04 February 2016

Monthly sports current affairs January 2016

Sports News For The Month Jan and Year 2016

3rd T20I: India beat Australia by 7 wickets to clean sweep series

India held their nerves in the final over as they completed a nail-biting seven-wicket victory against Australia in the third and final T20I to complete a 3-0 series sweep.

Djokovic beats Murray to win 6th Australian Open title

Novak Djokovic crushed Andy Murray 6-1, 7-5, 7-6(3)  to match Roy Emerson's record of six Australian Open titles and leave the Briton heartbroken again at Melbourne Park.

Srikanth, Pranaav-Akshay enter Syed Modi finals

Indian doubles duo of Akshay Dewalkar and Pranaav Jerry Chopra stunned world no. 7 Koreans Kim Gi Jung and Kim Sa Rang in an edge-of-the-seat semifinals.

Anand held by Russian GM Oparin in Gibraltar Chess

Former world champion Viswanathan Anand was held to a draw by Russian Grandmaster Grigoriy Oparin in the fourth of the Masters section of Tradewise Gibraltar Chess festival.

Qualifiers Nikkita-Aditi enter All India Sub-Junior Ranking badminton semis

Qualifiers Nikkita and Aditi stunned local players Poojitha Goudi Cherla and M Meghana Reddy 21-17, 22-20 in the 25-minute quarterfinal.

Srikanth wins, Pranaav-Akshay stun World No 8

K Srikanth entered the semi-finals but it was the stunning win of doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar over their world number eight opponents from Denmark that was the highlight of the day at Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold.

Viswanathan Anand wins second game in Gibraltar Chess; Harika defeats Nigel Short

Grandmaster Dronavalli Harika scored a sensational victory over former world championship challenger Nigel Short of England, while Viswanathan Anand won his second game in a row in the third round of the Masters section of Gibraltar Chess Congress.

Neymar fined $112,000 for Brazil tax evasion

Barcelona star Neymar lost an appeal against a $112,000 fine slapped on him for tax evasion during his years with Santos in 2007 and 2008.

Srikanth, Kashyap in QF; Sindhu out

Malaysia Open winner PV Sindhu, who has moved up to No. 11 in world rankings, suffered a setback but but K Srikanth and P Kashyap gave the Indians something to cheer about.

Sindhu moves to World No. 11 in BWF rankings

Riding on her title-triumph at the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold, India's PV Sindhu jumped one place to be just outside the top 10 in the latest BWF rankings.

Himachal mulls astro turf in Bilaspur

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister said that possibilities would be explored to set up Astro turf hockey field in Bilaspur, besides extending and widening the Indira Stadium at Rohru.

Kohli's Pakistani fan faces 10-year jail for hoisting tri-colour

A Pakistani die-hard fan of Indian batsman Virat Kohli is facing up to 10 years imprisonment after being arrested for hoisting the Indian tri-colour atop his home in Punjab Province which he had done to show his love for the cricketer.

Tyson Fury told to avoid making offensive comments

World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has been reminded of his responsibilities by the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) following offensive comments he made last year.

Saina, Sindhu to be in action in 12th SAG

World's top-ranked players Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu and a host of renowned shuttlers have been named to represent the country in the upcoming 12th SAG scheduled to be held here.

Tanuku lad Sanjeeva Rao newest badminton sensation

He is barely 14 but his accomplishments are baffling. Despite hailing from an economically weak family, sheer determination has led him to pursue his passion badminton. His hard work paid dividends by making a mark in the sport.

Belous is Chennai Open champion, Vijayalakshmi finishes 2nd

Russian GM Vladimir Belous emerged Champion while India's Subbaraman Vijayalakshmi finished second after the 10th and final round of the Chennai Open International Grandmaster Chess tournament.

India name strong boxing team for SAG

India named a strong 10-member boxing team for the forthcoming South Asian Games to be held in Shillong from February 13 to 16.

Saina Nehwal dedicates Padma Bhushan award to coach Vimal

India ace shuttler Saina Nehwal dedicated her Padma Bhushan award to coach U Vimal Kumar under whose guidance she rose to top of world rankings.

IOA mulls recognising either BI or IABF on HC orders

The Indian Olympic Association has sought feedback from its state units to take a decision on giving recognition to either Boxing India or Indian Amateur Boxing Federation though both have been derecognised by the world body, AIBA.

Padma Bhushan for Sania, Saina; Deepika to get Padma Shri

Women dominated this year's Padma awards for sports with tennis star Sania Mirza and ace shuttler Saina Nehwal getting the nod for Padma Bhushan, while archer Deepika was chosen for Padma Shri.

Despite draw Das wins weekend rapid chess title

Roneet Das reigned supreme in the 22nd NDCA Weekend Rapid Chess tournament at the NDCA Hall, Surendra Nagar, in Nagpur.

BAI greets Sindhu with Rs 5 lakh reward on winning in Malaysia

The Badminton Association of India (BAI) congratulated star shuttler P V Sindhu for winning the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix and announced a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh for her efforts.

With an eye on Olympics SGSU launches water sports academy

Vice-chancellor of SGSU Dr Jatin Soni said that they have invited some renowned names associated with water sports like Arvind Raturi, Vipin Sharma, Dr. Anand Vaidya, Rajen Shah and Alkesh Bangadiwala to train the trainers here.

Mary Kom, Sarita, Pooja to represent India in SAF Games

MC Mary Kom, L Sarita Devi and Pooja Rani are all set to represent India in the upcoming 12th South Asian Games 2016 to be held in Guwahati and Shillong.

Sindhu, Srikanth, Jayaram in quarters

Ajay Jayaram made a gallant fightback to join Kidambi Srikanth and PV Sindhu in the quarterfinals of the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold in Penang.

Banter on the field: Faulkner misses run-out chance, Virat Kohli asks why are you 'fast asleep'

According to Australian newspaper 'Perth Now', when Faulkner missed a chance to run Kohli out, the Indian vice-captain did not miss an opportunity to ask the Aussie as to why was he "fast asleep".

IBF: welterweight champion Kell Brook to fight Bizier

Britain's Kell Brook will make the third defence of his IBF welterweight title against Canadian mandatory challenger Kevin Bizier in Sheffield, northern England on March 26, he announced.

Court recalls non-bailable warrant against MS Dhoni

An Andhra Pradesh court on Tuesday recalled its order issuing a non-bailable warrant against cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni in connection with a case of allegedly hurting religious sentiments by posing as Lord Vishnu on the cover of a magazine.

Sachin Tendulkar keen to 'wash away' India's hygiene problems

The ICC, in partnership with UNICEF and BCCI announced its plan to launch the Cricket for Good and Team Swachh campaign in New Delhi.

Indian women boxers shine in AIBA Tournament in Serbia

Indian women boxers packed quite a punch at the 5th AIBA Nations Cup in Ruma, Serbia, notching up a rich haul of 4 gold, 9 silver and 9 bronze medals at the tournament.

Rajiv Ouseph helps Delhi Acers win Premier Badminton League title

Rajiv Ouseph won the the final match, Delhi's nominated trump game, against RMV Gurusaidutt 15-11, 15-6 to overturn a 2-3 deficit. The match was played between Delhi Acers and topsy-turvy Mumbai Rockets.

Uttarakhand to get its first synthetic turf hockey ground at Maharana Pratap Sports College

Uttarakhand is all set to gets its first synthetic turf (poly grass) hockey ground at Maharana Pratap Sports College in Dehradun. The brand new ground would be inaugurated by Chief Minister Harish Rawat.

Wilder wins by KO, trades tough talk with Fury

Unbeaten Deontay Wilder kept his share of the world heavyweight crown with his 35th knockout in 36 fights, then traded verbal sparring with unbeaten British rival champion Tyson Fury in the ring.

Charlies Martin wins vacant IBF heavyweight championship

Charles Martin remained undefeated and won the vacant IBF world heavyweight championship in an underwhelming bout against injured Vyacheslav Glazkov on Saturday night at the Barclays Center.

Indian shuttlers can win two medals in Rio Olympics: BAI chief

With the profile of Indian badminton surging in recent years, the governing body of the sport in the country, BAI is hopeful of winning at least two medals by the country's shuttlers in the Olympic Games later this year.

Sayantan Das achieves Grandmaster norm; Popov wins title

International Master Sayantan Das defeated Vitaliy Bernadskiy of Ukraine to achieve Grandmaster norm in the tenth and final round of 14th Parsvnath Delhi International Chess Festival.

Mumbai Rockets beat Awadhe Warriors to enter PBL final, face Delhi Acers

World No. 2 Saina Nehwal suffered a crushing defeat in Awadhe Warriors' Trump match as Mumbai Rockets stormed into the final with an emphatic 3-0 win in the second semi-finals of the Premier Badminton League.

Tommy Sugiarto takes Delhi into PBL final

Delhi Acers' Tommy Sugiarto proved to be the difference again, guiding his side past Chennai Smashers 15-11, 15-14 and into the final of the Premier Badminton League.

Pradeep Kumar makes International Master norm

R A Pradeep Kumar continued with his brilliant run and held Vietnamese Grandmaster Nguyen Duc Hua to a draw in the eighth round of 14th Parsvnath Delhi International chess.

Vijender's India debut set for July

Star Indian boxer Vijender Singh will fight his first professional bout on Indian soil come July followed by "something huge" in September-October.

Hall of Fame outfielder Monte Irvin dead at 96

Monte Irvin, a Hall of Fame outfielder and the fourth black player in Major League Baseball, died  night of natural causes at his home in Houston, Texas. He was 96.

Russian grand master Bukavshin dies of suspected stroke aged 20

Russia's 20-year-old chess grand master Ivan Bukavshin died of a suspected stroke, the Russian Chess Federation said on its website.

Squash gold medallist 'auctions' kidney on social media

Ravi Dixit, a 20-year-old squash player who won gold in the 2010 Asian junior championship, has "auctioned" his kidney to fund his campaign for next month's South Asian Games.

Warriors beat Smashers to enter PBL semis

A Saina Nehwal-less Awadhe Warriors was more than enough to beat the PV Sindhu-led Chennai Smashers 4-1 on the last day of the Hyderabad leg of the Premier Badminton League.

Pradeep downs Artur Gabrielian at Delhi International Chess tournament

R A Pradeep Kumar caused another flutter in the premier group of Parsvnath Delhi International Chess tournament, stunning Grandmaster Artur Gabrielian of Russia in the fourth round.

Rockets beat Hunters 4-1 in Premier Badminton League

The Mumbai Rockets achieved a brilliant come-from-behind victory to beat hosts Hyderabad Hunters 4-1 to solidify their position in the points table of the Premier Badminton League.

Tennis star Andy Murray helps Syrian refugees with every ace scored

Andy Murray has helped raise more than 83,000 pounds ($121,000) for Syrian refugee children by donating money for every ace he scored through his Andy's Aces initiative, the UN children's agency (UNICEF) said.

Saurabh bags weekend rapid chess title

Saurabh Lokhande pipped Roneet Das and Pujjam Bansod to clinch the title of the 20th NDCA Weekend Rapid Chess tournament at the NIT Recreational Centre, Surendra Nagar, here on Sunday.

SAI to set up badminton, boxing extension centres in Uttarakhand

In a major boost for the development and promotion of sports in Uttarakhand, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) is soon going to set up two Sports Extension Centres for badminton and boxing at Almora and Pithoragarh respectively.

Siril Verma is the new junior world No. 1

The 16-year-old Siril Verma, who is a member of the Hyderabad Hunters team in the Premier Badminton League.

Delhi Acers beat Hyderabad Hunters to record first win in PBL

Acers recorded first victory of the tournament overcoming the Hunters 4-1 on an eventful day.

India's Siril Verma tops junior badminton rankings

Siril Verma climbed up a whopping 11 places to occupy the number one spot in junior men's singles category in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings.

Pacquiao 'to retire' after Bradley fight

Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao said he would end his legendary career after fighting Timothy Bradley in April to concentrate on his political career, dousing hopes for a rematch with Floyd Mayweather.

Badminton player Arundhati weds Arun Vishnu

It's love-all for shuttlers Arundhati Pantawane and Arun Vishnu as they formed another 'Indian badminton couple' by tying the nuptial knot at the VCA Jamtha Club House.

1976 Olympic champion boxer Howard Davis Jr of US dies at 59

Olympic champion boxer Howard Davis Jr., who won the 1976 gold medal and was named over U.S. teammate Sugar Ray Leonard as the most outstanding fighter in the Montreal Games, has died of cancer.

World's richest chess meet for juniors will be held in Mumbai

The first IILF Wealth Mumbai Junior and International Open Chess Tournament will be held from January 28 to February 5.

Players will adjust to 15-point format, say PBL coaches

All the Indian and overseas players will have no difficulty in adapting to the 15-point a game format in the Premier Badminton League commencing on Saturday, said the participating teams' coaches.

Attri confident of making it to Rio Games in men's doubles

Manu Attri sounded upbeat about his and partner B Sumeeth Reddy's chances of booking a qualifying spot at the August 5-21 Rio Olympic Games although they are currently ranked 17th in the world.

When Gopichand dances with his trainees!

One normally does not see Gopichand dancing to the tunes but the rhythmic beats of 'dhol' got the best of him and he broke into a jig with his much-younger trainees.

Japan's Uchiyama fends off challenge to WBA title

Undefeated champion Takashi Uchiyama of Japan successfully defended his World Boxing Association super featherweight title for the 11th time, beating Nicaraguan Oliver Flores with a technical knockout.

Source: Times of India News

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