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Juventus are champs

  Turin (Italy) Juventus lifted the Italian Champion’s trophy at the Allianz stadium in Turin moments after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Atlanta late Sunday night. The pool toppers, enjoying a points tally of 90 have merely one match to play next week and are beyond doubt the champions with Napoli their nearest competitors being at 79 and in no position to surpass them, also having only their last match to play next week. Juve’s opponents of Sunday’s match, Atalanta, ..

Koepka wins his 4th major title

 Bethpage (US): Brooks Koepka held off a late charge from Dustin Johnson to capture his second consecutive PGA Championship on Sunday, completing a wire-to-wire victory for his fourth major title in nerve-wracking fashion. A near-collapse saw Koepka’s record seven-stroke lead reduced to a single shot, but he withstood making four bogeys in a row on the back nine and another at 17 for an unexpectedly narrow triumph. “This is probably the most satisfied I’ve been with all ..

Confident Indians beat Korea

 Jincheon (Republic of Korea) A determined Indian Women’s Hockey Team overcame the challenge posed by hosts Republic Of Korea as they beat them 2-1 in their opening match here at the three-match Bi-lateral Series which began today at Jincheon, Republic Of Korea. The team backed by good results in their previous tournaments in Spain and Malaysia earlier this year exhibited confidence as they made a strong start against the hosts. After missing out on an opportunity to score through ..

Messi consolidates goal haul

 EIBAR: Barcelona captain and La Liga top scorer Lionel Messi rounded off a spectacular season by netting twice in a 2-2 draw away to Eibar in the champions’ final game on Sunday, taking his tally to a remarkable 36 league goals. Eibar went ahead in the 20th minute with a strike from Barca’s on-loan midfielder Marc Cucurella which squirmed under keeper Jasper Cillessen but Messi levelled in the 31st after sneaking into the box to meet a pass from Arturo Vidal.  Messi struck ..

Nadal, Pliskova prove their caliber

  ROME Rafael Nadal won a record 34th ATP Masters 1000 title with a 6-0 4-6 6-1 victory over Novak Djokovic in the Italian Open final on Sunday. The Spaniard, who had shared the record of 33 Masters titles with the Serbian world number one, warmed up for the defence of his French Open crown by securing his ninth Rome title.  Nadal got off to a flying start by whitewashing a shellshocked Djokovic in the opening set. It was the first time there has been a 6-0 set during a meeting ..

Mah bow out of contention

 By Mukund Dhus: COIMBATORE Maharashtra’s boys and girls crashed out of contention in the ongoing 36th Youth National Basketball Championship in progress at Coimbatore. Weary looking boys were thrashed by Chandigarh 54-95 in the pre-quarterfinals while girls were beaten by holders Punjab 50-71 in the quarter-finals. In a totally one sided affair Chandigarh boys dominated overall in the game.  Last year’s runners-up, Maharashtra gave a fight in the first quarter but ..

Tiger, Koepka prowling greater major glory

 Bethpage (United States); Masters winner Tiger Woods, chasing a 16th major title, and defending champion Brooks Koepka lead a powerhouse field into Thursday’s opening round of the PGA Championship at rain-drenched Bethpage Black. Woods, who ended an 11-year major title drought last month at Augusta National, and Koepka, who held off Woods to win last year’s PGA crown, join reigning British Open champion Francesco Molinari of Italy in the feature group of the first two days. ..

Griezmann exit leaves Atletico lost

 Madrid; Antoine Griezmann's decision to leave Atletico Madrid has plunged the club into chaos and fired the starting gun for a summer scramble among Europe's elite. Top scorer in each of his five seasons, Griezmann was the stardust of Atleti, offering spontaneity and craft in a team renowned for discipline and grit. But he grafted too, which is why he was the perfect fit. Griezmann would run and chase as much as he passed and shot, his willingness perhaps exceptional for one of the world’s ..

Guardiola bags Manager of the Year award

 London; Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola edged out Jurgen Klopp to a trophy for the second time in three days as the Catalan claimed the League Managers’ Association manager of the year. Guardiola’s City retained the Premier League title on Sunday, beating Klopp’s Liverpool by a single point at the end of a thrilling title race.  Having also won the League Cup earlier in the campaign, Guardiola’s side could complete a first ever domestic treble in English ..

Tiger sued over restaurant staffer’s death: Report

 Bethpage (US): Tiger Woods faces a lawsuit from the parents of a staffer at his Florida restaurant who died in a drink driving accident after allegedly being overserved alcohol, TMZ reported. The parents of Nicholas Immesberger, who died last December at age 24, filed the lawsuit saying their son had worked as a bartender at The Woods in Jupiter, Florida, and knew the golf star personally, the celebrity website reported. The news broke hours after Woods played his opening practice round ..

Inter on the brink of CL spot

 Rome: Matteo Politano and Ivan Perisic scored in either half as Inter Milan reclaimed third spot in Serie A with a 2-0 win over already-relegated Chievo to close in on Champions League football next season. Politano opened after 39 minutes in the San Siro with Perisic adding the second four minutes from time, as Chievo played the last fifteen minutes a man down after Nicola Rigoni was sent off for a second yellow card on Monday. Inter move back one point ahead of Atalanta as both teams ..

Mary Kom to compete in India Open

 New Delhi: With Olympic qualification round the corner, the second edition of the India Open Boxing Tournament kicks-off with 35 men and 37 women boxers from India vying for glory as close to 200 pugilists from 16 boxing powerhouses will participate in this tournament to be held at the Karmabir Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Indoor Stadium in Guwahati, Assam from May 20-24. The $70,000 tournament will see London Olympic bronze medallist Mary Kom making her competitive debut at home in the 51 kg ..

Lucas Spurs Ajax’s heart

 Amsterdam; Lucas Moura’s last-gasp strike took Tottenham Hotspur to the Champions League final for the first time in their history on Wednesday, completing his hat-trick and sealing an incredible 3-2 win over Ajax to leave the Dutch side heartbroken. Ajax’s improbable European run seemed set to go on all the way to the final as they led 3-2 on aggregate deep in stoppage time in the second leg of the semi-final at the Johan Cruyff Arena. That was when the ball broke to Lucas ..

Heart, fight helps Spurs meet Liverpool in final

  AMSTERDAM: Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen said they threw tactics out the window and relied on grit and heart to come back from 3-0 down on aggregate to beat Ajax Amsterdam on away goals and reach the Champions League final on Wednesday. Having lost the first leg in London 1-0, Tottenham got off to the worst possible start in Amsterdam by going 2-0 down on the night. The second leg turned on its head after halftime, however, as Lucas Moura scored twice in quick succession ..

Chikte’s ban reduced, can don India colours again

  By Paritosh Pramanik: NAGPUR INDIAN goalkeeper Akash Chikte, who was suspended by Hockey India for a dope violation, is a relieved man. He was banned for two years by National Anti Doping (NADA) for inadvertently taking banned substance in February 2018. After appealing the decision, the anti-doping panel, on Thursday reduced the ban to 13 months. The star India goalkeeper, who works with BEG Pune, had contested the duration of the ban as he claimed that he took the banned substance ..

Heena recommended for Khel Ratna, Ronak for Dronacharya

  New Delhi: The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) has recommended the names of Heena Sidhu and Ankur Mittal for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. Asian Games bronze medallist Heena, in 2013, became the first Indian pistol shooter to win a gold medal in an ISSF World Cup finals when she won the 10m Air Pistol event.  The 29-year-old has also won a silver medal in the women’s 10m Air Pistol event, and a gold medal in the women’s 25m Air Pistol event. ..

Saina eyeing second top spot of the season

   Auckland: Saina Nehwal will be keen to put behind the disappointment of losing in the quarter-finals of just-concluded Asia Badminton Championship and train her eyes on winning the New Zealand Open beginning here Tuesday. The 29-year-old from Hyderabad, seeded second, will begin her quest for the second title this year when she will take on China’s Wang Zhiyi in the first round of the women’s singles.   World no. 9 is the only Indian to have won a title ..

Vinesh, Bajrang recommended for Khel Ratna Award

 New Delhi: The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has recommended the names of Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. Current number one wrestler Punia recently stamped his authority on Asia after he won the Asian Wrestling Champion-ships in Xi’an, China. Punia had last year won the gold medal in the 65-kg freestyle wrestling event at the Asian Games held in Jakarta. He defeated Japanese wrestler Takatani Daichi 11-8. Before that, he had also won the ..

City return to top-slot again

   Burnley: Manchester City remain in control of the Premier League title race as the finest of margins earned Pep Guardiola’s men a 1-0 win at Burnley on Sunday. Sergio Aguero’s 31st goal of the season crossed the line by millimetres before being hacked clear by Matthew Lowton, but goal-line technology awarded the goal and kept City a point clear of Liverpool with two games left for both sides to play. For the first time in months, City’s elimination from the ..

Kenyans Eliud, Brigid are victors

  London:  More than 40,000 people participated in the 39th London Marathon on Sunday, with many runner targeting over 80 Guinness World Records. Tennis ace Andy Murray fired the starting gun at this year’s event as the participants descended on the British capital for the race, the BBC reported. The marathon has raised 1 billion pounds since it started in 1981, according to race sponsors Virgin Money. Event director Hugh Brasher said: “No other mass participation event ..

Grappler Harpreet bags Asian silver

   Xi’an (China): India wrapped up their campaign at the Asian Wrestling Championships on a resounding note with 16 medals after Greco-Roman grapplers added a silver and a bronze on the concluding day here on Sunday. Harpreet Singh settled for a silver in 82kg while Gyanender won a bronze in 60kg on the final day of competitions. India’s overall tally of 16 medals included eight — one gold, three silver and four bronze — won by men’s freestyle wrestlers, ..

Messi rested as win over Alaves edges Barca closer to the title

  Barcelona;  Barcelona will win La Liga on Wednesday if Atletico Madrid lose to Valencia after a 2-0 victory over Alaves gave them a 12-point lead at the top of the table. Lionel Messi started on the bench at Mendizorrotza on Tuesday in a move that made clear just how comfortable Barca are in this title race, its conclusion surely now only a matter of when rather than if. Should Atletico avoid defeat to Valencia at the Wanda Metropolitano, the Catalans will still be crowned champions ..

Sindhu moves up, Srikanth falls

  Wuhan (China): Ace India shuttlers Saina Nehwal, P.V. Sindhu and Sameer Verma registered victories in their first round matches on Wednesday to advance to the pre-quarterfinal Badminton Asian Championship. However, it was the end of the road for Kidambi Srikanth who made an early exit. Rio Olympics’ silver medallist Sindhu defeated World No 13 Sayaka Takahashi of Japan in straight games and will face Choirunnisa of Indonesia in the next round. Sindhu knocked out her opponent ..

Nadal drops set before advancing to top-16

  BARCELONA (Reuters): World number two Rafa Nadal dropped a set at the Barcelona Open for the first time in four years before advancing to the last 16, beating Argentine Leonardo Mayer 6-7(7), 6-4, 6-2 on Wednesday. The Spaniard surrendered a 5-3 lead in the first set and then spurned two set points in the tiebreak, which Mayer, ranked 63 in the world, edged thanks to an impressive crosscourt forehand winner. Nadal, who has won the Barcelona Open a record 11 times, had not lost a set ..

Chelsea up to fourth after frustrating Burnley draw

  LONDON: CHELSEA accused Burnley of time-wasting and playing “anti-football” after Blues boss Maurizio Sarri was sent off before a touchline skirmish marred their frustrating 2-2 draw on Monday. Sarri’s side fell behind to Jeff Hendrick’s fine finish before N’Golo Kante equalised moments later. In a frantic opening 24 minutes at Stamford Bridge, Gonzalo Higuain put Chelsea ahead, only for Burnley’s Ashley Barnes to punish more dismal defending from ..

Shiva assured of 4th straight medal

   BANGKOK:  SHIVA Thapa (60kg) secured himself an unprecedented fourth successive medal, while veteran L Sarita Devi (60kg) made the semifinals for the first time in nearly a decade to continue India’s stupendous run at the Asian Boxing Championships here on Tuesday. In all, eight Indian boxers -- four women and four men -- advanced to the medal rounds on day two of quarterfinals. The 25-year-old Thapa defeated Thailand’s Rujakran Juntrong in a one-sided lightweight ..

Sindhu, Saina look to ending 54-year-old title wait

  WUHAN (China):  A WEEK’S rest after three back-to-back tournaments, Olympic medallists PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal will now train their eyes on ending India’s 54-year-old title jinx at the Asia Badminton Championship beginning here Wednesday. It was Dinesh Khanna, who had become the men’s singles champion at the Asian Championship in 1965. Last year, HS Prannoy and Saina Nehwal won bronze medals in their respective categories.  The two-time Commonwealth ..

Neymar returns as Mbappe flattens Monaco in title party

   Paris:  Neymar joined the Paris Saint-Germain title party on Sunday when he made his first appearance since January as Kylian Mbappe swept aside Monaco with a hat-trick in a 3-1 win for the newly-crowned Ligue 1 champions. Mbappe took his league tally for the season to 30 following his treble, which came just hours after PSG were crowned champions for the sixth time in seven years when closest challengers Lille dropped points. Neymar’s return at the start of the second ..

Bisht stuns world champ Yeraliyev; Panghal ensures podium finish

   Bangkok; Kavinder Singh Bisht (56kg) upstaged reigning world champion Kairat Yeraliyev, while Amit Panghal (52kg) edged past familiar foe and Olympic champion Hasanboy Dusmatov, assuring themselves of medals at the Asian Boxing Championships here Monday. In the women’s draw, world silver-medallist Sonia Chahal (57kg) advanced to the last-four stage at the continental showpiece. Bisht clinched a split verdict over Yeraliyev, who hails from Kazakhstan, in a high-intensity contest ..

Athletes Gomathi, Toor star for India bagging a gold medal each

   Doha;  Unheralded half miler Gomathi Marimuthu and shot putter Tejinderpal Singh Toor clinched a gold each to share the limelight as India bagged five medals on the second day of the Asian Athletics Championships here Monday. The 30-year-old Gomathi clocked a personal best time of 2 minute 02.70 seconds in the women's 800m race to open India's gold account. "I did not realise till I crossed the finish line that I have won a gold medal. The last 150m was very tight race," ..

Juve eyeing 8th Serie A title

Juventus turn the page on yet another Champions League disappointment as they focus on sealing an eighth consecutive Serie A title at home on Saturday. Massimiliano Allegri’s side host Fiorentina needing just one more point to lift the Scudetto for a 35th time, days after a shock 2-1 defeat (3-2 on aggregate) to Ajax. The Turin giants have won the Scudetto more than any other team in Italy with AC Milan and Inter Milan trailing second best with 18 each. Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano ..

Liverpool to meet Barca in SF

  Porto (Portugal);  Liverpool set up a mouthwatering Champions League semi-final against Barcelona after their superstar front three all scored in a 4-1 win away at FC Porto that saw them cruise into the last four 6-1 on aggregate. On a wet night at the Estadio do Dragao, Liverpool had to weather an early storm before scoring from their first attempt just before the half-hour mark, Sadio Mane prodding home for a goal given after a lengthy VAR review. Already in control of the ..

Cardiff playing on Klopp’s mind

 Porto:  Jurgen Klopp might be steeling himself for some sleepless nights as he tries to work out how to stop Lionel Messi, but for now the German can be delighted at seeing his Liverpool side extend their outstanding record in European ties under his management. Having won 2-0 at home in the first leg, Liverpool always knew that an early away goal in the second leg of their quarter-final against FC Porto at the Estadio do Dragao would effectively kill the tie. So it proved, as after ..

Mbappe-less PSG lose at Nantes

  Nantes (France);  Paris Saint-Germain failed to seal the Ligue 1 title for the third match running after a second-string line-up without dropped Kylian Mbappe took the champions to their second defeat in a matter of days, 3-2 at Nantes. A Diego Carlos brace and Majeed Waris’ tap-in inflicted a third league loss on Thomas Tuchel’s side, who were hammered 5-1 at second-placed Lille and drew with Strasbourg the previous week, despite Dani Alves’ stunning opener and ..

Messi boots Barca into semis

   Barcelona: Lionel Messi pounced on two Manchester United mistakes to score twice and end their hopes of another comeback at Camp Nou as Barcelona breezed into the Champions League semi-finals on Tuesday. After an excellent start, United were undone twice in four minutes by Messi, who first nicked the ball off the careless Ashley Young and then watched as a weak shot from distance squirmed underneath David de Gea. Philippe Coutinho, in perhaps his best performance of the season, ..

Ajax stun Juventus to make it to semi-finals

   Turin: Ajax stunned Juventus to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the first time since 1997 as Matthijs de Ligt’s thumping second-half header secured a 2-1 second-leg victory in the last eight in Turin on Tuesday. Cristiano Ronaldo, bidding for his sixth Champions League title, scored a 28th-minute header to put Juve ahead after a 1-1 first-leg draw, but Donny van de Beek levelled for Ajax before half-time. Teenage centre-back De Ligt struck midway through the ..

Nadal, Zverev post easy wins

  Monte Carlo, Rafael Nadal charged out of the blocks Wednesday to hammer Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1, 6-1 in his opening match at the Monte Carlo Masters. The 11-time champion showed no sign of the knee problems which forced him to quit ahead of an Indian Wells semi-final against Roger Federer a month ago. The 32-year-old had expressed pre-tournament caution regarding the health of his knee -- a worry which appeared to be groundless after a 76-minute masterclass. “I’m happy for ..

FC Goa are Hero Super Cup champions

   Bhubaneswar: FC Goa emerged as champions of the Hero Super Cup after defeating Chennaiyin 2-1 in a tense final at the Kalinga Stadium here Saturday. Ferran Corominas opened the scoring in the 51st minute with a simple tap-in, while Raphael Augusto’s deflected effort brought Chennaiyin back level. Brandon Fernandes scored a goal befitting of a title winner in the 64th minute to seal the contest in Goa’s favour. Despite Goa being billed as the favourites to take home the ..

Sterling elevates Man City

  LONDON: Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling struck twice as the Premier League champions beat Crystal Palace 3-1 at Selhurst Park on Sunday to go top of the table and heap pressure on title rivals Liverpool.Victory left City on 83 points from 33 matches, one point above Liverpool although the Merseyside club can leapfrog Pep Guardiola’s team with a win over third-placed Chelsea later on Sunday. The victory was the ninth straight win for City in the Premier League.  Having ..

AC Milan beat Lazio in key battle for the top-four slot

  MILAN: AC Milan strengthened their grip on fourth place in Serie A with a tense 1-0 win over Lazio at San Siro on Saturday that ended with a scuffle breaking out between players from both sides. Gennaro Gattuso’s side knew they had to win to remain in the final Champions League qualification spot after AS Roma had defeated Udinese 1-0 earlier in the day. Franck Kessie’s penalty 10 minutes from time secured a vital three points for Milan against one of their rivals in the ..

Sindhu, Saina and Srikanth reach quarters

  SINGAPORE: THE Indian trio of PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth continued their impressive run and progressed to the singles quarterfinals of the USD 355,000 Singapore Open here Thursday. The fourth-seeded Sindhu, a Rio Games silver medallist, took 39 minutes to get the better of world number 22 Mia Blichfeldt 21-13, 21-19, her second straight win over the Danish shuttler, who had clinched the Spain Masters earlier this year. World number 6 Sindhu will next face China’s ..

India clinch bilateral series

 KUALA LUMPUR:  Beat Malaysia 1-0  THE Indian women’s hockey team beat Malaysia by a solitary goal to complete a 4-0 win in the five-match bilateral series here Thursday. It was Navjot Kaur’s fine field goal in the 35th minute and a good defensive display that helped India win. India did well to create scoring opportunities with substantial circle entries but could not convert enough chances. “We need to work on converting goals,” stated Indian team chief ..

Napoli stall Juventus’ coronation

  Milan,  Napoli drew 1-1 with ten-man Genoa on Sunday to ensure that Juventus will have to wait another week to seal an eighth consecutive Serie A title. The champions have a 20-point advantage on second-placed Napoli, who they have beaten in both their head-to-head clashes, with seven games to go. Juventus, who beat AC Milan 2-1 on Saturday, needed Napoli to lose to win the Scudetto for the 35th time, ahead of their Champions League quarter-final first leg against Ajax next week. ..

Sindhu hoping to do better

   Singapore: Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu will look to shrugging off the disappointment of her recent early exits when she spearheads Indian challenge at the USD 355,000 Singapore Open, starting here Tuesday. Sindhu, who had claimed the BWF World Tour Finals in December last year, has looked off colour in the last few weeks. She made a first round exit at the All England Championship and lost in the second round of Malaysia Open, losing to Korea's Sung Ji Hyun on both occasion. ..

India’s chief hockey coach seeks a ‘stable environment’

   New Delhi: From Ric Charlesworth to Roelant Oltmans, most of India’s foreign hockey coaches had a tumultuous ride and the newly-appointed chief coach Graham Reid’s biggest desire is to have a “stable environment” for himself as well as his players. “What I want is a stable environment for me as well as the players,” Reid told PTI during an exclusive interview from Amsterdam. In fact, it was the legendary Charlesworth, who goaded him to apply ..

Kean puts Juve on title brink

   Milan:  Teenage sensation Moise Kean scored the winner to put Juventus one step away from an eighth consecutive Serie A title on Saturday as a 2-1 comeback win over AC Milan pushed the champions 21 points clear at the top. Kean — the victim of racist abuse earlier this week in Cagliari — came on as a substitute and fired in the winner on 84 minutes for his fifth goal in as many league games. The Turin giants will seal a 35th Scudetto on Sunday with seven matches ..

Barca closing in on top spot

 Barcelona,    Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi scored twice in two minutes as Barcelona broke the resistance of 10-man Atletico Madrid to go 11 points clear of their La Liga title rivals. Diego Costa was sent off in the 28th minute at Camp Nou after insulting referee Gil Manzano but while Atletico held on for almost another hour, Suarez and Messi struck late to seal a pivotal 2-0 win. The victory leaves Barca almost out of sight with seven games left to play and maintains momentum ..

Muguruza in Monterrey Open final, beats Rybarikova

  Monterrey (Mexico):  Spain's Garbiñe Muguruza defeated Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova 6-2, 6-3 to reach the final of the Monterrey Open, where she will clash with Belarusian Victoria Azarenka to defend her title, reports Efe news. Muguruza, 19th in WTA rankings, took advantage of Rybarikova's left knee injury and broke her twice at the start of the match to take a 4-0 lead that marked the course of the set on Saturday night. Rybarikova began moving more and won a couple ..

Juventus set to win eighth title

    Milan: Champions Juventus turn their focus to nailing down an eighth consecutive Serie A title in record time this weekend, days after a row erupted over racist abuse aimed at starlet Moise Kean in Cagliari. Massimiliano Allegri's side return to their home comforts of the Allianz Stadium in Turin to host AC Milan after their trip to Sardinia on Tuesday ended amid scenes of chaos as Kean and teammate Blaise Matuidi were subjected to monkey cries and racist chanting. Juventus ..

Sindhu is sportswoman of the year

   Mumbai: Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu and star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra were Friday named as female and male sportsperson of the year in the ESPN India Multi-Sport Awards for their achievements in 2018. Sindhu got the nod for the top women’s award for her season-ending BWF World Tour Finals tournament in China and her impressive performance at the 2018 World Championships.  Neeraj was picked for the top men’s award for his gold at 2018 Commonwealth ..

Guardiola tells Rose not to walk away

  LIVERPOOL,   Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has urged Tottenham Hotspur full back Danny Rose not to let racism win by following through on his plan to walk away from football when his playing career ends. England international Rose said on Thursday that he could not wait to leave football because he had had enough of the racism in the game and was frustrated by the response of the authorities to the abuse. Rose was among several English players who were victims of ..

Man City back at the top

  Manchester:   Pep Guardiola counted the cost of a comfortable 2-0 victory over Cardiff that took his team to the top of the Premier League on Wednesday as he faced the prospect of an FA Cup semi-final without a fit left-back. City, still in the hunt to win all four of the trophies they entered at the start of the season, take on Brighton at Wembley on Saturday, bidding to reach their second final of the campaign. But they will be without left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko, who limped ..

Pele ‘doing well’ after treatment

Pele ‘doing well’ after treatment..

Pele eggs on Mbappe to 1000-goal mark

  Paris,   Football legend Pele told Kylian Mbappe on Tuesday that he believes the French World Cup winner can emulate his own achievement of scoring 1,000 career goals. The 78-year-old Brazilian claims to have netted over 1,000 goals in his career, while Mbappe has so far managed 103 in total, with 92 of those coming at the top level. “It's possible, I scored exactly 1,025, so 1,000 goals is possible for him,” Pele told AFP in Paris, where he met Mbappe at a sponsor ..

‘MU have no margin for error’

  Wolverhampton,  Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted Manchester United have no further margin for error in their bid to secure a top-four finish after a damaging 2-1 defeat against Wolves on Tuesday. Ashley Young’s needless dismissal and Chris Smalling’s farcical own goal were the low points of a disappointing evening for Solskjaer’s side at Molineux. United had been set a target of 15 points from their remaining seven games by the manager before their visit to Molineux. ..

Sindhu, Srikanth up, Saina out

  Kuala Lumpur,  Top Indian shuttlers P V Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth advanced to the second round but Saina Nehwal failed to cross the opening hurdle at the Malaysia Open World Tour Super 750 tournament here Wednesday. Olympic and world championship silver medallist Sindhu staved off a spirited challenge from World no 20 Aya Ohori 22-20 21-12 to record her sixth win over the Japanese, while India Open finalist Srikanth beat Indonesia's Ihsan Maulana Mustofa 21-18 21-16 in 38 minutes. ..

He’s great to watch, but he’s not God: Pope

 BARCELONA,  FOR Barcelona fans, Lionel Messi is ‘D10S’, a combination of the Spanish word for “God” - “dios” - with the No 10 on his shirt. But Pope Francis begs to differ. Interviewed by Spanish TV channel La Sexta on Sunday, the pope praised his Argentine compatriot Messi, but said he must not be called God.  “In theory, it is sacrilege,” explained the leader of the Catholic Church. “You can’t do it. “People could ..

Arsenal climb up to third position

 LONDON: UNAI Emery challenged revitalised Arsenal to write their own history after they climbed to third place in the Premier League with a 2-0 win against Newcastle. Aaron Ramsey’s first half strike was followed by Alexandre Lacazette’s killer second in the closing stages at the Emirates Stadium, maintaining Arsenal’s impressive progress under Emery.  Emery’s side climbed two points above fourth placed Tottenham and fifth placed Manchester United to bolster ..

Ban players who fudge age: Gopi

  NEW DELHI,  INDIA’S chief national coach Pullela Gopichand believes the Badminton Association of India (BAI) should ban players who indulge in age-fudging as “examples” need to be made of wrongdoers for any tangible change. “I think you need to have firm decisions and strong examples to ensure that age fudging which is a big menace should stop, so there should be a ban on the players,” Gopichand told PTI. Age-fudging has been a big problem in Indian sports ..

Srikanth sets sights on Malaysia Open

  Kuala Lumpur, A strong finish at the India Open will hold him in good stead when Kidambi Srikanth yet again strives to end his long title drought at the USD 700,000 Malaysia Open, beginning here Tuesday. Srikanth, who last won a title at the 2017 French Open, came close to ending the lean patch when he reached the finals of the India Open but Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen thwarted his challenge on Sunday. Despite the loss, it was a good week for the 26-year-old as he quelled the ..

Benzema to Real’s rescue

   Madrid, Karim Benzema stopped Real Madrid’s underwhelming La Liga season going from bad to worse on Sunday after firing a last-minute winner to hand the European champions a barely-deserved 3-2 winner over bottom club Huesca. Humbled by Ajax in the Champions League and dumped out of the Copa Del Rey by deadly rivals Barca, third-placed Real showed little signs of improvement in Zinedine Zidane’s second game in charge but Benzema, subject to rumours he may leave Madrid ..

Djokovic remains at the top in ATP rankings

  Paris, Roger Federer jumped up one spot to fourth in the ATP rankings released on Monday after capturing his 101st career title with his victory over John Isner in Miami. Novak Djokovic remains comfortably at the top. The Swiss great switched places with Austria’s Dominic Thiem, who had briefly climbed to fourth after defeating Federer in the final at Indian Wells two weeks ago. Rising Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas moved up to a career best of eighth, while Canadian teenager ..

Barty defeats Pliskova to capture Miami Open title

  MIAMI, It feels like it’s a long time ago now since I took the break and since I came back. It’s been a few years now, but I certainly feel like I’m a very different person. I feel like I’m a more complete player, I’m a better player. I was an average cricketer and I’m becoming a better tennis player. I feel like when I play my best, I’m good enough to match it with the very best in the world —Ashleigh Barty  ASHLEIGH Barty’s ..

After Sindhu, Srikanth falters

  NEW DELHI,  FORMER champion Kidambi Srikanth’s hope of snapping a long title draught came crashing down after he went down in straight games to former world champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark at the Yonex-Sunrise India Open here Sunday. A former world no 1 Srikanth blew two game points in the second game to lose 7-21, 20-22 to Axelsen in the men’s singles summit clash.  It was the Indian’s first final in a BWF world tour event in 17 months. He had last ..

Man City back on top again

  London,  Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola admitted even he was surprised at how easily the English champions swatted aside Fulham 2-0 at Craven Cottage to climb back on top of the Premier League. City have now won their last 12 games in all competitions, but their rhythm from a two-week international break was not disrupted as goals from Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero ensured the game was won in the first 27 minutes. "It was a little bit of a tricky game. International ..

Federer, Pliskova in final

  Miami,  Roger Federer is gearing up for a Miami Open final shootout with John Isner on Sunday after blowing away young-gun Denis Shapovalov in straight sets. Federer produced a 6-2, 6-4 masterclass at Hard Rock Stadium to leave up-and-coming star Shapovalov, who grew up idolizing the Swiss, chasing shadows during a difficult first set. The Swiss was superb in dismantling the 19 year-old’s game, but knows with huge serving Isner lying in wait in what will be the former world ..

Srikanth in final, Sindhu falls

  New Delhi,  Former champion Kidambi Srikanth reached title round after a 17-month drought but P V Sindhu bowed out after losing a close semifinal contest at the USD 350,000 India Open here Saturday. Olympic silver medallist Sindhu, who had won the event in 2017, blew four game points in the opening game to go down fighting 21-23 18-21 to China’s He Bingjiao. The third seed will face two-time champion Ratchanok Inthanon of Thailand in the finals Sunday. “I think I ..

Goal fest in offing in dead rubber

  IPOH (Malaysia), India take on lowly Poland today  THEIR final berth already sealed, favourites India would look to testing their attacking prowess and aim for a big win when they take on lower-ranked Poland in their final league match of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament here Friday. With three wins and a draw, India are currently leading the six-team league table with 10 points and a goal difference of eight. Just like five-time champions India, Korea too have ..

Federer ready for Anderson barrage

  MIAMI,     ROGER Federer is preparing himself for a barrage of Kevin Anderson big serves after the Swiss superstar sealed his place in the ATP and WTA Miami Open quarter-finals in just 61 minutes. Federer is celebrating 20 years at this tournament and edged closer to his fourth title in South Florida as the up and coming Russian Daniil Medvedev was swatted aside 6-4, 6-2 on Wednesday. Next up for the 20-time Grand Slam-winning legend is the South African world number seven ..

Praneeth, Kashyap enter quarter-finals

   NEW DELHI,  INDIA’S B Sai Praneeth and Parupalli Kashyap advanced to the quarter-finals of the India Open badminton tournament after contrasting wins in the men’s singles competition here Thursday. Praneeth, who had reached the finals at Swiss Open early this month, eked out a thrilling come-from-behind 18-21, 21-16, 21-15 win over fifth seeded compatriot Sameer Verma. Kashyap, a 2014 Commonwealth Games champion, dished out a superb game to get rid of Thailand’s ..

Quagliarella scripts history for Italy

  Parma (Italy),  Fabio Quagliarella attributed his new-found serenity after years of a stalker nightmare to his stunning form as the 36-year-old on Tuesday became the oldest player to score for Italy. The player from Castellammare di Stabia near Naples converted two penalties in a crushing 6-0 Euro 2020 qualifying win by the Azzurri over Liechtenstein in Parma. Italy top Group J with six points after also beating Finland 2-0 in Udine on Saturday with goals from youngsters Nicolo ..

Subhankar upsets 4th seed Sugiarto

  New Delhi, India's Subhankar Dey produced the biggest upset of the Yonex-Sunrise India Open so far, knocking out fourth seed Indonesian Tommy Sugiarto, while former champions P V Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth also progressed to the second round here Wednesday. Unseeded Subhankar, ranked 44th in the world, eked out a stunning 14-21 22-20 21-11 triumph over world number 9 Sugiarto to join a group of Indians, including H S Prannoy, B Sai Praneeth and Sameer Verma, in the men's singles ..

Getting tougher is the key: Srikanth

  New Delhi,  Indian ace Kidambi Srikanth said it was irritating to lose close quarter-finals in a title-less season and stressed on the need to get physically and mentally tougher to win medals at the World Championship and Olympic Games Srikanth, who had clinched four titles in 2017, lost nine quarterfinals and two semi-finals while reaching the finals only once at the Commonwealth Games in the last 15 months. “I think the series of quarterfinals are more irritating for ..

Portugal held by Serbia LISBON

  Mar 26 (AFP)  CAPTAIN Cristiano Ronaldo left the field with a thigh injury as Portugal drew 1-1 against Serbia in an Euro 2020 qualifier on Monday. Ronaldo was replaced after 30 minutes in Lisbon as Fernando Santos’ reigning European champions drew for a second time in their opening two games of the campaign after they were held by Ukraine on Friday. There was no word whether the five-time Ballon d’Or winner would be fit for to play for his club Juventus in the first ..

India pip hosts Malaysia 4-2 IPOH

  (Malaysia), INDIA struck four times after a goal-less first quarter to tame hosts Malaysia 4-2, climbing to the second spot in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament, here Tuesday. Sumit Kumar (17th min), Sumit Kumar junior (27th min), drag flicker Varun Kumar and Mandeep Singh (58th min) found the net for India. Razie Rahim (27th min) and Firhan Ashari (57th min) scored for the hosts. With two wins and a draw, India moved up to the second position in the table.  Five minutes ..

Rio as special as Beijing Olympics: Phelps

  NEW DELHI,  A RECORD-BREAKING 28 medals in his kitty, the most decorated Olympian Michael Phelps says although Beijing Olympics was the greatest for him the “climb up the mountain” to the Rio Games made it equally special. Phelps won a staggering eight gold medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, winning all the events he participated in. In the 2012 London Games, the ace swimmer went on to win four gold and two silver medals.  The American legend’s personal life ..

Germany edge Dutch in thriller

  Paris,  Germany's Nico Schulz sealed a thrilling 3-2 win over the Netherlands in a see-saw Euro 2020 qualifier as Joachim Loew's new-look line-up survived a severe test. Elsewhere, World Cup finalists Croatia stumbled to a 2-1 defeat in Hungary, and Eden Hazard celebrated a century of caps with the opening goal in Belgium's 2-0 win over Cyprus. A revamped Germany raced into a 2-0 lead in Amsterdam with thrilling strikes from Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry but the hosts struck back ..

Djokovic downs Delbonis; Halep surges ahead

 Miami,  Novak Djokovic remains on course for a record seventh Miami Open title, but the world number one admitted to a loss of focus in a 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 victory over spirited Federico Delbonis which booked his place in the last 16. Djokovic is hoping to eclipse Andre Agassi’s six ATP crowns in South Florida over the next week and although the 31-year-old endured some shaky moments at Hard Rock Stadium, he still possessed enough quality during the key moments to see off the battling ..

Sindhu and Srikanth hope to reclaim lost crowns

   New Delhi,   Former champions P V Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth will look to shrugging off their erratic form and ensure an Indian sweep at the USD 350,000 India Open, which is shorn of star power this time. With Saina Nehwal pulling out of the country’s blue-riband tournament after failing to recover from acute gastroenteritis, the onus will be on Sindhu and Srikanth to keep the tricolour flying at the business end of the tournament starting Tuesday. Olympic silver-med..

Ramos steers Spain past Norway

   Paris, Sergio Ramos scored a second-half penalty to help Spain beat a spirited Norway 2-1 in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier, while teenage striker Moise Kean netted in Italy’s win over Finland. Spain were not at their clinical best in Valencia, but got their Group F campaign off to a solid start despite Norway threatening an upset. The 2010 World Cup winners have been unpredictable of late, having been dumped out by Russia in the last 16 of the World Cup and then missing ..

India concede last-minute goal, play out 1-1 draw against Korea

   Ipoh (Malaysia),   India’s perennial problem of conceding goals at the fag end of a match hurt them again as Korea equalised in the final minute for a 1-1 draw in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament here Sunday. India took the lead in the 28th minute through Mandeep Singh and looked set to earn their second consecutive win of the six-team tournament, but a defensive error led to Jonghyun Jang scoring from a penalty corner just 22 seconds from the final ..

Taiwan’s Hsieh shocks Osaka

  Washington,  Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan staged a major surprise as she stunned world number one Naomi Osaka of Japan to reach the round-of-16 at the Miami Open for the first time in her career. Hsieh needed two hours and 18 minutes to send the Japanese star packing 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-3 in the third round match on Saturday, Xinhua news agency reported. In the fourth round, Hsieh will play against former world number one Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, who defeated Romanian qualifier Monica ..

Zidane returns, Real win

     Madrid, Real Madrid beat Celta Vigo 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Saturday afternoon in Zinedine Zidane’s return to the dugout, less than 10 months after he resigned as coach. Isco and Gareth Bale, whose future at the club is very much up in the air, scored second half goals against a rival who travelled to Madrid already in the relegation zone and never looked like getting anything from the match. Much of the day’s interest was in Zidane’s ..

Praneeth finishes second best

  India’s Sai Praneeth lost to world No 2 Shi Yuqi of China in the men’s singles final of the Swiss Open badminton tournament, here on Sunday. The world No 22 lost to the top seed Yuqi 21-19, 18-21, 12-21 to settle for the silver. The match lasted for 68 minutes.  The Indian started well but failed to keep the momentum going in the second half of the final. Praneeth had a golden chance to bag his first title in two years and especially after the kind of form he was in throughout ..

Thiem meets Federer in final

  Indian Wells (US),   Austria's Dominic Thiem defeated Milos Raonic 7-6 (7/3), 6-7 (3/7), 6-4 on Saturday to book a title clash with five-time champion Roger Federer at the ATP Indian Wells Masters. Thiem, ranked eighth in the world, withstood 17 aces from the rangy Canadian, gaining the only break of the contest in the third set. He’ll fight for a maiden Masters 1000 title against Swiss great Federer. Federer, seeking a record sixth Indian Wells crown, reached the ..

BCCI aghast at Star’s ad request

THE Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has received a request from host broadcasters Star wherein they want to show political advertisements during the 12th edition of Indian Premier League, starting May 23...

Real era under Zidane begins

Zinedine Zidane has promised change at Real Madrid this summer and the last 11 games of the season will give an indication as to who will be part of his new era. Zidane’s first match since being reappointed as coach comes against Celta Vigo on Saturday, with Madrid lying in no-man’s land in La Liga, 12 points behind Barcelona in first and 10 ahead of Alaves in fifth...

I won’t bowl to Kohli: Warne

   NEW DELHI, (IANS), THE debate on whether India skipper Virat Kohli is as good or better than the legendary Sachin Tendulkar shall not die down any time soon. But former Australia leg-spinner and current Rajasthan Royals brand ambas..

Terror overshadows cricket again

  CHRISTCHURCH, (PTI) Bangladesh cricketers escape shooting attack in NZ mosque THE Bangladesh cricket team escaped unhurt despite being in close vicinity of a shooting attack on a mosque here but its ongoing tour of New Zealand was ..

SC sets aside BCCI’s life ban on Sreesanth in spot-fixing case

   NEW DELHI, (PTI) THE Supreme Court on Friday quashed the life ban imposed by the BCCI on cricketer S Sreesanth for his alleged involvement in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal and asked the apex cricket body to re-consider within three..

Messi docks Barca into QF

  Barcelona,    FC Barcelona recorded a 5-1 victory on aggregate over Lyon in the Champions League round-of-16 action. After settling for a scoreless draw in last month's first leg, Barcelona clinched a quarter-final berth in Europe's premier club competition with a 5-1 win in front of their home fans at Camp Nou on Wednesday night. The Catalans were locked in from the outset against the Ligue 1 side and got on the scoreboard in the 18th minute after Jason Denayer was ..

Mane, Dijk usher Liverpool into quarter-final groove

    Munich,  Sadio Mane had a brace as Liverpool defeated Bayern Munich 3-1 to claim a berth in the Champions League quarterfinals. The Reds, who lost last year's final to Real Madrid, became the fourth English side to reach the last eight in the 2018-2019 edition of Europe's elite club competition, joining Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City, reports Efe news. Germany, meanwhile, will be without any representation in the quarterfinals, as Borussia ..

Federer, Nadal in QF

  Los Angeles, Swiss Roger Federer, a five times Indian Wells champion, has qualified for the quarterfinals of the Indian Wells tournament, the first Masters 1000 of the season, by defeating the UK's Kyle Edmund 6-1 and 6-4 in 64 minutes. Federer, current world number four, disarmed his opponent from the beginning and took the first five games on Wednesday.   The Briton improved in the second set, but in the fifth game could not avoid a key break that led to victory for the ..

Amla to miss ODIs on compassionate grounds

    VETERAN batsman Hashim Amla has pulled out of the South African One-Day International squad to play Sri Lanka for family reasons, granting a reprieve for opener Reeza Hendricks who had been dropped for the final two matches of the series. “Hashim has asked to be excused from the last two ODIs of the current series on compassionate grounds since his father is critically ill,” Proteas team manager Mohammed Moosajee confirmed in a statement on Tuesday. Hendricks played ..

Oz confident of moving with this squad to WC: Carey

NEW DELHI,EMBOLDENED by Australia’s remarkable turnaround in the ODI series against India, vice-captain Alex Carey Tuesday said they are “really confident” of entering the ICC World Cup with a squad good enough to play like defending champions. The five-match series is poised at 2-2, thanks to Australia’s back-to-back wins after staring down the barrel at one stage. “As a player in the Australian cricket side we have been working hard in the last 12-18 months. Some success ..

Wagner demolishes Bangladesh, Kiwis wrap up series

  WELLINGTON,SHORT-BALL specialist Neil Wagner engineered an innings victory over Bangladesh in what New Zealand called “an ideal two days” in the rain-shortened second Test to wrap up the series with a game to spare. After the first two days were washed out, the match finished in the first session of the final day in Wellington as New Zealand completed a fifth consecutive series win for the first time. In the face of Wagner’s relentless bouncer barrage, Bangladesh were ..

TURNER TURNS IT ON

 MOHALI, (PTI),UNHERALDED Ashton Turner took an experienced Indian attack to the cleaners with some unbelievable hitting, helping Australia chase down a record breaking target of 359 runs and level the five-match series here Sunday.It was t..

Result definitely possible: Wagner

 WELLINGTON, (AFP),NEW Zealand short-ball maestro Neil Wagner believed a result in the rain-affected second Test against Bangladesh was still “definitely possible” after New Zealand trailed by 173 at stumps on Day Three in Welling..

Djokovic, Prajnesh rise; Kyrgios falls

 Indian Wells (US),(AFP),Novak Djokovic shook off some rust and US qualifier Bjorn Fratangelo Saturday, opening his ATP Indian Wells Masters campaign with a 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 victory. The second-round clash was the world number one's first match s..

Nadal storms into SF

MELBOURNE,Jan 25,(AFP),RAFAEL Nadal claimed a dominant straight-sets win over world number three Milos Raonic to advance to the semi-finals at the Australian Open, here on Wednesday.The 14-time Grand Slam champion was too clinical for the Canadian..

Sania-Dodig pair prevails in clash against Bopanna-Gabriela

MELBOURNE,Jan 25,(PTI),SANIA Mirza and Ivan Dodig held their nerves and saved two match points against Rohan Bopanna and Gabriela Dabrowski before pulling off a tense win to seal a place in the mixed doubles semi-finals of the Australian Open, her..

Bolt loses relay Oly gold after mate Carter tests positive

LONDON,Jan 25,(Reuters),JAMAICA’S Usain Bolt has lost one of his nine Olympic gold medals and his perfect triple treble of Games’ sprint victories after team-mate Nesta Carter was found guilty of doping at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.C..

Paes-Hingis eases into mixed doubles quarters

MELBOURNE,Jan 23,(PTI),VETERAN Indian tennis star Leander Paes and Martina Hingis sailed into the quarter-finals of the mixed doubles event at the Australian Open with straight sets win over Australian duo of Matt Reid and Casey Dellacqua, here on..

Federer flies above the Australian Open debris

MELBOURNE,Jan 23,(IANS),AS THE Australian Open lurched into the second week bereft of glamour and with the cavernous arenas resounding with the triumphant screeches of unknown upstarts, one Swiss stalwart looks set to write once again an old scrip..

Chelsea thump Hull City 2-0

LONDON,Jan 23,(IANS),Lead swells to 8 points at top of EPLRETURNING striker Diego Costa scored as Chelsea thumped Hull City 2-0 to extend their lead at the top of the English Premier League (EPL) to eight points at the Stamford Bridge here.The..

Saina clinches Malaysia title

SARAWAK (Malaysia),Jan 23,(PTI),INDIAN badminton ace Saina Nehwal notched up her first title after a career-threatening injury by claiming the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold with a hard-fought victory in the summit clash.Up against 18-year-old..

Champions Leicester slip to new low

Southampton,Jan 22,(Reuters),CHAMPIONS Leicester City’s alarming slump continued with a 3-0 Premier League defeat at Southampton on Sunday that left them just five points off the drop zone and firmly embroiled in a relegation fight.First-h..

Gurjinder stars in Kalinga Lancers’ win

BHUBANESWAR,Jan 22,(Agencies), Gurjinder Singh converted a brilliant penalty corner to hand Kalinga Lancers a 1-0 win against Delhi Waveriders, giving last year’s finalists a great start to this year’s Coal India Hockey India League, on ..

Alexander, and The Great!

MELBOURNE,Jan 21,(IANS),Nadal survives Zverev scare in Australian OpenSPANISH superstar Rafael Nadal survived a marathon third-round battle against Alexander Zverev at the Australian Open tennis tournament, prevailing with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6..

Saina a win away from title

SARAWAK (Malaysia),Jan 21,(PTI),INDIA ace Saina Nehwal produced a dominating performance to notch up a straight-game win over Hong Kong’s Yip Pui Yin to seal her place in the finals of the USD 120,000 Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold.London ..

Liverpool title challenge dented by Swansea sensation

LONDON,Jan 21,(Reuters),LIVERPOOL were on the end of the biggest sensation of the Premier League season when bottom club Swansea City repelled a dramatic comeback (2-3) from Juergen Klopp’s title chasers to earn their first-ever league win a..

Yuvi owes it to Kohli

CUTTACK,Jan 20,(PTI),YUVRAJ Singh did contemplate retirement at one stage after his fight with cancer but it was skipper Virat Kohli’s trust that has kept him going which made it important for him to repay that faith.Yuvraj is once again the..

Mumbai take on Ranchi in HIL opener today

MUMBAI,Jan 20,(PTI),DABANG Mumbai, who had never made it to the semi-finals of the previous four editions of Hockey India League, are hoping that season 5 will turn out better as they play their five home games at a stretch here from Saturday till..

Saina advances to Malaysia Masters semis, Jayaram loses

SARAWAK(Malaysia),Jan 20,(PTI),FORMER World No 1 Saina Nehwal stayed on course for the women’s singles title at the season-opening Malaysia Masters after she advanced to the semi-finals of the USD 120,000 Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament..

YUVI-MAHI 2.0, INDIA 2-0

CUTTACK,Jan 19,(PTI),YUVRAJ Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni turned the clock back with a batting masterclass as the old warhorses’ twin tons powered India to a 15-run win over England in the second One-Day International and take an unassailab..

Celta Vigo stun Real Madrid

MADRID,Jan 19,(IANS),REAL Madrid’s chances of winning the King’s Cup knockout competition suffered a huge blow as they were beaten 1-2 at home by an impressive Celta Vigo in the first leg of their quarter-final tie.Madrid controlled ..

Delhi Waveriders name Rupinder as captain for HIL 2017

NEW DELHI,Jan 19,(PTI),ACE dragflicker Rupinder Pal Singh will lead Delhi Waveriders in the upcoming fifth edition of the Hockey India League (HIL), starting January 21.Rupinder will take charge of the team from New Zealand’s Simon Child, ..

...the tough gets going

MELBOURNE,Jan 18,(Agencies)Federer made to work by spirited qualifierROGER Federer didn’t have things all his own way as he got past spirited American qualifier Noah Rubin to reach the Australian Open third round in a tough three-setter on..

Sania, Bopanna move up

MELBOURNE,Jan 18,(PTI),SANIA Mirza and Rohan Bopanna made winning starts to their respective campaigns at the Australian Open with contrasting opening-round victories with their doubles partners, here on Wednesday.Sania Mirza and Czech Republic&..

This HIL will mark my new beginning: Lakra

NEW DELHI,Jan 18,(PTI),BACK in action from a prolong injury lay-off, ace Indian defender Birendra Lakra says the upcoming Hockey India League (HIL) will mark a new beginning for him ahead of the busy international calendar.Lakra will spearhead the..

‘Batting alongside Kohli helped’

PUNE,Jan 17,(PTI),KEDAR Jadhav, who became an overnight star with a match winning hundred in the first ODI against England, says he got the benefit of batting alongside Virat Kohli, who is usually the prime target of the opposition bowlers.“..

Kapoor’s ouster as junior selector raises eyebrows

NEW DELHI,Jan 17,(PTI),THE BCCI’s decision to remove former India Test player Ashish Kapoor from the junior selection panel and retain former First-Class cricketer Rakesh Parikh has raised eyebrows.It was also learnt that Parikh is already..

De Villiers out of NZ Tests, scoffs at retirement talk

CAPE TOWN,Jan 17,(Reuters),SOUTH Africa batsman AB de Villiers has ruled himself out of the team’s three-Test series in New Zealand in March, but insists he is not retiring from the longest format of the game.De Villiers has recovered from..

Zidane proud as Real finally fall at 41st hurdle

MADRID,Jan 16,(AFP),REAL Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane urged his side to put their disappointment of a first defeat in 40 games behind them as Sevilla produced a remarkable late turnaround to breathe new life into the Spanish title race with a 2-1 ..

New heroes, rivalries emerge as curtains come down on PBL

NEW DELHI,Jan 15,(PTI),OLYMPIC silver medallist PV Sindhu showed her mettle by guiding Chennai Smashers to a superb title win in the Premier Badminton League, which showcased new sporting heroes and rivalries in a highly-successful second season...

Khattar announces Rs 10cr for Yogeshwar Dutt’s village

SONIPAT (Har),Jan 16,(PTI),HARYANA Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar Monday announced to give Rs 10 crore for undertaking various developmental projects in the village of Olympic wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt here.The projects include arrangement of ..

Pain a constant companion for Nadal

UNDATEDIT HAS been a “long time” since Rafa Nadal was painfree, the Spaniard says, but at least he will be competing at full speed at the Australian Open after putting his injury woes behind him.The 30-yearold, whose bustling power game pr..

Firing coach Mourinho cost Chelsea over $10 million

LONDON,Jan 15,(IANS),THE dismissal of coach Jose Mourinho cost Chelsea 9.5 million euros ($10.1 million) in late 2015, the capital football club has revealed.The Portuguese coach, who is now in chargeof Manchester United, was fired in December 2..

Departure from order, request Lodha panel to review: CAB

KOLKATA,Jan 13,(PTI),QUESTIONING Lodha Committee’s fresh clarifications, Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) legal advisor Ushanath Banerjee pleaded for a review saying it made a clear departure from the earlier stand and misconstrued the or..

Don’t believe in split captaincy, says Dhoni

PUNE,Jan 13,(PTI),“SPLIT captaincy does not work in India”, said Mahendra Singh Dhoni as he explained his shock decision to step down from India’s limited-overs leadership and asserted that the team under Virat Kohli will rewrite..

Wade hits maiden ODI ton in Aussies’ Brisbane romp

BRISBANE,Jan 13,(Reuters)AUSTRALIA’S Matthew Wade struck his maiden One-Day century to help secure a comprehensive 92-run victory over a disjointed Pakistan in the first One-Day International in Brisbane on Friday.Blanked in the preceding Te..

Shirke can’t come in BCCI, ‘cooling off’ for Ganguly

NEW DELHI,Jan 12,(PTI),SACKED BCCI Secretary Ajay Shirke cannot be Maharashtra Cricket Association’s representative in BCCI meetings, the Lodha committee made it clear on Thursday in a seven-point response to queries on the administrative re..

MS managed seniors well: Kumble

PUNE,Jan 12,(PTI),MAHENDRA Singh Dhoni had a phenomenal career as captain and one of the highlights of his leadership tenure was the apt handling of senior players in the team, said current India coach Anil Kumble who himself had made way for the ..

Pant sizzles, Rahane solid as India A beat England

MUMBAI,Jan 12,(PTI),FLAVOUR of the season Rishabh Pant sizzled in his first ever match for India A and his smashing 59 off only 36 balls overshadowed senior pro Ajinkya Rahane’s compact 91 as a new-look India A side cruised to a six-wicket v..

NVCC felicitates Iqbal Memon

Business Bureau,Iqbal H Memon, President of All India Memon Jamat Federation recently visited Nag Vidarbha Chamber of Commerce (NVCC).Prakash Mehadia, President of NVCC felicitated Iqbal Menon by offering shawl and shreefal. National-level office-be..

Man-U plant one foot in final

LONDON,Jan 11,(Reuters),Fellaini helps United to 2-0 win over Hull in League Cup semiMANCHESTER United turned frustration into jubilation as they planted one foot in the League Cup final after a late Marouane Fellaini header gave them a 2-0 win ..

Yuki moves to 2nd round

MELBOURNE,Jan 11,(PTI),YUKI Bhambri advanced to the second round of the Australian Open Qualifiers with a straight sets win over seventh seed Stefan Kozlov even as his fellow Davis Cupper Saketh Myneni suffered a tame defeat, here on Wednesday.The..

Sreejesh in FIH Athletes’ Committee

THE Indian men’s hockey team captain PR Sreejesh Wednesday became a member of International Hockey Federation (FIH) Athletes’ Committee. FIH Athletes’ Committee comprises a total of eight current and former hockey players who have the ..

I want to work harder to stay at the top: Marin

NEW DELHI,Jan 10,(PTI),SHE might have won almost all big events in a short span of her international career but Olympic champion and World No. 1 Carolina Marin of Spain says she is hungry to win many more titles and vows to work harder to hold on ..

FIFA approves 48-team World Cup for 2026

ZURICH,Jan 10,(AFP),FIFA’S ruling council Tuesday unanimously approved an expansion of the World Cup to 48 teams in 2026, in a major coup for the body’s president Gianni Infantino.In a bid to widen the game’s global appeal and en..

Ronaldo, Ranieri scoop top FIFA awards

ZURICH,Jan 10,(AFP),CRISTIANO Ronaldo claimed FIFA’s inaugural best player of the year award, the latest prize for the Real Madrid and Portugal star after a glittering 2016 for club and country.Leicester City’s Claudio Ranieri received..

Messi to the rescue

MADRID,Jan 9,(AFP),But Barcelona lose ground to Real MadridBARCELONA’S poor start to 2017 continued as they lost further ground on Real Madrid at the top of La Liga despite a sensational last minute Lionel Messi free-kick salvaging a 1-1 d..

Mumbai beat Jaipur in PWL

NEW DELHI,Jan 9,(PTI),MUMBAI Maharathi emerged victorious over Jaipur Ninjas 4-3 on Day 8 of the Pro Wrestling League here on Monday.Jaipur decided to block the 58kg Women’s category and Mumbai, in turn, blocked the 70kg men’s category..

Kerala shocker for Punjab

By Mukund Dhus,PUDUCHERRY,Jan 9,KERALA men upset fancied Punjab 88-77 and holders Railway women narrowly beat Chhattisgarh 71-68 in the league phase of the 67th Sr National Basketball Championship in progress here on Monday.Standing at six-foot-..

Rooney joins Charlton

LONDON,Jan 8,(Reuters),Manchester United rout ReadingWAYNE Rooney left his footprint on FA Cup third-round day with the first goal in holders Manchester United’s 4-0 rout of Championship side Reading on Saturday to draw level with Bobby Ch..

Agut lift Chennai Open title

CHENNAI,Jan 8,(IANS),Bopanna-Nedunchezhiyan clinch doubles crownSPANIARD Roberto Bautista Agut defeated Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-4 to win the singles crown while India’s Rohan Bopanna and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan beat compatriots Purav ..

Djokovic makes statement in epic win

UNDATEDNOVAK Djokovic made an immense statement in his bid to rule men’s tennis again when he defeated Andy Murray, the man who deposed him as world number one, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 in an epic Qatar Open final in Doha.Looking back to near his peerles..

Five-star Manchester City demolish West Ham

london,Jan 7,(Reuters),MANCHESTER City crushed West Ham United 5-0 to give manager Pep Guardiola the perfect introduction to the FA Cup as they cruised into the fourth round with a thumping victory at the London Stadium.After taking the lead thr..

Nishikori sets sights on Slam

BRISBANE,Jan 7,(AFP),KEI Nishikori says a Grand Slam title is within reach following his impressive straight sets win over US Open champion Stan Wawrinka in the semi-finals of the Brisbane International on Saturday.Nishikori, 27, beat the Swiss ..

Sania wins Brisbane doubles title but loses No. 1 rank

BRISBANE,Jan 7,(PTI),INDIAN tennis ace Sania Mirza picked up her first title of the year, combining with American Bethanie Mattek-Sands to lift the Brisbane International women’s doubles title, but ended up losing the World No. 1 crown to he..

Sakshi shines but Jaipur post 4-3 win over Delhi

NEW DELHI,Jan 6,(PTI),PRO Wrestling League’s new entrant Jaipur Ninjas continued their brilliant run in the ongoing second edition of the tournament with a 4-3 win over Delhi Sultans, led by star Indian wrestler Sakshi Malik.Jaipur had it ..

Aussies push for series clean sweep over Pakistan

SYDNEY,Jan 6,(AFP),AUSTRALIA were nine wickets away from a series clean sweep and Pakistan an improbable 410 runs from victory with one day left in the third Test in Sydney on Friday. Spinner Nathan Lyon grabbed the wicket of debutant opener Sharj..

Virat takes charge; Yuvi, Nehra make comeback, Pant new face

MUMBAI,Jan 6,(PTI),INDIAN cricket entered a new era as Virat Kohli was officially anointed captain for all three formats as he took over leadership for the limited-overs series against England where veterans Yuvraj Singh and Ashish Nehra will make..

Unforced errors force Yuki’s exit

CHENNAI,Jan 5,(PTI),THERE were no dearth of chances to stage a comeback but Yuki Bhambri struggled to contain his unforced errors and was knocked out of the Chennai Open with a straight set defeat against world number 47 Benoit Paire. Yuki, who en..

Spurs’ Alli holds head high to stun Chelsea

LONDON,Jan 5,(Agencies),DELE Alli struck twice as Tottenham beat Chelsea 2-0 to end the Blues’ 13-game winning run in the Premier League and breathe new life into this season’s title race.The 20-year-old scored with a header in each ha..

105-yr-old Frenchman sets cycling record

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YUELINES (France),Jan 5,(AP),NEARLY a century ago, Robert Marchand was told by a coach that he should give up cycling because he would never achieve anything on a bike.He proved that prediction wrong again today.In a skin-tight ..

Rule Of Three!

BOURNEMOUTH (England),Jan 4,(IANS),Arsenal come from behind to secure 3-3 draw against BournemouthARSENAL fought back after falling three goals behind to earn a 3-3 draw against Bournemouth in an English Premier League (EPL) football match at th..

Kovalik shocks Cilic for biggest win of his career

CHENNAI,Jan 4,(PTI),LITTLE known Jozef Kovalik caused the biggest upset of the Chennai Open as he knocked out world number six and tournament-favourite Marin Cilic in a gripping pre-quarterfinal, here on Wednesday.Qualifier Kovalik, winner of ju..

Coe says sport must innovate, backs new Bolt team event

SYDNEY,Jan 4,(AFP),WORLD athletics chief Sebastian Coe threw his support behind a new team event spearheaded by Usain Bolt, saying the sport needed “brave, bold ideas” to stay relevant.Nine-time Olympic champion Bolt will headline th..

Chung upsets sixth seed Coric

CHENNAI,Jan 2,(PTI),KOREAN qualifier Hyeon Chung produced the first upset of the ATP Chennai Open by ousting last year’s finalist Borna Coric with a straight-set win in the opening round of the USD 505730 hard court event here on Monday.Cori..

Somdev berates AITA, says he has lot to offer

CHENNAI,Jan 2,(PTI),LAUNCHING a scathing attack on the All India Tennis Association (AITA), the just-retired Somdev Devvarman Monday said the federation was not interested in creating a good system to help players and advised talented kids to go a..

Never expected biopic on my life: Thangavelu

INDIAN Paralympic gold medallist Mariyappan Thangavelu, on whose life filmmaker Aishwarya Dhanush is making a biopic, says he never expected such a film to be made.“Even though I’m really happy about this project, I never expected, even in m..

Wijnaldum heads Liverpool home

LIVERPOOL,Jan 1,(Reuters),A THUNDERING header from Dutchman Georginio Wijnaldum gave Liverpool a 1-0 win over Premier League title rivals Manchester City.The result moved second-placed Liverpool four points ahead of Pep Guardiola’s team and ..

Marin beats Sindhu as Hyderabad pip Chennai 4-3 in PBL opener

HYDERABAD,Jan 1,(PTI),OLYMPIC champion Carolina Marin kicked-off the second edition of Premier Badminton League in style winning a closely contested encounter against PV Sindhu guiding Hyderabad Hunters to 4-3 win over Chennai Smashers.The marquee..