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Vibgyor, Rajhans are champs

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A late flourish by Aditya Keshwani, 10, who sunk two back-to-back baskets, helped Vibgyor High 'A' (Malad) quell the strong determined challenge from Don Bosco 'A' (Matunga) by snatching a thrilling 10-6 victory in an engrossing boys' under-11 final of the MSSA inter-school basketball tournament at Azad Maidan on Thursday. In a match of fluctuating fortunes and with the lead changing hands, Aditya seemed to have saved his best for last. Towards the end of the third quarter, Aditya converted two free throws to tie the match scores at 6-all. The Rajhans Vidyalaya (Andheri) girls are all smiles as they pose with the U-11 winner's trophy That boosted his confidence and a late moment of brilliance saw an alert Aditya pounce on the rebounds and, he twice in quick succession found the hoop in the final quarter and thanks to the poor shooting from the Don Bosco hoopsters, who drew a blank in this period, Vibgyor went on to emerge champions. Aditya scores eightAditya scored eight of the 10 poin..
                 

Asian Wrestling Championships: Indians stand tall

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Ashu, Aditya Kundu and Hardeep won a bronze medal each in their respective weight categories as Indian wrestlers bagged five medals in Greco-Roman events of the Asian Wrestling Championships here on Wednesday. While Ashu won a bronze in 67kg category, Aditya and Hardeep also bagged the medals of same colour in the 72kg and 97kg respectively on the second day of the competitions. Ashu beat Syria's Abdulkarim Mohammad Al-Hasan 8-1, while Kundu defeated Nao Kusaka of Japan 8-0 inside one and a half minutes in a lop-sided 72kg bronze medal bout at KD Jadhav Hall in Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium. Later, Hardeep beat Kyrgyzstan's Beksultan Makhamadzhanovich Makhmudov 3-1 to register India's third podium finish of the day. India has so far five medals in the championships, after Sunil Kumar's historic gold in 87kg and Arjun Halakurki's bronze in 55kg Greco-Roman category on Tuesday. Gyanender misses medal Gyanender, however, lost 0-6 in the 60kg Greco-Roman bronze medal bout on Wednesday. The ..
                 

Kate Upton: I'm my biggest mom shamer

6 days ago  
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American supermodel Kate Upton feels she is her biggest critic when it comes to motherhood and feels there is always something that she lacks as far as parenting is concerned. Talking about the challenges of being a parent, the Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, who has a daughter Genevieve, one, with baseball star Justin Verlander, told People magazine: "My biggest mom shamer is myself. We're always trying to be the best we possibly can and that's why I like to speak out about the subject. Because we're all trying to do our best and be our best, and we need to support each other in those efforts. "You always feel like you're falling short somewhere, but I think just give yourself a break and know that you are doing your best and continue doing it. Don't put too much on your plate. Like many parents would believe, there's no perfect way to find balance." Kate Upton with daughter Genevieve. Pic/ Instagram Upton explained that her "me time" now mostly comprises three things — conti..
                 

Indian Oil, Republicans emerge WCG rink hockey champions

8 days ago  
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A star-studded Indian Oil (New Delhi) beat Central Railway (Mumbai) 7-4 to win men's title at the Willingdon Catholic Gymkhana-organised 39th Victor D'Mello Memorial Invitational Rink Hockey Tournament played under floodlights. Indian Oil, owe their success to the brilliant combined efforts of Talwinder Singh and Mohd Raheel, who scored three and two goals respectively. VR Raghunath and Vikram Kanth got the remaining two goals for the oilmen. For Central Railway, Rajendra Pawar struck two goals while Mohd Nizamudin and Brijendra Kushwaha chipped in with one each.  Bombay Republicans Among the women, Bombay Republicans emerged champions, defeating Sporting Lions Foundation 4-0 in the final. Rijuta Malik and Chaitrali Gawade both combined effectively to score two goals each for the Republicans outfit. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

MSSA handball: Gokuldham boys retain title; JB Vachha girls clinch crown

9 days ago  
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Defending champions Gokuldham High School (Goregaon) encountered a strong opposition from an upbeat Ryan International School (Chembur) as the two teams were engaged in a grim tussle for supremacy in the boys U-14 final of the MSSA inter-school handball tournament at Azad Maidan on Monday. Chaitya wins it The Goregaon team's ace shooter Chaitya Shah in a last-ditch effort scored a decisive goal, which helped his school carve out a tense and nerve-wracking 13-12 victory. The Chembur youngsters put up a brave approach and matched their fancied opponents and the scores ran close throughout. With only a couple of seconds remaining on the clock, the match was evenly poised at 12-all before Gokuldham produced a snap counter-attack. Chaitya scored the crucial match-winning goal with a powerful jump shot to clinch the victory and ensure his school retained the crown. JB Vachha (Dadar) girls celebrate with the U-14 handball trophy after their win over Vibgyor ICSE (Goregaon) in the final on Mon..
                 

Hockey: Golden win for Indian Navy

9 days ago  
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Pune lad Ajinkya Jadhav's late brilliance stole the show as Indian Navy (Mumbai) overwhelmed South Central Railway (Secunderabad) 4-1 to lift the 54th All India Bombay Gold Cup hockey title at the MHAL Stadium in Churchgate on Wednesday. Jadhav, 20, notched up a fine hat-trick as the navymen derailed the railway side, who promised the stars following their stunning 5-2 win over defending champions Indian Oil 24 hours earlier. On Wednesday too, SCR began with a bang but fizzled out like an ordinary soda. Raju Pal scored the opening goal of the final for SCR in the fifth minute with a reverse hit from the top of the circle (58th minute) was well within the reach of Navy custodian Reydan Tidu but he let it slip. Fortunately for the navymen, that was the only slip of the day. Man of the tournament at the Hockey India Nationals in Jhansi earlier this year, Jugraj Singh, equalised six minutes later off a penalty corner drag flick to the bottom left of SCR custodian Noor Jillani to make it al..
                 

MSSA Handball: Gokuldham, Don Bosco, Vibgyor High girls rule

11 days ago  
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Gokuldham High School (Goregaon), Don Bosco International (Matunga) and Vibgyor High (Malad), all enjoyed a successful, rewarding day winning the girls' U-8, U-10 and U-12 crowns respectively in the MSSA inter-school handball tournament at Azad Maidan on Monday. In the U-8 final, the Goregaon girls beat Don Bosco International (Matunga) 6-4 to emerge champions. Saumya Labade, a tiny bundle of energy, produced another impressive performance, scoring all the six goals for Gokuldham while Don Bosco attacker Serena Nadar notched up all the goals for her team. The Don Bosco International (Matunga) girls with their U-10 winners trophy However, later, there was joy for Don Bosco, as their U-10 girls beat Jamnabai Narsee (Juhu) 6-3 to emerge supreme. The Don Bosco girls showed some good understanding and excellent teamwork to outsmart the Jamnabai girls. Khia Jain and Reona Rambhia scored a brace each while Jiya Shah and Seona D'Souza added one goal apiece to complete the win. Ashlesha Patanka..
                 

Cop that! Police force all set to run for glory

15 days ago  
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The Police force make their presence felt at most big sporting events. But come Sunday, they will be on the other side of the fence as it were. Around 6,000 police personnel will run the inaugural Maharashtra Police International Marathon which will attract a total of 17,000- plus participants which will include 700 full marathoners, 3250 half marathoners, 5576 runners in 16k category while 7907 athletes will be part of the 5k category. Around 50 top Indian male and female elite athletes will be competing for the top honours, including Allahabad marathon winner Rahul Pal, who has a personal best full marathon timing of 2:21:52. He will be challenged by Prahlad Singh, Jitendra Singh and Santosh Patel. Jyoti Gawate In the women's category Jyoti Gawate, who finished runner up in Mumbai Marathon last month, will have to contest with Ritu Pal and Shalmali Singh for the top position. Though the organisers have yet to announce the participation of overseas elite athletes, they are expecting f..
                 

Jennifer Lopez, Shakira sizzle together at Super Bowl LIV halftime show

19 days ago  
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Washington D.C.: Shakira along with several backup dancers opened the 'Super Bowl LIV' halftime show before she performed 'Empire'. According to Fox News, Shakira, known for her dancing abilities took a moment to prove that her hips don't lie before performing "Whenever, Wherever," adding a dance with a rope that she performed when on tour. The 43-year-old star then launched into 'I Like It' as singer Bad Bunny took the stage with her. As the show was designed to be a celebration of Latino culture, the performance included multiple Spanish-language songs. The songstress also performed her hit number 'Hips Don't Lie' to loud cheers. After which Lopez took the entry with a loud shout out "Miami are you ready?" The 50-year-old actor stripped off her black leather bodysuit and revealed a silver bodysuit. Her pole dancing along with the song 'Waiting for Tonight' was one of the major attractions to the event. The Colombian singer J Blavin joined the singer on the stage for a performance o..
                 

Dwyane Wade on NBA Legend Kobe Bryant's death: We will weep forever

25 days ago  
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Los Angeles: The NBA grappled with the sudden death of league great Kobe Bryant, 41, on Sunday, players saying they felt sick to their stomach taking to the court without having ample time to absorb the shocking news. A haunting moment of silence preceded the Houston Rockets's game against the Nuggets in Denver, which tipped off just hours after the helicopter crash in suburban Los Angeles in which Bryant and his daughter Gianna, 13, were among nine who perished. Spurs honour BryantIn San Antonio, where the Spurs hosted the reigning champions Toronto Raptors, both teams took 24-second shot-clock violations on their first possessions of the game in honour of Bryant, who wore the No. 24 in the later years of his career. And in a move that other NBA teams are also expected to adopt, the Dallas Mavericks announced that they were retiring the number 24 jersey. Dwyane Wade Several NBA stars said they were reluctant to step on the court after learning the news. "Laker Nation, the game of bask..
                 

Bombay Gold Cup Hockey: SCR stun defending champs IOCL 5-2 to set up final with Indian Navy

10 days ago  
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The Indian Railways are known to produce many top-class hockey players, who have excelled in national colours, but their fallout with Hockey India (HI) has made life tough for Railways' players. Last year, HI banned the Railway Sports Promotion Board over a player fraud issue. The ban has had a direct effect on the Railways players' job promotions. "Our players only get job promotions if our team win the HI-conducted national tournament but following the ban, we cannot participate in the nationals. So life is tough for our hockey players but they continue to give their best," South Central Railway coach Babu Tagore told mid-day after his team stunned defending champions IOCL 5-2 to storm into the final of the 54th All India Bombay Gold Cup hockey tournament at the MHAL Stadium in Churchgate on Tuesday. PR Aiyappa (7th, 58th minute) scored a brace for SCR while Sheshe Gowda (6th), Pratap Lakra (8th) and Lovepreet Singh (50th) added a goal each yesterday. Sumit Kumar (30th) and Talwinder..
                 

WWE superstars parody Oscars 2020 films and it's brilliant and hilarious!

12 days ago  
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The Oscars 2020 is the biggest trend today and WWE was right in the middle of things as they released a series of posters which was more like a reimagining of the top Oscar nominees at the 92nd Academy Awards. WWE released their so-called parodies on top 2019 films such as Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, Joker, 1917, Marriage Story, The Irishman, Judy and many more. A Beautiful Day in the Fun House stars Bray Wyatt, while Big E stars in the rip-off of Renee Zellweger's Judy. WWE did have some fabulous reimagining of quite a few Oscar contenders. The Quentin Tarantino-directed Once Upon A Time in Hollywood starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt had The Miz and Dolph Ziggler in the lead roles. Todd Phillips' directed Joker which starred Joaquin Phoenix had Asuka in a self-titled film in reply. Asuka can be seen doing a Joker-like pose and looks close to the character given her colourful mask and green mist. Marriage Story which starred Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver had WWE's sta..
                 

Willingdon gives rink hockey a makeover

16 days ago  
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Rink hockey has always held a special place in the hearts of Mumbai's hockey aficionados. And the skillful, fast-paced, five-a-side version has been a primary breeding ground for many city lads, who have gone on to excel in India colours. However, the shorter format just got faster and more exciting with the Willingdon Catholic Gymkhana (WCG) introducing some of the rules from the FIH-backed Hockey 5s. Earlier, just like field hockey, even in the rink version, players could only score from inside the striking circle. But at the ongoing WCG-organised 39th Victor D'Mello Memorial Invitational rink hockey tournament being played at the Gymkhana's tennis courts in Santacruz, a player can score from anywhere on the pitch as long as the ball is played along the ground, which is similar to how it goes in Hockey 5s. A brainchild of WCG's outdoor sports secretary and Olympian Joaquim Carvalho, the new version has received a thumbs-up from players. Former India defender V Raghunath felt this is ..
                 

Tips of the tops

21 days ago  
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Malesh Narredu, trainer: War Hammer and Juliette are the two horses to beat. There are at least eight regional Derby winners in the fray, this is an open race. I will be rooting for my brother's (Satish Narredu) horse, Sir Supremo who won the Chennai Derby recently. Narendra Lagad, trainer: The way War Hammer won the Bangalore Derby, the way he settled and the way he accelerated, I think that's a hallmark of a Derby horse. I just saw him in school yesterday morning, and he is looking a million-dollar horse! Vivek Jain, former RWITC chairman: War Hammer. I am not saying if and buts, and how did he travel, there are no caveats. It's going to be War Hammer. Gaurav Ramphal, bloodstock agent: War Hammer and Juliette, may the better horse win. Nirad Karanjawalla, trainer: My first choice for the Derby is Juliette, followed by War Hammer. But I am aware, technically, you can't rule out an upset because there could be serious traffic problems in a field of 20 runners. SS Shah, senior train..
                 

WWE Royal Rumble match card: Will WWE champion Brock Lesnar create history, can Becky Lynch overcome Asuka?

27 days ago  
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WWE Royal Rumble (2020) is an upcoming professional wrestling pay-per-view and WWE Network event produced by WWE for their Raw and SmackDown brands. It will take place on January 26, 2020, at the Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. It will be the thirty-third event under the Royal Rumble chronology. Men's Royal Rumble This year's men's Royal Rumble will be quite a historic one as it will be the first time ever that a WWE Champion will enter the Royal Rumble at the number one spot. After he decided that there was no worthy opponent for his title, WWE champion Brock Lesnar had announced on Raw that he will be not only entering the Royal Rumble but also take the number 1 entry spot. Roman Reigns was the previous WWE champion to enter the Royal Rumble as his title was on the line. Reigns went on to lose the WWE title to Triple H at the 2016 Royal Rumble. 30 men will take each other on to win the Royal Rumble and earn a shot at either the WWE championship of the WWE Universal championship...
                 

MSSA Handball: A win-win scenario!

10 days ago  
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Vibgyor ICSE (Goregaon) and Vibgyor High (Malad), won the boys U-8 and boys U-10 titles respectively in the MSSA inter-school handball tournament at Azad Maidan on Monday. Meanwhile, St Joseph's (Wadala) clinched the boys U-12 crown. In the U-8 final, Ridhit Poojari scored all the four goals in leading Vibgyor ICSE to a 4-2 win over Pawar Public School (Kandivli). Divit Vaghani struck both the goals for Pawar Public school. In the U-10 summit clash, Vibgyor High were locked in an engrossing battle with Don Bosco International (Matunga). There was not much to separate the two teams and the result was decided in the second extra time period, 7-6 in favour of Vibgyor High. The Vibgyor High (Malad) boys with their U-10 winners trophy  The match finished at five-all and the scores stayed tied at 6-6 in the first extra time, before Vibgyor earned a penalty at the death of the second extra time and attacker Vihaan Shetty kept his cool to convert and snatch a tense win for his school. Vih..
                 

MSSA Handball: Jaskirat Singh Arora, Aditya Tiwari help Ryan International enter final

12 days ago  
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The combined efforts of attacker Jaskirat Singh Arora and dependable goalkeeper Aditya Tiwari saw Ryan International School (Chembur) score a shock 8-1 win over defending champions St Joseph's High School (Wadala) in a boys U-14 semi-final of the MSSA inter-school handball tournament at Azad Maidan on Saturday. Jaskirat, the spearhead in Ryan International's attack line, showed good coordination with his teammates to create openings in the rival defence, creating goals at regular intervals. The dashing Jaskirat, with four goals, led Ryan's charge while an alert goalkeeper Aditya proved to be a hard nut to crack for the St Joseph's lads. He showed good anticipation and excellent reflexes as he blocked numerous rival attempts, allowing just one ball to slip through his defences. Jaskirat's teammates Viviaan Sanghani and Kuvam Chaudhary contributed with two goals each. St Joseph's lone goal was scored by Deep Kadam. Aditya Tiwari  In the second semi-final, Gokuldham (Goregaon) beat I..
                 

Coaches, parents impressed with MSSA handball venue

17 days ago  
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It was a refreshing sight for the children, coaches, sports teachers and parents, who had come along with the young boys and girls to participate in the MSSA inter-school handball tournament at Azad Maidan on Tuesday. At the gate, huge hoardings and banners fluttering in the cool breeze welcomed the participants. Inside, it was an even better sight. The surface of the four playing fields were in supreme condition. The entire playing area was cleared of the otherwise huge pebbles and stones, the pitches were watered and well rolled. The entire area was also cleaned and spruced up with no litter anywhere. There was ample drinking water available at all the four playing fields. Big win for Lakshdham Jhanvi Chauhan, who scored four goals as Lakshdham (Goregaon) routed Jamnabai Narsee (Vile Parle) 5-0 in a girls' U-14 tie, was very happy with the facilities. "We have been playing in this tournament for many years but this year there is a marked improvement in the playing conditions which he..
                 

MSSA basketball: St Joseph's, St Anthony's hoopsters reign supreme

22 days ago  
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St Joseph's (Wadala) underlined their supremacy and dominance as they outplayed Don Bosco (Matunga), recording an authoritative 31-11 victory in the mini boys' under-13 final of the MSSA inter-school basketball tournament at Azad Maidan on Thursday. Aaron Serrao, who has scored consistently, and industrious ball handler Nathan Baretto rose to the occasion and once again played an inspirational role, helping St Joseph's complete a hat-trick of title wins. Both Aaron and Nathan scored eight points each and Sarthak Sarang and Kevin Karzai chipped in with five points each. Don Bosco's Pranav Menon could only manage two baskets (four points), while Vignesh Nadar scored three points. The final started on a cautious note, but the Wadala schoolboys slowly and steadily took control after Aaron shot the first basket in the second minute. He scored one more as St Joseph's raced to an 8-2 lead in the first quarter and they extended it to 15-9 at the break. The Matunga side lacked understanding and..