Sports http://www.theweek.in/news/sports.rss en Thu Sep 29 10:40:32 IST 2022 https://www.theweek.in/privacy-an-settlement.html karim-benzema-and-alexia-putellas-win-ballon-d-or-awards <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2022/10/18/karim-benzema-and-alexia-putellas-win-ballon-d-or-awards.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/2020/images/2022/2/10/Karim-Benzema-Alexia-Putellas-win-Ballon-dOr-awards-.jpg" /> <p>Karim Benzema won the men's Ballon d'Or for the first time after a brilliant season with Real Madrid capped by the Champions League and Spanish league titles.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Spanish player Alexia Putellas on Monday won the women's trophy for the second straight year following another standout season with Barcelona.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Benzema had his best season ever at Madrid, being the top scorer in both leagues. He scored 44 times for Madrid, including 15 in Europe's top competition, and equaled Ral Gonzlez as the club's second-highest scorer behind Cristiano Ronaldo.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Benzema, at 34, became the oldest winner since the first recipient in 1956, Stanley Matthews.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;Age is just a number for me,&quot; he said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;People play until their later years now and I still have this burning desire. It is this drive that has kept me going and never allowed me to let up.&quot;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Benzema won ahead of Sadio Man and Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne. Man played for Liverpool last season and joined Bayern Munich in the summer.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;I'm really proud, it's a lot of work and a kid's dream come true,&quot; Benzema said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>He succeeded Lionel Messi, who won the award for a record-extending seventh time last year but was not among the nominees this time after his first season with Paris Saint-Germain.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For the first time this year, the Ballon d'Or was based on achievements from the past season. It had previously been awarded based on performances throughout calendar years.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Awarded by France Football magazine, the Ballon d'Or has been given out to men for 66 years. The women's trophy was created in 2018, and both were canceled in 2020 because of the pandemic.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Benzema became the fifth Frenchman to win it after Raymond Kopa, Michel Platini, Jean-Pierre Papin and Zinedine Zidane, who was crowned in 1998, the year France won its first World Cup.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Benzema was not part of the France squad that triumphed at the 2018 World Cup in Russia but, barring an injury, will compete at the tournament in Qatar next month.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>After nearly six years out following his involvement in a sex tape scandal, Benzema was recalled by France coach Didier Deschamps last year ahead of the European Championship and has played regularly since.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;There were much more difficult moments for me, when I was not selected (with France) and I did not give up,&quot; Benzema said after Zidane, his former coach at Madrid, handed him the trophy.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;I am really proud of my career. This is the Golden Ball of the people.&quot;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Leading an attack that also included Vincius Jnior and Rodrygo, Benzema played a crucial role last season to drive Madrid to a record-extending 14th European title, and his fifth since he joined from Lyon in 2009. The Frenchman was the tournament's top scorer and found the net when it really mattered, with 10 of his goals in the knockout stages.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Putellas scored 42 goals and delivered 22 assists last season. She became the first player to win the award twice.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>With Barcelona, she won the Spanish League and reached the Champions League final. She has been sidelined since July after injuring her left knee and undergoing surgery on the eve of the Women's European Championship.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;When I got injured I didn't think I'd be here today, but it makes me proud to get recompense for all that hard work, she said. I miss playing so much and doing what I like to do the most.&quot;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Putellas beat out fellow forwards Beth Mead of Arsenal and England and Sam Kerr of Chelsea and Australia for the award at the ceremony in Paris. A panel of international journalists chose the winners.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In other awards, the Kopa Trophy for the best under-21 player went to 18-year-old Barcelona midfielder Gavi, while Robert Lewandowski won the Gerd Mller award for the best striker of the year.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Lev Yashin award for best goalkeeper went to Real Madrid's Thibaut Courtois.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Ballon d'Or organisers added a humanitarian prize named after the late Brazil midfielder Socrates. The trophy went to Man for his charity work in Senegal including building a hospital and school donations.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>(AP)</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2022/10/18/karim-benzema-and-alexia-putellas-win-ballon-d-or-awards.html http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2022/10/18/karim-benzema-and-alexia-putellas-win-ballon-d-or-awards.html Tue Oct 18 12:06:43 IST 2022 cummins-replaces-finch-as-australia-s-new-odi-captain- <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2022/10/18/cummins-replaces-finch-as-australia-s-new-odi-captain-.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/2020/images/2022/2/10/Pat-Cummins-of-Australia-cricket-reu.jpg" /> <p>Pace spearhead Pat Cummins was on Tuesday named as Australia's new ODI captain following Aaron Finch's retirement from the format last month.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Cricket Australia (CA) confirmed that Cummins, 29, will lead Australia in next year's ODI World Cup in India.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Cummins beat the likes of Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell March and Alex Carey to be appointed as Australia's 27th ODI skipper.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Cummins will become the first fast bowler to lead Australia's men's team in white-ball cricket. CA, though, are yet to announce a vice-captain for the ODI side.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;Pat (Cummins) has done an excellent job since taking on the captaincy of the Test side and we look forward to him leading the one-day team to the 2023 World Cup in India,&quot; said Australia's chief selector George Bailey.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>David Warner was not considered for the job as his lifetime leadership ban still remains with Cricket Australia contemplating a change in its code of conduct.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The 29-year-old Cummins is already in charge of Australia's Test side after he was appointed to that role last year. Finch will continue to lead the T20 team.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Australia's next ODI assignment is against against England next month -- a three match series.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2022/10/18/cummins-replaces-finch-as-australia-s-new-odi-captain-.html http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2022/10/18/cummins-replaces-finch-as-australia-s-new-odi-captain-.html Tue Oct 18 10:40:08 IST 2022 t20-world-cup-shami-shares-tricks-of-trade-with-afridi <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2022/10/17/t20-world-cup-shami-shares-tricks-of-trade-with-afridi.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/sports/images/2021/3/7/shaheen-afridi-ap.jpg" /> <p>Camaraderie between the likes of Mohammed Shami and Shaheen Shah Afridi on Monday added another dimension to the hype, the feeling of one-upmanship among fans that precedes an India-Pakistan World Cup clash.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Veteran India seamer Shami was on Monday seen sharing the tricks of the trade with Pakistani pace sensation Afridi, while the legendary Sunil Gavaskar shared batting tips with Pakistan captain Babar Azam.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In a video posted on Twitter by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Shaheen was seen praising Shami's ability to bowl with an upright seam.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;<i>Jab se maine bowling start kari hai tabse mai aap ko follow kar raha hu, aap ki na wrist position aur seam ka jawab nahi hai</i> (I am following you since I started bowling and from that time I have been a big fa of your wrist position and upright seam,&quot; said Shaheen.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In response, Shami said, &quot;<i>Agar release point acha ho jayega na seam bhi theek ho jayega</i> (if the release point is on point, then the seam will be automatically good).&quot;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Shami bowled a brilliant 20th over, in which he picked up three wickets, to fashion India's six-run victory over ICC T20 World Cup hosts Australia in their warm-up match. Pakistan lost its warm-up game to England by six wickets.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Shami, who was not part of the original squad, was drafted into the team after an injury ruled Jasprit Bumrah out of the tournament.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Both Shami and Afridi were training together in the nets.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>India will begin their campaign against Pakistan on October 23 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Bangladesh and South Africa are the other members of that group in Super 12.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In another video, Gavaskar was seen helping out Pakistan's prolific run-scorer and skipper Babar with tips.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Babar met the India batting legend during a private party, where Gavaskar gifted the Pakistani a cap signed by him, a day after his 28th birthday.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Pakistan captain greeted the former India skipper, while the latter wished him 'Happy Birthday'.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Gavaskar was heard telling Babar, &quot;<i>Shot selection acchi ho toh koi problem nehi</i> (If the shot selection is good then there is no problem). Situation <i>ke hisaab se shot selection karein, koi problem nehi</i> (shot selection should according to the situation).&quot;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Saqlain Mushtaq and Mohammed Yousuf, who are part of the Pakistan coaching staff, were also present alongside Gavaskar and Babar.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2022/10/17/t20-world-cup-shami-shares-tricks-of-trade-with-afridi.html http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2022/10/17/t20-world-cup-shami-shares-tricks-of-trade-with-afridi.html Mon Oct 17 22:10:05 IST 2022 bcci-agm-binny-to-be-elected-36th-bcci-president <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2022/10/17/bcci-agm-binny-to-be-elected-36th-bcci-president.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/sports/2021/March/Cricket--logo-of-the-India--cricket-board-BCCI--pti.jpg" /> <p>The issue of ICC chairmanship will be up for discussion when the BCCI holds it Annual General Meeting (AGM), where former India cricketer Roger Binny will replace Sourav Ganguly as the new board president on Tuesday.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The election of the next set of office-bearers will be a mere formality as all are set to be elected unopposed. However, the member will deliberate if BCCI should field a candidate for the ICC chair or support incumbent Greg Barclay for a second term.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The last date for filing the nominations for the ICC top job is October 20. The ICC Board will meet from November 11-13 in Melbourne.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The much-debated exit of Ganguly from the BCCI has already garnered attention not just in sporting but in political arena too and it will be interesting to see if the former skipper is considered for the top job.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The other names doing the rounds include Sports Minister Anurag Thakur and former BCCI president N. Srinivasan.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Srinivasan is eligible to contest but it remains to be seen if BCCI wants him to throw his hat in the ring, considering his age. He is 78.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Thakur is expected to be busy during the ICC Board meet as Himachal Pradesh is going to polls in a single phase on November 12.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>New office-bearers</b></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Binny will replace Ganguly as the BCCI chief with the latter set to return to his home state association CAB as the president for a second term.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The other BCCI office bearers, who will be elected unanimously include secretary Jay Shah, Ashish Shelar (treasurer), Rajeev Shukla (vice-president) and Devajit Saikia (join secretary). Outgoing treasurer Arun Dhumal will be the new IPL chairman.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;It is almost certain that Jay will be India's representative at ICC Board meeting. But members need to decide if we want someone to become the ICC chairman or let Greg Barclay of New Zealand complete his second and final term,&quot; a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>ICA representatives</b></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As per the agenda of the 91st AGM, there will be induction of two representatives of Indian Cricketers' Association on the BCCI Apex Council to replace Anshuman Gaikwad and Shantha Rangaswamy.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>However, they will only be elected at ICA election from Oct 27-29.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Current ICA president Ashok Malhotra and former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar are contesting to be the associations male representative on the BCCI Apex Council.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Dhumal will chair the newly formed IPL governing council after the BCCI AGM on Tuesday. The date of the IPL auction will be decided while there will also be a discussion on the inaugural WIPL, which the Board plans to conduct before the IPL in March.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Five teams will be part of the league initially but how they will be sold could be decided on Tuesday. The BCCI could sell the teams city wise based on zones or to big cities with a solid fan base.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>There will also be a discussion on the tax liability for the ODI World Cup in India next year. India could lose up to Rs 955 crore if the central government doesn't exempt the tax surcharge on ICC for hosting the event in India.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2022/10/17/bcci-agm-binny-to-be-elected-36th-bcci-president.html http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2022/10/17/bcci-agm-binny-to-be-elected-36th-bcci-president.html Mon Oct 17 20:51:51 IST 2022 roger-binny-elected-bcci-president-takes-over-from-ganguly <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2022/10/18/roger-binny-elected-bcci-president-takes-over-from-ganguly.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/sports/images/2022/10/18/roger-binny-bcci-ap.jpg" /> <p>World Cup winner Roger Binny was on Tuesday elected as the 36th president of the BCCI, taking over from Sourav Ganguly to run the world's richest cricket board.<br> </p> <p>Binny, 67, was elected unopposed at its AGM (Annual general Meeting) alongside Jay Shah, who was re-elected as the secretary for a second successive term. The other office bearers who were elected unopposed included treasurer Ashish Shelar, vice-president Rajeev Shukla and joint secretary Devjit Saikia.</p> <p>Binny, who played 27 Tests and 72 ODIs for India, takes charge ahead of the ODI World Cup in India next year.</p> <p>However, there was no discussion on the chairmanship of International Cricket Council (ICC). The next ICC chairman will be elected during the board meeting in Melbourne next month.</p> <p>&quot;As far as India's representative to the ICC is concerned, it will be decided by the office-bearers. There was no discussion on the ICC chairmanship. Only matters on the agenda were discussed,&quot; a state unit official who attended the AGM said.</p> <p>It is unlikely that the BCCI will nominate its own candidate for the ICC chairman's position, with the October 20 nomination deadline approaching.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2022/10/18/roger-binny-elected-bcci-president-takes-over-from-ganguly.html http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2022/10/18/roger-binny-elected-bcci-president-takes-over-from-ganguly.html Tue Oct 18 15:50:36 IST 2022 ballon-d-or-gala-2022-to-take-place-today--where-to-watch-and-wh <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2022/10/17/ballon-d-or-gala-2022-to-take-place-today--where-to-watch-and-wh.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/2020/images/2022/2/10/Ballon-dOr-2022-Karim-Benzema-Real-Madrid-.jpg" /> <p>The 66th edition of Ballon d'Or, considered the most prestigious individual award in the world of footbal, will take place on Monday, October 17, at the Theatre du Chatalet in Paris.</p> <p>For the first time, the award will be given away to the best player of the 2021/22 season and and not for calendar year 2022.</p> <p>The French striker Karim Benzema, who helped Real Madrid win the La Liga and UEFA Champions League, is tipped to win the men’s Ballon D’Or 2022.&nbsp;If&nbsp; Benzema wins the award, he would be the fifth person from France to win the prestigious award after Kopa, Platini, Papin and Zidane.</p> <p>The most notable candidates for the women's trophy are:&nbsp; Alexia Putellas (Spain / Barcelona), Catarina Macario (USA / Lyon), and Beth Mead (England / Arsenal).</p> <p>The seven awards of Ballon d'Or awards include awards for the best striker, best club,&nbsp; the Socrates award for a show of solidarity from a player.&nbsp;</p> <p>43 footballers from different countries have so far received the accolade presented by the French news magazine France Football since 1956. Germany and the Netherlands leads the list of countries with seven winners each.&nbsp; Lionel Messi has won a record seven titles, followed by Cristiano Ronaldo with five.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>When to watch&nbsp;(India Standard Time)</b></p> <p>Ranking unveil will begin at 8 pm Mon, Oct. 17</p> <p>Red carpet arrivals will be at 11:30 pm Mon, Oct. 17</p> <p>2022 Ballon d'Or Awards ceremony will be at 12:00 am - 1:30 am (India Standard Time) on Tuesday, 18 October</p> <p><b>Where to watch</b></p> <p>Viewers in India can watch Ballon D’Or 2022 ceremony&nbsp; live on the Sony TEN 2 and Sony TEN 2 HD TV channels. Live streaming will be available on the SonyLIV app and website.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2022/10/17/ballon-d-or-gala-2022-to-take-place-today--where-to-watch-and-wh.html http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2022/10/17/ballon-d-or-gala-2022-to-take-place-today--where-to-watch-and-wh.html Mon Oct 17 14:07:51 IST 2022 karim-benzema-wins-ballon-dor-becomes-the-oldest-winner <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2022/10/18/karim-benzema-wins-ballon-dor-becomes-the-oldest-winner.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/sports/images/2022/10/18/Karim.jpgrevised.jpg" /> <p>Karim Benzema won the men's Ballon d'Or for the first time after a brilliant season with Real Madrid capped by the Champions League and Spanish league titles.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Spanish player Alexia Putellas on Monday won the women's trophy for the second straight year following another standout season with Barcelona.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Benzema had his best season ever at Madrid, being the top scorer in both leagues. He scored 44 times for Madrid, including 15 in Europe's top competition, and equaled Ral Gonzlez as the club's second-highest scorer behind Cristiano Ronaldo.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Benzema, at 34, became the oldest winner since the first recipient in 1956, Stanley Matthews.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;Age is just a number for me,&quot; he said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;People play until their later years now and I still have this burning desire. It is this drive that has kept me going and never allowed me to let up.&quot;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Benzema won ahead of Sadio Man and Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne. Man played for Liverpool last season and joined Bayern Munich in the summer.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;I'm really proud, it's a lot of work and a kid's dream come true,&quot; Benzema said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>He succeeded Lionel Messi, who won the award for a record-extending seventh time last year but was not among the nominees this time after his first season with Paris Saint-Germain.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For the first time this year, the Ballon d'Or was based on achievements from the past season. It had previously been awarded based on performances throughout calendar years.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Awarded by France Football magazine, the Ballon d'Or has been given out to men for 66 years. The women's trophy was created in 2018, and both were canceled in 2020 because of the pandemic.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Benzema became the fifth Frenchman to win it after Raymond Kopa, Michel Platini, Jean-Pierre Papin and Zinedine Zidane, who was crowned in 1998, the year France won its first World Cup.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Benzema was not part of the France squad that triumphed at the 2018 World Cup in Russia but, barring an injury, will compete at the tournament in Qatar next month.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>After nearly six years out following his involvement in a sex tape scandal, Benzema was recalled by France coach Didier Deschamps last year ahead of the European Championship and has played regularly since.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;There were much more difficult moments for me, when I was not selected (with France) and I did not give up,&quot; Benzema said after Zidane, his former coach at Madrid, handed him the trophy.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;I am really proud of my career. This is the Golden Ball of the people.&quot;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Leading an attack that also included Vincius Jnior and Rodrygo, Benzema played a crucial role last season to drive Madrid to a record-extending 14th European title, and his fifth since he joined from Lyon in 2009. The Frenchman was the tournament's top scorer and found the net when it really mattered, with 10 of his goals in the knockout stages.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Putellas scored 42 goals and delivered 22 assists last season. She became the first player to win the award twice.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>With Barcelona, she won the Spanish League and reached the Champions League final. She has been sidelined since July after injuring her left knee and undergoing surgery on the eve of the Women's European Championship.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;When I got injured I didn't think I'd be here today, but it makes me proud to get recompense for all that hard work, she said. I miss playing so much and doing what I like to do the most.&quot;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Putellas beat out fellow forwards Beth Mead of Arsenal and England and Sam Kerr of Chelsea and Australia for the award at the ceremony in Paris. A panel of international journalists chose the winners.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In other awards, the Kopa Trophy for the best under-21 player went to 18-year-old Barcelona midfielder Gavi, while Robert Lewandowski won the Gerd Mller award for the best striker of the year.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Lev Yashin award for best goalkeeper went to Real Madrid's Thibaut Courtois.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Ballon d'Or organisers added a humanitarian prize named after the late Brazil midfielder Socrates. The trophy went to Man for his charity work in Senegal including building a hospital and school donations.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2022/10/18/karim-benzema-wins-ballon-dor-becomes-the-oldest-winner.html http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2022/10/18/karim-benzema-wins-ballon-dor-becomes-the-oldest-winner.html Tue Oct 18 10:03:04 IST 2022 india-go-down-to-australia-1-4-in-afc-u-20-asian-cup-qualifiers <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2022/10/17/india-go-down-to-australia-1-4-in-afc-u-20-asian-cup-qualifiers.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/images/2022/4/3/India-Australia-flags-shut.jpg" /> <p>India succumbed to their second consecutive defeat at the AFC U-20 Asian Cup Qualifiers, going down to Australia 1-4 at the Ali Sabah Al-Salem Stadium in Kuwait City.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Skipper Gurkirat Singh scored the lone goal for India while Garng Koul, Adrian Segecic and Max Caputo registered their names on the scoresheet for Australia.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Bikash Yumnam added to India's woes as he scored an own goal.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>India were beaten 2-4 in their opener by Iraq last week.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Trailing by two first half goals, India displayed lots of spirit in the second, and pulled one back through Gurkirat, whose sudden long ranger in the 63rd minute caught the Australia goalkeeper Jack Warshawsky on the wrong foot before hitting the post and going in.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>It wasn't the only time when India had the Australia defence in trouble.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In fact, on more than one occasion the Indians came close to bringing down the rival goal, but poor marksmanship and bad luck denied India at least a couple of goals that could have made the story of the day a little different.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>After reducing the margin through Gurkirat, India had a golden chance to restore parity in the 76th minute.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Indian captain was once again in the thick of things as he rounded off the advancing Aussie goalkeeper to send the ball across an empty goal.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Taison ran in from the other side to flick it, but it was blocked off the line at the nick of time. The post denied India another golden opportunity early in the second half when Himanshu Jangra cut inside in great style only to find his shot coming back after hitting the nearest upright on the left side.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In the first half, Australia took the lead in the 12th minute when Garang received the ball just inside the Indian box and smashed it in after going past defender Amandeep.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Indians faltered in the midfield as Alex Bandolato was allowed to take the ball in the middle without a proper challenge and he made most of it by sending a perfect through to the right.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In the 32nd minute, Joseph Forde sent a cross from the right and defender Bikash, while trying to clear the ball, came up with a header that landed inside the Indian net.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>India conceded two more goals in the last five minutes of the match when they were trying to throw in everything into the attack.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>But in the 86th minute, Segecic struck spectacularly from a volley that beat Indian custodian Syed Zahid Bukhari. The final nail was driven in by Max Caputo during injury time.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2022/10/17/india-go-down-to-australia-1-4-in-afc-u-20-asian-cup-qualifiers.html http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2022/10/17/india-go-down-to-australia-1-4-in-afc-u-20-asian-cup-qualifiers.html Mon Oct 17 11:50:13 IST 2022 indian-teen-d-gukesh-beats-world-champion-magnus-carlsen <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2022/10/17/indian-teen-d-gukesh-beats-world-champion-magnus-carlsen.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/images/2022/2/15/53-Gukesh.jpgrevised.jpg" /> <p>Indian teenager Grandmaster D Gukesh upset Magnus Carlsen in the ninth round of the preliminary phase of the Aimchess Rapid online chess tournament, becoming the youngest to beat the world champion.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The 16-year-old from Chennai beat the world No.1 with white pieces early on Monday to move up to third position behind Poland's Jan-Krzystof Duda (25 points) and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan, 23 points) with 21 points after the 12th round.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Gukesh's 29-move dismantling of the world champion comes a day after his 19-year-old compatriot Arjun Erigaisi had posted a maiden win over the world champion.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;Gukesh just became the youngest player to ever beat Magnus after he became WC! Hats off to the 16-Year-Old Indian superstar,&quot; Meltwater Champions Chess Tour of which the Aimchess Rapid event is a part of, said on its Twitter feed.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Gukesh is 16 years 4 months 20 days while the previous record before his win was R Praggnanandhaa's 39-move victory over Carlsen in the Airthings Masters in February. Pragg was 16 years 6 months and 10 days old when he defeated the world No.1.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Indian on his part, was quoted as saying after the momentous win: Beating Magnus is always special, but I was not very proud of that game.&quot;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Gukesh suffered a setback in round 10 when he lost to Duda but bounced back superbly to beat Mamedyarova and Eric Hansen in the next two rounds.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Erigaisi has as many points (21) as Gukesh and is in fourth as the race for the spot in the knockout phase gets closer.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The 19-year old Erigaisi began the third day of the preliminaries with a loss to Mamedyarov before scoring over Hansen and talented German Vincent Keymer. However, a defeat at the hands of fellow Indian GM Aditya Mittal in the 12th round spoiled what would have been a good day.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Gukesh continued what has been a superb year so far for the young Indian players as he became the third one to put it across Carlsen after Praggnanandhaa and Erigaisi, who did so at last month's Julius Baer Generation Cup online event.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Even as Gukesh and Erigaisi underlined their talent and scored wins, the other Indians-Vidit Santhosh Gujrathi, Aditya Mittal and P Harikrishna- failed to impress.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Gujrathi lies in 10th spot and out of the qualification range for the knockout with 14 points. He lost two of his four games, to Duda and Hansen. He drew against Mamedyarov before finishing the day with a victory over Keymer.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Mittal (12 points) is in 12th place. He upset Erigaisi in round 12 after having lost his three previous games to Anish Giri (the Netherlands), Richard Rapport and David Anton Guijjaro in rounds 9, 10 and 11 respectively.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Harikrishna is 15th after 12 rounds of play and is out of contention to reach the quarterfinals. To his credit, he did however, held Carlsen to a draw in the 10th round in a 76-move match.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>World champion Carlsen is in in fifth spot after having a quiet day. After losing to Gukesh, he drew against Harikrishna and world rapid champion Nodirkbek Abdusattorov and ended with a win over Daniel Naroditsky.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Gujrathi had an impressive win over world rapid champion Abdusattorov but draws against Grandelius and Naroditsky and a defeat at the hands of Carlsen pegged him back.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Aimchess Rapid tournament is part of the Meltwater Champions tour and features 16 players including five from India. After the 15-round preliminaries, the top eight qualify for the knockouts.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2022/10/17/indian-teen-d-gukesh-beats-world-champion-magnus-carlsen.html http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2022/10/17/indian-teen-d-gukesh-beats-world-champion-magnus-carlsen.html Mon Oct 17 11:41:27 IST 2022 petratos-hat-trick-helps-atk-mohun-bagan-stun-kerala-blasters <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2022/10/16/petratos-hat-trick-helps-atk-mohun-bagan-stun-kerala-blasters.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/sports/images/2022/10/16/kerala-atk.jpg" /> <p>Australian forward Dimitri Petratos scored the ongoing Indian Super League season's first hat-trick as ATK Mohun Bagan ran riot against Kerala Blasters to emerge 5-2 victorious in a high-scoring thriller here on Sunday.</p> <p>The win at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium ensured that the Mariners extend their undefeated streak against the Blasters to five games in the ISL.</p> <p>The noise inside the Blasters' fortress reached a crescendo when Ivan Kaliuzhnyi put the hosts in front just six minutes into the game. Early pressure paid off as the Ukrainian combined well with Sahal Samad on the right before beating Vishal Kaith at the near post.</p> <p>The stands were silenced in the 26th minute after Boumous sprinted down the left flank and skipped past Ruivah Hormipam before unselfishly putting it on a plate for Petratos to tap the equaliser in.</p> <p>The game turned on its head in the 38th minute when Manvir Singh spotted Joni Kauko darting towards the box from midfield. The striker found the midfielder with a precise ball before Kauko smashed the ball into the back of the net, swinging the advantage over to the Mariners on enemy territory.</p> <p>At the hour-mark, it got chaotic in the ATK Mohun Bagan box as Samad's cross to Carneiro was intercepted by Hamill. The defender's header, however, rattled the crossbar and came back into play before Dimitrios Diamantakos missed the ball while attempting an overhead kick. The ball stayed in play before Kaliuzhnyi put it out.</p> <p><b>ALSO READ</b>:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2022/10/01/we-will-give-everything-for-this-jersey-and-badge-kerala-blasters-coach-ivan-vukomanovic.html">“We will give everything for this jersey and badge”: Kerala Blasters coach Ivan Vukomanovic</a></p> <p>At the other end, two minutes later, Boumous played another beautiful pass through to Colaco. The winger raced into the box and rolled it into the path of Petratos who smashed it home to establish a two-goal cushion.</p> <p>Florentin Pogba came on for Boumous in the 71st minute as the Mariners went on the defensive to protect their lead.</p> <p>Nine minutes from the full-time whistle, a Vishal Kaith blunder enabled former U-17 World Cupper Rahul KP to pull one back. Rahul's cross from the right flank picked up a slight deflection and slipped through the gloves of Kaith and snuck into the goal from in between his legs as the Blasters pulled themselves back into the game.</p> <p>Any hopes of a Blasters comeback were laid to rest when substitute Lenny Rodrigues pounced on a weak Jeakson miss pass in midfield and started a counter by playing it through to Petratos.</p> <p>The Australian played the ball back to Rodrigues before the midfielder put his name on the score-sheet, two minutes from time.</p> <p>Moments later, Rodrigues initiated another attack as he played an excellent ball to Colaco, who played it into the path of Petratos. The striker tapped it in from close range to complete a well-deserved hat-trick in second-half stoppage time.</p> <p>The Blasters will be on the road for the first time this season as they travel to face Odisha FC on October 23 in their next fixture.</p> <p>The Mariners will return home for the Kolkata Derby against East Bengal on October 29.<br> </p> http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2022/10/16/petratos-hat-trick-helps-atk-mohun-bagan-stun-kerala-blasters.html http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2022/10/16/petratos-hat-trick-helps-atk-mohun-bagan-stun-kerala-blasters.html Sun Oct 16 22:54:46 IST 2022