Leslie Xavier is a former national wrestler, judoka and karate champion. He has been a sports journalist for more than a decade and writes on Olympic disciplines and motorsport.
Articles by Leslie Xavier
Gaurav Gill and Team MRF will take the World Rally Championship 2 (WRC 2) plunge in Italy, at the Rally Italia Sardegna, to be held from June 7-10, joining in the seventh round of the championship as the plan is to play it a little conservative this time, making sure they don’t stretch their resources.
Get highlights of the bronze medal play-off between India men’s hockey team and England at the 2018 Commonwealth Games (CWG 2018) here. India went down 1-2 after a poor performance -- Sam Ward scored for England twice while Varun Kumar pulled one back for the Indians.
The Wrestling Federation of India is happy to send a junior side for exposure to the UWW Freestyle Wrestling World Cup since the top wrestlers, led by Sushil Kumar, are set for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. But throwing a group of below-par wrestlers into the lion’s den could prove detrimental.
Get highlights of the India vs Pakistan hockey match from the 2018 Commonwealth Games here. Indian men’s hockey team fell prey to some lax defending and was held to a 2-2 draw by Pakistan in their 2018 Commonwealth Games campaign opener in Gold Coast.
With the new generation not showing potential, India will have to rely on stalwarts like Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa to bring home glory in the Commonwealth Games 2018.
Sushil Kumar, Bajrang Punia, Rahul Aware, Mausam Khatri, Sakshi Malik, Babita Kumari and Vinesh Phogat will be some of the biggest names in the Indian wrestling contingent at the Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia.
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByNavneet Singh & Leslie Xavier
Though James Lawton occasionally frets about the fate of boxing, his narrative, which includes the fights he covered for US and UK newspapers, also looks at the struggles of the fighter
Lewis Hamilton and Marc Marquez clinched the top titles as motorsports enjoyed a turbulent 2017 season.
Vijender Singh, the reigning WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight champion, will defend his title against Ernest Amuzu but he faces a challenge from Brijesh Kumar Meena who is the No 2 super middleweight boxer in India.
The huge gulf between the world ranking of Vijender Singh and his latest opponent Ernest Amuzu of Ghana hints at another possible mismatch, which could potentially damage the reputation of the Indian boxer and his fledgling professional career.
India beat Belgium 3-2 in shootout to storm into the semifinals of the Hockey World League Final (HWLF) at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday. After regulation time the scores were tied 3-3 with Gurjant Singh, Harmanpreet Singh and Rupinder Pal Singh scoring for the hosts. Get highlights of the FIH Hockey World League Final, India vs Belgium quarterfinal here.
Former national champion K Rajini alleged that his Kawasaki Ninja ZX 10R was tampered with and damaged soon after he took pole for the JK Super Bike 1000cc race in the JK Tyre-FMSCI National Racing Championship final round at Buddh International Circuit
Hindustan Times, Greater Noida | ByLeslie Xavier
A rusty Sushil Kumar won the 74kg freestyle category at the ongoing national wrestling championships in Indore, the twin Olympic medallist receiving three walkovers en route to gold
The Delhi Half Marathon is all set to go off exactly as planned, despite the poor air quality pollution in the capital city and the event taking place when the particulate matter is at its highest
In a wet race, Andrea Dovizioso of Ducati beat teammate Jorge Lorenzo to win the MotoGP Malaysian Grand Prix, while championship leader Marc Marquez finished fourth. The Repsol Honda rider, however, still commands a 21-point lead over the Dovizioso.
Hindustan Times, Sepang (Malaysia) | ByLeslie Xavier
A win or second-place finish would give Marc Marquez the 2017 MotoGP world title. However, his poor form and crash during qualifying at Sepang Circuit -- the Repsol Honda rider’s Malaysia jinx -- has given Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso, who is starting from third place behind pole-setter Dani Pedrosa, a window of hope
Sepang, Malaysia | ByLeslie Xavier
With a 33-point cushion and two races to go, Repsol Honda’s defending world champion Marc Marquez could seal the 2017 title at the Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang Circuit this weekend, while Ducati’s veteran rider Andrea Dovizioso plans to spoil the party at his ‘favourite’ track
Hindustan Times, Kuala Lumpur | ByLeslie Xavier
While the idea of running for sport or recreation has caught up in India in the last five years or so -- with many marathons and races being staged across the country -- the demography of Indian runners show that our children don’t run. Salwan Cross Country Race strives to get the kids moving, envisaging a fitter future for India.
Mexico and Chile played out a 0-0 in their FIFA U-17 Group F match in Guwahati on Saturday. The result saw Mexico finish third in the group and qualify for the Round of 16. Get highlights of the Mexico vs Chile match here.
Hindustan Times, Guwahati | ByLeslie Xavier
Colombia national football team beat USA in their final FIFA U-17 World Cup Group A match in Navi Mumbai on Thursday to progress to the round of 16 stage. Juan Vidal, Juan Penaloza and Deider Caicedo scored for Colombia while George Acosta hit the target for USA national football team. Get full-time score and highlights of USA vs Colombia match here.
Indian national football team beat Macau 4-1 in their AFC Asian Cup qualifying match at Bangalore’s Sree Kanteerava Stadium. Rowllin Borges, Sunil Chhetri and Jeje Lalpekhlua scored for the hosts who have qualified for the the finals in the UAE (2019) Get final football score and highlights of the India vs Macau match here
Hockey India have pulled off a surprise and appointed Dutchman Sjoerd Marijne, the head of the women’s team, as coach of the men’s hockey team after Roelant Oltmans was dismissed from the post. Harendra Singh will take over as the women’s team’s high performance specialist coach.
Floyd Mayweather’s 10th round TKO of Conor McGregor in the super fight in Las Vegas gave him a 50-0 career record, but despite raising a lot of money for both boxers, the bout has perhaps damaged boxing’s credibility
Floyd Mayweather’s bout against Conor McGregor is being billed as the ‘Fight of the Millennium’, but will it live up to the build-up?
The announcement of the Arjuna, Dronacharya and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awards have always attracted controversies and this year was no different with Rohan Bopanna’s angry outburst at the tennis association and Sardar Singh’s nomination
Rohan Bopanna, at 37, became the fourth Indian to win a Grand Slam, capturing the French Open 2017 mixed doubles crown with partner Gabriela Dabrowski at Roland Garros.
Pakistan cricket team had a little over two days to recover -- from Sunday, when they lost to Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team at Edbaston, to the match against South Africa cricket team in the same venue. Sarfraz Ahmed and Co. seem to have shaken off the blues, in typical Pakistani style that too.
Jehan Daruvala’s pole position in FIA Formula 3 Championship and his second place finish in the race -- in the second round (Monza) of his rookie season -- is a good start. But putting in consistent performances through the season is important so that the 18-year-old Indian can look to graduate to higher championships without stagnating like many other Indians before him.
Former World No. 1 Spanish tennis star Arantxa Sanchez opens up to Hindustan Times about the game, the future of the sport in India and her career, including her rivalry with Steffi Graf
New Delhi | ByLeslie Xavier
Joaquim Rodrigues of Hero Motosport won with ease in the moto segment of India Baja, beating TVS riders KP Aravind and Abdul Wahid Tanveer, who qualified for Merzouga Rally in Morocco next month, finishing which he would qualify for next year’s Dakar Rally. In Xtreme (four-wheelers), Gaurav Chiripal pipped Raj Singh Rathore to win in Jaisalmer
HT Correspondent | ByLeslie Xavier, Jaisalmer