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From badminton to cricket, Sandip Sikdar writes on many sporting disciplines. He has the experience of working in digital, news agency as well as print organisations. Motorsport remains his first love.

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F1's ‘silly season’ is already in full swing

The F1 summer break is often when future decisions are made - but this time, the buzz has already reached crazy proportions.

Aston Martin's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso competes during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne on March 24, 2024.(AFP)
Published on Apr 02, 2024 09:42 PM IST

Formula 1 owner Liberty Media announces acquisition of MotoGP

Liberty will acquire 86% of MotoGP from Spanish company Dorna in a deal valued at 4.2 billion euros.

General view at the start of the race (REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 01, 2024 10:39 PM IST

Hockey India League to resume after eight years

HIL will also have a women's league. Hardik Singh and Salima Tete were awarded the best male and female player accolade for 2023 at the awards function

Representative image(Getty Images)
Published on Mar 31, 2024 10:31 PM IST

Lakshya Sen interview: 'Padukone and Vimal have made a big difference'

The 22-year-old has staged a solid turnaround in recent times to all but assure himself of a berth at Paris 2024.

India's Lakshya Sen plays a shot during the men's singles semi-final match against Indonesia's Jonatan Christie (AP)
Updated on Mar 29, 2024 06:24 AM IST

Abishek Porel delivers as impact sub for Delhi Capitals in IPL 2024

Having been drafted in as Rishabh Pant's replacement in 2023, the 21-year-old is keen to pick the Delhi skipper's brains this season

Delhi Capitals' Abhishek Porel bats during the Indian Premier League cricket tournament match between Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings in Mullanpur, Punjab, India, Saturday, March 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Pankaj Nangia)(AP)
Published on Mar 23, 2024 08:04 PM IST

Ahead of Paris, Marin shows she is a force to be reckoned with

The last five years have been tough for the Spaniard but the All England triumph showed the tide may finally be turning

Carolina Marin celebrates on the podium.(AFP)
Updated on Mar 18, 2024 11:13 PM IST
By, New Delhi

All England badminton: Lakshya goes down fighting in semis

The Indian, the 2022 finalist, lost to Indonesia's Jonatan Christie in three games in Birmingham on Saturday

India's Lakshya Sen in action.(AP)
Published on Mar 16, 2024 11:50 PM IST
By, New Delhi

All England Open: 'Tired' Rankireddy-Shetty lose in second round

The top seeds went down 16-21, 15-21 in 41 minutes to Indonesians Muhammad Shohibul Fikri and Maulana Bagas.

India's Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy(PTI)
Published on Mar 15, 2024 11:11 PM IST

Shamsher Singh hopes to make his mark in Paris too

A surprise pick in Tokyo, the attacking midfielder is now an accomplished player whose adaptability is key for India

Shamsher Singh
Published on Mar 15, 2024 09:17 PM IST

All England: Driven by 'persistence and resilience', Lakshya Sen beats Antonsen

The 22-year-old earned his biggest win in several months as he beat world No.3 Anders Antonsen to reach the men’s singles quarter-finals of the All England Open

India's Lakshya Sen(PTI)
Published on Mar 14, 2024 11:43 PM IST

'Don’t have to hit sixes every ball to have an SR of 180': Laura Wolvaardt

The Gujarat Giants didn't have a great WPL but when they did win, the South African opener did her part.

Gujarat Giants batter Laura Wolvaardt(PTI)
Published on Mar 14, 2024 09:06 PM IST

All England badminton: Lakshya Sen in second round

He runs into world No.3 Anders Antonsen in the next round of the BWF Super 1000 tournament being held in Birmingham

India's Lakshya Sen(AFP)
Published on Mar 13, 2024 11:25 PM IST

All England: Axelsen extends domination over one-time rival Srikanth

Both players announced their arrival on the world stage in 2017 but while the Dane has become stronger, the Indian is struggling big time

Viktor Axelsen registered dominant win over Kidambi Srikanth.
Updated on Mar 13, 2024 12:32 AM IST

WPL 2024: Deepti Sharma knock in vain as Gujarat Giants beat UP Warriorz

Beth Mooney's unbeaten 74 helps GG to a challenging total and Warriorz lose by 8 runs despite Deepti Sharma's 60-ball 88*.

Gujarat Giants beat UP Warriorz by 8 runs on Monday.
Published on Mar 11, 2024 11:36 PM IST

French Open champions Satwik-Chirag target All England success

At a tournament which holds a special place for Indian badminton, the world No.1 pair will bid to end a 23-year wait.

India's Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy in action (PTI)
Published on Mar 11, 2024 10:58 PM IST

With the right package, 2024 could be Kush Maini's year

The 23-year-old knows this could be a make-or-break season for him and so far, he has made all the right decisions.

Kush Maini clinches second place finish in F2 Saudi Arabia GP
Published on Mar 11, 2024 10:57 PM IST

WPL: Mumbai cruise to 42-run win against UP

A fighting performance by MI saw them get their fourth win in six matches

New Delhi: Mumbai Indians' bowler Saika Ishaque celebrates with teammates the wicket of UP Warriorz's Grace Harris during the Women's Premier League (WPL) 2024 cricket match between Mumbai Indians and UP Warriorz(PTI)
Published on Mar 07, 2024 11:21 PM IST

Gujarat Giants secure season's first win in WPL 2024

Openers Mooney and Wolvaardt put together a stand of 140 runs to beat RCB out of the game.

Beth Mooney during the Women's Premier League (WPL) 2024 cricket match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Gujarat Giants(PTI)
Updated on Mar 07, 2024 06:21 AM IST

Where does the India women's hockey team go from here?

Not qualifying for the Olympics was a huge blow and it is important that the team sets new goals quickly.

Indian women's hockey team fails to qualify for Paris Olympics.
Updated on Mar 05, 2024 06:28 AM IST

WPL: Sophie Ecclestone spins web, Grace Harris takes UP Warriorz to victory

Chasing 143, the Warriorz reached the target with 4.2 overs to spare and handed Gujarat Giants another defeat

UP Warriorz' Grace Harris plays a shot during a WPL 2024 match vs Gujarat Giants(PTI)
Updated on Mar 01, 2024 11:28 PM IST

Delhi Capitals climb to top of standings with win over RCB in high-scoring tie

Quickfire knocks by Shafali Verma and Alice Capsey set the platform for what proved to be a comfortable win over Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Delhi Capitals' Alice Capsey and Shafali Verma run between the wickets (PTI)
Updated on Mar 01, 2024 12:46 AM IST
By, New Delhi

It has become too difficult now: Hockey India’s long-serving CEO Norman resigns

During Norman’s time, the Indian team clinched an Olympic medal, a bronze, to end a 41-year long wait while the women finished an unprecedented fourth.

Elena Norman resigned as CEO of Hockey India after nearly 13-year tenure(PTI)
Published on Feb 27, 2024 10:01 PM IST

Asian team title boosts India ahead of Uber Cup challenge

Despite top teams resting their best, India's BATC triumph was commendable. The Uber Cup from April 28 to May 5 will be a tough test

Indian women team celebrates after winning the Badminton Asia Team Championships with a 3-2 victory over Thailand in Selangor(PTI)
Published on Feb 26, 2024 10:30 PM IST

No Paris berth, tactical shortcomings marred Shopman's term

The Dutch woman who quit as Indian women's hockey coach is seen as not building a bench or work more on indirect penalty corners

Jenneke Schopman during a press conference.(Somnath Sen)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 08:57 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Like Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu, Anmol Kharb has had an early impact

India chief coach Gopichand believes the 17-year-old has the energy and fearlessness to pull off the big wins

India's Anmol Kharb (C) celebrates after winning against Thailand's Pornpicha Choeikeewong in their women's singles final match at the 2024 Badminton Asia Team Championships in Shah Alam, Selangor(AFP)
Published on Feb 19, 2024 10:58 PM IST
By, New Delhi

India women clinch Badminton Asia Team Championships title

Teenager Anmol Kharb once again stepped up to win the decider as India subdued Thailand 3-2 in the final in Malaysia.

Team India celebrates the Badminton Asia Team Championships title(AFP)
Updated on Feb 18, 2024 10:43 PM IST

Badminton Asia Team C'ships: Young guns steer India into final

India beat Japan 3-2 in the semis, set up title clash against Thailand on Sunday.

India rode on the shoulders of Ashmita Chaliha, Anmol Kharb and the doubles combine of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand
Updated on Feb 17, 2024 11:33 PM IST

Last season was the most viewed NBA season in India: Mark Tatum

NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum said the 2022-23 garnered over 100 million unique viewers in India across linear, social media and digital media platforms.

NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum said the 2022-23 garnered over 100 million unique viewers in India
Published on Feb 15, 2024 11:41 PM IST

Gaurav Gill to return to World Rally Championship-2 this year

The 42-year-old plans to take part in at least ‘five to six’ rallies, starting with the Safari Rally in Kenya from March 28-31

A file photo of Gaurav Gill.(HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 14, 2024 09:06 PM IST
By, New Delhi

PR Sreejesh: Vintage and winning it

The Tokyo Olympics bronze would have been enough for most, but India's hockey goalkeeper is still going strong at 35 with Paris ahead

“Goalkeepers age like fine wine, they get better with age,” is Sreejesh’s response every time he is asked about his seniority in the team.(Getty Images)
Published on Feb 12, 2024 11:04 PM IST
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