China's sports regulator has pledged to drop the nation's obsession with gold medals after the ruling Communist Party's anti-graft watchdog warned of the damaging extent of match-fixing and cheating in sports
South Korean Olympic swimming star and national icon Park Tae-Hwan fought to clear his name on Tuesday as he reeled from the shock news that he failed a doping test
Top seed Saina Nehwal came out with a stupendous performance to save two match points and then defeat reigning World Champion Carolina Marin of Spain to retain the women's singles title at the $120,000 Syed Modi International Badminton Championships in Lucknow on Sunday.
Russell Wilson hit Jermaine Kearse for a 35-yard touchdown 3:19 into overtime to lift the Seattle Seahawks to an improbable 28-22 victory over Green Bay and into a second straight Super Bowl.
The winners in the world’s toughest motorsports event may well have been juiced up on more than adrenaline. The Dakar rally raid has not conducted any dope tests for the past three years. Organisers say checking for performance enhancers not their call.
CS Santosh made a spectacular comeback in the Dakar on Monday. The Indian biker had been in terrible shape the day before on account of the cold and wet conditions.
Indian challenger CS Santosh was placed 52 overall in the 37th Dakar after the end of Day 5 on Thursday. The day belonged to defending champion Marc Coma who seems to finally be shrugging off the cobwebs. He clocked 4:38:16 to seal the stage.
CS Santosh came into the bivouac with blood streaming down his face. He had a nasty fall about 14 kms short of the stage end. Finally getting into his groove in the sandy section, Santosh was revelling in the ride when he lost control amidst some camel grass.
The Dakar was struck by tragedy on Tuesday. Underlining the dangers of this event, 39-year-old Polish biker Michal Hernik was found dead at 206km of the special stage No 3. This was his first attempt at the Dakar.
Santosh was placed at 67 out of the 148 that started the day. He had managed to hit all the waypoints – these are must-hit points on the route failing which a rider can be disqualified – but he had slipped from his overnight standing of 50.
CS Santosh staged a strong comeback from his start at 85th to finish Monday's stage 50th amongst the 160 bikers that started as the Indian registered a timing of seven hours and 16 minutes.
Ace badminton player Saina Nehwal's public outburst was enough to move the sports ministry to recommend her name for the third-highest civilian award as a special case, three-and-a-half-months after the deadline for submitting nominations.
The star badminton player says she never demanded prestigious award, blames media for controversy and insists wrestler Sushil Kumar is a friend. 'My work is just to play for my country and win medals,' she says.
The sports ministry on Monday decided to recommend ace shuttler Saina Nehwal for the Padma Bhushan award but insisted that it did not receive her nomination from the Badminton Association of India within the stipulated deadline.
Taking the advice of Dakar Rally veterans to heart, India's cross-country motorcycle racer CS Santosh got off to a cautious start on the first day, ending up in 86th position and more than 22 minutes off leader Sam Sunderland.