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Jul 29, 2014

Critics claim fading stars unlikely to shine on in India

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Robert Pires and Joan Capdevila will add a modicum of star quality to India’s new franchise-based soccer league but critics believe the presence of such European veterans is unlikely to help develop the sport in the country.

Pires became the latest big overseas name to sign up for the tournament on Monday when the former France international joined ex-Arsenal team mate Freddie Ljungberg in the eight-team Indian Super League (ISL) scheduled from Oct. 12 to Dec. 20.

Jul 29, 2014

Soccer-Critics claim fading stars unlikely to shine on in India

NEW DELHI, July 29 (Reuters) – Robert Pires and Joan Capdevila will add a modicum of star quality to India’s new franchise-based soccer league but critics believe the presence of such European veterans is unlikely to help develop the sport in the country.

Pires became the latest big overseas name to sign up for the tournament on Monday when the former France international joined ex-Arsenal team mate Freddie Ljungberg in the eight-team Indian Super League (ISL) scheduled from Oct. 12 to Dec. 20.

Jul 22, 2014

Cook has nowhere left to hide following Dhoni schooling

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – England skipper Alastair Cook is running out of time, excuses and places to hide after Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s India became the latest side to expose his weaknesses with a thumping victory at Lord’s to open a 1-0 lead in their five-match series.

His bright start to life as England captain at the end of 2012 now appears like a dim and distant memory as Dhoni carried on a trend started by Australia’s Michael Clarke before handing the baton on to Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews.

Jul 22, 2014

Cricket-Cook has nowhere left to hide following Dhoni schooling

NEW DELHI, July 22 (Reuters) – England skipper Alastair Cook is running out of time, excuses and places to hide after Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s India became the latest side to expose his weaknesses with a thumping victory at Lord’s to open a 1-0 lead in their five-match series.

His bright start to life as England captain at the end of 2012 now appears like a dim and distant memory as Dhoni carried on a trend started by Australia’s Michael Clarke before handing the baton on to Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews.

Jul 21, 2014

Cricket-South Africa clean up with Steyn removals in Galle

July 21 (Reuters) – In terms of cricket venues around the world, the narrative of any test match played on the dustbowl pitch at Galle tends to follow the line that spin is king and pace bowlers will struggle to impose themselves.

However, in the first test against Sri Lanka, South African wrecking ball Dale Steyn tore up the script.

Jul 3, 2014

Deadline extended, India scramble for 2019 Asian bid

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has extended its July 1 deadline by “a couple of days” to allow India submit a late bid for the 2019 Asian Games after original host Hanoi backed out from staging the event.

Hanoi was awarded the Games in November 2012, ahead of the Indonesian city of Surabaya, but the Vietnamese capital stood down as hosts in April, fearing the multi-sport event would not be financially viable.

Jul 3, 2014

Games-Deadline extended, India scramble for 2019 Asian bid

NEW DELHI, July 3 (Reuters) – The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has extended its July 1 deadline by “a couple of days” to allow India submit a late bid for the 2019 Asian Games after original host Hanoi backed out from staging the event.

Hanoi was awarded the Games in November 2012, ahead of the Indonesian city of Surabaya, but the Vietnamese capital stood down as hosts in April, fearing the multi-sport event would not be financially viable.

Jun 16, 2014

India mulls late bid for 2019 Asian Games

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) is racing against the clock to line up a potential 2019 Asian Games bid after original host Vietnam backed out of holding the event, citing financial reasons.

Hanoi was awarded the Games in November 2012, ahead of the Indonesian city of Surabaya, but the Vietnamese capital stood down as hosts in April, fearing the multi-sport event would not be financially viable.

Jun 16, 2014

Games-India mulls late bid for 2019 Asian Games

NEW DELHI, June 16 (Reuters) – The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) is racing against the clock to line up a potential 2019 Asian Games bid after original host Vietnam backed out of holding the event, citing financial reasons.

Hanoi was awarded the Games in November 2012, ahead of the Indonesian city of Surabaya, but the Vietnamese capital stood down as hosts in April, fearing the multi-sport event would not be financially viable.

May 25, 2014

Japan down Malaysia to claim maiden Thomas Cup title

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Takuma Ueda prevailed in a thrilling decider as Japan claimed their maiden Thomas Cup title by edging out five-times champions Malaysia 3-2 in a pulsating final of the men’s team event on Sunday.

World number one Lee Chong-Wei salvaged personal pride by beating Kenichi Tago 21-12 21-16 in the first singles but the contest eventually boiled down to the fifth match and Ueda held his nerve to help Japan taste success in their maiden final appearance at the biennial tournament.