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September 21, 2014
EPL: Super-sub Lampard stuns Chelsea to score equaliser for City
Frank Lampard, Chelsea's all-time record scorer, came on as a late substitute for Manchester City and scored their equaliser in a 1-1 draw at the Etihad as the champions ended his former club's perfect start to the Premier League season on Sunday.
EPL: Manchester United suffer shock defeat at Leicester City
A controversial penalty in the dying minutes cost Manchester United dear as they suffered another defeat after Leicester City fought back brilliantly to win 5-3 at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.
Asian Games: Indian women badminton team claim bronze
The Indian badminton team went down fighting against hosts South Korea (1-3) in the women's team badminton semi-finals to settle for their maiden bronze medal at the Asian Games in Incheon on Sunday.
September 20, 2014
Hingis says Na's retirement 'loss to world tennis'
Swiss tennis star Martina Hingis has said that Li Na's retirement was a loss to world tennis, while also crediting the Chinese ace of raising the game's profile in her home country and across Asia.
September 19, 2014
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
Frank Lampard could make an emotional appearance against former club Chelsea this weekend as his new employers Manchester City host Jose Mourinho's side in an early showdown between the Premier League's heavyweights. Catch all the action.
September 17, 2014
Real Madrid become first club to score 1000 European goals
Holders Real Madrid chased away some of their early-season blues when Gareth Bale scored the pick of the goals in a 5-1 rout of FC Basel in their Champions League Group B opener on Tuesday.
Champions League: Olympiakos stun last season's finalists Atletico Madrid
Olympiakos Piraeus secured a surprise 3-2 victory over last year's Champions League runners-up Atletico Madrid to make a dream start to their Group A campaign on Tuesday.
Frustrating Liverpool pull-off hard-fought win against Ludogorets
After five years away, Champions League drama returned to Anfield like a long lost friend on Tuesday as Liverpool beat debutants Ludogorets of Bulgaria 2-1 with Steven Gerrard scoring a last-gasp penalty.
September 14, 2014
Lift off at last for Van Gaal as Manchester United thrash QPR
The Louis van Gaal era finally got lift off as Manchester United demolished Queens Park Rangers 4-0 on Sunday for their first win since the Dutchman took charge at Old Trafford.
September 12, 2014
Sania meets PM following US Open victory
Indian tennis star Sania Mirza
Balotelli recovers in time as Liverpool face gruelling schedule
Mario Balotelli will be available for Liverpool's home Premier League match against Aston Villa on Saturday after recovering from illness, manager Brendan Rodgers said.
Wozniacki opens up about McIlroy break-up
Caroline Wozniacki has revealed what really happened during her unexpected breakup with fiancé, golfer Rory McIlroy.
Pistorius to be sentenced for culpable homicide on Oct. 13
Oscar Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide on Friday, having escaped the more serious charge of murder for the killing of his girlfriend, and the Olympic and Paralympic track star could face a lengthy prison sentence.
September 09, 2014
Brand Nishikori set to soar despite US Open defeat
Already ranked ninth in Forbes' list of top tennis earners, Japan's Kei Nishikori is due for a bigger share of the off-court largesse despite losing Monday's final at the US Open, US marketing experts say.
September 08, 2014
Incheon ready to showcase cream of Asian sports
An array of Olympians and stars of sports niche and new arrive in the South Korean city of Incheon for the 17th Asian Games this month, bringing together some 10,000 athletes for a 16-day multi-sport spectacular second only in scale to the Summer Olympics.
September 07, 2014
Tireless Nishikori raises Asian flag with fight to final
A pioneering Kei Nishikori blazed a new trail for Japanese tennis with a shock win over World No 1 Novak Djokovic at the U.S. Open on Saturday, becoming the first man from Asia to book a place in a Grand Slam final.
Serena and Wozniacki's paths to the U.S. Open final
Paths to the final in the women's singles at the U.S. Open (prefix denotes seedings)
Hingis loses US Open doubles final on Grand Slam return
Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina beat Martin Hingis and Italy's Flavia Pennetta 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 to capture the U.S. Open doubles title on Saturday, denying the Swiss a return to the Flushing Meadows winner circle for the first time in 16 years.
Williams, Wozniacki put friendship aside for US Open final faceoff
For Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki, there is a time for friendship and a time for business, and business does not get much more serious than a Grand Slam final.
Don't know if I'm going to India for Davis Cup, says Djokovic after loss
World No 1 Novak Djokovic had no explanation for his flat performance in a stunning semi-final loss to Japan's Kei Nishikori at the U.S. Open on Saturday.
September 04, 2014
US Open: Makarova sails through, Nishikori blazes trail for Japan
Serena Williams and Ekaterina Makarova sprinted into the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on Wednesday but marathon man Kei Nishikori had to go the distance to upset Stan Wawrinka and become the first Japanese man into the last four of a grand slam in 81 years.
September 03, 2014
Somdev clarifies, says makes no sense playing Asiad at this phase
Somdev Devvarman stoutly defended his decision to skip the Asian Games, saying "it did not make any sense" playing in Incheon for three weeks at a time when he is striving to return to the top-100.
Arsenal's Welbeck out to prove his doubters wrong
New Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck is determined to prove that he is worth the 16 million pound ($26.36 million) the Premier League club spent on the transfer deadline day to sign him from Manchester United.
Footballer Chopra ready to give up British passport to play for India
Former Newcastle United striker Michael Chopra is ready to surrender his British passport to represent the country of his origin, India, and realise his dream of playing senior-level international soccer.
Somdev's Asiad snub 'not correct', says AITA
India's top singles player Somdev Devvarman's decision to concentrate on the ATP tour at the expense of the upcoming Asian Games has come under sharp criticism from the All India Tennis Federation.
September 02, 2014
Manchester United top deadline-day big spenders
Manchester United dominated Europe's transfer activity as the transfer deadline window slammed shut on Monday, manager Louis van Gaal taking his summer spending spree to more than 150 million pounds.
7 women who caused shock and awe at US Open!
The women's draw at the US Open has been in news for the upsets it created. Almost everyday one or some days even two of the top seeds feel to unknown players.
'Hungry' Liverpool raise no red flags following Suarez departure
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes his team are back to their sizzling form of last season after a superb victory over Tottenham defied those who predicted a gloomy outlook in the post-Luis Suarez era.
US Open: Murray sets up Djokovic showdown, Serena advances
The tension mounted and temperatures soared at the U.S. Open as top seed Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray set up a sensational quarter-final, and Serena Williams made a 2014 grand slam breakthrough.
September 01, 2014
US Open: Wozniacki upsets Sharapova, Simon stuns Ferrer
Caroline Wozniacki upset French Open champion Maria Sharapova in a groundstroke marathon to reach the U.S. Open quarter-finals, while Gilles Simon registered the first big surprise in the men's draw.
Will Chelsea's Costa learn the ethics and culture of EPL?
Chelsea striker Diego Costa needs to learn to show respect to opponents after the Spaniard goaded Everton players during their pulsating 6-3 English Premier League win on Saturday, Toffees coach Roberto Martinez said.
August 30, 2014
Overworked Ronaldo claims he is close to best
Cristiano Ronaldo admits that he suffered for pushing himself too much at the end of last season but is now close to his best as Real Madrid prepare to face Real Sociedad this weekend.
August 29, 2014
Air of deja vu in UEFA Champions League draw
Champions League holders Real Madrid will face former European champions Liverpool, FC Basel and debutants Ludogorets of Bulgaria following the group stage draw on Thursday.
US Open PHOTOS: Ivanovic stunned by Czech; Serena, Djokovic sail through
Former World No 1 Ana Ivanovic was upset 7-5, 6-4 by 42nd-ranked Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in the second round of the US Open on Thursday.
August 26, 2014
Star boxer Vijender Singh ruled out of Asian Games
A hand injury sustained during the Commonwealth Games has forced star Indian boxer Vijender Singh out of action for an indefinite period, which includes the upcoming Asian Games where he was the defending champion.
PHOTOS: What are the Gen Next athletes up to in Nanjing?
The Youth Olympic Games are being held in Nanjing, China, from August 16 to 28 in 2014. The slogan of the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games is 'Share the Games, Share our Dreams'.
Sports Shorts: Saina progresses; Benzema, Ronaldo on target for Real
London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal stormed into the third round of the World Badminton Championships with an easy victory over Natalia Perminova of Russia, in Copenhagen, on Tuesday.
EPL Updates: United agree to record British transfer for Di Maria
Manchester United have agreed a British record transfer fee of 59.7 million pounds ($99 million) to secure Angel di Maria from Real Madrid and are set to announce his transfer officially on Tuesday, British media reported.
EPL PHOTOS: Manchester City crush Liverpool as Balotelli arrives
A Stevan Jovetic double and a third to Sergio Aguero helped Manchester City send out an ominous warning to those with designs on their Premier League crown, routing Liverpool 3-1 in the first heavyweight clash of the new season on Monday.
US Open Photos: Djokovic, Sharapova sparkle while others toil
Former champions Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova sparkled under the Arthur Ashe Stadium lights to end a steamy first day that proved more than a little stressful for several of the US Open favourites on Monday.
Sporting Buzz: Rojo's wife told defender to keep 'nerves' in check
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August 25, 2014
What is Maria Sharapova's secret recipe for success?
Maria Sharapova recently revealed that the secret behind her success is her 'competitive drive', which helped her achieve triumph in every aspect of life.
Sports Shorts: Chelsea salute life president Sir Richard Attenborough
Chelsea have paid tribute to life president Richard Attenborough, who has died at the age of 90, saying that the Oscar-winning film director's "personality was woven into the tapestry of the club over seven decades".
F1 Pitlane tales: Rosberg could face action for collision
Mercedes threatened to review their policy of allowing their drivers to race each other freely after Formula One leader Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton collided at the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday.
Revealed! Why Lendl split with Murray
Ivan Lendl has opened up about splitting with Andy Murray, citing extra family commitments and the difficulty of matching the emotional high of the Briton's Grand Slam breakthroughs as factors in his decision.
La Liga PHOTOS: Messi helps 10-man Barca sink Elche in season opener
Lionel Messi wasted little time in finding his stride as he struck twice to lead 10-man Barcelona to a 3-0 home win over Elche and hand new coach Luis Enrique a happy start to the La Liga season on Sunday.
PHOTOS: Amitabh, Aishwarya say kabaddi, kabaddi for Abhishek's team
Cheered by their owner, Bollywood star Abhishekh Bachchan and his wife Aishwarya, Pink Panthers Jaipur overcame stiff resistance from lowly Puneri Paltan to post a 33-27 victory and maintain their top position in the Pro Kabaddi League at the Sawai Mansingh Indoor Stadium, in Jaipur.
August 24, 2014
Sluggish United held by Sunderland, Spurs thrash QPR
Manchester United laboured to a ponderous 1-1 draw away at Sunderland on Sunday that delivered a first Premier League point of the season but laid bare their dire need for reinforcements.
Hamilton says Rosberg hit him on purpose
Lewis Hamilton accused Mercedes team mate and Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg of deliberately colliding with him at the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday.
PHOTOS: Ricciardo wins in Spa after Mercedes pair clash
Photos of the Belgium Formula One Grand Prix
Sports Shorts: Ledecky breaks world record to overshadow Phelps
Just 17 and getting better each time she dives in the water, Ledecky was in a class of her own at as she cruised to victory in three minutes, 58.37 seconds.
EPL PHOTOS: Arsenal salvage late Everton draw, Chelsea win
Chelsea, who beat Leicester City 2-0 at Stamford Bridge with goals from home debutant Diego Costa and Eden Hazard, and Swansea City, who sank Burnley 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium, head the early season standings with six points.
August 23, 2014
Sports Sports:Former Chelsea favourite Hudson has cancer
Former Chelsea and Arsenal playmaker Alan Hudson, who almost lost his life 17 years ago when he was hit by a car, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
I have gone from 'king of Manchester' to 'devil': Van Gaal
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has poured scorn on critics who he says have made a "devil" of him after one defeat in his new job.
Photos: Mandzukic goal gives Atletico Super Copa win over Real Madrid
Atletico Madrid striker Mario Mandzukic's early goal secured a 1-0 win over Real Madrid and a 2-1 aggregate success to clinch the Spanish Super Cup and gain some revenge for last season's Champions League final defeat.
August 22, 2014
US Open: Djokovic or Federer; who will reign at Flushing Meadows?
With no Nadal to defend his U.S. Open crown, on form, it's Djokovic's title for the taking, unless Federer shows glimpses of his past perfect self.
Meet Formula One's baby, Max Verstappen!
the Belgian Grand Prix paddock digested news that 16-year-old Dutch driver Max Verstappen will become the sport's youngest ever starter when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next year.
Yuki, Sanam also lose; no Indian in US Open singles
There will be no Indian in the singles event of the U.S. Open this year with all three players losing their qualifying matches, following second round defeats of Yuki Bhambri and Sanam Singh.
US Open: Top seeds Serena, Djokovic face difficult draw
Top-seeded Novak Djokovic was handed a danger filled path to the final of the US Open and a possible showdown with No 2 Roger Federer after Thursday's draw for the season's final Grand Slam.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend: City vs Liverpool!
Rediff.com brings a preview of the main matches coming up this weekend in the English Premier League.
August 21, 2014
My regret is that Fabregas left us: Wenger
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted on Thursday that it felt strange for him to see Cesc Fabregas playing in a blue Chelsea shirt, but insisted he had no regrets at not re-signing him.
Here's what Barcelona's Suarez has promised his fans...
Luis Suarez has reportedly said that he has spoken to specialists about his behavior and has promised his fans that there will be no biting incidents in the future.
McEnroe labels Djokovic as favourite for U.S Open crown
Roger Federer is the form player going into next week's U.S. Open but Novak Djokovic is favourite to win the title for a second time, according to former champion John McEnroe.
ISL: Striker Michael Chopra joins Tendulkar-owned team
Former Newcastle United striker Michael Chopra was picked by the Kerala Blasters, co-owned by cricketing great Sachin Tendulkar, in an international draft for the upcoming Indian Super League on Thursday.
EPL Updates: Fellaini is latest Manchester United injury victim
Marouane Fellaini has become the latest Manchester United player to suffer an injury, which media reports suggested could prevent him moving away from the club during the transfer window.
Sports Shorts: Ronaldo fit for Super Cup decider
Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit for Real Madrid's Spanish Super Cup second leg against Atletico Madrid on Friday, coach Carlo Ancelotti confirmed on Thursday.
Scholes 'scared' about United's future. Are you?
Manchester United great Paul Scholes has said he is scared about the club's future and believes they could spiral into decline in the same way rivals Liverpool did in the 1990s.
Hottest Sporting Buzz: Abbey Clancy posts racy kissing pictures!
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Tainted Pak pacer Amir to romance Indian girl in film debut
Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir, who was banned for spot-fixing, has decided to try his luck in the film industry and agreed to do a film titled 'Blind Love'.
Had to stay away from my baby for the longest time: CWG medalist Sarita
Boxer and Commonwealth Games silver medalist Laishram Sarita Devi talks of the pains she underwent en route and after the Commonwealth Games, eyeing gold at the Rio Games and her post-retirement plans...
August 20, 2014
Defending champion Serena gets top billing for U.S. Open
World No. 1 Serena Williams has been top-seeded for the U.S. Open where she will be seeking to win the women's singles title for a third consecutive year, the United States Tennis Association announced on Wednesday.
Can Real Madrid win six trophies in a season?
Real Madrid's lavishly assembled squad, including World Cup sensation James Rodriguez in attack, aim to be the first team to win all six trophies available this season with the European Super Cup already under their belt.
US Open: Djokovic top seed, Federer second
Reigning Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic has been seeded number one for the US Open with five times winner Roger Federer seeded second, the United States Tennis Association announced on Tuesday.
Sports Shorts: India go down 0-2 to Pakistan in football friendly
India suffered an embarrassing 0-2 defeat at the hands of a spirited Pakistan in the second football friendly to end the two-match series 1-1 in Bangalore on Wednesday.
Will Luis Suarez add bite to Barcelona's attack?
Barcelona have added Luis Suarez to their star-studded forward line but it could be their defensive reinforcements that make the difference as they look to win back the La Liga title.
EPL Transfers: Rojo joins Man Utd; Nani goes the other way
Sporting have agreed to sell Argentina's World Cup left back Marcos Rojo to Manchester United while Nani will move the other way as he joins the Portuguese side on loan.
BEST Sports Photos of the Week!
From India's debacle in England to Manchester United's not so good start in the English Premier League to awesome champion Mo Farah spending quiet time with his family, Rediff.com has it all snapped right here...
August 19, 2014
War-ravaged Syrian fencer cuts a lonely figure at Youth Olympics
Syrian fencer Mohammad Shaheen has cut a lonely figure at the Youth Olympic Games. With no coach to talk tactics with, or fencing team mates to lift his spirits, Shaheen lost all of his epee bouts and made an early exit from Nanjing.
Sports Shorts: Suarez makes winning return
Luis Suarez made his first appearance following his biting controversy for new side Barcelona and Neymar scored twice as the Spanish giants beat Mexican side Leon 6-0 in a pre-season friendly on Monday.
PHOTOS: Feel the heat at Youth Olympic Games
At the beach volleyball, the 2014 Youth Olympic Games is a sell-out, foot-stomping success.
EPL PHOTOS: Fabregas impresses, Costa scores in Chelsea win
New signings Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas made an instant impact for Chelsea as they launched their Premier League title bid with a confident 3-1 win at promoted Burnley on Monday.
Hottest Sporting Buzz! McIlroy follows 'desperate' model
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August 18, 2014
PHOTOS: Serena waltzes past Ivanovic to win Cincinnati title
Serena Williams finished her last U.S. Open tune-up in style by blowing away Serbian Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-1 to win her first title at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati on Sunday.
PHOTOS: Federer claims sixth Cincinnati title
Roger Federer's hopes of adding to his record Grand Slam haul got a boost as he beat Spain's David Ferrer 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 to win the Western and Southern Open title in Cincinnati on Sunday in the last key U.S. Open tune-up event.
I needed time in "impossible" United job, says Moyes
After lasting 10 months in charge of Manchester United, David Moyes does not believe he was given enough time to prove himself in the "impossible job" as Alex Ferguson's successor.
August 17, 2014
Holders Bayern make winning start in German Cup
Injury-hit Bayern Munich crushed third-tier Preussen Muenster 4-1 away on Sunday to bounce back from their midweek Super Cup defeat and launch a successful defence of their German Cup title.
Sports Shorts: Pedrosa wins to end Marquez's run of victories
Dani Pedrosa ended Honda team mate Marc Marquez's hopes of winning 11 consecutive MotoGP races this season with victory at the Czech Republic Grand Prix on Sunday.
EPL PHOTOS: City, Liverpool start new campaign with victories
One moment of attacking brilliance and a late Sergio Aguero strike gave Premier League holders Manchester City a winning start to their title defence as they eased past Newcastle United 2-0 away on Sunday.
PHOTOS: 10-man India beat arch rivals Pakistan in football friendly
Down to 10 men, India showed character to prevail 1-0 over Pakistan in the first friendly football match, in Bangalore, on Sunday.
Cincinnati Tennis PHOTOS: Serena, Ivanovic battle into final
Serena Williams rallied past Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki on Saturday to reach the Western and Southern Open final in Cincinnati where she will face Ana Ivanovic, an upset winner over French Open champion Maria Sharapova.
10 years on... Ace marksman Rathore on Olympics glory and life after
In a freewheeling interview with Rediff.com's Harish Kotian, Olympic medallist Rajyavardhan Rathore reflects on his silver medal at Athens and reveals why he decided to make the foray into politics after a long and successful career in sports and the Indian army.
United need to learn to cope with pressure says Van Gaal
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said his team need to learn to cope with pressure after they slumped to a 2-1 home defeat to Swansea City on the opening day of the Premier League season.
August 16, 2014
EPL: Van Gaal's United lose opener, Arsenal off to a winning start
Louis van Gaal found no instant fix for Manchester United as a new era dawned at Old Trafford with a dispiriting 2-1 opening-day home defeat by Swansea City in the Premier League on Saturday.
Will football improve Indo-Pak ties?
Pakistan football team captain Kaleem Ullah has said that he hoped a two-match series against arch-rivals India in the coming week would lead to peace and friendship between the two nations.
India golf round-up: Kapur, Chowrasia make cut in Denmark
Shiv Kapur and SSP Chowrasia shot contrasting rounds to make the midway cut at the Made in Denmark golf tournament in Aalborg, Denmark.
India, Pakistan face-off in moutherwatering football friendly
In what will be a curtain-raiser to the upcoming Asian Games, India and Pakistan resume their rivalry on the football pitch as they lock horns in the first of two friendly matches in
Sports Shorts: Dutch sprinter Schippers wins 200m gold at Euro C'ships
Dutch sprinter Dafne Schippers ran the fastest 200 metres this year on Friday to collect her second gold medal of the European championships.
'Football is all about entertainment, entertainment, entertainment'
Louis van Gaal's biggest challenge as Manchester United manager will be to provide entertaining football for the club's supporters, he said on Friday.
Cincinnati Tennis PHOTOS: Federer downs Murray; Serena romps on
Five times Cincinnati winner Roger Federer blunted Andy Murray's attempt at a comeback, while women's World No 1 Serena Williams roared to victory as they moved into the semi-finals at the Western & Southern Open on Friday.
He writes off United and says title is between City and Chelsea
Manchester United will struggle to return to the Premier League's summit this season because too many top players have left and not enough signings made, according to former midfielder Paul Scholes.
Will men's tennis see a flurry of women coaches?
After Andy Murray broke down a gender barrier by hiring Amelie Mauresmo, 18-time Grand Slam singles champion Martina Navratilova says that men's tennis will see a flurry of women coaches.
August 15, 2014
First Look! Suarez trains with Barcelona
Luis Suarez trained with his new Barcelona team mates for the first time on Friday.
EPL: Take a look at what makes Chelsea contenders and more...
Chelsea have two of the best three goalkeepers in the world, which will help make them serious contenders to win the Premier League this season, their manager Jose Mourinho told a news conference on Friday.
Advani and co. make India proud on I-Day!
It was a win-win situation for the Indian cue sport on the occasion of Independence Day as the Pankaj Advani-led India B secured a gold while India A bagged a silver in the inaugural World Billiards Team Championship in Glasgow on Friday.
Sports Shorts: Sania-Cara knocked out of Cincinnati Masters
India's campaign ended at the Cincinnati Masters tennis tournament after Sania Mirza and Cara Black went down to Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain and Kazakhstan's Yaroslave Shvedova in their women's doubles second round match.
'Van Gaal is over-training Man United players'
The injury sustained by Manchester United defender Luke Shaw was caused by too many training sessions from new manager Louis van Gaal, former Wales assistant coach Raymond Verheijen said on Thursday.
Robredo ends Djokovic bid for elusive Cincinnati title
Spain's Tommy Robredo shocked world number one Novak Djokovic 7-6(6), 7-5 on Thursday to move into the quarter-finals of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati.
EPL: What you must not miss in the opening week
Manchester United's pre-season performances have been encouraging but rehabilitation under new manager Louis van Gaal begins in earnest on Saturday when they kick-off the new Premier League season at home to Swansea City.
August 14, 2014
Suarez bite ban stays, but Barcelona striker allowed to train
Uruguay forward Luis Suarez's four-month playing ban for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini has been upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) although he will be allowed train with his new club Barcelona.
PHOTOS: Franck Ribery... Brilliant, bizarre!
A wonder goal and a bizarre TV appearance wearing flip flops are the two lasting images Franck Ribery leaves behind following his retirement from international football.
EPL: 'Suarez was an accident waiting to happen at Liverpool'
Barcelona forward Luis Suarez was an "accident waiting to happen" at former club Liverpool and the Premier League will be a better place without him, according to league chief Richard Scudamore.
EPL: Kompany extends stay at Man City with new five-year deal
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has signed a new five-year contract with the club, the Premier League champions announced on Wednesday.
EPL: How teams stack up this season
With barely days to go before the new season starts, the English Premier League has many new things to look forward to.
Paes-Stepanek knocked out of Cincinnati Masters
Fifth seeds Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek were eliminated from the ATP Cincinnati Masters following their defeat to Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock, in Cincinnati on Wednesday.
Serena battles past Stosur in Cincinnati; Kvitova knocked out
World No 1 Serena Williams won a tense battle of U.S. Open champions by beating Australia's Samantha Stosur 7-6(7), 7-6(7) on Wednesday to reach the third round of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati.
Federer fights back to record 300th Masters win in Cincinnati
Roger Federer survived an opening-match fright by outlasting Canada's Vasek Pospisil 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-2 on Wednesday to claim his 300th Masters Series win and reach the third round of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati.
Singer Rihanna eyeing Liverpool takeover?
If media reports are to be believed, Rihanna is looking at investing in an English Premier League club. Spanish news provider Mundo Deportivo claims that the club could very well be Liverpool, who finished runners-up last season.
The Hottest Sporting Buzz! Irina Shayk flaunts hot-bod
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August 13, 2014
PHOTOS: Sharapova advances, Venus knocked out
Fifth seed Maria Sharapova needed three sets to dispose of American Madison Keys, while 16th seed Lucie Safarova knocked out Venus Williams at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati, on Tuesday.
Cincinnati Tennis PHOTOS: Djokovic staggers past Simon, Tsonga out
World No 1 Novak Djokovic needed three sets to get past Gilles Simon in the Western and Southern Open second round on Tuesday, but Jo-Wilfried Tsonga lost to Mikhail Youzhny in his opener two days after winning the Rogers Cup in Toronto.
Rooney to wear captain's armband at Manchester United this season
New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has given England striker Wayne Rooney the role of team captain and made Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher his vice-captain.
The Hottest Sporting Buzz! Abbey Clancy posts 'sexy' picture
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PHOTOS: Superior Ronaldo double gives Real Madrid Super Cup win
Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice as a rampant Real Madrid side, featuring the most expensive strike force ever assembled, powered to a 2-0 win over Sevilla in an all-Spanish UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday.
CAS decision on Suarez bite appeal on Thursday
The outcome of Uruguay forward Luis Suarez's appeal against his ban for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini will be announced on Thursday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Wednesday.
'I was moved by Priyanka Chopra's acting in Mary Kom'
Olympic bronze medallist MC Mary Kom is confident that Priyanka Chopra's work in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film on her life will strike a chord with the audience.
10 years on, Athens 2004 gives Greece little to cheer
It was billed as a chance to transform Greece's image abroad and boost growth but 10 years after the country hosted the world's greatest sporting extravaganza there is little to celebrate at the birthplace of the modern Olympic Games.
August 12, 2014
No Khel Ratna this year; 15 named for Arjuna award
No sportsperson has been named for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna while 15, including cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin, were recommended for the Arjuna Award this year.
Statistics show how Premier League is progressing
English soccer has always been renowned for its pace, power and tough-tackling but new research appears to quantify the idea that current Premier League teams are playing a different game now than as recently as six years ago.
EPL transfers: Eto'o to join Liverpool?
Former Barcelona and Chelsea veteran Samuel Eto'o may be heading to Anfield.
EPL: Optimistic Liverpool look ahead to life after Suarez
Liverpool's players oozed confidence in the post-Luis Suarez era as they began their final countdown to the start of the Premier League season.
'Major Dhyan Chand was one of the finest sportsmen from India'
Legendary athlete Milkha Singh expressed delight at the Home Ministry recommending hockey great, the late Major Dhyan Chand, for the Bharat Ratna, the country's highest civilian award.
August 11, 2014
Miroslav Klose: The Pole who conquered German hearts
Germany striker Miroslav Klose, who capped a record-breaking career with the national team by winning the World Cup last month, has retired from international football.
MOTO GP PHOTOS: Record man Marquez sets ablaze Indianapolis track
Spanish world champion Marc Marquez became the first man in 17 years to win 10 consecutive MotoGP races when he rode to a comfortable victory at Indianapolis on Sunday.
Sports Shorts: Barcelona sign Arsenal's Vermaelen in five-year deal
Barcelona signed Arsenal's Belgium international defender Thomas Vermaelen on a five-year contract on Sunday.
BEST PHOTOS: How Arsenal breached City's wall to claim Community Shield
Arsenal, who went nine years without a trophy before winning the FA Cup in May, collected their second piece of silverware in three months when they crushed champions Manchester City 3-0 in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday.
EPL 2014: Who's in, Who's out!
A complete list of players who will be seen in action and not (all transfer fees undisclosed unless stated, estimated cost in millions of dollars). Radwanska strolls past 'on fire' Venus to win Rogers Cup
Agnieszka Radwanska tamed Venus Williams 6-4, 6-2 to win the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Sunday, the third seeded Pole setting herself up as a player to watch at the U.S. Open.
Tsonga saves his best for last, beats Federer to clinch Rogers Cup
Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had one more surprise in his bag of upsets, beating second seeded Roger Federer 7-5, 7-6 (3) to cap a scintillating march to the Rogers Cup title on Sunday.
After Glasgow gold, Rai trains sights on Rio
India's new 'Pistol King' Jitu Rai is not getting carried away by the accolades being showered on him. The Rai 26-year-old shooter who won his first Commonwealth Games gold on debut in the men's 50 metres pistol, though, declares his "time has come" and he's "here to stay".
August 10, 2014
Disgruntled Nasri says France career is over
Manchester City's French midfielder Samir Nasri has decided to quit international football over a breakdown in his relationship with national coach Didier Deschamps and the French media.
Sports shorts: Federer storms into final, Venus upsets Serena
Roger Federer eased into the final of the Rogers Cup with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Spain's Feliciano Lopez on Saturday, putting the Swiss maestro on the brink of a landmark 80th career title.
August 09, 2014
Drama at Asian Games Torch Lighting ceremony
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) Secretary General Rajeev Mehta avoided coming on the dais despite being present at the Asiad Torch Lighting ceremony at Major Dhyan Chand Stadium in New Delhi o Saturday.
Why this champion refuses to relax...
Amid apprehension that the World Chess Championship title contest between reigning champion Magnus Carlsen and former winner Vishwanathan Anand could be postponed, the Indian ace is hoping the rematch would go ahead.
Sports Shorts: Sania-Black storm into Rogers Cup semis
Sania Mirza and Cara Black cruised past Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears in just 52 minutes to seal a semi-final berth at the WTA Rogers Cup, in Montreal.
Rogers Cup: Federer celebrates birthday with win; Williams sisters to clash
Roger Federer celebrated his 33rd birthday with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win over Spaniard David Ferrer on Friday to move into the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup and a step closer to a landmark 80th career title.
Trial of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius
The murder trial of Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius will wind up on Friday, ending six months of at times gripping courtroom drama that transfixed his native South Africa and millions more around the world.
August 08, 2014
Pistorius trial: Judge to give verdict on Sept 11
Oscar Pistorius' "primal instincts" kicked in when he shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp because he was in a vulnerable and fearful state, his defence lawyer said at the athlete's murder trial on Friday.
New-look Arsenal have the taste for trophies
Having finally treated their long-empty trophy cabinet to some FA Cup silverware last season, Arsenal have splashed the cash ahead of the new Premier League campaign to improve a squad that could now be capable of pushing for loftier titles.
Charismatic Van Gaal drives Manchester United's great expectations
Charismatic, assured and meticulous, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has quickly stamped his authority on a club desperate to return to the summit of English football.
Meet Donovan, America's first soccer star!
When the history of the growth of soccer in the United States is written, the soon-to-retire Landon Donovan will undoubtedly go down as the country's first true star in the game.
Rogers Cup PHOTOS: Williams shines; Djokovic, Wawrinka fall
World No 1 Serena Williams cruised into the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Lucie Safarova on Thursday but the Montreal tournament lost two of her potential title rivals when Maria Sharapova and Petra Kvitova were knocked out.
The Hottest Sporting Buzz! 'Hands-on mum' Tamara
Rediff.com brings you the buzz around celebrity sportspersons and their glamorous lives!
August 07, 2014
Sports Shorts: Kapil Dev to head Arjuna Awards selection committee
Former India cricket captain Kapil Dev will head the Arjuna Awards selection committee to select this year's outstanding sportspersons while former hockey skipper Ajitpal Singh is likely to be in charge of selecting the Dronacharya awardees.
Rogers Cup: Sharapova advances; Raonic keeps Canadian party alive
Fourth seed Maria Sharapova rallied for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 second-round win over Spain's Garbine Muguruza as order and power was restored to the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Wednesday.
'Football is macho, difficult to accept women in governance'
A day before the Women's U-20 World Cup kicked off in Canada, FIFA President Sepp Blatter reportedly said that it is difficult to accept women in FIFA's executive committee because Football is very macho.
Who is the Hottest new WAG?
Christine Bleakley, who just moved to New York with fiance Frank Lampard, is already being seen as the 'hottest WAG.'
PHOTOS: Honeymoon over as Djokovic works for win
Gael Monfils let Novak Djokovic know his honeymoon was over and it was time to get back to work by forcing the world number one to battle for a 6-2, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (2) second round win at the Rogers Cup on Wednesday.
August 06, 2014
Lampard begins six-month loan spell at Man City
Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard began his loan spell at Premier League champions Manchester City on Wednesday, just two weeks after joining Major League Soccer club New York City FC.
Sports Shorts: Hammon is first full-time female asst coach in NBA
The reigning National Basketball Association champion San Antonio Spurs named long-time WNBA star Becky Hammon as the first full-time female assistant coach in league history on Tuesday.
August 05, 2014
Rousing reception for Indian hockey team
Returning home after winning the Commonwealth Games silver, the Indian men's hockey team received to a rousing welcome by Hockey India (HI), Indian Olympic Association (IOA), fans and friends at the Indira Gandhi International airport in New Delhi on Tuesday.
An Ibiza party is Neymar's medicine to heal a broken back!
Broken back or no, it's party all night for Neymar and his band of friends.
Sports Shorts: Xavi quits, F1 boss agrees to $100m settlement
Spain midfielder Xavi Hernandez has retired from internationals at the age of 34, he said on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: Manchester United's morale boosting win over Liverpool
Second-half strikes from Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard earned Manchester United a morale boosting 3-1 win over Premier League rivals Liverpool in the final of the pre-season International Champions Cup in Miami on Monday.
PHOTOS: Ronaldo bares it all in latest CR7 underwear ads
Real Madrid's football sensation Cristiano Ronaldo's underwear brand continues to grow. The Portuguese midfielder launched the second collection of his CR7 men's underwear.
5 most embarrassing moments in India's sporting history
India is waking up to its sporting potential, but in recent times so is the nation's embarrassment when it comes to its officials. Take a look at the most recent embarrassing moments in Indian sport.
A tale of Indian embarrassment in Glasgow CWG...
Charges of drunken driving against Indian Olympic Association (IOA) secretary-general Rajeev Mehta and sexual assault on wrestling referee Virender Malik during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow have been dropped due to lack of evidence.
PHOTOS: 10 BEST celebrations at Glasgow CWG!
Forget the medals, or the missed chances. Take a look at the best celebrations during the Glasgow Commonwealth Games here...
August 04, 2014
Why Jwala Gutta is angry
Just hours after winning a silver in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, ace shuttler Jwala Gutta slammed discrimination of doubles game in India, saying that singles players were given more recognition in the country.
Kinky boots: Kylie Minogue takes Glasgow by storm
The crowd were left mesmerized with Kylie Minogue performing at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games as they formally concluded with a spectacular ceremony at Hampden Park in Glasgow.
CWG PHOTOS: Take a look at India's 15 gold medal winners
India finished a creditable fifth with 64 medals; including 15 yellow metals even as a couple of officials embarrassed the contingent by their antics. Take a look at India's gold brigade...
Charges against Indian CWG officials dropped for lack of evidence
Charges of drunken driving against Indian Olympic Association secretary-general Rajeev Mehta and sexual assault on wrestling referee Virender Malik during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow have been dropped due to lack of evidence, according to reports.
PHOTOS: Glasgow revels in Bolt buzz and inspiring stories
The Glasgow Commonwealth Games proved to be much more than just 'Friendly' as Scottish culture, sport and six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt combined to create a memorable 11-day event.
PHOTOS: Glasgow Commonwealth Games' rousing closing ceremony
Hailed as the best ever Commonwealth Games by Federation president Prince Tunku Imran, Glasgow 2014 celebrated the end of a memorable 20th edition with a colourful closing ceremony on Sunday.
August 03, 2014
India celebrates Kashyap's historic gold, finishes fifth at CWG
Parupalli Kashyap brought the
'I knew when I came into the tournament I wanted the gold medal'
Elated at becoming the first Indian
Sports Shorts: Serena to meet Kerber in Stanford final
Top seed Serena Williams won the final eight games to rout Andrea Petkovic in the semi-final at the Stanford Classic in California on Saturday.
PHOTOS: Gold medal winners on Day 10 of the CWG
Dipika Pallikal and Joshana Chinappa created history by winning the first-ever gold medal in squash.
CWG: Two Indian officials arrested for assault in Glasgow
In a massive embarrassment for India, two senior officials of the India commonwealth Games contingent were arrested by the police in Glasgow on Saturday, it has been reported.
India at CWG: Historic gold for Dipika-Joshana in squash; bronze for Arpinder
Dipika Pallikal and Joshana Chinappa created history by winning the first-ever gold medal in squash but disappointment was in store for the four Indian boxers, including Olympic bronze winner Vijender Singh, who had to be content with a silver each in the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Saturday.
Record US football crowd sees Manchester Utd beat Real Madrid
The largest crowd to watch a football match in the United States - 109,318 - poured into Michigan Stadium on Saturday to see Manchester United beat Real Madrid 3-1 in a friendly.
August 02, 2014
PHOTOS: Chinappa-Pallikal create history with CWG squash gold
India's Joshana Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal crushed England's Laura Massaro and Jenny Duncalf to win the gold medal in the women's doubles in squash at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, on Saturday.
CWG PHOTOS: Vijender settles for silver as Indian boxers fail to win gold
A gold medal eluded the Indian boxers through the evening and the four pugilists in fray for the top prize, including Olympic bronze winner Vijender Singh, had to be content with a silver each at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, on Saturday.
CWG: Kashyap, Jwala-Ashwin in final; Sindhu wins bronze
Parupalli Kashyap stands just one victory away from winning a historic gold after notching up an energy-sapping three-game victory over England's Rajiv Ouseph but P V Sindhu suffered a heart-breaking loss in the women's semi-final at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, on Saturday.
Sports Shorts: Serena in Stanford last four, Venus exits
Top seed Serena Williams came from a set down to book her place in the Stanford Classic semi-finals with a hard-earned 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 win against fifth-seeded Serb Ana Ivanovic on Friday.
CWG PHOTOS: Female athlete lifts Sushil Kumar!
Two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar spearheaded a sparkling show as Indian grapplers dominated the wrestling arena with five gold medals.
CWG PHOTOS: Bolt hits the track; delights crowd
Six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt steered Jamaica to a comfortable victory in their 4x100 metres relay heat in front of an expectant crowd at the Commonwealth Games on Friday.
India at CWG: Boxers assure 5 medals, Sharath-Amalraj win silver
Led by Olympic bronze medalist Vijender Singh, Indian pugilists stole the limelight on the ninth day of the competitions with four of them assuring silver medals for India while paddlers Achanta Sharath Kamal and Anthony Amalraj bagged a silver in the men's doubles event of the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Friday.
Vijender, Devendro on fire as 4 Indian boxers enter CWG finals
Led by Olympic bronze medallist Vijender Singh, Indian pugilists stole the limelight on the ninth day of the competitions with four of them storming into the finals of their respective weight categories at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, on Friday.
August 01, 2014
India at CWG: Seema wins discus silver, Pallikal-Chinappa in final
Seema Punia bagged a silver medal for India while defending champion Krishna Poonia finished a disappointing fifth in the women's discus throw competition at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, on Friday.
Transfer Talk: Arsenal's Jenkinson joins West Ham on loan
West Ham United have bolstered their defensive options with the signing of England fullback Carl Jenkinson from Arsenal on a season-long loan, the Premier League club said on Thursday. CWG chit chat: Kylie Minogue set to perform at closing ceremony
Kylie Minogue will perform at the closing ceremony of Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 alongside Lulu, Deacon Blue and Dougie MacLean, it has been revealed.
PHOTOS: A Celebration of Special Olympics
Katy Perry, Jason Derulo and Stevie Wonder were all there - but the only guest who got to give President Barack Obama a hug during his speech was restaurant owner Tim Harris.
Sports Shorts: Injured Li Na to miss US Open
World No 2 Li Na of China has been ruled out of this year's US Open with a knee injury.
PHOTOS: Gold medal winners on Day 8 of the CWG
It was 'Terrific Thursday' for Indian athletes who clinched three gold medals on day eight of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
CWG: Amos shocks Olympic champion Rudisha to clinch 800m gold
Botswana's Nijel Amos produced a stunning late surge to land the 800 metres gold medal and shock Olympic champion David Rudisha at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday.
CWG: Grapplers, Gowda propel India to 5th spot after 3 gold medals
Olympics bronze medalist Yogeshwar Dutt and Babita Kumari breezed their way to gold medals as India's wrestlers signed off on a high, while Vikas Gowda gave India its first athletics gold of the 20th Commonwealth Games by winning the men's discuss throw event, in Glasgow.
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