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July 13, 2014
World Cup chit-chat: Scolari says future yet to be decided after loss
Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari said his future had yet to be decided and urged optimism after the hosts crashed to another heavy defeat in their final match of the World Cup on Saturday.
World Cup: Dutch exceed expectations under talismanic Van Gaal
The Netherlands far exceeded expectation in finishing third at the World Cup in Brazil, tearing up not only up the formbook but their own rules on how best to play the game as their coach provided a talismanic touch.
World Cup PHOTOS: Hard reality sets in for Brazil fans; players apologise
The last place Brazilians expected to be embarrassed in the World Cup was on the pitch.
World Cup Final: It's Latin pride v Germany
Germany battle to become the first European side to win a World Cup on Latin American soil in Sunday's final against Argentina whose captain Lionel Messi is out to emulate the great Diego Maradona.
Sports Shorts: Olympic champion Ian Thorpe reveals he is gay
Ian Thorpe, Australia's most decorated Olympian, revealed he was gay in an emotional television interview on Sunday, ending years of speculation about the champion swimmer's sexuality.
World Cup: Playmaker Messi crucial to Argentina's success
Lionel Messi is not only Argentina's key attacking threat but he is also instrumental in helping the defence.
PHOTOS: Netherlands stroll past hapless Brazil to secure third spot
Photos of the third-place playoff match between Brazil and Netherlands
July 12, 2014
Blasted in Belo Horizonte
With a well-oiled midfieldand strikers of the caliber of Thomas Muller and Miroslav Klose, the Germans will start the title match as the favorites in the final, says .
Sports Shorts: Nadal-defeater Kyrgios splits with coach Rea
Rising talent Nick Kyrgios has confirmed his split with coach Simon Rea to spend more time at his Canberra home, the Australian teenager said on Saturday.
World Cup: Have Germany finally found a winning combination?
It is hard to image Germany coach Joachim Loew making any changes to the team that demolished hosts Brazil 7-1 in the World Cup semi-final for Sunday's final against Argentina after spending much of the tournament tinkering to find the right mix.
World Cup chit-chat: Sabella to leave Argentina coach job after final
Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella is to step down after Sunday's World Cup final against Germany regardless of the result, his agent told Argentine radio on Friday.
World Cup: 'Spanish' Messi prepares for Argentina's third title
Argentina's Lionel Messi, the most unassuming and also one of the most admired talents in world sport, can join the elite of soccer greats by winning the World Cup in Sunday's final against Germany.
FIFA announces World Cup's Golden Ball shortlist. Check out the 10
Germany have four players and Argentina three in the 10-man FIFA shortlist for the adidas Golden Ball, which is awarded to the World Cup's most outstanding performer.
July 11, 2014
Preview: Brazil face must-win game the Dutch don't even want!
After Brazil's utter humiliation against Germany, anything less than a win in Saturday's third-place match against an indifferent Netherlands team would deepen the gloom hanging over the World Cup hosts.
Meet Mrs Novak Djokovic!
Jelena Ristic holds a special place in the heart of the World No 1 Novak Djokovic. . And on Tuesday Djokovic married Ristic at a seaside resort on the Adriatic.
PHOTOS: Brazilian bombshells root for their team
Anything less than a win in Saturday's third-place match against Netherlands would deepen the gloom hanging over Brazil. To cheer their team the Brazilian beauties are leaving no stone unturned.
Sports shorts: Barcelona agree to sign Suarez from Liverpool
Barcelona have agreed to buy disgraced Uruguay forward Luis Suarez from English Premier League side Liverpool, the two clubs said on Friday.
What a Signing! Arsenal beef up attack with Sanchez
Arsenal signalled their attacking intent for the looming Premier League season by completing the signing of Chile striker Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona on Thursday. It's Adidas 2 Nike 0 at the World Cup!!!
With Adidas sponsoring both teams in Sunday's World Cup final, the German sportswear brand has declared victory over U.S. rival Nike in the latest round of its battle to remain the biggest global football brand.
World Cup chit-chat: Argentina's Di Maria trains in hope of making final
Argentina winger Angel Di Maria trained lightly on Thursday in the hope of being able to play a part in the World Cup final against Germany on Sunday despite suffering a thigh injury just days ago.
World Cup: Take a look at Argentina's journey to the final
Argentina reached their first World Cup final in 24 years on Wednesday, beating the Netherlands 4-2 on penalties after the first scoreless semi in the tournament's history, with old foes Germany awaiting them in Sunday's showpiece.
World Cup: Take a look at Germany's journey to the final
Take a look at Germany's journey to the World Cup final in Brazil. It takes years for a fine wine to mature and the Germany team that ripped Brazil apart 7-1 in an astonishing World Cup semi-final has become a rare vintage with coach Joachim Loew finally getting the blend right.
It wasn't a normal challenge, says an emotional Neymar
An emotional Neymar cried as he recalled the challenge that ended his World Cup on Thursday and said he felt blessed not to have ended up in a wheelchair.
Have you met Lionel Messi's sexy girlfriend?
But can Lionel Messi secure a place among the game's greats with a World Cup triumph? But for now on a lighter note we bring Messi's better half, Antonella Roccuzzo.
BEST Photos from the World Cup knock-outs
Rediff.com brings you a quick flashback of the Round of 16 matches at the World Cup through these stunning captures!
July 10, 2014
World Cup: 'It's over' mourns the Dutch media
Traditional Dutch frailty in penalty shootouts again proved their Achilles heel when they lost 4-2 on spot-kicks to Argentina after a goalless World Cup semi-final on Wednesday.
Sports Shorts: Froome out, Nibali in command after Tour mayhem
Chaos and carnage rained down on the Tour de France on Wednesday as defending champion Chris Froome crashed out of the race on stage five and Italian Vincenzo Nibali seized control.
World Cup chit-chat: FIFA rejects Suarez appeal against ban for biting
FIFA has rejected Luis Suarez's appeal against his lengthy ban for biting an opponent in a World Cup match.
World Cup Quote Hanger: 'What madness, we are in the final'
Rediff.com brings you the best quotes of the day from Brazil!
5 things that we learnt from Argentina-Netherlands semis
The Netherlands and Argentina cancelled each other out in a tactical encounter that the South Americans won but only after penalties. The match will go down in the record books as the first World Cup semi-final to finish goalless after extra time.
This is what happened when Van Gaal ran out of tricks...
Traditional Dutch frailty in penalty shootouts again proved their Achilles heel when they lost 4-2 on spot-kicks to Argentina after a goalless World Cup semi-final on Wednesday.
10 shockers that shook the sports world
Following the latest 'disaster', Rediff.com takes a look at various sporting shockers, which shook the world.
PHOTOS: Romero's heroics guide Argentina into World Cup final
Photos of the World Cup semi-final game between Argentina and Netherlands
World Cup Player of the Day: Romero the hero
Argentina's Sergio Romero launched himself left and right to save two penalties in a 4-2 shootout win over the Netherlands on Wednesday that sealed the South Americans' first World Cup final appearance in 24 years.
Stage set, now can Messi secure his place among the greats?
Lionel Messi can secure his place among the game's greats with a World Cup triumph after Argentina defeated the Netherlands on penalties on Wednesday to reach the final.
July 09, 2014
Brazil's defence goes missing in embarrassing defeat
Brazil have been blamed for not being attacking enough since the World Cup started but it was their once admired defence that will carry the can for Tuesday's incredible 7-1 loss to Germany.
Ghosts of 1950 return to haunt Brazil
After waiting 64 years to exorcise the ghosts of the Maracanazo, Brazil have instead suffered another defeat that may haunt them for decades.
Quote Hanger: 'You can't explain the inexplicable'
Best quotes of the day from the Football World Cup
World Cup: WAGS, Brazilian fans give Germany heroes welcome
Brazilians in a northeastern town near Germany's training base adopted an "if you can't beat them, join them" approach to Tuesday's World Cup semi-final defeat by throwing their support behind the side that had thrashed them 7-1 just hours earlier.
World Cup chit-chat: Unwell Van Persie doubtful for semis
The Netherlands have concerns over striker Robin van Persie, who was suffering from stomach problems ahead of their semi-final game against Argentina in Sao Paulo.
World Cup: Shocked media slams 'Disgraceful' Brazilians
Brazilian newspapers and websites were unanimous on Tuesday that the national team's 7-1 hammering by Germany in the World Cup semi-final was the greatest shame in the country's illustrious footballing history.
World Cup: Tell us, did Brazil wilt under weight of expectations?
Brazil rode a wave of emotion, patriotism and prayer to reach the World Cup semi-finals but Tuesday was the day when the weight of expectation caught up with them.
World Cup: When Scolari had no face to show for Brazil's 'sorry' effort
The nation whose attacking soccer has thrilled the world for generations was left heart-broken on Tuesday after Brazil's humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany in the World Cup semi-finals.
Football World Cup: For heart-broken Brazil fans, the tears just won't stop!
For many Brazilians, Tuesday's humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany accomplished the unthinkable -- a disaster even worse than the last time the country hosted the World Cup, in 1950.
All eyes on Messi and Robben with Rio in sight
The Netherlands are one win away from a second straight World Cup final while opponents Argentina head into Wednesday's last-four clash looking to end their 24-year wait for a place in the biggest game of all.
Hottest Sporting Buzz: I didn't watch football, says Tim Howard's girlfriend
USA goalkeeper Tim Howard's Scottish girlfriend, Sara McLean has revealed that she did not care for soccer till she started going out with him.
PHOTOS: Germany pump seven past hosts Brazil, make eighth final
Images from the first World Cup semi-final between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte.
July 08, 2014
Goal Kolkata... More than just soccer!
Kelly Candaele tells Suman Guha Mozumder why he chose to document the historic rivalry between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan
Sports Shorts: Bhullar is first Indian-origin player to join NBA
Sim Bhullar has become the first player of Indian origin to be a part of the National Basketball Association (NBA) after he signed a summer contract with the Sacramento Kings, a professional basketball team in the US.
Tribute: Real great and 'complete player' Di Stefano leaves a lasting legacy
Frequently bracketed with Pele and Diego Maradona among the greatest exponents of the game, Alfredo Di Stefano, who died on Monday, aged 88, was one of the most complete footballers of all time.
World Cup PHOTOS: Brazilian fans pray for a miracle
Brazil remain bitter about the tackle that ended their marquee striker Neymar's World Cup but hope his absence will inspire the rest of the team in Tuesday's semi-final against Germany.
World Cup PHOTOS: This is how Colombians welcome their heroes
The Colombian football team returned home to an incredible welcome as thousands of fans turned out to celebrate the South American nation making history for reaching last eight of the FIFA World Cup for the first time.
Brazil without captain as nation awaits Germany clash
Brazil will be without captain Thiago Silva for their World Cup semi-final against Germany after FIFA on Monday rejected an appeal against his yellow card, denting home hopes of lifting the trophy for the sixth time.
Have you met Neymar's sexy girlfriend, Bruna?
If all goes well, Neymar will be seen cheering for his team as a fan from the stands. And we will surely find his sexy girlfriend Bruna Marquezine accompanying the ailing star.
Four key battles in Brazil vs Germany World Cup semi-final
The four key battles in Tuesday's World Cup semi-final between Brazil and Germany in Belo Horizonte's Mineirao stadium.
World Cup chit-chat: Reliance to probe black marketing of its WC tickets
With the World Cup football tickets it had originally bought being caught in the hands of alleged scalpers, Reliance Industries on Tuesday said it is investigating how the much-coveted and expensive tickets ended up in the Brazilian black market.
July 07, 2014
Riveting Football in Rio
Will the German discipline take them to the final? Will Brazil be able to overcome the loss of Neymar Jr.? Will Argentina move its game to the next level for the semi-final? Or would the Dutch shrug off a bad day at work to reach the final again and get a shot at redemption?
Di Maria ruled out; Brazil try to get Thiago Silva back
Brazil launched a desperate appeal to have skipper Thiago Silva's ban for their World Cup semi-final against Germany overturned on Sunday but Argentine hopes of seeing Angel Di Maria in action were ended by injury.
5 memorable World Cup semi-finals
With two potentially epic semi-finals in prospect this week between Brazil and Germany and Argentina and the Netherlands, take a look back at five classic World Cup semi-finals.
'Brazil players are treating match against Germany like a final'
Brazil will play Germany next week in what the hosts' players are calling the final before the final and manager Luiz Felipe Scolari is facing selection dilemmas four days ahead of the semi-final in Belo Horizonte.
Will Van Gaal's wishful thinking work again for the Dutch?
Louis van Gaal's tactical masterstroke got them out of a sticky situation again in the quarter-final on Saturday but the Netherlands will know they cannot continue relying on their coach to conjure up tricks if they are to go further at the World Cup.
Argentina, the Netherlands have rich history to live up to
If the past is any guide, we should be in for something memorable on Wednesday in Sao Paulo when the Netherlands meet Argentina in the World Cup semi-final at the Corinthians arena.
Brazil will derive strength from Neymar's absence: Schweinsteiger
Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger said he was saddened Brazil's Neymar will not feature in their semi-final but believed the hosts may play above themselves with the whole nation behind them.
Hottest Sporting Buzz is Here: Warne dating Playboy model
Legendary Australian cricketer Shane Warne has admitted that he is dating an Aussie model Emily Scott, who is 14 years younger to him.
Sports Shorts: Real Madrid great Di Stefano dies
Former Real Madrid soccer star Alfredo Di Stefano, 88, has died in a Madrid hospital two days after suffering a heart attack, Spanish newspapers reported on Monday.
World Cup: Football fans think out loud through these banners!
Be it protests or a kind word, football fans think out loud through these banners at the World Cup in Brazil!
World Cup chit-chat: Brazil appeals for withdrawal of suspension of skipper Silva
Brazil have appealed to FIFA World Cup authorities to withdraw the yellow card suspension imposed on their captain Thiago Silva so that he can turn out for Tuesday's semi-final clash against Germany.
Tennis Rankings: Sania Mirza jumps to career-best 5th spot
Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza achieved a career-best rank of No 5 in the world as the new WTA doubles chart was released on Monday.
How 'sex sells' theory turns Wimbledon loser into winner
Eugenie Bouchard was beaten by Petra Kvitova in the Wimbledon final but she will be walking away with more sponsorship stake because 'sex sells'.
Was Dutch penalty hero Krul unsporting? Tell Us!
Netherlands goalkeeper Tim Krul was back defending himself on Sunday, less than 24 hours after making two stunning penalty saves against Costa Rica to book his team's place in the World Cup semi-finals.
SPOTTED: Last day at Wimbledon is party day
Centre Court tickets, two bottles of "fizz" and sunshine assured that Stevie Bishop of Surrey and Debs Major of London would have a good time on the final day of Wimbledon on Sunday despite Britain's Andy Murray being out of the competition.
Germany shielded from public at beachside fortress
Germany have spent most of their time at the World Cup behind the high walls of their 'Campo Bahia' fortress on the shores of the Atlantic - largely avoiding contact with fans, locals and the media.
PHOTOS: Hamilton storms to Silverstone win
Photos of the Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone
PHOTOS: Djokovic fights back to beat Federer in epic Wimbledon final
Photos of the Wimbledon final game between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic
July 06, 2014
Di Maria loss would be hefty blow for Argentina
If a scan on Sunday confirms Argentina midfielder Angel Di Maria is out of the World Cup it would be a significant blow to the South Americans' hopes of winning the tournament for the third time.
World Cup: Costa Rica can leave with their heads held high
Costa Rica achieved "wonderful things" at this World Cup and are proud to bow out having conceded only two goals and without losing a game, coach Jorge Luis Pinto said on Saturday.
World Cup: Argentina coach Sabella likens Messi to an oasis
Lionel Messi is like water in the desert, Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella said after his team beat Belgium 1-0 to reach the World Cup semi-finals on Saturday.
World Cup: Belgium boss Wilmots not impressed by Argentina, Messi
Beaten and bored by "ordinary" Argentina, Belgium coach Marc Wilmots said he was less than impressed by a team that ended his side's World Cup hopes on Saturday.
Battered Bouchard reflects on Wimbledon loss
Eugenie Bouchard finally had time to think what went wrong when she sat in the engraving room waiting for the roof to close before her opponent Petra Kvitova took the plaudits and received the Wimbledon women's singles trophy.
World Cup: 'Football has shed a tear over Neymar'
Former Brazil striker Ronaldo has accused Colombia's Juan Zuniga of an "evil, violent" tackle that has put Neymar out of the World Cup and said on Saturday he favoured tougher sanctions against violent play.
Sports Shorts: Pospisil-Sock shock Bryan twins to win Wimbledon doubles
Unseeded Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock claimed a Grand Slam title at the first attempt after beating American brothers Bob and Mike Bryan 7-6(5), 6-7(3), 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 in an enthralling men's doubles final at Wimbledon on Saturday.
World Cup chit-chat: Broken Neymar still dreams of being champion
Injured Brazil forward Neymar thanked fans for their support on Saturday and said his teammates will do everything to keep his dream of winning the World Cup alive.
World Cup Player of the Day: Krul plays Dutch saviour
Netherlands goalkeeper Tim Krul made a dramatic entrance off the bench to save two penalties in a shootout win over Costa Rica on Saturday following a 0-0 draw after extra time, sending the Dutch into a World Cup semi-final with Argentina.
PHOTOS: Super-sub Krul puts Dutch into semis
Photos of the quarter-final match between Netherlands and Costa Rica
Old foes meet again in Wimbledon final
Old rivalries will be renewed on and off the court in the men's Wimbledon final on Sunday when Roger Federer, bidding for a record eighth title, takes on top seed Novak Djokovic.
PHOTOS: Higuain strike puts Argentina in World Cup semis
Photos of the quarter-final match between Argentina and Belgium
July 05, 2014
PHOTOS: Unstoppable Kvitova crushes Bouchard to win Wimbledon title
Petra Kvitova ended Eugenie Bouchard's hopes of becoming the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam title with a 6-3, 6-0 win in just 55 minutes in the Wimbledon final on Saturday.
Sports shorts: Di Stefano in critical condition after heart attack
Italian duo Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci completed a career Grand Slam after beating Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic 6-1, 6-3 in the women's doubles final at Wimbledon on Saturday.
Pride and sorrow for tearful Rodriguez as Colombia exit
James Rodriguez became one of only 12 players to score in five consecutive World Cup matches, according to FIFA, and only two have made it six in a row.
Brazil shocked, angered by Neymar's back injury
Neymar's exit from the World Cup due to a back injury left Brazilians shocked and angered on Friday, darkening the mood after the hosts' 2-1 win over Colombia in the quarter-finals had sparked nationwide celebrations.
Neymar injury leaves Scolari and Brazil in a quandary
Brazil striker Neymar's World Cup is over and the loss of their talisman and top goalscorer to injury leaves manager Luiz Felipe Scolari with a big headache ahead of their semi-final against Germany on Tuesday.
World Cup: Will Eden prove a Hazard to shaky Argentina?
Belgium pointed to Eden Hazard as a potential match winner as they laid out a strategy to combat Lionel Messi and Argentina when they meet in their World Cup quarter-final in Brasilia on Saturday.
Loew keeps lid on celebrations after recent near-misses
There were no wild celebrations or congratulatory backslaps for Germany after they beat France 1-0 in the quarter-finals on Friday to become the first country to reach the semi-finals at four successive World Cups.
PHOTOS: Luiz wonder-kick sets up Brazil date with Germany
Images from the World Cup quarter-final game between Brazil and Colombia.
Bouchard ready to become Wimbledon royalty
The 20-year-old Eugenie Bouchard is the first Canadian - male or female - to reach a Grand Slam final and she will come up against sixth seed Petra Kvitova for a chance to win the prestigious Venus Rosewater Dish in the women's final on Saturday.
PHOTOS: Pretty Maria fails to inspire boyfriend Dimitrov
Grigor Dimitrov was playing his first Wimbledon semi-final, but the television cameras were more interested in his girlfriend, Maria Sharapova.
Les Bleus put World Cup blues behind them
France may have been knocked out of yet another World Cup by nemesis Germany on Friday but restoring their image and rebuilding expectations ahead of Euro 2016 were even more important after their debacle in South Africa four years ago.
July 04, 2014
PHOTOS: Hummels heads Germany into World Cup semis
Germany reached their fourth consecutive World Cup semi-final after defender Mats Hummels's first-half header gave the three-time winners a 1-0 victory over France at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana on Friday.
PHOTOS: Federer in 9th Wimbledon final; meets Djokovic
Roger Federer reached a ninth Wimbledon final after suppressing bullet-serving giant Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 with a masterful display of the grasscourt arts on Friday. He will meet Serbia's top seed Novak Djokovic, who beat Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(7) in the other semi-final.
Indians at Wimbledon: Paes-Stepanek lose in semi-finals
Fifth seeds Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek bowed out of the men's doubles at Wimbledon, beaten by the unseeded pair of of Vasek Pospisil of Canada and Jack Sock of United States in the semi-finals on Friday.
One of the most open World Cups in recent memory
As much as I would love to witness a Brazil-Argentina final at the Copacabana beach, Colombia, Germany, Netherlands and Argentina look like the semi-finalists and, if Argentina peaks at the right time, Germany vs Argentina could be the title match, says Mauktik Kulkarni.
Bouchard and Kvitova ready to go nuts in Wimbledon final
In only her second year on the professional tour, Eugenie Bouchard reached the semi-finals of the Australian and French Opens and is now a win away from living up her billing as the "next Maria Sharapova".
Football World Cup: Agony and Ecstasy in Brazil
Emotions run high at the World Cup and tears and cheers are in full view as footballers strut their stuff on the field. Rediff.com snaps fans as all their emotions lay bare in Brazil.
Sports Shorts: Woman F1 driver Wolff sidelined after four laps
Susie Wolff became the first woman driver in 22 years to take part in a Formula One race weekend on Friday but her involvement in British Grand Prix practice lasted barely 20 minutes.
Federer, Djokovic face youthful challenge in Raonic, Dimitrov
Young upstarts Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov have caused quite a stir at Wimbledon over the last two weeks with a string of fine performances, but they know they must rise to the challenges that await them in the men's semi-finals on Friday.
6 keepers who raise the bar at the World Cup
In a tournament that well before the quarter-final stage exceeded the 145 goals scored in South Africa in 2010, goalkeepers have stolen the limelight with a string of scintillating performances.
World Cup: One dead as overpass collapses in host city
At least one person died on Thursday when an unfinished overpass collapsed in World Cup host city Belo Horizonte, overshadowing the buildup to the first quarter-finals in which France face Germany and Brazil take on Colombia.
Wolff vrooms in to F1 practice, first woman in over 20 years to do so
Susie Wolff will accelerate out of the Silverstone pitlane on Friday to become the first woman driver in 22 years to take part in a Grand Prix weekend.
World Cup chit-chat: Psychologists roped in to help Brazil squad?
Brazil play Colombia in Fortaleza in Friday's afternoon kick-off and, with the weight of expectation upon them, there are concerns about whether a team that have failed to sparkle so far can cope with the pressure.
Take a look at the bookies' favourite for Golden Ball, Boot...
Argentina's Lionel Messi is the bookmaker's favourite to win the Golden Boot and the Golden Ball at the World Cup while France, Brazil, Argentina and the Netherlands are favourites to win their matches in the quarter-finals which start on Friday.
World Cup: Petition filed to name US goalkeeper Howard Secretary of Defense!
US goalkeeper Tim Howard, who pulled off a record-setting 16 saves in a 1-2 World Cup loss against Belgium, was momentarily named Secretary of Defense on Wikipedia as an enthusiastic fan edited the Wikipedia entry.
Want to perform in World Cup? Have 'sex', says study!
The FIFA World Cup 2014 carnival in Brazil has reached the business end and we can sit and analyse the teams left in the fray. Research has shown that those with a more relaxed view on the matter are enjoying better results on the pitch.
July 03, 2014
Indians at Wimbledon: Paes in semis, Sania's campaign ends
Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek of Czech Republic entered the semifinals in men's doubles while another Indian Sania Mirza and her Romanian partner Horia Tecau lost 5-7, 3-6 to the 10th-seeded British-Australian pair of Jamie Murray and Casey Dellacqua in the mixed doubles pre-quarters at the Wimbledon Championships in London on Thursday.
World Cup chit-chat: Seven German players have mild cases of flu: Loew
Seven Germany players are suffering mild flu symptoms ahead of the quarter-final match against France on Friday, coach Joachim Loew said in a German radio interview without identifying the players.
Wimbledon PHOTOS: Bouchard controls her nerves to reach final
Powerful Canadian Eugenie Bouchard overcame match-point jitters to claim an eventful 7-6(5), 6-2 victory over Romania's Simona Halep 7-6(5), 6-2 at Wimbledon on Thursday and reach a grand slam final for the first time.
Sharapova's Oops Moment: Who is Sachin?
He may be regarded as the 'God of Cricket' and aficionados of the sport may consider him the best batsman of his generation, but the name Sachin Tendulkar still doesn't ring a bell for all sportspersons.
World Cup SWOT Analysis: How the 8 quarter-finalists measure up
Twenty four teams have gone and only eight remain in the hunt to win the World Cup. Some have romped to the last eight, while others have limped. We take a look at the state of the remaining eight sides left in the tournament and their chances of lifting the famous gold trophy at the Maracana in Rio de Janiero on July 13.
Sports Shorts: Triple Olympic champion Stephanie Rice to help Indian swimmers
Stephanie Rice, Australia's triple Olympic champion who called time on her illustrious swimming career in April at the age of 25, has joined hands with sports management firm Rhiti Sports to improve the standard of the sport in India.
Back to work for Belgians as coach Wilmots demands more
Belgium went straight back to work on Wednesday, given little time to celebrate their win over the United States at the World Cup as coach Marc Wilmots said he wanted to "raise the bar higher".
French renaissance put to the test against nemesis Germany
France have surprised many by emerging as World Cup contenders but face their toughest test yet against nemesis Germany in a quarter-final clash of European heavyweights at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium on Friday.
Hosts Brazil feel the heat as carefree Colombia lie in wait
Brazil is under intense pressure to breathe life into their World Cup campaign and produce a performance worthy of champions when they face Colombia and their free-scoring midfielder James Rodriguez in Friday's quarter-final.
Colombia, Costa Rica seek to join the 'Bitter Sweet club'
Colombia and Costa Rica will be trying to break into - and quickly escape from - an exclusive group of World Cup semi-finalists which could be known as the Bitter Sweet club.
Pretty young things ready to start a tennis revolution
The problem with allowing a bunch of rowdy gate crashers into the party is they will repay you by re-arranging your furniture.
New shoes please...Djokovic is slipping at the All England club
Top seed Novak Djokovic slipped and slid his way into the Wimbledon semi-finals on Wednesday, overcoming Marin Cilic and the distractions of Henman Hill to win 6-1, 3-6, 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-2 with the help of a new pair of shoes.
Time out! World Cup teams catch breath on rare day off
After three weeks of unrelenting drama and excitement, the World Cup took a rare time-out on Wednesday as the eight surviving teams tried to catch their breath before the quarter-finals kick off on Friday.
Move sexy Irina; all eyes are on these WAGs now!
As some of the stars have packed their bags and gone home, the English and Spanish WAGs will be surely missed. But these Germans, French, Brazilians and Argentines are these still around and capable of setting the pitch on fire off the field. Take a look.
World Cup Top Goal Scorer: Just who is James Rodriguez
Racing towards the camera after scoring direct from a corner at Colombia's top youth tournament in 2004, excited scouts could see James Rodriguez was a kid at ease in the limelight.
July 02, 2014
PHOTOS: The many moods of Duchess Catherine at Wimbledon
Britain's Prince William and his wife Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine were in the Royal Box as the defending champion Andy Murray was dethroned out of Wimbledon on Wednesday.
Sports Shorts: 'Pistorius at increasing risk of suicide'
South African Paralympic and Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius has post traumatic stress disorder and is at an increasing risk of suicide, according to a psychiatric report read out at his murder trial on Wednesday.
Wimbledon PHOTOS: Dimitrov crushes defending champ Murray, Bouchard wins
Defending champion Andy Murray was beaten 6-1, 7-6(4), 6-2 by Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon on Wednesday.
Disbelieving mum fired up angry Kyrgios
If Rafael Nadal wanted to blame anyone for the way Nick Kyrgios came out all guns blazing, firing down 37 scorching aces and 70 sizzling winners, he needs to look no further than the Australian wildcard's mother.
PHOTOS: Presidents Obama, Hollande struck by World Cup fever!
Even US President Barack Obama could not escape the World Cup fever. Strong performances by the US team in Brazil ignited passions in a country not known for its love of soccer, and free viewing parties were held from coast to coast while fans crammed into sports bars and restaurants.
'Playing in unfamiliar positions makes German team lack rhythm'
Germany must improve in both defence and attack if they are to overcome France in Friday's World Cup quarter-final.
World Cup is bright and beautiful with these pretty, fashionable fans
Is it a Halloween party or ramp show? Spectators worldwide are confused looking at fans assembled at the FIFA World Cup. Rediff.com brings you some fashion trends at the tournament in Brazil.
Nadal-slayer Kyrgios sends Australia into a frenzy
Once a global super-power in the sport, Australia has waited in vain for a new men's talent to take the mantle from an ageing Lleyton Hewitt and 19-year-old Kyrgios's stylish advance to the Wimbledon quarters propelled a tidal wave of accolades from former players, Hollywood celebrities and politicians.
'I was nervous just like anyone else because we couldn't score'
Argentina's Lionel Messi picked up his fourth man of the match award in a row against Switzerland on Tuesday but he admitted the prize was barely deserved in a World Cup last-16 game was marked more by collective effort than individual brilliance.
World Cup Quote Hanger: 'We had like 27 chances in the game'
Rediff.com brings you the best quotes of the day from Brazil!
PHOTOS: US fans catch soccer fever, but team slumps to defeat
American soccer fans decked out in red, white and blue flocked to stadiums and giant TV screens on Tuesday to see their team knocked out of the World Cup by Belgium in a heart-breaking game.
'It won't be very likely...for Costa Rica to go much further'
Greece coach Fernando Santos took a parting shot at Costa Rica: Teams know all about you now and your World Cup ride is over. The surprise factor has gone.
'Of course it's a concern, we have a young team'
Luiz Felipe Scolari is blaming the some of the team's struggles, which include a disappointing performance that nearly led to its elimination by Chile in the second round, on
Why the Colombians are an inspired team...
Colombian fans are paying tribute to defender Andres Escobar, gunned down 20 years ago after scoring an own goal in the World Cup, and hope his memory will inspire the current crop's hunt for glory.
PHOTOS: De Bruyne, Lukaku take Belgium into quarter-finals
Photograph of the World Cup game between Belguim and USA
PHOTOS: Angel takes Argentina to quarter-finals
A lot was expected from Lionel Messi but it was Real Madrid's Angel Di Maria who scored in the 118th minute on Tuesday to give Argentina a 1-0 win over Switzerland. Images from the match.
Indians at Wimbledon: Paes in quarterfinals of men's doubles
Veteran Leander Paes advanced to the men's doubles quarterfinals of Wimbledon Championships after the Indian ace and his Czech Republic partner Radek Stepanek pulled off a hard-fought win in London on Wednesday.
July 01, 2014
Hottest Football Transfers: Chelsea sign Spain striker Costa from Atletico
Chelsea have signed Spain World Cup striker Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid, the Stamford Bridge club said in a statement on Tuesday.
Wimbledon PHOTOS: Nadal beaten by 19-year-old Kyrgios; Sharapova ousted
Images from Day 8 at The Championships - Wimbledon.
Sports Shorts: In-form Jitu Rai becomes world's No. 1 pistol shooter
After winning three medals in the ISSF World Cups in Munich and Slovenia recently, in-form Indian shooter Jitu Rai was eleveated to the world's number one ranking in the air pistol event.
World Cup sidelights: Robben trolls are all the rage on the internet!
World Cup sidelights: All the fun news from Brazil right here...
The HOTTEST World Cup Buzz is here! Drop off bras, help poor kids
Rediff.com brings you the buzz around celebrity sportspersons and their glamorous lives during the ongoing World Cup!
USA plans to attack unbeaten but underwhelming Belgium
The United States' declaration of their attacking intentions may awaken the more thrill-seeking instincts of unbeaten but so far underwhelming Belgium as they prepare for "war" in Tuesday's last-16 World Cup clash.
'The whole of Costa Rica is going to the streets'
From the beaches to the capital, Costa Ricans poured into the streets to celebrate the
He's their superstar, but Argentina don't revolve around Messi!
Lionel Messi's goals have fired
World Cup: Klinsmann unhappy with referee choice for Belgium clash
United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann has criticised FIFA for appointing an Algerian referee to officiate his side's World Cup second-round match against Belgium on Tuesday.
World Cup Player of the Day: Brilliant Neuer stands out for Germany
Germany have only their superior fitness and world-class goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to thank for scraping past Algeria 2-1 in extra time to move into the World Cup quarter-finals after doing almost everything wrong over 90 minutes.
World Cup Quote Hanger: 'Do you think that this is a circus band?'
Rediff.com brings you the best quotes of the day from Brazil!
World Cup chit-chat: Cameroon players under scanner after match-fixing claims
Cameroon are to investigate claims that seven of their players were involved in match-fixing at the World Cup, the country's football federation FECAFOOT said on Monday.
World Cup: Germany coach Loew backs team after scratchy win
Germany coach Joachim Loew brushed aside criticism that his team are a far-cry from winning a fourth World Cup after they struggled to a 2-1 extra-time last 16 win over outsiders Algeria on Monday.
The best Quotes from Wimbledon's first week
As Wimbledon heads into the home stretch, here are some memorable quotes from the first week of the grasscourt Grand Slam.
World Cup PHOTOS: Germany and France douse African hopes
Germany and France snuffed out African hopes and reached the World Cup quarter-finals on Monday with hard-won victories over Algeria and Nigeria.
Swiss banking on 'Alpine Messi' to upset Argentina
Switzerland's 'Alpine Messi' Xherdan Shaqiri, hot from a hat-trick against Honduras in his last game, meets the real Messi on Tuesday as the Europeans seek a major World Cup upset when they face Argentina in the last 16.
Argentina practise penalties ahead of Swiss game
After five misses in the World Cup's first penalty shootout, Argentina wisely practiced spot-kicks before flying to Sao Paulo for their last-16 clash with Switzerland.
PHOTOS: Germany beat Algeria to set up quarter-final with France
Photos of the World Cup match between Germany and Algeria
PHOTOS: France leave it late, keep impressive record intact
Two late goals helped 1998 champions France end Nigeria's hopes of a first World Cup quarter-final appearance in a rough second-round match in Brasilia.
June 30, 2014
France pinning hopes on Benzema for Nigeria clash
France striker Karim Benzema came into the World Cup following a fine season with Real when he netted 24 goals in 52 games in all competitions and helped the world's richest club by income to win a 10th Champions League crown and the King's Cup.
Homework done, Germany ready for Algerian test
The Algerians have been one of the surprise packages of the tournament, reaching to the knockout stage for the first time.
Wimbledon PHOTOS: Bouchard, Lisicki advance; Wozniacki exits
Images from the Wimbledon matches played on Monday.
How Switzerland is braced for Argentina; US aim to stay alive
Switzerland's 'Alpine Messi' Xherdan Shaqiri, hot from a hat-trick against Honduras in his last game, meets the real Messi on Tuesday as the Europeans seek a major World Cup upset when they face Argentina in the last 16.
World Cup sidelights: Netherlands offered space trip if they take home trophy!
The Dutch football team has been made an offer that is out of this world and quite literally so!
World Cup: Tell us, should footballers be punished for diving?
The Netherlands' Arjen Robben is a repeat offender when it comes to diving. He did the same against Mexico on Sunday that robbed the game of a fair result. Tell us, should FIFA make diving a punishable offence?
Sports Shorts: Pistorius was mentally stable when he shot girlfriend
Oscar Pistorius, the South African track star on trial for murder for shooting his girlfriend, was not suffering from a mental condition that would have impaired his ability to distinguish between right and wrong at the time she was killed, a psychiatric report said on Monday.
Football World Cup: Best PHOTOS from group stage matches
We have witnessed lots of drama, excitement and goals from the first half of the football World Cup. Rediff gives you a flashback of the best moments from the World Cup.
World Cup Quote Hanger: 'Three times he (Robben) dived'
Rediff.com brings you the best quotes of the day from Brazil!
10 unheralded players who have stepped up at the World Cup
Here are some of those players who have seized the opportunity in Brazil to put themselves firmly on the radar as transfer targets in the weeks and months ahead.
PHOTOS: Costa Rica dreams come true against Greece
For Costa Rica defender Michael Umana it was a case of dreams come true as he stepped up to take the decisive spot kick for his country in a World Cup last-16 penalty shootout with Greece on Sunday.
World Cup chit-chat: Water works well for Dutch in tactical switch
Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal took advantage of the first official water break at the World Cup to switch tactics and conjure up a late win for his side over Mexico on Sunday.
World Cup Talking Point: Did Robben dive or was he fouled by Marquez?
Mexico defender Rafa Marquez stuck his foot out and Netherlands winger Arjen Robben went down for an injury-time penalty that took his team into the World Cup quarter-finals with a 2-1 win. Did Robben dive or was he fouled by Marquez?
World Cup Player of the Day: Game-changer Robben does it again for the Dutch
He may not have been on the scoresheet, but once again it was Arjen Robben who won the match for the Netherlands on Sunday with the tricky footwork that has brought so many goals and so much controversy over the years.
Roundup: Dutch, Costa Rica through after nerve-wracking drama
The World Cup served up more nerve-shredding drama with Netherlands scoring two late goals to beat shattered Mexico 2-1 and 10-man Costa Rica bouncing back from conceding a stoppage time equaliser to oust Greece on penalties on Sunday.
How World Cup fever has gripped America
After a long and sometimes arduous courtship, soccer has finally revealed its charms to Americans who have embraced the World Cup in record numbers.
PHOTOS: Costa Rica book their maiden quarters berth
Photos from the World Cup match between Costa Rica and Greece.
PHOTOS: Dutch leave it late to beat gritty Mexicans
Photograph of the World Cup game between Netherlands and MExico
June 29, 2014
Sharapova primed for Wimbledon after Williams exit
The shock losses suffered by top two seeds Serena Williams and Li Na have left Maria Sharapova with a smooth passage and the Russian is primed to win her second Wimbledon title, 10 years after winning her first as a 17-year-old.
Indians at Wimbledon: Paes-Stepanek survive scare, Sania-Cara ousted
Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek survived a first round scare but Sania Mirza and Cara Black were dumped from the women's doubles event of the Wimbledon Championships in London on Sunday.
PHOTOS: Maracana rocks to the boys in yellow, Colombia
As expected, the yellow-shirted South Americans delivered a masterclass and threw in a spectacular goal to leave the Maracana rocking though it was not Brazil sashaying into the last eight in style but Colombia.
World Cup chit-chat: Mexico's Salcido to replace Vasquez against Dutch
Veteran Mexico midfielder Carlos Salcido will replace the suspended Jose Juan Vasquez in Sunday's World Cup second-round match against the Netherlands, coach Miguel Herrera said on Saturday.
Valiant performance vindicates vilified Brazil keeper Cesar
Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar celebrated Saturday night after his dream performance helped erase the nightmare of the 2010 World Cup when his mistake helped lead to Brazil's early elimination and four years of vilification by sceptical fans.
Sports Shorts: Historic title win for Advani in Egypt
Indian cueist Pankaj Advani today created history by becoming the first player in the world to win world titles in the long and shorter formats of both billiards and snooker by pocketing the IBSF World 6-Red snooker Championship in Sharm el- Sheikh on Sunday.
PHOTOS: Serena-slayer Cornet seals it with a kiss
It is unlikely that Alize Cornet will ever forget the moment she watched Serena Williams come charging towards the net - only to whip a backhand straight into the barrier.
Brazil three steps from heaven: Scolari
Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari said his team were "three steps from heaven" after beating Chile on penalties to reach the World Cup quarter-finals on Saturday.
Chile get that sinking Brazilian feeling again
Chile will be devastated to have exited the World Cup on penalties after pushing Brazil to their limits on Saturday, but the one emotion they surely will not feel is surprise.
Brazil vs Chile: Up in the Air
is an author, movie-maker, travel buff and sports enthusiast. He will be traveling to Brazil for the World Cup and report for Rediff.com from there during the knock-out stages.
PHOTOS: Dominating Saina wins Australian Open Super Series
Olympic bronze medalist Saina Nehwal produced a dominating performance to lift her second title of the season, winning the $ 750,000 Star Australian Super Series after beating Spain's Carolina Marin in the summit clash Sydney on Sunday.
Vote: Best goal of Football World Cup Group stage
Goals have been flying in by the bucketload in World Cup 2014. Fans wait four years to watch and drool over their favourite players and they have already been rewarded. Several goals will compete for the best goals when the tournament wraps up on July 13 but for now let's take a look at the Group stage.
PHOTOS: Rodriguez brace powers Colombia into quarters
Photos of the pre-quarterfinal match between Colombia and Uruguay
PHOTOS: Brazil do a last 16 'hat-trick' over Chile
Images from the World Cup pre-quarterfinal match between Brazil and Chile at Belo Horizonte.
June 28, 2014
Wimbledon PHOTOS: Serena Williams knocked out of Wimbledon
Images from Day 6 at the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Club in London, on Saturday.
'If we want to make history we have to beat the Netherlands'
After ending an 11-game
Portugal team's early ouster from World Cup hurts Brazillians
Portugal's early ouster from the World Cup has not just disappointed their fans back home but Brazillians have also shed a few tears for them as long-held cultural, historical and linguistic ties had made Cristiano Ronaldo's team the second favourite for them.
Adidas and Nike battle for social media World Cup
With every tackle, save and goal, a simultaneous off-the-pitch marketing battle is being fought between official FIFA World Cup sponsor Adidas and arch-rival Nike Inc to dominate social media to promote their brands.
Supersubs break records, hearts with late goals galore at World Cup
Substitutes have been lighting up the scoreboards at the World Cup with dazzling performances that have sparked their teams back to life and secured wins or draws that have made their coaches look like geniuses.
Van Persie back for Dutch to terrorise Mexico
Robin van Persie returns to the Dutch attack to face Mexico in the second round of the World Cup on Sunday while Mexican defender Hector Moreno will lock horns with his former mentor Louis van Gaal.
'Patriotism', 'honour' and Luis Suarez
The facts are hard to dispute. Suarez bites people; he is a scofflaw; he is a racist. Most fans outside Uruguay would write him off as an out-of-control gunslinger, who should literally be muzzled before being allowed on to a field again.
'Forget history, we're coming for you', Chile tell Brazil
Eliminated three times by Brazil in past World Cups, Chile vowed a fearless and fighting approach on the eve of Saturday's second round knockout game against the hosts and favorites.
Hosts Brazil aim for World Cup quarter-final spot
Hosts Brazil aim to become the first team to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Saturday by maintaining their superb recent record against opponents Chile.
June 27, 2014
Wimbledon PHOTOS: Djokovic through to last 16; Zahlavova stuns Li
Images from Day 5 at the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Club in London, on Friday.
Manchester United splurge continues with signing of 18-year-old Shaw
Manchester United's attempts to move on from a season of failure have quickened pace with the signing of left-back Luke Shaw from Southampton on Friday. The Old Trafford club have reportedly spent close to 60 million pounds on 18-year-old Shaw and Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera, who arrived from La Liga side Athletic Bilbao on Thursday.
World Cup chit-chat: Maradona asks, whom did Suarez kill?
Diego Maradona blasted FIFA's ban on Uruguay striker Luis Suarez as "criminal" and said world soccer's governing body might as well handcuff the striker and lock him up in Guantanamo prison.
Sports Shorts: Saina in semis; Sindhu out of Australian Super Series
Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal reached the women's singles semi-finals with a comfortable straight-game win, but compatriot P V Sindhu failed to cross the quarterfinal hurdle in the $750,000 Star Australian Super Series, in Sydney on Friday.
World Cup sidelights: It's love all when Agassi and Graf watch football
Legendary tennis couple Steffi Graf and husband Andre Agassi watched as Germany and U.S.A. played their Group G tie which the Germans won 1-0.
Take a look at how Belgium justify dark horse status
Belgium came into the World Cup with a side short on experience but long on flair and were considered a good outside bet after an unbeaten qualifying campaign of eight wins and two draws.
Wimbledon Photos: Murray, Venus return to main stage
Defending champion Andy Murray's match will complete a heavyweight Centre Court lineup on Friday that boasts four former Wimbledon winners and includes Venus Williams' return to the main stage.
Check out the World Cup Round of 16 line-up
The World Cup group stages games are over and while European heavyweights Spain, Italy, England and Portugal are knocked out of the biggest sporting carnival, there is still plenty to look forward to.
PHOTOS: Fans give banned Suarez hero's welcome
About 500 fans gathered outside Montevideo's Carrasco international airport to express solidarity with Uruguay's Luis Suarez and chant his name. Some had been waiting for hours, waving Uruguay flags, posters of Suarez and replicas of the World Cup trophy.
Is Suarez being treated like a 'dog'? His granny says so...
Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has been unfairly victimised in his 'barbaric' expulsion from the World Cup for biting, his disconsolate grandmother said on Thursday.
Will Cristiano Ronaldo ever see World Cup glory?
Cristiano Ronaldo's subdued performances for Portugal at the World Cup after his scintillating form for Real Madrid last season suggest the tournament was a bridge too far for the Ballon d'Or holder.
World Cup Player of the Day: Masterful Mueller makes the difference
Thomas Mueller's netted his fourth goal in three World Cup games in a 1-0 win over the USA to give Germany top spot in Group G and send them into knockout stages full of confidence following a dominant display at the Pernambuco arena in Recife.
Roundup: Germany, US go through; heartbreak for Portugal, Ghana
Thomas Mueller's second-half goal gave Germany a 1-0 victory over the United States in World Cup Group G on Thursday.
World Cup: It's all passion as fans kiss at kick-off!
In a game like football, where passion runs deep, love is a binding factor that is obvious everywhere. From the stadiums, to the beaches of Copacaban and even the streets of Mexico, fans were spotted kissing in revelry! Rediff.com brings you a glimpse of some intimate moments.
Chile face nemesis Brazil in World Cup knockout
Now facing Chile in the first game of the tournament's knockout round, Brazil will be encouraged by recent history. They easily knocked out Chile at the same stage in the last two World Cups "La Roja" (The Red) featured in, 1998 and 2010.
PHOTOS: Algeria storm into knock-out stage
Photos of the World Cup match between Algeria and Russia in Curitiba
PHOTOS: Vertonghen winner packs off South Korea
Photos of the World Cup game between South Korea and Belgium.
World Cup PHOTOS: Ronaldo shines but Portugal bow out despite win
Cristiano Ronaldo hit his first goal of the 2014 World Cup to lift Portugal to a 2-1 victory over Ghana in Brasilia but both sides bowed out of the tournament as Germany and USA advanced to the last 16.
World Cup PHOTOS: US lose to Germany but win last 16 spot
Germany edged past a gritty United States 1-0 in the World Cup Group G match in Refice but the Americans also advanced to the last 16 after Portugal beat Ghana 2-1 in the other match in the group.
June 26, 2014
Wimbledon PHOTOS: Nadal withstands second Rosol onslaught
Images from Day 4 at the Wimbledon Championships, on Thursday.
World Cup sidelights: U.S. team prepares leave letter for soccer fans!
The U.S. Soccer team has provided a ready-made excuse letter for any U.S. fans who want to skip work on Thursday to watch the crucial World Cup‬ match.
Sports Shorts: Venus Williams, Tomas Berdych bare it all
Tennis stars Venus Williams and Tomas Berdych have posed naked for ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue.
World Cup chit-chat: Boateng, Muntari suspended from Ghana team
Midfielders Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari have been suspended from Ghana's World Cup team with immediate effect after they clashed with coach Kwesi Appiah and a soccer federation (GFA) official.
World Cup Quote Hanger: 'Messi is from Jupiter'
Rediff.com brings you the best quotes of the day from Brazil!
World Cup Player of the Day: Argentina Messi-merize
Lionel Messi's World Cup double for Argentina in Wednesday's 3-2 victory over Nigeria suggests the four-time World Player of the Year may be ready to take his place among the all-time greats of the game.
Will FIFA suspend Suarez for biting?
Soccer's governing body FIFA has not yet decided whether to expel Uruguay striker Luis Suarez from the World Cup for biting an opponent with deliberations set to continue on Thursday.
Wimbledon: Nadal meets Rosol in revenge match; Sharapova buoyant
French Open champion Rafael Nadal will face his 2012 Wimbledon nemesis, Lukas Rosol, on Thursday, knowing he will have to up his game to avoid another second-round exit at the hands of the Czech world number 52.
World Cup Roundup: Messi shines again; Switzerland's Shaqiri joins the fun
Argentina's Lionel Messi continued his World Cup dual with Neymar by scoring twice in a 3-2 win over Nigeria while Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri got in on the act with a magnificent hat-trick in a 3-0 win over Honduras on Wednesday.
PHOTOS: Shaqiri's treble crushes Honduras
Photos of the World Cup match between Honduras and Switzerland
PHOTOS: Heartbreak for Ecuador as France top group
Photos of the World Cup match between France and Ecuador
June 25, 2014
PHOTOS: Argentina continue to Messi-merize; Bosnia end with a win
Images from the two Group F matches on Wednesday, between Argentina and Nigeria in Porto Alegre, and between Bosnia and Iran in Salvador.
Wimbledon PHOTOS: Murray breezes; Divij-Lu, Raja-Demoliner exit
Images from Day 3 at the Wimbledon tennis championships.
PHOTOS: Colombia fans dance their way into heart of Brazil
If the Colombian team may have the best goal celebration dance at this World Cup, their fans are having the best time of any contingent in Brazil.
Player of the day: Sublime Rodriguez joins World Cup elite
Colombia's James Rodriguez needed only 45 minutes to dismantle Japan with one of the best individual performances of the World Cup, including a sublime dinked goal that Lionel Messi would have been proud of.
Sports Shorts: India ninth in latest hockey rankings
Eight-time Olympic champions India find itself in a lowly ninth position among men's teams in the recently-released FIH World Hockey Rankings.
World Cup chit-chat: Maradona to cheer Argentina from hotel after 'jinx' claim
Diego Maradona will root for his beloved Argentina from his hotel when they play Nigeria on Wednesday, opting to skip the stadium after the country's Football Association president suggested he had jinxed the team against Iran.
Psychologists analyse Suarez's 'teething' problems
Luis Suarez can learn to stop biting opponents but it will not be a quick or easy process, senior psychologists have said following the Uruguay striker's bite on the shoulder of Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.
5 infamous World Cup offences and their punishments!
Uruguay striker Luis Suarez could be suspended from the World Cup for the second successive tournament after he appeared to bite Italy's Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder during his team's 1-0 win on Tuesday. Check out some of the infamous World Cup offences and their punishments.
Emerging players point to bright 'Oranje' future
While the world delights at the pace of Arjen Robben and finishing of Robin van Persie, younger, less heralded Dutch players are emerging as a key part of the Netherlands' superb start to the World Cup.
PHOTOS: Italy WAGS left disappointed after spouses are knocked out
They came to watch their men turn up the heat on Uruguay, but all that they got was boring football and a ticket back home. Italian WAGS were left dejected by their partners.
Heard the latest Suarez jokes? Here they are...
Social media went berserk with jokes about Uruguay's Luis Suarez sinking his teeth into Italy's Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup Group D game.
World Cup pressure is water off a duck's back to Neymar
Neymar's two-goal performance against Cameroon on Monday made it hard to believe that barely one year ago there were serious doubts as to whether he was mature enough to lead Brazil's challenge for a sixth World Cup.
World Cup Talking Point: The dark side of genius Suarez
From match-winner to vilified sinner, the World Cup has again provided the stage for Luis Suarez's polarising career to unfurl in microcosm.
World Cup: Uruguay fans upset with Suarez over biting incident
Opinion in Uruguay, a country of around three million people sandwiched between soccer powerhouses Argentina and Brazil, was divided over Luis Suarez's latest antics.
World Cup: 'Cannibal' Suarez charged by FIFA for biting Chiellini
FIFA has charged Uruguay's Luis Suarez for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during their Group D World Cup match on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: Suarez bite mars Uruguay win, Greece scrape through
Uruguay forward Luis Suarez faces a lengthy ban after Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini accused him of biting during the South Americans' 1-0 Group D victory on Tuesday, overshadowing a day of emotional extremes at the World Cup.
PHOTOS: Chinese airline celebrates World Cup in style!
China's domestic airline Lucky Air is celebrating the football World Cup mid-air... and doing it in some style!
5 facts that bind cricket and the football World Cup
The football World Cup is upon us in all its glory. Even a cricket-crazy country like India is captivated by the beautiful game. Interestingly, cricket and football has a few things in common. Rediff.com brings you five facts that bind the two great sports.
PHOTOS: Colombia top Group C; Greece scrape through
Colombia and Greece advanced to the second round from Group C in the World Cup.
Luis Suarez provides the 'bite' at the World Cup!
Uruguay striker Luis Suarez was at the centre of another biting storm on Tuesday after appearing to sink his teeth into the shoulder of Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during the teams' decisive World Cup Group D game.
PHOTOS: Incorrigible Italy pay the price for being too defensive
A Diego Godin header sent Uruguay to the second round of the World Cup while ensuring another early exit for four time champions Italy in Natal.
PHOTOS: Costa Rica top Group D, England finish with a point
Former champions and perennial favorites England finished their World Cup campaign with a 0-0 draw against group winners Costa Rica at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte.
June 24, 2014
Wimbledon PHOTOS: Nadal overcomes first-round jitters; Somdev loses
Images from Day 2 of the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, on Tuesday.
How Cristiano Ronaldo pays tribute to an ailing fan
Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo paid tribute to a Spanish child ahead of Portugal vs United States World Cup clash on Monday with a distinct hairstyle.
World Cup sidelights: How this adult actress revelled in Chile's victory
Marlen Doll, a Chile adult movies star, is making waves on the social networking sires. She made the most of the World Cup hype and promised the irresistible.
Wimbledon's 'inside story': No colourful knickers as players told to keep it white
Women's colourful knickers and men's black ones should be a thing of the past at Wimbledon as organisers of the tournament that began on Monday have advised players that guidelines requiring all-white tennis clothing will be strictly enforced.
Wimbledon PHOTOS: Berdych rallies past Hanescu; 'Underdog' Venus advances
Sixth seeded Tomas Berdych, came from a set down to beat Romania's Victor Hanescu, 6-7 (5/7), 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 in the first round of the Wimbledon Championships on Monday.
Wimbledon: Can claymaster Nadal improve his record on grass?
World No.1 Rafael Nadal will begin his Wimbledon campaign against Slovakian Martin Klizan on Centre Court on Tuesday hoping to ease the painful memories of his past two years in southwest London.
Sports Shorts: First female coach of major men's team leaves job
Helena Costa, the first woman to be appointed coach of a men's team in the top two divisions of European football, has quit before taking charge of French club Clermont.
Favourites Argentina must turn one-man band into full orchestra
World Cup contenders Argentina arrived in Brazil with high hopes but Saturday's last-gasp win over underdogs Iran exposed deficiencies within the team that need rapid improvement if they are to mount a realistic title bid.
Where Messi leads, Argentina must follow
After underwhelming early performances, traditional Latin American top dogsArgentina and reigning African champions Nigeria have something to prove when they meet in their final World Cup Group F match on Wednesday.
At Wimbledon, Venus Williams remembers Olympics...
Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams chalked up her first victory at the tournament for three years, adopting an underdog mentality to help her to dispose of Spaniard Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.
WC Quote Hanger: 'We wanted to play and the Netherlands didn't'
Rediff.com brings you the best quotes of the day from Brazil!
World Cup Player of the Day: Neymar too hot for oppositions to handle
Brazil's poster-boy striker Neymar flicked and tricked and along came the goals for Brazil.
World Cup Roundup: Neymar inspires Brazil; Dutch delight
Brazil's poster-boy striker Neymar fulfilled a nation's expectations to score twice in a 4-1 destruction of Cameroon on Monday while the Netherlands again showed their potential to win the World Cup with a third straight win.
FIFA World Cup: 12 Tattoo Tales
Some of the best-known footballers are known for the tattoos they sport. They ink their arms, legs or torso with names of their loved ones, motivational quotes or random motifs. Here's a look at some of the players at the World Cup whose tattoos caught our fancy.
How soccer helps boost fitness skills in youngsters
From aerobic prowess to foot-eye coordination and the ability to turn on a dime, soccer hones the body so even a young baseball or tennis player can benefit from the sport.
PHOTOS: Webber drives Sharapova to pre-Wimbledon party and more...
The tennis stars stole the show at the dazzling party ahead of the Wimbledon.
PHOTOS: The BEST goal celebrations at the World Cup!
Rediff.com presents the best goal celebrations at the football World Cup.
PHOTOS: Mexico crush Croatia to set up Dutch date
Photos of the World Cup game between Mexico and Croatia
PHOTOS: Neymar powers Brazil into World Cup last 16
Photos of the World Cup match between Cameroon and Brazil being played in Brasilia
PHOTOS: Deposed champions Spain make short work of Australia
Goals from David Villa, Fernando Torres and Juan Mata gave deposed champions Spain a comfortable consolation win over Australia in Curitiba.
PHOTOS: Impressive Dutch maintain unbeaten first round record
Goals by substitutes Leroy Fer and Memphis Depay gave the Netherlands a 2-0 victory over Chile on Monday that put them top of World Cup Group B and likely to avoid a second-round meeting with Brazil.
June 23, 2014
Wimbledon PHOTOS: Smooth start for Murray, Djokovic
Images from Day 1 at Wimbledon, on Monday.
World Cup Fever: Day and Night
One thing is undeniable: This edition of the World Cup is a goal-fest.
World Cup: It's all or nothing as Italy look to thwart Suarez and Uruguay
Italy must find a way to shut down Uruguay striker Luis Suarez when the teams clash at the Dunas arena on Tuesday in a World Cup showdown which will decide who goes through to the last 16.
World Cup sidelights: Model gets ejected for stalking Ronaldo
Former 'Miss Bumbum' Andressa Urach was kicked out for obsessively following Cristiano Ronaldo at Portugal's training session, it has been revealed.
'Croatia's match against Mexico will be like a final'
Croatia coach Niko Kovac knows his side face an uphill task against Miguel Herrera's side in Recife in the wake of Mexico's confidence-boosting draw with Brazil.
World Cup chit-chat: 'Valencia is God's gift to Ecuador'
Ecuador have been blessed with the form of striker Enner Valencia since he took on the goal-scoring mantle from the late Christian Benitez last year, coach Reinaldo Rueda said on Sunday.
Sports Shorts: Michelle Wie wins US Women's Open by two strokes
Michelle Wie finally lived up to the burden of expectation when she won her first major title with a clutch two-stroke victory at the US Women's Open in Pinehurst, North Carolina, on Sunday.
World Cup: Will Brazil go out? Can Italy squeeze through? Here's how the teams stack up
The permutations, combinations and number crunching has begun. While some teams are hanging on to outside chances to advance others have gone through to the last 16 without a fuss.
PHOTOS: How these celebrity fans reacted to USA v Portugal match...
The celebrities, including politicians, athletes, and TV stars, showed support to their respective teams.
World Cup: Collectors get shirty over sweaty souvenirs
It may seem like a strange gift to give someone, but a sweaty shirt exchanged with an opponent at the end of a World Cup game has become both a mark of sporting respect and a valuable collector's item.
World Cup Player of the Day: Origi brightens up Belgium's day
The day was brightened up by Divock Origi's late strike as he Belgium into the last 16 of the World Cup.
PHOTOS: Portugal live to fight another day; Algeria thump Korea
Images from the World Cup matches between Portugal and USA in Group G at Manaus and between Algeria and South Korea in Group H at Porto Alegre.
In-form Australians eye surprise win over deposed champions Spain
Despite Australia already
PHOTOS: Origi strike sends Wilmots' men through at Maracana
Divock Origi sent Belgium into the last 16 of the World Cup when the teenager struck an 88th minute winner to secure a 1-0 victory against Russia in a largely lifeless Group H match at the Maracana on Sunday.
Why has Brazil shunned Pele at the World Cup
At the opening ceremony in Sao Paulo, attended by President Dilma Rousseff and a clutch of visiting heads of state, Pele was a notable absentee despite living not far away in Santos.
Hosts Brazil aim to seal top spot against Cameroon
Hosts Brazil will look to clinch their berth in the last 16 of the World Cup as they host already-eliminated Cameroon in their final Group A match at the National Stadium in Brasilia.
World Cup Quote Hanger: 'I know how to make the difference'
Rediff.com brings you the best quotes of the day from Brazil!
June 22, 2014
Maradona questions FIFA over Costa Rica doping test
Argentine football legend Diego Maradona slammed FIFA after claiming seven of Costa Rica's players were subjected to post-match doping controls over fears sponsors would not pay up if bigger teams like Italy failed to get out of the group stage at the World Cup finals.
World Cup sidelights: No 'Van' to drive Dutch ambitions
The suspension of captain Robin van Persie for Monday's World Cup Group B decider against Chile means the Netherlands will play an international without a player whose surname begins with 'Van' for the first time in almost two decades.
Sports Shorts: Lopez and Keys clinch titles in Eastbourne tennis
Feliciano Lopez proved that there is more than one left-handed Spaniard capable of doing damage at Wimbledon when he beat Richard Gasquet to win the Aegon International grasscourt title at Eastbourne on Saturday.
World Cup: Ronaldo returns as Portugal play to save campaign
Cristiano Ronaldo is all set for his second chance to shine in Brazil when pointless Portugal attempt to get their World Cup campaign back on track against Juergen Klinsmann's United States in sultry Manaus on Sunday.
Player of the Day: When Messi's technical brilliance pierced Iran's defence
Individual genius triumphed over collective organisation as Lionel Messi's magnificent stoppage time goal for Argentina cruelly left Iran with nothing after an outstanding defensive display from Carlos Queiroz's team.
Nigeria seek inspiration from African Nations Cup triumph
Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi hopes the momentum from Saturday's 1-0 victory over Bosnia will set his side on a similar path to that they followed in winning the last African Nations Cup.
Ronaldo congratulates Klose on equalling his World Cup record
Former Brazil striker Ronaldo congratulated Miroslav Klose after the German equalled his record of 15 World Cup goals on Saturday.
Netherlands and Chile in scrap to avoid Brazil in last 16
With the loser likely to face hosts Brazil in the next round, the Netherlands and Chile will go all out for victory when they meet in their Group B match on Monday, even though both teams are through to the last 16.
Devastated Rooney, Hart apologise for England failure at World Cup
England exited the finals at the group stage for the first time since 1958 after losing to Italy and Uruguay, their fate sealed when Costa Rica beat the Italians on Friday to ensure Roy Hodgson's side could not make the top two spots in Group D.
World Cup PHOTOS: Record-equalling Klose salvages draw for Germany
Germany striker Miroslav Klose scored his 15th World Cup goal but Germany were held to a thrilling 2-2 draw by Ghana in the Group G World Cup match in Fortaleza, on Saturday.
PHOTOS: Messi magic sends Argentina through to last 16
Lionel Messi's magical left-foot produced another inspirational goal as Argentina managed 1-0 win over gritty Iran in a Group F game of the World Cup in Belo Horizonte, on Saturday.
June 21, 2014
US looking for inspiration from 3-2 win over Portugal in 2002
The United States play Portugal in the World Cup on Sunday, hoping to channel the inspiration and drive which brought them a shock victory the last time the teams met in the tournament.
Ronaldo key to Portugal recovery as US challenge looms
A wounded Portugal, still smarting from a 4-0 defeat by Germany, are fervently hoping that talismanic forward Cristiano Ronaldo is fit when they take on the United States in their second World Cup Group G game on Sunday.
World Cup PHOTOS: Five-star France crush sloppy Swiss
Images from the World Cup match between France and Switzerland, on Saturday.
PHOTOS: Costa Rica stun Italy to enter last 16; England ousted
Images from the World Cup match between Costa Rica and Italy, on Friday.
World Cup chit-chat: Chile will give the Dutch a real challenge, says Van Persie
Chile will pose a real challenge for the Netherlands in their final World Cup Group B match on Monday and the Dutch will have to work hard for the draw they need to finish top, striker Robin van Persie said on Friday.
Sports Shorts: Vishy Anand finishes joint fifth at World Blitz
World champion Magnus Carlsen became the first chess player ever to hold three world championship crowns as he handsomely won the blitz title too with a remarkable 17 points.
FIFA World Cup: Heartbreak for Gerrard as England exit
England's failure at the first hurdle at the Brazil World Cup caused heartache to captain Steven Gerrard.
How Latin American teams are taking a grip on World Cup
Costa Rica's domination of a group with three former champions and Chile and Colombia's triumphant march through their first two matches highlights the strength of the Latin American challenge at the World Cup.
PHOTOS: Ecuador play out a tale of two Valencias
It was a tale of two Valencias as Ecuador beat Honduras 2-1 in the World Cup on Friday.
FIFA World Cup Player of the Day: Excellent Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema, who struck twice and came close to a hat-trick in France's opening victory over Honduras, again caused havoc against the Swiss at Salvador's Fonte Nova arena, scoring once and setting up another two.
June 20, 2014
World Cup chit-chat: Netherlands' Martins Indi hospitalised after consussion
Netherlands defender Bruno Martins Indi has suffered a mild concussion during their 3-2 victory over Australia in the World Cup and is hospitalised, the Dutch football association KNVB stated after the match.
Wimbledon draw: Defending champ Murray faces Djokovic threat
A potential semi-final with number one seed Novak Djokovic looms for defending champion Andy Murray following the Wimbledon draw on Friday.
Sports Shorts: Saina crashes out of Indonesia Open Super Series
Michael Schumacher "will remain an invalid for the rest of his life", said leading medical expert Erich Riederer.
In Colombia, forgetting Pablo Escobar
Colombia are on the verge of a berth in the knockout round. It is probably the end of an era for the Spanish La Roja and a new beginning for Colombia, says .
World Cup: How the British media reacted after England's second loss
Luis Suarez scored both goals as Uruguay beat England 2-1 to keep his team's World Cup hopes alive and leave England's hanging by a thread on Thursday.
PHOTOS: Greece could have beaten Japan but for red card
Greece could have emerged victorious from their 0-0 World Cup Group C draw with Japan on Thursday were it not for Kostas Katsouranis's first-half red card, coach Fernando Santos said.
How England was sucker-punched by British goal
England were sucker-punched by a typical British goal they should have known how to defend against, manager Roy Hodgson said on Thursday following their 2-1 World Cup Group D loss to Uruguay.
Quote Hanger: 'Enjoying this moment, because of all the criticism'
Rediff.com brings you the best quotes of the day from Brazil!
FIFA World Cup Player of the Day: Goal machine Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez emerged from a month of treatment on his injured knee to score both goals as Uruguay beat England 2-1 to keep his team's World Cup hopes alive and leave England's hanging by a thread on Thursday.
Pressure on Murray to do an encore at Wimbledon
When Andy Murray walks into Wimbledon on Monday to begin what he hopes will be the successful defence of his title he may be feeling a little lighter than usual at this time of year.
A decade since her first Wimbledon win, Sharapova still high on grass
When a 17-year-old Maria Sharapova lit up Wimbledon 10 years ago to win the title it was the launch pad to her becoming the world's wealthiest sportswoman and an international tennis brand.
With Spain gone, are Germany favourites to win the World Cup?
Germany are the top contenders to win the 2014 World Cup with success now based on speed and dethroned champions Spain's "tiki-taka" tactics now a relic in modern day football, former Croatia striker Goran Vlaovic told Reuters in an interview.
World Cup sidelights: Brazil websites run interview with Scolari look-alike!
It's a World Cup reporter's dream. You board a plane and who's on the flight with you? Luiz Felipe Scolari, the coach of Brazil's national soccer team. Or at least that's what Mario Sergio Conti, one of Brazil's best-known syndicated columnists, thought on Wednesday on a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo.
Poll: Who's the HOTTEST footballer at the World Cup? Vote Now!
There's no escaping the long hours of football on television. Beyond the action in Brazil there's a little more on offer for all the non-football fans. Rediff.com brings you the 10 hottest football stars of the World Cup.
PHOTOS: Lethal Suarez keeps Uruguay's World Cup hopes alive
Luis Suarez struck twice including a dramatic late winner to earn Uruguay a 2-1 victory over England in a pulsating World Cup Group D match on Thursday.
PHOTOS: Colombia close in on knockout stage after victory
Images from the football World Cup match between Colombia and Ivory Coast.
June 19, 2014
Cristiano Ronaldo set to miss rest of the World Cup?
Cristiano Ronaldo's World Cup campaign has been put to a stop prematurely. According to reports, the Portuguese captain has been laid low with a knee injury and his further participation in the tournament is in doubt.
PHOTOS: How defending champions have fared at the World Cup
Following the unfortunate turn of events in Maraca, here is a list of how defending World Cup champions have fared in the years gone by...
The HOTTEST Cup Buzz is here! Shakira doesn't want to marry Pique
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Sports Shorts: Anand beats Carlsen but settles for bronze at World Rapid
Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal cruised into the women's singles quarter-finals of the US$ 750,000 Indonesia Open Super Series even as India's challenge ended in the women's doubles event with the ouster of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa, in Jakarta.
World Cup Preview: Suarez to play for Uruguay? All England expects
England expect to face an added danger with a Luis Suarez comeback for Uruguay in World Cup Group D on Thursday even if coach Oscar Tabarez has not confirmed his country's top scorer for the match in Sao Paulo.
Fan Zone: After World Cup exit, beer lifts Spanish fans
Grim-looking Spaniards clutching beers in Madrid bars grasped for explanations after Spain lost 2-0 to Chile, their second defeat in Group B which left them unable to reach the knockout phase.
'Consequences' for Spain after exit: Del Bosque
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque said there would be "consequences", including potentially for himself, after the holders' shock elimination from the World Cup on Wednesday, but that he needed time to reflect.
World Cup Quote Hanger: 'It hurts but today we were timid'
Rediff.com brings you the best quotes of the day from Brazil!
Chaotic Chilean fans 'invade' media centre at Maracana
Some 200 Chilean soccer fans stormed the Maracana media centre around an hour before kick-off in the World Cup match against Spain on Wednesday, raising major concerns for FIFA and tournament organisers.
PHOTOS: No Song, just a whimper as Cameroon crash out
Cameroon went down fighting - off the ball and amongst themselves - as they exited the World Cup on Wednesday with Alex Song adding a red card to the ill-disciplined African nation's long list in a thumping 4-0 defeat by Croatia.
It's official, Spain's reign is over
And so it was official. The reign of Spain was not merely on the wane - it was over.
FIFA World Cup: Who is shining, who isn't
Within just a week the FIFA World Cup has reached its pinnacle, and fans are asking for some more action. This World Cup the numbers of goals have gone up and so is the mass hysteria around the tournament in Brazil.
PHOTOS: Chile end Spain's reign, qualify for second round
Images from the World Cup match between Spain and Chile at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janerio.
PHOTOS: Oranje scrape past Socceroos in five-goal thriller
The Netherlands beat Australia 3-2 in a sensational World Cup Group B match featuring stunning goals and non-stop action on Wednesday. The 2010 runners-up made it two wins out of two following their opening demolition of Spain.
June 18, 2014
Murray seeded third for Wimbledon defence
Briton Andy Murray will be seeded third when he attempts to defend his Wimbledon title, while Novak Djokovic has been installed ahead of world number one Rafael Nadal as top seed for the grass-court major.
F1 superstar Michael Schumacher's family relieved
Michael Schumacher's family is now in a 'more positive state of mind' as he is now out of coma and his condition is getting better.
World Cup chit-chat: Fit Modric and debutant Mandzukic to lead Croatia charge
Midfielder Luka Modric and available-again striker Mario Mandzukic will spearhead Croatia's effort to keep alive their hopes of reaching the World Cup last 16 when they face Cameroon on Wednesday, coach Niko Kovac said.
Sports Shorts: Maradona claims he was barred from Maracana
Not even the 'Hand of God' could open the doors to a packed Maracana stadium for Argentina's World Cup game against Bosnia.
Is it a fight to the death for Spain?
Defending champions Spain will face the 'suicidal' attacking style of Chile at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday aiming to get their World Cup bid back on track and avoid an embarrassingly early exit.
HOTTEST World Cup Buzz: Extra guards to protect the English WAGS!
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World Cup Quote Hanger: 'I didn't like the Mexican goalie'
Rediff.com brings you the best quotes of the day from Brazil!
World Cup PHOTOS: Where did Brazil lose the plot?
Brazil failed to win for the first time in 11 games with their own lacklustre midfield as much to blame for the 0-0 draw with Mexico as the inspired goalkeeping performance of Guillermo Ochoa.
World Cup sidelights: All the news from Brazil right here...
World Cup sidelights: All the news from Brazil right here...
5 record-breaking moments that make this World Cup exciting
The World Cup's opening group games have produced several record-breaking moments in a scintillating start to the tournament. Here are five of them.
World Cup Fan Zone: Party is getting bigger and better in Brazil
Many fans arrived in Brazil for the World Cup expecting a six-week party with a heady mix of top quality football, tropical beaches and Caipirinha cocktails played out to the soundtrack of a funky Samba beat.
Goalkeepers day out: Mexico's Ochoa hero, Russia's Akinfeev villain
Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa produced a heroic performance in a 0-0 draw with Brazil and his Russian counterpart Igor Akinfeev was the villain in a 1-1 draw with South Korea as the World Cup produced more drama on Tuesday.
Don't miss these hair-raising styles at the football World Cup
Check out some exciting hairstyles sported by the players at the ongoing football World Cup in Brazil.
PHOTOS Kerzkakhov saves the day for Russia vs Korea
Photos of the World Cup match being played between Russia and Korea Republic
PHOTOS: Ochoa steals the show as Mexico hold Brazil
Photos of the World Cup match between Brazil and Mexico
World Cup chit chat: Rooney hits back at media, Coentrao ruled out
Wayne Rooney has criticised sections of the media who questioned his form and speculated that the England forward had been relegated to training with the reserves at their base in Brazil.
PHOTOS: Belgium stage late fightback to down Algeria
Images from the World cup match between Belgium and Algeria.
June 17, 2014
Spain's Casillas gets surprise backing from Mourinho
Spain goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas has received backing from an unexpected quarter after his woeful World Cup Group B performance against the Netherlands on Friday - his former coach at Real Madrid Jose Mourinho.
Shocked Spaniards fear the worst in La Roja's clash with Chile
Stunned by their heroes' 5-1
Sports Shorts: Krajicek says yes after boyfriend proposes on court
Michaella Krajicek's joy at winning on home grass was easily surpassed when her boyfriend stepped on court and dropped down on one knee straight after her Den Bosch Open first-round victory on Monday.
After an ugly buildup, The Beautiful Game takes over in Brazil
In the buildup to the World
Can Neymar repeat star performance against Mexico tonight?
World Cup hosts Brazil are back in the spotlight with the chance to get one foot in the last 16 when they face Mexico in Fortaleza on Tuesday.
World Cup: South Korea gathering strength for big stage
n the space of a week, South Korea have taken a stinging 4-0 loss to Ghana in Miami and turned it into a case study on what not to do in their opening World Cup Group H match against Russia on Tuesday.
The HOTTEST World Cup Buzz is here! Shayk voted for best hair
Rediff.com brings you the buzz around celebrity sportspersons and their glamorous lives during the ongoing World Cup!
World Cup chit-chat: Suarez says he is 100 percent fit to face England
Portugal have denied midfielder Raul Meireles was making an insulting gesture toward the referee after teammate Pepe was sent off against Germany on Monday, saying he was simply passing on tactical instructions from coach Paulo Bento.
Lack of patience reason behind Nigerians' downfall
African champions Nigeria blamed impatience for their failure to break down outsiders Iran in a 0-0 draw on Monday that stood out like a sore thumb in an otherwise thrilling World Cup.
Quote Hanger: 'Portugal are a good team but we worked really hard to win'
Rediff.com brings you the best quotes of the day from Brazil!
World Cup Player of the day: Heat can't stop Mueller and his 'tricks'
Come rain or the blazing sun, Thomas Mueller was going to shine for Germany!
World Cup PHOTOS: How clinical Germany decimated Portugal
One first glimpse of the scoreline we are made to believe that it was Germany's forwards that did all the hard work, but on closer dissection you may come to realise that that isn't the case. Even Germany coach Joachim Loew admitted that it was his backline that was the hero of the night.
World Cup: Was the referee biased towards Germany?
Portugal coach Paulo Bento suggested the referee was favouring Germany after his side had a penalty awarded against them and a player sent off in their 4-0 World Cup defeat on Monday.
Sexy Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen to present World Cup trophy?
Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen has been asked by FIFA to present the World Cup trophy in place of Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, whose popularity has taken a sharp dip, according to the Boston Globe.
PHOTOS: World Cup wows fans after scintillating start
Fans have been served up a marvellous first few days of excitement, controversy and, most amazing of all, goals galore.
PHOTOS: Super-sub Brooks heads US home
Photos of the World Cup match between USA and Ghana
PHOTOS: Nigeria held by Iran in World Cup's first draw
Photos of the World Cuop Group F match between Iran and Nigeria
World's best Ronaldo not enough for ageing, sulky Portugal
Nothing went right for the 29-year-old World Player of the Year whose performance reached a low point when he contrived to drill a 30-metre free kick into a one-man Germany wall.
Red card brings Pepe's violent on-field conduct to the fore
The Portugal defender, who has a long history of losing his cool and lashing out at opponents, leant into Germany striker Thomas Mueller with his head, making contact and applying pressure in a needless altercation that could bring him a stiff punishment.
June 16, 2014
PHOTOS: Mueller hat-trick as Germany hit Portugal for four
Germany eased past 10-man Portugal 4-0 in their World Cup Group G match at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador. Photos from the match.
World Cup shooting: Rai wins another silver, maiden medal for Ayonika
Continuing his good run of form, pistol shooter Jitu Rai clinched a silver medal in the ISSF World Cup in Maribor, Slovenia, after Ayonika Paul bagged her maiden international medal as a senior shooter by settling for a bronze in the 10m air rifle event.
Revenge by the Orange!
The Spain-Netherlands opener - re-match of the 2010 World Cup final - was a classic that will be sliced and diced for a long time to come, says .
Belgium's pool of thrilling young talent is the envy of Europe
With a star-studded squad that makes a mockery of the old joke 'who can name a famous Belgian?', young and talented Belgium should breeze past Algeria in the Group H opener.
World Cup: Growing number of own goals has Big B amused
In a World Cup packed with thrilling high-scoring matches, own goals are playing a prominent role as the drama unfolds in Brazil. Even Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan is amazed at the number of own goals scored so far in the competition.
Schumacher out of coma, shifted to Swiss hospital
Formula One ex-champion Michael Schumacher, who sustained severe head injuries in a ski accident in late 2013, is out of a coma and was transferred on Monday from a French to a Swiss hospital to continue rehabilitation, officials said.
World Cup sidelights: Winning bet provides consolation for Spanish fan
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World Cup: Klinsmann believes Beckerman to be US's main man
United States defensive midfielder Kyle Beckerman is like former Brazil captain Dunga, a scrappy player willing to do the dirty work needed to unleash more creative talents, coach Juergen Klinsmann said on Sunday.
World Cup: Outsiders Iran prepare to take centre stage with defence
Iran coach Carlos Queiroz is refusing to be seduced by the free-flowing soccer that is thrilling World Cup fans, saying his team will show the value of good defending when they face Nigeria.
PHOTOS: Argentine fans invade Rio de Janeiro in World Cup dream
Argentina fans have flooded
World Cup Talking Point: Goal-line technology is a win for football
Goalline technology passed its first World Cup test with flying colours at the FIFA football World Cup on Sunday.
Quote Hanger: 'Messi is best in the world, regardless of what happens'
Rediff.com brings you the best quotes of the day from Brazil!
NBA PHOTOS: San Antonio Spurs beat Miami Heat to clinch title
The San Antonio Spurs delivered a decisive end to LeBron James's two-year reign atop the basketball world by routing the Miami Heat 104-87 on Sunday to win the NBA Finals four games to one.
World Cup chit-chat: Ronaldo fit for Portugal's Germany test
World Player of the Year, Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, said he had nothing more to prove in his career as he declared himself fit for Monday's World Cup Group G match against Germany.
Drogba could be set for super-sub role
Didier Drogba proved a talismanic influence in helping the Ivory Coast to win their opening World Cup encounter, but the ageing striker could be confined to a role as an impact player, coming off the bench at the tournament supposed to be his swansong.
PHOTOS: Costa Ricans celebrate, mock 'poor Uruguay'
Costa Ricans celebrated their World Cup victory over Uruguay as the greatest in their nation's soccer history and warned other teams at the tournament to take them seriously from now on.
World Cup player of the day: Messi and Benzema share Sunday spotlight
Lionel Messi finally made his mark on the World Cup and lit up the Maracana with his first goal in the finals for eight years but Argentina had to battle hard for a 2-1 win over debutants Bosnia in their opening Group F match on Sunday.
World Cup: Klose inching towards breaking Ronaldo's record but it may have to wait...
Veteran Germany striker Miroslav Klose arrived in Brazil with the most World Cup goals record in his sights but any hopes he had of a helping hand from coach Joachim Loew to break it were dashed on Sunday.
Qatar 2022 FIFA WC organisers counter 'baseless' allegations
Qatar 2022 World Cup organisers have reportedly defended their bidding process against what they have claimed are ''baseless'' allegations.
PHOTOS: Fans flying Indian flag at FIFA World Cup
As football frenzy grips Brazil, Indian fans are making their presence felt albeit in small numbers in the ongoing soccer World Cup, wishing if only they could also witness such a sporting spectacle in their home country.
Photos: Messi strikes as Argentina scrape past Bosnia-Herzegovina
Photos from the World Cup match between Argentina and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
PHOTOS: Goal-line technology, Benzema star in France's win
Photos of the Group E match between France and Honduras at Porto Alegre.
PHOTOS: Swiss super-subs sink Ecuador
Photos from the World Cup Group E match between Switzerland and Ecuador, at Brasilia.
June 15, 2014
Mexico unlikely to be overawed against favourites Brazil
World Cup favourites Brazil will be expected to defeat Mexico in the second round of Group A matches in Fortaleza on Tuesday but their Latin neighbours have no reason to feel overawed.
Sports Shorts: Magnificent seven for Federer in Halle
Roger Federer stepped up his preparations for Wimbledon by winning the Gerry Weber Open for a seventh time with a 7-6(2), 7-6(3) win over Columbia's Alejandro Falla on Sunday.
Uruguay hope Suarez will be fit for England match
Uruguay are hoping Luis Suarez will be fit enough to help them revive their World Cup hopes against England on Thursday after a shock 3-1 loss to Costa Rica in Saturday's Group D opener.
PHOTOS: Ivory Coast comeback leaves Japan stunned
Images from the FIFA World Cup match between Ivory Coast and Japan.
PHOTOS: Balotelli takes Italy past England
Italy opened their campaign with an emphatic 2-1 win over England in their Group D match in the Amazon city of Manaus on Saturday.
PHOTOS: Costa Rica shock Uruguay, Colombia ease past Greece
Images from the FIFA World Cup group fixtures between Costa Rica and Uruguay and Colombia and Greece.
'A dream start for the Oranje and a surreal victory'
Dutch media hailed their football team's World Cup mauling of Spain as "heroic" and "historic" today with headline writers going into overdrive in search of
June 14, 2014
Dutch media trumpets FIFA World Cup sensational victory
Dutch delight screamed out from the pages of their newspapers on Saturday as the country basked in the afterglow of a thrilling win over holders Spain at the start of their World Cup campaign.
Erratic France aim not to trip over underdogs Honduras
Former champions France should put underdogs Honduras to the sword in their World Cup Group E opener in Porto Alegre on Sunday - although their penchant for self-destruction gives the Central Americans hope of an upset.
WC Preview: Switzerland's Lichtsteiner could have wings clipped by pacey Ecuador
Stephan Lichtsteiner, whose marauding runs down right flank for Switzerland have earned him the nickname Forrest Gump, may find his style cramped by Ecuador's pacey wingers in Sunday's World Cup match.
WC Preview: Argentina laugh off criticism, play for Messi
Argentine players laughed off criticism of their supposed defensive weakness on Thursday and vowed there would be no repeat of their 2010 World Cup quarter-final thrashing by Germany.
World Cup: Chile coach wary about Spain despite big win over Aus
Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli is taking nothing for granted looking ahead to his team's clash with holders Spain whose World Cup defence began with a nightmare 5-1 defeat by the Netherlands on Friday.
World Cup sidelights: Australia PM scores own goal!
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How Spanish media mourned World Cup's Friday the 13th
Spain mourned the national football team's stunning loss to Netherlands in their World Cup opener on Friday with words such as 'humiliation' and 'nightmare' splashed across the front pages of newspapers on Saturday.
World Cup: Will Japan win Brazilian hearts again?
Japan are hoping for strong support from Brazilian fans when they take on Ivory Coast in their opening World Cup Group C game in Recife's Pernambuco arena on Saturday.
World Cup quote hanger: 'I can't find words to explain five goals'
"I can't find words to explain five goals," Spain coach Vicente del Bosque said after the holders crashed to a shocking 5-1 reverse to Netherlands in their World Cup Group B opener on Friday.
PHOTOS: Australia will have to perform miracles to progress
Australia forward Tim Cahill says they can draw positives from their opening 3-1 loss to Chile at the World Cup on Friday but along with coach Ange Postecoglou he regrets showing them too much respect early on.
World Cup: A classic in store as youthful England take on formidable Italy
England's opening Group D game against Italy on Saturday could be another free-flowing classic of the kind that has already lit up this World Cup, manager Roy Hodgson suggested on Friday.
FIFA World Cup Fan Zone: Dutch gain; pain for Spain and much more...
The Netherlands gained sweet revenge for defeat in the 2010 FIFA World Cup final by beating Spain 5-1 in the opening fixture of Group B in Salvador late on Friday night. Their jubilant fans soon turned Brazil into a sea of orange.
World Cup chit-chat: Brazil's Fred denies diving claims to win penalty
Brazil striker Fred has denied accusations he cheated to win a crucial penalty in the 3-1 opening World Cup win over Croatia and said contact from a defender was enough to "knock me off the ball and stop me scoring."
World Cup: Greece out to clip Colombia's attacking wings
Containing Colombia's potent attacking game, even without injured striker Radamel Falcao, will be key to defensive-minded Greece's attempt to upset the World Cup Group C favourites on Saturday.
How the Netherlands demolished Spain
Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben fired the Netherlands to a 5-1 demolition of defending champions Spain in a pulsating World Cup Group B match on Friday. The match was in complete contrast to the World Cup final between the sides in 2010, which Spain won 1-0, as the Dutch earned sweet revenge with a vibrant display capped off by two goals each from Van Persie and Robben and one by defender Stefan de Vrij.
PHOTOS: When Total Football made a mockery of tiki taka
Images from the World Cup match between the Netherlands and defending champions Spain.
Sports Shorts: Hockey WC: India beat SKorea 3-0; finish lowly ninth
Akashdeep Singh scored two goals as India posted a comfortable 3-0 win over Asian champions South Korea to finish a lowly ninth in the men's hockey World Cup at the Kyocera Stadium at The Hague in The Netherlands on Saturday.
PHOTOS: Mexico ready to face Brazil after win over Cameroon
Shrugging off two contentious
'They won't stop us having our fun, especially when Brazil win!'
World Cup fever gathered steam across Brazil on Friday after the long-awaited opener went ahead without major hitches, although the lingering threat of violent protests and a late scramble in some host cities kept organizers on edge.
June 13, 2014
FIFA World Cup fever: SRK 'over the moon'; Bachchan Sr late for shoot
It seems that Brazil World Cup fever has taken over Bollywood as well, with Shah Rukh Khan taking to Twitter to express his excitement over the sports fiesta.
World Cup sidelights: Ronaldo nearly injured by crazy fan!
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WC Preview: Changed Australia see in foe Chile the team they want to be
Australia kick off their World Cup on Friday against Chile, tournament dark horses that new coach Ange Postecoglou actually wants to emulate in his reinvention of the Socceroo squad.
WC Preview: Mexico, Cameroon out to ride their luck in Group A
Mexico and Cameroon would be prime contenders for the title of most fortunate qualifiers for the World Cup but both will fancy their chances of progressing from Group A if they can win their opening encounter on Friday.
Sports Shorts: Beckenbauer banned by FIFA for failing to cooperate
German World Cup-winning player and coach Franz Beckenbauer was banned for 90 days by FIFA on Friday after failing to cooperate in a corruption enquiry into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
World Cup chit-chat: Vanishing spray debut and many more...
The vanishing spray used by referees to mark the 10 yards distance between a free kick and the defensive wall of players made its debut at World Cup level in Thursday's opening game between Brazil and Croatia.
World Cup quote hanger: 'That was outright thuggery by a referee'
Rediff.com brings you the best quotes of the day from Brazil!
FIFA World Cup: Best fan of Day 1
Thousands of Brazilian fans flocked to Fan Fests in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo to watch the hosts' opening match against Croatia.
JLo, Pitbull FIFA World Cup song - Hit or Flop? Tell Us!
The opening ceremony featured Jennifer Lopez, rapper Pitbull and Brazilian pop star Claudia Leitte who sang the official Fifa World Cup theme 'We Are One'.
Talking point: Blundering referee puts officiating under scanner
Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura wrongly awarded a soft penalty to Brazil, which brought the hosts back into the match.
Fan Zone: Brazilians samba; Croatians 'vow to never eat Sushi!'
Brazil waited for the World Cup for years. They spent billions building stadiums and preparing for the big day. Finally, big party has begun.
Player of the day: Hero Neymar comes to Brazil's aid
A lot was expected from Brazil forward Neymar and boy, he matched expectations and how! The 22-year-old came up with a man-of-the-match performance to rescue the hosts after an early blunder.
PHOTOS: Neymar brace brings the smiles back in Brazil
Images from the opening game of the FIFA World Cup, between Brazil and Croatia, at Sao Paulo.
PHOTOS: Colourful opening to world football carnival
Photos from the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup.
June 12, 2014
It's yesterday once more for champs Spain as they face Dutch in opener
Spain will be lifted by a reminder of the glory of four years ago as the defence of their World Cup crown begins against 2010 finalists the Netherlands in Salvador on Friday in a standout Group B opener.
How will the FIFA World Cup benefit India?
With the world gearing up for the FIFA World Cup on June 12 in Brazil young footballers are enthusiastically training with local clubs in the hope of taking football to newer heights in the country.
Sports Shorts: Murray, Nadal taste defeat on grass
Andy Murray was left to rue eight set points that went begging in the first set as he slumped to a shock 7-6(10) 6-2 defeat by Czech veteran Radek Stepanek in the third round of the Aegon Championships on Thursday.
Blatter's new TV review proposal surprises FIFA members
FIFA president Sepp Blatter caught world soccer's ruling body by surprise on Wednesday when he proposed a new television review system that would go well beyond the goal-line technology already being used in some countries.
FIFA chief Blatter undeterred despite facing opposition
FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Wednesday all but confirmed he would run for re-election despite criticism the game and organisation have been tarnished by accusations of corruption during his long reign.
Brazil hopes for smooth opener as football World Cup kicks off
After years of construction delays and budget overruns, the World Cup kicks off in Brazil on Thursday under a cloud of discontent at home even as happy foreign fans pour in for the tournament.
Spain could do an encore at the World Cup. Here is why...
If statistics and a study is anything to by, then Spain look set to defend their World Cup crown.
Is 'Big Head' Brazil's answer to Germany's 'Paul' the Octopus?
The animal's predictions for the FIFA World Cup have begun. And guess what, the host nation Brazil gets Big Head turtle's vote of confidence.
Croatia not threatened by Brazil's main man Neymar
The thought of Neymar tearing your team into pieces might be enough to give some coach's nightmares, but Croatia's Niko Kovac isn't losing any sleep over the threat posed by the Brazilian phenom ahead of Thursday's World Cup opener.
PHOTOS: Football World Cup fan festival
The football extravaganza has not even begun but the crazy fans are already making heads turn.
World Cup sidelights: All the fun news from Brazil right here...
World Cup sidelights: All the fun news from Brazil right here...
WAGS Corner: Meet the pretty woman who tamed the crazy Balotelli
Italy striker Mario Balotelli is all set to tie the knot with his girlfriend, Fanny Neguesha after proposing her in Manus.
Brazilians slow to show up at their own World Cup party
Brazilians say they will find their trademark exuberance once the goals start rolling in. For now, though, many of the international soccer fans descending on a country renowned for its Carnival celebrations, samba and soccer are disappointed.
June 11, 2014
HI forms panel to review India's shoddy performance in WC
Hockey India constituted a strong 11-member committee to evaluate India's pathetic performance in the ongoing World Cup at The Hague, Netherlands.
Football shorts: JLo back onboard for World Cup opening ceremony
Jennifer Lopez has assured fans that she will be joining Pitbull at the World Cup opening ceremony in Brazil on Thursday, June 12, two days after soccer officials announced she had pulled out of the performance.
Sports Shorts: Hingis granted Wimbledon doubles wildcard
Former world number one Martina Hingis has been awarded a wildcard for the Wimbledon doubles competition as she continues her second comeback following her retirement in 2007.
World Cup: Falcao-less Colombia look set for last 16
Even without prolific striker Radamel Falcao, Colombia start as favourites to qualify from World Cup Group C after finishing second in the South American qualifiers and taking decent results against Belgium and the Netherlands in friendlies.
PHOTOS: Simmering tension threatens to sully Brazil extravaganza
Simmering civil tension and the stench of corruption threatens to sully Brazil's global soccer party when the World Cup kicks off on Thursday against a backdrop of protests, unrest and alleged political graft.
PHOTOS: Stars touch down in Brazil ahead of World Cup
Reigning FIFA World Cup champions Spain arrived in Brazil. Bookmakers rank traditional powerhouses Brazil, Argentina, Germany and Spain as the top teams to win the Cup.
Brazil's President defends World Cup spending, urges warm welcome
Less than 48 hours before the month-long soccer World Cup kicks off in Brazil, President Dilma Rousseff defended the cost of hosting the tournament, vowed to punish corruption and urged her compatriots to give visiting fans a warm welcome.
World Cup warm-ups: Ronaldo shines in return for Portugal
Cristiano Ronaldo provided Portugal with a major confidence boost ahead of the World Cup when he made a successful return from injury in a 5-1 romp against Ireland on Tuesday.
Attack is soccer supremo's defence, Blatter hits back
When FIFA president Sepp Blatter swept into the chrome and marble lobby of the Grand Hyatt hotel in Sao Paulo earlier this week, he did not look like a man fighting to salvage the reputation of soccer's ruling body that he has led for 16 years.
PHOTOS: World Cup fever scorches Indian shores
The 2014 FIFA World Cup is just around the corner and while the participating nations are waiting with bated breath for kick-off, India cannot be kept away from all the football frenzy.
4 stars who fell from fame to shame after winning the World Cup
France's Zinedine Zidane, Argentina's Diego Maradona, Brazil's Ronaldo and Italy's Fabio Cannavaro etched their names in football folklore by winning the game's biggest prize for their country. However, their return to the same stage four years later is best forgotten.
Classic moments from the Football World Cup - Part 5 (2002 to 2014)
This is the fifth and final part of a brief history of the World Cup finals covering the tournaments from 2002 through to the preparations for 2014.
Classic moments from the Football World Cup - Part 4 (1986 to 1998)
The fourth of a five-part history of the World Cup from Uruguay in 1930 up to the preparations for the 2014 finals in Brazil.
Classic moments from the Football World Cup - Part 3 (1970 to 1982)
The third of a five part history of the World Cup from Uruguay in 1930 up to the preparations for the 2014 finals in Brazil.
Have you got your Footbal World Cup stickers?
The World Cup is around the corner and millions of fans are putting down their iPads to collect and trade soccer stickers, a decades-old hobby that has defied the digital age.
June 10, 2014
WC chit-chat: Sao Paulo metro strike suspended, but fears loom
Subway workers late on Monday suspended a strike that crippled traffic in Brazil's biggest city, but warned they could resume their walkout on Thursday, when Sao Paulo hosts the first game of the soccer World Cup.
When Brazil's shanty-town put on show 'for the English'
Members of England's World Cup squad made a flying visit to Brazil's largest shanty-town on Monday, yet observers were left wondering if it achieved little more than 'para inglês ver'.
Suarez will be public enemy No 1 in heavyweight Group D
Luis Suarez's spectacular season for Liverpool went a long way to restoring his tarnished image among English fans but the Uruguayan will again be public enemy No 1 for a game that could decide World Cup Group D.
5 Hindi flicks to set the mood for the football World Cup
As World Cup fever grips soccer fans all over the country, Rediff.com presents five Hindi movies to set the tone for the mega event in Brazil, starting June 12. Take a look.
The Indian who runs US soccer
Columbia University Professor Sunil Gulati, President of the US Soccer Federation, speaks to about America's chances in the World Cup
Classic moments from the Football World Cup (1954 to 1966)
The second of a five part history of the World Cup from Uruguay in 1930 up to the preparations for the 2014 finals in Brazil.
Alves believes 'favourites' Brazil are ready to face moment of truth
Brazil are looking to send a message to supporters and rivals in the World Cup's opening match, right back Dani Alves said on Monday, raising the stakes for the clash against Croatia.
Sports Shorts: Somdev suffers another first round defeat
There's no end to Somdev Devvarman's woes. The Indian suffered a fourth straight first round defeat when he lost to Kenny de Schepper at the ATP Aegon Championships, in London.
Classic moments from the Football World Cup (1930 to 1950)
The first of a five part history of the World Cup from Uruguay in 1930 up to the preparations for the 2014 finals in Brazil.
June 09, 2014
Spain has no rigid 'Taliban' style of play: Del Bosque
World Champions Spain are not soccer's rigid 'Talibans' and can vary their trademark possession football if necessary, coach Vicente del Bosque has said.
Sharapova takes her French Open trophy into Parisian streets!
Newly crowned French Open champion Maria Sharapova took her Coupe Suzanne-Lenglen trophy to the Eiffel Tower on Sunday.
IN PHOTOS: The Legend of Rafael Nadal
Factbox on Rafael Nadal who won his ninth French Open title, and record fifth in succession, after beating Serbia's Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 on Sunday.
Sports Shorts: Sania zooms to career-best ranking in doubles
India's tennis ace Sania Mirza rose to a career-best ranking of World No 6 in doubles in the new tennis rankings released on Monday.
Top 5 Twitter reactions to Nadal's French Open victory...
Following is a selection of tweets after Rafael Nadal won his ninth title at the French Open on Sunday with victory over Novak Djokovic.
Ten questions about the Brazil World Cup
As Brazil gears up to host the FIFA World Cup 2014 starting on June 12, let's take a closer look at the biggest football tournament.
10 players to watch out for at the World Cup in Brazil
These stars won the hearts of fans and pundits with their form at the club level and during the World Cup qualifiers. Rediff.com gives you a quick glance of the players who could light up the tournament in Brazil.
Sexy WAGS set to sizzle in samba land
The world's most beautiful game is set to kick off in Brazil and the best players will begin the battle for the ultimate prize - the World Cup. But while the tournament will see the most talented stars on the planet go head to head, it will also be home of the glamorous wives and girlfriends (WAGS) of the players. Rediff.com presents a list of the sexiest WAGS heading to Brazil. Take a look!
Canadian Grand Prix: Ricciardo takes his first win
Australian Daniel Ricciardo celebrated his first Formula One victory on Sunday in a Canadian Grand Prix that put Red Bull back on top of the podium and dealt Mercedes a first defeat of the season.
World Cup chit-chat: J-Lo will not perform at opening ceremony
Jennifer Lopez, who along with Pitbull and Brazil's Claudia Leitte has sung the official FIFA World Cup song, will not perform at the tournament's opening ceremony, FIFA said in a statement on Monday.
PHOTOS: Nadal on cloud nine after record-breaking feat at Roland Garros
One man's despair was another man's ecstasy as the most inopportune of double faults propelled a world-beating Rafael Nadal into a nine-times French Open champion on Sunday.
FIFA World Cup: England's hopes pinned on youth and some good fortune
One of the most telling moments of England's World Cup build-up came off the pitch, away from the players, crowds and live TV cameras on the night of a laboured 1-0 win over Denmark at Wembley in March.
PHOTOS: Nadal wins record extending ninth French Open title
Photos of the French Open men's final match between Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic being played in Paris
June 08, 2014
Sports Shorts: Murray appoints Mauresmo as his new coach
Andy Murray showed that he is quite prepared to think outside the box by appointing Ivan Lendl, and now he has done it again by appointing Amelie Mauresmo.
World Cup warm-ups: Super sub Messi finally sizzles for Argentina
Substitute Lionel Messi scored his 38th goal for Argentina as they breezed past Slovenia 2-0 in their final World Cup warmup on Saturday.
World Cup chit-chat: Ronaldo back in training with Portugal
Cristiano Ronaldo, suffering with tendinosis around his left knee and an injury to his right thigh, trained with his Portugal team mates on Saturday for the first time since joining the World Cup squad 10 days ago.
PHOTOS: Queen of endurance, Maria Sharapova is hungry for more
Maria Sharapova had given warning that she was ready for a three hour French Open final - and she was true to her word, stopping the clock at three hours two minutes to lift the trophy.
How Halep first lost her cool, then French Open final
Small details can be cruelly decisive in big matches as Simona Halep discovered after losing her composure following an umpire's call in Saturday's French Open final against Maria Sharapova.
PHOTOS: Sharapova wins her second French Open title
Photos of the French Open women's final game between Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep
June 07, 2014
Only the title matters for success-starved Germany
After coming agonisingly close to victory at the big tournaments in recent years, Germany are now under pressure to finally deliver at the World Cup and end a frustrating 18-year title drought.
FIFA World Cup: Which country do Indian football fans support?
The World Cup for India has a special cultural significance, one which transcends the usual emotions that accompany sports, writes
It's good that Portugal are not favourites: Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo finally ended Lionel Messi's four-year reign as soccer's best player in 2013 and a starring role for Portugal at the World Cup finals would cap another stellar season for the astonishing forward.
French Open: Super Sunday beckons as Nadal faces Djokovic in final
The belated appearance of the blazing sun at what had been a cold and chilly French Open until Friday allowed Rafael Nadal to scorch past Andy Murray and set up a hotly-anticipated final with Novak Djokovic.
Sports Shorts: Internacional hero Fernandao dies in helicopter crash
Fernandao, the swashbuckling striker who led Internacional to Copa Libertadores and World Club Cup triumphs in 2006, has died in a helicopter crash in central Brazil, his former club said on Saturday. He was 36.
World Cup chit-chat: Germany's Reus out, Mustafi called up
Germany's World Cup hopes suffered a severe blow on Saturday when midfielder Marco Reus was ruled out of the tournament due to an ankle injury sustained in their final warm-up game.
June 06, 2014
French Open PHOTOS: Nadal strolls past Murray; faces Djokovic in final
World No 1 Rafael Nadal eased into the French Open final after defeating Britain's Andy Murray 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 at the Roland Garros on Friday.
Sharapova vs Halep: Glamour vs Guts battle!
One has nothing to lose, the other is expected to win on Saturday. Even though Romania's Simona Halep is the higher seed, at four, Maria Sharapova is the household name, the face on the billboards and is playing in her third successive French Open final.
World Cup chit-chat: France jolted as Ribery is ruled out
France's World Cup chances suffered a severe blow when influential winger Franck Ribery was ruled out with lower back problems on Friday.
Sports Shorts: Green inspires Spurs come-from-behind win over Heat
Danny Green scored 11 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter to spark the San Antonio Spurs to a 110-95 come-from-behind victory over the Miami Heat in the opening game of the NBA Finals on Thursday.
64 years later, a new Brazil hosts the World Cup
Today's Brazil is a completely different country from the one that last hosted the World Cup in 1950 but some things have hardly changed even after 64 years.
PHOTOS: Take a look at the sweet and savoury World Cup
As the football fever grips the nation, a replica of the World Cup trophy has been carved entirely out of sweets in the western Indian city of Kolkata.
French Open: Will it be Nadal v Djokovic?
Andy Murray will draw on the experience of being a grand slam champion and Ernests Gulbis will rely on his "unhealthy diet full of ketchup" as they attempt to prevent a Rafael Nadal-Novak Djokovic final at the French Open.
Can Lionel Messi win the missing crown?
After a spectacular haul of trophies with Barcelona, Lionel Messi has a chance to lead Argentina to glory on the World Cup stage and build on his reputation as one of the all-time greats.
Erratic France slowly rediscover their pedigree
Four years after making fools of themselves in South Africa, France have regained their credibility and can even realistically contemplate making a major impact at the World Cup finals.
Deschamps seeks to bring Midas touch back to France
Less than two years after taking charge, coach Didier Deschamps has turned the France team, described as a bunch of overpaid mutineers four years ago, into a competitive outfit with a credible shot at a World Cup last-four spot.
When Eugenie Bouchard was smitten by Sharapova...
She once posed for a photograph with an eight-year-old Eugenie Bouchard but that friendly touch was not on show on Thursday as Maria Sharapova wiped the smile off the Canadian's face to set up a French Open final with Simona Halep.
Ten memorable goals of the 2010 World Cup
As the World Cup nears, expectations of goals, goals and more goals rise. With the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo in prime form, Brazil could well turn out to be a goal-fest.
Going to the football World Cup? 10 places in Brazil you must visit
More than 2,500 Indians, including fans and journalists, are expected to travel to Brazil for perhaps the most anticipated sporting event on this year's calendar. Take a look at the top 10 places to visit during the quadrennial sporting extravaganza.
June 05, 2014
PHOTOS: Sharapova subdues Bouchard to reach Paris final
Maria Sharapova booked her place in the French Open final for the third year in a row when she beat up-and-coming Canadian Eugenie Bouchard 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 on Thursday.
2014 Football World Cup schedule
The opening match of the 2014 football World Cup, between Brazil and Croatia, will be played on June 12 in Sao Paulo, but according to Indian Standard Time, it will be played on June 13 at 01.30 am. The matches will be telecast on Sony Six.
Sports Buzz: Is Fabregas leaving Barca? Pique says so...
Gerard Pique has been caught on camera apparently telling Spain coach Vicente del Bosque that Barcelona team mate Cesc Fabregas is poised to leave the La Liga side.
Can Brazil kill the ghost of 1950? A nation expects
With a passionate crowd behind them, a savvy coach and a settled team enjoying a sparkling run of form Brazil are hot favourites to lift a record sixth World Cup this July.
World Cup chit-chat: Messi goalless; Van Persie injured
Lionel Messi, looking to score his first World Cup goal since 2006 in Brazil this month, went scoreless as Argentina cruised to a 3-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago in a World Cup warmup on Friday.
I threw in the towel, says Ferrer after losing to Nadal
David Ferrer admitted he effectively 'threw in the towel' on the way to a 4-6, 6-4, 6-0, 6-1 quarter-final defeat by defending champion Rafael Nadal at the French Open on Wednesday.
French Open: Nadal, Murray beat fading light to set up semis clash
There is not much that spooks Rafael Nadal at the French Open but David Ferrer managed to do just that - for 49 bewitching minutes - before watching in despair as his fellow Spaniard turned into a man possessed to set up a semi-final with Andy Murray.
Sharapova on verge of third French Open final in a row
Clay has long been Maria Sharapova's least favoured surface, but the Russian, who takes on Eugenie Bouchard on Thursday, is on the brink of reaching her third successive French Open final, a feat she has never achieved in the other Grand Slams.
June 04, 2014
PHOTOS: Nadal bitten, then devours Ferrer to reach last four
Defending champion Rafa Nadal survived David Ferrer's early fury to advance into the French Open semi-finals with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-0, 6-1 win in a repeat of last year's final on Wednesday.
Sports Shorts: Beckham likely to come out of retirement
Former England captain David Beckham has indicated that he could come out of retirement to play for the Major League Soccer team he is aiming to launch in Miami.
World Cup chit-chat: Portugal sweat over Ronaldo's fitness
The Portugal is in New Jersey in preparation for the FIFA World Cup starting in about a week, but the country is facing problems over Cristiano Ronaldo's fitness.
When McEnroe abused an umpire... and Tarango's wife slapped another!
It might have been an easy passage to the French Open quarter-finals for Andy Murray on Monday. But for Fernando Verdasco, it was a forgettable day as he involved a tiff with the umpire. Here's a look at a few incidents involving the umpires.
WAGS Corner: Mrs Rooney flaunts her latest World Cup collection
The wife of Manchester United star Wayne Rooney, Coleen, has posed in some elegant dresses from her latest collection and seems to be ready for the World Cup in Brazil from June 12.
16 top footballers you will not see at the FIFA World Cup
The footballers heading to Carnival capital will hope to make fate walk their path. But there are some big names who couldn't make the big trip for some reason or the other.
June 03, 2014
PHOTOS: Sharapova grinds into last four in Paris
Photos of the French Open quarter-final match.
World Cup chit-chat: Ronaldo most searched among Indian netizens
As football fever grips fans across the globe, Portuguese soccer star Christiano Ronaldo has emerged as the most searched player on Google in India, with Brazil topping the list among most searched countries.
WC chit-chat: Brazilian prostitutes prepare with English lessons
Brazil's one million licensed prostitutes are reportedly preparing to cash in at the upcoming FIFA World Cup, where more than 3.7 million soccer fans are expected to pour in.
Sports Shorts: Sania-Cara crash out of French Open
Sania Mirza and Cara Black crashed out of the French Open after being humbled yet again by their nemesis, Su-Wei Hsieh and Shuai Peng, in the women's doubles quarter-finals.
HOTTEST Sporting Buzz: Serena crashes wedding in swimsuit
Rediff.com brings you the buzz around celebrity sportspersons and their glamorous lives!
WAGS Corner: Abbey Clancy's legs voted best
English footballer Peter Crouch's sexy wife Abbey Clancy's endless pins have been voted as the 'best legs in showbiz' by British folks.
5 facts on Chelsea's midfielder Frank Lampard
Five facts about Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, who announced on Monday he was leaving the club after 13 years.
PHOTOS: Chelsea salute Lampard's momentous Stamford Bridge career
Chelsea described Frank Lampard as 'one of the very greatest players to have represented the club' after England's 2014 World Cup vice-captain brought the curtain down on an outstanding 13-year Stamford Bridge career.
Chelsea great Lampard ends 13-year spell at club
Chelsea will have a massive void to fill in midfield next season after the club's all-time record goalscorer Frank Lampard announced on Monday he was ending his 13-year spell at Stamford Bridge.
Girls just wanna have fun @ Roland Garros!
Paris is the fashion capital of the world. Therefore, the women tennis players do everything to up the ante during the French Open. Check out what they are wearing at the ongoing clay-court tournament.
June 02, 2014
Sports Shorts: Spain's Villa signs for MLS team New York City FC
Spanish World Cup striker David Villa has signed for New York City FC on a three-year deal, the Major League Soccer team said on Monday.
French Open PHOTOS: Nadal downs Lajovic to set up Ferrer quarters
Defending champion Rafa Nadal dismantled unseeded Serbian Dusan Lajovic 6-1, 6-2, 6-1 on Monday to set up a French Open quarter-final clash with fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in a repeat of last year's final.
Tour is no place for making friends, says lonely Bouchard
French open quarter-finalist Eugenie Bouchard is in the market for collecting tennis titles, not friends.
French Open PHOTOS: Bouchard continues run, Federer hits 10-year low
Fast-rising talent, Canadian Eugenie Bouchard thrashed German eighth seed Angelique Kerber 6-1, 6-2 to claim a quarter-final spot, crunching 30 winners in 52 dazzling minutes to stretch her winning run on clay to nine matches, at the French Open on Sunday.
The Hottest Sporting Buzz: Boxer Froch proposes to girlfriend after bout
Rediff.com brings you the buzz around celebrity sportspersons and their glamorous lives!
World Cup chit chat: US beat Turkey, Germany held to a draw
The United States continued their solid build-up to the World Cup with a 2-1 win over Turkey on Sunday, raising expectations of a good showing in Brazil.
June 01, 2014
Qatari paid millions for World Cup bid support: Report
A former top Qatari football official paid more than $5 million to get support for the emirate's controversial campaign to host the 2022 World Cup, a British newspaper alleged Sunday.
French Open PHOTOS: Federer knocked out of French Open by Gulbis
Images from the French Open matches played at Roland Garros on Sunday.
Hockey coach Walsh hopeful of India's World Cup campaign
Dejected he might be after India's loss to Belgium in their hockey World Cup opener but coach Terry Walsh said he was satisfied with the performance.
Sports Shorts: Sania in doubles quarters, Bopanna ousted from French Open
Sania Mirza and Cara Black brushed aside the challenge of Jelena Jankovic and Alisa Kleybanova to reach the women's doubles quarter-finals but Rohan Bopanna's campaign ended at the French Open following his defeat in the mixed doubles quarter-finals.
World Cup chit chat: Italy's Montolivo ruled out after injury
Italy suffered a serious blow ahead of next month's World Cup when midfielder Riccardo Montolivo broke his leg during a warm-up game against Ireland at Craven Cottage on Saturday.
May 31, 2014
French Open PHOTOS: Ivanovic and Kvitova crash out, Nadal cruises
Czech Lucie Safarova thrashed 2008 champion Ana Ivanovic 6-3, 6-3 to storm into the fourth round of the French Open in Paris, on Saturday.
Sports Shorts: Sania-Cara advance to French Open pre-quarters
Sania Mirza and Cara Black eased past Gabriela Dabrowski and Alicja Rosolska to move to the pre-quarterfinals of the French Open women's doubles event in Paris on Saturday.
World Cup chit-chat: Injured Costa included in Spain's World Cup squad
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has included Diego Costa in his final 23-man squad for the World Cup finals despite the Brazil-born forward's recent injury woes.
May 30, 2014
French Open: Federer, Djokovic drop set; Tomljanovic stuns Radwanska
Roger Federer survived a second-set hiccup to beat Dimitry Tursunov of Russia 7-5, 6-7(7), 6-2, 6-4 on Friday and reach the French Open fourth round. The Swiss fourth seed will meet Ernests Gulbis of Latvia in the last 16.
Sports Shorts: Bopanna-Katarina advance; Wenger in new Arsenal deal
India's Rohan Bopanna and his Slovakian partner Katarina Srebotnik faced stiff resistance from Marc Lopez and Andrea Hlavackova before prevailing in a
The Hottest Sporting Buzz: Gisele and Neymar sizzle
Rediff.com brings you the buzz around celebrity sportspersons and their glamorous lives!
Top guns are on the way out, but not yet: Nadal
Rafael Nadal and the other members of the 'big four' know that a new band of brash youngsters are on the horizon, but the Spaniard showed on Thursday they will not be handing over the keys to the game's trophy cabinet just yet.
World Cup chit-chat: Brazil's Ronaldo urges crackdown on vandals
Former Brazil soccer star Ronaldo said on Thursday authorities must crack down if violent protests break out during the World Cup and urged police to "bring down the clubs" on vandals.
WAGS corner: Alex Gerrard upset over hubby's World Cup ban
Hot wife of English footballer Steven Gerrard, Alex, is terribly upset that Coleen Rooney will be flying to Rio to support husband Wayne Rooney while she will stay put because of husband's ban.
Djokovic bid for missing Grand Slam gathers pace vs Cilic
Second seed Novak Djokovic tackles Croatia's Marin Cilic in the third round of the French Open on Friday as his attempt to win the only grand slam title to elude him gathers pace.
German firm behind goal-line technology looks beyond World Cup
With two weeks to go to the finals of the soccer World Cup in Brazil, small German start-up company GoalControl has the technology ready make the calls cheered and challenged around the globe: goal or no goal.
May 29, 2014
French Open Photos: Nadal gains momentum, Ferrer eases through
A round-up of the fifth day's play at the French Open.
India beat SA in last World Cup hockey warm-up
India defeated South Africa 4-1 in their final practice game to round off their warm-up campaign ahead of the hockey World Cup on a positive note in The Hague, Netherlands on Thursday.
Latin women and soccer is real combination!
Long on the soccer sidelines, more and more South American women are striking back by lacing up their boots and embracing the region's most-cherished sport.
World Cup chit-chat: England's Wilshere grateful to Wenger
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger dissuaded Jack Wilshere from rushing his comeback from injury to ensure he would be fit and ready for the World Cup campaign, the England midfielder has said.
Sports Shorts: Manchester United owner Malcolm Glazer dies at 85
Malcolm Glazer, a reclusive self-made billionaire and patriarch of the family that owns the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Manchester United soccer club, died on Wednesday, the teams said. He was 85.
French Open: Nadal faces 20-year-old Thiem in round 2
World No 1 Rafael Nadal faces highly-rated 20-year-old Dominic Thiem in the second round on Thursday as he continues his quest for a record-extending ninth French Open title.
Who will win the FIFA World Cup? Brazil, Argentina, Spain?
From data analysts to financial firms, everyone has their views on who could win the FIFA World Cup, starting in Brazil next month. Here are some interesting predictions by two international firms -- Opta and Goldman Sachs -- about the how tournament could pan out. Read on...
May 28, 2014
PHOTOS: Champion Serena follows Venus out of French Open
A round-up of the fourth day's play at the French Open.
Sports Shorts: Pak govt gives nod for bilateral hockey series with India
Keen to revive bilateral ties with India, the Pakistan Hockey Federation is planning to host the country for a Test series and has got the government's clearance for it even though the dates are yet to be finalised.
World Cup chit-chat: Injury puts Van Der Vaart out
Experienced Netherlands midfielder Rafael van der Vaart will miss the World Cup finals through injury, the Dutch football federation said on Wednesday.
French Open: Djokovic faces tricky local challenge in 2nd round
Novak Djokovic has a potentially tricky second-round match at the French Open on Wednesday when he faces local favourite Jeremy Chardy -- the man who beat Roger Federer at this year's Rome Masters.
World Cup warm-ups: France, Japan and U.S. start with wins
France, Japan and United States recorded solid victories on Tuesday as the finalists continued their preparations with the start of the World Cup just over two weeks away.
5 failed football managers of 2014
In the first of a two-part series we focused on coaches who made an impact in the just-concluded football season. The concluding part is all about those who belied expectations and failed to deliver.
May 27, 2014
French Open PHOTOS: Li self-destructs, Ferrer through in Paris
Images from Day 3 of the French Open tennis tournament in Roland Garros, on Tuesday.
10 BEST Sports Photos of the Week!
From Cristiano Ronaldo's awesome Champions League goal to Wayne Rooney spending quiet time with his son, Rediff.com has it all snapped right here...
World Cup chit-chat: Official WC balls to have built-in HD cameras
Technology will get a new meaning at the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Brazil as the Brazuca balls to be used in the mega event will come with six in-built HD cameras capturing 360 degree view of the on-field action.
Sports Shorts: Road accident puts boxer Dinesh out of C'wealth Games
Boxer Dinesh Kumar was ruled out of the Commonwealth Games after sustaining injuries in a road accident near Patiala. The 2010 Asian Games silver-medallist, who was selected in the 91kg category, has been hospitalised and will need at least a couple of months to recover from his injuries.
Sporting Buzz: Tennis hottie Ana Ivanovic in Maxim's Hot 100
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French Open organisers could do better handling rain
French Open organisers can't stop the rain from falling on Roland Garros, yet they could have done a better job at smoothing things out on Monday, according to Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
French Open: Li Na, Wozniacki feature on third day
China's Li Na will hope to avoid a similar fate to Stanislas Wawrinka when she begins her French Open campaign on Tuesday against home player Kristina Mladenovic but the media spotlight will fall on Caroline Wozniacki.
5 managers crowned champions at first attempt this season
With the club football season over, and the World Cup only a couple of weeks away, rediff.com takes stock of how some of the top coaches in European football performed in their first season in charge.
May 26, 2014
French Open PHOTOS: Wawrinka knocked out in Round 1, Nadal cruises
Photos from Day 2 of the French Open played at Roland Garros on Monday.
Monaco F1 Grand Prix: Team by Team analysis
Team by team analysis of Sunday's Monaco Formula One Grand Prix (round six of the season, teams listed in championship order)
Real hopeful of new era of European domination
When Real Madrid's team of Zinedine Zidane-inspired "galacticos" won the Spanish club's ninth European crown in 2002 it was supposed to mark the beginning of another golden era of European domination.
Sports Shorts: No centre court for Nadal at start of French Open defence
Rafael Nadal, looking to extend his French Open record to nine titles, starts his Roland Garros campaign with what is likely to be his only appearance on court Suzanne Lenglen on Monday.
Mixed emotions for McIlroy after fairytale victory
World No 10 Rory McIlroy was pinching himself after ending one of the most turbulent weeks of his life by winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on Sunday.
Nadal is French Open favourite, not Djokovic: Federer
Whatever the season's results or pundits may suggest, Rafael Nadal -- and not Novak Djokovic -- is the top favourite for the French Open title this year, Roger Federer assessed.
May 25, 2014
PHOTOS: Rosberg wins Monaco GP to regain F1 lead
Germany's Nico Rosberg won the showcase Monaco Grand Prix for the second year in a row on Sunday to snatch back the Formula One world championship lead from Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton.
Simeone's Atletico charges fall half-a-point short
Disappointed Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone said his players had fallen half-a-point short in a successful season after they lost the Champions League final 4-1 to city rivals Real on Saturday.
French Open PHOTOS: Federer cruises; Serena staggers into 2nd round
Roger Federer barely broke sweat as he eased into the second round of the French Open with a 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 win against unheralded Slovakian Lukas Lacko on Sunday.
Sports Shorts: Somdev makes first round exit from French Open
Somdev Devvarman failed to cross the first round hurdle at the second Grand Slam of the season as he waged a tough fight before losing to Aleksandr Nedovyesov in the French Open.
Di Maria says sacrifice worthwhile; dream comes true for Modric
Real Madrid's Angel Di Maria accepted a Man-of-the-Match award from Alex Ferguson on Saturday and said winning the Champions League made a sore leg and a year of sacrifice worthwhile.
Serene Ancelotti happy and lucky with fifth title
Victorious Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti, his jacket dripping with champagne, said he felt like a very lucky man after his side beat cross town rivals Atletico Madrid 4-1 in the Champions League final on Saturday.
World Cup chit-chat: Germany's Reus, Goetze itching for action in Brazil
Germany's versatile attacking midfielders Marco Reus and Mario Goetze are hoping their time to shine in the national team will come at the World Cup in Brazil next month after both players endured a disappointing maiden tournament at Euro 2012.
PHOTOS: Real fight back to triumph on another glory night
Real Madrid came back from the dead to write another glorious chapter in their history when they beat Atletico Madrid 4-1 in extra time helped by goals from Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo to win a 10th European Cup on Saturday.
How Bale wrote his name into Real Madrid folklore
Gareth Bale completed a dream first season at Real Madrid as he paid off another large slice of his world record price tag with the decisive goal in a 4-1 Champions League final triumph over Atletico Madrid on Saturday.
PHOTOS: Real Madrid fans celebrate on night of contrasting emotions
Whoever won, Madrid was never going to miss out on a night of celebrations.
May 24, 2014
French Open: Will Nadal wear the crown again?
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal look likely to contest the title at Roland Garros, says .
The French Open is Nadal's to lose
Perhaps it bodes well for men's tennis that even the French Open will be competitive this year
French Open draw: Nadal has chance of revenge; Serena has it tough
Two fellow Spaniards who have already beaten him on his favourite clay surface could lie in wait for favourite and defending champion Rafael Nadal at the French Open.
Sports Shorts: Japan ends China's Thomas Cup domination
Olympic champion Lin Dan watched helplessly as badminton powerhouse China's decade-long Thomas Cup reign came to a spectacular end after Japan pulled off a huge upset with a 3-0 victory in the semi-final of the men's team event on Friday.
Will Simeone's team make Atletico history?
If Atletico Madrid win a first Champions League title by beating city rivals Real Madrid on Saturday they will become the most successful team in the club's history, eclipsing the La Liga and King's Cup double winners of 1996.
May 23, 2014
Jangra ousts Mary Kom for berth in C'wealth Games squad
In a stunning turn of events, five-time World champion and Olympic bronze-medallist M C Mary Kom was left out of the three-member Indian women's boxing squad for the Commonwealth Games, in Glasgow, from July 23 to August 3.
The Hottest Sporting Buzz: Boycott finally meets his favourite singer
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World Cup chit-chat: Shakira's 'Waka Waka' polled favourite song
Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira's 2010 World Cup song topped the list of best World Cup song in a poll that was held recently.
15 most-shocking sports star break-ups
High-profile sports romances have always caught attention and are adored... until it comes time to split in the public eye. Golfer Rory McIlroy and tennis star Caroline Wozniacki's split has surprised many. Rediff.com looks back on some other celebrity breakups.
Sports Shorts: Beckham to campaign in referendum for Miami soccer stadium
David Beckham will be thrust into a political campaign to win backing for his Major League Soccer team in Miami with a referendum in November on a new stadium proposal.
Champions League final: Head-to-head comparison of Real and Atletico
Key head-to-heads in Saturday's Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.
May 22, 2014
CL Preview: Can in-form Atletico deny Real 'La Decima'?
While Real Madrid plot to clinch European Cup number 10, neighbours Atletico will look to thwart those plans.
Are there chinks in Nadal's claycourt armour?
Say it quietly but some chinks are appearing in the suit of armour Rafael Nadal usually wears on a claycourt as the Spaniard sets his sights on a ninth French Open title.
French Open Preview: Serena Williams in the mood for title defence
Six different champions in the last six years suggests that tipping a French Open women's champion is something of a lottery, but those backing world No 1 Serena Williams are surely investing wisely.
High profile breakups: Garcia offers McIlroy support
Sergio Garcia has been involved in two high-profile breakups during his career and is ready to provide a shoulder for Rory McIlroy to lean on following his split from fiancee Caroline Wozniacki.
World Cup chit-chat: Suarez to undergo knee surgery, may miss opener
Uruguay striker Luis Suarez is to have surgery on his knee on Thursday morning, just over three weeks before the start of the World Cup, according to local media reports.
Check out Pakistan's contribution to the 2014 FIFA World Cup...
Rediff.com gives you an inside view of the soccer ball factory in Sialkot, in eastern Pakistan, that produces the official match balls for the World Cup...
The Hottest Sporting Buzz: England WAGs banned from World Cup
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Sports Shorts: Manchester United seal Kroos deal
Manchester United have agreed a deal to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos and are set to make a stunning move for his team-mate Arjen Robben.
May 21, 2014
World Cup chit-chat: Brazil World Cup will be my last, says Ribery
France winger Franck Ribery will play in his last World Cup in Brazil, the Bayern Munich player said on Wednesday.
Distraught McIlroy calls off wedding with Wozniacki
Rory McIlroy called off his engagement to tennis player Caroline Wozniacki on Wednesday, saying just days after sending out wedding invitations that he was not ready for marriage.
The Hottest Sporting Buzz: Coleen Rooney's fears about Brazil
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May 20, 2014
Van Gaal targets trophies in first season at Man United
Louis van Gaal wants to put Manchester United back top of the English game as soon as possible, he said after being confirmed as the Premier League club's manager on Monday.
The Hottest Sporting Buzz: Cristiano Ronaldo and girlfriend pose for Vogue magazine
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo recently posed naked for the cover of Vogue Espana with ravishing girlfriend Irina Shayk, who stood in front of him to protect his modesty, according to reports.
Sports Shorts: Pistorius sent for 30 days of mental tests
South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius was ordered on Tuesday to undergo a month of psychiatric tests to find out whether he was criminally responsible on the night he shot dead his girlfriend on February 14 last year.
Barcelona choose legend Luis Enrique to lead club forward
Barcelona have gone back to basics with the appointment of Nou Camp legend Luis Enrique as they look to bring stabilityand trophies back to the club after a stormy season with problems on and off the field.
Party animal Van Gaal the perfect fit for Manchester United
A strict disciplinarian with a larger-than-life personality, Van Gaal is in many ways similar to Ferguson who ruled Old Trafford with an iron fist for 26 years before David Moyes's miserable 10 months at the helm.
World Cup chit-chat: France's manager sues Nasri's girlfriend
France coach Didier Deschamps has sued Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasir's girlfriend for her 'f*** France and f*** Deschamps' post on Twitter.
Messi is soccer's best-paid player after new Barcelona contract
Lionel Messi signed a new contract with Barcelona on Monday that will reportedly make the four-times World Player of the Year soccer's best-paid player with a net annual salary of 20 million euros ($27.4 million).
May 19, 2014
Giggs retires from playing to focus on coaching Manchester United
Ryan Giggs called time on his remarkable 23-year, trophy-laden Manchester United career to commit himself to his new role as assistant to manager Louis van Gaal, who was confirmed as the successor to David Moyes.
World Cup chit-chat: Brazilian stadium holds first test ahead of opener
Organisers of the 2014 Soccer World Cup conducted the first and only official test of facilities at Sao Paulo's still-incomplete Arena Corinthians stadium on Sunday, 25 days before it will host the opening match between Brazil and Croatia.
Sports Shorts: Azarenka out of French Open due to foot injury
World No 5 Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from the French Open as she continues to recover from a foot injury that forced her earlier withdrawals from tournaments in Doha, Miami, Madrid and Rome.
'This was a very difficult year for me, so four titles is good'
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola took his season title tally to four when his team clinched the German Cup on Saturday with a win over Borussia Dortmund to silence critics and complete a domestic double in the Spaniard's first season in charge.
PHOTOS: How Bayern Munich players party with the WAGs...
Bayern Munich players were out in force celebrating their domestic double after Pep Guardiola's team clinched the German Cup.
Redemption for Ramsey gives Wenger platform to build on
Aaron Ramsey's winning goal for Arsenal in their 3-2 FA Cup final victory against Hull City was a moment of sublime redemption for the player, his manager, his club and the old competition itself.
Limited time for revelry for La Liga champions Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid have little time to celebrate their stunning La Liga triumph and must immediately turn their focus on Saturday's Champions League final against city rivals Real Madrid.
May 18, 2014
Wenger hails Arsenal's Cup win as his most important success
Arsenal's dramatic Wembley win against Hull City was the most important victory of Arsene Wenger's 18 years in charge, the five-times FA Cup winning manger said on Saturday.
May 17, 2014
Mistake to award world cup to Qatar, says Blatter
Awarding the 2022 soccer World Cup to Qatar was a 'mistake' and the tournament will probably have to be held in the winter because of the heat, FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said.
World Cup chit-chat: Scientists warn of dengue fever risk in Brazil
The risk of an outbreak of dengue fever during the upcoming soccer World Cup in Brazil is serious enough to warrant a high alert in three of the 12 host cities, according to an early warning system for the disease.
Big spending Man City, PSG punished for excessive losses
Manchester City and Paris St Germain, two of the newly rich clubs in European soccer, have been fined up to 60 million euros ($82.23 million) and had their squads capped for next season's Champions League after breaching UEFA's financial rules.
Italian Open: Sara Errani upsets Li Na; Nadal fends off Murray
In the women's Italian Open at the same atmospheric Foro Italico venue home fans were given something to shout about when Sara Errani reached the semi-finals with a superb 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 victory Li Na while Rafael Nadal overcame a first-set thrashing by Andy Murray to reach the semi-finals.
10 things on Van Gaal's Man United 'to-do' list
Dutchman Louis Van Gaal faces a series of challenges to restore Manchester United to the top of the English and European game if, as expected, he is confirmed as the club's new manager next week. Here are 10 issues which should be at the top of his to-do list when he starts work at Carrington.
Sports Shorts: Phelps chalks up first win in comeback
Michael Phelps was back in familiar waters and on top of the winner's podium in his comeback to competitive swimming at the US Grand Prix in Charlotte on Friday.
Sporting politicians: Rathore triumphs; Azhar, Bhutia, Kaif trounced
Election results day wasn't exactly a happy one for sportspersons. Three former India captains - Mohammad Azharuddin, Bhaichung Bhutia and Dilip Tirkey -- suffered heavy defeats in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls even as 2004 Athens Olympics silver medallist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore scored a thumping victory.
May 16, 2014
Ready to take responsibility entrusted by 'captain' Modi, says Rathore
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, India's first individual Olympic medallist elected to the Lok Sabha, says working for his constituency, Jaipur Rural, is his priority, but, at the same time, he's ready to take up any responsibility thrust upon him by "captain" Narendra Modi.
Mistake to award World Cup to Qatar: Blatter
Awarding the 2022 soccer World Cup to Qatar was a 'mistake' and the tournament will probably have to be held in the winter because of the heat, FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said.
Sports Shorts: European absence to cost Manchester United $50 million
Missing out on European soccer over the coming year will cost Manchester United more than 30 million pounds ($50 million), the club said on Thursday, while reassuring fans it still had the money to rejuvenate its squad after a poor showing last season.
World Cup PHOTOS: Brazilians protest spending, call for better services
Road blocks and marches hit Brazilian cities on Thursday as disparate groups criticized spending on the upcoming World Cup soccer tournament and sought to revive a call for better public services that swept the country last June.
PHOTOS: Nadal, Serena through in Rome; Ivanovic stuns Sharapova
German veteran Tommy Haas provided a reminder of his claycourt skills to beat Stanislas Wawrinka on Thursday and reach the quarter-finals of the Rome Masters where Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray will resume their rivalry.
May 15, 2014
La Liga Preview: Barca, Atletico set for thrilling showdown
La Liga is set for one of its most thrilling finishes when Barcelona host leaders Atletico Madrid in a winner-takes-all showdown at the Nou Camp on the final day of the campaign on Saturday.
FA Cup PHOTOS: Arsenal favourites but wary of pitfalls
Arsenal will need no reminder of the pitfalls in store for them at Wembley Stadium on Saturday where they will be favourites to beat Hull City in the FA Cup final and claim their first silverware for nine years.
World Cup chit chat: 'Messi needs World Cup win to join greats'
Lionel Messi would trade all his Barcelona success for a World Cup winners' medal with Argentina to sit alongside the game's greats, according to compatriot Ossie Ardiles.
WC PHOTOS: In shadows of stadium, neighbours left empty-handed
For Sao Paulo's most popular football team, the World Cup has provided a new home after 100 years playing in rented stadiums. Thousands of neighbours, however, say it has left them homeless.
Italian Open: Federer suffers early defeat; Maria, Nadal survive
Roger Federer will be returning to his newborn twins earlier than expected after his Italian Open adventure ended with a 1-6, 6-3, 7-6(6) second-round defeat by Frenchman Jeremy Chardy on Wednesday.
Sports Shorts: Bopanna-Qureshi lose to Bryans in Rome Masters
Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul Haq Qureshi failed to get past the formidable United States' combination of Mike and Bob Bryan, losing in straight sets in the second round of the ATP Rome Masters, on Thursday.
The Hottest Sporting Buzz: 'Supermodel' Gisele moonlights as a 'chicken farmer'
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May 14, 2014
South African court orders Pistorius to undergo mental evaluation
A South African court on Wednesday ordered Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius to undergo evaluation for mental illness - a move which could determine whether he lacked criminal capacity when he shot dead his girlfriend.
The Hottest Sporting Buzz: Nasri's girlfriend lets loose
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Sports Shorts: Female streaker brings light-hearted moment to fans
A female streaker changed the depressing moment for the home fans to a light hearted one as she rushed into the field to show her support to UC Sampdoria after the club's 5-2 loss to Napoli in the Italian league Serie A clash.
World Cup chit-chat: Hamstrung Ronaldo named in Portugal's provisional squad
Cristiano Ronaldo will lead Portugal's World Cup campaign after being named in their provisional 30-man squad for the finals on Tuesday, despite currently being out with a hamstring injury.
PHOTOS: Brazil's hottest female referee is internet sensation
Fernanda Colombo Uliana, a 25-year-old assistant referee, is fast becoming an internet sensation. It is not just because of her model-like looks, but also her flag-waving work.
May 13, 2014
The hottest sporting buzz: Ronaldo's 'topless' girlfriend joins campaign
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World Cup chit-chat: 'Argentina can forget about winning in Brazil'
Barcelona forward Neymar has almost recovered from a foot injury and hopes to play in Saturday's Spanish league decider against Atletico Madrid, the Brazilian said in an internet chat with fans on Monday.
Sports Shorts: Terry signs new contract at Chelsea
Chelsea captain John Terry has signed a new one-year contract, the Premier League club said on their website (www.chelseafc.com) on Tuesday. The 33-year-old central defender has played more than 500 games for Chelsea since joining them as a 14-year-old in 1991.
FIFA World Cup: One month to kick off
With a month to go before the World Cup starts, Brazil is in the home straight of the countdown and huffing and puffing to complete stadiums, airports, IT networks and public transportation systems.
Rio Ferdinand to leave Manchester United
Former England defender Rio Ferdinand is leaving Manchester United after 12 years and more than 400 appearances having won almost every major honour in the game, he said on Monday.
Football World Cup: How the 10 top teams stand a month before kick-off
With one month to go until the start of the 2014 soccer World Cup in Brazil on June 12, we take a look at how things are shaping up on the playing side for 10 of the leading nations.
May 12, 2014
Pistorius has anxiety disorder, psychiatrist tells court
Oscar Pistorius has an anxiety disorder brought on by an unstable childhood and the "traumatic assault" of having his lower legs amputated as a baby, a psychologist told the court hearing the South African track star's murder trial on Monday.
Noisy neighbours bask in ultimate humiliation of United
A huge roar erupted in the Etihad Stadium on Sunday as the final Premier League table was displayed on the giant screens with Manchester City on top and Manchester United's name highlighted in seventh place.
Paes denies allegations by Rhea; gets support from Bhupathi
Indian tennis veteran Leander Paes on Monday denied allegations made by his partner Rhea Pillai, with whom he is locked in a custody battle for their daughter Aiyana, and made it clear that he intends to compete at Wimbledon and US Open this season.
Sports Shorts: Manipur win National women's football for 17th time
Manipur beat defending champions Orissa 3-1 in the final to win the 20th women's National Football Championship for the 17th time, at the Golaghat stadium in Assam, on Monday.
The Hottest Sporting Buzz is here! Abbey supports 'Talks Pants'
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May 11, 2014
EPL PHOTOS: City stay calm to clinch second title in three years
Manchester City beat West Ham United 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday to win the English Premier League title for the second time in three seasons.
Spanish Grand Prix: Hamilton takes F1 lead with fourth win in a row
Lewis Hamilton won the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday to chalk up his fourth victory in a row and wrest the Formula One championship lead from Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg.
World Cup chit-chat: Brazil deploys troops to secure borders for World Cup
Brazil began deploying 30,000 troops on Saturday to patrol its borders and beef up security for the World Cup soccer tournament that will kick off in 12 Brazilian cities next month, the Defense Ministry said.
Sports Shorts: Sharapova rallies past Halep to win Madrid title
Maria Sharapova recovered from a woeful start to overwhelm rising talent Simona Halep 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the final of the Madrid Open and claim her 31st career title on Sunday.
May 10, 2014
PHOTOS: Hamilton on pole for Spanish Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton put Mercedes on pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix on Saturday with a fourth successive win beckoning on Sunday.
FIFA World Cup: Kohli rooting for Germany; who are you backing?
As World Cup fever grips soccer fans, spectators are excited and cricketers are no exception, as India's vice-captain Virat Kohli is ready to root for Germany in the upcoming mega-event.
Sports Shorts: Gowda wins silver at the IAAF Diamond League
Ace discus thrower Vikas Gowda won the silver medal in the IAAF Diamond League Series in Doha, on Friday.
Madrid Open PHOTOS: Sharapova, Nadal claim final berth
Maria Sharapova recovered from a second-set wobble to dispatch third seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 6-4 on Saturday and set up a Madrid Open final clash against rising talent Simona Halep.
May 09, 2014
United role has prepared Giggs for life after retirement
Three matches in charge of Manchester United have given interim manager Ryan Giggs a taste of the pressure that comes from being a Premier League manager and prepared him for life when he finally hangs up his boots.
World Cup chit-chat: 'Soccer fans face the biggest challenge in Brazil'
Brazil's huge distances, shaky infrastructure, security problems and varying climate have turned the World Cup into a logistical nightmare for teams, officials and the media.
The hottest sporting buzz: Ronaldo's ravishing girlfriend
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Wozniacki 'ready' to quit tennis to start 'family' with McIlroy
Danish tennis ace Caroline Wozniacki has hinted that she is ready to quit professional tennis in order to start a 'young' family with her golf star fiance Rory McIlroy.
F1 pit lane tales: Hamilton's mind is his own business
Title-chasing Lewis Hamilton has ruled out enlisting the services of a sports psychologist even if his Mercedes Formula One bosses have consulted one in their quest to make the championship-leading team even stronger.
Sports Shorts: Sharapova rallies from set down to beat Li Na
Maria Sharapova fought back from a set down to oust China's Li Na 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-3 on Friday and claim a place in the last four of the Madrid Open.
Madrid Open PHOTOS: Murray bows out, rusty Nadal through
Andy Murray was overwhelmed 6-3, 6-2 by Santiago Giraldo and champion Rafael Nadal showed signs of rustiness before reaching the Madrid Open quarter-finals with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Jarkko Nieminen on Thursday.
Agassi says Nadal ahead of Federer as all-time best. Is he?
Eight-time Grand Slam champion Andre Agassi has picked Spaniard Rafael Nadal over Swiss maestro Roger Federer as the greatest tennis player ever, according to a newspaper report on Thursday.
French football club hires woman to coach its men; meet her
Portuguese football manager Helena Costa made history as she is set to become the highest-profile female manager in European men's football after being named as the head coach of the French Ligue 2 side Clermont Foot.
May 08, 2014
Madrid Open PHOTOS: Serena, Nadal rediscover touch on clay
Women's No 1 Serena Williams remained on track for her 60th career title as she powered past Peng Shuai 6-2, 6-3 while Rafael Nadal launched the defence of his Madrid Open title.
EPL PHOTOS: Manchester City on verge of title after Dzeko double
Manchester City moved to the brink of the Premier League title with an emphatic 4-0 win over Aston Villa on Wednesday as Edin Dzeko scored twice to leave them needing just a point from the final game of the season.
Sports Shorts: Mary Kom among 19 women probables for C'wealth, Asian Games
Multiple World champion and Olympic bronze-medallist M C Mary Kom is among the 19 boxers selected for the senior women core group of probables for this year's Commonwealth and Asian Games.
World Cup chit-chat: Surgery done, Vidal says he can make it
A confident Arturo Vidal said his knee cartilage surgery in Barcelona on Wednesday was a success, rekindling Chilean hopes that he may yet make it to the World Cup finals.
La Liga PHOTOS: Real title hopes fade after Valladolid's late equaliser
Real Madrid's La Liga title challenge was left hanging by a thread after a late Humberto Osorio header earned Real Valladolid a 1-1 draw and Cristiano Ronaldo suffered an injury on Wednesday.
Photos: 10 crazy pitch invasions!
Pitch invasion is very much been part of sports history. Rediff.com brings you a selection of images of crazy pitch invasions.
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May 07, 2014
Ganguly's ISL franchise named Atletico de Kolkata
Taking a cue from their Spanish co-owners and UEFA Champions League finalists Atletico de Madrid, the Kolkata franchise for the much-anticipated Indian Super League was named Atletico de Kolkata on Wednesday.
Sports Shorts: Sania-Cara in quarter-finals of Madrid Open
Fifth seeds Sania Mirza and Cara Black had things their way while beating the Taipei-South African pair Hao-Ching Chan and Chanelle Scheepers to enter the quarter-finals of the Madrid Open on Wednesday. The Indo-Zimbabwean pair won 6-4, 6-1 in little over an hour.
Can Wilson bring the excitement back to United?
Manchester United's past and future collided as debutant James Wilson scored twice in a 3-1 win over Hull City on Tuesday that marked the end of stalwart Nemanja Vidic's Old Trafford career and set tongues wagging about Ryan Giggs.
Madrid Open: Wawrinka ousted by young pretender Thiem
Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka crashed to a shock second-round defeat at the Madrid Open on Tuesday when he was upset 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 by qualifier Dominic Thiem.
'Miracle' second set of twins for Federer and wife
The odds of the Federer twins winning a Wimbledon doubles title in the future have dramatically shortened after Roger Federer and his wife Mirka announced the birth of a second set of twins on Tuesday.
The Hottest Sporting Buzz is here! Is Katie Price pregnant again?
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May 06, 2014
Sports Shorts: Lindsey Vonn admits relationship with Tiger Woods
Lindsey Vonn has revealed how she and Tiger Woods make their romance work despite constant media attention.
Mary Kom's comeback -- a journey into the unknown!
Harish Kotian was present at MC Mary Kom's training camp in Pune, where she launched her bid to return to competitive boxing after a nearly 18 months.
EPL: Naive Liverpool's title challenge founders in defence
Liverpool's quest for a first English league title since 1990 has foundered on naive football in two matches where a less gung-ho approach might have produced four points instead of one.
The Hottest Sporting Buzz is here! Lara Bingle set to sell home
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May 05, 2014
The Hottest Sporting Buzz is here! Kate Upton strips to bikini
Sports Shorts: Pallikal back in top-10 after Texas Open high
A final appearance at the Texas Open last month has pushed India's top squash player Dipika Pallikal back to the top-10 of the world rankings.
La Liga PHOTOS: Real Madrid's title chances hit after draw with Valencia
Images from the weekend action in the Spanish League.
EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea's slim hopes of title all but over
Images from the weekend action in the English Premier League.
May 03, 2014
Sports Shorts: Sania-Cara clinch Portugal Open title
Sania Mirza and her doubles partner Cara Black stormed into the finals of the Portugal Open with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over third seeded American pair of Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond in Oeiras, Portugal.
May 02, 2014
Former players back inexperienced Giggs to lead United revival
As Manchester United ponder the vital decision about who will become their next manager former players continue to champion the cause of Ryan Giggs.
20 years on: F1 drivers, fans remember sensational Senna
On the 20th death anniversary of Brazilian Formula One legend Ayrton Senna, fans and the sporting community paid tribute to the man who was arguably one of the drivers in F1 history.
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Sports Shorts: Kamal Chawla in Asian snooker semis
Indian cueist Kamal Chawla continued his sizzling form on the green baize to book a semi-final berth in the Asian Snooker Championship, in Al Fujairah, the United Arab Emirates, on Friday.
Europa League PHOTOS: Benfica hold Juventus, to meet Sevilla in final
Benfica kept alive their dream of a first European trophy in 52 years after a goalless draw with Juventus in Turin on Thursday helped the newly-crowned Portuguese champions win their Europa League semi-final 2-1 on aggregate.
May 01, 2014
Atletico's Courtois shines as he shuts out parent club Chelsea
There was one Chelsea player smiling after the club were knocked out of the Champions League by Atletico Madrid on Wednesday - goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois who is on loan at the Spanish side.
Mourinho rues crucial minute after semi-final defeat
Chelsea's Champions League semi-final defeat by Atletico Madrid hinged on a pivotal second-half minute and the expertise of a young goalkeeper on loan from the Premier League club to the Spanish side, Jose Mourinho said on Wednesday.
'Don't understand why I have to prove myself again and again'
Threatened with a ban by the administrators and labelled enfant terrible by her detractors, ace shuttler Jwala Gutta says such has been the 'hurt and pain' of the last six months that she hasn't been able to celebrate her bronze medal success at the recent Asian Badminton
April 30, 2014
Wimbledon first-round losers will be financial winners
First-round singles losers at this year's Wimbledon championships will receive 27,000 pounds ($45,400) prize money as organisers continue to help the sport's lesser lights make ends meet.
Sports Shorts: Sania-Cara in quarter-finals of Portugal Open
The top seeded Indo-Zimbabwean pair of Sania Mirza and Cara Black rallied from a set down to quell the challenge of Irina-Camelia Begu and Maria Irigoyen in the opening round of the WTA Portugal Open, in Oeiras, on Wednesday.
Ancelotti close to delivering Real's elusive 'decima'
In mild-mannered Italian Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez may finally have found the man capable of sculpting his expensively assembled squad into a unit capable of delivering an elusive 10th European crown.
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'This is why I wanted to come to the biggest club in the world'
Real Madrid's world record signing Gareth Bale looked forward to his first Champions League final after a 4-0 thrashing of holders Bayern Munich on Tuesday and said it was exactly why he wanted to join the Spanish side.
The argument about my ideas is not valid: Guardiola
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola still believes in possession-based football and cannot alter his feelings about the way the game should be played, he said after the Champions League holders were hammered by Real Madrid.
'Bayern Munich got a slap in the face, it was a debacle'
Bayern Munich's stunned players and management could scarcely believe they had lost their Champions League crown in such devastating fashion after being destroyed by a rampant Real Madrid side on Tuesday.
April 29, 2014
PHOTOS: Football world 'goes bananas' in solidarity with Dani Alves!
Barcelona defender Dani Alves, who was victim of racism during a La Liga match against Villareal on Sunday, found support from his football colleagues from all over world as they showed their solidarity on social networking websites on Tuesday.
Sports Shorts: Alves fumes, Serena reigns, Indian women's hockey team thrashed
World No.1 Serena Williams has held on to her top position in the latest women's tennis rankings issued by the WTA.
PHOTOS: FC Barcelona pay last respects to former coach Tito Vilanova
Players and officials of Spanish football club FC Barcelona played their last respects to former coach Tito Vilanova during a memorial service at Barcelona Cathedral on Monday.
Sports world sees new low after racism rears its ugly head
The sporting world has once again witnessed two racist episodes in two different continents on the same day. Here is the fall out of it all...
EPL PHOTOS: Arsenal inch closer to top four slot after win over Newcastle
Arsenal took a big step to securing their place in the Champions League for a 17th consecutive season after a comfortable 3-0 home win against an increasingly woeful Newcastle United on Monday.
April 28, 2014
Guardiola banking on 'angry Ribery' to pip Real
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola is counting on Frenchman Franck Ribery's anger to power them past Real Madrid in their Champions League semi-final second leg on Tuesday despite the winger's recent slump in form.
Gerrard nearly swapped Liverpool for Chelsea in 2005, claims report
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard would have nearly swapped his home team for Chelsea nine years ago if he had gone ahead with a decision that reportedly rocked English football temporarily.
EPL PHOTOS: How Gerrard's slip-up could cost Liverpool in title bid
With a first title in 24 years close enough to touch Liverpool were undone by old nemesis Jose Mourinho whose Chelsea side inflicted a potentially mortal blow with a 2-0 win at Anfield on Sunday.
Sports Shorts: Real Madrid's Bale says fit for Bayern semi-final
Real Madrid's Gareth Bale is fit and ready to play in their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich on Tuesday after missing their 4-0 league win over Osasuna at the weekend with flu, he said on Monday.
April 27, 2014
Bhupathi made London Olympics a real sad one for me: Paes
Tennis ace Leander Paes is still rankled by the selection furore prior to the 2012 London Olympics and holds former partner Mahesh Bhupathi responsible for making the Games a "real sad" outing for him.
Senna's simple grave a magnet for fans 20 years on
Ayrton Senna is as discreet in death as he was lively in life.
Sports Shorts: Ronaldo strikes twice as Real close in on Atletico
Real Madrid's rampant Cristiano Ronaldo looked to be back at his best as he scored at the start of each half to set up a 4-0 victory over lowly Osasuna and put the pressure back on La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid on Saturday.
April 26, 2014
20 years on: 'Covering Senna's death was a grim assignment'
For a young sports reporter, still cutting his teeth in journalism, the prospect of covering the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix seemed like a dream assignment.
Van Gaal set to be next Manchester United manager?
Louis van Gaal and Manchester United have agreed to the Dutch coach taking over as the club's manager next season once he has completed the World Cup in Brazil with the Netherlands, the De Telegraaf newspaper reported on Saturday.
World Cup chit-chat: FIFA's Valcke plays down security fears
FIFA have downplayed security concerns for fans travelling to Brazil for the World Cup despite violent clashes between police and local residents of a favela this week.
Messi, Platini lead tributes to former Barca coach Vilanova
Former Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova has died aged 45 following a battle with cancer that forced him to stand down at the end of last season, the club announced on Friday.
Sports Shorts: Sindhu settles for bronze in Asian C'ship
Misfiring Rafael Nadal crashed out of the Barcelona Open on Friday at the hands of fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro who avenged last year's final defeat by winning their quarter-final 2-6, 7-6 (7-5,) 6-4.
April 25, 2014
Proud Giggs wants United to play with passion and tempo
Ryan Giggs described managing Manchester United as the proudest moment of his extraordinary career and said he wants the team to play with passion, tempo and imagination.
World Cup chit-chat: Scolari has picked four captains for Brazil squad
Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari knows his 23-man squadfor the World Cup finals and has chosen Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Julio Cesar and Fred to act as captains, he said on Thursday.
20 yrs on: The day Senna grabbed F1's attention
While Formula One remembers Ayrton Senna on the 20th anniversary of his death at Imola, happier memories of another race 10 years earlier highlight just why the great Brazilian is still so sorely missed.
Sports Shorts: Man United reach financial settlement with Moyes
David Moyes has agreed a compensation settlement with Manchester United after being sacked only 10 months into a six-year contract, the League Managers' Association (LMA) said.
Europa League: Benfica, Sevilla take first leg advantage in semis
A stunning late goal from Benfica's Lima left Juventus's hopes of reaching a home Europa League final hanging in the balance after a 2-1 first-leg defeat, while Sevilla won 2-0 against Valencia in Thursday's all-Spanish last-four clash.
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April 24, 2014
Liverpool-Chelsea showdown tops EPL weekend action
Liverpool can eliminate one of their two rivals from the Premier League title race by beating Chelsea on Sunday, and the way the dice is rolling for them they might even have one hand on the trophy by the end of the weekend.
Sports Shorts: F1 boss Ecclestone denies bribery at German trial
Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone denied bribery allegations on Thursday when he went on trial in Germany in a case that threatens to break the Briton's decades-long dominance of the motor sport.
EPL: Chelsea trio charged by FA after Sunderland loss
Chelsea were hit with disciplinary action by the English FA on Wednesday as manager Jose Mourinho, midfielder Ramires and coach Rui Faria were charged following last week's Premier League home defeat against Sunderland.
Ancelotti happy as Real thrive without much from Ronaldo, Bale
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti praised his team for beating holders Bayern Munich in Wednesday's Champions League semi-final, first leg without their two biggest names taking a leading role.
Moyes grateful to Ferguson; conveys no thanks to United players
Sacked Manchester United manager David Moyes thanked his predecessor Alex Ferguson on Wednesday for having given him the opportunity to lead the Premier League club.
Champions League PHOTOS: Benzema goal gives Real edge over Bayern
Real Madrid struck early through Karim Benzema and comfortably held Bayern Munich at bay to beat the holders 1-0 on Wednesday and move a step closer to a first Champions League final in 12 years.
April 23, 2014
Ferguson to have a say on Moyes's successor; Ancelotti heads shortlist
Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson will reportedly be consulted over the appointment of the successor of the sacked David Moyes at the Old Trafford club.
Champions League: Real's Bale doubtful for Bayern game
Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale could miss Wednesday's Champions League semi-final, first leg at home to Bayern Munich due to illness, Spanish media reported on Tuesday.
United must move fast with vital window looming
Manchester United must move quickly to appoint a new manager and give him maximum time to operate in what will be a critical transfer window for the club.
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Champions League semis: Where Atletico got it wrong
Chelsea have the upper hand ahead of next week's Champions League semi-final, second leg after holding Atletico Madrid to a frustrating 0-0 draw in Tuesday's first leg.
Sports Shorts: Scholes returns to help Man United interim manager Giggs
Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes returned to the club's training ground on Wednesday to help caretaker manager Ryan Giggs prepare for this weekend's Premier League match at home to Norwich City.
Champions League PHOTOS: Chelsea frustrate Atletico in dramatic draw
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho returned to Spain with an ultra-cautious approach as his team earned a 0-0 draw with surprise Champions League semi-finalists Atletico Madrid in a first leg lacking in excitement on Tuesday.
April 22, 2014
'Moyes' sacking showed a lack of decency'
Manchester United's players lost confidence and belief under David Moyes and played poor football but the manager's sacking on Tuesday showed a "lack of decency", according to former United defender Gary Neville.
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5 blunders that cost Moyes his job at Manchester United
David Moyes could probably quote a list of excuses explaining why he failed at Manchester United but ultimately it was a series of self-inflicted blunders that led to his dismissal after less than 10 months in charge of the outgoing English champions.
10 BEST PHOTOS: Unbridled spirit on show at Boston Marathon
best photos from the Boston Marathon held on Monday.
Sports Shorts: Chitra Magimairaj wins World women's senior snooker
Chitra Magimairaj made light of an early exit from the World Snooker Championships to pocket the Senior snooker title onn her first appearance in the event, in Leeds, on Tuesday.
Russian Sharapova celebrates 27th birthday in traditional German style!
Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova, who celebrated her 27th birthday on Saturday brought in her big day in German style.
Familiar foe Guardiola blocking Real path to glory
The last thing Real Madrid wanted was another Champions League semi-final clash against Bayern Munich and on Wednesday they will need to get the better of a familiar foe who very much appears to have their number.
Champions League: Chelsea's Eto'o out of Atletico match
Chelsea forward Samuel Eto'o is out of Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg at Atletico Madrid because of injury.
PHOTOS: Here is what inspired Boston Marathon champ Keflezighi to victory
American runner Meb Keflezighi said memories of the victims of last year's bomb attack carried him through the last, difficult miles of this year's Boston Marathon.
EPL PHOTOS: Manchester City beat West Brom, keep title hopes alive
Manchester City kept alive their flickering hopes of a second Premier League title in three seasons, and increased West Bromwich Albion's relegation worries, with a 3-1 victory on Monday.
Manchester United sack manager David Moyes; Giggs is interim manager
David Moyes, who has only been in charge of Manchester United since July, paid the price for a hugely disappointing season on Tuesday when it was announced that he has left the club.
April 21, 2014
Keflezighi is first US man to win Boston Marathon in 30 years
Meb Keflezighi became the first U.S. male athlete to win the Boston Marathon in three decades on Monday, the first running of the race since last year's fatal bombing attack.
PHOTOS: Bengaluru FC crowned I-League champions on debut
First-timers Bengaluru FC wrote a new chapter in Indian football by clinching the I-League title in their debut season, courtesy a 4-2 away victory over Dempo Sports Club in Margao, Goa, on Monday, with captain Sunil Chhetri fittingly netting the final goal.
Sports shorts: Boston Marathon to feature second-largest field
Some 36,000 athletes, including Kenyan and Ethiopian runners who are consistently ranked among the world's fastest, will run in the 118th Boston Marathon on Monday, putting the world-renown race back in the spotlight after it was marred by last year's bombing attack.
Football round-up: Liverpool, Atletico maintain title bids
Juventus moved closer to a third straight Serie A crown with a 1-0 victory over Bologna, Paris St Germain won the French League Cup by defeating Olympique Lyon 2-1 and Benfica clinched a first Portuguese title since 2010.
April 20, 2014
PHOTOS: Hamilton wins Chinese F1 Grand Prix in Mercedes one-two
Lewis Hamilton completed a hat-trick of wins by leading a dominant Mercedes one-two in the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday.
April 19, 2014
Sports Shorts: India eves clinch hockey Test series vs Ireland
The Indian eves completed their Ireland tour with a 2-2 draw against the home team in the third and final hockey Test in Dublin on Friday.
Formula One: Hamilton on pole in rain-soaked China
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton showed his mastery in the wet to chalk up his third pole position in four races in Chinese Grand Prix qualifying on Saturday.
April 18, 2014
F1 pit lane tales: New Ferrari boss thought job offer was April Fool
Ferrari's new team principal Marco Mattiacci was taken by surprise when Luca di Montezemolo offered him the top job at Formula One's glamour team, the Italian initially believing the chairman's approach to be a joke.
Sports Shorts: Nadal's claycourt winning run ended by bold Ferrer
Rafael Nadal's 30-match winning streak ended on Friday when the world number one was upset 7-6(1), 6-4 by fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in the Monte Carlo Masters quarter-finals.
April 17, 2014
PHOTOS: Champions Real Madrid celebrate King's Cup win in style!
Real Madrid took to the streets as they celebrated their King's Cup, or what is Spanish is called the Copa Del Ray, victory over Barcelona on Wednesday.
Sports Shorts: Nadal, Federer advance at Monte Carlo
Claycourt machine Rafael Nadal recovered from a stuttering start to beat Russian qualifier Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-4, 6-1 and reach the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Wednesday.
PHOTOS: Bale's super strike that crowned Real 'Kings' of Spain
Gareth Bale hailed a "perfect night" after his stunning winner for Real Madrid against Barcelona in Wednesday's King's Cup final, his first trophy since moving to Spain for a record fee in the close season.
EPL PHOTOS: City drop points at Sunderland; Palace down Everton
Images from the English Premier League matches played on Wednesday.
PHOTOS: Bale's late strike helps Real to King's Cup win over Barca
Gareth Bale raced away to score a stunning late winner as Real Madrid made light of the absence of top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo to beat arch-rivals Barcelona 2-1 to win a riveting King's Cup final on Wednesday.
April 16, 2014
Mo Farah unveiled 'twice' over at Madame Tussauds
Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah was left doing a double take when he met with two remarkably life-like waxworks of himself at Madame Tussauds.
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Sports Shorts: Bhat, Varma in pre-quarter-finals of NZ Open
German Open winner Arvind Bhat and Malaysia Open finalist Sourabh Varma advanced to the pre-quarter-finals of New Zealand Open with straight-game victories in the men's singles of the US $50,000 Grand Prix event in Auckland.
Football Focus: Chelsea to buy Atletico Madrid's Costa for 80m pounds?
Chelsea has reportedly agreed to acquire Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa for a transfer fee of 80million pounds.
EPL PHOTOS: Podolski puts Arsenal back into contention for CL slot
Images from the English Premier League match between Arsenal and West Ham United on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: Voices of gratitude, defiance mark Boston bombing memorial
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, other leaders and survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing shared messages of thanks and defiance on Tuesday at a tribute to the three people killed and 264 wounded in the attack exactly one year ago.
Vishy Anand: 'I have to think differently against Carlsen'
'All the tournaments I played in recent times had a lot of bad moments, but the Candidates was a perfect tournament... Everything about the World Championship was very depressing.' Enjoying a break at his Chennai home, Viswanathan Anand, the former World chess champion, speaks to Rediff.com's Shobha Warrier.
PHOTOS: Emotional Liverpool marks 25 years of Hillsborough disaster
Thousands gathered at Liverpool's Anfield Stadium on Tuesday to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster in which 96 of their fans died during an FA Cup semi-final, one of the darkest days in the history of English soccer.
April 15, 2014
Prosecutor wraps up five-day Pistorius grilling
The prosecutor in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius ended his five-day cross-examination of the double amputee track star on Tuesday with a stark summary of how he shot his girlfriend, insisting he killed her deliberately after an argument.
Gerrard's tears 'were for Hillsborough 96'
Liverpool are close to a first league title since 1990 but Steven Gerrard's tears after Sunday's win over Manchester City were a mix of joy and sadness, the 3-2 triumph coming close to the anniversary of one of English football's darkest days.
World Cup chit-chat: Argentina's Gago doubtful with knee injury
Argentina midfielder Fernando Gago could miss the World Cup due to a knee injury after his club Boca Juniors said on Monday he would need up to 60 days to recover.
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Wounded Barcelona seek Cup consolation against Real Madrid
A week ago, Barcelona still had a chance of repeating the historic treble of 2009 but defeats in Europe and La Liga mean Wednesday's King's Cup final against Real Madrid may be their only hope of major silverware this season.
Sports Shorts: Bopanna-Qureshi enter pre-quarters in Monaco
Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi overcame a stiff resistance from Julian Knowle and Vasek Pospisil before moving to the pre-quarterfinals of the ATP Monte Carlo Rolex Masters.
April 14, 2014
Liverpool eye title after riding emotional wave to sink City
Liverpool beat Manchester City 3-2 in a dramatic and emotionally-charged game at Anfield on Sunday to move within touching distance of the Premier League title.
Euro round-up: Skrtel, Sterling send Reds into lead; Godin stars for Atletico
Indian Super League: Boon or bane for Indian football? Have your say!
We already have a national league - the I-League, which no one really is interested in unless one's an ardent, ardent Indian football supporter. Why then another league? So, we ask you, dear readers, will the Indian Soccer League help Indian football?
PHOTOS: Grid Girls heat up MotoGP race track in Texas
It takes both the racers as well as these grid girls to scorch the race track during the Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin Texas.
Sports shorts: Dipika Pallikal goes down to a qualifier in Texas Open final
Dipika Pallikal stumbled at the final hurdle against Egyptian teenager Nour El Sherbini in the title clash of the Women's Champion Fiberglass Texas Open on Monday.
Augusta Masters PHOTOS: Emotional Watson clinches second title
Bubba Watson withstood an inspired early challenge from playing partner Jordan Spieth to clinch the Masters for a second time in three years with a three-shot victory at Augusta National on Sunday.
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April 13, 2014
Kenyans dominate as Farah toils in London debut
Double Olympic champion Mo Farah toiled on his highly-anticipated marathon debut with the Briton trailing in eighth as Kenyans Wilson Kipsang and Edna Kiplagat secured London titles on Sunday.
Liverpool sink City to close on title, Chelsea stay in touch
Premier League leaders Liverpool took a huge step towards becoming English champions for the first time in 24 years when they defeated third-placed Manchester City 3-2 at Anfield on Sunday for a ninth successive win.
'ISL will change Indian football for good'
The 'Sleeping Giant' of world football has finally woken up with the advent of Indian Super League and organisers, stakeholders associated with the much-anticipated event expressed confidence that this will change Indian football for good.
Sports shorts: Pallikal packs off Perry to enter Texas Open final
India's top woman's squash player Dipika Pallikal marched into the biggest final of her career after getting past higher-ranked Madeline Perry from Ireland in the $50,000 Texas Open at the Downtown Club.
Tendulkar aims to 'impact sporting fabric of the nation'
Considered the 'God of Cricket', the iconic Sachin Tendulkar took the plunge into the football field when he bought the Kochi franchise in the Indian Super League, forming a new bond with 'God's own Country'.
ISL: Tendulkar, Ganguly, Salman win bids, kick-start football innings
Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly were among the host of high-profile winning bidders as the organisers of the much-anticipated Indian Super League unveiled the eight franchises for the event in Mumbai on Sunday.
Augusta Masters PHOTOS: Watson tied with young gun Spieth
Bubba Watson squandered an early five-stroke advantage and was caught by 20-year-old Jordan Spieth as the youngster tied him for the lead at the end of a pressure-packed third round of the Masters on Saturday.
PHOTOS: Barca losing momentum after shock loss at Granada; Real win
Barcelona's nightmare week hit a new low when they followed up their Champions League exit with a shock 1-0 defeat at Granada on Saturday that left their bid for a fifth La Liga title in six years in serious jeopardy.
EPL PHOTOS: Everton go fourth; Relegation battle runs close
Images from the English Premier League matches played on Sunday.
FA Cup PHOTOS: Plucky Arsenal end nine-year lull to make final
Images from the FA Cup semi-final match as Arsenal beat Wigan Athletic 4-2 on penalties and enter the final.
April 12, 2014
Why Suarez allows Gerrard to take Liverpool penalties?
The flavour of the season, Luis Suarez, has revealed that he lets his team captain Steven Gerrard to take any penalty shots for the club as he values team success over personal milestones.
World Cup chit-chat: Van Gaal outlines Dutch preparations
Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal will take a group of home-based players to a training camp next month at the start of his World Cup preparations, the Dutch football association said on Friday.
F1 pit lane tales: Red Bull appeal is first test of F1's new era
The first big technical controversy of Formula One's new engine era has its day in court on Monday with champions Red Bull confident they have a strong case in appealing Daniel Ricciardo's Australian Grand Prix exclusion.
Augusta Masters Round Up: Bubba Watson leads at halfway stage
Bubba Watson made five birdies in a row to snatch the halfway lead at the 78th Masters on Friday as Augusta National turned on some of its favourite sons.
Sports Shorts: Pallikal fights her way into Texas Open semis
India's top squash player Dipika Pallikal earned a hard fought win over Nicolette Fernandes of Guyana to reach the the semifinals of the $50,000 Texas Open in Houston.
Champions League SF draw: Real will be wary of poor record vs Bayern
Holders Bayern Munich and nine-times winners Real Madrid will face each other in a mouthwatering Champions League semi-final this month with Atletico Madrid up against Chelsea.
April 11, 2014
Prosecutor asks Pistorius: Did Reeva scream when you shot her?
Oscar Pistorius's three-day cross-examination reached a dramatic climax on Friday when a prosecutor challenged the double-amputee sprinter repeatedly as to why his girlfriend failed to scream when she was shot four times through a toilet door.
Champions League: Bayern face Real Madrid in semis, Chelsea play Atletico
Holders Bayern Munich will face nine-time champions Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals while 2012 champions Chelsea will play Atletico Madrid.
IOC tightens control over Rio 2016 preparations
The International Olympic Committee has announced a series of measures including a stronger presence in Rio de Janeiro to monitor progress and speed up lagging preparations for the 2016 Olympics, president Thomas Bach said on Wednesday.
PHOTOS: Top 5 Sexy WAGS at the Augusta Masters
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Sports Shorts: Srikanth enters semis of Singapore Open
India's Kidambi Srikanth registered a hard-fought victory to enter the semi-finals of the men's singles at the Singapore Super Series, even as P V Sindhu and B Sai Praneeth lost in straight games.
PHOTOS: Dolled-up Wozniacki eggs on beau McIlroy at Augusta Masters
There is no feeling in the world like having your lover beside you when you expect perfection, as you set out to attempt a new task. Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki -- with her hair dyed shocking pink -- was present at the sun-baked Augusta National golf club to egg on her beau Rory McIlroy on Thursday.
World Cup chit-chat: 'Rio will host best tournament'
Three stadiums and several airports are not ready, and other promised infrastructure has been shelved, but the 2014 World Cup will "be the most successful of all time", the head of FIFA told Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff on Thursday.
Europa League PHOTOS: Spanish clubs cruise into semis; Juve joins party
Valencia turned the tables on a stunned Basel side to reach the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday with a 5-0 win after extra time thanks to a Paco Alcacer hat-trick as they recovered from a three-goal first-leg deficit.
Augusta Masters PHOTOS: Haas leads way, deja vu for Scott
Former FedExCup champion Bill Haas tied his lowest score in a major to snatch the lead at the Masters on Thursday while holder Adam Scott experienced a real sense of deja vu in the opening round.
April 10, 2014
'Big Three' get 78th Masters under way in bright sunshine
In front of a huge crowd, the 'Big Three' of Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player launched the 78th Masters on Thursday while Adam Scott prepared to begin his title defence later in the day.
Prosecutor tells Pistorius: 'You blame anybody but yourself'
A South African prosecutor accused Oscar Pistorius on Thursday of lying and altering his story when the Olympic and Paralympic athlete described the night he shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.
Both boxing and doing films are equally tough: Vijender
'Boxing is all about being aggressive and maintaining a tempo while you are in the ring. I film-making I realised how important it was to take a step back and be patient.'
Wounded Barcelona can still rescue season after Champions League exit
Barca retain a realistic chance of avenging the 2-1 aggregate defeat to Atletico in their Champions League quarter-final by overhauling the league leaders and claiming a fifth domestic title in six years.
Arnold Palmer, the king... 50 years after his final Masters' victory
Arnold Palmer was right in the mix at several majors, probably some deep psychological reasons sapped his ambition to cross the hill and win.
World Cup chit-chat: Rio organisers acknowledge issues, guarantee to 'deliver'
Organisers of the 2016 Olympics have acknowledged there are issues to be resolved in preparing Rio de Janeiro to host the event but said on Wednesday they were making progress and would deliver a 'great Games'.
Sports Shorts: Srikanth, Sindhu in Singapore Open QF
Thailand Open champion Kidambi Srikanth came up with a solid display to shock world number 10 Tien Minh Nguyen of Vietnam in a men's singles match to enter the quarter-finals of the US $300,000 Singapore Super Series.
6 Talking points from Wednesday's Champions League quarter-finals
No Diego Costa, no worries for Atletico Madrid. Koke scored an early and only goal of the night against Barcelona.
Where was Messi when Barca crashed out of Champions League
When the dust has settled on Wednesday's shock Champions League exit at the hands of Atletico Madrid, one question that will be on the lips of many Barcelona fans is: where was Lionel Messi?
CL PHOTOS: Atletico stun Barca; Bayern punish Man United
Atletico Madrid tamed Lionel Messi and Neymar to send La Liga rivals Barcelona crashing out of the Champions League after Koke's early goal secured a shock 2-1 aggregate success at the Calderon on Wednesday.
April 09, 2014
'I made a mistake, I took Reeva's life,' Pistorius tells South African court
Facing questioning from prosecutor Gerrie Nel for the first time in his murder trial, the double amputee Olympic and Paralympic sprinter admitted killing Reeva Steenkamp at his home on February 14 last year but said "I made a mistake".
Still as much in love with Shoaib as when we got married: Sania
Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza has dismissed reports that her marriage with Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik is in trouble.
South African prosecutor starts Pistorius cross-examination
South African state prosecutors started cross-examining Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius on Wednesday, vowing to "get to the truth" surrounding the killing of Pistorius' girlfriend on Valentine's day last year.
Sports Shorts: Saina crashes out in first round of Singapore Open
India's ace shuttler Saina Nehwal's poor form in the international arena continued as she crashed out of the $300,000 Singapore Super Series after losing to Eriko Hirose of Japan in a hard-fought three-game battle in her opening round women's singles match in Singapore.
8 Talking points from Tuesday's Champions League quarter-finals
Super substitute Demba Ba slide home Chelsea's second goal to secure a semi-final place.
Australia's former Olympic champ Rice bids adieu to swimming
Australia's triple Olympic gold medallist Stephanie Rice announced her retirement from competitive swimming at the age of 25 on Wednesday.
CL PHOTOS: Chelsea fight their way into semis; Real through
Chelsea snatched a dramatic late goal through Demba Ba to beat Paris St Germain 2-0 and reach the Champions League semi-finals on the away goals rule on another memorable European night at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.
April 08, 2014
Swimming great Thorpe may not compete again, says manager
Five-times Olympic swimming champion Ian Thorpe is in a Sydney hospital fighting a "serious" infection and may not swim again, his manager told Australian media late on Tuesday.
Davis Cup: India meet Djokovic's Serbia at home in World Group play-off
The Indian Davis Cup team entered the World Group playoffs after notching up a historic away triumph over Korea. The triumphant Indians will take on Serbia at home in the Davis Cup World Group play-offs to be held from September 12 to 14.
Pistorius retches as he details moments before shooting
South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius retched on the witness stand on Tuesday as he described the moments leading up to the shooting of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day last year.
Can Costa make it on time to face Barcelona?
Atletico Madrid hope to have talismanic striker Diego Costa back fit against Barcelona on Wednesday when the La Liga leaders bid to pull off another Spanish surprise by reaching the Champions League semi-finals.
5 reasons why confident Manchester United can beat Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich's longest winless run for three years and poor recent home record against English opposition have suddenly made Manchester United's task on Wednesday look a lot less daunting than it was when the draw was made.
Sports Shorts: Injured Corey Anderson will make it in time for IPL
New Zealand swashbuckler Corey Anderson is expected to be fit for the upcoming Indian Premier League after recovering from a finger injury which cast doubts about his participation in the cash-rich Twenty20 event.
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World Cup chit-chat: England's Rodriguez ruled out due to injury
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Champions League: Will Ronaldo be fit for Dortmund clash?
Real Madrid top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo's participation against Borussia Dortmund in Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final second leg is still in doubt with the player nursing a knee problem, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Monday.
EPL PHOTOS: Eriksen helps Spurs thump Sunderland 5-1
Christian Eriksen deflected some of the spotlight away from Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood with two assists and a goal in his side's 5-1 hammering of relegation-haunted Sunderland in the Premier League on Monday.
April 07, 2014
Champions League: Can Chelsea overpower Ibra-less PSG at home?
Jose Mourinho has been claiming his side have no decent strikers but whatever he may think, Chelsea still have the firepower to beat French champions Paris St Germain and reach the semi-finals of the Champions League on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: The many moods of ladies at the Races...
Ladies' Day during the races is supposed to attract female fans to the racecourse. On an ordinary day they might give it a miss. Take a look at these ladies who put their best foot forward!
Footballers of the weekend: Gerrard, Garcia sizzle in Europe
Steven Gerrard scored two penalties as Liverpool went back to the top of the Premier League with a 2-1 win at West Ham United to complete a Merseyside win-double over London clubs on Sunday.
Sports Shorts: 'I'm scared to sleep,' tearful Pistorius tells court
His voice cracking with emotion, Oscar Pistorius took the witness stand in his own defence on Monday, saying the Valentine's Day shooting of his girlfriend last year had left him sleepless, terrified and plagued by nightmares.
F1 pit lane tales: New high for Vijay Mallya's Force India
Force India reached the giddy heights of second place in the Formula One constructors' championship on Sunday after Mexican Sergio Perez secured only the second podium finish in the team's history.
Davis Cup round-up: Federer puts Swiss in semis; Italy edge Britain
Roger Federer sealed Switzerland's place in the Davis Cup semi-finals when he completed a comeback win for the hosts over Kazakhstan on Sunday but Britain's last-four hopes were trampled into Italian clay in Naples.
April 06, 2014
PHOTOS: Liverpool back on top as Everton push on for top four
Steven Gerrard scored two penalties as Liverpool went back to the top of the Premier League with a 2-1 win at West Ham United to complete a Merseyside win-double over London clubs on Sunday.
Ecclestone says F1 has agreed to two new teams
Formula One has agreed to accept two new teams, including a U.S. entry proposed by NASCAR team owner Gene Haas, commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone said on Sunday.
April 05, 2014
Olympic medallist Narang stranded at Paris airport; AI to the rescue
The five shooters had to first spend a few hours at the Atlanta Airport after KLM airlines shut the gates before they could board, leaving them with no choice but to spend 12 hours in the terminal where they were forced to sleep on benches and were also not provided with accommodation or food.
Sports Shorts: Jankovic, Errani bow out in Charleston
Second-seeded Serbian Jelena Jankovic and third seed Sara Errani of Italy were both bundled out of the Family Circle Cup in Charleston on Friday in gripping quarter-final upsets.
Davis Cup round-up: India take 2-1 lead vs Korea; Czechs ease to victory over Japan
India are one win away from securing a berth in the World Group play-offs after Rohan Bopanna and Saketh Myneni defeated Hyung-Taik Lee and Lim Yong-Kyu in the crucial doubles match of their second round Asia/Oceania Group I tie against Korea, in Busan on Saturday.
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April 04, 2014
Davis Cup round-up: India, S Korea split opening singles
Somdev Devvarman had to dig deep into his reservoir of experience to tame a fighting Hyeon Chung, but Sanam Singh lost the second singles to Yong-Kyu Lim, leaving India and South Korea locked at 1-1 at the end of Day 1, in the second round Asia/Oceania Group I tie, in Busan, on Friday.
'The 2017 under-17 World Cup will give future superstars to Indian football'
Wim Koevermans, coach of India's senior football team, tells Rediff.com's that youngsters need to be given the experience of playing at the international level for the game to grow in the country.
Expect the unexpected at next week's Augusta Masters
As the first of the season's four major championships, the Masters has always been the most keenly anticipated, a veritable golfing 'rite of spring' that brings together the game's leading players in Augusta, Georgia.
Why Bahrain race will be thirsty work for Adrian Sutil
Adrian Sutil will be racing in the Bahrain desert without a drop to drink on Sunday after deciding to remove the water bottle from his Sauber Formula One car in a bid to shave off weight wherever he can.
Sports Shorts: 'Schumacher showing moments of consciousness'
The manager of comatose Formula One legend Michael Schumacher has said that there are ''encouraging signs'' in the process of bringing the former German racer out of a medically-induced coma.
April 03, 2014
Sports Shorts: Venus rises again to win in Charleston
Venus Williams, battling a mystery bug and a dogged opponent who refused to lie down, advanced to the third round of the Family Circle Cup in Charleston on Wednesday.
5 Talking points from Wednesday's Champions League quarter-finals
Javier Pastore's brilliant individual goal in stoppage time helped Paris Saint-Germain claim a famous scalp and was the talking point of the Champions League quarter-finals.
CL PHOTOS: PSG stun Chelsea; Real drub Dortmund
Javier Pastore's brilliant individual goal in stoppage time put the gloss on Paris St Germain's 3-1 Champions League quarter-final first leg win over Chelsea, While, Real Madrid closed in on the semi-finals with 3-0 win over Borussia Dortmund.
Malaysian GP grid girls. Hit or flop... Tell Us!
The grid girls brought much relief to the eye and mood at the rain-soaked Sepang Circuit in Kuala Lumpur last week. Take a look at some of them at the Malaysian Grand Prix and how their outfits have changed over the years.
April 02, 2014
Champions League: Before the game Ibra, Mourinho trade compliments
Paris St Germain are stronger than last season and he is in the best shape of his life, yet Zlatan Ibrahimovic says experienced Chelsea are the hot favourites in the Champions League quarter-final against the French champions.
Sports Shorts: Cepelova shocks Serena at Family Circle
Top-ranked Serena Williams suffered a shock 6-4, 6-4 loss to Slovakia's world number 78 Jana Cepelova in the second round of the Family Circle Cup on Tuesday.
5 Talking points from Tuesday's Champions League quarter-finals
Be it an exquisite goal from Neymar that rescued Barcelona or talk about the stunner 35-metre strike from Diego that put Atletico in the driving seat, the goals were the talking points of the Champions League matches on Tuesday night.
PHOTOS: Atletico deny Barca victory; United draw with Bayern
Two special goals lit up the Nou Camp on Tuesday as Barcelona shared a 1-1 draw with Spanish rivals Atletico Madrid. While holders Bayern Munich were held to a 1-1 draw at Manchester United.
Game-set-match: 10 actress-athlete love stories
Rediff.com brings you 10 actresses who fell for the charm and muscular bodies of the sportsmen.
April 01, 2014
Rafa's Miami misery... and Djokovic's missing link
Sunday's defeat to arch rival Novak Djokovic meant Rafael Nadal failed in his fourth attempt to win the Miami Masters. Here's looking at a few similar instances in Masters Series events where a player has come close to winning an elusive tournament on multiple occasions, only to fall at the final hurdle.
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Schumacher's wife spends 10 million pounds to save him!
Formula One alegend Michael Schumacher's wife has reportedly modified a room in their Swiss mansion, spending 10 million-pounds on it, so that the seriously injured racing legend can come home.
Doing the 'double'... in the fifth major
The 'Indian Wells - Miami' tournaments are often labelled as the fifth major and players take pride in achieving the double. Here's a list the other players who have achieved the double in the same year.
Champions League: Everything about Manchester United vs Bayern Munich...
Manchester United remain very dangerous opponents despite their struggles domestically as they focus their efforts on Europe, Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola said on the eve of their Champions League quarter-final first leg.
BEST Sports Photos of the Week!
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Serena's seventh makes it a quartet
Serena Williams became just the fourth player ever to win a particular tournament at least seven times when she triumphed in the Sony Open last week. Here's a look at three players who preceded the American to the feat.
Sports Shorts: Ministry lands knock-out punch on IABF
Livid with the suspended Indian Amateur Boxing Federation's refusal to comply with its directives, the Sports Ministry on Tuesday derecognised the IABF with immediate effect. It comes as another massive jolt to the IABF, which has already been terminated by its international parent body, AIBA.
March 31, 2014
Champions League: Can United challenge Bayern?
Manchester United, comprehensively outplayed by local rivals Liverpool and Manchester City at Old Trafford recently, face an even tougher challenge when holders Bayern Munich come calling in the Champions League on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: Dominant Djokovic overpowers Nadal for fourth Miami title
Novak Djokovic tamed World No 1 Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-3 to claim his fourth Sony Open title on Sunday, denying the Spaniard a maiden win on the Miami hard courts.
Sports Shorts: Spain keeper Valdes to miss World Cup with injury
Spain goalkeeper Victor Valdes will miss the World Cup after being ruled out of action for seven months following knee surgery.
EPL: Ominous Liverpool hit the front after Spurs demolition
Liverpool outclassed Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 at Anfield on Sunday to surge to the top of the Premier League table and raise hopes of a first English title for 24 years.
March 30, 2014
Golden oldies Serena, Li make it a memorable affair in Miami
Miami is one of the favourite stops on the WTA Tour because of the city's hip, youthful vibe but the final of Sony Open on Saturday was more about the golden oldies as Serena Williams and Li Na took centre stage.
Sports shorts: Shuttler Sourabh loses in Malaysia GP Gold final
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Malaysian GP PHOTOS: Hamilton reigns at Sepang circuit
Briton's Lewis Hamilton won the Malaysian Grand Prix with a pole-to-flag victory ahead of Nico Rosberg on Sunday in a first Mercedes one-two since they returned to Formula One as a works team in 2010.
La Liga PHOTOS: Atletico keep top spot after tough win
Atletico Madrid moved a step closer to an unlikely Spanish title triumph when they battled back from a goal down to secure a 2-1 win at fourth-placed Athletic Bilbao in La Liga on Saturday.
World Cup chit-chat: Construction worker dies in stadium accident
Another man has died while helping to build the Sao Paulo stadium that will host the opening match at this year's World Cup in Brazil, a hospital spokesperson said on Saturday.
EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea get the royal blues at Palace; Arsenal hold Man City
Images from the English Premier League matches played on Saturday.
Miami Open PHOTOS: Serena hits home run as she claims seventh Miami Title
Proving there is no place like home, World No 1 Serena Williams swept past China's Li Na 7-5, 6-1 in the final of the Sony Open on Saturday, collecting a record seventh win on the Miami hard courts.
March 29, 2014
PHOTOS: Anti-Moyes banner flown over Old Trafford
A banner calling for the dismissal of beleaguered Manchester United manager David Moyes was flown over Old Trafford on Saturday as his side's Premier League match with Aston Villa kicked-off.
PHOTOS: Slick Hamilton on pole for Malaysian Grand Prix
Briton Lewis Hamilton put his Mercedes on pole position for the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix after coming out top in a rain-hit qualifying session on Saturday.
Sports Shorts: Heena bags silver; Winning trumps style for Brazilians
Winning the World Cup for a sixth time matters more to Brazil than putting on a display of the "beautiful game", Brazil technical director Carlos Alberto Parreira said on Friday.
10 beauties in the fast and furious lane
From pop stars to models to childhood sweethearts, Rediff.com brings you the top 10 WAGs of Formula One. Take a look...
PHOTOS: Miami left devastated by Djokovic, Nadal walkovers
The Sony Open, one of tennis's most prestigious events, was left devastated when both men's semi-finals ended in walkovers on Friday sending World No 1 Rafael Nadal and No 2 Novak Djokovic through to the final without hitting a ball.
March 28, 2014
Sports Shorts: PFF welcomes Maradona's criticism, invites him to Pak
The Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) will extend an invitation to Argentine legend Diego
World Cup chit-chat: 'Brazil stadium problems warning for Russia, Qatar'
With the FIFA World Cup 2014 just over two months away, Rediff.com brings you all the talk surrounding the tournament that will be played in Rio, Brazil...
Miami Open PHOTOS: Serena slays Sharapova; Nadal rallies into semis
World No 1 Serena Williams continued her decade-long domination over Maria Sharapova with a clinical 6-4, 6-3 win on Thursday to reach her ninth Sony Open final.
March 27, 2014
Sports shorts: Anand lets Andreikin off the hook; maintains full point lead
Indian ace Viswanathan Anand let Russia's Dmitry Andreikin off the hook as he settled for a draw to maintain a full-point lead in the Candidates Chess tournament in Khanty Mansiysk on Thursday.
How Real are losing steam while Costa puts Atletico atop La Liga table...
A deflected Cristiano Ronaldo free kick gave Real the lead against Sevilla but the Andalusian side responded with a double from Carlos Bacca to record their sixth successive league win and they now have 50 points in fifth.
Miami Open PHOTOS: Federer shocked by Nishikori; Djokovic bundles out Murray
Photos from the Miami Masters Sony Open played on Wednesday.
EPL PHOTOS: Gerrard, Sturridge strikes keep Liverpool in title race
Photos from the English Premier League matches played on Wednesday.
March 26, 2014
PHOTOS: Vettel, Franklin win top Laureus awards
Germany's Sebastian Vettel, the youngest four-time Formula One world champion in history at 26, was named Laureus World Sportsman of the Year, US swimmer Missy Franklin, at 18, became the youngest ever winner of the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award.
'Michael Schumacher may never recover'
Former Formula One chief medical officer has said that he believes that the comatose Michael Schumacher will never recover as there have been 'serious lapses of judgment' in his ongoing medical care.
PHOTOS: How Guardiola improved on Bayern's amazing season...
Bayern Munich are shattering every single record in their path, extending their unbeaten league run to 52 games with 19 straight victories.
Sports shorts: Digital photo mosaic of Tendulkar unveiled
Bayern Munich clinched the Bundesliga title in record time by beating Hertha Berlin 3-1 on Tuesday thanks to goals from Toni Kroos, Mario Goetze and Franck Ribery with seven games left in the campaign.
EPL PHOTOS: Manchester City embarrass United; Arsenal held
A clinical double from Edin Dzeko helped Manchester City move second in the Premier League with a 3-0 win at Manchester United on Tuesday while Arsenal's title hopes all but evaporated in a 2-2 draw with Swansea City.
Miami Masters PHOTOS: Serena, Nadal brush off bomb scare to cruise through
The Sony Open in Miami was locked down while the bomb squad investigated a suspicious package on Tuesday, preventing thousands of spectators from entering or leaving the sprawling tennis complex.
Gerrard tags WAGs as distractions. Do you agree?
England football captain Steven Gerrard has banned his hot and sexy wife Alex Curran from going with the team to the FIFA World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Liverpool legend has reportedly tagged players' wives and girlfriends (WAGS) 'a distraction'.
12 Bollywood movies that celebrate sporting success
Bollywood has always had an inclination for movies based on sport. While most of them sunk without a trace, there are a few that became celluloid landmarks.
March 25, 2014
Will shattered Arsenal respond in the right way?
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger promised the club's stunned supporters they would do everything they could to "respond in the right way" to Saturday's 6-0 defeat at Chelsea when they play Swansea City at the Emirates on Tuesday.
Sports Shorts: Anand leads Candidates; Beckham proposal for Miami stadium
A group led by English soccer star David Beckham unveiled plans on Monday to build a 25,000-seat soccer stadium on Miami's waterfront for the Major League Soccer team he will own, but the proposal is already facing some opposition.
Miami Masters: Serena, Sharapova on collision course; Nadal advances
Six-time Miami champion Serena Williams and five-time runner-up Maria Sharapova remained on another Sony Open collision course after each recorded fourth-round wins on Monday.
World Cup hosts in Brazil still using sex to sell football
Sex and soccer have long been comfortable bedfellows in Brazil.
March 24, 2014
What happens when Dhoni and wife Sakshi watch 'El Clasico'...
When Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his wife Sakshi support opposing teams in the 'El Clasico', between La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, this is what pans out on their Twitter timelines...
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From Ana Ivanovic riding a dolphin to Roger Federer enjoying the company of Mickey Mouse to Real Madrid's Karim Benzema doing what looks like a Bollywood dance step, Rediff.com has it all snapped right here...
PHOTOS: Messi, Suarez and other Latin Americans light up Europe
Argentina and Barcelona's Lionel Messi, Uruguay and Liverpool's Luis Suarez, Brazil and Chelsea's Oscar Suarez were a few Latin American stars who lit up football stadiums across Europe over the weekend.
Sports shorts: Tendulkar to be 'main attraction' at Bahrain GP
Sachin Tendulkar will be in the visitors' gallery to watch the Bahrain Grand Prix scheduled to be held next month.
Miami Master PHOTOS: Li finds Keys to victory; Federer sizzles
World No 2 Li Na finally made her first appearance at the Sony Open on Sunday, taming Madison Keys in an unsteady effort while three-time champion Venus Williams was also made to work under a blazing Florida sun for her spot in the fourth round.
All hail Messi... the king of 'El Clasico' goals!
Lionel Messi became the all-time top scorer in 'Clasicos' with 21 goals, surpassing Real great Alfredo Di Stefano who scored 18.
PHOTOS: How Messi's 'trick' took Barcelona past Real Madrid
Barcelona star Lionel Messi saves his best against Real Madrid. He sizzled in the 'El Clasico' and threw the La Liga title race open with a hat-trick.
March 23, 2014
Miami Open PHOTOS: Serena, Wawrinka register labourous win
Images from the Miami Open matches played on Saturday.
Sports Shorts: Bhupathi-Anderson knocked out of Miami Open
Mahesh Bhupathi and his South African doubles partner Kevin Anderson went down fighting in a thrilling three-setter against the pair of Alexander Peya of Austria and Bruno Soares of Brazil to crash out of the men's doubles in the Sony Open tennis tournament in Miami.
'Remarkable' Suarez gets big praise for equalling Fowler's record
Having exhausted most superlatives to describe Luis Suarez, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers settled for "remarkable" when the Uruguayan equalled Anfield great Robbie Fowler's Premier League scoring record on Saturday.
EPL PHOTOS: Rooney strikes 'wonder volley' as United down Hammers
Wayne Rooney scored twice, the first an astonishing 58-metre volleyed contender for Goal of the Season, as Manchester United won their second game in four days by brushing aside West Ham United 2-0 at Upton Park on Saturday.
March 22, 2014
PHOTOS: Chelsea rout Arsenal as referee sends off wrong player
Real Madrid v Barcelona: The ' El Clasico' in numbers
The numbers behind Sunday's 'El Clasico' between Real Madrid and Barcelona at the Bernabeu stadium.
'Arsenal squad want Wenger to sign new contract'
Arsenal's squad are keen for manager Arsene Wenger to sign a new contract with the English Premier League title chasers and lead them for many years to come, said captain Thomas Vermaelen.
Sports shorts: United's Van Persie out for up to six weeks
Manchester United striker Robin van Persie will be sidelined for up to six weeks after spraining his knee in the midweek Champions League win over Olympiakos Piraeus, the club said on Friday.
Miami Masters PHOTOS: Venus through; Federer, Djokovic dominate
Before Serena Williams planted her flag at the Sony Open it was sister Venus who ruled over the Miami hardcourts and the older of the tennis siblings signalled on Friday she was ready to reclaim the throne with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Anna Schmiedlova.
March 21, 2014
Do you know the key words on El Clasico
A selection of Spanish words and phrases which help explain the intense rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona played out in the El Clasico.
El Clasico: World's Best vs World's Richest...
The 168th La Liga 'El Clasico' between in-form Real Madrid and an erratic Barcelona could see the table-toppers take a big step towards winning the title and sound the death knell for the champions bid for a fifth triumph in six years.
Pistorius to sell home where he killed girlfriend to pay legal expenses
Oscar Pistorius will sell the luxury Pretoria home in which he shot and killed his girlfriend to pay his legal expenses due to an unexpected delay in the trial.
Sports Shorts:Sania-Cara advance, Torres mulls Chelsea future
Indian tennis sensation Sania Mirza and Zimbabwean Cara Black started their Sony Open campaign on a positive note. Check out Friday's sports action.
Europa League PHOTOS: Pirlo puts Juve in last eight with Benfica, Porto
Andrea Pirlo kept Juventus on course for a home Europa League final after his superb free kick settled their battle with Italian rivals Fiorentina to send the Serie A leaders into the quarter-finals on Thursday.
Like Murray, Djokovic to go it alone in Miami
Andy Murray will not be the only top seed at the Sony Open without a trusted coach by his side as Novak Djokovic said on Thursday that Boris Becker will miss Miami to undergo double hip surgery.
Miami Masters PHOTOS: Serena scrapes through; Tomic beaten
World No 1 Serena Williams overcame a wobbly start to open the defence of her Sony Open crown with a spirited 7-6(9-7), 6-2 win over Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova on Thursday.
March 20, 2014
Survivor Wenger still doing it his way
Arsene Wenger has been called many things since he walked into Arsenal's old marble-halled Highbury stadium in 1996 to launch one of the most successful eras in the club's history.
Now, Hockey to have 4-quarter format from Sept
Taking a cue from the Hockey India League, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) made significant changes in the structure of the game, moving away from two 35-minute halves to a four-quarter format of 15 minutes each in a match.
Candidates Chess: Anand enters crucial stage
The five-time World champion Viswanathan Anand is placed comfortably on top of the table with a half point lead. He will enter the crucial phase of the Candidates chess tournament, taking on Peter Svidler after the second rest day in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia.
Finding lodgings could be grueling than training for Boston Marathon
Training for the Boston Marathon may be grueling, but finding a place to stay during the event is also proving a challenge for participants and supporters this year.
United boss Moyes hopes for start of change in fortune
Manchester United kept their season alive by reaching the Champions League quarter-finals with a memorable victory over Olympiakos Piraeus on Wednesday, but under-pressure manager David Moyes was not getting too carried away.
Sports shorts: Pallikal crashes out of World Squash
Dipika Pallikal was outplayed by Raneem El Welily of Egypt in the pre-quarter-finals at the Women's World Squash Championship in Penang.
10 Bollywood celebrities who own Sports teams
Take a look at the B-Town celebrities who have sporting interests that go alongside their respective careers.
At Manchester United it is customary to blame it on Moyes...
Fans favourite punching bag, manager David Moyes, had it again, this time on twitter when the fans vented out their anger for not including Juan Mata.
Man United win battle but their lion is injured
Manchester United's hat-trick hero Robin van Persie was carried off on a stretcher in the final minutes of their Champions League second leg against Olympiacos.
PHOTOS: How Robin van Persie salvaged Manchester Utd's season
It was an epic night of high drama, and Robin van Persie was at his lethal best. The Dutch striker came up with a stunning hat-trick to lift the pressure on David Moyes and gloom surrounding Manchester United.
March 19, 2014
'Pistorius' girlfriend Steenkamp was first shot in hip'
Oscar Pistorius' girlfriend was first shot in the hip, not the head, a South African police ballistics expert told his murder trial on Wednesday, supporting the testimony of earlier witnesses who said they heard screams during a volley of shots.
Goal-hungry Ronaldo raises hopes of rare treble for Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo's scintillating form and the supporting role played by the likes of Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema suggest Real Madrid have every right to believe a rare treble is well within their grasp.
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CL Preview: Manchester Utd look to 'Barcelona win' for inspiration
A famous win over Barcelona 30 years ago this week could inspire Manchester United to a comeback victory over Olympiakos in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Sports Shorts: Murray splits with coach Lendl; Shvedova-Serena showdown
Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has split with coach Ivan Lendl after two years, the British world number six said on Wednesday.
CL PHOTOS: Chelsea ease past Galatasaray; Real thrash Schalke
Chelsea reached the Champions League quarter-finals with a 3-1 aggregate win against Galatasaray on Tuesday, with Real Madrid joining them in the last eight after thrashing Schalke 04 9-2 over two legs of their last-16 tie.
PHOTOS: The Glamorous Grid Girls of F1
Formula One's pretty Grid Girls are back for the 2014 season. Take a look at some who were at the Australian Grand Prix last week.
March 18, 2014
Did Qataris pay FIFA official $1.2m after World Cup bid win?
Qatar's 2022 World Cup organising committee has denied being aware of any alleged payments by the disgraced former head of the country's soccer association to an ex-vice-president of FIFA.
Brazil minister sees no mass movement to halt World Cup
Mass protests against inequality are unlikely to disrupt the World Cup in Brazil, the country's sports minister Aldo Rebelo said on Monday.
Sports shorts: Anand keeps lead after draw with Andreikin
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand played out an easy draw as black against lowest ranked Dmitry Andreikin of Russia in the fifth round, but kept the lead at the Candidates chess tournament.
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Was United manager Moyes involved in bust-up with Giggs?
Manchester United boss David Moyes is speculated to have clashed with club legend Ryan Giggs over the winger's perceived 'negative training methods'.
Mourinho believes Drogba will return to 'Chelsea family' someday
Didier Drogba will be a part of the Chelsea family again one day, manager Jose Mourinho predicted on the eve of Tuesday's Champions League last-16 second leg against Galatasaray.
Milestone man Messi says Barca ready for 'Clasico' challenge
Lionel Messi has played down the importance of individual achievements and said the key thing is for Barcelona to continue making history as a team after he became the La Liga club's record scorer on Sunday.
Record turn-out expected as Nadal-Federer rivalry set to scorch Miami
After missing last year's Sony Open, both World No 1 Rafael Nadal and 17-times Grand Slam winner Roger Federer return to South Beach this week along with their box office punch.
PHOTOS: Watch out for these England football team's WAGS in Samba land!
The English soccer players will grab the headlines for their on-field showing during the FIFA World Cup in Brazil and their WAGS will also be enjoying a spot in the limelight.
March 17, 2014
Champions League: English clubs face ignominy of early ouster
Manchester United will be clutching at the final straw of a sobering season when they attempt to overturn a 2-0 deficit against Greek side Olympiakos and reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Wednesday.
Champions League: Will Drogba get warm reception on Stamford Bridge return?
Former Chelsea great Didier Drogba does not know how he will react when he returns to Stamford Bridge with his Galatasaray team on Tuesday for their Champions League last-16 second leg, the Ivorian striker said.
EPL PHOTOS: Gerrard-inspired Liverpool thrash United; Arsenal win
Images from the English Premier League matches played on Sunday.
PHOTOS: Djokovic rallies against Federer to claim Indian Wells crown
Novak Djokovic beat his old rival Roger Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(3) on Sunday to win a nail-biting BNP Paribas Open final at Indian Wells and capture his first title of 2014.
Pennetta overpowers injured Radwanska to clinch Indian Wells title
Italy's Flavia Pennetta captured the biggest title of her career on Sunday when she beat Poland's ailing Agnieszka Radwanska in the final of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.
March 16, 2014
PHOTOS: Rosberg steers Mercedes to crushing win
Nico Rosberg drew first blood for Mercedes in the new Formula One season with a dominant Australian Grand Prix victory on Sunday after pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton and world champion Sebastian Vettel retired with reliability problems.
Vettel's winning streak ends in Australia
Sebastian Vettel's record run of nine consecutive race victories ended on Sunday when the quadruple world champion retired his Red Bull from the season-opening Australian Grand Prix with a reliability problem.
La Liga: Ronaldo winner for Real, Costa delights Atletico
Cristiano Ronaldo struck midway through the first half as leaders Real Madrid won 1-0 at Malaga in La Liga on Saturday, while Atletico Madrid stayed hot on their heels after Diego Costa netted in a 1-0 victory over Espanyol.
March 15, 2014
PHOTOS: Chelsea suffer shock loss at Villa, Man City crush Hull
Chelsea's title hopes suffered a blow when the Premier League leaders finished with nine men in a 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa on Saturday after Manchester City won 2-0 at Hull City to cut the gap at the top to six points.
Raja Sen's F1 column: What does the 2014 season have in store?
We're in for a year of fuel-management and engines with laryngitis. Gone is the full-blooded roar resonating through Formula One as the sport tries to reinvent itself, writes .
Australian Grand Prix: Hamilton on pole; lives up to expectations
Lewis Hamilton captured pole position for Mercedes for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in a thrilling finish to a rain-hit qualifying session on Saturday.
Indian Wells PHOTOS: Pennetta to face Radwanska in final; Djokovic, Isner in semis
Italian veteran Flavia Pennetta upset China's Australian Open champion Li Na on Friday to join Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska in the women's final of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.
Sports shorts: Anand crushes Mamedyarov, Sindhu stuns Shixian
Five-time world champion Viswanthan Anand continued his fine form and crashed through the defences of Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan to notch up his second successive win in the Candidates Chess tournament in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia.
March 14, 2014
Bayern Munich chief Hoeness quits, accepts jail term for tax evasion
Uli Hoeness said on Friday he would accept a 3-1/2-year prison term for evading 27 million euros in taxes and resigned as president and chairman of Bayern Munich, the club he made into one of the world's most successful football dynasties.
PHOTOS: India's 10 most stunning and fashionable sportswomen
Rediff.com brings you the glamorous side of Indian sportswomen. While they have charmed their fans with their playing skills, their looks attract more attention.
Sports shorts: Sania-Cara storm into Indian Wells final
Indian tennis sensation Sania Mirza and zimbabwean Cara Black are in line to win their first title of season as they defeated Lucie Hradecka and Jie Zheng to reach the final of the BNP Paribas Open, a Premier WTA tournament.
Europa League PHOTOS: Fiorentina hold Juve while Benfica sink Spurs
Mario Gomez dusted off his shooting boots to put Fiorentina in the driving seat with a 1-1 Europa League draw at Juventus while Benfica were too good for Tottenham Hotspur, winning their last-16 first leg 3-1 away on Thursday.
Hope to see F1 racers and not 'taxi drivers'
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has warned against possible technical 'trickery' as Formula One enters a new and uncertain era.
Indian Wells PHOTOS: Federer, Li Na roll on to make semis
China's Li Na won her rematch with Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova in the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Thursday.
March 13, 2014
Sports shorts: Sania-Black surprise; India up in FIFA rankings
A round-up of sports action from around the world.
Is Vettel overreacting about Red Bull's tests?
Red Bull will put a 'very different' car on the track for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix from the model which disappointed during the last test in Bahrain, reigning champion Sebastian Vettel said on Thursday.
Champions League Analysis: Barcelona silence critics; City take positives
Lionel Messi struck to end Manchester City's dreams of a famous comeback as Barcelona beat Manchester City 2-1 at the Nou Camp.
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Pele fears violent protests may ruin 2014 World Cup
Brazilian soccer legend Pele has said he fears that violent protests in Brazil could ruin the upcoming 2014 World Cup.
Indian Wells PHOTOS: Federer withstands winds of change; Wawrinka, Murray fall
Roger Federer cruised into the quarter-finals of the PNB Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Wednesday after Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and Australian Open winner Stanislas Wawrinka both fell in the fourth round.
Barcelona's morale boosting victory shows their strength, says coach Martino
Barcelona showed their true quality by eliminating Manchester City from the Champions League, their coach Gerardo Martino said in response to questions about a poor run of form by his team.
Champion League PHOTOS: Barca boss over Manchester City; PSG cruise through
Barcelona eased into the Champions League quarter-finals with a 4-1 aggregate victory over Manchester City on Wednesday and Paris St Germain joined them after overwhelming Bayer Leverkusen 6-1 over the two legs of their last-16 tie.
Maradona's 'Hand of God' revisited!
Newcastle Under-18 youngster Olivier Kemen re-visited Diego Maradona famous 'Hand of God' with a blatant handball goal during their FA Youth Cup defeat by Chelsea at St James Park.
F1 2014: Expect the unexpected!
The prospect of seeing Sebastian Vettel beaten for the first time since last July is just one of the many novelties Sunday's season-opening Australian Formula One Grand Prix promises to deliver.
March 12, 2014
Pistorius smashed toilet door with bat, expert says
Oscar Pistorius was on his stumps when he smashed down a locked toilet door to reach his shot girlfriend, a South African police forensic expert said on Wednesday, countering the Paralympic star's assertion he was wearing his prosthetic legs at the time.
Does Manchester City have firepower to burn out Barca?
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is confident his side's strike force can make the difference against Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday.
Anand eyes another shot at World title through Candidates tourney
With odds staked against him, five times world champion Viswanathan Anand will look forward to make a grand comeback in the Candidates chess tournament that starts.
CL PHOTOS: How Bayern ousted Arsenal and Costa inspired Atletico
Images from the Champions League matches played across Europe on Tuesday.
Djokovic, Jankovic round off good day for Serbs at Indian Wells
Although they registered contrasting wins, Serbian tennis stars Novak Djokovic and Jelena Jankovic marked a good day for Serbs at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells on Tuesday.
March 11, 2014
'Pistorius argued with cop who touched his gun'
South African track star Oscar Pistorius had a row with a policeman who picked up his gun after pulling over his friend for speeding, saying "You can't just touch another man's gun," the friend told his murder trial on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: 20 wild goal-scoring celebrations!
Following Samuel Eto'o's unique goal-scoring celebration on Saturday, Rediff.com brings you a glimpse of how footballers - male and female - celebrate their goals in their style.
Formula One driver Hamilton's girlfriend sizzles in sexy two-piece
The Mercedes Formula One driver is on a fast track after rekindling his romance with former Pussycat Doll lead singer Nicole Scherzinger. Nicole Scherzinger has recently shared pictures of herself from her trip to the Maldives.
Liverpool's Suarez, an angel with a hint of demon
Liverpool's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez described himself as being more of an angel with a little bit of the demon inside.
BEST Sports Photos of the Week!
From the gritty wrestlers of the akharas to gravity-defying moves by Paralympic athletes, Rediff.com has all that and more snapped right here...
Indian Wells PHOTOS: Qualifier shows Sharapova the door; Dolgopolov stuns Nadal
Russia's Maria Sharapova was knocked out of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Monday after a shock loss to Italian qualifier Camila Giorgi.
March 10, 2014
Neymar can handle World Cup pressure, says Pele
The 22-year-old forward has produced some inspirational performances for Brazil, scoring 30 goals in 47 matches - including a hat-trick in last week's 5-0 friendly win over South Africa.
Pistorius vomits in court at Steenkamp autopsy details
"Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius broke down when a South African court heard details from the autopsy of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, whom the track star is accused of murdering on Valentine's Day last year.
Champions League: Can Arsenal and City create miracles in Europe?
Arsenal and Manchester City face monumental tasks when they visit European powerhouses Bayern Munich and Barcelona looking to overturn 2-0 deficits in the second legs of their Champions League last-16 ties.
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Happy Birthday, 'Old man' Eto'o!
As Chelsea's Samuel Eto'o turns a year older today, Rediff.com celebrates this African gem and a milestone man...
Ronaldo crowned world's richest soccer player
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the world's best soccer player when he bagged the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or trophy. Now he is the wealthiest too!
Champions League: Must keep possession to beat Arsenal, says Guardiola
Pep Guardiola is well known to be a perfectionist and even Saturday's 6-1 win at VfL Wolfsburg has failed to fully satisfy the demanding Bayern Munich manager.
New engine, new rules and new sound for F1 in 2014
The top 10 finishers in the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi will score double, with the winner taking 50 points instead of the usual 25.
Indian Wells: Djokovic advances; Berdych ousted
Novak Djokovic remained on course for his first title of the season with a second round victory over Victor Hanescu 7-6, 6-2 at the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday.
Footballers of the weekend: Africans decorate Europe with their goals
European football is incomplete without African flavours and players like Chelsea's Senegalese striker Demba Ba and Juventus's Ghanaian Asamoah Kwadwo lifted the game with their superb skill in their respective football matches over the weekend. Rediff.com presents a round-up of the interesting matches and the footballers of the weekend.
Indoor Athletics: Fraser-Pryce makes great debut, U.S. lead medals tally
Double Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce may not like running indoors, but the Jamaican proved again on Sunday why she is the world's dominant female sprinter.
March 09, 2014
Sania Mirza-Cara Black reach quarterfinals of WTA Indian Wells tournament
Indian tennis sensation Sania Mirza and zimbabwean Cara Black reached the quarterfinals of the WTA Paribas Open following a straight sets victory over Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears, in Indian Wells.
Barcelona in danger of ending up trophyless
Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino needs to find a quick fix for whatever is ailing his team or his first season in charge at the Nou Camp is likely to end without major silverware.
Indian Wells: Li, Federer win; Nadal survives scare
Top seed Rafael Nadal survived a scare from Radek Stepanek before winning his BNP Paribas Open second round match in three tight sets at Indian Wells on Saturday.
EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea surge clear with Tottenham drubbing; United demolish West Brom
Chelsea surged seven points clear at the top of the Premier League after a 4-0 demolition of London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
The 10 highest-paid female athletes!
Tennis sensation Maria Sharapova rules the Forbes' list of highest-paid female athletes. Take a look at top 10.
The most inspirational Indian sportswomen
This Women's Day Rediff.com salutes India's champion athletes who have out-lived obstacles to reach the pinnacle of success.
March 08, 2014
I-League: Bengaluru ease past Churchill Brothers
Bengaluru turned on the style in an emphatic second-half performance as they stayed on top of the table with a 3-0 win over Churchill Brothers at the Bangalore Football Stadium, in Bangalore in the Round 20 clash of the Airtel I-League on Saturday.
FA Cup: Arsenal score four to beat Everton; secure semis berth
Two goals from late substitute Olivier Giroud and one apiece by Mesut Ozil and Mikel Arteta secured Arsenal's place in the FA Cup semi-finals with a 4-1 win against Everton at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
EPL PHOTOS: Stylish Manchester United demolish woeful West Brom
Champions Manchester United rediscovered a touch of their old swagger to beat West Bromwich Albion 3-0 on Saturday and record back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time since December.
Dutch coach Louis van Gaal is the 'king of wishful thinking'
Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal is hoping as many Spain players as possible feature in the Champions League final on May 24 so the holders have less time to prepare for their June 13 World Cup Group B clash.
David Beckham looks hot and hunky!
Retired English soccer star David Beckham was spotted looking hot and hunky in a leather jacket while shooting a motorcycle advert in Brazil.
A salute to India's forgotten sportswomen
In our country women in sports are not favoured because they are usually groomed to be homemakers. But the scenario is changing. Rediff.com lists the finest Indian women athletes whom we want to see in some form of sporting action.
March 07, 2014
Santosh Trophy: Railways to meet Mizoram in final
Railways edged Maharashtra 5-3 on penalties to reach the Final of the 68th Santosh Trophy after the match ended 1-1 in regulation time. They will now meet Mizoram in the summit clash at the Kanchenjunga Stadium in Siliguri on Sunday.
"Beleaguered" Moyes appeals to United fans for support
Manchester United boss David Moyes has reportedly written a letter to United's fans asking for a show of support from them following United's poor performance this season.
'Angry' Pistorius fired shot out of car sun-roof, ex-girlfriend tells court
A seething Oscar Pistorius fired his pistol out of a car's open sun-roof after an argument with a police officer, ex-girlfriend Samantha Taylor told a court on Friday, the fifth day of his trial for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp.
Ferrari set to be stoked by fire and ice this season
Ferrari's fire and ice pairing of Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen has, in the words of team president Luca di Montezemolo, put two roosters in the same henhouse.
Check out this season's Formula One calendar...
Details of the 19-race F1 calendar, which has the same number of races as last year. Start times are 1200 GMT (1730 IST).
March 06, 2014
Witness feared Pistorius might kill himself after shooting girlfriend
One of the first people on the scene after Oscar Pistorius shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp told a court on Thursday he feared the South African Olympic and Paralympic star, who is on trial for murder, might kill himself with the same gun.
India not giving up hope of Formula One return in 2016
Problems over taxation, with Formula One classified as entertainment rather than a sport in India, as well as the considerable bureaucracy governing the import of equipment have been seen as obstacles.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
Chelsea have a gilt-edged opportunity to open up a seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League this weekend and there is nothing their main title rivals can do about it. With second-placed Liverpool having a week off and Arsenal and Manchester City in FA Cup action, all the chasers can do is hope Tottenham Hotspur can end one of the longest jinx's in English football and upset the odds at Stamford Bridge.
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March 05, 2014
Playing Spain before the World Cup is risky: Cesare Prandelli
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli acknowledges that playing Spain in a friendly three months before the World Cup may not be the best idea but a decent performance could help his side take a step forward in their development.
'Messi doesn't need to win the World Cup to be the best player'
Lionel Messi does not need a World Cup winners' medal to be considered among soccer's all-time greats, fellow Argentine Diego Maradona has said.
March 04, 2014
Pistorius gets emotional at graphic evidence
Oscar Pistorius buried his head in his hands and wiped away tears after a South African court on Tuesday heard grisly details of the killing of his girlfriend, the first sign of emotion from the track star in his two-day murder trial.
PHOTOS: Agassi, Sampras World Tennis Day showdown in London
With American men's tennis experiencing lean times compared to the days of Agassi, Pete Sampras, Jim Courier and before that Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe, the Las Vegan's brainpower would be sought after in the locker room and practice courts.
Blow for Bhupathi's IPTL; Agassi may opt out
Andre Agassi will snub the inaugural International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) if it clashes with Thanksgiving, the former world number one said the day after being signed up by the Singapore franchise.
PHOTOS: 100-day Brazil World Cup countdown begins!
With 100 days to go before the World Cup starts, Brazil is in the home straight of the countdown and huffing and puffing to complete stadiums, airports, IT networks and public transportation systems.
March 03, 2014
PHOTOS: Tennis star Serena steals thunder at Oscar awards party
Oscar nominees and winners work hard to attain glory, but they party even harder. After gracing the red carpet at the Academy awards, the stars let their hair down at the Vanity Fair party. Not only actors, but sports stars also made their presence felt.
Pistorius goes on trial; girlfriend Reeva's mother wants him to see pain he caused her
'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius arrived at the Pretoria High Court on Monday for the start of his murder trial, opening a decisive chapter in the story of the rise and fall of one of the world's best-known athletes.
Now, Manchester City fans want more trophies from Pellegrini
It has been a long time arriving but Manuel Pellegrini can finally celebrate some meaningful European silverware - 10 years after arriving in Spain as a relative unknown.
March 02, 2014
League Cup: Manchester City sink Sunderland to win final
Two moments of magic in the space of two second-half minutes helped Manchester City to a 3-1 victory over Sunderland in the English League Cup final at Wembley on Sunday.
Nadal, Sania and Bopanna to sizzle for Mumbai in IPL-style tennis league
World No 1 Rafael Nadal will play for the Mumbai team, which will also have India's doubles stars Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna, in the inaugural International Tennis Premier League (ITPL) according to the players' draft released by the organisers, in Dubai on Sunday.
Tennis sensation Eugenie Bouchard, Dimitrov make a splash in Acapulco
The two rising tennis stars Eugenie Bouchard and Grigor Dimitrov played an exhibition game on a floating court.
EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea, Liverpool on course; Pardew headbutt adds spice
Images from the English Premier League matches played on Saturday.
March 01, 2014
Rashid starts Asian Tour career on winning note
Rashid Khan launched his Asian Tour career with a thrilling victory in the season-opening SAIL-SBI Open as he edged out Bangladesh's Siddikur Rahman in the play-off at the Delhi golf Club on Saturday.
Carnival gets going amidst Brazil World Cup protests
Carnival got under way across Brazil on Friday interspersed with simmering antigovernment protests and alongside preparations in 12 cities for the upcoming soccer World Cup.
Federer jokes he will play well into his 40s after win over Djokovic
Swiss ace Roger Federer has said that he may play tennis for another decade after reaching the semi-finals of the Dubai Open on Friday.
February 28, 2014
Djokovic enthusiastic about Bhupathi's tennis league, Federer cautious
Serbian tennis ace Novak Djokovic has expressed enthusiasm about the inaugural International Tennis Premier League, which is modelled on the lines of the lucrative Indian Premier League.
Blow for Bhupathi as Sharapova, Li Na snub IPL-style tennis league
The inaugural International Premier Tennis League, which has borrowed its format from the lucrative Twenty20 Indian Premier League, suffered a blow when two of the world's most-famous female players snubbed the event.
Europa League: Hot Spurs make comeback; Porto, Napoli win
Emmanuel Adebayor scored twice in four minutes as Tottenham Hotspur overturned a two-goal aggregate deficit to beat 10-man Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 3-2 over two legs on Thursday to reach the last 16 of the Europa League.
See how Russia rewards its champions athletes...
Life is pretty good for a Russian medalist at the Sochi Winter Games! There's cash rewards and a new luxury SUV for the medal-winners.
'I'm fulfilling my dreams further at Manchester United'
In an e-mail interview with Rediff.com's , Manchester United's First Team coach Phil Neville speaks about a disappointing season, securing Juan Mata deal, and why United is not ready to give up just yet.
Wenger says too early to say English in European decline
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes it is too early to judge whether English sides are in decline in the Champions League despite three of the four Premier League sides losing the first leg of their last 16 ties.
Thousands bid farewell to "England's greatest" Finney
English soccer bade farewell on Thursday to former Preston North End and England winger Tom Finney, who died this month aged 91.
February 27, 2014
McIlroy makes the right noises this time around
What a difference a year has made for Rory McIlroy, who 12 months ago tarnished his reputation by quitting during the second round of the PGA Tour's Honda Classic.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
Top meets bottom in the Premier League on Saturday when leaders Chelsea make the short trip across west London to Fulham looking to consolidate their title bid and increase the relegation worries of their neighbours.
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Stanislas Wawrinka confesses his love for Indian food
Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka opened up about the lighter side of his life. When most sportsperson complain about the spicy Indian curries, the Swiss tennis ace confesses his love for Indian food.
Mourinho gets a taste of Turkish football; happy to tame passionate Galatasaray
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was content with a 1-1 draw at an emotional Galatasaray stadium in his team's Champions League last-16 first-leg match on Wednesday.
Champions League PHOTOS: Real Madrid rout Schalke; Galatasaray hold Chelsea
Real Madrid laid down a marker in this season's Champions League by inflicting a 6-1 thrashing on Schalke 04 in a one-sided last-16 first leg while Galatasaray and Chelsea drew 1-1 on Wednesday.
February 26, 2014
CL Analysis: How Manchester United lost the plot against Olympiakos
Not even could coach David Moyes run away from the fact that Manchester United were woeful in their last 16 first leg outing against Olympiakos on Tuesday.
Football's slumdog superstar!
He started out in 2006 with a solitary football, hoping to change the lives of 18 young boys. Today, Ashok Rathod is helping over 350 youngsters.
Ronaldo raring to go in Champions League after La Liga ban
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is itching to get back into action in Wednesday's Champions League last 16, first leg at Schalke 04 after serving a three-match La Liga ban, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: Dismal United slump to another loss; Dortmund triumph
Images from the Champions League matches played across Europe on Wednesday.
February 25, 2014
Japan's Asada wavering on retirement from competition
Japanese figure skater Mao Asada, who rebounded from a disastrous short programme at the Sochi Olympics to gain the best score of her career in the free skate, is now wavering on whether to retire from competition.
Michael Schumacher's family says he will recover
Former Formula One World champion Michael Schumacher's family 'strongly believe' the racing legend will recover from his medically-induced coma, as they announced the seven-time champion is still in the 'waking up process'.
Are Brazilians souring on hosting FIFA World Cup 2014?
The number of Brazilians who favour hosting the World Cup has fallen to an all-time low just four months before kick-off, with many criticizing the soccer tournament as a waste of money that would be better spent elsewhere, a poll showed on Monday.
February 24, 2014
Susie Wolff to drive in F1 Friday practice sessions
Susie Wolff will become the first woman driver in 22 years to take part in a Formula One Grand Prix weekend this season after Williams said the Scot would be on track for them in two free practice sessions later this year.
PHOTOS: TVS Racing riders steal limelight at Gulf Supercross
At the end of four hours of competition that included negotiating hairpin bends, steep jumps and obstacles over dirt terrain, all at breakneck speed, motorcycle racing freaks were left awestruck.
Champions League: Olympiakos seek to end United hoodoo
Olympiakos Piraeus may never have a better chance to overcome their Manchester United hoodoo than in Tuesday's first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie.
Sochi Winter Olympics: Take a look at the winning and losing moments!
Rediff.com has rounded up some of the top moments from the Sochi Winter Olympics. Take a look...
What they said at Sochi: 'This is not like Russia. Everything goes smoothly'
The Sochi Winter Olympics had it's exciting times. The events and the controversies grabbed a lot of attention. But what was said added spice to the event.
15 Unforgettable moments from the Sochi Winter Olympics
Now that the 2014 Winter Olympics have come to a close, rediff.com brings you the moments that will be etched in memory. During the two weeks in Russia fans have seen a number of inspiring stories. Some will go into future Games, while some represent the end of an era.
Footballers of the weekend: Sturridge, Bale take honours
Daniel Sturridge led Liverpool to a great win over Swansea while Gareth Bale helped Real Madrid to go top of the La Liga table, after shock defeats of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, with a 3-0 win over Elche at the weekend. Chelsea clung to top place in the Premier League with a 1-0 win over Everton, while Bayern Munich opened a 19-point lead in the Bundesliga with their 14th successive league win while closest rivals Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund lost. Rediff.com brings you a glance of the footballers of the weekend.
Nadal staves off Dolgopolov's late challenge to clinch Rio title
World No 1 Rafael Nadal beat Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 7-6 (3) to claim the Rio de Janeiro Open on Sunday.
EPL PHOTOS: Super Sturridge keeps Liverpool in title hunt; Toons bt Villa
Images from the English Premier League matches played on Sunday.
It's been 50 years since the 'greatest' Ali 'shook the world'
Fifty years ago, an upstart American boxer who later became known as Muhammad Ali 'shook the world' when he dethroned Sonny Liston to claim the heavyweight championship of the world in Miami Beach.
February 23, 2014
Spain to return to scene of Euro 2012 triumph
World champions Spain will start their campaign for a third successive European Championship in a group with Ukraine, Slovakia, Belarus, Macedonia and Luxembourg, meaning an emotional trip back to Kiev for Vicente del Bosque's team who lifted the trophy there in 2012.
Russians laugh at their own Olympic ring hitch
Russian organisers of the Winter Games made a light-hearted joke at their own expense on Sunday when, at the closing ceremony, they referred back to the moment during the opening ceremony when one of the five Olympic rings failed to unfurl.
Sochi closing ceremony paints hosts Russia in softer colours
Sunday's closing ceremony at Russia's first Winter Olympics will aim to paint the host nation in softer colours than the muscular spectacle that kicked off the Games, organisers said.
I-League: Dempo edge out 10-man East Bengal
Dempo beat East Bengal through Tolgay Ozbey's 75th minute goal in the 18th round encounter of the I-League, played at the Nehru Stadium, Margao on Sunday.
EPL PHOTOS: Sturridge keeps Liverpool in touch at top
Daniel Sturridge struck twice to keep Liverpool's Premier League title hopes alive with a thrilling 4-3 win over Swansea City on Sunday.
PHOTOS: Delhi Waveriders win Hockey India League; Rhinos claim third spot
Delhi Waveriders defeated Jaypee Punjab Warriors in the penalty shoot-out to emerge as the champions in the second edition of Hero Hockey India League at the packed Astroturf Hockey Stadium, in Ranchi on Sunday.
IOC boss terms Sochi Olympics as 'excellent'; proved critics wrong
The Sochi Winter Games set records in competitor numbers, medals awarded and quality of venues, keeping athletes happy and proving critics wrong, said International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach on Sunday.
US obsession with gold medal cost them dear
United States men's ice hockey team's 'go big, or go home' philosophy once again see them return empty-handed from Sochi Olympics.
Sochi: Russia most successful at Games marred by doping
The Winter Olympics will end on Sunday with Russia on top of the medals table in a surprise sporting success for the host nation, but news that a fifth Sochi athlete tested positive for a banned substance dimmed the golden glow.
Mourinho will 'unfriend' Drogba for 90 minutes of Champions League action
There is will be no friendship with Didier Drogba declared Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. Chelsea will find it strange to be up against their Champions League-winning hero Drogba in Wednesday's clash with Galatasaray, said Mourinho.
Superb Rooney does justice to new United deal
Wayne Rooney proved he was worth his weight in gold to Manchester United with a man of the match performance in a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday.
La Liga PHOTOS: Real go top after Barcelona lose at Sociedad
Images from Saturday's La Liga matches.
EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea scrape past Everton; Wins for Arsenal, United
Images from the English Premier League matches played on Saturday.
February 21, 2014
Bolt, Ronaldo in contention for Laureus World Sports Awards
Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt, Rafael Nadal, Cristiano Ronaldo, Sebastian Vettel are among the top favourites to win the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award, to be announced in Kuala Lumpur on March 26.
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Sochi Olympics: Kim relieved her skating career is over; Sotnikova win raises judging questions
Kim Yuna did not have the fairytale ending but her reign has finally come to an end and the South Korean could not be happier.
Sochi Games: Yet another thrilling day on Russian ice; Ukraine athlete leaves in protest
The women's figure skaters provided a thrilling climax to Thursday's Winter Olympics action when Russian Adelina Sotnikova claimed gold, but a skier's decision to pull out of the Games in protest was a reminder of the crisis in neighbouring Ukraine.
February 20, 2014
Turning points: How Bayern beat Arsenal; Milan pay for 20 sloppy minutes
Turning points from the UEFA Champions League matches played between Arsenal-Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid-AC Milan.
Wenger furious with referee for 'decision that basically killed the game'
Arsene Wenger cut a frustrated figure after his 10-man Arsenal side suffered a 2-0 home defeat to Bayern Munich in their Champions League Round of 16 first-leg clash at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.
Winter Games: Hockey heartache for Russia, Norway lead medals tally
Russia fell to Finland in the big men's hockey clash at the Winter Olympics on Wednesday, robbing the hosts of a shot at the gold they covet most, while athletes and officials reacted with shock to the deaths of protesters in neighbouring Ukraine.
CLeague PHOTOS: Bayern overpower 10-Man Arsenal; Atletico grab late win
Images from the Champions League Round of 16, first round matches played across Europe on Wednesday.
Sibling rivalry and bonding take centre stage @Sochi Games
Rivalry is fierce in international sport and it gets fiercer when the stage for competition is the Olympics.
'Liverpool's killer instinct revitalised by Rodgers'
English footballer Glen Johnson reflects on Liverpool's season thus far, his comeback from injury and England's World Cup prospects in an interview with .
February 19, 2014
'Shocked' Ukraine Olympic chief Bubka urges end to violence
Ukrainian Olympic Committee chief and former pole vault champion Sergey Bubka on Wednesday called for an end to violence in his country as Ukraine's athletes struggled to focus on competing at the Sochi Winter Games.
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Sochi Olympics: Pussy Riot crashes Russia's party; Norway strike gold
Members of Russian protest group Pussy Riot crashed the Sochi Olympic party on Tuesday when they were detained at a police station, briefly diverting the world's gaze from snowboarders and skiers who braved thick fog, rain and snow to race.
Barcelona teach City a lesson; Pellegrini questions impartiality of referee
Barcelona virtually ended 10-man Manchester City's dreams of European glory when they dominated their Champions League last 16 first leg and finished deserved 2-0 winners at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.
Champions League: Classy Barcelona take edge; Ibrahimovic sizzles for PSG
Barcelona and Paris St Germain claimed impressive victories at Manchester City and Bayer Leverkusen respectively in the first legs of their Champions League last 16 ties on Tuesday.
February 18, 2014
Ice dancing's supreme coach Zoueva guides gold and silver winners
Marina Zoueva faced the ultimate test of her loyalties at the Winter Olympics on Monday as, in a bitter-sweet twist for ice dancing's supreme coach, she found her allegiances torn three ways.
Manchester City one of the best teams in the world, says Barcelona coach
Manchester City and Barcelona could easily have met in this season's Champions League final, Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino said on Monday when he described City as one of the "best teams in the world".
Champions League: Arsenal need two perfect games against Bayern
Arsenal will be out to show they have learnt the lessons of last season's painful home defeat by Bayern Munich when the sides meet again in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie in London on Wednesday.
Champions League: Decorated debutant Seedorf looking to lift Milan
Clarence Seedorf will need to tap into all the experience he gained as the only player to win the Champions League with three different clubs if his AC Milan side are to get past Atletico Madrid into the quarter-finals.
February 17, 2014
Putin is relishing the spotlight; keeps IOC 'very happy'
The negativity has melted away as sporting action has grabbed the headlines at Sochi and Russian President Vladimir Putin seems to be everywhere at the Sochi Olympics these days.
Gay is not OK in Sochi as transgender ex-member of Italy assembly held
A transgender former member of Italy's parliament said on Monday she had been detained by Russian police for about three hours for trying to stage a gay rights protest at the Winter Olympics. Champions League: Barcelona offer Manchester City toughest test to date
Free-scoring Manchester City will face the toughest test yet of their European credentials when they face European aristocrats Barcelona in the first leg of the standout tie of the Champions League round of 16 on Tuesday.
These South American coaches add spice to Champions League
After years of trying, South American coaches are finally gaining a foothold in European football and their growing influence will be heavily felt as the Champions League round of 16 gets under.
Sochi Games: Ice dancers glide to centre stage and more...
The climax to the Olympic ice dance competition will be a showdown between the United States and Canada in what should be the most captivating of seven medal events in Sochi on Monday.
Mourinho silly and disrespectful, says Wenger
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger continued the war of words with Jose Mourinho on Sunday, calling the Chelsea coach's criticism of him 48 hours earlier "silly disrespectful remarks".
PHOTOS: Arsenal, Everton and Sheffield United light up FA Cup
Arsenal exacted revenge against Liverpool on Sunday, Everton kept a dream alive for their manager and Sheffield United caused a dramatic old-fashioned upset as they all reached the FA Cup quarter-finals.
February 16, 2014
More injuries on Extreme Park cross course
Two of the first six riders in Sunday's opening snowboard cross seeding run were taken away on stretchers after falling heavily, causing concern a day after Russian freestyle skier Maria Komissarova was seriously injured on the same course.
Back in Olympic fold, Keshavan & Co. can now wave India flag
The Indian flag was unfurled at the Winter Olympics Village in Sochi at a special ceremony, five days after the International Olympic Committee revoked a 14-month suspension on the country.
Mixed day for America at Sochi Winter Games
The United States edged out host nation Russia in a thrilling men's ice hockey game at the Winter Olympics on Saturday, but a last-minute switch of high-tech suits failed to propel American speed skaters to their first medal of the Sochi Games.
Nadal visits Christ the Redeemer in Rio
Spain and World No 1 Rafael Nadal visited the popular Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio before the Rio Open tennis tournament.
February 15, 2014
Mourinho jibes a ploy to ease pressure on himself: Pellegrini
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is trying to ease the pressure on himself with his regular jibes at Premier League counterparts.
Sochi Olympics: It is 2 am; do you know where the ski jumpers are?
Many Olympic ski jumpers have had to alter their routines to ensure they stay sharp for jumping events that start at 9:30 pm local time (1730 GMT) and often do not wrap up until well after midnight.
Sign of the times as Russian athlete shows faith
The sight of a Russian athlete crossing herself before a race was one small example among many of how the country has changed in the generation since it last hosted the Olympic Games.
Sochi Recap: Truly great Winter Games so far?
A relaxed Russian President Vladimir Putin dropped in on the US Olympic team in Sochi on Friday, sipping red wine and basking in the praise of what organisers said had been a "truly great" Winter Games so far.
Sochi Olympics: Take a look at how thirty-somethings dominate!
Extreme Winter Sports have so far been the domain of the young and hip at the Sochi Winter Games, but on Friday a trio of 'thirty-somethings' dominated the women's aerials event.
February 14, 2014
Brazil climb a rung to 9th as minimal change seen in FIFA rankings
Brazil, who sank to an all-time low of 22nd on the FIFA rankings last June, continued their slow climb back to respectability when they rose to ninth in the latest list published on Thursday.
'With no Champions League distraction, Reds have advantage in EPL title race'
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes Liverpool have an advantage in the Premier League title race because they will not be distracted by the Champions League.
'84 Olympics figure skating champs relive win in Sarajevo on Valentine's Day
That start, the two bodies flung across the ice in the dramatic finale and the captivating storytelling that went on in between for four minutes and 28 seconds at the Sarajevo Olympics left a worldwide audience awestruck.
Plushenko retires from Games, but Russians have other reasons to cheer
Russia's flamboyant figure skater Yevgeny Plushenko pulled out of the Winter Olympics through injury on Thursday in a shock twist that immediately deflated home fans pumped up by an opening victory for their beloved men's ice hockey team.
February 13, 2014
Top four in mouth-watering FA Cup fifth round ties
The next instalment of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's mind games with Manchester City's Manuel Pellegrini and Arsenal's chance for redemption against Liverpool provide the backdrop to a mouth-watering FA Cup fifth round.
Sochi Olympics' Wonder Wednesday as drama unfolds in Russian mountains
In a finish even a Hollywood scriptwriter would struggle to match, the women's downhill at Russia's Winter Olympics produced a tie for gold for the first time on Wednesday, on a thrilling fifth full day of competition.
King's Cup: Messi on target as Barcelona set up final with Real
Lionel Messi's first-half goal earned visiting Barcelona a 1-1 draw on Wednesday and a 3-1 aggregate win over Real Sociedad, setting up their fourth King's Cup final in six years.
EPL: Red-hot Liverpool close on top spot as Arsenal held
Liverpool's surge towards a first league title since 1990 continued on Wednesday when they beat Fulham 3-2 with a last-minute penalty while Arsenal's challenge took a knock after a 0-0 home draw against Manchester United.
PHOTOS: 10 Hottest soccer stars and their WAGS
Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo and his swimsuit model girlfriend Irina Shayk were voted the most attractive pairing in the soccer world, with David Beckham and wife Victoria coming in second place. Take a look at the ten hottest couples in soccer.
February 12, 2014
Sochi Olympics: A day that will go down in history and a few upsets...
American snowboarder Shaun White, one of biggest draws at the Winter Olympics and favourite to win his third straight halfpipe title, bowed out without a medal on Tuesday in the biggest upset of the Games so far while women ski jumpers fought it out for the first-ever Olympic medals.
Michael Schumacher's wife talks to him to lure him out of coma
Michael Schumacher's wife Corinna, 44, spends hours talking to the seven-time Formula One world champion trying to lure him out of his induced coma.
Chelsea lacks killer instinct, says frustrated Mourinho
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho lamented his side's failure to kill the game off as they were held to a 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday and missed the chance to go four points clear at the top of the Premier League.
Sochi Olympics: At last women ski jumpers prove their point, make history
When US ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson sped down a snow-covered ramp and hurtled into the air at 90 km per hour, a piece of Olympic history was made in the Russian mountains on Tuesday.
King's Cup: Ronaldo brace sends Real to final
Cristiano Ronaldo netted two early penalties to give Real Madrid a 2-0 win at King's Cup holders Atletico Madrid on Tuesday which sent them into the final 5-0 on aggregate.
EPL: Chelsea's title bid stumbles as West Brom snatch a draw
Premier League leaders Chelsea were hit by an 87th-minute sucker punch as they were held to a 1-1 draw by lowly West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday, handing the title race initiative back to Arsenal and Manchester City.
February 11, 2014
'IOA should learn their lessons from suspension'
The Indian sports fraternity heaved a sigh of relief on the country's return to the Olympic fold but said the IOA should learn a lesson from the 14 months of suspension so that the embarrassing episode is never repeated.
Timeline: How India got reinstated into the Olympic fold
India returned to the Olympic fold after the International Olympic Committee lifted a ban on the country's Olympic association (IOA) on Tuesday, and its athletes will now be able to march behind the Indian flag at the closing ceremony of the Sochi Winter Games.
Sochi Olympics: Warm weather disrupts Winter Games
A spell of mild winter weather is disrupting events at the Sochi Olympics and Games organisers are concerned about the outlook with temperatures forecast to rise further this week.
Sochi Buzz: Russian skater shows more skin than intended
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Here's what motivated skier Bilodeau chase his Olympic dreams
Alex Bilodeau toiled for fours years to retain his Olympic moguls title on Monday but said that was nothing compared to the struggles of his inspirational brother, who has cerebral palsy.
Sochi Olympics: Mulder twins claim gold and bronze, Dutch sweep
Michel Mulder 'lost' then won the men's 500 metres Olympic speed skating title by one hundredth of a second in a dramatic finale at the Adler Arena on Monday, with his twin brother Ronald taking bronze in another Dutch clean sweep of the medals.
EPL Preview: Arsenal, Manchester United out to make amends
Arsenal and Manchester United will be out to make amends after a weekend of damaging results when they meet at The Emirates in the Premier League on Wednesday.
Sochi Olympics: Criticism of Games reflects 'Cold War' mentality, says Putin
Western criticism of Russia's Winter Olympics was reminiscent of Cold War ambitions to hold the Soviet Union back, President Vladimir Putin said on Monday, despite signs that the world was warming to the most expensive Games ever held.
Is Kelly Brook the perfect girlfriend?
British model Kelly Brook has been named that perfect celebrity girlfriend. The bomshell is a favoured pin-up girl and her eventful love life keeps everyone around entertained.
February 10, 2014
I've never seen Wenger so angry, says Arteta
Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta says he has never seen manager Arsene Wenger as angry as he was during the half-time break in Saturday's 5-1 demolition at the hands of Liverpool.
PHOTOS: European soccer's top performers of the weekend
Eden Hazard inspired Chelsea while Lionel Messi sizzled for Barcelona. Rediff.com takes a look at the other top soccer players of the weekend in Europe.
Messi lifts Barcelona back to the top of La Liga
Lionel Messi netted a superb double as Barcelona recovered from a shaky start to secure a 4-1 comeback win at rain-lashed Sevilla on Sunday that lifted the champions back to the top of La Liga.
Take a look at new ice darling, figure skater Lipnitskaya
Julia Lipnitskaya has announced her arrival as the new darling of women's figure skating by helping Russia win gold in the inaugural team event.
PHOTOS: Agony for Manchester United as Fulham grab a point
An injury-time goal from Fulham's Darren Bent inflicted more pain on champions Manchester United as the bottom club rescued a 2-2 Premier League draw on Sunday, adding fuel to the fire for manager David Moyes's critics.
Sochi Olympics: Home fans roar Russia to first gold
The home fans roared Russia to its first gold of the Winter Olympics on Sunday when figure skating favourite Yevgeny Plushenko sealed the Olympic team title, while Austria's Matthias Mayer conquered the perilous Rosa Khutor run to claim the men's downhill.
February 09, 2014
Sochi Olympics: Flier Mayer wins men's Downhill
Austrian Matthias Mayer conquered the treacherous Rosa Khutor run at Russia's Winter Olympics on Sunday to win the men's downhill, while the host nation was eyeing its first gold medal of the Games in the inaugural figure skating team event.
Sochi Games: Sister-act brings Canada glory in moguls skiing
Canadian teenager Justine Dufour-Lapointe roared when it mattered most to claim a shock gold medal and lead her sister Chloe to a family one-two in the moguls freestyle skiing final at the Olympic Games on Saturday.
Memorable moments scripted as Sochi Winter Games hit stride
Russia's Winter Olympics sprang into action on Saturday with the first five gold medals decided, and the world began to forget the security fears and political wrangling that had marred the buildup to the most expensive Games ever staged.
La Liga PHOTOS: Atletico record shock loss at Almeria; Real top table
Karim Benzema struck twice as Real Madrid went to the top of La Liga with a 4-2 win over Villarreal on Saturday while midfielder Verza's double gave Almeria a shock 2-0 victory over Atletico Madrid.
EPL PHOTOS: Hazard puts Chelsea on top as Arsenal routed at Liverpool
Images from the English Premier League matches played on Saturday.
February 08, 2014
Sochi Games Opening Ceremony: Who said What
Russia President Vladimir Putin said the most important words -- "I declare the 22nd Olympic Winter Games open."
'We are trying to make India a football country'
'We can see kids wearing a Barcelona or Spain jersey. I want to see them wearing a Pune Football Club or Dempo jersey.' The All India Football Federation's Technical Director Scott O'Donnell tells Rediff.com's Laxmi Negi about his plans for Indian soccer.
Sochi Games: Independent Indians march under Olympic flag
Thee Indians - Shiva Keshavan, Nadeem Iqbal and Himanshu Thakur qualified for the Sochi Winter Olympics but they were listed as Independent Olympic Athletes, under the banner of the IOC. Instead of the Indian flag on his jacket, they will be wearing the Olympic Rings.
Sochi Opening Ceremony fails to follow Putin's script
The opening of the Winter Olympics was supposed to be a triumph for Vladimir Putin that ended months of criticism of the Russian president over gay rights and talk of corruption surrounding the Games.
Sochi Games: Director plays down Olympic ring glitch
The creative director of the Winter Olympics opening ceremony played down the significance of a technical hitch during the lavish show on Friday, where one of the five rings that make up the Games' symbol failed to open.
February 07, 2014
PHOTOS: Russian Winter Games kick off with a glitch and goodwill
The 2014 Winter Games got off to a shaky start on Friday when one of the five Olympic rings failed to open at the start of the opening ceremony, meaning the symbol could not be illuminated with fireworks as planned.
PHOTOS: Opening ceremony take world on tour through Russian history
The Winter Olympics opening ceremony kicked off on Friday at Sochi's shining new Fisht Stadium on the shores of the Black Sea, and organisers promised viewers around the world a journey through Russian history.
First Look: English Premier League trophy on display in Goa
The iconic Barclay's Premier League trophy is on display at the Channel V Indiafest 2014 at Baga in Goa. Fans will have an opportunity to get up close and get a feel of the 25 kg glittering cup made from silver.
Beckham hints may come out of retirement to play in new MLS team
England football legend David Beckham has hinted that he may come out of retirement to play for his new Major League Soccer (MLS) in Miami.
Google makes a point on gay rights at Sochi Games
Google has placed a rainbow version of its logo on its search page, increasing pressure on President Vladimir Putin over Russia's 'gay propaganda' law at the Sochi Winter Olympics.
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India's Keshavan has no country to represent in Sochi Olympics
Due to the suspension of the IOA from Olympic fold, the three Indians -- Shiva Keshavan, Nadeem Iqbal and Himanshu Thakur -- will be taking part in the Sochi Games as Independent Athletes under the banner of the IOC
Figure skating: Russians in pole position for team glory
A rousing performance by world pairs champions Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov put hosts Russia in pole position to win the first ever figure skating team event gold medal at the Winter Olympics on Thursday.
February 06, 2014
Speed skating: High on confidence, Kato, Nagashima seek gold at Sochi
Speed skaters Joji Kato and Keiichiro Nagashima are once again eyeing 500 metres Olympic gold and Japanese fans are hoping it will not be another double disappointment.
Rummenigge urges UEFA to act if PSG have broken rules
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has become the latest high profile official to urge UEFA to enforce its own Financial Fair Play rules, saying it must act against Paris St Germain if there has been any breach of regulations.
The 'Best buys' in January's football transfer window
Bikash Mohapatra takes a look at the five best winter transfers in 2014.
PHOTOS: The hottest stars at the Winter Olympics
They are not only skilful but also dead gorgeous. With these beauties strutting their stuff, the Sochi Games could well be the most photogenic event in sporting history.
Real, Barca on course for King's Cup grand finale after wins
Barcelona and Real Madrid are on course for a King's Cup final showdown after Spain's two dominant teams recorded convincing home wins in their semi-final first legs on Wednesday.
February 05, 2014
IOC eyes Games revamp as Sochi opening nears
While Sochi scrambles to get ready in time for Friday's opening ceremony, the International Olympic Committee cast its eyes past the most expensive Games ever staged and began to look for ways of revamping the global sporting spectacular.
Winter Olympics 2014: Stars to look out for in Sochi
The Olympics are a breeding ground for superstars. Rediff.com picks out some of the star names to watch at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Happy Birthday, Ronaldo! A nice human and footballer par excellence
That tiny blip aside, CR7, as he is fondly known by fans has had a spectacular season. As the handsome Portuguese rings in his 29th birthday, Rediff.com brings you all the exciting moments from the footballer's life over the last year.
February 04, 2014
Crowds throng Delhi Golf Club to watch Tiger Woods tee off
Tiger Woods was the centre of attraction as scores of golf fans and journalists thronged the Delhi Golf Club to get a glimpse of the legendary golfer in action.
What you did not know about Sochi Winter Olympics
The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics will open on Friday. Rediff.com reveals some fascinating facts and figures about the Sochi Games.
EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea's win at City throws open title race
Branislav Ivanovic's first-half cracker and Jose Mourinho's tactical mastery helped classy Chelsea claim a 1-0 win on Monday at Premier League title rivals Manchester City who failed to score at home for the first time this season.
Can Manchester United win all matches to reach Europe?
Manchester United is struggling to find a place in the Champions League but defender Chris Smalling is optimistic.
February 03, 2014
Delhi Golf Club ready to tee off with Tiger
Tiger Woods's first visit to India, however, will be out of bounds for both public and media; even the club members will not be allowed to play for about four hours from 8 am.
Let's shift the focus away from Leander and Mahesh: Somdev
With India's recent Davis Cup triumph against Chinese Taipei coming without the experience of the stalwarts like Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi, Somdev Devvarman, the country's No 1 singles player, feels it is time the focus shifts from the veteran duo to youngsters.
Soccer: Costa, Chamberlain are top footballers of the weekend
Diego Costa's season is getting better and better. The Atletico striker found the net again and took the Madrid team atop the La Liga table.
EPL: Rodgers backs 'real leader' Toure after costly error
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers refused to criticise defender Kolo Toure after his glaring error gifted West Bromwich Albion striker Victor Anichebe an equalising goal in their 1-1 Premier League draw on Sunday.
Seattle crushes Denver to win maiden Super Bowl title
The Seattle Seahawks' ferocious defense shut down the Denver Broncos and record-setting quarterback Peyton Manning in a 43-8 rout on Sunday to claim their first Super Bowl title.
Britain's Murray seals rare Davis Cup win over U.S
Britain celebrated their first Davis Cup victory over the United States since 1935 when Andy Murray beat Sam Querrey 7-6, 6-7, 6-1, 6-3 on Sunday in the World Group first-round tie in San Diego.
February 02, 2014
Davis Cup: Japan down Canada to make maiden quarter-finals
Hosts Japan sailed into the Davis Cup quarter-finals for the first time with a 3-1 victory against injury-plagued Canada on Sunday.
Davis Cup: France and Switzerland celebrate 3-0 leads, Serbia dumped
Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's unexpected partnership in the doubles allowed France to gain an unbeatable 3-0 lead over Australia on Saturday and join Switzerland and Germany in the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup.
February 01, 2014
Players pay tribute to Aragones
Former coach Luis Aragones, the man who ended Spain's 44-year wait for a major international trophy by winning Euro 2008 and sparking a golden era for the team, has died at the age of 75.
January 31, 2014
Brazil's laggard stadium risks missing World Cup deadline
When Brazil chose 12 cities to host the 2014 World Cup, the one stadium everyone thought would be finished on time was the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba.
Transfer talk: Milan sign Taarabt on loan from QPR
AC Milan have signed Morocco midfielder Adel Taarabt on loan from English championship (second division) club Queens Park Rangers until the end of the season, British media reported.
January 30, 2014
PHOTOS: New cars for 2014 Formula One season
With the Formula One season about to get underway, here's a look at the news cars teams will use.
World Badminton Rankings: Saina climbs up to 7th place, Sindhu 10th
The victory at the Syed Modi International tournament in Lucknow helped London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal to surge two places to reach the seventh position in the latest world badminton ranking, released in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.
Not much separates India, Aus young footballers: Grassroots coach
'India can benefit from the sheer number of kids who play, and with more development the game in India will grow,' says Anthony Frost, a Melbourne-based grassroots football instructor.
Indian ultramarathoner stamps his mark in Brazil
Competing alongside some of the world's best ultramarathoners, Vishwas Bhamburkar, the only Indian in the fray timed 59 hours, 21 minutes and 55 seconds, well within the 60 hour cut-off required to successfully complete the race. Sunil DeSouza reports on the Ahmedabad-based runner's gruelling run.
Federer was crazy with joy on my Australian Open win: Wawrinka
Newly-crowned Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka has said that his compatriot Roger Federer was 'crazy' with joy after the new Swiss No 1 won his first Grand Slam title.
Schumacher team gives no confirmation on 'gradually woken up from coma'
Formula One legend Michael Schumacher is reportedly being woken up from his medically-induced coma gradually and is 'positively' responding to medical treatment, although there is still no official word from his management team.
West Ham played '19th century football', says annoyed Mourinho
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said he should have brought his Black & Decker drill to break down West Ham United's defensive wall following a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Wednesday.
EPL PHOTOS: City thrash Spurs to go top; Chelsea held by West Ham
Images from the English Premier League matched played on Wednesday.
Rosberg shines as Vettel fails to take off at Jerez testing
Renault rushed to fix a problem with their new Formula One power unit on Wednesday after Red Bull's world champion Sebastian Vettel wrapped up his first pre-season test early with barely any laps completed.
January 29, 2014
Should Mahesh Bhupathi get a farewell Davis Cup tie?
As Mahesh Bhupathi prepares to retire this year, India's new Davis Cup captain Anand Amritraj feels the veteran tennis ace should get a farewell tie, though he made clear it is not in his hands to decide on the matter.
PHOTOS: Wanted... these Brazilian football stars
Foreign clubs are still showing an insatiable appetite for Brazilian players while Argentines appear to be going out of fashion, according to a FIFA report on the global transfer market published on Wednesday.
Lusofonia Games: Goa (India) down Mozambique to clinch football gold
Goa (India) clinched gold in the 3rd Lusofonia Games after edging Mozambique 3-2 in a thrilling final at Nehru stadium in Margao, on Tuesday.
Won't let poor form affect me, says Saina Nehwal
Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal's confidence is back after winning the India Grand Prix Gold triumph.
Tiger Woods' girl Lindsey Vonn says watching Sochi Olympics would be hard
Alpine skier Lindsey Vonn, who will not be competing in 2014's Sochi Olympics as she's recovering from a recent knee surgery, has confessed that watching the winter games will be hard for her now that she's not participating.
Vettel 'prays for a miracle' for Schumacher
Sebastien Vettel kept Michael Schumacher in his thoughts on Tuesday as Formula One returned to the track after a long winter break with the German great still in a coma one month after a skiing accident.
EPL PHOTOS: Arsenal drop points; Reds hammer Everton in derby
Images from the English Premier League matches played on Tuesday.
January 28, 2014
New rules make F1 more dangerous, warns Red Bull's Newey
Red Bull's title-winning technical wizard Adrian Newey warned that the cars' lower noses, already a talking point because of their ugliness, could lead to a driver's head being more exposed in certain impacts such as front to rear collisions.
Mata could play vs Cardiff as 'unemotional' Solskjaer returns to Old Trafford
Record signing Juan Mata could feature for Manchester United when the champions try to get their floundering Premier League campaign back on track against Cardiff City at Old Trafford on Tuesday (1945 GMT).
New goals needed for teenager Bouchard after Australian efforts
Her strong run in Melbourne left her joint third in the Road to Singapore rankings and she revealed she is eyeing a spot in the top eight which would earn her a berth at the finals in Singapore.
Transfer window: United's Fabio joins Cardiff, Zaha likely to sign soon
Cardiff City have signed Manchester United's Brazilian left back Fabio and Stoke City striker Kenwyne Jones, the Premier League club's manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Monday. Defying the 'Big Four' at the majors
The quartet of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray has kept the Grand Slams tournaments mostly to themselves. Bikash Mohapatra showcases the few others who have broken that trend in the last decade.
More Slams and Hall Of Fame await Li Na, says Evert
Li Na is destined for more grand slams and a place in the Hall of Fame after the Australian Open win cemented her position as the most influential female player of the last decade, said former great Chris Evert.
Round One goes to Federer and Edberg!
The Australian Open provided Stefan Edberg, Boris Becker and Ivan Lendl the opportunity to renew rivalries as coaches. At the end of it, believes it was the Swede who went away with the bragging rights.
January 27, 2014
Nadal should recover quickly, says Coach
Rafael Nadal should recover from the back problem that wrecked his Australian Open final after a few days rest, his uncle and coach Toni told Spanish radio on Monday.
Crowd unjustified in booing Nadal, says Wawrinka
Stanislas Wawrinka was reportedly taken aback by the Melbourne Park Crowd's hostility towards Rafael Nadal during Sunday's Australian Open final.
Mourinho gets bittersweet FA Cup birthday present
Jose Mourinho got something of a bittersweet birthday present when his Chelsea side beat Stoke City 1-0 in the FA Cup fourth round at Stamford Bridge on Sunday - and were then drawn to play at Manchester City.
Li Na eyes No 1 ranking after winning Australian Open
Li Na, who won her second Grand Slam title and first Australian Open title said that she was ready to work hard to become World No 1.
Weekend whistle: Ronaldo leads star pack as it rains goals in Europe
Pique and Pedro put Barcelona on top of the La Liga on goal difference with a 3-0 win over Malaga and Atletico Madrid won 4-2 at Rayo Vallecano to stay hot on their heels. Check out the footballers who shone over the weekend.
Heavyweights see rankings shake up after Wawrinka win
An Australian Open that began in a heatwave and contained seismic shocks aplenty ended with Stanislas Wawrinka defeating Rafael Nadal to further undermine the superiority of the so-called big four in men's tennis.
Rafael Nadal: Five years of agony Down Under
For the fifth straight year Melbourne brought agony for Nadal. Bikash Mohapatra summarises the Spaniard's no show Down Under.
January 26, 2014
Beaten Nadal's Australian Open injury jinx strikes again
For the third time in five years, Rafa Nadal's Australian Open title hopes were ended by injury as he was beaten by Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka in the final on Sunday.
We were completely out, admits Sania
Sania Mirza has no qualms in admitting that she and Horia Tecau were "outplayed" in the Australian Open mixed doubles final but said she had a great tournament as she lost only to best teams in her two events.
Spotted: Celebs at Australian Open men's singles final
Photos of celebrities who watched the Australian Open men's final between Rafa Nadal and Stanislas Wawrinka.
PHOTOS: Wawrinka stuns Nadal to lift Australian Open title
Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka claimed his first Grand Slam title in dramatic fashion on Sunday when he upset injury-troubled world number one Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final.
Australian Open: Li Na shows the way to winning wisecracks
Chinese tennis ace Li Na reportedly had her fans roaring with laughter with her wisecracks during her speech following her Australian Open victory on Saturday at Melbourne Park.
PHOTOS: Anti-World Cup protest in Sao Paulo
The year's first major protest against the World Cup drew more than 2,000 demonstrators into the streets of Brazil's largest city on Saturday, as frustration over the cost of the tournament lingers in the host country.
Indians at Australian Open: Sania-Tecau fall at final hurdle
Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her Romanian partner Horia Tecau's dream run came to an end in the mixed doubles event of the Australian Open on Sunday.
January 25, 2014
Don't blame Ferguson for United's problems, says Robson
Former Manchester United captain Bryan Robson has labelled it a "pathetic excuse" to blame ex-boss Alex Ferguson's presence at matches for the club's current struggles.
Cibulkova confident of joining Grand Slam winners' club
Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova is confident she can win a grand slam title one day as her run to the Australian Open final showed she can adapt her game to all surfaces.
No plans to wake Schumi out of 'medically-induced' coma
Doctors battling to save the life of Formula One legend Michael Schumacher reportedly have no plans to wake him from the coma.
PHOTOS: Li Na beats Cibulkova to win Australian Open
Images from the Australian Open women's final on Saturday.
Who is 'all-time greatest' debate reopens as Nadal makes final
Rafael Nadal has the opportunity to add another chapter to his storied career, and intensify an already robust debate, should he beat Stanislas Wawrinka in Sunday's Australian Open final.
Mata could prove much needed shot in the arm for United
Spain playmaker Juan Mata will bring flair and crowd-pleasing skills when he completes his move to Manchester United but the ailing Premier League champions need more than that to resurrect their season.
January 24, 2014
Federer hopeful of great year despite Nadal defeat
After a tight first set, Federer was outplayed and outgunned by the world number one, beaten 7-6(4), 6-3, 6-3 as the Spaniard set up a final with another Swiss, Stanislas Wawrinka.
Playing Federer always brings out my best, says Nadal
Rafa Nadal said playing Roger Federer always brings the best out of him after he bludgeoned his way past the Swiss on Friday to reach the final of the Australian Open.
Meet the Australian Open women's finalists
Dominika Cibulkova, the first Slovakian woman to reach a Grand Slam final, will take on China's Li Na in the Australian Open women's singles final at Melbourne Park, on Saturday.
Australian Open Photos: Nadal routs Federer to enter final
Images from Friday's Australian Open men's singles second semi-final between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
How Moyes can spruce up the Manchester United closet
With another horror show for David Moyes and Manchester United after crashing out of Capital One, it's time for champions to look at strengthening their squad this January window if they have to finish top four, feels .
Rules tweaked, talk of making Formula One affordable sport
Formula One looks set to go ahead with a controversial decision to award double points for the last race of the season after the governing body announced various rule changes on Thursday but not the one many fans had hoped for.
Nadal blister could hand Federer crucial edge in Aus Open semis
Holding the racket is not a problem and he remains able to hit his powerful topspin forehand but the world number one has found it increasingly difficult to control his serve as the tournament has progressed.
January 23, 2014
Aus Open PHOTOS: Wawrinka, Cibulkova enter maiden Grand Slam final
Stanislas Wawrinka edged Tomas Berdych in the tightest of duels to reach his first Grand Slam final at the 36th attempt and set up a possible all-Swiss Australian Open title showdown against Roger Federer.
Li Na: Hoping to be third time lucky at Melbourne Park
Having been at the receiving end in the final in 2011 and 2013, Li Na, on her third attempt, will hope to become the first player from Asia to win the Australian Open, a tournament that is billed as the Grand Slam of the Asia Pacific.
Genie and her army want to go further and do better
Eugenie Bouchard's Australian Open semi-final defeat at the hands of Chinese veteran Li Na would only provide her with a further springboard to greater success.
Despite a barren year, Real Madrid remain the world's richest club
Spain's Real Madrid retained the title of the world's richest football club in the past year thanks to sponsorship and TV deals robust enough to endure a season without a major trophy, a study showed on Thursday.
Indians at Australian Open: Sania-Tecau sail into semis
India's Sania Mirza and her Romanian partner Horia Tecau stormed into the semifinals of the mixed doubles event at the Australian Open with straight sets victory over Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Julia Georges, in Melbourne on Thursday.
Australian Open: Cibulkova thrashes Radwanska to set up Li final
Dominika Cibulkova grabbed control from the first game and overwhelmed fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 6-2 to become the first Slovakian to reach a Grand Slam final at the Australian Open on Friday.
Australian Open: Li Na beats Bouchard to make final
China's Li Na advanced to her second successive Australian Open final with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard on Thursday.
League Cup: Manchester United hit new low in shootout loss
Manchester United's troubled season took another turn for the worse when they lost 2-1 to Sunderland in an error-strewn penalty shootout in their League Cup semi-final on Wednesday.
January 22, 2014
PHOTOS: Federer quells late fightback from Murray to set up Nadal semi-final
Read on to know how Federer mauled Murray during their quarter-final natch at the Australian Open on Wednesday.
Nadal accepts he got lucky after edging Dimitrov
A battle-scarred Rafa Nadal admitted he got lucky as he moved into the semi-finals of the Australian Open on Wednesday with a 3-6, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (7), 6-2 win over Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov.
Timeline: Nicolas Anelka haunted by controversy
West Bromwich Albion and France's Nicolas Anelka has been consistently in the news for all the wrong reasons. On Tuesday he was charged by the FA for celebrating a goal with a 'quenelle' salute, widely known as an anti-Semitic gesture. Following the episode, Rediff.com follows the Frenchman's brushes with trouble.
Australian Open: Nadal survives Dimitrov test to reach semi-finals
World No 1 Rafael Nadal defied a painful blister and the dogged challenge of Grigor Dimitrov to reach the semi-final of the Australian Open on Wednesday.
Schumacher may remain in 'permanent vegetative state'
Formula One legend Michael Schumacher may reportedly be in danger of being left in a permanent vegetative state even as his family holds fast to fading hopes of his recovery.
Azarenka beats herself up to lose title defence
After two years in the spotlight as Australian Open champion, Victoria Azarenka was reduced to a spectator against Agnieszka Radwanska as she crashed out of the quarter-finals in a bout of self-flagellation on Wednesday.
Djokovic's defeat analysis: Bye Bye Boris sooner than expected?
Boris Becker found himself a central part of the unfolding drama and, when his charge stumbled, fair game for tennis writers picking over Novak Djokovic's shock five-set defeat in the quarter-finals.
Experience helps Cibulkova into Melbourne semis
Big-stage experience proved the deciding factor for Dominika Cibulkova on Wednesday as she marched into her second grand slam semi-final with an impressive 6-3, 6-0 demolition of Simona Halep at the Australian Open.
Australian Open PHOTOS: Radwanska dumps champion Azarenka from Melbourne
Silent assassin Agnieszka Radwanska ended Victoria Azarenka's bid for a hat-trick of titles at Melbourne Park on Wednesday and reached her maiden Australian Open semi-final with a 6-1, 5-7, 6-0 win.
Indians at Australian Open: Paes-Stepanek exit after quarter-final loss
Veteran Indian tennis star Leander Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek have been forced to exit the Australian Open after losing their men's doubles quarterfinals on Wednesday at Melbourne Park.
League Cup: City rout West Ham; reach semis
Manchester City completed a resounding demolition of West Ham United by winning the second leg of their League Cup semi-final 3-0 on Tuesday to book their place in the final at Wembley 9-0 on aggregate.
Willian form may trigger Mata's Chelsea exit
Juan Mata could be on the way out at Chelsea and, despite Jose Mourinho saying earlier this season he preferred Oscar in the No. 10 role, it is the form of another player that has led to the Spaniard being ignored recently.
January 21, 2014
PHOTOS: How Wawrinka ended Djokovic's three-year reign at Melbourne Park
Heartbroken by Djokovic in two five-set epics in Melbourne and the US Open last year, the eighth-seeded Swiss played out of his skin to upset his Grand Slam nemesis 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 9-7 in an exhilarating four hours.
Driven teen Bouchard starts to fulfil her promise
When Canada's Genie Bouchard won the junior Wimbledon title in 2012, it did not take long for her to be tipped as the next big thing in women's tennis.
Sexy Vanessa-Mae to trade violin for ski at Sochi Games
Violin star Vanessa-Mae will put on her slalom skis next month to become only the third person to represent tropical Thailand at the Winter Olympics.
Open PHOTOS: Bouchard stuns Ivanovic, meets Li Na in semis
Images from Tuesday's action at the Australian Open in Melbourne.
Advancing Azarenka sidesteps marriage talk
Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki has been sporting a dazzling ring after agreeing to marry golfer Rory McIlroy and Azarenka said the competition is on.
January 20, 2014
Nadal fumes at chair umpire for untimely penalty
A ruffled Rafael Nadal fumed after being called for multiple time violations but composed himself to fend off a gallant Kei Nishikori and reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Monday with a tense 7-6 (7-3), 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) win.
La Liga: Atletico can go top after Barca held at Levante
Barcelona had to come from a goal down to rescue a 1-1 draw at mid-table Levante on Sunday, leaving Atletico Madrid with a chance to go top of La Liga.
PHOTOS: Federer leads 'Big Four' charge into quarters
In the men's draw, the "Big Four" look poised to scrap it out for yet another Grand Slam crown over the next week after Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray all won on Monday to join Novak Djokovic in the last eight.
Did Stephens cheer when Serena lost in Australian Open?
Sloane Stephens has denied she was celebrating the shock fourth round exit of World No 1 Serena Williams and said she felt the television footage was intrusive.
How Manchester United lost the plot against Chelsea
Manchester United manager David Moyes was facing up to what he described as "a massive challenge" after the champions lost 3-1 at Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday.
Australia Open PHOTOS: Sharapova falls to Cibulkova; Azarenka, Nadal advance
Third seed Maria Sharapova was dumped out of the Australian Open on Monday with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 fourth round loss to Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova on Rod Laver Arena.
Frustrating Australian Open all over for Sharapova
Picking up her racquet bag and marching straight out of Rod Laver Arena without a nod or a wave, Maria Sharapova's abrupt exit after her fourth-round loss to Dominika Cibulkova on Monday spoke volumes of her disdain for a forgettable Australian Open.
January 19, 2014
Mumbai Marathon: Babar sets new course record
Lalita Babar completed a hat-trick of wins among the Indian women and set a new course record, while Pune-based Army Sports Institute's Karan Singh was the best finisher among the Indian men in the 11th Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon on Sunday.
Australian Open: Serena 'not disappointed' after loss due to bad back
Serena Williams admitted that a bad back sustained during practice hampered her movement during her shock fourth round loss to Ana Ivanovic on Sunday, but refused to blame the injury for her stunning exit that blew the Australian Open wide open.
Mumbai Marathon PHOTOS: Kenyan Ruto, Ethiopian Mekash take top honours
Evans Ruto led a clean sweep by Kenya in the men's race but narrowly missed a course record, while pre-race favourite Dinknesh Mekash clinched the women's crown with ease in the 11th Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon on Sunday.
Australian Open PHOTOS: Ivanovic upsets Serena; Djokovic Ferrer march into quarters
Images from the Australian Open matches played on Sunday.
EPL PHOTOS: Arsenal, City forge ahead, Liverpool held by Villa
Images from the English Premier League matches played on Saturday.
Australian Open: Ivanovic shocks Serena to enter quarter-finals
Serbia's Ana Ivanovic stunned World No 1 Serena Williams at the Australian Open on Sunday with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 fourth-round upset at Rod Laver Arena.
January 18, 2014
'Extraordinary' Xavi makes 700th Barca appearance
Lionel Messi and some of his Barcelona colleagues paid warm tribute to teammate Xavi on Friday after he extended his appearances record to 700 in the midweek King's Cup match at Getafe.
Australian Open PHOTOS: Federer, Azarenka cruise; Wozniacki knocked out
Images from the Australian Open matches played in Melbourne on Saturday.
Rooney, Van Persie to miss Chelsea game
Manchester United strikers Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney will miss Sunday's Premier League game at Chelsea, manager David Moyes said on Friday.
January 17, 2014
'The January transfer window should be scrapped completely'
Arsene Wenger says the January transfer window should be scrapped and believes few big deals will go through before it closes at the end of the month, the Arsenal boss said on Friday.
'My 100th victory in the Premier League is going to happen'
Chelsea head into Sunday's home game against Premier League champions Manchester United with manager Jose Mourinho looking to clock up 100 wins in the Premier League.
Will Ronaldo keep his promise of buying Real's physios new cars?
Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will reportedly reward the club's physiotherapy team by buying each of them a brand new car of their choice following his Ballon d'Or win.
American biathlete gives up her Olympic spot to twin sister
Lanny Barnes is heading to the Sochi Olympics with all the incentive in the world after her twin sister gave up her own spot in the biathlon to let her compete for the United States.
King's Cup: Double for Messi but Neymar injured in Barca win
Quicksilver Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona beat Getafe 2-0 and qualified 6-0 on aggregate for the King's Cup quarter-finals but they lost Neymar to injury midway through the first half.
Australian Open PHOTOS: Djokovic, Serena sizzle; Li Na survives
Images from the Friday's play at the Australian Open.
Ecclestone made Formula One a global business
Bernie Ecclestone's eye for a deal has made him a fortune and turned Formula One motor racing into a global money-spinner, but a bribery trial threatens to end his long reign as the head of the business.
January 16, 2014
Azarenka thriving on pressure as she chases hat-trick at Australian Open
Victoria Azarenka said the prospect of winning a third straight Australian Open title is an inspiration, not a pressure, after booking her place in the third round.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
A preview of the main matches coming up this weekend in the English Premier League.
Schumacher may never wake up from 'medically-induced' coma
Formula One legend Michael Schumacher, who has been in a medically-induced following a skiing accident in late December, may reportedly never regain consciousness.
Cover up or run risk of developing skin cancer: Australian Open officials to players
Slapping on the sun cream may be second nature to Australians but it seems some of the world's leading players are taking unnecessary risks by not wearing any protection against skin cancer at the opening Grand Slam of the year.
Australian Open PHOTOS: Nadal, Federer cruise, Murray overcomes blip
Russia's Maria Sharapova overcame sweltering conditions and a stubborn Karin Knapp of Italy to reach the Australian Open third round on Thursday with a 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 victory.
PHOTOS: Heat stops play at Australian Open
Play at the Australian Open was called to a halt on day four of the championships on Thursday with temperatures at Melbourne Park hitting 41 degrees Celsius (106 Fahrenheit) and still rising.
FA Cup: Five-star City crush Blackburn
Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko scored twice each as Premier League high-fliers Manchester City comprehensively quashed second tier Blackburn Rovers' hopes of causing an FA Cup shock with an emphatic 5-0 third-round replay win on Wednesday.
PHOTOS: Teen queens sizzle at Australian Open
Five teenagers ended last year inside the world's top 50, led by number 12 Sloane Stephens, and the sight of 16-year-old Belinda Bencic pushing world number four Li Na hard at the Australian Open suggests big things for her future.
January 15, 2014
IOA always been insensitive towards the athletes: Ashwini Nachappa
Former sprinter Ashwini Nachappa blasted the Indian Olympic Association for not advancing their elections scheduled on February 9, as a result of which Indian athletes will compete as independent sportspersons at next month's Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.
PHOTOS: The heat is on at Melbourne Park!
The heat has derailed Melbourne's tramlines, but, luckily for the Australian Open organisers, it never triggered a roof closure or stoppage of play over the last three days. Rediff.com showcases the near-melt-down related emotions of players.
Don't want people to feel sorry for me, says cancer survivor Hutchins
Britain's Ross Hutchins had more than most to smile about on Wednesday after he and partner Colin Fleming advanced to the second round of the men's doubles with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 victory over Marinko Matosevic and Michal Przysiezny.
Here is why Serena's having sleepless nights
The thought of playing a long match in the extreme Melbourne heat resulted in a sleepless night for Serena Williams, but the World No 1 need not have worried as she strode swiftly into the Australian Open third round on Wednesday.
Media criticism nearly drove Li to retirement
Disillusionment with negative reporting in her home media nearly saw Li Na give up the game last year in the wake of her early French Open exit, the Chinese No 1 said at the Australian Open on Wednesday.
Boos were unfair, I had an injured groin: Tomic
Being booed and jeered by the crowd after withdrawing from his Australian Open match against Rafael Nadal was 'pretty unfair', Bernard Tomic said on Wednesday, adding he could have faced a four month injury absence had he continued playing.
Huge letdown to be denied the right to walk under the national flag: Keshavan
Luger Shiva Keshavan, who will participate in his fifth Winter Olympics at Sochi next month, tells Rediff.com's Harish Kotian why he is motivated to perform for India despite not getting enough support from the government.
Nadal in no rush to join the super-coach trend
Rafael Nadal is in no hurry to join the trend of hiring big names. He is quite happy with uncle Toni and will not be seeking to appoint a former Grand Slam winner to his coaching team.
Australian Open PHOTOS: Serena, Djokovic waste little time in reaching third round
Novak Djokovic took a tumble in the first set but returned to his feet quickly to complete a 6-0, 6-4, 6-4 trouncing of Argentine Leonardo Mayer and march into the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday.
PHOTOS: Haute couture at Melbourne Park
It's three days since the Australian Open kicked-off. Let's check out what the top stars are wearing. Tennis fashion has travelled a long way from whites to bright colours. Players and the famous brands, experiment with various shades.
Ronaldo must continue to maintain his exceptional standards: Pele
FIFA Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo must continue to maintain his exceptional high standards in order to be classed among the sport's legends, according to Brazil great Pele who compared the Portuguese to Eusebio.
January 14, 2014
PHOTOS: Sharapova turns on the style to dump Mattek-Sands
Maria Sharapova celebrated her return to the Grand Slam spotlight with an emphatic 6-3, 6-4 win over Bethanie Mattek-Sands in what was a clash of styles in more way than one at the Australian Open.
Azarenka, Wozniacki feel the heat as Melbourne scorches
Victoria Azarenka made a stuttering start to her bid for a third straight Australian Open title on Tuesday when she was kept out in the Melbourne heat for 106 minutes by Johanna Larsson before sealing her place in the second round.
Wilshere back to his best, says Wenger
Jack Wilshere is finding his best form just as the Premier League title race heats up, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said after the midfielder inspired the Gunners to a 2-1 win at Aston Villa on Monday.
PHOTOS: Ronaldo, Pele get emotional at Ballon d'Or awards night
Cristiano Ronaldo was overcome with emotion after being voted the world's best player for 2013 on Monday, ending his great rival Lionel Messi's dominance of the award.
Aus Open PHOTOS: Federer, Nadal cruise, Azarenka struggles
Images from the Australian Open matches played in Melbourne on Tuesday.
EPL PHOTOS: Arsenal log 'massive three points' at Villa to go top
Arsenal survived a late scare to regain top spot in the Premier League with a 2-1 victory at Aston Villa on Monday, both their goals arriving in the space of a minute in the first half.
Tennis's most notable comebacks following retirement
Following Pat Rafter's return to A-Grade tennis, Rediff.com presents the big names in the tennis world who made memorable comebacks.
January 13, 2014
'Becker must overhaul lifestyle as Djokovic coach'
Former Wimbledon champion Boris Becker, who took over as coach of World No 2 Novak Djokovic last month, needs to change his lifestyle and step out of the media spotlight, his former Davis Cup coach Niki Pilic said on Monday.
Aus Open PHOTOS: Venus eclipsed by Makarova; Serena, Djokovic ease into 2nd round
Images from Day One of the Australian Open, in Melbourne, on Monday.
Let the Grand Slams begin
The Australian Open in Melbourne marks the commencement of the Grand Slam season in tennis. It has certain unique characteristics.
EPL PHOTOS: City record controversial win; Suarez, Sturridge shine for Reds
Images from the EPL matches played across England on Sunday.
January 12, 2014
Can Boris help Djokovic for fifth Australian title
Novak Djokovic admits he has taken a gamble by making changes to his coaching team but is hoping for great things from his partnership with former grand slam champion Boris Becker.
Australian Open champion Azarenka coy on Williams rivalry
Victoria Azarenka is relishing her return to Melbourne Park as double defending champion and while Serena Williams is a hot favourite to deny her a hat-trick of titles, the Belarusian says she will not focus solely on the challenge from the World No 1.
La Liga: Honours even between leaders Barca and Atletico
Title rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid stayed locked together at the top of La Liga after they played out an intense 0-0 draw with few genuine chances at the Calderon on Saturday.
EPL PHOTOS: Moyes can smile as United sink Swansea; Chelsea on top
Manchester United returned to winning ways after three straight defeats with a 2-0 Premier League home victory over Swansea City on Saturday, avenging last week's FA Cup loss to the Welsh club.
January 11, 2014
Hazard going nowhere but De Bruyne could leave: Mourinho
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is adamant Eden Hazard will not be leaving Stamford Bridge any time soon but believes the playmaker's fellow Belgian international Kevin De Bruyne could move in the January transfer window.
Rooney escapes United gloom for warmer climes
Wayne Rooney has briefly escaped Manchester United's winter of discontent and has been sent to warmer climes to recover from a groin injury, manager David Moyes said on Friday.
'Faster' Melbourne park courts not to Rafa's taste
World number one Rafa Nadal thinks Melbourne Park's resurfaced hardcourts are playing faster than ever and may not provide a good show for fans when the Australian Open begins on Monday.
No more a favourite, can Federer turn the tide in Melbourne?
Armed with a new coach and bigger racket, Roger Federer hopes being in the unusual position of underdog will help him add to his record tally of 17 Grand Slam titles.
Injury-free Sharapova realistic before Australian Open
Maria Sharapova happily admits that patience is not her strongest trait but the Russian will temper her expectations as she begins her Australian Open title campaign.
Weather not withstanding, Serena has Navratilova, Evert in her sights
A subdued Serena Williams vowed never again to complain about Melbourne's changeable weather after her grumbles on an unseasonably chilly summer's day were followed by several days of scorching heat.
January 10, 2014
Will Melbourne Park be Serena's coronation street again?
If players, pundits and bookmakers are to be believed, Serena Williams has already sewn up her sixth Australian Open title and the other 127 women in the draw may as well pick up their racquets and head home.
Hurdle queen Lolo Jones turns medal dreams to ice
Track and field star Lolo Jones is the most high-profile crossover athlete to try her hand at winter sports since former NFL running back Herschel Walker took off his shoulder pads and climbed into a bobsled.
PHOTOS: Venus, Serena Williams try their hand at cricket
World No 1 Serena Williams and her sister Venus tried their hand at cricket with the Melbourne Renegades players on a hotel roof top on Thursday.
Australian Open: Tomic is Nadal's first hurdle in quest for 14th Slam
World No 1 Rafael Nadal will play local hope Bernard Tomic in the first round of the Australian Open as he bids for a 14th Grand Slam title.
Yaya Toure wins African Footballer of Year for third time
Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure landed his third successive African Footballer of the Year award on Thursday to cap a memorable week.
'In Suarez you are looking at the best forward in the Premier League'
'As far as strike force is concerned, you don't look any further than Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge in the English Premier League,' former England and Liverpool great Robbie Fowler tells .
January 09, 2014
PHOTOS: Sports stars who revealed they were gay
Following former Germany midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger's declaration of his homosexuality, Rediff.com brings you a list of popular and successful homosexual athletes.
Germany international Hitzlsperger has courage to make his homosexuality public
Former Germany midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger has become one of the few high profile sportsmen, and the first well-known footballer from his country, to publicly reveal that he is gay.
We're about to get a bit better, says hopeful Moyes
The threat of a fourth consecutive defeat is looming large for Manchester United and their manager David Moyes, yet the beleaguered Scot feels things are on the verge of turning for his struggling side.
League Cup: Manchester City crush woeful West Ham in semis
Alvaro Negredo grabbed a hat-trick as Manchester City crushed West Ham United 6-0 in their League Cup semi-final first leg on Wednesday in another body blow for the beleaguered London club.
King's Cup: Barcelona's Messi is back and how!
Lionel Messi came off the bench and scored twice on his return from injury and Cesc Fabregas also netted a double as Barcelona strolled to a 4-0 win at home to Getafe in their King's Cup last 16, first leg on Wednesday.
Valcke comments on 2022 World Cup timing stir controversy
An announcement from FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar would not be played in the summer created yet more controversy around the finals on Wednesday.
Djokovic to rack Becker's brain for mental gain
Boris Becker's first priority will be to help Novak Djokovic gain a 'mental edge' when the pressure rises at the grand slams, the Australian Open champion said in Melbourne on Thursday.
PHOTOS: Federer trades shots with hero Rod Laver for charity
Roger Federer traded shots with his hero Rod Laver on Wednesday in the stadium that bears the Australian great's name before promising that his hunger for Grand Slam titles remains as strong as ever.
January 08, 2014
PHOTOS: Manchester United jolted by Sunderland in League Cup
Sunderland gained the upper hand on Manchester United by deservedly winning their League Cup semi-final, first leg 2-1 on Tuesday to intensify the pressure on visiting manager David Moyes after a testing week.
January 07, 2014
Schumacher's wife urges media to leave family, doctors in peace
Michael Schumacher's wife appealed to the media on Tuesday to leave the French hospital they have staked out since the German was critically injured in a skiing accident nine days ago and to let the doctors do their job.
Can Serena Williams clinch 20 Grand Slams? Navratilova shares her opinion
World number one Serena Williams shows no sign of slowing down with age and should win more than 20 Grand Slam singles titles, former great Martina Navratilova has said.
Rodman in North Korea with basketball bash on Kim's birthday
Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman arrived in North Korea on Monday with a team of retired professional basketball players to mark the birthday of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Michael Schumacher shows 'slight improvement'
There has been a 'slight improvement' in Michael Schumacher's condition, a source close to the Formula One legend said on Monday, more than a week after a skiing accident left him with life-threatening injuries.
Heartbreak for England as Walcott out of World Cup with knee injury
Arsenal and England forward Theo Walcott has been ruled out for at least six months after rupturing knee ligaments and will miss this year's World Cup, the club said on Monday.
January 06, 2014
Brazil's World Cup work has begun too late: Blatter
FIFA president Sepp Blatter cannot remember a World Cup host nation falling as far behind with their preparations as Brazil have, he said in an interview.
Soccer: Barca, Arsenal and Monaco buoyed by Sanchez, Bony, Carrasco
Here is a quick round-up of the players who starred for their teams on the action-packed soccer weekend around Europe.
Moyes is not a winning manager: Manchester United fans
When Alex Ferguson finally called time on his career, he stood on the Old Trafford pitch and invited Manchester United fans to support his successor by remembering the dark times as well as the good.
FA Cup: Manchester United humbled by Swansea, West Ham humiliated
Manchester United suffered a stinging 2-1 home defeat by Swansea City in the FA Cup third round on Sunday as their former fortress of Old Trafford was ransacked for the fifth time this season.
No divers at Chelsea, says Mourinho
Chelsea are not a team of divers, according to manager Jose Mourinho, whose side had a player booked for the offence for the second week running on Sunday.
There are too many foreign coaches in the Premier League: Mourinho
There are too many foreign coaches in the Premier League and British candidates should be given more opportunities, Chelsea's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho has said.
How Eusebio's greatness left an indelible print on the world of football
Portuguese forward Eusebio died of a heart attack in Lisbon at the age of 71 on Sunday leaving behind a legacy that marks the Benfica legend out as one of the greatest players in soccer history.
January 05, 2014
'Black Panther' Eusebio passes into the ages after heart attack
Portugal football legend Eusebio, who was top scorer at the 1966 World Cup, has died from a heart attack at the age of 71, Portuguese media reported on Sunday.
Schumacher's condition critical but stable: Agent
Michael Schumacher's condition remains critical but stable on Saturday, the German's agent said nearly a week after the seven-times Formula One champion suffered brain injuries in a skiing accident in the French Alps resort of Meribel.
January 04, 2014
Sharapova finds positive signs despite defeat
Maria Sharapova's pain at losing a 14th straight match to nemesis Serena Williams will be eased by the thought that she can compete at the highest level again after being sidelined for four months with a shoulder injury.
January 03, 2014
Serena continues to haunt Sharapova, extends winning run
The American world number one extended her winning streak over the Russian to 14 matches.
Will the 'lucky charms' help Schumacher recover quickly?
Formula One champion Michael Schumacher turns 45 on Friday but he is fighting for his life after a ski accident in the French Alps. His family and fans are leaving no stone unturned for his quick recovery.
Schumacher's family at his bedside; fans to hold 'silent' birthday vigil
Fans of Michael Schumacher will hold a 'silent' vigil for the injured Formula 1 driver to mark his 45th birthday on Friday.
Michael Schumacher won't give up, says family
Seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher's family have thanked the public for their 'great support' after the Formula One legend's skiing accident.
Ten biggest sports earners in 2013: Tiger Woods No. 1, Messi 10th
Tiger Woods roared back to the top of the golf world rankings after a splendid display in the first half of 2013 which lifted him to the top of the list of the biggest sports earners last year. Rediff.com presents the ten biggest sports earners last year.
At 33, India's No 1 women's footballer yearns for recognition
Time froze for Oinam Bembem Devi when she received a phone call from the AIFF media manager breaking the news of her being named the All India Football Federation's 'Women's Player of the Year'.
Michael Matters: Our virtual vigil by Schumacher's side
'Footballers are refusing to sleep because they don't want to wake up to fatal news. Cricketers playing the Ashes are saying they don't care about it. Those who have never been Schumacher supporters are willing him on in what is being described as his greatest-ever battle. A battle he never chose, and one for which he wasn't even wearing warpaint.' , who shares a birthday with Michael Schumacher, joins in the prayers for the incomparable Formula One great.
January 02, 2014
Back-to-form McIlroy eyes two Majors in 2014
Former World No 1 Rory McIlroy feels like he has his mojo back and wants to win two major championships this year to make up for a poor season in 2013.
Fit Messi will be back like a bull: Fabregas
Lionel Messi will be "like a bull" when he returns after almost two months out with a thigh injury, his Barcelona teammate Cesc Fabregas predicted ahead of Sunday's La Liga match at home to Elche.
Love Match: Take a look at real life mixed double partners
Just like Hollywood stars, the personal lives of tennis players attract a lot of media attention and speculation. Rediff.com gives you a glimpse of players who have dated or married people from the tennis fraternity and from other disciplines.
After losing United's Moyes' makes referee the scapegoat!
Manchester United manager David Moyes criticised referee Howard Webb for not giving his side a late penalty as their revival ended in a 2-1 home defeat by Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Wednesday.
EPL PHOTOS: Arsenal reign supreme; United slump again
Late goals from Nicklas Bendtner and Theo Walcott spared Arsenal's blushes and kept them top of the Premier League in a 2-0 victory over Cardiff City as title rivals Manchester City and Chelsea also won on Wednesday.
January 01, 2014
Michael Schumacher 'stable' media urged to respect privacy
Seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher was in a stable condition on Wednesday, three days after suffering brain injuries in a skiing accident, his agent Sabine Kehm said outside the hospital treating him.
Golfer McIlroy rings in the New Year with Wozniacki engagement
Golfer Rory McIlroy and his tennis-playing girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki started the New Year with a bang on Wednesday by announcing their engagement on Twitter.
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