Mumbai: Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa emerged as unconquered king in the World Youth Chess Championship in Mumbai, claiming the gold in the Under-18 Open category on Saturday. The 14-year-old Grand Master from Chennai settled for a cautious draw in the 11th and final round against ValentinBuckels (Germany) to top the charts with nine points. He, however, will also have to thank compatriot, International Master Arjun Kalyan for achieving a crucial draw against top seeded Shant Sargsyan (Armenia). Praggnanandhaa would have been under pressure if Grand Master Shant had won. But Shant could not unravel a determined Arjun, allowing Praggnanandhaa to annex the title. The Championship ended on a high note for India, with six other medals, including three silver, coming their way. Only the Under-16 Girls category proved tough for India, although B M Akshaya gave a good account of herself. Akshaya lost the medal to Anousha Mahdian, sufferingan unexpected defeat to her in the final round. But Indian girls in the Under-14 segment compensated for it, with Divya Deshmukh and Rakshitta Ravi winning two medals. Top seed Womens International Master Divya, who seemed to be out of contention midway through the event, pulled off a well thought-out victory in the last round to clinch silver. Rakshitta too beat overnight leader Bat-Erdene Mungunzul on the top board to earn the bronze. Kazakhstan’s Meruert Kamalidenova, however, was the star of this category, registering five straight wins to clinch the gold. Fide Master L R Srihari (Under-14 Open) and Vantika Agrawal (Under-16 Girls) collected other two silver medals for India, playing out draws in their respective matches. Vantika had an outside chance of pocketing the gold, especially after top seed Polina Shuvalova (8.5) settled for a draw.Also Read | Earlier Padma Shri snub motivated me to do better: Harika Dronavalli, India chess grandmasterVantika, with eight points, however, couldn’t beat Alexandra Obolentseva of Russia, and finished half a point behind Shuvalova. Srihari (8), who was in contention for the gold at the start of the penultimate day, endured draws in the last two rounds to slip to the second position. S Maralakshikari won the bronze, after beating the surprise package of the championship, R Abinandhan. CM Aronyak Ghosh (8) claimed the other bronze for the country in the Under-16 Open category after drawing withIran’s Arash Daghli. He will, however, look back at the WYCC as a missed opportunity, after accepting a quick draw in the penultimate round. Winners: U18 Open: Praggnanandhaa R (IND) 9.0; Shant Sargsyan (ARM) 8.5; Artur Davtyan (ARM) 8.0 U18 Girls: Polina Shuvalova (RUS) 8.5; Vantika Agrawal (IND) 8.0; Alexandra Obolentseva (RUS) 7.5 U16 Open: Rudik Makarian (RUS) 8.5; Stefan Pogosyan (RUS) 8.0; Aronyak Ghosh (IND) 8.0 U16 Girls: Leya Garifullina (RUS) 8.5; Nurgali Nazerke (KAZ) 8.5; Anousha Mahdian (IRI) 8.0 U14 Open: Aydin Suleymanli (AZE) 9.0; Srihari L R (IND) 8.0; Sreeshwan Maralakshikari (IND) 8.0 U14 Girls: Meruert Kamalidenova (KAZ) 8.5; Divya Deshmukh (IND) 8.0; Rakshitta Ravi (IND) 8.0. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Wayne Gretzky is rooting for Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin to break his all-time goal scoring record. In an interview with the Associated Press’ Stephen Whyno, Gretzky is supporting Ovechkin’s chase of his goals record.”I can’t help but cheer and root for him each and every day,” Gretzky told the AP. “I hope I’m the first guy who’s able to shake his hand when he does break my record.” “We’ll see,” Ovechkin said. “I’m healthy, thank God, and I still love this game. As soon as I’m not going to love this game, I’m not gonna cheat on it because I respect it a lot.”Ovechkin isn’t thinking about the record amidst the COVID-19 pandemic that paused the 2019-20 season.”My mind right now is not about 50 goals or catch ‘The Great One’ or somebody else,” he said. “My mind right now is to do the best what I can do, and what my family can do to be safe.” Gretzky and Ovechkin conducted a joint interview for the first time and it will air on NBC Sports Network and Sportsnet on Monday. Ovechkin’s pursuit of “The Great One’s” record was among the topics discussed.MORE: April 18, 1999: Gretzky’s final NHL gameThe all-time goals scoring record is held by Gretzky at 894 goals with Ovechkin at 706 goals. What marvels Gretzky about Ovechkin is his longevity. Even at 34 years old, the Capitals forward is still putting up consistent numbers as Ovechkin is tied with Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak for the league-lead with 48 goals. The Hockey Hall of Famer doesn’t know whether Ovechkin will catch his record as the Capitals forward might desire to play in his native country.”Maybe one day in his mind he’ll say, ‘Look, I want to go home and play in the KHL (Kontinental Hockey League) when I can still compete at a high level,” Gretzky said. “We don’t know that. That’s his decision. But I think he loves playing in Washington, I think he loves the NHL and I think he’ll do everything he can at any point to chase down the record.”MORE: Can Ovechkin catch Gretzky?Gretzky said he was offered to play in the KHL following his NHL retirement but turned it down. He said Ovechkin is in a different situation since Russia is home for him.”All I remember was my mindset was there’s one league and if I’m not good enough for this league, I’m done,” Gretzky recounted. “I grew up, I’m an NHL guy and if I can’t play in NHL, that’s it for me. He’s (Ovechkin) probably in a different scenario. He grew up in Russia and he’s proud of his country and maybe it’ll be great for him to go home.”When asked about how much longer he wants to play during the joint interview, Ovechkin was mum pointing to his current contract that expires after next season.
:10 I told ya a couple of times and I’ll tell you again. It just doesn’t get any better than “Remember The Titans.” Denzel at his best! :09 Sorry Ladies I am gonna zone you out right here. Here’s your Top 10 sports movies of all time: 1. “When We Were Kings” (Ali vs. Forman), 2. “Remember The Titans” 3. “Raging Bull” 4. “Rocky I” 5. “Enter The Dragon” 6. “Bingo-Long and His Traveling All-Stars” (cause I was in it), 7. “Ali” (Will Smith) 8. “The Longest Yard” (the first one) 9. “Slap Shot” 10. “The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh. “Note: If you don’t like my list send me yours “Champion Enterprise, 412 Springdale Dr., Suite 33, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15235. :08 Venus and Serena are healthy and they’re back…that’s all you need to know.:07 Speaking of tennis, and I was. If you don’t know by now you’re doing yourself a dis-service if you haven’t taken your kids to the “free” Highland Park Tennis Association Tennis Clinics. Every Saturday morning at the Highland Park Tennis Courts all you have to bring is you. The racquets, balls and coaches are there for you…yea you…eight to 80. And it’s free…c’mon man! “Tennis Everyone.”:06 U.S. Ladies Soccer Team is playing and the Men’s Soccer Team lost to Mexico. That’s all I got. Oh shut-up…that’s two more things than you knew about soccer and you know it?:05 In case you haven’t noticed your Pittsburgh Pirates are for real. You take two out of three from the Boston Red Sox and you’re for real. A shout out to my man Chaz Kellum at the Pirates front office. Thanks for the support. Champions Nite at the game on July 5. Couldn’t have done it without you!!!:04 This is a big…huge…major shout-out to one of Pittsburgh’s finest and I do mean fine. To Michelle Goodman, my long time friend and supporter but more importantly one of Pittsburgh first ever Black models and was bad, broke down all kinds of barriers. Still showcasing her special talents by teaching others the fine art of being fine. If you want to step up your game on how to act, what to do, and where to do it, especially you athletes that can’t put a sentence together…sorry City League, if the ghetto fits just wear it! Hey I’m just kidding, lighten up a little, just having fun—ya’ll can read this though can’t ya??? Anyway call Michelle Goodman’s Studio at 724-656-0321 or the website www.image#1workshop.com or [email protected]—what’s up New Castle? Used to love hoopin’ with ya’ll in the summer back in the day with my main man Ron Hunt and the crew.:03 “Slade” and “Bump” still working on the team records for the Connie Hawkins League. Sit tight…I wanna get it right! I don’t want anybody to get cheated like I was. “The Don’s Forever.”:02 Hey ex-ballers, when you’re near the fire station on Homewood and Braddock stop in and say hi to one of the city’s great in-the-paint men and rebounders…why do you think they called him “Bump Lewis”!!!:01 If you’re reading this now you should be getting ready for the First Friday Par-Tay at the Club Health and Fitness Center in Monroeville this Friday July 1. Line Dancing starts at 8 p.m. Par-Tay goes on until 2 a.m. You must be 30 years and older. I.D. will be checked. Starring D.J. Ez-E…one of the city’s great old school D.J.’s. Cash bar, cash kitchen, $10 donation at the door benefits Champions 36th Annual Connie Hawkins Summer Youth Development Basketball League.“DOUBLE OVERTIME”:00 I said 36th Annual Connie Hawkins League mmmaaaannnn…and still doing it. But now with the middle school boys only. “Going back to the future…to work with the future! “Saving lives one child at a time!!!” Call me if you have a middle school player 412-628-4856.“GAME JUST STARTING” BILL NEAL