Women’s WC: Mandhana, Raj Guide India to 35-Run Win Over England

LONDON, Jun 24: India women's cricket team launched their campaign at the ICC Women's World Cup with a comfortable 35-run win over England, riding on superb batting display by the top-order on Saturday. Put into bat, Smriti Mandhana struck a sizzling 90 off 72 balls in a dominating batting display...

Hockey World League: India hammers arch-rival Pakistan 6-1 in semifinals

London, Jun 24 (PTI): The Indian hockey team continued its domination of arch-foes Pakistan, handing them a 6-1 thrashing in a 5th-8th place classification match of the Hero Hockey World League (HWL) Semifinals here today. Goals by Ramandeep Singh (8', 28'), Talwinder Singh (25'), Mandeep Singh (27', 59'), and Harmanpreet...

Anil Kumble was impeccable in his role as coach, says CoA chief Vinod Rai

Mumbai, Jun 24 (PTI): Vinod Rai, head of the Committee of Administrators (CoA), today hailed Anil Kumble for his "impeccable" role as India coach and said they will ensure cohesion in the team. Kumble's reign as coach of the Indian team ended on a bitter note as he resigned from...

Focus on Yuvraj as India hope for rain-free 2nd ODI

Port of Spain, Jun 24 (PTI) Yuvraj Singhs patchy form and fear of inclement weather will be paramount when India take on the West Indies in the second One Day International, here tomorrow. The first ODI was abandoned after 39.2 overs with India reaching 199 for 3 when persistent...

Aditi makes a modest start in Arkansas golf on LPGA

Rogers (US), Jun 24 (PTI) Aditi Ashok opened with a modest one-under 70 to be placed T-53rd after the opening round of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship here. Aditi, who will figure in next weeks Major, the KPMG Womens PGA Championships, had four birdies against three birdies in the...

Junior Shooting World Championship: Anish wins gold with world record score

NEW DELHI, Jun 24 (PTI): Pistol shooter Anish shone bright as India bagged a gold and a silver on the opening day of the ISSF Junior World Championship Rifle/Pistol campaign in Suhl, Germany on Saturday. The 15-year old from Haryana won gold in the Junior Men's 25m Standard Pistol competition,...

Srinivasan set to represent TNCA at BCCI SGM

CHENNAI, Jun 24 (PTI): N Srinivasan will represent Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) at the BCCI's special general meeting to be held in Mumbai on June 26. TNCA's executive committee has nominated Srinivasan to be the association's representative at the meet, an official said. He would also attend the state associations'...

Hamilton takes 66th career pole in Azerbaijan

BAKU, Jun 24: Lewis Hamilton surpassed Ayrton Senna's career haul of 65 pole positions in Formula One as he edged Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas in a final lap shootout to secure top spot for Sunday's Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Hamilton banished memories of a dismal qualifying session in Baku last...

Eight-time champion Federer reaches 11th Halle final after beating Khachanov

HALLE (Germany), Jun 24: Top seed Roger Federer will challenge for a ninth Halle Open title against Alexander Zverev after reaching the Wimbledon warm-up event final with a 6-4 7-6(5) win over rising Russian talent Karen Khachanov on Saturday. The 18-times grand-slam champion, who captured the Australian Open, Indian Wells...

Focus on Yuvraj as India hope for rain-free second ODI against West Indies

PORT OF SPAIN, Jun 24 (PTI): Yuvraj Singh's patchy form and fear of inclement weather will be paramount when India take on the West Indies in the second one-day international, on Sunday. The first ODI was abandoned after 39.2 overs with India reaching 199 for 3 when persistent showers played...

Srikanth in semis; Saina, Sindhu bow out of Australia Open

SYDNEY, Jun 23: Newly-crowned Indonesia Open winner Kidambi Srikanth continued his rampaging run to advance to the men's singles semi-finals but it was curtains for P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal at the Australian Open Super Series, in Sydney, on Friday. In the all-Indian quarter-final duel between Srikanth and B...

Mary Kom bows out in quarter-finals

NEW DELHI, Jun 23: Five-time World champion M C Mary Kom bowed out with a shock quarter-final loss but India managed a reasonably good day with three men and one woman advancing to the semis of the Ulaanbaatar Cup boxing tournament in Mongolia on Friday. Mary Kom (51kg), who was...

Cilic, Muller move into Queen’s semi-finals

London, Jun 23: Marin Cilic set up a semi-final clash with Gilles Muller at Queen's Club as the Croatian powered to 6-4, 7-5 victory over Donald Young on Friday. Having lifted the Queen's trophy in 2012, Cilic fancies his chances of adding a second title as the highest ranked player...

Confederations Cup: Sanchez becomes Chile’s all-time top-scorer

Kazan, Jun 23: Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez became Chile's all-time top-scorer with his 38th international goal in Thursday's 1-1 draw with Germany at the Confederations Cup. The Gunners' star, the man of the match, wrote himself into the record books by capitalising on an early mistake in the German defence. "I'm very...

Federer beats defending champ Mayer to earn Halle semifinal

HALLE, Jun 23: Roger Federer defeated defending champion Florian Mayer 6-3, 6-4 to advance to his 13th semifinal at the Gerry Weber Open on Friday. Federer, an eight-time champion in Halle, hit 11 aces, saved both break points he faced, and converted two of his own to maintain his bid...

ICC Women’s WC: India meet formidable England in opener

LONDON, Jun 23: Mithali Raj has already made statements in and off the field, with a fine 85 against Sri Lanka in India's last practice match being followed by a strong telling-off of a reporter in the pre-tournament dinner. But those things are now all in the past as India...

No need of a coach if Kohli thinks he is the boss: Erapalli Prasanna

NEW DELHI, Jun 23: Former India off-spinner Erapalli Prasanna on Friday took a dig at Virat Kohli and said if the current skipper feels he is the boss of Indian cricket then the team can do without a coach. Prasanna sounded cynical in his response when asked about the rift...

Kumble-Kohli communication had stopped six months ago

New Delhi, Jun 21 (PTI) The BCCI top brass had an inkling that all was not well but they were taken aback when they came to know that captain Virat Kohli and chief coach Anil Kumble were not in talking terms for the "last six months". Another important thing...

I have moved closer to wrestling after marriage: Sakshi

MUMBAI, Jun 21: Rio Olympics bronze medal-winning wrestler Sakshi Malik wasn't fully prepared for last month's Asian Wrestling Championship, her first international event after the quadrennial games, she revealed on Wednesday. Sakshi, who married to fellow wrestler Satyawart Kadian post the Games, settled for silver in the women's 60kg class...

Srikanth, Saina, Sindhu advance at Australian Open

SYDNEY, Jun 21: Newly-crowned Indonesia Open champion Kidambi Srikanth and title-holder Saina Nehwal progressed to the second round with contrasting wins at the Australian Super Series in Sydney, on Wednesday. Olympic silver-medallist P V Sindhu and Singapore Open Champion B Sai Praneeth also entered the second round but it was...

Hockey World League

India will be keen to regroup JAKARTA, Jun 21: Jolted by a loss to the Netherlands, India would look to re-group quickly when it takes on Malaysia in the quarterfinal of the Hockey World League semifinal, here on Thursday. After registering three convincing wins against Scotland, Canada and Pakistan, India wasted...

Ronaldo heads Portugal to 1-0 win over Russia at Confed Cup

MOSCOW, Jun 21: Cristiano Ronaldo set aside his legal troubles to score the winning goal for Portugal on Wednesday in a 1-0 victory over hosts Russia in the Confederations Cup. Ronaldo headed Portugal in front in the eighth minute at Moscow's Spartak Stadium. The European champions struggled to kill off...

Pakistan’s participation in Asian Athletics in doubt

New Delhi, Jul 21 (PTI): Pakistan's participation in the Asian Athletics Championships, to be held in Bhubaneswar from July 6-9, remained uncertain as the government was yet to clear the visas of its contingent. With the deadline of making final entry of athletes having ended yesterday, athletes from neighbouring countries...

Dravid urges decisive call on Dhoni, Yuvraj’s role in team

NEW DELHI, Jun 20 (PTI): Time has come for India to take decisions with focus on the 2019 World Cup and that includes a call on the role of MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh in the current team, feels former captain Rahul Dravid. "It is a call that is got...

Anil Kumble steps down as India coach

NEW DELHI, Jun 20 (PTI): India cricket coach Anil Kumble on Tuesday stepped down from his position after a widely-speculated feud with captain Virat Kohli, marking a bitter end to a highly successful tenure. "The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirms that Anil Kumble has withdrawn his...

15-year-old boy killed in celebratory gunfire after Pakistan’s Champions Trophy win

KARACHI, Jun 20 (PTI): "Papa, I've been shot," were the last words of a 15-year-old boy who died after being struck by a stray bullet from aerial firing as frenzied celebrations rang across Pakistan over its cricket team's Champions Trophy triumph. As the nation celebrated Pakistan's victory over arch- rivals...

Champions Trophy 2021 in doubt, ICC mulls 2 WT20s in 4 years

London, June 20 (PTI) The next Champions Trophy scheduled in India could be scrapped to accommodate two World Twenty20 Championships in a four-year cycle, the International Cricket Councils CEO David Richardson has revealed. India, who hold the hosting rights for the next Champions Trophy in 2021, lost the title...

Confident India now eye Netherlands scalp

London , June 20 (PTI): India’s rampaging form would be put through a tough test when they take on world No.4 the Netherlands in their final Pool B match of the Hockey World League Semi-Final, today. India, ranked sixth in the world, are presently atop in Pool B with three...

Its a massive boost for Pakistan cricket: Mickey Arthur

London, Jun 19 (PTI) For a country that has not played international cricket at home against any top cricketing nation, the Champions Trophy triumph was necessary to "identify their heroes", feels Pakistans chief coach Mickey Arthur. The South African is hopeful just like his skipper Sarfraz Ahmed that this...

Pakistan jump to sixth place in ICC ODI rankings

DUBAI, Jun 19 (PTI): Pakistan today jumped two places to sixth in the ICC ODI team rankings following their title triumph at the Champions Trophy while the finalists India remained at number three. Pakistan leapfrogged Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to move closer to direct qualification for the 2019 World Cup,...
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