Real Madrid forward Benzema on trial in France for blackmail

Iyon, Oct. 19: Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema will stand trial outside Paris starting Wednesday after being accused of trying to blackmail former France teammate Mathieu Valbuena over a sex tape. Benzema is on trial for complicity in attempted blackmail. Four other people, including one of the player’s childhood friends,…

10/19/2021

India lifts SAFF Championship title

Kathmandu, Oct. 17: Nepal, which had made it to the final of the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship for the first time in history of the game, has been defeated by India. In the final match played at the National Stadium in Male, the capital of the Maldives, on…

10/17/2021

IPL returns as precursor to T20 World Cup

Dubai, Sept. 18: Players will be getting valuable experience in the UAE conditions ahead of the T20 World Cup while the Indian cricket board will be hoping its money-spinner stays away from the looming COVID-19 shadow when the IPL resumes with the blockbuster Chennai Super Kings-Mumbai Indians clash here on…

09/18/2021

India's IPL stars off to Dubai after second successive negative RT-PCR reports

Manchester/Dubai, Sept. 11: The Indian cricketers contracted to play the Indian Premier League (IPL) left for the UAE in chartered and commercial flights after returning negative RT-PCR tests for the second time in two days. The travel arrangements were made by players' respective franchises. The players began their early departures…

09/11/2021

Indian PM Modi hosts India Paralympic contingent, presented with autographed stole

New Delhi, Sept. 9: India's Paralympians presented Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with an autographed stole on Thursday during a breakfast hosted by him to felicitate the contingent at his residence in New Delhi. The Indian para-athletes returned from Tokyo on the back of a sensational campaign that saw them…

09/09/2021

Whatever Virat Kohli touched on final day of Oval Test turned to gold, says Nasser Hussain

London, Sept. 7: Former England cricketer Nasser Hussain gave a huge compliment to Virat Kohli, whose team pulled off a sensational 157-run win against England in the fourth Test at The Oval, saying that the Indian skipper had his Midas Test and everything "Virat touched turned to gold on the…

09/07/2021

FIFA release statement on Brazil vs Argentina suspended match

Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sept. 6: FIFA have released a statement regarding the scenes preceding the suspension of the match between Brazil and Argentina for the CONMEBOL qualifiers of the FIFA World Cup 2022. Earlier, The World Cup qualifier between Latin America powerhouses Brazil and Argentina was suspended on Sunday night…

09/06/2021

Tokyo Paralympics: Pramod Bhagat wins first ever badminton gold for India

Tokyo, Sept. 4: India’s Pramod Bhagat won the Men’s Singles SL3 event badminton gold medal match against Great Britain’s Daniell Bethell at the Tokyo Paralympics on Saturday. This is India’s first medal in badminton at the Paralympics Games. Manoj Sarkar beat Daisuke Fujihara of Japan and clinched the Bronze medal…

09/04/2021

Indian hockey teams unlikely to compete in Birmingham Commonwealth Games, says IOA chief Batra

New Delhi, Sept. 3: The Indian hockey teams are unlikely to participate in next year's Commonwealth Games in Birmingham to ensure that they hit peak form during the Asian Games, which is a qualifier for the 2024 Paris Olympics, Indian Olympic Association President Narinder Batra said on Friday. Batra said…

09/03/2021

In T20 World Cup, India to play Pakistan in Dubai on October 24

New Delhi, Aug. 18: The ICC Men's T-20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman will get under way from October 17, with the final to be played in Dubai on November 14 and the first semifinal in Abu Dhabi on November 10. India and Pakistan will lock horns on…

08/18/2021

Bruno hat-trick gives Man United big win

Manchester, Aug. 15: Bruno Fernandes scored a hat-trick and Paul Pogba set up four goals as Manchester United thrashed Leeds 5-1 to make a statement about their Premier League title credentials. On a day when Jadon Sancho made his debut off the bench and Raphael Varane was presented as the…

08/15/2021

Lionel Messi to be seen in Paris Saint-Germain’s colours

Paris, Aug. 11: Lionel Messi is travelling to France after agreeing to join Paris Saint-Germain, a person with knowledge of the negotiations has told the Associated Press, paving the way for one of the game’s greats to play for a new club after spending his entire career at Barcelona. The…

08/11/2021

India’s Neeraj Chopra Wins Gold Medal In Tokyo Olympic

Tokyo, Aug. 7: Neeraj Chopra win a gold medal, flinging the javelin a staggering 87.58m to top the charts in Tokyo, With this gold, India win seven medal in total with 2 silver and 4 bronze. The gold, a historic first for the country in track and field, the second…

08/08/2021

How Ravi Kumar Dahiya Pulled Off Dramatic Comeback to Confirm 4th Tokyo Olympics Medal for India

Tokyo, Aug. 5: Ravi Kumar Dahiya was just one and a half minutes away from losing his Men’s 57kg Freestyle semi-final bout on Wednesday when he produced a sensational comeback to go through to the gold medal match and confirm a fourth Tokyo Olypics medal for India. Ravi came back…

08/05/2021

Indian women create history, enter Olympic hockey semifinal for first time

Tokyo, Aug. 2: A brave and determined Indian women's hockey team etched its name in the history books by entering the Olympic Games semifinals for the first time, stunning three-time champions and world no.2 Australia 1-0 in an intense last-eight tie here on Monday. A day after the Indian men's…

08/02/2021

India beat Great Britain 3-1, enter semis of Olympics men’s hockey after 49 years

Tokyo, Aug. 1: The Indian men’s hockey team defeated Great Britain 3-1 in a quarterfinal match to qualify for the semifinals of Olympics Games after 49 years here on Sunday. India scored three field goals through Dilpreet Singh (7th minute), Gurjant Singh (16th) and Hardik Singh (57th) to seal the…

08/01/2021

Tokyo Olympics: Vandana's hat-trick keeps India's quarterfinal hopes alive in women's hockey

Tokyo, Jul. 31: Striker Vandana Katariya scored a historic hat-trick to keep alive the Indian women's hockey team's quarterfinals hopes in the Olympics with a fighting 4-3 victory over lower-ranked South Africa in its must-win final group match here on Saturday. Vandana (4th, 17th, 49th minutes) achieved a rare feat…

07/31/2021

Olympic host Tokyo hits record 2,848 Covid-19 cases, seeks more hospital beds

Tokyo, Jul. 28: Tokyo's 2,848 Covid-19 infections on Tuesday were the Olympic host city's highest since the pandemic began, officials said, as media reported that authorities had asked hospitals to prepare more beds for patients as the Delta variant drives the surge. The rise in cases threatens to further erode…

07/28/2021

Head Coach of National Football Team Al Mutairi announces resignation

Kathmandu, Jul. 25: Head coach of national football team Abdullah Al Mutairi has announced to resign from the position. He declared that he was resigning from the position of the head coach via his official Facebook page on Sunday. "I am resigning because of senior vice-chairman of All Nepal Football…

07/25/2021

India gets first medal at Tokyo Olympics as weightlifter Mirabai Chanu clinches silver

Tokyo, Jul. 24: A confident smile never leaving her face, Mirabai Chanu ended India's over two-decade long wait for a weightlifting medal at the Olympics, clinching the 49kg category silver medal five years after leaving the same platform in tears following a disastrous debut. With her historic triumph, she ensured…

07/24/2021

ICC confirms new WTC points system: 12 for win, 4 for draw, 6 for tie

Dubai, Jul. 15: The ICC on Wednesday officially confirmed that teams will be awarded standardised 12 points for a win, four for a draw and six for a tie during the second World Test Championship cycle which kicks off with the five-match series between India and England in August. The…

07/15/2021

Italy wins Euro 2020, beats England in penalty shootout

London, Jul. 12: Italy won the European Championship for the first time since 1968 as Gianluigi Donnarumma saved two England penalties en route to a 3-2 shootout win after the teams had fought out a 1-1 extra-time draw at a raucous Wembley on Sunday. The giant keeper saved from Jadon…

07/12/2021

Italy, Spain book Euro semis date

Munich, Jul. 4: Italy and Spain are going to meet at football's European Championship for the fourth tournament in a row, and this time a place in the final will be on the line. Italy made it to the semifinals with a 2-1 win over Belgium in Munich, while the…

07/04/2021

Italy and Spain to meet again at a European Championship

London, Jul. 3: Italy and Spain are going to meet at the European Championship for the fourth tournament in a row, and this time a place in the final will be on the line. The match is scheduled for Tuesday at Wembley Stadium in London. The first Euro 2020 semifinal…

07/03/2021

Neymar and Sanchez return for Copa America knockout match

Rio de Janeiro, Jul. 1:  Defending champion Brazil and Chile will have their star players back in action when they meet in the Copa America quarterfinals on Friday. Neymar will return for Brazil and Alexis Sánchez has recovered from a calf muscle injury ahead of the encounter at the Nilton…

07/01/2021

Tearful Serena Williams retires from Wimbledon after first-round injury

London, June 30: The 23-time Grand Slam winner, who is still pursuing Margaret Court’s all-time record, started Tuesday evening’s match well though had heavy strapping on her right thigh. She broke Sasnovich in the Bulgarian’s second service game, but was immediately broken back herself and appeared to roll her ankle…

06/30/2021

T20 World Cup to be held from October 17-November 14: ICC

Dubai, June 29: This year’s T20 World Cup, which has been moved to the UAE and Oman from India due to the Covid-10 pandemic, will be played from October 17 to November 14, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Tuesday. The ICC statement came a day after BCCI intimated…

06/29/2021

Indian team arrives in Sri Lanka for limited overs series

Colombo, June 28: The India white-ball team led by Shikhar Dhawan, featuring as many as six uncapped players, arrived here from Mumbai for their four-week tour which will feature six limited-overs games against Sri Lanka, starting July 13. Senior all-rounder Hardik Pandya shared an Instagra story captioned: “Touchdown, Sri Lanka,…

06/28/2021

Sajan Prakash creates history, becomes first-ever Indian swimmer to make Olympic ‘A’ cut

New Delhi, June 27: Sajan Prakash on Saturday became the first-ever Indian swimmer to qualify for the Olympic Games by breaching the ‘A’ standard time, clocking 1:56:38 seconds in the men’s 200m butterfly event at the Sette Colli Trophy in Rome, Italy. The Games ‘A’ standard was set at 1:56.48…

06/27/2021

Indian women’s archery team reaches World Cup final

Paris, June 26: Days after the heartbreak of missing out on their quota for Tokyo Olympic Games, the Indian women’s recurve archery team bounced back strongly to storm into the final of the World Cup Stage 3 in Paris on Friday. The trio of Deepika Kumari, Ankita Bhakat and Komalika…

06/26/2021

Chhetri extends contract with Bengaluru FC for another two years

Bengaluru, June 21: India captain Sunil Chhetri has prolonged his contract with Bengaluru FC for one more two years and will probably be with the Indian Tremendous League facet until 2023. The brand new deal will allow Chhetri, who joined ‘the Blues’ in 2013, to increase his stick with the…

06/21/2021

India bids farewell to legendary Flying Sikh Milkha Singh

New Delhi, June 19: “We may not have seen you compete, but every time we ran fast as kids, we ran ‘like Milkha Singh’,” India's football captain Sunil Chhetri summed up what ‘The Flying Sikh’ meant to the nation, which mourned the end of an era following the nonagenarian sprint…

06/19/2021

DeChambeau-Koepka spat overshadows US Open

San Deago, June 17: Torrey Pines has had its share of conflict over the years involving some of the top players in golf. Just not during such a taxing major as the U.S. Open. Think back to 2003 at the Buick Invitational when Phil Mickelson was quoted in a magazine…

06/17/2021

Williamson as top-ranked Test batsman, Kohli climbs to fourth

Dubai, June 16: India skipper Virat Kohli climbed to the fourth spot while Australia batsman Steve Smith reclaimed the top position in the ICC Test rankings released on Wednesday. Kohli, who will lead India in the World Test Championship final against New Zealand at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton from…

06/16/2021

Wales travel far to take on Switzerland in Baku at Euro 2020

Baku (Azerbaijan), June 11: From schoolboy to the national team, Dylan Levitt has come a long way since Wales went a long way at the last European Championship. The Welsh reached the semifinals at Euro 2016 in their tournament debut, inspiring the likes of Levitt to work his way into…

06/11/2021

Desperate India eye win against Bangladesh to keep Asian Cup expectations burning

Doha, June 7: A winless India desperately need a positive result against neighbours Bangladesh in their joint World Cup and Asian Cup qualifiers match here on Monday, if they want to avoid the ignominy of playing in the qualifying play-off round of the continental showpiece. India are already out of…

06/07/2021

Modi reviews India’s preparedness for Oly

New Delhi, June 4: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday reviewed India’s preparations on the occasion of ‘50 Days to Tokyo Olympics’. The Prime Minister, in the meeting, said that he would be connecting with the Indian Olympics contingent through a video conference in July, to encourage them and…

06/04/2021

India, NZ on equal terms for WTC final, says Kohli

Mumbai, June 3: India captain Virat Kohli said on Wednesday that India and New Zealand would contest the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) final as equals, despite expectations that playing conditions would better suit his opponents. The limited preparation time available to India before the final, which begins on June…

06/03/2021

Asian Boxing Championships: Sanjeet wins India’s second gold

Dubai, June 1: India’s Sanjeet beat Kazakistan’s Vassiliy Levit in a 3-2 split decision in the 91 kg final to win gold at the Asian Boxing Championship on Monday. Earlier, Shiva Thapa lost to Mongolia’s Baatarsukh Chinzorig in a 2-3 split decision in the 64kg final and settle for silver, as Amit Panghal lost to reigning World and Olympic champion Zoirov…

06/01/2021

Indian Premier League likely to restart in September

New Delhi, May 26: The postponed Indian Premier League will likely resume on September 18 or 19 in the UAE with as many as 10 double-headers expected to be played during a three-week window, a senior BCCI official told on Tuesday. The final might be held on October 9 or…

05/26/2021

Dravid to coach India white-ball team in Lanka

New Delhi, May 21: Former India captain Rahul Dravid, currently heading the National Cricket Academy (NCA), is set to be named the head coach of the Indian white-ball squad that will tour Sri Lanka in July. Dravid, who stopped travelling with the India A and U-19 teams after taking over…

05/21/2021

IPL suspended indefinitely after multiple Covid cases in its bio-bubble

New Delhi, May 4: The Indian Premier League was on Tuesday suspended indefinitely after multiple Covid cases were reported in its bio-bubble, ending a month-long relatively smooth run for cricket's most glamorous and cash-rich event in the middle of a raging pandemic. "The tournament has been suspended indefinitely. We will…

05/04/2021

We’re on right track for Tokyo: Mandeep Singh

Bengaluru, Apr. 28: National hockey team’a star Mandeep Singh has said that after recent successes on foreign tours, the team is on track to do well in the Tokyo Olympic Games, which are less than three months away. The star forward from Jalandhar said the recent performance against reigning Olympics…

04/28/2021

India Open badminton tournament postponed due to surge in COVID-19 cases

New Delhi, Apr. 20: The India Open Super 500 tournament, one of the last three qualifying events for the Tokyo Olympics, was on Monday postponed due to raging COVID-19 pandemic in the country. The USD 4,00,000 India Open was scheduled to be held behind closed doors in the National Capital…

04/20/2021

Finally, an Asian gold for Vinesh

Almaty (Kazakhstan), Apr. 17: Dominating the proceedings in a depleted field, Olympics-bound wrestlers Vinesh Phogat and Anshu Malik won their maiden Asian Championship titles with comfortable triumphs in their respective final clashes here 0n Friday. There was no stopping Vinesh in the absence of the Chinese and Japanese rivals as…

04/17/2021

Vikas crushes European champ; Vinka, Poonam enter quarterfinals

New Delhi, Apr. 16: Five Indian boxers registered remarkable victories on the second day of boxing’s Youth World Championships, the most notable win being 52kg specialist Vikas upsetting reigning European youth champion Yasen Radev of Bulgaria. It was a second successive all-win day for Indian boxers at the event in…

04/16/2021

Hockey: India hold Argentina with last-minute goal, win 3-2 in shootout

Buenos Aires, Apr. 12: Harmanpreet Singh scored a goal with a powerful dragflick with only 25 seconds left on the clock, changing the course of their FIH Pro League match against Olympic champions Argentina. The goal, Harmanpreet’s second of the match, helped India hold Argentina 2-2 in regulation time and…

04/12/2021

Indian men’s hockey team starts on a winning note, beats Argentina 4-3

Buenos Aires, Apr. 8: The Indian men’s hockey team made a positive start to its tour of Argentina, beating the reigning Olympic champions 4-3 in the first practice match here. Nilakanta Sharma (16th minute), Harmanpreet Singh (28th), Rupinder Pal Singh (33rd) and Varun Kumar (47th) were the goal scorers for…

04/08/2021

Partial son-rise on F1 debut

London, Mar. 31: Ash Barty is tough to beat under any circumstances, especially when she’s on the ropes. She proved that again in reaching the Miami Open quarterfinals. The 22-year-old son of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher admitted he needs to learn to cope with being overtaken so much after…

03/31/2021

After Oman high, India face UAE

Dubai, Mar. 29: On a high after an impressive 1-1 draw against the fancied Oman, India are pitted against the formidable United Arab Emirates in their second football friendly here on Monday, with head coach Igor Stimac again set to experiment with a fresh set of rookies. Ten players made…

03/29/2021

Mithali Raj becomes first Indian woman cricketer to score 10,000 international runs

Lucknow, Mar. 12: Veteran batter Mithali Raj on Friday became the first Indian woman cricketer and second internationally to complete 10,000 runs across all formats. The 38-year-old Mithali, who leads the Indian ODI team, joins England’s Charlotte Edwards in the elite club. Mithali achieved the feat with a boundary off…

03/12/2021

No decision yet on Olympic foreign fan ban says Tokyo 2020 president Hashimoto

Tokyo, Mar. 12: Tokyo 2020 president Seiko Hashimoto denied media reports on Thursday that a decision had already been made to bar foreign spectators from attending the Tokyo Summer Olympics. Hashimoto said the issue is still under discussion and that a final decision will be made by the start of…

03/12/2021

Silver medals for three Indian women finalists at Boxam International Boxing

New Delhi, Mar. 7: The Olympic-bound duo of Simranjit Kaur (60kg) and Pooja Rani (75kg) signed off with silver medals at the 35th Boxam International Boxing Tournament in Castellon, Spain on Saturday. While Simranjit could not take the ring against Rashida Ellis of USA because of an injury, Pooja lost…

03/07/2021

Swiss Open: Praneeth, Jayaram lose in quarters

Basel, Mar. 6: Olympics hopeful B Sai Praneeth suffered a straight game loss to Malaysia's Lee Zii Jia in the quarterfinals as Indian shuttlers had a dismal outing at the Swiss Open here on Friday. Praneeth, who finished runner-up in the last edition, lost 14-21 17-21 to Jia in 45…

03/06/2021

Sania ousted in Qatar

Doha, Mar. 5: : Sania Mirza’s first tournament in more than a year ended with a semifinals defeat as she was ousted from the Qatar Open along with her partner Andreja Klepac here on Thursday. Sania and her Slovenian partner lost 5-7 6-2 5-10 to America’s Nicole Melichar and Dutch…

03/05/2021

Sania-Andreja pair enter semifinals of Qatar Open

Doha, Mar. 4: Indian tennis star Sania Mirza and her Slovenian partner Andreja   Klepac sailed into the women's doubles semifinals of the Qatar Open with a straight set win over their rivals here on Wednesday. Sania and Andreja made short work of fourth seeds Anna Blinkova and Gabriela Dabrowski, winning…

03/04/2021

Tokyo 2020 organisers to raise ratio of women on its board to 42%

Tokyo, Mar. 2: The Tokyo 2020 organising committee said on Tuesday it would add 12 new women to its board, more than doubling the ratio of women to 42 per cent, after its former president, Yoshiro Mori, stepped down last month over sexist remarks. Organising committee chief executive Toshiro Muto…

03/02/2021

Motera likely to escape ICC ‘Red Eye’ as final Test pitch promises to be batting beauty

New Delhi, Feb. 27: The Motera track may have received a lot of flak after the pink ball Test ended inside two days but it is unlikely to attract any severe sanctions from the game’s governing body ICC with the pitch for the final game set to be a batting…

02/27/2021

India: World's biggest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad renamed after PM Narendra Modi

Ahmedabad, Feb. 25: : India's president on Wednesday inaugurated the world's largest cricket arena here, renamed from Sardar Patel stadium to Narendra Modi stadium in honour of the prime minister who is credited with conceptualising the facility in its current awe-inspiring form. The state-of-the-art stadium, inaugurated by President Ram Nath…

02/25/2021

Australia won’t allow players to endorse betting, alcohol at IPL

New Delhi, Feb. 23: Cricket Australia (CA) doesn’t want its players to feature in advertisements promoting betting, fast food, alcohol and tobacco brands during the next edition of Indian Premier League. The 14th Indian Premier League is scheduled to start in the second week of April and quite a few…

02/23/2021

India’s Ankita wins maiden WTA title, assured of doubles top-100 entry

Melbourne, Feb. 19: India's Ankita Raina on Friday claimed her maiden WTA title by lifting the Phillip Island Trophy along with Russian partner Kamilla Rakhimova, a feat which will catapult her into the top-100 in the doubles for the first time in her career. Ankita and Kamilla erased a one-set…

02/19/2021

Muchova overcomes dizziness to beat Barty, reaches Australian Open semis

Melbourne, Feb. 17: Karolina Muchova said she was so dizzy she thought she was going to faint during her Australian Open quarter-final against Ash Barty on Wednesday before a lengthy medical timeout helped her regain her composure to turn the tables on the world number one. Home favorite and top seed Barty…

02/17/2021

Djokovic breaks the shackles

Melbourne, Feb. 17: Novak Djokovic smashed a racquet, sending a piece of the frame flying. Later, he plopped himself down right there at the back of the blue court, looking forlorn as can be. He dropped the opening set against Alexander Zverev, one of the young guys trying to shove…

02/17/2021

Point from defeat, Osaka edges Muguruza at Australian Open

Melbourne, Feb. 14: So good for so long lately, Naomi Osaka was just one point from the end of her lengthy winning streak, one point from leaving the Australian Open with a loss to Garbine Muguruza. Bleak as things looked for her late in a big-hitting matchup of Grand Slam…

02/14/2021

Australia Open: Djokovic holds off Tiafoe, reaches 3rd round

Melbourne, Feb. 10: Djokovic outclassed America's Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 6-7, 7-6(2), 6-3 to win the second-round match at the Rod Laver Arena. Frances Tiafoe had never played a No. 1, had never beaten anyone in the Top 5, and now he'd just won a tiebreaker against Novak Djokovic to level…

02/10/2021

Tokyo 2020 Olympic committee to hold special meeting over Mori’s comments as volunteers withdraw help

Tokyo, Feb. 9: The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Organising Committee is set to convene a special board meeting as early as Friday after the outcry over committee president Yoshiro Mori’s sexist comments, public broadcaster NHK reported on Tuesday. There are no plans to discuss Mori’s resignation at the meeting but he…

02/09/2021

Ibrahimovic nets 500th club goal to help AC Milan beat Crotone; Lazio win against Cagliari

Milan, Feb. 8: Zlatan Ibrahimovic broke the 500-mark for career club goals with a brace on Sunday as AC Milan held top spot in Serie A with a 4-0 win over lowly Crotone. "It's difficult to be surprised by Ibrahimovic," said Milan coach Stefano Pioli of the 39-year-old who is…

02/08/2021

Inter Milan on top of Serie A after beating Fiorentina 2-0

Florence, Italy, Feb. 6: Inter Milan moved to the top of Serie A after winning at Fiorentina 2-0 on Friday. Nicolò Barella scored a great first-half opener and Ivan Perišić doubled the lead shortly after the break to hand the Nerazzurri their first win in Florence since 2014. Inter moved…

02/06/2021

Germany bars Liverpool from coming for Champions League game

Berlin, Feb. 5: Germany will not allow Liverpool into the country to play a Champions League game at Leipzig on Feb. 16 because of border restrictions imposed over new variants of the coronavirus. The German Interior Ministry confirmed Thursday that an application by Leipzig for special permission for Liverpool to…

02/05/2021

Serena Williams sizzles to victory

Melbourne, Feb. 4: Serena Williams sounded a warning for her fellow Australian Open contenders with a sleek 6-1 6-4 victory against Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova to reach the quarterfinals of the Yarra Valley Classic here on Wednesday. After top two seeds Ash Barty and Sofia Kenin faced steep challenges to keep…

02/04/2021

Rani Rampal's strike helps India secure 1-1 draw against World No 2

Buenos Aires, Feb. 2: The Indian women’s hockey team put up a spirited performance to hold world No. 2 Argentina to a 1-1 draw and end the tour of the country on a high. Skipper Rani struck for India in the 35th minute while Emilia Forcherio scored for the home…

02/02/2021

‘Show more respect to Lionel Messi’: Ronald Koeman after contract leak

Barcelona, Feb. 1: Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman rallied behind Lionel Messi after the Argentine delivered a vintage performance in Sunday’s 2-1 home win over Athletic Bilbao, hours after full details of Messi’s lucrative contract were published in the Spanish media. Messi scored his 650th goal for the Catalans with a…

02/01/2021

Army Club wins PM Cup Cricket Tournament

Kathmandu, Jan. 30: Tribhuwan Army Club (TAC) has beaten the Armed Police Force (APF)  by 33 runs to lift the Prime Minister Cup 2021. In the final clash played at the Tribhuvan University Cricket Ground in Kirtipur on Saturday afternoon, the APF team fell short of 33 runs while chasing…

01/30/2021

Rohan Bopanna ties up with Ben McLachlan for Australian Open

Melbourne, Jan. 30: Indian tennis star Rohan Bopanna’s search to look for a partner for the men’s doubles competition at the Australian Open ended on Saturday as he tied up with Japan’s Ben McLachlan for the season’s first Grand Slam. Bopanna had originally paired with Joao Sousa but the Portuguese…

01/30/2021

EPL: Liverpool beat Spurs 3-1 to revive faltering title defense

London, Jan. 29: Roberto Firmino ended Liverpool’s 483-minute goal drought in the Premier League to set the champions on their way to a 3-1 win over Tottenham on Thursday and revive their faltering title defense. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mane also netted as Liverpool ended a five-game winless run in…

01/29/2021

After surreal week, Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea era begins with Wolves stalemate

London, Jan. 28: Considering Frank Lampard’s standing at Chelsea it was perhaps just as well there were no fans present inside Stamford Bridge for his replacement Thomas Tuchel’s first game in charge on Wednesday. Had there been, an outpouring of support for the club’s record scorer, sacked after 18 months…

01/28/2021

Messi back in Barcelona squad for Copa del Rey match

Madrid, Jan. 27: Lionel Messi is back in the Barcelona squad that will face second-division club Rayo Vallecano in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday. Messi has not played in the Copa del Rey this season but coach Ronald Koeman is expected to use him in the round-of-16 game after…

01/27/2021

Chelsea sack manager Lampard after slump

London, Jan, 26: Chelsea dismissed manager Frank Lampard after 18 months in charge Monday after the man at the heart of much of their greatest success as a player failed to deliver as coach despite spending over £200 million in the summer transfer window. Former Paris St Germain manager Thomas…

01/26/2021

Swimming Australia eyes Plan B in case of Tokyo cancellation

Sydney, Jan. 23: Swimming Australia has started discussions about a replacement domestic or virtual international competition for its athletes in case the Tokyo Olympics are cancelled, president Kieren Perkins said. Organisers were forced to reiterate their commitment to holding the Games in July and August after a report on Friday…

01/23/2021

Thailand Open: Satwik-Ashwini enter mixed doubles semifinals, Sameer’s fight ends in agony

Bangkok, Jan. 22: India’s Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponappa entered the mixed doubles semifinal with a stunning win, but Sameer Verma’s impressive run at the Toyota Thailand Open Super 1000 tournament came to an end after a gruelling battle here on Friday. The unseeded pair of Satwik and Ashwini stunned…

01/22/2021

India win Brisbane Test, take series 2-1

Brisbane, Jan. 19: India pulled off a record run-chase in a thrilling final session to hand Australia their first defeat at Brisbane's Gabba ground since 1988 and clinch the four-Test series 2-1 on Tuesday. Wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant starred with a swashbuckling 89 not out as the injury-depleted visitors overhauled the…

01/19/2021

England win first Test against Sri Lanka

Galle, Srilanka, Jan. 18: England won the first Test against Sri Lanka by seven wickets at Galle International Stadium on Monday as Jonny Bairstow and debutant Dan Lawrence knocked off the 36 runs required on the last day. Bairstow was 35 not out and Lawrence unbeaten on 21 in a…

01/18/2021

Neymar on the spot as PSG clinch French Super Cup against Marseille

Paris, Jan. 14: Neymar scored on his return to action for Paris Saint-Germain as they beat arch rivals Marseille 2-1 to win this season's Champions Trophy. The Brazilian rolled home an 85th minute penalty to put PSG two goals ahead following Mauro Icardi's first-half opener to give new coach Mauricio…

01/14/2021

Arsenal begin FA Cup defence with win over Newcastle, United into fourth round

Dubai, Jan. 10: Emile Smith-Rowe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored in extra time as Mikel Arteta’s side began their FA Cup defence with a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Newcastle United in the third round at Emirates Stadium on Saturday. Substitute Smith-Rowe was initially shown a straight red in stoppage time by…

01/10/2021

Aston Villa’s FA Cup tie against Liverpool in doubt after positive COVID-19 cases

Liverpool, Jan. 8: Aston Villa’s FA Cup third-round match against Liverpool on Friday is in doubt after Villa reported fresh COVID-19 cases in their first-team squad. Villa said they had closed their training ground and cancelled Thursday’s training session, as a number of players and staff went into isolation. “A…

01/08/2021

Football: Liverpool frustrated by Newcastle in 0-0 draw

Newcastle, England, Dec. 31: Goalkeeper Karl Darlow pulled off a string of saves to help Newcastle hold Liverpool to a 0-0 draw on Wednesday as the defending champion’s vaunted attacking trio came up empty. Mohamed Salah missed two good chances when he had just Darlow to beat, and strike-partner Roberto…

12/31/2020

Barcelona held 1-1 at home by Eibar without Messi

Barcelona, Spain, Dec. 30: With Lionel Messi nursing his ankle in the stands, Barcelona fell further behind in the Spanish league on Tuesday after ceding its first-ever point to Eibar at Camp Nou. Halftime substitute Ousmane Dembele salvaged Barcelona a 1-1 draw when he scored in the 67th. That canceled…

12/30/2020

India win Boxing Day Test at Melbourne by 8 wickets

Melbourne, Dec. 29: Hungry for redemption, India recorded a win for the ages under an inspirational Ajinkya Rahane, beating Australia by eight wickets in the second Test to level the four-match series 1-1 here on Tuesday. The target of 70 was never a big one but for a team that…

12/29/2020

Arsenal stop rot by beating Chelsea, Everton move second and City win easily

Manchester, Dec. 27: Arsenal ended their seven-match winless run in the Premier League with a surprise 3-1 London derby victory over Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday while Manchester United were held to a 2-2 draw at Leicester City. Everton moved into the second spot with a late winner in…

12/27/2020

If I say Rahane's captaincy is outstanding, I will be accused of backing a Mumbaikar: Gavaskar

Melbourne, Dec. 26: Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar is impressed by Ajinkya Rahane's field placements but said he would refrain from praising his captaincy as it was still "early days" and he did not want to be accused of backing a fellow Mumbaikar. Taking charge of the team in the…

12/26/2020

BCCI AGM approves 10 teams for 2022 IPL

Ahmedabad, Dec. 24: The BCCI's governing body on Thursday ratified the entry of two new franchises in the IPL to make it a 10-team affair from 2022 during its Annual General Meeting (AGM) here. In another major development, the Board, in principle, decided to back the ICC's bid for inclusion…

12/24/2020

Simranjeet strikes gold; India finish with nine medals

New Delhi, Dec. 21: Indian women boxers Simranjeet Kaur (60kg) and Manisha (57kg) notched up gold medals with contrasting wins in the Cologne World Cup in Germany. Manisha defeated compatriot Sakshi 3-2, while Simranjeet got the better of Germany’s Maya Klienhans 4-1 to finish on top in their respective categories.…

12/21/2020

Messi equals Pele's record of 643 goals for a single club

Barcelona, Dec. 20: Lionel Messi equalled Pele’s haul of 643 goals for Santos after scoring for Barcelona against Valencia in La Liga on Saturday, matching the Brazilian great’s scoring record for a single club. The Argentine, 33, hit the milestone goal with a diving header just before halftime immediately after…

12/20/2020

Robert Lewandowski wins FIFA award as best men’s player

Geneva, Dec. 18: Robert Lewandowski won the biggest individual prize of his career Thursday, showing that a forward not named Messi or Ronaldo can be voted the world’s best soccer player. The Poland captain was named the FIFA Best Men’s Player for 2020 after his 55-goal season lifted Bayern Munich…

12/18/2020

Pink ball should replace ‘pathetic’ red-ball in Tests: Shane Warne

Adelaide, Dec. 17: Australia spin legend Shane Warne on Thursday made a strong pitch for the pink ball to be used in all Test matches in place of the "pathetic" red cherry that offers "nothing" to the bowler. The pink ball, as of now, is only used for Day/Night matches…

12/17/2020

Badminton player Foo Kune banned for 2 years in doping case

Luasanne (Switzerland), Dec. 16: Four-time African badminton champion Kate Foo Kune was banned for two years on Wednesday in a doping case and will miss the Tokyo Olympics. Foo Kune was the flag bearer for Mauritius at the opening ceremony for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The Court of…

12/16/2020

World Cup ski race postponed after heavy snow in French Alps

Courchevel, France, Dec. 13: A women’s giant slalom in the Alpine skiing World Cup was postponed Sunday after heavy snowfall in the French Alps. The International Ski Federation cited “the inconsistency of the snow surface” at Courchevel for postponing the race to Monday. Snow fell throughout Saturday’s race won by…

12/13/2020

Jamieson rocks West Indies after New Zealand score 460

Wellington, Dec. 12: Kyle Jamieson has made a reputation in his short Test cricket career for New Zealand as a man who makes things happen. He enhanced that reputation on Saturday on the second day of the second Test, taking 5-34 as New Zealand had the West Indies 124-8 at…

12/12/2020

Tokyo Games sponsors pay $3.3 billion, but more still needed

Tokyo, Dec. 11: Domestic sponsors have already contributed a record of $3.3 billion to help pay for the Tokyo Olympics. That's at least twice as much as any previous Games. Now they're being asked to pay millions more to cover some of the soaring costs of the one-year postponement. This…

12/11/2020

Indian captain Kohli stays on top of ICC ODI ranking for batsmen

Dubai, Dec. 10: India captain Virat Kohli cemented his spot at the top of the ICC Men's ODI Player Rankings for batsmen after scoring two half-centuries in the recently-concluded three-match series against Australia. Kohli, who had scored 89 and 63 in the second and third ODIs against Australia in Sydney…

12/10/2020

Players walking off ‘lays down a marker’ in racism fight

Washington, Dec. 9: Players have taken a knee, unfurled slogans and demanded tougher action only to find soccer — their working environment — remains infected with racism. The tipping point might just have come, with elite players in Paris taking the ultimate step by refusing to continue playing. At the…

12/09/2020

NZ all-rounder Corey Anderson retires from Int’l cricket, signs up with MLC in USA

Cristchurch, Dec. 5: Plagued by injuries, New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson, who once held the record for fastest ODI hundred, called time on his international career and signed a three-year deal with USA’s Major League Cricket (MLC). The 29-year-old, who has played 13 Tests, 49 ODIs and 31 T20Is for…

12/05/2020

'Concussion sub' Chahal trumps Australia, India win first T20 by 11 runs

Canberra, Dec. 4: Yuzvendra Chahal turned out to be the perfect concussion substitute after an injured Ravindra Jadeja did his part with the bat as the duo played their roles to perfection in India's impressive 11-run victory over Australia in the first T20 International here on Friday. While Jadeja smashed…

12/04/2020

Mick Schumacher confirmed for F1 seat with Haas in 2021

Sakhir, Bahrain, Dec. 2: Mick Schumacher will make his debut in Formula One next season for the Haas team. Haas said Wednesday it had signed the 21-year-old son of F1 great Michael Schumacher, bringing the famous name back to the grid for the first time since the seven-time champion retired…

12/02/2020

Rain washes out 3rd T20 between NZ and WI; Kiwis pocket series 2-0

Mount Maunganui (New Zealand ), Nov. 30: New Zealand on Monday claimed the T20 series against the West Indies 2-0 after the third and final match of the rubber was washed out here. Persistent rain played spoilsport to left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner’s debut as New Zealand’s T20I captain and the…

11/30/2020

Warner suffers injury, taken to hospital for scans

Sydney, Nov. 29: Australia's swashbuckling opener David Warner's participation in the remainder of the limited-overs series against India was thrown into doubt after he suffered a groin injury during the second ODI here on Sunday. Warner hobbled off the field after he struggled to get up following a dive in…

11/29/2020

With no Plan B in place, India need their ‘A’ game to save ODI series

Sydney, Nov. 28: India’s battered bowling unit will have little time to regroup and limited resources at its disposal in a desperate bid to perform a redemption act and save the ODI series against a turbo-charged Australia in the second game here on Sunday. It wasn’t just about the margin…

11/28/2020

Unorthodox Smith will require fifth off-stump line bowling: Tendulkar to Indian pacers

New Delhi, Nov. 24: Steve Smith’s unconventional technique will warrant a slightly wider line from Indian bowlers, the iconic Sachin Tendulkar said, urging the pacers to target the “fifth stump” to blunt the redoubtable batsman during the upcoming series in Australia. Smith, who missed the last India-Australia series in 2018-19…

11/24/2020

Medvedev fights off Nadal to set up ATP Finals showdown with Thiem

London, Nov. 22: Rafa Nadal's dream of adding the ATP Finals title to his vast collection of silverware was ended for another year as the Spaniard was beaten 3-6 7-6(4) 6-3 by Russian Daniil Medvedev in a sizzling semi-final on Saturday. World number four Medvedev's first career victory over the…

11/22/2020

Orlando Challenger: Prajnesh beats Tung-Lin Wu, enters quarters

Orlando, Nov. 19: Prajnesh Gunneswaran reeled off seven games in a row before his opponent Tung-Lin Wu retired in the decider as the Indian tennis player entered the quarterfinals of the Orlando Challenger here. The fourth seed Prajnesh was leading 5-7 7-5 2-0 when Wu opted out of the second…

11/19/2020

Have earned the right to be named in the Test squad against India: Pucovski

Sydney, Nov. 17: Fast-rising Australian batsman Will Pucovski feels he has “earned the right” to be in the red-ball squad for the series against India and is better prepared to make his Test debut compared to a couple of seasons ago. Pucovski, who was named in a 17-member extended Australian…

11/17/2020

Buttler hails 'brilliant' De Kock ahead of South Africa tour

London, Nov. 16: England's Jos Buttler says South Africa captain Quinton de Kock is one of his "favourite players in the world" as two of the most attacking batsmen prepare for a T20 international series. England will play six limited-overs matches in South Africa between November 27 and December 9,…

11/16/2020

Big guns McIlroy, Koepka and Woods spiked by leader Johnson at the Masters

Augusta, Ga., Nov. 15: Three of golf’s biggest guns had their ammunition spiked by rampant Dustin Johnson as Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka and Tiger Woods found themselves out of range after the third round at the Masters on Saturday. McIlroy and Koepka were eight shots behind Johnson, the leader on…

11/15/2020

Australia pick uncapped Pucovski, Green, Abbott for Tests against India

Melbourne, Nov. 12: The prodigiously talented pair of Will Pucovski and Cameroon Green were among five uncapped players picked on Thursday in a 17-member Australian Test squad for the big-ticket four-match series against India, starting December 17. The other uncapped Test players in the Tim Paine-led side are fast bowler…

11/12/2020

Diego Maradona needs time, family support to recover: Doctor

Buenos Aires, Nov. 11: Diego Maradona’s psychologist Diego Díaz says the Argentine soccer hero is in a stable condition in a private health clinic where he is recovering from surgery. Maradona last week had an operation for a subdural hematoma, which is an accumulation of blood between a membrane and…

11/11/2020

Bangladesh Test captain Mominul Haque tests positive for COVID-19

Dhaka, Nov. 10: Bangladesh Test captain Mominul Haque has tested positive for COVID-19 and he is undergoing home isolation, according to a report here. Haque’s coronavirus positive result came close on the heels of another senior player Mahmudullah Riyad contracting the virus which forced him to miss the Pakistan Super…

11/10/2020

Djokovic clinches sixth year-end No. 1 ranking; equals childhood hero Sampras' record

Nov. 7: Novak Djokovic has clinched the year-end No. 1 FedEx ATP Ranking for a record-equalling sixth time, after the Sofia Open draw was published on Friday. At 33 years of age, Djokovic also sets a new record as the oldest year-end No. 1. The Serbian, who finishes as World…

11/07/2020

Ramkumar makes Eckental Challenger semis in season's best show

Eckental (Germany), Nov. 6: His net game looking much-improved, India's Ramkumar Ramanathan stormed into the singles semifinals of the Eckental Challenger with a ruthless win over fourth seed Evgeny Donskoy, here on Friday. The unseeded Indian trounced the Russian 6-2 6-1 in just 57 minutes as he fired 11 aces…

11/06/2020

Shubhankar shows gradual return to form with 14th place finish in Cyprus

Paphos (Cyprus), Nov. 2: Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma rounded off a consistent week by carding a 2-under 69 in the final round, to finish a creditable tied-14th at the Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Open, here. It was Sharma's best finish of the season, bettering his tied-26th at the ASI Scottish Open…

11/02/2020

Shubhankar Sharma shoots 69 to stay in contention at Cyprus Open

Paphos (Cyprus), Nov. 1: Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma endured a tough day on the greens but managed to hang on for a gritty 2-under 69 in the third round that kept him in with a chance for a strong finish at the inaugural Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Open here. Starting the…

11/01/2020

Novak Djokovic saves 4 set points, beats Borna Coric for Vienna quarter

Vienna, Oct. 29: Novak Djokovic saved four set points in a 7-6 (11), 6-3 win over Borna Coric on Wednesday to reach the Erste Bank Open quarterfinals and move one step closer to sealing the year-end No. 1 ranking. Djokovic can lock up the top position by winning the title…

10/29/2020

Barcelona president Bartomeu quits in fallout of Messi feud

Madrid, Oct. 28: Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu resigned Tuesday in the fallout from his feud with Lionel Messi and one the club's worst seasons in more than a decade. Bartomeu announced that his entire board of directors also resigned, thus avoiding a motion of censure vote that was scheduled for…

10/28/2020

Australia set for Test return to South Africa

Cape Town, Oct. 27: South Africa will play England, Sri Lanka, Australia and Pakistan at home during the 2020-21 season and could also tour the latter for the first time in 14 years after announcing their season schedule on Tuesday. Cricket South Africa last week announced a home limited overs…

10/27/2020

Patrick Cantlay wins at Sherwood; Ally McDonald has birthday breakthrough

Thousand Oaks (US), Oct. 26: Patrick Cantlay rallied from four shots behind and got far enough ahead that Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas couldn’t quite catch him in the Zozo Championship at Sherwood. Cantlay closed with a 7-under 65 for a one-shot victory, the third of his career, and first…

10/26/2020

Real Madrid sink Barca in 'Clasico' with help of Ramos penalty

Barcelona, Oct. 24: Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos once again proved to be the man for the big occasion as he converted a fiercely debated penalty to help his side to a 3-1 win over rivals Barcelona at an empty Camp Nou in La Liga on Saturday. Ramos, making a…

10/24/2020

Kapil Dev suffers heart attack, undergoes angioplasty

New Delhi, Oct. 23:India's first World Cup-winning cricket captain Kapil Dev suffered a heart attack and underwent an angioplasty on Friday but is expected to be discharged in the next couple of days, said the hospital where he is currently admitted.a The 61-year-old complained of chest pain on Thursday following…

10/23/2020

Brazilian soccer great Pelé turns 80, isolated at home

    Sau Paulo, Oct. 22 : Brazilian soccer great Pelé turns 80 on Friday, but the celebration will have to wait. No other player has accomplished that feat. Pelé also collected a slew of trophies for Brazilian club Santos from 1956-74, including 10 Sao Paulo state league titles, which…

10/22/2020

Federer pain-free and on track for Australian Open

Mumbai, Oct. 21: Roger Federer is practising pain-free after undergoing two knee surgeries this year and says he expects to return to the circuit at the Australian Open in January. The 39-year-old Swiss reached the semifinals at Melbourne Park at the start of the year but missed the rest of…

10/21/2020

Zimbabwe coach Rajput skips Pakistan tour after Indian Embassy in Harare seeks ‘exemption’

Karachi, Oct. 20: Zimbabwe cricket coach Lalchand Rajput has not travelled with the team to Pakistan after the Indian Embassy in Harare requested his exemption from the limited-overs series. A statement from Zimbabwe Cricket said that Rajput won't be a part of the tour following the request from the Indian…

10/20/2020

Shubhankar saves best for last, settles for T-37 at Scottish Open

St. Andrews (Scotland), Oct. 19: Indian gofer Shubhankar Sharma shot his best score of the week with a 4-under 68 on the final day, gaining six spots to finish tiedd-37 in the Scottish Championship here. It was his third sub-par round of the week as he showed more control and…

10/19/2020

Scottish Open: Shubhankar Sharma gives away early gains, SSP Chawrasia slips

St. Andrews(Scotland), Oct. 18: Indian golfer SSP Chawrasia had a disappointing outing after two good days, as he slipped to four-over 76 to drop to tied 51st from tied 18th at the 2020 Scottish Championship at the Fairmont St Andrews here. Another Indian, Shubhankar Sharma, four-under through 13 holes, gave…

10/18/2020

Wawrinka saves three match points to top Evans in St Petersburg

St Petersburg, Oct. 13: Stan Wawrinka saved three match points to achieve a comeback win over Dan Evans and reach the second round of the St Petersburg Open, after the tournament was disrupted by an unnamed player's coronavirus case. Serving to stay in the match at 5-6 down in the…

10/13/2020

Alistair Nicholson steps down as CEO of Australian Cricketers’ Association

Melbourne, Oct. 12: Alistair Nicholson has stepped down from his post of chief executive officer of the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA). He has been in the role since 2014 when he replaced Paul Marsh. Nicholson’s six years at the ACA saw him deal with several significant issues during a tumultuous…

10/12/2020

Am the Universe boss: Gayle from hospital

Abu Dhabi, Oct. 11: Dashing left-handed batsman Chris Gayle posted his picture from a hospital bed after his team Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) lost their IPL 2020 match narrowly to Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday. The Jamaican is yet to play a game in this edition even as KXIP have…

10/11/2020

COVID-19: India’s request for shorter quarantine in Australia likely to be rejected

Sydney, Oct. 10: BCCI President Sourav Ganguly’s request for a shorter than mandated quarantine period for the Indian team in Brisbane, ahead of its tour of Australia, is likely to be rejected, said a report in the Sydney Morning Herald. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the rules of the game,…

10/10/2020

Teen Swiatek is lowest-ranked French Open women's finalist

Paris, Oct. 9: Iga Swiatek is just 19. She's ranked 54th. She's never won a tour-level title. She'd never been past the fourth round at a Grand Slam tournament. And she's as dominant as can be so far at the French Open. Poland's Swiatek became the lowest-ranked women's finalist at…

10/09/2020

Australia's women hammer NZ to share ODI record win streak with men

Melbourne, Oct. 7: The peerless Australian women's cricket team thrashed New Zealand by 232 runs in Brisbane on Wednesday to match the world record 21-game winning streak in one-day internationals set by Ricky Ponting's men's side in 2003. Stand-in skipper Rachael Haynes (96) and fellow opener Alyssa Healy (87) helped…

10/07/2020

Afghanistan cricketer Najeeb Tarakai dies following road accident

Kabul, Oct. 6: Afghanistan top-order batsman Najeeb Tarakai has died from injuries following a road accident last week, the country’s cricket board said on Tuesday. The 29-year-old was critically injured in the accident on Friday, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) said without sharing details. “ACB ... mourns the heartbreaking &…

10/06/2020

Kvitova reaches 1st French Open quarterfinals since 2012

Paris, Oct. 5: Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova reached the French Open quarterfinals for the first time in eight years by beating Zhang Shuai 6-2 6-4. The seventh-seeded Czech player lost her only semifinal match at Roland Garros in 2012. Zhang had a medical timeout while trailing 5-2 in the…

10/05/2020

French Open: Novak Djokovic advances, Garbine Muguruza crashes out

Paris, Oct. 4: World number one Novak Djokovic has moved clear of Roger Federer with his 71st Roland Garros victory, after he cruised past lucky loser Daniel Elahi Galan of Colombia in his third round contest in the ongoing tournament. On Saturday, Djokovic defeated Galan 6-0, 6-3, 6-2 to improve…

10/04/2020

Mane 2nd Liverpool player this week to contract virus

Liverpool, England, Oct. 3: Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has become the second player to contract the coronavirus at the English Premier League champions this week. “I've been tested positive but I am feeling good and not showing heavy symptoms,” Mane wrote on Instagram on Friday. “I will begin my quarantine…

10/03/2020

Halep punishes Anisimova to reach last 16 at French Open

Paris Oct. 2: Top seed Simona Halep extracted brutal revenge on American teenager Amanda Anisimova with a 6-0 6-1 victory to move ominously into the fourth round of the French Open. Anisimova caused a huge upset last year when she comfortably beat Romanian Halep, then the defending champion, in the quarter-finals, but…

10/02/2020

Serena pulls out of French Open with Achilles injury

Paris, Sept. 30: Serena Williams withdrew from the French Open with an Achilles tendon injury on Wednesday shortly before she was supposed to face Tsvetana Pironkova in the second round. The 39-year-old American, a three-time former champion at Roland Garros, was striving to claim a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title.…

09/30/2020

Defending champ Rafael Nadal into 2nd round

Paris, Sept. 29: Defending champion Rafael Nadal reached the second round of the French Open after beating Egor Gerasimov 6-4, 6-4, 6-2. Nadal is looking for a record-extending 13th title at Roland Garros and a 20th major overall to equal Roger Federer’s men’s record. Nadal did not face a break…

09/29/2020

Stan Wawrinka routs Andy Murray in Slam champ matchup at French Open

Paris, Sept. 28: That Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka were back together on Court Philippe Chatrier, all these years and operations later, was something of an accomplishment — not to mention a rare first-round matchup between past Grand Slam champions. Only one, Wawrinka, played like it. Having no trouble smacking…

09/28/2020

Iconic East Bengal club to make Indian Super League debut in 2020

Mumbai, Sept. 27: The iconic East Bengal club will make its debut in the Indian Super League this season, the organisers of the football tournament announced on Sunday. The century-old club's inclusion in ISL, starting November, was on expected lines after its new investors Kolkata-based Shree Cement Limited, picked up…

09/27/2020

Motivated Bhullar back to action, joins Shubhankar in Northern Ireland

Ballymena (Northern Ireland), September 23: Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar is set to return to action after more than six months as he tees off at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open this week. The nine-time winner on Asian Tour, and one-time winner on the European Tour, Bhullar last played on…

09/23/2020

Djokovic wins Rome title, says 'I moved on' after US Open default

 Rome, Sept. 22: For four or five days after being defaulted from the U.S. Open, Novak Djokovic did some serious soul searching. Then he got back on the tennis court — and since then it’s been fairly straightforward, at least in terms of results. Dropping only one set all week,…

09/22/2020

Prajnesh advances, Nagal exits from French Open Qualifiers

Paris, Sept. 21: Indian tennis player Prajnesh Gunneswaran overcame a sluggish start to advance to the second round of the French Open men’s singles qualifying event but country’s top player Sumit Nagal bowed out after a close defeat, here on Monday. Seeded 16th, Nagal -- who became the first Indian…

09/21/2020

I’m not perfect,” says Djokovic after losing cool at Italian Open

Rome, Sept. 20: Less than two weeks after being disqualified from the U.S. Open, Novak Djokovic’s frustration boiled over once again as he smashed his racket in a fit of rage during his 6-3 4-6 6-3 win over Dominik Koepfer in the Italian Open quarter-finals on Saturday. The top-ranked Serb…

09/20/2020

Bopanna-Shapovalov bow out of Italian Open

Rome, Sept. 19: India's Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov of Canada bowed out of the men's doubles event of the Italian Open tennis tournament here after losing to the French duo of Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin in quarterfinals. The unseeded Indo-Canadian pair fought hard before going down 6-4 5-7…

09/19/2020

Pole vaulter Duplantis breaks Bubka's outdoor world record

Rome, Sept. 18: Swedish pole vaulter Armand Duplantis broke Sergey Bubka’s 26-year-old outdoor world record on Thursday. Duplantis cleared 6 meters, 15 centimeters (20 feet, 2 inches) at the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea meet in Rome with his second attempt, besting Bubka’s mark of 6.14 meters (20 feet, 1 1/2…

09/18/2020

Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey hit tons as Australia beat England in ODI series

Manchester, Sept. 17: A magnificent stand of 212 between Alex Carey and Glenn Maxwell has piloted Australia to a thrilling three-wicket victory in the final one-day international, both men completing centuries to defeat the world champions in an ODI series on their home soil for the first time in five…

09/17/2020

Austria's Dominic Thiem claims US Open title after thrilling fightback

New York, Sept. 14: Austria’s Dominic Thiem finally claimed his first Grand Slam title with a stunning comeback to beat Germany’s Alexander Zverev 2-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 7-6(6) in Sunday’s U.S. Open final. The 27-year-old world number three, beaten in his first three Grand Slam finals, started as favourite but…

09/14/2020

Ruturaj Gaekwad to undergo 2 more Covid tests; 11 others back in CSK bio-bubble after testing negative

Dubai, Sept. 13: Young Chennai Super Kings batsman Ruturaj Gaekwad, who tested positive for COVID-19 last month, will undergo two fresh tests starting Sunday and could miss the first few games of the IPL. Thirteen members of the CSK contingent tested positive for the virus and two of them were…

09/13/2020

Zverev erases 2-set hole, will face Thiem in US Open final

New York, Sept. 12: For two full sets, Alexander Zverev was confused and listless, his body language as poor as his winner-to-error ratio against Pablo Carreño Busta in the US Open semifinals. Zverev double-faulted and smacked his left high on Friday. He put a backhand into the net to cede…

09/12/2020

Lionel Messi back training with rest of Barcelona squad

Barcelona, Sept. 9: Lionel Messi rejoined the rest of his Barcelona teammates at practice on Wednesday. Messi had been practicing separately from the group since returning to the club on Monday. He had not been with the squad since announcing he wanted to leave and then deciding to stay to…

09/09/2020

Cristiano Ronaldo becomes second men’s player to score 100 international goals

Cristiano Ronaldo became the second man to score 100 international goals, hitting the landmark for Portugal in Tuesday’s UEFA Nations League match against Sweden. The 35 year-old Juventus forward became the first European to reach 100 goals for his country after Ali Daei, who scored 109 times for Iran. It…

09/09/2020

BCCI finally releases IPL schedule, MI to face CSK in opener

Dubai, Sept. 6: Ending days of anxious wait, the BCCI on Sunday released the schedule for the upcoming IPL, and in keeping with tradition, defending champions Mumbai Indians will take on runners-up Chennai Super Kings in the opener in Abu Dhabi on September 19. Moved out of India due to…

09/06/2020

Farah, Hassan beat one-hour world record in Brussels

Brussels, Sept. 5: With no fans to cheer them on, four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah and Sifan Hassan both broke the rarely run one-hour world record at the Memorial Van Damme meeting. In an empty stadium because of the coronavirus crisis, Hassan first improved the previous women's mark of 18.517…

09/05/2020

Divij-Cacic make early exit from US Open

New York, Sept. 3: India’s Divij Sharan and his Serbian partner Nikola Cacic fought hard before going down in three sets to eighth seeds Nikola Mektic and Wesley Koolhof in the first round of the US Open men’s doubles event here. Sharan and Cacic lost 4-6 6-3 3-6 against Croatia’s…

09/03/2020

Kim Clijsters loses in Grand Slam return at US Open

Washington, Sept. 2: Mounting a comeback at the U.S. Open, Kim Clijsters fell victim to one. The three-time champion powered her way to an early lead but couldn't hold it, and Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova rallied Tuesday night for a first-round victory, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1. It was Clijsters' first match at…

09/02/2020

Waiting for Messi, Barcelona to start season vs Villarreal

Madrid, Sept. 1: With or without Lionel Messi, Barcelona already knows it will start its season at home against Villarreal at the end of September. The Spanish league announced its calendar on Monday, and the first round is scheduled for the second weekend of September. But Barcelona and other teams…

09/01/2020

Jon Rahm wins a thriller with ‘unbelievable’ putt

Olympia Fields (US), Aug. 31: Even with a pair of silver trophies in his possession, Jon Rahm still couldn't believe what happened in the BMW Championship. And he only saw half of it. Rahm was on the range on the other side of the Olympia Fields clubhouse, preparing for a…

08/31/2020

Unstoppable Djokovic downs Raonic to clinch Western & Southern Open title

New York, Aug. 30: Novak Djokovic kept his unbeaten streak in 2020 alive as he survived a terrible start to defeat Milos Raonic 1-6 6-3 6-4 in the final of the Western & Southern Open on Saturday. The 17-time Grand Slam winner fended off Raonic's mighty serve to extend his…

08/30/2020

Djokovic edges Bautista Agut to set up final with Raonic

New York, Aug. 29: World number one Novak Djokovic overcame a sore neck and an early scare to defeat Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut 4-6 6-4 7-6(0) in the semi-finals of the Western & Southern Open on Friday, setting up a showpiece match against Canadian Milos Raonic. The 17-time Grand Slam…

08/29/2020

Australia impose further restriction on use of sweat for England tour

Southampton, Aug. 28: Cricket Australia (CA) has restricted its players from using sweat from the head, face and neck to shine the ball during the upcoming limited overs tour of England in a bid to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has banned the use of saliva…

08/28/2020

W&S Open: Djokovic steamrolls Jan-Lennard Struff, enters semis

New York, Aug. 27: Only a dozen unforced errors. Every shot crisp in windy conditions. Top-ranked Novak Djokovic had all parts of his game working while advancing to the semifinals of the Western & Southern Open. Djokovic had no problems with his creaky neck or the swirling winds during a…

08/27/2020

Ronaldinho returns to Brazil after house arrest in Paraguay

Rio de jeneiro, Aug. 26: Former Barcelona star Ronaldinho has returned to Brazil after almost six months in custody in neighboring Paraguay for allegedly using a fake passport. Ronaldinho and his brother Roberto Assis were whisked past dozens of journalists and fans at Rio de Janeiro's Tom Jobim international airport…

08/26/2020

Steely Bayern edge PSG to claim Champions League crown

Lisbon, Aug. 24: Bayern Munich were crowned European champions for the sixth time after beating Paris St Germain 1-0 thanks to a second-half header from former PSG youth academy graduate Kingsley Coman in an absorbing Champions League final on Sunday. France international Coman appeared at the back post to head…

08/24/2020

Andy Murray makes winning return at eerie Western and Southern Open

Toronto, Aug. 23: Andy Murray claimed a hard-fought 7-6(6) 3-6 6-1 first-round win over American Frances Tiafoe at the Western and Southern Open on Saturday, as the ATP Tour made a jarring return from a five-month COVID-19 hiatus. From a tournament normally played in Cincinnati but moved to New York…

08/23/2020

PSG’s Angel happy at Lisbon ‘home’

Lisbon, Aug. 22: If any player has felt perfectly at home during the unique circumstances surrounding the climax to this year’s Champions League, it is Paris St Germain winger Angel Di Maria. As soon as UEFA decided that Portuguese capital Lisbon would host the quarter-finals onwards in a mini-tournament, in…

08/22/2020

ECB confirm revised start times for England-Pakistan third Test

London, Aug. 20: The third Test between England and Pakistan that begins on Friday at the Ageas Bowl will feature revised playing timings to accommodate for poor weather conditions, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Thursday. Play can begin at 1030 local time (0930 GMT), 30 minutes…

08/20/2020

PSG beats Leipzig 3-0 to reach 1st Champions League final

Lisbon, Aug. 19: After 110 Champions League matches, the French powerhouse has made it to the final of Europe's top club competition. No other club to reach the final had to wait longer, with Arsenal holding the previous record by going 90 matches from 1971-2006 before being able to play…

08/19/2020

Barcelona fires coach Setién 3 days after 8-2 loss to Bayern

Barcelona, Aug. 18: Barcelona fired coach Quique Setién, three days after the team's humiliating 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals of the Champions League, the first step in what it said would be “a wide-ranging restructuring" of the club. The decision was announced after an urgent board meeting…

08/18/2020

Paris Saint-Germain stun with two late goals, advance to Champions League semifinals

Lisbon, Aug. 14: Paris Saint-Germain are onto the Champions League semifinal after a dramatic late winner against the Cinderella story of the competition, Atalanta. The Parisians were down 1-0 until the 90th minute, but scored two injury time goals to keep their Champions League campaign alive in this one-off match.…

08/14/2020

England eye series win

Southampton, Aug. 13: A rare winning start to a Test series isn’t stopping the questions from mounting up for England cricket captain Joe Root. Can Jos Buttler still be trusted as the wicketkeeper? How much has fast bowler Jimmy Anderson left in the tank? And, perhaps most significantly of all,…

08/13/2020

James Anderson quashes retirement talk as he eyes return to form

Bengaluru, Aug. 10: England's most successful bowler James Anderson says he is not pondering his Test retirement but conceded the decision to step away could be taken out of his hands if he continues to underwhelm. The 38-year-old has endured a frustrating summer, managing just six wickets in his last…

08/10/2020

New Zealand, Australia accept World Cup decisions

Wellington, Aug. 8: New Zealand said on Saturday it could have probably hosted the women's Cricket World Cup next year but supported the decision of the International Cricket Council to postpone the event for a year. Cricket Australia have also downplayed any suggestions they were annoyed at having the hosting…

08/08/2020

Bottas fastest in practice for 70th Anniversary Grand Prix

Silverstone, Aug. 7: Valtteri Bottas set the fastest time in the first practice session for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on Friday, just ahead of his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton. Bottas posted a lap of 1 minute 26.166 seconds, beating Hamilton's best time by .138 seconds. Max Verstappen…

08/07/2020

Tyson using electric muscle stimulation to treat pain in training camp

New York, Aug. 6: Boxing legend Mike Tyson is returning to the ring to fight Roy Jones Jr in an exhibition bout on September 12. The 54-year-old has said that he is using a therapy that simulates his muscles using electric shock to treat the pain that develops during training.…

08/06/2020

Nadal out of US Open race

New York, Aug. 6: Rafa Nadal’s decision to skip the US Open because of health concerns has added another twist to the intriguing three-way battle for the most career men’s Grand Slam titles and, in many eyes, the title of Greatest Of All Time (GOAT). Had the 34-year-old Spaniard managed…

08/06/2020

England wary of slow start against Pakistan

Manchester, Aug. 4: England know another sluggish start to a Test campaign could prove costly as they go in search of a first series win over Pakistan in a decade. Wednesday sees a three-match contest get underway with the first Test at Old Trafford. And while England can point to…

08/04/2020

Roger plays on roof with Italian teens

Rome, Aug. 3: You can trust Roger Federer to do heartwarming in the worst of times. Two teenaged Italian girls, Vittoria and Carla, became internet celebrities in April after a video of them playing tennis on two different rooftops in their hometown, Finale Liguria, went viral. They couldn’t not have…

08/03/2020

LeBron rises as NBA returns

Los Angeles, Aug. 1: NBA teams bowed their heads and knelt during the playing of the US national anthem while wearing Black Lives Matter T-shirts last night as the league returned for the first time since the Covid pandemic halted play in March with two thrilling games. Coaches and game…

08/01/2020

England vs Ireland 1st ODI Highlights: England recover from scare to post comfortable win

Southampton, July 31: England beat Ireland by 6 wickets with 22.1 overs to spare in the 1st ODI in Southampton on Thursday. Sam Billings (67*) and David Willey (5/30) both produced their career-best ODI figures as England recovered from an early scare in their chase of 173 to post what…

07/31/2020

Top-ranked Ash Barty pulls out of US Open, cites travel concerns

Brisbane, July 30: World No. 1 Ash Barty has pulled out of the US Open because she doesn't want to risk travelling during the coronavirus pandemic. The 24-year-old Australian is the highest-profile player so far to opt out of the August 31-September 13 Grand Slam tournament in New York because…

07/30/2020

Real privilege to play alongside both Jimmy and Stuart: Joe Root

Manchester, July 29: Skipper Joe Root says his teammates "should feel lucky" sharing the dressing room with James Anderson and Stuart Broad, adding that there is no better place for a youngster to learn the tricks of the trade than watching the veteran pace duo operate. Broad followed the footsteps…

07/29/2020

Tennis star Osaka upset as people ask her to maintain innocent image on swimsuit pictures

New Delhi, July 28: Rising tennis star Naomi Osaka has said that she is "creeped out" by fans who urge her to maintain her "innocent image" in apparent response to social media comments on her being pictured in swimwear. "I just wanna say it's creeping me out how many people…

07/28/2020

ICC discussing fate of World Test Championship with members

Mumbai, July 27: The fate of the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) will depend on the ability of countries to reschedule the series that have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Cricket Council said on Monday. With several bilateral series being wiped out, doubts remain over whether…

07/27/2020

Anand suffers fifth straight defeat in Legends of Chess tourney

Chennai, July 26: Indian Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand suffered his fifth straight defeat in the USD 1,50,000 Legends of Chess online tournament, going down 2-3 to Peter Leko of Hungry. The former world champion got off to a good start and won the first game of the best-of-four contest. The next…

07/26/2020

Spain and Barcelona great Xavi Hernandez tests positive for COVID-19

Doha, July 25: Former Spain and Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez has tested positive for the coronavirus. The 40-year-old Xavi, now the coach of Qatari club Al-Sadd, said Saturday that he was tested according to the Qatar league protocol and that the latest test showed he had contracted COVID-19. “Fortunately, I'm…

07/25/2020

IPL to begin in UAE on Sept 19: BCCI

New Delhi, July 24: The eagerly-awaited Indian Premier League (IPL) will start on September 19 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with the final slated for November 8, well-placed BCCI sources have told. While the IPL Governing Council will meet next week to chalk out the final details and approve…

07/24/2020

Tickets bought for postponed T20WC will remain valid if Australia hosts it in 2021: ICC

Dubai, July 21: The tickets sold for the now-postponed ICC T20 World Cup will remain valid if Australia hosts the edition in 2021 instead of India. In case the event is shifted to 2022, all ticket-holders will be entitled to a full refund, the ICC stated on its website on…

07/21/2020

Manchester Test: Rain washes away third day's play

Manchester, July 19: Rain prevented any play on the third day of the second cricket test between England and West Indies in Manchester on Saturday. England, trailing 1-0 in the three-match series, now has only two days left to try and force a victory. “It’s not ideal. It’s looking like…

07/19/2020

Leeds United back in English Premier League after 16-year exile

Leeds England, July 19: Setting off smoke bombs in the team’s yellow and blue, Leeds United fans celebrated outside their Elland Road stadium after the northern English team’s 16-year exile from the Premier League ended. Marcelo Bielsa’s side secured promotion from the second-tier Championship with two games to spare on…

07/19/2020

Organisers announce schedule for rearranged Tokyo Olympics

Tokyo, July 18: Next year's Tokyo Olympics will follow an almost identical competition schedule as the one planned for this year before the event was postponed due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, organisers said on Friday. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Japanese government decided in March to postpone the…

07/18/2020

Real Madrid seal Spanish title with win over Villarreal

Madrid, July 17: Real Madrid clinched a record-extending 34th La Liga title with one game to spare by beating Villarreal 2-1 at home on Thursday thanks to two goals from their leading scorer Karim Benzema. Real have 86 points after 37 games, seven more than deposed champions Barcelona who were…

07/17/2020

Root returns as hosts look to bounce back

Manchester, July 16: Fresh from becoming a father of two, Joe Root will be reinstalled as England captain on Thursday with his team in very familiar territory. With Root absent so he could be with his wife for the birth of their second child, England lost the first Test against…

07/16/2020

Stokes took cigarette break to calm nerves ahead of World Cup Super Over: New book

Christchurch, July 15: Star all-rounder Ben Stokes had sneaked off for a “cigarette break” in order to calm his nerves ahead of the Super Over during last year’s epic World Cup final, an anecdote which finds mention in a new book on England’s triumph. A year ago, England had claimed…

07/15/2020

Brother of Tottenham defender Serge Aurier dies in France

London, July 14: Tottenham have confirmed the death of defender Serge Aurier’s younger brother, who media reports in France say was fatally shot on Monday. According to the French reports, 26-year-old Christopher Aurier was shot near a bar at 5 am (0300 GMT) in the southern city of Toulouse and…

07/14/2020

Women’s U-17 World Cup will be held behind closed doors in worst-case scenario: AIFF

New Delhi, July 13: The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup will be held behind closed doors in the worst-case scenario, All India Football Federation general secretary Kushal Das said Monday amid a continued rise in the country’s Covid-19 case count. Already postponed once, the tournament is to be held from…

07/13/2020

All 5 former winners in same half of draw

Geneva, July 11: All five former Champions League winners were put into the same half of the draw on Friday, setting up a possible semifinal pairing between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Real Madrid, Juventus, Barcelona, Chelsea and Bayern Munich -- who have combined to win 26 European Cups --…

07/11/2020

Holder leads from front as West Indies bowl out England for 204

Southampton, July 10: West Indies captain Jason Holder took a career-best 6/42 as England was bowled out for 204 on the second overcast day of the first Test at the Ageas Bowl on Thursday. Shannon Gabriel nabbed the first three wickets, Holder the next six, including England counterpart Ben Stokes…

07/10/2020

Suarez scores as Barcelona condemn Espanyol to relegation

Barcelona, July 9: Barcelona kept up their pursuit of leaders Real Madrid in the La Liga title race by beating city rivals Espanyol 1-0 at home on Wednesday, also condemning their neighbours to relegation from the top flight. Luis Suarez struck the only goal of the game in the 56th…

07/09/2020

Joshna Chinappa back in world's top-10

New Delhi, July 9: India's squash star Joshna Chinappa broke back into the top-10 of the PSA world rankings following the shock retirement of Egyptian world No. 1 Raneem El Welily. Joshna, who has not played since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, moved up a spot to be in…

07/09/2020

IPL will only be staged abroad as a last resort: BCCI

New Delhi, July 7: India's cricket board will only consider staging the Indian Premier League (IPL) abroad as a last resort if there is no other way to salvage the lucrative limited-overs tournament this year, a top BCCI official has told Reuters. The annual tournament was originally scheduled to begin…

07/07/2020

Quinton de Kock named men's Cricketer of the Year in CSA's virtual awards

Johannesburg, July 5: Quinton de Kock was named the males’s ‘cricketer of the 12 months’ at Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) annual awards ceremony, held just about attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic.   The 27-year-outdated additionally bagged the Test cricketer of the 12 months whereas younger opener Laura Wolvaardt took residence the…

07/05/2020

SL’s 2011 WC final fixing probe: Sangakkara records statement over 10 hours

Colombo, July 3: Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara on Thursday spent 10 hours recording his statement to a Special Investigation Unit probing allegations by the country’s former sports minister that the team’s 2011 World Cup final against India was fixed by “certain parties”. An investigation was started into the…

07/03/2020

Real Madrid not about to get complacent after Barca slip-ups: Zidane

Madrid, July 2: Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said his side will not rest until they are declared champions after title rivals Barcelona handed them the opportunity to go four points clear at the top of La Liga if they beat Getafe on Thursday. Real will be targeting a sixth consecutive victory…

07/02/2020

India among five nations interested in hosting 2027 Asian Cup

Kuala Lampur, July 1: India is one of five nations to have expressed an interest in hosting the 2027 Asian Cup, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said on Wednesday. Qatar, the reigning champions and 2022 World Cup hosts, is also interested in hosting the continental championship, as are regional football…

07/01/2020

My style won't change if given role of captaincy in absence of Root: Stokes

London, June 30: Star all-rounder Ben Stokes says he won’t change his enjoying method even if he’s handed England’s captaincy in the absence of common skipper Joe Root for the Test series-opener in opposition to the West Indies. Vice-captain Stokes is being speculated to switch Root, who’s taking go away to be together with…

06/30/2020

Pakistan cricketers reach England for series amid COVID-19 pandemic

Manchester, June 29: A 31-member Pakistan contingent, including 20 players, reached England on Sunday as six out of their 10 coronavirus-infected cricketers were held back despite returning negative when tested the second time. The Pakistan cricketers and 11 support staff members arrived on a chartered flight from Lahore and will…

06/29/2020

Bayern demolish Wolfsburg 4-0 to end season on high

Berlin, June 28: Bayern Munich, already crowned Bundesliga champions last week, lifted the league trophy in an empty stadium on Saturday (Jun 27) after crushing hosts VfL Wolfsburg 4-0 on the final matchday. The Bavarians, who have matched a club record of 25 matches in all competitions without defeat and…

06/28/2020

Ronaldo back in form as Juventus beats 10-man Lecce 4-0

Rome, June 28: Cristiano Ronaldo is back in form. He set up two goals and converted a penalty to help Juventus beat 10-man Lecce 4-0 on Friday and boost its chances of claiming a record-extending ninth successive Serie A title. Ronaldo had struggled since soccer resumed in Italy, but his…

06/28/2020

Liverpool become champions of England after 30 years

London, June 27: Liverpool  have ended their long wait to be crowned Premier League champions after Manchester City’s 2-1 loss at Chelsea left them with an unassailable lead.  The Reds' first league title since 1990 was confirmed on Thursday, after Pep Guardiola's side failed to win at Stamford Bridge.  Christian Pulisic's…

06/27/2020

Liverpool move closer to title with 4-0 win over Palace

Liverpool, June 26: Liverpool moved a step closer to the Premier League title with a 4-0 win over Crystal Palace at Anfield on Wednesday that moved them within two points of securing the championship. Juergen Klopp's side could be crowned champions on Thursday if second-placed Manchester City fail to win at…

06/26/2020

Barcelona beat Athletic 1-0 to move back in front of Madrid

Madrid, June 25: Barcelona earned a hard-fought 1-0 win against Athletic Bilbao to put the pressure back on Real Madrid in the Spanish league. Ivan Rakitic's second-half winner on Tuesday moved Barcelona back in front of Madrid ahead of the rival's home match against relegation-threatened Mallorca on Wednesday. Rakitic broke…

06/25/2020

Novak Djokovic tests COVID-19 positive; will remain in self-isolation for 14 days

Belgrade, June 23: Novak Djokovic tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday after taking part in a tennis exhibition series he organized in Serbia and Croatia. The top-ranked Serb is the fourth player to test positive for the virus after first playing in Belgrade and then again last weekend in…

06/23/2020

Paes ready with his 'new version' but concerned about Tokyo Games

Kolkata, June 20: Leander Paes is ready to unleash his ‘new version’ when the sport resumes but the veteran tennis star fears that the organisers may not be able to pull off the Tokyo Games and the legacy he wants to create by playing his eighth successive Olympics could remain…

06/20/2020

Gary Kirsten recalls how he landed India coach's job in 7 minutes

New Delhi, June 15: He was never interested in coaching neither did he apply for the job, but it took exactly seven minutes for Gary Kirsten to land the high-profile India coach's job back in 2007, a process set in motion by the great Sunil Gavaskar. Speaking on the 'Cricket…

06/15/2020

Pak ex-cricketer Shahid Afridi tests positive for coronavirus, says 'need prayers for speedy recovery'

Karachi, June 13: Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi on Saturday said he has tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the first high-profile cricketer to be infected with the deadly virus. "I've been feeling unwell since Thursday; my body had been aching badly. I've been tested and unfortunately I'm COVID-19 positive. Need…

06/13/2020

Qatar 2022 World Cup stadium workers went months without pay, says Amnesty

Dubai, June 11: A Qatari company helping build a 2022 World Cup stadium has been banned from the event's projects after its labourers went unpaid for months, organisers said on Thursday, in a case Amnesty International said showed inadequate worker welfare standards. Around 100 employees of a Qatari subcontractor, Qatar…

06/11/2020

ICC ratifies interim ban on saliva on ball

London, June 10: Players will be banned from the age-old technique of using saliva to shine a ball when cricket emerges from the shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Tuesday. Several other interim measures designed to ensure the safety of players and match…

06/10/2020

English Premier League teams prepare for restart with practice games

London, June 7: Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal were among the clubs who stepped up their preparations for the Premier League's return by holding practice matches. Clubs are attempting to build up players' fitness as well as get used to playing without fans before the league resumes on June 17…

06/07/2020

Malinga is world’s best yorker bowler, says Bumrah

New Delhi, June 5: India’s premier pacer Jasprit Bumrah has described Lasith Malinga as the “best yorker bowler in the world” and said the veteran Sri Lankan has used his mastery over the delivery for a very long period of time in international cricket. “Malinga is the best yorker bowler…

06/05/2020


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