Reuters Times Of India Indian Express Mid-Day Rediff IBNLive DNA ZeeNews The Hindu

It's Formula None? F1 boss feels 2020 season should be cancelled

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ Other sports  
Bernie Ecclestone says this season's Formula One championship should be cancelled because it appears unlikely that enough races can be completed for it to be valid due to the Coronavirus crisis. The opening eight rounds of the 2020 season have been either cancelled or postponed, with doubts over a number of the other 14 races as the pandemic continues to overshadow the sporting calendar. A minimum of eight races are required for the championship to be valid, but former F1 chief executive Ecclestone believes that will not be possible. "We should stop the championship this year and start again next year, hopefully, because I can't see it's going to be possible to get the right amount of races in that count for a championship," Ecclestone, 89, told BBC Radio. Mercedes's Lewis Hamilton drives his car during the F1 winter testing at Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona in February. Pic/Getty Images "There's got to be eight from memory, and I can't see them getting that in. It's a difficult situa..
                 

WWE WrestleMania over the years: Facts and records that you must know!

3 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Other sports  
As WrestleMania 36 kicks off at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on April 4 and 5, we give you 15 interesting, fun and lesser-known facts and trivia about WWE's flagship pay-per-view. The first WrestleMania was held in 1985 in Madison Square Garden. The Undertaker was known for his 21-0 Undefeated Streak at WrestleMania. The streak was later broken by Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 30. At WrestleMania 33, Roman Reigns became the second wrestler to defeat Undertaker.  Former UFC champion Ronda Rousey will become the first WWE superstar to make her in-ring debut in WWE at WrestleMania. Shawn Michaels is nicknamed 'Mr. WrestleMania'. The match between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 12 was the longest match at 62 minutes. Hulk Hogan and John Cena tie the record for most WWE Championship wins at WrestleMania with 5 each. Seth Rollins is undefeated at WrestleMania. His record is  8-0. Rollins is also the only superstars to defeat Brock Lesnar twice at Wrestl..
                 

Rahul Aware keen to arrest COVID-19

5 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Other sports  
India's Commonwealth Games gold medal-winning wrestler Rahul Aware, who is currently undergoing training as a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) at the Maharashtra Police Academy in Nashik, is eager to get on the streets to help the nation fight the Coronavirus pandemic. "Though I am currently training, I actually want to be out during this time of crisis. I want to be at the forefront of handling this situation, just the way I represented my country and have fought it out on the wrestling mat. This is the perfect time to serve the nation as a police officer. If my seniors permit me, I would like to serve, just like other fellow sportsmen-turned-police officers just like cricketer Joginder Sharma and kabaddi star Ajay Thakur are doing at the moment," Aware, 28, told mid-day on Wednesday. Rahul Aware in his police uniform Aware, is the only sportsperson in the batch of 10 DSPs who are undergoing training. They all attend lectures via video conferences while staying put in their respe..
                 

Sharath in a spin!

7 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Other sports  
The International Table Tennis Federation's (ITTF) decision on Monday to freeze all players' rankings for March has stumped India veteran Sharath Kamal, who recently clinched the Oman Open title. The ITTF, having suspended all events till June 30, decided to freeze the rankings given the disruption due to global Coronavirus pandemic. Wait and watchLocked down at his home in Chennai, Sharath is now keen to know what effect this call will have on his world ranking which should have risen after his triumph in Muscat. "We need to have more clarity on the freezing of the points. After winning the Oman Open, I thought I could get into the top 30, but now I have to wait and see how things are going to pan out," Sharath, ranked 38, told mid-day over the phone. The ITTF will be meeting again next month to take a decision on the rankings and to plan its tournament schedule. Sharath Kamal Sharath, who won his maiden Challenger crown, beating Portugal's top seed Marcos Freitas in the Oman Open fi..
                 

Indian shooters will shine in Tokyo Olympics: Rahi Sarnobat

8 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Other sports  
Tokyo Olympics-bound pistol shooter Rahi Sarnobat is confident about the 15-member Indian shooting contingent's success at the Games that have been postponed to next year due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Despite a forced break from training due to the ongoing national lockdown, the Munich World Cup gold medalist felt that Team India will have enough time to prepare once normalcy is restored. The 25-metre pistol champ said that her fellow shooters needed just two months to get back on track and in form. In an interview with mid-day, Sarnobat, 29, currently at her parents' home in Kolhapur, says that books have replaced the pistol for now as reading helps her deal with criticism in a positive manner. Excerpts. How tough is it to deal with this mandatory break due to the lockdown?It's very difficult but the good thing is that we have sufficient time to start preparing again [for the Olympics]. It's not like the Olympics will begin immediately after the lockdown. As shooters, we are used t..