1) Indian Super League begins: The new order in Indian football announced its arrival with a bang on Sunday! With its exciting freshness, well-packaged avatar and a never-seen-before razzmatazz, the mass entertainment of Bollywood and football, riding on Indian cricket's shoulder, descended on the illuminated Salt Lake Stadium to set the ball rolling for Indian Super League. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee started the proceedings. And it was left for Nita Ambani, chairperson of the ISL, to strike the right chord when she officially opened it before the world. Atletico de Kolkata won the opening match against Mumbai City FC.
2) Bryans achieve ‘Masters Slam’: American twins Bob and Mike Bryan added another accolade to their lengthy resume after taking the Shanghai Masters men’s doubles title on Sunday to become the first pair to win all nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments. The 35-year-old siblings defeated French Open champions Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-2, 7-6(3) to take an unprecedented 101st career title in their 152nd final.
3) Cyclone Hudhud hits parts of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha: Cyclone Hudhud, which made a landfall in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday, lost its intensity by evening as it moved further 60km northwest of Visakhapatnam, India Meteorological Department said. The cyclone hit the port city of Visakhapatnam on Sunday bringing with it torrential rains in three coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh and leaving five persons dead in the state and neighbouring Odisha besides snapping power and communication lines.
4) Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram clinched Dutch Open, bags maiden Grand Prix: Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram on Sunday notched up the biggest triumph of his career by clinching USD 50,000 Yonex Dutch Open Grand Prix badminton tournament. The 27-year-old Bangalore-based player defeated Indonesia's Ihsan Maulana Mustofa 10-11, 11-6, 11-7, 1-11, 11-9 in the men's singles final which lasted 46 minutes to bag his maiden Grand Prix title at the Topsportcentrum Almere.
5) Kevin-Pietersen launched his autobiography named 'KP': Maverick England discard, Kevin Pietersen, who has had a turbulent time with the England team management,admits that meeting Rahul Dravid in India was a blessing, and has praised the former Indian legend in shaping up his batting technique. Pietersen, who recently launched his book 'KP', says an e-mail by Dravid on tackling his weakness against spin bowling, helped him immensly and brought to light his batting flaws. "Rahul was a great and heroic Indian batsman in his day. He is also a genius at dealing with spin bowlers. Our conversations and emails were a private master class from a genuine guru.Rahul improved my cricket and helped me develop the way I think about the game. His generosity will stay with me always," said Pietersen about Dravid.
6) India to host Asia Cup archery: India has been allotted the inaugural leg of the Asia Cup world-ranking archery tournament early next year. The Asia Cup, which will replace the Asian GP, will be held on the format of the annual World Cups and fetch valuable ranking points for the archers. According to a top Archery Association India (AAI) official, the first leg will be conducted in Delhi in the second week of January. The second and third legs have been allotted to Bangkok (March) and Tehran (June).