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1)   Which ace Indian cueist won the IBSF World Billiards Championship in Doha in Nov 2017?
- Published on 14 Nov 17

a. Rupesh Shah
b. Pankaj Advani
c. Geet Sethi
d. Michael Ferreira
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Pankaj Advani

Explanation:
Ace Indian cueist Pankaj Advani clinched his 17th world title after he thrashed his arch-rival Mike Russell of England in the IBSF World Billiards Championship at Doha in Nov 2017.

Advani beat Russell 6-2 (0-155, 150-128, 92-151, 151-0, 151-6, 151-0, 150-58, 150-21) to defend the 150-up format title he had won in Bengaluru last year.

Advani, winner of maximum number of world titles in any sport by an Indian, increased his total by one more as he dominated the remainder of the final.

He clinically constructed lethal breaks of 151, 151, 151, 145 and 110 to completely dismantle his longstanding rival.

Earlier in the tournament, Advani had overcome fellow Indian Rupesh Shah in the semi-finals 5-2, while Russell got the better of Singapore's Peter Gilchrist 5-1.


2)   Which Indian Olympian boxer won her fifth gold at the 2017 Asian Championships?
- Published on 09 Nov 17

a. Sarjubala Devi
b. Laishram Sarita Devi
c. Kavita Goyat
d. Mary Kom
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Mary Kom

Explanation:
Mary Kom won her fifth gold at the Asian Championships.

After fighting in the 51 kg category for the past three years, Mary, a Rajya Sabha MP, had shifted to 48 and this was her first international championship in the new weight class.

She scored a 5-0 win over Kim Hyang Hi of North Korea in Ho Ch Minh City, Vietnam.

She made a comeback for the 2014 CWG trials, where she missed out on a spot with a narrow loss against Pinki Jangra in 51 Kg.

Mary won the gold medal at Asian Games in Incheon before taking a six month break once again.

Nov 8's final saw Mary making use of counter punches and blanking Kim in all the rounds.

Mary Kom: Know More

  • Chungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte (born 24 November 1982), better known as Mary Kom, is an Olympic Indian boxer hailing from the Kom tribe in Manipur.
  • She is a five-time World Amateur Boxing champion, and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships.
  • Nicknamed "Magnificent Mary", she is the only Indian woman boxer to have qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics, competing in the flyweight (51 kg) category and winning the bronze medal.
  • She has also been ranked as No. 4 AIBA World Women's Ranking Flyweight category.
  • She became the first Indian woman boxer to get a Gold Medal in the Asian Games in 2014 in Incheon, South Korea.
  • On 26 April 2016, Kom was nominated by the President of India as a member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament.
  • In March 2017, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, appointed Mary Kom along with Akhil Kumar as national observers for boxing.


3)   Indian hockey team has won the Women's Asia Cup title how many times?
- Published on 07 Nov 17

a. 1
b. 4
c. 3
d. 2
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: 2

Explanation:
India had to wait long for their second Women's Asia Cup title with the last one coming way back in 2004

India edged past China 5-4 via shootout to win the women's Asia Cup hockey title here on Sunday. With this, India also qualified for next year's World Cup as Continental champion.

It was skipper Rani Rampal who scored the winning goal while Savita Punia made a great save in sudden death.

Savita was adjudged Goalkeeper-of-the-Tournament while Monica won the Woman-of-the-Match award.

Final: India 1 (Navjot Kaur) bt China 1 (Tiantian Luo) in shootout.
Third place: Korea 1 (Hyejeong Shin) bt Japan 0.


4)   Which of the following are India's leading shooters and winner at Commonwealth Shooting Championships 2017?
- Published on 03 Nov 17

a. Jitu Raj
b. Heena Sidhu
c. Joshna Chinnappa
d. Both a and c
e. Both a and b
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Both a and b

Explanation:
Shooter Heena Sidhu continued her terrific form this year winning gold in the women's 10m Air Pistol event at the Commonwealth Shooting Championships, Brisbane on 30th Oct 2017.

She scored 240.8 in the final to beat Australian Elena Galiabovitch, who shot 238.2 to settle for silver. Bronze went to Kristy Gillman (213.7) of Australia.

London Olympic bronze-medallist Gagan Narang finished fourth in the same event, while Ravikumar ended fifth.

Narang shot 626.2 in the qualification to create Commonwealth record.

Sidhu in October 2017, paired with Jitu Rai at the ISSF World Cup final in New Delhi had won gold for India.

The pair had finished with 483.4 points to beat France with 481.1.

This was her third gold with Rai after the duo had claimed the top spots in the same event at the ISSF World Cup in Delhi in February and ISSF World Cup Rifle/Pistol series in Gabala, Azerbaijan.

In May, she had won bronze in the women's 10 air pistol event at the Grand Prix of Liberation Plaza Shooting Championships in the Czech Republic, shooting 218.8 in the eight-woman final, in an event won by Rio Olympic gold and bronze medalist Anna Korakaki of Greece.


5)   Roger Federer beat which tennis champ's record for the most titles by securing his 95th title at Basel?
- Published on 01 Nov 17

a. Pete Sampras
b. Ivan Lendl
c. Andre Agassi
d. Andy Murray
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Ivan Lendl

Explanation:
Roger Federer claimed an eighth Swiss Indoor title when he outlasted Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-3 in front of a partisan Basel crowd.

The 36-year-old beaten by Del Potro in consecutive Basel finals in 2012 and 2013, has managed to win back.

Victory means Federer trails world number one Rafael Nadal by 1,460 points going into the Paris Masters where 1,000 points are on offer for the champion.

Del Potro would have moved into the eighth and final qualifying spot for London had he claimed a third Basel title, but now must reach the semi-finals at least in the French capital to make it to the season-ending tournament.

Roger Federer has overtaken Ivan Lendl by winning his 95th career singles title after beating Juan Martin del Potro in three sets in the final of the Swiss Indoors in Basel.

The 19-time Grand Slam champion was made to work early by the big-serving Argentine, coming back from a set down to win 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-3.

It is Federer's seventh title of the calendar year-the first time he has managed that feat in a decade.

Del Potro-who was on an eight-match winning streak having won in Stockholm a week ago - provided stern resistance in the first set, saving six break points.


6)   Who was fondly called Doc for handling the Monkey Gate controversy involving Harbhajan Singh and Andrew Symonds?
- Published on 01 Nov 17

a. MV Sridhar
b. Harsha Bhogle
c. Sunil Gavaskar
d. Anil Kumble
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: MV Sridhar

Explanation:
M. V. Sridhar, a central figure in Hyderabad cricket circles, passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest at his residence in Banjara Hills.

A man of multiple talents, Sridhar was a qualified doctor-turned cricketer-administrator who swiftly rose up the ranks.

He resigned last month as the BCCI’s Cricket Operations Manager - a position he held for four years during which he interacted with the players, selectors, Board officials, members of different committees and even attended ICC meets.

Doc, as he was fondly called, is also credited for the smooth handling of ‘Monkey Gate’ controversy involving Harbhajan Singh and Andrew Symonds during India’s 2008 tour of Australia, a pointer to his communication skills.

He was the Indian team’s media manager then.

MV Sridhar: Know More

  • The former Hyderabad captain was also the tournament director when India hosted the Twenty20 World Cup in 2016.
  • Before that, he served the Hyderabad Cricket Association as secretary and joint secretary between 2000 and 2014.
  • Prior to that, he dazzled on the field to become Hyderabad’s highest run-getter.
  • A right-handed batsman, Sridhar played 97 first-class matches between 1988 and 2000 and scored 6,701 runs at an average of 48.91 with 21 centuries and 27 fifties. He also played in 35 List ‘A’ games and scored 930 runs at 29.06, with five half-centuries and a highest of 78 not out.
  • His best was the staggering 366 in Hyderabad’s record-breaking total of 944/6 declared against Andhra at the Gymkhana ground (home) in the 1993-94 Ranji Trophy season.
  • That individual score remains the highest for Hyderabad and the third highest in India behind Bhausaheb Nimbalkar’s 443 not out (for Maharashtra against Kathiawar in 1948) and Sanjay Manjrekar’s 377 (for Bombay against Hyderabad in 1991).
  • Besides serving as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) General Manager from 2013, Sridhar had been involved in administration in various capacities for a number of years.


7)   Which badminton player from India won his 4th Superseries title of the year at the French Open 2017?
- Published on 31 Oct 17

a. Prannoy Kumar
b. Sourabh Verma
c. Sameer Verma
d. Kidambi Srikanth
e. Ajay Jayaram
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Kidambi Srikanth

Explanation:
India’s Kidambi Srikanth succeeded in claiming his fourth Superseries title of the year from five entries into the finals of the French Open 2017.

The fourth-ranked ranked Srikanth’s comfortable 21-14, 21-13 triumph on Sunday over the 40th-ranked Japanese player Kenta Nishimoto, who had fought his way to the final from the qualifying rounds, turned out to be a near-mirror image of the 21-12, 21-11 win that the Indian had notched in the Singapore Open in April this year.

Meanwhile, in the other finals that were decided at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin on 29th Oct, the World’s No 1 female player and top seed, Tai Tzu Ying, scored a facile 21-4, 21-16 win over Japanese Akane Yamaguchi, the No 5 seed.

There was a maiden Superseries title for the recently formed Indonesian pairing of Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu (Polii played with Krishinda Maheswari until recently), as they notched a comfortable 21-17, 21-15 triumph over South Korea’s Lee So Hee and Shin Seung Chan, another new combination (Lee had won the 2017 All England title Premier with Chang Ye Na).

The Indonesians simply combined better than the Koreans in the long-drawn 54-minute encounter, the longest on the day of the finals.

The fourth-seeded Indonesians have been world champions in 2013 and 2017, and also won the Olympic gold in Rio in 2016.

Natsir has had a much longer and illustrious career, winning the 2005 and 2007 world titles with the since-retired Nova Widianto, and has also been a silver medalist with Widiyanto at Beijing in 2008.

The concluding match on the card, the men’s doubles, was one in which the seventh-seeded Chinese Taipei combination of Lee Jhe-huei and Lee Yang scored over the Danish pairing of Carsten Mogensen and Mathias Boe, silver medalists at the 2012 London Olympics, by a 21-19, 23-21 verdict.


8)   Who clinched the third Super Series premier title at Denmark Open in Oct 2017?
- Published on 24 Oct 17

a. Kidambi Srikanth
b. PV Sindhu
c. Saina Nehwal
d. Joshna Chinappa
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Kidambi Srikanth

Explanation:
Kidambi Srikanth clinched his third Super Series Premier title with a dominating straight-game victory over Korean veteran Lee Hyun II in a lopsided final of the USD 750,000 Denmark Open here on Sunday.

Playing an opponent 12 years his senior, Srikanth asserted his dominance with a 21-10 21-5 win over 37-year-old Lee in a match that lasted just 25 minutes here.

World No. 8 Srikanth didn't give any chances to the more experienced Lee.

The duo were tied 4-4, before Srikanth changed gears and used his deception and powerful smashes to lead 9-5.

Other Wins at the Denmark Open

  • Earlier, 2013 World Champion Ratchanok Inthanon produced another gritty display to stave off the challenge from World No. 5 and defending champion Akane Yamaguchi of Japan 14-21 21-15 21-19 to win her first title of the season.
  • Ratchanok wanted to give "my best for our beloved King, who passed away last year."
  • Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest- reigning monarch, had passed away last year after 70 years as head of state.
  • Among other matches, Hong Kong's eighth seeded mixed doubles pair of Tang Chun Man and Tse Ying Suet, who had clinched the 2012 Japan Open Super Series, notched up their maiden major title.
  • They defeated top-seeded Chinese combo of Zheng Siwei and Chen Qingchen 24-22 19-21 23-21 in a thrilling contest that lasted a little less than an hour.
  • Korea's women's doubles pair of Lee So Hee and Shin Seung Chan, who had won the 2014 World championship bronze medal at Denmark, dished out another sensational performance to outwit Japanese sixth seeds Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto 21-13 21-16 to clinch the title.
  • Chinese pair of Liu Cheng and Zhang Nan, seeded fifth, defeated second seeded Indonesian combo of Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo 21-16 22-24 21-19 in the men's doubles final clash.


9)   When did Indian hockey team win the Asia Cup?
- Published on 23 Oct 17

a. 2003
b. 2007
c. 2017
d. Only b and c
e. All of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: All of the above

Explanation:
India on 22 Oct 2017 ended their 10-year wait for continental triumph when they beat a gutsy Malaysia 2-1 in a nail-biting final to clinch their third Asia Cup hockey title.

India, which won the Asia Cup last time in 2007 in Chennai, scored from field efforts.

Malaysia were in summit clash for the first time since tournament's inception.

The Indians are ranked sixth in the world.

Pakistan won the bronze medal after edging out Korea 6-3 in the third-fourth place play-off match earlier in the day.

For India's new chief coach Marijne Sjoerd, it was perfect start to his stint as the Asia Cup was his maiden tournament in charge of the senior national side.

Today's win was India's second victory over Malaysia in the tournament, having beaten them 6-2 in the Super 4s stage.

For Malaysia, it was their best result in the tournament. They had earlier won the bronze in the 2007 edition of the event in Chennai.

Highlights

  • India's ten-year wait for the continental title ended on 22nd Oct 2017
  • India beat Malaysia 2-1 to win the 10th edition of the Asia Cup–their third title overall
  • India won the tournament twice before in 2003 and 2007 editions.


10)   Which game sees the inclusion of red cards for a foul on the field?
- Published on 17 Oct 17

a. Football
b. Cricket
c. Ice skating
d. Both a and b
e. All of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Both a and b

Explanation:
The International Cricket Council's (ICC) revamped playing rules, which came into effect from September 28, will bring about some interesting changes in the way the sport is played.

However, the ongoing India-Australia limited-overs series will continue to be played as per the old rules.

All of these rules will come into effect from the two upcoming Test series - when South Africa host Bangladesh and Pakistan take on Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates.

Another rule which will surely challenge the skills of batsmen is the restriction on the dimensions of the bat, since the massive pieces of willow which have made even mishits go for maximums will be a thing of the past, making timing and skill that much more important.

There will also be changes to the Decision Review System (DRS). The playing conditions will now incorporate the relevant clauses from the MCC Laws of Cricket (2017 Code), meaning that all the playing regulations will be captured in one document for each format.

To maintain the balance between bat and ball, the size of the edges of the bats as well as their thickness will now be restricted.

The restriction on the length and width of bats remain unchanged but the thickness of the edges can't be more than 40mm and the overall depth can be 67 mm at the most.

Umpires will be issued with a new bat gauge, which they can use to check a bat's legality.

In a new playing condition pertaining to players' conduct, a player can now be sent off the field for the rest of the match for any serious misconduct through a red card.

"Threatening to assault an umpire, making inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with an umpire, physically assaulting a player or any other person and committing any other act of violence all constitute Level 4 offences.

Also, in the new the DRS rules a review will now not be lost in case of a decision that remains unchanged, solely as the result of an 'umpire's call'.

As for DRS in Test matches, there will be no more top-up reviews after 80 overs of an innings, meaning that there can only be two unsuccessful reviews in each innings, while the DRS will now also be allowed to be used in T20Is."

An important change with respect to run-outs is that if a batsman is running or diving towards the crease with forward momentum, and has grounded his/her bat behind the popping crease but subsequently lost contact with the ground at the time of the wickets being put down, the batsman will not be run out.

The same interpretation will also apply for a batsman trying to regain his/her ground to avoid being stumped.

For boundary catches, airborne fielders making their first contact with the ball will need to have taken off from within the boundary, otherwise a boundary will be scored.

Besides, a batsman can now be out caught, stumped or run out even if the ball bounces off the helmet worn by a fielder or wicket-keeper.


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