• Ethiopian Gidey breaks 10,000m world record
    Hengelo (The Netherlands), June 9 (IANS): Ethiopia's Letesenbet Gidey clocked 29 minutes 01.3 seconds to break the women's 10,000-metre world record by five seconds during the Ethiopian athletics trials here on Tuesday night. "I expected to run a world record. I would like to try to break the 29-minute [barrier] in 10,000m in future," the 23 years old said in the post-race interaction. Last year, Letesenbet set a world 5000m record of 14 minutes 06.62 seconds. T
  • Tsitsipas shatters Medvedev's world No. 1 dream, enters semis
    Paris, June 9 (IANS): Fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5, to enter semi-finals of the French Open here in a late match on Tuesday. This was Greek Tsitsipas's only second win over the Russian who was looking to get to world No. 1 position. Medvedev could have become No. 1 had he won the title or even by reaching the final without current No. 1 Djokovic reaching there. The two-hour-21-minute battle saw Tsitsi
  • BAI writes to IOA to allow 4 coaches including Gopi for Olympic-bound shuttlers
    New Delhi, Junè 8 (PTI) The Badminton Association of India (BAI) has written to the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) for sanction of four travelling coaches, including chief national coach Pullela Gopichand, and two physios to travel with the Indian badminton contingent to the Tokyo Olympics. Apart from Gopichand, who has been to the last three Olympics, the three foreign coaches -- Agus Dwi Santoso (Indonesia), Park Tae Sang (Korea) and Mathias Boe (Denmark) were named in th
  • Addressing Mental Fatigue: Indian players to get three-week break between WTC and England series
    London, June 8 (PTI) The Indian team management has decided to give a three-week break to its players after the World Test Championship final in a bid to address the mental fatigue that might be triggered by lengthy spells in a bio-bubble. The WTC final against New Zealand will be held from June 18-22 at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton and the members of the Indian squad will disperse for close to three weeks (20 days) before regrouping on July 14 to prepare for the five-match series
  • Deepak Punia pulls out of Poland Open due to hand injury
    Warsaw, Jun 8 (PTI) Olympic-bound Indian wrestler Deepak Punia on Tuesday pulled out of the Poland Open here to avoid aggravating his left-hand injury that he carried into the last Ranking Series event before the Tokyo Games. Punia was to take mat for the 86kg event but forfeited his quarterfinal against American Zahid Valencia. It has been learnt that the 2019 World championships bronze-winner had suffered the injury two-three days before leaving for Warsaw during practice. &quo
  • We'll talk about my goals in 10 years' time: Chhetri after surpassing Messi
    Doha, Jun 8 (PTI) Sunil Chhetri has never liked counting his goals and he prefers to keep it that way even after surpassing the great Lionel Messi as the second highest scorer in international football. The 36-year-old Chhetri achieved his 74th strike with his brace against Bangladesh in the joint preliminary qualifying round match for 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup here on Monday night. Messi has 73 so far. The skipper said he will get down to counting his goals prob
  • Goalkeeper must be in sync with defenders: Hockey G-K Krishan Pathak
    Bengaluru, June 8 (IANS) India men's hockey team goalkeeper Krishan Pathak said on Tuesday that coordination with defenders was the key to a sturdy defence. The 24-year-old Pathak, who has donned India colours in 50 matches, added that he is "always in sync" with the plans made by the defenders. "There might be only one goalkeeper on the pitch, but he is definitely not alone. I keep speaking to the defenders about their plans and ensure that I am in sync with t
  • Kohli likely to struggle if ball moves in Southampton: Turner
    New Delhi, June 8 (IANS) India skipper Virat Kohli will be vulnerable against New Zealand in the World Test Championship final if conditions in Southampton aid swing and seam bowling, said former New Zealand captain and coach Glenn Turner. "I don't wish to speculate on whether Kohli's reflexes have deteriorated. But if the pitch and overall conditions favour seam and swing, he is also likely to struggle along with others as was demonstrated in New Zealand," the for
  • Swiatek gears up for Sakkari with patience as weapon
    Paris, June 8 (IANS) After her fourth-round victory extended her winning streak to 10 matches in French Open as well as this season, eighth seed Iga Swiatek is gearing up to face giant-killer Maria Sakkari with 'patience' as a weapon. Sakkari had beaten No.4 seed Sofia Kenin in straight sets on Monday before Swiatek had to battle against Marta Kostyuk for her 6-3, 6-4 win. "I have not played her, so it is hard to say. I played many practices with her, and she is real
  • After Robinson, another England player in racism row
    London, June 8 (IANS) A day after England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) suspended pace bowler Ollie Robinson for eight-year-old racist and sexist tweets, another current England player could find himself in trouble after an old, racist tweet of his was brought to light by media. The name of the player has been withheld by which exposed the tweet. The player was 16 when he wrote, "your going out with an Asian. -_- < #asianthroughandthrough #hweolloo #chinky.&quo
  • Kohli, Williamson set to renew captaincy rivalry in WTC final
    London, June 7 (IANS) When India captain Virat Kohli and New Zealand counterpart Kane Williamson take field for the World Test Championship (WTC) final on June 18, they will renew a captaincy rivalry that goes back 13 years, to the 2008 under-19 World Cup semi-final. Kohli came out winner in that duel, and India eventually won the World Cup by beating South Africa in the final. Since then, however, Williamson has grown in experience and earned accolades for his leadership whereas
  • Saini loses in 1st Rd of world judo, Sushila has fingers crossed
    Budapest, June 7 (IANS) India's Jasleen Singh Saini on Monday lost in first round of the men's 66kg category and crashed out of the World Judo Championships here. He lost to Radu Izvoreanu of Moldova. On Sunday, India's top ranked woman judoka Sushila Devi had lost her first-round match of the 48kg category. Susila, however, could still qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games through the continental quota. She will, however, have to wait until June 28 to know her fate.
  • Former doubles No.1 Barbora making a splash in singles
    Paris, June 7 (IANS) World No.33 Barbora Krejcikova credited her entry into the French Open quarterfinals on Monday to competing against the top players back home in the Czech Republic. The 25-year-old player thrashed American Sloane Stephens 6-2, 6-0 just over an hour to reach her maiden Grand Slam singles last-eight stage. "I played all the top girls, because Czech nation we have so many good, top players. I had the opportunity to play against them, to watch them how they
  • Women recurve archery team reaches Paris, eyes spot in Olympics
    New Delhi, June 7 (IANS): A three-member Indian women's recurve archery team, including Olympian Deepika Kumari, reached Paris on Monday to compete in World Olympic qualification tournament beginning June 17. "Deepika Kumari, Ankita Bhakat and Komalika Bari have been training hard. We hope they perform well in the last Olympic qualification tournament in Paris to win a team quota place," Pramod Chandurkar, secretary general of the Archery Association of India (AAI
  • French Open: Zverev beats Nishikori to enter quarters
    Paris, June 7 (IANS): Sixth seed Alexander Zverev thrashed Kei Nishikori in straight sets 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 to enter French Open quarter-finals here at Roland Garros late on Sunday. This was German Zverev's fifth win over the Japanese and his 16th win in the clay-court Grand Slam event. Zverev, who defeated the likes of Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Matteo Berrettini on way to victory in Madrid Open last month, was in impeccable form as he did not allow Nishikori to get in
  • French Open: Kazakh Elena shocks Serena, enters quarterfinals
    Paris, June 7 (IANS): No.21 seed Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan on Sunday created a massive upset as she defeated three-time champion and seventh seed Serena Williams of the USA 6-3, 7-5 in the fourth round and entered the quarterfinals of the French Open. Elena stunned the 23-time Grand Slam champion in one hour and 17-minute. The Kazakh was playing in her first ever round-of-16 match in a Grand Slam tournament and her 64th. Elena converted five of her seven break points, besides
  • Nagaland Fitness Community to raise COVID-19 relief fund
    Kanili Kiho Dimapur | June 6 Sticking to the old adage, ‘health is wealth,’ the Nagaland Fitness Community has once again joined hands to do their bit – creating awareness on the joy of fitness in every home. In 2020, when the novel coronavirus pandemic first hit the State, this group of fitness professionals had come together and shared awareness on health and positivity through recorded videos shared across social media. This year, they will give out live
  • Perez wins turbulent Baku F1 GP after Verstappen crash
    Baku (Azerbaijan), June 6 (IANS): Red Bull driver Sergio Perez won the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Sunday after team-mate Max Verstappen, who was leading, crashed out with five laps left owing to a puncture, and Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton made a rare mistake in the closing stages. Perez got his second career win ahead of Aston Martin's Sebastian Vettel, who secured his maiden podium for the team by finishing second. Alpha Tauri driver Pierre Gasly completed a surprise podium, fin
  • Roger Federer pulls out of French Open
    Paris, Jun 6 (AP): Roger Federer withdrew from the French Open on Sunday to give himself a chance to recover after emerging from a tight third-round victory that lasted about 3 1/2 hours. “After two knee surgeries and over a year of rehabilitation it''s important that I listen to my body and make sure I don''t push myself too quickly on my road to recovery," the 20-time Grand Slam champion said in a statement released by the French tennis federation. &quo
  • Sudha Singh focussed on qualifying for Olympics in 3000m steeplechase
    New Delhi, June 6 (IANS): Versatile distance runner Sudha Singh is focussed at this month's National Inter-State Athletics Championships will be to crack the Olympic Games' qualification mark of women's 3000 meters steeplechase. "The Inter-State meet will be my last chance to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games. I'm hopeful of winning a ticket to Tokyo before the June 29 deadline to achieve the qualification time," Olympian Sudha told IANS on Sunday. The