Manoj appeals for PM’s intervention in boxing mess

NEW DELHI, Aug 28 : Bitter about the administrative mess which he feels cost him a medal at the Rio Olympics, pugilist Manoj Kumar says Indian boxing is on death bed right now and desperately needs intervention from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "I am sure that I would have won...

Davis Cup: India to host Spain under flood-lights

New Delhi, Aug 28 (PTI) In its endeavour to bring more fans to the stadium for watching the Indian Davis Cup team in action against formidable Spain, the DLTA has decided to conduct the World Group Play-off tie this month under flood-lights with singles matches starting at 5 in...

PM Narendra Modi hosts National Sports awardees

NEW DELHI, Aug 28 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday hosted the National Sports awardees, including Rio Olympics silver medalist PV Sindhu and bronze winner Sakshi Malik, at his 7 Race Course Road residence here. The PM greeted the athletes on the eve of the National Sports Day. Besides...

Dhyan Chand should have got Bharat Ratna ahead of Sachin’

NEW DELHI, Aug 28 (PTI): Former greats on Sunday revived the longstanding demand for Bharat Ratna to late hockey legend Dhyan Chand with some saying the "wizard" should have been given the honour ahead of cricketing icon Sachin Tendulkar. Former captains Ajit Pal Singh, Zafar Iqbal, Dilip Tirkey and Dhyan...

Rosberg eases to Belgian Grand Prix win, Hamilton third

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS (Belgium), Aug 28 (AFP): Nico Rosberg rekindled his bid for the drivers' world championship by steering his Mercedes to a convincing victory in Sunday's chaotic crash-hit Belgian Grand Prix, as Lewis Hamilton fought back to finish third. Rosberg's delight was reduced by his Mercedes team-mate Hamilton's damage-limiting and thrilling...

Sania wins Connecticut Open doubles title

NEW HAVEN, Aug 28: Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza received a confidence booster ahead of the US Open Grand Slam tournament beginning tomorrow with a doubles title victory at the Connecticut Open with Monica Niculescu of Romania here. Sania and Niculescu capped off their newly rekindled doubles partnership with their...

Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska wins Connecticut Open

New York, Aug 28: Agnieszka Radwanska held on for a 6-1, 7-6 (7/2) win over Elina Svitolina in Saturday's final of the WTA Connecticut Open, the last tune-up before the US Open. The top seed and world number four Radwanska claimed her second title of 2016 and the 19th of...

Now, O P Jaisha tests positive for H1N1, hospitalised

Bengaluru , Aug 27: Olympian O P Jaisha, who returned from Rio Olympics with fever and body ache last week, has been hospitalised after she tested positive for H1N1, two days after another athlete Sudha Singh was found to be suffering from the same disease. “Jaisha, who arrived in Bengaluru...

UEFA Best Player in Europe is Cristiano Ronaldo

Monaco , Aug 27: Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo won the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award after winning both last season’s Champions League and Euro 2016 with Portugal. Ronaldo, 31, received the accolade for the second time in his career after finishing ahead of Real team-mate Gareth Bale...

I take responsibility for Rio boxing campaign: Coach Sandhu

New Delhi, Aug 27 (PTI) He is ready to take "moral responsibility" for Indias medal-less boxing campaign in Rio Olympics but national coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu says the four-year-long administrative logjam cannot escape blame for all that has gone wrong with the once flourishing sport. "I am personally hurt...

Rosberg on pole for Belgian Grand Prix

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium, Aug 27: Nico Rosberg seized pole position for Sunday’s Belgian Formula One Grand Prix with a lap that was only just fast enough to guarantee him top spot at the end of a close-run qualifying session. The Mercedes driver lapped the 7-kilometer long Spa-Francorchamps circuit in one minute...

Qatar Football Association backs official after FIFA investigator seeks ban

DOHA, Aug 27: Qatar's Football Association said on Saturday it fully backed its vice president, Saoud Al-Mohannadi, a day after a FIFA investigator recommended he be banned from the game for at least 2 1/2 years over allegations of non-cooperation with an inquiry. A FIFA statement did not detail what...

Brazil court frees Ireland’s Mallon arrested in Rio Olympic ticket scam

SAO PAULO, Aug 27: A Brazilian court said on Saturday it has authorized the release of Ireland's Kevin James Mallon, a director of international sports hospitality company THG who was arrested on Aug. 5 for the alleged illegal scalping of Olympic tickets. Mallon was being held along with the former...

PM Narendra Modi announces task force to prepare for next three Olympics

NEW DELHI, Aug 26: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that his government would set up a task force to create a strategy to help sportspersons prepare for the next three Olympics. The task force would cover infrastructure, training and selection. PM Modi made the announcement at a Cabinet meeting...

Narsingh Yadav would have won the silver, claims WFI official

MUMBAI, Aug 26: Continuing to back dope-tainted wrestler Narsingh Yadav, a top Wrestling Federation of India official on Thursday claimed the 74kg freestyle wrestler would have clinched the silver medal had he taken part in the Rio Olympics instead of being banned for four years by the CAS. "Narsingh would...

USA a special market for cricket: Dhoni

Fort Lauderdale (Florida), Aug 26 (PTI): USA is a "special" market for cricket and there is no reason why the game can't be successful here, asserted captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on the eve of India's first international match on American soil. "As far as the facility is concerned, it is...

Sindhu to announce 1st endorsement soon, brand value soars

Hyderabad , Aug 26 (PTI): Indian badminton star P V Sindhu is set to announce her first corporate endorsement soon while experts estimate that her brand value has now surged by almost ten times to Rs 2 crore. Ramakrishnan R, co-founder and director of Baseline Ventures which manages Sindhu's brand...

Villarreal CF stint will help me to play better in ISL: Mandar

Panaji, Aug 26 (PTI): FC Goa midfielder Mandar Rao Desai today said that his two-week trial-cum-training stint with Spanish La Liga side Villarreal CF will help him a great deal during his team's campaign in ISL 3. FC Goa will leave for Brazil to have their pre-season training at Zico...

India Red crush India Green by 219 runs in Duleep opener

Greater Noida , Aug 26 (PTI): India 'Red' predictably completed the formalities polishing off the India 'Green' tail within half-an hour to win the inaugural Day/Night Duleep Trophy encounter by a comprehensive 219-run margin here today. Starting the day at 217 for 7, the Green brigade were all out for...

Indian, Windies stars look to rock US as ICC eyes new market

FORT LAUDERDALE, Aug 26 (PTI): Cricket will seek to reach out to the untapped American market when the sport's most followed practitioners, India, lock horns with the West Indies in their maiden international game in the US here on Saturday. The two Twenty20 Internationals over the weekend will be the...

Pink Test: Jury still out on sighting, no reverse or turn

Greater Noida, Aug 26 (PTI): Yuvraj Singh felt "it moved a bit more than SG Test" while Robin Uthappa's observations varied from "colour change" to "lack of reverse swing" as the first set of inputs on BCCI's much talked about 'Pink ball' Day/Night experiment came to the fore. While there...

Sakshi accorded grand welcome, presented Rs 2.5 crore cheque

NEW DELHI/ROHTAK, Aug 24 (PTI): Haryana today honoured its 'daughter' Sakshi Malik by appointing her as brand ambassador of the Prime Minister's flagship 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' campaign and presenting the Olympic bronze medallist a cheque of Rs 2.5 crore. A rousing reception in the capital, after the freestyle wrestler...

No issues as far as I’m concerned, says Rio 2016 Olympic marathoner Kavita Raut

New Delhi, Aug 24 (PTI): Marathon runner Kavita Raut today sought to steer clear of the O P Jaisha controversy, asserting that there was enough water for her during the gruelling marathon event in the Rio Olympics. Jaisha, the second Indian participant in the marathon race, stoked a controversy by...

Gender equality gap in sports reporting shrinking: Report

New Delhi, Aug 24 (PTI): P V Sindhu and Sakshi Malik became the first Indian women athletes to "clinch" victories at teh recently concluded Rio Olympics, while medals were "claimed" by men according to an analysis which indicates a narrowing of the gender equality gap in the reporting of...

International Weightlifting federation names 15 re-test doping failures

Beijing, Aug 24 (AFP): The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) on Wednesday disclosed the names of 15 past Olympians, including three Beijing 2008 gold medallists, who failed doping tests after their samples were re-analysed. The re-analysis programme was launched by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) focusing on Beijing 2008 and London...

Rio police say evidence links Hickey to ticket scam

RIO DE JANEIRO , Aug 24(AFP): Brazilian police said they have uncovered evidence linking the detained head of the Olympic Council of Ireland Patrick Hickey to a Rio Games ticket scam. Hickey, 71, also head of the European Olympic Committees and an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member, has been held...

Sports Ministry sets up enquiry to probe apathy in O P Jaisha’s case

New Delhi, Aug 23 (PTI): The Sports Ministry on Tuesday constituted a two-member committee to probe the allegations of official apathy levelled by marathon runner O P Jaisha, who claims to have been denied water refreshment during her event at the Rio Olympic Games. Jaisha, who finished 89th in the...

From Mary Kom to Sarita: Dronacharya Sagar is ‘Mentor’ to all

NEW DELHI, Aug 23 (PTI): MC Mary Kom's "sparring partner", "father figure" to L Sarita Devi during her 2014 Asian Games meltdown, this year's Dronacharya awardee in boxing Sagar Mal Dayal has been a man with many roles in his 10-year coaching stint with India's women pugilists. The 48-year-old little-known...

Post Rio debacle, Costantini returns to revive Indian TT

New Delhi, Aug 23 (PTI): Post the Rio Olympics debacle, the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) is hoping for a turnaround with the return of Italian Massimo Costantini, who takes charge as chief coach of the national team next month. It was first time that four players qualified for...

FC GOA extend Reinaldo’s contract, sign Subhashish

Panaji, Aug 23 (PTI): FC GOA have confirmed the contract extension of Brazilian forward Reinaldo Da Cruz Oliveira and signing of new recruit goalkeeper Subhashish Roy Chowdhury for Indian Super league 3. The Brazilian has re-signed with the club on the back of a successful season where he topped the...
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