Competitive Exams: Sports Current Affairs 2009 (Part 2 of 3)

Maradona fined and banned for foul-mouthed tirade (16th Nov 2009) FIFA's disciplinary body has dished out a two month ban to Argentina's coach Diego Maradona, punishing him for the tirade after this team grabbed a spot in the 2010 finals in South Africa. Apart from the ban effective from Nov 15 to Jan 15, 2010, the body also slapped a fine of 25, 000 Swiss francs ($24, 600) on the football legend.

Novak Djokovic wins Paris Masters (15th Nov 2009) Third-seeded Novak Djokovic scrambled to a 6 − 2, 5 − 7, 7 − 6 (3) victory over local favorite Gael Monfils to win the Paris Masters for the first time. The victory gave Djokovic back-to-back ATP Tour titles after his win over top-ranked Roger Federer in the Swiss Indoors final. The third-ranked Djokovic also beat World No. 2 Rafael Nadal in the semifinals in Paris and will be a strong favorite when he'll try to defend his title at the eight-man ATP World Tour Finals from Nov. 22 − 29 in London.

Bhupati and Paes exit Paris Masters in 2nd round (13th Nov 2009) Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi ended their campaign early in Paris Masters by making an exit in the second round with their partners. Fourth seeded Paes and Lukas Dlouhy of Czech Republic were beaten 7 − 6 (5), 4 − 6, 5 − 10 by American Travis Parrott and Australian Jordan Kerr.

Golden whistle for Indian Hockey umpire (10th Nov 2009) Satinder Kumar has become the first Indian umpire to get the golden whistle from the International Hockey Federation (FIH) for officiating in 100 matches. Satinder is the 29th international umpire to get the honor, Hockey India said in a statement. Satinder umpired in his 100th match at the ongoing World Cup Qualifiers in Invercargill, New Zealand yesterday.

American swimmer Peter Marshall beats own 50 backstroke world record at short-course meet (11th Nov 2009)

Peter Marshall of the United States has broken his own world record in the men's 50-meter backstroke at a short-course World Cup meet. Marshall won the race in 22.73 seconds, beating his previous record of 22.75 set in October in Durban, South Africa. It was the sixth world record set at the meet in Stockholm. Earlier American teammate Jessica Hardy broke her own world record in the women's 50 breaststroke, finishing in 28.96.

Australia win series against India (11th Nov 2009)

Australia won the One-day International series against India 4 − 2 after the seventh and inconsequential final match at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai was washed out due to cyclonic storm that hit the western coast. The possibility of the match being played was remote due to heavy downpour in the city.

Murray beats Youzhny to win Valencia Open tennis (8th Nov 2009)

Andy Murray won his sixth title of the season in his first tournament back from a wrist injury, beating Mikhail Youzhny of Russia 6 − 3, 6 − 2 in the Valencia Open final. Murray won 26 of 29 first-serve points as he improved his indoor record to 12 − 0 this season. Having saved two of three break points in the first set, Murray jumped out to a 4 − 0 lead in the second by dictating play from the baseline. He closed out the victory with an ace.

Pankaj Advani wins bronze in Asian Indoor Games (7th Nov 2009)

Pankaj Advani capped his Asian Indoor Games campaign by winning a bronze medal in the English Billiards singles'category. Advani blanked Myanmar's Kyaw 3 − 0 in the third place play off:

Indoor Asian Games: India win 2 gold on final day, end at 7th place (7th Nov 2009)

India claimed four medals, including 2 gold, on the final day of the competition to end the third Asian Indoor Games on a high. India ended the continental event on seventh position with 40 medals-six gold, nine silver and 25 bronze. M. C Mary Kom and Kavita Goyat won gold for India in the Asian Indoor Games on Wednesday. The other Indians in the final, Sarita Devi and N. Usha lost their respective bouts and had to contend with silver medals.

Schiavone wins women's Kremlin Cup final (26th October 2009)

Francesca Schiavone trounced Olga Govortsova 6 − 3, 6 − 0 Sunday to capture the women's final at the Kremlin Cup tennis tournament in Moscow. The Italian, the event's eighth seed, lost just 11 points the entire match, capping a week of avoiding the losses suffered by higher seeds in her second straight final.

Davydenko beats Nadal to win Shanghai Masters (20th October 2009)

Shanghai Nikolay Davydenko upset top-seeded Rafael Nadal 7 − 6 (3), 6 − 3 on Sunday to win the Shanghai Masters for his fourth title of the year. The sixth-seeded Davydenko broke decisively in the sixth game of the second set to collect his 18th career title. His flat ground strokes and angled winners denied the Spaniard a sixth title for this year and his first since the Rome Masters in May. Nadal had reached the semifinals at Beijing last week on his return to the tour. The winner of six Grand Slam tournament titles also was sidelined after the French Open for two months with tendinitis in both knees.

Australia wins Champions Trophy 2009 (6th October 2009)

Australia claimed their second successive Champions Trophy title in beating New Zealand by six wickets in the final at Super Sport Park in Centurion, South Africa. Australia had a huge fight on their hands at 2 − 6 against some inspired bowling, but Shane Watson again kept a cool head with his second successive unbeaten century to steer Australia (4 − 206) side past New Zealand's 9 − 200.

India wins Compaq Cup 2009 (14th September 2009)

India wins the Compaq Cup tri-series after defeating Sri Lanka in a nail biting encounter. Chasing a mammoth total, Sri Lankan showed brave face and reduced the defeat margin. After showing good batting performance, Indian was poor at fielding and bowling. They dropped couple of easy catches and missed run out chances. Finally managed to win by 46 runs.

Clisters Wins over Serena Williams in U. S Open (13th September 2009)

On match point in the USA Open semifinals, defending champion Williams was penalized a point for unsportsmanlike conduct. a bizarre, ugly finish that gave a 6 − 4, 7 − 5 upset victory to Kim Clisters. The match featured plenty of powerful ground strokes and lengthy exchanges.

England Win the Ashes Series 2009 (23th August 2009)

England has regained the Ashes. Australia's defiance ended with England completing a 197 run victory to spark loud scenes of celebration and jubilation at The Oval. Mike Hussey scored a dogged 121 as Australia lived up to their promise of having a crack at their history making target of 546 to win. But in the end they ran out of batsmen and England cut through the tension in south London to regain the urn surrendered in the whirl of an Ashes whitewash two years ago.

Sania Mirza clinches Lexington Challenger title (27th July 2009)

Sania Mirza defeated top-seed Frenchwoman Julie Coin 7 − 6 (7/5), 6 − 4 to lift the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Lexington Challenger title. With this win, she climbed up three places in the latest WTA singles rankings. She stands in the 80th place now. After the 2003 tournament, this was only the second Challenger title for her.

Roger Federer and wife are proud parents of twins (24th July 2009)

Federer's wife, Mirka gave birth to twin girls Myla Rose and Charlene Riva. The children are healthy along with their mother.

Sania & Sohrab exchange rings amid tight security (10th July 2009)

The Tennis star Sania Mirza exchanged rings with her childhood friend, Sohrab Mirza. The 22-year-old Hyderabad girl wore the ring that signified her engagement with 23 year old MBA Student Sohrab Mirza. The ceremony was graced by biggies like badminton player P Gopichand, Union Minister of State for Human Resource D Purandareswari, her husband and legislator D Venkateshawara Rao, Telugu film actor Vishnu and industrialist G V K Reddy. There was a tight security provided for the event nearly 50 policemen surrounded the Taj hotel.