Olympic champ Rollins banned for one year by USADA

Los Angeles: Reigning Olympic 100m hurdles champion Brianna Rollins has been handed a one-year suspension for failing to properly file whereabouts information for out-of-competition testing, the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said Thursday. Her punishment includes loss of all results retroactive to 27 September 2016, the date of her last missed whereabouts report, but doesn’t affect the Rio gold won by Rollins. The ban would keep her out of this year’s

NLC felicitates chess player

Neyveli: L Jyothsana, who won a silver medal in the Asian Youth Chess Championship in Tashkent recently, was felicitated by the NLC India Limited management, her sponsor. The expenses of Jyothsana, a seventh standard student of St. Joseph of Cluny Matriculation Higher Secondary School here, to participate in the tournament were borne by NLC. NLC India Chairman and Managing Director Dr Sarat Kumar Acharya, Director-HR R Vikraman and Chief General Manager Sports & CSR R Mohan

Aditi Ashok, SSP Chawrasia win Golf Industry Awards

Gurugram: SSP Chawrasia and Aditi Ashok were among the winners at the second Golf Industry Association (GIA) Awards here. Aditi, who finished second in the Ladies European Tour (LET) order of merit last year with the help of two victories, expectedly bagged Outstanding Achievement as a Player award. Chawrasia, who successfully defended his Indian Open title earlier this year and had two victories of on tour last year, bagged the Award for the Men’s Player of the

Barca can turn Euro pain to Clasico gain: Enrique

Barcelona: Barcelona boss Luis Enrique insists his final season in charge can still end in glory despite bowing out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage to Juventus. Juventus held onto their 3-0 first leg lead to progress to the last four by blunting Barca’s star-studded attack in a 0-0 draw yesterday. Neymar left the field in tears, but around the Camp Nou there was appreciation for Barca’s valiant effort

Serena Williams expecting baby this year

Los Angeles: Serena Williams is expecting a baby this year her spokesperson confirmed, hours after the tennis great hinted at the news in a Snapchat post. “I’m happy to confirm Serena is expecting a baby this Fall,” Los Angeles based publicist Kelly Bush Novak said in a statement yesterday. While Williams won’t play again this year, “She looks forward to returning in 2018,” Bush Novak said. Williams’ Snapchat post, quickly highlighted

‘Thanga Magan’ Mariyappan felicitated

Chennai: Paralympian Mariyappan Thangavelu, who clinched gold in the 2016 Summer Paralympics at Rio, was felicitated by the Tamilnadu Para Sports Association at a function here on Wednesday evening. In his brief speech, Thangavelu, who was awarded Padma Shri President Pranab Mukherjee recently, hoped that his win will inspire other physically-challenged persons to take up sports. Speaking on the occasion, President of Tamilnadu Athletic Association, W I Devaram, said that

Rohan Bopanna-Pablo Cuevas pair advances

Monaco: Rohan Bopanna and Pablo Cuevas recorded their first win together at the Masters level when they downed Marcin Matkowski and Alexander Peya in the opening round of the MonteCarlo Rolex Master, here. The unseeded Ind-Uruguay pair fought past the rivals 6-3, 6-7(7), 10-2 in an hour and 27 minutes. They had played in two Masters series event — Indian Wells and Miami — and lost in the first rounds

Velammal students win silver medals

Chennai: Two students of Velammal Vidyalaya, Ayanampakkam broght laurels to the school by winning silver medals in the Asian Youth Chess championships held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan recently. The young chess wizards, Savitha Sri of Class V won the silver medal in U-10 girls category, while Rakshitha Ravi of Class VI bagged silver medal in U-12 girls category in Asian Youth Chess championship held between 31 March 2017 and 10 April 2017.

Anand finishes third in Korchnoi Chess challenge

Chennai: Former world chess champion Viswanathan Anand of India finished third overall, with a score of 13.5 points from a possible 21 in the Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge, which concluded on Monday. American Hikaru Nakamura, with 15 points, emerged the overall winner, claiming 4.5 points in the blitz section. He won the Blitz tournament, and was half a point ahead of Anand. Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi took the second place (overall) with

SGM for getting best revenue cycle from ICC

New Delhi: The deliberations at the BCCI’s Special General Meeting (SGM) revovled around the topic of getting the best deal on the financial model count for the 2016-23 revenue cycle from the ICC. The BCCI’s Special General Meeting (SGM) took place in New Delhi on Tuesday. The SGM was unrepresented by TNCA while a handful of disqualified administrators attended the meeting. It may be recalled that the Supreme Court on Monday

BCCI puts Sreesanth on compulsory wait

New Delhi: Tainted pacer S Sreesanth’s plea for a review of his life ban has been ‘summarily rejected’ by the BCCI, hich says it will not compromise on its zero tolerance policy towards corruption. The BCCI has informed Sreesanth of its decision in a letter. The letter was sent by BCCI CEO Rahul Johri after the cricketer wrote to the COA appealing for revocation of his ban in the 2013 spot-fixing