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After smashes,Saina gets ready to trade punches
Wed, Mar 18, 2009

Trust Saina Nehwal to think up such out-of-the-box birthday resolutions for her 19th. People blow candles and get smeared with cake.....

Fighting Saina loses in quarters
Sat, Mar 14, 2009

She's known for her barrage of power strokes from the back-court,but Saina Nehwal’s quarter-final against Chinese third seed Lu Lan...

Can Geethu blip on the WNBA radar?
Tue, Mar 10, 2009

Maybe,she and her game-buddies are not glamorous enough. Maybe it’s their loose playing-attire and conservative,comfortable round-necks. Maybe,it’s because basketball players don’t wear short skirts with smart slits.

India blanked too soon
Fri, Mar 06, 2009

Weijie Gong is not a name that flashes on the men’s singles top10 charts of badminton yet...

Open and shut case for Saina
Thu, Mar 05, 2009

It was a rough draw in the form of the seasoned world No 4 Hongyan Pi at the All England - the one tournament Saina Nehwal...

‘I had gone to Birmingham with no expectations’
Tue, Mar 03, 2009

I had gone into the Sydney Olympics in 2000 with thorough planning and lost,which was a crushing feeling. So,I was very,very determined that I will never go into any tournament with planning.

Grand old lady of carrom wins fight for right to play,again
Wed, Feb 25, 2009

Not for the first time in her life,Nalini Bolinjkar was fighting — for the right to fight. At 64,the Shiv Chhatrapati award winner in carrom...

Swadeshi tackle for rugby
Wed, Feb 18, 2009

The great man after whom this Bandra school is named would have approved of the means employed by its sport teacher to get his wards tackle a foreign game.

French rugby coach Molinie has modest ambitions
Tue, Feb 17, 2009

The Valentines’ spirit is in the air and the Bombay Gymkhana is teeming with T-Shirts (in all possible sizes,the sport happily accommodates) on which are printed colossal red hearts with scribbled words alongside.

Thane Fast shuttling on broad gauge
Mon, Feb 09, 2009

Ribbed by doubles partner Akshay Dewalkar,Jishnu Sanyal sheepishly confesses how girlfriends,serious relationships,etcetera,are really not his scene _ not just yet.

Remembering heroes in uniform: a squash event after Kamte,an oil find after Omble
Thu, Feb 05, 2009

Caged as they are within four walls of a squash court,one of which is see-through glass,squash players tend to bare their rage and throw tantrums in full view,often disagreeing with referee-calls.

This 12-year-old can now dream big
Sun, Feb 01, 2009

As an youngster — he’s still only 12 — Campion School student Porus Shroff had told his father Firdaus that since the Sr Shroff had played club cricket in England...

‘For me,there’s no life beyond badminton’
Sun, Jan 25, 2009

World No 10,and Indian badminton’s poster girl Saina Nehwal was in Pune,the 18-year-old spoke to our correspondent about the year ahead. Excerpts:

SEASON OF HOPE
Sun, Jan 25, 2009

Riding the Saina wave,India now has five men and two women among the world’s top 50,our correspondent writes how Indian badminton could be on the cusp of a genuine breaktrhough

Diju’s mixed bag finds him long-awaited success
Fri, Jan 23, 2009

V Diju pays his mixed doubles partner Jwala Gutta the ultimate compliment when he says she’s so confident on the court she could win matches with any partner.

Mumbai FC get into winning mode
Wed, Jan 21, 2009

Mumbai FC beat Mohammedan Sporting 3-0 in the 11th round encounter of the I-League played at the Cooperage on Tuesday.

Mumbai FC get into winning mode
Wed, Jan 21, 2009

Mumbai FC beat Mohammedan Sporting 3-0 in the 11th round encounter of the I-League played at the Cooperage on Tuesday.

Manipur’s Aruna Devi wins Mumbai marathon,organisers ‘miss’ her
Mon, Jan 19, 2009

L Aruna Devi finished the Mumbai marathon in 3 hrs 9 minutes 59 seconds — faster than all other Indian challengers,but was too washed out by the effort to realise that she wasn’t among the three women...

Jwala-Diju lose,but thrilled with start to the year
Sun, Jan 18, 2009

Unlike in tennis where they are still a definite subordinate to singles show-stoppers,doubles teams in badminton enjoy their own cult of followers.

‘Giving up is not in my vocabulary’
Fri, Jan 16, 2009

Legacy Philips,barely two years old,carried a chubby doll with a pink satin ribbon tied prettily around its bare scalp. As she tagged her mother into a media briefing ahead of Sunday’s...

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