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March 19, 2014

Big wins for Bhopal, Odisha, Maharashtra

Bhopal, March 19 (IANS) Bhopal, Odisha, Haryana, Maharashtra and Jharkhand won their respective matches in the 4th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship 2014 (Division A) here Wednesday.Hockey Bhopal defeated Mumbai Hockey Association 14-1 while Odisha thrashed Chhattisgarh 12-1. Maharashtra defeated Kerala 7-0 while Hockey Haryana defeated Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy by 2-1 in a closely contested match. Bhopal built an early pressure on the opponent as Rashmi Singh scored the first goal in the very…

Salgaocar go second in I-League table

Fatorda (Goa), March 19 (IANS) Salgaocar FC kept pace at the top of the table after a 2-0 win over traditional football rivals Dempo Sports at the Nehru Stadium here Wednesday in the Round 21 clash of the Airtel I-League.The victory meant Salgaocar are now unbeaten in five matches and have kept a clean sheet in four consecutive games. The turnaround started when Dudu Omagbemi joined them during the transfer window this year. The Nigerian striker failed to score for the first time since joining the side but it was no…

Pune FC taste first defeat in AFC Cup

Singapore, March 19 (IANS) I-League club Pune FC suffered their first Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup defeat going down 1-3 to Tampines Rovers in a Group-H Round 3 encounter at the Jalan Besar Stadium here Wednesday.Striker Riga Mustapha (15th minute) gave Pune the lead with a penalty kick conversion before striker Miljan Mrdakovic (38th) pulled the hosts level in the first half. Second half strikes from medio Closa Gonzalez (61st) and Mrdakovic (69th) handed Tampines Rovers all three points. With this loss, Pune…

Karnataka beat Bhopal in girls national hockey

Mysore, March 19 (IANS) Karnataka tasted their first win as they defeated Bhopal 4-1 in Pool B of the Girls National Hockey Championship (Division A) at the Chamundi Vihar Hockey Ground here Wednesday.It was Karnataka’s Ramya N. who stroked in the first goal just a minute before the end of the first half, helping them to take a 1-0 lead at halftime. The second half saw Karnataka on an attacking spree and pierced in three goals in just eight minutes via Sushma C.G. (43rd minute), captain Sandhya H.P. (47th) and Niha…

Pallikal enters World Squash pre-quarters

Penang (Malaysia), March 19 (IANS) India's top squash player Dipika Pallikal entered the pre-quarterfinals of the Women's World Squash Championship beating English qualifier Lisa Aitken 3-0 here Wednesday.The 11-2, 11-6, 11-5 win over Aitken came as a relief for the World No.11 who entered the prestigious event without winning a main draw match this year. Pallikal, who has not gone beyond the quarters at the Worlds, faces third-ranked Raneem El Welily of Egypt Thursday. "The first round can always be a…
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