January 16, 2017Australian Open: Knight in rusty armour Murray battles through
Andy Murray took to Melbourne Park's centre court as top seed at a grand slam for the first time in his career on Monday but the recently knighted Briton's victory over Illya Marchenko was far from a regal display.
'Switch hit': Big Bash cricket to Aus Open, Barty back with Beck win
The 20-year-old, free of a shoulder injury that forced her out of qualifying for last week's Hobart tournament, won her first match at the Australian Open at her fourth attempt with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Germany's Annika Beck.
EPL: Exceptional Ibra to United's rescue again in Liverpool draw
Zlatan Ibrahimovic noted this week in his own inimitably self-regarding fashion that he had taken just three months to conquer England.
Aus Open PHOTOS: Halep ousted; Wawrinka and Nishikori survive
Images from Day 1 of the Australian Open, in Melbourne, on Monday.
January 15, 2017Manchester City's title hopes hit by Everton teens
Manchester City's Premier League title hopes were delivered a grievous blow on Sunday as Everton's inspired Romelu Lukaku and teenagers Tom Davies and Ademola Lookman made it another crushing afternoon for Pep Guardiola.
January 14, 2017Serena defers engagement joy as 7th Aus Open in sight
The World No 2 announced her commitment to the social media entrepreneur shortly before the New Year and while it was "great", she was pushing it to the back of her mind, at least until after Melbourne Park.
January 13, 2017Tennis round-up: Konta wins Sydney title; Goffin retains Kooyong crown
Britain's Johanna Konta overpowered Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 6-2 in a one-sided victory in the final of the Sydney International on Friday to claim her second career WTA title.
King's Cup: Real claim record with last-gasp draw against Sevilla
Real Madrid set a Spanish record of 40 matches unbeaten in all competitions after they came back from two goals behind to snatch a 3-3 draw at Sevilla with a last-gasp equaliser from Karim Benzema in the King's Cup on Thursday.
Djokovic faces huge test as he opens Australian Open defence
Top seed Andy Murray could meet Roger Federer or Kei Nishikori in the third round, while Serena faces tricky Belinda Bencic in opening round
Djokovic. Novak Djokovic. Licensed to thrill
'007, Why not? Maybe this is the year. Seven in 17. I'm not a numerologist but it sounds good'
January 08, 2017PHOTOS: Djokovic downs Murray to win Qatar crown
Novak Djokovic made an immense statement in his bid to rule men's tennis again when he defeated Andy Murray, the man who deposed him as world number one, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 in an epic Qatar Open final in Doha on Saturday.
Five reasons for Real Madrid's unbeaten run
Real Madrid's 5-0 thrashing of Granada on Saturday equalled a Spanish record of 39 games unbeaten in all competitions. Reuters Sport takes a look at the factors behind their run.
January 07, 2017Rooney matches Charlton to become Manchester United's leading scorer
Wayne Rooney made history by equalling Bobby Charlton's Manchester United record and becoming the club's leading all-time goalscorer after netting his 249th goal (543 matches) during an FA Cup match against Reading on Saturday.
Sania ends 91-week reign as World No 1 despite Brisbane title
Her doubles partner, Bethanie-Mattek Sands now wears the 'Miss World No.1 crown'
Guardiola wants Manchester City to become 'believers'
ManchesterCity manager Pep Guardiola had his spirits cheered with a 5-0 FA Cup thrashing of West Ham United on Friday that the Spaniard hopes will turn his side into "believers" for the rest of the campaign.
Dimitrov vs Nishikori in Brisbane; Murray-Djokovic face off in Doha
Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov upset top seed and defending champion Milos Raonic of Canada at the Brisbane International on Saturday to set up a title clash against Japan's Kei Nishikori.
January 06, 2017Croatian Cilic ready to challenge Big Four for Slams this season
'Goran had quite a big influence on me to change my mentality and focus on my game. He changed my serve, I started to get aggressive and that is what I needed in my career'
January 03, 2017For Kerala, ISL 3 finale was bigger than Euro 2016 final
Hero ISL received, in its third edition, a total viewership of 216 million as compared to around 207 million last year. One of the highlights of the season was the sharp increase in rural India viewership registering a cumulative figure of 101 million, indicating the widespread appeal of the sport.
Do Ronaldo, Messi feature in your World XI?
Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann appear among the 55 nominees for the FIFPro 2016 World 11 released on Friday but England forward Wayne Rooney failed to make the shortlist for the first time.
Ibra's offside goal, questionable red card mark United's dramatic win
Manchester United clinched a sixth consecutive Premier League win for the first time since April 2015 as Juan Mata and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored second-half goals in a controversial 2-0 victory at 10-man West Ham United on Monday.
December 31, 20162016 Rewind: India's women shine bright; Kohli enjoys dream run
An Olympic campaign saved by the fortitude of three women, a cricket team that rediscovered itself under a bold and zealous Virat Kohli -- Indian sports in 2016 was a dramatic mix of highs and lows wherein athletes mostly raised the bar but administrators found new ways to embarrass the country.
Another year of utter disappointment for Indian athletics
An overview of India's underwhelming performance in athletics
December 30, 2016FLASHBACK! BEST Sports Photos from 2016 - Part 3
As we prepare to cruise into the New Year, Rediff.com gives you a glance back, through photos, into all the sporting moments that made the last 12 months memorable.
Returning Nadal, Federer build mindset for long term
With fire in their bellies, former Grand Slam champs Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are targetting a fresh return to the tennis courts in 2017.
Indian hockey rose in stature in 2016 but Olympic failure hurt
For Indian hockey, 2016 was a year in which much was promised and achieved as well. It was also a year where India made significant and visible advancements but deep down somewhere the pain of missing out on an Olympic medal will remain for four more years.
December 29, 2016EPL: What you must not miss this weekend
The much-anticipated clash between Liverpool and ManchesterCity at Anfield on Saturday looks like a knockout to determine who can challenge Chelsea for the Premier League title.
FLASHBACK! BEST Sports Photos from 2016 - Part 2
As we prepare to cruise into the New Year, Rediff.com gives you a glance back, through photos, into all the sporting moments that made the last 12 months memorable.
EPL PHOTOS: Alli double helps Spurs sink 10-man Southampton
Spurs, who stayed fifth in the table with 36 points from 18 matches, one behind arch-rivals Arsenal and three adrift of third-placed Manchester City, visit 10th-placed Watfor
December 28, 2016EPL PHOTOS: Liverpool rally to thrash Stoke, move to 2nd spot
Goals from Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino put the home side ahead by halftime and they romped to victory with a Giannelli Imbula own goal and Daniel Sturridge strike after Stoke threatened an upset with a Jonathan Walters header.
December 27, 2016FLASHBACK! BEST Sports Photos from 2016 - Part 1
As we prepare to cruise into the New Year, Rediff.com gives you a glance back, through photos, into all the sporting moments that made the last 12 months memorable.
EPL PHOTOS: Record-breaking Chelsea go seven points clear
Spaniard Pedro scored twice as Chelsea tightened their grip on top spot by sweeping past Bournemouth 3-0 on Monday, a club record 12th successive Premier League win taking them seven points clear.
December 22, 2016Flashback: How dominant Murray, Kerber owned the year
Audacious coups by Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber have transformed the tennis landscape and they will begin 2017 eyeing the kind of domination that few would have thought possible at the start of a seismic year.
Irresistible Chelsea looking to break Arsenal's win record
Irresistible Chelsea go into the Christmas round of fixtures knowing they can end the year by re-writing the record books.
Euro football shorts: Bayern down Leipzig; PSG snap winless streak
Bayern Munich put upstarts RB Leipzig firmly in their place by sweeping to an emphatic 3-0 home win, with all the goals coming in the first half, in a disappointingly one-sided top-of-the-table Bundesliga clash on Wednesday.
Teen golf sensation Aditi Ashok makes waves in breakthrough year
Eighteen-year-old Aditi Ashok was the brightest star on the country's golfing circuit this year and was fittingly named the Ladies European Tour's Rookie of the Year for becoming the first Indian to win two back-to-back titles in her first year on the tour.
December 21, 2016What are Sania Mirza's plans for 2017?
Tennis star Sania Mirza says she enjoyed incredible results in 2016 and it would be amazing if she could complete a Career Slam next year.
December 18, 2016Dominant India down Belgium to win Jr Hockey World Cup title
India won the gold medal in the Junior Hockey World Cup after defeating Belgium 2-1 at the Major Dyan Chand stadium in Lucknow on Sunday.
Real Madrid rally to win Club World Cup after Ronaldo hat-trick
Real Madrid suffered an almighty fright before a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick hauled them back from 2-1 down and gave them a 4-2 win over rank outsiders Kashima Antlers in the Club World Cup final on Sunday.
December 17, 2016'God grabbed me and gave me a second chance'
Seat swap may have saved Chapecoense player's life in plane crash
EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea seal win at Palace, Stoke hold Leicester 2-2
Leaders Chelsea stretched their Premier League winning run to a club record-equalling 11 as Diego Costa's header shortly before halftime secured a 1-0 victory at London rivals Crystal Palace on Saturday.
December 12, 2016Euro football PHOTOS: Juve snatch win in Turin derby; Schalke lose
Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain again showed his killer instinct with two expertly-taken goals in a late 3-1 win at Torino after their less illustrious neighbours had scored first and dominated the Serie A game on Sunday.
EPL PIX: Origi spares Liverpool blushes against West Ham
Liverpool took the lead against West Ham United but then had to come from behind in another game of thrills and spills for Juergen Klopp's unpredictable side who where held to a 2-2 home draw in the Premier League on Sunday.
December 09, 2016Over 1,000 Russian athletes benefited from conspiracy to conceal doping
'We are now able to confirm a cover up that dates back until at least 2011 and continued after the Sochi Olympic Games. It was a cover up that evolved from uncontrolled chaos to an institutionalised and disciplined medal-winning conspiracy'
December 07, 2016Ethics Board extends IAAF officials' suspension
Three senior athletics officials have had their provisional suspension from the sport extended by the IAAF's Ethics Board as it continues its investigation into their alleged involvement in a suspected cover-up of Russian doping cases.
IBSF World Billiards: Kothari upsets Advani, Gilchrist in semis
December 05, 2016'Ronaldo doesn't have the brilliance of Messi'
Former Real Madrid and England manager gives a clear explanation to the Messi vs Ronaldo debate
Euro football: Roma win bloody derby; Hamburg record 1st win
Photos from the football matches played in the Serie A, Bundesliga and French Ligue 1 on Sunday
EPL PHOTOS: Liverpool and United thwarted in dramatic finales
Premier League heavyweights Liverpool and Manchester United were caught by late sucker punches in two games that finished far more dramatically than they began on Sunday.
December 03, 2016El Clasico PIX: Ramos strikes late equaliser as Real Madrid hold Barca
Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos scored in the 90th minute to hold FC Barcelona to a 1-1 draw at the Camp Nou on Saturday.
EPL PHOTOS: Ruthless Chelsea rally to sink Man City; Spurs down Swansea
Chelsea came from behind to secure a 3-1 win at Manchester City and forge further clear at the top of the Premier League as a dramatic top-of-the-table clash ended in a mass brawl and two City players being sent off on Saturday.
Euro football: Napoli rediscover scoring touch; Bayern back on top
Napoli rediscovered their scoring touch as they brushed aside Inter Milan 3-0 on Friday, sending their opponents' new coach Stefano Pioli back to the drawing-board.
Grieving Brazilian town receives bodies of soccer crash victims
The Brazilian town of Chapeco, its streets wet with drizzle and buildings draped in the green of its devastated soccer club, prepared Saturday to receive the bodies of victims of an air crash in Colombia that killed 71 people and wiped out the team.
Vote: Is Premier League title out of United's reach?
Manchester United might have left themselves too much ground to make up in the Premier League title race as they trail leaders Chelsea by 11 points after 13 games, according to their manager Jose Mourinho.
December 02, 2016No team better than Barca; Real will be defensive, claims Luis Enrique
'Barca are the best team around and when we play as we know how we are unstoppable'
World champ Rosberg announces shock retirement
My strongest emotion right now is deep gratitude to everybody who supported me to make that dream happen
Colombia crash victims to take final flight home
Dozens of hearses carrying the coffins of those killed when a plane flying Brazil's Chapecoense soccer team crashed into a Colombian mountain will leave Medellin for the airport on Friday to be flown home.
November 29, 2016Soccer world descends into sorrow as Neymar, Chettri send condolences
The soccer world was in mourning on Tuesday as clubs, players and fans from around the globe sent tributes and support to Brazilian side Chapecoense following a deadly air crash in Colombia that killed 76 people, including several players.
November 28, 2016No European football has Chelsea in advantageous position
Chelsea forward Eden Hazard expects ManchesterCity and Liverpool to be the London side's main rivals in the Premier League title race after the top three sides all enjoyed victories on the weekend.
La Liga PHOTOS: Barca fall six points behind Real
Barcelona's poor run away to Real Sociedad continued when the champions were held to a 1-1 draw at Anoeta on Sunday and slipped six points behind La Liga leaders Real Madrid before next week's 'Clasico' against their arch rivals.
November 27, 2016EPL: Sanchez's double helps Arsenal sink brave Bournemouth
Two goals from Alexis Sanchez and another from Theo Walcott ended Bournemouth's brave resistance at the Emirates stadium as Arsenal won 3-1 to stay in touch with the Premier League leaders on Sunday.
PHOTOS: How Rosberg took the Formula One title from Hamilton
Germany's Nico Rosberg celebrated his first Formula One world championship on Sunday after finishing runner-up in a tense Abu Dhabi Grand Prix won by Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton amid accusations of 'dirty tricks'.
Euro soccer: Monaco down Marseille to go top; Bayern end winless streak
Monaco's firepower was far too hot to handle for Olympique de Marseille as the Principality side moved top of the French Ligue 1 standings with a 4-0 home win on Saturday.
PHOTOS: Colours of the rainbow light up Premier League matches
In an effort to show equality and inclusiveness towards people of all races and sexual orientation, players, officials from the English Premier League and even the historic Wembley Stadium was decked in the colours of the rainbow.
November 26, 2016Abu Dhabi GP: Hamilton on pole for F1 title showdown
Lewis Hamilton lapped in a league of his own on Saturday to seize pole position for the title-deciding Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix with Mercedes team mate and championship favourite Nico Rosberg joining him on the front row.
EPL PIX: Liverpool down Sunderland to go top; Swansea stun Palace
Sergio Aguero struck twice as Manchester City came from behind to beat Burnley 2-1 at Turf Moor in the Premier League on Saturday.
Super day for Indians Verma and Sindhu at Hong Kong Super Series
Sameer Verma stunned World No. 3 Jorgensen to enter the final, while Rio Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu brushed aside local shuttler Cheung Ngan Yi's challenge to make the title round, her second final seven days.
November 25, 2016Hamilton fastest in Abu Dhabi practice
Lewis Hamilton landed an early psychological blow ahead of Formula One's Abu Dhabi title showdown by lapping faster than Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in both Friday practice sessions.
'Mesmerised' Hamilton takes inspiration from Williams sisters
'I was actually with Serena last week in LA ... she came out to Mexico (for the race) which for me was a real honour to have someone of her power, someone who has achieved so much'
November 21, 2016Justin Bieber trains with Neymar at FC Barcelona
Canadian pop sensation Justin Bieber had a fan boy moment when he visited the FC Barcelona training base on Monday.
Domestic slump aside, Leicester target last 16 in Europe
At the start of the season Leicester City fans could hardly have imagined their side would take the Champions League by storm.
It's a star-studded evening as wrestlers Geeta Phogat-Pawan Kumar wed
The stars descended at the wedding ceremony of Olympian wrestlers Geeta Phogat and fellow wrestler Pawan Kumar on Sunday.
November 19, 2016EPL PHOTOS: Giroud to the rescue as Arsenal hold Manchester United
Images from the English Premier League matches played at Old Trafford on Saturday
November 18, 2016World Tour Finals: Murray eases past Wawrinka to reach semi-finals
Andy Murray crushed Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 6-2 to win his group at the ATP World Tour Finals on Friday and stay on course for a season-ending climax with Novak Djokovic.
Zambrotta reckons hosting under-17 World Cup good for India's future
The 2006 FIFA World Cup winner and Delhi Dynamos coach says 'ISL can also improve Indian players by having good coaches, academies which will help to grow Indian football'
November 16, 2016PHOTOS: Jesus shines as Brazil down Peru
An outstanding performance from Gabriel Jesus helped Brazil to a 2-0 win over Peru on Tuesday and moved the five times World Cup winners four points clear at the top of the South American qualifying group for Russia 2018.
PHOTOS: Djokovic digs deep to repel Raonic onslaught
Novak Djokovic rediscovered his warrior spirit to tame Canada's Milos Raonic 7-6(6), 7-6(5) in a rivetting duel and guarantee progress from his group at the ATP World Tour Finals in London on Tuesday.
November 15, 2016ATP Tour Finals: Thiem to replace 8th ranked Nadal after first win
Dominic Thiem stayed very much in the mix at the ATP World Tour Finals with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 victory over mercurial Frenchman Gael Monfils at the O2 Arena on Tuesday.
November 14, 2016ATP Tour Finals: Nishikori thrashes wayward Wawrinka
Japan's Kei Nishikori dispatched error-strewn Swiss Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 6-3 in a disappointingly one-sided clash at the ATP World Tour Finals on Monday.
Vijender's next pro bout will be anything but easy
Ex-world champ Cheka 'ready to put Vijender in his place'
F1: Hamilton wins dramatic Brazilian GP to keep title race alive
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton won the Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos Circuit in Sao Paulo on Sunday to keep the Formula One Championship alive with one race left this season.
F1: Boos as Brazilian GP is halted twice
Rain and crashes twice halted the potentially title-deciding Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday with the crowd booing and triple world champion Lewis Hamilton disagreeing with officials.
November 13, 2016Fed Cup: Strycova beats Cornet to take tie into decider
Barbora Strycova beat Alize Cornet 6-2, 7-6(4) to put defending champions Czech Republic level at 2-2 against hosts France and send the Fed Cup final into a doubles decider on Sunday.
November 08, 2016ATP Tour Finals: Year-end top spot in focus as Murray faces tough draw
With 1,500 points available for an undefeated champion next week, the tournament could produce a thrilling climax with Murray and Djokovic, who have never met at the O2, facing off in the final for the year-end number one ranking.
November 07, 2016Euro round-up: Leipzig go level with leaders Bayern; PSG win
RB Leipzig continued their remarkable first season in the Bundesliga when they brushed aside Mainz 05 3-1, their fifth win in a row, to go level on points with leaders Bayern Munich on Sunday.
Can resurgent Liverpool maintain top-spot on EPL table?
While, Reds' manager Juergen Klopp is realistic about his team being league leaders, you, dear reader, can convey your opinion by casting your vote in the poll below
'Extraterrestrial' and 'best of all time' Messi nets 500th Barca goal
There was no dearth of praise for little magician Lionel Messi who struck his 500th goal for FC Barcelona on Sunday.
La Liga PHOTOS: Sensational Messi inspires Barca comeback
A mesmeric Lionel Messi helped Barcelona to come from behind and beat Sevilla 2-1 in a thrilling encounter on Sunday as the champions kept the pressure on La Liga leaders Real Madrid, who saw off Leganes 3-0 thanks to a double from Gareth Bale.
Paris Masters in pocket, Murray just wants to enjoy No1 status for now
As the new World No 1, Andy Murray could be troubled by the weight of expectations on his shoulders at the ATP World Tour Finals, but the Briton just wants to enjoy his new status.
November 05, 2016EPL PHOTOS: Manchester City held after Boro strike late equaliser
A stoppage-time goal from Martin de Roon earned Middlesbrough an unlikely 1-1 draw at Premier League leaders Manchester City on Saturday.
November 03, 2016Zidane laments Real 'relaxing' to gift Legia draw
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane cursed his side's carelessness after the European champions threw away a two-goal lead against Legia Warsaw and needed a late equaliser from Mateo Kovacic to salvage a 3-3 draw on Wednesday.
Champions League: Dortmund into knockout stage; Leicester draw
Last-minute starter Adrian Ramos scored a first-half header to give Borussia Dortmund a 1-0 victory over Sporting on Wednesday and earn a spot in the knockout stage of the Champions League with two Group F matches to spare.
PHOTOS: Cubs end 108 year title drought to win World Series Baseball
The Chicago Cubs shed themselves of the "Curse of the Billy Goat" and ended a 108-year wait for a World Series title by beating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in 10 innings on Wednesday in a thrilling Game Seven classic.
Paris Masters: Djokovic cruises, Murray struggles, Wawrinka out
Novak Djokovic began his bid to hold on to his number one ranking with an easy win over Gilles Muller in the Paris Masters second round while Andy Murray struggled through and Stan Wawrinka faltered on Wednesday.
Can Bengaluru FC script Indian football history?
Bengaluru FC captain Sunil Chhetri feels that his club making it to the summit clash of the AFC Cup heralds a beginning in the revival of Indian football.
Champions League PIX: Real salvage draw in 3-3 thriller at Warsaw
Mateo Kovacic's late strike avoided embarrassment for Real Madrid as the European champions surrendered a two-goal lead before drawing 3-3 with Legia Warsaw in an enthralling Champions League game played amid an empty stadium on Wednesday.
November 02, 2016Champions League PHOTOS: PSG advance; Napoli draw at Besiktas
Thomas Meunier volleyed a spectacular last-minute goal to give Paris St Germain a 2-1 win at FC Basel, which took them into the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: How your favourite sports stars celebrated Halloween
As the world celebrated Halloween on Monday, our favourite tennis stars and footballers didn't want to be left behind in all the celebrations.
PIX: City stun Barca to keep hopes alive; Atletico, Bayern through
Coach Pep Guardiola was left thrilled after ManchesterCity revived their Champions League bid by beating his old club Barcelona 3-1 in a gloriously open Group C encounter at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.
October 31, 2016Aguero's inclusion could give City much-needed boost vs Barca
Manchester City cannot afford another defeat on Tuesday at home to Barcelona, who thumped them 4-0 two weeks ago, having taken just one point from their last two Champions League Group C matches.
Djokovic not losing sleep over battle for No 1 ranking with Murray
Novak Djokovic has admitted that Andy Murray's attempt to surge to the top of the rankings has rejuvenated an otherwise mediocre season for the World No. 1.
Euro round-up: Milan climb to third; Fifth straight win for Hoffenheim
Giacomo Bonaventura's free kick earned Milan a 1-0 win over Pescara to move them into the top three of Serie A on Sunday.
October 28, 2016Manchester United are a team in progress: Mourinho
Henrikh Mkhitaryan will prove his worth at Manchester United once he adapts to the rigours of English football, according to his manager Jose Mourinho.
Radwanska, Kuznetsova in WTA Tour Finals semis
Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska stayed patient in the face of a barrage of big serving to advance to the last four of the WTA Finals for the third time in a row with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Karolina Pliskova on Friday.
October 27, 2016WTA Tour Finals: Perfect Kerber helps Cibulkova advance
Dominika Cibulkova kept her hopes of reaching the last four of the WTA Finals alive with a gritty 6-3, 7-6(5) Red Group victory over Simona Halep at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Thursday.
Thierry Henry on ISL, Wenger, Pep
'You have to have a good coach to direct you on the right path.'
When 'King Henry' left Mumbai spellbound
Thierry Henry came to Mumbai and left his fans in a daze as he showed off that famed, magical footwork while he trained budding talent from the city.
October 25, 2016'King' Henry on Ballon D'Or favourites, Paul Pogba and Indian football
France football legend Thierry Henry, who's on his maiden visit to India, has put Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo among the top contenders to win this year's Ballon d'Or trophy.
WTA Tour Finals: Superb Kerber overwhelms Halep
Angelique Kerber produced a polished display to claim her second straight win at the WTA Finals with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Simona Halep on Tuesday, the world number one virtually booking a spot in the semi-finals of the elite eight-woman event.
October 24, 2016When a hair-cut between games saved the match for Kuznetsova
Svetlana Kuznetsova had been steamrolled in the second set and was a break down in the decider of her WTA Finals opener against defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska on Monday. So what did the Russian do to turn the match around?
WTA Finals: Tireless Kuznetsova edges Radwanska in Singapore thriller
Svetlana Kuznetsova dug deep into her reserves to overcome Agnieszka Radwanska 7-5, 1-6, 7-5 in their WTA Finals round robin opener on Monday, the late-arriving Russian upsetting the defending champion in a thrilling encounter.
Aubameyang shortlisted along with Ronaldo, Bale for Ballon d'or award
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo and his Real Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale have been shortlisted for this year's coveted Ballon d'Or award.
Prince Ali says FIFA needs to speed up reforms
Former FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan is concerned about the pace of reform in world soccer's governing body and says new president Gianni Infantino has "no time to lose" in bringing transparency to the organisation.
What did Mourinho whisper in Conte's ear?
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho told his Chelsea counterpart Antonio Conte that his antics in whipping up the crowd during the London club's 4-0 victory on Sunday were "humiliating", according to Italian television.
EPL PHOTOS: Mourinho's United routed on return to Stamford Bridge
Images from the match played between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday
October 23, 2016Sania rates them as India's next generation of tennis stars...
Tennis ace Sania Mirza has revealed the names of players she thinks will rule the tennis circuit in a few years time.
Guardiola equals his worst record as manager as City draw
Manchester City returned to the top of the Premier League on goal difference after coming from behind to draw 1-1 with Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
October 21, 2016Europa League PIX: Pogba nets twice as Man United trounce Fenerbahce
Paul Pogba repaid some of his world record transfer fee with two goals as Manchester United rediscovered their early-season shine, cruising to a 4-1 Europa League win over Fenerbahce to go top of their group on Thursday.
October 20, 201680 weeks and counting... it's the kind of stuff dreams are made of: Sania
After achieving the rare feat of being the World No. 1 in women's doubles for 80 consecutive weeks, Indian tennis star Sania Mirza has said it was very satisfying to be bracketed with the legends of the game.
Champions League PIX: Bayern crush PSV; PSG down Basel
Images from the UEFA Champions League matches played on Wednesday
Confident Kerber enjoying the challenges of a World No 1
Angelique Kerber is the world number one in women's tennis yet it remains a title she has yet to grow accustomed to after her meteoric rise to the summit.
Champions League PIX: Messi treble grounds City; Arsenal thrash Ludo
Images from the UEFA Champions League matches played across Europe on Wednesday
October 19, 2016Champions League PHOTOS: Leicester close in on knock-outs, Sevilla win
Images from Champions League matches played across Europe on Tuesday
Manjrekar's attempt to troll Sania on Twitter backfired... and how!
Sanjay Manjrekar loves to court controversy. Or so it seems. After taking a dig at the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena on Twitter on Tuesday, the former India batsman took a swipe at tennis ace Sania Mirza.
Champions League PIX: Five-star Real hammer Warsaw; Spurs held
Images from Champions League matches played across Europe on Tuesday
City's Guardiola makes emotional return to Barca
Pep Guardiola's formidable managerial skills will be put to the test again when his stuttering ManchesterCity side visit his former club Barcelona in a top-of-the-bill Champions League clash on Wednesday.
October 18, 2016Mourinho criticises 'cautious' Liverpool as Ibra rues goal miss
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has accused Liverpool of being the 'cautious team' in a dull goalless draw in their Premier League clash at Anfield.
Pat Cash blames Tennis Australia for Kyrgios's mental meltdown
Australia's tempestuous talent Nick Kyrgios has the potential to be a future grand slam champion but could just as easily be lost to the sport if he fails to get the support he needs, according to former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash.
FIVE ways Barcelona have evolved without Guardiola
As Barcelona prepare to welcome back Pep Guardiola to the Nou Camp for Wednesday's Champions League game against Manchester City, check out how the club has evolved since the visionary coach departed in 2012.
October 17, 2016Serie A: AC Milan beat Verona, climb to joint third
AC Milan surged into third place in Serie A with a 3-1 win at Chievo Verona on Sunday but their great city rivals Inter Milan were left in turmoil as their captain Mauro Icardi again came under fire from his own fans in the 2-1 defeat by Cagliari.
October 13, 2016Can Coppell reverse the English curse in ISL?
'I am puzzled why English coaches are not successful here. But I am determined to reverse that trend'
October 12, 2016What not to miss in the EPL this weekend
Rediff.com brings you the previews of the main matches scheduled for this weekend and early next week in the English Premier League calendar
October 02, 2016EPL PHOTOS: Tottenham score shock win over City; United held at Stoke
Manchester United were denied by a spirited Stoke City performance as Joe Allen pounced late to secure the visitors their first point at Old Trafford since 1989 in a deserved 1-1 Premier League draw.
September 29, 2016Champions League: Barca rally to down Gladbach; Atletico beat Bayern
Barcelona battled back from a goal down and scored twice in the second half to overcome hosts Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-1 in their Champions League Group C match on Wednesday despite the absence of the injured Lionel Messi.
September 28, 2016Champions League PHOTOS: Dortmund deny Real; Leicester beat Porto
Photos from the Champions League matches played across Europe on Tuesday
September 27, 2016'Atletico proved any team can win the Champions League'
Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld insists his run to the Champions League final with Atletico Madrid two years ago proves that underdogs can compete with Europe's elite and win the competition.
Champions League: Celtic braced for Manchester City raiders
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has a goalkeeping dilemma to resolve before ManchesterCity turn up for their Group C Champions League match in Glasgow on Wednesday.
September 26, 2016Baseball world mourns death of Miami Marlins star Fernandez
Miami Marlins star Jose Fernandez, one of the most dominant pitchers in Major League Baseball and a hero to Miami's Cuban community, was killed in a boating crash early on Sunday in Florida, the US Coast Guard said. He was 24 years old.
Olympians punished in 1968 get redemption with White House invite
Tommie Smith and John Carlos, the two African-American athletes sent home from the 1968 Olympic Games for their raised-fist protest on the medal podium, will receive a long-awaited moment of redemption at a US team event at the White House this week.
Obama, Woods remember Palmer as 'pioneer' in golf
Golfing great Arnold Palmer died on Sunday, aged 87. His death left the golfing fraternity in mourning. Tributes flow...
September 25, 2016La Liga PIX: Barcelona close gap as Real draw
Substitute Sergio Araujo struck a late equaliser as Las Palmas held Real Madrid to a 2-2 draw and left them with a one-point lead over Barcelona at the top of La Liga on Saturday.
September 22, 2016League Cup: Manchester clubs win to tee up fourth round tie
Manchester City continued their imperious start to the season with a 2-1 win over Swansea City to reach the fourth round of the League Cup on Wednesday but it was a testing night for rivals United who eventually overcame Northampton Town 3-1.
La Liga: Barca held by Atletico after Messi limps off; Real drop points
Barcelona failed to capitalise on Real Madrid dropping points against Villarreal as the La Liga champions were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, while talisman Lionel Messi limped off with a groin injury.
September 21, 2016League Cup: Fabregas gives Chelsea win at Leicester, Everton lose
Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas gave his manager a reminder of his talents by scoring twice in extra time as they fought back from two goals down to knock Premier League champions LeicesterCity out of the League Cup 4-2 on Tuesday.
September 19, 2016Leander Paes on jealous competitors and personal life issues
His monumental achievements notwithstanding, controversies keep chasing Leander Paes.
La Liga PIX: Real Madrid equal record for successive wins
Real Madrid brushed off the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale to beat Espanyol 2-0 away and maintain their 100 per cent start to the league season while matching the La Liga record of 16 consecutive victories.
September 17, 2016Davis Cup PIX: Croatia and France deadlocked after singles
Croatia and France were tied at 1-1 after Friday's singles in their Davis Cup semi-final clash in Zadar after Richard Gasquet and Marin Cilic both won their matches.
EPL PHOTOS: Henderson stunner headlines Liverpool win over Chelsea
A stunning strike from Jordan Henderson helped Liverpool secure a comfortable 2-1 win at Chelsea on Friday that ended the London club's unbeaten start to the season and underlined the growing potential of Juergen Klopp's side.
Davis Cup: Del Potro sinks Murray in epic tie, Argentina take 2-0 lead
Juan Martin del Potro delivered a huge blow to Britain's hopes of retaining the Davis Cup when he beat Andy Murray 6-4, 5-7, 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4 in a five-hour thriller as Argentina grabbed a 2-0 lead in their world group semi-final on Friday.
September 16, 2016Lopez clarifies: Nadal sat out with wrist injury, not upset stomach
'Rafa is okay, nothing serious. He did not have any stomach upset. He was playing in the US Open with the same wrist issue. It is getting better and better but still it is sometimes painful. We still have two days of competition. So he might play one of these days'
Davis Cup: Spain take 2-0 lead vs India in World Group play-offs
India lost the opening tie of the Davis Cup World Group play-off against Spain after Ramkumar Ramanathan lost to Spain's Feliciano Lopez 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 on a hot evening in Delhi on Friday.
September 15, 2016Davis Cup: Ramanathan faces Nadal challenge in opening singles
Rafael Nadal to play against Ram Kumar Ramanathan on the first day of their Davis Cup World Group play-off tie in New Delhi on Friday.
Champions League PIX: Aguero hat-trick leads City; Monaco stun Tottenham
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick as coach Pep Guardiola maintained his 100 per cent record at the club with a commanding 4-0 victory against Borussia Moenchengladbach in their rearranged Champions League Group C opener on Wednesday.
September 14, 2016Champions League PIX: Messi sets hat-trick record; PSG wasteful
Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar combined to devastating effect as Barcelona swatted Celtic aside 7-0 at the Nou Camp to lay down a marker in Champions League Group C on Tuesday.
September 13, 2016Williams sisters let off by WADA despite positive dope test?
Claiming to have accessed WADA's database, Fancy Bears' hack team claimed to have leaked dozens of files allegedly relating to United States athletes on the internet.
Davis Cup: Doubles team yet to be decided; fitness a concern for India
Indian captain Anand Amritraj hinted that Saketh Myneni partner Leander Paes for the doubles rubber in the World Group Davis Cup play-off tie and he believes the hosts have a "good chance" of earning a point against the formidable Spain.
PHOTOS: Saluting Paralympians and their undying spirit
At Rediff.com, we would like to salute their undying spirit...
September 11, 2016US Open: Aggressive style almost pays off for Pliskova
Karolina Pliskova suffered a narrow US Open defeat at the hands of Angelique Kerber on Saturday, but the Czech 10th seed also proved her mettle as one of the most dangerous attacking players in women's tennis.
EPL: Chelsea held by Swansea in controversial 2-2 draw
Diego Costa scored twice but could not prevent Chelsea losing their 100 percent Premier League record in a controversial 2-2 draw at Swansea on Sunday.
Mourinho undone by 'the one that got away'
On the face of it, Jose Mourinho shouldered the blame for the wounding defeat in his first Manchester derby at Old Trafford on Saturday.
September 10, 2016EPL PIX: Spurs sink Stoke; Arsenal win; West Ham stunned
Santi Cazorla scored a 94th-minute penalty as sub-par Arsenal beat Southampton on Saturday with Laurent Koscielny's overhead kick having earlier cancelled out Petr Cech's own goal.
September 09, 2016PHOTOS: Five memorable Manchester derbies
Despite all the hype, however, the match will do well to live up to some of the Manchester derby tussles down the years.
'Ibrahimovic born for Manchester derby'
If ever a fixture was made for striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic it is Saturday's Manchester derby at Old Trafford, according to his former Barcelona team mate Thierry Henry.
PHOTOS: When Serena was hit by a double whammy
Serena Williams crashed out of the US Open after losing in the semi-final to Karolina Pliskova costing her a shot at a 23rd Grand Slam title and resulted in her losing her record 187th straight week at number one.
September 06, 2016US Open PHOTOS: Kerber downs Vinci to enter semis
Second seed Angelique Kerber was first through to the semi-finals of the US Open on Tuesday bringing Roberta Vinci's Flushing Meadows dream run to an end with a clinical 7-5, 6-0 win.
'We have forgotten the art of physical literacy'
'We have lost the importance of physical movement. It is important we encourage kids to take up sport.'
September 05, 2016US Open PIX: Del Potro in quarters after Thiem retires; Halep advances
Juan Martin del Potro's summer renaissance continued on Monday as the unseeded Argentine advanced into the US Open quarter-finals when Austrian eighth seed Dominic Thiem quit their match with an injury.
'Stronger than before' Pouille's career set to skyrocket
Lucas Pouille was not prepared to say his pulsating four hour, fourth-round upset of 14-time grand slam winner Rafael Nadal at the US Open on Sunday was a career changing moment.
PHOTOS: Djokovic shakes off rust, to face Tsonga in quarters
Top seed Novak Djokovic has been starved of competitive action at the US Open but on Sunday the World No 1 feasted on unseeded Briton Kyle Edmund in a 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 romp that put him into the quarter-finals.
US Open PHOTOS: Wozniacki, Vinci, Monfils through to quarters
Photos from matches played at the US Open in Flushing Meadows on Sunday
September 04, 20162018 WC qualifiers: England grab last-gasp win over 10-man Slovakia
England's Adam Lallana scored his first international goal with the last kick of the game as they beat 10-man Slovakia 1-0 in their World Cup Group F qualifier on Sunday to get new manager Sam Allardyce's reign off to a winning start.
Time to hand over the baton to the younger generation: Bindra
'The role of sports science, sport medicine is incredibly important in modern day sport. We can't do without it'
PHOTOS: Rosberg wins Italian GP, cuts Hamilton's lead
Germany's Nico Rosberg won the Italian Grand Prix for dominant Mercedes on Sunday to cut teammate Lewis Hamilton's Formula One world championship lead to two points with seven races remaining.
Massa and Button exits herald F1 generation change
Lewis Hamilton, once the young sensation of Formula One, is starting to feel his age as a new generation of drivers sweeps into the sport and old hands like Jenson Button and Felipe Massa head for the exit.
US Open PHOTOS: Halep gets Hungarian fright before reaching last 16
Fifth seed Simona Halep narrowly avoided a third-round upset with a 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 win over Hungary's Timea Babos on Saturday to keep her US Open title hopes alive.
September 03, 2016Superb India rally to thump Puerto Rico 4-1 in soccer friendly
Masterminded superbly by ace striker Sunil Chhetri, a dominant India scripted a sensational 4-1 win over higher-ranked Puerto Rico in an international football friendly at the Andheri Sports Complex stadium in Mumbai on Saturday.
F1: Ferrari president practical about team's chances this season
Marchionne writes off Ferrari's season of failure
August 30, 2016Rooney to quit internationals after 2018 World Cup
Wayne Rooney will end his England career after the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the striker said on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: Look who turned up on the opening day of the US Open!
As World No 1 Novak Djokovic and Spanish bull Rafael Nadal opened their accounts with first round victories, celebrities from the world of Hollywood, fashion and sport were there to witness the proceedings on the opening day of the fourth and final Grand Slam of the year.
PIX: Meet 100-year-old Indian who won gold at Masters Games track meet
In a gripping tale of unwavering dedication and passion towards the sport, a 100-year-old Indian runner has become the talk of the town after she picked up a gold medal in the 100-metre race at the Americas Masters Games in Vancouver, Canada.
August 29, 2016BEST Sports Photos of the Week!
Rediff.com takes you through a photographic journey of all the exciting sporting moments that unfolded over the last seven days.
August 26, 2016Ethiopian marathoner stays put in Rio, vows to fight for land rights
Ethiopian silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa, who did not return home after staging a protest against his government at the Rio Olympics, said on Thursday he feared for his life if he went back and vowed to keep up his fight for land rights.
Expect the unexpected at this year's US Open!
With Serena Williams vying to safeguard her World No 1 ranking and Djokovic fighting off a wrist injury, expect to see a few surprises at the fourth and final Grand Slam of the year
August 25, 2016Borg, McEnroe to renew rivalry in Laver Cup
The tennis greats announced on Wednesday that they had committed to lead the teams for the first three years of the new competition, patterned after golf's Ryder Cup
August 24, 2016Olympic flag arrives in Tokyo, governor calls for unity
Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike brought the Olympic flag to Japan from Brazil on Wednesday and called for all parties to work together to host a successful Summer Games in 2020.
Summer transfer window: Bale renews Real Madrid contract until 2021?
Real Madrid star striker Gareth Bale has reportedly been rewarded for his stellar performances with a new five-year contract that will keep him at the Bernabeu until 2021.
Sakshi accorded grand welcome, presented Rs 2.5 crore cheque
Haryana on Wednesday honoured its 'daughter' Sakshi Malik by appointing her as brand ambassador of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's flagship 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' campaign and presenting the Olympic bronze medallist a cheque of Rs 2.5 crore.
Woeful nine-man Roma miss out on Champions League group stage spot
AS Roma suffered another European humiliation on Tuesday when they had two players sent off, lost 3-0 at home to Porto and missed out on the Champions League group stage.
August 23, 201611-year-old Odisha slum-dweller to train at Bayern Munich academy
Defying all odds, an 11-year-old football prodigy from an impoverished area of Bhubaneswar has been selected to train at Germany's most iconic club Bayern Munich, as an academy player for two months.
EPL transfers: Manchester United youngster joins Wolves on loan
Manchester United defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has joined Wolves on a season-long loan, the Premier League club confirmed on Twitter.
August 22, 2016PHOTOS: Moments that stood out at the Rio Olympics!
Here is a flashback of the top moments from the just concluded quadrennial Games...
Wrestling: Furious Mongolians strip off over bronze medal defeat
Two Mongolian coaches stripped off and hurled their shoes in protest on Sunday after their wrestler Mandakhnaran Ganzorig was denied victory for running away from his Uzbek opponent in the dying seconds of their bronze medal contest.
PIX: Rio passes Olympic flag to Tokyo
Rains failed to dampen the famous Rio carnival spirit as this Brazilian city bid an emotional farewell to the thousands of athletes of the world in a colourful closing ceremony to bring down curtains on the 31st Olympic Games.
August 21, 2016Brazil soccer gold will be the memory Rio never forgets
In Brazil it will be the Olympic moment everyone remembers.
Is it time to call him Sir Mo Farah?
Rio repeat proves London was no fluke, says Farah
Murray beats Raonic, to play Cilic in Cincinnati final
Sizzling hot Andy Murray roared into his seventh successive final with a commanding victory over Canadian Milos Raonic at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati on Saturday.
Rio Olympics: United States reclaim men's 4x400m title
LaShawn Merritt ran a blistering anchor leg to return the men's 4x400m title to the United States, and win his third Olympic gold medal, in the final athletics event of the Rio Games on Saturday.
I'm sorry. I over-exaggerated what was happening to me: Lochte
US gold medalist Ryan Lochte admitted to Brazil's largest broadcaster Saturday night that he had exaggerated his story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio -- but insisted he did not lie.
US win sixth straight gold in women's 4x400 relay
The United States won the Olympic women's 4x400 meters relay gold medal on Saturday in 3 minutes 19.06 seconds, their sixth straight victory in the event at the Games.
Rio Olympics: Neymar hands Brazil elusive soccer gold
Neymar shed tears of joy after delivering Brazil's first men's soccer gold medal with the winning penalty in a 5-4 shootout triumph over Germany after a thrilling final ended in a draw following extra-time on Saturday.
South Africa's Semenya takes 800 meters gold
Caster Semenya of South Africa took the gold medal in the Olympic 800 meters on Saturday in a personal best time of 1:55.28 seconds.
August 19, 2016Sindhu loses to Marin; is first Indian woman to win Olympic silver
India's PV Sindhu went down fighting to Spain's World No 1 Carolina Marin in the women's singles badminton gold medal match at the Rio Olympics on Friday.
Lee defeats nemesis Lin to reach badminton final
Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei shrugged off eight years of Olympic heartbreak on Friday to defeat his nemesis Lin Dan 15-21, 21-11, 22-20 and reach the final of the men's badminton after another classic encounter.
'Like Produnova, I want to invent a skill that will bear my name'
'I have probably made the Produnova vault more famous than Elena Produnova ever did'
August 18, 2016In middle age, Rio's golden oldies teach youth a lesson
A group of athletes in Rio has found the secret to enhanced performance and it has nothing to do with doping.
Cincinnati: Murray and Nadal roll; Kerber wins
Olympic and Wimbledon champion Andy Murray picked up where he left off in Rio by drubbing Argentina's Juan Monaco to take his place in the third round of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati on Wednesday.
Enduring slavery, civil war: Tale of a South Sudanese marathoner at Rio
South Sudanese Olympic athlete Guor Marial may not be a hot medal tip for Sunday's marathon, but the former slave's road to Rio is one of the most astonishing stories of the games.
Marvellous Turan fires Barcelona to Super Cup glory
Two goals from Arda Turan and one from Lionel Messi gave Barcelona a 3-0 win over Sevilla in the Spanish Super Cup second leg on Wednesday to seal a 5-0 aggregate victory.
August 17, 2016PIX: When an Olympic runner stopped to help competitor...
This was a moment that helped to restore faith in the ideals of sportsmanship.
August 16, 2016Gay athletes at Rio Games bring hope to LGBT cause in Brazil
Dressed as a mermaid with shells covering his nipples, Brazilian Murilo Sousa voiced hope that the record number of openly gay athletes at the Rio Games would boost acceptance in his South American nation, amid a backlash over same-sex marriage.
Recap: Srikanth, Sindhu bright spots but India suffer more humiliation
A recap of the performance by Indian athletes on Day 10 at the Rio Olympics on Monday
Record-creating Da Silva soars to dramatic pole vault gold
Thiago da Silva won Brazil's first athletics gold of their home Games on an extraordinary, unforgettable Monday night in Rio, producing an Olympic record of 6.03 metres in the pole vault to beat hot favourite Renaud Lavillenie and send the fans into raptures.
Kiribati weightlifter adopts unique style to spread message at Rio
Pacific islander dances to raise climate change awareness
Miller dives over line to deny Felix 400m gold in photo finish
Bahamian Shaunae Miller launched herself over the finishing line with a desperate dive to pip Allyson Felix to the women's Olympic 400 metres gold medal by the narrowest of margins on Monday.
Defending Champion Rudisha retains 800m title
Kenya's David Rudisha stormed to victory in the Olympic 800 metres final on Monday, retaining his title with a devastating final-lap sprint.
'Sorry' Vikas stops short of blaming banned federation for ouster
'I'm really sorry to have let you down'
August 15, 2016PHOTOS: The gold medallists on Day 9 at the Rio Olympics
Check out the gold medallists from Day 9
EPL: Ibra scores in United victory; Liverpool edge Arsenal in thriller
Jose Mourinho's first Premier League game as manager of Manchester United ended in a comfortable 3-1 victory away to Bournemouth on Sunday.
August 14, 2016How Indian athletes fared on Day 8 in Rio
India's report card on the eigth day of the 2016 Olympics.
August 13, 2016Ethiopia's Diro finishes 7th after losing shoe, gets final entry
Ethiopia's Etenesh Diro got tangled up with two other runners in Saturday's 3,000m women's Olympic steeplechase and stopped to tear off her damaged right shoe and sock, but she kept on running to finish seventh.
August 12, 2016First round matches are always tricky: Saina
London Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal said that unheralded Brazilian opponent Vicente Lohaynny "surprised her" as the first round at major events are always "tricky and difficult to play".
August 11, 2016Weightlifting: Ahmed earns landmark podium for Egypt
Jubilant teenager Sara Ahmed became the first Egyptian woman to stand on an Olympic podium when she finished third in the women's 69kg at Riocentro on Wednesday.
Rio Olympics: Britain oust champions China to claim first diving gold
Britain's Jack Laugher and Chris Mears dethroned reigning champions China to claim their country's first ever diving gold medal in the men's 3 metre springboard event on Wednesday.
PHOTOS: The gold medallists on Day 5 at the Games
American Kristin Armstrong became the first cyclist to win the same road event at three different Olympic Games on Wednesday.
How Indian athletes fared on Day 5 in Rio
Check out India's report card on the fifth day of the 2016 Olympics.
Refugee wins over fans in clash with world champion
When Congolese refugee Popole Misenga stepped out to face the defending world champion in Wednesday's under 90-kilogram Judo competition he figured he'd be on the floor immediately.
'I was breastfeeding so could not have doped'
Russia's Olga Zabelinskaya protested her innocence after winning the silver medal in the women's time trial on Wednesday, a week after almost flying home because a previous doping ban looked like ruling her out of the Olympics.
August 10, 2016At sprawling Rio Games, even spectators are worn out
Less than a week into the Olympics and people are looking tired around Rio de Janeiro.
American Armstrong wins third straight time trial cycling gold
Veteran American Kristin Armstrong claimed a third consecutive road time trial gold to deny former Russian doper Olga Zabelinskaya what would have been a controversial triumph on a rain-soaked course at the Rio Games on Wednesday.
In PIX: Michael Phelps, the father...
Michael Phelps shared the limelight with his three month old son Boomer.
Two tales of struggle and answering the call of the Olympic dream
Indian Judoka, Avtar Singh's parents take maiden flight to cheer son, who will go up against Pople Misenga from the Olympic Refugee Team. Read on about the intense and interesting story of both Judokas...
PHOTOS: The gold medallists on Day 4 at the Games
China continued to put up dominating performances in the pool, this time taking gold in women's 10 metre synchronized diving on Tuesday.
How Indian athletes fared on Day 4 in Rio
Check out India's report card on the fourth day of the 2016 Olympics.
Russian great Salnikov claims atmosphere in Rio like 'Cold War'
Russian swimming chief Vladimir Salnikov said on Tuesday the atmosphere surrounding his team at the Olympics reminded him of the Cold War, and criticised American breaststroke champion Lilly King for attacking the integrity of her Russian rival.
Rio Olympics: Japan stun All Blacks in rugby sevens opener
New Zealand hopes of becoming the first Olympic rugby sevens champions suffered a major setback on Tuesday when they lost their opening match to Japan and Sonny Bill Williams for the tournament to an Achilles injury.
Raised in the favela, racism inspires Brazil's golden girl to greatness
Brazil's first gold medallist of the Rio Olympics basked in her new-found fame on Tuesday, with Judoka Rafaela Silva taking aim at the racism that first threatened to defeat her and then became the affront that spurred her to greatness.
August 09, 2016Rio Olympics: Murray in third round, Djokovic's campaign ends
Britain's Andy Murray enjoyed a routine win over Argentina's Juan Monaco to ease into the third round of the tennis tournament at the Rio Games on Tuesday, while Spain's world number nine David Ferrer was knocked out.
Rio Olympics: China questions gold medal obsession
A scarcity of gold medals in the first few days of the Olympics is leading China to reflect on its past obsession with finishing first, amid agreement that being champion is no longer everything.
PIX: 'Brazilians are very passionate, very vocal, very loud'
Brazilians brought a soccer fan's raucous attitude to the Rio Games on Monday, wildly cheering their own athletes, booing and mocking opponents -- and creating uncomfortable moments for Olympic athletes unaccustomed to no-holds-barred partisanship.
PIX: In search of star power, media lap up Usain Bolt show...
As a dozen scantily clad Brazilian Samba dancers gyrated on to the stage, rocking peacock-style headdresses and glittery thongs, Usain Bolt was not about to be intimidated or upstaged.
Beach Volleyball PHOTOS: Mixed fortunes for Brazil
Brazil's male and female beach volleyball pairs enjoyed mixed results on Monday, with the men losing to Austria but the women crushing Argentina to book a place in the final 16.
PHOTOS: The gold medallists on Day 3 at the Games
Hosts Brazil won their first gold of the Rio 2016 Summer Games after Rafaela Silva won the women's-57kg judo event on Monday.
August 08, 2016PHOTOS: The gold medallists on Day 2 at the Games
China got its first gold at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics thanks to some sharp shooting skills by Olympic debutant Zhang Mengxue on Sunday.
Rio Olympics: Williams, Murray, Nadal cruise into second round
World number one Serena Williams and second seed Angelique Kerber progressed through the first round of the Rio Olympics tennis on Sunday despite windy conditions that delayed play on most of the smaller tennis courts.
August 05, 2016Torch begins final race to stadium from beneath Rio's Christ
The Olympic torch was raised before Rio de Janeiro's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue on Friday on the final leg of its journey to the opening ceremony of the Olympics, as Brazil excitedly put the final touches to seven years of preparations.
PIX: Stars we spotted at the Rio Olympics
Prior to the kick-off of the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro on Friday, Rediff.com spotted some of the biggest names in sport at the Olympic Village. Check it out.
PIX: Party time in Rio after rollercoaster run-up to the Games
With a little bit of chaos and a last-minute sprint on preparations, Rio de Janeiro was ready on Friday to revel in a moment seven years in the making: the opening of the Olympic Games.
August 04, 2016Indian archers eye redemption at Rio Olympics
Indian archers would look to make amends for the flop-show in London when they take aim in the 31st Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Friday -- archery and football kick-start before the official opening ceremony of the Games.
Military training helps Pakistani shooters reach Rio Olympics
Two members of the small Pakistani contingent participating at the Rio Olympics have the country's military to thank for much of their training.
NBA D-League tryouts: Will Punjab's Palpreet leave a lasting impression?
Palpreet Singh Brar, standing 6'9 can be an intimidating figure. But sit with him for a chat and his easy-going demeanor and straight-faced humour will have you alter any perceptions harboured of the 21-year-old.
August 03, 2016PIX: Indians upbeat at welcome ceremony in Rio
A short display of Brazilian culture, including their music and dance, greeted the Indian contingent at the formal Welcome Ceremony in the Games Village for the 31st Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
August 02, 2016PHOTOS: Sania, TT squad at Rio Games Village
Tennis star Sania Mirza arrived at the Games Village of the Rio Olympics and so did the table tennis squad while the Indian hockey team won its practice match against Spain.
August 01, 2016PIX: India's latest check-ins at the Rio Olympics village
Promising gymnast Dipa Karmakar, the women's hockey team and shooter Heena Sidhu on Sunday checked into the Olympic Village to further boost the Indian contingent at the Rio Games beginning on August 5.
July 31, 2016Sindhu will take it one game at a time at the Rio Olympics
Adapting to the conditions in Rio and changing on-court strategy in match situation will be the key to success, according to ace Indian shuttler P V Sindhu, who is aiming to add an Olympic medal to her two World Championship bronze medals.
Two Russians appeal ban from Rio Olympics
Russian swimmers Vladimir Morozov and Nikita Lobintsev have launched an appeal against the ruling banning them from next month's Rio Olympic Games even though they have never failed a doping test.
Rogers Cup: Djokovic continues Monfils mastery; Halep in final
Novak Djokovic maintained his unbeaten record against Frenchman Gael Monfils with a 6-3, 6-2 win in the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup in Toronto on Saturday, while Japan's Kei Nishikori also reached the final after beating Swiss second seed Stan Wawrinka.
July 30, 2016Rogers Cup: Wawrinka, Nishikori in last four; Halep, Kerber to face off
Swiss second seed Stan Wawrinka advanced into the semi-finals at the Rogers Cup with a comprehensive 6-1, 6-3 victory over big-serving South African Kevin Anderson at the Aviva Centre in Toronto on Friday.
July 29, 2016Indian Hockey teams arrive in Rio with Olympic glory in sight
Determined to put up a top-notch performance at the 2016 Olympic Games, the Indian men and women's hockey teams arrived in Rio de Janeiro on Friday.
July 20, 2016SRK, PM Modi, Vece Paes pay homage to departed hockey legend Shahid
Tributes poured in for India's former hockey captain Mohammed Shahid who passed into the ages at a Gurgaon hospital following multiple organ failure on Wednesday.
July 17, 2016PHOTOS: Mary Kom, Rahul Gandhi, Sehwag in 'Vijender's corner'
Getting a ringside view of the action were Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Indian Premier League commissioner Rajiv Shukla, Olympic champion boxer MC Mary Kom, star wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, cricketers Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina.
July 16, 2016Vijender wins WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight title
In front of a packed arena, in his first pro bout that lasted all ten rounds, Vijender Singh beat Kerry Hopes 98-92-98-92 and 100-92 in a close contest to win the WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight title fight in New Delhi on Saturday.
July 15, 2016Futsal: Giggs's Mumbai record opening win; Ronaldinho's Goa go down
Football legends Ryan Giggs and Hernan Crespo led from the front in Mumbai 5's and Kolkata 5's identical 4-2 wins over Chennai and Goa respectively, in the inaugural Premier Futsal League that got off to a grand start at the floodlight Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor stadium in Chennai on Friday.
Davis Cup: Ramanathan, Myneni give India 2-0 lead over South Korea
India won the opening singles to take a 2-0 lead over South Korea on Day 1 of the Asia/Oceania Group-I tie against South Korea, in Chandigarh, on Friday. After young Ramkumar Ramanathan made a winning Davis Cup debut, scoring a hard-fought 6-3, 2-6, 6-3, 6-5 (15-15) victory over Seong Chan Hong in the first singles, Saketh Myneni got the better of Yong-Kyu Lim 6-1, 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 5-2.
July 14, 2016Blanket ban on Russia for Olympics would not be fair: IOC chief
Athletes from one sport should not be punished for the sins of those from another, the IOC president said on Wednesday, cooling speculation that Russia could be banned from the Olympics altogether for systematic doping.
July 13, 2016Attacking Saina Nehwal eyes success at Rio
Adapting quickly to playing conditions at the Rio Olympics will pose the biggest challenge for players, says Saina Nehwal, who is aiming to better the badminton bronze she won in London four years ago.
July 11, 2016Jubilant Portugal fans hit the streets after Euro triumph
Portugal erupted into jubilation on Sunday as the country defeated France to win the Euro 2016, its first major international soccer championship.
Murray relieved to end 36-month Grand Slam drought
Once the immediate euphoria of winning Wimbledon for a second time had subsided, the tears flowing down Andy Murray's face bore testament to the sheer relief surging through his body.
July 10, 2016Murray etches name in Wimbledon history with 2nd title
Britain's Andy Murray won lifted his second Wimbledon title after defeating Canadian Milos Raonic 6-4 7-6(3) 7-6(2) on Sunday.
Dominant Murray downs Raonic to win second Wimbledon title
Britain's Andy Murray defeated Canadian Milos Raonic to win his 2nd Wimbledon title in London on Sunday.
Contemporaries, fans and friends hail champion Serena
Tennis fans -- commoners and celebrities -- took to Twitter to convey their congratulatory messages to newly crowned Wimbledon champion Serena, who claimed a record-equalling 22nd major title with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Angelique Kerber in Saturday's Wimbledon final.
July 09, 2016Wimbledon: 'Workaholic' Murray ready to dodge Raonic's missiles
Since Andy Murray's memory is as razor sharp as his service returns, he will not have forgotten the parting shot he received from Milos Raonic when they last played.
Serena avenges Aus Open loss to Kerber and equals Graf's win record
It was third time lucky for American Serena Williams as she finally matched Steffi Graf's professional era record of 22 grand slam singles titles by beating Angelique Kerber to claim a seventh Wimbledon crown on Saturday.
List of Wimbledon women's singles champions
Following Serena Williams's win over Angelique Kerber for her 7th Wimbledon crown, here is a list of Wimbledon women's singles champions since 1922:
The greatest: Listing Serena Williams's 22 grand slam singles titles
Following is a list of American Serena Williams' 22 grand slam singles titles as she equalled Steffi Graf's professional era record with victory at Wimbledon on Saturday
The indefatigable Serena Williams: Slam number 22 and counting...
American Serena Williams won her seventh Wimbledon singles crown, and equalled the professional era record of 22 grand slam titles, with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Germany's Angelique Kerber on Saturday:
Serena downs Kerber to win Wimbledon title, equals Graf's record
Serena Williams beat Germany's Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 to claim a seventh Wimbledon singles title and equal Steffi Graf's professional era record of 22 grand slam singles crowns on Saturday.
British F1 GP: Hamilton on pole for Mercedes at Silverstone
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton took pole position for his home British Grand Prix on Saturday with Mercedes teammate and title rival Nico Rosberg qualifying alongside on the front row.
The No 7 shirt set to take centre stage at Euro 2016 final
The fate of Sunday's intriguing European Championship final between France and Portugal weighs largely on two men wearing the number seven shirt, one already at the top of the game and the other one getting there fast.
July 06, 2016Flashback PHOTOS: Semi-finalists Portugal at the Euros
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July 05, 2016PHOTOS: Serena, Venus remain on course for final showdown
Serena Williams battered Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 6-4 in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon on Tuesday, seizing on moments of weakness from the Russian to ram home her advantage.
Time for German youngsters to step up against 'favourites' France
France are favourites in the Euro 2016 semi-final against injury-hit Germany but the world champions' absences will not affect their game, with a string of youngsters ready to step up, team manager Oliver Bierhoff said on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: How they celebrated at Euro 2016
Rediff.com presents a flashback of those moments at Euro 2016 that personify pure ecstasy...
July 04, 2016India at Wimbledon: Paes, Sania march forth; mixed day for Bopanna
Defending champions Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis brushed aside Christina Mchale and Jelena Ostapenko to move into the quarter-finals of the Wimbledon Championships on Monday.
Euro: France end Iceland fairy tale in 5-2 quarter-final decimation
France decimated Iceland in a 5-2 win to end the Nordic nations Euro 2016 dream run in the quarter-final on Sunday.
July 03, 2016Indians at Wimbledon: Sania-Martina ease into third round; Paes out
Top seeds Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis breezed into the women's third round with a 6-3, 6-1 win over the Japanese pairing of Eri Hozumi and Miyu Kato at the Wimbledon championships on Sunday.
F1: Hamilton wins Austrian Grand Prix after last lap drama
Triple Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton won the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday after a last-lap collision with Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg as they fought for the lead.
July 02, 2016Euro: 'Iceland deserve to be where they are'
France realise how dangerous Iceland can be from long throw-ins and have been working on ways to counter that weapon when they face the surprise packages of the European Championship in the quarter-finals, coach Didier Deschamps said on Saturday.
Euro 2016: Welsh underdogs revel in greatest night with Belgium win
Ecstatic Wales coach Chris Coleman praised his "soldiers" after a shock 3-1 win over Belgium at Euro 2016 took the country to their first major tournament semi-final, and said they could match anyone if they were not afraid to fail.
Old guy Federer thanks the luck of the draw at Wimbledon
For a seven-time champion who is a month shy of his 35th birthday, and is known to have a dodgy back, fate could not have dealt Roger Federer a better hand this week as he became the first, and so far only, man to reach the Wimbledon fourth round.
This tactical disaster cost Belgium at Euro 2016
Wales's Euro 2016 victory over Belgium, officially the second-best team in football, showed again that you can have all the attacking talent in the world but if you are weak at the back you will be found out at the highest level.
Del Potro returns from wilderness to knock out Wawrinka
Juan Martin Del Potro, world number 165, was feeling "so alive" that by the time the match hit the mid-way point of the second set, Stan Wawrinka did not know what had hit him.
July 01, 2016Drama in store as Ibrahimovic writes final chapter
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is poised to write the final chapter in a glittering career with Manchester United in England's Premier League and although drama is guaranteed, a happy ending is not.
Euro 2016: When Portugal's starlet Sanches overshadowed star Ronaldo
Portugal coach Fernando Santos turned to teenager Renato Sanches in a bid to bring some fluency to the midfield in their Euro 2016 quarter-final against Poland on Thursday and was handsomely rewarded for the decision.
PHOTOS: The Icelandic saga at Euros
The smallest country ever to compete at the Euros surprised soccer fans around the world after comfortably knocking out England, the overwhelming favourites in the last 16 match with a 2-1 victory to set up a dream tie with hosts France.
Flamboyant Conte roars out of garage and burns up grass
Antonio Conte, who spends matches ranting incessantly at his players and the referee from the touchline, is one of the most passionate coaches at Euro 2016 and has led an ageing, technically-limited side further than many felt possible.
June 30, 2016Euro 2016: It's Bale vs Hazard as Wales faces 'home team' Belgium
Wales are happy to cast themselves as underdogs in their Euro 2016 quarter-final against Belgium on Friday but such modesty belies their proven ability to bite hard.
Olympic champ Phelps swims his way to Rio Games
Michael Phelps gifted himself an early birthday present by winning the 200 metres butterfly at the US Olympic swim trials on Wednesday to punch his ticket to the Rio Summer Games.
Euro 2016: Portugal and the untying of the proverbial Gordian Knot
'I think it's a 50-50 match. My players know that. They (Poland) are here on their own merit'
June 28, 2016The highs and lows of Lionel Messi's Argentina career
Argentina's star player Lionel Messi on Monday announced his retirement from international football after missing a penalty in the team's 2-4 defeat against Chile in the Copa America Centenario final at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
June 27, 2016Wimbledon: Djokovic's solid start to title defence; Federer advances
Photos from the Wimbledon matches on Day 1
June 26, 2016Without Rafa, Muguruza flies Wimbledon flag for Spain
Wimbledon will naturally miss an old favourite with Rafael Nadal sidelined by injury yet Garbine Muguruza, armed with her sunny demeanour and blistering talent, seems perfectly happy and equipped to fill the void left by her great Spanish compatriot.
June 25, 2016Federer ready to put 'one stupid move' behind him
All it took was "one stupid move" for Roger Federer's season to fall into an abyss.
June 23, 2016Euro: Ireland make history, enter last 16 after late Brady goal
Ireland reached the knockout phase at a European Championship for the firs time when Robbie Brady's late goal earned them a 1-0 victory against Group E winners Italy on Wednesday.
Euro: Belgium's late strike sends them through as Ibrahimovic bows out
Belgium went through to the last-16 at Euro 2016 on Wednesday when Radja Nainggolan's late strike gave them a 1-0 win over Sweden, who were knocked out after scoring only once in three games.
Euro: Hungary and Portugal through after thrilling 3-3 draw
Hungary and Portugal reached the Euro 2016 knockout stages after a rip-roaring 3-3 draw in which Cristiano Ronaldo netted twice and became the first player to score at four European Championship finals on Wednesday.
June 22, 2016Euro: Iceland advance to last 16 after 2-1 win against Austria
Iceland snatched a stoppage-time winner to continue their fairytale story at Euro 2016 by making it through to the last 16 after a deserved 2-1 victory against Austria in their final Group F match on Wednesday.
Euro: Turkey beat Czechs 2-0 to stay in last-16 contention
Goals by Burak Yilmaz and Ozan Tufan gave Turkey a 2-0 win over Czech Republic in Euro 2016 on Tuesday that secured third place in Group D and kept alive their hopes of reaching the tournament's knockout stages.
Euro: Impressive Croatia stun defending champs Spain, top group
Holders Spain lost for the first time in 15 matches at the European Championship finals on Tuesday when Croatia beat them 2-1 to win Group D at Euro 2016.
June 21, 2016Euro: Germany beat Northern Ireland 1-0 to win group
Germany's Mario Gomez scored in the first half to secure a 1-0 win over a stubborn Northern Ireland side and a place in the last 16 of Euro 2016 as Group C winners on Tuesday.
Euro: England advance after stalemate with Slovakia
England drew 0-0 with Slovakia on Monday to finish second in Euro 2016 Group B and qualify for the knockout phase behind Wales who beat Russia 3-0 in their final match.
Euro: Wales thump Russia to top group, enter last sixteen
Wales outplayed Russia 3-0, scoring twice in the opening 20 minutes, as they moved into the round of 16 at Euro 2016 by winning Group B on Monday.
June 19, 2016Euro: Ronaldo misses penalty as Portugal held to 0-0 draw with Austria
Portugal played out a goalless draw against Austria after captain Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty in their Euro 2016 Group F match at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on Saturday.
June 18, 2016Euro 2016: Late own goal gives Hungary 1-1 draw with Iceland
Iceland were within two minutes of a famous victory on their first appearance at a major tournament on Saturday only for Birkir Saevarsson to put through his own net to hand Hungary a 1-1 draw that leaves Euro 2016 Group F wide open.
Euro: Lukaku scores twice as Belgium batter Ireland
Belgium rediscovered their most blistering form to batter group E rivals Ireland 3-0 thanks to a brace from Romelu Lukaku and an Axel Witsel header on Saturday.
Euro 2016: Quiet Kante shows he can make it count even for Les Bleus
Blue is definitely the colour for the discreet N'Golo Kante, now shining for France on the pitches of Euro 2016 after playing a key role in LeicesterCity's fairytale run to the Premier League title in England.
June 17, 2016Euro: Belgium await friendly invasion by Ireland
For however much or little it counts, Belgium have history on their side in not having lost to the Irish for 50 years, which includes beating them by a single goal in the playoffs to win a place at the 1998 World Cup in France.
'Compact and solid' Hungary bid to extend hot streak over Iceland
Two of the surprise teams of the opening round of matches at Euro 2016 meet on Saturday when Iceland face Hungary in Group F.
Pele backs new coach Tite to help Brazil win elusive Olympic gold
Brazil's failure to claim an Olympic soccer gold medal, the one major tournament they have never won, is all because Pele never played in the competition, the soccer great joked on Thursday.
Copa America PHOTOS: US reach semis with 2-1 win over Ecuador
The United States survived a late onslaught to beat Ecuador 2-1 and advance to the semi-finals of the Copa America for the first time since 1995 after a pulsating and sometime fractious match in Seattle on Thursday.
Ecstatic England fans party in Lille after winning 'Battle of Britain'
Beer-swilling English football fans bathed in public fountains on Thursday evening in the northern France town on Lille to celebrate their team's victory over Wales in nearby Lens, with little sign of the tensions seen there in previous nights.
Euro: How toothless Germany were checked by plucky Poland
Germany bolstered their back line with the return of central defender Mats Hummels on Thursday but lacked penetration at the other end of the field as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Poland at Euro 2016.
June 16, 2016Euro: It's Ibra vs a collective Italy as Sweden face mighty Azzurri
Italy's victory over Belgium was celebrated as a triumph of the team over individual talents, but Friday's opponents Sweden are relying on the singular genius of frontman Zlatan Ibrahimovic to get their Euro 2016 campaign off the ground.
Diplomatic relations on line as Moscow terms Euro 2016 'anti-Russian'
The French envoy was notified about "discrimination" towards Russian citizens, it said, adding that "further fanning of anti-Russian sentiments" could damage relations between France and Russia.
Euro shame: 36 England fans arrested by for creating ruckus in Lille
French riot police charged and used tear gas to disperse rowdy English football fans in Lille on Wednesday, though the northern city was spared feared clashes with Russian supporters.
Turning point: The ploy that worked for Deschamps's France
France coach Didier Deschamps was more than just relieved after his team scored two late goals to beat a stubborn Albania team 2-0 on Wednesday and reach the second round of Euro 2016.
June 15, 2016PIX: Flying tackles, bloodied noses, coaches kisses and more at Euro
From sharp, flying tackles and tough possession-fights, bloodied noses to scissor kicks in attempt to finding those crucial goals and the ecstatic celebrations thereafter, Rediff.com gives you a quick rewind of all the excitement that has transpired over the last five days across France...
Euro: Debutants Iceland hold Ronaldo's Portugal to shock draw
Rank outsiders Iceland enjoyed a superb big-stage debut as they clinched a shock 1-1 draw against Euro 2016 Group F favourites Portugal on Tuesday.
June 14, 2016Euro: Hungary stun 10-man Austria 2-0 in thrilling match
Austria, who were undefeated in 10 qualifying games, were beaten 2-0 by old rivals Hungary in the opening match of Euro 2016 Group F on Tuesday.
Former rebel now France's wise old man
It has been a tortuous journey for France's Patrice Evra, once blamed for playing a dark role in the worst scandal in the history of the national team but now in the limelight as the wise old man of a team with high hopes.
Euro: Dominant Italy down Belgium 2-0
Italy were clinical in their approach as they beat Belgium 2-0 in their Euro 2016 Group E encounter on Monday.
Champions Spain: Big on possession but lacked finishing touch
Spain huffed and puffed, making hard work of their Euro 2016 opener before a late Gerard Pique goal blew away the CzechRepublic resistance -- yet it could not conceal further evidence that Vicente del Bosque's champions may lack a killer instinct.
Euro: Clark own goal hands Sweden lucky draw vs Ireland
A Ciaran Clark own goal earned Sweden a fortunate 1-1 draw against a spirited Ireland side in their Euro 2016 Group E opener at the Stade de France on Monday.
June 13, 2016Russians ready for 'ultra-violent' action involved in Euro 2016 clashes
Russian hooligans prepared for "ultra-rapid, ultra-violent action" were involved in the worst of the fighting that hit Marseille at the start of the Euro 2016 soccer tournament, the French city's chief prosecutor said on Monday.
Euro: Spain edge Czechs after Pique's late header
Reigning champions Spain left it late but Gerard Pique's 87th-minute header earned them a deserved 1-0 victory over a dogged Czech Republic in their Euro 2016 Group D opener on Monday.
Formula One: Hamilton wins fifth Canadian win
Lewis Hamilton survived another first corner clash with Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg on Sunday to take a fifth Canadian Grand Prix victory and cut the German's championship lead to nine points.
Euro 2016: Superb Germany overpower Ukraine to record 2-0 win
In what was a thrilling match of end to end action, Germany powered past Ukraine by a 1-0 margin in their Euro 2016 Group C campaign-opening match in Lille on Sunday.
June 12, 2016Euro: Milik powers Poland to win over Northern Ireland
Poland's Arkadiusz Milik scored the winner as they downed Northern Ireland 1-0 in their Euro 2016 Group C opening match in Nice on Sunday.
Euro: Magical Modric helps Croatia down Turkey 1-0, exact 2008 revenge
Croatia needed a touch of Luka Modric magic to beat Turkey 1-0 in their Euro 2016 Group D opener on Sunday, gaining a measure of revenge after their bitter quarter-final elimination by the same opponents at Euro 2008.
June 06, 2016Career Grand Slam done, Djokovic believes Calendar slam 'achievable'
'Whether or not I can reach a calendar slam, that's still a possibility. But I don't think about it right now. Right now I just try to enjoy this experience of winning the trophy that I had never won before'
Euro warm-ups: Zlatan stars in Sweden's win; Czech stunned
A round-up of Euro 2016 warm-up matches played on Sunday
Making peace with this fact made Djokovic the best
The moment Novak Djokovic accepted that being part of the Roger Federer/Rafael Nadal era was a chance, not a curse, everything improved for him.
Copa America: Mexico strike late to down Uruguay in thriller
Mexico scored twice in the final five minutes to beat Uruguay 3-1 in a pulsating Copa America Group C match in which each side had a man sent off on Sunday.
June 04, 2016Will Serena win her 22nd Major with the French Open crown?
Garbine Muguruza's chances of winning her maiden grand slam title -- and achieving the rare feat of beating Serena Williams twice in three years at Roland Garros -- may well depend on which version of the world number one turns up on Sunday.
June 03, 2016French Open: Murray downs Wawrinka, to face Djokovic in final
Britain's Andy Murray knocked out defending French Open champion Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 in the semi-finals on Friday to reach his first Roland Garros final where he will face world number one Novak Djokovic.
June 02, 2016Djokovic, Serena avoid distractions of French Open 'circus'
A competitor lambasted the French Open as "one big circus" on Thursday as soggy weather once again came back to exasperate players seeking a foothold in the semi-finals of the rain-hit claycourt major.
French Open PIX: It's Djokovic vs Thiem in semis; Serena staggers ahead
Photos from the French Open matches played at the Roland Garros on Thursday
How 'Karma' played a part in this Haryana-born Aussie Olympic wrestler
The path to the Olympics is paved with potholes for many athletes but few can claim to have overcome hardship like wrestler Vinod Kumar, who was thrown from a speeding train by a rival's family in India before landing on his feet in Australia.
June 01, 2016French Open: Murray, Wawrinka to meet in semis; Djokovic, Serena advance
Images from Wednesday's matches at Roland Garros
May 31, 2016Euro 2016: Experimental Portugal still a threat
They may be over dependent on Cristiano Ronaldo and struggling to replace old faithfuls, yet under the wily leadership of Fernando Santos, Portugal can still be a threat.
Euros: Mix of youth and experience may help Spain prove doubters wrong
For all Vicente del Bosque's confidence that he has the right balance of experience and youth to return Spain to their familiar place on the winner's rostrum, questions remain about his best starting line-up ahead of Euro 2016.
Euro warm-up: Sweden in 0-0 draw with Slovenia; France edge Cameroon
Sweden missed the influence of captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was resting a sore calf muscle, as they struggled to create chances in a dull 0-0 draw with Slovenia in their penultimate Euro 2016 warm-up in Malmo on Monday.
May 30, 2016Euro warm-up: Slovakia stun green Germany; Portugal, Spain win
An inexperienced Germany suffered an embarrassing 3-1 defeat to Slovakia in a storm-affected friendly ahead of Euro 2016.
May 29, 2016French Open: Bopanna-Mergea rally to reach doubles quarters
Indian tennis ace Rohan Bopanna and his Romanian partner Florin Mergea produced a spirited fight back as they have booked their place in the quarter-finals of the French Open at the Roland Garros in Paris on Sunday.
PHOTOS: Kings of Europe Real Madrid take celebrations to the street
Newly-crowned European club football champions Real Madrid took their Champions League celebrations on to the streets of Madrid.
Heroic Zidane assured place in Real hearts
In leading Real Madrid to their 11th European Cup less than five months after inheriting an unhappy team from Rafael Benitez, Zinedine Zidane has cemented his heroic status at the Bernabeu and appears to have assured his immediate future.
Ramos is Real hero again after turbulent year
Just as he did two years ago, Sergio Ramos left his footprint all over Real Madrid's Champions League final triumph over Atletico Madrid following a turbulent 12 months.
Djokovic, Serena and their stand on tackling Zika at Rio Games
Novak Djokovic urged people to think about Brazilians who are having to live with the Zika outbreak on a daily basis rather than worrying about how the situation might affect those travelling to the country for the Rio Olympics in August.
When Serena failed to convert 11 of the 12 break points!
The imposter who did turn up got dragged into a two hour 11 minute tussle in which she failed to convert 11 of the 12 break points that fell her way.
Real edge Atletico in penalties to win 11th UEFA Champions League crown
Real Madrid win UEFA Champions League
May 27, 2016French Open PHOTOS: Murray, Halep advance; Kvitova bows out
Photos from French Open matches played at the Roland Garros on Friday
May 26, 2016French Open PIX: Nadal, Djokovic, Serena march on; Bouchard ousted
A dominant Rafael Nadal arrived at one career milestone on Thursday but the speed of the Spaniard's rampage through the early rounds of the French Open suggests his eyes are fixed firmly on another more significant one.
Paes-Hingis, Sania-Dodig make winning start in French Open
Indian tennis stars Leander Paes and Sania Mirza cruised into the mixed doubles pre-quarterfinals of the French Open along with their respective partners in Paris on Thursday.
May 25, 2016Has Mourinho agreed to a deal with Manchester United?
English football's biggest club seem to have secured the services of the sport's most colourful manager after Jose Mourinho, according to Sky TV reports, agreed personal terms with Manchester United on Tuesday.
May 23, 2016French Open: Wawrinka made to wait as rain delays play on Day 2
Heavy rain postponed play on day two of the French Open with organisers saying no matches would start before 1130GMT.
'Kings of Spain', Barca players celebrate Copa del Rey win in style
Rediff.com gives you a glimpse of the jubilant Catalan team...
King's Cup PIX: Barca complete double with win over Sevilla
Barcelona retained the King's Cup with a 2-0 victory over Sevilla to complete a domestic double.
May 22, 2016French Open PHOTOS: Kyrgios, Kvitova record hard-fought wins
Australian Nick Kyrgios did his best to enliven a damp and dismal Parisian day with some eye-catching play and colourful language as the French Open began without part of the usual furniture on Sunday.
Former United player Neville makes Mourinho-Ferguson comparison
Jose Mourinho is a proven winner who is the perfect choice as Manchester United manager, the club's former defender Phil Neville said on Sunday.
FA Cup champs United to make Mourinho announcement next week?
Jose Mourinho will be appointed Manchester United manager next week to replace Louis van Gaal despite Saturday's FA Cup final victory over Crystal Palace, British media have reported.
PHOTOS: Juventus win Italian Cup, complete double
Juventus won a second consecutive double when substitute Alvaro Morata's extra-time goal secured a 1-0 Italian Cup final win over AC Milan who missed out on Europe for a third successive season on Saturday.
PHOTOS: Sublime Lingard volley sees United win 12th FA Cup title
Manchester United substitute Jesse Lingard's superb volley in extra time secured a 2-1 win over CrystalPalace in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday for their first major trophy in three years.
May 21, 2016Atletico's hard-working Griezmann gets top rating
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone rates Antoine Griezmann as one of the top three players in the world and says the forward owes it to his ability to work hard and the willingness to listen.
May 19, 2016Europa PIX: Sevilla shock Liverpool; win third straight title
Sevilla conjured up a dazzling comeback to clinch a record third successive Europa League title on Wednesday, flooring Liverpool with a 3-1 victory that showed why the Spanish side have become masters of Europe's second-tier competition.
May 18, 2016Making a splash! STUNNING images from the European Aquatics C'ships
Rediff.com brings you images from the May 9-22 meet. Enjoy the feast your eyes!
Defiant Van Gaal booed by United fans after season finale
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal blamed injuries and unrealistic expectations for his team's disappointing season after a 3-1 win over Bournemouth on Tuesday confirmed a fifth place finish in the Premier League.
Britain's Peaty wins European gold in Rio warm-up
Rio-bound world champion Adam Peaty gave Britain their first swimming gold of the European aquatics championships on Tuesday with the fastest time of the year in the 100 metres breaststroke.
EPL: United ease past Bournemouth to seal fifth spot
Wayne Rooney and Marcus Rashford scored to lift Manchester United to a comfortable 3-1 win over Bournemouth on Tuesday that secured fifth place in the Premier League table.
May 17, 2016Europa League: A red revolution on cards under Klopp's watchful gaze
Juergen Klopp, who has breathed new life into Liverpool in his seven months in charge, would seal his place in the hearts of the club's supporters if he pulls off victory over Sevilla in Wednesday's Europa League final.
PHOTOS: The party's on in Leicester City...
Players, manager, fans celebrate title triumph with victory parade
May 16, 2016Sports sagas: When real life inspired reel...
Rediff.com gives you a look at films in the past that have captured the lives of sporting icons, and their rise to glory, on the silver screen.
May 15, 2016EPL PIX: Newcastle stun Spurs; Giroud hat-trick lifts Arsenal
Tottenham Hotspur fluffed their last-day lines with a 5-1 defeat at relegated, 10-man Newcastle United that left them third in the Premier League behind bitter north London rivals Arsenal.
May 14, 2016Vijender records sixth straight KO win in pro boxing
Indian boxing star Vijender Singh's rampaging winning streak remained intact as he carved out a sixth successive knockout victory by battering Poland's Andrzej Soldra on Friday.
FIFA gets first female secretary general
FIFA named an African woman with no experience in football administration as its second most powerful official on Friday, part of changes made by the sport's ruling body to move on from a major corruption scandal.
Can Real Madrid pip Barca to La Liga crown in season finale?
Real Madrid can pip Barcelona to the La Liga title on Saturday even though their destiny is out of their hands, coach Zinedine Zidane said on the eve of the season finale.
May 13, 2016Factors that made a difference to Arsenal's EPL title chase
Overall fatigue and long-term injuries to key players combined to end Arsenal's pursuit for the Premier League title this season, goalkeeper Petr Cech has said.
Italian Open: Djokovic to face-off with Nadal for 49th time!
The Serbian fought back from a first set bagel to storm into the quarters
May 12, 2016EPL PIX: Benteke salvages point for Liverpool; Norwich go down
Christian Benteke headed home from close range as Liverpool grabbed a stoppage-time leveller to snatch a point against Chelsea in a 1-1 draw on Wednesday after Eden Hazard's dazzling opener for the visitors.
May 11, 2016Italian Open: Serena commences clay-court season with thumping win
World number one Serena Williams has started her clay-court season in dominant style, beating Anna-Lena Friedsam in straight sets in the second round of the Italian Open in Rome on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: Putin shows off ace stick skills in all-star ice hockey game
Russian President Vladimir Putin showed off his stick skills with a goal and two assists in an amateur ice hockey game at a 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics venue on Tuesday.
Now, Tennis Australia chief slams Tomic, Kyrgios
Tennis Australia chief Steve Healy has labelled Bernard Tomic disrespectful and said Nick Kyrgios was picking unnecessary fights with Olympic officials as the debate over who should represent the country at the Rio Games continued on Wednesday.
PIX: Loss at West Ham leaves United's Champions League hopes in shreds
West Ham bade farewell to the Boleyn Ground after 112 years with a pulsating 3-2 victory over Manchester United to leave the visitors' top-four hopes in tatters on Tuesday.
May 10, 2016Grappler Sushil demands trial with Narsingh as both eye Rio berth
'I am only saying that whoever between me and Narsingh is better, should represent the country at the Olympics'
Soccer transfers: Bayern Munich swoop for Sanches and Hummels
Bayern Munich have signed 18-year-old Portuguese midfielder Renato Sanches from Benfica and Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, the Bundesliga club said on Tuesday.
'Wasn't trying to expose Russia, I was trying to expose corrupt sports officials'
Whistleblower nearly aborted efforts to expose Russian doping
There's good news and bad as Barca aim for La Liga crown in final round
Barcelona manager Luis Enrique believes his team deserves to win "the best league in Europe" as they aim to clinch La Liga in a potentially thrilling climax to the Spanish season on Saturday.
May 09, 2016Can Spain's trusted, old war-horses manage an encore at Euro 2016?
The shadow of their disappointing 2014 World Cup campaign still hangs over Spain as they prepare to defend their European Championship crown in France next month, according to coach Vicente del Bosque.
May 08, 2016La Liga PIX: Barca thrash Espanyol, one win away from title
Barcelona closed in on the La Liga title by thrashing local rivals Espanyol 5-0 on Sunday as Atletico Madrid dropped out of the race after losing 2-1 at Levante and Real Madrid beat Valencia 3-2.
EPL PHOTOS: City CL hopes hit by home draw with Arsenal; Reds win
Photos from the English Premier League matches played on Sunday
Madrid Masters: Djokovic to meet Murray in blockbuster final
World No 1 Novak Djokovic will meet second-ranked Andy Murray in a blockbuster final at the Madrid Open after beating Kei Nishikori 6-3, 7-6 (4) on Saturday.
WBC middleweight boxing: Khan knocked out by Alvarez
Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez landed a devastating right hook to knock out Amir Khan in the sixth round and claim the WBC middleweight title clash in Las Vegas on Saturday.
May 05, 2016Syrian whose plight went viral finds refuge in Spanish soccer
Mementos from the soccer world that brought Syrian refugee Osama Abdul Mohsen to Spain are strewn around the flat he shares with two of his sons, including a ball signed by Real Madrid's star players and a banner for the local team, Getafe.
German cyclist looks to race with 3D-printed prosthesis in Rio
German paralympic cyclist Denise Schindler hopes to race with a 3D-printed leg prosthesis in Rio de Janeiro in September.
Champions League PIX: How Real tamed Manchester City to reach final
Real Madrid reached their 14th European Cup final and crushed Manchester City's hopes of a maiden title after Gareth Bale's deflected effort secured a 1-0 victory in the second leg of their Champions League last four clash on Wednesday.
May 04, 2016Champions League PIX: How Atletico dumped Bayern to reach final
Atletico Madrid reached the Champions League final on away goals on Tuesday after a 2-1 defeat at Bayern Munich, in which both sides missed a penalty, with the exhilarating tie finishing 2-2 on aggregate.
May 03, 2016EPL PIX: Tottenham lose their heads and title chances
Tottenham Hotspur lost their cool and their Premier League title hopes as they let slip a two-goal lead at Chelsea to draw a stormy London derby 2-2 on Monday.
Leicester's success mantra: Ranieri and a forgotten football philosophy
The statistics of a stunning campaign tell an astonishing tale of how Leicester have turned the clock back by shunning possession and glorying in the long ball to a pacey striker, while spurning rotation in favour of a settled, almost self-selecting side
EPL PHOTOS: Euphoric Leicester fans throng streets in celebration
Rediff.com gives you a glimpse of the jubilant Leicester fans...
Is Leicester's 5,000-1 upset the greatest sporting shock?
At the start of the English football season last August, bookmakers in Britain were offering odds of 5,000-1 against LeicesterCity winning the Premier League.
Leicester's victory a triumph for football and 'hope to smaller teams'
FIFA president Gianni Infantino echoed the most common and apt description of the "beautiful story" as a "fairytale" after the 5,000-1 outsiders, who performed a miraculous escape from relegation last season, were crowned champions on Monday.
Champions Leicester City are 'having a party' with EPL title in the bag
Here are a few pictures from the Foxes' celebrations that the club posted on their Twitter page with the hashtag -- Having a party!
May 02, 201610 BEST Sports Photos of the Week!
Rediff.com brings you these and other exciting news from the week gone by in this photo feature...
Pellegrini unhappy with Sunday kick-off with Madrid looming
ManchesterCity manager Manuel Pellegrini said he had no option but to name a much-changed team for Sunday's 4-2 Premier League defeat by Southampton with the club's Champions League semi-final clash with Real Madrid scheduled on Wednesday.
April 29, 2016Europa League semis: Villarreal jolt Liverpool late, Sevilla held
Villarreal's Adrian Lopez produced a stinging sucker punch in stoppage time to leave Liverpool reeling and move the Spaniards closer to a maiden European final after their Europa League last four first leg clash finished 1-0 on Thursday.
April 28, 2016Host nation Brazil receives Olympic flame for Rio Games
The flame will be flown in special safety lanterns to Switzerland for a ceremony at the United Nations in Geneva on Thursday
Champions League PIX: It's all Saul as Atletico go one up over Bayern
A breathtaking individual goal from Saul Niguez put Atletico Madrid in the box seat in their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich with a 1-0 victory in a tense first leg on Wednesday.
April 27, 2016100 days to Rio: Venues ready, but many challenges remain
Brazil has long been known as a country that can throw a great party as long as the guests do not mind a location that still has the builders in it.
Publish all my drug test results, Nadal tells ITF
Rafael Nadal has asked the International Tennis Federation to publish the results of his drug tests following an accusation of doping by a former French cabinet minister.
Champions League PIX: Manchester City hold Ronaldo-less Real
Manchester City survived a late grilling by Real Madrid thanks to goalkeeper Joe Hart to hold on for a 0-0 draw on Tuesday that keeps alive their hopes of reaching the Champions League final for the first time.
April 26, 2016EPL: Spurs drop points and likely title in West Brom draw
West Brom's Dawson is villain and hero as Spurs' chances at League title fades; Leicester now need just one win from three games to claim EPL crown
April 25, 201610 BEST Sports Photos of the Week!
Rediff.com has this and a whole lot more exciting action from the week gone by, encapsulated in this photo feature.
Resurgent Nadal reclaims Barcelona crown, equals Vilas's record
Rafael Nadal maintained his ominous claycourt form by seizing back the Barcelona Open title from Kei Nishikori with a 6-4, 7-5 victory on Sunday, matching Guillermo Vilas's record title haul on the surface.
April 24, 2016Indian chess has solid depth: Anand
At a time when the sporting fraternity is divided over Salman Khan's appointment as brand ambassador for the Indian contingent for the upcoming Rio Olympics, five-time world chess champion Viswanathan Anand has said that the focus should be to address the needs of the Rio-bound athletes.
EPL PHOTOS: Leicester on verge of title; Sunderland draw with Arsenal
Leicester City were left in touching distance of a fairytale first Premier League title on Sunday after Leonardo Ulloa's double helped them outclass Swansea City at a delirious King Power Stadium.
EPL PHOTOS: Man City go third, Newcastle hold Reds to rally
ManchesterCity moved up to third in the Premier League on Saturday while Newcastle United boosted their hopes of survival by coming back from two goals down at Liverpool to draw 2-2 and secure a precious point.
La Liga: Suarez makes history as Barca thrash Gijon
Suarez moved ahead of Ronaldo as the league's top scorer on 34 goals after netting four times, twice with penalties, in the space of 25 second-half minutes
April 22, 2016Under-pressure Wenger says Arsenal want to finish as high as possible
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been feeling the pressure in the race for a Champions League place but a 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Thursday got his team back up to third spot.
PHOTOS: Arsenal record 500th EPL win and leapfrog City to go third
Arsenal's resurgent Alexis Sanchez scored twice to help ease their top-four jitters in a 2-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League at a less than full Emirates Stadium on Thursday.
How Arsenal missed their big title chance
The Londoners are fourth in the Premier League table, 13 points behind leaders Leicester City with five games left.
April 21, 2016Managerial futures at stake as FA Cup semis kick-off this weekend
Three of the four managers leading their teams out at Wembley for this weekend's FA Cup semi-finals will do so knowing defeat could have serious ramifications for their short-term future.
Countdown to Rio Games begins with Olympia torch lighting
The Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics countdown got under way on Thursday with the lighting of the torch at the site of the ancient Olympics, with organisers hoping it will shift attention away from Brazil's political and financial turmoil.
April 19, 2016Djokovic eyes Olympic gold even as he defends defamed tennis
Tennis is going through 'tricky' times amid the swirling 'rumours' of doping and betting, concedes Novak Djokovic but the World No.1 says he would not question the sport's integrity till the time concrete evidence is presented to prove wrongdoing.
EPL PHOTOS: Tottenham's win at Stoke adds spice to title race
Tottenham Hotspur took a large bite out of Leicester City's Premier League lead with two goals apiece from Harry Kane and Dele Alli earning them a 4-0 victory at Stoke City on Monday.
Leicester's success a divine right after good karma?
Good karma is what will land Leicester their first English Premier League title.
Dominant Djokovic, Serena claim top honours at Laureus Sports Awards
World number ones Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams completed a clean sweep for tennis as they won the Laureus Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards on Monday.
Tiring 'MSN' trident shouldering blame for Barcelona slump
Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar were being touted as the best strike force in soccer history a month ago as they spearheaded Barcelona's record unbeaten run but the tiring trio are now taking the blame as the club's season unravels.
April 18, 2016Best Sports Photos of the Week!
Rediff.com brings these and other big news from the sporting world, encapsulated in this photo feature...
After finding his mojo, Nadal now has Vilas's record in sight
'I had a tough season in the last few years, but I've had better preparation this year, even with a tough start to the season'
La Liga PHOTOS: Barca lose to Valencia while Atletico catch up
Barcelona's stuttering title bid suffered another setback when they lost 2-1 at home to Valencia on Sunday, while Atletico Madrid moved level on points with the La Liga leaders after a comfortable win over Granda.
April 16, 2016La Liga PHOTOS: Madrid wallop Getafe to put pressure on Barca
Real Madrid moved to within a point of La Liga leaders Barcelona after Karim Benzema, Isco, Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez and Cristiano Ronaldo all scored in a 5-1 thrashing at struggling Getafe on Saturday.
EPL PHOTOS: Villa relegated as Rashford nets United winner
Aston Villa were relegated from the Premier League for the first time since it began in 1992 when they suffered their 24th loss of the season in a 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford on Saturday.
April 14, 2016Champions League PIX: Atletico stun Barcelona at fortress
Holders Barcelona crashed out of the Champions League after being stifled by a brilliantly well-organised Atletico Madrid.
April 13, 2016Of Zidane's tactical brain and Ronaldo's goal-scoring prowess
Zinedine Zidane overcame the biggest challenge of his fledgling coaching career as Real Madrid brushed aside VfL Wolfsburg to overturn a first-leg deficit and reach the Champions League semi-finals.
The Champions League and a season of missed chances for Wolfsburg
VfL Wolfsburg came close to staging a minor Champions League miracle but their 3-0 loss at Real Madrid in the last eight on Tuesday for a 3-2 aggregate defeat was a reflection of a season of missed opportunities, club officials said.
Champions League: Can Atletico repeat 2014 result against Barca?
Atletico Madrid captain Gabi said his team would not be lulled into complacency by Barcelona's faltering form when they host the Champions League holders in the second leg of their quarter-final on Wednesday.
Champions League PIX: Ronaldo's treble takes Real to semis
Cristiano Ronaldo's fifth Champions League hat-trick inspired Real Madrid to a 3-0 comeback victory over VfL Wolfsburg on Tuesday that clinched a place in the semi-finals for a sixth successive season.
April 11, 2016Champions League: Can Real script comeback against Wolfsburg at home?
Real Madrid are determined to create an intimidating atmosphere for visitors VfL Wolfsburg as they try to overturn a two-goal deficit in Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.
Soccer: Barca lose as Ronaldo breaks another record; Leicester cruise
Barcelona's lead at the top of La Liga was cut after a second consecutive defeat and LeicesterCity's improbable march towards the Premier League title showed no sign of slowing as they won a fifth straight match.
Willett wins Augusta Masters after stunning Spieth meltdown
He is only the second Englishman following three-times champion Nick Faldo to win the coveted Green Jacket
April 07, 2016Champions League PIX: Wolfsburg shock Real; City draw against PSG
Wolfsburg shock Real Madrid 2-0 to crown big European night.
April 06, 2016Augusta Masters: Champion Spieth feels pressure only from himself
While the expectations of his fans soared sky-high after Jordan Spieth's sensational 2015 campaign, the American feels much greater pressure from himself as he prepares for his Masters title defence this week.
Champions League PIX: Barca beat 10-man Atletico; Bayern edge Benfica
Barcelona's Luis Suarez netted twice for a 2-1 win over 10-man Atletico Madrid in their Champions League quarter-final, first leg on Tuesday after the visitors' Fernando Torres opened the scoring and was later sent off.
April 05, 201610 BEST Sports Photos of the Week!
Rediff.com gives you a pictorial rewind of all the excitement that unfolded in the sporting world in the week gone by...
Atletico's talisman Godin back to torment Barca's MSN attack
Atletico Madrid will have centre backs Diego Godin and Stefan Savic available again for Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg at Barcelona.
April 04, 2016Djokovic joins game's greats after claiming Miami title
The World No 1 beat Japan's Kei Nishikori for his 63rd career title
How Tactically astute Zidane learnt from Benitez's mistakes
Coach Zinedine Zidane learned the lessons of predecessor Rafael Benitez's disastrous tactics in the last encounter and employed defensive midfielder Casemiro in favour of more attack-minded players, opting instead to sit and wait for Barcelona.
Five players to watch at the 2016 Augusta Masters
Five players to watch at the Masters, which starts on Thursday at Augusta National.
April 03, 2016EPL PIX: Spurs draw at Liverpool leaves Pochettino frustrated
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino punched the Anfield turf in frustration at the final whistle after his side drew 1-1 with Liverpool in a Premier League match full of thrilling, attacking action on Saturday.
Clasico PHOTOS: Late Ronaldo goal ends Barca's 39-match win streak
Real Madrid's star striker Cristiano Ronaldo made up for his otherwise quiet night by scoring the winner to beat Barcelona 2-1 win at the CampNou in Barcelona on Saturday.
April 01, 2016Barca seek 'Clasico' win as fitting tribute to Cruyff
Memories and images of Johan Cruyff will provide an emotional backdrop to Saturday's Nou Camp 'Clasico' against Real Madrid when Barcelona pay tribute to the man who transformed the club from also-rans into one of the game's superpowers.
Miami Open PHOTOS: Azarenka to face Kuznetsova in final
In-form Victoria Azarenka battled past an ailing but determined second seed Angelique Kerber to set up a Miami Open final showdown against Svetlana Kuznetsova with a 6-2, 7-5 victory on Thursday.
March 30, 2016PHOTOS: Portugal beat Belgium in shadow of Brussels attacks; Eng lose
A round-up of all the international friendlies played on Tuesday
Barca coach Luis Enrique hails Cruyff legacy at memorial
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique led tributes to the late Johan Cruyff in a memorial organised by the club on Tuesday and vowed to "continue copying and improving his style of attacking football".
Miami Open: Djokovic moves into quarters; Halep ousted
Photos from the matches played at the Miami Open on Tuesday
PHOTOS: Messi scores 50th Argentina goal; Alves rescues Brazil
Photos from the 2018 World Cup qualifiers played on Tuesday
March 29, 2016Euro friendlies: Northern Ireland set unbeaten record; Wales lose
Northern Ireland set a record of 10 games unbeaten with a 1-0 win over Slovenia after a goal by Conor Washington in a friendly on Monday in the build-up to their first European Championship.
Shock defeats send Williams, Murray crashing out of Miami Open
Photos from the matches played at the Miami Open on Monday
The key to Manchester United future...
'Manchester United must always continue their tradition of bringing through players from the youth academy.'
March 28, 2016Down but not out: Djokovic made to sweat in Miami
Five-time champion Novak Djokovic overcame a first-set spill to beat unseeded Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-4 6-1 in the third round at the Miami Open in Florida on Sunday.
March 21, 2016Djokovic's comments add to controversy-fuelled day in tennis
World No 1 Novak Djokovic added to the sexism row, saying male tennis players should earn more money than their female counterparts as more people watch their matches.
March 19, 2016Australian GP: Hamilton races to his 50th pole
World champion Lewis Hamilton took pole for Mercedes in qualifying on Saturday for Formula One's season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
Indian Wells: Rafa to face Djokovic in semis; Serena cruises into final
Fourth seed Rafael Nadal survived a few anxious moments before booking his place in the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open with a see-sawing 6-4, 6-3 victory over Japanese Kei Nishikori at Indian Wells in California on Friday.
March 17, 2016Indian Wells: Nadal scrapes through; Wawrinka buried by Goffin
Third seed Stan Wawrinka was sent packing in the round of 16 at the BNP Paribas Open in California on Wednesday and was very nearly joined by Rafael Nadal, who pulled off a Houdini-like escape to reach the last eight.
Champions League PHOTOS: Bayern script late comeback to knock out Juve
Photos from the match between Bayern Munich and Juventus played on Wednesday
Champions League PIX: Barca's MSN down Arsenal to enter quarters
Photos from the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, 2nd leg match played between FC Barcelona and Arsenal at the Camp Nou on Wednesday
March 16, 2016F1: Party over for Hamilton as new season dawns
Lewis Hamilton spent the off-season crisscrossing the globe to party with A-list celebrities but Formula One's reigning champion is adamant there will be no hangover when he returns to work at this week's season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
Indian Wells: Djokovic hangs on, Nadal, Serena advance with ease
Photos from the tennis matches played at Indian Wells on Tuesday
PHOTOS: Manchester City script Champions League history
Celebration was tinged with disappointment for Manchester City who eased into the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time on Tuesday but lost Vincent Kompany to injury in a 0-0 draw with Dynamo Kiev.
Champions League PIX: Atletico win thrilling shootout to reach quarters
Atletico Madrid celebrated like they had won the trophy after reaching the Champions League quarter-finals by edging past PSV Eindhoven 8-7 on penalties on Tuesday following 210 goalless minutes in their last-16 tie.
March 12, 2016EPL PHOTOS: Man City suffer blow to title hopes with Norwich stalemate
ManchesterCity's hopes of regaining the Premier League title suffered a potentially grievous blow on Saturday as they were held to a goalless draw by struggling NorwichCity at Carrow Road.
Hamilton and Rosberg given more freedom to race
Triple world champion Lewis Hamilton and team mate Nico Rosberg will be given more freedom to race each other this season, Mercedes motorsport head Toto Wolff said on Friday.
March 11, 2016F1 set for hefty shuffling and shoving as new talent look for race seat
The clock is ticking for some of Formula One's big name drivers, with world champions and race winners out of contract at the end of the season and a restless young generation eager to take their places.
Pele to auction memorabilia and 'share story with generations to come'
Triple World Cup soccer winner Pele is putting some 2,000 items up for auction, including his three World Cup medals and a one of a kind Jules Rimet trophy that could fetch up to one million dollars, auctioneers said on Thursday.
Scholes, Ferdinand slam Van Gaal after United's 'disastrous' night
'It was shambolic ... so bad'
Will the new F1 season spring up any surprises?
Three rookies are set to make their race debuts and Azarbaijan will make it's Formula One debut even as Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg pose to challenge odds on favourite Lewis Hamilton.
March 09, 2016Sharapova's intent questioned - Why was she taking banned heart drug?
'Sharapova has been a US resident since early in her career, which does bring in a question of how or why she is using a drug that is not licensed there'
Champions League PIX: Ronaldo leads Real into last eight
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo was the scourge of AS Roma again as he inspired the hosts to a 2-0 win and a place in the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday, scoring and setting up a goal Rodriguez to seal a 4-0 aggregate victory.
March 07, 2016Davis Cup: Murray, Djokovic win epic encounters, to meet in quarters
A round-up of results from Davis Cup matches played on and Sunday
March 06, 2016Davis Cup: Djokovic loses first match in 5 years; US make quarters
A round-up of results from Davis Cup matches played on Saturday and Sunday
German Bundesliga PHOTOS: Bayern stay well clear after holding Dortmund
Bayern Munich kept their five-point lead at the top of the table on Saturday, drawing 0-0 at second-placed Borussia Dortmund to stay on track for a record fourth consecutive Bundesliga title.
EPL PHOTOS: Mahrez sends Leicester clear, Spurs held by Arsenal
Photos from the English Premier League matches played on Saturday
Ronaldo second highest scorer in La Liga as Madrid crush Celta 7-1
Cristiano Ronaldo, fired up by rival Lionel Messi's midweek hat-trick for Barcelona, struck four goals in 26 second-half minutes as Real Madrid crushed Celta Vigo 7-1 at the Bernabeu on Saturday.
March 04, 2016Sad Alonso, Hamilton hit out at 'broken F1'
'I appreciate the quest for safety but this is Formula One and the way it is now is perfectly fine'
La Liga PHOTOS: Barca crack 35-match win record after Messi treble
Beat Real Madrid's unbeaten run in the 1988-89 season, and thump Rayo Vallecano 5-1
March 03, 2016IOC not worried despite no takers yet for Rio Games tickets
Only 47 per cent of tickets have been sold so far, while premium events and opening ceremony have been technically sold out
Winter testing: Button hails 'biggest improvement' in 14 months
Jenson Button hailed Honda's latest power unit as a good step forward for McLaren after completing 121 laps and finishing fifth fastest on the second day of Formula One's final pre-season test on Wednesday.
EPL PHOTOS: Leicester hopes high after Reds crush City; Spurs also lose
Photos from the English Premier League matches played across England on Wednesday
March 02, 2016EPL PHOTOS: Leaders Leicester drop points even after 22 shots on goal!
Photos and summary of the English Premier League matches played on Tuesday, including the story of Chelsea's resurgent win
La Liga: Atletico hot on Barca's heels after crushing win over Sociedad
Atletico Madrid cruised to a 3-0 home win over Real Sociedad on Tuesday to close the gap behind La Liga leaders Barcelona to five points.
February 29, 2016Serena, Federer, Sharapova dazzle on Oscars night
Tennis stars Serena Williams, Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova came in their finest best at the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California on Sunday.
Barca launch fight back to down Sevilla; equal La Liga win record
Defender Gerard Pique grabbed a rare winner and Lionel Messi scored yet another beauty as Barcelona came from behind to beat Sevilla 2-1 at the Nou Camp on Sunday and reclaim an eight-point lead at the top of La Liga.
Manchester City beat Liverpool to win League Cup
ManchesterCity beat Liverpool 3-1 on penalties to win the League Cup after Sunday's final finished 1-1 after extra time.
February 26, 2016Europa League PIX: United flirts with calamity before remarkable win
Manchester United flirted with calamity before coasting into the Europa League last 16 as debutant Marcus Rashford helped them overcome an early blow with two goals in a 5-1 home victory over Midtjylland on Thursday.
February 25, 2016FIFA polls to go ahead but Blatter told to stay away
World soccer's governing body FIFA will proceed with an election to pick a new president on Friday to replace the disgraced Sepp Blatter and vote on a set of reforms aimed at restoring its credibility after the worst graft scandal in its history.
February 23, 2016What's the Mata? 'FA Cup goal was 200 percent offside'
Referee Robert Madley was "200 percent wrong" to allow Juan Mata's goal to stand during Manchester United's 3-0 FA Cup fifth-round win over League One Shrewsbury Town, according to former FIFA official Mark Halsey.
February 18, 2016UEFA Champions League PIX: Wolves overpower nervy Gent
Photos from the Champions League match played between Wolfsburg and Gent on Wednesday
Stockholm: Dibaba breaks 26-year-old world indoor mile record
It is the third time Genzebe Dibaba, 25, has broken a world record in Stockholm, having previously set new marks for the 3,000 and 5,000 metres at the Ericsson Globe Arena in the Swedish capital
Champions League PHOTOS: Ronaldo breaks Roma resistance as Real win 2-0
Photos from the Champions League match played between Real Madrid and AS Roma at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday
PHOTOS: 300 and counting... Messi creates La Liga goal history
Lionel Messi became the first player to notch 300 La Liga goals as his double blast powered Barcelona to a 3-1 win at Sporting Gijon that sent them six points clear at the top of the table on Wednesday.
February 17, 2016Ronaldo riled up over volley of uncomfortable questions
From comments about the healthy relationship shared between Barca trio -- Messi, Suarez and Neymar, to questions about his goal drought in away matches, an angry Ronaldo had the response to it all
Champions League PIX: Jonas snatches stoppage-time win for Benfica
Photos from the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match played between Benfica and Zenit St Petersburg at the Stadium of Light in Lisbon on Tuesday
'Sania has acquired a lot of depth in her game'
As Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis stand on the threshold of a unique milestone, former India players discuss the Hyderabadi's contribution in the all-conquering partnership with Bikash Mohapatra/Rediff.Com.
Champions League PHOTOS: Super-sub Cavani to PSG's rescue
Paris St Germain substitute Edinson Cavani, criticised by French media lacking composure in front of goal, responded in style to earn a 2-1 home win over Chelsea in their Champions League last-16 first leg on Tuesday.
February 16, 2016Man City's Pep talk may come back to haunt them in taxing fortnight
Successive home defeats by leaders Leicester City and second placed Tottenham Hotspur have left City six points off the pace with serious doubts about whether their expensively-assembled squad is still playing for the manager.
Champions League: Real and Ronaldo can't take speedy Roma lightly
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane reckons Cristiano Ronaldo is on top form as the Portuguese looks to increase his Champions League goals tally when they visit AS Roma in the first leg of their last-16 tie on Wednesday.
February 15, 2016CL: Favourites PSG could find Chelsea tough to crack in last 16 tie
Paris St Germain would be odds-on certainties to easily beat Chelsea and take a big step towards the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday if statistics and domestic form decided matches.
Focus on elite prize as Champions League action returns
The last-16 knock-out round kicks-off this week with Chelsea visiting Paris on Tuesday; Zidane to coach Real Madrid as manager in his first match in Europe
La Liga: Suarez 'tricks' as Barca thrash Celta 6-1
Luis Suarez completed a hat-trick thanks to a cheeky Lionel Messi assist from the penalty spot as Barcelona crushed Celta Vigo 6-1 to restore their three-point cushion over Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga on Sunday.
February 12, 2016'Ranieri will make sure you know every game in training counts'
Ranieri is sparking a remarkable turnaround in Leicester's fortunes, and, Reuters has asked three players who worked under him during a previous Premier League stint at Chelsea from 2000-04 to offer an insight into the Italian coach's methods.
Marathoner Raut qualifies for Rio on another good day for India
Long-distance runner Kavita Raut's Olympic qualification was the icing on the cake on yet another impressive day for India at the 12th South Asian Games, in Guwahati, on Friday. Firmly entrenched atop the overall standings, India increased their medal tally to 248 -- including 146 gold, 79 silver and 23 bronze.
February 10, 2016FA Cup: Late Ogbonna goal sees West Ham knock out Liverpool
Angelo Ogbonna leapt high to power home a header in the dying seconds of extra time to claim a timely first goal for the club as West Ham United sank Liverpool 2-1 on Tuesday to reach the last 16 of the FA Cup.
February 08, 2016EPL: United ditch 'dull' style in search of top finish
Manchester United have shown they are capable of playing an attractive and attacking brand of football in their recent games, midfielder Juan Mata said after Sunday's 1-1 Premier League draw at his former club Chelsea.
PIX: Junior Bachchan enjoys kabaddi match with wife and daughter
It was endless celebrations for the Bachchans.
European soccer PIX: Napoli take slender lead; Di Maria stars for PSG
A summary of the results of the football matches played across Europe on Sunday
Fed Cup: Dutch shock Russia to semis; Czechs, Swiss through
Russia, last year's runners-up, were unable to call on world number six Maria Sharapova who was injured
PHOTOS: Beyonce, Bruno Mars heat up Coldplay's Super Bowl halftime show
Coldplay headlined at Sunday's Super Bowl halftime show, but it was R&B super stars Beyonce and Bruno Mars who delivered the sizzle with a lively, upbeat production that paid homage to previous halftime performers.
La Liga PHOTOS: Barca equal unbeaten record, go three points clear
Photos from the La Liga matches played on Sunday
February 02, 2016This car racer targets record 6th Olympics appearance
'I love both sport -- rally and shooting. And this was my dream for a long time, to be champion in rally and champion in shooting and this was really a good thing what I make for myself'
February 01, 2016With focus on fitness, Zidane's Real producing the results
Real Madrid star striker Cristiano Ronaldo scored thrice to help his side thrash Espanyol 6-0 in a ruthless attacking display in La Liga clash at Santiago Bernabeu.
PIX: After cricket and football, hockey gets Sakshi Dhoni's attention
Sakshi Dhoni was seen cheering her husband's team Ranchi Rays during a Hockey Indian League match.
January 31, 2016At his peak, Novak now hungry for bite of the Parisian desert
Novak Djokovic vanquished Andy Murray for the fourth time in an Australian Open final on Sunday to win a record-equalling sixth title and serve notice to his rivals that he could surpass even his stellar 2015 this year.
Emotionally taxed, error-prone, Murray unable to break Djokovic jinx
With another Australian Open title having slipped through his fingers after a tournament plagued by off-court dramas, Andy Murray could not wait to see the back of Melbourne Park after losing his fifth final on Sunday.
PHOTOS: How Djokovic tamed Murray en route to his sixth Aus Open title
Djokovic downs Murray to claim 6th Australian Open title
World No 1 Novak Djokovic won a record-extending 6th Australian Open title after defeating Briton Andy Murray in straight sets at Melbourne Park on Sunday.
Europe football round-up: El Shaarawy stars in Roma win; Monaco lose
Debutant Stephan El Shaarawy scored with a crafty backheeled volley to give AS Roma a 3-1 win over Frosinone in Serie A on Saturday, their first under coach Luciano Spalletti.
Coffee-fuelled Soares serves up 'double' treat at Australian Open
Brazil's Bruno Soares, fuelled by numerous cups of coffee, produced a doubles double on Sunday when he and Russian partner Elena Vesnina won the Australian Open mixed doubles title on Rod Laver Arena.
January 30, 2016All you need to know about Aus Open men's finalists Djokovic and Murray
Factbox on Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Great Britain's Andy Murray who will contest his sixth Australian Open men's singles final on Sunday.
Aus Open: Baseline battle in view as Djokovic favourite to trump Murray
Novak Djokovic is expecting a fierce battle with an old friend and familiar protagonist when he makes a bid for history in the Australian Open final against Andy Murray on Sunday.
FA Cup: United's win over Derby allows Van Gaal to breathe easy
Under-pressure Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal enjoyed a rare highlight after weeks of gloom when his side comfortably beat Derby County 3-1 on Friday to reach the FA Cup fifth round.
January 26, 2016Aus Open: 'Less is more' for Djokovic as Federer looms in semis
Champion Novak Djokovic did not bother with a practice hit before his showdown with Kei Nishikori and his "less is more" approach paid off with an easy 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 win on Tuesday to set up a blockbuster Australian Open semi-final with Roger Federer.
Aus Open PHOTOS: Djokovic downs Nishikori to set up Federer showdown
Images from the matches played on Day 8 at the Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Tuesday
January 25, 2016'Drained' Murray would have quit Aus Open over Sears's health
Andy Murray would not have continued playing at the Australian Open if his father-in-law's health had deteriorated following his collapse at Rod Laver Arena, the world number two said on Monday.
Aus Open: Emotions run high as Murray scrambles past Tomic
Becomes first Briton to make tournament quarters since 1977
Aus Open: Ailing Wawrinka concedes Raonic was better on the day
French Open champion Stan Wawrinka blamed a lingering cold for his exit from the fourth round of the Australian Open at the hands of Canada's Milos Raonic on Monday.
January 24, 2016Aus Open: When big-hearted Simon almost did Djokovic in
Gilles Simon will carry the distinction of being the first man to prise a set off Novak Djokovic at this year's Australian Open but the lion-hearted Frenchman was crushed after going down in a five-set classic on Sunday.
Euro football round-up: PSG thump Angers 5-1; Milan drop points
Photos from matches played in the French Ligue 1 and Serie A matches played on Saturday
Aus Open PHOTOS: Djokovic wins marathon battle; Serena, Maria advance
Photos from matches played Day 7 of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Sunday
January 23, 2016Murray victory overshadowed by father-in-law's collapse
Andy Murray moved into the fourth round of the Australian Open in surreal circumstances on Saturday, completing a 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Joao Sousa after his father-in-law had collapsed ill a few hundred metres away.
Sick but slick Wawrinka records 400th ATP win to move to fourth round
Stan Wawrinka let his tennis do the talking as he brushed off the after-effects of a cold to breeze into the fourth round of the Australian Open with a 6-2, 6-3, 7-6(3) victory over Lukas Rosol on Saturday.
Ivanovic bows out after coach hospitalised following collapse in stands
The coach of Ana Ivanovic, and father-in-law of men's world number two Andy Murray, collapsed in the stands at Rod Laver Arena during the Serb's third round clash with American Madison Keys on Saturday, causing play to be suspended indefinitely.
India at the Australian Open: Sania, Juniors cruise
Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her Swiss partner Martina Hingis continued to display their rampaging form as they extended their winning streak to 32 after progressing through to the third round of the Australian Open in the women's doubles event on Saturday.
Brit Konta one among many 'local' exports shining under Melbourne sun
Johanna Konta spurned the country of her birth to play tennis for Britain but the Sydney-born 24-year-old has enjoyed huge support from the MelbournePark crowds during her run to the Australian Open fourth round.
January 20, 2016Bouchard fails to live up to expectations once more
Former golden girl Eugenie Bouchard's hopes of rehabilitation at the Australian Open came to a swift end on Wednesday as wily Agnieszka Radwanska sent the Canadian spinning out of the tournament with a 6-4, 6-2 defeat in the second round.
Hewitt prolongs Australian Open swansong as family watches from stands
An emotional Lleyton Hewitt staved off retirement for at least one more match by beating countryman James Duckworth 7-6(5), 6-2, 6-4 to reach the second round of the Australian Open on Tuesday.
Confident and injury-free, Sharapova surges forth at Melbourne Park
Maria Sharapova declared herself free from the worry of a forearm injury after charging into the Australian Open third round on Wednesday.
January 19, 2016PHOTOS: Sublime Verdasco sends Nadal packing in first round
Fernando Verdasco sent shockwaves through the Australian Open on Tuesday by defeating Rafael Nadal 7-6(6), 4-6, 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-2 to send the former world number one crashing out in the opening round.
Federer wants names revealed as match-fixing allegations mar tennis
Roger Federer called for 'concrete' facts while Novak Djokovic spoke of his team once being offered $200,000 to fix a match as the multiple grand slam champions reacted to claims of widespread match-rigging in tennis on Monday.
Aus Open PHOTOS: Nadal, Halep, Venus knocked out; Murray forges ahead
Photos from matches on Day 2 at the Australian Open on Tuesday
EPL PHOTOS: Swansea beat Watford to move out of relegation zone
Swansea City climbed out of the relegation zone after a first-half header by captain Ashley Williams gave them a 1-0 win over Watford on Monday just hours after they named Francesco Guidolin as their new head coach.
January 18, 2016India at Aus Open: Yuki Bhambri ousted by Berdych
Star Indian tennis player Yuki Bhambri suffered a major setback in the Australian Open after a straight-set defeat at the hands of the sixth-seed Tomas Berdych in the opening round of the tournament on Monday.
Spate of injuries hit Barca and Real Madrid: Problems for Messi, Bale
The injury list in the La Liga keeps growing as the season progresses and this time Lionel Messi and Gareth Bale are the unfortunate victims...
European football: Roma held by Verona; Monaco up to second in France
New coach Luciano Spalletti failed to inspire AS Roma as they were held 1-1 at home by bottom club Verona on his debut on Sunday and Juventus notched their 10th Serie A win in a row by hammering Udinese 4-0 away.
PHOTOS: Status quo maintained in La Liga as big teams cruise
Atletico Madrid maintained a two-point lead in La Liga with a 3-0 victory at Las Palmas and Barcelona and Real Madrid stayed hard on their heels with thumping wins over Athletic Bilbao and Sporting Gijon on Sunday.
Tennis rocked by shocking match-fixing claims!
Widespread suspected match-fixing exists at the top level of world tennis, including at Wimbledon, according to secret files obtained by the BBC and online BuzzFeed News.
Aus Open PHOTOS: Federer, Djoko, Sharapova cruise; Wozniacki stunned
Photos from Day 1 of the Australian Open matches played at Melbourne Park on Monday
EPL PHOTOS: Arsenal go top after draw at Stoke; United win at Liverpool
Arsenal ended Leicester City's brief stay at the top of the Premier League on Sunday despite being held to a 0-0 draw at Stoke City after Manchester United's Wayne Rooney struck late for a 1-0 win at Liverpool.
January 17, 2016Record-chasing Djokovic ready to rumble in Melbourne heat
World number one Novak Djokovic is a red hot favourite to overcome all opponents and clinch another Australian Open title this year, although extreme temperatures will be a wild card the Serb has to watch out for.
Kenyan Kipketer sets new course record time to win Mumbai Marathon
Kenyan pacesetter Gideon Kipketer won the men's race in an all-East African clean sweep of the podium by setting a new course record in the 13th Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon on Sunday.
European soccer: Higuain extends Napoli's lead; Villareal drop points
Photographic summary of the football matches played across Spain, Italy and France
EPL PHOTOS: Leicester back on top after draw; Chelsea win thriller
Photos from the English Premier League matches played on Saturday
January 15, 2016Sydney International tennis: Bopanna-Mergea in final; Halep loses
India's Rohan Bopanna and his Romanian partner Florin Mergea entered the Sydney International final after a straight sets win over Thomaz Bellucci and Leonardo Mayer, on Friday.
King's Cup: Super-sub Griezmann sends Atletico through to quarters
Antoine Griezmann scored twice off the bench as Atletico Madrid sealed a place in the King's Cup quarter-finals with a 3-0 win at home to Rayo Vallecano on Thursday while Valencia also advanced with victory by the same scoreline at Granada.
Aus Open draw: Djokovic to open title defence against plucky Korean
Serena faces hard-hitting Giorgi in first round while former World No Hewitt play his final grand slam
January 14, 2016EPL PHOTOS: Fighting Leicester beat Spurs; Arsenal-Reds draw
'Keep Calm And Carry On' could be Claudio Ranieri's motto for the second half of the season after Leicester City earned a 1-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday to put the heat back on Premier League leaders Arsenal.
January 13, 2016IAAF under fire as more Russian doping allegations surface
Athletics' governing body came under renewed fire on Tuesday following disclosures that top officials were aware of a potentially serious doping problem among Russian athletes as far back as 2009.
EPL PHOTOS: Rooney-inspired United held by Toons; Villa win at last
Aston Villa beat Crystal Palace 1-0 to win a Premier League match for the first time since August while a late goal from Paul Dummett earned a 3-3 draw for Newcastle United against Manchester United on Tuesday.
January 12, 2016PHOTOS: Music, big names light up Ballon d'or Gala night
Here are some special moments from the gala night in Zurich on Monday...
PHOTOS: Messi 'grateful to football, fans on claiming fifth Ballon d'Or
Lionel Messi reclaimed the FIFA Ballon d'Or award for the world player of the year on Monday from his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo who had walked off with the award for the previous two years.
January 06, 2016With eye on coaching role, Henry takes managerial lessons from Wenger
The former Arsenal legend, who is assistant coach at the Gunners' junior squad, has revealed that he speaks to 'The Professor' about everything related to coaching
January 05, 2016Don't compare me with 'incredible' Guardiola, says Zizou
'Good football has always been important at this place and I am going to continue that. It has to be offensive football, balanced and nothing else'
January 04, 2016PBL: Cheered on by Akshay, Nimrat, Saina's Warriors trump Delhi Aces
World No.2 Saina Nehwal notched up a comfortable straight-game victory in their Trump match over P C Thulashi in the women's singles event to guide Awadhe Warriors to a convincing victory over Delhi Aces in their Premier Badminton League (PBL) match in Lucknow on Monday.
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Brisbane International PIX: Easy for Azarenka; Stosur survives
Former Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka began her warm-up to the first Grand Slam of the year in convincing fashion with a 6-2,6-0 win over Russian Elena Vesnina in their first round match at the Brisbane International on Monday.
Spurs disappointed after dropping two points at Everton
The London club dominated the first half but fell behind to a superb goal from their former winger Aaron Lennon before young midfielder Dele Alli furthered his case for a place in England's midfield with a classy equaliser just before the break.
January 03, 2016EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea lord over Palace with 3-0 win
Chelsea put all their struggles away and looked like a renewed squad, stamping their class over Crystal Palace in their English Premier League match at the Selhurst Park on Sunday.
Paes doesn't want repeat of 2012 London Games selection drama
Leander Paes is hoping that there will be not be repeat of a selection fiasco ahead of the Rio Olympics and feels he deserves to be paired with Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza for the men's and mixed doubles events.
EPL PHOTOS: Arsenal go three clear at top, United end winless streak
Arsenal's victory was scrappy and nervy but Laurent Koscielny's 72nd-minute winner was enough to move them two points clear at the summit after LeicesterCity's surprise push faltered with a goalless draw at home to 10-man Bournemouth.
December 30, 2015Woods turns 40, in touching distance to record majors
Woods had won five PGA Tour events in 2013 and, though major silverware had eluded him since 2008, there seemed no reason why he could not add to his haul of 14 majors as long as he stayed healthy.
FLASHBACK: BEST Sports Photos of the Year-Part 2
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EPL PHOTOS: Leicester held by City, share top spot with Arsenal
LeicesterCity went level on points with Premier League leaders Arsenal after drawing 0-0 with title rivals ManchesterCity at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday.
Playing the perfect 'cover' drive
Vanity Fair's August issue, featuring Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as 1976 Olympic gold medal-winning decathlon champion Bruce Jenner, on the cover was the magazine's best-selling issue in years.
December 29, 2015EPL PHOTOS: United in entertaining draw with Chelsea; Arsenal top
Manchester United's winless run continued but they gave under-fire coach Louis van Gaal crumbs of cheer with a committed display in an entertaining 0-0 draw with Chelsea while Arsenal went top of the table on Monday.
December 28, 2015FLASHBACK: BEST Sports Photos of the Year-Part 1
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December 23, 201510 BEST Sports Images of the Week!
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December 21, 2015Champions League: 'Fearless' Arsenal ready for Barca's 'MSN' challenge
Arsenal's defence not afraid of Barcelona trio, says Ozil
December 20, 2015PHOTOS: Mendoza stars as Chennaiyin FC clinch ISL 2 title
Stiven Mendoza was the star of the night as Chennaiyin FC beat FC Goa 3-2 in a dramatic final to clinch the 2nd edition of the Indian Super League at the Fatorda Stadium in Margao on Sunday.
PHOTOS: Messi, Suarez lead Barca to Club World Cup title
Lionel Messi broke the deadlock and Luis Suarez scored twice in the second half to give Barcelona a typically emphatic 3-0 win over River Plate in the Club World Cup final on Sunday.
PHOTOS: Wawrinka inspires Singapore to IPTL title victory
Stan Wawrinka showed his class in both singles and doubles to lead the Singapore Slammers to victory in the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) final in front of a delighted home crowd at the Indoor Stadium on Sunday.
December 19, 2015EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea thump Sunderland after Mourinho axe; United lose
Leicester go five clear after win at Everton
EPL: Glum Chelsea fans lament Mourinho's exit
Despondent Chelsea fans expressed dismay and anger at the departure of the club's most successful manager Jose Mourinho as they arrived at StamfordBridge on Saturday for the first match since he was fired.
Can experienced Hiddink pull crisis-ridden Chelsea out of their misery?
Chelsea turned again to experienced Dutchman Guus Hiddink to guide them out of a crisis when they named him interim manager on Saturday for the rest of the season following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.
December 18, 2015Terry, Fabregas salute outgoing Mourinho
However, cracks in the relationship surfaced this season as the team's form slumped, with the first signs appearing as early as August when Mourinho hauled Terry off at halftime during a 3-0 defeat to ManchesterCity.
December 16, 2015Fabregas blames player attitude for Chelsea slump
'If you are a big player, and paid like a big player, you must play like a big player and behave like a big player'
New study predicts leader of medals tally at Rio Olympics
China is on track to return to the top of the medals table at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics next year ahead of the United States and Russia, according to a benchmark study released by the Australian Olympic Committee on Wednesday.
Two football officials plead not guilty in FIFA bribe case
Two football bosses including a former president of Honduras pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to US charges they took bribes in exchange for media and marketing contracts in a scandal that has rocked the business of global football.
December 14, 2015Champions League draw: 'Everybody wanted to avoid Barca and Bayern'
Holders Barcelona will play Premier League leaders Arsenal in the last 16 of the Champions League, 10 years after the sides faced each other in the final, following Monday's draw for the first knockout stage.
EPL: Have inconsistent Newcastle turned the corner with Spurs win?
Manager Steve McClaren called for more of the same after Newcastle United beat Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday to put some daylight between themselves and the relegation zone, but stopped short of describing the win as a turning point in their season.
December 13, 2015PHOTOS: Giroud scores 50th EPL goal as Arsenal go back to top
Arsenal enjoyed an easy 2-0 victory at Aston Villa on Sunday to soar to the summit of the Premier League and leave their hapless opponents rooted at rock bottom.
December 10, 2015Champions League PIX: Chelsea outclass Porto; Giroud inspires Arsenal
Jose Mourinho's Chelsea turned from domestic whipping boys back to European stalwarts on Wednesday, beating his former club Porto 2-0 to top Champions League Group G.
December 08, 2015Depleted Arsenal face Olympiakos in Champions League 'showdown'
Arsenal will put one of the best Champions League records on the line when they face Olympiakos Piraeus in a showdown for second spot in Group F on Wednesday.
EPL PHOTOS: Lukaku's late goal saves Everton the blushes against Palace
Everton striker Romelu Lukaku struck a late equaliser to salvage a 1-1 draw against a solid CrystalPalace side in an absorbing Premier League match at Goodison Park on Monday.
Young African footballers duped, dumped
On the pitches of ramshackle football academies across West Africa, teenage boys chase one another in pursuit of the ball, the chance to impress, and the prospect of a lucrative contract with one of Europe's top teams.
December 07, 2015Champions League: Van Gaal realistic about United's chances
Since winning 2-1 at home to Wolfsburg in September, United have scored only twice in three Champions League games. In the Premier League the record is five goals in the last six games.
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Not afraid of missing Euro, France needs me: Benzema
France international striker Karim Benzema, who is embroiled in a blackmailing scandal, is not afraid of possibly missing the Euro 2016 finals on home soil, the Real Madrid player said on Sunday.
EPL PHOTOS: Lowly Newcastle stun resurgent Liverpool
Juergen Klopp's side remain seventh, six points behind the Champions League places, after only their second defeat in the 12 games since the German took over in October
December 05, 2015French TV show claims Real Madrid star Ronaldo is gay
Several media houses have sensationalised Cristiano Ronaldo's 'bromance' with Moroccan kickboxer Badr Hari.
EPL PHOTOS: Shaqiri shines as Stoke sink ragged City
Xherdan Shaqiri inspired StokeCity to a convincing 2-0 victory over Premier League leaders ManchesterCity in blustery conditions at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.
FIA awards: F1 teen sensation Verstappen is hero of the night
Dutch rookie Max Verstappen, signed controversially as a 16-year-old by Toro Rosso, has swept a hat-trick of awards after confounding his critics in an impressive debut Formula One season.
December 04, 2015'Rosberg and I are never going to be best friends'
Hamilton responded to Mercedes motorsport head Toto Wolff who said that driver discord was a major weakness in the team and that they wanted 'nice guys'
This former banker proves Maradona wrong, takes Napoli atop Serie A
'I understood that if I dedicated myself solely to coaching, I could get much better at it'
South American soccer heads charged in latest FIFA probe
The United States Soccer Federation said in a statement on the new charges that its hosting of the 2016 Copa America Centenario tournament would go ahead as planned.
December 03, 2015IPTL: Kyrgios takes Slammers past Mavericks
Mavericks won the men's doubles and men's legends singles rubber, but the Slammers clinched the women's singles, mixed doubles and men's singles to come out trumps.
League Cup PIX: Stunning Liverpool hit Southampton for six
Liverpool ran riot to reach the League Cup semi-finals with a 6-1 thrashing of Southampton on Wednesday in which Divock Origi grabbed a hat-trick and Daniel Sturridge scored twice as the Juergen Klopp juggernaut rolled on.
November 29, 2015AFC Awards night, PHOTOS: Khalil named Asian player of the year
Emirati Ahmed Khalil got a modicum of revenge on Guangzhou Evergrande captain Zheng Zhi when he pipped the Chinese to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Player of the Year award on Sunday.
Davis Cup win caps remarkable year for Britain's Andy Murray
World No 2 Andy Murray's three-point contribution to Britain's defeat of Belgium in the Davis Cup final concluded one of the most remarkable years ever achieved in the competition by an individual player. Below are the key facts:
Murray beats Goffin to seal Davis Cup title for Britain
Andy Murray beat Belgium's David Goffin 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 to seal Britain's first Davis Cup triumph for 79 years on Sunday in the Flanders Expo in Ghent.
F1: Rosberg ends season on a hat-trick high with Abu Dhabi win
Nico Rosberg ended the Formula One season on a winning high in Abu Dhabi on Sunday with team mate and triple world champion Lewis Hamilton following him home in a record 12th one-two finish for dominant Mercedes.
EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea drop Costa, and then points against Tottenham
Jose Mourinho dropped his main striker Diego Costa for Chelsea's Premier League visit to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday but the champions still proved toothless up front as they ground out an undistinguished goalless draw at White Hart Lane.
November 26, 2015Double tragedy in US sports: Former boxer shot dead; Footballer injured
Forty-year-old O'Neil Bell was killed during a robbery in Atlanta, while suspended St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey underwent surgery after shootout
Champions League PIX: Ibra's PSG thrash Malmo; Atletico in last 16
Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic crowned a triumphant homecoming with a second-half goal as Paris St Germain crushed Malmo 5-0 on Wednesday to book a place in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Champions League PHOTOS: United play-offs hopes in balance; Real win
Photos from the UEFA Champions League matches played across Europe on Wednesday
November 25, 2015Champions League PIX: Barca drub Roma; Arsenal's hopes alive
Barcelona's Luis Suarez hit a brace and set up a double for a spritely Lionel Messi to score in his first start after injury in a rampant 6-1 Champions League victory over AS Roma on Tuesday.
November 23, 2015Serie A PHOTOS: Inter go top after Fiorentina held by lowly Empoli
Inter Milan went on a rare scoring spree to thrash Serie A newcomers Frosinone 4-0 and go clear at the top on Sunday, the first time Roberto Mancini's team have won a league match by more than one goal this season.
Do Gunners have the Arsenal to qualify for Champions League play-offs?
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger still believes his side have a "strong chance" to qualify for the Champions League last 16 for a 16th consecutive season as the Premier League side and Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb face a do-or-die contest.
Messi set for Champions League return in time for Roma visit
Lionel Messi is set for his first start for nearly two months when Barcelona, fresh from pulverising Real Madrid 4-0 at the weekend, set their sights on Champions League qualification when AS Roma visit the Nou Camp on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: Kane helps Spurs thrash West Ham in London derby
A double from Harry Kane, who scored in his fifth consecutive club match, inspired Tottenham Hotspur to a 4-1 win over London rivals West Ham United in the Premier League at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
PHOTOS: Djokovic caps brilliant year with Tour Finals win over Federer
The immaculate Serb became the first player in the Tour Finals' 46-year history to claim the title four times in a row
November 19, 2015La Liga: Messi still doubtful starter for Clasico
'Messi is a player that makes a difference in all games and in Clasicos he has always made a big impact but we will have to see if he is ready'
What you must not miss in EPL this weekend
Four months after quitting Liverpool for ManchesterCity, Raheem Sterling will have the first opportunity to justify the move by getting one over his former employers when the teams meet at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
Paris attacks aftermath: Heightened security for 'El Clasico'; French league on alert
'We are on anti-terrorist alert four (with five a very high risk) and there will be extensive security so as to guarantee that the match takes place with complete normality'
'Samsonesque' Murray's strength lies in his hair!
The Briton, who was playing fairly before the mid-match trim, slumped to a defeat against Nadal in their Round Robin match in the ATP Tour Finals on Wednesday.
November 18, 201510 sportsmen called to the Elysian fields early
Rediff.com lists 10 athletes who died way before time.
PHOTOS, World Cup qualifiers: Brazil crush Peru; Romania hold Italy
An inspired performance from Douglas Costa helped Brazil to a 3-0 win over Peru on Tuesday and lifted them into third place in the South American qualifying group for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
PHOTOS: England beat France on night of solidarity at Wembley
England beat France 2-0 in an emotional friendly at Wembley on Tuesday when more than 70,000 fans paid tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks with English fans roaring out a spine-tingling rendition of the visitors' national anthem.
PHOTOS: After cricket, football gets Sakshi Dhoni's attention
Just like MS Dhoni, his wife Sakshi is also a big football fan.
November 16, 2015Euro 2016 qualifiers: Hungary taste victory after 30-year wait
Hungary's 30-year wait to play on the major championship stage will end in France next year after their 2-1 victory over Norway ensured that one of football's most storied nations qualified for the Euro 2016 finals.
Fed Cup PHOTOS: Pliskova is hero as Czech rally to beat Russia
The Czech Republic defended their Fed Cup title on Sunday as Karolina Pliskova became the home team's hero with a starring performance in their thrilling 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Russia.
PHOTOS: Rosberg trumps Hamilton at Brazilian GP
Nico Rosberg won the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix for the second year in a row on Sunday and denied Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton a first success in the homeland of his late hero Ayrton Senna.
November 10, 2015Can India win an Olympic medal in tennis?
India have a good chance of winning medals in both, men's doubles and mixed doubles events at next year's Rio Olympics, feels former player Mahesh Bhupathi.
November 09, 2015Pirouetting, volleying, and striking. Neymar has the Ronaldinho magic!
With sublime control, a back heel flick, a pirouette and a sweet volleyed finish, Neymar fashioned a glorious goal at the Nou Camp on Sunday to rekindle memories of Barcelona's greatest Brazilian wizards.
November 08, 2015EPL PHOTOS: Palace lord over Liverpool; Spurs hold Arsenal in derby
After seven consecutive league defeats, and one point from the last 30 on offer, had plunged Villa into crisis and cost Tim Sherwood his job, the former European champions produced a gritty display to frustrate City.
Impressive Djokovic makes history with Paris title
Novak Djokovic's already brilliant season took on another dimension on Sunday when the world number one became the first man to win six Masters titles in a calendar year by dismissing Andy Murray 6-2, 6-4 in Paris.
November 06, 2015I'm a legend, declares Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid and Portugal record goal-scorer Cristiano Ronaldo is certain in his mind that he is the best footballer in the world.
Europa PIX: Wins for Liverpool, Spurs; Dortmund, Napoli in last 32
New Liverpool boss Juergen Klopp made it three wins from his last three matches with a 1-0 success at Rubin Kazan in Russia that left them second in Group B, two points behind Swiss club Sion on Thursday.
Paris Masters PHOTOS: Federer knocked out, Nadal survives
A long season took its toll on Roger Federer on Thursday as the Swiss was knocked out of the Paris Masters following a 7-6(3) 3-6 7-6(5) third-round defeat by big serving John Isner.
November 04, 2015Champions League PHOTOS: Real, City into last 16; record for Rooney
Photos from the Champions League matches played across Europe on Tuesday
October 29, 2015FIFA's Blatter planned for Russia and US to host World Cups
'It was not an agreement, this was his proposal and of course it (then) went to the vote at the (FIFA) executive committee'
A heart-wrenching tale of forgotten athletes
What lies ahead for Korea's forgotten athletes? Take a look.
League Cup PHOTOS: Rooney, Carrick fail to convert as United crash out
First win for Liverpool manager Klopp, City thrash Palace 5-1
Is Mourinho still the right man for Chelsea?
The Premier League champions have endured a dismal season so far, losing eight of the 16 games they have played in all competitions, and were knocked out of the League Cup, that they also won last season, in a penalty shootout against Stoke City on Tuesday night.
October 28, 2015'Chelsea a tough team to referee with Mourinho in charge'
But the under fire Blues manager gets former player Frank Lampard's backing
League Cup: Chelsea knocked out in penalties; Arsenal also shown door
Chelsea's woes continued when the holders were dumped out of the Capital One (League) Cup fourth round following a shootout defeat by Stoke City on Tuesday, while Arsenal suffered a humiliating 3-0 defeat at second tier Sheffield Wednesday.
October 27, 2015'Kyrgios doesn't realise how powerful his image can be'
Australia's new Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt has backed the country's bad boy of tennis Nick Kyrgios to "control" the image he projects and break through for a grand slam trophy in the next year or two.
2006 WC scam: Beckenbauer defends transfer of funds to FIFA
Franz Beckenbauer, who headed Germany's 2006 World Cup organising committee, said on Monday a transfer of 6.7 million euros to world football's governing body FIFA in 2005 was a mistake but rejected claims it was a return of a loan to buy votes in favour of the country's World Cup bid.
F1 Pit-lane tales: Ecclestone wants more races in America
Speaking at last weekend's title deciding US Grand Prix in Austin, the 84-year-old Briton told reporters he hoped to add more American venues to a series that is already set for a record 21 races next year.
Desperate Nadal resurrects from despair to advance in Basel
Spaniard Nadal was in all sorts of trouble, trailing by a set and 5-4 and with 69th-ranked Rosol serving at 30-0, but his Czech opponent framed a basic backhand volley at 30-15 and blew his chance, Nadal going on to win 1-6, 7-5, 7-6(4).
Mourinho sanctioned again by FA, this time charged with misconduct
'Jose Mourinho has been charged with misconduct in relation to his language and/or behaviour towards the match officials in or around the dressing room area at halftime'
October 24, 2015Hamilton a champion driver but not yet an F1 'great'
Lewis Hamilton can win his third Formula One world championship on Sunday but the Mercedes driver will have to wait a while longer before he can be truly hailed as one of the greats, according to Jackie Stewart.
US F1 Grand Prix: Second practice cancelled
Thunder, lightning and torrential rain washed out second practice at the U.S. Formula One Grand Prix on Friday after Nico Rosberg went fastest for Mercedes in a largely meaningless morning session.
October 23, 2015EPL: Reds sweating over Sturridge fitness for Southampton clash
"It's not much better at the moment. With Daniel's injury we have to take it day by day, and see if he's better," Klopp told a news conference on Friday.
Football is no theatre and I'm no angel on the pitch: Costa
Portrayed as a pantomime villain in some quarters, Chelsea striker Diego Costa has said he will not be changing his aggressive style of play to win new friends.
Will result of Sunday's Manchester derby hint at this season's winners?
'If you take a point or even lose, it's not ideal but there are still almost 30 games to go so this result won't be the deciding factor in who wins the title'
October 22, 2015UEFA open case against Man City after fans boo anthem
UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against Dynamo Kiev on Thursday over alleged racist behaviour and crowd disturbances caused by their fans during Tuesday's Champions League match at the Olympiysky Stadium against Chelsea.
October 21, 2015With less time for acquaintance, draw good enough for Van Gaal
Manchester United would settle for a point away to CSKA Moscow in their Champions League Group B clash on Wednesday, according to manager Louis van Gaal.
Champions League: Plucky Arsenal beat Bayern; Rakitic stars for Barca
Chelsea struck the woodwork twice but could not find a breakthrough in an entertaining 0-0 Champions League draw at Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday that left everything to play for in Group G.
October 20, 2015Aguero, Benzema join Ronaldo and Messi on Ballon d'Or shortlist
Real's Cristiano Ronaldo will be going in search of his third consecutive World Player of the Year award
Champions League: Guardiola wary of a desperate, difficult Arsenal
"Tomorrow we don't play six points against zero. We play at 7.45, at 0-0 with 90 minutes to go," he said.
EPL PHOTOS: Krikic penalty gives Stoke victory at Swansea
Former Barcelona forward Bojan Krikic earned and converted a fourth-minute penalty which sealed a scrappy encounter and left Swansea without a league win since August.
Fragile Chelsea face tough European test at Dynamo Kiev
Chelsea enjoyed a somewhat fortuitous return to winning ways when they beat Aston Villa on Saturday but their fragile self-confidence will face a far more severe test at Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League on Tuesday.
October 19, 2015Ronaldo, Bayern mark record-breaking weekend in Europe
Cristiano Ronaldo finally became the highest scorer in Real Madrid's history while Bayern Munich set a record for the greatest number of successive wins at the start of a season in the Bundesliga this weekend.
Champions League: Can Arsenal upset Bayern at The Emirates?
After damaging losses to Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiakos Piraeus in their first two fixtures, the Gunners have to win to advance to the knock-out stages
EPL: Wijnaldum scores four as Newcastle hammer Norwich
Newcastle United's Dutchman Giorginio Wijnaldum scored four times as they won their first Premier League match this season at the ninth attempt by thrashing Norwich City 6-2 to climb off the bottom of the table on Sunday.
October 18, 2015Denmark Open: Sindhu falls at final hurdle, loses to defending champ Li
Xuerui retained her title beating Sindhu 21-19, 21-12 in a 47-minute encounter.
Djokovic is the Master of Shanghai
World number one Novak Djokovic continued his rich vein of form as he brushed aside French opponent Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets to clinch the Shanghai Masters title on Sunday.
October 17, 2015Former top golfer Norman slams 'stupid' Kyrgios, Tomic
"I hope they both become ultra successful because at the end of the day, they will be humbled very quickly. If you become successful you cannot carry on like this.
Shanghai Masters: Tsonga outplays Nadal, to face Djokovic in final
Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga recorded a first win over Rafael Nadal in almost four years after producing some scintillating tennis to beat the Spaniard in the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters on Saturday. He will face Novak Djokovic in the final.
October 15, 2015Shanghai Masters: Djokovic cruises but Murray, Nadal struggle
Novak Djokovic sauntered past Spaniard Feliciano Lopez to reach the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters on Thursday but Andy Murray had to claw past big-serving American John Isner after losing a first-set tiebreaker.
October 14, 2015Shanghai Masters: Djokovic saunters through, Nadal toils for win
Djokovic dropped only three games against Klizan.
October 11, 2015ISL: Chennaiyin's Mendoza tricks to sink FC Goa
Stiven Mendoza scored the first hat-trick of the tournament as Chennaiyin FC thrashed FC Goa 4-0 in a third round match of Indian Super League football in Margao on Sunday.
Djokovic tames Nadal to become king of Beijing
The Serbian showed no mercy against the Spaniard as he cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 victory at the National Tennis Centre to claim the China Open title
Russian GP PIX: Hamilton closes in on F1 title; Force India on podium
Lewis Hamilton won a dramatic Russian Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday to take a huge step towards his third world championship after Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg retired with throttle failure.
October 10, 2015PHOTOS: Spain, Switzerland seal Euro 2016 berth with emphatic wins
Photos from the Euro 2016 qualifying matches played across Europe on Saturday
October 09, 201520 AMAZING facts you didn't know about soccer legend Pele
As Pele readies to awaken the 'sleeping giant of football' with his presence, Rediff.com lists some lesser known facts from the legend's life. Read on and be amazed...
PIX: Irish fans savour memorable night
Northern Ireland reached their first major tournament in 30 years and their neighbours south of the border beat world champions Germany to take a big step towards joining them at Euro 2016 in a memorable night for Irish football on Thursday.
October 06, 2015Honed in Barca school of football, Josue ready to wow India
As Kerala Blasters kick-off their ISL campaign against NorthEast United FC in their opener in Kochi on Tuesday, October 6, Spaniard Josue Currais-Preito is looking forward to wow Indian crowds with his technical acumen.
October 05, 2015'FIFA chief Blatter to quit in February, to publish memoir'
'I know he wants to quit, and he will do it'
Wenger quiets doubters as he celebrates anniversary at Arsenal
'It gives a strong answer to all the questions that were raised during the week'
PIX: Ibra's PSG record, Bayern's big win decorate Euro weekend
All the latest football news from around Europe.
Ronaldo made to wait for record as Atletico's Vietto does rescue act
Vietto slotted the ball home with seven minutes to go after Karim Benzema had given visitors Real the lead early on.
'It is not difficult for me to play with quality players like Anelka'
Having missed out in the first season of the ISL, young Brendon Fernandes tells Laxmi Negi/Rediff.com he is determined to prove his worth with MumbaI City FC in Season-2.
October 01, 2015How 'mythical and legendary' Ronaldo scripted history
'What he has done in half as many matches as Raul is incredible'
Champions League PIX: A special night of records and own-goals!
Ronaldo equals Raul Real Madrid record while Morata emulates Del Piero after scoring in five consecutive matches
Champions League PHOTOS: Manchester clubs record hard-fought victories
Photos from the Champions League matches played on Wednesday.
Why this 18-year-old racer is making heads turn
The first 17-year-old to race in Formula One became the sport's first 18-year-old driver on Wednesday and Toro Rosso's Max Verstappen is happy to reach the milestone.
September 30, 2015PHOTOS: Face frames of the 'Special One'
But Mourinho grabbed the attention of photographers on the sideline as his frustration at his team's showing forced a range facial expressions that would give 'Mr Bean' serious competition.
Champions League PIX: Sergi, Suarez rescue Barca; Bayern thrash Dinamo
Two late goals in two minutes from Sergi Roberto and Luis Suarez gave European champions Barcelona a dramatic 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League on Tuesday.
September 29, 2015EPL PHOTOS: Lively Lukaku sparks Everton comeback at West Brom
Everton now go to up to fifth in the table with 12 points from seven games
Can Pune FC stint enhance Romanian Mutu's chances for national recall?
'He has told me that if I continue playing football even after ISL, then he will consider me for the European Championship next year'
'Vettel needs lottery winners' luck to win F1 championship'
'The chance is there -- and what kind of racing driver would I be if I stopped believing?'
September 28, 2015Ronaldo on celluloid: watch the trailer...
The trailer of the documentary film, titled Ronaldo, which was released by the man himself on his Twitter page, captures moments of his on-field brilliance and provides an in-depth look into the person beyond the footballer.
Hazard's excellence put pressure on Schurrle at Chelsea
The Wolfsburg winger reckons he didn't enjoy Jose Mourinho's trust during his stay at Stamford Bridge
10 BEST Sports Photos of the Week!
Rediff.com takes you in flashback as we rewind the best from the sporting world in the week gone by.
Under-fire Rodgers alleges conspiracy even as he gets team backing
'I am talking about people outside of here. I think it is pretty clear. Sometimes we haven't lost games and the hysteria around it is pretty clear. There is maybe something else going on from behind'
September 24, 2015PHOTOS: FC Goa ready for ISL 2
"The team has gelled well as a team and we are looking forward to do well this time. I have seen that the team players are disciplined, physically strong and most importantly they are eager and ready to learn more about football.
What it takes to be a pro boxer? Hear it from Vijender
'It is gruelling but I am enjoying the grind. My body hasn't felt better'
September 23, 2015Baseball legend Yogi Berra dies aged 90
He played almost his entire 19-year baseball career for the New York Yankees.
September 21, 201510 Best Sports PHOTOS of the Week!
Rediff.com gives you a glimpse of the best sporting action from the week gone by.
Hamilton pursuit of Senna mark ends in frustration
'It's still a long way to go and I know I lost some points today but I was fast and on form and I will make sure I bring that out to Suzuka to fight back'
September 20, 2015Maroon 5 enthrall F1 fans in Singapore
Rediff.com brings you pictures from that live-wire concert held late on Saturday...
September 19, 2015La Liga: Misfiring Real beat Granada after Benzema header
The Frenchman nodded home an Isco cross after 55 minutes against a well-organised Granada side that attacked with pace.
Wenger, Mourinho in war of words after ill-tempered match
'I think it's unacceptable what he does to Koscielny. He pushes him down, he hits him in the face. I do not understand Mike Dean's decision at all. Why does Diego Costa stay on the pitch and Gabriel is sent off?'
After shock loss, Paes praises 'excellent' Czech youngster Adam
Leander Paes was, on Saturday, gracious in defeat and conceded that Czech player Adam Pavlasek played "phenomenal" tennis in the Davis Cup doubles game in New Delhi.
Ferrari's Vettel takes pole in Singapore, ends Mercedes' reign
Vettel came out on top, giving Ferrari their first pole position since 2012 with a masterful lap around the floodlit Singaporean track.
EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea beat Arsenal in scrappy London derby
Kurt Zouma and Eden Hazard scored the goals the goals in a match that saw Diego Costa play central character.
September 16, 2015Hamilton 'pushing for hat-trick' with Senna's record in sight
'I watched Senna as a child and it would be an honour to match him. Now I'm just one win away but I hope to do even better'
Good chance for Chelsea to pull out of slump
Out-of-sorts Chelsea have a golden opportunity to restore battered self-confidence when they face Maccabi Tel Aviv in their opening Champions League Group G match.
Champions League PHOTOS: Manchester clubs go down; Record for Ronaldo
Photos from the Champions League matches played across Europe on Tuesday
September 15, 2015Djokovic in his prime and threatening record books
The 28-year-old Serb's initial slow accumulation of major silverware after his breakthrough at the 2008 Australian Open has accelerated to such an extent that talk of him surpassing the likes of Bjorn Borg, Rafael Nadal and even Roger Federer is no longer fanciful.
'America's Christ on a bicycle' Armstrong's disgrace revisited in film
The Program documents the dark side of professional cycling, which still struggles to shake off suspicions of cheating amid a culture of loyalty to a team's star
PSV to play fearless football against favourites Manchester United
The Dutch club are returning to the group phase of the competition for the first time in seven years.
How Hollywood star Butler inspired Djokovic to US Open triumph
Novak Djokovic summoned some cinematic inspiration to help him conquer grand slam king Roger Federer and silence the roaring supporters of the Swiss at Sunday's US Open men's final.
EPL PHOTOS: Hammer Payet's double sees Newcastle slide to bottom
Dimitri Payet struck a brace for the Hammers against a tired Newcastle, whose players had to trudge the last mile to West Ham United's stadium after their team coach became stuck in London's rush-hour traffic before Monday's Premier League fixture.
September 14, 2015Champions League: Dutch links add familiar flavour to United visit
An air of familiarity will pervade the Champions League return of PSV Eindhoven and Manchester United when they open their Group B campaign in the Netherlands on Tuesday.
Djokovic plays pantomime villain in US Open final to cap great season
'As a father and a husband, experiencing a different variety of things in my life, it's a completely different approach to tennis today. I feel more fulfilled. I feel more complete as a player today than I was in 2011. Physically stronger, mentally more experienced and tougher as well'
Personal glory for Real hero Ronaldo as big teams fall across Europe
Manchester City made it five wins out of five in the Premier League and Cristiano Ronaldo scored five goals for Real Madrid but Chelsea and Juventus continued to struggle at the weekend as the Champions League looms.
Age-defying Federer shrugs off retirement talk on 'tough night'
Unlike the women's US Open final there was no centre court retirement announcement on Sunday with Roger Federer putting aside the disappointment of losing to Novak Djokovic in the men's final to tell fans he will be back.
In PHOTOS: Djokovic's rise ten years since Grand Slam debut
A summary of Novak Djokovic's rise in the tennis circuit in photos.
Djokovic overpowers Federer to win US Open crown
World No 1 Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 to win the US Open title at the Flushing Meadows in New York on Sunday.
September 13, 2015An even battle on cards as Djokovic faces-off against sublime Federer
Both players burn with heaps of motivation to hoist the winner's trophy at Arthur Ashe Stadium in the last grand moment of the 2015 slam season.
Bundesliga: Aubameyang scores twice to help Dortmund leapfrog Bayern
It was the ninth consecutive victory for Dortmund in all competitions this season and showed they had put last season's disappointing performances behind them.
La Liga PHOTOS: Ronaldo in record books as Real's highest goal-scorer
In other matches, super-sub Messi helped Barca romp past Atletico
Vinci can't stop gushing after 'miraculous' run at US Open
Roberta Vinci, playing in her first grand slam singles final, lost twice at the US Open on Saturday after coming up short in an all-Italian clash against her closest friend on tour.
US Open champion Pennetta says 'goodbye to tennis' moments after win
'I was trying to play every match like it was my last one. Trying to play best all the time'
September 12, 2015US Open: Italy PM to travel to New York to watch women's final
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi dropped his busy weekend schedule and headed to New York on Saturday for the first all-Italian women's final at the US Open.
Serena finally falls after riding her luck
Serena Williams had been a vulnerable conqueror at this year's majors, living dangerously and dicing with defeat on numerous occasions as she tried to become only the fourth woman to complete the calendar Grand Slam.
Vinci finds it tough to stitch up words after upsetting Serena
'I don't know. It's tough to explain my emotion right now. Maybe tomorrow morning I can tell you something, but now it's amazing'
European football round-up: Lasogga lifts Hamburg
The win lifted Hamburg, who needed a relegation playoff to stay up last season, to seventh on six points.
'Gutsy' Paes says he learns a lot from Hingis
Soon after he won his historic US Open title, Paes said more than technique it is his never-say-die spirit that has got him success.
Vinci makes rare list in women's tennis after upset win
Following is a list of biggest shocks in women's tennis after Italian outsider Roberta Vinci, ranked 43rd, beat world number one Serena Williams in the US Open semi-finals on Friday to deny the American a chance to complete a calendar year Grand Slam.
US Open PHOTOS: Classic Federer sets up showdown with Djokovic
Five-times champion Roger Federer reached his first US Open final in six years as he raced past fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 at Flushing Meadows in the semi-finals on Friday.
September 11, 2015Soccer shots: De Gea signs new four-year United contract
Here is a summary of stories from the English Premier League
'I could have still been at Liverpool had they offered coaching role'
'I was surprised a role wasn't mentioned when chief executive Ian Ayre sat down with my agent, but maybe it might happen one day'
September 08, 2015Williams sisters to put family ties to ultimate test
A win by Venus would keep the 35-year-old on track for a first grand slam title since 2008 Wimbledon and a possible return to the US Open final where she first made the final in her debut in 1997.
C'wealth Youth Games: Lifter Lather, javelin thrower Hadish give India gold
Indians continued their strong show at the fifth Commonwealth Youth Games, winning five medals, including two gold, on the second day of competition in Apia, Samoa, on Tuesday. Weightlifter Deepak Lather (boys' 62kg category) and javelin thrower Mohd Hadish won a gold each in their respective events, while Jisna Mathew won a silver in the girls' 400 metres.
US Open: How Anderson upset Murray and advanced to last 16
Anderson is the first South African in New York's last 16 since Wayne Ferreira in 2002.
Euro qualifiers, PHOTOS: Germany put Scots on the rocks; Portugal win
The world champions now have 19 points while Poland, 8-1 winners over Gibraltar, are on 17.
US Open PHOTOS: Murray stunned by Anderson; Federer, Halep in quarters
Murray had battled his way back from two sets down in the second round against France's Adrian Mannarino, but could not work another miracle against the 14th-ranked, 29-year-old Anderson, who swept the final tiebreak 7-0.
September 07, 2015Euro 2016 qualifiers: Dutch football in crisis after losing to Turkey
The two losses in Blind's first two games left the Dutch floundering in fourth place in Group A, needing to overhaul a two-point deficit on third placed Turkey with two games to play in October to have any chance of reaching the Euro 2016 finals via the November play-offs.
Formula One: Ferrari's Raikkonen keeps it cool after engine failure
The glass was half full for Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene after Sunday's Italian Grand Prix, even if Kimi Raikkonen filled it almost to the brim before sloshing the contents around.
US Open: Does Venus have the game and stamina to halt Serena's surge?
With Serena bidding to become just the fourth woman to win all four grand slams in the same year, the US Open hype machine that already had been in top gear is now set to crank into overdrive.
Indians at the US Open: Sania-Martina cruise into last eight
Sania-Martina will next face ninth seeds Yung-Jan Chan and Hao-Ching Chan of Chinese Taipei, who rallied to beat unseeded Romanians Irina-Camelia Begu and Raluca Olaru 5-7, 6-1, 7-6 (4).
Euro qualifiers: Italy win in Buffon's 150th match; Iceland through
Belgium make Wales wait after Hazard's strike, while Czechs beat Latvia to qualify
US Open PHOTOS: Venus, Serena set up quarters clash; Djokovic stretched
Venus Williams stands in the way of younger sister Serena's bid for a calendar-year Grand Slam after reaching the quarter-finals with a 6-2, 6-1 rout of Estonian teenager Anett Kontaveit on Sunday.
September 06, 2015Euro qualifiers: Swiss script remarkable rally against stout Slovenia
'It was a crazy game where we had the bit of luck that we didn't have in Slovenia'
US Open PHOTOS: Federer, Murray and underdogs share spotlight
Konta first British woman in US Open last 16 since 1991
September 05, 2015US Open: Defending champion Cilic fights back to live another day
Defending champion Marin Cilic had to battle hard before beating Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 6-7, 5-1 in their 3rd round match of the US Open on Friday.
September 04, 2015Indians at the US Open: Paes-Verdasco knocked out
A round-up of results of Indian players at the US Open.
Euro qualifiers PHOTOS: Iceland beat horrendous Dutch
Malta make Italy sweat, while Bale takes Wales closer to competition
September 01, 2015US Open PHOTOS: Williams scripts ruthless win; Djokovic, Nadal advance
Photos from the US Open matches played on Monday
Juventus suffer side effects of dismantling a winning squad
Juventus appear to be suffering from a predictable early-season slump in the wake of a summer spent fumbling around the transfer market in a bid to rebuild a team that had grown to dominate Serie A.
August 31, 2015Transfer Talk: Man City sign Belgian De Bruyne
"I want to reach the highest level possible as a player and I think the most important thing is that at the end of the season we can be happy and maybe have some titles," playmaker De Bruyne told the City website (www.mcfc.co.uk).
Euro soccer round-up: Roma hand Juve second successive defeat
After losing only three league games last season Juventus have now lost the first two of the new campaign as a deserved 2-1 defeat at AS Roma on Sunday condemned the champions to their worst-ever Serie A start.
US Open leading men cheering for a Serena Grand Slam
Serena Williams is on the brink of the grandest achievement in tennis, the single season Grand Slam, and even the leading men at the US Open championships starting on Monday are cheering her on.
Blessed with Monk's presence, Swansea are 'a force in the EPL'
Swansea City are becoming a force in the Premier League after maintaining their unbeaten start with am impressive come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Manchester United, manager Garry Monk said.
La Liga PHOTOS: Martinez opens Atletico account in tough win at Sevilla
Atletico Madrid's Jackson Martinez scored his first goal for the club when he came off the bench and curled in a superb effort to seal a hard-fought 3-0 victory at Sevilla in La Liga on Sunday.
US Open: In-form Federer, Murray acknowledge opening round challenges
Federer has been brandishing an aggressive style of play, forcing the action and rushing in to half-volley weak second serves to forge an advantage.
August 30, 2015Transfer Talk: Manchester United defender Evans signs for West Brom
West Bromwich Albion have bolstered their defensive ranks by signing centre half Jonny Evans from Manchester United on a four-year deal.
La Liga PHOTOS: Real hand Betis a 5-0 thrashing while Barca labour to victory
Gijon spoiled Asier Illarramendi's return to Real Sociedad's midfield after rejoining from Real Madrid this week when they held the Basque club, coached by Scot David Moyes, to a 0-0 draw in San Sebastian.
Big ticket showdowns on Day 1 at US Open
Top-seeded world number ones Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic help launch the US Open tennis championships on Monday's opening day of the year's final Grand Slam.
Tennis: Kvitova, Anderson get in form before US Open with title wins
Defending champion Petra Kvitova used a dominant serve to beat Lucie Safarova 6-7(6), 6-2, 6-2 in their all-Czech final at the Connecticut Open on Saturday.
World Athletics: Ayana denies Dibaba with stunning 5,000m gold
Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana put on a brilliant display of front-running to win the women's 5,000 metres at the world championships on Sunday and deprive compatriot Genzebe Dibaba of an unprecedented double gold.
August 28, 2015World Athletics PHOTOS: Williams stuns favourites to take hurdles gold
Hansle Parchment of Jamaica was second in 13.03 and Olympic champion and world record holder Aries Merritt claimed bronze in 13.04 seconds.
Bolt mulls retirement after Rio Olympics
"So it's all about how I feel after Rio, if I feel I can really put my body through one more season. If I'm going to be focused and I'm going to be determined. That will determine if I compete after Rio. So we'll see how it goes."
August 26, 2015League Cup: Watford ousted but other Premier League teams progress
Premier League newcomers Watford suffered a League Cup upset in a 1-0 loss at Preston North End while five-times champions Aston Villa overcame plucky Notts County 5-3 after extra-time to reach the third round on Tuesday.
August 25, 2015Transfer moves: Chelsea's Juan Cuadrado to Juve
The Colombian forward is heading to Italian champions Juventus on loan.
ISL: Former Liverpool defender Riise joins Delhi Dynamos
FC Pune City also bolstered their defence by signing former Espanyol and Deportivo La Coruna defender Diego Colotto for the second edition of the eight-team league beginning on October 3.
EPL PHOTOS: Splendid Cech denies impressive Liverpool at the Emirates
Cech's solid 'keeping and Liverpool's staunch defence ensured the match ended in a goalless stalemate
World champion Bolt 'ran his toughest race on Sunday'
"It was a very trying time and it took a lot of skill and work and determination for him to get (to) what he was able to achieve by defending his championship."
Former F1 driver Wilson dies after IndyCar wreck
Wilson's car careened out of control and into a wall after he was hit by a large piece of debris from the car of Sage Karam on the track in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.
August 24, 201510 BEST Sports Photos of the Week!
Rediff.com recaptures these and other exciting sporting moments from the week gone by....
Steenkamps question court ruling, say Pistorius killed their daughter
Oscar Pistorius shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp deliberately, her parents said, ahead of an appeal hearing in which prosecutors are seeking to overturn a South African court ruling that the athlete was not guilty of murder.
Everton's lack of composure did them in against 'in-control' City
'We always knew it was going to be an important one playing against a quality side, but I think it affected us a little bit too much.
La Liga PHOTOS: Hard time for big clubs in Spain
Barca overcome solid Bilbao challenge to scrape through 1-0.
August 21, 2015Along with Hazard, 'Chelsea now have a match-winner in Pedro'
"I think Hazard will be able to get a breather every now and again now," said Hudson.
Not just Barca and Madrid, there are other contenders for La Liga crown
Champions Barcelona begin their bid for a sixth La Liga title in eight years at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday knowing that fellow heavyweights Real Madrid could, unusually, be just one of several challengers for their crown.
PGA: Woods back in rhythm, cards lowest score in two years at Wyndham
Tiger Woods fed off an "electric" atmosphere to card his lowest score in two years on the PGA Tour, a six-under 64 that put him within two shots of the early first round lead at the Wyndham Championship on Thursday.
Cincinnati Open: Former champion Nadal ousted; Serena in quarters
Photos from Day 5 action at the Western & Southern Open at Cincinnati on Thursday.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
Leicester City has a chance to go top of the English Premier League table with a maximum nine points.
August 20, 2015Bolt refuses to see himself as savior of dope-tainted athletics
'People are saying I need to win for the sport but there's a lot of other athletes out there running clean, and who have run clean throughout their whole careers'
Squash sensation Dipika Pallikal marries cricketer Dinesh Karthik
India's top-ranked squash player Dipika Pallikal married her fiancé and lond-time beau, cricketer Dinesh Karthik in a traditional Christian ceremony on Wednesday.
Cincinnati Open round-up: Wawrinka unfocussed but wins; Serena advances
Stanislas Wawrinka had to dig deep to beat Borna Coric at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati on Wednesday and conceded his thoughts had been far from tennis over the past few days.
Valencia put one leg in Champions League group stages
Sofiane Feghouli's late goal eased the nerves at Valencia's Mestalla as the Spanish club grabbed a 3-1 victory over Monaco in the first leg of their Champions league play-off round tie on Wednesday.
World awaits more Bolt magic after athletics marred by doping scandals
Usain Bolt returns to the site of his first global triumph this week for a world championships showdown with a convicted dope cheat that has ramifications for athletics beyond just establishing who is the fastest man in the world.
FIVE women to watch out for at world athletics championships
Check out five female athletes to watch out for at the August 22-30 world athletics championships in Beijing.
August 19, 2015Soccer updates: Inter's Kovacic agrees big-money move to Real
Bringing you all the news from the summer transfer window and other snippets from the soccer world...
Cincinnati Open round-up: Federer eases through; Bencic rolls on
Roger Federer returned from a month-long layoff with a 6-4, 6-4 second round victory over Roberto Bautista Agut on Tuesday at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati.
US Open wildcards for former champion Hewitt and cancer-survivor Duval
Hewitt, the 2001 champion, received his wildcard via a reciprocal agreement with Tennis Australia, which will grant an American a wild card into next year's Australian Open, and was among 16 players who received wildcard entries.
Champions League: Memphis stamps his mark for United; Record for Astana
On a night of close finishes in all five first-leg playoff games, the 21-year-old Dutch winger opened his United account with a memorable performance in the famous number seven shirt previously worn by George Best, Eric Cantona and David Beckham.
Leaving champion clubs... for English Premier League also-rans
Rediff.com takes a look at a few other players who shunned champion sides for mediocre clubs in the Premier League.
August 18, 2015A nearly-6000 points gap and No 1 spot still distant dream for Murray
Murray, 28, moved up above Federer to second in the ATP's latest rankings on Monday, courtesy of his dazzling displays in Montreal culminating in 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Serb Djokovic in an absorbing three-hour duel.
Champions League: Januzaj optimistic of regaining his Midas Touch
Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj is confident he can rediscover the form he displayed in his breakthrough season in 2013-14 and feature more regularly for the club.
August 17, 201510 Best Sports Photos of the Week!
Rediff.com brings you this and a lot more gripping sporting action from the week gone by...
After prison, Pistorius set for house arrest in his uncle's mansion
The release of Pistorius, whose lower legs were amputated when he was a baby, is in line with South African sentencing guidelines that say non-dangerous prisoners should spend only one-sixth of a custodial sentence behind bars.
Disillusionment and ignominy for Mourinho and Chelsea after City loss
With the 3-0 loss, Chelsea and the Gaffer have now matched the club's worst records -- Mourinho suffered his joint-heaviest defeat as a Premier League manager, while, for the first time in 17 years, the Blues have failed to record a win in either of their opening league games
August 16, 2015EPL updates: Advocaat calls meeting to discuss Sunderland's woes
Follow the latest developments from all the on-field and off-the-field action in the Premiership.
Indian tennis round-up: Sania-Hingis ousted from Rogers Cup
Saina settles for silver, loses to nemesis Marin at Badminton Worlds
Marin retained the world title with a 21-16, 21-19 win over the Indian ace.
Swiss teen Bencic stuns Serena in Rogers Cup
The unseeded Bencic, who also beat former world number ones Caroline Wozniacki and Ana Ivanovic in Toronto, wore a look of disbelief after the 18-year-old's forehand winner whizzed past Williams to seal the match.
August 14, 2015Sidelined Balotelli set for 'loyalty bonus' if he goes unsold!
Out-of-favour Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli will receive a six-figure loyalty bonus if he is still at the club when the transfer window closes on September 1, according to British media reports.
Parliamentary Panel demands person with credential to lead SAI
Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Resource Development headed by Satyanarayan Jatiya has slammed SAI for not roping in sportspersons even 20 years after being asked for restructuring of the "unwieldy and monolithic bureaucratic organisation
August 12, 2015Chelsea doctor Carneiro restricted from matches and training
Eva Carneiro set to lose place on bench after Mourinho criticism
Broken four times by Panetta, rusty Williams advances despite glitches
Playing her first match of the North American hard court swing after pulling out of last week's event in Stanford with a sore right elbow, Williams played a ragged opening set in which she was broken four times while firing four double faults.
Rogers Cup: Djokovic struggles; Karlovic 'aces' tennis history
World No 1 Novak Djokovic kicked off his bid for a fourth Canadian crown with a 6-3, 7-6(4) second round win over a stubborn Thomaz Bellucci at the Rogers Cup on Tuesday.
In a nine-goal feast, Messi brace, Pedro winner hand Barca Super Cup!
With five titles, Barca are now level with AC Milan on all-time UEFA Super Cup winners list
Man United playing risky game over De Gea saga
Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson once said he would not sell Real Madrid "a virus" let alone Cristiano Ronaldo but, as even he found out, when the Spanish giants come knocking they usually get what they want.
August 11, 2015History-chasing Serena wants to be in the 'here and now'
'I'm not thinking ahead to the Open right now because I am here in Toronto and I haven't really played a hard court match in awhile. I'm thinking I want to get some of this under my belt and the Open will happen when the Open happens.'
EPL: Toure dazzles for slick City at powerless West Brom
Photos from the EPL match played between Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion on Monday
Manchester United and South American players: Not quite a perfect mix
Following Angel Di Maria's nightmare stint, Bikash Mohapatra/Rediff.com says the 'Theatre of Dreams' has never been a happy a hunting ground for players from the continent
Lesser lights sparkle in opening round of EPL
Despite a splurge of summer spending of more than 500 million pounds and counting, it was a free transfer from France who provided one of the standout moments of the Premier League's big kickoff.
August 10, 2015PHOTOS: Scooterists reign in the dirt and rain!
Come the rains and two-wheeler racing fanatics line-up for the popular off-beat challenge. The latest edition was on Sunday, August 8. There were entries from Mumbai, Nashik, Pune, Thane, Bangalore, Bhopal, and Jodhpur. Like previous years, this time too Sportscraft chose the backwoods of Navi Mumbai to give riders a chance to test their driving and racing skills in a safe environment.
Football weekend scarred by violence on and off the pitch
Hertha Berlin team bus shot at by motorcyclist and penalty prompts riot police to protect referee in Brazil league match.
EPL: Gut instinct over tactics pays off for Liverpool
'We were looking at making a positive change -- so Coutinho was going to come off and we were going to put Danny Ings on. I'm glad I kept him on'
Kerber matches Serena's title record this season with Stanford triumph
Runner-up Pliskova will move into the top-10 of the world rankings for the first time in her career
EPL: Hammers' 16-year-old Oxford enjoys dream debut vs Arsenal
'I thought we need someone to sit in front of the defence who is cool and can be a third defender, but who can also play on the ball. I am very proud of him.'
August 08, 2015PIX: Australian duo Larkin and Campbell set records at swimming Worlds
Mitchell Larkin completed a rare backstroke double and Bronte Campbell won the blue riband women's 100 metres freestyle title as Australia celebrated another golden night at the world swimming championships.
Tennis: Sharapova withdraws from Rogers Cup; Pliskova now among top-10
Maria Sharapova's US Open preparations took a major blow with the Russian World No 2 forced to withdraw from next week's WTA event in Toronto.
EPL: Why three is the perfect number for Mourinho going into the season
Chelsea banking on other big strikers with Costa still doubtful
August 07, 2015Only 10, she is the youngest ever at the World Swimming Cships!
Alzain Tareq finished a distant last among the 64 competitors in the women's 50-metre butterfly, reaching the end of the pool in a time of 41.13 seconds but the Bahraini says she wants to swim at the Rio Olympics
'Keeper De Gea to miss United's EPL opener amid Real speculation
David De Gea will not play in Manchester United's opening Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur, manager Louis van Gaal said on Friday, amid reports linking the goalkeeper with a move to Real Madrid.
Reasons for Benteke's Liverpool move revealed
'If Liverpool bought me then they know how to use me. That's why I came here -- I'll show I can play with my feet too'
Di Maria to United fans: I am sorry it did not work out as I had wished
"I write this note to thank all the Manchester United family for the great support received during the year I've been part of this Club," Di Maria told United fans in an open letter, published widely by the British media.
In PIX: The many faces of synchronised swimming
Synchronised swimming can be described as 'water ballet', as it consists of dance-like elaborate movements that swimmers make to music.
August 05, 2015Mayweather's got a new challenger who is 'ready to kick his ass'
I always bring my A-game and this fight against Andre Berto is no exception, says the 38-year-old Mayweather, who will get back in the ring on September 12
Former European champions Ajax knocked out of Champions League!
Four-time European champions Ajax Amsterdam were knocked out of the Champions League in the third qualifying round on Tuesday after a dramatic 3-2 defeat at home to unsung Rapid Vienna.
Bizarre! Politician mulls day of remembrance for Brazil's 7-1 WC loss
Jota Silva said the day would serve to "reflect on what happened on July 8," the day in 2014 when eventual world champions Germany beat Brazil 7-1 in the semi-finals.
Van Gaal faces many questions as Premeir League season looms
Manchester United's fourth place in last season's Premier League was regarded as a qualified success but more importantly the launch pad to return the club to former glory.
Records tumble as swimmers make a splash at Worlds
Britain's James Guy held off a host of Olympic champions to win his first world title, the men's 200m freestyle, at the world championships on Tuesday.
Di Maria 'very happy to join PSG', has medical ahead of move
The former Real Madrid wide midfielder, whose 59.7 million pounds ($93.28 million) transfer a year ago set a British record, is preparing to join the French champions for a considerably lower fee, according to media reports.
August 04, 2015Fit Costa will be key to Chelsea's campaign, reckons Redknapp
Defending champions Chelsea's season could be in trouble if striker Diego Costa is unavailable for long, former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp said.
Will Schweinsteiger prove a worthy buy for United? Guardiola is doubtful
Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has cast a doubt on Manchester United's new midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger by saying his former player was never fully fit during the last three seasons.
Meet Sania, the elegant showstopper!
The World No 1 doubles tennis player, was adorned with ornaments designed by jewellery designer, Moni Agarwal, as she walked the ramp. She showcased Agarwal's royal and exquisite 'Zohrakshi' jewellery collection.
No love lost: Wenger snubs Mourinho after Community Shield win
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has accused his rival Arsene Wenger of deliberately ignoring his potential handshake when the Arsenal boss walked down the tunnel after his team defeated Chelsea 1-0 to claim the Community Shield for a second season in a row at Wembley on Sunday.
August 03, 2015Rodgers delights at promising start for Liverpool's new strike duo
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has expressed his delight with Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino after the forwards made their first-team debuts in the club's final warm-up match before the new Premier League season.
10 BEST Sports Photos of the Week!
Steve Finn helped England dominate Australia in another Ashes Test at Edgbaston on Friday to take a 2-1 series lead.
Isner beats the heat and Baghdatis to rule in Atlanta once more
Overpowers the ailing Cypriot to win the hardcourt title for third time in succession
July 31, 2015Mob Museum to display FIFA's 'rampant corruption'
A Las Vegas museum devoted to the exploits of Tommy gun-wielding mobsters will open a permanent display that explores the "rampant corruption" of global soccer's scandal-rocked governing body, which has drawn comparisons to organized crime.
July 30, 2015Mourinho lashes out after Benitez's wife sparks row
'The only club where her husband replaced me was at Inter Milan where, in six months, he destroyed the best team in Europe at the time'
July 29, 2015Here is how Formula One drivers enjoy their 'summer break'
While Formula One rivals head to the sea or mountains at the start of the August break, Max Verstappen has some driving lessons on the horizon.
July 28, 2015Best Pictures from the Tour de France - Part 2
Rediff.com gives you a flashback of the beautiful moments from the Tour de France this year.
Van Gaal seeking galactico touch for resurgent Manchester United
Louis van Gaal wants to recruit a new galactico match-winner for Manchester United in a bid to fulfil his ambition of bringing another Premier League title to Old Trafford before he walks away from the club in two years.
July 27, 20155 odds Froome fought-off to make history at Tour de France
But Froome's Big Four rivals at the tour -- Alberto Contador, Vincenzo Nibali and Nairo Quintana - weren't the only hurdles in his path. There were outside influences that threatened to derail his campaign.
Error-prone Hamilton gets it wrong but still stretches lead
Before the start, Hamilton had spoken of Hungary fast becoming one of his favourite circuits.
Late bloomer Froome wins second Tour de France title
Briton Chris Froome won his second Tour de France title in three years on Sunday to enhance his growing reputation as a grand tour specialist.
July 26, 2015Coach Gopi confident of rich medal haul at Badminton World C'ships
Confident about their preparation for the upcoming World Championships, India's chief badminton coach Pullela Gopichand said the home shuttlers have the best chance of winning multiple medals at the prestigious tournament next month.
Pre-season friendlies: United beat Barca 3-1; Arsenal thrash Lyon
Manchester United kept up the positive momentum of their pre-season tour with a 3-1 victory over Barcelona in the International Champions Cup on Saturday in Santa Clara, California.
July 24, 2015It's break point for tennis couple Sharapova-Dimitrov
"We experienced wonderful moments together. I wish her much happiness and success in life and in tennis.
Best Pictures from the Tour de France - Part 1
The best action from the Tour de France
July 22, 2015Charity drive: Federer inaugurates 81st pre-school in Malawi
Federer's charity foundation had been working in Malawi since 2011 and has already opened 80 pre-schools across the country.
July 21, 201510 Best Sports Photos of the Week!
Rediff.com has the best sports images from the events in the week gone by snapped right here...
July 16, 2015'Comparing FIFA to the Mafia is almost insulting to the Mafia'
Senators call for reforms of US soccer body at FIFA corruption hearing
10 Most Valuable sports teams in the World!
According to a Forbes poll released on Wednesday, Spanish football club Real Madrid once again leads Forbes' most valuable teams list, which mostly includes National Football League franchises.
Ooh... aah... ouch!
When sport stars collide, crash and fall!
July 15, 2015Navratilova and Sania hold joint tennis Masterclass in Hyderabad!
When two champions of tennis share their knowledge of the sport they most love and excel, everyone is keyed in. That is exactly what happened on Wednesday evening when Indian ace Sania Mirza hosted the legendary Martina Navratilova at a tennis 'Masterclass' in Hyderabad.
Fenerbahce fans give Van Persie rapturous welcome
Netherlands striker Robin van Persie vowed on Tuesday to rekindle his goal-scoring prowess and help Fenerbahce win trophies as he joined the Turkish club from Manchester United on a three-year deal.
Tour de France: Froome demolishes rivals on first mountain test
Overall leader Chris Froome put the hammer down on the Tour de France when the Briton humiliated his rivals in the first mountain test, winning the 10th stage in awe-inspiring fashion on Tuesday.
July 14, 2015Father 'less optimistic' about Bianchi recovering
The father of French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi says he is "less optimistic" that his son will recover from the severe head injuries he suffered in a Japanese Grand Prix crash last October.
Can City-bound Sterling do justice to 49 million pound deal?
Manchester City are about to find out whether Raheem Sterling has the ability to justify his enormous price tag or is just another over-rated young English footballer motivated purely by his bank balance.
Mavericks' Satnam keen to work on shortcomings
'May be, after another two years when I establish myself, I will play for India again. The main goal is to at least play 10 years in NBA league'
10 lesser known facts about newly-crowned Wimbledon champ Sania Mirza
Sunita Iyer, lists the10 lesser known facts about the golden girl of Indian tennis.
July 13, 201510 Best Sports Photos of the Week!
Rediff.com gives you a flashback of these events in pictures snapped right here...
Champions Djokovic, Serena show off their footwork at Wimbledon ball
The Wimbledon dinner was an evening with an exciting mix of tradition and fun as newly crowned singles champions Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams shook a leg together, bringing a superb end to the best grand slam event of the year.
July 11, 2015Federer of yore sets up prime time showdown with Djokovic
The problem with addictive TV box sets is that when the credits roll on the final episode it leaves a void.
Gold Cup: US beat Haiti, advance to quarter-finals
The United States secured a quarter-final spot in the CONCACAF Gold Cup when they beat Haiti 1-0 on Friday, while Panama and Honduras drew 1-1 in the other Group A match in Massachusetts.
Wimbledon: Spectators' divided loyalties hardly helped home boy Murray
Murray was slightly vexed by a question at the post-match news conference that suggested the fans' loyalties were more divided than if he were playing anyone but Federer.
PHOTOS: How Murray was done in by Federer
A year after Andy Murray's reign as Wimbledon champion ended lamely at the hands of a man dubbed the new Roger Federer, he got a stark reminder on Friday that the original is the real threat to his grand slam ambitions.
ISL Auction: Why John Abraham's North East Utd picked Seityasen
North East United FC had a pretty forgettable inaugural season, but they look to make amends in the second edition of the Indian Super League.
July 10, 2015Radwanska pays price for not following her instincts
Agnieszka Radwanska paid the ultimate price for following the orders of her coaching team rather than relying on her own instincts in the final game of her Wimbledon semi-final against Garbine Muguruza on Thursday.
July 09, 2015Wimbledon: Sharapova doesn't stand a chance against super Serena!
As Russian Maria Sharapova and American Serena Williams get ready to slug it out in their big-ticket semi-final, records and history tells us who has had the upper hand.
When a 'wiser' Gasquet left Wawrinka and the crowd awestruck!
The 29-year-old Frenchman crashes 'top-four' party to set up semi-final against World No Djokovic
Smart Dealers: Europe's best-selling football clubs
The policy of buying players cheap and selling them for a higher price a few years on is a business model that worked well for clubs like Atletico Madrid and FC Porto. With the transfer window open for the next few weeks, Rediff.com takes a look at clubs that made smart deals over the years.
July 08, 2015Bacsinszky and Keys silenced at Wimbledon
The daughter of two lawyers and a former waitress received their last orders at the Wimbledon on Tuesday when Madison Keys and Timea Bacsinszky missed out on a great opportunity to set up a semi-final date.
'Shocked' Kyrgios demands 'respect if not love' from Aussies
'I'm not asking everyone to love me but at least know me as a person first before you judge me'
Sharapova can't wait to duel with 'vulnerable' Serena on Centre Court
Maria Sharapova and world No 1 Serena Williams haven't played each other at the Wimbledon Championships since their Round of 16 clash in 2010.
I didn't want to compete against Liverpool, says LA Galaxy's Gerrard
'I love Liverpool Football Club and I always will do... but I didn't want to become a squad player or a sub at the club I love'
This 'perfect player' is first Spanish woman in 18 years to make semis
A heady mix of talent and gumption, Garbine Muguruza now in the same league as Arantxa-Sanchez Vicario
Vijender Singh: Punching above his weight?
Vijender Singh gives up amateur boxing to turn full-time professional, perhaps the words ring truer than ever.
Wimbledon: Sharapova accused of unsporting behaviour
"What I experienced, what I felt from her moving around in between my serving motion was not, I don't think, sportsmanlike, in my opinion," American Coco Vandeweghe claimed after her quarter-final loss
July 07, 2015Tour de France: Froome in top gear in crash-marred third stage
Chris Froome seized early control of the Tour de France, the 2013 champion snatching the yellow jersey after a crash-marred third stage won by Spain's Joaquim Rodriguez on Monday.
Wawrinka marches forth in bid to be in Federer's league
In-form Swiss man in fray to become only the fifth player in the professional era to win the French and Wimbledon back-to-back
July 06, 201510 Best Sports PHOTOS of the Week!
And, since, pictures speak more than words, Rediff.com brings you images from these sporting events and others that made headlines in the week gone by.
Of kisses and selfies: Family time for US players after World Cup win
Here are precious family moments that the players stole after their historic victory...
USA parties like it's 1999 after Women's World Cup victory
After the game, Kathy Hollins, Lloyd's future mother-in-law, said watching her son's fiancee was: "Like a high. You don't even need drugs ... She's so awesome, she just doesn't give up."
We aim to break into top 10 prior to the Olympics: Ashwini
Fresh from her triumphant exploits with senior partner Jwala Gutta in the Canadian Open, shuttler Ashwini Ponnappa said the ace Indian doubles pair was now aiming to break into the top ten while qualifying for next year's Rio Olympic Games.
Dutch heatwave no sweat for Aussie Rohan Dennis
A heatwave was no sweat for Tour de France stage one winner Rohan Dennis.
Lloyd hat-trick inspires US to third Women's World Cup title
The American captain struck three times inside 16 minutes as the US stormed into an unexpected and unsurmountable 4-0 lead over their shell-shocked opponents.
July 04, 2015Wimbledon: How an inspired Jankovic stunned holder Kvitova
Holder Petra Kvitova suffered a shock 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 defeat by Serbia's former World No 1 Jelena Jankovic who produced an inspired display in the Wimbledon third round on Saturday.
Wimbledon PHOTOS: Defending champ Kvitova knocked out; Federer wins
Photos from the Wimbledon matches played on Saturday.
July 03, 2015These players have a superior record over Nadal...
Nadal, is known to have a superior win-loss record over most top players (including Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic), but believe it or not, there are players on the circuit who have an edge over Nadal.
PHOTOS: Celebrities glamour-up Wimbledon
As the stars of tennis sweat it out in pursuit of the Wimbledon Championship crown at the resplendent All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, stars of another planet descend on venue and watch their favourites in action.
July 01, 2015'Ashwini and I can win a medal at the 2016 Olympics'
- 'We need the government to support us with funds'
Tour de France: Get set for battle royale on treacherous course
Alberto Contador will cement his status as the best grand tour rider of the modern era if he emerges as the winner of the Big Four's battle royale at the Tour de France -- the most highly anticipated race in decades.
With most likes, followers, Wimbledon takes social media by storm
It's the most popular Grand Slam across popular social networking sites
June 30, 2015Wimbledon PHOTOS: Federer outclasses Dzumhur, Nadal cruises
Roger Federer began his 63rd consecutive Grand Slam tournament with a majestic 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 first-round win over little-known Bosnian Damir Dzumhur at Wimbledon in London, on Tuesday.
Hockey League: India seek to iron out defensive flaws as Malaysia lurk
Soundly thrashed by Australia in their last match, India will look to sort out their defensive woes when they take on Malaysia in their quarter-final match of the Hockey World League Semifinals in Antwerp, Belgium, on Wednesday.
10 Best Sports Photos of the Week!
Take a look at images from events that caught our attention in the week gone by.
June 27, 2015New racquet-wielding Federer says never felt better before Wimbledon
- 'It's probably been the best preparation I've ever had for Wimbledon because we have a week more on the grass'
Bencic stuns Radwanska in Eastbourne to claim maiden title
- At 18 years and 109 days, Bencic is the youngest player to win a premier-level title since Caroline Wozniacki won in New Haven almost seven years ago
Tennis beauties add zing to pre-Wimbeldon bash
Rediff.com lets you into the party zone...
June 26, 2015Satnam ready to rub shoulders with the cream of NBA
Following Satnam's historic draft into the Dallas Mavericks for the 2015 NBA season, the mystery of Satnam will hopefully be unravelled in the upcoming season.
Copa America PHOTOS: Guerrero hat-trick eases Peru into semis
Peru striker Paolo Guerrero scored a hat-trick to give his side a comfortable 3-1 victory over Bolivia at the Copa America on Thursday, setting up a last-four showdown with hosts Chile.
PHOTOS: The life and times of the glamorous Sania Mirza
She has spunk, confidence, some naughtiness and lots of style. Meet Sania Mirza, off-court
June 24, 2015AIFF's 'ingenious' idea to boost Indian football...
India FA eye origin players for short-term solution
June 23, 2015Does Mandzukic's Juventus move mean Tevez on his way out?
Mandzukic signing adds to the Serie A champs' big haul of strikers as Paul Pogba is targetted by Barca and PSG among other clubs
June 22, 2015PHOTOS: Olympic champ Mary Kom celebrates International Yoga Day
Among the hoards of Yoga enthusiasts who marked International Yoga Day on Sunday was India's Olympic boxing champ Mary Kom.
Mauresmo, Bjorkman's flair perfectly compliment Murray's skill
Andy Murray says he is playing better than when he won Wimbledon in 2013 and after the last few weeks, it would be no surprise if he repeats that historic feat next month.
I am a candidate for FIFA presidency, Maradona reveals
In a private chat with friend and author, Victor Hugo Morales, the Argentine football great revealed his nomination for the presidency of the global football body
June 19, 2015World League Semifinals: Expect the unexpected from pressure-free India
- 'I hope our training on creating early pressure will be evident when we go into the competition'
F1 is letting down fans and drivers, warns Webber
'I think we're disappointed with it as F1 fans...All the drivers that I'm talking with, we're disappointed with what's going on with the cars, the lap times, it's just not stimulating for the drivers'
For Serena Slam, there will have to be no lapses from Williams
'Even though she's still playing arguably her best tennis, you have to wonder at a certain point how long that can keep up.'
June 17, 2015Nadal positive despite Queen's setback
"There is nothing very negative. I won a tournament last week. This week I lost an opportunity, but, my feeling, my thoughts are no different today than yesterday.
Women's World Cup: US top 'group of death' after Wambach's goal record
Having escaped the 'group of death', it is now do-or-die for the United States and Australia after advancing to the knockout round of the Women's World Cup on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: Warriors beat Cavaliers to clinch NBA title
The Golden State Warriors beat LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-97 on Tuesday to win the NBA Finals for the first time in 40 years.
PHOTOS: Drama at Copa America as Messi embroiled in confrontation
In the other match of the night, Jamaica 'keeper blunder hands Paraguay 1-0 win
June 16, 2015Women's World Cup PHOTOS: Of dubious decisions and sideline showdowns
the game that made most news on the night was the drawn match between New Zealand and China.
Copa America PHOTOS: Chile draw 3-3 with Mexico in thriller
Mexican striker Matias Vuoso and Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal both scored twice in a game that roared from end to end and never let up in intensity.
Bad light halts Dimitrov match; Hewitt plays last match at Queen's
Photos from the Queen's Club tennis tournament played in London on Monday
June 15, 2015The grass is finally looking greener for sharp Nadal
"At this point of the season for me, every victory is important, every title means a lot to me. This is not confidence for Wimbledon, this is an important victory for me and I'm happy for that today.
Euro qualifiers PHOTOS: Rooney closes in all England goal record
Photos from the Euro 2016 qualifying matches played on Sunday.
Copa America PHOTOS: Neymar stars for Brazil; Venezuela stun Colombia
Substitute Costa slipped the ball past the keeper from close range in the 48th minute of the second half to break the deadlock and extend Brazil's winning run to 11 matches.
June 14, 2015Women's World Cup: Brazil qualify for knockouts; France shocked
Brazil became the second team to qualify for the knockout round of the women's World Cup on Saturday and England picked up a big win, but France suffered a shock defeat that could make their life at the tournament tougher.
Euro qualifiers PHOTOS: Ronaldo tricks for 10-man Portugal; Germany win
Schuerrle hits treble for the world champs; Lewandowski helps Poland thrash Georgia
June 12, 2015Fun and games: Murray fails at NBA half-court challenge, Bale trumps
The half court challenge allows a player five attempts to make a basket from a distance of 47ft (half court).
June 10, 2015Mondal to lead India against Oman in World Cup qualifier
Women's FIFA World Cup: Brazil's Marta breaks goal record
Marta became the all-time leading scorer at the women's World Cup on Tuesday as Brazil vaulted to the top of Group E with a 2-0 win over South Korea, while Eugenie Le Sommer's superb long-range strike gave France victory over England.
June 09, 2015PHOTOS: African teams stamp their class at the FIFA Women's World Cup
Cameroon overpower Ecuador; Nigeria score late to draw with Sweden
IOC's Bach warns FIFA of 'painful' reforms
"We can only encourage FIFA to continue (with) the reforms which have been initiated, we cannot give detailed advice of what to do but we appreciate there is a readiness for reforms".
Out of Federer's shadow, Wawrinka scripts own legacy
Bikash Mohapatra traces the rise of the Swiss, first man to win multiple Slams in the 'Big Four' era.
Wawrinka's backhand bullets burst Big Four's bubble
Stanislas Wawrinka and his wondrous one-handed backhand managed to pull off a feat no man outside tennis's Big Four had achieved in the past 40 Grand Slams -- to win two major titles
June 08, 2015PHOTOS: Treble-winners Barca on top of the world!
Rediff.com gives you a glimpse of the celebrations.
Wawrinka's crazy shorts to go right where they belong... in the museum
'Everybody talks about those shorts since I put them on. Apparently I'm the only one who likes it'
June 06, 2015Wawrinka faces boos after beating local boy Tsonga
As if playing Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray in the French Open final was not a tough enough task, Stan Wawrinka will probably have to deal with a hostile Roland Garros crowd on Sunday.
Champions League final: Barca not getting carried away
'We will need to have a good day to get past a rival of this magnitude'
June 05, 2015Can Serena brave through illness to claim French Open crown?
World No 1 Williams, 33, could not practise on Friday, still suffering from an illness that left her coughing and spluttering during her three-set semi-final win over Swiss Timea Bacsinszky.
June 04, 2015Title-chasing Djokovic looks forward to Murray challenge
"But tomorrow is a new day and I have to move on. It's only the quarter-finals, and I want to fight for the title. That's what I came here for. I have to kind of direct my thoughts to the semis."
Cool Murray reverses fortunes against claycourt lover Ferrer
"And going into the match having not lost on clay this year and having some big wins on the surface is important for me. I will just keep doing what I have been doing."
June 03, 2015I-League champions Mohun Bagan return home to grand reception
Images: Mohun Bagan get massive reception.
June 01, 2015French Open PHOTOS: Sharapova ousted, Djokovic sets up Nadal clash
A summary of the matches from Day 9 at the French Open.
PIX: Golfer McIlroy walks hand-in-hand with girlfriend
Star golfer Rory McIlroy revealed very happy in his love with new girlfriend Erica Stoll.
She is 92, a cancer survivor and she has now run into record books!
Harriette Thompson of Charlotte, North Carolina, completed Sunday's Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in San Diego in 7 hours, 24 minutes, 36 seconds. She was mobbed by well-wishers as she crossed the finish line, AP reported.
Milkha Singh hosts cast of Dil Dhadakne Do
And, as promised, the film's star cast kept their date with the legendary athlete and posted pictures of their visit on Twitter.
Japan's Nishikori breaks 72 year record on Parisian clay!
The fifth seed's success made it the first time a Japanese male player had reached the last eight at Roland Garros since Jiro Satoh made it to the semi-finals in 1931 and 1933.
EPL club Leicester City's players in racist sex tape row
"Tom Hopper, James Pearson and Adam Smith would like to convey their sincere apologies for their behaviour -- to the women involved in the incident, to the club and its owners, to the club's fans and to their families," a club statement said.
Serie A: Lazio survive missed penalty to take Champions League spot
Lazio survived a storming Napoli fight back, including a missed penalty, as they won 4-2 on Sunday to finish third in Serie A and qualify for the Champions League playoff round after both teams finished with 10 men.
Meet Chelsea's iron man John Terry
Terry is clearly delighted to have been reunited since with Portuguese Jose Mourinho, under whose guidance he has won three of the four Premier League winners' medals he owns.
May 29, 2015US led FIFA probe should not harm expected 2026 bid: analysts
America's chances of hosting the 2026 World Cup are not likely to be hurt by a US led corruption investigation that has ensnared key figures in FIFA, world soccer's governing body, analysts said on Thursday.
PHOTOS: Groin no problem for Djokovic as good friend Ibra watches
World No 1 Novak Djokovic's had to take a medical timeout before completing a 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 dominating win over Luxembourg's Gilles Muller at Roland Garros on Thursday.
'Blatter right man for FIFA top job'
- 'FIFA should have a leader with a lot of experience'
Canada, US will not support Blatter for FIFA presidency
Canada, which is hosting the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, will not support incumbent Sepp Blatter in Friday's presidential vote at the FIFA Congress, the head of the Canadian Soccer Association said on Thursday on his official Twitter account.
When a seed of doubt crept into 'unprofessional' Serena's mind
Defeat is never an option for Serena Williams, but the World No 1 came close to an embarrassing second-round exit at the French Open after an 'unprofessional' display on Thursday.
Heysel 1985: Football's forgotten tragedy remembered
On the 30th anniversary of the football tragedy, Rediff.com's Bikash Mohapatra, in an exclusive interaction with Italian author Francesco Caremani, discusses the incident that affected so many people, including himself.
May 28, 2015Proud Basques Bilbao eyeing King's Cup upset against Barca
Athletic Bilbao have proudly resisted pressure to abandon their policy of only recruiting players of Basque origin, making it all the more impressive that they are the club standing between Barcelona and a record-extending 27th King's Cup.
Soccer sponsors dismayed by FIFA corruption allegations
World Cup sponsors are in an awkward position, experts said, because they are under pressure from consumers to distance themselves from any corruption, but such sponsorships are lucrative in the long term.
Brazil businessman lynchpin in FIFA corruption scam
In an indictment released by the Department of Justice on Wednesday, Hawilla was one of four convicted defendants who helped US investigators build their case against 14 top global soccer officials and sports marketing executives accused of orchestrating more than $150 million in bribes and kickbacks.
Time for Blatter to go, says former FIFA official
'The stigma that FIFA is a corrupt body has to be erased once and for all. One fears that will not happen until Sepp Blatter goes'
PHOTOS: Bacca brace helps Sevilla clinch Europa League
Carlos Bacca claimed the plaudits with a superb double strike, including a late winner to decide a pulsating clash that began at a hair-raising pace with four goals in the first half.
Maradona delights in FIFA scandal; backs Prince Hussein for top job
Diego Maradona, one of soccer's most gifted players, said he was "enjoying" the spectacle of several of the world governing body's top officials charged with corruption after US and Swiss authorities announced investigations on Wednesday.
Federer not worried who is in the chair
Roger Federer does not fret about who umpires his matches and said on Wednesday all players should be treated equally by officials, whatever their ranking.
May 27, 2015FIFA: Swiss open criminal proceedings tied to 2018, 2022 World Cup bids
Swiss authorities have opened criminal proceedings against individuals on suspicion of mismanagement and money laundering related to the allocation of the 2018 and 2022 FIFA soccer World Cups in Russia and Qatar.
Here's why McEnroe deems French Open schedule too long
"Think of it from a players' perspective. Some are hoping to reach the second week of a major but some don't even make it to the first week of the event. That's tough to take.
May 25, 2015PHOTOS: WAGS, kids join Chelsea players in celebrating EPL title win
On the final day of matches in the English Premier League, Chelsea, who finished the season with 87 points after beating Sunderland 3-1 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, lifted the trophy on Sunday.
French Open PHOTOS: Sharapova, Murray, Berdych storm into 2nd round
Czech fourth seed Tomas Berdych bulldozed his way into the second round of the French Open by thrashing Japanese qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka 6-0, 7-5, 6-3 on Monday.
Coach wants more international events for boxers as Thapa wins gold
Impressed by India's performance at the Doha International Tournament, Aussie boxers want exchange programme with India, claims coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu
Drogba challenges new Chelsea team to emulate class of 2005
The departing Didier Drogba threw down the gauntlet to the young Chelsea squad on Sunday as he led Premier League celebrations at Stamford Bridge, telling them they had to win more titles to stand comparison with the class of 2005.
EPL: Gerrard farewell comes with Liverpool's worst loss in 52 years!
Another English football legend, Frank Lampard bid goodbye with a goal for Manchester City on final day of the season
May 24, 2015PHOTOS: Cheers and tears as champs Barca give Xavi emotional send-off
It was a night of mixed emotions at the Camp Nou on Saturday as FC Barcelona's veteran midfielder and captain, Xavi, known for his slick short passes, played his final La Liga match against Deportivo la Coruna.
French Open PHOTOS: Federer breezes through first round
Images from Day 1 of the French Open matches played at Roland Garros on Sunday
Ronaldo tweets his support to under-fire Real Madrid coach Ancelotti
Real Madrid top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo has signalled strong support for coach Carlo Ancelotti and sent a clear message to club president Florentino Perez that he does not want the Italian to be sacked.
La Liga PHOTOS: Ronaldo smashes hat-trick; Atletico stay third on table
Atletico Madrid secured a berth in the Champions League group stage for next season and Deportivo La Coruna narrowly escaped relegation when they came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at champions Barcelona on the final day in La Liga on Saturday.
PHOTOS: 'Irreplaceable Xavi is one of a kind'
FC Barcelona's midfield magician and the architect of tiki-taka football gets emotional farewell
May 22, 2015One match to go, but Chelsea's champion players are already partying!
Chelsea won the English Premier League earlier this month with three games to spare. And the players tried to make maximum out of the situation.
McEnroe dissects problems in Nadal's game
Seven-times Grand Slam John McEnroe knows how it feels when a tennis career starts going in the wrong direction.
Hope floats for Bianchi family as F1 returns to Monaco
Jules Bianchi, who went into a coma after suffering brain injuries in a horrific crash in Japan last October, recorded his first points for Marussia at the Monaco GP last season.
Detractors must unite to oust Blatter: Van Praag
'It is impossible that FIFA moves on with its current presidency'
More withdrawals leave Blatter favourite to retain FIFA top job
"Does anyone think it's normal that one of the candidates doesn't even bother to present an election manifesto that can be voted on May 29."
May 21, 2015Qatar still failing migrant workers: Amnesty
Qatar, host nation of the 2022 World Cup, is still doing little to improve conditions for migrant workers despite promising reform last year, Amnesty International said on Wednesday.
Can Figo pull off upset win in FIFA presidentilal polls?
Luis Figo was one of the most talented, successful and exciting players of his generation, leading Portugal to a series of impressive performances which put many bigger countries to shame.
Tricky forty-five minutes that could change world football's fate
When Sepp Blatter is not comparing FIFA to a boat in calm or choppy waters he often uses football analogies to illustrate his point so it might amuse him to think he faces a tricky 45 minutes at this month's Congress.
PHOTOS: Super-sub Matri strikes to help Juventus win Italian cup
Substitute Alessandro Matri was the unlikely hero when he scored an extra-time winner to give Juventus a 2-1 win over Lazio in the Coppa Italia final on Wednesday, keeping them on course for the treble.
EPL PHOTOS: Sunderland eke out draw at Arsenal, avoid relegation threat
The battle to avoid relegation is now a straight shootout between Hull City and 17th-place Newcastle United, who are two points better off heading into Sunday's final round.
May 20, 2015Hamilton extends Mercedes stay until 2018
Double Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has agreed a new three-year contract that will keep him at Mercedes until the end of 2018, the team announced on Wednesday.
Barca's midfield magician Xavi to bid adieu to boyhood club
Barcelona midfielder Xavi will announce on Thursday he is leaving the club he joined as an 11-year-old to sign a lucrative three-year deal with Qatari side Al Sadd, his agent told Reuters on Wednesday.
May 18, 2015Ancelotti's future in balance as another title slips from Real's grasp
If there is one lesson Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has learned during his two seasons in Spain it is that resting on your laurels is not an option at the world's richest club by income.
Rewind: How Barca tightened their grip on the title over the season...
PHOTOS: Barca players let their hair down after 23rd La Liga title win
Spain's footballing giants, FC Barcelona won their 23rd La Liga crown after defeating Atletico Madrid 1-0 on Sunday. And after winning, what was their fifth title in seven years, the Barca players let their hair down and celebrated in style at the Vincent Calderon stadium.
Enrique wins fans and the La Liga crown on Barca return
The enduring image of Luis Enrique for many soccer fans is the Spain player with blood gushing from his nose after a vicious elbow from Italy defender Mauro Tassotti during the 1994 World Cup quarter-final in Boston.
May 14, 2015With no silverware in sight, what does the future hold for Ancelotti?
NASCAR's Danica Patrick to move to F1 in 2016?
Formula One has not had a woman driver start a race in nearly 40 years and Danica Patrick, who nearly tested for Honda in 2008, has been through the rumour mill many times already.
Champions League: Local lad Morata breaks Madridista hearts
'I would have liked to have scored against another team but that's life'
Champions League PHOTOS: Morata stuns Real to fire Juve into final
Juventus shattered Real Madrid's dream of a record-extending 11th European crown when Alvaro Morata scored against his former club to secure a 1-1 Champions League draw with the holders on Wednesday and send Juve into the final 3-2 on aggregate.
May 13, 2015Champions League: Barca's 'MSN' network working seamlessly
Tuesday's match was the latest masterclass from the South American trio, known in Spain as 'MSN', whose goals have put Barca on the brink of repeating 2009's treble of Champions League and Spanish league and Cup triumphs, the only time a La Liga club have achieved the feat.
May 12, 2015Champions League: Real stare at trophy-less season as Juve beckon
'They created danger when we lost the ball or because of our errors. I believe that if we stay calm, remain really patient and make them move then the game will go our way'
May 11, 2015Champions semis: Can home comfort help Bayern overturn the deficit?
"First we have to play football and see what happens. Maybe we can then score a goal and create an atmosphere in the stadium."
Reality strikes Ferrari as they struggle to bridge gap with Mercedes
Ferrari will be looking for answers in Formula One testing this week after champions Mercedes were more dominant than ever in Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix.
10 BEST Sports Photos of the Week!
The past week saw a lot of brilliance in sports. It started with Juventus and Barcelona lighting up the Champions League with their inspiring football and, later in the week, Mercedes' Nico Rosberg stoked the F1 circuit in Spain, capping a brilliant win to cut teammate Lewis Hamilton's lead to 20 points.
Can injury-hit Bayern reverse the tide against dazzling Barca?
Bayern Munich will not only have to overturn a 3-0 Champions League semi-final first leg deficit against Barcelona on Tuesday but they will have to do it against a superb defence and in the midst of their biggest slump in years.
May 08, 2015Alonso ready to reclaim podium with gratefulness in heart
Fernando Alonso can see a brighter future for McLaren, despite turning up at his home Spanish Grand Prix on Thursday with a stye in his eye.
Europa League PHOTOS: Sevilla on brink of final; Frustration for Napoli
Sevilla stayed firmly on course for a second consecutive Europa League crown when an Aleix Vidal double and a Kevin Gameiro strike secured a thumping 3-0 win at home to Fiorentina in their semi-final first leg on Thursday.
Madrid Masters: Nadal inching towards second title this season
As Real Madrid star striker Cristiano Ronaldo watched, the World No 4 Nadal went past Italian Bolelli to set up a quarter-final clash against 10th seed Grigor Dimitrov.
May 07, 2015Henry, Leow watch as magical Messi leaves Bayern spellbound
Lionel Messi's exquisite Champions League double for Barcelona against Bayern Munich was a case of history repeating itself with an added magnificent assist for Neymar to seal an emphatic 3-0 semi-final, first leg win.
PHOTOS: TEN Most Valuable football teams in the world
Real Madrid top Forbes' most valuable soccer teams list, followed by their La Liga counterparts, FC Barcelona.
Azarenka suffers match-point meltdown in Serena loss
Victoria Azarenka suffered a stunning meltdown and blew three match points against world number one Serena Williams before losing 7-6(5), 3-6, 7-6(1) in the third round of the Madrid Open on Wednesday.
Formula One: Williams tester Wolff is close yet still so far
Susie Wolff will be back at the wheel of a Williams Formula One car in Barcelona on Friday with little in the way of fanfare but a clear aim in mind.
Champions League: Bayern kept possession but lost the plot
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola had predicted there was nothing he could do to contain the sublime talent of Lionel Messi during their Champions League semi-final against Barcelona on Wednesday -- and he was proved right.
Champions League: 77 -- Messi and the magic number
Barcelona and Bayern fought hard but failed to break the shackles until the 77th minute in the match when Messi struck the first and three minutes later struck his 77th Champions League goal to double Barca's advantage.
PHOTOS: Giant-slayer Kyrgios stuns Federer in Madrid
Roger Federer became the latest big name to get sucked up by a whirlwind called Nick Kyrgios as the Australian tyro sent the Swiss top seed spinning out of the Madrid Masters in the second round on Wednesday.
May 06, 2015I'm here to take Bayern to the final: Guardiola
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola says there is no way of stopping Barcelona's Lionel Messi in his present form ahead of their Champions League semi-final clash on Wednesday.
From bad boy to leader, Tevez overshadows Real's million-dollar babies
Juventus spent about 12 million euros ($13.42 million) to sign Carlos Tevez, a fraction of what Real Madrid paid for Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, yet it was the Argentine who called the shots in their Champions League clash on Tuesday.
A broken heart and sleepless nights won't distract ambitious Woods
Pro golfer Tiger Woods is not known to show too much emotion on the course or off it but the last few days have been particularly demanding off the former World No 1 and for once he was vocal about it.
Champions League PHOTOS: When Juve dominated Real Madrid
'We made more mistakes than usual, not just Sergio, but at the back we had more difficulties because Juve put us under a lot of pressure'
May 05, 2015Barca's attacking trio will be too hot to handle for Bayern
The South American trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez reached a scorching 108 goals for the season following the La Liga leaders' 8-0 destruction of Cordoba on Saturday but the team's defence is yet to dispel doubts
Pacquiao faces possible sanctions for hiding shoulder injury
The fallout from the "Fight of the Century" became murkier on Monday with possible lawsuits in the works and Manny Pacquiao likely to face disciplinary action for failing to disclose a pre-bout shoulder injury.
Pivotal Sanchez replicates Henry magic in first season at Arsenal
Earlier this season Arsenal great Henry, who scored 175 Premier League goals for the club, said Sanchez had been Wenger's "best signing in the last six years".
EPL PHOTOS: Arsenal coast past Hull, close in on Champions League berth
Arsenal all but sealed Champions League qualification for an 18th successive season after they eased past relegation-threatened Hull City 3-1 in the Premier League on Monday.
May 04, 2015EPL: Aguero, in hunt for Golden Boot, scores blinder against Spurs
Sergio Aguero won his personal striking duel with Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane, scoring the winner for Manchester City as they ended a four-game losing streak on the road in the Premier League on Sunday.
Can racquet switch halt Nadal's slump?
The World No 4 is unfazed by rankings drop before Madrid tournament and the French Open.
Golfer Woods and girlfriend Vonn announce split
Pro golfer Tiger Woods and US Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn have broken up after a nearly three-year relationship, the pair said on Sunday.
May 03, 2015PHOTOS: Hollywood descends upon Vegas for royal megabout
Floyd Mayweather Jr. preserved his unbeaten record as a professional with a unanimous decision victory over Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines in their welterweight mega bout at theMGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday.
Filipinos take Pacquiao loss hard, demand rematch
Manny Pacquiao's loss to undefeated American Floyd Mayweather Jr in their welterweight showdown in Las Vegas was met with tears, anger and accusations of foul play in his homeland of the Philippines on Sunday.
Shoulder injury hampered Pacquiao's bout
Filipino Manny Pacquiao said a shoulder injury hampered his bid to hand Floyd Mayweather a first ever defeat as a professional on Saturday as the American improved his record to 48-0 with a unanimous decision.
EPL PHOTOS: Van Persie misses penalty as United lose again
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal cut a frustrated figure after his team lost 1-0 at home to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, their third successive defeat in the Premier League.
PHOTOS: Juventus clinch fourth successive Serie A title
Juventus landed a fourth successive Serie A crown, and their first under coach Massimiliano Allegri, with four games to spare by winning 1-0 at Sampdoria on Saturday.
PHOTOS: How the Mayweather v Pacquiao bout was fought round-by-round
American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. continued his unbeaten run over Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines with a unanimous decision victory in their welterweight megabout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Mayweather maintains undefeated run after beating Pacquiao in megabout
Floyd Mayweather Jr. cemented his place among the pantheon of boxing greats by improving to 48-0 with a unanimous decision over Manny Pacquiao on Saturday in a fight that lived up to its immense hype and price tag.
April 30, 2015Chelsea well on way to grab EPL title but can Arsenal catch them?
Chelsea have been accused of being boring but they will not mind one bit if they beat Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Sunday to win the Premier League title for the first time in five years.
La Liga PHOTOS: Rodriguez scores screamer as Real stroll past Almeria
Real Madrid kept alive their hopes of overhauling La Liga leaders Barcelona when a James Rodriguez stunner set them on their way to a serene 3-0 home victory over struggling Almeria on Wednesday.
EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea close in on title after win at Leicester
Chelsea came from behind to beat Leicester City 3-1 on Wednesday and move to within one win of clinching the Premier League title for the first time in five years.
April 29, 2015Mayweather-Pacquiao undergo drug testing before bout
Unbeaten US boxing champ Floyd Mayweather and Filipino boxer-turned-politician Manny Pacquiao have left no stone unturned in ensuring that they enter the ring for Saturday's 'Fight-of-the-Century' bout completely drug-free.
April 28, 2015Barca go on treble charge as Real Madrid play catch-up
Now, Real Madrid have never won the Spanish treble and are fighting tooth and nail in La Liga to prevent arch-rivals Barcelona scooping Champions League and domestic league and Cup titles for a second time.
10 BEST Sports Photos of the Week
When Vijay Mallya plants a kiss on anyone's cheek it makes for a story and picture, more so when the Virat Kohli is the one at the 'receiving end'. Also, when Michael Schumacher's son, Mick, makes his motor sport debut the picture becomes worth a thousand words.
Goal difference sees Bournemouth all but promoted to EPL
Bournemouth's remarkable rise from the brink of obscurity was virtually completed when they effectively sealed promotion to the Premier League for the first time in their 116-year history on Monday.
April 27, 2015When Terry helped Chelsea snap Arsenal's nine-match win streak
Chelsea plucked a performance straight from the Jose Mourinho textbook -- with John Terry writing a chapter all of his own -- as they grafted to a 0-0 draw at Arsenal on Sunday that leaves them almost certain to claim the title.
La Liga PHOTOS: Real Madrid go two points adrift of leaders Barca
Real Madrid's Javier Hernandez struck twice as they came from behind to beat Celta Vigo 4-2 away and keep the pressure on Barcelona at the top of La Liga on Sunday.
Hazard edges Kane to win England's PFA player of the year
Chelsea's Belgium forward won Eden Hazard England's PFA player of the year award ahead of Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane and Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea on Sunday.
April 24, 2015Who's the boss? Rodgers asserts his position at Liverpool
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has dismissed speculation about his job by saying he is the best man to lead the club and that he expects to be in charge next season.
Bayern Munich hope to cap successful week with Bundesliga title
Bayern Munich have all but secured their third consecutive Bundesliga title and victory over Hertha Berlin could see them clinch it as early as this weekend.
Europa PHOTOS: Sevilla overcome poor 'keeping, Zenit to enter semis
Sevilla's Kevin Gameiro grabbed a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw at Zenit St Petersburg on Thursday to send the Europa League holders into the semi-finals after woeful goalkeeping had threatened to ruin their night.
April 23, 2015Champions League: Hernandez steals the limelight in Real win
Javier Hernandez has been a bit-part player at Real Madrid since joining on loan from Manchester United but injuries handed the Mexico striker a rare chance on Wednesday which he took with aplomb.
Champions League: Atletico suffer first loss in eight games vs Real
Coach Diego Simeone goes home 'content' after his team's 1-0 loss in their Champions League match on Wednesday
Champions League PHOTOS: Hernandez goal seals Real win; Juve advance
Javier Hernandez's late strike kept Real Madrid on course for a record-extending 11th European Cup crown with a 1-0 win over 10-man Atletico Madrid in a tense quarter-final at the Bernebau on Wednesday.
The UEFA Champions League's greatest comebacks
Following Bayern Munich's brilliant 7-4 (on aggregate) win over FC Porto in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, here's a look at a few memorable come-from-behind victories in Europe's premier football competition.
April 22, 2015Bruised PSG have a long way to go in Europe
Paris St Germain's then sports director Leonardo declared the club were ready for tougher competitions in Europe two years ago but Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final exit suggests PSG need more time to reach the top.
For Bayern's Guardiola, beating Porto was 'a matter of life or death'
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola weathered his first major crisis at the German club, coming out stronger after his team crushed Porto 7-4 on aggregate on Tuesday to move into the Champions League last four.
Champions League: Rodriguez key to Real's success vs Atletico
With Real Madrid facing an injury crisis ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid attention will be on talisman Cristiano Ronaldo to lead them through but James Rodriguez may hold the key.
10 BEST Sports Photos of the week!
From bloody noses to sparks on the race track, Rediff.com has the best pictures from the last week snapped right here...
April 21, 2015Can Hamilton catch up with British F1 legend Jackie Stewart?
Jackie Stewart, Britain's only triple Formula One world champion, knows his record is on borrowed time after Lewis Hamilton's storming victory in Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix.
Champions League: Juve aim 100 percent dominance over French
Juventus will be hoping to make it 11 victories out of 11 against French teams in knockout ties when they face AS Monaco in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday.
April 20, 2015Champions League: Will Pep-talk revive injury-hit Bayern's fortunes?
Bayern Munich are on a mission with coach Pep Guardiola firing up his injury-hit team as they seek to reverse a 3-1 deficit against Porto in the Champions League quarter-final second leg on Tuesday.
April 19, 2015La Liga: Ronaldo winner sinks Malaga in injury-ravaged match
Real Madrid maintained their pursuit for the title by defeating Malaga 3-1 late on Saturday.
Sania not willing to relinquish No 1 ranking any time soon
Indian tennis star Sania Mirza says she would do all it takes to maintain her world number one ranking.
FA Cup PHOTOS: Reading keeper errs to help Arsenal make final
FA Cup holders Arsenal were taken to extra time before a horrendous error by Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici brought the Championship side's dream to an end in a 2-1 semi-final defeat on Saturday.
April 17, 2015Revealed: Why Saina and former coach Gopichand parted ways
In an interview with PTI, the Hyderabadi also reveals why she parted ways with the former All England champion and throws light on the Padma controversy.
Formula One: What's the secret of Raikkonen's happiness?
Kimi Raikkonen is enjoying being at Ferrari more than ever this season.
Europa League PHOTOS: Napoli rout Wolfsburg, inch towards semis
Napoli put a foot in the Europa League semi-finals with a perfectly crafted 4-1 win at VfL Wolfsburg on Thursday as Marek Hamsik scored twice in an Italian masterclass to bring cheer to beleaguered coach Rafael Benitez.
April 14, 2015Champions League: Long injury list won't bother Bayern for Porto clash
Bayern Munich may be missing some of their biggest names when they travel to Porto for the first leg of their Champions League last eight on Wednesday but the Germans are confident they have enough firepower to defend their favourites tag.
EPL PHOTOS: Liverpool down Newcastle to stay in top four contention
Liverpool kept alive their hopes of Champions League football next season with a comfortable 2-0 Premier League victory on Monday against a Newcastle United side who finished with 10 men.
April 13, 2015Coach Constantine dissects issues that ail Indian football
Stephen Constantine has first hand knowledge of how difficult it is to wake up India from its soccer slumber but the Englishman insists he can make a difference at his second attempt or he would not have accepted the offer.
The rise and rise of India's tennis queen Sania Mirza
Sania Mirza became the first Indian to climb to the top of the WTA doubles ranking after she teamed up with Swiss great Martina Hingis to claim the Family Circle Cup title on Sunday.
Serie A PHOTOS: Lazio go second after eighth straight win
Lazio thumped Empoli 4-0, their eighth successive league win, to go second in Serie A on Sunday and Napoli ended their dismal run with a 3-0 win over Fiorentina despite being denied a clear goal.
Augusta Masters: Spieth claims wire-to-wire victory
Is second youngest Masters winner after Tiger Woods
April 12, 2015PHOTOS: Murray marries girlfriend Sears
British tennis star Andy Murray married his fiancée Kim Sears in a traditional Scottish ceremony in a cathedral in Dunblane, Scotland on Saturday.
April 11, 2015Super Sunday derby: United have perfect opportunity to reign on City
Manchester United, buoyed by five successive Premier League victories, head into Sunday's derby against Manchester City a place and a point above their rivals and believing they are poised to restore red ascendancy in the city.
April 10, 2015Broke Indian ice hockey team turns to Twitter for aid
While India's money-spinning cricket league lavishes million-dollar deals on players for just a few weeks of competition, the national ice hockey team has had to go begging on social media to fund their trip to Kuwait for an international tournament.
Augusta Masters: Spieth sizzles, McIlroy seven back
Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods dominated the build-up to this week's Masters but it was exciting American Jordan Spieth who produced the fireworks in a gripping opening round at Augusta National on Thursday.
April 09, 2015La Liga: Ronaldo nets 300th goal for Real; Barca keep four-point lead
Cristiano Ronald headed his 300th goal for Real Madrid in a laboured 2-0 La Liga victory at neighbours Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday that kept the gap on leaders Barcelona down to four points.
FA Cup PHOTOS: Coutinho goal sends plucky Liverpool into semis
Philippe Coutinho thumped home a second-half winner as Liverpool broke the resistance of Championship Blackburn Rovers to reach the FA Cup semi-finals with a gritty 1-0 replay victory on Wednesday.
April 07, 2015Six of the best EPL goals were scored over the weekend
Normally the candidates for goal of the season are spread throughout the 10 months of the campaign, but this weekend's Premier League matches produced six memorable strikes in little over 24 hours.
EPL PHOTOS: Palace reign on City to dash their title hopes
Crystal Palace left Manchester City's hopes of retaining their Premier League crown in tatters after a 2-1 win at Selhurst Park on Monday to leave Manuel Pellegrini's side trailing a distant fourth in the title race.
April 06, 2015PHOTOS: Ronaldo dominates European football weekend with five goals
Cristiano Ronaldo bagged his first five-goal haul in Real Madrid's 9-1 hammering of Granada while title-chasing Bayern Munich and Chelsea won again in Germany and England.
La Liga: Mathieu proving his worth at Barca after win over Celta
Barcelona's outlay of 20 million euros ($22 million) on Jeremy Mathieu last July prompted plenty of criticism but the France centre back has been worth his weight in gold in the La Liga leaders' last two outings.
EPL PHOTOS: Defoe's cracker seals derby win for Sunderland; Spurs held
Jermain Defoe made himself an instant Sunderland hero with a sensational volleyed goal to seal a vital 1-0 win over North East rivals Newcastle United in the Premier League on Sunday.
Djokovic domination over Murray continues with Miami title
World No 1 Novak Djokovic continued his impressive run of form, winning the Miami Open over Andy Murray 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-0 at Key Biscayne on Sunday.
April 04, 2015Murray breezes past Berdych, to face Djokovic in Miami final
World No 1 Novak Djokovic will face Britain's Andy Murray in the final of the Miami Open for a third time on Sunday after the pair triumphed in their semi-finals.
March 30, 2015Ecclestone's got a novel idea to spice up Formula One
Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has proposed a controversial world championship for women drivers as part of Grand Prix weekends.
March 27, 2015Five things Race 1 of the Formula One season taught us
Unlike the Australian GP, where the majority of drivers carried out only one pit-stop, of Sunday's second race of the season, at Sepang, Malaysia, will see at least two, says Raja Sen.
March 23, 2015PHOTOS: Halep rallies to claim Indian Wells crown
Serbian Jankovic was serving for the title at 5-4 in the second set but World No 3 Halep won the next three games and battled back for the biggest title of her career.
Clasico PHOTOS: Lethal Suarez gives Barcelona 2-1 win over Real
A lethal finish from Luis Suarez gave Barcelona a 2-1 victory over Real Madrid in a typically frantic 'Clasico' on Sunday as they stretched their lead over their rivals at the top of La Liga to four points.
EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea beat valiant Hull to go six points clear
Chelsea regained their six-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table and took a step closer to the title thanks to a hard-fought 3-2 victory at Hull City on Sunday.
March 18, 2015Champions League PHOTOS: Monaco eliminate Arsenal; Atletico advance
Images from the Champions League round of 16 second leg matches played on Tuesday
March 16, 2015India women down Poland to clinch Hockey World League title
Putting up a dominating show, India scored in three of the four quarters to outplay Poland 3-1 to clinch the FIH World Hockey League Round 2 at Major Dhyan Chan stadium, in New Delhi on Sunday.
March 15, 2015La Liga: Messi-inspired Barca go four points clear
Treble-chasing Barcelona are exactly where they want to be as they prepare for two matches this week that could make or break coach Luis Enrique's first season in charge.
Sharapova, Pennetta progress at Indian Wells
Twice winner Maria Sharapova and reigning champion Flavia Pennetta advanced to the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday, though in sharply contrasting fashion.
March 11, 2015PHOTOS: Holders Real squeeze past Schalke into last eight
Images from the Champions League matches played on Tuesday
March 08, 2015Messi breaks La Liga hat-trick record as Barca go top
Lionel Messi broke a Spanish hat-trick record and Luis Suarez struck twice as a rampant Barcelona took over top spot in La Liga with a 6-1 hammering of Rayo Vallecano on Sunday.
March 05, 2015'The fight will again be between Hamilton and Nico'
Formula One legend, Niki Lauda, thinks it's going to be a tighter fight between them, because the latter wants to make sure now he can beat the Briton.
EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea march forth as top teams register wins
After a Champagne Sunday, leaders Chelsea got back to the bread and butter of churning out Premier League points with Eden Hazard's header sealing a 1-0 victory at London rivals West Ham United on Wednesday.
PHOTOS: Neymar brace helps Barca enter King's Cup final
Barcelona's Neymar scored twice and Luis Suarez was also on target as they reached their fourth King's Cup final in five years with a 3-1 win away to Villarreal on Wednesday that gave them a 6-2 aggregate victory.
February 27, 2015Europa League PHOTOS: Liverpool lose in shootout; Sevilla win
Images from the Europa League matches played on Thursday
February 26, 2015Champions League PHOTOS: Arsenal, Atletico face shock defeats
Photos from the UEFA Champions League last 16 first leg-matches played on Wednesday
February 25, 2015Champions League: Suarez shines in Barca win over City; Juve triumph
Manchester City suffered from deja vu as Luis Suarez's double gave Barcelona a 2-1 first leg lead in a Champions League last 16 tie at the Etihad although Lionel Messi's late penalty miss left the door ajar on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: Serena sizzles at Oscar bash!
Tennis champion Serena Williams glammed it up in Hollywood.
February 24, 2015Emotional Djokovic wants to be his own man
Novak Djokovic's flamboyant on-court demeanour may be occasionally unacceptable but it is an integral part of his success, the world number one said.
February 22, 2015La Liga PHOTOS: Barcelona receive Malaga shock at home
A lacklustre Barcelona squandered the chance to go top of La Liga after crashing to a shock 1-0 home defeat by Malaga on Saturday.
February 18, 2015Champions League PHOTOS: Cavani salvages PSG; Bayern held
Images from Champions League matches played on Tuesday
February 17, 2015Preview: Sense of deja vu as Champions League resumes
Ten of the 16 sides also reached the same round two seasons ago and, as usual, the big five leagues dominate with 13 clubs hailing from either the English, Spanish, German, French and Italian leagues.
February 09, 2015Shocking weekend for Real Madrid; Gerrard plays last match at Everton
La Liga leaders Real Madrid were thumped 4-0 away by city rivals Atletico Madrid to open up the Spanish title race, while Chelsea strengthened their hold on top spot in the English Premier League after a 2-1 win at Aston Villa.
February 08, 2015PHOTOS: Gerrard's Everton rivalry ends in goalless stalemate
A 0-0 Premier League draw against old foes Everton at Goodison Park is not how the Liverpool captain would have dreamt about signing off from the rivals' habitual battle for superiority.
February 02, 2015'Grateful' Djokovic delves on life-altering joys of fatherhood
'Getting married and becoming a father in the last six months was definitely something that gave me a new energy, something that I never felt before. And right now everything has been going in such a positive direction in my life'
PHOTOS: Big celebrations on after Perry, Kravitz rock Super Bowl
The Super Bowl is a big deal in the US and here are some images from the after-match celebrations from the annual football fest.
Super Bowl PHOTOS: Patriots beat Seahawks for first win in 10 years
The New England Patriots were crowned Super Bowl champions on Sunday after defeating the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 to capture their first National Football League title in 10 years.
La Liga PHOTOS: Messi stars as Barca rally to beat Villareal
Barca dominated possession and Luis Suarez had several early chances but it was Villarreal who took the lead with Denis Cheryshev redirecting a Mario Gaspar shot past keeper Claudio Bravo on the half hour.
January 31, 2015PHOTOS: Inspirational Serena claims milestone Slam
"I prayed hard. Prayers not to win but for strength. All glory to God," the World No 1 said.
Serena makes history by clinching Australian Open title
Following Serena Williams's 19th Grand Slam title, here is the list of Australian Open women's singles champions since the event began in 1922 (Australian unless stated)
Serena Williams crushes Sharapova to clinch Australian Open
Serena Williams outplayed Maria Sharapova to claim the 2015 Australian Open championship in straight sets on Saturday.
Out of focus Wawrinka felt like a dead battery against Djokovic
"I told my coach before the match and yesterday that I was mentally completely dead and no battery," he told reporters.
January 29, 2015Murray beats Berdych to reach Australian Open final
Britain's Andy Murray overcame a blistering start from Tomas Berdych to advance to his fourth Australian Open final with a 6-7(6), 6-0, 6-3, 7-5 victory on Thursday.
January 28, 2015Djokovic relishing prospects of epic semi-final with Wawrinka
After booking a much-anticipated semi-final with his Australian Open title usurper Stan Wawrinka on Wednesday, Novak Djokovic wasted little time reminding the Swiss of the heavy burden of being defending champion.
League Cup PHOTOS: Chelsea beat Liverpool in ill-tempered match
Chelsea reached the League Cup final after Branislav Ivanovic's towering extra-time header secured a 1-0 victory over Liverpool in a rip-roaring semi-final second leg at an electric Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.
Contrasting fortunes end hopes of an all-Williams clash at Aus Open
Williams sisters Serena and Venus had been hoping to provide fans with the first all-Williams sisters clash at a Grand Slam since the 2009 Wimbledon final in the semi-finals.
'Nervous' Wawrinka avenges Nishikori with fighting win
Men's champion Stan Wawrinka avenged a tough defeat to Kei Nishikori at last year's US Open at the Australian Open on Wednesday.
Keys fends off thigh injury to eclipse Venus, make semis
Madison Keys continued to ride her wave of success, fuelled in part by celebratory chocolate biscuits, as she advanced to her first Grand Slam semi-final with a gutsy 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 victory over Venus Williams on Wednesday.
January 27, 2015Aus Open: Underprepared Nadal takes positives from quarter-final loss
'I make him play very easy. So you cannot expect to win matches in quarter-finals of Grand Slams helping the opponent to play well. That's what I did'
Bouchard to focus on support staff after Melbourne mauling
Eugenie Bouchard was unable to match the semi-final appearance from her maiden Australian Open last year and will now focus on sorting out her coaching arrangements after being blasted off the court by Maria Sharapova on Tuesday.
Russian ladies dominate as Sharapova faces Makarova in semis
'The toughest is what's to come. I hope that I'll be able to take that and play even better'
Berdych ends Nadal tyranny, Murray charges on
Iron-willed Czech Tomas Berdych ended eight years of tyranny under nemesis Rafa Nadal to storm into the Australian Open semi-finals on Tuesday before his next opponent Andy Murray restored British colonial rule to the floodlit centre court.
Shamed cyclist Armstrong says he would dope again!
'If you take me back to 1995, when doping was completely pervasive, I would probably do it again'
Aus Open PHOTOS: Nadal knocked out by Berdych; Sharapova tames Bouchard
Images from Tuesday's matches at the Australian Open.
January 24, 2015Kashyap to face Srikanth in Syed Modi final, Saina to play Marin
It will not be a Saina Nehwal versus P V Sindhu final in the women's singles but the men's singles will be an all-Indian affair with P Kashyap and K Srikanth set to clash for the title at the $120,000 Syed Modi International Badminton tournament, in Lucknow.
Hockey India League: Middleton brace sinks Mumbai
England's Barry Middleton scored twice in the third quarter, to pilot Ranchi Rays to a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Dabang Mumbai in their Hockey India League encounter at the Mahindra Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday.
Kapur, Jeev tied 38th, Grace wins Qatar Masters
Shiv Kapur and Jeev Milkha Singh finished in a tie for 38th place even as Branden Grace produced a stunning eagle on 16th and a closing birdie to grab the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters golf tournament on Saturday.
January 22, 2015Azarenka makes loud statement at Melbourne Park
The fluorescent yellow outfit Victoria Azarenka wore as she dismantled Caroline Wozniacki at the Australian Open on Thursday was a one-word fashion statement -- loud.
Aus Open: Bopanna-Nestor advance, Bhupathi-Melzer exit
Rohan Bopanna and Daniel Nestor went through several anxious moments before making it to the second round, even as Mahesh Bhupathi and Jurgen Melzer failed to, in the men's doubles at the Australian Open, in Melbourne, on Thursday.
Bhupathi's campaign ends at Australian Open
The Bhupathi-Melzer pair lose in straight sets to Argentine team of Diego Schwartzman and Horacio Zeballos.
FA Cup PHOTOS: Townsend helps Spurs take advantage
Tottenham Hotspur needed a 73rd-minute Andros Townsend penalty to end the dogged resistance of visiting third tier Sheffield United and secure a 1-0 lead in their League Cup semi-final first leg on Wednesday.
King's Cup PHOTOS: Messi scores to give Barca edge in quarters
Barcelona seized control of their King's Cup quarter-final tie against Atletico Madrid when Lionel Messi followed up his saved penalty to score and secure a 1-0 first-leg victory at the Nou Camp on Wednesday.
Australian Open PHOTOS: Djokovic, Wawrinka, Serena march forth
Serena Williams weathered an early challenge from Russian Vera Zvonareva before the former World No 2 crumbled to lose 7-5, 6-0 in the second round of the Australian Open on Thursday.
January 21, 2015Nadal survives cramps to battle into third round
Third seed Rafael Nadal battled through mid-match cramps for more than an hour before he lurched into the third round of the Australian Open with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-7(2), 6-3, 7-5 victory over American qualifier Tim Smyzcek.
Murray makes perfect response to Marinko's coach jibe
Andy Murray trounced Marinko Matosevic 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 to reach the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday but insisted there was no edge to the match after the Australian's criticism of his decision to hire Amelie Mauresmo as coach.
Aus Open PHOTOS: Federer, Sharapova scrape to wins; Murray mauls Matosevic
Photos from the Australian Open matches played at Melbourne Park on Wednesday.
January 20, 2015Self-critical Djokovic believes Nadal still favourite at Aus Open
"Well, I don't know what his intentions are, how he feels, but he is definitely always one of the top favourites in every tournament that he plays," said Djokovic, who beat Slovenian qualifier Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to join the Spaniard in the second round on Tuesday.
Wozniacki laments Gerrard departure after clearing first hurdle in Melbourne
'Yeah, I'm a little sad. I don't know. I'm going to have my Stevie G jerseys hanging somewhere'
Breathtaking PHOTOS from the 2015 Dakar Rally
Rediff.com encapsulates all the excitement through these breathtaking visuals from the Dakar Rally.
January 18, 2015Djokovic ready to face challenge for fifth Australia Open crown
Novak Djokovic pronounced himself fit and raring to go in search of his fifth Australian Open title on Sunday after overcoming a bout of illness that had prompted social media users to suggest he was in doubt for the tournament.
Abera wins Mumbai Marathon as Ethiopians rule roost
Ethiopian Tesfaye Abera won the Mumbai Marathon crossing the finish line in 2 hours, 9 minutes and 46 seconds on Sunday.
January 16, 2015King's Cup PIX: Torres steals Ronaldo's thunder as holders Real are booted out
Fernando Torres stole the show with a dramatic double as Atletico Madrid secured a battling 2-2 draw at Real Madrid on Thursday that dumped the holders out of the King's Cup 4-2 on aggregate.
January 14, 2015PHOTOS: Adrian is West Ham hero in FA Cup thriller
Adrian fired past opposite number and Spanish compatriot Joel Robles immediately after the Everton keeper had crashed his spot kick against the crossbar as West Ham won 9-8 on penalties.
January 02, 2015Defence remains a hindrance to Manchester United progress
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says he has been overwhelmed by the support he has received from fans even after defeats but, if he does not act to strengthen his defense, he might soon find their patience running out.
January 01, 2015BEST Sports Photos of the Year! (Part 3)
Cristiano Ronaldo struck the winning goal to help Real Madrid become European champions, while Marin Cilic made an impressive comeback after a ban to claim the US Open crown in September.
A watershed year for Indian sports despite its lows
Some stellar performances by seasoned veterans and promising youngsters continued to raise the bar in Olympic sports but there was heartbreak in equal measure when corruption scandals blighted India's favourite obsession, cricket, in a see-saw year for the country's sportspersons.
December 29, 2014A roaring year for golfing great McIlroy
- 'I feel I came through this year stronger and wiser'
December 27, 2014'Unsatisfied' United looking up to pick up pace under Van Gaal
While Chelsea and Manchester City slug it out at the top of the Premier League, Louis van Gaal's Old Trafford revolution gathers ever more momentum in the red half of Manchester.
December 22, 2014Big wins for City and Barca as they up the ante before Christmas
Here is the round-up of all the football action across Europe on the weekend
December 19, 2014Sensational 2014 for Sania; Paes, Bopanna, Somdev fall short
When is comes to Indian tennis, it has to be the year of Sania Mirza!
December 18, 2014Rodgers reckons Liverpool getting back to their best
'We're starting to see signs of getting back to where we were'
December 16, 2014'Manchester United can win the Premier League title this year'
Manchester United can challenge for the league title after recovering from their worst start to a Premier League season and rediscovering the art of winning ugly, according to their captain Wayne Rooney.
BEST Sports Photos of the Year! (Part 1)
As another eventful year draws to a close, Rediff.com gives you a pictorial look back at the best and worst moments that shaped the sports stories this year.
December 15, 2014European roundup: Real Madrid extend winning run, United down Liverpool
Real Madrid were the big winners in Spain as their success at Almeria was followed by a Barcelona draw and a surprise Atletico Madrid defeat.
EPL: Rodgers left searching for answers after United thrashing
- 'The match epitomised our season really'
Bryant surpasses Jordan to become third-highest scorer in NBA
Bryant entered the game needing nine points to top the retired Jordan's mark of 32,292 points and move into third on the all-time list.
December 12, 2014What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
Leaders Chelsea have seen their lead reduced to just three points after a shock defeat, and a revival from defending champions Manchester City. Manchester United are back in third after a run of five straight wins. If Chelsea slip agains, City continue to pile on the pressure and United keep the winning momentum it will make EPL battle further interesting.
December 11, 2014Champions League PHOTOS: City scrape through; Barca create new record
Images from the Champions League matches played across Europe on Wednesday.
December 09, 2014Champions League: 'Juve's history won't allow them to fail'
- 'We will have to play with a lot of intelligence'
December 06, 2014Late goal takes Germany past India in Hockey Champions Trophy
Goalkeeper P R Sreejesh's magnificent effort went in vain as Olympic champions Germany beat hosts India 1-0 in their opening Pool B match of the Hero Champions Trophy.
Champions Trophy: England stun Australia, Belgium beat Pakistan
England shocked five-time reigning champions Australia 3-1, while Belgium defeated Pakistan 2-1 in their Pool A matches on the opening day of the Hero Champions Trophy hockey tournament.
Van Gaal rekindles spirit as Man United dare to dream again
Four wins a row have lifted Manchester United into the Premier League's top four and Louis van Gaal's managerial reign is beginning to bear fruit after a difficult start.
December 04, 2014Actor Elba joins forces with footballers Vieira, Toure to fight Ebola
The Africa United campaign (http://www.weareafricaunited.org), unveiled ahead of the African Cup of Nations draw in Equatorial Guinea's capital Malabo on Wednesday, broadcasts information on the disease and how to stop it spreading in French, English, Krio and other local languages.
Formula One: Here's what might have caused Bianchi accident
An FIA report found that Marussia driver Bianchi over-controlled the oversteering car, such that he left the track earlier than Sutil, and headed towards a point 'up-stream' along the barrier.
EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea saunter past Spurs; City down Sunderland
Veteran Drogba showed that he still has a lot of steam in him as he scored in Chelsea's win over Spurs, while Aguero continued to top the goal-scorers' list this season, finding the net for City. Images from the EPL matches played across England on Wednesday.
December 02, 2014EPL: High-flying Southampton looking to grab full points at Arsenal
A 3-0 reality check at the hands of Manchester City was always a moment waiting to happen for Southampton. Just how they bounce back from Sunday's defeat may now determine their fortunes this season.
November 28, 2014EPL injury update: Wilshere out for three months following ankle surgery
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will be out of action for three months after undergoing ankle surgery, the Premier League club said on Thursday.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
With Premier League leaders Chelsea on top form, Manchester City will be hoping their Champions League win over Bayern Munich boosts confidence and re-ignites their title defence when they visit high-flying Southampton on Sunday (1900 IST) .
November 27, 2014Champions League PHOTOS: Ronaldo strike sinks Basel; Arsenal make last 16
Cristiano Ronaldo renewed his personal battle with Lionel Messi by scoring his 71st Champions League goal, putting him three behind the Argentine's newly-set record, in Real Madrid's 1-0 win at FC Basel on Wednesday.
November 26, 2014Champions League PHOTOS: Messi treble sets goals record; Chelsea, City win
Photos from the Champions League matches played across Europe on Tuesday.
November 25, 2014'Wenger's Arsenal dream is becoming a mirage, and a pain'
Arsene Wenger must start learning from his mistakes if Arsenal are to compete at the highest level of European football, Alisher Usmanov, the London club's second-largest shareholder, has said.
'Yes, it is difficult to be a Sania Mirza in this country'
She might be one of the most sought-after sportspersons in India but tennis ace Sania Mirza says "it's difficult to be a Sania Mirza in this country" due
November 22, 2014I would like to be number one before I retire: Sania Mirza
Sania Mirza has said she wants to reach No. 1 position in the world rankings before bidding adieu to the game.
November 20, 2014'I still have some chances, just have to try harder with white'
Despite being down 4-5 with just three more games to go, Viswanathan Anand has said he was fine with an easy draw in the ninth game and insisted that he still has a chance of posting a win in the World Chess Championship match.
November 17, 2014Euro qualifiers preview: New-look Spain face stern Germany test
An all-conquering Spain side were on the crest of a wave last time they faced Germany on the way to winning the 2010 World Cup but they now meet on Tuesday in what will be a stern test for a new fledgling team.
November 14, 2014World Tour Finals PHOTOS: Murray steamrolled by 'exceptional' Federer
Andy Murray avoided a 'double bagel' humiliation by Roger Federer at the ATP Tour finals on Thursday but conceded that even if he had played well he would not have lived with the "exceptional" brilliance of the Swiss.
November 13, 2014Football friendlies: Messi, Neymar shine as Argentina, Brazil record wins
Lionel Messi's penalty earned Argentina a 2-1 win over Croatia after a fortunate equaliser that stood despite an unintentional handball by Sergio Aguero in a friendly at West Ham United's Upton Park ground on Wednesday.
Tour Finals: Unstoppable Djokovic eyeing big finale after thrashing Wawrinka
For 15 minutes Novak Djokovic appeared to have a fight on his hands at the ATP World Tour Finals on Wednesday, then the Serb dialled up his A game and tore Stanislas Wawrinka to pieces.
November 10, 2014PIX: Serena Williams flaunts her toned body
Tennis star Serena Williams recently shared a selfie, showing off her killer cleavage and curves in a beachwear.
ATP Tour Finals PHOTOS: Federer made to grind it out by Raonic
Roger Federer eased his way into the ATP World Tour Finals with a 6-1, 7-6 (0) defeat of Canadian newcomer Milos Raonic in his opening round-robin match on Sunday.
November 09, 2014EPL: City manager Pellegrini unaffected by Chelsea's surge
Manuel Pellegrini shrugged that he was "not worried about Chelsea" despite seeing his Manchester City team fall further behind the Premier League leaders at the end of a dispiriting week for both the Chilean and his champions.
EPL PHOTOS: When Liverpool's gamble to rest players backfired
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was adamant that he did not regret his team selection despite falling to a fifth Premier League defeat against table-topping Chelsea on Saturday.
PIX: Kroos leads Real in Rayo drubbing; Barca fightback to win
Toni Kroos netted his first for Real Madrid and was hailed as the best player on the pitch by his coach as the hosts tore apart Rayo Vallecano 5-1 in La Liga on Saturday to extend their winning streak to 13 games.
November 07, 2014What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
Liverpool target Chelsea after midweek tinkering, while third-placed Manchester City, whose hopes of qualifying for the Champions League knockout stage were dealt a severe blow in a humiliating 2-1 home defeat by CSKA Moscow on Wednesday, travel south to face struggling Queens Park Rangers.
November 05, 2014'When my career ends, I want to see if I'm among the best ever'
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo says he will work to be the best player of all time after being presented with his third European Golden Boot award.
November 04, 2014Van Gaal must stop history repeating itself at Manchester United
The year was 1986 and with just three league wins to their name by the first weekend of November, Manchester United dismissed Ron Atkinson as manager and appointed Alex Ferguson.
Liverpool ready to hurt Real Madrid and prove critics wrong
Liverpool see Tuesday's Champions League game at holders Real Madrid as a chance to prove their doubters wrong and get their season back on track, said coach Brendan Rodgers and midfielder Jordan Henderson.
November 03, 2014'This Real Madrid team can make history, win the top trophies'
Real Madrid keeper Iker Casillas believes the European champions have a side with the potential to be one of the all-time greats and it will be with likely trepidation that an off-colour Liverpool visit the Bernabeu on Tuesday.
US Grand Prix PHOTOS: Hamilton races to victory No 10 at 'home'
Lewis Hamilton's father always told him to 'drive like you stole it' but there was never any question about who owned Sunday's US Grand Prix.
EPL PHOTOS: Red cards render dramatic derbies for United and Villa
Manchester United and Aston Villa paid a heavy price for having men sent off on in the Premier League on Sunday with United losing a tight derby to Man City and Villa surrendering a lead in defeat by Tottenham Hotspur.
PHOTOS: 'Proud' Wozniacki completes New York Marathon as Serena cheers her on
Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki ran the New York Marathon and completed the course in just over 3 hours and 30 minutes on a chilly Sunday.
New York Marathon PHOTOS: Kenyans Kipsang, Keitany scrape to wins
Wilson Kipsang won a lucrative duel to the finish to join compatriot Mary Keitany in a Kenyan sweep of exciting men's and women's races at a cold, windy New York City Marathon on Sunday.
PHOTOS: Serbian Djokovic is Prince of Paris
Novak Djokovic bolstered his hopes of holding on to his World No 1 status until the end of the season with a 6-2, 6-3 defeat of big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic to retain the Paris Masters title on Sunday.
November 01, 2014'It's important for us to play well against Manchester United'
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini insists he will not change the way his team play despite suffering two defeats in a week and losing playmaker David Silva ahead of Manchester United's visit on Sunday.
October 29, 2014PHOTOS: Djokovic waltzes past Kohlschreiber at Paris Masters
World No 1 Novak Djokovic began his Paris Masters title defence with a routine 6-3, 6-4 win over German Philipp Kohlschreiber in the second round on Tuesday.
October 28, 2014'My goal next year is to try and be number one in the world'
Having ended a successful year with victory in the WTA Tour Finals, Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza has set her sights on becoming the doubles world number one next season.
Revealed: How 'Cannibal' Suarez sought help for 'teething problems'
Uruguay and Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has revealed the reason why he bites others and how his wife begged him to get help for the same.
October 27, 2014The real Marouane Fellaini is finally standing up for Man Utd
Written off last season as a sub-standard misfit with a comical haircut, there are signs that Marouane Fellaini is finally beginning to feel comfortable in a red Manchester United shirt.
October 25, 2014ISL: Pires, Fikru get two-match ban, fine; Atletico coach Habas suspended for bust-up
Setting an example and cracking the whip on indiscipline, the All India Football Federation suspended Atletico de Kolkata head coach, Antonio Lopez Habas for four matches while Goa FC's marquee player Robert Pires and Kolkata's Fikru Lemessa have been banned for two matches each for breaching the disciplinary code during the ongoing Indian Super League.
ISL: NorthEast United coach expected more goals against 9-man Mumbai
Following their 2-0 win over nine-member Mumbai City FC in the Indian Super League game at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai, NorthEast United FC's head coach Ricki Herbert said he was disappointed that his team couldn't defeat their under-strength opponents by a bigger margin.
October 24, 2014What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend: Chelsea vs United
Chelsea face the prospect of having veteran Didier Drogba as their only fit striker for their visit to Manchester United on Sunday in what is usually one of the standout matches of the Premier League season.
October 23, 2014Champions League: Lethargic Arsenal unimpressive in win over Anderlecht
Arsenal's dramatic 2-1 Champions League win against Anderlecht on Wednesday rescued three valuable points but the victory only served to paper over the ever-widening cracks.
October 20, 2014Indian Super League just a week old and kicking!
The jury is still out on whether the Indian Super League (ISL) can wake the world's second most populous nation from its football slumber but the first week of the eight-team competition has at least made people sit up and take notice.
October 19, 2014Messi nears scoring record, Ronaldo double fires Real
Lionel Messi notched his 250th La Liga goal to move one off the all-time league scoring record as leaders Barcelona won 3-0 against Eibar on Saturday ahead of next weekend's Clasico with Real Madrid.
October 18, 2014'I'm sorry but the truth is Man United is not in balance now'
Playing spectacular football is all well and good but Manchester United must find the right balance in both areas of the pitch if they want to be successful this season, manager Louis van Gaal has said.
October 15, 2014In Pix: Drone stunt causes brawl; Serbia-Albania match abandoned
The politically-sensitive Euro 2016 qualifier between Serbia and Albania was abandoned on Tuesday following a brawl between players from both sides after a flag stunt.
October 14, 2014Neymar scores all four as Brazil rout Japan
Neymar scored all four goals in a sumptuous display for Brazil as the five-times world champions routed an under-strength Japan 4-0 in a friendly in Singapore on Tuesday to maintain Dunga's perfect start since returning as coach.
October 12, 2014Euro 2016 qualifiers: Poland stun world champions Germany
Poland struck twice on the break to stun wasteful World Cup winners Germany 2-0 on Saturday, earning their first ever victory over their illustrious neighbours and taking control of Euro 2016 qualifying Group D.
October 11, 2014PHOTOS: Messi misses penalty as Argentina lose to Brazil
Lionel Messi had a penalty saved as Brazil continued their defensive rehabilitation under returning coach Dunga with a morale-boosting 2-0 win over old adversaries Argentina in a feisty friendly in Beijing, on Saturday.
October 09, 2014Dhoni sole Indian on Forbes' most valuable athlete brand list
India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the sole Indian sportsman to figure on Forbes' list of the world's most valuable athlete brands, a list that has been topped by American basketball player LeBron James and includes golfer Tiger Woods and tennis stars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Koke aims to follow in Xavi's footsteps for new-look Spain
Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke is part of a fresh generation of Spain players aiming to make an impact in Euro 2016 qualifying and says he would be happy if he achieves half the success of retired great Xavi.
I had no interest in shooting when I joined the army, says Jitu Rai
Commonwealth and Asian Games champion shooter Jitu Rai talks to about his journey from a farmer in a remote village in Nepal to the Indian army to emerging one of world's best shooters.
October 07, 2014Insatiable Yogeshwar sets his sights on Rio Olympics
Yogeshwar Dutt is aiming for a yellow metal at next year's World Championships and thereby earn an automatic berth in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
October 06, 2014Van Gaal's Manchester United regaining reputation as entertainers
Manchester United may still be some way from the team that won 13 league titles under Alex Ferguson, but a combination of exciting attacking players and suspect defense means they are regaining the club's reputation for great entertainment.
Jose Mourinho torments Arsene Wenger again, on and off the pitch
The long-running feud between Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho shows no sign of healing after another high-profile falling out on Sunday, this time the result of a dispute over territory.
October 04, 2014EPL in Pix: Late goals give Man City victory at Villa
Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson scored as Liverpool registered their first Premier League win since August with a 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion at Anfield on Saturday.
BCCI only interested in making money out of cricket: OCA
BCCI's decision to not send Indian teams for the Asian Games drew sharp criticism from the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) on Saturday, which accused the influential cricket board of treating the sport just as a business venture.
In Pix: Asia's golden age of sport
The 17th Asian Games came to a close on Saturday, bringing an end to two weeks of intense competition, drama and controversy that shone a light on the best and worst of a region that will host the world's biggest events for the next decade.
October 02, 2014'This gold medal will make public reconnect with the hockey'
Hockey greats Balbir Singh (Sr) and Ajit Pal Singh hailed India's Asian Games gold medal-winning effort but felt the players still have a mountain to climb to succeed at the World and Olympic level.
Benched Podolski considering future at Arsenal
Frustrated Arsenal winger Lukas Podolski hinted on Thursday he might leave the Premier League club before his contract expires in 2016 because he was not playing enough.
China Open: Nadal into Beijing quarters, Berdych boosts London hopes
World No 2 Rafael Nadal sailed into the quarter-finals of the China Open, his first tournament in 13 weeks, with a 6-3, 6-4 win over German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk on Thursday.
October 01, 2014In Pix: An electric night in Paris!
The world's biggest superstars landed in Paris and enjoyed a game of soccer.
September 29, 2014'We have the English champions playing the Italian runners-up'
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini will be back in the dugout after returning from suspension when City attempt to kick-start their Champions League campaign against a rampant, in-form AS Roma at the Etihad on Tuesday.
Mourinho faces striking choice in his return to Portuguese roots
As Jose Mourinho returns to his Portuguese footballing roots, the Chelsea manager may have to decide which back-up marksman he trusts most to shoot down his old employers at Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Europe Football: Barcelona, Juventus keep clean sheet; Chelsea march on
Diego Costa continued his rich vein of form as he helped leaders Chelsea to a 3-0 win over Aston Villa while Louis van Gaal enjoyed only his second Premier League win as Manchester United manager following a 2-1 victory against West Ham.
UEFA Champions League: PSG sweat over Ibra fitness for Barca clash
Paris St Germain are sweating over striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic's fitness as the French champions look fragile ahead of Barcelona's visit in Champions League Group F on Tuesday.
September 28, 2014EPL: Livepool, Arsenal share spoils in respective derbies; Chelsea march on
Spoils were shared in two huge Premier League derbies, Chelsea's cracking start continued with a 3-0 win over Aston Villa and Wayne Rooney produced a Jekyll and Hyde display in a nervy Manchester United victory on Saturday.
La Liga: Messi strikes landmark 400th goal for Barca
Lionel Messi netted the 400th goal of his storied career on Saturday as Barcelona trounced Granada 6-0 to maintain the pace at the top of La Liga.
Asiad: Look who is giving the athletes a pat on their back!
The Union Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that the Indian contingent was performing well in the ongoing Incheon Asian Games and hoped the athletes would win more medals for the country.
Did Rooney deserve a red card?
Manchester United captain Rooney deserved the sending-off that jeopardised his side's nervy 2-1 Premier League win over West Ham United on Saturday, his manager Louis van Gaal said.
September 27, 2014EPL in Pix: Chelsea march on, Manchester United and City wobble
Chelsea's commanding start to the Premier League season continued with a 3-0 victory over Aston Villa on Saturday as their rivals for the title continued to look vulnerable.
In Pix: Squash team's wild, wild celebration after historic gold
The Indian squash players wrapped up a historic performance in the Asian Games, clinching an unprecedented men's team gold after the women's side settled for its first ever silver in Incheon on Saturday.
Xavi still valuable to Barca's plans: Luis Enrique
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has given his backing to Xavi and says the veteran midfielder remains a valuable member of the squad despite having played just 45 minutes in the opening five La Liga games.
September 23, 2014India at the Asian Games: Ghosal gets squash silver; bronze for Bindra
A round-up of Indian athletes' performances on Day 4 of the Asian Games, in Incheon, on Tuesday.
September 22, 2014Asian Games: India men's football team crash out after losing to Jordan
The Indian football team put up a better display in their second group game but lost 2-0 to a superior Jordan thus ending their campaign in the 17th Asian Games in Incheon on Monday.
EPL: Is Mourinho's Chelsea adopting small team mentality?
Following Chelsea's tame draw against Manchester City, questions are being raised about the Jose Mourinho-managed team's game plan and attitude.
Sports Shorts: Police probing racial rant against Liverpool's Balotelli
Merseyside Police is reportedly investigating racist abuse received by Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli on Twitter after he tweeted 'Man Utd...LOL' after the crushing 5-3 defeat met by Manchester United at the hands of Leicester on Sunday.
September 21, 2014EPL: Super-sub Lampard stuns Chelsea to score equaliser for City
Frank Lampard, Chelsea's all-time record scorer, came on as a late substitute for Manchester City and scored their equaliser in a 1-1 draw at the Etihad as the champions ended his former club's perfect start to the Premier League season on Sunday.
EPL: Manchester United suffer shock defeat at Leicester City
A controversial penalty in the dying minutes cost Manchester United dear as they suffered another defeat after Leicester City fought back brilliantly to win 5-3 at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.
Asian Games: Indian women badminton team claim bronze
The Indian badminton team went down fighting against hosts South Korea (1-3) in the women's team badminton semi-finals to settle for their maiden bronze medal at the Asian Games in Incheon on Sunday.
September 20, 2014Hingis says Na's retirement 'loss to world tennis'
Swiss tennis star Martina Hingis has said that Li Na's retirement was a loss to world tennis, while also crediting the Chinese ace of raising the game's profile in her home country and across Asia.
September 19, 2014What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
Frank Lampard could make an emotional appearance against former club Chelsea this weekend as his new employers Manchester City host Jose Mourinho's side in an early showdown between the Premier League's heavyweights. Catch all the action.
September 17, 2014Real Madrid become first club to score 1000 European goals
Holders Real Madrid chased away some of their early-season blues when Gareth Bale scored the pick of the goals in a 5-1 rout of FC Basel in their Champions League Group B opener on Tuesday.
Champions League: Olympiakos stun last season's finalists Atletico Madrid
Olympiakos Piraeus secured a surprise 3-2 victory over last year's Champions League runners-up Atletico Madrid to make a dream start to their Group A campaign on Tuesday.
Frustrating Liverpool pull-off hard-fought win against Ludogorets
After five years away, Champions League drama returned to Anfield like a long lost friend on Tuesday as Liverpool beat debutants Ludogorets of Bulgaria 2-1 with Steven Gerrard scoring a last-gasp penalty.
September 14, 2014Lift off at last for Van Gaal as Manchester United thrash QPR
The Louis van Gaal era finally got lift off as Manchester United demolished Queens Park Rangers 4-0 on Sunday for their first win since the Dutchman took charge at Old Trafford.
September 12, 2014Sania meets PM following US Open victory
Indian tennis star Sania Mirza
Balotelli recovers in time as Liverpool face gruelling schedule
Mario Balotelli will be available for Liverpool's home Premier League match against Aston Villa on Saturday after recovering from illness, manager Brendan Rodgers said.
Wozniacki opens up about McIlroy break-up
Caroline Wozniacki has revealed what really happened during her unexpected breakup with fiancé, golfer Rory McIlroy.
Pistorius to be sentenced for culpable homicide on Oct. 13
Oscar Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide on Friday, having escaped the more serious charge of murder for the killing of his girlfriend, and the Olympic and Paralympic track star could face a lengthy prison sentence.
September 09, 2014Brand Nishikori set to soar despite US Open defeat
Already ranked ninth in Forbes' list of top tennis earners, Japan's Kei Nishikori is due for a bigger share of the off-court largesse despite losing Monday's final at the US Open, US marketing experts say.
September 08, 2014Incheon ready to showcase cream of Asian sports
An array of Olympians and stars of sports niche and new arrive in the South Korean city of Incheon for the 17th Asian Games this month, bringing together some 10,000 athletes for a 16-day multi-sport spectacular second only in scale to the Summer Olympics.
September 07, 2014Tireless Nishikori raises Asian flag with fight to final
A pioneering Kei Nishikori blazed a new trail for Japanese tennis with a shock win over World No 1 Novak Djokovic at the U.S. Open on Saturday, becoming the first man from Asia to book a place in a Grand Slam final.
Serena and Wozniacki's paths to the U.S. Open final
Paths to the final in the women's singles at the U.S. Open (prefix denotes seedings)
Hingis loses US Open doubles final on Grand Slam return
Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina beat Martin Hingis and Italy's Flavia Pennetta 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 to capture the U.S. Open doubles title on Saturday, denying the Swiss a return to the Flushing Meadows winner circle for the first time in 16 years.
Williams, Wozniacki put friendship aside for US Open final faceoff
For Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki, there is a time for friendship and a time for business, and business does not get much more serious than a Grand Slam final.
Don't know if I'm going to India for Davis Cup, says Djokovic after loss
World No 1 Novak Djokovic had no explanation for his flat performance in a stunning semi-final loss to Japan's Kei Nishikori at the U.S. Open on Saturday.
September 04, 2014US Open: Makarova sails through, Nishikori blazes trail for Japan
Serena Williams and Ekaterina Makarova sprinted into the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on Wednesday but marathon man Kei Nishikori had to go the distance to upset Stan Wawrinka and become the first Japanese man into the last four of a grand slam in 81 years.
September 03, 2014Somdev clarifies, says makes no sense playing Asiad at this phase
Somdev Devvarman stoutly defended his decision to skip the Asian Games, saying "it did not make any sense" playing in Incheon for three weeks at a time when he is striving to return to the top-100.
Arsenal's Welbeck out to prove his doubters wrong
New Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck is determined to prove that he is worth the 16 million pound ($26.36 million) the Premier League club spent on the transfer deadline day to sign him from Manchester United.
Footballer Chopra ready to give up British passport to play for India
Former Newcastle United striker Michael Chopra is ready to surrender his British passport to represent the country of his origin, India, and realise his dream of playing senior-level international soccer.
Somdev's Asiad snub 'not correct', says AITA
India's top singles player Somdev Devvarman's decision to concentrate on the ATP tour at the expense of the upcoming Asian Games has come under sharp criticism from the All India Tennis Federation.
September 02, 2014Manchester United top deadline-day big spenders
Manchester United dominated Europe's transfer activity as the transfer deadline window slammed shut on Monday, manager Louis van Gaal taking his summer spending spree to more than 150 million pounds.
7 women who caused shock and awe at US Open!
The women's draw at the US Open has been in news for the upsets it created. Almost everyday one or some days even two of the top seeds feel to unknown players.
'Hungry' Liverpool raise no red flags following Suarez departure
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes his team are back to their sizzling form of last season after a superb victory over Tottenham defied those who predicted a gloomy outlook in the post-Luis Suarez era.
US Open: Murray sets up Djokovic showdown, Serena advances
The tension mounted and temperatures soared at the U.S. Open as top seed Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray set up a sensational quarter-final, and Serena Williams made a 2014 grand slam breakthrough.
September 01, 2014US Open: Wozniacki upsets Sharapova, Simon stuns Ferrer
Caroline Wozniacki upset French Open champion Maria Sharapova in a groundstroke marathon to reach the U.S. Open quarter-finals, while Gilles Simon registered the first big surprise in the men's draw.
Will Chelsea's Costa learn the ethics and culture of EPL?
Chelsea striker Diego Costa needs to learn to show respect to opponents after the Spaniard goaded Everton players during their pulsating 6-3 English Premier League win on Saturday, Toffees coach Roberto Martinez said.
August 30, 2014Overworked Ronaldo claims he is close to best
Cristiano Ronaldo admits that he suffered for pushing himself too much at the end of last season but is now close to his best as Real Madrid prepare to face Real Sociedad this weekend.
August 29, 2014Air of deja vu in UEFA Champions League draw
Champions League holders Real Madrid will face former European champions Liverpool, FC Basel and debutants Ludogorets of Bulgaria following the group stage draw on Thursday.
US Open PHOTOS: Ivanovic stunned by Czech; Serena, Djokovic sail through
Former World No 1 Ana Ivanovic was upset 7-5, 6-4 by 42nd-ranked Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in the second round of the US Open on Thursday.
August 26, 2014Star boxer Vijender Singh ruled out of Asian Games
A hand injury sustained during the Commonwealth Games has forced star Indian boxer Vijender Singh out of action for an indefinite period, which includes the upcoming Asian Games where he was the defending champion.
PHOTOS: What are the Gen Next athletes up to in Nanjing?
The Youth Olympic Games are being held in Nanjing, China, from August 16 to 28 in 2014. The slogan of the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games is 'Share the Games, Share our Dreams'.
Sports Shorts: Saina progresses; Benzema, Ronaldo on target for Real
London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal stormed into the third round of the World Badminton Championships with an easy victory over Natalia Perminova of Russia, in Copenhagen, on Tuesday.
EPL Updates: United agree to record British transfer for Di Maria
Manchester United have agreed a British record transfer fee of 59.7 million pounds ($99 million) to secure Angel di Maria from Real Madrid and are set to announce his transfer officially on Tuesday, British media reported.
EPL PHOTOS: Manchester City crush Liverpool as Balotelli arrives
A Stevan Jovetic double and a third to Sergio Aguero helped Manchester City send out an ominous warning to those with designs on their Premier League crown, routing Liverpool 3-1 in the first heavyweight clash of the new season on Monday.
US Open Photos: Djokovic, Sharapova sparkle while others toil
Former champions Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova sparkled under the Arthur Ashe Stadium lights to end a steamy first day that proved more than a little stressful for several of the US Open favourites on Monday.
Sporting Buzz: Rojo's wife told defender to keep 'nerves' in check
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August 25, 2014What is Maria Sharapova's secret recipe for success?
Maria Sharapova recently revealed that the secret behind her success is her 'competitive drive', which helped her achieve triumph in every aspect of life.
Sports Shorts: Chelsea salute life president Sir Richard Attenborough
Chelsea have paid tribute to life president Richard Attenborough, who has died at the age of 90, saying that the Oscar-winning film director's "personality was woven into the tapestry of the club over seven decades".
F1 Pitlane tales: Rosberg could face action for collision
Mercedes threatened to review their policy of allowing their drivers to race each other freely after Formula One leader Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton collided at the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday.
Revealed! Why Lendl split with Murray
Ivan Lendl has opened up about splitting with Andy Murray, citing extra family commitments and the difficulty of matching the emotional high of the Briton's Grand Slam breakthroughs as factors in his decision.
La Liga PHOTOS: Messi helps 10-man Barca sink Elche in season opener
Lionel Messi wasted little time in finding his stride as he struck twice to lead 10-man Barcelona to a 3-0 home win over Elche and hand new coach Luis Enrique a happy start to the La Liga season on Sunday.
PHOTOS: Amitabh, Aishwarya say kabaddi, kabaddi for Abhishek's team
Cheered by their owner, Bollywood star Abhishekh Bachchan and his wife Aishwarya, Pink Panthers Jaipur overcame stiff resistance from lowly Puneri Paltan to post a 33-27 victory and maintain their top position in the Pro Kabaddi League at the Sawai Mansingh Indoor Stadium, in Jaipur.
August 24, 2014Sluggish United held by Sunderland, Spurs thrash QPR
Manchester United laboured to a ponderous 1-1 draw away at Sunderland on Sunday that delivered a first Premier League point of the season but laid bare their dire need for reinforcements.
Hamilton says Rosberg hit him on purpose
Lewis Hamilton accused Mercedes team mate and Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg of deliberately colliding with him at the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday.
PHOTOS: Ricciardo wins in Spa after Mercedes pair clash
Photos of the Belgium Formula One Grand Prix
Sports Shorts: Ledecky breaks world record to overshadow Phelps
Just 17 and getting better each time she dives in the water, Ledecky was in a class of her own at as she cruised to victory in three minutes, 58.37 seconds.
EPL PHOTOS: Arsenal salvage late Everton draw, Chelsea win
Chelsea, who beat Leicester City 2-0 at Stamford Bridge with goals from home debutant Diego Costa and Eden Hazard, and Swansea City, who sank Burnley 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium, head the early season standings with six points.
August 23, 2014Sports Sports:Former Chelsea favourite Hudson has cancer
Former Chelsea and Arsenal playmaker Alan Hudson, who almost lost his life 17 years ago when he was hit by a car, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
I have gone from 'king of Manchester' to 'devil': Van Gaal
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has poured scorn on critics who he says have made a "devil" of him after one defeat in his new job.
Photos: Mandzukic goal gives Atletico Super Copa win over Real Madrid
Atletico Madrid striker Mario Mandzukic's early goal secured a 1-0 win over Real Madrid and a 2-1 aggregate success to clinch the Spanish Super Cup and gain some revenge for last season's Champions League final defeat.
August 22, 2014US Open: Djokovic or Federer; who will reign at Flushing Meadows?
With no Nadal to defend his U.S. Open crown, on form, it's Djokovic's title for the taking, unless Federer shows glimpses of his past perfect self.
Meet Formula One's baby, Max Verstappen!
the Belgian Grand Prix paddock digested news that 16-year-old Dutch driver Max Verstappen will become the sport's youngest ever starter when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next year.
Yuki, Sanam also lose; no Indian in US Open singles
There will be no Indian in the singles event of the U.S. Open this year with all three players losing their qualifying matches, following second round defeats of Yuki Bhambri and Sanam Singh.
US Open: Top seeds Serena, Djokovic face difficult draw
Top-seeded Novak Djokovic was handed a danger filled path to the final of the US Open and a possible showdown with No 2 Roger Federer after Thursday's draw for the season's final Grand Slam.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend: City vs Liverpool!
Rediff.com brings a preview of the main matches coming up this weekend in the English Premier League.
August 21, 2014My regret is that Fabregas left us: Wenger
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted on Thursday that it felt strange for him to see Cesc Fabregas playing in a blue Chelsea shirt, but insisted he had no regrets at not re-signing him.
Here's what Barcelona's Suarez has promised his fans...
Luis Suarez has reportedly said that he has spoken to specialists about his behavior and has promised his fans that there will be no biting incidents in the future.
McEnroe labels Djokovic as favourite for U.S Open crown
Roger Federer is the form player going into next week's U.S. Open but Novak Djokovic is favourite to win the title for a second time, according to former champion John McEnroe.
ISL: Striker Michael Chopra joins Tendulkar-owned team
Former Newcastle United striker Michael Chopra was picked by the Kerala Blasters, co-owned by cricketing great Sachin Tendulkar, in an international draft for the upcoming Indian Super League on Thursday.
EPL Updates: Fellaini is latest Manchester United injury victim
Marouane Fellaini has become the latest Manchester United player to suffer an injury, which media reports suggested could prevent him moving away from the club during the transfer window.
Sports Shorts: Ronaldo fit for Super Cup decider
Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit for Real Madrid's Spanish Super Cup second leg against Atletico Madrid on Friday, coach Carlo Ancelotti confirmed on Thursday.
Scholes 'scared' about United's future. Are you?
Manchester United great Paul Scholes has said he is scared about the club's future and believes they could spiral into decline in the same way rivals Liverpool did in the 1990s.
Hottest Sporting Buzz: Abbey Clancy posts racy kissing pictures!
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Tainted Pak pacer Amir to romance Indian girl in film debut
Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir, who was banned for spot-fixing, has decided to try his luck in the film industry and agreed to do a film titled 'Blind Love'.
Had to stay away from my baby for the longest time: CWG medalist Sarita
Boxer and Commonwealth Games silver medalist Laishram Sarita Devi talks of the pains she underwent en route and after the Commonwealth Games, eyeing gold at the Rio Games and her post-retirement plans...
August 20, 2014Defending champion Serena gets top billing for U.S. Open
World No. 1 Serena Williams has been top-seeded for the U.S. Open where she will be seeking to win the women's singles title for a third consecutive year, the United States Tennis Association announced on Wednesday.
Can Real Madrid win six trophies in a season?
Real Madrid's lavishly assembled squad, including World Cup sensation James Rodriguez in attack, aim to be the first team to win all six trophies available this season with the European Super Cup already under their belt.
US Open: Djokovic top seed, Federer second
Reigning Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic has been seeded number one for the US Open with five times winner Roger Federer seeded second, the United States Tennis Association announced on Tuesday.
Sports Shorts: India go down 0-2 to Pakistan in football friendly
India suffered an embarrassing 0-2 defeat at the hands of a spirited Pakistan in the second football friendly to end the two-match series 1-1 in Bangalore on Wednesday.
Will Luis Suarez add bite to Barcelona's attack?
Barcelona have added Luis Suarez to their star-studded forward line but it could be their defensive reinforcements that make the difference as they look to win back the La Liga title.
EPL Transfers: Rojo joins Man Utd; Nani goes the other way
Sporting have agreed to sell Argentina's World Cup left back Marcos Rojo to Manchester United while Nani will move the other way as he joins the Portuguese side on loan.
BEST Sports Photos of the Week!
From India's debacle in England to Manchester United's not so good start in the English Premier League to awesome champion Mo Farah spending quiet time with his family, Rediff.com has it all snapped right here...
August 19, 2014War-ravaged Syrian fencer cuts a lonely figure at Youth Olympics
Syrian fencer Mohammad Shaheen has cut a lonely figure at the Youth Olympic Games. With no coach to talk tactics with, or fencing team mates to lift his spirits, Shaheen lost all of his epee bouts and made an early exit from Nanjing.
Sports Shorts: Suarez makes winning return
Luis Suarez made his first appearance following his biting controversy for new side Barcelona and Neymar scored twice as the Spanish giants beat Mexican side Leon 6-0 in a pre-season friendly on Monday.
PHOTOS: Feel the heat at Youth Olympic Games
At the beach volleyball, the 2014 Youth Olympic Games is a sell-out, foot-stomping success.
EPL PHOTOS: Fabregas impresses, Costa scores in Chelsea win
New signings Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas made an instant impact for Chelsea as they launched their Premier League title bid with a confident 3-1 win at promoted Burnley on Monday.
Hottest Sporting Buzz! McIlroy follows 'desperate' model
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August 18, 2014PHOTOS: Serena waltzes past Ivanovic to win Cincinnati title
Serena Williams finished her last U.S. Open tune-up in style by blowing away Serbian Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-1 to win her first title at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati on Sunday.
PHOTOS: Federer claims sixth Cincinnati title
Roger Federer's hopes of adding to his record Grand Slam haul got a boost as he beat Spain's David Ferrer 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 to win the Western and Southern Open title in Cincinnati on Sunday in the last key U.S. Open tune-up event.
I needed time in "impossible" United job, says Moyes
After lasting 10 months in charge of Manchester United, David Moyes does not believe he was given enough time to prove himself in the "impossible job" as Alex Ferguson's successor.
August 17, 2014Holders Bayern make winning start in German Cup
Injury-hit Bayern Munich crushed third-tier Preussen Muenster 4-1 away on Sunday to bounce back from their midweek Super Cup defeat and launch a successful defence of their German Cup title.
Sports Shorts: Pedrosa wins to end Marquez's run of victories
Dani Pedrosa ended Honda team mate Marc Marquez's hopes of winning 11 consecutive MotoGP races this season with victory at the Czech Republic Grand Prix on Sunday.
EPL PHOTOS: City, Liverpool start new campaign with victories
One moment of attacking brilliance and a late Sergio Aguero strike gave Premier League holders Manchester City a winning start to their title defence as they eased past Newcastle United 2-0 away on Sunday.
PHOTOS: 10-man India beat arch rivals Pakistan in football friendly
Down to 10 men, India showed character to prevail 1-0 over Pakistan in the first friendly football match, in Bangalore, on Sunday.
Cincinnati Tennis PHOTOS: Serena, Ivanovic battle into final
Serena Williams rallied past Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki on Saturday to reach the Western and Southern Open final in Cincinnati where she will face Ana Ivanovic, an upset winner over French Open champion Maria Sharapova.
10 years on... Ace marksman Rathore on Olympics glory and life after
In a freewheeling interview with Rediff.com's Harish Kotian, Olympic medallist Rajyavardhan Rathore reflects on his silver medal at Athens and reveals why he decided to make the foray into politics after a long and successful career in sports and the Indian army.
United need to learn to cope with pressure says Van Gaal
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said his team need to learn to cope with pressure after they slumped to a 2-1 home defeat to Swansea City on the opening day of the Premier League season.
August 16, 2014EPL: Van Gaal's United lose opener, Arsenal off to a winning start
Louis van Gaal found no instant fix for Manchester United as a new era dawned at Old Trafford with a dispiriting 2-1 opening-day home defeat by Swansea City in the Premier League on Saturday.
Will football improve Indo-Pak ties?
Pakistan football team captain Kaleem Ullah has said that he hoped a two-match series against arch-rivals India in the coming week would lead to peace and friendship between the two nations.
India golf round-up: Kapur, Chowrasia make cut in Denmark
Shiv Kapur and SSP Chowrasia shot contrasting rounds to make the midway cut at the Made in Denmark golf tournament in Aalborg, Denmark.
India, Pakistan face-off in moutherwatering football friendly
In what will be a curtain-raiser to the upcoming Asian Games, India and Pakistan resume their rivalry on the football pitch as they lock horns in the first of two friendly matches in
Sports Shorts: Dutch sprinter Schippers wins 200m gold at Euro C'ships
Dutch sprinter Dafne Schippers ran the fastest 200 metres this year on Friday to collect her second gold medal of the European championships.
'Football is all about entertainment, entertainment, entertainment'
Louis van Gaal's biggest challenge as Manchester United manager will be to provide entertaining football for the club's supporters, he said on Friday.
Cincinnati Tennis PHOTOS: Federer downs Murray; Serena romps on
Five times Cincinnati winner Roger Federer blunted Andy Murray's attempt at a comeback, while women's World No 1 Serena Williams roared to victory as they moved into the semi-finals at the Western & Southern Open on Friday.
He writes off United and says title is between City and Chelsea
Manchester United will struggle to return to the Premier League's summit this season because too many top players have left and not enough signings made, according to former midfielder Paul Scholes.
Will men's tennis see a flurry of women coaches?
After Andy Murray broke down a gender barrier by hiring Amelie Mauresmo, 18-time Grand Slam singles champion Martina Navratilova says that men's tennis will see a flurry of women coaches.
August 15, 2014First Look! Suarez trains with Barcelona
Luis Suarez trained with his new Barcelona team mates for the first time on Friday.
EPL: Take a look at what makes Chelsea contenders and more...
Chelsea have two of the best three goalkeepers in the world, which will help make them serious contenders to win the Premier League this season, their manager Jose Mourinho told a news conference on Friday.
Advani and co. make India proud on I-Day!
It was a win-win situation for the Indian cue sport on the occasion of Independence Day as the Pankaj Advani-led India B secured a gold while India A bagged a silver in the inaugural World Billiards Team Championship in Glasgow on Friday.
Sports Shorts: Sania-Cara knocked out of Cincinnati Masters
India's campaign ended at the Cincinnati Masters tennis tournament after Sania Mirza and Cara Black went down to Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain and Kazakhstan's Yaroslave Shvedova in their women's doubles second round match.
'Van Gaal is over-training Man United players'
The injury sustained by Manchester United defender Luke Shaw was caused by too many training sessions from new manager Louis van Gaal, former Wales assistant coach Raymond Verheijen said on Thursday.
Robredo ends Djokovic bid for elusive Cincinnati title
Spain's Tommy Robredo shocked world number one Novak Djokovic 7-6(6), 7-5 on Thursday to move into the quarter-finals of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati.
EPL: What you must not miss in the opening week
Manchester United's pre-season performances have been encouraging but rehabilitation under new manager Louis van Gaal begins in earnest on Saturday when they kick-off the new Premier League season at home to Swansea City.
August 14, 2014Suarez bite ban stays, but Barcelona striker allowed to train
Uruguay forward Luis Suarez's four-month playing ban for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini has been upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) although he will be allowed train with his new club Barcelona.
PHOTOS: Franck Ribery... Brilliant, bizarre!
A wonder goal and a bizarre TV appearance wearing flip flops are the two lasting images Franck Ribery leaves behind following his retirement from international football.
EPL: 'Suarez was an accident waiting to happen at Liverpool'
Barcelona forward Luis Suarez was an "accident waiting to happen" at former club Liverpool and the Premier League will be a better place without him, according to league chief Richard Scudamore.
EPL: Kompany extends stay at Man City with new five-year deal
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has signed a new five-year contract with the club, the Premier League champions announced on Wednesday.
EPL: How teams stack up this season
With barely days to go before the new season starts, the English Premier League has many new things to look forward to.
Paes-Stepanek knocked out of Cincinnati Masters
Fifth seeds Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek were eliminated from the ATP Cincinnati Masters following their defeat to Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock, in Cincinnati on Wednesday.
Serena battles past Stosur in Cincinnati; Kvitova knocked out
World No 1 Serena Williams won a tense battle of U.S. Open champions by beating Australia's Samantha Stosur 7-6(7), 7-6(7) on Wednesday to reach the third round of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati.
Federer fights back to record 300th Masters win in Cincinnati
Roger Federer survived an opening-match fright by outlasting Canada's Vasek Pospisil 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-2 on Wednesday to claim his 300th Masters Series win and reach the third round of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati.
Singer Rihanna eyeing Liverpool takeover?
If media reports are to be believed, Rihanna is looking at investing in an English Premier League club. Spanish news provider Mundo Deportivo claims that the club could very well be Liverpool, who finished runners-up last season.
The Hottest Sporting Buzz! Irina Shayk flaunts hot-bod
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August 13, 2014PHOTOS: Sharapova advances, Venus knocked out
Fifth seed Maria Sharapova needed three sets to dispose of American Madison Keys, while 16th seed Lucie Safarova knocked out Venus Williams at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati, on Tuesday.
Cincinnati Tennis PHOTOS: Djokovic staggers past Simon, Tsonga out
World No 1 Novak Djokovic needed three sets to get past Gilles Simon in the Western and Southern Open second round on Tuesday, but Jo-Wilfried Tsonga lost to Mikhail Youzhny in his opener two days after winning the Rogers Cup in Toronto.
Rooney to wear captain's armband at Manchester United this season
New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has given England striker Wayne Rooney the role of team captain and made Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher his vice-captain.
The Hottest Sporting Buzz! Abbey Clancy posts 'sexy' picture
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PHOTOS: Superior Ronaldo double gives Real Madrid Super Cup win
Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice as a rampant Real Madrid side, featuring the most expensive strike force ever assembled, powered to a 2-0 win over Sevilla in an all-Spanish UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday.
CAS decision on Suarez bite appeal on Thursday
The outcome of Uruguay forward Luis Suarez's appeal against his ban for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini will be announced on Thursday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Wednesday.
'I was moved by Priyanka Chopra's acting in Mary Kom'
Olympic bronze medallist MC Mary Kom is confident that Priyanka Chopra's work in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film on her life will strike a chord with the audience.
10 years on, Athens 2004 gives Greece little to cheer
It was billed as a chance to transform Greece's image abroad and boost growth but 10 years after the country hosted the world's greatest sporting extravaganza there is little to celebrate at the birthplace of the modern Olympic Games.
August 12, 2014No Khel Ratna this year; 15 named for Arjuna award
No sportsperson has been named for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna while 15, including cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin, were recommended for the Arjuna Award this year.
Statistics show how Premier League is progressing
English soccer has always been renowned for its pace, power and tough-tackling but new research appears to quantify the idea that current Premier League teams are playing a different game now than as recently as six years ago.
EPL transfers: Eto'o to join Liverpool?
Former Barcelona and Chelsea veteran Samuel Eto'o may be heading to Anfield.
EPL: Optimistic Liverpool look ahead to life after Suarez
Liverpool's players oozed confidence in the post-Luis Suarez era as they began their final countdown to the start of the Premier League season.
'Major Dhyan Chand was one of the finest sportsmen from India'
Legendary athlete Milkha Singh expressed delight at the Home Ministry recommending hockey great, the late Major Dhyan Chand, for the Bharat Ratna, the country's highest civilian award.
August 11, 2014Miroslav Klose: The Pole who conquered German hearts
Germany striker Miroslav Klose, who capped a record-breaking career with the national team by winning the World Cup last month, has retired from international football.
MOTO GP PHOTOS: Record man Marquez sets ablaze Indianapolis track
Spanish world champion Marc Marquez became the first man in 17 years to win 10 consecutive MotoGP races when he rode to a comfortable victory at Indianapolis on Sunday.
Sports Shorts: Barcelona sign Arsenal's Vermaelen in five-year deal
Barcelona signed Arsenal's Belgium international defender Thomas Vermaelen on a five-year contract on Sunday.
BEST PHOTOS: How Arsenal breached City's wall to claim Community Shield
Arsenal, who went nine years without a trophy before winning the FA Cup in May, collected their second piece of silverware in three months when they crushed champions Manchester City 3-0 in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday.
EPL 2014: Who's in, Who's out!
A complete list of players who will be seen in action and not (all transfer fees undisclosed unless stated, estimated cost in millions of dollars).
Radwanska strolls past 'on fire' Venus to win Rogers Cup
Agnieszka Radwanska tamed Venus Williams 6-4, 6-2 to win the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Sunday, the third seeded Pole setting herself up as a player to watch at the U.S. Open.
Tsonga saves his best for last, beats Federer to clinch Rogers Cup
Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had one more surprise in his bag of upsets, beating second seeded Roger Federer 7-5, 7-6 (3) to cap a scintillating march to the Rogers Cup title on Sunday.
After Glasgow gold, Rai trains sights on Rio
India's new 'Pistol King' Jitu Rai is not getting carried away by the accolades being showered on him. The Rai 26-year-old shooter who won his first Commonwealth Games gold on debut in the men's 50 metres pistol, though, declares his "time has come" and he's "here to stay".
August 10, 2014Disgruntled Nasri says France career is over
Manchester City's French midfielder Samir Nasri has decided to quit international football over a breakdown in his relationship with national coach Didier Deschamps and the French media.
Sports shorts: Federer storms into final, Venus upsets Serena
Roger Federer eased into the final of the Rogers Cup with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Spain's Feliciano Lopez on Saturday, putting the Swiss maestro on the brink of a landmark 80th career title.
August 09, 2014Drama at Asian Games Torch Lighting ceremony
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) Secretary General Rajeev Mehta avoided coming on the dais despite being present at the Asiad Torch Lighting ceremony at Major Dhyan Chand Stadium in New Delhi o Saturday.
Why this champion refuses to relax...
Amid apprehension that the World Chess Championship title contest between reigning champion Magnus Carlsen and former winner Vishwanathan Anand could be postponed, the Indian ace is hoping the rematch would go ahead.
Sports Shorts: Sania-Black storm into Rogers Cup semis
Sania Mirza and Cara Black cruised past Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears in just 52 minutes to seal a semi-final berth at the WTA Rogers Cup, in Montreal.
Rogers Cup: Federer celebrates birthday with win; Williams sisters to clash
Roger Federer celebrated his 33rd birthday with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win over Spaniard David Ferrer on Friday to move into the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup and a step closer to a landmark 80th career title.
Trial of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius
The murder trial of Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius will wind up on Friday, ending six months of at times gripping courtroom drama that transfixed his native South Africa and millions more around the world.
August 08, 2014Pistorius trial: Judge to give verdict on Sept 11
Oscar Pistorius' "primal instincts" kicked in when he shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp because he was in a vulnerable and fearful state, his defence lawyer said at the athlete's murder trial on Friday.
New-look Arsenal have the taste for trophies
Having finally treated their long-empty trophy cabinet to some FA Cup silverware last season, Arsenal have splashed the cash ahead of the new Premier League campaign to improve a squad that could now be capable of pushing for loftier titles.
Charismatic Van Gaal drives Manchester United's great expectations
Charismatic, assured and meticulous, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has quickly stamped his authority on a club desperate to return to the summit of English football.
Meet Donovan, America's first soccer star!
When the history of the growth of soccer in the United States is written, the soon-to-retire Landon Donovan will undoubtedly go down as the country's first true star in the game.
Rogers Cup PHOTOS: Williams shines; Djokovic, Wawrinka fall
World No 1 Serena Williams cruised into the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Lucie Safarova on Thursday but the Montreal tournament lost two of her potential title rivals when Maria Sharapova and Petra Kvitova were knocked out.
The Hottest Sporting Buzz! 'Hands-on mum' Tamara
Rediff.com brings you the buzz around celebrity sportspersons and their glamorous lives!
August 07, 2014Sports Shorts: Kapil Dev to head Arjuna Awards selection committee
Former India cricket captain Kapil Dev will head the Arjuna Awards selection committee to select this year's outstanding sportspersons while former hockey skipper Ajitpal Singh is likely to be in charge of selecting the Dronacharya awardees.
Rogers Cup: Sharapova advances; Raonic keeps Canadian party alive
Fourth seed Maria Sharapova rallied for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 second-round win over Spain's Garbine Muguruza as order and power was restored to the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Wednesday.
'Football is macho, difficult to accept women in governance'
A day before the Women's U-20 World Cup kicked off in Canada, FIFA President Sepp Blatter reportedly said that it is difficult to accept women in FIFA's executive committee because Football is very macho.
Who is the Hottest new WAG?
Christine Bleakley, who just moved to New York with fiance Frank Lampard, is already being seen as the 'hottest WAG.'
PHOTOS: Honeymoon over as Djokovic works for win
Gael Monfils let Novak Djokovic know his honeymoon was over and it was time to get back to work by forcing the world number one to battle for a 6-2, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (2) second round win at the Rogers Cup on Wednesday.
August 06, 2014Lampard begins six-month loan spell at Man City
Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard began his loan spell at Premier League champions Manchester City on Wednesday, just two weeks after joining Major League Soccer club New York City FC.
Sports Shorts: Hammon is first full-time female asst coach in NBA
The reigning National Basketball Association champion San Antonio Spurs named long-time WNBA star Becky Hammon as the first full-time female assistant coach in league history on Tuesday.
August 05, 2014Rousing reception for Indian hockey team
Returning home after winning the Commonwealth Games silver, the Indian men's hockey team received to a rousing welcome by Hockey India (HI), Indian Olympic Association (IOA), fans and friends at the Indira Gandhi International airport in New Delhi on Tuesday.
An Ibiza party is Neymar's medicine to heal a broken back!
Broken back or no, it's party all night for Neymar and his band of friends.
Sports Shorts: Xavi quits, F1 boss agrees to $100m settlement
Spain midfielder Xavi Hernandez has retired from internationals at the age of 34, he said on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: Manchester United's morale boosting win over Liverpool
Second-half strikes from Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard earned Manchester United a morale boosting 3-1 win over Premier League rivals Liverpool in the final of the pre-season International Champions Cup in Miami on Monday.
PHOTOS: Ronaldo bares it all in latest CR7 underwear ads
Real Madrid's football sensation Cristiano Ronaldo's underwear brand continues to grow. The Portuguese midfielder launched the second collection of his CR7 men's underwear.
5 most embarrassing moments in India's sporting history
India is waking up to its sporting potential, but in recent times so is the nation's embarrassment when it comes to its officials. Take a look at the most recent embarrassing moments in Indian sport.
A tale of Indian embarrassment in Glasgow CWG...
Charges of drunken driving against Indian Olympic Association (IOA) secretary-general Rajeev Mehta and sexual assault on wrestling referee Virender Malik during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow have been dropped due to lack of evidence.
PHOTOS: 10 BEST celebrations at Glasgow CWG!
Forget the medals, or the missed chances. Take a look at the best celebrations during the Glasgow Commonwealth Games here...
August 04, 2014Why Jwala Gutta is angry
Just hours after winning a silver in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, ace shuttler Jwala Gutta slammed discrimination of doubles game in India, saying that singles players were given more recognition in the country.
Kinky boots: Kylie Minogue takes Glasgow by storm
The crowd were left mesmerized with Kylie Minogue performing at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games as they formally concluded with a spectacular ceremony at Hampden Park in Glasgow.
CWG PHOTOS: Take a look at India's 15 gold medal winners
India finished a creditable fifth with 64 medals; including 15 yellow metals even as a couple of officials embarrassed the contingent by their antics. Take a look at India's gold brigade...
Charges against Indian CWG officials dropped for lack of evidence
Charges of drunken driving against Indian Olympic Association secretary-general Rajeev Mehta and sexual assault on wrestling referee Virender Malik during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow have been dropped due to lack of evidence, according to reports.
PHOTOS: Glasgow revels in Bolt buzz and inspiring stories
The Glasgow Commonwealth Games proved to be much more than just 'Friendly' as Scottish culture, sport and six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt combined to create a memorable 11-day event.
PHOTOS: Glasgow Commonwealth Games' rousing closing ceremony
Hailed as the best ever Commonwealth Games by Federation president Prince Tunku Imran, Glasgow 2014 celebrated the end of a memorable 20th edition with a colourful closing ceremony on Sunday.
August 03, 2014India celebrates Kashyap's historic gold, finishes fifth at CWG
Parupalli Kashyap brought the
'I knew when I came into the tournament I wanted the gold medal'
Elated at becoming the first Indian
Sports Shorts: Serena to meet Kerber in Stanford final
Top seed Serena Williams won the final eight games to rout Andrea Petkovic in the semi-final at the Stanford Classic in California on Saturday.
PHOTOS: Gold medal winners on Day 10 of the CWG
Dipika Pallikal and Joshana Chinappa created history by winning the first-ever gold medal in squash.
CWG: Two Indian officials arrested for assault in Glasgow
In a massive embarrassment for India, two senior officials of the India commonwealth Games contingent were arrested by the police in Glasgow on Saturday, it has been reported.
India at CWG: Historic gold for Dipika-Joshana in squash; bronze for Arpinder
Dipika Pallikal and Joshana Chinappa created history by winning the first-ever gold medal in squash but disappointment was in store for the four Indian boxers, including Olympic bronze winner Vijender Singh, who had to be content with a silver each in the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Saturday.
Record US football crowd sees Manchester Utd beat Real Madrid
The largest crowd to watch a football match in the United States - 109,318 - poured into Michigan Stadium on Saturday to see Manchester United beat Real Madrid 3-1 in a friendly.
August 02, 2014PHOTOS: Chinappa-Pallikal create history with CWG squash gold
India's Joshana Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal crushed England's Laura Massaro and Jenny Duncalf to win the gold medal in the women's doubles in squash at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, on Saturday.
CWG PHOTOS: Vijender settles for silver as Indian boxers fail to win gold
A gold medal eluded the Indian boxers through the evening and the four pugilists in fray for the top prize, including Olympic bronze winner Vijender Singh, had to be content with a silver each at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, on Saturday.
CWG: Kashyap, Jwala-Ashwin in final; Sindhu wins bronze
Parupalli Kashyap stands just one victory away from winning a historic gold after notching up an energy-sapping three-game victory over England's Rajiv Ouseph but P V Sindhu suffered a heart-breaking loss in the women's semi-final at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, on Saturday.
Sports Shorts: Serena in Stanford last four, Venus exits
Top seed Serena Williams came from a set down to book her place in the Stanford Classic semi-finals with a hard-earned 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 win against fifth-seeded Serb Ana Ivanovic on Friday.
CWG PHOTOS: Female athlete lifts Sushil Kumar!
Two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar spearheaded a sparkling show as Indian grapplers dominated the wrestling arena with five gold medals.
CWG PHOTOS: Bolt hits the track; delights crowd
Six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt steered Jamaica to a comfortable victory in their 4x100 metres relay heat in front of an expectant crowd at the Commonwealth Games on Friday.
India at CWG: Boxers assure 5 medals, Sharath-Amalraj win silver
Led by Olympic bronze medalist Vijender Singh, Indian pugilists stole the limelight on the ninth day of the competitions with four of them assuring silver medals for India while paddlers Achanta Sharath Kamal and Anthony Amalraj bagged a silver in the men's doubles event of the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Friday.
Vijender, Devendro on fire as 4 Indian boxers enter CWG finals
Led by Olympic bronze medallist Vijender Singh, Indian pugilists stole the limelight on the ninth day of the competitions with four of them storming into the finals of their respective weight categories at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, on Friday.
August 01, 2014India at CWG: Seema wins discus silver, Pallikal-Chinappa in final
Seema Punia bagged a silver medal for India while defending champion Krishna Poonia finished a disappointing fifth in the women's discus throw competition at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, on Friday.
Transfer Talk: Arsenal's Jenkinson joins West Ham on loan
West Ham United have bolstered their defensive options with the signing of England fullback Carl Jenkinson from Arsenal on a season-long loan, the Premier League club said on Thursday.
CWG chit chat: Kylie Minogue set to perform at closing ceremony
Kylie Minogue will perform at the closing ceremony of Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 alongside Lulu, Deacon Blue and Dougie MacLean, it has been revealed.
PHOTOS: A Celebration of Special Olympics
Katy Perry, Jason Derulo and Stevie Wonder were all there - but the only guest who got to give President Barack Obama a hug during his speech was restaurant owner Tim Harris.
Sports Shorts: Injured Li Na to miss US Open
World No 2 Li Na of China has been ruled out of this year's US Open with a knee injury.
PHOTOS: Gold medal winners on Day 8 of the CWG
It was 'Terrific Thursday' for Indian athletes who clinched three gold medals on day eight of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
CWG: Amos shocks Olympic champion Rudisha to clinch 800m gold
Botswana's Nijel Amos produced a stunning late surge to land the 800 metres gold medal and shock Olympic champion David Rudisha at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday.
CWG: Grapplers, Gowda propel India to 5th spot after 3 gold medals
Olympics bronze medalist Yogeshwar Dutt and Babita Kumari breezed their way to gold medals as India's wrestlers signed off on a high, while Vikas Gowda gave India its first athletics gold of the 20th Commonwealth Games by winning the men's discuss throw event, in Glasgow.
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