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November 26, 2014
Here is why Fabregas was 'pissed off' with Spain teammate Ramos
Cesc Fabregas was "pissed off" with Spain teammate Sergio Ramos for raising doubts about his commitment to the national team but said the pair had buried the hatchet.
It is easy to destroy a reputation: Valcke on FIFA probe report
FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said on Tuesday he did not know how much damage had been done to the organisation by the row over the non-publication of the Garcia report in full.
American skating team claims Olympics bronze... fifty years later!
Fifty years after Vivian Joseph and Ronald Joseph skated at the Innsbruck Olympics, the American pair on Tuesday officially claimed the bronze medal.
Champions League PHOTOS: Messi treble sets goals record; Chelsea, City win
Photos from the Champions League matches played across Europe on Tuesday.
'Phenomenal Messi greatest player of all time'
Praise comes in from all quarters as Argentine breaks Raul's Champions League record.
Champions League: Teammates, manager back Gerrard as Reds fight to stay on
Under-fire Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard may not be enjoying his best spell of form but he is still "a top class player", manager Brendan Rodgers said ahead of their Champions League clash with Bulgarian club Ludogorets.
Record-breaker Messi tricks in Barca win; Chelsea thump Schalke
Lionel Messi set a new Champions League scoring record with a hat-trick and Luis Suarez netted his first in Barcelona colours as the Spaniards comprehensively beat APOEL Nicosia 4-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday.
November 25, 2014
'Wenger's Arsenal dream is becoming a mirage, and a pain'
Arsene Wenger must start learning from his mistakes if Arsenal are to compete at the highest level of European football, Alisher Usmanov, the London club's second-largest shareholder, has said.
'Yes, it is difficult to be a Sania Mirza in this country'
She might be one of the most sought-after sportspersons in India but tennis ace Sania Mirza says "it's difficult to be a Sania Mirza in this country" due
Walsh keen to return, but wants Hockey India to 'show desire'
Barely days after quitting as chief coach of the national men's hockey team, Terry Walsh has expressed a willingness to return to India provided Hockey India shows some "desire" to work out a "viable solution".
Phelps wins Golden Goggle as Male Athlete of Year
Michael Phelps was crowned 'Male Athlete of the Year' for a fifth time at the 2014 USA Swimming Golden Goggle Awards on Monday despite being suspended from competition for six months after a drunken driving arrest in September.
After winning China Open, Saina set sights on Dubai Super Series
Upbeat over winning the China Open and moving up to the fourth spot in the latest BWF rankings, star shuttler Saina Nehwal says she is working on becoming the best in the world.
DON'T MISS! 10 Best Photos of the week
Rediff.com brings you a glance of all the action from the week gone by.
Hamilton and Mercedes want to work together for 'years to come'
British ace racer Lewis Hamilton has said that he expects to be at Mercedes for years to come after he was crowned world champion on Sunday for the second time.
No clear time frame for Schumacher's recovery
Formula One racing legend Michael Schumacher's manager has revealed that the racer is making progress but faces a difficult and long recovery.
Hamilton, Bale in running for Sports Personality of the Year crown
Newly crowned Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton will compete with European Ryder Cup star Rory McIlroy and Real Madrid's Gareth Bale to clinch the BBC 2014 Sports Personality of the Year award.
Copa America: Brazil's chance for redemption
Next year's Copa America in Chile will give Brazil the chance to bury the ghosts of their miserable World Cup, the president of the country's soccer federation said.
Sony does not plan to renew FIFA sponsorship contract
Sony Corp does not plan to renew its sponsorship contract with FIFA, the governing body for world football, as the Japanese electronics maker needs to prioritise its restructuring efforts, people familiar with the matter said.
Roger Federer backs Australian 'fast' tennis
Roger Federer will help launch an Australian-developed fast format of tennis when he plays an exhibition match against Lleyton Hewitt in Sydney in January, Tennis Australia said on Tuesday.
EPL: Clyne rocket earns lofty Saints a point at Villa
Nathaniel Clyne's late equaliser earned high-flying Southampton a 1-1 draw at Aston Villa on Monday, denying Paul Lambert a much-needed victory in his 100th match in charge of the Premier League strugglers.
Switzerland triumph ends the GOAT debate... Roger Federer it is!
Roger Federer's straight sets victory over Richard Gasquet in the Davis Cup final against France on Sunday not only made Switzerland only the 14th nation to win tennis's prestigious trophy, but also completed the final piece in the Swiss's puzzle.
Soccer legend Pele hospitalized again
Three-time World Cup winner Pele was taken to hospital on Monday with an urinary infection, local media have reported, the second time this month he has been admitted for medical treatment.
Champions League Preview: Tension in the air
There will be plenty of tension in the air in North London on Wednesday when out-of-sorts Arsenal face Borussia Dortmund seeking to qualify from the Champions League group stage for the 15th successive season.
November 24, 2014
CTL: Mumbai Masters beat Punjab Marshalls to finish second
Mumbai Tennis Masters overcame Punjab Marshalls 29-20 in the inconsequential final North Zone round robin match of the Champions Tennis League at the Kalina University Sports Complex on Monday.
ISL: Delhi Dynamos register second win, edge NorthEast United 2-1
After a string of disappointing results, Delhi Dynamos FC finally registered their second victory in the ongoing Hero Indian Super League when they pipped hosts NorthEast United FC 2-1 in a keenly-contested match in Guwahati on Monday.
Two new faces in India's squad for Champions Trophy hockey
Striker Gurwinder Singh Chandi failed to make the cut as Hockey India announced an 18-member squad, led by Sadar Singh, for the eight-nation Hero men's Champions Trophy, in Bhubaneswar, from December 6-14. Lalit Upadhyay, who was capped nine times earlier, has been drafted in place of Chandi in the squad, named by Hockey India selectors after trials at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in Delhi on November 18.
World Boxing Championship: Sarjubala, Saweety settle for silver
Indian national and youth World Champion Sarjubala Devi (48kg) and Saweety (81kg) faltered at the final hurdle to settle for silver medals, rounding off a decent campaign for the country in the 8th Women's World Boxing Championship, in Jeju, Korea on Monday.
China's swimming champ Sun served three month ban
China's world and Olympic swimming champion Sun Yang served a three-month ban earlier this year after testing positive for a banned stimulant, the China Anti-Doping Agency (CHINADA) said on Monday.
Revealed! Rio 2016 mascots inspired by animals and plants
Bright yellow and cat-like, with a green leaf-haired brother, the mascots for the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro were launched by organisers late on Sunday.
CTL: Delhi edge out Mumbai to enter final
Delhi Dreams stormed into the final of the inaugural Champions Tennis League by overcoming a spirited Mumbai Tennis Masters by 27-21 in the best-of-five one-set clashes here at the Kalina University sports complex courts on Sunday night.
10 facts you need to know about F1 champion Lewis Hamilton
Take a look at the factbox on Mercedes driver and Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton.
Ligue 1: Marseille return to the top
Late goals from Andre-Pierre Gignac and Michy Batshuayi helped Olympique de Marseille return to the top of Ligue 1 with an entertaining 3-1 victory against Girondins Bordeaux on Sunday.
This is the greatest moment in my life: Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton declared Sunday the greatest day of his life after ending a thrilling season with his second Formula One world championship.
Iniesta out of Barca's Champions League game
Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has failed to recover from a calf strain and will miss Tuesday's Champions League Group F match at APOEL Nicosia.
NFL: Singer Katy Perry bags Super Bowl halftime show
Pop singer Katy Perry will headline the halftime entertainment at February's Super Bowl, the most-watched US sporting and television event, according to an announcement by the National Football League on Sunday.
Abu Dhabi GP: Double points finish for Force India
Sahara Force India ended the 2014 season on a high with Nico Hulkenberg finishing the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in sixth position just ahead of teammate Sergio Perez.
Proud Nicole kisses Hamilton to celebrate his world title win
Nicole Scherzinger is often seen by Hamilton's side at his biggest races and she did turn heads as she arrived to support her man in Abu Dhabi.
This one's for the boys, says gracious Federer
Having stolen the limelight from Davis Cup stalwart Stan Wawrinka, Roger Federer quickly turned attention towards his Switzerland team mates after securing the winning point in the final against France on Sunday.
November 23, 2014
Clinical Chennayin crush Mumbai to maintain top spot
Chennaiyin FC produced a clinical performance and pumped in goals in the second half to thrash Mumbai City FC 3-0 to consolidate their position at the top of the table in Indian Super League at the DY Patil Stadium.
Sports shorts: Ethiopian Adola wins Delhi Half Marathon
Ethiopian Guye Adola demolished the course record to win the men's race while Kenyan Florence Kiplagat became the first runner to defend the women's crown in the Delhi Half Marathon, on Sunday.
November 22, 2014
I would like to be number one before I retire: Sania Mirza
Sania Mirza has said she wants to reach No. 1 position in the world rankings before bidding adieu to the game.
World Chess: Anand faces must-win situation against Carlsen
Trailing by a full point with just two games remaining, Indian chess ace Viswanathan Anand would desperately need a victory to stay afloat against Norwegian Magnus Carlsen in the World Championship match in Sochi on Sunday.
Asia Pacific Golf: Kapil falters in final round to finish 13th
Kapil Dev, one shot off the lead after two rounds, faltered in the third and final round to finish 13th at the Asia Pacific Senior Amateur Championship at
Best minds don't get into coaching, make it lucrative, says Gopi
If you don't produce quality coaches, you cannot produce next level of players, says Indian national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand.
Hong Kong Super Series: Srikanth bows out
India's campaign in the Hong Kong Super Series came to an end after young shuttler Kidambi Srikanth suffered a three-game loss to top seed Chen Long of China in the semifinals of the men's singles event of the $ 350,000 event, in Hong Kong on Saturday.
F1 Pitlane Tales: Nicole gears up as Hamilton prepares for title
Singer Nicole Scherzinger who is currently dating Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, is all geared for the Formula One championship.
La Liga: Bilbao rise to ninth thanks to dynamic Aduriz
Aritz Aduriz nodded the first goal and set up another as Athletic Bilbao beat Espanyol 3-1 to climb to ninth in La Liga on Friday.
Ligue 1: Lavezzi goal sends PSG to the top
Champions Paris St Germain went top of Ligue 1 for the first time this season when Ezequiel Lavezzi's late goal earned a 3-2 win at Metz on Friday, the club's first victory there in 11 years.
CTL: Hyderabad Aces beat Bangalore Raptors in 'super overtime'
Hyderabad Aces dealt a big blow to Bangalore Raptors' chances of advancing to the final of the Champions Tennis League after the visitors registered a 25-22 win in a thrilling group match in Bengaluru.
Sports Shorts: Zidane coaching ban overturned
Zinedine Zidane has had a three-month ban for coaching Real Madrid's B team without the correct licence overturned on appeal, the club confirmed on Friday.
Meet the World Athletes of the Year
Pole vault world record holder Renaud Lavillenie and Olympic shot put champion Valerie Adams were named World Athletes of the Year at an IAAF gala in Monaco on Friday.
From easy-going to intense, pieces are falling in place for Srikanth
From a laidback boy with poor dietary habits, Kidambi Srikanth has become an attacking player who can quickly deploy his considerable skills against tough opponents, writes
Davis Cup: Gael-force Monfils upsets Federer
Gael Monfils rose to the occasion as he upset Roger Federer 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 to help France level the Davis Cup final with Switzerland 1-1 on Friday.
November 21, 2014
Davis Cup: Wawrinka wins opener, Monfils helps France draw level
Stanislas Wawrinka survived a second-set wobble to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 and give Switzerland a 1-0 lead over hosts France in the Davis Cup final on Friday. In the second match, Gael Monfils rose to the occasion as he upset Roger Federer 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 to help France level.
ISL: Atletico de Kolkata denied a point as Kerala Blasters win
Atletico de Kolkata were robbed a point due to poor refereeing as regular captain Luis Garcia's injury time equaliser was disallowed by assistant referee as
World Chess: Anand, Carlsen settle for a draw in Game 10
Defending champion Magnus Carlsen's hopes of retaining his crown he won last year in Chennai got a boost after the tenth game in the World Chess Championship match against challenger Viswanathan Anand ended in a draw after 32 moves in Sochi on Friday. With two rounds to go in the 12-game match, Carlsen, who played with black pieces, leads 5.5-4.5.
Hong Kong Open: Srikanth wins, sets up date with Chen Long
Young Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth continued his rampaging run in Kowloon and set up a semifinal clash with top seed Chinese Chen Long at the Hong Kong Super Series.
Boxing India to issue show cause notice to Sarita's husband, coach
Under pressure from AIBA, Boxing India (BI) said it has decided to issue a show cause notice to boxer Sarita Devi's husband and personal coach for their unauthorised presence at the ringside during the Incheon Asian Games.
Saina bows out of Hong Kong Super Series
India's campaign in the women's singles of the $350,000 Hong Kong Super Series came to an end after ace shuttler Saina Nehwal was stunned by Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the quarter-finals.
Phelps' 'girlfriend' was born male but did not tell swimmer
Most decorated Olympian Michael Phelps' self-proclaimed girlfriend has come out with a shocking revelation, saying that she was born intersex and lived as a boy until her teens.
Abu Dhabi GP: Pressure? No pressure, says Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton played down the pressure of his Formula One title showdown with Nico Rosberg on Thursday by saying he had years of experience in dealing with it.
Injury Updates: Blind, Falcao injury blows for Man United
Manchester United suffered a double blow on Thursday with Daley Blind ruled out for a 'long' spell due to a knee problem and Radamel Falcao receiving a "new injury" that will keep him out for at least two more weeks.
Sports Shorts: 'No late-night swimming finals in Rio'
Australian Olympic officials say they will oppose plans to stage the 2016 Rio Olympics swimming finals late at night.
Lahiri continues his dream run, earns European Tour card
Anirban Lahiri continued his dream run in 2014 by earning a European Tour card for the first time in his career after finishing inside the top-25 at the European Tour Q-School Final Stage in Girona, Spain.
First Look: Venus Williams wears sari, dances to Bollywood number!
Venus Williams who is in Bengaluru for Champions Tennis League chose the elegant sari and insisted on walking the ramp to a Bollywood number.
FIFA mess: Official charged with fraud, money-laundering
A member of the financial watchdog committee at soccer's ruling body FIFA has been charged with fraud, money-laundering and breach of trust by police in the Cayman Islands.
CTL: Pune take bonus after match against Bangalore ends in tie
Pune Marathas made a remarkable recovery from 0-2 down to win their next three matches in a row as their contest against Bangalore Raptors ended in a thrilling tie to run away with a bonus point in the Champions Tennis League on Thursday.
November 20, 2014
'I still have some chances, just have to try harder with white'
Despite being down 4-5 with just three more games to go, Viswanathan Anand has said he was fine with an easy draw in the ninth game and insisted that he still has a chance of posting a win in the World Chess Championship match.
Carlsen stays ahead of Anand after 20-move draw in Game 9
It was the quickest finish in the match, the Indian, playing black, and Norwegian, who leads by a point, agreeing to a draw after only 20 moves.
Vettel in Schumacher's footsteps, to replace Alonso at Ferrari
Sebastian Vettel looked forward to following in Michael Schumacher's Formula One footsteps after Ferrari confirmed on Thursday that the four times world champion would replace Fernando Alonso next season on a three-year deal.
Davis Cup: Roger Federer set to play against France in final
Switzerland's Roger Federer, who has been hampered by back problems, has been named to play in the second singles rubber of the Davis Cup final against France's Gael Monfils on Friday, organisers announced on Thursday.
Boxing queen Mary Kom eyes swan song at Rio Olympics
London Olympics bronze medallist MC Mary Kom declared her intention to bow out on a high at the Rio Games in 2016, saying it could be her last tournament.
Sindhu beaten by lower-ranked Japanese; Saina, Srikanth advance
Ace Indian shuttler P V Sindhu suffered a three-game defeat to much lower-ranked Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the second round of $350,000 Hong Kong Super Series, in Kowloon, on Thursday. However, Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth scored contrasting victories to enter the quarter-finals of the women's and men's singles respectively.
'Schumacher is having difficulty with speech, memory'
Former Formula One driver Philippe Streiff has revealed that racing legend Michael Schumacher is paralysed and has difficulty with his speech and memory, almost a year after a horror skiing accident.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will delve into the depths of his squad for the visit to Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday, as an injury crisis engulfs Old Trafford.
8 Things you need to know about Abu Dhabi GP
Statistics for Sunday's season-ending Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit.
Football friendlies: Uruguay win in Chile, Mexico lose to Belarus
Uruguay made light of the absence of striker Luis Suarez to recover from a goal down and beat 2015 Copa America hosts Chile 2-1 in a friendly in Santiago.
Living in fear, says FIFA whistleblower
FIFA whistleblower Phaedra Al-Majid, who accused Qatar of corruption in its successful bid to win the right to host the 2022 soccer World Cup, said on Wednesday she was living in fear after receiving threats against her family.
Sports Shorts: NBA suspends Hornets' Taylor for domestic violence
Charlotte Hornets forward Jeffery Taylor was suspended 24 games without pay by the NBA on Wednesday after pleading guilty last month to misdemeanor domestic violence assault and malicious destruction of hotel property.
Barca exit is not even on the agenda, says Messi's father
Lionel Messi's father Jorge has sought to play down comments his son made this week which suggested the four-time World Player of the Year could consider leaving Barcelona.
'Real-life Rocky' faces daunting reality in Pacquiao
'They're trying to make out like Algieri is the next Rocky. But this isn't a movie.'
'Having more success at the Slams next year is my main goal'
In an interview with rediff.com's Bikash Mohapatra, Ivanovic talks about her success, those 'disappointing' years in between and her future expectations.
Hottest Sporting Buzz: Sexy Abbey flaunts her toned figure
Rediff.com brings you the buzz around celebrity sportspersons and their glamorous lives!
November 19, 2014
Advani wins opening match in IBSF World Snooker
India's top cueist Pankaj Advani fought off a stiff resistance from Keen Hoo Moh of Malaysia to notch up a 4-2 win in his opening match in the Seaways IBSF World Snooker Championship in Bangalore.
ISL: Chennaiyin FC crush Pune City 3-1, move to top of the table
Chennaiyin FC produced a crushing performance to beat Pune City FC 3-1 as they pipped Atletico de Kolkata to the top spot in the points table of the Indian Super League on Wednesday.
Davis Cup: Federer injury and spat hit Switzerland's chances
Switzerland's preparations for the Davis Cup Final against France in Lille on Sunday have been disrupted by a back injury to Roger Federer and a spat within the Swiss camp.
Novak Djokovic to make Davis Cup return for Serbia next year
Serbia's world number one Novak Djokovic will return to Davis Cup action after a season's absence when he leads his country against Croatia in the first round in March, he said on Wednesday.
The ball is now in Walsh's court, says SAI
With Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal agreeing in principle to Terry Walsh's demands, the ball is now in the Australian's court to take a call on whether to continue as India's chief hockey coach and the Sports Authority of India expects him to make up his mind in the next 4-5 days.
Tendulkar urges sports minister to support banned boxer Sarita
Veteran boxer Sarita Devi, who is currently serving a provisional suspension, has found support from cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar who has written a letter to the Sports Minister urging him to support her and ensure that her career is not terminated prematurely.
Saina, Srikanth advance to pre-quarters of Hong Kong Open
Kidambi Srikanth continued his giant-killing spree while Saina Nehwal hardly broke a sweat to
F1 Pitlane Tales: Force India to trial new race display system
Formula One is set to test a new on-car display system championed by Lewis Hamilton's father Anthony aimed at helping fans to follow a race without having to take their eyes off the action.
World Chess Championship: It is now-or-never for Anand
Facing a point deficit with just four games to go, five time world champion Viswanathan Anand is in a now-or-never situation in the World Chess Championship match against Magnus Carlsen.
Sports Shorts: IOC suggests venues outside Tokyo for 2020 Games
International Olympic Committee (IOC) Vice President John Coates has urged Tokyo to consider moving more events to venues outside the capital, including one hundreds of kilometres away, in a bid to rein in spending for the 2020 Summer Games.
Ahead of Davis Cup final, Federer-Wawrinka play down London row
With the Davis Cup final against France looming, Roger Federer and his Swiss team mate Stanislas Wawrinka on Tuesday played down talk of an internal row, sparked by the pair's fiery clash at the ATP World Tour Finals last week.
CTL: Delhi down Mumbai to record second win in a row
A dominant Delhi Dreams registered their second successive win in the Champions Tennis League (CTL), defeating a fighting Mumbai Tennis Masters 27-19 in a North Group match in New Delhi on Tuesday night.
Tiger roars: Journalistically, can you sink any lower?
Tiger Woods has lashed out at veteran golf writer Dan Jenkins for penning a fake satirical interview with the 14-time major winner, describing the parody as 'a grudge-fueled piece of character assassination'.
Football friendlies: Spain beaten by late Kroos missile for Germany
Toni Kroos struck with a fierce long-range shot a minute from time to give Germany a 1-0 victory over Spain in a friendly between two injury-depleted European heavyweights in Vigo on Tuesday.
Portugal triumph with Ronaldo versus Messi a sideshow
'Cristiano Ronaldo v Lionel Messi' got top billing at a packed Old Trafford but it was a lesser light who scored as Portugal scraped a 1-0 friendly win over Argentina on Tuesday.
Rooney's brace helps England floor Scotland
England captain Wayne Rooney scored twice after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain headed the opener in a 3-1 win over Scotland as the visitors dominated a typically passionate Auld Enemy friendly at Celtic Park on Tuesday.
November 18, 2014
Champions Tennis League: Pune Marathas beat Hyderabad Aces
Impressive wins by world number six Agnieszka Radwanska and seasoned Marcos Baghdatis paved the way for Pune Marathas's close 26-25 victory over Hyderabad Aces in the Champions Tennis League (CTL) at the LB Stadium on Tuesday.
Messi no longer sure about future at Barcelona, hints at exit
Argentina captain Lionel Messi has given the strongest hint yet he could consider leaving Barcelona, saying in an interview published in Ole newspaper on Tuesday "things can change a lot in soccer".
World Chess: Anand, Carlsen settle for quick draw in Round 8
After the marathon game in Round 7, five-time World champion Viswanathan Anand and defending champions Magnus Carlsen played out a quick draw in the eighth round of the World Chess Championship, now underway in Sochi, on Tuesday.
Manchester United's revenues fall
English Premier League club Manchester United posted a 10 percent fall in first quarter revenue as the absence of lucrative Champions League soccer this season took its toll.
Formula One: Mercedes ready to renew Hamilton contract
Mercedes can hardly wait for Sunday's Abu Dhabi Formula One title decider to be over so they can tie Lewis Hamilton down to a long-term contract.
Radwanska talks of pressure to maintain position in top 10
Competition in the tennis circuit has grown stronger, and thus, according to women's World No 6 Agnieszka Radwanska, maintaining a position in the top 10 list in the women's rankings is harder than breaking into it.
English Premier League rights auction to be probed by regulator
British media regulator Ofcom said on Tuesday it would investigate whether the method used by the Premier League to sell live media rights for soccer matches to its home market distorted competition.
Walsh leaves with hope 'for a resolution in near future'
India's men's hockey team coach Terry Walsh, who quit on Tuesday after his contractual talks with Hockey India and the Sports Authority of India broke down, reiterated that there can be no progress without change in the current set-up.
India men's hockey coach Terry Walsh quits
Terry Walsh quit as coach of India's men's hockey team on Tuesday after his demands were not met by Hockey India and the Sports Authority of India. The 60-year-old Australian, who guided India to the men's hockey gold at the Incheon Asian Games, however, said he could return if his demands are met.
Davis final: Federer-Wawrinka 'patch up' as Switzerland look to tame France
Switzerland's potential Davis Cup fairytale this weekend was clouded by uncertainty over the fitness of Roger Federer and rumours of a strained relationship between the all-time great and his teammate Stanislas Wawrinka. But all seems to be fine now in the Swiss camp as this picture suggests.
Managers reject 'bloodbath' talk before England-Scotland clash
England manager Roy Hodgson appeared to play down the old rivalry between Scotland and England when he said Tuesday's friendly was just another game, despite the intense atmosphere likely at Celtic Park.
Hottest Sporting Buzz: Former Germany 'keeper Wiese set for WWE debut!
Former German international goalkeeper Tim Wiese is all beefed up now and set for a career in professional wrestling after making an appearance in the ring at a WWE event on Saturday in Frankfurt.
Ballon d'Or: Winner has to be Messi, says Argentina coach Martino
I am not the best person to judge, I cannot separate sentiment from my objective decision. Whatever season Messi has had on footballing grounds, I would still vote for him.
CTL: Hingis, Philippoussis help Hyderabad sneak past Bangalore Raptors
Riding on spirited wins from former women's world number one Martina Hingis and veteran Australian player Mark Philippoussis, Hyderabad Aces defeated Bangalore Raptors by 27-25 margin to start their Champions Tennis League (CTL) campaign on a winning note in Hyderabad late on Monday.
Did Federer's wife Mirka call Wawrinka a crybaby?
It has now come to light that Federer's wife Mirka is at the centre of this now infamous row between the seventeen-time Grand Slam champion and the 2014 Australian Open champion.
FIFA mess: Whistleblower says report violated confidentiality
A former employee of Qatar's 2022 World Cup bid has accused FIFA investigators of violating confidentiality promises made when she agreed to provide evidence of alleged corruption related to the bid.
Sports Shorts: Real's Croatia midfielder Modric suffers injury blow
Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric is set to miss the rest of the year with a thigh injury, the La Liga leaders said in a statement on Monday.
How Chinese media ignored Srikant, Saina's flawless win
Indian shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal may have hit global headlines with their big wins against China's superstars of badminton but sadly they have not made it into the state-run Chinese media, which played down their herculean achievement.
Meet the US athletes of year...
Boston Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi and Diamond League winner Jenny Simpson have been voted as US athletes of the year, USA Track & Field (USATF) announced on Monday.
Beard ban for footballers!
A leading Turkish soccer club have banned their players from growing beards after their chairman said they looked like students of Islamic vocational schools and set a bad example.
Don't Miss! Best Sports Photos of the Week!
There was also the exciting Rugby Union match that added that much more excitement to the past week. Rediff.com has that and more snapped right here. We bring you a glance of all the action from the week gone by
World Chess Championship: Anand salvages a draw in Game 7
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand salvaged a draw after suffering for a long time in the seventh game of the world chess championship against Magnus Carlsen now underway in Sochi.
November 17, 2014
ISL: Mumbai, Goa play out another goalless stalemate
Mumbai City FC and FC Goa played out an action-packed goalless draw in the Hero Indian Super League clash after both the teams failed to score on many occasions at the D Y Patil Stadium on Monday.
CTL: Delhi Dreams edge past Punjab Marshalls in tournament opener
Delhi Dreams were off to a splendid start in the inaugural Champions Tennis League (CTL), winning all the singles matches for a 25-19 victory over Punjab Marshalls in the tournament-opener on Monday.
Raina does a Dhoni, becomes co-owner of a HIL franchise
Following in the footsteps of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Suresh Raina has become the second cricketer to be associated with the Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) after he was named today as the co-owner of the Uttar Pradesh Wizards franchise.
Paes views CTL as an opportunity to build friendships
As a new and unique brand of tennis makes its debut in the country with a mix of Indian and international stars, veteran Leander Paes says the Champions Tennis League, for him, is about building bonds and new friendships.
Euro qualifiers preview: New-look Spain face stern Germany test
An all-conquering Spain side were on the crest of a wave last time they faced Germany on the way to winning the 2010 World Cup but they now meet on Tuesday in what will be a stern test for a new fledgling team.
Federer quit Tour Finals finale after locker room spat with Wawrinka?
Speculation is rife that all is not well in among compatriots Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka.
Hottest Sporting Buzz: Serena 'desperately' wants to get hitched!
The World No 1 tennis star has revealed that she desperately wants to settle down in life and have a family of her own.
Sports Shorts: Hoffman triumphs by one shot in Mexico
American Charley Hoffman, helped by some brilliant iron play down the stretch, clinched his first PGA Tour title in four years with a one-shot victory at the $6.1 million OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Mexico on Sunday.
A wonderful day for Indian badminton, says PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated shuttlers Saina Nehwal and K Srikanth for their victories at the China Open Super Series tournament on Sunday.
Euro 2016 qualifiers: Croatia draw with Italy amid flares, crowd trouble
Croatia, helped by a mistake by veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, held Italy to a 1-1 away draw on Sunday, but their evening was ruined by their fans who twice interrupted play by throwing flares onto the pitch.
F1 Pitlane Tales: Caterham makes 230 staff redundant
The Caterham Formula One team have made 230 staff redundant while still planning to race in next weekend's Abu Dhabi season-ender, an administrator said on Sunday.
I'm at the pinnacle in my career: Djokovic
I physically feel very fit. I'm very motivated to keep on playing on a very high level, says Novak Djokovic.
Why Thiago Silva is angry at Neymar...
Defender Thiago Silva has criticised Brazil coach Dunga and star player Neymar after claiming neither of them told him he was no longer Brazil captain.
ATP World Tour: Bryan brothers claim fourth title
American twins Bob and Mike Bryan underlined their status as the best doubles pair in the world as they claimed the ATP Tour Finals title for the fourth time on Sunday.
November 16, 2014
Indian football ranking to rise in the next 7 years, feels Abraham
Indian Super League franchise NorthEast United FC (NEUFC) co-owner John Abraham expressed optimism that the country's ranking in international football would go up to 'double digit' from the current 159th position in the next seven years.
'It is a huge victory and a great feeling to win title in China'
Olympic bronze-medallist Saina Nehwal said the triumph at the China Open Super Series Premier was one of her "toughest" and it showed that the hard work was paying off.
McEnroe terms Djokovic one among 'all time greats'
American tennis legend John McEnroe has hailed Novak Djokovic as one of the greats of all time after the Serb again claimed the year-end world number one spot with a victory at the ATP Tour Finals on Friday.
Lahiri placed 2nd at Euro Qualifying School, Chowrasia 76th
Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri got off to a brilliant start at the European Tour's six-round Qualifying School Final Stage with a flawless five-under 65 at the par-70 Purple course and was placed second overall among the 156 starters.
Honoured to have scored a hat-trick in my first home game: Moritz
In an exclusive chat with Rediff.com's , Moritz says he wants to make football history in India, that he doesn't regret not having a vacation this season and how he gels with his Indian club mates.
K Srikanth stuns Lin Dan to win China Open title
Young Indian shuttler K Srikanth clinched his maiden Super Series title after defeating two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan of China in the men's singles events of the $700,000 China Open Super Series Premier, in Fuzhou, China, on Sunday.
Sports Shorts: Rashid Khan wins by a stroke in Thailand
India's Rashid Khan produced a strong back nine performance to win the Chiangmai Golf Classic by one shot for his second Asian Tour title on Sunday.
World Chess: Anand must commit lesser errors to close deficit
With Carlsen ahead 3.5-2.5 and six games to come, Anand will have to chalk out a plan to neutralise the Norwegian's big advantage in very quick time.
Saina wins China Open, claims her third title this year
Olympic bronze-medallist Saina Nehwal clinched the $700,000 China Open Super Series Premier tournament after beating young Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in the summit clash, in Fuzhou, China, on Sunday.
Euro qualifiers: Rooney scores in 100th match as England rally; Spain win
Wayne Rooney celebrated his 100th England cap by scoring a penalty to lead his team to a 3-1 win over Slovenia in a Euro 2016 Group E qualifier at Wembley on Saturday which only came to life after halftime.
ATP Tour Finals: Federer fights back to set up Djokovic showdown
Six-time champion Roger Federer survived a late-night Swiss semi-final thriller against Stanislas Wawrinka on Saturday to set up an ATP World Tour Finals showdown against Novak Djokovic.
ATP World Tour: Bryan brothers reach final in style
Bob and Mike Bryan thrashed French duo Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-0, 6-3 to reach the final of the ATP World Tour Finals on Saturday.
November 15, 2014
Sports Shorts: Ghosal wins World Squash Championship opener
India's top men's player Saurav Ghosal had a comfortable opener against Australian Steven Finitsis in the PSA World Squash Championship in Doha on Saturday.
ISL: NorthEast, Pune play goalless draw
North East United FC (NEUFC) and FC Pune City (FPC) missed a lot of scoring opportunities as their Hero Indian Super League match ended in goalless draw in Guwahati on Saturday.
SAFF: Indian eves thrash Bangladesh
India team thrashed Bangladesh 5-1 in a Group A match of the third SAFF (South Asian Football Federation) Women's Football Championship in Islamabad on Saturday.
World Tour Finals: Djokovic halts Nishikori fightback to reach final
World No 1 Novak Djokovic ended Kei Nishikori's impressive debut at the ATP World Tour Finals with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-0 semi-final victory at the O2 Arena on Saturday.
ISL: 'Marquee players have not come for retirement holiday'
Former England goalkeeper and Kerala Blasters captain-cum-manager David James came out in defence of the team's marquee players' performance in the ongoing Hero Indian Super League, saying that they have not come to India for 'retirement holiday'.
World Chess Championship: Carlsen outwits Anand to win Game 6
Reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen outwitted India's Viswanathan Anand to win the sixth game of the World Chess Championship in Sochi on Saturday.
HIL: Belgian Boon for Dabang Mumbai; fetches highest price tag
India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Ranchi Rhinos' have retained most of the players.
FIFA plays down differences, says it could be misunderstanding
'Usually you would first speak to each other internally if you don't like something'
Rugby League: New Zealand upset Australia to win Four Nations
New Zealand edged Australia 22-18 to win the Four Nations title in Wellington on Saturday in a stunning upset of rugby league's traditionally dominant world power.
China Open Super Series: Saina Nehwal, Srikanth in final
Olympic bronze-medallist Saina Nehwal stood just one win away from clinching her maiden China Open title after she stormed into the finals of the USD 700,000 Super Series Premier tournament in Fuzhou.
Euro qualifiers: Ronaldo helps Portugal overcome Armenia
Cristiano Ronaldo scrambled a second-half goal to give Portugal an uninspiring 1-0 win over Armenia in their Euro 2016 qualifier on Friday in Faro.
Euro qualifiers: Germany ease past Gibraltar but Loew not happy
World champions Germany sauntered past minnows Gibraltar 4-0 in their Euro 2016 qualifier on Friday to bounce back from a rocky start but coach Joachim Loew was far from pleased with the performance.
Want Deepika Padukone to play me in biopic: Sania Mirza
India's tennis star Sania Mirza says she does not want a biopic made on her life but if something like this ever happens, she would like Deepika Padukone to play her on-screen.
November 14, 2014
Randhawa takes sole lead in Chiangmai after shooting seven-under
India's Jyoti Randhawa charged into contention with a flawless seven-under-par 65 to seize a one-shot lead at the half-way stage of the US $750,000 Chiangmai Golf Classic in Thailand on Friday.
Soccer Frendly: Luis Suarez scores against Costa Rica
Luis Suarez scored an equaliser and was just wide with what could have been a spectacular winner as Uruguay were held to a 3-3 draw by Costa Rica in a friendly.
Djokovic wants ATP Tour Finals hosted across the world
Novak Djokovic has reportedly proposed to move the ATP World Tours Finals from London after 2015 by citing the need to expose the tournament to more cities around the world.
Maradona says Blatter wanting to drive him out of football
Argentine football legend Diego Maradona has leveled charges against the FIFA president Sepp Blatter, accusing him of attempting to force him out of football.
Boxing India granted permanent membership in AIBA
Completing India's rehabilitation into the international boxing fold, AIBA unanimously gave permanent membership to the recently-elected Boxing India during its quadrennial congress in Jeju Islands, Korea.
F1 Pitlane Tales: McLaren ready to debut new Honda engine
Honda's new V6 turbo hybrid Formula One engine will make its track debut at Silverstone on Friday in the back of a McLaren development car.
Schumacher's website re-launched as family thanks fans for support
Formula One legend Michael Schumacher's family has said that they are "speechless" at the love and support that the grievously injured racer has received from fans worldwide.
Sports Shorts: 'A dozen idiots cost Serbia home support'
A senseless pitch invasion by Serbian fans in last month's Euro 2016 home qualifier against Albania has cost the Balkan nation dearly and the team fear the ramifications ahead of Friday's match against Denmark, Nemanja Matic said.
FIFA mess: England's 2018 World Cup bid criticised
England was criticised by a FIFA ethics report on Thursday for over-indulging former powerbroker Jack Warner in its attempt to win the right to host the 2018 World Cup.
Bewilderment, anger after latest twist in FIFA World Cup saga
Bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups was criticised by its own investigator.
EPL: Chelsea announce 18.4 million pounds profit
English Premier League leaders Chelsea have announced a profit of 18.4 million pounds ($28.89 million) for the year ending June 30 2014, the largest since Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich took over the club 11 years ago.
EPL: QPR charged by FA for failing to control their players
Queens Park Rangers have been charged by the English FA for failing to control their players during their Premier League game at home to Manchester City last Saturday.
World Tour Finals PHOTOS: Murray steamrolled by 'exceptional' Federer
Andy Murray avoided a 'double bagel' humiliation by Roger Federer at the ATP Tour finals on Thursday but conceded that even if he had played well he would not have lived with the "exceptional" brilliance of the Swiss.
'Australia conducted clean bid for 2022 World Cup'
On Friday, Federation Football Australia FFA chief Frank Lowy rejected criticism of Australia's failed bid for the 2022 World Cup, saying the country ran a "clean campaign".
November 13, 2014
'Pele recovering from kidney stone removal'
Former Brazil striker underwent a procedure on Thursday to remove kidney stones that were obstructing his urinary tract, his doctors at a Sao Paulo hospital said.
Lin hopes drugs-hit Lee returns soon
China's badminton superstar Lin Dan said he hopes world number one Lee Chong Wei, who is embroiled in a doping scandal, is able to return to the sport soon, state media reported.
Bedridden Olympian and Dronacharya awardee Salam facing dire times
Former India footballer and hero of the 1956 Olympic team, Syed Abdus Salam is bed-ridden and facing a financial crisis.
FIFA's ethics judge says Qatar, Russia World Cup bids 'not compromised'
The report said there was no corruption in bidding process.
Ronaldo denies calling rival Messi 'motherf*****'
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has heatedly denied suggestions that he calls Argentine ace Lionel Messi offensive nicknames.
Devendro, Gaurav win contracts for World Series of Boxing
Indian boxers L Devendro Singh (49kg) and Gaurav Bidhuri (52kg) will be pulling in some punches in the upcoming season of the World Series of Boxing, after grabbing two-year contracts with Polish and Italian franchises.
'Urgent need to ensure Qatar WC is not built on exploitation of labour'
Qatar's efforts to prevent the abuse of migrant workers have been "woefully inadequate" since the Gulf state pledged to confront exploitation following an outcry over the 2022 World Cup, Amnesty International said on Wednesday.
Sports Shorts: Soccer star Pele to leave hospital soon
Brazilian soccer legend Pele is doing 'fine' and will be discharged from a Sao Paulo hospital early on Thursday after he was admitted for stomach pains, one of his aides said.
EPL: Liverpool forward Sturridge back in full training
Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge is back in full training for the first time since injuring his thigh on England duty in August, the 25-year-old said on Twitter.
Injured Carrick pulls out from England squad
England midfielder Michael Carrick has been forced to withdraw from the squad to play Slovenia and Scotland after sustaining an injury in training, the Football Association (FA) said in a statement on Wednesday.
World Tour Finals: Why Cilic's dream turned into nightmare debut
Marin Cilic's debut appearance at the ATP World Tour Finals is fast turning into a nightmare after his second consecutive drubbing at the O2 Arena on Wednesday.
Ibrahimovic, Costa on shortlist for best goal award
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has once again made the shortlist of for FIFA's goal of the year award, giving him a chance to retain the trophy he won last year.
Football friendlies: Messi, Neymar shine as Argentina, Brazil record wins
Lionel Messi's penalty earned Argentina a 2-1 win over Croatia after a fortunate equaliser that stood despite an unintentional handball by Sergio Aguero in a friendly at West Ham United's Upton Park ground on Wednesday.
Tour Finals: Unstoppable Djokovic eyeing big finale after thrashing Wawrinka
For 15 minutes Novak Djokovic appeared to have a fight on his hands at the ATP World Tour Finals on Wednesday, then the Serb dialled up his A game and tore Stanislas Wawrinka to pieces.
Will support to terror group cost Qatar 2022 World Cup hosting rights?
In a recent development to the already troubled Qatar World Cup 2022, a German magazine has claimed that FIFA president Sepp Blatter has confirmed Qatar would be stripped of its hosting rights chiefly due to Qatari Sheikh's support to terror group IS.
November 12, 2014
Euro qualifiers: Germany promise goal bonanza
World Cup winners Germany are no mood to experiment against minnows Gibraltar in their Euro 2016 qualifier on Friday, promising a goal bonanza to make amends for recent poor results.
Boxers safer without headgear, says AIBA chief
By removing headgear, it has changed the way boxers and coaches prepare, it has changed tactics. Now you have to defend better, use good techniques to protect your head.
Sports Shorts: Ibra shows sensitive side after winning Gold Ball
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been named Sweden's footballer of the year for the ninth time and although his eighth victory in a row came as no shock, his acceptance speech showing a more sensitive side surprised many.
Hottest Sporting Buzz: WAG Abbey Clancy flaunts hot body
Rediff.com brings you the buzz around celebrity sportspersons and their glamorous lives!
Future bleak for boxer Sarita Devi, says AIBA boss Wu
India's boxer L Sarita Devi's career could be finished after her 'unacceptable' behaviour at the Incheon Asian Games where the fighter refused to accept her bronze medal on the podium, the president of the governing AIBA said on Wednesday.
Caroline Wozniacki's bikini-filled Bahamas vacation
Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki have been enjoying an end of season break in a luxurious resort in the Bahamas. Both have been showing their fans some flesh, via their Instagram accounts.
Hopefully I can get through the group and keep going: Murray
Andy Murray could beat Roger Federer on Thursday and crash out of the ATP World Tour Finals or lose and go through to the semi-finals -- such is the conundrum he faces.
Valencia's equaliser keeps Chennayin on top
John Stiven Mendoza Valencia scored a second half equaliser to help Chennayin FC eke out a 1-1 draw against FC Pune City in a Indian Super League match and maintain their supremacy atop the points table.
Busted! 10 famous sports persons nailed for doping
Following badminton World No 1 Lee Chong Wei's provisional ban, Rediff.com brings you ten top sports persons who gave in to drugs - one of the mighty perils that has affected modern sporting culture.
November 11, 2014
Suspect in SA captain Meyiwa's murder released
South African prosecutors on Tuesday withdrew the case against a suspect in the killing of national soccer team captain Senzo Meyiwa, the latest high-profile murder in which police and prosecutors have struggled to build an air-tight case.
Lee handed provisional suspension over doping violation
Badminton world number one Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia has been provisionally suspended for an "apparent" anti-doping violation, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) said on Tuesday.
Reeva's mother slams Pistorius in new memoir
The mother of the deceased Reeva Steenkamp does not believe that Paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius accidentally shot her daughter dead and feels let down by South Africa's justice system.
Nadal set for stem cell treatment for ailing back
Former World No 1 Rafael Nadal's doctor has revealed that the 14-time Grand Slam winner would receive stem cell treatment on his back that is in poor health.
Germany's World Cup win immortalized in film 'Die Mannschaft'
Germans basked in World Cup glory again when the national team were honoured before attending the premiere of the official movie about their victory in Brazil in July.
ATP World Tour Finals: Holder Djokovic mauls Cilic in opener
Novak Djokovic began his challenge for a hat-trick of ATP World Tour Finals triumphs in London with a 6-1, 6-1 demolition of Croatia's Marin Cilic.
How Romeo Beckham earned whopping 45,000 pounds for a day's work
David Beckham's 12-year-old son Romeo Beckham cashed-in 45,000 pounds for one day's work after modeling for high-end fashion brand Burberry, it has been revealed.
Van Gaal insists he has a 'clear vision' for Manchester United
Manchester United football team manager Louis van Gaal has admitted that he might have changed the club's formation too much in his first 11 Premier League games in charge of the Old Trafford outfit, but insists that he retains a 'clear vision' for the team.
Real Sociedad appoint David Moyes as head coach
Former Everton and Manchester United manager David Moyes has agreed to take over as head coach of Real Sociedad until 30 June 2016, the La Liga club announced on their website
DON'T MISS! Best Sports Photos of the week
From Cristiano Ronaldo picking up the third Golden Boot award of his career to Phoenix Suns cheerleaders, Rediff.com has it all snapped right here...
November 10, 2014
Sahara is not financially weak, Force India will race on: Mallya
Force India co-owner Vijay Mallya has rejected speculation about his Formula One team's finances, saying they will be racing for years to come.
ATP Tour Finals: Wawrinka thrashes Berdych
Stanislas Wawrinka returned to form with a 6-1, 6-1 thrashing of Tomas Berdych at the ATP World Tour Finals on Monday.
PIX: Serena Williams flaunts her toned body
Tennis star Serena Williams recently shared a selfie, showing off her killer cleavage and curves in a beachwear.
La Liga: Can Atletico defend their crown?
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone may have played down the significance of Sunday's 2-1 La Liga defeat at Real Sociedad but it has raised further questions about the champions' ability to defend their title.
Injured Ferrer pulls out of Amritraj's Champions Tennis League
The ambitious Champions Tennis League (CTL) suffered a major setback when World No.10 David Ferrer pulled out of the event on Monday, citing 'health issues'.
Serie A: Stunning Tevez solo goal caps Juventus rout
Carlos Tevez scored a solo goal after a run that started inside his own half to cap an emphatic 7-0 win for Serie A leaders Juventus over hapless Parma on Sunday.
Formula One: Force India's Hulkenberg gets four points at Brazil GP
Sahara Force India are set to finish sixth in the team championship this year after Nico Hulkenberg ended the Brazilian Grand Prix in eighth position while Sergio Perez could not enter the points bracket.
Beckham's eldest son Brooklyn signs short-term deal with Arsenal
Arsenal has reportedly signed former England football team captain David Beckham's eldest son Brooklyn on a short-term deal.
Roundup: Chelsea, Bayern maintain lead but Marseille lose
Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Juventus consolidated their top-flight leads at the weekend while Paris St Germain proved too strong for Ligue 1 leaders Olympique Marseille.
La Liga: Sociedad score late win over champions Atletico
A late header by Imanol Agirretxe gave Real Sociedad, who are without a coach, a 2-1 victory over 10-man Atletico Madrid in La Liga on Sunday.
Federer gets double honour from childhood idol and coach Edberg
World No 2 Roger Federer was bestowed with two honours by The ATP following his victory over Canadian Milos Raonic on Sunday.
Revealed! Roger Federer's secrets to success
Tennis ace Roger Federer has revealed his three simple secrets to success as he tries to regain the World No 1 spot at the ATP World Tour Finals in London this week.
ATP Tour Finals PHOTOS: Federer made to grind it out by Raonic
Roger Federer eased his way into the ATP World Tour Finals with a 6-1, 7-6 (0) defeat of Canadian newcomer Milos Raonic in his opening round-robin match on Sunday.
'To challenge for the Premier League you have to be realistic'
It was an all too familiar sight for Arsene Wenger as Arsenal threw away a lead to lose 2-1 at Swansea City on Sunday and the Frenchman acknowledged his flaky team are becoming a cause for concern.
Back from the brink, Pardew set for happy anniversary at Newcastle
Six weeks ago, with Newcastle United in the Premier League's relegation zone and still looking for a first win of the season, Alan Pardew seemed highly unlikely to reach his fourth anniversary as manager in December.
Mario Balotelli gets first Italy call-up since World Cup
Maverick striker Mario Balotelli has been called up by Italy for the first time since the World Cup in June after being included on Sunday in the squad for next weekend's Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Croatia.
Andy Murray puts on his dancing shoes!
Andy Murray finally made an appearance and even danced a bit reluctantly with mum Judy Murray on TV reality show 'Strictly Come Dancing.'
November 09, 2014
Ishant suffering from back stiffness
Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma, who could only bowl four overs in the third ODI against Sri Lanka, is suffering from back stiffness, informed his pace colleague Umesh Yadav.
India beat mighty Australia to record historic series win
Akashdeep Singh scored twice as Indian men's hockey team stunned world champions Australia 3-1 in the fourth and final Test to register a historic 3-1 series win over the mighty Kookaburras in their home soil in Perth.
World Championship: Anand loses in Game 2; Carlsen takes early lead
Defending champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway drew the first blood by defeating challenger Viswanathan Anand in the second game of the World Chess Championship in Sochi on Sunday.
ISL: FC Goa, Mumbai City FC settle for goalless draw
FC Goa played out a goalless draw against Mumbai FC in a closely-contested Hero Indian Super League fixture at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa on Sunday.
Valencia MotoGP: Marquez claims record 13th victory
World No 4 Petra Kvitova sealed the Fed Cup title for the Czech Republic by beating Angelique Kerber 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 to give her country an unbeatable 3-0 lead over Germany in the final on Sunday.
Chowrasia lifts Asian Tour title
Local favourite SSP Chowrasia lifted his third Asian Tour title on Sunday, coolly rolling in a 15-foot birdie putt to prevail in a three-way playoff at the Delhi Golf Club.
ISL: The hits and the misses
With big names on the roster and promising Indians getting a chance to display their flair, the Hero Indian Super League, halfway into its first season, finds its heroes - and its duds. Take a look.
Greatest footballer? Ronaldo will have to wait for the honour...
World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo is of the opinion that he would be considered one of the greatest footballers of all time in history by the time he retires.
Contract extension in the offing for United's Van Persie
Netherlands football team captain and Manchester United forward, Robin van Persie, is reportedly set to be offered a two-year extension to his current deal, which is due to expire at the end of next season.
EPL: City manager Pellegrini unaffected by Chelsea's surge
Manuel Pellegrini shrugged that he was "not worried about Chelsea" despite seeing his Manchester City team fall further behind the Premier League leaders at the end of a dispiriting week for both the Chilean and his champions.
How Hamilton got his mojo back on the race track
Britain and Mercedes racer Lewis Hamilton has revealed that his remarkable Formula One title surge began with a 'kick up the backside' from his father.
Serie A: Sampdoria, Milan play out entertaining draw
Serie A surprise packages Sampdoria held their own in a 2-2 home draw with AC Milan on Saturday in a game which underlined both sides' promise but ultimately saw them drop important points.
EPL PHOTOS: When Liverpool's gamble to rest players backfired
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was adamant that he did not regret his team selection despite falling to a fifth Premier League defeat against table-topping Chelsea on Saturday.
Sports Shorts: World No 1 Lee denies doping allegations
Badminton World No 1 Lee Chong Wei has denied cheating or relying on banned substances despite failing a doping test that could lead to a two-year ban.
India weakened by Pallikal's absence at World Team squash
India's ace woman squash player, Dipika Pallikal, will be skipping next month's World Team Championships in Canada. The reason: she does not know about the event!
PIX: Kroos leads Real in Rayo drubbing; Barca fightback to win
Toni Kroos netted his first for Real Madrid and was hailed as the best player on the pitch by his coach as the hosts tore apart Rayo Vallecano 5-1 in La Liga on Saturday to extend their winning streak to 13 games.
Kvitova, Safarova help Czechs close in on Fed Cup title
Petra Kvitova and Lucie Safarova put the Czech Republic on the brink of the Fed Cup title with victories on the opening day of the final against Germany on Saturday.
Mallya denies Force India mulled boycotting US GP
Force India principal and co-owner Vijay Mallya has silenced any further talk of a Formula One boycott, saying his team never intended to do anything other than race.
Chess World Championships: 'Wobbly' Anand relieved after Round 1 draw
Satisfied with a draw in a tough opening match of the World Championships, Indian chess wizard Viswanathan Anand said he felt relieved to have pulled off the result after a rather wobbly start against title-holder Magnus Carlsen.
November 08, 2014
World Championship: Anand draws first game against Carlsen
Indian ace Viswanathan Anand played out a fighting draw with defending champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the first game of the World Chess Championship in Sochi on Saturday.
Mueller hat-trick sends Bayern seven points clear at the top
Bayern Munich's Thomas Mueller scored a hat-trick as the undefeated champions crushed Eintracht Frankfurt 4-0 to open up a seven-point lead at the top.
ISL: NorthEast United split points with Chennaiyin FC
Brazilian striker Elano Blumer and Spaniard Koke scored two superb goals for their respective sides as Chennaiyin FC and NorthEast United played out a high-octane 2-2 draw in the Indian Super League match in Chennai.
World Boxing C'ships: Pinki replaces Mary Kom, Priyanka in for Sarita
Pinki Rani replaced an injured M C Mary Kom, while Priyanka Choudhary came in for the suspended Sarita Dev in the Indian squad announced for the Women's World Boxing Championships to be held at Jeju, South Korea from November 13 to 25.
Sunil strikes in India's 1-0 win over Australia
SV Sunil struck the only goal of the match in the third quarter as India stun Australia 1-0 in the third hockey test to take a 2-1 lead in the four-match series in Perth on Saturday.
SAI sacks Chandran after pregnancy test controversy
The Sports Authority of India terminated the services of Dr P M S Chandran as its medical consultant with immediate effect "for gross indiscipline and spreading disinformation" following the controversy surrounding the pregnancy tests conducted on World Championships-bound women boxers.
November 07, 2014
Pune City end Atletico de Kolkata's unbeaten run
Dudu Omagbemi and Konstantinos Katsouranis scored in each half as FC Pune City beat Atletico de Kolkata
Chennai Open: World No.15 Bautista Agut confirms participation
Roberto Bautista Agut, the world No. 15, has confirmed his participation in the 20th edition of the Aircel Chennai Open, to be held at SDAT Stadium in Nungambakkam from January 5 to 11 next year.
F1: Double points? Fantastic idea, jokes Rosberg
Even in adversity, with Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton romping to five wins in a row and a 24-point lead in the Formula One championship, Nico Rosberg can see the funny side of the situation.
'Anelka gives massive boost to ISL'
Mumbai City FC manager Peter Reid is all praise for his star signing, Frenchman Nicholas Anelka.
SAI deny reports about minor boxer made to undergo pregnancy test
Sports Authority of India rejected reports on Friday that minor boxers were subjected to pregnancy tests in a camp for the World Championships this month, saying that the squad does not have a single under-18 in its ranks.
Sports Shorts: Galatasaray fined again over crowd trouble
Galatasaray, fined 50,000 euros ($62,575) last month over crowd trouble at a Champions League game away to Arsenal, are facing further sanctions after disturbances at Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, UEFA said on Thursday.
All-conquering Bayern suffer Alaba injury blow
Bayern Munich's smooth passage into the Champions League knockout stage hit a speed bump after it emerged on Thursday that versatile Austria international David Alaba will need knee surgery and will be out for several weeks.
Need to have a structured system to identify young talent: Sharan
Stating that India has not made much progress since the Beijing Olympics, Ajit Sharan, Secretary - Sports, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS), said that India needs to become a sporting nation if it has do well in big event.
Mercedes driver Button hints he may quit Formula One
Jenson Button has indicated he might not stay at McLaren even if the Formula One team offered him a contract extension for next season.
Formula One: More records beckons Lewis Hamilton in Brazil
Lewis Hamilton can set more British Formula One records in Brazil this weekend but it is the world championship he wants and that will have to wait.
Europa League PHOTOS: Soriano hat-trick puts Salzburg in last 32; Inter held
Jonatan Soriano's love affair with the Europa League continued as last season's top scorer grabbed a hat-trick on Thursday to help Salzburg become one of four teams to reach the knockout stages.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
Liverpool target Chelsea after midweek tinkering, while third-placed Manchester City, whose hopes of qualifying for the Champions League knockout stage were dealt a severe blow in a humiliating 2-1 home defeat by CSKA Moscow on Wednesday, travel south to face struggling Queens Park Rangers.
EPL: QPR keen to sign Defoe in January transfer window
Queens Park Rangers will try to lure prolific FC Toronto striker Jermain Defoe back to the Premier League during the January transfer window if the price is right, the club's manager Harry Redknapp said on Thursday.
F1 chief Ecclestone wins a round of legal battle over alleged bribe
A New York appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a $650 million lawsuit against Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone, saying he cannot be sued in the state's courts over the sale of a major stake in the motor racing business.
November 06, 2014
No violation of rules in pregnancy tests, says Boxing India
Boxing India (BI) on Thursday refuted allegations that junior women pugilists were subjected to pregnancy tests ahead of the upcoming World Championships, stating that only the eligible senior girls went through the tests as required by the International Boxing Association (AIBA).
'Winter Games will not move for 2022 football World Cup'
Asia's top Olympic official ruled out the possibility of the 2022 Winter Olympics being shifted from its traditional February time-slot to avoid clashing with the football World Cup, saying FIFA needs to sort out its own problems.
Record scoring Messi is 'best ever'
Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has labelled Lionel Messi has the 'best' player he has seen after the Argentine forward spurred a 2-0 victory over Ajax Amsterdam that secured the Spanish side a place in the Champions League knockout stages.
Del Piero confident about entertaining ISL fans
In an exclusive chat, Del Piero tells Rediff.com's of his urge to entertain fans and his interest in understanding India and its culture.
Sports Shorts: Player hit with 16-match ban for reckless foul
FCM Targu Mures midfielder Gabriel Muresan has been handed an unprecedented 16-match domestic ban for a violent tackle.
Platini reckons Rodgers must explain selection policy to Reds fans
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers should explain to the fans his team selection against Real Madrid in Tuesday's Champions League Group B match, UEFA president Michel Platini said on Wednesday.
Champions League PHOTOS: Night of records for Messi and Chelsea
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi equalled the Champions League scoring record of 71 goals when he struck for the second time in the 76th minute of Wednesday's Group F match at Ajax Amsterdam.
Champions League: Messi equals Raul's record as Barca advance to knockouts
Lionel Messi scored twice to equal Raul's Champions League scoring record as Barcelona secured their place in the knockout stages by beating 10-man Ajax Amsterdam 2-0 on Wednesday.
Former Brazil, Inter striker Adriano charged with links to Rio drug lord
Former Brazil football international Adriano has reportedly been charged with links to a drug lord in Rio de Janeiro.
November 05, 2014
Anelka fires again as Mumbai City FC beat Delhi Dynamos
In-form Nicolas Anelka scored his second goal of the tournament to help Mumbai City FC beat Delhi Dynamos 1-0 in a keenly-contested match of the Hero Indian Super League at the DY Patil Stadium.
'When my career ends, I want to see if I'm among the best ever'
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo says he will work to be the best player of all time after being presented with his third European Golden Boot award.
India stun World Champions Australia to level series
The Indian men's hockey team bounced back in style against Australia, beating the World Champions 2-1 to level the four-match test series at 1-1 in Perth.
Sports Shorts: 'Racist abuse a disgrace and FIFA must act'
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has said the abuse he suffered on social media is 'a disgrace' and called for world soccer's governing body FIFA to reassess the way they deal with racism.
Ex-England goalie David James forced into auctioning signed memorabilia
After being declared bankrupt in May, former England and Kerala Blasters marquee player David James is now forced into auctioning signed shirts, shorts and match balls.
Annoyed? Yes, we got punished, fumes Arsene Wenger
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger slammed his side's defending after watching Anderlecht claw their way back from three goals down to earn a 3-3 draw in Champions League Group D on Tuesday.
Tomas Berdych still searching for his 'chosen one'
Ivan Lendl might be 'way too busy' to be his mentor but Tomas Berdych has not given up the dream of jumping on the 'super coach' bandwagon.
Champions League Roundup: Juve's dramatic fightback; Arsenal draw
Juventus scored twice in a minute as they came from behind to clinch a dramatic 3-2 win over Olympiakos after Andrea Pirlo had celebrated his 100th Champions League appearance by scoring from a characteristically effortless free kick on Tuesday.
Champions League: Real down Liverpool; reach knockout round
Holders Real Madrid breezed into the last 16 of the Champions League with two games to spare when a Karim Benzema strike secured a 1-0 win in their Group B match at home to a toothless Liverpool on Tuesday.
ISL: Elano scores late as Chennaiyin FC, Kolkata share points
Coming back after an injury layoff, Atletico de Kolkata skipper Luis Garcia and the tournament's leading scorer Elano Blumer, of Chennaiyin FC, scored a goal each as the two sides shared points in a top-of-the-table clash in the Indian Super League on Tuesday.
November 04, 2014
Manavaditya Rathore wins gold at Asian Shotgun Championships
Manavaditya Rathore, son of Olympic silver medallist Rajyavardhan Rathore, clinched the gold medal in junior men's trap at the 4th Asian Shotgun Championships in Al Ain, Dubai on Tuesday.
Van Gaal must stop history repeating itself at Manchester United
The year was 1986 and with just three league wins to their name by the first weekend of November, Manchester United dismissed Ron Atkinson as manager and appointed Alex Ferguson.
Prosecutors to appeal Pistorius verdict, sentence
The South African prosecution authority confirmed on Tuesday it would file an appeal against the culpable homicide verdict and five-year jail sentence handed down to paralympian Oscar Pistorius last month.
PHOTOS: Celebrities, fashion at Melbourne Cup
From ladies fashion hats, fresh floral hats and crazy headpieces - Melbourne Cup, saw it all.
Liverpool ready to hurt Real Madrid and prove critics wrong
Liverpool see Tuesday's Champions League game at holders Real Madrid as a chance to prove their doubters wrong and get their season back on track, said coach Brendan Rodgers and midfielder Jordan Henderson.
FIFA agreeing to hold 2022 Qatar World Cup in winter?
FIFA has reportedly raised objections of holding the 2022 Qatar World Cup in the summer in light of health risks and speculations are that the tournament would be held in winter.
Champions League: With eye on knockouts, City have no margin for error
Everyone at Manchester City is flying high after the 1-0 derby win over Manchester United at the weekend but they could all come crashing back to earth after Wednesday's meeting with CSKA Moscow in the Champions League.
2018 Olympics: Figure skating 'Queen' Yuna named honorary ambassador
Former Olympic figure skating champion Kim Yuna will play the role of honorary ambassador for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea's Pyeongchang.
Shorts: Al-Hilal cry foul over Champions League 'blunders'
Saudi club Al-Hilal have furiously demanded a formal probe into the appointment of the referees for the Asian Champions League final, which they lost 1-0 on aggregate to Australia's Western Sydney Wanderers last weekend.
DON'T MISS! 10 Best Photos of the week
Rediff.com brings you a collection of some of the best sports images from around the world.
India's most fascinating rural sports... Take a look!
Traditional Indian sports have been played in villages since ages. Though most sports lovers in the country follow cricket, hockey, tennis and even English football on television, disciplines like kabaddi, archery and wrestling are fast catching up. But there are some sports people hardly know anything about. Take a look.
Rafael Nadal shares photos after successful appendix surgery
Rafael Nadal is expected to be released from a clinic in Barcelona on Tuesday after undergoing a successful appendectomy, the world number three's spokesman said.
EPL: Fletcher double helps Sunderland win
Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher scored in each half to help his beleaguered side earn a much-needed 3-1 win at Crystal Palace in their Premier League match at Selhurst Park on Monday.
Champions League: Real, Bayern look to seal knock-out berths
The three teams with 100 percent records in this season's Champions League can secure their places in the knockout stage this week with two games to spare.
Andy Murray eyes London triple crown
Having bagged a gold medal from the 2012 London Olympics and won the 2013 Wimbledon championship, Murray will get his first chance to complete the hat-trick at the O2 next week.
November 03, 2014
ISL: Pune FC beat NorthEast United with a last-gasp goal
John Goossens struck a last-gasp goal to help Pune FC beat NorthEast United 1-0 in a hard-fought Hero Indian Super League on Monday.
ATP World Tour Finals: Murray avoids Djokovic, to meet Federer
Three-times champion and world number one Novak Djokovic has been drawn in a group with U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic in next week's season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London.
'This Real Madrid team can make history, win the top trophies'
Real Madrid keeper Iker Casillas believes the European champions have a side with the potential to be one of the all-time greats and it will be with likely trepidation that an off-colour Liverpool visit the Bernabeu on Tuesday.
IOC hails 'historic' U.N. resolution on sport autonomy
The International Olympic Committee has hailed a United Nations resolution recognising the autonomy of sport as an important tool that will help foster political neutrality as well as lead to less boycotts and discrimination.
Pamela Anderson, Keanu Reeves make star appearance at US GP
As glamourous as Formula One has come to become, the US Formula One Grand Prix, saw big names from TV and Hollywood grace the race on in Austin, Texas on Sunday.
ISL: Mumbai City FC do a Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Mumbai City FC have been fairly inconsistent in the inaugural season of the Indian Super League so far, one could actually term their performance as the strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
Why the once legendary football clubs of Kolkata are fading
Bogged down by inefficient administration and unable to attract financing, the once legendary football clubs of Kolkata are fading into irrelevance.
Shorts: Nishikori carries four billion Asian hopes
His mere presence causes hysteria and pandemonium in the Land of the Rising Sun and he has no tennis equal in a continent heaving with 4.427 billion inhabitants, yet self-effacing Kei Nishikori thinks he is simply 'one' of the best players in Japan.
'World is witnessing Schumacher's long goodbye'
A doctor who has known of Formula One legend Michael Schumacher throughout his career has said that he is concerned for the stricken racer and is afraid that the world is witnessing his long goodbye.
F1: How the teams fared at US Grand Prix
Team by team analysis of Sunday's US Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas.
Soccer Roundup: Aguero sizzles for City in derby; Barca lose again
Barcelona lost for the second straight La Liga game in a 1-0 home reverse against Celta Vigo but there was no such trouble for Manchester City, who beat 10-man Manchester United 1-0 thanks to Sergio Aguero.
Serie A: Romero saves penalty, Di Natale nears milestone
Sergio Romero saved a penalty and Eder scored with a run from the halfway line as Sampdoria beat Fiorentina 3-1 to go third in Serie A on Sunday.
US Grand Prix PHOTOS: Hamilton races to victory No 10 at 'home'
Lewis Hamilton's father always told him to 'drive like you stole it' but there was never any question about who owned Sunday's US Grand Prix.
Photos: Most bizarre... wild sports celebrations!
Sports events produce a multitude of highly amusing and crazy celebrations. Individual and team players have various way of celebrating victory, a goal or point. Some do it with a high-five, blow a kiss, cartwheel or dance. And on the soccer field, it's a soccer ball baby!
EPL PHOTOS: Red cards render dramatic derbies for United and Villa
Manchester United and Aston Villa paid a heavy price for having men sent off on in the Premier League on Sunday with United losing a tight derby to Man City and Villa surrendering a lead in defeat by Tottenham Hotspur.
Formula One: Force India's Perez gets seven place grid penalty
Mexico's Sergio Perez will have a seven place starting grid penalty at next weekend's Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix as punishment for reckless driving in Sunday's US race.
EPL: Benteke sent off as Villa slide to defeat by Spurs
Aston Villa scored their first goal in more than nine hours but then had Christian Benteke sent off and allowed Tottenham Hotspur to come back for a 2-1 win at Villa Park on Sunday.
PHOTOS: 'Proud' Wozniacki completes New York Marathon as Serena cheers her on
Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki ran the New York Marathon and completed the course in just over 3 hours and 30 minutes on a chilly Sunday.
New York Marathon PHOTOS: Kenyans Kipsang, Keitany scrape to wins
Wilson Kipsang won a lucrative duel to the finish to join compatriot Mary Keitany in a Kenyan sweep of exciting men's and women's races at a cold, windy New York City Marathon on Sunday.
PHOTOS: Serbian Djokovic is Prince of Paris
Novak Djokovic bolstered his hopes of holding on to his World No 1 status until the end of the season with a 6-2, 6-3 defeat of big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic to retain the Paris Masters title on Sunday.
Ten in Texas for Hamilton as Mercedes equal record
Lewis Hamilton took a big step towards a second Formula One World championship on Sunday with his 10th win of the season in a US Grand Prix that saw Mercedes equal the record for one-two finishes. The Briton stretched his lead over team mate Nico Rosberg to 24 points with two races and 75 points remaining, a gap that guarantees the title chase will go down to the final round in Abu Dhabi whatever happens in Brazil.
November 02, 2014
ISL: Anelka strike helps Mumbai edge past Kerala
A stunning goal from Nicolas Anelka helped Mumbai City FC to pip Kerala Blasters 1-0, in their Hero Indian Super League (ISL) match at the D.Y. Patil stadium in Mumbai on Sunday.
La Liga: Barca lose at home; Real on top
Barcelona followed up last weekend's 3-1 defeat at Real Madrid with another reverse on Saturday, squandering a host of chances to lose 1-0 at home to Celta Vigo and handing the lead in La Liga to their arch rivals.
Sports Shorts: Footballer gets 50-year ban!
A Swiss amateur footballer has been handed a 50-year ban from the sport for kicking the ball at a referee and insulting him in a fourth-tier match, local media reported.
Take a look at the 'biggest club in Asia'
The Western Sydney Wanderers hailed themselves Asia's biggest club after displaying trademark Australian grit to win the AFC Champions League on Saturday, three years after their formation.
Rosberg on pole for US Grand Prix
Germany's Nico Rosberg put Mercedes on pole position for the US Formula One Grand Prix on Saturday with championship leading team mate Lewis Hamilton qualifying second. Mercedes-powered Williams filled the second row with Finland's Valtteri Bottas third fastest and Brazilian Felipe Massa fourth.
EPL: Leaders Chelsea stay unbeaten, Southampton and Arsenal win
League leaders Chelsea were made to battle for a narrow 2-1 win over strugglers Queens Park Rangers at Stamford Bridge as they maintained their unbeaten start in the Premier League on Saturday.
November 01, 2014
Paris Masters: Raonic beats Berdych, sets up Djokovic showdown
Milos Raonic of Canada will take on defending champion Novak Djokovic in the final of the Paris Masters.
Serie A: Acrobatic Higuain goal sets up Napoli win over Roma
Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain scored early with an acrobatic volley, his fifth goal in three league games, to set them on the way to a convincing 2-0 win over sluggish AS Roma in Serie A on Saturday.
ISL: Super sub Tolgay helps FC Goa register first win
Substitute Tolgay Ozbey scored an injury time goal as dominant FC Goa rallied from behind to beat Delhi Dynamos 2-1 and register their maiden win in the inaugural Indian Super League.
'Chelsea have the quality to win Premier-Champions League double'
Thibaut Courtois reckons Chelsea are capable of achieving what the Belgium keeper came agonisingly close to doing at Atletico Madrid last season - winning a European and domestic double.
'It's important for us to play well against Manchester United'
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini insists he will not change the way his team play despite suffering two defeats in a week and losing playmaker David Silva ahead of Manchester United's visit on Sunday.
October 31, 2014
Gerrard shocked by Suarez's Ballon d'Or omission
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has criticised what he called FIFA's political decision not to include former team mate Luis Suarez on their shortlist for this year's Ballon d'Or award as the world's best footballer.
Psychology plays a great part in modern sport: Advani
He has made winning 12 world titles look like a stroll in the park but India's poster boy of cue sports Pankaj Advani says it is not easy to deal with the anxiety and stress, crediting his elder brother Shree for helping him handle pressure.
President congratulates Advani on winning World Billiards
'Delighted to know that you have achieved your 12th World Title in Leeds, and become the first player to win the grand double thrice'
It's a Happy Halloween for Wozniacki 'Robin'
Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki was in her elements as she brought in Halloween with friends on Thursday.
One man's loss is another's gain
Seventh-placed Liverpool, who have 14 points from nine matches, travel to a Newcastle side buoyed by their League Cup victory over Manchester City.
Meet the most wanted man of Formula One!
Jenson Button is a wanted man, even if McLaren ultimately decide they do not want to retain the 2009 Formula One World Champion for next season.
'Critical but stable' Bianchi continues to fight in hospital, says family
About four weeks after he suffered severe head injuries during a crash at the Japanese Grand Prix, Jules Bianchi remains "critical but stable" in hospital, a report said.
Find out why F1 needs to cut costs...
The financial troubles that have forced the Marussia and Caterham Formula One teams into administration emphasise the need for cost-cutting measures, the sport's governing body said on Thursday.
Rosberg, Hamilton gear up for race track rivalry with burgers and bling
Mercedes title rivals Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton limbered up for the US Grand Prix with burgers and bling on Thursday.
US GP: Formula One tweaks qualifying rules as Vettel faces penalty
Formula One has had to modify its qualifying format after financial problems ruled the Caterham and Marussia teams out of Sunday's US Grand Prix while Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel is set to be sidelined by an engine penalty.
Sports Shorts: 'Over-age' Neymar set to be named in Brazil's Olympic team
Neymar will be selected as one of Brazil's three over-age players for the 2016 Olympics, the team's manager Alexandre Gallo said on Thursday.
Watch out for these celebrities at NYC marathon this Sunday!
The notable names in the NYC marathon donning their running shoes for charity on November 2.
October 30, 2014
'I've done my bit and don't have to say more about my commitment'
A day after sports ministry made it clear that athletes who remain unavailable for national duty would not get financial aid from it, top tennis star Leander Paes said his commitment should not be questioned since he has given his all in the last 24 years while playing for India.
Saina back in world's top 5, says priority is to play for India
Saina Nehwal has gained a place to be fifth in the latest Badminton World Federation women's singles rankings released on Thursday.
Paris Masters: Wawrinka slump continues, Murray seals London spot
Third seed Stan Wawrinka was knocked out in the third round of the Paris Masters when he lost 6-7(2), 7-5, 7-6(3) against South African Kevin Anderson on Thursday, suffering his fourth defeat in five matches.
Former Real Madrid captain Raul joins New York Cosmos
Former Real Madrid and Spain forward Raul has joined New York Cosmos for the 2015 season on a "multi-year" contract pending a medical, the North American Soccer League (NASL) club said on Thursday.
Bundesliga: Unbeaten Bayern face struggling rivals Dortmund
Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich face Borussia Dortmund on Saturday with relations between the German heavyweights seemingly at an all-time low.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
Manchester United are likely to welcome back captain Wayne Rooney from suspension for their visit to Premier League champions Manchester City on Sunday, hoping the striker can add to his record scoring tally in the derby.
Isco grabs the opportunity to impress in Gareth Bale's absence
While Gareth Bale is fully expected to regain his place in the Real Madrid side when he returns from injury, team mate Isco is making the most of his chance to prove his worth on the pitch.
Maradona withdraws theft complaint against ex-girlfriend after video leak
Argentine football legend Diego Maradona reportedly withdrew a theft complaint against his former girlfriend on Tuesday, after a video surfaced that allegedly showed him hitting her.
Advani says hard work, brother's tips paid off in 'special' win
India's ace cueist Pankaj Advani clinched the World Billiards Championship (time format) title to bag a record 12th world crown on Wednesday and in so doing completed a rare 'Grand Double' post his third win in both the long and short formats in the same year.
First Look: FIFA 2018 WC logo unveiled by Russian cosmonauts!
FIFA boss Sepp Blatter unveiled the 2018 World Cup logo with cosmonauts in Moscow, which has a strong resemblance to an alien.
Will Lewis Hamilton make it perfect 10 in Texas?
Lewis Hamilton will be aiming for a big win in Texas this weekend, even if the Formula One starting grid is the smallest he has ever known it with the absence of backmarker teams Marussia and Caterham.
Sports Shorts: FIFA open to men's WC on artificial turf after gender bias claims
FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has dismissed allegations of gender discrimination over the decision to play the women's World Cup on artificial turf, saying the surface could also be used for the men's tournament in the future.
EPL: Swansea boss Monk dodges penalty for terming ref a 'cheat'
Swansea City manager Garry Monk has escaped sanction from the FA after accusing referee Michael Oliver and Stoke City winger Victor Moses of cheating in his team's 2-1 Premier League defeat at the Britannia Stadium.
EPL: Ferdinand fined, gets three-match suspension for Twitter jibe
Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand has been suspended for three matches and fined 25,000 pounds ($40,030) after he was found guilty of misconduct by the Football Association (FA) for an 'abusive' comment he made on Twitter.
Serie A: Genoa hand Juve their first defeat, Napoli draw
Genoa handed Serie A leaders and titleholders Juventus a dramatic first league defeat of the season when Luca Antonini scored in the fourth minute of stoppage time to give them a 1-0 win on Wednesday.
Real begin King's Cup defence with win at Cornella
Raphael Varane converted two corners as a second-string Real Madrid began the defence of their King's Cup crown with a 4-1 victory against third-tier part-timers Cornella on Wednesday.
German Cup: Ribery slapped by Hamburg fan in Bayern win
Holders Bayern Munich eased into the German Cup third round with a comfortable 3-1 win at Hamburg SV on Wednesday to continue their unbeaten domestic run as they prepare for Saturday's league clash against Borussia Dortmund.
Photos: The Pitch invaders are back and how!
Rediff.com brings you a selection of images of fans taking to the field of play to make a point or gain attention.
League Cup: Newcastle knock out defending champions Manchester City
Manchester City suffered a shock League Cup defeat at the hands of a reinvigorated Newcastle United, who reached the quarter-finals with a superb 2-0 away win on Wednesday that left the holders nursing the wounds of a bruising past eight days.
Paris Masters: Federer battles past Chardy for third round berth
Roger Federer kept up his hopes of finishing the year as World No 1 when he downed Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 7-6(5), 6-7(5), 6-4 in the second round of the Paris Masters on Wednesday.
Pankaj Advani scores grand double at World Billiards Championship
Pankaj Advani completed a clean sweep of the 150-up and Timed formats titles after trouncing England's Robert Hall 1928-893 in the final of the World Billiards Championship in Leeds, on Wednesday night.
October 29, 2014
Paris Masters: Murray one win away from World Tour Finals berth
Andy Murray is within one match of securing his place in the ATP World Tour Finals after easing past local favourite Julien Benneteau 6-3, 6-4 on Wednesday to advance to the third round of the Paris Masters.
ISL: NorthEast United deny Delhi Dynamos full points at home
Young NorthEast United FC goalkeeper T P Rehenesh made three spectacular saves to deny Delhi Dynamos a win as the the two sides settled for a goal-less stalemate after an entertaining Hero Indian Super League match on Wednesday.
Manchester United linked with move for Bale, Real willing to sell
Manchester United has reportedly been linked with a move for Welsh forward Gareth Bale in recent weeks as Real Madrid has revealed that they are willing to sell the former Tottenham Hotspur star.
IPTL will take tennis to new regions: Murray
Looking forward to his stint in the upcoming International Premier Tennis League, British number one Andy Murray says the event will take the sport to new regions.
Steffi Graf shows off Halloween costume
With the whole of the United States gearing up for Halloween, one prominent sports-star doesn't want to miss out on all the fun.
Advani wins thriller to enter World Billiards final; Bhaskar loses
Pankaj Advani held his nerve to edge past David Causier of England and enter the final of the World Billiards Championship (Time format) by a mere five points, in Leeds, on Wednesday. Eyeing another grand double (points and time format in the same year) after clinching the 150-up short format title last week, the Indian ace led last year's runner-up by a comfortable 400 points at one stage before settling for a 1180-1175 victory.
Ronaldo edges Messi to bag La Liga's best player award
Real Madrid star forward Cristiano Ronaldo has beaten Barcelona's Lionel Messi for the first time to clinch La Liga's best player award among a hat-trick of awards he won at the Spanish top flight's annual gala.
NBA: Spurs edge Mavs in San Antonio to open title defense
The San Antonio Spurs raised their championship banner then elevated their game when it mattered to edge the Dallas Mavericks 101-100 in a season-opening win on Tuesday.
Want funds, stay available for India: Sports Ministry tells athletes
Taking exception to top Indian tennis players' reluctance to compete in the recent Asian Games, the Sports Ministry on Wednesday said individual players will be able to avail government grants only if they undertake to be available for India whenever called upon.
Sports Shorts: Vela gets Mexico call-up despite years of refusals
Real Sociedad midfielder Carlos Vela was called up by Mexico for November tour friendlies on Tuesday after turning his back on his country since March 2011.
Spain made a mess of Davis Cup captain appointment: Murray
Britain's Andy Murray believes Gala Leon's appointment as Spain's Davis Cup captain was handled "horribly".
I'm living my dream, says 'hungry' Sania as IPTL beckons
On a high after winning the WTA Finals doubles crown and a clutch of prestigious titles this year, Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza says she is now bracing up for the International Premier Tennis League where she would play in the same team as World No 2 Switzerland's Roger Federer.
Police release sketches of suspects in death of SAfrica football captain
South African police issued identikit pictures on Tuesday of two men suspected of killing the national football captain, a death that led to more calls for tighter gun laws a week after track star Oscar Pistorius was jailed for shooting his girlfriend.
EPL: QPR owner Fernandes to stand by Redknapp
Loyalty and football are two words that do not often go together, but after watching his side climb off the bottom of the Premier League table with victory over Aston Villa, Queens Park Rangers owner Tony Fernandes is standing by manager Harry Redknapp.
Chennaiyin's Elano credits his ISL success to fans
Sitting on top in the goal-scorers list, Chennaiyin FC striker Elano Blumer says his superb performance so far in the Indian Super League has been helped immensely by the good turnout of fans.
German Cup: Under-firing Dortmund cruise through; Hanover, Hertha lose
Borussia Dortmund bounced back after slumping to their fourth straight Bundesliga defeat against Hanover 96 at the weekend, cruising past second tier St Pauli 3-0 on Tuesday to reach the German Cup third round.
Germany will bid to host 2024 Olympic Games
Germany is to bid to host the 2024 Summer Games in Berlin or Hamburg, the country's Olympic sports confederation (DOSB) said on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: Djokovic waltzes past Kohlschreiber at Paris Masters
World No 1 Novak Djokovic began his Paris Masters title defence with a routine 6-3, 6-4 win over German Philipp Kohlschreiber in the second round on Tuesday.
League Cup: Balotelli finally shines for Reds; Chelsea tame Shrews
Mario Balotelli enjoyed a rare moment of ecstasy in a Liverpool shirt by inspiring a 2-1 win over Swansea City in the League Cup on Tuesday while Chelsea had to call for reinforcements to see off Shrewsbury Town.
Meet the showstopper of track and field events!
Here's a look at some of Maggie Vessey's wild - and winning - competition outfits.
October 28, 2014
ISL: Elano, Mendoza help Chennaiyin thrash Mumbai 5-1
Chennaiyin FC marquee player Elano Blumer and John Mendoza fired two goals each to steamroll a hapless Mumbai FC 5-1 and bounce back from their previous match defeat in the Hero Indian Super League on Tuesday.
Russia, Ukraine to be kept apart at World Cup, assures Blatter
Russia and Ukraine will be put into different groups at the 2018 World Cup finals if the Ukrainians qualify and relations between the two countries do not improve, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Tuesday.
Advani, Bhaskar enter World Billiards semi-finals
Pankaj Advani continued his surge in the World Billiards Championship (time format), making it to the semi-finals with a 916-665 victory over compatriot Rupesh Shah, in Leeds, on Tuesday, while Balachandra Bhaskar shocked Singapore's Peter Gilchrist.
Maradona accused of assaulting ex-girlfriend
Argentine football legend Diego Maradona has reportedly been accused of assaulting his former girlfriend, who has video footage of an altercation in which the football icon allegedly hit her.
'My goal next year is to try and be number one in the world'
Having ended a successful year with victory in the WTA Tour Finals, Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza has set her sights on becoming the doubles world number one next season.
World Kabaddi League to impose sanctions for doping
The World Kabaddi League, on Tuesday, announced the list of 23 players who committed anti-doping rule violations, either before the draft or during and also in out of competition tests. Eleven players were found to have violated anti-doping regulations in the time since the start of the inaugural Wave WKL, according to the organisers.
President congratulates 'inspirational' Sania after winning WTA Finals title
President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday congratulated tennis ace Sania Mirza for winning the season-ending WTA Finals women's doubles title.
Guardiola faces ban for making physical contact with female official
Bayern Munich football team manager Pep Guardiola might face a touchline ban as he took out his frustrations on a female fourth official while watching his side struggle in a goalless draw with Borussia Monchengladback at the weekend.
Costa in FIFA Ballon D'Or short-list; Suarez misses out
Chelsea's Spanish striker Diego Costa was named along with usual suspects Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the 23- man FIFA Ballon D'Or short-list released on Tuesday.
Revealed: How 'Cannibal' Suarez sought help for 'teething problems'
Uruguay and Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has revealed the reason why he bites others and how his wife begged him to get help for the same.
Caterham, Morussia fallout: Mosley spells out formulas to save F1 teams
More Formula One teams could follow Caterham and Marussia into administration or failure, the former head of the sport's governing body Max Mosley warned on Monday.
Boxer Pacquiao roughs up sparring partners before Algieri bout
Manny Pacquiao is more than three weeks out from his next title defence against unbeaten American Chris Algieri but the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) welterweight champion is already in devastating form, trainer Freddie Roach says.
Sports Shorts: Real to appeal Zidane suspension over coaching licence
Real Madrid will appeal a three-month suspension slapped on assistant B team coach Zinedine Zidane for not having the correct licence, the club said on Monday.
Hottest Sporting Buzz: Look who's turning to fans for dating tips!
Rediff.com brings you the buzz around celebrity sportspersons and their glamorous lives!
EPL: Redknapp salutes special Sandro after QPR victory
Brazil international Sandro was picked out for special praise by manager Harry Redknapp after Queens Park Rangers leapfrogged Burnley at the foot of the Premier League table on Monday.
Argentina's forgotten man Tevez, back in thick of action
Carlos Tevez has been included in the squad for the first time in three years for next month's friendlies in England against Croatia and Portugal.
Djokovic is looking out for some baby advice
Novak Djokovic may be asking Roger Federer for one or two tips in the coming weeks about how to combine parenthood with playing on the ATP Tour.
PHOTOS: Smashing! Serena Williams...
World No 1 Serena Williams smashed a racquet and recovered from a set down as she overcame stubborn resistance from Caroline Wozniacki in a semi-final at the WTA Finals last week. It was not the first time the world No 1 abused her playing equipment. Take a look at previous moments when she soaked up her frustration on court by smashing her racket.
October 27, 2014
The real Marouane Fellaini is finally standing up for Man Utd
Written off last season as a sub-standard misfit with a comical haircut, there are signs that Marouane Fellaini is finally beginning to feel comfortable in a red Manchester United shirt.
Less than 500 points behind Djokovic, Federer eyes top spot
Roger Federer has his sights set on ending the year as the world's top-ranked player after the 33-year-old claimed his fifth title of the year in his home town.
South Africa prosecution to appeal Pistorius conviction, sentence
South Africa's state prosecutors will appeal the culpable homicide conviction and five-year jail sentence handed down last week on Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said on Monday.
South Africa shocked by murder of national soccer captain
His death highlighted the problem of gun violence in South Africa only days after Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius was jailed for five years for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year.
Sumariwala says AIBA has no jurisdiction to ban him
India's Asian Games Chef-de-Mission Adille Sumariwala slammed the International Boxing Association on Monday for provisionally suspending him in Sarita Devi episode, saying that the boxing world body went beyond its "jurisdiction".
I am sorry, won't do it again, Sarita tells AIBA
A remorseful L Sarita Devi appealed to the International Boxing Association to lift the provisional suspension imposed on her for refusing to accept the bronze medal at the Asian Games in Incheon, saying she deeply regrets her outburst on the podium and will never repeat it.
Boxing India requests AIBA to be lenient on Sarita
Requesting the International Boxing Association to revoke the provisional suspension on L Sarita Devi, Boxing India President Sandeep Jajodia said her unconditional apology and her impeccable past disciplinary record would form the crux of her defence in front of the world body.
Lahiri zeroes in on Order of Merit leader Lipsky after Macau win
Anirban Lahiri's victory at the Venetian Macau Open on Sunday edged him closer towards the Order of Merit summit while giving him a huge boost on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR).
PM Modi congratulates Sania Mirza on WTA Finals victory
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza on winning the season-ending WTA Finals women's doubles title, calling it a 'proud accomplishment'.
Serie A: Hat-trick for Gonzalo Higuain, stormy win for Inter Milan
Gonzalo Higuain burst into life by scoring a hat-trick in the final half hour, his first league goals of the season, to help Rafael Benitez's erratic Napoli thrash Verona 6-2 in Serie A on Sunday.
Shorts: FIS president warns FIFA over clash with 2022 Winter Games
International Ski Federation (FIS) president Gian-Franco Kasper has warned FIFA against holding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar at the same time as the Winter Olympic Games.
La Liga: Sevilla climb to summit, Atletico win
Sevilla drew level on points with Barcelona at the top of La Liga when they snatched a 2-1 comeback victory at home to Villarreal, while champions Atletico Madrid won 1-0 in a bad-tempered clash at Getafe on Sunday.
EPL: Mourinho, Van Gaal settle for a point apiece
Chelsea's Jose Mourinho and his old friend Louis van Gaal of Manchester United had different reasons to be satisfied with a point after their teams drew 1-1 in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Bundesliga: Bayern's winning streak snapped in Gladbach draw
Undefeated Bayern Munich stumbled to a 0-0 draw at Borussia Moenchengladbach on Sunday that ended a four-game winning streak in the league but they remain four points clear at the top.
Determined Serena Williams has plenty left in tank
The older Serena Williams gets, the more dominant she becomes. At 33, an age when most players start to fade, her grip on women's tennis looks as secure as ever.
Another shootout in South Africa; soccer captain Meyiwa killed
South Africa soccer captain Senzo Meyiwa was shot dead by intruders when trying to protect his girlfriend during a robbery at her home near Johannesburg, officials said on Monday.
October 26, 2014
ISL: Trezeguet fires as Pune beat Goa 2-0 to record maiden win
A striker always remains a striker is what David Trezeguet showed when he rolled back all those years with an opportunistic strike to help FC Pune City register their maiden win beating FC Goa by 2-0 in the Hero Indian Super League on Sunday.
Federer eases past Goffin to win sixth Basel Indoor title
Home favourite Roger Federer barely broke sweat as he beat David Goffin 6-2, 6-2 to win the Basel Indoor title for the sixth time on Sunday.
'I need to work on my physical strength and overall fitness'
Top doubles shuttler Jwala Gutta, who missed the Incheon Asian Games due to an injury, has said that keeping herself fit would be crucial for her to prepare well for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Golf: Anirban Lahiri lifts Venetian Macau Open title
Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri notched up his second title of the year, lifting the Venetian Macau Open with a sparkling final round of the five-under 66 on Sunday.
WTA Finals: Ruthless Serena Williams avenges loss to Halep
Serena Williams destroyed Romania's Simona Halep 6-3, 6-0 on Sunday to win the WTA Finals championship in Singapore, proving once again why she remains the most formidable force in women's tennis.
Depleted Atletico impress in 1-1 draw against Kerala Blasters
A depleted Atletico de Kolkata, without star forward Fikru Teferra, put up a spirited show but could not score that elusive winner settling for a 1-1 draw against a lucky Kerala Blasters FC in their fifth ISL encounter at the Salt Lake Stadium.
Nadal calls time on 2014, to skip tournaments in Paris and London
Rafael Nadal, after having suffered a 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) loss in the quarter-finals of the Swiss Indoors to teenager Borna Coric, has shut down his season to undergo appendix surgery.
Sania-Cara pair clinches WTA Finals doubles title in Singapore
Indian ace Sania Mirza and her Zimbabwean partner Cara Black ended the season and their partnership on a remarkable high by clinching the WTA finals women's doubles title with a comprehensive triumph in the summit clash in Singapore.
Marquez roars to record-equalling 12th win
Reigning world champion Marc Marquez won a season record-equalling 12th MotoGP race with victory at the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday.
Sports Shorts: Murray ousts Ferrer to boost London bid
Andy Murray took another step towards securing a berth at next month's World Tour finals when he fought off a typically dogged David Ferrer to win 6-4, 7-5 and move into the final of the Valencia Open on Saturday.
India-origin coach sacked by German club Werder Bremen
Indian-origin German football Bundesliga coach Robin Dutt has been sacked by his club SV Werder Bremen owing to the team's poor start in the new national championship season.
October 25, 2014
La Liga: Real fight back to take 'Clasico' spoils against Barca
Real Madrid trimmed Barcelona's lead at the top of La Liga to one point when they recovered from conceding an early goal to secure a stirring 3-1 comeback win in the 'Clasico' on Saturday.
Valencia Open: Murray ousts Ferrer to boost London bid
Andy Murray took another step towards securing a World Tour finals berth when he fought off a typically dogged David Ferrer to win 6-4, 7-5 and move into the final of the Valencia Open on Saturday.
Dortmund's miserable season continues; slump to 4th Bundesliga defeat
Borussia Dortmund's miserable domestic season continued when they lost 1-0 at home to fellow strugglers Hanover 96 on Saturday, their fourth Bundesliga defeat in a row.
ISL: Impressive Delhi Dynamos drub Chennaiyin
Delhi Dynamos fired three stunning goals and scored another one from the penalty spot to outplay Chennaiyin FC 4-1.
Sania, Cara win thriller, enter WTA year-end finals
India's tennis ace Sania Mirza and Cara Black showed nerves of steel as they saved three match points in the Super Tie Break against Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik to cruise into the summit clash of the WTA year-end finals, in Singapore on Saturday.
La Liga: Suarez included in Barca lineup for 'Clasico'
Barcelona forward Luis Suarez was included in the starting lineup for Saturday's La Liga 'Clasico' against Real Madrid, a day after his four-month ban for biting an opponent expired.
EPL: West Ham stun Manchester City; Birmingham suffer worst loss
West Ham United maintained their impressive start to the season when they beat champions Manchester City 2-1 at Upton Park on Saturday to consolidate their place in the top four of the Premier League.
Serena Serena Williams puts friendship to side against Wozniacki
There were no wild celebrations or fist pumps from Serena Williams after she beat Caroline Wozniacki at the WTA Finals on Saturday.
WTA Finals: Halep thumps Radwanska to set up rematch with Williams
Simona Halep crushed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-2 on Saturday to join Serena Williams in the championship decider at the WTA Finals.
ISL: Pires, Fikru get two-match ban, fine; Atletico coach Habas suspended for bust-up
Setting an example and cracking the whip on indiscipline, the All India Football Federation suspended Atletico de Kolkata head coach, Antonio Lopez Habas for four matches while Goa FC's marquee player Robert Pires and Kolkata's Fikru Lemessa have been banned for two matches each for breaching the disciplinary code during the ongoing Indian Super League.
Boxer Sarita hopeful of World Championships participation
Provisionally suspended she might be but Indian boxer L Sarita Devi has not given up hopes of participating in next month's World Championships, saying that she has written to the International Boxing Association (AIBA) presenting her case.
Biting is appalling but harmless, says Suarez in new book
Biting opponents may be appalling but it is harmless and should not be punished as severely as a bad tackle, says controversial Barcelona striker Luis Suarez.
Dhoni buys stake in Ranchi franchise of Hockey India League
After investing in motorsports and football, Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has now lent his support to Indian hockey after buying the Ranchi franchise of the Hockey India League (HIL).
Williams beats Wozniacki in thriller to reach WTA final
Serena Williams regained her composure after smashing her racquet and being on the brink of defeat to beat Caroline Wozniacki 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6) on Saturday and reach the title match at the WTA Finals.
ISL: NorthEast United coach expected more goals against 9-man Mumbai
Following their 2-0 win over nine-member Mumbai City FC in the Indian Super League game at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai, NorthEast United FC's head coach Ricki Herbert said he was disappointed that his team couldn't defeat their under-strength opponents by a bigger margin.
Record-breaking World Billiards champion Advani 'in seventh heaven'
India's cue sports champion Pankaj Advani is in seventh heaven after adding yet another world title to his kitty following his World Billiards Championship triumph in the 150-up points format.
F1: Caterham and Marussia to miss next races
The struggling Caterham and Marussia Formula One teams will both miss next week's U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, the sport's commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone told Reuters on Saturday.
Nadal to miss ATP World Tour Finals; set to undergo surgery
Rafael Nadal's announcement on Friday that he will miss the ATP World Tour Finals because of appendicitis ended a difficult year for the Spaniard during which he has endured injury, illness and worrying defeats.
Wenger goes back 10 years, remembers end of famous winning streak
Arsene Wenger often says he has no time to look back because he is so focused on the future but he spent a minute reminiscing on Friday on the 10th anniversary of the defeat to Manchester United that ended Arsenal's famous 49-match unbeaten run.
Van Gaal terms former understudy Mourinho 'very Special One'
Louis van Gaal says the visit of Jose Mourinho and his Chelsea side to Old Trafford on Sunday will be extra special for the Manchester United manager as he greets his "modest" former apprentice.
Sports Shorts: Coric stuns Nadal in Basel, Federer advances
Croatian wunderkind Borna Coric offered emphatic proof of his potential when he crushed Rafael Nadal in the Swiss Indoor tournament on Friday before local hero Roger Federer cruised into the last four.
October 24, 2014
NorthEast stun Mumbai 2-0 in ISL match
NorthEast United struck twice in the second half in a remarkable turnaround to stun Mumbai City FC 2-0 in a Hero Indian Super League match which saw the home side reduced to nine men in the end in Mumbai.
Ivanovic bows out despite beating Halep at WTA Finals
Serbia's Ana Ivanovic just missed out on a place in the semi-finals of the season-ending WTA Finals despite beating Simona Halep in the final group match on Friday.
Real have Ramos back for Clasico but Bale sits it out
Real Madrid will have their combative Spain centre back Sergio Ramos available for Saturday's "clasico" against Barcelona but Wales winger Gareth Bale is out, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Friday.
Barca's Suarez will 'play some minutes' in El Clasico
Luis Suarez, whose four-month ban for biting an opponent expires on Friday, will make his official Barcelona debut in Saturday's La Liga clasico at Real Madrid, coach Luis Enrique said.
Sharapova grinds out first win but still exits WTA Finals
Maria Sharapova recovered from a second-set meltdown to record her first victory at this year's WTA Finals with a 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-2 triumph over Poland's Agnieszka Radwanksa on Friday but the Russian still bowed out of the elite eight-woman tournament.
La Liga: Key head-to-heads in the 'Clasico'
Key head-to-head battles in Saturday's "Clasico" between Real Madrid and Barcelona at the Bernabeu stadium (1600 GMT)
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend: Chelsea vs United
Chelsea face the prospect of having veteran Didier Drogba as their only fit striker for their visit to Manchester United on Sunday in what is usually one of the standout matches of the Premier League season.
Williams ends year at No 1 spot after Sharapova eliminated from WTA Finals
Serena Williams clinched the year-end World No 1 ranking for the fourth time without hitting a ball on Friday after Maria Sharapova, the only woman with any chance of overtaking her, was eliminated from the WTA Finals.
Sports Shorts: Nadal withdraws from Paris Masters citing personal reasons
Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Paris Masters ahead of the tournament's start on Monday for "personal reasons", the French Tennis Federation announced on Friday.
ISL: Probe launched after Pires assaulted by Atletico de Kolkata coach
The Indian Super League (ISL) said on Friday it is looking into allegation that former France midfielder Robert Pires was punched in the face by an opposition coach during a halftime altercation in Thursday's match in Goa.
King impressed by 'exceptional' Halep
Long before Simona Halep's demolition job on Serena Williams at the WTA Finals, the Romanian was already winning over another of the game's greats.
Chelsea striker Costa released from hospital after brief illness
Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been released from hospital following treatment for an illness, British media reported on Thursday.
Real v Barca - the 'Clasico' in numbers
The numbers behind Saturday's La Liga "Clasico" between Real Madrid and Barcelona at the Bernabeu stadium (1600 GMT).
Europa League: Lamela is hot Spur as Tottenham hammer five past Tripolis
Tottenham Hotspur's Erik Lamela scored a stunning 'rabona' goal to light up Thursday's Europa League ties, wrapping his left boot round the back of his right leg 20 metres out and blasting the ball into the top corner.
October 23, 2014
ISL: Atletico de Kolkata fight back to beat Goa 2-1
Atletico de Kolkata handed FC Goa their second home defeat after coming back from a goal down to win 2-1 at the Nehru Stadium in Margoa on Thursday.
It's battle royale as Real, Barcelona set for 'El Clasico'
Clashes between Real Madrid and Barcelona are rarely short on drama and Saturday's La Liga 'Clasico' may have more than its usual share with Luis Suarez poised to return from a biting ban and Barca teammate Lionel Messi on the brink of equalling the top-flight scoring record.
Champions League: Sporting demand rematch with Schalke over penalty winner
Portugal's Sporting Lisbon have lodged a protest with European soccer's governing body UEFA and demanded a rematch with Schalke 04 after a last-gasp penalty gave the Germans a 4-3 win in their Champions League game on Tuesday.
Spotted: India footballer Gouramangi Singh with Amitabh Bachchan
Chennaiyin FC and India footballer Gouramangi Singh was left star-struck when he met Bollywood super star Amitabh Bachchan in the locker room after the club's ISL match against Kerala Blasters on Tuesday.
Doctor praises Schumi's wife for his progress; says it will take years for recovery
A French doctor treating former Formula One champion Michael Schumacher said on Thursday that the German driver was making progress, but will need years to recover.
Champions League: Rodgers unimpressed by Balotelli's shirt swap
Mario Balotelli's misfiring career at Anfield took another turn for the worst against Real Madrid on Wednesday with a halftime shirt-swap that did not impress manager Brendan Rodgers.
Champions League group still complicated, Simeone warns
Atletico Madrid must not let down their guard after Wednesday's thumping Champions League win at home to Malmo, coach Diego Simeone said.
Benzema blossoming under Ancelotti even under Ronaldo's shadow
Whatever Karim Benzema does in a Real Madrid shirt his achievements are generally overshadowed by the exploits of Cristiano Ronaldo yet the France forward has a splendid Champions League record of his own.
Champions League: Lethargic Arsenal unimpressive in win over Anderlecht
Arsenal's dramatic 2-1 Champions League win against Anderlecht on Wednesday rescued three valuable points but the victory only served to paper over the ever-widening cracks.
Sports Shorts: Sania-Cara make it through to WTA Finals semis
Making their first appearance in the WTA Finals in Singapore, Sania Mirza and Cara Black outplayed Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears in their opening match to book their semi-finals berth on Thursday.
WTA Finals: Serena bounces back in Bouchard battering
A day after suffering her heaviest defeat since she was a teenager, Serena Williams was back to her brilliant best as she swatted aside Eugenie Bouchard 6-1, 6-1 in her final round robin match at the WTA Finals on Thursday.
India hope to get Sarita Devi's suspension reversed before World C'ships
Boxing India is confident of L Sarita Devi's return to the ring before too long after the International Boxing Federation (AIBA) suspended the 29-year-old for her petulant display at the recent Asian Games at Incheon, South Korea.
October 22, 2014
Chelsea chief executive Gourlay quits club
Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay said on Wednesday he was leaving Stamford Bridge after a decade in which Chelsea were crowned kings of Europe but also suffered plenty of off-field dramas too.
Myneni and Yuki move to quarters but Somdev ousted in Pune
Somdev Devvarman suffered yet another early defeat but Yuki Bhambri and Saketh Myneni continued their impressive run by storming into the singles quarter-finals of the ATP Pune Challenger tournament. Amitabh Bachchan believes football has potential to grow in India
Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan is hopeful that a tournament like the Indian Super League can help increase the popularity and growth of football in the country.
French Open: Parupalli Kashyap stuns world No. 4, easy for Saina
Commonwealth Games gold medallist Parupalli Kashyap stunned world No. 4 Kenichi Tago of Japan by posting a straight-game victory in the first round of
Maken says Sarita's suspension was unfortunate
Former Sports Minister Ajay Maken termed AIBA's decision to suspend Indian woman boxer L Sarita Devi for refusing to accept bronze medal at the Asian Games podium ceremony as "unfortunate" and asked the Centre to take up the matter at the highest international level.
WTA Finals: Halep hands Serena 'embarrassing' defeat
World No 1 Serena Williams suffered one of the heaviest defeats of her long and illustrious career as she was humbled 6-0, 6-2 by Romanian Simona Halep at the WTA Finals on Wednesday.
Ferguson claims he was not alone responsible for Moyes getting United job
Alex Ferguson has broken his silence on David Moyes's short, traumatic reign at Manchester United, saying the former Everton manager underestimated the size of the job while denying he retired leaving the club in decline.
Bhaichung Bhutia inducted into AFC's Hall of Fame
Former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia has been inducted into the AFC's Hall of Fame, the All India Football Federation said on Wednesday.
Barca's Neymar looking forward to Suarez strike partnership
Barcelona forward Neymar is reportedly looking forward to welcome Luis Suarez into his and Argentina captain Lionel Messi's star-studded strike partnership when the Uruguayan returns for his four-month ban this weekend.
Novak-Jelena blessed with baby boy
World No 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic and wife Jelena Ristic were blessed with a baby boy early on Wednesday.
Abhishek Bachchan set to don new role, launch sports venture firm
Actor Abhishek Bachchan is keen to explore sports entrepreneurship more seriously after his stint as the owner of a team in the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL). He is in the process of setting up a separate company to handle his ventures in the business of sports, which should be in place by the time the second season of the PKL takes off in March 2015.
AIBA suspends boxer Sarita, her coaches for refusing bronze at Asiad
Taking a strict action, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) has provisionally suspended India's woman boxer Laishram Sarita Devi for refusing to accept the bronze medal at the Asian Games podium ceremony.
India hockey coach Walsh stays; to be given fresh contract
A day after his dramatic announcement to quit, Terry Walsh decided to continue as India's chief hockey coach after the country's top sports officials assured him that his concerns will be addressed in a fresh contract.
Spotted at ISL: Amitabh Bachchan, Rajinikanth and Sachin Tendulkar!
The legends descended at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai on Tuesday night for the Indian Super League match between Chennaiyin FC and Kerala Blasters.
CL: Record 40 goals, racist chants, all happened in one night
The goal machines of Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Shakhtar Donetsk cranked into top gear on Tuesday as the Champions League captivated its continental audience with a record 40 goals in one eight-game night.
Champions League: Ruthless Bayern destroy Roma; Adriano hits five
Ruthless Bayern Munich scored five goals in the first 35 minutes on the way to a 7-1 demolition of AS Roma on Tuesday which bore an uncanny resemblance to Germany's win over Brazil by the same score in the World Cup semi-final.
Champions League: Neymar, Messi guide Barca to win over Ajax
The Champions League Group F match between Barcelona and Ajax was a cracker of a contest.
October 21, 2014
Terry Walsh matter will be resolved, we want him continue: SAI
Under pressure from all quarters after Indian men's hockey team chief coach Terry Walsh's sudden resignation because of a "pay dispute", the Sports
ISL: Mendy magic wins it for Chennaiyin against Kerala Blasters
Former Hull City wing back Bernard Mendy scored through a stunning bicycle kick as hosts Chennayin FC beat Kerala Blasters 2-1 in a Hero Indian Super League match on Tuesday.
ATP Pune Challenger: Easy for Somdev, Yuki; Ramkumar exits
India's top singles players, led by Somdev Devvarman, easily advanced to the second round of ATP Pune Challenger on Tuesday, but rising star Ramkumar Ramanathan made a shock first-round exit. Third seed Somdev proved too good for local wild card Arjun Kadhe, scoring a 6-1, 6-3 victory in 60 minutes. Seventh seed Yuki Bhambri disposed of the challenge of Chinese Taipei's Liang-Chi Huang 6-3, 6-0.
In Steenkamp family's bar, mixed feelings over Pistorius sentence
The Olympic and Paralympic athlete was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday for shooting his girlfriend on Valentine's Day last year. He could be released in 10 months for good behaviour, his lawyers said.
Walsh willing to stay provided he gets a new contract
Australian Terry Walsh, who resigned as Indian men's hockey team chief coach because of a "pay dispute", hinted that he was ready to reconsider his decision if he was given a new contract on his terms and conditions by the Sports Authority of India.
Advani shines after losing opening outing at World billiards
Pankaj Advani lost his opening outing to defending champion Peter Gilchrist but later recovered and scored two straight victories in World Billiards Championship, in Leeds, on Tuesday.
India hockey coach Terry Walsh quits
After the euphoria over winning the gold medal at the Asian Games, Indian hockey suffered a major jolt on Tuesday with the resignation of the team's chief coach, Terry Walsh.
Deaths on the football pitch
Rediff.com lists the footballers who died while playing, in the last decade.
Pistorius sentenced to five-year jail term for killing girlfriend
South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison by Judge Thokozile Masipe, closing one of the most sensational trials in South African history and one that may yet fuel controversy about race and money in its justice system.
WTA Finals: Williams, Halep enjoy opening wins
Serena Williams shook off the rust and a feisty challenge from Serbia's Ana Ivanovic to open the defence of her WTA Finals title with a 6-4, 6-4 victory in the opening match of the elite eight-player tournament on Monday.
EPL: Blind rescues a point for lacklustre United
Daley Blind's late second half strike helped a lacklustre Manchester United salvage a 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns in the Premier League on Monday.
Pistorius to be sentenced today for girlfriend's killing
A judge will pass sentence on athlete Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday for killing his girlfriend after one of the most sensational murder trials in South Africa's history - and the decision could fuel controversy over the state of the country's justice system.
DON'T MISS! 10 ODD Photos from the sporting world
Rediff.com brings you a collection of some of the odd and unusual sports images from around the world in recent weeks.
'Progression of Liverpool has been halted by departure of Suarez'
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers conceded his team has been hit by the departure of controversial-but-prolific striker Luis Suarez as they prepare to take on Champions League winners Real Madrid on Wednesday.
October 20, 2014
Luis Suarez feared Barca would not sign him after biting ban
Luis Suarez feared he had destroyed his career and that Barcelona would not want to sign him following his four-month ban for biting at the World Cup.
WTA Finals: Serena Williams battles past Ivanovic in opener
Serena Williams shook off the rust and a feisty challenge from Serbia's Ana Ivanovic to open the defence of her WTA Tour Finals title with a 6-4, 6-4 victory in the opening match of the elite eight-player tournament on Monday.
Gareth Bale doubtful for Real Madrid's Liverpool clash
Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale has a buttock muscle strain and is doubtful for their Champions League Group B match against Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday, the club said.
Hulkenberg secures Force India seat for 2015
Germany's Nico Hulkenberg will continue to race for the Force India next season, the Formula One team said on Monday.
Lu Shanglei crowned World Jr chess champion
Lu Shanglei of China defeated Aleksander Indjic of Serbia and was crowned World junior chess champion at Hotel Hyatt, in Pune, on Sunday. In the girls' section, 16-year-old Alexandra Goryachkina successfully defended her title with a round to spare on Saturday.
Champions League: Schalke need Di Matteo's touch against Sporting
Schalke 04 are hoping their freshly-found discipline under new coach Roberto Di Matteo, coupled with his Champions League pedigree will help them beat Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday for their first win in the competition this season.
Barcelona seek momentum against Ajax before Clasico
Barcelona need to avoid getting sucked into the Spanish obsession with El Clasico when they face Ajax Amsterdam in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Tennis Rankings: Sania Mirza No 6; Saketh climbs ladder
India tennis ace, Sania Mirza finds herself at No 6 as the new WTA doubles chart was released on Monday.
'Only a matter of time before Man United start reaping rewards'
Manchester United defender Daley Blind says his team mates are adapting to Louis van Gaal's Dutch style of play and it is only a matter of time before they start reaping the rewards of their new look.
EPL PHOTOS: 'Lucky' Liverpool strike late to down QPR on dramatic weekend
Liverpool scored a stunning 3-2 win over bottom side Queens Park Rangers with four goals coming in a frenzied seven-minute finale at Loftus Road as the drama continued in the Premier League on Sunday.
EPL: Swansea manager accuses ref of cheating, risks FA sanctions
Swansea City manager Garry Monk risks punishment from the FA after accusing referee Michael Oliver and Stoke City winger Victor Moses of cheating in his team's 2-1 Premier League defeat at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday.
Mohd. Sporting dismiss talk of closure, says will not play in I-League Div 2
Mohammedan Sporting have opted against playing in the second division of the I-League and also pulled out of the Durand Cup football tournament, beginning October 28, apparently due to financial crisis.
Indian Super League just a week old and kicking!
The jury is still out on whether the Indian Super League (ISL) can wake the world's second most populous nation from its football slumber but the first week of the eight-team competition has at least made people sit up and take notice.
Sports Shorts: Murray fights back to clinch Vienna Open title
Andy Murray clinched the Vienna Open title on Sunday with a 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 victory over David Ferrer, one of the Briton's main rivals in the battle to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals.
October 19, 2014
Harmanpreet's late goal helps India lift Johor Cup title
Harmanpreet Singh converted two penalty corners to help India successfully defend its Sultan of Johor Cup Under-21 hockey title, beating Great Britain 2-1 in a keenly-contested final.
Controversial penalty helps NorthEast settle for a draw with Goa
NorthEast United FC capitalised on a debatable penalty decision as they held FC Goa to a 1-1 draw in a high intensity Hero Indian Super League match.
Tiago header sets up Atletico win over Espanyol
A first half Tiago header set up Atletico Madrid's 2-0 victory over Espanyol as they seek to get back on track following a stuttering start to the La Liga season.
MotoGP: Rossi rolls back the years after Marquez fall
Valentino Rossi rolled back the years to win his sixth premier class Australian Grand Prix on Sunday after world champion Marc Marquez's cruise to a pole-to-flag victory was ended suddenly by a crash on lap 18.
October 18, 2014
I did what I've been doing all my life, nothing different: Moritz
It was early Diwali celebration for the Mumbai City FC team as they blanked FC Pune City 5-0 at the noisy DY Patil stadium in Navi Mumbai on Saturday night.
EPL: Chelsea march on, brilliant Southampton thrash Sunderland
Chelsea maintained their iron grip on top spot with a 2-1 win at Crystal Palace while Southampton recorded one of the biggest victories in Premier League history when they crushed a woeful Sunderland side 8-0 at St Mary'son Saturday.
ISL: Andre Moritz's hat-trick helps Mumbai City FC thrash Pune
Brazilian Andre Moritz dazzled the home crowd with a hat-trick of goals to power Mumbai City FC to a stunning 5-0 victory over state rivals FC Pune City in a Hero Indian Super League fixture.
EPL: Aguero scores four as Manchester City thrash Tottenham
A virtuoso performance from Sergio Aguero earned Manchester City a 4-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Saturday, the Argentine scoring all his side's goals in an incident-packed clash at The Etihad.
Denmark Open: Kashyap's semi-final defeat ends India's campaign
Indian campaign in the Denmark Open Super Series Premier badminton tournament ended with Parupalli Kashyap suffering a straight-game defeat at the hands of second seed Chen Long of China in the men's singles semi-finals in Odense (Denmark).
'I'm sorry but the truth is Man United is not in balance now'
Playing spectacular football is all well and good but Manchester United must find the right balance in both areas of the pitch if they want to be successful this season, manager Louis van Gaal has said.
Johor Cup hockey: Harmanpreet hat-trick helps India beat Aussies 6-2
Harmanpreet Singh came up with his second hat-trick of the tournament as defending champions India hammered Australia 6-2 to storm into the final of the Sultan of Johor Cup hockey tournament, in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, on Saturday.
African players in Europe feel Ebola backlash
African footballers based at European clubs, especially those travelling back to the continent from international duty, began on Friday to feel the backlash from fears over the Ebola virus outbreak.
Williams gets kind draw for WTA Finals defence
World No 1 Serena Williams was handed the best possible draw for her WTA Finals title defence with the 33-year-old American grouped with two injury doubts and avoiding the in-form players.
Sports Shorts: Marquez on pole for Australian Grand Prix
World champion Marc Marquez underlined his dominance of MotoGP when he swept to a record-equalling 12th pole position of the season on a good day for Spain at the Australian Grand Prix on Saturday.
WTA bans Russia tennis chief for questioning gender of Williams sisters
The president of the Russian Tennis Federation Shamil Tarpischev has been fined $25,000 and banned from the women's tour for a year after referring to Serena and Venus Williams as "the Williams brothers" on a television chat show last week.
Recuperating Nadal uncertain of London ATP finals participation
Rafael Nadal says he could miss the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals next month because of appendicitis.
EPL: Balotelli admits finding tough to play lead role at Liverpool
Mario Balotelli admits he is struggling to adapt to Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers' tactics as he seeks to open his Premier League account for his new club.
PHOTOS: Milestone man Messi symbolic of Barca's golden era
Lionel Messi may lack a World Cup for Argentina but his 10 years with Barcelona have seen him rewrite the history books and become symbolic with the club's golden era.
October 17, 2014
ISL: Expect entertaining, attacking football from Mumbai City FC
Talking to Rediff.com's , on the eve of the match against Pune City FC, Reid, the massively experienced manager of Mumbai City FC, promises entertaining, attacking football to fans of the club.
Ramkumar sends Ti Chen packing to reach Indore Open semis
Continuing his excellent run at the ATP Indore Open, Indian youngster Ramkumar Ramanathan toppled Chinese Taipei Davis Cupper Ti Chen in a marathon contest to reach his first-ever Challenger-level semi-final in Indore.
I'm convinced that ISL will take off in India: Wenger
I'm convinced that ISL will take off in India: Wenger
Pistorius should serve at least 10 years in prison, demands prosecutor
South African track star Oscar Pistorius should serve at least 10 years in prison for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day last year, the state prosecutor said at the close of the athlete's sentencing hearing on Friday.
World Cup bidding corruption: 'Full publication of report impossible'
The report into the turbulent bidding process for the rights to host the next two World Cups cannot be made fully public for legal reasons, though excerpts of it may be, FIFA's ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert said on Friday.
EPL: Spurs manager Pochettino positive before Man City tie
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino likes to erase bad memories and cherish good ones and it is a trait he hopes his players have acquired ahead of Saturday's clash at Premier League champions Manchester City.
Sports Shorts: Platini says Blatter not serving football anymore
UEFA president Michel Platini hit out at FIFA chief Sepp Blatter on Friday, saying the Swiss has stopped serving the cause of football.
Courage beyond Compare: Beating disability to become champions
Courage beyond Compare, as the name suggests, profiles Indian paralympic sports stars who despite physical disability, have fought the odds to become world class, champion athletes.
This Arsenal footballer is in the spotlight, for all the wrong reasons...
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has endured a difficult time of late having been ruled out for up to six weeks out with a knee ligament injury, and, it would now appear, that he is on the verge of a break-up from girlfriend Mandy Capristo.
Greater say for soccer fans via takeover rule shake-up?
New buyers of English and Welsh soccer clubs may be forced to sell up to 10 per cent of their stakes to fans of the club under plans put forward on Friday by Britain's opposition Labour party to shake up club ownership and governance rules.
Messi thanks fans, friends after 10 'wonderful' years at FC Barcelona
Barcelona's star striker Lionel Messi, who completed a decade at FC Barcelona on Thursday, used social media to reach out to his fans, thanking them for their support.
Will Messi break 60-year-old Barca record on anniversary?
Lionel Messi will have another chance to match or surpass Telmo Zarra's six-decade-old La Liga scoring record of 251 goals when Barcelona host promoted Eibar on Saturday.
October 16, 2014
ISL: Fikru, Podany help Atletico de Kolkata ease past NorthEast
The 10-man Atletico de Kolkata lived up to their reputation as they outplayed hosts NorthEast United FC 2-0 to notch up their second consecutive win in the ongoing Indian Super League (ISL) in Guwahati.
Hermanpreet hat-trick helps India down Malaysia in Johor Cup
Hermanpreet Singh did the star turn with a hat-trick of goals as India enhanced their chances of qualifying for the final of the Under-21 Sultan of Johor Cup with a convincing 4-2 victory over hosts Malaysia, in Johor Bahru, on Thursday.
Southampton's Ronald Koeman nominated for Premier League award
Southampton's barnstorming start to the Premier League season has been reflected in a trio of nominations for early-season awards. Dutchman Ronald Koeman has been nominated for the Premier League Manager of the Month award.
World Jr Chess: Shanglei, Yi lead Chinese charge
China's Lu Shanglei and Wei Yi emphatically exhibited their rising chess prowess with convincing victories over Russians Vladimir Fedoseev, the top seed, and Mikhail Antipov, in the 10th round of the World Junior Chess Championships at Hotel Hyatt, in Pune, on Thursday. The victories ensured that the Chinese maintained joint-leader status with eight points each.
Former world number three Nikolay Davydenko announces retirement
Former world number three Nikolay Davydenko announced his retirement on Thursday at the age of 33.
Pistorius faces prison hospital wing if sentenced to jail
Oscar Pistorius will be committed to the hospital wing of one of South Africa's toughest prisons if the double-amputee Olympic track star is sentenced to jail time for killing his girlfriend, the head of the prison service said.
EPL: Wenger confirms Mesut Ozil out for at least six weeks
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Mesut Ozil faces around six weeks out with a knee ligament injury, a problem that was only discovered when the midfielder joined up with the Germany squad for international duty last week.
Sindhu, Kashyap, Srikanth in Denmark Open quarter-finals
P V Sindhu stormed into the quarter-finals, while Parupalli Kashyap and K Srikanth also advanced to the last eight stage after posting contrasting victories in the Denmark Open Super Series Badminton Premier, in Odense.
Now, Sania joins Swachh Bharat campaign, cleans Hyderabad road
Tennis star Sania Mirza joined the Swachh Bharat campaign, cleaning a road in Hyderabad before nominating nine persons, including fellow-sportspersons and Bollywood personalities, to join the movement.
Tendulkar bats with PM Modi for 'Swachh Bharat'
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and apprised him of his contribution to the Swachh Bharat campaign.
Qatar is organiser for 2022 World Cup, insists FIFA secretary-general
'It's amazing because it's a question that's coming quite often. Look, Qatar is the organizer for FIFA World Cup 2022. It is the case ever since Qatar was awarded by the FIFA executive committee in 2010,' FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke tell Rediff.com. Pistorius 'can't get away with this', Steenkamp's cousin tells court
Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius needs to go to jail for the killing of his 29-year-old girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day last year, a cousin of the slain model told a South African court on Thursday.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
In case they needed it, the short trip to Crystal Palace will re-focus Chelsea's globe-trotting players on matters at home as the Premier League slips back into gear this weekend after the second international break of the season.
Messi tax row: It's nothing to do with him, father insists
Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi had nothing to do with his own tax affairs and should not be included in an investigation into an alleged fraud, his father Jorge has insisted.
F1 Pitlane Tales: 'Alonso is leaving Ferrari'
Fernando Alonso is leaving Ferrari at the end of the season because he wants a fresh environment and needs to be winning again, the Formula One team's ex-chairman Luca di Montezemolo said on Wednesday.
Shorts: Kaymer wins Grand Slam title in playoff over Watson
US Open champion Martin Kaymer sank an eight-foot birdie putt at the first extra hole to beat Bubba Watson in the four-man PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda on Wednesday.
Why Simone Biles, a 17-year-old, is sportswoman of the year
American Simone Biles, who won four golds at last week's world gymnastics championships in China, including the all-around title, was named Sportswoman of the Year by the Women's Sports Foundation on Wednesday.
Journalist recants comments linking Schumacher injuries to camera
French journalist Jean-Louis Moncet recanted his comments suggesting that Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher's injuries in a skiing accident last year may have been caused by a wearable camera made by GoPro Inc.
After drone stunt, diplomatic row between Serbia and Albania
The Serbian FA (FSS) blamed their Albanian rivals for incidents which forced Tuesday's Euro 2016 qualifier to be abandoned but will press for several dozen home fans who invaded the pitch to be charged, the governing body said.
Meet the first Indian goal scorer of ISL
Chennaiyin FC's Balwant Singh has registered his name into the record books of Hero Indian Super League (ISL). The striker became the first Indian scorer in ISL against Goa FC at the Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium in Margao on Wednesday.
On the football field or ramp... this Indian footballer is a hit!
This 23-year-old footballer exhibits glamour and style. Prathamesh Maulingkar, says , made heads turn at the recent India Fashion Week.
October 15, 2014
ISL: Balwant, Elano help Chennaiyin edge past hosts Goa
In a pulsating Hero Indian Super League (ISL) encounter, Chennaiyin FC edged past hosts Goa FC 2-1 as forward Balwant Singh, who scored for the visitors, became the first Indian goalscorer in the tournament at the Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium in Margao on Wednesday.
World Jr Chess: Padmini Rout bounces back into reckoning
Padmini Rout has 6.5 points, one behind the leader, Sarasadat Khademalsharieh, in the girls' section at the World Junior Chess Championships in Pune.
Saina, Sindhu, Kashyap progress at Denmark Open
Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu cleared first round hurdles in the women's singles with contrasting victories at the Denmark Open Super Series Badminton Premier, in Odense, on Wednesday. In the men's singles, Parupalli Kashyap cruised into the second round, beating Rajiv Ouseph of England 21-15, 21-18.
Myneni shocks seventh seed Coppejans at ATP Indore Open
A day after being felicitated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his exploits at the Asian Games in Incheon, Saketh Myneni toppled Belgian seventh seed Kimmer Coppejans to move into the quarter-finals of the ATP Indore Open on Wednesday. Myneni, ranked 451, overcame the number 202 Belgian 1-6, 6-3, 7-6(4) in a close to two-hour second round match in the US $50,000 Challenger tournament.
'Grassroots, not ISL, should be focus for India'
While a glitzy new league may inspire youngsters to take up the sport, India's hopes of becoming a soccer power rest with its development at a grassroots level, according to FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke.
First Look! Sania Mirza scores during ISL
Get over Italian legend Alessandro del Piero and make way for Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza.
Football friendlies: Argentina trounce Hong Kong; Honduras draw with US
The Hong Kong Football Association were left red-faced and out of pocket after only managing to sell half the tickets for Tuesday's glamour friendly against Argentina to mark their centenary.
In Pix: Drone stunt causes brawl; Serbia-Albania match abandoned
The politically-sensitive Euro 2016 qualifier between Serbia and Albania was abandoned on Tuesday following a brawl between players from both sides after a flag stunt.
Euro qualifiers: Ronaldo sizzles; Ireland stun Germany with late equaliser
A headed goal in second-half injury time by Cristiano Ronaldo gave Portugal a much-needed 1-0 win over Denmark in their Group I Euro 2016 qualifier on Tuesday.
Ferguson happy with Van Gaal infusing new blood into United
Manchester United have made purchases in the impressive Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao and former manager Alex Ferguson has expressed his satisfaction at the changes made in the team line-up.
ISL: Italian legend Del Piero enjoys fan adulation
Playing in his first competitive match in the country, Italian legend Alessandro del Piero said that he enjoyed the adulation he got from the football fans.
October 14, 2014
ISL: Dynamos share honours with FC Pune City
Delhi Dynamos were better but wasteful as they paid the price for their profligacy even as Alessandro del Piero's presence failed to break the deadlock in their barren draw against FC Pune City in the Hero Indian Super League on Tuesday.
World Jr Chess: Rout's winning run halted by top seed Goryachkina
Padmini Rout's unbeaten run was halted by top seed Aleksandra Goryachkina in the eighth round of the LIC World Junior Chess Championships, at the Hotel Hyatt, in Pune, on Tuesday. After a day's rest, the girls' section was dominated by the higher-rated Russians in the fray, with Daria Pustovoitova defeating Anna Iwanow of Poland. Both the Russian girls and Anna Iwanow of Peru jointly lead the girls' section in the 77-player event with 6.5 points each.
'Hungry' Suarez terms El Clasico comeback 'fate'
Luis Suarez is likely to play his first competitive game for Barcelona in La Liga's "Clasico" against Real Madrid later this month and he says it is no coincidence his four-month biting ban expires the day before one of biggest fixtures in world soccer.
'Gold in hockey has given new life to the sport'
Impressed with the hockey team's showing at the recently-concluded Asian Games, Sports Minister Sarbanada Sonowal said the gold medal triumph could act as a "trigger" for more good things to come.
Marussia driver Bianchi will keep fighting, says father
Critically injured French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi will not give up his fight for life but the situation remains desperate, his father Philippe said on Tuesday.
PM hosts Asian Games medallists, lauds their feats
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Tuesday, felicitated the medal winners from the recently-concluded Asian Games over a breakfast meeting at his residence and said sportspersons do as much for the country as political leaders.
Asiad discus throw champ Punia laments lack of recognition, eyes Olympic gold
Putting behind a controversial past and bringing home an Asian Games gold medal is no mean feat. Discus thrower Seema Punia says, despite lack of government recognition, gold was all she dreamed of at the recently-concluded continental games in Incheon.
Wenger apologises for shoving Mourinho; Lampard in fans hearts
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has apologised for shoving his Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho on the touchline during a Premier League match at Stamford Bridge.
Club v country debate intensifies!
The club versus country row which has dogged England in the past reared its ugly head once again with manager Roy Hodgson saying he should not be solely responsible for resting 'tired' Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling.
ISL: Blow to Mumbai City FC, skipper Nabi out for 3 weeks
Barely a game into the Indian Super League and Mumbai City FC have been dealt a massive blow with skipper Syed Rahim Nabi ruled out for upto three weeks due to an ankle injury sustained during the team's opening match against Atletico de Kolkata.
ISL will change the face of Indian football, says Tendulkar
Legendary Sachin Tendulkar feels that Indian Super League has begun on the right note and the 'fantastic start' on Sunday would be a huge boost towards changing the face of the game in the country.
Euro 2016: Wales continue their unbeaten run; Iceland stun Dutch
Wales continued their unbeaten start to the Euro 2016 campaign as a nervy 2-1 triumph over Cyprus, after they had been reduced to 10 men, bolstered the nation's dream of qualifying for a major championship finals for only the second time.
What happens when a journalist links camera to Schumacher's injuries
GoPro Inc's shares fell as much as 16 per cent on Monday after a French journalist suggested that Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher's injuries in a ski accident last year might have been caused by a wearable camera made by the company.
Euro qualifiers: Normality returned but shock waves may continue to reverberate
When Michel Platini revamped the European Championship, turning the finals from a tough, lean 16-team tournament in 2012 into a flabby, 'roll up, anybody's welcome' 24-side affair in 2016, it was not surprising he ran into a blizzard of rebukes.
October 13, 2014
Koke takes NorthEast United past Kerala Blasters
Spanish striker Sergio Contreras Pardo's opportunistic first-half strike gave NorthEast FC a 1-0 victory over Sachin Tendulkar co-owned Kerala Blasters FC in the second match of the Hero Indian Super League, in Guwahati, on Monday night. The former Marseille frontman, popularly known as Koke, struck at the stroke of half-time with a snap angular right-footer from the top of the box, sending the ball past former England custodian David James's far right.
Sports shorts: Mary Kom voted India's 'Most Valuable' at Asian Games
London Olympics bronze medallist M C Mary Kom was on Monday voted the 'Most Valuable Player' of India's campaign at the Incheon Asian Games, at a felicitation for the medal winners by the contingent sponsors, Samsung India.
'Pistorius should get house arrest, community service'
South African track star Oscar Pistorius should serve three years of partial house arrest and community service for the negligent killing of his girlfriend, a witness said on Monday at the first day of the athlete's sentencing.
World Jr Chess: India's Narayanan, Rout stay unbeaten after 7 rounds
Padmini Rout is well-placed along with four foreigners atop of the points' table after seven rounds in the LIC World Junior Chess Championships, being played at Hotel Hyatt, in Pune. With six rounds left in the tough 13-round Swiss league event, the players in both sections are tightly bunched, making the hunt for the title quite open.
F1 Pitlane Tales: I'm not in a hurry, says Alonso
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso gave a teasing hint about his Formula One future on Sunday by saying the decision would seem obvious once announced and he was unlikely to drive for a Mercedes-powered team.
Formula One: Mercedes secure trophy
Russian Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton might cover the distance in a matter of minutes but it has taken more than half a century for Mercedes to add their names to the likes of Ferrari, McLaren and Williams.
Euro 2016: Rooney closes on scoring record; Costa ends drought
Wayne Rooney struck with a 74th-minute free kick to give England a 1-0 win over 10-man Estonia in a Euro 2016 Group E qualifier on Sunday and move to within six goals of Bobby Charlton's record tally of 49.
ISL atmosphere at par with world, says Ranbir Kapoor
After watching his first football match at an Indian stadium, Bollywood star Ranbir Kapoor said the atmosphere during the lung opener of the ISL in Kolkata matched any top international games.
October 12, 2014
Masterful Marquez retains MotoGP title
Marc Marquez retained his MotoGP title with a fighting second place finish in the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday, the dominant Spaniard securing a fourth global title in five years at his Honda team's home Motegi circuit.
Shuttler Jayaram clinches Dutch Open, bags maiden Grand Prix
Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram notched up the biggest triumph of his career by clinching $50,000 Yonex Dutch Open Grand Prix badminton tournament in Almere.
India defeat New Zealand 2-1 Johor Cup opener
Parvinder Singh and Varun Kumar scored a goal each as defending champions India opened their campaign in the Sultan of Johor Cup with a 2-1 win over New Zealand at Taman Daya Hockey Stadium in Johor Bahru.
Frail Muhammad Ali can barely speak, reveals brother
American boxing legend Muhammad Ali's brother has revealed that the boxer who was once famous for his lightning speed and even faster tongue is now so ill that he can barely speak.
Indian Super League kicks off with glittering ceremony
It was an evening to remember for the people residing in 'Mecca of Indian Football' as a riot of colours lit the Salt Lake skyline with much awaited Indian Super League (ISL) doing everything possible to strike the right chord with the football aficionado.
Pique defends stance backing Catalan independence
Spain and Barcelona defender Gerard Pique had made his stand clear over Catalan independence last week and, on Saturday, had to respond to questions over comments he made backing a possible referendum on independence for Catalonia.
Pistorius faces sentencing over girlfriend's death
Disgraced South African track star Oscar Pistorius returns to court on Monday to find out whether he will serve a long stretch behind bars for the negligent killing of his model girlfriend, or walk out a free man.
Ebola fears won't affect African Nations Cup schedule
African Nations Cup's organisers reportedly have no intention of changing the dates of next year's football event even though hosts Morocco called for postponement of the finals because of fears over the Ebola virus.
Bryans achieve another record with Masters slam
American twins Bob and Mike Bryan added another accolade to their lengthy resume after taking the Shanghai Masters men's doubles title on Sunday to become the first pair to win all nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments.
F1 Pitlane Tales: Drivers back speed limit proposals
Formula One drivers have backed proposals to introduce a 'virtual safety car' or automatic speed limiter that would force the entire field to slow when yellow warning flags are waved.
Ronaldo has knee problems again as France beat Portugal in friendly
Not even the return of Cristiano Ronaldo could arrest Portugal's ailing fortunes as new manager Fernando Santos watched his men defeated 2-1 by France in a friendly in Paris on Saturday.
Euro 2016 qualifiers: Poland stun world champions Germany
Poland struck twice on the break to stun wasteful World Cup winners Germany 2-0 on Saturday, earning their first ever victory over their illustrious neighbours and taking control of Euro 2016 qualifying Group D.
Sports Shorts: Shuttler Jayaram stuns top seed to make Dutch Open final
Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram overcame Rajiv Ouseph of England to enter the men's singles final of the $50,000 Yonex Dutch Open Grand Prix, in Almere, The Netherlands.
October 11, 2014
Massa considered quitting F1 following Bianchi's accident
Williams driver Felipe Massa has revealed that he considered quitting Formula One after Marussia driver Jules Bianchi's 160 miles-per-hour horror accident during the Japanese Grand Prix.
Friendlies: Suarez scores on international return; Donovan bids farewell
Luis Suarez returned for Uruguay for the first time since his infamous World Cup biting incident and scored in a 1-1 friendly draw against Saudi Arabia.
'I'm here to be a part of the development of football in India'
Amid the buzz surrounding what has been termed a game-changer for Indian football, Brazilian legend Zico says the 158-ranked nation's hopes of scaling greater heights in the world sport depends solely on the local players' "mentality" and their "ability" to develop.
Euro 2016 qualifiers: Chiellini stars in Italy win; Dutch beat Kazakhs
Defender Giorgio Chiellini scored three times, including an own goal, as Italy beat Azerbaijan 2-1 in their Euro 2016 Group H qualifier in Palermo on Friday.
Ronaldo's agent claims he will never return to Manchester United
Portugal's football team captain Cristiano Ronaldo's agent has revealed that the forward would play out the rest of his career at Real Madrid, shunning reports of a return to Manchester United.
EPL: Allardyce gets praise for playing the 'West Ham way'
West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce deserves credit for re-introducing the 'West Ham way' after a positive start to the Premier League season, co-chairman David Sullivan said on Friday.
Can the Indian Super League reignite India's passion for the beautiful game?
India's new soccer league with its cast of celebrity owners, experienced foreign managers and a sprinkling of high-profile players will kick off on Sunday, igniting hopes of waking the country from its football slumber.
October 10, 2014
Bopanna-Mergea in semis of Shanghai Masters
Rohan Bopanna and his Romanian partner Florin Mergea advanced to the semi-finals of the ATP Shanghai Rolex Masters with a shock victory over the fourth seeded Croat-Brazilian pair of Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo on Friday. The unseeded Indo-Romanian won the quarter-final 6-4, 3-6, 10-7.
Federer sets up Djokovic showdown in Shanghai semis
Two-time champion Novak Djokovic thumped Spain's David Ferrer 6-4, 6-2 to march into the last four of the Shanghai Masters on Friday and set up a semi-final showdown with third seed Roger Federer.
World Jr Chess: Nandhidhaa, Furtado lead Indians' charge
Lesser-fancied Indians again stole limelight in the LIC World Junior Chess Championships, being played at Hotel Hyatt, in Pune, on Friday.
Abhishek Bachchan unveils Chennaiyin FC jersey
Thursday was a landmark day for Chennaiyin FC. The Hero Indian Super League franchise launched their home jersey and also announced prominent real estate developers Ozone Group as their principal sponsor.
F1 Pitlane Tales: Marussia to race with one car in Sochi
Marussia will race with only one car in Sunday's Russian Formula One Grand Prix out of respect for their severely injured French driver Jules Bianchi, the team said on Friday.
Drivers seek respite on track as Russia makes F1 debut
However intense the pain felt by Formula One after Jules Bianchi's horrific accident in Japan, and the shock is deep indeed, Friday's inaugural Russian Grand Prix practice offers some respite.
Chat with Asian Games champion archer Abhishek Verma right here!
Join Abhishek Verma on Rediff Chat at 1 pm IST on October 10, where he will talk about his experience at the Asian Games, his preparations before the Asiad and the feeling of being an Asian Games gold medalist.
Sports Shorts: Nadal recovering satisfactorily from appendicitis
Rafael Nadal is recovering satisfactorily from appendicitis and will continue a course of antibiotics in a bid to be fit for the remainder of the 2014 season, the World No 2's spokesman said on Thursday.
Euro 2016 qualifiers: Slovakia stun defending champs Spain; England labour to win
Holders Spain suffered their first defeat in qualifying for a major tournament in eight years when Miroslav Stoch nodded a late goal to earn Slovakia a shock 2-1 victory in Euro 2016 Group C on Thursday.
October 09, 2014
World Jr Chess: Narayanan shocks Polish GM Dragun
S L Narayanan, a regular visitor to Pune for the Maharashtra Chess League, has a reputation for shocking seeded players. On Thursday, in the fourth round of the LIC World Junior Chess championships, at the Hotel Hyatt, the teenager from Kerala played true to his reputation and stunned Polish Grandmaster Kamil Dragun.
'I do not own any ISL team,' clarifies Salman Khan
Bollywood star Salman Khan used micro-blogging site Twitter to deny reports of him investing in Indian Super League team FC Pune City. The actor, who was believed to be the co-owner of the Pune franchise, posted: "I do not own any ISL team. My friends Dheeraj & Kapil Wadhawan had asked me to be their partner in FC Pune City.
Shanghai: Ferrer ousts Murray, Djokovic and Federer into quarters
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer notched up contrasting victories to reach the Shanghai Masters quarter-finals on Thursday while David Ferrer fought back from a set down to knock out Andy Murray.
Dhoni sole Indian on Forbes' most valuable athlete brand list
India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the sole Indian sportsman to figure on Forbes' list of the world's most valuable athlete brands, a list that has been topped by American basketball player LeBron James and includes golfer Tiger Woods and tennis stars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Koke aims to follow in Xavi's footsteps for new-look Spain
Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke is part of a fresh generation of Spain players aiming to make an impact in Euro 2016 qualifying and says he would be happy if he achieves half the success of retired great Xavi.
Manchester United warned off Roma's Dutch midfielder Strootman
Manchester United can give up hope of signing AS Roma's Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman in the next transfer window, the Italian club's owner told the BBC on Wednesday.
I had no interest in shooting when I joined the army, says Jitu Rai
Commonwealth and Asian Games champion shooter Jitu Rai talks to about his journey from a farmer in a remote village in Nepal to the Indian army to emerging one of world's best shooters.
October 08, 2014
Shanghai Masters: Federer survives Mayer scare; Nadal, Wawrinka exit
An ailing Rafael Nadal added his name to the list of upsets at the Shanghai Masters after the Spaniard suffered a 6-3, 7-6(6) loss to Feliciano Lopez in Wednesday's second round, as fourth seed Stanislas Wawrinka and in-form Kei Nishikori also made early exits. Nadal's great rival Roger Federer survived a huge scare, saving five match-points before overcoming Argentina's Leonardo Mayer 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(7).
After Asian Games success, Myneni hoping to break into ATP top 100
After winning the Asian Games mixed doubles gold, Indian tennis' newest star sets sights on breaking into the top 100.
Football Roundup: Is Rooney ready to overtake Greaves?
James Milner, set to win his 50th England cap against San Marino on Thursday, believes his international captain Wayne Rooney has a good chance of reaching another significant landmark in the coming days.
World Jr Chess: Narayanan holds super GM Kampen to a draw
Lesser-known Indian players continued to impress, while the fancied struggled to score, even as overseas Grandmasters took charge in the third round of the World Junior Chess Championships, being played at Hotel Hyatt, in Pune, on Wednesday. S L Narayanan was one of the early finishers, holding second seed and super GM Robin Van Kampen (2641) to a draw, while 10-year-old Nihal Sarin's impressive display again won him many admirers after he held Balazs CSonka (2409) to a draw to remain unbeaten after three encounters against opponents rated higher than 2400.
Why Sania Mirza was denied entry to Taj Mahal
Tennis star Sania Mirza was disappointed as she arrived late and could not see the man-made marvel, Taj Mahal in Agra city.
Preview: UEFA's first 'week of football'
Europe is preparing for UEFA's first full-blown 'week of football' as the marathon Euro 2016 qualifying competition gets into full swing - although it promises to be a distinctly underwhelming experience.
La Liga without Barcelona if Catalonia splits from Spain
Barcelona would not be allowed to play in La Liga if Catalonia broke away from Spain, the country's football league chief Javier Tebas said as tensions mounted in the region over the possibility of an independence referendum next month.
October 07, 2014
F1: Mallya's Force India battles with McLaren for 5th spot
Force India Formula One team boss Vijay Mallya feels beating McLaren for fifth spot in the team standings will be a 'big task' in the remaining four races of the season.
Dhoni felicitates hockey goalkeeper Sreejesh for Asiad heroics
After venturing into football, Indian cricket skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni felicitated Asian Games gold-winning hockey team vice-captain P R Sreejesh on behalf of the Kerala Cricket Association.
Euro 2016: No qualifier painkillers for Zlatan
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is racing to be fit for Sweden's Euro 2016 qualifiers against Russia and Liechtenstein in Stockholm, but won't risk playing with pain-killing injections.
WADA claims, organised crime controls 25 percent of world sport
The man tasked with eliminating drug cheats says criminal gangs now control a quarter of all world professional sport.
Dope-tainted past haunts Asiad gold medalist Seema Punia
Livid with detractors for casting aspersions on her achievements because of a dope-tainted past, Asian Games gold medallist discus thrower Seema Punia said she has been 'ill-treated' by authorities, including the national federation, for many years now.
Formula One: 'Bianchi crash was bad luck'
The crash that left French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi in a critical condition with severe head injures was down to bad luck rather than poor judgement by Japanese Grand Prix race officials, a track spokesman said on Tuesday.
Keane rakes up another controversy involving Ferguson in new book
Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane regrets having apologised to Alex Ferguson after the falling-out which led to him leaving the club in 2005, leaked extracts from his new autobiography have revealed.
Sports Shorts: Olympic champ Phelps suspended for six months
American swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, was suspended for six months by USA Swimming on Monday following his recent arrest on a drunken driving charge.
Insatiable Yogeshwar sets his sights on Rio Olympics
Yogeshwar Dutt is aiming for a yellow metal at next year's World Championships and thereby earn an automatic berth in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Can Ronaldo break Messi's record in La Liga?
Not content with setting a record of 17 goals for one edition of the Champions League last season, Cristiano Ronaldo is already well on the way towards breaking Lionel Messi's La Liga best haul of 50 goals in one campaign.
October 06, 2014
India go down to Palestine; coach Koevermans resigns
The Indian football team squandered a first-half lead to eventually go down to AFC Challenge Cup Champions Palestine 2-3 in an International friendly in Siliguri on Monday.
Euro 2016: Costa banking on Fabregas to help end goal drought
Diego Costa has yet to open his account for Spain in five appearances, a perplexing state of affairs given his prolific form for Atletico Madrid last season and his blistering start at Chelsea.
Apart from Olympics, I have lot more to look forward to: Sania
Tennis ace Sania Mirza expressed happiness over India winning five medals at the recently-concluded Asian Games at Incheon, although she felt many people did not expect them to do well with the team the country had sent.
Karlovic stuns Cilic, Isner aces it in Shanghai
US Open champion Marin Cilic made a shock first-round exit from the Shanghai Masters on Monday after losing 7-5, 2-6, 7-6(2) to fellow Croatian Ivo Karlovic.
Saif signs up as OGQ brand ambassador, pledges Rs 20 lakh annually!
Bollywood superstar Saif Ali Khan signed up as brand ambassador for Olympic Gold Quest on Monday and immediately pledged Rs 20 lakh a year to support the training of athletes for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
World Jr Chess: Gujrathi, Kampen score easy wins
Vidit Santosh Gujrathi got off to a flying start, quickly winning her first round match in the World Junior Chess Championship, which commenced at Hotel Hyatt, in Pune, on Monday.
Dhoni becomes ISL team Chennaiyin FC co-owner
After the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Virat Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has become the latest cricketer to own a football team in the high-profile Indian Super League, investing in the Chennaiyin FC ahead of the event starting October 12.
Van Gaal's Manchester United regaining reputation as entertainers
Manchester United may still be some way from the team that won 13 league titles under Alex Ferguson, but a combination of exciting attacking players and suspect defense means they are regaining the club's reputation for great entertainment.
Jose Mourinho torments Arsene Wenger again, on and off the pitch
The long-running feud between Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho shows no sign of healing after another high-profile falling out on Sunday, this time the result of a dispute over territory.
La Liga: Ronaldo hits yet another treble as Madrid rout of Bilbao
Cristiano Ronaldo took his tally for the La Liga season to a phenomenal 13 goals in six appearances with his third treble of the campaign as Real Madrid romped to a 5-0 win at home to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.
October 05, 2014
Swimming legend Phelps to take break after drunken driving arrest
US swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, said on Sunday he would take a break from swimming and undergo treatment after his recent arrest for drunken driving.
Bianchi crash: Plenty to ponder as Marussia driver 'fights for life'
Jules Bianchi's accident in Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix has prompted questions over whether the Formula One race should have been started earlier to beat deteriorating weather conditions.
ISL trophy launched in presence of icon players
The glittering trophy, which will be awarded to the winner of the Indian Super League, was unveiled by chairperson of IMG-Reliance, Nita Ambani, in the presence of icon players Alessandro Del Piero and Fredrik Ljungberg among others.
China Open: Djokovic seals fifth title, Sharapova beats Kvitova
World No 1 Novak Djokovic destroyed Tomas Berdych in a lop-sided contest to win his fifth China Open crown on Sunday while Maria Sharapova overcame Petra Kvitova 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 in the women's final to move up to No 2 in the world rankings.
Nishikori tames Raonic to claim Japan Open title
Local hero Kei Nishikori claimed his second Japan Open title on Sunday, overcoming familiar foe Milos Raonic 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-4 in the final under a closed roof at the Ariake Colosseum.
Hamilton wins crash-marred Japan race
Britain's Lewis Hamilton won a wet and sombre Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday to extend his Formula One lead over Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg to 10 points with four races remaining.
'I fully support Sarita, but I would have protested differently'
She understands the emotion behind L Sarita Devi's tearful protest on the Asian Games podium but M C Mary Kom, who became the first Indian woman boxer to win gold at the mega-event, said faced with a similar crisis, she would have shown dissent differently.
October 04, 2014
La Liga: Valencia shock champions Atletico
Atletico Madrid failed to build on Wednesday's notable Champions League success against Juventus when they were beaten 3-1 at a resurgent Valencia in La Liga on Saturday.
EPL in Pix: Late goals give Man City victory at Villa
Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson scored as Liverpool registered their first Premier League win since August with a 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion at Anfield on Saturday.
Bundesliga: Lewandowski, Robben strike twice as Bayern crush Hanover
Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski and Arjen Robben scored twice each as the champions crushed Hanover 96 4-0 in the Bundesliga on Saturday to go four points clear at the top of the table as rivals Borussia Dortmund lost to Hamburg SV.
ISL: Abraham confident of NE United; Greek star Katsouranis arrives
Actor John Abraham, co-owner of Northeast United FC, is confident that the club would give a tough fight to other teams at the upcoming Indian Super League.
Asian Games: India return with lesser medals but hockey gold brings joy
Indian sports had a lot to celebrate despite a decrease in the medal count at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon.
Vettel joining Ferrari! No, Alonso is not insecure!
Fernando Alonso indicated his Formula One future was in his own hands despite Red Bull announcing on Saturday that four time world champion Sebastian Vettel was leaving to join Ferrari.
What happens if Messi is convicted of alleged tax evasion?
Four-time world player of the year Lionel Messi would soon face trial for alleged tax evasion; a Spanish judge has ruled and might face a six year jail term if convicted.
United weakened without Rooney, says Everton boss Martinez
Manchester United have enough in their armoury to cope with the loss of suspended striker Wayne Rooney, Everton manager Roberto Martinez warned his players on Friday ahead of this weekend's Premier League clash at Old Trafford.
Mourinho praises 'Made in Arsenal' Fabregas
Cesc Fabregas might have been "Made in Arsenal" but all that matters for his manager Jose Mourinho is that he has been playing "phenomenal" football for top-of-the-table Chelsea.
Mourinho congratulates Wenger for completing 18 years at Arsenal
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho congratulated Arsene Wenger on his 18 years as Arsenal manager on Friday and said he had no need to apologise for calling him a 'specialist in failure' last season.
Sports Shorts: Djokovic downs Murray to advance to China Open final
World No 1 Novak Djokovic maintained his perfect tournament record and advanced to his fifth China Open final with a 6-3, 6-4 victory against Andy Murray on Saturday.
Asian Games: Sarita Devi given 'strong warning' after medal protest
Boxer L Sarita Devi has escaped with a warning after apologising for her petulant display at the Asian Games when she refused to accept her bronze medal.
India finish 8th in Asian Games, 2 rungs lower than 2010 edition
India ended their 17th Asian Games campaign on Saturday at the eighth spot on the medals tally, a drop of two positions from the previous edition of the mega-event which drew to a close in Incheon.
BCCI only interested in making money out of cricket: OCA
BCCI's decision to not send Indian teams for the Asian Games drew sharp criticism from the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) on Saturday, which accused the influential cricket board of treating the sport just as a business venture.
In Pix: Asia's golden age of sport
The 17th Asian Games came to a close on Saturday, bringing an end to two weeks of intense competition, drama and controversy that shone a light on the best and worst of a region that will host the world's biggest events for the next decade.
EPL: Livepool's Rodgers wants more out of striker Balotelli
Manager Brendan Rodgers has ended whatever honeymoon period new striker Mario Balotelli was enjoying at Anfield, telling him he needs to start scoring goals after finding the net just once in seven appearances for Liverpool.
Nadal stunned by Klizan at China Open
Rafael Nadal's return to action came to a shuddering halt on Friday when the Spaniard was beaten by Slovakia's Martin Klizan in a late-night quarter-final duel at the China Open.
Red Bull's Vettel set for Ferrari move next season
Four times world champion Sebastian Vettel is leaving Red Bull at the end of the season and is set to join Ferrari, the Formula One team said on Saturday.
F1 Qualifying: Rosberg, Hamilton in Mercedes one-two for Japanese GP
Germany's Nico Rosberg put Mercedes on pole position for Sunday's Japanese Formula One Grand Prix with championship-leading teammate Lewis Hamilton joining him on the front row.
No racism in football, people deservedly get jobs, observes Mourinho
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes there is no need for English football to introduce American Football's 'Rooney Rule', saying "there is no racism" in the game.
October 03, 2014
No boxer should experience what I went through: L Sarita Devi
Having offered an unconditional apology for an emotionally-charged protest during the Asian Games medal ceremony, Indian boxer L Sarita Devi hoped that her outburst will ensure better judging at next month's World Championship in Korea.
India at the Asian Games: Gold for Kabaddi teams; 5th place finish in volleyball
India completed a golden double on the kabaddi mat for the second successive edition of the Asian Games after the men and women's teams defeated Iran to win gold in Incheon on Friday.
Manju's bronze upgraded following Chinese competitor's positive dope test
The Asian Games hammer throw bronze won by India's Manju Bala has been upgraded to silver after one of the two Chinese competitors who finished ahead of her in the women's final, returned positive for dope test.
Asian Games: Boxing India put onus on IOA to resolve Sarita medal row
Seeking to distance itself from the controversy surrounding L Sarita Devi's semi-final loss at the Asian Games, recently-elected Boxing India (BI) President Sandeep Jajodia said the matter is for the IOA to resolve with world governing body, AIBA.
Asian Games: Chinese hammer gold medallist tests positive
Women's hammer gold medallist Zhang Wenxiu of China has failed a doping test at the Asian Games and has been thrown out of the competition, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) announced on Friday.
Asian Games: Bahrain's Mahboob wins men's marathon on debut
Kenyan-born Ali Hasan Mahboob won the Asian Games gold for Bahrain in the men's marathon on Friday after seeing off a spirited challenge from Japan's Kohei Matsumara.
Asian Games: Sri Lanka beat Afghanistan to win cricket gold
Sri Lanka crushed Afghanistan by 68 runs to win the gold medal in the men's Twenty20 cricket event at the Asian Games on Friday.
Champions League: Arsenal and Galatasaray charged over flares
Arsenal and Galatasaray are facing disciplinary action after supporters of the Turkish club lit red flares and threw them onto the pitch, briefly holding up play, in their Champions League group match on Wednesday.
Sports Shorts: Alves blames media for Brazil's World Cup debacle
Dani Alves has blamed the media for Brazil's unsuccessful World Cup campaign but conceded that the team did not prepare properly ahead of the humiliating 7-1 defeat by Germany in the semi-final.
'Regretful' Sarita Devi offers 'unconditional apology' for medal ceremony row
Facing the prospect of a ban, Indian boxer L Sarita Devi offered an "unconditional apology" for refusing to accept her bronze medal during the Asian Games presentation ceremony, the International Boxing Association said on Friday.
Asian Games: India men, women retain kabaddi gold
India's unhindered supremacy in the kabaddi competition at the Asian Games continued as both the men's and women's teams successfully defended their respective gold medals with hard-fought final triumphs over Iran in Incheon on Friday.
Wanted! New Puyol to fix Barcelona's leaky defence
As Barca prepare for a trip to Madrid to play Rayo Vallecano on Saturday, they are still reeling from Tuesday's 3-2 Champions League reverse at Paris St Germain, when their defence was badly exposed by the Ligue 1 title holders.
October 02, 2014
Asian Games athletics: 4x400m relay team brings gold; others disappoint
The women's 4x400m relay quartet lived up to their expectations by clinching a gold after a brilliant race as India ended their athletics campaign with an impressive haul of 13 medals in the 17th Asian Games in Incheon on Thursday.
Sports minister promises all help to hockey team for 2016 Olympics
Congratulating the Indian men's hockey team for winning a 'historic' gold at the ongoing Incheon Asian Games, Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that the government will provide every possible help to the team in preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Asian Games champs to get 2.5 lakh each from Hockey India
The gold medal-winning Indian men's hockey team will receive a cash reward of Rs 2.5 lakh each from Hockey India for their stupendous show at the Asian Games.
Asian Games: South Korea beat North to win soccer gold
South Korea's Rim Chang-woo lashed home the winner in the last minute of extra time to give the Asian Games hosts a 1-0 win over fierce rivals North Korea in the final of the men's soccer tournament on Thursday.
Formula One: Alonso refuses to rule out Ferrari departure
Fernando Alonso on Thursday refused to categorically rule out leaving current team Ferrari as soon as next season for either former outfit McLaren or reigning champions Red Bull.
'This gold medal will make public reconnect with the hockey'
Hockey greats Balbir Singh (Sr) and Ajit Pal Singh hailed India's Asian Games gold medal-winning effort but felt the players still have a mountain to climb to succeed at the World and Olympic level.
Sports Shorts: Paes-Bopanna knocked out of Japan Open
India's Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna crashed out of the Japan Open following a straight set defeat against Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo, in Tokyo on Thursday.
Asian Games: India stay on course for double gold in kabaddi
Defending champions India stayed on course for double gold in kabaddi as the sport's powerhouse stormed into the finals of both men and women's events respectively, with resounding wins at the 17th Asian Games, in Incheon on Thursday.
CL Roundup: Holders Real scrape past Ludogorets; Basel stun Liverpool
Karim Benzema came off the bench to score 13 minutes from time and ruin any chance of a dream result for resilient Ludogorets as holders Real Madrid carved out a patchy 2-1 win in Wednesday's Champions League Group B match.
Champions League: Arsenal demolish Galatasaray with Welbeck treble
Danny Welbeck's hat-trick in a 4-1 thrashing of a feeble Galatasaray side helped ignite Arsenal's Champions League campaign in a lop-sided Group D clash in north London on Wednesday.
Did boxer Sarita really show lack of sportsmanship? Tell us!
Indian boxer L Sarita Devi's refusal to accept her bronze medal on the podium went against the values of sportsmanship, Asian Games organisers said on Thursday, adding they were reviewing the incident and could take action against her.
Benched Podolski considering future at Arsenal
Frustrated Arsenal winger Lukas Podolski hinted on Thursday he might leave the Premier League club before his contract expires in 2016 because he was not playing enough.
China Open: Nadal into Beijing quarters, Berdych boosts London hopes
World No 2 Rafael Nadal sailed into the quarter-finals of the China Open, his first tournament in 13 weeks, with a 6-3, 6-4 win over German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk on Thursday.
Asian Games: Bronze for Vikas, Satish; India end with 5 boxing medals
Indian pugilists ended their campaign at the 17th Asian Games with five medals as Vikas Krishan and Satish Kumar settled for bronze medals after losing their semi-final bouts against respective opponents.
Asian Games: India win gold in 4x400m women's relay
India continued their stranglehold in women's 4x400m relay event in the Asian Games as its quartet ran a brilliant race to win the gold for the fourth time on the trot in Games record time in the 17th edition in Incheon on Thursday.
Asian Games: India men win hockey gold; qualify for 2016 Rio Olympics
In a nerve-wracking contest, India beat Pakistan in penalty-shootout to clinch the coveted hockey gold at the Asian Games in Incheon on Thursday.
Sarita gets back the bronze medal she refused
Putting an end to the status of the bronze medal won by Indian woman boxer L Sarita Devi, the Olympic Council of Asia on Thursday re-instated her medal in the 60kg category after a hearing with the India's Asian Games contingent officials in Incheon.
Ljungberg hopes to inspire Indian youngsters through ISL
Arsenal and Swedish legend Freddie Ljungberg, who will be plying his trade for ISL franchise Mumbai City FC, said he wanted to play in the new football league to inspire youngsters and help them.
October 01, 2014
'Sarita's behaviour will give wrong ideas to youngsters'
Boxer Sarita Devi's emotional refusal to wear the bronze medal at the Asian Games podium inside the Seonhak Gymnasium in Incheon on Wednesday has not gone down well with some members of the Indian contingent.
We have sought report from IOA on Sarita incident: Sonowal
Three Union ministers came out in support of boxer Sarita Devi as sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal sought a report from the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on pugilist's controversial loss against Korean boxer in the semi-final of the Asian Games in Incheon.
Boxer Sarita faces AIBA probe for returning medal at Asian Games
India's woman boxer Sarita Devi is facing an International Boxing Association (AIBA) probe for returning her Asian Games bronze medal during the podium ceremony with the world governing body's supervisor describing her act as "regretful".
'The decision against Sarita was atrocious'
Former World Boxing champion Aruna Mishra alleged that the adverse decision against Sarita Devi has robbed her off a gold in the Asian Games, but opined the boxer should have accepted the bronze medal as it was for the nation.
Gold winner Ghosal awaits Bengal government's recognition
Top squash player Saurav Ghosal is eagerly awaiting his home state government's recognition after bagging a historic gold and silver for India at the Incheon Asian Games.
Asiad: Good first throw earns Annu Rani women's javelin bronze
Annu Rani swelled India's medal tally at the Asian Games, winning a bronze in the women's javelin throw with a personal best of 59.53 metres, in Incheon, on Wednesday.
Yogeshwar semi-final was best come-from-behind win I've seen: Sushil Kumar
Terming Yogeshwar Dutt's historic gold at the Asian Games as an "exceptional achievement", seasoned campaigner Sushil Kumar said the country's wrestlers have done justice to the sport by improving their medal count at the Asian Games. He was particularly impressed with Yogeshwar's semi-final performance against China's Katai Yerlanbieke at the Incheon Games. Yogeshwar Dutt's historic gold at the Asian Games as a "exceptional achievement", seasoned campaigner Sushil Kumar said that wrestlers have done justice to the sport by improving their medal count from the sport.
Asian Games: Tintu Luka's best only good for 800m silver
Indian athletics' great PT Usha's prodigy Tintu Lukka was leading the pack in women's 800m final at Incheon on Wednesday but had to settle for silver.
What brought this Swiss racer's F1 hopes to grinding halt?
Swiss racer Simona De Silvestro's hopes of becoming the first woman since 1976 to race in Formula One have suffered a setback with the Sauber team ending a testing deal due to her lack of funds.
India beat Japan, clinch women's hockey bronze
India's women's hockey team clinched the bronze medal at the Asian Games, beating Japan 2-1 in the third place play-off, in Incheon, on Wednesday.
Africans in Asia debate: 'Training, not birthplace, helps win medals'
Ethiopian-born Maryam Yusuf Jamal thanked Bahrain for giving her the chance to earn a living from athletics on Wednesday and told Reuters that her Asian Games 1,500 metres gold medal was down to intensive training, not which country she originated from.
Asian Games: Robbed of final berth, inconsolable Sarita refuses bronze!
Distraught after losing her controversial semifinal bout, Indian boxer L Sarita Devi on Tuesday stunned officials and spectators by refusing to accept the bronze medal, which is now in the custody of organisers.
India at the Asian Games: Mary Kom wins gold, but disappointment all around
India's boxing ace, MC Mary Kom became the first Indian woman on Wednesday to win a gold medal at the Asian Games.
Champions League: Can Arsenal guard fortress against Galatasaray?
Apart from when German clubs are in town, Arsenal's Emirates Stadium has been a fortress in the Champions League and manager Arsene Wenger says that must continue if his side are to continue their run of reaching the last 16.
Congratulate Mary Kom on her Asian Games gold
Mary Kom added another feather to her already crowded cap and became the first Indian woman boxer to clinch a gold medal at the Asian Games. In the 2010 edition she had to settle with a bronze medal.
Asian Games: Boxing queen Mary Kom wins gold
India's best medal hope, five-time World boxing champion M C Mary Kom lived up to expectations as she beat Zhaina Shekerbekova of Kazakhstan to win the gold medal in the flyweight category (48-51kgs) at the Asian Games, in Incheon, on Wednesday.
Find out why India has not progressed as an Olympic nation
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) Director General Jiji Thomson admitted that India has not progressed as an Olympic nation even after its best ever haul of six medals at the London Games in 2012 and the main reason is lack of bench strength.
Roundup: Mueller's penalty gives Bayern win; Martinez steals show
Bayern Munich carved out a 1-0 win at CSKA Moscow on Tuesday thanks to Thomas Mueller's first-half penalty in the strangely muted atmosphere of a cold, damp and deserted Khimki Arena.
CL: Chelsea's Matic silences 'booing fans'; Totti punishes City
Nemanja Matic's header ended Sporting's proud four-year unbeaten home run in Europe as Chelsea seized control of Champions League Group G with a 1-0 victory in Lisbon on Tuesday.
In Pix: An electric night in Paris!
The world's biggest superstars landed in Paris and enjoyed a game of soccer.
Champion League's milestone men: Terry, Iniesta and Xavi
John Terry became the second Chelsea player this year to make 100 appearances in the Champions League when he captained his side against Sporting Lisbon in their Group G match in Portugal on Tuesday.
Champions League: No Ibra? No problem for PSG as they shock Barca
Paris St Germain made light of the absent Zlatan Ibrahimovic and a sub-standard start to the season to claim a 3-2 Champions League victory over Barcelona on Tuesday.
September 30, 2014
Olympic U.S. swimming champion Phelps arrested for drunken driving
Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps was arrested for drunken driving early on Tuesday after speeding and then crossing the double-lane lines inside the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore, Maryland Transportation Authority Police said.
Asian Games: Gowda wins discus throw silver
India's ace discus thrower Vikas Gowda won the silver medal in the men's discuss throw event, during the 17th Asian Games in Incheon on Tuesday.
Asian Games: India to meet Pakistan in men's hockey final
India entered the final of the men's hockey tournament at the Asian Games after a solitary goal victory over South Korea in the semi-finals, in Incheon, on Tuesday.
Sports Shorts: Wawrinka and Tsonga humbled in Japan
Tatsuma Ito and Michal Przysiezny claimed the biggest wins of their careers at the Japan Open on Tuesday when the local wildcard knocked out top seed Stan Wawrinka and the Polish qualifier saved match points to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Robbery in boxing ring: 'Judges deserve to be thrown out!'
Controversy hit the Asian Games boxing competition after India's L Sarita Devi (60kg) had to settle for a bronze medal despite dominating her semifinal bout in Incheon on Tuesday.
Kabaddi: India's men and women ease into semis at Asian Games
Six-time champions India notched up their third win on the trot with a 23-11 victory over arch-rivals Pakistan to top their group and storm into the semi-finals of the men's kabaddi competitions at the Asian Games in Incheon.
Mary punches her way into final; Sarita, Pooja settle for bronze
Olympic bronze-medallist M C Mary Kom once again led the charge as she packed a powerful punch by assuring herself at least a silver medal in the fly weight category (48-51kgs) after beating Vietnam's Le Thi Bang at the 17th Asian Games, in Incheon on Tuesday.
Indian boxing contingent's protest against Sarita's defeat dismissed
An outraged Indian boxing contingent lodged a protest and demanded a review of L Sarita Devi's semi-final bout at the Asian Games after the veteran pugilist lost despite a dominating performance against home favourite Jina Park.
How retail therapy works best for Thai golf trio
Thailand's gold medal-winning golf team let their hair down with a shopping trip to Seoul on Monday, but behind the smiles and giggles the trio said they are deadly serious about their sport.
EPL: Stoke beat Newcastle to heap pressure on Pardew
An early Peter Crouch goal gave Stoke City a 1-0 home win against Newcastle United in the Premier League on Monday to pile more pressure onto beleaguered Toon boss Alan Pardew.
September 29, 2014
Asiad Boxing: Vikas advances to QFs, Mandeep disappoints
It turned out to be a largely disappointing day for Indian boxers at the Asian Games with former World Championship bronze-medallist Vikas Krishan (75kg) being the only one to advance, making the quarter-final, while three others fell by the wayside.
Seema Punia wins Asian Games discus gold
Seema Punia Antil ended India's gold medal drought in track and field on the third day of athletics competitions when she beat back a strong challenge from two Chinese athletes to win the women's discus throw at the Asian Games.
India at Asian Games: Men's kabaddi team thrash Thailand
Six-time champions India notched up their second successive win in the men's kabaddi competition after thrashing Thailand 66-27 in a Group A preliminary-round match at the 17th Asian Games.
Asian Games: Saketh-Sanam win tennis silver
Sanam Singh could not add a second consecutive Asian Games gold medal to his kitty as he and Saketh Myneni settled for silver after losing the hard-fought final in straight sets to Korea's Yongkyu Lim and Hyeon Chung, in Incheon on Monday.
Dream come true to win a medal at Asian Games: Sejwal
Only the fourth Indian to clinch a swimming medal in the Asian Games, Sandeep Sejwal said his bronze in the 50m breaststroke event is a dream realised after eight years of hard work with his coach Nihar Ameen.
'We have the English champions playing the Italian runners-up'
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini will be back in the dugout after returning from suspension when City attempt to kick-start their Champions League campaign against a rampant, in-form AS Roma at the Etihad on Tuesday.
Mourinho faces striking choice in his return to Portuguese roots
As Jose Mourinho returns to his Portuguese footballing roots, the Chelsea manager may have to decide which back-up marksman he trusts most to shoot down his old employers at Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Sania happy to mentor India's rising tennis stars
Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza feels the five medals that the team has managed to grab at the ongoing Asian Games is a pretty good performance given that the country did not come with the best unit.
UEFA Champions League: PSG sweat over Ibra fitness for Barca clash
Paris St Germain are sweating over striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic's fitness as the French champions look fragile ahead of Barcelona's visit in Champions League Group F on Tuesday.
Asian Games: Mixed fortune for Indian TT players
The Indian table tennis players had a bitter-sweet day at the Asian Games as the mixed doubles team of Achanta Sharath Kamal and Poulomi Ghatak crashed out while the women's doubles team got the better of arch-rivals Pakistan in a round-of-32 match in Incheon on Monday.
EPL: Rooney sorry for red card incident against West Ham
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has apologised to his team mates after being sent off against West Ham United during Saturday's Premier League match following a rash challenge on Stewart Downing.
In PHOTOS: Wild celebrations ensue as Europe retain Ryder Cup
Europe maintained their Ryder Cup stranglehold over the United States with a crushing five-point victory on Sunday as rookie Jamie Donaldson had the honour of securing the decisive point to make it eight wins in the last 10 matches.
Asian Games: Lee falls yet again to great Chinese rival Lin
Badminton World No 1 Lee Chong Wei fell yet again to his great adversary Lin Dan in the semi-finals of the Asian Games on Sunday, ending the Malaysian's last hope of winning a gold medal at the Asiad.
September 28, 2014
Rossi knocked unconscious in race crash
Italian great Valentino Rossi was knocked unconscious in a MotoGP crash in Spain on Sunday and was taken to hospital for precautionary checks that ruled out serious injury.
Lack of proper training affected Indian footballers: Garcia
ISL team Atletico de Kolkata's marquee player Luis Garcia said Indian footballers have talent but lack of proper training impedes their success.
Paes-Matkowski lift Malaysian Open title
Veteran Indian star Leander Paes, who skipped Asian Games to get some valuable ranking points, vindicated his decision by lifting the ATP Malaysian Open with new partner Marcin Matkowski Kuala Lumpur.
Asian Games: Yogeshwar ends India's 28-year gold drought in wrestling
India's Yogeshwar Dutt beat Yusupov Zalimkhan of Tajikistan 1-0 to win the gold medal in the men's freestyle 65 kg wrestling event at the Asian Games in Incheon.
India at Asian Games: Mary Kom leads women boxers charge
Olympic bronze-medallist M C Mary Kom led the charge as Indian women boxers packed a powerful punch by assuring themselves of medals in each of the three weight categories at the 17th Asian Games, in Incheon on Sunday.
Sports Shorts: Sharapova, Venus sail into China Open second round
Reigning French Open champion Maria Sharapova, former world number one Venus Williams and Australian Samantha Stosur sailed into the second round of the China Open with straight set victories on Sunday.
Asian Games: Bronze for Sania-Prarthana in tennis doubles
The Indian pair of Sania Mirza and Prarthana Thombare settled for a bronze after losing their women's doubles semi-final to Chinese Taipei's Chin Wei Chan and Su Wei Hsiehin in the Asian Games, in Incheon on Sunday.
EPL: Livepool, Arsenal share spoils in respective derbies; Chelsea march on
Spoils were shared in two huge Premier League derbies, Chelsea's cracking start continued with a 3-0 win over Aston Villa and Wayne Rooney produced a Jekyll and Hyde display in a nervy Manchester United victory on Saturday.
Ryder Cup: McGinley hails great show as Europe surge 10-6 clear
Captain Fantastic Paul McGinley hailed "a great team performance" after Europe crushed the US in the Ryder Cup foursomes for the second day running to gallop into a commanding 10-6 lead on Saturday.
Steeplechase row: No medal upgrade for India, Bahrain gold reinstated
India's hopes of a medal in the women's 3000m steeplechase were dashed on Sunday after Bahrain's Ruth Jebet was reinstated as the gold medal-winner following a review, a decision which the Indian contingent plans to challenge in front of "higher authorities".
Asian Games: Saketh Myneni in line for two gold medals
Saketh Myneni got himself in line for two gold medals by reaching the finals of both men's doubles and mixed doubles events even as other Indian tennis players, including Sania Mirza, clinched three bronze at the Asian Games in Incheon on Sunday.
Asian Games: Indian women lose recurve bronze play-off to Japan
The Indian recurve archers wrapped up a thoroughly disappointing performance at the 17th Asian Games after the women's team lost a tense bronze medal match to Japan in a shoot-off in Incheon on Sunday.
Asian Games: Irfan finishes 5th, Krishnan disqualified in 20km race walk
India's K T Irfan finished fifth, while Ganapathi Krishnan was disqualified from the men's 20km race walk of the 17th Asian Games in Incheon on Sunday.
Asian Games: Khushbir wins silver as India bag 4 medals in athletics
Khushbir Kaur clinched the silver medal in the 20km race walk before 400m runners Rajiv Arokia and M R Poovamma grabbed a bronze each in the men's and women's 400m respectively while Manju Bala secured a bronze in women's hammer throw to add to the growing medal tally from track and field events.
Asiad: Look who is giving the athletes a pat on their back!
The Union Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that the Indian contingent was performing well in the ongoing Incheon Asian Games and hoped the athletes would win more medals for the country.
September 27, 2014
La Liga: Ronaldo on target again in Villarreal win
Cristiano Ronaldo kept up his rich La Liga scoring form as Real Madrid beat Villarreal 2-0 on Saturday to move up to fourth.
Bundesliga: Schalke shock Dortmund in derby, Bayern win
Schalke 04 beat rivals Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the Bundesliga Ruhr valley derby on Saturday to confirm their improving form after a bad start to the season.
EPL in Pix: Chelsea march on, Manchester United and City wobble
Chelsea's commanding start to the Premier League season continued with a 3-0 victory over Aston Villa on Saturday as their rivals for the title continued to look vulnerable.
India's schedule at the Asian Games on Sunday
India's schedule on the ninth day of the competitions at the Asian Games in Incheon on Sunday.
EPL: Jagielka stunner earns Everton a dramatic draw at Liverpoool
Phil Jagielka's stoppage-time thunderbolt earned Everton an unlikely 1-1 draw in the 223rd Merseyside derby on Saturday after Steven Gerrard's free kick appeared to have secured Liverpool a welcome victory.
Ryder Cup: Rose, Stenson win record-breaking classic
Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson reeled off a record 10 successive birdies to win a fourball encounter against Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar that will go down as one of the greatest games in the competition's 87-year history on Saturday.
In Pix: Squash team's wild, wild celebration after historic gold
The Indian squash players wrapped up a historic performance in the Asian Games, clinching an unprecedented men's team gold after the women's side settled for its first ever silver in Incheon on Saturday.
Lalita finish 2nd, Sudha 3rd in dramatic 3000m steeplechase
Lalita Babar and Sudha Singh clinched a silver and a bronze under dramatic circumstances in women's 3000m steeplechase after a Bahraini runner was disqualified as India opened their medal account on the opening day of athletics competition at the Asian Games in Incheon on Saturday.
Asian Games: Geetika, Vinesh bag bronze in wrestling
India's Vinesh defeated Mongolian wrestler in the women's freestyle 48kg category 10-0 to win bronze at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon on Saturday.
Asian Games: India men record scrappy win over China; make hockey semis
India eked out a hard-fought 2-0 win over lower-ranked China to progress to the semi-finals of the men's hockey competition at the 17th Asian Games on Saturday.
India at Asian Games: Archers hit bulls-eye; Men's squash team clinch gold
India's squash players wrapped up a historic performance at the Asian Games, clinching an unprecedented men's team gold after the women's side settled for its first ever silver in Incheon on Saturday.
I'm just a servant of football, says Blatter
FIFA president Sepp Blatter is a mere servant at the service of football, he said on Friday as he re-stated his intention to run for a fifth mandate in next May's election.
Asian Games: Mary Kom punches her way into quarters
Olympic bronze-medallist M C Mary Kom set her Asian Games campaign rolling in style as she out-punched Korea's Kim Yeji to enter the quarter-finals along with two other Indian women boxers in Incheon on Saturday.
Formula One: 'Rosberg retirement due to freak contamination'
Nico Rosberg's retirement from Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix was caused by a freak contamination of his steering column electronics by a substance used by Mercedes in their pre-event servicing, the team said on Friday.
It's raining medals for India as archer Verma wins silver
In what turned out to be a fruitful day for the Indian archers in the 17th Asian Games, Abhishek Verma settled for a silver after going down to Esmaeil Ebadi of Iran in the compound men's individual gold medal match in Incheon on Saturday.
Ryder Cup golf: Europe roar back to lead on gripping opening day
The Ryder Cup delivered high drama yet again as Europe produced a stirring fightback to win three of the foursomes matches against the United States and take a 5-3 lead after a tense and hugely entertaining first day on Friday.
Asiad: Bronze for archer Trisha in compound women's individual event
India's Trisha Deb sprung a surprise to win bronze in the compound women's individual event at the Asian Games on Saturday, taking India's tally in archery to three medals on the day so far.
Asian Games: Historic silver for Indian women's squash team
The Indian women's squash team clinched a historic silver medal at the Inchon Asian Games after they lost to Malaysia in the final of the 17th Asian Games on Saturday.
Sports Shorts: FIFA to ban third-party ownership of players
Soccer's governing body FIFA has agreed to ban the third-party ownership (TPO) of players, its president Sepp Blatter said on Friday, seven years after first promising to outlaw the practice.
Asian Games chit-chat: Japan swimmer sent home for stealing camera
A Japanese athlete at the Asian Games has been charged by police after admitting to stealing a camera from a South Korean journalist, police said on Saturday.
Asian Games: Chain Singh clinches bronze in 50m 3-position rifle shooting
India's Chain Singh did himself and the country proud after winning the bronze in the 50m 3-position rifle shooting event at the Asian Games on Saturday.
Archery gold for Indian men's compound team; women settle for bronze
India earned their second gold medal at the 17th Asian Games after the men's compound archery team bagged the yellow metal by getting the better of South Korea, in Incheon on Saturday.
September 26, 2014
Shiva, Kuldeep in quarters; Akhil bows out of Asiad boxing
Continental champion Shiva Thapa (56kg) was barely tested as he advanced to the quarter-finals but it was curtains for comeback-man Akhil Kumar (60kg) after he lost an edge-of-the-seat last-16 bout on a bitter-sweet day for Indian boxing in the 17th Asian Games.
Wenger taking nothing for granted against Spurs
Arsenal have only lost six times to Tottenham Hotspur in 43 matches since Arsene Wenger became their manager nearly 18 years ago, but the Frenchman is taking nothing for granted before the first north London derby of the season on Saturday.
Indian women in Asian Games hockey semis
India produced an inspired performance to thrash Malaysia 6-1 in their last Pool A match and qualify for the semi-finals of the women's hockey competition at the 17th Asian Games, in Incheon, on Friday.
China's Zhou sets clean and jerk world record, wins gold
Chinese weightlifter Zhou Lulu set a clean and jerk World record of 192 kilograms to win gold in the women's +75kg category at the Asian Games on Friday. Zhou added 2kg to Russian Tatiana Kashirna's previous mark, set last year in Poland.
Asian Games: Sejwal sizzles to win 50m breaststroke bronze
Sandeep Sejwal gave India's floundering swimming campaign a massive fillip by fetching a rare bronze medal in the 50m breaststroke of the Asian Games on Friday. The 25-year-old topped his heat, clocking 28.25 seconds, before holding on to third place in the final with a timing of 28.26s.
India at Asian Games: Shooters bag silver; squash players set to swell medal haul
Indian men ended their campaign in the pistol events on a winning note by shooting down a silver medal in the 25m centre fire event even as the women's team exited from the 50m three-position competition without success at the Asian Games in Incheon on Friday.
Asian Games: Women recurve team still in medal hunt
India's women recurve team kept itself in medal contention by moving to the semifinals of the Asian Games even as the men's recurve team suffered a close 3-5 defeat against Hong Kong to crash out in the elimination round of the archery competition.
How basketball's hijab ban controversy has escalated
Banned by basketball's governing body and a source of controversy at the Asian Games, hijabs were worn freely at the archery tournament in Incheon on Friday as athletes struggled to comprehend how a headscarf could cause such an uproar.
Just how desperate are Man United fans to get Ronaldo back!
Manchester United fans' plane-carried messages obsession has taken a step ahead with their latest effort reportedly attempted to bring their former forward Cristiano Ronaldo back home to Old Trafford.
Asian Games: Indian men, women assured silver in squash
India's squash players continued their splendid showing in the ongoing Asian Games. The men's and women's teams were assured of at least two silver medals after winning their respective semi-final matches at the Yeorumul Courts, on Friday.
Asian Games: Heartbreak for Saina, Kashyap
In a shock for Indian fans, star shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap fell by the wayside after losing their respective singles matches at the 17th Asian Games on Friday.
Can stadium announcer be blamed for defeat? Palace just did it!
Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock has mischievously blamed the club's Selhurst Park stadium announcer for his team's extra time 3-2 League Cup defeat by Newcastle United on Wednesday.
Pole vault queen Yelena to skip WC; fixes her sights on Rio Oly
Double Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva will not compete next year but is fixing her sights on the Rio Olympics in 2016, the Russian said on Thursday.
Check out the condom business of former Newcastle striker and more
Former Newcastle United striker Faustino Asprilla is entering the world of business by designing and selling fruit-flavoured condoms in his native Colombia.
Asian Games: Indian men win 25m centre fire pistol silver
The Indian men ended their campaign in the pistol events on a winning note, shooting down a silver medal in the 25m centre fire event even as the women's team exited from the 50m three-position competition without success at the Asian Games, on Friday.
September 25, 2014
India set for rich medal haul in squash at Asian Games
The Indian squash contingent on Thursday assured its best ever showing at the Asian Games in Incheon by reaching the men's and women's team semi-finals, ensuring it returns home with medals in all four categories on offer.
Arch-rivals Pakistan edge India in hockey thriller
India wasted chances galore in their 1-2 defeat against arch-rivals and defending champions Pakistan in a keenly-contested Pool B match of the men's hockey competition at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon on Thursday.
India at Asiad: Archers assured of silver; bronze for shooters, rowers
India assured themselves of at least another silver medal in the 17th Asian Games after the trio of Abhishek Verma, Rajat Chauhan and Sandeep Kumar entered the final of the compound men's team archery event in Incheon on Thursday.
Serena, Agassi, Rafter headline IPTL's Singapore franchise
Heavyweights Serena Williams, Andre Agassi, and Patrick Rafter will represent Singapore Slammers for the home leg in the inaugural International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) to be held from December 2-4.
India's Incheon hopes fading fast after poor start
With only one Asian Games gold to show after four days of competition, India's hopes of improving on their medal tally in China four years ago are diminishing fast.
Asiad: Men assure at least silver in archery; women play for bronze
India assured themselves of at least another silver medal in the 17th Asian Games after the trio of Abhishek Verma, Rajat Chauhan and Sandeep Kumar entered the final of the compound men's team archery event in Incheon on Thursday.
Spotted! Sania Mirza checks in at Asian Games village!
Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza was spotted in the 17th Asian Games village in Incheon on Wednesday.
Beach volleyball team miss out on medal, car but attract attention
Afghanistan's beach volleyball teams have missed out on the reward of a new car after finishing out of the medals at the Asian Games, but they are happy with the experience, media exposure and ill-fitting sunglasses they found in South Korea.
Sports Shorts: Is F1's baby Verstappen a talent like Senna?
Dutch teenager Max Verstappen is a rare talent comparable to the late Ayrton Senna, according to Red Bull's Formula One consultant Helmut Marko.
Barca's star-studded strikers misfire; drop points to Malaga
Barcelona dropped their first points of the La Liga season as their star-studded forward line misfired in a 0-0 draw away to Malaga on Wednesday.
EPL: Is ageing Gerrard becoming a spent force at Liverpool?
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he has no concerns about the form of captain Steven Gerrard after a series of ineffective displays prompted calls from fans and pundits that it is time to reconsider his role in the team.
Asian Games: Indian women shoot bronze in double trap
India won a bronze medal in the women's double trap team event in the 17th Asian Games in Incheon on Thursday. The Indian team of Shagun Chowdhary, Shreyasi Singh and Varsha Varman bagged the medal.
League Cup: Lampard strikes twice in City's magnificent seven
Frank Lampard and Edin Dzeko scored twice as holders Manchester City sailed into the English League Cup fourth round with a crushing 7-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday and Chelsea beat Bolton Wanderers 2-1 on Wednesday.
Asian Games: Indian rowers exit with three bronze medals
India picked up two bronze medals from the Asian Games rowing arena in Incheon on Thursday as army man Swaran Singh Virk rowed his way through exhaustion to the third spot in single sculls before the men's squad added the eights title.
Hijab row fallout: Asian Olympic officials highlight 'rights of athletes'
The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has criticised the world governing bodies for basketball and men's tennis, saying they were preventing athletes from representing their countries at international events.
September 24, 2014
India's schedule at the Asian Games on Thursday
India's schedule for Thursday, the sixth day of competition at the Asian Games, in Incheon.
Asian Games: Qatar forfeit basketball game in 'hijab' row
The Qatar women's basketball team forfeited a game at the Asian Games on Wednesday after being refused permission to wear the hijab, saying they were taking a stand against what they say is a discriminatory policy against Muslim women.
Asian Games: Archer Deepika qualifies for elimination round
Deepika Kumari, India's best bet in women's archery, showed good form to finish eighth in the ranking round of the women's individual recurve event at the Gyeyang Asiad Archery Field in Incheon on Wednesday.
Asian Games: Boxers Akhil, Shiva punch their way into 2nd round
India's comeback-man Akhil Kumar (60kg) pummelled his Nepalese rival Purna Bahadur Lama before notching up a Technical Knockout win to give Indian boxers a good start on Wednesday.
Should Federer visit the Taj? Or the Ganges? Help the Swiss ace...
Fans across India are now photo-shopping his picture and the results are amazing.
Janko Tipsarevic confirms participation in 2015 Chennai Open
Former champion Janko Tipsarevic has confirmed his participation for the USD 450,000 Aircel Chennai Open to be held here from January 5 to 11.
Asian Games women's hockey: China sink India with last-minute goal
India fought valiantly before conceding a late goal and losing 1-2 to three-time defending champions China in women's hockey at the 17th Asian Games, in Incheon, on Wednesday. Barring the late blunder, the Indians matched their fancied opponents for the entire 60 minutes of the match to raise hopes of an upset result. But it was not to be, as world No. 5 China scored a late winner through Yudiao Zhao, much to their relief.
Sports Shorts: Sharapova shocked by Swiss qualifier in Wuhan
Swiss qualifier Timea Bacsinszky continued to swipe past the seeds at the Wuhan Open on Wednesday by dumping World No 4 Maria Sharapova from the hard court tournament with a 7-6(3), 7-5 victory.
India at Asian Games: Saina, Sindhu cruise; Dushyant wins bronze
A round-up of Indians' showing on the fifth day of the 17th Asian Games, in Incheon, on Wednesday.
September 23, 2014
Asian Games: Sanathoi Devi, Grewal settle for bronze in Wushu
India's Sanathoi Devi and Narender Grewal settled for bronze in Wushu at the 17th Asian Games, in Incheon, on Tuesday.
India at the Asian Games: Ghosal gets squash silver; bronze for Bindra
A round-up of Indian athletes' performances on Day 4 of the Asian Games, in Incheon, on Tuesday.
Bindra bids adieu, set to take up 'hobby shooting'
After capping off his remarkable career as a full-time marksman by winning two bronze at the Asian Games in Incheon on Tuesday, India's lone individual Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra said he will only be a 'hobby shooter' from now on.
Sensational Shen offers hope for Chinese female sprinters
Shen Duo was not even alive when the Atlanta Olympics took place, born the following year. Now a teenager, she is suddenly emerging as China's best chance to end their drought.
Asian Games: Saurav settles for silver in squash
A gold was there for the taking but Saurav Ghosal let it slip, squandering a two-game advantage to narrowly miss out on becoming the first Indian squash player to win the yellow metal at the Asian Games, in Incheon on Tuesday.
Chit Chat: Australia welcomes the idea of joining Asian Games
Australia has welcomed the idea of possibly competing at the Asian Games after Asian Olympic officials agreed to let Oceania nations join them in smaller multi-sports events.
La Liga: Valencia up to second thanks to 3-0 win at Getafe
Valencia continued their solid start to La Liga and climbed to second when recent Spain recruit Paco Alcacer set them on their way to a 3-0 win at Getafe on Monday.
Sports Shorts: Djokovic continues to dominate ATP rankings
The ATP issued the latest men's tennis rankings on Monday and the top 10 list remains unchanged with Serbian tennis ace Novak Djokovic still leading the rankings.
Is Nadal puzzled because Spain picked female Davis Cup captain?
Toni Nadal has given a lukewarm response to the decision by the Spanish Tennis Federation (RFET) to appoint former women's Tour player Gala Leon as Spain's new Davis Cup captain.
Football can be big in India through ISL: Materazzi
Set to start his stint as manager-cum-player of Chennaiyin FC, Italian World Cup winner Marco Materazzi promised to do his best to raise the profile of the game in the country through the Indian Super League which kicks off next month.
Asian Games: Bindra exits with two bronze medals
India's Abhinav Bindra won a gold in men's 10m air rifle individual final during the Day Four of the 17th Asian Games in Incheon on Tuesday.
Asian Games: Indian men win 10m air rifle bronze
Beijing Olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra fired India to the men's team bronze in the 10m air rifle event while booking his berth in the eight-man finals with the fifth-best score in the qualifications on Day 4 of the Asian Games in Incheon on Tuesday.
Qatar reject suggestions 2022 World Cup may be moved
The 2022 soccer World Cup will be held in Qatar despite doubts raised by a German FIFA executive committee member because of extreme heat in the desert state, local organisers said on Monday.
September 22, 2014
India's schedule at the Asian Games on Tuesday
India's schedule for Tuesday, the fourth day of competition, at the Asian Games in Incheon.
Abhinav Bindra to retire after Asian Games?
Decorated Indian shooter Abhinav Bindra created a flutter on Monday by saying Tuesday will be his last day in professional shooting.
India at Games: Shooters, Pallikal win bronze; Ghosal in final
Shooters continued to deliver medals for India at the 17th Asian Games with the trio of Heena Siddhu, Rahi Sarnobat and Anisa Sayyed cliching a bronze in the women's 25m pistol event in Incheon on Monday.
Sports Shorts: Police probing racial rant against Liverpool's Balotelli
Merseyside Police is reportedly investigating racist abuse received by Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli on Twitter after he tweeted 'Man Utd...LOL' after the crushing 5-3 defeat met by Manchester United at the hands of Leicester on Sunday.
Football Roundup: Astonishing EPL; Real and Barca on goal spree
Manchester United dropped further down the table after losing 5-3 against newcomers Leicester City.
Chit Chat: China disqualified, then reinstated after shooting win
China were confirmed winners of the women's 10 metre air rifle team event at the Asian Games on Monday after judges overturned an earlier decision to disqualify them.
Ghosal assures India at least silver; Dipika wins bronze
Dipika Pallikal bagged a bronze medal, India's first in women's singles squash at the Asian Games.
EPL player of the weekend: Lampard's dramatic goal haunts Chelsea
Frank Lampard, Chelsea's all-time leading scorer, netted against his old club when he came on as a late substitute for Manchester City to give the champions a 1-1 draw.
Asian Games: Indian women shoot bronze in 25m pistol
The team of Rahi Sarnobat, Anisa Sayyed and Heena Sidhu won India a bronze medal in women's team event of 25m pistol of the 17th Asian Games in Incheon on Monday. South Korea won gold while China took silver.
La Liga: Messi and Barca put on five-star show
Lionel Messi completed a sparkling performance by chipping the goalkeeper from the edge of the area as Barcelona swept aside ten-man Levante 5-0 away on Sunday to continue their winning start at the top of La Liga.
EPL: Lampard goal, United defeat highlight astonishing day
Chelsea icon Frank Lampard scored for Manchester City to end his old club's perfect start to the Premier League season while Leicester City came from 3-1 down to beat Manchester United 5-3 on a remarkable day in the Premier League on Sunday.
Glaring defensive limitations undermine United's hopes
A plethora of high-profile attacking signings had expectant Manchester United fans dreaming of a return to the upper echelons of European football, but their failure to identify their defensive problems is threatening to derail those hopes.
Asian Games schedule for Monday
India's squash ace Dipika Pallikal will be in action against the formidable Nicol David in the semi-final round on Monday, the third day of the Asian Games.
September 21, 2014
Asian Games: Indian women badminton team claim bronze
The Indian badminton team went down fighting against hosts South Korea (1-3) in the women's team badminton semi-finals to settle for their maiden bronze medal at the Asian Games in Incheon on Sunday.
India at Asiad on Day 2: Men win bronze in 10m air pistol; two squash medals assured
Indian shooters continued to shine at the 17th Asian Games, clinching the bronze medal in men's 10m air pistol team event, but Jitu Rai could not emulate his golden feat and finished fifth after promising much in the earlier part of the individual finals in Incheon on Sunday.
Taiwan, Kazakh weightlifters break world records
Kazakh weightlifter Zulfiya Chinshanlo broke her own clean and jerk world record in the 53kg category at the Asian Games on Sunday, but it was not enough to snatch gold from Taiwan's Hsu Shu Ching, who also set a new combined world mark of 233kg.
Sports Shorts: Ivanovic beats Wozniacki to clinch Tokyo title
Former World No 1 Ana Ivanovic brushed aside Caroline Wozniacki to win the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo on Sunday and move closer to sealing a berth for the season-ending WTA finals in Singapore.
Asian Games Chit Chat: India fined for last-minute pullouts
The Indian Olympic Association has been fined $10,000 for withdrawing teams from the Asian Games at a late stage, but All India Tennis Association chief Anil Khanna is hopeful that the penalty would be withdrawn.
Asian Games: Dipika, Ghosal assure squash medals for India
Dipika Pallikal assured India of a maiden women's singles squash medal in the Asian Games, while top seed Saurav Ghosal confirmed his third successive podium finish in men's singles after the two reached the semi-finals of their respective events in Incheon on Sunday.
The sacrifices that India's new star Jitu Rai has to make
A day after clinching the 50m pistol gold in the ongoing Asian Games, Jitu Rai said he has not spoken to his mother for the last one month.
Bundesliga: Stoppelkamp scores record-breaking goal
Moritz Stoppelkamp scored an extraordinary goal from deep inside his own half, a Bundesliga record 83 metres, to cap a 2-0 win for upstarts Paderborn over Hanover 96 on Saturday, helping the promoted side go to of the table.
La Liga: Ronaldo treble as Real hit eight, Atletico held
Cristiano Ronaldo netted his 27th career hat-trick and Gareth Bale struck twice as Real Madrid bounced back in style from consecutive defeats with a thumping 8-2 La Liga win at Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday.
Tevez strikes as Juve beat toothless Milan
Juventus striker Carlos Tevez struck to give the Serie A champions a 1-0 win over AC Milan on Saturday, handing coach Massimiliano Allegri a winning return to San Siro where he was shown the door eight months ago.
Asian Games: Indian men shoot bronze in 10m air pistol
Indian men settled for a bronze medal after narrowly missing the silver in the 10m air pistol event at the Ongnyeon shooting range, continuing their good run in the 17th Asian Games in Incheon on Sunday.
September 20, 2014
Asian Games: How Shweta made nation, family proud sans regular weapon
Celebrations abound for Shweta Chaudhry's friends and family after she bagged the bronze medal in women's 10-metre air pistol at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea on Saturday.
Sania-Cara win doubles title in Tokyo
Maintaining her rich vein of form in the current season, Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her Zimbabwean partner Cara Black bagged the women's doubles title at the WTA Toray Pacific Open with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Spain's Garbine Muguruza and Carla Suarez Navarro.
Medals tally: 2014 Asian Games
The medals tally at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon.
Sports Shorts: Platini to keep luxury gift given by Brazil
UEFA president Michel Platini has said he intends to ignore FIFA requests and not return a luxury watch valued at 25,000 Swiss francs ($26,600), given to him by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF).
EPL: Will Van Gaal bring Ronaldo back to Old Trafford?
Manchester United football team manager Louis van Gaal would reportedly like to sign Real Madrid's ace striker Cristiano Ronaldo, but he does not expect the Spanish giants to sell.
Hingis says Na's retirement 'loss to world tennis'
Swiss tennis star Martina Hingis has said that Li Na's retirement was a loss to world tennis, while also crediting the Chinese ace of raising the game's profile in her home country and across Asia.
India at Asian Games: Jitu strikes gold, Shweta bags bronze on Day 1
India's in-form shooter Jitu Rai gave the country its first gold medal in the 17th Asian Games, cutting through a tough field to finish on top in the 50m pistol event in Incheon on Saturday.
Asian Games: Gold for shooter Jitu Rai in 50m Pistol
Ace Indian shooter Jitu Rai clinched a historic gold in the 50m Pistol event on the opening day of the 17th Asian Games at the Ongnyeon International Shooting Range, in Incheon on Saturday.
Shooter Shweta gives India first medal, wins bronze in 10m Air Pistol
Shooter Shweta Chaudhry gave India their first medal on the opening day action of the 17th Asian Games after the Faridabad girl clinched bronze in the Women 10m Air Pistol Finals, in Incheon on Saturday.
Anand closes in to title victory in Bilbao Masters
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand took a decisive step towards his second big title of the year after drawing with Ruslan Ponomariov of Ukraine in the fifth and penultimate round of the Final Masters.
September 19, 2014
In ISL, Del Piero looking to understand more about India
It's not every day that a European star comes to India to play in a football league.
India's schedule at Asian Games, Day 1
India's schedule on Day 1 of competition at the Asian Games in Incheon.
Korea's past and future showcased at glitzy Asian Games opening
Pop sensation Psy brought the house down 'Gangnam Style' as Incheon laid out the red carpet for over 13,000 competitors from 45 countries with an exhilarating opening ceremony to launch the 17th Asian Games at the main stadium on Friday.
Lahiri stays ahead in Malaysia
Indian star Anirban Lahiri birdied three of his last five holes to maintain a tight grip in the weather-disrupted Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters on Friday.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
Frank Lampard could make an emotional appearance against former club Chelsea this weekend as his new employers Manchester City host Jose Mourinho's side in an early showdown between the Premier League's heavyweights. Catch all the action.
How F1 got Singapore tourism back on track!
Singapore will be counting on its marquee Formula One race to help make up for a 30 percent drop in Chinese tourists this year.
Defending champions Sania-Cara reach Tokyo Open final
Putting up yet another dominating performance, defending champions Sania Mirza and Cara Black outclassed Jelena Jankovic and Arantxa Parra Santonja 6-3, 6-2 to reach the summit clash of the WTA Toray Pan Pacific Open, in Tokyo on Friday.
The rise and rise of China's women
Milestones in the progress of Chinese women's tennis after Li Na, the first Asian to win Grand Slam singles titles, announced her retirement from the sport on Friday.
Asian Games: 'Locksmith' Dutt hones bag of tricks for gold
Touching feet is the traditional Indian way of showing respect to someone but, as his numerous opponents would vouch, if it's on the wrestling mat and the outstretched arms belong to Yogeshwar Dutt, it normally means danger.
Sports Shorts: What happens when a goal celebration goes wrong
Coritiba forward Joel Tagueu's goal celebration went spectacularly wrong when he jumped over an advertising hoarding and disappeared into a hole during a Brazilian championship match.
Europa League: Sevilla rekindle love affair; Inter patient
Sevilla's love affair with the Europa League was immediately rekindled as last season's champions and three-time winners began this year's group stage with a 2-0 home victory over Feyenoord on Thursday.
In another voting it's an overwhelming 'yes'
After 260 years of exclusion, women will be allowed to join the Royal and Ancient golf club after an overwhelming members' vote on Thursday opened the doors to the famous St Andrews clubhouse and a role in the governance of the game.
China's Li Na bids adieu to tennis
China's Li Na, Asia's only grand slam singles champion, announced her retirement from tennis on Friday, citing the effect of long-term injuries, especially her knees.
Meet Pakistan's braveheart female squash ace
South Waziristan, in north-west Pakistan, is regarded as the home of the Taliban. Forget playing any sport, but girls here rarely go to school. Under such circumstances, how does a girl realise her dream to be a sportsperson.
India's C'wealth Games showing raises hope for big medal haul at Asiad
The haul of 64 medals at the Commonwealth Games, in July-August, which included 15 gold, should act as the ideal springboard for the Indian contingent to better its medal tally at Guangzhou, China, four years ago.
September 18, 2014
Hockey captain Sardar to be India's flag bearer at Asian Games opening
Ending the suspense over who would be the Indian contingent's flag bearer at the 17th Asian Games opening ceremony in Incheon on Friday, men's hockey team captain Sardar Singh was bestowed with the honour.
Birdie binge sends Anirban Lahiri top of the leaderboard
The 27-year-old signed off on a seven-under-par 64 to sit two shots clear of compatriot S S P Chowrasia and Taiwan's Chan Yih-shin at the 1.3 million Malaysian Ringgit ($400,000) event.
'Well-prepared' Del Piero ready for 'new beginning' in ISL
To the few uninitiated, Alessandro Del Piero, garlanded with marigold, was mistaken for a Hollywood star before football aficionados sent across the message that the biggest attraction of the inaugural Indian Super League had just landed in New Delhi.
India slip to 158 in FIFA rankings
After not much action barring the 2-2 draw against Bangladesh in an international friendly in March this year, India slipped eights places to be ranked 158th in the latest FIFA rankings headed by World Champions Germany.
Tennis star Andy Murray airs his views on Scottish independence
British tennis star Andy Murray came out in support of Scottish independence on Thursday, just hours before millions of his fellow Scots voted in a referendum on whether to end the 307-year union with England.
Li Na to retire on Friday, says Chinese media
China's two-time Grand Slam champion Li Na is poised to retire. State media CCTV-5, quoting unnamed insiders, said the 32-year-old tennis ace will announce her decision to quit the game on Friday.
Sports Shorts: Sania-Black storm into semis in Tokyo
Defending champion Sania Mirza and Cara Black knocked out Martina Hingis and Belinda Bencic in straight sets to reach the semi-finals of the Toray Pan Pacific Open, in Tokyo.
Will baseball make a 2020 return at Tokyo Games?
The president of the Olympic Council of Asia has thrown his support behind baseball's bid to return to the programme at the 2020 Tokyo Games.
PSG miss out on away win; Roma, Porto stroll to victory
Edinson Cavani scored early for Paris St Germain but a series of wasted chances came back to haunt them as Ajax Amsterdam equalised late to deny the French a winning start on the road in a 1-1 draw in Champions League Group F on Wednesday.
Champions League: Barca do the bare minimum to win against APOEL
An under-strength Barcelona got their Champions League campaign off to a solid if unspectacular start when Gerard Pique's header secured a laboured 1-0 win at home to APOEL in their Group F opener on Wednesday.
Champions League: Bayern far from convincing in win over City
Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng returned to haunt his former club with a last-gasp goal that secured a 1-0 win over English title holders Manchester City in their opening Champions League Group E clash on Wednesday.
Fabregas scores but Schalke stop Chelsea juggernaut in its tracks
Schalke 04 halted the Chelsea juggernaut when they drew 1-1 in their Champions League Group G opener at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, handing a wake-up call to the London club who had won their first four games of the season.
Princess Diaries: Sirivannavari's heart set on Asiad gold
The Thailand team for the 17th Asian Games includes a real-life princess with a down-to-earth approach to life and a heart set on winning gold.
September 17, 2014
Gurusaidutt confident of avenging Thomas Cup loss to Korea
Commonwealth Games bronze medallist R M V Gurusaidutt is desperate to avenge India's Thomas Cup loss to Korea when they open their campaign against the hosts in badminton team event in the upcoming Asian Games in Incheon, Korea.
Rosberg, Hamilton set for Singapore street fight
Mercedes team mates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton renew their sometimes hostile rivalry on the floodlit streets of Singapore this weekend at a circuit where mistakes or collisions normally result in race retirement.
Asian Games: Indian gymnast, coach booked for 'harassing' woman player
An international-level gymnast and a gymnastics coach, who are part of the Indian delegation that departed for the Incheon Asian Games on Tuesday, have been booked for allegedly passing obscene comments and making vulgar gestures at a woman player, police said on Wednesday.
Sports Shorts: Davis Cup to remain annual event
The Davis Cup will remain an annual tournament despite persistent complaints from some players that it over-burdens an already-crowded schedule, the head of the sport's governing body said on Tuesday.
Boxer Manoj to finally get Arjuna award after winning legal battle
Forced to take the legal route after being denied the honour initially, Indian boxer Manoj Kumar will be bestowed the Arjuna Award as the Sports Ministry has finally accepted his nomination.
Reeva Steenkamp's parents want to speak face to face with Pistorius
Paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius' late girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp's parents said in an interview after the verdict of their daughter's murder case that they would only come to terms with their tragic loss after talking to Pistorius face to face.
Tevez scores his first Champions League goal in over 5 Years!
Carlos Tevez ended his Champions League goal drought with both goals to give Juventus a 2-0 win over stubborn debutants Malmo in Group A on Tuesday.
Real Madrid become first club to score 1000 European goals
Holders Real Madrid chased away some of their early-season blues when Gareth Bale scored the pick of the goals in a 5-1 rout of FC Basel in their Champions League Group B opener on Tuesday.
Champions League: Bayern's injury woes continue as Ribery out vs City
Bayern Munich will be without experienced Franck Ribery when they meet Manchester City in their Champions League Group E opener on Wednesday with fellow winger Arjen Robben also doubtful, coach Pep Guardiola said.
Hope my old bow brings luck, says Deepika
Deepika Kumari seeks to bury London ghosts with Asian Games medal.
September 16, 2014
Relief for Indian boxers as AIBA recognise new federation
The governing body of amateur boxing (AIBA) has given recognition to a newly-elected national federation in India, paving the way for fighters to compete under their national flag at the Asian Games which starts this week.
Woods' strength back after 'busting butt in gym pretty hard'
Golfing great Tiger Woods has said that his strength has returned from 'busting his butt' in the gym pretty hard and the former World No 1 is on schedule to resume competition in December.
FIA sets new rules: No coded messages for Formula One drivers!
Formula One's governing body has banned teams from sending drivers coded messages under a controversial clampdown on the use of radio communications from this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix.
CL Preview: Lethal partnership of Messi-Neymar clicking
One of the most disappointing aspects of Barcelona's failure to win major silverware last season was the lack of on-field chemistry between Lionel Messi and Neymar.
Hottest Sporting Buzz: Serena flaunts curvaceous figure with Eva
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Sports Shorts: Champagne to fight Blatter for FIFA president post
Former FIFA official Jerome Champagne formally announced on Monday that he will stand against incumbent Sepp Blatter in next year's election for president of the world soccer body.
Champions League: Schalke wary of Chelsea despite Costa injury
The good news for Schalke 04's defenders as they prepare to face Chelsea in their opening Champions League Group G match on Wednesday is that striker Diego Costa is nursing a slight hamstring injury.
Champions League: Arsenal defence weakened by injury before Dortmund clash
Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger will be without right back Mathieu Debuchy for a "longer period" of time and is struggling with defensive options for their Champions League group opener against Dortmund.
India's wrestlers in pursuit of gold at Asian Games
There is a quiet air of confidence at the wrestling camp being held at Sonepat to prepare India's brightest wrestling prospects for the Asian Games in Incheon.
September 15, 2014
Maheshwary, Om Prakash doubtful for Asian Games
Triple jumper Renjith Maheshwary and shot putter Om Prakash Karhana were on Monday rendered doubtful for the upcoming Asian Games though the Athletics Federation of India is yet to take a final call on the matter.
AIBA grants provisional recognition to Boxing India
Indian boxing finally came out of an administrative exile after the International body AIBA gave provisional recognition to the newly-elected Boxing India, clearing the decks for the the country's pugilists' hassle-free participation in the upcoming Asian Games.
Champions League: Can Madrid conceal midfield troubles against Basel?
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is counting on his wealth of experience to help fix the holders' midfield woes as they prepare to host FC Basel in Tuesday's Champions League Group B opener at the Bernabeu.
ISL: Former France striker Anelka joins Mumbai City FC
The 35-year-old, who has played for a host of English Premier League clubs including Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool, will join compatriots David Trezeguet and Robert Pires in the league, that will run from October 12 to December 20.
Sporting Buzz: Fans enjoy a chocolate 'break' with Wozniacki, Ivanovic
Tennis stars Caroline Wozniacki and Ana Ivanovic were in for a tasty surprise on their arrival in Tokyo before the commencement of the Japan Open.
Davis Cup play-off: Yuki loses deciding singles, Serbia win 3-2
Filip Krajinovic beat Yuki Bhambri 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to give Serbia a 3-2 win in their deciding singles tie of the Davis Cup in Bangalore on Monday.
Ferdinand hits out at former United manager Moyes in autobiography
Rio Ferdinand has come down heavily on heavily on former Manchester United manager David Moyes saying 'his innovative training ns led to negativity and confusions'.
EPL player of the weekend: Costa takes honours as he equals record!
With Manchester City drawing 2-2 at Arsenal and Liverpool suffering a shock 1-0 home defeat by Aston Villa, Jose Mourinho's Chelsea were the big winners in the fourth round of Premier League games.
Sports Shorts: India drawn with Germany in Champions Trophy hockey
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand started his campaign at the Bilbao Final Masters with a crushing win over former FIDE world champion Ruslan Ponomariov of Ukraine in Bilbao, Spain.
Serie A: Milan win 5-4 thriller as Inter hit seven past Sassuolo
AC Milan clung on to beat Parma 5-4 away in Serie A on Sunday despite an dreadful defensive display which included Mattia De Sciglio scoring an extraordinary own goal from near the halfway line late in the match.
United 'legend-in-making' Falcao gets roaring reception at Old Trafford
They cheered him to the Old Trafford rafters just for warming up on the touchline, then roared their approval when he finally made it onto the pitch as a Manchester United player in the 67th minute of Sunday's 4-0 win over Queens Park Rangers.
Davis Cup: Cilic leads Croatia to playoff win, Spain out of World Group
Marin Cilic completed a dream week by steering Croatia into the Davis Cup World Group on Sunday but Spain found themselves out in the wilderness after crashing to defeat in Brazil.
Somdev records heroic win but India hopes hanging by thread
Somdev Devvarman fought like a true warrior to lock the tie with his stunning victory in the fourth rubber while Yuki Bhambri was locked in an engrossing battle in the decider, halted by rain mid-way, as India's hopes were still hanging by thread in the David Cup World Group play-off tie against Serbia in Bangalore.
September 14, 2014
Lift off at last for Van Gaal as Manchester United thrash QPR
The Louis van Gaal era finally got lift off as Manchester United demolished Queens Park Rangers 4-0 on Sunday for their first win since the Dutchman took charge at Old Trafford.
Federer fires Switzerland into Davis Cup final against France
Roared on by a capacity crowd in the Palexpo Arena, Federer dismantled the world number 17 Fognini 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 (4) in just under two hours.
We did well waiting for the 'right man' Diego Costa: Mourinho
Diego Costa left the Stamford Bridge pitch to exultant cheers after a hat-trick against Swansea City on Saturday highlighted a breathless start to a Chelsea career for a team that has been designed around him.
'Arsenal scored both goals with fouls and it cost us our victory'
Manuel Pellegrini berated referee Mark Clattenburg and said his performance cost Manchester City victory after a breathless 2-2 draw against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
'I really want to win an Asian Games medal for India'
A high-intensity training for last three weeks has boosted his confidence and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Parupalli Kashyap says he is looking to maintain the rhythm as he sets out to achieve his dream of winning an Asian Games medal in Incheon.
Prannoy wins Indonesian Masters
Young Indian shuttler H S Prannoy clinched the maiden title of his career after winning the $1,25,000 Indonesian Masters Grand Prix Gold, following his straight-game victory over local favourite Firman Abdul Kholik in the finals in Palembang on Sunday.
September 13, 2014
Davis Cup: Paes-Bopanna magic keeps India alive
Leander Paes yet again turned the clock back in company of Rohan Bopanna as the Indian duo recorded a dramatic come-from-behind 1-6, 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-3, 8-6 win over Serbian pair of Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac to keep home team's chances alive in the Davis Cup World Group play-off tie in Bangalore on Saturday
Dipika finally decides to play at Asian Games
India's highest-ranked squash player Dipika Pallikal has decided to put the controversy over the dubious Asian Games draw behind and confirmed her participation for the upcoming Incheon edition, saying "she has always put country first and it is no different this time".
Prannoy enters second successive final at Indonesian Masters
Young Indian shuttler H S Prannoy entered his second successive final after beating Malaysia's Daren Liew in the men's singles event at the $1,25,000 Indonesian Masters Grand Prix Gold.
Sania decides to play in Asian Games
In a significant development, Sania Mirza has agreed to play in the upcoming Asian Games, two days after All India Tennis Association announced that they would allow top players to miss the Incheon event, keeping in mind their requirements on the professional circuit.
September 12, 2014
Unforced errors cost me, says Yuki
Yuki Bhambri, who failed to rise to the occasion and suffered a straight-set bashing at the hands of Dusan Lajovic in the opening singles, today said unforced errors and failure to push the opponent hard had done in him in the Davis Cup World Group Playoff tie in Bangalore.
Davis Cup: Serbia take day one honours, take 2-0 lead vs India
Even a second-string Serbia proved a mighty opponent as Yuki Bhambri and Somdev Devvarman suffered crushing singles defeats to leave India trailing 0-2 on the opening day of the Davis Cup World Group play-off tie in Bangalore.
Sania meets PM following US Open victory
Indian tennis star Sania Mirza
Balotelli recovers in time as Liverpool face gruelling schedule
Mario Balotelli will be available for Liverpool's home Premier League match against Aston Villa on Saturday after recovering from illness, manager Brendan Rodgers said.
Mary Kom promises to 'give her best' at Asian Games
Talking extensively to Rediff.com's before flying out for the Asian Games, Mary gets candid about the life-changing Bollywood biopic Mary Kom, missing out on the Commonweath Games berth, her fight with the Sports Authority of India and what drives her to be the best inside the squared rope.
Wozniacki opens up about McIlroy break-up
Caroline Wozniacki has revealed what really happened during her unexpected breakup with fiancé, golfer Rory McIlroy.
Pistorius to be sentenced for culpable homicide on Oct. 13
Oscar Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide on Friday, having escaped the more serious charge of murder for the killing of his girlfriend, and the Olympic and Paralympic track star could face a lengthy prison sentence.
Pistorius due back in court for culpable homicide ruling
Oscar Pistorius returns to court on Friday after being cleared of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, but the South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter could still be convicted of culpable homicide for the "negligent" shooting of the model.
Sports Shorts: 'Run against Blatter or shut up'
Opponents of FIFA President Sepp Blatter should run against him instead of merely criticising his decision to go for another term at the helm of world soccer's governing body, Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said on Friday.
'Acche din' for Indian boxing?
Faced with the herculean task of reviving the sagging fortunes of Indian boxing, newly-elected Boxing India President Sandeep Jajodia said the sport had been left 'orphaned' in the last couple of years and he would bring it back on track with clean administration.
First Look! 'Angel' Sania Mirza campaigns for PETA
Sania Mirza has posed as an angel alongside images of dogs and cats. The poster reads: "Be an Angel for Animals: Adopt, Never Buy" during a photo shoot for a new PETA India campaign.
Asian Games: Ministry set to make U-turn, include managers
Faced with severe criticism from various quarters on the composition of Indian contingent for the Asian Games, the government is set to make a U-turn and name managers in 23 disciplines out of 28 the country will compete in the multi-sporting event.
September 11, 2014
F1 wants teams to get the message on radio use
Formula One has banned from next week's Singapore Grand Prix all radio communications that help improve the performance of the car or driver in a move that could add another twist to the title battle between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.
Angry Pallikal considering pulling out of Asian Games
Upset with the 'manipulative' singles draw, India's top squash player Dipika Pallikal is "seriously considering" pulling out of the upcoming Asian Games in Incheon.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
Arsenal and Manchester City meet at The Emirates on Saturday when both teams will seek to roar into life after making spluttering starts to their Premier League campaigns.
Narang finishes sixth as Indians struggle at Worlds
Gagan Narang missed out on an Olympic quota by just one place as he finished sixth in the final of the men's 50-metre rifle prone while Prakash Nanjappa and Jitu Rai narrowly missed out on the final of the 10-metre air pistol at the 51st Shooting World Championships in Granada.
Pistorius cleared of murder, culpable homicide verdict to come
Oscar Pistorius was cleared on Thursday of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp but the Olympic and Paralympic track star faces a troubled night after the South African judge adjourned for the day before ruling on a charge of culpable homicide.
Davis Cup: Yuki Bhambri to start India's campaign
Yuki Bhambri will open India's Davis Cup campaign against Serbia, drawn against visiting side's No 2 player Dusan Lajovic for the first singles match of the World Group playoff tie, beginning in Bangalore on Friday.
Pistorius trial: 'Allegations of police contamination of evidence insignificant'
South African Judge Thokozile Masipa said while reading her verdict in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius on Thursday that defence claims that police contaminated evidence and removed items from the crime scene "paled into insignificance".
F1 Pitlane Tales: Ferrari starts new era without Montezemolo
Luca di Montezemolo's resignation as Ferrari chairman on Wednesday severs an historic link with the company's late founder Enzo and marks the end of an era for Formula One's most successful and glamorous team.
Sports Shorts: France stun Spain in basketball World Cup
Huge upsets lit up the basketball World Cup on Wednesday as France beat hosts Spain 65-52 while Serbia thumped Brazil 84-56 to set up an intriguing semi-final clash.
Asiad: S Korea takes down all national flags over protest fears
Asian Games organisers (IAGOC) confirmed on Thursday they had taken down the flags of participating countries near one of the venues outside host city Incheon amid concerns that North Korean flags could be damaged by conservative groups or protesters.
Asian Games contingent sans managers a 'foolish' move?
The government stuck to its decision not to name any manager for 23 out of the 28 disciplines in which India are taking part in the upcoming Asian Games even though the Indian Olympic Association and National Sports Federations slammed the move.
Judgement day for 'blade runner' Oscar Pistorius
After 41 days of tears, anguish and at times gruesome testimony in the Pretoria High Court, Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee who became one of the biggest names in athletics, will learn this week whether he will spend the next 25 years behind bars.
September 10, 2014
Manavjit fails as Indian shooters disappoint on Day 2 at Worlds
India's shooters failed to impress on the third day of competitions in the 51st Shooting World Championship as trap ace Manavjit Singh Sandhu missed out on a final berth by a whisker while Rahi Sarnabot and Anisa Sayyed disappointed in women's 25 metres pistol, in Granada.
Paes, Sania skip Asian Games to revive rankings
India will field a second-string tennis contingent in this month's Asian Games after allowing frontline players, including Leander Paes and Sania Mirza, to play on the professional tours instead to revive their rankings.
EPL: Chelsea's new signings give Hazard creative freedom
Eden Hazard expects to enjoy playing with greater freedom and less pressure on his shoulders this season as Premier League leaders Chelsea demonstrate their strength in depth by challenging for four trophies, including the Champions League.
Saina won't train with Gopichand at Asiad, asks BAI to include Vimal
Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal, who has been training under Vimal Kumar for the last one week, wants the former chief coach to travel to Incheon, Korea with her for the upcoming Asian Games.
Is Serena Williams better than Steffi Graf?
Italian tennis ace Francesca Schiavone has said that she regards Serena Williams better than Steffi Graf after she drew within four Grand Slam titles of the former German great's Open-era record.
Drunk Maradona at it again, gets involved in bar brawl in Croatia
Argentine football legend Diego Maradona has allegedly been filmed fighting in the streets of Dubrovnik, Croatia outside a local nightclub to make his behaviour come under the spotlight once again.
F1 Pitlane Tales: Australian GP posts record financial loss
The 2014 Australian Grand Prix posted a record A$59.97 million ($55 million) loss amid soaring costs and declining revenue, government officials said on Wednesday.
Blow for India: Jwala Gutta pulls out of Asian Games
Ace Indian women's doubles player Jwala Gutta has pulled out of the prestigious Asian Games after sustaining a sprain in the right knee ahead of the multi-sport event in Incheon, Korea.
After winning Slam, a smashing New York Fashion Week debut for Serena!
Serena Williams was once again on the stage but this time it was her own fashion show during New York Fashion Week.
Munir's rise continues as part of new-look Spain
Barcelona striker Munir El Haddadi continued his dramatic rise in the game as part of a new-look Spain that have set their sights on Euro 2016 following a surprise early exit at this year's World Cup.
Sports Shorts: EPL club QPR face Football League ban
Queens Park Rangers could be consigned to English soccer's minor leagues if they are relegated from the top flight and fail to pay a potentially huge fine for breaching the Football League's financial fair play rules.
Football friendly: Willian strike gives Brazil victory over Ecuador
Brazil beat Ecuador 1-0 in an international friendly in New Jersey on Tuesday with a first half goal from Willian enough to give coach Dunga his second successive victory.
Euro qualifiers: Czechs stun Dutch; Italy tame Norway
The Czech Republic snatched a last-gasp 2-1 win over the Netherlands thanks to Vaclav Pilar's added time goal after a dreadful mistake by Daryl Janmaat in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier on Tuesday.
Paes, grand old man of Indian tennis ready to shoulder responsibility
India's ace tennis player Leander Paes said that he was yet again ready to take the responsibility of playing a crucial role in the Davis Cup World playoff tie against Serbia which begins on Friday.
September 09, 2014
Jitu Rai wins silver at Worlds, qualifiers for Rio Olympics
Jitu Rai became the first Indian shooter to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics after bagging a quota place with an impressive silver medal-finish at the 51st Shooting World Championships, in Granada.
Wait over, Indian footballers cleared for Asian Games
India will not take part in baseball, bowling, fencing, karate, modern pentathlon, rugby, softball, soft tennis and triathlon because of the athletes' poor standards.
Gun-toting Zen master Bindra seeks first Asian Games gold
Known for his Zen-like poise and preparation bordering on self-flagellation, the Olympic gold medallist shooter has mastered the art of defying expectations from a nation of 1.2 billion that has rarely tasted success in Olympic sport.
12-toed heptathlete Swapna dreams big despite shoe struggle
Pursuing a largely unrewarding Olympic sport in a cricket-obsessed country requires adjustments but heptathlete Swapna Barman has taken it to a new level -- squeezing six toes in each shoe designed for five.
Celebrities hit the US Open courts
The US Open is the biggest tournament in America's tennis calendar. Enough reason for the big personalities from Hollywood, former tennis champions and other celebrities to catch their favourite tennis stars in action.
Brand Nishikori set to soar despite US Open defeat
Already ranked ninth in Forbes' list of top tennis earners, Japan's Kei Nishikori is due for a bigger share of the off-court largesse despite losing Monday's final at the US Open, US marketing experts say.
So just who is Marin Cilic?
Marin Cilic became the first Croatian to win a Grand Slam singles final in 13 years with his victory at the US Open in New York on Monday.
Is Marin Cilic a one Slam wonder or the next big thing?
Marin Cilic hit all the right notes in a dominant 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 win over Kei Nishikori in the US Open final on Monday but it remains to be seen if the big Croatian is another one Slam wonder or perennial threat.
How Nishikori took Japan from tragedy to tennis elite
For over three-quarters of a century men's tennis in Japan has played out like a kabuki tragedy, filled with decades of barren results, embarrassments and even a suicide.
'Djokovic's presence would have been good for tennis in India'
It would have been great for Indian tennis had Novak Djokovic decided to turn up in this week's Davis Cup tie in Bangalore, country's leading singles star Somdev Devvarman said.
US Open: Japanese Nishikori's storybook run ends
Japanese trailblazer Kei Nishikori had a thrilling run at the US Open, but could not summon a finishing kick as he hit the wall against big-hitting Marin Cilic in Monday's final at Flushing Meadows.
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September 08, 2014
Bindra draws blank in tough opening day for Indian shooters
Ace marksman Abhinav Bindra belied expectations after failing to qualify for the finals of men's 10 air rifle event in the 51st ISSF World Championships, his hopes of earning an Olympic quota in this tournament going up in smoke.
Djokovic out of Serbia's Davis Cup tie against India
World No 1 Novak Djokovic will miss Serbia's Davis Cup World Group playoff tie against India in Bangalore next weekend, the Balkan nation's coach Bogdan Obradovic said on Monday.
Incheon ready to showcase cream of Asian sports
An array of Olympians and stars of sports niche and new arrive in the South Korean city of Incheon for the 17th Asian Games this month, bringing together some 10,000 athletes for a 16-day multi-sport spectacular second only in scale to the Summer Olympics.
'Success of Pro Kabaddi league is beyond imagination'
Bollywood Actor and owner of the Jaipur Pink Panthers, Abhishek Bachchan said that the inaugural addition of the Pro Kabaddi league has made a huge impact in the world of sports.
F1 Pitlane Tales: Ferrari lick wounds after bad day at home
Ferrari felt the pain on Sunday after emerging with just two points from a hard day in front of their home fans at the Italian Grand Prix.
Martina Navratilova proposes to longtime girlfriend at US Open
Martina Navratilova recently proposed to her longtime girlfriend Julia Lemigova at U.S. Open tennis championship.
US Open: Slow start cost Caroline Wozniacki a chance at glory
Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki said nerves and a slow start cost her any chance of beating Serena Williams in the US Open final on Sunday.
Euro qualifier: Mueller double helps Germany edge past Scotland
Germany's Thomas Mueller struck twice as the nervy world champions kicked off their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with a 2-1 victory over Scotland on Sunday.
Platini threatens Ribery with suspension for international retirement
France winger Franck Ribery's decision to retire from international football after missing the World Cup could lead to a suspension from club football, UEFA president Michel Platini said on Sunday.
Deliberate? I just made a mistake, says Rosberg
Formula One leader Nico Rosberg felt sore enough at losing Sunday's Italian Grand Prix without then having to face conspiracy theories suggesting he had done it deliberately.
I did not think I was going to win a Slam this year: Serena
World No 1 Serena Williams swept past good friend Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3 in the US Open final on Sunday to move up in the record books with her 18th grand slam title.
Williams beats Wozniacki for 18th Grand Slam title
Top ranked Serena Williams won her third consecutive U.S. Open women's championship when she defeated Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3 on Sunday.
Bryan brothers win fifth US Open for historic 100th doubles title
American twins Bob and Mike Bryan became the first doubles pair to win 100 titles together after they beat Spain's Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 6-3, 6-4 in the U.S. Open final on Sunday.
September 07, 2014
Prannoy loses in Vietnam Open final
Top seed Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka of Indonesia ended the impressive run of Indian shuttler HS Prannoy in the Vietnam Open Grand Prix final in Ho Chi Minh City.
'Leander confirmed for Davis Cup tie against Serbia'
Veteran star Leander Paes is set to combine with Rohan Bopanna for the doubles rubber during the Davis Cup tie against Serbia, Indian captain Anand Amritraj confirmed today but he says nothing has been decided on the Asian Games squad as yet.
After making a splash in the pool champ Poncha dreams of golfing success
After beating adversity to become a champion swimmer, Rehan Poncha now wants to make it big in golf and he hopes to play amateur qualifiers from next year before turning professional.
India's top shooters target Olympic spots at World Championships
They may have been hitting the bulls eyes often in recent years but Indian shooters will still have their task cut out when they take to the range for the 51st World Championships starting in Granada, Spain on Monday, eyeing as many Olympic quotas as possible.
Formula One: Williams confirm Bottas and Massa for 2015
Finland's Valtteri Bottas and Brazilian Felipe Massa will stay at Williams in 2015 after the resurgent Formula One team announced on Sunday what had to be one of their easiest decisions of the season.
Tireless Nishikori raises Asian flag with fight to final
A pioneering Kei Nishikori blazed a new trail for Japanese tennis with a shock win over World No 1 Novak Djokovic at the U.S. Open on Saturday, becoming the first man from Asia to book a place in a Grand Slam final.
Serena and Wozniacki's paths to the U.S. Open final
Paths to the final in the women's singles at the U.S. Open (prefix denotes seedings)
FIFA finance watchdog member arrested on corruption charges
FIFA faces more embarrassment after a member of its financial watchdog was arrested on suspicion of corruption and money-laundering in the Cayman Islands.
Hingis loses US Open doubles final on Grand Slam return
Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina beat Martin Hingis and Italy's Flavia Pennetta 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 to capture the U.S. Open doubles title on Saturday, denying the Swiss a return to the Flushing Meadows winner circle for the first time in 16 years.
Bouchard, Peng withdraw from Hong Kong tennis
Hong Kong's first WTA tennis tournament in more than 20 years suffered a major blow on Sunday with main drawcard Eugenie Bouchard withdrawing on medical advice after suffering from the heat at the U.S. Open.
Williams, Wozniacki put friendship aside for US Open final faceoff
For Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki, there is a time for friendship and a time for business, and business does not get much more serious than a Grand Slam final.
Sania leaves it to AITA to take call on Asiad participation
Caught in a dilemma over competing in the Asian Games or the WTA tournaments which clash with the event, Sania Mirza on Sunday, decided to let the All India Tennis Association take a call on her participation in the continental extravaganza in Incheon, Korea.
Don't know if I'm going to India for Davis Cup, says Djokovic after loss
World No 1 Novak Djokovic had no explanation for his flat performance in a stunning semi-final loss to Japan's Kei Nishikori at the U.S. Open on Saturday.
When Cilic aced Federer and handed him a 'tennis lesson'
Marin Cilic handed Roger Federer "a tennis lesson" in the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on Saturday, his coach Goran Ivanisevic said.
Cilic, Nishikori to clash in US Open final after upset victories
Marin Cilic completed a sensational set of semi-final shockers by upsetting 17-times Grand Slam winner Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday to reach the final of the US Open. Croatian 14th seed Cilic's opponent in Monday's final will be 10th seed Kei Nishikori of Japan, who sent world number one Novak Djokovic out of Flushing Meadows with a stunning 6-4, 1-6, 7-6(4), 6-3 victory.
Nishikori upsets Djokovic to reach US Open final
Marathon man Kei Nishikori secured a monumental upset by sweating out a 6-4, 1-6, 7-6(4), 6-3 win over world number one Novak Djokovic at the U.S. Open on Saturday to become the first Japanese man to reach a Grand Slam final.
September 06, 2014
India's Prannoy one win away from maiden title at Vietnam
India's HS Prannoy continued his dream run and reached the men's singles final to be just one step away from clinching his maiden title in the $50,000 Vietnam Open Grand Prix at Ho Chi Minh City.
IAAF Diamond League: Morale boosting 4th place finish for Gowda
Ace Indian discus thrower Vikas Gowda got a morale booster ahead of the upcoming Asian Games as he finished overall fourth in the prestigious IAAF Diamond League Series to pocket $ 3,000 prize money.
Triumphant Sania dedicates US Open title to Telangana, India
Left teary-eyed after her Indianness was put into question just weeks back, tennis star Sania Mirza dedicated her US Open title to the country and the new state of Telangana, where her appointment as brand ambassador triggered a political furore.
US Open: Djokovic, Federer aim for title showdown
Seven years after their first Grand Slam final meeting, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer stand on the verge of a third showdown at the highest level.
Neymar stunner gives Brazil win over Colombia
A superb 83rd minute free-kick from captain Neymar gave Brazil a winning start under new coach Dunga as they beat Colombia 1-0 in a fiercely contested friendly on Friday.
Are you ready for a 'Grand' get-together at US Open?
Serena Williams and friend Caroline Wozniacki arranged a get-together in the US Open women's final, winning their Friday semi-finals in contrasting fashion on a stifling hot, humid day at Flushing Meadows.
Sania wonders why Bruno did not play with her all these years
Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza conquered US Open too with new partner Bruno Soares of Brazil in New York.
Serena and friend Wozniacki enter US Open final
Top-seeded world number one Williams overpowered Russian left-hander Ekaterina Makarova 6-1 ,6-3, unleashing her daunting firepower against the 17th-seeded Russian. Wozniacki advanced when China's Peng Shuai broke down in scary distress due to heat illness and retired in the second set, while trailing 7-6(1), 4-3.
September 05, 2014
AITA supports Somdev's pull-out of Asian Games
Changing its stance towards Somdev Devvarman's pulling out of the Asian Games squad, the AITA said it supports the step taken by the top singles player of the country.
Hamilton suffers electrical gremlins at Monza
Electrical gremlins held up Lewis Hamilton in Italian Grand Prix practice on Friday after the Mercedes driver had lapped more than half a second quicker than anyone else in the morning session.
What makes Luis Suarez feel like a footballer?
Luis Suarez is starting to "feel like a footballer" once again after being allowed to train with new club Barcelona following his appeal against a FIFA ban for biting an opponent at the World Cup.
Standoff over India's Asian Games delegation rumbles on
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) has recommended slashing the country's proposed Asian Games delegation by a third and sending only medal hopefuls to South Korea's Incheon later this month.
'Djokovic's particpation tilts the balance in Serbia's favour'
India's Davis Cup coach Zeeshan Ali feels that although world No 1 Novak Djokovic's participation will tilt the balance in Serbia's favour in the
US Open: Sania-Black lose in women's doubles semi-finals
India's Sania Mirza and her partner Cara Black of Zimbabwe could not make it to the US Open women's doubles finals after going down in straight sets to Swiss-Italian pair of Martina Hingis and Flavia Pennetta at the Flushing Meadows.
US Open: Federer comes back from two sets down to reach semis
Roger Federer battled back from two sets down and double match point to defeat 20th seed Gael Monfils 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 to reach the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on Thursday.
Ibrahimovic breaks 82-year record, scores 50th goal for Sweden
Captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck twice in a 2-0 friendly win over Estonia on Thursday to become Sweden's all-time leading scorer with 50 goals.
Substitute Loic Remy on target as France beat Spain
New Chelsea signing Loic Remy grabbed the only goal as France squeezed past 2010 world champions Spain 1-0 in a friendly at the Stade de France.
Sporting Buzz: Tom Brady 'throws fits' for wife's attention
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Resurgent Cilic powers into US Open semi-finals
A resurgent Marin Cilic blasted his way by sixth seed Tomas Berdych 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (4) on Thursday to become the first Croatian to reach the U.S. Open semi-finals since his coach Goran Ivanisevic in 1996.
September 04, 2014
Asiad: India could face penalties if it withdraws from certain events
In an embarrassment to India, the country has been warned of heavy penalty by the Olympic Council of Asia if it withdraws from sending teams in a few disciplines in the upcoming Asian Games, a development which led to the IOA slamming some government officials for "ruining sport".
Rankings: Worlds bronze puts Sindhu back in top 10
Following her bronze-medal finish at the recently-concluded World badminton Championships, India's top shuttler P V Sindhu has re-entered the top-10 in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings, released on Thursday.
Now, doubts over Bopanna's Asian Games participation
India's tennis campaign at the Asian Games appears to be falling apart even before the start of the inter-continental event, as a cloud of doubt now hangs over Rohan Bopanna's participation since the top doubles player is keen to salvage his 2014 pro season by playing on the ATP Tour instead of competing in Incheon.
With medals as goal, SAI to prune Asiad athletes' delegation?
A large number of Indian athletes are in the dark about their participation at the Asian Games as the country's sports officials debate sending only medal hopefuls to Incheon.
Analysis: Shrewd, big bucks signings make EPL a winner
For Manchester United, the answer to a slump in form or a crisis of confidence comes in 50 pound notes. Millions of them.
Chang congratulated me but said it's not done yet: Nishikori
Kei Nishikori was warned by tough taskmaster coach Michael Chang not to be satisfied, after having become the first Japanese man for almost a century to reach the US Open semi-finals, and to target the title.
Sania Mirza reaches final of US Open mixed doubles with Soares
Sania Mirza is in line to win her third Grand Slam title and first with new partner Bruno Soares as the top seeded pair struggled past Yung-Jan Chan and Ross Hutchins to reach the mixed doubles summit clash.
US Open: Djokovic wears down Murray to reach last four
World number one Novak Djokovic wore down his old foe Andy Murray in a typically grueling encounter under the lights at Flushing Meadows to reach the semi-finals of the U.S. Open.
Brave new England fail to excite, Wembley less than half full
For the first time in the seven-year history of the new Wembley, the arena was less than half full for an England international as 40,181 underwhelmed fans witnessed a familiar old diet of mostly turgid, uninspiring fare from Roy Hodgson's World Cup failures, enlivened mainly by the sparky contribution of Raheem Sterling.
Angel Di Maria dazzles as Argentina crush world champions Germany
A brilliant performance from Angel Di Maria spurred Argentina to a crushing 4-2 friendly win over world champions Germany on Wednesday in an entertaining rematch of July's World Cup final.
US Open: Makarova sails through, Nishikori blazes trail for Japan
Serena Williams and Ekaterina Makarova sprinted into the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on Wednesday but marathon man Kei Nishikori had to go the distance to upset Stan Wawrinka and become the first Japanese man into the last four of a grand slam in 81 years.
September 03, 2014
Mumbai City, Atletico de Kolkata to kick-off ISL on October 12
Arsenal legend Freddie Ljungberg and Spanish World Cupper Luis Garcia will be the centre of attention when Mumbai City FC kick off the inaugural Indian Super League football tournament on October 12 at Atletico de Kolkata, in a tournament that will feature 61 games spread across 70 days.
Somdev clarifies, says makes no sense playing Asiad at this phase
Somdev Devvarman stoutly defended his decision to skip the Asian Games, saying "it did not make any sense" playing in Incheon for three weeks at a time when he is striving to return to the top-100.
F1 pitlane tales: 'Passionate' Alonso hopes to extend Ferrari stay
Fernando Alonso hopes to extend his Ferrari contract beyond the end of 2016 and reckons he could have 10 more years of racing in Formula One.
Arsenal's Welbeck out to prove his doubters wrong
New Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck is determined to prove that he is worth the 16 million pound ($26.36 million) the Premier League club spent on the transfer deadline day to sign him from Manchester United.
Footballer Chopra ready to give up British passport to play for India
Former Newcastle United striker Michael Chopra is ready to surrender his British passport to represent the country of his origin, India, and realise his dream of playing senior-level international soccer.
Somdev's Asiad snub 'not correct', says AITA
India's top singles player Somdev Devvarman's decision to concentrate on the ATP tour at the expense of the upcoming Asian Games has come under sharp criticism from the All India Tennis Federation.
Why tennis players are rushing to the psychologists...
Psychologists have become a more established presence on the tennis tour, with top players like Andy Murray and Petra Kvitova espousing the benefits.
Indians at US Open: Sania Mirza in women's doubles semis
Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her Zimbabwean partner Cara Black hardly broke a sweat as they entered the US Open women's doubles semifinals after their rivals retired midway through the quarterfinal match in New York.
US Open: Wozniacki wallops Errani to reach semi-finals
Caroline Wozniacki used her aggressive groundstroke game to near perfection on Tuesday and pummeled Italy's Sara Errani 6-0, 6-1 to reach the semi-finals of the US Open.
US Open: Federer shines again; dominant Berdych reaches semis
Second seed Roger Federer powered to a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 win over Roberto Bautista on Tuesday, charging into the quarter-finals of the US Open for the 10th time in 11 years.
US Open: China's Peng routs Swiss teen to reach semis
A long measure of Grand Slam patience paid off for Peng Shuai of China, who reached the semi-finals of the US Open on Tuesday by routing Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic 6-2, 6-1 in the Flushing Meadows heat.
September 02, 2014
Gopichand mum over split with Saina
National badminton coach Pullela Gopichand remained tightlipped about his split with Saina Nehwal, saying he doesn't want to talk about the issue as the Asian Games is just round the corner.
Tasty icing, cherry on top but will United cake crumble?
Manchester United emerged from the transfer window with a rich icing and the brightest of cherries to decorate their cake but the suspicion remains that the team's base may crumble under pressure.
My records are not meant to be broken, declares Bolt in Bangalore
Laughing off questions on potential challengers, Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt turned on the charm offensive on his maiden trip to India, throwing humility out of the window to declare that his records are pretty much out of reach.
Saina dumps Gopichand, to train under Vimal Kumar for Asian Games
India's top shuttler Saina Nehwal has split with National coach Pullela Gopichand and sought the help of former chief coach Vimal Kumar to prepare for the prestigious Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.
Indians at US Open: Sania in mixed doubles semis; Paes out
Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza stormed into the mixed doubles semifinals besides reaching the doubles quarterfinals, but compatriot Leander Paes exited the US Open with unexpected defeats in both his events.
Spotted! Heidi Klum plants a passionate kiss on boyfriend
Supermodel Heidi Klum doesn't shy away from showing her emotions. The 40-year-old model was at her sporting best at the US Open tennis tournament in New York on Monday.
US Open: Azarenka slays qualifier Krunic to reach quarters
Twice Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka overcame an inspired challenge from qualifier Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 on Monday to advance to the quarter-finals of the US Open.
Manchester United top deadline-day big spenders
Manchester United dominated Europe's transfer activity as the transfer deadline window slammed shut on Monday, manager Louis van Gaal taking his summer spending spree to more than 150 million pounds.
7 women who caused shock and awe at US Open!
The women's draw at the US Open has been in news for the upsets it created. Almost everyday one or some days even two of the top seeds feel to unknown players.
'Hungry' Liverpool raise no red flags following Suarez departure
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes his team are back to their sizzling form of last season after a superb victory over Tottenham defied those who predicted a gloomy outlook in the post-Luis Suarez era.
US Open: Murray sets up Djokovic showdown, Serena advances
The tension mounted and temperatures soared at the U.S. Open as top seed Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray set up a sensational quarter-final, and Serena Williams made a 2014 grand slam breakthrough.
September 01, 2014
Former Premier League player charged in match-fixing probe
Former Premier League striker Delroy Facey has been charged with conspiracy to commit bribery, officers investigating match-fixing said on Monday.
Hull sign Palermo's Abel Hernandez for record fee
Hull City completed the signing of Uruguay striker Abel Hernandez from Italian Serie A club Palermo for a club record fee of 9.5 million pounds ($15.8 million) on Monday.
Will Falcao signing help defenceless Manchester United?
With most Manchester United fans praying for much-needed defensive reinforcements, manager Louis van Gaal made a surprise deadline-day swoop for flamboyant Colombian striker Radamel Falcao on Monday.
Real Madrid sign Hernandez on loan from United
Real Madrid have moved to broaden their options in attack by agreeing to sign Mexico striker Javier Hernandez on loan from Manchester United for the 2014-15 season.
Monaco's Falcao set for Manchester United loan move
Monaco striker Radamel Falcao will join Manchester United on a season long loan, a source close to the deal told Reuters on Monday.
The many moods of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at Pro-Kabaddi!
The proud owners Abhishek Bachchan and his wife Aishwarya were ecstatic after the Jaipur Pink Panthers won the inaugural Pro-Kabaddi title.
Casillas wants improvement from 'horrible' Real Madrid
Real Madrid captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas has called for a big improvement after the European champions suffered a surprise early-season setback at Real Sociedad in La Liga on Sunday.
Sports Shorts: Manpreet named Asia's Junior Player of the Year
Rising Indian midfielder Manpreet Singh was named the 'Junior Player of the Year' by the Asian Hockey Federation in its Congress held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Hottest Sporting Buzz: Nude pictures of Kate Upton leaked online
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How Maria Sharapova may soon not be a Russian!
Russian tennis ace Maria Sharapova would soon be an outlaw if she does not fly to Moscow and comply with President Vladimir Putin's new law that requires all 10 million Russians with dual citizenship to register with the Kremlin.
Badminton World Championships: Marin stuns Li to win women's title
Spain's Carolina Marin pulled off a monumental upset as she beat Chinese world number one Li Xuerui to win the women's singles title at the Badminton World Championships in Copenhagen.
US Open: Wozniacki upsets Sharapova, Simon stuns Ferrer
Caroline Wozniacki upset French Open champion Maria Sharapova in a groundstroke marathon to reach the U.S. Open quarter-finals, while Gilles Simon registered the first big surprise in the men's draw.
La Liga: Sociedad stun Real Madrid after Zurutuza double
David Zurutuza struck twice to help Real Sociedad seal a remarkable comeback and beat Real Madrid 4-2 in La Liga.
Will Chelsea's Costa learn the ethics and culture of EPL?
Chelsea striker Diego Costa needs to learn to show respect to opponents after the Spaniard goaded Everton players during their pulsating 6-3 English Premier League win on Saturday, Toffees coach Roberto Martinez said.
August 31, 2014
US Open: Men march on but more upsets in women's draw
World No 1 Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams advanced safely to the next round of the US Open on Saturday but the women's draw saw yet another big upset as Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova was sent packing by a 145th-ranked qualifier.
Shorts: I'm enthusiastic about ISL adventure, says Del Piero
Italy's renowned World Cup winner Alessandro Del Piero has called the Indian Super League football tournament an 'adventure' and said he was 'enthusiastic' about embarking on this new journey.
La Liga: Miranda and Mandzukic lead champions Atletico home
Joao Miranda and new signing Mario Mandzukic led Atletico Madrid to a 2-1 home win in La Liga on Saturday as visitors Eibar were unable to cope with the aerial threat of the champions.
Bundesliga: Lewandowski scores but Bayern held at Schalke
Last season's Bundesliga top scorer Robert Lewandowski scored his first competitive goal for new club Bayern Munich but the champions had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Schalke 04 on Saturday.
Indians at US Open: Sania shows stamina to advance in two events
Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza fought through a gruelling schedule to enter the last 16 of women's doubles and quarterfinals of mixed doubles by winning both her respective second-round matches on an all-win day for Indians in the US Open in New York.
EPL: Chelsea hit Everton for six
It was a day of role reversal as Jose Mourinho's often cautious Chelsea thumped Everton 6-3 in a thriller on Saturday while champions Manchester City's attacking talents were blunted in a shock 1-0 home defeat by Stoke City.
US Open: No place to hide for top seeds as Krunic adds to upsets
Serbia's Aleksandra Krunic added her name to a list of anonymous figures to emerge from the Flushing Meadows shadows and step into the US Open spotlight with a shock 6-4, 6-4 win over Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova on Saturday.
Di Maria learns money doesn't always talk in Premier League
There was little fanfare but a few lessons perhaps learnt as the most expensive player in the history of English football - Angel di Maria - lasted 70 minutes on his Premier League debut for Manchester United in their goalless draw at Burnley on Saturday.
August 30, 2014
Bundesliga: Reus sparkles as Dortmund beat Augsburg 3-2
Germany midfielder Marco Reus scored one goal and set up another in three minutes as Borussia Dortmund survived a late comeback to beat Augsburg 3-2 on Friday and bounce back from an opening Bundesliga defeat last week.
US Open: Sharapova advances as seeds tumble in women's draw; Federer rolls on
It was a day of surprises at Flushing Meadows in New York as seeded players were knocked out one after the other on Friday.
AC Milan agree two-year Torres loan with Chelsea
AC Milan have agreed a two-year loan deal with Chelsea for Fernando Torres but the Spain striker has yet to agree terms, the Italian club said in a statement on Friday.
PHOTOS: President bestows controversy-marred Arjuna awards
Amidst controversies, the National Sports Awards were presented by President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on Friday.
World Badminton Championship: Sindhu settles for second bronze
PV Sindhu suffered a heartbreak at the World Badminton Championship as the Indian shuttler had to settle for a second consecutive bronze medal after succumbing to Carolina Marin of Spain in straight games at the semifinals in Copenhagen.
Overworked Ronaldo claims he is close to best
Cristiano Ronaldo admits that he suffered for pushing himself too much at the end of last season but is now close to his best as Real Madrid prepare to face Real Sociedad this weekend.
Ajax's Blind set to join Manchester United
Versatile Dutch international Daley Blind is set to join Manchester United after the English Premier League side agreed a deal with Dutch champions Ajax Amsterdam.
Golf: Chowrasia, Kapur make cut; Bhullar, Jeev miss out in Italy
SSP Chowrasia gave away a late double bogey but was still the better of the two Indians who made the midway cut at the 71st Italian Open presented by Damiani.
La Liga: Valencia romp to 3-0 win over 10-man Malaga
Valencia's Paco Alcacer, Dani Parejo and Pablo Piatti found the target as they took full advantage of the first-half dismissal of Malaga's Sergi Darder to win 3-0 at the Mestalla on Friday.
US Open: Paes-Stepanek move into 2nd round
Veteran Indian tennis star Leander Paes and doubles partner Czech Radek Stepanek entered the US Open men's doubles pre-quarterfinals with a straight-set victory in the second round in New York.
I'm one of the best players in that No. 10 position: Ozil hits back at critics
Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has come out all guns blazing after criticism of his displays by stating he is among the best number 10s in the world who can help lead his side to glory.
August 29, 2014
Bayern complete two-year deal for Real's Alonso
German champions Bayern Munich have completed the transfer of former World Cup winner Xabi Alonso from Real Madrid on a two-year deal as they seek to boost their midfield options following a string of injuries.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
Rediff.com brings a preview of the main matches coming up this weekend in the English Premier League.
Formula One: Rosberg apologises, disciplined for Hamilton crash
Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg has apologised for colliding with team mate Lewis Hamilton during Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix and has been disciplined, his Mercedes team said on Friday.
Sindhu assured of World Championships bronze, Saina exits
Indian teen sensation P V Sindhu made sure of a second consecutive bronze medal at the World Badminton Championships, but it was curtains for Saina Nehwal after she was beaten in straight games in the women's singles quarter-finals at the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen on Friday.
Air of deja vu in UEFA Champions League draw
Champions League holders Real Madrid will face former European champions Liverpool, FC Basel and debutants Ludogorets of Bulgaria following the group stage draw on Thursday.
Ronaldo wins another European award for his museum
Cristiano Ronaldo, whose extra-time penalty put the seal on Real Madrid's 4-1 Champions League final victory over Atletico Madrid in May, was named UEFA's Best Player in Europe on Thursday.
Hockey scene in India better than Pakistan: PHF secretary
Pakistan Hockey Federation secretary Rana Mujahid is "frustrated" that the national sport is struggling to lure sponsors due to lack of international success in recent years and felt the scene was much better in India.
US Open PHOTOS: Ivanovic stunned by Czech; Serena, Djokovic sail through
Former World No 1 Ana Ivanovic was upset 7-5, 6-4 by 42nd-ranked Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in the second round of the US Open on Thursday.
Indian Super league: Juventus great Del Piero signs for Delhi
Former Italy great Alessandro Del Piero will play for the Delhi franchise of the Indian Super League (ISL) and will also be the competition's brand ambassador, the ex-Juventus player has said.
August 28, 2014
Holders Real face former champions Liverpool in group stage
European champions Real Madrid will face former champions Liverpool, FC Basel and debutants Ludogorets of Bulgaria following the draw for the group stage of the Champions league on Thursday.
Saina sets up quarter-final with World No. 1 Xuerui
Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal rallied from a game down to beat Sayaka Takahashi of Japan 14-21, 21-18, 21-12 and enter the quarter-finals of the women's singles at the World Badminton Championships, in Copenhagen, on Thursday. The world No. 7, seeded seventh in the tournament, will take on World No. 1 Li Xuerui of China next.
Wayne Rooney named new England captain
The 28-year-old Manchester United skipper was preferred over the likes of Chelsea's Gary Cahill and Manchester City's Joe Hart to become the successor to Steven Gerrard, who retired from international football after the World Cup.
Sports Shorts: Bayern Munich set to sign Alonso from Real Madrid
German champions Bayern Munich are close to signing former World and European champion Xabi Alonso from Champions League winners Real Madrid.
US Open PHOTOS: Sharapova, Halep share spotlight; Wawrinka bristles
Fifth seed Maria Sharapova averted an early exit on a sweltering day in Flushing Meadows. Updates from Wednesday's play.
Venus keeps up with little sister Serena at US Open
Venus Williams kept up with little sister Serena on Wednesday, beating 78th-ranked Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland in straight sets to advance to the third round of the US Open.
When WAG Nicole Scherzinger obliged her biggest fan...
In less than a month the Ice Bucket Challenge has gone viral on the social media. It has helped raised over $23 million and create awareness about Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
August 27, 2014
Xabi Alonso quits international football
Spain's Xabi Alonso has retired from international football, the World Cup and twice European Championship winning midfielder said on Wednesday.
US Open: Radwanska first major upset at Flushing Meadows
Peng Shuai of China upset fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-3, 6-4 in a shocking start to the women's second round of the U.S. Open on Wednesday.
Sindhu enters third round, Jwala-Ashwini pair exits
P V Sindhu stormed into the third round of the World Badminton
Putin opens 2018 World Cup Stadium in Moscow
Russia's newest completed World Cup stadium, the Otkrytie Arena, in Moscow, was opened by the country's President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.
Akhil in boxing team for Asian Games, says 'glad I am back in the fold'
All but written off after a string of injuries wrecked havoc on his career four years ago, enigmatic boxer Akhil Kumar staged a remarkable comeback to make the 10-member Indian men's team for the Asian Games, in Incheon, South Korea.
Asian Games: Boxers may not participate under Indian flag
With the country's boxing administration in a shambles, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) said on Wednesday that the top pugilists may not be able to compete in the upcoming Asian Games under the national flag if the elections are not held as per schedule next month.
Mary Kom stuns CWG medallist Jangra to qualify for Asian Games
After failing to qualify for the Commonwealth Games, India's boxing ace M C Mary Kom bounced back in style, beating Pinki Jangra in the selection trials in Patiala, on Wednesday, to qualify for the Asian Games.
EPL Updates: 'Di Maria won't provide instant fix'
Manchester United's new winger Angel Di Maria will not change the course of their troubled season straight away following his British record transfer from Real Madrid, manager Louis van Gaal said on Tuesday.
Indians at US Open: Bopanna bows out
India's Rohan Bopanna and his Pakistani partner Aisam Qureshi crashed out of the US Open after going down fighting in the men's doubles first round contest at the Flushing Meadows in New York.
Meet the teenager who gatecrashed Serena and Roger's party
Despite boasting 34 Grand Slam singles titles between them, Serena Williams and Roger Federer were forced to share the spotlight with a 15-year-old at the US Open on Tuesday as all three advanced to the second round.
Look who dropped in to support Roger Federer at US Open...
Roger Federer launched his bid for an 18th grand slam title with a workmanlike 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (4) win over Marinko Matosevic to ease into the second round of the US Open on Tuesday, with NBA great Michael Jordan leading the cheering.
Sprint King Bolt, Yuvraj Singh get ready for face-off!
Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt will come to India next week to play a cricket match against a team that includes World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh.
League Cup: MK Dons humiliate Manchester United
Manchester United's early season problems were compounded by a humiliating 4-0 loss to third-tier Milton Keynes Dons in the League Cup second round on Tuesday leaving new manager Louis van Gaal still looking for his first win.
Top 10 money-makers in Tennis; Federer pips Nadal!
Roger Federer hasn't won a Grand Slam title this year but the 17-time Grand Slam champion tops Forbes magazine's list of the 10 top tennis moneymakers, announced on Tuesday.
Eugenie Bouchard victory brings smile to future face of tennis
Eugenie Bouchard proved again she is a player for the big occasion by powering into the second round of the US Open with a 6-2, 6-1 demolition of Olga Govortsova on Tuesday, bringing a smile to the player hyped as the future face of women's tennis.
US Open: Serena tops Taylor; Federer beats Matosevic in opener
Serena Williams started her quest to join Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova in joint fourth place on the career Grand Slam list with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over 18-year-old fellow American Taylor Townsend at the US Open on Tuesday.
WNBA star Griner pops the big question to her girlfriend!
Brittney Griner's life is bubbling. This 23-year-old basketball star player is used to the spotlight but these days it has increasingly exceeded.
August 26, 2014
Lampard retirement adds to England's central problem
Although it was far from unexpected, Frank Lampard's international retirement increased the challenge facing England manager Roy Hodgson as he looks to move the team forward for the 2016 European Championship and beyond.
England football ace Lampard quits internationals
England midfielder Frank Lampard has retired from international football after winning 106 caps, he said on Tuesday.
August 25, 2014
Mario Balotelli completes move from Milan to Liverpool
Italy striker Mario Balotelli has joined Liverpool from AC Milan on a "long-term" deal, the Premier League club said on Monday.
August 24, 2014
Bolt breaks 10 seconds under roof in Warsaw
The Jamaican clocked 9.98 seconds into a slight breeze at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial in front of a 20,000 crowd on a new track laid down the side of the infield.
August 23, 2014
Premier League: Chelsea edge past Leicester to retain top spot
Chelsea scored a second successive win over a newly-promoted side when they beat Leicester City 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday thanks to second-half goals from Diego Costa and Eden Hazard.
Belgian F1 Grand Prix: Rosberg beats teammate Hamilton to pole
Formula One leader Nico Rosberg swept to pole position at the Belgian Grand Prix on Saturday with Mercedes team mate and title rival Lewis Hamilton alongside on the front row after a wet qualifying session.
Atletico strike early to beat Real and win Spanish Super Cup
Atletico Madrid striker Mario Mandzukic's early goal secured a 1-0 win over Real Madrid and a 2-1 aggregate success to clinch the Spanish Super Cup and gain some revenge for last season's Champions League final defeat.
August 21, 2014
Mario Balotelli says farewell to Milan, heads for Liverpool
Mario Balotelli is heading back to the Premier League.
August 20, 2014
Boxer Manoj to sue Sports Ministry after Arjuna snub
Feeling 'insulted' after his name was not added to this year's list of Arjuna awardees, boxer Manoj Kumar on Wednesday said he would sue the Sports Ministry for the 'injustice' meted out to him.
August 14, 2014
Manchester United to meet MK Dons in League Cup 2nd round
Manchester United will travel to third-tier MK Dons in the Capital One Cup second round following the draw on Wednesday, the first time they have been involved at this stage of the competition for 19 years.
August 13, 2014
France's Ribery ends international career
France winger Franck Ribery is ending his career with the national team to focus on his family, the winger, who missed the 2014 World Cup through injury, said on Wednesday.
Yuki returns to Davis Cup squad for Serbia tie
Yuki Bhambri returned to India's Davis Cup squad for the World Group play-off tie against world No 2 Serbia, as the selectors named a six-member squad on expected lines. Somdev Devvarman, the country's No 1 singles player, will lead the squad.
August 12, 2014
I feel disrespected by ad-hoc body's behaviour: Mary Kom
Olympic bronze medallist M C Mary Kom is still smarting about the last-minute postponement of the Asian Games trials, alleging that the ad-hoc body members have "disrespected her achievements" by not bothering to inform her about their decision.
August 08, 2014
Angry Mary Kom slams postponement of Asian Games trials
The sudden postponement of the boxing trials for the Asian Games has left Olympic bronze medallist MC Mary Kom fuming as she termed the last-minute schedule change as highly unprofessional' on the part of the organisers.
August 06, 2014
Olympic medallist Vijay Kumar fails to make rapid fire team for Asiad
Olympic medallist Vijay Kumar has missed out on a berth in his pet event - rapid fire pistol - for the upcoming Asian Games, but is still part of the 43-member squad, which will be spearheaded by shooting ace Abhinav Bindra.
August 03, 2014
CWG: Australia hammer India 4-0 to clinch hockey gold
Chris Ciriello struck a hat-trick as Australia humiliated India 4-0 to clinch the gold medal of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow National Hockey Centre on Sunday.
CWG: Kashyap ends 32-year-old wait for gold, Jwala-Ashwini beaten
Parupalli Kashyap etched his name firmly in the history books by becoming the first Indian male shuttler in 32 years to win a gold medal in the
Imperious Bolt leads Jamaica to relay gold at CWG
Six-times Olympic champion Usain Bolt anchored Jamaica to the 4x100 metres relay gold with an emphatic finish to win his first Commonwealth Games medal on Saturday.
August 01, 2014
Gowda wins discuss throw, gives India first athletics gold
Vikas Gowda gave its first athletics gold medal of the 20th Commonwealth Games by winning the men's discuss throw on Thursday.
July 31, 2014
CWG 2014: Vijender storms into semis; assured of a medal
India's boxing ace Vijender Singh outclassed Trinidad and Tobago's Aaron Prince in the men's 75kg category to reach the semi-finals and assure himself of a medal at 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
July 28, 2014
Indians on show on Monday at the Commonwealth Games
Schedule of Indian athletes in the 20th Commonwealth Games on Monday (July 29).
Medals tally: 2014 Commonwealth Games
The medal table of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
July 27, 2014
Indians on show on Sunday at the Commonwealth Games
It's a big day for India today as medals will be few good ties away from the athletes at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday.
July 26, 2014
Guilty Boxing to give chance to boxers to turn Pro
Fighting in the American professional circuit could soon be reality for budding Indian pugilists as a new boxing firm will be scouting for fresh talent in the coming days.
Chandela wins CWG gold in 10m Air Rifle, Paul gets silver
India's Apurvi Chandela won the gold medal, while compatriot Ayonika Paul clinched the silver in the women's 10m Air Rifle at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
July 24, 2014
Glasgow CWG: Lifter Sanjita Chanu wins India's first gold
Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu and Saikhom Mirabai Chanu bagged a gold and silver, respectively, in women's 48kg weightlifting in a display of overwhelming domination to open India's medal account on the opening day of the competition in the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Thursday.
July 22, 2014
Dunga succeeds Luiz Felipe Scolari as Brazil manager
Brazil named Dunga as their manager for the second time on Tuesday, two weeks after they were hammered 7-1 by Germany in the World Cup semi-finals which led to the resignation of former coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.
July 14, 2014
Germany beat Argentina in extra-time to win World Cup
Mario Goetze of Germany slips the ball past Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero in the World Cup final on Sunday.
July 13, 2014
Early Dutch goal hands Julio Cesar unwanted record
The Netherlands' opening goal against Brazil on Saturday was the 16th conceded by Julio Cesar in World Cup matches, handing him the unwanted record of conceding the most goals at the finals for the five-times champions.
Brazil blunders resurface as Dutch grab third place
Brazil ended their home World Cup to a cacophony of boos on Saturday as the defensive errors that crushed their bid for a sixth title resurfaced in a shoddy 3-0 loss to the Netherlands in the third-place playoff match.
July 10, 2014
Argentina beat Netherlands on penalties to enter final
Argentina beat the Netherlands 4-2 via penalties to enter the final of the World Cup on Wednesday. The teams were goalless at the end of 120 minutes, and extra-time in the second semi-final.
July 09, 2014
The death of the yellow jersey
'Living in Brazil, I had internalised the football mythology of that country, the way I had learnt Mahabharata stories in my childhood. The tragedy at the Maracana stadium in 1950, when a confident Brazil had lost to Uruguay in the finals. They tell the story of this debacle, this 'Hiroshima' that hit them, like the Shias lament the death of Ali. It led to the Brazilian team burning their white uniforms and switching later to Yellow and blue symbolising their national colours,' says Ambassador , India's former envoy to Brazil.
German blitzkrieg in Belo Horizonte, hosts Brazil humiliated 7-1
Germany scored five goals in 18 first-half minutes on the way to a 7-1 destruction of Brazil in the semi-final on Tuesday to leave the host nation in a state of stunned disbelief at the most amazing World Cup result of all time.
Klose scores 16th World Cup goal to break all-time record
Germany striker Miroslav Klose scored after 23 minutes of the World Cup semi-final against Brazil on Tuesday to become the tournament's all-time leading scorer with 16 goals.
July 07, 2014
Stosur and Zimonjic claim mixed doubles title
Fifteenth seeds Samantha Stosur and Nenad Zimonjic claimed the mixed doubles title with a 6-4, 6-2 win against 14th seeds Chan Hao-Ching of Taiwan and Max Mirnyi of Belarus at Wimbledon on Sunday in the final match of the 2014 championships.
July 06, 2014
Hamilton wins at home after Rosberg retires
Lewis Hamilton won his home British Grand Prix on Sunday and slashed Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg's Formula One lead to four points after the German retired for the first time this season.
Krul shootout saves send Dutch into semis
The Netherlands advanced to a World Cup semi-final with Argentina by beating Costa Rica on penalties after a cagey, tactical last-eight battle finished 0-0 after extra-time on Saturday.
July 05, 2014
Watch out for Robben's dives, says Costa Rica coach
Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto urged referee Ravshan Irmatov to keep a close eye on Dutchman Arjen Robben in Saturday's World Cup quarter-final against the Netherlands.
World Cup: Neymar ruled out with broken vertebra
Hosts Brazil suffered a huge blow when they lost leading forward Neymar for the rest of the World Cup through injury on Friday as they set up an epic-looking semi-final against Europe's biggest remaining team Germany.
Neymar may miss crucial semis with Germany
Brazil forward Neymar was taken to hospital after being injured in the closing stages of the 2-1 World Cup quarter-final win over Colombia on Friday that kept the hosts on course for a sixth title.
Brazil beat gritty Colombia to enter semis
Brazil scored an unconvincing 2-1 victory over Colombia to enter the semi-finals of the World Cup on Friday night. They will meet Germany.
July 04, 2014
World Cup: Germany beat France to enter semis
Mats Hummels scored with a header in the 14th minute to give Germany a 1-0 victory over France in the first quarter-final of the World Cup at the Maracana, in Brazil, on Friday.
July 03, 2014
Shakira to perform 'La la la' at World Cup closing ceremony
Pop star Shakira will perform before the World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro on July 13, headlining a closing ceremony that includes guitar virtuoso
'With all due respect, I hope Rodriguez's moment will end now'
Brazil striker Neymar says he is emotionally ready and physically fit for Friday's World Cup quarter-final with Colombia in Fortaleza.
July 02, 2014
World Cup Player of the Day: De Bruyne made the difference
The former Chelsea player, who now plies his trade with Vfl Wolfsburg in Germany, scored the opener and created the second for Marc Wilmots' side.
Extra-time goals send Belgium through
Belgium finally found a way past inspired goalkeeper Tim Howard as extra-time goals by Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku gave them a 2-1 victory over the United States on Tuesday and set up a World Cup quarter-final against Argentina.
July 01, 2014
Di Maria's last-gasp goal takes Argentina past Switzerland
Angel Di Maria scored in the dying minutes of extra-time to give Argentina a 1-0 victory over Switzerland and a place in the last eight of the World Cup in Sao Paulo on Tuesday.
Germany need extra time to beat Algeria 2-1
Germany were pushed all the way by an inspired Algeria on Monday before Andre Schuerrle and Mesut Ozil eventually secured them a 2-1 extra-time victory to send them into a mouthwatering World Cup quarter-final meeting with France.
June 30, 2014
Late goals send France into quarter-finals
France ended Nigeria's hopes of a first World Cup quarter-final appearance when they scored two late goals to beat the Super Eagles 2-0 in a rough second-round match on Monday.
Suarez issues apology to Chiellini for bite
Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has finally apologised for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during a World Cup match and vowed there would never be a repeat of the incident.
Costa Rica beat Greece on penalties to make last eight debut
Costa Rica secured a place in the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time on Sunday after beating Greece 5-3 on penalties after the teams finished level at 1-1 after extra time, the Central Americans playing for almost an hour with 10 men.
June 29, 2014
Netherlands rally to beat Mexico with late goals
A stoppage time penalty from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar gave the Netherlands a dramatic 2-1 victory over Mexico in the second round of the World Cup on Sunday, minutes after the Mexicans seemed certain to reach the quarter-finals.
Colombia cruise into quarters with win over Uruguay
Colombia reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time after a double from James Rodriguez gave them a 2-0 win over Uruguay in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday.
FIFA probe halftime tunnel incident in Brazil-Chile clash
FIFA is probing an alleged confrontation between a Brazilian press official and Chile player Mauricio Pinilla in the tunnel at halftime in their World Cup match in Belo Horizonte on Saturday, the governing body said.
Hosts Brazil edge Chile in penalties, move into last eight
Brazil beat Chile 3-2 in a penalty shootout to reach the World Cup quarter-finals after their dramatic last-16 match in Belo Horizonte ended 1-1 after extra time on Saturday.
June 28, 2014
Brazil and Chile level at 1-1 at halftime
Hosts Brazil and Chile were locked at 1-1 at halftime in a feisty and open World Cup last-16 match on Saturday.
Saina edges past World No. 2 Wang to enter final
Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal stands just a win away from clinching her second title of the year after she stunned World No. 2 Chinese Shixian Wang in a gruelling semi-final of the Star Australian Super Series in Sydney.
June 27, 2014
Ten-man Belgium end Korea's hopes with 1-0 win
Belgium strolled into the World Cup last 16 on Thursday after Jan Vertonghen's late goal gave them a 1-0 win over a South Korean side unable to take advantage of a 45-minute numerical advantage and who exit the tournament.
Draw sends Algeria through, Russia home
Algeria reached the World Cup last 16 for the first time after fighting back for a 1-1 draw against Russia to clinch second place in Group H.
June 26, 2014
Germany beat US, but both go through
A 55th minute Thomas Mueller goal gave Germany a 1-0 victory over the United States on Thursday but the result allowed both teams to progress to the second round of the World Cup. Germany topped Group G and will face the runner-up in Group H, while the United States finished second and will face Group H's winner.
Portugal win over Ghana in vain as both sides bow out
An own goal by John Boye and a late strike by Cristiano Ronaldo gave Portugal a 2-1 victory over incident-hit Ghana on Thursday, but it was not enough to make the second round as both sides exited the World Cup.
Suarez's bite gets him four months ban from football
Uruguay's Luis Suarez has been suspended for nine matches and banned for four months from any football-related activity for biting an opponent, during the World Cup match against Italy.
Goalless draw leaves France top and eliminates Ecuador
France and Ecuador drew 0-0 in their final World Cup Group E game on Wednesday to send the French into the last 16 as group winners and eliminate their opponents due to Switzerland's 3-0 win over Honduras.
Shaqiri hat-trick steers Swiss into last 16
Xherdan Shaqiri netted a hat-trick as Switzerland beat Honduras 3-0 in Manaus on Wednesday to secure the runners-up spot in World Cup Group E and a last 16 clash against Argentina.
June 25, 2014
Bosnia dash Iran hopes, record first World Cup win
Bosnia beat Iran 3-1 in their Group F finale on Wednesday to record their first World Cup win and deny the West Asians any chance of reaching the knockout stage.
Bite set to eat into Suarez's sponsorship cash
Luis Suarez risks losing lucrative commercial deals following his bite on a World Cup opponent, with poker brand 888 saying on Wednesday it was reviewing its sponsorship agreement with the Uruguayan.
Messi scores twice as Argentina beat Nigeria; both qualify
Lionel Messi scored twice as Argentina beat Nigeria 3-2 in another entertaining World Cup match on Wednesday.
Halep seizes Centre Court chance to open Wimbledon account
Third seed Simona Halep made the most of the Centre Court stage gifted to her in a scheduling change, disposing of her Brazilian opponent Teliana Pereira 6-2, 6-2 in a clinical display on Tuesday.
Colombia trounce Japan to top Group C
Jackson Martinez scored twice as Colombia beat Japan 4-1 to top World Cup Group C with maximum points on Tuesday. The victory earned them a second-round meeting with Uruguay in Rio de Janeiro and ended Japan's interest in the tournament.
Samaras penalty sends Greece through, breaks Ivorian hearts
A stoppage time penalty from Giorgios Samaras sent Greece into the last 16 of the World Cup for the first time with a dramatic 2-1 victory over Ivory Coast.
June 24, 2014
Costa Rica top Group D after draw with England
Costa Rica marched into the second round of the World Cup after topping Group D, containing three former winners, after a 0-0 draw with already-eliminated England on Tuesday.
Godin header puts Uruguay in last 16 and Italy out
Defender Diego Godin scored a dramatic goal nine minutes from time to send Uruguay through to the World Cup last 16 after a 1-0 win over Italy, on Tuesday, which sent the four-times champions home.
FIFA red-faced after suggesting Brazil goal was off-side
FIFA TV, which provides live World Cup images for the global television audience, displayed the wrong graphic which indicated Brazil's third goal in their 4-1 win over Cameroon was offside, it said on Tuesday.
Hernandez inspires Mexico into last 16 with Croatia win
Javier Hernandez came off the bench to help Mexico reach the last 16 of the World Cup as their watertight defense and swift counter attacks gave them a 3-1 win against Croatia on Monday to emerge from Group A as runners-up behind Brazil.
Neymar double helps Brazil through to face Chile
Red-hot striker Neymar helped fire Brazil into a World Cup second-round meeting with Chile when he scored twice in the first half as the hosts survived an early scare against already-eliminated Cameroon to win 4-1 and top Group A on Monday.
Neymar scores 100th goal of World Cup in Brazil's 100th game
Brazil striker Neymar scored the 100th goal of the 2014 World Cup when he netted his side's first goal in their final Group A game against Cameroon on Monday.
June 23, 2014
Spain sign off with easy win over Australia
Spain defeated Australia 3-0 in their final World Cup Group B game on Monday, giving a modicum of respect to the defending champions' poor campaign.
Netherlands down Chile to top Group B
Goals by substitutes Leroy Fer and Memphis Depay gave the Netherlands a 2-0 victory over Chile on Monday that put them top of World Cup Group B and likely to avoid a second-round meeting with Brazil.
Hope floats for Portugal after last gasp draw with the US
Portuguese substitute Silvestre Varela grabbed a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser to secure a 2-2 draw with the United States in World Cup Group G on Sunday.
Algeria thump South Korea to end 32-year tournament drought
Algeria opened the goal scoring floodgates swamping South Korea 4-2 in a thrilling World Cup Group H clash on Sunday that kept hopes of securing a spot in the last 16 alive and triggered celebrations across the Arab nation.
June 22, 2014
Austrian F1 Grand Prix: Nico Rosberg wins to stretch lead
Nico Rosberg won the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix in a Mercedes one-two finish on Sunday to stretch his championship lead over team mate Lewis Hamilton to 29 points after eight races.
World Cup: Belgium snatch late win over Russia to reach last 16
Divock Origi's late strike earned Belgium a 1-0 Group H win over Russia at the Maracana Stadium on Sunday to seal a spot in the knockout round of the World Cup.
Odemwingie goal ends long Nigeria wait, knocks Bosnia out
Nigeria beat Bosnia 1-0 on Saturday to record their first World Cup finals victory since 1998 and condemn the European team to an early exit in their first appearance at the tournament.
Klose equals Ronaldo's World Cup record but Germany held by Ghana
Miroslav Klose scored a landmark goal as Germany and Ghana drew 2-2 with all the goals coming in a terrific second half of another rip-roaring football World Cup clash in Fortaleza, on Saturday.
June 21, 2014
Messi saves Argentine blushes against bold Iran
Lionel Messi saved Argentina's blushes with a brilliant stoppage time winner against unheralded Iran at the football World Cup on Saturday to send the South Americans into the last 16.
Valencia brace fires Ecuador to victory over Honduras
Honduras scored their first World Cup goal for 32 years on Friday, but Enner Valencia replied twice to earn Ecuador a 2-1 Group E victory that gives them a fighting chance of making the knock-out phase.
Free-flowing France too good for Switzerland
Free-flowing France blew away in-form Switzerland with a three-goal first-half barrage en route to a thumping 5-2 World Cup Group E victory on Friday that virtually assures them qualification to the second round.
Indian Olympic Association wants to bid for 2019 Asian Games
Ending days of speculation, the Indian Olympic Association on Friday officially informed the Olympic Council of Asia its expression of interest to bid for the 2019 Asian Games after Vietnam capital Hanoi withdrew its hosting rights in April this year.
June 20, 2014
Ruiz takes Costa Rica past Italy and into last 16; England exit
Costa Rica made it to the last 16 of the World Cup with a 1-0 victory over four-times winners Italy in their Group D clash on Friday. Captain Bryan Ruiz headed the team to victory with a 44th-minute goal.
Ten-man Greece hold Japan goalless
Ten-man Greece held Japan to a 0-0 draw that will suit neither side in a Group C match, which ended with boos ringing around the Dunas arena and sent Colombia into the last 16 of the World Cup on Thursday.
Suarez double lifts Uruguay to victory over England
Luis Suarez returned from injury to give Uruguay a 1-0 lead in the first half in their World Cup Group D match against England on Friday.
June 19, 2014
Shooter Jitu wins historic gold medal at Maribor World Cup
Jitu, who had won a silver medal in the free pistol competition, shot 200.8 in the final round to clinch the gold in the air pistol event.
Croatia trounce 10-man Cameroon, set up Mexico showdown
Croatia gave themselves a fighting chance of reaching the World Cup knock-out phase when they thrashed a toothless Cameroon 4-0 on Wednesday.
Chile send champions Spain packing, join Netherlands in last 16
Chile overwhelmed an out-of-sorts Spain 2-0 to join the Netherlands in the second round of the World Cup and eliminate the defending champions on a memorable night at the Maracana on Wednesday.
June 18, 2014
Gritty Australia give Netherlands a scare
Memphis Depay's goal in the 68th minute gave the Netherlands a 3-2 victory over Australia in their World Cup Group B match on Wednesday. Depay scored with a long ranger to earn the Dutch full points and keep the top spot in the group with six points.
Kerzhakov hands Russia draw after Akinfeev gaffe
Russia's Alexander Kerzhakov came to the rescue, scoring three minutes after coming on as a substitute to secure a 1-1 World Cup draw with South Korea after his goalkeeper had gifted the Asians the lead in their Group H match on Tuesday.
Mexico goalkeeper Ochoa stars in goalless draw with Brazil
Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa made two outstanding saves to deny Neymar as battling Mexico held Brazil to a 0-0 draw in their World Cup Group A match on Tuesday, ending the hosts' 10-game winning streak in the process.
June 17, 2014
Nervy Belgium made to sweat for 2-1 win over Algeria
Much-fancied Belgium fought back from a goal down to score twice in the final 20 minutes and earn a hard-fought 2-1 victory over gutsy Algeria in their World Cup Group H opener on Tuesday.
Iran, Nigeria listless in first draw at Brazil World Cup
Iran and Nigeria laboured to the first stalemate of a scintillating World Cup on Monday with a dismal 0-0 draw that left both sides still chasing their first victory at a finals since 1998.
Dempsey scores early but Brooks secures win for USA
The United States got a dream start to their World Cup campaign when Clint Dempsey scored the fifth fastest goal in tournament history but they needed an 86th minute winner from John Brooks to secure a dramatic 2-1 win over Ghana on Monday.
June 16, 2014
Mueller 'tricks' as Germany trounce 10-man Portugal
Thomas Mueller scored a hat-trick as Germany beat Portugal 4-0 in an action-packed World Cup Group G match in Salvador, on Monday.
India mulls late bid for 2019 Asian Games
With a new government assuming power late last month, the Indian Olympic Association wrote to its members on Monday seeking their view on submitting a late bid before the July 1 deadline.
Plucky Bosnia make Argentina toil for full points
The fastest-ever World Cup own goal and a typical piece of Lionel Messi brilliance gave Argentina a 2-1 win over tournament debutants Bosnia-Bosnia-Herzegovina in their Group F clash at the Maracana on Sunday.
Benzema scores twice as France overrun 10-man Honduras
A Karim Benzema brace and an own goal by goalkeeper Noel Valladares awarded after confirmation by goalline technology gave France a 3-0 victory over 10-man Honduras in their World Cup Group E match on Sunday.
Goal-line technology makes World Cup bow in France-Honduras match
Goal-line technology was used for the first time in a World Cup match to decide if the ball had crossed the line during France's Group E clash with Honduras on Sunday.
June 15, 2014
Switzerland stun Ecuador with stoppage-time goal
A stoppage-time goal by substitute Haris Seferovic gave Switzerland a 2-1 World Cup Group E win over Ecuador on Sunday.
Beckenbauer will answer FIFA questions, wants ban lifted
Franz Beckenbauer said on Sunday he is ready to answer questions from FIFA about an investigation into World Cup bidding by June 27 and believes that should remove any justification for its 90-day ban on him.
Aussies whip Dutch for men's hockey World Cup
Australia retained the men's hockey World Cup crown after outplaying Olympic silver medallists The Netherlands 6-1 in the final at the Kyocera Stadium in The Hague on Sunday. Chris Cirielo's three penalty-corner conversions was the feature of the contest that saw Australia retain the trophy they won in New Delhi in 2010.
Drogba inspires Ivory Coast as Japan lose their way
Two quickfire headed goals from Wilfried Bony and Gervinho helped Ivory Coast recover to beat Japan 2-1 on Saturday as their bid for a first appearance in the World Cup knockout stages got off to a fine start.
Balotelli header gives Italy 2-1 win over England
Mario Balotelli headed the decisive goal as Italy emerged 2-1 winners over England in another high quality World Cup match in the Amazon jungle on Saturday, to gain a key early advantage in a Group D containing three former tournament winners.
Costa Rica fight back to stun Uruguay
Two goals in four dramatic second-half minutes set lowly Costa Rica on their way to a deserved 3-1 victory over Uruguay on Saturday in the biggest upset of the World Cup so far.
June 14, 2014
Colombia thrash Greece in joyous World Cup return
Colombia marked their return to the World Cup after a 16-year absence with an attacking display that earned a 3-0 victory over Greece on Saturday, and the early initiative in what looks to be a really tight Group C.
FIH Women's Hockey World Cup: Netherlands win seventh title
Olympic gold medallists The Netherlands defeated Australia 2-0 in the title showdown to clinch the women's hockey World Cup at the Kyocera Stadium in The Hague on Saturday.
Chile prove too hot for Australia
Chile got the victory they needed if they are to have any chance of progressing from a daunting Group B when they held off a strong Australian fightback to emerge 3-1 winners in another open and entertaining World Cup clash on Friday.
Netherlands humiliate World champions Spain
Stunning goals from Dutch captain Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben ensured an awful start to Spain's World Cup defence as the Netherlands destroyed one of the tournament favourites 5-1 in Group B on Friday.
June 13, 2014
Football World Cup: Perlata gives Mexico full points vs Cameroon
Mexico got just rewards for their attacking intent when Oribe Peralta's 61st minute strike gave them a 1-0 win over Cameroon in their World Cup opener at a rain-saturated Dunas arena on Friday.
Game Changer: Japanese ref riles Croatia with soft Brazil penalty
Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura endeared himself to Brazil fans with a contentious penalty award in the World Cup opener on Thursday, as Neymar put away the spot kick to give his side a 2-1 lead against Croatia late in the Group A opener.
Neymar double gives jittery Brazil winning start
Neymar wasted little time in living up to his billing as Brazil's World Cup spearhead when he scored twice to lead the host nation to a 3-1 comeback victory over Croatia in a terrific opening game of the tournament on Thursday.
June 12, 2014
I won't back you any more, UEFA boss Platini tells Blatter
UEFA chief Michel Platini says he will not support FIFA president Sepp Blatter if he stands for another term. The Frenchman added that world soccer's governing body needs a breath of fresh air.
Unique initiative by OGQ to raise money for Indian athletes
June 11, 2014
Anand-Carlsen World Championship rematch to be held in Sochi
The much-anticipated World Championship rematch between Indian veteran Viswanathan Anand and title-holder Magnus Carlsen will be staged from November 7 to 28 in Sochi, Russia.
June 09, 2014
Hockey World Cup: Australia rout India with four early goals
India suffered a humiliating 0-4 defeat to defending champions Australia in their final group league encounter of the FIH men's hockey World Cup, in The Hague, Netherlands, on Monday.
June 08, 2014
Claycourt machine Nadal reaches cloud nine in Paris
World number one Rafa Nadal won a record extending ninth French Open title when he beat Serbian second seed Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 in Sunday's final.
Rosberg on pole for Canadian Grand Prix
Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg put Mercedes on pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix on Saturday, with team mate and closest rival Lewis Hamilton having to settle for second place on the grid.
June 07, 2014
Akashdeep's brilliance helps India beat Malaysia in World Cup
Akashdeep Singh scored two goals in the space of three minutes to set up India's 3-2 victory over Malaysia in the men's hockey World Cup in the Hague on Saturday.
World Cup Hockey: Olympic champs Germany stare at dead end
Hosts The Netherlands beat Germany by a solitary goal to complicate the Olympic champions' chances of making it to the last four of the Men's World Cup Hockey.
June 06, 2014
India settle for a draw against Spain at World Cup
India finally managed to earn their first points in the World Cup Hockey as they held Spain to a 1-1 draw as custodian PR Sreejesh effected at least four brilliant saves.
June 02, 2014
Hockey WC: India concede late goal, go down to England in 2nd match
India crashed to their second defeat in the men's hockey World Cup by conceding a late goal yet again to go down 1-2 against England at the Kyocera Stadium in The Hague on Monday.
June 01, 2014
Murray vs Kohlschreiber match suspended due to bad light
Wimbledon champion Andy Murray was locked in a fifth-set fight to the finish against Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany in the third round of the French Open on Saturday when play was suspended because of bad light.
May 31, 2014
Hockey World Cup: India lose to Belgium in opener
India's shaky defence conceded a goal 15 seconds from the hooter to go down 2-3 against Belgium in their opening game of hockey World Cup at the Kyocera Stadium on Saturday.
May 29, 2014
French Open: Mirza-Black progress; Bopanna-Qureshi lose
Fifth seeds Sania Mirza and Cara Black cantered into the second round, even as the duo of Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi were shown the door in the men's doubles, at the French Open, in Paris, on Thursday.
May 24, 2014
Uber Cup: India settle for bronze after defeat to Japan
Ace shuttlers Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu came up with spectacular victories but the Indian women's team still had to be satisfied with the bronze medal after it went down fighting 2-3 to five-time champions Japan in its maiden semifinals appearance in the Uber Cup on Friday.
May 23, 2014
Cancellation of Arjuna to Maheshwary challenged in Delhi HC
A Kerala-based organisation moved the Delhi high court on Friday against the Centre's last-minute decision to deny triple jumper Renjith
May 22, 2014
India rout Indonesia to reach Uber Cup semi-finals
Indian women's badminton team scripted history as they reached the semi-finals of the Uber Cup tournament for the first time with a dominating 3-0 victory over Indonesia in the quarter-finals at the Siri Fort Sports complex.
May 21, 2014
India salvage pride with 3-2 win over Germany in Thomas Cup
The Indian men's team salvaged some pride with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Germany in their inconsequential Group C tie to end its campaign at the Thomas Cup badminton tournament on a positive note at the Siri Fort Sports Complex.
Churchill and three other clubs axed from I-League
In a stunning development in Indian football, two-time champions Churchill Brothers were thrown out of the I-League along with three other teams for failing to fulfil the AIFF's club licensing criteria.
May 20, 2014
Super Saina beats Ratchanok as Indian eves thrash Thailand
Saina Nehwal produced one of her finest performances in recent times to guide Indian women's team to a comfortable victory over Thailand and catapult the hosts to the top of Group Y in the Uber Cup badminton tournament in New Delhi.
May 19, 2014
Saina leads Indian women's charge into Uber Cup quarters
Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal led India to the quarter-finals of Uber Cup with a crushing 4-1 victory over Hong Kong but it was curtains for their male counterparts in the Thomas Cup after they lost to Korea 2-3 in New Delhi.
Van Gaal named Manchester United's new manager
Dutchman Louis van Gaal has been named as Manchester United's new manager with Ryan Giggs confirmed as his assistant, the Premier League club said.
May 18, 2014
Thomas Cup: Saina and Co rout Canada, Malaysia drub men's team
Saina Nehwal guided the Indian women's team to a crushing 5-0 win over Canada to launch their Uber Cup campaign in style but their men's counterpart came a cropper against former champions Malaysia as they suffered a crushing 1-4 defeat in Thomas Cup in New Delhi.
Italian Open: Serena Williams thumps Errani to win 60th WTA title
Serena Williams won her third Italian Open title, crushing local favourite Sara Errani 6-3, 6-0 in Rome on Sunday.
Tata Martino quits as Barcelona coach after trophyless season
Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino resigned on Saturday after just one season in charge having finished second to Atletico Madrid in the La Liga title race and failed to win a major trophy.
May 12, 2014
Hodgson gives England youthful options for World Cup
Roy Hodgson has given himself the option to give England a youthful, fresh edge at the World Cup after including Ross Barkley, Raheem Sterling, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana in his provisional squad on Monday. There were no real surprises as the irresistible late-season form of Everton's attacking midfielder Barkley and Liverpool wide man Sterling made their inclusion an easy choice for Hodgson despite having only five caps between them.
May 10, 2014
Vikas Gowda wins silver at the IAAF Diamond League in Doha
Ace discus thrower Vikas Gowda won the silver medal in the IAAF Diamond League Series in Doha, on Friday.
May 08, 2014
Social worker says Pistorius heartbroken
A government social worker assigned to give Oscar Pistorius emotional support after the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, told a court on Thursday the South African track star on trial for murder was heartbroken over the shooting.
May 07, 2014
Pistorius accused of intimidating Steenkamp's friend in court
South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius, on trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, tried to intimidate a friend of the former model in court on Tuesday, according to the friend's lawyer.
May 03, 2014
Man City back on top after Dzeko double downs Everton
Manchester City returned to the Premier League summit for the first time since January with a 3-2 win at Everton on Saturday that left them six points from a second title in three seasons.
EPL: West Ham hang on after win over Spurs
West Ham United made absolutely certain of Premier League safety with a 2-0 win over 10-man Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday -- their third victory over their London rivals this season.
US sprinter Tyson Gay gets one-year ban for doping
Former World double sprint champion Tyson Gay has been suspended for one year after testing positive in 2013 for a banned anabolic steroid, the US. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said on Friday.
May 01, 2014
Inspired Atletico ease past Chelsea to set up Madrid final
Atletico Madrid produced an inspired display of counter-attacking football to beat Chelsea 3-1 in the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg in London on Wednesday and set up an all-Spanish final against city rivals Real.
April 30, 2014
Real Madrid humiliate Bayern to storm into Champions League final
Real Madrid tore apart Bayern Munich's ragged defence with a ruthless first-half display as they thrashed the defending champions 4-0 in their own stadium to reach their first Champions League final for 12 years.
April 29, 2014
Rio Olympic Games preparations "worst" ever, says IOC VP Coates
International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice president John Coates called Brazil's preparations for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games "the worst" he has ever seen and critically behind schedule, but warned there is no "plan B" to find another host.
April 25, 2014
Former Barca coach Vilanova dies of cancer, aged 45
Former Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova has died following a battle with cancer that forced him to stand down at the end of last season, the club announced on Friday.
Narang misses 10m air rifle C'wealth Games berth
Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra made the cut, but London Games bronze winner Gagan Narang failed to qualify in the 10-metre air rifle event for the upcoming Commonwealth Games.
April 20, 2014
Monte Carlo Masters: Wawrinka beats Federer to title
Third seed and Australian Open champion Wawrinka recovered from the loss of the opening set to claim his maiden Masters title on the Monte Carlo clay just six weeks before the start of the May 25-June 8 grand slam tournament in Paris.
French League Cup: Edinson Cavani's double hands PSG the title
Paris St Germain collected their first trophy of the season when Edinson Cavani's double secured a 2-1 victory against Olympique Lyon in the French League Cup final on Saturday.
F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone faces German bribery trial
Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone goes on trial for bribery in Germany this week in a case that threatens to end the Briton's long reign as the commercial boss of the motor sport.
April 19, 2014
Federer ousts ailing Djokovic in Monte Carlo semis
Roger Federer beat an injured Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-2 to set up an all-Swiss Monte Carlo Masters final with Stanislas Wawrinka after the Australian Open champion ousted David Ferrer.
April 14, 2014
Domenicali resigns as Ferrari F1 boss
Stefano Domenicali resigned as Ferrari's Formula One team principal on Monday, and the company's North America president and chief executive Marco Mattiacci was appointed as his replacement.
April 10, 2014
Jamaica's Powell banned for 18 months
Former 100 metres world record holder Asafa Powell was banned for 18 months by a Jamaican anti-doping disciplinary panel on Thursday after he tested positive for a banned substance last year.
April 08, 2014
First Look: Pele's hair turned into diamonds for superfans
Pele has unveiled an unusual line of diamonds using strands of the football legend's own hair, local media reported.
April 06, 2014
Lee Chong Wei, Wang Shixian win India Open badminton
Defending champion Lee Chong Wei produced one of his finest performances to retain the men's singles title with a straight-game victory over familiar foe Chen Long of China in the final of the US $250,000 Yonex Sunrise Metlife India Super Series in Delhi on Sunday. In an all-Chinese women's singles final, All-England champion Shixian Wang, seeded second, kept her cool at crucial moments to overcome Olympic champion and top seed Li Xuerui 22-20, 21-19 in 47 minutes.
April 05, 2014
Bayern Munich slump to first league loss in 18 months
Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich suffered their first league defeat in 18 months when they slumped to a 1-0 loss at Augsburg on Saturday as Sascha Moelder's first-half strike ended their record 53-game unbeaten league run.
April 04, 2014
India Open: Yihan too good for Saina, Chong Wei ends Kashyap's run
London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal bowed out of the $250,000 India Open Super Series after a straight games defeat to world No 2 Yihan Wang in the quarter-finals of the women's singles at the Siri Fort complex in Delhi on Friday.
April 03, 2014
Saina, Kashyap reach quarter-finals in India Open
Saina Nehwal finally broke her jinx at the $250,000 Indian Open Super Series badminton, storming into the quarter-finals of the women's singles with a straight-game victory over Thailand's Natcha Saengchote, in Delhi, on Thursday. The world No 8 Indian did not go beyond the second round in the last three editions of the Open and broke the hoodoo when she thrashed Natcha 21-15, 21-12 in just 35 minutes at the Siri Fort Sports complex. Parupalli Kashyap also continued his good run to reach the quarter-finals. He prevailed over his training partner, R M V Gurusaidutt, 21-15, 16-21, 21-11 in the men's singles.
April 02, 2014
India Open: Kashyap shocks world No 7 Zhengming; Sindhu loses
Parupalli Kashyap came up with a brilliant performance to shock world No 7 Zhengming Wang of China in the US $250,000 India Super Series badminton tournament, in Delhi, on Wednesday.
April 01, 2014
IAAF ratifies Anju's top finish in 2005 World Athletics Final
Star Indian long jumper Anju Bobby George has officially become the gold medal winner of the World Athletics Final, held at Monte Carlo in 2005, after the International Association of Athletics Federation ratified the result of the meet.
March 31, 2014
Champions League: Mourinho confident of Chelsea's good show in Paris
Chelsea will give a better account of themselves in the Champions League in Paris on Wednesday than they did in an unexpected weekend defeat at CrystalPalace, manager Jose Mourinho said on Sunday.
March 30, 2014
Hamilton wins Malaysian Grand Prix in Mercedes one-two
Britain's Lewis Hamilton won the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday, taking a pole-to-flag victory ahead of Nico Rosberg in a first one-two for Mercedes since they returned to Formula One as a works team in 2010.
March 29, 2014
Candidates Chess: Anand wins in Russia, sets up Carlsen rematch
Five-times world champion Viswanathan Anand proved all his critics wrong and won the Candidates Chess tournament after settling for a draw
March 26, 2014
Jude Felix is India's new senior men's hockey coach
Former India captain Jude Felix has been appointed coach of the senior men's hockey team. The Olympian will work under chief coach Terry Walsh, Hockey India said on Wednesday.
March 24, 2014
Barca win at Real to blow La Liga title race wide open
Barcelona blew the La Liga title race wide open when Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick in a 4-3 comeback win for the champions at 10-man Real Madrid in an action-packed 'Clasico' on Sunday.
March 23, 2014
Sigurdsson winner caps superb Spurs fightback against Saints
Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a stoppage time winner after Christian Eriksen's double as Tottenham Hotspur stormed back from 2-0 down to beat Southampton 3-2 in the Premier League on Sunday.
Candidates Chess: Anand beats Topalov to regain sole lead
India's Viswanathan Anand regained the sole lead with a sparkling victory over former challenger Veselin Topalov from Bulgaria in the ninth round of Candidates Chess tournament in Khanty Mansiysk on Sunday.
Bundesliga: Bayern struggle to win over Mainz
Bayern Munich had to put their Bundesliga title celebrations on hold on Saturday after beating gutsy Mainz 05 2-0 while Borussia Dortmund also won, 3-0 at Hanover 96.
Serie A: Roma breeze past Chievo, Immobile 'tricks' for Torino
First-half goals by Gervinho and Mattia Destro helped AS Roma strengthen their grip on second place in Serie A with a 2-0 win at Chievo Verona on Saturday.
Barca's Pique back in time for Sunday's 'Clasico'
Barcelona have Gerard Pique back for Sunday's La Liga 'Clasico' at leaders Real Madrid but captain and fellow centre back Carles Puyol has not managed to shake off a knee injury, the Spanish champions said on Saturday.
March 21, 2014
Svidler forces Anand to fourth straight draw
Five-time World champion Viswanathan Anand played out a fourth consecutive draw after signing peace with Peter Svidler of Russia in the seventh round at the Candidates Chess tournament in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia, on Friday. At the half-way stage of the tournament, Anand has 4.5 points out of a possible seven.
March 20, 2014
Van Persie hat-trick takes Manchester Utd past Olympiakos Piraeus
Robin van Persie's hat-trick lifted the gloom surrounding Manchester United and manager David Moyes as the English side beat Olympiakos Piraeus 3-0 to overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit and reach the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday.
March 19, 2014
Candidates Chess: Anand stays ahead with draw against Karjakin
Five-time World champion Viswanathan Anand remained in sole lead after a third straight draw, signing peace with Russian Sergey Karjakin in the sixth round of Candidates Chess tournament in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia, on Wednesday.
March 18, 2014
La Liga: Bilbao held at Villarreal
Athletic Bilbao missed a chance to tighten their grip on Spain's fourth Champions League qualification place when they had to come from behind to rescue a 1-1 draw at 10-man Villarreal in La Liga on Monday.
Serie A: Totti returns from buttock injury to help Roma win
Francesco Totti made an instant impact on his return from a buttock injury when he scored one goal and helped set up another in AS Roma's 3-2 Serie A win over Udinese on Monday.
Liverpool to mark Hillsborough anniversary with commemorative scarves
Liverpool are calling on football fans from around the world to show their support for the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster by sending in club scarves.
Hosts Australia top seeds for 2015 Asian Cup football tourney
Hosts Australia have been named top seeds for the 2015 Asian Cup ahead of next week's draw and will avoid being drawn in the same group as defending champions Japan.
March 17, 2014
'Pistorius knew South African gun safety rules'
Double-amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius, on trial for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, was aware of South African firearms and self-defence laws that say you cannot shoot at an intruder unless your life is in danger, a court heard on Monday.
Serie A: Pirlo goal punishes Genoa in dramatic tie, Milan lose again
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon saved a penalty and Andrea Pirlo curled in a trademark free kick late in the game to give the Serie A leaders a dramatic 1-0 win at Genoa on Sunday.
La Liga: Messi becomes highest goal-scorer for Barca
Lionel Messi hit a hat-trick as Barcelona warmed up for the El Clasico with Real Madrid next weekend with a 7-0 victory over Osasuna that put them four points off the top of La Liga.
March 16, 2014
Premier League: Gerrard scores twice as Liverpool crush Man Utd
Two Steven Gerrard penalties helped Liverpool to a crushing 3-0 victory at bitter rivals Manchester United on Sunday to leave them breathing down the necks of Premier League leaders Chelsea.
BNP Paribas Open: Sania Mirza, Cara Black lose in final
Sania Mirza and her Zimbabwean partner Cara Black lost to top seeds Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan and Peng Shuai of China in straight sets in the women's doubles final of the BNP Paribas Open, a Premier WTA tournament, at Indian Wells.
March 14, 2014
Candidates Chess: Anand in 54 moves draw with Topalov
Five-time World champion Viswanathan Anand played out an easy draw with black against former World champion Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria in the second round of the Candidates Chess tournament in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia, on Friday.
March 13, 2014
Candidates chess: Anand beats top seed Aronian in first game
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand displayed top form to beat top seed and rating-favourite Levon Aronian of Armenia in the first
Bayern boss Hoeness gets three-and-a-half years' jail for tax evasion
A German court convicted Uli Hoeness of tax evasion on Thursday and sentenced the soccer manager who turned Bayern Munich into one of the world's most successful clubs to three-and-a-half years in jail.
March 12, 2014
Swiss Open badminton: Sindhu, Kashyap, Anand advance
India's leading shuttlers P V Sindhu, Parupalli Kashyap and Anand Pawar got off to winning starts in the singles event at the US $125,000 Swiss Grand Prix Gold tournament in Basel on Wednesday.
Red Tape mix-up leaves Arsenal bench one man short
Arsenal's substitutes' bench was a man short against Bayern Munich on Tuesday after the Premier League side got caught up in red tape.
Ozil injury 'serious', will be out for a few weeks: Wenger
Mesut Ozil's unhappy spell continued on Tuesday when the Arsenal and Germany midfielder suffered an injury against Bayern Munich that manager Arsene Wenger said is likely to keep him out for several weeks.
Champions League: Bayern knock out Arsenal; Atletico make quarters after 17 years
Defending champions Bayern Munich survived a shaky second half and missed a late penalty against Arsenal on Tuesday to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.
March 11, 2014
Media banned from covering Pistorius trial
Media will be banned from covering the Oscar Pistorius murder case in order to protect the dignity and sensitivities of the friends and relatives of deceased Reeva Steenkamp.
Edeh's late goal takes East Bengal past Mohammedans
East Bengal got the better of Mohammedan Sporting by the odd goal in three at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on Tuesday evening to move up to seventh in the Airtel I-League table.
Sindhu to miss Malaysia Grand Prix Gold
In a bid to keep herself fit for the packed international schedule this year, Indian shuttler P V Sindhu will not be defending her women's singles title at the $120,000 Malaysia Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament to be held at Johor Bahru from March 25-30.
'India a key market to spread women's tennis'
The Women's Tennis Association, which has turned to Asia to grow its sport, is unclear how the International Tennis Premier League is going to pan out. 'We are still learning about it, just as the world and the media is,' said Melissa Pines, Vice-President, Asia-Pacific, on the sidelines of its new announcement to bring the season-ending BNP Paribas WTA Championships to South East Asia for the first time this year.
'Barcelona have done nothing wrong in Neymar transfer'
The controversy surrounding the transfer of Brazilian Neymar to Barcelona is 'unfair' because the Spanish champions have done nothing wrong, club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said on Monday.
March 10, 2014
Dennis Rodman vows never to go back to North Korea
Dennis Keith Rodman, who faced widespread criticism after his controversial trip to North Korea recently, has reportedly said that he would not return to the oppressive state if the American people did not want him to go.
Ozil over Champions League penalty miss, says Wenger
Record signing Mesut Ozil is now over his key penalty miss against Bayern Munich having ended a three month goal drought with a dynamic display in the FA Cup win over Everton, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.
Serie A: Roma lose to Napoli; Juve take 14 point lead
AS Roma's lingering hopes of catching Serie A leaders Juventus were virtually extinguished after two stunning Pepe Reina saves kept them at bay and Jose Callejon's late goal handed third-placed Napoli a 1-0 home win on Sunday.
Bundesliga: Dortmund edge Freiburg; Bayern thrash Wolfsburg 6-1
Borussia Dortmund edged past Freiburg 1-0 on Sunday courtesy of captain Sebastian Kehl's first goal in almost two years to go four points clear in second place in the Bundesliga.
La Liga: Real go three points clear, add to Barca's woes
Real Madrid took full advantage of Barcelona's shock defeat at Real Valladolid with a 3-0 home win over 10-man Levante on Sunday that put Carlo Ancelotti's in-form side three points clear at the top of La Liga.
March 09, 2014
'Sportspersons and not Federations are backbone of sport'
Recently-elected Indian Olympic Association president N Ramachandran has promised to make national federations more accountable and transparent in their functioning, saying that he would not hesitate to resign from his position if he fails to make a difference.
Ligue 1: Ibrahimovic shines again as PSG stay eight points clear
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was again the chief tormentor as French champions Paris St Germain won 3-0 at Bastia to stay eight points clear at top of the Ligue 1 on Saturday.
Serie A: Finely-crafted Di Natale goal sinks sorry Milan
A beautifully-worked Antonio Di Natale goal saw lowly Udinese beat AC Milan 1-0 in Serie A on Saturday to deal a huge blow to the visitors' prospects of European football next season.
March 08, 2014
Divij, Raja clinch first Challenger title in Kyoto
The fast rising Indian pair of Divij Sharan and Purav Raja came from a set down to win their first title ATP Challenger title of the season as the top seeded Indians tamed Miachel Venus and Sanchai Ratiwatana via Super tie-breaker in the summit clash of the All Japan Indoor Championships, in Kyoto on Saturday.
Indian Wells: Unseeded American shocks fancied Azarenka
Unseeded American Lauren Davis secured the first big upset of the BNP Paribas Open when she ousted third seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in the second round in Indian Wells on Friday.
Spurs should follow Liverpool's lead, says Sherwood
Tottenham Hotspur head coach Tim Sherwood is looking to the example set by Brendan Rodgers' resurgent Liverpool as he plots for the future despite not receiving long-term assurances about his own position.
Hamilton confident Mercedes can deliver
Lewis Hamilton believes his Mercedes Formula One team can live up to their advance billing as favourites when the season starts in Australia next week.
Saina knocked out of All-England Championship quarters
India's campaign came to a premature halt in the All-England Badminton Championship when ace shuttler Saina Nehwal was thrashed by Chinese Shixian Wang in the quarter-finals of the women's singles in Birmingham on Friday.
Former British No 1 Baltacha battling cancer
Former British No 1 Elena Baltacha has been diagnosed with liver cancer, the Scot said on Friday.
Bayern chief Hoeness to be tried for tax evasion
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness, once one of Germany's most admired soccer managers, goes on trial on Monday charged with tax evasion in a case that has shocked the nation and changed attitudes towards paying taxes.
March 07, 2014
Ukraine Paralympic chief says will quit Games if Russia invades
Ukraine's Paralympic chief said on Friday his team would quit the Winter Paralympic Games if Russia invaded his home country, adding that he hoped the competition would be able to spread peace instead.
Messi vomiting 'not normal', says Barcelona coach Martino
Recent episodes of vomiting suffered by Barcelona forward Lionel Messi are 'not normal' but they do not affect his performance and there is no cause for alarm, coach Gerardo Martino said on Friday.
Williams put picture of Senna on their car
Williams will have a picture of Ayrton Senna on their car this season as Formula One marks the 20th anniversary of the triple champion's death.
All-England: Saina struggles into quarter-finals
Saina Nehwal was made to sweat by American Beiwen Zhang before making it to the women's singles quarter-finals in the All-England Badminton Championships in Birmingham on Thursday night. The seventh seeded Indian ace needed an hour to quell the challenge of the American qualifier 24-22, 18-21, 21-19 in a second round match.
March 06, 2014
Friendlies: Brazil fired by Neymar hat-trick; England struggle vs Denmark
Neymar's hat-trick lit up a powerful Brazil performance as the 32 nations taking part in this year's World Cup tested out their squads on a busy night of friendlies on Wednesday which also brought victories for Spain, Germany and France.
Ronaldo becomes Portugal's highest goal-scorer
Portugal captain Cristano Ronaldo became the country's record goal-scorer during their 5-1 win against Cameroon in an international friendly on Wednesday.
All England Championships: Saina advances, Sindhu crashes out
Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal emerged the lone survivor at the US $400,000 All England Championship, thrashing Scotland's Kirsty Gilmour in straight-games to reach the second round even as compatriot PV Sindhu fell by the wayside in Birmingham.
March 05, 2014
'Boxers will not suffer due to IBF termination'
The Indian Boxing Federation might be in trouble following its termination by the International Boxing Association (AIBA), but Sports Minister Jitendra Singh assured the boxers that their training would not suffer and would be provided with all the required facilities.
Can psychologist help brighten England's World Cup fortunes?
Sports psychologist Steve Peters has been called on to give England renewed hope at the soccer World Cup having worked wonders for Britain's cyclists at the Olympics and helped Liverpool's Premier League title challenge.
Witness: Pistorius asked friend to 'take blame' for restaurant gunshot
'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius asked a friend to take the blame for him accidentally discharging a pistol under the table of a posh Johannesburg restaurant in January 2013, a month before he killed his girlfriend, his murder trial heard on Wednesday.
Saina off to a winning start in All England Championship
Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal started her campaign on a positive note, advancing to the second round of the women's singles competition but it was curtains for Parupalli Kashyap and K Srikanth in the men's singles category of the All England championship in London.
Chelsea's Hazard shuns Mourinho's advice for rest
Eden Hazard is disputing Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's assertion that the attacking midfielder is due a rest, the 23-year-old insisting that he plays consistently better when fed a steady diet of action.
From football to TV: Beckham to turn presenter for show on BBC
David Beckham has reportedly signed a deal with BBC One to launch his TV presenting career.
Goal-machine Suarez 'very happy' at Liverpool
I feel in a very good place, physically and mentally. Every day, I feel better in this club, says Luis Suarez.
Vettel warns Red Bull to improve car or face 'debacle' in Australia
Four-time Formula One champion and Red Bull racer Sebastian Vettel has warned his team that they might be facing a debacle unless they improve their car before the season opens at the Australian Grand Prix in two weeks.
March 04, 2014
Judge in Pistorius case warns media over leaked photo
The judge in the murder trial of South African track star Oscar Pistorius warned the media to behave on Tuesday after a local television station leaked a photo of the state's first witness, who had asked that her image not be broadcast.
FA racism claims: Former England managers slam Campbell
Two former England managers and one of the country's most famous black players have rubbished allegations by Sol Campbell that he would have been national team captain for more than 10 years if he was white.
World boxing body ends ties with India, says office-bearers damaging sport
Furious with the current logjam in the suspended Indian Boxing Federation, the International Boxing Association has terminated the IBF from
March 03, 2014
Pistorius trial witness: 'Bloodcurdling screams, then four gun-shots!'
Taking the stand after the Paralympic and Olympic star pleaded not guilty to murdering his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14 last year, neighbour Michelle Burger testified that she was woken in the middle of the night by a woman shouting for help.
Tennis Rankings: Bopanna moves to 12th; Somdev, Yuki retain positions
India's Rohan Bopanna on Monday jumped four places to 12th in the latest doubles ranking chart. The soar in rankings was courtesy his title victory at the ATP Dubai 500 event.
Arvind Bhat wins German Open
Indian shuttler Arvind Bhat ended a seven-year title drought by winning the German Open Grand Prix Gold with a gruelling three-game upset victory over 12th seed Dane Hans-Kristian Vittinghus in the men's singles final in Mulheim an der Ruhr.
La Liga race tightens after Madrid derby draw, Barcelona win
The three-horse race for the La Liga title tightened on Sunday when leaders Real Madrid drew 2-2 at city rivals Atletico and Barcelona won 4-1 at home to Almeria.
Serie A: Llorente, Tevez double-act strikes again for Juventus
The Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez double act struck again on Sunday with both players scoring to give Juventus a 2-0 win at AC Milan which strengthened their grip on Serie A.
Ligue 1: Cavani scores on comeback as PSG move eight points clear
Edinson Cavani enjoyed a memorable comeback after spending four weeks on the sidelines with a thigh injury as he scored in Paris St Germain's 2-0 win over Olympique Marseille on Sunday to help his side move eight points clear at the top of Ligue 1.
March 02, 2014
Bidding process for IPL-style Indian Super League opens from Monday
The much-anticipated IPL-style Indian Super League (ISL) is set to roll again. The bidding process of the football tournament will start from on Monday. Bhullar has big drop, Kapur moves up in South Africa
Gaganjeet Bhullar faltered in the third round as he stumbled to a two-over 74 and dropped from overnight ninth to tied 35th at the the Tshwane Open in Centurion on Sunday.
Bahrain circuit to honour Michael Schumacher
Seven time world champion Michael Schumacher, still in a coma in a French hospital after a skiing accident in late December, is to have the first corner of Bahrain's Formula One circuit named after him.
Dimitrov staves off Anderson challenge for Acapulco crown
Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov edged out South Africa's Kevin Anderson 7-6 (7-1), 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) in a three-hour slugfest to claim his second career title with victory in the Acapulco International final on Sunday.
Moscow gay athletic Games disrupted, suffers harassment
Disruption and police intrusions marred Russia's first open Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) athletic competition this week, organisers said.
Arvind rallies to make German Open final
Former national champion Arvind Bhat entered the $120,000 German Open Grand Prix Gold finals after registering a thrilling three-game victory over Chinese Taipei's Tien Chen Chou in the men's singles in Mulheim an der Ruhr, Germany.
Brazil has left FIFA with a huge challenge: Valcke
FIFA has been left with a huge challenge following Brazilian delays in building stadiums for the 2014 World Cup, secretary general Jerome Valcke said Saturday.
F1 testing: Massa on top for Williams, Vettel sidelined
Brazilian Felipe Massa put Williams on top on the penultimate day of pre-season testing in Bahrain on Saturday while Red Bull's quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel failed to complete a lap.
Campbell kicks up row, claims FA racist for not giving him England captaincy
Former England defender Sol Campbell believes he would have been national team captain for more than 10 years if he was white, according to extracts from his new biography that is being serialised by The Sunday Times newspaper.
Serie A: Roma drop points in drab draw with Inter
AS Roma missed the chance to put pressure on Serie A leaders Juventus after playing out a frustrating goalless draw with Inter Milan in front of a half empty Stadio Olimpico on Saturday.
Bundesliga: Robben 'tricks' for Bayern and other bizarre goals...
Lightning struck twice for Marc-Andre ter Stegen on Saturday when the Borussia Moenchengladbach goalkeeper scored a bizarre own goal in a 1-1 draw at Eintracht Braunschweig and his opposite number also put through his own net.
March 01, 2014
Ghosal enters quarter-finals of Windy City squash
India's Saurav Ghosal caused a major upset when he beat higher-ranked Tarek Momen of Egypt to enter the quarter-finals of the PSA Windy City Open squash tournament.
Golf: Bhullar moves into top-10; Kapur makes cut
Gaganjeet Bhullar put himself in a fine position for a top-10 finish as he carded a seven-under 65 to move to tied ninth place at the halfway stage of the Tshwane Open in Centurion.
Arvind storm into semis of German Open
Senior Indian shuttler Arvind Bhat advanced to the semi-finals of the $120,000 German Open Grand Prix Gold after registering a straight-game victory over Danish 14th seed Viktor Axelsen in Mulheim an der Ruhr.
Doctors await 'eye movements' from Schumacher
Doctors working to bring out Formula One legend Michael Schumacher from his induced coma are reportedly hoping to see eye movements from the German as they enter the third week of their 'waking up' process.
Mourinho critical of Premier League schedule before Fulham tie
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has hit out at the Premier League schedule, saying his players have not had a chance to recover from their midweek Champions League match before playing Fulham on Saturday.
February 28, 2014
"Blade Runner" Pistorius faces day in court
Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius will stand in a Pretoria dock on Monday to face a charge of murdering his girlfriend, opening the decisive chapter in the story of the rise and fall of one of the world's most recognisable athletes.
Murray escapes to victory, Ferrer retires in Acapulco
Andy Murray rallied from a set and a break down against Gilles Simon to advance to his first semi-final since he won last year's Wimbledon title while top seed David Ferrer retired with a thigh strain at the Acapulco International on Thursday.
Federer, Djokovic to meet in Dubai semi-finals
Five-time champion Roger Federer brushed aside Lukas Rosol on Thursday to set up a mouthwatering semi-final clash with Novak Djokovic in the Dubai Championship.
February 27, 2014
Arvind enters men's singles quarter-finals of German Open
Arvind Bhat continued his impressive run to enter the men's singles quarter-finals of the $120,000 German Open Grand Prix Gold after posting a straight-game victory over Daren Liew of Malaysia in Mulheim an der Ruhr.
Rashid leads the field by four strokes in SAIL-SBI Open
A double bogey threatened to spoil his card but Rashid Khan made a superb recovery as he scored a three-under 69 to lead the field by four strokes at the halfway stage of the SAIL-SBI Open at the Delhi Golf Course.
La Liga: Real looking to bury Atletico's title challenge
Real Madrid can bury Atletico's hopes of winning La Liga with a third straight victory against their city neighbours on Sunday that would leave the capital's second club trailing by six points.
February 26, 2014
AFC Cup: Pune FC, Myanmar's Nay Pyi Taw in 2-2 draw
Pune FC played out a 2-2 draw with Nay Pyi Taw FC in their AFC Cup 2014 Group-H opener at the Shree Shivchhatrapati Sports Complex, in Balewadi, Pune, on Wednesday. The point from the match meant Pune FC occupy the second place in the table along with Nay Pyi Taw FC, behind leaders Hong Kong's Kitchee (3 pts).
FIFA inspects venues, says India has potential to host 'tremendous'U-17 WC
Satisfied with the infrastructure in place, a FIFA team, which is in Delhi to inspect stadia, said India has the potential to host a "tremendous Under-17 World Cup" in 2017. It, however, asked the AIFF to be proactive in its planning and execution.
Somdev's Dubai run over after defeat to Jaziri
Somdev Devvarman frittered away chances galore and crashed out of the men's singles at the Dubai Duty Free Championships after a straight sets defeat to fellow-wild card Malek Jaziri in the second round on Wednesday.
Van Persie lashes out at Manchester United teammates. Read on to know why...
Manchester United's Dutch striker Robin van Persie criticised some of his Manchester United teammates for "sometimes occupying the spaces I want to play in" following their 2-0 defeat to Olympiakos in the Champions League last-16 opening leg at the Karaiskakis Stadium on Tuesday.
Chess World champ Carlsen launches app; criticises own game
Norway's Magnus Carlsen, the world's 23-year-old reigning chess champion, has launched an app based on his own past games to make chess more popular, but he'd prefer its players not get good enough to beat him.
Bhupathi offers Nadal 1.1 million dollars per night for IPTL
World number one Rafael Nadal is reportedly being offered 1.1 million dollars per night to play in three of the eight matches of the inaugural International Premier Tennis League (IPTL), which has borrowed its format from the lucrative Twenty20 tournament Indian Premier League (IPL).
Champions League: Galatasaray boss Mancini not optimistic about beating Chelsea
Mancini, who comes up against the Premier League leaders in the Round of 16 first-leg at the Turk Telekom Arena in Istanbul on Wednesday, does not fancy his side's prospects.
Champions League: United stunned by Olympiakos; Dortmund thrash Zenit
Manchester United's dwindling hopes of lifting a trophy this season are dangling by a thread after they produced an abject display to lose 2-0 at Olympiakos Piraeus in a Champions League last-16 first leg on Tuesday.
February 25, 2014
Somdev advances in Dubai after Del Potro retires hurt
India number one Somdev Devvarman registered the biggest win of his career, beating world No 5 Juan Martin Del Potro in the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Championships, on Tuesday. The victory, though, was achieved after the Argentine retired mid-way through the contest.
Why is Chelsea manager Mourinho angry?
If reports are to be believed, it is a video posted online that has got the Portuguese's goat. According to the European press, Canal Plus, a French TV channel put up a video where Mourinho has questioned the quality of strikers in his Chelsea squad.
TV presenter Morgan takes a jibe at United on Twitter
British TV personality Piers Morgan has trolled Dutch footballer Robin van Persie, whose switch from Arsenal to Manchester United has been a sore point for many, on Twitter after Manchester United beat Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Floyd Mayweather to face Maidana in welterweight title fight
Five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. will face Marcos Maidana of Argentina in a welterweight title fight on May 3, the American announced on Monday.
Bopanna-Qureshi storm into quarters of Dubai event
Rohan Bopanna and his Pakistani partner Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi continued their fine form and advanced to the men's doubles quarter-finals of the Dubai Duty Free Championships.
Zidane's son to try out for France Under-19s
Zinedine Zidane's son Enzo has won the chance to be selected for the French Under-19 squad, a potential first step along the path of his father, who rose to international fame winning the World Cup with his country in 1998.
FA Cup: Hull City, Charlton advance to quarter-finals
Goals from Curtis Davies and Robert Koren earned HullCity a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals with a 2-1 replay win at home to Brighton and Hove Albion on Monday.
Resentful Huntelaar takes aim at Real Madrid
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has gone on to become one of the Bundesliga's most prolific strikers since he was shunned at Real Madrid and will finally have a chance to show his former club what they are missing on Wednesday.
Serie A: Napoli stung by player they loaned to Genoa
Napoli's decision to loan Emanuele Calaio to Genoa came back to haunt them on Monday when the 32-year-old scored with a late free kick in a 1-1 Serie A draw costing his owners two points in the race for a Champions League spot.
February 24, 2014
Jamaican Campbell-Brown cleared by CAS
Jamaican sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown has been cleared to resume her career by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), her American-based lawyer Howard Jacobs said on Monday.
Champions League: Problems for Zenit and pies for Dortmund in last 16
Borussia Dortmund fans will be offered tea and pies at Zenit St Petersburg on Tuesday but there will be no such generosity on the pitch with the Russians intent on reaching their first Champions League quarter-final.
Nasri warns Manchester City against Cup defeat ramifications
Samir Nasri has warned his Manchester City team mates that failure to beat Sunderland in Sunday's Capital One Cup final could derail a season that currently has them in contention for four trophies.
ATP Rankings: After Delhi Open triumph, Somdev zooms to 78
India's No 1 singles player Somdev Devvarman on Monday jumped 18 places to become World No 78 in the latest ATP rankings. The tennis star had his Delhi Open triumph to thank.
Czech Berdych wants two-yearly Davis Cup contest
Double Davis Cup winner Tomas Berdych has called for the annual competition to be played every two years, warning the current format was destroying tennis's top team prize.
Becker hired to improve mental approach: Djokovic
Coach Boris Becker can help Novak Djokovic acquire a greater mental toughness to better his recent record in Grand Slam finals, the Serb said ahead of the Dubai Championships which begin on Monday.
Bundesliga: Mueller brace gives Bayern 14th consecutive league win
Runaway leaders Bayern Munich appeared to barely break sweat in a 4-0 win at Hanover 96 to chalk up their 14th Bundesliga win in a row on Sunday, leaving them a huge 19 points clear at the top.
Serie A: Juve beat Torino in controversial derby tie; Milan held
Carlos Tevez scored a stunning goal as Serie A leaders Juventus beat Torino 1-0 on Sunday to continue an extraordinary dominance of their neighbours.
La Liga: Shock defeat for Atletico at Osasuna; Bilbao win
Atletico Madrid's La Liga title challenge took a nosedive when they slumped to a shock 3-0 defeat at Osasuna on Sunday, leaving Real Madrid three points clear at the top.
February 23, 2014
Swedish ice hockey player Backstrom fails dope test
Sweden's Nicklas Backstrom missed Sunday's Olympic ice hockey final at the Sochi Winter Games after testing positive for a banned substance.
Somdev triumphs at Delhi Open in style
India's top singles star lifted his third ATP Challenge title as he outclassed top seed Aleksandr Nedovyesov 6-3, 6-1 in the final of the $ 100,000 ONGC-GAIL Open in New Delhi on Sunday.
Barcelona's Pique out for two weeks but should be fit for Manchester City
Barcelona were hit with more bad news on Sunday when centre back Gerard Pique was ruled out for about two weeks with a calf problem.
Table Tennis: Desai loses Qatar final
India's Harmeet Desai went down against Tristan Floreof France in the Under 21 Men's Singles final at the $3.5 million ITTF World Tour Qatar Open in Doha.
No snappy phrases in Sochi Games closing ceremony, says IOC boss
There will be no single snappy phrase to describe the Sochi Olympics at the closing ceremony on Sunday, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said, breaking with the organisation's tradition of decades.
Late-night Cilic sets up Anderson showdown in Florida
Croatian Marin Cilic continued his recent run of sizzling form by overpowering John Isner 7-6(7-5), 6-3 in a late-night showdown to advance to the Delray Beach Open final against South Africa's Kevin Anderson.
FIFA team inspects Cooperage ground as part of U-17 WC preparation
A two-member FIFA team visited the refurbished Cooperage football ground in Mumbai on Sunday to have a look at its artificial playing surface and other amenities as part of their inspection of eight venues short-listed to host the Under-17 World Cup in 2017.
UEFA chief Platini wants 'stupid' triple punishment rule scrapped
UEFA president Michel Platini has repeated his call for the "triple punishment" of red card, penalty and suspension to be dropped following two controversial dismissals in the Champions League this week.
Sochi Games: Last day of thrill on ice before Games close
Defending ice hockey champions Canada play 2006 winners Sweden in the Olympic final on Sunday, bringing the curtain down on two weeks of thrills and spills at the Winter Games in Sochi.
Venus clinches first title since 2012 with Dubai Open victory
Venus Williams crushed Frenchwoman Alize Cornet 6-3, 6-0 in the final of the Dubai Championship on Saturday, the veteran American bagging her first singles title since 2012.
Serie A: Nainggolan helps Roma sink Bologna; tail Juve by six points
AS Roma's Radja Nainggolan scored his first goal for the club as they edged lowly Bologna 1-0 away in a closely-fought Serie A match on Saturday to move within six points of leaders Juventus.
Calhanoglu's 40mt shot tops Bundesliga on day of drama
The Bundesliga enjoyed a bumper afternoon of stunning goals and penalty drama on Saturday with Hakan Calhanoglu's viciously swerving 40-metre free kick for Hamburg SV the pick of the bunch.
February 22, 2014
EPL: Terry's late effort helps Chelsea end Everton's resistance
Chelsea scrambled a stoppage-time winner to snatch a 1-0 victory over Everton on Saturday, showing their Premier League title mettle by claiming three points when they looked on course to suffer another damaging blow.
Arsenal honour Dennis Bergkamp with statue at Emirates stadium
Arsenal unveiled a statue of former striker Dennis Bergkamp on Saturday, the Dutchman becoming the fourth club great to be cast in bronze outside the Emirates Stadium in London.
We failed in Sochi, says German team chief
Germany had set out to equal their Vancouver 2010 performance and finish in the top three in the medals table at the Sochi Olympics but with two days of competition left, team chief Michael Vesper admitted they had failed.
Korean officials seek 'Queen Yuna' enquiry
The outcry over the judging in the women's Olympic figure skating competition took a new turn on Friday when South Korea's skating union requested an investigation into whether it was run fairly.
England's Rooney signs new long-term United deal
England striker Wayne Rooney has signed a four-year contract extension with Premier League champions Manchester United that will keep their prize asset at the club until June 2019.
February 21, 2014
Italy bobsledder Frullani tests positive in Sochi
Italian bobsleigh athlete William Frullani has tested positive for a banned substance at the Sochi Winter Olympics and will not compete with the team on Sunday, Italian officials said on Friday.
German Biathlete tests positive for stimulant in Sochi
An unnamed German biathlete has tested positive for a stimulant at the Sochi Winter Olympics, making it the first doping case at the Games in Russia, a German ski federation official said on Friday.
Harrington treated for skin cancer
Ireland's Padraig Harrington has had surgery for skin cancer, the three-times major winner has revealed.
Neymar deal completely legal: Barcelona club president
Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has reiterated the club's innocence of tax fraud in the signing of Neymar and insisted the operation to bring the Brazil forward to the Catalan capital was "completely legal".
Transfer row: Barca's Neymar breaks silence, hits out at former club Santos
Barcelona and Brazil striker Neymar has launched an attack on his former club Santos and spoken out in support of his father, insisting he had the right to make millions from the player's transfer last year.
Final leg of Manchester United's 'Rising Stars' program kicks-off in Goa
The two-day talent hunt -- the Airtel Rising Stars final -- conducted by Manchester United coaches kicked off at Duler Stadium in Mapusa, Goa on Thursday.
Setback for prosecution in Pistorius shooting case
South African prosecutors have removed a key argument for premeditation by reportedly admitting that Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius may not have been wearing his prostheses when he fired the shots that killed his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp.
Sochi Games: S Koreans blame Putin for skater Yuna's loss
South Koreans blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin and biased judging at the Sochi Games after their top skater Kim Yuna was denied back-to-back Olympic golds by Russia's Adelina Sotnikova.
Spurs manager calls Ukraine pitch a disgrace
Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood criticised the state of the pitch after his side were beaten 1-0 in the first leg of their Europa League last 32 tie at Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in Ukraine on Thursday.
Soriano's 50-metre goal brightens up Europa League
Jonathan Soriano scored an incredible goal from near the halfway line to complete a stunning 3-0 win for Salzburg away to once-mighty Ajax Amsterdam in the Europa League round of 32 on Thursday.
River fear stadium ban after fan throws wood at player
River Plate could face a Monumental Stadium ban after a fan threw a piece of wood and hit Godoy Cruz defender Leandro Grimi as he celebrated scoring the equaliser in his team's 2-1 upset win on Wednesday.
February 20, 2014
Sindhu reaches world number 9 in BWF ranking
Badminton teen sensation P V Sindhu improved one more place to close the gap with ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal in the latest world ranking released in Kuala Lumpur.
Some Ukraine team members leave Games: IOC
Some members of Ukraine's Sochi Olympics team have decided to leave the Winter Games as widespread anti-government protests back home have left dozens dead and hundreds injured, the International Olympic Committee said on Thursday.
Pussy Riot criticise Sochi Winter Games in new video
Members of the all-women protest group Pussy Riot released a new music video on Thursday criticising Russia's staging of the Winter Olympics and its human rights record, in a rare show of dissent during the Games.
Barca deny wrongdoing after tax fraud reports
Barcelona have denied wrongdoing after local media said Spain's public prosecutor had asked for charges to be brought against the club for alleged tax fraud in last year's signing of Brazil forward Neymar.
IOC pats Ukrainian athletes' spirits; Pussy Riot members get whiplashing
Following deadly clashes at home in which at least 26 people were killed, the Ukraine's Olympic team wore black armbands at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games on Wednesday.
Vettel reveals Red Bull has fresh problems
Red Bull's pre-season problems showed little sign of easing in Bahrain testing on Wednesday with four-times world champion Sebastian Vettel managing only 14 laps on the first day.
Champions League: Bayern win at Arsenal, Atletico beat Milan
Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid made it four away wins from the opening four Champions League last-16 first leg matches when they triumphed at Arsenal and AC Milan respectively on Wednesday.
February 19, 2014
Bjoerndalen becomes most decorated Winter Games athlete
Ole Einar Bjoerndalen earned his 13th Olympic medal on Wednesday to become the most decorated Winter Games athlete when Norway won gold in the biathlon mixed relay.
Himanshu Thakur ready for flag to fly at closing ceremony
India's only Olympic Alpine skier Himanshu Thakur finished last in the men's giant slalom on Wednesday and cannot wait for the Sochi Games to end.
Sochi: Himanshu finishes disappointing 72nd in giant slalom
India's campaign in the Sochi Winter Olympic Games came to a disappointing end with Himanshu Thakur finishing 72nd in the men's giant slalom event.
Barcelona make mockery of crisis talk as last eight beckons
Barcelona dismissed any notion they are a declining force when they won 2-0 at Manchester City on Tuesday to virtually guarantee their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the seventh successive season.
Swansea fired me for breach of contract, says Laudrup
Michael Laudrup said on Tuesday he was sacked as manager of Premier League Swansea City this month for a breach of contract.
February 18, 2014
Hockey India League: Mumbai Magicians stun Uttar Pradesh Wizards
They struggled for most part of the tournament but Mumbai Magicians drew curtains on their campaign in the second Hero Hockey India League in style, defeating Uttar Pradesh Wizards 3-2 to register their second consecutive victory in Lucknow on Tuesday.
Pussy Riot protest members detained by Sochi police
Pussy Riot protest band members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova said they were detained on suspicion of theft in the Winter Olympics host city of Sochi on Tuesday, less than two months after their release from prison under an amnesty.
Unhappy Del Potro says won't play Davis Cup this year
Juan Martin del Potro said on Monday he will not play in Argentina's Davis Cup playoff tie in September due to his differences with the Argentine Tennis Association (AAT).
February 17, 2014
Fencing Association of India re-instated by its world body
With the IOA's return to the Olympic fold, Indian fencers will be able to represent the country after Fencing Association of India's (FAI) suspension has been revoked by the sport's international federation.
We have to bounce back quickly, Gerrard says after FA Cup defeat
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says Sunday's defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup will not halt his team's momentum as they head into the crucial final stretch of the season.
No foul play in Schumacher fall: Police
French investigators have ruled out any third party involvement in the ski accident of former Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher and have closed the case, the local prosecutor said on Monday.
NBA: East rally to win record-setting All-Star game
Kyrie Irving and Carmelo Anthony set aside the unrest with their respective teams and put on a dazzling show that vaulted the Eastern Conference to a 163-155 comeback win over the West in the highest scoring NBA All Star game ever on Sunday.
Inspector to probe fire at Brazil World Cup stadium
An independent inspector will look into possible structural damage caused by an October fire at a World Cup stadium in western Brazil, following a Reuters report that the blaze was far worse than government officials have previously said.
Ice hockey: Canada, US advance; Russia sweats
With the win, the defending gold medallists avoided a possible quarter-final clash with Russia, and will instead play the winner of Latvia versus Switzerland qualification game.
La Liga: Real Madrid back on top after comfortable win at Getafe
Real Madrid extended their unbeaten run to 25 matches and rejoined Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga when Jese, Karim Benzema and Luka Modric scored in a 3-0 win at Getafe on Sunday.
Copa Claro: Ferrer beats Fognini to earn Buenos Aires three-peat
David Ferrer won his third consecutive Buenos Aires ATP claycourt title, and the sixth in a row by a Spaniard, when he beat Italian Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-3 in the final on Sunday.
ABN Amro Open: Berdych ends title drought with Rotterdam victory
Czech Tomas Berdych claimed his first ATP singles title in over a year with a comprehensive 6-4, 6-2 victory over Croatia's Marin Cilic at the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam on Sunday.
February 16, 2014
Mourinho a 'boring bully', says former Arsenal keeper Wilson
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is "disrespectful" and a "bully" for describing Arsene Wenger "a specialist in failure", former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson said on Sunday.
Keshavan hopes for new beginning in sports administration
Elated after tri-colour was hoisted at the Sochi Games Village, Indian luger Shiva Keshavan hoped for a new beginning in sports governance in the country.
Shot putter Om Prakash wins gold at Asian Indoor Athletics
Shot putter Om Prakash Singh Karhana gave the lone gold to India in the 6th Asian Indoor Athletics Championships as he won the gold medal on the second and final day of the event at Hangzhou, China.
Skiiers Jansrud, Samkova mine gold in Sochi mountains
Norway's Kjetil Jansrud sped to Olympic gold in the men's Super-G alpine skiing on Sunday and Eva Samkova of the Czech Republic won the women's snowboarding cross on the testing course where a Russian skier broke her back a day earlier.
Rooney yet to sign contract extension with Manchester United
Reports that the England striker Wayne Rooney has signed a record-breaking new contract with Manchester United are premature, club sources said on Sunday.
India flag hoisted at Sochi marking Olympic return
India completed its return to the Olympic family on Sunday when its flag was hoisted at the Sochi Games, five days after the International Olympic Committee lifted its suspension on the Southeast Asian nation.
Villarreal match suspended after smoke bomb thrown
Villarreal's La Liga match at home to Celta Vigo was suspended shortly before the final whistle when a smoke bomb was thrown on to the pitch on Saturday.
Serie A: Palacio, Icardi star in Inter's 2-1 win over Fiorentina
Inter Milan's Rodrigo Palacio and Mauro Icardi struck in a 2-1 win at Fiorentina on Saturday to secure their struggling side's first away victory in Serie A since early November.
Bundesliga: Bayern thrash Freiburg 4-0
Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich crushed Freiburg 4-0 on Saturday, recording their 13th successive Bundesliga victory and extending their league unbeaten streak to 46.
La Liga: Messi tops Di Stefano as Barcelona, Atletico go clear
Lionel Messi overhauled Real Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano's La Liga goals tally as Barcelona and Atletico Madrid each won on Saturday to pull three points clear of Real at the top.
FA Cup: Manchester City find scoring touch to beat Chelsea 2-0
Manchester City rediscovered their swagger to beat Chelsea 2-0 and move into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup on Saturday, Manuel Pellegrini winning the battle of tactical wits against Jose Mourinho.
Ligue 1: James Rodriguez at the double as Monaco win at Bastia
Colombian James Rodriguez scored both goals in Monaco's 2-0 victory at Bastia on Saturday, keeping them in contention for the Ligue 1 title, five points behind leaders Paris St Germain.
February 15, 2014
Lavillenie beats Bubka's indoor pole vault world record
Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie of France established a pole vault indoor world record by clearing 6.16 metres at a meeting in Donetsk.
Sochi: Russian skier Komissarova 'seriously hurt' in training crash
Russian Skicross racer Maria Komissarova has been seriously hurt in training with doctors making an immediate decision to operate, the Russian Freestyle Federation said.
Lusofonia Games: Athletes return 'defective' medals; organisers red-faced
The 'defective medals' have brought shame to the organisers of the Lusofonia Games. Three Goan athletes have returned their medals won at the Lusofonia Games-2014 in Goa after they allegedly began losing sheen, leaving the organisers red-faced even as they stopped payment to the medals' manufacturers. Former England great Finney dies aged 91
Tom Finney, one of England's greatest players who was famously known as the 'Preston Plumber, has died at the age of 91, his former club Preston North End said on Friday.
February 14, 2014
Sochi Olympics: Iqbal finishes 85th in Cross-Country Ski
India's cross country skier Nadeem Iqbal had a disappointing outing as he finished 85th in the men's 15km classic run event at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.
Schumacher has beaten lung infection: report
Formula One legend Michael Schumacher, lying in a coma in a French hospital since a December skiing accident, has overcome a lung infection, German daily Bild reported on Friday. The newspaper had reported two days earlier that Schumacher had contracted pneumonia last week, but it said on Friday that the infection in fact had happened earlier and "this week no longer spells an acute danger".
India wake up late to boost medal hopes at 2014 CWG, Asiad
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) put in place 14 high-level expert committees, which have been mandated to identify the country's medal prospects and provide them with specialised training in the run up to the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games to be held later this year.
Pistorius talks of sorrow a year after Steenkamp shooting
South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius on Friday broke his months-long silence about the shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, calling her death at his hands a year ago a "devastating accident".
February 13, 2014
Sochi Olympics: Ski jumps are fine, official says in wake of crashes
The International Ski Federation has no concerns about the ski jumps at the Sochi Winter Olympics, a federation spokesman said on Thursday, in the wake of two night-time training crashes, one of which sent an athlete to hospital.
Napoli blitz Roma to reach Italian Cup final
Two goals in three devastating second-half minutes helped Napoli reach the Italian Cup final on Wednesday with a 3-0 win over AS Roma in the second leg of their semi-final in Naples, to clinch the tie 5-3 on aggregate.
February 12, 2014
No way back for Terry says England manager
Former England captain John Terry will not be brought of international retirement to play at this year's World Cup finals in Brazil, manager Roy Hodgson said on Wednesday
Schumacher 'now battling pneumonia'
Stricken Formula One champion Michael Schumacher has developed pneumonia as doctors try to bring him out of the artificial coma that he has been in since December 29, German media reported.
February 11, 2014
Yuki sails to Rd 2 of ATP Challenger
Fresh from winning the Chennai leg, Yuki Bhambri advanced to the second round, even as the other two Indians Saketh Myneni and Vishnu Vardhan made quiet exits in the $50,000 ATP Challenger at BTA Courts in Kolkata.
'IOA has realised it cannot do without Olympic Charter'
International Olympic Committee member in India, Randhir Singh described the country's return to Olympic fold as a "great development" but said the 14-month suspension would not have happened had the IOA "realised" the importance of the IOC Charter.
Won't have to walk under IOC flag again: Himanshu Thakur
Having endured a "strange" feeling while walking under the IOC flag in the opening ceremony of Sochi Winter Olympics, Himanshu Thakur is a relieved man now as he will be able to take part in the closing ceremony under the tri-colour after the world body lifted the ban on the country.
ISSF ratifies Heena Sidhu's world pistol mark
The world record set by Heena Sidhu-Pandit, who became the first Indian pistol shooter to bag an ISSF-World Cup Finals gold last November, has been ratified by the world shooting body.
Let us focus on Asiad, CWG, says Former IOA President Malhotra
The Indian Olympic Association returned to the Olympic fold after a 14-month suspension following the election of N Ramachandran as Indian Olympic Association president after the new elections that were held on Sunday.
Mourinho takes jibes at 'engineer' Pelligrini before EPL tie
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho stoked up his war of words with Manuel Pellegrini on Monday by questioning the Manchester City manager's sums.
Arsenal fan killed Liverpool supporter in Kenya after 5-1 mauling
An Arsenal fan in Kenya stabbed a Liverpool supporter to death on Saturday while they were watching on television the English Premier League match as the Merseyside club beat the Londoners 5-1, said a local police chief.
India back in Olympic fold after IOC lifts ban
In news that will please Indian sports lovers, IOA secretary-general Rajeev Mehta confirmed on Tuesday that the International Olympic Committee has lifted the ban on India.
Injured Ribery out of Bayern's first leg against Arsenal
Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery is out of the Champions League last-16 first leg at Arsenal on February 19 after having an operation on burst blood vessels in his buttocks.
Neymar back in training and close to Barcelona return
Barcelona forward Neymar has trained with the squad for the first time since injuring his ankle last month and is close to a return to action, the club said on Monday.
February 10, 2014
Jaipur girl realises dream of shooting alongside Bindra, wins two gold
I decided to become a shooter after watching Abhinav Bindra win a gold medal for the country, 21-one-year-old shooter Apurvi Chandela tells Shahnawaz Akhtar.
Sochi volunteers filling empty seats, say organisers
Sochi Winter Olympics organisers are asking volunteers to fill some of the empty seats at venues during competition, they said on Monday.
West Ham to sell Upton Park after Olympic move
West Ham United have agreed to sell their ground at Upton Park to London developer Galliard Group once they have moved to the Olympic Stadium in 2016, the club announced on Monday.
Luger Keshavan finishes disappointing 37th at Sochi
India's Shiva Keshavan finished a disappointing 37th, out of 39 participants, in the men's singles luge competition at the Sochi Winter Olympics.
Ski Jumping: Pole Stoch gets off sick bed to win gold
World No 1 Kamil Stoch shrugged off a bout of sickness on Sunday to easily win the men's Olympic ski jump normal hill title, capturing Poland's first individual Winter Games title since 1972.
Monfils beats holder Gasquet to win Montpellier title
Frenchman Gael Monfils overwhelmed compatriot and defending champion Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-4 in the Montpellier International tournament final on Sunday to claim his first title in more than two years.
Serie A: Tevez brace not enough as Juventus held
Carlos Tevez scored two early goals for Juventus before the Serie A leaders squandered the lead in a 2-2 draw at Verona on Sunday.
Walker hangs on to win Pebble Beach
Jimmy Walker did it the hard way, almost squandering a huge lead before registering a nervous one-stroke victory to continue his hot start to the season at the $6.6 million Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Sunday.
February 09, 2014
Luger Keshavan 37th after penultimate round
Out of contention for a medal, India's Shiva Keshavan remained at a disappointing 37th spot after third and penultimate round of men's singles luge competitions in the Sochi Winter Olympic Games on Sunday.
India elects new officials in bid to overturn Olympic ban
The decks were cleared for India's return to the Olympic fold after a 14-month suspension with Indian Olympic Association conducting its polls with N Ramachandran being elected as the president.
China to compete with Oslo, Krakow in bid to host 2022 Winter Games
Beijing staked its bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, which if selected will earn the Chinese capital the distinction of being the first city to organise both summer and winter versions of the Games.
Luka will win gold at Glasgow CWG: PT Usha
Legendary athlete P T Usha expressed hope that her student Tintu Luka would win gold medal in the 800 metres at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this year.
AIFF barred from IOA elections
The All India Football Federation was barred from attending the special GBM as well as elections of Indian Olympic Association on the grounds that it did not follow the "proper procedure" while sending names of their delegates, a charge which the AIFF has denied.
Four medals for Indian boxers at Bocskai event
India finished with four medals as boxer L Devendro Singh clinched gold at the Bocskai Invitation Tournament in Debrecen, Hungary.
Bindra claims third gold in Inter Shoot Tri series
Ace Indian shooter Abhinav Bindra added another gold to his tally at the Inter Shoot Tri series Shooting and became the first individual to win three gold medals in the event at Hague, Netherlands.
Bundesliga: Bayern have lucky escape against Nuremberg
Runaway leaders Bayern Munich survived a torrid opening against Nuremberg, who hit the bar and had two players carried off injured in the first half hour, before hitting back for a 2-0 win in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
U.S. warns of privacy threats at Sochi Olympics
The United States on Friday issued a fresh travel alert for Americans attending the Sochi Winter Olympics, citing cybersecurity threats and warning them to have "no expectation of privacy" using Russian communications networks.
Brazilian striker Maicon killed in car accident
Shakhtar Donetsk striker Maicon has been killed in a car crash, the Ukrainian club said on their website on Saturday.
Luger Keshavan virtually out of contention at Winter Games
India's Shiva Keshavan brought up the rear after two rounds of men's singles luge competition, finishing 37th out of 39 athletes at the Sochi Winter Games, on Saturday.
February 08, 2014
EPL: Hazard helps Chelsea go top; Arsenal thumped at Liverpool
An Eden Hazard hat-trick swept Chelsea back to the top of the Premier League on Saturday when they beat Newcastle United 3-0 at Stamford Bridge after previous leaders Arsenal were thrashed 5-1 at Liverpool.
Serena withdraws from Indian Wells after 'careful consideration'
Hopes that Serena Williams would end a 13-year boycott of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells were dashed on Friday when the World No 1 said she would not be competing in the event "after careful consideration".
Putin declares Sochi Winter Games open
Russian President Vladimir Putin declared the Sochi Winter Games officially open on Friday at a high-octane opening ceremony before 40,000 spectators at the gleaming new Fisht Stadium.
Tretyak, Rodnina light flame at Sochi opening ceremony
The honour of lighting the Sochi Olympic flame was given to two triple Olympics champions on Friday as Vladislav Tretyak and Irina Rodnina jointly lit the cauldron at Russia's first Winter Games on Friday.
February 07, 2014
Four gay rights protesters arrested before Games
Russian police arrested four gay rights protesters who unfurled a banner in St Petersburg on Friday declaring "Discrimination is incompatible with the Olympic Movement", gay rights group All Out said.
Neville, Giggs eye move for minnows Salford City
While David Beckham has launched plans for a glamourous new club in Miami, his old Manchester United team mates Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs are preparing to invest in SalfordCity in the eighth tier of English soccer.
Yuki shocks Somdev to enter Chennai Challenger final
Yuki Bhambri emerged triumphant in the contest between the country's leading tennis players, brushing aside the challenge of India No 1 Somdev Devvarman in straight sets to breeze into the final of the ATP Challenger in Chennai on Friday. Ranked 71 places below his compatriot at 174, Yiki beat the top seeded 6-2, 6-4 in an hour and 41 minutes in the semi-finals of the US $50,000 hard court event.
'We would one day succeed in including polo as an Olympic sport'
Polo is regarded as sport of the kings. It was played by the likes of Darius, Genghis Khan, and Alexander the Great. Dr Richard T. Caleel, the president of the Federation of International Polo (FIP) was in Jaipur recently. Rediff.com's spoke to Dr Caleel on how the FIP is trying to popularize the sport. Rio 2016 has no time to waste, needs to win over public
Pressure on the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics continued to mount when the International Olympic Committee said on Thursday the city had no more time to waste and needed to win over the hearts of the Brazilian people.
US, European security officials worry about Sochi-related attacks
Intelligence agencies believe attacks by militants during the Sochi Winter Olympics are highly likely, but will probably be aimed at "softer" targets elsewhere in Russia, such as public transportation or other civilian venues, US and European officials said.
Winter Games begin, Putin keen to prove doubters wrong
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics on Friday determined to prove his doubters wrong after militant attacks, a row over gay rights and ballooning costs overshadowed preparations.
Nadal pulls out of Buenos Aires tournament
Rafael Nadal will miss next week's ATP tournament in Buenos Aires following a stomach bug that has hindered his recovery from the back injury he sustained at the Australian Open.
February 06, 2014
LeBron James eager for role with Beckham's Miami franchise
Miami Heat forward LeBron James, one of the greatest basketball players of all time, said on Wednesday he hoped to be involved with David Beckham's plan to bring a Major League Soccer (MLS) team to Miami.
Has Liverpool manager Rodgers given up on EPL title race?
Brendan Rodgers has ruled Liverpool out of the Premier League title race this season, although he believes his side will play a part in deciding where the trophy ends up.
I'm very fortunate to still be playing: Fletcher
Darren Fletcher is lucky to be playing after chronic bowel disease threatened to end his career, the Manchester United midfielder said on Wednesday.
IOC says no 'healthy' dogs being killed in Sochi
Olympic chiefs tried to ease concern about the fate of stray dogs in Sochi on Wednesday, saying only sick and dying animals were being destroyed before the city hosts the Winter Games.
Italian Cup: Gervinho brace helps Roma down Napoli in thriller
Two goals from in-form Gervinho, including the winner two minutes from time, gave AS Roma a thrilling 3-2 victory in their Italian Cup semi-final first leg against Napoli at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday.
Hocky India League: UP hold Delhi to a draw
Uttar Pradesh Wizards held last year's runners-up Delhi Waveriders 1-1 in the third drawn encounter of the second edition of Hero Hockey India League at the floodlit Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi.
February 05, 2014
Beckham plans to make Miami team a global soccer franchise
Former England football captain David Beckham announced on Wednesday that he is exercising his option to become the owner of a Major League Soccer team in Miami.
Somdev, Yuki on course for semis clash
India's top two singles players, Somdev Devvarman and Yuki Bhambri headed towards a possible semi-final clash in the $50,000 ATP Challenger event after beating their respective rivals in contrasting fashion in Chennai.
Ronaldo handed three-match ban after red card
The Portugal forward will miss Real's league games against Villarreal, Getafe and Elche but will be available for the King's Cup semi-final, first leg at home to holders Atletico Madrid later on Wednesday and the return game next week.
Wiggins's kids bullied after Armstrong drugs admission
The children of British cyclist Bradley Wiggins were bullied and had to move schools following Lance Armstrong's admission last year that he had taken drugs while winning the Tour de France seven times.
Beckham to announce franchise decision in Miami
Former England soccer captain David Beckham and Major League Soccer will announce on Wednesday that he is exercising his option to become the owner of a team in Miami, sources close to the negotiations said.
Malaysia fines 17 players for match-fixing
Malaysian soccer authorities have found an entire lower league team guilty of match-fixing in the latest scandal to blight the country's corruption-riven competitions.
Ibrahimovic brace takes PSG into fifth League Cup final
Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck a last-minute winner to put Paris St Germain in the French League Cup final with a 2-1 win at Nantes on Tuesday having opened the scoring as they boosted their hopes of a maiden domestic double.
Swansea sack manager Laudrup after EPL debacle
Swansea City have sacked their Danish manager Michael Laudrup with the Welsh club having dropped into a Premier League relegation battle after a dramatic slump in form that has left them two points above the drop zone.
Anand's disappointing time in Zurich ends with fifth place finish
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand continued to struggle with form and had to be content with a fifth-place finish after a poor show in the rapid section of the Zurich Chess Challenge that concluded in Zurich on Tuesday.
FA Cup: Fulham go down to Sheffield in extra-time
Fulham's abject season reached a new low as third-tier Sheffield United snatched a last-gasp winner in extra time to dump the Premier League side out of the FA Cup 1-0 in a fourth round replay on Tuesday.
February 04, 2014
Two Austrian Olympians get kidnap threats on eve of Sochi Games
Austria's Olympic Committee received a letter threatening to kidnap two Austrian athletes at the Games that start this week in Sochi, Russia, the Austria Press Agency reported on Tuesday, citing national committee head Peter Mennel.
Liberty, Discovery seek 49 per cent stake in Formula One?
Liberty Global and Discovery Communications have made a joint approach to CVC Capital about buying a 49 percent stake in Formula One, the Telegraph reported, without citing sources.
Zurich Chess challenge: Anand draws with Carlsen, occupies joint fourth spot
Viswanathan Anand mantained his composure and played out an easy draw against reigning World champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the fifth and final round of classical section at the Zurich Chess challenge on Tuesday.
Woods meets Sachin, then tweets, 'Tendulkar's so cool'
They are legends in their own right, but it iconic cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has managed to floor ace golfer Tiger Woods when the two greats caught up in the capital on Tuesday.
Serie A: Lazio president claims he received over 50 death threats
Lazio president Claudio Lotito has received more than 50 death threats since the club sold midfielder Hernanes to Inter Milan at the end of the January transfer window, he said on Monday.
Newcastle's director Kinnear resigns after controversial spell
Newcastle United's controversial director of football Joe Kinnear has quit seven months into a three-year deal after his second spell at the Premier League club in which they made no permanent signings for the first-team squad.
Tiger Woods tees off at private Delhi golf event
Legendary golfer Tiger Woods teed off during an exhibition match at a quiet, private event at the Delhi Golf Club (DGC) on Monday.
Serie A: Lopez gives Sampdoria derby win over Genoa
A first-half goal by Maxi Lopez gave Sampdoria a 1-0 win over Genoa in their derby on Monday as they avenged their 3-0 drubbing by their old rivals earlier in the season.
February 03, 2014
Ministry issues norms for awarding Khel Ratna, Dronacharya
With an aim to avoid controversy on giving away sports awards, the government decided to grant 90 per cent weightage to medal winners of Olympics, Asian and Commonwealth Games and World Cup/World Championships held once in four years for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand awards.
Russia scrambles to get hotels ready for Sochi Olympics
About 41,000 rooms are being provided for the Games and any failure to have them ready in time would be a potential blow to President Vladimir Putin's hopes that the Winter Olympics will show how far Russia has come since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
UN secretary general Ban to address IOC session in Sochi
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will deliver a keynote speech at the International Olympic Committee session this week before the start of the Sochi winter Games, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Monday.
IOC chief says seven-year rule not set in stone
An International Olympic Committee rule that forces a sport to wait seven years before it can potentially become part of the Games programme is "more or less obsolete," IOC President Thomas Bach said on Monday.
Zurich Chess Challenge: Anand beats Gelfand; joint third now
Former World champion Viswanathan Anand tasted his first success in Classical Chess this year after defeating his former challenger Boris Gelfand of Israel in the fourth round of the Zurich Chess Challenge on Monday.
Aus swim star Thorpe admitted to rehab for depression
Australian swimming great Ian Thorpe has been admitted to rehab after suffering from depression, local media said on Monday.
Barca targets Man City's Silva as replacement for Xavi
Barcelona is reportedly looking to buy ManchesterCity star David Silva as a replacement for their veteran star midfielder Xavi.
Joshna Chinappa clinches Winnipeg Squash title
Veteran India player Joshna Chinappa lifted her maiden WSA World Tour title winning the Winnipeg Winter Club Open after beating Egypt's Heba El Torky in a hard-fought final in Winnipeg, Canada on Sunday.
'Slowly recovering Schumacher may take several months to emerge from coma'
Formula One legend Michael Schumacher may reportedly several months to wake up from his medically-induced coma, although he is slowly recovering from his devastating head injuries.
La Liga: Ronaldo sent off in Madrid draw; Costa takes Atletico to top
Atletico Madrid took advantage of Barcelona's slip-up to go top of La Liga with a 4-0 victory over Real Sociedad as Real Madrid drew 1-1 at Athletic Bilbao and Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off on Sunday.
Serie A: Juventus beat Inter, go nine points ahead
Juventus made light work of bitter rivals Inter Milan on Sunday, winning 3-1 to increase their Serie A lead to nine points after AS Roma were washed out and Napoli blundered to a 3-0 defeat at Atalanta.
Bundesliga: Bayern tighten stranglehold with 5-0 rout of Frankfurt
Bayern Munich showed no signs of letting up as they routed Eintracht Frankfurt 5-0 on Sunday for their 10th straight home win of the season in the Bundesliga.
February 02, 2014
Arsenal back on top as Liverpool slip up
Arsenal returned to the top of the Premier League on Sunday when they beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium with both goals scored by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Hockey India League: UP eke out a draw against Punjab
Uttar Pradesh Wizards and Jaypee Punjab Warriors finished 2-2 to register the first draw of the second edition of Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) at the Dhyan Chand Stadium in Lucknow.
Davis Cup: 'Somdev needed tough match to boost his confidence'
India's Davis Cup coach Zeeshan Ali on Sunday said it was good for home team players to have got the chance to test themselves in the tie against Chinese Taipei but felt that Saketh Myneni needs to develop fast as a big player if they are to win matches against tough opponents.
Zurich chess challenge: Anand draws with Caruana
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand opened his account after signing peace with Fabiano Caruana of Italy in the third round of Zurich chess challenge now underway in Zurich at the Savoy.
Davis Cup: Saketh, Yuki complete India's 5-0 whitewash of Taipei
Saketh Myneni and Yuki Bhambri recorded dominating straight-set victories as India completed a 5-0 rout of Chinese Taipei in the first round of their Asia/Oceania Group I Davis Cup tie in Indore on Sunday.
February 01, 2014
Credit goes to entire team for my victory: Somdev
A player cannot pull off a marathon five-setter on his own and it takes contribution from the entire team to eke out such a win, Somdev Devvarman said after winning a tough second singles match against Ti Chen.
Tiger's visit will have a huge impact in India: Shiv Kapur
Shiv Kapur, who could be one of the lucky few to get a chance to play with Tiger Woods on his private visit to India, feels the World's No. 1 golfer's coming to the country would make a huge impact.
Hockey India League: Ranchi Rhinos scrape past UP Wizards
Defending champions Ranchi Rhinos eked out a close 2-1 win over Uttar Pradesh Wizards to consolidate their position in the points table of the Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) at the Dhyan Chand Stadium in Lucknow.
Euro 2008-winning Spanish coach Luis Aragones dies
Luis Aragones, the coach of Spain's 2008 European Championship-winning side, has died at the age of 75, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) announced on Saturday.
Zurich Chess Challenge: Anand suffers second successive defeat
Former world champion Viswanathan Anand struggled with his form for the second consecutive day as he suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura of United States in the second round of Zurich Chess Challenge.
Davis Cup: Somdev, Bopanna-Myneni help India whip Chinese Taipei
Somdev Devvarman took just eight minutes to complete the unfinished business as he beat Ti Chen 6-7 (4), 7-6 (3), 1-6, 6-2, 9-7 in the second singles to put India 2-0 ahead in the Asia/Oceania Group I Davis Cup tie in Indore on Saturday.
Davis Cup: Federer, Wawrinka put Switzerland ahead versus Serbia
Switzerland took advantage of Novak Djokovic's absence to open a 2-0 lead over last year's runners-up Serbia in their Davis Cup tie on Friday with Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka winning their singles rubbers.
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero sidelined for a month
Manchester City's leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero is expected to be out for a month with a hamstring injury, the club's manager Manuel Pellegrini said on Friday.
January 31, 2014
Hockey India League: Punjab maintain their winning streak
Jaypee Punjab Warriors defeated Delhi Waveriders 3-1 to extend their winning streak in the second season of the Hero Hockey India League at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi.
Davis Cup: Yuki gives India 1-0 lead; Somdev's match deferred
Yuki Bhambri recovered from cramps just in time to down Tsung Hua Yang but Somdev Devvarman's fate was hanging in balance in the marathon unfinished second singles, suspended due to fading light, as India lead 1-0 in the Asia/Oceania Group I Davis Cup tie in Indore.
'Sochi is safe, Americans should go if they wish'
President Barack Obama said in an interview broadcast on Friday that he believes the Russian city of Sochi is safe and that Americans who want to go to the Olympics should go.
Schumacher blinks during brain tests: reports
Michael Schumacher has blinked during brain tests as he is slowly brought out of his month-long coma, according to reports in French newspaper L'Equipe.
FIFA gets more than 3.5m ticket requests for 2014 World Cup
World football governing body FIFA has reportedly announced that more than 3.5 million requests for the tickets of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil have been made from 199 countries in the second sale phase.
Terror threat for Sochi Winter Games?
A top US intelligence official has said that there is a ''substantial potential'' for security threats against the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, but the key concern for an attack centers on locations outside the main event areas.
Qatar gets 14 days to send labour report to FIFA
Qatar has been given two weeks to provide a report to FIFA on how it has improved working conditions for labourers in the 2022 World Cup host nation.
Another bad day for Red Bull as Ricciardo's car breaks down
Red Bull designer Adrian Newey went back to his drawing board on Thursday after another nightmare day for the Formula One champions in pre-season testing in southern Spain.
Counterfeit NFL goods, tickets seized ahead of Super Bowl
Phony NFL merchandise and tickets worth $21.6 million have been seized and 50 people arrested in a crackdown on counterfeiting ahead of this weekend's Super Bowl, U.S. law enforcement officials said on Thursday.
EPL: Johnson red card revoked; Remy three-match ban stands
NorwichCity midfielder Bradley Johnson's appeal for wrongful dismissal against Newcastle United in the English Premier League has been successful and his suspension revoked, the Football Association said on Thursday.
Santander protest mars King's Cup tie vs Real Sociedad
The King's Cup descended into farce on Thursday when Racing Santander's players, protesting over unpaid wages, refused to challenge for the ball after their quarter-final second leg at home to Real Sociedad kicked off.
Young replaces injured Isner for Davis Cup tie vs Britain
Donald Young has replaced the injured John Isner for the United States and will face Wimbledon champion Andy Murray of Britain in Friday's opening match of the first-round Davis Cup tie in San Diego.
January 30, 2014
Hockey India League: Waveriders thrash Lancers
Delhi Waveriders showed no mercy on the Kalinga Lancers as they inflicted a humiliating 5-0 defeat on the Odisha-based side in match seven of the Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) in New Delhi.
Paul signs 6-month contract with FC Vikings
India international footballer Subrata Paul today signed a six-month contract as the third goalkeeper of Danish top-tier club FC Vikings in Denmark.
Valencia agree to sign Mali midfielder Keita
Valencia have agreed to sign Mali midfielder Seydou Keita on a contract until the end of June with an option for one more season, the La Liga club said on Wednesday.
Ribery and Benzema discharged in sex trial
France soccer internationals Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema have been discharged of solicitation of an underage prostitute, the Paris Correctional Tribunal said on Thursday.
Athletes warned not to wear big country logos to Sochi
Athletes heading to the Sochi Winter Olympics have been warned not to wear team kit with large logos promoting their country on their way to Russia due to security concerns, British Olympic officials said on Thursday.
Zurich Classic: Anand loses to Carlsen; tied third
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand won two, lost two and drew one for a joint third place finish at the blitz tournament of Zurich Chess Classic.
Rory McIlroy sizzles in Dubai Desert Classic
Rory McIlroy hit a sizzling nine-under 63 in the opening round of the $2.5 million Dubai Desert Classic on Thursday, bolstering his hopes of claiming a first European tour win since 2012.
Higuain helps Napoli into Italian Cup semis
Napoli booked a clash with AS Roma in the Italian Cup semi-finals after a late instinctive Gonzalo Higuain backheel lifted Rafael Benitez's side to a 1-0 win over Lazio on Wednesday.
Distin signs contract extension at Everton
Everton's French defender Sylvain Distin has signed a one-year contract extension that will keep him at GoodisonPark until the end of the 2014-15 season, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.
Brazil outlines $2.3 billion in public spending for Olympics
Brazil's government on Tuesday issued its first estimate of public spending on projects related to Rio de Janeiro's 2016 Olympic Games, though the 5.6 billion reals price tag is set to swell as more projects receive approval.
Button reckons McLaren on right track
McLaren's new Formula One car made a belated but encouraging test debut on Wednesday with Jenson Button hopeful the team was picking up speed on and off the track after a dismal 2013 season.
Bundesliga: Sensational Thiago volley earns Bayern last-gasp win
Thiago Alcantara's sensational flying volley in stoppage-time earned Bayern Munich a 2-1 win at VfB Stuttgart on Wednesday, extending their unbeaten run to 43 league games and increasing their Bundesliga lead to 13 points.
King's Cup: Atletico, Barca join Real in semis
Atletico Madrid have a chance to pile more King's Cup misery on neighbours Real after eliminating Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday to set up a last-four clash against the bitter city rivals they beat in last year's final.
January 29, 2014
Davis Cup: Federer to join Wawrinka as Switzerland battle Serbia
Switzerland's former world number one Roger Federer will join Australian Open winner Stanislas Wawrinka in their Davis Cup first-round tie against Serbia next weekend.
AFC Champions League: Pune FC go down to 0-3 Hanoi T&T FC
Pune FC's dream of making it into the AFC Champions League group-stage came to an end after a 0-3 defeat to Vietnamese-side Hanoi T&T FC at the Shree Shivchhatrapati Sports Complex at Balewadi (Pune) on Wednesday.
Recuperating Nadal on course for Buenos Aires ATP event
Rafael Nadal had taken anti-inflammatories and undergone intensive physiotherapy to alleviate a lower back problem and still planned to compete in Buenos Aires next month, his spokesman said on Wednesday.
Rodgers refuses to get carried away by derby mauling
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers enjoyed a first ever victory over Everton with a thumping 4-0 triumph in the Merseyside derby on Tuesday but the former Swansea boss maintained the pursuit of a top-four finish meant more to him than regional superiority.
New challenge for Viswanathan Anand in Zurich
Indian chess ace Viswanathan Anand will find himself in the unfamiliar position of starting as the lowest-ranked player when he takes on a tough field in his first Classical tournament since losing the world title, in the Zurich Challenge in Zurich at the Savoy.
'Harsh' Flamini suspension, Ramsey injury add to Wenger's woes
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has suffered a setback in his recovery from a thigh injury, manager Arsene Wenger said on Tuesday.
King's Cup: Real beat Espanyol to cruise into semis
Real Madrid set up a King's Cup semi-final against holders Atletico Madrid or Athletic Bilbao when they beat Espanyol 1-0 in their quarter-final, second leg on Tuesday for a 2-0 aggregate success.
January 28, 2014
Hockey India League: Punjab thrash debutants Kalinga
Veteran drag-flicker Sandeep Singh scored twice as Jaypee Punjab Warriors drubbed debutants Kalinga Lancers 7-3 in a high-scoring Hockey India League match in Bhubaneshwar.
Schumacher receives muscle training to stop body seizing up in coma
Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is reportedly undergoing muscle training to avoid his body seizing up in coma.
Olympic badminton champ Lee banned for missing dope tests
South Korea's Olympic badminton gold medallist Lee Yong-dae has been hit with a one-year ban for missing doping tests, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) said on Tuesday.
Puma shoves out Nike after two decades as Arsenal's kit supplier
German sportswear company Puma will become the kit supplier to English soccer club Arsenal from next season in a deal worth more than 30 million pounds a year to the Premier League leaders.
No discrimination against gays at Sochi Games: Lawmaker
There will be no discrimination against gay people during the Winter Olympics in Sochi next month, a Russian lawmaker said on Monday.
Balotelli fined for gesturing at Cagliari fans
Maverick striker Mario Balotelli has been fined 10,000 euros for making a provocative gesture to rival Cagliari supporters after scoring against them in AC Milan's 2-1 win on Sunday.
January 27, 2014
Protest in press room not podium, IOC tells athletes at Sochi Olympics
Athletes at the Winter Olympics in Sochi may be punished for making statements on the podium against Russia's anti-gay laws or human rights record but can do so at news conferences without fear of sanction, the IOC said.
Balotelli needs love, says Italy coach Prandelli
Maverick striker Mario Balotelli needs love and will eventually learn from his mistakes, Italy coach Cesare Prandelli said on Monday.
England fans face 15m euro World Cup ticket scam
Football fans in England are reportedly being pulled into a 15 million euro World Cup ticket scam.
Dravid follows Bindra, to mentor junior Olympic, Paralympic athletes
Former Indian cricket captain Rahul Dravid announced his association with GoSports Foundation, on Monday, with an aim to contribute towards the development and mentorship of Indian junior Olympic and Paralympic athletes.
Was Ballon d'Or parade Ronaldo's taunt to Messi?
Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo had reportedly 'taunted' Barcelona ace Lionel Messi after he won the Ballon d'Or by parading the trophy before Madrid's match against Granada, before firing a message as to who is the best around.
EPL: Chelsea complete Salah signing
Chelsea have completed the signing of Basel's Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah, the Premier League club said on their website on Sunday.
Mayor says homosexuality not accepted in Sochi
The mayor of Sochi, the Russian city hosting the Winter Olympics next month, said homosexuality was not accepted in his Caucasus region, but that gay visitors would be welcome at the Games if they respected Russian laws.
Serie A: Balotelli booked for 'vulgar gesture' against Cagliari fans
Mario Balotelli could be in hot water again after he was booked for provoking Cagliari supporters after scoring against the Sardinian side in AC Milan's 2-1 win on Sunday.
Bundesliga: Huntelaar helps Schalke ease past Hamburg
Schalke 04 striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar could not have dreamt of a better comeback after five months out when he scored the opening goal in his side's 3-0 victory at Hamburg SV on Sunday.
January 26, 2014
Spirited UP Wizards stun Ranchi Rhinos 3-2
Uttar Pradesh Wizards twice came from behind to stun defending champions Ranchi Rhinos 3-2 in their opening match of the Hero Hockey India League in Ranchi on Sunday.
Wawrinka defeats injured Nadal to win Australian Open
Stanislas Wawrinka held firm in a match of high drama to defeat an injured Rafa Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 and win the Australian Open on Sunday.
Saina beats Sindhu to lift Syed Modi title
India ace shuttler Saina Nehwal snapped her 15 months title drought, clinching the Syed Modi International India Grand Prix Gold badminton crown with a straight-game victory over compatriot P V Sindhu in the women's singles competition in Lucknow.
High stakes for Putin at costly Sochi Games
The Sochi Winter Olympics are meant to be Vladimir Putin's crowning achievement as Russian leader but are in danger of becoming a symbol of his country's problems.
Qatar triumph could herald amazing year, says Garcia
Former World No 2 Sergio Garcia is hoping his Qatar Masters victory is an encouraging sign of good things to come for the Spaniard this season.
Woods endures nightmare day at Torrey Pines
Defending champion Tiger Woods plunged to new depths when he missed a secondary cut on the PGA Tour for the first time after struggling badly in Saturday's third round of the Farmers Insurance Open outside San Diego.
Will Manchester United shell out 65 million pounds to keep Rooney?
Struggling Premier League champions Manchester United is reportedly ready to commit a staggering 65 million pounds in wages to keep Wayne Rooney at Old Trafford for the next four years.
January 25, 2014
Wilson's double sets up easy win for Waveriders in HIL opener
Australia's Jason Wilson scored a brace as last year's runners-up Delhi Waveriders defeated hosts Punjab Warriors 3-1 in the opening contest of the second edition of the Hero Hockey India League in Mohali.
Churchill Brothers win maiden Fed Cup title
Languishing at the bottom of the heap in the ongoing I-League, Churchill Brothers showed remarkable resilience as they outclassed a formidable Sporting Clube de Goa 3-1 to win their maiden Federation Cup title at the floodlit Nehru Stadium in Kochi.
FA Cup: Aguero saves City from Cup shock, Liverpool advance
Goals from Victor Moses and Daniel Sturridge eased Liverpool through a tricky FA Cup fourth round tie at Championship (second division) Bournemouth on Saturday although they had to work hard for a 2-0 victory.
Ramachandran set to become IOA chief
World Squash Federation president Narayana Ramachandran is set to be elected unopposed as the president of Indian Olympic Association in the polls to be held here next month as he was the only candidate to file nomination papers for the top post.
Paes, Gopichand get Padma Bhushan; Yuvraj Padma Shri
Tennis star Leander Paes and badminton player-turned-coach Pullela Gopichand were selected for the prestigious Padma Bhushan awards while cricketer Yuvraj Singh was among the seven sportspersons chosen for this year's Padma Shri award.
Saina and Sindhu to lock horns for Syed Modi title
A resurgent Saina Nehwal and fast rising PV Sindhu, country's best women shuttlers, set up a summit clash against each other at the Syed Modi International badminton tournament in Lucknow.
Li overwhelms Cibulkova to claim Australian Open
China's Li Na overcame an attack of nerves and weathered a feisty challenge from Dominika Cibulkova before roaring to a 7-6 (7-3), 6-0 victory to win her first Australian Open title on Saturday.
Vucinic left out of Juve squad after failed Inter move
Juventus's Montenegro striker Mirko Vucinic has been left out of their squad for the trip to Lazio in Serie A on Saturday (1945 GMT) after his move to Inter Milan fell through this week.
NBA: Anthony set Knicks record with 62 points
New York forward Carmelo Anthony posted a Knicks' and MadisonSquareGarden record 62 points on Friday as his team toppled the Charlotte Bobcats 125-96.
Barcelona reveal Neymar deal cost almost 118 million dollars
The deal to sign Neymar cost Barcelona 86.2 million euros (71.47 million pounds), including payments to the forward and his family, the club said on Friday after the player's father revoked a confidentiality agreement.
Manchester United agree deal to sign Chelsea playmaker Mata
Manchester United have agreed a deal to sign Spain playmaker Juan Mata from Premier League rivals Chelsea.
FA Cup: Podolski double helps Arsenal rout Coventry City
Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski scored twice in the opening half-hour as the Premier League leaders romped to a 4-0 win over third-tier Coventry City in their FA Cup fourth round tie at the Emirates on Friday.
January 24, 2014
Everton swoop for Ivory Coast striker Traore
Beanpole Ivory Coast striker Lacina Traore has agreed to join high-flying Everton on loan from Monaco for the remainder of the season.
Essien heading to AC Milan
Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien is on his way to AC Milan for a medical, the Serie A club said on Friday.
German court orders Google to block Max Mosley sex pictures
A German court has ordered Google to block search results in Germany linking to photos of a sex party involving former Formula One boss Max Mosley. The court said on Friday that although Google had not taken the pictures it was responsible as a distributor of the images.
Mourinho sad to see Mata on way to Man United
Jose Mourinho said he was sad to see midfielder Juan Mata leaving Stamford Bridge after confirming that the Spaniard's move to Manchester United was imminent on Friday.
Saina, Sindhu, Srikanth book semis berths
Top shuttlers Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu and national champion K Srikanth continued their rampaging run with contrasting victories to reach the semi-finals of the $120,000 Syed Modi International India Grand Prix Gold tournament in Lucknow.
Sardar eager to find his 'scoring stick' in HIL
He has not been on target for quite some time now and India captain Sardar Singh is itching to get a few in order to end his goal-scoring drought while leading his team Delhi Waveriders in the second edition of cash-rich Hockey India League that starts in Mohali on Saturday.
Budget for 2016 Rio Olympics up 27 percent to $2.93 billion
IOC inspectors who visited last year warned that unless the pace of construction picked up soon, some arenas may not be ready in time to host test events ahead of the Games.
Dortmund's Lewandowski lands in soup for allegedly hitting teen
Borussia Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski on Friday denied hitting a teenage supporter who had made an offensive gesture to the striker for signing with Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich.
2019 World Aquatics C'ships: Korean officials guilty of forgery
Two South Korean government officials were handed suspended six-month prison sentences on Friday after they were found guilty of forging documents for southern city Gwangju's successful bid to host the 2019 World Aquatics Championships.
Pitbull's 'We Are One (Ole Ola)' is official World Cup song
Pitbull's "We Are One (Ole Ola)", featuring pop singers Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte, will be the official anthem of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Ribery, Benzema sex trial adjourned
France forwards Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema will know whether they are cleared of soliciting an underage prostitute next Thursday after the Correctional Court of Paris adjourned the case for further deliberations.
Sania-Tecau in mixed doubles final at Australian Open
Sania Mirza and her Romanian partner Horia Tecau waltzed into the mixed doubles final of the Australian Open after beating Australian duo Jarmila Gajdosova and Matthew Ebden 2-6, 6-3, 10-2 at Melbourne Park on Friday.
Chelsea set to sign Salah from Basel
Chelsea have agreed a deal for playmaker Mohamed Salah from Swiss club Basel, the club said on Thursday.
Knee injury renders Columbia's Falcao doubtful for World Cup
Radamel Falcao's hopes of playing at the World Cup finals hung by a thread on Thursday after his Ligue 1 club Monaco announced the Colombia striker required surgery on a left knee injury.
Another blow for Liverpool as Johnson ruled out indefinitely
Liverpool defender Glen Johnson will be out for an indefinite period, adding to the club's injury woes at a crucial period of the season.
EPL: Anelka denies FA charge over Nazi salute
West Bromwich Albion forward Nicolas Anelka has denied an English FA charge regarding an alleged anti-Semitic gesture he made during last month's 3-3 Premier League draw at West Ham United, his club said on Thursday.
Barca President Rosell quits amid Neymar transfer row
Barcelona president Sandro Rosell resigned on Thursday in the aftermath of a Spanish court's decision to investigate last year's signing of Brazil forward Neymar.
January 23, 2014
Saina, Sindhu advance to quarters; Kashyap crashes out
Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu marched into the women's quarter-finals but all the top four seeds, including defending champion P Kashyap, crashed out of the men's event in the Syed Modi International India Grand Prix in Lucknow.
BWF rankings: Saina slips to ninth, Sindhu retains 11th spot
Saina Nehwal, a bronze medallist in 2012 London Olympics, dropped a place to be at ninth position, while P V Sindhu retained her 11th spot in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings issued on Thursday.
Manchester United bid for Chelsea's Mata
Manchester United have bid 35 million pounds for Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata, British media reported on Wednesday.
King's Cup: Tello hat-trick lifts Barcelona to win over Levante
Cristian Tello hit a hat-trick as Barcelona came from behind to win 4-1 in their King's Cup quarter-final first leg at Levante on Wednesday and Lionel Messi celebrated his 400th appearance for the Catalan side.
January 22, 2014
Six of Spanish cyclist's 12 guards killed in Pak danger zone Quetta
Gunmen on Wednesday shot dead six guards protecting a Spanish round-the-world cyclist in a violent and remote area of western Pakistan where a bus bomb killed 24 Shi'ite pilgrims a day earlier, police said.
Aus Open: Federer bests Murray, books semi-final date with Nadal
Roger Federer produced a vintage performance to best Andy Murray 6-3, 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 and move into the semi-finals of the Australian Open.
EPL: Vidic loses appeal over three-match suspension
Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has been suspended for three matches after his appeal for wrongful dismissal against Chelsea was rejected, the Football Association said on Tuesday.
Italian Cup: Gervinho gives Roma revenge over Juventus
A late strike by Gervinho sent AS Roma into the Italian Cup semi-finals with a 1-0 win over league title rivals Juventus in a tense atmosphere at a packed Olympic Stadium on Tuesday.
US military says readying plans for Sochi Olympics security assistance
The Pentagon said US military commanders are "conducting prudent planning and preparations" should American support be required during the Winter Olympics.
King's Cup: Benzema header sinks Espanyol to put Real in charge
Real Madrid continued their impressive start to the new year with Karim Benzema giving them a 1-0 victory in the King's Cup quarter-final first-leg tie away to Espanyol on Tuesday.
Messi in good shape as he targets 400 Barca games
Lionel Messi will reach the milestone of 400 games for Barcelona when they face Levante in the King's Cup on Wednesday and coach Gerardo Martino says he is back in top condition following his hamstring injury.
Fernandes warns he could quit F1
Caterham owner Tony Fernandes warned on Tuesday that he could walk away from Formula One unless his tail-end team showed significant improvement this season.
January 21, 2014
Australian Open: Wawrinka knocks out defending champion Djokovic
Defending champion Novak Djokovic was knocked out of the Australian Open quarter-finals by Stanislas Wawrinka 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 9-7 on Tuesday.
Rafter opts for youth in Aus Davis Cup tie against France
Australia Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter named three teenagers in his squad on Tuesday for their away tie against France, their first World Group appearance since 2007.
FA charge Anelka for anti-Semitic salute
The English Football Association charged Nicolas Anelka on Tuesday for making a 'quenelle' salute after scoring for West Bromwich Albion against West Ham United in the Premier League last month.
Five teams unveiled for Bhupathi's inaugural tennis league
Bangkok, Singapore, Mumbai, Kuala Lumpur and a city in the Middle-East will be home to the first five teams of the inaugural International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) later this year.
Indian football: Offers were made to fix I-League matches?
A Malaysian betting syndicate approached Indian clubs to fix I-League matches last season, a top official said on Tuesday, prompting the country's football federation to take the first step towards setting up an anti-corruption unit.
Sania's women's doubles run at Australian Open over
Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her Zimbabwean partner Cara Black were halted in their stride by the world No 1 Italian pair of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci in the women's doubles quarter-finals at the Australian Open in Mlebourne on Tuesday. The sixth seeds lost 2-6, 6-3, 4-6.
Schumacher's 1998 Ferrari fetches almost $2m at auction
The classic Ferrari car, which was used by Formula One legend Michael Schumacher for 38 races, has reportedly been sold for a whopping 1.7 million dollars at an American auction.
Japan PM may attend Sochi Games, China says no plans to meet Xi
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may attend the opening ceremony for the Sochi Winter Olympics, but China has ruled out any formal meeting with President Xi Jinping whose attendance at the Games has already been confirmed.
Tough words from coach helped me into semis, admits Li Na
China's Li Na allowed herself a small smile of satisfaction after she advanced to her fourth Australian Open semi-final on Tuesday, mindful that an inquisition from coach Carlos Rodriguez earlier in the tournament had helped her get there.
Barcelona opt for rebuilt Nou Camp, not new stadium
Barcelona's board of directors have rejected the option of building a new stadium and will push ahead with a remodelling of the Nou Camp.
Stadium hosting World Cup opener almost ready
The venue that will stage the opening World Cup game in Brazil in June is almost complete, officials said on Monday, even though work has not restarted on the collapsed roof that killed two workers in November.
Bolt set to light up Paris Diamond League again
World and Olympic champion Usain Bolt will be the main attraction during July's Paris Diamond League meeting, organisers said on Monday.
Governments must do more to fight fixing, says FIFA
Footballers who take part in match-manipulation risk losing their careers if caught but those who induce the players and set up the fix do so at almost no risk to themselves, according to FIFA's head of security Ralf Mutschke.
January 20, 2014
Top badminton player Lee Chong Wei mulls retirement
Badminton World No 1 Lee Chong Wei hinted that retirement was on the horizon after the emotional Malaysian sealed his 10th national championship in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.
Australian Open: Nadal survives Nishikori scare; Sharapova exits
Maria Sharapova joined Serena Williams in making an early exit from the Australian Open on Monday but defending champion Victoria Azarenka swept into the quarter-finals with an 18th straight victory at Melbourne Park.
Paes ousts Bhupathi, Saina and Bopanna win at Australian Open
Leander Paes got the better of compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi in a thrilling mixed doubles encounter to enter the third round at the Australian Open, in Melbourne, on Monday. He and Daniela Hantuchova beat eighth seeds Bhupathi and Elena Vesnina 6-0, 2-6, 10-6.
Militants warn of terror attack during Winter Olympics in Sochi
Two men said by Islamist militants to have carried out suicide attacks in south Russia appeared in a video donning explosive belts and warning Vladimir Putin to expect a "present" at the Sochi Winter Olympics from fighters following after them.
January 19, 2014
Dennis Rodman checks into alcohol rehab centre
Retired basketball star Dennis Rodman has checked himself into an alcohol treatment program, his spokesman said Saturday, just days after returning to the United States from North Korea, where he ignited a furor over comments he made about an American citizen held prisoner there.
Australian Open: Paes-Stepanek advance, Bopanna-Qureshi ousted
Veteran Indian star Leander Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek sailed into the Australian Open quarter-finals after a straight-set win over the unseeded pair of Yuki Bhambri and Michael Venus in the men's doubles competition in Melbourne on Sunday.
Shiva Keshavan makes his fifth Olympics, qualifies for Sochi Games
India's sole luge athlete, Shiva Keshavan has qualified for the Winter Olympics to be held in the Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi from February 7 to 23.
Serie A: Vidal brace helps Juve stay eight clear after 12th straight win
Arturo Vidal's double helped Juventus to their 12th straight league win with a 4-2 triumph over Sampdoria and saw the Italian champions restore an eight-point lead at the top of Serie A.
Australian Open: Serena Williams knocked out by Ivanovic
World No 1 and top seed Serena Williams was knocked out of the Australian Open by Serbian Ana Ivanovic on Sunday.
January 18, 2014
No automatic berth for luger Keshavan in Winter Olympics
Luger Shiva Keshavan has apparently not got an automatic quota for next month's Sochi Winter Olympics but likely to get a berth after reallocation of slots among different countries, according to sources.
Performance in HWL Final gave India self belief: Walsh
India finished sixth ahead of Olympic champions Germany in Hero Hockey World League Final and its chief coach Terry Walsh said his wards' performance in the eight-nation event gave the hosts the self belief to take on any side in the world.
India finish 6th in World League Final after late loss to Belgium
Hosts India blew away a goal lead and conceded two late goals to go down 1-2 against Belgium to finish sixth in the Hero Hockey World League Final on a chilly evening at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, in New Delhi on Saturday.
Golf: Lahiri tied seventh, Gangjee 10th at King's Cup
Anirban Lahiri grabbed birdies on three of the four par-five holes to card a one-under 71 under tough scoring conditions and force his way into top-10 at the USD 1 million King's Cup Golf in Hua Hin, Thailand on Saturday.
Azarenka chomps down Meusburger to reach fourth round
Victoria Azarenka remained on course for a third straight Australian Open title with a thumping 6-1, 6-0 victory over Yvonne Meusburger in exactly an hour on Saturday.
Australian Open: Fit Federer, rusty Sharapova advance at Melbourne
Roger Federer boasted of his fitness, Maria Sharapova felt a bit rusty and Andy Murray berated himself but all three eased into the second week of the Australian Open with third round victories at Melbourne Park on Saturday.
American Stephens holds no grudge against Azarenka
Sloane Stephens was keen to swat away any references to a controversial clash against Victoria Azarenka at last year's Australian Open as the American advanced to a possible fourth-round clash against the two-times champion on Monday.
Australian Open: Bhupathi ousted on a day of mixed fortunes for India
India saw a day of mixed fortunes at the Australian Open on Saturday as both, Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna won their respective doubles and mixed doubles matches to enter the third round of the opening Grand Slam of the year in Melbourne.
Roy Keane teams up with author Roddy Doyle for memoir
Booker Prize-winning author Roddy Doyle, creator of some of Ireland's most renowned characters, will tackle one the country's best known when he teams up with Roy Keane to write the former footballer's memoir.
January 17, 2014
Netherlands to face NZ in summit clash of HWL Final
The Netherlands will face underdogs New Zealand in the summit clash of the Hero Hockey World league Final on Saturday after the two teams eked out hard-fought wins over world champions Australia and England at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium.
SAI suspends Dingko for assaulting woman athlete
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) suspended Asian Games gold medallist boxer N Dingko Singh pending inquiry after he allegedly assaulted a woman weightlifter in Manipur.
Yogeshwar helps Bajrang to participate in US tourney
Wrestler Bajrang Kumar's scuttled trip to the USA for a crucial competition was brought back on track by Olympic bronze-medallist Yogeshwar Dutt, who convinced SAI officials in New Delhi to sanction his expenses for the Dave Schultz Memorial International Tournament in Colorado Springs.
Hockey World League: India shock Germany in classification match
Mandeep Singh scored a brilliant hat-trick as India pulled off a sensational come-from-behind 5-4 victory over Olympic champions Germany in a fiercely-contested 5th to 8th places classification match in the Hero Hockey World League Finals in Delhi on Friday.
Yuki-Venus shock 10th seeds; easy for Paes-Stepanek
The wild card team of India's Yuki Bhambri and Michael Venus of New Zealand created a big upset at the Australian Open, shocking tenth seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau in Melbourne on Friday. They needed just 64 minutes to get the better of the experienced Dutch-Romanian pair 6-4, 6-4 in a second round match.
Srikanth's winning run at Malaysia Open ends in quarter-finals
National champion K Srikanth's dream run in the Malaysia Super Series badminton tournament ended in the quarter-finals, beaten in straight games by fourth seed Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia, in Kuala Lumpur, on Friday.
China's Li rules herself out of the 2016 Olympics
China's No 1 Li Na has ruled herself out of playing at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the 31-year-old said at the Australian Open on Friday.
Blatter says Sochi Olympic boycott would change nothing
Sepp Blatter believes that any boycott of the Sochi Winter Olympics would change nothing and those who refused to go in protest against alleged discrimination in Russia would be "surrendering".
Why Olympic medallist Rathore decided to take up shooting
The Athens Olympics silver medallist took up shooting at 28 and said it was a decision he had taken to fill the void left after he returned from the anti-terrorism operation in Jammu and Kashmir.
January 16, 2014
Indian F1 GP was good start; shame it can't return: Damon Hill
Former Formula One World champion Damon Hill says the decision to scrap the Indian Grand Prix after just three years of its launch was a "shame", especially as the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida has a "great track".
Murray rides thrilling 23-point streak to victory
Andy Murray won 23 consecutive points in an inspired passage of play to emerge from a hole and roar to a 6-2, 6-2, 7-5 victory over qualifier Vincent Millot at the Australian Open.
Saina, Sindhu crash out of Malaysian Open
India's campaign in the women's singles came to an early end at the US $500,000 Malaysia Super Series Premier badminton tournament after Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu lost their second round matches, in Kuala Lumpur, on Thursday. While Olympic bronze medallist Saina went down narrowly to lower-ranked Yao Xue of China 21-16, 10-21, 19-21 in 56 minutes, Sindhu was beaten by sixth seed Yeon Ju Bae of Korea 16-21, 19-21 in 45 minutes at the Putra Stadium.
Lone Indian in Brazil ultramarathon runs because 'there's peace there'
When he is not running, Vishwas Bhamburkar spends his time filing Right to Information cases. P Rajendran meets with the only Indian running the Brazil 135 Ultramarathon later this week
F1 boss Ecclestone faces German bribery trial in late April
Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone will stand trial on bribery charges in Munich, according to a statement from a German court.
King's Cup: Ronaldo on target as Real knock out Osasuna
Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo scored the opening goal as 10-man Real Madrid beat Osasuna 2-0 on Wednesday to qualify for the King's Cup quarter-finals 4-0 on aggregate.
January 15, 2014
Hockey World League: Aussies crush India to storm into semis
India squandered a two-goal lead to suffer a 2-7 hammering at the hands of world champions Australia and crash out of the Hero Hockey World League Final in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Federation Cup: Bengaluru FC off to winning start
I-League leaders Bengaluru FC began their Federation Cup campaign in style with a 5-3 win over Sporting Clube de Goa in a thrilling match on Wednesday.
Laureus cancels World Sports Awards in Rio de Janeiro
The London-based organisation did not give any reason for the cancellation, but said it would continue to support sports charity projects in Brazil. Rio state authorities also did not explain why the event would not take place as planned.
Indian athletes get government aid for Sochi Olympics
The Sports Ministry cleared the three Indian athletes qualified for next month's Winter Olympics at government cost despite the trio taking part in the Sochi Games as independent athletes.
Serena contemplating coaching after retirement
Tennis great Serena Williams on Wednesday said she would consider coaching after calling it quits.
Webb included as FIFA nam