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  • India beat Ireland by 52 runs to enter semi-finals of ICC Women's World T20

    India beat Ireland by 52 runs to enter the semi-finals of the ICC Women's World T20, in a group league encounter at Providence in Guyana. Ireland could make  93 runs for the loss of eight wickets in the stipulated 20 overs. For India, Radha Yadav picked 3 wickets for 25 in four overs. Earlier, put into bat, India scored 145 for six with Mithali Raj scoring 51 off 56 balls and Smriti Mandhana supporting with 33 off 29 balls.

    Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah maintain top positions in ICC ODI rankings

    India captain Virat Kohli and fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah maintained their top positions in the batsmen and bowlers ranking respectively in the latest ICC (International Cricket Council) ODI (One Day International) rankings published  Virat Kohli remained in the number one position in the ODI batsmen ranking with 899 points.  Shikhar Dhawan is the third Indian in the top-10 list. He has secured 8th position. Former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is ranked 20th in the list. In the ODI bowlers ranking, Jasprit Bumrah remains in number one position with 841 points.  Kuldeep Yadav remains in third place.

    Asian Games gold medalist Hima Das appointed as UNICEF India Youth Ambassador

    Asian Games gold medalist Hima Das appointed as UNICEF India’s Youth Ambassador.  She won a silver medal in the 400 meters sprint and also a gold in the 4X400 meters relay at the Asian Games in Jakarta this year will work towards supporting various initiatives by UNICEF. 

    Odisha government signed MoU with AIFF

    Odisha government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the All India Football Federation (AIFF) at the Kalinga Stadium complex, Bhubaneswar, Odisha in the presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. As per the agreement, the State government will host National team camps and also I-League side Indian Arrows. The training and connected infrastructure like gymnasiums, swimming pool, etc, will be housed at the Kalinga Stadium Complex.

    Lewis Hamilton Won Brazilian Grand Prix

    Lewis defeated Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in a collision with backmarker Esteban Ocon (Force India).  The incident dropped the Dutchman back to second place and although he came back at Hamilton, he could not quite catch him.

    Harmanpreet Kaur becomes first Indian women to hit century in T20I cricket

    Captain Harmanpreet Kaur became the first ever Indian woman to smash a hundred in T20I cricket, achieving the feat against New Zealand in the Women's World T20 2018. The 29-year-old scored 103 runs off 51 balls, which included eight sixes and seven fours. Further, Harmanpreet is only the third cricketer to smash a century in Women's World T20.

    Indian Wrestler Bajrang Punia becomes World No.1 in 65kg category

    The 24-year-old, who won silver in World Championships recently, is on top of the United World Wrestling rankings with 96 points, 30 points ahead of the second-placed wrestler. He's the lone male Indian to figure in top-10 in any category. Cuban Alejandro Enrique Vlades Tobier is a distant second with 66 points. Russia's Akhmed Chakaev (62) is in third place.

    Rohit Sharma becomes first batsman to hit four T20I hundreds

    He achieved this feat in 58 balls during the second T20I match against the West Indies at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium in Lucknow. He has surpassed the record of New Zealand’s Colin Munro who had scored three centuries.  

    India to open their campaign against New Zealand in ICC Women's World T20

    The Indian team is led by skipper Harpreet Singh.

    In a first, DRS to be used in ICC Women's T20 tournament

    The Decision Review System (DRS), using ball-tracking and edge detection technology, will be implemented from this year's International Cricket Council (ICC) women's World Twenty20 edition, which is slated to be held from November 9 to November 24 in the West Indies. 10 teams - Windies, Australia, England, India, Pakistan, South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Ireland will take part in the tournament.

    Lucknow's Cricket Stadium renamed after Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a day before India-WI T20I

    UP government on November 5 renamed Lucknow's Ekana International Cricket Stadium as 'Bharat Ratan Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium'. This would be the first international cricket match to be played in the stadium. India defeated Windies in the first T20I to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The stadium, a dream project of former UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was completed in 2017. The stadium which has a seating capacity of  50,000 was built as a public-private partnership.

    Rohit Sharma sets record, becomes first cricketer in history to score 4 T20I hundreds

    He achieved the milestone in 58 balls during the second T20I against the Windies at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium in Lucknow. He now has 2,196 runs in the format. He also overtook Virat Kohli (2,102 runs) to become India's leading run-getter in T20Is, and ended up second on the list of the highest run-getters in the world, just behind New Zealand's Martin Guptill. He also became the first captain to score two T20I hundreds.

    India defeat West Indies by five wickets in first T20 International

    Dinesh Karthik secured top score with debutant Krunal Pandya making 21 not out.  Yadav was named man of the match.  

    Nitten, Vlada duo won silver in theITF World championship

    Nitten Kirrtane, former National champion, and Vlada Kirlovska of Latvia won the mixed doubles silver in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) World championship for over-40. The top seeds Stefanie Kolar and Marcus Hilpert beat the Indo-Latvian pair 7-6(13), 6-2 in the final.

    India clinched bronze in SAFF U 15 at Nepal

    India clinched the bronze medal in the SAFF U-15 Championship at Nepal. India beat Nepal, the host, and registered a 1-0 win in a third-place playoff.  Thlacheu Vanlalruatfela’s goal eventually proved to be enough. The goal came in the 18th minute after Vanlalruatfela scored following nice build-up by his teammates.

    Rahul Dravid became the fifth Indian to be inducted in the 'ICC Hall of Fame'

    Dravid was presented with the framed cap by Gavaskar as he was formally inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame. The four Indians who were inducted in the ICC Hall of Fame prior to Dravid are: ♦ Sunil Gavaskar (1971-1987) - inducted in 2009 ♦ Bishan Singh Bedi (1966-1979) - inducted in 2009 ♦ Kapil Dev (1978-1994) - inducted in 2010 ♦ Anil Kumble (1990-2008) - inducted in 2015. Earlier this year, Dravid, along with Ricky Ponting and England women wicketkeeper Claire Taylor, were announced as the new inductees in the Hallf of Fame.

    Vietnam to host a Formula One race in April 2020

    Vietnam capital Hanoi will be the second Southeast Asian city to host a race in 2020 along with Singapore. Vietnam will be only the third Southeast Asian country to host a Formula One race in history after Malaysia and Singapore. Formula One (F1) was taken over by US firm Liberty Media last year for $8 billion.

    Mary Kom named brand ambassador of 2018 Women's World Boxing Championships

    Five-time World Champion Mary Kom leads the 10th edition of AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships, which is to be held at the IG Stadium's K.D. Jhadav Hall, New Delhi between November 15 and 24. Over 300 women boxers from 70 countries will participate in this edition.

    India enters final in the FIBA U 18 womens Asian championship

    India marched into the Division B final of the FIBA U-18 women’s Asian championship held at Bengaluru, India. India won an 83-38 victory over Hong Kong at the Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium, Bengaluru. India is to face Kazakhstan for its promotion to Division A.  Results: Division A: Semifinals: China 69 bt Korea 51  Japan 90 bt Australia 77 Fifth place: New Zealand 75 bt Chinese Taipei 47 Division B: India 83 bt Hong Kong 38 Kazakhstan 76 bt Syria 56 Fifth place: Iran 63 bt Singapore 51

    Tata Steel named as official partner of men's Hockey World Cup

    Men's hockey World Cup 2018 to be held at Bhubaneswar, Odisha from November 28 to December 16. Tata Steel is the 10th-largest steel producer in the world. Tata Steel is the first private sector company in India to start a hockey academy. ♦ Hockey India CEO - Elena Norman.

    India win eighth consecutive ODI series against Windies

    India defeated Windies by 9 wickets in the fifth ODI at Thiruvananthapuram to clinch the five-match series 3-1 and win their eighth consecutive ODI series against Windies. With scores of 140, 157 not out and 107 in the first three games, Kohli became the first Indian to score three consecutive hundreds in the 50-over format. India Team Captain - Virat Kohli, Windies Team Captain - Jason Holder.

    Pankaj Advani becomes first Indian to win Asian Snooker Tour title

    The 33-year-old from Pune, Pankaj Advani became the first Indian to win an Asian Snooker Tour event after defeating China's Ju Reti 6-1 in the final in Jinan, China. Pankaj is Nineteen-time world champion. He won Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna Award for Billiards & Snooker.

    Elina Svitolina won WTA Finals in Singapore

    She defeated Romania’s Sloane Stephens 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 and won the season-ending WTA Finals. This is the biggest title in Elina Svitolina career.  

    Indian Golfer Khalin Joshi Clinches Panasonic Open India Title

    He became the seventh Indian to win the Panasonic Open India title in the last eight editions of the tournament. He finished second best after finishing with a par on the 18th.

    Roger Federer Won 99th Career Title In His Hometown

    He won his 99th career title after winning the Basel Open for the ninth time in his career.  Federer, who was born in the Swiss city of Basel, won his fourth title of the year in the form of the Basel Open.

    Simona Halep becomes first Recipient Of Chris Evert WTA World No.1 Trophy

    She is the first recipient of the Chris Evert Women's Tennis  Association (WTA) World No.1 Trophy, named after WTA's first-ever world number one, Chris Evert.

    Pooja Dhanda Wins Bronze Medal In World Wrestling Championships

    Pooja Dhanda joined the elite company of Indian women grapplers who have won the bronze medal at the World Championships at Budapest, Hungary. Dhanda defeated Grace Bullen of Norway 10-7 in the 57kg Freestyle category to secure the bronze medal at the Papp Lszlo Sport Arena.

    Virat Kohli Becomes Fastest To Reach 10,000 Runs In History Of ODI Cricket

    Virat Kohli scored his 37th ODI hundred, reaching the landmark in 116 fewer innings than Sachin Tendulkar.  He scored his 37th ODI hundred in his 205th innings, while Sachin had reached the milestone in his 321st innings against Pakistan in 2004.   

    Sachin Tendulkar gave away Prizes To The Winners Of South Asia Regional WASH Innovation

    The event was organized by The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund  UNICEF in association with BRAC, a Bangladesh based international organization.   

    Indian Navy won the 14th PMC Bank all India Guru Tegh Bahadur Gold Cup hockey tournament

    Indian Navy (Mumbai) won the 14th PMC Bank all-India Guru Tegh Bahadur Gold Cup hockey tournament at the Mahindra Stadium at Mumbai, Maharashtra. Indian Navy (Mumbai) beat Central Secretariat (New Delhi) and secured 2-1. The winner was awarded Rs.2 lakh and the runner-up, Rs.1 lakh.  Result:  Indian Navy (Mumbai) 2 (Suman Kindo, Jugraj Singh) bt Central Secretariat 1 (Jayesh Jadhav).

    DANISA Denmark Open 2018: Complete List Of Winners

    This tournament was organized by Badminton Denmark, and sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF)  This international tournament was held at Odense Sports Park in Odense, Denmark.  

    PNB Metlife unveiled an app named Khushi

    PNB Metlife, a Life insurer, unveiled an app named ‘Khushi’. The app is an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered customer service. The app is designed to be a one-stop shop providing insurance-related information, anytime, anywhere, such as policy features, premium due details besides providing fund value and portfolio details. Kushi has the ability to understand customer intent and provide tailored responses.

    Kimi Raikkonen won US Grand Prix with Lewis Hamilton unable to get fifth F1 title

    Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen claimed his first victory of F1 race US Grand Prix in Texas.  It was the longest gap between wins in F1 history, beating the previous mark of Italian Riccardo Patrese.  

    Mumbai beat Delhi to lift Vijay Hazare Trophy title for third time

    Mumbai defeated Delhi by four wickets to win their third Vijay Hazare Trophy title at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.  He won the trophy way back in 2006-07 when they defeated Rajasthan.  Aditya Tare struck a fluent half-century. 

    Vijayan Bala launched Indian Sports Conversations and Reflections

    It is a compilation of interviews of eminent sportspersons he has conducted since 1971. He has interviewed Olympians like Balbir Singh Senior, Abhinav Bindra, Sushil Kumar, Sakshi Malik, Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, and others. Among the cricketers, he has interviewed MAK Pataudi, GR Viswanath, Eknath Solkar while Gautam Gambhir, Unmukt Chand etc.

    India won five more gold medals in Asian Para Games 2018

    India won five gold medals in the sixth day of Asian Para Games 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia. ♦ K.Jennitha Anto clinched the gold in women’s individual rapid P1 chess event after beating Manurung Roslinda of Indonesia 1-0 in the final round.   ♦ Neeraj Yadav and Amit Balyan clinched gold and silver medals respectively in spear throwing event. ♦ Amit Kumar and Dharambir bagged gold and silver respectively in the men’s club throw F51 event. ♦ Kishan Gangolli, in the men’s individual rapid VI-B2/B3 event, to claim the top spot. ♦ In para-badminton, Parul Parmar won the women’s singles SL3 event.

    Adith won AITA championship series tennis tournament

    Second seed Adith Amarnath of Karnataka won the boys’ under-14 title in the All India Tennis Association (AITA) championship series tennis tournament in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Adith defeated fourth seed Kandhavel Mahalingam of Tamil Nadu 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the final.  The results (finals): Boys: Under-14: Adith Amarnath bt Kandhavel Mahalingam 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. Under-12: Jason Michael David bt Kandhvel Mahalingam 5-7, 6-2, 6-0. Girls: Under-14: Shrijana Thapa bt Soha Singh 7-5, 0-6, 6-2. Under-12: Soha Singh bt Sanjana Devineni 7-5, 6-0 .

    Akash Malik won silver in archery at the Youth Olympic Games

    Akash Malik, the 15-year-old son of a farmer, won the silver medal in archery at the Youth Olympic Games at the marquee event Buenos Aires. He became India’s first silver-medallist in providing a fitting finale to the country’s best-ever campaign. Malik lost a one-sided final to Trenton Cowles of the USA 0-6 as India concluded with three gold, nine silver, and one bronze at the event. He was seeded fifth after qualification and he hails from Haryana.

    Panwar won the silver medal at Youth Olympic Games

    Suraj Panwar Soren won the silver medal in the men’s 5000m race walk event at the Youth Olympic Games, Buenos Aires, Argentina. He opened India’s account in athletics in the third edition. The athletic events were held in two stages. Suraj finished the first stage in 20:23.30s, the second stage in 20:35.87 and won the silver. Ecuador’s Oscar Patin won the first stage in 20:13.69, won the gold after finishing second.  The Youth Olympics’ Asia Area qualification meet in Bangkok in July, Suraj had finished second in the 10,000m race walk behind China’s Xin Wang.

    Leander Paes Lifts Santo Domingo Open Trophy

    Leander Paes won his second Challenger-level title of the season, lifting the Santo Domingo Open trophy with partner Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela.  

    Manu Bhaker becomes second Indian to win two medals

    She bagged a silver medal after her gold medal finish in 10m air pistol event becoming only the second India after judoka Tababi Devi Thangjam to win two medals at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires. Indian men's hockey team defeated Poland 4-2 in Hockey 5s to advance to the semi-finals while the women's team reached the quarter-finals with a 5-2 win over South Africa.

    CUJ signs MoU with ISRO to set up Space Applications Center

    The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) signed a MoU with the Central University of Jammu (CUJ) in Jammu for setting up of the Satish Dhawan Center for Space Science in the University. Another MoU was signed between the Central University of Jammu (CUJ) and the Central Scientific Instruments Organization (CSIR-CSIO). This is to create awareness about space research. This is the first of its kind institute coming up in Jammu and Kashmir and the building is proposed in an area of about 1,150 sq. m. The Space Science Centre at CUJ will have facilities for Geospatial Data analysis that will help in the sustainable use of natural resources and planning land-use pattern.

    Nithya claimed glory in 100m in the fifth Telangana Open State athletics meet

    G.Nithya of Hyderabad clinched the honours in the girls’, under 20, 100m with a timing of 12.50s in the fifth Telangana Open State athletics meet in Hyderabad.  Film Nagar Cultural Centre, in association with Telangana Cue Sports Association, will be organizing the State-ranking snooker and billiards championship for seniors and juniors with a prize money of Rs.1 lakh from October 25 to November 5 at its premises in Jubilee Hills in Hyderabad.

    Sharad Kumar won gold in mens high jump in Asian Para Games

    Indian para high jumper Sharad Kumar won gold in men’s high jump T42/63 category. This is his second successive gold in the Asian Para Games 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia.  Silver was claimed by Varun Bhati (1.82m), Rio Paralympic bronze-medallist, and bronze by Thangavelu Mariyappan (1.67m), Rio gold-medallist. The F46 category of disability covers upper limb deficiency, impaired muscle power or impaired range of movement.

    Rahul Aware was awarded the Best Sportsperson of the Year by SJAM

    Wrestler Rahul Aware, the Commonwealth Games gold medallist, was awarded the Best Sportsperson of the Year award at the annual Sports Journalists’ Association of Mumbai (SJAM) award function. The awards function was sponsored by Star Sports. Other awardees of SJAM are listed below:  Awards Name Sportsman of the year Rahul Aware Sportswomen of the year Heena Sidhu Tejaswini Sawant Junior Sportsman of the year Kisan Tadvi Junior Sportswoman of the year Durga Deore Sportsman of the year, Indian Games Rishank Devadiga Cricketer of the year Prithvi Shaw Ranji Trophy Cricketer of the year Siddhesh Lad Woman Cricketer of the year Jemimah Rodrigues Junior Cricketer of the year Yashasvi Jaiswal Team of the year Maharashtra kabaddi team Best Co-Ed school Jamnabai Narsee School, Bandra Best boys’ school Don Bosco High School, Matunga Best Girls school J. B. Petit High School, Fort Lifetime Achievement Award Football & Basketball SS ‘Babu’ Narayan Athletics Mary D’Souza Cricket Ramakant Achrekar Para-sport Murlikant Petkar  

    International Olympics Committee picks Senegal as first African Host for Youth Olympics

    International Olympics Committee (IOC) picked its first African host of any Olympics, formally awarding the 2022 Youth Games to Senegal. Senegal will host the youth games in three places: Dakar; a new city of Diamniadio, close to the capital; and the coastal resort of Saly.

    Harvinder Singh won gold in archery in Asian Para Games

    Harvinder Singh won India’s maiden archery gold in the Asian Para Games 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Harvinder defeated China’s Zhao Lixue by scoring 6-0 in the W2/ST category final. On the fifth day, the country clinched three silver and four bronze medals.

    Halep and Osaka are nominated for WTA award

    Romania’s Simona Halep and Japan’s Naomi Osaka are among the players nominated for the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Player-of-the-Year award.  Serena Williams has been nominated for the WTA’s Comeback Player-of-the-Year award. Belinda Bencic (Switzerland), Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) and Ajla Tomljanovic (Australia) have also been nominated along with her.

    India bagged 3 more gold medals in the Para Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia

    India won three more gold on the third day of competitions at the Para Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia. India maintains its eighth spot.  Ekta Bhyan in women’s F32/51 club throw event and Narayan Thakur in men’s T35 100m dash clinched gold. Manish Narwal, Indian para-shooter, bagged gold in the men’s SH1 10m air pistol event. So far, India has won 6 gold, 9 silver and 13 bronze medals in the Para Asian Games 2018.

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