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January 2, 2014

Sehwag’s dismal Ranji season ends

New Delhi, Jan 2 (IANS) Delhi coach Sanjeev Sharma defended discarded India internationals Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag after his team failed to make the Ranji Trophy quarter-finals for the fourth year in a row. Sehwag has scored 234 runs in the season, averaging less than tail-ender Ashish Nehra.Sehwag averaged 19.50 from 13 innings while Nehra made 182 in eight innings at 22.75. The statistics sum up the season the explosive opener, who was dropped from the Indian team in March 2013, has had. Coach Sharma…

Basque derby highlight of matchday 18 in La Liga

Madrid, Jan 2 (IANS) The Spanish BBVA Primera Liga will kick off again Saturday after a week off for Christmas and New Year and for once the most attractive game of the weekend fails to involve either FC Barcelona, Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid.Although the top-three are all in action, the best game of the weekend without doubt is the Basque derby that takes place in the Anoeta Stadium in San Sebastian between fifth-placed Real Sociedad and fourth-placed Athletic Club Bilbao -- two historic clubs looking to qualify for next…

Windies were caught ‘off guard’ says ODI captain Bravo

Queenstown (New Zealand), Jan 2 (IANS/CMC) West Indies’ captain Dwayne Bravo says his players were caught "off guard" by the New Zealand batting assault in the third One Day International (ODI) Wednesday.New Zealand steamrolled over the West Indies to win the one-sided encounter by 159 runs and level the five-match series one-game each, reports CMC. The third ODI, was on the verge of being called off due to the weather, but the teams got in 21 overs each, with New Zealand powering to 283 for four while the…

Waveriders-Warriors clash to kick-off 2014 HIL

New Delhi, Jan 2 (IANS) Hockey India (HI) Thursday announced the schedule for the Hockey India League (HIL) which will start from Jan 25 at Mohali with the final scheduled for Feb 23 in Ranchi.The tournament will be broadcast live on Star Sports. A total of 34 matches will be played in a span of 30 days in Mohali, Ranchi, New Delhi, Mumbai, Lucknow and Bhubaneswar with the opening ceremony scheduled Jan 25 in Mohali. The opening day will witness Jaypee Punjab Warriors clash against the 2013 runners-up Delhi Waveriders.…

BCCI moves SC to halt Lalit Modi’s return to cricket scene

New Delhi, Jan 2 (IANS) In a move to forestall former IPL czar Lalit Modi from staging a comeback on the Indian cricket scene, the Indian cricket board Thursday moved the apex court against his election as the Rajasthan Cricket Association president.The elections to the Rajasthan Cricket Association were held Dec 19, 2013, under the watch of the apex court appointed former judge N.M. Kasliwal. Modi contested for president of the RCA as the state cricketing panel rejected the objection of the Board of Control for Cricket…
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