HindustanTimes Mon,29 Dec 2014


Tough to fill Sachin’s spot: Dravid

As Sachin Tendulkar prepares to walk into the sunset, a question mark remains over who will take over the No. 4 slot in the India line-up. Former India captain Rahul Dravid feels it will take some time to fill the void left by Tendulkar’s retirement.

Lewandowski spoils Wenger’s birthday, Milan hold Barcelona

Robert Lewandowski got the 82nd-minute winner as Borussia Dortmund put the brakes on Arsenal’s campaign win. Had Arsenal won, Wenger would have had a reason to celebrate his 64th birthday.

Faltering Man United hope to turn things around

Manchester United will once again turn to the Champions League for solace on Wednesday when Real Sociedad visit Old Trafford in the third round of Group A matches.

Disappointing start for archers at Worlds

It was a disappoin-ting day for the Indian women recurve archers at the World Championships which got underway in Antalya, Turkey. The trio of Deepika Kumari and veterans Dola Banerjee and Chekrovolu Swuro were ranked 12th in the team championships.

Vijender becomes world No. 1 in 75 kg category

Olympic and World Championship bronze medallist Vijender Singh has achieved yet another first for Indian boxing by becoming the world's top-ranked pugilist in the middle weight (75kg) category.

Team India looks unimpressive and disinterested: Akram

The Indian Team in the Champions Trophy is looking like a bunch of "disinterested" and "listless" cricketers who have their mind somewhere else, said former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram.

Sports bodies use your money, resist your scrutiny

Would you like to know how much of taxpayers’ money is spent on hockey stadiums? How much we pay our squash coaches? Too bad, you have no right to do so. Ajai Masand examines...How funds are used

Wanted: Ishant’s quick-fix

If Ishant Sharma’s slide is not arrested, it will be particularly debilitating to India’s thrust in world cricket for he is one of those rare specimens — the out-and-out quick Indian bowler, writes Anand Vasu.

‘No security guarantee for Games athletes’

Australia's Commonwealth Games chief said on Thursday he cannot guarantee the safety of his country's athletes at next year's games in New Delhi, and will let them decide whether they want to compete.

Mahindra win opener

David Booth gambled on his I-League return with Mahindra United and it stopped reigning champions Churchill Brothers on Thursday, reports Gordon D’Costa.

Moment of truth for Obama factor

Sport and politics converge in a potent mix on Friday with the credibility of the US President on the line as International Olympic Committee (IOC) members choose the venue for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

The (a little too) beautiful game

It’s a different thing altogether. Just after the VIP underwear ad, cut short (the ad, not the briefs) I saw Dinesh Kartik play a solid forward defence shot to a straight, bouncy delivery from Darren Sammy’s first ball of the 27th over, writes Indrajit Hazra.

Collective failure

A quick look at the key comparative statistics of India and the four Champions Trophy semifinalists could tell you where India messed up. Straight off, they didn’t score enough.

Australia will miss Clarke & Bracken

The first semifinal could well be the eighth one-dayer between Australia and England. They barely finished a seven-match ODI series before they got on the plane for the Champions Trophy. Australia have lost Michael Clarke and Nathan Bracken to injury and have not looked as solid as they usually do, writes Sunil Gavaskar.
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