Deepika Pallikal stumbled on the final hurdle against Egyptian teenager
Nour El Sherbini in the title clash of the Women’s Champion Fiberglass Texas
Eyeing maiden major title of her career, world No 12 Deepika faltered
against the 18-year-old qualifier 7-11, 11-5, 7-11 to lose in 48 minutes.
The 22-year-old Deepika was celebrating the biggest Tour final of her
career - while world junior champion El Sherbini was continuing the form of
her life which had seen the youngster reach last month’s WSA World
Championship final after upsetting world No 1 Nicol David.
Shotgun World Cup
Mohammed Asab missed the double trap knock-out phase by one point in the
Shotgun World Cup in Tucson, US. Ankur Mittal finished 19th with a 132 while
Ronjan Sodhi placed 35th with 120 in a field of 41.
Joshua Richmond of the US who made the cut for the knock-out, one point
above Asab, following a shoot-off on 138, went on to bag the silver after
losing the shoot-off for gold against compatriot Jeffrey Holgun.
In women’s skeet, Saniya Sheikh shot 64 to be placed 25th among 31
shooters. National champion Rashmee Rathore could muster only 57 . Danka
Bartekova of Slovakia won the gold as she beat Wei Weng of China, 14-13.
2014 South Asian Judo Championship
Humera Ashique recently became the first Pakistani women to win a judo
gold medal in an international event in Nepal.
The 24-year-old took the gold at the 2014 South Asian Judo Championship
in Kathmandu as she defeated a local athlete to clinch the 48kg event.
2014 ICC World Team
His side may have lost in the final but Mahendra Singh Dhoni was named
captain of the 2014 ICC World Team of the Tournament that figures four
Indians, including star batsman Virat Kohli.
Opener Rohit Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin are the other two Indian
players who feature in the team that was announced by the ICC.
Kohli was adjudged Player of the Tournament for amassing 319 runs with
the help of four half centuries, including knocks of 72 and 77 in the
semifinal and final of the showpiece event.
Besides Indians, the team has two players from both South Africa and
West Indies, and one representative each from Australia, the Netherlands and
champions Sri Lanka.
Chosen by a select group of experts, the team was aimed at being suited
for Bangladesh conditions, on the basis of performances in the tournament
only. Statistics were used but were not the sole basis for selections.
The newest Laureus Ambassador
Spain’s young MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez has been appointed the
newest Laureus Ambassador.
Marquez, the youngest ever MotoGP world champion, at 20 years 266 days,
a feat for which he received the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year
Award last month, was welcomed into the Laureus Family by motor cycle legend
and Laureus World Sports Academy member Mick Doohan.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) moved an application
before the Supreme Court seeking transcripts of audio tapes containing
statements of Board President N Srinivasan and Indian captain Mahendra Singh
Dhoni, recorded by the Mukul Mudgal Committee which probed allegations of
IPL spot and match fixing.
The plea was mentioned before a bench headed by Justice A K Patnaik
which posted the matter for hearing on April 11.
In the application, the BCCI has also sought the transcripts of
statements by Sundar Raman, the Chief Operating Officer of IPL.
Wisden’s Cricketers of the Year
Indian batting star Shikhar Dhawan has earned top honours
by being named in the prestigious Wisden’s list of Five Cricketers of the
Year, an honour dating back to 1889, for his 2013 performance.
The Five Cricketers of the Year are Dhawan, Australia
players Chris Rogers and Ryan Harris, England batsman Joe Root and England
women’s captain Charlotte Edwards.
Dhawan was acknowledged for his role in India’s
victorious Champions Trophy campaign in England, in which he was the highest
run-scorer, amassing 363 runs in five ODIs at an average of 90.75 and was
awarded the Man of the Series for his performance that included centuries
against South Africa and West Indies.
The Cricketer of the Year is chosen by the editor of the
Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, based on their ‘excellence in, or performance
on, the previous English summer’ and it can be won only once in a player’s