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Sep 9, 2014

Games-This 12-toed Indian athlete knows where the shoe pinches

NEW DELHI, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Pursuing a largely unrewarding Olympic sport in a cricket-obsessed country requires adjustments but Indian heptathlete Swapna Barman has taken it to a new level – squeezing six toes in each shoe designed for five.

Born with six toes in each foot, the 18-year-old from a poor family in Jalpaiguri in the east Indian state of West Bengal has been forced to run, jump and throw wearing shoes that have affected more than aiding her performance.

Sep 8, 2014

Gun-toting Zen master Bindra seeks Asian glory

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – His impressive record notwithstanding, the uncertainties of modern sport leave Abhinav Bindra no guarantee of a first Asian Games gold in Incheon this month.

What can be assured is that the bespectacled 31-year-old will emerge from the Ongnyeon International Shooting Range having treated the twin imposters of triumph and disaster just the same.

Sep 8, 2014

India’s gun-toting Zen master Bindra seeks Asian glory

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – His impressive record notwithstanding, the uncertainties of modern sport leave Indian shooter Abhinav Bindra no guarantee of a first Asian Games gold in Incheon this month.

What can be assured is that the bespectacled 31-year-old will emerge from the Ongnyeon International Shooting Range having treated the twin imposters of triumph and disaster just the same.

Sep 8, 2014

Games-India’s gun-toting Zen master Bindra seeks Asian glory

NEW DELHI, Sept 8 (Reuters) – His impressive record notwithstanding, the uncertainties of modern sport leave Indian shooter Abhinav Bindra no guarantee of a first Asian Games gold in Incheon this month.

What can be assured is that the bespectacled 31-year-old will emerge from the Ongnyeon International Shooting Range having treated the twin imposters of triumph and disaster just the same.

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.