Indian sports news wrap, April 22

Here are all the major updates in Indian sports on April 22.

Published : Apr 22, 2023 16:42 IST , CHENNAI - 4 MINS READ

The official logo of Premier Handball League.
The official logo of Premier Handball League. | Photo Credit: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

The official logo of Premier Handball League. | Photo Credit: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT


The Telangana and Andhra Pradesh franchise Telugu Talons announced its entry into the Premier Handball League (PHL) on Saturday. The team, owned by Abhishek Reddy Kankanala will compete in the inaugural edition of the PHL.

The Talons will be looking to put together a robust team at the PHL auction slated to be held at the Taj Lands End on Sunday in Mumbai.

Each team will select a squad consisting of 11 Indian players and three international players.

By investing in the Telugu Talons team, Abhishek Reddy aims to promote the sport and provide a platform for talented athletes to showcase their skills on a larger stage, while also supporting the development of the sports ecosystem in India. Abhishek is dedicated to expanding his diverse sports portfolio and contributing to the growth of the handball community, particularly in India.

“I am thrilled to venture into the world of handball and support these incredible athletes,” said Abhishek.

“Handball is an exciting and engaging sport, and I believe it has immense potential to grow in popularity, especially in India. I am committed to developing the Telugu Talons to compete at the highest level within the Premier Handball League and to bring a new sense of pride and accomplishment to the handball community, both nationally and internationally.”



Shubhankar misses cut in Japan in ISPS HANDA Championship in Japan

India’s Shubhankar Sharma scored an improved one-under 69 in the second round but still missed the cut at the ISPS HANDA Championship here on Saturday.

Sharma, who is coming back after a month-long lay-off, had two bogeys on the front nine of the course and three birdies on the back nine. Yet his first round two-over 72 meant he was one-over for two rounds and missed the cut, which fell at 2-under.

Sharma has now missed four cuts in his last four starts.

Aaron Cockerill heads into the fourth and final round of the 2023 ISPS Handa Championship with a one-shot lead after making a lightning-quick start on Saturday.


Lahiri 17th at Adelaide Liv event, Gooch leads at 10-under

FILE PHOTO: Anirban Lahiri in action at the LIV Golf Adelaide tournament.
FILE PHOTO: Anirban Lahiri in action at the LIV Golf Adelaide tournament. | Photo Credit: Getty Images

FILE PHOTO: Anirban Lahiri in action at the LIV Golf Adelaide tournament. | Photo Credit: Getty Images

India’s Anirban Lahiri shot three-under 69 to lie tied 17th as American Talor Gooch fired a flawless 10-under 62 to take the opening-round lead at the LIV Golf tournament.

Lahiri had five birdies against two bogeys in the event.

Gooch carded 10 birdies at the Grange Golf Club on Friday to be four shots clear of Englishman Richard Bland and South Africa’s Dean Burmester, who were in a tie for second place.



Barcelona Open: Bopanna-Ebden pair knocked out in semifinals

Rohan Bopanna and his Australian partner Matthew Ebden on Saturday went down to the Dutch-British duo of Wesley Koohlof and Neal Skupski in straight sets in the semifinals of the Barcelona Open, an ATP500 event.

Top-seeded pair of Koohlof and Skupski beat Bopanna and Ebden 6-4, 7-5 in an hour and 20 minutes.

Bopanna and Ebden have won Qatar Open and Indian Wells Masters this season and are fourth in the race for a place in the ATP Finals where the top eight pairs play.

- Team Sportstar

ATP, Munich: Yuki and Saketh lose semifinals

Yuki Bhambri and Saketh Myneni were beaten 7-6(4), 6-3 by Alexander Erler and Lucas Miedler in the doubles semifinals of the €630,705 ATP tennis tournament in Munich, Germany, on Saturday.

The Indian pair collected 90 ATP points and €9,330.

In the $25,000 ITF women’s event in Nottingham, top seeds Naiktha Bains and Maia Lumsden beat the second seeds Rutuja Bhosale and Ankita Raina in straight sets, in the doubles final.

€630,705 ATP, Munich, Germany
Doubles (semifinals): Alexander Erler & Lucas Miedler (Aut) bt Yuki Bhambri & Saketh Myneni 7-6(4), 6-3.
$25,000 ITF women, Nottingham, Britain
Doubles (final): Naiktha Bains & Maia Lumsden (GBR) bt Rutuja Bhosale & Ankita Raina 6-1, 6-4; Semifinals: Rutuja & Ankita bt Eliz Maloney (GBR) & Elena Malygina (Est) 6-3, 4-6, [10-8].

-Kamesh Srinivasan

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