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Sarvesh Kushare wins high jump title in California; Paralympics medallist Nishad finishes sixth

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Sarvesh Kushare wins high jump title in California; Paralympics medallist Nishad finishes sixth

New Delhi, April 14 (IANS) Sarvesh Kushare, silver medalist from 2023 Asian Athletics Championships, won the men’s high jump title at the Bryan Clay Invitational 2024 held at the Azusa Pacific University in California, US.

Kushare, who has a personal best of 2.27m, cleared the bar of 2.19m to secure first place in Group A on Saturday.

Nishad Kumar, who won a silver medal at the Tokyo Paralympics also competed in the event, finishing tied for sixth place with Com Cotton, Skye Ciccarelli, and Owen Pennington, all achieving a leap of 1.98m.

Tejaswin Shankar, the national record holder, was scheduled to compete but ultimately did not take part in the event.

In the men’s 1500m, Parvej Khan finished 12th after clocking a personal best of 3:38.76, establishing himself as the fourth-fastest Indian in the history of this event. His previous best, set in 2022, was 3:40.89.

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Jamshedpur all set to co-host Durand Cup for the first time from July 28

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Jamshedpur all set to co-host Durand Cup for the first time from July 28

Jamshedpur, July 20 (IANS) Steel city Jamshedpur was witness to celebrations as the Durand Cup, along with its two associated trophies, entered the city premises for the first time on Friday.

Jamshedpur, home to the Indian Super League (ISL) side Jamshedpur FC, has been selected as a host of the 133rd Indian Oil Durand Cup for the first time.

The other locations where the tournament will be played are Kolkata, Kokrajhar (Assam), and Shillong (Meghalaya).

Jamshedpur will host Group D of the tournament comprising Jamshedpur FC, Channaiyin FC, Indian Army Football Team, and the Bangladesh Armed Forces Football Team.

The opening match of this Group will be played between Jamshedpur FC and the Bangladeshi Armed Forces Football Team at 4 p.m. on July 28.

The rotating Durand Cup and the Shimla Trophy as well as the President’s Cup – which the winners of the tournament get to keep for themselves permanently – were put on display at the XLRI Auditorium here on Friday.

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Among those present were Jharkhand Sports Minister Hafizul Hassan, Lt Gen R.C. Srikanth, Chief of Staff, HQ Eastern Command, and Chairman, Durand Cup Organising Committee, and Chanakya Chaudhary, Vice-President, Corporate Services, Tata Steel.

“The Indian Army is proud to host this prestigious tournament in Jamshedpur. It is a city which is home to the Tata Football Academy, a beacon in grassroots development of the game. As we continue to spread the reach of the Durand Cup in these regions, we believe it will not only pave a new path for a stronger civil-military relationship, but also inspire the youth for a brighter, fitter, and productive future,” Lt Gen Srikanth said.

Hassan said, “Some of the best players of Indian football of the modern era learned their trade at the TATA Football Academy here. Hosting the Durand Cup for the first time is an honour and this will only increase the popularity of the sport in the city and the state overall,” he said.

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Golf: Vidhatri grabs maiden win as a pro in 9th leg of WPGT

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Hosur, July 20 (IANS) Vidhatri Urs holed a hat trick of birdies early in the round to cruise to a 2-shot win in the ninth leg of the Women’s Pro Golf Tour 2024 at the Clover Greens here on Friday. Vidhatri shot 1-under 70 for her third under-par round of the week after 68-69 on the first two days. She totalled 6-under 207 to complete a fine wire-to-wire win. This was Vidhatri’s first win as a professional, though she has won on the Tour as an amateur in the past.

Amateur Saanvi Somu (71) who bogeyed twice in the last three holes finished second, two shots at 209 behind Vidhatri. Experienced Gaurika Bishnoi shot even par 71 and was a further two shots behind at 2-under 211 for the sole third.

Vidhatri, who was third in her previous two starts as a professional, opened with two pars before finding three birdies on the trot to bolster her chances. Four pars from sixth to ninth saw her turn in 3-under.

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Bogeys on the tenth and the 11th were blips, but she made amends for them as she birdied the 15th. She could then afford a bogey on the last hole as her playing partner Saanvi dropped shots on the 16th and the 18th. Vidhatri’s 1-under 70 was one of the only two under-par rounds on the final day.

Saanvi had two birdies on either side of the course, but she also gave away a shot on the front nine and three more on the back nine for an even-par 71 which gave her the sole second place.

Gaurika started with a bogey but two birdies on the third and the fifth saw her turn in 1-under. On the back nine, she dropped a shot on 12th and parred the rest. Three players Khushi Khanijau (70), Shweta Mansingh (71) and Sneha Singh (73) were tied for fourth at 1-over 214.

Amateur Mannat Brar (76) slipped in the final round and was seventh while Jahaanvie Walia (71) and Gourabi Bhowmick (74) were tied for ninth. Karishma Govind (74) was tenth.

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HItaashee Bakshi (72-76-71), who finished T-12 stays on top of the Hero Order of Merit, while Sneha Singh, the topper in 2023 is lying second with Amandeep Drall (72-72-76), who was 14th this week, being third.

The 10th leg of the Hero WPGT will be held from July 23-26 at Prestige Golfshire, Bengaluru.

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Sub-jr Men’s South Zone Hockey: Puducherry, Karnataka and Kerala win on Day 1

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Sub-jr Men’s South Zone Hockey: Puducherry, Karnataka and Kerala win on Day 1

Kollam (Kerala), July 19 (IANS) Le Puducherry Hockey, Hockey Karnataka and Kerala Hockey registered victory on the first day of the 2nd Hockey India Sub-Junior Men’s South Zone Championship 2024 played at the Hockey Stadium, here on Friday.

In the men’s category, Hockey Andhra Pradesh took on Le Puducherry Hockey in the first match. Le Puducherry Hockey won the game 8-4. For Le Puducherry Hockey, N. Nithishwaran (8’, 23’, 25’), Tamivalavan (11’), Praveen (31’, 34’, 42’) and Abdul Rehan (48’) were the goal-scorers, while for Hockey Andhra Pradesh, Balaji Poola (38’), Hussain Syed Jakeer (40’, 46’) and Devara Deva Sai Yadav (60’) got on the scoresheet.

In the second match, Hockey Karnataka took on Telangana Hockey. Hockey Karnataka won the match 9-0. For Hockey Karnataka, Shashith Gowda V.Y (10’, 46’), Patil Mailaragouda (16’), Sarthak G. (23’), Mohan B.P (34’, 39’), Kolekar Sohan Chandrashekhar (50’), Lennan Madappa C.P (54’) and Poovanna K.P (56’) were the goal scorers.

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In the last match of the day, the Hockey Unit of Tamil Nadu faced Kerala Hockey. Kerala Hockey won the match 6-1. For Kerala Hockey, Dinesh Minz (2’), Raju Bangari (20’), Suraj Bahala (28’, 32’, 53’) and Nadeem K N (39’) got on the scoresheet, while for the Hockey Unit of Tamil Nadu, Gowtham (18’) was the lone goal scorer.

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Harbhajan blasts Pakistan supporter for asking who is better between Dhoni and Rizwan

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Harbhajan blasts Pakistan supporter for asking who is better between Dhoni and Rizwan

New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) Former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has lambasted a Pakistan cricket fan and journalist Farid Khan for comparing Pakistan wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan with former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and asking who is better.

In a post on X, formerly Twitter, Farid Khan, who lists himself as having worked for the Pakistan Cricket Board, Pakistan Super League, Lanka Premier League (LPL) 2024, and T10 Global League, made the comparison of Rizwan with the former India great.

“MS Dhoni or Mohammad Rizwan? Who is better? Tell me honestly,” Farid, who claims to be Pakistan’s most engaging sports content creator on X, wrote in his post.

However, Harbhajan was furious with this comparison asking Farid, “What r u (sic) smoking nowadays???”

He dubbed the comparison a silly question claiming that Dhoni is the No.1 in world cricket even today and there was none better than him behind stumps”.

“What r u smoking nowadays???? What a silly question to ask. Bhaiyo isko batao (Brothers tell him). DHONI bhut aage hai RIZWAN se (Dhoni is far ahead of Rizwan). Even if u will ask Rizwan he will give u an honest answer for this. I like Rizwan, he is good player who always plays with intent..but this comparison is wrong. DHONI No. 1 even today in world cricket. None better thn him behind stumps,” said Harbhajan in response to the post.

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In 90 Tests, Dhoni has claimed 256 catches and 38 stumpings while in One-day internationals, he had taken 321 catches and made 123 stumpings in 350 matches. In 90 Tests, Dhoni scored 4,876 runs at 38.09 average, hitting six hundreds and 33 fifties.

In comparison, Rizwan has taken 78 catches and made three stumpings in 30 Test matches while in 74 ODIs, he has taken the same number of 76 catches and three stumpings. In 30 Tests, Rizwan had scored 1616 runs at a batting average of 40.4 with two centuries and nine fifties.

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New role brings lot of responsibility: Suryakumar thanks fans for outpouring of love, support

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Mumbai, July 19 (IANS) Appointed captain of the Indian men’s T20I team, middle-order batter Suryakumar Yadav has thanked fans and supporters for the outpouring of love and support and said the role brings a lot of responsibility, excitement and enthusiasm during the series against Sri Lanka.

The selectors had opted for Suryakumar Yadav, one of the best batters in the shortest format of the game in the world, as captain for the T20I series ahead of Hardik Pandya, who has led the side previously and was the vice-captain of the team in the recent World Cup. Rohit Sharma will lead the side in the ODIs with Shubman Gill being vice-captain of both squads.

“Thank you so much for outpouring love, support, and best wishes from you. Last few weeks have been nothing short of a dream and I am truly grateful. Playing for the country is the most special feeling that I will never be able to describe in words,” said Surya in his post on Instagram.

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“This new role brings with it, a lot of responsibility, excitement and enthusiasm. I hope to keep receiving your support and blessings.

All fame reaches God, God is great,” said Suryakumar Yadav, who was one of the stars of India’s triumph in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024.

Suryakumar Yadav has earlier led India in T20Is and Mumbai in domestic cricket.

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