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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.

Saina Nehwal: Swimming against the tide, wins Malaysia Masters
Mon, Jan 23, 2017

Saina Nehwal beats Pornpawee Chochuwong to clinch the Malaysian Masters, her first title after returning from injury

Kedar Jadhav: A Salman fan with penchant for sunglasses, clothes and belts 
Tue, Jan 17, 2017

A pebble strewn playground — with a neat joggers walkway around it in the adjoining Lokmanya Nagar was where Kedar Jadhav started his cricket.

Jan O Jorgensen switch from cricket to badminton made him a hit
Tue, Jan 10, 2017

Jan O believes he has a nice emotional connect with cricket, though he doesn’t play it as much now.

Under-rated HS Prannoy, Ajay Jayaram make their mark
Sat, Jan 07, 2017

India’s men’s shuttlers have remained in the shadow of Saina and Sindhu and need to realise that they need to show consistency if they demand attention from coaches.

The making of Carolina Marin’s gold
Thu, Jan 05, 2017

The Indian Express speaks to Fernando Rivas, the man who doesn't just sharpen Carolina's racquet skills but also engages her family and boyfriend.

PBL 2017: Viktor Axelsen, not another tall Danish shuttler
Wed, Jan 04, 2017

Incidentally, the last European to medal at the Games – way back in 1996 was also Denmark’s Poul-Erik Hoyer Larsen, the current Badminton World Federation president.

PBL 2017: Carolina Marin’s Hyderabad double
Tue, Jan 03, 2017

But it takes Nehwal’s unchipped heart to easily say that the crowd at Gachibowli were bound to cheer Marin more than her, and move on to more pertinent matters at hand.

PV Sindhu vs Carolina Marin: New year, new format but same result
Mon, Jan 02, 2017

Sindhu didn’t look sluggish, but she certainly seemed out of ideas.

PV Sindhu vs Carolina Marin: Premier Badminton League aims to dip into the year’s grandest rivalry
Sun, Jan 01, 2017

Carolina Marin will turn out for Hyderabad Hunters, PV Sindhu will continue with Chennai Smashers, and the two promise fireworks in their opener.

What next? Pokeman Go
Sun, Jan 01, 2017

With cheerleading getting provisional acceptance, it’s time to sit back and watch sideshows of the past go mainstream in the future on the highest sporting pedestal

Hits that you missed in 2016: When Deepika Kumari got five 10s in nine shots at Rio Olympics
Sat, Dec 31, 2016

The stage was set for Deepika Kumari to make a tame exit from what was turning out to be a morose Olympics for India.

In his slide downhill, Shiva Keshavan continues to raise the bar high
Sat, Dec 24, 2016

Keshavan has picked 3 gold, 5 silver, 2 bronze and can brag about having beaten third successive generation of Japanese lugers with his latest triumph at Asian Championship.

On song Sung Ji Hyun sinks PV Sindhu in semis
Sun, Dec 18, 2016

Like PV Sindhu – born to volleyball parents, Sung Ji Hyun is an offspring of two of Korea’s most talented badminton players.

Danger ahead for 50m pistol event
Sun, Dec 18, 2016

ISSF considering doing away with the 50m classical event, one of the most challenging shooting events, leaving the close-knit Indian pistol fraternity disgruntled.