1956 Olympics Indian football team facilitated

By TwoCircles.net staff reporter New Delhi: 1950s were the golden era of Indian football- India won 1951 Asian Games Gold Medal and came fourth in 1956 Olympic Games. Today Sports Minister of India Dr. M. S. Gill facilitated the surviving member of the 1956 Melbourne Olympics team to honour them for their achievement.

Ilavazhagi, the struggling world champion from Chennai

By Papri Sri Raman, IANS Chennai : Meet Ilavazhagi, the world carrom champion who has been winning medals for the country in silence. Despite her achievements, the 24-year-old daughter of an auto-rickshaw driver has not been able to capture media attention. In an age when old sports have been edged to the backburner by the hype over super-glamorous money spinners like tennis and cricket, whose stars sell for millions, this woman from Chennai is soldiering to keep alive the legacy of a game that binds thousands of Indians across cities and villages.

Now watch IPL matches live in cinema halls

By IANS, Mumbai: Want to watch an Indian Premier League (IPL) match live? No need to go to the stadium. Just book a ticket at the nearest cinema hall and enjoy it in airconditioned comfort. For the first time in the country, a unique project will be implemented to show the forthcoming IPL-2010 matches live in over 1,000 cinema halls around the country, including around 50 in Mumbai, from March 12.

Hyderabad body builder to lead India at Mr World competition from today

By Mohammed Siddique, TwoCircles.net, Hyderabad : In a rare honor, a body builder from Hyderabad is leading the 14 member Indian team at the World Body Building Championship at Las Vegas in USA starting from today. Mir Mohtesham Ali Khan, winner of several titles in the country will be contesting for the Mr. World title in the heavy weight category of 90 kg plus.

Chandan Boro: Son of a sweeper from Assam selected for Football training in Germany

By Abdul Gani, TwoCircles.net Udalguri, Assam: Harisinga is a sleepy town in Assam’s Udalguri district along the India-Bhutan international border. Handicapped by insurgency till...

Majiziya Bhanu bags Best Lifter Award at World Cup 2018

By Najiya O, TwoCircles.net Majiziya Bhanu has again raised the pride of the country by bagging the Best Lifter Award in the World Cup held...

Muffakham Jah College celebrated Annual Sports Day

By Syed Khalid Shahbaz, Hyderabad : MuffakhamJah College of Engineering and Technology celebrated its Annual Sports Day 2014 on 10th April 2014 at Ghulam Ahmed Hall, Sultan ulUloom Education Society Campus, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad.

Hyderabad’s new cricket hero Siraj fills hope in lives of despondent Muslim youth

By Aas Mohammad Kaif, TwoCircles.net India's new cricketing sensation Siraj went to the cemetery immediately after reaching Hyderabad on Thursday. He met his mother who is...

Viva marks the resurgence of Kerala football

By Abhishek Roy, IANS Ludhiana : Football fans in Kerala finally have something to cheer about. Viva Kerala figures in the national league after the sad decline of once prominent teams like FC Kochi, Kerala Police and Sate Bank of Travancore (SBT). Viva was formed three years ago, and in this short span of time the club has marked the resurgence of Kerala football at the top level. Their performance in the 29th Federation Cup football tournament has certainly made them a team to watch out for in the inaugural Professional League due to start next month.

Saba Anjum: Muezzin’s daughter is now Indian hockey team captain

By AnIndianMuslim.com, The story of Saba Anjum Karim, 26, is nothing short of a fairy tale.

Mohammed Anas Indian Sprinter sets new national record

SN Ansari for TwoCircles.net Mohammed Anas Yahiya, 24-year-old Indian sprinter qualified for the world championship by setting a new record of 400-meter distance at national...

Hafiz-e-Quran is emerging Tennis Star of Bengal

By Zaidul Haque, TwoCircles.net,

Mohammedan Sporting Club celebrates 124th foundation day

The Club also bestowed the honour of ‘Shan-E-Mohammedan’ to former striker Akbar By Zaidul Haque, TwoCircles.net, Kolkata: One of the oldest football clubs `Mohammedan Sporting Club’ of Kolkata celebrated the 124th foundation day on Sunday, February 8. The club also bestowed the honour of ‘Shan-E-Mohammedan’ to renowned striker Mohammad Akbar, popular in his time in 19070s and 80 as `Chote Miah’.

Revisiting some of the memorable moments of the Nehru Cup

By Abhishek Roy, IANS New Delhi : The Nehru Cup international football tournament begins Friday after a nearly a decade's hiatus, and the refurbished Ambedkar Stadium here is ready for the five-nation meet. Launched in 1982, the tournament ushered in the modern era of Indian football in more ways than one, bringing world stars like Enzo Francescoli (Uruguay), Laszlo Kiss (Hungary), Jorge Luis Burruchaga (Argentina), Euzebiusz Smolarek (Poland), Rinat Dasayev and Alexei Mikhailichenko (both Russian) to showcase their talent on Indian soil.

Bihar: Lack of sponsors derails national-level Karate player’s dream to attend international tournaments

25-year-old Zabir Ansari is a national-level Karate player from Bihar and has won many accolades but lack of sponsors is likely to derail...

Aero sports centre launched in Haryana

By IANS, Chandigarh : The country's first aero sports centre was Sunday launched at Bachhaud air strip near Narnaul town in Haryana. Named after former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, himself a trained commercial pilot, the centre has been set up by the state government in collaboration with the Aero Club of India. It is the country's first National Aero Sports Centre. Inaugurating the centre in the presence of Aero Club of India president and MP Satish Sharma, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said the centre would provide facility for those keen on flying and adventure.

Yuvraj Singh’s ‘coach’ arrested for raping judoka

By IANS, Hissar (Haryana) : A man who claims to be the coach of international cricketer Yuvraj Singh was arrested on charges of raping a national-level judoka in this Haryana town, police said Saturday. Sukhwinder Singh Bawa, who was arrested this week, has been sent to judicial custody for 14 days. Hissar district police chief B. Satish Ballal confirmed Saturday that Bawa had been arrested on rape charges. He has been accused by a young judo player from here of raping her in July this year.

Mohtashim’s run at Mr. Universe competition ends at 6th position

By Mohammed Siddique, TwoCircles.net Hyderabad: Mir Mohtashim Ali Khan, a Mr. World medal winner body builder from Hyderabad couldn’t continue his run at Mr. Universe competition beyond the 6th position. 33 year old Khan, a much acclaimed body building champion from Hyderabad, had led six member Indian team at the Mr. Universe competition currently on at Miami, Florida. After successfully reaching the top ten in the heavy weight category, Mohtashim’s run ended and he secured 6th position.

Anisa Sayyed: From ticket-checker to shooting champion

By Adnan Alavi, Anisa Sayyed has shot to fame with the gold medal which she won along with Rahi in the shooting event at Commonwealth Games.

देश का खेल समझने के लिए इन दो लड़कियों के साथ हुआ ‘खेल’ आपको...

आस मुहम्मद कैफ़, TwoCircles.net बिजनौर : देश में खेल प्रतिभा के साथ ‘खेल' होता रहता है. अगर खिलाड़ी महिला हो तो ये ‘खेल’ थोड़ा और...

Paes to open tennis academy in Kolkata

By IANS, Kolkata : Indian Davis Cup team captain Leander Paes said Friday that he plans to start a tennis academy in the city soon. "I have been toying with the idea for some time. I was born in this city and I learnt my tennis here. My parents also live here, Its time to pay back something to tennis as well as to the city," Paes told reporters. He said the academy - Leander Paes Centre for Excellence - would come up in a 10-acre plot in the city.

Indian-Australian AMU Alumnus Aamir Qutub launches his company’s sports technology wing in Delhi

By Raqib Hameed Naik, TwoCircles.net New Delhi: Indian-Australian Entrepreneur Aamir Qutub, an alumnus of AMU and founder of Entriprise Monkey,...

Retain the golden glory of Hyderabad football: Victor Amalraj

By Syed Khaled Shahbaaz, TwoCircles.net, Hyderabad: International footballer Victor Amalraj expressed hope that the young footballers of Hyderabad will retain the golden glory and winning legacy of city’s footballers.

“Here to prove football isn’t a sport for elites,” Muslim girl-group Parcham breaking stereotypes...

By Aparajita Ghosh, TwoCircles.net  Mumbai: “We wanted to break the stereotype and bring girls together to interact,” said Sabah Khan, co-founder of Parcham. The organization...

Sania Mirza can represent India even after marriage with Pak cricketer: Sports Minister

By Pervez Bari, TwoCircles.net, Bhopal: Federal Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs Pratik Prakashbabu Patil has stated that tennis star Sania Mirza could continue to represent India, even after tying the nuptial knot with the Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik. Patil stated this while talking to the media persons during his visit to Bhopal here. He said marriage is a personal choice of an individual. "If Sania is marrying Shoaib then it is her choice and the issue should not be linked to her sports career", he remarked.

Kerala team bags SIO football championship

By TwoCircles.net Staff Correspondent,

Badminton coach SM Arif wins Padma Shri

By Mohd Ismail Khan, Twocircles.net,

Muslim girl from Telangana wins gold medal at National Boxing Championship

By Raqib Hameed Naik, TwoCircles.net Guwahati: Nikhat Zareen, a 19-year-old boxer from the Nizamabad District of Telangana brought more laurels to her state...

Sakina fought polio and poverty to win Bronze in CWG

By Zaidul Haque, TwoCircles.net, Kolkata/Basirhat: When Sakina Khatun (28), an Indian power lifter was participating in the women's lightweight (up to 61 kg) category in Power lifting at 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, besides the weight, the hope and aspirations of her family and village was also on her shoulders. And she did not disappoint them as she won the Bronze medal for the country.

Salute to Sachin

Salute to Sachin Tendulkar for making history

Ganguly-Yuvraj’s 300-run partnership is second highest in Test cricket

By IANS Bangalore : Yuvraj Singh made a flamboyant 169 and Sourav Ganguly is still batting at stumps on 125 and their 300 runs fifth wicket is the second highest in Test cricket and it helped India post a mammoth 365 for five against Pakistan on the first day of the third an the final Test here Saturday. The 300-run partnership between Ganguly and Yuvraj was behind only to the 322-run stand between Brian Lara and Jimmy Adams for West Indies against Australia at Kingston in 1998-99. Other statistical highlights of opening day's play are as follows:

Kolkata girl aims to knock out poverty with the help of Karate

By Zaidul Haque, TwoCircles.net Kolkata: Life in a Kolkata slum can break the spirit of even the most strong-willed person. It can also, however, inspire...

Cricket board honours Sourav Ganguly on his 100th Test

By IANS Melbourne : Sourav Ganguly became the seventh Indian to play 100 Tests at the Boxing Day Test match against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground here Wednesday. At 35 years and 170 days, he is the oldest Indian to get to the 100-Test mark, though he is the third fastest to do it. Ganguly was honoured with a silver plaque, presented to him by the secretary of the Indian board, Niranjan Shah. He received another plaque from skipper Anil Kumble on behalf of his teammates.

CWG Wrestling: Manoj Kumar wins Greco-Roman 84 kg silver

By IANS, New Delhi : Indian wrestler Manoj Kumar won the silver in the Greco-Roman 84 kg category at the Commonwealth Games here Wednesday. He was defeated by Nigerian wrestler Agbonavbare.

Sania Mirza gets Padma Bhushan award, Chef Imtiaz Qureshi Padma Shri

New Delhi: Indian tennis star Sania Mirza was selected for the Padma Bhushan- the third highest civilian award in India. Sania enjoyed a superb...

Young Indian Shooter breaks down at missing a medal

By V. Vijayalakshmi, IANS, Pune : Sixteen-year-old Aparajita Tivary is no ordinary teenager, she comes from a family of shooters with a dream to win gold at the London Olympics. However, at the Commonwealth Youth games (CYG) here, this ambitious and determined girl broke down when she lost a bronze medal by just a single point in the Individual Women 50m Rifle Prone. "I am very disappointed with my performance here, my personal best is 592 and my average itself is 587 and here for some reason I ended up with just 579," Tivary told IANS wiping away the tears.

Agra jubiliant over Chahar’s selection in Rajasthan Royals

By IANS, Agra : Young medium pacer Deepak Chahar's selection by Rajasthan Royals for the Indian Premier League (IPL) fourth season has sparked celebration among Agra's sports lovers.

Sevens Football: Throbbing Soul of Kerala’s Sporting Fraternity

Grace Mubashir, TwoCircles.net The December weather in Northern Kerala is humid and soakingly sizzling. Askar Vandithodi, a 33-year-old IT official by profession and loyal fan...

Badminton not the sport of choice for Malaysian Indians

By Dev S. Sukumar Kuala Lumpur : Indians are the third largest ethnic group in Malaysia, comprising 7.2 percent of the country's total population of 26.9 million. But there are no Indian faces in its badminton team. Not even the example set by 1974 All England finalist Punch Gunalan, it seems, is sufficient to inspire them to take up the sport. Long-time watchers of the game say a curious cultural reluctance to invest in the sport affects the Indian community's participation in tough disciplines like badminton.

Shooter Jaspal Rana’s daughter too wins title

By IANS New Delhi : Ace Indian pistol shooter Jaspal Rana's little daughter has taken her first shots in the sport and Wednesday won her first prize too. Devanshi won the under-12 category of the TopGun Pistol Shoot at the Siri Fort Shooting Range here. She collected 183 points, including a series of 91 and 92. Co-incidentally, Rana too made his first mark at the age of 12. In 1988, he made his national debut and won a silver medal at the 31st National Shooting Championship in Ahmedabad.

Hukam Singh, controller of table tennis in Delhi, is dead

By IANS, New Delhi : Hukam Singh Phokela, the strongman of Delhi table tennis for close to five decades, has died following a heart attack. He was 83. Hukam Singh, who died Tuesday, was the real power in the capital's table tennis circuit, irrespective of the post he held. He was joint secretary, secretary, treasurer and organising secretary of the Delhi Table Tennis Association (DTTA) and his home address 6, Beadon Pura, Karol Bagh, was synonymous with table tennis in the city.

List of SAFF Cup winners

By IANS, Colombo : The following is the list of South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Cup winners: Years Venue Winners Runners-Up Score 1993 Lahore India Sri Lanka tournament held in league format 1995 Colombo Sri Lanka India 1-0 1997 Kathmandu India Maldives 5-1 1999 Margao India Bangladesh 2-0 2003 Dhaka Bangladesh Maldives 1-1,5-3 [pen] 2005 Karachi India Bangladesh 2-0 2008 Male/Colombo Maldives India 1-0

Sania rues gender discrimination in sports

Mumbai, (IANS): Decrying the widespread gender discrimination in society at large, Indian tennis star Sania Mirza rued the fact that the world of sports...

Good news: Mohammedan not shutting down; bad news: 123-year-old club not to participate in...

By Zaidul Haque, TwoCircles.net, Kolkata: Denying media rumours that Mohammedan Sporting Club is shutting shop, the 123-year-old club has declared that it just has decided to abstain from Durand Club this year due to severe financial crunch and not close down.

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जिब्रानउद्दीन।Twocircles.net  वसीम जाफर पर साम्प्रदायिकता के गंभीर आरोप लगने के बाद उत्तराखंड टीम के कप्तान इकबाल अब्दुल्लाह अपने बयान के साथ जाफर के समर्थन में...

Andhra cricket body sacks Chamundeshwarnath as secretary

By IANS, Hyderabad : The Andhra Cricket Association (ACA) Thursday sacked V. Chamundeshwarnath as secretary following complaints of sexual harassment by women cricketers. The decision was taken at the ACA's general body meeting in Vijayawada. All the members unanimously passed a resolution to remove Chamundeshwarnath, who was the Indian team's manager in the Twenty20 World in England. The meeting was chaired by ACA president G. Gangaraju and attended by 35 members.

खुर्जा के मेराज अहमद खान ने रचा इतिहास, वर्ल्ड कप में गोल्ड पर मारा...

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Kerala football tourney to be revived after 25 years

By IANS, Thiruvananthapuram : There is finally some good news for football lovers in Kerala. After a long wait of 25 years, the once-prestigious G.V. Raja Football Tournament will be revived later this month. Speaking to IANS, T.P.Dasan, president of the Kerala State Sports Council, said all arrangements are in place and the tournament would be held by the end of this month. The organising committee of the tournament met early this week and decided in principle to stage the tournament with 16 teams - eight from the state and eight from outside.

Olympic gold medallist Bindra exhorts sportspersons to believe in their dreams; presents MP Sports...

By Pervez Bari, TwoCircles.net,

Bhopal: India's Beijing Olympic gold medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra bestowed tops sports awards of central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh on 25 sportspersons at Ravindra Bhawan here on Friday night at a glittering function.

Jameel creates history for Delhi carrom, silently – no coverage, no award

By Mumtaz Alam Falahi, TwoCircles.net, New Delhi: Forty-seven-year-old Jameel Ahmed created history in the 53 years history of Delhi carrom when he won the All India Federation Cup Carrom title on 30th December in Varanasi. It was not only his first national title in a career spanning over three decades, but also that of the state he represents. Yet, the cold weather chilled both media and government – no coverage, no award.

Hima creates history for Indian athletics

By IANS Tampere (Finland), July 12 (IANS) India's Hima Das created history by winning the gold medal in the women's 400 metre event at the...

Doordarshan-I to telecast both Wimbledon finals

By IANS

New Delhi : Doordarshan-I will telecast live the men's and women's singles finals of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships from London this weekend.

Brazil embassy in Pakistan honours street football players

By Aslam Chandio, TwoCircles.net, Islamabad: Brazil embassy in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad on Monday conducted a ceremony in honour of the Pakistan’s street children football team that secured third position in the recently held Street Child World Cup in Brazil.

Sania-Soares hold on to US Open mixed doubles title

New York : India's Sania Mirza and Brazilian Bruno Soares beat American-Mexican pair Abigail Spears and Santiago Gonzalez in the final to win the...

Financial help for former volleyball player Sally

By IANS, New Delhi : The sports ministry Friday said a financial assistance of Rs.250,000 has been sanctioned for former international volleyball player Sally George Joseph. Sports minister M.S. Gill sanctioned the ex-gratia assistance, from the National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons, to Arjuna awardee Sally, who is living in indigent conditions. Sally had played volleyball at national and international levels from 1980 to 1986.

Dhoni angry with national selectors over news leak

By IANS, Bangalore : Controversy is synonymous with Indian cricket and so it came as no surprise to skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni that he was in the midst of one. But he was quick to turn the tables on the national selector who had revealed to the media that the Indian captain had threatened to quit when Rudra Pratap Singh was replaced by Irfan Pathan for the fourth and fifth one-dayers against the touring England side.

Former Test umpire Ram Babu Gupta died in London

By IANS, New Delhi : Indian cricket board president Sharad Pawar described former Test umpire Ram Babu Gupta, who died in London Thursday, as one of the best officials produced by India. "He was one of our best umpires ever. It is an irreplaceable loss," Pawar said in a statement. Gupta, 72, went to London to stay with his son. The Delhi-based umpire officiated in 11 Tests and 24 One-Day Internationals from 1984 to 199. Senior officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, umpires and players mourned Gupta's death.

Abdul Ghani of Maler Kotla wins Bambyal Kesri title fight

By TCN News, Jammu: In a tough fight which lasted for 30 minutes wrestler Abdul Ghani of Maler Kotla clinched the Bambyal Kesri title which was held at Bambyal on the old traditional route of Maa Vaishnodevi ji defeating Pardeep of Patiala.

Dhoni, Yuvraj give away prizes to ‘Chak De Bachche’ winners

By IANS, Mumbai : Indian cricket skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and batsman Yuvraj Singh handed over prizes to the winners of reality show "Chak De Bachche" at a gala event here. While the cricketers presented a cheque of Rs.500,000 to the winners, the runners-up got Rs.250,000 as prize money. The grand finale of the song and dance competition between children from small towns and metros was held at the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA) Saturday evening.

International wrestling body UWW release statement in support of Indian wrestlers

TCN News The United World Wrestling (UWW) released a statement on Tuesday, May 30, condemning the treatment meted to the protesting wrestlers at Jantar Mantar...

सीमित संसाधन के बाद भी आइस हॉकी में बेहतर कर रही हैं लद्दाख की...

डेचेन डोलकर लद्दाख : रूस, कनाडा, अमेरिका और यूरोप के अन्य देशों में खेले जाने वाला ‘आइस हॉकी’ अब धीरे-धीरे भारत में भी लोकप्रिय होता...

Muslim girl selected for 1st Asian Martial Arts Games

Gul-e-Surkhab, Tarseem Sharma to leave for Bangkok’ Jammu : Gul-e-Surkhab like many other girls of Jammu and Kashmir had a dream to excel in martial arts and after being the first Woman IInd Dan Black Belt of the state, she has been now selected to participate in Ist Asian Martial Arts Games-2009 going to be held from April 25, 2009 in Bangkok. Tarseem Shrama presently working as martial arts coach in a private School, has also been slected to represent India from the state along with Gul-e-Surkhab is inspiring to do the excellent in the martial arts.

Asian Shooting: India look to grab more Olympic berths

By IANS New Delhi : The selection committee of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) Monday announced a 12-member team for the Asian Clay Shooting Championship in Manila next month and a 66-member squad for the Asian Shooting Championship in Kuwait later this year. Nine Indian shooters have already won Olympic berths of the 2008 Games in Beijing and more shooters will be eyeing the same at the Asian Shooting Championship in December.

Rohtak to host senior national badminton championships

By IANS, New Delhi : The 75th Senior National Badminton Championships will be held at Rohtak, in Haryana, Jan 3-10.

Syrian swimmer crosses over waters between Cyprus, Syria

By Xinhua Damascus : A famous Syrian swimmer on Saturday successfully accomplished the feat to cross over the waters between the island of Cyprus and the Syrian coast city of Lattakia after about 42 hours continuous swimming. Firas Moulla, a former world-class long-distance swimmer, thus became the first person in the world to swim across the waters between Europe and Asia in the Mediterranean, who would in turn enter the Guinness Book of World Records.

Manipuri Muslim Students organize Annual sports meet at Delhi

AL-Ameen football club posed with the trophy By TCN News, Delhi: Delhi Association of Manipuri Muslim Students (DAMMS) organized its 10th Annual Sports Meet here...

Pakistan won the first Hockey World Cup

By Anand Philar, IANS, First World Cup - Barcelona, Spain (Oct 15-24, 1971) Thanks to initiatives by Pakistan and India, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) decided in October 1969 to organise a World Cup once every two years (subsequently every four years). The first World Cup was allotted to Pakistan in 1971, but was shifted to the Real Polo Club in Barcelona, Spain, because of security issues in Lahore. At that time nobody had even thought of playing hockey on astro-turf and the tournament was played on natural grass.

India announce athletics squad for South Asian meet

By IANS New Delhi : The selection committee of Athletics Federation of India (AFI) Saturday announced the team for the two-day South Asian Athletics Championships scheduled to be held in Kochi from March 7. The participating countries besides India are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The squad: Men 100m: B.G.Nagraj, Jamalludin, Ritesh Anand, Ajay Kumar Naik, Vilas Nelgund 200m: P. Muthu Samy, Ritesh Anand 4x400m: Virender Kumar Pankaj, P. Shankar, V.B. Bineesh, Vinay Chauhary, Sunil Kumar, Amreek Rana

Nagpur cricketer Faiz Fazal to debut for India during the Zimbabwe tour

By TCN News, The squad announced by the Board of Control for Cricket in India for the upcoming Zimbabwe tour has five uncapped names;...

Agra gets new sports academy

By IANS, Agra : A new sports academy that boasts of state-of-the-art equipment and facilities has been launched here. And the focus of the academy, members say, will on improving the standard of hockey. The academy, an initiative of the city's sports lovers, was inaugurated at the 160-year-old St Johns' College Thursday evening.

Jharkhand lift under-16 Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy

By IANS, Gurgaon: Jharkhand won the National Under-16 Football Championships for the Coca Cola Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy football with a 1-0 win over Karnataka in the final at the packed Devi Lal Stadium here Tuesday. Singrai Soren's header helped Jharkhand score the solitary goal in the match.

Ashraful breaks 112-year-old fastest 50 record

By Qaiser Mohammad Ali

IANS

Dhaka : Bangladesh vice-captain Mohammad Ashraful Sunday broke the 112-year-old record for the fastest half-century in Test cricket when he reached his 50 in just 27 minutes on the third day of the second and final Test against India here.

Queen’s Baton Goes Missing in Lucknow

By TCN Staff Reporter, Lucknow: As the euphoria over the Queen's baton subsided on Saturday, it was marred with a controversy over its unofficial stay in the Sahara Shaher. District administration terming it as a highly insulting act maintained that only duplicate baton reached Sahara Shaher and the orignal baton has been handed over to the district administration of Raibareilly.

MECAPS felicitates India’s U-19 World Cup hero Ajitesh Argal

By Pervez Bari, TwoCircles.net

Bhopal: The Muslim Education and Career Promotion Society, (MECAPS), on Tuesday felicitated the bright upcoming cricketer of the city Ajitesh Argal, a member of India's Under-19 World Cup triumphant squad, who was Man of the Match in the summit clash when it pinned down South Africa to claim the title.

Lucknow table tennis players have a new coach – a robot

By IANS, Lucknow : Players at the Uttar Pradesh Table Tennis Academy (UPTTA) here in Lucknow are learning the skills of the game from a robot. "The new coach, the robot, is teaching the players about strokes, styles, techniques and drills to make them learn more about the wonderful sport of table tennis," said Parag Agarwal, a coach with UPTTA. UPTTA officials said the China made robot, costing about Rs.85,000, was best suited for practice sessions as it acted like a second player of the game, responding to its opponent's backhand and forehand strokes with different styles.

‘Brett Lee cops for song with Asha Bhosle’

By IANS Brisbane : While giving an "insight" into Australian cricketers' idiosyncrasies, Andrew Symonds says Michael Clarke loves his jeans, Michael Hussey has "two personalities" and Brett Lee "cops it over that Indian song he recorded" recently with Asha Bhosle. In his column, which appeared in Sunday Mail here, Symonds describes the 12 players, including himself, just before Australia's first Test against India starting in Melbourne Wednesday.

Hockey Olympian Erman R. Bastian passes away

By IANS, New Delhi : Erman R. Bastian, former Olympic hockey player, died after a prolonged illness at his home in Durg, Chhattisgarh Friday night, according to his son Anand Joseph. The burial took place the following day. Erman, as he was popularly known in his playing days, was 74. He suffered from recurrent paralytic strokes. He is survived by his wife, son Ashok, who is an engineer, and two daughters.

Hyderabad bodybuilder Mohtesham wins medal for India at world championship

By Mohammed Siddique, TwoCircles.net, Hyderabad: Mir Mohtesham Ali Khan, the acclaimed body builder from Hyderabad, has brought the rare honor to the country by winning Bronze medal at the Musclemania World Tour competition, the highly respected world bodybuilding championship in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Rally ace Naren Kumar retires

By Anand Philar,IANS,

Chandigarh cycle mechanic’s son in UAE cricket team

By IANS, Chandigarh : Poverty and lack of opportunities forced aspiring cricketer Ravi Varma to leave his home here in 2004 and go to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). After years of juggling a job at an Abu Dhabi car rental shop with playing for a local cricket team, he has now been chosen for the Gulf nation's official squad. "I have no words to express my happiness. Ravi playing international cricket is a dream come true for all of us. We are praying that he will help his team win all the matches," Ravi's father Kishori Lal, who runs a small cycle repair shop, told IANS.

Goa win team gold in national taekwondo championship

By IANS Kolkata : Goa's men's team clinched the gold in the 22nd National Taekwondo Championship that concluded here Saturday night. The Goa team - comprising Prithvi Tamang, Dipak Debnath, Khusi Ram Chaudhury, Shera Kotkany, Arjun Senapati and Sidba Sidak - won the men's team Tuls, while Karnataka (Sr.) and Delhi took the silver and bronze respectively. Meanwhile, in the individual Tuls' individual category, the gold went to Siddharth of Karnataka in the men's division and Jyotsna Singh of Delhi in the women's section.

Formula racing car created by AMU B Tech students is ‘Most Popular Car’

By TCN News, Aligarh: A Formula racing car created by a team of Aligarh Muslim University’s B Tech (mechanical engineering) students has won the ‘Most Popular Car’ and was ranked 19th in the ‘Formula Student India’ 2015 held at Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.

Chandigarh’s football-hockey academy shows results

By Alkesh Sharma, IANS, Chandigarh : It has been a long term investment and now the Chandigarh Football-Hockey Academy is beginning to show results. Started in 2000 by the government for children from all over northern India who are talented in sports, the academy is now producing players who can compete at national and international levels.

Healthy Life campaign: football tournament kicked off in Jeddah

By A.M. Aarif Jokatte for TwoCircles.net, Jeddah: Indian Consul General Sayeed Ahmed Baba inaugurated the Healthy Life Happy Life football tournament, which is part of the ongoing health awareness campaign, run by India Fraternity Forum Jeddah. Ten teams representing different states of the country will be vying for the supremacy in the six-week-long tournament held in three grounds, Kaki, Madaen Fahd and the one near Bader Bakery. Final matches will be played on 19th March.

Shakeel Qureshi appointed umpire manager for Incheon Asiad hockey

By Pervez Bari, TwoCircles.net, Bhopal : Shakeel Ahmad Qureshi, a former international hockey umpire Grade-1, has been appointed umpire manager for the Asian Games scheduled to be organised in Incheon, South Korea from September 19.

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IPL scoreboard: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Deccan Chargers

By IANS, Mumbai : Scoreboard of the Indian Premier League play-off match for third place between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Deccan Chargers here Saturday: Deccan Chargers Adam Gilchrist c Kallis b Kumble 4 (4b 1x4) Monish Mishra lbw b Kumar 0 (1b) Anirudh Singh b Kallis 40 (39b, 4x4, 1x6) Rohit Sharma c Pietersen b Kumar 0 (4b) Andrew Symonds c Uthappa b Steyn 2 (8b) Dwayne Smith b Kumble 5 (10b, 1x4) Y Venugopal Rao c White b Doshi 24 (27b, 2x4, 1x6) Ryan Harris lbw b Kumble 3 (10b) Rahul Sharma b Kallis 0 (6b) Harmeet Singh not out 0 (0b)

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Bangladesh pays tribute to swimming hero Arun Nandi

By IANS, Dhaka : Bangladeshi swimming hero Arun Nandi, who set a record by swimming for 90 hours in a Kolkata lake in 1971, has died at age 68. A leading daily has paid tributes to him and said his feat had drawn world attention to the country's freedom movement that year. The Daily Star newspaper, in an editorial Tuesday, said the legendary swimmer has left behind "the glorious saga of a man's unflinching determination to endure any ordeal to uphold the cause of his nation".

Indian women win hockey Champions Challenge II

By IANS, Kazan (Russia) : Rani Rampal scored four goals as Indian women crushed Belgium 6-3 to win the inaugural Champions Challenge II hockey tournament here Saturday. Rani, who emerged as the tournament's top scorer with eight goals, struck in the 17th, 38th, 44th and 54th minutes. Besides, Saba Anjum (20th min) and Thokchom Chanchan (49th min) scored a goal each. Skipper Valerie Vermeersch (40th, 52nd) and Boon Jill (55th) scored for Belgium.

I have dreamt of becoming world champion since childhood: Humpy

By IANS, Nalchik (Russia) : As Koneru Humpy progresses towards the women's world title, Indian chess is on the cusp of a unique record of having all four world champions at the same time. She has played superbly and is coming to form as was evident with her 2-0 win over China's Shen Yang to move into semi-finals. Humpy, who says she has grown up dreaming of becoming a World Champion is now close to realising it.

Indian-origin Priyesh Bhana debuts for New Zealand hockey team

By Alkesh Sharma, IANS, Chandigarh : Dipak Patel and Jeetan Patel played for New Zealand in cricket, and now Priyesh Bhana, also of Indian origin, made his international debut for the national hockey team in the four-nation Punjab Gold Cup tournament here Saturday against India. Born and brought up in Auckland, Bhana's ancestors hailed from Machaad in Gujarat and he is planning to visit his ancestral village.

Vishesh Bhriguvanshi bags Most Valuable Player award

By IANS, New Delhi : India's young talent Vishesh Bhriguvanshi was named the 'Most Valuable Player' of the Basketball without Borders Asia camp, which concluded here Sunday. Dong Hanlin from China won the Frequent Flyer Award, recording the highest jump amongst all campers while the DHL Playmaker award went to Joseph Zaloum from Lebanon. Xu Tao from China was given the sportsmanship award. The three-day camp of National Basketball Association (NBA), the first such event in India concluded with the All Star Game.

India lose Jaffer, Powar makes debut in first Test

By Qaiser Mohammad Ali

IANS

Chittagong : India lost Wasim Jaffer when he shouldered arms to the first Test match's very first ball from pacer Mashrafe Mortaza after Rahul Dravid won the toss here Friday. Also, Off-spinner Ramesh Powar became the 254th player to make his Test debut.

North Bengal to face Andhra in cadet girl’s table tennis final

By IANS Chennai : North Bengal will face Andhra Pradesh in the cadet girls' title clash of the 69th Junior National and Inter-State Table Tennis Championships. In the semis here Wednesday, Andhra defeated Tamil Nadu 3-0 while North Bengal thrashed Kerala by a similar scoreline. The following are the results of the matches played: Cadet Girls (Semi Finals):

JCT football club to move to Hoshiarpur

By IANS Ludhiana : The Jagatjit Cotton Textile (JCT) Mills football club will shift base to Hoshairpur from Phagwara, home to the team from almost three decades. New practice facilties, expected to be ready by the month end, have come up as part of JCT's stadium project at their Hoshiarpur plant, close to Himachal Pradesh. Finishing touches are being given to the players' residential quarters before the team makes the move.

Physiotherapist unsung hero of Delhi’s Ranji Trophy triumph

By Qaiser Mohammad Ali New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) Delhi should thank their unsung physiotherapist Prathi Badrinath as much as their players for winning the Ranji Trophy last week. The physiotherapist worked for long hours daily throughout the season, often well past midnight, to keep the players physically fit and mentally relaxed. Badrinath had to work on some serious injuries to key players Virender Sehwag (groin), Gautam Gambhir (shoulder and groin), Ishant Sharma (shoulder) and the latest pace bowling sensation Pradeep Sangwan (ankle) and ensure that they were match-fit.

Legendary goalkeeper Peter Thangaraj passes away

By IANS, New Delhi : India's legendary goalkeeper Peter Thangaraj passed away in Bokaro Monday night following a heart-attack. He was 74. Thangaraj, nicknamed 'lamp post' during his playing days, is survived by his wife, a son and three daughters. He belonged to the golden era of India football and was part of the team that won gold in the 1962 Asian Games in Jakarta and finished runners-up in the 1964 Asia Cup in Tel Aviv. Thangaraj also played in the 1956 Melbourne and 1960 Rome Olympics. India finished fourth in Melbourne, which remained its best performance in the mega event.

For the first in history, a Kashmir football club qualifies for I-League

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Sania Mirza advance to the Quarterfinals round in Miami

By Kashif-ul-Huda, TwoCircles.net, Miami: Chia-Jung Chuang and Sania Mirza defeated eighth seeded doubles pair of Maria Kirilenko of Russia and Flavia Pennetta of Italy in the second round doubles match at Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. It was a hard won victory by the Taiwanese-Indian pair who came up from behind to win 4-6,7-6,(5) 10-4.

National Games: Swimmer Richa Mishra finishes with 16 medals

By IANS, Ranchi: Delhi swimmer Richa Mishra Saturday bagged two silver medals to finish with a rich haul of 16 medals in the 34th National Games.

2007 US Open tennis winners

By Xinhua New York : Following are the title winners at the $19.6-million US Open tennis tournament that ended Sunday: Men's Singles: Roger Federer (Switzerland) Women's Singles: Justine Henin (Belgium) Men's Doubles: Simon Aspelin (Sweden) and Julian Knowle (Austria) Women's Doubles: Nathalie Dechy (France) and Dinara Safina (Russia) Mixed Doubles: Viktoria Azarenka (Belarus) and Max Mirnyi (Belarus)

Former Davis Cupper Shyam Minotra dead

By IANS, New Delhi : Former Davis Cupper and Asian Games medallist Shyam Minotra died Tuesday after a prolonged battle with cancer, the All India Tennis Association said. Minotra, 62, was a widower and left behind his only son. A tennis player of great talent, Minotra could beat any top star on his day, and his scalps included the great Romanian Ille Nastase. He was a part of the Davis Cup team in the 1960s, and gave India the Asian Championship doubles title along with S P Mishra defeating Premjit Lal and Jaideep Mukerjea.

Olympian footballer Kempaiah passes away

By IANS, New Delhi : Former India footballer Mariappa Kempaiah, who played in the 1956 and the 1960 Olympics, passed away in Bangalore, Wednesday. He was 75 and is survived by his wife, one son and two daughters. Kempaiah, a competent midfielder, played a crucial role in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, where India finished fourth, losing to Bulgaria in the play-off for third place. He was also in the 1960 Rome Olympic squad, where India again finished fourth, India's best-ever showing at the quadrennial event.

Floodlight failure halts play at Eden Gardens in fourth ODI

By IANS, Kolkata : The play in the fourth One-dayer between India and Sri Lanka was disrupted for 26 minutes after lights of one of the four floodlight towers at the Eden Gardens went off during the Sri Lankan innings here Thursday. Sri Lanka were 307 for six in 49.2 overs (5.58 pm) when the floodlight tower at the High Court end went off, halting play. A spokesman of the Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation (CESC) told IANS that it was not their fault and power supply was uninterrupted.

18,600 feet high mountain pass traversed by army expedition

By IANS, Shimla : An army expedition has traversed the Manirang Pass at a height of 18,600 feet in Himachal Pradesh after a gap of 10 years, an official said Wednesday. The pass connects the tribal belt of Pooh in Kinnaur district with Kaza in Lahaul and Spiti district. The 14-member expedition of the 24th Battalion of the Punjab Regiment was led by Major Rajeev Kumar and Naib Subedar Baldev Singh. Covering a distance of 117 km, the pass was scaled from the southern side in 10 days.

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Maicon’s brace helps Inter Milan edge Siena

By DPA, Rome : Inter Milan snatched a 2-1 win over hosts Siena as Brazil defender Douglas Maicon scored a brace to give his side a nine-point lead over second-place Juventus in the Serie A football. Inter now have 42 points from 17 games as the Serie A gears up for a three-week winter break. Maicon put the champions ahead before Frenchman Houssine Kharja levelled for the Tuscany hosts late into the first half and secured the Serie A champions' win with seven minutes left.

Manoranjan Bhattacharya appointed East Bengal coach

By IANS Kolkata : An emergency working committee meeting of East Bengal club Wednesday appointed Monoranjan Bhattacharya as Subrata Bhattacharya's successor as the team coach, to resurrect the team which is currently languishing in the ninth spot in the 10-team I-League football tournament. The meeting, which was called to stem the rot in the club in the relegation zone, began at 5.30 pm and lasted over two hours before the formal announcement was made.

Dhoni gets Khel Ratna, 11 receive Arjuna Award

By IANS, New Delhi : Mahendra Singh Dhoni was conferred the nation's highest sporting honour Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna while eleven sportspersons received the Arjuna award from President Pratibha Patil at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here Friday. Dhoni, who is leading the team in Sri Lanka one-day series, was not present at the award ceremony and his father Pan Singh accepted the honour on his behalf. The Khel Ratna carries a medal, a ceremonial dress, the scroll of honour and a cash prize of Rs. 500,000.

Olympian Thangaraj, towering figure between goalposts, dies

By IANS, New Delhi : A glorious chapter in Indian football ended as legendary goalkeeper Peter Thangaraj, nicknamed "Lampost" for his towering height, passed away Monday night in Bokaro following a massive heart attack. He was 74 and is survived by wife, a son and three daughters. "Monday morning he complained of chest pain and we got him admitted in the Bokaro General Hospital. By night the pain became accute and he suffered a massive heart attack and passed away at 11.30pm," Helen, Thangaraj's daughter, told IANS Tuesday.

Goa roots for Portugal in World Cup football

By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar, IANS, Panaji : Legendary Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama would be a proud man if only he could come back from beyond to Goa's shores once again, with the erstwhile Portuguese colony in the throes of World Cup football fever these days. Like in the case of most World Cup and European Cup tournaments before 2010, Goa has painted itself red and green, the colours of the Portuguese national football team.

Dhoni to croon for album on Chennai Super Kings

By IANS, Mumbai : M.S. Dhoni, captain of the Chennai Super Kings, is all set to go down in history as the first Indian crooning cricketer. He will sing a rap number in Hindi for his Indian Premier League team. Dhoni will sing the song for a music album the Reliance ADAG's BIG Music is bringing out as part of its association with IPL. The album will be in Tamil, but there will also be a Hindi version, of which the Dhoni-rendered number will be the highlight. The album will comprise the official IPL theme song and a victory anthem for the M.S. Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings.

Kingfisher sponsors IPL umpires for Rs.1.06 billion

By IANS Mumbai : Vijay Mallya's Kingfisher Airlines will pay the Indian Premier League (IPL) Rs.106 crores (Rs.1.06 billion or $26.17 million) to sponsor the umpires for five years for the Twenty20 tournament beginning next month. While announcing the deal here Thursday, Lalit Modi, IPL chairman and commissioner, said that the airline would be known as the Umpire Partner for the eight-team tournament.

Adriano awarded Italy’s football worst player prize

By IANS/AKI, Rome : AS Roma striker Adriano was named the worst player in Italy's top football league for the third time Monday after Serie A fans voted for him to win the Golden Bin prize.

Dunga praises Ronaldo but won’t confirm return to Brazil team

By DPA, Sao Paulo : Brazil coach Carlos Dunga praised the recent form of the veteran striker Ronaldo, but refused to say whether the forward would return to the national team. "You will have to wait till May 21," Dunga said. Dunga is expected to give his list for the South American World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and Paraguay and for the Confederations Cup May 21. However, Dunga made it clear that he is impressed with Ronaldo's comeback, a day after the striker scored a brace in Corinthians' 2-0 win over Atletico Paranaense.

Racing car developed by AMU students judged 31st best in the world

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Viv Richards still shudders at that 1983 shot: Madan Lal

By IANS, London : Twenty-five years after winning the cricket World Cup, team members sparkled as they talked about the key moments of the Lord's final that catapulted India to a world-beating side. And after skipper Kapil Dev, the man who was most sought after at a media event Wednesday was Delhi all-rounder Madan Lal, who bagged the prize wicket of Viv Richards, one of the greatest batsmen of all time. Richards, on 33, was hammering the Indian bowling when Kapil asked Madal Lal to take a short rest. But Madan Lal, rather than lose heart, asked Kapil for one more over.

Los Angeles’ traffic miracle during 1984 Olympics

By Yang Qingchuan, Xinhua, Washington : The 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles was probably the most impressive of the many Olympics the US has hosted. That's not only because it was the first Olympic Games that really made profits, but also because it was congestion-free in a city that had been notorious for its traffic snarls. It was a miracle because when the 1984 Games were to start, Los Angeles had more motor vehicles than any other metropolises around the world.

Medal-winning Haryana sportsmen appointed police officers

By IANS, Chandigarh : Four sportsmen from Haryana, who won medals in international competitions, were Tuesday appointed as Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSPs) in the Haryana police by the state government. The decision to appoint the four sportsmen as DSPs was taken at a meeting of the Haryana cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. The beneficiaries include international boxers Vijender Kumar, Akhil Kumar and Jitender Kumar and wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, all belonging to Haryana.

Goa to host MRF National Supercross Championship

By IANS, Panaji : Goa will host the first round of the MRF National Supercross Championship Sunday, which is expected to see nearly 100 riders spread over six categories participating in the event. Speaking to reporters Friday, chairman of the Federation of Motorsports Clubs of India (FMCI) Shyam Kothari said that the event was being held for the eighth year in succession and the Goa edition would be followed by legs in Hyderabad, Coimbatore, Bangalore, Pune and Jaipur.

Sarwan 4th Indian origin player to lead Windies

By Paras Ramoutar

IANS

Port of Spain : Ramnaresh Sarwan has become the fourth player of Indian origin to captain the West Indies cricket since the game was introduced here more than 120 years ago.

Boxers provide silver lining for India

By Ravi Kant Singh, IANS Hyderabad : India failed to win a single medal Thursday at the 4th Military World Games here but were assured of at least five medals from the boxing ring as pugilists went through to the semi-finals at the G.M.C. Balayogi Indoor Stadium. Hari Krishan Belwal, younger brother of 1999 MWG silver medallist Khemanand Belwal, led the Indian charge. He was followed by P. Narjit Singh, D. Bhagyarajan, Satya Raju and Mohinder Thapa into the semi-finals of their respective weight categories.

Bhopal to host Women Hockey Asia Cup in November

By Pervez Bari, TwoCircles.net

 Bhopal, May 5: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minster Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced that efforts would be made to organize Women Hockey Asia Cup at Bhopal in November this year.

Brazilian female referee poses nude, stirs controversy

By DPA

Rio de Janeiro : Brazilian assistant referee Ana Paula de Oliveira is to appear naked in the Brazilian edition of the magazine Playboy, a move that has sparked controversy in the football-crazy nation.

Chepauk Tendulkar’s happy hunting ground

By IANS, New Delhi: Chepauk in Chennai has been Sachin Tendulkar's happy hunting ground, though he scored his highest Test score, 241 not out, at the Sydney Cricet Ground (SCG). From nine Test matches at Chepauk's M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, Tendular has hit five centuries in aggregating 876 runs to average 87.60 with 165 against England in 1993 as his best.
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