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Self belief was high, says Neil Hawgood

New Delhi: Women’s hockey coach Neil Hawgood credited India’s title triumph at the Asian Champions Trophy on Saturday night, to their “bruising experience” at the Rio Olympic Games two months ago. India — who qualified for the Olympics after 36 years — had finished last at the quadrennial event, but carried back plenty in terms of experience and learning to ... Read More »

AFC Cup: ‘Workhorse’ Vineeth looking to create history with Bengaluru FC

Mumbai: History beckons Bengaluru FC as the club stand on the verge of winning the AFC Cup. The club have already made history by qualifying for the finals. No Indian side has ever reached this far. Bengaluru’s CK Vineeth is well and truly prepared for the final showdown against Iraq’s Airforce Club on November 5. The striker says the team ... Read More »

Pacquiao eager to reclaim WBO welterweight title

Las Vegas: Manny Pacquiao announced his retirement seven months ago but after serving his first stint as a rookie senator, the fire was rekindled and the stage set for a return to boxing. Pacquiao is hoping to reclaim the WBO welterweight title for the third time. But juggling two jobs, including his new gig as a full-time politician in the ... Read More »

‘Fragile’ Manchester United struggling under Jose Mourinho

London: Manchester United hoped Jose Mourinho would provide a quick-fix. Hire the manager renowned as a “serial winner” and the stupor of the fleeting David Moyes and Louis van Gaal eras would vanish. There’s little sign of that. If anything, results and performances suggest the record 20-time English champions are regressing. Even Mourinho calls his team “fragile.” With five losses ... Read More »

Djokovic loses in Paris quarters, Murray has shot at No 1

Paris: Five months after his first French Open title and completing a career Grand Slam in Paris, Novak Djokovic’s reign over men’s tennis could be about to end in the City of Lights. Djokovic, a three-time defending champion, lost in the Paris Masters quarterfinals on Friday, leaving his No. 1 ranking open to being snatched by Andy Murray. The British ... Read More »

Djokovic, Murray progress to last eight of Paris Masters

Paris [France]: World No. 1 Novak Djokovic progressed through to the quarterfinals of the Paris Masters after battling past 14th seed Grigor Dimitrov in hard fought third round contest on Thursday. Rallying from a set down, Djokovic came back strong to defeat Dimitrov 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. The Serbian will now meet Canadian fourth seed Milos Raonic in the quarter-finals. Meanwhile, ... Read More »

Tiny ‘misjudgement’ caused Phil Hughes death, says coroner

Sydney: Australian batsman Phillip Hughes made a “minuscule misjudgement” before he was fatally struck by a cricket ball, a coroner ruled on Friday, attaching no blame to the bowler, verbal abuse or the tactic of sending down short-pitched deliveries. Hughes, who played 26 Tests, died from bleeding on the brain in November 2014 after being hit on the neck by ... Read More »

`Injured` Steyn doubtful for remainder of Aussie Test series

Johannesburg [South Africa]: South African pace spearhead Dale Steyn is doubtful for the remainder of the three-match Test series against Australia after suffering a recurrence of a shoulder injury during the ongoing opening game at the WACA Ground in Perth. The 33-year-old sustained the injury in the 38th over of the Australia’s first innings when he went down wincing in ... Read More »

Dravid has made me mentally stronger: Hardik Pandya

New Delhi: Ecstatic after his maiden call-up into the Indian cricket team, all-rounder Hardik Pandya said that India A coach Rahul Dravid’s guidance during the Australia tour has made him “mentally stronger”. “For me, everything changed after my tour of Australia with the India A team. It is a tour that transformed me as a cricketer. I can’t but thank ... Read More »

Kumble’s support for DRS was instrumental: ICC GM Allardice

New Delhi: ICC’s General Manager of cricket affairs Geoff Allardice today termed India coach Anil Kumble’s role as “instrumental” in assessing the upgraded Decision Review System and his support proved to be pivotal in using the technology in the upcoming England series. Kumble, in his capacity as chairman of ICC’s Cricket Committee, had gone to MIT where the engineers worked ... Read More »

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