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  • Akhilesh admits talks are on for alliance with the Congress; announcement soon
  • Majithia would be in jail by April 15; note the date, says Kejriwal in Chandigarh
  • Punjab BJP leader Vijay Sampla likely to meet party chief Amit Shah today.
  • BJP has no presence in Punjab, it only plays second fiddle to Akali Dal: Navjot Kaur Sidhu


AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2017

Serena swats doubts, Bencic aside to reach second round

17 Jan 2017 | 9:48 AM

MELBOURNE: Serena Williams launched her bid for a 23rd grand slam title with a 6-4 6-3 win over Belinda Bencic at the Australian Open on Tuesday, swatting aside doubts over her fitness and motivation on a sweltering day at Melbourne Par

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Melbourne, January 17

Serena Williams launched her bid for a 23rd grand slam title with a 6-4 6-3 win over Belinda Bencic at the Australian Open on Tuesday, swatting aside doubts over her fitness and motivation on a sweltering day at Melbourne Park.

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The 35-year-old American came into the tie with two matches under her belt since the U.S. Open last September but moved superbly under a hot sun at Rod Laver Arena to rout the Swiss talent in 79 minutes.

Kept honest for most of the first set, Williams ramped up the pressure at 4-4 to win seven straight games before Bencic stalled her victory charge with a late rally.

Williams wobbled with a double-fault on match point but smashed a volley on her second to close it out and set up a second round clash against Czech Lucie Safarova.

—Reuters

Serena swats doubts, Bencic aside to reach second roundSerena Williams of the US reacts during her Women''s singles first round match against Switzerland''s Belinda Bencic. —Reuters
Virat show getting bigger & better

Virat show getting bigger & better

17 Jan 2017 | 2:37 AM

CHANDIGARH:Virat Kohli doesn’t hit the ball in the air unless he feels there’s no other option, so the first six he hit last night in Pune, off only the fifth ball he faced, was more a statement of intent than his need for quick runs.

Heat is onAustralian open

Heat is on

17 Jan 2017 | 2:38 AM

MELBOURNE:World No. 1 Andy Murray fought his way into the second round as several top players struggled in hot conditions on Day 1 at the Australian Open today.

After high of 595, Bangladesh routed for 160, lose Test

After high of 595, Bangladesh routed for 160, lose Test

17 Jan 2017 | 2:37 AM

WELLINGTON:Kane Williamson seized New Zealand’s run chase by the scruff of the neck to lead his side to an improbable seven-wicket victory against Bangladesh on the final day of the first Test at the Basin Reserve on Monday.

PWL: Tomar takes down  Rio Olympics champ, Haryana win

PWL: Tomar takes down Rio Olympics champ, Haryana win

17 Jan 2017 | 2:37 AM

NEW DELHI:Sandeep Tomar stunned Rio Olympics champion Vladimir Khinchegashvili to help Haryana Hammers defeat Punjab Royals 5-2 and register their fifth straight win in the Pro Wrestling League to top the points table.

Big Bash to big stage, Barty back with Beck win

Big Bash to big stage, Barty back with Beck win

17 Jan 2017 | 2:37 AM

MELBOURNE:Ashleigh Barty stunned Australian tennis fans more than two years ago when she turned her back on the sport to play top-level cricket.

ICC puts forth new helmet regulations

17 Jan 2017 | 2:37 AM

DUBAI:The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced new regulations for helmet safety during international matches.

India to own a WSB franchise

17 Jan 2017 | 2:37 AM

NEW DELHI:India would soon have a franchise in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) so as to brighten the prospects of the country’s pugilists to secure maximum quota places at the future Olympic Games.

Sevilla end Real Madrid’s 40-game unbeaten run

17 Jan 2017 | 2:37 AM

MADRID:Real Madrid’s remarkable 40-game unbeaten run ended in dramatic fashion on Sunday when Sevilla’s Stevan Jovetic struck in added time to snatch a 2-1 win and blow the La Liga title race wide open.

Aim to equal Sushil’s feat of two Oly medals: Sakshi

17 Jan 2017 | 2:37 AM

New Delhi: Rio Olympics bronze medallist Sakshi Malik is aiming to equal Sushil Kumar’s historic feat of winning two Olympics medals at the 2020 Tokyo Games. “My aim is to equal Sushil Kumar’s historic feat by winning an Olympics medal in 2020.

Having too many people in one’s life can be distracting: Virat Kohli

Having too many people in one’s life can be distracting: Virat Kohli

16 Jan 2017 | 5:21 PM

NEW DELHI: India captain Virat Kohli says one of the secrets of his stupendous success is “not having too many close people” in his life, which adds hindrances.

Jadhav hits home run

Jadhav hits home run

16 Jan 2017 | 2:01 AM

PUNE:Virat Kohli and Kedar Jadhav hit centuries and combined in a 200-run stand to help India comfortably chase down a steep target of 351 against England and win the first ODI by three wickets on Sunday.

Australia name spin-heavy team for India tour

16 Jan 2017 | 2:01 AM

MELBOURNE:Australia have included uncapped Mitchell Swepson and recalled Ashton Agar in a four-man spin-bowling unit for the Test tour of India, part of a versatile squad they hope can turn the tide of their recent results in the country.

Hafeez leads Pak to win over Australia

Hafeez leads Pak to win over Australia

16 Jan 2017 | 2:01 AM

MELBOURNE:Pakistan’s stand-in captain Mohammad Hafeez hit a fighting fifty to set up a comprehensive six-wicket victory against Australia in the second ODI on Sunday that levelled the five-match series.

De Villiers’ Test future in doubt

16 Jan 2017 | 2:01 AM

CAPE TOWN:South African batsman AB de Villiers is close to retiring from Test cricket in order to extend his time in limited-overs formats, a media report said on Sunday.

Bangla collapse gives NZ sniff of unlikely win

16 Jan 2017 | 2:01 AM

WELLINGTON:New Zealand captured three late wickets on Sunday to give themselves a sniff of an unlikely victory against Bangladesh in the first Test at the Basin Reserve.

Breaking new ground

Breaking new ground

16 Jan 2017 | 2:01 AM

MELBOURNE:Andy Murray sets out tomorrow to end a record run of Australian Open final defeats as his great rival Novak Djokovic vies to becomethe tournament’s greatest champion of all time.

Africans sweep Mumbai Marathon again

Africans sweep Mumbai Marathon again

16 Jan 2017 | 2:01 AM

MUMBAI:As expected, the African runners dominated the 14th edition of the Mumbai Marathon here today.

Man City’s title hopes hit by Lukaku and Everton teens

Man City’s title hopes hit by Lukaku and Everton teens

16 Jan 2017 | 2:01 AM

LONDON:Manchester City’s Premier League title hopes were delivered a grievous blow on Sunday as Everton’s inspired Romelu Lukaku and teenagers Tom Davies and Ademola Lookman made it another crushing afternoon for Pep Guardiola.

Santosh finishes 47th in Dakar

16 Jan 2017 | 2:01 AM

BUENOS AIRES:Riding for debutants Hero MotoSports Team Rally, CS Santosh finished the gruelling Dakar Rally in 47th spot, while teammate Joaquim Rodrigues finished 10th.

BRIFFLY

Gold for Neeraj as pugilists shine at Nation’s Cup

16 Jan 2017 | 2:01 AM

NEW DELHI: Reigning national champion Neeraj (51kg) struck gold, while three others settled for silver medals as India’s women boxers finished third at the sixth Nation’s Cup in the Serbian city of Vrbas.

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