Indian sports news wrap, November 22 – Sportstar

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Published : Nov 22, 2023 16:44 IST , CHENNAI – 5 MINS READ
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FILE PHOTO: Diksha Dagar of India in action. | Photo Credit: Getty Images
Diksha aims for Race to Costa del Sol title honours; Aditi also to tee up
Diksha Dagar will need to emerge victorious in the final leg of the Ladies European Tour (LET) here to become the first Indian to win the 2023 Race to Costa Del Sol, the LET’s Order of Merit.
Playing her fifth season on the LET, Diksha won the Tipsport Czech Ladies Open and put together a series of consistent performances to put herself in the frame for the big prize.
The left-handed Indian star is currently lying third behind Thailand’s rookie Trichat Cheenglab and France’s Celine Boutier on the LET’s Order of Merit.
Another Indian competing in the event, Aditi Ashok, is lying eighth on the Race to Costa Del Sol. She has played seven LET events this season, winning the opener in Kenya.
Anirudh in doubles quarterfinals of ATP Challenger in Spain
Anirudh Chandrasekar in partnership with Ivan Liutarevich beat Michael Geerts and Joshua Paris 6-3, 6-1 in the doubles pre-quarterfinals of the €118,000 Challenger tennis tournament in Valencia, Spain.
In the $60,000 ITF women’s event in Brisbane, Australia, third seed Ankita Raina was beaten 6-1, 6-3 by Sakura Hosogi of Japan in the first round.
– Kamesh Srinivasan
Aisshwarya Jadhav, Vraj Gohil move to quarterfinals of the ITF junior tennis tournament
National junior champion and third seed Aisshwarya Jadhav fought her way past Samaira Pahwa 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 in the girls’ pre-quarterfinals of the ITF junior tennis tournament on Wednesday.
In the quarterfinals, Aishwarya will play Laxmi Siri Dandu.
In the boys section, Vraj Gohil beat seventh seed Gandharv Gourav 7-5, 6-3 in the pre-quarterfinals. He will challenge second seed Juan Kim of Korea, who battled past Navya Verma in three sets.
– Kamesh Srinivasan
$25,000 ITF men’s tournament results
Qualifier Aryan Shah beat Koki Matsuda of Japan, ranked about a 1000 places above him, for a 6-3, 7-5 victory in the first round of the $25,000 ITF men’s tennis tournament at the GA Ranade Centre here on Wednesday.
The 18-year-old Aryan, the best ranked Indian junior at No.39 in January, will challenge the top seed Evgeny Donskoy in the pre-quarterfinals. Donskoy had to sweat it out in three sets against Taisei Ichikawa of Japan.
In another match, wild card entrant Raghav Jaisinghani turned the match around midway for a 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-0 victory over qualifier Rohan Mehra.
Ramkumar Ramanathan and SD Prajwal Dev were the other Indians to progress into the second round. Both made the doubles quarterfinals as well with their partners Purav Raja and Nitin Kumar Sinha respectively.
– Kamesh Srinivasan
National shooting championship results
Photo of, Simranpreet Kaur Brar, champion Manu Bhaker and Annu Raj Singh, the medallists in sports pistol in the National shooting championship in Bhopal on Wednesday.  | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement
Manu Bhaker asserted her class yet again as she beat Simranpreet Kaur Brar 37-34 for the gold in women’s 25-metre sports pistol in the 65th National shooting championship at the Madhya Pradesh Academy on Wednesday.
Manu qualified on top with 583, the same as Manvi Jain, and cruised to the gold. Manvi in contrast, ended up eighth.
Simranpreet won the silver in the junior event also behind Naamya Kapoor. Rhythm Sangwan missed making the final of the women’s event along with World Cup gold medalists Chinki Yadav (577) and Rahi Sarnobat (575), but won the junior bronze.
Olympian Annu Raj Singh regained the old magic to win the women’s bronze ahead of Divanshi, Heena Sidhu, Neha and Pushpanjali Rana.
– Kamesh Srinivasan
Habanos Cavalry Gold Cup Results
Santiago Marambio scored six goals to guide Delta Foundation to a 9-7 victory over Jindal Panther in a league match of the Habanos Cavalry Gold Cup at the Army Equestrian Centre, Delhi Cantonment, on Wednesday.
In another match, 61st Cavalry/Royal Enfield beat Vimal Arion Achievers 9 ½ goals to 6.
– Kamesh Srinivasan
 Inter-Ministry badminton tournament by the Central Civil Services
The Inter-Ministry badminton tournament will be organised by the Central Civil Services Cultural and Sports Board (CCSCSB) at the AIIMS Gymkhana from December 4 to 15. Entries close on November 24.
Further details can be had from CCSCSB office at 361, B-Wing, Third Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi-110003.
– Kamesh Srinivasan
Shillong Lajong players celebrating after scoring against Delhi FC at the SSA Stadium, Shillong. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement
I-League 2023-24: Shillong Lajong continues unbeaten run with 2-1 victory over Delhi FC 
Shillong Lajong registered its second straight win by defeating Delhi FC 2-1 at the SSA Stadium, Shillong. 
In the battle of two promoted sides, Lajong dominated the game from the start and broke the deadlock in the 24th minute. 
Kynsaibor Lhuid scored from a wonderful assist by Senegalese forward Karim Samb. Despite Lajong’s attacking display, it failed to convert chances and was leading by a solitary goal at the half-time whistle. 
In the second half, Delhi scored the equaliser through Gaurav Rawat in the 60th minute. However, Lajong players held their nerves and came back to take the lead in the 82nd minute thanks to Phrangki Buam. 
This win propelled Lajong to fourth place in the table with nine points from two wins and three draws. Delhi FC, meanwhile, are sixth in the table, with seven points from five outings. 
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Malappuram to have two teams in Kerala’s new Super League
Malappuram will have two teams in the new Super League Kerala which is likely to begin in August next year.
“We will have six franchises and two will be from Malappuram. The other teams will be from Thrissur, Ernakulam, Kozhikode and Kannur,” Firoz Meeran, the managing director of Super League Kerala (SLK), told The Hindu here on Wednesday.
Media personality Charu Sharma will be the SLK’s chairman and I.M. Vijayan will be its brand ambassador.
The SLK teams will have some of Kerala’s biggest corporate houses backing them.
“We have decided to partner with some of the top corporates in Kerala who have a major presence in the Middle East also purely because it should be a long-term sustainable league. It has to go on for the next 30 to 50 years,” said Mathew Joseph, the CEO of the SLK.
“There will be 36 foreign players totally and there will be home and away matches, 33 in all including the semifinals and final. We will have a tie-up with a national broadcaster for TV coverage.”
Stan Rayan
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