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Rawat clinches NSCI Snooker Open crown



Laxman Rawat of PSPB overcame fellow PSPB challenger Aditya Mehta 9-6 in a best-of-17-frame final of the ‘Baulkline’ NSCI All India Snooker Open. Rawat had finished runner-up of the last edition, losing to Sourav Kothari in the final. Rawat was happy to win his “first major title after 2-3 years”.

“I’m very glad to be on the winning side this time, because you know if you are capable of winning tournaments like this and if you are not winning anything it’s quite frustrating at times. I’m glad that I have finally won,” Rawat said.

Results (final): Laxman Rawat (PSPB) beat Aditya Mehta (PSPB) 9-6 (0-110(48,53), 74(69)-42, 83(79)-7, 0-89(89), 104(98)-0, 55(55)-87(50), 87-0, 112(112)-0, 28-89(60), 54-62, 69-1, 83(46)-45, 89(89)-24, 20-65(59), 62-12).

CK Nayudu Trophy: Saxena double ton powers Mumbai

Divyaansh Saxena completed a double century as Mumbai dominated Saurashtra on the second day of their Group D Under-25 Col CK Nayudu Trophy match at DY Patil Sports Academy, Navi Mumbai.

Resuming on 141 with Mumbai 342 for five, opener Saxena scored 250 (381b, 29×4, 2×6) to help Mumbai pile on 543. Wicketkeeper Vaibhav Kalamkar also chipped in with 74. At stumps, Saurashtra were tottering at 89 for five. Khizar Dafedar picked up two wickets including of captain Vishvarajsinh Jadeja on 31.

Brief scores: Mumbai 543 in 141.2 overs (Divyaansh Saxena 250, Vaibhav Kalamkar 74; Ankur Panwar 6/97) vs Saurashtra 89/5 in 35.4 overs (Vishvarajsinh Jadeja 31; Khizar Dafedar 2/13)

Times Shield: Mahindra Logistics enter final

Abhishek Pandey (5/8) and Parth Rai (4/23) helped Mahindra Logistics Ltd. beat IPCA Sports Club by nine wickets in the semi-final of the Times Shield D Division. They will take on Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd. B in the final.

Brief scores: IPCA Sports Club 52 in 21.5 overs (Parth Rai 4/23, Abhishek Pandey 5/8) lost to Mahindra Logistics Ltd. 53/1 (Sarvesh Shiralkar 23) by 9 wkts, Chowgule SC 79 in 23.5 overs (Kuldeep Yadav 25*, Samad Fallah 4/24) lost to Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd. B 84/1 wkts in 13.5 overs (Soham Panvalkar 42*, Aditya Rajhans 35) by 9 wkts.

MFA League: Patil nets four goals

Himanshu Patil struck four goals as Atlanta FC defeated DK Pharma 4-2 in a Elite Division match of the Mumbai Football Association League at the Neville D’Souza ground.

Results: (Elite Div) Sellebrity FC 5 (Kartik Bele 2, Suyash Ghadi, Ricky Bagade, Harshit Kapoor) beat India Rush SC 3 (Saurabh Ramteke, Shahbaz Khan, Sujal Ghanekar), Atlanta FC 4 (Himanshu Patil 4) beat D.K. Pharma 2 (Fuzail Pasha, Harshal Karle); (Second Div) Future Stars FC ‘B’ 2 (Richard Abraham, Adarsh Arvind) beat Navanagar SC 0, Waves FC 3 (Maunish Koli, Sunny Koli, Manish Koli) beat United Villagers WA 0.

CCI snooker: Gaglani beats Shah in qualifying

Kushal Gaglani beat Vivek Shah 3-2 in a first round qualifying match of the CCI Snooker Classic, organised by the Cricket Club of India, on Monday.

Results: Alex Rego bt Amanullah Shaikh (AP) 3-1 (65-55, 67-30, 57-68, 61-54); Kushal Gaglani bt Vivek Shah 3-2 (49-58, 51-27, 40-82, 57-18, 48-42); Simranjeet Singh bt Alam Shaikh 3-1 (62-33, 63-20, 33-42, 57-37)

Willingdon JSW squash: Rutva given top billing

Maharashtra’s Rutva Samant has been given top billing in the boys’ Under-19 category in the 4 Star Willingdon JSW Junior Open squash tournament, which will be played at the Willingdon Sports Club from January 19 to 22.

The other players from the state who have been seeded and are fancied to go the distance are Akanksha Gupta, top seed in the girls’ U-15, Aaashi Shah, girls’ U-11 top seed and Vivaan Bhatia, seeded second among the boys’ U-17.

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Leading Mexico players snub Davis Cup tie over differences with federation | Tennis News



Mexico’s leading tennis players have decided not to play in next week’s Davis Cup World Group playoff tie against Taiwan due to differences with the Mexican Tennis Federation (FMT).

Led by Santiago Gonzalez, Alejandro Hernandez and Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela, the players said they will not take part in the Feb. 4-5 Group I playoff tie in Metepec, State of Mexico.

“After a difficult deliberation, we have not reached a positive conclusion, so we have decided not to participate in the upcoming series against the Chinese Taipei team,” said the players’ statement, published on social media on Monday.

“The lack of communication, lack of planning and lack of interest show that the situation has not been handled in the right way and that personal interests have taken precedence over sporting ones.

“It is sad that the FMT does not have the minimum standards in dealing and planning with the best national representatives.”

The players said they had already informed the federation of their reasons for not participating in the Davis Cup tie.

The statement was also signed by players Ernesto Escobedo, Lucas Gomez, Hans Hach, Gerardo Lopez, and Manuel Sanchez.

The FMT was not immediately available to comment.

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West Ham set up Man United tie by beating Derby | Football News



West Ham United eased into the FA Cup fifth round with a comfortable 2-0 victory away to third-tier Derby County on Monday to set up a meeting with Manchester United.

Derby, fourth in League One, went into the match on the back of 14 matches unbeaten in all competitions but were quickly overrun by the Premier League side, who took the lead in the 10th minute with a close-range volley from Jarrod Bowen.

Bowen went 12 matches without a goal before netting twice against Everton last week and now has three in his last two games.

The forward then crossed for striker Michail Antonio to head in a second goal five minutes after the interval to break his own goal drought stretching back to November.

David Moyes’ side saw out the victory without conceding many chances, recording back-to-back wins for the first time since October, and Bowen said he hoped the win would boost his side, who are 16th in the table, one point above the relegation zone.

“Two wins on the bounce is good for us it’s all about results and momentum and we can use this as a real springboard,” he said.

Midfielder Pablo Fornals added: “Everyone knows it hasn’t been an easy season so every game we can win gives us massive confidence.

“We work hard every day in training to get a chance and then you have to take it. That’s what the players tried to do tonight.”

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Valencia sacks coach Gennaro Gattuso for poor results | Football News



Spanish club Valencia sacked coach Gennaro Gattuso on Monday following the team’s poor results.

Valencia said in a statement it reached a mutual agreement with Gattuso to end their contract.

The announcement came after a 1-0 loss at Valladolid in the Spanish league on Sunday. The club has won only one of its last 10 league games, before the World Cup.

The latest defeat dropped Valencia to 14th place, one point above the relegation zone.

Its only two wins this year came in the Copa del Rey, though it was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Athletic Bilbao at home last week. In the Spanish Super Cup, Valencia lost to Real Madrid in a penalty shootout in the semifinals.

The 45-year-old Gattuso arrived last June on a two-year contract.

The former defensive midfielder helped Italy win the 2006 World Cup and AC Milan win two Champions League titles, both as a player. He coached Milan and Napoli in Italy.

Valencia did not announce a replacement for Gattuso.

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