Sep 09

Serena crashes out of US Open, loses No. 1 ranking

New York:  Serena Williams crashed out of the US Open, her semi-final defeat to Karolina Pliskova costing her a shot at a 23rd Grand Slam title and a record 187th straight week at number one. Pliskova, the 10th-seeded Czech playing in her first Grand Slam semi-final, triumphed 6-2, 7-6 (7/5) and will face Angelique Kerber,

Hertha Berlin extend contract with manager Preetz

Berlin: Hertha Berlin have extended manager Michael Preetz’s contract, the German football club said on Thursday. The former German international and Berlin striker extended his current contract, stipulated until 2017 to June 2019, reports Xinhua. “We look forward to continue our collaboration with Michael Preetz, who will develop Hertha Berlin successfully in the next years,”

Saina Nehwal eyes December comeback

Hyderabad: India’s leading badminton player Saina Nehwal says she wants to come back into competitive action stronger after recovering from a knee surgery and indicated that her best may be yet to come. “I want to come back stronger”, she told PTI today. “I am confident that in the next two-three years I can do

Pandey hits 77 but Swepson’s 4-78 restricts India A to 230

Brisbane: Manish Pandey blasted a quick-fire76-ball 77 before Mitchell Swepson returned with a four-wicket haul to dismiss India A for 230 in their first innings against Australia A in the opening match of the unofficial four-day Test Series here today. Middle-order batsman Pandey cracked 13 boundaries and one six to take the visitors close to

Advani eases into pre-quarters of 6 Red World Championship

Bangkok:  Fifteen-time world champion PankajAdvani stormed into the pre-quarterfinals at the SangSom 6 Red World Championship here today. Advani maintained a clean slate in the group stage with an all-win record. Having overcome the toughest challenge from Chinese heavyweight Ding Junhui, the Indian continued his fine form to topple established players of the UK-based snooker

Rohit included in Mumbai squad for visiting New Zealanders

Mumbai:  Rohit Sharma has been included in Ranji Trophy champions Mumbai’s 15-member squad for the warm-up game against the visiting New Zealand side at New Delhi from September 16-18. Another Test player, Ajinkya Rahane, however is not part of the team that will be led by wicket-keeper Aditya Tare, according to MCA’s joint secretary and

Strauss issues Bangladesh deadline to England players

Manchester:  England chief Andrew Strauss has said that players have three days left to decide if they are willing to tour Bangladesh amid ongoing security concerns surrounding the country. And the former England captain yesterday made it clear that anyone who opted out ran the risk of losing their international position if a stand-in did

Pakistan thrash England by nine wickets in T20

Manchester:  Pakistan hammered England by nine wickets in their tour-ending Twenty20 international at Old Trafford here. Set just 136 to win, Pakistan openers Sharjeel Khan (59) and Khalid Latif (59 not out) shared a blistering first-wicket stand of 107 that all but sealed victory last night. Pakistan finished on 139 for one with 31 balls

Inter state matches venue finalised

Mohali: North Zone Representative Committee here today finalised the venues for the Inter State National Championship matches for the year 2016-2017 to be staged in North Zone. The decision was taken at a meeting of the North Zone Representative Committee at I S Bindra Cricket Stadium PCA Mohali. The meeting was attended by Sunil Dev,

India gear up for Rio 2016 Paralympics with largest-ever contingent

Represented by their largest ever contingent, India will hope for an improved medals tally when the Paralympic Games start on Wednesday. A total of 19 Indian athletes will feature in 10 disciplines at the Games which will be held September 7-18. The Sports Ministry announced on Tuesday that the Indian gold medallists from the Paralympic

India Blue inch closer to seal Duleep Trophy final berth Greater

Noida: India Blue established their dominance against India Green by taking a mammoth 555-run lead on the penultimate day of the four-day Duleep Trophy cricket contest here on Tuesday. After a brilliant first innings where they piled on 707 runs, the Gautam Gambhir-led India Blue decided to carry on batting after bundling out Indian Green for

Cricket: Maxwell ton fires Aussies to 85-run win in 1st T20

Pallekele: Opener Glenn Maxwell’s blistering century in Australia’s world record 263 powered the visitors to a comprehensive 85-run win over Sri Lanka in the first Twenty20 international in Pallekele today. Australia, who broke Sri Lanka’s nine-year record of 260/6 against Kenya in 2007, restricted the hosts to 178 for nine in 20 overs to take the

Pakistan down to No.9 for first time in ICC ODI rankings

Dubai: Pakistan have dipped to their lowest ever ranking in the International Cricket Council (ICC) One-day Internationals after a disappointing 1-4 loss to England in the recently concluded series. Pakistan started the series on 87 points and are now on 86 points — eight points behind eighth-ranked West Indies as the green brigade lost to

Pujara hits 166, Jackson smashes ton as ‘Blue’ pile up 707

Greater Noida:  Cheteshwar Pujara overcame problems regarding sighting pink ball to hit a crisp 166 before statemate Sheldon Jackson sent the India Green bowlers on a leatherhunt with Blue team piling up a mammoth 707 in a virtual ‘semi-final’ of the Duleep Trophy, here tonight. Gautam Gambhir’s ploy to outbat the opposition was followed to

NZ recall Neesham, retain Guptill for India tour

Wellington:  New Zealand have recalledallrounder Jimmy Neesham after an injury-enforced absence from international cricket and retained out-of form opener Martin Guptill in the 15-member squad for a three-Test tour of India beginning later this month. Guptill failed with the bat in two Tests against South Africa last month, reinforcing the impression he struggles in the

World’s oldest cricketer passes away

Johannesburg: Cricket South Africa (CSA) has paid rich tribute to the world’s oldest cricketer, Lindsay Tuckett, who passed away in Bloemfontein this morning at the age of 97. Tuckett represented South Africa in nine Test matches against England between 1947 and 1949. The distinction of the oldest surviving cricketer in the world now passes to

PCA has been pursuing cricketing reforms seriously, says Walia

Chandigarh: Punjab Cricket Association has been pursuing the matter of cricketing reforms seriously, a top functionary of the PCA said today. According to PCA secretary G S Walia, the Annual General Body Meeting of the association held in Mohali recently had taken note of the ongoing debate about the involvement of players in cricketing matters. “The

Kohli retains No.2 spot, Rohit slips in ODI rankings

Dubai: India’s Test captain Virat Kohli on Monday retained his second spot while opener Rohit Sharma slipped a place to seventh in the latest One-day International (ODI) cricket batting rankings. Kohli has 813 points, a fair distance behind South African AB de Villiers (887) while compatriot Hashim Amla (778) is third. Rohit has 750 points

Indian boxer Neeraj to defend WBC Asia title next month

New Delhi: Indian boxer Neeraj Goyat will defend his WBC Asian welterweight title against Australia’s Ben Kite on October 15 here at the Talkatora Stadium. The 24-year-old Neeraj, who is a former Youth Commonwealth Games bronze-medallist, had won the title last year in November by defeating Filipino Nelson Gulpe via a unanimous decision. Most recently,

Former hockey coach Mohammad Imran now sells track suites for a living

You might have watched the vice-captain of the Indian women’s hockey team, Nidhi Khullar, with admiration as she played at the recently concluded Rio Olympics. But chances are that you would not have heard of Muhammad Imran, the man who coached her. Imran, in fact, has coached more than 50 hockey players, eight of whom