India play out 3-3 draw vs Germany in Hockey Champions Trophy opener

first_imgIndia started their Champions Trophy hockey campaign with a nail-biting 3-3 draw against defending champions Germany here on Friday. (Latest Sports stories)In what turned out to be a brilliant comeback from the Olympic gold medallists, Germany came from two goals down to play out a draw as India squandered a great start to lose the momentum in the final three minutes.The first quarter turned out to be an eventful one for India as drag-flicker VR Raghunath successfully converted a penalty corner in the seventh minute to get a 1-0 lead. German goalkeeper Tobias Walter failed to read the thunderous hit from Raghunath’s stick.India continued their domination in the second quarter as SV Sunil found the nets only to be reverted after referral in the 18th minute. The ball had touched his foot just before he struck home.Meanwhile, Germany, in their quest for the equaliser failed to make use of the penalty corner in the 24th minute as Indian captain and goalkeeper PR Sreejesh managed to stop them.INDIA LEAD AT HALF-TIMETwo minutes later, the Germans finally managed to draw level after Tom Grambusch converted a penalty corner. But their joy was short-lived as midfielder Mandeep Singh, playing his 150th international game regained the lead for India with a brilliant field goal to lead 2-1 at half-time.Coming after the break, India struck immediately in the 32nd minute as drag-flicker Harmanpreet Singh extended the lead with a scorcher of a finish. But four minutes later, Germany pulled one back with Grambusch grabbing his second goal by converting a penalty corner.advertisementThe Germans tried hard to get the equaliser but Sreejesh brilliantly foiled both their attempts as India ended the third quarter with a 3-2 lead.GREAT COMEBACKThe fourth quarter started without much action until the 52nd minute when Mandeep missed a chance to double the lead after a scramble in the goal mouth which he shot too wide.But it appeared as all the action was stored for the final minutes of the game as a penalty stroke for Jonas Gomoll helped Germany equalise with the final scoreline reading 3-3.The Roelant Oltmans-coached side will now take on Britain in their second match of the tournament on Saturday.last_img read more

Zulpikar Maimaitiali training 10 hours-a-day to knock-out Vijender Singh

first_imgWBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight champion Vijender Singh is all set to face WBO Oriental Super Middleweight Champion and Chinese number 1 boxer Zulpikar Maimaitiali for a double title fight on August 5 at NSCI, Mumbai.Battleground Asia is nearly two weeks away and both the boxers are giving in their 100 percent to be declared as the ultimate ‘King of Asia’.Indian boxing sensation continues to train harder every day with his trainer Lee Beard and changing his ways to face the Southpaw boxer in the ring, Zulpikar Maimaitiali on the other hand is training for 10 hours a day to match up to Vijender Singh.He says, “I take every bout seriously and try to push myself to the limit every time. Vijender will be one of the rivals that I beat, I know his traits and I am preparing accordingly, I am putting in 10 hours every day into training to make sure Vijender is knocked out in the first 2-3 rounds itself. On 5th August Vijender will actually face the toughest opponent in his pro boxing career”.Zulpikar feels that the training he is undergoing should not be revealed to everyone, he believes in surprising his opponent, “My team has watched all his bouts. At this phase, maybe only myself and my coach should understand the training schedule that have been implemented. Vijender will be surprised when I throw punches at him, he thinks I am a kid, but he has no idea who I am”.This will be Vijender’s third fight in the country and like before this time too he is expecting the country to come out in complete support for him, however Zulpikar does not seem to be troubled by this, “Fighting abroad is not fresh to me and I respect the audiences, hoping they will like our fight. I hope they won’t feel bad when their favourite boxer is getting beaten up by me.”advertisementVijender holds a record of seven knock out wins since his pro-boxing debut, Zulpikar having the same record of bouts has less knock out wins, but he is confident that this would be Vijender’s first loss.”Both of us have no loss record since pro debut, both of us have high ratio of KO. As I said, the pressure should be on his side, as it will be too old for him to suffer and recover from a loss, what will be worse is losing from someone as young as me. He is considered the king of boxing in India, so he has started feeling like a king, its time I get him down onto the ground.”last_img read more

Four Amarnath pilgrims dead in 24 hours toll rises to 26

first_imgSrinagar: Four pilgrims have died during the past 24 hours taking the toll of pilgrims killed during this year’s Amarnath Yatra to 26. Officials of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB), that manages the affairs of the annual Hindu pilgrimage, said three pilgrims died Tuesday, while the 4th pilgrim passed away today morning. With this, the number of pilgrims who have died in the 23 days since the Yatra began has gone upto 26. In addition to this, SASB officials said two volunteers and two security men have also died during the ongoing Yatra. Some 2.96 lakh pilgrims have had offered prayers inside the cave shrine in the last 23 days. This is more than the total number of pilgrims who performed the Yatra during its 60-day long period last year when only 2.83 pilgrims did so.last_img read more

Coal India output drops 103 in August

first_imgNew Delhi: Coal India (CIL) Sunday said its production in August fell by 10.3 per cent to 34.77 million tonnes. Coal India Ltd’s production in the same month a year ago stood at 38.78 million tonnes. Coal offtake during August too contracted by 10.4 per cent to 40.47 million tonnes as compared with 45.15 million tonnes in the year-ago month, CIL said in a regulatory filing to the BSE. The production and offtake figures are provisional, the company said. During the April-August period of this fiscal, coal output reported a dip of 2.8 per cent to 210.23 million tonnes, as against 216.21 million tonnes in the year-ago period. The coal offtake during the five-month period too contracted by 2.5 per cent to 240.57 million tonnes.last_img read more