalov with a lifetime period of ineligibility beginning March 10, 2017, for having supplied athletes with banned substances.
Portugalov had been found to have violated several articles of the IAAF anti-doping regulations, including the possession, trafficking and administration of prohibited substances.

Hockey India hired 4 Scientific advisors to work with team's fitness aspects.
Hockey India has roped in four scientific advisors from abroad to work with the fitness aspects of the senior and junior national teams.
Australia's Scott Conway has taken charge as the new scientific advisor of the senior men's team at the national camp that started in Bangalore.
South African Robin Anthony Webster Arkell will take over as the scientific advisor for the junior men's team.
South African Wayne Patrick Lombard will join the senior women's camp in Bhopal as scientific advisor.
Australian Daniel Barry has been roped in as scientific advisor for the junior women's team.

Cyclist Joanna Rowsell Shand and Double Olympic champion retires.
Double Olympic gold medallist Joanna Rowsell Shand announced her retirement from international cycling.
Joanna Rowsell Shand had won the women's team pursuit at four editions of the World Championships (2008, 2009, 2012 and 2014).
Shand grabbed the gold medal in the same discipline at the Olympic Games in London and Rio in 2012 and 2016. The cyclist also won the individual pursuit at the 2014 World Championship.

March 15

Test cricket turns 140th years old.
Test cricket, the longest form of the sport and considered the ultimate test for cricketers, hits its 140th anniversary and Google has rolled out a special Doodle to mark the occasion.
Google's logo blends into an illustration that imagines the first test cricketers in action in their traditional all-white attire. The letter l is represented by a green bat, while the other letters are printed on the players' shirts.
The first officially recognized test-cricket match, played between England and Australia, began on March 15, 1877, in Melbourne. Australia won the match by 45 runs after four days of play. England then won the second match, drawing the series 1-1. Rivalry between the two sides endures to this day.


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