HindustanTimes Sun,21 Dec 2014


Kaushik turns down offer

MK Kaushik, the former chief coach of women’s hockey team, turned down a lucrative coaching offer from Delhi Waveriders, one of five Hockey India League (HIL) franchisees, recently. HT reports.

Scouting for talent: Germany's strength

German hockey player, Nicolas Jacobi, could easily be mistaken for a hoopster because of his impressive height. Probe him why he took up hockey --- and not basketball or volleyball --- Jacobi says he grew up in a family with a tradition of hockey.

On your marks, get set...

Over on the practice pitch, Sardar Singh & Co, having tried hard to stick to coach Ajay Bansal's directive of making quick passes through the practice session, wound up quite early. But on the eve of the inaugural Hockey India League (HIL), the real eyeball-grabbing action was happening high above the central turf of the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium.

Mumbai Magicians shift to Delhi after Sena protest

The Mumbai Magicians team, which is part of the Hockey India League, was shifted to Delhi today morning, following the Shiv Sena protest that disrupted its practise session due to the involvement of Pakistani players.

HIL’s Pakistan players may skip Mumbai matches

The Pakistan players signed by franchises of the Hockey India League are unlikely to play the matches scheduled in Mumbai. The Shiv Sena's protests in Mumbai against their participation on Sunday has left the players worried, and they could well skip the matches at the Mahindra stadium unless tight security is put in place.

Domestic hockey’s new venture off to muted start

Four minutes from half-time, a couple of miscreants, having made it past the security barriers, strategically positioned themselves in front of the photographers, and proceeded to wave banners while simultaneously shouting slogans, Kaushik Chatterji reports.

LoC issue hits Hockey league, may affect women's cricket WC

Nine Pak players signed up for the hockey league are facing the heat after LoC issue that reports suggest could also affect women's cricket WC. No Pak players featured in yesterday's match of the HIL in Delhi.
BCCI leaves it on ICC to decide Pak players' venue

Hockey league: Pak players not to figure in Mumbai Magicians' first game

Players from Pakistan are unlikely to figure in Mumbai Magicians' first Hockey India League home game against Jaypee Punjab Warriors at the MHA Mahindra Stadium in Mumbai on January 20. HIL's Mumbai match may go without Pak players video-icon

All nine Pakistani players to return home

The simmering tension on the Indo-Pak border today spilled over to the sporting arena with a rattled Hockey India deciding to send back all the nine Pakistani players taking part in its high-profile league following protests over the killing of Indian soldiers. All nine Pak players in HIL to return home video-icon

This edition is over for HIL’s Pakistan players

Cricket fans got lucky; hockey aficionados, not quite so. Just one match into the inaugural Hockey India League (HIL), all the nine players from Pakistan are packing their bags.

‘Says a lot about how things work in India’

Ric Charlesworth is not a happy man. It's not hard to figure out why. On his way to the National Stadium on Tuesday, the Aussie coach of the Mumbai Magicians learnt that the Pakistan players were being shunted out of the inaugural edition of the HIL.

Hope India visit Pakistan for hockey series: PHF

PHF President Qasim Zia is hoping that the upcoming bilateral hockey series between India and Pakistan would not be affected despite fresh tension between the two countries.

Delhi continue to ride the high wave

Sandeep Singh messes up a golden opportunity in the dying moments to allow hosts a 2-1 victory, Kaushik Chatterji reports.

Indian players helped as Sainiks stormed Mumbai stadium

Indian players swung into action to escort their Pakistan teammates to safety when more than 100 Shiv Sainiks barged into the Mahindra stadium protesting the presence of the Pakistan players. Firoz Mirza reports.

Hockey: India hires Dutch coach to revive fortunes

India's field hockey chiefs on Thursday appointed renowned Dutch coach Roelant Oltmans as high-performance director in a bid to regain the nation's old glory in the sport.
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