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Franchises for Global Chess League get in position

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The Global Chess League (GCL), a joint venture between Tech Mahindra and FIDE, has confirmed the line-up of its six franchises and remaining key players for the inaugural edition, which will run from June 21 to July 2. The league will next hold a players’ draft, where franchise owners will select players for their respective teams.

The GCL aims to redefine the world of chess by bringing together the brightest stars in the game, including Viswanathan Anand, Ding Liren, Magnus Carlsen, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Hou Yifan, Kateryna Lagno and others, alongside distinguished franchise owners.

U SPORTS, Insurekot Sports (ISPL), Punit Balan Group, Triveni Engineering & Industries Ltd, Chingari App, and APL Apollo-led SG Sports are the franchises committed to propelling the chess revolution forward. The league will make its first bow at the Dubai Chess and Culture Club with the support of Dubai Sports Council.

Jagdish Mitra, Chairperson of the Global Chess League Board said, “With a cutting-edge broadcast reaching 600 million viewers in 160 countries, GCL will captivate new fans worldwide. We are delighted to have found the right partners to establish GCL’s strong presence across continents and look forward to creating a lasting legacy.”

  • U SPORTS, led by Ronnie Screwvala, renowned for its sporting successes in sports like Kabaddi, Table Tennis, and eSports in India, will make its international debut with the upGrad Mumba Masters team in the GCL.
  • Ganges Grandmasters are led by Insurekot Sports (ISPL), an entity owned by Suresh Kotak. It also owns the Pro Kabaddi League team & Ultimate Table Tennis League team, Puneri Paltan.
  • The Punit Balan Group will own the team Balan Alaskan Knights. The PBG has invested heavily across various sports leagues in India over the last two years.
  • Triveni Engineering & Industries Limited, one of the largest integrated sugar manufacturers in India and a leading player in engineering businesses around power transmission and Water & Wastewater treatment solutions, make their sports debut with Triveni Continental Kings.
  • Tech4Billion Group, the world’s fastest-growing social networking app Chingari, will make a bow in the sports business with Chingari Gulf Titans.
  • Rounding up the tally is APL Apollo-led SG Sports, one of India’s largest and most trusted building material company, who have named their team SG Alpine Warriors.

The annual GCL tournament will introduce a unique mixed-team format, wherein each of the six franchises will engage in a total of 10 matches played in a double round-robin style. In this exciting setup, the winner of each match will be determined through a best-of-six board scoring system, played simultaneously. The top two teams will proceed to the final, where the ultimate honour of being crowned the World Champion Franchise Team awaits.

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Emirates Dubai 7s set for 2024 edition – ARN News Centre

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Mark your calendars! The Emirates Dubai 7s, the three-day sports and entertainment festival, is set to return to the UAE on Friday, November 29, at The Sevens Stadium.

After record-breaking ticket sales, with over 560 teams comprising of over 6,000 players participating across five different sports tournaments on offer in 2023, fans and visitors can look forward to yet another exciting weekend of music alongside the rugby action on Pitch 1 and 2.

The 2024 edition will host an entertaining line-up of international artists and DJs, with a headline act on Saturday, November 30, as well as Sunday, December 1, this year, with extended music line-ups across all three days.

Dubai 7s will also deliver an amplified experience with additional entertainment stands and activations for children and young adults.

Participation in sports – Rugby, Netball, Cricket – is also growing at the festival, with the addition of a fitness competition, WODON3, for fitness elites as well as novice athletes looking to push their limits, and Rebound (Padel), with registration open at April 1 at 12:00 pm.

Organisers have announced that general admission and hospitality tickets and packages will go on sale later this year, with more details soon to be released online

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Andy Murray off to winning start in Dubai – ARN News Centre

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Monday, 26 February 2024 19:30

By ARN News Staff

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Andy Murray came back from a set down to defeat Denis Shapovalov in round one of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

The former world number one won 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 to register just his second victory in 2024.

Murray will face either fellow veteran Gael Monfils or French fifth seed Ugo Humbert in the next round.

Elsewhere, Botic van de Zandschulp caused the first upset of the tournament with a hard fought 7-6 7-5 victory over 6th seed Adrian Mannarino.

Meanwhile, American Sebastian Korda dropped just two games en route to a 6-0, 6-2 win over Pavel Kotov, and 7th seed Alexander Bublik overcame qualifer Tomas Machac 2-6, 6-3, 7-6.



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India pull off nervy chase to clinch test series v England – ARN News Centre

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Shubman Gill and Dhruv Jurel pulled off a nervy chase as India beat England by five wickets in the fourth test on Monday to claim an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.

Chasing a modest 192 for victory, India cruised to 84 for no loss with openers Rohit Sharma (55) and Yashasvi Jaiswal (37) giving them a flying start.

The English spinners, led by Shoaib Bashir (3-79), then engineered a collapse that left India reeling at 120-5 on the penultimate day of the see-saw contest.

Gill (52) and Jurel (39) combined in an unbroken stand of 72 for the sixth wicket to inflict on England their first series defeat under captain Ben Stokes and head coach Brendon McCullum.

“It has been a very hard-fought series. To come on the right side after four tests feels really good,” home captain Rohit said afterwards.

“I am really proud. A lot of challenges have been thrown at us but we responded pretty well.”

Needing 152 runs on day four with all 10 wickets intact, Rohit and in-form opener Jaiswal looked at ease on a pitch where the odd ball kept low.

Rohit smacked James Anderson over mid-on for a six to signal his attacking intent and Jaiswal, the leading scorer of the series, hit off-spinner Bashir for back-to-back fours.

Joe Root broke the stand in his first over when Jaiswal tried to slice him and Anderson dived full length at short third man to grab the edge.

Rohit duly brought up his fifty but could not soldier on.

Hartley drew the opener out of the crease with a flighted delivery and Ben Foakes whipped off the bails to effect the stumping.

India slumped to 100-3 after Bashir dismissed Rajat Patidar for a duck.

The spinner turned the match on its head after the lunch break when he dismissed Ravindra Jadeja and Sarfaraz Khan with successive deliveries.

Gill and Jurel shored up India defying tremendous pressure. There was a 30-over stretch during which they could not hit a single boundary.

It was only when their victory was in sight that Gill smashed Bashir for two sixes in three balls.

Jurel, whose first innings 90 dragged India back into the contest, was adjudged player-of-the-match in his second test.

“I think it was a great test match,” England captain Stokes said.

“There were so many ebbs and flows, and I’ve got to give so much credit to our spinners Tom Hartley and Shoaib Bashir for how they performed not only today, but during the whole test match.”

The fifth and final test is scheduled for Dharamsala from March 7.



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