QPlay: Federer Loses Final, BCCI Pays Rs 58 Lakh for Balls & More
All the latest sports news in The Quint’s morning wrap.
1. Raonic Stuns Federer in Brisbane Final
Big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic stunned an out-of-sorts Roger Federer to win the Brisbane International 6-4, 6-4 on Sunday. Raonic, 25, broke the 17-time Grand Slam champion once in each set to win the final, only his second win over Federer in 11 meetings.
Federer, who had been improving every round after starting the tournament with a slight illness, was no match for Raonic, who served powerfully and came to the net at every opportunity.
The win gave Raonic his eighth title on the ATP tour and reversed the result of last year’s final, won by 34-year-old Federer in three tight sets.
2. BCCI Pays CSK Rs 15.67 Crore; Balls for WT20 Cost Rs 58 Lakh
The BCCI in its latest disbursement of funds has paid Rs 15.67 crore to the suspended IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings as a part of its share from the Central Rights Income for the eighth season of the Indian Premier League.
According to the latest list of payments of over and above Rs 25 lakh that has been put up on the BCCI’s official website, CSK were paid Rs 15 crore 67 lakh 50,000 as the third installment of the payment from Central Rights Income.
Another interesting fact that emerged from the payment list is that BCCI has paid Kookaburra Sports India Rs 58.12 lakh for white kookaburra balls which will be used for the upcoming ICC World T20 Championship.
The players of Jammu and Kashmir’s Ranji Trophy team have some great news as the BCCI has cleared an amount of Rs 88.2 lakh for match fees, subsidies and expenses for the Ranji Trophy 2014-15.
3. Sindhu Leads Chennai to a Win Over Hyderabad in PBL
Star shuttler PV Sindhu clinched an exciting Trump match as Chennai Smashers scored a 4-3 win over Hyderabad Hunters in a Premier Badminton League (PBL) clash at the Gachibowli indoor stadium on Sunday.
Local girl Sindhu beat her Hyderabad rival Supanida K, an experienced player from Thailand, 15-8, 14-15, 15-5 to seal the issue in favour of Chennai.
The day began with the mixed doubles match between Carsten Mogensen-Jwala Gutta of Hyderabad and Chennai Smashers’ Chris Adcock-Pia Zebadiah. The Chennai pair had a comfortable 15-7, 15-7 victory over their Hyderabad rivals.
Hyderabad secured one point with veteran men’s singles player from Malaysia Lee Chong Wei defeating Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Chennai 15-3 12-15 15-8 win over.
4. Wawrinka Defends Chennai Open Title With Ease
Living up to his top billing, Stan Wawrinka annexed his third Chennai Open singles title in a row, demolishing the challenge of Borna Coric in the final.
The world number four defending champion strolled to a 6 -3 7-5 win over world number 44 Coric in one hour and 26 minutes.
Wawrinka asserted his supremacy over Coric, winning the third clash against him and extended his Chennai winning streak to 12 matches and 24 sets.
5. Messi Tipped to Regain Ballon d’Or Tonight
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is targeting an unprecedented fifth FIFA Ballon d’Or award in Zurich on Monday, with the Argentine heavily favoured to reclaim the prize from three-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo.
Brazil striker Neymar, who plays alongside Messi at Barca, is also in the running to be crowned world player of the year after he was included on the three-man shortlist for the first time.
Messi, who won the award four times in a row from 2009-2012, scored 48 goals for Barca in 2015 as the Catalan giants reclaimed their status as the world’s top club side, easily overcoming South American champions River Plate in the Club World Cup in Japan last month.
6. Happy Birthday Rahul Dravid!
Former India captain and current India A and under-19 coach Rahul Dravid turns 43 today.
For an in-depth piece on his coaching formula in his own words, click here. But if you, like every other Indian cricket fan, just wants to go back in time and relive his cricketing days once again, here’s another piece The Quint has put together.
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