SYDNEY - The cricket world was left stunned Thursday as Australian batsman Phillip Hughes, who was struck on the head by a cricket ball, died in a hospital here. The 25-year-old Hughes, who represented the national team in 26 Tests between 2009-2013, fractured his skull and suffered massive bleeding in his brain after being hit by pacer Sean Abbot's bouncer in a Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and...
NEW DELHI - Indian tennis star Sania Mirza was Nov 25 appointed the UN Goodwill Ambassador for the South Asian region by UN Women at an event held to mark the International Day To End Violence Against Women. Sania, India’s most successful women’s tennis player and the first Indian to break into the World Tennis Association’s top 50 rankings, is the first South Asian woman to be appointed the goodwill ambassador
NEW DELHI - Sports Authority of India (SAI) Director General Jiji Thomson Monday said the authority is ready to re-appoint chief coach Terry Walsh but only after receiving the consent from Hockey India (HI). "We had discussed several issues with Terry Walsh and all the stakeholders regarding his (coach) proposals. HI raised some objection about some financial impropriety against Walsh and we need to get more details on it. HI...
CHENNAI - Overcoming some anxious moments, Norwegian world chess champion Magnus Carlsen Friday played out the 10th game of the world chess title match to a 32-move draw against Indian challenger Viswanathan Anand in Russia. Perhaps the one notable aspect of the game was that Anand was able to queen a pawn, for the first time in the 10 rounds.
NEW DELHI - The Track Asia Cup, beginning at the IG Stadium Velodrome here Friday, provides home-bred cyclists a golden opportunity to collect valuable points in their quest towards qualifying for the World Championships in France next February and the 2016 Rio Olympics. Indian riders will have the advantage of playing at home to maximise the chance of logging full points keeping in mind that only top 24...
FUZHOU - Leading Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal clinched the women's singles crown of the $700,000 China Open Super Series Premier but compatriot Kidambi Srikanth grabbed all the headlines by pulling off the biggest upset of his career when he beat two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan to win the men's singles title in Fuzhou Sunday. While sixth seeded Saina won her second Super Series title of 2014 by overcoming Japanese...
KOLKATA - Kolkata was yet again shamed as power failure led to a 12-minute disruption in the Indian Super League match between Atletico de Kolkata and Chennaiyin FC at the Salt Lake stadium here Friday. The black-out occurred 36 minutes and 30 seconds into the floodlit match with the two sides locked 0-0. Excepting some emergency lights which were on, the entire stadium plunged into darkness, taking aback the players -
KOLKATA - Getting a boost after his world record 264 against Sri Lanka in an ODI here Thursday, Indian opener Rohit Sharma said a couple of failures would not stop his cricket. The 27-year-old, who made his ODI debut for India in 2007, has been in and out of the team as he failed to maintain consistency. In the past, he has often struggled in the middle. However, after his swashbuckling display, Sharma was brimming with confidence.
KOLKATA - Amid a growing debate over the survival of Test cricket, Indian batting great V.V.S. Laxman Wednesday pitched for day-night Test matches, asserting that its novelty value would attract crowds without compromising the inherent core fabric of the longer version. Delivering the Mansur Ali Kahn Pataudi lecture here, Laxman said the biggest challenge for the administrators was to attract more spectators for Tests...
DUBAI - The total prize money of the 2015 World Cup would be $10 million, an increase of nearly 20 percent over the previous edition of the tournament four years ago, according to the International Cricket Council (ICC) Board, which also decided to use the Decision Review System (DRS) in all 49 matches of the tournament. An unbeaten path to winning the Cup will fetch the victorious team $4,020,000 while a defeat in their way to...