City lad Prabhat set to conqueror Arabian sea

Mumbai: City lad Prabhat Raju Koli will attempt to conquer the Arabian Sea when he dives in swim from Alibaug-Mumbai channel at 5 am in the morning on December 21. The 15-year-old has swam four new channels in Arabian Sea. He swam Kasa Island, Uran to Khanderi Island Alibag & become first Indian who swam between seas Islands in India. The student of Delhi Public School, Nerul, Navi Mumbai had earlier blazed through Hoogli river in West Bengal.

Sania, I have a strong relationship: Malik

Karachi: Pakistan cricket’s senior all-rounder Shoaib Malik insists that he is having a happy married life with Indian tennis star Sania Mirza and that there are no differences or problems between the couple. “Even now I and Sania are together in Dubai and we love to spend as much time as possible together. But being professional athletes we have to also fulfill our other commitments but it does not mean our marriage is on the rocks,” Malik was quoted as saying by the ‘Jang’ newspaper. “I and Sania have a strong relationship and we knew before we got married it would not be easy. But at times it gets frustrating reading baseless stories about our marriage,” he said. “I never said I didn’t want to play in the World Cup. All I said was that the selectors should now give chances to those players they have persisted with since last few months. I am always available to play for Pakistan because whatever I am today it is because of Pakistan cricket and how can I forget this or say I don’t want to play in the World Cup,” he questioned.

Djokovic, Serena named Champs for 2014

Paris: Leading players Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have been titled the men’s and women’s World Champions for 2014 by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). The 27-year-old Djokovic won Wimbledon, the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour finals and finished the year ranked No.1 in the world, reports Xinhua. The 33-year-old Williams, the oldest player ever to be named an ITF singles World Champion, won the US Open, the 18th Grand Slam title of her career, the ATP Tour Championship and was also ranked No.1 by the Women’s Tennis Association. They were named recipient of the honour Thursday. Americans Bob and Mike Bryan were named men’s doubles world champions for the 11th time in 12 years, while Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci of Italy became women’s doubles world champions for the third successive year.

Nadal eyes Australian Open title

Wellington: World number three Rafael Nadal has revealed that his Australian Open preparations are on course following his recovery from appendix surgery. The 14-times grand slam champion said that his operation on his appendix was successful and that he was able to practice for a lot of hours at a high intensity, adding that it was important for him after five months of enduring pain, reported. Nadal had an injury-plagued season throughout 2014 season and was struck down by appendicitis in October. The 2009 Australian champion will be contesting in the two-lead up tournament in the Middle East before the start of Australian Open in order to better prepare himself ahead of the first Grand Slam of the next year. According to him, the level of intensity and level of competition would be helpful for him and he would try to spend as much time on court as possible.

Delhi ready to defend HIL title

New Delhi: Delhi Waveriders chief coach Cedric D’Souza Friday said his team is confident of retaining the Hockey India League (HIL) title. In the second edition of the HIL, Waveriders qualified for the semi-finals after finishing second in the pool standings, eventually going on to clinch the title. In the final against Punjab Warriors, Waveriders rode on German goalkeeper Nicolas Jacobi’s brilliant show to eke out a hard-fought 3-1 win on penalties after the two teams ended the regulation time locked at 3-3. “I am excited and waiting for the third edition of the HIL. It was a pleasure seeing the team winning the trophy last year and this time around everyone is aware that it will not be an easy task keeping in mind that the game of hockey has evolved a lot in the last one year,” Cedric said. The team’s defensive line-up also has India’s Rupinderpal Singh, Australian Tristan White, Black Sticks’ Steven Edwards and Spaniard Andres Mir Bel.

Ecclestone returns to F1 board

Paris: Formula One’s commercial ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone has rejoined the board of the Formula One group which runs the sport after stepping down to fight his bribery case in Germany. The 84-year-old F1 supremo’s reappointment was confirmed by F1’s official Twitter account on Friday. Ecclestone, who has run Formula One since 1978, was joined on the board – as non-executive directors – by former Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo and Paul Walsh, former CEO of drinks giant Diageo. In August, Ecclestone settled his bribery case after arranging a controversial $100 million (75-million-euro) payment. Ecclestone went on trial in April on charges of paying a $44-million bribe to a Bavarian state bank executive for help in maintaining his four-decade grip on F1. A settlement is allowed in German criminal cases if the prosecution, the aggrieved parties and the court agree.

FIFA will not reopen 2018, 2022 WC votes

Marrakech (Morocco): FIFA will not reopen the vote for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, and will publish at least some of the confidential report into the bidding process, President Sepp Blatter said. The 78-year-old Blatter, who is seeking a fifth term as president, said there are “no legal grounds to revoke the executive committee’s decision (in 2010) on the award of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.” But Blatter said FIFA can publish — at least in part — the 430-page investigation report into the bidding contest by ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia despite initially insisting it must remain confidential. Last month, FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert released his 42-page summary of the report, essentially clearing Russia to host the 2018 World Cup and Qatar to host the 2022 tournament.

But Garcia soon appealed to FIFA, saying his work was misrepresented by Eckert. The American lawyer then resigned on Wednesday after his appeal was rejected.

 Aces win trophy created by Velvetcase

Mumbai: The International Premier Tennis League trophy won by the Indian Aces, early this week was created exclusively by Velvetcase. The IPTL had commissioned, an online platform for bespoke and international designer jewellery to create the trophy for the Winners of the inaugural IPTL Challenge. The exquisitely hand sculpted trophy designed exclusively by Velvetcase for the Coca-Cola IPTL Challenge Trophy, features a life-size tennis racquet 24 inches in length, completely gilded on a base of pure silver and decorated with genuine diamonds. This rolling trophy also features a tennis ball exquisitely crafted with gemstones and diamonds accompanies the racquet perfectly representing the global presence of the sport.

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