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Australian Open Final: Kidambi Srikanth has a wall to scale
Sun, Jun 25, 2017

Kidambi Srikanth hasn’t tasted Milosque giddy success yet - though making three successive Super Series finals ought to feel as heady as it gets at 22. But the young shuttler has betrayed no signs of being vain liked the doomed grappler from yore.

Three-on-three basketball: For India’s gold-winning stars, a dream is reborn
Sun, Jun 25, 2017

As outrageous as the odds seem for the mum-of-one to return to a frenetic sport she’s been far away from for many seasons, Geethu who turns 32 next week, is entitled to this crazy dream.

Three-on-three basketball: Old game in new bottle
Sun, Jun 25, 2017

Three decades before three-on-three basketball earned Olympic approval, it travelled from the streets of Michigan to Mumbai through a Swede from Moscow who wove avante-garde techniques into the dynamic game.

Australian Open Super Series: PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal go down in blaze of glory
Sat, Jun 24, 2017

PV Sindhu made the fatal error of celebrating a rally too early as she botched a match point against World No.1 Tai Tzu Ying going down 21-10, 20-22, 16-21.

ICC Women’s World Cup 2017: In her last World Cup, Indian captain Mithali Raj keen to leave lasting impression
Sat, Jun 24, 2017

33-year-old Mithali Raj reckons it’ll be her last 50-over Cup, but she’s incredibly centred on the task at hand. The last world cup was difficult. India hosted the edition and it imploded into a nightmare, as the home team failed to even qualify for the Super 6.

I would deliver more results if I had more power as a coach: Pullela Gopichand
Tue, Jun 20, 2017

While Gopichand is widely hailed for propping up India’s badminton with back-to-back Olympic medals, and credited for the success of PV Sindhu, he has his share of critics in certain state units, who accuse him of being dictatorial.

Kidambi Srikanth goes from melancholic to a happy prince
Mon, Jun 19, 2017

After the Rio Games setback, Kidambi Srikanth was scarily “unemotional”, but with his third Super Series title, he has emerged as a revitalised force. On Sunday he beat Japan's Kazumasa Sakai 21-11, 21-19.

Guntur lad Kidambi Srikanth stars in Jakarta thriller
Sun, Jun 18, 2017

Kidambi Srikanth outwits World No. 1 Son Wan-Ho to reach Indonesia Open final while HS Prannoy goes down in semis

Indonesia Open: HS Prannoy, the giant-killer
Sat, Jun 17, 2017

A day after stunning Lee Chong Wei, World No. 25 HS Prannoy beats Olympic champion Chen Long 21-18, 16-21, 21-19. Prannoy, displayed a wide array of strokes and wits to match in the 75-minute-long encounter.

Taufik Hidayat-like HS Prannoy fells a legend in Lee Chong Wei
Fri, Jun 16, 2017

World No.25’s stunning backhand smash stuns Lee Chong Wei and scripts 21-10, 21-18 victory

Indonesian Open Super Series: Returning to her stomping ground, Saina Nehwal finds touch
Wed, Jun 14, 2017

For one, an American was ranked higher than Nehwal for the first time in her career - Beiwen Zhang started in Jakarta on her career-high World No.10, one spot above the Indian at No.11.

B Sai Praneeth strikes gold at Thailand Open
Mon, Jun 05, 2017

Six weeks after winning Singapore Open Super Series, B Sai Praneeth clinches Thailand Grand Prix Gold title. Thailand wasn’t as big as the Singapore Super Series in terms of ranking points, though Sai enjoyed beating a non-Indian for the title.

UEFA Champions League final, Juventus vs Real Madrid: Why Gianluigi Buffon deserves to have his legion of fans
Sat, Jun 03, 2017

Buffon is what you fantasise nation’s militaries should be: assured and unconquerable seeing the whole game in front of them, not likely to be provoked, never given to crossing lines, unfazed for all of the 90 minutes, never running out of patience.

In battle between pretenders and powerhouse, India await a twist at Sudirman Cup
Fri, May 26, 2017

Rankings dictate that when India go up against China at Gold Coast in the Sudirman Cup Last 8 on Friday, PV Sindhu will be the only one to start out as favourite in the team championship.

Sudirman Cup: Ashwini Ponnappa seals 4-1 win for India
Thu, May 25, 2017

On Tuesday, Ashwini Ponnappa smiled all the way to securing for India one of its most memorable wins at the Sudirman Cup.

P V Sindhu’s shuttle service interrupted at Badminton Asia Championships
Sat, Apr 29, 2017

PV Sindhu loses to China’s He Bingjiao 15-21, 21-14, 24-22 in one hour, 17 minutes in the quarterfinals

B Sai Praneeth comes of age with Singapore Superseries win
Mon, Apr 17, 2017

Unheralded shuttler wins first major title by beating Kidambi Srikanth 17-21 21-17 21-12 in a landmark all-Indian final

Singapore Open Super Series: In final, it’s win-win for India
Sun, Apr 16, 2017

With facile victories, Praneeth and Srikanth set up final, the first time an Indian pair is locked in a Super Series title clash

A super series for Kidambi Srikanth, Sai Praneeth
Sat, Apr 15, 2017

Kidambi Srikanth into semis of Singapore Open with Sai Praneeth; but title contender PV Sindhu is beaten square by Carolina Marin.

Licence to thrill: PV Sindhu revs it up
Tue, Apr 04, 2017

PV Sindhu primarily relies on pace to down her opponents, but she must learn to vary it to be in the pantheon of greats.

Dipa Karmakar adds arrows to her quiver
Mon, Mar 20, 2017

Dipa Karmakar, India’s best gymnast, will aim for points on execution as she moves beyond the Prudunova to another vault.

Viswanathan Anand: A king battles the natural ageing process
Sun, Mar 19, 2017

The Indian legend’s first dips, Short noticed, came into sharp focus against Magnus Carlsen – spry and sensational.

Leander Paes: A step slower, old fox learns new tricks
Sun, Mar 19, 2017

More than ever before, though, the big small bloke of tennis who was so little he couldn’t hit two balls over the net as a young teen, is frantically trying at 43.

Tai Tzu Ying, Ratchanok Intanon bring magic back to badminton court
Wed, Mar 15, 2017

Creativity of Tai Tzu Ying and Ratchanok Intanon in All England Badminton Championships final served as a welcome break from usual belligerence

PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal lose: All over for India at All England Championships
Sat, Mar 11, 2017

PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal crash out in straight games, ending India’s challenge at All England in the quarterfinals.

All England Badminton Championships: In pocket talent Tai Tzu, PV Sindhu faces stiff challenge in quarters
Fri, Mar 10, 2017

PV Sindhu vs Tai Tzu is badminton gourmet, with two clashing styles set to sizzle - it's nothing less than a Friday blockbuster.

All England: From a game down, HS Prannoy beats China’s Qiao Bin in 81-minute tussle
Thu, Mar 09, 2017

HS Prannoy came close to quietly exiting before adding some shrieking winners that masked a tactical tweak when beating Qiao Bin.

All England Championships: Indians hope to carry no baggage
Wed, Mar 08, 2017

PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal lead the India’s challenge in the quest for first All England title since P Gopichand’s in 2001.

Hawks of the playing field
Mon, Mar 06, 2017

Sportspersons attuned to binaries of victory and defeat can’t appreciate pacifism

The Afghan – Shapoor Zadran a fantasy cricketer
Sun, Feb 26, 2017

Tall Afghan fast bowlers are expected to glare and scowl, but Shapoor Zadran ditched both, and settled for what he thought was a cheeky wink.

Tackling an age-old problem: BAI can take a leaf out of chess federation
Wed, Feb 22, 2017

BAI passed a directive asking its state affiliates to only accept birth certificates registered within a year of the birth date.

Together in distress: Virdhawal Khade, Sanyogita Ghorpade bond over broken spirits, snapping knee caps
Sat, Feb 18, 2017

Bitterness has made way for a bold resolve where Khade knows he can control his destiny, he’s missed out on a good four years.

Chronicles of Leander Paes in the Davis Cup
Sun, Feb 05, 2017

Pune 2017 lacked the verve of early 90s when Leander Paes' quick feet and quicker hands could weave magic.

Davis Cup: Not a must-win, Leander Paes in just-win situation in doubles rubber
Sat, Feb 04, 2017

Leander Paes will take the court alongside Vishnu Vardhan against New Zealand’s much fancied pairing of Michael Venus and Artem Sitak.

Lakshya Sen takes top spot in junior badminton rankings
Fri, Feb 03, 2017

Son of a SAI coach, Lakshya Sen joined the Bangalore Academy when he was only 10 and receives personal attention from Prakash Padukone.

British Indians fall in love with ‘Kho Kho’, reconnect with roots
Mon, Jan 30, 2017

Team of 15-odd British Indians played their first Kho international — dubbed India vs England — in Navi Mumbai.