CHAMPIONSHIP

  • Rafael Nadal returning to Queen's for Wimbledon warmup 4 days ago

    Rafael Nadal will return to his old routine in a bid to recapture the Wimbledon crown later this year, confirming he has entered the traditional warm-up event at Queen's Club. The Spaniard has played at Queen's five times and on each occasion went on to reach the Wimbledon final a few...
  • Paralympic Committee forms probe panel 5 days ago

    New Delhi: The Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) on Monday constituted a three-member enquiry committee to investigate the reasons for gross mismanagement at the ongoing 15th National Para-Athletics Championships. In a shocking case of official apathy, differently-abled sportspersons participating in...
  • Paralympians use rooms without toilets, forced to sleep on floor at national event 5 days ago

    Ghaziabad: The three-day National Para Athletic Championship which concluded on Sunday has been labelled a national shame. The participants were forced to use filthy toilets which doubled up as bathrooms and dormitories with no beds. There was a sheer lack of basic disabled friendly infrastructure in the National Para Athletics...
  • Sports Ministry shocked at apathy towards para-athletes 6 days ago

    The Sports Ministry expressed shock and concern at the apathy shown by the 15th National Para-Athletic Championship organisers wherein the participants have been denied proper accommodation at the event. ...
  • Para-athletes face official apathy, Sports Ministry promises action 6 days ago

    Taking a strong view of the shocking incident of differently-abled sportspersons taking part in a national event being put up at unfurnished and unhygienic accommodations, Indian Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday sought a report from the organisers and promised to take action within 24 hours. Sonowal said he has asked...
  • I will think about World Chess Championship next year: Viswanathan Anand March 20, 2015

    Mumbai: With the World Chess Championship slated for 2016, five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand on Friday said he will start thinking about the Candidates tournament only next year. "I am not thinking about the Candidates at all, because I don't know who is playing. It may well be that I am...
  • Koneru Humpy, D Harika take lead in World championship opener March 18, 2015

    Sochi: Indian Grandmasters Koneru Humpy and D Harika got off to a flying starts, winning the first game of the first round of the world women's chess championship here today. Seeded number one in the absence of defending champion Yifan Hao of China, Humpy had no problems crushing Ayah Moaataz of...
  • Vietnam's top player secures berth in Chess World Cup 2015 March 15, 2015

    Ho Chi Minh City: Vietnamese top seed Le Quang Liem defeated Laylo Darwin of the Philippines in the zone 3.3 qualifying round of the World Chess Championships 2015 to secure a berth in the Chess World Cup 2015. Vietnamese top national player Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son was held to a draw...
  • Snooker: Michael White swamps Ricky Walden to clinch maiden ranking title March 14, 2015

    Mumbai: Highly talented Welsh youngster Michael White capped a splendid run by claiming his maiden ranking title when he blanked world no. 8 Ricky Walden 5-0 in a one-sided final of the Indian Open Snooker Championship on Saturday. The 23-year-old White jumped to a 4-0 lead after firing in breaks of...
  • Indian Open Snooker: Welshmen Mark Williams, Michael White in semis March 13, 2015

    Mumbai: Veteran Mark Williams and young Michael White, representing the rich Welsh legacy, entered the semi-finals of the Indian Open World ranking snooker tournament on Friday with contrasting victories that underlined their skills and dexterity. The 39-year old double World champion and 15th ranked Williams held off England's Robert Milkins 4-1,...
  • I did not take my chances, says Aditya Mehta March 13, 2015

    Mumbai: India's lone snooker professional Aditya Mehta rued missed chances against world No. 8 Ricky Walden of England that led to his 2-4 second-round defeat and early elimination from the pound sterling 300,000 Indian Open in progress. "He played well in the first few frames. He started better than me, got...
  • Indian Open snooker: England's Ricky Walden stops Aditya Mehta March 12, 2015

    Mumbai: Ricky Walden of England ended the home challenge when he defeated Aditya Mehta 4-2 and booked a berth in the pre-quarter-finals of the Indian Open World ranking snooker tournament on Thursday. The eighth ranked Walden took a firm grip on the match by jumping to a 3-0 lead and though...
  • Rhys Clark knocks out Pankaj Advani in Indian Open March 11, 2015

    Mumbai: Scottish amateur Rhys Clark broke Indian hearts by ousting national champion Pankaj Advani 4-3 in a thrilling wild card round of the Indian Open world ranking snooker tournament on Tuesday. Clark, only 20, sank the black in the centre pocket to close out the match that lasted over two hours...
  • Badminton: Kidambi Srikanth leads Indian charge at Swiss Open March 9, 2015

    Basel: Top Indian male shuttler Kidambi Srikanth will lead the Indian challenge at the USD 120,000 Swiss Grand Prix Gold badminton championship which gets underway here tomorrow. World No. 5 Srikanth, who hogged the limelight last year after winning the China Super Series Premier, will take on France's Lucas Corvee in...
  • Saina Nehwal takes positives from All England performance March 9, 2015

    Hyderabad: A dream All England title might have slipped through her fingers but Saina Nehwal on Monday insisted on taking positives out of the prestigious tournament, saying her consistency and improvement in overall game will help her to do well in the season ahead. Olympic bronze medalist Saina's quest for becoming...
  • Saina Nehwal's All England loss dashes a billion Indian dreams March 9, 2015

    It was an agonising end to what could have been a historical day for India. On International Women's Day, Saina Nehwal was the cynosure of all Indian eyes and on the cusp of creating history when she was in the final of the prestigious All England Badminton championship - the...
  • Aditya Mehta leads country's hopes in Indian Open March 9, 2015

    Mumbai: Aditya Mehta would lead the host nation's challenge in the second Indian Open Snooker Championship, starting from Tuesday, as four top-10 players in the world, including defending champion Ding Junhui of China, will vie for top honours. Mumbai-born Mehta, ranked 50th in the professional circuit, is seeded a lowly 40th...
  • Carolina Marin and Chen Long scoop All-England singles titles March 9, 2015

    Birmingham: Carolina Marin of Spain staged a remarkable comeback to land the All-England Championships crown on Sunday as Saina Nehwal blew the chance to become India's first female winner. In the men's final, world champion Chen Long captured the title for the second time in three years as he overcame charismatic...
  • American Dustin Johnson rallies for victory at Doral March 9, 2015

    American Dustin Johnson overcame J.B. Holmes's five-stroke final-round lead for a one-shot victory at the WGC-Cadillac Championships on Sunday, just over a month after returning from a half-year break from the game. Johnson, in his fifth tournament since taking a leave of absence in July to deal with personal issues, carded...
  • I lost focus and got nervous, says Saina Nehwal March 8, 2015

    Birmingham: After her dreams of winning All England badminton championship ended in agony with a defeat in the final, a crestfallen Saina Nehwal on Sunday said it was her lack of focus and nervousness which led to her loss. Olympic bronze medallist Saina let go of a huge opportunity to script...
  • 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. ...
  • Enough of dialogues, let's box out the problems: Mary Kom's special message on Women's Day March 8, 2015

    New Delhi: When we talk of empowered women, the first name that strikes us is definitely Mary Kom. She might be World Boxing Champion or Olympic Bronze Medalist but the mother of three kids, Mary, today aims gold at Rio Olympic in 2016. Talking to students at IIT Delhi, the boxing...
  • Golfer Anirban Lahiri 70th in WGC-Cadillac March 8, 2015

    Doral: A double-bogey on the 18th hole marred a day of improvement for India's Anirban Lahiri as he carded two-over 74 to be 70th after the third round of the World Golf Championships (WGC)-Cadillac Championship on Saturday. Lahiri, current Asian Tour No. 1, had four birdies on the first, 12th, 15th...
  • 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....
  • Golf: JB Holmes in control after sharing hole-in-one glory March 8, 2015

    American J.B. Holmes had a five-stroke lead at the end of the third round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship on Saturday as he and compatriot Dustin Johnson both made holes-in-one on the par-three fourth hole. After Holmes aced the 227-yard hole, Johnson, playing two groups behind, followed suit 15 minutes later to...
  • 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...
  • Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri joint 71st in WGC-Cadillac March 7, 2015

    United States: Continuing his struggle, Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri finished tied 71st after the second round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at the Trump National Doral golf course. Lahiri, current Asian Tour No.1, had a tough opening day as he managed eighth-over 80. Even though he improved his performance in...
  • Rory McIlroy boils over, JB Holmes leads by two shots March 7, 2015

    Rory McIlroy lost his cool while J.B. Holmes began and ended his day with ugly sixes but produced some excellent golf in between for a two-shot lead after the WGC-Cadillac Championship's second round in Miami on Friday. Four strokes in front overnight after opening with a blistering 10-under-par 62 on the...
  • 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...