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  • Saina Nehwal loses to Carolina Marin at All England Championship final March 8, 2015

    Birmingham: In a major heartbreak, Saina Nehwal lost the women's singles final of the $500,000 All England Open Badminton Championships to Spain's Carolina Marin here on Sunday. In her attempt to become the first Indian woman to win the prestigious Super Series Premier event, she took off well to win the...
  • As it happened: Saina Nehwal vs Carolina Marin, All England Badminton Championships final March 8, 2015

    (For Live Blog, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Indian ace Saina Nehwal sailed into the All England Championships final after beating her Chinese opponent Sun Yu on Saturday. The third seeded Indian prevailed 21-13, 21-13 in a 5--minute contest against the 18th seed. ...
  • World Cup: Our goal is to win the game against Bangladesh, says Peter Moores March 8, 2015

    It's been close to 11 months since Peter Moores was reappointed coach of the England team, five years after he was sacked from that position following a very public falling out with Kevin Pietersen, the then captain. A string of poor results with Ashley Giles in charge, most notably at the...
  • World Cup: Boys are very confident after chasing 318, says Mortaza March 8, 2015

    Mashrafe Mortaza has seen it all before - the pressure of expectations, the jubilant reactions of fans in triumph, their bitter disappointment in defeat. He has also undergone seven surgeries to various parts of his legs - knee, ankle, calf - in the last 12 years, so he knows better...
  • Chen Long beats Lin Dan for win at All England semis March 8, 2015

    Birmingham: World No. 1 Chen Long of China beat two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan for the first time in their seven meetings to reach the final at the All England Badminton Championships. Chen, the All England winner in 2013, took a surprise straight set win 21-13, 21-12 in just 45 minutes....
  • England's stay in 2015 World Cup hinges on Bangladesh clash March 8, 2015

    Almost four years to the day, driven by their unbelievably passionate fans to whom cricket is more than a matter of life and death, Bangladesh conjured an upset of gargantuan proportions in Chittagong. It wasn't, however, enough to power victorious Bangladesh to the quarter-finals or scupper vanquished England's chances of...
  • Saina Nehwal beats Sun Yu to reach All England final March 7, 2015

    Indian ace Saina Nehwal sailed into the All England Championships final after beating her Chinese opponent Sun Yu on Saturday. The third seeded Indian prevailed 21-13, 21-13 in a 5--minute contest against the 18th seed. It was an impressive performance by Saina in her semi-final match as she got past Sun...
  • Saina Nehwal beats old foe Wang Yihan to enter All England semis March 7, 2015

    Birmingham: Indian ace Saina Nehwal sailed into the All England Championships semi-final after beating her Chinese nemesis Wang Yihan for the first time in more than two years. The third seeded Indian prevailed 21-19 21-6 in a 39-minute contest against the fifth seed, who had an intimidating 8-1 overall record against...
  • ICC World Cup, Quarter-final Scenarios: England living on the edge in Pool A March 6, 2015

    The cricket world is at loggerheads over the format of the World Cup, with some supporting the International Cricket Council's proposed move to reduce the number of teams in the 2019 World Cup, while some are ridiculing the idea. At the start of the tournament, many cricket pundits went hammer...
  • World Cup 2015: Jos Buttler backs England recovery March 6, 2015

    Adelaide: Jos Buttler expects England to resurrect their World Cup campaign, saying playing under pressure may just be what the struggling team needs ahead of the last two must-win games. Eoin Morgan's side, who have just one win in four Pool A matches, must defeat Bangladesh in Adelaide on Monday and...
  • Saina Nehwal eases into All England Championships quarters March 5, 2015

    Birmingham: Third seed Saina Nehwal eased into the women's singles badminton quarter-finals at the All England Championships with a convincing win over South Korean qualifier Kim Hyo Min on Thursday. However, top Indian women's doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa crashed out of the prestigious event with a straight-game...
  • India doing well as it is batsman's World Cup, says Geoffrey Boycott March 5, 2015

    Melbourne: Former England captain Geoffrey Boycott has said that the Indian cricket team is doing well because so far it has been a "batsman's World Cup" and they will continue to be a "big threat" when batting first. "I think it is because this is a batsman's World Cup. You look...
  • Jwala-Ashwini ousted from All England Open March 5, 2015

    Birmingham: Top Indian women's doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa were ousted from the second round of the $500,000 All England Open Badminton Championships at the Barclaycard Arena here on Thursday. The Commonwealth Games gold medallists went down 10-21, 13-21 in 36 minutes to Chinese top seeds and World...
  • Lin Dan advances to second round at All England March 5, 2015

    Birmingham: Five-time champion Lin Dan beat Wei Nan 21-14, 12-21, 21-16 to reach the last 16 of the All England Open Badminton Championships here. Playing his first match at the prestigious tournament in three years, the Chinese super star on Wednesday looked on track for a comfortable victory after the first...
  • Jwala-Ashwini enter second round at All England Championships March 4, 2015

    Birmingham: The Indian women's doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa and men's pair of Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy entered the second round of the $500,000 All England Open Badminton Championships at the Barclaycard Arena here on Wednesday. Jwala-Ashwini defeated Malaysian team of Amelia Alicia Anscelly and Fie...
  • World Cup: England may drop misfiring Ballance for next match against Bangladesh March 4, 2015

    Misfiring batsman Gary Ballance is likely to be the sacrificial lamb when England's harried selectors decide on the lineup for next week's World Cup crunch match against Bangladesh. Disgruntled former players and raging media pundits are demanding changes to a team that has won only one game from their opening four...
  • World Cup: England are not playing with fear, says Stuart Broad March 4, 2015

    England fast bowler Stuart Broad denied on Tuesday the suggestion by former captain Michael Vaughan that the team have played with fear in their dismal World Cup campaign so far. England have been crushed by Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka in three of their first four matches in the tournament,...
  • Ajay Jayaram, Anand Pawar progress in All England Championship March 3, 2015

    Birmingham: India's Ajay Jayaram and Anand Pawar registered straight game wins to progress to the second round of the men's singles qualifying round of the prestigious All England Championship badminton tournament on Tuesday. While Jayaram beat Chinese Taipei's Tzu Wei Wang 21-13, 21-14 in 32 minutes, Pawar took exactly the same...
  • World Cup: Kevin Pietersen does not warrant England return, says Nasser Hussain March 3, 2015

    Kevin Pietersen does not warrant a recall to the England team despite apparent support from incoming ECB chief Colin Graves, according to former skipper Nasser Hussain. Pietersen was sacked by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) last year but England's dreadful start to the World Cup has inevitably raised debate...
  • ICC Cricket World Cup: National Anthem row adds to Eoin Morgan's woes March 3, 2015

    Sydney: As if England captain Eoin Morgan did not have enough to worry about leading his stumbling side at the World Cup, he has become caught up in a row over his failure to sing the national anthem. Thumping defeats by Australia (111 runs), New Zealand (eight wickets) and Sri Lanka...
  • World Cup: England's Sri Lanka loss worse than NZ crushing, says Atherton March 2, 2015

    London: England may have been utterly humiliated in their second World Cup pool match against co-hosts New Zealand but Sunday's nine-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka was much more damaging, according to former England captain Mike Atherton. Tim Southee claimed 7-33 and skipper Brendon McCullum blasted the fastest half-century in tournament history...
  • Saina Nehwal, Parupalli Kashyap chase 'dream' All England Championship title March 2, 2015

    Birmingham: After a win early in the season at Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold, top Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap will now look to chase their dream at the prestigious All England Championship that gets underway with the qualifiers here on Tuesday. After a good season in 2014 where...
  • Extra bowler will help Sri Lanka in future World Cup matches, says Muralitharan March 2, 2015

    One thing is clear after Sri Lanka's great run-chase against England in Wellington: the make-up of the side needs a re-think. Because although the batting is top-class and is clicking superbly well, the bowling is very obviously proving a big weakness and a major headache for captain Angelo Mathews, especially...
  • Changes demanded after England's latest World Cup flop March 2, 2015

    The incoming chairman of England's cricket board has flagged a review of the team's approach to the one-day format after a third crushing loss at the World Cup. England slumped to a nine-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka on Sunday, leaving their hopes of making the World Cup's quarter-finals hanging by a...
  • Watch: Sangakkara's special, unconvincing Pakistan win, Day 16 at ICC World Cup March 2, 2015

    Lahiru Thirimanne scored 139 and Kumar Sangakkara smashed a brilliant 117* to chase down England's 309 with 16 balls to spare while unconvincing Pakistan did enough to beat Zimbabwe by 20 runs. ...
  • ECB says 'no change' for Pietersen's England hopes March 2, 2015

    "Nothing has changed" for Kevin Pietersen's hopes of playing international cricket again, the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Sunday, despite incoming chairman Colin Graves appearing to leave the door open for the exiled batsman's return. Sacked by England a year ago and later released by county side Surrey, the...
  • World Cup 2015: Sri Lanka should avoid repeating mistakes March 2, 2015

    Roughly eleven months ago Paul Farbrace, Sri Lanka's head coach at the time, was approached by the England and Wales Cricket Board to join their set-up. A few days later, Farbrace resigned from the Sri Lankan job, a mere three months into his contract. All this transpired two weeks before...
  • ICC World Cup: Clarke is going to be under pressure, says Brad Hogg March 1, 2015

    "If Australia lose one of Watson, Marsh, Faulkner, then they will be in a bit of trouble," feels Hogg. ...
  • World Cup 2015: Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath doubtful for Australia clash March 1, 2015

    Wellington: Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath is doubtful for next weekend's World Cup Pool A clash against Australia after hurting his spinning hand while bowling against England at Wellington Regional Stadium on Sunday. The left-arm spinner required four stitches on his left index finger after suffering the injury while attempting a...
  • ICC World Cup: I believed 310 was a bit too much, says Angleo Mathews March 1, 2015

    Wellington: An elated Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews praised two of his star batsmen and said he initially believed the 310-run target was out of reach as his side beat England comprehensively by nine wickets at the Westpac Stadium on Sunday. Chasing a formidable 310-run target set by England, Sri Lanka...