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  • Appoint an Indian coach for national hockey team: Michael Nobbs January 20, 2015

    Mumbai: Former India hockey coach Michael Nobbs said it was perhaps a good time to appoint a home grown product to take up the national coach's job ahead of the Rio Olympic Games, for which the squad has already qualified. "I wouldn't worry about the coaches -- they come and go....
  • Aussie Glenn Turner backs Dabang Mumbai to reach HIL semis January 20, 2015

    Mumbai: After being part of the squad that disappointed in the first two years of Hockey India League (HIL), star Australian forward Glenn Turner exuded confidence on Tuesday that new city franchise Dabang Mumbai would at least make it to the semi-finals this year. "Our main goal is to get into...
  • Pakistani players should play in HIL: Sardar Singh, Ajit Pal January 19, 2015

    New Delhi: Current Indian hockey captain Sardar Singh and former skipper Ajit Pal Singh on Monday said that Pakistani players should be allowed to play in Hockey India League (HIL). The duo, however, added that the decision to allow the Pakistan players is an administrative issue and HIL officials should follow...
  • FIH signs up for IOC's anti-betting measures January 19, 2015

    Lausanne: The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has signed up to the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Integrity Betting Intelligence System (IBIS). As an intelligence sharing digital platform, IBIS will enable FIH and its 132 member national associations to access an extensive network of monitoring and data-sharing across sports, event owners and the...
  • HIL: Challenge for me to take Jacobi's place, Delhi Waveriders goalie Pieterse January 19, 2015

    New Delhi: Drafted into the Delhi Waveriders team in place of star goalkeeper Nicolas Jacobi for the 2015 Hockey India League (HIL), South Africa's Erasmus Pieterse is well aware of the "pressure" and said it would be a challenge for him to fill in the German's shoes in upcoming tournament. Pieterse...
  • Terry Walsh helped Indian hockey improve: Mark Knowles January 18, 2015

    New Delhi: Mark Knowles, captain of reigning world hockey champions Australia, believes Terry Walsh's stint as chief coach helped India's performance improve remarkably. Under Walsh, India had one of their best seasons in the recent past in 2014. India won the Commonwealth Games silver, the Asian Games gold, beat Olympic champions...
  • Australia's Mark Knowles named FIH 2014 Player of the Year January 16, 2015

    Lausanne: The 30-year-old central defender Mark Knowles, who led the team to the 2014 World Cup title and Commonwealth Games gold, got maximum votes ahead of England's Ashley Jackson, team-mate Eddie Ockenden, and two Netherlands players Robbert Kemperman and skipper Robert van der Horst. India's PR Sreejesh and Akashdeep Singh were...
  • HIL: Ashley Jackson to lead Ranchi Rays, Harendra Singh named head coach January 15, 2015

    Ranchi: Ranchi Rays on Thursday named Englishman Ashley Jackson as their captain and former India coach Harendra Singh as their coach for the Hockey India League starting January 22. Jackson was part of the England squad that won bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games last year. Ranchi Rays also announced the coaching...
  • UP Wizards certain to put up a terrific show: PR Sreejesh January 14, 2015

    Lucknow: Continuing with their rigorous training for the upcoming Hockey India League, starting on January 22, Uttar Pradesh Wizards goalkeeper P R Sreejesh on Wednesday said that his team is confident of putting up a "terrific show" this season. Under the guidance of the goalkeeping coach David Staniforth, who joined...
  • Jude Felix anticipates better season for Kalinga Lancers in HIL January 12, 2015

    New Delhi: Former India captain Jude Felix, who is currently coaching Kalinga Lancers, feels his team is much sharper this time and hoped players such as Lalit Kumar and Amir Khan will step up their performances to produce a successful season in upcoming Hockey India League (HIL). "With a lot of...
  • German coach lauds Indian hockey players on skills January 12, 2015

    Mumbai: Young Dabang Mumbai chief coach, Valentin Altenburg, on Monday praised Indian hockey players for their skills and wished they could integrate those with tactical acumen of top teams like his native Germany and World Cup champions Australia to become world beaters. "When I watch the Indian boys I am fascinated...
  • S K Uthappa ready to make a big impression in HIL January 12, 2015

    New Delhi: Playing for Uttar Pradesh Wizards for the third time in a row, India's forward S K Uthappa looks forward to putting up a good show and making it to the finals for his team this season. "I am looking to push a bit harder this year and make it...
  • Dhyan Chand should have got Bharat Ratna first: Milkha Singh January 12, 2015

    New Delhi: Legendary athlete Milkha Singh on Sunday said hockey wizard Dhyan Chand should have been the first sportsperson to be conferred with the country's highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna. "Dhyan Chand should have got Bharat Ratna first. Dhyan Chand was the most deserving candidate," Milkha told reporters. The 'Flying Sikh' though...
  • HIL: Gurbaj Singh confident of replicating previous performance January 10, 2015

    New Delhi: Playing for Delhi Waveriders for the third year in a row, veteran midfielder Gurbaj Singh is all set to replicate his last two seasons' success in the upcoming Hockey India League, starting from January 22. Gurbaj is once again looking forward to rub shoulders with one of the best...
  • Dabang Mumbai start preparatory camp for HIL January 10, 2015

    Mumbai: The Dabang Mumbai franchise of the Hockey India League (HIL) kicked off its preparatory camp for the third edition of the tournament at the MHA Hockey Stadium on Friday. The opening day was a relatively easy outing for the Indian players under the watchful eyes of assistant coach Anil Aldrin,...
  • Goalkeeper Adrian D'Souza hopes to make India comeback through HIL January 9, 2015

    Mumbai: Dabang Mumbai, owned by Doit Sports Management, will be making its debut in the six-team tournament, that runs from January 22 to February 22, at the Mahindra Stadium against Jaypee Punjab Warriors on January 23. "You have seen quite a few players making a comeback through the Hockey India League...
  • Strong defence line is key to our success: Virender Lakra January 8, 2015

    New Delhi: Ranchi Rays defender Virender Lakra says having a strong defence will hold the key to the team's fortunes in the upcoming Hero Hockey India League (HIL). The 24-year-old Jharkhand fullback, who received a few Man-of-the-Match awards last season, will be playing his third HIL. This year, Lakra will be supported...
  • Mandeep Singh gears up for Hockey India League January 7, 2015

    New Delhi: With the Hero Hockey India League just around the corner, Ranchi Rays star player Mandeep Singh on Wednesday said that he's gearing up for yet another strong show in the tournament. With all eyes on him in since the first edition, Mandeep is keen to continue his dream run...
  • Delhi Waveriders will be aggressive: Gurwinder Chandi January 7, 2015

    New Delhi: Strengthening the forward line for defending champions Delhi Waveriders in the Hockey India League (HIL), seasoned striker Gurwinder Singh Chandi is all set to add dynamism and vigour to the team in the league's third edition that starts from January 22. The 25-year-old forward has played a key role...
  • Delhi Waveriders aim to retain HIL title: Sardar Singh January 5, 2015

    New Delhi: Delhi Waveriders captain Sardar Singh on Monday said that they are aiming to retain the Hockey India League (HIL) title they won last year. "This is my third outing with the HIL and I am keenly waiting for it to begin. With just a few days more than a...
  • Sardar Singh eyes HIL title for the 2nd consecutive time January 5, 2015

    Playing for Delhi Waveriders for the third time in the Hero Hockey India League (HIL), captain Sardar Singh is looking to guide his team to the second consecutive title in the League, commencing from January 22. The 28-year-old Sardar has captained Delhi Waveriders in the preceding seasons of HIL as well,...
  • Kalinga Lancers can't be taken lightly: Lalit Upadhyay January 3, 2015

    New Delhi: Kalinga Lancers young striker Lalit Upadhyay said on Saturday that the Bubaneswar-based team has a settled unit and it can't be taken lightly in the Hockey India League (2015) starting from January 22. "The HIL 2015 will be a real challenge for us. The previous season was like testing...
  • HIL: Converting penalty corners will be UP Wizards' strength, says VR Raghunath January 2, 2015

    New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Wizards captain VR Raghunath said on Friday that his team will rely on penalty corner conversions to go all the way in the Hockey India League (HIL) starting from January 22. Being among the top drag-flickers of the world, the Karnataka player led the Wizards twice and...
  • I want to make Indian hockey more enjoyable in 2015: Sardar Singh January 1, 2015

    New Delhi: As part of his new year resolution, Indian hockey captain Sardar Singh, who led the team to an Asian Games gold medal after a gap of 16 years and a silver medal in the Commonwealth Games this year, has vowed to make the national sport more enjoyable to...
  • Walmiki brothers all set for Hockey India League December 29, 2014

    New Delhi: The Walmiki brothers, Yuvraj and Devinder and their nephew Anup Amarpal will be a centre of attraction in the Hero Hockey India League as all three of them will represent three different franchisees. While forward player Yuvraj will represent defending champions Delhi Waveriders, his younger brother, midfielder Devinder will...
  • Dhyan Chand deserves Bharat Ratna: Milkha Singh December 27, 2014

    Chandigarh: While reiterating that Major Dhyan Chand should be conferred the Bharat Ratna, legendary athlete Milkha Singh conveyed his congratulations to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and late freedom fighter-educationist Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya on being named for India's highest civilian honour. "I wish to congratulate Vajpayeeji for a very...
  • Yearender: A year of development for Indian hockey December 26, 2014

    Indian men's hockey took giant strides towards reclaiming its long-lost numero uno position with an Asian Games gold, after a 16-year drought, and several memorable victories, but the momentum was marred by an untimely and poorly handled resignation of chief coach Terry Walsh. There was a gloomy start to the year...
  • Rupinder Pal Singh keen to perform well in HIL December 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Bracing up for the third Hockey India League, penalty corner specialist Rupinder Pal Singh said he would aim to be a standout performer for his team, defending champions Delhi Waveriders. Playing for Delhi Waveriders consecutively for the third time, Rupinder is eagerly waiting to display his proficiency alongside an...
  • HIL: Akashdeep excited to play with Sardar, Simon again December 25, 2014

    New Delhi: After playing a vital role in India's campaign in 17th Asian Games and Champions Trophy, Akashdeep Singh is now hoping to produce another steller performance for Delhi Waveriders in the Hockey India League (HIL) starting next month. The young striker, who idolises India skipper Sardar Singh, said he is...