Friday, March 4, 2016

Monthly Sports News 2016 February



Monthly Sports News 2016 February

Sindhu, Srikanth lead Indian challenge at German Open

With Saina Nehwal missing another event due to fitness issues, PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth will spearhead the Indian challenge at the USD 120,000 German Grand Prix Gold starting with the qualifiers .
2016-02-29

Lewis says no to professional boxers at Olympics

Former World and Olympic champion Lennox Lewis has slammed a proposal to allow professional boxers to compete at the Olympics, saying that it could be dangerous for young amateur boxers.
2016-02-28

Napoli's Insigne robbed at gunpoint: Report

Napoli star Lorenzo Insigne has become the latest in a long line of players from the Serie A club to be robbed at gunpoint, according to reports .
2016-02-28

Fit-again Kashyap aims to seal Olympics berth

Racing against time to seal his Olympic berth, a fit-again Parupalli Kashyap is back in the hunt for the Rio spot after recovering from a series of injuries which derailed his preparation for the Summer Games.
2016-02-28

Arundhati, Vaishnavi go down fighting in semifinals

The impressive run of Arundhati Pantawane and Vaishnavi Bhale came to an end in the semifinals of the All India Senior Ranking Badminton tournament at Atul, Gujarat, .
2016-02-28

Huck set sights on Glowacki after Afolabi win

Marco Huck has set his sights on regaining his WBO title after his technical knock-out win over Britain's Ola Afolabi gave him the IBO cruiserweight belt.
2016-02-28

Santa Cruz stops Martinez in 5th to stay undefeated

Leo Santa Cruz stopped Kiko Martinez for his first defence of the WBA featherweight title, which could put him in line for a super-fight in one of boxing's strongest divisions.
2016-02-28

McIlroy tops Rooney thanks to Frampton title win

Carl Frampton defeated Scott Quigg on a split points decision to become the WBA and IBF super-bantamweight champion and guaranteed fellow Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy a night out at Wayne Rooney's expense.
2016-02-28

US firm to produce documentary on Yuvraj Singh

A US-based firm will produce a documentary on 2011 Cricket World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh's life, TOI has learnt.
2016-02-28

Indian hockey team to attend coaching camp in March-April

The Indian men's hockey team will undergo a month-long coaching camp to prepare for the upcoming tournaments at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Centre here from March 7 to April 8.
2016-02-27

Virat Kohli's Pakistani fan who hoisted tricolour gets bail

A Pakistani court has granted bail to a young die-hard fan of ace Indian batsman Virat Kohli after he spent more than a month behind bars over treason charges for hoisting the Indian tricolour atop his home.
2016-02-27

Arundhati enters quarters in All India Senior Ranking Badminton

Making a comeback to the national-level badminton after her wedding early last month, Arundhati Pantawane stormed into the quarterfinals of the All India Senior Ranking Badminton tournament at Atul, Gujarat, .
2016-02-27

Salve benefit one-day boxing tournament on March 6

Kamptee Taluka Boxing Association under the auspices of Nagpur District Boxing Association (NDBA) is holding a one-day boxing meet 'Champions Night' on March 6 here at the Divisional Sports Complex, Mankapur.
2016-02-27

Indian boxers running risk of being barred from Olympics

This is the latest missive from the International Boxing Association (AIBA) after a meeting of its various commissions in Manchester recently.
2016-02-26

Little Afghan Messi fan still keen to meet idol

The five-year-old Afghan boy who won the Internet's heart when he was pictured wearing a plastic bag as an improvised Lionel Messi jersey is still eager to meet the Argentine football superstar, he said .
2016-02-26

Will give my all to be in Rio: Vijender Singh

Beijing Olympics bronze medallist Vijender Singh has welcomed the world body's (AIBA) suggestion to allow professional boxers to participate in the Olympics.
2016-02-26

Santa Cruz eyes 'spectacular' defence against Martinez

Unbeaten Leo Santa Cruz is looking for a "spectacular" display in his World Boxing Association featherweight title defence against Kiko Martinez that could put him in line for a title unification bout.
2016-02-26

Jat stir has pushed Haryana back in time: Chess player Anuradha Beniwal

The chess player, now an avid traveller and writer, joins the likes of Randeep Hooda, Virender Sehwag and Vijender Singh in asking the Jat community to end the senseless violence in Haryana.
2016-02-26

RCB not Mallya's baby anymore

The liquor baron has resigned with effect from February 25, 2016, as chairman and non-executive director of United Spirits Limited (USL), Four Seasons Wines Limited and also from his position as a director of Royal Challengers Sports Private Limited (RCSPL).
2016-02-26

AIBA plan for pros in Rio is farcical, says Briton Smith

A proposal to allow established professional boxers to compete in the Olympic Games in Rio this year is farcical, one of Britain's leading boxing administrators said.
2016-02-25

Vijender Singh to take on Hungary's Alexander Horvath on March 12

Unbeaten with demolishing victories in the previous three contests, star Indian boxer Vijender Singh will take on a slightly more experienced Hungarian Alexander Horvath in his fourth professional bout on March 12 in Liverpool.
2016-02-25

Sania, Kohli lead pack of 56 Indians in Forbes' Asia list

Sania Mirza, Virat Kohli and Saina Nehwal lead the pack of over 50 Indians in Forbes' inaugural list of top "promising young leaders and game changers" under the age of 30 in Asia.
2016-02-25

Indian doubles shuttlers spend too much time training: Kamilla

Three-time medallist at World Championship, Denmark's women's doubles star Kamilla Rytter Juhl feels Indian doubles shuttlers spend too much time training on the court and it affects their intensity during matches in international tournaments.
2016-02-25

Professional boxers could be cleared to compete in Olympics

Professional boxers could be eligible to compete in this year's Olympics under proposals put forward by the sport's world governing body.
2016-02-24

Vikas Krishan all set for AIBA Pro Boxing debut

Former World Championships bronze-medallist Vikas Krishan (75kg) will become the first Indian boxer to compete in the AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) competition when he takes on Uzbekistan's Israil Madrimov in Tashkent .
2016-02-24

Ronaldo first athlete to get 200 mn social media followers

Real Madrid star striker Cristiano Ronaldo has made social media history by becoming the first athlete to reach 200 million followers across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
2016-02-24

Sepp Blatter's book about life at FIFA published this month

Sepp Blatter's long-awaited book about his life at FIFA is expected to be published within days.
2016-02-23

Title defense off for injured Thurman

Undefeated world champion Keith Thurman was hurt in a car accident, forcing his March 12 welterweight title defense in Connecticut against Shawn Porter to be postponed, organizers said Monday.
2016-02-23

Vijender set for Delhi show

With three knockouts under his belt, Vijender Singh has started well on the professional circuit. The progress made by him in the ring has made his UK-based promoters advance his title fight from September to June.
2016-02-23

Bangladesh cricketer faces trial for assaulting 11-year-old maid

A Bangladeshi court ruled that national cricketer Shahadat Hossain and his wife should face trial for assaulting an 11-year-old girl they employed as a maid.
2016-02-22

Philippines probes Manny Pacquiao for poll violations

The Philippines' election commission said Monday it would consider a complaint accusing boxing champion Manny Pacquiao of violating election regulations by promoting his upcoming fight in the thick of the campaign.
2016-02-22

Asian Badminton: Indonesia, China victorious

Indonesian men and Chinese women were crowned continental champions at the Badminton Asia Team Championships here . Japan ended on the wrong side in both categories losing with an identical 2-3 margin in the two finals.
2016-02-22

Vijender's maiden title bout set for June 11 tentatively

Star Indian boxer Vijender Singh's maiden professional title bout was today tentatively scheduled for June 11 at the Indira Gandhi Indoor stadium here with the event's sanctioning authority -- the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) -- promising a "historic and epic" contest.
2016-02-22

I'm surprised that a superstar like Mary Kom is scared of me: Pinki Rani

2016-02-22

TICKET TO RIO - Pinky is not a strong opponent: Mary

The rivalry between India's top two pugilists, Mary Kom and Pinky Jangra, just refuses to die. The two are on a collision course to decide who will represent India at next month's Asia-Oceania Olympic Qualifiers for the Rio Olympics.
2016-02-22

Sachin keeps date with tigers in Umred-Karhandla

Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar sighted his first ever tiger in the wild at Umred-Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary (UKWS).
2016-02-22

Dravid may now mentor Daredevils

The legendary batsman, who was associated with the suspended Rajasthan Royals franchise till last year, is in talks with Delhi Daredevils who have let go the services of Gary Kirsten this year.
2016-02-22

12 Indian pugilist make professional debut at IBC fight night

Twelve Indian pugilist have made their professional debut at the first IBC Professional Boxing Fight card held here.
2016-02-21

Chinese women and Indonesia men win Asia Team Championships titles

China and Indonesia won the Badminton Asia Team Championships in the women and men's categories respectively at the Gachibowli indoor stadium.
2016-02-21

Chinese women win Badminton Team Championships

China beat Japan 3-2 in the finals to win the Badminton Asia Team Championships in women's category at the Gachibowli indoor stadium here .
2016-02-21

Kidambi Srikanth wants to win a medal at Rio Olympics

Kidambi Srikanth, the top-ranking male Indian shuttler who put up an impressive performance in the Badminton Asia Team Championships here, says he aims to win a medal in the upcoming Rio Olympics.
2016-02-21

Sturm eyes retirement after making history

Felix Sturm has left his future open after making history as the first German boxer to win world titles five times following his points win over Russia's Fedor Chudinov.
2016-02-21

Saina, Sindhu not very skillful, says Park

Five-time world and former Olympic champion Park Joo Bong has made an interesting observation about India's women's shuttlers Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu.
2016-02-21

Shuttlers lose in Asia Championships semis

HS Prannoy, saviour of the hosts for the last two days, could not repeat the magic as his team bowed out of the tie much before his arrival, losing 1-3 to Indonesia in the semifinals of the Badminton Asia Team Championships.
2016-02-21

Indian men lose to Indonesia in Badminton Asia semi-final

India men's dream run in the ongoing Badminton Asia Team Championships came to an end after a 1-3 semi-final loss to Indonesia .
2016-02-20

We can change Indian boxing's destiny: Sarita Devi

Former world champion L Sarita Devi lamented on the long-dragging administrative mess in Indian boxing but said it is up to the country's boxers to rise above this crisis with their performance at the Rio Olympics.
2016-02-20

Who is Pinki, asks Mary Kom

The rivalry between Mary Kom and Pinki Jangra refuses to die. The two are on a collision course to decide who will represent India in 51kg flyweight category at next month's Asia-Oceania Olympic Qualifiers to be held in Quinian, China, from March 23 to April 3.
2016-02-20

Japan's coach does not find Saina, Sindhu very skilful

Five-time world and former Olympic champion Park Joo-Bong made an interesting observation about India's women's shuttlers Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu. According to Park, who is the head coach of the Japan team, Saina is not very skilful but very determined and swift on court.
2016-02-20

Prannoy, Srikanth star as team Makes Thomas cut

However, Indian women crashed out of the tournament suffering a 0-3 loss against Korea. Despite the loss, the women also made the cut for Uber Cup on the basis of their world ranking points.
2016-02-20

Confident Mary Kom targets Rio berth at Olympic qualifiers

Five-time boxing world champion and Olympic bronze medallist MC Mary Kom is all set for the Rio Olympics qualifiers, to be hosted by China in March.
2016-02-19

Indian men storm into semifinals of Badminton Asia Team Championships

India's impressive run at the Badminton Asia Team Championships continued as the hosts booked a semi-final berth with a hard fought 3-2 win over former champions Malaysia .
2016-02-19

Shikhar Dhawan supports hoisting national flag at universities

Indian cricketer Shikhar Dhawan 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.
2016-02-19

Virat Kohli's Pakistani fan's bail plea dismissed

Notwithstanding a police clean chit, a Pakistani court has dismissed the bail plea of a young die-hard fan of ace cricketer Virat Kohli who was arrested on treason charges for hoisting the Indian flag atop his home.
2016-02-19

WBA sanctions maiden pro fight night in India

In a massive fillip to the still nascent professional boxing scene in India, the country will host its maiden WBA-sanctioned fight card under the aegis of the Indian Boxing Council.
2016-02-19

Pacquiao refuses to back down on gay slurs

Philippine boxing great Manny Pacquiao refused to back down Friday over gay slurs that have tarnished his reputation and cost him millions in sponsorship deals, insisting God is on his side.
2016-02-19

Badminton team gets mind-trainer

For a long time, Indian badminton team was desperately looking for a mind trainer. They hired a few on temporary basis but never got a permanent one. Now, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) has appointed Mridu Sharma as psychologist if the badminton team.
2016-02-19

Shuttlers create history with win over Chinese

Indian men made history here by claiming their ma den victory over powerhouse China. The Indians won 3-2 in their last league encounter of the Badminton Asia Team Championships.
2016-02-19

India's prospect of throwing another world champion in chess looks bleak

Currently, apart from Anand, four Indians - P Harikrishna (No 14), Parimarjan Negi (No 82), Surya Shekhar Ganguly (No 89) and B Adhiban (No 99) - find themselves in the top-100 of the world rankings.
2016-02-18

Sachin Tendulkar's autobiography enters Limca Book of Records

The book has broken all records for an adult hardback across both fiction and non-fiction categories with 1,50,289 copies confirmed on order subscriptions.
2016-02-18

Manny Pacquiao says he respects Nike's decision to drop him

Manny Pacquiao said that he respects Nike's decision to sever ties with him over his comments about gay relationships but stood pat on his opposition to same-sex marriage.
2016-02-18

Indian men beat China 3-2 in Badminton Asia Team Championships

India defeated a depleted China 3-2 in the men's category of the Badminton Asia Team Championships at the Gachibowli indoor stadium.
2016-02-18

Vijender Singh to fight for WBO Asia title in India

Unstoppable so far, star Indian boxer Vijender Singh will now gun for his maiden title in the professional circuit when he fights for the WBO Asia belt come June in front of home fans in the national capital.
2016-02-18

Nike axes Pacquiao over gay slurs

US sports equipment giant Nike axed Manny Pacquiao after he described gay couples as "worse than animals", slamming the Filipino boxer's remarks as "abhorrent."
2016-02-18

India to bid for World Schools Chess Championship

If everything goes well, Nagpur may host the 2016 World Schools Chess Championship.
2016-02-18

Bansod, Bhandarkar excel in HCBA chess tournament

Milind Bansod and Shreerang Bhandarkar emerged table toppers in the recently held eighth High Court Bar Association (HCBA) Chess tournament.
2016-02-18

Indian men and women beat Singapore, enter quarterfinals

India began their campaign Badminton Asia Team Championships in style with both men's and women's teams posting victories against their Singapore rivals to make it to the quarterfinals.
2016-02-17

Retiring Pacquiao refuses to rule out Mayweather rematch

Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao, who will retire this year to focus on his political career, has not ruled out the chances of having a rematch with American boxer Floyd Mayweather.
2016-02-17

India register 5-0 win against Singapore, enter quarters

India sailed into the quarterfinals of Badminton Asia Team Championship with a comprehensive 5-0 victory over Singapore .
2016-02-17

Badminton: Indonesia, Taipei in quarters

Indonesia and Chinese Taipei made it to the men's quarterfinals of the Badminton Asia Team Championships at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium here .
2016-02-17

Retiring Pacquiao opens door to Mayweather rematch

Philippine boxing great Manny Pacquiao has opened the door to a lucrative rematch with Floyd Mayweather, telling AFP he still intends to retire after his next fight but that a comeback is possible.
2016-02-17

When AIBA officials threatened to pull out

Thankfully, the crisis blew over after a few parleys and the finals were on after a delay of around 10-15 minutes.
2016-02-17

Anand finishes second in Zurich Challenge

Luck deserted Viswanathan Anand again as the Indian had to be content with a second place finish in the Zurich Chess Challenge that concluded here.
2016-02-16

Indian boxing officials in process of drafting new constitution

India's boxing officials said that they are in the process of drafting a new constitution and also forming a new national body to ensure that pugilists do not suffer.
2016-02-16

Badminton Asia Team Championships: Japan post win in both men and women category

2016-02-16

Payment row delays SAG women's boxing finals

There was high drama before the women's boxing finals in the 12th South Asian Games after AIBA-appointed ad-hoc committee officials threatened to pull out claiming "delay in payment" by the organising committee.
2016-02-16

Mumbai girl makes it to world's top-six in Chess

Suhaani Lohia, a six-year-old from Mumbai, made a little bit of history when she was ranked among the top six ranked players for players of around her age.
2016-02-16

SAG: Perfect 10 for boxers as Mary, Sarita strike gold

MC Mary Kom and Pooja Rani knocked out their respective opponents while L Sarita Devi survived a scare as India grabbed all the three gold medals on offer in women's boxing for an overall clean-sweep of top honours in the 12th South Asian Games .
2016-02-16

Ability makes Srikanth dangerous'

The 57-year-old Frost said that Kidambi Srikanth is the most dangerous player among the Indians.
2016-02-16

Egypt jails 15 football fans for trying to kill club boss

A court in Egypt jailed 15 hard core football fans known as "ultras" for trying to kill the chairman of the popular Cairo-based Zamalek club, an official said.
2016-02-15

Afghans cry foul over Jangra win, allege favouritism

Afghanistan cried foul over the loss of Rahemi Alla Dada in the final of the men's 69kg boxing competition, alleging that the referees "favoured" home favourite Mandeep Jangra.
2016-02-15

SAG: Indian boxers make a clean sweep, bag 7 gold medals

Indian boxers packed a powerful punch as they bagged all the seven gold medals on offer in the men's event of 12th South Asian Games .
2016-02-15

China, Korea, Thailand emerge victorious in Badminton Asia Team Championship

China, Korea and Thailand emerged victorious after beating their respective opponents in the Badminton Asia Team Championship .
2016-02-15

Indian boxing mess: State units hold meeting with ad-hoc panel

Making another attempt at sorting the administrative mess in Indian boxing, representatives of 18 state units held a meeting with the AIBA ad-hoc committee and the coordination panel to discuss formation of a new federation.
2016-02-15

IBC collaborates with WBA for Technical Officials seminar

The Indian Boxing Council will collaborate with the World Boxing Association (WBA) to conduct seminars for its technical officials from February 17 to 19 here to equip them for Asian and world level pro-boxing contests.
2016-02-15

Administrative mess demotivating boxers: Mary Kom

Olympic bronze-medallist MC Mary Kom said future seems dark for the country's pugilists, who are losing motivation to train.
2016-02-15

WATCH: Zach LaVine and Aaron Gordon's epic NBA slam dunk contest

Zach LaVine and Aaron Gordon put on the greatest slam dunk competition in NBA history on one of the coldest night in Toronto.
2016-02-15

Viswanathan Anand keeps lead in Zurich challenge

Former world champion Viswanathan Anand played out two draws to keep his full point lead in the Zurich Chess Challenge.
2016-02-15

Indian men favoured to go the distance in Asia C'ship

The pull out of star shuttler Saina Nehwal might have taken the fizz out of Indian women's challenge but the men stand a good chance to go the distance at the Badminton Asia Team Championships which will kick off at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium here .
2016-02-15

Mary Kom leads charge

Mary Kom led India's charge in the boxing ring as the hosts booked berths in almost all the weight categories. The men's finals will be held and women's final are scheduled for Tuesday.
2016-02-15

Zurich Chess Challenge: Viswanathan Anand in lead after beating Anish Giri

Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand continued his fine form to outwit Anish Giri and move into the sole lead after the end of the second round of Zurich Chess Challenge.
2016-02-14

Mary Kom, 5 others in South Asian Games final

M C Mary Kom led the charge as six Indian boxers stormed into the final with comprehensive wins in the first session of semifinals in the 12th South Asian Games .
2016-02-14

Boxing mess may lead to mass exodus: official

Bickering in the Indian boxing community may lead to a mass exodus of Olympic medal prospects to the professional circuit as they are "starved" of exposure due to the absence of a national federation, South Asian Games Tournament Director (Boxing) Lenny D'Gama has said.
2016-02-14

Without Saina, Indian women face tough task in Asian C'ship

With star shuttler Saina Nehwal not playing, the Indian women's team have a tough task at hand in the Badminton Asia Team Championships beginning at the Gachibowli stadium here tomorrow.
2016-02-14

Specialist coach has helped my fitness: Jwala

Her long-standing demand for a specialist coach fulfilled, India's doubles badminton player Jwala Gutta says she has become physically fitter and mentally stronger heading into the Asia Championship starting here tomorrow.
2016-02-14

Can't ask me to retire for not hitting sixes: Dhoni

It was a different MS Dhoni who came for the press conference after India's 69-run win over Sri Lanka in the second T20I at JSCA International Cricket Stadium .
2016-02-14

Saina pulls out of Badminton Asia Team Championships

Saina Nehwal has pulled out of Badminton Asia Team Championships, starting Monday, owing to an injury that prevented her from participating in the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold tournament and the 12th South Asian Games.
2016-02-13

Boxing was nearly scrapped from South Asian Games: Official

Boxing was nearly scrapped from the 12th South Asian Games and almost headed the basketball way but timely intervention by the AIBA appointed coordination committee saved organisers the blushes.
2016-02-13

Saina pulls out of Asian Team meet

The chances of Indian women's team in the upcoming the Badminton Asia Team Championship were dented as Saina Nehwal pulled out of the event, to be played at the Gachibowli Stadium, . Parupalli Kashyap had also withdrawn from the event.
2016-02-13

New deals for Sindhu, Srikanth

Following in the footsteps of their illustrious senior Saina Nehwal, both PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth have signed a big deal with popular badminton goods supplier Yonex.
2016-02-13

Sindhu hoping for better results in Badminton Asia Championship

Top Indian shuttler PV Sindhu, who suffered a shocking defeat recently in the South Asian Games, is confident of putting up a better show in the Badminton Asia Championship to be held here from February 15 to 21.
2016-02-12

Gopichand hopeful of a good show by Indian shuttlers

Noting that the Indian squad for the upcoming Badminton Asia Team championship is a combination of experience and youth, chief national coach Pullela Gopichand exuded confidence that the shuttlers would come up with a spirited performance.
2016-02-12

Dhaka SAG gold-medallist now Mary Kom's personal coach

The Services boxer had won in the 57kg category at the Dhaka Games.
2016-02-12

South Asian Games is a new start for me: Sarita Devi

Excited to compete on home turf for the first time after her ban ended, Indian boxer L Sarita Devi (60kg) said the South Asian Games are nothing short of a new start for her.
2016-02-12

India eyeing four Olympic berths in boxing: Gurbax Singh Sandhu

So far, none has qualified for the Olympics with world No. 2 Shiva Thapa (56kg) coming close to it last year before losing in a box-off in the World Championship.
2016-02-12

Viswanathan Anand to star in Zurich Challenge

Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand will be back on familiar terrain when he takes on elite opposition in the Zurich Chess Challenge that gets underway here.
2016-02-12

Star-studded boxing team geared up for golden sweep at SAG

With seasoned campaigners such as M C Mary Kom and Shiva Thapa leading the charge, India will fancy all 10 gold medals up for grabs when the boxing competition gets underway in the 12th South Asian Games .
2016-02-12

Chinese shuttler gets retroactive doping ban

Chinese women's badminton player Yu Xiaohan was hit with a retroactive seven-month ban after she was found last year to have ingested a prohibited substance, the Badminton World Federation said Friday.
2016-02-12

Benzema admits to lying over sex tape: Report

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has admitted to lying to fellow France international Mathieu Valbuena over a sex video at the centre of an alleged blackmailing attempt, Le Parisien reported .
2016-02-12

Chinese shuttler Yu given backdated seven-month doping ban

The Badminton World Federation has announced a backdated seven-month doping ban for Yu Xiaohan on the eve of the Chinese shuttler's eligibility to return to competition.
2016-02-12

It's perfect time to stun Mary Kom: Anusha Kodituwakku

The London Olympics bronze medalist is coming back from a long layoff and she's yet to get back to her best and the Lankan experienced boxer said it's the perfect time to stun the Indian boxing queen.
2016-02-11

Sindhu eyeing World top 7 before Rio Olympics

One of the strong medal hopefuls from badminton at the upcoming Olympics, PV Sindhu said she wants to break into the top 7 in world ranking before the Rio Games in August.
2016-02-11

Clean sweep by shuttlers; Ruthvika stuns PV Sindhu to win gold

Ruthvika Shivani created the biggest upset by defeating PV Sindhu in straight games to win the women's singles gold medal with India bagging seven gold and five silver medals from the badminton event of the South Asian Games.
2016-02-10

Baby girl for British ace Andy Murray

British tennis star Andy Murray has become a father for the first time after his wife Kim Sears gave birth to a baby girl , according to the BBC News.
2016-02-09

Stop step-motherly attitude towards doubles: Jwala Gutta

Star shuttler Jwala Gutta once again asked the Badminton Association of India to stop the "step-motherly treatment" towards its doubles players, saying its high time the federation changes its attitude.
2016-02-08

Indian shuttlers beat Sri Lanka, win 2 medals

Indian shuttlers opened their account with two gold medals in the men's and women's team events, easily downing their opponents from Sri Lanka in the 12th South Asian Games .
2016-02-08

Lokhande wins Salunke memorial chess title

In-form Saurabh Lokhande emerged champion in the Sachin Salunke Memorial 24th NDCA Weekend Rapid Chess tournament which concluded at the Annasaheb Gundewar College Hall .
2016-02-08

Dale Steyn runs into deadly snake!

South African pacer Dale Steyn had a close call with a venomous snake in Kruger National Park and he took to Instagram to caution his followers.
2016-02-07

Ronaldo, now 31, soccer star and entrepreneur

Cristiano Ronaldo is 31 years old, with his playing career still in full swing and his entrepreneurial profile strengthening with each passing year to capitalize globally on his brand value.
2016-02-06

One shot dead at Dublin boxing weigh-in: Police

One man was killed and two others injured when gunmen opened fire on boxing fans at a weigh-in at a Dublin hotel , Irish police said.
2016-02-05

Cricketer Irfan Pathan marries 21-year-old Safa from Jeddah

Cricketer Irfan Pathan has tied nuptial knots with a 21-year-old girl from Jeddah. The all-rounder from Baroda married Safa Baig at Haram Shareef in the holy city of Mecca .
2016-02-05

Jwala, Srikanth confident of clean sweep at South Asian Games

Celebrated Indian doubles shuttler Jwala Gutta and World No. 9 men's singles player K Srikanth exuded confidence of a clean sweep in badminton event during the 12th South Asian Games which got underway at Guwahati
2016-02-05

Ravindra Jadeja gets engaged

Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja got engaged to city-based mechanical engineer Riva Solanki .
2016-02-05

More cricketers join Yuvraj Singh's cancer campaign

Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Zaheer Khan joined Yuvraj Singh's campaign to educate 100 cancer-affected kids on the World Cancer Day.
2016-02-05

Kashyap, Saina pull out of SAG

Ace shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap have withdrawn from the South Asian Games (SAG), which will kick off in Guwahati and Shillong .
2016-02-05

Yuvraj Singh foundation launches crowd-funding campaign

Yuvraj Singh has now pledged to take his fight against cancer to the people. On the occasion of World Cancer Day he announced 'Together We Can' a crowd-funding initiative on DesiredWings.com.
2016-02-05

Indian doubles shuttlers lack self belief: Malaysian coach

India's new Malaysian doubles coach Tan Kim Her feels only training for long hours won't help the Indian doubles shuttlers in achieving success and they need to start believing in themselves.
2016-02-04

Srikanth remains World No. 9, Sindhu slips to 12th

Despite clinching the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold men's title, India's Kidambi Srikanth remained static at World No. 9 while P V Sindhu dropped a place to be No. 12 in the latest BWF rankings released .
2016-02-04

Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury ready to 'walk away'

World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is struggling for motivation and could quit boxing, the controversial fighter told the BBC .
2016-02-04

NBA: Durant puts free agency talk on back burner to sink Magic

Kevin Durant turned the conversation back to the court and away from his impending free agency with a final-second jump shot that lifted the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 117-114 victory over Orlando Magic .
2016-02-04

Aditya Mittal outwits Sriram to take lead in junior chess

In a closely contested game, Mittal overcame the challenge from B Sriram to pick up the full point.
2016-02-03

Indian men clubbed with China, women have it easy

Kidambi Srikanth and co will have a first crack at the Chinese Wall while the women heaved a sigh of relief at the Badminton Asia Team Championships draw conducted at a city hotel .
2016-02-03

Keep passion alive to fulfil your dreams: Tendulkar tells kids

Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar advised children to work diligently towards achieving their goals and strive to become a good human being.
2016-02-03

Chase your dream with passion: Tendulkar

When Sachin Tendulkar used to bat, people used to sit back and enjoy his batting. Now, although, the role has changed, he still holds the centre stage, albeit with his inspiring words.
2016-02-03

Easy draw for women, tough for men in Badminton Asia Championship

India's women shuttlers have an easy group league draw being clubbed with Singapore and Japan in the Badminton Asia Championship which will be held from February 15 to 21.
2016-02-02

Anand suffers another defeat at Gibraltar Chess

With just three rounds to come in the 185000 pounds sterling festival, Anand remained on four points from his seven games and went out of contention for a podium finish.
2016-02-02

Vijender Singh's bout postponed to March

Star Indian boxer Vijender Singh's fourth professional bout was rescheduled from February 23 to March 12 but the venue of the fight remains Liverpool.
2016-02-02

Injured Kashyap wants 'rest', gets air-tickets for SAG

Kashyap had already written a letter to Badminton Association of India (BAI) and the Ministry, requesting that he be allowed to skip the the South Asian Games.
2016-02-02

IOC gives thumbs-up to anti-Zika measures

IOC chief Thomas Bach has welcomed measures being taken to tackle the mosquito-borne Zika virus and believes the spread of the virus across South America will not adversely affect the Rio de Janeiro Games in August.
2016-02-02

Difficult for Jwala-Ashwini to win Olympic medal: Mathias Boe

Mathias Boe feels that India's premier women's combine of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa will find it extremely difficult to pull off a doubles medal at the Rio Olympics.
2016-02-02

Fans are more vocal & passionate in India: Charlotte

Born into a family of wrestlers, Ashley Fliehr, aka Charlotte, was in the city for WWE India, and spoke to us about the need for gender equality in wrestling and other sports.
2016-02-02

Abhijeet Gupta holds Harikrishna

Continued his dream run, Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta held higher-ranked compatriot P Harikrishna to a draw in the sixth round of the masters section of Tradewise Gibraltar International Chess Festival .
2016-02-01

Top Indian shuttlers reluctant to play at SAG

Top Indian shuttlers including Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu are reluctant to play at the upcoming South Asian Games so that their preparations and training schedule for the Rio Olympics does not get affected.
2016-02-01

Dubai cop jailed for posting Messi's passport on social media

A Dubai court sentenced a policeman to one month in prison for posting a video showing Argentine football superstar Lionel Messi's passport on social media, local media reported.
2016-02-01

Neymar in Brazil tax charges

Barcelona football star Neymar insisted he is innocent of tax evasion allegations, days after losing an appeal against a $112,000 fine for filing irregularities in 2007 and 2008.
2016-02-01

Gopi's kids show pedigree

On a day when three shuttlers achieved a grand double each at the ONGC National SubJunior Ranking Tournament, chief coach Pullela Gopichand's children clinched national ranking titles for the first time in the same tournament.
2016-02-01

Srikanth third time lucky

Top seed K Srikanth smashed his way past China's Yuxiang Huang 21-13, 14-21, 21-14 to win the men's title at the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold badminton championship.
2016-02-01

Gopchand's children win titles

On a day when three shuttlers achieved a grand double each at the ONGC National Sub-Junior Ranking Tournament, chief coach Pullela Gopichand's children clinched national ranking titles for the first time in the same tournament.
2016-02-01

Lokhande clinches weekend rapid chess crown

In-form Saurabh Lokhande performed well to emerge champion in the 23rd NDCA Weekend Rapid Chess tournament which concluded at the NIT Recreational Centre, Surendra Nagar.
2016-02-01

Olympic medallist Narang shoots 'Kanha Untamed'

Olympic bronze medallist Gagan Narang has made a special edition calendar with stunning images that he captured during his visit to the Kanha National Park.
2016-01-31

Viswanathan Anand loses again in Gibraltar Chess

Viswanathan Anand continued to struggle in his first open tournament in 23 years as he suffered a shock defeat at the hands of French Grandmaster Adrien Demuth in the fifth round of the masters section of Gibraltar chess festival.
2016-01-31

Anand lose again; Harikrishna, Abhijeet among leaders

Viswanathan Anand continued to struggle in his first open tournament in 23 years as he suffered a shock defeat at the hands of French Grandmaster Adrien Demuth in the fifth round of the masters section of Gibraltar chess festival.
2016-01-31

Kidambi Srikanth wins Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold title

India's ace shuttler Kidambi Srikanth survived a scare to clinch the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold title after defeating unseeded China's Huang Yuxiang 21-13, 14-21, 21-14 in the final .
2016-01-31

Korean Sung Ji Hyun wins women's singles at Syed Modi GP

Korean Sung Ji Hyun edged out Japan's Sayaka Sato in the women's singles finals to clinch the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold title at the Babu Banarasi Das Indoor stadium.
2016-01-31

Riding on PBL success, BAI mulls league for domestic shuttlers

While the PBL saw the who's who of world badminton descend to India to entertain the spectators with their superior display, the proposed new league could see the Indian stars playing in six different cities after the Rio Olympics.
2016-01-31

Kudankulam N-plant resumes power generation

Unit 1 of the Kudankulam nuclear power reactor restarted generation at 7.12am . The power generation has begun seven months after the reactor was shut down for annual maintenance on June 23, 2015.
2016-01-31

Srikanth, Pranaav-Akshay enter Syed Modi finals

Indian doubles duo of Akshay Dewalkar and Pranaav Jerry Chopra stunned world no. 7 Koreans Kim Gi Jung and Kim Sa Rang in an edge-of-the-seat semifinals.
2016-01-30

Anand held by Russian GM Oparin in Gibraltar Chess

Former world champion Viswanathan Anand was held to a draw by Russian Grandmaster Grigoriy Oparin in the fourth of the Masters section of Tradewise Gibraltar Chess festival.
2016-01-30

Sung counting on her experience to handle pressure at Olympics

The Chinese shuttlers might continue to be a strong force in women's singles, but World No. 7 Korean Sung Ji Hyun feels she has the experience and skills to handle pressure.
2016-01-30

Qualifiers Nikkita-Aditi enter All India Sub-Junior Ranking badminton semis

Qualifiers Nikkita and Aditi stunned local players Poojitha Goudi Cherla and M Meghana Reddy 21-17, 22-20 in the 25-minute quarterfinal.
2016-01-30

Srikanth wins, Pranaav-Akshay stun World No 8

K Srikanth entered the semi-finals but it was the stunning win of doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar over their world number eight opponents from Denmark that was the highlight of the day at Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold.
2016-01-29
Source: Times of India News

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