Tuesday, May 18, 2021


Indian teams for World Jr Tennis Asia/Oceania final qualifiers named

NEW DELHI: Indian boys' and girls' teams for next month's ITF World Junior Tennis Competition Asia/Oceania final qualifying round have been selected, but there is some uncertainty around the competition due to the raging Covid-19 pandemic.

Nadal beats Djokovic for 10th Rome Open title

ROME: World No. 3 Spaniard Rafael Nadal on Sunday won his 10th Italian Open title, after overcoming a second set comeback from No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the final to triumph 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 in two hours and 50 minutes.

Nadal beats Djokovic for 10th Rome Open title

ROME: World No. 3 Spaniard Rafael Nadal on Sunday overcame a mid-match surge from No. 1-ranked Serbian Novak Djokovic to win the Italian Open final 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 in two hours and 50 minutes for his 10th title.

Ex-KKR pacer Gurney decides to retire from cricket

NEW DELHI: Former Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and England left-arm speedster Harry Gurney has decided to retire from cricket following a shoulder injury.

Dijiv-Sander lose in doubles semi-final in Heilbronn Neckarcup

CHANDIGARH:Third seeded American pair of Nathaniel Lammons and Jasckson Withrow ousted second seeded combination of Divij Sharan and Sander Arends of Netherlands 6-3, 6-3 in the doubles semi-final in the € 88, 520 ATP Challenger 7th Heilbronn Neckarcup, Germany, on Friday.

Bernabe terminates Sumit Nagal's winning spree in Germany

CHANDIGARH: Bernabe Zapata Miralles of Spain, ranked 139th terminated the winning spree of Sumit Nagal of India, ranked 140th, in the € 88, 520 ATP Challenger 7th Heilbronn Neckarcup, Germany, on Thursday.

Sumit Nagal upsets sixth seed in ATP Challenger Heilbronn Neckarcup

CHANDIGARH: Sumit Nagal advanced to the second round while Prajnesh Gunneswaran made his exit in the singles of the € 88, 520 ATP Challenger 7th Heilbronn Neckarcup, Germany, on Tuesday.

Guyana Amazon Warriors announce 2021 squad

Georgetown (Guyana): The Guyana Amazon Warriors have retained 11 of the players who guided them to the semi-finals in the last edition, for the 2021 Hero Caribbean Premier League which gets underway in St Kitts & Nevis on August 28.

Bopanna and. Shapovalov lose in ATP Masters 1000 in Rome

CHANDIGARH:Rohan Bopanna of India and Denis Shapovalov of Canada los to Macus Daniell of New Zealand and Philipp Oswald (Austria)by 6-4, 6-4 in the doubles first round of the € 2,563,710 ATP Masters 1000 Internazionali BNL d’Italia at the Foro Italico in Rome. The match on courts number 4 lasted one hour and 11 minutes.
Rohan Bopanna committed his first double fault in the third game of the first set and with this breakpoint Daniell and Oswald took a 2-1 lead. In the fourth game, Bopanna and Shapovalov dominated and had advantage of three breakpoints but failed to capitalize these chances and their rivals bounced back to make it deuce before winning and leading 3-1.

Shotgun World Cup: Khangura makes a promising start

NEW DELHI: India's Gurjoat Singh Khangura made a promising start by shooting 74 out of 75 in the opening three rounds of the men's skeet event of the Shotgun World Cup in Lonato, Italy, on Sunday.

India could tour Sri Lanka for limited-over series in July

KOLKATA:India could play a three-match ODI and five-match T20I series against Sri Lanka in July, the Indian cricket board president, Sourav Ganguly, has said.Going by the ICC's Future Tours Programme (FTP), India are scheduled to play three T20 matches in Sri Lanka this July. India were also due to play three T20Is and an equal number of ODIs last June in the island nation, but that tour was cancelled due to the Covid pandemic.

Bopanna-Denis go down fighting in doubles q-final in Madrid Open

CHANDIGARH: Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov of Canada went down fighting to German pair of Alexander Zverev and Tim Puetz in the evenly contested double quarter-final of the € 3,226,325 ATP Masters 1000 Mutua Madrid Open at the Arantxa Sanchez Stadium on Friday.

2nd Test: Pakistan eye series sweep against Zimbabwe

HARARE: After beating Zimbabwe by an innings and 116 runs in the first Test, Pakistan will look to sweep the two-Test series with another win in the second Test that begins at the Harare Sports Club on Friday.

India will face many problems in WTC cricket final: de Grandhomme

NEW DELHI: New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme says India will have a problem of plenty when they play the World Test Championship (WTC) final against his country in June in England.

CAS rejects Gomathi's appeal against doping ban

NEW DELHI: The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed Indian middle distance runner Gomathi Manimathu's appeal against her four-year ban for doping imposed by Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) in 2019.

Desperate SRH seek a win against Mumbai Indians

NEW DELHI: Time is running out for SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH), who have managed just one win in the first half of the Indian Premier League. They face Mumbai Indians (MI) here at the Arun Jaitley Stadium on Tuesday.

Punjab were about 10 runs short on that wicket: Captain Agarwal

AHMEDABAD: Punjab Kings (PBKS) were about 10 runs short and should have scored more in the middle overs against Delhi Capitals (DC), said stand-in captain Mayank Agarwal after their seven-wicket defeat in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Sunday.

Riya- Gabriela lose in doubles final in Portugal

CHANDIGARH: Riya Bhatia, pairing with Gabriela Ce of Brazil were beaten in the doubles final by Adrienn Nagy of Hungary and Sohyun Park of Korea 6-4, 6-0 in the $25,000 ITF Women’s Tennis Tournament in Portugal.

We don't wear turban for money like Akshay Kumar: Brar

NEW DELHI: Punjab Kings all-rounder Harpreet Brar, who dismantled the Royal Challengers Bangalore's (RCB) strong batting line up with a three-wicket haul on Friday night, takes pride in wearing his turban.

No stress, just went out and bowled freely vs RCB: Harpreet

AHMEDABAD: Punjab Kings' (PBKS) slow left-arm bowler Harpreet Brar, who played a huge role in his team's 34-run victory against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), said he had made up his mind to just go out and bowl in the right areas without taking pressure.

Covid takes life of Hockey legend Yash Pal Vohra

CHANDIGARH: Yash Pal Vohra, a former Hockey player of Punjab and grand father of crickter Manan Vohra (Rajasthan Royals) died of Covid-19 infection on Friday at the age of 92. He lived with his son in Panchkula.

Ish Sodhi bowls St Kitts & Nevis Patriots to victory

GROS ISLET, ST LUCIA: The fifth match of the Hero CPL Esports Series saw Ish Sodhi of the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots take on Ryan Persaud of the Jamaica Tallawahs at a virtual Warner Park. It was Sodhi and the Patriots who emerged victorious after a virtuoso batting display saw them reach 135 for 2 from their five overs.

IPL 2021 probably most vulnerable bio-bubble: Zampa

SYDNEY:Australia Adam Zampa said that the bio-bubble for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 is the most vulnerable one he has been in so far due to the Covid-19 situation in India.

Doesn't feel like AB has retired: Kohli

AHMEDABAD: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli on Tuesday acknowledged AB de Villiers's ability after the South African batsman hammered an unbeaten 75 off 42 balls to help the Bengaluru franchise beat Delhi Capitals.

Bopanna-Boblik face Luke-Dominic in ATP 250 Millenium Estoril open

CHANDIGARH: Rohan Bopanna of India, pairing with Alexander Boblik of Kazakhstan have been drawn to challenge Great Britain duo of Luke Bambridge and Dominic Inglor in the doubles first round of the ATP 250 € 481,270 Millenium Estoril Open, Portugal.

Surprised at Glenn Maxwell's success: Pietersen

NEW DELHI: Glenn Maxwell's success at this season's Indian Premier League (IPL) has been surprising considering that he isn't the main man in the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) which he likes to be in every team he plays with, said former England batsman Kevin Pietersen.

International hockey umpire Suresh Thakur dies of Covid

CHANDIGARH: Former international hockey umpire Suresh Kumar Thakur died in Mohali on Friday due to Covid-related complications. He was 51.Thakur had officiated in several prestigious international tournaments including the four-nation tournament in Hamburg (Germany) and the Azlan Shah Cup at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He also officiated as an umpire in the Hockey India League (HIL) in 2013 and 2014.

Wrestler Jadhav's financial woes end with Railways job

NEW DELHI: Greco-Roman wrestler Sunny Jadhav, who had been doing odd jobs including washing cars to make ends meet, is elated at finally having landed a job with the Indian Railways through sports quota.

Punjab Kings jump two places, move to fifth in IPL table

CHENNAI: After their crushing nine-wicket win over Mumbai Indians (MI) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Friday night, Punjab Kings (PBKS) moved up to fifth position in the points table, just one spot behind the Mumbai franchise.

Pooran powers past Santner in CPL Esports Series

GROS ISLET, ST LUCIA (KINGSTON): The fourth match of Hero CPL Esports series saw Nicholas Pooran of the Guyana Amazon Warriors take on Mitchell Santner of the Barbados Tridents at a virtual Kensington Oval. It was the Warriors who emerged victorious after a brutal display with the bat and superb bowling from their spinners. Warriors won by a massive 60 runs.

Divij Sharan loses in doubles q-final in ATP 250 Serbia Open

CHANDIGARH: Qualifiers Ivan Sabanov and Matej Sabanov from Croatia beat Ajiaz Bedene of Slovenia and Divij Sharan of India 6-1, 6-3 in the doubles quarter-final of the € 71,800 ATP 250 Serbia Open, Belgrade.

Kapil, Sachin, Virat among 5 greatest players of ODI era: Wisden

NEW DELHI: Kapil Dev (the 1980s), Sachin Tendulkar (the 1990s) and Virat Kohli (the 2010s) have been named among the five greatest players of the five decades in which ODIs have been played in the 158th Edition of the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2021 that also describes India as "the new masters" of cricket – and heaps praise on its 2-1 victory in the 2020-21 tour of Australia.

Indian men and women runners-up in freestyle in Asian Wrestling in Kazakhstan

CHANDIGARH: Iran wrestlers dominated the mats as they lifted the Greco-Roman as well as Freestyle team trophies in the2021 Senior Asian Wrestling Championships at the Baluan Sholak Palace of Culture and Sports in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Sumit Nagal loses to Herbert in ATP 500 Barcelona Open

CHANDIGARH: Qualifier Sumit Nagal of India fought well in the first set but meekly surrendered the second set in the first round (round of 64) as opponent 70th ranked Plerre-Hugues Herbert of France recorded 7-5, 6-0 victory in the €1,702,800 ATP 500 Barcelona Banc Sabadell (Spain) on Monday. The match lasted one hour and 23 minutes.

European football split as big clubs agree to form breakaway league

LONDON: Twelve top European football clubs have agreed to found a Super League as soon as possible, the clubs announced in a joint statement.The founding clubs of the mid-week league were listed as Premier League clubs Manchester United and Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea; Italy's Juventus and Milan clubs AC and Inter, and the Spanish trio of Barcelona, Real and Atletico Madrid.

Atalanta record first win in 20 yrs against Juventus

ROME: Atalanta broke a 20-year curse to end their winless run against Juventus as they managed a 1-0 home win in the head-to-head race for third place, the first victory over the Bianconeri in Serie A since 2001.

Sumit faces Herbert in main draw of Barcelona Open

CHANDIGARH: Spirited Sumit Nagal of India ended challenge of 171th ranked UAE born Thomas Fabbiano of Italy by 7-6 (1), 6-3 in the final qualifying round of the €1,702,800 ATP 500 Barcelona Banc Sabadell in Spain on Sunday.

Delhi to host 2 Pakistan ties, Ahmedabad final of T20 World Cup

NEW DELHI: Delhi is likely to host two of Pakistan's matches in the 2021 T20 World Cup to be held in India in October-November, it has been learned.While the details are yet to be confirmed, the Indian cricket board's (BCCI) Apex Council was on Friday informed that the board has received assurance on visas for Pakistan cricket team and media for the upcoming mega tournament.

I had tears when Zak sir called my name: MI's Yudhvir Charak

MUMBAI: Mumbai Indians pace bowler Yudhvir Singh Charak says he had tears flowing down his cheeks the moment bowling head coach Zaheer Khan "raised the paddle" after his name was called during the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction on February 18 this year.

BJK Cup: Raina, Thandi lose, India 0-2 down against Latvia

JURMALA(Latvia):India's top-ranked singles tennis player Ankita Raina and young Karman Kaur Thandi lost their opening matches in the Billie Jean King Cup play-off tie to Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko and Anastasija Sevastova, respectively to begin their campaign on a disappointing note.