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Peter Gilchrist won the World Billiards Championship

Multiple-time champion Peter Gilchrist added another feather to his cap as he pulled off a one-sided 1500-617 win against Indian national champion Sourav Kothari in the Long-Up Format final of IBSF World Billiards Championshipon Thursday.
●    The Singapore-based champion did not allow Sourav to take lead in any of the visits to the green baize.
●    Gilchrist, literally, knocked Sourav out of contention in his 14th visit when he broke 354 points and then in his next visit scored a 150-break, taking his overall score to 855 against 205.
●    Sourav made a valiant effort to restore pride, but his break of 280 in his 28th visit did not make any difference in the match, with the score reading 588 against Gilchrist's 1299.
●    Gilchrist further extended his lead by posting a break of 110, with the scores at 1409 against Sourav's 588.
●    Gilchrist clinched the final in the 29th visit with a break of 27 points.
●    Earlier, a day after upsetting tournament favourite Pankaj Advani, Kothari got the better of compatriot Dhvaj Haria 1250-816.


 

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MCC Committee recommends limiting bat size edges and red card suspension

The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Committee on 7 December 2016 recommended limiting bat size edges and depths along with many other suggestions.
●    The recommendations were made by the MCC’s World Cricket Committee, headed by former England captain Mike Brearley, to bring about a balance between bat and ball.
●    The suggestions were made during a two-day meeting of the committee in Mumbai, which hosts the fourth Test between India and England from 8 December 2016.
●    The committee has come up with a radical proposal of introducing a football-hockey-like red card as punishment for violent acts on the cricket field.
●    It deliberated on the ball-tampering laws, which it felt will remain unaltered.
●    The committee was split vertically on the possibility of reducing Test cricket from a five-day affair to a four-day one.
●    It urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) to continue to work towards introducing a World Test Championship and presenting the case for cricket at the Olympic Games and changing the law on ball striking a fielder’s helmet.
●    It was announced that 60% of the world’s professional players supported the decision to limit the bat size to 40 mm on edges and 67 mm for depths, including 7 mm for curvature.

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India beats Pakistan to win 2016 Women's Asia Cup

India women’s cricket team on 4 December 2016 defeated Pakistan to win the 2016 Asia Cup T20 at Bangkok, Thailand.
●    India defeated Pakistan in the final of the regional tournament by 17 runs. The win is India’s sixth Asia Cup crown.
●    In the final, India, who remained undefeated during the tournament, batted first and scored 121/5.
●    Player of the Series: Mithali Raj (India)
●    Most runs in the Series: 220 by Mithali Raj (India)
●    Most wickets in the Series: 12 by Sana Mir (Pakistan)
●    The Women's Asia Cup is an international One Day International and Twenty20 International cricket tournament.
●    It is contested by women's cricket teams from Asia.
●    It has been played six times to date.
●    In 2012, Indian team had defeated Pakistan by 19 runs in the final of T20 in Guangzhou, China.


 

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Nico Rosberg announces shocking retirement after World title win

In an unexpected move, Nico Rosberg announced his retirement from Formula One on 2 December 2016, just five days after he grabbed his first-ever F1 World Champion title in the season’s final race at Abu Dhabi.
●    The 31-year-old, who beat his Mercedes team-mate and three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton by five points, stated that he was retiring from the sport to spend more quality time with his wife, Vivian and baby daughter, Alaia.
●    This is the first time that a reigning world champion has decided to quit the sport. Last time something similar happened was in 1993 when Alain Prost announced his retirement after winning his fourth driver’s title.
●    He is the son of former F1 world champion, Keke Rosberg, who won the title in 1982.
●    He won the 2005 GP2 series for the French motor racing team, ART
●    He made his F1 debut at the Bahrain Grand Prix in 2006 for Williams, his father’s old team.
●    He raced for the team from 2006- 2009 and then joined Mercedes from 2010 until 2016. 
●    He raced in 206 Grand Prix competitions and has 23 Formula one wins and 30 Formula one pole positions to his name. 
●    He is also the fourth driver in the history of Formula one to win the Monaco Grand Prix thrice in a row and to have 7 consecutive Grand Prix wins.
●    He has also won the Lorenzo Bandini Trophy in 2011, FIA Pole Trophy in 2014 and DHL Fastest Lap.

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Russia remains banned from athletics

Russia's ban from global athletics will continue until at least February.The country has been banned from competition by the sport's world governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), since November 2015 over state-sponsored doping and missed the Rio Olympics.
●    The head of the IAAF taskforce set up to assess Russia's anti-doping progress revealed that, although the country had made progress towards the conditions of their readmission to the international fold, they were still not ready to return.
●    There are no major athletics championships before February.
●    In the meantime, Russian athletes can still apply to the IAAF doping review board to compete if they can demonstrate they have undergone a testing system, as the US-based long jumper Darya Klishina did successfully for the Rio Games.
●    The ban has led to Russian athletes missing the Olympics in Brazil and its current extension means the bulk of them will also likely miss the March 3-5 European Indoor Championships in Belgrade.

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Magnus Carlsen retains World No. 1 title

Magnus Carlsen won the 2016 World Chess Championship on 30 November 2016 in New York City, USA.
●    Magnus Carlsen is a Norwegian chess grandmaster.
●    He became a chess Grandmaster in 2004, at the age of 13 years. This made him the third-youngest grandmaster in history.
●    In November 2013, he became World Champion by defeating Viswanathan Anand in the World Chess Championship.
●    On the May 2014 FIDE rating list, he reached his peak rating of 2882, which is the highest in history.
●    He successfully defended his title in November 2014 by defeating Anand once again.
●    In 2014, he also won the World Rapid Championship and the World Blitz Championship, thus holding all three world championship titles.
●    The World Chess Championship is played to determine the World Champion in chess.
●    It commenced in 1886.
●    From 1948 to 1993, the championship was administered by the World Chess Federation (FIDE).


 

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Argentina beats Croatia to win their first Davis Cup title

Argentina lifted their first Davis Cup title after Juan Martin Del Potro and Federico Delbonis won Sunday’s reverse singles to complete the South American nation’s spectacular comeback in a 3-2 victory over hosts Croatia in the final.
●    Del Potro fought back from two sets down to beat Marin Cilic 6-7(4), 2-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-3 before Delbonis swept aside Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in the decisive rubber, sparking wild celebrations among several thousand away fans in the Zagreb Arena.
●    Argentina joined the list of Davis Cup winners after losing all four finals they had previously contested and their dismal record in the title showdown appeared set to continue when Cilic came within a set of clinching Croatia’s second title.
●    The 2005 winners saw the red carpet pulled from under their feet, however, as a battling Del Potro launched a ferocious comeback and played through the fifth set with a broken finger on his left hand.

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Sachin Singh wins Gold at Youth World Boxing Championships

Sachin Singh on 27 November 2016 became the third Indian boxer to bag gold medal at the AIBA Youth World Championships. 
●    In the summit clash at St Petersburg, Russia, Sachin recorded a stunning unanimous victory over Cuban national champion Jorge Grinan in the 49kg weight class.
●    Sachin defeated his rival 5-0 to record a rare Indian triumph over a Cuban boxer. 
●    16-year-old Sachin has joined Thokchom Nanao Singh (2008) and Vikas Krishan (2010) in the Indian youth world championships gold club.
●    With this, India finished the tournament with one gold and a bronze. 
●    Naman had settled for a bronze Tanwar in the 91 kg after losing in the semifinal. In 2014 edition, India was able to secure just a bronze medal.
●    After this win, the newly-formed Boxing Federation of India (BFI) announced a cash prize for the two medalists. 
●    It announced Rs one lakh for Sachin and Rs 25000 for Naman. 

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Olympic Champion Eliud Kipchoge Wins Delhi Half Marathon

As expected, Eliud Kipchoge, Kenya’s reigning Olympic marathon champion bagged the winner’s title in Delhi Half Marathon on 20 November 2016. While he was declared winner in men’s category, Ethiopia’s Worknesh Degefa claimed the women’s title. 
●    Kipchoge, who won the gold medal at Rio Olympics in August 2016, is considered to be one of the greatest marathon runners of all times. 
●    The race was flagged off by Union Sports Minister, Vijay Goel and Adille Sumariwalla, President of Athletics Federation of India and Council member of IAAF. The race witnessed participation from nearly 34000 people spread across different categories. 
●    Kipchoge completed the 21.097km course in 59:44, unable to beat the course record of 59:06 set by Ethiopia’s Guye Adole in 2014.  
●    While Ethiopia’s Yigrem Demelash came in second with a very close timing of 59:48, Augustine Choge from Kenya finished third with 60:01.
●    In the women’s category, while winner Degefa finished first with a timing of 1:07:42, fellow Ethiopian Ababel Yeshaneh came in second with a timing of 1:07:52 and Kenya’s Helah Kiprop came third with 1:08:11.

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IOC Strips 10 athletes of their Olympic Medals

The International Olympic Committee stripped ten athletes of their medals from 2008 Olympics. The move came after these athletes were tested positive for various banned steroids during the retest of their samples from the games.
●    Among the ten athletes, nine belong to former Soviet Union countries.
●    None of them were gold medalists.
●    Three were silver medalists: Wrestlers Vitaly Rahimov and Khasan Baroev from Azerbaijan and Russia respectively and weightlifter Irina Nekrasova from Kazakhstan.
●    Two were bronze medalists: Triple jumper Chrysopigi Devetzi from Greece and pole vaulter Denys Yurchenko from Ukraine.
●    These results take the total of weightlifting medalists tested positive for banned substances in 2008 Olympics to 22. 
●    Apart from them, six athletes who did not win any medal during the 2008 games were also disqualified. 
●    One among the disqualified six is Russia’s Elena Slesarenko-women’s high jump gold medalist in 2004- who came fourth in 2008 games and Ukraine’s Vita Palamar, who came fifth.

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