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Smith wins Australia's Border Medal

SYDney: Australia captain Steve Smith capped off a golden 12 months by winning his second Allan Border Medal in Melbourne on Monday. Smith, hailed as the country's finest batsman since Donald Bradman, polled 246 votes, well ahead of two-time medal winner David Warner (162 votes) and Nathan Lyon (156 votes). Smith, who had earlier been named Australia's Test Player of the Year for his dominant 12 months with the bat, won his first Border Medal in 2015. The skipper was the hot favourite to take the award following a year in which he played 24 international games across limited overs and Test cricket and scored 1754 runs at 67.46 with seven centuries. He captained a hard-fought series loss in India, a drawn series in Bangladesh and a triumphant 4-0 Ashes victory over England at home in which he was also named man of the series.

10 medals assured for India at Asian Games Test

jakarta: India were assured a total of 10 boxing medals at the Asian Games Test event here after 3 fought their way into the semifinals while 7 others got byes into the last-four stage. World youth champion Shashi Chopra (57kg), three-time King's Cup gold-medallist K Shyam Kumar (49kg) and Asian youth silver-medallist Ashish (64kg) advanced after contrasting wins. Moving ahead with first-round byes were India Open gold-medallist Manish Kaushik (60kg), Ritu Grewal (51kg), Pavitra (60kg), Salman Shaikh Anwar (52kg), Etash Khan (56kg), Pawan Kumar (69kg), and Ashish Kumar (75kg). Shashi notched up a comprehensive 5-0 win over Singapore's Nur Sabrina Binte, while Shyam Kumar clinched a close 3-2 triumph over Thailand's Samak Saehan. Ashish defeated Japan's Daisuke Narimatsu by 5-0.

Suhana wins gold for india in Oman

new delhi: India's Suhana Saini claimed the gold medal in the Oman Junior and Cadet Open, an ITTF Premium Circuit event. The 12-year-old from Haryana beat Egypt's Hana Goda in the Hopes Girls' singles final 3-1 to annex the coveted title. Suhana began on a strong note but couldn't take charge of the table, losing the first game 10-12. She was much more composed in the rest of the match, though, countering Hana's attacking play with a solid defense and a barrage of her own shots. She won the remaining three games 11-7, 11-6, 11-8 comfortably to show her maturity beyond her years.

unified Korean team thrashed again

Pyeongchang: Olympic chief Thomas Bach dismissed concerns North Korea had tried to "hijack" the Pyeongchang Winter Games on Monday as the unified Korean ice hockey team saw their hopes dashed after another heavy defeat. On a day when strong winds caused a series of falls in the women's slopestyle snowboarding final and forced the women's giant slalom to be postponed, Bach said he hoped the Games had paved the way for greater peace on the Korean peninsula. Bach, who will visit Pyongyang after the Olympics, said the North's high-profile participation was a strictly sporting matter, playing down fears that the isolated country was manipulating the Games to suit its political agenda.                                     

                 

 
 
 
 
 

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