Wednesday, September 30, 2020


India women's hockey team can finish in top 4 in Tokyo, says Deepika Thakur

NEW DELHI:  Former Indian women's hockey star Deepika Thakur believes the current team, led by Rani, has a strong chance to finish in the top four in the Olympic Games scheduled to be held next year in Tokyo.

In a first, Bumrah fails to win Super Over for Mumbai Indians

DUBAI:  The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 witnessed another thrilling contest between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians which the Virat Kohli-led side were able to win in the Super Over.

Mirabai Chanu's training program in US sanctioned by SAI

NEW DELHI:  The Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) has sanctioned weightlifter Mirabai Chanu's proposal of Rs 40 lakhs for a two-month overseas training program in Kansas, US along with her coach and physiotherapist, as well as her rehabilitation for a long standing injury that she had been carrying.

IPL: KL holds on to Orange, Purple Cap stays with Shami

DUBAI: Kings XI Punjab skipper KL Rahul and his teammate Mohammad Shami continue to hold Purple and Orange Caps respectively following the conclusion of Monday's Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians which the Virat Kohli-led side won in the Super Over.

Rana Sodhi presents Astroturf gift to hockey fans on the Birth Anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh

CHANDIGARH: On the 113th Birth Anniversary of legendary revolutionary Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Punjab Sports and Youth Services Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi, on Monday, presented a gift to the hockey fans and especially youngsters of border region by announcing that a Hockey Astroturf would be laid at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Stadium at Ferozepur.

Went through rigorous physical & mental transformation for 1996 Oly, says Paes

NEW DELHI:  The year was 1996 and no Indian had won an individual medal at the Olympics 44 years prior to the Atlanta Games. However, that year proved to be decisive for the country as Leander Paes defeated Fernando Meligeni to win a bronze medal in the men's singles category at the prestigious quadrennial tournament.

Won't be complacent, will focus on giving our best against SRH: Mishra

DUBAI: Experienced leg-spinner Amit Mishra believes pressure will be on the SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) when they take on Delhi Capitals in their next Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter on Tuesday.

IIT Madras, ESPN's AI tool 'Superstats' to enhance IPL experience

CHENNAI:  Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M) and ESPNcricinfo's artificial intelligence (AI) tool 'Superstats' is once again enhancing the fans experience of the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches, the company said on Monday.

Hockey India conducts online course for improving coaching standards

NEW DELHI:  In a bid to continuously improve the standard of coaching across the country, Hockey India has been conducting the 'Basic' Level coaching course (online) for over 130 candidates from all 31 state member units. The candidates are divided into six groups and the course is being conducted from September 23 to October 10.

Best save ever seen in my life: Sachin on Pooran's fielding effort

SHARJAH:  Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar was full of praise for Nicholas Pooran after the West Indian came out with a stunning fielding effort during Kings XI Punjab's crushing defeat by Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 clash at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium

Special Olympics Bharat launches developmental sports

NEW DELHI: Special Olympics Bharat has launched developmental sports for young athletes to enable their transition to higher sport participation by learning sport specific skills.

Team moving in right direction in preparation for Olympics, says Vandana

Tiger Woods commits to defend title at Zozo Championship

NEW DELHI: Former world number one golfer Tiger Woods will defend his title at the Zozo Championship scheduled to be played from October 22-25 a the Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California.

Honoured to be part of PM Modi's Fit India Dialogue: Kohli

NEW DELHI: Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli has stated that he is honoured to be part of the Fit India Dialogue -- being organised to celebrate the first anniversary of the Fit India Movement -- where he will be interacting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with other renowned fitness influencers on Thursday.

IPL rules: A ban plays havoc with player's career, says Neeraj Kumar

NEW DELHI: Any player, player support personnel or match official will be banned for up to three IPL matches and will be fined Rs 5 lakh if that person thrice breaches rules that bar carrying any mobile device, laptop computer, static/landline, or similar telephone capable of making calls in the Players and Match Officials Areas (PMOA) during IPL matches.

IPL 13: Sponsors & growing brand valuation boost Delhi Capitals' revenue

NEW DELHI: Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Capitals have announced that the team has already matched its 2019 revenues, owing to numerous new and existing sponsorship deals.

Focussing on expressing myself & having a lot of fun this IPL: Stoinis

DUBAI:  Australia all-rounder Marcus Stonis, who played an instrumental role in Delhi Capitals' incredible win over Kings XI Punjab in their opening IPL 2020 encounter, has said that all he wants is to express himself and have a lot of fun throughout this year's tournament.

Intensity will increase Oct onwards, team moving in right direction: Lalit

BENGALURU: Indian men's hockey team forward Lalit Upadhyay was all-praise for the Belgian attack that imposed a massive 6-1 win against Germany in the recent FIH Hockey Pro League matcht.

IPL: Shubman Gill focal point of KKR batting unit, feels Styris

ABU BHABI: Shubman Gill is a "terrific" batsman and is the focal point of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) batting unit, feels former New Zealand cricketer Scott Styris.

Andreescu pulls out of French Open, to miss remainder of 2020 season

NEW DELHI:  World number seven Bianca Andreescu has pulled out of the upcoming French Open Grand Slam and will take the rest of the season off to focus on her health and training.

Men's hockey analytical coach quits, SAI yet to accept resignation

NEW DELHI:Indian men's hockey team analytical coach Chris Ciriello has resigned from his post, a Sports Authority of India (SAI) source said on Wednesday. SAI, with which the Australian has signed the contract, is yet to accept the resignation.

Ankita Raina enters 2nd round of French Open qualifiers

PARIS: India's Ankita Raina earned a hard-fought win against Jovana Jovic of Serbia to progress to the second round of the French Open qualifiers.

IPL: Kohli 'all-time great player', will not struggle, says Styris

DUBAI:  Virat Kohli is an all-time great player and will not struggle when he takes the field after a long Covid-19 induced hiatus in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League, feels former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris.

Will neither underestimate nor overestimate any team, says Garhwal FC coach

NEW DELHI: The 2020-21 Indian football season is set to begin with the I-League Qualifier 2020 simultaneously in Kolkata and Kalyani which will feature five teams facing each other to determine who gets a direct entry into the 2020-21 edition of the I-League.

IPL: Delhi Capitals reinvent virtual fan engagement

DUBAI / NEW DELHI: Delhi Capitals have announced an array of virtual fan engagement initiatives for their official fan club - 'the DC Toli', which went live with their opening game against Kings XI Punjab on Sunday in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The Esports Club launches pro league for Counter-Strike

BENGALURU: The Esports Club, a Bengaluru-based esports tournament platform, has announced its latest esports event, the Dell Gaming TEC Pro League for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

IPL 13: Rajasthan Royals launches a new app

DUBAI: IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals on Monday announced the launch of their new app, "The Rajasthan Royals app", claiming that it would have some never seen before technology that would bring fans closer to the action.

Mobile Premier League raises $90mn in Series C funding

NEW DELHI: Home-grown esports and mobile gaming platform Mobile Premier League (MPL) on Monday said it had raised $90 million (approximately Rs 662 crore) in Series C funding, led by SIG and early stage tech investor RTP Global, along with MDI Ventures and Pegasus Tech Ventures.

ISL: Bosnian central defender Enes Sipovic signs for Chennaiyin FC

CHENNAI:  Chennaiyin FC have announced the signing of Bosnia and Herzegovina center-back Enes Sipovic for the duration of the 2020-21 season.

IPL 13: Sehwag takes jibe at umpire for dubious 'short run' decision

 DUBAI: Former India batsman Virender Sehwag slammed the umpiring during Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Capitals' Indian Premier League (IPL) game after Chris Jordan's run was adjudged not complete despite replays showing the bat had crossed the line.

IPL 13: Dhoni prefers players who are good in all departments, says Chahar

 IPL 13: Dhoni prefers players who are good in all departments, says Chahar

IPL 13: Need to bat sensibly in the middle overs, feels SRH's Rashid

DUBAI: Sunrisers Hyderabad legspinner Rashid Khan has said the SRH middle order needs to play sensible cricket in the middle overs as they look to take on Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Monday.

IPL 13: Bumrah can fill Malinga's shoes for MI, feels Lee

NEW DELHI:  Former Australia speedster Brett Lee feels Jasprit Bumrah can fill the shoes of Sri Lanka veteran Lasith Malinga for the Mumbai Indians in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) starting Saturday.

Covid-19: Takes humility to put others first in this battle for survival, says Kaif

DUBAI: Delhi Capitals assistant coach Mohammad Kaif has paid tributes to Covid-19 workers, saying their willingness to work in a selfless manner is what made them stand out during difficult times.

Abu Dhabi set to host Return to UFC Fight Island from Sep 26-Oct 25

NEW DELHI /ABU DHABI: Indian sports fans can look forward to exciting times ahead. The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to commence in Abu Dhabi and hot on its heels is the second edition of the popular UFC Fight Island as the UAE capital city emerges as front runner in the revival of the global tourism and sports industry amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

French Open: Attendance of spectators reduced to 5K per day

PARIS: The organisers of the Roland Garros 2020 have now been forced to reduce the number of spectators from 11,500 spectators per day to 5,000 per day due to a recent spike in Covid-19 cases in the country.

Roger Federer sings Beatles classic for commercial

NEW DELHI:Twenty-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has been mesmerising fans with his breathtaking shots on the tennis courts ever since he turned professional in 1998. Now the Swiss legend has left his fans speechless with a rendition of a Beatles' classic.

FanCode signs multi-year partnership with Bundesliga International

NEW DELHI: Multi-sport aggregator FanCode has partnered with Bundesliga International to show the German football league action every single week. With this multi-year partnership, FanCode becomes the only destination for fans in India to experience comprehensive coverage of the Bundesliga.

Sports Minister seeks complete details of decorated and aspiring players

CHANDIGARH:The Punjab Sports Department, fulfilling the aspirations of Sports Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi of paying due honour to the state players excelled at national and international level and to meet the expenses of those players, who are preparing for the upcoming games, has issued strict 

Sports Ministry to establish KISCE in six more states

NEW DELHI:The Sports Ministry said on Tuesday that it is set to establish the Khelo India Centre of Excellence (KISCE) in six more states under the ministry's flagship Khelo India scheme.