NEWS ON AIR Website cell, IT Unit, NSD, All India Radio, New Broadcasting House, New Delhi, India ? 2006 All rights reserved. All India Radio AIR Sports News Angelique Kerber, Venus Williams suffer defeats at French Open SPT In Tennis, world number five Angelique Kerber and Venus Williams have suffered shock first round defeats at the French Open, the second Grand Slam of the season, in Paris. Apurvi Chandela bags gold medal in 10m Air Rifle in ISSF World Cup SPT Indians had a good day at the year's third International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Rifle and Pistol tournament in Munich, Germany today. Men's compound team win bronze in Archery World Cup SPT The men's compound team of Rajat Chauhan, Abhishek Verma and Aman Saini earned India a solitary bronze medal in the Archery World Cup Stage III at Antalya in Turkey yesterday. French Open Tennis begins in Paris SPT French Open Tennis, the second Grand Slam of the season, began in Paris today. China beat Japan to win 2019 Sudirman Cup SPT China won the badminton world mixed-team championship, Sudirman Cup 2019 in Nanning today. India's Mahesh Mangaonkar wins Sekisui Open SPT In squash, India's Mahesh Mangaonkar triumphed for the second time in the Sekisui Open in Kriens, Switerzland. New Zealand defeat India by 6 wickets in ICC WC warm-up match SPT In Cricket, New Zealand defeated India by six wickets in their opening warm-up game of the ICC World Cup in London this evening. Chasing a target of 180 runs, New Zealand achieved it in 37.1 overs. Indians shooters vie for top honours in ISSF World Cup SPT Indian shooters Apurvi Chandela, Anjum Moudgil and Elavenil Valarivan will be vying for top honours at the year's third International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Rifle/Pistol in Munich, Germany. India bags 57 medals at India Open International tournament SPT Indian boxers bagged 12 Gold medals on the final day of India Open International Boxing tournament in Guwahati yesterday. South Korea defeat Indian women's hockey team 4-0 SPT Hosts South Korea defeated Indian women's hockey team 4-0 in the inconsequential third and final match of the rubber in Jincheon, Korea today. Mary Kom to fight for Gold medal at India Open International Tournament SPT In Boxing, six-time world champion MC Mary Kom will fight for the Gold medal at the second edition of the India Open International Tournament at Guwahati in Assam this afternoon. Men's and Women's Semi-finals of India Open International tournament to be played today SPT In boxing, the men's and women's semifinal matches will be played today in the second India open International Boxing tournament in Guwahati. Archery World Cup: four Indians advance to third round SPT In Archery World Cup Stage III, four Indians including Deepika Kumari and Tarundeep Rai advanced to the third round in recurve individual section at Antalya in Turkey today. Hockey: Indian women clinch 3-match series after beating S Korea 2-1 SPT The Indian women's hockey team came from a goal down to eke out a close 2-1 win over hosts South Korea in the second game and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-march series in Jincheon today. Joshna Chinappa enter pre-quarterfinal round of British Open SPT Joshna Chinappa kept her hopes alive as the Indian entered the pre-quarterfinal round of the British Open Squash, a PSA World Tour Platinum event being held at Hull in England. India crashes out of Sudirman Cup mixed team badminton championships SPT India crashed out of the Sudirman Cup mixed team badminton championships after losing 0-5 to China in the second and final Group -1D match at Nanning in China today. 22 Indian women boxers enter semis of 2nd India Open International Boxing tournament SPT Twenty-Two Indian women boxers including MC Mary Kom have assured medals by entering the Semi-Finals of India Open International Boxing tournament in Guwahati. ICC announces plans for digital distribution, broadcast of World Cup 2019 SPT The ICC today announced plans for digital distribution and broadcast of upcoming Men's cricket World Cup which will be broadcast live to more than 200 territories. BCCI Elections to be held on October 22 SPT The Committee of Administrators(CoA) announced in New Delhi today that the much-awaited elections of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will be held on October 22. This will be the most challenging World Cup: Virat Kohli SPT Team India Skipper Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri addressed a press conference in Mumbai today before leaving for England for the Men's cricket World Cup starting on 30th of this month. Badminton: India lose to Malaysia 2-3 SPT In Badminton, India lost to Malaysia 2-3 in their opening Group-1D match of Sudirman Cup Mixed Team Championship at Nanning in China today. Ashish to lead 3-member Indian gymnastics team in World Challenge Cup SPT A three-member team led by 2010 Asian Games bronze medallist Ashish Kumar will represent India at the second World Challenge Cup Series gymnastics tournament in Osijek,. Indian women's Hockey team defeat South Korea 2-1 SPT In Hockey, Indian women's team defeated hosts South Korea 2-1 in the first match of the three-match bilateral series in Jincheon today. Tennis: Rafael Nadal clinches Italian Open 2019 title SPT In Tennis, defending champion Rafael Nadal of Spain has clinched the Italian Open 2019 title after beating Novak Djokovic 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 in the final in Rome last night. BFA launches two new formats of game - AirBadminton & Triples SPT The world body governing Badminton, BFA, has launched two new formats of the game --AirBadminton and Triples with new dimensions of the court and an innovative shuttlecock called Airshuttle. Rafael Nadal beats Stefanos Tsitsipas in Italian Open SPT Defending champion Rafael Nadal swept past Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4 to advance to his first final on clay this season at the Italian Open today. India lose to Australia in final match of Down Under tour SPT The Indian men's hockey team ended their tour Down Under with a 2-5 loss to world no. 2 Australia in the fifth and final match in Perth yesterday. USD 10 million on offer in ICC World Cup, winner to earn 4 million SPT Ten million US Dollars or a little more than 70 crore rupees are on offer in the upcoming ICC men's cricket World Cup. Nadal, Federer enter in Pre-Quarterfinal of Italian Open tournament SPT Rafal Nadal and Roger Federer have entered in the Pe-Quarterfinal of Italian Open Tennis tournament being held in Rome. South Korea abandons its bid to stage football's Asian Cup in 2023 SPT South Korea has abandoned its bid to stage football's Asian Cup in 2023, leaving the sole other bidders China with a free run to become hosts. Football: China to host 2023 Asian Cup after Korea withdraw bid SPT South Korea have abandoned their bid to stage Asian Cup Football tournament in 2023, leaving the sole other bidders China with a free run to become hosts. India lose 0-4 to Australia in 4th hockey match of Down Under tour SPT In Hockey, the Indian men's team were blanked 0-4 by World No. 2 Australia in Perth in the fourth match of the Tour Down Under yesterday. Croatian World Cupper Igor Stimac appointed Indian football team coach SPT Croatian World Cupper Igor Stimac has been appointed Indian football team head coach for a two-year term. ISSF Shotgun World Cup: Kynan, Prithviraj lead men's trap qualification SPT India's Kynan Chenai and Prithviraj Tondaiman shot two perfect rounds of 25 each to lead the 109-strong qualification field in the men's trap shooting competition of ISSF Shotgun World Cup in Changwon, Korea today. India's GS Lakshmi first woman on ICC international panel of match referees SPT India's G.S. Lakshmi has become the first woman to be appointed to ICC's international panel of match referees and will be eligible to officiate in international games with immediate effect. Serena Williams withdraws from Italian Open SPT In Tennis, 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams has withdrawn from the ongoing Italian Open due to a knee injury. Shagun best-placed Indian in women's trap at Changwon Shotgun WC SPT Shagun Chowdhary shot 65 out of 75 to emerge the best-placed Indian at 34th position after day one of the Women's Trapshooting qualifiers at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup Shotgun in Changwon, Korea. Hockey India names 18-Member Indian junior men’s hockey team for 8-Nation U-21 Spain tour SPT Hockey India today named the 18-member Indian junior men's team for the eight-Nation Under-21 Tournament in Spain, commencing on 10th of next month. CEAT Awards: Virat Kohli bags International batsman and cricketer of the year SPT India captain Virat Kohli bagged the International Cricketer and Batsman of the Year award during the CEAT Cricket Rating (CCR) International awards 2019. Tennis: Novak Djokovic wins Madrid Open title SPT Top seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia beat Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 6-3, 6-4 yesterday to win his third Madrid Open title. Mary Kom to make her competitive debut in India Open boxing tournament SPT London Olympic bronze medallist Mary Kom will make her competitive debut at home in 51kg in the second edition of the India Open boxing tournament, to be held in Guwahati from 20th to 24th of this month. Mumbai beat Chennai by one run to win record 4th IPL title SPT Mumbai Indians became IPL champions for the fourth time after defeating Chennai Super Kings by one run in a thrilling final in Hyderabad last night. Indian racer Jehan Daruvala wins inaugural round of FIA Formula 3 Championship SPT Young Indian racer Jehan Daruvala, driving for Prema Racing, won the inaugural round of the FIA Formula 3 Championship, one of the support events to Formula One in Barcelona today. Rani Rampal to lead Women's Hockey team for three-match series against Korea SPT Hockey India announced on Friday that striker Rani Rampal will lead an 18-member Indian women's hockey team for the three-match series against hosts Korea, starting on May 20. Hockey: India register 3-0 win over Australia A SPT Indian men's hockey team registered a comfortable 3-0 win against Australia A in Perth today. Ankita Raina progresses to singles quarterfinals in Luan SPT In Tennis, India's top singles player Ankita Raina progressed to the quarterfinals of the ITF women's event in Luan, China with a straight sets win over Yue Yuan today. Indian archers misfire in World Cup Stage II SPT Indian archers drew a blank in the individual and team events of both recurve and compound sections as they failed to enter the medal rounds of the ongoing World Cup Stage II, in Shanghai today. Changwon Shotgun World Cup: Ganemat Sekhon best-placed Indian at 7th SPT India's Ganemat Sekhon today returned the joint third-best score in the Women's Skeet event at this year's third International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Shotgun Stage 2 in Changwon, Korea.