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RGKA to give sports infrastrictire in JK a turnaround: Taj

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir government has said the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA), a scheme launched by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, is all set to give sports infrastructure in the state a massive boost. This was stated by the Minister for Medical Education, Youth Services and Sports, Taj Mohi-ud-Din while replying to a discussion on demand on grants for...

Asia Cup will be a tough tournament for all teams: Pakistan bowling coach

Lahore: Pakistan’s bowling coach Muhammad Akram has said that the upcoming Asia Cup in Bangladesh will be a tough assignment for all teams and not just arch-rivals India but minnows Afghanistan too can pose serious threats on batsman-friendly conditions. Akram, a former Test pacer who has been given a new two-year contract by the Pakistan Cricket Board, said it was...

Federer can win another major title: Sampras

London: Roger Federer could play for another four years and add to his tally of 17 Grand Slam titles, according to former No. 1 Pete Sampras. Speaking ahead of an exhibition match against Andre Agassi in London on March 3, Sampras said on a conference call that he is impressed by Federer’s longevity. “I’m amazed that he is up for more...

Zaheer Khan must contemplate future: Dravid

New Delhi: Former captain Rahul Dravid feels it is time for Zaheer Khan to start deliberating on his future as it would be difficult for the senior pacer to survive the rigours of five Test matches when India tour England later this year. Zaheer, who made a comeback to the Test team during the disastrous tours of South Africa and...

Somdev eases into quarters of Delhi Open

New Delhi: Somdev Devvarman sailed into the quarterfinals of the $ 100,000 ATP Delhi Open after notching up an easy 6-2 6-2 win over an erratic Di Wu from China, here on Wednesday. The second round contest between the number one players of the two countries never rose to the level it was expected to as the Chinese made it...

Top-ranked Rafael Nadal makes triumphant Rio return

Rio de Janeiro: Top-ranked Rafael Nadal, playing for the first time since losing last month's Australian Open final, beat fellow Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-3, 7-5 Tuesday at the Rio Open. Nadal skipped Buenos Aires last week due to the nagging back injury that hindered his bid for a 14th Grand Slam singles crown last month at Melbourne, where he dropped...

Shoulder injury forces Jeev Milkha to miss golf tourney in South Africa

MumbaI: India's ace golfer Jeev Milkha Singh, who has been struggling with a right shoulder rotator cuff injury, said he will skip the Tshwane Open in South Africa scheduled later this month to rest and regain his fitness ahead of the season without undergoing surgery. "I am not going to South Africa next week because I am not fit enough....

Delhi Santosh Trophy hero Banerjee passes away.

New Delhi: Bhabani Banerjee, the man who helped Delhi register their lone triumph in Santosh Trophy National Football Championship in 1944, has passed away here after a brief illness. Banerjee, who died yesterday at his residence, was 88. He is survived by his wife, one son and one daughter. A product of Raisina Bengali School, tall and well-built Banerjee was known...

Saurabh Tiwary to lead Jharkhand in Vijay Hazare Trophy

Jamshedpur: Saurabh Tiwary to lead Jharkhand in Vijay Hazare TrophyJamshedpur: A 15-member team led by batsman Saurabh Tiwary has been announced by Jharkhand for the Vijay Hazare Trophy, domestic one-day competition, to be held from February 27 to March 7. "The team comprised three new faces - batsmen Virat Singh, Kaushal Singh and Ishan Kishan," said Rajesh Verma, Secretary of...

Dhoni defends bowlers, finds performance ‘quite good’

Wellington: India frittered away a golden chance of winning the second Test against New Zealand but skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni inexplicably continued to defend his listless bowlers and even found the team’s display during the winless tour as “quite a good performance”. Dhoni, who has invariably come out with bizarre explanations for the team’s shoddy performances at press conferences, again...

India end ignominious New Zealand tour with 0-1 loss in Test series

Wellington: India ended the ignominious tour of New Zealand by drawing the second and final cricket Test after home team skipper Brendon McCullum became the first Kiwi batsman to hit a triple-century and stage an incredible turnaround to clinch the two-match series 1-0, in Wellington on Tuesday. McCullum struck a historic 302, while BJ Watling made 124 and debutant James...

Back-to-back ATP events should not be one-off thing: Players

New Delhi: India's top tennis players on Monday hailed hosting of the three back-to-back ATP Challenger events in the country and demanded that such tournaments become a regular phenomenon on the calendar to help them climb up the ranking ladder. The final and biggest tournament began today with the ONGC-GAIL Delhi Open, which offers $14,400 to the winner and 100...

Very proud of today’s play: BJ Watling

Wellington: New Zealand batsman B J Watling, whose world record sixth-wicket partnership with skipper Brendon McCullum today gave the home team a crucial advantage in the second Test against India, said he feels proud of the effort as the visiting bowlers put him through a "storm". Watling and McCullum put together a 352-run sixth-wicket stand that gave New Zealand a...

In good position to win the match: Cheteshwar Pujara

Wellington: New Zealand's spectacular fightback in the ongoing second Test was helped to an extent by dropped catches but Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara on Sunday defended his teammates, saying their fielding has been "fantastic" for most part of the trip. After two days of domination at the Basin Reserve, the visitors had a tough day in the field as the...