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Vinesh Phogat is on top of the World!

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Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan): Indian wrestling had a lot to celebrate yesterday as Vinesh Phogat secured Tokyo Olympics qualification and won a bronze, while Pooja Dhanda put herself one win away from her second medal at the World Championships here. Having endured a medal-less run in three World Championships before, Vinesh finally ended the drought by pinning Maria Prevolaraki to win by fall in the bronze-medal bout. "It is my first World Championship medal and it is a big thing to win a medal at the Worlds," Vinesh told reporters. "I had changed my weight category and in just 10 months, I got this medal. It is a thing of great happiness for me. It is the biggest medal of my career till now." The Indian lost a point for passivity after Maria, the two-time medallist, suffered a cut on her face in the beginning of the bout. Vinesh Phogat (left) competes with Yuliia Khavaldzhy in the repechage round. Pic/PTI Vinesh made two moves but Maria defended well to keep the narrow lead at the br..
                 

WWE SmackDown Live: Brock Lesnar makes shocking return, attacks Kofi Kingston

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World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) SmacDown Live opened to a huge match with The New Day taking on The Revival and Randy Orton in a tag team match. Kofi Kingston hit Trouble in Paradise on Scott Dawson to win the match for his team. Kofi Kingston and Randy Orton, as well as The New Day and The Revival, had their share of rivalry for the past few months. While Kofi Kingston went on to defeat Randy Orton at Clash of Champions to retain his WWE title, The New Day lost the SD Live tag team titles to The Revival at the same pay-per-view. However, as Kofi and his team were celebrating, 'The Beast' Brock Lesnar made his epic return to WWE. Lesnar's manager Paul Heyman went on to chant, 'It's a bad day for The New Day, yes it is.' Heyman then extended a possible challenge to Kofi Kingston asking him to defend his WWE title at SmackDown Live on October 4 against Brock Lesnar. Kofi Kingston went on to accept the challenge. Just when Brock Lesnar was about to shake hands with Kofi, he surprised ..
                 

World Wrestling Championships: Two bad for Vinesh Phogat

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Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan): Vinesh Phogat was pushed out of the title race by reigning champion Mayu Mukaida of Japan but one of India's biggest hopes remained in bronze medal hunt in the 53kg category at the World Wrestling Championships yesterday. Mukaida later reached the final to help Vinesh stay in the medal hunt as well as Tokyo Olympics qualification. Two victories will ensure her place in Tokyo Olympics. She will now have to beat three wrestlers in the repechage — Yuliia Khavaldzhy Blahinya from Ukraine, World No. 1 Sarah Ann Hildebrandt and then Maria Prevolaraki from Greece to win her first Worlds medal. It was second consecutive defeat for Vinesh against the Japanese this season after losing to the two-time world champion at the Asian Championship in China. Vinesh has CWG and Asian Games titles but is yet to win a medal at the Worlds. Mayu Mukaida "Japan is a wrestling powerhouse. It takes some time to attack these girls. It's about one technique, one move one point that ..
                 

Mumbai hockey stars to felicitate Dronacharyas Clarence Lobo, Marzban Patel

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Two of Mumbai's well known hockey coaches and Dronacharya awardees, Clarence Lobo and Marzban 'Bawa' Patel will be felicitated by their wards on october 5 at the St Andrew's turf in Bandra in a fun but unique manner. Former India hockey player Viren Rasquinha is planning to bring together some of the big names in Mumbai and Indian hockey, who have played under Lobo and Bawa over the years. " The idea is to do it [ felicitation] in a way both Bawa and Clary would love to see — a hockey match- up between their boys, past and present. Lobo recalled playing for Bawa's club, Bombay Republicans back in the day when it was helmed by its founder, the late Balram Krishna Mohite. " I played quite a few matches for Republicans in 1972. Not many would know this, but there were times when we didn't even have a full playing XI, and both Mohite and Bawa had to take the field. Mohite played half- back while Bawa was left- outer. I remember, once Mohite got so exhausted during a match that he col..
                 

WWE Clash of Champions: Seth Rollins retains Universal title

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WWE Clash of Champions saw a total of 11 matches played with 10 title matches as well. In the opening match, WWE Cruiserweight champ Drew Gulak retained his title in a triple threat match against Humberto Carrillo and Lince Dorado. AJ Styles also managed to retain his U.S. title after he hit Cedric Alexander with his two finishers - Phenomenal Forearm and the Styles clash. WWE Raw tag team champions Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman, who would meet again later in the event for a title match, failed to defend their tag team titles and lost to Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler. Roode pinned Rollins as he and Ziggle became te new WWE Raw tag team champions. Champion Bayley faced off against Charlotte Flair for the SmackDown Live women's title. Even though Charlotte gained the upper hand with a Big Boot. Charlotte kept the momemtum going but when Bayley threw Charlotte on an exposed turnbuckle, she managed to pin her following a roll-up to retain the SD Live women's title. The Revival also mana..
                 

Mumbai local: Rayaan, Shahyan bag top ranking in junior snooker

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The Razmi brothers, Rayaan and Shahyan, both of Radio Club, finished as Maharashtra's No. 1 and 2 junior ranked snooker players. Rayaan, 17, defended his title and retained the top position, as he produced some impressive performances to win all his three matches in the junior snooker semi-final round-robin league of the BSAM organised Maharashtra State Junior Snooker and Senior Snooker & Billiards Selection (leg 1) Championship at the PJ Hindu Gymkhana billiards room. Meanwhile, Shahyan, 14, and Khar Gymkhana cueists Sparsh Pherwani and Sumehr Mago completed the league with one win and two defeats. However, Shahyan, with a better win/loss frame difference of minus one (frame won 6, frame lost 7) as compared to Sprash's minus two (FW 5, FL 9), claimed second position. Sumehr with a frame difference of minus three, finished as the No. 4 ranked player. The victorious Emeritus FC team with their trophy in Bandra recently Emeritus FC Online Education clinch rink football title Emeritus..
                 

Kamlesh Mehta takes questions from young paddlers on Table Tennis nuances

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Achanta Sharath Kamal, G Sathiyan and Manika Batra may have become household names in Indian table tennis, but Kamlesh Mehta remains an iconic figure for the sport in the country. In India, when table tennis was in its nascent stages, Mehta played a leading role in grabbing attention for the sport in a cricket-crazy country. With the sport changing rapidly in recent times, the eight-time national champion conducted a table tennis Masterclass for mid-day at the Juhu-Vile Parle Gymkhana recently and provided valuable insights on the game to young aspirants. Mehta, 59, also spoke about the changing landscape of the sport in India and the initiatives being taken by the administration at the grassroot level. Excerpts How has the table tennis scenario changed since the time you played? It has actually evolved a lot in every aspect. The scoring pattern used to be 21 points with a match comprising best-of-five games and five services per player. Now, it's an 11-point game with a best-of-seven ..
                 

Former NASCAR driver Danica Patrick wears rival NFL gear to cheer boyfriend

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Pistol coach Jaspal Rana: Yashaswini Singh Deshwal is so special

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It's been a period of mixed emotions for Jaspal Rana. On one hand, the multiple Asian Games medalist-turned-shooting coach has experienced the disappointment of not being nominated for the Dronacharya Award. On the other, his wards have continued achieving success on the international stage. Pistol shooter Yashaswini Singh Deshwal, the only Indian female to win two medals (gold in 10m air pistol, silver in mixed air pistol event) at the ISSF World Cup in Rio de Janeiro recently, is yet another junior who has excelled on the senior platform under Rana just like world champions Manu Bhaker, Saurabh Chaudhary and Anish Bhala. Indian shooters topped the medals tally (5 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze) at the Rio World Cup but Rana is particularly pleased to see Yashaswini, 22, live up to her potential on the senior circuit. "Yashaswini is a very sincere shooter and has achieved a lot of success at the junior level, but somehow she has been missing out on medals in senior events. With this double ..