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Chikkarangappa S. secured the final Asian Tour card for 2018 after finishing tied 20th at the Indonesian Masters presented by Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI), Bank Mandiri, Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI), Bank Tabungan Negara (BTN) and Telkom Indonesia on Sunday.

The Indian was ecstatic with the result which pushed him to 61st position on the Order of Merit and immediately thanked his good friend and former Order of Merit winner Anirban Lahiri for helping him rise to the occasion. 

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21 year old Indian Boxer Nikhat Zareen was joined by actress Sanya Malhotra and musician Monica Dogra, as the trio banded together for the launch of adidas' partnership with Lifestyle International, with the popular sports brand unveiling it launch of ‘shop-in-shop’ outlets at Lifestyle stores.

Nikhat was in Gurugram on Friday, and TheSportsCampus was fortunate enough to get the chance to chat with the former Junior superstar, who has spent the better part of this year, recovering from a shoulder injury sustained in a bout in February during a University tournament. Having joined the senior ranks in 2016, Nikhat was given the opportunity to represent India at the World Championships, where she advanced to the quarter-finals. Zareen earned that opportunity by stunning veteran boxer Meena Kumari.

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The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Washington Sundar as the replacement for Kedar Jadhav for the Paytm ODI series against Sri Lanka.  Jadhav suffered a left hamstring injury during training on Friday, December 8 and will undergo scans. The BCCI Medical Team will continue to monitor him.

India squad for the ODI series: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (WK), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Washington Sundar

 

Sunday witnessed ten thrilling finals of the 2017 Women’s Youth World Championships in the north-east India city of Guwahati, at which Russia, Kazakhstan, USA and South Korea topped the podium along with the hosts India whose boxers dominated the lighter weight categories. A total of 160 boxers from 31 countries began the week-long tournament, which also made available four quota places for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.

Light Flyweight (48kg)

The day’s first final saw Indian southpaw Nitu looking to stay in close to her opponent, Kazakhstan’s Zhazira Urakbayeva, but it wasn’t until the second round she could really let her hands go, successfully landing some accurate blows against her technically excellent opponent. Urakbayeva was able to work her way back into contention, but Nitu’s patience paid off, and as the Referee raised her hand, the crowd erupted in celebration of their first gold of the day.

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The BCCI has announced that Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shikhar Dhawan have been released from India's Test team. The duo made a request to the selectors and the team management to release them owing to personal reasons.

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Fast bowler Ishant Sharma has been released from the Indian Test Team currently playing the first match of the Paytm Test series against Sri Lanka in Kolkata.

Mr Sharma will take part in Delhi's upcoming Paytm Ranji Trophy match to be played at the Airforce Complex ground, Palam, New Delhi against Maharashtra. He will rejoin the squad for the Nagpur Test.

 

Ladies European Tour rookie Camille Chevalier produced a back-nine birdie blitz to become a first-time winner at the Hero Women’s Indian Open in Gurgaon. The 23-year-old from Aix-en-Provence fired five birdies in her last eight holes on the Gary Player-designed Black Knight Golf Course at DLF Golf and Country Club for a final round of 67, to finish at 12-under-par, a stroke clear of the overnight leader Michele Thomson from Scotland.

“I’m really happy because I’m a rookie and I just won a tournament, so it’s awesome. This is my first win on tour so I’m really happy and I can’t wait to celebrate with my friends,” said Chevalier, who becomes the third successive first year professional to capture the title, following Emily Kristine Pedersen and Aditi Ashok, who both went on to be named Rookie of the Year.

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