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Indian hockey team jumps to fifth in FIH rankings

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New Delhi, July 17: The Indian hockey team’s silver medal-winning effort at the Champions Trophy in Breda, the Netherlands, earlier this month has propelled them to the fifth spot in the world rankings, released by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Tuesday.

India finished runners up after losing the final to reigning world champions Australia, who meanwhile, consolidated their stay atop the world rankings.

Australia (1906 points) sit 23 points ahead of second-ranked Argentina (1883) and are followed by Belgium (1709) and the Netherlands (1654).

With 1484 points, India have pushed Germany (1456) to sixth from the fifth spot.

Most of the teams in the top 20 are non-movers, although 18th placed Austria and 19th ranked Egypt have climbed ahead of France, who now sit in the 20th position.

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PV Sindhu in semis of BWF World Tour Finals

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Guangzhou (China), Dec 14: Star Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu entered the semi-finals of the BWF World Tour Finals, defeating Beiwen Zhand of US in a lop-sided women’s singles match here on Friday.

The Rio Olympic silver medallist just took 35 minutes to outplay her opponent 21-9, 21-15.

Right from the start, Sindhu dominated the proceedings and easily overpowered her opponent to advance.

In men’s singles match, Sameer Verma defeated Kantaphon Wangcharoen of Thailand 21-9, 21-18 to enter the knock-out stage.

The 45-minute match saw Sameer at his best of abilities in the first game. In the second game the Indian shuttler struggled but was proved better towards the end to bag the issue.

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Saina Nehwal, Parupalli Kashyap are married

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New Delhi, Dec 14: India’s ace badminton players Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap on Friday tied a wedding knot.

Nehwal took to Twitter to announce her marriage by sharing a photograph with Kashyap.

“Best match of my life…#justmarried”, she tweeted.

Later, Kashyap also shared a wedding picture with a caption “Best match of my life <3 “.

Both were dating each other since the past 10 years. Saina had confirmed the news of her wedding in October this year.

The two badminton players first met at the Pullela Gopichand badminton academy where have been training since 2015.

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IND vs AUS, 2nd Test: Australia 277/6 at stumps on Day 1

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Perth, Dec 14: Australia were 277/6 at stumps on the opening day of the second Test match against India here on Friday.

Pat Cummins (11) and skipper Tim Paine (16) were at the crease when umpires dislodged the bails for the day.

Brief scores:

Australia: 277/6 (Marcus Harris 70, Aaron Finch 50; Ishant Sharma 2/35) at stumps on Day 1 vs India.

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