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September 01, 2015
US 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, 2015
Transfer 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, 2015
Transfer 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, 2015
World 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, 2015
League 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, 2015
Transfer 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, 2015
10 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, 2015
Along 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, 2015
Bolt 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, 2015
Soccer 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, 2015
A 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, 2015
10 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, 2015
EPL 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, 2015
Sidelined 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, 2015
Chelsea 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, 2015
History-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, 2015
PHOTOS: 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, 2015
PIX: 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, 2015
Only 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, 2015
Mayweather'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, 2015
Fit 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, 2015
Rodgers 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, 2015
Mob 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, 2015
Mourinho 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, 2015
Here 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, 2015
Best 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, 2015
5 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, 2015
Coach 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, 2015
It'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, 2015
Charity 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, 2015
10 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, 2015
Navratilova 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, 2015
Father '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, 2015
10 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, 2015
Federer 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, 2015
Radwanska 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, 2015
Wimbledon: 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, 2015
Bacsinszky 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, 2015
Tour 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, 2015
10 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, 2015
Wimbledon: 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, 2015
These 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
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June 30, 2015
Wimbledon 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, 2015
New 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, 2015
Satnam 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, 2015
AIFF's 'ingenious' idea to boost Indian football...
India FA eye origin players for short-term solution
June 23, 2015
Does 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, 2015
PHOTOS: 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, 2015
World 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, 2015
Nadal 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, 2015
Women'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, 2015
The 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, 2015
Women'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, 2015
Fun 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, 2015
Mondal 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, 2015
PHOTOS: 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, 2015
PHOTOS: 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, 2015
Wawrinka 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, 2015
Can 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, 2015
Title-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, 2015
I-League champions Mohun Bagan return home to grand reception
Images: Mohun Bagan get massive reception.
June 01, 2015
French 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, 2015
US 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, 2015
Proud 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, 2015
FIFA: 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, 2015
PHOTOS: 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, 2015
PHOTOS: 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, 2015
One 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, 2015
Qatar 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, 2015
Hamilton 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, 2015
Ancelotti'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, 2015
With 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, 2015
Champions 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, 2015
Champions 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, 2015
Champions 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, 2015
Alonso 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, 2015
Henry, 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, 2015
I'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, 2015
Barca'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, 2015
EPL: 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, 2015
PHOTOS: 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, 2015
Chelsea 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, 2015
Mayweather-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, 2015
Barca 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, 2015
When 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, 2015
Who'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, 2015
Champions 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, 2015
Bruised 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, 2015
Can 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, 2015
Champions 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, 2015
La 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, 2015
Revealed: 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, 2015
Champions 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, 2015
Coach 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, 2015
PHOTOS: 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, 2015
Super 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, 2015
Broke 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, 2015
La 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, 2015
Six 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, 2015
PHOTOS: 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, 2015
Murray 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, 2015
Ecclestone'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, 2015
Five 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, 2015
PHOTOS: 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, 2015
Champions League PHOTOS: Monaco eliminate Arsenal; Atletico advance
Images from the Champions League round of 16 second leg matches played on Tuesday
March 16, 2015
India 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, 2015
La 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, 2015
PHOTOS: Holders Real squeeze past Schalke into last eight
Images from the Champions League matches played on Tuesday
March 08, 2015
Messi 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, 2015
Europa League PHOTOS: Liverpool lose in shootout; Sevilla win
Images from the Europa League matches played on Thursday
February 26, 2015
Champions League PHOTOS: Arsenal, Atletico face shock defeats
Photos from the UEFA Champions League last 16 first leg-matches played on Wednesday
February 25, 2015
Champions 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, 2015
Emotional 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, 2015
La 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, 2015
Champions League PHOTOS: Cavani salvages PSG; Bayern held
Images from Champions League matches played on Tuesday
February 17, 2015
Preview: 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, 2015
Shocking 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, 2015
PHOTOS: 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, 2015
PHOTOS: 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, 2015
Murray 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, 2015
Djokovic 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, 2015
Aus 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, 2015
Kashyap 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, 2015
Azarenka 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, 2015
Nadal 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, 2015
Self-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, 2015
Djokovic 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, 2015
King'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, 2015
PHOTOS: 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, 2015
Defence 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, 2015
BEST 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, 2014
A 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, 2014
Big 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, 2014
Sensational 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, 2014
Rodgers 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, 2014
European 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, 2014
What 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, 2014
Champions League PHOTOS: City scrape through; Barca create new record
Images from the Champions League matches played across Europe on Wednesday.
December 09, 2014
Champions League: 'Juve's history won't allow them to fail'
- 'We will have to play with a lot of intelligence'
December 06, 2014
Late 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, 2014
Actor 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, 2014
EPL: 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, 2014
EPL 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, 2014
Champions 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, 2014
Champions 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, 2014
I 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, 2014
Euro 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, 2014
World 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, 2014
Football 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, 2014
PIX: 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, 2014
EPL: 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, 2014
What 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, 2014
Van 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, 2014
PHOTOS: 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, 2014
The 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, 2014
ISL: 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, 2014
What 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, 2014
Champions 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, 2014
Indian 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, 2014
Messi 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, 2014
In 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, 2014
Neymar 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, 2014
Euro 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, 2014
PHOTOS: 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, 2014
Dhoni 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, 2014
Insatiable 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, 2014
Van 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, 2014
EPL 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, 2014
In 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, 2014
EPL: 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, 2014
EPL 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, 2014
India 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, 2014
Asian 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, 2014
EPL: Super-sub Lampard stuns Chelsea to score equaliser for City
Frank Lampard, Chelsea's all-time record scorer, came on as a late substitute for Manchester City and scored their equaliser in a 1-1 draw at the Etihad as the champions ended his former club's perfect start to the Premier League season on Sunday.
EPL: Manchester United suffer shock defeat at Leicester City
A controversial penalty in the dying minutes cost Manchester United dear as they suffered another defeat after Leicester City fought back brilliantly to win 5-3 at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.
Asian Games: Indian women badminton team claim bronze
The Indian badminton team went down fighting against hosts South Korea (1-3) in the women's team badminton semi-finals to settle for their maiden bronze medal at the Asian Games in Incheon on Sunday.
September 20, 2014
Hingis says Na's retirement 'loss to world tennis'
Swiss tennis star Martina Hingis has said that Li Na's retirement was a loss to world tennis, while also crediting the Chinese ace of raising the game's profile in her home country and across Asia.
September 19, 2014
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
Frank Lampard could make an emotional appearance against former club Chelsea this weekend as his new employers Manchester City host Jose Mourinho's side in an early showdown between the Premier League's heavyweights. Catch all the action.
September 17, 2014
Real Madrid become first club to score 1000 European goals
Holders Real Madrid chased away some of their early-season blues when Gareth Bale scored the pick of the goals in a 5-1 rout of FC Basel in their Champions League Group B opener on Tuesday.
Champions League: Olympiakos stun last season's finalists Atletico Madrid
Olympiakos Piraeus secured a surprise 3-2 victory over last year's Champions League runners-up Atletico Madrid to make a dream start to their Group A campaign on Tuesday.
Frustrating Liverpool pull-off hard-fought win against Ludogorets
After five years away, Champions League drama returned to Anfield like a long lost friend on Tuesday as Liverpool beat debutants Ludogorets of Bulgaria 2-1 with Steven Gerrard scoring a last-gasp penalty.
September 14, 2014
Lift off at last for Van Gaal as Manchester United thrash QPR
The Louis van Gaal era finally got lift off as Manchester United demolished Queens Park Rangers 4-0 on Sunday for their first win since the Dutchman took charge at Old Trafford.
September 12, 2014
Sania meets PM following US Open victory
Indian tennis star Sania Mirza
Balotelli recovers in time as Liverpool face gruelling schedule
Mario Balotelli will be available for Liverpool's home Premier League match against Aston Villa on Saturday after recovering from illness, manager Brendan Rodgers said.
Wozniacki opens up about McIlroy break-up
Caroline Wozniacki has revealed what really happened during her unexpected breakup with fiancé, golfer Rory McIlroy.
Pistorius to be sentenced for culpable homicide on Oct. 13
Oscar Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide on Friday, having escaped the more serious charge of murder for the killing of his girlfriend, and the Olympic and Paralympic track star could face a lengthy prison sentence.
September 09, 2014
Brand Nishikori set to soar despite US Open defeat
Already ranked ninth in Forbes' list of top tennis earners, Japan's Kei Nishikori is due for a bigger share of the off-court largesse despite losing Monday's final at the US Open, US marketing experts say.
September 08, 2014
Incheon ready to showcase cream of Asian sports
An array of Olympians and stars of sports niche and new arrive in the South Korean city of Incheon for the 17th Asian Games this month, bringing together some 10,000 athletes for a 16-day multi-sport spectacular second only in scale to the Summer Olympics.
September 07, 2014
Tireless Nishikori raises Asian flag with fight to final
A pioneering Kei Nishikori blazed a new trail for Japanese tennis with a shock win over World No 1 Novak Djokovic at the U.S. Open on Saturday, becoming the first man from Asia to book a place in a Grand Slam final.
Serena and Wozniacki's paths to the U.S. Open final
Paths to the final in the women's singles at the U.S. Open (prefix denotes seedings)
Hingis loses US Open doubles final on Grand Slam return
Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina beat Martin Hingis and Italy's Flavia Pennetta 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 to capture the U.S. Open doubles title on Saturday, denying the Swiss a return to the Flushing Meadows winner circle for the first time in 16 years.
Williams, Wozniacki put friendship aside for US Open final faceoff
For Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki, there is a time for friendship and a time for business, and business does not get much more serious than a Grand Slam final.
Don't know if I'm going to India for Davis Cup, says Djokovic after loss
World No 1 Novak Djokovic had no explanation for his flat performance in a stunning semi-final loss to Japan's Kei Nishikori at the U.S. Open on Saturday.
September 04, 2014
US Open: Makarova sails through, Nishikori blazes trail for Japan
Serena Williams and Ekaterina Makarova sprinted into the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on Wednesday but marathon man Kei Nishikori had to go the distance to upset Stan Wawrinka and become the first Japanese man into the last four of a grand slam in 81 years.
September 03, 2014
Somdev clarifies, says makes no sense playing Asiad at this phase
Somdev Devvarman stoutly defended his decision to skip the Asian Games, saying "it did not make any sense" playing in Incheon for three weeks at a time when he is striving to return to the top-100.
Arsenal's Welbeck out to prove his doubters wrong
New Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck is determined to prove that he is worth the 16 million pound ($26.36 million) the Premier League club spent on the transfer deadline day to sign him from Manchester United.
Footballer Chopra ready to give up British passport to play for India
Former Newcastle United striker Michael Chopra is ready to surrender his British passport to represent the country of his origin, India, and realise his dream of playing senior-level international soccer.
Somdev's Asiad snub 'not correct', says AITA
India's top singles player Somdev Devvarman's decision to concentrate on the ATP tour at the expense of the upcoming Asian Games has come under sharp criticism from the All India Tennis Federation.
September 02, 2014
Manchester United top deadline-day big spenders
Manchester United dominated Europe's transfer activity as the transfer deadline window slammed shut on Monday, manager Louis van Gaal taking his summer spending spree to more than 150 million pounds.
7 women who caused shock and awe at US Open!
The women's draw at the US Open has been in news for the upsets it created. Almost everyday one or some days even two of the top seeds feel to unknown players.
'Hungry' Liverpool raise no red flags following Suarez departure
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes his team are back to their sizzling form of last season after a superb victory over Tottenham defied those who predicted a gloomy outlook in the post-Luis Suarez era.
US Open: Murray sets up Djokovic showdown, Serena advances
The tension mounted and temperatures soared at the U.S. Open as top seed Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray set up a sensational quarter-final, and Serena Williams made a 2014 grand slam breakthrough.
September 01, 2014
US Open: Wozniacki upsets Sharapova, Simon stuns Ferrer
Caroline Wozniacki upset French Open champion Maria Sharapova in a groundstroke marathon to reach the U.S. Open quarter-finals, while Gilles Simon registered the first big surprise in the men's draw.
Will Chelsea's Costa learn the ethics and culture of EPL?
Chelsea striker Diego Costa needs to learn to show respect to opponents after the Spaniard goaded Everton players during their pulsating 6-3 English Premier League win on Saturday, Toffees coach Roberto Martinez said.
August 30, 2014
Overworked Ronaldo claims he is close to best
Cristiano Ronaldo admits that he suffered for pushing himself too much at the end of last season but is now close to his best as Real Madrid prepare to face Real Sociedad this weekend.
August 29, 2014
Air of deja vu in UEFA Champions League draw
Champions League holders Real Madrid will face former European champions Liverpool, FC Basel and debutants Ludogorets of Bulgaria following the group stage draw on Thursday.
US Open PHOTOS: Ivanovic stunned by Czech; Serena, Djokovic sail through
Former World No 1 Ana Ivanovic was upset 7-5, 6-4 by 42nd-ranked Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in the second round of the US Open on Thursday.
August 26, 2014
Star boxer Vijender Singh ruled out of Asian Games
A hand injury sustained during the Commonwealth Games has forced star Indian boxer Vijender Singh out of action for an indefinite period, which includes the upcoming Asian Games where he was the defending champion.
PHOTOS: What are the Gen Next athletes up to in Nanjing?
The Youth Olympic Games are being held in Nanjing, China, from August 16 to 28 in 2014. The slogan of the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games is 'Share the Games, Share our Dreams'.
Sports Shorts: Saina progresses; Benzema, Ronaldo on target for Real
London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal stormed into the third round of the World Badminton Championships with an easy victory over Natalia Perminova of Russia, in Copenhagen, on Tuesday.
EPL Updates: United agree to record British transfer for Di Maria
Manchester United have agreed a British record transfer fee of 59.7 million pounds ($99 million) to secure Angel di Maria from Real Madrid and are set to announce his transfer officially on Tuesday, British media reported.
EPL PHOTOS: Manchester City crush Liverpool as Balotelli arrives
A Stevan Jovetic double and a third to Sergio Aguero helped Manchester City send out an ominous warning to those with designs on their Premier League crown, routing Liverpool 3-1 in the first heavyweight clash of the new season on Monday.
US Open Photos: Djokovic, Sharapova sparkle while others toil
Former champions Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova sparkled under the Arthur Ashe Stadium lights to end a steamy first day that proved more than a little stressful for several of the US Open favourites on Monday.
Sporting Buzz: Rojo's wife told defender to keep 'nerves' in check
Rediff.com brings you the buzz around celebrity sportspersons and their glamorous lives!
August 25, 2014
What is Maria Sharapova's secret recipe for success?
Maria Sharapova recently revealed that the secret behind her success is her 'competitive drive', which helped her achieve triumph in every aspect of life.
Sports Shorts: Chelsea salute life president Sir Richard Attenborough
Chelsea have paid tribute to life president Richard Attenborough, who has died at the age of 90, saying that the Oscar-winning film director's "personality was woven into the tapestry of the club over seven decades".
F1 Pitlane tales: Rosberg could face action for collision
Mercedes threatened to review their policy of allowing their drivers to race each other freely after Formula One leader Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton collided at the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday.
Revealed! Why Lendl split with Murray
Ivan Lendl has opened up about splitting with Andy Murray, citing extra family commitments and the difficulty of matching the emotional high of the Briton's Grand Slam breakthroughs as factors in his decision.
La Liga PHOTOS: Messi helps 10-man Barca sink Elche in season opener
Lionel Messi wasted little time in finding his stride as he struck twice to lead 10-man Barcelona to a 3-0 home win over Elche and hand new coach Luis Enrique a happy start to the La Liga season on Sunday.
PHOTOS: Amitabh, Aishwarya say kabaddi, kabaddi for Abhishek's team
Cheered by their owner, Bollywood star Abhishekh Bachchan and his wife Aishwarya, Pink Panthers Jaipur overcame stiff resistance from lowly Puneri Paltan to post a 33-27 victory and maintain their top position in the Pro Kabaddi League at the Sawai Mansingh Indoor Stadium, in Jaipur.
August 24, 2014
Sluggish United held by Sunderland, Spurs thrash QPR
Manchester United laboured to a ponderous 1-1 draw away at Sunderland on Sunday that delivered a first Premier League point of the season but laid bare their dire need for reinforcements.
Hamilton says Rosberg hit him on purpose
Lewis Hamilton accused Mercedes team mate and Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg of deliberately colliding with him at the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday.
PHOTOS: Ricciardo wins in Spa after Mercedes pair clash
Photos of the Belgium Formula One Grand Prix
Sports Shorts: Ledecky breaks world record to overshadow Phelps
Just 17 and getting better each time she dives in the water, Ledecky was in a class of her own at as she cruised to victory in three minutes, 58.37 seconds.
EPL PHOTOS: Arsenal salvage late Everton draw, Chelsea win
Chelsea, who beat Leicester City 2-0 at Stamford Bridge with goals from home debutant Diego Costa and Eden Hazard, and Swansea City, who sank Burnley 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium, head the early season standings with six points.
August 23, 2014
Sports Sports:Former Chelsea favourite Hudson has cancer
Former Chelsea and Arsenal playmaker Alan Hudson, who almost lost his life 17 years ago when he was hit by a car, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
I have gone from 'king of Manchester' to 'devil': Van Gaal
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has poured scorn on critics who he says have made a "devil" of him after one defeat in his new job.
Photos: Mandzukic goal gives Atletico Super Copa win over Real Madrid
Atletico Madrid striker Mario Mandzukic's early goal secured a 1-0 win over Real Madrid and a 2-1 aggregate success to clinch the Spanish Super Cup and gain some revenge for last season's Champions League final defeat.
August 22, 2014
US Open: Djokovic or Federer; who will reign at Flushing Meadows?
With no Nadal to defend his U.S. Open crown, on form, it's Djokovic's title for the taking, unless Federer shows glimpses of his past perfect self.
Meet Formula One's baby, Max Verstappen!
the Belgian Grand Prix paddock digested news that 16-year-old Dutch driver Max Verstappen will become the sport's youngest ever starter when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next year.
Yuki, Sanam also lose; no Indian in US Open singles
There will be no Indian in the singles event of the U.S. Open this year with all three players losing their qualifying matches, following second round defeats of Yuki Bhambri and Sanam Singh.
US Open: Top seeds Serena, Djokovic face difficult draw
Top-seeded Novak Djokovic was handed a danger filled path to the final of the US Open and a possible showdown with No 2 Roger Federer after Thursday's draw for the season's final Grand Slam.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend: City vs Liverpool!
Rediff.com brings a preview of the main matches coming up this weekend in the English Premier League.
August 21, 2014
My regret is that Fabregas left us: Wenger
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted on Thursday that it felt strange for him to see Cesc Fabregas playing in a blue Chelsea shirt, but insisted he had no regrets at not re-signing him.
Here's what Barcelona's Suarez has promised his fans...
Luis Suarez has reportedly said that he has spoken to specialists about his behavior and has promised his fans that there will be no biting incidents in the future.
McEnroe labels Djokovic as favourite for U.S Open crown
Roger Federer is the form player going into next week's U.S. Open but Novak Djokovic is favourite to win the title for a second time, according to former champion John McEnroe.
ISL: Striker Michael Chopra joins Tendulkar-owned team
Former Newcastle United striker Michael Chopra was picked by the Kerala Blasters, co-owned by cricketing great Sachin Tendulkar, in an international draft for the upcoming Indian Super League on Thursday.
EPL Updates: Fellaini is latest Manchester United injury victim
Marouane Fellaini has become the latest Manchester United player to suffer an injury, which media reports suggested could prevent him moving away from the club during the transfer window.
Sports Shorts: Ronaldo fit for Super Cup decider
Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit for Real Madrid's Spanish Super Cup second leg against Atletico Madrid on Friday, coach Carlo Ancelotti confirmed on Thursday.
Scholes 'scared' about United's future. Are you?
Manchester United great Paul Scholes has said he is scared about the club's future and believes they could spiral into decline in the same way rivals Liverpool did in the 1990s.
Hottest Sporting Buzz: Abbey Clancy posts racy kissing pictures!
Rediff.com brings you the buzz around celebrity sportspersons and their glamorous lives!
Tainted Pak pacer Amir to romance Indian girl in film debut
Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir, who was banned for spot-fixing, has decided to try his luck in the film industry and agreed to do a film titled 'Blind Love'.
Had to stay away from my baby for the longest time: CWG medalist Sarita
Boxer and Commonwealth Games silver medalist Laishram Sarita Devi talks of the pains she underwent en route and after the Commonwealth Games, eyeing gold at the Rio Games and her post-retirement plans...
August 20, 2014
Defending champion Serena gets top billing for U.S. Open
World No. 1 Serena Williams has been top-seeded for the U.S. Open where she will be seeking to win the women's singles title for a third consecutive year, the United States Tennis Association announced on Wednesday.
Can Real Madrid win six trophies in a season?
Real Madrid's lavishly assembled squad, including World Cup sensation James Rodriguez in attack, aim to be the first team to win all six trophies available this season with the European Super Cup already under their belt.
US Open: Djokovic top seed, Federer second
Reigning Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic has been seeded number one for the US Open with five times winner Roger Federer seeded second, the United States Tennis Association announced on Tuesday.
Sports Shorts: India go down 0-2 to Pakistan in football friendly
India suffered an embarrassing 0-2 defeat at the hands of a spirited Pakistan in the second football friendly to end the two-match series 1-1 in Bangalore on Wednesday.
Will Luis Suarez add bite to Barcelona's attack?
Barcelona have added Luis Suarez to their star-studded forward line but it could be their defensive reinforcements that make the difference as they look to win back the La Liga title.
EPL Transfers: Rojo joins Man Utd; Nani goes the other way
Sporting have agreed to sell Argentina's World Cup left back Marcos Rojo to Manchester United while Nani will move the other way as he joins the Portuguese side on loan.
BEST Sports Photos of the Week!
From India's debacle in England to Manchester United's not so good start in the English Premier League to awesome champion Mo Farah spending quiet time with his family, Rediff.com has it all snapped right here...
August 19, 2014
War-ravaged Syrian fencer cuts a lonely figure at Youth Olympics
Syrian fencer Mohammad Shaheen has cut a lonely figure at the Youth Olympic Games. With no coach to talk tactics with, or fencing team mates to lift his spirits, Shaheen lost all of his epee bouts and made an early exit from Nanjing.
Sports Shorts: Suarez makes winning return
Luis Suarez made his first appearance following his biting controversy for new side Barcelona and Neymar scored twice as the Spanish giants beat Mexican side Leon 6-0 in a pre-season friendly on Monday.
PHOTOS: Feel the heat at Youth Olympic Games
At the beach volleyball, the 2014 Youth Olympic Games is a sell-out, foot-stomping success.
EPL PHOTOS: Fabregas impresses, Costa scores in Chelsea win
New signings Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas made an instant impact for Chelsea as they launched their Premier League title bid with a confident 3-1 win at promoted Burnley on Monday.
Hottest Sporting Buzz! McIlroy follows 'desperate' model
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August 18, 2014
PHOTOS: Serena waltzes past Ivanovic to win Cincinnati title
Serena Williams finished her last U.S. Open tune-up in style by blowing away Serbian Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-1 to win her first title at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati on Sunday.
PHOTOS: Federer claims sixth Cincinnati title
Roger Federer's hopes of adding to his record Grand Slam haul got a boost as he beat Spain's David Ferrer 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 to win the Western and Southern Open title in Cincinnati on Sunday in the last key U.S. Open tune-up event.
I needed time in "impossible" United job, says Moyes
After lasting 10 months in charge of Manchester United, David Moyes does not believe he was given enough time to prove himself in the "impossible job" as Alex Ferguson's successor.
August 17, 2014
Holders Bayern make winning start in German Cup
Injury-hit Bayern Munich crushed third-tier Preussen Muenster 4-1 away on Sunday to bounce back from their midweek Super Cup defeat and launch a successful defence of their German Cup title.
Sports Shorts: Pedrosa wins to end Marquez's run of victories
Dani Pedrosa ended Honda team mate Marc Marquez's hopes of winning 11 consecutive MotoGP races this season with victory at the Czech Republic Grand Prix on Sunday.
EPL PHOTOS: City, Liverpool start new campaign with victories
One moment of attacking brilliance and a late Sergio Aguero strike gave Premier League holders Manchester City a winning start to their title defence as they eased past Newcastle United 2-0 away on Sunday.
PHOTOS: 10-man India beat arch rivals Pakistan in football friendly
Down to 10 men, India showed character to prevail 1-0 over Pakistan in the first friendly football match, in Bangalore, on Sunday.
Cincinnati Tennis PHOTOS: Serena, Ivanovic battle into final
Serena Williams rallied past Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki on Saturday to reach the Western and Southern Open final in Cincinnati where she will face Ana Ivanovic, an upset winner over French Open champion Maria Sharapova.
10 years on... Ace marksman Rathore on Olympics glory and life after
In a freewheeling interview with Rediff.com's Harish Kotian, Olympic medallist Rajyavardhan Rathore reflects on his silver medal at Athens and reveals why he decided to make the foray into politics after a long and successful career in sports and the Indian army.
United need to learn to cope with pressure says Van Gaal
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said his team need to learn to cope with pressure after they slumped to a 2-1 home defeat to Swansea City on the opening day of the Premier League season.
August 16, 2014
EPL: Van Gaal's United lose opener, Arsenal off to a winning start
Louis van Gaal found no instant fix for Manchester United as a new era dawned at Old Trafford with a dispiriting 2-1 opening-day home defeat by Swansea City in the Premier League on Saturday.
Will football improve Indo-Pak ties?
Pakistan football team captain Kaleem Ullah has said that he hoped a two-match series against arch-rivals India in the coming week would lead to peace and friendship between the two nations.
India golf round-up: Kapur, Chowrasia make cut in Denmark
Shiv Kapur and SSP Chowrasia shot contrasting rounds to make the midway cut at the Made in Denmark golf tournament in Aalborg, Denmark.
India, Pakistan face-off in moutherwatering football friendly
In what will be a curtain-raiser to the upcoming Asian Games, India and Pakistan resume their rivalry on the football pitch as they lock horns in the first of two friendly matches in
Sports Shorts: Dutch sprinter Schippers wins 200m gold at Euro C'ships
Dutch sprinter Dafne Schippers ran the fastest 200 metres this year on Friday to collect her second gold medal of the European championships.
'Football is all about entertainment, entertainment, entertainment'
Louis van Gaal's biggest challenge as Manchester United manager will be to provide entertaining football for the club's supporters, he said on Friday.
Cincinnati Tennis PHOTOS: Federer downs Murray; Serena romps on
Five times Cincinnati winner Roger Federer blunted Andy Murray's attempt at a comeback, while women's World No 1 Serena Williams roared to victory as they moved into the semi-finals at the Western & Southern Open on Friday.
He writes off United and says title is between City and Chelsea
Manchester United will struggle to return to the Premier League's summit this season because too many top players have left and not enough signings made, according to former midfielder Paul Scholes.
Will men's tennis see a flurry of women coaches?
After Andy Murray broke down a gender barrier by hiring Amelie Mauresmo, 18-time Grand Slam singles champion Martina Navratilova says that men's tennis will see a flurry of women coaches.
August 15, 2014
First Look! Suarez trains with Barcelona
Luis Suarez trained with his new Barcelona team mates for the first time on Friday.
EPL: Take a look at what makes Chelsea contenders and more...
Chelsea have two of the best three goalkeepers in the world, which will help make them serious contenders to win the Premier League this season, their manager Jose Mourinho told a news conference on Friday.
Advani and co. make India proud on I-Day!
It was a win-win situation for the Indian cue sport on the occasion of Independence Day as the Pankaj Advani-led India B secured a gold while India A bagged a silver in the inaugural World Billiards Team Championship in Glasgow on Friday.
Sports Shorts: Sania-Cara knocked out of Cincinnati Masters
India's campaign ended at the Cincinnati Masters tennis tournament after Sania Mirza and Cara Black went down to Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain and Kazakhstan's Yaroslave Shvedova in their women's doubles second round match.
'Van Gaal is over-training Man United players'
The injury sustained by Manchester United defender Luke Shaw was caused by too many training sessions from new manager Louis van Gaal, former Wales assistant coach Raymond Verheijen said on Thursday.
Robredo ends Djokovic bid for elusive Cincinnati title
Spain's Tommy Robredo shocked world number one Novak Djokovic 7-6(6), 7-5 on Thursday to move into the quarter-finals of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati.
EPL: What you must not miss in the opening week
Manchester United's pre-season performances have been encouraging but rehabilitation under new manager Louis van Gaal begins in earnest on Saturday when they kick-off the new Premier League season at home to Swansea City.
August 14, 2014
Suarez bite ban stays, but Barcelona striker allowed to train
Uruguay forward Luis Suarez's four-month playing ban for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini has been upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) although he will be allowed train with his new club Barcelona.
PHOTOS: Franck Ribery... Brilliant, bizarre!
A wonder goal and a bizarre TV appearance wearing flip flops are the two lasting images Franck Ribery leaves behind following his retirement from international football.
EPL: 'Suarez was an accident waiting to happen at Liverpool'
Barcelona forward Luis Suarez was an "accident waiting to happen" at former club Liverpool and the Premier League will be a better place without him, according to league chief Richard Scudamore.
EPL: Kompany extends stay at Man City with new five-year deal
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has signed a new five-year contract with the club, the Premier League champions announced on Wednesday.
EPL: How teams stack up this season
With barely days to go before the new season starts, the English Premier League has many new things to look forward to.
Paes-Stepanek knocked out of Cincinnati Masters
Fifth seeds Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek were eliminated from the ATP Cincinnati Masters following their defeat to Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock, in Cincinnati on Wednesday.
Serena battles past Stosur in Cincinnati; Kvitova knocked out
World No 1 Serena Williams won a tense battle of U.S. Open champions by beating Australia's Samantha Stosur 7-6(7), 7-6(7) on Wednesday to reach the third round of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati.
Federer fights back to record 300th Masters win in Cincinnati
Roger Federer survived an opening-match fright by outlasting Canada's Vasek Pospisil 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-2 on Wednesday to claim his 300th Masters Series win and reach the third round of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati.
Singer Rihanna eyeing Liverpool takeover?
If media reports are to be believed, Rihanna is looking at investing in an English Premier League club. Spanish news provider Mundo Deportivo claims that the club could very well be Liverpool, who finished runners-up last season.
The Hottest Sporting Buzz! Irina Shayk flaunts hot-bod
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August 13, 2014
PHOTOS: Sharapova advances, Venus knocked out
Fifth seed Maria Sharapova needed three sets to dispose of American Madison Keys, while 16th seed Lucie Safarova knocked out Venus Williams at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati, on Tuesday.
Cincinnati Tennis PHOTOS: Djokovic staggers past Simon, Tsonga out
World No 1 Novak Djokovic needed three sets to get past Gilles Simon in the Western and Southern Open second round on Tuesday, but Jo-Wilfried Tsonga lost to Mikhail Youzhny in his opener two days after winning the Rogers Cup in Toronto.
Rooney to wear captain's armband at Manchester United this season
New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has given England striker Wayne Rooney the role of team captain and made Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher his vice-captain.
The Hottest Sporting Buzz! Abbey Clancy posts 'sexy' picture
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PHOTOS: Superior Ronaldo double gives Real Madrid Super Cup win
Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice as a rampant Real Madrid side, featuring the most expensive strike force ever assembled, powered to a 2-0 win over Sevilla in an all-Spanish UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday.
CAS decision on Suarez bite appeal on Thursday
The outcome of Uruguay forward Luis Suarez's appeal against his ban for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini will be announced on Thursday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Wednesday.
'I was moved by Priyanka Chopra's acting in Mary Kom'
Olympic bronze medallist MC Mary Kom is confident that Priyanka Chopra's work in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film on her life will strike a chord with the audience.
10 years on, Athens 2004 gives Greece little to cheer
It was billed as a chance to transform Greece's image abroad and boost growth but 10 years after the country hosted the world's greatest sporting extravaganza there is little to celebrate at the birthplace of the modern Olympic Games.
August 12, 2014
No Khel Ratna this year; 15 named for Arjuna award
No sportsperson has been named for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna while 15, including cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin, were recommended for the Arjuna Award this year.
Statistics show how Premier League is progressing
English soccer has always been renowned for its pace, power and tough-tackling but new research appears to quantify the idea that current Premier League teams are playing a different game now than as recently as six years ago.
EPL transfers: Eto'o to join Liverpool?
Former Barcelona and Chelsea veteran Samuel Eto'o may be heading to Anfield.
EPL: Optimistic Liverpool look ahead to life after Suarez
Liverpool's players oozed confidence in the post-Luis Suarez era as they began their final countdown to the start of the Premier League season.
'Major Dhyan Chand was one of the finest sportsmen from India'
Legendary athlete Milkha Singh expressed delight at the Home Ministry recommending hockey great, the late Major Dhyan Chand, for the Bharat Ratna, the country's highest civilian award.
August 11, 2014
Miroslav Klose: The Pole who conquered German hearts
Germany striker Miroslav Klose, who capped a record-breaking career with the national team by winning the World Cup last month, has retired from international football.
MOTO GP PHOTOS: Record man Marquez sets ablaze Indianapolis track
Spanish world champion Marc Marquez became the first man in 17 years to win 10 consecutive MotoGP races when he rode to a comfortable victory at Indianapolis on Sunday.
Sports Shorts: Barcelona sign Arsenal's Vermaelen in five-year deal
Barcelona signed Arsenal's Belgium international defender Thomas Vermaelen on a five-year contract on Sunday.
BEST PHOTOS: How Arsenal breached City's wall to claim Community Shield
Arsenal, who went nine years without a trophy before winning the FA Cup in May, collected their second piece of silverware in three months when they crushed champions Manchester City 3-0 in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday.
EPL 2014: Who's in, Who's out!
A complete list of players who will be seen in action and not (all transfer fees undisclosed unless stated, estimated cost in millions of dollars). Radwanska strolls past 'on fire' Venus to win Rogers Cup
Agnieszka Radwanska tamed Venus Williams 6-4, 6-2 to win the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Sunday, the third seeded Pole setting herself up as a player to watch at the U.S. Open.
Tsonga saves his best for last, beats Federer to clinch Rogers Cup
Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had one more surprise in his bag of upsets, beating second seeded Roger Federer 7-5, 7-6 (3) to cap a scintillating march to the Rogers Cup title on Sunday.
After Glasgow gold, Rai trains sights on Rio
India's new 'Pistol King' Jitu Rai is not getting carried away by the accolades being showered on him. The Rai 26-year-old shooter who won his first Commonwealth Games gold on debut in the men's 50 metres pistol, though, declares his "time has come" and he's "here to stay".
August 10, 2014
Disgruntled Nasri says France career is over
Manchester City's French midfielder Samir Nasri has decided to quit international football over a breakdown in his relationship with national coach Didier Deschamps and the French media.
Sports shorts: Federer storms into final, Venus upsets Serena
Roger Federer eased into the final of the Rogers Cup with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Spain's Feliciano Lopez on Saturday, putting the Swiss maestro on the brink of a landmark 80th career title.
August 09, 2014
Drama at Asian Games Torch Lighting ceremony
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) Secretary General Rajeev Mehta avoided coming on the dais despite being present at the Asiad Torch Lighting ceremony at Major Dhyan Chand Stadium in New Delhi o Saturday.
Why this champion refuses to relax...
Amid apprehension that the World Chess Championship title contest between reigning champion Magnus Carlsen and former winner Vishwanathan Anand could be postponed, the Indian ace is hoping the rematch would go ahead.
Sports Shorts: Sania-Black storm into Rogers Cup semis
Sania Mirza and Cara Black cruised past Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears in just 52 minutes to seal a semi-final berth at the WTA Rogers Cup, in Montreal.
Rogers Cup: Federer celebrates birthday with win; Williams sisters to clash
Roger Federer celebrated his 33rd birthday with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win over Spaniard David Ferrer on Friday to move into the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup and a step closer to a landmark 80th career title.
Trial of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius
The murder trial of Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius will wind up on Friday, ending six months of at times gripping courtroom drama that transfixed his native South Africa and millions more around the world.
August 08, 2014
Pistorius trial: Judge to give verdict on Sept 11
Oscar Pistorius' "primal instincts" kicked in when he shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp because he was in a vulnerable and fearful state, his defence lawyer said at the athlete's murder trial on Friday.
New-look Arsenal have the taste for trophies
Having finally treated their long-empty trophy cabinet to some FA Cup silverware last season, Arsenal have splashed the cash ahead of the new Premier League campaign to improve a squad that could now be capable of pushing for loftier titles.
Charismatic Van Gaal drives Manchester United's great expectations
Charismatic, assured and meticulous, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has quickly stamped his authority on a club desperate to return to the summit of English football.
Meet Donovan, America's first soccer star!
When the history of the growth of soccer in the United States is written, the soon-to-retire Landon Donovan will undoubtedly go down as the country's first true star in the game.
Rogers Cup PHOTOS: Williams shines; Djokovic, Wawrinka fall
World No 1 Serena Williams cruised into the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Lucie Safarova on Thursday but the Montreal tournament lost two of her potential title rivals when Maria Sharapova and Petra Kvitova were knocked out.
The Hottest Sporting Buzz! 'Hands-on mum' Tamara
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August 07, 2014
Sports Shorts: Kapil Dev to head Arjuna Awards selection committee
Former India cricket captain Kapil Dev will head the Arjuna Awards selection committee to select this year's outstanding sportspersons while former hockey skipper Ajitpal Singh is likely to be in charge of selecting the Dronacharya awardees.
Rogers Cup: Sharapova advances; Raonic keeps Canadian party alive
Fourth seed Maria Sharapova rallied for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 second-round win over Spain's Garbine Muguruza as order and power was restored to the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Wednesday.
'Football is macho, difficult to accept women in governance'
A day before the Women's U-20 World Cup kicked off in Canada, FIFA President Sepp Blatter reportedly said that it is difficult to accept women in FIFA's executive committee because Football is very macho.
Who is the Hottest new WAG?
Christine Bleakley, who just moved to New York with fiance Frank Lampard, is already being seen as the 'hottest WAG.'
PHOTOS: Honeymoon over as Djokovic works for win
Gael Monfils let Novak Djokovic know his honeymoon was over and it was time to get back to work by forcing the world number one to battle for a 6-2, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (2) second round win at the Rogers Cup on Wednesday.
August 06, 2014
Lampard begins six-month loan spell at Man City
Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard began his loan spell at Premier League champions Manchester City on Wednesday, just two weeks after joining Major League Soccer club New York City FC.
Sports Shorts: Hammon is first full-time female asst coach in NBA
The reigning National Basketball Association champion San Antonio Spurs named long-time WNBA star Becky Hammon as the first full-time female assistant coach in league history on Tuesday.
August 05, 2014
Rousing reception for Indian hockey team
Returning home after winning the Commonwealth Games silver, the Indian men's hockey team received to a rousing welcome by Hockey India (HI), Indian Olympic Association (IOA), fans and friends at the Indira Gandhi International airport in New Delhi on Tuesday.
An Ibiza party is Neymar's medicine to heal a broken back!
Broken back or no, it's party all night for Neymar and his band of friends.
Sports Shorts: Xavi quits, F1 boss agrees to $100m settlement
Spain midfielder Xavi Hernandez has retired from internationals at the age of 34, he said on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: Manchester United's morale boosting win over Liverpool
Second-half strikes from Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard earned Manchester United a morale boosting 3-1 win over Premier League rivals Liverpool in the final of the pre-season International Champions Cup in Miami on Monday.
PHOTOS: Ronaldo bares it all in latest CR7 underwear ads
Real Madrid's football sensation Cristiano Ronaldo's underwear brand continues to grow. The Portuguese midfielder launched the second collection of his CR7 men's underwear.
5 most embarrassing moments in India's sporting history
India is waking up to its sporting potential, but in recent times so is the nation's embarrassment when it comes to its officials. Take a look at the most recent embarrassing moments in Indian sport.
A tale of Indian embarrassment in Glasgow CWG...
Charges of drunken driving against Indian Olympic Association (IOA) secretary-general Rajeev Mehta and sexual assault on wrestling referee Virender Malik during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow have been dropped due to lack of evidence.
PHOTOS: 10 BEST celebrations at Glasgow CWG!
Forget the medals, or the missed chances. Take a look at the best celebrations during the Glasgow Commonwealth Games here...
August 04, 2014
Why Jwala Gutta is angry
Just hours after winning a silver in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, ace shuttler Jwala Gutta slammed discrimination of doubles game in India, saying that singles players were given more recognition in the country.
Kinky boots: Kylie Minogue takes Glasgow by storm
The crowd were left mesmerized with Kylie Minogue performing at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games as they formally concluded with a spectacular ceremony at Hampden Park in Glasgow.
CWG PHOTOS: Take a look at India's 15 gold medal winners
India finished a creditable fifth with 64 medals; including 15 yellow metals even as a couple of officials embarrassed the contingent by their antics. Take a look at India's gold brigade...
Charges against Indian CWG officials dropped for lack of evidence
Charges of drunken driving against Indian Olympic Association secretary-general Rajeev Mehta and sexual assault on wrestling referee Virender Malik during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow have been dropped due to lack of evidence, according to reports.
PHOTOS: Glasgow revels in Bolt buzz and inspiring stories
The Glasgow Commonwealth Games proved to be much more than just 'Friendly' as Scottish culture, sport and six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt combined to create a memorable 11-day event.
PHOTOS: Glasgow Commonwealth Games' rousing closing ceremony
Hailed as the best ever Commonwealth Games by Federation president Prince Tunku Imran, Glasgow 2014 celebrated the end of a memorable 20th edition with a colourful closing ceremony on Sunday.
August 03, 2014
India celebrates Kashyap's historic gold, finishes fifth at CWG
Parupalli Kashyap brought the
'I knew when I came into the tournament I wanted the gold medal'
Elated at becoming the first Indian
Sports Shorts: Serena to meet Kerber in Stanford final
Top seed Serena Williams won the final eight games to rout Andrea Petkovic in the semi-final at the Stanford Classic in California on Saturday.
PHOTOS: Gold medal winners on Day 10 of the CWG
Dipika Pallikal and Joshana Chinappa created history by winning the first-ever gold medal in squash.
CWG: Two Indian officials arrested for assault in Glasgow
In a massive embarrassment for India, two senior officials of the India commonwealth Games contingent were arrested by the police in Glasgow on Saturday, it has been reported.
India at CWG: Historic gold for Dipika-Joshana in squash; bronze for Arpinder
Dipika Pallikal and Joshana Chinappa created history by winning the first-ever gold medal in squash but disappointment was in store for the four Indian boxers, including Olympic bronze winner Vijender Singh, who had to be content with a silver each in the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Saturday.
Record US football crowd sees Manchester Utd beat Real Madrid
The largest crowd to watch a football match in the United States - 109,318 - poured into Michigan Stadium on Saturday to see Manchester United beat Real Madrid 3-1 in a friendly.
August 02, 2014
PHOTOS: Chinappa-Pallikal create history with CWG squash gold
India's Joshana Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal crushed England's Laura Massaro and Jenny Duncalf to win the gold medal in the women's doubles in squash at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, on Saturday.
CWG PHOTOS: Vijender settles for silver as Indian boxers fail to win gold
A gold medal eluded the Indian boxers through the evening and the four pugilists in fray for the top prize, including Olympic bronze winner Vijender Singh, had to be content with a silver each at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, on Saturday.
CWG: Kashyap, Jwala-Ashwin in final; Sindhu wins bronze
Parupalli Kashyap stands just one victory away from winning a historic gold after notching up an energy-sapping three-game victory over England's Rajiv Ouseph but P V Sindhu suffered a heart-breaking loss in the women's semi-final at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, on Saturday.
Sports Shorts: Serena in Stanford last four, Venus exits
Top seed Serena Williams came from a set down to book her place in the Stanford Classic semi-finals with a hard-earned 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 win against fifth-seeded Serb Ana Ivanovic on Friday.
CWG PHOTOS: Female athlete lifts Sushil Kumar!
Two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar spearheaded a sparkling show as Indian grapplers dominated the wrestling arena with five gold medals.
CWG PHOTOS: Bolt hits the track; delights crowd
Six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt steered Jamaica to a comfortable victory in their 4x100 metres relay heat in front of an expectant crowd at the Commonwealth Games on Friday.
India at CWG: Boxers assure 5 medals, Sharath-Amalraj win silver
Led by Olympic bronze medalist Vijender Singh, Indian pugilists stole the limelight on the ninth day of the competitions with four of them assuring silver medals for India while paddlers Achanta Sharath Kamal and Anthony Amalraj bagged a silver in the men's doubles event of the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Friday.
Vijender, Devendro on fire as 4 Indian boxers enter CWG finals
Led by Olympic bronze medallist Vijender Singh, Indian pugilists stole the limelight on the ninth day of the competitions with four of them storming into the finals of their respective weight categories at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, on Friday.
August 01, 2014
India at CWG: Seema wins discus silver, Pallikal-Chinappa in final
Seema Punia bagged a silver medal for India while defending champion Krishna Poonia finished a disappointing fifth in the women's discus throw competition at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, on Friday.
Transfer Talk: Arsenal's Jenkinson joins West Ham on loan
West Ham United have bolstered their defensive options with the signing of England fullback Carl Jenkinson from Arsenal on a season-long loan, the Premier League club said on Thursday. CWG chit chat: Kylie Minogue set to perform at closing ceremony
Kylie Minogue will perform at the closing ceremony of Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 alongside Lulu, Deacon Blue and Dougie MacLean, it has been revealed.
PHOTOS: A Celebration of Special Olympics
Katy Perry, Jason Derulo and Stevie Wonder were all there - but the only guest who got to give President Barack Obama a hug during his speech was restaurant owner Tim Harris.
Sports Shorts: Injured Li Na to miss US Open
World No 2 Li Na of China has been ruled out of this year's US Open with a knee injury.
PHOTOS: Gold medal winners on Day 8 of the CWG
It was 'Terrific Thursday' for Indian athletes who clinched three gold medals on day eight of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
CWG: Amos shocks Olympic champion Rudisha to clinch 800m gold
Botswana's Nijel Amos produced a stunning late surge to land the 800 metres gold medal and shock Olympic champion David Rudisha at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday.
CWG: Grapplers, Gowda propel India to 5th spot after 3 gold medals
Olympics bronze medalist Yogeshwar Dutt and Babita Kumari breezed their way to gold medals as India's wrestlers signed off on a high, while Vikas Gowda gave India its first athletics gold of the 20th Commonwealth Games by winning the men's discuss throw event, in Glasgow.
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