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Arjuna Awards selection committee was biased against hockey players: Hockey India
Arjuna Awards selection committee was biased against hockey players: Hockey India

Narinder Batra  New Delhi, Aug 13 (IANS) Hockey India (HI) blasted the Kapil Dev-led Arjuna Awards selection committee after none of the seven players it had recommended were chosen for the prestigious award. The seven players were Joydeep Kaur and Ritu Rani from the women's team and Dharamvir Singh, V.R. Raghunath, Tushar Khandker, Bharat Chetri and Shivendra Singh from men's hockey. HI secretary general Narinder Batra wo

Aug 14 2014
HIL: Punjab Warriors finally win against Delhi Waveriders
HIL: Punjab Warriors finally win against Delhi Waveriders

New Delhi, Jan 31 (IANS) Punjab Warriors defeated Delhi Waveriders 3-1 in the Hockey India League (HIL) after a pulsating battle at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here Friday. Punjab scored through Sandeep Singh (8th minute), Satbir Singh (64th) and Shivendra Singh (66th) while Rupinder Pal Singh (65th) struck for Delhi. The victory was a sweet one for Punjab, who had not beaten Delhi so far in the two editions of HIL. Punjab had lost the

Jan 31 2014
HIL 2014: Jaypee Punjab Warriors preview
HIL 2014: Jaypee Punjab Warriors preview

After having a poor season in the inaugural edition of Hero Hockey India League, Jaypee Punjab Warriors would like to set the record straight in the second season of HIL. In the inaugural season of the tournament, Punjab Warriors won just 4 of their 14 games with a win percentage of 28.57%. For season two of the tournament, Punjab Warriors have brought in four new faces and traded for top goal scorer Sandeep Singh from the Mumbai Magicians to st

Jan 21 2014
48th Mumbai Gold Cup: Shivendra’s sizzling hat-trick powers Air India into semifinals
48th Mumbai Gold Cup: Shivendra’s sizzling hat-trick powers Air India into semifinals

FILE PHOTO: Shivendra Singh’s hat-trick was the star performance of the day Out-of-favour Indian striker Shivendra Singh did the star turn for formidable Air India, scoring a fabulous hat-trick to facilitate a confident 3-1 victory over Surjit Singh Memorial hockey champions in the 48th Edition of the Bombay Gold Cup hockey tournament being played at the Mahindra Stadium in Mumbai. The diminutive forward first struck close to the half-tim

Oct 26 2013
48th Mumbai Gold Cup Hockey: Shivendra shines as Air India swamp Indian Navy 6-1
48th Mumbai Gold Cup Hockey: Shivendra shines as Air India swamp Indian Navy 6-1

Shivendra Singh (File Photo) The last time the prestigious Mumbai Gold Cup hockey tournament was held four years back in 2009, Air India had to settle for a runners-up finish, losing to Army XI by a solitary goal scored by former Indian fullback Dhananjay Mahadik in the dying moments. The airmen will be more than determined to correct that in the 48th edition of the tournament – the event is being revived after a hiatus of four years. And the

Indian players always play under extra pressure - Jose Brasa, former Indian hockey coach
Indian players always play under extra pressure - Jose Brasa, former Indian hockey coach

Jose Brasa soared in popularity during his stint as Indian men’s hockey team coach.The Spaniard is even today talked about glowingly by many Indian players (those in the current side as well as those outside). The manner in which he took over from Joaquim Carvalho and lifted the side’s fortunes despite all the official odds stacked against him, drew copious praise from many quarters. The 62-year-old shepherded the national side to a commenda

Oct 3 2013
Hockey: Sandeep, Shivendra dropped from Asia Cup probables
Hockey: Sandeep, Shivendra dropped from Asia Cup probables

File Photo India’s hockey selectors have dropped senior players Sandip Singh and Shivendra Singh from the 48 core probables for the Asia Cup to be held in Ipoh, Malaysia, from Aug 24 to Sep 1. The two seniors were dropped after India finished a disppointing sixth in the World League and failed to qualify for the World Cup. Their only chance to qualify for the next year’s World Cup, to be held in The Hague, the Netherlands, from May

Jul 2 2013
Hockey World League: India rally to crush France 6-2, to face Spain in 5th place play-off match
Hockey World League: India rally to crush France 6-2, to face Spain in 5th place play-off match

The morale of the Indian men’s hockey team may have taken a knock after their 1-5 thrashing at the hands of World Champions Australia in their previous game. After all, it’s never easy for any team to pick up the pieces and straightaway come out all guns blazing. The Michael Nobbs-coached Indians needed to take the heavy defeat in their stride and come out the hard away – and they precisely did that, putting it across France 5-1 to seal a

Jun 21 2013
Interview: National recall was unexpected, says India’s centre-forward Shivendra Singh
Interview: National recall was unexpected, says India’s centre-forward Shivendra Singh

Shivendra Singh: File Photo A pall of disappointment descended on Shivendra Singh’s playing career when the national hockey selectors wielded the axe on him after India’s calamitous 2012 London Olympics campaign (the men in blue returned with a wooden spoon). The inaugural Hockey India League gave him an opportunity to make a case for a national recall, but he suffered an ankle injury during the league, which subsequently forced him out of

Jun 2 2013
Sandeep, Shivendra recalled to Indian hockey team for Hockey World League semifinals
Sandeep, Shivendra recalled to Indian hockey team for Hockey World League semifinals

FILE PHOTO: Drag-flicker Sandeep Singh has made a return to the side after 2012 Olympics Midfielder Sardar Singh will captain the Indian senior men’s hockey team in the upcoming FIH Hockey World League Round 3 (semifinals) at Rotterdam, The Netherlands from 13-23 June 2013. Drag-flicker Vokkaliga Raghunath will be Sardar’s deputy. It may be mentioned here that both Sardar and Raghunath donned the same roles in the 34th Champions Tro

May 29 2013
Hockey India League - Team performances so far
Hockey India League - Team performances so far

Eight days and ten matches down the line, it is evident that the ongoing Hockey India League has neither set the stands on fire nor made a resounding impact at the broader level, despite having some of the best international players, coaches and all India players on board. Whether it will reach the heights of popularity scaled by the postponed World Series Hockey remains to be seen. But if the 10-goal humdinger between Mumbai Magicians and table

Jan 23 2013
Players to look out for: Punjab Warriors vs Ranchi Rhinos
Players to look out for: Punjab Warriors vs Ranchi Rhinos

Venue : Surjit Hockey Stadium, Jalandhar (Capacity – 7000) Broadcaster: Star Sports (Hindi Commentary), Star Cricket (English Commentary) Date: 16 January  2013 Time : 6:00 PM (IST) The inaugural Hockey India League is a step made in the forward direction by Hockey India to provide a platform to budding talents after India’s dismal performance at London Olympics. The second game of this Hockey India League will be played between Punjab

Jan 13 2013
Jaypee Punjab Warriors commits to uplift Punjab hockey
Jaypee Punjab Warriors commits to uplift Punjab hockey

Jalandhar – The Jaypee Group, a Rs 20,000 crore infrastructural conglomerate which has bought Jaypee Punjab Warriors team to participate in the Hockey India League, today emphasized that the group has bought the Punjab based team to give local youngsters an opportunity to train and play with the best of national and international players. “It will also be an opportunity for the youngsters to showcase their talent at an international lev

Jan 8 2013
Jaypee Punjab Warriors train in Jalandhar
Jaypee Punjab Warriors train in Jalandhar

January 7, 2013: Jaypee Punjab Warriors kicked off their preparations for the upcoming Hockey India league in Jalandhar’s Surjeet Singh hockey stadium today with team training for over 3 hours. Despite extreme cold conditions, the boys were seen practising in the team’s jersey and shorts under the expert guidance of team’s Head Coach Barry Dancer, former coach of Australia’s national men’s team, Jagbir Singh, former Indian captain and

Jan 7 2013
"I'm not under pressure to perform" - Shivendra Singh Interview

Hockey fans across the country can look forward to a dose of riveting action as the inaugural Hockey India League (HIL) commences on January 14. And one man who would be looking to make a big impression in the much-hyped league and stage a comeback to the national team is Indian centre-forward Shivendra Singh. The 29-year-old experienced striker, who was axed from the Indian team after the country’s hugely disappointing London Olympics campaig

Jan 5 2013
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