FIFA Panel Upholds One-Year Ban On Ex-German FA Head Niersbach
- ZURICH : Global soccer body FIFA's Appeal Committee on Friday rejected an appeal by former German Football Association President Wolfgang Niersbach, maintaining a one-year ban imposed in July. The appeals panel said it confirmed FIFA's ethics committee's ruling against Niersbach for failing to report potential misconduct surrounding the award of the 2006 soccer World Cup in Germany.
- "The Appeal Committee determined that a one-year ban from taking part in any football-related activity (administrative, sports or other) at national and international level was adequate in this case," the committee said in a statement. "In consequence, Mr Niersbach's ban for a period of one year is maintained as from 25 July 2016."
Junior Hockey World Cup : India Beat Australia In Shootout, Face Belgium In Final
- LUCKNOW : Favourites India came from a goal down to pip Australia 4-2 via shootout in a thrilling contest and enter the final of the men's Junior Hockey World Cup after a hiatus of 15 years in front of a packed Major Dhyan Chand Astroturf Stadium here today. India, who last won the Junior World Cup way back in 2001 in Hobart, are on a mission to reclaim the title and will face Belgium in the summit clash on Sunday. The hosts scored two skilful field goals in the second half through Gurjant Singh (42nd minute) and Mandeep Singh (48th) after Australia took the lead through Tom Craig (14th). But just when it was time to close out the game, the Indian defence conceded a soft goal and Lachlan Sharp (57th) drew level for Australia to take the match into shoot-out after both the teams were locked at 2-2 at the end of regulation time.
- In the shoot-out, goalkeeper Vikas Dahiya rose to the occasion and made two fantastic saves to deny Australia's Matthew Bird and Sharp. The Indians, on the other hand, were clinical in the shoot-out with skipper Harjeet Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Sumit and Manpreet (Jr) finding the back of the net past the Australian custodian. Earlier today, India's final opponents Belgium stunned six-time champions and title holders Germany 4-3 in the shootout in the first semi-final to enter the tournament final for the first time. Belgium rode on their goalkeeper Loic van Doren's superb display in the shoot-out to register the upset win after the two teams failed to break the deadlock in regulation 70 minutes. Van Doren made two brilliant saves in the shoot-out to deny Germany's Philip Schimid and Tim Herzbruch.
- In the second semi-final, India had the better share of possession in the opening half but it was Australia who utilised their chances. It seemed Australia took a cue from the Spaniards as they hardly gave any space to the Indians, relying mainly on man to man marking. Australia utilised the first chance they got in the match. The Burras earned their opening penalty corner in the 13th minute and Tom Craig scored from the third attempt with a reverse shot from close range after the initial flick and rebound were saved by the Indian defence. Australia preferred to sit back and rely mainly on counters to surprise the Indians. Australia secured two consecutive penalty corners in the 22nd minute but this time India goalkeeper Dahiya came to his side's rescue to deny Blake Govers from the second attempt. India pressed hard and minutes later earned two back to back penalty corners but Harmanpreet Singh failed to find the back of the net on both occasions.
- In the 32nd minute, Varun Kumar found Vikramjit Singh inside the circle but the latter's shot went straight to Australian goalkeeper Ashleigh Thomas' pads. The hosts had their best opportunity of the opening half in the next minute when Varun's long scoop from deep found Simranjeet Singh unmarked inside the circle after an Australian defender fumbled, but the striker pushed wide with only the rival custodian to beat.
World Super Series Finals : PV Sindhu Faces Olympics Victor Carolina Marin In Must-Win Clash
- NEW DELHI : Olympic silver medalists PV Sindhu will on Friday clash with the Spanish opponent who beat her during the Rio Games when the pair meet in the prestigious BWF World Super Series Final in Dubai. Tenth-ranked Sindhu goes up against Marina, the world No 2, having lost her second Group B match to China's Sun Yu on Thursday. Sindhu, who recently won the China Super Series Premier, needs to win to stay in the competition.
- If Sindhu beats Marin and Japans's Akane Yamaguchi, who Sindhu beat in her first match, wins her last match, then there will be a three-way tie between Sun, Sindhu and Yamaguchi. In this scenario, the games and points will come into play. However, if Marin beats Sindhu and Yamaguchi loses, the three-way tie will be between Marin, Sindhu and Yamaguchi and the second semi-finalist will be decided on games and points won.
- In August, during her first trip to the Olympics, a red-hot Sindhu had run into then world No 1 Marin in the women's singles badminton final in Rio de Janeiro. On the biggest day of her career, Sindhu never stopped fighting until the Spanish champion won gold. And yet in Sindhu's hands was the biggest prize in the history of Indian badminton - an Olympic silver, to go past Saina Nehwal's bronze from 2012. In head-to-heads, Marin leads Sindhu 5-3.
China Drills Tibet Glaciers For Climate Change Research
- BEIJING : Chinese scientists have drilled into a glacier in Qinghai-Tibet Plateau to collect nearly 400-metre ice samples for research into climate change. Under the project led by Yao Tandong, an academician with the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, it took the team 40 days to collect the ice samples from the top of the Dund Glacier.
- The scientists took three ice samples with a total length of 396 metres drilling from an altitude of 5,320 metres above the sea level on top of the glacier, and another three samples of 45 metres-long in total from an altitude of 4,950 metres above the sea level, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. The samples have been sent to the institute's lab in Lhasa, capital of Tibet Autonomous Region.
- They also set up a meteorological station at the top of the glacier. Only the polar regions have more glaciers than the plateau. Scientists believe glaciers can offer insight into climate changes. Although they generally believe glaciers on the plateau are melting due to global warming, the glacier appears to have remained stable without any obvious retreating since the first scientific drill by a Sino-America team in 1987, the report said.
Dagar Lone Indian Semi-Finalist In Usha Golf
- NEW DELHI : Diksha Dagar remained the only Indian hope as the 100th Usha All India Ladies Amateur Golf Championship Matchplay reached the last four stage at the Delhi Golf Club here on Friday. On a long day, when all the contestants had to play their second round in the morning session and the quarter-final matches in the afternoon, Diksha shone out as a solid player.
- Diksha scored two emphatic wins during the day. She outplayed Amanda Tan of Singapore 4&2, finishing the match on the 14th hole, and then finished the quarter final even faster on the 13th hole at 6&5 eliminating fellow Indian Gauri Karhade. Left-handed Diksha, the leader in the IGU Order of Merit has been in excellent form this season after having had the experience of competing at the World Amateur Team Championships in Mexico as part of the Indian Golf Union's team. She also won the Faldo Series India title in Mumbai to qualify for the Grand Final Asia, which will be held in Vietnam in March 2017.
- The 15-year-old Class X student, Diksha, has won four of the eight tournaments she has played this season and finished second in two others.India's other leading contender, Seher Atwal was taken to the 21st hole before prevailing over Sifat Sagoo. In the quarters, Seher was beaten by Chinese Taipei's Tsai Wei Cha 3&1. Tsai Wei earlier defeated Dolma Rawat.
- Top seed and winner of the stroke play, Malaysian Nur Durriah Damian beat Pranavi Urs 4&2 in the second round and then eliminated Callista Chen 2&1 in the quarter-finals to make it to the semi-finals. Ireland's Maria Dunne beat Geraldine Wong 2&1 and then went the full distance against Sifat Alag before winning 1-Up on the 18th. The semi-finals tomorrow will see Diksha Dagar tee-off against Tsai Wei Chia, while Nur Durriah Damian will be up against Maria Dunne.