Manipur Hockey trounce Hockey Gujarat 28-1

first_imgImphal, Jan 10 (PTI) Wangamba Kshetrimayum and Heramani Singh Lisham struck five goals each as Manipur Hockey hammered Hockey Gujarat 28-1 on the fourth day of the Senior Men National Championship 2018 (B Division), here. The Manipur players scored eight goals each in the first two quarters and backed them up with six goals each in the last two quarters. Interestingly, only three goals out of the 29 goals scored in the match came through a penalty corner, while all the 26 other goals were field goals. The only goal for Hockey Gujarat was scored by Rohit Thakor in the 55th minute. Goals for Manipur Hockey were scored by captain Kshetrimayum (12, 21, 45, 46, 54), Lisham (32, 33, 34, 35, 60), Ibungo Singh Konjengbam (4, 8, 42), Kiren Kumar Thokchom (15, 18, 22), Bhakar Ningombam (17, 26, 28), Debeshor Konjengbam (22, 29, 49), Papunao Haobam (7, 8), Suresh Singh Shurenshangbam (2), Mantosh Meitei Laishram (3), Dollar Kshetrimayum (58) and Suras Singh Wahengbam (59). In the opening match of the day, Hockey Unit of Tamil Nadu defeated Sports Authority of Gujarat – Hockey Academy 3-2 in a nervy Pool D encounter Hockey Puducherry produced a dominant performance to defeat Hockey Bihar 12-1 in a Pool E match. Hockey Puducherrys R Ranjith scored sensational seven goals in the match as he struck in the 16th, 23rd, 25th, 37th 45th, 47th and 58th minutes to seal the match for his team. S Surjith (7, 10), N Sellamuthu (28), T Arunkumar (38) and S Muthukrishnan (51) scored for Hockey Puducherry while Shashi Kumar Rana (26) scored the consolation goal for Hockey Bihar. In a Pool A match, Sports Authority of India beat Assam Hockey 9-0. B.N Sridhar (2, 32, 45) scored a hat-trick for Sports Authority of India while Pravakar Minz (18, 57), Abhishek (22), Deepak (36), Vikram (40) and P Surya Prakash (54) also scored for them in a dominant display against Assam Hockey. Another high-scoring encounter in Pool A saw Central Secretariat defeat Tripura Hockey 12-1. Central Secretariat were helped by the eight goals scored by Thimmanna S Puliyanda (4, 5, 8, 18, 35, 37, 48, 57) which also included a hat-trick of penalty corners, while Shankar Sidharth (25), captain Vinayak Bijwad (30), Shashi Topno (58) and Joshua Vessoakar (58) also scored for the winning team. Tripura Hockey scored their only goal of the match in the 34th minute when Siraj Khan scored a field goal. In the last match of the day, Bengaluru Hockey Association continued their good form in Pool E by winning their second consecutive match of the competition when they defeated Goans Hockey with a scoreline of 7-1. PTI AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more

Bothered By Back, Federer Loses US Open QF To ‘Baby Fed’ (Video)

first_imgNEW YORK — Betrayed by his 38-year-old body, and his forehand, Roger Federer is done at the U.S. Open.Federer’s upper back and neck gave him trouble, he kept missing makeable shots and he kept giving away the lead against a guy he’d never lost to. It all added up to getting beaten 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 by 78th-ranked Grigor Dimitrov in the quarterfinals before a stunned crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday night.“Grigor was able to put me away,” Federer said. “I fought with what I had.”Chasing a 21st Grand Slam title, and sixth at Flushing Meadows, Federer appeared to be flexing his upper back after some points and said afterward that he began feeling something in that area in the afternoon.He took a rare-for-him medical timeout after the fourth set, leaving the court with a trainer. When play resumed after a break of nearly 10 minutes, Federer’s form never picked up.“He started slowing down a little bit,” Dimitrov said. “For sure, in the end, he was not 100 percent of himself.”Federer kept contributing to Dimitrov’s cause, missing shots this way and that, long or wide or into the net.Grigor Dimitrov, of Bulgaria, reacts after defeating Roger Federer, of Switzerland, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in New York. Dimitrov won 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)The stats were staggering and showed exactly how off Federer was on this evening: 61 unforced errors, 33 on the forehand side. Compare that to his 40 total winners.And so his two-sets-to-one lead vanished.“Start of the fourth wasn’t ideal,” Federer said. “Start of the fifth wasn’t ideal.”Federer had been 7-0 in their head-to-head series, taking 16 of the previous 18 sets against Dimitrov, who is a decade younger and long ago was dubbed “Baby Fed” because of his similar one-handed backhand and all-court game.And the No. 3-seeded Federer could have become the oldest man to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since Jimmy Connors was 39 in 1991 at the U.S. Open. He could have claimed a berth in his record 56th career major semifinal.“Just disappointed it’s over, because I did feel like I was actually playing really well after a couple of rocky starts,” Federer said. “It’s just a missed opportunity, to some extent.”He joins Novak Djokovic on the sideline less than two months after their epic five-set Wimbledon final. Defending U.S. Open champion and No. 1 seed Djokovic retired from his fourth-round match in New York because of a painful left shoulder.That leaves No. 2 Rafael Nadal as the only member of the Big Three still in the draw. He meets No. 20 Diego Schwartzman in the quarterfinals Wednesday, when No. 13 Gael Monfils plays No. 24 Matteo Berrettini.Dimitrov will participate in a Slam final four for the third time, facing No. 5 seed Daniil Medvedev on Friday.Medvedev has drawn plenty of attention at Flushing Meadows for the way he sarcastically thanked booing crowds, trolling them by suggesting their venom was why he kept winning. Now maybe folks will pay more attention to the 23-year-old Russian’s unusual brand of shape-shifting tennis, which carried him past three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka 7-6 (6), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 on Tuesday despite 12 double-faults and a body that’s just short of breaking down.Dimitrov has struggled for much of 2019, failing to even get to a quarterfinal anywhere since Week 1 of the season. And it’s been nearly 1½ years since Dimitrov reached a semifinal at any tour-level event, let alone a major.His Grand Slam results have been trending in the wrong direction, too: from a loss in the fourth round at the Australian Open to the third round at the French Open to the first round at Wimbledon.So his ranking, as high as No. 3 a couple of years ago, is nowhere near that now. His coaches, Andre Agassi and Radek Stepanek, aren’t anywhere near Flushing Meadows, either.They opted to stay away from the tournament. Asked why, Dimitrov hemmed and hawed.It’s certainly working so far.By: Howard Fendrich, AP Tennis WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more