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Indian sports wrap, May 12: Aditi shoots 71, lies T-39 in Founders Cup on LPGA


Aditi shoots 71, lies T-39 in Founders Cup on LPGA

Indian golfer Aditi Ashok returned a card of one-under 71 on the third day to be Tied-39 at the Cognizant Founders Cup on the LPGA.

Aditi, who has been having a modest season with a best of 21st at the HSBC women’s World Championships in Singapore in February, had five birdies against four bogeys in the round.

Her earlier rounds were 75-76 and she is now 1-under 215 for 54 holes.

Madelene Sagstrom leads at 19-under going into the final round and she sits just one shot ahead of Rose Zhang, who is at 18-under at Upper Montclair Country Club.

On the moving day, Sagstrom (65-66-65) and Zhang (63-68-67) each shot their third consecutive round in the 60s. They are far ahead of the third-placed Korean Sei Young Kim ((72-69-67) is 8-under.

Sagstrom looks to earn her second career victory in her eight years on the LPGA Tour.

The 20-year-old Zhang would also earn her second career victory on Tour with a win on Sunday, and it would be her second consecutive winning season in her young career.

Zhang will return next week to the Mizuho Americas Open as the defending champion.


Pranavi finishes tied seventh in Korea

Pranavi Urs produced a strong finish with three birdies in a four-hole stretch on the back nine for a top-10 finish at the Aramco Team Series Korea.

Pranavi shot rounds of 69-77-69 for a 1-under 215 and was tied-seventh at the end of the competition.

This was the second top-10 finish in six starts this season for the Mysuru girl, who has been an ‘Order of Merit’ winner in the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour, before earning a status on the Ladies European Tour.

The other two Indians, the Olympic-bound Diksha Dagar (79-72-71) shot 6-over to finish tied 37th while Vani Kapoor (77-74-77) had a below-par 12-over and tied 60th rank.

Korea’s Hyo-Joo Kim lived up to her billing as the home favourite to win by three shots in Seoul.

Leading by two shots heading into the final round, the Major winner held off Charley Hull’s Sunday surge carding a round of 68 (-4) to end the week on 10-under par.

Pranavi had a sedate front nine with a birdie on the sixth and a bogey on the ninth. She birdied three times on 14th, 16th and the 17th with no bogeys for a 69.

Diksha trying to force things had five birdies along with four bogeys for a 71.



Goswami Ganesh Dutt tournament: Sehgal Club reaches semis

A fluent unbeaten 70 off 45 balls with eight fours and two sixes by Prince Yadav propelled Sehgal Club to a seven-wicket victory over Ravi Brothers in the quarterfinals of the 49th all-India Goswami Ganesh Dutt cricket tournament at the Khalsa College ground on Sunday.

Ankit Choudhary bagged four wickets to restrict Ravi Brothers to 141. He had good support from Prince Yadav and Ankit Dabas who took two wickets apiece.

Sehgal CC reached the target with 21.5 overs to spare as Ankit Kaushik (31) forged a strong partnership with man-of-the-match Prince Yadav.

Monday will be a day of rest in the tournament.

The scores:

Ravi Brothers 141 in 26.6 overs (Krish Yadav 37, Ankit Choudhary 4/28) lost to Sehgal CC 142/3 in 18.1 overs (Prince Yadav 70 n.o., Ankit Kaushik 31 n.o.).

-Kamesh Srinivasan


National junior championship: Punjab beats Tamil Nadu

Punjab scored a thrilling 76-74 victory over Tamil Nadu after leading 40-35 at the interval in the women’s quarterfinals of the 74th National junior basketball championship at the Emerald Heights International school courts on Sunday.

Komalpreet Kaur was the star for Punjab with 24 points, while Antheya Daisy top scored for Tamil Nadu with 21 points. In the semifinals, Punjab will challenge Maharashtra.

In the men’s quarterfinals, Chandigarh beat Tamil Nadu 92-83

The results:

Men (quarterfinals): Chandigarh 92 (Himanshu Hooda 23, Gaurav Kumar Singh 16, Sanju Gajbhiiye 16, Ravindra Kaushik 12) bt Tamil Nadu 83 (D Mirthun Vel 35, Harish Aravind 14, Giftson Megadees 11).

Rajasthan 91 (Mohammed Ishaan 31, Ajay Kumar 16, Mayank Jawa 16, Nitesh Kumar 13) bt Punjab 69 (Jaadu Maan 23, Amandeep Singh 13, Manveer Singh 10).

Uttar Pradesh 83 (Harshith Tomar 18, Vedanth Ranot 18, Aman Tyagi 17) bt Haryana 72 9Lavish 23, Ankush 22, Aditya 17).

Pre-quarterfinals: Haryana 97 (Priyam Rathee 30, Gurmeet 29, Ankush 24) bt Andhra Pradesh 88 (Akhil Kumar 22, Rahul Vaka 12).

Kerala 81 (Aswin Krishna 24, Jins Joby 13, Jeevan Joby 13) bt Maharashtra 78 (Raghav Sharma 19, Yogesh Kumar Yadav 14).

Women (quarterfinals): Punjab 76 (Komalpreet Kaur 24, Nadar Dhillon 17, Chanda Goutham 15) bt Tamil Nadu 74 (Antheya Daisy 21, Shajitha Nooral 18, Theja Sri 15).

Karnataka 90 (Aadhya Gowda 23, Aditi Subramaniam 19, Tarusree Tarun 16, Rakshita Shetty 10) bt Gujarat 56 (Aahana George 15, Niyatiba Gohil 12).

Madhya Pradesh 73 (Kushipal Singh 29, Gunvi Agarwal 14) bt Haryana 58 (Kushbu 14, Bhumi Kataria 14, Anjali 11).

Maharashtra 93 (Aananya Bhavasar 21, Gunjar Mantri 20, Akshaya Patil 12, Tvisha Sharma 10) bt Telangana 40 (Pranishthaa 11, Hasini Vadda 10).

Pre-quarterfinals: Haryana 68 (Bhumika Kataria 17, Anjali 17, Diksha 14) bt Uttar Pradesh 61 (Ruby Rajput 23).

Telangana 61 (Nethra Birudavolu 21, YS Parinisthaa 17, Sahasra Muppiri 13) bt Rajasthan 54 (Payal 12, Purya Arya 11, Priyanka Pal 10)

-Kamesh Srinivasan


Gujarat has emerged as hotbed for young athletes to pursue sports professionally: Kalyan Chaubey

Kalyan Chaubey, President of the All Indian Football Federation (AIFF).

Kalyan Chaubey, President of the All Indian Football Federation (AIFF).
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Kalyan Chaubey, President of the All Indian Football Federation (AIFF).
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All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Kalyan Chaubey on Sunday said that Gujarat, with its infrastructure and pro-sports policy, has emerged as a hotbed for young athletes to pursue, prosper and take up sports professionally.

Chaubey, who is also the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) joint secretary, was speaking on the concluding day of the inaugural Gujarat Super League (GSL), played by six teams in a round-robin format.

Six franchise teams – Ahmedabad Avengers, Gandhinagar Giants, Karnavati Knights, Saurashtra Spartans, Surat Strikers and Vadodara Warriors participated in the GSL.

All matches were streamed live on FIFA+.

Chaubey said: “A small step in 2010 like a ‘Khel Mahakumb’, a brainchild of the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi, not only gave opportunities to millions of youths in sports, but the very initiative has given birth to the idea of ‘Khelo India’ – a road to becoming a sporting powerhouse.” He said, “After becoming Prime Minister in 2014, Narendra Modi took this idea to the nation. Over the decade, Khelo India has produced innumerable athletes for the country. We can all see the results of India’s performance in international competitions. Today India has an increased appetite for medals at marque sports events.”


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