Saturday, August 08, 2020


Odisha announces program to take hockey skills to elite level

BHUBANESWAR:After a good start with the inaugural girls program of 30 trainee cadets capacity, Naval Tata Hockey Academy Odisha (NTHAO), the states Hockey High Performance Centre (HPC) that was launched a year ago in Kalinga Stadium, is all set to induct 30 boys in the coming months.

Former champions Azarenka and Zvonareva to vie for Cincinnati open main draw

CINCINNATI:Players with past Western and Southern Open success will be among those competing for a spot in the main draw during this year’s two-round qualifying event. Meanwhile while on Tuesday, Rafael Nadal withdrew from the Western & Southern Open main draw field. He has been replaced by American Sam Querrey. 

Hamilton recounts moment he won British GP with three tyres

SILVERSTONE: Mercedes racer Lewis Hamilton continued his hot run in the ongoing Formula One season as he romped home to a thrilling win at the British Grand Prix. But it wasn't like any other regular victory for him as he went past the finishing line with just three tyres.

Ramandeep an inspiration for all young hockey players: Arshdeep

NEW DELHI:Nineteen-year-old Arshdeep Singh is determined to seal a place in the Indian junior men's hockey team in the near future after missing out on the Six-Nation Championship in Spain last year due to a knee injury. He has expressed that he is inspired by the way forward Ramandeep Singh has dealt with injuries in his international career.

WACA to become 10,000-capacity boutique base after funding confirmed

SYDNEY:The famous cricket ground in Perth will be transformed into a sustainable community and sporting hub after a funding investment of $30 million was confirmed from the state government.

BCCI to hand 2-yr ban to players committing age, domicile fraud

NEW DELHI:The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has adopted new measures to counter the menace of age and domicile fraud in cricket in the country.

Haryana to organise 'Khelo India' event in Dec 2121

 CHANDIGARH:  Haryana Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs, Mr. Sandeep Singh said that organizing of  'Khelo India - 2021' will be done in the last months of next year. This sports event will be organized in Panchkula, Haryana, next year after the completion of Olympic Games.  

Felt Harbjahan was wronged: Kumble opens up on Monkeygate incident

NEW DELHI:Former India captain Anil Kumble has recalled the infamous Monkeygate incident of 2008 that threatened to sour the relationship between two of the biggest powerhouses in world cricket.

Princepal Singh, a great inspiration for Punjab Youngsters: Rana Sodhi

CHANDIGARH:Punjab Sports Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi congratulated Princepal Singh for his selection in League-G of National Basketball Association (NBA), the premier men’s professional basketball league of United States of America (USA).

Brian Lara Cricket Academy to host 23 games in 2020 Hero CPL

GROS ISLAND (ST LUCIA ):The Hero Caribbean Premier League fixtures for the 2020 season have been announced as the best cricketing talent, from across the Caribbean and from around the world, are set to be part of the Twenty20 tournament which will run from August 18 to September 10.

Clubs to have mandatory women's team within two years: AIFF

KOLKATA:The All India Football Federation (AIFF) will make it mandatory for clubs to have a women's team as part of the licensing criteria in the next couple of seasons, the sports body's general secretary Kushal Das has sa

Four-day AIFF-SAI joint special reconversion course kicks-off

NEW DELHI:As part of AIFFs plan to guide SAI coaches to understand the process of AFC-AIFF coach education system, All India Football Federation, in association with Sports Authority (SAI), is conducting a Special Reconversion Course which kicked-off on Monday.

Rohit's innings was very special in the 2007 WT20 final: Yuvraj

NEW DELHI:Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh jogged down memory lane and recalled the famous night in Johannesburg on September 24, 2007, when India beat Pakistan to win the inaugural edition of the World T20 (now known as T20 World Cup).

Andrew and Kyle win FC doubles tennis title

INDIANAPOLIS:Displaying better coordination Andrew Messer and Kyle Mccolley emerged champions after beating Jason Robarge and Keno Carter-Gvy 6-2 in the final of the inaugural Franklin Central High School Adult Doubles Tennis Tournament at the Franklin Central Tennis Center here on Saturday.Gift cards and tennis utility items were awarded to the winners.

Difficult time for younger players, says Gopichand

NEW DELHI:National badminton coach Pullela Gopichand admitted that the current circumstances resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is not good for younger players. For now, athletes who are in the mix for the Tokyo Olympics are priority as training camps around the country open up after being suspended for three months due to the pandemic.

I don't mind getting hurt, just don't want to get out: Virat Kohli

NEW DELHI:The 2014 tour of England is one that saw current India skipper Virat Kohli struggle against the swinging Dukes ball in English conditions. With scores of 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0,7, 6 and 20 in the five Tests of that tour, he averaged just 13.50 in his ten innings. However, Kohli doesn't see the tour as a disappointment.

Major League Baseball marks one-year anniversary in India

NEW DELHI:Major League Baseball (MLB) on Friday will kick-off the 2020 season with the defending World Series Champions Washington Nationals taking on New York Yankees.

Wrestling champion Sushil Kumar with his coach Guru Satpal encourages first virtual Tang Soo Do participants

NEW DELHI: Champions never stop and always find their ways to success. We all know that this is only possible with true commitments and determinations. The same valour is shown from the participants of First National Tang Soo Do Virtual Championship 2020.

Pakistan played like a 'local team' in 1999 WC, says Sohail

LAHORE:Former Pakistan batsman Aamer Sohail believes the Wasim Akram led-side played like a local team in the 1999 World Cup where they finished as runners-up.

Sports Minister Rana Sodhi accords Rs.1.5 crores to three bronze medalists of Para Asian Games

CHANDIGARH:Recognizing the feat of 3rd Para Asian Games’ medal winners and fulfilling the commitment of state government to provide cash incentives to sports gems, Punjab Sports Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi today honoured three bronze medal winners with Rs.1.5 crore at his official residence here.

On track to make India proud in Tokyo: Manpreet, Rani

NEW DELHI: With exactly one year to go for the Olympic Games to begin in Tokyo on July 23, 2021, both men's and women's hockey teams from India are committed to make the nation proud and make a podium finish at the prestigious quadrennial tournament.

Kohli throws light on international journey in 1000th Instagram post

NEW DELHI:Team India skipper Virat Kohli has expressed gratitude towards his fans for their love and support as he shared his 1000th post on Instagram on Thursday.
2008 2020. With many learnings along the way, I'm grateful for your love and support you guys have shown me. Here's to the #1000thPost," Kohli said on Instagram along with an image.

Yuvraj, Shastri lead wishes as Chahal turns 30

NEW DELHI: Cricket fraternity on Thursday took to social media to wish India spinner Yuzvendra Chahal on his 30th birthday. Chahal is known for his antics on and off the field and he recieved similar birthday wishes from his current and former teammates.

Rohit posts pic of his 'weapon of choice'

NEW DELHI:Rohit Sharma on Wednesday posted an image of his bat on his Instagram handle. The Indian limited over vice-captain had earlier indicated that he had resumed training in his social media posts after being stuck in his flat in Mumbai for over three months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Thrill, pressure & competitiveness similar in poker and cricket, says Dhoni

NEW DELHI:PokerStars India, one of Indias most popular online poker portals, has announced former India captain M.S. Dhoni as its new brand ambassador.
I am excited to be associated with the PokerStars family. The thrill, the excitement, the pressure and the competitiveness of it - these are just some parallels I can draw between poker and cricket," said Dhoni.

Stokes like all-rounder will make India unbeatable, says Pathan

NEW DELHI: Former cricketer Irfan Pathan believes the Indian cricket team can become unbeatable if they have a match-winning all-rounder like Ben Stokes in their ranks.
Indian cricket will be unbeatable anywhere in the world if they have a match winning all-rounder like Ben Stokes," Pathan said in a tweet on Friday.

Rajasthan Royals look to build largest fan army in IPL

JAIPUR:Indian Premier League teams are known to have vociferous fans and in an effort to compete with the die-hards from Chennai or Mumbai among others, Rajasthan Royals is looking to build the largest fan army -- digital and on-ground -- among all IPL teams.

Kohli excited about creating awareness around animal endangerment

MUMBAI:Team India skipper Virat Kohli's apparel line Wrogn, in association with wildlife channel Animal Planet, is launching a new collection - Animal Planet X WROGN.
"I've been associated with Wrogn since inception and we take some exciting initiatives season after season. I couldn't be happier that Wrogn is taking a step in the direction of creating awareness around animal endangerment," said Kohli.

Chhetri urges women's team to start preparations for AFC Asian Cup 2022

NEW DELHI:India men's football team captain Sunil Chhetri has urged the women's team to leave no stone unturned and start preparing from now itself for the AFC Women's Asian Cup scheduled to be held in India in 2022.

Decision on 2021 ICC Women's World Cup in next two weeks

AUCKLAND:With the International Cricket Council (ICC) postponing the Men's T20 World Cup because of the COVID-19 pandemic, New Zealand Cricket chairperson Greg Barclay has stated that a decision on the 2021 Women's World Cup will be made in the next two weeks.

COVID-19: ICC announces postponement of 2020 T20 World Cup

NEW DELHI: Having dilly-dallied over the last couple of months, the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday finally announced that the 2020 edition of the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

India have realistic chance of winning medal in Tokyo, says Sardar Singh

NEW DELHI:Sardar Singh, former captain of the Indian men's hockey team, is confident that the Manpreet Singh-led can end the medal drought and make a podium finish at the Tokyo Olympics.

Eng vs WI, 2nd Test: We've given ourselves a chance to win, says Broad

MANCHESTER:Veteran England fast-bowler Stuart Broad has given an insight into team's plan for the fifth and final day of the second Test against West Indies at the Old Trafford.Riding on half-centuries from Kraigg Brathwaite (75), Shamarh Brooks (68) and Roston Chase (51) the visitors avoided follow-on on penultimate day of the Test on Sunday.

Watford FC sack Pearson, appoint Mullins as interim head coach

LONDON:Nigel Pearson has been sacked as Watford manager and head coach, the Premier League club has announced. Pearson has been replaced by Hayden Mullins as interim boss for relegation-threatened Watford's final matches against Manchester City and Arsenal.

Lukaku's late equaliser saves Inter Milan in Serie A

ROME:Romelu Lukaku's late penalty saved Inter Milan as the Nerazzurri drew with Roma in a 2-2 thriller in their latest Serie A encounter.
Stefan de Vrij gave Inter the early lead, Roma then turned the game around, but only for Inter to fight back for a 2-2 draw, reports Xinhua news agency.

Pakistan's Abid Ali cleared of concussion after blow on helmet

DERBY(UK):Pakistan batsman Abid Ali has been cleared of concussion after he was struck on the helmet during the intra-squad match in their tour of England.
Abid, who was rested for remainder of the match, was hit near the logo of the helmet on Sunday afternoon by a Haider Ali flick off Mohammad Abbas while fielding at forward short-leg on day three of the match.

Tendulkar expects Broad to have 'plenty to show' on the field

NEW DELHI:Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar expects England fast bowler Stuart Broad to have 'plenty to show' during his time on the field during the second Test against West Indies.

BCCI Apex Council discusses holding Ranji games in respective zones

NEW DELHI:The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had its all-important Apex Council meeting on Friday and as expected, domestic cricket dominated the discussion as the fate of the domestic players in the country needs to be given priority with an eye on the coronavirus pandemic and its impact

Players, coaches hail Odisha Sports' support to Indian football

NEW DELHI:It was in 2018 that All India Football Federation (AIFF) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the state government of Odisha which has seen a number of national teams -- U-15, U-17, Indian Arrows and even the senior women's team being hosted by the state and gain access to state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure in the process.

Picking Rohit's wicket would be a dream come true: Naseem Shah

LAHORE:Pakistan's teenage pace sensation Naseem Shah feels Rohit Sharma has the ability to play all kinds of deliveries and the premier India batsman's wicket would be a dream come true.