HindustanTimes Fri,22 Aug 2014


Assess value of a medal, don't make athletes beg

Amandeep Singh
Isn't this rather sad? A player lives with the dream of playing for the country. Then he or she works hard to win a medal for it. But even after winning a medal for India, they have to prove they deserve to be selected for the Arjuna award.

It's official, no Arjuna award for boxer Manoj Kumar

Boxer Manoj Kumar
Putting an end to speculations,the sports ministry on Thursday stuck to the original list of Arjuna awards winners, thereby dashing boxer Manoj Kumar's hopes of getting the sporting honour.
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21 Aug
Indian players
Indian players watch the presentation of the trophy to England after the Test match and series on the third day of the fifth Test against England at The Oval. (AFP Photo)

Mario Balotelli all set for Liverpool switch

 Mario Balotelli
Mario Balotelli was set for a shock move to Liverpool Thursday as AC Milan acknowledged that the controversial Italy striker was on his way out.

Michael Chopra joins Tendulkar-owned ISL football team

Sunderland's Michael Chopra
Former Newcastle United and Sunderland striker Michael Chopra was picked by the Kerala Blasters, co-owned by cricketing great Sachin Tendulkar, in an international draft for the upcoming Indian Super League.

Barcelona to appeal to CAS against Fifa ban

Lionel Messi
Spanish football giant Barcelona confirmed that they will appeal to the Court of Arbitration in Sport (CAS) after Fifa upheld its decision to ban the club from signing for the next two transfer windows for irregularities over the signing of underage players.

Modric extends contract with Real Madrid

Luka Modric
Spanish football giants Real Madrid confirmed that the club had reached an agreement with Croatian international midfielder Luka Modric to extend his contract until the end of June 2018.

Pakistan expose India’s lack of experience, win friendly 2-0

U-23 football
The inexperience of the Indian team was on full display as the team slumped to a 0-2 loss to the much-lower ranked Pakistani side in the second of the two friendlies played at the Bangalore Football stadium.

Manchester United complete Marcos Rojo signing

Marcos Rojo
Manchester United completed the 20 million euro signing of Argentina World Cup defender Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon on Wednesday with Old Trafford boss Louis van Gaal hailing the 24-year-old as a 'gifted' player.
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Four-time winner Wozniacki ousted at Connecticut Open

Caroline Wozniacki
Camila Giorgi sprang an upset to defeat four-time champion Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-2 on Wednesday and reach the quarter-finals of the WTA Connecticut Open, a final warm-up for the US Open.

Tony Stewart to miss another NASCAR race

Tony Stewart
Tony Stewart will sit out Saturday's NASCAR race in Bristol, Tennessee, the third Sprint Cup race he's missed since his car struck and killed a fellow driver in a dirt-track race.

Hockey India secy calls Kapil Dev 'opportunist'

Kapil Dev
Disgruntled Hockey India secretary Narinder Batra on Wednesday launched a tirade against cricket legend Kapil Dev, who headed the Arjuna Awards selection committee, calling him an opportunist.

Apurvi Chandela and Ayonika Paul: Grounded despite Glasgow high

Apurvi Chandela, Ayonika Paul
For a shooter, adulation can be a double-edged sword as the sport demands the highest degree of focus and mental strength, perhaps more than any other discipline.

India lose 7-101 to Pakistan in Australian football match

AFC Asian Cup
India were humiliated 101-7 by Pakistan in a first-ever meeting of Australian Football League (AFL) teams of both countries in a friendly-match called 'Dosti Cup'.

Controversies galore, Arjuna Awards panel seldom hits target plumb

Arjuna Award
By belittling sportspersons to pander to influence instead of achievement, the Arjuna committees have done great disservice to the sporting community over the years, writes Sukhwant Basra.
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