Joshna Chinappa upsets Pallikal to win Chicago Open


India’s Joshna Chinappa scored an upset 3-2 victory over compatriot Dipika Pallikal to win the Metrosquash Windy City Open title in Chicago.

Fourth seeded Chinappa, ranked 35th in the world, won 11-4 6-11 12-10 2-11 11-6 against another Indian Pallikal, seeded second, in the $ 8,000 WISPA World tour event.

Both the Indians were neck on neck throughout the tie and matched each other in execution of shots and dead drops for winners.

But Chinappa was able to hold her nerve better and the third game which she won in deuce put pressure on her higher ranked opponent.

In the semifinals, Chennai girl Chinappa, ranked 24th in the world, had defeated top seed Ireland’s Aisling Blake 7-11 11-5 5-11 11-8 6-11 in 59 minutes.

Pallikal, who recently became the highest ranked Indian in the world, advanced to the summit clash after her opponent USA’s Latasha Khan retired in the fifth game.

Both were locked 2-2 (5-11 11-6 8-11 12-10) after the fourth game.

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-The Hindu

Len Aiyappa powers AI home

Veteran Len Aiyappa fired a brilliant hat-trick, including a last-gasp winner, to power Air India to battling 3-2 victory over Namdhari XI in a charged-up Ozone Group State Super Division League hockey championship match here on Tuesday.

Len Aiyappa

Having earned a last-minute penalty corner and the sound of the hooter already gone, the ace drag-flicker kept his composure amidst heavy tension, rifling home a powerful shot to trigger wild eruptions in a nervous Air India camp at the KSHA stadium.

The victory lifted unbeaten Air India to second place with 21 points from seven matches while Indian Oil Corporation, who beat Army Red 5-3 in the evening, stay at pole with 24 points from eight matches.

Namdhari, who began the feisty encounter in bright fashion, will have only themselves to blame for suffering a late self destruction that eventually cost them a point at least. Striker Malak Singh set the tempo for an early Namdhari onslaught when he dribbled past VS Vinay on the right with sudden burst of pace before slamming it past goalkeeper Air India custodian Adrian D’Souza for the opening goal in the seventh minute.

Wiith their tails and confidence up, Namdhari controlled the pace of the match brilliantly. They attacked and defended in numbers, creating continuous chances with their spirited runs and thwarting most of Air India’s raids yards ahead of the striking circle.

Aiyappa, however, brought Air India back with a 25th minute equaliser before Harpreet Singh restored the lead for Namdhari XI in the 37th minute. Post the goal, Namdhari slipped into the defensive before violant tackles from Harpreet (67th) and Harmeet Singh (68th) left them two men short in the dying moments. Air India gleefully capitalised, scripting a terrific come-from-behind win.

Results: SAI: 4 (Nikkin Thimmaiah 2nd, Naveen 28th, Pradhan Somanna 64th, Uthappa SK 69th) bt ASC: 2 (Sarajan Tutti 60th); Air India: 3 (Len Aiyappa 25th, 61st, 70th) bt Namdhari XI: 2 (Malak Singh 7th, Harpreet Singh 37th); IOCL: 5 (Hamza Mujtaba 16th, VR Raghunath 24th, 62nd, Deepak Thakur 41st, 42nd) bt Army Red: 3 (Ignace Tirkey 6th, Rajesh Lakra 55th, S Ali 69th).
Karntaka State Women’s Hockey Association League
Hassan HC: 3 (Rangitha N 15th, 19th, Spurthi 32nd) bt MCC: 0; SAI, Madikeri: 9 (Bhavya 4th, 6th, 17th, Nichitha MJ 5th, 29th, 32nd, Yashasvini 16th, 37th, Bhavya BC 21st) bt Naveen HC: 0; Bishop Cotton Girls HS: 3 (Nikitha B Kumar 16th, Disha Sharma 25th, Ruchitha 27th) bt Belgaum XI: 1 (Devkita Sildar 23rd); Sports Hostel, Kudige: 8 (Supriya 4th, Vidyalakshmi 8th, Jyothi NP 13th, 17th, 24th, Veena 25th, Ramya N 22nd, 27th) bt Zenith Club: 0.

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Tilak shatters course record

The Indian elite athletes fared the best in the men’s half-marathon one-way dash from Bandra to CST with Coorg-based BC Tilak shattering the course record.

Tilak, who plans to graduate to the full marathon next year, breasted the tape in an hour, four minutes and 45 seconds and was followed by Railways’ Soji Mathew (1:05:04), his Army Sports Institute (ASI) teammate Kheta Ram (1:05:32) and Parsaram Bhol (1:05:32), all inside the old mark of 1:05:44 set by two-time winner Surender Singh in 2008.

Hockey players put up with meagre facilities at hostel

Madikeri: Ignace Tirkey has played his heart out in many a hockey match for India. Tirkey, who is playing for Army Red in the Super Division Hockey League matches here, had to sleep on the floor for four days at the old Sports Authority of India (SAI) hostel at the District Stadium here since April 12, until his “luck” changed on Friday.

Winner of many awards, including the Padma Shri, Tirkey had to put up with the meagre facilities at the hostel. Not many knew who Tirkey was.

If he had been a cricketer he would have been mobbed by crowds for autographs, said Uthappa, who plays for Army Green and is staying in the same hostel.

Wait for water tanker 

Tirkey, like Uthappa (who hails from Kolakeri near Napoklu), had to wait for the water tanker to arrive in the morning every day to take bath.

 Kuimanda Kiran, one of the umpires officiating in the Super Division League, alerted Siddu Chowshetti, owner of a private hotel here, about the plight of Tirkey and also of Sunil Ekka, another Indian international playing for the Army Red. Mr. Chowshetti invited Tirkey and Ekka to stay in his hotel for free, near the Raja Seat Gardens.

 “I hope other players too get similar treatment from the organisers,” said Malettira Srinivas, another umpire officiating in the matches.

 “Give the players better accommodation and food during tournaments and it will result in better performance from them,” Tirkey told The Hindu while watching the match being played between Fortis and the Army Green on Friday. “All my other friends (players) too should have got better accommodation and food,” he added.


 However, these days facilities are definitely better than what they used to be, said Tirkey, who is nursing a knee injury. “I hope to get back into the Indian team soon,” he added.

Jeevan Chinnappa

 -The Hindu

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2010 Kodava family hockey tie released

The Maneyapanda family, to which national athlete Ashwini Nachappa belongs to released the ties of Kodava Family Hockey festival.

The family hockey tournament will begin on this 18th at Ponnampet and will go on for three weeks. According to the president of Maneyapanda hockey cup, A.Devaiah, about 214 family teams have registered there name and the inaugural match will be played on 18th. An exhibition match will be held on the first day between the Olympic player’s team led by Dhanraj Pillai and Kodagu eleven team. Olympians Arjun Halappa, Cheppudira Poonacha will also be seen playing. Lt.General Ballachanda K.Chengappa will inaugurate the match. Central sports minister Dr.Gill will also take part.

Two grounds at Ponnampet are set for the show and more than fifteen thousand audiences can occupy the pavilion.

The festival has multiple attractions and entertainments. A helicopter raid on ticket will also be organized for the people. The festival committee has decided to ban plastic totally and is tying up with the Gram Panchayath to implement it. The shops and business centers will be asked to abide by this. A NGO would be formed to rid Kodagu from plastic after the festival by opening Green Fund. A sprawling food court area would be organized by Green Leaf brothers from Mysore.

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ASC, COE teams win hockey matches

The ASC team has defeated HAL team, which was heading towards leading position by achieving hat trick victories, at the State-level Super Division Hockey Leage at Madikeri on Thursday.

The ASC team scored 2 goals against 0 to win the match against HAL at the League being organised by Coorg Hockey Association and Karnataka State Hockey Association. Due to the strategy of both the teams, both could not score a goal till the half time. HAL had a penalty corner which was transformed into a goal.

Centre of Excellence (COE) team defeated Army Green team by 2-1 in another league tournament.

Meanwhile, MEG team defeated Central EXcellence team in a league tournament earlier by 4-2. Sahayam took two goals for MEG, which played a decisive role for the victory of the team.
-DH News Service