Sports Update

Sindhu drops out of top-10

p-v-sindhuNew Delhi, April 10 : A first round exit from the India Open last week means P. V. Sindhu drops a place to No. 11 in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) women’s singles rankings released Thursday.

Spain’s Carolina Marin jumped three places to No. 10, overtaking the Indian. Meanwhile, Saina Nehwal retained her No. 8 spot.

Parupalli Kashyap's semi-final appearance at the Swiss Open and the quarter-final performance at the India Open bore fruit as he re-entered the top-20 of men’s singles in 19th position.

The Hyderabadi has leapt four places while reigning national champion Kidambi Srikanth remains stagnant at No. 25.


Shuttler Kashyap rises to World No.24

Parupalli-KashyapNew Delhi, March 20 : India's Parupalli Kashyap arrested his slide in the latest Badminton World Federation rankings released Thursday, by rising a place to No. 24 in men's singles.

Kashyap, who reached a career high of World No. 6 last year, had been out of form for quite some time until his semifinal performance last week at the Swiss Open which helped him gain vital points.

Meanwhile, first round exits at both All England Open and Swiss Open have led Kidambi Srikanth to drop two places to 22nd.


Jese injury a big blow for Madrid

Jese-RodriguezMadrid, March 19 : Real Madrid paid a heavy price for their qualification to the last 8 of the Champions League football against Schalke 04 when striker Jese Rodriguez was taken to hospital with what looked like a knee ligament injury.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored twice and Alvaro Morata, gave Madrid a 3-1 win Tuesday night on the night and a 9-2 aggregate win, but perhaps Jese will be the player who takes the headlines, reports Xinhua.


Federer to meet Djokovic in Indian Wells final

Roger-FedererWellington, Mar 16 : Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer has reached the finals of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells in California on Saturday, closing on the title which he had won four times in the past.

The 17-time Major winner, who won at Indian Wells from 2004-06 and again in 2012, has defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 6-3, 6-1 and will meet world number two Novak Djokovic in the final after the Serbian player dispatched American John Isner 5-7 7-6 6-1 in the other semifinal.


Sindhu enters second round of Swiss Open

p-v-sindhuBasel, March 12 : World No. 9 shuttler P. V. Sindhu won her women's singles opener at the $125,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold at St. Jakobshalle here Wednesday.

In their first ever match, the seventh seed overcame Malaysian World No. 127 Sannatasah Saniru 21-18, 21-15 in 32 minutes to proceed to the second round.

However, World No. 3 and third seed Shixian Wang of China thrashed Saili Rane 21-8, 21-9 in 31 minutes also in their first match.


Serena continues to dominate WTA rankings with 5865-point lead

serena-williamsJohannesburg, Feb 25 : American tennis ace, Serena Williams, continues to dominate the world rankings leading currently ranked world No. 2, China's Li Na, with a massive 5865-points despite losing to France's Alize Cornet in Dubai's semi-final last week.

According to Sport24, the world No 1's sister Venus Williams stands at 29 in the world rankings following her title win in Dubai, which helped her gain 15 places.

This was reportedly Venus's first tournament victory in 16months.


India retain second place in ICC ratings despite series loss

Indian-Cricket-TeamDubai, Feb 18 : India retained their second position in the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings following the Wellington Test, which Tuesday ended in a draw to give New Zealand a 1-0 series win.

But the series result has made Australia's task of finishing ahead of India on the table before the April 1 cut-off date slightly easier.

Australia, who lead 1-0, need to draw the ongoing three-Test series with South Africa to leapfrog India.

India have slipped from 117 ratings points to 112 ratings points, and are ahead of Australia by just one ratings point.


Li Na beats Cibulkova for maiden Australian Open title

Li-Na-Australian-OpenMelbourne, Jan 25 : China's third-seeded Li Na beat Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia 7-6(7-3), 6-0 to win her first Australian Open women's singles title here Saturday.

Both players broke each other's service twice and forced a tiebreak in the first set. Mini-breaks were exchanged in the tiebreak before Li served out to win the first set.

Cibulkova failed to hold her serve in the second set and Li took only 27 minutes to win the set and match.

It was Li's second Grand Slam title after she won the 2011 French Open.(IANS)


Federer highest-paid athlete in tennis with 71.5 mln dollars earnings in 2013

Roger-FedererSydney, Jan 22 : Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer is reportedly the highest paid athlete in the game, with estimated earnings of 71.5 million dollars in 2013.

According to News. com. au, the list of the world's richest players in descending order includes Federer, Maria Sharapova, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Li Na, Victoria Azarenka, Andy Murray, Caroline Wozniacki and Kei Nishikori.


Somdev advances to 2nd round of Australian Open qualifiers

Somdev-DevvarmanSydney, Jan 4 : India's top singles tennis player Somdev Devvarman advanced to the second round of the ATP Apia International Qualifiers here Saturday by edging past Belgium's Niel Desein.

Somdev, World No. 90, put behind his shock defeat to compatriot Ramkumar Ramanathan in the ongoing Chennai Open by beating the Belgian 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 in an hour and 43 minutes.

The Indian ace will next face Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany.

The German, who is ranked 107 in the world shocked top seed Mikhail Kukushkin 7-6 (6) 6-2.(IANS)


Sharapova enters Brisbane International tennis quarter-finals

Maria-SharapovaMelbourne, Jan 2 : Maria Sharapova outlasted Estonian Kaia Kanepi 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in Brisbane International tennis quarter-finals.

Kanepi, at one stage appeared to silence Sharapova, but the four-time grand slam champion regained her composure to book a likely semi-final showdown with world No. 1 Serena Williams.

According to The Age, Sharapova launched into her trademark screams on each point but little else resembled the world No. 4 as she struggled to find her serving groove against the hard-hitting Kanepi.


Sindhu stands out as Indian sports takes a beating

PV-SindhuNew Delhi, Dec 26 : For Indian sport, 2013 was a year of controversies and low-key performances, the country's image globally taking a beating with the suspension of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) by the apex body of world sport. Amid the gloom, Pusarla Venkata Sindhu provided some cheer.

It could have been worse as the IOA came perilously close to getting expelled from the International Olympic Committee (IOC). In this brinkmanship, the athletes were the biggest losers as the fight for the control of the country's top sports body heated up.


Saina drops two places to World No.8

Saina-NehwalNew Delhi, Dec 19 : Saina Nehwal’s poor form this season has also started showing in her rankings as the Olympic bronze medallist dropped two places to No. 8 in the women’s singles rankings released by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Thursday.

Saina dropped two places and was overtaken by South Korean Yeon Ju Bae and Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying. However, P. V. Sindhu maintained her position at No. 11.

In men’s singles, Parupalli Kashyap retained the 14th position while Ajay Jayaram moved up a place to 24th.

No Indian figures in the top 25 of the men’s, women’s and mixed doubles rankings.(IANS)


Football World Cup winner's prize money rises

fifa-world-cup-2014Salvador (Brazil), Dec 6 : The 2014 World Cup champions will receive $35 million in prize money, world football's governing body FIFA announced here Thursday.

The value represents a 17 percent increase in the prize money handed to Spain for winning the 2010 tournament in South Africa, reports Xinhua.

FIFA will award the second placed side $25 million while the third will receive $22 million.

Each of the tournament's 32 teams will receive $1.5 million before the tournament begins to help cover their preparation costs.


Djokovic outplays Tsonga to reach Shanghai final

Novak-DjokovicShanghai, Oct 12 : Defending champion and top seed Novak Djokovic reached the final of the Shanghai Rolex Masters with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over seventh seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France here Saturday.

The Serb will take on either World No. 1 Rafael Nadal or sixth seed Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, who play their semifinal later Saturday, reports Xinhua.

If the Spaniard wins, the final will be the 39th meeting of the Nadal-Djokovic rivalry, which is the most in the Open Era. The two last met in last week's China Open title match, which Djokovic won 6-3, 6-4.


Nadal to again be World No.1

rafael-nadalBeijing, Oct 5 : Rafael Nadal of Spain was guaranteed of returning to the World No. 1 spot for the first time since July 2011 after his opponent Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic retired from their semifinal clash at the China Open here Saturday.

Current No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia will take on Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the other semifinal and no matter the result of the match, he will lose the top spot to Nadal.

Nadal had two breaks while Berdych had one in the first six games and the Czech seemed to twist his back hitting the ball while trailing at 2-4. And after five minutes' medical time, the Czech opted to quit.


Wilshere approached by cigarette company to endorse product following smoking pics

Wilshere approached by cigarette company to endorse product following smoking picsLondon, Oct 5 - Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere was reportedly approached by an electronic cigarette company to become the face of their brand after he was photographed outside a nightclub smoking a cigarette.

Wilshere has defended himself against the pictures by tweeting pictures of Zinedine Zidane smoking, although Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has publicly criticised the England international.


German swimmer Britta Steffen announces retirement

Britta-SteffenBerlin, Sep 28 : German swimmer Britta Steffen announced her retirement from swimming.

The 29-year-old Steffen is one of the most successful German swimmers with 23 medals, reports Xinhua.

"I conclude my career in the knowledge that I belong to the best in the world. My health and the support of my family, friends, partners and companions made it possible to stretch my body to the limit," Steffen said Friday.


Valencia suspend Rami after radio interview

Valencia suspend Rami after radio interviewMadrid, Sep 26 : Spanish Primera Liga football club Valencia has decided to temporarily suspend the club's French international defender Adil Rami.

Until the club reaches a decision over what to do with Rami, the 27-year-old will not train or receive his salary from the club, reports Xinhua.

Meanwhile, Rami was sent back to Valencia from Granada, where he was with the team to play the local side Wednesday night.

The central defender slept in a different hotel to his team-mates and left the city in the early hours of the morning, arriving back in Valencia at 11:00 am.


Australian cyclist wins U23 time-trial world championship

Australian cyclist wins U23 time-trial world championshipSydney, Sep 24 - Australian cyclist Damien Howson has won the world under-23 time-trial title at the UCI Road Cycling World Championships in Italy.

Howson blitzed the 43km course in 49 minutes 97 seconds, 57 seconds faster than Frenchman Yoann Paillot and won the gold medal in Florence Monday, while Danish top seed Lasse Norman Hansen finished third, reports Xinhua.

"I'm obviously really happy to take away the win," Howson said.


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