Saina advances to Malaysia Masters semis, Jayaram loses

SARAWAK (Malaysia), Jan 20 (PTI) : Former World No 1 Saina Nehwal stayed on course for the women's singles title at the season-opening Malaysia Masters after she advanced to the semifinals of the $120,000 Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament here on Friday. London Olympics bronze medallist Saina dished out a...

India v England, 3rd ODI: Yuvraj spends time with children afflicted with cancer, autism

BHUBANESWAR, Jan 20 (PTI): Before leaving for Kolkata for the third ODI against England, star cricketer Yuvraj Singh on Friday spent time with children afflicted with cancer and autism at a hotel here. Yuvraj, who entertained scores of cricket lovers with his explosive innings at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack yesterday,...

Vintage Federer floors Berdych in 90 minutes

MELBOURNE, Jan 20 (AFP): Swiss marvel Roger Federer blitzed long-time rival Tomas Berdych in straight sets to storm into the fourth round with a vintage performance at the Australian Open on Friday. The 17-time Grand Slam champion, seeded 17th after an injury-hit 2016, downed the 10th-seeded Czech 6-2, 6-4, 6-4,...

Pumped-up Evans edges Tomic for best Slam showing

MELBOURNE, Jan 20 (PTI): British terrier Dan Evans savoured his best Grand Slam showing with a tenacious straight-sets win over local hope Bernard Tomic at the Australian Open on Friday. The pumped-up, 51st-ranked Evans eliminated Australia's last remaining men's contender in a 7-5, 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/3) win over the...

Dipa is exciting but I don’t need to attempt Produnova: Simone

NEW DELHI, Jan 20 (PTI/AFP): American gymnast Simone Biles, who pocketed as many as four gold medals at the Rio Olympics, has called Dipa Karmakar an exciting talent and a role model for the aspiring kids in India. Dipa had talked about her brief meeting with Simone during the 2016...

Saina Nehwal, Ajay Jayaram make winning start in Malaysia Masters badminton

New Delhi, Jan 18 (PTI) Saina Nehwal and Ajay Jayaram reached the last 16 of the season-opening Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament after notching up contrasting wins in the women’s and men’s section respectively on Wednesday. Top-seed Saina defeated Thailand’s Chasinee Korepap 21-9 21-8 in the first round....

Sania and Bopanna move to Australian Open 2nd with partners

Melbourne, Jan 18 (PTI): Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna made winning starts to their respective campaigns at the Australian Open with contrasting opening-round victories with their doubles partners, here today. Sania Mirza and Czech Republic's Barbora Strycova recorded a resounding 6-3 6-1 win over the British pair of Jocelyn Rae...

Fans left disappointed as most Indian players skip practice

Cuttack, Jan 18 (PTI): An excited crowd made a beeline at the Barabati Stadium but to their disappointment, captain Virat Kohli and most of the Indian players skipped the optional practice session on the eve of the second ODI against England here. Having checked in with less than 24 hours...

Kohli has showed signs of being a great leader: Rahul

Cuttack, Jan 18 (PTI) Opener KL Rahul today said India skipper Virat Kohli has already showed signs of being a "great leader" with his energy, passion and penchant for leading by example. Rahul heaped praise on his captain on the eve of the second One-day International against England at...

Chaudhuri upsets fourth seed to enter ITF Juniors quarters

Kolkata, Jan 18 (PTI): India's Vaidehi Chaudhuri blanked fourth seed from Thailand, Manchaya Sawangkaew, to enter the girls singles quarterfinals of the DKS ITF Juniors 2017 at Dakshin Kalikata Sansad courts here today. Chaudhuri looked confident from the very beginning as she overpowered the 4th seed and at the same...

Ashwin is MVP not just in India but in world: Whatmore

Chennai, Jan 18 (PTI) One of crickets most renowned coaches, Dav Whatmore today reckoned Australia will have their task cut out in the upcoming tour of India and called off-spinning all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin an asset. The 62-year-old Whatmore, who guided Sri Lanka to their only World Cup triumph in...

Ranji Trophy: Players give thumbs down to neutral venues

NEW DELHI, Jan 17 (PTI): The BCCI's move to have Ranji Trophy matches at neutral venues failed miserably in its first attempt, according to leading domestic players who say the idea did not work due to apathy of the host associations and poor planning. The BCCI had introduced the concept...

Got the benefit of batting alongside Kohli: Jadhav

PUNE, Jan 17 (PTI): Kedar Jadhav, who became an overnight star with a match winning hundred in the first ODI against England, says he got the benefit of batting alongside Virat Kohli, who is usually the prime target of the opposition bowlers. "Whenever you bat with Virat it always helps...

Upcoming series can’t be worse than 2013: Shane Watson

MELBOURNE, Jan 17 (PTI): Former all-rounder Shane Watson feels that Australia's upcoming tour of India can't go worse than the 2013 series when he alongwith three other cricketers were suspended for disciplinary breaches. "It really can't get any worse than what it was in 2013," Watson was quoted as saying...

Novak Djokovic lays down marker at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Jan 17 (PTI): Six-time champion Novak Djokovic doused big-hitting Spaniard Fernando Verdasco to win the opening match of his Australian Open title defence in Melbourne on Tuesday. The indomitable Serb second seed avoided a potential first-round exit against Verdasco, who knocked out Rafael Nadal in last year's first round. Djokovic...

Buoyant Bagan aim three win in a row before hitting road

Kolkata, Jan 16 (PTI): Debutants Minerva Punjab FC will have to play out of their skins to harbour any hopes of pulling off an upset against high-flying Mohun Bagan in a 3rd round I-League football fixture at the Rabindra Sarovar Stadium tomorrow. On the back of two home wins, Mohun...

Talking technique: Kohli on corrections post-England 2014

NEW DELHI , Jan 16 (PTI): Indian captain Virat Kohli feels that chinks in his technique apart from utter desperation to succeed in England led to a disastrous tour of 2014 post which, he not only worked on his mindset but also on his batting. In a chat with former...

Sports Minister inaugurtes Boxing Academy in Haryana

Rohtak, Jan 16 (PTI) Sports Minister Vijay Goel today inaugurated the National Boxing Academy, here today. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister lauded the role of Haryana government and the Sports Authority of India (SAI) in promotion sports and added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set a roadmap...

Sandeep stuns Rio Games champion to help Haryana post win

NEW DELHI, Jan 16 (PTI): Sandeep Tomar stunned Rio Olympics champion Vladimir Khinchegashvili to help Haryana Hammers defeat Punjab Royals 5-2 and register their fifth straight win in the Pro Wrestling League season two to top the table on Monday. With this win, Haryana Hammers remained unbeaten in the group...

Kohli, Jadhav hit magical centuries to script sensational win

Pune, Jan 15 (PTI) Skipper Virat Kohli smashed a majestic 122 while Kedar Jadhav conjured up a career-best 120 before India's lower middle-order held nerves to pull off an incredible three-wicket win over England in the first One-day International, here today. Kohli and Jadhav rattled up a sensational 200-run partnership...

Sports minister Goel inaugurates Khelo India competitions

NEW DELHI, Jan 15 (PTI): Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Sunday inaugurated the Khelo India National-level competitions for various sports for Under-14 and Under-17 children. The Delhi leg of the competitions, organised by Sports Authority of India, will include swimming, cycling and wrestling. The Minister also presented medals to the winners...

Indian hockey is back to top once again: Ashley Jackson

NEW DELHI, Jan 15 (PTI): Impressed by the resurgence in Indian hockey, British midfielder Ashley Jackson said the country seems to be back among the top with its recent performances. "I think it's safe to say with the senior team's performances over the past four years and the junior team...

Guardiola rocked as Everton crush Manchester City

LIVERPOOL, Jan 15 (PTI/AFP): Pep Guardiola suffered the largest league defeat of his managerial career as Manchester City slumped to a 4-0 loss against Everton on Sunday. Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas put Everton in control at Goodison Park before teenager Tom Davies scored his first goal for the club...

Gold for Neeraj as India women pugilists shine at Nations Cup

NEW DELHI, Jan 15 (PTI): Reigning national champion Neeraj (51kg) struck gold, while three others settled for silver medals as India's women boxers finished commendable 3rd at the 6th Nation's Cup in the Serbian city of Vrbas on Sunday. Haryana-girl Neeraj, who was competing in her maiden international tournament, defeated...

Azhar’s nomination for HCA top post rejected

Hyderabad , Jan 14 (PTI): Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin's nomination paper for the post of Hyderabad Cricket Association president was today rejected by the Returning Officer on the ground that he could not produce proof of BCCI lifting the ban imposed on him for his alleged involvement in...

Anirban Lahiri misses cut, Justin Thomas sets 36-hole record in Hawaii

Honolulu, Jan 14 (PTI): Anirban Lahiri was making his first appearance in 2017 after having finished third at CIMB Classic late last year. A birdie-birdie finish was not enough for Anirban Lahiri to make the cut at the Sony Open for the weekend as the Indian ace crashed out at...

Tearful Gilles Muller wins Sydney International for first ATP Tour title

Sydney, Jan 14 (PTI): An emotional Gilles Muller clinched a first ATP Tour title in his 17th year as a professional when he beat Briton Dan Evans 7-6(5) 6-2 to win the Sydney International on Saturday. The 33-year-old left-hander from Luxembourg had lost all five of his previous tour finals...

South Africa take 16 wickets to beat Sri Lanka, win series 3-0

Johannesburg, Jan 14 (AP): Wayne Parnell and Duanne Olivier damaged Sei Lankan batting line-up in the second innings as they shared seven wickets. South Africa’s fast bowling quartet rifled through 16 Sri Lankan wickets on the third day to wrap up an innings victory in the third test at the...

9 out of 16 DDCA directors sign in favour of new committee for cricket...

New Delhi, Jan 14: Beleaguered Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) on Saturday called an emergent meeting of its directors where 9 out of the 17 signed in favour of forming an interim committee, which will be tasked with implementing the Lodha Committee reforms in toto. Former DDCA president Sneh...

Amateur Arjun Prasad, Sujjan Singh earn Asian Tour cards

Bangkok, Jan 14 (PTI) Amateur Arjun Prasad and Sujjan Singh, who is on a comeback trail, were the only two Indians to grab the coveted the Asian Tour card for 2017 as both finished in tied 13th place at the end of the Asian Tour Qualifying School Final Stage...
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