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Gukesh stays in joint lead after draw

Indian Grandmaster D Gukesh held on to the joint top spot with Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi after they played out an easy draw in the 10th round of the Candidates chess tournament. The all-Indian duel between R Praggnanandhaa and Vidit Gujrathi also ended in a draw, while Fabiano Caruana and Hikaru Nakamura defeated Firouza Alireza and Nijat Abasov respectively to come back within striking distance of the two leaders. With just four rounds to come in the biggest event of the year, Gukesh and Nepomniachtchi have an identical six points each with Praggnanandhaa, Caruana and Nakamura close on their heels half a point behind. Gujrathi, on six points, is sole sixth, while for all practical purposes, Alireza and Abasov are out of the race with 3.5 and two points respectively. Nepomniachtchi has not been taking many risks in the event with either colour and his solid play makes him the only player who is unbeaten after 10 rounds. The Ruy Lopez as white gave the Russian just an optical advantage after the opening and the 17-year-old Gukesh ensured parity with some timely exchanges leading to a rook and pawns endgame. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

17 April,2024 08:49 AM IST | Toronto | PTI
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Asian C’ships: Dahiya loses bronze medal bout

Wrestler Rohit Dahiya lost his bronze medal bout on points to top-ranked Uzbek grappler Mukhammadkodir Rasulov, as India finished their Greco-Roman campaign at the Asian Championships without a single podium finish here on Tuesday. On a day when all other Indian Greco-Roman wrestlers continued to struggle, Dahiya (82kg) was the only one to enter the bronze medal round. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

17 April,2024 08:46 AM IST | Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) | PTI
Zhou Guanyu

There’s a lot you need to endure, says China’s first F1 driver Zhou

The path to becoming China’s first F1 driver was a lonely one that required endurance and tough self-discipline, Sauber’s Zhou Guanyu said on Tuesday, ahead of his first Grand Prix race in his hometown Shanghai.  The motorsport event will return to the country for the first time in five years this weekend post-pandemic, with hype building around Zhou. Zhou, 24, who made history in 2021 when he signed with Alfa Romeo as China’s first-ever F1 driver, described his road to motorsport’s highest level as arduous.  “As a Chinese driver, I don’t have anyone to guide me, I don’t have a carmaker, I don’t have any engine manufacturer. There is a lot that you have to endure, you have to discipline yourself,” Zhou told reporters. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

17 April,2024 08:43 AM IST | Shanghai | AFP
Jehan Daruvala

Daruvala bags first points in Formula E

India’s Jehan Daruvala has scored his first points in Formula E after enduring a troubled start to his rookie season in the all-electric racing series. Also Read: India’s Gujrathi beats USA’s Nakamura again Daruvala finished ninth in Race Two here of the Misano E-Prix on Sunday to collect two points for Maserati MSG Racing. His previous results in the FIA World Championship status series include two retirements besides a 16th, 20th, 15th and 17th place finish. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

16 April,2024 08:00 AM IST | Italy | PTI
GM Vidit Gujrathi during his match against US GM Hikaru Nakamura in Toronto on Sunday. Pic/PTI

India’s Gujrathi beats USA’s Nakamura again

Indian Grandmaster Vidit Gujrathi came back firing on all cylinders after previous match defeat and crashed through the defences of second seed Hikaru Nakamura of United States in the ninth round of the Candidates chess tournament here. The all-Indian duel between D Gukesh and R Praggnanandhaa ended in a draw without much ado as the day saw no other decisive games. Also Read: Woods ends Masters at poor 16-over 304 With five rounds and two rest days still to come in the biggest event of the year, Nepomniachtchi and Gukesh continued to be joint leaders on 5.5 points out of a possible nine while Praggnanandhaa is the sole third half a point behind. Nakamura, Gujrathi and Caruana share the fourth spot on 4.5 points. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

16 April,2024 07:55 AM IST | Toronto | PTI
Tiger Woods

Woods ends Masters at poor 16-over 304

Tiger Woods finished the Masters on Sunday with a record he could do without, walking off the course with a 16-over 304, his highest 72-hole score in a career that spans three decades. Also Read: ‘Won’t sit on our lead’ Woods’s previous high was 302 at the Memorial in 2015 following a career-worst 85 in the third round. He has only failed to break 300 one other time at the Masters two years ago. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

16 April,2024 07:50 AM IST | Augusta | AP | PTI
Mumbai Raje’s Dhanraj Pillay

Dhanraj Pillay turns back the clock at WCG rink hockey

Former India hockey captain and mercurial forward Dhanraj Pillay, 55, turned back the clock, scoring all the goals for his team in a 4-2 opening-round at the 43rd Willingdon Catholic Gymkhana five-a-side rink hockey tournament at Santacruz on Sunday night. Representing seasoned outfit Mumbai Raje in the veterans category, Pillay scored four times against Ave Maria as his team stormed into the semi-final league stage of the eight-team event. Also Read: Sobhana, Sajeevan earn India call-ups Interestingly, four-time Olympian Pillay, who has not played professional hockey for over a decade, enjoys being a part of Mumbai’s rink hockey circuit. “I’m playing rink hockey in Mumbai after a two-year gap. I’ve always enjoyed playing rink hockey here. In fact, it’s one of the reasons I train daily and keep fit even today,” 1998 Bangkok Asian Games-winning skipper Pillay told mid-day on Monday.  Coming back to the exciting WCG encounter, Mumbai Raje goalkeeper Vijay Kannan revealed how Pillay turned the game on its head. “We were 1-2 down at half-time and worried, but Dhan [Pillay] was calm and confident. On resumption, he then knocked in two more goals. It was so tough for the opposition to mark him because he was constantly on the move, storming ahead in attack and quickly backtracking to assist the defence,” custodian Kannan said. Women's League Results Sea View 1 (N Braganza) drew with Republicans 1 (Annaniya T), Master Blasters 4 (Kavita 2, Sujajlata 2) bt Savio Hockey 0, WR 3 (Priyanka 3) drew with SAI ‘A’ 3 (Naziya, Sonali, Monika), SAI ‘B’ 4 (Beena, Neha, Ankitha, Sanika) bt Don Bosco Academy

16 April,2024 07:35 AM IST | Mumbai | Ashwin Ferro
India GM D Gukesh. Pic/FIDE

Gukesh regains joint lead after win over compatriot Gujrathi

India’s D Gukesh bounced back with a finely crafted game to outwit compatriot Vidit Gujrathi and regain his joint lead with Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia after the eighth round of the Candidates chess tournament here. On a day when R Praggnanandhaa played out a draw with Firouza Alireza of France, Hikaru Nakamura sealed his supremacy in the all-American duel against Fabiano Caruana to come back in to reckoning for top honours. Overnight sole leader Nepomniachtchi faltered in the early stages to allow tail ender Nijat Abasov to get away with an easy draw in the other game of the eight-player double round-robin event. With six rounds still to come, Gukesh and Nepomniachtchi have 5 points apiece and they are followed by Nakamura and Pragnanandhaa on 4.5 points each. Caruana is now sole fifth on four points. Gujrathi on 3.5 comes in next ahead of Alireza on three points, while Abasov is still at the rear of the tables on 2.5 points. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

15 April,2024 08:40 AM IST | Toronto | PTI
Palak Gulia

India pistol shooter Palak bags 20th Paris Olympic quota

Reigning Asian Games champion Palak Gulia bagged the 20th Paris Olympic quota place in shooting for the country, clinching the bronze medal in the women’s 10m air pistol event at the ISSF Final Olympic Qualification Championship (Rifle and Pistol) in Rio De Janeiro on Sunday. Gulia, 18, from Jhajjar, Haryana, who had won an individual gold and team silver in the 10m air pistol at the Hangzhou Asian Games, overcame a slow start in the 24-shot final, climbed steadily up the leaderboard and ended up scoring 217.6. She eventually bowed out after the 22nd shot to settle for third place. Armenia’s Elmira Karapetyan won gold, while Thai teenager Kamonlak Saencha clinched the silver and the second available quota place.  India have now clinched a maximum of 16 Paris Olympic spots available to a country in pistol and rifle events.  The country’s shotgun shooters can still earn four Paris berths in men’s and women’s trap and skeet events at when the ISSF Final Olympic Qualification Championship (Shotgun) commences in Doha on April 19. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

15 April,2024 08:37 AM IST | New Delhi | PTI
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Rival Pak bodies send two teams to Azlan Shah

Pakistan hockey is headed for a total breakdown and possible suspension from international events after two parallel Pakistan Hockey Federations sent national teams to the Azlan Shah hockey tournament in Malaysia from May 4 to 11. The PHF, headed by politician Shehla Reza and secretary Haider Hussain announced on Saturday that Azlan Shah Cup’s organisers  had given them the green signal to send the Pakistan squad. In Lahore, the PHF headed by another politician, Mir Tariq Bugti and secretary Rana Mujahid announced that a camp would begin from Tuesday in Islamabad.  This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

15 April,2024 08:33 AM IST | Karachi | PTI
Rafael Nadal. Pic/AFP

'It’s a joy': Injured Nadal on return

Rafael Nadal said it will be “a joy” to return to action for the first time since January when he takes part in the Barcelona Open next week where he is a 12-time champion.  “I’m happy to be here, of course, Barcelona is a place that has brought me a great deal of joy, and where I have spent periods of my life,” said Nadal at Saturday’s draw ceremony.  This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

15 April,2024 08:26 AM IST | Barcelona | AFP
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