India Beat Malaysia 2-1 To Seal Top Spot
- In-form drag-flick expert Rupinder Pal Singh scored a brace as top-ranked India eked out a 2-1 win over Malaysia to secure the top spot in the round-robin stage in the Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament here on Wednesday. Rupinder, who had scored eight goals before this match, gave world No.6 India the lead in the 12th minute but Razie Rahim equalised for world No.14 Malaysia in the 18th minute. However, Rupinder once again stepped up to convert a penalty corner to make it 2-1. With this win, Roelant Oltmans-coached India have 13 points having played all the five games, while Malaysia remained in the second spot with nine points from four games.
- Meanwhile, South Korea sealed a spot in the semi-finals following a 4-3 win over Japan, who lost five consecutive matches. South Korea are third on the table with seven points from four matches, while fourth-placed Pakistan face fifth-placed China on Thursday. Pakistan have six points from four matches while the Chinese have three points. Pakistan not only have three points more than China but the goal difference of -1 for the former world champions could come into play even if China, who have a goal difference of (-14), manage a win.
- The match at the Wisma Belia Hockey Stadium between India and Pakistan started at a very good pace with both the teams, known for their counter-attacking game, at it from the very beginning. India, however, looked better and earned a penalty corner in the third minute. Malaysian goalkeeper Kumar Subramaniam brought out his stick to the left to deny Rupinder's powerful flick in the third minute.But Rupinder gave India a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute when the Punjab set-piece specialist scored on a rebound after his penalty corner flick hit the side bar and fell just in front of him.
- India's quick counter-attacking game came to the fore when Nikkin Thimmaiah led a stirring attack and squared for Akashdeep, who attempted a reverse-hand strike that was padded away by Subraniam in the 15th minute.A couple of minutes into the second quarter, Affan Yousuf wasted a chance of putting India 2-0 up as Akashdeep set him up with just Subramaniam to beat but the former fired it over. But the Malaysians levelled from the penalty corner as Razie flicked past young Indian custodian Akash Chikte in the 18th minute.
Iconic Brazil Footballer Carlos Alberto No More
- Brazil football stalwart and captain of the country's legendary 1970 World Cup winning side Carlos Alberto has died. The 72-year-old died late on Monday night after suffering a fatal heart attack, according to Brazilian media reports. He was capped 53 times by Brazil and netted one of the most iconic goals in World Cup history, finishing off a magnificent team move involving eight different players to score Brazil's fourth in a 4-1 final win over Italy in Mexico City.
- The 1970 Brazil side that won the World Cup, which also contained greats Pele, Jairzinho, Tostao and Rivelino, is regarded by many as the finest in history. Alberto was named in the world team of the 20th Century in 1998 and the Fifa 100 as the greatest living players in 2004. Over the course of a twenty-year career he played for both Fluminense and Flamengo in Rio, the city where he was born, and in the North American Soccer League alongside Pele and Franz Beckenbauer for the New York Cosmos.
- "Santos FC regrets the death of the idol Carlos Alberto Torres, who was 72 years old. He played in 445 matches and scored 40 goals between 1965 and 1975 and is considered the best right-back in the history of Praiano Alvinegro. The club has decreed official three days of mourning," Brazil club Santos said in a statement, as quoted by AS daily. "Carlos Alberto Torres was an example of guts and leadership," Brazil President Michel Temer said on Twitter.
India Junior Women Beat Hosts Spain 3-2
- Indias junior women team edged past hosts Spain 3-2 in the five-nation invitational hockey tournament here on Wednesday. In a highly charged encounter, it was the hosts who had the early breakthrough as Clara Ycart provided the vital lead in the 15th minute. India equalised via Jyoti's goal in the 28th minute to take the game into half time with the scoreboard reading 1-1. In the second half, India came out charging and Ritu gave India the lead via a penalty corner in the 42nd minute.
- Two minutes later though, Spain were awarded a stroke and Ycart made no mistake from the spot to draw them level. The two teams tussled away in the midfield, and despite the chances and circle penetrations no one could breach the goal over the next twenty minutes. In the final 10 minutes, India improved their game as they were rewarded in the 62nd minute. Sangita Kumari scored to give them the lead. The goal would prove to be the winner, as India held on for three points. They will now take on Germany on Thursday. India equalised via Jyoti's goal in the 28th minute to take the game into half time with the scoreboard reading 1-1.
12 State Units Won't Use Funds Till Further Orders
- The BCCI on Tuesday informed the Supreme Court that 12 of its member associations have kept the funds received by the cricket body in term deposit and they will not utilise them until further orders of the apex court. In an affidavit filed before the court, Ratnakar Shetty, BCCI's General Manager (administration and game development) said the board has received letters in this regard from 12 member associations. "The BCCI has received from 12 member associations letters stating that the funds received by them as due from BCCI between September 26, 2016 and October 1, 2016 have been kept by the respective associations in term deposit and that no part of the said amount will be utilised by them until further orders of the Supreme Court," the board said in its affidavit.
- Among the member states which have sent letters to BCCI in this regard include Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Mumbai, Punjab, Saurashtra, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh. On October 21, the apex court had choked funds to the state associations till BCCI president Anurag Thakur and the units "undertake to implement" the Justice R M Lodha committee recommendations on reforms.
- The apex court, in a slew of directions, had sought appointment of an "independent auditor" to "scrutinise and audit" the income and expenditure of the cash-rich body besides going into high-value contracts awarded to various entities awarded by it."BCCI shall forthwith cease and desist from making any disbursement of funds for any purpose whatsoever to any state association until and unless the state association concerned adopts a resolution undertaking to implement recommendations of the Committee as accepted by this Court in its judgement dated 18 July 2016.
- "After such a resolution is passed and before any disbursement of funds takes place to the state association concerned, a copy of the resolution shall be filed before the Committee and before this Court, together with an affidavit of the President of the state association undertaking to abide by the reforms contained in the report of the Committee, as modified by this Court," a bench comprising Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud had said.The bench had said that any transfer of funds "shall take place to the state associations" only after they accept terms and comply with them. The bench had directed Thakur and BCCI Secretary Ajay Shirke to file separate "affidavits of compliance" before the court on or before December 3 in terms of the earlier order.