Indian shooter Ankur Mittal clinched the individual as well as the team gold medal in men’s double trap at the 7th Asian Shotgun Championship in Astana, Kazakhstan on Saturday.Mittal shot 71 in the six-man final to finish at the top of the podium.With scores of Sangram Dahiya (43) and Mohammad Asab (34) added to Mittal’s final total, India managed to bag the top prize in the team event too.In the individual event, Dahiya finished fourth, while Asab had to be contend with the fifth position.Mittal, a World Cup gold medallist, shot 137 in the qualification and was behind topper Dahiya (140) as well as Asab (138).Mittal had won a gold medal at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup in Acapulco, Mexico, earlier this year. Before that, he had bagged a silver in season’s inaugural World Cup in New Delhi.UAE’s Khaled Alkaabi (70) won the silver in men’s double trap event, while Saif Alshamsy (53) finished with the bronze.
Argentina are on the brink of elimination from the FIFA World Cup 2018 after suffering a humiliating 3-0 against Croatia in their Group D encounter in Nizhny Novgorod on Thursday.The result left Lionel Messi’s team absolutely stunned as Croatia stormed into the round of 16 with Ante Rebic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic scoring once each for the winners.Croatia carefully plotted Argentina’s downfall in this match and it all started in the 53rd minute when Rebic capitalised on a huge mistake from the opposition goalkeeper Caballero to put his team ahead.Rebic’s strike was also Croatia’s first shot at goal in the second half.Argentina tried very hard to fight back from the early goal in the second half but couldn’t convert any of their chances into goals.Croatia took full advantage of the fledgling Argentine defense with Modric doubling the lead in the 80th minute with a stunning goal which beating Caballero all ends up.Hey #CRO fans,We sorted out a new wallpaper for your phone #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/snhBzFSGj9FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 21, 2018Messi’s Barcelona teammate Rakitic then finished the job and put the game beyond Argentina’s reach in injury time to take Croatia through to the knockouts.This was Argentina’s heaviest defeat in the first round group stages of a World Cup tournament since losing 1-6 to Czechoslovakia in 1958.Teams qualified so far: #RUS #URU#FRA #CRO #WorldCup#ARGCRO pic.twitter.com/u3MuGO9Sc8FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 21, 2018It was also the first time that Croatia progressed past the World Cup group stages since their third-placed debut in 1998advertisementTwice champions Argentina face a struggle to reach the last 16 even with Lionel Messi in their ranks after taking one point from their first two games. Croatia top the group with six.Argentina has won two World Cups – the last in 1986 – but has not won any major title in 25 years. It lost the World Cup final to Germany four years ago in Brazil.They have only one point from two games so far and will next face Nigeria on Tuesday in St. Petersburg.The burden of pressure weighed heavily on Argentina as they battled to get into the contest, throwing on three attacking substitutes after conceding the first goal but allowing their frustrations to boil over as they failed to make any impact.Lionel Messi, facing yet another failure at international level, had little influence on the game as Argentina created one chance in the second half when Maximiliano Meza had a 64th minute effort stopped on the line by keeper Danijel Subasic.The first half presented both teams with chances to grab the lead. On the half hour, Enzo Perez missed with an effort inside the Croatia penalty box, putting his shot wide after a defensive mix-up presented him with a chance right in front of goal.Two minutes later, at the other end, Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic was guilty of similar profligacy as he ghosted in late onto a cross-goal ball but steered his diving header off target.Croatia found their scoring touch after the break, though, to join hosts Russia, Uruguay and France as the qualified teams.(With Reuters inputs)
Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Brighton & Hove Albion Premier League Reuse this content Newcastle United Share via Email Match previews Topics Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Last season’s Championship top two have enjoyed similar fortunes in the Premier League, with both starting well before fading and then steadying themselves with a victory just before Christmas. Newcastle, only one point above the bottom three at the start of the weekend, will climb above Brighton if they repeat their 2-0 victory from the last time they faced Chris Hughton’s side at St James’ Park. Rich FlowerKick-off Saturday 3pm Venue St James’ ParkLast season Newcastle Utd 2 Brighton 0 (Championship)Referee Anthony TaylorThis season G13, Y52, R0, 4 cards per gameOdds H 6-5 A 3-1 D 9-4Newcastle UtdSubs from Woodman, Clark, Dummett, Murphy, Diamé, Gayle, Aarons, Haïdara, Saivet, Merino, HaydenDoubtful Hayden (match fitness)Injured Lejeune (foot, 1 Jan), Mitrovic (back, 6 Jan), Elliot (hip, unknown), Gámez (ankle, unknown)Suspended NoneForm LLLLWLDiscipline Y31 R2Leading scorers Gayle, Joselu 3BrightonSubs from Krul, Maenpaa, Hünemeier, Rosenior, Schelotto, Goldson, Bong, Kayal, Skalak, Murphy, Brown, Baldock, Izquierdo, MurrayDoubtful NoneInjured Sidwell (back, unknown)Suspended NoneForm LLLDWLDiscipline Y27 R0Leading scorer Murray 5 news