Jaspreet Sahni

  • A 5-year-old helping hockey find its feet in Finland 20-12-2014 03:58 PM

    Helsinki, football and ice hockey is what comes to mind at the first mention of Finland. With a population of around 5.5 million, the North European country lives happily in peace and hardly makes the news for any wrong reason. And among those 5.5 million is the 5-year-old Arjunjit Singh,...
  • Pakistan says sorry to India with red roses as Champions Trophy ends 14-12-2014 10:38 PM

    Bhubaneswar Last two days at the FIH Men's Champions Trophy have been full of action on and off the field. And while the on-field action ended with Germany crowned the champions, losing finalists Pakistan tried to mend fences with India by presenting red roses. Pakistan coach Shahnaz Sheikh and captain...
  • Protest against Pakistan before Champions Trophy final, crowd heckles team 14-12-2014 09:10 PM

    Bhubaneswar: The Pakistan hockey team faced heckles and jeers from the crowd and a protest from the 'Odisha Suraksha Sena' here before the FIH Men's Champions Trophy final on Sunday, after their shameless celebrations on beating India in the semi-finals a day earlier. Members of the 'Odisha Suraksha Sena' protested...
  • Champions Trophy: India fail to win bronze, lose 2-1 to Australia 14-12-2014 06:52 PM

    Bhubaneswar: India's wait for their second FIH Men's Champions Trophy medal extended further here on Sunday as they lost 2-1 to Australia in the bronze-medal playoff to finish fourth in the final team standings. Australia played a controlled game, but India were themselves to be blamed as their forwards, especially...
  • Pakistan jolted before Champions Trophy hockey final, two players suspended 14-12-2014 05:27 PM

    After strong objection by Hockey India to FIH's initial inaction against Pakistan team for their obscene gestures following the semi-final win on Saturday, the world hockey body suspended Muhammad Tousiq and Amjad Ali for one match while reprimanding Shafqat Rasool before their Champions Trophy final against Germany later in the...
  • As it happened: India vs Australia, Champions Trophy, bronze playoff 14-12-2014 04:41 PM

    For Live updates scroll down to bottom of the page In a heartbreak for Indian fans, Sardar Singh & Co. lost to Pakistan on Saturday. India will play Australia in a bronze-medal playoff after the defending champions lost the first semi-final to Germany 2-3. Interestingly the two bottom-ranked teams from...
  • Champions Trophy: Pakistan coach sends apology letter, Tournament Director to announce final decision 14-12-2014 02:41 PM

    Bhubaneswar: Pakistan hockey team's coach Shahnaz Sheikh on Sunday tendered an official apology to FIH and Hockey India for the rude and obscene behavior of his players after their win against India in the semi-finals of the FIH Men's Champions Trophy 2014 on Saturday. Pakistani players shamelessly hurled obscene gestures...
  • Pakistan must apologise for misbehaving, FIH's inaction unacceptable: Narinder Batra 14-12-2014 09:24 AM

    Bhubaneswar: Pakistan's obscene gestures after their win over hosts India here in the Champions Trophy semi-final on Saturday and FIH's comment that "no action is warranted" has invited scathing response from Hockey India (HI) President, Narinder Batra, who said if such "uncouth behaviour" is within "tolerable limits", then HI is...
  • Champions Trophy: Pakistan celebrate India win with obscene gestures, escape action 13-12-2014 09:58 PM

    Bhubaneswar: Pakistan may have won the semi-final against India, but they surely have not won Indian hearts as they celebrated their win in the FIH Men's Champions Trophy on Saturday with obscene gestures, including finger salutes, directed towards Indian players and the fans. All Pakistan players took their shirts off...
  • Champions Trophy Hockey: Pakistan break Indian hearts with a 4-3 semi-final win 13-12-2014 09:17 PM

    Bhubaneswar: A hugely anticipated day ended in a heartbreak for Indian fans here as Pakistan knocked India out of the title race at the FIH Men's Champions Trophy on Saturday with a 4-3 win. India will now play Australia in a bronze-medal playoff after the defending champions lost the first...
  • Champions Trophy: India supporters fly in from around the world for Pakistan clash 13-12-2014 05:20 PM

    IBNLive Sports caught up with some of the most ardent fans of Indian hockey who have gathered in Bhubaneswar for the high-octane India vs Pakistan semi-final. ...
  • Champions Trophy Diary, Day 4: Work from 'home' 13-12-2014 04:03 PM

    (The author is travelling Bhubaneswar to cover the FIH Men's Champions Trophy) Bhubaneswar: Except for a quick dash to the stadium for team practice, it was a lazy day in the roster. Didn't bother putting up an alarm, didn't bother waking up and the construction site right behind my room...
  • India vs Pakistan: Road to the Champions Trophy hockey semi-finals 13-12-2014 12:35 PM

    Bhubaneswar: Not many imagined it will India vs Pakistan for a place in the FIH Men's Champions Trophy here, but it's going to happen on Saturday. And the Odisha crowd is in for a treat - something they would have never witnessed. At the end of the day, though, it's...
  • India vs Pakistan: a history of Champions Trophy knockout encounters 13-12-2014 10:01 AM

    Bhubaneswar: The Odisha capital will have no idea what it's like to witness an epic India vs Pakistan battle across sports because this is the first time that a big-ticket event of the magnitude of FIH Men's Champions Trophy has been hosted here. The crowd response for the event has...
  • India vs Pakistan: Sparks set to fly in Champions Trophy semi-final 13-12-2014 07:47 AM

    Bhubaneswar is a little surprised. There's unusual buzz in the Odisha capital for the past week - something the city has never witnessed. Queues outside a sports stadium is not routine at a place that sees long lines only for entry into its ancient temples. It certainly has been out...
  • Champions Trophy: History beckons if we keep out Pakistan counters, says Oltmans 13-12-2014 12:05 AM

    Bhubaneswar: Temperatures in and around the Kalinga Stadium here are already soaring as fans queue up for elusive tickets for the India vs Pakistan semi-final on Saturday, while the teams perform tune-ups ahead of an epic clash. There's a different air about Indo-Pak encounters, and this one is going to...
  • India vs Pakistan: Pakistan coach's 9/11 comment in bad taste 12-12-2014 08:34 PM

    He may not have intended to annoy the world, but Pakistan coach Shahnaz Sheikh's 9/11 analogy will go down in bad taste ahead of the high-voltage Indo-Pak semi-final at the FIH Men's Champions Trophy on Saturday. The Pakistan team arrived for practice at 12 noon but left a little earlier...
  • India vs Pakistan: Tickets at a premium for Champions Trophy humdinger 12-12-2014 04:25 PM

    Bhubaneswar has not seen anything as big as this - India vs Pakistan in the FIH Men's Champions Trophy semi-final. Tickets are at a premium, with fans queuing up at the box office outside the Kalinga Stadium here since 8 a.m. on Friday. The serpentine queues extend to as long...
  • India vs Pakistan: Huge rush for Champions Trophy semifinal tickets 12-12-2014 01:29 PM

    Bhubaneswar is hosting the Champions Trophy hockey and as the temple city gears up for the semi-final between India and Pakistan, fans are finding it difficult to get a ticket. ...
  • Champions Trophy Tour Diary, Day 3: India in semis, what else to ask for 12-12-2014 10:48 AM

    (The author is travelling Bhubaneswar to cover the FIH Men's Champions Trophy hockey tournament) Bhubaneswar: An out-and-out working day in Bhubaneswar with four quarter-finals lined up, so not much to savour in terms of city tours. Work took centre stage, and quite rightly so. It was a lazy morning to...
  • Champions Trophy: 'Put your pants on,' says the Dutch medical advisory 12-12-2014 09:09 AM

    Bhubaneswar: The Holland team that was ejected from the race to Men's Champions Trophy semi-finals here on Thursday is treading cautiously during their stay in India. The team, currently in the Odisha capital, had been issued a strong nine-point medical advisory before their depature, and so far it has worked...
  • Hockey: India down Belgium to set up Pakistan semifinal in Champions Trophy 11-12-2014 09:24 PM

    Bhubaneswar: Breathtaking hockey at the Kalinga Stadium followed ecstatic scenes on and off the pitch as India came from behind to beat world No. 4 Belgium in the FIH Men's Champions Trophy on Thursday to set up a date with arch-rivals Pakistan in the semi-finals. It was Indian resilience that...
  • Meet Mr. Kalsi, the veteran hockey watcher of 11 Olympics and 11 World Cups 11-12-2014 05:39 PM

    Bhubaneswar: It's hard, actually impossible, to find a veteran who has played more than 10 Olympics or World Cups across sports. That would mean an international playing career spanning 40 years. While that requires a superhuman effort, it's actually possible off the field, and Mr. Baldev Singh Kalsi knows how....
  • Champions Trophy hockey: Pakistan stun Netherlands to enter semi-finals 11-12-2014 12:36 PM

    Without a point in the pool stage, Pakistan's spirited display of hockey - led by Muhammad Irfan's brace in the second half - stunned title favourites and 2012 Olympic silver-medallists 4-2 in the first quarter-final of the FIH Men's Champions Trophy here on Thursday. The other incentive of that unexpected...
  • Champions Trophy Hockey: India hope to savour Belgian cuisine in the quarters 11-12-2014 06:00 AM

    Bhubaneswar A victory over the Netherlands after 28 years in the champions Trophy is extra special. And though a quarter-final win over Belgium should not count as unexpected, it will be an achievement for India on current form. The absence of Terry Walsh showing in the two defeats against Germany...
  • Champions Trophy Diary, Day 2: Malgudi Days and the Jagannath Temple 10-12-2014 11:45 PM

    (The author is travelling Bhubaneswar to cover the FIH Men's Champions Trophy Hockey Tournament) Though in the eastern part of India, never before today had I been reminded of Malgudi Days - the TV serial based on RK Narayan's short stories. And a visit to Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri...
  • Champions Trophy hockey: Slippery Bhubaneswar turf a concern ahead of quarters 10-12-2014 10:19 PM

    Bhubaneswar: Quality of hockey apart, the turf here at the Kalinga Stadium has been bit of a worry for teams ahead of the knockout stage that begins with the quarter-finals on Thursday. Players slipping, especially while attempting a slap push or a pass on the run, has been a common...
  • Champions Trophy hockey: India upset Netherlands to set up Belgium quarter-final 09-12-2014 09:39 PM

    Bhubaneswar: A resurgent India on Tuesday surprised London Olympics silver medallists Netherlands to register their first win of the FIH Men's Champions Trophy here and set up a quarter-final date with Belgium. After the first 30 minutes failed to produce a goal, the next 30 threw up as many as...
  • Champions Trophy hockey: the complete quarter-final line-up 09-12-2014 09:14 PM

    Bhubaneswar: The FIH Men's Champions Trophy being played here will see India take on the red army of Belgium in the quarter-finals that were decided on Tuesday after the pool stage came to a close with the hosts registering their first win of the tournament - 3-2 against the Netherlands....
  • Champions Trophy Hockey: England top Pool A, Argentina topple Germany 09-12-2014 04:34 PM

    Bhubaneswar: England continued to enjoy their stay here in the capital of Odisha as they went on to top Pool A after a 1-1 draw with Belgium on Tuesday at the FIH Men's Champions Trophy. Amaury Keusters was on the mark for the Belgians as early as the 9th minute...