Somdev Devvarman to face Taiwan's Yen - Hsun Lu in Chennai Open first round

Chennai, Jan 04 (ANI): Tennis player Somdev Devvarman is set to compete against Taiwan's Yen-Hsun Lu in the first round of singles matches in the upcoming ATP Aircel Chennai Open tournament. Devvarman said that Yen would be a tough competitor. Yen became the first Taiwanese player to break into the ATP top 100 in 2004. Other big names in the tournament include Stan Warwinka, Feliciano Lopez and Leander Paes. Director of Aircel Chennai Open 2015, Tom Annear, said that the competition was a balance of veterans and newcomers. The Chennai Open is part of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour 250 series. The 2015 edition will be the ATP's 20th. The tournament consists of 40 tournaments with 250 rankings points to win for the matches' singles champions. Jan 4, 2015

Boxer Sarita Devi confident of winning gold in 2016 Olympics

Guwahati, Jan 04 (ANI): Boxer Sarita Devi, who has been banned for one year by the world governing body AIBA for her petulant behaviour at the Asian Games, exuded confidence and said she would win gold medal in 2016 Rio Olympics. While addressing a news conference in Assam, Devi said she would make her country proud in 2016 Olympics to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She added the controversy made her mentally strong. Furious after losing her semi-final to local favourite Park Ji-na in the women's lightweight division in Incheon in October last year, Sarita refused to accept her bronze medal, prompting AIBA to suspend her indefinitely. Jan 4, 2015

Saina Nehwal disappointed at not getting Padma Bhushan, Sports Minister reacts

Guwahati, Jan 03 (ANI): Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Saturday reacting over Badminton ace Saina Nehwal's disappointment at not getting Padma Bhushan said that Sports ministry cannot give any award to any player. He added that he is a well-wisher of every player and want that everyone should play for their country. He further said that Sports ministry will extend all possible support to make the players comfortable. Jan 3, 2015

Drivers get ready for 37th Dakar rally

The 2015 Dakar Rally starts in Buenos Aires on Sunday, the grueling three-week test of man and machine taking in Chile's Atacama desert and Bolivia's salt flats before a finish back in the Argentine capital. Duration: 00:48 Jan 3, 2015

Gerrard to leave Liverpool FC to head abroad

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has announced he is leaving the club where he has spent his entire career at the end of the season to head abroad, prompting a flood of tributes. Duration: 01:00 Jan 3, 2015

Saina Nehwal expresses disappointment over Padma Bhushan award snub

Bengaluru, Jan 03 (ANI): Olympic bronze-medalist Badminton ace Saina Nehwal on Saturday expressed disappointment after the Sports Ministry decided to reject her application for the prestigious Padma Bhushan award this year, citing norms. Nehwal said she felt bad that her name was not recommended to Ministry of Home Affairs for Padma Bhushan by Sports Ministry. She added that since she performed well last year, she felt that her case should also be considered. Jan 3, 2015