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Siya’s best moment is yet to come: Shreesh

BORN in a middle class family Siya Deodhar was an ordinary girl with extraordinary talent. From her childhood the frisky and perky-natured girl was always inclined towards sports. Her parents Shreesh Deodhar and Swati Deodhar recall Siya’s inclination towards sports. “From the very beginning Siya was always fascinated with games and she always had a sporting attitude. She was someone who would quickly grasp details of a game without much effort,” Siya’s father Shreesh told ‘The Hitavada’...

Gavaskar contributes Rs 59 lakh Pujara, Kashyap also join list of donors

THE legendary Sunil Gavaskar donated Rs 59 lakh, while Test regular Cheteshwar Pujara also made an unspecified contribution to the-CARES fund, joining the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic which has claimed over 100 lives in India. Pujara joined skipper Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, and Kedar Jadhav, who are among the current set of cricketers to make significant contributions. Among former players, Sachin Tendulkar is among the most notable contributors...

Aaditya has always been a very caring person, says mother Anushree

NOT age but experiences in life and understanding of small things make you a mature and responsible person. Some get those experiences sooner than others in life. Vidarbha’s India ‘A’ all-rounder Aaditya Sarvate, who was an important cog in the wheel of his team that spun back to back to Ranji Trophy and Iran Cup triumphs, is one person whose early encounters with some tragic moments in life acted as catalyst in his maturing early...

How parents’ time constraint ‘forced’ Shomira to become a cager

Little Shomira Bidaye wanted to tonk the cricket ball all over the park. But as life would have it, she landed in dunking the ball into the 12-foot or so high basket. Cricket’s loss was basketball’s gain. It was because of time constraints to the parents and not love for the game, that made Shomira Bidaye an acclaimed basketball player. Had her parents Dr Shivani Bidaye and Dr Shashank Bidaye not insisted Shomira to play basketball for “just a year”, today she might have been playing cricket for Vidarbha...

‘Let people write me off, I am preparing for 2021 Tokyo now’

“PEOPLE have this habit of writing me off every now and then but it does not affect me,” says veteran wrestler Sushil Kumar, quashing talk of retirement and insisting that postponement of Tokyo Olympics has given him a very good shot at qualifying for his fourth Games. The showpiece, originally scheduled for July-August this year, was expected to be a swansong for veterans such as Sushil and tennis ace Leander Paes. But the one-year delay seems to have caused a change of plans. Set to turn 37 next ..

Yuvraj pledges to donate Rs 50 lakh to PM-CARES

FORMER India star batsman Yuvraj Singh on Sunday pledged to donate Rs 50 lakh to the PM-CARES Fund to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Modi spoke to 49 sports personalities that included the likes of BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli, cricket great Sachin Tendulkar, badminton world champion PV Sindhu and chess legend Viswanathan Anand as he urged them to keep spreading awareness as the world fights the coronavirus pandemic...

One should respect Lakshman Rekha, says Kane

THE world is going through some tough times and all inhabitants must respect and obey certain rules if they are to survive this onslaught of nature, feels city’s noted athletics coach and mental trainer Bhau Kane. The deadly novel coronavirus has literally brought the earth to a standstill killing over 65,000 and affecting over 12 lakh in span of a few weeks. The virus has forced lockdown in many countries including India. “My advice to sportspersons is to continue with the conditioning and maintaining ..

PM reaffirmed my belief that we can’t let our guard down: Sachin

SACHIN Tendulkar on Friday said managing the period after April 14 would be crucial to how India fares in its battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, a belief which was shared by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a video conference with sportspersons. Tendulkar was among the 40-odd elite sportspersons with whom the had a one hour video call to discuss the prevailing situation which has claimed more than 50 lives in India with 2000 plus positive cases...

‘Players will not get marks if all India varsity games do not happen’

THE Government of Maharashtra has put off all exams for kids up to class eight and they will make it to next grade automatically. But there has been no such decision on students of junior and senior colleges. In absence of sports events due to lockdown, lack of sports marks might dent future of many sportspersons who are hugely benefited from these grace marks. “Most of the inter-university tournaments are over but for some events, about five of those, are still pending. We still don’t know if the ..

Electrifying Eels emerge champs

ELECTRIFYING Eels and Kool Kingfishers emerged champions in the sixth edition of the Raisoni Premier League cricket tournament. Boys champs Electrifying Eels, whi defeated Phytho Tuskers by two wickets in the final, won a huge cash prize of Rs 1,25,000. The runners-up team took home Rs 50,000 while the best girls squad won a purse of Rs 15,000. A host of individual prizes including the best batsman, best bowler and man of the series was also handed to deserving players...

Sindhu advances at All England Open Srikanth bows out

INDIAN badminton star PV Sindhu made a confident start at the All England Open, beating American Beiwin Zhang in straight games, but Kidambi Srikanth bowed out with a first round defeat on Wednesday. The sixth seed and world number six Sindhu got the better of the American, ranked eight places below her, 21-14, 21-17 in 42 minutes...

Shivpal books Tokyo berth

INDIAN javelin thrower Shivpal Singh has qualified for his maiden Olympic Games in Tokyo this year by breaching the qualification mark at an event. Shivpal became the second Indian javelin thrower after star athlete Neeraj Chopra to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. The 24-year-old Shivpal crossed the qualifying standard of 85m by hurling the spear to a distance of 85.47m in his fifth attempt to win gold in the ACNW Meeting at the McArthur Stadium late on Tuesday. “Shivpal Singh qualifies for #Olympics ..

Kaushik qualifies for Oly with box-off win

WORLD bronze-medallist Manish Kaushik (63kg) on Wednesday became the ninth Indian boxer to book an Olympic berth after winning a brutal box-off at the Asian Qualifiers as the country recorded its best ever qualifying numbers for the quadrennial showpiece. Kaushik defeated Harrison Garside 4-1 to make the cut for Tokyo 2020 after a draining showdown which left the Australian with a bloodied face and the Indian exhausted by painful hits to his ribs. It was a repeat of the 2018 CWG final, only this time, ..

Aus beat India to win 5th T20 title

ALL-ROUND Australia put on display a clinical performance to beat India by 85 runs and win their fifth T20 World Cup title in front of a packed home crowd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in the final on Sunday. After electing to bat first, Alyssa Healy (75) and Beth Mooney (78) slammed aggressive half centuries as the reigning champions posted 184/4 in 20 overs. Chasing a stiff 185 for victory, India were never in the chase and were skittled out for just 99 in 19.1 overs...

Rutuja bags KIUG bronze

SWIMMER Rutuja Talegaonkar became first sportsperson from the city to bag a medal in the inaugural edition of Khelo India University Games (KIUG) in progress in Bhubaneswar, Odisha on Sunday. The ace swimmer pocketed a bronze medal in the 400m freestyle event with a timing of 4 min 55.90 sec. Late last year, Rutuja became the first athlete from RTMNU to win four medals at any one single event...

Paes given a befitting farewell

INDIAN tennis legend Leander Paes, who played his last ATP event on home soil at Bengaluru Open, was felicitated by former Olympians and sports persons at the KSLTA Stadium on Sunday. Paes, who is playing his final year of professional tennis, and his Australian partner Ebden had lost to Indian pair of Purav Raja and Ramkumar Ramanathan in the men’s doubles final on Saturday...

Klopp shocked by UEFA’s decision to suspend Man City

LIVERPOOL manager Jurgen Klopp said he felt a sense of ‘shock’ after Premier League rivals Manchester City were hit with a two-season ban from European football. UEFA announced the sanction on Friday, with European football’s governing body punishing City for what it said were serious financial fair play breaches. City, who were also fined 30 million euros ($32.5 million), responded by saying they would appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)...

Edmund meets Andreas in final

BRITAIN’S Kyle Edmund found a second gear in the last game of the match to book his spot in Sunday’s final of the New York Open where he will face Italy’s Andreas Seppi. The eighth seeded Edmund roared to a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic in the semi-finals of the ATP Tour tournament. “This is great to be back in a final, playing the matches you want to be playing,” Edmund said. “I obviously want to go all the way, but I’m enjoying my tennis. I’ve kept improving and learning with each ..

Paes enthralls crowd

A NEAR-CAPACITY crowd cheered retiring Indian tennis legend Leander Paes as he and his partner Matthew Abden eked out a straight set win to advance to the second round of the men’s doubles in the Bengaluru Open on Wednesday. As Paes walked into the stadium for his warm-up, minutes before his first round doubles match, the spectators were on their feet, cheering the 18-time Grand Slam winner and Olympic medallist, who in all probability is playing his last ATP event on Indian soil. Earlier in the day, ..

Maxwell ruled out of SA tour with elbow injury

AUSTRALIA’S dashing all-rounder Glenn Maxwell is set to miss the beginning of the IPL after an elbow injury on Tuesday ruled him out of the upcoming ODIs and T20 Internationals in South Africa. The tour of South Africa starts on February 21. Maxwell will undergo surgery on his left elbow and will be replaced by D’Arcy Short in both squads. Cricket Australia said he might require at least six to eight weeks to attain full match fitness, which means he is likely to miss the beginning of the IPL too, ..

Chopra qualifies for Olympics with 87.86m throw on comeback

STAR javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra has qualified for the Tokyo Olympics with a throw of 87.86m at the ACNE League meeting, making an impressive return to the circuit after recovering from an elbow injury. The 22-year-old Indian, who missed the entire 2019 season due to the injury, breached the Olympic qualification mark of 85m in his fourth attempt and secured the top place at the international event on Tuesday. He threw the spear to 81.76m at the start and kept improving with every throw. He managed ..

Kobe’s relentless spirit inspired NBA fans, players

KOBE Bryant used a ferocious competitiveness and uncanny shooting touch to become an NBA icon, leaving behind a legacy that has influenced the newest generation of league talent and fans worldwide. From his 81-point game, the second-best scoring performance in NBA history, to five NBA titles in 20 years of dazzling performances with the Los Angeles Lakers, Bryant delivered a relentless attitude that attracted a global following before his death Sunday at age 41 in a helicopter crash. Bryant joined ..

NBA legend Kobe Bryant, eight others killed in chopper crash

NINE people were killed in the helicopter crash that claimed the life of NBA star Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Los Angeles officials confirmed on Sunday. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said eight passengers and the pilot of the aircraft died in the accident. “There were no survivors... There were nine people on board the aircraft, the pilot plus eight individuals,” Villanueva said. The helicopter crashed in foggy weather in the Los Angeles suburb of Calabasas...

Dhoni dropped from BCCI’s central contracts list

MAHENDRA Singh Dhoni was on Thursday dropped from the BCCI’s list of centrally contracted players, raising fresh doubts on the future of the former India captain who has not played since the World Cup semifinal loss to New Zealand last year. The BCCI announced the central contracts for the period of October 2019 to September 2020. The 38-year-old Dhoni was in the A category, which fetches a player Rs 5 crore as annual retainership, until last year. Skipper Virat Kohli, his white-ball deputy Rohit ..

Thomas set to tee it up at 1st PGA Tour of 2020

JUSTIN Thomas’ all-around game has made him one of the hottest players on the PGA Tour and the American will try to carry that momentum into this week’s Tournament of Champions, the first event of 2020...

You win sometimes, other times you learn: Vijender

HE hasn’t lost a bout in close to five years and Vijender Singh is determined to keep the record with a world title to boot as he enters the new decade donning multiple hats, including the one of an active politician “with strong opinions”. The 34-year-old trailblazing boxer, who delivered India’s first Olympic and men’s world championship medals in boxing back in 2008 and 2009, has logged an enviable 12-0 record in the professional circuit, which he entered in 2015...

Flamengo come from behind to book Club WC final slot

BRUNO Henrique scored one goal and made two more to book Flamengo’s place in the final of the Club World Cup as the Brazilian giants came from behind to beat Asian champions Al Hilal 3-1 here. Salem Aldawsari gave the Saudi club a deserved lead in the first half of this semi-final on a rare rainy night at the Khalifa International Stadium on Tuesday, but Flamengo woke up after the interval and equalised through Giorgian De Arrascaeta in the 49th minute. Bruno Henrique then headed home after 78 minutes ..

‘Let election decide, no compromise with AICF chief faction’

THE question of compromise between the two factions in the All India Chess Federation (AICF) does not arise and the issue will be settled in an electoral showdown, said a senior official, the leader of one of the factions. The AICF is split into two factions one under its President PR Venketrama Raja and the other under its Secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan. “There is no question of compromise. Let the issue get settled by elections. The elections should be held under the supervision of a retired Supreme ..

Azhar seeks home win after 10-year drought

PAKISTAN skipper Azhar Ali said he wants the return of Test cricket to the country to be a memorable one as his team seeks victory over Sri Lanka in Karachi starting Thursday. Their series is the first in Pakistan since a militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus killed eight people in March 2009, leading to the suspension of international cricket in the country as foreign sides refused to visit over security fears. The return of Test cricket to Pakistan last week was something of a washout, with ..

Pleased about pulling off big score batting first: Kohli

INDIA captain Virat Kohli said the best aspect of the series-clinching win over West Indies in the third and final T20 International here was that his team finally managed to post a big score while batting first. While India have been good at chasing for a while now, they have been making a conscious effort to amass big totals batting first ahead of the T20 World Cup next year. Kohli led from the front smashing an unbeaten 70 off 29 balls as India beat West Indies by 67 runs in the third T20. For ..

Not executing our plans has been the story this series, says Pollard

WEST Indies skipper Kieron Pollard said failing to execute their plans has been the story of his team as it went down by 67 runs in the third T20I against India to lose the series 1-2 here. “They scored 240. I thought we didn’t execute as we wanted. Yes they got off to a good start but we got a couple of wickets where we got back into the game. But when we came back in that scenario we didn’t execute properly. That has been the story this series in terms of where we need to improve,” Pollard told ..

Labuschagne ton stalls Kiwis in day-night Test

EMERGING Australian batsman Marnus Labuschagne on Thursday posted his third successive Test century to frustrate a resilient New Zealand attack on the opening day of the first Test in Perth. After Australia won a potentially pivotal toss in scorching heat and elected to bat in the first ever day-night Test in Perth, the home team was 248 for four at stumps after facing some challenging bowling from the disciplined Kiwi bowlers. Having toiled without much success in 40C heat, the Kiwis fought back ..

Wozniacki to retire after Australian Open

FORMER world number one Caroline Wozniacki announced on Friday that she will retire from tennis after next month’s Australian Open.   The 29-year-old Dane won her only Grand Slam singles title in Melbourne last year in her third major final.“I’ve accomplished everything I could ever dream of on the court,” she said in an Instagram post. “I’ve always told myself, when the time comes, that there are things away from tennis that I want to do more, ..

Woods turns down Saudi event, backs Mickelson

FORMER world number one Tiger Woods said he had turned down offers to play in the Saudi International golf tournament, but defended the right of players to participate in the event. Speaking on the eve of the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, Woods said he had rejected approaches to play in Saudi Arabia despite appearance fees reportedly in the region of $3 million (2.7 million euros). “I just don’t want to go over there,” Woods told ESPN. “It’s a long way.” Golfers participating in the Saudi Internatio..

I will get another chance to surpass Lara’s 400: Warner

EXPLOSIVE Australian opener David Warner believes that he will get another chance to have a crack at Brian Lara’s world record individual Test score of 400 after missing out against Pakistan here. Warner was left stranded at 335 not out when Australia skipper Tim Paine declared the innings on Saturday. Lara, who was in Adelaide on that day attending to some commercial engagements, was getting ready to meet Warner and congratulate him if the Australian went past 400 runs...

Ramkumar, Sumit trample Pakistan

NUR-SULTANA RUTHLESS India raced to a 2-0 lead in their Davis Cup tie for the loss of just two games as Ramkumar Ramanathan and Sumit Nagal toyed with their teen rivals from Pakistan, here on Friday. In a mismatch of epic proportion, Ramkumar double-bageled 17-year-old Muhammed Shoaib in just 42 minutes in the opening singles.The only time Shoaib made it look like a match was in the sixth game of the second set when he stretched Ramkumar to two deuce points. Sumit Nagal reacts after winning a ..

Kipchoge, Muhammad win Athlete of the Year awards

ELIUD Kipchoge, the first man to run a marathon in less than two hours, and 400 metres hurdles world champion Dalilah Muhammad won the World Athlete of the Year awards. Kipchoge, 35, claimed governing body World Athletics’ year-ending prize in Monaco on Saturday after making history last month when he ran the marathon distance of 42.195 kilometres (26.219 miles) in 1hr 59min 40.2sec...

Davis Cup an absolute success: Pique

BARCELONA footballer Gerard Pique has insisted the inaugural Davis Cup Finals in Madrid have been an “absolute success”, although he did admit some changes would have to be made in future. The controversial week-long finals were launched by Pique’s investment company Kosmos, replacing the old World Group which saw teams play each other in longer ties spread across the year. “The competition is an absolute success,” Pique told broadcasters Movistar on Saturday...

Nadal-led Spain face Canada in final

RAFAEL Nadal inspired Spain into their first Davis Cup final since 2012 as he teamed up with Feliciano Lopez to secure a dramatic last-four victory over Britain in Madrid. The hosts trailed 1-0 after Lopez’s singles defeat by Kyle Edmund on Saturday, but Nadal thrashed Dan Evans before partnering Lopez in a 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (10/8) win in the deciding doubles over Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski. Spain will face Canada in Sunday’s final after the North Americans won their semi-final against Russia, which ..

Perfect Thiem: Dominic meets Tsitsipas in final

DOMINIC Thiem beat defending champion Alexander Zverev to join Roger Federer’s conqueror Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final of the ATP Finals in London. The Austrian fifth seed saw off the big-serving German 7-5, 6-3 on Saturday after Greece’s Tsitsipas, making his debut at the tournament, had earlier beaten Federer 6-3, 6-4. Thiem is playing in his fourth ATP Finals but during his first three trips to the season finale, he won only three matches and never advanced out of the group stage at the O2 Arena. ..

Harmeet claims Indonesia Open TT Championship

INDIAN paddler Harmeet Desai staved off a strong challenge from compatriot Amalraj Anthony to win the ITTF Challenge Indonesia Open in Batam, Indonesia on Sunday. In an all-Indian men’s singles final, it was Harmeet who started on a positive note winning the opening game 11-9 but he lost the next game 9-11, allowing Amalraj to draw level...

Anand an inspiration, says So

FILIPINO-AMERICAN Grandmaster Wesley So on Sunday hailed Viswanathan Anand as his inspiration, saying that he had no clue how the Indian chess legend was still going strong and was among the best in the world. “He is an inspiration. I don’t think I could play at this level 20 years from now. It’s incredible what he is doing,” Wesley said on the sidelines of the Tata Steel Chess India event where the recently-crowned World Fischer Random Chess champion met budding chess players. Wesley, one of the ..

Federer stays alive

ROGER Federer kept alive his hopes of a seventh ATP Finals crown on Tuesday, beating Italian debutant Matteo Berrettini 7-6 (7/2), 6-3 at London’s O2 Arena. The Swiss third seed put himself under enormous pressure by losing his first match on Sunday in straight sets in Group Bjorn Borg to Dominic Thiem. The six-time champion was not at his fluent best on Tuesday but ultimately had too much for Berrettini, who won just three games against Novak Djokovic in his opener. Both players were solid on serve ..

Srikanth gets first round walkover after Momota pull-out

TOP Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth advanced to the men’s singles second round without playing a shot after his opponent Kento Momota’s pull-out while Sourabh Verma entered the main draw of the Hong Kong Open after clinching straight-game wins in his two qualifying clashes on Tuesday. Srikanth was to play against Momota in the first round on Wednesday but the Japanese world number one pulled out of the tournament on Tuesday. The reasons for his withdrawal were not known. A few days back, the 24-year-old ..

Ronaldo avoids fine despite his anger at substitution

STAR striker Cristiano Ronaldo will be escaping both fine and ban for his angered reaction when he was substituted by coach Maurizio Sarri during Juventus’ 1-0 Serie A win over AC Milan. On Sunday, Sarri hauled off Ronaldo after just 55 minutes of their Serie A showdown at the Allianz Arena. The Portugal international was replaced by Paulo Dybala with the Italian champions in search of a goal. Dybala, however, proved Sarri right as he scored the goal in the 77th minute...

Djokovic crushes Tsitsipas to set up Dimitrov semis in Paris

NOVAK Djokovic produced a magnificent performance to thrash seventh seed Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-1, 6-2 on Friday and set up a Paris Masters semi-final against Grigor Dimitrov. The 32-year-old, battling Rafael Nadal for the year-end world number one spot, dispatched Greek star Tsitsipas in only 58 minutes...

City hope Bernardo gets back to his peak form

MANCHESTER City host struggling Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday with Pep Guardiola hoping that Bernardo Silva maintains his recent return to something approaching the peak of his powers. Portuguese playmaker Silva was among the most feared players in the Premier League last season as City won all three domestic trophies...

American dream to deliver sixth world title for Hamilton

LEWIS Hamilton is set to clinch his sixth drivers’ world championship at one of his favourite venues this weekend when he leads Mercedes into what promises to be a close scrap with Ferrari at the United States Grand Prix. Just days after his unexpected, but perfectly-conceived, strategic victory in Mexico, the 34-year-old Briton is in the luxurious position of knowing that only a wildly-extraordinary result at the Circuit of the Americas can frustrate him again. His only title rival, Mercedes team-mate ..

Thapa, Rani clinch golds at Olympic Test event for boxing

SHIVA Thapa (63kg) and Pooja Rani (75kg) clinched gold medals with impressive wins, while Ashish (69kg) settled for a silver as India ended with a decent haul of seven medals at the Olympic Test event for Boxing on Thursday. The other four medals are bronze owing to semi-final losses of Nikhat Zareen (51kg), Simranjeet Kaur (60kg) Sumit Sangwan (91kg) and Vahlimpuia (75kg) on Wednesday. Four-time Asian medallist Thapa out-punched Kazakhstan’s national champion and Asian bronze-winner Sanatali Toltayev ..

‘Captain’ Ganguly takes charge as BCCI chief

FORMER India captain Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday took charge as the BCCI President, easily the most high-profile name to head the world’s richest cricket board that has been mired in administrative turmoil for the past three years. The 47-year-old Ganguly was officially entrusted with the task of heading Indian cricket for the next nine months at the BCCI’s General Body meeting here, ending a controversial 33-month reign of the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA). Ganguly’s appointmen..

Nadal ties knot with longtime girlfriend

RAFAEL Nadal married his partner of 14 years, Xisca Perello, at a castle in Mallorca. Nadal, the 19-time Grand Slam champion, tied the knot with 31-year-old Perello at La Fortaleza, with a reported 350 guests invited to a private ceremony...

Bad day for Maharashtra cagers

HOLDERS Tamil Nadu girls beat Maharashtra 86-59 to top the pool A at the 79th junior national basketball championship at Patna. Maharashtra girls started well with captain Abha Lad finding the hoop at regular intervals. She was ably supported by Siya Deodhar who controlled the game beautifully. She repeatedly penetrated the rivals defence to make her team-mates free for easy shots. TN, who were down 17-27 in the first quarter regained their composure in the second to reduce the lead at the half time. ..

Mallorca stun Real Madrid as Barca reach top of La Liga

BARCELONA sailed back to the top of the table and trouble returned to Real Madrid after they endured their first La Liga defeat of the season at newly-promoted Real Mallorca. Zinedine Zidane, David Beckham and Robinho were in the last Madrid team to lose a league game at San Moix in 2006 and 13 years later, Mallorca repeated the trick thanks to a scintillating strike by Junior Lago in the first half on Saturday. Alvaro Odriozola allowed Lago too much room to cut inside and was then sent off late on, ..

Federer to ply trade in French Open next year

SWISS tennis legend Roger Federer said Thursday he will play the French Open in Paris next year. “I will play the French Open. I probably won’t play much before that because I need some time away from it (tennis) and I need some time with the family,” the 38-year-old told CNN. The 20-time Grand Slam champion returned to Roland Garros this year after a three-year absence, falling to Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals. Federer confirmed he will compete at next year’s Tokyo Olympics after Wimbledon and ..

It’s game over for India Shuttlers bow out en masse

INDIA’S campaign at the USD 775,000 Denmark Open came to a disappointing end with the trioka of PV Sindhu, B Sai Praneeth and Sameer Verma — all-exiting after suffering straight-game losses, here on Thursday. World Champion Sindhu, seeded fifth, yet again struggled to buck the trend of recent early exits as she was knocked out after she lost 14-21, 17-21 to Korea’s An Se Young in a 40-minute second-round women’s singles clash at the BWF World Tour Super 750 event...

Bindra backs Zareen

Supports demand for trial match against Mary Kom INDIA’S only individual Olympic gold medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra on Thursday backed Nikhat Zareen’s demand for a trial bout against celebrated boxer MC Mary Kom before India’s squad for next year’s Olympic Qualifiers is decided. Former junior world champion boxer Zareen, who was refused a trial by the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) for the World Championships, has written to Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, demanding a “fair chance” to make it to ..

Sourav Ganguly files nomination papers, expected to be elected BCCI president unopposed

FORMER India captain Sourav Ganguly and Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah on Monday filed their nominations papers for the post of president and secretary, respectively, ahead of the October 23 BCCI elections where all office-bearers are expected to be elected unopposed. Flanked by former BCCI President N Srinivasan, former Secretary and Saurashtra stalwart Niranjan Shah and former IPL chairman and Uttar Pradesh strongman Rajiv Shukla, Ganguly entered the BCCI headquarters to submit his nomination papers to ..

Mary creates history

SIX-TIME champion MC Mary Kom (51kg) on Thursday surpassed herself as the most successful boxer in the Women’s World Championship history by securing an unprecedented eighth medal before debutants Manju Rani (48kg) and Jamuna Boro (54kg) also joined her in the semi-finals here. The third-seeded Mary Kom defeated a spirited rival in Colombia’s Valencia Victoria, fetching a unanimous 5-0 verdict to make the last-four stage...

Osaka to renounce US citizenship to play for Japan in Oly: Media

TENNIS star Naomi Osaka has taken steps to give up her US citizenship to play for Japan in the 2020 Olympics, Japanese media said on Thursday. The 21-year-old, born in Japan to a Haitian father and Japanese mother but raised in the United States, told NHK it will be special for her to represent host Japan at the Tokyo Games, the public broadcaster said. Osaka, who will turn 22 on Wednesday, faced that deadline to relinquish one nationality because neither Japan nor the United States permits dual citizenshi..

‘Hope to attend GP with Schumi one day’

FORMULA One boss Jean Todt said Thursday he remains hopeful that “one day” he will be able to attend a Grand Prix race with stricken former world champion Michael Schumacher. Schumacher, 50, has not been seen in public since suffering catastrophic head injuries in a high-speed skiing accident in December 2013. “There is no news other than the fact that Michael is fighting every day to improve the situation,” Todt told Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica. “I’ve been telling the truth, I watch Grand ..

Humpy jumps to world No 3 in latest FIDE ranking

   NEW DELHI :   INDIAN woman chess player Koneru Humpy has jumped to world number 3 position in the latest rankings released by the world body (FIDE). The 32-year-old from Andhra Pradesh made a brilliant comeback after a two-year hiatus to win the FIDE women’s Grand Prix tournament held in Skolkovo in Russia recently. Grand Master Humpy accumulated 17 ELO points to rise to the third spot with a global rating of 2,577.   Humpy had taken a break of two years to take ..

Murray unhappy with low turn-out

ANDY Murray expressed disappointment about crowds at the China Open tennis, where some of the best players in the world have competed in front of swathes of empty seats. Poor attendances have been in the sporting headlines because of sparse turn-out at the World Athletics Championships in Doha. And at the ongoing China Open in Beijing, the biggest matches have played out to rows of unoccupied seats at the cavernous Diamond Court, the main arena. “I think as the tournament goes on you tend to get better ..

When Sania was told to stop playing tennis as ‘no one would marry’ her

A TRAILBLAZER in Indian tennis, Sania Mirza on Thursday revealed that as a child, she was once asked to stop playing as “no one would marry” her if her complexion turned “dark” due to the rigours of an outdoor sport. Speaking at the World Economic Forum here, Sania, who has three doubles and an equal number of mixed doubles Grand Slams to her credit, reflected on the challenges she faced during a panel discussion on women and leadership. Sania remains India’s most successful woman tennis player, rising ..

Annu finishes eighth in javelin throw

A CREDITABLE eighth-place finish in the World Athletics Championships under her belt, India’s top javelin thrower Annu Rani has called for giving equal opportunities to women in sport as they can also perform and bring laurels to the country. Annu became the first Indian woman javelin thrower to qualify for the final round of the World Championships but in the end finished eighth here on Tuesday. She broke her own national record in the qualification round on Monday with a throw of 62.43m but failed ..

Brazier brushes off doping controversy to win 800m gold

DONAVAN Brazier shrugged off the doping controversy surrounding his Nike Oregon Project training base on Tuesday to blast to 800 metres gold at the World Championships. The 22-year-old American produced a tactical masterclass at Doha’s Khalifa Stadium to surge away from the field in a championship record time of 1min 42.34sec, breaking the previous mark which had stood for 32 years. Brazier is one ..

WORKLOAD

THE issue of workload for national cricket team’s captain has once again surfaced with former cricketer Yuvraj Singh suggesting splitting of captainship load between Virat Kohli and prolific batsman Rohit Sharma. Similar discussion had ensued when Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the captain . The issue was settled with Dhoni himself choosing to relinquishing the captainship of the Test team and opting to shoulder the responsibility of leading the team in the limited overs format games. Subsequently he opted ..

No sweat for Coleman

  DOHA :   CHRISTIAN Coleman hit back at US sprinting legend Michael Johnson after powering to a brilliant 100m victory at the World Championships. Coleman blew away his rivals to take the first major outdoor title of his career, clocking a world-leading personal best of 9.76 sec at the Khalifa Stadium. The win cemented Coleman’s status as the man to beat at next year’s Tokyo Olympics, and elevated the 23-year-old American to the head of a pack of sprinters aiming to ..

Suzuki delivers gold for Japan in men’s 50 km walk

  DOHA :   DEANNA Price of the United States won the gold medal in the women’s hammer at the World Championships in Doha, completing a superb victory after a career ravaged by injury. The 26-year-old from Missouri took gold with her third throw of the night, launching a 77.54-metre effort onto the field at the Khalifa Stadium. Poland’s Joanna Fiodorow took silver with a throw of 76.35m while China’s Wang Zheng claimed bronze with a best throw of 74.76m.   Price ..

Hamilton wins in Russia to foil Ferrari renaissance

 SOCHI (Russia) :  A EUPHORIC Lewis Hamilton extended his World Championship lead to 73 points on Sunday when he rode his luck to claim a strategic victory for Mercedes in a roller-coaster Russian Grand Prix. The defending five-time champion came home 3.829 seconds ahead of team-mate and nearest championship rival Valtteri Bottas as Mercedes took advantage of Ferrari’s reliability and tactical problems by delivering a Silver Arrows one-two.  Having grabbed the lead from pole man ..

Messi and Fati couldn’t save Barca from defeat

   MADRID :  BARCELONA threw on their stars of the present and the future but neither Lionel Messi nor Ansu Fati could save them from a dismal 2-0 defeat away at Granada. Messi was still not deemed fit enough to start at Los Carmenes while Fati, the 16-year-old who has lit up La Liga in recent weeks, also began the game on the bench on Saturday. But while both came on at half-time with Barca trailing to Ramon Azeez’s opener, it was Granada that scored again, Alvaro Vadillo ..