June 17, 2013Small Island with big dreams, Tahiti aims to make an impact
The professionals of Nigeria, Spain and Uruguay have probably never played against an opponent who earns his living climbing coconut trees and mountains but when they take on Tahiti that is exactly what they will be up against.
Italian veteran Pirlo shows Brazil what they are missing
Italy playmaker Andrea Pirlo's role as a deep-lying playmaker is an alien concept in Brazil, where any midfielder who sits just in front of the defence is expected to perform a purely destructive role.
June 16, 2013Brazil beat Japan but protests spoil opening day
Neymar's stunning early strike set Brazil on the way to a 3-0 win over Japan in the opening match of the Confederations Cup on Saturday although the occasion was marred by trouble at a protest outside the stadium.
Abramovich never interfered in team affairs: Mourinho
Jose Mourinho has rejected the notion Roman Abramovich interfered in team affairs in his first spell as Chelsea manager and also denied the Russian owner went over his head to land big-money buy Andriy Shevchenko in 2006.
June 12, 2013Youth policy means Mourinho may have to wait for titles
Chelsea, though, have made a big investment in youth in the last year or two, bringing in players like Eden Hazard, Oscar, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne and the new manager is relishing the prospect of working with the younger players.
June 09, 2013PHOTOS: Rafa defies protestor, dogged Ferrer to triumph
A bare-chested protestor who jumped on to court with a red flare and the dogged resistance of fellow Spaniard David Ferrer could not stop an irrepressible Rafa Nadal from storming to a record eighth French Open title with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 win on Sunday.
June 08, 2013'Serena will equal Evert, Navratilova's slam mark'
Serena Williams is already assured a place in tennis history but her coach believes the 16-time Grand Slam champion will soon embroider her status among the greats.
PHOTOS: Serena slays Sharapova for French Open crown
Images from the French Open women's final plsyed at the Roland Garros on Saturday.
Tiger Woods's ex 'hates' his new girlfriend Vonn
Tiger Woods's former wife Elin Nordegren is not thrilled by her ex-husband's high-profile relationship with his new blonde beauty Lindsey Vonn, it has been revealed.
World Cup qualifiers: Argentina held by Colombia, Chile win
Colombia climbed into second place in South America's World Cup qualifying group after holding leaders Argentina 0-0 on Friday, while Chile did their chances of reaching the finals no harm with a win in Paraguay.
Djokovic fails in bid to douse Nadal fire
With his hopes of a French Open final fading, Novak Djokovic even requested to have the Chatrier Court surfaced hosed down as he withered in the face of a Rafa Nadal firestorm on Friday.
PHOTOS: Nadal thwarts Djokovic, to face Ferrer in final
Images from Day 13 of the French Open at the Roland Garros on Friday.
June 07, 2013Sachin Tendulkar is my source of inspiration: Saina
'No country can take India and its badminton players lightly,' says London Olympics medalist Saina Nehwal.
June 06, 2013PHOTOS: Serena, Sharapova set up marquee final showdown
Images from Day 12 of the French Open at the Roland Garros on Thursday.
Meet the Champions League Dream XI
Fancied teams from England, Italy and Spain didn't make it to this year's Champions League final, which was contested by two German sides. But who would make up an All Stars Champions League team? Check out 's Dream XI.
Can Chelsea return help Mourinho mend damaged image?
Jose Mourinho's return to Chelsea is a chance for him to reverse some of the damage inflicted on his brand by an unsuccessful and controversy-plagued stint at Real Madrid, according to marketing research firm REPUCOM.
Raikkonen closes in on F1 record scoring run
If Kimi Raikkonen finishes in the top 10 in Montreal, the Lotus driver will equal Schumacher's record of 24 successive Grands Prix in the points - even if the statistics are deceptive because scoring systems have changed.
Now, a movie career for David Beckham?
Victoria Beckham hinted that her footballer husband David could make movies.
June 05, 2013PHOTOS: Nadal, Djokovic set up semi-final showdown
Images from Day 11 of the French Open at the Roland Garros on Wednesday.
Ronaldo didn't take criticism well, claims Mourinho
Self-proclaimed 'Special One' Jose Mourinho had only one problem with Cristiano Ronaldo when he coached him at Real Madrid -- he thought the world's most expensive player was a bit of a know-it-all.
A memorable night for Serena, Djokovic
The International Tennis Federation hosted the ITF World Champions Dinner in Paris on Tuesday and World No 1s Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams were honoured at the annual function.
WC qualifier Preview: Russia test delays holiday for Portugal
Cristiano Ronaldo and his Portugal team mates must avoid going into holiday mode too soon as they round off a long season with a tricky World Cup qualifier against European Group F leaders Russia on Friday.
French Open: Can Wawrinka beat Nadal, the King of clay?
Stanislas Wawrinka will draw on the advice and experience of the man who coached the only person to beat Rafa Nadal at Roland Garros.
Serena Williams flaunts curves on magazine's cover
Tennis ace Serena Williams has graced the cover of the Essence magazine's July 2013 'Body Issue' in a blue ombre swimsuit.
June 04, 2013PHOTOS: Tsonga outclasses Federer to reach last four
Images from Day 10 of the French Open at the Roland Garros on Tuesday.
French Open PHOTOS: Serena, Errani enter semis
Serena Williams extended her winning streak to 29 matches when she beat Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in the quarter-finals to continue her run towards a second French Open title on Tuesday.
Hamilton completes five blissful years with sexy Nicole
Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton celebrated five years of a blissful relationship with 'X Factor' judge Nicole Scherzinger in Capri, Italy.
Take a look at the Hottest Tennis WAGS
During the French Open, Rediff.com brings the hottest WAGS (wives and girlfriends) of the tennis players.
French Open: Sania-Bethanie enter third round
Sania Mirza and her partner Bethanie Mattek Sands progressed to the third round of the women's doubles event with a three-set win over American pair of Lauren Davis and Megan Moulton-Levy in Paris.
French Open: Mikhail Youzhny loses match, racket
Tommy Haas became the oldest man to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final since 2005 with a 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 thrashing of Russia Mikhail Youzhny at the French Open on Monday.
I want to help Messi remain the best: Neymar
Brilliant Brazil striker Neymar flew into Barcelona and signed a five-year contract amid great fanfare on Monday before announcing his priority was to help his idol Lionel Messi remain the world's best player.
Can Mourinho make the magic work a second time at Chelsea?
Chelsea excitedly welcomed back fan favourite Jose Mourinho, their 'Special One', as manager for the second time on a four-year contract on Monday.
BEST Sports Photos of the Week!
Rediff.com brings a selection of the week's best photographs from the sports world.
June 03, 2013PHOTOS: Birthday boy Nadal reaches last eight in style
Images from Day Nine of the French Open at Roland Garros on Monday.
British Boxer Amir Khan gets hitched
Amir khan married his American fiance Faryal Makhdoom in a lavish ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria in New York.
Fans crowd Maracana as Brazil draw with England
Five-times world champions Brazil extended their unimpressive run of results on Sunday when they scrambled a 2-2 draw with England in a friendly at the rebuilt and newly re-opened Maracana.
Milestone man Federer completes the quartet
It took Roger Federer some effort. For more than half the match it looked like Gilles Simon, the second seed's fourth round opponent at Roland Garros and someone who had beaten the 2009 champion before, would cause an upset. the win against Simon was Federer's 900th career singles win. Rediff.com's lists the players from the 900 wins club.
Ivanovic not as confident as when she won in 2008
Ana Ivanovic says she is a more complete player than when she won the French Open title in 2008 but lacks the confidence of her younger self.
Look who was spotted at the French Open!
The second Grand Slam of the year, the French Open has, over the years, managed to pull in celebrities at high-profile matches. This year again, the celebrities have been in attendance as the big names of the game slug it out and get dirty on the clay courts of Roland Garros. Rediff.com gives a quick glimpse of the famous faces that have, so far, been spotted at the French Open.
HOT WAG Alex dons bikini during holiday with Gerrard
Alex Gerrard tweeted some of her holiday pictures with footballer hubby Steven Gerrard, where she can be seen showing off her toned curves.
June 02, 2013PHOTOS: Serena to face Kuznetsova next, easy for Tsonga
Images from Day VIII of the French Open at Roland Garros, Paris.
Prospect of owning Miami MLS team exciting: Beckham
David Beckham said the prospect of owning an Major League Football team in Miami was "exciting" after he was urged to help bring a new franchise to Miami at a meeting with key political leaders on Saturday.
June 01, 2013French Open PHOTOS: Azarenka passes Cornet challenge
Images from the French Open matches played at the Roland Garros in Paris on Saturday.
French Open: Serena talks tennis and dogs
Ask Serena Williams about her dog, her stick-men self portraits or the quirky names she gives her multiple personalities and she will happily chew your ear off; mention her tennis and words are few and far between.
May 31, 2013French Open PHOTOS: Nadal wobbles, Federer dances
Images from the French Open matches played at Roland Garros on Thursday.
Mattek-Sands lets her racket do the talking
Better known for her outrageous outfits, American Bethanie Mattek-Sands says she is finally letting her racket do the talking after upsetting former French Open champion Li Na on Thursday.
PHOTOS: Cristiano Ronaldo and Rihanna in Lisbon
Cristiano Ronaldo posted a backstage snap of himself posing with Rihanna on Facebook after watching her perform in a concert in his native Portugal on Wednesday night.
PHOTOS: Djokovic up, Li ousted and Sharapova kept waiting
Images from the fifth day of the French Open on Wednesday.
May 30, 2013Tearful Abidal leaving Barca at end of season
Popular former France defender Eric Abidal fought back tears on Thursday as he announced he would be ending his six-year spell with Barcelona when his contract expires at the end of the season.
PHOTOS: Calm Serena says 'psycho' side under wraps
Top seed Serena Williams said her "psycho" side is under wraps after motoring into the third round of the French Open with a 6-1, 6-2 defeat of French wildcard Caroline Garcia on Wednesday.
PHOTOS: Azarenka's noisy start and Serena's power play
Images from the fourth day of the French Open on Wednesday.
Swim star Stephanie Rice has no friends
Stephanie Rice doesn't seem to be making any friends on Celebrity Apprentice.
Cycling ace Victoria enjoys riding bike post retirement
Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton has revealed that she is enjoying riding a bike more after her retirement from the sport, than when she was competing professionally.
May 29, 2013PHOTOS: Tiger Woods and girlfriend jet ski with his kids
Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn got into full-on summer mode over Memorial Day Weekend.
PHOTOS: These sports stars are happy and proudly 'gay'
Rediff.com brings you a list of popular and successful homosexual athletes.
May 28, 2013PHOTOS: Sharapova dons sexy style at Roland Garros
Paris is the fashion capital of the world and fans may want to copy the styles of Maria Sharapova and Rafael Nadal.
Rogers first gay soccer player in MLS
For Major League Soccer's Robbie Rogers, breaking another barrier for gay athletes by becoming the first openly gay male to compete in a major U.S. professional team sport marked the latest step in his long journey.
Can Djokovic avoid joining Sampras and Co?
Even as Novak Djokovic embarks on his latest attempt at the elusive Roland Garros title, rediff.com takes a look at a few legendary names in the game who failed to complete their Grand Slam collection, following repeated failures at the French Open.
Best SPORTS PHOTOS of the week!
Best images from sporting events held across the globe in the last week.
May 27, 2013PHOTOS: Nadal stumbles, Tsonga sizzles at French Open
Images from Day 2 of the French Open in Paris, on Monday.
PHOTOS: Hollywood stars add glamour to Monaco GP
Like most years, this year also the Monaco GP was graced by the presence of glamorous folk including Hollywood celebrities.
May 26, 2013F1: Rosberg emulates dad as he makes merry at Monaco GP
Images from the Monaco F1 GP on Sunday.
French Open PHOTOS: Ivanovic totters into Rnd 2
Images from Day 1'a matches at the French Open played on Sunday.
PICS: Munich parties as Dortmund mourns in divided Germany
Bayern Munich fans celebrated long into the night after their team's 2-1 Champions League triumph over Dortmund at Wembley on Saturday ensured two defeats in the previous three finals were quickly forgotten.
Klopp looks on bright side despite Dante let-off
Borussia Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp is such a bouncy character that not even a Champions League final defeat can really get him down, but the decision not to send off Bayern Munich defender Dante in Saturday's 2-1 defeat did rankle.
Robben infuriates, bemuses, misses goals and wins match
Arjen Robben's Champions League final was a microcosm of his career as the Bayern Munich winger perplexed opponents, left team mates waiting in vain for passes, infuriated fans and produced two match-winning moments.
PHOTOS: Bayern triumph has origins in bitter 2012 defeat
Bayern Munich's shock 2012 Champions League defeat in Munich was a dark chapter in the club's history but it sowed the seeds for their fifth European triumph at Wembley stadium on Saturday.
May 25, 2013Senna, Ali hog limelight at Cannes Film festival!
Three years after Senna, the hit film biography of the late Brazilian racing driver Ayrton Senna, sporting documentaries about Jackie Stewart, Muhammad Ali and Pele are competing for attention at the Cannes Film Festival.
May 24, 2013'Iceman' Raikkonen would rather be left alone
The winner of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix is just four points behind Red Bull's triple world champion Sebastian Vettel after five of the 19 races and hitting the sort of form that brought him the title as a Ferrari driver.
Nadal back in old routine and looking invincible
Titles in Barcelona, Madrid and Rome, where he dropped only three sets in the process, mean the 26-year-old is overwhelming favourite to lift the trophy for an eighth time at Roland Garros when play gets underway in Paris on Sunday.
This Swede table tennis champ redefines optimism
Multiple World table tennis champion Peter Karlsson tells if he can give the experiences he got as a player to other young players, he'd be more than happy.
May 23, 2013Heynckes v Klopp: Experience meets exuberance in final
When Bayern Munich take on Borussia Dortmund in the first all-German Champions League final on Saturday, it will not only be a clash of footballing cultures but also a showdown of two different coaching styles.
Tradition meets modernism in German Wembley showdown
The all-German Champions League final on Saturday pits traditional powerhouses Bayern Munich against modernists Borussia Dortmund at London's Wembley Stadium with more at stake than Europe's premier club trophy.
PHOTOS: It's a different ball game for these sports stars
Images of athletes taking part in sports outside their specialisation.
May 22, 2013Monaco offers Hamilton his best chance yet
Words and hats may have to be eaten along with the usual canapes and caviar if Lewis Hamilton wins the glamour race of the Formula One season in Monaco this weekend.
Rooney's got good news for Man United fans!
Manchester United announced on Tuesday, that their unsettled striker Wayne Rooney had become a father for the second time and Brooklyn Beckham trains at QPR Academy.
May 21, 2013Zhang Jike does the 'trick' at World TT
China's Zhang Jike sealed a remarkable hat-trick of major titles when he beat fellow-Chinese Wang Hao 4-2 in the men's final of the World Championships at Bercy on Monday.
Factbox: Departing Real Madrid coach Mourinho
Here is a look at the life and career of Jose Mourinho, the charismatic Portuguese manager, who will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season after reaching an agreement with the club on Monday to leave three years before the end of his contract:
Mourinho's memorable quotes: Clooney should play me
Jose Mourinho will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season having once again produced some golden quotes. Here are some of the Portuguese coach's most memorable utterances over the years as well as what others have said about him.
May 20, 2013'Nightmare' over, Vijender ready to return to the ring
Beijing Olympics bronze medallis Vijender Singh breaks his silence on the sensational drug scandal that severely hurt his reputation, insisting it has left him stronger and wiser.
Barca babies revel as daddies lift La Liga trophy!
Barcelona players had their families and toddlers join in their La Liga title celebrations at the Camp Nou in Barcelona on Sunday.
Euro soccer: Arsenal, Milan book Champions League berth
Images from football matches played across Europe on Monday.
Photos: Ferguson signs off managerial career on a high
Photos of Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson's last game at West Brom
May 19, 2013Emotional swansong for Beckham in Paris
A capacity crowd chanting his name, the Eiffel Tower in the background: even by his own glamorous standards, David Beckham got a special send-off on Saturday as he headed into retirement with another title in the bag.
May 18, 2013Retiring Ferguson seeks anything but a quiet life
Alex Ferguson is staying on at Manchester United as a director and has hand-picked his successor in Everton manager David Moyes and few people would imagine him sitting quietly upstairs when the new season gets underway.
May 17, 2013David Beckham bows out on a high
England's best known footballer David Beckham announced his retirement on Thursday after a career laden with trophies and glamour that had a worldwide impact that went way beyond soccer.
David Beckham: Modern English football's great son
Here is a look at the life and career of former England captain David Beckham who announced his retirement on Thursday.
May 15, 2013EPL PIX: Wigan relegated after loss at Arsenal; City win
Wigan Athletic became the first team to be relegated from England's top flight in the same season as winning the FA Cup after they lost 4-1 at Arsenal, with Lukas Podolski scoring twice, in the Premier League on Tuesday.
Big-spending PSG prove money can buy success
Paris St Germain clinched their first French league title since 1994 on Sunday thanks to heavy investment from Qatar as they proved that money spent on the right players can buy success.
May 14, 2013The highs and lows of Mancini's reign at City
Roberto Mancini was sacked by Manchester City on Monday, a year after leading the club out of the shadow of Manchester United and to their first English league title since 1968. Following is a brief summary of the highs and lows of Mancini's three and a half seasons in charge.
Winning Grand Prix at 17 has given Sindhu strong base
Make space for another star, Saina Nehwal. P V Sindhu has arrived. While most girls her age would have just left their Barbies behind, Sindhu has excelled herself as a senior with her maiden Grand Prix badminton title in Malaysia last Saturday.
EPL: Arsenal face 'huge' game against Wigan
For Arsenal, failure to defeat Wigan Athletic on Tuesday would leave their hopes of a 16th season in the Champions League in severe jeopardy; for Wigan Athletic, anything other than a win would quickly sour the taste of a memorable FA Cup final shock.
May 13, 2013Alonso has best chance yet with Ferrari
Improving qualifying, without upsetting the race pace, will be the immediate priority for Ferrari whose last driver's title was with Kimi Raikkonen in 2007 and who last enjoyed constructors' success a year later.
It's official: Sharapova confirms Dimitrov romance
World No 2 Tennis star, Maria Sharapova, has confirmed that she is dating the highly-rated Bulgarian fellow player Grigor Dimitrov.
Messi could be sidelined again after injury relapse
Lionel Messi could miss the remainder of Barcelona's league campaign after suffering a relapse of his left hamstring injury during the team's 2-1 victory at Atletico Madrid on Sunday.
Captain Messi leads Barca to another La Liga title
When Lionel Messi pulled on the captain's armband in the 63rd minute of Barcelona's 3-1 win over Rayo Vallecano in March, it was the first time since his 2004 debut he had led the Spanish champions in a La Liga game.
United's Rooney has asked for a transfer: Ferguson
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has asked for a transfer, the Premier League champions' manager Alex Ferguson said on Sunday.
PHOTOS: Tennis ace Sania Mirza's Roman holiday
Sania Mirza was recently on a holiday. A look at a few pictures from her tweets.
PHOTOS: Tiger Woods nearing dominance with Players win
Playing with controlled aggression, Tiger Woods gave notice at the Players Championship that he stands poised to reassert his dominance once again on the world of golf.
Serena's 50th rounds up the 'top 10'
At the Madrid Open, Serena Williams became only the 10th woman to win 50 career titles. takes a look at players who preceded her at the elusive club.
May 12, 2013Ferguson gets win in emotional final game at Old Trafford
Alex Ferguson's last home match in charge of Manchester United ended in a low-key 2-1 Premier League win over Swansea City as the Old Trafford crowd gave their long-serving manager a warm and emotional send-off on Sunday.
Alonso records super win at home Grand Prix
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso rewrote the Formula One form book by winning his home Spanish Grand Prix for the second time on Sunday.
Barca claim La Liga title after Real draw at Espanyol
Real Madrid gifted Barcelona the La Liga title when a second-string side could only draw 1-1 at Espanyol on Saturday to leave Tito Vilanova's leaders seven points clear with their rivals having only two games left.
FA Cup upset could shape futures of Mancini and Martinez
Wigan Athletic's shock 1-0 win over Manchester City in the FA Cup final on Saturday not only caused one of the biggest upsets in the competition's history but could dictate the immediate futures of both managers.
May 11, 2013PIX: Bayern lift Bundesliga trophy
Champions Bayern Munich lifted their 22nd Bundesliga trophy on Saturday after a comfortable 3-0 over Augsburg as they prepare for the all-German Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund in two weeks.
I-League: Pune FC seal 2nd spot; down Arrows 2-0
Pune FC clinched the second spot in I-League 2012-13 campaign with a comfortable 2-0 win over Pailan Arrows in a Round 26 encounter at the Shri Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Pune on Saturday.
I wasn't planning on leaving Everton: Moyes
Manchester United manager in waiting David Moyes said he had not expected to be leaving Everton after 11 years in charge and had already begin planning for next season when the Old Trafford giants came calling this week.
May 10, 2013Is Lee Si-young too pretty to box?
When romantic actress Lee Si-young swapped her glamorous roles in South Korean dramas for boxing gloves in a bid to win an Olympic medal, her victories triggered a storm of protest that has marred her unexpected success in the ring.
STUNNING Sports Photos of the day!
Rediff.com presents a selection of the day's best photographs.
A glimpse at the career of new Man United manager Moyes
David Moyes was appointed manager of Manchester United on Thursday and will take over from Alex Ferguson who is retiring at the end of this season. Here is a look at his life and career.
Alex Ferguson's most memorable QUOTES
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson's time at Manchester United has produced some memorable quotes. Rediff.com presents a selection of some of them.
Reliable Moyes trusted with keys to United machine
David Moyes, who spent 11 years keeping a reliable old family saloon roadworthy with spare parts and loose change, has now got the keys to a huge red footballing Rolls Royce loaded with cash.
May 09, 2013Beckham pays tribute to 'father figure' Ferguson
Former England captain David Beckham hailed Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, saying without him he would never have achieved what he did in his career.
Ferguson's best and worst signings at Uniited
Alex Ferguson was a keen promoter of home-grown talent but his incredible collection of silverware would not have been possible without some stunning transfer coups for Manchester United. Here are some of the best and worst Ferguson signings.
Alex Ferguson's managerial career in PICTURES
A look at the key moments in Alex Ferguson's managerial career.
United to ensure no repeat of post-Busby decline
Alex Ferguson's career as Manchester United manager mirrored Matt Busby's in so many ways but one thing he and the club will be determined to avoid is the decline the team suffered after Busby first retired in 1969.
May 08, 2013Will Moyes or Mourinho replace Ferguson at United?
Bookmakers were quick to install Everton manager David Moyes as the favourite to replace Alex Ferguson, who announced he was stepping down as boss of Manchester United on Wednesday after more than 26 trophy-laden years in charge.
Sir Alex's glittering managerial career
Alex Ferguson will retire at the end of the season as the most successful manager in British soccer. Here is a list of his honours over the years.
'Thank You, Sir Alex!'
The football world took to Twitter to react on Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement. There was obviously shock and admiration after the legendary manager stepped down.
Both sides of Atlantic braced as Fergie rumours snowball
Tuesday's opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange will not only kick off a day of trade on Wall Street, it may also herald the end of an era at Manchester United, who are rumoured to be on the brink of announcing manager Alex Ferguson's retirement.
May 07, 2013Churchill Brothers crowned I-League champions
The 'Goan Supremacy' in Indian football continued as Churchill Brothers comfortably won their second I-League football title with a match to spare by playing out a 1-1 draw with Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan.
BEST Sports photos of the week
A selection of the week's best photographs from the sports world.
May 06, 2013NBA legend Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto say 'I do'
The NBA legend Michael Jordan tied the knot with model Yvette Prieto in a star-studded, extravagant ceremony in Palm Beach, Florida on April 27.
PHOTOS: Chelsea sink champions United with late own goal
A late own goal from Phil Jones secured Chelsea a 1-0 victory at Manchester United on Sunday to leave the Londoners poised for a top-four finish and a Champions League place next season.
May 05, 2013'I have been exploited in 'tragic' season at QPR'
Queens Park Rangers chairman Tony Fernandes believes he has been "exploited" in what has been a "tragic" season for the relegated Premier League club, he told the BBC on Saturday.
May 04, 2013Sensational Sindhu bags Malaysia GP title
P V Sindhu reaffirmed her status as the rising star of Indian badminton as she lifted her maiden Grand Prix Gold title in Malaysia after getting the better of Juan Gu of Singapore in a gruelling final in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.
May 03, 2013No lunch or hugs with Bayern, says Dortmund boss
Borussia Dortmund boss Hans-Joachim Watzke and his colleagues will not have lunch with their Bayern Munich counterparts before Saturday's Bundesliga match, saying relations between the Champions League finalists had gone cold.
May 02, 2013PIX: 'Humbled Barca don't need major shake up'
Barcelona's Champions League humbling by Bayern Munich on Wednesday will not prompt wholesale changes to the squad and the 7-0 aggregate reverse would have been avoided had the team not been decimated by injury, coach Tito Vilanova said.
CL PHOTOS: Now we have to win, says Bayern's Robben
Bayern Munich's stunning 7-0 aggregate victory over Barcelona in the semi-finals of the Champions League will count for nothing if they do not go on to win the competition at Wembley later this month, Arjen Robben said on Wednesday.
May 01, 2013Mourinho set for return to Chelsea?
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho dropped another hint he is considering his future by saying he might not be with the Spanish giants next season after they lost in the Champions League semi-finals on Tuesday.
Dortmund ready to prove they belong with Europe's elite
Borussia Dortmund relish their status as underdogs for the Champions League final and are determined to prove they belong among Europe's elite, coach Jurgen Klopp said after they knocked out Real Madrid on Tuesday.
April 30, 2013CL Preview: The Rifle offers hope for Barca's mission
If Barcelona require extra inspiration as they prepare their bid to overturn a 4-0 Champions League semi-final deficit at home to Bayern Munich on Wednesday, they need look no further than La Liga rivals Deportivo La Coruna.
Don't suffocate who you are, Kobe supports Collins
Veteran basketball player Jason Collins announced on Monday that he was gay. He was quickly enveloped in a wave of support from the White House to tennis player Martina Navratilova, a pioneer for gay athletes in sport.
High five for Sharapova: The Russian's successful returns
Maria Sharapova's tiumph in Stuttgart on Sunday marked only the fifth instance a her decade-long career that the Russian successfully defended a title. Rediff.com takes a look at the instances.
April 29, 2013BEST Sports Photos of the Week!
Rediff.com presents the Best Photos of the Week from the sporting world.
Round up: Barca forced to wait; Juve, PSG close in
Barcelona must wait a bit longer before they can claim their La Liga crown after drawing 2-2 with Athletic Bilbao, while Paris St Germain and Juventus continued to close in on the French and Italian titles.
April 28, 2013EPL PHOTOS: Spurs saved by late own goal, Reds slam six
A late Emmerson Boyce own goal gave Champions League-chasing Tottenham Hotspur a 2-2 draw at lowly Wigan Athletic that did little to help either side at contrasting ends of the Premier League table on Saturday.
Rooney pips Ferdinand to become richest player in EPL
Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney is the richest player in the Premier League with a fortune estimated at 51 million pounds ($79.01 million), according to the Sunday Times newspaper's sporting rich list.
April 26, 2013German teams define consistency in football
Brazil (Selecao) might be the most loved -- and most successful -- football team across the globe, but the Germans (Die Mannshaft), says , are easily the most consistent in the history of football.
Leaving their favourite clubs worked for Van Persie & Co.
In winning the Premier League in his first season with Manchester United, after eight frustrating years with Arsenal, Robin van Persie joined an elite club of players for whom leaving the clubs where they spent a bulk of their careers proved a remarkable switch. Rediff.com takes a look at a few other such examples.
Van Persie will get respect on Arsenal return: Wenger
Manchester United striker Robin van Persie will be treated with respect on his return to Arsenal, his former manager Arsene Wenger said on Thursday.
April 25, 2013Germany rising as Dortmund sparkle against Real
When Germany advanced to the 2010 World Cup semi-finals with four-goal wins over England and Argentina it became clear something special was brewing in German football.
CL Photos: Lewandowski fires Dortmund rout of Real
Robert Lewandowski scored four goals to inspire Borussia Dortmund to a stunning 4-1 demolition of Real Madrid in their Champions League semi-final first leg on Wednesday.
April 24, 2013Bayern gave us a thrashing: Pique
Barcelona centre half Gerard Pique acknowledged his team were thoroughly second best as Bayern Munich romped to a 4-0 win in their Champions League semi-final first leg at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday.
Bayern prove too much for Barcelona
Rediff.com brings the best of the Twitter reaction on the 4-0 thrashing of Barcelona by Bayern Munich.
CL PHOTOS: Supreme Bayern thrash Barca 4-0
Images from the Champions League matches played between Bayern Munich and Barcelona in Munich on Wednesday.
April 23, 2013Internet goes buzzing as Man Utd are crowned Champions!
Sportstars send congratulatory messages to Manchester United on winning their 20th English Premier League title.
Van Persie -- United's Man this season
Robin van Persie turned a dream into reality after 13 minutes of Manchester United's 3-0 win over Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Monday by scoring a memorable second of a first-half hat-trick as United went on to clinch their 20th league title.
PIX: Van Persie stars as United race to 20th league title
Manchester United reclaimed their Premier League crown in style on Monday as Robin van Persie's hat-trick inspired a 3-0 win over Aston Villa that gave them an unassailable 16-point lead over Manchester City and erased the pain of last season.
April 22, 2013CL: Similarities abound as Barca-Bayern face off
Pep Guardiola is not the only connection between Bayern Munich and Barcelona, who meet in their Champions League semi-final, first leg at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday.
India Open Super Series: Saina starts favourite
London Olympics bronze medalist Saina Nehwal will no doubt be the cynosure of all eyes but the India Open Super Series starting in New Delhi on Tuesday, will hold more significance for the country's other shuttlers, who would look to prove their mettle at the highest level.
Fangs of fury: Suarez finds new fan in Tyson!
Luis Suarez has a new brother in arms in former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson.
PHOTOS: Team by team analysis of Bahrain Grand Prix
Team by team analysis of Sunday's Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday.
EPL: Suarez stings Chelsea, City collapse at Spurs
Images from English Premier League matches played across England on Sunday.
Suarez shows appetite for trouble, bites Chelsea defender
The good, the bad and the ugly sides of Luis Suarez were on show again on Sunday as the Liverpool striker bit the arm of a Chelsea defender before scoring a late equaliser to rescue a 2-2 draw for his team.
April 21, 2013Churchill on brink of winning I-League
Churchill Brothers stood on the brink of winning their second I-League title after a clinical 2-0 victory over Mohun Bagan at the Kalyani Stadium in Kolkata on Sunday.
Title race almost over as City collapse at Spurs
Manchester City's slim hopes of retaining the Premier League title were all but extinguished as they collapsed to a 3-1 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
Photos: Vettel wins without drama in Bahrain
Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel won the Bahrain Grand for the second year in a row for Red Bull on Sunday to extend his overall lead to 10 points after four races.
Security, black ribbons for Boston at London Marathon
Runners wearing black ribbons held a 30-second silence to honour the victims of the Boston bombings before setting off on the London Marathon on Sunday, under the watchful eyes of hundreds of extra police.
April 19, 2013Bahrainis protest ahead of F1 Grand Prix
Hundreds of protesters waved banners and chanted against the Bahrain government on Thursday ahead of this weekend's Formula One race, which the opposition sees as a chance to attract international attention to its pro-democracy campaign.
EPL: Arsenal's Rosicky still not ready to return to action
Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky is a doubt for Saturday's Premier League game at Fulham as he battles a hamstring injury, manager Arsene Wenger said on Thursday.
Barca's Messi returns to training camp
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi was back on the training pitch on Thursday as he bids to rid himself of a hamstring injury before Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg at Bayern Munich.
April 18, 2013Man United can seal title if City lose to Spurs
Manchester City's grip on the Premier League trophy could be prised away once and for all this weekend as Roberto Mancini's side face Tottenham Hotspur knowing defeat would allow Manchester United the chance to be crowned champions on Monday.
Best paid footballer: Not Messi, Ronaldo; it's Beckham!
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder David Beckham beat Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to become the world's best-paid footballer, Forbes reported. Here is the list of highest paid footballers in the world.
Real Madrid top list of most valuable soccer teams
Reigning Spanish champions Real Madrid has been valued at $3.3 billion by Forbes magazine, ending the $3.2 billion worth Manchester United's nine-year reign at the top of the magazine's annual list of the most valuable football teams in the world. Check out Forbes' 10 most valuable soccer clubs in the world.
Real Madrid dethrone United to become Most Valuable Team
Nine-time European champion Real Madrid have ended Manchester United's run as the world's most valuable soccer team, according to an annual survey released by Forbes on Wednesday.
Man Utd eke out draw at West Ham to inch closer to title
Images from the English Premier League matches played across England on Wednesday.
April 17, 2013Tyres need to be tougher, say team bosses
Pirelli are coming under pressure to make longer-lasting Formula One tyres after Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix saw drivers lifting off the throttle rather than go flat-out to the flag.
Boston bombings will not deter London Marathon
The London Marathon will go ahead as planned on Sunday despite the bomb attack on the Boston race which killed three people and wounded more than 100, police and officials said on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: When terror struck the sports world
A look at previous attacks on sports events and failed plots following Monday's bomb blasts that killed three people at the Boston Marathon.
EPL: Everton force Arsenal to drop points at home
Arsenal missed the chance to take another step towards securing a Champions League place after fellow European hopefuls Everton held firm in a lively 0-0 Premier League draw at the Emirates on Tuesday.
Show must go on for city sport events after Boston blasts
Deadly bomb blasts that hit the Boston marathon on Monday will not affect the future of city sports events even though full security can never be guaranteed for the thousands of fans, experts said on Tuesday.
April 16, 2013Indian runner insists Boston blasts won't stop him
Bhasker Desai, a seasoned runner from Mumbai, timed a creditable 3:46:23 in the Boston Marathon, but the twin blasts left him shocked.
Buzz on Internet: 'Sending prayers out for Boston'
American sportstars react with horror to the Boston Marathon bomb blasts.
London Marathon security under review after Boston blasts
Security for Sunday's London Marathon is being reviewed after Monday's explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed at least two people and injured 23.
Tiger Woods left to reflect on Masters misfortune
The world number one shot a final round 70 to finish at five-under, four strokes behind the eventual winner, Australia's Adam Scott, but things might have been different had it not been for a wretched break in his second round.
April 15, 2013EPL: Everton face Arsenal in fight for C League spot
Everton can take a huge step towards an unlikely top-four finish and Champions League soccer next season if they can maintain their recent run of great form by winning at Arsenal for the first time in 17 years on Tuesday.
Saina preparing hard for tough test at India Open
Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal says the draw at the upcoming India Open badminton tournament is tough and progressing in the competition will not be a cakewalk.
Scott wins Masters to end Australian heartache
Adam Scott ended decades of Australian agony when he became the first player from his country to win the Masters with a high-quality playoff victory over Angel Cabrera at a rain-soaked Augusta National on Sunday.
April 13, 2013How Vettel went from hero to villain to superhero
With the season just two races old, this is nothing short of a declaration of war. And Formula One hasn't seen a proper teammate war for awhile, feels Raja Sen
April 12, 2013Wozniacki plays caddy to boyfriend McIlroy at Augusta!
Tennis star, Caroline Wozniacki, was caddying for her World No.2 other-half Rory McIroy at the lighthearted Masters Par Three competition at Augusta on Wednesday when he let her take one of his tee shots.
Augusta Masters: Garcia, Leishman take lead as Tiger lurks
Sergio Garcia and surprise package Marc Leishman seized joint control in Thursday's opening round at the Masters, though tournament favourite Tiger Woods was lurking just four shots off the pace.
PIX: Chelsea, Benfica make Europa League semis; Spurs out
Images from the Europa League matches played across Europe on Thursday.
April 11, 2013Webber didn't deserve to win, declares Vettel
Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel met a barrage of questions about his failure to obey team orders on Thursday with an unrepentant smile and cold contempt for Red Bull team mate Mark Webber.
After World Cup success Rahi guns for glory at Rio Games
Rahi Sarnobat, who created history recently in South Korea by becoming the first male or female pistol shooter from India to win a gold medal in an ISSF World Cup says she generally does well once she enters the finals.
CL PHOTOS: Nervy Barcelona, Bayern advance to semis
Barcelona flirted with a shock Champions League exit before moving into the semi-finals with an away-goals victory over Paris St Germain while Bayern Munich completed a comfortable aggregate win over Juventus on Wednesday.
Relief for Messi-dependent Barca after PSG fright
Andres Iniesta admitted this week that Barcelona suffer from "Messi-dependence" and his view was painfully highlighted as the favourites laboured in the Champions League quarter-final clash against Paris St Germain on Wednesday.
April 10, 2013Mourinho salutes 'incredible' Galatasaray fans
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho saluted the passion of the Galatasaray fans on Tuesday after his team scrambled past the Turkish side into the Champions League semi-finals.
CL PHOTOS: Dortmund, Real through on night of high drama
Borussia Dortmund scored two late goals to controversially knock out debutants Malaga and reach the Champions League semi-finals on Tuesday while Real Madrid thwarted a valiant Galatasaray fightback to progress.
April 09, 2013CL: Doubts over Messi's fitness keep PSG guessing
Lionel Messi has gone from being the first name on Barcelona's team sheet to the last, as they await a late fitness test ahead of Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final second leg at home to Paris St Germain.
EPL PHOTOS: Special Aguero goal helps City sink United
Sergio Aguero tore through the Manchester United defence to score a dazzling winner as Manchester City beat the Premier League leaders 2-1 on Monday to remind them they are still champions for a few more weeks.
India will have a player in NBA in five years: Stern
With an increasing number of foreign players making to the top in the professional basketball league, National Basketball Association (NBA) Commissioner David Stern said an Indian hoopster could be seen playing in the league in the next five years.
April 08, 2013Richard Branson to take off in drag to fulfil F1 bet
Richard Branson will take to the skies as an airline stewardess on a charity flight next month to finally fulfil a bet with aviation rival Tony Fernandes over the fortunes of their teams in the 2010 Formula One season.
Mancini blasts lack of signings and United opponents
Roberto Mancini's Manchester City are likely to lose their Premier League title to Manchester United but the feisty Italian manager is going down with all guns blazing ahead of their match later on Monday.
This team can make World Group in 2014: Misra
Outgoing Davis Cup captain S P Misra has said with quality players such as Somdev Devvarman and Yuki Bhambri in the team, India have a good chance to qualify for the World Group next year.
CL: Barca wait on Messi; Real, Bayern smell semis
Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have one foot in the Champions League last four as they go into this week's quarter-final second legs while Barcelona face a harder fight for their berth with doubts over the availability of injured Lionel Messi.
Davis Cup: Injured Djokovic leads Serbia past US
Novak Djokovic overcame an early injury to his ankle and lifted Serbia to the Davis Cup semi-finals with a gritty 7-5, 6-7, 6-1, 6-0 victory over American Sam Querrey on Sunday.
EPL: Torres sparks rally as Chelsea jump above Spurs
Chelsea, galvanised by the second-half introduction of Fernando Torres, capped a successful week by coming from behind to beat Sunderland 2-1 to leapfrog Tottenham Hotspur into third place in the Premier League on Sunday.
Will do my best to give back to the game: Somdev
Somdev Devvarman, who led the players' revolt against AITA, today said veterans Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupahti have provided useful ideas for the betterment of Indian tennis but only time will tell if those ideas will work.
April 07, 2013EPL PIX: Arsenal eye top-four spot after Rosicky double
Images from the English Premier League matches played across England on Saturday.
April 06, 2013Davis Cup: Djokovic beats Isner, but Querrey puts US level
Top American Sam Querrey picked a good time to pull off his first five-set Davis Cup victory when he stopped Victor Troicki 7-6, 3-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 to level the United States' tie against Serbia 1-1. Querrey's victory boosted the hosts after World No 1 Novak Djokovic earlier raced past John Isner 7-6, 6-2, 7-5.
April 05, 2013Europa League PHOTOS: Bumper helping of goals and drama
The much-maligned Europa League threw up a bumper mix of goals, controversy and defensive blunders on Thursday as Chelsea, Benfica and Fenerbahce won by two-goal margins at home and Basel held Tottenham Hotspur.
Veteran Paes dreams of playing 2016 Olympics
Veteran Indian tennis player Leander Paes on Thursday said his fitness is still good enough to carry him into Brazil Olympic Games in 2016.
April 04, 2013Interview: Beckham not giving up on playing for England yet
David Beckham looks ahead to the upcoming clash between PSG and Barcelona, talks of the pressures and pleasures of his new life in Paris, and the changing impact of his fame on his children.
Violence mars Ronaldinho show in Libertadores Cup
Atletico Mineiro's 5-2 victory over Arsenal in the Libertadores Cup was marred by fighting between members of the Argentine team and Brazilian military police on the pitch at the end of the match on Wednesday.
Photos: Real outclass Galatasaray, Malaga hold Dortmund
Real Madrid showed the attacking power that could carry them to an unprecedented 10th European Cup when they demolished Galatasaray 3-0 in their Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday.
April 03, 2013Mourinho could be tempted by Chelsea return: Drogba
Didier Drogba says Jose Mourinho could be tempted back to Chelsea because he has "unfinished business" with the Premier League club.
English clubs eye redemption in Europa League
After a collective blow-out in the Champions League, England has a three-pronged attack on Europe's second tier competition with Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United all vying for Europa League success.
Pistorius gets support from female Twitter group
Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius has got support from a global fan group on Twitter set up by a British woman.
PHOTOS: Bayern hurt Juve on Buffon off night
Bayern Munich tore Juventus apart on a rare off night for Andrea Pirlo and Gianluigi Buffon but had to settle for a 2-0 win after missing a hatful of chances in Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg.
PHOTOS: Late drama as PSG scramble draw with Barca
Barcelona stayed on track for a sixth consecutive Champions League semi-final appearance despite conceding a last-gasp goal by Blaise Matuidi in a pulsating 2-2 first-leg draw at Paris St Germain on Tuesday.
April 02, 2013Champions League: Footballers who share a Barca-PSG link
In the footballing world, players are allowed to switch clubs and loyalties during the transfer windows -- at the end of the season and in January. As the Champions League quarter-finals between Barcelona and Paris St Germain kicks off tonight, Rediff.com showcases those players who've donned the colours of both these clubs.
Debutants Malaga eyeing prize Dortmund scalp
Debutants Malaga have toppled European giants AC Milan and Porto on their way to the Champions League quarter-finals and have another former winner in their sights when they host Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.
PHOTOS: Drogba back to where he began for Real clash
The wheel will have come full circle for Galatasaray forward Didier Drogba when he takes to the pitch for Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg match at Real Madrid.
April 01, 2013BEST Sports Photos of the Week!
Rediff.com presents the Best Photos of the Week from the sporting world.
C League: PSG face massive test with Barca in quarters
Qatari-backed Paris St Germain's mission to be considered one of Europe's top clubs faces its toughest test yet when they host Barcelona in an intriguing Champions League quarter-final first leg on Tuesday.
Photos: Champions League promises jewels and duels
The Champions League tie between Bayern Munich and Juventus is the outstanding pairing of the round but there are glittering jewels -- and duels -- to savour everywhere in the quarter-finals of Europe's elite soccer competition this week.
Murray happy to get over the line after 'brutal' match
An exhausted Andy Murray credited his mental strength and physical freshness for his tie-break victory over David Ferrer in the Sony Open final on Sunday after a gruelling two hour, 45 minute battle.
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