Jinder Mahal defended his WWE Championship for the third time defeating Shinsuke Nakamura at WWE pay-per-view SummerSlam 2017 at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York on Sunday. Mahal thus extended his title reign to 91 days.
Nakamura was the odds on favourite to win, and Mahal's win is somewhat of an upset considering the match was a quite a short on for a title match. It sure seemed a rushed ending as Nakamura, who was on the offensive early on, had to deal with the Singh Brother - Sunil and Samir - on the outside and that allowed Mahal to take advantage and hit his finisher, The Khallas, on Nakamura to retain the title.
LONDON: Davinder Singh Kang has become the first Indian to qualify for the final round of the javelin throw World Championships while his more fancied compatriot Neeraj Chopra crashed out in the qualification round.
Competing in the qualification round Group B on Thursday, Kang, who was carrying a shoulder injury, cleared the automatic qualification mark of 83m in his third and final throw as he sent the iron spear to a distance of 84.22m. He had covered 82.22m in his opening throw and then came up with 82.14m in his second.
The 26-year-old athlete from Punjab was under pressure to touch the 83m in his final attempt and he was the last man to take the throw. He did it in style by sending the spear beyond the qualification mark to the huge relief of the Indian camp.
Thirteen throwers - five from Group A and seven from Group B - crossed the automatic qualification mark of 83m and all of them will compete in the final round on August 12.
Kang's best effort of 84.22m put him in the seventh position among the final round qualifiers. His final round qualification was all the more noteworthy as he was carrying an injury since the Indian Grand Prix in New Delhi in May. He competed yesterday with his right shoulder strapped.
No Indian has ever qualified in the men's javelin throw final round in any world championship.
"Once I came to know that Neeraj did not qualify (for the final round), I wanted to qualify for it. I wanted to do something for the country, I wanted to do something which no Indian has done before. By the grace of God, I did something for the country," Kang said after his race.
"I have been carrying a right shoulder injury which I sustained in May during the Indian Grand Prix but it is not that big a problem. Our team masseur put these straps today and I am OK. But I had to ask my friend Sri Lankan competitor (Waruna Rankoth Pedige) to do some stretching before my third and final throw," he said showing his right shoulder injury.
"It (injury) will be all right after tomorrow's rest. I want to give my best in the final round on August 12 and win a medal for the country," he added.
Kang was tested positive for marijuana in June but was named in the 25-member Indian team as the banned substance was in the specified list of the WADA Code and does not attract automatic suspension.
Earlier in Group A qualification round, Neeraj failed to make an impact as he crashed out of the World Championships after a disappointing performance. Carrying the hopes of the entire country on his young shoulders, Neeraj could not hurl the iron spear to the automatic final round qualification mark of 83m in his three attempts with his best effort of 82.26m coming in his opening throw.
The 19-year-old world junior record holder then fouled his second attempt before clearing only 80.54m in his third and final throw to finish seventh in his group and overall 15th at the Olympic Stadium here. For Neeraj, who has a personal best of 86.48m and season's best of 85.63m, his maiden World Championships ended with just three throws.
"I tried my best but I could not clear the automatic qualification mark of 83m and I am disappointed. I gave a lot of effort in the first throw but it missed the 83m mark by a few centimetres. There were some problems in the second throw and the third one also did not go the distance (of 83m). I have been training hard for this World Championships but I could not do well in the actual competition," Chopra said after the race.
"It would have been ideal if a coach had come with me but that is not in my hands. I don't know what had happened today, I cannot say now whether it was technical issue or other factors," he added.
Neeraj was considered the best bet for India to have any shout for a medal as his season's best of 85.63m puts him at 14th in the IAAF rankings coming into the World Championships. He has a personal best of 86.48m which he did while setting a junior world record last year.
The Indian has three 85m throws this season and his two Diamond League appearances in Paris and Monaca last month - where he had finished fifth and seventh respectively - which had boosted his confidence after rubbing shoulders with some of the best in the world.v
KOCHI: The Kerala High Court on Monday ordered Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to lift the lifetime ban on cricketer S Sreesanth that was imposed on the basis of spot-fixing charges against him.
The court issued the order after considering a petition filed by the cricketer in March challenging BCCI's decision not to lift the ban despite a Delhi court exonerating him in 2015. The ban was imposed by BCCI on the allegation of spot-fixing in the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League.
Challenging the ban, Sreesanth had contended at the high court that not lifting the ban violated his constitutional rights. It was on the basis of information provided by Delhi Police that BCCI imposed a ban on him and it was the case registered on the basis of the same information that was considered by the court while exonerating him. BCCI's decision not to withdraw the ban amounts to violation of constitutional rights, the player had argued.
BCCI suspended him from the team and ordered an enquiry following his arrest by Delhi police in May 2013, the petition had said. A preliminary report was submitted by the enquiry team led by BCCI president in Jun 2013 without giving him a chance of hearing. Though his version was obtained in writing later, a supplementary report was filed in July without considering it. He was then issued a show cause notice by BCCI and later imposed a ban from playing at international competitions and at games conducted by clubs and institutions affiliated to it, as per the petition.
On July 25, 2015, an additional sessions court exonerated Sreesanth and others from the charges that included offences under Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act (MCOCA).
Responding to Sreesanth's petition, BCCI had informed the high court in April that a criminal court exonerating him is not enough to lift the lifetime ban. BCCI's affidavit to the court had stated, "The standard of proof required under a penal statute is much higher than the proof required for a disciplinary inquiry. Therefore, on an appreciation of the same evidence, one may not be guilty of criminal consequences but can be found guilty for violating the internal disciplinary rules of an organization." It was aware of the sessions court's decision discharging Sreesanth of the charges but a working committee of BCCI that met at a later point of time decided not to lift the ban, the affidavit had stated.
NEW DELHI: Indian shuttler HS Prannoy clinched his third grand prix gold title by defeating country-mate Parupalli Kashyap in the final of the US Open Grand Prix Gold on Monday. Prannoy beat Kashyap 21-15, 20-22, 21-12 in the All-India final.
Kashyap raced to an early 6-1 advantage in the first game before Prannoy, eyeing a comeback, sent across cross-court smashes. Banking on aggression, he levelled things up at 12-12. Prannoy and Kashyap then played an enthralling rally as Prannoy, coming from behind, sealed the first game 21-15.
The second game however, saw Kashyap in red-hot flow. Nothing separating the two initially, Kashyap and Prannoy indulged in engulfing rallies that saw Kashyap draw a slender lead of 9-7. After the break however, Kashyap extended his stretch to 14-10 and seemed on course to taking the game. But just then, Prannoy notched a spirited comeback and made things even at 18-18.
He then saved two game points to make it 20-20. In the end however, it was Kashyap who prevailed in the battle of nerves to take the second game 22-20.
Kashyap and Prannoy matched each other shot for shot in the decider. But Kashyap made a few errors and Prannoy cashed in to take an early 7-3 lead. Some incredible shots from thereon put things out of reach for Kashyap and Prannoy took a heavy 15-8 lead. Kashyap could only manage four more points as the 25-year-old Prannoy took the final game rather comfortably in the end.
On their way to the final, both shuttlers played out respective competitive matches. Prannoy, notched up a 21-14 21-19 win over Vietnam's Tien Minh Nguyen in the first semi-final. Kashyap on the other hand, eked out a hard-fought 15-21 21-15 21-16 win over Korean Kwang Hee Heo in the second semifinal which lasted an hour and six minutes. In fact, this was Kashyap's first final in 21 months.
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