Vignesh Dakshinamurthy scored a stunning goal to set up Mumbai City FC’s 2-0 win over Hyderabad FC in an Indian Super League match here today. Vignesh’s acrobatic 38th-minute strike gave Mumbai the lead. A free-kick was diverted into the path of the onrushing Vignesh, who volleyed the ball into the net for one of the best goals of the season. Adam Le Fondre put Sergio Lobera’s side further ahead in the 59th minute as Hyderabad tasted their first defeat of the season. In the other match of the day, Kerala Blasters and East Bengal played out a 1-1 draw.
New Zealand beat Pakistan by 9 wickets in 2nd T20
Opener Tim Seifert carried his bat for 84 in an unbroken 129-run partnership with Kane Williamson to steer New Zealand to a nine-wicket win over Pakistan in the second T20 International and an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Williamson finished 57 not out as New Zealand overtook Pakistan’s total of 163/6 with four balls to spare. Earlier, veteran Mohammad Hafeez was left unbeaten on 99, his highest score in 98 T20 Internationals, as Pakistan again fell short of a challenging total.
Gaurav Gill wins Round 2 of Indian National Rally C’ship
Three-time APRC champion Gaurav Gill claimed the Arunachal leg of the Champions Yacht Club-FMSCI Indian National Rally Championship, winning the Round 2 comfortably here today. The JK Tyre driver had recorded a stellar victory in Round 1.
Ministry approves inclusion of four indigenous games
The Sports Ministry has approved the inclusion of four indigenous sports, including Gatka and Kalaripayattu, in the Khelo India Youth Games, scheduled to take place in Haryana next year. The other two games are Thang-Ta and Mallakhamba.
Lyon beat Nice 4-1 to go top in French league
Lyon showed just why they are the contenders to be reckoned with by winning at Nice 4-1 to go to the top of the French league and stretch their unbeaten run to 13 games. The slick strike force of Memphis Depay, Tino Kadewere and Karl Toko Ekambi proved too much for Nice as Lyon moved one point ahead of Lille and two clear of Paris Saint-Germain.
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Canelo Alvarez unanimously outpointed previously undefeated Callum Smith to win the WBA & Ring super-middleweight championships and vacant WBC super-middleweight title. Alvarez (54-1-2, 36 KOs) dominated his only bout this year, repeatedly hitting Smith (27-1, 19 KOs) with straight rights and right hooks to the head over 12 rounds. Two judges scored the bout 119-109 and the third had it 117-111. At 5-foot-8, Alvarez was the aggressor against the 6-foot-3 Smith. Alvarez previously knocked out Callum’s older brother, Liam, in 2106. Many speculated Callum wanted revenge for the ninth-round knockout, but Alvarez dominated the younger Smith as well. Agencies