Saturday, July 11, 2020


Alex Hales excited for title defence in Caribbean Premier League

Bridgetown (Barbados): English opener Alex Hales will be back at the Caribbean Premier League in 2020 having won the title with the Barbados Tridents in 2019. The tournament will take place from 18 August to 10 September and it will be amongst the first cricket competitions to return.

Colombian football federation fined for WC ticket racket

BOGOTA:The Colombian football federation (FCF) has been fined for irregularities related to the sale of World Cup qualifying tickets, the country's competition authority has said.
The Superintendency of Industry and Commerce (SIC), as the watchdog is known, said the FCF, two merchandise companies and 17 people were ordered to pay 18.35 billion pesos ($4.9 million), reports Xinhua news agency.

Messi wants to end football career in Barcelona, says Bartomeu

BARCELONA:Barcelona FC President Josep Maria Bartomeu has downplayed Lionel Messi's exit rumours, stating the star striker wants to continue with the club till the end of his football career.

Virat Kohli under conflict scanner, Gupta writes to BCCI Ethics Officer

NEW DELHI: The Lodha Committee while reworking the constitution of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had clearly mentioned that conflict of interest is an area that needs to be fought hard for better administration of the gentlemans game. And that has seen quite a few former cricketers including current BCCI President Sourav Ganguly having to relinquish multiple posts. And now, current India skipper Virat Kohlis position has been questioned by Sanjeev Gupta in a mail to Ethics Officer D.K. Jain.

Recreational cricket to return in England from July 11

LONDON:The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced that that the UK government has given it's nod for recreational cricket to return in England from July 11.
The latest update from the UK government signals progression from Step 3 to Step 4 of ECB's roadmap to return for the recreational game, meaning competitive cricket matches in England with adjustments to respect hygiene and social distancing would be permitted," ECB said in a statement.

Kohli, Rahul engage in hilarious banter over coffee cup

NEW DELHI:India skipper Virat Kohli tried to hilariously troll batsman K.L Rahul on social media recently but the latter was up for the banter and came up with an epic reply.

Duplantis’s world pole vault, Rojas’s world indoor triple jump and Cheptegei's 12:51 5km world records ratified

MONACO: World Athletics today announced ratification of Armand Duplantis’s world pole vault record of 6.17metres, Yulimar Rojas’s world indoor triple jump record of 15.43m and Joshua Cheptegei's 12:51 5km world record.

Riyaz and Rashmi dominate Round 3 in World Online Carrom Challenge

CHANDIGARH:  Former ICF Cup Champion and current World No. 2 Riyaz Akbarali of India displayed his splendid performance  in Round 3 of  the World Online Carrom Challenge – India 2020. In Round 3 Riyaz scored 2 White Slams, and missed an Ultimate Slam while trying to pocket the last and easy one 19th in board no. 2.

With eye on Olympics, IOA chief Batra keen to sort recognition woes

NEW DELHI:Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra is hopeful that the issues regarding the recognition of National Sports Federations (NSF) with the Sports Ministry will be solved in the next two-three weeks so that the athletes can resume their preparations for next year's Tokyo Olympic Games without any hindrance.

Dravid taught me there's life beyond cricket, says Pujara

NEW DELHI:One of Team India's batting mainstay when it comes to Test cricket is Cheteshwar Pujara. And he is often compared to former captain Rahul Dravid because of the similarities in their approach. Like Dravid, Pujara also puts a price on his wicket and never shies away from grinding it out on the crease.

Srinivas and Rashmi top Round -1 in World Online Carrom

CHANDIGARH:On the opening day of the World Online Carrom Challenge – India 2020 former World Cup Champion and Komervelli Srinivas (India), and two-time World Champion Rashmi Kumari (India) topped the men and women groups respectively, in the World Online Carrom Challange - India 2020.

Ganguly, Shastri lead tributes for domestic cricket stalwart Rajinder Goel

NEW DELHI:BCCI President Sourav Ganguly led the way as the Indian cricket fraternity paid homage to veteran spinner Rajinder Goel who passed away on Sunday at the age of 77.

Punjab Sports Minister Rana Sodhi hands over appointment letters to the newly appointed District Sports Officers

CHANDIGARH:Motivated them to restore the old glory of Punjab in sports by working diligently

2020 Cincinnati Open to be staged in New York City

CINCINNATI:The Western and Southern Open will be held in New York City at the USTA’s Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in 2020 and will now take place August 20 to 28. Shift of the venue from Lindner Family Tennis Center, Cincinnati is due to circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, 
This will mark the fifth time since the tournament commenced in 1899 that it has not been held in the Cincinnati area. Indianapolis hosted the event in 1914, 1917 and 1919, and in 1920 the tournament was held in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Danish Kaneria appeals PCB to remove life ban

LAHORE:Tainted Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria has appealed to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to remove the life ban and has sought permission to play domestic cricket.

Will be very happy even if I play one Test for India, says Chahal

NEW DELHI:Young Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal believes batsmen have more variations to deal with when he plays alongside Kuldeep Yadav for the Men in Blue.
Statistics show that when Chahal and Kuldeep play together, their numbers are excellent, and so is India's win percentage.

On this day: Saqlain Mushtaq claims second ODI hat-trick

NEW DELHI:On June 11, 1999, Pakistan spin great Saqlain Mushtaq became the second player after his illustrious team mate Wasim Akram to claim two hat-tricks in ODI cricket.
Saqlain achieved the milestone during match against Zimbabwe in the 1999 World Cup. He wiped out the tail with the successive scalps, dismissing Henry Olonga, Adam Huckle and Pommie Mbangwa to secure a 148-run win for Pakistan.

Line of respect between seniors & juniors getting blurred: Varun Aaron

NEW DELHI:Indian pacer Varun Aaron feels in modern-day cricket, the line of respect between seniors and juniors is getting blurred as youngsters are forgetting about their roots and are not respecting the people who have contributed in their success.

Bayern overcome Frankfurt to reach German Cup final

BERLIN: Robert Lewandowski scored his 45th goal in his 38th competitive game of the season to help Bayern Munich reach the DFB Cup final for a third successive year following a 2-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt in their semi-final clash.

Dhoni's calling card was composure, especially under pressure: Laxman

NEW DELHI:VVS Laxman on Tuesday paid tribute to former Indian skipper MS Dhoni, saying the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman was blessed with the rare equanimity of viewing cricket as a sport and not as a matter of life and death.

Antim Ardas of Legendary Hockey Player Balbir Singh Senior held

CHANDIGARH:IOC & FIH Chiefs, President of India, Punjab Chief Minister and Sports Minister send letters of condolence
People from all walks of life pay tributes to legend

NBA approves 22-team format to restart season from July 31

NEW YORK:The NBA Board of Governors have approved a competitive format to restart the 2019-20 season with 22 teams returning to play and a tentative start date of July 31. The boards approval is the first formal step among many required to resume the season which has been suspended since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sammy urges ICC, cricketers to speak out on Floyd's death

BARBADOS:Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy has urged the cricket community to speak out on George Floyd's death that has caused a massive outrage in the United States.

Bundesliga: Sancho hat-trick helps Dortmund thrash Paderborn

BERLIN:Jadon Sancho scored a second-half hat-trick as Borussia Dortmund recovered from last week's defeat to leaders Bayern Munich and returned to winning ways following a comfortable 6-1 win over bottom side Paderborn.

PTR joins the USTA in raising the standards for all tennis professionals

WHITE PLAINS (N.Y): The United States Tennis Association (USTA) today announced that the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) has received full accreditation under the USTA’s accreditation program for organizations and institutions that certify U.S. tennis teaching professionals, according to Director of Communications & Editor of TennisPro Magazine Peggy Edwards.

HI adds more structure to gradation of tournament officials

NEW DELHI:Hockey India has decided to add more structure to the gradation of tournament officials to help improve the standards of officiating.
The Hockey India registered tournament officials which include technical delegate, umpire managers, technical officials, judges and umpires will be divided into three grades - Hockey India Grade 1, Hockey India Grade 2 and Hockey India Grade 3.

International Hockey Federation and NAGRA sign a 10-year partnership

England likely to have shortened domestic season

LONDON:The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) are reportedly trying to salvage their domestic season by giving a go ahead to a shortened County Championship for the upcoming season.

Hockey India pays tribute to legend Balbir Singh Sr

NEW DELHI:  Hockey India expressed their deepest condolences on the sad demise of Hockey Legend Balbir Singh Sr who breathed his last on Monday morning in Mohali. The triple Olympic Champion and 1975 World Cup-winning team manager had been battling for life since  May 8, 2020 when he was hospitalised, according to FIH news.

Caribbean Premier League to launch life stories films

PTR launches Online Certification

HILTON HEAD ISLAND (SOUTH CAROLINA): With a view to addressing the need for coaches to become certified during a time of social distancing, Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) developed a virtual Level 1 Certificated Tennis Instructor course.  The seven-plus hour online educational course with eight specific domains and 29 individual lessons, is available to all coaches.

PTR's move to keep tennis coaches to stay active, educated and motivated

Hilton Head Island, (South Carolina): Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) is working diligently to provide avenues for tennis coaches to stay active, educated and motivated.  Through podcasts and webinars, as well as the new, soon-to-be released online certification, PTR has been innovating!

World Archery extends hiatus on international competition until June 30

Lausanne (Switzerland): World Archery’s executive committee has extended the temporary delay of all international competition and development activities until the end of June.

Disney+ delays launch on Hotstar due to IPL postponement

NEW DELHI: Disney Plus (Disney+) has delayed its India launch via Hotstar owing to the postponement of the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket season.

Rana Sodhi and Aruna Chaudhary eulogize boxer Simranjit Kaur for historic achievement

CHANDIGARH:Simar Chakar' becomes first Punjabi boxer to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games-2020
Punjab Sports Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi and Social Security, Women and Child Development Minister Mrs. Aruna Chaudhary today congratulated boxer Simranjit Kaur for qualifying for Tokyo Olympic Games-2020. The only and first woman boxer from Punjab, selected in the Indian team, now will represent India at the Tokyo Olympics.

Trials for Punjab cricket team today

CHANDIGARH:Punjab Sports Department will conduct selection trials to select Punjab Cricket Team for participation in All India Civil Services Cricket Tournament at PCA Stadium sector 63, SAS Nagar on March 13, 2020.

Trials for Punjab cricket team on March 13

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Sports Department will conduct selection trials to select Punjab Cricket Team for participation in All India Civil Services Cricket Tournament at PCA Stadium sector 63, SAS Nagar on March 13, 2020.

Rana Sodhi and Aruna Chaudhary eulogize boxer Simranjit Kaur for historic achievement

Tighter security, corona scare affect Parliament footfall

NEW DELHI: The coronavirus scare is showing its impact on the Budget Session of Parliament too. On the one hand, the security apparatus at Parliament is restricting entry of aides, personal staff and other hangers-on who are a common sight when the House is in session. On the other hand, the number of visitors to view Parliament proceedings has also come down following the widespread public fears of contracting the infection in public places.

Shivpal Singh joins Neeraj Chopra on flight to Tokyo

NEW DELHI:Shivpal Singh has become the second Indian javelin thrower after Neeraj Chopra to book a spot for the Tokyo Olympic Games. He sealed the Olympic Quota after qualifying at the ACNW League Meeting in Potchefstroom, South Africa.