Lakshya Sen Becomes World No 1 Junior Badminton Player
- DEHRADUN : The 15-year-old shuttler from Almora, Lakshya Sen, created history on Thursday after he became the number one junior singles badminton player in the world in the latest rankings of the Badminton World Federation (BWF). Lakshya is the first shuttler from Uttarakhand to attain the numero uno spot at the international level. Lakshya, who is considered as the shining future star of Indian badminton, moved ahead of Chia Hao Lee of the Chinese Taipei, to attain the top spot.
- According to BWF current rankings, Lakshya has 16,903 points in eight tournaments he has played in the season while Chia Hao, who is at the second spot, has 16,091 points. The president of Uttaranchal State Badminton Association Ashok Kumar and vice-president of the association Sanjay Gunjyal expressed happiness over the achievement and congratulated Lakshya for bringing laurels for the state. Lakshya has attributed his feat to his parents, sports authority badminton centre at Almora, Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy and Olympic quest committee.
- The young shuttler has had a brilliant year on the badminton circuit in 2016, as he won the Senior India International Series Badminton Tournament along with the All India Senior Ranking Badminton Tournament at Itanagar. He was youngest ever player and the first ever from Uttarakhand to win the title at senior level. Earlier, his brother Chirag Sen was ranked number two in the world junior badminton rankings. However, the younger sibling has surpassed his elder brother's achievement.
EPL : Jesus Saves Man City With Last-Gasp Winner Against Swansea
- MANCHESTER : Gabriel Jesus scored two goals including an injury-time winner as Pep Guardiola's Manchester City recorded a dramatic 2-1 victory over struggling Swansea City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday. The home side looked in complete control during a dominant first-half showing only to surrender an 81st-minute equaliser to Gylfi Sigurdsson. The Iceland international capitalised on some poor defending, collecting Luciano Narsingh's pass, switching the ball to his left foot and scoring with a brilliant low drive from just outside the area. But deep in injury time David Silva's right-wing cross found Jesus and after his initial header had been saved by Lukasz Fabianski, the 19-year-old Brazilian tapped the rebound into an open goal.
- Jesus, a January arrival from Palmeiras, had required just 11 minutes of his full home debut to score the first of what City supporters hope will be many goals for them. The goal was created by the excellence of Silva, who beat defender Federico Fernandez along the byline before pulling the ball back towards Raheem Sterling. Martin Olsson managed to block the England forward on the six-yard line, but Jesus reacted like lightning, pouncing on the loose ball and making no mistake with a close-range volley. City's first-half dominance was complete and Willy Caballero, continuing to deputise for the dropped Claudio Bravo in the home goal, had not one moment of concern. The afternoon might have been put beyond the grasp of Swansea, showing signs of improvement under new manager Paul Clement, had referee Mike Dean judged that Alfie Mawson had fouled Jesus in the area on seven minutes.
- Shortly after the goal, Yaya Toure almost doubled the lead from a 25-yard free-kick that was heading into the top left-hand corner until Fabianski made a superb diving save. Fernandinho, playing at right-back, sent Sterling away and his cross was almost converted by Jesus, who was only denied by a fine piece of defending from Fernandez. From Silva's resulting corner, Toure should have made better contact with an unmarked shot that passed harmlessly wide. Kevin De Bruyne then fired into the side-netting and Toure's 18-yard shot was smothered, at the second attempt, by Fabianski. A long Silva pass played Sterling in on goal just before the interval, although the City forward fell while rounding Fabianski and was harshly booked for simulation for his trouble.
- However, City's supporters would have been forgiven for wondering if their failure to score more than one goal would come back to haunt them as Swansea made an improved start to the second half. Sigurdsson threatened to equalise in the 49th minute with a magnificently struck free-kick that was kept out by a combination of the leaping Caballero's right glove and his right-hand post. Leroy Sane sped down the other end in response and delivered a low cross which hit the foot of Fabianski's post. But the longer City went without adding a second goal, the more the anxiety grew at the Etihad, especially when Mawson headed just wide from Sigurdsson's corner.
- The Swansea defender was pressed into action at the other end when he blocked a dangerous low cross from Sterling. It came at the expense of a corner from which De Bruyne picked out Aleksandar Kolarov, whose header flew harmlessly wide. Mawson again came to his team's rescue after 72 minutes, producing a well-timed block to stop a Silva shot, set up by Jesus's superb flick, which had looked destined for the back of the visitors' net.
Social Media Slams 'Sasikala As Chief Minister' Move
- Within hours of the announcement that AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala was elected as the party's legislature head and would be the next chief minister, social media erupted with tweets, Facebook posts and memes. #Sasikala was trending at the all-India and Tamil Nadu level on Twitter. #TNSaysNo2Sasi was also trending for a while on the social media platform. #RIPTN was trending in Chennai. The main bone of contention for those tweeting with the latter hashtag was that Sasikala has not contested and won a single election till date. Memes and social media posts also targeted O Paneerselvam, who resigned as chief minister on Sunday .
- For instance one tweet by @r_satishkumar, which got more than 100 retweets, likened OPS to a guy sitting on the ladies seat of an MTC bus, who had to get up whenever a woman came towards the seat. The twitter handle @AdmkFails, which was at the forefront of taking on the party in the run-up to the 2016 assembly polls, actively put out tweets on Sunday evening. Support for Sasikala was hard to come by on social media platforms, but a few, like a top television journalist, pointed out that Prime Minister Narendra Modi too first became chief minister of Gujarat without winning an election. Another user stated that Tamil Nadu getting another woman chief minister was a positive trend.
Davis Cup : Ramkumar, Yuki Power India To 4-1 Win Over New Zealand
- PUNE : A lanky Ramkumar Ramanathan was fluent in his win over Finn Tearney while Yuki Bhambri struggled past Jose Statham as India completed an emphatic 4-1 victory over New Zealand in the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group I tie, here on Sunday. Ramkumar sealed the tie for the hosts by thumping Tearney 7-5, 6-1, 6-0 in two hours in the fourth rubber before Yuki won the dead fifth rubber against Statham 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 in one hour and 55 minutes. India now play second round tie at home in April against Uzbekistan, who got past South Korea in their first round away tie. The 22-year-old from Chennai, with a singles world ranking of 276, was lifted shoulder high by all his team members after his superb show and the entire team made a lap of the stadium with the Indian tricolor. The resounding victory for India also signaled the end of Anand Amritraj's three-year reign as the team captain as he will be replaced by Mahesh Bhupathi for the second round tie against Uzbekistan.
- India had taken a 2-0 lead on the first day when Yuki Bhambri and Ramkumar clinched their singles rubbers against Tearney and Statham respectively. New Zealand clinched the doubles rubber on Saturday when Artem Sitak and Michael Venus got the better of Indian veteran Leander Paes and Vishnu Vardhan. Ramkumar clinched a closely fought 51-minute first set and Tearney's game went to pieces thereafter as the Indian seized on the opportunities and ran away with the second and third sets. The 22-year-old Chennai-born 276-ranked Ramkumar fired 12 aces but also committed nine double faults as compared to Tearney's 16. The Kiwi player committed a staggering 10 double faults in the opening set, including three in the 12th game in which he was decisively broken by his Indian opponent. The 6-foot-2-inch tall Indian youngster also had to dig himself out of the hole in two service games in which he faced break points.
- He saved three in the fifth game in which he committed the first of his two double-faults with the help of his strong first serve clocked at over 200 kmph. Later he saved the fourth in the 11th game with his fifth ace to lead 6-5 before Tearney self-destructed when serving to be in the set for the second time by committing three double faults, including the last one when he was down 15-40, to hand over the set on a platter to the Indian. The Kiwi kept the Indian guessing on his serve by alternating between following it to the net and staying behind, but did not have the consistency or power in his serves to take full advantage of this hustling tactic. Ramkumar put only 51 per cent of his first serve in but won 85 per cent points with it as against 82 per cent of his rival's. Both had four break points apiece and the Indian managed to convert one while Tearney failed with all of his.
- Ramkumar, in spite of committing five double faults including three in the third game which he held after saving a break point, raced away with the second set by breaking his error-filled rival's serve twice - in the fourth and sixth games. In fact the Chennai-born player was lucky that his rival could not convert his mistakes into an advantageous position. The first break was secured by Ramkumar soon after he made his escape with the help of two unforced errors from Tearney and a net-cord point in his favour as the Kiwi's forehand drive-volley hit the tape and went out to provide the Indian with three break point chances. Tearney dropped serve by burying his backhand into the net. The plethora of double faults cost the Kiwi his next service game as the Indian took a commanding 5-1 lead and then served out the set in style by acing his rival on the last two points.
- The second set lasted just 31 minutes. Ramkumar, by now playing with increased dominance and committing fewer errors, then surged to victory by clinching the third set without dropping a game. In fact so dominant was the Indian that he came up with some excellent lobs too in the end in the fifth game which the Kiwi lost after five deuces. Serving for the match and the tie, Ramkumar pounded his serves in with power and put in his last ace to go 40-0 up before winning the match when his rival hit a backhand over the baseline to usher in celebrations in the Indian camp supported by a vociferous crowd. He was lifted shoulder high by all his team members after his superb show as the entire team ran a victory lap.