National men's hockey team goalkeeper P R Sreejesh, young striker Akashdeep Singh and woman player Rani Rampal missed out on the FIH 2014 International Players of the Year awards which was announced on Thursday.
With just one player left on Manchester United`s injury list and a new goalkeeper signed, manager Louis van Gaal is starting to enjoy life at Old Trafford as he tries to assemble the "best team in the world".
Goalkeeper P R Sreejesh's magnificent effort went in vain as Olympic champions Germany scored a late goal to beat hosts India in their opening Pool B match of the Hero Champions Trophy at a packed Kalinga Stadium, here on Saturday.
Once again, it's that time of year when football fans argue who deserves to win the prestigious Ballon d'Or award – the greatest award an individual player can win in the sport. Like in the recent past, both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have already started as the favourites to win the award. But their duopoly could see an abrupt ending this January, as the Germany's World Cup winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has found himself as one of the three finalists.
Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, Bangalore lifted the All-India Bombay Gold Cup Hockey Championship trophy by dethroning holders Indian Oil, Mumbai 10-9 via sudden death in the final here on Sunday.
Still revelling in India's triumph against Pakistan in the Asian Games hockey final, "The Wall of Indian Hockey" goalkeeper PR Sreejesh said that he had entered the field with an intuition to win but keeping his emotions under check was the key to a great performance.