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Joshna Chinappa leads Indian eves to semis

News4u-Sports Desk-Joshna Chinappa led with example as the Indian women team thumped Sri Lanka and China to breeze into the semifinals of the 15th Asian Senior Squash Championship in Chennai on Wednesday.

With Saurav Ghosal on song, the Indian men’s team also had a successful outing today, recording their first win with a thumping 3-0 win over Japanin Group C.

Ghosal beat Shinosuke Tsukue 11-9, 11-7, 11-6 in 27 minutes, while Harinder Pal Singh saw off Bumpei Kawano 11-6, 11-5, 11-6 in 29 minutes.

Ritwik Bhattacharya dropped a game before getting the better of Takanori Shimizu 11-9, 12-14, 11-6, 11-7 to complete the rout.

India plays China on Thursday.

In the women section, Joshna Chinappa, Anaka Alankamony and Surbhi Misra won their matches against their Sri Lankan rivals in the morning.

In the evening, Chinappa disposed off China’s top player Jiang Li 11-5, 11-5, 11-3 in 18 minutes. Dipika Pallikal made it 2-0 with an easy 11-4, 11-8, 11-2 win in 20 minutes over Xiu Chen and Alankamony then tamed Gu Jinyue 11-4, 11-5, 11-9.

In the four-team Group B, both Hong Kong and Indian have won two matches each to make the semifinal and would be competing tomorrow to decide the group winners.

China and Sri Lanka have lost both their matches.

In three-team Group A, defending women’s championsMalaysia and Korea, both having won against Japan, will clash on Thursday to decide the group leader.

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Vijender leads Indian charge in Commonwealth boxing

News4u-Sports Desk-New Delhi, Olympic bronze medallist Vijender Singh will spearhead India’s challenge in the 5th Commonwealth Boxing Championships to be held at the Talkatora Stadium here from March 10-18.

The Indian Boxing Federation today announced the 10-member men’s team for the mega-event, which includes Olympian and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Akhil Kumar in the all new 56 kg category which has been created after scrapping feather weight (57kg).

Akhil defeated Olympian Jitender Kumar and Chote Lal, who is a gold medallist in South Asian Games, in the trails in Patiala.

Amandeep Singh, a South Asian Games gold medallist, beat Asian championship silver medallist Thokchon Nanao Singh twice in the trails in Patiala to earn a place in the squad.

Asian Champion Suranjoy Singh also got a place in the team, which also includes Youth commonwealth gold medallist and Vijender’s cousin Balwinder Beniwal.

Olympic bronze medallist Vijender Singh

Olympic bronze medallist Vijender Singh

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India leads medal tally at South Asian Games with 11 golds

News4u-Sports Desk-India’s brilliant run at the 11th South Asian Games continued on Day four of the competition in Dhaka, as the table leaders won six more gold medals, with some dominant performances in Judo, Badminton and Cycling.

India had a tally of 11 gold, 1 silver and 5 bronze at the end of Day Four.

India on Monday began fourth day in the 11th South Asian Games with their third gold when Mahita Mohan topped the women’s 50km road race mass start.

The Silver went to Sri lanka’s Lasanthi Krishna and the bronze to Rameswari Devi of India.

With this win India’s medal tally in the games has gone up to 7 with five gold and two bronze.

For Mahita, this was her second gold as she had earlier clinched a team title in the women’s 30km time trial event.

Mahita clocked 1 hour 25 minutes 42 seconds to finish first ahead of Lasanthi Krishna Goonathilaka of Sri Lanka.

For the Indian cyclists, this was third gold in as many consecutive days.

The men’s team on Sunday won the 80km time trial.

Bagladeshi cyclists Marma Fatema Chingby and Shila Farhana Sultana were disqualified in the women’s mass start event.

Marma was caught cheating as she was helped by a official during the race, while Shila was eliminated after failing to finish a U-turn.

11th South Asian Games 2010 in Dhaka

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Prachanda leads massive siege of Singhdurbar in Nepal

News4u-News Desk- In a big show of force, thousands of Maoists supporters led by their top leaders on Thursday laid siege to ‘Singhdurbar Secretariat’ in Kathmandu demanding an end to the rule of the present coalition government.

Maoists protesters started moving towards ‘Singhdurbar Secretariat’, the seat of the government, since dawn and bus load of more supporters were arriving into the city for one of the biggest anti-government protest since the former rebels lost power in May.
The Maoists protesters were led by their chief Pushpakamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ and top leader Mohan Vaidya ‘Kiran’, who said their campaign was to maintain “civilian supremacy” and to dislodge the present coalition.
“We are out to achieve true people’s rule,” Vaidya told his supporters. He said the party was hoping to mobilise more than 300,000 people for the protest which would continue till Friday.
Besides Prachanda and Vaidya other senior Maoist leaders including Baburam Bhattari, Narayan Kaji Shrestha, C. P. Gajurl and Krishna Bahadur Mahara led the rallies from eight sides to surround government secretariat which lies in the heart of the city.
Thousands of riot policemen were deployed around the government secretariat to prevent the Maoists from entering into the restricted area.

Demonstrators prevented officials from entering the office complex but some of the officers managed to sneak in as the government had told them to report for duty early.
Prachanda, who quit in May after the fall of his government, said the protest would continue until the party’s demand for the government and President’s were met.
“It is our duty as law abiding citizens to come to the rescue of the country and that’s why we have gathered here in such large numbers,” he said.
Waving red flags, the Maoists protesters chanted slogans ‘down with the puppet government’, ‘resign puppet government’, ‘President take back unconstitutional action’.
To avoid confrontation the government on Wednesday withdrawn orders to extend restricted area around the government secretariat.
The Maoists were determined not to allow even a single civil servant into the Singhdurbar complex which houses all the ministries and most of government departments.
Meanwhile, a Maoist cadre was killed and 55 others injured as a bus ferrying Maoist cadres from Tanahu district towardsKathmandu met with an accident at Ambu Khaireni in westernNepal. The condition of 10 people who sustained injuries was said to be serious.
Almost all schools and colleges were closed due to fear of clashes, though the rally remained peaceful till now.


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Crafty Katich leads NSW to 53-run victory

News4u-Sports Desk-Captain Simon Katich digged out a classy half century when it mattered most, while Stuart Clark scalped three prized wickets to guide New South Wales to a comprehensive 53-run victory over Diamond Eagles in a Group B match of the Champions League Twenty20 at New Delhi on Friday.
It proved to be a day when Katich couldn’t have done anything wrong.
From winning the toss to scoring a half-century and then affecting two run outs with his smart fielding, Katich hardly put a foot wrong in the match to underline an authoritative show by his team.
Set to chase a modest target of 145, Eagles struggled through out their innings and were restricted to just 91 for nine in their allotted 20 overs.
For NSW, Stuart Clark picked up three wickets, giving away 12 runs from his four overs, while Moises Henriques picked up two wickets.
Brett Lee and Nathan Hauritz also made their presence felt in the wicket list, scalping a victim each.
Runs were hard to come by with the run-rate mounting and the Eagles were fighting for survival let alone winning the match.
As the Eagles were struggling for every run, Katich again came up with a sparkling throw from mid-off as he ran out Ryan Bailey for eight.
Not much was expected from the lower order batsmen but they were lucky to get edges on numerous occasions that went to the fence.
The lower order crumbled under pressure and the Eagles could not even manage to get past the 100-run mark.

News4u-Sports Desk-Captain Simon Katich digged out a classy half century when it mattered most, while Stuart Clark scalped three prized wickets to guide New South Wales to a comprehensive 53-run victory over Diamond Eagles in a Group B match of the Champions League Twenty20 at New Delhi on Friday.

It proved to be a day when Katich couldn’t have done anything wrong.

From winning the toss to scoring a half-century and then affecting two run outs with his smart fielding, Katich hardly put a foot wrong in the match to underline an authoritative show by his team.

Set to chase a modest target of 145, Eagles struggled through out their innings and were restricted to just 91 for nine in their allotted 20 overs.

For NSW, Stuart Clark picked up three wickets, giving away 12 runs from his four overs, while Moises Henriques picked up two wickets.

Brett Lee and Nathan Hauritz also made their presence felt in the wicket list, scalping a victim each.

Runs were hard to come by with the run-rate mounting and the Eagles were fighting for survival let alone winning the match.

As the Eagles were struggling for every run, Katich again came up with a sparkling throw from mid-off as he ran out Ryan Bailey for eight.

Not much was expected from the lower order batsmen but they were lucky to get edges on numerous occasions that went to the fence.

The lower order crumbled under pressure and the Eagles could not even manage to get past the 100-run mark.


On a pitch not conducive for batting, Simon Katich used all his experience to take NSW Blues to victory

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Slumdog leads nominations for World Soundtrack Awards

News4u-Entertainment Desk-It looks like ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ has not yet ended it’s award winning spree. After eight Academy awards and four Golden Globes, the Mumbai based potboiler is leading the nominations for the 9th World Soundtrack Awards.

Composer A R Rahman who won two Oscars for his work in the Danny Boyle directed film, has collecting three more nods at the World Soundtrack Awards, reported Variety magazine

online.

The rag-to-riches drama was nominated in three categories

including ‘Best Original Score of the Year’ in which it will compete with ‘Burn After Reading’ and ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ among others.

The other two for the category are, ‘Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film’.

While it collects the most number of nods for the awards held annually in Ghent, Belgium, Rahman has missed out on the list of ‘Film Composer of the Year’.

Musicians Danny Elfman, Carter Burwell, Alexandre Desplat, Michael Giacchino and Hans Zimmer are vying for the honour.

Winners of 2009 World Soundtrack Awards will be announced at the closing ceremony of this year’s Ghent International Film Festival on October 17.

It will feature performances by composers Alexandre Desplat and Marvin Hamlisch, who are the recipients of the World Soundtrack Lifetime Achievement Award.


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Anderson leads England charge

News4u-Sports Desk-Australia 156 for 8 (Hauritz 3*, Siddle 3*, Anderson 4-36) trail England 425 (Strauss 161, Cook 95, Anderson 29, Hilfenhaus 4-103) by 269 runs
Australia’s 75-year unbeaten record at Lord’s is facing its greatest threat, after England’s seamers scythed through the tourists’ top-order on a rain-interrupted second day at Lord’s. James Anderson and Andrew Flintoff bowled with a measure of pace, movement and accuracy that eluded Mitchell Johnson and Peter Siddle in the preceding innings, and placed England in a position of dominance with Australia still requiring 70 runs to avoid the follow-on.

Anderson turned in a performance befitting his recently-acquired mantle of England spearhead, maintaining a threatening line and swinging the ball just enough to create angst among the opposing batsmen. With Flintoff conceding runs at barely two-per-over at the other end, and Stuart Broad and Graham Onions constantly probing the outside edge, England created a pressurised atmosphere in which the Australians spectacularly cracked. The tourists lost six wickets for the addition of just 49 runs after tea, and must now hope for more of the rain periods that interrupted the second day’s play if they are to emerge from this match unscathed.

No less than six Australian batsmen fell to misjudged pull-strokes, indicating that the situation, rather than unplayable deliveries, brought about their demise. The early loss of Ricky Ponting to an incorrect decision by Rudi Koertzen, officiating in his 100th Test, did not help their cause, but too many of his team-mates sought to bash their way out of trouble; a tactic that, against a ruthless England attack in heavy overhead conditions, appeared flawed from the start.

Only now, with Flintoff entering the home straight of his Test career, have he and Anderson become the combination England had long hoped for. Both dazzled under the floodlights, switched on for the first time in a Lord’s Test match, against an Australian batting line-up forced to carry the cross of their profligate bowlers from the previous day, and under pressure from the moment they marked centre.

Fortune played a role in Anderson’s first two dismissals, with Phillip Hughes strangling a delivery to Matt Prior down the leg-side and Ponting adjudged caught to a ball he missed by some margin. Playing across a sharp, slanting delivery, Ponting struck the instep of his shoe as the ball threaded the gap between bat and pad and lobbed to Andrew Strauss at first slip. Koertzen asked the third umpire, Nigel Llong, whether the ball had carried to Strauss, and subsequently ruled him out for two, continuing Ponting’s unhappy association with Lord’s when he has 71 runs at 14.20.

England made their own luck thereafter. An obstinate, attritional 93-run stand between Simon Katich and Michael Hussey temporarily drew Australia back into the contest, but with England’s bowlers maintaining disciplined lines and the rain clouds closing in, the odds of a momentum-shifting stand was always stacked against them. So it was that Katich, the most measured of Australia’s batsmen to that point, swiped at an Onions delivery and was caught by a running, diving Broad at fine leg. The dismissal was a carbon copy of that which led to Katich’s demise in Worcester, and represents a triumph for England’s planning.

Hussey, having compiled a confidence-boosting 51, followed three overs later in the most frustrating of circumstances. Shouldering arms to a straightening Flintoff delivery, Hussey watched forlornly as the ball dislodged the off-bail in a dismissal that sent Australia’s prospects plummeting. England sensed the kill with two new batsmen at the crease, and it wasn’t long before Anderson had accounted for Michael Clarke and Marcus North - both dismissed attempting to force the pace of the innings. Broad continued the rout with the wickets of Johnson and Brad Haddin to loose pull-shots, reducing Australia to 156 for eight before bad light stopped play at 6.23pm.

In keeping with the theme of the match, Australia will resume on Saturday with a pair of batsmen afflicted by injury and illness. Nathan Hauritz dislocated a finger on Friday while Siddle vomited on the field before seeking medical treatment in the first session on Saturday. A bleak picture for the tourists.

Earlier, Ben Hilfenhaus temporarily lifted Australian spirits with two quick wickets that went far to rounding out England’s first innings for 425. Hilfenhaus claimed the vital scalp of Andrew Strauss with his second ball of the morning, then followed with that of Broad, as the hosts lost their final four wickets for 61 before the first drinks break.

As was the case in Cardiff, England’s 10th wicket partnership proved problematic for the Australians, as Anderson and Onions added 47 valuable runs. With Siddle taken from the field with illness - effectively reducing Ponting to just two frontline bowling options - England’s tailenders took the attack to the out-of-sorts Johnson. He eventually claimed the wicket of Anderson for 29, but not before his figures had swollen to 3-132 from 21.4 overs. cricinfo

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