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Zishan ’tricks as Ansar thump NAFC

striker Zishan Akhtar scored four goals including a hat-trick as Ansar Club, Kamptee drubbed Nagpur Academy Football Club 8-2 in the fourth round of the JSW-NDFA Elite Division Championship. It rained goals at Dr BR Ambedkar Football Stadium in Suyog Nagar in north Nagpur as Ansar Club scored three goals in first half and then pumped in five more in the second session to hand NAFC their biggest defeat of the tournament. Mohd Owais Ashraf (12th), Zishan Akhtar (32nd, 42nd, 65th, 79th), Mohd Rizwan ..

NCA XI beat DACSA to clinch title

NAGPUR Cricket Academy (NCA) captain Aryan Rathod played a match winning knock of 63 to help his side beat Dr Ambedkar College Sports Academy (DACSA) XI by two wickets and win the Dr R Krishnakumar memorial cricket tournament, the other day. Batting first, DACSA scored 153 for 6 from 25 overs. Opener Palash Khandekar scored 40 while Ranvir Jichkar added 26 as they posted 68 runs for the opening wicket. Avyesh Bhiwapurkar (36) and Yash Chaude (33) were the other main scorers. For NCA, Ayush took ..

Dey named new secy of SECRSA

BISWAJIT Dey, Divisional Cashier of Nagpur Division of South East Central Railways, has been nominated as the new general secretary of South East Central Railways Sports Association (SECRSA). Dey replaced Pranay Kokash. Dey has been an active member of SECRSA and was instrumental in organising all India inter-railways football tournament. He also organised football camps for the wards of railways employees at SECRSA’s Motibag ground. Dey is also working committee member of Nagpur District Football ..

Blues’ Baig scores 50th goal of meet, but Big Ben win

NAGPUR Blues’ Mirza Moin Baig scored the 50th goal of the competition but Big Ben ran away with three full points registering their first win (2-1) in the JSW-NDFA Elite Division League Championship on Monday. The 50th goal of the meet came in the 16th match of the tournament with Baig registering his name in the record books when he stunned Big Ben in the second minute of play. Baig collected a ball fed from Saket Kanojiya from right and managed to beat a fragile Big Ben defence to slot the ball ..

Wet pitch rules out play on Day 1

ABOUT two hours of intense rains on Sunday spoiled the pitch to such an extent that no play was possible on opening day of Vidarbha versus Uttar Pradesh Round II Elite Group A Cooch Behar Trophy match, at DY Patil Academy, Ambi, Pune on Monday. This was third day in a row that no play was possible for both the teams as last two days of their respective previous encounters were also washed off due to rain...

CP & Berar’s Shruti pockets gold

Competing in the 57-60 kg weight category, Shruti Zade of CP and Berar college won a gold medal. Shruti won the yellow metal outpunching Nabira Mahavidyalaya’s Sneha Waney in the summit clash. By virtue of her gold, Shruti booked a place in the All India Inter-University Boxing Championship. Shruti’s college-mate Saurabh Sonawane had to be satisfied with a bronze medal as he injured his shoulders during a bout. Principal Dr Milind Barahate, Vice-Principal Dr JK Mahajan, Head of the Physical Education ..

Team Bajaj clinches duplicate bridge title

TEAM Bajaj succeeded in scoring well against the best and ended up being the very best at close of play in the team duplicate event organised by Vidarbha Bridge Association in their sports complex at Shankar Nagar on Sunday. Competing from seven teams from Vidarbha region in 40 deals contest, Bajaj won with a winning tally of 64.54 VP. They were way ahead of Bridge Lovers who pocketed the runners-up prize with 58.90 VP. Playwell finished second runners-up with 54.36 VP...

Disha fashions Ind A win

CITY all-rounder Disha Kasat excelled with the willow in her first match to guide India A to a comfortable five-wicket win over India C in the Senior Women’s Cricket Challenger Trophy match at Dr Gokaraju Laila Ganga Raju ACA Cricket Complex-DVR Ground, Mulapadu, Vijayawada on Sunday. In response to India C’s 205 all out in 47.1 overs, India A achieved the target (206) in 46.1 overs losing five wickets. Coming at number four when the team was 45-2 in 16.1 overs, Disha (53; 70b, 6x4) steadied the ..

Saha, Das emerge chess champs

INTERNATIONAL Master Neelash Saha emerged rapid champion while Grandmaster Debashis Das took the honours in blitz category at 2nd GH Raisoni Memorial All India FIDE Rapid and Blitz Rating Tournament that concluded on Sunday. The two-day mega event was organised by Kalpana Prakash Welfare Foundation in Association with GH Raisoni Sports and Cultural Foundation at the latter’s GH Raisoni Institute of Engineering and Technology, Shraddha Park, MIDC, Nagpur. Saha won eight of his nine matches and drew ..

Ansar pip SECR 1-0 for second win

KAMPTEE outfit Ansar Sporting Club pipped South East Central Railway (SECR) Headquarters 1-0 to record their second win in JSW-NDFA Elite Division Championship under way at Dr BR Ambedkar Football Stadium in Suyog Nagar, north Nagpur on Sunday. After playing an exciting and pacy but goalless first half, Ansar’s hard working centre forward Sohrab Akhtar finally got the reward in 60th minute of play in their third round league match. On a short pass from Rizwan inside the penalty box on the right flank, ..

Das, Upadhyaya record facile wins

GRANDMASTER Debashis Das and International Master Anwesh Upadhyaya recorded facile wins in their respective first round matches of the 2nd GH Raisoni Memorial All India FIDE Rapid and Blitz Rating Tournament. The two-day mega event organised by Kalpana Prakash Welfare Foundation in Association with GH Raisoni Sports and Cultural Foundation got under way on Saturday at GH Raisoni Institute of Engineering and Technology, Shraddha Park, MIDC, Nagpur. On the top board, GM Das played Tarrasch Opening ..

Ritika-Bokka go down in QF

THE mixed doubles pair of city’s Ritika Thaker and her Hyderabad partner Bokka Navaneeth were ousted from the Bangladesh International Challenge 2021 under way in Dhaka on Saturday. Ritika-Bokka pair found the second seeded Sri Lankan combination of Sachin Dias and Sri Kavidi Sirimannage too hot to handle. The India combo went down 11-21, 10-21 in 27 minutes in the quarter-finals. With the loss, Nagpur’s challenge ended in the BWF event being conducted by Bangladesh Badminton Federation...

YMFC thump Big Ben 7-1

FORMER champions Young Muslim Football Club (YMFC) thumped Big Ben 7-1 in their third round league match of the ongoing JSW-NDFA Elite Division Championship at Dr BR Ambedkar Football Stadium in Suyog Nagar, north Nagpur on Saturday. Fahad Junaid (20th and 55th), Sagar Kose (27th and 40th), Hafizur Rahman (46th), and Yash Shukla (85th and 88th) scored for the winners while Abhinav Jichkar (76th) netted a consolation goal for the losers. YMFC led 3-0 at half-time...

Perfect Ten for NZ’s Patel

MUMBAI-BORN left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel on Saturday entered the record books as he became only the third bowler in the 144-year-old history of Test cricket to take all 10 wickets in an innings on the second day of the second match against India here. Patel, who had migrated to New Zealand with his parents back in 1996, ended the Indian innings with figures of 47.5-12-119-10 to equal England great Jim Laker and Indian legend Anil Kumble, who had achieved the rarest of rare feat in Test cricket. Laker ..

Mixed day for Ritika; Mugdha loses singles

 IT WAS a mixed day for city’s promising shuttler Ritika Thaker while Mugdha Agrey lost her singles match in the ongoing Bangladesh International Challenge 2021 in progress in Dhaka on Friday.While Ritika recorded a win and a loss, Mugdha was s..

DKM girls, NBYS boys are district champions

  DHARA Phate kept her best for the last as she guided her side Dharampeth Krida Mandal (DKM) to title victory over arch-rivals Shivaji Nagar Gymkhana (SNG) in the final of Junior District Basketball Championship organised by Nagpur District Bas..

Nagpur academy snatch draw from jaws of defeat

 Nagpur Academy Football Club (NAFC) started poorly but ended the game brilliantly. From 1-3 down in first 45 minutes, they rallied outstandingly to draw the match 3-3 and snatch a point from newly-promoted Manganese Ore India Limited XI (MOIL) in th..

DKM ‘A’, SNG set up summit clash

THE ‘A’ team of Dharampeth Krida Mandal (DKM) will lock horns with Shivaji Nagar Gymkhana girls for supremacy in Junior District Basketball Championship organised by Nagpur District Basketball Association at NBYS Courts in Bajaj Nagar. On Thursday evening, both the teams recorded facile wins over their respective opponents in the semi-finals to book final date...

Mugdha, Ritika enter 2nd round

CITY shuttlers Mugdha Agrey and Ritika Thaker moved up in the Bangladesh International Challenge 2021 in progress in Dhaka on Thursday. Third seed Mugdha was just too good for the unseeded Aminath Nabeeha Abdul Razzaq of Maldives in the opening round of the tournament. Mugdha steamrolled Aminath 21-7, 21-3 in 23 minutes. She will take on Indonesia’s Bilqis ..

Rabbani rally to hold champs Rahul SSA

A CAUTIOUS goalless first half. A fast-paced second session. Two goals. Two red-card suspensions. A serious injury. And an exciting draw. That’s how the match between two champion sides can be summed up. Former five-time title holders Rabbani Club, Kamptee came from behind to hold defending champions Rahul Sankrutyayan Sports Association to a 1-1 draw in their third round JSW-NDFA Elite Division League match on Thursday at Dr BR Ambedkar Football Stadium in Suyog Nagar, north Nagpur. Anurag Solanki ..

City’s disabled players highlight their plight

THE International Day of Persons with Disabilities is observed every year on December 3. On eve of the important day for the fraternity, Uttam Mishra, President, The Maharashtra State Cricket Association for Disabled, wants to highlight their plight...

Banerjee joins SAI as handball coach

FORMER handball player of repute Ashish Banerjee has joined Nagpur’s SAI Centre at Wathoda as handball coach. A Shiv Chhatrapati Awardee, Banerjee took charge from Virender Bhandarkar. Banerjee has been transferred to Nagpur from SAI Gandhinagar. He was a goalkeeper in his playing days and was a key member who helped Nagpur University win four gold medals...

Grandmaster Das, several IMs to participate in Raisoni chess

GRANDMASTER Debasis Das, national rapid champion and International Master (IM) Anwesh Upadhayaya, IM Sammed Shete, IM Ravi Teja S, national Under-17 champion IM Neelash Saha, IM Kushager Krishnater, IM Harikrishnan A and FIDE Masters Sauravh Kherdekar, Akash Thakur, Suyog Wagh, Senthil Maran, Sohan Phadke, Women’s FIDE Master Srishti Pandey, Candidate Master Kushagra Mohan are among the prominent players who have confirmed their participation in the 2nd GH Raisoni Memorial All India FIDE Rapid and ..

‘Yoga Darshan’ book released

‘YOGA Darshan’, a book penned by Patanjali’s yoga teacher, litterateur and social worker Jaiprakash Suryavanshi was released at Arpan Hall of Vidarbha Hindi Sahitya Sammelan the other day. This is the fifth book written by Suryavanshi. District General Secretary of Swabhiman District Nagpur Ritu Zargar presided over the function. Krishna Nagpal,..

Saarth clinches State TT silver

CITY’S upcoming young paddler Saarth Shastry has made another podium finish at State-level meet in a fortnight. This time, he bettered the colour of his medal. Saarth pocketed silver medal in Under-11 singles category of Late Nihal Singh Thakur Memorial State Ranking Table Tennis Tournament that concluded at Pune on Tuesday. Saarth had won a bronze medal in the Dr Ramesh Yashwant Prabhoo Memorial 1st Maharashtra State Ranking Table Tennis Tournament at Prabodhankar Thackeray Krida Sankul, Vile ..

Misfiring YMFC blank MOIL XI

IT WAS billed as a high-scoring and one-sided encounter between Young Muslim Football Club (YMFC) and Manganese Ore India Limited XI (MOIL). But the misfiring Momimpura-based former champions wasted chances galore only to win by two goals to nil in the second round match of JSW-NDFA Eite Division League at Dr BR Ambedkar Football Stadium in Suyog Nagar, north Nagpur on Tuesday. A goal in each half from Fahad Junaid (24th min) and ..

Ritika starts Desh campaign on Dec 1

NAGPUR shuttler Ritika Thaker starts her Bangladesh campaign on December 1. She is participating in Bangladesh International Challenge 2021. Ritika will participate in the mixed doubles with her partner Navneeth Bokka. She will also participate in women’s singles. Due to some family commitment, Simran, Ritika’s regular doubles partner, will not be able to go the Bangladesh. Ritika has got main draw in both events. In mixed doubles, they take on Nitin Kumar and Saumya Singh of India and in the singles ..

Jagjot, Agrawal, Binkar light up opening day Cooch Behar Trophy (U-19)

ALL-ROUNDER Jagjot Singh Sasan showcased his batting prowess with a quickfire half century as Vidarbha colts dominated opening day of their Cooch Behar Trophy match against Odisha at Azam Campus, Pune on Monday. Put into bat, Vidarbha scored at a brisk pace and were 355 all out in 76.2 overs. For Vidarbha, Jagjot, Abhishek Agrawal and Rohit Binkar hit fifties. In the possible five overs, Odisha openers made 22 without being separated in reply at stumps on first day of the four-day match. Odisha skipper ..

Ansar get the better of Big Ben

ANSAR Sporting Club got the better of Big Ben Football Club 4-2 in the JSW-NDFA Elite Division League Championship under way at Bharat Ratna Dr BR Ambedkar Football Stadium in Suyog Nagar, north Nagpur. First half of the match was completely dominated by Ansar Sporting Club who scored three goals and conceded none for a healthy 3-0 lead at the break. Post change of ends, Big Ben reduced the margin to 2-3 scoring two quick goals in a space of just three minutes right at the resumption of the match. ..

Faiz to lead Vid in Hazare one-dayers

THE Senior Selection Committee of Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) has named a 20-strong side to be led by Faiz Fazal for the upcoming Vijay Hazare Trophy one-day cricket tournament. The week-long league stage of Senior Elite Group A that gets under way on December 8 will be held at Mumbai. Most of the players who performed well and helped Vidarbha make it to semi-finals of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 tournament were automatic choice for the 50-over version. Vidarbha will play Himachal, Andhra, ..

Former cricketers pay tribute to Bhatt

FORMER cricketers and sportspersons paid tributes to ex-Ranji Trophy player Janak Bhatt who passed away recently. The condolence meeting was chaired by his wife Jyoti Bhatt. Bhatt, 64, was a former Ranji Trophy player and VCA Junior selector. ..

Jane, Somewar are men and women champions

Soham Jane held his serve and composure to beat Rohit Mirpuri 8-5 in the best of 15 format to clinch the men’s singles title of the Nagpur District Championship organised by Nagpur District Hardcourt Tennis Association at its Ram Nagar courts on Sunday. In women’s final, Kalyani Somewar defeaed Tanaya Choudhary 8-2 in best of 15 format to emerge champion. In the men’s semis, Jane and Rohit Mirpuri made it to the final defeating Om Dhok and Dr Alok Umre comfortably by 6-2 and 6-1 margin respectively. ..

NAFC rally to beat SECR, go top

NAGPUR Academy Football Club (NAFC) surged to the top of the table with their second successive win in the ongoing JSW-NDFA Elite Division League Championship at Bharat Ratna Dr BR Ambedkar Football Stadium in Suyog Nagar, north Nagpur. In their second outing on Sunday, NAFC rallied brilliantly as they scored two goals in space of five minutes to crush South East Central Railways Headquarters’ hopes of earning full three points for the first time in the competition. NAFC had started their campaign ..

Bajaj clinch team duplicate title

BAJAJ team somehow poses the happy knack of emerging winners when it matters the most. They did it once again at MIACSR in Hingna MIDC by clinching the team duplicate contest on Sunday. Competing from a field of eight teams from Vidarbha region, played across seven rounds of six boards each, Bajaj succeeded in garnering 92.48 VP to emerge champions. Bajaj team comprised S Chhajjed, VJ Puranik, AJ Puranik, Sameer Roy, RP Deshpande and MN Dutta. Team We 4 finished runners-up with 86.16 VP. Their team ..

Disha Kasat in India A team for Challenger Trophy

Vidarbha vice-captain and talented batswoman Disha Kasat has been rewarded for her consistent performance in the recent past with a spot in the India A squad. BCCI has announced four teams for Women’s Challenger Trophy which will be played at Vijayawada from December 4. In the women’s one dayers that concluded recently, Disha was the top scorer with 292 runs from five matches and four innings. ..

Rabbani bounce back with win

Rabbani Club, Kamptee regrouped well after their shocking opening game defeat as they got the better of Qidwai Club 2-1 in the second round of the JSW-NDFA Elite Division League Tournament at association’s Dr BR Ambedkar Football Stadium in Suyog Nagar, north Nagpur. Mohd Yaseen (37th min) and Mohd Hanzala (44th min) scored for Rabbani while for Qidwai, Sahil Meshram (53rd) reduced the margin. Qidwai Club, who stunned defending champions Rahul and surprised many with their 2-0 win in the tournament ..

Jane, Dhok, Mirpuri, Umre enter semis

Soham Jane, Om Dhok, Rohit Mirpuri and Dr Alok Umre sailed into the semi-finals of the singles event of Nagpur District Championship Lawn Tennis Tournament which got under way at Nagpur District Hardcourt Tennis Assocaition ground in Ram Nagar. In the men’s doubles, top two pairs of Soham Jane-Anand Marathe and Om Dhok-Pankaj Bendre made it to the final. In the women’s singles, Deepali Gawande gave some resistance before losing to Kalyani Somewar..

DRM fetes officials for becoming selectors

  South East Central Railways’ DRM and President of South East Central Railways Sports Association (SECRSA) Maninder Uppal recently felicitated its employees for being appointed as selectors of Railways and Vidarbha Cricket Association (VC..

HKM, DKM boys start with easy victories

   HANUMAN Nagar Krida Mandal (HKM), Dharampeth Krida Mandal (DKM) boys and PDSA girls started their campaign on winning notes on the opening day of junior district basketball championship be held to select Nagpur teams for State Championsh..

Soren gives defending champs Rahul first win

  Defending champions Rahul Sankrutyayan Sports Association’s diminutive striker Badal Soren bulged the net twice with his powerful right footers to bring their campaign back on track with a 2-0 win over Nagpur Blues in the ongoing JSW Eli..

DACSA XI storm into final

DR Ambedkar College Sports Academy XI thrashed Deekshabhoomi XI to storm into the final of Dr R Krishnakumar Memorial Cricket Tournament.In the semi-final, DACSA thrashed Deekshabhoomi XI by 10 wickets.Batting first, Deekshabhoomi XI posted 115 for seven ..

Nagpur’s Annie in Mah women football squad

  Annie Anthony, talented midfielder of Amma Football Club Nagpur, has been selected in the Maharashtra women’s football team for the 26th Senior Women’s National Championship.The national championship will be held at Kerala from Nov..

Faraz saves SECR the blushes

  Akif Faraz turned saviour for South East Central Railway (SECR) Headquarters as his goal helped his side snatch a draw from the jaws of defeat against an energetic Manganese Ore India Limited (MOIL) XI in the JSW-NDFA Elite Division League at ..

Pratima in Indian powerlifting team

City’s Pratima Bonde has been selected in the Indian Powerlifting squad which will participate in the World Para Powerlifting Championships-2021 in Georgia from November 27. Eklavya awardee Pratima, who is also a member of Munishwar Health Club, Mahal, left for Delhi from where the Indian team will fly for Georgia. Pratima is representing India in 50 kg category...

YMFC’s Opening Salvo

NOT for nothing Young Muslim Football Club (YMFC) are five-time league champions. With three ‘professional’ players in their ranks, the Mominpura based side fired the opening salvo as they thrashed bitter rivals Ansar Club, Kamptee 4-1 to start their campaign on the right note in the JSW-NDFA Elite Division League Championship at Bharat Ratna Dr BR Ambedkar Football Stadium in Suyog Nagar, north Nagpur. Enterprising striker Fahad Junaid was the star performer for YMFC as he scored one and assisted ..

Bajaj grabs rapid chess title

Dishank Bajaj emerged champion of the Nagpur District Chess Association organised 46th Weekend Rapid Chess Tournament. The tournament was held NDCA Hall, at Dhanwate National College, Congress Nagar. Bajaj garnered 6.5 points from seven rounds to claim the title. In the seventh and final round, Bajaj spilt points with Sumedh Ramteke who finished fifth with 5.5 points. Shivain Bansal, with six points in his kitty, finished second while Ankesh Chopde finished third with 5.5 points...

Sindram’s double in NAFC’s win over error-prone Big Ben

MISTAKES galore from the Big Ben Football Club players as they deservedly lost their opening match of JSW-NDFA Elite Division to Nagpur Academy Football Club (NAFC) on Tuesday. Agile forward Mehul Sindram (36th, 70th) bulged the net once in each half while Alyosis Connor (45+2), who was brilliant at the front line, scored one in the second half to ensure NAFC take full three points. The consolation goal for Big Ben came from Giftson Saji (90+2) in the dying minutes of play. NAFC would have won by ..

Dr Samarth to cycle from India Gate to Zero Mile in 40 hrs

DR AMIT Samarth, ultra cyclist and ‘Bicycle Mayor’ of Nagpur is going to pedal from India Gate (New Delhi) to Zero Mile on November 27 to promote cycling in the region. Indian Oil is the title sponsor for IndianOil XtraGreen Mile by Mile Mission Zero Mile event. “I will be attempting to ride cycle 1035 kms from New Delhi to Nagpur in under 40 hours to create World UltraCycling Association Record,” said Dr Samarth during a presser. It will be non-stop cycling from New Delhi to Nagpur without any sleep ..

Engineering Deptt win DRM Challenge Cup

ENGINEERING Department defeated RPF by 13 runs to clinch the DRM Challenge Cup Cricket title organised by SECRSA. Engineering Department posted 86 runs losing nine wickets in 12 overs after being asked to bat first. Rahul Kumar scored the highest 24 runs for Engineering Department. Amar Dabale was the most successful bowler for RPF with three wickets. In reply, RPF were bundled out for 73 runs in 11.1 overs. The winners received a glittering trophy and a cash prize of Rs 12,000 while the runners-up ..

Harde’s brace as Blues drub Rabbani

SHOBIT Harde scored two second half goals as Nagpur Blues thrashed former multiple-time champions Rabbani 3-0 in what was both the teams’ opening encounter of the JSW Elite Division Football Tournament at Bharat Ratna Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Stadium in Suyog Nagar, north Nagpur. Rabbani paid for their defensive lapses as Nagpur Blues forwards breached their defence time and again. Ataur Rehman (22nd) and Shobit Harde (50th, 70th) scored goals for Nagpur Blues. Rabbani, the five times champions, had ..

City’s Peter officiating in Santosh Trophy

Christopher Peter of Rahul Sankrutyayan Club and a qualified WIFA referee is officiating in the Santosh Trophy (North Zone Group A) under way in Chandigarh. Peter, 27, will be officiating matches against Services, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Chandigarh and Jammu and Kashmir. Peter got selected after he passed the fitness test last month at LNIPE Gwalior. The tests include CODA Test, sprint running and high intensity test. Peter is the third referee from city after Stanley Gregory and Kalim Ansari ..

Three Kamptee footballers to represent Daman & Diu in Santosh Trophy

KAMPTEE is known for its football and footballers who went on to represent renowned soccer clubs of the country including Mohun Bagan, Mohmedan Sporting and others. Continuing its tradition, three footballers from the town will be representing Daman and Diu football team in the forthcoming 75th Santosh Trophy Championship. These footballers, who dazzled in NDFA leagues moved out of city for better prospects and landed place in Daman and Diu team...

Adv Adwait Manohar to head Vid Cricket Association

ADVOCATE Adwait Manohar, son of former BCCI and ICC Chairman Adv Shashank Manohar, is all set to head Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) for the next three years. The term of incumbent president Adv Anand Jaiswal will end in December. Junior Manohar filed his nomination for President’s post on Monday. Since there is no opposition to the members who have filed nominations for their respective posts, the elections scheduled on Dec 5 will be rendered redundant. Avinash Deshmukh filed his nomination for ..

Qidwai shock defending champs Rahul

DEFENDING champions Rahul Sankrutyayan Sports Association started their title defence on a losing note as they went down to Qidwai Sports Club in the opening encounter of JSW-NDFA Elite Division League at Bharat Ratna Dr Ambedkar Football Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The fans were back on the football field for the Elite Division after almost two years and they thoroughly enjoyed the game from behind the chained fence. The stunning 2-0 win helped Qidwai open their account with three points. Qidwai ..

Four from city in Mah Santosh Trophy team

FOUR footballers from Nagpur have been selected in the Maharashtra team that will participate in the West Zone Qualifiers of 75th Santosh Trophy Football Championship which is going to be held at Jaipur in Rajasthan from December 1...

Tejas in Mah cycling squad

TEJAS Dhande, a student of Yeshwantrao Chavan College of Engineering (YCCE), has been selected in Maharashtra team which will participate in the 26th National Road Cycling Championship. The championship is being organised under the aegis of Cycling Federation of India and will be held at Pehowa, Kurukshetra, Haryana from November 25 to 28. Tejas, 19, is the youngest in the Maharashtra Under-23 team and only cyclist from Nagpur. Tejas, son of Ajay and Dr Leena Dhande, is trained by Arvind Panwar...

Sejal, Kashit, Riddhima, Akshat claim titles

Rising tennis player Sejal Bhutada, Kashit Nagrale, Riddhima Shaw and Akshat Dakshindas emerged winners in their respective age categories in the Nagpur District Hardcourt Tennis Association organised Nagpur Tennis Championship at its Ram Nagar courts. In the girls U-14 final Sejal Bhutada breezed past Mishka Tayade 4-0, 4-0 in 30 minutes dropping a serve. In the boys U-17 final, Kashit Nagrale faced resistance from Tejal Pal. However, the match turned upside down and soon became a one sided affair ..

Vidarbha go down fighting, lose semis to Karnataka

Vidarbha pacer Darshan Nalkande etched his name in history books by taking four wickets in four deliveries but his heroics was too little too late as they lost the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 semi-final to Karnataka by just four runs at Arun Jaitely Stadium in New Delhi on Saturday. Karnataka will meet Tamil Nadu in the final on Nov 22. Rookie medium pacer P Saravana Kumar starred with a fifer as defending champions TN outplayed Hyderabad by eight wickets. Chasing a stiff target of 177, Vidarbha were almost ..

Vid take on K’taka in semi-final today

 WITH nothing to lose, the ever-improving Vidarbha team will love to go one step further and book the final spot when they take on formidable Karnataka in the semi-final of Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Tournament at Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi on Satur..

Atal Bahadur Singh: The benevolent Sardar who was loved by all

  By Paritosh PramanikEVERY conversation with Sardar Atal Bahadur Singh would conclude with an infectious smile on his face. He showered his love on sportspersons abundantly and whoever approached him seeking help, never returned empty-handed.Th..

Vid enter maiden SMAT semis Will meet Karnataka in last four on the morrow

THEY were tagged as a poor white ball team, but Vidarbha proved their critics wrong this season as they dethroned several top notch teams to make heads turn in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Tournament. The Akshay Wadkar-led Vidarbha side is now on a seven-match winning spree. To make it more special, they stormed into their maiden semi-final of the competition thrashing a much fancied Rajasthan by nine wickets on Thursday. They are now just two games away to add another silverware along with ..

Ritika-Navneeth in main draw

CITY shuttler Ritika Thaker and her Hyderabad partner Navneeth Bokka made it to the main draw of the Bahrain International Series 2021. The five-day tournament is being held at India club in Manama, Bahrain. The pair registered twin wins in the qualifying round to move up in the competition. In their first qualifying round match, the Indian mixed doubles pair outclassed Bahrain’s Elyas Jaffar and her South Africa partner Sandra Le Grange in straight games in 24 minutes. After winning the first game ..

High on confidence, Vid take on Rajasthan in QF

AFTER topping the Plate Group and then thumping a better-rated side Maharashtra in the pre-quarters, high on confidence, Vidarbha will take on Rajasthan in quarter-finals of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Twenty20 cricket tournament at the Air Force Complex ground, Palam, New Delhi on Thursday. Vidarbha, who are on a roll, have not been a great Twenty20 side and for the same reason got relegated to the Plate Group. But a determined set of players led by new skipper Akshay Wadkar, rose to the occasion ..

Pamir, Madhura to lead

Pamir Shahare and Madhura Tepale will lead the men and women sepak takraw teams respectively in the forthcoming 31st Senior National Sepak Takraw Championship. The meet is going to be held at Lovely Professional University, Punjab from November 21 to 25. Maharashtra Sepak Takraw Association declared the men and women’s team. Shekhar Patil, Deputy Director of Sports, Nagpur Region, Vipin Kamdar, Officiating President MSTA, Dr Yogendra Pandey, Officiating Secretary, MSTA, Dr D Welukar, Officiating ..

Kedar fetes GM Gupta

MAHARASHTRA State Sports Minister Sunil Kedar recently felicitated newly crowned Grandmaster Sankalp Gupta at a function. Kedar lauded the achievement of Gupta and said he has made not only Nagpur but entire country proud by his achievement. Gupta recently three Grandmasters’ norms in a short span of 24 days to become India’s 71st Grandmaster. He achieved all the three norms while playing tournaments in Serbia...

Dominant Vidarbha in quarters

WHEN Jitesh Sharma arrived at the crease, Vidarbha needed 30 runs from 25 balls but the swashbuckling player made it a no-contest completing his team’s domination over Maharashtra with three consecutives sixes in their Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy pre-quarter-final at Arun Jaitley Stadium, New Delhi on Tuesday. After Vidarbha bowlers did well in the second half to restrict Maharashtra to a modest 157-8, Vidarbha raced to the target in 17.5 overs with seven wickets intact. Sharma smashed 28 from just seven ..

Nagpur boxers excel

BOXERS of Nagpur Mahanagar Boxing Association won several medals in the recently concluded 7th Boys and 9th Girls Sub-junior State Boxing Championship. The championship was organised at Mahad in Raigad district. In the competition, Nagpur pugilists won six medals including a gold and silver each and four bronze medals. Nida Anjum won gold medal while Nahid Anjum won silver medal. The quartet of Shrushti Meshram, Pratibha Bahad, Rachit Surpatne and Viraj Kshirsagar won bronze medals...

Arsade shines for Modern CA

VRUSHABH Arsade scored a huge century as Modern Cricket Academy thrashed Reshimbagh Krida Mandal by 157 runs in the ongoing Guzder League B Division tournament played at Pandav College Ground. Batting first, Modern Cricket Academy scored 370 runs for 9 wickets in 50 overs. Arsade top scored with 175 runs while Santosh Ade added 50. For Reshimbagh Krida Mandal, Hrishikesh Athode picked up 3 wickets. In reply. Reshimbagh managed only 213 in 40.3 overs. Arsade scalped three wickets giving 18 runs while ..

This Faiz wants to go one step ahead by playing U-19 WC

VIDARBHA’S double Ranji Trophy and Irani Cup winning captain Faiz Fazal and a young Faiz Sheikh have a few things in common and the latter wants to go one step ahead of his illustrious senior by playing Under-19 World Cup representing India. The youngster, who is a southpaw and an opening batsman like his senior namesake, first made it to one of the six teams in the Challenger Trophy Men’s Under-19 tournament conducted by BCCI. Faiz Sheikh impressed the junior selectors with his hundred and has been ..

Vid take on Maharashtra in PQF Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 knock-out rounds start today

ALL the teams that have made the cut for knock-out stage of Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 cricket tournament will have one opponent in common — the hazardous Delhi air. Eleven teams comprising five Elite Group winners, five Elite Group runners-up one Plate Group winner will vie for national glory in the final leg of the tourney that kicks-off at New Delhi on Tuesday. All the Elite Group winners have been given direct entry into the quarter-finals. The other six teams will fight it out for the remaining ..

Krishnakumar Memorial cricket begins

DR R Krishnakumar Memorial Under-13 cricket tournament got under way on Monday. The event is organised by Dr Ambedkar College Sports Academy. Following teams are taking part in the event: DACSA, Deekshabhoomi XI, Ruby SC, NCA and Reshimbag Gymkhana. Shekhar Patil, Deputy Director Sports was chief guest of the inaugural function. Dhananjay Durugkar of Ruby SC was the guest of honour. The programme was conducted by Dr AP Joshi, Secretary, DACSA. Shailesh Raulkar, Prashat Bambal, Prashant Kantode, Amit ..

Ahmed slams double ton

DOUBLE hundred seems to be a new norm these days as far as Guzder League B Division Tournament is concerned. Sultan Ahmed of Ruby Colts became the latest addition to the list of batsmen hammering a double ton in 50-overs matches this season. In a Group B2 game at VCA Kalamna ground, Ahmed hit eleven sixes and 23 fours from 121 balls for his 200. Shashank Manwatkar contributed 86 as the team amassed 365 in 50 overs after electing to bat first versus Qidwai Cricket Club...

Jennifer finishes second best, clinches State TT silver

A DAY after winning a bronze medal, Nagpur’s rapidly improving table tennis player Jennifer Verghese bettered the colour of her medal winning a silver in the RYP-Dr Ramesh Yashwant Prabhoo Memorial 1st Maharashtra State Ranking Table Tennis Tournament 2021-2022 at the Prabodhankar Thackeray Krida Sankul, Vile Parle on Sunday. The event was conducted by The Suburban Table Tennis Association (TSTTA) under the auspices of the MSTTA. Jennifer, who won bronze in U-15 age group, picked her second medal ..

Ritika-Simran gets top billing in Bahrain International Series

NAGPUR’S doubles specialist badminton player Ritika Thaker and her Mumbai partner Simran Singhi have been given top seeding in women’s doubles in the upcoming Bahrain International Series to be held in Manama, Bahrain The five-day event will be held in from November 17-21. Ritika is also playing in the mixed doubles with Navneeth Bokka. The pair will have to go through the qualifying rounds...

LRR fetes veteran cyclist Kumar

LAUGHTER Riders and Runners (LRR) regularly conducts events for promoting cycling. In a recently conducted event, veteran cyclist from the region Ashok Kumar was felicitated. Cyclist from Gondia Ashok Kumar, who has completed many solo trips across the length and breadth of the nation was honoured by NRR, informs NRR Founder Nurul Hak through a press release. Hak urged all to use cycle in day to day life and help to make Nagpur ‘Cycle City’. With his ‘Save Environment’ motto, Ashok Kumar has started ..

Jennifer, Ikshika move up with wins

 TITLE favourite Jennifer Varghese and Ikshika Umate registered victories in their respective age categories on the opening day of the RYP-Dr Ramesh Yashwant Prabhoo Memorial 1st Maharashtra State Ranking Table Tournament 2021-2022, conducted under t..

Nagpur win 7-a-side football title

 NAGPUR footballers representing Maharashtra clinched the all India 7-a-side Football Tournament held at DSA ground in Nainital. The tournament was organised by Chasers Foundation. In the competition Maharashtra won three matches to clinch the covete..

Tiwari seeks funds from Centre for sports infrastructure development

NAGPUR Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari recently held a meeting with Sports Minister Anurag Thakur in New Delhi.During the meeting, Tiwari submitted a memorandum to Thakur requesting the Centre to allocate funds from Khelo India Infrastructure Development Scheme ..

Jaiswal, Vaidya set to demit office

VIDARBHA Cricket Association’s (VCA) most successful Executive Committee ever, in whose regime perennial underdogs Vidarbha shed that unwanted tag and rose to achieve the numero uno team status across various age groups, is in for a major overhaul. Courtesy Justice Lodha Committee recommendations and reforms to make the functioning and governance of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and subsequent amendments by the Supreme Court on the matter, all of the office-bearers of the incumbent ..

Jennifer gets top billing in State TT championship

CITY’S promising paddler Jennifer Varghese has been seeded top in the Under-15 age category of the Dr Ramesh Yashwant Prabhoo Memorial 1st Maharashtra State Ranking Table Tournament 2021-2022 which gets under way at Prabodhankar Thackeray Krida Sankul, Vile Parle (East) from Friday. The competition will be conducted under the auspices of the Maharashtra State Table Tennis Association. Thirteen-year-old Jennifer, who recently clinched the national Under-15 and Under-17 titles, will also be participating ..

Dangal girl Shivani wins silver in Intl Wrestling Championship

‘DANGAL Girl’ Shivani Pawar has brought laurels by winning a silver medal in International Women’s Wrestling Championship. The Chhindwara wrestler finished second best going down to a US player in the final. Shivani defeated Maria of Russia in semi-finals in 50kg category in Under-23 International Women’s Wrestling Championship in Siberia. As many as 30 women players from India participated in this championship. Shivani was only player from Madhya Pradesh. In the first round of the event, Shivani ..

Double-ton up Singh; Muduli, Navnage shine

HARVINDER Singh slammed an unbeaten double hundred, Krishna Muduli hit a daddy ton while Nilesh Navnage returned with a six-wicket haul as Qidwai Cricket Club mauled Mahal Cricket Club by 322 runs in their Guzder League B Division One-Day Tournament (Group B2) at MSEB Koradi ground on Thursday. Electing to bat Qidwai posted a mammoth 439-5 in 50 overs and then shot out Mahal for 117 in 29.5 overs. Opener Singh carried his bat through to remain unconquered on 202. From the 157 balls he faced, Singh ..

GM Sankalp targets 2600 Elo ratings

FRESH from achieving Grandmaster title in Serbia, Nagpur’s Sankalp Sandeep Gupta has now set his sights on the next target: 2600 Elo rating points. City’s second Grandmaster after Raunak Sadhwani, 18-year-old Sankalp said he will take one step at a time and is not immediately thinking of achieving The Super GM norm. Speaking to reporters for the first time after arriving in the city from Serbia, Sankalp, flanked by his parents — father Sandeep to his right and mother Suman to his left, was confidence ..

City’s Raut to lead West Zone team

NAGPUR’S international player Gurudas Raut will lead West Zone team in National Twenty20 Divyang Cricket Tournament to be held at Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh from November 18 to 21, informs Sanjay Bhoskar, Secretary, Maharashtra Cricket Association for Disabled (MCAD) and West Zone President through a press release. The four-day event is being organised by the Physically Challenged Cricket Association of India. Outstanding State cricketers from all over India have been selected on the basis of their performanc..

Nagpur’s Sahu becomes Super Randonneur

SACHIN Rajmohan Sahu, 21, an engineering student of Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management (RCOEM) and amateur cyclist, completed all the Super Series of brevets on his 7-year-old hybrid bicycle recently. The Super Randonneur (SR) title is earned by any rider who completes the Super Series of brevets (200 km, 300 km, 400 km and 600 km) within the same calendar year (Nov-Oct). He started with 200km BRM on September 12 and became SR on October 9 after completing the last 400 km BRM ..

Docs excel at IMA’s national sports meet

DOCTORS from the city excelled in National IMA Sports Olympiad that concluded in Nashik recently. It was multi-sport event and Nagpur doctors participated in cricket, badminton, chess and athletics. Radiologist Dr Manisha Bhawatkar reached in two badminton finals. She emerged winner in 35+ ladies doubles with her partner from Jalgaon and runner-up in singles event. Another Radiologist Dr Sachin Khandekar and GP Dr Arvind Joshi were runners-up in 50+ doubles badminton event. Team IMA Nagpur congratulat..

Vidarbha storm into pre-quarters

DOUBLE Ranji Trophy and Irani Cup champions Vidarbha, who have been performing below par in the limited overs versions of domestic cricket in Elite Group, were just too good for Plate Group teams. With five wins from five matches, Vidarbha, who were relegated to Plate Group for not winning any matches in the previous edition, showed their supremacy under new leader Akshay Wadkar. Vidarbha recorded a huge 130 runs win over Sikkim as they qualified for the knock-outs of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Twenty20 ..

Jaiswal to take part in MMA

IT IS for the first time that a Nagpur player, Kartik Jaiswal, has been selected for the Indian Open MMA (Mixed Martial Art) & Super Fight League (SFL) Contender Night which will be held at New Delhi from November 12-14. The championship is organised by Super Fight League and Fight Council of India and will be held at Dr Sahib SinghVarma Stadium, Dwarka, New Delhi. City’s MMA fighter Jaiswal will play under weight categories of (57-61kg). All professional winners will awarded Pro Belt and Rs 10,000 ..

Vidarbha blast minnows Manipur

Vidarbha’s ambidextrous bowler Akshay Karnewar, who mostly bowls with left arm, etched his name in record books by bowling most maiden overs in a Twenty20 match by not conceding a single run in his four overs. Vidarbha’s in-form batsmen made the most of a pedestrian Manipur bowling attack on their way to fourth consecutive win in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Twenty20 cricket tournament at the ACA Stadium, Mangalagiri, Vijayawada on Monday. With 16 points and a very healthy net run rate of +4.537, Vidarbha ..

Vidarbha bowler Karnewar makes T20 world record

THE shortest format of cricket — Twenty20, is all about big hitting. Bowlers are more often than not on the receiving end. But Monday belonged to one from that tribe. Vidarbha’s ambidextrous spin bowler Akshay Karnewar, who switches his arms depending upon the batsmen he’s bowling to, carved his name in record books. Karnewar bowled 24 dot balls, that is four maidens in a Twenty20 match, to make a world record. Karnewar conceded no runs picking two wickets against Manipur during Vidarbha’s thumping ..

Not the time to be complacent for in-form Vidarbha

THOUGH they might be the most experienced team in the Plate Group with seven teams from North-East region, Vidarbha cannot relax and be complacent even after scoring three wins in three games in three days in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Twenty20 cricket tournament. After Sunday’s break Vidarbha take on Manipur on Monday at the ACA Stadium, Mangalagiri, Vijayawada in afternoon game of the day at the venue starting at 1.00 pm. There are chances that at least one more team in the group may win all its ..

PMAA players return with huge medal haul

MARTIAL arts players of Pegasus Martial Art Academy (PMAA) representing prominent schools of the city returned with huge medal haul from the 1st State-level Koshiki Martial Arts Championship that concluded at Nashik recently. The event, conducted by Koshiki Association of Nashik and organised by Koshiki Association of Maharashtra, was held at Sports Division Office’s Meenatai Thakre Stadium...

Kale to lead U-25 boys

MIDDLE-ORDER stay Mohit Kale has been named Vidarbha skipper of the Under-25 team for the State A One-Day Tournament. Vidarbha will play all their matches in Rajkot. They play their opening match against Odisha on November 20. This one-day tournament used to be played in Under-23 age group. But since precious time was lost due to COVID, BCCI has made it an U-25 event. The Under-23 Col CK Nayudu Trophy, a four-day match tournament, has also been made as Under-25 event...

Mohotas regain top perch in VBA’s pairs event

MOHOTAS, one of the older teams affiliated to Vidarbha Bridge Association, polished up their image just that little bit on Sunday. The father and son duo of Basant and Anurag Mohota succeeded in regaining the top perch in pairs event organised by Vidarbha Bridge Association in their sports complex at Shankar Nagar. Competing from a field of 12 pairs from Vidarbha region in 22 deals Match Point contest played in Howell movement, Mohotas became eligible for winners purse by virtue of having secured ..

Nalkande takes five-for against Arunachal Pradesh

THEY were termed as poor traders in the shortest format of the game but Vidarbha cricketers started in the right earnest as they registered twin wins in two days in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Cricket Tournament.The Akshay Wadkar-led side first defeated Arun..

Nandgawe-Hararwala pair clinches pairs title

  AK Nandgawe and MI Hararwala made most of the opportunity celebrating their victory in pairs event organised by Vidarbha Bridge Association in their sports complex at Shankar Nagar. Competing from a field of 10 pairs from Vidarbha region in 24..

Faiz cracks huge ton in India C’s win

 Vidarbha Under-19 batsman Mohd Faiz cracked a daddy hundred as he helped his side India C register a 15-run win over India F in the BCCI organised Challenger Trophy Men’s Under-19 One-Day Limited Overs (2021-22) tournament at Gujarat College C..

Vidarbha men take on Arunachal Pradesh today Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20

VIDARBHA men have not been up to the mark in shortest format and their poor performances at the national level in the past year(s) have relegated them to Plate Group of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Twenty20 cricket tournament that gets under way on Thursday. They are in the company of ‘Seven Sisters’ — Arunachal Pradesh, Cricket Association of Mizoram, Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura and will begin their campaign against Arunachal Pradesh at Vijayawada. In all the other five Elite groups ..

NTSW skaters selected for State meet

NIKHILESH Tabhane Skates World (NTSW) skaters led overall medals tally with maximum number of skaters being selected for 32nd Maharashtra State Roller Skating Championship to be held in Virar from November on 14-29. In the recently held District Skating Championship, NTSW skaters won as mnay as ten gold, seven silver and five bronze medals in the following age categories: Age 5-7 yr Girls Quad: Haura Sadikot (2 bronze); Age 7-9 yr Boys Quad Chetas Chahande (1 silver); Age 7-9 yr Girls Quad Viddhi ..

Dravid appointed head coach of Indian cricket team

FORMER captain Rahul Dravid was on Wednesday appointed as the head coach of the Indian men’s cricket team by the BCCI, a development that was expected after the batting great was convinced by the board’s top brass. Dravid, who was working as the head of National Cricket Academy, has been appointed for a period of two years till the 2023 50-over World Cup in India. The 47-year-old Dravid, one of the greatest to have played for India, was the only choice for BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary ..