Sindhu Chokes Gain, Loses In Finals Of Indian Open

New Delhi:Olympics and World Championships Silver medalist PV Sindhu lost to fifth seeded American Beiwen Zhang in the title clash of the India Open Badminton tournament in New Delhi on Sunday. 

In a cliffhanger match she lost to Beiwen Zhang 18-21, 21-11, 20-22. It was the fifth meeting between Sindhu and Zhang and the head-to-head record now is 3-2 with Sindhu losing this match.

Sindhu entered the final defeating the third placed Thai, RatchanokIntanon in straight games, 21-13, 21-15 in the semi-finals last night.


Mary Kom Bags Gold; Cuba, Uzbekistan Halt Men

New Delhi:  M C Mary Kom claimed a gold in the women's competition but Indian men were denied a complete sweep by traditional powerhouses Cuba and Uzbekistan on an exciting final day of the India Open boxing tournament.
Mary Kom (48kg) got the better of Filipino Josie Gabuco 4-1 in a battle of attrition to come up trumps.

In fact, women stole the thunder from men by picking up five gold medals after men were thwarted by Cuba and Uzbekistan.

PwilaoBasumatary (64kg) was the first among them to fetch a gold. The former world and Asian bronze medallist claimed a 3-2 win over Thailand's SudapornSeesondee.


Virat Kohli Says Conditions Make Ajinkya Rahane Strong No. 4 Candidate For 2019 World Cup

New Delhi: Indian skipper Virat Kohli has asserted the experimentation in the middle order will continue for some more time though the conditions make Ajinkya Rahane a strong No. 4 candidate for the World Cup in England next year.

He also said that there is already a core group of players in place, and only the number four spot really needs to be sorted out. South Africa take on India in the first of the six-match ODI series in Durban on Thursday. The Indian team had an optional practice session on Wednesday, with Kohli and pace bowlers taking a day off.


Players Demand National Championships For Para Table Tennis, Blames TTFI For Ignoring Issue

New Delhi: Distressed over the lackadaisical approach of Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) and ignorance of the Sports Authority of India (SAI), the Para Table Tennis players have decided to protest the upcoming games on February 5. They would protest under the banner of the Para Table Tennis Promotion Association (PTTPA).

 “The TTFI should give affiliation to our newly formed, PTTPA so that we could continue our activities independently and without any hindrances. Another point is that the National Championship for Para Table Tennis should be continued as were done till the year 2013”, Trivendra Singh, a senior Para Table Tennis Player said adding that the dates for the National Championship for Para Table Tennis players in financial year 2017-18 must be announced as soon as possible so that the players living in different parts of the country could act accordingly.


Rohit Sharma Says No Need To Change His Game For Test Format

New Delhi: Rohit Sharma, who has been finding it difficult to replicate his rich limited overs form in Test matches said it doesn't mean that he needs to make drastic changes in his game for the five-day format.

Rohit has smashed a double hundred in ODIs and joint-fastest century in T20s against Sri Lanka but runs deserted him in the first Two Tests in South Africa before he was dropped for the third Test. 

"It's not that I don't try much in Test cricket. I give the same effort in all the formats that I play, but sometimes it comes and sometimes it doesn't. But that doesn't mean that you have to change things too much," said vice-captain Rohit ahead of the first ODI on Thursday.