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CK Nayudu Trophy: Dafedar’s 5-for helps Mumbai enforce follow-on on Saurashtra



Khizar Dafedar took five for 36 as Mumbai bowled out Saurashtra for 151 and enforced the follow-on on Day Three of their Group D Under-25 Col CK Nayudu Trophy match at the DY Patil Sports Academy on Tuesday.

Following on, Saurashtra fared better and were 242 for three at stumps in the second innings, still trailing Mumbai by 151. Mumbai had posted 543 in their first innings.

Brief scores: Mumbai 543 vs Saurashtra 151 (Vishvarajsinh Jadeja 31; Khizar Dafedar 5/36, Atharva Ankolekar 2/22, Sylvester D’Souza 2/50) & 242/3 in 67 overs (Vishvarajsinh Jadeja 94, HS Kotak 69*, Tarang Gohel 62).

MCA appoints More as interim chairman

Sunil More was appointed as the interim chairman of the senior selection committee by the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) on Tuesday.

More, who was member of the committee, was promoted after the former chairman Salil Ankola was named in the national selection panel by the BCCI last week. More played for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy in the 1990s and in 25 matches scored 1,503 runs at an average of 44.20 with the help of five centuries.

Times Shield: Patel, Vekariya help Teleperformance post 320/7

Centuries by Kathan Patel (116, 172b; 18×4, 1×6) and Siddharth Vekariya (112, 182b; 12×4, 2×6) helped Teleperformance DIBS reach 320 for seven against Nanavati Hospital on Day One of their Times Shield B Division quarter-final at the Karnatak SA ground on Tuesday.

In another match, Kuldeep Gehi also crossed the triple figure mark as Repro India Ltd ended Day one at 258 for seven against DTDC Express Ltd.

Brief scores (quarter-finals): Repro India Ltd 258/7 in 46 overs (Kuldeep Gehi 134, Aryan Patni 61, Vishwajit Jagdale 43; Saksham Parashay 4/52) vs DTDC Express Ltd; Route Mobile Ltd 217/4 in 75 overs (Aaditya Srivastava 40, Saeed Shaikh 66*, Aayush Vartak 78) vs Western Railway Sports Association ‘B’; Nirlon Sports Club 116/3 in 20 overs (Agni Chopra 64*, Nachiket Palande 3/50) vs CGST & CEX, Mumbai Zone; Teleperformance DIBS 320/7 in 77.4 overs (Karan Shah 42, Kathan Patel 116, Siddharth Vekariya 112; Aashay Dube 3/84) vs Dr Balabhai Nanavati Hospital

Local football promoter Karkera no more

Surendra Karkera, who took a keen interest in promoting football at the grassroot level, passed away following a cardiac arrest on Tuesday at his residence in Borivli. Karkera, 71, is survived by his wife Beena and son Vishal.

Karkera, who represented The Central Bank of India, had founded the Bipin Football Academy in 1988 in memory of his son Bipin. Under the academy banner, Karkera conducted free coaching camps for boys and girls thrice a year during school vacations at various centres in Mumbai city and the suburbs. Several players from Bipin’s camps have gone on to play for established clubs in Mumbai and across the country. Former India striker Steven Dias, who graduated from the Bipin Academy, was the chief coach during the academy’s camp at Dahisar.

Recently Mumbai Football Association presented Karkera with the Lifetime Achievement award for his invaluable contribution to football.

MFA League: Makandar, Nair star for JMJ Sports Club

Ashrafali Makandar and Sumesh Nair scored a goal each to steer JMJ Sports Club to a comfortable 2-0 win against Iron Born FC in an Elite Division match of the Mumbai Football Association (MFA) League at the Neville D’Souza ground, Bandra, on Tuesday.

Makandar opened the scoring in the 24th minute and Nair doubled the lead in the 86th minute.

Results: Elite Div: JMJ Sports Club 2 (Ashrafali Makandar, Sumesh Nair) beat Iron Born FC 0; Second Div: Ruffians FC ‘A’ 3 (Anish Bhabhda, Denzil Colaco, Saad Shaikh) beat Bhavesh SF 1 (Sahil Patel); SC Chincholi 2 (Atharva Khopkar 2) drew with Rudra YSS 2 (Rohan Chikale, Rohan Bhandari)

Vichare bowls Oxford CA to thumping win

Shlok Vichare took five for 16 as Oxford Cricket Academy beat Bhosale Cricket Academy by 87 runs in the JSF MCC Talent Search under-14 league at the Oval Maidan on Tuesday.

Brief scores: Oxford CA 214 (Shubham Palai 46, Shardul Khanolkar 43, Neel Koli 37; Vedant Nirmal 6/39, Shaurya Kanse 2/22) bt Bhosale CA 126 (Shlok Vichare 5/16, Vedant Dhuri 2/24)

CCI Snooker Classic: Khandwala overcomes Kirtane

Raj Khandwala beat Gautam Kirtane 3-1 (69-28, 56-8, 30-48, 62-22) in a second round qualifying match of the CCI Snooker Classic.

Results: Nikhil Saigal bt Bakirao Pachare 3-0 (58-17, 51-12, 59-40); Aakshay Wadkar bt Hasanain Vakil 3-1 (21-55, 64-22, 56-5, 55-1); Sundeep Gulrjani bt Cyrus Aga 3-0 (50-42, 44-36, 58-18); Raj Khandwala bt Gautam Kirtane 3-1 (69(42)-28, 56-8, 30-48, 62(39)-22); Pratyush Somayajula bt Kushal Gaglani 3-0 (62-49, 54-30, 71-28); Rahul Bisht bt Anil Sagar 3-1 (80-49, 51-40, 53-60, 53-36); Ajinkya Yelve bt Mithun Merchant 3-0 (38-26, 56-21, 55-19).

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A ₹724 crore boost in union sports budget



In the year of the Asian Games and qualifications for the 2024 Paris Olympics, the union sports budget saw a significant jump in allocation on Wednesday. The sports ministry has been allocated 3397.32 crore for 2023-24 – an increase of 723.97 crore from the previous fiscal. The budget for the previous financial year was 3062.60 crore (revised: 2673.35cr).

The Asian Games, postponed last year due to Covid, are due to be held in Hangzhou, China from September 23-October 8. India’s elite athletes have also started preparing for various Olympic qualification events.

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The allocation for National Sports Federations (NSFs) and Sports Authority of India (SAI) have gone up. Assistance to NSFs has been increased to 325 crore from 280 crore in 2022-23.

SAI has been allocated 785.5 crore, an increase from last year’s revised budget of 749.43 crore. It was originally allocated 653 crore in the last financial year. SAI oversees the preparation of national teams, manages national camps, provides infrastructure and other facilities to athletes besides appointing coaches, including foreign experts.

A big chunk of the sports budget will go for government’s flagship programme, Khelo India. It gets 1,000 crore, an increase of 400 crore from the revised allocation of 600 crore set aside for it in the previous budget. Under the scheme, Khelo India Youth Games and Khelo India University Games are organised. It has become the platform for talent identification and nurturing through its various schemes. The budget for Khelo India has steadily risen since its inception in 2018.

A major allocation of 107.84 crore has been made for the National Sports University in Imphal. Set up in 2018, NSU is a first-of-its-kind institution which imparts studies in sports science and medicine, coaching, sports management and technology.

The National Centre of Sports Science and Research, under which financial assistance is given to medical colleges and Universities to develop centres of sports science and research, has been allocated 13 crore.

There has been a 10 crore dip in incentives to athletes, from 55 crore last year. To fight the doping menace, the National Anti Doping Agency has been allocated 21.73 crore. The National Dope Testing Laboratory in Delhi, whose accreditation was restored by the World Anti-Doping Agency in December, 2021, gets 19.50 crore. A National Anti-Doping Bill was passed last year to create a statutory body for regulating anti-doping activities in sports.

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Sai Praneeth, Kiran George in men’s singles second round in Thailand Open



Indian shuttlers B Sai Praneeth and Kiran George advanced to the second round of the Thailand Open Super 300 badminton tournament with contrasting wins over their respective opponents on Wednesday.

Praneeth beat Mads Christophersen of Denmark 21-13 21-14 in a battle lasting 31 minutes. He faces Hyeok Jin Jeon of South Korea in second round.

George, on the other hand, staved off a tough challenge from Lee Chia Hao of Chinese Taipei before emerging 21-17 19-21 23-21 victorious. He is up against third seed Cheuk Yiu Lee of Hong Kong in the second round.

However, Sameer Verma, Priyanshu Rajawat and Mithun Manjunath lost their first round matches. While Verma suffered 14-21 16-21 defeat against sixth seeded Chinese Shi Feng Li, Rajawat lost to Kwang Hee Heo of South Korea 21-14 19-21 25-27 and Manjunath was beaten 18-21 12-21 by fifth seeded Kenta Nishimoto of Japan.

In women’s singles, Ashmita Chaliha beat compatriot Anupama Upadhyaya 21-16 21-19 to reach the second round where she will face sixth seed Line Hojmark Kjaersfeldt of Denmark.

The pair of Simran Singhi and Ritika Thaker lost to sixth seeded Sheng Shu and Shu Xian Zhang of China 8-21 10-21 in the women’s doubles.

In mixed doubles, Rohan Kapoor and Sikki Reddy beat Canadian pair of Ty Alexander Lindeman and Josephine Wu 21-11 21-16 to enter the second round. But the pair of B Sumeeth Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa lost to fourth seeded Indonesian pair of Rehan Naufal Kusharjanto and Lisa Ayu Kusumawati 11-21 17-21.

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Djokovic played Australian Open with 3cm tear in hamstring, says Tiley | Tennis News



Novak Djokovic played with a three-centimetre (1.2 inches) tear in his hamstring during his run to a record-extending 10th Australian Open title, tournament director Craig Tiley said on Wednesday.

The Serbian, who suffered the hamstring injury en route to winning the warm-up title in Adelaide, won the season-opening major after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in Sunday’s final for a men’s record 22nd Grand Slam title, matching Rafa Nadal’s haul.

“This guy I did see, he had a three-centimetre tear in his hammy,” Tiley told SEN Sportsday. “Absolutely (I saw the scans), the doctors are going to tell you the truth.

“There was a lot of speculation about whether it was true or not, it’s hard to believe that they can do what they do with those kinds of injuries.

“He’s remarkable, to deal with it extremely professionally.”

Djokovic’s coach Goran Ivanisevic said after the final that the world number one battled the injury, which would have forced most players to quit.

“He’s so focused on everything he does, with every single minute of the day,” Tiley added. “That’s what he eats, what he drinks, when he does it, how he does it.

“There’s no breakdown or mental breakdown in anything that he does. He’s been through a lot and to win 10 Australian Opens, I don’t think that’s ever going to be repeated… He’ll hold a significant place in the history of the Australian Open.”

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