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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.

In Rio Olympics final replay, PV Sindhu finishes on right side
Sat, Dec 17, 2016

In her Olympics final rematch with Carolina Marin — their first match after the Rio final - PV Sindhu blistered away to a 21-17, 21-13 win.

Indonesian coach to train Indian badminton players
Sun, Dec 11, 2016

Mulyo Handoyo, who is in line to become India coach, had coached the legendary shuttler Taufik Hidayat to Olympic gold.

Vijender Singh’s life in Manchester: Far from the madding crowd
Tue, Dec 06, 2016

Training in Manchester helps Vijender Singh retain his focus and stay away from distractions ahead of his upcoming bout against Francis Cheka.

In-form PV Sindhu falls to Tai Tzu’s trickery
Mon, Nov 28, 2016

Badminton’s lucky to have the hyper-aggressive Carolina Marin, PV Sindhu and the sublimely talented Tai Tzu Ying inhabit the same era.

Sameer Verma’s fairytale ends, journey begins
Mon, Nov 28, 2016

Sameer Verma’s dream week ends in a defeat to home-favourite NG Ka Long Angus in hard-fought final of Hong Kong Super Series.

In Tai Tzu, PV Sindhu faces tricky rival in Hong Kong Superseries final
Sun, Nov 27, 2016

PV Sindhu will line up on Sunday for the Hong Kong Open crown, a week after she picked the big one in China.

Self-imploding Sameer Verma explodes on big stage, reaches Hong Kong Superseries final
Sun, Nov 27, 2016

Unfancied Sameer Verma stuns world No. 3 Jan O Jorgensen 21-19, 24-22 to set up title clash with Long Angus in Hong Kong Open

PV Sindhu seals off another high-intensity encounter
Sat, Nov 26, 2016

PV Sindhu plays her consecutive Super Series semi – this time against Cheung Ngan Yi, and will look to overpower Saina Nehwal’s conqueror.

Return of Saina Nehwal, the fighter
Sat, Nov 26, 2016

Saina Nehwal puts up a spirited performance against Cheung Ngan Yi, but runs out of steam at the end of the 71-minute duel.

Saina Nehwal a win away from face-off with PV Sindhu
Fri, Nov 25, 2016

Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu will clash in the semi-final of the Hong Super Series if they win their respective quarter-finals.

PV Sindhu: A raging bull in Chinese shop
Tue, Nov 22, 2016

PV Sindhu has emerged as a worrisome nemesis for her counterparts from China, so much so that she has busted their monopoly.

PV Sindhu: India’s latest dragon-slayer
Mon, Nov 21, 2016

Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu clinches first Super Series title, beating home girl Sun Yu in the China Open final

Defence is best attack for PV Sindhu
Sun, Nov 20, 2016

Olympic medallist, PV Sindhu, curbs her natural style to beat Sung Ji Hyun in a close affair; will meet Sun in China Open final.

Another brick in the China wall falls
Sat, Nov 19, 2016

PV Sindhu beats China’s promising teenager He Bingjiao 22-20, 21-10 to enter the semifinals of China Open.

Sport and politics stapled together
Fri, Nov 18, 2016

For those from Arunachal Pradesh, getting a ‘valid’ China visa has been an unresolved issue.

In China Open defeat, takeaways for Saina Nehwal
Thu, Nov 17, 2016

Saina Nehwal lost to Thailand’s Porntip in 1st round of China Open but shows intent in her first match after a knee surgery.

Sikki Reddy steps into Jwala Gutta’s big shoes in a new partnership
Thu, Nov 10, 2016

Jwala Gutta announced that she would be concentrating on mixed doubles, Ashwini Ponnappa has decided to partner N. Sikki Reddy.

From cricketers to squash players to shuttlers: Sportstars ride the surfing wave
Wed, Nov 02, 2016

From cricketers to squash players to shuttlers — athletes are falling in love with surfing as a hobby and fitness necessity.

Badminton becomes a blur as new ’11×5′ format is proposed
Sun, Oct 30, 2016

Long rallies, strokes to the corners and skirmishes at the net are expected to fade out in badminton if the proposed '11x5' format gets adopted.

Olympics not the end of world: Jitu Rai
Fri, Oct 14, 2016

Winning silver at World Cup Finals in Italy post Rio debacle has restored Jitu’s faith in his ability.

Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu…now Ruthvika Shivani Gadde for India
Tue, Oct 11, 2016

Another girl from coach Pullela Gopichand’s stable wins Grand Prix title, third after Indian badminton’s big two.

With bronze medal at World Championship, Gujarat duo Keyzad Anklesaria, Sunit Chokshi bridge gap
Sun, Oct 02, 2016

Keyzad Anklesaria and Sunit Chokshi earned India a place on the podium at World Bridge Games for the first time since 1988.

Desperately Seeking Medals
Tue, Sep 27, 2016

India urgently wants sporting greatness — but its desire is fraught with dangers.