Asian Games 2018: UP government announces Rs 50 lakh reward for shooter Saurabh Chaudhary

By: Sports Desk | New Delhi |

Updated: August 21, 2018 5:26:59 pm





Gold medalist India’s Saurabh Chaudhary, stand during national anthem at the awards ceremony for the 10m air pistol men’s final shooting event during the 18th Asian Games in Palembang, Indonesia, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (AP Photo)

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday congratulated the 16-year-old Meerut teenager, Saurabh Chaudhary for clinching a gold medal in the 10m Men’s air pistol event at the Asian Games 2018 and announced a cash reward of Rs 50 lakh for the shooter.

The chief minister also applauded the efforts of Ravi Kumar, who along with Apurvi Chandela won a bronze medal in the 10m air rifle mixed team event on Day 1 of the tournament. In a tweet, Yogi announced a cash reward for Ravi Kumar of Rs 20 lakh, offering him a position to serve as an employee in Uttar Pradesh government.

However, boxer Vijender Singh criticised the UP government’s move saying, “Wow one gold medalist from Haryana gets 3 crore & another gold medalist from UP 50 lakhs. Why ?? #AsianGame2018”

Saurabh Chaudhary, earlier in the day, bagged India’s first shooting gold medal at the ongoing Asian Games in Indonesia. He shot a record of 240.7 to clinch the top honours. Meanwhile, in the same event another Indian, Abhishek Verma bagged a bronze medal with a score of 219.3.

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Ravi Kumar along with Apurva Chandela on Sunday at the Jakabaring Shooting Range in Palembang secured bronze medals in the 10m air rifle mixed team event. The duo opened India’s medal account at the Asian Games 2018.

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Asian Games 2018: India clinch bronze in sepak takraw

By: PTI | Palembang |

Published: August 21, 2018 3:50:14 pm





India had defeated Iran 21-16, 19-21, 21- 17 in the first match to make a winning start to their campaign. (Source: Pixabay/Image used for representational purpose) 

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India on Tuesday clinched a maiden Asian Games medal in Sepak Takraw despite its men’s regu team losing to defending champion Thailand in Palembang. The Indian men’s regu team lost to Thailand 0-2 but picked up a bronze as both the losing semifinalists are also awarded a medal.

India had defeated Iran 21-16, 19-21, 21- 17 in the first match to make a winning start to their campaign.

India, however, lost to Indonesia 0-3 in the second Preliminary Group B match of the day but still advanced to the last-four stage and be guaranteed of at least a bronze.

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India vs England 3rd Test Day 4 Live Cricket Score Streaming, Ind vs Eng Live Score: India in strong position with 521 run target

India vs England Live Cricket Score India vs England Live Cricket Score: England have been put in to chase record 521 runs. (Source: Reuters)

India vs England 3rd Test Day 4 Live Cricket Score Streaming Online, Ind vs Eng Live Cricket Score: India had their backs against the wall after a hammering at Lord’s. From then, anything would be way up. Now as fourth day of the third Test comes in, it is England who have their backs against the wall with India in command. 103 from Virat Kohli, 72 from Cheteshwar Pujara helped India set up a 521 run target. England will resume from 23/0 with Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings in the middle needing 498 runs more to win. Catch live score and updates from India vs England in 3rd Test Day 4 from Trent Bridge, Nottingham here.

Hello and Good Afternoon! Welcome to our live coverage of India’s tour of England. The hosts will resume from 23/0 with an under-pressure Keaton Jennings on 13 and Alastair Cook on 9. They survived some probing effort from Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami in the nine overs that were bowled late on on Day 3. Will be interesting how England approach this considering they have six sessions and it doesn’t look impossible to win from here. But, it is a massive task still. They will have to set a record score in the fourth innings to chase down the target. Start in half an hour

England will have to set a record for the highest successful fourth-innings chase if they are to win the third test against India after the dominant tourists declared at 352 for seven with Virat Kohli making 103 on Monday. England’s opening pair of Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings survived a tricky nine overs before the close of play, reaching 23 without loss. That means Joe Root’s side require another 498 runs to win over the final two days of play and history suggests that is highly unlikely. Only four teams have scored more than 400 to win a test, West Indies’ 418 to beat Australia in 2003 being the highest. The highest fourth-innings winning test total at Trent Bridge is 284 by England against New Zealand in 2004.

Asian Games 2018: Swimmer Virdhawal Khade betters own national record, qualifies for final

By: PTI | Jakarta |

Published: August 21, 2018 1:35:23 pm





India's Virdhawal Vikram Khade reacts after win Men's 50m freestyle heat event at the Asian Games 2018, in Jakarta Virdhawal Khade finished third overall in the Asian Games heats. (Source: PTI)

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India’s Virdhawal Khade marginally bettered his long-standing national record to get closer to his second Asian Games medal as he qualified for the men’s 50m freestyle final by clocking 22.43s which was third fastest time in the heats.

Khade, who won a bronze at the Guangzhou Games in 2010, faced stiff competition from Japan’s Shunichi Nakao (22.62) but emerged the fastest in the eight-man heat 5.

It was new national record in 50m freestyle as he bettered his own mark of 22.52, set in August 2009 at Asian Age group swimming championships in Japan.

Overall, Khade was third behind China’s Hexin Yu (22.21) and Hong Kong’s Kenneth King Him To (22.38).

Anshul Kothari could not qualify for the final as he finished 28th with a timing of 23.83. He was fastest in heat 1.

“I am keeping fingers crossed but I think medal is within each. I have prepared well in the last one and a half years. It’s a sprint, so you never know what happens in final but I will give myself a chance. It’s possible,” Khade, 26, told PTI.

“The top two may be fitter than me but mentally I am stronger than them. I have experience and I will try to use it in the final.”

Khade said he was pleased with his improvement after making a comeback to the pool.

“After 10 years, I am competing at such a big event. I was also at the CWG also but there, I could not perform to my potential. I had timed 23.11 there, so it is half a second fast. Hopefully, I will be able to cut down more and get a medal.”

On bettering his own national mark and improving upon his timing from CWG, the 26-year-old said, “I have worked on strength and fitness since January with my coach in Bengaluru. I have improved since January in every competition. Regular competition has helped me.”

The final will be held in the evening on Tuesday.

Khade had taken a break from swimming for four years due to job commitment. He works as a Tehsildar for the Mahatrashtra Government.

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India vs England: Felt pressure but county stint helped me, says Cheteshwar Pujara

By: PTI | Nottingham |

Published: August 21, 2018 1:24:45 pm





India's Cheteshwar Pujara in action batting against England in the third Test at Trent Bridge Cheteshwar Pujara’s last fifty came against South Africa earlier in the year at Johannesburg. (Source: Reuters)

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Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara admitted that he was under pressure to score runs and credited his county stints for providing him the confidence to bat in English conditions and overturn his poor form during the third Test.

Pujara scored 72 runs and added 113 runs with skipper Virat Kohli as India piled on 352-7 declared and set an imposing 521-run target for England to win the third Test.

“Playing County cricket did help me. I’ve learnt a lot. Although I didn’t score too many runs in County cricket but I was playing on challenging pitches. I think I was always confident,” said Pujara.

“I always felt that I was batting well especially in the nets, especially the way I was timing the ball. I was very confident that I was up for a big one.

“The way I batted in this innings, I felt that whatever I was working on in the nets, it came along. Really pleased to score those 72 runs, valuable 72 runs for the team,” he added.

Pujara overcame a poor run of form wherein he averaged 14.66 in the past nine innings, with his last half-century coming in Johannesburg on a green-top against South Africa.

The batsman said he did feel pressure because of that poor form.

“Yes (I did feel pressure). To be honest there is always some pressure especially when you have not scored too many runs. Even as a team as a batting unit, before this Test match, collectively we hadn’t scored too many runs,” he said.

“It was important all our top-order starts scoring runs, especially in this Test match. The way our opening batsmen batted in first innings and second innings, I think lot of credit goes to them because sometimes it’s not about scoring big 50s or 100s.

“If they score 30 or 40 runs it is quite valuable for the team. I think both innings we got off to more than 50 runs without losing any wicket which is always important,” he said.

Talking about his recent run-outs and poor shot selections, Pujara said, “Sometimes if you are playing this game, there will be different modes of dismissals. I am not too concerned about them. The important thing today is the way we batted as a unit and the number of runs we scored.

“And we are very well balanced in this Test match. We are looking forward to tomorrow rather than worrying about what happened in the past or the way our batsmen got out. We should be really happy with the amount of runs we have.”

Pujara said one needs to trusts one’s technique to score runs in this conditions.

“You just need to trust your technique, your temperament and be confident about how you know to play in such condition,” he said.

“Ultimately wherever you go, especially for all the Indian batsmen when we play away from home, whether in England, South Africa or Australia or New Zealand, I think we just need to trust our technique.

“Everyone has a different technique, and everyone has a way to play. We just need to play the way we know as a batsman.”

The 30-year-old also credited his partner after Kohli scored his 23rd Test hundred during India’s second innings yesterday.

“He batted brilliantly. He has been batting well since the first Test match. He is in good touch and is making the most of it. Some shots that he is playing on this pitch are very difficult for any other batsman to execute and that shows he is in good form and batting really well,” he said.

Pujara said they had a clear game plan against James Anderson when he and Kohli started batting on day three.

“Anderson is a great bowler no doubt but facing him in 2014 in similar conditions has helped me. I knew what areas he bowls in and what should be my game plan. I was clear with my game plan. I think facing him in the past helped me because I’ve played him even in Indian conditions,” he said.

“It’s always challenging to bat against them. But the way we had our partnership, especially in the first session, I think we knew what we wanted to do. You just have to respect the conditions and the way they bowled. We had our game plan and we stuck to it. I think we won that session,” he added.

England played out nine overs last evening, but now face six sessions to bat and save this third Test and prevent India from making a comeback in this five-match series.

“There is enough help for the fast bowlers. In the first session we saw a number of deliveries rose and many balls also stayed low. But the way we bowled in the first innings, if we bowl like that we have a good chance of bowling them out tomorrow,” Pujara signed off.

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Asian Games 2018: 16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary wins gold, bronze for Abhishek Verma

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Updated: August 21, 2018 11:18:16 am





Abhishek Verma (left) and Saurabh Chaudhary (right) won bronze and gold respectively at the 10m Air Pistol event. (Source: Reuters)

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16-year-old Asian Games debutant Saurabh Chaudhary has won India’s first shooting gold of the 2018 Asian Games while compatriot Abhishek Verma won bronze in the Men’s 10m Air Pistol event in Indonesia. Chaudhary shot a Games record of 240.7 to clinch the top honours while Verma finished with 219.3.

The 16-year-old Chaudhary, who topped the qualifying round, shot a Games record score of 240.7 to pip Japan’s Tomoyuki Matsuda (239.7) in an exciting final to add a gold to India’s shooting tally of two silver and a bronze this Asiad.

Hobby shooter Abhishek Verma, also making his Asian Games debut at 29, settled for the bronze medal in the same event with a score of 219.3.

In second position for most of the final, Chaudhary grabbed the lead after Matsuda fired 8.9 in his penultimate shot. The Indian went ahead with a 10.2 off his second-last shot and held the nerve to stay ahead.

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FIFA’s legal chief Marco Villiger leaves governing body

By: Reuters |

Published: August 21, 2018 9:52:01 am





Marco Villiger has left FIFA. (Source: Reuters)

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Marco Villiger, the man who was the key link between FIFA and U.S. anti-corruption investigators, has left the organisation, soccer’s world governing body said on Monday.
Villiger, who was FIFA’s Deputy Secretary General and Chief Legal and Integrity Officer, was one of the few senior members of previous FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s administration who kept his position under his successor Gianni Infantino.
“I had the privilege to be part of FIFA in different roles with different responsibilities. After accomplishing a successful FIFA World Cup in Russia, the time for me has come to turn the page to a new chapter, seeking for new challenges”, said Villiger in a statement released by FIFA.
FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura said Swiss Villiger had been a “pillar of the organisation”.
He came to the fore at FIFA following the 2015 FBI raid in Zurich which saw seven officials arrested on corruption charges.
With Blatter, who was later banned from football by FIFA’s Ethics Committee, facing a separate Swiss investigation, Villiger, then head of legal affairs, worked closely with the U.S. law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.
The firm conducted an internal investigation of FIFA and helped in relations with the U.S Department of Justice.
Blatter, who led FIFA for 17 years, has always denied any wrongdoing.
Praising Villiger, Samoura added: “I congratulate him wholeheartedly on his great career within FIFA, in which he has consistently demonstrated his expertise and professionalism, as well as his dedication to this great organisation.
“His competence earned him the trust and respect of internal and external stakeholders. I wish Marco all the best in his future endeavours.”
Since Infantino was elected FIFA president, senior officials from the organisation have moved on with the Swiss keen to bring in his own staff.
More than 40 entities and individuals have been charged by U.S. prosecutors in connection with the FIFA investigation.
The probe has resulted in more than two dozen guilty pleas and one trial of three former soccer officials, two of whom were found guilty by a jury.

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Birthday boy Usain Bolt eases into Mariners training

By: Reuters | Melbourne |

Published: August 21, 2018 9:27:24 am





Usain Bolt appearing relaxed and flashing a big grin as he kicked the ball around at the start of the light session in the sleepy town of Gosford. (Source: AP)

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Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt eased into his first training session with Australia’s Central Coast Mariners on Tuesday as he kicked off his bid to win a professional soccer contract on the day of his 32nd birthday.

Monitored by a big media pack, Bolt emerged at Central Coast stadium with his new team mates on a sunny morning, appearing relaxed and flashing a big grin as he kicked the ball around at the start of the light session in the sleepy town of Gosford.

The eight-times Olympic gold medallist has been given an open-ended trial with the Mariners, who finished bottom of the 10-team A-league last season and operate in one of the country’s smallest soccer markets.

The Mariners’ tie-up with Bolt has proved polarising in Australia, with critics dismissing it as a publicity stunt to boost the profile of a team that has failed to make the playoffs for the last four seasons.

Bolt, who retired from athletics at the world championships in London last year, has already trained with Germany’s Borussia Dortmund, South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns and Norway’s Stromsgodset.

There is plenty of skepticism as to whether the fastest man on earth can reinvent himself as a top-flight footballer but the Mike Mulvey-coached Mariners have been emphatic that they will give him as much time as he needs to prove himself.

“Players who people maybe don’t think are going to make it professionally, a lot of times they prove people wrong, because they’re the ones who’ve got the desire and the determination,” assistant coach Nick Montgomery told Australian Associated Press.

“For me, that always outweighs talent in naturally gifted players. I’ve seen it numerous times.

“For the modern-day footballer, number one, you have to be an athlete. So he ticks that box; he’s a mountain of a man. But it’s a different type of athlete to be a footballer. Only time will tell.”

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