Gaurav Gill won praise of his co-competitors by overcoming mechanical failures and a series of punctures before it ended in a heartbreak for him in the gruelling Rally of Turkey, the first event of the FIA World Rally Championship 2, today. Going into the final day with a top-five finish firmly in sight, the JK Racing ace underlined his mettle by finishing second in the first stage of the day. He continued in the same vein, taking the third place in the next stage too. These results added up to a top-3 finish in five out of the nine stages that he had conquered without a hitch, not counting the shakedown in which he proved to be the fastest among the lot. In the penultimate stage with a strong finish beckoning him, the transmission of the car seized and grounded him to a halt.
PKL: Dabang Delhi beat Gujarat Fortunegiants
Naveen Kumar was once again the hero for Dabang Delhi as they beat Gujarat Fortunegiants 34-30 in a Pro Kabaddi League match here today. Naveen Kumar again scored 10 points as Delhi picked up five points to consolidate their stay at the top of the points table. Pardeep Narwal was the star player for three-time champions Patna Pirates as they beat Puneri Paltan 55-33. Narwal scored 18 raid points.
Junior shuttlers win 3 gold medals in Dubai
Indian junior shuttlers bagged a rich haul of six medals, including three gold, at the Dubai Junior International Series here today. Tasnim Mir won the girls’ singles title, while the mixed doubles pair of Ayan Rashid and Tasnim and the girls’ doubles duo of Tanisha Crasto and Aditi Bhatt also clinched gold medals. The juniors also added three silver medals to their tally.
CAB suspends cricketer, academy for age fraud
The Cricket Association of Bengal today handed a two-year ban on Under-13 cricketer Nitesh Chowdhury while Abdul Masood Cricket Academy was suspended for one year for age fraud.
Meghalaya, Bangladesh schools in Subroto U-17 final
Hopewell Elias Secondary School of Meghalaya and Bangladesh Krira Shiksha Protisthan will face each other in the summit clash of the U-17 boys’ Subroto Cup football tournament. In the semifinals, Hopewell Elias Secondary School beat BSL +2 High School of Jharkhand 3-2, while Bangladesh Krira Shiksha Protisthan defeated Gorkha Rifles Regimental Centre 5-4 in the penalty shootout.
Anjum sweeps 50m rifle 3 positions in national trials
World Championships silver medallist Anjum Moudgil swept the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions national trials here today. With this, the Punjab girl has won four trials in all in this outing, claiming both the T6 and T7 rifle prone events before landing both the women’s 3P titles. Vijayveer Sidhu also won both the senior and junior men’s 25m standard pistol T7 trials.
Nabi, Mujeeb shine as Afghans beat Bangladesh
Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman starred with bat and ball, respectively, as Afghanistan beat Bangladesh by 25 runs in the tri-nation T20I tournament. Nabi hit an unbeaten 84 off 54 balls to guide Afghanistan to 164/6 before Mujeeb claimed a career best 4/15 to help his side dismiss Bangladesh for 139 in 19.5 overs for their world record 12 successive T20I win. Agencies
Pliskova wins Zhengzhou Open
Karolina Pliskova beat Croatia’s Petra Martic 6-3 6-2 in the final of the inaugural Zhengzhou Open today to win the 15th WTA singles title of her career and her first in China. The title was the Czech’s fourth of the season. She’s now ahead of world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty and Bianca Andreescu for most titles won so far this year.
Kenya’s Kamworor smashes half marathon record
Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor sliced 17 seconds off the world record at the Copenhagen Half Marathon today as he won in 58minutes 01seconds. He improved on the 58:18 set in Valencia last year. Birhane Dibaba Adugna of Ethiopia won the women’s race in 1:05:57, taking almost two minutes off her lifetime best.
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Marquez extends MotoGP lead with San Marino win
Honda’s Marc Marquez took another significant stride towards a sixth MotoGP title by seizing victory in a last-lap duel at the San Marino Grand Prix today. The Spaniard moved 93 points clear at the top of the standings with six races remaining.
Europe win Solheim Cup
Europe's women reclaimed the Solheim Cup in the most thrilling fashion imaginable today with Norway's Suzann Pettersen sealing a 14.5-13.5 win over the United States with the final putt of the three-day battle around Gleneagles. Agencies