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Saina Nehwal loses in quarterfinals of India Open

London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal on Friday crashed out of the $250,000 India Super Series after suffering a straight-game defeat against world number two Yihan Wang in the quarterfinals of the women's singles competition at the Siri Fort complex in New Delhi.

IOA forms ad-hoc panel, respite for country's boxers

With the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) forming an ad-hoc panel to replace the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF), the country's young pugilists can heave a sigh of relief.

Saina breaks Delhi jinx, to face world No 2 next

Playing someone for the first time can be difficult. Especially in front of a home crowd and where your previous performances haven't really been heart-warming. "No no, it's nothing like that," said Saina Nehwal with a laugh.

Anand ‘working on ideas’ for rematch with Carlsen

He rediscovered his wizardry by winning the Candidates tournament and Viswanathan Anand is now “working on quite a few ideas” to counter the threat of world No 1 Magnus Carlsen in his quest to regain the World Championship title later this year.

Anand should add strategist to his core team: Polgar

Four-time women's world chess champion Susan Polgar of Hungary feels Viswanathan Anand can perhaps add another strategist rather than making wholesome changes to his A-team for his World Chess Championship match.

Golf: Tiger Woods to miss US Masters after surgery

World number one Tiger Woods said on Tuesday he will miss the Masters for the first time in his career after undergoing back surgery earlier this week to treat a pinched nerve that has been troubling him for several months.

Never seen Anand suffer so much, says wife Aruna

Even as the media and chess pundits were writing epitaphs of his chess career and wondering whether he would even play after his poor performance, Viswanathan Anand was in his own private hell. And so was wife Aruna.

Lewis Hamilton storms to big win in Malaysian Grand Prix

Hamilton streaked away from pole position and was never pressured as he led a Mercedes one-two with Nico Rosberg which confirmed the German marque's dominance in the new Formula One era.

Malaysian GP to hold minute's silence for MH370 victims

Drivers will wear helmet stickers reading "Pray for MH370" and the Malay-language "Doa Untuk MH370", and cars will also carry messages of support after 239 people were presumed killed in the missing jet.

Anand to challenge Carlsen for world title

Five-times world champion Viswanathan Anand proved all his critics wrong and won the Candidates Chess tournament after settling for a draw with Sergey Karjakin of Russia in the 13th and penultimate round on Saturday.

Lewis Hamilton on pole for Malaysian Grand Prix

The pole was the 33rd of Hamilton's career, equalling the British record set by the late Jim Clark in the 1960s, and was secured in a time of one minute 59.431 seconds.

F1: Rosberg continues to set the bar high, leads in practice

Mercedes confirmed it is the team to beat at the Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix by setting the fastest times in both of Friday’s practice sessions, although its rivals are closer than expected.

Pistorius murder trial adjourned until April 7

The murder trail of Oscar Pistorius was adjourned on Friday until April 7, when the South African Paralympic and Olympic track star is expected to take the stand in his own defence in a high-stakes bid to prove his innocence and avoid life in prison.

Anand gets closer to title with draw

Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand inched closer to clinching the Candidates Chess tournament title after settling for an easy draw as black against Vladimir Kramnik of Russia in the 11th round here.

Missy Franklin, more than just a splash and dash to glory

Swimming has given Missy Franklin an identity; it has also taught her to keep the child within alive. The question wouldn't have arisen but for the US sensation and sportswoman of the year's bubbly exterior.
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