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  • Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla smashed unbeaten centuries as South Africa cruised to a record-breaking 10-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the first One-Day International at the Diamond Oval on 15oct.
  • Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat on a flat wicket, setting their hosts a below-par 279 to win. South Africa reached 282 without the loss of a wicket and with 43 balls to spare.
  • It was the seventh time that South Africa have won an ODI by 10 wickets and the third time they have achieved this against Bangladesh. It was, however, the highest total chased by any team to win by 10 wickets.
  • De Kock was the chief aggressor with 168 from 145 balls for a 13th ODI century that included 21 fours and two sixes.Amla struck eight fours in his 110 from 112 balls, his 26th ODI ton, as the pair put on a South African record partnership for any wicket in the 50-over format.
  • Bangladesh's innings of 278 for seven was underpinned by a fifth ODI century for Mushfiqur Rahim (110 from 116 balls), who became the first player from his country to score a ton against South Africa in any format.

  • Top Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal were retained by their respective franchises at the players auction of the Premier Badminton League (PBL) on 9oct.
  • Each retained player gets a 25 per cent hike in his/her salary from last year, while players who are bought by using the 'Right-To-Match' card only get a 10 per cent increase from the last year's selling price.So, defending champions Chennai Smashers retained Olympic silver medallist Sindhu for Rs 48.75 lakhs. The 22-year-old, who recently won a silver at the World Championship at Glasgow and clinched the Korea Super Series, had fetched Rs 39 lakhs during the last auction.
  • Saina, who had returned with a bronze medal from Glasgow, was retained for Rs 41,25,000. She was retained by Awadhe Warriors for the base price of Rs 33 lakhs last season.
  • Kidambi Srikanth, who clinched back-to-back titles at Indonesia and Australia, will also play for his old team Awadhe Warriors after they used the 'Right To Match' card. He will now make Rs 56,10,000.
  • Among others, doubles players - India's Satwik Sairaj, Korea's Lee Young Dae and Russia's Vladimir Ivanov - were all retained by their old teams and were not part of the auction.
  • According to the rules, old teams can retain one player and the franchise can use one right to match, while new teams can use one right to match for players who are making their debut in PBL.
  • There will be 11 players in each franchise with a maximum of five foreign players and minimum of three women players and each team need to spend minimum of Rs 2.12 crore.

  • Indian shuttler Samiya Imad Farooqui clinched the gold medal at the Under-15 women's singles competition after defeating Indonesia's Widjaja Stephani at the Asian Junior Championship here on 8 oct.
  • The third seeded Indian, who had reached the finals at Pembangunan Jaya Raya International Junior Grand Prix U-19 in April, defeated Stephani 15-21 21-17 21-19 in a 56-minute match to lay claim to the coveted title.
  • PV Sindhu had won the gold in U-19 Asia Junior championship in 2012 at Gimcheon, South Korea. Samiya found the going tough in the opening game as Stephani jumped to a 6-1 lead early on and kept distancing herself to grab it easily.
  • However, the 14-year-old from Hyderabad made a roaring comeback in the second game, opening a 6-2 lead and then grabbing a 13-8 lead.

  • The government did its bit to create the right atmosphere on the opening day of the World Cup. Around 27,000 kids who were brought in with free tickets, wearing uniform blue T-shirts, ensured that the decibel level hit the roof by the time the Indian U-17 team took the field against USA at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium on 6 oct evening.But after cheering lustily for their team for 45 minutes, the thirsty children were forced to fight for as basic an amenity as water.
  • Water bottles are not allowed inside the stadium and the young fans, braving the heat since three in the afternoon, were told to take water in plastic glasses from crates lying on the floor. A boy on the top tier claimed they were told water was available downstairs.
  • It boiled down to some boys picking up 20-litre cans next to the waste bins and drinking from whatever was left in them. Some were even heard yelling out to some vendors: " Bhai chahe Rs 200 le le par kuch to de do peeney ke liye . (Brother, if you want I'll even pay you Rs 200 but get me something to drink)."
  • The food packets arrived only at 9 pm as it took the security four hours to clear them. Surely, the responsibility of the organsiers lies beyond merely offering free tickets and T-shirts.

  • "Be canny and careful, baby you are on the brink..."
  • All long journeys begin with a baby step. Former FIFA president's Sepp Blatter's 'sleeping giants' are about to take that first one. As Friday evening will settle down on the Capital's Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, India's U-17 boys - the select few born on or after 2000 - will have their first taste of a global competition. The biggest in their age category, the World Cup.
  • The smell of paint is still fresh at the venues as the All India Football Federation (AIFF) pulled out all the stops to get things in order since winning the bid in 2013. Scouting, selection and almost three years of preparations went on under chief coach Nicolai Adam before he was hastily removed in February 2017 and Luis Norton de Matos was given the reins to help the adolescent boys become men.
  • Emotional management, which rocked Adam's boat, is said to be De Matos' key weapon. Blending it with his technical acumen, De Matos has promised to get the best out of the boys. Midfielder Amarjit Singh, the democratically elected leader of the bunch, looked visibly excited. One just hopes his energy electrifies his mates as they will be up against a far superior opposition, the USA. Considered as one of the title contenders, USA has come with a fearsome reputation.
  • Amarjit's opposite number Josh Sergeant is going to join Werder Bremen once he turns 18 in February. Tim Weah has already bagged a Paris Saint Germain contract, at a younger age than his famous father, George.
  • "We have had a wonderful journey so far," said Amarjit on 5 oct. "We have prepared well and the coach has tried to polish the rough edges in the last six months." His coach, however, sounded a warning note. "Whatever we have tried to perfect in practice, it is not quite the same on the field," said de Matos.

  • Claire Polosak never played cricket and failed the umpires' exam "a few times" but is set to become the first woman to officiate an Australian men's top level fixture when New South Wales play a Cricket Australia XI in a one-day match on 1 oct.
  • Polosak, a fixture in men's club matches in Sydney, will take the field with veteran umpire Paul Wilson at Hurstville Oval, where Australian pace bowler Mitchell Starc is also expected to feature for the Blues.
  • The 29-year-old, who also officiated four matches at the Women's World Cup in England earlier this year, said becoming an cricket umpire had been something she was just determined to do, despite having no experience playing the game.
  • "I never played cricket, which is a little bit interesting for some people," she told reporters in Sydney on 4 oct, before adding she had been encouraged into it by her parents.
  • "I always followed cricket, my parents got me into it and Dad would drive me up from Goulburn to do the umpires course.
  • "It took a few times to pass but it was something I was determined to do and I kept working through the grades in the Sydney competition."
  • Polosak has been on the Cricket Australia's development umpire panel for the past two years and has previously been a third-umpire in men's domestic cricket.

  • India captain Amarjit Singh and cousin Jeakson Singh have been anchoring midfields since they were six.
  • At first, it was difficult for them to stick to their roles. "We would run wherever we wanted.
  • It was carefree football,"recalls Jeakson, the younger of the two, before they realised that their strength was being together on the field. It worked well for them at their village of Haokhao in Thoubal district of Manipur.
  • Also at the nearby school they studied, and at the Chandigarh Football Academy where they were enrolled at age 11. But it is at the Fifa U-17 World Cup that they will face the biggest tests of their life, together"Since we have been playing together (in midfield) all our life, we've got exceptional understanding. It works well for us,"said Jeakson, who broke into the India U-17 squad just six months ago.
  • Jeakson's father, Deben, introduced him and Amarjit to the game. Nobody had any great expectations from the duo. In fact, Jeakson's father - a former footballer who did duty for Manipur Police - wanted him to become a doctor. Jeakson, however, was never inclined towards anything but football and is now poised to partner his cousin on the biggest stage at this level.

  • In-form Indian opener Rohit Sharma broke back into the top-five at fifth, while skipper Virat Kohli held on to the numero uno position in the latest ICC ODI rankings, issued on 2 oct.
  • Rohit moved up four places to reach fifth position after finishing as the leading scorer in the home series against Australia which India won 4-1 on 1 oct.
  • Rohit's 296 runs in the series, which included a 125 in the last match in Nagpur, contributed significantly to India's convincing victory over the world champions that helped the home side grab the No.1 position in the team rankings.
  • Rohit is now on a career-best 790 rating points but his highest ranking has been third, which he attained in February 2016, the ICC said in a statement.
  • Rohit's opening partner Ajinkya Rahane has moved up four places to reach 24th while Australia's opening pair of Aaron Finch and David Warner also moved up.
  • Finch gained nine slots to reach 17th while Warner has closed in on Kohli, bridging the pre-series gap of 26 points to just 12 as he has moved to 865 points.

  • Caroline Garcia overpowered Australia's Ashleigh Barty 6-7(3), 7-6(4), 6-2 to claim her first Wuhan Open title on 30sep. in a thrilling see-saw final in the Chinese city.
  • Ranked 20 in the world, Garcia battled her way through two tight sets against Barty before breezing the third to claim the biggest title of her career.
  • "It was a such a fight all the week and especially today," the French player said after the match.
  • "A title is the best thing you can have in tennis, that's why you fight all year long. I'm over the moon for sure."
  • Garcia stormed her way into an early lead in the first set but a resilient Barty twice came from a break down to force a tiebreak that she went on to dominate.
  • The Aussie served for the match twice in the second, while her opponent also had two chances to nab the set before it was forced into another tiebreak.
  • The third set was simpler for Garcia, who fell to her knees in celebration after Barty fired a return into the net.
  • "My first serve deserted me a bit but I put myself in a position where I was only a few points away from the final," said Barty, ranked 37 in the world.

  • Amarjit Singh Kiyam was taken by surprise when he was chosen by his team-mates to lead the India U-17 World Cup side in an internal poll ordered by head coach Luis Norton de Matos.
  • He, however, insisted that he believes in unity of the team and not on individuals.Head coach de Matos told his 21 boys to pick a captain of their choice and Manipuri midfielder Amarjit got the highest number of votes, ahead of Jitendra Singh and Suresh Singh Wangjam who led the side in the AFC U-16 Championships and BRICS Cup 2016 held in India.
  • "I was very much surprised when the coach told me that I was the captain of the team. It was an amazing feeling for me. But at the end of the day we play as a team, we win as a team and we lose as a team. Individuality matters little, unity is the strength of this team," Amarjit said on 29 sep.
  • Hailing for Haokha Mamang village in Manipur's Thoubal district, Amarjit faced hardships during his childhood days as his farmer father and fish-seller mother toiled hard to run their family and at the same time saved some money from their meagre income to support their son's passion football.
  • That could explain Amarjit's unassuming demeanour. But, he asserted that he will stamp his authority when the need arises.
  • "I speak when it is needed, I don't speak unnecessarily. I don't mince words (when I feel it is necessary). There is no particular philosophy of my captaincy. In fact, I want everyone to be a captain in their own right and dominate their part of the pitch," he said, making it clear that he is the leader of the team.
  • Asked if India can give a tough competition against the likes of United States of America, Colombia and former champions Ghana in Group A, Amarjit said India will dish out a performance worthy of a side hosting a prestigious FIFA event.

  • It was tipped to be a close contest between triple jump national record holder Renjith Maheshwari and 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Arpinder Singh on the final day of the 57th National Open athletics championships here at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on 28sep.
  • However, Kerala's K Sreejithmon, with a torn shoe, stunned the two champion athletes with a leap of 16.15m en route to winning his first nationals gold medal.
  • Services' Rakesh Babu (16.06m) clinched silver, while Arpinder (16.06m) had to settle for bronze as Babu had a better second jump. Renjith, who hobbled his way out after his third attempt with a thigh strain, ended up fourth with a 16m jump.
  • The toe part of Sreejithmon's left shoe split open wide after his third attempt, which saw him jump 16.15m. However, he had "no replacement shoes" and he had no option but to keep going

  • India has started to "roll out the red carpet" to UK SMES instead of subjecting them to a barrage of regulations. The move comes as India hopes to ramp up exports from Britain.
  • "Earlier the mindset of the Government was all about being the regulator - these are the rules and constraints and this is the framework the investor must operate in," said Assistant Vice President of Invest India Vivek Abraham. "Now we are trying to change the mindset to ensure that the red carpet is rolled out to all investors," he said at the launch of the Access India Programme at India House in London on 27 sep.
  • The new initiative, launched by the High Commission of India in the UK, with the UK India Business Council, aims to offer a single window of advice to SMEs in the UK looking to export to or invest in India.
  • The market entry support programme offers legal and project financing advice as well as strategic advisory and location services and advice on mergers, acquisitions and government clearances.
  • The programme will identify 50 UK SMES that want to sell their products in India by November. Free workshops will be held and mentoring provided for them next year.
  • Dinesh K. Patnaik, Deputy High Commissioner of India to the UK, told the audience of business leaders: "We want to move from the UK having a slow burning love affair with India to speed dating and speed up the process and help UK SMES find the right way to reach India."
  • He said India was trying to help UK SMES "beat the Brexit blues" and India's understanding of Brexit was that Brexit was "about open Britain. That is what we are hoping for anyway," he said.
  • The UK SMES did not need to have any specific turnover to invest in India, he said. They just needed to have a product and be willing to sell it in India.

  • All eyes were on javelin thrower Davinder Singh Kang, who became the first Indian to qualify for the final of the World Championships in London last month, on day two of the 57th National Open Athletics Championship here at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on 26sep.
  • As expected, Davinder won gold; but his performance was way below par. Davinder's best throw of 75.12m, in his second attempt, made him a clear winner with Services' Abhishek Singh (74.19m) and Sunil Bishnoi of Punjab (74.03m) finishing second and third respectively.
  • However, Davinder, who is set to meet union sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore in the first week of October to push for his inclusion in the TOPs list, was a "disappointed man" as he had thrown a distance of 84.22m in the Worlds to make the final cut.
  • "I'm not happy with my show. I'm capable of clearing 85m," Davinder said after his performance. However, Davinder cited a "shoulder muscle pull" during the qualifier on Monday as the reason for his ordinary outing.
  • "I suffered a muscle pull in my right shoulder during the qualifying round. I couldn't put in my full effort during each throw and it hampered my performance. I will go to Patiala and start the recovery process as well train for the Federation Cup," said Davinder.

  • Afghanistan may soon hire another Indian coach. Almost a month after it decided not to renew former India opener Lalchand Rajput's contract, TOI has learnt that the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has approached Mohammad Kaif for the job.
  • Kaif, who played 13 Tests and 125 ODIs for India in the 2000s, was recently named as the captain-cum-mentor of Chhattisgarh, a team he led last season too, for the forthcoming Ranji season. Accord ing to sources, the 36-year-old batsman will meet top officials of the ACB, chairman Shukrullah Atif Mashal, and CEO Shafiiqullah Stanikzai later this week.
  • It remains to be seen if takes up the Afghanistan offer and announces his retirement. The veteran player, known for his heroic unbeaten 87 at Lord's which won India the NatWest final against England in 2002 and his electric fielding, was the fielding coach of the Gujarat Lions in the IPL last year.

  • The BBC has on 27 sep revealed Mithali Raj as one of the most influential women in India. Additionally, Ira Trivedi and Tulika Kiran from Delhi along with Aditi Avasthi from Bangalore and Mehroonisa Siddiqui are among the inspirational individuals who have been included on the BBC 100 Women list 2017.
  • Taken from across all spheres of modern life - from engineering to the creative industries, from sport to business they represent the global wealth of female talent. But in a new twist the list launched on 27 sep is only part of the story.
  • The list has been inspired by the BBC 100 Women Challenge. This is a unique celebration of female talent which sees four teams of women tasked with finding solutions to everyday problems currently blighting female lives across the globe.
  • The challenge will be coming to Delhi from October 9-13 where a team will be looking at female illiteracy. Other places hosting the 100 Women Challenge are Silicon Valley from October 2-6 where a group will tackle the glass ceiling; safety on public transport will be the focus for the London and Nairobi team from October 16-20; and finally, from October 23-27 women in Rio will consider sexism in sport.
  • The Indian women named on Wednesday are part of the list of 60 women from around the world who are working or campaigning in these fields or who have inspired others through their actions.
  • The remaining 40 places will then be decided as the challenge progresses, drawn from those who have supported, inspired and helped the teams on the ground over the course of the weeks. They might be someone working on a solution on the other side of the world; the woman who suggested the piece of code; the woman who named the campaign; or the woman who, by courageously sharing her story, inspired the solution.

  • Elated at being nominated for the country's third highest civilian honour - Padma Bhushan - Rio Olympics silver medallist shuttler PV Sindhu on Monday thanked the Sports Ministry for the recommendation.
  • The 22-year-old Sindhu now joins former India cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the second sportsperson to be nominated for the prestigious award this year.
  • "I am very happy that my name has been recommended for the Padma Bhushan. I would like to thank the government and the Sports Ministry," Sindhu said.
  • The Hyderabad player was conferred the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award - the highest sporting honour in India - in 2016 and the Padma Shri in 2015.

  • World champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark beat Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei on 24sep to clinch his first Japan Open title.
  • Axelsen, who defeated two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan of China to bag the world title in Glasgow last month, edged out Lee 21-14, 19-21, 21-14 in the men's singles final.
  • Lee, who has won the Japan Open six times including last year, narrowly took the second game but the Dane put in a brilliant performance to triumph in the third.
  • In the women's singles Carolina Marin of Spain, last year's Olympic gold medallist, overwhelmed He Bingjiao of China 23-21, 21-12.
  • Japan's Rio Olympics gold medallists Ayaka Takahashi and Misaki Matsutomo beat South Korea's Kim Ha-Na and Kong Hee-Yong 21-18, 21-16 in the women's doubles final, to the delight of local fans at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.But Japanese male duo Takuto Inoue and Yuki Kaneko suffered a 21-12, 21-15 defeat at the hands of Indonesians Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo in the men's doubles final.
  • In the mixed doubles, Chinese pair Wang Yilyu and Huang Dongping overpowered Takuro Hoki and Sayaka Hirota of Japan 21-13, 21-8.

  • Indians added four medals, including a gold through wrestler Bajrang Punia, on the ninth day of the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games on 24sep.
  • Bajrang, the reigning Asian champion, beat Daichi Takatani of Japan in the men's freestyle 65kg final to win the gold.
  • Two women wrestlers - Sheetal Tomar and Navjot Kaur - also grabbed a bronze each.
  • Sheetal won the bronze in freestyle -48kg category while Navjot did the same in freestyle -69kg class.
  • Krishnan Sasikiran won the third bronze in men's standard individual chess.
  • India now occupy 12th spot in the medals tally with 6 gold, 7 silver and 11 bronze.

  • All-rounder Hardik Pandya rose to the occasion yet again with a fluent 78-run knock as India registered a comfortable five-wicket win over Australia in the third ODI to grab the number one spot, on 24sep.
  • Chasing 294 for a win, India overhauled the target with 13 balls to spare in front of a packed Holkar stadium to take a series-clinching 3-0 lead.
  • Openers Rohit Sharma (71) and Ajikya Rahane (70) set the platform for the win with their 139-run partnership while Pandya steered the side to victory with his crucial knock, which came off 72 balls.
  • Australia opener Aaron Finch's fluent century came to a nought due to self-destructive batting by Australia in the last 10 overs.
  • Finch, playing his first game of the series, had placed Australia at a commanding 232 for two in 40 overs with his 124-run innings but they lost the plot after that.
  • When they could have gone for a kill and a score in the vicinity of 350, all Australia could manage was just 59 runs and lost four wickets to settle for 293 for six.
  • India faced a few anxious moments in their run chase after losing the set openers along with captain Virat Kohli (28) and Kedar Jadhav (2) but Pandya, who had played crucial role in India's win in the series-opener in Chennai, ensured there were no more hiccups.
  • The win meant that India have maintained their unbeaten run in Indore and have now recorded sixth consecutive ODI series win since June 2016.

  • Caroline Wozniacki ended her string of final failures by beating Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-0, 7-5 in Tokyo on Sunday to win her second straight Pan Pacific Open title.
  • The former world number one, who has now won the event three times, was contesting her seventh final of the season after losing the previous six.
  • The 27-year-old Dane, seeded third, burst out of the gate behind a strong service game with two aces in a 21-minute first-set rout, looking fresh after her straight-sets triumph over world number one Garbine Muguruza the previous day.
  • By contrast, Pavlyuchenkova's gruelling three-set semi-final win over Angelique Kerber appeared to have taken its toll and she struggled with accuracy, registering three double faults in the set.
  • After being swept aside in the opener, Pavlyuchenkova was far more competitive in the second and held her serve throughout until Wozniacki converted her third match point to break once more and seal victory in the 12th game of the set.
  • "It was my seventh final of the year and obviously after a while it gets harder and harder to get that last one," Wozniacki said in a courtside interview at the Ariake Coliseum, which will host the tennis events at the 2020 Olympics.

  • Left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav became only the third Indian to take a hat-trick as the hosts demolished Australia by 50 runs in the second ODI on 21 sep, continuing their dominating run over the listless visitors.
  • Chasing 253 on a tricky surface, Australia once again had no answer to the guile of wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal (2/34) and chinaman Yadav (3/54), who struck at crucial junctures to bundle out the opposition for 202 in 43.1 overs.
  • With this memorable feat, Yadav joined Kapil Dev (1991) and Chetan Sharma (1987) in a select club of Indians who have picked up a hat-trick. The victory was also India's eighth in a row in ODIs.
  • India's sensational bowling performance came after captain Virat Kohli made a fluent 92 to take the hosts to 252 with opener Ajinkya Rahane scoring 55 at the top of the order.
  • Australia, who surrendered to the Indian spinners in Chennai, seemed equally helpless here with seven batsmen recording single digit scores.
  • Everytime Australia tried to make their way back into the game, Indian spinners responded with a breakthrough, carrying on from the good work done by pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/9) in the early overs.
  • Kumar made the ball talk in his opening spell, removing the dangerous David Warner and Hilton Cartwright to leave the Australians at nine for two.
  • Then Yadav joined the party by sending back Matthew Wade, Ashton Agar and Pat Cummins in as many balls to send the Eden crowd into a frenzy.
  • His best ball without a doubt was the hat-trick ball. The young spinners showed remarkable calm to bowl the wrong one that took a thick edge of Cummins' bat before landing into the hands of MS Dhoni.
  • Yadav got through Wade's stumps before trapping Agar in front of the stumps to be on a hat-trick.

  • Statistical highlights of the first ODI between India and Australia here on 17 sep.
  • India's 26-run triumph is their first in two matches vs Australia in ODIs at Chepauk. They had lost by one run to Australia at this venue on October 9, 1987.
  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni is averaging 100-plus in ODIs at Chepauk his tally being 401 in six innings, including two hundreds and a fifty, at an average of 100.25.
  • Dhoni's seventh fifty vs Australia is his 66th in ODIs.After a poor season last year averaging 27.80, Dhoni is averaging 89.57 in ODIs this year his aggregate being 627 in 14 innings, including a century and five fifties. This is his best performance in terms of averages in a calendar year.
  • Dhoni has managed 241 runs before being dismissed in this match vs Australia in ODIs. Against Sri Lanka in his previous four innings, he had remained unbeaten.
  • Dhoni (212) is one of the five batsmen to have hit 200 sixes or more in ODIs. The other four being Shahid Afridi (351), SanathJayasuriya (270), Chris Gayle (238) and Brendon McCullum (200).
  • ViratKohli has posted his second duck as captain in ODIs -- both in 2017 -- vs Sri Lanka at The Oval on June 8 and vs Australia at Chepauk on September 17.
  • In all, Kohli has posted 12 ducks in ODIs. However, during the last two years, he did not record a single duck.
  • Kohli became the first captain to register winning % of 80.00 in ODIs -- 28 wins, seven losses and one no-result game out of 36.

  • Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on 12 Sep launched -Mission 24 for Mumbai's M east ward which is known to have one of highest slum population's in the city.
  • The project by NGO Apnalaya and Mumbai first plans to work along with the BMC -as the principal stakeholder over the next 24 months to improve the quality of lives of people living in M east ward of Mumbai. It is pertinent to note that the ward ranked the lowest in human development among the city's 24 wards in the Mumbai Human Development Report 2009.
  • Apnalaya president Annabel Mehta who got her son in law Sachin Tendulkar to support the project stated that their aim is to raise the standard of the ward.
  • "Everyone no matter where they live has the capability to rise high and therefore deserves to be given equal opportunities," said Mehta adding that some of their work areas for the project would be creation of more secondary schools and colleges in the ward as far as education is concerned, maternity homes and dispensaries for better health, station area development, makeover of playgrounds and recreational ground development, refurbishment of community toilets and focus on women and child safety.
  • "Something that disturbs me is that M-east ward is at the bottom as far as human development is concerned. My association with my wife Anjali has helped me understand a lot more of Mumbai which we take for granted like maternity homes, health posts in the city.
  • We consider this to be basic facilities but areas like this lack these facilities. The project is like another cricket match we are playing and need to be persistent with our contribution," said Sachin Tendulkar.

  • Switzerland's Martina Hingis and Taiwan's Chan Yung-Jan won the US Open women's doubles title on Sunday when they rolled past the Czech partnership of Lucie Hradecka and Katerina Siniakova 6-3, 6-2.
  • Jamie Murray on 09 sep.
  • The victory took Hingis's career Grand Slam tally to 25, including five singles titles, 13 doubles and seven mixed doubles.
  • "Two in two days; I was Michael Jordan's number 23 when I started here and now 25 sounds even sweeter," said Hingis, who played the US Open singles final on the same Arthur Ashe Stadium court 20 years ago, beating Venus Williams.
  • "It was an amazing feeling to play here in the singles final against Venus Williams," Hingis said. "We were two teenagers making the finals playing here for the first time at Ashe Stadium and coming back 20 years later it is a wonderful journey."
  • Hingis and Chan stormed through the draw without dropping a set and in the final did not face a breakpoint as they simply overwhelmed Hradecka and Siniakova.
  • Fittingly it was Hingis who sealed victory with a thundering forehand down the line.
  • Hingis and Chan had met the Czech duo twice before this season, winning both meetings including the final in Indian Wells.

  • Badminton great Prakash Padukone will be conferred with the first Lifetime Achievement Award instituted by the Badminton Association of India (BAI) for his rich contribution to the sport.
  • Announcing the award at a press conference, BAI President HimantaBiswaSarma said the award will carry a citation and a cash award of Rs 10 lakh.
  • He said BAI in its last executive meeting held in Bangalore had decided that every year the federation will honour one important personality who has contributed towards badminton with a lifetime achievement award.
  • "The decision to honourPadukone was taken at the core committee meeting of the association held here today," Sarma said.
  • "He will be the first recipient of the lifetime achievement award. We will organise a function in New Delhi to honour him," he added.
  • Padukone had won the 1980 All England, besides bagging a bronze at the 1983 World Championship in Copenhagen. He also won a gold medal at the 1978 Commonwealth Games.
  • He was bestowed with the Arjuna award in 1972 and the Padma Shri in 1982.

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