(Current Affairs) Sports | November - 2017


India wins Asia Cup Hockey

  • India ended its 10-year wait for continental triumph when it defeated a gutsy Malaysia 2-1 in a close final to clinch its third Asia Cup hockey title here.
  • India, which won the Asia Cup in 2003 (Kuala Lumpur) and 2007 (Chennai), scored off field goals through Ramandeep Singh (third minute) and Lalit Upadhyay (29th minute).
  • The ever-improving Malaysia, however, fought valiantly. Its efforts bore fruit in the 50th minute when ShahrilSaabah pulled a goal back.
  • India, ranked sixth in the world, was in for a nervous final 10 minutes but the defence did enough to hold on.
  • Pakistan won the bronze after edging out Korea 6-3 in the third-fourth place play-off match earlier in the day.
  • It was a perfect start for India’s new chief coach MarijneSjoerd as this was his maiden tournament in charge of the senior national side.
  • The top-ranked India finished unbeaten in the tournament, having won all its matches except for the 1-1 draw against Korea in the Super 4 stage.

Srikanth wins Denmark Open

  • India’s ace shuttler K. Srikanth clinched his third Superseries title of the year with a huge straight-game victory over Korean veteran Lee Hyun II in a lop-sided final at the $750,000 Denmark Open.
  • The World No. 8 didn’t give any chance to Lee, who looked a pale shadow of the man who had beaten World No. 2 Son Wan Ho in the semifinals.

Chess grandmaster Lombardy passed away

  • William J. Lombardy, who was one of the most talented and promising chess players of his generation, winning titles and accolades while he was still a teenager, but who all but gave up the game at the height of his career to become a priest, died in Martinez, California. He was 79.
  • Lombardy was the first American to win the World Junior Chess Championship — doing so with a perfect score, a feat that has never been duplicated — and he led the United States to victory over the Soviet Union in the 1960 World Student Team Championship, beating Boris Spassky, the future world champion. He was later named a grandmaster, the World Chess Federation’s highest title.
  • Most great players start out as tacticians, always looking to attack, before they evolve into strategists, plotting a long-range path to victory from the very first move. Lombardy was a strategic player, and a good one, from the beginning.

Federer wins Shanghai Masters

  • Roger Federer brushed aside World No.1 Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-3 to win the Shanghai Masters and register his fourth victory of the year over his Spanish rival.
  • The Swiss World No. 2 beat Nadal in the finals of the Australian Open and Miami Masters and in the last 16 at Indian Wells earlier this year, and never looked like losing to his long-time rival here, firing 10 aces as he cruised.

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