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President bestows controversy-marred Arjuna awards

NEW DELHI: Mired in selection controversies and devoid of a Khel Ratna for the first time in 20 years, the National Sports Awards were on Friday presented by President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in a ceremony which was severely short on star power.

Like the past editions, selection controversies cast a shadow on the ceremony and matters came to a head when boxer Manoj Kumar dragged the Sports Ministry to court after being ... Read More
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NEW DELHI: The Asian Games bound India Women’s National Team went down 0-3 to Century Park FC in their first practice match in Shanghai, China on Thursday (August 28, 2014).

India conceded on both sides of halftime with their best chance coming in the second period when just appointed captain Bembem Devi failed to convert from the penalty spot.
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Indian Team win practice match ahead of Asian Games
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India 3 (Sunil Chhetri – 28th, Robin Singh – 65th, Alwyn George – 90th)


beat Jiangsu Sainty 0


NEW DELHI: The Asian Games bound India U-23 National Team started their China Exposure Tour on a high with a convincing 3-0 win over Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Sainty at the Century Park in Shanghai on Friday (August 29, 2014). Sunil Chhetri, Robin Singh and substitute Alwyn George were on target either side of halftime for ... Read More
Saina, Sindhu reach World Badminton Championships quarterfinals
M Ratnakar,TNN

HYDERABAD: Saina Nehwal survived a scare to reach the quarterfinals of the World Badminton Championships at the Ballerup Sports Arena in Copenhagen on Thursday.

The world No.7 got off to a stuttering start but recovered just in time to down fast rising Japanese youngster Sayaka Takahashi 14-21, 21-18, 21-12.

Later, in a seesaw battle, PV Sindhu squeezed past Yeon Ju Bae of Korea 19-21, 22-20, 25-23 to join Saina in the last eight.

Meanwhile, women's singles ... Read More
Indian Super League off to a starry start

MUMBAI: Their hands on the ball, a very beautiful game playing on their minds, and 'Let's football' - the newly introduced official punchline - on their lips, all eight team owners of the recently launched Indian Super League (ISL) came together at a swanky gathering in south Mumbai to formally pledge their involvement with Reliance-IMG floated tournament on Thursday afternoon.

"It's a beginning of a long journey and today we have taken baby steps. I am ... Read More
Paes, Sania cross the first hurdle
Defending champions Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek had to work hard to cross the first round hurdle in men’s doubles even as Sania Mirza moved to second rounds of her two events at the US Open.

The sixth-seeded pair of Paes and Stepanek overcame a spirited challenge from the Italian pair of Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini 7-6(5), 6-2 in their campaign opener.

They next face unseeded combine of Yen-Hsun Lu from Taipei and Jiri Vesely of ... Read More
India's football, TT teams could be axed from Asian Games

NEW DELHI: A cloud of doubt hangs over the Indian football and table tennis teams' participation in the upcoming Asian Games at government cost, with the Sports Authority of India (SAI) today hinting at dropping the two disciplines owing to slim medal hopes.

SAI Director General Jiji Thomson said dropping of some disciplines was necessary after the the Indian Olympic Association came up with a jumbo list of 935 athletes and officials for the September 19-October ... Read More
Federer, Serena in cruise control as teen duo rock US Open
Five-time champions Roger Federer and Serena Williams reached the US Open second round on Tuesday, but found themselves sharing the headlines with teenage upstarts CiCi Bellis and Borna Coric.

Federer claimed his 50th win of 2014 as the 17-time major winner, playing in his 60th successive Grand Slam and bidding to become the oldest major winner in over 40 years, defeated Australia`s Marinko Matosevic 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) to register his 23rd win in 24 night ... Read More
Raina ton powers India to 304/6

Looking for a change in fortune in the limited-overs version, Indian batsman Suresh Raina struck a belligerent 100 off 75 deliveries to power the visitors to a challenging 304 for six in the second one-dayer against England here today. PTI photo

Looking for a change in fortune in the limited-overs version, Indian batsman Suresh Raina struck a belligerent 100 off 75 deliveries to power the visitors to a challenging 304 for six in the second one-dayer ... Read More
Sindhu enters third round, Jwala-Ashwini pair bows out

COPENHAGEN: India's teen sensation P V Sindhu stormed into the third round of the World Badminton Championship with a straight game victory over Olga Golovanova of Russia in women's singles match here today.

The men's doubles pair of Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy B stunned 15th seeded Japanese duo of Hirokatsu Hashimoto and Noriyasu Hirata 21-19 21-19 in 44 minutes to advance to the third round.

However, it was curtains for women's doubles pair of Jwala ... Read More
Bopanna-Qureshi suffer first round defeat in US Open
Source : ''IANS

''India's Rohan Bopanna and his Pakistani partner Aisam Qureshi suffered a first round defeat in the men's doubles of the US Open tennis here at the Flushing Meadows.

Bopanna and Qureshi, who were seeded 13th, went down 6-7 (10-12), 6-4, 6-7 (5-7) to the unseeded Italian pair of Daniele Bracciali and Andreas Seppi here Tuesday.

It was a tough battle for Bopanna and Qureshi that lasted 152 minutes. The Indo-Pakistan pair managed 11 aces in ... Read More
AIFF Media Team

NEW DELHI: Members of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Bid Evaluation Committee met at the AIFF Headquarters in Football House on Monday (August 25, 2014) to take a call on the proposed bids for the upcoming I-League 2014/15 season onwards.

The committee accepted the bid of the Kalyani Group to participate in 2014-15 I-League which commences from January 17, 2015.
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AIFF Media Team

NEW DELHI: Hours after getting the green signal to be part of the I-League bandwagon, Pune-based corporate giant Kalyani Group expressed their excitement at the development also showing gratitude towards All India Football Federation for deeming them fit to participate in the country’s premier league competition from 2014/15 season onwards.

In a statement, the Pune based multinational company stated that, “The Kalyani group is excited about the opportunity provided by the All India Football ... Read More

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