Championship

  • Jonathan Trott hits first century since illness break 2 days ago

    London: England batsman Jonathan Trott scored his first century since returning to top-level cricket after a stress-related illness during Warwickshire's County Championship game against Sussex on Wednesday. The 33-year-old right-hander, who scored 138 in a reserve game last month, reached 106 in the Division One match at Horsham before being caught...
  • Proud moment: AMU's Sara Naqvi selected for World University Badminton 4 days ago

    Young badminton player Sara Naqvi, who represents Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), has been selected for the World University Badminton Championship to be held from July 23 to 29 in Cordoba, Spain. She is the only Indian to qualify for the meet. AMU vice-chancellor Zameer Uddin Shah, games committee secretary M. Shoaib Zaheer...
  • Hewitt breaks through on 3rd try in Newport July 14, 2014

    Newport: Australian Lleyton Hewitt took advantage of his second chances to win a title on his third try at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships. Playing in his third consecutive final on Newport's grass courts, Hewitt, the No. 3 seed, beat second-seeded Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 6-3, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (3)...
  • Lleyton Hewitt, Ivo Karlovic advance to Newport final July 13, 2014

    Newport: Lleyton Hewitt is getting a third shot at a title at the Hall of Fame Championships. The third-seeded Hewitt will face hard-serving Ivo Karlovic of Croatia in the final on Sunday. Karlovic ousted Samuel Groth of Australia 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday. Hewitt, who lost in the 2013 final to Nicolas...
  • Hewitt, Sock reach Hall of Fame semi-finals July 12, 2014

    Lleyton Hewitt and Jack Sock advanced to the semi-finals at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships on Friday. The 33-year old Hewitt, seeded third, beat American Steve Johnson 6-4, 6-4. The 21-year old Sock, fresh off a doubles title at Wimbledon with Canadian Vasek Pospisil, defeated top-seeded John Isner 6-4, 7-6 (4). The...
  • Top seeded John Isner bounced in Hall of Fame quarters July 12, 2014

    Newport: John Isner felt the ball hit the line, so he conceded the point. It turned into a big moment for Jack Sock. The seventh-seeded Sock advanced to the semi-finals of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships with a 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory over No. 1 seed Isner on Friday. Next up...
  • Anirban Lahiri ready to step up at Open Championship July 11, 2014

    Kuala Lumpur: Indian star Anirban Lahiri believes he will arrive for his second Open Championship appearance next week as a much more accomplished golfer than he was before at his major debut two years ago. The current Asian Tour number one earned a starting place at Royal Liverpool as one of...
  • Defending champ Mahut ousted by Groth at Newport July 11, 2014

    Second-seeded Ivo Karlovic of Croatia and Samuel Groth of Australia advanced to the semi-finals of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships on Thursday. The 153rd-ranked Groth defeated defending champion Nicolas Mahut of France 6-3, 6-4, and Karlovic edged Dudi Sela of Israel 7-6 (3), 7-5. The pair will meet on Saturday...
  • Top-seeded John Isner powers to quarters at Newport July 10, 2014

    Newport: Top-seeded John Isner heard the crowd's reaction and had to take a quick peek to see what the radar gun recorded on his serve late in the match. Isner overpowered fellow American Austin Krajicek for a 6-3, 6-3 victory on Wednesday, advancing to the quarter-finals at the Hall of Fame...
  • Big-serving John Isner wins on Newport's grass courts July 9, 2014

    Newport: John Isner rode his fierce serve to another victory on Newport's grass courts, defeating Wayne Odesnik 6-3, 7-6 (6) on Tuesday to reach the second round of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships. The 6-foot-10 Isner had 19 aces - with one serve topping 137 mph - and only two...
  • Karlovic beats American Ginepri at Newport July 8, 2014

    Second-seeded Ivo Karlovic of Croatia used his overpowering serve to beat American Robby Ginepri 7-6 (2), 6-2 on Monday in the opening round of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships. The 6-foot-11 Karlovic had 17 aces and only two double-faults, winning 92 percent of his first-serve points during breezy conditions on...
  • Inaugural ICC Women's Championship to commence in August July 4, 2014

    Dubai: The inaugural ICC Women's Championship to commence in August with a new qualification format for World Cup in 2017. According to a media release, the championship kicks off in August and will see the top eight sides in the game lock horns in a multi-year, bilateral qualifying competition that will...
  • Jonathan Trott returns to first-class game with Warwickshire June 30, 2014

    England batsman Jonathan Trott made another return to first-class cricket on Sunday when he played for Warwickshire on the opening day of their county championship match against Nottinghamshire in Birmingham. The 33-year-old flew home from England's Ashes tour of Australia in November because of a stress-related illness and, after playing two...
  • Pankaj Advani registers historic title win in Egypt June 29, 2014

    Sharm el-Sheikh: Indian cueist Pankaj Advani on Sunday created history by becoming the first player in the world to win world titles in the long and shorter formats of both billiards and snooker by pocketing the IBSF World 6-Red snooker Championship, here. Advani, India's poster boy of cue sports, defeated Kacper...
  • Chalmers sets pace at Congressional, Woods toils June 27, 2014

    While Tiger Woods mainly struggled in his first competitive round in three months, Australian Greg Chalmers birdied his last three holes to seize control of the Quicken Loans National in Bethesda, Maryland on Thursday. Chalmers, at the age of 40 still seeking his first victory on the PGA Tour, fired a...
  • Madison Keys beats Angelique Kerber to claim Aegon Championships June 21, 2014

    Madison Keys claimed the first title of her career on Saturday when she defeated Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 to win the Aegon Championships. Playing in her first final, the unseeded 19-year old is the first American to win the event since Chanda Rubin won back-to-back titles in 2002...
  • Viswanathan Anand falls behind in World Blitz after three losses on day 1 June 20, 2014

    Dubai (UAE): Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand could only manage 7.5 points out of a possible 11 on the opening day of the two-day World Blitz Chess Championship as he won seven games, lost three and drew one. World Champion Magnus Carlsen, who just annexed the world rapid crown as well,...
  • Viswanathan Anand joint third in World Rapid Chess Championship June 18, 2014

    Dubai: Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand kept himself in contention by notching up 3.5 points on the penultimate day of the World Rapid Chess Championship here. With seven points from 10 games, Anand stands joint third in the strongest ever rapid chess tournament and the Indian ace will have to make...
  • Viswanathan Anand joint ninth after sedate start in World Rapid June 17, 2014

    Dubai: Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand got off to a sedate start with two draws and ended up joint ninth after the end of the fifth round of World Rapid Chess Championship. A couple of draws at the beginning against Ivan Salgado Lopez of Spain and Maxim Matlakov of Russia in...
  • Dimitrov saves match point to win Queen's final June 16, 2014

    Grigor Dimitrov saved a match point to defeat Spanish left-hander Feliciano Lopez 6-7 (8), 7-6 (1), 7-6 (6) on Sunday and win the grass court tournament at Queen's Club, a warm-up event for Wimbledon. The fourth-seeded Dimitrov is the first Bulgarian to lift the title, and also the first player this...
  • Grigor Dimitrov upsets top-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka at Queen's June 14, 2014

    London: Fourth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov upset top-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka 6-2, 6-4 on Saturday to reach the final of the grass court Queen's Club tournament, a warm-up event for Wimbledon. It was the first victory in their three meetings for Dimitrov, who at age 23 is the youngest player ranked in the world's...
  • India ousted from Asian squash team championships June 14, 2014

    Hong Kong: Indian challenge in the Asian squash team championships ended on after both the men's and the women's team lost to Malaysia in their respective semifinal clashes here. The defending champion women's team, comprising Dipika Pallikal and Anaka Alankamony, went down 0-2 to the Malaysians, who fielded world number...
  • Berdych crashes out at Queen's but Wawrinka progresses June 14, 2014

    London: Second seed Tomas Berdych double-faulted on match point as he suffered a shock 6-4, 7-6 (7) quarterfinal defeat by Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club on Friday. World number three Stanislas Wawrinka advanced with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Australian Marinko Matosevic while Radek Stepanek, who...
  • 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 6-3 in the finals on Friday. Sourav, 29, started off well to gain a 3-0 lead. Alok was lucky to win the fourth game but Sourav had no interest in giving any loose...
  • Alexandr Dolgopolov withdraws from Queen's quarters due to injury June 13, 2014

    Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine withdrew with a right thigh injury from the quarterfinals at Queen's Club on Friday. The eighth-seeded Dolgopolov was hurt during a first-round doubles late Thursday, forcing him and Ernests Gulbis to retire. Fourth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria benefited from the walkover into the semifinals on Saturday, when he...
  • Lleyton Hewitt falls short of Roger Federer grass-court record June 13, 2014

    Lleyton Hewitt remains one victory short of Roger Federer's record of 122 match wins on grass after being beaten 6-3, 6-4 by Feliciano Lopez in the second round of the Queen's Club grass-court tournament on Wednesday. Hewitt, a four-time champion at Queen's, was broken once in each set and failed to...
  • Andy Murray falls to Radek Stepanek in Queen's 3rd round June 13, 2014

    Andy Murray was denied his 20th successive win on grass when he was beaten 7-6 (10), 6-2 by Radek Stepanek in the third round at Queen's Club on Thursday. Murray, the defending champion and No. 3 seed, claimed his first match win at Queen's in 2005 and went on to win...
  • Andy Murray off to a convincing start at Queen's June 12, 2014

    Andy Murray began the next chapter of his colourful tennis story with a straightforward win over Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu in front of new coach Amelie Mauresmo at Queen's Club on Wednesday. The 27-year-old, playing his first match on grass since winning last year's Wimbledon title, looked totally at ease during a...
  • Indian men's, women's squash teams drub Iran June 11, 2014

    The Indian squash contingents got off to a perfect start, defeating Iran 3-0 in both the men's and women's events in the 17th Asian Team Championship on Wednesday. India has been given the top billing in the men's section while it is seeded second among women. The results: Women: India beat Iran 3-0...
  • Marin Cilic loses to Marinko Matosevic at Queens June 11, 2014

    Former champion Marin Cilic was upset by Marinko Matosevic of Australia in the opening round at the Queen's Club on Tuesday. The Croatian won the grass-court title in 2012 and finished as runner-up to Andy Murray in 2013, but was beaten 6-4, 6-4, with a single break of serve in each...