Men's Hockey : Australia Beat India 4-3 To Level Series 1-1
- The Indian men's hockey team came close to securing a historic sweep of world No 1 Australia in the two-Test series in Bendigo, Victoria but the home team, spurred by on Jez Hayward's two brilliant goals in the second half, clawed back and held onto the advantage to win 4-3. India, ranked sixth, were pushed to the limit by the Kookaburras who did not let their opponents get ahead in the game as evident by goals scored in the 13th, 23rd, 38th and 51st minutes to close out a thoroughly riveting game of hockey. Having claimed bronze in the preceding Four Nations Invitational Tournament in Melbourne - in which Australia beat them 3-2 in a league match - India's 1-1 series draw with the Kookaburras is a very creditable result for a team missing regular captain and talismanic goalkeeper PR Sreejesh along with senior strikers SV Sunil and Ramandeep Singh.
- In the last two weeks, Australia had beaten New Zealand twice to lift the Trans-Tasman Trophy in Auckland and the Four Nations in Melbourne. A day after youngster Affan Yousuf set up a 3-2 win over the hosts, it was the turn of skipper VR Raghunath to lead India's push for a rare series win. The first goal went to India early on, with Akashdeep Singh slotting one into the back of the net in the sixth minute, but in the 13th Trent Mitton's conversion of a field goal drew the equalizer. Both teams engaged in some tense hockey, as evident by back-to-back goals in under a minute. In the 22nd minute it was Raghunath who put India ahead with a fine penalty corner strike, only for Jake Whetty to make it 2-2 in the 23rd.
- Then in the 25th minute, India went up 3-2 with an unstoppable PC by Raghunath. A frenetic first half ended with India up 3-2. But Hayward got the Kookaburras back into the game with a PC in the 38th minute, and the third quarter ended with the scores level 3-3. Hayward struck again in the 51st minute to give Australia the lead for the first time, and the defenders ensured the advantage remained with the home team.
Magnus Carlsen Wins Third World Chess Championship
- Norwegian Magnus Carlsen extended his dominance over the chess world by winning the World Chess Championship for the third consecutive time, beating his Russian challenger Sergei Karyakin in a tiebreaker. The win puts Carlsen closer to the status of chess legends such as Garry Kasparov, who dominated the game for 15 years. Although Karyakin foiled predictions by tying Carlsen in 12 regular rounds, the Norwegian champion beat him in the final phase of four quick-fire extra games. The battle for the world chess crown ended up in the dramatic tiebreaker on Wednesday after a win apiece and nine draws. So the young stars - both aged just 26 - headed into the chess equivalent of extra time in soccer.
- Unlike the earlier rounds, which lasted an average of six hours, the rapid-play rules meant the players had just 25 minutes each, so each game was over in an hour. The accelerated games left plenty of opportunity for harried mistakes, and while predictions were difficult, Carlsen - a king of the blitz format and world number-one since 2010 - had remained favorite. The Norwegian, who turned 26 on Wednesday, has played several blitz tournaments this year, beating US grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura in one in October. But he has occasionally shown flashes of losing his cool, as when he slammed the door of the press room after defeat in the eighth round, earning a fine of five percent of his prize money.
- Carlsen won the championship - organized by the International Chess Federation, FIDE - in 2013 and 2014, beating Indian Viswanathan Anand. Karyakin, a child prodigy who became the youngest ever chess grandmaster at the age of 12, has known Carlsen for years and had little to lose, with no one even having expected him to reach the final. "Sergei has impressed everyone with his tenacity these last few weeks so he is perfectly capable of pulling an upset," said Wesley So, who travelled to New York from Minnesota to watch the clash.
Magnitude 5.2 Quake With Epicentre Near Dharchula; Tremors Across North India
- Parts of northern India felt tremors around 10:35 pm. The tremors were seemingly caused by a medium-intensity earthquake in the India-Nepal border region. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has estimated the earthquake to be of magnitude 5.2 on the Richter scale. The epicentre has been located close to Dharchula in Uttarakhand. The depth of the quake has been estimated at 10 km. Tremors were felt in the Delhi-NCR area.
- Reports are coming in of the tremors being felt in other areas. News agency ANI reported that tremors were felt in parts of Uttarakhand including Champawat,Srinagar, Garhwal and Almora. The quake struck about 18 minutes after another one, measuring 4.7 on the Richter, struck near the island of Komodo in Indonesia.