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    Star opener Robin Uthappa and middle-order bat Manish Pandey, along with KL Rahul, are expected to rake in the big mo­olah at the Karnataka Premier League players’ au­c­tion here at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Thursday.

    Uthappa, the player of the tournament in the recently-concluded IPL-7, is in the auction as his team — Bangalore Brigadiers — have pulled out of the third edition. His team-mate at Kolkata Knight Riders, Pandey, couldn’t be retained by Belagavi Panthers as existing teams are allowed to keep just one player from Pool A that consists of the top 30 State cricketers.

    Panthers, who also had R Vinay Kumar in their ranks, went for the Karnataka skipper. The medium pacer will also be leading the Panthers in the T20 league to be held from August 28 to September 12.
    Another batsman, who has made rapid progress in the last one year, Karun Nair, has been retained by defending champions Mangalore United while Bijapur Bulls left their slate clean.

    Stuart Binny, the second highest paid player behind Uthappa in the previous auction, will not be available for the tournament as the all-rounder has been included in the ODI squad for the England series. With Mumbai Indians refusing to release leg-spinning all-rounder Shreyas Gopal and medium pacer HS Sharath injured, there were three vacancies in Pool A. Left-arm spinner KP Appanna, medium pacer SL Akshay and batsman C Cheluvaraj have come in as replacements.

    Another top-order batsman Rahul, who was also part of Brigadiers, will be one of the most sought after players at the auction scheduled to kick off at 3.30 pm after the unveiling of the sponsor’s logo. Hard-hitting opener Mayank Agarwal is also sure to generate some heat along with A Mithun, S Arvind, Ronit More, Amit Verma and Kunal Kapoor.

    It will be interesting to see how much interest former State cricketers like Anand Katti, Yere Goud and B Akhil — who are all in Pool A — generate among the bidders.

    Unlike in the previous auction in 2009, when the franchises were allowed to spend Rs 7 lakh each on buying players, amounting to Rs 56 lakh, this time the cap has been raised to Rs 20 lakh per team. As a result the six teams at the player bidding together can spend a maximum of Rs 1.2 crore on a minimum of 90 players (taking into consideration that each team should have a minimum of 15-player squad) and a maximum of 108.

    The two retained players, Vinay and Nair, who have a minimum cap Rs 3 lakh, will get 15 per cent more than the highest paid player in the auction in their respective teams or whichever is the higher amount.
    Each franchise can spend a maximum of Rs 12 lakh to buy no more than five players from Pool A and if any player in this ‘elite’ group goes unsold he will come into Pool B which has close to 200 players.

    The unsold Pool A player, however, can go under the hammer again only after Pool B players are auctioned off. The base price for unsold Pool A player is pegged at Rs 25,000. Each bid for a player has to be raised by Rs 10,000 for Pool A and by Rs 5,000 for Pool B.

    Also, to help maintain local flavour, it has been made mandatory for teams to have two players from their catchment area.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> Sports / DHNS , Bangalore – August 06th, 2014

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    August 17th, 2014adminNri's / Pio's, Sports, World Opinion

    Muscat :

    The Friends of Naqvi Group and Team Coorg, under the patronage of Embassy of India Muscat and Oman Hockey Association, will be organising the 68th Independence Day celebrations hockey festivity at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex on August 8 from 7pm to 9:30pm.

    The Ambassador XI will play against Indian School Al Seeb and the Team Coorg Muscat will lock horns with Oman Veteran’s XI, a press release said on Tuesday.

    HE JS Mukul, the Ambassador of India to Sultanate of Oman, will be the Chief Guest and Sheikh Mahfoodh Ali Juma Al Juma, Chairman Oman Hockey Association, will be the Guest of honor.

    “This event is organised for the last 7 years in row. Hockey events like this – The Dhyan Chand Day and The Republic Day of India Hockey celebration – are the regular events organised by Team Coorg Muscat.

    “We take this opportunity to express our gratitude to HE JS Mukul, The Ambassador of India to Sultanate of Oman who is regularly presiding such hockey festivities on a regular basis and express our sincere thanks to Sheikh Mahfoodh Ali Juma Al Juma, the Chairman of Oman Hockey Association for his kind gesture in arranging the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex Hockey Stadium for this event”, said veteran hockey player, administrator and coach SAS Naqvi.

    The event is supported by Khimji Ramdas Group of Companies, Raha Poly Product and Pocari (Muscat Pharmacy).

    There is also some surprise in store for children below 10 years of age.

    Oman Tribune
    source: http://www.omantribune.com / Oman Tribune / Home> Sports / Muscat – August 2014

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    Bangalore :

    Veteran politician and former Minister M.C. Nanaiah has urged the State Government to honour Kodagu sports person Joshna Chinappa who won gold medal in the Squash Doubles in the CWG-2014.

    Speaking to press persons here yesterday, Nanaiah said the Karnataka Olympics Association (KOA) must honour Joshna as she hails from Polibetta in Kodagu, with her grand parents and parents all belonging to this place.

    Pointing out that her parents moved to Chennai seeking a career, Nanaiah said that Joshna was born and brought up in Kodagu and she belonged to the State. The squash player was living with her parents in Chennai and it was not correct on the part of the KOA for not honouring her citing that she was a resident of Chennai.

    Noting that the KOA honoured Vikas Gowda who is settled in the US and others such as cricketer Azaruddin and tennis player Sania Mirza earlier, Nanaiah wondered why the Association ignored Joshna, who through her feat in the Commonwealth Games (CWG) had brought good name to Karnataka.

    Pointing out that the Tamil Nadu and Andhra governments had announced cash rewards ranging from Rs. 20 lakh to Rs. 50 lakh for CWG achievers, the former Minister urged Chief Minister Siddharamaiah and Minister for Youth Services and Sports Abhayachandra Jain to look into the discrimination against the squash players, which has hurt sports lovers across the State and take measures to felicitate and reward Joshna as early as possible.

    Referring to the spurt in atrocities and sexual violence against women in the State, Nanaiah observed that the effective implementation of the POCSO Act will go a long way in preventing crimes against women.

    Reiterating the need for implementing the POCSO Act to curb sexual abuse of women and children, Nanaiah said that the Government has constituted a 26 member committee, headed by him, to look into effective measures needed for preventing sexual violence and other crimes against women and chilren, including implementation of POCSO Act.

    The Committee, which is due to begin work shortly, will deliberate on the laws related to sexual violence and atrocities against women and children and come up with practical measures for tackling such crimes, he added.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / August 09th, 2014

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    Says Joshna Chinappa, squash champion

    Joshna (right), along with Deepika Pallikal, won the gold medal in Commonwealth Games, Glasgow

    Joshna (right), along with Deepika Pallikal, won the gold medal in Commonwealth Games, Glasgow

    Bangalore :

    Joshna Chinappa, who along with her partner Deepika Pallikal won the gold medal in Squash Doubles at the Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow recently, says that though she resides in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, by heart and soul she is a Kodavathi.

    In a special interview to a newspaper after her return to Chennai on Tuesday, Joshna, hailing from the Kuttanda family, said that she took pride in saying that she has the lineage of Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa and the first Inspector General of Karnataka, P. Ponnappa.

    “Though I am residing in Chennai with my parents, I belong to Kodagu district in Karnataka. My father Anjan Chinnappa is an industrialist in Chennai. I have houses in Bangalore and Kodagu too. I am the grand niece of Field Marshal Cariappa (grand-daughter of the younger sister of Field Marshal Cariappa). My great grandfather Ponnappa was the first IGP of Karnataka, which is a matter of pride for me,” she gushed with a broad smile and added, “Whenever I visit Kodagu, I meet school children and spread awareness about the game of squash.”

    She recalled the days when her father Anjan Chinappa used to play squash at the Madras Cricket Club, to which she would accompany him and started playing the game. “Seeing my interest in the game, my father gave me all the support and encouragement. Thanks to my parents’ efforts and well-wishers’ support, I got the honour of bringing credit to India,” she said.

    For Joshna, several international events are lined up. After a few days rest, she will be participating in the two international championships in Malaysia and then attend the Asian Championship. “Winning the gold in the CWG has boosted my confidence. I will spare no effort to clinch a gold in the 17th Asian Games to be held in Korea,” she said. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa had awarded cash prizes of Rs. 50 lakh each to Joshna and Deepika for the CWG gold.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / August 09th, 2014

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    Mysore :

    Renowned equestrian Ajai Appachu has been selected for the 17th Asian Games to be held in Korea to participate in the horse-riding competition during Sept. 2014. Trained at Embassy International Riding School, Bangalore, Ajai will be accompanied by his student Fawad Mirza and Nadia Hariprasad.

    For Ajai Appachu, this is the second Asian Games. He has won prizes in all the equestrian competitions that he took part, having won more than 50 awards so far. A truly gifted rider and an extremely successful instructor, Ajai has won innumerable equestrian accolades in India, South Africa and Australia in every field of equestrian sport, whether dressage, show jumping or eventing.

    Ajai has been trained under world-class instructors and is now the guiding force behind the Embassy International Riding School (EIRS) competition yard.

    His students reflect his ability and the EIRS team for the Junior National Equestrian Championship is a force to reckon with, having achieved the highest medal tally at national level since 2003. The young rider has a long list of achievements under his belt.

    Ajai started his winning streak in competitive riding in 1996 when he was adjudged the best rider in the zonal championships at Kolkata. Ajai is the son of Maj. Gen. (Rtd.) Cheppudira Jai Appachu and Gita, hailing from Kodagu.

    Ajai won the Individual Gold (1.30 mt) at the recently held KRA Cup, Seoul, South Korea. Also, won the Team Silver for Jumping; Qualified for the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China in the year 2010; Won FEI World Jumping challenge Category A in Meerut (2011); Won the FEI World dressage challenge held at Embassy International Riding School in 2008; Won Team Gold in show jumping at the Junior International (1999); Best Rider at the Tollygunj Horse Show (1997-98); Junior National Champion at Bangalore (1998); Represented India in South Africa where the team won a gold and three bronze medals; Represented India for the 4th time in the International Tent Pegging meet (2000) and other awards.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / August 07th, 2014

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    (From left) India’s Commonwealth Games 2014 badminton medallists Ashwini Ponnappa & Jwala Gutta (silver), Parupalli Kashyap (gold), RMV Gurusaidutt (bronze) and PV Sindhu (bronze) in Glasgow on Sunday | pti

    (From left) India’s Commonwealth Games 2014 badminton medallists Ashwini Ponnappa & Jwala Gutta (silver), Parupalli Kashyap (gold), RMV Gurusaidutt (bronze) and PV Sindhu (bronze) in Glasgow on Sunday | pti

    Hyderabad :

    The colour made the difference. Otherwise, the medals tally was the same. In the 2010 Delhi Games, India had won four medals. So too in Glasgow.

    It was two gold, one silver and one bronze in Delhi. However, Indian shuttlers could bag only one gold, one silver and two bronze medals this time.

    However, there will be ifs and buts on India’s show. Surely, the last-minute withdrawal of Saina Nehwal cost India a gold medal. But there were hopes that if Saina was not there, then young world championship bronze medallist PV Sindhu had the chance to retain the gold for the country instead.

    But Sindhu fell to Canadian Michelle Li in the semifinals to finally end up with a bronze medal in her maiden venture. However, Parupalli Kashyap’s long wait for a championship medal was finally over. “I feel very happy for this Hyderabadi boy. He has a good game but somehow falters at crucial times. But this time there was no stopping him. He deserves the gold,” said former international Sanjay Sharma, adding, “it was not his fault if Lee Chong Wei (World No 1) pulled out like Saina.”

    But Sharma was not happy with the overall performance, particularly with India failing to win a medal in the team event. “It was the biggest disappointment. We don’t have depth in doubles unlike in the singles where there is some bench strength. If India has done well in the team events in the recent past, it is surely because of Jwala Gutta, who has been a force to reckon with in the doubles for India. She has done yeomen service as far as doubles is concerned for India. But then we can’t depend too much on her every time,” he said.

    Former national coach Vimal Kumar, too, agreed that doubles is surely going to be the Achilles’ heel in any team event. “The singles in the recent past was not an issue but it is the doubles that is the biggest problem for India. Jwala and Ashwini (Ponnappa) have won laurels in women’s doubles but where are the men’s and mixed doubles combinations. It hurt India and will continue to do so in future tournaments. India has to do a lot of catching up to improve their doubles combination. I think the Badminton Association of India (BAI) has to give more emphasis to doubles by grooming young talent for future tournaments,” he opined.

    Sharma said if India have to think of any team medal, then BAI should make concerted efforts to groom a strong doubles combination. “When we could not win any medal in CWG, which has more of a depleted field, then India stand no chance in Asian Games and other big events. It should start planning in the right earnest for the 2016 Rio Olympics,” he added.

    The former doubles specialist said the CWG gold could propel Kashyap to greater heights. “It is a huge boost to Kashyap’s confidence. We could see a pumped up Kashyap in World Championships and Asian Games where the field is much stronger.”

    Vimal feels that Kashyap is always a better player in individual events. “In team events, he is under some sort of pressure. But in individual events he plays more freely. He was impressive in the individual event and I liked the way he handled the pressure, specially in the semifinals and final.

    “Remember, in terms of standard of the game, CWG is not of high quality as there are no Chinese, Indonesians, Danes or Japanese players. But this win came at the right time. He will have a much tougher time at the Worlds and Asian Games,” said the former chief national coach.

    Sindhu, according to Sharma and Vimal, faltered. “It is a good learning experience for Sindhu. But I thought she had a good chance to win a gold medal but then she failed to capitalize on the golden opportunity,’’ said Sharma, who is now a TV commentator on the game.

    Vimal felt Sindhu has to improve her defence. “I think it is time she should depend on instructions. She should make the match analysis by herself and improve on her defence. She need to have more variations in her game,” said the present Prakash Padokone Badminton Academy coach.

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> Sport / by N. Jagannath Das / August 05th, 2014

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    ipika Pallikal (left) and Joshna Chinappa pose with their medals after winning the gold in women's doubles squash event during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. (AFP Photo)

    ipika Pallikal (left) and Joshna Chinappa pose with their medals after winning the gold in women’s doubles squash event during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. (AFP Photo)

    Glasgow :

    Forget the gold. Few gave them a chance to even finish on the podium in the Commonwealth Games, given that teams with pedigree like Australia, England, New Zealand and Malaysia were in the fray.

    But two girls from Chennai – Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal – squashed all doubts and did the impossible on Saturday to claim the top prize in women’s squash doubles. This is India’s first ever medal in the sport in the Commonwealth Games.

    It took the fifth seeded Indian duo just 28 minutes to tame the top seeds Jenny Duncalf and Laura Massaro of England in straight games: 11-6, 11-8.

    The scoreline might suggest that the game was a little one sided but it was not. The British pair, after losing the first game, roared back for a 7-2 lead in the second. The Indians fought back to clinch a famous victory .

    “We were down for a while, but we were confident. We were telling ourselves that we could do it. We were not here to settle for the silver. We had the belief and the confidence that we could win the gold medal,” 22-year-old Dipika told TOI.

    It was a tough competition for the Indian girls as the field included quite a few former Commonwealth Games medallists. “Doubles was a tough competition. It was important for us to take one match at a time, not thinking about whom we were going to play if we advanced. I guess that paid off as it took away the pressure,” she said.

    Dipika admitted that the feeling that she and her 27-year-old partner Joshna were the architects of India’s first medal winners in squash was yet to sink in. “I guess it will take a couple of days to sink in. We are delighted.”

    Former national champion Bhuvaneshwari Kumari, here as a coach, said the medal would do a world of good to the game back home. “It will inspire people back home. The government and the federation have been very supportive but I think this gold will help us get more support.”

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> Sports> Tournaments> Commonwealth Games 2014 / by Biswajyoti Brahma, TNN / August 03rd, 2014

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    Manoj Tiwary

    In the Quadrangular A Team ODI tournament that is reaching its closing stages in Australia, India registered their fifth straight win on the trot, against Australia A, on Thursday. The loss ended Australia A’s five match unbeaten run that started in the first match of the tournament against the same opponents. Chasing 229 for win, India reached home with 5-wickets to spare.

    Ambati Rayudu(77) and Kedar Jadhav(52) stitched together a 101-run partnership after India A lost three wickets early in the chase. Rayudu batted cautiously for his half-century, while Jadhav continued to be the aggressor. The Maharashtra batsman struck two sixes and three boundaries in his knock, which was eventually ended by Cameron White.

    Sanju Samson joined Rayudu and continued from where Jadhav left; the duo added 52 off 59 balls that set India on course for the win. Parvez Rasool contributed 20 off 16 to guarantee a victory. The Kerala wicketkeeper-batsman finished on an unbeaten 49 from 51 balls.

    Earlier in the day, White won the toss and decided to bat first at the Marrara Oval, Darwin. Opener Marcus Stoinis batted briskly for his 58, before falling to Akshar Patel. The breakthrough opened the gates for Manoj Tiwary who bagged his maiden five-wicket haul of his career by getting rid of the next five batsmen.

    Peter Nevill (23) got stumped by Samson, while the captain did not last long. Phil Hughes, who scored the incredible record-breaking double century in his last outing, became the second batsman to be stumped off Tiwary’s leg-spin in the match, for 58.

    Akshar Patel was extremely effective, bowling economically and also picking up important wickets. The left-arm spinner cleared off the tail that sneaked in some quick runs towards the end of the innings. Australia were eventually bowled out with 228 on board in the final over of the innings.

    Indian skipper Robin Uthappa failed once again with the bat and is without a single half-century in this entire tour. In the end, it turned out to be a convincing victory for the visitors. The two sides will meet again in the finals on Saturday.

    source: http://www.sportskeeda.com / Sports Keeda / Home> Report> Cricket / by Pradeep Kalamagam / July 31st, 2014

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    July 31st, 2014adminArts, Culture & Entertainment, Sports

    MLC M C Nanaiah has demanded the district administration and the government to hand over the complete operation of river rafting in Cauvery river at Dubare to the government owned Jungle Lodges.


    In the letters written to Kodagu Deputy Commissioner Anurag Tewari and State government Chief Secretary Kaushik Mukherjee, he has requested to stop the dangerous rafting and harassment of tourists in Dubare. Permission has been granted by the forest department, tourism department and port and inland department to operate six boats for rafting purpose in Dubare. However, over 30 boats are operating here illegally.

    “I have visited the place twice and have witnessed the illegal river rafting taking place in Cauvery river in Dubare. The permission given to private firms for operating this dangerous and adventurous sports has to be withdrawn immediately and hand over the operation to government owned Jungle Lodges for the safety of tourists,” he has said.

    Further, he has mentioned that there is an unhealthy competition between the private water sports operators. Lack of safety equipment is another cause of concern.

    Thus it will be a good decision to hand over the responsibility to Jungle Lodges, Nanaiah has said.

    He has requested the DC to take a decision after discussing with the secretaries of the forest and tourism department.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District / Madikeri, DHNS – July 30th, 2014

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    Vikarmkant will lead the 19-member men`s Karnataka hockey squad for the third Senior National Championship to be held at Pune from May 28 to June 10.

    S K Uthappa, adjudged the best player in 2011 Senior Nationals in Bhopal where Karnataka had finished runners-up, will be the vice-captain of the state side.

    The team is being coached by 1994 World Cupper K K Poonacha.

    Karnataka is grouped in Pool C along with Services, SAI, Bihar and Goa. They will play their first match against Goa on June 3.

    As many as 37 participating teams have been divided into eight pools and toppers of each pool will make it to the quarter finals. Pune had previously hosted the inaugural Hockey India Junior Men`s Nationals in 2011.

    The championship will be telecast live on DD from the quarter final stage.

    Pool A: Hockey Punjab, Hockey Delhi, Association of Indian Universities, Hockey Arunachal.

    Pool B: Air India Sports Promotion Board, Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy, Hockey Puducherry, Tripura Hockey, Chhattisgarh Hockey.

    Pool C: Hockey Karnataka, Services Sports Control Board, Hockey Bihar, Goans Hockey, Sports Authority of India.

    Pool D: Hockey Haryana, Uttar Pradesh Hockey, Hockey Maharashtra, Hockey Andaman and Nicobar, Mumbai Hockey Association.

    Pool E: Hockey Jharkhand, Hockey Odisha, Hockey Himachal Pradesh, Bengal Hockey Association, Comptroller and Auditor General.

    Pool F: Railway Sports Promotion Board, Hockey Bhopal,

    Sashastra Seema Bal, Hockey Jammu and Kashmir, Namdhari XI.

    Pool G: Manipur Hockey, Hockey Andhra Pradesh, Hockey Uttarakhand, Hockey Kerala.

    Pool H: Hockey Unit of Tamil Nadu, Chandigarh Olympic Association, Hockey Assam, Hockey Rajasthan.

    Karnataka squad: Jagdeep Dayal, K D Bidappa, S K Appachu, B P Chingappa, S M Rafeeq, Vikramkant (captain), C K Somanna, M B Aiyappa, S K Uthappa (vice captain), M G Poonacha, M K Muddappa, Mohan Muthanna, Nikkin Thimmaiah, Bipin Bopaiah, K B Thammaiah, P L Thimmanna, K M Somanna, P V Pramod and C U Bopanna.

    Coach: K K Poonacha

    Manager: Rickey Ganapathy

    Physio and Trainer: Sampath Kumar.


    source: http://www.zeenews.india.com / Z News / Home> Sports> Others / Thursday – May 30th, 2013

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