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Nov 4, 2015

Sunil Chhetri asks for patience after poor soccer campaign

MUMBAI (Reuters) – India captain Sunil Chhetri has urged fans to be patient with the team and coach Stephen Constantine after the national team’s yet another shambolic qualification campaign for the 2018 soccer World Cup.

Long dubbed a ‘sleeping giant’ of world football by FIFA, India have lost all five of their pool matches in Group D so far in the second stage of the Road to Russia 2018.

Nov 4, 2015

Soccer-India’s Chhetri asks for patience after poor campaign

MUMBAI, Nov 4 (Reuters) – India captain Sunil Chhetri has urged fans to be patient with the team and coach Stephen Constantine after the national team’s yet another shambolic qualification campaign for the 2018 soccer World Cup.

Long dubbed a ‘sleeping giant’ of world football by FIFA, India have lost all five of their pool matches in Group D so far in the second stage of the Road to Russia 2018.

Oct 9, 2015

India’s number six conundrum continues ahead of T20 World Cup

MUMBAI (Reuters) – With five months to go before next year’s World Twenty20 at home, former champions India’s search for an enforcer in the lower middle order shows no sign of ending anytime soon.

India mostly play one-off matches in the shortest format of the game and are ranked sixth in the world, just behind South Africa who won the first two games of a three-match series with the final Twenty20 abandoned due to a wet outfield in Kolkata.

Oct 9, 2015

Cricket-India’s number six conundrum continues ahead of T20 World Cup

MUMBAI, Oct 9 (Reuters) – With five months to go before next year’s World Twenty20 at home, former champions India’s search for an enforcer in the lower middle order shows no sign of ending anytime soon.

India mostly play one-off matches in the shortest format of the game and are ranked sixth in the world, just behind South Africa who won the first two games of a three-match series with the final Twenty20 abandoned due to a wet outfield in Kolkata.

Oct 8, 2015

New league will help find India’s singles talent: Amritraj

MUMBAI (Reuters) – The franchise-based Champions Tennis League, which will begin its second season next month, will help end India’s search for quality singles players, its promoter and former Davis Cupper Vijay Amritraj said.

Cricket lords over all other sports in India and the country of 1.2 billion has no men or women singles player in the top 100 while its players are world beaters in doubles.

Oct 8, 2015

New tennis league will help find India’s singles talent – Amritraj

MUMBAI (Reuters) – The franchise-based Champions Tennis League, which will begin its second season next month, will help end India’s search for quality singles players, its promoter and former Davis Cupper Vijay Amritraj said.

Cricket lords over all other sports in India and the country of 1.2 billion has no men or women singles player in the top 100 while its players are world beaters in doubles.

Oct 7, 2015

ESPN joins hands with India’s MSM to launch channels

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Sports fans in the Indian subcontinent will be spoilt for choice after Indian Premier League (IPL) rights holder Multi Screen Media (MSM) and sports broadcaster ESPN announced plans on Wednesday to launch new channels and foray into digital market.

ESPN, a Walt Disney unit, exited India in 2012 after a split with Rupert Murdoch-owned Star TV, which owns the rights to cricket-crazy India’s home international matches and domestic tournaments, excluding the annual IPL Twenty20 competition.

Oct 7, 2015

Sports-ESPN joins hands with India’s MSM to launch channels

MUMBAI, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Sports fans in the Indian subcontinent will be spoilt for choice after Indian Premier League (IPL) rights holder Multi Screen Media (MSM) and sports broadcaster ESPN announced plans on Wednesday to launch new channels and foray into digital market.

ESPN, a Walt Disney unit, exited India in 2012 after a split with Rupert Murdoch-owned Star TV, which owns the rights to cricket-crazy India’s home international matches and domestic tournaments, excluding the annual IPL Twenty20 competition.

Aug 19, 2015

Golf-Asia’s best closing in on next level, says Hend

MUMBAI, Aug 19 (Reuters) – Anirban Lahiri’s impressive showing at the PGA Championship represents solid evidence that Asia could soon be celebrating another major winner, Australian professional Scott Hend said on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old has won twice on the European Tour this season and recorded India’s best ever result at a major by finishing tied fifth at Whistling Straits on Sunday, seven shots adrift of winner Jason Day of Australia.

Jul 23, 2015

Disappointed Lahiri believes Asia on brink of major success

MUMBAI (Reuters) – India’s Anirban Lahiri believes a lack of experience cost him dearly in the last two rounds of the British Open but the Asian Tour money leader is confident the region will soon be celebrating another male major winner.

Lahiri was in contention after an impressive 36 holes at St Andrews but the 28-year-old suffered two back-nine meltdowns over the weekend to finish six-under for the tournament and tied for 30th, nine strokes behind champion Zach Johnson.