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Tokyo Paralympics: Avani Lekhara becomes first Indian woman to win 2 medals at single Games edition

  • Sep 03, 2021
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Avani Lekhara followed her women's 10m air rifle standing (SH1) gold with a bronze medal in women's 50m rifle 3 positions SH1 on Friday. Lekhara was the first Indian woman to win Paralympic gold and now she is the first Indian woman to win two medals in the same edition of the Games. The 19-year-old finished fourth when the field fell in the last four and finished third with a decisive shot of 10.5. She finished with a score of 445.9 while Ukraine's Iryna Schetnik, whose rifle finals world record Lekhara earlier equaled on the way to her gold in the event, finished fourth with 435.3. China's Cuiping Zhang won the gold medal with 457.9 points at the Paralympic Games, while Germany's Natasha Hiltrop scored 457.1 to win the silver medal. Lekhara ranked sixth in the final stage of the competition. She did well on the standing series during qualification and continued down the same path, gradually working her way up to the bronze medal challenge. He then swapped positions with Schetnik before taking third place in the final stages of the competition.Also Read- Shooter Avani Lekhara First Indian Woman To Win Gold At Paralympics She previously won the country's first gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics in the women's 10-meter air rifle. She shot a total score of 249.6 in the final, which equaled the world record set by Shchetnik in December 2018. The 19-year-old recovered well after a slow start. The Tokyo Paralympic Games marked India's best performance in a single edition of the Games, easily surpassing the country's best previous performance of four at the 2016 Rio Games. Lekhara and javelin thrower Sumit Antel won gold, while high jumper Praveen Kumar won India sixth silver medal on Friday. Bhavina Patel, javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia, discus thrower Yogesh Kathuniya, high jumpers Mariyappan Thangavellu and Nishad Kumar are the other Indian silver medalists.Javelin thrower Sundar Singh Gurjar, high jumper Sharad Kumar and thrower Singhraj won bronze [email protected], you beauty! #IND's ace shooter claims a second medal in R8 - Women's 50m Rifle 3P SH1, winning #Bronze with a score of 445.9! 12 medals for ! #Tokyo2020 #Paralympics #ShootingParaSport pic.twitter.com/sJ51rQpky1— #Tokyo2020 for India (@Tokyo2020hi) September 3, 2021Meet The phenomenal young Legend!! With this #Bronze medal in 50M Rifle 3P SH1 just days after her Gold, @AvaniLekhara becomes the First Ever Indian woman to win 2 medals in the same Games @paralympics!!! #[email protected] #Paralympics #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/hzll4lftNp— Paralympic India #Cheer4India #Praise4Para (@ParalympicIndia) September 3, 2021Also Read- England vs India, 4th Test Day 1: Shardul Thakur breaks Ian Botham's record, hits fastest Test fifty in England

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England vs India, 4th Test Day 1: Shardul Thakur breaks Ian Botham's record, hits fastest Test fifty in England

  • Sep 03, 2021
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Shardul Thakur came on the counterattack on Thursday as he helped India advance to a respectable first innings total on Day 1 of 4 Test against England at the Oval. Shardul hit 57 of just 36 balls while stitching up 63 runs on just 48 balls with tail-ender Umesh Yadav after the top Indian batsman failed to make runs. Shardul Thakur reached fifty with his 3rd six, pulling Chris Woakes to the mid-wicket stand. Shardul celebrated his second test with a lot of swagger as he waved his bat to the dressing room and players stood up to applaud his brave effort. 50 runs in 31 balls, Shardul Thakur broke Ian Botham's record for the fastest fifty in England. Botham had reached the historic milestone with 32 balls in 1986 at the Oval. Notably, this was also India's second fastest 50 in a test match. Kapil Dev holds the record for the fastest fifty by an Indian batsman. He had hit 30 balls 50 against Pakistan in Karachi in 1982.7 boundaries and 3 sixes! Shardul Thakur went after everyone after the tea break and was hitting them hard. He made England pacers feel unsure of their length, as he drove with ease and go on back foot to punish shorter deliveries. Thakur hit 7 boundaries and 3 sixes while attacking England pacemakers. He made fun of the midfielder because he constantly kept finding the boundaries after clearing the player into the ring. Joe Root cut a frustrated figure as Shardul and Umesh expand the total of the India's first innings.India are bowled out for 191.Chris Woakes finishes with a four-for.#WTC23 | #ENGvIND | https://t.co/zRhnFiKhzZ pic.twitter.com/T8eP4jp8EB— ICC (@ICC) September 2, 2021Also Read- England vs India, 2nd Test: India Win Thriller At Lord's To Take 1-0 Series Lead vs England Also Read- Afghanistan cricket get green signal to play their 1st Test since Taliban's takeover, to face Australia in November

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Cristiano Ronaldo becomes all-time highest goalscorer in international football with brace against Ireland

  • Sep 02, 2021
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Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty but nevertheless broke the men's international scoring record before scoring the second goal as Portugal's 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over Ireland on Wednesday. Ronaldo scored his 110th goal in the 89th minute to move ahead of former Iran striker Ali Daei. Six minutes into stoppage time, Ronaldo scored the 111th goal in 180 games to break the hearts of the Irish after defender John Egan gave his nation the lead in the 45th minute. "I'm very happy, not only because I beat the record but for the special moments that we had," Ronaldo said. "Two goals at the end of the game is so tough, but I have to appreciate what the team did. We believed until the end." But Ronaldo, who has rejoined Manchester United, is still 76 goals behind the most productive international scorer in the game. Christine Sinclair 38 years old, scored her 187th goal for Canada last month at the Tokyo Olympics. Ronaldo's night was frustrating until the late heroics. His 15th-minute spot kick was well saved by goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu, who was just two years old when Ronaldo scored his first goal for Portugal as a skinny winger at European championship in 2004. Ronaldo's only title came with Portugal at Euro 2016. Although he was the top scorer at this year's Euro Cup with five goals in four games, his team's title defense ended in the round of 16. On that note, here are the best Twitter reactions after Ronaldo's historic goalscoring feat. He's done it! @Cristiano (110) Ali Daei (109) A phenomenal run of 49 goals in his last 47 Portugal appearances makes the monster from Madeira the outright leading scorer in men's international history. Take a bow, legend ‍ pic.twitter.com/WFO7XbuKr8— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) September 1, 2021BREAKING: @cristiano scores twice for Portugal and becomes the greatest goalscorer in international football history. He is, indisputably, the pic.twitter.com/tLXXVHwApx— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 1, 2021Congratulations @Cristiano https://t.co/MYMvPPJiqO— Guinness World Records (@GWR) September 1, 2021Man Utd's @Cristiano Ronaldo makes history!He nets twice for Portugal to break the men's international goalscoring record pic.twitter.com/ZSqfptGXWJ— Premier League (@premierleague) September 1, 2021Also Read- Taliban will never change, they treat women like zeroes: Former Afghanistan footballer Fanoos Basir

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Taliban will never change, they treat women like zeroes: Former Afghanistan footballer Fanoos Basir

  • Sep 01, 2021
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Fanoos Basir a former Afghan soccer player fled her country after the Taliban dramatically capturing the capital city Kabul in August 2021. Despite promises by Taliban representatives that the Women would have more freedom than the last time the Taliban ruled the country, the women of the country were skeptical and unsure of their future. Fanoos Basir, said that she does not believe in the Taliban and that the Islamist movement will not change its attitude towards women. The Taliban were toppled in the US-led invasion in 2001, but 20 years later they regained power again and were forced out a foreign military mission, prompting the evacuation of tens of thousands of vulnerable Afghans. The last flights departed on Monday. In 2010, Basir joined a fledgling national soccer team that trained in a dilapidated stadium and began participating in tournaments abroad. However, the national team was disbanded and a large group of players and current staff were evacuated in an Australian military plane. Khaleda Popal, a former captain of the women's national soccer team who now resides outside Denmark, had urged soccer players on the women's team to burn their certificates, jerseys and medals for fear of attack by the Taliban, who had prohibited sports for women during her previous regime. Fanoos Basir not only did this, but tried to flee the country with her ailing parents as many as 3 days after the Taliban captured Kabul that on August 15. After several unsuccessful attempts, Basir, with the help of the French embassy, escaped to France. "Of course, we didn't know the Taliban would come as quickly as they did. Everyone knows what they did 30 years ago. They consider women like zero. They say that everything will change, we will allow women to work but I believe these are all fake face of the Taliban that they are showing to the world. They will never change. They have the same mentality towards women," said Basir.Also Read- Afghan national team footballer Zaki Anwari dies in fall from US plane at Kabul airport"So personally, I thought I would never work as part of their NGO government because working with them means supporting them. I will never support them. I will never trust them." "They still kill people. They have the same ideas and the same attitude towards women. Even if they let us work, we should be accompanied by our brother or father. So, it's impossible." “I was working as a civil engineer and I worked with a lot of guys, so this is impossible for me. "They are fake and they are showing off to the world that they are good and have changed. But they never change." ‘Who are they to forgive us?’ "They talked about resuming all sports activities. But women's sport was not mentioned. How can they change? They say they are going to forgive us. Who are they to forgive us? They have killed so many people, it should be the other way around." She added. 'I don't want to talk to a woman' Recalling the horrible experience when she tried to flee the country from the Kabul airport, Fanoos Basir said that a representative for Taliban did not even speak to her when she asked for clarification. Basir said she saw people being shot when the Taliban warned people not to flee the country in chaotic days at the airport. "We tried a lot for 2 or 3 days (to escape). My mother was sick. I went to the airport, there was a big crowd and they were shooting a lot of people. I saw them shoot people in the head and legs. They were bleeding and they hit them with sticks. ”I covered my face with a burqa. When I approached them, I wanted to ask them a question, but a Taliban pushed me and said." No, I don't want to talk to a woman. He told me to leave to home ". she said Fanoos Basir blamed the United States for the return of the Taliban to Afghanistan. "If the United States wants to kick them out, they can do it in an hour or two. They don't want to do it. They have drones, they have satellites. How is it possible that they are fighting against the Taliban for 20 years and did nothing?" she said.Also Read- Neeraj Chopra vs Sumit Antil: Can two gold medallists clash at Paris Olympics 2024?

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Neeraj Chopra vs Sumit Antil: Can two gold medallists clash at Paris Olympics 2024?

  • Sep 01, 2021
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Sumit Antil, who has participated in able-bodied events including the Indian Grand Prix, said his goal is to qualify for both the Paralympic Games and the Olympics in 2024 and he will begin his training once he returns to India. Indian javelin thrower Sumit Antel now wants to compete against able-bodied athletes at the Paris Olympics three years from now. The 23-year-old from Sonipat shown his impressive performance on Monday when he broke his own world record not once but five times to take gold in the men's F64 javelin with a throw of 68.55 meters. Antel, who has participated in able-bodied events including the Indian Grand Prix, said his goal is to qualify for both the Paralympic Games and the Olympics in 2024 and will begin his training once he returns to the country. During my training, I have been touching the 70m-mark. And I dream of throwing between 75 to 80m and that should be enough to compete amongst the able-bodied athletes. “I wish to take part in both the Olympics and Paralympics. That’s my dream,” Antil, who lost his left leg below the knee after he was involved in a motorbike accident in 2015, said in a release issued by Paralympic Committee of India (PCI). “Once I return from Tokyo, I will be training for that for sure,” he added. If Sumit is allowed to compete in the 2024 Paris Olympics, he will compete against countryman Neeraj Chopra, who recently won gold medal in men's javelin throw at the Tokyo Olympics. Interestingly, as the son of a JWO officer in the Indian Army, Antel competed against Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra in the able-bodied 3rd series of the Indian Grand Prix on March 5 at Patiala, where he finished seventh with a best throw of 66.43 meters. On Tuesday, Antel broke the previous world record of 62.88 meters, which is also set by him, five times a day. His last throw was a foul. His series read 66.95, 68.08, 65.27, 66.71, 68.55 and foul.Also Read- Shooter Avani Lekhara First Indian Woman To Win Gold At Paralympics"At the 2019 World Para-Athletics Championships, I settled for silver. I always wanted to win the gold medal," said Antel, who was inspired by Neeraj Chopra medal show. "My coach told me to be aggressive at the Paralympic Games. I'm glad I was able to finally come out with a good performance and inspire the upcoming generation." It was very hot and humid that day in Tokyo, but Antil never looked bothered. "During the pandemic, I got special permission from the Sports Authority of India to train at home. I was prepared for all conditions - hot and humid. I trained late at night and this paid off well," said Antel, who hails from Sonepat. The Haryana athlete now hopes that Paralympic gold will give him a job once he returns to India. "Currently, I am unemployed and I am doing full-time training but I hope to get a job after this. Let's see what happens when I return to India," he signed off.Also Read- US Open 2021: Naomi Osaka kicks off title defence with straight sets win over Marie Bouzkova

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Pro Kabaddi League: Pardeep Narwal goes to UP Yoddha for Rs 1.65 crore to become highest-ever buy at auction

  • Aug 31, 2021
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Talismanic raider Pardeep Narwal smashed an all-time record by becoming the highest-ever bought kabaddi player in the history of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL), after being bought by the UP Yoddha for Rs 1.65 crore. UP Yoddha bought Narwal on Monday, the second day of the PKL auction for the upcoming season, which will take place in December. Pardeep continues to rewrite the history books, as his price tag is now crushing that of another star raider Monu Goyal, who was bought by the Haryana Steelers for 1.51 crore in season six, stated a media release issued by the PKL late Monday night. Meanwhile, Siddharth Desai was retained by Telugu Titans via Final Bid Match (FBM) card for Rs 1.30 crore of his base price of Rs 30 lakh. More than 22 overseas players were sold out on the second day. All-rounder Muhammedreza Shadloui Chiyaneh base price 10 lakh was sold to Patna Pirates for 31 lakhs, while defender Abuzar Muhajir Megani was bought by the Warriors of Bengal bidding for him 30.5 lakh rupees from the base price of 20 lakhs. The Patna Pirates used their FBM card to retain South Korean raider Jang Kun Lee at Rs 20.5 lakh. After spending six seasons with the Telugu Titans and one season with the Tamil Thalivas, Rahul Chaudhary will now play for the Puneri Paltans. The Jaipur Pink Panthers used FBM cards to support Captain Deepak Niwas Hooda and Sandeep Kumar Dhull. Tamil Thalaivas bid for raider Manjeet his base price of Rs 30 lakh and bought it for Rs 92 lakh. Meanwhile, All-rounder Rohit Julia has drawn attention after being sold to Haryana Steelers for Rs 83 lakh, a huge jump from his price tag of Rs 25 lakh with the Gujarat Giants in season 7.Kabaddi is such an elementary game in terms of infrastructure required, that I have no doubt that once we get our act together, the explosion of kabaddi internationally is just waiting to happen, Charu Sharma, co-founder of Mashal Sports, was quoted as saying in the release.Pardeep Narwal to #UPYoddha (1.65 Cr)Siddharth Desai to #TeluguTitans (1.30 Cr)Manjeet to #TamilThalaivas (92L)Sachin to #PatnaPirates (84L)Rohit Gulia to #HaryanaSteelers (83L)What do you make of the top buys at the #vivoPKLPlayerAuction?#NayaPangaNayaJosh pic.twitter.com/SRlxyo17zu— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) August 30, 2021Also Read- US Open 2021: Naomi Osaka kicks off title defence with straight sets win over Marie Bouzkova

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US Open 2021: Naomi Osaka kicks off title defence with straight sets win over Marie Bouzkova

  • Aug 31, 2021
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Naomi Osaka overcame her slow start with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Czech Marie Bouzkova on Monday as the world number three defended her US Open title defense is underway in front of a large crowd. Unseeded Bouzkova held her ground for most of the first set but was unable to seize four break opportunities against the four-time Grand Slam winner of Japan. Osaka, who scored 21 wins but made 13 unforced errors in the first set, broke Bozkova 5-4 to win the opening match and never looked back, winning the first five matches of the second despite struggling with her first serve. The match ended with a winning forehand, she smiles and wave to the stands that were empty a year ago."It feels kind of crazy to play in front of everyone again," Osaka said. "Last year when we didn't have a crowd, I know I felt lonely." The evening was a reassuring comeback for Osaka, who was eliminated by the third round of the Tokyo Olympics and the Western & Southern Open. She said she felt at home at Arthur Ashe Stadium, where she won her first major title three years ago. "I think it might be the court where I've played the most matches in my career," said Osaka. "I'm just glad I won."Also Read- Shooter Avani Lekhara First Indian Woman To Win Gold At Paralympics

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Cristiano Ronaldo transfer news: Juventus star tipped to leave for Manchester City before transfer window closes

  • Aug 27, 2021
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Even as Juventus prepare for their second Serie A match against Empoli in Turin, speculation about the future of Cristiano Ronaldo's club has dominated the world headlines. Things have changed dramatically compared to last week, as coach Massimiliano Allegri said that Cristiano Ronaldo had promised to stay in Turin and lead his Serie A campaign. Media reports in Italy have claimed that Ronaldo is looking to get away from Juventus and has told the club that he wants to leave before the summer transfer window closes on August 31. In fact, Ronaldo himself denied the rumors about the future of his club, calling the speculation disrespectful towards him and the clubs involved in the rumors. However, Manchester City have become the favorites to sign Ronaldo even as the transfer window comes to an end. According to the report, Juventus have not yet received any official offer, but Pep Guardiola's team in the Premier League could make an offer. It was also reported that Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes met with Juventus officials earlier this week to design a transfer. It is said that Juventus wants fees and that could be a problem because the money is around 25 million euros.Also Read- IPL 2021: Pandya brothers Kunal and Hardik join Mumbai Indian camp in Abu Dhabi AFP cited media reports in Italy that Ronaldo has cleaned up his locker dressing room at juventus and is reluctant to prepare to face Empoli this weekend. In fact, it was also rumored that Ronaldo would return to Real Madrid, but the Portugal star confirmed in his Instagram message that his real chapter has been written. In endless speculation, Ronaldo was also tipped to return to Manchester United and even unite with Lionel Messi at Paris Saint-Germain. Even Ronaldo's teammates say they have no idea if Ronaldo will be with them after that date. "He hasn't told me anything about his future and we don't know if he will stay, but I hope he will stay for a long time," said 19-year-old Caio Jorge, who just joined from Brazil's Santos. "Cristiano Ronaldo has always been an inspiration to me. I will be by his side every day to learn as much as possible from him." Ronaldo didn't start in Juventus' opening game against Udinese last week, amid reports that he asked to be on the bench. When he participated in the second half, is injury-time goal was ruled out and the match ended 2-2. Both the club and coach Massimiliano Allegri insisted that it was the coach's decision to keep Ronaldo on the bench initially.Also Read- Headingley Test: Joe Root surpasses Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar with 8th hundred in India vs England Tests