Billiards

  • Indians dominate in World Billiards Team Championships final August 14, 2014

    It turned out to be an allIndia affair in the inaugural World Billiards Team Championship final after the two Indian teams demolished their respective opponents in the fourday event. Top cueists from India displayed their dominance on the green baize as both the teams got past their respective opponents without losing...
  • Peter Gilchrist cues past Advani, Shah to pocket Glasgow Open August 11, 2014

    Glasgow: Reigning world billiards champion Peter Gilchrist outclassed former world champions Pankaj Advani and Rupesh Shah en route to his Galsgow Open triumph and register his first title of the season. The New Zealandborn Singaporean player eased past former world champion (Points Format) Shah with a victory margin of 399 points...
  • Ashok Shandilya among icon players for Billiards Premier League August 4, 2014

    Mumbai: Former World Professional runnerup Devendra Joshi and Dhruv Sitwala, along with Asian Games gold medallist Ashok Shandilya, are some icon players who would represent different teams in the Videocon Billiards Premier League's inaugural season scheduled here from August 1624. Ten teams, purchased at a cost of Rs 1.25 lakh each...
  • Snooker, billiards should be part of CWG, Asian Games: Pankaj Advani July 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Fresh from his recent World 6Reds Snooker Championship triumph, ace cueist Pankaj Advani feels the time is right to make a push for billiards and snooker to be included in the Commonwealth and Asian Games. "I think in both billiards and snooker we have been doing well in the...
  • Sourav Kothari wins Asian Billiards title June 13, 2014

    Reigning national champion Sourav Kothari pocketed his maiden Asian Billiards Championship title after getting past compatriot Alok Kumar 63 in the finals on Friday. Sourav, 29, started off well to gain a 30 lead. Alok was lucky to win the fourth game but Sourav had no interest in giving any loose...
  • Indian cueist Chitra Magimairaj nominated for Arjuna award May 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Reigning World Women's Senior Snooker champion Chitra Magimairaj has been nominated for this year's Arjuna award along with contemporary Vidya Pillai and upcoming snooker star Brijesh Damani, the Billiards and Snooker Association of India (BSFI) confirmed on Wednesday. Bangalorebased Chitra, 41, has bagged three gold, three silver and three...
  • Pankaj Advani crashes out of Haikou World Open March 12, 2014

    New Delhi: India's Pankaj Advani waged a grim battle against tournament favourite and World No.3 Ding Junhui before going down 4-5 in the decider to crash out of the Haikou World Open in China. The eight-time world champion was in a commanding position to oust Junhui but could not get past...
  • Advani to return to his first love billiards after pro season February 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Ever since Pankaj Advani ventured into the glitzy world of professional snooker, his first love billiards took a back seat, but the eight-time world champion has vowed to play more of the traditional format after the end of pro season in April. "I am missing billiards. Like I have...
  • Mumbai Court orders Ferreira to return to India, join QNet scam probe January 22, 2014

    Mumbai: A Mumbai Court on Wednesday ordered former World Billiards Champion Michael Ferreira to return to India by January 27 and join the investigation in the Rs 425 crore QNet scam. Ferreira has been granted interim relief till January 31 and asked to appear before the Economic Offences Wing (EOW)...
  • Mumbai Police issues lookout notice against Michael Ferreira January 2, 2014

    Mumbai: The Mumbai Police on Thursday issued a lookout notice against former World Billiards Champion Michael Ferreira in connection with the Rs 425 crore QNet scam case. The lookout notice was issued against Ferreira after he reportedly failed to appear before the police for questioning. QNet has been accused of...
  • Ferreira fails to appear before Mumbai EOW in Rs 450 cr Qnet scam December 14, 2013

    Mumbai: Former World Billiards Champion and Padma Bhushan awardee Michael Ferreira has landed himself in trouble after he failed to appear after the Mumbai Economic Offences wing summoned him over the Rs 450 crore Qnet scam. The documents accessed by to CNNIBN, show that Ferreira owns eighty thousand shares in Qnet...
  • No gold, Indian billiards missed Advani at World Championships November 2, 2013

    New Delhi: No Indian cueist managed to win a gold medal at the recentlyconcluded World Billiards Championships and the one who probably had the best chance could not be there because of a clash in scheduling. India's poster boy of cue sports, Pankaj Advani, an eighttime world champions, had to...
  • Alok Kumar, Shandilya lose in world billiards October 30, 2013

    Leeds: Indian challenge in the points format World professional billiards championship ended as both national champion Alok Kumar and Ashok Shandilya lost their respective semifinal matches here. Alok Kumar, finalist in the 150up format last week, squandered a handy lead to allow Singapore's Peter Gilchrist scramble to a 1250916 win, while...
  • Kumar, Shandilya enters semfinals at World Billiards C'ship October 29, 2013

    Leeds: India's Alok Kumar and Ashok Shandilya entered the 'Long up' format semifinals of the World Billiards Championship, on Tuesday. Point Format finalist Kumar defeated Nalin Patel of England 1000490 while Shandilya got the better off compatriot Sourav Kothari 1000989 in a close finish. From the traditional time format, this year championship...
  • Alok Kumar settles for silver at World Billiards October 26, 2013

    Leeds: Indian cueist Alok Kumar could not add the World Billiards Trophy to his cabinet as he lost in the final to local favourite David Causier to settle for the silver medal at the megaevent here. Alok, a former Asian champion, lost 61 150 (123)06, 150 (114)11, 150 (64)81, 150...
  • Geet Sethi bows out as eight Indians reach prequarters of World Billiards October 25, 2013

    Leeds: Eight Indian cueists entered the prequarterfinals of the World Billiards Championship after registering contrasting victories in their respective last 32 round matches, here on Thursday. However, seventime world champion Geet Sethi lost to Arun Agrawal 24 in one of the major upsets of the tournament. Defending champion Rupesh Shah continued...
  • World body suspends cueist Mike Russell October 22, 2013

    Leeds: Former champion Mike Russell of England, who resides in the UAE, has been suspended and will not be able to participate in the ongoing World professional billiards championship, according to a statement from the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA). The suspension follows Russell's alleged assault on a female...
  • WPBSA announces partnership with ICSS to curb fixing menace October 15, 2013

    New Delhi: The menace of matchfixing has not only threatened popular games such as cricket and football but the dark clouds are also hovering over other minor sports like snooker. Professional snooker has recently got embroiled in the matchfixing controversy that threatens the credibility of the game over the involvement of...
  • Billiards will always remain my first love: Pankaj Advani October 13, 2013

    New Delhi: Even as Pankaj Advani gears up for the World Snooker Indian Open, starting Monday, he insisted that his priority would always remain billiards. Seventime world billiard champion Advani had skipped the World Billiards Championship in Leeds this year to focus on the major snooker ranking event in Chengdu, China...
  • Advani skips World Billiards for first time October 8, 2013

    New Delhi: For the first time in his career, Pankaj Advani has decided to skip the World Billiards Championship in Leeds, instead preferring to compete in the International Championship. Advani, India's poster boy of cue sports, will be competing in the major snooker ranking event scheduled to be held in Chengdu,...
  • Pankaj Advani, Aditya Mehta qualify for International Championship October 1, 2013

    New Delhi: In a very positive development for Indian cue sport, eighttime world champion Pankaj Advani along with Aditya Mehta, Wednesday qualified for the main draw of the International Championship, one of the most prestigious ranking events on the Pro circuit. India's leading snooker professionals, Advani (ranked 70) and Mehta (72),...
  • Advani and Mehta, India's snooker warriors, soldier on September 25, 2013

    New Delhi: World Class Snooker action comes to Delhi next month with the top players on the pro circuit on board for the first ever Indian Open. Leading the Indian challenge will be Pankaj Advani and Aditya Mehta, who have overcome quite a few hurdles to be on the circuit. He...
  • India to host World Ranking Snooker tournament July 17, 2013

    New Delhi: India will host the World Ranking Snooker tournament in New Delhi from October 14 to 18 offering a purse of 300,000 pounds with the world's top 64 cueists along with six from the host nation participating, according to a press release from the Billiards and Snooker Federation of...
  • Rupesh Shah crowned Asian billiards champion April 8, 2013

    Indore: Reigning world champion Rupesh Shah added another feather to his cap by clinching the 12th Asian Billiards Championship beating compatriot Alok Kumar in a fiercely fought final here on Sunday. After winning the lag, Kumar asked Shah to start with white but went on to lose the first game in...
  • I am looking out for corporate support, says Pankaj Advani March 3, 2013

    New Delhi: When Pankaj Advani was rewriting history books on the Professional Circuit, he had hoped that corporate sponsorship would come in good measure but the eight-time world champion is now realising that the burden of expenses is huge and the support, little. After a successful maiden season on the highly...
  • Which sport got richer by how much in Budget 2013-14 March 1, 2013

    New Delhi: The increase of Rs 214 cr in the 2013-14 budget allocated to the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has been welcomed with open arms by sportspersons and sports lovers alike. On that note, it's interesting to throw light on which sport has been allotted more to spend...
  • Advani set to miss Asian Billiards Championship February 20, 2013

    New Delhi: Faced with a tough choice to decide between two top tournaments due to clash of dates, eighttime world champion Pankaj Advani of India is all set to skip the Asian Billiards Championship to take part in the World Championship Qualifiers, both scheduled in the first week of April. A...
  • Nothing bigger than World Billiards Championship: Advani November 4, 2012

    Bangalore: Ace cueist Pankaj Advani said there's nothing bigger than the World Billiards Championship, which he won after defeating reigning champion and seasoned Englishman Mike Russell in the Time format final. "The world billiards is held once in a year and there is no bigger event than that. As I...
  • World Billiards win was special: Pankaj Advani November 2, 2012

    New Delhi: The youngest Indian sportsperson to win eight world titles, ace cueist Pankaj Advani says his recent World Billiards Championship triumph was a "special" one as he had to wait for three years to regain it. "It's a special win for me. It's been a long wait for me, I...
  • Playing Russell was great: Advani November 2, 2012

    Ace Indian cueist Pankaj Advani notched up his seventh World Billiards Championship title after comprehensively beating defending champion and seasoned Englishman Mike Russell. ...