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Jitu Rai wins Champion of Champions pistol award of ISSF


Ace Indian Shooter Jitu Rai has won the 2016 Champion of Champions pistol Award of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) for pistol shooting. 
●    He won the award consisting cash prize of €5000 in the World Cup Final held in Bologna, Italy. 
●    In the 10 m Air Pistol Champions Trophy final Jitu Rail defeated Damir Mikec of Serbia by 29.6 to 28.3 points. 
●    Olympic champion Anna Korakaki finished third in this event. 
●    It was the mixed knock-out competition meant only for the medallists in the World Cup Final.
●    In this event shooters are eliminated after the first four shots, one each after every successive shot. 
●    The last two compete on a three-shot format. 
●    Other Awards In the rifle event category, the honour went to Sergey Kamenskiy of Russia. 
●    He had defeated two-time Olympian Du Li of China by 31.7 to 31.6 points. 
●    London Olympics champion Yi Siling of China took the third place.


 

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Nico Rosberg wins Japan GP

Nico Rosberg romped to victory at the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday to extend his lead over world champion Lewis Hamilton in the Formula One title race.
●    The German claimed his first Suzuka win from pole as Hamilton took third after a dreadful start, Rosberg stretching his lead over his Mercedes rival to 33 points with just four races left this season.
●    The Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen finished fourth and fifth after both turned the air blue over radio, complaining about back markers.
●    Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, who inherited victory in Malaysia after Hamilton's engine caught fire, took sixth ahead of the Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg.

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Nick Kyrgios lifts Japan Open

Nick Kyrgios shelved the on-court histrionics and let his tennis do the talking to win an enthralling battle against rising Belgian David Goffin 4-6 6-3 7-5 and clinch the Japan Open on Sunday.
●    The Australian number one, long criticized for his temper tantrums, was a model of composure as he overhauled the world number 14 for the biggest title of his career and his third overall.
●    The world number 15 returned home to help Australia retain their place in the Davis Cup World Group with victory over Slovakia in their Sydney playoff and his triumph in Japan featured an impressive semi-final win over world number eight Gael Monfils.
●    Kyrgios picked up a $310,000 winners' cheque and a shot of confidence in time for this week's Shanghai Masters.
●    Nicholas Hilmy"Nick" Kyrgios(born 27 April 1995) is an Australian professional tennis player.

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India wins Historic 250th Home Test Match

India beat New Zealand by 178 runs to win the second Test at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens on Monday and claim a 2-0 series win. 
●    As a result, the hosts also replaced Pakistan as the World No. 1 Test team.
●    The victory in India’s 250th Test match at home comes on the heels of the hosts winning their 500th Test match, thus taking an insurmountable lead in the three-match series.
●    Set a daunting victory target of 376, New Zealand started the chase well before the slide began with Martin Guptill falling leg before to Ravichandran Ashwin, Ashwin and spin counterpart Ravindra Jadeja took three wickets each in the second innings.

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3rd ISL Season to begin

The official Hero Indian Super League ISL 2016 schedule, match fixtures & time table have been released by the Football Sports Development Limited. 
●    The 3rd season of the ISL, Hero Indian Super League 2016 will take place from 1st October 2016 and ends on 18th December 2016. 
●    The 2016 ISL schedule featuring 61 games which will be played across 79 days in a home-away league format followed by two-legged semi-finals and the final.
●    The football league was founded in 2013 and now it is most popular football tournament in India. The Indian Super League 2016 season will feature eight teams and each team will play 14 matches.  
●    Mumbai City FC, Pune City FC, Atletico de Kolkata, Chennaiyin FC, Kerala Blasters FC, Goa FC, North East United and Delhi Dynamos are the eight participating teams in ISL 3.

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Asian Beach Games : India Women's Kabaddi Team wins Gold

Indian women’s Kabbadi team on 28 September 2016 bagged gold medal at the 5th Asian Beach Games. 
●    This was fifth gold in succession for the Indian team. 
●    The Indian women's kabaddi team had been winning the gold since 2008.
●    For Thailand, it was the fifth time in a row they had lost to India in a final.
●    Indian men's beach kabaddi team settled for the Silver medal. 
●    India had won gold in men's beach kabaddi the 2008 and 2010 editions.
●    In Kurash, Amisha Tokas won silver in women’s 70kg category after losing to Nguyen Thi Lan of Vietnam in the final.
●    In beach bodybuilding, Manoj Kumar Majumdar won a bronze in up to 158cm category.
●    India has so far won six medals including one gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze, in the Games. 
●    India is now at 15th spot in the medal table.


 

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Eden Gardens : First Indian Cricket Stadium to Install Bell

The Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium has a Lord’s style, space-ship like press box. 
●    Now another feature of the historic ground will find its place in an India stadium, as Cricket Association of Bengal will install a Lord’s-like bell at the Eden Garden’s, from the second Test between India and New Zealand. 
●    Former skipper Kapil Dev will ring the bell– put up at the lower tier of the Club House underneath the Eden Clock.
●    This Test match precedes the Durga Puja; Bengal’s autumn festival. 
●    Crowd attendance could be an issue and the state association is trying to create a carnival-like atmosphere to ensure decent footfalls. 
●    The CAB, in association with the Lions Club, will bring 4,000 underprivileged children from across the state on the opening day.
●    Also, felicitation have been arranged for the two teams on the third day, as part of this Test being India’s 250th at home. However, only 400 tickets have been sold.
 

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Pinky Balhara wins bronze in 5th Asian Beach Games

India’s Pinky Balhara has won bronze medal at the 5th Asian Beach Games held at Da Nang, Vietnam. 
•    She won the medal in women’s 52kg category after she lost to Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy of Vietnam in the semifinals. 
•    Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy won the gold medal in this event while another Vietnamese Nguyen Thi Quynh won the silver medal. 
•    To participate in the 5th Asian Beach Games, India had sent a contingent of 208 members.
•    The athletes will participate in 13 sporting disciplines which include Kabaddi, Swimming, Handball, Pencak Silat, Kurash, Woodball, Sambo, Ju-Jitsu, Pentaque, Sepaktakraw, Shuttlecock, Voninam and Muay Thai. 
•    Kurash is a form of wrestling that had originated from Uzbekistan. In this game, two opponents wear a green and a blue jacket. 
•    The participants try to throw the other on the ground. 

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Velvan Senthilkumar Wins Squash U-19 Asian Title


India's emerging player Velavan Senthilkumar came from two games down to beat Jordan's Mohammad Al-Sarraj 12-14, 9-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 and bag the U-19 Asian Junior Individual squash championship title on Saturday.
•    The Chennai lad, who trains at the Indian Squash Academy (ISA), is the second Indian to win the title after Ravi Dixit in 2010.
•    According to coach Bala Murugan, Velavan took time to settle down but once he got into the rhythm there was no looking back.
•    From among 31 Indian players in various age categories at the tournament, there were two more medal winners in Tushar Shahani, who claimed a silver in boys' U-17, and Yash Fadte who earned a bronze in boys' U-15 section
•    In Chennai, a delighted national coach Cyrus Poncha said that the success was a great moment for Indian squash.
 

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MSK Prasad to head Selection Committee

Former wicket keeper MSK Prasad has been chosen to succeed Sandeep Patil as the chairman of India's selection panel. 
•    The decision was taken at the BCCI's 87th annual general meeting in Mumbai, after the board had invited applicants for the selection job for the first time.
•    Prasad had been part of the previous selection panel headed by Patil since November last year. 
•    Former off spinner Sarandeep Singh, and former batsmen Gagan Khoda, Devang Gandhi and Jatin Paranjpe were the other four selectors named in the five-member panel.
•    Former India seamer Venkatesh Prasad was retained as chairman of the junior selection committee, which has Amit Sharma, Gyanendra Pandey and Ashish Kapoor as new members.
•    Ajay Shirke was unanimously elected BCCI secretary after being the only nominee for the post
•    Anurag Thakur will continue as BCCI's representative at the ICC and Asian Cricket Council, while Sharad Pawar will also continue as the alternate director at ICC meetings
•    The BCCI has approved possession of lands in Dharamasala and Bangalore as additional facilities for the NCA
 

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