CHAMPIONSHIP

  • 2015 edition of Mumbai Marathon begins with 40,485 participants January 18, 2015

    Mumbai: The 2015 edition of the Mumbai Marathon started on Sunday at 5:40 am in which around 40,000 people took part. This year's edition of the marathon will both start and finish at the Azad Maidan sports ground in South Mumbai and will bring together thousands of long-distance runners, senior...
  • Martin Kaymer turning Abu Dhabi Championship into a procession January 17, 2015

    Abu Dhabi: Martin Kaymer turned what promised to be an exciting weekend duel with Rory McIlroy into a procession at the Abu Dhabi Championship. Seeking a fourth title in eight years in Abu Dhabi, Kaymer shot a 7-under 65 in the third round on Saturday to extend his overnight lead from...
  • Pankaj Advani trounces Dhruv Sitwala to annex National Billiards title January 17, 2015

    Kolkata: Indian ace Pankaj Advani routed his PSPB colleague and 'friend' Dhruv Sitwala 5-0 in a flawless display of potting en route to his seventh Senior National Billiards Championship at the Bengal Rowing Club, here on Saturday. The holder of 12 world titles in various categories faced some resistance in the...
  • Anirban Lahiri, Jeev Milkha Singh make cut in Abu Dhabi January 17, 2015

    Abu Dhabi: Anirban Lahiri, playing his first European Tour event as a full member, shot four-under 68 to make the cut in tied 29th place, while Jeev Milkha Singh carded one-over 73 in the second round to also make the cut at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Open here on Saturday. However,...
  • Relentless Martin Kaymer pulls 5 shots clear in Abu Dhabi January 16, 2015

    Abu Dhabi: Three-time winner Martin Kaymer tightened his grip on the Abu Dhabi Championship on Friday, shooting a 5-under 67 to pull five strokes clear midway through the second round. Two brilliant shots from the sand were the highlights for the overnight leader, who chipped in from a greenside bunker on...
  • National Billiards: Advani in semis, Kothari out of contest January 15, 2015

    Kolkata: Defending Champion Sourav Kothari was eliminated in the pre-quarters while Pankaj Advani, Siddharth Parikh, B Bhaskar and Dhruv Sitwala moved into the semi-finals of the BRC Gloster National Billiards Championship here Thursday. In the quarter-finals at the Bengal Rowing Club, Advani (PSPB) beat Brijesh Damani (PSPB) 4-1 in a high-quality...
  • Saina, Marin to take part in Syed Modi GP Badminton Meet January 15, 2015

    Lucknow: Defending champion Saina Nehwal and current world champion Carolina Marin of Spain have confirmed their participation in the Syed Modi International Badminton Championship scheduled to start here on January 20. The two have been seeded first and second respectively in USD 120,000 event being organized by Uttar Pradesh Badminton Association...
  • Jeev Milkha Singh off to a bogey-free start in Abu Dhabi January 15, 2015

    Abu Dhabi: Jeev Milkha Singh got off to a fine start as he shot a bogey-free four-under 68 in the first round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship here. The star Indian golfer, who is looking to reverse the slide he faced in 2014, had four birdies and no bogeys...
  • Andy Murray joins Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer for Dubai tournament January 15, 2015

    Britain's Andy Murray will play in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship, the organisers of the February tournament said on Thursday. Murray will join a stellar field including world number one Novak Djokovic and 17-times grand slam champion Roger Federer. The Scot, ranked six in the world, has had mixed fortunes in...
  • McIlroy mounts late birdie surge in Abu Dhabi opener January 15, 2015

    Rory McIlroy overcame a slow start to shoot a five-under 67 in the opening round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on Thursday, two strokes behind surprise leader Thomas Pieters. McIlroy finished second at the UAE capital's tournament in three of the past four years, while playing partner Rickie...
  • Rory McIlroy magic puts No. 1 in contention in Abu Dhabi January 15, 2015

    Abu Dhabi: Rory McIlroy produced a moment of magic to spark a first-round revival at the Abu Dhabi Championship on Thursday, with a 5-under 67 leaving the world's top-ranked player two shots off the early lead. With his ball on the lip of a fairway bunker on No. 3, his 12th...
  • I am not thinking about retirement yet: Viswanathan Anand January 14, 2015

    He may have failed to add to the five world titles in the last couple of years but Indian chess ace Viswanathan Anand said that retirement is not on his mind and is looking forward to play in 2015. ...
  • Andy Murray and Grigor Dimitrov to play at Queen's Club January 12, 2015

    Andy Murray will warm up for this year's Wimbledon by playing in the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club, organisers said on Monday. The British world number six, bidding to win the tournament for the fourth time, will be joined in the draw by defending champion Grigor Dimitrov. "I've had some great moments...
  • Yearender: Anand losses in World Championship but good year for Indian chess December 26, 2014

    In what turned out to be a bitter-sweet year for Indian chess, five-time winner Viswanathan Anand lost his bid to regain his title in the Sochi World Championship but Indian men's team clinched a historic bronze at the 41st Olympiad. After losing his World Championship crown in Chennai in 2013, this...
  • Yearender: What a difference a year makes for Rory McIlroy December 26, 2014

    Only a special performer can live up to a seismic pre-season prediction and, when he is old and grey and sitting in his rocking chair, Rory McIlroy will look back at 2014 as the year he became a true golfing great. The tousle-haired Northern Irishman also ruled the roost two...
  • Narang, Samaresh, Anjali in line for gold in Shooting Nationals December 23, 2014

    Pune: Olympic medallist Gagan Narang and veterans Samaresh Jung and Anjali Bhagwat lined themselves up for gold medals in their respective events at the 58th National Shooting Championships on Tuesday. Gagan, representing Air India, was lying third at the end of the first day of competition in the men's 50m Rifle...
  • Abhinav Bindra retains 10m air rifle national title December 22, 2014

    Pune: India's only individual Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra showed that despite being only a hobby shooter now, he has it in him to continue winning as he successfully defended his 10 metre air rifle title at the 58th National Shooting Championships here Monday. The 32-year-old Punjab marksman shot a total...
  • My appetite for chess has recovered: Viswanathan Anand December 22, 2014

    Buoyed by winning the London Chess Classic, five-time world chess champion Viswanathan Anand said he is looking forward to play games in 2015 with renewed zeal and enthusiasm. "I think my appetite for chess has recovered. I am going to play chess with renewed vigour in 2015," the 45-year-old Indian grandmaster...
  • Dipika Pallikal, Joshana Chinappa bow out of World Squash Championship December 18, 2014

    India's top squash players Dipika Pallikal and Joshana Chinappa fought hard against higher-ranked opponents before losing their respective pre-quarterfinal in the World Championship. World number 16 Pallikal showed promise against third-ranked Raneem El Welily of Egypt before going down 11-7, 5-11, 3-11, 6-11 in 50 minutes in a match played on...
  • Prakash Nanjappa crowned Champion of Champions at shooting nationals December 18, 2014

    Pune: Commonwealth Games silver medallist Prakash Nanjappa emerged victorious to be crowned the Champion of Champions at the ongoing 58th National Shooting Championships here in the western Indian city on Thursday. The shooter of the southern Indian state Karnataka was awarded with a cash prize of Rs 50,000 by the National...
  • Squash: Joshana Chinappa, Dipika Pallikal reach World Championship pre-quarters December 15, 2014

    Cairo: India's Joshana Chinappa dispatched 12th seed Madeline Perry of Ireland while 14th seed Dipika Pallikal survived a Mexican scare to enter the pre-quarterfinals of the Women's World Squash Championship on Monday. World No. 22 Chinappa took 50 minutes to chalk out a 14-12, 11-7, 4-11, 11-7 win over 14th-ranked Perry...
  • Elton John opens stand in his honour at Watford December 14, 2014

    London: Pop music great Elton John opened a new stand named after him at English Championship club Watford's Vicarage Road ground on Saturday, describing it as "one of the greatest days of my life". The 67-year-old singer-songwriter, who had two spells as club chairman and is now life president, addressed fans...
  • Anirban Lahiri placed ninth at Thai Golf Championships December 12, 2014

    Anirban Lahiri kept his cool and stayed patient on a difficult scoring day as he battled to a second-round card of one-over-par 73 to stay in contention for the Order of Merit race and also the US$1 million Thailand Golf Championship on Friday. Lahiri's two-day total of even par 144 after...
  • Patient Anirban Lahiri remains hopeful at Thailand golf meet December 12, 2014

    Chonburi: India's Anirban Lahiri battled to a second round one-over-par 73 to gain some momentum in the Order of Merit race and stay in contention at the $1 million Thailand Golf Championship on Friday. The five-time Asian Tour winner kept a cool head on a tough scoring day and was rewarded...
  • Adam Scott trails leaders by two at halfway stage of Australian PGA December 12, 2014

    Expectant father Adam Scott shot a three-under-par round of 69 on Friday to close within two shots of the lead at the halfway stage of the Australian PGA championship. Scott, who revealed before the start of play that his wife is pregnant with their first child, followed up his opening-round 68...
  • Tired Anirban Lahiri resumes merit chase at Thailand Golf Championship December 10, 2014

    Chonburi: Anirban Lahiri of India admits he is running low on gas as he continues to chase Order of Merit leader David Lipsky of the United States at the Thailand Golf Championship which starts on Thursday. The talented Indian, who is a five-time Asian Tour winner, will play in his ninth...
  • Indian women finish 14th at World Squash Championship December 7, 2014

    Niagara Falls: India finished 14th in the WSF world women's team squash championship which concluded at the Niagara-on-the-Lake venue. Pitted against Mexico on Saturday for the 13-14th place contest, India lost 0-2 with both Sachika Ingale and Joshna Chinappa unable to do much. After the fifth place finish in the previous edition...
  • Mixed day for Indian women in squash championship December 4, 2014

    Niagara: India had mixed fortunes in WSF World Women's Team Squash Championship being held at Niagara-on-the-Lake, beating Austria 3-0 but narrowly going down to South Africa 1-2. India finished the league phase at the fourth position in Group D Wednesday. India's sole win secured them a place in the 9-16 play...
  • India go down to France in World women's team squash December 3, 2014

    Niagara Falls: India suffered their second defeat in two days, losing to fifth seed France in the WSF World women's team squash championship on Tuesday. France defeated India 3-0 in the Group D match to keep their hopes alive of progressing whereas India, who had lost to Hong Kong in their...
  • Indian women go down to Hong Kong at World Squash Championship December 2, 2014

    Niagara Falls: India went down 0-3 to higher seeded Hong Kong in the opening Group D league match of the WSF World women's team squash championship being held at Niagara-on-the-Lake venue on Monday. According to Maj S. Maniam, Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI) Consultant coach who has accompanied the team,...