Indian sports News- August 28thAugust 28, 2019, Delhi, Jammu
Bytes: Hyderabad FC, Chennaiyin signs Andre, Arun Jaitley stadium, SAFF U-15, Bury FC, India A, US Open Day2, Tiger Woods, ISSF Challenge WC, Linsanity in Beijing
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Hyderabad FC- Hyderabad FC will be a new club competing in the Indian Super League from its sixth season, the league announced on its website on Tuesday. It is reported that the club will replace FC Pune City in the competition with new owners taking over the club and triggering the shift from Pune to Hyderabad. However, there was no mention of FC Pune City in the release on ISL’s website announcing the inception of Hyderabad FC. FC Pune City struggling for funds and couldn’t find an investor to keep the club in the city, according to a report in Hindustan Times.
Chennaiyin FC- Two-time Indian Super League champion Chennaiyin FC on Tuesday announced the signing of 33-year old Maltese forward Andre Schembri on a free transfer ahead of the 2019-’20 campaign. The versatile forward will become the first player from Malta to play for Chennaiyin as well as in the ISL, a release said. He joins Chennaiyin FC after a spell at Cypriot top division side Apollon Limassol FC, with whom he became the first Maltese player to score in the proper rounds of a Uefa competition, netting in the Europa League.
Bengaluru FC- Bengaluru FC completed the signing of Indian national team player and versatile winger Ashique Kuruniyan from FC Pune City for an undisclosed transfer fee ahead of the upcoming Indian Super League season, the club announced on Tuesday. The Malappuram-born winger has signed a four-year deal with the reigning ISL champions and will feature for the Blues till the end of the 2022-’23 season.
Saff U-15: India churned out yet another fine performance as they beat Sri Lanka 5-0 in the Saff U-15 tournament in Kalyani, West Bengal on Tuesday. Himanshu Jangra was the star of the show, scoring a hat-trick, while Maheson and Shubho Paul also netted one each. India coach Bibiano Fernandes made two changes to his line-up, with Himanshu Jangra replacing Sridarth upfront, and Satvik Sharma taking Sibajit Singh’s place in the middle of the park.
Bury FC- Historic Football club Bury on Tuesday became the first team to be expelled from the English Football League in over two decades after a takeover bid collapsed. The two-time FA Cup winners, who only a few months ago were celebrating promotion to the third tier, lost all hope of salvation when a takeover bid fell apart shortly before the 1600 GMT deadline.
The club from northwest England are the first to be expelled from the league – comprising all the divisions below the top-tier Premier League – since Maidstone United in 1992.
Feroz Shah Kotla- The Delhi and District Cricket Association on Tuesday said it would rename the Feroz Shah Kotla cricket stadium in memory of its former President Arun Jaitley. The Bharatiya Janata Party leader and former finance minister died on Saturday. The renaming ceremony will take place on September 12. A stand at the Kotla will also be named after India captain Virat Kohli, as announced earlier by the DDCA. Jaitley, during his tenure at DDCA, is credited with renovating the stadium into a modern facility, increasing its capacity to accommodate more fans, and constructing world class dressing rooms.
India A- Former off-spinner and women’s team coach Ramesh Powar has been named India A bowling coach for the upcoming series against South Africa A. Powar, who played two Tests and 31 One-Day Internationals for India, was embroiled in a controversy late last year after he fell out with senior women’s team player Mithali Raj when he was the head coach. Powar had reapplied for the same position but the Cricket Advisory Committee headed by 1983 World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev chose WV Raman as his successor.
J&K Cricket association- Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association has decided that it will try and communicate with domestic cricketers through advertisement tickers on local television channels, according to a report in The Indian Express. Last month, close to a hundred cricketers were asked to leave Jammu and Kashmir due to a terror threat. The association claims that it has been difficult to reach out to players ever since curfews were imposed in the state in the wake of the abrogation of Article 370.
US Open, Day 2- Sloane Stephens, the 2017 US Open champion, was stunned in the first round as reigning champion Naomi Osaka confronted severe nerves to come through in three tough sets against Russia’s Anna Blinkova, the world number 84 in the first round on Tuesday. Wimbledon champion Simona Halep, ousted in the opening round the past two years at Flushing Meadows, outlasted US lucky loser Nicole Gibbs 6-3, 3-6, 6-2. Fifteen-year-old Wimbledon sensation Coco Gauff edged past Anastasia Potapova, 18, in three sets on her US Open debut.
In men’s Rafael Nadal launched his tilt at a fourth US Open title Tuesday with a swift defeat of John Millman as other leading seeds in his half of the draw tumbled out in the first round. Four players in the world’s top 10 – Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Karen Khachanov and Roberto Bautista Agut – lost Tuesday to ease Nadal’s potential path to the final.
ISSF World Cup challenge- India’s rifle and pistol shooters will renew their quest for 2020 Olympic quotas in the year’s fourth World Cup beginning here from Wednesday. A total of 16 quota places for Tokyo will be up for grabs in eight individual events. A few comebacks and a few new faces in focus as India look to add to the seven quotas they have won so far across the two disciplines. On the first day of competition, setting the ball rolling will be world number one Apurvi Chandela and number two Anjum Moudgil, who have already secured quotas in the women’s 10m air rifle. India has already booked Olympic quotas through Apurvi Chandela (10m air rifle women), Anjum Moudgil (10m air rifle women), Rahi Sarnobat (25m pistol women), Manu Bhaker (10m air pistol women), Saurabh Chaudhary (10m air pistol men), Abhishek Verma (10m air pistol men) and Divyansh Singh Panwar (10m air rifle men).
Jeremy Lin- Jeremy Lin, the first Asian-American to win an NBA title, is moving to the Beijing Shougang Ducks, the team announced Tuesday, bringing one of China’s favourite basketball players to its domestic league. Lin was part of the Toronto Raptors team that won the championship last season, but he was often benched during the playoffs as he struggled with his form. The man behind the ‘Linsanity’ hysteria of 2012 became an unrestricted free agent this summer, and struggled to find a new team in the NBA. The Ducks, long one of the strongest teams in the China Basketball Association league, swooped in to sign him, and announced it on their official Weibo social media account.
Tiger Woods- Tiger Woods revealed he had undergone surgery to repair cartilage in his left knee but said he expects to be fit to play at the PGA Tour’s inaugural event in Japan in October. In a brief statement on Twitter on Tuesday, reigning Masters champion Woods said he had undergone keyhole surgery last week to mend “minor cartilage damage”. Dr Vern Cooley, who conducted the procedure, said in the statement he expects Woods to make a full recovery.