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Hobart: Indian tennis star Sania Mirza along with Nadiia Kichenok came out with yet another brilliant performance as they defeated the China’s Peng Shuai and Zhang Shuai in straight sets to win the women’s doubles title at Hobart International on Saturday.

Former doubles No.1 Mirza and Kichenok defeated the second-seeded Chinese duo 6-4, 6-4 in a rather one-sided contest which lasted one hour and 21 minutes.

The Indo-Ukrainian pair were the first to break in each set, but ultimately needed to wrap up the match by delivering the deciding breaks late. The unseeded duo won the last three games of the opener, and eight of the last 10 points to seal victory, having nearly seen a double-break advantage slip away.

Though the duo won six straight games from 3-4 in the opener to lead 6-4, 3-0, the 33-year-old Indian was the one who saw her serve broken twice as the Chinese eventually restored parity at 4-4.

Nonetheless, Mirza and Kichenok finished the match off in style with their fifth break of the match, before the Ukrainian served out the match and the victory for the team.

It is Mirza’s first WTA title in just over two years and 42nd of her storied doubles career, while Kichenok won her fifth, and first since partnering her twin sister, Lyudmyla, to win the WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai in 2018.

The Indian star last won a trophy alongside Bethanie Mattek-Sands at the Brisbane International in the first week of the 2017 season, one of three doubles finals she reached that year before announcing her pregnancy in April of 2018.

Three-time doubles Grand Slam winner Mirza was making a return to competition after a two-year hiatus away from tennis, initially due to injuries and then welcoming a son in October 2018.

The former world No.1 won the Australian Open doubles title in 2016 following a successful 2015 season in which she claimed the Wimbledon and US Open doubles titles, all paired with Martina Hingis.

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Twitter users hail Tendulkar over Laureus award

Reacting to the award, a user wrote: “He is an icon of cricket ! True champion and a legend! Salute to him !”

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New Delhi, Feb 18 : A section of Twitterati on Tuesday hailed cricketing icon Sachin Tendulkar for his World Cup winning moment winning the Laureus Sporting Moment award of the last 20 years.

Laureus (@LaureusSport) tweeted: “This is a reminder of how powerful sport is and what magic it does to all of our lives. A God for a nation. An inspiration worldwide. And an incredible speech from the Laureus Sporting Moment 2000-2020 winner, the great @sachin_rt. #Laureus20 #SportUnitesUs”

The moment, titled ‘Carried on the shoulders of a nation’, describing the moment when Team India members carried Tendulkar on their shoulders across the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai following their 2011 World Cup victory, received the maximum number of votes from the sport’s fans.

After the award was announced, the Master Blaster greeted his fans and wrote: “Thank you all for the overwhelming love and support! I dedicate this @LaureusSport award to India, all my teammates, fans and well wishers in India and across the world who have always supported Indian cricket. #SportUnitesUs #Laureus20 #SportForGood.”

Reacting to the award, a user wrote: “He is an icon of cricket ! True champion and a legend! Salute to him !”

Another wrote: “In the 90s decade, Sachin was the sole individual who carried team India on his back! Sachin was more than a batsman! Sachin was an emotion! He deserves all the credit. 2K kids may never understand what Sachin meant! #SachinTendulkar.”

A post read: “God of cricket bags the Laureus Sporting moment award… there is no better moment than this in the last two decades… 2011 World Cup memories are always close to my heart and will be remembered for ever.”

“A proud moment for all Indians. Warmest congratulations to @sachin_rt on receiving the prestigious Laureus Sporting Moment Award in Berlin. You have inspired generations of young athletes with your passion, commitment, discipline and tenacity,” a Twitter user remarked.

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Indian Oil comes on board as lead sponsor of Khelo India Youth Games

Prominent shooters like Manu Bhaker, Anish Bhanwala and Sandeep Rajput were all present at the Anthem Launch ceremony.

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New Delhi, Feb 17: The massive success of the first 3 editions of Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG), has paved the way for the Government of India to launch the first season of the Khelo India University Games (KIUG). It received a shot in the arm in its inaugural season with PSU giant coming on board to sponsor the sporting revolution. For the first season of the KIUG, Indian Oil has committed to put its weight behind the Games as the lead sponsor with GAIL and ONGC also supporting.

The coming on board of industry heavyweight as sponsors is testament to the serious intent of the government to build the value of sports in the higher education sector and nurture this talent through guidance and developed infrastructure with KIUG.

Star Sports, India’s leading sports broadcaster continues to partner Khelo India and will broadcast the first-ever Khelo India University Games (KIUG) from February 22 to March 1 to be held in Odisha.

“All the nations in the world which have gone on to become sporting powerhouses have invested heavily in their university structure. It is the first time that such a professionally organized championship is happening at the university level. I would like to thank Indian Oil Corporation who have come on board as the primary sponsor partner for the Khelo India University Games,” Kiren Rijiju said.

Speaking on the association, Subodh Dakhwale, Executive Director, Corporate Communications Branding, Indian Oil Corporation said: “Indian Oil Corporation is a brand which is synonymous with sports. We have 92 active athletes who are currently representing the nation in various sports. I would like to thank Kiren Rijiju for providing us with the opportunity of associating with the Khelo India University Games which is happening for the first time in the country.”

The event also witnessed the launch of Khelo India University Games anthem sung and written by renowned singer and anchor Padamjeet Sherawat. The anthem has a very spirited vibe to it and has been composed keeping in mind the competitive nature of the championship.

Prominent shooters like Manu Bhaker, Anish Bhanwala and Sandeep Rajput were all present at the Anthem Launch ceremony.

The Khelo India University Games 2020 will be broadcast on Star Sports First, Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 Hindi and DD Sports.

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Popular Nigerian Seven’s footballer taken into custody

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Kozhikode,  Hugely popular Nigerian sevens footballer O.K. Emmanuel was picked up by Nagpur police based on an arrest warrant against him.

The Nagpur police official who took into custody Emmanuel from, here, when he arrived to take part in a Seven’s football tournament told the media that there was an arrest warrant against him.

“The Nagpur police was looking for him, after he failed to appear for the trial, after getting bail, Ain a forged passport case registered against him in 2015. After hearing that he would be coming here, we came here and will now produce him before the court , there,” said the Nagpur police official to the media.

Kozhikode and Malappuram districts holds a number of sevens tournaments and A foreign players, especially from Africa are a huge hit and Emmanuel is a hugely popular player here.

The Nagpur police presented Emmanuel before a local court, here, which gave the police a transit warrant. Emmanuel, however clarified that his passport now is in order.

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