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Aryna Sabalenka triumphs over top-ranked Ash Barty to win Madrid Open

Aryna Sabalenka is glad she changed her mind about playing at the Madrid Open. Two weeks after nearly withdrawing from the tournament because of a muscle injury, Sabalenka was standing on center court with the winner’s trophy in her hands on Saturday. Sabalenka defeated top-ranked Ash Barty 6-0, 3-6, 6-4 for her 10th WTA title […]

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Dhanraj Pillay writes: ‘I tried to model my game around Kaushik sir’s’

– By Dhanraj Pillay The year was 1987. I was new to Bombay, as it was called back then, and one of the first places I visited was the hockey stadium next to Churchgate station. I can’t recall the teams that were playing, but I do remember one thing: until that moment, I had never […]

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Hockey loses two shining lights in one day, MK Kaushik and Ravindra Pal Singh

Saturday was a day to forget for the Class of 1980, the bunch that took India to the summit of world hockey at the Moscow Olympics – the last time the country enjoyed such success. Ravindra Pal Singh, 60, in the morning and Maharaj Krishan Kaushik, 66, in the evening succumbed to the Covid-19-related ailments […]

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Covid-19: Moscow Olympic gold medallist and former hockey coach MK Kaushik dead

Former India hockey player and coach M K Kaushik on Saturday died after battling COVID-19 for the past three weeks. He was 66 and survived by his son and wife. MK Kaushik, a member of the 1980 Moscow Olympics gold-medal winning Indian team, had tested positive for COVID-19 on April 17 and was admitted to […]

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Rohan Bopanna-Denis Shapovalov go down fighting in Madrid Open quarters

India’s Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov of Canada fought hard before losing in three sets to German duo of Alexander Zverev and Tim Puetz in the men’s doubles quarterfinals of the Madrid Open here. Bopanna and Shapovalov went down 6-4 3-6 10-5 against their German opponents to crash out of the ATP Masters 1000 tournament. […]

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Madrid Open loss a step backward ahead of French Open: Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal’s good run preparing for the French Open has suddenly hit a speed bump. Nadal’s quarterfinal loss to Alexander Zverev at the Madrid Open on Friday came as an unexpected setback in a week in which the king of clay said he was feeling good about his game. “Negative feelings because this was an […]

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Moscow Olympic gold medallist hockey player Ravinder Pal Singh succumbs to COVID

Former India hockey player and a member of the 1980 Moscow Olympics-winning side, Ravider Pal Singh, died on Saturday morning in Lucknow after battling COVID-19 for nearly two weeks. He was 65. Singh was admitted at the Vivekananda Hospital on April 24 after contracting the deadly virus. According to family sources, Singh had recovered from […]

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Olympic gold is ultimate goal for all of us, says hockey mid-fielder Rajkumar Pal

Young Indian hockey mid-fielder Rajkumar Pal says winning a gold medal at this year’s Olympics is the ultimate goal for the side and he and his teammates are working relentlessly towards ending the 41-year-old drought in the Tokyo Games. Erstwhile powerhouse of the game, India won last of their eight Olympic gold medals in the […]