Sep 05

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

Rosberg wins Italian Grand Prix as Hamilton falters at start

Rome: Nico Rosberg capitalised on a starting error of his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to win the Formula One Italian Grand Prix in Monza. Hamilton was on pole but a poor start saw him drop to sixth as Rosberg, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, Valtteri Bottas in Williams and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo all

Slovakia go down to England in opening World Cup qualifier

Bratislava: Slovakia’s national football team suffered a 1-0 defeat in the opening match of the World Cup 2018 qualifiers with England in Trnava. Adam Lallana scored in the fifth minute of extra time to ensure England’s close victory on Sunday, reports Xinhua. The Slovak team was reduced to 10 men after the dismissal of captain

Pouille ousts Nadal to reach US Open quarters

New York: French tennis player Lucas Pouille defeated 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal over five sets, 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (6), to reach the US Open quarter-finals here. “It took everything. I could not dream better than that,” Pouille, the 22-year-old, said of his victory on Sunday. The match lasted four hours and

Pakistan sinks to lowest-ever rating in latest ICC ranking

Dubai: Pakistan’s hopes of automatic World Cup qualification toughened as they plummeted to their lowest-ever rating of 86 after losing the five-match ODI series 1-4 against England. Despite the four-wicket consolation win in the fifth and final one-dayer yesterday, Pakistan are in serious danger of failing to qualify automatically for the World Cup 2019 as

Defending champ Djokovic into US Open quarter-finals

New York: Novak Djokovic steamed into the quarter-finals of the US Open with a 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 victory against 84th-ranked Briton Kyle Edmund. Edmund, playing in a Grand Slam fourth round for the first time, barely got a look-in during the first two sets against the world number one and defending champion, who booked a

Three newcomers for Australia ODIs in S.Africa

Sydney: Australia picked three new comers Monday to cover the absence of fast bowling spearheads Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood for their one-day series in South Africa this month. Selectors included Victorian Chris Tremain and South Australians Joe Mennie and Daniel Worrall in a 15-man squad after deciding to rest Starc and Hazlewood after the

‘Exciting’ England encourage Morgan

Cardiff: England limited overs captain Eoin Morgan said he was “excited” by his team’s progress in 50-over cricket despite a season-ending four-wicket loss to Pakistan in Cardiff. That defeat meant England had to be content with a 4-1 one-day international series win rather than a first home 5-0 whitewash. It also denied Morgan’s men, who

F1 drivers’ and constructors’ standings

Milan: Following are the drivers’ and constructors’ standings in the Formula One World Championships after the Italian Grand Prix held at Monza on Sunday, according to Xinhua: Drivers: 1. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) 250 points 2. Nico Rosberg (Germany) 248 3. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) 161 4. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) 143 5. Kimi Rdikkvnen (Finland) 136 6.

Sakshi Malik appointed Wrestling Director of Rohtak University

Chandigarh: The Haryana Government has announced the appointment of Rio Olympics bronze medallist Sakshi Malik as Wrestling Director at Maharshi Dayanand University in her native town Rohtak. Announcing this, Haryana Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Anil Vij, also said that she will be given Rs 21 lakh out of his discretionary fund and a plot

Sania, Bopanna advance; Paes’ campaign ends in US Open

New York: India’s Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna progressed with their respective partners but Leander Paes’ campaign ended after the veteran suffered a second-round defeat with Martina Hingis in mixed doubles at the US Open here. Sania and Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic advanced to the third round of the women’s doubles after a 6-2,

BCCI congratulates India A on winning Quadrangular series

New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today congratulated India A on winning the Quadrangular series title by defeating Australia A by 57 runs in Mackay. BCCI president Anurag Thakur said, “I would like to congratulate India ‘A’ on their series win in Australia. Kudos to India ‘A’ coach Mr. Rahul

Neymar knocked over by fan while training

Manaus: Brazil’s football team suffered a scare when forward Neymar was knocked down by a fan during training session. The incident occurred on Saturday midway through an open session watched by around 15,000 fans at Arena Amazonia, reports Xinhua. In chaotic scenes, scores of fans invaded the pitch and one brought Neymar to ground with

Ponting joins Australia Twenty20 coaching team
Ricky Ponting appointed brand ambassador for Tasmania

New Delhi: Former Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting has been appointed brand ambassador of his home state Tasmania and will join a government-led trade mission to the subcontinent that will explore export opportunities. Ponting has been given the role of Ambassador for Tasmania for the trip from September 2 to 11 in India, Sri Lanka,

India A clinch Quadrangular series in Australia

Australia ( Mackay ) : India A rode on a solidall-round performance to clinch the Quadrangular one-day series, thrashing Australia by 57 runs in the final clash here today. Electing to bat after winning the toss, India A put up 266/4 in their 50 overs before bowling out the hosts for 209 in 44.5 overs.

Sindhu, Malik likely to be new faces of Swachh Bharat Mission

New Delhi: Rio Olympics medalists P V Sindhu and Sakshi Malik, besides olympian Dipa Karmakar are likely to be the new faces of Swachh Bharat Mission for creating awareness about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiative. “We are very keen to involve both Olympic medal winners Sakshi Malik and P V Sindhu along with gymnast Dipa

Sania, Bopanna advance; Paes’ campaign ends in US Open

New York: India’s Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna progressed with their respective partners but Leander Paes’ campaign ended after the veteran suffered a second-round defeat with Martina Hingis in mixed doubles at the US Open here. Sania and Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic advanced to the third round of the women’s doubles after a 6-2, 7-6(5)

Dutt’s Olympics 2012 medal may be upgraded to gold

New Delhi: Just days after Yogeshwar Dutt’s London Olympics bronze was upgraded to silver, the star Indian wrestler’s medal may now get converted into gold with champion Toghrul Asgarov also returning positive for banned substance, a media report said. According to the report, Asgarov of Azerbaijan, who won the gold medal in the men’s 60kg

Hamilton takes Italian GP pole position

Milan: Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes secured pole position for the Italian Grand Prix with the fastest lap in Saturday’s qualifying at the Monza Formula One circuit. The British defending world champion dominated all three sessions in qualifying to post a best time of 1 minute 21.135 seconds for the 56th pole position of his career.