Sonowal pays tribute to Major Dhyan Chand at National Stadium

ANI New Delhi, Aug. 29 (ANI): Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal paid homage to hockey icon and legend Major Dhyan Chand on his 110th birth anniversary here on Saturday. Sonowal offered floral tribute before the statue of Major Dhyan Chand at National Stadium. Tennis player Sania Mirza was also present on the occasion.

  • Tennis: US Open men's draw AFP - 1 hour 25 minutes ago

    Men's draw for the US Open, the year's final Grand Slam tournament that begins Monday on the Flushing Meadows hardcourts (x denotes seed):

  • Tennis: US Open women's draw AFP - 1 hour 26 minutes ago

    Women's draw for the US Open, the year's final Grand Slam tournament that begins Monday on the Flushing Meadows hardcourts (x denotes seed):

  • Tennis: Serena, Djokovic, Nadal start … AFP - 1 hour 38 minutes ago

    World number ones Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic will launch their bids for the US Open title on Monday's first day of competition, tournament organizers announced Friday. Williams, coming off her fourth consecutive major title last month at Wimbledon, seeks her 22nd career Grand Slam singles title, which would match Graf for the all-time Open Era record and move her two shy of Margaret Court's all-time record of 24. Djokovic, seeking his second US Open crown, will face Brazil's Joao Souza in his opener on Monday while his possible quarter-final opponent, Spanish star Rafael Nadal, begins Monday against Croatia's Borna Coric.

  • French qualifier Herbert maintains marathon … Reuters - 1 hour 48 minutes ago
    French qualifier Herbert maintains marathon …

    Marathon man Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France delivered another Houdini-like escape to reach his first ATP World Tour final with a 3-6 7-6(5) 6-2 victory over American Steve Johnson at the Winston-Salem Open in North Carolina on Friday. The French qualifier will meet second-seed Kevin Anderson in the final, after the South African outlasted Tunisian Malek Jaziri 6-4 6-3 in the other semi-final. Herbert, playing his eighth match in seven days, came from a set down against the 13th-seeded Johnson and shrugged off an early break in the second to win a roller-coaster contest in one hour, 40 minutes.

  • Tennis: Anderson into Winston-Salem … AFP - 3 hours ago

    South Africa's Kevin Anderson booked his place in the final of the Winston-Salem Open here on Friday, defeating unseeded Tunisian Malek Jaziri in straight sets. Anderson, the world number 15, has not won a singles title on the ATP Tour since victory at Delray Beach in 2012. Earlier Friday, French qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert accounted for American 13th seed Steve Johnson to book his place in the final.

  • President Mukherjee to present National … ANI - 4 hours ago

    New Delhi, Aug.29 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee will present the National Sports Awards for 2014-15 at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here on Saturday. Tennis star Sania Mirza, who won the women's doubles title at Wimbledon in the UK recently, will be conferred with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award. Currently, ranked World No. 1 tennis doubles player in the women's category, Mirza on Friday expressed her happiness at receiving the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and dedicated it to her family and to India.

  • Petra Kvitova Lucie Safarova advance … Associated Press - 4 hours ago
    Petra Kvitova  Lucie Safarova advance …

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Second-seeded Petra Kvitova beat third-seeded Caroline Wozniacki 7-5, 6-1 on Friday night to reach the Connecticut Open final for the fourth consecutive year.

  • Anderson, Herbert advance to Winston-Salem … Associated Press - 5 hours ago
    Anderson, Herbert advance to Winston-Salem …

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — French qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert advanced to the Winston-Salem Open final, beating 13th-seeded Steve Johnson of the U.S. 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 on Friday.

  • Tennis: Czech mates: compatriots to … AFP - 5 hours ago

    Second-seeded defending champion Petra Kvitova defeated four-time winner Caroline Wozniacki on Friday to set up an all-Czech final against Lucie Safarova at the WTA hardcourt tournament in New Haven.

  • MLSTA starts free tennis racquet library … The Indian Express Online Media Private Limited - 6 hours ago
    MLSTA starts free tennis racquet library …

    To help poor tribal kids learn the game, the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association (MSLTA) has started racquet libraries to ensure growth of players and scout for hidden talent. With a good racquet costing about Rs 20,000 rupees, many of these kids had no choice but to stay away from the game. Sundar Iyer, secretary, MSLTA, said the association was already providing tennis racquets in Jalna, Hingoli and Hinganghat’s tribal regions and would soon take it to other tribal and rural areas of Maharashtra.

  • French qualifier Herbert keeps marathon … Reuters - 7 hours ago
    French qualifier Herbert keeps marathon …

    (Reuters) - Marathon man Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France delivered another Houdini-like escape to reach his first ATP World Tour final with a 3-6 7-6(5) 6-2 victory over Steve Johnson at the Winston-Salem Open in North Carolina on Friday. Herbert, a doubles specialist who is ranked 140th in the singles, broke Johnson's serve twice in the third set and powered down 19 aces during the match to reach the final. "I'm taking every day step by step, point by point, and trying not to think," Herbert, who needed almost two hours to beat Spaniard Pablo Carreno-Busta 4-6 7-6(5) 6-2 in the quarters, told reporters.

  • Tennis: ATP Winston-Salem results AFP - 10 hours ago

    Results on Friday from the sixth day of the ATP hardcourt tournament at Winston-Salem (x-denotes seeded player):

  • Tennis: Safarova into New Haven fin … AFP - 12 hours ago

    Fourth seed Lucie Safarova advanced to the final of the Connecticut Open WTA event on Friday with a straight sets victory over Lesya Tsurenko of Ukraine.

  • Tennis: New Ashe roof structure looms … AFP - 12 hours ago

    Rainouts at Arthur Ashe Stadium will be history after this year's US Open, thanks to a new retractable roof whose 5,000-ton steel structure looms over the huge tennis venue. "For the 2015 US Open, the fans will see the entire fixed portion of the roof, nearly everything but the two retractable portions," said Daniel Zausner, chief operating officer of the National Tennis Center. Rain has struck time and again in recent years to spark the roof decision, along with other Grand Slam events spending the money for main-court coverings.

  • US Open fans get break from sun, but … Associated Press - 12 hours ago
    US Open fans get break from sun, but …

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Open spectators must wait out rain delays at Arthur Ashe Stadium for one more year. In the meantime, they're getting a break from Mother Nature in a very different way: shade from the blazing sun.

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