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September 03, 2015
Manchester United to give De Gea chance to reclaim spot
Manchester United will welcome David de Gea back into the fold even if, as expected, the goalkeeper refuses to sign a new contract following his failed attempt to move to Real Madrid, British media reported on Thursday.
Wipro to be Chelsea's partner in its digital game plan
Country's third-largest software services firm Wipro has said it has been chosen as the official digital and IT partner for Chelsea Football Club.
Mayweather ready to hang up gloves as 'the best ever'
Floyd Mayweather Jr. plans to go out unbeaten and on his own terms, as 'The Best Ever', when he ends his boxing career in Las Vegas next week with his welterweight title defence against fellow American Andre Berto.
Transfer Truths: The EPL's biggest gambles this summer
Rediff.com makes an assessment of the biggest gambles made by the leading Premier League teams this summer.
September 02, 2015
Sinquefield Chess: Anand draws with Carlsen, finishes ninth
Viswanathan Anand ended his stint with a draw against World Champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway and finished at ninth position in the Sinquefield Cup in St Louis.
Satish Kumar joins three other Indians in semis of Asian boxing
Satish Kumar (+91kg) entered the semi-finals of the Asian Boxing Championships, joining L Devendro Singh (49kg), Shiva Thapa (56kg) and Vikas Krishan (75kg) who had earlier assured themselves of medals and places in the October World Championships.
Yoga's promotion as sport not on communal lines: Government
The government insisted that recognition of Yoga as a competitive sport was not on communal lines and it was actually high time that it is seen as a proper game since it is an age old practice in India.
Constantine blasts officials; asks AIFF to synchronise its calendar
India football coach Stephen Constantine has told his bosses to stand up to the dominating television companies if they ever want local football to flourish in the floundering South Asian nation.
10 facts you must know about Manchester United's new signing
What you must know about Anthony Martial, the world's most expensive teenage footballer.
Water will be clean in time for Rio Olympics, says Games chief
The water quality at the Olympic sailing venue in Rio de Janeiro is a serious issue but will be resolved by the time the Games begin next year, Rio Organising Committee president Carlos Nuzman said on Tuesday.
September 01, 2015
Sinquefield Chess: Anand draws with Aronian; remains joint eighth
Former world champion Viswanathan Anand did not have a change in fortunes as he played out his sixth draw in a row, signing peace with tournament leader Levon Aronian of Armenia in the eighth and penultimate round of the Sinquefield Cup chess meet.
Sports Ministry recognizes 'Yoga' as a sports discipline
The Sports Ministry decided to recognize 'Yoga' as a sports discipline and place it in the 'priority' category.
Pirelli to reveal reasons for Vettel's Belgian GP tyre blow
'We have finalised the investigation into Sebastian Vettel's tyre at Spa. Detailed conclusions from the technical analysis will be presented at Monza'
Federer commences US Open bid against challenging Mayer
World number two Roger Federer launches his bid for a sixth US Open title, and his first since 2008, with a first-round match against Argentina's Leonardo Mayer at the Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday.
Boxer Devendro qualifies for World Championships
Commonwealth Games silver-medallist L Devendro Singh (49kg) assured himself of a medal and a place in the upcoming World Championships by storming into the Asian Championships semi-final in Bangkok on Tuesday.
Di Maria reveals he did not share a good relationship with Van Gaal
Angel Di Maria has admitted to clashing with former manager Louis Van Gaal during his ill-fated stint at Manchester United and hinted that his poor relationship with the Dutchman contributed to a dip in his performance.
Transfer Talk: Rooney as clueless as Man United fans about Martial
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney did not have the faintest idea who Anthony Martial was when the Monaco forward was linked with a move to Old Trafford earlier this week, according to team mate Morgan Schneiderlin.
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.
Upsets on Day 1 at the US Open: Nishikori, Ivanovic out
Fourth seed Kei Nishikori's hopes of making another magical U.S. Open run came to a quick end on Monday as last year's runner-up fell at the first hurdle, falling 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4 to Frenchman Benoit Paire.
August 31, 2015
Transfer news: Manchester United's Januzaj joins Dortmund on loan
Borussia Dortmund have signed Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj on loan for a season, the German club said on Monday. Sinquefield Chess: Anand draws again; held by Wesley So
Viswanathan Anand's hunt for an elusive victory continues. The five-time World champion failed to break the solid defences of Wesley So of the United States in the seventh round of Sinquefield Cup, which is part of the Grand Chess tour, in St Louis, and settled for his fifth draw in the last five games.
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.
US Open to miss star power as Sharapova pulls out
Russian Daria Kasatkina will replace Sharapova in the main draw
August 30, 2015
Swansea end United unbeaten start, Southampton win
Swansea City came from behind to end Manchester United's unbeaten start to the Premier League season with an impressive 2-1 victory at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.
Djokovic confident as he aims to win his third slam this year
World number one Novak Djokovic lost to rivals Roger Federer and Andy Murray in the finals of US Open warm-up events but the Serb insists those defeats have aided his preparations for the last grand slam of the season.
Our sport is more than test tubes, blood and urine: Coe
Part of Sebastian Coe's new job as head of world athletics will be to shift the conversation about his "ostensibly clean" sport from doping to spectacular performances, he said on Sunday.
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.
'The Ministry's award selection policy is fair and transparent'
Over the last few years, National Sports Awards have been in the news for creating controversies, but Sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal has said there is no need to review the selection policy for them.
New blood infuse Milan with fire, record first Serie A win of season
New strikers Carlos Bacca and Luiz Adriano bagged their maiden Serie A goals to give AC Milan their first points of the season with a 2-1 home win over Empoli on Saturday.
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.
Mueller scores brace in is 200th Bundeliga match
Mueller scores brace in is 200th Bundeliga match
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 29, 2015
EPL: Man City maintain perfect start, Chelsea slump at home
Manchester City maintained their perfect start to the season with a 2-0 victory over promoted Watford as champions Chelsea suffered a shock 2-1 home defeat by Crystal Palace on Saturday.
PHOTOS: Kuchina takes high jump gold, Malachowski ends long wait
Mariya Kuchina won thewomen's high jump with a clearance of 2.01 metres on Saturday to become Russia's second gold medallist at this world championships. The 22-year-old from Moscow had a blemish-free card to that height, her lifetime best performance.
Peerless Eaton breaks decathlon world record
American Ashton Eaton retained the decathlon world title on Saturday and broke his own world record with a score of 9,045 points.
Premier League: Arsenal labour to victory over 10-man Newcastle
Arsenal laboured to their second win of the season with a highly-charged 1-0 victory against 10-man Newcastle United at St James' Park on Saturday.
Sania Mirza conferred Khel Ratna, Arjuna awards also given
Sania Mirza was on Saturday conferred with the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, the country's highest sporting honor, while shooting sensation
Manpreet, Satish advance at Asian Boxing Championships
Former Asian Games silver-medallist Manpreet Singh (91kg) and Satish Kumar (+91kg) sailed into the quarter-finals with comprehensive wins as India rounded off a reasonably good day at the Asian Boxing Championships in Bangkok.
World Athletics: Bolt, Mo Farah set the tracks on fire in Beijing
Britain's Mo Farah stormed to victory in the 5,000 metres on Saturday to secure an unprecedented third successive distance double at major global championships.
Delhi Dynamos sign West Bromwich Albion's Adil Nabi on loan
Delhi Dynamos have signed English Premier League side West Bromwich Albion's talented youngster Adil Nabi on loan for the second season of the Indian Super League beginning in October.
Grand Slam question: Who can challenge Serena?
Serena Williams has been vulnerable this Grand Slam season but unbeaten in the year's first three major championships.
August 28, 2015
Yogeshwar's coach Vinod Kumar to get Dronacharya after HC ruling
Former chief national wrestling coach Vinod Kumar expressed relief and contentment over Delhi High Court's directive to the Centre to confer him with the Dronacharya award.
Wrestler Ankus wins silver in Cadet World Championship
Asian bronze medallist Ankus (38kg) has bagged the silver medal in the ongoing Cadet World Wrestling Championship in Sarajevo, Bosnia.
Verma ousted from Vietnam Open Grand Prix badminton
India's campaign came to a halt at the Vietnam Open Grand Prix badminton tournament after Sameer Verma went down to second seed South Korean shuttler Lee Hyun-il in straight games in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on Friday.
Platini 'serving last term as UEFA chief'
The Frenchman declined to talk about his bid for the FIFA presidency in his first news conference since announcing one month ago that he would stand as a candidate to replace Sepp Blatter.
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.
Former European champions Ajax, Celtic meet in Europa League
Former European champions Ajax Amsterdam and Celtic, who both suffered the indignity of being knocked of the Champions League qualifiers by underdogs this season, will meet in the Europa Leagueafter being drawn together in the group stage on Friday.
Champions League draw: About predictability, sub-plots and homecoming!
Ahead of the UEFA Champions League proper, which kicks-off next month, Bikash Mohapatra/Rediff.com tells football fans what to expect in this year's competition.
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."
Serena in heavy American quarter; Djoko, Nadal on collision course
Serena Williams must navigate a heavily American quarter of the draw including sister Venus to complete a calendar sweep of the four Grand Slams, while two sensational quarter-finals loom on the men's side after Thursday's U.S. Open draw.
Is Gisele Bundchen, Tom Brady marriage on the rocks?
Gisele Bundchen and American football ace hubby Tom Brady as it has been rumored that the duo have been through lot of arguments.
Mandeep sails into pre-quarters of Asian Boxing C'ships
Commonwealth Games silver-medallist Mandeep Jangra took just over a minute to force his rival out of the contest with a bloodied face and book a pre-quarterfinal berth in the Asian Boxing Championships in Bangkok.
World Athletics: Khushbir finishes 37th in 20km race walk
National record holder Khushbir Kaur finished a disappointing 37th while compatriot Sapna was disqualified from the women's 20km race walk event on the seventh day of the World Athletics Championships in Beijing.
Football shorts: West Brom rule out Berahino move
West Bromwich Albion have ruled out the prospect of Saido Berahino leaving the club during the current transfer window, leading Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino to compare his club's pursuit of the striker to a frustrated love affair.
Sinquefield Cup: Anand draws with Vachier-Lagrave
Former world champion Viswanathan Anand's hunt for an elusive victory continued as he was held to a draw by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France .
Best Player in Europe: Messi beats Ronaldo again!
Barcelona's Lionel Messi beat Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo to take home the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award on Thursday.
Champions League draw: Group-by-group breakdown
The Champions League group stages took on a less predictable look after Thursday's draw, helped by UEFA's decision to tweak the seeding system.
Europa League: Surprise defeats for Southampton and Steaua
Former European champions Steaua Bucharest and English Premier League Southampton suffered shock defeats by Scandinavian teams in Europa League qualifiers on Thursday.
Check out what is at stake for Serena Williams at US Open
Serena Williams said on Thursday she is treating the upcoming US Open just like any other, even though she is well aware of the historical impact the year's final Grand Slam may have.
World Athletics: Liu and Lu claim China one-two in walk
China picked up a first gold medal at their home world athletics championships when Liu Hong led Lu Xiuzhi across the line after the duo blew away the field in the women's 20 kilometre walk on Friday.
When Gatlin was second best again...
After two decisive defeats at the hands of Usain Bolt in the space of five days, Justin Gatlin is showing the strain.
August 27, 2015
Champ Usain Bolt knocked down by photographer on Segway scooter!
Usain Bolt's 200 metres triumph at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Beijing came at a price. The Jamaican took a tumble in bizarre accident, after he was knocked over by a photographer on Segway scooter.
Champions League draw: Barca clubbed with Roma; Real to face PSG
Holders FC Barcelona have been placed in Group E, along with Bayer Leverkusen, AS Roma, Dinamo Zagreb.
PHOTOS: Taylor wins triple jump gold with second-longest ever leap
A summary of Thursday's events at the World Athletics Championships.
Sinquefield Chess: Anand plays out easy draw with Caruana
Former World champion Viswanathan Anand played out a second straight draw by holding Fabiano Caruana of the United States easily in the fourth round of the Sinquefield Cup, which is part of the Grand Chess tour.
Bolt completes 100-200m double at Worlds
Usain Bolt completed another 100-200 double at the IAAF World Championships when he bested rival Justin Gatlin to the 200 metres title at the Bird's Nest.
World Athletics: Vikas Gowda qualifies for discus final
Vikas Gowda qualified for the final round of the men's discus throw event with a modest effort of 63.86m on the sixth day of the World Athletics Championships in Beijing.
Soccer shots: Balotelli completes loan move to Milan from Liverpool
Get the latest from the world of football and more on Rediff.com.
Nadal makes 'brief' appearance in new 'steamy' underwear ad
After his early exit from Wimbledon this year, Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal seems to taking to commercials, as he recently stripped down for designer Tommy Hilfiger's steamy underwear advertisement.
World Athletics Updates! Dibaba and Kiprop coast, holder Reese out of long jump
Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba eased through to the finals of the women's 5,000 metres on Thursday to stay on course for a world athletics championships double, while American Brittney Reese saw her six-year long jump reign end.
League Cup: Everton survive scare
Premier League Everton survived a mighty scare to beat League One Barnsley 5-3 after extra time in the League Cup second round on Wednesday.
Champions League PHOTOS: When Rooney is on the rampage...
Manchester United ended their one-year Champions League hiatus in emphatic style when Wayne Rooney struck a hat-trick in a 4-0 destruction of Club Bruges that sent the three-times winners through 7-1 on aggregate on Wednesday.
August 26, 2015
PHOTOS: South Africa's Van Niekerk stuns champions to win 400m
Wayde van Niekerk ran the fastest 400 metres since 2007 to become the first South African to win a World Championship sprint title on Wednesday.
'In better shape now', Nadal ready for US Open challenge
Former world number one Rafael Nadal is feeling confident about his chances of competing for a third US Open title when the tournament starts in New York next week.
Two Kenyan runners banned for doping at world championships
Kenyan athletes Koki Manunga and Joyce Zakary have been handed provisional bans after testing positive for the use of banned substances at the world championships, the International Association of Athletics Federations said on Wednesday.
Lalita finishes creditable 8th, but Tintu disappoints
Lalita Babar, who competed in the women's 3000m steeplechase, became the first Indian track athlete (male and female) to finish in the top eight in a World Championship but Tintu Luka crashed out in the heats of the women's 800 metres.
Court stays Sania's Khel Ratna award following paralympian Girisha's plea
The Karnataka high court brought a stay on the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna to be conferred on tennis ace Sania Mirza on Wednesday following paralympian H Girisha's plea against it. The court also issued notice to the Centre on the development.
Is Fellaini the answer to Manchester United's strike problems?
"It is different to play midfield and striker but I enjoy all the positions I can play," the former Everton midfielder added.
'Super' Mario will follow a 'code of conduct'
Maverick striker Mario Balotelli will have a good behaviour clause inserted into his contract with AC Milan, banning extravagant haircuts and clothing and committing him to a healthy lifestyle.
Russian Shobukhova's ban reduced after assisting WADA
The World Anti-Doping Agency cut the doping ban on Russian Liliya Shobukhova by seven months on Monday, saying the marathon runner had provided "substantial assistance" and was eligible for a lighter sentence.
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.
Soccer Roundup: Meet United's new 'bully' and more...
Get the latest from the World of ootball news and more on Rediff.com.
Grand Chess tour: Anand finally logs points after draw with Topalov
Former world champion Viswanathan Anand played out a draw with table-topper Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria in the third round to open his account in the Sinquefield Cup -- a part of the Grand Chess tour.
World Athletics Updates! Farah recovers from stumble to reach 5,000m final
Britain's Mo Farah regained his balance after stumbling and almost falling to the track in Wednesday's heats at the world athletics championships to book his spot in the final of the men's 5,000 metres.
Serena Williams and Drake are officially an item!
player Serena Williams was recently spotted getting cozy with rapper Drake at a fancy downtown restaurant in Ohio.
How many years did you take to hit a hole-in-one?
Peter Phillips has finally quenched his thirst of hitting his first hole-in-one after more than 50 years of concerted efforts.
US Open: Top seeds Serena, Djokovic look sharp
World number ones Serena Williams, aiming to complete the first calendar-year Grand Slam in 27 years, and Novak Djokovic have been named the top seeds for the US Open championships starting on Monday in New York.
Champions League will have strong Spanish flavours
Spain became the first country to have five teams in the Champions League group stage in one season after Valencia squeezed past Monaco .
Dipika Pallikal's BEST bridal look: sari or gown? Vote!
India's top-ranked squash player Dipika Pallikal married her fiancé and long time beau, cricketer Dinesh Karthik last week. We present both of the looks for you. Take a look and VOTE which was best!
August 25, 2015
Tired Bolt and Gatlin take it easy in 200 metres heats
A tired Usain Bolt and an emotionally fatigued Justin Gatlin progressed towards their second blockbuster sprint showdown of the World Athletics Championships by easing through the 200 metres heats in Beijing, on Tuesday.
World Athletics: Rudisha regains 800m title, Dibaba wins 1,500m gold
Olympic champion and world record holder David Rudisha ran from the front and trusted his finishing pace to regain the world 800 metres title at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing, on Tuesday.
After Messi, Ibra... Indian football uses Player Tracking System
In a first of sorts for Indian football, the national team implemented the 'Player Tracking System' at its ongoing preparatory camp at the DSK Dream City, the home of DSK Shivajians Football Club, in Pune.
Transfer moves: Chelsea's Juan Cuadrado to Juve
The Colombian forward is heading to Italian champions Juventus on loan.
Under utilized at Barca, Pedro says Chelsea move a gamble
Chelsea's new signing Pedro has said he took a "gamble" by leaving Spanish champions Barcelona after eight successful years, but one driven by his desire for more playing time.
Grand Chess tour: Out-of-form Anand loses again, goes bottom
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand suffered his second defeat in as many games losing to Alexander Grischuk of Russia in the second round of Sinquefield Cup, a part of the Grand Chess tour.
There is no corruption in football, reckons FIFA chief Blatter
"If there are people who don't like the organisation or don't like me, they will realise they have been wrong... they will realise that."
Olympian Sushil Kumar's coach nominated for Dronacharya Awards
Wrestling coach Anoop Singh and Paralympics coach Naval Singh among other nominees get Sports Ministry approval
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.
F1: Vettel, Rosberg and a lucky escape
Formula One can count its lucky stars after Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg escaped unscathed from high-speed tyre blowouts at the Belgian Grand Prix.
August 24, 2015
Wawrinka rant earns Kyrgios 28-day ban, fine
Australia's tennis badboy Nick Kyrgios was on Monday handed a suspended ban and fine by the ATP for his lurid verbal attack on Stan Wawrinka at the Rogers Cup in Montreal.
World Athletics: Fraser-Pryce wins third world 100 metres title
Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce rallied to claim an unprecedented third world championship 100 metres title in 10.76 seconds at the Bird's Nest stadium on Monday.
Federer back as world number two ahead of U.S. Open
Five-times winner Roger Federer will go into next week's U.S. Open as the world number two after beating Novak Djokovic in the final of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati at the weekend.
Anand beaten by Nakamura in Sinquefield opener
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand, with a double black, suffered a surprising first round loss at the hands of Hikaru Nakamura of United States in the Sinquefield Cup, in St Louis, the United States.
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.
The happy hunting grounds for Roger Federer
Roger Federer has now won all the seven finals he has contested in Cincinnati. Rediff.com takes a look at a few other events that have ensured prolific returns for the Swiss master.
La Liga PHOTOS: Hard time for big clubs in Spain
Barca overcome solid Bilbao challenge to scrape through 1-0.
Indians at World Athletics: Babar enters 3000m steeplechase final
Lalita Shivaji Babar smashed her own national record in a creditable performance to qualify for the women's 3000m steeplechase final in the World Athletics Championships, in Beijing, on Monday.
EPL PHOTOS: Record-equalling City begin season in ominous form
Manchester City's impressive 2-0 victory at Everton on Sunday equalled a club record of nine successive Premier League wins.
PHOTOS: Dhoni, Alia, Katrina sizzle at Pro Kabaddi final
The Pro Kabaddi season 2 final proved to be a star studded affair, with Bollywood stars like Alia Bhatt, Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif cheering for U Mumba.
Serena all set for US Open with Cincinnati title in bag
Defending champion Serena Williams finished her last US Open tune-up in style by beating Romanian third seed Simona Halep 6-3, 7-6(5) to win the Western & Southern Open on Sunday.
Cincinnati Open: Federer denies Djokovic history bid
Roger Federer avenged his Wimbledon final loss to Novak Djokovic by beating the top-seeded Serb 7-6(1), 6-3 on Sunday to capture his second consecutive Western & Southern Open title.
August 23, 2015
Pedro shines on debut and highlights worth to Chelsea
Newly-acquired Spain forward Pedro highlighted his potential worth to Premier League champions Chelsea with a goal, assist and eye-catching performance in their 3-2 win at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.
Usain proves Bolt does strike twice at same place
Usain Bolt once again produced his best when it mattered most to retain his 100 metres world title and reassert his status as the number one sprinter on the planet at a rocking Bird's Nest Stadium on Sunday night.
Hamilton wins Belgian F1 Grand Prix
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton won the Belgian Grand Prix from pole position on Sunday to increase his lead over Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg to 28 points with eight races remaining.
Malouda joins Delhi Dynamos during EPL game
Former Chelsea winger Florent Malouda will join Brazilian Roberto Carlos at the Delhi Dynamos for the second season of the Indian Super League, the club announced on Sunday.
Soccer Roundup: Atletico make winning La Liga start
Atletico Madrid got their La Liga campaign up and running in less than convincing fashion when Antoine Griezmann's deflected free kick secured an edgy 1-0 win at home to promoted Las Palmas on Saturday.
Heartbreak for Sania and Hingis in semis
India's campaign came to an end at the Western and Southern Open after Sania Mirza and her Swiss partner Martina Hingis crashed out.
Russian Grand Prix could become night race
The Russian Grand Prix could become a night race as early as 2017, according to Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone and organisers.
Why Politics and sports should not be mixed...
Amid escalating tensions between India and Pakistan, ace cueist Pankaj Advani believes politics should not be mixed with games and Indo-Pak sporting ties should go on.
Indians at World Athletics: Inderjeet qualifies for finals
Inderjeet Singh became the first Indian shot-putter to enter the final round of World Athletics Championships, in Beijing, on Sunday.
Why is Tottenham Hotspur's manager angry?
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino was angry after his side surrendered the lead for the second straight week in a 1-1 Premier League draw at in-form Leicester City on Saturday.
Drogba's MLS debut spoiled!
Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba made a tame Major League Soccer debut for Montreal Impact in their 1-0 home loss to Philadelphia Union on Saturday.
Lightning Bolt strikes again!
Usain Bolt retained his 100 metres title at the IAAF World Championship, in Beijing, on Sunday.
Lip smacking Cincinnati final! Serena Williams to meet Halep
Serena Williams brushed off some serving troubles before cruising to a 6-4, 6-3 win over Elina Svitolina on Saturday and will meet Simona Halep in the Western & Southern Open final.
August 22, 2015
Grocery store chain must pay $8.9 million to basketball star Jordan
A jury awarded retired basketball player Michael Jordan $8.9 million in his lawsuit against a grocery store chain.
Shake-up ahead: AIFF may merge I-League, ISL
The All India Football Federation said that there would be a shake-up in the sport in the country and the roadmap ahead is to have just one league in near future.
Check out the fastest Bundesliga goal!
Kevin Volland ties record for fastest Bundesliga goal.
EPL PHOTOS: Newcastle hold United; 1st win for Bournemouth
Manchester United's 100 per cent start to the Premier League season ended when they were held to a goalless draw against Newcastle United at Old Trafford on Saturday.
World Athletics Updates! Farah storms to victory in 10,000 metres
Britain's Mo Farah stormed down the final straight to retain his 10,000 metres world title in some style on Saturday and extend his dominance of men's distance running at major championships.
Belgian Grand Prix: Hamilton takes 10th pole in 11 races
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton took his 10th pole in 11 races on Saturday with Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg qualifying second on the Belgian Grand Prix grid.
Meet the Indians in action at the World Athletics
Indian athletes will begin their campaign in the World Championships in Beijing, on Sunday.
Sania in Cincinnati semis; Bopanna, Paes bow out
Sania Mirza was the only Indian left competing in the Western and Southern Open by reaching the semi-finals as Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna were ousted from the men's doubles with their respective partners in Cincinnati.
Serena survives Ivanovic scare in Cincinnati
Defending champion Serena Williams reached the semi-finals of the Western & Southern tournament in Cincinnati but not before having her mettle tested in a 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over sixth-seeded Serb Ana Ivanovic on Friday.
Double delight for Yuki as he enters singles semis and doubles final
Yuki Bhambri enjoyed a fruitful day at the $100,000 Odlum Brown Vanopen as he reached the singles semi-final with a hard-fought win over Farrukh Dustov and also made his second consecutive doubles final at the Challenger level in Vancouver.
PHOTOS: Favourites cruise at heats on opening day at worlds
World record holder David Rudisha of Kenya and Ethiopia's defending champion Mohammed Aman cruised through the heats for the 800 metres on a hot and humid opening morning at the world athletics championships in Beijing on Saturday.
Murray sets up revenge chance against Federer
Roger Federer and Andy Murray advanced to the semi-finals of the Western & Southern Open in contrasting fashion on Friday to set up a rematch of their Wimbledon clash.
August 21, 2015
Alonso and Button demoted to back of grid
McLaren drivers Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button will start last in Sunday's Belgian Formula One Grand Prix after being hit with heavy grid penalties for changes to their Honda power units.
Can the in-form Gatlin beat sprint king Bolt at World Championships?
In-form American Justin Gatlin should beat Usain Bolt to win both the sprints at the World Athletics Championships but it would be foolhardy to write off the Jamaican, three-times world 100 metres World champion Maurice Greene said on Friday.
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.
Pistorius parole ruling could take four months
South Africa's parole review board has up to four months to conclude its decision on when Oscar Pistorius can be released from prison, a Justice Ministry spokesman said on Thursday.
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
Saina signs up with IOS Sports Management Group
Star India shuttler Saina Nehwal has signed a two-year deal with leading sports management group, IOS Sports & Entertainment. IOS will now manage Saina's endorsements, appearances, brand profiling, patents, licensing and digital rights, images and visibility on social networking sites.
How Tendulkar inspired badminton ace Srikanth...
Sachin Tendulkar told me I will become World No 1, says badminton ace Srikanth.
Saina regains No. 1 ranking; Kashyap rises two places to 8
The London Olympics bronze medallist displaced Spain's Carolina Marin, who defeated her in the women's final of the World Championships in Jakarta last Sunday.
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.
Soccer Roundup: Women call for 30 per cent representation in FIFA
FIFA's Task Force for Women's Football has called for a target of 30 percent women's participation in the governing body's leading structures and top jobs, FIFA said on Thursday.
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
South African justice minister blocks Pistorius parole
Oscar Pistorius will not be freed on parole this Friday because the decision to do so was made without the right legal basis, South Africa's justice minister said on Wednesday, shocking the athlete's family as they prepared for his homecoming.
Old Trafford in seventh heaven as Memphis makes mark in iconic jersey
Old Trafford rejoiced on Tuesday in anticipation of their next famous No. 7 after Dutch forward Memphis Depay scored two sublime goals to inspire Manchester United to a 3-1 victory over Club Bruges.
PHOTOS: Walmiki brothers play hockey, dance with Rashtriya Rifles jawans
India hockey players Yuvraj and Devender Walmiki attend Rashtriya Rifles for their silver jubilee year celebrations in Anantnag earlier this week.
Saina hopes to stay injury-free in run up to Olympics
World Championship silver-medallist shuttler Saina Nehwal is aiming to remain injury-free and excel in all the Super Series tournaments in the run up to next year's Rio Olympics.
SAfrica justice minister seeking legal advice on Pistorius parole
South Africa's justice minister said on Tuesday he was seeking legal advice on whether its parole board was right to decide to free Oscar Pistorius on house arrest on Friday after serving a sixth of his five-year sentence for killing his girlfriend.
WADA considering banning countries of dope-tainted athletes
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is considering a blanket ban on countries whose athletes regularly dope in the wake of a series of damaging blows for the sport in recent days, according to its president Craig Reedie.
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.
Sebastian Coe is new IAAF president
Beat Sergie Bubka by 115 votes to 92 in a ballot of the governing body's 50th Congress
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
Hard for Pedro to stay focussed, mourns Barca manager Enrique
'I want the market to damn well close so that I know who I can count on'
'Vimal Sir made me believe I can be number one'
World Badminton Championships silver medallist Saina Nehwal feels her decision to shift base to Bangalore and train under Vimal Kumar turned out to be a masterstroke.
Paes-Wawrinka fight back from a set down to advance at Cincinnati
They now face eighth-seeded pair of Canada's Vasek Pospisil and local boy Jack Sock, whom they beat 6-1, 6-4 in Paris.
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.
Multi-faceted Benteke impresses on Liverpool debut with all-round play
'His hold-up play is outstanding, he's got a wonderful touch for a big guy and you saw that this evening'
Can Petr Cech boost Arsenal defence?
Per Mertesacker is confident new goalkeeper Petr Cech will enhance Arsenal's defence and the centre back said he has already developed an understanding with the Czech international.
'Tanking' controversy strikes men's tennis again
Gael Monfils loses in Cincinnati amid accusations of tanking.
FIFA mess: Blatter hits back at Chung over 'corrupt' comments
Outgoing president Sepp Blatter hit back at Chung Mong-joon, one of the candidates to replace him, for labelling FIFA a 'corrupt organisation' on Monday and said the South Korean's remarks were 'disturbing'.
How 'the ant' trumped mighty Barcelona...
Athletic Bilbao's Spanish Super Cup victory against Barcelona not only earned them their first major trophy in 31 years but also ended coach Ernesto Valverde's long wait for silverware.
EPL PHOTOS: Disputed goal ruins Bournemouth's show
Promoted Bournemouth are still waiting for their first Premier League points after succumbing to a controversial Christian Benteke goal in a 1-0 defeat at Liverpool on Monday.
Unless she wins a Major title, Saina won't be one of the greats
For all her achievements, says Bikash Mohapatra, Saina is yet to win either the Worlds, Olympics or All England, badminton's flagship events.
Soccer Updates: Bilbao stun Barcelona for historic Super Cup win
Athletic Bilbao claimed their first silverware in more than three decades when they wrapped up a 5-1 aggregate win over 10-man Barcelona to win the Spanish Super Cup on Monday and unleash ecstatic celebrations in the Basque city.
August 17, 2015
'There is pressure because our aim is to reach the Champions League'
Manchester United are feeling the pressure ahead of their Champions League qualifier against Club Bruges on Tuesday, according to manager Louis van Gaal.
10 Best Sports Photos of the Week!
Rediff.com brings you this and a lot more gripping sporting action from the week gone by...
FIFA prez candidate Chung says Platini, Blatter like 'father and son'
Launching his bid in Paris, Chung told a news conference "Michel Platini was a great football player, and he is my friend. His problem is he does not seem to appreciate the seriousness of the corruption crisis at FIFA."
Why rising Aussie tennis stars are 'losing the plot'?
After Nick Kyrgios, another Aussie involved in verbal volley as tempers flare in Ohio.
Ramos signs five-year extension deal with Real
Local media reported the team captain, a dressing-room heavyweight and a huge fan favourite, would earn 10 million euros a season after tax, making him one of the best-paid members of Real's expensively assembled squad
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.
Saina set to become World No 1 again
But Saina, who had lost in the quarter-finals last year, is set to gain 3600 points having made it to the World Championships final this year. Saina will therefore, now have 82, 792 points to her tally, giving her the World No 1 title again.
PHOTOS: Eugenie Bouchard 'almost' suspended in the air
Eugenie Bouchard tried to forget her poor results on the court.
Once a boxing champ, he now cleans drains for a living
Once a boxing champion, life has dealt Krishna Routh a severe blow.
As Liverpool welcome Bournemouth, Lallana eyes first home win
Liverpool must take all three points when they welcome newly promoted Bournemouth to Anfield on Monday to keep up their momentum in the Premier League, midfielder Adam Lallana has said.
Is there a problem brewing in Mourinho-Terry partnership?
Mourinho dropped a big bombshell when long-term captain and defensive colossus John Terry was substituted at halftime for tactical reasons -- the first time Mourinho had ever taken his trusty skipper off in the heat of battle.
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
Lahiri makes Indian golf history with top-5 finish at PGA Championship
Asian Tour star Anirban Lahiri wrote a small slice of Indian sporting history with an eye-catching equal fifth place finish at the PGA Championship on Sunday and reinforced his growing reputation in world golf.
It was Jason's 'Day' at PGA
Australia's Jason Day endured several close calls at the majors before finally landing one with a three-shot victory at the PGA Championship on Sunday.
There is an Indian connection to PSV's Luciano Narsingh
Luciano Narsingh's grandparents were immigrant workers from Andhra Pradesh who worked at plantations in Suriname.
4 reasons why City were better than Chelsea on Sunday...
Anger driving City to new heights, says City manager Manuel Pellegrini.
Someone was smoking weed and Djokovic could smell it!
World No 1 Novak Djokovic during his semifinal match against Jeremy Chardy at the Rogers Cup on Saturday, complained to the umpire that someone's cigarettes were making him dizzy.
Latest from the world of tennis: Swiss teen Bencic claims Rogers Cup
Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic capped a brilliant run to the Rogers Cup title on Sunday.
August 16, 2015
EPL: Man City thrash misfiring Chelsea, Arsenal win
The Premier League season is only a week old and the problems are already piling up for misfiring champions Chelsea after a 3-0 thrashing at Manchester City on Sunday.
IAAF suppressed study of admitted dope cheats: Sunday Times
World athletics' governing body has suppressed a 2011 survey that reveals that up to a third of the world's top competitors admitted using banned performance-enhancing techniques, Britain's Sunday Times and German broadcaster ARD/WDR reported.
UEFA complain to FIFA over alleged Platini smear campaign
European soccer's governing body have asked FIFA to investigate the alleged distribution from their headquarters of an anonymous heavily critical 'dossier' on UEFA president Michel Platini, German newspaper Welt am Sonntag reported on Sunday.
PHOTOS: Did pressure get the better of Saina at World C'ships?
Carolina Marin broke Indian hearts as the World No.1 beat second seed Saina Nehwal in straight game to lift the World Championships title in Jakarta.
MLS: Keane double lifts Galaxy top in the West
Two headers from Robbie Keane just after halftime gave LA Galaxy a 2-1 win over Dallas in Major League Soccer on Saturday, lifting them top of the Western Conference after Vancouver lost to Sporting Kansas City.
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.
Rio Olympic village workers living in squalor
A company working on the Olympic village that will receive athletes in Rio de Janeiro next year has housed some of its own workers in conditions that public prosecutors compared to slavery.
PGA: Struggling Woods misses cut at third major in a row
Tiger Woods plumbed new depths when he missed the cut in a third successive major for the first time in his career at the storm-delayed PGA Championship on Saturday.
Bundesliga: Mkhitaryan brace as Dortmund hit four; Schalke crush Werder
Armenia midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored twice as Borussia Dortmund thrashed Borussia Moenchengladbach 4-0 on Saturday to launch their season with a bang on coach Thomas Tuchel's Bundesliga debut with the club.
Saina reveals reasons behind loss at Badminton Worlds
"In the second set, I was on the slower side. I was trying to make rallies happen but the points went very quickly," she added.
IAAF blocked study showing 'widespread doping among elite athletes'
"The IAAF's delaying publication for so long without good reason is a serious encroachment on the freedom of publication," the researchers said in a statement.
Indian tennis round-up: Sania-Hingis ousted from Rogers Cup
Bolt skips training camp ahead of world championships
Six-times Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt will miss Jamaica's training camp in Japan before the world athletics championships in Beijing later this month, the manager of the Caribbean island's delegation said.
Murray to meet Djokovic in Rogers Cup final
Second Andy Murray breezed to a 6-3, 6-0 semi-final victory over Kei Nishikori on Saturday to set up a final with Novak Djokovic at the Rogers Cup in Montreal.
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.
PGA C'ship: Indian golfer Lahiri in record books on Independence Day
India golfer Anirban Lahiri is making the country proud and on India's 68th Independence Day, he gave his countrymen a couple of big reasons to be proud.
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.
EPL: Leicester flying high after win at West Ham
The momentum that swept Leicester City away from relegation last season continued unabated at West Ham United on Saturday as their 2-1 win left them top of the Premier League.
August 15, 2015
Sania-Hingis in Rogers Cup semis
Top seeds Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis eased into the semifinals of the WTA Rogers Cup.
IT'S A FIRST: Saina Nehwal in World Championships final
India's Saina Nehwal breezed into the women's singles World Badminton Championships final after beating local girl Lindaweni Fanetri in Jakarta, on Saturday.
PHOTOS: Sportsmen celebrate India's Independence Day
Rediff.com brings how the sportsmen celebrated India's 69th Independence Day.
Soccer Updates! Bilbao hammer Barca 4-0
Aritz Aduriz's second half hat-trick sent Barcelona spinning to a shock 4-0 defeat at Athletic Bilbao in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Friday.
Latest from the world of tennis: Nishikori stuns Nadal; Serena in semis
Kei Nishikori swept aside Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup.
August 14, 2015
It took lots of patience and a little bit of luck: Saina
Assured of atleast a bronze at the World Badminton Championship, ace shuttler Saina Nehwal described her quarterfinal win as "special" and said patience was the key to her success.
It's official! Khel Ratna for Sania; Arjuna for 17 other sportspersons
Sania Mirza's was officially named for the coveted Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award on Friday. The Hyderabadi lady is only the second tennis player to be nominated for the country's highest sport honour.
Mourinho praises medical staff but Carneiro not on bench
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said he has "fantastic" medical staff but the club's first team doctor Eva Carneiro will not be on the bench against Manchester City on Sunday following her treatment of an injured player in a Premier League match.
Rifle shooter Chain Singh earns India 7th Olympics quota place
Rifle shooter Chain Singh became the seventh Indian marksman to clinch an Olympic quota place after finishing eighth in the 50m Rifle 3 Position event of the ISSF World Cup in Gabala, Azerbaijan, on Friday.
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.
Justin Gatlin: Cheat or victim?
Justin Gatlin will run for the United States in Beijing but to much of the athletics world he might as well appear in a vest bearing a giant syringe such is his position as the tangible manifestation of the sport's wretched doping past.
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
5 men to watch out for at World Athletics Championships
Brief profile of five male athletes to watch out for at the August 22-30 world championships in Beijing.
Soccer updates! United to continue without De Gea
Rediff.com brings the latest news on English Premier League, results, and transfers around the world of soccer.
World Badminton: Saina in semis; Sindhu fails to make it
Twice World Championships bronze medalist P V Sindhu ran out of steam and was beaten by Korea's Sung Ji Hyun in the quarter-finals of badminton's showpiece event, in Jakarta, on Friday. The 20-year-old from Hyderabad, who had beaten Olympic champion and former world No 1 Li Xuerui of China in the previous round on Thursday, lost 17-21, 21-19, 21-16 in 82 minutes.
6 reasons why Mourinho is WRONG to ban Chelsea doctor
FIFA say managers cannot dictate to doctors over injuries.
Latest from the world of tennis: Serena rolls on, Halep struggles
World No 1 Novak Djokovic, second seed Andy Murray and three-time champion Rafael Nadal were all cheered into the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup on Thursday.
After the sledge, here come the boos
Australian Nick Kyrgios exited the Rogers Cup to boos and a hefty fine from the ATP for insulting remarks.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
The destination of the Premier League trophy will not be decided when current champions Chelsea meet their immediate predecessors Manchester City.
August 13, 2015
Paes returns to Davis Cup team; Rohan, Somdev, Yuki also named
Leander Paes makes a return to the country's Davis Cup team as India named a four-member squad for the World Group play-off tie at home against top seeds Czech Republic from September 18-20.
Ramandeep scores twice as India win Spain hockey series
India's hockey team ended its European tour on a high, comfortably defeating Spain 4-2 in its last engagement to win the three-Test series by a 2-1 margin, in Terrassa, on Thursday.
Nick Kyrgios 'courts' another controversy
Australia's Nick Kyrgios courted more controversy with an off-colour remark to his opponent Stanislas Wawrinka during the second round at the Rogers Cup.
World C'ships: Saina, Sindhu march into quarters
India's shuttle queen Saina Nehwal emphatically progressed into the quarterfinals of the World Badminton Championship.
Why Caroline Wozniacki is criticising the WTA...
Wozniacki blasts WTA Tour for forcing her to play in the tournament without proper preparation.
Why Dzeko will continue to be Manchester City fan?
Edin Dzeko has bid an emotional farewell to Manchester City fans after joining Roma.
5 reasons why Serena plays second fiddle to Sharapova
Williams is arguably the greatest female athlete, but sponsors have often avoided the 21-time Grand Slam singles champion.
Sensational Sharapova: 11 years of domination and counting!
Tennis star Maria Sharapova again tops the list of highest earning female athletes over the past year, according to Forbes.
Rogers Cup: Murray, Nadal advance; but other seeds tumble
Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal were winners but six seeds were beaten in a day of upsets in the second round at the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Thursday.
August 12, 2015
Glasgow to host Britain's Davis Cup semi-final
Andy Murray believes the unique Glasgow atmosphere can fire Britain to the Davis Cup final after the Scottish city was on Wednesday confirmed as the venue for the semi-final against 28-times champions Australia.
Europe hockey tour: India score over Spain
The Indian men's hockey team returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Spain in the fourth match of their ongoing tour of Europe, in Sant Cugat del Valles (Spain), on Wednesday.
Srikanth, Prannoy progress at World C'ships; Kashyap loses
Kidambi Srikanth and H S Prannoy sailed into the pre-quarter-finals, but it was heartbreak for Parupalli Kashyap in the men's singles at the World Badminton Championships in Jakarta on Wednesday.
Chelsea doctor Carneiro restricted from matches and training
Eva Carneiro set to lose place on bench after Mourinho criticism
Controversy's child, Barton loses West Ham deal following fan protest
Midfielder Joey Barton has confirmed he will not join West Ham after the club pulled out of talks over a potential deal following protests from their fans.
Courtois to miss Man City game after losing red card appeal
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will miss the champions' visit to Manchester City on Sunday after an appeal against a red card for the Belgian international was rejected by the Football Association.
Error-prone Bouchard positive despite another early exit
Eugenie Bouchard was hailed as the new face of women's tennis just 12 months ago but the Canadian's downward spiral continued on Tuesday with a humbling 6-0, 5-7, 6-2 loss to Swiss Belinda Bencic in the opening round of the Rogers Cup.
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.
IPL-like league possible in snooker, billiards: Advani
Pocketing his 13th World title, ace cueist Pankaj Advani feels that an IPL-like league in snooker or billiards would be a possibility in the game that has become financially rewarding.
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
IAAF bans 28 after 2005, 2007 world champs retests
Turning to new technology to uncover previously undetected substances, the IAAF has initiated disciplinary action against 28 athletes after retested samples from the 2005 and 2007 World Championships found 32 adverse doping findings.
Pankaj Advani bags 13th world title
India's poster boy of cue sports Pankaj Advani clinched his 13th world title after winning the World 6-Red Snooker Championship in a convincing manner in Karachi.
Stoke City break club record to sign Xherdan Shaqiri from Inter
Stoke City signed Swiss international winger Xherdan Shaqiri from Inter Milan for a club record 12 million pounds on Tuesday, the Premier League club said on their website.
'Manchester United want to be challenging on all fronts'
Midfielder Michael Carrick thinks Manchester United's summer signings have quickly settled at Old Trafford and will do their bit in helping the club challenge for major honours this season.
Ex-IOC official Carrard to head FIFA reform task force
Scandal-plagued FIFA have turned to the man who helped the International Olympic Committee (IOC) out of their corruption crisis, appointing Swiss Francois Carrard as chairman of their reform committee.
Khel Ratna recommendation most amazing news: Sania
Sania Mirza reacted with delight at her being recommended for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, describing it as the "most amazing" development.
Now, I can proudly say that I am an Arjuna awardee: Poovamma
Expressing happiness at the recommendation for the coveted Arjuna Award, ace quartermiler M R Poovamma described it as a "dream come true".
5 lesser known facts about Sania Mirza
Tennis ace Sania Mirza wins the Khel Ratna award. Last week, the Sports Ministry confirmed that Wimbledon doubles champion Sania Mirza had been recommended for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna.
Sania is only second tennis player to be named for Khel Ratna
Sania Mirza was recommended for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award on Tuesday. She is only the second tennis player ever to be named for the country's highest sporting honour.
Where are the home-grown youngsters in the EPL?
Of the 220 players who started for Premier League clubs at the weekend, only 73, or 33.2 per cent, were eligible to play for England.
EPL: What Blind lacks in height he makes up with clever play
Daley Blind may lack the height and power but the Manchester United midfielder insists he possesses the footballing intelligence to flourish as a centre-back.
Shooter Nanjappa seals Rio spot
India's Prakash Nanjappa has earned a quota place for the 2016 Rio Olympics after finishing eighth in the finals of 50-metre men's pistol event at the ISSF World Cup in Gabala, Azerbaijan.
Sindhu, Srikanth off to a winning start at World Championships
Two-time bronze medallist, P V Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth started their campaign at the World Badminton Champion with contrasting victories in the women's and men's singles competition respectively in Jakarta.
Watch out Barcelona, six trophies up for grabs!
Winning the treble last season has spurred Barcelona to try and win all six trophies up for grabs this year and replicate the feat they achieved in 2009, midfielder Andres Iniesta said on Monday.
Thibaut Courtois: Chelsea appeal red card shown to goalkeeper
Premier League champions Chelsea have decided to appeal against the red card shown to Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in the 2-2 draw against Swansea City, according to several media reports on Monday.
Europe hockey Tour: India go down to Spain
Failing to sustain an aggressive start, the Indian men's hockey team went down to Spain 1-4 in its third match of the ongoing Europe Tour in Sant Cugat del Valles.
10 BEST Sports Photos of the Week!
Here's a glimpse of all that happened around the world of sport last week, in 10 images.
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.'
Flying Frenchman Monfils, Simon advance in Montreal
The French flag flew proudly in Montreal on Monday as Gilles Simon and Gael Monfils advanced to the second round of the Rogers Cup.
After a lengthy rain delay, Lisicki routs Venus
After a long rain delay Germany's Sabine Lisicki made quick work of Venus Williams, strolling into the second round of the Rogers Cup on Monday after routing the American 6-0 6-3.
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
Nadal says mental strength has returned
Rafa Nadal says his mental stability has returned after a topsy-turvy year for the former world number one.
West Brom break club record to sign Venezuelan striker Rondon
West Bromwich Albion broke their club-record transfer fee to sign Venezuelan striker Salomon Rondon from Russian club Zenit St Petersburg, the Premier League club said on Monday.
REVEALED! West Ham teenager was rejected by Tottenham
Tottenham rejected Reece Oxford before he joined West Ham.
Depay proud to wear United's famous No 7 shirt
Memphis Depay keen to prove worthy of Manchester United's No 7 shirt.
Gurbaj suspended for 9 months for 'disciplinary issues'
Senior India hockey player Gurbaj Singh was suspended for nine months on Monday for allegedly indulging in groupism and creating disharmony within the team.
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.
Super Cup: Pedro to step in for Neymar
Barcelona will be missing the lethal touch of Neymar in attack for the UEFA Super Cup against Sevilla.
Leicester striker Vardy apologises for racial slur
The Sun on Sunday published a video showing the alleged incident, which is believed to have taken place in July.
Badminton Worlds: Kashyap, Prannoy advance to Round 2 after easy wins
But the Indian mixed doubles pair of Arun Vishnu and Aparna Balan suffered a close 18-21, 21-10, 22-24, loss to Russian pair of Evgenij Dremin and Evgenia Dimova, while another pair of Tarun Kona and Sikki N Reddy too went down 13-21, 17-21 against Liao Min Chun and Chen Hsiao Huan of Chinese Taipei.
Giroud did not suffer concussion following collision in West Ham tie
The 28-year-old France international collided with Tomkins in the 76th minute at the Emirates and appeared to be dazed by the clash, but was left on the pitch after being assessed by his team's medical staff.
How swimmers will deal with Rio night races?
Swimming's top nations are setting their sights on how to deal with midnight finishes during the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Chelsea don't miss 'keeper Cech: Mourinho
'The problem with Petr is that an opponent is better than before'
Chinese Olympic champ Sun in middle of controversy once again!
The coach of Brazil's national swimming team says China's Olympic champion Sun Yang tried to elbow and kick a female swimmer.
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.
Check out Europe's chaotic soccer weekend
Rediff.com brings you the top highlights of the soccer weekend.
German Cup: Fourth-tier Jena stun Hamburg
Fourth division club Carl Zeiss Jena stunned Hamburg SV 3-2 in the German Cup on Sunday, taking the scalp of the Bundesliga's former European champions to cause the biggest sensation of the competition's first round.
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.'
Leaked doping data casts doubt over major marathons
Britain's Sunday Times and Germany's ARD say the results from the database of the sport's governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), show evidence of widespread cheating among long distance runners.
Nishikori rises in the rankings after claiming Washington title
"It's been an amazing year so far," said the 25-year-old Nishikori, who will move up to fourth from fifth in the world rankings.
August 09, 2015
Arsenal optimism punctured as West Ham claim shock win
West Ham United capitalised on two mistakes from Arsenal's new goalkeeper Petr Cech to claim a surprise 2-0 victory at the Emirates and bring the Gunners' early Premier League optimism down to earth with a bump on Sunday.
Why Mourinho is angry with Chelsea's medical staff?
Chelsea's Jose Mourinho, who hoped to celebrate his new contract with victory at an expectant Stamford Bridge, ended up grateful his team did not become the first Premier League champions to start their title defence with a defeat.
Dramatic start to Chelsea's EPL season
Ten-man Chelsea held amid high drama.
Phelps, beware! Le Clos is here!
South African Chad le Clos threw down the gauntlet to rival Michael Phelps with a cheeky grin after powering to the 100 metres butterfly gold.
Will Karolina Pliskova be fourth time lucky?
Czech Karolina Pliskova stopped upset-maker Varvara Lepchenko in the semi-finals at the Bank of The West Classic in Stanford, California, on Saturday.
Nishikori reverses 2014 US Open result
Kei Nishikori exacted a measure of revenge against Marin Cilic when the Japanese world number five overcame the Croatian in the semi-finals of the Citi Open.
August 08, 2015
World Swimming: Ledecky breaks 800m freestyle world record
Katie Ledecky of the United States broke her own world record for 800 metres freestyle at the world swimming championships on Saturday.
Italian Super Cup: Mandzukic, Dybala help Juventus beat Lazio
Italian double winners Juventus claimed their third Super Cup title in four seasons as new signings Mario Mandzukic and Paulo Dybala struck in the second half to secure their 2-0 win over Lazio in Shanghai on Saturday.
Walker own goal gifts Man United win in Premier League opener
The Premier League kicked off in unique fashion on Saturday as an own goal by Tottenham Hotspur's Kyle Walker gave Manchester United a 1-0 victory in an undistinguished season opener at Old Trafford.
Australia stun All Blacks to win first Rugby Championship title
Australia stunned world champions New Zealand 27-19 to claim a first Rugby Championship title in the fourth year of the competition and a welcome boost ahead of the World Cup on Saturday.
Independent commission to urgently probe doping allegations: WADA
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Friday its Independent Commission will urgently launch an investigation into widespread doping allegations against international athletics.
No proof Button was gassed in burglary: prosecutor
"For now, there is no proof (gas was used). This is based solely on their personal conviction as they had stomach aches when they woke up," he said.
10-man PSG make winning start to Ligue 1 campaign
Ten-man Paris St Germain got the defence of their Ligue 1 title off to a good start when Lucas's second-half strike earned them a 1-0 win at Lille on Friday.
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.
Cilic and Nishikori set for US Open rematch in Washington
Marin Cilic and Kei Nishikori will meet in the semi-finals at the Citi Open in Washington on Saturday, their first encounter since the final of last year's US Open.
Mourinho renews contract with 'the club closest to heart'
Jose Mourinho has committed himself to Premier League champions Chelsea until at least 2019 after signing a new four-year contract as manager, the west London club said on Friday.
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
Champions League play-offs: United have stiff Bruges challenge
Manchester United were given a troublesome tie against Club Bruges in the draw for the Champions League playoff round on Friday, although it could have been worse as they avoided Lazio, CSKA Moscow or Monaco.
Struggling with spasms Lahiri cards disappointing 77 at World Golf
Anirban Lahiri, coming in after a short break following events in Europe, was hit by back spasms early in his first round as he carded a 77 in the World Golf Championships-Invitational in Akron, Ohio, United States.
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
'Multi-functional' Young commits another three years to United
'Delighted to extend my stay with this amazing club. Thanks to the staff, players and also, you, the fans, for your incredible support #mufc.'
'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'
FIFA Rankings: Guess where India stands?
The Indian football team continued to paint a grim picture as they are languishing down at 156th spot in the latest FIFA rankings.
Olympic champ Lewis pleads with athletes to save the sport
"The future of athleticism depends on the athletes," Lewis told Reuters ahead of the inauguration of the NACAC athletics championships in Costa Rica.
F1 driver Button and wife 'gassed' in burglary
Jenson Button may have been gassed during a burglary at a rented villa in St Tropez.
Citi Open: Bopanna and Mergea reach semis
Third seeds Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea progressed into the men's doubles semifinals.
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.
Mrs Andy Murray is pregnant!
Great Britain's tennis star Andy Murray and his wife, Kim Sears, are expecting their first baby.
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.
For the 1st time since 2000, Palestinian territories come together
Palestinians long riven by geography and factional feuding enjoyed a rare show of unity on Thursday in a soccer match that brought together teams from their two territories.
Exclusive! A year to go as Mary Kom set sights on gold at Rio Olympics
'I will try my best to win gold at the Olympics. You can be assured that I will put in more than 100 per cent to achieve it.'
Europa League: West Ham knocked out
West Ham United were knocked out of the Europa League in the third qualifying round on Thursday after a 2-1 defeat at Romanian side Astra Giurgiu.
Lochte makes history risking disqualification
Lochte risked disqualification in 200m medley win.
Goodbye Angel; good riddance, Manchester Utd!
Angel di Maria's move from Real Madrid to Old Trafford was such a disaster that Manchester United was more than willing to incur losses of more than 15 million pounds on their investment. Bikash Mohapatra/Rediff.com looks at the Argentina star's nightmare year at the 'Theatre of Dreams'.
5 reasons why Pellegrini is sure City will win EPL
Manchester City are brimming with optimism with coach Manuel Pellegrini 'absolutely sure' of winning the Premier League title.
August 06, 2015
Di Maria joins Paris St Germain from Manchester United
Argentina winger Angel Di Maria has joined Paris St Germain from Premier League giants Manchester United, the French club announced on twitter on Thursday.
Messi gets unfriendly in friendly!
Barcelona's Lionel Messi was at the centre of a headbutting controversy.
Audi Cup: Lewandowski nets winner as Bayern beat Real Madrid
Brazilian Douglas Costa was in fine form as Bayern Munich beat Real Madrid 1-0 in a pre-season tournament.
Unseeded Gabashvili stuns top seed Murray in Washington
Andy Murray's preparations for the US Open got off to a poor start when the Briton suffered a stunning loss.
Meet the girl dominating world swimming championships
Katie Ledecky claimed a stunning gold in the women's 200 metres and also won the 1,500m freestyle gold with a world record.
IMPRESSIVE! 2 million tickets sold for 2016 Rio Games
Brazilians snap up two million tickets for 2016 Rio Games.
Chelsea's Mantra: If it ain't broke, don't fix it!
Chelsea begin their Premier League title defence against Swansea City on Saturday in the unusual position of heading into a new season having been significantly outspent by their rivals.
Neymar, Messi show in Rome
Neymar and Lionel Messi grabbed a goal each in the first half as Barcelona rolled over Roma 3-0 in the traditional Gamper Trophy pre-season match on Wednesday.
August 05, 2015
'Football is not ballet,' says Milan coach after De Jong tackle
AC Milan coach Sinisa Mihajlovic has dismissed complaints about a Nigel de Jong tackle during Tuesday's friendly match against Bayern Munich by saying that "football is not ballet."
Retaining the title will be tougher for Chelsea, feels Mourinho
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho feels it will be more difficult for his side to retain the Premier League title with the other contenders having made strong additions to their squads.
'AC Milan's goal is to finish inside the top three in Italy'
Sinisa Mihajlovic has set AC Milan a top-three finish as the target for his first season in charge of the seven-times European champions.
IAAF fights back against reports of widespread suspected doping
The world governing body for athletics (IAAF) fought back on Tuesday against media reports of suspected widespread doping in the sport, rejecting accusations it failed to investigate dubious drugs test results properly.
Kenya's top runners urge fans to keep faith amid doping row
Kenya's top runners have urged athletics fans and sports enthusiasts across the world to keep faith in them, despite media allegations of widespread doping in the east African nation famed for its top-class runners.
In for the long haul, Terry's training hard and eating right
Chelsea defender John Terry has worked hard on his fitness in the last few years and wants to have a long playing career like former Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs, the former England captain said.
Tip Gear: Some advice for Jeremy Clarkson and the boys
Now that Jeremy has decided to try his hand at something new, we asked Top Gear's Top Fan Anywhere, Raja Sen, to give Mr C some advice.
Brazilian senators to head to US, Switzerland, in soccer probe
A Brazilian Senate committee investigating corruption in soccer will send three of its members to Switzerland and Miami to interview key players charged in a massive bribery scandal.
Rio confident a year before Olympics but questions remain
Brazil's economy is heading for recession, the President is threatened with impeachment and a huge corruption scandal has engulfed the nation but Rio de Janeiro is riding a wave of confidence in its preparations to host the Olympics next year.
Real's Bale scores to sink former club Spurs in pre-season friendly
Gareth Bale scored against his former club Tottenham Hotspur as Real Madrid claimed a convincing 2-0 win over the Premier League club in a friendly at the pre-season Audi Cup in Germany.
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.
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.
Suarez has extra motivation, says Barca boss Enrique
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is expecting an even greater impact from Luis Suarez this season with the cloud of disciplinary problems no longer hanging over the Uruguay striker.
August 04, 2015
World Swimming: Ledecky breaks 1500 metres freestyle world record
American Katie Ledecky set a world record for the women's 1500 metres freestyle at the world swimming championships on Tuesday.
Bajrang, Babita qualify for World Wrestling Championship
Star grapplers Bajrang and Babita Kumari qualified for next month's World Wrestling Championship after emerging victorious in their respective weight categories in the final selection trials at the SAI training centre in Sonepat.
Injured Ibrahimovic ruled out of PSG's season opener at Lille
Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss Paris St Germain's Ligue 1 season opener at Lille on Friday because of a knee injury.
No doping in athletics, declares IAAF
The world governing body for athletics (IAAF) released a formal statement on Tuesday, strongly denying media reports of widespread doping in the sport.
5 per cent of 'abnormal blood tests' from Indian athletes: Reports
Sensational media reports of widespread blood doping in world athletics has also pointed the finger of suspicion at Indian athletes, though experts in the country are not very clear about how it could have happened.
Bopanna-Mergea down Murray-Nestor to enter Citi Open quarters
The Indian doubles specialist and his Romanian partner defeated the Scottish-Canadian team 2-6, 6-1, 10-3 in the opening round of the US $1,753,020 hard-court event.
India hockey captain Rani Rampal appointed SAI coach
Indian women's hockey team forward Rani Rampal is set to become an assistant coach with the Sports Authority of India after SAI relaxed its recruitment norms owing to her fine brilliant record.
Bale, Benzema will stay at Real, insists coach Benitez
Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez has dismissed speculations surrounding Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema's potential move to the Premier League, insisting that both key players will not be leaving the Spanish club.
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.
Speculations heat up as F1 champ Hamilton seen with Rihanna again
Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton has fueled speculation that he is in a romantic relationship with pop star Rihanna.
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.
Angel Di Maria set to leave United for PSG
Angel Di Maria's brief career at Manchester United came to an end as the winger will join Paris Saint-Germain on a four-year deal.
1st Hockey Test: Clinical India blank France
Talented Chinglensana Singh and seasoned S V Sunil scored a goal each as the Indian men's hockey team started their tour of Europe with a 2-0 victory over hosts France on Monday.
Why Stones should pick United over Chelsea
Former England international Rio Ferdinand feels Everton's John Stones should pick Manchester United over Chelsea if the defender prefers more playing time.
Doping: Money at heart of athletics cover up!
Victor Conte, the man at the centre of what was the United States's biggest doping scandal, believes the latest drug scandal to rock the sports world is all part of a cover up to protect the bottom line.
Injury Reports: Juventus's Khedira ruled out for two months
Juventus's new signing Sami Khedira will miss the first two months of the season with a thigh injury, the Serie A champions said.
Is she 'masculine'?
Ronda Rousey thrashes body shamers calling her 'masculine'.
Meet swimming's 'Iron Lady' who smashed world record
Hungary's Katinka Hosszu underlined her status as the leading all-round swimmer with a world record in the women's 200 metres individual medley at the world championships on Monday.
New findings on doping: Results show health risk in athletes
Some of the readings from athletes' blood tests leaked by a whistleblower for a report exposing suspected doping were so extreme they were 'downright dangerous', one of the experts cited in the report.
World Swimming: Sjostrom sets 100m butterfly world record
Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom set a world record for the women's 100 metres butterfly at the world swimming championships on Monday.
August 03, 2015
World Swimming Championships: Hosszu sets 200m medley world record
Hungary's Katinka Hosszu set a world record for the women's 200 metres individual medley at the world swimming championships on Monday.
Rafael poised to join Olympique Lyon from Manchester United
Olympique Lyonnais are on the verge of signing Brazil defender Rafael from Manchester United, the French club's president said on Monday.
World C'ships: US teen Ledecky betters own 1500m freestyle world mark
American teenager Katie Ledecky bettered her own 1500 metres freestyle world record with a superb display during the morning heats at the world championships on Monday.
Manchester City hoping Sterling proves a sound investment
Demonised as a caricature of the highly-paid modern-day footballer whose ego dwarfs his talent, Raheem Sterling will have few fans when the Premier League begins next weekend.
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.
India not taking France lightly in European Tour opener
In the FIH Hockey World League Semi-Final 2012-13, the Indian team outplayed the European team by 6-2 in which young Mandeep Singh scored two back-to-back goals. In the second season of FIH Hockey World League Semi-Final, India again met France in the semi-final round in Belgium and defeated them 3-2.
Frisbee comes of age, earns Olympic recognition
The sport of flying disc, popularly known as frisbee, has been officially recognised as an Olympic sport by the International Olympic Committee.
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.
American cyclist Danielson fails doping test
American Tom Danielson has revealed he failed a doping test for synthetic testosterone but the Cannondale-Garmin rider denies taking a banned substance.
Di Maria on verge of signing for PSG
Manchester United's Argentine winger Angel Di Maria is set to have a medical ahead of a proposed transfer to French champions Paris St-Germain a year after arriving at Old Trafford for a British record transfer fee, local media reported on Sunday.
Tevez scores but Boca Juniors lose at home
Carlos Tevez scored his first goal for Boca Juniors at La Bombonera in more than a decade but it was not enough to prevent his side from crashing to a shock 4-3 defeat to Union in the Argentine championship on Sunday.
De Jong sizzles as PSV lift Dutch Super Cup trophy
Luuk de Jong scored twice as champions PSV Eindhoven handed out a stark warning to the other Dutch league title contenders with a 3-0 win over Groningen in the Super Cup on Sunday.
4 reasons why Petr Cech could be the answer to Arsenal's problems
Petr Cech helped the Gunners enjoy a rare victory over Jose Mourinho's side on Sunday.
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
Athletics roiled by mass doping allegations
Calls grow for global athletics probe after widespread doping allegations.
Blatter gives up IOC membership as FIFA exit nears
FIFA President Sepp Blatter was relieved of his International Olympic Committee ex officio membership on Monday.
Happy Birthday Sunil Chhetri! 6 reasons why he is a star striker
As Chhetri celebrates his 31st birthday today, here is a look at what makes him stand out.
August 02, 2015
Swede Sjostrom sets world record in 100m butterfly
Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom set a world record for the women's 100 metres butterfly at the world championships on Sunday.
Arsenal get morale-boosting win over Chelsea
FA Cup winners Arsenal beat champions Chelsea 1-0 in England's Community Shield season curtain-raiser at Wembley on Sunday to end a long wait for victory over their London rivals.
Nadal claims 67th career title with Hamburg Open victory
Spaniard Rafa Nadal won his 67th career title with a 7-5, 7-5 victory against dangerous Italian Fabio Fognini in the final of the Hamburg Open on Sunday.
Indian women's team bag silver at World Archery Championships
The Indian women's recurve team squandered a two-set lead and went down to top seed Russians in the shoot-off to bag a silver medal at the World Archery Championships, in the final in Copenhagen, on Sunday.
Athletics rocked by 'wild' doping allegations
The BBC report said a third of medals in endurance events at the Olympics and world championships between 2001 and 2012 were won by athletes who have recorded "suspicious tests".
Enticing Federer vs Nadal awaits in second season of IPTL
The apprehensions attached with a new tennis concept have disappeared as the top international players have embraced IPTL, feels Mahesh Bhupathi, whose league will feature a marquee match between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the capital this season.
August 01, 2015
Nadal eases past Seppi to reach Hamburg final
Rafa Nadal made light work of Italian Andreas Seppi to reach the final of the Hamburg Open on Saturday and will now face Fabio Fognini, who is chasing an almost unthinkable third claycourt victory over the Spaniard this season.
Almaty hints at another Olympic run after narrow loss
Almaty could consider another Olympic bid campaign after narrowly losing out to Beijing for the 2022 Winter Olympics, Kazakhstan's Prime Minister Karim Massimov hinted.
Sania Mirza recommended for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna
The Sports Ministry has confirmed that Wimbledon doubles champion Sania Mirza has been recommended for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna but made it clear that the final decision rests with only the Awards Committee.
Indian-American student baseball player to be honoured
Teenage baseball sensation Kumar Nambiar from Westchester county has become the first Indian-American student athlete to be honoured with 'New York State Player of the Year', according to media reports.
Manchester United bank on Schweinsteiger for midfield mongrel
The signing of Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern Munich was a massive statement of intent by Manchester United.
'Chelsea must be unpredictable because opponents know us well'
Chelsea must add a new dimension to their brand of football if the champions are to mount a strong defense of the Premier League title they won in some comfort last season, said manager Jose Mourinho.
Olympic sailors, rowers shrug off reports of Rio's polluted waters
Sailors and rowers were not worried about getting sick during the Rio Olympics next year despite reports that waters to be used for events have pollution levels equivalent to raw sewage, competitors said on Thursday.
Barca's youth eager to make most of opportunities during transfer ban
Barcelona's famed youth academy has taken a back seat to big-name signings in recent years but as a result of the FIFA transfer ban imposed on the club, promising youngsters have been given a chance to shine in Luis Enrique's side.
July 31, 2015
IOC in no mood for risks, opts for Beijing's sure bet
The choice of Beijing as host of the 2022 Winter Olympics over Kazakhstan's Almaty was a solid vote for the tried and tested, and the financial and organisational security of China.
Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla sign new Arsenal contracts
Arsenal forward Theo Walcott and Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla have signed new contracts with the Gunners, the Premier League club said on Friday.
Beijing awarded 2022 Winter Olympics
Beijing was chosen by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to host the 2022 Winter Olympics on Friday, becoming the first city to be awarded both summer and winter Games.
US lawmakers call for allowing turbaned Sikh basketball players
A bipartisan group of 39 influential American lawmakers has asked the International Basketball Federation to end its discrimination against Sikh players and allow them to play while wearing a turban.
Meet the potential FIFA presidential candidates
The election to replace outgoing Sepp Blatter will take place at an extraordinary congress on February 26 in Zurich.
Warne says booing fine over Goodes race row
"I can understand why he's upset because no one should be subject to taunts, they particularly shouldn't be subject to racial taunts.
Diamond League: Fraser-Pryce rules the track; Oliver suffers setback
Women's 100 metres world champion and Diamond Race leader Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won.
Gomez joins Besiktas on loan after injury-hit Fiore spell
German forward Mario Gomez has joined Besiktas on loan after two unhappy, injury-plagued seasons at Fiorentina, the clubs said on Thursday.
Transferred...with a twist
The summer transfer season in Europe has witnessed many a high-profile move, and a surprise or two. Rediff.com takes a look at a few such tales that ended not as expected.
FC Goa coach Zico's FIFA bid gets lukewarm backing from CBF
Zico has been promised the backing of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) for his bid to run for the FIFA presidency if he can show he has the support of four other federations.
'Missing' Olympian wants to return, fight and train Indian boxers
Gurcharan Singh tells Laxmi Negi/Rediff.com why he deserted the Indian team and the reason for wanting to return to the country after 15 years.
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
'Zhangjiakou has schools and overseas projects for winter sports'
Zhangjiakou, the joint-bidding city of Beijing for 2022 Winter Olympics, is developing fast in skiing industry. Mayor Hou Liang said on Thursday that the Hebei city had been training coaches to meet the need of the rapid development.
Rajat Chauhan in gold medal race at World archery
Rajat Chauhan ensured India a medal by making the final in the compound section, while Laxmirani Majhi advanced to the bronze medal play-off in the women's recurve in the World Archery Championships, in Copenhagen, on Thursday.
Constantine announces list of 28 probables for WC qualifier
National coach Stephen Constantine announced a list of 28 probables on Thursday for India's forthcoming 2018 World Cup preliminary joint qualification match against Iran.
South Korea's Chung running for FIFA president
Former FIFA vice-president Chung Mong-joon, one of the most influential figures in Asian soccer, told Reuters on Thursday he is entering the race to replace Sepp Blatter as president of football's world governing body.
Why the race debate is raging in Australia?
Months of relentless booing of Aboriginal football great and anti-racism campaigner Adam Goodes has ignited an
ISL: Former Chelsea player Mutu signs for FC Pune City
The 36-year-old player, whose career has been chequered by controversy, spent last season at Petrolul Ploiești, a top-flight Romanian club.
English FA back Platini's FIFA presidency bid
The English FA have thrown their weight behind Michel Platini's bid to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president.
Felix to run 400m and relays at World Championships
Olympic 200 metres gold medallist Allyson Felix has chosen to run the 400 metres at next month's world championships, her coach told Reuters on Wednesday.
World's fastest woman sets sights on 100 and 200 metres titles
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the world's fastest woman, may change her plans and defend both her 100 and 200 metres titles at next month's world championships in Beijing.
Kaka leads MLS All-Stars to win over Tottenham
Former Brazil international Kaka made the most of his first appearance in the Major League Soccer All-Star Game as he helped lead his team past English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 on Wednesday.
International Champions Cup friendly: PSG beat United in Chicago
Blaise Matuidi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored first half goals as Paris Saint-Germain beat Manchester United 2-0 on Wednesday in their International Champions Cup clash in Chicago.
CL Qualifier: Ajax squander two-goal lead against 10-man Rapid Vienna
Ajax Amsterdam, returning to the stadium where they last won the Champions League 20 years ago, squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 against 10-man Rapid Vienna on Wednesday.
Diamond League: German Schwanitz creates history
Germany's Christina Schwanitz effectively wrapped up her first Diamond Race shot put title with a winning throw of 20.13 metres on the eve of the main IAAF Diamond League meeting in Stockholm.
Federer withdraws from Rogers Cup in Montreal
World number two Roger Federer has withdrawn from next month's Rogers Cup in Montreal, though he gave no reason for his decision in a statement released by organisers on Wednesday.
Maradona wants to fight FIFA 'mafia'
Argentine football great Diego Maradona said on Wednesday he wants to fight the "mafia" responsible for the corruption scandal that has rocked FIFA, but he stopped short of saying he wants to be the next president of global soccer's governing body.
July 29, 2015
Platini to stand for FIFA presidency
UEFA head Michel Platini announced on Wednesday his intention to stand for presidency of FIFA in place of Sepp Blatter.
Somdev beaten by American qualifier Donaldson at Atlanta Open
Somdev Devvarman, India's No 1 singles player, was knocked out of the ATP Atlanta Open by American qualifier Jared Donaldson on Tuesday. The 30-year-old Davis Cupper, who also entered the main draw of the event through the qualifiers, lost 1-6, 6-3, 4-6.
PHOTOS: Neymar makes the most of his holidays
When Barcelona lost to Chelsea in pre season friendly, Neymar was busy holidaying in Ibiza, Spain.
CLeague: Shakhtar field midfielder Fred despite threat of doping ban
Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu admitted he went against UEFA's wishes in fielding midfielder Fred in Tuesday's Champions League qualifier despite being aware of a possible doping violation hanging over the Brazilian international.
Hitler-built stadiums hosting Europe's biggest Jewish sports event
Seven decades after Adolf Hitler sought to stop Jews from competing in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, more than 2,500 Jewish competitors will take part in the 14th European Maccabi Games from Wednesday.
Always nice to beat Barcelona, isn't it?
Chelsea wrapped up their pre-season tour of the United States on a high note by beating Barcelona in a shootout after their International Champions Cup match ended 2-2 on Tuesday.
Mexico fire coach Herrera after alleged punching incident
Miguel Herrera, Mexico's national soccer team coach, was fired on Tuesday, a day after he allegedly punched a reporter who had criticized his team's performance in the recent Copa America and Gold Cup tournaments.
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
Transfer Buzz: Filipe Luis rejoins Atletico from Chelsea
Defender Filipe Luis has rejoined Atletico Madrid from Chelsea in a reported 16 million euro ($17.66 million) deal, the Spanish club said. Ajax join Champions League with the minnows
Four-time European champions Ajax Amsterdam find themselves among the pre-qualifiers for the Champions League this year as Dutch football pays the price for its declining record in continental competition.
Indian women archers qualify for Rio Olympics, men's team fail
The Indian women's recurve team earned Olympic quota for the 2016 Rio Games by entering the final, while the men's trio failed to advance after giving away a handsome lead, at the Archery World Championships, in Copenhagen, on Tuesda
It's sealed! Vidal completes $44 million move to Bayern
Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal has completed his transfer from Juventus to Bayern Munich by signing a four-year contract with the Bundesliga champions.
UEFA head Platini to announce FIFA presidency bid
Michel Platini, the head of European soccer's governing body UEFA, is to announce in the next few days that he will stand for the presidency of FIFA, a source close to the former France international told Reuters on Tuesday.
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.
This is a great day for women sports, Sonoval on Dutee's clearance
Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal welcomed the Court of Arbitration for Sport's decision that allowed Indian sprinter Dutee Chand to resume her career, which was brought to a halt owing to IAAF Regulation on Hyperandrogenism.
IOC expects US 2024 bid despite Boston pullout
The International Olympic Committee remains confident the United States will deliver a bid to host the 2024 Summer Games despite Boston's withdrawal from the race on Monday.
India sprinter Chand cleared by CAS over gender testing
Monday's ruling cleared the way for the 19-year-old to compete again in both domestic and international events after she was forced to sit out for about a year.
Mexico football coach Herrera accused of punching journalist
The coach of Mexico's national soccer team was accused on Monday of punching a journalist in the neck during an altercation at the Philadelphia airport, a day after Mexico's triumph in Sunday's CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament.
Barca, Bilbao face fines for politically-motivated jeers at King's Cup
Barcelona, Athletic Bilbao and the Spanish football federation face fines over politically-motivated whistles and banners during last season's King's Cup final at the Nou Camp, the Spanish government said on Monday.
Drogba joins MLS bandwagon, signs for Montreal Impact
"It's an honour to welcome Didier Drogba to the Impact," said team president Joey Saputo.
People like Blatter deserve Nobel Prize, says Putin!
FIFA boss Sepp Blatter deserves a Nobel Prize for his stewardship of soccer's governing body, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview aired by Swiss broadcaster RTS on Monday.
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
Rodriguez strike caps Real Madrid's 3-0 win over Inter Milan
James Rodriguez curled home a superb free kick to cap Real Madrid's 3-0 win over Inter Milan in a friendly in Guangzhou on Monday.
Indian hockey team to embark on Euro tour under Oltmans
A 21-member Indian men's hockey team will embark on a 15-day tour of Europe, starting July 31. High Performance Director Roelant Oltmans will take over as the chief coach of the side following the unceremonious ouster of Paul Van Ass.
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.
Australia exile Tomic wins ATP title in Bogota
Australian bad boy Bernard Tomic has shrugged off his Miami arrest and banishment from the Davis Cup team to successfully defend his ATP title in Bogota.
Wrestling: Indian eves bag silver at Kazakhstan Presidential Cup
The Indian women's wrestling team had a good preparation for the upcoming World Championship as they finished second in the fifth Cup of the President of Republic of Kazakhstan on Sunday.
Froome's rivals not good enough as Tour de France disappoints
This year's Tour de France had been advertised as an exciting battle royale between four great riders yet it panned out as an underwhelming contest as Chris Froome's rivals failed to live up to expectations.
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.
Mexico beat Jamaica to claim CONCACAF Gold Cup
Clint Dempsey of the United States took the tournament's Golden Boot Award
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.
Manchester United sign Argentina keeper Romero
Manchester United have signed Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero on a three-year deal, the club said on Sunday.
July 26, 2015
Hungarian Grand Prix: Vettel wins for Ferrari and Bianchi
Germany's Sebastian Vettel won an emotional Hungarian Grand Prix for Ferrari and the late Jules Bianchi on Sunday after a crazy race that turned into a rare nightmare for champions Mercedes despite Lewis Hamilton increasing his overall lead.
FIFA, AIFF launch football development program in seven states
India has been termed the sleeping giant of world football by FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association) president Sepp Blatter and to awaken the dormant potential of the region, the international football association has launched a new program in partnership with the football association of seven Indian states.
Di Maria 'no show' adds fuel to rumours of PSG move
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal "does not know why" Angel Di Maria has not joined the Premier League club's pre-season tour of the U.S following media reports the winger is close to signing for Paris St-Germain.
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.
Rosberg baffled by qualifying gap to Hamilton
Nico Rosberg was looking for answers in Hungary on Saturday after being out-qualified by Formula One world champion teammate Lewis Hamilton for the ninth time in 10 races.
Gold Cup: Panama stun US to finish third
Panama goalkeeper Luis Mejia made three consecutive saves during a penalty shootout for his team to stun the United States 2-1 and secure third place at the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Saturday in Chester, Pennsylvania.
Russian Open: Shuttler Jayaram falls to Sugiarto in semi-final
Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram crashed out of the Russian Open on Saturday after incurring a straight-set defeat against Indonesia's Tommy Sugiarto in the semi-final of the Grand Prix badminton event in Vladivostok, Russia on Saturday.
Amos tames Rudisha in 800 metres; Thompson strikes gold in 200m
Botswana's Nijel Amos laid down a marker ahead of next month's world championships by winning a highly-anticipated 800 metres showdown with Kenyan Olympic champion David Rudisha at the Anniversary Games on Saturday.
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.
Spain and Italy paired in 2018 World Cup draw
Spain and Italy were placed in the same qualifying group for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, as were the Netherlands and France, but holders Germany were handed a kinder campaign with the Czech Republic their chief rivals in the draw made on Saturday.
July 25, 2015
Pro kabaddi League: Delhi on top four after routing Bengal
Dabang Delhi shot into top four after thrashing hosts Bengal Warriors while Bengaluru Bulls scripted a fine comeback in the second half to hand Puneri Paltan their fourth successive loss in the Pro Kabaddi League at the Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata.
Froome poised to win Tour after Quintana attack
Chris Froome is poised to win a second Tour de France title after being forced to hang on desperately as Colombian Nairo Quintana attacked relentlessly in Saturday's penultimate stage up the iconic Alpe d'Huez.
Gopichand hopes doubles coach will get India more Olympic spots
BAI has confirmed the services of Tan Kim, who will be joining the Indian team by the end of September to work with the top doubles players.
Olympic gymnast gets engaged after a sweet proposal!
Olympic gold-medalist gymnast Shawn Johnson got engaged to Andrew East.
Robert Allenby should clean up his act!
A caddie who witnessed the fiery verbal confrontation between Robert Allenby and his caddie during the Canadian Open is appalled by the way the player treated his bagman.
Five Roma players sent home from Indonesia airport
Indonesian football fans were thrilled to see Italian side AS Roma touch down in Jakarta on Friday as part of their pre-season tour.
Tour de France: Froome has lead cut; Nibali wins 19th stage
Chris Froome has one more mountainous hurdle to overcome to claim a second Tour de France title after Friday's 19th stage in which had 30 seconds chopped off his lead as Vincenzo Nibali claimed a controversial victory.
'Sepp Blatter is a victim'
FIFA's embattled president Sepp Blatter is 'a victim' and 'a very brave person', the chief executive of the 2018 Russian World Cup organising committee said on Friday.
Bolt answers critics with season's best
Usain Bolt answered questions over his fitness ahead of the world championships with a season's best of 9.87 seconds in the 100 metres with a workmanlike performance at the London Anniversary Games on Friday.
Hulk Hogan sorry for 'N-word'; WWE terminates his contract
WWE, Hulk Hogan end ties after transcript of racist tirade surfaces.
July 24, 2015
Ibe shines as Liverpool held to 1-1 draw in Malaysia
Jordon Ibe scored a superb equaliser as Liverpool's pre-season tour ended in frustration after they were held to a dull 1-1 draw by a Malaysia XI on Friday.
Pro Kabaddi League: Mumbai win fifth match on trot; Delhi open account
Continuing their winning streak, U Mumba downed hosts Bengal Warriors 29-25 for their fifth win on the trot, while Dabang Delhi pipped Puneri Paltan by one point to open their tally in the Pro Kabaddi League at the Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata.
Perez unhurt after crash-landing upside down in Hungary
Mexican Sergio Perez scrambled free from the wreckage of a heavy crash that left his Force India upside down on the track, halting first practice for the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix on Friday.
Real rout City in front of record Melbourne crowd
Real Madrid completed their pre-season tour of Australia with a crushing 4-1 friendly win over a depleted Manchester City in front of a record soccer crowd of 99,382 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday.
Manchester United's Di Maria set to join PSG?
Angel Di Maria is reportedly set to join Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) from Manchester United.
Court issues fresh notice to boxer Vijender for turning pro
The Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday issued a fresh notice to boxer Vijender Singh on him joining professional boxing.
ISL round-up: Tendulkar's Kerala Blasters sign Barca youth product
Kerala Blasters have staged a coup of sorts and signed 22-year-old Spaniard Lluis Ribera Josu Currais for the second season of the Indian Super League.
Perez unhurt after crash-landing upside down in Hungary
"It was a really bad accident, pretty unlucky," Perez told reporters of his crash at the Hungaroring.
FIFA secretary general Valcke all but says he's leaving
Jerome Valcke, FIFA's often-outspoken secretary general, all but confirmed on Friday that he will be leaving his job when Sepp Blatter is replaced as president of world soccer's governing body next February.
Van Ass demands apology from 'autocratic' Batra
Fired India hockey coach Paul van Ass says Hockey India president Narinder Batra was just finding ways to fire him.
Was Drogba offered $1mn to play in ISL?
Former Chelsea and Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba was offered a whopping $1 million by Atletico de Kolkata's co-owners to become the marquee player of the Indian Super League side though the high-profile player is yet to respond, according to a report in London.
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.
Racism victim Hulk pulls out of WC qualifying draw in Russia
Zenit St Petersburg's Brazilian striker Hulk has pulled out of Saturday's World Cup qualifying draw, only days after complaining of "gross and ugly" racism in Russian football.
Dhoni among 10 most marketable athletes in the world
India's most successful One-Day International captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has beaten football superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to secure ninth place in the list of the world's 'most marketable athletes', compiled by the London School of Marketing.
National fencing champ dies after allegedly pushed off train
National fencing champion, Hoshiyar Singh, died on Thursday after he was allegedly thrown off a moving train by Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel in Uttar Pradesh.
Best Pictures from the Tour de France - Part 1
The best action from the Tour de France
Raikkonen has what Ferrari needs...SPEED
Kimi Raikkonen believes he still has the speed that Ferrari need despite reports that the Formula One team are lining up a replacement for 2016 in fellow-Finn Valtteri Bottas.
Blatter finally leaves home for... Russia
Sepp Blatter in Russia on first foreign visit since crisis.
Europa qualifying: 10-man West Ham scrape past Malta club Birkirkara
West Ham United, reduced to 10 men after defender James Tomkins was sent off in the first half, won 5-3 in a penalty shootout against Maltese Cup winners Birkirkara to scrape into the Europa League third qualifying round on Thursday.
Bizarre! Allenby, caddie split mid-round after tiff
Robert Allenby's bizarre season took another strange turn when his caddie walked off the course midway through the first round of the RBC Canadian Open.
Special Olympics athletes made to sleep on the floor!
Special Olympics athletes and coaches arriving in Los Angeles were forced to sleep on a gymnasium floor.
Barca fined over pro-Catalan flags at Champions League final
European soccer's governing body UEFA has fined Barcelona 30,000 euros ($33,006) after fans displayed pro-Catalan independence flags at last month's Champions League final in Berlin.
Tomic spurns Tennis Australia olive branch
Bernard Tomic's rift with Tennis Australia looks unlikely to end any time soon after the player said he had no interest in clear-the-air talks until the governing body resumed funding of his sister, Sara.
Haryana milkman's son creates history
Ten-Year-Old Shubham Jaglan wins second Junior World Golf title in two weeks.
July 23, 2015
Telugu Titans down Bengal for third win on trot
Riding on captain Rahul Chaudhari's superb last minute raid, Telugu Titans produced a spectacular recovery to snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat against Bengal Warriors for their third successive win in the Pro Kabaddi League at the Netaji Indoor Stadium.
Tour de France: Bardet wins 18th stage, Froome retains yellow jersey
France's Romain Bardet of AG2r-La Mondiale won the 18th stage of the Tour de France, a 186.5-km trek from Gap on Thursday.
Turan, Vidal...and Barcelona transfer business is done
Barcelona have completed their business in the latest transfer window and the Spanish and European champions' squad is now "closed", president Josep Bartomeu said on Thursday.
PHOTOS: Jamaica to meet Mexico in CONCACAF final
Darren Mattocks and Giles Barnes scored first-half goals to propel Jamaica to an upset 2-1 victory over the United States in the CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-finals in Atlanta on Wednesday. The victory ensured Jamaica became the first Caribbean team to reach the Gold Cup Final since its inception in 1991.
Sergio Ramos '100 percent committed' to Real, says Rafa Benitez
Real Madrid captain and centre back Sergio Ramos is "100 percent committed" to the club, new coach Rafa Benitez said on Thursday, amid continued speculation the Spain defender could be on his way to Manchester United.
Mourinho's excuse after Red Bull's 'B' team shocks Chelsea
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho sprung to the defence of new goalkeeper Asmir Begovic after the Bosnian conceded four goals against the New York Red Bulls.
Did Lahiri's inexperience cost him at British Open?
Disappointed Anirban Lahiri believes Asia on brink of major success.
Bayern confirm deal to sign Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal
Bayern Munich have confirmed they have reached an agreement with Italy's Juventus to sign Chile international Arturo Vidal, the German club's CEO Karl Heinz Rummenigge said on Thursday.
Transfer Buzz: Liverpool sign striker Benteke from Villa
Liverpool wrapped up a deal for Christian Benteke on Wednesday, luring the targetman to Anfield on a long-term contract.
Air India almost stopped Sumit Nagal from flying to Wimbledon!
'Even if we ate our chappatis with pickle, we ensured proper food for Sumit.'
It was a crazy day at Tour de France
Froome in control as Contador drifts, Van Garderen out of Tour de France.
Gold Cup: Jamaica shock US in semi-finals
Darren Mattocks and Giles Barnes scored first-half goals to propel Jamaica to an upset 2-1 victory over the United States in the CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-finals in Atlanta on Wednesday.
Meet the big guns of US Open
Wimbledon champions and World No 1s Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams head the field for the men's and women's events at this year's US Open.
Stay away from FIFA reform process: Prince Ali to Blatter
Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan, who failed in an attempt to replace Sepp Blatter as FIFA president in May, says Blatter should not be handling the reform process.
Paralympic champ 'Dancing With The Stars' pregnant!
Nothing, it seems, can stop courageous amputee Kelly Cartwright, who lost her right leg to cancer at just 15, from pursuing her dreams.
Bengal Warriors, Bengaluru Bulls win in Kolkata leg
Hosts Bengal Warriors put up an amazing display to bounce back from behind and upset defending champions Jaipur Pink Panthers in a thrilling finish to open their tally, while Bengaluru Bulls defeated Patna Pirates for their second win of the Pro Kabaddi League in Kolkata.
July 22, 2015
Van Ass ready to return, but wants no interference
Paul van Ass, who claims he was fired as chief coach of India's men's hockey team following an altercation with Hockey India president Narinder Batra, says he is willing to resume duties provided there is no "interference" in his work.
Chelsea fans banned after racist incident on Paris Metro
Four Chelsea fans who refused to allow a black man onto the Paris Metro were banned on Wednesday from attending football matches for between three and five years.
Dhyan Chand to be honoured in British Parliament
Indian hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand will be conferred with the 'Bharat Gaurav' Lifetime Achivement Award by NRI orgainsation Sanskriti Yuva Sangstha at the House of Commons inside the British Parliament of July 25.
Barca get back to work with 2-1 win over LA Galaxy
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique was pleased they got straight back into their stride with Tuesday's 2-1 friendly win over the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Schweinsteiger's performance does not cut it for Van Gaal
Van Gaal also said that they gave the ball away unnecessarily after half-time, insisting that their positions in midfield were not as good as in the first half.
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.
Depay helps Manchester United beat San Jose in friendly tie
Memphis Depay netted his maiden goal for Manchester United to help the Premier League side claim a 3-1 pre-season win over Major League Soccer side San Jose Earthquakes.
Korean golfer ordered to quit PGA tour; finish military service
South Korean golfer Bae Sang-Moon, who has won twice on the PGA Tour, is to return home to complete his military service after losing a legal battle to defer his conscription on Wednesday.
Filipe Luis poised for Atletico return
Chelsea's Brazil left back Filipe Luis is poised to return to Atletico Madrid after one season at Chelsea where he failed to hold down a regular first team place, Atletico president Enrique Cerezo said.
Blatter prankster charged by police after FIFA complaint
The British comedian who showered FIFA president Sepp Blatter with fake dollar bills has been charged by Swiss police after being arrested and interrogated, a police spokesman said on Tuesday.
Formula One bids farewell to Jules Bianchi
Formula One world champions past and present paid their respects to Jules Bianchi and mourned one of their own at the French driver's funeral on Tuesday.
He escapes life-threatening encounter with shark
Shaken Mick Fanning is not giving up on surfing despite shark attack.
This is historic! Women stars to make debut on FIFA video game cover
American World Cup champion Alex Morgan will be one of two women football players to score a first by featuring on the front cover of FIFA, the world's most popular football video game.
July 21, 2015
'Starting at the same pace as my team mates, it will be different'
Luis Suarez struggled to get into his stride with new club Barcelona after his ban for biting an opponent expired in October and the Uruguay striker is determined to avoid the same fate when the new season starts next month.
Newcastle United sign Serbia forward Mitrovic from Anderlecht
Newcastle United have signed Serbian forward Aleksandar Mitrovic from Belgian side Anderlecht, subject to a work permit, the Premier League club announced on Tuesday.
Sterling impresses on Manchester City debut
The 20-year-old was jeered at the Melbourne Cricket Ground when he tripped over the ball on one of his first touches in the area, but a minute later soaked up the acclaim after slotting home a through ball from Nigerian teenager Kelechi Iheanacho.
Davis Cup: India to host Czech Republic in World Group Play-offs
India were handed a tough Davis Cup draw, being pitted against top seeds Czech Republic in the World Group Play-offs, to be held from September 18-20 either in New Delhi or Pune.
Striker Rooney targets Bobby Charlton's scoring record
Wayne Rooney has set himself a target of 20 goals this season, which would break Bobby Charlton's long-standing record as Manchester United's highest scorer of all time.
Sania-Shoaib's after-success party has just started!
Sania Mirza and her Pakistani cricketer husband Shoaib Malik seem to have finally got the time to celebrate their respective recent victories.
Milind Soman is now the 'Ironman'
The Bollywood actor and model, Milind Soman, has just added another father to his cap.
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...
This beauty caught Ronaldo's attention!
Hollywood beauty Margot Robbie has a new high-profile admirer.
Tour de France: Froome retains lead; Thomas suffers freak crash
Chris Froome was reminded just how quickly the Tour de France title could slip from his grip as his Sky team mate Geraint Thomas suffered a freak crash in Monday's 16th stage.
Football great Pele leaves hospital after back surgery
Brazilian football legend Pele left the hospital on Monday after undergoing back surgery, the latest in a series of health complications for the 74-year-old former star striker.
'Kids are my legacy not my Open win'
Father-of-three Zach Johnson refused to get too carried away after winning the 144th British Open.
Sepp Blatter's troubles aren't over
Sepp Blatter faces months of troubles before departure.
British Open: Zach attack earns Johnson victory
American Zach Johnson claimed the second major triumph of his career after winning a four-hole playoff at the end of a captivating, cliffhanger of a final round in the British Open on Monday.
July 20, 2015
Bianchi's race number 17 to be retired
Jules Bianchi's racing number 17 has been retired from use in Formula One following the French driver's death last week, the sport's governing body announced on Monday.
Sports Ministry in dark about Van Ass's sacking
Sports Ministry officials clarified that they are yet to receive any form of communication on Indian men's hockey team coach Paul van Ass, who claims to have been sacked by Hockey India.
'FIFA presidential election to be held on Feb 26'
The election to select a new president of world soccer's governing body FIFA will be held on Feb. 26 in Zurich, the organisation said on its Twitter feed on Monday.
Who will take charge of FIFA? Kofi Annan or Platini
Campaigners call for Kofi Annan to take charge of FIFA reform.
Hockey coach Van Ass missing from the action
Barely five months into the job, uncertainty looms large over Paul van Ass continuing as chief coach of India's men's hockey team.
Haryana milkman's son lifts world junior golf title
Shubham Jaglan, a ten-year-old prodigy, produced a brilliant one-stroke win at IMG Academy Junior World Golf Championships at the Welk Resort in San Diego.
Finding a replacement for Sepp Blatter...
The leadership of crisis-hit world football governing body FIFA gathered at their Zurich headquarters on Monday to set a date for the vote to replace outgoing president Sepp Blatter.
Tour de France: Greipel wins 15th stage, Froome retains lead
Andre Greipel confirmed he was the sprint king at this year's Tour de France when the German outpowered his rivals to win the 15th stage on Sunday.
Irish amateur Dunne proves a St Andrews sensation
Irish amateur Paul Dunne is in contention to become the first amateur to win the British Open for 85 years after a sensational third-round display sent him rocketing into a tie for the lead on Sunday.
'F1 will always be dangerous'
Formula One is as safe as it has ever been but danger will always be part of the sport.
July 19, 2015
Transfer Buzz: Liverpool reach deal with Villa for Benteke
Liverpool have agreed a 32.5 million pounds deal with Aston Villa for striker Christian Benteke, British media reported on Sunday.
Sweet homecoming for Tevez
Striker Jonathan Calleri chipped a brilliant 'rabona' as Boca Juniors marked Carlos Tevez's homecoming with a 2-1 victory over Quilmes at La Bombonera to stay top of the Argentine championship.
Meet the hero of India's Davis Cup triumph
Team India lauds Yuki Bhambri, hero of match against New Zealand.
PHOTOS: Bachchans, Aamir grace Pro Kabaddi opener
The Bachchan family were out in full force but despite even their presence could not prevent their team Jaipur Pink Panthers from going down to hosts U Mumba in the opening game of the Star Sports Pro-Kabaddi League on a rousing note at the NSCI Stadium in Mumbai, on Saturday.
This 'Pole' dances to kabaddi's beat
Michal Spiczko has not even stepped on the kabaddi mat is is already making waves.
British Open: Leader Johnson holds firm; Woods misses cut
More than 24 hours after Dustin Johnson began his second round at the wind-lashed British Open he ended it still on top of the leaderboard.
Serena to rest for a week due to elbow injury
Serena Williams will rest for a week after withdrawing from the Swedish Open due to an elbow problem but is confident the injury will not derail her preparations for the US Open. Gold Cup: Dempsey hat-trick helps US reach semis
Clint Dempsey recorded his first hat-trick for the United States in a dominant 6-0 win over Cuba on Saturday that put theAmericans into a CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-final against Jamaica.
Brazil soccer great Pele undergoes back surgery
Brazilian soccer legend Pele has undergone back surgery, a close aide told Reuters on Saturday, the latest in a series of recent health problems afflicting the 74-year-old former player.
Davis Cup Roundup: Vintage Hewitt guides Australia into semis
Ageing tour warrior Lleyton Hewitt ushered Australia into the Davis Cup semi-finals on Sunday, trouncing Aleksandr Nedovyesov 7-6(2), 6-2, 6-3 in the decisive singles rubber against Kazakhstan.
Davis Cup: Somdev, Yuki too strong for NZ; India advance to Play-offs
A fired up Yuki Bhambri recorded his first ever victory in a live fifth rubber after Somdev Devvarman levelled the scores as India advanced to
July 18, 2015
British Open to finish on Monday for first time since 1988
The British Open will end on a Monday for the first time since the late Seve Ballesteros won at Royal Lytham in 1988 after high winds caused havoc on Saturday.
Murray brothers carry Britain to brink of Davis Cup semi-final
Brothers Andy and Jamie Murray carried Britain to the brink of a Davis Cup semi-final berth after they beat France in the doubles rubber to take a 2-1 lead ahead of Sunday's reverse singles.
Tour de France: Cummings wins 14th stage, Froome leads
British journeyman Stephen Cummings earned South African team MTN-Qhubeka a landmark victory on Mandela Day when he spoiled a French party to take a surprise win in the 14th stage of the Tour de France on Saturday.
Asia Trophy: Full-strength Arsenal dazzle to success over Everton
A full-strength Arsenal added another piece of silverware to their recent FA Cup success by beating Everton 3-1 in the final of the Premier League's Asia Trophy on Saturday.
Benitez suffers frustrating Real Madrid debut in Melbourne
Rafa Benitez kicked off his tenure as Real Madrid boss with a frustrating 7-6 penalty shootout loss to AS Roma in a pre-season friendly on Saturday.
Major sponsors, Coca-Cola, McDonald's, demand reforms at FIFA
Two top sponsors of FIFA and its World Cup tournaments on Friday ratcheted up pressure on the global football body for major reforms as a corruption scandal casts a lengthening shadow over the sport.
Motorsport community reacts to Jules Bianchi's death
Formula One and the wider world of motorsport mourned the death of young Frenchman Jules Bianchi on Saturday.
India were done in by 'flawless' tennis
Rohan Bopanna and Saketh Myneni were done in by some 'flawless' tennis played by the Kiwi players according to India coach Zeeshan Ali.
Davis Cup: Kiwis tame Bopanna-Myneni; India trail 1-2
World No 10 Rohan Bopanna and Saketh Myneni suffered a shock straight set mauling at the hands of Artem Sitak and Marcus Daniell as India were left trailing 1-2 against New Zealand.
Tomic not ready to mend fences with Tennis Australia
Bernard Tomic has swatted aside offers of help from Australian tennis officials following his arrest in Miami after a noisy hotel room party.
Schneiderlin sizzles on debut to give United 1-0 win
Morgan Schneiderlin took less than five minutes to score on his Manchester United debut in a 1-0 win over Mexico side Club America on Friday.
Gerrard scores on MLS debut as Galaxy beat San Jose
Steven Gerrard made a brilliant Major League Soccer debut for Los Angeles, scoring a goal and having a hand in two others as the Galaxy beat the San Jose Earthquake 5-2 on Friday.
Davis Cup: Hewitt, Groth keep Australia's hopes alive
champion Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Groth combined to defeat Kazakhstan in their Davis Cup doubles tie on Saturday and keep Australia's semi-final hopes alive.
Dibaba breaks 22-year-old world record in 1,500 metres
Ethiopia's world indoor champion Genzebe Dibaba broke the 22-year-old world women's 1,500 metres record on a sultry night at the Monaco Diamond League meet.
It's unfortunate that we had to fight it out: Jwala
With the Sports Ministry set to include Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa in the Target Olympic Podium Scheme.
It's normal, it's racing, he said after crash in 2009
Jules Bianchi had a bright future in Formula One.
F1 driver Jules Bianchi dies nine months after crash
French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi has died of critical head injuries.
July 17, 2015
Tour de France: Van Avermaet clinches rare victory
Greg van Avermaet, one of cycling's nearly men, enjoyed a rare victory when he claimed the 13th stage of the Tour de France on Friday with a late burst of speed in an uphill finale.
Formula One's 'silly season' moves into overdrive
Formula One's 'silly season' of rumour and speculation is heating up.
Goalkeeper Kiko Casilla replaces Iker Casillas at Real Madrid
Espanyol have agreed a deal for goalkeeper Kiko Casilla to join Real Madrid, the Catalan club said on Friday.
FIFA, others defeat US lawsuit over soccer concussions
A US judge has dismissed much of a lawsuit by soccer players and parents seeking to force FIFA and other governing bodies to change the sport's rules to limit the risk of concussions and other head injuries, especially for children.
3 reasons why Arsenal can win the EPL
Arsenal have a strong enough squad to challenge for a first Premier League title since 2004.
Lack of football culture hurting India
Not focussing on grassroot development over the years has led to the players learning the basics only late in their career, says national coach Stephen Constantine. Davis Cup coach Zeeshan lauds Yuki's showing, says he was flawless
Young Yuki Bhambri brought India back in the Davis Cup match against New Zealand after Somdev Devvarman was beaten in the opening singles.
Magician Messi extols retiring Argentine sorcerer Aimar
Lionel Messi assumed the rare role of fan on Thursday conveying his best wishes to his idol and Argentina great Pablo Aimar who retired on Wednesday.
'I am looking to win the world title'
'I have boxed at the amateur level for 15, 16 years and won every medal possible at the world level. I represented India in three Olympics, for 12 years, and that is not an easy thing. I am hoping to replicate my success in pro boxing.'
Davis Cup: Yuki puts India level with Kiwis after Somdev shocked
Yuki Bhambri rescued India with an impressive win following Somdev Devvarman's shock defeat, leaving the visitors locked 1-1 with New Zealand on day one of the Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Group I tie, in Christchurch on Friday.
Australian tennis player Tomic charged after noisy penthouse party
Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic has been charged with trespassing and resisting arrest following complaints over a noisy penthouse party at a Miami Beach hotel, police said on Thursday.
July 16, 2015
Valdes hits back at Van Gaal in United row
Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes escalated his dispute with manager Louis Van Gaal on Thursday by posting pictures of himself with the club's Under-21 team, which Van Gaal had accused him of refusing to play for.
Pro Kabaddi League: Squad strength raised to 25 in Season 2
The strength of teams has been bolstered from 14 during the inaugural edition last year to 25.
Satnam scores in a thrilling win for Mavericks
Satnam Singh got to ply his trade in a brief four-minute appearance as the Dallas Mavericks knocked off the LA Lakers 88-86 in a thrilling encounter in the elimination round of the 2015 NBA Summer League.
Lance Armstrong makes low key return to Tour as Froome leads
Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong made a low key return to the Tour de France on Thursday when the American cancer survivor set off on a charity ride that follows the route of this year's race.
PHOTOS: Hot and sexy at the ESPY
Barcelona's star footballer Lionel Messi was named the Best International Athlete award, while Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic, who recently won the Wimbledon singles titles, were named the best male and female tennis players respectively, at the 2015 ESPY Awards in California, on Wednesday night.
'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.
US Open prize money hits a record $42.3m
US Open aces Wimbledon for top Grand Slam prize money.
Gold Cup: Jamaica, Costa Rica advance
Jamaica scored a late winning goal while Costa Rica needed only a scoreless draw as both teams advanced from Group B to the quarter-finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
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.
Like father, like son
Rivaldo, son both score in Brazil's second tier.
No bitterness as Liverpool's Sterling joins City for record fee
Manchester City made Raheem Sterling the most expensive English player in history when they completed a deal for the 20-year-old forward on Tuesday, rubber-stamping an acrimonious end to his Liverpool career.
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
Russia dumps Capello as coach before World Cup finals
The Russian Football Union (RFU) said on Tuesday it had ended its contract with national team coach Fabio Capello, three years before the country hosts the 2018 World Cup finals.
Boca Juniors unveil returning idol Carlos Tevez
Carlos Tevez was officially unveiled as a Boca Juniors player in a 6.5 million euros ($7.15 million) transfer from Juventus.
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.
US draw with Panama in Gold Cup, Haiti through to quarters
The United States recovered from a poor first half and earned a 1-1 draw against Panama on Monday that kept the Central Americans from clinching an automatic spot in the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarter-finals.
Does Casillas need to prove his greatness to Real Madrid?
Xavi slams Real Madrid over Casillas exit
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'
'It's a marvel that Leander is still playing so well'
'Even at 42, Leander's ball skills, his reflexes at the net, the hand-eye coordination... nothing has diminished. In fact, he is as good as he's ever been.'
Serena extends lead in WTA rankings
Serena Williams has extended her lead in the WTA rankings after her fourth consecutive Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, with the World No 1 now having more than twice as many points as her closest competitor Maria Sharapova.
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
De Gea named in Manchester United U.S tour squad
Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has been named in the Premier League club's squad for a pre-season tour of the United States despite reported interest from Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Mallya suffers legal setback in F1 car ad case
The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by Vijay Mallya to overturn charges against him for allegedly violating foreign exchange rules, adding to the legal challenges facing one of the country's most prominent businessmen.
Satnam scores as Dallas Mavericks lose again
Satnam Singh made his second consecutive appearance for Dallas Mavericks as they ended up on the losing side against Portland Trail Blazers in the 2015 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas on Sunday night. Dallas Mavericks lost 80-93.
Novak Djokovic: 2011 Redux!
Sunday's four-set verdict over Roger Federer was the 28-year-old's 200th singles victory in a major tournament, making him only the sixth player to achieve the feat.
Italian Basso quits Tour de France due to testicular cancer
Former Giro d'Italia winner Ivan Basso withdrew from the Tour de France on Monday after revealing he has testicular cancer.
10 Best Sports Photos of the Week!
Rediff.com gives you a flashback of these events in pictures snapped right here...
When India's new tennis star Sumit Nagal had a fanboy moment
Before becoming the newest tennis sensation in India, Nagal was busy being the fanboy, posing for pictures with the 2015 Wimbledon Champions.
Liverpool manager Rodgers confirms Sterling transfer
"The situation is very simple. The club has agreed with another for a deal for Raheem to be transferred and subject to medical that will go through," Rodgers said.
Real to give Casillas official send-off after all!
Real Madrid have decided to give departing goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas an official send-off later on Monday following criticism over the low-key nature of his tearful farewell news conference on Sunday.
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.
Transfer Buzz: Chelsea sign Stoke goalkeeper Begovic
Chelsea have signed Stoke City's Bosnian international goalkeeper Asmir Begovic on a four-year contract, the Premier League champions confirmed on Monday.
'No malicious intent' for putting Tomic in 'Hall of Shame'
Tennis Australia has apologised for a 'clerical error' in a media release that said estranged local player Bernard Tomic was playing in a 'Hall of Shame'.
This Wimbledon title is among my most special wins: Paes
Leander Paes said lifting the Wimbledon mixed doubles title with Swiss legend Martina Hingis does rank among the most special triumphs of his career.
Your accomplishments are truly inspiring: PM Modi to Paes
Leaders across the political spectrum took to Twitter on Monday morning to extend congratulations to Leander Paes and Sumit Nagal.
Will Roger Federer win Wimbledon again?
Roger Federer left wondering if he can conquer Wimbledon again.
F1 champion Hamilton refused entry to Wimbledon's Royal Box
F1 champion Hamilton misses final over dress code hitch.
Steel-plated Djokovic a step too far for Federer
Novak Djokovic again revealed the true depth of his steely core to grind Wimbledon idol Roger Federer's hopes of a record eighth title into Centre Court's baseline dust on Sunday.
Here's why Serena Williams is trending...
It all started when JK Rowing decided to lend her support to 33-year-old Serena Williams.
'Whatever Sumit has achieved is because of Mahesh'
An ecstatic Suresh Nagal was finding it difficult to express his delight in words after learning his son Sumit's triumph in the final of the Wimbledon's junior boys' doubles and dedicated the success to Mahesh Bhupathi, who has been a mentor for the 17-year-old.
Barcelona star Neymar makes a splash in UFC pool party
To up the glamour, the Octagon girls joined Barcelona superstar Neymar.
Paes-Hingis win mixed doubles title at Wimbledon
Leander Paes and Martina Hingis thrashed Austrian-Hungarian fifth seeds Alexander Peya and Timea Babos 6-1, 6-1 to win the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon.
July 12, 2015
Manchester City agree to sign Sterling from Liverpool: Reports
Manchester City have agreed a 49 million pounds deal to sign England winger Raheem Sterling from Premier League rivals Liverpool, British media reported on Sunday.
India's Nagal wins junior boys doubles Wimbledon title
Sumit Nagal entered the history books as only sixth Indian to win a Grand Slam junior title after winning the boys doubles trophy at the Wimbledon Championships with partner Nam Hoang Ly on Sunday.
Djokovic gets the better Federer again, wins third Wimbledon title
Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer for a second year running to retain his Wimbledon title.
Motorcycling: Marquez wins in Germany, Rossi extends lead
Spain's MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez won the German Grand Prix from pole position on Sunday for his sixth win in a row at the Sachsenring in a Honda one-two with compatriot Dani Pedrosa.
Bollywood stars celebrate Sania Mirza's Wimbledon victory
Bollywood fraternity is celebrating Sania Mirza's Wimbledon win as the celebs have flooded Twitter with their wishes.
'C'est fini', says tearful Casillas as he quits Real Madrid
"C'est fini". With those few words in French a tearful Iker Casillas brought to an end his farewell statement on Sunday to the Real Madrid fans he has served as first-team goalkeeper and captain for 16 seasons.
Satnam makes historic NBA debut for Mavs
Satnam Singh Bhamara has made his 2015 NBA Summer League debut.
Man United continue to splash the cash, draft in Darmian from Torino
Manchester United continued to splash the cash after Torino announced that Italy full back Matteo Darmian was heading to Old Trafford.
PHOTOS: Celebrities glam up Wimbledon finals
Here are some of those lucky celebrities who were invited to watch the Ladies Singles Finals.
Wimbledon winner Serena eyes fairytale in New York
Serena Williams allowed herself a few moments to enjoy her sixth Wimbledon title before thoughts turned to New York and the elusive calendar year feat.
New Zealand kicked out of Olympic qualifying final
New Zealand have been excluded from the final to determine Oceania's representative at next year's Rio Olympics men's soccer tournament after defender Deklan Wynne was deemed an ineligible player, the Oceania Football Confederation has said.
'Real' reason why Iker Casillas left...
Departing Real Madrid captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas was forced out by club president Florentino Perez and is too good to play for a 'third-tier' side like Porto, his parents were quoted as saying on Sunday.
Tour de France: Vuillermoz shines, Froome leads
Alexis Vuillermoz earned the French their first victory on this year's Tour de France, his final kick proving too hot to handle for the big guns in the eighth stage on Saturday.
Gerrard makes quiet debut for Los Angeles Galaxy
Steven Gerrard made a quiet start to his new career with the Los Angeles Galaxy in a friendly on Saturday.
We're just getting started, warns history maker Sania Mirza
Indian tennis star Sania Mirza and her Swiss partner Martina Hingis said sheer belief pulled them through.
End of an era as Casillas leaves Real Madrid
Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas left Real Madrid on Saturday after 16 seasons as an iconic figure at the Bernabeu.
PM Modi leads the applause for Sania Mirza
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated tennis star Sania Mirza for becoming the first Indian to win the Wimbledon women's doubles title.
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.
Atletico sign winger Carrasco from Monaco
The 21-year-old is the latest youngster to join Atletico who have also brought in Argentine forward Luciano Vietto from Villarreal since the end of last season.
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.
Injury delays Lampard's MLS debut
England great Frank Lampard will have to wait to make his Major League Soccer (MLS) debut after he was ruled out of New York City FC's match against Toronto FC on Sunday with a calf strain.
F1: Changes in super-licence and engine rules
Formula One approved changes to its power unit penalty system with immediate effect on Friday and also tweaked super-licence rules for 2016 to give more drivers a chance to enter the sport from other series.
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.
Azerbaijan to make F1 race debut in 2016
Azerbaijan will make its Formula One debut in July next year with Germany returning after a year's absence, according to a 21-race provisional calendar published by the sport's governing body on Friday.
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
Djokovic to lock horns with Federer for Wimbledon title
Novak Djokovic eased into Wimbledon final after beating Richard Gasquet 7-6 (7-2), 6-4, 6-4 on Centre Court to reach the Wimbledon final on Friday.
Photos: Tendulkar, Kohli enjoy English summer at Wimbledon
Check out who was at Wimbledon on Day 11 of The Championships
Sania enters doubles final; Paes chases mixed doubles glory
Sania Mirza set herself up for her first-ever women's doubles Grand Slam title, while seasoned pro Leander Paes is now one win away from his 16th Major trophy as the two Indians reached the Wimbledon finals with their respective partners.
PHOTOS: Ranbir, Hrithik, John hog limelight at ISL Auction
Check out the Bollywood stars' presence in the cash rich ISL.
ISL auction: Chhetri, Lyngdoh fetch a crore!
Star striker Sunil Chhetri was bought at Rs 1.20 crore at the first-ever Indian Super League's auction featuring 10 domestic football players in Mumbai, on Friday.
Serena, Wozniacki accuse Wimbledon of 'sexist scheduling'
World No 1 Serena Williams has backed Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki's accusations of ' sexist scheduling' at the Wimbledon Championships.
Murray and Federer to resume Wimbledon rivalry
A lot has happened to Andy Murray in the three years since he choked back the tears on Centre Court after a four-set defeat that handed Roger Federer the Wimbledon trophy for a seventh time.
Tour de France: Froome takes lead; Martin crashes out
Tour de France leader Tony Martin abandoned the race on Thursday after breaking his collarbone.
Will Maria Sharapova ever beat Serena again?
Maria Sharapova must be driving herself crazy every time she steps on court to face Serena Williams.
Is Tiger too old to regain invincibility?
Tiger Woods is too old to ever regain the invincibility he once enjoyed but everybody in golf should be grateful for the contribution.
I don't need to win another Wimbledon: Serena
If Serena Williams wanted to sound like someone who did not really care whether she won another Wimbledon or not, telling the world she just wanted to have fun, nobody was fooled on Thursday.
Farah makes winning return; allegedly tells team-mate to 'f*** off
Double Olympic champion Mo Farah won the 5,000 metres at the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne.
Pallikal demands equal prize-money
India's top-ranked player Dipika Pallikal remains firm on her stance of not being part of the premier domestic event until equal prize money is offered to male and female participants.
'When it comes to chess, multitasking works against women'
Indian chess diva Tania Sachdev holds forth on women in the sport.
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.
Spanish finalist Muguruza growing to love grass
Spaniard Garbine Muguruza's relationship with grasscourt tennis has not been smooth but it has blossomed so spectacularly.
July 09, 2015
Wimbledon: Paes-Hingis through to semi-finals, Sania crashes out
India's Leander Paes entered the semi-finals of the mixed doubles event even as Sania Mirza crashed out in the quarter-finals at the Wimbledon.
Fenerbahce start transfer talks with United's Van Persie
Fenerbahce have opened transfer talks with Manchester United over signing Netherlands striker Robin van Persie, the Turkish club said on Thursday.
Bopanna-Mergea lose thrilling five-setter to bow out in semis
Rohan Bopanna's bid to enter his maiden Wimbledon doubles final came to a disappointing end as he, along with his Romanian partner Florin Mergea, lost a marathon five-setter against fourth seeded Dutch-Romanian pair of Jean Julien-Rojer and Horia Tecau.
Serena mauls Sharapova, to face Muguruza in Wimbledon final
Serena Williams is now one match away from reinforcing her stranglehold on the women's game by holding all four grand slam titles at the same time, a feat she will achieve for the second occasion if she beats 20th-seeded Spaniard Garbine Muguruza in Saturday's final.
'It's the revolution in Indian football that has made me come here'
Delhi Dynamos unveiled Brazilian World Cup winner Roberto its marquee manager-cum-player for the second season of the Indian Super League. Manu Shankar/Rediff.com reports
FIFA head Blatter shifts blame to confederations in interview
Embattled FIFA President Sepp Blatter has told a Swiss newspaper that continental confederations, rather than soccer's world governing body, were to blame for the corruption scandal engulfing the game.
First Look: Bopanna catches up with Man United trio at Wimbledon
Rohan Bopanna catches up with Manchester United trio at Wimbledon.
NBA: Dallas Mavericks introduce India's Satnam Singh
The Dallas Mavericks introduced 19-year-old Satnam Singh Bhamra as the first-ever Indian NBA draft pick.
Warning: 'Dummy' pitstops ahead
Formula One teams have been warned against making 'dummy' pitstops after Mercedes' failed attempt to fool Williams.
FIFA Rankings: Argentina top despite Copa America final loss
Argentina have moved to the top of the FIFA rankings for the first time in seven years despite being beaten by Chile in the Copa America final.
Wimbledon: Guess the player
Check out the pictures below and identify the players.
FIFA bans Chuck Blazer from football for life
Former FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer was banned for life from all football activities on Thursday by the sport's governing body, which is engulfed in a scandal over alleged corruption.
Arsenal captain Arteta extends Gunners contract
Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta has signed a one-year contract extension, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday.
PHOTOS: Murray marches forth as celebs cheer from the sidelines
The Royal Box was packed with stars from the world of cricket, football, athletics and tennis. Take a look...
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.
Tour de France: Greipel wins fifth stage, Martin leads
German Andre Greipel was again far too strong for the opposition as he claimed his second win in this year's Tour de France.
Real Madrid captain Casillas likely to join Porto
Spanish reports say a two-year-deal is set to be inked
Arsenal head to Asia with no firepower in their attack
Arsenal trio Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky will miss next week's Premier League Asia Trophy.
A winning shriek? Sorry, talent speaks loudest!
'If grunting would win titles then everybody in the world would be grunting as loud as they can be.'
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.
Gasquet downs Wawrinka in battle of booming backhands
Richard Gasquet sent French Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka flying out of Wimbledon on Wednesday, winning the battle of the slingshot backhands 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 11-9 to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals for the second time.
Sania-Hingis storm into Wimbledon semis
Top seeds Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis cruised to a comfortable 7-5, 6-3 win over Casey Dellacqua and Yarsolava Shvedova to book their place in the women's doubles semi-finals of Wimbledon on Wednesday.
July 08, 2015
Budapest to bid for 2024 Olympic Games
Budapest will bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, the President of the Hungarian Olympic Committee and the Mayor of Budapest has announced in a joint letter to the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
It will be tough not playing until January: Arda Turan
Barcelona's new midfield playmaker Arda Turan has said it will be tough for him not being able to play until January due to a ban on the club on registering players.
Injury rules holder Rory McIlroy out of British Open
Rory McIlroy will not defend his British Open title at St Andrews next week after announcing on Wednesday he did not want to risk further damage to the ankle ligaments he ruptured playing football last weekend.
Wimbledon PHOTOS: Murray sets up semi-final showdown with Federer
Andy Murray stayed on course for a second Wimbledon title while setting setting up a semi-final showdown with Roger Federer.
Andy Murray plays with pups in sniffer-dog video
Andy Murray goes to the dogs, or more precisely the puppies, in a video released on Tuesday which shows him playing at Wimbledon with five cocker spaniels being trained to become sniffer dogs.
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.
Juventus sign forward Zaza for 18 million euros
Serie A champions Juventus continued their rebuilding when they signed forward Simone Zaza from Sassuolo for 18 million euros ($19.72 million), the Turin club said on their website (www.juventus.com) on Tuesday.
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
Djokovic offers to apologise to upset Wimbledon ballgirl
Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic promised to apologise to a shaken ball girl for an outburst during his tough five set victory over big-serving South African Kevin Anderson on Tuesday.
Rio 2016 would be my last Olympics appearance: Sushil Kumar
Two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar said that 2016 edition in Rio de Janeiro will be his last appearance at the quadrennial extravaganza but he will take a final call on his retirement post Brazil games.
Djokovic pulls off the great escape against Anderson
Top seed and reigning champion Novak Djokovic pulled off the great escape at Wimbledon in beating South African Kevin Anderson 6-7(6), 6-7(6), 6-1, 6-4, 7-5 to reach his 25th successive grand slam quarter-final.
In-form Yogeshwar targets elusive World Championship gold
Star grappler Yogeshwar Dutt heaved a sigh of relief after clinching a spot for the World Championships by beating Amit Kumar Dhankhar, who had gone to court last year against the Olympic medallist alleging favouritism.
Paes-Hingis race into mixed doubles quarters
Leander Paes and Martina Hingis proved too strong for Artem Sitak and Anastasia Rodionova, beating the New Zealand-Australia pair for a berth in the mixed doubles quarter-finals at Wimbledon on Tuesday. The seventh seeded Indo-Swiss pair needed only 48 minutes for a 6-2, 6-2 victory.
Senna, that swashbuckler up in the sky, would be proud of Massa
'The heart still bleeds for the Brazilian who gave us the finest, most memorable start we've seen in Formula One for many a year,' says Raja Sen.
United winger Nani moves to Fenerbahce
Portugal winger Nani has joined Fenerbahce from Manchester United for six million euros on a three-year deal, the Turkish league runners-up announced on Monday.
Sharapova's boyfriend Dimitrov splits from coach
"After much thought I have decided to end my working relationship with Roger," the 24-year-old tweeted.
FIFA bans bid inspector Mayne-Nicholls for seven years
Harold Mayne-Nicholls, who led the teams which inspected bids to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, has been banned from all football for seven years.
Wimbledon Sidelights: When a journalist tested Berdych's patience
Reporter asks beaten Tomas Berdych how it felt to go through.
Meet America's new sweetheart...
Football's Carli Lloyd seen as marketing darling, analysts say.
PHOTOS: Lindsey Vonn's most happening weekend!
American skier Lindsey Vonn is enjoying her good life after splitting from golf legend Tiger Woods.
Kyrgios hits back at Olympic great Fraser after 'racist' slur
Nick Kyrgios has accused Olympic great Dawn Fraser of being a 'blatant racist'.
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
Mayweather stripped of welterweight title he won vs Pacquiao
Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been stripped of the welterweight world title he won after beating Filipino Manny Pacquiao this year for failing to comply with rules, the World Boxing Organization said on Monday.
Bad light stops Djokovic after epic fightback, Federer in quarters
Holder and top seed Novak Djokovic suffered an almighty scare against South African giant Kevin Anderson before bad light halted play with the score tied at two sets all in their fourth round match at Wimbledon on Monday.
July 06, 2015
Wimbledon PHOTOS: Sharapova into last eight, Serena downs Venus
Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams and Andy Murray were the big names to win on Monday and advance to the quarter-final of the Wimbledon.
Andrea Pirlo joins New York City FC from Juventus
Playmaker Andrea Pirlo is joining New York City FC from Italian champions Juventus later this month, the clubs said on Monday.
Wimbledon men's doubles: Paes bows out, Bopanna advances
It was mixed fortunes for Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna in the men's doubles at the Wimbledon on Monday.
Sania in QF; on track for first women's doubles Grand Slam title
Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis got past the Spanish pair of Anabel Medina Garrigues and Arantxa Parra Santonja to move into the ladies doubles quarter-finals at Wimbledon.
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.
Another record for the indefatigable Serena Williams...
The World No 1 becomes earliest qualifier for WTA Finals
Drums, loud cheers welcome Indian women's hockey team
A large contingent of officials and media were present at the airport to receive the team, which finished fifth in the just-concluded Hockey World League Semi-finals in Antwerp.
Kyrgios will play Davis Cup for Australia
Australian world number 29 Nick Kyrgios will definitely play in the Davis Cup quarter-final against Kazakhstan in Darwin later this month, if selected.
500 beer bottles make Gerrard an instant hit at LA Galaxy
Steven Gerrard became an instant hit with LA Galaxy fans before he even kicked a ball.
Martinez to take up the reins as Spain Davis Cup captain
Conchita Martinez will take over as Spain's Davis Cup captain for the Group I tie away to Russia.
Tour de France: Froome, Contador back in control
Chris Froome and Alberto Contador were back in control of the Tour de France, hurting their main rivals in a hectic second stage won by German Andre Greipel on Sunday.
India thrash Sri Lanka to retain South Asian Basketball title
With the win, India also qualified for the FIBA Asia Championship in China in September.
Happy Hamilton is a home winner again
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton soaked up the energy of a roaring home crowd to win the British Grand Prix.
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...
Women's World Cup: Meet the Golden Ball winner...
United States captain Carli Lloyd capped her incredible performance in Sunday's women's World Cup final by winning the Golden Ball as the player of the tournament.
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."
World Hockey League: Australia strike late to sink Belgium to win title
The title encounter seemed headed for the penalty shootout after Australia's two successive penalty corners in the last 25 seconds, the second of which Ciriello finally found the target by placing the shot wide of the Belgian goalkeeper's reach.
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 05, 2015
India pay for defensive lapses as Britain secure bronze
India's defence crumbled in the bronze medal playoff as they crashed to a 1-5 defeat against Great Britain for a fourth-place finish at the World League Semifinals in Antwerp.
Women's hockey team put 'one foot on the flight to Rio'
Indian women's hockey team qualified for the Rio Olympic Games .
Force India secure points at British GP
Sahara Force India enjoyed its second successive double points finish with Nico Hulkenberg finishing seventh and Sergio Perez ninth at their home race, British Grand Prix in Silverstone.
Hamilton wins British Grand Prix in Mercedes one-two
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix for the second year in a row on Sunday with Mercedes team mate and title rival Nico Rosberg finishing second.
Roberto Carlos named Delhi's marquee manager
In one of season's biggest signings, former Brazilian World Cup winner Roberto Carlos was oficially appointed marquee manager of the Delhi Dynamos franchise for the second edition of Indian Super League (ISL) football.
Australia's Davis Cup team dumps Tomic
Tomic dropped from Davis Cup after blast at officials.
Paes advances in mixed doubles, Bopanna crashes out
Leander Paes and Martina Hingis eased into the mixed doubles pre-quarterfinals of the Wimbledon championships but it was curtains for Rohan Bopanna and his Spanish partner Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.
Why is Federer still not happy with Hawkeye?
If it is so dark that Hawkeye stops working, then matches should be called off at Wimbledon, Roger Federer said.
MLS: Villa fires New York City to win over Montreal
New York City continued their recent surge as Spaniard David Villa notched two classy goals, including the late winner, in a 2-1 away win.
Women's World Cup: Williams sizzles as England take third place
Fara Williams struck an extra-time winner from the penalty spot as England defeated Germany 1-0 to claim third place in the Women's World Cup.
'Losing another final with Argentina is torture'
Losing a second major final in a year was absolute torture for Argentina, midfield general Javier Mascherano said after Chile beat them on penalties to win the Copa America.
Cheeky Sanchez penalty clinches Chile's first Copa
Chile won the Copa America for the first time on Saturday.
Wimbledon: Massaged Murray bites back to reach last 16
Andy Murray reprised his familiar role of being the last British singles player heading into Wimbledon's second week.
Dreadlocked Brown's Wimbledon exit disappoints fans
Wimbledon lost one of its biggest crowd pleasers on Saturday when dreadlocked German Dustin Brown, who toppled twice champion Rafael Nadal, lost to Serb Victor Troicki before a court filled with fans willing him to victory.
Tour de France: Dennis takes yellow jersey after first stage
Often cited by defending champion Vincenzo Nibali as a rider to watch on the Tour de France, Thibaut Pinot made an early impact by beating all the pre-race favourites in the opening time trial on Saturday.
Podolski signs for Galatasaray from Arsenal
Lukas Podolski completed his transfer from Arsenal to Galatasaray on Saturday after the Turkish club agreed a fee of around 2.85 million pounds ($4.45 million) to finally land their man at the fourth attempt.
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: Paes-Nestor fight back to advance; Sania-Soares cruise
India's Leander Paes and his doubles partner Canada's Daniel Nestor entered the third round of the Wimbledon doubles after defeating the Russian-Chinese Taipei duo of Teymuraz Gabashvili and Yen-Hsun Lu 5-7, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4), 7-5 on Saturday.
Wimbledon: Pranjala advances to 2nd round in girls singles
Indian youngster Pranjala Yadlapalli made a confident start to her junior Wimbledon campaign with a straight set win over Colombia's Maria Fernanda Herazo Gonzalez in her girls singles opening round, at Wimbledon on Saturday.
Wimbledon PHOTOS: Defending champ Kvitova knocked out; Federer wins
Photos from the Wimbledon matches played on Saturday.
British Grand Prix: Hamilton on pole at Silverstone
The pole was Hamilton's eighth in nine races this season and the 46th of his career for the championship leader, who won at Silverstone last year and has a 10 point advantage over the German.
McEnroe urges Nadal to 'get a new damn coach'
Three-time Wimbledon champion John McEnroe has advised Rafael Nadal to sack his long-term coach, uncle Toni and 'get a new damn coach' to get back to top form.
The Vijender effect! Mandatory for athletes to play for 6 yrs?
Haryana government on Saturday said it is considering making it mandatory for a sportsman to compete for at least six years.
From boxing champ to drain cleaner, Krishna Rout seeks life of dignity
With a temporary job at the Howrah Municipal Corporation for the last 15 years, and earnings of merely 200 a day, Rout has decided to appeal to West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee, to give him a permanent government job.
PHOTOS: Women's World Cup will have its share of parties
The women's World Cup final between the United States and Japan on Sunday may not rival the Super Bowl, but soccer fans, wild with excitement.
'What's going on? Where is the support?'
Tomic slams 'disrespectful' Tennis Australia.
This Argentina side is one of the best... But will they win?
The current generation of Argentina players is one of the best ever even though the team have not won a major trophy in 22 years, coach Gerardo Martino said on Friday.
Union slams FIFA and demands player involvement
The general secretary of the world players' union FIFPro has blasted FIFA.
Wimbledon: Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis ease into 3rd round
India's Sania Mirza and Switzerland's Martina Hingis entered the women's doubles third round.
It's going to get messier! Spain fires Davis Cup captain Gala Leon
The new president of the Spanish tennis federation (RFET) has fired the nation's first female Davis Cup captain, Gala Leon, two weeks before the Group I second-round tie away to Russia.
Once an idol, now an enemy...
Serena Williams once featured among Heather Watson's bedroom posters but after the Briton almost ran her idol out of Wimbledon.
Copa America PHOTOS: Peru clinch third place
Peru beat Paraguay 2-0 at the Copa America on Friday to ensure they finished in third place.
July 03, 2015
Hockey World League: Belgium thrash India to enter final
India were outclassed 0-4 by hosts Belgium in a lop-sided last-four clash, with Florent Van Aubel's fine hat-trick playing a pivotal role in the side's passage to the final of the FIH Hockey World League semi-finals in Antwerp.
Djokovic, Sharapova restore order at Wimbledon
It was job well done for Novak Djokovic as he silenced Bernard Tomic and his Australian Fanatics with an emphatic 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 victory in the Wimbledon third round on Friday.
Shameful! Shocking! Sad day for Pakistan hockey!
A pall of gloom shrouded the Pakistan hockey community after the national team failed to qualify for the Olympics.
Wimbledon still abuzz over dread-locked Brown
Dread-locked German Dustin Brown was nowhere to be seen at Wimbledon on Friday, at least into the early afternoon, but his shock upset of Rafa Nadal the night before remained the talk of the tournament.
Pakistan lose to Ireland; out of Rio Olympic race
Pakistan men's team slumped to a new low as it failed to qualify for next year's Rio Olympics.
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.
Bopanna, Mergea make it to Wimbledon pre-quarters
India's Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea battled past Thomas Bellucci and Guillermo Duran in straight sets to progress to the pre-quarterfinals of the Wimbledon men's doubles event, in London on Friday.
F1 ditches plan to bring back refuelling
Formula One has abandoned controversial plans to reintroduce refuelling from 2017 after teams decided it would not be a good move, Force India deputy principal Bob Fernley said on Friday.
Chelsea sign Falcao on one-year loan from Monaco
Chelsea have signed Colombia striker Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan from Monaco, the Premier League champions said on Friday.
And the spotlight is on...
Referees in unwanted spotlight ahead of FIFA Women's World Cup final.
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.
Who will win the Women's World Cup final?
Japan, US have revenge on their minds.
ISL: Anelka returns to Mumbai team, this time as player-manager
Former France and Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka will return to Mumbai City FC as the team's marquee player-manager for the second season of the Indian Super League (ISL), the club announced on Friday.
Slumping Nadal set for first slam-less year since 2005
Rafael Nadal is likely to end the year without a grand slam singles title for the first time since his debut French Open crown in 2005 following his shock Wimbledon exit on Thursday, his uncle and coach Toni has conceded.
Dustin Brown, who?
Dustin Brown stole the show at Wimbledon with a sensational upset win over Rafael Nadal. Find out more about this German journeyman...
Wimbledon 'all-white' clothing rule is quite extreme: Federer
Players' efforts over the years to get Wimbledon's "all-white" clothing rule relaxed got a boost when Roger Federer said he thought the policy as it stood was "quite extreme".
Argentina odds-on favourites to lift Copa America
Argentina are odds-on favourites to win the Copa America for the first time since 1993 by beating Chile in Saturday's final.
'My motivation is to be back to that level but I don't know if I can'
It was a clearly deflated Rafa Nadal who admitted he has no idea whether he can ever reproduce the form that helped him win two Wimbledon titles after maverick Dustin Brown inflicted a fourth successive embarrassment.
Rome 2024 Olympic Games bid endorsed by Italy's CONI
Rome's bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games was unanimously endorsed by the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) in what bid president Luca di Montezemolo described as an important signal of support.
Hernandez has collarbone surgery, to be out for four weeks
Mexico striker Javier Hernandez had surgery on a fractured collarbone and will be out for four weeks missing the Gold Cup, the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) said.
Superman Dustin sends Nadal to the dustbin again
A 30-year-old German journeyman who once travelled around Europe's Challenger Circuit in a camper van joined a list of Wimbledon luminaries who go by the names of Lukas Rosol, Steve Darcis and Nick Kyrgios.
'If F1 continues on its current path, it is headed for a major crisis'
Former FIA president Max Mosley has warned that Formula One risks serious difficulties unless it changes direction and cuts costs.
Shakhtar Donetsk sell record scorer Luiz Adriano to AC Milan
Shakhtar Donetsk have sold their all-time leading scorer Luiz Adriano to AC Milan for eight million euros (6 million pounds), the Ukrainian club announced.
Duchess of Cornwall is proud owner of a Murray souvenir
Every fan visiting Wimbledon hopes to be lucky enough to walk out of the All England Club with more than just a memory of watching a tennis hero -- and Britain's royal family is no different.
Portugal winger Nani to have Fenerbahce medical
Portugal winger Nani is set to join Fenerbahce from Manchester United with the Turkish club saying negotiations were underway and he will be in Istanbul on Sunday for a medical.
Nadal loss sends shockwaves round Wimbledon
The untroubled advance of the heavy hitters at Wimbledon was spectacularly halted on Thursday when twice champion Rafa Nadal was bundled out by German qualifier Dustin Brown who played the match of his life.
July 02, 2015
Hockey World League: India beat Italy, keep Olympic dreams alive
India kept their Olympic qualification dreams alive by beating lower-ranked Italy in the shoot-out in a classification match of the women's Hockey World League semi-finals at the KHC Dragons Stadium in Antwerp.
United States asks Swiss to extradite 7 in FIFA inquiry
The United States has asked Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials arrested in an investigation into a global bribery scandal at soccer's governing body, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) said on Thursday.
Sushil opts out of World Championships with shoulder injury
Two-time Olympic-medallist Sushil Kumar has opted out of the World Championships after sustaining a shoulder injury, thereby taking the sheen out of the upcoming selection trials, slated for July 6-7 in New Delhi.
Nicol David's reign extends to 9th year...
Malaysia's Nicol David celebrates her ninth year as world squash No 1 this week.
Serena wastes no time putting Babos behind her
Serena Williams wasted no time in sweeping aside big-serving Hungarian Timea Babos.
England's Laura Bassett will head home a hero...
England coach Mark Sampson said defender Laura Bassett would head home as a hero.
With eyes on ISL's domestic draft, Zico to arrive in Goa on Monday
FC Goa's chief coach Zico will arrive in the state on July 6 to take stock of all new signings.
Wimbledon: Sania-Hingis advance to second round
Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis advanced to the second round of the Wimbledon Championships, defeating the duo of Saisai Zheng and Zarina Diyas in the opening round on Wednesday night. The top seeded Indo-Swiss pair defeated the Chinese-Kazakh team 6-2, 6-2.
Avian star 'Rufus' patrols the skies during Wimbledon
Male tennis players from the United States are almost as rare as hen's teeth at Wimbledon this year, but a hawk native to North and South America definitely rules the roost when it comes to clearing the championship courts of pigeons.
Woods 'began dating' Amanda while he was with Lindsey
Tiger Woods has been accused of having an affair with Amanda Boyd, the ex-wife of his fellow golfing professional Jason Dufner.
Who will win this year's Tour de France? Meet the top contenders
Check out the main contenders for this year's Tour de France, which starts on Saturday in Utrecht, Netherlands.
There will be life after Zlatan Ibrahimovic...
Having spent so long depending on the outrageous individual talent of striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Swedes have often wondered what the future holds after his retirement. Their UEFA Under-21 championship-winning side may just have provided the answer.
Meet the 'bad girl' of British tennis
Naomi Broady was branded the 'bad girl' of British tennis.
Copa America: Chilean euphoria tempered by past setbacks
Chile's euphoria at reaching the final of the Copa America was tempered by the reminder that every time they have been in this position before they have finished as runners-up.
Wimbledon: Ivanovic dumped out by American qualifier
Ana Ivanovic became the highest-profile casualty of Wimbledon's opening days as the seventh seed fell to 158th-ranked qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands in a second round clash.
Women's World Cup: Japan into final courtesy England own goal
An injury time own goal from England defender Laura Bassett put Japan into the World Cup final with a 2-1 victory, setting up a title rematch with the United States.
Netherlands appoint Blind to replace Hiddink as coach
Danny Blind was named the new coach of the Netherlands, replacing Guus Hiddink who resigned this week after a run of poor results.
Inter Milan sign Brazil defender Miranda from Atletico
Inter Milan have completed the signing of Brazil centre back Miranda from Atletico Madrid as they look to shore up a defence that struggled during a disappointing 2014-15 season.
Serve and volley: Back to the future as moribund tactic is revived
The yellowing obituaries are looking premature as serve-and-volley tennis creeps, with a few tweaks, towards a renaissance of sorts.
Jasjit's brace helps India seal semis spot
Jasjit Singh sent two rasping penalty corner drag flicks into the net as India edged past hosts Malaysia 3-2 to move to the semifinals of the Hockey World League semi-finals in Antwerp.
July 01, 2015
Wimbledon in meltdown as temperatures soar
When tennis fans from Arizona say it is hot at the Wimbledon championships, then it must be.
New signing Cech believes Arsenal ready to win league title
Goalkeeper Petr Cech believes Arsenal are ready to clear the final hurdle needed to end the Premier League title drought, and said he was overwhelmed by the support he has received from fans and teammates at his new club.
Wimbledon PHOTOS: Sharapova, Djokovic ease into 3rd round
Novak Djokovic outclassed Finland's Jarkko Nieminen 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 to move safely into the Wimbledon third round on Wednesday.
Wimbledon: Paes-Nestor advance; Raja-Martin exit
Leander Paes and his Canadian partner Dainel Nestor advanced to the second round of the men's doubles at Wimbledon, beating the Serbian pair of Victor Troicki and Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 after an hour and 42 minutes on Wednesday.
Japan's Nishikori pulls out of Wimbledon with calf strain
Japanese fifth seed Kei Nishikori pulled out of Wimbledon before his second round match on Wednesday after failing to recover from a calf strain.
What Serena Williams did before Wimbledon...
Serena Williams appeared on stage with the American popstar at Hyde Park festival.
'Ashwini and I can win a medal at the 2016 Olympics'
- 'We need the government to support us with funds'
Wawrinka gets mixed reviews for 'challenging' photoshoot
The French Open champion is pictured playing his famously brutal on-handed backhand return, STARK NAKED!
Atletico set to buy Colombia striker Martinez from Porto
Atletico Madrid have moved to strengthen their forward line for next season following the exit of Mario Mandzukic by agreeing to buy Colombia striker Jackson Martinez from Porto.
Blatter will not to attend women's World Cup final in Canada
Sepp Blatter will not travel to Canada for Sunday's final of the women's World Cup.
Tour de France: Get set for battle royale on treacherous course
Alberto Contador will cement his status as the best grand tour rider of the modern era if he emerges as the winner of the Big Four's battle royale at the Tour de France -- the most highly anticipated race in decades.
With most likes, followers, Wimbledon takes social media by storm
It's the most popular Grand Slam across popular social networking sites
Sweden lift Euro U21 crown with shootout win over Portugal
Sweden goalkeeper Patrik Carlgren saved two penalties as they beat Portugal 4-3 in a shootout following a 0-0 draw in the Euro Under-21 Championship final.
'It was probably not the smartest decision to play at Wimbledon'
Eugenie Bouchard was brutally honest after suffering a first-round defeat by China's Duan Yingying at Wimbledon to end her hopes of repeating last year's run to the final.
'I'm happy about the 6-1 scoreline but we were better against Colombia'
Coach Gerardo Martino believes Argentina can improve on Tuesday's 6-1 Copa America semi-final demolition of Paraguay, adding that aspects of the goalless draw against Colombia in the previous round had pleased him more.
I knew it would be a difficult tournament for me: Halep
Simona Halep lost her chance to go on a court she likened to "a very nice hotel" after she checked out of Wimbledon early following a shock 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 defeat by 106th-ranked Slovakian Jana Cepelova.
Robinho leaves Santos, expected to join Guangzhou
Brazil forward Robinho ended his third spell at Santos on Tuesday with local media reporting he was set to join up with former Selecao coach Luiz Felipe Scolari at Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande.
Women's World Cup: Americans beat Germany to reach final
The United States reached the final of the women's football World Cup for the second time in a row on Tuesday, taking advantage of a dubious penalty to beat top-ranked Germany 2-0 in a hugely enjoyable game.
Copa America: Argentina hit Paraguay for six to make final
Argentina produced their best performance of the Copa America so far to crush Paraguay 6-1 and set up a classic final against hosts Chile.
Umbrellas up at Wimbledon - to keep the sun off
The weather was the number one topic of conversation at Wimbledon on Tuesday but for once it was not the prospect of rain that brought out the umbrellas but a beating sun on what was forecast to be the hottest day of the year.
He says he is 100 per cent clean!
Britain's double Olympic champion Mo Farah said on Tuesday he was '100 per cent clean.'
June 30, 2015
Wimbledon 2015: Most shocking upsets on Day 2
14 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie eliminated in 1st round.
Usain Bolt withdraws from July track meets
Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt's troubled season continued on Tuesday when he pulled out of the Paris and Lausanne Diamond League meetings.
We did not block FIFA reforms: UEFA
UEFA has hit back at suggestions that it and other continental confederations have been responsible for blocking reforms.
Venus and Serena Williams pull out of Wimbledon doubles
American five-time Wimbledon women's doubles champion Serena and Venus Williams pulled out of this year's tournament.
What Chile needs from Arsenal star Sanchez...
Chile need Alexis Sanchez to recover his best form as they try to end an almost century-long wait for a first Copa America, according to coach Jorge Sampaoli.
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.
Cardiff to host 2017 Champions League final
The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff will host the 2017 Champions League final, UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino said on Tuesday. The Friends Arena in Stockholm will be the venue for the 2017 Europa League final.
10 Best Sports Photos of the Week!
Take a look at images from events that caught our attention in the week gone by.
'They deserve to be the big four but I personally don't care'
French Open champion Stan Wawrinka feels completely comfortable about his failure to break into the unofficial big four of men's tennis despite winning two grand slam titles.
Guus Hiddink steps down as Netherlands coach
Guus Hiddink has quit as coach of the Netherlands after spending less than one year in his second spell in the job, the Football Association (KNVB) has announced.
Chilean Jara gets ban reduced to two games
Chile defender Gonzalo Jara's ban for provoking Edinson Cavani has been cut from three games to two, the governing body of South American football has said.
It never entered my mind that this could be the last time: Hewitt
Fighting tooth and nail as only he knows how old warrior Lleyton Hewitt waved an emotional goodbye to Wimbledon after losing a dramatic five-set match to Finland's Jarkko Nieminen.
Copa America: Vargas double takes hosts Chile into final
Chile qualified for the Copa America final after two goals from Eduardo Vargas gave them a 2-1 win over Peru in an action-packed semi-final marked by another controversial refereeing decision.
Manchester United make bid for Real Madrid defender Ramos
Manchester United have made a 28.6 million pound ($45 million) bid for Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, British media has reported.
If I am consistent I'm sure I will an Olympic medal: Kashyap
Commonwealth Games gold medallist Parupalli Kashyap speaks to Harish Kotian/Rediff.com about his recent triumph over world No. 1 Chen Long of China and why he wants the Indian Badminton League to be revived.
June 29, 2015
Bopanna-Mergea make sound start at Wimbledon
India's Rohan Bopanna and his Romanian partner Florin Mergea began their campaign at the Wimbledon championships with a hard-fought win over over Tim Smyczek and Jiri Vesley in the men's doubles.
Chelsea keeper Cech joins London rivals Arsenal
Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech ended a highly successful 11-year spell at English champions Chelsea when he moved to Premier League rivals Arsenal on Monday.
Serena and Djokovic up and running at Wimbledon
Defending champion Novak Djokovic moved confidently into the second round of Wimbledon with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 win over German Philipp Kohlschreiber on Monday.
Olympic medallist Vijender gives up India career, turns professional
Vijender, who won a bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, has signed up with popular British boxing promoter Francis Warren in the UK.
'We've been consistent but it is great to break the title draught'
Ecstatic after winning the Canada Open women's doubles title with Jwala Gutta, Indian shuttler Ashwini Ponnappa has said consistency has been the key to their success and this victory is a big boost ahead of the prestigious World Championship in August.
Gatlin sends Bolt a warning after winning 200m in 19.57 at US trials
Justin Gatlin, the year's fastest at 100 and 200, had a bye in the 100 at the trials, but plans to challenge Usain Bolt at both distances in the August World Championships in Beijing.
Ambitious Baku impresses but European Games future remains uncertain
The curtain fell on the inaugural European Games on Sunday with the status of Baku as a capable host of a major sporting event enhanced but with a shadow hanging over the future of the continental competition.
Whichever team lifts the Copa, winning coach will be an Argentine
Only four teams are left in the Copa America and whichever lifts the trophy next weekend, one thing is guaranteed -- the winning coach will be an Argentine.
Jwala-Ashwini pair upset top seeds to win Canada Open title
Indian shuttlers Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa won the Canada Open women's doubles title after upstaging the top-seeded Dutch pair of Eefje Muskens and Selena Piek in the summit clash in Calgary.
Bubba Watson wins playoff to take second Travelers title
Bubba Watson won his second Travelers Championship the same way as the first, at the second extra hole.
'Serena always finds good form for the important points'
Petra Kvitova is not the type to talk herself up even if she does arrive at Wimbledon as the defending champion.
Copa America: Chile's Jara gets three-match ban for finger incident
Chile defender Gonzalo Jara will miss the rest of the Copa America after being suspended for three matches for sticking his finger up an opponent's backside and feigning injury during a match.
Nerves and high rhythm caught India off-guard: Van Ass
India hockey coach Paul van Ass said inability to handle fast-paced attack resulted in his side's capitulation against World champions Australia in the FIH World League semi-finals in Antwerp.
June 28, 2015
Nelson Piquet is world's first electric champion
Brazilian Nelson Piquet junior became the first Formula E champion on Sunday as the new electric series wrapped up its debut season with a race that had the crowd making more noise than the cars.
Australia thrash India to top Pool A
India's defence caved in under pressure as a rampaging Australia crushed them 6-2 in the last league fixture of the FIH World League semi-finals in Antwerp.
Communicating with Becker not cheating: Djokovic
Coaches will come under nearly as much scrutiny as the players over the next fortnight at Wimbledon with every facial gesture captured on the TV cameras and repeated in super slow motion.
David Ferrer withdraws from Wimbledon with elbow injury
Spain's David Ferrer has pulled out of Wimbledon on the eve of the tournament because of an elbow injury, the All England Club said in a statement on Sunday.
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'
Blatter does U-Turn, says is 'not a candidate for FIFA presidency'
"I will use all my strength and inspiration until my last working day to bring this ship back into safe harbour," Blatter is quoted by Walliser Bote as saying.
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
Shuttlers Jwala-Ashwini advance to Canada Open semis
Commonwealth Games silver medallist pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa progressed to the semi-finals of the Canada Open badminton tournament after claiming straight sets win over Chan Kaka Tsz Ka and Yuen Sin Ying in their women's doubles contest.
Moto GP: Rossi wins last-lap thriller at Assen
Yamaha's Valentino Rossi won MotoGP's Dutch TT race from pole position on Saturday after a thrilling duel with world champion Marc Marquez in which the pair clashed at the final corner.
No pressure for highest ranked Asian at Wimbledon
Kei Nishikori has shrugged off the pressure of being Japan's highest-seeded player at Wimbledon in the Open era and believes he is getting closer to the levels of the world's top players.
Tennis beauties add zing to pre-Wimbeldon bash
Rediff.com lets you into the party zone...
Tevez to leave Juve to return to boyhood club Boca Juniors
Argentina forward Carlos Tevez is to leave Juventus after two seasons in which he has revived his career and will rejoin Boca Juniors, the club where he started out and remains a cult figure.
Can we have the 'superbrat' attitude back at Wimbledon?
Watching a grey-haired, smart-suited 56-year-old John McEnroe speak with mature insight about all-things tennis it seems odd to think that many feel that what the sport needs is a dose of the "superbrat" attitude of the brash New Yorker's youth.
Copa America: Uruguay complain over Jara-Cavani finger incident
Uruguay's FA will raise a formal complaint against Chilean defender Gonzalo Jara for provoking striker Edinson Cavani by sticking his finger up his backside during the hosts' 1-0 Copa America quarter-final win.
Brazil coach Dunga apologises for race comment
Brazil coach Dunga apologised after his comments about people of African descent sparked criticism ahead of the team's Copa America quarter-final against Paraguay.
Women's World Cup: United States too strong for China
The United States maintained their record of having reached every semi-final of the women's World Cup after their 1-0 win over China set up a last four encounter with Germany.
Women's World Cup: Germans break French hearts
Germany beat France in a penalty shootout after their thrilling Women's World Cup quarter-final ended 1-1 after extra-time.
Copa America: Argentina reach semi-finals after shootout win
Four years after his miss in a penalty shootout sent Argentina spinning out of the Copa America, Carlos Tevez slammed home the winning spot kick against Colombia to book his country's place in this year's semi-finals.
Recharged Djokovic ready to switch back on at the Wimbledon
Defending champion Novak Djokovic's preparations for Wimbledon have been laid back in the extreme.
June 26, 2015
Former champion Radwanska reaches Eastbourne final
Agnieszka Radwanska continued her pre-Wimbledon tune-up by reaching the final of Eastbourne grasscourt tournament with a 6-1, 6-7(3), 6-2 win over America's Sloane Stephens on Friday.
Hockey World League: India, Pak play out thrilling draw
Ramandeep Singh scored two fine goals as the showpiece subcontinental hockey encounter between arch-rivals India and Pakistan ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw in the World League semi-finals at the KHC Dragons Stadium in Antwerp.
Mo Farah to continue working with coach Salazar
Britain's double Olympic champion Mo Farah has said he will continue to work with coach Alberto Salazar who is being investigated by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
Sania-Hingis beaten in Aegon semis
The top seeds lost to the fourth seeded French-Slovak pair of Caroline Garcia and Katarina Srebotnik 5-7, 4-6, in 81 minutes.
Bollywood, Sportspersons hail Satnam's NBA signing
The sporting fraternity congratulated hoopster Satnam Singh Bhamara after he became the first Indian to be picked for a NBA (National Basketball Association) League team, hailing his historic achievement as an "inspiration" for the youth of the country.
Anand second in Norway chess after draw with Topalov
Viswanathan Anand played out a quick draw with eventual champion Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria to finish second in the Norway chess tournament, which is part of the Grand Chess Tour.
'I have not resigned, rather I am offering my mandate at the Congress'
Sepp Blatter has told a Swiss newspaper he has not quit as FIFA president, adding to speculation he may try to stay on as head of world soccer's governing body that is gripped by a corruption scandal.
Cech to undergo medical with Arsenal, will end 11-year stay at Chelsea
Chelsea's Petr Cech will undergo a medical with Arsenal on Friday, according to British media reports, after the clubs agreed a fee for the 33-year-old goalkeeper.
Dutch Grand Prix to make Sunday switch in 2016
The Dutch round of the MotoGP championship will break with tradition by switching from Saturday to a Sunday slot from next season out of financial necessity, local organisers said on Thursday.
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.
Djokovic handed tough Wimbledon opener, Federer has it easy
Defending champion Novak Djokovic was handed a tough opening round at Wimbledon when Friday's draw paired him with Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Williams must avoid drama to complete Serena Slam
Twelve months on from making the most bizarre of exits from Wimbledon, drama queen Serena Williams will be back at the All England Club next week eager to complete the "Serena Slam".
Copa America: Chilean Jara pays dearly for 'fingering' Cavani
German club Mainz 05 are ready to offload Gonzalo Jara after the Chile international whipped up a storm at the Copa America by sticking his finger up the backside of an opponent before falling to the floor theatrically when the player retaliated.
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.
New Zealand women stun Australia at World Hockey League
New Zealand pulled off the biggest surprise of the ongoing World League Semifinals with a 2-0 win over World Cup silver medalists Australia in the women's preliminary league in Antwerp.
India-born Satnam Singh makes NBA history
Satnam Singh Bhamara became the first Indian-born player to be selected in the NBA draft by Dallas Mavericks.
Women's World Cup: US forward Wambach slams ref, escapes punishment
United States striker Abby Wambach has escaped with nothing more than a warning from FIFA after she said a referee at the women's World Cup had targeted two of her team mates on the verge of suspension.
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
No Indian in Wimbledon singles draw this year
Earlier, compatriots Yuki Bhambri and Somdev Devvarman had also crashed out of the premier grass-court championship.
June 25, 2015
Bolt's last-gasp withdrawal fuels speculation
Usain Bolt's lack of form combined with his late withdrawal from the Jamaican 100 metres national trials on Thursday have raised more doubts about the future of the world's fastest man.
Former champion Wozniacki through to Eastbourne semis
Former champion Caroline Wozniacki reached the semi-finals of the Eastbourne grasscourt tournament with a 7-5, 6-1 defeat of Germany's Andrea Petkovic on Thursday.
Everton sign Barcelona winger Deulofeu
Everton have signed winger Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona on a three-year contract for six million euros ($6.7 million), the Premier League club said on Thursday.
Paes-Granollers bow out of Aegon Open
Top seeds Leander Paes and Marcel Granollers were knocked out of the ATP Aegon Open following a quarter-final defeat to unseeded Chris Guccione and Andre Sa, in Nottingham, on Thursday.
Former Portugal winger Simao joins ISL club
To replace Spanish Capdevila at John Abraham-owned NorthEast United
Main accused in Kabbadi player's assault held
Ujala Thakur, the main accused in connection with the assault of national level Kabaddi player Sneha 'Dolly' Singh was arrested on Wednesday.
Sania-Hingis pair enters semis of Aegon International
Top-seeds Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis entered the semifinals of the WTA Aegon International.
I didn't, says dope-tainted Gatlin
Controversial sprinter Justin Gatlin does not understand why people insist on calling him a two-time drug cheat.
More trouble for FIFA...Swiss authorities examine grants
Swiss authorities are examining development grants made by FIFA around the world as part of their investigation.
Canada focussed... no time for fun
Canadian football fans may be enjoying the ride but for the players, the grind of the Women's World Cup is no fun.
Wozniacki survives scare to reach Eastbourne quarters
Former World No 1 Caroline Wozniacki reached the quarter-finals of Eastbourne's Aegon Championships with a topsy-turvy defeat of Svetlana Kuznetsova on Wednesday.
Leander records 100 partnerships as Wimbledon beckons
Leander Paes has experimented with 100 different players.
Copa America PHOTOS: Chile down Uruguay to reach semis amid high drama
Chile bundled reigning champions Uruguay out of the Copa America with a 1-0 victory.
Tenth-seeded Nadal lurks as dangerous Wimbledon foe
Former Wimbledon champion Rafa Nadal could be heading for a clash with one of his Big Four rivals as early as the fourth round after the Spaniard was seeded 10th for the grasscourt championships.
June 24, 2015
Gerrard reveals moment he knew Liverpool career was over
Steven Gerrard knew it was time to leave Liverpool when he was omitted from the starting lineup for their Champions League group match at Real Madrid last November.
Tennis legend Graf named Kerala's Ayurveda ambassador
Steffi Graf has taken up a new role, with an Indian connection at that.
PHOTOS: European Games has won over doubters
The inaugural European Games has won over the doubters, even with low profile athletics and swimming events.
Murray seeded third, Nadal 10th at Wimbledon
Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams are top seeds at the major starting Monday
AIFF's 'ingenious' idea to boost Indian football...
India FA eye origin players for short-term solution
Liverpool agree to sign Brazilian Firmino
The gifted 23-year-old attacking midfielder is moving to Anfield from Germany's Hoffenheim, where he played since 2010, scoring 47 goals in 151 appearances.
National Kabaddi player allegedly manhandled in Kanpur
In an appalling incident, national Kabaddi player Dolly Singh was allegedly abused and manhandled by a group of local men in Kanpur.
Sania-Hingis storm into Aegon International quarters
Sania and Hingis thrashed the unseeded Czech-Dutch pair 6-0, 6-2 in the opening round of $731000 grass court tournament.
Women's World Cup PHOTOS: Japan keep title defence alive
Japan completed the quarter-final lineup for the Women's World Cup on Tuesday when the defending champions rolled into the last eight with an impressive 2-1 win over the Netherlands.
Wambach offers 'biggest apology' for referee comments
United States striker Abby Wambach has apologised for her suggestion the referee targeted certain American players for yellow cards.
'Copa America prize money not in doubt '
South American soccer's governing body CONMEBOL has enough prize money to get through the Copa America.
The present doesn't seem perfect for the Americans
The United States women's soccer team have won gold in the last three Olympics and have never finished out of the top four in the World Cup, winning the tournament twice.
Happy Birthday Messi! The legend turns 28
As the mercurial Messi rings in his 28th birthday, Rediff.com brings you all the exciting moments from the ace footballer's life.
Surfing is closer to an art form than a sport. Do you agree?
"I think surfing in itself is more of an art form and an expression so I think the Olympic banner doesn't really suit the sport of surfing."
June 23, 2015
Dominant India beat Poland 3-0 to notch up second win
India produced a much-improved show than their opening match as they post a facile 3-0 victory over Poland to notch up their second consecutive win in the Hockey World League semi-finals in Antwerp.
Norway chess: Anand outplays Vachier-Lagrave
Former World champion Viswanathan Anand scored a thumping victory over French Grandmaster Maxime Vachier-Lagrave to jump to joint-second after the end of the sixth round in the Norway Chess tournament, which is a part of the Grand Chess Tour.
Paris enters race for 2024 Olympic Games hosting
Paris will be competing for the 2024 honours with cities including Boston, Hamburg and Rome, which lost out to Paris in the bidding contest when the French capital last got to host the games in 1924.
IOA chief Ramachandran slaps defamation notice on Batra
Indian Olympic Association chief N Ramachandran has slapped a defamation notice on Narinder Batra, demanding Rs 10 crore for allegedly damaging his reputation by his bribery allegations even as the Hockey India president dared the IOA boss to sue him in a court of law.
Borussia Dortmund's Guendogan now considering to stay on
Borussia Dortmund playmaker Ilkay Guendogan, who was set to leave the German club this summer, could stay on under new coach Thomas Tuchel, his agent said on Tuesday.
Bjorkman relishing partnership with 'perfectionist' Murray
Jonas Bjorkman, the deputy coach of Andy Murray, says that he is relishing his partnership with the British ace and is happy to be a part of his team.
He knew his team was doping...
Former Tour de France winner and Team Saxo manager Bjarne Riis knew about doping in his team but failed to act.
Check out golf's hottest rivalry: McIlroy and Spieth
Jordan Spieth won a US Open that put all four majors in the hands of golf's young guns, signalling a changing of the guard is complete.
Eugenie Bouchard sweats it out on the beach
Eugenie Bouchard arrives in Eastbourne, her final grass-court warm-up, having lost nine of her last 10 matches.
PHOTOS: The many moods of ladies at Royal Ascot...
Take a look at these ladies who put their best foot forward!
'Improving the current Real Madrid squad is immensely difficult'
It will be "immensely difficult" for Real Madrid to improve their squad but they still plan to make more signings in the close season, new coach Rafa Benitez said.
World anti-money laundering body deletes FIFA-related warning
A world anti-money laundering body has deleted all trace of an alert it issued last week warning that financial institutions had not done enough to police suspicious financial activity by officials at FIFA.
Women's World Cup PHOTOS: England top Norway, US beat Colombia
England came from behind to beat Norway 2-1 in a second round Women's World Cup game.
Kyrgios splits with coach before Wimbledon
Nick Kyrgios has split with a second coach in a year after deciding to part ways with Todd Larkham just days before the start of Wimbledon.
June 22, 2015
I hope to be fine for Wimbledon: Kvitova
Petra Kvitova will start the defence of her Wimbledon title next week with no competitive grasscourt practice after pulling out of the Aegon International at Eastbourne where she was top seed.
Inderjeet, Johnson win golds at Asian Athletics Grand Prix
Shot putter Inderjeet Singh and half-miler Jinson Johnson bagged a gold each as Indians won eight medals in the first leg of the Asian Athletics Grand Prix Series in Bangkok, on Monday.
Villarreal agree to sell Argentine forward Vietto to Atletico
Villarreal have agreed to sell Argentine forward Luciano Vietto to Atletico Madrid, president Fernando Roig has said.
Baseball, softball on shortlist for Tokyo 2020 Olympics
Bowling, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, surfing and wushu were also included among the final eight, whittled down by a committee from the original 26 sports which applied for inclusion earlier this month.
Women's World Cup: Dutch look to women's Messi for upset result
Netherlands will be hoping the teenager known as the Messi of women's football discovers her scoring touch as they seek an upset win over Japan at the Women's World Cup on Tuesday.
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.
'India are not mere tourists at Hockey World League'
India captain Sardar Singh asserted that they have a lot to play for in the ongoing Hockey World League Semifinals.
US Open badminton: Manu-Sumeeth lose in final
Their dreams of a maiden Grand Prix gold title went up in smoke after the Indian men's doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy suffered a straight-game loss in the final of the US Open badminton tournament in New York on Sunday.
Ferrari shoulder blame for Vettel's missed podium
"It was not a problem of the mechanics, it was our problem and we have to make sure we fix it"
Phelps is back! Solid. Stronger. A winner!
Michael Phelps executed a solid race to win the 200 metres individual medley at the Pro Swim Series meet in California on Sunday.
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
Norway Chess: Anand draws with Nakamura, stays joint third
Former world champion Viswanathan Anand played out an easy draw as black against American Hikaru Nakamura to remained in joint third position after the end of the fifth round of Norway Chess 2015, a part of the Grand Chess Tour.
Bopanna-Mergea stumble on final hurdle in Halle
Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea ended runners-up at the ATP Gerry Weber Open following a surprise straight set defeat at the hands of Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram, in Halle, Germany on Sunday.
Kerber claims first grasscourt title
Former Wimbledon semi-finalist Angelique Kerber claimed her first grasscourt title with a 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-6(4) victory.
FIFA scandal: Banks did not do enough, says global agency
A global group of government anti-money-laundering agencies said that financial institutions have not done enough to police suspicious financial activity by officials at soccer's global governing body FIFA.
US Open: Golfer Jordan Spieth seals heart-stopping win
Masters champion Jordan Spieth added another chapter to golf's record books with a nerve-jangling, one-shot victory at the US Open on Sunday.
Copa America PHOTOS: Brazil sink Venezuela; Colombia held
Thiago Silva and Roberto Firmino scored either side of halftime to fire Brazil to a 2-1 win over Venezuela at the Copa America.
SHOCKING! Australia knock Brazil out of Women's World Cup
Brazil were knocked out of the Women's World Cup on Sunday after a surprise 1-0 defeat by Australia in the round of 16.
June 21, 2015
Murray outclasses Anderson to take fourth Queen's title
Britain's Andy Murray won the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club by dismantling big-serving South African Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-4 in a one-sided final.
Federer rules Halle for eighth time with win over Seppi
Roger Federer won the Halle Open for a record-extending eighth time on Sunday by beating Italy's Andreas Seppi 7-6(1), 6-4 in a successful dress rehearsal on grass ahead of Wimbledon.
Rosberg gets the jump on Hamilton in Austria
Nico Rosberg won the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix for the second year in a row in a Mercedes one-two finish with team mate Lewis Hamilton on Sunday.
Paes-Nestor pair knocked out of Aegon Championships
Leander Paes and Daniel Nestor put up a stiff resistance before losing the semi-final of the Aegon Championships to the team of Nenad Zimonjic and Marcin Matkowski in Birmingham.
Liverpool lead the way in spreading Premier League gospel
Liverpool will cover most miles of any Premier League club in pre-season preparation.
Murray tricks Troicki to reach Queen's Club final
Andy Murray reached the final of the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club on Sunday by defeating Serbia's Viktor Troicki.
US Open: Day grabs lead; McIlroy frustrated
Jason Day wrote his name into US Open folklore on Saturday, grabbing a share of the third-round lead.
I lost motivation at Ferrari, reveals Alonso
Fernando Alonso has credited McLaren with restoring the motivation he lost after five years at Ferrari.
A memorable 100 for Messi!
Lionel Messi won his 100th Argentina cap when he started the Copa America Group B match against Jamaica on Saturday.
Here comes the ridiculously hot soccer dads
Unlike some young football players of his generation, Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is a complete family man.
Copa America PHOTOS: Higuain gives Argentina win; Paraguay hold Uruguay
Paraguay drew 1-1 with Uruguay at the Copa America to go top of Group B, one point ahead of Argentina before the tournament favourites take on eliminated Jamaica later on Saturday.
FIFA Women's World Cup: Germany, China advance into quarters
Two time champions Germany and a resurgent China reached the quarter-finals of the Women's World Cup.
Ramandeep's late goal clinches Indian men 3-2 win over France
Indian men's hockey team fired in a goal two minutes from the final hooter through Ramandeep Singh to pull off a 3-2 win over France and begin their FIH World League semi-finals campaign on a winning note in Antwerp.
June 20, 2015
Anderson powers into Queen's Club final
Kevin Anderson produced a devastating display of serving power to reach the final of the Aegon Championships with a 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-3 defeat of gallant Frenchman Gilles Simon at Queen's Club on Saturday.
Indian women suffer 0-1 loss to Belgium in HWL semis
Indian women failed to capitalise on several openings and suffered a 0-1 loss to hosts Belgium in their opening match of the Hockey World League semi-finals in Antwerp.
Did IOA chief N Ramachandran offer money to win elections?
The infighting within the Indian Olympic Association took a sensational turn with Narinder Batra alleging that N Ramachandran camp offered him a huge sum of money in return for his support during the elections last year, a claim strongly rebutted by the incumbent IOA president.
Federer reaches Halle final after taming big-serving Karlovic
World number two Roger Federer edged past Ivo Karlovic 7-6(3), 7-6(4) on Saturday to reach the Halle Open final and stay on course for his eighth title in the grasscourt Wimbledon warmup event.
Praneeth, Jwala-Ashwini, Manu-Sumeeth reach semis of US Open
India's men singles shuttler B Sai Praneeth alongwith two other doubles pairs advanced to the semi-finals of the $120,000 US Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament.
Hamilton makes it a year of Mercedes poles
Lewis Hamilton seized pole position for the Austrian Grand Prix on Saturday in a damp qualifying session that saw both the Formula One world champion and his Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg skid off on their final laps.
India will win 10 plus medals at Rio Olympics: Sonowal
The Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal is confident that India's medal tally in next year's Rio Olympic Games will go up to 10 plus from six medals, which the country's athletes bagged at London Olympics in 2012.
Olympic medallist Sushil faces tough trial to qualify for Worlds
Amidst the dilemma of double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar and Narsingh Yadav fighting each other for a place in the World Championships, the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has decided to hold selection trials of the senior grapplers on July 6-7.
India's Lahiri, Kapur fail to make the cut at US Open
The Indian duo of Anirban Lahiri and Shiv Kapur made an early exit after missing the halfway cut at the US Open at Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington.
Olympic champ Farah denies doping, says missed tests 'simple mistakes'
Britain's double Olympic champion Mo Farah denied ever taking performance-enhancing drugs and said rumours and speculation over his career after the revelation that he missed two drugs tests "are completely false".
Woods in major trouble, misses US Open cut
After opening with a 10-over 80, the former world number one's fate had appeared sealed and the 39-year-old made it official with an equally uninspiring second-round 76 to set another shocking career low.
June 19, 2015
Karlovic hits record 45 aces for spot in Halle semis
Croatian Ivo Karlovic hit a record 45 aces en route to beating third seed Tomas Berdych and reach the Halle Open semi-finals on Friday.
Switzerland may tighten anti-money laundering rules
Switzerland may tighten its anti-money laundering laws after a report by a government-appointed group found the country was still subject to financial crime.
Vettel quickest in Austrian GP practice
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was first and last in Austrian Grand Prix practice on a Friday that team principal Maurizio Arrivabene will not forget in a hurry after nearly being run over by Felipe Massa.
Alonso faces time penalties as well as grid drop
McLaren's Fernando Alonso faces a time penalty in Sunday's Austrian Grand Prix as well as starting from the back of the grid as a result of exceeding his engine allocation for the season.
US Open GP Gold badminton: Praneeth in quarters; Jwala-Ashwini advance
It was a day of mixed fortunes for India's badminton players at the $120,000
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'
Here's what Murray craves when he's home in the UK
World No 3 Andy Murray, who is enjoying his long stay at home, has been relying on fresh yoghurt and treacle, as he prepares for Wimbledon.
Muslim gymnast criticised for wearing 'revealing' leotard
Muslim gymnast, Farah Ann Abdul Hadi, of Malaysia was criticised for wearing revealing leotard.
Champion sprinter Mo Farah missed drug tests before London Olympics?
Jessica Ennis-Hill's top Olympic coach Toni Minichiello has blasted Mo Farah for missing drugs tests prior to the 2012 London Olympics.
Norway Chess: Anand settles for another draw
Viswanathan Anand's hunt for the elusive victory continued as he was again held to a draw by Alexander Grischuk.
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'
Germany's efforts to make cycling dope-free
Cycling without doping is an illusion, says the country's top cyclist John Degenkolb
Check out the Colombian hero who sank Brazil
Jeison Murillo became Colombia's unlikely hero, scoring his first international goal to give his side a 1-0 victory over Brazil.
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.'
US Open golf: Woods sinks to bottom; Johnson, Stenson share lead
Tiger Woods sank to the bottom of the US Open leaderboard after an opening round 10-over 80 on Thursday, but vowed to fight on and return to the top.
Queen's Club: Paes-Nestor sail into semifinal
legend Leander Paes and Daniel Nestor disposed off the challenge of Marc Lopez and Rafael Nadal in straight sets to progress to the semifinals of the ATP Aegon Championships.
Copa America PHOTOS: Peru beat Venezuela, Group C all square
Peru beat 10-man Venezuela 1-0 at the Copa America on Thursday.
Brazil's Neymar receives provisional one-match ban
Brazil's Neymar and Colombia striker Carlos Bacca have been provisionally suspended for one match.
June 18, 2015
Three Indian shuttlers in pre-quarters of US Open GP Gold
Indian shuttlers Ajay Jayaram, R M V Gurusaidutt and Sai Praneeth entered the pre-quarterfinals of the men's singles event at the $120,000 US Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament after victories over their respective opponents.
Murray stays on course for fourth Queen's title
Andy Murray eased past Fernando Verdasco at the Aegon Championships on Thursday but an expected quarter-final showdown with the man who beat him at Wimbledon last year was scuppered by Luxembourg left-hander Gilles Muller.
Sania-Dellacqua suffer 1st round defeat in Birmingham
Playing with new partner Casey Dellacqua in the absence of Martina Hingis, India's Sania Mirza crashed out of the WTA Aegon Classic following a straight set defeat in Birmingham.
India third in global doping report for 2013 by WADA
India may be considered a sporting minnow but in terms of doping by its athletes, it has been ranked third behind Russia and Turkey in a World Anti-Doping Agency Report for 2013 with as many as 91 from the country testing positive for banned substances in that year.
Norway Chess: Giri forces Anand into second straight draw
Former World champion Viswanathan Anand pushed yet again but could not break the solid defences of Anish Giri of Holland and had to settle for a second straight draw in the Norway chess tournament, a part of the Grand Chess tour.
Rankings: Saina retains No 2 spot; Prannoy rises to No 12
Indian shuttler HS Prannoy grabbed his career-best world number 12 spot.
Has the Big Four become Big Five now?
Stanislas Wawrinka should stop being so modest and put himself on a par with the so-called Big Four.
World Muslim body lends support to Qatar over WC 2022
The world's largest Muslim organisation has thrown its weight behind Qatar's hosting of the 2022 World Cup.
This time boxer Mary Kom gets in the ring for Yoga event
Indian Olympic medallist boxer MC Mary Kom will be the chief guest for the Yoga event.
Sabine Lisicki fires record 27 aces!
The 2013 Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki set a new world record.
With tears in his eyes, soccer star Vidal asks for forgiveness
Choking back tears, midfielder Arturo Vidal made a public apology for crashing his Ferrari.
FIFA Women's WC: Europeans rule the roost
England and France qualified in style for the last 16 of the women's World Cup.
'Referees need to show Neymar more respect'
Brazil coach Dunga launched a stinging attack on referee Enrique Osses after the Chilean whistler sent Neymar off.
Copa America PHOTOS: Neymar sent off as Colombia shock Brazil
A first-half goal from Jeison Murillo gave Colombia a 1-0 win over Brazil at the Copa America.
June 17, 2015
Wawrinka stopped in his tracks by Anderson bombardment
French Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka was scythed back to earth by big-serving South African Kevin Anderson on the Queen's Club grass as the Swiss bowed out of the Aegon Championships 7-6(4), 7-6(11) on Wednesday.
Azarenka injures foot, Ivanovic loses in Birmingham
Former world number one Victoria Azarenka was forced out of the Aegon Classic in Birmingham with a foot injury on Wednesday shortly after defending champion Ana Ivanovic suffered a shock defeat.
FIFA ethics chief says probing soccer officials over World Cup bids
The chief ethics investigator of FIFA said on Wednesday he is conducting several proceedings against unnamed football officials based on initial findings from an investigation into the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup.
Paes tastes victory at Queen's on 42nd birthday
Leander Paes celebrated his 42nd birthday by making it to the men's doubles quarter-finals of the ATP Aegon Championships at Queen's Club, on Wednesday.
Chennaiyin FC retain Elano as marquee player
Elano, who turned 34 on Sunday, will join Chennaiyin FC on loan from Brazilian club Santos for the 2015 Hero ISL.
Neymar named in fraud lawsuit linked to Barca transfer
A Spanish judge has accepted a legal complaint filed by Brazilian investment fund DIS that alleges it was the victim of a fraud perpetrated in Barcelona's signing of forward Neymar from Santos.
EPL 2015-16: Manchester Utd v Tottenham pick of opening day matches
Champions Chelsea begin title defence at home to Swansea City, while runners-up Manchester City kick-off at West Bromwich Albion
Serbia to face Brazil in U-20 World Cup final
Ivan Saponjic scored from a header in extra-time to give Serbia a 2-1 victory over Mali in the under-20 World Cup on Wednesday and set up a final against Brazil, who demolished a 10-man Senegal 5-0, two of those goals coming from Marcos Guilherme.
Michelin enter bidding for F1 tyre contract
Michelin have made a bid to supply tyres to Formula One from 2017, providing the sport agrees to them being bigger and longer-lasting.
Boxing India claims ignorance about AIBA's ad-hoc committee
The state units affiliated to Boxing India on Wednesday claimed ignorance about the International Boxing Association's decision to constitute an ad-hoc committee for administrating the sport in India, even as it planned to write to AIBA about proposing a date for conducting its elections.
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.
Bopanna-Mergea reach quarters in Halle
The second seeds defeated Czech-Ukrainian duo Luka Rosol and Sergiy Stakhovsky 2-6, 6-3, 10-8.
AIBA forms ad-hoc committee to manage Indian boxing
The International Boxing Association (AIBA) on Wednesday constituted a five-member ad-hoc committee for finding a group which would organize and administrate the sport in India.
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
Nadal crashes out to Dolgopolov at Queen's
Rafa Nadal's return to form was stopped in its tracks when he lost his opening match at the Aegon Championships to Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-4 on Tuesday.
New Milan coach Mihajlovic out to prove his worth on big stage
New AC Milan coach Sinisa Mihajlovic is known for his hot temper and iron will and fans will hope those traits inspire rather than alienate his players as he bids to turn around the fortunes of Italy's fallen giants.
Number of goals never matters, says Chhetri, after notching 50!
The prolific striker became the first Indian footballer to score 50 international goals, in his 87th match, when he reduced the margin in the dying minutes as India went down 1-2 to Guam in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier.
Mihajlovic replaces Inzaghi as AC Milan manager
AC Milan dismissed manager Filippo Inzaghi on Tuesday after a disappointing season in which the side finished 10th in Serie A and failed to qualify for Europe.
Ex-FIFA official Blazer's 2013 plea agreement made public
US prosecutors on Monday made public their 2013 plea agreement with Chuck Blazer, revealing that the former FIFA executive committee member had been secretly providing authorities information for nearly two years before he admitted guilt.
FIFA WC qualifiers: Tiny Guam slay 'sleeping giants' India
India suffered yet another defeat in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
PHOTOS: The sensational Maria Sharapova off the court!
As the world No 2 women's player focuses on the next big Grand Slam, Wimbledon, Rediff.com takes readers through her glamorous life via her instagram posts.
EXPOSED! FIFA scandal stinks up the Caribbean
'There is a Jack Warner or two in every Caribbean parliament today.'
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.
Croatia face UEFA hearing after swastika incident
Croatia are to face a disciplinary hearing over their Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Italy during which a swastika cross was imprinted on to the pitch. Mallya's Force India pinning hopes on Hulkenberg
Force India are hoping Nico Hulkenberg's triumph at the Le Mans 24 Hours race will have a knock-on effect for them at next weekend's Austrian Formula One Grand Prix.
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
This 'Hope' is not 'Solo'
American soccer star Hope Solo remains a controversial figure off the field.
June 15, 2015
Sepp Blatter could still perform a U-turn and stand again
Sepp Blatter could still perform a U-turn on his promise to stand down as FIFA president, a former adviser said on Monday, while FIFA did not directly deny the possibility.
Can the Glazers lose their public enemy tag at Manchester United?
The Glazers are unlikely to ever be liked, let alone loved, by fans of Manchester United. The fiercely private American family that bought the famous English soccer club 10 years ago has been widely depicted by the team's fans and the British media as seeking to bleed the club dry after leveraging it up with debt.
FIFA Women's World Cup reach exciting stage
The Round of 16 at the 2015 Women's World Cup is taking shape.
5 Most bizarre sports accidents!
Following the horrific collision during a Twenty20 match left two Surrey fielders injured, Rediff.com looks at the bizarre world of sports that can sometimes present unique oddities.
FIFA scam: Morocco denies bribe allegations over 1998 World Cup bid
US authorities are investigating corruption at FIFA, soccer's global governing body, while Swiss prosecutors have announced their own criminal inquiry into the 2018 and 2022 bids awarded, respectively, to Russia and Qatar.
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.
He's got the skills!
Neymar exhibits terrific skill.
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
Dhoni motivates junior women hockey players
India's junior female hockey players were in for a surprise as the country's ODI cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni met them.
Nadal looks unstoppable on grass; claims Stuttgart title
Rafael Nadal claimed his first grasscourt title for five years.
Rohan Bopanna is just loving the grass!
Rohan Bopanna has already bagged four ATP doubles titles in 2015, the maximum by a player in 2015.
Bopanna-Mergea win 2nd title of season in Stuttgart
India's Rohan Bopanna and Romania's Florin Mergea won their second title of the season together.
Jet-lagged India looking to adapt well before World Cup qualifier
The team spent some 16 hours on the flight and landed in Guam 27 hours after leaving Bengaluru on June 12. They had their first training session on Sunday afternoon at the Guam FA Stadium.
Too young to get learner's licence but he drives like a champ!
Australian 14-year-old becomes the youngest V8 winner.
FIH World League: India lose to Belgium in practice game
The Indian men's hockey team went down fighting 1-2 to hosts Belgium in their second practice match on Saturday, ahead of the Fintro FIH World League Semi-Finals which will get underway in Antwerp from June 20.
India hockey player Yuvraj Walmiki's dream to be realised soon
"I am fortunate to be part of this important tournament and it becomes more special as I will be playing along with my brother Devindar Walmiki. This is like a dream come true as we always spoke about representing the country together and this dream is soon to get realised."
Nadal reaches first grasscourt final since 2011
Nadal, whose last grasscourt final came at Wimbledon in 2011, has dropped to 10th in the ATP rankings after a difficult year in which he has won only a single title.
Bopanna-Mergea squeeze into Mercedes Cup final
The Indo-Romanian pair won 6-3, 6-7(6), 10-7 over the second seeded Polish-Serbian combination win in the super tie-breaker in a battle that lasted just over one hour.
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
Baffled Bolt wins 200 in sluggish time
A baffled Usain Bolt ran his worst turn ever as he barely won the 200 metres at the Adidas Grand Prix meet in a sluggish 20.29 seconds on a warm, windy day at Randall's Island in New York, on Saturday.
June 13, 2015
Meet the first ever European Games gold medallist
Switzerland's Jolanda Neff won the first ever European Games gold medal when she triumphed in the women's Mountain Bike.
Beckham set to cameo in ' King Arthur'
Former England star footballer David Beckham has reportedly landed a cameo role of 'Blackleg leader' in Guy Ritchie's new upcoming movie, Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur.
Now, a Shariah-compliant uniform to help Muslim girls play basketball
A team of US-based Muslim girls has come up Shariah-compliant uniform to play basketball.
European Games organisers prepared for anti-Armenian sentiment
The Azeri organisers of the European Games are prepared for anti-Armenian sentiment.
US probes Nike payments under Brazil football deal
US authorities are examining payments made by Nike Inc under a 1996 football sponsorship deal with Brazil.
Anderson, Lampard get OBE in Queen's birthday honours
English cricket's leading Test wicket-taker James Anderson and former England football midfielder Frank Lampard were given the OBE.
Check out the surprise guest at European Games opening ceremony...
Pop star Lady Gaga sang John Lennon's Imagine sitting at a flower-covered piano as the inaugural European Games.
FIFA Women's WC: Switzerland thrash Ecuador; Japan motor on
Switzerland earned a record-tying 10-1 triumph over Ecuador on Friday for their first ever Women's World Cup victory Switzerland earned a record-tying 10-1 triumph over Ecuador on Friday for their first ever Women's World Cup victory.
Euro qualifiers: Bale goal gives Wales precious win over Belgium
A summary of the Euro 2016 qualifying group matches, played on Friday.
Copa America: Mexico, Bolivia booed off after goalless draw
Mexico and Bolivia were booed off the pitch after playing out a drab goalless draw in their opening match of the Copa America on Friday, leaving hosts Chile top of Group A after the first round of matches.
June 12, 2015
Dutchman Depay signs four-year deal with Manchester United
Manchester United have completed the signing of PSV Eindhoven forward Memphis Depay on a four-year contract, the Premier League club said on Friday.
Arsenal charged by FA over Chambers transfer
The charge relates to the Premier League club's signing of young Southampton defender Calum Chambers for around 16 million pounds ($24.8 million) last year.
Rumours about Milan? It's the media blowing it up: Ibrahimovic
Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not about to leave Paris St Germain and return to AC Milan despite his good relationship with the Italian club's CEO Adriano Galliani, he said on Friday.
Liverpool add to their purchases with the signing of goalkeeper Bogdan
Liverpool have signed Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper Adam Bogdan on a free transfer, the Premier League club said on Friday.
Paes unavailable for Davis Cup tie vs New Zealand
In Paes's absence, seasoned Rohan Bopanna and Saketh Myneni will do the doubles duty in the July 17-19 tie, to be held in Christchurch.
Interpol suspends 'sports integrity' agreement with FIFA
Interpol is suspending its 'sports integrity' agreement with FIFA in light of the ongoing investigations .
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).
2020 Tokyo Games: Tug of war, bridge bidding for Olympic place
Tug of war, sumo wrestling, surfing and frisbee throwing are among 26 sports leading the charge for an Olympic place.
Friendly: Stunning Fabregas gives Spain win over Costa Rica
Cesc Fabregas struck the winner as an experimental Spain side came from behind to beat Costa Rica 2-1.
This is awesome! FIFA videogames will feature women's teams
FIFA and official licensee Electronic Arts will feature 12 Women's national football teams for the first time in the game's history.
2018 World Cup qualifier: Guam record first win; Philippines upset Bahrain
Tiny Guam beat Turkmenistan 1-0 to record their first ever World Cup qualifying victory.
Beijing sprint 'explosion': Bolt says will silence Gatlin
Usain Bolt says he is not yet ready for a duel with Justin Gatlin.
How Asian women are causing upsets at the FIFA World Cup
A delicate stoppage time winner from Wang Lisi lifted China to a 1-0 victory.
Copa America PHOTOS: Vidal and Vargas lead Chile to victory
Second-half goals from Arturo Vidal and Eduardo Vargas gave hosts Chile a 2-0 victory over Ecuador.
Top official leaves FIFA; EU urges Blatter to go NOW!
FIFA's director of communications Walter de Gregorio is to resign after making a joke on television.
PHOTOS: Amid fireworks and razzmatazz, Copa America kicks off
South America's top football competition kicked off on Thursday amid fireworks and razzmatazz.
June 11, 2015
Nadal battles past Baghdatis in Stuttgart
Two-time Wimbledon champion Rafa Nadal kicked off his grasscourt season with a 7-6(5), 6-7(4), 6-2 defeat of Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart on Thursday.
World Cup preliminary qualifiers: India go down 1-2 against Oman
An inexperienced Indian football side gave a good fight before going down 1-2 against Oman in the home leg match of the 2018 World Cup Preliminary Qualification round in Bangalore on Thursday.
'We've game-changers in this England team and have made strides'
England goalkeeper Joe Hart believes England now have a squad of "game-changers" and will qualify for next year's European Championship in France playing exciting football.
Court denies appeal; Messi to face trial over alleged tax fraud
Lionel Messi will face trial for tax evasion after a Spanish high court rejected his latest appeal.
World Badminton Rankings: Kashyap rises to No 10, Saina No 2
Parupalli Kashyap regained his place inside the top 10 in the latest BWF's world ranking, release on Thurday.
I'm that guy everybody wants to pretend never lived: Armstrong
Lance Armstrong will still ride parts of this year's Tour de France route for charity despite feeling as popular as Voldemort, the unspeakable villain of the Harry Potter movies.
FIFA corruption scandal takes shine off Copa America
Copa America kicks off in Chile on Thursday as a widening US-led investigation lifts the lid on rampant corruption among the sport's top officials.
Rivalries, rankings and Olympics offer Women's PGA subplots
Winning a major is its own reward, but rivalries, rankings and next year's Rio Olympics were also on the mind of contenders at the Women's PGA Championship.
Baseball, softball apply for Tokyo 2020 Olympics inclusion
Baseball and softball officially applied for inclusion in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Thursday as they look to earn back their spot in the Games they lost after 2008.
FIFA Women's WC: Opens with brilliance, blowouts and mismatches
The Women's World Cup stopped to take a breath on Wednesday following an opening round of games that produced a little bit of everything.
Sharapova is the highest-paid female athlete... yet again!
Tennis sensation Maria Sharapova yet again rules the Forbes' list of highest-paid female athletes.
PHOTOS: The growing popularity of women's football...
Global television audiences for the Women's World Cup in Canada bounced sharply higher in the opening days of the tournament and merchandise flew off the shelves, underscoring the growing popularity of the beautiful game.
Take a look at the FIFA that Blatter built
Under Blatter, FIFA has handed its development money out strategically. Members of FIFA with only tiny populations have often received as much in grant money as those with massive populations.
Scandal hit FIFA suspends bidding for 2026 World Cup
Scandal-plagued FIFA postponed the bidding for the right to host the 2026 World Cup.
FC Goa's coach Zico launches FIFA presidency bid
Brazilian soccer great Zico formally declared his candidacy for the FIFA presidency on Wednesday but admitted there would probably need to be a change of rules in order to make his run viable.
Euro 2016 qualifier: Dutch success now anything but guaranteed
Victory for the Netherlands in Friday's Euro 2016 qualifier in Latvia would have been seen as practically guaranteed after a successful World Cup in Brazil but a faltering qualifying campaign has precipitated a confidence crisis.
June 10, 2015
Topshelf Open: Paes, Nestor bow out in quarters
The second seed pair of Leander Paes and Daniel Nestor suffered a shock quarter-final defeat against the French pair of Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert to crash out of the ATP Topshelf Open in 's-Hertogenbosch.
'Tevez would be a perfect signing considering how Atletico play'
Juventus striker Carlos Tevez would be a perfect fit for Atletico Madrid and the La Liga club are in talks with the Argentine's agents, coach Diego Simeone has said.
Bopanna-Mergea in quarters of Mercedes Cup
The fourth seed Indo-Romanian pair needed 70 minutes to get the better of the 2014 US Open champions Marin Cilic of Croatia and Frank Moser of Germany 6-3, 7-6(10).
China FA create race-based World Cup qualifier poster
The Chinese Football Association has drawn criticism for publishing a promotional poster that warns not to underestimate Hong Kong's team of "black, white and yellow" players ahead of their World Cup qualifiers.
Mondal to lead India against Oman in World Cup qualifier
FIFA official Valcke hits back over $10 mln transactions
FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke Valcke on Wednesday dismissed allegations of wrongdoing over $10 million in bank transactions that are under investigation by U.S. authorities.
Russia sees no threat to World Cup, Valcke says plans on track
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Wednesday he saw no threat to Russia hosting the World Cup in 2018 and that its successful bid to host the tournament was in line with the law.
FIFA to elect Blatter's successor in December?
Last week, Domenico Scala, head of FIFA's audit and compliance committee and the man responsible for overseeing the election, said it could take place any time between December and March.
Paes splits with doubles partner Klassen ahead of Wimbledon
Eight-time Grand Slam winner Paes has now joined forces with Canadian doubles specialist Daniel Nestor while Klassen's coach Stefan de Kock revealed that the South African would now pair up with American Rajeev Ram.
LeBron steers Cavs past Warriors to inch closer to NBA title
The league's reigning Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry had a horrible start to the game for Golden State but used a strong fourth quarter to finish with a team-high 27 points.
FIFA to hold extraordinary exco in July to discuss election dates
FIFA will hold an extraordinary executive committee meeting in July to discuss dates for the presidential election which will choose a replacement for Sepp Blatter, soccer's governing body said on Wednesday.
Argentinian Burzaco, wanted in FIFA scandal, surrenders in Italy
US prosecutors say Burzaco, 50, along with Hugo Jinkis, 70, and his son Mariano Jinkis, 40, conspired to win and keep lucrative media rights contracts from regional football federations by paying tens of millions of dollars in bribes.
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
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique agrees contract extension
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has ended uncertainty over his future by agreeing a one-year contract extension with the Spanish and European champions until the end of the 2016-17 season.
Alves agrees two-year Barca contract extension
Barcelona defender Dani Alves has agreed a two-year contract extension to the end of the 2016-17 season with an option for a further year, the Spanish and European champions said on Tuesday.
Juventus sign Germany's Khedira from Real Madrid
Juventus moved to strengthen their midfield by signing Germany international and World Cup winner Sami Khedira from Real Madrid on a free transfer, the Italian champions said.
FC Goa sign Lucio as marquee player; Mumbai retain Anelka
Lucimar Ferreira da Silva, popularly known as Lucio, has signed up with FC Goa as a marquee player for the second season of the Indian Super League. Brazil's World Cup winner Lucio signs up for ISL
Lucimar Ferreira da Silva, popularly known as Lucio, has signed up with FC Goa as a marquee player for the second season of the Indian Super League.
England lack passion and character, says Gascoigne
Former England hero Paul Gascoigne has said the current team under Roy Hodgson lack the passion he was famous for, and that he cannot bear to watch much football these days because he misses playing so much.
IOC still concerned about water pollution in Rio
'We are approaching major test events in August and we all need to see progress in this regard.'
Now, Mary Kom as animated superhero!
"While we have a Manipuri tinge by capturing the fiction life of a young Mary Kom while in school, we will have other characters with a more neutral tone in order to appeal to the global audience," producer Ashish S Kulkarni said.
Steenkamp's parents slam decision to release Pistorius on parole
The parents of deceased South African model Reeva Steenkamp have slammed the decision to grant convicted Oscar Pistorius parole in August, saying '10-month imprisonment is simply not enough for taking a life'.
Australia will not bid for FIFA events until change
Australia has shelved its bid for the 2023 Women's World Cup pending an "overhaul" of FIFA as the global football governing body reels from a corruption scandal.
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".
Tiger's getting into the 'swing' of things
"I'm very proud of the fact that I stuck with my game plan ... and I was finally able to hit the shots on Sunday that we've been looking for.
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
It's official: Germany named 'Die Mannschaft'
Germany on Monday launched their new logo, including the use of term 'die Mannschaft', in an effort to increase international branding of the hugely popular World Cup winners.
PHOTOS: Treble-winners Barca on top of the world!
Rediff.com gives you a glimpse of the celebrations.
Pistorius to be released on parole in August
South African Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius is set to be released from prison on parole in August after serving 10 months for culpable homicide in the killing of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, a family member said.
Wawrinka in top-5, Nadal drops to 10!
French Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka has moved up five places to number four in the official ATP world rankings released on Monday.
'Nervous' Wawrinka surprised at French Open win
Stanislas Wawrinka was still struggling to digest the fact that he had won a second grand slam title, and did it by overcoming a player who had until Sunday, been unbeatable on clay in 2015.
Coach Luis Enrique to stay, asserts Barcelona president
His season has been 10 out of 10 and there is no reason to break the contract, says Josep Maria Bartomeu.
Liverpool sign striker Ings from Burnley
"Liverpool FC are delighted to announce that they have agreed personal terms with Danny Ings and, subject to a medical, the striker will join the club on July 1 after his contract with Burnley has expired," the club said on their website (www.liverpoolfc.com).
NBA: Cavs pushed to OT but beat Warriors in Game Two
Iniesta to miss Spain's Euro qualifier with Belarus
Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta will missSpain's Euro 2016 qualifier in Belarus due to injury, it has been confirmed on the national team's website on Sunday.
Brazil extend winning run to nine with win over Mexico
A week before they kick off their Copa America campaign against Peru, Brazil dominated a poor warm up match though there was a moment of brilliant by Philippe Coutino when they opened the scoring after 27 minutes.
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'
Unheralded Lingmerth wins Memorial in playoff with Rose
Swede David Lingmerth, ranked 212th in the world, took down Justin Rose in a playoff to claim the Memorial Tournament.
This lady has set out to become 1st to row across Pacific alone
An American began a 6,000-mile (9,656-km) voyage on Sunday in Japan, attempting to become the third person and the first woman to cross the Pacific Ocean by herself in a rowboat.
FIFA's Warner sought money, citing influence in World Cup selection
The former head of Egypt's football federation said on Sunday that ex-FIFA Vice President Jack Warner asked for $7 million from Egypt.
Barcelona sign Sevilla's Aleix Vidal
Sevilla midfielder Aleix Vidal will join treble winners Barcelona.
F1 Pitlane Tales: Alonso vents frustration with 'amateur' jibe
Fernando Alonso warned McLaren they were making him look like an amateur.
Fellaini nets double as Belgium humble France
Marouane Fellaini played chief tormentor as France suffered a 4-3 home defeat in a home friendly against Belgium on Sunday.
Women's World Cup: Germany thrash Ivory Coast
Germany announced their arrival at the FIFA Women's World Cup on Sunday by handing out a near-record 10-0 thrashing to Ivory Coast.
French Open Sidelights: Why the fans must be educated!
The French Open crowds must be educated in order to avoid a repeat of the boos directed at Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka.
Hamilton savours Canada win after Monaco blow
Lewis Hamilton put Monaco misery behind him on Sunday with a controlled Canadian Grand Prix victory.
How Wawrinka dashed Djokovic's Paris dream...
As his blazing backhand skidded off from inside the baseline, Stanislas Wawrinka sent his racket rocketing skywards after dashing Novak Djokovic's French Open dreams with a victory barely anyone expected on Sunday.
Juve upbeat despite record sixth European Cup final loss
Juventus may have become the only club to lose six European Cup finals but they took heart from pushing Barcelona to the limit in Saturday's riveting final and restoring the honour of Italian football, coach Massimiliano Allegri said.
Hamilton wins in Canada after Monaco blow
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton won the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday in a Mercedes one-two with title rival Nico Rosberg.
Safarova teams up with Mattek-Sands to win French Open doubles
Lucie Safarova made sure she left Roland Garros with at least one winner's trophy after the Czech left-hander and Bethanie Mattek-Sands won the women's doubles title on Sunday.
June 07, 2015
Russia, Qatar could lose World Cups'
Russia and Qatar could be stripped of their World Cup hosting rights if evidence emerges of bribery in the bidding process, Domenico Scala, the independent chairman of FIFA's audit and compliance committee, told a Swiss newspaper.
Inspired Wawrinka tames Djokovic to win French Open
There were no jeers this time as Swiss Stan Wawrinka defied the odds to win the French Open with a courageous 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 victory over world number one Novak Djokovic in an enthralling final on Sunday.
'Football will never change, it will always be about winning'
Jose Mourinho believes football is only about winning and that managers who favour a possession-dominated beautiful game and neglect steely defence and lethal counter-attacking are "stupid".
Barcelona's new direct play does the trick in second treble
Winning goals from Luis Suarez and Neymar on the counter-attack to sink Juventus in the Champions League final encapsulated the new direct play from Barcelona that saw them become the first European side to win the treble for the second time.
Todt says FIA faces no risk of corruption
The International Automobile Federation (FIA) is in no danger of suffering the sort of corruption scandal currently engulfing world soccer governing body FIFA, its president Jean Todt said on Saturday.
'I have got a Serena-Slam and am excited to be close to another'
Serena Williams is a five-times Wimbledon champion but the American has surprisingly declared that she has "never really liked grass".
'There is nothing confirmed, my goal is to enjoy the moment'
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique declined to say if he will still be at the helm next season after leading them to a treble in his first season including Saturday's Champions League triumph over Juventus.
I can't ask for any more, to leave this way is perfect: Xavi
Xavi brought his glittering Barcelona career to a fitting and emotional end when he hoisted aloft the European Cup following a 3-1 victory over Juventus in the Champions League final.
Barca beat Juve 3-1 in classic for fifth European crown
Barcelona beat Juventus 3-1 to claim the Champions League title on Saturday thanks to goals from Ivan Rakitic, Luis Suarez and Neymar in an entertaining final at the Olympic Stadium.
No stopping Serena as she hoists 20th major trophy
Nothing, absolutely nothing could stop Serena Williams from completing the magnificent TWO-O on Saturday and the American joyously bounced around as she hoisted a Grand Slam singles trophy for the 20th time with victory at the French Open.
Hamilton beats Rosberg to pole in Montreal
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix on Saturday with Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg qualifying alongside him on the front row.
June 06, 2015
Williams claims 20th Grand Slam with French Open win
World number one Serena Williams survived a mid-match meltdown to beat Czech Lucie Safarova 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-2 to win the French Open on Saturday, her 20th Grand Slam singles trophy.
Forget FIFA scandal, fans say before Champions League final
The thousands of Barcelona and Juventus fans streaming into Berlin's Olympic Stadium for the Champions League final later on Saturday were confident the showpiece would knock the FIFA scandal off the front pages and out of people's minds.
Murray's honeymoon on clay ended by Djokovic
With his glinting gold wedding band looped around the black laces of left shoe, Andy Murray had been an unstoppable force on clay this season.
Paddlers Ghosh-Desai finish runners-up in Australia
Third seeded Indian pair of Harmeet Desai and Soumyajit Ghosh went down in the doubles final of the GAC Group ITTF World Tour Australian Open table tennis tournament in Gold Coast, Australia, on Saturday.
FIFA unable to protect itself now, says ex-investigator
According to him, the US-led investigations into corruption at FIFA had pierced the veil of secrecy that protected football's top power-brokers and more dominoes could be expected, Stuff.co.nz reported.
Djokovic downs Murray to reach French Open final
World number one Novak Djokovic rediscovered a ruthless streak when it mattered most to stay on course for a career slam with a nail-biting 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 5-7, 6-1 win over Andy Murray to reach the French Open final on Saturday.
Ireland's FA says Sepp Blatter mockery a factor in payout
FIFA President Sepp Blatter's public mockery of a confidential Irish request to be added as the 33rd team in the 2010 World Cup helped trigger a controversial 5 million euro payout, the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) said on Friday.
Hamilton crashes but still quickest in Canada
Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton crashed into the tyre wall but still stayed top of the timesheets after a rain-lashed Canadian Grand Prix practice on Friday.
Blatter will be arrested and forced out of FIFA soon, claims FA chief
Football Association chairman Greg Dyke believes that Sepp Blatter will be arrested and forced out of Fifa within a "couple of months".
U-20 World Cup: Portugal, Serbia sail into quarters
Portugal charged into the knockout rounds of the under-20 World Cup on Saturday with a 3-1 defeat of Colombia while Serbia also advanced after sending Mexico crashing out of the tournament.
Sanchez misses goals galore but Chile beat El Salvador 1-0 in friendly
Jorge Valdivia steered home a cross from Jean Beausejour in the 13th minute to give the Chileans the victory in a match in Rancagua that they dominated throughout.
Thai businessman to buy stake in Berlusconi's AC Milan
Silvio Berlusconi has approved a deal to sell 48 percent of soccer club AC Milan to a group led by Thai businessman Bee Taechaubol, a historic change for the team which the former Italian prime minister has owned since the 1980s.
US fight back to stun Dutch 4-3 in football friendly
It was the first time the US had beaten the Dutch whose defeat continued a run of mediocre results since they came third at last year's World Cup. It will also heap the pressure on them ahead of next week's vital Euro 2016 qualifier away to Latvia.
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'
Indian shuttler Kashyap knocked out of Indonesian Open
The Indian, who defeated world number one Chen Long in the quarter-finals on Friday, lost 21-12, 17-21, 19-21 in a draining battle which lasted an hour and 11 minutes.
FIFA hires ex-US prosecutor as defendant in bribery probe
World soccer's governing body FIFA has hired a former New York prosecutor to represent it as senior officials face bribery and corruption charges in a US court, a person familiar with the matter said.
India to strongly protest denial of visa to archers: AAI president
Archery Association of India (AAI) president VK Malhotra on Friday said India will strongly protest the denial of visas to 19 Indian archers who were scheduled to leave for the US tomorrow to participate in the World Youth Archery Championships in Yankton, South Dakota.
June 05, 2015
U-20 World Cup: Ghana shock powerhouse Argentina
champions Argentina have suffered an ignominious early exit from the under-20 World Cup in New Zealand.
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.
Did SA bribe FIFA's ex-official Warner to get 2010 WC hosting rights?
According to reports across media, then president Thabo Mbeki and foreign minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma approved the payment which the authorities again insisted on Friday was for a legitimate development project in the Caribbean.
Wawrinka enters French Open final; Storm halts Djokovic vs Murray semi
Stanislas Wawrinka entered the men's singles final at the French Open, beating Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 6-7(1-7), 7-6(7-3), 6-4 in the first semi-final on Friday.
Serena skips practice ahead of French Open final
Serena Williams is skipping practice on the eve of the French Open final as the World No 1 battles with illness, organisers said on Friday.
Caitlyn Jenner allowed to keep 1976 Olympic gold medal
Caitlyn Jenner will now be legally allowed to keep her Olympic medals that she had won as Bruce Jenner before her sex change operation.
Cristiano Ronaldo cheated on ex with Playboy model
Playboy star Daniella Chavez has claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo had sex with her while he was in a relationship with Irina Shayk.
Denied US visa, Indian archers withdraw from Youth C'ship
The Indian contingent, comprising under-20 boys and girls archers, were scheduled to leave for the United States on Friday for the June 8-14 event in Yankton, South Dakota, but the US embassy granted visas to only seven archers, two coaches and a Sports Authority of India official while rejecting 20, thereby putting serious doubts over India's participation in the event.
Kashyap shocks world No 1; Saina loses to Shixian
Parupalli Kashyap shocked World No 1 Chen Long to make it to the semi-final of the Indonesia Super Series Premier badminton tournament.
Blatter is still in his office!
Blatter may want business as usual, others say 'go now.'
Brazil soccer probe: Sponsors feel the heat
Nike Inc and some other big international companies face a grilling over their powerful role in Brazilian soccer.
Gatlin sizzles at Rome Golden Gala
American sprinter Justin Gatlin won this third successive Rome Golden Gala 100 metres.
French Open Sidelights: Serena did not do it on purpose...
Serena Williams's health and gamesmanship were the subjects on everyone's lips at the French Open.
It's all about game day at Women's World Cup
Canada took a deep breath on Thursday and prepared for their moment in the Women's World Cup spotlight.
NBA: Warriors overcome Cavs in overtime thriller
The Golden State Warriors, led by the league's Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry, drew first blood in the best-of-seven NBA Finals with a thrilling 108-100 overtime victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
It's all in the family! Tigers niece, Cheyenne, shares LPGA lead
Cheyenne Woods upstaged the game's biggest names as she birdied five of her last nine holes to share the first-round lead at the Manulife LPGA Classic .
Sorry I am sick, says Serena but squeezes into final
Serena Williams did not smile, celebrate or even acknowledge the standing ovation she was receiving from the roaring crowd as she watched Timea Bacsinszky's backhand float out on match point at the French Open on Thursday.
FIFA paid Ireland 5m euros, not dollars, after Henry handball!
FIFA paid Ireland's FA (FAI) 5 million euros to avoid a legal case over a controversial World Cup playoff defeat, 50 percent more than the $5 million it reported on Thursday at 2009 exchange rates, world soccer's governing body said.
PHOTOS: Xavi gets emotional farewell tribute from the FC Barcelona
FC Barceloana laid out a memorable tribute to veteran midfielder Xavi Hernandez on Wednesday.
Is Nadal a spent force? No! say his rivals
"But if you need a reminder of who he is, just look at his career stats and grand slams that he won."
Messi the man as Barca attempt to repeat 2009's historic treble
Barcelona's talismanic Lionel Messi remains the driving force of a talented side on the brink of repeating 2009's historic treble despite a change in their coach and style of football, not to mention a host of players.
Djokovic still faces rocky road to elusive French Open glory
Novak Djokovic's muted celebrations after ending Rafa Nadal's reign as claycourt king were partly out of respect for his Spanish victim but mainly due to the fact the his French Open mission is far from accomplished.
Juventus coach Allegri goes from pariah to brink of immortality
When Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri was greeted with a hail of eggs and spat at on his first day at work he could not have imagined he would lead them to the brink of an unprecedented treble of titles in his first season.
June 04, 2015
French Open: Serena stays on course for 20th Grand Slam title
An ailing Serena Williams stayed on course for a 20th grand slam singles title as she came back from the brink to reach the final of the French Open with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 win against Swiss power hitter Timea Bacsinszky on Thursday.
French Open: Safarova whips Ivanovic to make maiden major final
The 13th seeded Czech proved too strong for Serb, who lifted the Suzanne Lenglen Cup in 2008, winning 7-5, 6-4.
Poovamma, Joseph win silver at Asian athletics
Quarter-miler Machettira Raju Poovamma and heptathlete Liksy Joseph won a silver each as India added four medals on the second day of the 21st Asian Athletics Championships in Wuhan, China, on Thursday.
Liverpool sign Milner from Manchester City
While the signing of a hard-working player who won two Premier League titles at City in five years since joining from Aston Villa is a coup for Liverpool, it also signifies the start of a squad makeover at City.
Novak Djokovic seals spot at season-ending ATP World Tour Finals
World number one Novak Djokovic will bid for a record fourth successive ATP World Tour Finals crown in London later this year after becoming the first man to qualify for the season-ender.
FIFA rankings: India leap six places to 141
India jumped six places to 141 in the latest world football rankings issued by the game's governing body, FIFA, on Thursday.
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."
Badminton World Rankings: Saina loses top spot; Srikanth jumps to 3rd
Saina dropped two spots to third in the women's singles list, and is placed below Spaniard Carolina Marin (80752), who rose a rung following her Australian Open title triumph.
Indonesia Open: Kashyap, Saina in quarter-finals
Parupalli Kashyap surprised world No. 5 Son Wan Ho in straight games to enter the men's singles quarter-finals at the Indonesian Open Super Series, but Kidambi Srikanth bowed out after losing to a lower-ranked opponent, in Jakarta, on Thursday.
Check out who caused most upsets at French Open
Timea Bacsinszky wants a lasting souvenir at the French Open.
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."
Top athletics coach calls doping report, inaccurate and irresponsible journalism
Top athletics coach Alberto Salazar and US Olympic silver medallist Galen Rupp have denied any wrongdoing after a BBC documentary accused them of violating anti-doping rules.
'No way Qatar will lose 2022 World Cup'
Qatar said on Wednesday there was no way it would be stripped of the right to host the World Cup despite the corruption scandal surrounding FIFA, dismissing a 'bashing campaign' of criticism of its 2022 bid as anti-Arab prejudice.
Soon...a tell-all tale from accused former FIFA official
Former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner, a central figure in world soccer's deepening scandal, has vowed to tell investigators all he knows about corruption within the sport's governing body.
'Despicable', 'awful'... that's what Beckham thinks of FIFA scandal
Former England captain David Beckham has blasted FIFA over the 'despicable' corruption allegations .
'Nadal seemed to be playing with weights on his ankles'
An almost deathly hush descended as Serbian Novak Djokovic administered the last rites on Rafael Nadal's reign of dominance at the French Open.
FIFA scandal: US law may struggle to reach all defendants
US prosecutors may find it difficult to get a number of the people they have charged in the FIFA bribery scandal to face the music.
Shocker! FIFA officials 'took bribe' for 1998, 2010 World Cups too!
A former executive committee member of soccer's global governing body FIFA told a US judge in November 2013 that he and other officials took bribes in connection with the 1998 and 2010 World Cups.
It is not the end, says Nadal after French Open defeat
It was only his second defeat in 11 years and 72 matches at Roland Garros, yet it came as little surprise for Rafael Nadal as the nine-time champion admitted he had his French Open quarter-final defeat to Novak Djokovic coming.
June 03, 2015
Djokovic gets seventh time lucky against Nadal at Roland Garros
Novak Djokovic beat defending champion Rafael Nadal 7-5, 6-3, 6-1 to move into the semi-finals of the French Open, in the process spoiling the Spaniard's 29th birthday celebrations.
Serena breezes past Errani, to meet Bacsinszky in semi-finals
World number one Serena Williams crushed Italian Sara Errani 6-1, 6-3 to reach the semi-finals of the French Open in intimidating fashion on Wednesday.
I-League champions Mohun Bagan return home to grand reception
Images: Mohun Bagan get massive reception.
French Open: Top seeds Sania-Martina fall by the wayside
Hot favourites Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis fell by the wayside at the French Open, beaten by seventh seeds Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova in the quarter-finals of the women's doubles
Study shows that media indulges in racial discrimination
The fact cannot be denied that media affects and moulds the thought process of human beings, and a recent study has proved that there is racial stereotyping of athletes by it.
US attorney general declines to comment on FIFA probe, Blatter
US Attorney General Loretta Lynch declined to comment at a press conference on Wednesday on whether FIFA President Sepp Blatter is under investigation as part of a probe by US authorities into the soccer organisation.
Buffon pays Messi a compliment that's out of this world!
Barcelona's star striker Messi is an alien who plays with us humans, says the Juventus 'keeper
Russia presses on with 2018 World Cup preparations
Russia is pressing ahead with preparations to host the 2018 World Cup finals following Sepp Blatter's resignation as FIFA president and does not expect any boycotts of the tournament, Russian officials said on Wednesday.
UEFA postpone meeting to discuss FIFA crisis
UEFA have postponed a meeting due to be held on Saturday to discuss the crisis at FIFA which led to Sepp Blatter saying he would step down as president of world soccer's governing body.
Indonesia banned from 2018 World Cup qualifiers
The Asian Football Confederation has confirmed Indonesia's immediate ban from all international football, including next week's 2018 World Cup qualifiers, because of government meddling in the country's domestic league.
Gatlin out to win races, not popularity contest
Justin Gatlin skipped along the track during his workout, sunglasses on, seemingly without a care in the world.
'Australia ran clean 2022 World Cup bid, others did not'
"We ran a clean bid. I know that others did not, and I have shared what I know with the authorities," the Football Federation Australia (FFA) chairman wrote.
Indonesian Open: Saina, Kashyap, Srikanth advance; Sindhu loses
World number one Saina Nehwal disposed off Nichaon Jindapon's challenge in straight games, but PV Sindhu crashed out of the Indonesian Open Super Series badminton tournament after a close first-round defeat, in Jakarta, on Wednesday. In the men's singles, both the Indians in the fray -- Parupalli Kashyap and Kidambi Srikanth -- advanced to the second round with contrasting victories.
The highs and lows of Real Madrid's new coach Benitez
Here is a quick fact-box on new Real Madrid coach Rafael Benitez, who was appointed to replace Italian Carlo Ancelotti on Wednesday.
FIFA scandal gets murkier, Interpol issues wanted-person alerts for 6
Interpol said on Wednesday it has issued international wanted-person alerts for two former FIFA officials including Jack Warner and four corporate executives at the request of US authorities as part of a corruption probe.
Benitez named Real Madrid coach for next three seasons
Spaniard Benitez left Napoli at the end of the season and takes over from Italian Carlo Ancelotti at the Bernabeu.
What prompted outgoing FIFA chief Blatter to quit?
"His decision has nothing, absolutely nothing, to do with the allegations going around".
Alllahabad-born Gulati in race for FIFA top job?
Indian American Sunil Gulati, who is currently serving a record third term as President of the US Soccer Federation, could be in the race to replace Sepp Blatter as the new FIFA chief.
The men who might be after FIFA's top job
Some of the men who might be candidates for FIFA president.
Can challenger Prince Ali be installed as FIFA president?
The Jordanian FA has begun legal inquiries into whether defeated FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali bin Al Hussein could replace Sepp Blatter.
French Open Sidelights: Freak accident at Roland Garros!
It was a freak accident that set the claycourt major abuzz.
FC Goa coach Zico considering FIFA presidency bid
Former Brazil international Zico has expressed a desire to run for president of FIFA.
What does Blatter's shocking resignation mean?
Sepp Blatter's shock resignation as FIFA president should allow people to now focus on events on the pitch .
Will Maradona throw his hat into FIFA presidency ring?
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday suggested that Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona become the next FIFA president.
Who got Sepp Blatter? Who shot him?
Blatter quits FIFA; under investigation by US prosecutors, FBI.
It's a girl for former French Open champ Li Na
Chinese tennis star Li Na gave birth to a baby girl early on Wednesday morning.
Problem solved, say sponsors after Blatter resigns
FIFA president Sepp Blatter's decision to resign amid corruption allegations at soccer's governing body is a relief for corporate sponsors who have called for more transparency at the organization, sports marketing experts said on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: Birthday boy Nadal takes the cake at Roland Garros
Let us forget tennis for a while and take a look at Nadal's grand birthday cakes at the Roland Garros over the years. It is a tradition which cannot be interrupted!
June 02, 2015
FIFA needs profound restructuring: Sepp Blatter
Sepp Blatter has announced his decision to stand down at a news conference in Zurich, six days after the FBI had raided a hotel in Zurich and arrested several FIFA officials.
French Open: Wawrinka trumps Federer, to meet Tsonga in semis
Stanislas Wawrinka trumped fellow Swiss Roger Federer at a grand slam for the first time with a 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(4) victory in the French Open quarter-finals on Tuesday.
Blatter stands down as FIFA president
Sepp Blatter resigned as FIFA president on Tuesday, four days after being re-elected to a fifth term.
Ivanovic sails into French Open semis, meets Safarova
Former champion Ana Ivanovic was at her brilliant, aggressive best on Tuesday. The seventh seed swept aside Ukraine's Elina Svitolina 6-3, 6-2 to storm into the French Open semi-finals.
FIFA says Valcke not involved in $10 million payment
FIFA denied on Tuesday that the top lieutenant of its President, Sepp Blatter, or any other member its senior management made $10 million in bank transactions.
Former Olympic champ says his new name is Caitlyn!
Former Olympic athlete and reality TV star Bruce Jenner, who is transitioning to life as a woman.
Hamburg keep Bundesliga record with 'crazy' win
Hamburg SV clung on to their time-honoured place in the Bundesliga once again after beating second-tier Karlsruhe.
Tennis star Sania lends support to PETA campaign
Sania Mirza has lent her support to the cause of animal welfare, calling for adoption of homeless dogs and cats.
NZ to grill Blatter over agenda, Oceania World Cup place
Embattled FIFA President Sepp Blatter can expect a grilling if he shows up for the latter stages of the under-20 World Cup in New Zealand after the country's soccer officials said they were keen to hold clear-the-air discussions with him.
12 BEST Sports Photos of the week!
From selfies to fist fights, Rediff.com has the best pictures from the last week snapped right here...
Check out why Schweinsteiger scores a perfect 10!
football star Bastian Schweinsteiger is very prominently seen cheering Ana Ivanovic at the French Open in Paris these days.
FIFA scandal takes ugly turn
Ex-South American soccer chief in FIFA scandal under house arrest.
Nadal, 70 and counting at French Open!
It's on! Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are set to clash in the French Open quarterfinal on Wednesday.
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.
Check out Vietnam's most celebrated female athlete, Thanh!
Patience, as much as skill and flexibility, has become a necessary part of the armoury of Southeast Asia's top-ranked gymnast, Vietnam's Phan Thi Ha Thanh.
Asia-Pacific remains firmly behind embattled Blatter
There were a few fissures but no major cracks apparent in FIFA president Sepp Blatter's bedrock of Asia-Pacific support as officials began returning to the region from the annual congress of soccer's world governing body over the weekend.
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.
Tainted Bhanot elected Asian Athletics Association vice-President
Recommended by the Athletics Federation of India, Bhanot fought through a 14-strong challenge in the elections to be picked as one of the five vice-Presidents during the AAA council on the eve of the Asian Championships in Wuhan.
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.
Panathinaikos clinch Champions League place via playoffs
Panathinaikos secured a Champions League qualifying spot by beating PAOK Salonica 2-0 on Sunday to extend their lead in the Super League playoffs to a eight points with two matches left.
Real Madrid official inadvertently reveals Benitez to be next manager
According to a report in as.com, speaking at a Madrid fans' meeting on Saturday, De Bla said: "Carlo Ancelotti is a phenomenon. We're eternally grateful to him. For me, up to three days ago he was the best coach in the world, as was Jose Mourinho a couple of years ago and as of next week it will be Rafa Benítez."
Accused ex-FIFA official makes a fool of himself while defending FIFA
A former FIFA executive accused of soliciting bribes in the corruption case brought by US authorities against world soccer officials, wants to know why the United States is hosting this year's World Cup if it dislikes soccer's governing body so much.
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.
Mohun Bagan clinch maiden I-League title
Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan clinched their maiden I-League title in 13 years after managing a 1-1 draw against defending champions Bengaluru FC at Kanteerva Stadium in Bengaluru.
May 31, 2015
Cornet joins Azarenka in slamming line regulations
Local favourite Alize Cornet has backed up former world number one Victoria Azarenka's call for a review of the line call regulations at the French Open, labelling a decision against her on Sunday as "shameful".
With FA Cup in their bag, Arsenal eye Premier League glory
Arsenal must not rest on their laurels after successive FA Cup victories and instead use one of the side's 'best squads' to inspire them to Premier League glory next season.
French Open: Svitolina ends Cornet's run to reach last eight
Alize Cornet fought tooth and nail but the local favourite's French Open run came to an end when she was knocked out 6-2, 7-6(9) in the fourth round by Ukrainian 19th seed Elina Svitolina on Sunday.
Now, Prince William dabbles into FIFA scandal
English FA president Prince William called on FIFA to reform and show that "it can represent the interests of fair play" in a speech at the FA Cup final on Saturday.
Xavi aims for perfect send off!
Barcelona midfielder Xavi raised the King's Cup aloft alongside Andres Iniesta in his final appearance at the Camp Nou on Saturday and now victory in the Champions League would make it a perfect send-off for the club legend.
Aww! Barca coach Luis Enrique looks adorable...
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique allowed himself a brief moment to savour Saturday's King's Cup triumph over Athletic Bilbao.
Find out why Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Real Madrid
Portugal footballer Cristiano Ronaldo could leave Real Madrid this summer, after reportedly being miffed over club president Florentino Perez's growing closeness with teammate Gareth Bale.
French Cup: PSG land unique treble as Cavani grabs winner
Paris St Germain achieved a unique domestic treble when Edinson Cavani's goal secured a 1-0 French Cup final victory over Ligue 2 team AJ Auxerre on Saturday.
Why Spanish brigade is on the slide at French Open?
Spain are experiencing their worst French Open campaign for almost 20 years despite having Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer through to the fourth round.
German Cup: Dortmund farewell too painful for Klopp after loss
Borussia Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp battled to contain his emotions on Saturday after his final game on their bench saw his team lose 3-1 to VfL Wolfsburg in the German Cup final.
French Open Sidelights: Are you sure Martina didn't do it?
Serena Williams is the first woman in the professional era to win 50 matches at each of the four Grand Slams.
PHOTOS: Sexy Shakira and Pique's adorable PDA!
Colombian pop star Shakira and Barcelona's Gerard Pique aren't afraid to show PDA!
King's Cup PHOTOS: Magnificent Messi leads Barca to victory
A magical Lionel Messi goal, the first of a personal double, led treble-chasing Barcelona to a 3-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao in the King's Cup final on Saturday.
Arsenal rout Villa in final to claim FA Cup record
Holders Arsenal won the FA Cup for a record 12th time on Saturday, outclassing Aston Villa 4-0 at Wembley with stunning goals from Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez setting up their one-sided victory.
Ex-England and United defender Ferdinand retires
Former England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand announced his retirement from football on Saturday after being released by Queens Park Rangers.
May 30, 2015
Blatter will not see out term of office says FA's Dyke
FIFA president Sepp Blatter will not see out his latest term of office following his re-election on Friday because he will be forced to resign, English Football Association chairman Greg Dyke told reporters on Saturday.
French Open PHOTOS: Djokovic, Murray ease into the pre-quarters
Novak Djokovic, Petra Kvitova and Andy Murray were among the top players who eased into the last 16 of the French Open on Saturday.
Blatter hits out at U.S. authorities, UEFA
Sepp Blatter has said that the events in the run-up to his re-election as FIFA president "do not smell right" and he was the victim of "hate" on the part of European soccer's governing body UEFA.
'It took me a while to realize I won't win every single match'
Maria Sharapova knows the pitfalls of being a prodigy and after easing into the fourth round at Roland Garros the seasoned grand slam champion offered some sage advice to the new generation in women's tennis.
FIFA's Blatter faces division and suspicion as fifth term begins
FIFA President Sepp Blatter began his fifth term at the helm of football's governing body on Saturday facing the daunting task of restoring public faith in an organisation tainted by allegations of corruption and deeply divided over his re-election.
'Next season United's focus will be on winning some silverware'
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney believes finishing in the Premier League's top four last season was essential for the record 20-times English champions.
May 29, 2015
Blatter wins fifth FIFA term as challenger concedes
Sepp Blatter was re-elected president of FIFA for a fifth term on Friday after the only other candidate conceded defeat after a first round of voting in an election overshadowed by allegations of corruption in world soccer.Sepp Blatter was re-elected president of FIFA for a fifth term on Friday after the only other candidate conceded defeat after a first round of voting in an election overshadowed by allegations of corruption in world soccer.
Federer dismayed by FIFA scandal
Switzerland's favourite sporting son Roger Federer expressed his disappointment over the corruption scandal engulfing soccer's world governing body FIFA on Friday.
'Under-17 football World Cup can be most attended sports event in India'
Javier Ceppi, Tournament Director of the 2017 Under-17 football World Cup, which India will host, says the success of the event depends on the country's fans. Laxmi Negi reports.
Photos: Federer moves smoothly into fourth round
Roger Federer continued his smooth progress at the French Open on Friday with a straightforward 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 defeat of Bosnian Damir Dzumhur to reach the fourth round.
FIFA shortlists six venues for U-17 football World Cup in India
Announcing the window for the 24-team championship, which includes India as hosts, Tournament Director Javier Cepii told a media conference in Mumbai that the D Y Patil Sports Academy in Navi Mumbai is among the four centres, which has been given provisional approval to host matches in the 23-day event.
French Open: Paes-Nestor in 3rd round; Sania-Hingis win
Leander Paes and his Canadian partner Daniel Nestor cruised into the third round of the men's doubles at the French Open, beating the German-Austrian pair of Andre Begemann and Julian Knowle in straight sets on Friday. The 10th seeded Indo-Canadian pair won 7-6(7-3), 6-2.
Top seeds Sania-Soares beaten in first round at French Open
Sania Mirza and Bruno Soares of Brazil were beaten in the first round of the mixed doubles at the French Open on Thursday by the unseeded pair of Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Jean-Julien Rojer.
Shixian sends Saina packing from Australian Open
The Indian challenge at the Australian Open Super Series badminton ended as Saina Nehwal was sent packing by China's Shixian Wang in the women's singles quarter-finals, in Sydney, on Friday. The world No 1 was beaten by the two-time All England champion and fifth seed 15-21, 13-21 in 41 minutes.
FIFA congress resumes after bomb threat in Zurich
Swiss police are investigating a bomb threat at the FIFA congress, a spokeswoman said on Friday.
Mourinho keen to keep title-winning Chelsea squad intact
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has no plans to let any of his English Premier League title-winning squad depart Stamford Bridge in the close season.
Hull's Hernandez banned for punching United's Jones
Hull City forward Abel Hernandez has been suspended for three matches for punching Manchester United's Phil Jones during their 0-0 Premier League draw on Sunday, the FA said.
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.
Irish Open: Lahiri hangs in at 46th, Jeev, Kapur struggle
Anirban Lahiri held his nerve in the closing stages despite two late bogeys to card two-over 73 that gave him a good chance of staying on for the weekend at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation.
'Russia, Qatar as World Cup venues led to FIFA's problems'
Scandal-plagued FIFA may have avoided its current problems if Russia and Qatar had not been chosen as hosts of the next two World Cups, President Sepp Blatter said on Friday.
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.
French Open Sidelights: Why Coric is sacrificing sinful tiramisu?
Call it sacrifice or compromise but Coric is ditching the sinful tiramisu.
PHOTOS: Check out the most heavily tattooed tennis player!
Fighter. That's what Svetlana Kuznetsova is all about. And she tries to tell the story of her resilience through tattoos.
'Blatter right man for FIFA top job'
- 'FIFA should have a leader with a lot of experience'
FIFA scam: Nike says no company officials received any kickbacks
"There is no allegation in the charging documents that any Nike employee was aware of or knowingly participated in any bribery or kickback scheme," the company said.
FIFA arrests spur Brazil to probe soccer corruption
Brazilian police began investigating allegations of corruption in its soccer industry on Thursday, prompted by the arrests of top officials at world soccer body FIFA in a US bribery probe.
FIFA scandal is black cloud over Women's World Cup
Women's World Cup officials and sponsors expressed concern over the corruption scandal swirling around world soccer's governing body.
'These are sad and difficult days for FIFA'
IOC president tells FIFA it's time to clean up its act.
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.
Enough is enough, says emotional Platini
Emotional Platini says Blatter must go for good of FIFA.
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.
FIFA probe: Warner's sons scrambled to deposit cash hoard at US banks
Daryan and Daryll Warner, sons of former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner, and their associates deposited more than $600,000 in cash at bank branches in New York, Miami and Las Vegas in the second half of 2011, according to a 2012 complaint in US District Court in New York that was unsealed on Wednesday.
Nabbed FIFA official Warner freed
Former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner, who has been accused of soliciting bribes as part of a vast corruption case against senior soccer officials, left jail in Trinidad and Tobago via ambulance on Thursday after he was granted bail, according to local media.
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
FIFA presidential election: Who is voting for whom and why
Prince Ali is standing against Sepp Baltter in Friday's election and although Blatter is strongly favoured to win.
Scandal brought shame and humiliation to football: Blatter
Embattled FIFA President Sepp Blatter said on Thursday the corruption scandal surrounding the world soccer body had brought shame and humiliation to football.
French Open Sidelights: A marathon duel to remember!
Two former French Open champions produced easily the best women's match of the tournament so far.
Abhinav Bindra clinches quota berth for Rio Olympics
He joins pistol shooter Jitu Rai, rifle shooters Apurvi Chandela and Gagan Narang, who all had sealed berths earlier.
Mary Kom back in training, eyes Rio Games qualification
Olympic bronze medallist M C Mary Kom has resumed training in Bengaluru post her eight-month long family break from the boxing ring after winning the gold medal in last year's Asian Games.
'Get out', world media tells Blatter!
Here is a look at how foreign media has reacted to this news.
PHOTOS: Solid Nadal dismisses Almagro to reach round three
Rafa Nadal got his usual confidence boost from Nicolas Almagro at Roland Garros, reaching the third round with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 victory -- his fourth without dropping a set against his Spanish compatriot on the Paris clay.
French Open PHOTOS: Serena survives scare, Wozniacki exits
Serena Williams played with fire at the French Open on Thursday but the world number one pulled through to the third round with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 win against unheralded German Anna-Lena Friedsam.
South Africa dismisses bribery allegations
South Africa have dismissed as 'baseless' allegations made in a US indictment that the country paid $10 million in bribes to host the 2010 World Cup.
One of worst days in FIFA history: Figo
The date of May 27 will go down as one of the worst days in the history of world soccer's governing body FIFA, former presidential candidate Luis Figo said on Thursday.
Australian Open: Saina progresses, Srikanth exits
Saina Nehwal was the lone Indian left in the Australian Open Super Series badminton tournament after a hard-fought victory over China's Sun Yu in Sydney on Thursday. The world No 1 overcame a stiff challenge from Yu, ranked No 9, winning 21-19, 19-21, 21-14 in 78 minutes.
Can F1 champ Hamilton keep up with Kardashians star?
Lewis Hamilton is a perfect match for Kendall Jenner and wants to see them together.
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.
Where is FIFA president Sepp Blatter?
The Swiss is out of sight as FIFA corruption scandal deepens
Flustered FIFA officials shut down media conference
Flustered FIFA officials shut down a media conference in New Zealand on Thursday after being inundated with questions about the sport's latest scandal.
Benitez set to replace Ancelotti at Real Madrid?
Napoli will not allow questions about coach Rafael Benitez's future at a news conference on Thursday amid widespread expectations the Spaniard is poised to replace the sacked Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid.
Sunderland manager Advocaat quits
Dick Advocaat has quit as Sunderland's head coach after guiding them to Premier League safety, the north-east club said on Wednesday.
There is a need for the whole of FIFA to be rebooted: UEFA
UEFA demand that FIFA presidential election be postponed
NBA: Warriors enter Finals after 40 year wait
The Golden State Warriors shook off their bumps and bruises and advanced to their first NBA Finals in 40 years after defeating the Houston Rockets 104-90 to clinch their Western Conference Finals series on Wednesday.
Costa Rica opens probes into arrested FIFA official Eduardo Li
Costa Rica has opened investigations into the president of the country's soccer federation who was among seven FIFA executives arrested in Switzerland on Wednesday on corruption charges brought by prosecutors in the United States.
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.
Questions arise about banks' role in FIFA bribery case
A raft of banks could face tough questions in the sweeping US crackdown on alleged corruption in global soccer as prosecutors review how much they knew about millions of dollars in bribes flowing through the US banking system to accounts around the world.
Nike cooperating with authorities in FIFA probe
Nike Inc on Wednesday said that it was cooperating with authorities on alleged bribery and corruption at soccer's governing body FIFA.
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'
Asia backs embattled FIFA chief Blatter
"The Asian Football Confederation expresses its disappointment and sadness at Wednesday's events in Zurich whilst opposing any delay in the FIFA Presidential elections to take place on Friday May 29 in Zurich," the AFC said in a statement posted on its website (the-afc.com) on Thursday.
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.
Former FIFA VP Jack Warner surrenders: Reports
Former FIFA vice president Jack Warner surrendered after being accused on corruption charges, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing a spokeswoman for the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.
Sharapova shows displeasure at Fed Cup scheduling
Defending French Open champion Maria Sharapova, on Wednesday, called for a change in schedule for the Fed Cup, saying playing ties after Grand Slam tournaments was "pointless".
Warner's "football tsunami" warning finally comes true for FIFA
Almost exactly four years to the day since former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner stood in the lobby of the Baur au Lac hotel and warned FIFA a "football tsunami" was about to hit it, his words have finally came true.
May 27, 2015
Olympic champ Park allowed back in pool from Monday
Olympic gold medallist Park Tae-hwan, serving an 18 month ban for doping, will return to action in a public pool in Seoul on Monday after parents of local school children allowed him to join a class, local media reported.
Saina, Srikanth sail in Sydney; Sindhu slumps
Leading Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth won their first round matches in contrasting style at the Star Australian Open Superseries in Sydney on Wednesday.
Confident Sharapova ready for Stosur challenge
There was only a scattering of fans inside the stadium as Sharapova took to the court on Wednesday, but after getting into her stride she overpowered the 91st-ranked Diatchenko.
PHOTOS: Nishikori takes centre stage, Federer cruises on
Roger Federer avoided any more security scares as he moved smoothly into the third round of the French Open on Wednesday but danger still lurks in the bottom half of the draw, namely in the shape of Japan's Kei Nishikori.
Factbox - Soccer officials arrested in Switzerland
Six football officials were arrested in Zurich early upon request from US authorities, suspected of receiving bribes worth millions of dollars, Swiss authorities said.
Ronaldo donates 7 million euros for Nepal earthquake victims
Real Madrid football star Cristiano Ronaldo has donated a whopping 7 million euros ($7.78m) to the Save the Children foundation's efforts in Nepal following the deadly earthquake last month.
Swiss justice office blocked bank accounts in FIFA probe
The Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) said it had blocked accounts at several banks in Switzerland after police arrested some of the most powerful figures in global soccer on Wednesday in US and Swiss corruption cases.
PHOTOS: Third seed Halep knocked out of French Open
Round-up of the Rolland Garros tournament being played in Paris.
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.
Alves to decide on Barca future after Champions League final
'Will I be playing at Barca next season? It's an unknown'
Has Ronaldo found new love in this Italian super model?
Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly found new love in Alessia Tedeschi, after former girlfriend Irina Shayk dumped him ending their five year relationship.
Bolt wins 200m at Golden Spike meet in Ostrava
In wet conditions, Jamaica's six-time Olympic gold medallist clocked 20.13 seconds -- well outside his 19.19 world record -- to beat American Isiah Young, reports the BBC.
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.
Six officials arrested and detained in Zurich over FIFA graft
Six soccer officials were arrested in Zurich on Wednesday and detained pending extradition to the United States over suspected corruption at soccer's governing body FIFA, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FCOJ) said in a statement.
Arrested FIFA officials face extradition to United States: NYT
Authorities in Zurich, Switzerland on Wednesday launched an operation to arrest several high-ranking FIFA officials on corruption charges and extradite them to the United States, the New York Times reported.
Europa League: Sevilla look to former coach on how to down Dnipro
Sevilla coach Unai Emery has been picking the brains of Juande Ramos as he tries to plot the downfall of Ukrainian outsiders Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in Wednesday's Europa League final.
LeBron leads Cleveland Cavs sweep of Hawks to reach NBA Finals
LeBron James booked his place in the NBA Finals for the fifth straight year when the Cleveland Cavaliers crushed the Atlanta Hawks 118-88 to complete a 4-0 sweep of the Eastern Conference Final.
French Open: Bhupathi-Kyrgios lose in first round
Indo-Australian pair of Mahesh Bhupathi and Nick Kyrgios failed to cross the opening hurdle of the men's doubles event, suffering a straight-set defeat
Don't want to talk about sexism because I'm not macho: Nadal
Rafael Nadal's French Open win was reduced to a sideline in his post-match news conference on Tuesday as he was quizzed on sexism.
PHOTOS: Shocking early exits at French Open...
Eugenie Bouchard's mediocre run continued when the sixth-seeded Canadian was knocked out of the French Open 6-4, 6-4 in the first round by local favourite Kristina Mladenovic on Tuesday.
May 26, 2015
Blatter shrugs off Figo dictator jibe
FIFA president Sepp Blatter shrugged off Luis Figo's accusation he had turned world soccer's ruling body into a dictatorship.
What slump? Nadal begins pursuit of No 10, all seems normal
The Eiffel Tower was still standing, the River Seine was flowing away to the sea and the traffic still clogged the Peripherique -- and Rafael Nadal still ruled Roland Garros on Tuesday.
Will lady luck shine on Nadal?
Girlfriend Xisca Perello, sister Maria Isabel Nadal and mother Ana Maria Parera help him restore the balance away from the courts.
Forehand could be better, says Nadal after 1st round win
Chasing a record-extending 10th French Open crown on the back of his worst claycourt season since prevailing for the first time, Rafael Nadal acknowledged another weakness on Tuesday -- his best shot is not that solid.
World No 1 Saina Nehwal set to defend Australian Open title
World No 1 Saina Nehwal is all set to defend her women's singles title at the Australian Open super series .
FIFA Presidential Election: Prince Ali approached by individual offering 'votes'
FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein's election team informed police after being approached by an individual who said he could deliver 47 votes at Friday's election, they said on Tuesday.
Rupinder, Uthappa ignored for Hockey World League semi-final
Four key players, including ace drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh and midfielder S K Uthappa, were dropped from India's 18-man squad for the Hockey World League semi-final, in Antwerp, Belgium, from June 20 to July 5. Besides Rupinder and Uthappa, forwards Mandeep Singh and Satbir Singh got the axe.
How quenching his thirst landed this Chinese goalie in hot water
Quenching his thirst while on duty proved costly for Chongqing Lifan goalkeeper Sui Weijie.
French Open PHOTOS: Djokovic, Serena advance; Venus exits
Tournament favourite Novak Djokovic beat Finnish veteran Jarkko Nieminen 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 on Tuesday, kicking off his quest for a first ever Paris trophy to add to his eight other Grand Slams.
Perez needed another scapegoat...Ancelotti became his ninth victim
Real Madrid fans could be forgiven for wondering whether a new president is needed rather than yet another new coach after Carlo Ancelotti was sacked.
Why Ancelotti became Real Madrid's latest managerial victim
Carlo Ancelotti has become Real Madrid president Florentino Perez's latest managerial victim, just 366 days after delivering the club their much-awaited La Decima, a 10th Champions League title.
Dramatic derby win over Lazio sends Roma into Champions League
AS Roma qualified for the Champions League group stage in the best possible style on Monday, booking their place with a last-gasp 2-1 win over neighbours and bitter rivals Lazio in a passionate Rome derby.
Find out why fans BOOED Maria Sharapova at French Open...
Maria Sharapova was feeling off colour but her game looked in good health.
Real Madrid sack coach Ancelotti
Real Madrid have sacked coach Carlo Ancelotti after the world's richest club by income failed to win major silverware this season.
May 25, 2015
PHOTOS: At Chelsea's parade Mourinho tells fans to book place for another celebration
Thousands of Chelsea fans turning out in west London to celebrate winning the Premier League title on Monday were told to prepare for more success next season by manager Jose Mourinho.
French Open Sidelights: Razzano unleashes underarm serve, and misses
Virginie Razzano astonished the French Open crowd on Monday when she served underarm on match point, and missed.
Toure will stay at Manchester City, says agent
Manchester City's influential midfielder Yaya Toure will stay at the Premier League club.
Indian motorsport in doldrums?
Former FMSCI chief Vicky Chandhok on Monday severely criticised the governing body's current regime.
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
Has this model caught Lewis Hamilton's fancy?
Formula One racer Lewis Hamilton and model Gigi Hadid are reportedly dating.
LeBron carries Cavs to OT win over Hawks, 3-0 series lead
LeBron James was exhausted and banged-up, but he came through in the clutch as the Cleveland Cavaliers earned a thrilling overtime 114-111 win over the Atlanta Hawks to take a strangle hold of the Eastern Conference finals.
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
Manchester United decide against signing Radamel Falcao
Manchester United will not be signing Colombia forward Radamel Falcao on a permanent basis, the Premier League club said on Sunday after the final game of the season.
May 24, 2015
Hull relegated as Newcastle survive on final day of drama
Hull City were relegated and Newcastle United survived the drop on a dramatic final day of the Premier League season on Sunday when West Ham United announced that manager Sam Allardyce's contract was not being renewed at Upton Park.
Rosberg takes Monaco hat-trick after Mercedes gaffe
Germany's Nico Rosberg celebrated a surprise hat-trick of Monaco Grand Prix victories on Sunday after Mercedes blew championship-leading team mate Lewis Hamilton's chances with a needless pitstop.
Champions Bayern will come back stronger: Guardiola
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola pledged his team would come back stronger next season after they lifted the league trophy in a huge post-match party following a 2-0 victory over Mainz 05 to end their Bundesliga campaign in style.
Security breach as fan attempts selfie with Federer
Security was breached at the French Open on Sunday when a fan jumped onto Court Philippe Chatrier and attempted to take a selfie with Roger Federer.
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.
Indian badminton's golden girls Sania and Sindhu set for clash
Three-time champion Saina Nehwal is likely to clash with fellow Indian P V Sindhu in the women's singles second round of the Indonesia Open Super Series Premier in Jakarta next month.
French Open PHOTOS: Federer breezes through first round
Images from Day 1 of the French Open matches played at Roland Garros on Sunday
Sri Lanka stripped of 2017 Asian Youth Games over autonomy
The Olympic Council of Asia are looking for new hosts for the 2017 Asian Youth Games after stripping Sri Lanka of the event because of an ongoing row over autonomy that has plagued sports in the island nation.
NBA: Warriors take 3-0 lead over Rockets in Western finals
The Golden State Warriors are one victory away from the NBA Finals after routing the Houston Rockets 115-80 in Game Three of the Western Conference finals on Saturday.
Serie A: Britos sent off as Napoli Champions League hopes fade
Defender Miguel Britos was sent off for head-butting an opponent as Napoli lost 3-1 at champions Juventus on Saturday, all but ending their hopes of Champions League football next season.
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.
Meet Real Madrid's youngest La Liga debutant
Teenage Norway midfielder Martin Odegaard became Real Madrid's youngest La Liga debutant at the age of 16 when he came on as a substitute in the 58th minute of Saturday's final game of the season at home to Getafe.
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 23, 2015
Hamilton on pole for Monaco Grand Prix
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton took the first Monaco Grand Prix pole position of his career on Saturday to deny Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg a hat-trick.
I was frozen out at Real Madrid, says Khedira
Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira has accused the La Liga club of freezing him out by dropping him from the team after talks on a contract extension broke down even though he was fit to play.
'I don't need to lie to create better expectations'
One thing that has been consistent about Rafa Nadal's disappointing season so far has been his brutal honesty.
May 22, 2015
Formula One under pressure end alcohol sponsorship
Formula One was accused of sending out a mixed message on alcohol at the Monaco Grand Prix on Friday by giving extensive publicity to drinks brands while campaigning for road safety.
Mourinho wins EPL title and this time will keep medal too
Jose Mourinho will receive a third Premier League winners' medal on Sunday but the Chelsea manager is not feeling so charitable this time .
India's football coach blasts Kolkata clubs; targets to break 100 mark
National football coach Stephen Constantine said his 'target' was to breach the 100 mark by the time his two-year contract expires. Ancelotti wants to stay at Real despite trophyless season
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti will discuss his future with the club after Saturday's final La Liga game of the campaign at home to Getafe and said he wants to stay on despite a season without a major trophy.
Disrespectful to talk about Nadal's downfall: Sharapova
Predicting Rafael Nadal's downfall as he prepares to try and win a record-extending 10th French Open title is disrespectful to the Spaniard, double Roland Garros champion Maria Sharapova said on Friday.
What is Monaco Grand Prix? Heaven or hell?
The billionaires, supermodels and suntanned celebrities sipping cocktails in the Monaco sunshine might wonder what planet Jacques Villeneuve is on.
Eight weightlifting coaches handed two-year suspension by IWF
The Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has decided to impose a two-year ban on the coaches of all those weightlifters who tested positive for banned substances across different championships in the last few months.
Construction delays force Rio to move water polo venue
Rio de Janeiro is seeking a new venue for the opening water polo matches at the 2016 Olympics after organisers on Thursday confirmed reforms at the proposed venue will not be completed in time.
Ministry wants participation of para-athletes under tri-colour
The ban on Paralympic Committee of India notwithstanding, Sports Ministry has requested the International Paralympic Committee to allow Indian athletes to participate in world competitions under the country's national flag.
Djokovic, Nadal drawn in same pool for French Open
The duo could face each other at the quarter-final stage.
Doha International boxing: Five Indians in finals
Indian boxers shone bright at the Doha International Tournament as Commonwealth Games silver-medallist L Devendro Singh (49kg) advanced to the final, while six others entered the semis.
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."
World number six Raonic pulls out of French Open
World number six Milos Raonic has withdrawn from the French Open having failed to recover from a foot injury, the 24-year-old announced on Thursday.
May 21, 2015
Sterling won't sign Liverpool deal - not for any money, says agent
Raheem Sterling's agent has fuelled the fire surrounding the player's contract standoff with Liverpool by saying the England winger would not sign a new deal at Anfield - even for 900,000 pounds a week.
'It's hard to find a player coming through who can replace Xavi'
If you ask Barcelona and Spain fans about their most cherished footballing memories over the past decade the chances are they will involve an exquisite intervention from midfield maestro Xavi.
Xavi quits Barca for Qatar after 17 glittering seasons
Barcelona midfielder and captain Xavi confirmed on Thursday he will leave his boyhood club at the end of the season and has agreed to join Qatari side Al Sadd after a glittering career stretching over 17 seasons.
La Liga: Atletico looking to secure Champions League berth
Atletico Madrid have been unable to repeat the magnificent achievements of last season in this campaign but can congratulate themselves on a job well done if they secure a lucrative Champions League berth on Saturday.
PHOTOS: Tennis stars Serena, Caroline party with Eva Longoria
The World No 1 Serena was joined by Hollywood actress Eva Longoria at a Champ'Seed party in Monaco.
Blatter's rival Van Praag withdraws from FIFA presidential election
Michael van Praag has withdrawn from next week's election and thrown his weight behind Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein.
Saina Nehwal becomes World No 1 again
Indian star shuttler Saina Nehwal regained the No 1 spot in the latest Badminton World Federation rankings.
Outside the ring: Boxers tussle as defamation suit heats up
The court battle between boxers Akhil Kumar and Dilbagh Singh over a defamation suit filed by the former has become uglier.
Why former Man City striker was held at knifepoint by brothers...
Former Arsenal and Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor has shared a dark secret about his past revealing that he was held at knifepoint by his brothers because they wanted money.
NBA: Hawks lose Game One, Carroll to knee injury
The Atlanta Hawks suffered a double blow on Wednesday when they were beaten 97-89 by the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game One.
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.
Figure out why Blatter will remain FIFA boss...
Unless the world of soccer shifts on its axis at the end of this month, Sepp Blatter will be re-elected as FIFA president.
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.
'Perplexed' World Beijing Challenge officials rubbish Gatlin's claims
Organising committee says he was not kicked out
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
Athlete suicide: NHRC notice to Sports Authority of India, Kerala Govt
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) issued notices to Kerala Government and Sports Authority of India (SAI) after a young female athlete committed suicide at the SAI hostel in Alapuzha on May 7.
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.
FIFA presidential elections: Figo will go all the way!
FIFA presidential candidate Luis Figo says he has no plans to quit his campaign.
Sterling named Liverpool's Player of the Year, booed by fans
Sterling was jeered by some supporters, while others shouted "Stay, Raheem" as he picked up the accolade a day after British media reported that the 20-year-old was poised to request a transfer.
FIFA World Cup qualifiers: India coach announces list of probables
India's football coach Stephen Constantine announced his preliminary squad of 38 probables for India's forthcoming back to back 2018 World Cup Preliminary Joint Qualification matches against Oman and Guam respectively.
Juve's Champions League final appearance forces Serie A fixture change
Juventus appears to have surprised Serie A organisers by reaching the Champions League final, forcing last-minute changes to the domestic fixture list.
Murray 'amazed' at criticism over Mauresmo's appointment as coach
Britain's Andy Murray has said he is amazed by the criticism of his decision to appoint Amelie Mauresmo as his coach.
Why World No 1 sprinter Gatlin was 'kicked out' by Beijing organisers
Controversial and currently the world number one sprinter, Justin Gatlin Justin Gatlin said his relationship with organisers of the Beijing World Challenge meeting was 'great' on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after furiously claiming he had been 'kicked out' of the event.
Ex-Chelsea defender Luiz makes pledge of virginity
David Luiz, former Chelsea defender, has revealed that he is a virgin and will wait until he is married he is married.
May 19, 2015
'It's better if Rafa loses again, people will stop asking me'
Robin Soderling is sick of being the answer to a favourite quiz question, the one which asks who is the only player to beat nine-times champion Rafael Nadal at the French Open.
An end to speculations! Audi rules out entry into F1
Germany's Audi has no plans to enter Formula One, the company said on Monday.
Want to cut cost? Minister suggests roofless stadiums!
Tokyo's sparkling new National Stadium, the centre piece for the 2020 Olympic Games and 2019 rugby World Cup, should ditch its plan for a retractable roof to save money, Japan's sports minister proposed on Monday.
The most dangerous stunt ever!
Extreme sports legend Dean Potter died attempting parachute jump in Yosemite.
EPL PHOTOS: Fabregas gets red as Chelsea slump at West Brom
Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas was sent off in bizarre circumstances as the below-par Premier League champions, playing with 10 men for over an hour, slumped 3-0 at West Bromwich Albion.
'Nadal will not be the favourite to win Roland Garros'
Nadal no longer 'immovable' object in Paris.
PHOTOS: Valencia pay tribute to Nepal earthquake victims
Valencia paid tributes to the victims of Nepal earthquake in their match against Celta Vigo during La Liga on Sunday.
May 18, 2015
Pressure group, unions want FIFA sponsors to act on Qatar
FIFA's sponsors must challenge soccer's world governing body over human rights abuses at the 2022 World Cup construction sites in Qatar, pressure group New FIFA Now and international workers' unions said on Monday.
Ex-tennis star Bob Hewitt gets six years for raping minors
Former Grand Slam doubles tennis champion Bob Hewitt was sentenced to six years in prison by a South African court on Monday after being found guilty of two counts of rape and a charge of sexual assault of minors, local media reported.
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.
An underwater tennis court? Now that's cool!
Dubai may become home to the first underwater tennis centre.
Rewind: How Barca tightened their grip on the title over the season...
La Liga can be summed up in two words- 'Messi's League'
Spain's biggest selling sports daily Marca summed it up in Monday's headline after Barcelona wrapped up a fifth La Liga title in seven years and their 23rd overall on Sunday: 'Messi's League'.
When Cristiano Ronaldo was caught cheating...
It was Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo's former long-term girlfriend Irina Shayk who dumped him.
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.
MLS: Kaka inspires Orlando to 4-0 thrashing of Galaxy
LA Galaxy suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat to Major League Soccer newcomers Orlando City on Sunday.
Benfica win Portuguese league
Benfica won the Portuguese league for the second year running on Sunday.
How Barca won La Liga... straight from the horse's mouth!
Barcelona have had to overcome many changes to win their 23rd La Liga title, coach Luis Enrique said.
Why is 18-time Olympic gold medalist Phelps frustrated?
Michael Phelps was not even fast enough to make the finals.
Zenit win Russian title in first for Villas-Boas
Zenit St. Petersburg, led by Portuguese coach Andre Villas-Boas, won the Russian Premier League title.
McIlroy shatters tournament record at Wells Fargo
Rory McIlroy won for the second time in three weeks and shattered the tournament record when he clinched a seven-stroke victory at the $7.1 million Wells Fargo Championship on Sunday.
China's finest athlete Liu bids emotional farewell
Liu Xiang reduced his fans to tears in his home Shanghai Stadium on Sunday as China's finest athlete was given a fittingly heartfelt send-off.
It's 6 in a row for FC Basel!
FC Basel won the Swiss Super League for an unprecedented sixth season in a row on Sunday.
Barcelona...one down, two to go
Barcelona wrap up 23rd La Liga crown with Lionel Messi goal.
Arsenal stay ahead of United, City win thriller
Arsenal stayed ahead of Manchester United in the race to qualify directly for next season's Champions League when they drew 1-1 at Old Trafford on Sunday while Manchester City made sure of their place in the group stage with a 4-2 win at Swansea City.
May 17, 2015
Sharapova claims Rome Masters title
Russian Maria Sharapova ground down Carla Suarez Navarro 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 to win the Rome Masters final on Sunday, the 35th WTA Tour title of her career.
Serie A: Berardi hat-trick helps Sassuolo sink nine-man AC Milan
Domenico Berardi scored a hat-trick, including a so-called phantom goal, against AC Milan for the second season running to give Sassuolo a 3-2 win against opponents who finished the game with nine men on Sunday.
Sania, Hingis second best in Rome but reclaim top rank
Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis ended runners-up at the WTA Internazionali BNL d'Italia, following defeat in the final against Timea Babos and Kristina
Gowda wins bronze in Shanghai IAAF Diamond League
India's discus thrower Vikas Gowda won a bronze medal in the second leg of the prestigious IAAF Diamond League series in Shanghai on Sunday.
'San Siro should be our fortress, instead it weighs down on us'
San Siro has become a hindrance rather than a help for Inter Milan, coach Roberto Mancini said following their 2-1 home defeat by champions Juventus.
'I've been dreading this moment...I am going to miss it so much'
Steven Gerrard spoke of dread, devastation and defeat on Saturday as the Liverpool captain said farewell to an adoring and emotional Anfield crowd after 17 years and more than 700 appearances.
Paris-Saint Germain clinch third successive Ligue 1 title
Paris St Germain clinched a third successive Ligue 1 title, with a game to spare, and stayed on course for an unprecedented domestic treble with a 2-1 win at Montpellier on Saturday.
Djokovic to meet Federer in Rome final
For the first time this week Novak Djokovic needed only two sets to triumph at theRome Masters, beating Spain's David Ferrer 6-4, 6-4 as he reached the final to close in on a 24th Masters 1000 title. The world number one, who is chasing a fourth title in the event, next meets Roger Federer, who knocked out fellow-Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 6-2.
Villa and Leicester safe, Gerrard farewell agony
Aston Villa were crushed 6-1 by Southampton but joined Leicester City in celebrating Premier League survival on Saturday while Steven Gerrard's farewell party was spoiled as Liverpool lost 3-1 to Crystal Palace.
May 16, 2015
Southampton's Mane grabs fastest Premier League hat-trick
Southampton's Senegal forward Sadio Mane scored the fastest Premier League hat-trick as he broke a 20-year-old record to help them lead 5-1 at home to Aston Villa by halftime on Saturday.
Meet the powerhouse of Indian shooting...
Gagan Narang has been dubbed the 'powerhouse' of Indian shooting by the Nation Rifle Association of India.
Formula One refuelling return depends on cost, says Wolff
The proposed return of refuelling to Formula One in 2017 will only happen if it is affordable, according to Mercedes motorsport head Toto Wolff.
World's fastest woman sets sights on attaining greatness
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the world's fastest woman, says she is looking forward to one day being lauded as 'one of the greatest' athletes.
5 factors that can revive athletics...
Head-to-head rivalries featuring the world's leading athletes are the best way forward for the beleaguered sport of track and field.
Middlesbrough battle 'Bees' to reach playoff final
Middlesbrough moved within one victory of securing a golden ticket to the Premier League.
'Steven Gerrard is pure Liverpool'
Gerrard will wave goodbye to the Liverpool fans in his final home match against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Top 8 instances of fan-related violence in Argentina
Most of the deaths are related to fights between the barras bravas, Argentina's hooligan firms.
Italian Open: Wawrinka upsets Nadal; Sharapova overpowers Azarenka
Seven-time Italian Open winner Rafael Nadal lost 7-6(7), 6-2 to Stanislas Wawrinka.
Gatlin storms to 9.74 seconds 100m lifetime best
Justin Gatlin blasted out a warning that he is ready to challenge Usain Bolt's 100 metres hegemony when he stormed to a lifetime best 9.74 seconds to win the event in the opening Diamond League meeting of the season on Friday.
May 15, 2015
Narang wins World Cup bronze, secures quota for Rio Olympics
Gagan Narang on Friday won the bronze medal in the 50m Rifle Prone Event of the ISSF World Cup at Fort Benning in US, earning himself a quota place for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
F1 to bring back refuelling in rules revamp
Formula One is set to bring back refuelling in 2017 as part of a rules revamp that will also make the cars faster, louder and more aggressive looking.
5 Brazilians at Chelsea after Nathan swoop
Chelsea's Brazilian contingent will grow in size to five players after they agreed to sign teenager Nathan from Atletico Paranaense on Thursday.
'Lotus F1 team not for sale'
The Lotus Formula One team is not for sale despite lingering speculation.
Barca forward Suarez picks up hamstring injury
Luis Suarez picked up a hamstring strain in Tuesday's Champions League match at Bayern Munich.
How marriage could help young golfers like McIlroy...
Tony Jacklin believes marriage would help Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler to settle down off the golf course.
Meet 13-year-old 'Japanese Messi'
FC Tokyo have taken advantage of Barcelona's punishment for breaching rules on the transfer of young players by swooping to bring home a 13-year-old player dubbed the 'Japanese Messi'.
'Armless' archer eyes cheez-it!
If you thought archery required a steady hand then American Paralympian Matt Stutzman is ready to shoot an arrow through your preconceptions.
Europa League: Sevilla sweep into final
Holders Sevilla swept into a second consecutive Europa League final.
Find out why weekend football Argentina is suspended
The Libertadores Cup derby between Boca Juniors and River Plate was called off at halftime on Thursday after River players were sprayed with an irritant by a fan of their bitter rivals.
Italian Open: Djokovic battles; Nadal 'almost perfect'
Novak Djokovic had to fight back from a set down to beat Thomaz Bellucci and reach the Italian Open quarter-finals.
May 14, 2015
Rome Masters: Sania-Hingis in semis, Bopanna-Mergea lose
Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis of Switzerland stormed into the semi-finals of the Rome Masters with a straight-set victory over Julia Goerges and Silvia Soler-Espinosa on Thursday.
International Shooting WC: Rai qualifies; Bindra, Narang disappoint
It was mixed day for Indian shooters at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup as Olympic medallists Abhinav Bindra and Gagan Narang failed to qualify for the final round of the men's 10m Air Rifle event, while Jitu Rai progressed to the qualification round in 50m Pistol on the opening day at Fort Benning, United States on Thursday.
Juventus coach not thinking of Barca's 'MSN' threat just yet
Stopping prolific Barcelona forwards Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez in the Champions League final will be a formidable task, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said after his side clinched their place in next month's showpiece in Berlin.
'BBC' flop as Real Madrid exit Champions League
Real Madrid paid more than 200 million euros ($227.76 million) to assemble their forward line of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, but the attacking trio failed them again in Wednesday's Champions League exit to Juventus.
Juve's joy overshadows wage row at Singapore soccer school
While Juventus look forward to a first Champions League final in more than a decade and the riches that success brings, former employees at the Italian giants' Singapore-based soccer school push on with their fight for unpaid wages.
With no silverware in sight, what does the future hold for Ancelotti?
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.
Tale of two Japanese footballers in India
Laxmi Negi/Rediff.com caught up with the two footballers to find out more about their time in the country.
US relay team stripped of 2012 Olympic silver medals
The members of the US men's 4x100 metres relay team that won silver at the 2012 Olympics have been stripped of their medals following the doping conviction of sprinter Tyson Gay.
May 13, 2015
Rome Masters: Murray storms to 10th successive win on clay
Andy Murray is more afraid of losing his wedding ring than a tennis match these days but that did not stop him from storming to a 10th successive win on clay at the Rome Masters on Wednesday.
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.
Saina shines but India lose to Korea, bow out of Sudirman Cup
Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal was the only bright spot in what turned out to be a dismal day for the Indian badminton team as it crashed out of the prestigious Sudirman Cup after a 1-4 loss to three-time champions Korea in a Group 1D tie, in Dongguan China, on Wednesday.
Elite sport stars to be roped in as SAI mentors?
"Psychology counsellors may be engaged to counsel the trainees so that they can come out of the emotional trauma. Particular care would be taken to ensure psychological and emotional rehabilitation of the three girls who have survived the suicide attempt."
Real reason why Woods and Vonn split: He CHEATED, again!
Golf legend Tiger Woods and Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn called it quits after the golfer was unfaithful to her.
'Urgent need to strengthen the SAI training system'
Noting that several external probes are currently underway -- including police investigation -- preliminary inquiry conducted by the district administration, inquiry by State Sports Secretary and inquiry by State Human Rights Commission, "hence it would not be appropriate to make any specific comment in this regard."
Ragging ruled out as cause for suicide attempt at SAI centre
Ragging did not prompt suicide attempt by four women athletes at Water Sports Centre of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) at Punnamada, Alappuzha in Kerala last week, according to a probe report by SAI.
Mayweather, Pacquiao fight smashes pay-per-view records
The 'Fight of the Century' between boxing greats Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao generated record pay-per-view revenue in the United States.
Why Guardiola's money is on Barcelona
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola is now backing his former club Barcelona.
Messi is the best player of all time. Period!
Barcelona's Lionel Messi is the best player ever, Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said.
Rome Masters: Djokovic survives Almagro scare, Serena through
Novak Djokovic scraped over his first hurdle at the Rome Masters.
Why the Barcelona coach is 'SUFFERING'
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique had a nerve-racking experience having to watch their stellar run from the sidelines.
PHOTOS: How Barca celebrated their march to the final
Their stunning football has been a pleasure to watch for both fans and neutrals this season.
Soccer eases life in Jordan refugee camp, until goal dispute!
Playing helps me forget the war, the bombs, the rockets and the children who were killed.
5 ways F1 can become fan-friendly
Formula One has a reputation for being exclusive and inaccessible compared to series like the world endurance championship, where fans have much more access to the paddock and drivers during race weekends. But the sport is set for a revamp.
Champions League PHOTOS: Barcelona book their place in final
Barcelona's Neymar struck twice to put the Spanish side in the Champions League final despite a 3-2 loss at Bayern Munich on Tuesday as they progressed 5-3 on aggregate and will face Real Madrid or Juventus next month.
May 12, 2015
Hold your tongue, Real coach Ancelotti tells Bale agent
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has hit back at Gareth Bale's agent for suggesting the Wales winger's team mates do not pass to him enough, telling Jonathan Barnett it would have been better to keep quiet.
Footballers Paul, Lawrence recommended for Arjuna
India football captain Subrata Paul is among retired stars Climax Lawrence and Mahesh Gawli to have been recommended by the All India Football Federation for the prestigious Arjuna Awards.
Will Mercedes extend Hamilton's contract?
Lewis Hamilton's long-awaited new deal with Mercedes could be announced at the showcase race of the Formula One season in Monaco next week.
Chelsea's Hazard named England's Footballer of Year
Hazard collected 53 percent of the vote making him a comfortable winner, while he and Terry's Chelsea team mates Cesc Fabregas, Branislav Ivanovic and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois also featured in the top 10.
Pistorius keen to do social work if released on parole
In a desperate bid to get his life back on track, convicted Paralympics runner Oscar Pistorius has reportedly expressed his interest in assisting disadvantaged children if he is released on parole as early as August.
Nadal struggling, but don't write him off yet!
Despite defeating Rafael Nadal in the Madrid Masters final, Andy Murray believes that it would be a mistake to write off Nadal from being the 'favourites' for the French Open title.
Belgian footballer, 23, dies of heart attack on pitch
Belgian lower-league defender Tim Nicot, 23, died on Monday after suffering a heart attack during a friendly on Saturday, the second such death in Belgium in two weeks.
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'
Newly married Murray wears his wedding ring on his ...errr shoelace
Andy Murray had his wedding ring tied to his shoelace.
Wait and watch! Formula One an option for Audi!
There has long been speculation about whether Audi might be tempted into Formula One.
Meet the contenders for Nadal's crown...
Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are determined and inspired by the opportunity to win their first French Open title.
Women's World Cup: England go for experience
England coach Mark Sampson named an experienced squad on Monday for the women's World Cup in Canada.
A collection to boast of!
Barcelona's Gerard Pique is envied. Not just for his footballing skills bout also his football jersey collection.
EPL PHOTOS: Arsenal sunk by late Gomis header
Arsenal's hopes of catching Manchester City for second place in the Premier League suffered a setback.
May 11, 2015
Rohan Bopanna is now India's number one doubles player
Rohan Bopanna gained three places to be world number 21, and is now country's top ranked player in the ATP doubles chart.
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.
Tough to understand India's obsession with Olympics: Advani
TOP Scheme shows how sport treated unequally in India, says Pankaj Advani.
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.
Madrid mauling sees Nadal slip outside top five in a decade
Rafael Nadal slumped to one of his worst defeats in a clay final on Sunday but said his week in Madrid had been positive despite losing his Masters crown to Andy Murray in a crushing 6-3, 6-2 reverse.
When a balanced life off-court brings laurels on it
Murray credits marriage for recent surge on clay
European Soccer Roundup: Barca close in on title, PSG almost there
Barcelona look well set to wrap up the La Liga title.
How Sweet! Ajax players get walked onto pitch by their mothers!
The world celebrated Mother's Day on Sunday but Ajax players did it in style.
Liverpool's top four hopes fade away
Liverpool's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League all but ended.
United recruit Depay bids stylish farewell to PSV fans
Manchester United-bound Memphis Depay scored a stunning free kick as Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven beat Heracles.
Ethiopian great Gebrselassie retires from competitive running again
Haile Gebrselassie said on Sunday he was retiring from competitive running.
Madrid Masters: Murray stuns king of clay Nadal
Andy Murray continued his remarkable run on clay.
PHOTOS: QPR down after City mauling, Liverpool held
Queens Park Rangers bowed out of the Premier League with a whimper after Manchester City's Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick to lead his side to a crushing 6-0 victory over the London club on Sunday.
Bopanna lifts Madrid Open trophy with Florin Mergea
Indian tennis ace Rohan Bopanna won his third title of the 2015 season and first with new partner Florin Mergea as they lifted the Madrid Open trophy with a tense win over Nenand Zimonjic and Martin Matkowski in Madrid on Sunday.
May 10, 2015
Find out why Bale is suffering at Real...
Gareth Bale is suffering at Real Madrid because his team mates are not passing him the ball enough.
Gowda bags gold in Jamaican International meet
Vikas Gowda continued with his fine form as he came up with an effort of 65.14m to win his event.
Madrid gears up for heavyweight final
Rafael Nadal looked something close to his old masterful self on clay again as he crushed Czech Tomas Berdych.
Meet the man who ran 2015's fastest 100 metres
Asafa Powell ran the fastest 100 meters in the world this year.
EPL PHOTOS: Burnley relegated, Man United consolidate fourth spot
Manchester United won 2-1 at Crystal Palace to consolidate fourth spot.
Rosberg ends Hamilton's pole run
Nico Rosberg denied world champion team mate Lewis Hamilton a fifth pole position in a row by seizing the top slot for Mercedes at the Spanish Grand Prix on Saturday.
May 09, 2015
Yuki-Adrian fight back to win ATP doubles title
Indian Davis Cupper Yuki Bhambri clinched his first doubles title of the season with partner Adrian Menendez-Maceiras, following a nerve-wracking win in the rain-hit final of the ATP Challenger event in Karshi, Uzbekistan on Saturday.
Suicide incident: SAI will not rule out 'foul play'
Sports Authority of India Director General Injeti Srinivas on Saturday said that he would not completely rule out 'foul play'.
Why is Gerrard, Mourinho's favourite enemy?
Jose Mourinho gets a final chance to outwit a player he calls his 'favourite enemy' on Sunday when Steven Gerrard leads Liverpool.
Ligue 1: PSG close in on title with Cavani treble
Paris St Germain took a big step towards the Ligue 1 title when Edinson Cavani's hat-trick inspired them.
Dunga takes over Brazil's Olympic team
Brazil have appointed national team coach Dunga as manager of their Olympic soccer squad.
Kvitova ends Serena's long unbeaten run
World No 1 Serena Williams's 27-match unbeaten run ended with a 6-2, 6-3 defeat by Petra Kvitova in the Madrid Open.
Madrid Open: Murray books semi-final spot
Andy Murray continued his strong clay court form by booking a place in the semi-finals of the Madrid Open with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Milos Raonic.
May 08, 2015
Guardiola hails Bayern's 'super season' despite Barca loss
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola shrugged off criticism.
United's Carrick out for the season, confirms Van Gaal
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick will miss the final three games of the Premier League season with a calf problem, manager Louis van Gaal said on Friday.
'People called me mad when I was preparing for winning at Olympics'
Olympic silver medallist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore says people called him a 'mad' when he first started dreaming about Olympic medal.
Sania ousted from Madrid Masters, loses number one ranking
What's going on with Vonn after split with Tiger
US skier Lindsey Vonn is reportedly shattered and hurt after her recent break-up with golf ace Tiger Woods.
Liverpool's Sturridge likely to return in September
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is expected to return to training in September after undergoing hip surgery in the United States, manager Brendan Rodgers said on Friday.
Saina awarded Rs 25 lakh for reaching All England final
The government rewarded badminton star Saina Nehwal with Rs 25 lakh for reaching the final of the prestigious All England Open Championship in March.
Jitu Rai, Sanorbat recommended for Arjuna by NRAI
Champion pistol shooter Jitu Rai, Rahi Sarnobat and P N Prakash have been recommended by the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) for the prestigious Arjuna Awards this year.
What you use javelin for once you're retired...
Olympian pulls out daughter's tooth with javelin.
Sports Ministry sets up medical board to probe SAI suicide case
"We have constituted a medical board (for the inquiry into the incident) and our priority is to save the lives of those athletes (girls)," Sonowal said on the sidelines of a conference in New Delhi on Friday.
Deceased SAI athlete had told her mother about harassment by seniors
While, Geeta, the mother of the deceased rower, Aparna, disclosed details given by her daughter before her demise, news from the Alapuzha Medical college Hospital states that the three other athletes' conditional critical but stable
I felt Pacquaio won, says Hamilton
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton says he can see something of himself in Manny Pacquiao, even if the Filipino lost the 'Fight of the Century' last weekend.
Madrid Open: Serena, Sharapova on course for BIG showdown
Serena Williams and defending champion Maria Sharapova remained on course for a heavyweight Madrid Open final.
After 8 month ban Wei denied world championship wildcard
The Badminton World Federation (BWF) have opted against giving twice Olympic silver medallist Lee Chong Wei a wildcard for the world championship, leaving Malaysia in an awkward selection position.
Bottas denies Ferrari rumours says 'not thinking about any move'
Valtteri Bottas has denied signing a pre-contract with Ferrari, saying he was amused by some of the speculation about his Formula One future.
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.
Mayweather makes U-turn on re-match; calls Manny sore loser, coward
Two days after saying he would be open to a re-match with Manny Pacquiao, unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather Jr. reversed course on Thursday while describing the Filipino as 'a sore loser'.
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.
Sprint legend Lewis tells Bolt to shut up and 'clean up his own house'
Sprint legend Carl Lewis on Thursday waded through the Tyson Gay doping controversy, saying that the reigning Olympic 100m and 200m champion Usain Bolt has raised a legitimate issue but he should 'clean up his own country first' before talking about others.
Brazil soccer great Pele is stable after prostate surgery
In a statement, the Albert Einstein Hospital said Pele had undergone a transurethral resection of the prostate. According to the US National Institutes of Health's website, the procedure involves removing an internal part of the prostate gland in order to treat an enlarged prostate.
May 07, 2015
Madrid Open: Sharapova battles past Wozniacki into semis
Maria Sharapova remained on course for consecutive Madrid Open titles when she recovered from dropping the second set to beat Caroline Wozniacki 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 on Thursday and book a spot in the semi-finals.
Manchester United agree deal for PSV's Memphis Depay
Dutch international forward Memphis Depay has agreed to join Manchester United when the transfer window opens in June, his club PSV Eindhoven said on Thursday.
EPL Preview: Burnley need miracle to avoid relegation
Burnley's seemingly doomed attempt to avoid relegation from the Premier League.
Toure certain to leave Manchester City
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is '90 per cent certain' to leave the Premier League club.
Boxing pulls out of World Combat Games
Boxing will no longer be part of the World Combat Games and the international federation is also leaving the SportAccord umbrella organisation.
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.
French League investigates 15 players for betting offences
Fifteen professional players are being investigating by the French Football League (LFP) for breaking anti-betting regulations, the LFP said on Wednesday.
Euro 2016: Denmark declines to provide area for Serbian fans
The Danish Football Association (DBU) will not set aside a secure area of the national stadium in Copenhagen for groups of Serbian fans when Serbia and Denmark meets in an Euro 2016 Group I qualifier on June 13.
Pacquiao shoulder surgery a success
Manny Pacquiao underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder.
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.
Tall order: Bhullar wants to trigger basketball frenzy in India
Sim Bhullar knows it is going to be a tall order but the first NBA player of Indian descent believes that, like Yao Ming in China, he can trigger basketball frenzy.
SAI to give surviving athletes best possible medical treatment
'It is the most shocking and tragic incident in the history of SAI'
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.
One dead as four SAI women athletes attempt suicide
Four teenaged sportswomen, who were undergoing training at Sports Authority of India's, Water Sports Centre in Alapuzha, Kerala, attempted suicide on Wednesday afternoon.
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.
Serena can break Court's 24 Slams singles record: Navratilova
Serena Williams can break Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam singles despite being five short at an age when most players have retired, according to Martina Navratilova.
Champions League PHOTOS: Messi nets double as Barca romp past Bayern
Two late moments of Lionel Messi magic and a goal from Neymar helped Barcelona break the resistance of Bayern Munich in a pulsating 3-0 victory in their Champions League semi-final first leg at the Nou Camp on Wednesday.
May 06, 2015
Juventus move a step closer to rejoining Europe's elite
Juventus's win over Real Madrid has strengthened their conviction that they are good enough to rejoin European football's elite after years of watching the Champions League final stages from the sidelines.
TTFI not to hire coach for Rio, leaving players in lurch
The Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) has decided against hiring a foreign coach for the Rio Olympics, a move that will adversely affect the players preparation, especially the women's team, for the Summer Games in August next year.
Liverpool's Sturridge says hip surgery successful
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has had successful surgery on a hip problem that effectively ended his season, he said on social media on Tuesday.
Battle of tactics as Barca and Bayern go head to head
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is ready for surprises when he comes up against Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich on Wednesday in what he believes will be an open and attractive game.
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.
Fight of Century: US boxing fans sue Pacquiao for concealing injury
Boxer Manny Pacquiao was sued in a US court on Tuesday by two people who said they paid to watch him fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the "Fight of Century" but felt defrauded by Pacquiao's alleged failure to disclose a pre-bout shoulder injury.
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'
Mayweather open to rematch with Pacquiao: report
Floyd Mayweather added another wrinkle to the fallout of his fight against Manny Pacquiao by saying he would be open to a rematch after the Filipino southpaw recovers from shoulder surgery, according to an ESPN report on Tuesday.
Juventus beat Real Madrid in Champions League semis first leg
Juventus striker Carlos Tevez scored a second-half penalty as the hosts beat holders Real Madrid 2-1 in the Champions League semi-final, first leg, on Tuesday.
May 05, 2015
BAI joins move to oust IOA chief Ramachandran
The move to oust Indian Olympic Association president N Ramachandran appears to be gathering steam as Badminton Association of India also joined the chorus in demanding a No Confidence Motion against him by calling a Special General Meeting.
Bopanna-Mergea score hard-fought first round win at Madrid Open
The Indo-Romanian pair defeated the Croat-Finnish combination of Marin Draganja and Henri Kontinen 5-7, 7-6(5), 10-6 to enter the Round of 32.
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
Lewandowski included in Bayern squad for Champions League semi-final
Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski was included in the German champions' squad for their Champions League semi-final, first leg at Barcelona on Wednesday despite serious facial injuries sustained last week.
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".
Juve ready to take their chances against 'great' Real Madrid
Coach Massimiliano Allegri dismissed suggestions that the newly crowned Serie A champions have nothing to lose
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
Jharkhand joins call for No Confidence Motion against IOA chief
The Jharkhand Olympic Association joined Hockey India and the Bowling Federation of India in demanding a No Confidence Motion against incumbent IOA president N Ramachandran by calling a Special General Body Meeting.
Murray snaps clay-court jinx with first title in Munich
Andy Murray claimed the first claycourt title of his career on Monday with a 7-6(4), 5-7, 7-6(4) victory over twice champion Philipp Kohlschreiber in the rain-delayed Munich Open final.
Real Madrid face another defensive barrier at Juventus
Having battled to break down one of Europe's meanest defences in the quarter-finals, Real Madrid will have to do it all over again when they face Juventus in their Champions League semi-final.
Yuki breaks back into top-200
Yuki Bhambri broke back into the top-200 after 15 months, thanks to a solid performance at the ATP Taipei Challenger, where he made the semi-finals to leap to number 186 in the latest rankings.
Benzema ruled out of Champions League clash at Juventus
Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema has not recovered sufficiently from a knee injury and has been left out of the squad for Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg at Juventus, the holders said on Monday.
Bolt-less Jamaicans double up in relays as US men drop baton
Jamaica won the showcase 4x200 metres relay without Usain Bolt as their American rivals dropped the baton at the IAAF World Relays in Nassau, Bahamas on Sunday.
Match-fixing in cricket has affected football's popularity in India
"India should also be a powerhouse in world football but it is not, because of match-fixing in cricket for goodness sake'
Everybody knows we deserve EPL title, asserts Mourinho
There was no celebratory run down the touchline, no dancing on the pitch, just a sober reflection of a job well done from Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho on Sunday after his side beat Crystal Palace to win the Premier League title.
La Liga: Valencia boost Champions League hopes; Atletico held
A bullet header from Nicolas Otamendi put Valencia on course for a 3-1 victory over Eibar in La Liga on Sunday that boosted their hopes of claiming a Champions League place.
Serie A: Roma back to second; Napoli thrash demoralised Milan
Alessandro Florenzi ran more than half the length of the field to score and cap a 2-0 win for AS Roma over Genoa which took them back into second place in Serie A on Sunday.
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.
PHOTOS: Blue is the colour as Chelsea claim title
The club anthem Blue is the Colour resounded around a joyful Stamford Bridge and champagne flowed as Chelsea clinched their first Premier League title for five years with a typically stubborn 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday.
May 03, 2015
Federer ends three-year claycourt drought with Istanbul title
Roger Federer won the inaugural Istanbul Open on Sunday, beating third seed Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 7-6 (11) for his first clay title in three years.
Chelsea beat Crystal Palace to clinch Premier League title
Chelsea clinched their first Premier League title for five years with a 1-0 victory against Crystal Palace at a jubilant Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Kowli resigns ahead of Boxing India SGM
Faced with a certain ouster, Boxing India secretary general Jay Kowli has resigned ahead of BI's much-anticipated Special General Meeting in New Delhi.
Table Tennis: Ding defies injury to win second world title
China's Ding Ning has claimed a second women's singles world title by battling through an ankle injury that left her in a heap to beat compatriot Liu Shiwen 4-3 in the final.
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.
Chelsea are boring under Mourinho: Gullit
Chelsea play "ugly" football under Jose Mourinho and the Premier League's runaway leaders deserve to be branded as boring because of their refusal to attack teams, their former manager Ruud Gullit has said.
Football rallies round grieving Ferdinand
Football rallied round on Saturday to offer support to former England captain Rio Ferdinand following the death of his wife, Rebecca Ellison, from cancer.
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.
Americans stun Bolt and Jamaica at World Relays
Not even Usain Bolt could overcome a big American lead as the US men sprinted to a convincing victory over Jamaica in the 4x100 metres relay at the IAAF World Relays in Nassau on Saturday.
Leverkusen beat second-string Bayern 2-0 to go third
Bayer Leverkusen beat a second-string Bayern Munich 2-0 on Saturday to move up to third in the Bundesliga and get back on course for an automatic Champions League spot with three matches left in the season.
Is it title number 31or 33 for Juve? Controversy ensues after win
Juventus added a touch of controversy to their Serie A title celebrations on Saturday by suggesting it was the 33rd, not the 31st, time they had won the 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.
Glitches hit Mayweather-Pacquiao pay-per-view broadcast
Customers of US cable companies took to social media on Saturday to report problems ordering the pay-per-view (PPV) for the boxing megafight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, which was expected to smash records.
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.
Mayweather beats Pacquiao via unanimous decision
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.
Suarez grabs hat-trick as Barca rout Cordoba; Real also win
Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick and Lionel Messi bagged a brace as Barcelona thrashed bottom side Cordoba 8-0 on Saturday to move a step closer to their fifth La Liga title in seven years.
May 02, 2015
Shot putter Inderjeet seals Rio Olympics spot
World University Games silver medallist shot putter Inderjeet Singh achieved the qualification mark for the Rio Olympic Games in 2016 with a throw of 20.65m on the second day of the 19th Federation Cup at Mangala Stadium, in Mangalore, on Saturday.
European clubs give boost to football in Asia
Visits by major English and European clubs to Asia are helping to boost the game in the region.
Munich Open: Murray rallies past Rosol to reach semis
World No 3 Andy Murray remained on course for a first career clay court title.
Pressure grows on Indian Olympic Association to oust chief Ramachandran
The Bowling Federation of India (BFI) on Saturday joined Hockey India in demanding a special General Body Meeting of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to take up a No Confidence Motion against incumbent president Narayanswami Ramachandran.
Indian boxing fans WILL WATCH Manny v Mayweather megafight
The fans can watch the bout live on Indian television.
Indian boxing officials spar among themselves
Boxing India president Sandeep Jajodia and Secretary General Jay Kowli are set to be ousted through a No Confidence Motion.
After six decades, China, S Korea team-up for table tennis title
China's Xu Xin and Yang Ha-eun of South Korea have teamed up to become the first cross-border partnership to win the world mixed doubles table tennis championship.
Why Drogba can't wait for Sunday?
Didier Drogba is expecting a 'crazy' Stamford Bridge atmosphere.
Will Brazil's Adriano sign lucrative ISL deal?
Former Brazil and Inter Milan striker Adriano could be the latest high-profile footballer to join Indian Super League.
Wenger accuses Mourinho of disrespecting other managers
Arsene Wenger hit back at Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's thinly-veiled criticism.
Istanbul Open: Federer reaches last four
Roger Federer was given a fright before reaching the semi-final of the inaugural Istanbul Open.
1 pound! That's the advantage Mayweather has over Manny
Manny Pacquiao weighed in one pound lighter than American Floyd Mayweather after the Filipino was welcomed by deafening cheers from his supporters.
At 40, hats off to David Beckham!
Rediff.com have put together a picture gallery of the legendary footballer, model, businessman, doting father, loving husband, ambassador. Take a look...
David Beckham's 40th birthday, wish him
David Beckham turns 40 on Saturday and the English football legend celebrated his milestone birthday in style.
May 01, 2015
Serie A: Three own goals as Napoli slump to 4-2 defeat
Three own goals were scored as Napoli's spectacularly inconsistent season continued with a 4-2 defeat at Empoli on Thursday.
Watch out! Verbal sparring ahead of megabout
Trainers engage in a war of words on Thursday.
Saturday's megabout Mayweather Jr v Pacquiao in numbers
Saturday's heavily anticipated welterweight showdown between undefeated American Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Filipino southpaw Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden Arena is expected to be the richest prize fight of all time.
6 memorable fights in boxing history!
Six of the most memorable bouts to have ever taken place in the history of boxing.
Mayweather vs Pacquiao: Mary Kom's coach makes his prediction
Atkinson, at the grand old age of 73, exclusively tells Laxmi Negi/rediff.com that his heart would love Manny to win, but his head says 'Moneybags' has all the skills to pull it off.
April 30, 2015
Srinivasan's brother Ramachandran faces the heat; IOA feud out in open
Just days after International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief Thomas Bach's visit to the country, the factional feud within Indian Olympic Association (IOA) surfaced on Thursday with a National Sports Federation head moving a No Confidence motion against incumbent president Narayanswami Ramachandran.
La Liga: Free-scoring Real Madrid face tough test at Sevilla
Real Madrid have defied injuries to keep the pressure on leaders Barcelona and notched up over 100 La Liga goals but they now face arguably the toughest test of their title charge in an away match to Sevilla on Saturday.
India's campaign in New Zealand Open ends
The Indian campaign at the $ 120,000 New Zealand Open Grand Prix Gold ended.
India's Praful Patel is AFC's vice president
AIFF president Praful Patel was elected uncontested as Asian Football Confederation's Vice President of the SAFF Region at the AFC Congress held in Bahrain.
Fight of the Century: Mayweather talks money!
Ahead of the much-anticipated 'fight of the century' bout on Saturday, unbeaten US boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. has said that he and his rival Manny Pacquiao are not on a level-playing field financially.
Mayweather's new love and Pacquiao's king size entourage
Love is in the air for US boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, who will soon going to have one-on-one with Manny Pacquiao.
Former Real Madrid midfielder Rincon wanted by Interpol
Former Colombia, Real Madrid and Corinthians midfielder Freddy Rincon is wanted for questioning about drug crimes in Panama, Interpol said on Wednesday.
NBA star Abdul-Jabbar evaluated for dizziness after surgery
Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was evaluated and released from the emergency department of a Los Angeles-area hospital on Wednesday, about two weeks after undergoing quadruple bypass surgery, the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center said.
Hockey India names 24-member squad for Japan series
A 24-strong team for the men's hockey series against Japan was announced on Thursday, following a week-long preparatory camp held at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, that commenced on April 22.
Berlusconi meeting Thai businessman over Milan stake sale
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi met Thai businessman Bee Taechaubol on Wednesday to discuss the sale of a stake in Serie A football club AC Milan, which he has owned for almost 30 years.
Real, Atletico dismiss reports of FIFA ban
Real Madrid and city rivals Atletico have dismissed reports in Spanish media of a possible FIFA ban from the next two transfer windows over breaches of rules on the signing of foreign Under-18 players.
Is Olympiakos Champions League's place in doubt?
The Journalists Newspaper reported that the Greek champions' place in Europe's elite competition would be at risk if corruption claims against club president Marinakis were proven.
Before Fight of the Century, Mayweather, Pacquiao downplay animosity
Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao appeared more focussed on conserving energy and downplaying animosity.
Pacquiao's trainer continues war of words
"I am wondering if he (Mayweather) is going to show up, I really do," says Manny Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach.
EPL: Mourinho's cuss words spark Chelsea comeback
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho delivered an expletive-laden halftime team talk that fired his side to a 3-1 comeback victory over Leicester City on Wednesday and moved them to within three points of the Premier League title.
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.
In-form Wolfsburg reach first German Cup final in 20 years
VfL Wolfsburg ended Arminia Bielefeld's sensational German Cup run, crushing the third division club 4-0 on Wednesday to book a spot in their first Cup final in 20 years where they will face Borussia Dortmund.
Construction at two Olympic 2016 venues in Rio halted
Construction at a tennis arena was stopped while work was partially suspended at the velodrome, the ministry said in a note, citing a "grave and imminent danger to the physical safety of workers."
Serie A: Tevez strikes brace but Juve made to wait for title by Lazio
Carlos Tevez scored twice to give Serie A leaders Juventus a 3-2 win over Fiorentina on Wednesday but Lazio prevented them from celebrating the title by thumping bottom club Parma 4-0, which condemned their opponents to Serie B.
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.
Djokovic pulls out of Madrid to rest before French Open
World number one Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from next week's Madrid Open for a second consecutive year to rest before the Rome Masters and the French Open, organisers of the clay Masters event said on Wednesday.
April 29, 2015
Former EPL player Facey guilty of bribery charges
Former Premier League striker Delroy Facey was found guilty of conspiracy to commit bribery in a match-fixing trial on Wednesday.
Pawar marches into New Zealand Open last 16
Indian shuttler Anand Pawar notched up straight-game victories in the first two rounds of the New Zealand Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament to advance to the men's singles pre-quarterfinals in Auckland on Wednesday.
World TT: Sharath reaches third round, equals best show at Worlds
Sharath Kamal of India moved into the third round of the World Table Tennis Championship in Suzhou, China, on Wednesday.
'Liverpool clearly need a goal threat for the next season'
Liverpool's half-baked pre-season transfer dealings have come back to bite them with Brendan Rodgers admitting his side have lacked the quality to finish in the Premier League's top four.
WSB: Indian boxer Bidhuri records third consecutive bout win
Indian boxer Gaurav Bidhuri (52kg) is fast making a name for himself at the International Boxing Association's semi-professional World Series of Boxing, churning out three consecutive wins for his franchise Italia Thunder in the ongoing season.
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.
Liverpool paying price for squandering Suarez cash
Liverpool's half-baked pre-season transfer dealings have come back to bite them with Brendan Rodgers admitting his side have lacked the quality to finish in the Premier League's top four.
Fight Of The Century: Pacquiao confident of beating Mayweather
Filipino politician-turned-boxer Manny Pacquiao has said that he is fully confident of beating undefeated US boxing champion Floyd Mayweather despite being tipped as the 'underdog' for the much-anticipated 'fight of the century' bout on May 2 in Las Vegas.
Fresh injury worries threaten Bayern's Champions League run
Torn muscle sidelines Robben for rest of the season; Lewandowski breaks jaw
Atletico unaware of possible FIFA transfer ban
Atletico Madrid are unaware of a possible transfer embargo after Spanish media reported FIFA were set to bar the club and city rivals Real Madrid from the next two windows.
Boxing legend Ali sends a reminder to Mayweather
Heavyweight boxing legend Muhammad Ali may have taken a swipe at unbeaten US boxing champion Floyd Mayweather after the latter claimed that he is the greatest fighter of all-time.
Australia 2028 Games bid would have 'great chance': Bach
A bid from Australia to host the Summer Olympics for the third time would have a "great chance" of winning what he hoped would be a hotly-contested bidding process, Olympic chief Thomas Bach said on Wednesday.
Iran defender banned for nine months
Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh has been handed a nine-month ban by the Iranian Football Federation (FFIRI) after being found guilty of attacking a fan.
Say no to Premier League 'circus games'
Malaysian fans say no to Premier League 'circus games'.
La Liga PHOTOS: Barcelona's TERRIFIC trio rout Getafe
Barcelona's Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar motored past 100 goals for the season.
Women's world chess: Harika bags silver, bronze for Humpy
Dronavalli Harika and Koneru Humpy came up with fine individual performances to win a silver and a bronze, respectively.
April 28, 2015
Saina, Bindra among 45 athletes for Target Olympic Podium assistance
Seventeen shooters, prominent among who is Beijing Olympics gold medallist Abhinav Bindra, are among 45 athletes selected by the government for financial assistance under the Target Olympic Podium (TOP) scheme.
Panel detail Lee's negligent practices in doping case
For seven years, Lee Chong Wei, one of badminton's finest athletes, took cordyceps tablets from unmarked containers on the advice of a mysterious friend without any knowledge of how they were capsulated or stored.
Figo hopes World Cup expansion plan can gain Asia support
FIFA presidential candidate Luis Figo will hope to convince delegates at this week's Asian Football Confederation Congress that a vote for him would boost the region's chances of more places in future World Cup finals.
Federer says 'struggling' Nadal still favourite to win French Open
The 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer believes that Rafael Nadal is still the favourite to win the French Open next month despite the Spaniard's recent struggles to regain form.
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.
India's Sathiyan in World TT main draw
India's G Sathiyan continued his good show and qualified for the main draw of the men's singles event at the World Table Tennis Championships, in Suzhou, China.
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.
Fan violence threatens to dampen Juve celebrations
Juventus look set to wrap up their fourth successive Serie A title in the next seven days although the crowd violence which marred Sunday's 2-1 defeat at Torino could take the shine of their celebrations.
Mayweather v Pacquiao fight to break broadcast pay records
Guadalupe Jaimes, a Chicago roofing supply salesman, calls the $100 pay-per-view price tag for a high-definition broadcast of Saturday's boxing mega-match "ridiculous."
After NBA debut Bhullar to tour India to promote basketball
Sim Bhullar, who earlier this month became the first player of Indian descent to play in the high-profile National Basketball Association (NBA) league, will visit India from May 2-7 to promote the growth of basketball in the country.
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.
La Liga: Battle for fourth spot heats up after Valencia win
Valencia recaptured fourth place in La Liga from Sevilla when Sofiane Feghouli scored the pick of the goals in a 4-0 stroll at home to second-from-bottom Granada on Monday.
When Sandhu defied his dad and chose football over cricket
, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu's father wanted his son to become a cricketer but the goalkeeper is glad he did not heed the paternal advice.
April 27, 2015
Speculation over: IOC chief says India won't bid for 2024 Olympics
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach laid to rest speculation about India's possible bid for the 2024 Olympics, saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not even propose it during their meeting in New Delhi on Monday.
Badminton star Lee Chong Wei handed backdated doping ban
Malaysian shuttler Lee Chong Wei was a relieved man on Monday after being handed a backdated eight-month ban for doping by the Badminton World Federation, leaving him free to go for gold at the Rio Olympics next year.
Like father, like son: Schumacher's son impresses in Formula 4
Michael Schumacher's 16-year-old son Mick sprayed the winner's champagne after capping an impressive debut weekend.
Tottenham's overnight sensation Kane announces arrival with award
It took Harry Kane four years to become an overnight sensation at Tottenham Hotspur and with a Young Player of the Year award as a full England international.
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.
Chelsea's Oscar hospitalised after colliding with Arsenal 'keeper
Chelsea's Brazil playmaker Oscar was taken to hospital after being clattered by Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina during the 0-0 Premier League draw at the Emirates on Sunday.
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 26, 2015
Bundesliga: Bayern win 25th title
Bayern Munich claimed a third straight Bundesliga title on Sunday .
Paper bomb at Turin derby injures 10
At least 10 people were injured when a paper bomb exploded during the Turin soccer derby between Torino and Juventus on Sunday.
Everton were more motivated and aggressive than us: Van Gaal
Louis van Gaal accused his Manchester United players of being out-fought in a 3-0 defeat at Everton.
First time in 20 years Torino beat Serie A leaders Juventus
Torino came from behind to beat Serie A leaders Juventus 2-1 in a pulsating derby on Sunday.
Stuttgart Grand Prix: Germany's Kerber stuns Wozniacki
Germany's Angelique Kerber came from a set down to outmuscle Caroline Wozniacki 3-6, 6-1, 7-5.
'Wore sunglasses to keep a lid on my emotions'
Paula Radcliffe struggled to hold back the tears as she tore down the Mall in front of her adoring fans.
Klitschko outpoints Jennings to extend reign
Wladimir Klitschko used his big jab to extend a nine-year reign as world heavyweight champion.
President's Cup: Boxers Sarjubala, Pinki strike gold for India
Rounding off a reasonably successful campaign for India, Shamjetsabam Sarjubala (48kg) and Pinki Jangra (51kg) clinched god medals.
EPL PHOTOS: Everton blank jittery Man Utd; Chelsea hold Arsenal
Manchester United's top-four aspirations suffered a setback as Louis van Gaal's side were blown away 3-0 by Everton.
Golf Roundup: Wu secures landmark China Open victory
Wu Ashun became the first Chinese golfer to win a European Tour title on home soil.
London Marathon: Beckhams, Button, Paula step out in style
England's football star David Beckham and his family stepped out in full force to cheer his son Romeo, who took part in the London Marathon.
London Marathon PHOTOS: Kipchoge wins fierce battle with Kipsang
Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge got the better of compatriot and defending champion Wilson Kipsang in a fierce battle over the closing miles to win the London Marathon by five seconds on Sunday.
Will India bid for 2024 Olympics? IOC chief Bach to meet PM Modi on Monday
International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday during his one-day whirlwind visit to discuss ways to take Indian sports forward amid speculation that the country might bid for the 2024 Olympic Games.
U-14 girls football team return safely from quake-hit Nepal
The Indian U-14 Girls' team landed safely in New Delhi from an earthquake struck Kathmandu on Sunday.
Belgrade Burning: Injuries and arrests after violent derby
Thirty-five police officers were hurt and 41 fans arrested in a violent Belgrade derby.
Bundesliga: Lacklustre Bayern win to close in on title
Bayern Munich scraped past Hertha Berlin 1-0 on Saturday.
Find out PM Modi's Mann Ki Baat in terms of sports...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi lavished praise on Sania Mirza and Saina Nehwal for climbing to No 1 in world rankings.
EPL PHOTOS: Leicester surprise again, Man City win
Leicester City continued to do their best Houdini impression on Saturday as they escaped the Premier League drop zone for the first time since November while Manchester City went up to second spot with a thrilling win.
April 25, 2015
'The criticism was on me because I was the transfer of Moyes'
Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini contemplated leaving the club after a disappointing debut season but the towering Belgian believes he is now reaping the rewards of fighting for his place at Old Trafford.
'It's simple, Liverpool need more of a goal scoring threat'
Liverpool need a top-level striker who can play every week and Daniel Sturridge could lose his role as the club's leading man after an injury-hit season, manager Brendan Rodgers has said.
Pep Guardiola brands Barca as 'best team in the world'
Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has termed his former club Barcelona as the 'best team in the world', after both the teams were being drawn against each other for the high-octane Champions League semi-final clash.
Martina Navratilova steps down as Agnieszka Radwanska's coach
Martina Navratilova has stepped down as coach to world number nine Agnieszka Radwanska after a brief five-month stint with the Polish tennis player.
April 24, 2015
'Stupid' to reduce Gay's ban, says Bolt
Gay's reduced ban sends wrong message, says Bolt.
Saina, Sindhu exit Badminton Asia Championships
Indian challenge ended at the Asia Badminton Championship with Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu suffering three-game defeats in the quarter-finals of the continental championship in Wuhan.
Take a look at the EPL's highest wage payers
Manchester United have surpassed local rivals Manchester City in the Premier League table in terms of salary paid to their players.
Champions League Semis: It's Barcelona vs Bayern; Juventus vs Real
Barcelona have been drawn to play Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals.
Indian footballer Sandhu makes European top flight breakthrough
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu became the first Indian footballer to play for a top-tier European club after the custodian made his debut for Stabek FC in a Norwegian Cup tie against Runar on Wednesday.
Will Brazilians dominate medal count in Rio?
Brazilian Minister of Sports George Hilton says everything is on track for the 2016 Rio Games.
Cycling team Astana retain elite licence despite doping cases
Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali can ride in this year's race after his Astana team kept their world tour licence on Thursday despite a string of doping cases, the International Cycling Union (UCI) said on Thursday.
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.
Ready to pay knockout prices for Mayweather-Pacquiao megafight?
Tickets for the megafight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao finally hit the market on Thursday.
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.
Racism row over Stockholm Marathon prize money
Accusations of racism have forced organisers of the Stockholm Marathon to change their proposed plan to give prize money to only Nordic runners.
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
Nadal felled by Fognini in Barcelona third round
Rafa Nadal's bid to get back to top form before the French Open suffered a setback when he crashed to a 6-4, 7-6(6) defeat to 13th-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini in the third round of the Barcelona Open on Thursday.
Sunderland's Johnson charged with under-age sex offences
Sunderland and England midfielder Adam Johnson has been charged with four offences concerning sex with an under-age girl, a prosecutor said on Thursday.
Sania, Martina's winning run broken in Stuttgart Grand Prix
Playing her first match as world number one, India's Sania Mirza crashed out of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix event with partner Martina Hingis, who was
Indian Badminton League promoters may take BAI to court
Sports Solutionz, the promoters of the Indian Badminton League, are contemplating legal action against the Badminton Association of India in the wake of reports it has terminated the tournament agreement with them.
Will Guardiola stay at Bayern beyond 2016?
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola will see out his three-year contract with the German champions, who are hopeful of an extension beyond 2016, club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said on Thursday.
'When I first got here at Juventus all I asked for was respect'
When Massimiliano Allegri arrived in Turin last July, Juventus ownership had set two goals for him - win a fourth straight "Scudetto" and reach the Champions League quarter-finals.
Brazil to host first Indigenous Peoples World Games
A year after hosting the football World Cup and a year before staging the Summer Olympics, Brazil is set to stage a new international event -- the Indigenous Peoples World Games.
Greece face FIFA and UEFA suspension over new law
Greece's Football Federation (EPO) could be suspended from international football over government interference should a proposed new sports law be voted in, FIFA and UEFA have warned.
Infighting in PCI leaves para athletes's future in dark
Paralympic Committee of India's newly-appointed interim president Nale Nandkishor said the de-recognition by the Sports Ministry was expected after its international body IPC banned them for mismanagement.
Ramos 'central' to Real's good fortune
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti's decision to deploy defender Sergio Ramos in central midfield was the key to Wednesday's 1-0 Champions League victory over Atletico Madrid, according to captain Iker Casillas.
Saina, Sindhu win; Kashyap loses in Asia Championship
World No. 1 Saina Nehwal started her campaign with a hard-fought win, while P V Sindhu eased past her opponent at the $200,000 Badminton Asia Championship.
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.
Wenger must end Mourinho jinx to slow Chelsea charge
Arsene Wenger gets another chance to finally beat his old nemesis and keep the Premier League title race alive for a little longer when Arsenal host leaders Chelsea on Sunday.
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
Asia Badminton Championship: Kashyap, Sindhu advance
India's Parupalli Kashyap played one of the longest matches of his career as he roared into the prequarterfinals.
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.
SPOTTED! Andy Murray at Camp Nou
Britain's No 1 tennis player Andy Murray watched Neymar score twice.
Back? I was never away, says Barca's Iniesta
Andres Iniesta will always be a hero to Barcelona.
India loves Manchester Utd -- Twitter's EPL follower map WILL surprise you!
If you are a football fan, particularly of the English Premier League, you are bound to 'follow' your favourite club on Twitter.
Barca's best is still to come, warns coach Luis Enrique
Barca made a slow start to the campaign under their new coach but after beating Paris Saint Germain in the quarter-finals they are on course to repeat the treble success.
Bayern's transition from injury-plagued to amazing
Injury-plagued Bayern Munich chasing a treble.
Malaysia's sportsman of the year can be suspended shuttler Lee
Former badminton World No 1 Lee Chong Wei has been nominated for Malaysia's 2014 sportsman of the year award.
Bizarre: Bayern tore apart Porto while Pep ripped his trousers!
Pep Guardiola suffered a minor wardrobe malfunction.
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...
CL PHOTOS: Brilliant Bayern, Barcelona reach semis
Neymar scored twice as Barcelona reached the Champions League semi-finals.
April 21, 2015
Govt. to support 45 athletes for 2016 Rio Olympics
The Sports Ministry identified 45 potential medal winners, who will get financial assistance under the government scheme 'Target Olympic Podium' for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Tainted IOA official Bhanot set to contest Asian Athletics Association polls
It is learnt that Bhanot has been recommended by the Athletics Federation of India to contest the AAA elections to be held on June 1 prior to the Asian Athletics Championships at Wuhan in China from June 3 to 7.
Villa charged following fans' pitch invasion
Aston Villa have been charged for failing to control their fans following a pitch invasion after the FA Cup quarter-final against West Bromwich Albion.
Wawrinka announces end of on-off relationship with wife Ilham
Swiss tennis ace Stanislas Wawrinka has revealed this week that his on-off relationship with wife Ilham has ended.
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.
I am used to threat posed by unstoppable Djokovic: Nadal
'Djokovic had an impeccable year in 2011 as well as he is having in 2015, says Nadal.
Date set! IOC boss to meet PM Modi on April 27
International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach is arriving in India on April 26.
Africans rule but 'Strong Boston' echoes two years after bombing
Ethiopian runner Lelisa Desisa finished first in the Boston Marathon reclaiming the top spot in a race he last won two years ago when it was struck by a deadly bombing attack.
April 20, 2015
Anand draws with Kramnik in Shamkir Chess
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand drew with old foe Vladimir Kramnik of Russia in the fourth round of Shamkir Chess 2015, held in the memory of Grandmaster Vugar Gashimov.
PHOTOS: Rossi reigns in Argentina after Marquez crashes out
Italian Valentino Rossi emerged triumphant in the Argentine MotoGP Grand Prix despite a clash with World champion Marc Marquez in the second-last lap which saw the Spaniard crash out.
Bayern's Ribery doubtful for Champions League tie vs Porto
France winger Franck Ribery is highly unlikely to recover from an ankle injury in time to feature for Bayern Munich in the Champions League fixture against Porto, coach Pep Guardiola said on the eve of the match on Monday.
Lok Sabha felicitates World No 1 Saina and Sania
The Lok Sabha on Monday felicitated badminton star Saina Nehwal and tennis player Sania Mirza.
Nigel Short infuriates players with 'women no good at chess' jibe
English chess grandmaster Nigel Short has landed himself in hot water and has been slammed by leading female chess players.
European Roundup: Chelsea, Bayern close in on titles
Chelsea moved within touching distance of a first Premier League title in five years with a 1-0 win over Manchester United while Lionel Messi reached a landmark with his 400th career goal for La Liga leaders Barcelona.
F1 pit lane tales: The return of Raikkonen amidst fireworks
Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene welcomed back the Kimi Raikkonen of old on Sunday.
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.
Ebola unites football icons Zidane, Ronaldo
Football idols Zidane and Ronaldo team up in UN Ebola fundraiser.
Monte Carlo Masters: Djokovic adds another feather to his cap
Novak Djokovic continued his awe-inspiring run of form to claim the Monte Carlo Masters.
Gerrard's FA Cup final dream goes kaput!
Aston Villa will meet holders Arsenal in the FA Cup final next month.
Hamilton wins again under Bahrain floodlights
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton won the Bahrain Grand Prix for the second year in a row on Sunday with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen back on the podium to deny Mercedes another one-two finish under the floodlights.
April 19, 2015
Ecclestone gives Azerbaijan the all-clear
Formula One has no qualms about holding a grand prix in Azerbaijan next year despite concerns raised by rights activists, the sport's commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone said on Sunday.
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.
Injury crisis threatens Real's trophy aspirations
Real Madrid's trophy aspirations could well depend on how well they cope with an injury crisis that sees Gareth Bale and Luka Modric in the treatment room.
EPL: Playmaker Hazard paves way for Chelsea's ascent
Eden Hazard underlined his claims to be voted Player of the Year with another match-winning display as Premier League leaders Chelsea stormed 10 points clear with a 1-0 victory over Manchester United 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.
PSV Eindhoven end long wait for Dutch title
PSV Eindhoven beat Heerenveen 4-1 to win the Dutch championship on Saturday for the first time in seven seasons.
Swimmers Phelps, Lochte score wins at Mesa
Michael Phelps closed out the Arena Pro Swim Series meet with a win in the 100 meter freestyle on Saturday, and also finished third in the 200-meter individual medley behind fellow Olympic champion Ryan Lochte.
Serie A: Juve march toward title after dispatching Lazio
Juventus defeated second-placed Lazio 2-0 at home on Saturday to take another huge step towards their fourth straight Serie A title and boost their confidence for Wednesday's crunch Champions League clash in Monaco.
Returning Hingis impressive despite losing Fed Cup tie
Martina Hingis has no plans of returning to play singles on the women's tour after a courageous performance in a Fed Cup defeat by Agnieszka Radwanska in Zielona Gora, Poland, on Saturday in her first major match in eight years.
'Tired' Nadal still confident he on right path
Although comprehensively beaten by Novak Djokovic on the Monte Carlo semi-finals, clay court king Rafael Nadal believes he is on the right path as his beloved French Open looms.
Pastore lifts PSG back to the top in Ligue 1
Javier Pastore's double inspired a weary Paris St Germain to a 3-1 win at Nice as the French champions reclaimed top spot in Ligue 1 on Saturday.
Bundesliga: Second-string Bayern edge closer to title
Injury-ravaged Bayern Munich beat Hoffenheim 2-0 on Saturday, shrugging off a string of absences and their midweek Champions League defeat at Porto to close in on the Bundesliga title.
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 18, 2015
Fed Cup: Sizzling Sania leads India to Asia/Oceania Group triumph
Indian captain Sania Mirza led from the front as the hosts registered a 2-1 victory over Philippines.
EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea inch towards title with gritty United win
Chelsea are 10 points clear at top of the English Premier League championship table.
I League: Mumbai FC hold EB, Ranti to wait for his 200th goal
Ranti Martins missed a penalty and the chance to score his 200th goal in the country's top league.
Bahrain Grand Prix: Hamilton takes fourth pole in a row
Lewis Hamilton continued his season's sweep of qualifying at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
La Liga PHOTOS: Messi's 400th goal boosts Barca title bid
Barcelona's Lionel Messi hit his 400th career goal for the La Liga leaders.
Monte Carlo Masters: Djokovic downs Nadal to meet Berdych in final
World No 1 Novak Djokovic laid down an early French Open marker when he reached the Monte Carlos Masters final.
Shamkir Chess: Anand draws with Vachier-Lagrave
Viswanathan Anand played out his second straight draw in the Shamkir Chess tournament.
5 things we learnt from last 3 Grand Prix
Will things be the same at Bahrain? Here's where we look to the front - by looking at what we've learnt.
Lahiri makes cut, Spieth rebounds
Anirban Lahiri made his second successive cut on the PGA Tour.
It was ecstasy and then agony for Olympic champ Phelps
Olympic champion swimmer failed to qualify for 400m freestyle final.
Beating United will not make us champions: Mourinho
The self-styled "Special One" faces what he agreed is a special fixture this weekend but Jose Mourinho refused to accept that beating Manchester United to establish a 10-point lead with six games left would mean Chelsea had won the Premier League.
April 17, 2015
Djokovic and Nadal to renew rivalry in Monte Carlo semis
A near flawless Novak Djokovic crushed Marin Cilic 6-0, 6-3 to set up a blockbuster Monte Carlo Masters semi-final with claycourt king Rafa Nadal, who came through a testing workout by David Ferrer on Friday.