BHUBANESWAR - Desperate to keep a bulk of the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches in India, the BCCI Feb 28 decided to wait till the announcement of the dates of general elections before finalizing the venues of the Twenty20 mega-event, a part of which will have to be held abroad due to security issues. The Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) working committee met here Feb 28...
CHENNAI - Tamil Nadu government Feb. 28 said it has provided financial assistance to a differently-abled woman archer in recognition of her achievements and encourage her to train for global competitions. Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J Jayalalithaa Feb. 27 gave away Rs 1.14 lakh to S Kalaiselvi, who had won three gold medals in a 2012 national championship, to buy new bow, arrow and other necessary equipment, an official statement said. (PTI)
NEW DELHI - India has sought inputs from International Olympic Committee (IOC) to fine tune its proposed comprehensive legislation on prevention of "match and spot fixing" in the backdrop of such allegations in cricket. In a letter to IOC Director General Christophe De Kepper, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Jitendra Singh has requested sharing of the body's knowledge in drafting the bill.
NEW DELHI - India's top singles star Somdev Devvarman lifted his third ATP Challenge title as he outclassed top seed Aleksandr Nedovyesov 6-3 6-1 in the final of the $100,000 ONGC-GAIL Open here on Feb. 23. The start to the title clash was great but Nedovyesov's challenge fizzled out as the game wore on. The way Somdev dominated the proceedings was evident with the fact that he conceded just 10 points on his eight service games.
ERODE - Three persons have landed in police custody for poisoning a leopard and removing its claws and teeth in Erode district in Tamil Nadu. The carcass of the big cat, in a highly decomposed state, was spotted in an elephant trench in the Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve here the other day. Veterinary doctors, who examined it, concluded that the animal died of poisoning. Further investigations led to the arrest of the three persons, police said.
DHAKA - Far from being bogged down by captaincy, Virat Kohli said he is looking forward to leading an under-fire Indian cricket team in the Asia Cup starting tomorrow even though it is a tough position to be in. Kohli has been made stand-in captain for the regional mega-event after regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is under the scanner following the team's dismal showing in the recent tours...
NEW DELHI - Under-fire Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was on Feb. 20 ruled out of the upcoming Asia Cup cricket tournament due to a side strain he suffered during the second Test in New Zealand, paving the way for Virat Kohli to lead the side. "M.S. Dhoni has been ruled out of the forthcoming Asia Cup, to be played in Bangladesh, in February-March 2014.
MUMBAI - Disgruntled employees of grounded carrier Kingfisher Airlines have written to cricketer Yuvraj Singh to not play for the Vijay Mallya owned team in the upcoming Indian Premier League series, while hundreds of them remain unpaid for a year and a half. The liquor baron’s team Royal Challenger’s Bangalore (RCB) took Singh on board for a record Rs 14 crore, in an auction held on Feb.12 and 13.
SOCHI - The Indian flag was unfurled at the Winter Olympics Village at a special ceremony, five days after the International Olympic Committee revoked a 14-month suspension on the country. The ceremony, which lasted around 45 minutes and organized at the International Plaza of the Mountain Village, was attended by the three Indian athletes taking part in the event, Indian Olympic Association president N Ramachandran...
The seventh edition of the high-profile Indian Premier League could be shifted to South Africa due to the security concerns posed by the upcoming General Elections, the dates of which are clashing with the event. The Indian Premier League Authorities will be meeting Home Ministry officials next week and a final decision on the venue and the exact schedule is expected to be taken in the coming 10 days.