San Francisco 49ers executive Paraag Marathe has been unanimously elected as Chair of the USA Cricket Board, as newly established USA Cricket take another step forward towards International Cricket Council Membership. Marathe, President of 49ers Enterprises and Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the 49ers, has spent 18 seasons with the NFL franchise, serving in a variety of roles …

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IPL 2018 to start on April 7 with revised timings

The 11th edition of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) will be held from April 7 to May 27 with revised timings, the IPL Governing Council (GC) announced on Monday. Accepting broadcaster Star Sports’ request, the IPL GC, which met here on Monday, has also allowed a shift in the timings of the matches, which will see the 8 p.m. …

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MS Dhoni Nominated for Padma Bhushan by BCCI

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been nominated for the Padma Bhushan for his contribution to cricket. The 36-year-old former Indian skipper has been nominated for the country’s third highest civilian award by the Indian cricket board. BCCI acting president CK Khanna told PTI, Dhoni was nominated by the BCCI which was a unanimous decision by the members. He added his was …

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Hockey WL Semi Final: India to meet Netherlands today

An upbeat India will take on world no. 4 Netherlands on Tuesday in the World Hockey League Semi Final.  Ranked sixth in the world, India are presently atop in Pool B with three wins from as many games, while Netherlands are placed second with two wins from two games. Tuesday’s win will seal India’s berth in last 8.

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PV Sindhu jumps to career-best no. 5 in BWF rankings

Shuttler PV Sindhu became the second Indian woman to break into the top-five of the badminton singles world rankings. The Olympic silver medalist, who broke into the top-10 in 2013, achieved her career-best ranking of No. 5 on Thursday. This is the first time that Sindhu has broken into the top five. Former world No. 1 Saina Nehwal is only …

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Tennis: Former world No 1 Ana Ivanovic retires

Former world No 1 Ana Ivanovic announced her retirement from tennis, admitting that the physical toll of the circuit had proved too much. The 29-year-old Serbian held the top spot for 12 weeks in 2008, the season when she claimed her sole Grand Slam success by winning the French Open. “I’ve decided to retire from professional tennis,” Ivanovic announced. “It …

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Sevilla up to second, Atletico claim much-needed win

A stunning four-goal blitz in 10 minutes allowed Sevilla to leapfrog Barcelona into second in La Liga on Saturday as Luciano Vietto scored twice in a 4-1 win over Malaga. Atletico Madrid registered a first win in four games as Saul Niguez’s excellent 25-yard strike earned a nervy 1-0 victory against Las Palmas. However, Atletico end the year in sixth …

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India reaches finals of Junior World Cup Hockey; defeats Australia 4-2

India beat Australia 4-2 on penalties, after the two teams were locked 2-2 at the end of the 70 minutes, to enter Junior Hockey World Cup final. The hosts will now meet Belgium in the title clash on Sunday. India played their best game of the tournament against Australia and came back from behind to take the lead in the …

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World Super Series Finals: PV Sindhu to play semi-final match today

In Badminton, Rio Olympics Silver medalist PV Sindhu will play her semi-final match of Dubai World Superseries Finals today. She will take on Ji Hyun Sung of South Korea. Both players have met 9 times in the past, with Sindhu leading the head-to-head record, 6-3. She has won the last two games played against the Korean. Sindhu had stormed into …

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Hockey Junior World Cup: India looks to seal quarterfinal spot

A dominant performance against Canada notwithstanding, India would be facing its toughest challenge in the group stages of the junior Hockey World Cup when it takes on England in its second game at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium in Lucknow today. England had registered a 4-2 victory in its opening game against South Africa and India will be cautious as …

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