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  • Hockey World Cup 2014: Meet Team India July 3, 2014

    India last won a World Cup, and it's only one to date, when the men's team led by Ajit Pal Singh beat archrivals Pakistan 2-1 in the final on March 15, 1974. 34 years later, India are still searching for that lost pride as Sardar Singh & Co. embark on a...
  • HIL: Ranchi Rhinos beat UP Wizards in shoot-out to claim third spot February 23, 2014

    Ranchi: Defending champions Ranchi Rhinos beat Uttar Pradesh Wizards via penalty shoot-out to finish third in the Hero Hockey India League 2014 at the floodlit Astroturf Hockey Stadium, here on Sunday. Rhinos beat UP Wizards 3-2 via penalty shoot-out after the two teams were locked at 1-1 at regulation time. The hosts...
  • Sandeep Singh always ahead of Rupinder, Raghunath as penalty corner specialist: Jamie Dwyer February 22, 2014

    Sandeep Singh remains India's best drag-flicker even though he is not in the national team, says Jamie Dwyer, five-time world hockey player of the year. Sandeep was last part of the Indian team in the Hockey World League Round 3 in June 2013 and has not found the faith of selectors...
  • HIL: Kalinga Lancers look to upset UP Wizards February 12, 2014

    Bhubneswar: Debutants Kalinga Lancers would be desperate to score a sweet revenge over the Uttar Pradesh Wizards and give their home fans something to cheer about in a return leg match of the Hockey India League 2014 between the two sides, here on Thursday. The Lancers had lost 1-3 to Wizards...
  • HIL: Waveriders, Wizards square off in a battle of supremacy February 4, 2014

    New Delhi: A thrilling contest is on the cards when Delhi Waveriders take on Uttar Pradesh Wizards in a round robin league match of the Hockey India League 2014 here on Wednesday with both the team eyeing a win to jump to the top of the standings. The match also gives...
  • HIL: Raghunath's hat-trick helps UP beat Mumbai 5-3 January 29, 2014

    Mumbai: Captain VR Raghunath scored a hat-trick as Uttar Pradesh Wizards came from a two-goal deficit to thrash Mumbai Magicians 5-3 in the second edition of the Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) here on Wednesday. Raghunath scored in the 28th, 41st and 56th minutes from the penalty corners to secure the...
  • Hockey World League QF: India need to pull out all stops vs Australia January 15, 2014

    (Start Time: 8 p.m. IST. IBNLive will Live-Blog the game 7:30 p.m. onwards) New Delhi: Some of the lost confidence returned in the Indian dugout with a draw against Germany, and the hosts will need all of that to pull out all stops against Australia in the quarter-finals of the Hockey...
  • Hockey World League: India need to show up against New Zealand January 11, 2014

    New Delhi: India's listless performance against England to open 2014 came in for much criticism, and the team will have to bring its 'A' game to the Hockey World League (HWL) pitch against New Zealand here on Saturday. India were almost absent in their 0-2 loss to England on the opening...
  • Hockey World League: Toothless India go down 0-2 to England January 11, 2014

    New Delhi: India began 2014 on a rusty note, looking out of sync and a distant second on a chilly Friday night against a superior England outfit that beat the hosts 2-0 in a Pool A encounter of the Hockey World League final here at the Major Dhyan Chand National...
  • Hockey World League Final: India's chance to bridge the gap January 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Expert advice overflows in the Indian camp these days, but whether the presence of as many as four coaches of international repute helps India bridge the gap is what will be analysed with keen interest over the next 10 days at Hockey World League (HWL) Final. Newly...
  • India aim to win Hockey World League Finals opener against England: Raghunath January 7, 2014

    New Delhi: India aim to win their Hockey World League Finals opener Jan 10 against England, said defender VR Raghunath on Tuesday. Speaking to the press post their practice session under coach Terry Walsh at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, Raghunath said Walsh is working on the team's game. "This tournament...
  • Indian hockey stars falling in love with twitter September 7, 2013

    Like their compatriots in cricket, Indian hockey stars too are falling in love with 140 characters. Twitter has become the new rage among the young international stars wielding the willow with a curve and many of them joined the bandwagon, connecting to family, friends and fans from the Asia Cup...
  • Cash awards for Raghunath, Sreejesh and Ramandeep September 4, 2013

    New Delhi: Hockey India (HI) on Wednesday announced cash award for three of its players who were a part of the Indian Men's hockey team that won silver medal at the ninth Asia Cup at Ipoh, Malaysia. HI will give Rs 1 lakh each to defender VR Raghunath for winning Most...
  • Asia Cup Hockey: No gold but key gains for India September 2, 2013

    The Asia Cup gold slipped out of hand and the status of India's World Cup ticket remained 'wait-listed'. But it tells nothing about the moral fibre a young, inexperienced Indian team exhibited in a heart-warming performance over the last seven days. No one gave India a chance to reach the...
  • Asia Cup Hockey Final: India set sights on title for World Cup entry August 31, 2013

    New Delhi: India's win against Malaysia in the semi-final of the ninth Asia Cup on Friday led to a wave of congratulatory messages on social media, saying it has also earned them a place in the World Cup. But that's only 'virtually' true at this stage. To put a confirmation...
  • It was our best game in Asia Cup: Roelant Oltmans August 30, 2013

    Ipoh: India Friday defeated Malaysia to enter the final of the ongoing ninth Asia Cup hockey tournament here and the team's interim coach Roelant Oltmans said it was the best performance from his wards in the tournament so far. India will face defending champions Korea in the summit clash after...
  • India enter Asia Cup hockey final, near World Cup qualification August 30, 2013

    New Delhi: India have done what Pakistan couldn't. A 2-0 win over Malaysia in the semi-final of the 9th Asia Cup in Ipoh took India a step closer to next year's FIH World Cup, while archrivals Pakistan will have to sit out of the quadrennial event after losing the first...
  • Indian hockey's hour of reckoning in Asia Cup semis August 30, 2013

    It was March 26, 2013. India were playing Malaysia in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. The Indians, leading 2-1, had one eye on the clock: 50 seconds left. A semi-final spot was almost but sealed when the Malaysians entered the Indian circle. Sticks clanked and the umpire blew his whistle....
  • 9-1 win over Bangladesh not our best performance: Oltmans August 28, 2013

    Ipoh: India's 9-1 thrashing of Bangladesh notwithstanding, interim coach Roelant Oltmans is not fully satisfied with his wards' showing Wenesday, and said the match against the minnows was not the best performance by his side in the Asia Cup hockey tournament here. Penalty corner exponents Rupinderpal Singh and V R Raghunath...
  • Hockey Asia Cup: India thump Bangladesh, play Malaysia in semis August 28, 2013

    New Delhi: India defenders VR Raghunath and Rupinder Pal Singh scored hat-tricks and shared seven goals between them to rack up a 9-1 win over hapless Bangladesh on Wednesday, while setting up a semi-final against hosts Malaysia in the 9th Asia Cup being played in Ipoh. Both the Indian defenders converted...
  • India beat France, to play Spain for 5-6th place in FIH WL June 21, 2013

    Rotterdam: The Indian men's hockey team finally tasted some success in the FIH World League Round 3 when they defeated lower-ranked France 6-2 to qualify for the fifth-sixth position play-off match, here on Friday. The 11th-ranked Indians, who came into the match without a win under their belt, scored three goals...
  • Indian hockey team disappoints with a 3-3 draw vs New Zealand June 17, 2013

    Rotterdam: India paid the price of poor defending as they conceded a goal four minutes from time to play out a 3-3 draw in a thrilling match in their last pool fixture of the FIH World League Round 3 match here Monday. India, who dominated the match throughout, fought back...
  • Raghunath, Sunil score in India's 2-0 win over Netherlands May 7, 2013

    New Delhi: Indian team began their preparations for the FIH Men's Hockey World League semi-finals with a 2-0 win over Netherlands on Tuesday. After a goalless half, India scored their opening goal through vice captain VR Raghunath in the 55th minute. In the 67th minute SV Sunil doubled the lead, which the...
  • Indian men hammer Fiji in a 16-0 goal-fest February 18, 2013

    New Delhi: The Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in the capital witnessed a goal-fest on Monday in India's opening match of the FIH Hockey World League as the hosts pounded 16 goals against a hapless, 70th-ranked Fiji team. Penalty corner specialist and vice captain VR Raghunath scored a hat-tick along with...
  • India begin hunt for a place in the 2014 World Cup February 18, 2013

    New Delhi: India begin their journey for a place in the 2014 World Cup when its men and women teams get on the pitch at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here against their five opponents in the FIH Hockey World League (HWL) from February 18 to 24. Six men and...
  • Pakistan, Raghunath, Delhi dominate first week of HIL January 23, 2013

    It got off with a glitzy opening ceremony, received a scare by protesters and then settled in nicely courtesy a wise decision and some scintillating hockey - the inaugural week of the Hockey India League (HIL) has not been bereft of action. After Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in the capital...
  • India crush Oman 11-0 in Asian Champions Trophy hockey December 23, 2012

    Doha: A dominant India humiliated minnows Oman 11-0 to register their third consecutive win in the second Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament here on Sunday. SV Sunil (3rd and 44th minute), Dharamvir Singh (8th minute and 56th minute), VR Raghunath (30th and 38th minute penalty corner) and Rupinder Pal Singh (33rd...
  • India beat Japan for second win at Asian CT December 21, 2012

    Doha: VR Raghunath's brace helped India beat Japan 3-1 giving them their second win in the Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament here on Friday. India earned their first penalty corner in the 22nd minute with the help of Birendra Lakra and Gurvinder Singh Chandi, which was successfully converted by vice-captain Raghunath....
  • Raghunath says its unbelievable, while Sandeep is disappointed December 16, 2012

    New Delhi: Ace drag-flicker VR Raghunath was was unable to describe his feelings after fetching a whopping USD 76,000 at the inaugural Hockey India auctions while senior pro Sandeep Singh was a disappointed man as he got one of the lowest bids among current India players. "It is unbelievable. I never...
  • Wonderful day for Indian hockey: Michael Nobbs December 7, 2012

    New Delhi: "It was a wonderful day for Indian hockey! I am really proud." That was the first reaction of India's men's hockey coach, Michael Nobbs, when contacted by IBNLive.com on Thursday after India's monumental win over Belgium, which put them through to the semi-finals and within one win of...