India hold nerve to enter Jr World Cup final after 15 years

Lucknow , Dec 16 (PTI): Favourites India came from a goal down to pip Australia 4-2 via shootout in a thrilling contest and enter the final of the men's Junior Hockey World Cup after a hiatus of 15 years in front of a packed Major Dhyan Chand Astroturf Stadium...

India v England: Karun, Jayant are products of successful A team, says MSK Prasad

NEW DELHI, Dec 21 (PTI): Chairman of selectors MSK Prasad airs his views with a lot of clarity and one has to believe him when he says his committee had conviction in Karun Nair and Jayant Yadav's abilities, calling them the "true blue" products of a successful 'A' team...

Indian cricket will do well under retired judges: Anurag Thakur

New Delhi, Jan 2 (PTI): Anurag Thakur, who was on Monday sacked as president of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for obstructing Lodha panel reforms, took a subtle dig at the Supreme Court’s order saying that if the apex court feels the cricketing body will do...

Gujarat chasing history against mighty Mumbai

Indore, Jan 9 (PTI) A gritty Gujarat eyeing their maiden title will pose a stiff challenge for record champions Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy final, beginning at the Holkar Stadium here tomorrow. Both Mumbai and Gujarat go into the title clash in high spirits, having overcome a fighting Tamil...

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...

Lodha committee reforms should have come 50 years ago: Bedi

JAIPUR, Jan 23 (PTI): Former cricketer Bishan Singh Bedi on Monday said that all things nasty in cricket administration over the last few decades were by "design" and the reforms suggested by the Lodha committee should have been brought in 50 years ago. "The reforms in Indian cricket administration should...

Mukund returns after five years, Saha replaces Patel for one-off Bangladesh Test

NEW DELHI, Jan 31 (PTI): Tamil Nadu opener Abhinav Mukund was on Tuesday recalled after nearly six years as a back-up opener in the 16-member Indian Test squad for one-off Test against Bangladesh, starting February 9. The selection committee meeting was delayed by six hours after the new Committee of...

Australia in India: Smith, Marsh hit tons to put India A attack to the...

MUMBAI, Feb 17 (PTI): India A bowlers were largely ineffective, allowing Steve Smith and senior batsman Shaun Marsh to strike comfortable hundreds as Australia started their Test tour in impressive fashion in the three-day warm-up game, here on Friday. Riding on the two batsmen's centuries before both were retired out,...

Kohli, Ashwin unmoved in ICC Test rankings even after dismal show in Pune

Dubai, Feb 26 (PTI): Captain Virat Kohli remained the highest-placed Indian batsman at second, while off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin held on to his top position in both the bowlers' and all-rounders' list of the latest ICC Test rankings issued on Sunday. The Indian team, which lost the opening Test in Pune...

I’m pleased to get wicket of ‘head of snake’ Kohli: Lyon

BENGALURU, Mar 4: Australia's star performer Nathan Lyon is pleased to have bagged the prized wicket of 'head of the snake' Virat Kohli but pointed out that the Indian skipper perished due to his own mistake on the first day of the second Test, in Bengaluru, on Saturday. Off-spinner Lyon,...

Sania-Strycova ease into Indian Wells quarterfinals

INDIAN WELLS (US), Mar 12 (PTI): Sania Mirza and her Czech partner Barbora Strycova stormed into the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open 2017 tennis tournament with a straight-set win over their opponents in the women's doubles. The Indo-Czech pair beat Sara Errani of Italy and Alicja Rosolska of Poland...

Manchester City Charged With Failing To Control Players: FA

LONDON, Mar 21 (AFP): Manchester City face a charge of failing to control their players by the Football Association for their surrounding the referee Michael Oliver when he awarded a penalty in the 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Sunday. Oliver, the same referee who was surrounded by Manchester United players...

Foul-mouthed Messi banned for four Argentina games

Zurich, Mar 28 (PTI/AFP): Barcelona star Lionel Messi was suspended for four Argentina matches by FIFA on Tuesday for swearing at an assistant referee. Messi was found guilty of "having directed insulting words at an assistant referee" in the World Cup qualifier against Chile last Thursday which Argentina won 1-0...

IOC denies covering up 2008 Olympic doping cases

LAUSANNE, Apr 03 (AFP): The IOC denied Monday that it covered up doping cases from the 2008 Beijing Olympics after a German TV program revealed that positive tests by Jamaican sprinters were not prosecuted. German documentary maker Hajo Seppelt said "several" of the Caribbean island's athletes had traces of clenbuterol,...

IPL 2017: Glenn Maxwell fires KXIP to six-wicket win over Pune Supergiant

INDORE, Apr 8 (PTI): Captain Glenn Maxwell led from the front with a quickfire knock to fashion a six-wicket win for Kings XI Punjab in their Indian Premier League opener against Rising Pune Supergiant here on Saturday. Maxwell made short work of the 164-run target by blasting 44 off just...

Champions League: Ronaldo hits 100th European goal as Real Madrid outclass Bayern Munich

MUNICH, Apr 13: Cristiano Ronaldo netted his 100th European goal to give holders Real Madrid a 2-1 comeback win at 10-man Bayern Munich. "It was an important step in the tie, but there is still the return to come against a great team that is one of the favourites...

Badminton rankings: Sindhu in top three, Praneeth achieves career-best 22

NEW DELHI, Apr 20: Olympic medallist PV Sindhu climbed up two places to go to the third spot in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings released on Thursday. Sindhu's surge in rankings came after she made a quarter-final finish at the Singapore Open Superseries, where she went down 11-21,...

Success, off-field storms make 2015 eventful for Indian hockey

New Delhi, Dec 24 (PTI): On-field achievements often jostled for space with off-field drama as Indian hockey endured a rollercoaster year during which the players scripted historical feats but coach Paul van Ass’ acrimonious ouster and Gurbaj Singh’s suspension created its share of storm. While the women team’s return to...

Over 110 athletes at State Karate C’ship

Mumbai , Dec 30: Karatenomichi World Federation Japan Karate Academy globally referred as KWF INDIA conducted its 3rd Maharashtra State Karate Championships in Mumbai on 27th Dec 2015 under the astute leadership of its Chief Instructor and Director Shihan Sachin Chavan – 6th Degree Black Belt and a renowned...

Serena Williams out of Hopman opener with swollen knee

Perth, Jan 04 (PTI): World number one Serena Williams suffered an early season injury setback today as she withdrew from her opening Hopman Cup tie with inflammation in her knee. Williams, 34, was scheduled to play Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina in the women’s singles on Monday morning in Perth, Australia,...

Rooney’s late winner is cold comfort for lacklustre United

MANCHESTER, Jan 10 (AFP): Wayne Rooney's stoppage-time penalty spared Manchester United's blushes as they narrowly avoided FA Cup third round embarrassment with a 1-0 win over Sheffield United on Saturday. United, 11-times winners of the FA Cup, had only once before lost to lower league opposition in 37 ties in...

Indian shuttlers can win two medals in Rio Olympics: BAI chief

New Delhi, Jan 16 (PTI): With the profile of Indian badminton surging in recent years, the governing body of the sport in the country, BAI is hopeful of winning at least two medals by the country's shuttlers in the Olympic Games later this year. Top shuttler Sania Newhal bagged a...

Indian shuttlers enter second round of Malaysia Masters

Penang (Malaysia), Jan 20 (PTI): Indian shuttlers including P V Sindhu and K Srikanth made a rousing start to the new season, reaching the second round of the USD 120,000 Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold here today. Sindhu, Srikanth, Ajay Jayaram, Subhankar Dey, B Sai Praneeth and Sameer Verma outclassed...

PCB gaffe deprives youngster of 50,000 cash prize

Lahore, Jan 27 (PTI): In a gaffe, the PCB announced a cash reward of Rs 50,000 for a left-arm Pakistani pacer, who bagged five wickets in the semi-final of the national one-day championship here, only to retract the prize saying it was meant for the final match. At the Gaddafi...

Sehwag joins Kings XI Punjab as mentor for IPL season 9

New Delhi, Feb 01 (PTI): Former India opener Virender Sehwag was on Monday appointed mentor of the Kings XI Punjab team for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL). In his new role, Sehwag will work closely with head coach Sanjay Bangar and would be responsible for guiding and motivating the...

Sachin bats for safer Indian roads

New Delhi, Feb 7 (PTI): Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar today launched a road safety campaign saying that like batting in the middle, a partnership is needed between the vehicle drivers and pedestrians to make the dangerous Indian roads safer. “It is extremely sad, the amount of lives we...

India eye series win in Vizag

Visakhapatnam, Feb 13 (PTI): Buoyed by an overwhelming victory in the previous game, a resilient India would look to continue the momentum and seal off their second successive T20 series win when they take on Sri Lanka in the third and final Twenty20 International, here tomorrow. India shrugged off their...

Dhawan supports hoisting national flag at universities

New Delhi, Feb 19 (PTI): Indian cricketer Shikhar Dhawan today supported the Union Government’s move to hoist national flag on the campuses of all 46 Central Universities in order to instill nationalism and pride in students. “My take is simple. It (flag) should be unfurled at the Universities. It (flag)...

Two seasons a year will popularise kabaddi: Screwvala

Mumbai, Feb 27 (PTI): Ronnie Screwvala, owner of Pro Kabaddi League franchise U Mumba, supported the League taking place twice in a calendar year, saying it’s the right way to promote the game among the youngsters. “Kabaddi cannot become popular if we have a six-week event and then a...

India wins two golds in World TT Team Championship

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 5 (PTI): Indian men’s and women’s team scripted history by clinching the gold medals at the World Table Tennis Team Championship with superb victories over Luxemburg and Brazil respectively here on Saturday. Indian eves beat Luxemburg 3-1 in the event final of the Second Division, while their...
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