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Sep 22, 2014

Federer replaces injured Nadal in new league

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Roger Federer has agreed to step in and replace old foe Rafa Nadal in the Indian franchise of the inaugural International Premier Tennis League (IPTL), organizers said on Monday.

Fourteen times grand slam winner Nadal dealt a big blow to the fledgling tournament by pulling out because of “health problems” hours before Federer, the winner of a record 17 slam titles, stepped in despite initially appearing apprehensive of the league.

Sep 22, 2014

Tennis-Federer replaces injured Nadal in new league

NEW DELHI, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Roger Federer has agreed to step in and replace old foe Rafa Nadal in the Indian franchise of the inaugural International Premier Tennis League (IPTL), organisers said on Monday.

Fourteen times grand slam winner Nadal dealt a big blow to the fledgling tournament by pulling out because of “health problems” hours before Federer, the winner of a record 17 slam titles, stepped in despite initially appearing apprehensive of the league.

Sep 19, 2014

New league will lift Indian soccer, says Del Piero

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Alessandro Del Piero’s two-year Sydney FC stint helped raise A-League’s profile and the former Juventus great is confident of making a similar impact as the face of the Indian Super League (ISL), which kicks off next month.

After 19 trophy-laden years at Juventus and the Australia sojourn, Del Piero landed in New Delhi on Thursday, making an unlikely stop on an illustrious career as a ‘marquee’ player of ISL’s Delhi franchise as well as the league’s brand ambassador.

Sep 19, 2014

New league will lift Indian football, says Del Piero

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Alessandro Del Piero’s two-year Sydney FC stint helped raise A-League’s profile and the former Juventus great is confident of making a similar impact as the face of the Indian Super League (ISL), which kicks off next month.

After 19 trophy-laden years at Juventus and the Australia sojourn, Del Piero landed in New Delhi on Thursday, making an unlikely stop on an illustrious career as a ‘marquee’ player of ISL’s Delhi franchise as well as the league’s brand ambassador.

Sep 19, 2014

Soccer-New league will lift Indian soccer, says Del Piero

NEW DELHI, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Alessandro Del Piero’s two-year Sydney FC stint helped raise A-League’s profile and the former Juventus great is confident of making a similar impact as the face of the Indian Super League (ISL), which kicks off next month.

After 19 trophy-laden years at Juventus and the Australia sojourn, Del Piero landed in New Delhi on Thursday, making an unlikely stop on an illustrious career as a ‘marquee’ player of ISL’s Delhi franchise as well as the league’s brand ambassador.

Sep 19, 2014

‘Locksmith’ Dutt hones bag of tricks for Asiad gold

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Touching feet is the traditional Indian way of showing respect to someone but, as his numerous opponents would vouch, if it’s on the wrestling mat and the outstretched arms belong to Yogeshwar Dutt, it normally means danger.

The 31-year-old is one of the Indian freestyle wrestlers who have challenged the sport’s popular image of being a mindless exhibition of brute force.

Sep 19, 2014

Games-’Locksmith’ Dutt hones bag of tricks for Asiad gold

NEW DELHI, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Touching feet is the traditional Indian way of showing respect to someone but, as his numerous opponents would vouch, if it’s on the wrestling mat and the outstretched arms belong to Yogeshwar Dutt, it normally means danger.

The 31-year-old is one of the Indian freestyle wrestlers who have challenged the sport’s popular image of being a mindless exhibition of brute force.

Sep 10, 2014

Leander Paes, Sania Mirza skip Asian Games to revive rankings

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India will field a second-string tennis contingent in this month’s Asian Games after allowing frontline players, including Leander Paes and Sania Mirza, to play on the professional tours instead to revive their rankings.

India’s top singles player Somdev Devvarman has already announced he will not defend the singles and men’s doubles gold medals he won four years ago in Guangzhou, China, citing the same reason.

Sep 10, 2014

Games-India’s Paes, Mirza skip Asian Games to revive rankings

NEW DELHI, Sept 10 (Reuters) – India will field a second-string tennis contingent in this month’s Asian Games after allowing frontline players, including Leander Paes and Sania Mirza, to play on the professional tours instead to revive their rankings.

India’s top singles player Somdev Devvarman has already announced he will not defend the singles and men’s doubles gold medals he won four years ago in Guangzhou, China, citing the same reason.

Sep 9, 2014

Wait over, Indian footballers named in pruned contingent

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian national team footballers heaved a sigh of relief after the sports ministry cleared their Asian Games participation while slashing the proposed size of the contingent by over a quarter on Tuesday.

Size of the contingent for any multi-sport event is always a vexed issue in the country and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) proposed a 942-strong contingent for the Sept. 19-Oct. 4 Games in Incheon, South Korea even though sports ministry officials felt only the medal hopefuls should travel.