November 26, 2015Russia accepts IAAF ban
The Russian athletics federation has accepted its ban from the sport in the wake of widespread doping revelations, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said on Thursday.
Sindhu, Prannoy, Praneeth enter quarter-finals of Macau Open
Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu, HS Prannoy, B Sai Praneeth enter quarter-finals of Macau Open
'Roadies' will not hinder my Rio preparations: Sushil
Double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar has insisted that his participation in television reality show MTV Roadies is not going to affect his preparations for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Chance for Vijay Kumar, Manavjit to seal Rio Olympics berth
Vijay Kumar, Heena Sidhu, Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Ronjon Sodhi are some of the shooting stars who will fancy their chances when Delhi hosts the final Asia Olympic Qualifying Competition, where 35 tickets to Rio will be up for grabs from January 25 to February 3.
Double tragedy in US sports: Former boxer shot dead; Footballer injured
Forty-year-old O'Neil Bell was killed during a robbery in Atlanta, while suspended St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey underwent surgery after shootout
Humiliated Blatter says, I'll fight for me and for FIFA
The suspended president of the international football body believes only FIFA Congress can bar him, not the Ethics Committee.
Champions League PIX: Ibra's PSG thrash Malmo; Atletico in last 16
Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic crowned a triumphant homecoming with a second-half goal as Paris St Germain crushed Malmo 5-0 on Wednesday to book a place in the last 16 of the Champions League.
November 25, 2015Macau Open: Sindhu, Prannoy, Praneeth in third round
Three Indians, including P V Sindhu, advanced to the pre-quarter-finals in the US $120,000 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament, but it was curtains for Ajay Jayaram in the men's singles, on Wednesday.
Why the World Athletics boss is under fire again...
The head of world athletics Sebastian Coe faced fresh allegations about his involvement in the controversial award of the 2021 world championships to the American city of Eugene on Tuesday, but insisted he had acted fairly throughout.
November 24, 2015Jayaram, Prannoy, Praneeth in second round at Macau Open
Top seed K Srikanth suffered a straight-games defeat, but three other Indians, including Ajay Jayaram and H S Prannoy, advanced to the second round of the US $120,000 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold on Tuesday.
November 23, 2015Happy to be achieving in both billiards and snooker: Advani
He has achieved a legendary status after pocketing 15th world title and India's most celebrated cueist Pankaj Advani derives a lot of satisfaction from the fact that he has successfully managed the tough balancing act of playing snooker and billiards at such a high level.
10 BEST Sports Photos of the Week!
Rediff.com recaptures these and other exciting sporting moments from the week gone by....
La Liga: Villarreal snatch late draw against Eibar to go fourth
Jaume Costa atoned for giving away a first-half penalty when his strike five minutes from time rescued Villarreal a 1-1 draw against Eibar that put them fourth in La Liga on Sunday.
Serie A PHOTOS: Inter go top after Fiorentina held by lowly Empoli
Inter Milan went on a rare scoring spree to thrash Serie A newcomers Frosinone 4-0 and go clear at the top on Sunday, the first time Roberto Mancini's team have won a league match by more than one goal this season.
Do Gunners have the Arsenal to qualify for Champions League play-offs?
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger still believes his side have a "strong chance" to qualify for the Champions League last 16 for a 16th consecutive season as the Premier League side and Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb face a do-or-die contest.
Messi set for Champions League return in time for Roma visit
Lionel Messi is set for his first start for nearly two months when Barcelona, fresh from pulverising Real Madrid 4-0 at the weekend, set their sights on Champions League qualification when AS Roma visit the Nou Camp on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: Kane helps Spurs thrash West Ham in London derby
A double from Harry Kane, who scored in his fifth consecutive club match, inspired Tottenham Hotspur to a 4-1 win over London rivals West Ham United in the Premier League at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
PHOTOS: Djokovic caps brilliant year with Tour Finals win over Federer
The immaculate Serb became the first player in the Tour Finals' 46-year history to claim the title four times in a row
November 22, 2015McIlroy wins DP World Tour Championship, tops money list again
Rory McIlroy won Dubai's DP World Tour Championship on Sunday, overhauling overnight leader Andy Sullivan with four birdies on the back nine to also be crowned Europe's top money earner for a third year in four.
Hong Kong Open Super Series: Marin wins year's sixth title
Carolina Marin of Spain beat Japan's Nozomi Okuhara 21-17, 18-21, 22-20 to win the Hong Kong Open.
November 21, 2015Advani outclasses Xintong to clinch 15th World title
India's most successful cueist Pankaj Advani on Saturday added another feather in his cap by winning the IBSF World Snooker Championship after battling past his Chinese opponent Zhua Xintong in the final to take his World title count to 15.
Lahiri stays afloat with late birdies in Dubai
Anirban Lahiri battled for a good part of the day but managed to keep himself afloat with three birdies over the last five holes to finish even par and stayed at four-under for 54 holes at the DP World Tour Golf Championships in Dubai, on Saturday.
Indian shuttler Arvind Bhat quits badminton
Former national champion and 2014 German Open winner, Arvind Bhat has retired from international badminton, citing his desire to concentrate on coaching stints with an academy in Hyderabad.
FIFA ethics committee requests sanctions against Blatter, Platini
The ethics committee of world soccer governing body FIFA said on Saturday it had completed its investigation into the conduct of FIFA President Sepp Blatter and UEFA president Michel Platini and requested sanctions against them.
Dinamo's Ademi claims innocence after getting four-year ban for doping
The 24-year old central midfielder, who has made three international appearances for Macedonia, failed the test after Dinamo's 2-1 home win over Arsenal in their Group F opener on September 16.
Crowds pay tribute to Paris victims as French league restarts
Nice defeat leaves Lyon 10 points behind leaders PSG
Bundesliga: Hamburg surprise Dortmund amid tight security
The game in front of 57,000 fans in Hamburg's Volksparkstadion started 15 minutes late due to heavy traffic and long queues for increased security checks following the attacks that left 130 dead and hundreds injured in the French capital last week.
Scottish Open: Pawar ousted, India's campaign ends
It was curtains for India at the Scottish Open after men's singles player Anand Pawar and men's doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy bowed out of the 50,000 Grand Prix badminton tournament, in Glasgow.
November 20, 2015Pankaj Advani breezes into World snooker semis
The ace cueist, the only Indian in the fray in the men's category, proved too good for Alex Borg of Malta in a 6-0 victory to improve upon his showing at the last championship when he was ousted in the quarter-finals in Bengaluru by Yan Bingtao 4-6 of China.
Bulgaria weightlifters handed Rio Olympics ban for widespread doping
Bulgaria's weightlifters will be absent from next year's Olympics after the sport's governing body banned the country's athletes following a high number of doping cases, it said on Friday.
Dominguez stripped of 2009 steeplechase world title
Spaniard Marta Dominguez Marta Dominguez has been stripped of her 2009 steeplechase world title and banned for three years due to anomalies in her biological passport that pointed to doping, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Thursday.
No Russian athletes at the 2016 world indoor championships?
There will no be Russian athletes at the 2016 IAAF world indoor championships in Portland, Oregon next March, a source with knowledge of the decision said on Thursday.
November 19, 2015Saina advised two-week rest, will play at the Superseries Finals
Saina Nehwal underwent a scan to diagnose her Achilles tendon problems and has been prescribed rest for a couple of weeks.
La Liga: Messi still doubtful starter for Clasico
'Messi is a player that makes a difference in all games and in Clasicos he has always made a big impact but we will have to see if he is ready'
Ronda Rousey will be back for revenge
Last week, former Ultimate Fighting Champion Ronda Rousey was not only defeated by Holly Holm but was stifled from start to finish.
What you must not miss in EPL this weekend
Four months after quitting Liverpool for ManchesterCity, Raheem Sterling will have the first opportunity to justify the move by getting one over his former employers when the teams meet at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
Russian anti-doping agency suspended for non-compliance
Israel, Andorra, Argentina, Bolivia and Ukraine were also found non-compliant of the WADA Code and can no longer conduct anti-doping programs
Paris attacks aftermath: Heightened security for 'El Clasico'; French league on alert
'We are on anti-terrorist alert four (with five a very high risk) and there will be extensive security so as to guarantee that the match takes place with complete normality'
'Samsonesque' Murray's strength lies in his hair!
The Briton, who was playing fairly before the mid-match trim, slumped to a defeat against Nadal in their Round Robin match in the ATP Tour Finals on Wednesday.
Check out Gen Next's favourite sport!
An overwhelming majority of Indians want to see more extreme sports, with a sizeable chunk voting for skateboarding to be made an Olympic sport, according to a new survey.
November 18, 2015Swimming champ Phelps is going to be a father!
US swimming star Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, took to Instagram, on Wednesday, to share the news that he and fiancée Nicole Johnson, a former Miss California USA, are expecting their first child.
Bolt, Eaton, Taylor: Who will win Athlete of the Year award?
Usain Bolt, Ashton Eaton and Christian Taylor are the finalists for the 2015 World Athlete of the Year award, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said on Wednesday.
10 sportsmen called to the Elysian fields early
Rediff.com lists 10 athletes who died way before time.
DISASTROUS day for Indian shuttlers at Hong Kong Open
It turned out to be a disastrous day for Indian shuttlers at the Hong Kong Open as P V Sindhu, K Srikanth and Ajay Jayaram crashed out of the $ 350,000 Super Series event in the opening round, in Hong Kong, on Wednesday.
La Liga: No security threat for Sunday's El Clasico tie
The Spanish government's top sports official has sent out a message of calm and said there is no reason for Saturday's La Liga 'El Clasico' between Real Madrid and Barcelona to be postponed following Friday's attacks in Paris.
Andre, Nani give experimental Portugal win in Luxemburg
Midfielder Andre broke the deadlock for the Euro 2016 finalists in difficult, wet conditions just after the half hour and Nani, celebrating his 29th birthday, scored direct from a free kick in the 89th minute.
WADA-accused Russian athletes to sue whistleblowers, German TV channel
Russian athletes accused of using doping by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will file a lawsuit against a fellow athlete and her husband who have become the whistleblowers on doping in Russian athletics, RIA-Sport news agency reported on Wednesday.
Door still open for Russia to compete in Rio athletics
Russia still has a shot to compete in the athletics competition at the 2016 Olympics if they can prove they are drug free, the head of a probe into the country's doping scandal said on Tuesday.
All Blacks rugby legend Jonah Lomu dead at 40
Rugby great Jonah Lomu, the game's first global superstar whose speed and power terrorised opponents, died unexpectedly at the age of 40 on Wednesday.
Euro 2016 qualifiers: Ibrahimovic double helps Sweden book berth
A stunning double from captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave Sweden a 2-2 draw away to Denmark as they qualified for Euro 2016 on Tuesday by winning 4-3 on aggregate against their Scandinavian rivals.
PHOTOS, World Cup qualifiers: Brazil crush Peru; Romania hold Italy
An inspired performance from Douglas Costa helped Brazil to a 3-0 win over Peru on Tuesday and lifted them into third place in the South American qualifying group for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
PHOTOS: England beat France on night of solidarity at Wembley
England beat France 2-0 in an emotional friendly at Wembley on Tuesday when more than 70,000 fans paid tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks with English fans roaring out a spine-tingling rendition of the visitors' national anthem.
November 17, 2015How Angela is twisting her way to the top...
Victory moved Angela Lee to 3 victories and no losses in her career, and more significantly, carved her name into the annals of history.
Paris attacks fallout: Soccer match called off; Murray plays down fears
A soccer friendly between Belgium and Spain scheduled for Brussels on Tuesday has been postponed for security reasons after the Paris attacks, the Belgian soccer federation said in a statement.
Euro 2016 qualifiers: Ireland secure berth after Walters brace
Ireland beat Bosnia 2-0 to qualify for their second successive European championship finals on Monday, progressing 3-1 on aggregate after a Jon Walters brace secured a second-leg playoff win at the Aviva Stadium.
November 16, 2015Russia will not boycott Rio Olympics over doping ban
Russia will not boycott the Rio Olympics after being suspended from the International Association of Athletics Federations over a doping scandal, RIA news agency cited Russian Olympic Committee head Alexander Zhukov as saying on Monday.
Euro 2016 qualifiers: Hungary taste victory after 30-year wait
Hungary's 30-year wait to play on the major championship stage will end in France next year after their 2-1 victory over Norway ensured that one of football's most storied nations qualified for the Euro 2016 finals.
Doping threatens Kenya's credibility at Rio Olympics: Rudisha's coach
Doping could cast a shadow over Kenya at the 2016 Rio Olympics unless the East African nation implements credible systems to root out drugs cheats, said veteran Kenya-based coach Brother Colm O'Connell.
Will Ancelotti return to the helm at Chelsea?
Carlo Ancelotti says he would like to return to England's Premier League but the Italian manager with one of the most garlanded records in world football is not interested in taking any new job this season.
FIFA scandal: Blatter, Platini facing six-year ban from football
FIFA president Sepp Blatter and his UEFA counterpart Michel Platini could face a six-year ban from football-related activities due to corruption proceedings against them.
Fed Cup PHOTOS: Pliskova is hero as Czech rally to beat Russia
The Czech Republic defended their Fed Cup title on Sunday as Karolina Pliskova became the home team's hero with a starring performance in their thrilling 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Russia.
Maradona recovering well following gastric bypass surgery
Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona underwent a gastric bypass in the western Venezuelan city of Maracaibo over the weekend and is recovering well, doctors said on Sunday.
Can Russian athletes compete under Russian Olympic flag? No, says IOC
Olympic chief Bach said on Saturday that he was sure clean Russian athletes would compete at the 2016 Games
PHOTOS: Rosberg trumps Hamilton at Brazilian GP
Nico Rosberg won the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix for the second year in a row on Sunday and denied Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton a first success in the homeland of his late hero Ayrton Senna.
November 15, 2015#PrayersforParis...Sporting world mourns
All major sporting events in the Paris region were suspended on Saturday as France mourned the victims of the attacks in the capital city the night before that left 129 people dead and 352 wounded.
China Open: Saina falls at final hurdle
India's Saina Nehwal finished runner-up at the US $700,000 China Open Super Series Premier.
November 14, 2015Brazil GP: Rosberg takes his fifth pole in a row
Nico Rosberg swept to his fifth successive pole position on Saturday with Mercedes team mate and triple Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton qualifying alongside on the Brazilian Grand Prix front row.
ISL: Gadze equaliser ensures 3rd straight draw for Dynamos
Delhi Dynamos played out their third draw on the trot at home as their Indian Super League (ISL) football match against defending champions Atletico de Kolkata ended in a 1-1 stalemate in New Delhi on Saturday.
Sports events in Paris called off in wake of attacks
A friendly international against England scheduled for Tuesday in London will go ahead as planned, the French Football Federation said.
'Blade Runner' Pistorius starts community service
South Africa's 'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius on Saturday started performing community service as part of his parole conditions after being released from prison last month, local media reported.
Russia plays down athletics ban
'What will happen? Yes, nothing will happen. Athletics will develop, the guys will train. Well, they will miss maybe one tournament'
Saina sails into China Open final
Defending champion Saina Nehwal sailed into the final of the US $700,000 China Open Super Series Premier after a 21-13, 21-18 win over local favourite Yihan Wang, at the Haixia Olympic Sports Centre, in Fuzhou, on Saturday.
Boxer Amir Khan rolls with the punches
Besides fighting Manny Pacquiao, British boxer Amir Khan wants to channel boxing talent in India and Pakistan.
This is how the world reacted to Russia's suspension
Reaction to the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) council's vote to provisionally suspend Russia from the sport for widespread, state-sponsored doping
Athletics governing body suspends Russia
Athletics governing body suspends Russia after overwhelming vote
November 13, 2015ISL: Mumbai, Pune play out stalemate in Maharashtra derby
Mumbai City FC and their state rivals FC Pune City played out a goalless draw in the Indian Super League football tournament at the D Y Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai on Friday.
Federer calls for more out-of-competition dope tests
'I'm always surprised when I walk off court after a final and I'm like 'where is anti-doping?'
ATP World Tour Finals: Bopanna-Mergea to face Byran brothers in opener
They have been drawn in Group Ashe-Smith along with John Peers/Jamie Murray and Simone Bolelli/Fabio Fognini.
Saina to meet Wang Yihan in China Open semis
Defending champion Saina Nehwal sailed into the semi-finals of the US $700,000 China Open Super Series Premier after a straight games' victory over Japan's Nozomi Okuhara, at the Haixia Olympic Sports Centre, in Fuzhou, on Friday.
Russia says ready to investigate doping allegations
Russia is ready to carry out an investigation into doping allegations against its athletes in concert with independent organisations, Interfax news agency quoted Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko as saying on Friday.
Ronaldo is a casanova and you know it!
Real Madrid and Portugal record goal-scorer, Cristiano Ronaldo, who has always been in the news for his multiple flings, has now revealed that he is cheating on a lot of women at the moment.
Doping scandal: What will Sebastian Coe do now?
Sebastian Coe chairs a meeting of world athletics on Friday to discuss suspending Russia over allegations of state sponsored doping of its athletes, a crisis that has put his leadership under the spotlight barely three months into the job.
World champ Lorenzo suffers burns during title celebration
Jorge Lorenzo's celebration of his MotoGP world title on his home island of Mallorca on Thursday was interrupted unexpectedly when the Spanish Yamaha rider suffered what appeared to be minor burns to his leg from a motorcycle.
November 12, 2015FIFA World Cup qualifiers: Finally win for India, edge Guam 1-0
India finally tasted victory after five straight losses in their 2018 football World Cup qualifying campaign as they beat Guam by a solitary goal in Bangalore on Thursday.
Pune-based DSK Shivajians to make I-League debut
All India Football Federation (AIFF) is all set to welcome a new corporate team DSK Shivajians to infuse professionalism and raise the competitiveness of Hero I-League, the premier football tournament of the country.
Five enter FIFA presidency race; Bility, Platini sidelined
FIFA has approved five candidates for its February presidential election amid the worst crisis in its history, after barring Liberia's Musa Bility on integrity grounds and leaving out UEFA chief Michel Platini while he remains under suspension.
I've put Sweden and France football on world map: Ibrahimovic
With two days to go before his country meet Denmark in the first leg of their Euro 2016 playoff at the Friends Arena, Ibrahimovic also hinted that the two games against Sweden's Scandinavian rivals could be his last for the national team.
Moscow anti-doping lab shared site with accused doctor: WADA report
WADA identified Doctor Sergei Portugalov, former deputy director of the Russian Federal Research Centre of Physical Culture and Sports (VNIIFK), as the mastermind of the scheme, advising athletes on doping, administering injections and helping cover up positive drugs tests.
Putin says Russia to probe doping allegations
President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday Russia needed to conduct its own investigation into allegations its athletes had systematically taken performance-enhancing substances and that someone needed to take personal responsibility for the problem.
WC qualifier: Mozambique, Zambia edge first legs
Mozambique's Helder Pelembe scored with a powerful strike early in the second half to secure a 1-0 home victory over Gabon and Zambia won by the same scoreline away in Sudan in the first legs of African World Cup qualifiers on Wednesday.
China Open: Saina marches on, Sindhu ousted
Defending champion Saina Nehwal was the lone Indian survivor at the $700,000 China Open Super Series Premier after P V Sindhu suffered a close defeat in the pre-quarterfinals of the women's singles competition in Fuzhou on Thursday.
F1 champion Hamilton involved in car accident in Monaco
'NO problem. Nobody was hurt, which is the most important thing'
November 11, 2015China Open: Saina, Sindhu advance; Jayaram, Srikanth exit
Indian shuttlers had a mixed day in the opening round of the China Open with Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu easing into Round II, while Kidambi Srikanth and Ajay Jayaram making early exits.
November 10, 2015ISL: Izumi helps Atletico Kolkata edge Kerala Blasters 3-2
Substitute Arata Izumi rose to the occasion and struck two late goals to lead Atletico de Kolkata to a 3-2 victory over Kerala Blasters in an exciting Indian Super League (ISL) football match in Kochi on Tuesday.
Asian Shooting Championship: Gold for India's Kusale
Swapnil Kusale shot his way to a gold in the 50m rifle 3 position event among junior men, as India added four more medals to their kitty on the penultimate day of the 13th Asian Shooting Championship in Kuwait City on Tuesday.
Top tennis stars in Amritraj's CTL commencing November 23
Martina Hingis, Flavia Pennetta, Jelena Jankovic, Thomas Johansson and other top tennis players would cross swords when the Champions Tennis League (CTL) 2015 begins on November 23.
Benzema files complaint over French sex tape probe
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema will lodge a complaint for violation of judicial confidentiality after French radio Europe 1 published extracts of phone taps that could incriminate the France international, his lawyer said on Tuesday.
WTA rankings: Venus becomes oldest woman to enter top 10
American tennis ace Venus Williams has entered the top ten of latest WTA ranking following her victory in the Zhuhai Masters in China.
Russia ready to cooperate with WADA in doping scam
The Russian Sports Ministry said on Tuesday it was open for closer cooperation with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in order to eliminate any irregularities committed by the Russian anti-doping watchdog and its accredited laboratory.
Focus back on Beckenbauer after German FA boss quits
Pressure on Franz Beckenbauer to explain payments and provide answers over a 2006 World Cup scandal grew on Tuesday, a day after the president of Germany's FA (DFB) resigned despite insisting he had done nothing wrong.
Second season of IPTL to adopt changes in format
International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) cannot be called an Indian league, its founder managing director Mahesh Bhupathi has clarified though the new competition has borrowed heavily from the cricket-based IPL, especially in the franchise business model.
Aussie Tallent demands gold medal after Russia report
The WADA report also identified "systematic failures" at the IAAF, athletics' world governing body, which has been rocked by a French judicial investigation into fraud involving its former chief Lamine Diack and other senior officials.
Aus backs call to ban Russia from Rio Olympics after bombshell report
Australia has backed a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) recommendation that Russia be banned from international athletics, including the 2016 Olympics, after a report alleged systemic state-backed cheating.
Kremlin terms doping allegations against Russian athletes 'groundless'
The Kremlin on Tuesday dismissed allegations from the World Anti-Doping Agency that Russian athletes were guilty of using banned performance-enhancing substances on a large-scale, saying the assertions were groundless.
Key points from WADA's damning report against Russian athletics
Some of the main points of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Independent Commission's (IC) report into allegations of widespread doping in Russian athletics.
WADA calls for ban on Russia for state-sponsored doping
Russia could be banned from international athletics, including the 2016 Olympic Games, after an anti-doping commission report on Monday alleged widespread corruption and collusion that added up to a state-sponsored drugs culture in a sporting superpower.
November 09, 2015I-League club Bagan to take Mallya's USL to court over unpaid dues
'USL owes us Rs 4.5 crore from November to March apart from the rest of this year. We will file a case of creditors' liquidation against USL within the next couple of days'
Russia faces ban from athletics for widespread doping offences
The scandal revolves around accusations that money was demanded from top athletes to 'bury' medical tests showing drug use
Diack faces provisional suspension from IOC's ethics commission
The International Olympic Committee's Ethics Commission recommended the provisional suspension of Lamine Diack as an honorary member of the IOC on Monday.
Pirouetting, volleying, and striking. Neymar has the Ronaldinho magic!
With sublime control, a back heel flick, a pirouette and a sweet volleyed finish, Neymar fashioned a glorious goal at the Nou Camp on Sunday to rekindle memories of Barcelona's greatest Brazilian wizards.
Doping alert! Damning revelations from WADA
A report by the World Anti-Doping Agency on Monday is set to deepen an athletics scandal that, according to one of the document's authors, eclipses even the alleged corruption at football's governing body FIFA.
November 08, 2015Fantastic feeling to get my first KO on my record: Vijender
A second straight knockout victory under his belt, star Indian boxer Vijender Singh said he is improving rapidly in the professional arena even though he still has a long way to go before realising his dream of becoming a world champion in the circuit
Asian Shooting C'ships: India lead medal standings
India jumped on top of overall medal standings at the 13th Asian Shooting Championship, adding with six more medals to their kitty on Day 6 of the competition in Kuwait City.
Shuttler Sameer Verma wins back-to-back titles in Bahrain
India's Sameer Verma bagged his second badminton title in a row by clinching the Bahrain International Challenge at Isa Town on Sunday.
India's Chiragh Kumar wins maiden Asian Tour title
Chiragh Kumar used his familiarity with the Delhi Golf Club to help him win his maiden Asian Tour title at the Panasonic Open India on Sunday.
Venus returns to top 10 after four years!
The top seed was forced to dig deep into her vast reservoirs of experience to stave off Pliskova's challenge and emerge a 7-5, 7-6(6) winner against the gutsy Czech.
We face long road to redemption, says IAAF chief Coe
World athletics president Sebastian Coe said he reacted with "shock, anger and sadness" to this week's allegations of bribery, extortion and doping cover-ups and said the sport faces a "long road to redemption".
Bopanna-Mergea qualify for ATP Tour finale
Rohan Bopanna and his doubles partner Florin Mergea qualified for the year-end ATP World Tour Finale when Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock lost the Paris Masters final, on Sunday.
Bundesliga: High-flying Bayern thrash Stuttgart, Wolfsburg lose
Champions Bayern Munich demolished VfB Stuttgart 4-0 on Saturday with all the goals coming in the first half as they increased their lead to eight points and stayed on course for a record fourth consecutive title on a day of red cards in the Bundesliga.
Serie A: Milan held by Atalanta, Bologna win at Verona
AC Milan's winning streak ended as they were held 0-0 at home by Atalanta in Serie A on Saturday while Bologna beat struggling Hellas Verona 2-0 away to move out of the relegation zone.
La Liga: Valencia slam five past high-flying Celta Vigo
Valencia's Paco Alcacer and Dani Parejo both hit doubles in a surprise 5-1 away thrashing of high-flying Celta Vigo in La Liga on Saturday.
Ligue 1: Ibrahimovic double blast inspires PSG in big win
Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck twice as Paris St Germain made up for their midweek Champions League defeat by crushing Toulouse 5-0 to stretch their Ligue 1 lead to 13 points on Saturday.
PHOTOS: Another knockout win for Vijender in pro boxing
Star Indian boxer Vijender Singh continued his sensational foray into professional boxing with a second successive knockout triumph, demolishing England's Dean Gillen in the first round itself in Dublin, on Saturday.
November 07, 2015When silence is not golden...peep into athletics latest crisis
Sebastian Coe has long been one of the most outspoken critics of doping in athletics yet the newly-elected president of the sport's governing body has remained silent this week in the face of potentially its most damning drugs scandal yet.
November 06, 2015Asian shooting C'ship: Heena Sidhu wins gold
India's Heena Sidhu made a grand return to form by winning the gold medal in the 10m air pistol women's event at the 13th Asian Shooting Championship, in Kuwait City, on Friday.
Who will win USOC honours? Serena Williams or Simone Biles
Serena Williams, Simone Biles and Ted Ligety were among the finalists for United States Olympic Committee (USOC) male and female athletes of year honours announced on Thursday.
Frenchman Llodra calls it quits
Frenchman Michael Llodra said on Thursday that he was ending his professional tennis career and would work as a consultant for Belgium ahead of this month's Davis Cup final.
West Brom boss Pulis fined for misconduct
West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has been fined 8,000 pounds ($12,176) after admitting a misconduct charge following Saturday's 3-2 home Premier League defeat by Leicester City, the FA said on Thursday.
Benzema put under formal inquiry over French sex tape scandal
French Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema was placed under formal judicial investigation on Thursday in connection with an alleged attempt to blackmail fellow French soccer international Mathieu Valbuena using a sex video.
Former IAAF chief suspected of receiving bribes
The former head of world athletics is suspected of receiving just over 1 million euros ($1.09 million) in bribes in 2011 to cover up positive doping tests of Russian athletes, the office of France's financial prosecutor said on Thursday.
Mourinho loses suspended stadium ban appeal
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has lost an appeal against the suspended one-match stadium ban and 50,000 pounds ($76,115) fine he received last month, the Football Association said on Thursday.
I'm a legend, declares Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid and Portugal record goal-scorer Cristiano Ronaldo is certain in his mind that he is the best footballer in the world.
Europa PIX: Wins for Liverpool, Spurs; Dortmund, Napoli in last 32
New Liverpool boss Juergen Klopp made it three wins from his last three matches with a 1-0 success at Rubin Kazan in Russia that left them second in Group B, two points behind Swiss club Sion on Thursday.
Paris Masters PHOTOS: Federer knocked out, Nadal survives
A long season took its toll on Roger Federer on Thursday as the Swiss was knocked out of the Paris Masters following a 7-6(3) 3-6 7-6(5) third-round defeat by big serving John Isner.
November 05, 2015Asian Shooting C'ship: India add 7 more medals to their tally
The Indian contingent added seven more medals, including five gold, to their kitty on day three of the 13th Asian Shooting Championship, in Kuwait City, on Thursday.
PHOTOS: Murray in thunderous form, sends Davis Cup warning
Andy Murray put down an early warning for the Davis Cup final when he dismantled David Goffin 6-1, 6-0 in awe-inspiring fashion to reach the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters on Thursday.
November 04, 2015Former IAAF boss Diack targeted in corruption inquiry
Lamine Diack, the former head of world athletics, has been placed under formal investigation in France on suspicion of corruption and money laundering following a complaint from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
Asian shooting championship: Jitu wins silver
Ace shooter Jitu Rai won India's first senior medal at the 13th Asian Shooting Championship, finishing second behind Korea's Park Daehun in the finals of the men's 50m pistol, in Kuwait City, on Wednesday.
FIFA reform will be limited, says head of panel proposing changes
The Swiss lawyer heading up a committee charged with reforming the structure and management of world soccer body FIFA says major changes to the organization's voting structure and imposing term limits on executive committee members will be difficult to achieve in the short term.
French football star Benzema ARRESTED in sex-tape probe
French football star Karim Benzema has been arrested on Wednesday in connection with an inquiry into an alleged attempt to blackmail fellow-France international Mathieu Valbuena, a police source said.
India captain Chhetri pleads for patience after poor WC campaign
India captain Sunil Chhetri has urged fans to be patient with the team and coach Stephen Constantine after the national team's yet another shambolic qualification campaign for the 2018 soccer World Cup.
Lorenzo cannot intervene in Rossi appeal to CAS
Championship leader Rossi wants a penalty, imposed on him after he allegedly kicked Honda's reigning champion Marc Marquez off his bike in Malaysia last Sunday, to be at least suspended so he can race on equal terms.
Mentally fatigued Nadal considered skipping World Tour finals
For all his renowned mental strength it was psychological exhaustion that made Rafael Nadal consider skipping the season-ending ATP World Tour finals this year, the 14-times grand slam champion said on Tuesday.
We have not been good enough this season: Chelsea's Terry
Blame players for slump, not Mourinho, says the Blues captain
Chelsea manager Mourinho denies player revolt within club
He also said he expected to be at Chelsea for the remainder of his four-year contract and that Chelsea would finish first or second in their Champions League group.
Paris Masters round-up: Paes-Nadal out; Djokovic, Wawrinka surge ahead
All the results from the matches played in the BNP Paribas Paris Masters on Tuesday
Champions League PHOTOS: Real, City into last 16; record for Rooney
Photos from the Champions League matches played across Europe on Tuesday
November 03, 2015ISL: Simao to the rescue as NE United snatch points from Delhi
Delhi Dynamos now have the same number of points as FC Pune City (13 points) but are placed second with an inferior goal average. NorthEast United are in seventh spot with seven points from as many matches.
Pro Wrestling League: Yogeshwar costliest Indian wrestler
Yogeshwar Dutt emerged the costliest Indian grappler in the inaugural Pro Wrestling League (PWL) auctions in New Delhi on Tuesday.
Asian Shooting C'ship: India take five medals on opening day
The Indian shooting squad began its campaign at the 13th Asian Shooting Championship on an impressive note as they bagged five medals on day one of competition in Kuwait City on Tuesday.
Prosecutors want Pistorius to be convicted of murder
The Paralympic gold medallist was freed on parole last month after serving a fifth of the prison term given to him for the "culpable homicide" of Reeva Steenkamp, who he killed on Valentine's Day 2013.
Michelle Payne makes history in Melbourne Cup
Michelle Payne became the first female jockey to win the A$6.2 million (£2.9 million) Melbourne Cup on Tuesday as she rode rank outsider Prince of Penzance to victory in Australia's richest and most prestigious race.
Captivating photos from the Indigenous World Games
Here are some of the most captivating moments from the first World Indigenous Games in Brazil.
November 02, 2015Dutchman Van Persie axed from national squad
The 32-year-old, who captained the Dutch to third place at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, has been overlooked by coach Danny Blind, who is not convinced about his form with Fenerbahce.
Qatar Classic squash: Joshna storms into quarters
Joshna Chinappa continued her impressive run to reach the quarter-finals of the $115,000 Qatar Classic squash tournament in Doha on Monday.
Former Chelsea doctor Carneiro takes legal action against Mourinho
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been a named a respondent in the legal action being brought against the club by their former team doctor Eva Carneiro for constructive dismissal, sources close to the case said on Monday.
Brazil legend Ronaldo gets ISL invite
Brazilian football legend Ronaldo could soon make his maiden visit to India.
A perfect 10 for American Biles; You dethrones defending champ
It's a wrap! Rediff.com presents a roundup of the World Gymnastics Championships, Glasgow, which were held from October 23 to November 1.
Squash Rankings: Pallikal jumps five places, Chinappa 17th
Dipika Pallikal jumped five places to be 14th while her longtime India teammate Joshana Chinappa gained three spots to be 17th in the latest Professional Squash Association (PSA) rankings.
10 BEST Sports Photos of the Week!
Rediff.com recaptures these and other exciting sporting moments from the week gone by....
November 01, 2015Federer downs old foe Nadal; wins 7th Basel title
Roger Federer got the better of old foe Rafael Nadal for the first time in more than three years to win a seventh Basel title 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 on Sunday.
5 key points that star boxer Amir Khan made during his India visit
The International Boxing Association (AIBA) could soon allow professional boxers to compete in big-ticket amateur events like the Olympics, British professional boxing star Amir Khan has revealed, saying that he would grab the chance as and when it comes along.
Rugby WC: All Blacks overwhelm Australia to win epic 3rd title
New Zealand cemented their status as the greatest team in rugby history when they overwhelmed Australia 34-17 at Twickenham on Saturday to become world champions for a record third time, and the first nation to retain the Webb Ellis Cup.
October 31, 2015EPL PHOTOS: Coutinho sizzles in Liverpool's 'special' win at Chelsea
Philippe Coutinho scored twice as Liverpool recovered from an early deficit to beat struggling Premier League champions Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and pile more pressure on Blues manager Jose Mourinho.
1st World Beach Games in San Diego!!!
San Diego will host the inaugural World Beach Games in 2017 after the general council of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) voted on Friday to back the bid of the city in Southern California.
Qatar Classic Squash: India's Joshana upsets World No 1
Joshana Chinappa registered one of the biggest upsets of the PSA World Tour season as she stunned World No 1 Raneem El Welily of Egypt in the first round of the Qatar Classic Squash Championship, in Doha, on Saturday.
I'm very lucky that my dad introduced me to gymnastics: Dipa
When Dipa Karmakar launches into her soaring vault at the world championships, chances are that none of her rivals will be aware that the foundations of the skill were built on makeshift apparatus made by stacking several crash mats on top of each other.
Bronze consolation as South Africa too strong for Argentina
South African winger Bryan Habana and flyhalf Handre Pollard fell just short in their bids for individual records despite helping the Springboks to a 24-13 win over Argentina in the bronze medal playoff at the Olympic Stadium on Friday.
October 29, 2015WTA Finals PHOTOS: Spotless Sharapova carries Radwanska into semis
Maria Sharapova made light of her long injury layoff by advancing to the last four of the WTA Finals with an unbeaten record in round robin play after the Russian breezed past Flavia Pennetta 7-5, 6-1 on Thursday, and booked a surprise passage to the semi-finals for Agnieszka Radwanska.
Indian Super League: Chhetri 'tricks' as Mumbai trounce North East
India football captain Sunil Chhetri capped a superb display with a fine hat-trick to orchestrate Mumbai City FC's 5-1 rout of North East United FC in the
Game, set, match: Has Serena found new love?
Tennis world No 1 Serena Williams's love-life is always in the news - that is when she is not doing anything spectacular on court.
Castro's leadership delights seven-goal Dortmund
"We are pleased with the win, the many chances and the 70,000-plus spectators."
FIFA's Blatter planned for Russia and US to host World Cups
'It was not an agreement, this was his proposal and of course it (then) went to the vote at the (FIFA) executive committee'
A heart-wrenching tale of forgotten athletes
What lies ahead for Korea's forgotten athletes? Take a look.
What fun! F1 champion Hamilton wrestles with Mexican culture
Lewis Hamilton still has to pinch himself to believe he is a three times Formula One world champion and a surreal afternoon in Mexico will give him further cause to question reality.
Mallya's Force India F1 team seeks advance on 2016 payments
British-based Force India, who have Mexican Sergio Perez and Germany's Nico Hulkenberg confirmed as drivers for 2016 and use Mercedes engines, contract out much of their chassis work to keep costs down.
Serie A: Another surprise defeat for Juve as Roma go top
Juventus slumped to another surprise defeat on Wednesday when the champions lost 1-0 at Sassuolo while AS Roma reclaimed top spot in Serie A with a 3-1 home victory over Udinese.
How Nadal survived Basel battle to live another day
The 29-year-old Spaniard, who needed a final-set tiebreak to fight past Lukas Rosol in the first round, produced a performance of defiant persistence to fend off the challenge of the 24-year-old Dimitrov.
League Cup PHOTOS: Rooney, Carrick fail to convert as United crash out
First win for Liverpool manager Klopp, City thrash Palace 5-1
October 28, 2015WTA Finals PHOTOS: Muguruza wins again as Kvitova opens account
Spain's Garbine Muguruza moved to the brink of the WTA Finals last four with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Angelique Kerber on Wednesday after Petra Kvitova opened her account with a 7-5, 7-5 victory over fellow Czech Lucie Safarova.
4 reasons why US women gymnasts are world beaters...
There are still more than nine months to go before the start of the Rio Games but it seems no amount of blood, sweat and tears shed by their rivals in training will be enough to topple the US women's gymnastics team from the top of the Olympic podium.
IOC bans Kuwait over government interference
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has suspended Kuwait for the second time in five years over government interference in the country's Games committee.
King's Cup: Barca and Villanovense want one-off decider
The excitement is building among fans of Spanish third-tier side Villanovense ahead of the visit of Barcelona in the King's Cup on Wednesday, but both sides would prefer the two-legged tie to be decided by a one-off match.
Brazil's most costly football stadium may not host Olympic games
Tickets for matches in Brasilia have already been on sale for months and it remains unclear how fans, many of whom may have bought flights and booked hotels, would be reimbursed
'Chelsea a tough team to referee with Mourinho in charge'
But the under fire Blues manager gets former player Frank Lampard's backing
Serie A: Ten-man Inter go top even as coach Mancini sent off
Ten-man Inter Milan replaced AS Roma atop Serie A, at least for 24 hours, after beating Bologna 1-0 away on Tuesday to end a run of four games without a win but coach Roberto Mancini, who was sent off at the end, wants more from his side.
German Cup: Dominant Bayern dump defending champions Wolfsburg
Unstoppable Bayern Munich scored three goals in the opening 34 minutes with Thomas Mueller grabbing two as they eased past holders VfL Wolfsburg 3-1 away on Tuesday and reached the German Cup third round.
Swiss Indoors: Federer makes comfortable start at home
Roger Federer bounced back to form with a quick-fire win over Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan on Tuesday as he began his bid for a seventh title at his hometown tournament in Basel.
League Cup: Chelsea knocked out in penalties; Arsenal also shown door
Chelsea's woes continued when the holders were dumped out of the Capital One (League) Cup fourth round following a shootout defeat by Stoke City on Tuesday, while Arsenal suffered a humiliating 3-0 defeat at second tier Sheffield Wednesday.
October 27, 2015'Rio will be my last Olympics'
Olympic medallist Yogeshwar Dutt said that the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will be his last appearance.
Bilbao Masters: Anand draws with Giri in opener
Defending champion Viswanathan Anand started his campaign with a draw against Dutchman Anish Giri in the first round of Bilbao Masters Final chess tournament.
Cheeky reactions to India football jersey for BRICS Cup
The Indian football team's jersey for the Under-17 BRICS Diplomatic Football Cup was unveiled last week.
2006 WC scam: Beckenbauer defends transfer of funds to FIFA
Franz Beckenbauer, who headed Germany's 2006 World Cup organising committee, said on Monday a transfer of 6.7 million euros to world football's governing body FIFA in 2005 was a mistake but rejected claims it was a return of a loan to buy votes in favour of the country's World Cup bid.
Platini's appeal against 90-day ban rejected
The first procedural appeal filed by under-fire UEFA president Michel Platini against his 90-day suspension from football-related activities has been rejected.
F1 Pit-lane tales: Ecclestone wants more races in America
Speaking at last weekend's title deciding US Grand Prix in Austin, the 84-year-old Briton told reporters he hoped to add more American venues to a series that is already set for a record 21 races next year.
Refugee athletes can compete under Olympic flag at Rio Games
A resolution, which was supported by 180 out of the 193 UN member states, calls for the Olympic Truce to be respected from seven days before the start of the August 5-21 Olympic Games until seven days after the September 7-18 Paralympic Games.
Desperate Nadal resurrects from despair to advance in Basel
Spaniard Nadal was in all sorts of trouble, trailing by a set and 5-4 and with 69th-ranked Rosol serving at 30-0, but his Czech opponent framed a basic backhand volley at 30-15 and blew his chance, Nadal going on to win 1-6, 7-5, 7-6(4).
Mourinho sanctioned again by FA, this time charged with misconduct
'Jose Mourinho has been charged with misconduct in relation to his language and/or behaviour towards the match officials in or around the dressing room area at halftime'
October 26, 2015Archery World Cup: Deepika Kumari bags silver
Deepika Kumari bagged her fourth silver medal in five years at the 'Archery World Cup Final' after going down to Korea's Choi Misun in Mexico City.
Chelsea fined 25,000 pounds and face probe for too many yellow cards
Chelsea will be fined 25,000 pounds ($38,327) and asked for their observations on three disciplinary incidents that occurred in Saturday's eventful 2-1 defeat at London rivals West Ham United.
Ko takes back No. 1 spot after nine-stroke win in Taiwan
Lydia Ko cantered to a nine-stroke victory at the LPGA Taiwan Championship on Sunday to take back the women's world number one spot from South Korean Park In-bee.
Rugby World Cup: Ashley-Cooper hat-trick sends Australia into final
Winger Adam Ashley Cooper's hat-trick of tries sent Australia into a first World Cup final since 2003 after a 29-15 victory over Argentina on Sunday secured a showdown with holders New Zealand at Twickenham next weekend.
October 25, 2015ISL: Chhetri, Piquionne score as Mumbai beat table toppers Goa
Goals in either half from Sunil Chhetri and Frederic Piquionne were enough to see Mumbai City FC record their second successive win of Indian Super League football against table toppers FC Goa, in Mumbai, on Sunday.
Archery World Cup: Verma bags historic silver
Delhi lad Abhishek Verma has bagged India's first ever 'Archery World Cup Final' medal in the compound section when he won a silver after being pipped by Turkey's Demir Elmaagcli in the summit clash in Mexico City.
He just rides to cause me some problems: Rossi
MotoGP championship leader Valentino Rossi will start the season finale in Valencia from the back of the grid after the Italian was penalised for clashing with Marc Marquez at the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday.
October 24, 2015ISL: First win for Chennaiyin FC on home turf
Bernard Mendy and John Stiven Mendoza struck on either side of the break as Chennaiyin FC recorded their first win at home this ISL season by getting the better of FC Pune City 2-1 in a fifth round match, in Chennai, on Saturday.
Red Bull had F1 talks with VW before emissions scandal
Red Bull were talking to Volkswagen about a Formula One partnership before a diesel emissions scandal seemingly scuppered plans, team boss Christian Horner said on Friday.
Hockey India lifts ban on Gurbaj Singh
Hockey India (HI) has lifted the nine-month ban on Gurbaj Singh with immediate effect in the wake of Punjab and Haryana High Court's order that termed the suspension of the senior player "illegal".
Hamilton under no extra pressure as record title beckons
'I could imagine that, for me it would be like getting to the top of Mount Everest. I mean, what do you do next?'
Hamilton a champion driver but not yet an F1 'great'
Lewis Hamilton can win his third Formula One world championship on Sunday but the Mercedes driver will have to wait a while longer before he can be truly hailed as one of the greats, according to Jackie Stewart.
It's true! Bribes given to acquire host rights for 2006 FIFA World Cup
"It is clear that there was a slush fund for the German World Cup bid," Zwanziger told Der Spiegel magazine, which first reported the allegations last week.
US F1 Grand Prix: Second practice cancelled
Thunder, lightning and torrential rain washed out second practice at the U.S. Formula One Grand Prix on Friday after Nico Rosberg went fastest for Mercedes in a largely meaningless morning session.
October 23, 2015EPL: Reds sweating over Sturridge fitness for Southampton clash
"It's not much better at the moment. With Daniel's injury we have to take it day by day, and see if he's better," Klopp told a news conference on Friday.
Halep, Sharapova drawn together at WTA Finals
Top seed Simona Halep was pooled with grand slam winners Maria Sharapova and Flavia Pennetta in a formidable looking Red Group for the end-of-season WTA Finals on Friday.
French Open Super Series: Saina loses to Ratchanok in quarters
Indian challenge ended at the $275,000 French Open Super Series badminton tournament after top seed Saina Nehwal suffered a straight game defeat to Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon in the quarter-finals in Paris.
Football is no theatre and I'm no angel on the pitch: Costa
Portrayed as a pantomime villain in some quarters, Chelsea striker Diego Costa has said he will not be changing his aggressive style of play to win new friends.
'Next FIFA boss should be outsider with good human rights record'
"A clean break from the past is essential for FIFA to climb out of the toxic pit which continues to produce serious accusations of corrupt behaviour on almost a daily basis," FIFPro said in a statement.
Will result of Sunday's Manchester derby hint at this season's winners?
'If you take a point or even lose, it's not ideal but there are still almost 30 games to go so this result won't be the deciding factor in who wins the title'
October 22, 2015Schweinsteiger to sue Chinese company over lookalike Nazi doll
Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger is taking legal action against a Chinese company that manufactured a doll bearing the midfielder's resemblance and dressed in Nazi military uniforms, a spokesman for the player said on Thursday.
ISL: FC Goa beat Kerala, go atop table
Frenchman Gregory Arnolin's 84th minute strike helped FC Goa edge past Kerala Blasters FC 2-1 in a keenly contested ISL football game and take top spot in the league table in Margao on Thursday.
French Open: Shuttler Kashyap retires in pre-quarters
In the end of the 43-minute match, Rajiv advanced to the quarter-finals with a 21-11, 13-21, 4-2 win over the Indian at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin.
Total football exponent, Dutch great Cruyff diagnosed with lung cancer
"Over the past weeks, Johan Cruyff has been undergoing medical examinations at a hospital in Barcelona. During these examinations, lung cancer has been uncovered. The examinations are still ongoing," the statement said.
UEFA open case against Man City after fans boo anthem
UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against Dynamo Kiev on Thursday over alleged racist behaviour and crowd disturbances caused by their fans during Tuesday's Champions League match at the Olympiysky Stadium against Chelsea.
Champions League: Man United draw in Moscow; City win
Anthony Martial went from villain to hero as his second-half equaliser earned Manchester United a deserved point in a 1-1 draw against CSKA Moscow in Champions League Group B on Wednesday.
Saina loses top ranking to world champion Marin
Early exits at Japan Open and Denmark Open proved costly for ace India shuttler Saina Nehwal as she lost her World No.1 crown to All England and
EPL: Manchester United prepare for Van Gaal's test against City
Manchester United and Manchester City must switch their focus from the Champions League to the Premier League when they meet at Old Trafford on Sunday in a derby that Louis van Gaal says will show whether United are true title contenders.
October 21, 2015French Open: Prannoy shocks Lin; Saina, Kashyap in second round
Indian shuttler HS Prannoy stunned reigning Olympic champion Lin Dan of China while Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap also crossed the opening hurdle to enter the second round of the USD 275,000 French Open Super Series.
Indian Super League: Chhetri scores twice as Mumbai outclass Delhi
Star striker Sunil Chhetri finally found his goal-scoring touch and scored twice as Mumbai City FC swamped Delhi Dynamos 2-0 to notch up their maiden win in four games in the Indian Super League.
Pole vault star Isinbayeva to retire after Rio Olympics
Russian star pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva said on Wednesday she plans to retire after the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, where she has her sights sets on a third Olympic gold.
Giroud thanks helping hand of destiny
"I've had a bit more luck than in recent weeks, so I'm making the most of it. For a striker, it always works in cycles and I know that. You can't start doubting yourself," Giroud told reporters after the game.
Serena to start 2016 season with Hopman Cup
Williams reached the final of the mixed team event earlier this year with American compatriot John Isner to kick off a superb season where she won the Australian and French Opens and Wimbledon to take her grand slam singles haul to 21.
Mourinho rants again, compares refereeing to Rugby World Cup game
"I cannot understand what the official behind the goal does because he doesn't make a clear decision too."
With less time for acquaintance, draw good enough for Van Gaal
Manchester United would settle for a point away to CSKA Moscow in their Champions League Group B clash on Wednesday, according to manager Louis van Gaal.
Champions League: Plucky Arsenal beat Bayern; Rakitic stars for Barca
Chelsea struck the woodwork twice but could not find a breakthrough in an entertaining 0-0 Champions League draw at Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday that left everything to play for in Group G.
October 20, 2015Indian Super League: NorthEast beat Chennaiyin in ill-tempered match
NorthEast United tasted their first win of the season with a 2-0 victory over 10-man Chennaiyin FC in an eventful Indian Super League football match that was marred by frayed tempers and violent conduct of players of both sides in Guwahati on Tuesday.
After winning debut, Vijender to face the heat against firefighter Gillen
After a knockout debut, star Indian boxer Vijender Singh will face Englishman Dean Gillen in his second professional bout and the part-time firefighter has promised to be a 'dangerous opponent' in the bout scheduled in London, on October 30.
Aguero, Benzema join Ronaldo and Messi on Ballon d'Or shortlist
Real's Cristiano Ronaldo will be going in search of his third consecutive World Player of the Year award
Barca look to 'leader' Neymar for inspiration in Messi's absence
'The system is the same and we all have to contribute a bit more but it is impossible not to feel Messi's absence'
Barca to fight UEFA fine with all legal means
Barcelona have vowed to use all legal means to fight a second fine imposed by UEFA after fans displayed pro-Catalan independence flags during September's Champions League Group E match at home to Bayer Leverkusen.
Champions League: Guardiola wary of a desperate, difficult Arsenal
"Tomorrow we don't play six points against zero. We play at 7.45, at 0-0 with 90 minutes to go," he said.
Pistorius freed on parole but will stay under house arrest
Oscar Pistorius, South Africa's 'Blade Runner', was released on parole on Monday, just short of a year into his five-year sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
EPL PHOTOS: Krikic penalty gives Stoke victory at Swansea
Former Barcelona forward Bojan Krikic earned and converted a fourth-minute penalty which sealed a scrappy encounter and left Swansea without a league win since August.
Fragile Chelsea face tough European test at Dynamo Kiev
Chelsea enjoyed a somewhat fortuitous return to winning ways when they beat Aston Villa on Saturday but their fragile self-confidence will face a far more severe test at Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League on Tuesday.
October 19, 2015German prosecutor to look into 2006 World Cup allegations
Frankfurt's state prosecutor will look into bribery allegations concerning the 2006 soccer World Cup after a magazine report suggested a slush fund had been used to buy votes for the German bid in 2000, an official said on Monday.
Ronaldo, Bayern mark record-breaking weekend in Europe
Cristiano Ronaldo finally became the highest scorer in Real Madrid's history while Bayern Munich set a record for the greatest number of successive wins at the start of a season in the Bundesliga this weekend.
Champions League: Can Arsenal upset Bayern at The Emirates?
After damaging losses to Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiakos Piraeus in their first two fixtures, the Gunners have to win to advance to the knock-out stages
EPL: Wijnaldum scores four as Newcastle hammer Norwich
Newcastle United's Dutchman Giorginio Wijnaldum scored four times as they won their first Premier League match this season at the ninth attempt by thrashing Norwich City 6-2 to climb off the bottom of the table on Sunday.
October 18, 2015ISL: Super-sub Gadze helps Delhi Dynamos edge Sachin's Kerala Blasters
Ghanaian striker Richard Gadze's late strike in the 87th minute helped Delhi Dynamos beat hosts Kerala Blasters 1-0 in the Indian Super League football tournament in Kochi on Sunday.
Macau Open: So close yet so far... for Lahiri
Big-hitting Australian Scott Hend came out top in his latest Macau Open Sunday shootout with Anirban Lahiri as he held off the Indian to win the Asian Tour title by three shots.
Denmark Open: Sindhu falls at final hurdle, loses to defending champ Li
Xuerui retained her title beating Sindhu 21-19, 21-12 in a 47-minute encounter.
Former Livepool boss Houllier denies Anelka's claims of racism
In a YouTube video post, Anelka said Houllier's comments were "of a racist nature" and he alleged that "it (was) not the first time".
Hong Kong Open: Jankovic outlasts Kerber to claim title
Jelena Jankovic made it a Serbian win double in Asia on Sunday as she fought back from a set down to beat Germany's Angelique Kerber to take the Hong Kong Open title.
'Unbelievable last lap' as Marquez snatches win in Australia
Outgoing MotoGP champion Marc Marquez snatched the lead from Jorge Lorenzo on a thrilling last lap to win a classic Australian Grand Prix.
La Liga PHOTOS: Neymar hits four; Ronaldo creates Real history
Real Madrid and Barcelona pulled two points clear in La Liga when Cristiano Ronaldo set a club scoring record in Real's 3-0 stroll against Levante and Neymar hit four as Barca beat Rayo Vallecano 5-2 on Saturday.
EPL PHOTOS: City, United in scoring spree, no goals for Klopp
Goals rained in for Manchester City and Manchester United but Juergen Klopp's first game as Liverpool manager was solid rather than spectacular as they drew 0-0 at Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.
October 17, 2015Sindhu shocks world champ Marin, in maiden Super Series final
Ace Indian shuttler P V Sindhu made it to her maiden Super Series final with a stunning upset victory over reigning world champion Carolina Marin of Spain in the Denmark Open.
Premier League: Klopp's Liverpool reign begins with draw at Spurs
Juergen Klopp's reign as Liverpool manager began with a few points made but only one gained from an exciting, end-to-end 0-0 draw against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
Bopanna-Kubot knocked out of Shanghai Masters
Bopanna and Kubot saved five of the seven chances while their rivals got broken only once, saving six other chances.
Victorious Radwanska closes on WTA Final place
Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska moved within one win of securing a place at the WTA Finals after thrashing Czech Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-1 in the semi-finals of the Tianjin Open on Saturday.
Adidas dragged into 2006 Germany World Cup votes row
Slush fund allegedly used to buy votes for the World Cup, claims report
FIFA probing Neymar's Barca transfer deal
"We can confirm that we received a claim from the club Santos concerning the player Neymar and the club FC Barcelona," FIFA said in a statement.
Denmark Open: Sindhu beats Yihan to seal semis berth
World No.13 Sindhu, who had lost to Yihan -- a 2011 World Champion and silver medallist at 2012 London Olympics - four times in the past, dished out a 21-18, 21-19 win over the sixth seed in 45-minute encounter.
October 16, 2015Pele mesmerises fans in Delhi, graces Subroto Cup final
Football legend Pele wound up his six-day visit to the country as a big crowd turned up at the Capital's Ambedkar Stadium to have a glimpse of the Brazilian three-time World Cup winner who battled physical difficulties to give the fans an experience of a lifetime.
Indian Super League: Chennaiyin ease past Mumbai City FC
Laxmi Negi/Rediff.com lists the five talking points from the Indian Super League match between Mumbai City FC and Chennaiyin FC at the DY Patil stadium
Sindhu cruises into Denmark Open quarters
India's P V Sindhu secured a straight-game win over Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu Ying to reach the quarter-finals of the Denmark Open in Odense on Friday.
Indian lifters sweep team trophies at Commonwealth C'ship
Indian lifting team ended their campaign in the 2015 Commonwealth Youth, Junior & Senior weightlifting championships on a high after emerging triumphant in as many as five categories out of six in Pune on Friday.
October 15, 2015Out-of-form Anand finishes 22nd at World Blitz C'ship
Former world champion Viswanathan Anand's bad form continued as he finished 22nd in the World Blitz Chess championship, which concluded in Berlin on Thursday.
Sultan of Johor Cup: Harmanpreet stars in India's 2-1 win over Malaysia
Harmanpreet Singh struck twice as India edged past hosts Malaysia 2-1 in their fourth league match of the 5th Sultan of Johor Cup, Junior Hockey tournament in Johor Bahru on Thursday.
ISL: Goa FC rally to beat NorthEast United 3-1
Goa FC recovered from an early blow to beat NorthEast United FC 3-1 in a third round Indian Super League (ISL) encounter at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, in Guwahati on Thursday.
Saina's shock loss marks bad day for Indian shuttlers at Denmark Open
On an extremely bad for India at the Denmark Open, top seed Saina Nehwal suffered a shock second round defeat while Kidambi Srikanth also failed to clear the second round in men's singles of the $650,000 Super Series Premier event, in Odense on Thursday.
Oscar Pistorius to be released on parole and placed under house arrest
The department of correctional services said in a statement on Thursday that the Olympic and Paralympic track star would be placed under house arrest from Tuesday.
Shanghai Masters: Djokovic cruises but Murray, Nadal struggle
Novak Djokovic sauntered past Spaniard Feliciano Lopez to reach the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters on Thursday but Andy Murray had to claw past big-serving American John Isner after losing a first-set tiebreaker.
Van Persie's headers bookend dramatic Dutch rise and fall
When Netherlands striker Robin van Persie put away a spectacular diving header against world champions Spain on a balmy afternoon at last year's World Cup it set them on the way to a 5-1 win and the promise of glory.
Manchester City post first annual profit since 2008 takeover
Manchester City, who were sanctioned last year for breaching UEFA's Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules, have posted an annual profit for the first time since the club was bought by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed in 2008.
Pele gets warm reception in New Delhi
Brazilian football legend Pele was greeted to a warm reception in New Delhi on Wednesday, with around 100-odd enthusiastic fans and officials turning up to receive him at the airport in his first visit in the Capital.
October 14, 2015ISL: Robin strikes as Dynamos beat FC Pune City 2-1
This was Dynamos' second win in three outings, while Pune suffered their first defeat at home at the Balewadi Stadium.
FA hands Mourinho suspended ban, fine for ref comments
Mourinho admitted the misconduct charge following his comments after Chelsea's 3-1 home defeat by Southampton on October 3.
Boxer Shiva loses Olympic quota box-off, settles for bronze
A bronze medal in his kitty, Indian boxer Shiva Thapa could not add the Olympic quota place to it despite a valiant effort in a hard-fought box-off of the World Championships in Doha on Wednesday.
Shanghai Masters: Djokovic saunters through, Nadal toils for win
Djokovic dropped only three games against Klizan.
Johor Cup hockey: India junior men team Argentina 3-2
India's junior men's hockey team came back strongly in the ongoing 5th Sultan of Johor Cup as they defeated Argentina 3-2 in the third league match in Johor Bahru on Wednesday.
Hope to come back again, says Pele as he leaves Kolkata
"I want to thank god for giving me the opportunity to travel this distance, for only the second trip of my life to India."
Denmark Open: Saina overcomes Busanan challenge to advance
World No. 1 Saina Nehwal survived a scare before prevailing over Thailand's Busanan Ongbumrungphan in the opening round of the Denmark Open Super Series Premier badminton tournament on Wednesday.
Ex-NBA star found unresponsive at brothel
Former NBA star Lamar Odom was hospitalized on Tuesday after he was found unresponsive at a Nevada brothel, law enforcement officials said.
US Open squash: Dipika progresses, Joshna loses
India's Dipika Pallikal returned to top form after two forgettable tournaments as she notched up one of the best wins of her career.
'Don't delay FIFA elections'
FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan has warned that delaying the Feb. 26 elections would further harm the credibility of world soccer's crisis-hit governing body.
Another foul-mouthed outburst from Nick Kyrgios
Australian wild thing Nick Kyrgios edged a step closer to a possible ATP ban when he was fined for a verbal outburst in his first round match at the Shanghai Masters.
WC qualifiers: Uruguay, Ecuador set pace, Argentina get first point
Argentina remain winless in South American qualifying for the 2018 World Cup after struggling to a 0-0 in Paraguay on Tuesday, while Uruguay and Ecuador both made it two wins from two games to top the group.
Dutch disaster! Fail to qualify for Euro 2016
The Netherlands failed to reach the European Championship for the first time since 1984 as they lost 3-2 at home to the 10-man Czech Republic in their final qualifier on Tuesday to miss out on Euro 2016.
What happens when fans streak on the pitch...
Rediff.com brings you a selection of images of fans taking to the field of play to make a point or gain attention.
October 13, 2015Indian Super League: Atletico de Kolkata beat Kerala to go top
Inspired by the presence of Brazilian great Pele, defending champions Atletico de Kolkata climbed to the top of the table with a 2-1 win over last year's runners-up Kerala Blasters in their first home match of the Indian Super League.
He did? No he didn't!
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has dismissed as wide of the mark reports that he sprayed Russian President Vladimir Putin with the winner's champagne after Sunday's grand prix in Sochi.
Can Bolt crack 19 seconds in 200 metres? Tell Us!
Usain Bolt has already started his preparations for next year's Rio Games and has sent a warning to his competitors.
Euro Roundup: Ruthless England complete perfect 10
England became only the sixth team to end a European qualifying campaign with a 100 percent record when they beat Lithuania 3-0 in their final Group E match on Monday.
Euro qualifiers: Zlatan strikes again as Sweden head for playoffs
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his eighth goal in eight Euro 2016 qualifiers as Sweden beat Moldova 2-0 in Stockholm.
Caption this: Is Pele 'Didi' ka diwana?
Post your tongue-in-cheek captions in the message board below.
October 12, 2015In my team I would love to have both Messi and Ronaldo: Pele
Football legend Pele has termed Argentine forward Lionel Messi as the "best in last 10 years", but also spoke highly of his fellow Brazilian Neymar and Portugal's Ronaldo.
10 BEST Sports Photos of the Week!
Rediff.com recaptures these and other exciting sporting moments from the week gone by....
Force India's Perez hails 'special day' after Russian GP podium
Mexican Sergio Perez said he was on the up after finishing third in Sunday's Russian Grand Prix to hand Force India only the third podium finish in the team's Formula One history.
This is how Albanians celebrate reaching first major football finals...
Albania qualified for Euro 2016, their first ever major tournament, when a 3-0 away win over Armenia clinched second place in Group 'I' above Denmark on Sunday sparking wild celebrations across the country.
Just who is Robert Lewandowski?
Poland's star striker Robert Lewandowski scored the winner to secure Poland a place at Euro 2016 with a 2-1 victory in Warsaw on Sunday.
Kenya's Chumba wins slow Chicago Marathon
Kenyan Dickson Chumba pulled away from compatriot Sammy Kitwara and comfortably won a slow Chicago Marathon in a sweep for the African nation on Sunday.
Euro Qualifiers: Germany, Romania, Poland join 2016 party
World champions Germany and perennial also-rans Albania do not share much in common in football but both were united in joy on Sunday when they qualified for Euro 2016 in France along with Romania and Poland.
October 11, 2015ISL: Chennaiyin's Mendoza tricks to sink FC Goa
Stiven Mendoza scored the first hat-trick of the tournament as Chennaiyin FC thrashed FC Goa 4-0 in a third round match of Indian Super League football in Margao on Sunday.
Anand falters in World Rapid chess, Gujrathi on song
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand squandered away a good start and could just end Day 1 on a fifty percent score after the end of the fifth round of World rapid chess championship in Berlin.
Djokovic tames Nadal to become king of Beijing
The Serbian showed no mercy against the Spaniard as he cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 victory at the National Tennis Centre to claim the China Open title
Junior hockey: India thrash Pakistan 5-1 in Sultan of Johor Cup
The Indian boys dominated the entire match as they registered an easy win in their opening match.
India's Jayaram defends title to win Dutch Open
Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram notched up a superb straight-game win over Estonia's Raul Must in the finals to defend his men's singles title at the Dutch Open Grand Prix in Almere, The Netherlands on Sunday.
Russian GP PIX: Hamilton closes in on F1 title; Force India on podium
Lewis Hamilton won a dramatic Russian Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday to take a huge step towards his third world championship after Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg retired with throttle failure.
Hockey Test: India hold NZ to 1-1 draw, win series 2-1
After a goalless opening two quarters, Nick Ross broke the deadlock for New Zealand in the 41st minute. But the hosts' joy was short lived as India equalised two minutes later through a field goal from SV Sunil (43rd).
President's Cup golf: Sleepless nights await Lahiri after missed putt
Lahiri was the first Indian to ever qualify for the President's Cup and had been thoroughly looking forward to representing the International Team.
Euro qualifiers: Wales lose but make finals with Belgium and Italy
The Dutch, who have not missed a Euro finals since 1984, kept their playoff chances alive with a 2-1 win in Kazakhstan
Muguruza clinches women's China Open, climbs to 4th in rankings
Spain's Garbine Muguruza, one of the rising stars of women's tennis, beat Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky to win the China Open on Sunday, her biggest title to date.
Pele returns to rousing welcome in Kolkata
Frenzied scenes were witnessed at the airport this morning when Pele landed in the Kolkata after 38 years as the 74-year-old Brazilian turned emotional and stood on the floor of his SUV to wave at the crowd, who kept chanting his name.
Wawrinka wins Japan Open, takes career title count to 11
Switzerland's French Open champion Stan Wawrinka captured his fourth title this year when he beat his good friend Benoit Paire 6-2, 6-4 in the final of the Japan Open on Sunday.
Dani Pedrosa wins Japanese MotoGP, Rossi extends title lead
Spain's Dani Pedrosa claimed the 50th Grand Prix win of his career on Sunday, taking victory in the Japanese MotoGP as runner-up Valentino Rossi extended his lead in the championship standings.
Mexico clinch CONCACAF Cup with 3-2 win over United States
Mexico won a pulsating CONCACAF Cup playoff match against the United States 3-2 in extra time at the iconic Rose Bowl Stadium on Saturday to book their place in the next Confederations Cup.
October 10, 2015Lip smacking China Open final! Nadal to meet Djokovic
World No 1 Novak Djokovic swept aside opponent David Ferrer of Spain in straight sets to set up China Open summit clash against third-seed Rafael Nadal.
What a debut! Vijender KOs opponent in pro boxing
Star Indian boxer Vijender Singh made a smashing professional debut by knocking out Britain's Sonny Whiting in the middleweight category ruthlessly demolishing the man, who promised to put him through hell at the Manchester Arena, on Saturday.
ISL: Kerala Blasters, Mumbai City FC share points after a goalless draw
Hosts Kerala Blasters managed to hold Mumbai City FC ended in a goalless draw in an Indian Super League football tournament encounter that never rose to dizzy heights.
Incredible Sania-Hingis conquer Beijing too!
Extending their unbeaten record, India's Sania Mirza and Switzerland's Martina Hingis lifted their eighth trophy of the season and fourth in a row, winning the WTA China Open.
Boxing World Championships: Shiva assured of medal, eyes Olympic berth next
Shiva Thapa became only the third Indian boxer ever to assure himself of a World Championships medal besides inching closer to an Olympic berth as he advanced to the semifinals with a dominating victory, in Doha, on Saturday.
Russian GP: Rosberg again denies Hamilton his 50th pole
Nico Rosberg seized pole position for the Russian Formula One Grand Prix on Saturday with world champion Lewis Hamilton joining his team mate on the front row in a perfect qualifying for Mercedes.
MotoGP: Lorenzo takes pole in dramatic qualifying in Japan
San Marino rider Alex de Angelis was airlifted to hospital after a heavy crash during final practice at the Japanese MotoGP on Saturday before a dramatic qualifying session saw Jorge Lorenzo grab pole from title rival Valentino Rossi.
Hamilton ever grateful to McLaren's Ron Dennis
The 30-year-old, who could clinch his third world title within a matter of weeks, told British reporters at the Russian Grand Prix that he would always owe an immense debt to his former McLaren boss Ron Dennis.
Japan Open: Paire upsets Nishikori, faces Wawrinka in final
Paire won his first ATP Tour title on the clay at Bastad in July and will go in search of his second against French Open champion Wawrinka, who served strongly in taking out Gilles Muller of Luxembourg.
Platini could still fight polls for FIFA president's job. Here's how...
England's Football Association, which has supported Platini's candidature, said on Friday it was among a number of other groups who had called for a FIFA crisis meeting where the election would be discussed.
Presidents Cup returning to Melbourne in 2019
Melbourne will host the 2019 edition of the Presidents Cup, as well as next year's World Cup of Golf, PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem announced on Saturday.
Hockey Test: India edge past Kiwis 3-2
The Indian men's hockey team secured a 3-2 win over New Zealand in a nail-biting third game to take an unassailable 2-1 lead in four-Test series at Christchurch on Friday.
City's Aguero out for a month after picking up injury in WC qualifier
Striker Sergio Aguero, injured during Argentina's shock 2-0 home defeat by Ecuador in a World Cup qualifier, said on Friday he would be out for a month.
Barcelona stand by Messi in tax fraud case
Barcelona have given their full backing to Lionel Messi in the Argentina forward's tax fraud case and vowed to fight "external decisions" they say are unfairly targeting the club.
PHOTOS: Spain, Switzerland seal Euro 2016 berth with emphatic wins
Photos from the Euro 2016 qualifying matches played across Europe on Saturday
October 09, 2015Djokovic and Nadal through to China Open semi-finals
Novak Djokovic extended his winning streak at the China Open to 27 matches with a 6-2, 6-2 demolition over big-serving American John Isner on Friday.
Indian Super League: Pune edge past NorthEast by a solitary goal
FC Pune City maintained a clean sheet by recording their second consecutive win with a solitary goal victory over NorthEast United in an Indian Super League football match on Friday.
Will Klopp keep his promise at Anfield?
Liverpool's new manager Juergen Klopp promised to bring 'full throttle' football with a 'big heart' to Anfield in his first comments since the German was unveiled as the Merseyside's club new manager on Thursday night.
Dutch Open: Jayaram, Guru reach quarter-finals
Defending champion Ajay Jayaram and Commonwealth bronze-medallist RMV Gurusaidutt reached the men's singles quarterfinals of the $ 50,000 Dutch Open Grand Prix, in Almere.
China Open: Djokovic extends hot streak; Muguruza's memorable 22nd birthday
Novak Djokovic kept his juggernaut rolling at the China Open by improving to 26-0 with a 6-2, 6-1 win over local hope Zhang Ze on Thursday.
20 AMAZING facts you didn't know about soccer legend Pele
As Pele readies to awaken the 'sleeping giant of football' with his presence, Rediff.com lists some lesser known facts from the legend's life. Read on and be amazed...
PIX: Irish fans savour memorable night
Northern Ireland reached their first major tournament in 30 years and their neighbours south of the border beat world champions Germany to take a big step towards joining them at Euro 2016 in a memorable night for Irish football on Thursday.
No Messi, no Neymar in WC qualifiers: Giants Brazil, Argentina lose
Argentina and Brazil both lost their opening World Cup qualifiers on Thursday as the South American campaign for Russia 2018 started in unexpected fashion.
Euro Qualifiers: Ireland stun Germany; Portugal seal spot
Ireland stunned world champions Germany 1-0 thanks to Shane Long's 70th-minute strike on Thursday to throw Euro 2016 qualifying Group D game.
It's official! Liverpool appoint fiery Klopp as manager
Liverpool named former Borussia Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp as manager on Thursday with the club posting photos of him signing his contract on their official Twitter account.
October 08, 2015Lahiri rues poor start at Presidents Cup as US dominate Day 1
Anirban Lahiri is savouring the 'extremely special' experience of being the first golfer from India to play at the Presidents Cup but admits he and playing partner Thongchai Jaidee did not do themselves justice on Thursday.
Meet the men in line for the job of FIFA interim boss
Will it be Cameroon's Issa Hayatou or Spain's Angel Maria Villar?
How much will it cost tax payers to host an Olympics?
Holding the 2024 Olympics in Hamburg would cost taxpayers a projected 7.4 billion euros ($8.4 billion) with a total overall budget for the world's biggest multi-sports event estimated at 11.2 billion, the candidate city's mayor said on Thursday.
Kuwait threatened with FIFA ban for government interference
Kuwait, home to influential sports power broker Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, has been threatened with a ban by FIFA because of government interference in the running of the local football association.
Mourinho gives me confidence; he is best man for Chelsea: Fabregas
Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has joined captain John Terry in backing manager Jose Mourinho after the Blues' abysmal start to their Premier League title defence.
'Getting an Olympic medal in athletics is my one-point agenda'
'We keep climbing one step and slipping three. In 2004, our relay team was 7th in the world. Then we slipped from there. Otherwise, today our 4x400 metres relay team would have been gearing for a medal at the Rio Games.'
'Sania Mirza is an inspiration but singles are the real deal'
The franchise-based Champions Tennis League, which will begin its second season next month, will help end India's search for quality singles players, its promoter and former Davis Cupper Vijay Amritraj said.
Dutch Open: Shuttlers Jayaram, Guru, Thulasi advance
Defending champion Ajay Jayaram and Commonwealth bronze medallist RMV Gurusaidutt advanced to the pre-quarterfinals of the Dutch Open Grand Prix after notching up srRound.
US charges Honduran football club chief with laundering drug money
The president of a top Honduras football club and two family members were charged by US authorities on Wednesday with engineering a decade-long scheme to launder drug trafficking and foreign bribery proceeds through US accounts.
Champions League: Dinamo player probed for failed drug test
Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Arijan Ademi failed a drug test after their Champions League match against Arsenal last month and is under investigation by UEFA, the club said on Wednesday.
India thrash Kiwis 3-1 to level Hockey Test series
The Indian men's hockey produced a much-improved performance on Wednesday as they defeated New Zealand in the second match to level the four-Test series 1-1 in Nelson, New Zealand.
Sania-Hingis advance to China Open semis
Eyeing their eight title of the season, Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her doubles partner Swiss Martina Hingis entered the semi-finals of the China Open in Beijing on Thursday.
Ethics body suspends Blatter, Platini from world football
The committee also handed out a 90-day suspension to FIFA Secretary-General Jerome Valcke, who had already been put on leave by the football body, and banned former FIFA Vice-President Chung Mong-joon for six years and fined him 100,000 Swiss francs (£67,021).
October 07, 2015ISL: FC Goa rally to hold Atletico de Kolkata
FC Goa fought back from a goal down to hold defending champions Atletico de Kolkata 1-1 in their second round match of the Indian Super League at the Nehru stadium, in Fatorda, Goa, on Wednesday.
Fiery Klopp due to land in Anfield on Thursday
Former Borussia Dortmund manager Juergen Klopp is expected at Anfield on Thursday as the German edges closer to becoming Brendan Rodgers' successor at Liverpool.
7 reasons why Juergen Klopp is perfect for Liverpool
Juergen Klopp could not find a more fitting club to take his successful coaching career to the next level. Take a look why...
'I will fight, for myself, for FIFA'
Outgoing FIFA President Sepp Blatter said a Swiss criminal investigation against him was 'not correct' and defended his decision not to step down sooner as head of the world soccer body, according to a German magazine.
Check out who will be missing out on Euro qualifiers
England defender John Stones has been ruled out of their final two Euro 2016 qualifiers through injury, the FA said in a statement.
China Open: Nadal, Djokovic breeze into second round
Spain's Rafael Nadal defeated local boy Di Wu in straight sets to reach the second round of the China Open on Tuesday.
Snubbed by BCCI, Srinivasan is 2nd most influential man in Asian Sport
A definitive guide to the movers and shakers who sit at the helm of the Asian sports boom.
HOTTEST Sporting Buzz: Serena flaunts her killer curves!
Tennis star Serena Williams recently shared a photograph, showing off her killer curves in a beachwear.
Three parties interested in buying Formula One, says boss
Formula One could have new owners by the end of the year with three parties currently interested, the sport's commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone said on Tuesday.
October 06, 2015Indian Super League: Kerala Blasters thrash NorthEast United
Their super star co-owner Sachin Tendulkar cheering them from the stands, Kerala Blasters FC got their campaign off to a rollicking start, recording a
Vijender 'in shape' for pro debut
The transition from amateur to professional hasn't been easy, but star Indian boxer Vijender Singh cannot wait for the beginning of a new life when he makes his pro debut on October 10 against Englishman Sonny Whiting.
Giggs would be managing United now if he retired at 35: Ferguson
Ferguson, who makes the comments in the documentary 'Sir Alex Ferguson: Secrets of Success', to be screened on BBC One on October 31, also defends David Moyes' ill-fated appointment as his successor.
Former Dortmund manager Klopp to sign three-year deal with Liverpool?
Klopp is understood to be open to the idea of a move, the reports said, adding that talks between Liverpool and his representatives were progressing well.
Berdych wins rain-delayed Shenzhen Open
Held over because of heavy rain that drenched parts of southern China over the weekend, Berdych maintained his composure through another frustrating weather interruption to win in straight sets.
'Disappointed' Rodgers leaves Liverpool with 'memorable moments'
'The current squad is one in transition, but they have some real talent and are showing a strong sense of togetherness'
More misery for Chelsea boss Mourinho
He has been charged by the FA for remarks against match-officials
Honed in Barca school of football, Josue ready to wow India
As Kerala Blasters kick-off their ISL campaign against NorthEast United FC in their opener in Kochi on Tuesday, October 6, Spaniard Josue Currais-Preito is looking forward to wow Indian crowds with his technical acumen.
ISL: Sanli's brace takes Pune City past Mumbai
Tuncay Sanli scored twice to guide Pune City FC to a 3-1 victory over Mumbai City FC in their opening game of the Indian Super League season 2 in Pune on Monday.
October 05, 2015Don't see why Indian athletes can't achieve success at world stage: Coe
On his first official visit to a member country after assuming office in August, world athletics chief Sebastian Coe urged India to promote track and field at the school level if it wants to excel on the international stage.
Malaysia sanctioned for crowd trouble at World Cup qualifier
Malaysia have been issued with a formal warning and a raft of other sanctions from soccer's world governing body FIFA after their World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia last month was abandoned because of crowd trouble.
'FIFA chief Blatter to quit in February, to publish memoir'
'I know he wants to quit, and he will do it'
Wenger quiets doubters as he celebrates anniversary at Arsenal
'It gives a strong answer to all the questions that were raised during the week'
PIX: Ibra's PSG record, Bayern's big win decorate Euro weekend
All the latest football news from around Europe.
Amid crisis, Terry backs Mourinho as 'best man for Chelsea'
Chelsea captain John Terry has said the players remain behind manager Jose Mourinho and need to rediscover the hunger of old to improve on a dreadful start to their Premier League title defence.
Ronaldo made to wait for record as Atletico's Vietto does rescue act
Vietto slotted the ball home with seven minutes to go after Karim Benzema had given visitors Real the lead early on.
'It is not difficult for me to play with quality players like Anelka'
Having missed out in the first season of the ISL, young Brendon Fernandes tells Laxmi Negi/Rediff.com he is determined to prove his worth with MumbaI City FC in Season-2.
October 04, 2015Liverpool sack Brendan Rodgers
Liverpool's 1-1 draw at Everton could not save manager Brendan Rodgers from the sack.
ISL: FC Goa off to winning start; beat Delhi Dynamos 2-0
FC Goa started their Indian Super League (ISL) football campaign on a convincing note after dispatching Delhi Dynamos 2-0 at the Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, in Goa, on Sunday.
EPL PHOTOS: 2 goals in 7 minutes! Arsenal crush United
Arsenal scored twice in the opening seven minutes and ended the match as a contest with a third in the 19th as they crushed Manchester United 3-0 to move above them into second place in the Premier League at the Emirates on Sunday.
Advocaat quits as Sunderland manager
Dick Advocaat has stepped down as manager of Premier League Sunderland after less than seven months in the job, the club said in a statement on Sunday.
Malaysian Open: Ferrer beats Lopez to win title
David Ferrer beat his fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 7-5, 7-5 in the final of the Malaysian Open on Sunday to capture the 25th title of his career and his fourth this year.
ISL Opening Ceremony: Aishwarya, Alia steal the show
Bollywood stars' Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Alia Bhatt's breathtaking moves mesmerised the spectators during a short opening ceremony to kick off the second season of Indian Super League (ISL), in Chennai, on Saturday
5 Reasons why Barca's coach is a worried man...
Barca, with Lionel Messi absent through injury, hit the woodwork on four occasions but luck was not on their side as they lost their second consecutive away game following their 4-1 defeat by Celta Vigo.
No way I will resign but Chelsea can sack me, says Mourinho
With as much bravado as he could muster, a grim-faced Jose Mourinho said he would not walk out of Chelsea despite his champions suffering their fourth defeat in eight Premier League matches and languishing 16th in the table.
You're not special any more...
If, as former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson once said, a week is a long time in politics, four and a half months in football clearly represents an eternity.
October 03, 2015Aguero hits five as Man City crush Newcastle to go top
Sergio Aguero scored five times in 20 minutes including an eight-minute hat-trick as Manchester City came from behind to thrash Newcastle United 6-1 and go back to the top of the Premier League table on Saturday.
ISL: Postiga's brace guides Kolkata to thrilling win over Chennaiyin
Portuguese striker Helder Postiga scored twice as defending champions Atletico de Kolkata (ATK) started their campaign on a winning note beating Chennaiyin FC 3-2 of the cash-rich Hero Indian Super League (ISL) in Chennai.
Platini called French sports ministry to insist he's clean
UEFA president Michel Platini, freshly embroiled in the FIFA scandal over a 1.8-million euro payment he received from president Sepp Blatter, called the French sports ministry to insist he had done nothing wrong.
India beat second-string New Zealand
Riding on forward SK Uthappa's twin strike, the Indian men's hockey team posted yet another win against New Zealand 'A' in the second game of the Kiwi tour, in Auckland, on Saturday.
Venus Williams wins Wuhan Open title
Venus Williams captured her 47th WTA career title on Saturday, and her biggest in five years, when she won the Wuhan Open in China, beating Wimbledon runner-up Garbine Muguruza.
Meet Real Madrid's all-time leading goalscorer...
Real Madrid paid homage to Cristiano Ronaldo as their outright leading scorer on Friday even though the official statistics show he has yet to overhaul former Spain striker Raul.
Here's why Neymar will be missing from Brazil qualifiers
Brazil's appeal against Neymar missing their first two South American 2018 World Cup qualifiers this month has been turned down, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Friday.
Aishwarya, Rehman to perform at ISL 2 opening ceremony
As the country gears up for two-month long football extravaganza, second edition of the Hero Indian Super League, a colourful ceremony will flag off the first match between the defending champions, Atletico de Kolkata and the home team Chennaiyin FC, at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, in Chennai, on Saturday.
Wuhan Open: Sensational Sania and Hingis lift women's doubles title
Is this the worst period of Mourinho's career? Tell us!
Jose Mourinho says he is going through the worst period of his managerial career.
Major sponsors call for FIFA's Blatter to resign
Major football sponsors on Friday issued coordinated calls for the immediate resignation of FIFA president Sepp Blatter in the most significant move by companies supporting the sport since a bribery and corruption scandal erupted at world football's governing body last May.
October 02, 2015Muguruza to meet Venus in Wuhan final
Former world number one Venus Williams salvaged a small bit of family pride when she fought back from a set down to see off Italy's Roberto Vinci 5-7, 6-2, 7-6(4)and reach the final of the Wuhan Open on Friday.
PHOTOS: Nadal and Djokovic go sightseeing in Bangkok
Tennis titans Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic met with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha on Friday and visited the site of a deadly Bangkok bomb blast.
Chennaiyin FC eyeing home advantage against ATK in ISL opener
Defending champions Atletico de Kolkata (ATK) will kick off their Indian Super League campaign against a formidable Chennaiyin FC coached by World Cup champion Marco Materazzi on Saturday.
Tracing Indian golfing ace Lahiri's phenomenal rise
The first Indian to compete at the prestigious Presidents Cup in Korea next week, Anirban Lahiri on how he realised his dreams which got ignited only last year.
Shocking! Special athletes ill-treated!
In yet another case of apathy towards athletes, members of the Indian team bound for the Asia Pacific Deaf Games (APDG) were forced to sleep on pavements in their wait for visa ahead of the competition beginning in Taoyuan, Chinese Taipei on Saturday.
Dunhill Links Championship: Disappointing start for Indian trio
It was a very disappointing start for the Indian trio of Shiv Kapur, Jeev Milkha Singh and SSP Chowrasia at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland.
Here's what threatens the Singapore World Cup meet...
The thick haze that has blanketed parts of Southeast Asia is threatening to disrupt this weekend's World Cup swimming meet in Singapore, with officials considering cancelling the two-day event if the air quality worsens further.
Eight players of Iran's women's football team are 'MEN'!!!
Eight players of Iran's women's national football team are apparently men
Wuhan Open: Sania-Hingis storm into doubles final
The Indo-Swiss duo of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis reached the final of Wuhan Open tennis tournament and is eyeing their seventh title together.
'Mourinho should have apologised...'
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho should have apologised to former team doctor Eva Carneiro for his criticism of her, Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has said.
Europa League: Super-sub El Shaarawy makes a point for Monaco against Spurs
Stephan El Shaarawy took a small step towards refuelling his career at Monaco when the AC Milan loanee came off the bench to rescue a late 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur in the Europa League's second round of group matches on Thursday.
Hodgson uncertain of Rooney's England future
England coach Roy Hodgson can give Wayne Rooney 'no guarantees' that he will always pick him for the national team and said the current crop of forwards he has to choose from is the best he has seen during his tenure.
October 01, 2015Mascherano to appear in court on tax fraud charges
Barcelona's Argentina international Javier Mascherano has been ordered to appear in court on October 29 to answer charges of two counts of defrauding the Spanish tax authorities of a total of more than 1.5 million euros ($1.67 million).
Venus ends Briton's run, Muguruza powers on in China
Grand Slam finalists Garbine Muguruza and Roberta Vinci stormed into the last four of the Wuhan Open in China on Thursday while Venus Williams ended the giant-killing run of Briton Johanna Konta.
FA allows Mourinho to go scot-free over spat with team doctor
"After receiving the report from the expert, The FA is satisfied that the words used do not constitute discriminatory language under FA Rules," the FA said in a statement.
Serena pulls out of WTA finals citing injury issues
'I've played injured most of the year -- whether it was my elbow, my knee, or in the finals moments after a certain match in Flushing, my heart'
NASCAR champ Stewart to retire after 2016 season
Tony Stewart, one of auto racing's biggest names, announced on Wednesday he would retire from NASCAR driving after the 2016 season, saying: "Deep down you know when it's time to do something different."
McLaren's Button quashes retirement rumours, set to race in 2016
Button said he was confident the team would overcome its "current difficulties" to achieve great successes in the future.
Miami police drop charges against Tomic
Tomic's lawyer told Australian Associated Press that prosecutors had dropped the case over inconsistencies in reports lodged by hotel security and police.
Goalie Sreejesh gets confidence lift after training under Staniforth
The Indian men's hockey team has started their training session in Auckland for the upcoming series, which commences on October 2. The series is in preparation for the Hero Hockey World League Final 2015.
How 'mythical and legendary' Ronaldo scripted history
'What he has done in half as many matches as Raul is incredible'
Champions League PIX: A special night of records and own-goals!
Ronaldo equals Raul Real Madrid record while Morata emulates Del Piero after scoring in five consecutive matches
Champions League PHOTOS: Manchester clubs record hard-fought victories
Photos from the Champions League matches played on Wednesday.
September 30, 2015'People don't come to see a game where the teams play for a tie'
They may have had a poor outing in the inaugural season of the Indian Super League, but ask Delhi Dynamos' manager-cum-player and he would tell you that he is here to win the trophy for the team.
Heena shoots gold as India finish off on a high
Former World No. 1 Heena Sidhu sizzled on the final day as she clinched the gold medal in the women's 10m air pistol to cap off India's campaign at the 8th Asian Air Gun Championship on a winning note in New Delhi, on Wednesday.
PHOTOS: Face frames of the 'Special One'
But Mourinho grabbed the attention of photographers on the sideline as his frustration at his team's showing forced a range facial expressions that would give 'Mr Bean' serious competition.
As ban ends... Sarita says she's now 'a better, thinking boxer'
As the one-year ban for the tearful outburst at the Asian Games ends on Thursday, former World champion Laishram Sarita Devi says the forced sabbatical proved a blessing in disguise and helped her become a thinking boxer and calmer person.
Blatter still wants to be in office!
Sepp Blatter has not ruled out trying to stay on as FIFA's president beyond February's scheduled election, despite facing a criminal investigation and a possible internal ethics probe.
Fifa staff will not be used for Blatter's defense
FIFA President Sepp Blatter has agreed with the organization's lawyers that he will not use official FIFA platforms or personnel to issue statements in his defense in response to an investigation by Swiss prosecutors, two sources close to the matter said.
'Two ridiculous mistakes' that cost Chelsea the game
Jose Mourinho lamented Chelsea's defending from set-pieces but was otherwise satisfied with his team's display after they suffered a fifth defeat of the season on Tuesday, 2-1 at Porto in the Champions League.
At last! Official behind the goal takes centre stage
Ever since they were introduced by UEFA in 2012, fans all over Europe have been asking the same question: what does the official behind the goal do?
Champions League PHOTOS: Porto sink Chelsea; Arsenal lose again
Jose Mourinho suffered a nightmare homecoming as Porto, the club he led to the Champions League title in 2004, inflicted a 2-1 defeat on his woefully out-of-sorts Chelsea side in Group G on Tuesday.
Champions League PIX: Sergi, Suarez rescue Barca; Bayern thrash Dinamo
Two late goals in two minutes from Sergi Roberto and Luis Suarez gave European champions Barcelona a dramatic 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League on Tuesday.
September 29, 2015Gurpreet, Rai stunned by Iran's Safari at Asian Air Gun Championship
Iran's Sepehr Boroujeni Safari emerged as the surprise gold medal winner ahead of the Indian fancied duo of Gurpreet Singh and Jitu Rai, who settled for silver and bronze respectively in the men's 10m air pistol event at the 8th Asian Air Gun Championship in New Delhi, on Tuesday.
Sauber, Force India lodge complaints against Formula One
Second-tier Formula One teams Sauber and Force India lodged official complaints with the EU's competition regulator, alleging that the sport's governing body mismanages prize money.
Former FIFA vice-president Warner gets life ban
"He was found to have committed many and various acts of misconduct continuously and repeatedly during his time as an official in different high-ranking and influential positions at FIFA and CONCACAF"
EPL PHOTOS: Lively Lukaku sparks Everton comeback at West Brom
Everton now go to up to fifth in the table with 12 points from seven games
When football ref pulled a GUN on the pitch!
A lower-league match in Brazil turned bizarre when a referee pulled out a gun and pointed it towards players after tempers boiled over.
Can Pune FC stint enhance Romanian Mutu's chances for national recall?
'He has told me that if I continue playing football even after ISL, then he will consider me for the European Championship next year'
Rooney reveals he's a poet, his 'transfer request' and more...
England captain Wayne Rooney has opened up about his clashes with Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, how having children calmed him down and why he should not have gone to the 2006 World Cup for a new BBC television film.
Meet Manchester United's next big player!
Having set one record as football's most expensive teenager, Manchester United's recent signing Anthony Martial has another one in sight.
'Vettel needs lottery winners' luck to win F1 championship'
'The chance is there -- and what kind of racing driver would I be if I stopped believing?'
Sharapova not bogged down by latest injury
Maria Sharapova's return from injury after an almost three-month break was cut short on Monday after the world number three suffered an arm injury at the Wuhan Open in China.
'I know what you're going to ask,' Mourinho snaps at reporter
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho refused to be drawn on Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas, a player he had a strained relationship with during their time together at Real Madrid.
Mourinho complains again! Says there is a 'witch-hunt' against Costa
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho complained about a 'witch-hunt' by the footballing authorities against Diego Costa ahead of Tuesday's Champions League Group G match at Porto.
Champions League Preview: Shoestring Swedes hope to upset mighty Madrid
When Swedish champions Malmo take on mighty Real Madrid on Wednesday they do so knowing they would probably have to sell their entire squad just to be able to afford a single player from the bench of the Spanish giants.
Extreme sports star dies in skydiving accident
Extreme sports performer Erik Roner died in a skydiving accident near Lake Tahoe, California, on Monday after he struck a tree, authorities said.
Champions League: United banking on 'Martial arts' against Wolves
Wounded VfL Wolfsburg, who drew 1-1 with Hanover 96 on Saturday after being crushed 5-1 by Bayern Munich last week, will meet Manchester United in Wednesday's Champions League game.
10 Reasons why Michel Platini is sidelined
Favourite to win February's FIFA presidential election until the end of last week, Michel Platini is suddenly facing the same doubts and criticism which he has himself cast upon incumbent Sepp Blatter.
September 28, 2015Asian Air Gun Championship: Ayonika shoots bronze
India's Ayonika Paul wobbled a bit towards the end but still managed to bag the bronze medal at the 8th Asian Air Gun Championship in New Delhi on Monday.
How Messi's injury hurts but also motivates this player...
Lionel Messi's injury is a painful blow for Barcelona but is also a motivation for the rest of the squad, midfielder Ivan Rakitic said before the holders host Bayer Leverkusen in Champions League Group E on Tuesday.
Ronaldo on celluloid: watch the trailer...
The trailer of the documentary film, titled Ronaldo, which was released by the man himself on his Twitter page, captures moments of his on-field brilliance and provides an in-depth look into the person beyond the footballer.
Hazard's excellence put pressure on Schurrle at Chelsea
The Wolfsburg winger reckons he didn't enjoy Jose Mourinho's trust during his stay at Stamford Bridge
Squash 'devastated' by Tokyo Olympics snub
The head of the World Squash Federation (WSF) said he was devastated for the sport's millions of followers after squash was again overlooked for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
5 sports recommended for inclusion at 2020 Tokyo Games
Organisers of the Tokyo Olympics have recommended five more sports -- baseball/softball, karate, skateboard, sports climbing and surfing -- be added to the programme for the 2020 Summer Games.
10 BEST Sports Photos of the Week!
Rediff.com takes you in flashback as we rewind the best from the sporting world in the week gone by.
Under-fire Rodgers alleges conspiracy even as he gets team backing
'I am talking about people outside of here. I think it is pretty clear. Sometimes we haven't lost games and the hysteria around it is pretty clear. There is maybe something else going on from behind'
Sensational Spieth caps season with $11.48 million double win
Jordan Spieth capped a brilliant season in sensational style as he scored a four-stroke victory at the Tour Championship on Sunday that also won him the FedExCup playoffs title for an $11.48 million pay day.
Lauda ponders the mystery of the vanishing Mercedes
Niki Lauda pondered the mystery of the disappearing Mercedes on Sunday after Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg finished one-two in the Japanese Grand Prix but barely featured in television coverage.
September 27, 2015Raonic ends title drought with St. Petersburg triumph
Canada's Milos Raonic boosted his chances of qualifying for the lucrative ATP World Tour Finals after capturing his first title of the season with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win over Portugal's Joao Sousa in the final of the St. Petersburg Open on Sunday.
Dominant Advani crushes Gilchrist to claim 14th World title
India's most successful cueist Pankaj Advani won the IBSF World Billiards Championship after a dominating performance against Singapore's Peter Gilchrist in the final to claim his 14th World title.
September 26, 2015FIFA has been "decimated" by scandals, says Prince Ali
FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan said that soccer's governing body has been "decimated" by the recent wave of scandals and that he has heard from "many member associations" in the last 24 hours.
EPL: Rooney on target as Man United replace Man City at top
Manchester United replaced Manchester City as Premier League leaders with Wayne Rooney ending an 11-match run without a league goal in his side's comfortable 3-0 win over Sunderland at Old Trafford on Saturday.
United's Shaw out for at least six months, says Van Gaal
Manchester United defender Luke Shaw is expected to be sidelined for at least six months after breaking his right leg in two places, manager Louis van Gaal said on Friday.
Button hits back at Lauda comments
Jenson Button hit back at Niki Lauda on Saturday after the Austrian Formula One great suggested the driver had told him he wanted to stay at McLaren next year and any uncertainty was about money.
Wozniacki through to Tokyo semis, Ivanovic beaten
Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki battled back after a mid-match slump to beat Angelique Kerber of Germany on Friday and book a place in the semi-finals of the Pan Pacific Open.
September 25, 2015Beckham agrees with Ferguson, admits he wasn't a 'world class' player
Former England footballer David Beckham has admitted that he was not a 'world-class' player following his omission from Sir Alex Ferguson 's list of top players he had worked with.
Swiss investigate Blatter for criminal mismanagement of FIFA
Swiss prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into Sepp Blatter, the head of world soccer body FIFA, on suspicion of criminal mismanagement and misappropriation, the Swiss attorney general's office said on Friday.
Van Gaal tries to play down hype over Martial
Having set one record as football's most expensive teenager, recent signing Anthony Martial has another one in sight when Manchester United play at home to struggling Sunderland at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Chelsea's Costa sending wrong message, says Pele
The behaviour of Chelsea's Diego Costa against Arsenal last weekend was bad for football's image and sent the wrong message to children, Pele has said on the eve of an art exhibition in London to celebrate his 75th birthday.
Rodgers admits his future as Liverpool manager is in doubt
Brendan Rodgers has admitted that his job is on the line, but has pledged to keep working towards improving Liverpool's results whether he stays on as manager for "one day more, one month, another year, or whatever".
September 24, 2015Teary-eyed Mary Kom alleges regional bias in selection
Olympic bronze medallist MC Mary Kom on Thursday broke down and accused the Indian selectors of regional bias during boxing selection and trails.
PHOTOS: FC Goa ready for ISL 2
"The team has gelled well as a team and we are looking forward to do well this time. I have seen that the team players are disciplined, physically strong and most importantly they are eager and ready to learn more about football.
How tyres are allocated to F1 teams... without bias
In a statement explaining how the tyres are marked at their Turkish factory with embedded and traceable bar codes that cannot be swapped, Pirelli said their process was designed to be tamper-proof and random.
What it takes to be a pro boxer? Hear it from Vijender
'It is gruelling but I am enjoying the grind. My body hasn't felt better'
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
Pressure is something that Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says comes with the territory, but after a dismal run, the odds on him becoming the season's first managerial casualty are swiftly shortening.
Find out how Lotus F1 team was locked out of hospitality...
The troubled Lotus Formula One team were locked out of their paddock hospitality at the Japanese Grand Prix on Thursday while freight, including engines, was also held up by payment problems.
Davis Cup: India gets bye in 1st round
Being the top seeds, the Indian Davis Cup team received a bye for the first round of the Asia/Oeceania Group I 2016 competition.
Have you met the 'Golden Bolt'?
A fleet-footed Japan's 105-year-old raced into the Guinness World Records book on Wednesday.
Topsy Turvy day for champion clubs! Find out here...
Celta Vigo thrashed Barcelona 4-1 on Wednesday with Iago Aspas hitting a double.
Who needs $10 million? He just wants the trophy!
Rory McIlroy, whose season was interrupted by injury, said he just wants to get back to winning and does not care about the $10 million bonus that could come with victory at the Tour Championship.
League Cup: Liverpool survive scare; easy evening for Chelsea
Liverpool flirted with what would have been an embarrassing low in their poor start to the season as they were taken to penalties by fourth tier Carlisle United, but came through to reach the League Cup fourth round on Wednesday.
September 23, 2015US Open champ Pennetta to play for Mumbai in CTL
Flavia Pennetta, Italy's newly-crowned US Open women's singles champion, will represent Mumbai Masters in this year's Champions Tennis League along with 1996 Wimbledon men's champion Richard Krajicek of the Netherlands following the players' draft, in Mumbai, on Wednesday. The second edition of the Champions Tennis League, the brainchild of former India Davis Cup captain Vijay Amritraj, will be played from November 23 to December 6, an increase of four days from last year's ten-day duration, announced Amritraj at a media conference after the players' draft.
Higuain axed by Argentina, Dybala gets first call-up
Higuain had a disappointing Copa America tournament in July, scoring two goals during the competition and missing his spot kick as Argentina lost on penalties to Chile in the final.
Chelsea doctor leaves after Jose Mourinho row
Doctor Eva Carneiro has left Premier League champions Chelsea in the wake of last month's public spat with manager Jose Mourinho, according to several media reports on Tuesday.
Baseball legend Yogi Berra dies aged 90
He played almost his entire 19-year baseball career for the New York Yankees.
Defensive crisis for Van Gaal as Rojo, McNair injured
Manchester United defenders Marcos Rojo and Paddy McNair suffered injuries against Southampton and will miss Wednesday's third-round League Cup clash against Ipswich Town at Old Trafford, manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed.
Roundup: Balotelli, Ibrahimovic get in the groove
Paris St Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his first Ligue 1 goal this season before missing a penalty as they beat En Avant Guingamp 3-0 to extend their lead to four points on Tuesday.
Costa guilty! Arsenal defender Gabriel's ban overturned
Arsenal defender Gabriel has had his claim of wrongful dismissal in the feisty local derby against Chelsea upheld by the FA, but Chelsea's Diego Costa has been banned for three matches with immediate effect.
FC Goa coach Zico says FIFA elections outdated, lack legitimacy
FIFA presidential candidate Zico believes that the rules for electing the head of soccer's governing body are unfair, outdated and subject voting federations to outside pressure.
League Cup PHOTOS: Stylish City down Sunderland, Villa win
Manchester City produced a blistering first-half performance to win 4-1 at Sunderland in the League Cup third round on Tuesday, inflicting more misery on Dick Advocaat's struggling side.
Bayern's Lewandowski scores 5 goals in 9 minutes!
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski netted the Bundesliga's fastest hat-trick on his way to a sensational five-goal haul as a halftime substitute in their 5-1 demolition of VfL Wolfsburg on Tuesday.
ISL's costliest buy ready for first taste of the action
Having missed out on lucrative offers in the inaugural edition after his I-League club, Bengaluru FC, refused to release their players for the tournament, Indian football ace Sunil Chhetri is raring to go in the second second season which kicks-off on October 3.
September 22, 2015Singer Noah is 100 per cent France's Davis Cup captain for now
Yannick Noah is looking to restore old-fashioned values to the French Davis Cup team as he embarks on his third stint as captain.
Pistorius appeal date set, state wants murder conviction
Oscar Pistorius should have been convicted of murder for killing his girlfriend, South African state prosecutors will argue at an appeal hearing set for Nov. 3, the supreme court of appeal said on Tuesday.
Wawrinka to defend Chennai Open 2016 crown
Two-time Grand Slam champion Stanislas Wawrinka will be back in Chennai to defend his title at the Aircel Chennai Open 2016, India and South Asia's Premier ATP World Tour tennis event, scheduled to be held at Chennai's SDAT Stadium from January 4 to 10.
Injury phase made me hungry to get back on court: Jayaram
More than a year after recovering from a shoulder injury, Ajay Jayaram earned a final appearance at the Korea Open last week and the Indian shuttler said it was a big moment for him after enduring a challenging seven-month layoff.
Former F1 champ and McLaren's British driver Button set to retire?
Media reports suggested the McLaren driver, whose wife is Japanese, was likely to announce at this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix that he would be leaving Formula One at the end of the year.
REVEALED! Ferguson wanted Pep as successor
Alex Ferguson has revealed that David Moyes, the man chosen as his managerial successor at Manchester United, was sixth on a list of ideal replacements headed by Pep Guardiola and four others, who were all 'unavailable' at the time.
He hasn't lost his touch!
Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard is convinced he has not lost his magic touch that was on full display last season and is taking confidence from his goal against Arsenal as he seeks to rediscover the same form this campaign.
Why are Arsenal fans boycotting this coffee brand?
Champions Chelsea beat 9-man Arsenal 2-0 in a heated match at Stamford Bridge last week but a coffee brand had to bear the brunt of angry Arsenal supporters.
Murray is dedicated to Davis Cup and how!
Andy Murray's dedication to the Davis Cup has proved invaluable to the British team, but it may also rob the ATP Tour Finals of one of it's biggest draws this year.
Soccer Updates! Costa, Gabriel charged after Stamford Bridge battle
Chelsea striker Diego Costa and Arsenal's Gabriel Paulista have both been charged by the Football Association after incidents in Saturday's bad-tempered Premier League derby at Stamford Bridge.
PHOTOS: Women paragliders soar through Kabul's skies
Group of young Afghans take to the skies of a capital where military helicopters and surveillance balloons are a far more familiar sight.
'Go and play tennis if you do not like my combative style'
Back in Italy after a four-year absence, Felipe Melo has quickly made his mark on Serie A and told those who do not like his combative style to 'go and play tennis'.
September 21, 201510 Best Sports PHOTOS of the Week!
Rediff.com gives you a glimpse of the best sporting action from the week gone by.
Hamilton pursuit of Senna mark ends in frustration
'It's still a long way to go and I know I lost some points today but I was fast and on form and I will make sure I bring that out to Suzuka to fight back'
When Ferrari's Vettel got the fright of his life...
A lone intruder set pulses racing at the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday when he walked on to the circuit midway through the Formula One race.
Bizarre! Men will have to sacrifice pay for women: FFA boss
Improving pay and conditions for Australia's disgruntled women's team would require the country's top male players to give up a portion of their incomes, the country's FA boss David Gallop said on Monday.
La Liga PHOTOS: Messi strikes as Barca sweep aside Levante
Lionel Messi scored one penalty and missed another as his double helped Barcelona sweep Levante aside in the second half in a 4-1 victory on Sunday to maintain their perfect La Liga start.
Davis Cup Roundup: Federer helps Swiss win
Roger Federer guided Switzerland to victory in their Davis Cup World Group playoff tie against the Netherlands with an easy 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 victory over Thiemo de Bakker on Sunday.
A very special EPL weekend for Norwich's Martin. Find out why...
Few footballers can have had such a rewarding weekend as Norwich City captain Russell Martin, who rushed home from Liverpool to attend the birth of his son before flying back in time to score the equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Anfield.
September 20, 2015Teenager Martial scores twice as United go second
French teenager Anthony Martial, having scored as a substitute on his Premier League debut in Manchester United's last game, added two more goals to earn his team a 3-2 win at Southampton on Sunday.
Hulkenberg pays penalty for Singapore slam
Force India's Nico Hulkenberg had a Singapore Grand Prix to forget on Sunday when the German crashed out after 12 laps following a collision with Felipe Massa's Williams and was immediately given a grid penalty for the next race.
Vettel claims victory in Singapore Grand Prix
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel won an incident-packed Singapore Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday after world champion Lewis Hamilton retired early for the first time this season and an intruder set heart rates fluttering when he strolled on to the track.
We lost the tie yesterday, admits Amritraj
India's non-playing captain Anand Amritraj said that the doubles team's "shock" defeat on day two resulted in the hosts ultimately losing the Davis Cup World Group Play-off tie against Czech Republic.
Why Carlos Tevez wants to apologise to defender Ezequiel Ham
Carlos Tevez scored twice for Boca Juniors on Saturday but the main talking point from their 3-1 win over Argentinos Juniors in a stormy Argentine league game was his studs-up challenge that left defender Ezequiel Ham with a broken ankle.
Davis Cup: Britain's Murray brothers win tense doubles against Australia
Brothers Jamie and Andy Murray claimed a tense four-hour doubles rubber against Australian pair Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Groth on Saturday to put Britain 2-1 up and on the verge of a first Davis Cup final since 1978.
Davis Cup: Yuki loses; Czech Republic seal world group spot
A profligate Yuki Bhambri missed chances galore in a tame defeat against world number 40 Jiri Vesley as India lost the Davis Cup World Group Play-off tie against top seeds Czech Republic 1-3.
Korea Open: Jayaram's dream run ends in final
A fairytale ending eluded him as Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram's rampaging run was brought to a halt by defending champion and World No 1 Chen Long of China in the final of the $ 600,000 Korea Open Super Series event, in Seoul, on Sunday.
PHOTOS: A contrasting day in EPL
Chelsea ended their slump with a win over Arsenal while seemingly invincible Manchester City lost their 100 per cent record to West Ham United on a day of contrasting fortunes for the Premier League title favourites on Saturday.
Club footballers want stability, not more transfers
'More than 95 percent of the players are happy with their contract and happy with their club; they want the kids to go to school, they have a normal life; so I don't think that will happen'
Maroon 5 enthrall F1 fans in Singapore
Rediff.com brings you pictures from that live-wire concert held late on Saturday...
September 19, 2015La Liga: Misfiring Real beat Granada after Benzema header
The Frenchman nodded home an Isco cross after 55 minutes against a well-organised Granada side that attacked with pace.
Bundesliga: Bayern go top after Vidal and teenager Coman strike
In other matches, VfL Wolfsburg edged past Hertha Berlin 2-0; promoted Ingolstadt snatched a last-gasp 1-0 win at Werder Bremen
UP Govt promises to construct football stadium in Lucknow
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav announced that a football stadium of international standard will be constructed in Lucknow for which a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) would be signed soon.
Virat, Sania have some healthy advice for young sportspersons...
Kohli said people should also understand the sacrifices made by the sportspersons in their career and should not criticise them during their failures.
Wenger, Mourinho in war of words after ill-tempered match
'I think it's unacceptable what he does to Koscielny. He pushes him down, he hits him in the face. I do not understand Mike Dean's decision at all. Why does Diego Costa stay on the pitch and Gabriel is sent off?'
After shock loss, Paes praises 'excellent' Czech youngster Adam
Leander Paes was, on Saturday, gracious in defeat and conceded that Czech player Adam Pavlasek played "phenomenal" tennis in the Davis Cup doubles game in New Delhi.
Ferrari's Vettel takes pole in Singapore, ends Mercedes' reign
Vettel came out on top, giving Ferrari their first pole position since 2012 with a masterful lap around the floodlit Singaporean track.
Liverpool's Henderson out for two months with broken foot
Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson is facing up to two months on the sidelines after breaking a bone in his foot during a training session, British media reported on Saturday.
EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea beat Arsenal in scrappy London derby
Kurt Zouma and Eden Hazard scored the goals the goals in a match that saw Diego Costa play central character.
Paes reckons belief in the partnership can win India Olympic medal
'The belief in each other is what is going to get us the medal'
Pistorius's parole review hearing postponed
The delay was because the board had been unable to finalise all its cases on Friday, when it had been due to meet to decide if Pistorius should be freed on parole or serve a longer period in jail, local television station 'ENCA' reported.
Korea Open: Jayaram shocks world No 7 to reach final
Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram continued his rampaging run at the Korea Open notching up a sensational straight-game upset victory over world No 7 Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei to storm into the finals of the $ 600,000 Super Series event, in Seoul, on Saturday.
Davis Cup: Paes, Bopanna lose; Czech Republic take 2-1 lead
Leander Paes, partnering Rohan Bopanna, suffered a rare doubles defeat in the Davis Cup as Radek Stepanek and Adam Pavlasek gave Czech Republic a 2-1 lead over India in the World Group play-off tie, in New Delhi, on Saturday.
Davis Cup Roundup: Nadal wins on return to national duty
Rafael Nadal returned to Davis Cup action for the first time in two years on Friday with his victory putting Spain ahead in a Group One relegation playoff against Denmark.
Tiger Woods is done for 2015
Tiger Woods has back surgery, out for rest of 2015.
World Cup chess: Sethuraman crashes out
Indian Grandmaster S P Sethuraman crashed out of the World Cup of chess after a draw with Azerbaijani superstar Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in the second game of the third round in Baku.
September 18, 2015One of the best serving days of my career, says Somdev
Having fired 20 aces in his straight-set victory over the Czech Republic's number one, Jiri Vesley, in the Davis Cup World Group play-off tie in Delhi on Friday, Somdev Devvarman declared it was one of the best serving days of his career.
Clement sacked as France Davis Cup captain
Davis Cup captain Arnaud Clement has been sacked following France's quarter-final defeat against Britain, the French federation (FFT) said on Friday.
Korea Open: Jayaram stuns Sasaki to enter semis
Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram notched up a stunning three-game victory over higher-ranked Japanese Sho Sasaki to reach the men's singles semifinals of the Korea Open Super Series badminton tournament, in Seoul, on Friday.
PHOTOS: Somdev draws India level after Rosol gives Czechs lead
Somdev Devverman kept India's hopes alive in the Davis Cup World Group play-off tie with a 7-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic, in Delhi, on Friday.
Soccer Shorts: 'Shaw set for second operation on Friday'
Manchester United's Luke Shaw is set to undergo a second operation on Friday after breaking his right leg in two places in Tuesday's 2-1 loss to PSV Eindhoven, according to British media reports.
PHOTOS: Shah Rukh beats Saina Nehwal in badminton!
With a badminton racquet in hand and a song on mind, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh met Indian ace badminton player Saina Nehwal on the sets of his upcoming film Dilwale.
Fresh blow for FIFA! Suspends No 2 official
World football body FIFA put Jerome Valcke, its second-ranking official, on leave on Thursday just hours after an ex-footballer raised allegations he was involved in a plan to resell 2014 World Cup tickets for a lucrative profit.
World Cup chess: Sethuraman loses to Mamedyarov
Indian Grandmaster S P Sethuraman went down to higher ranked Shakhriayar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan in the first game of the third round of World Cup of Chess now underway in Baku.
Europa League: Napoli thrash Bruges, Dortmund win again
Napoli began their Europa League group stage campaign in scintillating fashion.
Murray pledges to make every ace count for refugees
Andy Murray has pledged 50 pounds ($77.59) to children's charity UNICEF for every ace he hits for the rest of the year after being moved by television images of refugees fleeing to Europe.
Is Beckham's 16-year marriage on the rocks?
Victoria Beckham has reportedly undergone laser treatment to get her tattoo dedicated to the football legend husband, David Beckham, removed.
September 17, 2015Soccer Updates! Bale sidelined by calf muscle injury
Real Madrid midfielder Gareth Bale damaged a calf muscle in his left leg during Tuesday's 4-0 Champions League Group A victory at home to Shakhtar Donetsk, tests confirmed on Thursday.
Korea Open: Jayaram lone Indian survivor
Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram emerged as the lone survivor at the Korea Open after he defeated Hong Kong's Wong Wing Ki Vincent to reach the quarterfinals of the men's singles event even as P V Sindhu bowed out of the Super Series tournament, in Seoul, on Thursday.
HIL auction: Germany's Fuerste wins highest bid; poor return for Sardar
India captain Sardar Singh fetched a poor return of US $58,000 while Germany's Moritz Fuerste drew the highest ever bid in the history of the Hockey India League auction, bought by Kalinga Lancers for a whopping US $1,05,000 in Delhi on Thursday.
Davis Cup play-off: Yuki meets Rosol in opening singles
Yuki Bhambri, the country's No 1 singles player, will open India's Davis Cup campaign when he takes on world No 85 Lukas Rosol in the first singles of the World Group play-off match against the Czech Republic, in Delhi, on Friday. The second singles will be played between Somdev Devvarman and Czech No 1 Jiri Vesley.
Iranian women's football captain banned... by husband!
The Iranian woman's football captain, Niloufar Ardalan, will miss the Asian Cup tournament as her husband has confiscated her passport in a domestic quarrel.
How Britain rose from Davis Cup lightweights to title contenders!
Britain's rise from embarrassing Davis Cup lightweights to title contenders has been nothing short of spectacular and they will begin slight favourites to reach a first final in 37 years against Australia on Friday.
Why Mourinho doesn't want City, United, Arsenal to lose in Champions League...
Jose Mourinho was delighted that Chelsea made a winning start to their Champions League campaign on Wednesday, but said he was not happy that Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal had all lost their opening matches.
'I believe that a young one should come and take me out of my job'
India's Davis Cup legend Leander Paes made it clear that he opted to play World Team Tennis during India's last tie against New Zealand in order to give youngsters a chance to prepare for the bigger battles ahead of them.
Champions League PHOTOS: Bayern see off Olympiakos; Roma hold Barca
Two goals from Thomas Mueller and one from substitute Mario Goetze helped Bayern Munich kick off their Champions League campaign with an impressive 3-0 victory over Olympiakos.
Manpreet shatters national record, qualifies for Rio Olympics
Shot putter Manpreet Kaur smashed an 18-year-old national record to win gold and qualify for next year's Olympics as Railways dominated the show on the opening day of the 55th National Open Athletics Championships in Kolkata.
September 16, 2015First Look: Saina presents her racquet to PM Modi
World No 1 shuttler Saina Nehwal presented the racquet with which she won a silver medal at the Badminton World Championships to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as an advanced birthday present, on Wednesday.
Bopanna confident India can beat mighty Czechs
It's an acid test against the Czech Republic in the World Group Play-off tie, but Rohan Bopanna is confident India's Davis Cup team can tame the world number one three-time champions.
Hangzhou to host 2022 Asian Games
The capital of China's Zhejiang province, Hangzhou, was the sole bidder to stage the 19th edition of Asia's biggest multi-sports event.
Hamilton 'pushing for hat-trick' with Senna's record in sight
'I watched Senna as a child and it would be an honour to match him. Now I'm just one win away but I hope to do even better'
Kashyap crashes out in first round of Korea Open
Top Indian shuttler P V Sindhu started her campaign at the US$ 600,000 Korea Open with a hard-fought win over Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon, but it was curtains for Parupalli Kashyap in men's singles event at the Super Series tournament in Seoul, on Wednesday.
World Cup chess: Sethuraman knocks out Harikrishna
Grandmaster and National champion S P Sethuraman clicked when it mattered and defeated world number 21 and compatriot P Harikrishna to enter the third round of World Cup of chess in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Good chance for Chelsea to pull out of slump
Out-of-sorts Chelsea have a golden opportunity to restore battered self-confidence when they face Maccabi Tel Aviv in their opening Champions League Group G match.
Champions League PHOTOS: Manchester clubs go down; Record for Ronaldo
Photos from the Champions League matches played across Europe on Tuesday
September 15, 2015Barcelona begin title defence against apprehensive Roma
AS Roma supporters may be looking ahead to Barcelona's Champions League visit with some trepidation and coach Rudi Garcia certainly does not seem to be bursting with optimism.
Liverpool inks deal with Baseline, to launch coaching programmes
Baseline, a sports marketing, entertainment and licensing start-up company, has facilitated Liverpool Football Club to launch of the Club's first full-time coaching programme in the United Arab Emirates.
I don't pay attention to what a few people have to say: Sania
She has always found her stupendous success on court go hand-in-hand with controversies off it and that is precisely the reason why Sania Mirza is hardly bothered about what a few people have to say about her.
Finally, TOP boost for badminton stars Jwala-Ashwini for Rio Olympics!
After much dilly-dallying, the Sports Ministry has included Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa in the 'Target Olympic Podium Scheme' (TOP) scheme, putting an end to the controversy surrounding the doubles duo's complaint of bias against the Ministry and chief national coach Pullela Gopichand.
Djokovic in his prime and threatening record books
The 28-year-old Serb's initial slow accumulation of major silverware after his breakthrough at the 2008 Australian Open has accelerated to such an extent that talk of him surpassing the likes of Bjorn Borg, Rafael Nadal and even Roger Federer is no longer fanciful.
'America's Christ on a bicycle' Armstrong's disgrace revisited in film
The Program documents the dark side of professional cycling, which still struggles to shake off suspicions of cheating amid a culture of loyalty to a team's star
Boxing India stands suspended, sets AGM for October 3
The chairman of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) ad-hoc committee Kishan Narsi has reiterated in an e-mail communication that Boxing India stands provisionally suspended after the derecognised national body in a notification had scheduled its Annual General Meeting in Guwahati on October 3.
PSV to play fearless football against favourites Manchester United
The Dutch club are returning to the group phase of the competition for the first time in seven years.
United's Depay returns to PSV, will celebrate if he nets
But the 21-year-old is leaving sentiment behind in his new job with United, whose opening Group B game is at the Philips Stadium, and has no intention in following the trend of not celebrating scoring goals against former clubs.
How Hollywood star Butler inspired Djokovic to US Open triumph
Novak Djokovic summoned some cinematic inspiration to help him conquer grand slam king Roger Federer and silence the roaring supporters of the Swiss at Sunday's US Open men's final.
EPL PHOTOS: Hammer Payet's double sees Newcastle slide to bottom
Dimitri Payet struck a brace for the Hammers against a tired Newcastle, whose players had to trudge the last mile to West Ham United's stadium after their team coach became stuck in London's rush-hour traffic before Monday's Premier League fixture.
September 14, 2015'I don't think Rafa Benitez liked me as a person, not sure why'
Rafael Benitez was the best tactical manager Steven Gerrard ever played under but the former Liverpool captain said he felt the Spaniard did not like him as a person, according to an extract from his autobiography being serialized in the Daily Mail.
Brilliant Ko relieved to get major monkey off her back
That a golfer could be under pressure to win a major at the age of 18 has been one of the LPGA Tour's more absurd talking points this season, so Lydia Ko was naturally delighted to torpedo the debate with her victory at the Evian Championship.
Champions League: In-form City target ailing Juventus
Manchester City embark on a fifth Champions League campaign buoyant after a perfect start to their domestic season but still searching for the secret formula against Europe's top brass.
Indian golfer Lahiri fights back to finish sixth on Web.com debut
Ace Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri fought back well from an early stumble in the final round of the Hotel Fitness Championships and ended tied-6th in the first of the four-event Web.com Final series.
India youngsters bag bronze in Archery World Cup
The Indian trio of Sarvesh Pareek, Sandeep Kumar and Isaiah Rajender Sanam, who were seeded sixth, beat a higher ranked Venezuela 231-222 in a one-sided bronze playoff.
Champions League: Dutch links add familiar flavour to United visit
An air of familiarity will pervade the Champions League return of PSV Eindhoven and Manchester United when they open their Group B campaign in the Netherlands on Tuesday.
Djokovic plays pantomime villain in US Open final to cap great season
'As a father and a husband, experiencing a different variety of things in my life, it's a completely different approach to tennis today. I feel more fulfilled. I feel more complete as a player today than I was in 2011. Physically stronger, mentally more experienced and tougher as well'
Personal glory for Real hero Ronaldo as big teams fall across Europe
Manchester City made it five wins out of five in the Premier League and Cristiano Ronaldo scored five goals for Real Madrid but Chelsea and Juventus continued to struggle at the weekend as the Champions League looms.
Age-defying Federer shrugs off retirement talk on 'tough night'
Unlike the women's US Open final there was no centre court retirement announcement on Sunday with Roger Federer putting aside the disappointment of losing to Novak Djokovic in the men's final to tell fans he will be back.
Yuki wins Shanghai Challenger title
Yuki Bhambri geared up for India's Davis Cup tie against Czech Republic by annexing his first Challenger level singles title of the season as he defeated local favourite Di Wu in the final of the $50,000 tournament, in Shanghai on Sunday.
In PHOTOS: Djokovic's rise ten years since Grand Slam debut
A summary of Novak Djokovic's rise in the tennis circuit in photos.
La Liga: Bilbao end dismal start with win over Getafe
Striker Aduriz opened the scoring in the sixth minute at the San Mames with a trademark header before midfielder Garcia, who joined from Atletico Madrid last month, nodded in a second in the 24th minute.
Djokovic overpowers Federer to win US Open crown
World No 1 Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 to win the US Open title at the Flushing Meadows in New York on Sunday.
Leicester storm back to beat Villa and go second
Leicester City staged a thrilling comeback from two goals down to beat Aston Villa 3-2 and go second in the Premier League table on Sunday, scoring three times in 17 minutes.
Ko becomes youngest woman to win a major
New Zealander Lydia Ko became the youngest woman to win a major when the 18-year-old carded a final-round 63 to claim the Evian Championship at Evian-Les-Bains, France, on Sunday.
September 13, 2015Hingis, Sania end perfect U.S. Open with doubles title
Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis continued their domination in the women's doubles by winning the U.S. Open crown, their second Grand Slam of the season, after a crushing victory over Casey Dellacqua and Yaroslava Shvedova, in New York.
Super-sub Martial's wonder-goal makes United manager Van Gaal smile
United manager Louis van Gaal, who had come under scrutiny for sanctioning the deadline-day deal this month and had even been accused of 'panic-buying', was suitably impressed if typically understated.
India's Lahiri stays in contention for maiden title
Anirban Lahiri, making his debut at the Web.com Tour, stayed within striking distance of his maiden title in the United States as he took the sole second place at the end of the third round of the Hotel Fitness Championship.
'Michelle Obama congratulates Serena over successful 2015 season
Italian Roberta Vinci crushed the world number one's hope of completing a calendar grand slam by reaching the women's singles US Open final for the first time in her career.
An even battle on cards as Djokovic faces-off against sublime Federer
Both players burn with heaps of motivation to hoist the winner's trophy at Arthur Ashe Stadium in the last grand moment of the 2015 slam season.
Boxer Mayweather beats Berto in farewell bout
Mayweather, 38, outboxed his younger opponent over the 12 rounds to retain his WBC and WBA welterweight titles and improve his perfect career record to 49-0, matching the benchmark set by former heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano.
Wrestler Narsingh wins bronze at Worlds, books Olympic berth
This is the first time that an Indian wrestler has earned an Olympic berth with a medal at the World Championship.
Blake says New York cop should be fired for abusing power
'If you have someone out there that's having this kind of rogue justice, they're tarnishing that image, and they don't deserve to be in the same sentence with the heroes of the NYPD, and they don't deserve to have that badge'
Junior Hockey Asia Cup: Indian eves lose to Japan in semis
The Indian women's junior hockey team crashed out of the 7th Asia Cup after suffering a 2-3 defeat in penalty shootout against Japan in a nail-biting semi-final in Changzhou, China on Saturday.
Juve in fifth after late penalty helps avoid another defeat
Juventus' wretched start to the season continued when they needed a late penalty to avoid defeat as the Serie A champions were held to a 1-1 home draw by early leaders Chievo Verona on Saturday.
Bundesliga: Aubameyang scores twice to help Dortmund leapfrog Bayern
It was the ninth consecutive victory for Dortmund in all competitions this season and showed they had put last season's disappointing performances behind them.
La Liga PHOTOS: Ronaldo in record books as Real's highest goal-scorer
In other matches, super-sub Messi helped Barca romp past Atletico
Vinci can't stop gushing after 'miraculous' run at US Open
Roberta Vinci, playing in her first grand slam singles final, lost twice at the US Open on Saturday after coming up short in an all-Italian clash against her closest friend on tour.
US Open champion Pennetta says 'goodbye to tennis' moments after win
'I was trying to play every match like it was my last one. Trying to play best all the time'
Pennetta beats Vinci to win US Open title
Flavia Pennetta beat unseeded Italian compatriot and childhood friend Roberta Vinci 7-6(4) 6-2 to win the US Open women's singles title on Saturday.
Herbert, Mahut first French pair to win U.S. Open doubles
Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut became the first all-French duo to win the U.S. Open men's doubles title after easing past Britain's Jamie Murray and Australian John Peers 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday.
September 12, 2015Five-goal Ronaldo becomes record Real scorer in La Liga
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo ended his early-season drought in emphatic style when he hit five goals in a 6-0 romp at Espanyol on Saturday to become the club's record scorer in La Liga.
Yuki reaches final of Shanghai Challenger
Yuki Bhambri is in line to win his second Challenger level singles title of the season as he advanced to the summit clash after his opponent withdrew due to a lower back problem in Shanghai.
Martial scores stunning effort as United down Liverpool
Anthony Martial introduced himself to Manchester United fans with a superb goal to complete a 3-1 win over bitter rivals Liverpool and cap a much-improved performance from Louis van Gaal's side on Saturday.
US Open: Italy PM to travel to New York to watch women's final
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi dropped his busy weekend schedule and headed to New York on Saturday for the first all-Italian women's final at the US Open.
Serena finally falls after riding her luck
Serena Williams had been a vulnerable conqueror at this year's majors, living dangerously and dicing with defeat on numerous occasions as she tried to become only the fourth woman to complete the calendar Grand Slam.
Lahiri's birdie-spree takes him to second place at Indiana
Anirban Lahiri shot seven-under 65 to rise to the second place at the halfway stage of the Hotel Fitness Championships, the first of the four Web.com Tour Finals series in Fort Wayne on Friday.
World Junior boxing: India's Sachin loses in semis to settle for bronze
Sachin lost 0-3 to American Rey Diaz, bringing down the curtains on India's run in the event.
PM congratulates Paes-Hingis for record-breaking US Open victory
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated veteran Indian tennis player Leander Paes and his Swiss partner Martina Hingis for winning the US Open mixed doubles title in New York on Friday.
Vinci finds it tough to stitch up words after upsetting Serena
'I don't know. It's tough to explain my emotion right now. Maybe tomorrow morning I can tell you something, but now it's amazing'
World Chess Cup: Mixed day for Indians as Harikrishna, Sethuraman win
Highest rated Indian P Harikrishna crushed Max Illingworth of Australia to virtually book a second round berth in the World Chess Cup now underway in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Sprint queen Schippers defeats Felix in Brussels Diamond League finale
World champion Dafne Schippers proved she will be the sprinter to beat over 200 metres at next year's Rio Games with victory over Olympic champion Allyson Felix at the Diamond League athletics finale in Brussels on Friday.
European football round-up: Lasogga lifts Hamburg
The win lifted Hamburg, who needed a relegation playoff to stay up last season, to seventh on six points.
La Liga: Sevilla throw away early lead after draw at Levante
Sevilla missed a chance to get their La Liga campaign up and running when the Europa League holders surrendered the lead and were held to a 1-1 draw at Levante on Friday.
'Gutsy' Paes says he learns a lot from Hingis
Soon after he won his historic US Open title, Paes said more than technique it is his never-say-die spirit that has got him success.
Paes wins US Open mixed doubles and scripts record. Congratulate him!
The 42-year-old Paes now has won nine Grand Slam mixed doubles titles, surpassing compatriot and former partner Mahesh Bhupathi's record of eight titles.
Vinci makes rare list in women's tennis after upset win
Following is a list of biggest shocks in women's tennis after Italian outsider Roberta Vinci, ranked 43rd, beat world number one Serena Williams in the US Open semi-finals on Friday to deny the American a chance to complete a calendar year Grand Slam.
How Serena's Grand Slam bid was brought to a grinding halt
Inspired Vinci rallies to beat World No 1 and then tells US crowd: 'But today is my day. Sorry guys'
US Open PHOTOS: Classic Federer sets up showdown with Djokovic
Five-times champion Roger Federer reached his first US Open final in six years as he raced past fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 at Flushing Meadows in the semi-finals on Friday.
Paes-Hingis lift US Open mixed doubles title
Entering their third Grand Slam final of the year, Leander Paes and Martina Hingis continued their golden run as mixed doubles pair as they beat Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Sam Querrey 6-4, 3-6, 10-7 to win the U.S. Open Mixed Doubles title at the Louis Armstrong stadium on Friday.
Vinci stops Serena's bid to complete calendar Grand Slam
Serena Williams' bid for a rare calendar-year Grand Slam came to a shuddering halt at the U.S. Open on Friday when the three-times defending champion suffered a stunning 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 loss to unseeded Italian Roberta Vinci.
September 11, 2015Pennetta stuns Halep to reach U.S. Open final
Flavia Pennetta crushed Romanian second seed Simona Halep 6-1, 6-3 to kick off a packed day of action at the U.S. Open on Friday with a stunning upset that put the Italian into her first Grand Slam final.
Annoyed Serena tells media she's sick of repetitive questions
Following her US Open quarter-final win over elder sister Venus, the 21-year-old tennis player said that she did not want to answer any media queries, according to E! Online.
Soccer shots: De Gea signs new four-year United contract
Here is a summary of stories from the English Premier League
India win tennis singles gold medals at C'wealth Youth Games
The Indians clinched the boys' and girls' singles titles in tennis through Sasi Kumar Mukund and Dhruthi Tatachar Venugopal, following their mixed doubles success together earlier.
'I could have still been at Liverpool had they offered coaching role'
'I was surprised a role wasn't mentioned when chief executive Ian Ayre sat down with my agent, but maybe it might happen one day'
Lahiri makes a steady start in quest of PGA card
India golfer Anirban Lahiri turned in a creditable three-under 69 to be placed tied 16th after the first round of the Hotel Fitness Championship in the Web.com finals series at the Sycamore Hills Golf Club, in Fort Wayne, US.
Gatlin confident of beating Bolt in Rio Olympics
US sprinter Justin Gatlin believes he is steadily catching up with Olympic and world champion Usain Bolt as the two head towards a likely showdown at the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games next year.
Mayweather has never been an undisputed champion: Holyfield
Should Floyd Mayweather Jr end his boxing career on Saturday as planned, his legacy will be underpinned by the extraordinary numbers he has brought to the sport, says former world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield.
Kashyap loses in quarters as Indian challenge ends at Japan Open
Indian challenge ended at the Japan Open on Friday as Parupalli Kashyap was beaten by sixth seed Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei in the men's singles quarter-finals.
Why these six-decade old shoes were sold for a massive $412,000!
The pair of running shoes worn by Roger Bannister when the Briton ran the first sub-four minute mile in 1954 were sold by auctioneers Christie's on Thursday for 266,500 pounds ($412,062.30).
September 10, 2015Wawrinka becomes fourth player to seal ATP Tour Finals spot
French Open champion Stan Wawrinka has become the fourth player to qualify for the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London.
C'wealth Youth Games: Prachi Singh wins archery gold
India added seven more medals, including two gold, to their kitty on the penultimate day of competition at the fifth Commonwealth Youth Games in Apia, Samoa, on Thursday. Archer Prachi Singh, in the girls' recurve individual event, and the tennis mixed doubles team of Sasikumar Mukund and Dhruthi Tatachar Venugopal accounted for the gold medals.
UAE Royals co-owner Virat Kohli signs up Roger Federer for IPTL 2
One of the greatest tennis players of all time and current world number two, Roger Federer has joined the UAE Royals franchise in the second season of the Coca-Cola International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) 2015 that will be held from 2nd to 20th December 2015.
World No. 1 Saina loses to 18th-ranked Mitani in 2nd round of Japan Open
Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap emerged as the lone survivor at the Japan Open in an otherwise disappointing day for India as top shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth made an early exit from the Super Series tournament in Tokyo, on Thursday.
September 09, 2015US Open: Bopanna-Mergea crash out of men's doubles
Rohan Bopanna, along with his Romanian partner Florin Mergea, crashed out of the quarter-finals of the men's doubles at the US Open.
Livermore to escape ban for cocaine use
Hull City midfielder Jake Livermore, who tested positive for cocaine in April, is set to avoid a ban due to extenuating circumstances, British media reported on Wednesday.
Delhi Dynamos FC add Ghanian Richard Gadze to their line-up
Richard Gadze, one of the brightest prospects from Ghana, has been signed up by Delhi Dynamos for the upcoming second season of Indian Super League football.
C'wealth Youth Games: Manuel, Das win bronze in athletics
India won two bronze medals from track and field through Abitha Mary Manuel and Anamika Das on the third day of competition at the fifth Commonwealth Youth Games in Apia, Samoa, on Wednesday. Manuel and Das placed third in the girls' 800 metres and shot put respectively.
PHOTOS: Best of Hollywood at the US Open
US Open has over the years seen an increase in celebrity attendance. Rediff.com takes a look at a few known names seen in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York.
Japan Super Series: Easy for Saina; Sindhu, Jayaram lose in Round 1
A much-anticipated second round meeting of India's top two women shuttlers, world No 1 Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu, failed to materiliaze as the latter came a cropper in her opening match at the Japan Open Super Series badminton tournament, in Tokyo, on Wednesday.
September 08, 2015World Cup qualifiers: India suffer third straight defeat; beaten by Iran
India slumped to their third successive loss in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualfiers as they suffered a 0-3 thrashing at the hands of mighty Iran in a group match.
No problem between Van Gaal and De Gea, says Mata
There is no problem between goalkeeper David de Gea and Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal after his failed move to Real Madrid and midfielder Juan Mata expects his fellow Spaniard to have a fine season.
Force India say steering wheel stolen at Monza
Italian police are investigating the theft of a steering wheel from the Force India garages at Monza before last Sunday's Italian Grand Prix, the Formula One team said on Tuesday.
Will Beckham make a good James Bond?
David Beckham has reportedly added his name in the probables list as the next James Bond after sources said that he was considering himself playing the lead as famous British agent.
Williams sisters to put family ties to ultimate test
A win by Venus would keep the 35-year-old on track for a first grand slam title since 2008 Wimbledon and a possible return to the US Open final where she first made the final in her debut in 1997.
Another high for golfer Lahiri! 1st Indian to qualify for President's Cup
World No. 40 Anirban Lahiri will be a part of the International Team, which will take on United States in the biennial Presidents Cup in Korea.
C'wealth Youth Games: Lifter Lather, javelin thrower Hadish give India gold
Indians continued their strong show at the fifth Commonwealth Youth Games, winning five medals, including two gold, on the second day of competition in Apia, Samoa, on Tuesday. Weightlifter Deepak Lather (boys' 62kg category) and javelin thrower Mohd Hadish won a gold each in their respective events, while Jisna Mathew won a silver in the girls' 400 metres.
US Open: How Anderson upset Murray and advanced to last 16
Anderson is the first South African in New York's last 16 since Wayne Ferreira in 2002.
Euro qualifiers, PHOTOS: Germany put Scots on the rocks; Portugal win
The world champions now have 19 points while Poland, 8-1 winners over Gibraltar, are on 17.
US Open PHOTOS: Murray stunned by Anderson; Federer, Halep in quarters
Murray had battled his way back from two sets down in the second round against France's Adrian Mannarino, but could not work another miracle against the 14th-ranked, 29-year-old Anderson, who swept the final tiebreak 7-0.
September 07, 2015World's fastest man Bolt won't race again in 2015
Six-times Olympic champion Usain Bolt has decided not to race again this year after his triple gold medal haul at last month's World Championships in China.
After 38 years, Pele set for another India visit
It's time for the 'sleeping giant' to wake up from its slumber as the King of football Pele will grace India in October, adding to the festive mood in the country that hosted him 38 years ago.
Vikas laments underestimating opponent, says 'overconfidence cost me'
Vikas Krishan regrets underestimating 19-year-old Youth Olympic champion Bektemir Melikuziev of Uzbekistan in the final at the Asian Boxing Championships in Thailand.
C'wealth Youth Games: Lifter Deru, high jumper Shankar win gold
Delhi boy Tejaswin Shankar produced a record-shattering performance as Indians struck two gold and a silver medal to launch their Commonwealth Youth Games campaign on a rousing note in Apia, Samoa, on Monday.
Euro 2016 qualifiers: Dutch football in crisis after losing to Turkey
The two losses in Blind's first two games left the Dutch floundering in fourth place in Group A, needing to overhaul a two-point deficit on third placed Turkey with two games to play in October to have any chance of reaching the Euro 2016 finals via the November play-offs.
Formula One: Ferrari's Raikkonen keeps it cool after engine failure
The glass was half full for Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene after Sunday's Italian Grand Prix, even if Kimi Raikkonen filled it almost to the brim before sloshing the contents around.
US Open: Does Venus have the game and stamina to halt Serena's surge?
With Serena bidding to become just the fourth woman to win all four grand slams in the same year, the US Open hype machine that already had been in top gear is now set to crank into overdrive.
Indians at the US Open: Sania-Martina cruise into last eight
Sania-Martina will next face ninth seeds Yung-Jan Chan and Hao-Ching Chan of Chinese Taipei, who rallied to beat unseeded Romanians Irina-Camelia Begu and Raluca Olaru 5-7, 6-1, 7-6 (4).
Euro qualifiers: Italy win in Buffon's 150th match; Iceland through
Belgium make Wales wait after Hazard's strike, while Czechs beat Latvia to qualify
US Open PHOTOS: Venus, Serena set up quarters clash; Djokovic stretched
Venus Williams stands in the way of younger sister Serena's bid for a calendar-year Grand Slam after reaching the quarter-finals with a 6-2, 6-1 rout of Estonian teenager Anett Kontaveit on Sunday.
September 06, 2015PHOTOS: Grid penalties make headlines in Monza
Former world champions Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button are among six drivers hit with a plethora of penalties on the grid for Sunday's Italian Grand Prix at Monza.
Hamilton roars to 53 point lead over Rosberg
Lewis Hamilton enjoyed an utterly dominant Italian Grand Prix victory on Sunday to take a 53-point lead in the Formula One championship after Mercedes team mate and closest rival Nico Rosberg retired with his engine in flames.
Junior Hockey Asia Cup: Indian eves hammer South Korea 13-0
The Indian women's junior hockey team got off to a sensational start in the 7th Asia Cup as they hammered Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) 13-0 in their opening match at Changzhou on Saturday.
Goetze brace inspires Germany to 3-1 win over Poland
Mario Goetze scored twice as world champions Germany outclassed rivals Poland 3-1 to take over the top spot in European Championship qualifying Group D at Allianz Arena on Friday.
Indians at the US Open: Sania, Bopanna advance
India's Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna notched up contrasting victories in their respective doubles matches to reach the round of 16 at the US Open in New York on Saturday.
India's Narang becomes Asia's No.1 shooter
The 32-year-old Narang topped the list with 971 points ahead of Shengbo Zhao of China, who has 896 points.
Football friendlies: Hulk shines in lacklustre Brazil's win
Zenit St Petersburg striker Hulk scored after nine minutes when he muscled his way past a defender and fired home from 12 metres.
Euro qualifiers: Swiss script remarkable rally against stout Slovenia
'It was a crazy game where we had the bit of luck that we didn't have in Slovenia'
US Open PHOTOS: Federer, Murray and underdogs share spotlight
Konta first British woman in US Open last 16 since 1991
September 05, 2015England qualify for Euro 2016 as Rooney equals record
England qualified for Euro 2016 after crushing San Marino 6-0 on Saturday, with Wayne Rooney equalling Bobby Charlton's all-time scoring record of 49 goals for his country.
Italian F1 Grand Prix: Hamilton storms to 11th pole in 12 races
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton saw off a strong Ferrari challenge at the Italian team's home Grand Prix to seal his seventh pole position in a row and 11th in 12 races on Saturday.
ISSF Rifle and Pistol World Cup Finals: Chandela wins silver
Young Indian shooter Apurvi Chandela impressed again as she clinched the silver medal in women's 10m air rifle event of the ISSF Rifle and Pistol World Cup Finals in Munich.
US Open: Defending champion Cilic fights back to live another day
Defending champion Marin Cilic had to battle hard before beating Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 6-7, 5-1 in their 3rd round match of the US Open on Friday.
September 04, 2015NYC teacher arrested for flying drone at US Open stadium
Daniel Verley, 26, was charged with reckless endangerment, reckless operation of a drone and operating a drone in a New York City public park outside of a prescribed area for doing so, according to police reports.
Indians at the US Open: Paes-Verdasco knocked out
A round-up of results of Indian players at the US Open.
I-League is India's main league, maintains AIFF president
Even as I-League and Indian Super League merger is being mulled, AIFF stresses that the popular ISL 'is, in fact a tournament, like the Rovers Cup'.
My discipline may have cost United says Ferguson
In his new book Leading, the most successful manager in British football history said that does not mean he would do anything differently.
Vikas in Asian boxing final; bronze for Satish, Devendro, Thapa
Former World Championships bronze medallist Vikas Krishan (75kg) was the lone Indian to make it to the finals, as three others settled for bronze medals after losing hard-fought semi-final contests, in the Asian Boxing Championships, in Jakarta, on Friday. He defeated Iraq's Waheed Abdulridha 3-0 to set up a clash with Uzbekistan's Bektemir Melikuziev in Saturday's final.
The Real truth behind De Gea not making it to Madrid
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has blamed Manchester United's "lack of negotiating experience" for the failure of goalkeeper David De Gea's move to the Spanish capital on Monday.
Euro qualifiers PHOTOS: Iceland beat horrendous Dutch
Malta make Italy sweat, while Bale takes Wales closer to competition
World Cup qualifiers: 15-goal Qatar leads routs in Asia
Qatar smashed 15 unanswered goals past Bhutan and the United Arab Emirates knocked in 10 against Malaysia in a lopsided round of World Cup qualifiers across Asia on Thursday
Marin a tough opponent but can be beaten, says Saina
The Indian ace will be looking to get the better off the Spaniard in Japan Super Series, starting next week, and avenge her recent defeat at the World Championships.
September 03, 2015Manchester United to give De Gea chance to reclaim spot
Manchester United will welcome David de Gea back into the fold even if, as expected, the goalkeeper refuses to sign a new contract following his failed attempt to move to Real Madrid, British media reported on Thursday.
Wipro to be Chelsea's partner in its digital game plan
Country's third-largest software services firm Wipro has said it has been chosen as the official digital and IT partner for Chelsea Football Club.
Mayweather ready to hang up gloves as 'the best ever'
Floyd Mayweather Jr. plans to go out unbeaten and on his own terms, as 'The Best Ever', when he ends his boxing career in Las Vegas next week with his welterweight title defence against fellow American Andre Berto.
Transfer Truths: The EPL's biggest gambles this summer
Rediff.com makes an assessment of the biggest gambles made by the leading Premier League teams this summer.
September 02, 2015Sinquefield Chess: Anand draws with Carlsen, finishes ninth
Viswanathan Anand ended his stint with a draw against World Champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway and finished at ninth position in the Sinquefield Cup in St Louis.
Satish Kumar joins three other Indians in semis of Asian boxing
Satish Kumar (+91kg) entered the semi-finals of the Asian Boxing Championships, joining L Devendro Singh (49kg), Shiva Thapa (56kg) and Vikas Krishan (75kg) who had earlier assured themselves of medals and places in the October World Championships.
Yoga's promotion as sport not on communal lines: Government
The government insisted that recognition of Yoga as a competitive sport was not on communal lines and it was actually high time that it is seen as a proper game since it is an age old practice in India.
Constantine blasts officials; asks AIFF to synchronise its calendar
India football coach Stephen Constantine has told his bosses to stand up to the dominating television companies if they ever want local football to flourish in the floundering South Asian nation.
10 facts you must know about Manchester United's new signing
What you must know about Anthony Martial, the world's most expensive teenage footballer.
Water will be clean in time for Rio Olympics, says Games chief
The water quality at the Olympic sailing venue in Rio de Janeiro is a serious issue but will be resolved by the time the Games begin next year, Rio Organising Committee president Carlos Nuzman said on Tuesday.
September 01, 2015Sinquefield Chess: Anand draws with Aronian; remains joint eighth
Former world champion Viswanathan Anand did not have a change in fortunes as he played out his sixth draw in a row, signing peace with tournament leader Levon Aronian of Armenia in the eighth and penultimate round of the Sinquefield Cup chess meet.
Sports Ministry recognizes 'Yoga' as a sports discipline
The Sports Ministry decided to recognize 'Yoga' as a sports discipline and place it in the 'priority' category.
Pirelli to reveal reasons for Vettel's Belgian GP tyre blow
'We have finalised the investigation into Sebastian Vettel's tyre at Spa. Detailed conclusions from the technical analysis will be presented at Monza'
Federer commences US Open bid against challenging Mayer
World number two Roger Federer launches his bid for a sixth US Open title, and his first since 2008, with a first-round match against Argentina's Leonardo Mayer at the Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday.
Boxer Devendro qualifies for World Championships
Commonwealth Games silver-medallist L Devendro Singh (49kg) assured himself of a medal and a place in the upcoming World Championships by storming into the Asian Championships semi-final in Bangkok on Tuesday.
Di Maria reveals he did not share a good relationship with Van Gaal
Angel Di Maria has admitted to clashing with former manager Louis Van Gaal during his ill-fated stint at Manchester United and hinted that his poor relationship with the Dutchman contributed to a dip in his performance.
Transfer Talk: Rooney as clueless as Man United fans about Martial
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney did not have the faintest idea who Anthony Martial was when the Monaco forward was linked with a move to Old Trafford earlier this week, according to team mate Morgan Schneiderlin.
US Open PHOTOS: Williams scripts ruthless win; Djokovic, Nadal advance
Photos from the US Open matches played on Monday
Juventus suffer side effects of dismantling a winning squad
Juventus appear to be suffering from a predictable early-season slump in the wake of a summer spent fumbling around the transfer market in a bid to rebuild a team that had grown to dominate Serie A.
Upsets on Day 1 at the US Open: Nishikori, Ivanovic out
Fourth seed Kei Nishikori's hopes of making another magical U.S. Open run came to a quick end on Monday as last year's runner-up fell at the first hurdle, falling 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4 to Frenchman Benoit Paire.
August 31, 2015Transfer news: Manchester United's Januzaj joins Dortmund on loan
Borussia Dortmund have signed Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj on loan for a season, the German club said on Monday.
Sinquefield Chess: Anand draws again; held by Wesley So
Viswanathan Anand's hunt for an elusive victory continues. The five-time World champion failed to break the solid defences of Wesley So of the United States in the seventh round of Sinquefield Cup, which is part of the Grand Chess tour, in St Louis, and settled for his fifth draw in the last five games.
Transfer Talk: Man City sign Belgian De Bruyne
"I want to reach the highest level possible as a player and I think the most important thing is that at the end of the season we can be happy and maybe have some titles," playmaker De Bruyne told the City website (www.mcfc.co.uk).
Euro soccer round-up: Roma hand Juve second successive defeat
After losing only three league games last season Juventus have now lost the first two of the new campaign as a deserved 2-1 defeat at AS Roma on Sunday condemned the champions to their worst-ever Serie A start.
US Open leading men cheering for a Serena Grand Slam
Serena Williams is on the brink of the grandest achievement in tennis, the single season Grand Slam, and even the leading men at the US Open championships starting on Monday are cheering her on.
Blessed with Monk's presence, Swansea are 'a force in the EPL'
Swansea City are becoming a force in the Premier League after maintaining their unbeaten start with am impressive come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Manchester United, manager Garry Monk said.
La Liga PHOTOS: Martinez opens Atletico account in tough win at Sevilla
Atletico Madrid's Jackson Martinez scored his first goal for the club when he came off the bench and curled in a superb effort to seal a hard-fought 3-0 victory at Sevilla in La Liga on Sunday.
US Open: In-form Federer, Murray acknowledge opening round challenges
Federer has been brandishing an aggressive style of play, forcing the action and rushing in to half-volley weak second serves to forge an advantage.
US Open to miss star power as Sharapova pulls out
Russian Daria Kasatkina will replace Sharapova in the main draw
August 30, 2015Swansea end United unbeaten start, Southampton win
Swansea City came from behind to end Manchester United's unbeaten start to the Premier League season with an impressive 2-1 victory at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.
Djokovic confident as he aims to win his third slam this year
World number one Novak Djokovic lost to rivals Roger Federer and Andy Murray in the finals of US Open warm-up events but the Serb insists those defeats have aided his preparations for the last grand slam of the season.
Our sport is more than test tubes, blood and urine: Coe
Part of Sebastian Coe's new job as head of world athletics will be to shift the conversation about his "ostensibly clean" sport from doping to spectacular performances, he said on Sunday.
Transfer Talk: Manchester United defender Evans signs for West Brom
West Bromwich Albion have bolstered their defensive ranks by signing centre half Jonny Evans from Manchester United on a four-year deal.
'The Ministry's award selection policy is fair and transparent'
Over the last few years, National Sports Awards have been in the news for creating controversies, but Sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal has said there is no need to review the selection policy for them.
New blood infuse Milan with fire, record first Serie A win of season
New strikers Carlos Bacca and Luiz Adriano bagged their maiden Serie A goals to give AC Milan their first points of the season with a 2-1 home win over Empoli on Saturday.
La Liga PHOTOS: Real hand Betis a 5-0 thrashing while Barca labour to victory
Gijon spoiled Asier Illarramendi's return to Real Sociedad's midfield after rejoining from Real Madrid this week when they held the Basque club, coached by Scot David Moyes, to a 0-0 draw in San Sebastian.
Mueller scores brace in is 200th Bundeliga match
Mueller scores brace in is 200th Bundeliga match
Big ticket showdowns on Day 1 at US Open
Top-seeded world number ones Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic help launch the US Open tennis championships on Monday's opening day of the year's final Grand Slam.
Tennis: Kvitova, Anderson get in form before US Open with title wins
Defending champion Petra Kvitova used a dominant serve to beat Lucie Safarova 6-7(6), 6-2, 6-2 in their all-Czech final at the Connecticut Open on Saturday.
World Athletics: Ayana denies Dibaba with stunning 5,000m gold
Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana put on a brilliant display of front-running to win the women's 5,000 metres at the world championships on Sunday and deprive compatriot Genzebe Dibaba of an unprecedented double gold.
August 29, 2015EPL: Man City maintain perfect start, Chelsea slump at home
Manchester City maintained their perfect start to the season with a 2-0 victory over promoted Watford as champions Chelsea suffered a shock 2-1 home defeat by Crystal Palace on Saturday.
PHOTOS: Kuchina takes high jump gold, Malachowski ends long wait
Mariya Kuchina won thewomen's high jump with a clearance of 2.01 metres on Saturday to become Russia's second gold medallist at this world championships. The 22-year-old from Moscow had a blemish-free card to that height, her lifetime best performance.
Peerless Eaton breaks decathlon world record
American Ashton Eaton retained the decathlon world title on Saturday and broke his own world record with a score of 9,045 points.
Premier League: Arsenal labour to victory over 10-man Newcastle
Arsenal laboured to their second win of the season with a highly-charged 1-0 victory against 10-man Newcastle United at St James' Park on Saturday.
Sania Mirza conferred Khel Ratna, Arjuna awards also given
Sania Mirza was on Saturday conferred with the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, the country's highest sporting honor, while shooting sensation
Manpreet, Satish advance at Asian Boxing Championships
Former Asian Games silver-medallist Manpreet Singh (91kg) and Satish Kumar (+91kg) sailed into the quarter-finals with comprehensive wins as India rounded off a reasonably good day at the Asian Boxing Championships in Bangkok.
World Athletics: Bolt, Mo Farah set the tracks on fire in Beijing
Britain's Mo Farah stormed to victory in the 5,000 metres on Saturday to secure an unprecedented third successive distance double at major global championships.
Delhi Dynamos sign West Bromwich Albion's Adil Nabi on loan
Delhi Dynamos have signed English Premier League side West Bromwich Albion's talented youngster Adil Nabi on loan for the second season of the Indian Super League beginning in October.
Grand Slam question: Who can challenge Serena?
Serena Williams has been vulnerable this Grand Slam season but unbeaten in the year's first three major championships.
August 28, 2015Yogeshwar's coach Vinod Kumar to get Dronacharya after HC ruling
Former chief national wrestling coach Vinod Kumar expressed relief and contentment over Delhi High Court's directive to the Centre to confer him with the Dronacharya award.
Wrestler Ankus wins silver in Cadet World Championship
Asian bronze medallist Ankus (38kg) has bagged the silver medal in the ongoing Cadet World Wrestling Championship in Sarajevo, Bosnia.
Verma ousted from Vietnam Open Grand Prix badminton
India's campaign came to a halt at the Vietnam Open Grand Prix badminton tournament after Sameer Verma went down to second seed South Korean shuttler Lee Hyun-il in straight games in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on Friday.
Platini 'serving last term as UEFA chief'
The Frenchman declined to talk about his bid for the FIFA presidency in his first news conference since announcing one month ago that he would stand as a candidate to replace Sepp Blatter.
World Athletics PHOTOS: Williams stuns favourites to take hurdles gold
Hansle Parchment of Jamaica was second in 13.03 and Olympic champion and world record holder Aries Merritt claimed bronze in 13.04 seconds.
Former European champions Ajax, Celtic meet in Europa League
Former European champions Ajax Amsterdam and Celtic, who both suffered the indignity of being knocked of the Champions League qualifiers by underdogs this season, will meet in the Europa Leagueafter being drawn together in the group stage on Friday.
Champions League draw: About predictability, sub-plots and homecoming!
Ahead of the UEFA Champions League proper, which kicks-off next month, Bikash Mohapatra/Rediff.com tells football fans what to expect in this year's competition.
Bolt mulls retirement after Rio Olympics
"So it's all about how I feel after Rio, if I feel I can really put my body through one more season. If I'm going to be focused and I'm going to be determined. That will determine if I compete after Rio. So we'll see how it goes."
Serena in heavy American quarter; Djoko, Nadal on collision course
Serena Williams must navigate a heavily American quarter of the draw including sister Venus to complete a calendar sweep of the four Grand Slams, while two sensational quarter-finals loom on the men's side after Thursday's U.S. Open draw.
Is Gisele Bundchen, Tom Brady marriage on the rocks?
Gisele Bundchen and American football ace hubby Tom Brady as it has been rumored that the duo have been through lot of arguments.
Mandeep sails into pre-quarters of Asian Boxing C'ships
Commonwealth Games silver-medallist Mandeep Jangra took just over a minute to force his rival out of the contest with a bloodied face and book a pre-quarterfinal berth in the Asian Boxing Championships in Bangkok.
World Athletics: Khushbir finishes 37th in 20km race walk
National record holder Khushbir Kaur finished a disappointing 37th while compatriot Sapna was disqualified from the women's 20km race walk event on the seventh day of the World Athletics Championships in Beijing.
Football shorts: West Brom rule out Berahino move
West Bromwich Albion have ruled out the prospect of Saido Berahino leaving the club during the current transfer window, leading Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino to compare his club's pursuit of the striker to a frustrated love affair.
Sinquefield Cup: Anand draws with Vachier-Lagrave
Former world champion Viswanathan Anand's hunt for an elusive victory continued as he was held to a draw by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France .
Best Player in Europe: Messi beats Ronaldo again!
Barcelona's Lionel Messi beat Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo to take home the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award on Thursday.
Champions League draw: Group-by-group breakdown
The Champions League group stages took on a less predictable look after Thursday's draw, helped by UEFA's decision to tweak the seeding system.
Europa League: Surprise defeats for Southampton and Steaua
Former European champions Steaua Bucharest and English Premier League Southampton suffered shock defeats by Scandinavian teams in Europa League qualifiers on Thursday.
Check out what is at stake for Serena Williams at US Open
Serena Williams said on Thursday she is treating the upcoming US Open just like any other, even though she is well aware of the historical impact the year's final Grand Slam may have.
World Athletics: Liu and Lu claim China one-two in walk
China picked up a first gold medal at their home world athletics championships when Liu Hong led Lu Xiuzhi across the line after the duo blew away the field in the women's 20 kilometre walk on Friday.
When Gatlin was second best again...
After two decisive defeats at the hands of Usain Bolt in the space of five days, Justin Gatlin is showing the strain.
August 27, 2015Champ Usain Bolt knocked down by photographer on Segway scooter!
Usain Bolt's 200 metres triumph at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Beijing came at a price. The Jamaican took a tumble in bizarre accident, after he was knocked over by a photographer on Segway scooter.
Champions League draw: Barca clubbed with Roma; Real to face PSG
Holders FC Barcelona have been placed in Group E, along with Bayer Leverkusen, AS Roma, Dinamo Zagreb.
PHOTOS: Taylor wins triple jump gold with second-longest ever leap
A summary of Thursday's events at the World Athletics Championships.
Sinquefield Chess: Anand plays out easy draw with Caruana
Former World champion Viswanathan Anand played out a second straight draw by holding Fabiano Caruana of the United States easily in the fourth round of the Sinquefield Cup, which is part of the Grand Chess tour.
Bolt completes 100-200m double at Worlds
Usain Bolt completed another 100-200 double at the IAAF World Championships when he bested rival Justin Gatlin to the 200 metres title at the Bird's Nest.
World Athletics: Vikas Gowda qualifies for discus final
Vikas Gowda qualified for the final round of the men's discus throw event with a modest effort of 63.86m on the sixth day of the World Athletics Championships in Beijing.
Soccer shots: Balotelli completes loan move to Milan from Liverpool
Get the latest from the world of football and more on Rediff.com.
Nadal makes 'brief' appearance in new 'steamy' underwear ad
After his early exit from Wimbledon this year, Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal seems to taking to commercials, as he recently stripped down for designer Tommy Hilfiger's steamy underwear advertisement.
World Athletics Updates! Dibaba and Kiprop coast, holder Reese out of long jump
Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba eased through to the finals of the women's 5,000 metres on Thursday to stay on course for a world athletics championships double, while American Brittney Reese saw her six-year long jump reign end.
League Cup: Everton survive scare
Premier League Everton survived a mighty scare to beat League One Barnsley 5-3 after extra time in the League Cup second round on Wednesday.
Champions League PHOTOS: When Rooney is on the rampage...
Manchester United ended their one-year Champions League hiatus in emphatic style when Wayne Rooney struck a hat-trick in a 4-0 destruction of Club Bruges that sent the three-times winners through 7-1 on aggregate on Wednesday.
August 26, 2015PHOTOS: South Africa's Van Niekerk stuns champions to win 400m
Wayde van Niekerk ran the fastest 400 metres since 2007 to become the first South African to win a World Championship sprint title on Wednesday.
'In better shape now', Nadal ready for US Open challenge
Former world number one Rafael Nadal is feeling confident about his chances of competing for a third US Open title when the tournament starts in New York next week.
Two Kenyan runners banned for doping at world championships
Kenyan athletes Koki Manunga and Joyce Zakary have been handed provisional bans after testing positive for the use of banned substances at the world championships, the International Association of Athletics Federations said on Wednesday.
Lalita finishes creditable 8th, but Tintu disappoints
Lalita Babar, who competed in the women's 3000m steeplechase, became the first Indian track athlete (male and female) to finish in the top eight in a World Championship but Tintu Luka crashed out in the heats of the women's 800 metres.
Court stays Sania's Khel Ratna award following paralympian Girisha's plea
The Karnataka high court brought a stay on the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna to be conferred on tennis ace Sania Mirza on Wednesday following paralympian H Girisha's plea against it. The court also issued notice to the Centre on the development.
Is Fellaini the answer to Manchester United's strike problems?
"It is different to play midfield and striker but I enjoy all the positions I can play," the former Everton midfielder added.
'Super' Mario will follow a 'code of conduct'
Maverick striker Mario Balotelli will have a good behaviour clause inserted into his contract with AC Milan, banning extravagant haircuts and clothing and committing him to a healthy lifestyle.
Russian Shobukhova's ban reduced after assisting WADA
The World Anti-Doping Agency cut the doping ban on Russian Liliya Shobukhova by seven months on Monday, saying the marathon runner had provided "substantial assistance" and was eligible for a lighter sentence.
League Cup: Watford ousted but other Premier League teams progress
Premier League newcomers Watford suffered a League Cup upset in a 1-0 loss at Preston North End while five-times champions Aston Villa overcame plucky Notts County 5-3 after extra-time to reach the third round on Tuesday.
Soccer Roundup: Meet United's new 'bully' and more...
Get the latest from the World of ootball news and more on Rediff.com.
Grand Chess tour: Anand finally logs points after draw with Topalov
Former world champion Viswanathan Anand played out a draw with table-topper Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria in the third round to open his account in the Sinquefield Cup -- a part of the Grand Chess tour.
World Athletics Updates! Farah recovers from stumble to reach 5,000m final
Britain's Mo Farah regained his balance after stumbling and almost falling to the track in Wednesday's heats at the world athletics championships to book his spot in the final of the men's 5,000 metres.
Serena Williams and Drake are officially an item!
player Serena Williams was recently spotted getting cozy with rapper Drake at a fancy downtown restaurant in Ohio.
How many years did you take to hit a hole-in-one?
Peter Phillips has finally quenched his thirst of hitting his first hole-in-one after more than 50 years of concerted efforts.
US Open: Top seeds Serena, Djokovic look sharp
World number ones Serena Williams, aiming to complete the first calendar-year Grand Slam in 27 years, and Novak Djokovic have been named the top seeds for the US Open championships starting on Monday in New York.
Champions League will have strong Spanish flavours
Spain became the first country to have five teams in the Champions League group stage in one season after Valencia squeezed past Monaco .
Dipika Pallikal's BEST bridal look: sari or gown? Vote!
India's top-ranked squash player Dipika Pallikal married her fiancé and long time beau, cricketer Dinesh Karthik last week. We present both of the looks for you. Take a look and VOTE which was best!
August 25, 2015Tired Bolt and Gatlin take it easy in 200 metres heats
A tired Usain Bolt and an emotionally fatigued Justin Gatlin progressed towards their second blockbuster sprint showdown of the World Athletics Championships by easing through the 200 metres heats in Beijing, on Tuesday.
World Athletics: Rudisha regains 800m title, Dibaba wins 1,500m gold
Olympic champion and world record holder David Rudisha ran from the front and trusted his finishing pace to regain the world 800 metres title at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing, on Tuesday.
After Messi, Ibra... Indian football uses Player Tracking System
In a first of sorts for Indian football, the national team implemented the 'Player Tracking System' at its ongoing preparatory camp at the DSK Dream City, the home of DSK Shivajians Football Club, in Pune.
Transfer moves: Chelsea's Juan Cuadrado to Juve
The Colombian forward is heading to Italian champions Juventus on loan.
Under utilized at Barca, Pedro says Chelsea move a gamble
Chelsea's new signing Pedro has said he took a "gamble" by leaving Spanish champions Barcelona after eight successful years, but one driven by his desire for more playing time.
Grand Chess tour: Out-of-form Anand loses again, goes bottom
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand suffered his second defeat in as many games losing to Alexander Grischuk of Russia in the second round of Sinquefield Cup, a part of the Grand Chess tour.
There is no corruption in football, reckons FIFA chief Blatter
"If there are people who don't like the organisation or don't like me, they will realise they have been wrong... they will realise that."
Olympian Sushil Kumar's coach nominated for Dronacharya Awards
Wrestling coach Anoop Singh and Paralympics coach Naval Singh among other nominees get Sports Ministry approval
ISL: Former Liverpool defender Riise joins Delhi Dynamos
FC Pune City also bolstered their defence by signing former Espanyol and Deportivo La Coruna defender Diego Colotto for the second edition of the eight-team league beginning on October 3.
EPL PHOTOS: Splendid Cech denies impressive Liverpool at the Emirates
Cech's solid 'keeping and Liverpool's staunch defence ensured the match ended in a goalless stalemate
World champion Bolt 'ran his toughest race on Sunday'
"It was a very trying time and it took a lot of skill and work and determination for him to get (to) what he was able to achieve by defending his championship."
Former F1 driver Wilson dies after IndyCar wreck
Wilson's car careened out of control and into a wall after he was hit by a large piece of debris from the car of Sage Karam on the track in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.
F1: Vettel, Rosberg and a lucky escape
Formula One can count its lucky stars after Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg escaped unscathed from high-speed tyre blowouts at the Belgian Grand Prix.
August 24, 2015Wawrinka rant earns Kyrgios 28-day ban, fine
Australia's tennis badboy Nick Kyrgios was on Monday handed a suspended ban and fine by the ATP for his lurid verbal attack on Stan Wawrinka at the Rogers Cup in Montreal.
World Athletics: Fraser-Pryce wins third world 100 metres title
Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce rallied to claim an unprecedented third world championship 100 metres title in 10.76 seconds at the Bird's Nest stadium on Monday.
Federer back as world number two ahead of U.S. Open
Five-times winner Roger Federer will go into next week's U.S. Open as the world number two after beating Novak Djokovic in the final of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati at the weekend.
Anand beaten by Nakamura in Sinquefield opener
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand, with a double black, suffered a surprising first round loss at the hands of Hikaru Nakamura of United States in the Sinquefield Cup, in St Louis, the United States.
10 BEST Sports Photos of the Week!
Rediff.com recaptures these and other exciting sporting moments from the week gone by....
Steenkamps question court ruling, say Pistorius killed their daughter
Oscar Pistorius shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp deliberately, her parents said, ahead of an appeal hearing in which prosecutors are seeking to overturn a South African court ruling that the athlete was not guilty of murder.
Everton's lack of composure did them in against 'in-control' City
'We always knew it was going to be an important one playing against a quality side, but I think it affected us a little bit too much.
The happy hunting grounds for Roger Federer
Roger Federer has now won all the seven finals he has contested in Cincinnati. Rediff.com takes a look at a few other events that have ensured prolific returns for the Swiss master.
La Liga PHOTOS: Hard time for big clubs in Spain
Barca overcome solid Bilbao challenge to scrape through 1-0.
Indians at World Athletics: Babar enters 3000m steeplechase final
Lalita Shivaji Babar smashed her own national record in a creditable performance to qualify for the women's 3000m steeplechase final in the World Athletics Championships, in Beijing, on Monday.
EPL PHOTOS: Record-equalling City begin season in ominous form
Manchester City's impressive 2-0 victory at Everton on Sunday equalled a club record of nine successive Premier League wins.
PHOTOS: Dhoni, Alia, Katrina sizzle at Pro Kabaddi final
The Pro Kabaddi season 2 final proved to be a star studded affair, with Bollywood stars like Alia Bhatt, Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif cheering for U Mumba.
Serena all set for US Open with Cincinnati title in bag
Defending champion Serena Williams finished her last US Open tune-up in style by beating Romanian third seed Simona Halep 6-3, 7-6(5) to win the Western & Southern Open on Sunday.
Cincinnati Open: Federer denies Djokovic history bid
Roger Federer avenged his Wimbledon final loss to Novak Djokovic by beating the top-seeded Serb 7-6(1), 6-3 on Sunday to capture his second consecutive Western & Southern Open title.
August 23, 2015Pedro shines on debut and highlights worth to Chelsea
Newly-acquired Spain forward Pedro highlighted his potential worth to Premier League champions Chelsea with a goal, assist and eye-catching performance in their 3-2 win at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.
Usain proves Bolt does strike twice at same place
Usain Bolt once again produced his best when it mattered most to retain his 100 metres world title and reassert his status as the number one sprinter on the planet at a rocking Bird's Nest Stadium on Sunday night.
Hamilton wins Belgian F1 Grand Prix
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton won the Belgian Grand Prix from pole position on Sunday to increase his lead over Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg to 28 points with eight races remaining.
Malouda joins Delhi Dynamos during EPL game
Former Chelsea winger Florent Malouda will join Brazilian Roberto Carlos at the Delhi Dynamos for the second season of the Indian Super League, the club announced on Sunday.
Soccer Roundup: Atletico make winning La Liga start
Atletico Madrid got their La Liga campaign up and running in less than convincing fashion when Antoine Griezmann's deflected free kick secured an edgy 1-0 win at home to promoted Las Palmas on Saturday.
Heartbreak for Sania and Hingis in semis
India's campaign came to an end at the Western and Southern Open after Sania Mirza and her Swiss partner Martina Hingis crashed out.
Russian Grand Prix could become night race
The Russian Grand Prix could become a night race as early as 2017, according to Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone and organisers.
Why Politics and sports should not be mixed...
Amid escalating tensions between India and Pakistan, ace cueist Pankaj Advani believes politics should not be mixed with games and Indo-Pak sporting ties should go on.
Indians at World Athletics: Inderjeet qualifies for finals
Inderjeet Singh became the first Indian shot-putter to enter the final round of World Athletics Championships, in Beijing, on Sunday.
Why is Tottenham Hotspur's manager angry?
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino was angry after his side surrendered the lead for the second straight week in a 1-1 Premier League draw at in-form Leicester City on Saturday.
Drogba's MLS debut spoiled!
Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba made a tame Major League Soccer debut for Montreal Impact in their 1-0 home loss to Philadelphia Union on Saturday.
Lightning Bolt strikes again!
Usain Bolt retained his 100 metres title at the IAAF World Championship, in Beijing, on Sunday.
Lip smacking Cincinnati final! Serena Williams to meet Halep
Serena Williams brushed off some serving troubles before cruising to a 6-4, 6-3 win over Elina Svitolina on Saturday and will meet Simona Halep in the Western & Southern Open final.
August 22, 2015Grocery store chain must pay $8.9 million to basketball star Jordan
A jury awarded retired basketball player Michael Jordan $8.9 million in his lawsuit against a grocery store chain.
Shake-up ahead: AIFF may merge I-League, ISL
The All India Football Federation said that there would be a shake-up in the sport in the country and the roadmap ahead is to have just one league in near future.
Check out the fastest Bundesliga goal!
Kevin Volland ties record for fastest Bundesliga goal.
EPL PHOTOS: Newcastle hold United; 1st win for Bournemouth
Manchester United's 100 per cent start to the Premier League season ended when they were held to a goalless draw against Newcastle United at Old Trafford on Saturday.
World Athletics Updates! Farah storms to victory in 10,000 metres
Britain's Mo Farah stormed down the final straight to retain his 10,000 metres world title in some style on Saturday and extend his dominance of men's distance running at major championships.
Belgian Grand Prix: Hamilton takes 10th pole in 11 races
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton took his 10th pole in 11 races on Saturday with Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg qualifying second on the Belgian Grand Prix grid.
Meet the Indians in action at the World Athletics
Indian athletes will begin their campaign in the World Championships in Beijing, on Sunday.
Sania in Cincinnati semis; Bopanna, Paes bow out
Sania Mirza was the only Indian left competing in the Western and Southern Open by reaching the semi-finals as Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna were ousted from the men's doubles with their respective partners in Cincinnati.
Serena survives Ivanovic scare in Cincinnati
Defending champion Serena Williams reached the semi-finals of the Western & Southern tournament in Cincinnati but not before having her mettle tested in a 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over sixth-seeded Serb Ana Ivanovic on Friday.
Double delight for Yuki as he enters singles semis and doubles final
Yuki Bhambri enjoyed a fruitful day at the $100,000 Odlum Brown Vanopen as he reached the singles semi-final with a hard-fought win over Farrukh Dustov and also made his second consecutive doubles final at the Challenger level in Vancouver.
PHOTOS: Favourites cruise at heats on opening day at worlds
World record holder David Rudisha of Kenya and Ethiopia's defending champion Mohammed Aman cruised through the heats for the 800 metres on a hot and humid opening morning at the world athletics championships in Beijing on Saturday.
Murray sets up revenge chance against Federer
Roger Federer and Andy Murray advanced to the semi-finals of the Western & Southern Open in contrasting fashion on Friday to set up a rematch of their Wimbledon clash.
August 21, 2015Alonso and Button demoted to back of grid
McLaren drivers Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button will start last in Sunday's Belgian Formula One Grand Prix after being hit with heavy grid penalties for changes to their Honda power units.
Can the in-form Gatlin beat sprint king Bolt at World Championships?
In-form American Justin Gatlin should beat Usain Bolt to win both the sprints at the World Athletics Championships but it would be foolhardy to write off the Jamaican, three-times world 100 metres World champion Maurice Greene said on Friday.
Along with Hazard, 'Chelsea now have a match-winner in Pedro'
"I think Hazard will be able to get a breather every now and again now," said Hudson.
Pistorius parole ruling could take four months
South Africa's parole review board has up to four months to conclude its decision on when Oscar Pistorius can be released from prison, a Justice Ministry spokesman said on Thursday.
Not just Barca and Madrid, there are other contenders for La Liga crown
Champions Barcelona begin their bid for a sixth La Liga title in eight years at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday knowing that fellow heavyweights Real Madrid could, unusually, be just one of several challengers for their crown.
PGA: Woods back in rhythm, cards lowest score in two years at Wyndham
Tiger Woods fed off an "electric" atmosphere to card his lowest score in two years on the PGA Tour, a six-under 64 that put him within two shots of the early first round lead at the Wyndham Championship on Thursday.
Cincinnati Open: Former champion Nadal ousted; Serena in quarters
Photos from Day 5 action at the Western & Southern Open at Cincinnati on Thursday.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
Leicester City has a chance to go top of the English Premier League table with a maximum nine points.
August 20, 2015Saina signs up with IOS Sports Management Group
Star India shuttler Saina Nehwal has signed a two-year deal with leading sports management group, IOS Sports & Entertainment. IOS will now manage Saina's endorsements, appearances, brand profiling, patents, licensing and digital rights, images and visibility on social networking sites.
How Tendulkar inspired badminton ace Srikanth...
Sachin Tendulkar told me I will become World No 1, says badminton ace Srikanth.
Saina regains No. 1 ranking; Kashyap rises two places to 8
The London Olympics bronze medallist displaced Spain's Carolina Marin, who defeated her in the women's final of the World Championships in Jakarta last Sunday.
Bolt refuses to see himself as savior of dope-tainted athletics
'People are saying I need to win for the sport but there's a lot of other athletes out there running clean, and who have run clean throughout their whole careers'
Squash sensation Dipika Pallikal marries cricketer Dinesh Karthik
India's top-ranked squash player Dipika Pallikal married her fiancé and lond-time beau, cricketer Dinesh Karthik in a traditional Christian ceremony on Wednesday.
Soccer Roundup: Women call for 30 per cent representation in FIFA
FIFA's Task Force for Women's Football has called for a target of 30 percent women's participation in the governing body's leading structures and top jobs, FIFA said on Thursday.
Cincinnati Open round-up: Wawrinka unfocussed but wins; Serena advances
Stanislas Wawrinka had to dig deep to beat Borna Coric at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati on Wednesday and conceded his thoughts had been far from tennis over the past few days.
Valencia put one leg in Champions League group stages
Sofiane Feghouli's late goal eased the nerves at Valencia's Mestalla as the Spanish club grabbed a 3-1 victory over Monaco in the first leg of their Champions league play-off round tie on Wednesday.
World awaits more Bolt magic after athletics marred by doping scandals
Usain Bolt returns to the site of his first global triumph this week for a world championships showdown with a convicted dope cheat that has ramifications for athletics beyond just establishing who is the fastest man in the world.
FIVE women to watch out for at world athletics championships
Check out five female athletes to watch out for at the August 22-30 world athletics championships in Beijing.
August 19, 2015South African justice minister blocks Pistorius parole
Oscar Pistorius will not be freed on parole this Friday because the decision to do so was made without the right legal basis, South Africa's justice minister said on Wednesday, shocking the athlete's family as they prepared for his homecoming.
Old Trafford in seventh heaven as Memphis makes mark in iconic jersey
Old Trafford rejoiced on Tuesday in anticipation of their next famous No. 7 after Dutch forward Memphis Depay scored two sublime goals to inspire Manchester United to a 3-1 victory over Club Bruges.
PHOTOS: Walmiki brothers play hockey, dance with Rashtriya Rifles jawans
India hockey players Yuvraj and Devender Walmiki attend Rashtriya Rifles for their silver jubilee year celebrations in Anantnag earlier this week.
Saina hopes to stay injury-free in run up to Olympics
World Championship silver-medallist shuttler Saina Nehwal is aiming to remain injury-free and excel in all the Super Series tournaments in the run up to next year's Rio Olympics.
SAfrica justice minister seeking legal advice on Pistorius parole
South Africa's justice minister said on Tuesday he was seeking legal advice on whether its parole board was right to decide to free Oscar Pistorius on house arrest on Friday after serving a sixth of his five-year sentence for killing his girlfriend.
WADA considering banning countries of dope-tainted athletes
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is considering a blanket ban on countries whose athletes regularly dope in the wake of a series of damaging blows for the sport in recent days, according to its president Craig Reedie.
Soccer updates: Inter's Kovacic agrees big-money move to Real
Bringing you all the news from the summer transfer window and other snippets from the soccer world...
Cincinnati Open round-up: Federer eases through; Bencic rolls on
Roger Federer returned from a month-long layoff with a 6-4, 6-4 second round victory over Roberto Bautista Agut on Tuesday at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati.
US Open wildcards for former champion Hewitt and cancer-survivor Duval
Hewitt, the 2001 champion, received his wildcard via a reciprocal agreement with Tennis Australia, which will grant an American a wild card into next year's Australian Open, and was among 16 players who received wildcard entries.
Sebastian Coe is new IAAF president
Beat Sergie Bubka by 115 votes to 92 in a ballot of the governing body's 50th Congress
Champions League: Memphis stamps his mark for United; Record for Astana
On a night of close finishes in all five first-leg playoff games, the 21-year-old Dutch winger opened his United account with a memorable performance in the famous number seven shirt previously worn by George Best, Eric Cantona and David Beckham.
Leaving champion clubs... for English Premier League also-rans
Rediff.com takes a look at a few other players who shunned champion sides for mediocre clubs in the Premier League.
August 18, 2015Hard for Pedro to stay focussed, mourns Barca manager Enrique
'I want the market to damn well close so that I know who I can count on'
'Vimal Sir made me believe I can be number one'
World Badminton Championships silver medallist Saina Nehwal feels her decision to shift base to Bangalore and train under Vimal Kumar turned out to be a masterstroke.
Paes-Wawrinka fight back from a set down to advance at Cincinnati
They now face eighth-seeded pair of Canada's Vasek Pospisil and local boy Jack Sock, whom they beat 6-1, 6-4 in Paris.
A nearly-6000 points gap and No 1 spot still distant dream for Murray
Murray, 28, moved up above Federer to second in the ATP's latest rankings on Monday, courtesy of his dazzling displays in Montreal culminating in 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Serb Djokovic in an absorbing three-hour duel.
Champions League: Januzaj optimistic of regaining his Midas Touch
Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj is confident he can rediscover the form he displayed in his breakthrough season in 2013-14 and feature more regularly for the club.
Multi-faceted Benteke impresses on Liverpool debut with all-round play
'His hold-up play is outstanding, he's got a wonderful touch for a big guy and you saw that this evening'
Can Petr Cech boost Arsenal defence?
Per Mertesacker is confident new goalkeeper Petr Cech will enhance Arsenal's defence and the centre back said he has already developed an understanding with the Czech international.
'Tanking' controversy strikes men's tennis again
Gael Monfils loses in Cincinnati amid accusations of tanking.
FIFA mess: Blatter hits back at Chung over 'corrupt' comments
Outgoing president Sepp Blatter hit back at Chung Mong-joon, one of the candidates to replace him, for labelling FIFA a 'corrupt organisation' on Monday and said the South Korean's remarks were 'disturbing'.
How 'the ant' trumped mighty Barcelona...
Athletic Bilbao's Spanish Super Cup victory against Barcelona not only earned them their first major trophy in 31 years but also ended coach Ernesto Valverde's long wait for silverware.
EPL PHOTOS: Disputed goal ruins Bournemouth's show
Promoted Bournemouth are still waiting for their first Premier League points after succumbing to a controversial Christian Benteke goal in a 1-0 defeat at Liverpool on Monday.
Unless she wins a Major title, Saina won't be one of the greats
For all her achievements, says Bikash Mohapatra, Saina is yet to win either the Worlds, Olympics or All England, badminton's flagship events.
Soccer Updates: Bilbao stun Barcelona for historic Super Cup win
Athletic Bilbao claimed their first silverware in more than three decades when they wrapped up a 5-1 aggregate win over 10-man Barcelona to win the Spanish Super Cup on Monday and unleash ecstatic celebrations in the Basque city.
August 17, 2015'There is pressure because our aim is to reach the Champions League'
Manchester United are feeling the pressure ahead of their Champions League qualifier against Club Bruges on Tuesday, according to manager Louis van Gaal.
10 Best Sports Photos of the Week!
Rediff.com brings you this and a lot more gripping sporting action from the week gone by...
FIFA prez candidate Chung says Platini, Blatter like 'father and son'
Launching his bid in Paris, Chung told a news conference "Michel Platini was a great football player, and he is my friend. His problem is he does not seem to appreciate the seriousness of the corruption crisis at FIFA."
Why rising Aussie tennis stars are 'losing the plot'?
After Nick Kyrgios, another Aussie involved in verbal volley as tempers flare in Ohio.
Ramos signs five-year extension deal with Real
Local media reported the team captain, a dressing-room heavyweight and a huge fan favourite, would earn 10 million euros a season after tax, making him one of the best-paid members of Real's expensively assembled squad
After prison, Pistorius set for house arrest in his uncle's mansion
The release of Pistorius, whose lower legs were amputated when he was a baby, is in line with South African sentencing guidelines that say non-dangerous prisoners should spend only one-sixth of a custodial sentence behind bars.
Saina set to become World No 1 again
But Saina, who had lost in the quarter-finals last year, is set to gain 3600 points having made it to the World Championships final this year. Saina will therefore, now have 82, 792 points to her tally, giving her the World No 1 title again.
PHOTOS: Eugenie Bouchard 'almost' suspended in the air
Eugenie Bouchard tried to forget her poor results on the court.
Once a boxing champ, he now cleans drains for a living
Once a boxing champion, life has dealt Krishna Routh a severe blow.
As Liverpool welcome Bournemouth, Lallana eyes first home win
Liverpool must take all three points when they welcome newly promoted Bournemouth to Anfield on Monday to keep up their momentum in the Premier League, midfielder Adam Lallana has said.
Is there a problem brewing in Mourinho-Terry partnership?
Mourinho dropped a big bombshell when long-term captain and defensive colossus John Terry was substituted at halftime for tactical reasons -- the first time Mourinho had ever taken his trusty skipper off in the heat of battle.
Disillusionment and ignominy for Mourinho and Chelsea after City loss
With the 3-0 loss, Chelsea and the Gaffer have now matched the club's worst records -- Mourinho suffered his joint-heaviest defeat as a Premier League manager, while, for the first time in 17 years, the Blues have failed to record a win in either of their opening league games
Lahiri makes Indian golf history with top-5 finish at PGA Championship
Asian Tour star Anirban Lahiri wrote a small slice of Indian sporting history with an eye-catching equal fifth place finish at the PGA Championship on Sunday and reinforced his growing reputation in world golf.
It was Jason's 'Day' at PGA
Australia's Jason Day endured several close calls at the majors before finally landing one with a three-shot victory at the PGA Championship on Sunday.
There is an Indian connection to PSV's Luciano Narsingh
Luciano Narsingh's grandparents were immigrant workers from Andhra Pradesh who worked at plantations in Suriname.
4 reasons why City were better than Chelsea on Sunday...
Anger driving City to new heights, says City manager Manuel Pellegrini.
Someone was smoking weed and Djokovic could smell it!
World No 1 Novak Djokovic during his semifinal match against Jeremy Chardy at the Rogers Cup on Saturday, complained to the umpire that someone's cigarettes were making him dizzy.
Latest from the world of tennis: Swiss teen Bencic claims Rogers Cup
Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic capped a brilliant run to the Rogers Cup title on Sunday.
August 16, 2015EPL: Man City thrash misfiring Chelsea, Arsenal win
The Premier League season is only a week old and the problems are already piling up for misfiring champions Chelsea after a 3-0 thrashing at Manchester City on Sunday.
IAAF suppressed study of admitted dope cheats: Sunday Times
World athletics' governing body has suppressed a 2011 survey that reveals that up to a third of the world's top competitors admitted using banned performance-enhancing techniques, Britain's Sunday Times and German broadcaster ARD/WDR reported.
UEFA complain to FIFA over alleged Platini smear campaign
European soccer's governing body have asked FIFA to investigate the alleged distribution from their headquarters of an anonymous heavily critical 'dossier' on UEFA president Michel Platini, German newspaper Welt am Sonntag reported on Sunday.
PHOTOS: Did pressure get the better of Saina at World C'ships?
Carolina Marin broke Indian hearts as the World No.1 beat second seed Saina Nehwal in straight game to lift the World Championships title in Jakarta.
MLS: Keane double lifts Galaxy top in the West
Two headers from Robbie Keane just after halftime gave LA Galaxy a 2-1 win over Dallas in Major League Soccer on Saturday, lifting them top of the Western Conference after Vancouver lost to Sporting Kansas City.
EPL updates: Advocaat calls meeting to discuss Sunderland's woes
Follow the latest developments from all the on-field and off-the-field action in the Premiership.
Rio Olympic village workers living in squalor
A company working on the Olympic village that will receive athletes in Rio de Janeiro next year has housed some of its own workers in conditions that public prosecutors compared to slavery.
PGA: Struggling Woods misses cut at third major in a row
Tiger Woods plumbed new depths when he missed the cut in a third successive major for the first time in his career at the storm-delayed PGA Championship on Saturday.
Bundesliga: Mkhitaryan brace as Dortmund hit four; Schalke crush Werder
Armenia midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored twice as Borussia Dortmund thrashed Borussia Moenchengladbach 4-0 on Saturday to launch their season with a bang on coach Thomas Tuchel's Bundesliga debut with the club.
Saina reveals reasons behind loss at Badminton Worlds
"In the second set, I was on the slower side. I was trying to make rallies happen but the points went very quickly," she added.
IAAF blocked study showing 'widespread doping among elite athletes'
"The IAAF's delaying publication for so long without good reason is a serious encroachment on the freedom of publication," the researchers said in a statement.
Indian tennis round-up: Sania-Hingis ousted from Rogers Cup
Bolt skips training camp ahead of world championships
Six-times Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt will miss Jamaica's training camp in Japan before the world athletics championships in Beijing later this month, the manager of the Caribbean island's delegation said.
Murray to meet Djokovic in Rogers Cup final
Second Andy Murray breezed to a 6-3, 6-0 semi-final victory over Kei Nishikori on Saturday to set up a final with Novak Djokovic at the Rogers Cup in Montreal.
Saina settles for silver, loses to nemesis Marin at Badminton Worlds
Marin retained the world title with a 21-16, 21-19 win over the Indian ace.
PGA C'ship: Indian golfer Lahiri in record books on Independence Day
India golfer Anirban Lahiri is making the country proud and on India's 68th Independence Day, he gave his countrymen a couple of big reasons to be proud.
Swiss teen Bencic stuns Serena in Rogers Cup
The unseeded Bencic, who also beat former world number ones Caroline Wozniacki and Ana Ivanovic in Toronto, wore a look of disbelief after the 18-year-old's forehand winner whizzed past Williams to seal the match.
EPL: Leicester flying high after win at West Ham
The momentum that swept Leicester City away from relegation last season continued unabated at West Ham United on Saturday as their 2-1 win left them top of the Premier League.
August 15, 2015Sania-Hingis in Rogers Cup semis
Top seeds Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis eased into the semifinals of the WTA Rogers Cup.
IT'S A FIRST: Saina Nehwal in World Championships final
India's Saina Nehwal breezed into the women's singles World Badminton Championships final after beating local girl Lindaweni Fanetri in Jakarta, on Saturday.
PHOTOS: Sportsmen celebrate India's Independence Day
Rediff.com brings how the sportsmen celebrated India's 69th Independence Day.
Soccer Updates! Bilbao hammer Barca 4-0
Aritz Aduriz's second half hat-trick sent Barcelona spinning to a shock 4-0 defeat at Athletic Bilbao in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Friday.
Latest from the world of tennis: Nishikori stuns Nadal; Serena in semis
Kei Nishikori swept aside Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup.
August 14, 2015It took lots of patience and a little bit of luck: Saina
Assured of atleast a bronze at the World Badminton Championship, ace shuttler Saina Nehwal described her quarterfinal win as "special" and said patience was the key to her success.
It's official! Khel Ratna for Sania; Arjuna for 17 other sportspersons
Sania Mirza's was officially named for the coveted Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award on Friday. The Hyderabadi lady is only the second tennis player to be nominated for the country's highest sport honour.
Mourinho praises medical staff but Carneiro not on bench
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said he has "fantastic" medical staff but the club's first team doctor Eva Carneiro will not be on the bench against Manchester City on Sunday following her treatment of an injured player in a Premier League match.
Rifle shooter Chain Singh earns India 7th Olympics quota place
Rifle shooter Chain Singh became the seventh Indian marksman to clinch an Olympic quota place after finishing eighth in the 50m Rifle 3 Position event of the ISSF World Cup in Gabala, Azerbaijan, on Friday.
Sidelined Balotelli set for 'loyalty bonus' if he goes unsold!
Out-of-favour Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli will receive a six-figure loyalty bonus if he is still at the club when the transfer window closes on September 1, according to British media reports.
Justin Gatlin: Cheat or victim?
Justin Gatlin will run for the United States in Beijing but to much of the athletics world he might as well appear in a vest bearing a giant syringe such is his position as the tangible manifestation of the sport's wretched doping past.
Parliamentary Panel demands person with credential to lead SAI
Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Resource Development headed by Satyanarayan Jatiya has slammed SAI for not roping in sportspersons even 20 years after being asked for restructuring of the "unwieldy and monolithic bureaucratic organisation
5 men to watch out for at World Athletics Championships
Brief profile of five male athletes to watch out for at the August 22-30 world championships in Beijing.
Soccer updates! United to continue without De Gea
Rediff.com brings the latest news on English Premier League, results, and transfers around the world of soccer.
World Badminton: Saina in semis; Sindhu fails to make it
Twice World Championships bronze medalist P V Sindhu ran out of steam and was beaten by Korea's Sung Ji Hyun in the quarter-finals of badminton's showpiece event, in Jakarta, on Friday. The 20-year-old from Hyderabad, who had beaten Olympic champion and former world No 1 Li Xuerui of China in the previous round on Thursday, lost 17-21, 21-19, 21-16 in 82 minutes.
6 reasons why Mourinho is WRONG to ban Chelsea doctor
FIFA say managers cannot dictate to doctors over injuries.
Latest from the world of tennis: Serena rolls on, Halep struggles
World No 1 Novak Djokovic, second seed Andy Murray and three-time champion Rafael Nadal were all cheered into the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup on Thursday.
After the sledge, here come the boos
Australian Nick Kyrgios exited the Rogers Cup to boos and a hefty fine from the ATP for insulting remarks.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
The destination of the Premier League trophy will not be decided when current champions Chelsea meet their immediate predecessors Manchester City.
August 13, 2015Paes returns to Davis Cup team; Rohan, Somdev, Yuki also named
Leander Paes makes a return to the country's Davis Cup team as India named a four-member squad for the World Group play-off tie at home against top seeds Czech Republic from September 18-20.
Ramandeep scores twice as India win Spain hockey series
India's hockey team ended its European tour on a high, comfortably defeating Spain 4-2 in its last engagement to win the three-Test series by a 2-1 margin, in Terrassa, on Thursday.
Nick Kyrgios 'courts' another controversy
Australia's Nick Kyrgios courted more controversy with an off-colour remark to his opponent Stanislas Wawrinka during the second round at the Rogers Cup.
World C'ships: Saina, Sindhu march into quarters
India's shuttle queen Saina Nehwal emphatically progressed into the quarterfinals of the World Badminton Championship.
Why Caroline Wozniacki is criticising the WTA...
Wozniacki blasts WTA Tour for forcing her to play in the tournament without proper preparation.
Why Dzeko will continue to be Manchester City fan?
Edin Dzeko has bid an emotional farewell to Manchester City fans after joining Roma.
5 reasons why Serena plays second fiddle to Sharapova
Williams is arguably the greatest female athlete, but sponsors have often avoided the 21-time Grand Slam singles champion.
Sensational Sharapova: 11 years of domination and counting!
Tennis star Maria Sharapova again tops the list of highest earning female athletes over the past year, according to Forbes.
Rogers Cup: Murray, Nadal advance; but other seeds tumble
Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal were winners but six seeds were beaten in a day of upsets in the second round at the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Thursday.
August 12, 2015Glasgow to host Britain's Davis Cup semi-final
Andy Murray believes the unique Glasgow atmosphere can fire Britain to the Davis Cup final after the Scottish city was on Wednesday confirmed as the venue for the semi-final against 28-times champions Australia.
Europe hockey tour: India score over Spain
The Indian men's hockey team returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Spain in the fourth match of their ongoing tour of Europe, in Sant Cugat del Valles (Spain), on Wednesday.
Srikanth, Prannoy progress at World C'ships; Kashyap loses
Kidambi Srikanth and H S Prannoy sailed into the pre-quarter-finals, but it was heartbreak for Parupalli Kashyap in the men's singles at the World Badminton Championships in Jakarta on Wednesday.
Chelsea doctor Carneiro restricted from matches and training
Eva Carneiro set to lose place on bench after Mourinho criticism
Controversy's child, Barton loses West Ham deal following fan protest
Midfielder Joey Barton has confirmed he will not join West Ham after the club pulled out of talks over a potential deal following protests from their fans.
Courtois to miss Man City game after losing red card appeal
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will miss the champions' visit to Manchester City on Sunday after an appeal against a red card for the Belgian international was rejected by the Football Association.
Error-prone Bouchard positive despite another early exit
Eugenie Bouchard was hailed as the new face of women's tennis just 12 months ago but the Canadian's downward spiral continued on Tuesday with a humbling 6-0, 5-7, 6-2 loss to Swiss Belinda Bencic in the opening round of the Rogers Cup.
Broken four times by Panetta, rusty Williams advances despite glitches
Playing her first match of the North American hard court swing after pulling out of last week's event in Stanford with a sore right elbow, Williams played a ragged opening set in which she was broken four times while firing four double faults.
IPL-like league possible in snooker, billiards: Advani
Pocketing his 13th World title, ace cueist Pankaj Advani feels that an IPL-like league in snooker or billiards would be a possibility in the game that has become financially rewarding.
Rogers Cup: Djokovic struggles; Karlovic 'aces' tennis history
World No 1 Novak Djokovic kicked off his bid for a fourth Canadian crown with a 6-3, 7-6(4) second round win over a stubborn Thomaz Bellucci at the Rogers Cup on Tuesday.
In a nine-goal feast, Messi brace, Pedro winner hand Barca Super Cup!
With five titles, Barca are now level with AC Milan on all-time UEFA Super Cup winners list
Man United playing risky game over De Gea saga
Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson once said he would not sell Real Madrid "a virus" let alone Cristiano Ronaldo but, as even he found out, when the Spanish giants come knocking they usually get what they want.
August 11, 2015IAAF bans 28 after 2005, 2007 world champs retests
Turning to new technology to uncover previously undetected substances, the IAAF has initiated disciplinary action against 28 athletes after retested samples from the 2005 and 2007 World Championships found 32 adverse doping findings.
Pankaj Advani bags 13th world title
India's poster boy of cue sports Pankaj Advani clinched his 13th world title after winning the World 6-Red Snooker Championship in a convincing manner in Karachi.
Stoke City break club record to sign Xherdan Shaqiri from Inter
Stoke City signed Swiss international winger Xherdan Shaqiri from Inter Milan for a club record 12 million pounds on Tuesday, the Premier League club said on their website.
'Manchester United want to be challenging on all fronts'
Midfielder Michael Carrick thinks Manchester United's summer signings have quickly settled at Old Trafford and will do their bit in helping the club challenge for major honours this season.
Ex-IOC official Carrard to head FIFA reform task force
Scandal-plagued FIFA have turned to the man who helped the International Olympic Committee (IOC) out of their corruption crisis, appointing Swiss Francois Carrard as chairman of their reform committee.
Khel Ratna recommendation most amazing news: Sania
Sania Mirza reacted with delight at her being recommended for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, describing it as the "most amazing" development.
Now, I can proudly say that I am an Arjuna awardee: Poovamma
Expressing happiness at the recommendation for the coveted Arjuna Award, ace quartermiler M R Poovamma described it as a "dream come true".
5 lesser known facts about Sania Mirza
Tennis ace Sania Mirza wins the Khel Ratna award. Last week, the Sports Ministry confirmed that Wimbledon doubles champion Sania Mirza had been recommended for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna.
Sania is only second tennis player to be named for Khel Ratna
Sania Mirza was recommended for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award on Tuesday. She is only the second tennis player ever to be named for the country's highest sporting honour.
Where are the home-grown youngsters in the EPL?
Of the 220 players who started for Premier League clubs at the weekend, only 73, or 33.2 per cent, were eligible to play for England.
EPL: What Blind lacks in height he makes up with clever play
Daley Blind may lack the height and power but the Manchester United midfielder insists he possesses the footballing intelligence to flourish as a centre-back.
Shooter Nanjappa seals Rio spot
India's Prakash Nanjappa has earned a quota place for the 2016 Rio Olympics after finishing eighth in the finals of 50-metre men's pistol event at the ISSF World Cup in Gabala, Azerbaijan.
Sindhu, Srikanth off to a winning start at World Championships
Two-time bronze medallist, P V Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth started their campaign at the World Badminton Champion with contrasting victories in the women's and men's singles competition respectively in Jakarta.
Watch out Barcelona, six trophies up for grabs!
Winning the treble last season has spurred Barcelona to try and win all six trophies up for grabs this year and replicate the feat they achieved in 2009, midfielder Andres Iniesta said on Monday.
Thibaut Courtois: Chelsea appeal red card shown to goalkeeper
Premier League champions Chelsea have decided to appeal against the red card shown to Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in the 2-2 draw against Swansea City, according to several media reports on Monday.
Europe hockey Tour: India go down to Spain
Failing to sustain an aggressive start, the Indian men's hockey team went down to Spain 1-4 in its third match of the ongoing Europe Tour in Sant Cugat del Valles.
10 BEST Sports Photos of the Week!
Here's a glimpse of all that happened around the world of sport last week, in 10 images.
History-chasing Serena wants to be in the 'here and now'
'I'm not thinking ahead to the Open right now because I am here in Toronto and I haven't really played a hard court match in awhile. I'm thinking I want to get some of this under my belt and the Open will happen when the Open happens.'
Flying Frenchman Monfils, Simon advance in Montreal
The French flag flew proudly in Montreal on Monday as Gilles Simon and Gael Monfils advanced to the second round of the Rogers Cup.
After a lengthy rain delay, Lisicki routs Venus
After a long rain delay Germany's Sabine Lisicki made quick work of Venus Williams, strolling into the second round of the Rogers Cup on Monday after routing the American 6-0 6-3.
EPL: Toure dazzles for slick City at powerless West Brom
Photos from the EPL match played between Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion on Monday
Manchester United and South American players: Not quite a perfect mix
Following Angel Di Maria's nightmare stint, Bikash Mohapatra/Rediff.com says the 'Theatre of Dreams' has never been a happy a hunting ground for players from the continent
Lesser lights sparkle in opening round of EPL
Despite a splurge of summer spending of more than 500 million pounds and counting, it was a free transfer from France who provided one of the standout moments of the Premier League's big kickoff.
August 10, 2015Nadal says mental strength has returned
Rafa Nadal says his mental stability has returned after a topsy-turvy year for the former world number one.
West Brom break club record to sign Venezuelan striker Rondon
West Bromwich Albion broke their club-record transfer fee to sign Venezuelan striker Salomon Rondon from Russian club Zenit St Petersburg, the Premier League club said on Monday.
REVEALED! West Ham teenager was rejected by Tottenham
Tottenham rejected Reece Oxford before he joined West Ham.
Depay proud to wear United's famous No 7 shirt
Memphis Depay keen to prove worthy of Manchester United's No 7 shirt.
Gurbaj suspended for 9 months for 'disciplinary issues'
Senior India hockey player Gurbaj Singh was suspended for nine months on Monday for allegedly indulging in groupism and creating disharmony within the team.
PHOTOS: Scooterists reign in the dirt and rain!
Come the rains and two-wheeler racing fanatics line-up for the popular off-beat challenge. The latest edition was on Sunday, August 8. There were entries from Mumbai, Nashik, Pune, Thane, Bangalore, Bhopal, and Jodhpur. Like previous years, this time too Sportscraft chose the backwoods of Navi Mumbai to give riders a chance to test their driving and racing skills in a safe environment.
Super Cup: Pedro to step in for Neymar
Barcelona will be missing the lethal touch of Neymar in attack for the UEFA Super Cup against Sevilla.
Leicester striker Vardy apologises for racial slur
The Sun on Sunday published a video showing the alleged incident, which is believed to have taken place in July.
Badminton Worlds: Kashyap, Prannoy advance to Round 2 after easy wins
But the Indian mixed doubles pair of Arun Vishnu and Aparna Balan suffered a close 18-21, 21-10, 22-24, loss to Russian pair of Evgenij Dremin and Evgenia Dimova, while another pair of Tarun Kona and Sikki N Reddy too went down 13-21, 17-21 against Liao Min Chun and Chen Hsiao Huan of Chinese Taipei.
Giroud did not suffer concussion following collision in West Ham tie
The 28-year-old France international collided with Tomkins in the 76th minute at the Emirates and appeared to be dazed by the clash, but was left on the pitch after being assessed by his team's medical staff.
How swimmers will deal with Rio night races?
Swimming's top nations are setting their sights on how to deal with midnight finishes during the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Chelsea don't miss 'keeper Cech: Mourinho
'The problem with Petr is that an opponent is better than before'
Chinese Olympic champ Sun in middle of controversy once again!
The coach of Brazil's national swimming team says China's Olympic champion Sun Yang tried to elbow and kick a female swimmer.
Football weekend scarred by violence on and off the pitch
Hertha Berlin team bus shot at by motorcyclist and penalty prompts riot police to protect referee in Brazil league match.
Check out Europe's chaotic soccer weekend
Rediff.com brings you the top highlights of the soccer weekend.
German Cup: Fourth-tier Jena stun Hamburg
Fourth division club Carl Zeiss Jena stunned Hamburg SV 3-2 in the German Cup on Sunday, taking the scalp of the Bundesliga's former European champions to cause the biggest sensation of the competition's first round.
EPL: Gut instinct over tactics pays off for Liverpool
'We were looking at making a positive change -- so Coutinho was going to come off and we were going to put Danny Ings on. I'm glad I kept him on'
Kerber matches Serena's title record this season with Stanford triumph
Runner-up Pliskova will move into the top-10 of the world rankings for the first time in her career
EPL: Hammers' 16-year-old Oxford enjoys dream debut vs Arsenal
'I thought we need someone to sit in front of the defence who is cool and can be a third defender, but who can also play on the ball. I am very proud of him.'
Leaked doping data casts doubt over major marathons
Britain's Sunday Times and Germany's ARD say the results from the database of the sport's governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), show evidence of widespread cheating among long distance runners.
Nishikori rises in the rankings after claiming Washington title
"It's been an amazing year so far," said the 25-year-old Nishikori, who will move up to fourth from fifth in the world rankings.
August 09, 2015Arsenal optimism punctured as West Ham claim shock win
West Ham United capitalised on two mistakes from Arsenal's new goalkeeper Petr Cech to claim a surprise 2-0 victory at the Emirates and bring the Gunners' early Premier League optimism down to earth with a bump on Sunday.
Why Mourinho is angry with Chelsea's medical staff?
Chelsea's Jose Mourinho, who hoped to celebrate his new contract with victory at an expectant Stamford Bridge, ended up grateful his team did not become the first Premier League champions to start their title defence with a defeat.
Dramatic start to Chelsea's EPL season
Ten-man Chelsea held amid high drama.
Phelps, beware! Le Clos is here!
South African Chad le Clos threw down the gauntlet to rival Michael Phelps with a cheeky grin after powering to the 100 metres butterfly gold.
Will Karolina Pliskova be fourth time lucky?
Czech Karolina Pliskova stopped upset-maker Varvara Lepchenko in the semi-finals at the Bank of The West Classic in Stanford, California, on Saturday.
Nishikori reverses 2014 US Open result
Kei Nishikori exacted a measure of revenge against Marin Cilic when the Japanese world number five overcame the Croatian in the semi-finals of the Citi Open.
August 08, 2015World Swimming: Ledecky breaks 800m freestyle world record
Katie Ledecky of the United States broke her own world record for 800 metres freestyle at the world swimming championships on Saturday.
Italian Super Cup: Mandzukic, Dybala help Juventus beat Lazio
Italian double winners Juventus claimed their third Super Cup title in four seasons as new signings Mario Mandzukic and Paulo Dybala struck in the second half to secure their 2-0 win over Lazio in Shanghai on Saturday.
Walker own goal gifts Man United win in Premier League opener
The Premier League kicked off in unique fashion on Saturday as an own goal by Tottenham Hotspur's Kyle Walker gave Manchester United a 1-0 victory in an undistinguished season opener at Old Trafford.
Australia stun All Blacks to win first Rugby Championship title
Australia stunned world champions New Zealand 27-19 to claim a first Rugby Championship title in the fourth year of the competition and a welcome boost ahead of the World Cup on Saturday.
Independent commission to urgently probe doping allegations: WADA
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Friday its Independent Commission will urgently launch an investigation into widespread doping allegations against international athletics.
No proof Button was gassed in burglary: prosecutor
"For now, there is no proof (gas was used). This is based solely on their personal conviction as they had stomach aches when they woke up," he said.
10-man PSG make winning start to Ligue 1 campaign
Ten-man Paris St Germain got the defence of their Ligue 1 title off to a good start when Lucas's second-half strike earned them a 1-0 win at Lille on Friday.
PIX: Australian duo Larkin and Campbell set records at swimming Worlds
Mitchell Larkin completed a rare backstroke double and Bronte Campbell won the blue riband women's 100 metres freestyle title as Australia celebrated another golden night at the world swimming championships.
Cilic and Nishikori set for US Open rematch in Washington
Marin Cilic and Kei Nishikori will meet in the semi-finals at the Citi Open in Washington on Saturday, their first encounter since the final of last year's US Open.
Mourinho renews contract with 'the club closest to heart'
Jose Mourinho has committed himself to Premier League champions Chelsea until at least 2019 after signing a new four-year contract as manager, the west London club said on Friday.
Tennis: Sharapova withdraws from Rogers Cup; Pliskova now among top-10
Maria Sharapova's US Open preparations took a major blow with the Russian World No 2 forced to withdraw from next week's WTA event in Toronto.
EPL: Why three is the perfect number for Mourinho going into the season
Chelsea banking on other big strikers with Costa still doubtful
August 07, 2015Champions League play-offs: United have stiff Bruges challenge
Manchester United were given a troublesome tie against Club Bruges in the draw for the Champions League playoff round on Friday, although it could have been worse as they avoided Lazio, CSKA Moscow or Monaco.
Struggling with spasms Lahiri cards disappointing 77 at World Golf
Anirban Lahiri, coming in after a short break following events in Europe, was hit by back spasms early in his first round as he carded a 77 in the World Golf Championships-Invitational in Akron, Ohio, United States.
Only 10, she is the youngest ever at the World Swimming Cships!
Alzain Tareq finished a distant last among the 64 competitors in the women's 50-metre butterfly, reaching the end of the pool in a time of 41.13 seconds but the Bahraini says she wants to swim at the Rio Olympics
'Multi-functional' Young commits another three years to United
'Delighted to extend my stay with this amazing club. Thanks to the staff, players and also, you, the fans, for your incredible support #mufc.'
'Keeper De Gea to miss United's EPL opener amid Real speculation
David De Gea will not play in Manchester United's opening Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur, manager Louis van Gaal said on Friday, amid reports linking the goalkeeper with a move to Real Madrid.
Reasons for Benteke's Liverpool move revealed
'If Liverpool bought me then they know how to use me. That's why I came here -- I'll show I can play with my feet too'
FIFA Rankings: Guess where India stands?
The Indian football team continued to paint a grim picture as they are languishing down at 156th spot in the latest FIFA rankings.
Olympic champ Lewis pleads with athletes to save the sport
"The future of athleticism depends on the athletes," Lewis told Reuters ahead of the inauguration of the NACAC athletics championships in Costa Rica.
F1 driver Button and wife 'gassed' in burglary
Jenson Button may have been gassed during a burglary at a rented villa in St Tropez.
Citi Open: Bopanna and Mergea reach semis
Third seeds Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea progressed into the men's doubles semifinals.
Di Maria to United fans: I am sorry it did not work out as I had wished
"I write this note to thank all the Manchester United family for the great support received during the year I've been part of this Club," Di Maria told United fans in an open letter, published widely by the British media.
Mrs Andy Murray is pregnant!
Great Britain's tennis star Andy Murray and his wife, Kim Sears, are expecting their first baby.
In PIX: The many faces of synchronised swimming
Synchronised swimming can be described as 'water ballet', as it consists of dance-like elaborate movements that swimmers make to music.
For the 1st time since 2000, Palestinian territories come together
Palestinians long riven by geography and factional feuding enjoyed a rare show of unity on Thursday in a soccer match that brought together teams from their two territories.
Exclusive! A year to go as Mary Kom set sights on gold at Rio Olympics
'I will try my best to win gold at the Olympics. You can be assured that I will put in more than 100 per cent to achieve it.'
Europa League: West Ham knocked out
West Ham United were knocked out of the Europa League in the third qualifying round on Thursday after a 2-1 defeat at Romanian side Astra Giurgiu.
Lochte makes history risking disqualification
Lochte risked disqualification in 200m medley win.
Goodbye Angel; good riddance, Manchester Utd!
Angel di Maria's move from Real Madrid to Old Trafford was such a disaster that Manchester United was more than willing to incur losses of more than 15 million pounds on their investment. Bikash Mohapatra/Rediff.com looks at the Argentina star's nightmare year at the 'Theatre of Dreams'.
5 reasons why Pellegrini is sure City will win EPL
Manchester City are brimming with optimism with coach Manuel Pellegrini 'absolutely sure' of winning the Premier League title.
August 06, 2015Di Maria joins Paris St Germain from Manchester United
Argentina winger Angel Di Maria has joined Paris St Germain from Premier League giants Manchester United, the French club announced on twitter on Thursday.
Messi gets unfriendly in friendly!
Barcelona's Lionel Messi was at the centre of a headbutting controversy.
Audi Cup: Lewandowski nets winner as Bayern beat Real Madrid
Brazilian Douglas Costa was in fine form as Bayern Munich beat Real Madrid 1-0 in a pre-season tournament.
Unseeded Gabashvili stuns top seed Murray in Washington
Andy Murray's preparations for the US Open got off to a poor start when the Briton suffered a stunning loss.
Meet the girl dominating world swimming championships
Katie Ledecky claimed a stunning gold in the women's 200 metres and also won the 1,500m freestyle gold with a world record.
IMPRESSIVE! 2 million tickets sold for 2016 Rio Games
Brazilians snap up two million tickets for 2016 Rio Games.
Chelsea's Mantra: If it ain't broke, don't fix it!
Chelsea begin their Premier League title defence against Swansea City on Saturday in the unusual position of heading into a new season having been significantly outspent by their rivals.
Neymar, Messi show in Rome
Neymar and Lionel Messi grabbed a goal each in the first half as Barcelona rolled over Roma 3-0 in the traditional Gamper Trophy pre-season match on Wednesday.
August 05, 2015'Football is not ballet,' says Milan coach after De Jong tackle
AC Milan coach Sinisa Mihajlovic has dismissed complaints about a Nigel de Jong tackle during Tuesday's friendly match against Bayern Munich by saying that "football is not ballet."
Retaining the title will be tougher for Chelsea, feels Mourinho
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho feels it will be more difficult for his side to retain the Premier League title with the other contenders having made strong additions to their squads.
'AC Milan's goal is to finish inside the top three in Italy'
Sinisa Mihajlovic has set AC Milan a top-three finish as the target for his first season in charge of the seven-times European champions.
IAAF fights back against reports of widespread suspected doping
The world governing body for athletics (IAAF) fought back on Tuesday against media reports of suspected widespread doping in the sport, rejecting accusations it failed to investigate dubious drugs test results properly.
Kenya's top runners urge fans to keep faith amid doping row
Kenya's top runners have urged athletics fans and sports enthusiasts across the world to keep faith in them, despite media allegations of widespread doping in the east African nation famed for its top-class runners.
In for the long haul, Terry's training hard and eating right
Chelsea defender John Terry has worked hard on his fitness in the last few years and wants to have a long playing career like former Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs, the former England captain said.
Tip Gear: Some advice for Jeremy Clarkson and the boys
Now that Jeremy has decided to try his hand at something new, we asked Top Gear's Top Fan Anywhere, Raja Sen, to give Mr C some advice.
Brazilian senators to head to US, Switzerland, in soccer probe
A Brazilian Senate committee investigating corruption in soccer will send three of its members to Switzerland and Miami to interview key players charged in a massive bribery scandal.
Rio confident a year before Olympics but questions remain
Brazil's economy is heading for recession, the President is threatened with impeachment and a huge corruption scandal has engulfed the nation but Rio de Janeiro is riding a wave of confidence in its preparations to host the Olympics next year.
Real's Bale scores to sink former club Spurs in pre-season friendly
Gareth Bale scored against his former club Tottenham Hotspur as Real Madrid claimed a convincing 2-0 win over the Premier League club in a friendly at the pre-season Audi Cup in Germany.
Mayweather's got a new challenger who is 'ready to kick his ass'
I always bring my A-game and this fight against Andre Berto is no exception, says the 38-year-old Mayweather, who will get back in the ring on September 12
Former European champions Ajax knocked out of Champions League!
Four-time European champions Ajax Amsterdam were knocked out of the Champions League in the third qualifying round on Tuesday after a dramatic 3-2 defeat at home to unsung Rapid Vienna.
Van Gaal faces many questions as Premeir League season looms
Manchester United's fourth place in last season's Premier League was regarded as a qualified success but more importantly the launch pad to return the club to former glory.
Records tumble as swimmers make a splash at Worlds
Britain's James Guy held off a host of Olympic champions to win his first world title, the men's 200m freestyle, at the world championships on Tuesday.
Di Maria 'very happy to join PSG', has medical ahead of move
The former Real Madrid wide midfielder, whose 59.7 million pounds ($93.28 million) transfer a year ago set a British record, is preparing to join the French champions for a considerably lower fee, according to media reports.
Suarez has extra motivation, says Barca boss Enrique
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is expecting an even greater impact from Luis Suarez this season with the cloud of disciplinary problems no longer hanging over the Uruguay striker.
August 04, 2015World Swimming: Ledecky breaks 1500 metres freestyle world record
American Katie Ledecky set a world record for the women's 1500 metres freestyle at the world swimming championships on Tuesday.
Bajrang, Babita qualify for World Wrestling Championship
Star grapplers Bajrang and Babita Kumari qualified for next month's World Wrestling Championship after emerging victorious in their respective weight categories in the final selection trials at the SAI training centre in Sonepat.
Injured Ibrahimovic ruled out of PSG's season opener at Lille
Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss Paris St Germain's Ligue 1 season opener at Lille on Friday because of a knee injury.
No doping in athletics, declares IAAF
The world governing body for athletics (IAAF) released a formal statement on Tuesday, strongly denying media reports of widespread doping in the sport.
5 per cent of 'abnormal blood tests' from Indian athletes: Reports
Sensational media reports of widespread blood doping in world athletics has also pointed the finger of suspicion at Indian athletes, though experts in the country are not very clear about how it could have happened.
Bopanna-Mergea down Murray-Nestor to enter Citi Open quarters
The Indian doubles specialist and his Romanian partner defeated the Scottish-Canadian team 2-6, 6-1, 10-3 in the opening round of the US $1,753,020 hard-court event.
India hockey captain Rani Rampal appointed SAI coach
Indian women's hockey team forward Rani Rampal is set to become an assistant coach with the Sports Authority of India after SAI relaxed its recruitment norms owing to her fine brilliant record.
Bale, Benzema will stay at Real, insists coach Benitez
Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez has dismissed speculations surrounding Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema's potential move to the Premier League, insisting that both key players will not be leaving the Spanish club.
Fit Costa will be key to Chelsea's campaign, reckons Redknapp
Defending champions Chelsea's season could be in trouble if striker Diego Costa is unavailable for long, former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp said.
Will Schweinsteiger prove a worthy buy for United? Guardiola is doubtful
Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has cast a doubt on Manchester United's new midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger by saying his former player was never fully fit during the last three seasons.
Meet Sania, the elegant showstopper!
The World No 1 doubles tennis player, was adorned with ornaments designed by jewellery designer, Moni Agarwal, as she walked the ramp. She showcased Agarwal's royal and exquisite 'Zohrakshi' jewellery collection.
Speculations heat up as F1 champ Hamilton seen with Rihanna again
Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton has fueled speculation that he is in a romantic relationship with pop star Rihanna.
No love lost: Wenger snubs Mourinho after Community Shield win
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has accused his rival Arsene Wenger of deliberately ignoring his potential handshake when the Arsenal boss walked down the tunnel after his team defeated Chelsea 1-0 to claim the Community Shield for a second season in a row at Wembley on Sunday.
Angel Di Maria set to leave United for PSG
Angel Di Maria's brief career at Manchester United came to an end as the winger will join Paris Saint-Germain on a four-year deal.
1st Hockey Test: Clinical India blank France
Talented Chinglensana Singh and seasoned S V Sunil scored a goal each as the Indian men's hockey team started their tour of Europe with a 2-0 victory over hosts France on Monday.
Why Stones should pick United over Chelsea
Former England international Rio Ferdinand feels Everton's John Stones should pick Manchester United over Chelsea if the defender prefers more playing time.
Doping: Money at heart of athletics cover up!
Victor Conte, the man at the centre of what was the United States's biggest doping scandal, believes the latest drug scandal to rock the sports world is all part of a cover up to protect the bottom line.
Injury Reports: Juventus's Khedira ruled out for two months
Juventus's new signing Sami Khedira will miss the first two months of the season with a thigh injury, the Serie A champions said.
Is she 'masculine'?
Ronda Rousey thrashes body shamers calling her 'masculine'.
Meet swimming's 'Iron Lady' who smashed world record
Hungary's Katinka Hosszu underlined her status as the leading all-round swimmer with a world record in the women's 200 metres individual medley at the world championships on Monday.
New findings on doping: Results show health risk in athletes
Some of the readings from athletes' blood tests leaked by a whistleblower for a report exposing suspected doping were so extreme they were 'downright dangerous', one of the experts cited in the report.
World Swimming: Sjostrom sets 100m butterfly world record
Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom set a world record for the women's 100 metres butterfly at the world swimming championships on Monday.
August 03, 2015World Swimming Championships: Hosszu sets 200m medley world record
Hungary's Katinka Hosszu set a world record for the women's 200 metres individual medley at the world swimming championships on Monday.
Rafael poised to join Olympique Lyon from Manchester United
Olympique Lyonnais are on the verge of signing Brazil defender Rafael from Manchester United, the French club's president said on Monday.
World C'ships: US teen Ledecky betters own 1500m freestyle world mark
American teenager Katie Ledecky bettered her own 1500 metres freestyle world record with a superb display during the morning heats at the world championships on Monday.
Manchester City hoping Sterling proves a sound investment
Demonised as a caricature of the highly-paid modern-day footballer whose ego dwarfs his talent, Raheem Sterling will have few fans when the Premier League begins next weekend.
Rodgers delights at promising start for Liverpool's new strike duo
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has expressed his delight with Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino after the forwards made their first-team debuts in the club's final warm-up match before the new Premier League season.
India not taking France lightly in European Tour opener
In the FIH Hockey World League Semi-Final 2012-13, the Indian team outplayed the European team by 6-2 in which young Mandeep Singh scored two back-to-back goals. In the second season of FIH Hockey World League Semi-Final, India again met France in the semi-final round in Belgium and defeated them 3-2.
Frisbee comes of age, earns Olympic recognition
The sport of flying disc, popularly known as frisbee, has been officially recognised as an Olympic sport by the International Olympic Committee.
10 BEST Sports Photos of the Week!
Steve Finn helped England dominate Australia in another Ashes Test at Edgbaston on Friday to take a 2-1 series lead.
American cyclist Danielson fails doping test
American Tom Danielson has revealed he failed a doping test for synthetic testosterone but the Cannondale-Garmin rider denies taking a banned substance.
Di Maria on verge of signing for PSG
Manchester United's Argentine winger Angel Di Maria is set to have a medical ahead of a proposed transfer to French champions Paris St-Germain a year after arriving at Old Trafford for a British record transfer fee, local media reported on Sunday.
Tevez scores but Boca Juniors lose at home
Carlos Tevez scored his first goal for Boca Juniors at La Bombonera in more than a decade but it was not enough to prevent his side from crashing to a shock 4-3 defeat to Union in the Argentine championship on Sunday.
De Jong sizzles as PSV lift Dutch Super Cup trophy
Luuk de Jong scored twice as champions PSV Eindhoven handed out a stark warning to the other Dutch league title contenders with a 3-0 win over Groningen in the Super Cup on Sunday.
4 reasons why Petr Cech could be the answer to Arsenal's problems
Petr Cech helped the Gunners enjoy a rare victory over Jose Mourinho's side on Sunday.
Isner beats the heat and Baghdatis to rule in Atlanta once more
Overpowers the ailing Cypriot to win the hardcourt title for third time in succession
Athletics roiled by mass doping allegations
Calls grow for global athletics probe after widespread doping allegations.
Blatter gives up IOC membership as FIFA exit nears
FIFA President Sepp Blatter was relieved of his International Olympic Committee ex officio membership on Monday.
Happy Birthday Sunil Chhetri! 6 reasons why he is a star striker
As Chhetri celebrates his 31st birthday today, here is a look at what makes him stand out.
August 02, 2015Swede Sjostrom sets world record in 100m butterfly
Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom set a world record for the women's 100 metres butterfly at the world championships on Sunday.
Arsenal get morale-boosting win over Chelsea
FA Cup winners Arsenal beat champions Chelsea 1-0 in England's Community Shield season curtain-raiser at Wembley on Sunday to end a long wait for victory over their London rivals.
Nadal claims 67th career title with Hamburg Open victory
Spaniard Rafa Nadal won his 67th career title with a 7-5, 7-5 victory against dangerous Italian Fabio Fognini in the final of the Hamburg Open on Sunday.
Indian women's team bag silver at World Archery Championships
The Indian women's recurve team squandered a two-set lead and went down to top seed Russians in the shoot-off to bag a silver medal at the World Archery Championships, in the final in Copenhagen, on Sunday.
Athletics rocked by 'wild' doping allegations
The BBC report said a third of medals in endurance events at the Olympics and world championships between 2001 and 2012 were won by athletes who have recorded "suspicious tests".
Enticing Federer vs Nadal awaits in second season of IPTL
The apprehensions attached with a new tennis concept have disappeared as the top international players have embraced IPTL, feels Mahesh Bhupathi, whose league will feature a marquee match between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the capital this season.
August 01, 2015Nadal eases past Seppi to reach Hamburg final
Rafa Nadal made light work of Italian Andreas Seppi to reach the final of the Hamburg Open on Saturday and will now face Fabio Fognini, who is chasing an almost unthinkable third claycourt victory over the Spaniard this season.
Almaty hints at another Olympic run after narrow loss
Almaty could consider another Olympic bid campaign after narrowly losing out to Beijing for the 2022 Winter Olympics, Kazakhstan's Prime Minister Karim Massimov hinted.
Sania Mirza recommended for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna
The Sports Ministry has confirmed that Wimbledon doubles champion Sania Mirza has been recommended for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna but made it clear that the final decision rests with only the Awards Committee.
Indian-American student baseball player to be honoured
Teenage baseball sensation Kumar Nambiar from Westchester county has become the first Indian-American student athlete to be honoured with 'New York State Player of the Year', according to media reports.
Manchester United bank on Schweinsteiger for midfield mongrel
The signing of Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern Munich was a massive statement of intent by Manchester United.
'Chelsea must be unpredictable because opponents know us well'
Chelsea must add a new dimension to their brand of football if the champions are to mount a strong defense of the Premier League title they won in some comfort last season, said manager Jose Mourinho.
Olympic sailors, rowers shrug off reports of Rio's polluted waters
Sailors and rowers were not worried about getting sick during the Rio Olympics next year despite reports that waters to be used for events have pollution levels equivalent to raw sewage, competitors said on Thursday.
Barca's youth eager to make most of opportunities during transfer ban
Barcelona's famed youth academy has taken a back seat to big-name signings in recent years but as a result of the FIFA transfer ban imposed on the club, promising youngsters have been given a chance to shine in Luis Enrique's side.
July 31, 2015IOC in no mood for risks, opts for Beijing's sure bet
The choice of Beijing as host of the 2022 Winter Olympics over Kazakhstan's Almaty was a solid vote for the tried and tested, and the financial and organisational security of China.
Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla sign new Arsenal contracts
Arsenal forward Theo Walcott and Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla have signed new contracts with the Gunners, the Premier League club said on Friday.
Beijing awarded 2022 Winter Olympics
Beijing was chosen by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to host the 2022 Winter Olympics on Friday, becoming the first city to be awarded both summer and winter Games.
US lawmakers call for allowing turbaned Sikh basketball players
A bipartisan group of 39 influential American lawmakers has asked the International Basketball Federation to end its discrimination against Sikh players and allow them to play while wearing a turban.
Meet the potential FIFA presidential candidates
The election to replace outgoing Sepp Blatter will take place at an extraordinary congress on February 26 in Zurich.
Warne says booing fine over Goodes race row
"I can understand why he's upset because no one should be subject to taunts, they particularly shouldn't be subject to racial taunts.
Diamond League: Fraser-Pryce rules the track; Oliver suffers setback
Women's 100 metres world champion and Diamond Race leader Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won.
Gomez joins Besiktas on loan after injury-hit Fiore spell
German forward Mario Gomez has joined Besiktas on loan after two unhappy, injury-plagued seasons at Fiorentina, the clubs said on Thursday.
Transferred...with a twist
The summer transfer season in Europe has witnessed many a high-profile move, and a surprise or two. Rediff.com takes a look at a few such tales that ended not as expected.
FC Goa coach Zico's FIFA bid gets lukewarm backing from CBF
Zico has been promised the backing of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) for his bid to run for the FIFA presidency if he can show he has the support of four other federations.
'Missing' Olympian wants to return, fight and train Indian boxers
Gurcharan Singh tells Laxmi Negi/Rediff.com why he deserted the Indian team and the reason for wanting to return to the country after 15 years.
Mob Museum to display FIFA's 'rampant corruption'
A Las Vegas museum devoted to the exploits of Tommy gun-wielding mobsters will open a permanent display that explores the "rampant corruption" of global soccer's scandal-rocked governing body, which has drawn comparisons to organized crime.
July 30, 2015'Zhangjiakou has schools and overseas projects for winter sports'
Zhangjiakou, the joint-bidding city of Beijing for 2022 Winter Olympics, is developing fast in skiing industry. Mayor Hou Liang said on Thursday that the Hebei city had been training coaches to meet the need of the rapid development.
Rajat Chauhan in gold medal race at World archery
Rajat Chauhan ensured India a medal by making the final in the compound section, while Laxmirani Majhi advanced to the bronze medal play-off in the women's recurve in the World Archery Championships, in Copenhagen, on Thursday.
Constantine announces list of 28 probables for WC qualifier
National coach Stephen Constantine announced a list of 28 probables on Thursday for India's forthcoming 2018 World Cup preliminary joint qualification match against Iran.
South Korea's Chung running for FIFA president
Former FIFA vice-president Chung Mong-joon, one of the most influential figures in Asian soccer, told Reuters on Thursday he is entering the race to replace Sepp Blatter as president of football's world governing body.
Why the race debate is raging in Australia?
Months of relentless booing of Aboriginal football great and anti-racism campaigner Adam Goodes has ignited an
ISL: Former Chelsea player Mutu signs for FC Pune City
The 36-year-old player, whose career has been chequered by controversy, spent last season at Petrolul Ploiești, a top-flight Romanian club.
English FA back Platini's FIFA presidency bid
The English FA have thrown their weight behind Michel Platini's bid to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president.
Felix to run 400m and relays at World Championships
Olympic 200 metres gold medallist Allyson Felix has chosen to run the 400 metres at next month's world championships, her coach told Reuters on Wednesday.
World's fastest woman sets sights on 100 and 200 metres titles
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the world's fastest woman, may change her plans and defend both her 100 and 200 metres titles at next month's world championships in Beijing.
Kaka leads MLS All-Stars to win over Tottenham
Former Brazil international Kaka made the most of his first appearance in the Major League Soccer All-Star Game as he helped lead his team past English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 on Wednesday.
International Champions Cup friendly: PSG beat United in Chicago
Blaise Matuidi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored first half goals as Paris Saint-Germain beat Manchester United 2-0 on Wednesday in their International Champions Cup clash in Chicago.
CL Qualifier: Ajax squander two-goal lead against 10-man Rapid Vienna
Ajax Amsterdam, returning to the stadium where they last won the Champions League 20 years ago, squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 against 10-man Rapid Vienna on Wednesday.
Diamond League: German Schwanitz creates history
Germany's Christina Schwanitz effectively wrapped up her first Diamond Race shot put title with a winning throw of 20.13 metres on the eve of the main IAAF Diamond League meeting in Stockholm.
Federer withdraws from Rogers Cup in Montreal
World number two Roger Federer has withdrawn from next month's Rogers Cup in Montreal, though he gave no reason for his decision in a statement released by organisers on Wednesday.
Maradona wants to fight FIFA 'mafia'
Argentine football great Diego Maradona said on Wednesday he wants to fight the "mafia" responsible for the corruption scandal that has rocked FIFA, but he stopped short of saying he wants to be the next president of global soccer's governing body.
July 29, 2015Platini to stand for FIFA presidency
UEFA head Michel Platini announced on Wednesday his intention to stand for presidency of FIFA in place of Sepp Blatter.
Somdev beaten by American qualifier Donaldson at Atlanta Open
Somdev Devvarman, India's No 1 singles player, was knocked out of the ATP Atlanta Open by American qualifier Jared Donaldson on Tuesday. The 30-year-old Davis Cupper, who also entered the main draw of the event through the qualifiers, lost 1-6, 6-3, 4-6.
PHOTOS: Neymar makes the most of his holidays
When Barcelona lost to Chelsea in pre season friendly, Neymar was busy holidaying in Ibiza, Spain.
CLeague: Shakhtar field midfielder Fred despite threat of doping ban
Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu admitted he went against UEFA's wishes in fielding midfielder Fred in Tuesday's Champions League qualifier despite being aware of a possible doping violation hanging over the Brazilian international.
Hitler-built stadiums hosting Europe's biggest Jewish sports event
Seven decades after Adolf Hitler sought to stop Jews from competing in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, more than 2,500 Jewish competitors will take part in the 14th European Maccabi Games from Wednesday.
Always nice to beat Barcelona, isn't it?
Chelsea wrapped up their pre-season tour of the United States on a high note by beating Barcelona in a shootout after their International Champions Cup match ended 2-2 on Tuesday.
Mexico fire coach Herrera after alleged punching incident
Miguel Herrera, Mexico's national soccer team coach, was fired on Tuesday, a day after he allegedly punched a reporter who had criticized his team's performance in the recent Copa America and Gold Cup tournaments.
Here is how Formula One drivers enjoy their 'summer break'
While Formula One rivals head to the sea or mountains at the start of the August break, Max Verstappen has some driving lessons on the horizon.
July 28, 2015Transfer Buzz: Filipe Luis rejoins Atletico from Chelsea
Defender Filipe Luis has rejoined Atletico Madrid from Chelsea in a reported 16 million euro ($17.66 million) deal, the Spanish club said.
Ajax join Champions League with the minnows
Four-time European champions Ajax Amsterdam find themselves among the pre-qualifiers for the Champions League this year as Dutch football pays the price for its declining record in continental competition.
Indian women archers qualify for Rio Olympics, men's team fail
The Indian women's recurve team earned Olympic quota for the 2016 Rio Games by entering the final, while the men's trio failed to advance after giving away a handsome lead, at the Archery World Championships, in Copenhagen, on Tuesda
It's sealed! Vidal completes $44 million move to Bayern
Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal has completed his transfer from Juventus to Bayern Munich by signing a four-year contract with the Bundesliga champions.
UEFA head Platini to announce FIFA presidency bid
Michel Platini, the head of European soccer's governing body UEFA, is to announce in the next few days that he will stand for the presidency of FIFA, a source close to the former France international told Reuters on Tuesday.
Best Pictures from the Tour de France - Part 2
Rediff.com gives you a flashback of the beautiful moments from the Tour de France this year.
This is a great day for women sports, Sonoval on Dutee's clearance
Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal welcomed the Court of Arbitration for Sport's decision that allowed Indian sprinter Dutee Chand to resume her career, which was brought to a halt owing to IAAF Regulation on Hyperandrogenism.
IOC expects US 2024 bid despite Boston pullout
The International Olympic Committee remains confident the United States will deliver a bid to host the 2024 Summer Games despite Boston's withdrawal from the race on Monday.
India sprinter Chand cleared by CAS over gender testing
Monday's ruling cleared the way for the 19-year-old to compete again in both domestic and international events after she was forced to sit out for about a year.
Mexico football coach Herrera accused of punching journalist
The coach of Mexico's national soccer team was accused on Monday of punching a journalist in the neck during an altercation at the Philadelphia airport, a day after Mexico's triumph in Sunday's CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament.
Barca, Bilbao face fines for politically-motivated jeers at King's Cup
Barcelona, Athletic Bilbao and the Spanish football federation face fines over politically-motivated whistles and banners during last season's King's Cup final at the Nou Camp, the Spanish government said on Monday.
Drogba joins MLS bandwagon, signs for Montreal Impact
"It's an honour to welcome Didier Drogba to the Impact," said team president Joey Saputo.
People like Blatter deserve Nobel Prize, says Putin!
FIFA boss Sepp Blatter deserves a Nobel Prize for his stewardship of soccer's governing body, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview aired by Swiss broadcaster RTS on Monday.
Van Gaal seeking galactico touch for resurgent Manchester United
Louis van Gaal wants to recruit a new galactico match-winner for Manchester United in a bid to fulfil his ambition of bringing another Premier League title to Old Trafford before he walks away from the club in two years.
July 27, 2015Rodriguez strike caps Real Madrid's 3-0 win over Inter Milan
James Rodriguez curled home a superb free kick to cap Real Madrid's 3-0 win over Inter Milan in a friendly in Guangzhou on Monday.
Indian hockey team to embark on Euro tour under Oltmans
A 21-member Indian men's hockey team will embark on a 15-day tour of Europe, starting July 31. High Performance Director Roelant Oltmans will take over as the chief coach of the side following the unceremonious ouster of Paul Van Ass.
5 odds Froome fought-off to make history at Tour de France
But Froome's Big Four rivals at the tour -- Alberto Contador, Vincenzo Nibali and Nairo Quintana - weren't the only hurdles in his path. There were outside influences that threatened to derail his campaign.
Australia exile Tomic wins ATP title in Bogota
Australian bad boy Bernard Tomic has shrugged off his Miami arrest and banishment from the Davis Cup team to successfully defend his ATP title in Bogota.
Wrestling: Indian eves bag silver at Kazakhstan Presidential Cup
The Indian women's wrestling team had a good preparation for the upcoming World Championship as they finished second in the fifth Cup of the President of Republic of Kazakhstan on Sunday.
Froome's rivals not good enough as Tour de France disappoints
This year's Tour de France had been advertised as an exciting battle royale between four great riders yet it panned out as an underwhelming contest as Chris Froome's rivals failed to live up to expectations.
Error-prone Hamilton gets it wrong but still stretches lead
Before the start, Hamilton had spoken of Hungary fast becoming one of his favourite circuits.
Mexico beat Jamaica to claim CONCACAF Gold Cup
Clint Dempsey of the United States took the tournament's Golden Boot Award
Late bloomer Froome wins second Tour de France title
Briton Chris Froome won his second Tour de France title in three years on Sunday to enhance his growing reputation as a grand tour specialist.
Manchester United sign Argentina keeper Romero
Manchester United have signed Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero on a three-year deal, the club said on Sunday.
July 26, 2015Hungarian Grand Prix: Vettel wins for Ferrari and Bianchi
Germany's Sebastian Vettel won an emotional Hungarian Grand Prix for Ferrari and the late Jules Bianchi on Sunday after a crazy race that turned into a rare nightmare for champions Mercedes despite Lewis Hamilton increasing his overall lead.
FIFA, AIFF launch football development program in seven states
India has been termed the sleeping giant of world football by FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association) president Sepp Blatter and to awaken the dormant potential of the region, the international football association has launched a new program in partnership with the football association of seven Indian states.
Di Maria 'no show' adds fuel to rumours of PSG move
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal "does not know why" Angel Di Maria has not joined the Premier League club's pre-season tour of the U.S following media reports the winger is close to signing for Paris St-Germain.
Coach Gopi confident of rich medal haul at Badminton World C'ships
Confident about their preparation for the upcoming World Championships, India's chief badminton coach Pullela Gopichand said the home shuttlers have the best chance of winning multiple medals at the prestigious tournament next month.
Rosberg baffled by qualifying gap to Hamilton
Nico Rosberg was looking for answers in Hungary on Saturday after being out-qualified by Formula One world champion teammate Lewis Hamilton for the ninth time in 10 races.
Gold Cup: Panama stun US to finish third
Panama goalkeeper Luis Mejia made three consecutive saves during a penalty shootout for his team to stun the United States 2-1 and secure third place at the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Saturday in Chester, Pennsylvania.
Russian Open: Shuttler Jayaram falls to Sugiarto in semi-final
Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram crashed out of the Russian Open on Saturday after incurring a straight-set defeat against Indonesia's Tommy Sugiarto in the semi-final of the Grand Prix badminton event in Vladivostok, Russia on Saturday.
Amos tames Rudisha in 800 metres; Thompson strikes gold in 200m
Botswana's Nijel Amos laid down a marker ahead of next month's world championships by winning a highly-anticipated 800 metres showdown with Kenyan Olympic champion David Rudisha at the Anniversary Games on Saturday.
Pre-season friendlies: United beat Barca 3-1; Arsenal thrash Lyon
Manchester United kept up the positive momentum of their pre-season tour with a 3-1 victory over Barcelona in the International Champions Cup on Saturday in Santa Clara, California.
Spain and Italy paired in 2018 World Cup draw
Spain and Italy were placed in the same qualifying group for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, as were the Netherlands and France, but holders Germany were handed a kinder campaign with the Czech Republic their chief rivals in the draw made on Saturday.
July 25, 2015Pro kabaddi League: Delhi on top four after routing Bengal
Dabang Delhi shot into top four after thrashing hosts Bengal Warriors while Bengaluru Bulls scripted a fine comeback in the second half to hand Puneri Paltan their fourth successive loss in the Pro Kabaddi League at the Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata.
Froome poised to win Tour after Quintana attack
Chris Froome is poised to win a second Tour de France title after being forced to hang on desperately as Colombian Nairo Quintana attacked relentlessly in Saturday's penultimate stage up the iconic Alpe d'Huez.
Gopichand hopes doubles coach will get India more Olympic spots
BAI has confirmed the services of Tan Kim, who will be joining the Indian team by the end of September to work with the top doubles players.
Olympic gymnast gets engaged after a sweet proposal!
Olympic gold-medalist gymnast Shawn Johnson got engaged to Andrew East.
Robert Allenby should clean up his act!
A caddie who witnessed the fiery verbal confrontation between Robert Allenby and his caddie during the Canadian Open is appalled by the way the player treated his bagman.
Five Roma players sent home from Indonesia airport
Indonesian football fans were thrilled to see Italian side AS Roma touch down in Jakarta on Friday as part of their pre-season tour.
Tour de France: Froome has lead cut; Nibali wins 19th stage
Chris Froome has one more mountainous hurdle to overcome to claim a second Tour de France title after Friday's 19th stage in which had 30 seconds chopped off his lead as Vincenzo Nibali claimed a controversial victory.
'Sepp Blatter is a victim'
FIFA's embattled president Sepp Blatter is 'a victim' and 'a very brave person', the chief executive of the 2018 Russian World Cup organising committee said on Friday.
Bolt answers critics with season's best
Usain Bolt answered questions over his fitness ahead of the world championships with a season's best of 9.87 seconds in the 100 metres with a workmanlike performance at the London Anniversary Games on Friday.
Hulk Hogan sorry for 'N-word'; WWE terminates his contract
WWE, Hulk Hogan end ties after transcript of racist tirade surfaces.
July 24, 2015Ibe shines as Liverpool held to 1-1 draw in Malaysia
Jordon Ibe scored a superb equaliser as Liverpool's pre-season tour ended in frustration after they were held to a dull 1-1 draw by a Malaysia XI on Friday.
Pro Kabaddi League: Mumbai win fifth match on trot; Delhi open account
Continuing their winning streak, U Mumba downed hosts Bengal Warriors 29-25 for their fifth win on the trot, while Dabang Delhi pipped Puneri Paltan by one point to open their tally in the Pro Kabaddi League at the Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata.
Perez unhurt after crash-landing upside down in Hungary
Mexican Sergio Perez scrambled free from the wreckage of a heavy crash that left his Force India upside down on the track, halting first practice for the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix on Friday.
Real rout City in front of record Melbourne crowd
Real Madrid completed their pre-season tour of Australia with a crushing 4-1 friendly win over a depleted Manchester City in front of a record soccer crowd of 99,382 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday.
Manchester United's Di Maria set to join PSG?
Angel Di Maria is reportedly set to join Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) from Manchester United.
Court issues fresh notice to boxer Vijender for turning pro
The Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday issued a fresh notice to boxer Vijender Singh on him joining professional boxing.
ISL round-up: Tendulkar's Kerala Blasters sign Barca youth product
Kerala Blasters have staged a coup of sorts and signed 22-year-old Spaniard Lluis Ribera Josu Currais for the second season of the Indian Super League.
Perez unhurt after crash-landing upside down in Hungary
"It was a really bad accident, pretty unlucky," Perez told reporters of his crash at the Hungaroring.
FIFA secretary general Valcke all but says he's leaving
Jerome Valcke, FIFA's often-outspoken secretary general, all but confirmed on Friday that he will be leaving his job when Sepp Blatter is replaced as president of world soccer's governing body next February.
Van Ass demands apology from 'autocratic' Batra
Fired India hockey coach Paul van Ass says Hockey India president Narinder Batra was just finding ways to fire him.
Was Drogba offered $1mn to play in ISL?
Former Chelsea and Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba was offered a whopping $1 million by Atletico de Kolkata's co-owners to become the marquee player of the Indian Super League side though the high-profile player is yet to respond, according to a report in London.
It's break point for tennis couple Sharapova-Dimitrov
"We experienced wonderful moments together. I wish her much happiness and success in life and in tennis.
Racism victim Hulk pulls out of WC qualifying draw in Russia
Zenit St Petersburg's Brazilian striker Hulk has pulled out of Saturday's World Cup qualifying draw, only days after complaining of "gross and ugly" racism in Russian football.
Dhoni among 10 most marketable athletes in the world
India's most successful One-Day International captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has beaten football superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to secure ninth place in the list of the world's 'most marketable athletes', compiled by the London School of Marketing.
National fencing champ dies after allegedly pushed off train
National fencing champion, Hoshiyar Singh, died on Thursday after he was allegedly thrown off a moving train by Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel in Uttar Pradesh.
Best Pictures from the Tour de France - Part 1
The best action from the Tour de France
Raikkonen has what Ferrari needs...SPEED
Kimi Raikkonen believes he still has the speed that Ferrari need despite reports that the Formula One team are lining up a replacement for 2016 in fellow-Finn Valtteri Bottas.
Blatter finally leaves home for... Russia
Sepp Blatter in Russia on first foreign visit since crisis.
Europa qualifying: 10-man West Ham scrape past Malta club Birkirkara
West Ham United, reduced to 10 men after defender James Tomkins was sent off in the first half, won 5-3 in a penalty shootout against Maltese Cup winners Birkirkara to scrape into the Europa League third qualifying round on Thursday.
Bizarre! Allenby, caddie split mid-round after tiff
Robert Allenby's bizarre season took another strange turn when his caddie walked off the course midway through the first round of the RBC Canadian Open.
Special Olympics athletes made to sleep on the floor!
Special Olympics athletes and coaches arriving in Los Angeles were forced to sleep on a gymnasium floor.
Barca fined over pro-Catalan flags at Champions League final
European soccer's governing body UEFA has fined Barcelona 30,000 euros ($33,006) after fans displayed pro-Catalan independence flags at last month's Champions League final in Berlin.
Tomic spurns Tennis Australia olive branch
Bernard Tomic's rift with Tennis Australia looks unlikely to end any time soon after the player said he had no interest in clear-the-air talks until the governing body resumed funding of his sister, Sara.
Haryana milkman's son creates history
Ten-Year-Old Shubham Jaglan wins second Junior World Golf title in two weeks.
July 23, 2015Telugu Titans down Bengal for third win on trot
Riding on captain Rahul Chaudhari's superb last minute raid, Telugu Titans produced a spectacular recovery to snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat against Bengal Warriors for their third successive win in the Pro Kabaddi League at the Netaji Indoor Stadium.
Tour de France: Bardet wins 18th stage, Froome retains yellow jersey
France's Romain Bardet of AG2r-La Mondiale won the 18th stage of the Tour de France, a 186.5-km trek from Gap on Thursday.
Turan, Vidal...and Barcelona transfer business is done
Barcelona have completed their business in the latest transfer window and the Spanish and European champions' squad is now "closed", president Josep Bartomeu said on Thursday.
PHOTOS: Jamaica to meet Mexico in CONCACAF final
Darren Mattocks and Giles Barnes scored first-half goals to propel Jamaica to an upset 2-1 victory over the United States in the CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-finals in Atlanta on Wednesday. The victory ensured Jamaica became the first Caribbean team to reach the Gold Cup Final since its inception in 1991.
Sergio Ramos '100 percent committed' to Real, says Rafa Benitez
Real Madrid captain and centre back Sergio Ramos is "100 percent committed" to the club, new coach Rafa Benitez said on Thursday, amid continued speculation the Spain defender could be on his way to Manchester United.
Mourinho's excuse after Red Bull's 'B' team shocks Chelsea
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho sprung to the defence of new goalkeeper Asmir Begovic after the Bosnian conceded four goals against the New York Red Bulls.
Did Lahiri's inexperience cost him at British Open?
Disappointed Anirban Lahiri believes Asia on brink of major success.
Bayern confirm deal to sign Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal
Bayern Munich have confirmed they have reached an agreement with Italy's Juventus to sign Chile international Arturo Vidal, the German club's CEO Karl Heinz Rummenigge said on Thursday.
Transfer Buzz: Liverpool sign striker Benteke from Villa
Liverpool wrapped up a deal for Christian Benteke on Wednesday, luring the targetman to Anfield on a long-term contract.
Air India almost stopped Sumit Nagal from flying to Wimbledon!
'Even if we ate our chappatis with pickle, we ensured proper food for Sumit.'
It was a crazy day at Tour de France
Froome in control as Contador drifts, Van Garderen out of Tour de France.
Gold Cup: Jamaica shock US in semi-finals
Darren Mattocks and Giles Barnes scored first-half goals to propel Jamaica to an upset 2-1 victory over the United States in the CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-finals in Atlanta on Wednesday.
Meet the big guns of US Open
Wimbledon champions and World No 1s Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams head the field for the men's and women's events at this year's US Open.
Stay away from FIFA reform process: Prince Ali to Blatter
Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan, who failed in an attempt to replace Sepp Blatter as FIFA president in May, says Blatter should not be handling the reform process.
Paralympic champ 'Dancing With The Stars' pregnant!
Nothing, it seems, can stop courageous amputee Kelly Cartwright, who lost her right leg to cancer at just 15, from pursuing her dreams.
Bengal Warriors, Bengaluru Bulls win in Kolkata leg
Hosts Bengal Warriors put up an amazing display to bounce back from behind and upset defending champions Jaipur Pink Panthers in a thrilling finish to open their tally, while Bengaluru Bulls defeated Patna Pirates for their second win of the Pro Kabaddi League in Kolkata.
July 22, 2015Van Ass ready to return, but wants no interference
Paul van Ass, who claims he was fired as chief coach of India's men's hockey team following an altercation with Hockey India president Narinder Batra, says he is willing to resume duties provided there is no "interference" in his work.
Chelsea fans banned after racist incident on Paris Metro
Four Chelsea fans who refused to allow a black man onto the Paris Metro were banned on Wednesday from attending football matches for between three and five years.
Dhyan Chand to be honoured in British Parliament
Indian hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand will be conferred with the 'Bharat Gaurav' Lifetime Achivement Award by NRI orgainsation Sanskriti Yuva Sangstha at the House of Commons inside the British Parliament of July 25.
Barca get back to work with 2-1 win over LA Galaxy
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique was pleased they got straight back into their stride with Tuesday's 2-1 friendly win over the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Schweinsteiger's performance does not cut it for Van Gaal
Van Gaal also said that they gave the ball away unnecessarily after half-time, insisting that their positions in midfield were not as good as in the first half.
Charity drive: Federer inaugurates 81st pre-school in Malawi
Federer's charity foundation had been working in Malawi since 2011 and has already opened 80 pre-schools across the country.
Depay helps Manchester United beat San Jose in friendly tie
Memphis Depay netted his maiden goal for Manchester United to help the Premier League side claim a 3-1 pre-season win over Major League Soccer side San Jose Earthquakes.
Korean golfer ordered to quit PGA tour; finish military service
South Korean golfer Bae Sang-Moon, who has won twice on the PGA Tour, is to return home to complete his military service after losing a legal battle to defer his conscription on Wednesday.
Filipe Luis poised for Atletico return
Chelsea's Brazil left back Filipe Luis is poised to return to Atletico Madrid after one season at Chelsea where he failed to hold down a regular first team place, Atletico president Enrique Cerezo said.
Blatter prankster charged by police after FIFA complaint
The British comedian who showered FIFA president Sepp Blatter with fake dollar bills has been charged by Swiss police after being arrested and interrogated, a police spokesman said on Tuesday.
Formula One bids farewell to Jules Bianchi
Formula One world champions past and present paid their respects to Jules Bianchi and mourned one of their own at the French driver's funeral on Tuesday.
He escapes life-threatening encounter with shark
Shaken Mick Fanning is not giving up on surfing despite shark attack.
This is historic! Women stars to make debut on FIFA video game cover
American World Cup champion Alex Morgan will be one of two women football players to score a first by featuring on the front cover of FIFA, the world's most popular football video game.
July 21, 2015'Starting at the same pace as my team mates, it will be different'
Luis Suarez struggled to get into his stride with new club Barcelona after his ban for biting an opponent expired in October and the Uruguay striker is determined to avoid the same fate when the new season starts next month.
Newcastle United sign Serbia forward Mitrovic from Anderlecht
Newcastle United have signed Serbian forward Aleksandar Mitrovic from Belgian side Anderlecht, subject to a work permit, the Premier League club announced on Tuesday.
Sterling impresses on Manchester City debut
The 20-year-old was jeered at the Melbourne Cricket Ground when he tripped over the ball on one of his first touches in the area, but a minute later soaked up the acclaim after slotting home a through ball from Nigerian teenager Kelechi Iheanacho.
Davis Cup: India to host Czech Republic in World Group Play-offs
India were handed a tough Davis Cup draw, being pitted against top seeds Czech Republic in the World Group Play-offs, to be held from September 18-20 either in New Delhi or Pune.
Striker Rooney targets Bobby Charlton's scoring record
Wayne Rooney has set himself a target of 20 goals this season, which would break Bobby Charlton's long-standing record as Manchester United's highest scorer of all time.
Sania-Shoaib's after-success party has just started!
Sania Mirza and her Pakistani cricketer husband Shoaib Malik seem to have finally got the time to celebrate their respective recent victories.
Milind Soman is now the 'Ironman'
The Bollywood actor and model, Milind Soman, has just added another father to his cap.
10 Best Sports Photos of the Week!
Rediff.com has the best sports images from the events in the week gone by snapped right here...
This beauty caught Ronaldo's attention!
Hollywood beauty Margot Robbie has a new high-profile admirer.
Tour de France: Froome retains lead; Thomas suffers freak crash
Chris Froome was reminded just how quickly the Tour de France title could slip from his grip as his Sky team mate Geraint Thomas suffered a freak crash in Monday's 16th stage.
Football great Pele leaves hospital after back surgery
Brazilian football legend Pele left the hospital on Monday after undergoing back surgery, the latest in a series of health complications for the 74-year-old former star striker.
'Kids are my legacy not my Open win'
Father-of-three Zach Johnson refused to get too carried away after winning the 144th British Open.
Sepp Blatter's troubles aren't over
Sepp Blatter faces months of troubles before departure.
British Open: Zach attack earns Johnson victory
American Zach Johnson claimed the second major triumph of his career after winning a four-hole playoff at the end of a captivating, cliffhanger of a final round in the British Open on Monday.
July 20, 2015Bianchi's race number 17 to be retired
Jules Bianchi's racing number 17 has been retired from use in Formula One following the French driver's death last week, the sport's governing body announced on Monday.
Sports Ministry in dark about Van Ass's sacking
Sports Ministry officials clarified that they are yet to receive any form of communication on Indian men's hockey team coach Paul van Ass, who claims to have been sacked by Hockey India.
'FIFA presidential election to be held on Feb 26'
The election to select a new president of world soccer's governing body FIFA will be held on Feb. 26 in Zurich, the organisation said on its Twitter feed on Monday.
Who will take charge of FIFA? Kofi Annan or Platini
Campaigners call for Kofi Annan to take charge of FIFA reform.
Hockey coach Van Ass missing from the action
Barely five months into the job, uncertainty looms large over Paul van Ass continuing as chief coach of India's men's hockey team.
Haryana milkman's son lifts world junior golf title
Shubham Jaglan, a ten-year-old prodigy, produced a brilliant one-stroke win at IMG Academy Junior World Golf Championships at the Welk Resort in San Diego.
Finding a replacement for Sepp Blatter...
The leadership of crisis-hit world football governing body FIFA gathered at their Zurich headquarters on Monday to set a date for the vote to replace outgoing president Sepp Blatter.
Tour de France: Greipel wins 15th stage, Froome retains lead
Andre Greipel confirmed he was the sprint king at this year's Tour de France when the German outpowered his rivals to win the 15th stage on Sunday.
Irish amateur Dunne proves a St Andrews sensation
Irish amateur Paul Dunne is in contention to become the first amateur to win the British Open for 85 years after a sensational third-round display sent him rocketing into a tie for the lead on Sunday.
'F1 will always be dangerous'
Formula One is as safe as it has ever been but danger will always be part of the sport.
July 19, 2015Transfer Buzz: Liverpool reach deal with Villa for Benteke
Liverpool have agreed a 32.5 million pounds deal with Aston Villa for striker Christian Benteke, British media reported on Sunday.
Sweet homecoming for Tevez
Striker Jonathan Calleri chipped a brilliant 'rabona' as Boca Juniors marked Carlos Tevez's homecoming with a 2-1 victory over Quilmes at La Bombonera to stay top of the Argentine championship.
Meet the hero of India's Davis Cup triumph
Team India lauds Yuki Bhambri, hero of match against New Zealand.
PHOTOS: Bachchans, Aamir grace Pro Kabaddi opener
The Bachchan family were out in full force but despite even their presence could not prevent their team Jaipur Pink Panthers from going down to hosts U Mumba in the opening game of the Star Sports Pro-Kabaddi League on a rousing note at the NSCI Stadium in Mumbai, on Saturday.
This 'Pole' dances to kabaddi's beat
Michal Spiczko has not even stepped on the kabaddi mat is is already making waves.
British Open: Leader Johnson holds firm; Woods misses cut
More than 24 hours after Dustin Johnson began his second round at the wind-lashed British Open he ended it still on top of the leaderboard.
Serena to rest for a week due to elbow injury
Serena Williams will rest for a week after withdrawing from the Swedish Open due to an elbow problem but is confident the injury will not derail her preparations for the US Open.
Gold Cup: Dempsey hat-trick helps US reach semis
Clint Dempsey recorded his first hat-trick for the United States in a dominant 6-0 win over Cuba on Saturday that put theAmericans into a CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-final against Jamaica.
Brazil soccer great Pele undergoes back surgery
Brazilian soccer legend Pele has undergone back surgery, a close aide told Reuters on Saturday, the latest in a series of recent health problems afflicting the 74-year-old former player.
Davis Cup Roundup: Vintage Hewitt guides Australia into semis
Ageing tour warrior Lleyton Hewitt ushered Australia into the Davis Cup semi-finals on Sunday, trouncing Aleksandr Nedovyesov 7-6(2), 6-2, 6-3 in the decisive singles rubber against Kazakhstan.
Davis Cup: Somdev, Yuki too strong for NZ; India advance to Play-offs
A fired up Yuki Bhambri recorded his first ever victory in a live fifth rubber after Somdev Devvarman levelled the scores as India advanced to
July 18, 2015British Open to finish on Monday for first time since 1988
The British Open will end on a Monday for the first time since the late Seve Ballesteros won at Royal Lytham in 1988 after high winds caused havoc on Saturday.
Murray brothers carry Britain to brink of Davis Cup semi-final
Brothers Andy and Jamie Murray carried Britain to the brink of a Davis Cup semi-final berth after they beat France in the doubles rubber to take a 2-1 lead ahead of Sunday's reverse singles.
Tour de France: Cummings wins 14th stage, Froome leads
British journeyman Stephen Cummings earned South African team MTN-Qhubeka a landmark victory on Mandela Day when he spoiled a French party to take a surprise win in the 14th stage of the Tour de France on Saturday.
Asia Trophy: Full-strength Arsenal dazzle to success over Everton
A full-strength Arsenal added another piece of silverware to their recent FA Cup success by beating Everton 3-1 in the final of the Premier League's Asia Trophy on Saturday.
Benitez suffers frustrating Real Madrid debut in Melbourne
Rafa Benitez kicked off his tenure as Real Madrid boss with a frustrating 7-6 penalty shootout loss to AS Roma in a pre-season friendly on Saturday.
Major sponsors, Coca-Cola, McDonald's, demand reforms at FIFA
Two top sponsors of FIFA and its World Cup tournaments on Friday ratcheted up pressure on the global football body for major reforms as a corruption scandal casts a lengthening shadow over the sport.
Motorsport community reacts to Jules Bianchi's death
Formula One and the wider world of motorsport mourned the death of young Frenchman Jules Bianchi on Saturday.
India were done in by 'flawless' tennis
Rohan Bopanna and Saketh Myneni were done in by some 'flawless' tennis played by the Kiwi players according to India coach Zeeshan Ali.
Davis Cup: Kiwis tame Bopanna-Myneni; India trail 1-2
World No 10 Rohan Bopanna and Saketh Myneni suffered a shock straight set mauling at the hands of Artem Sitak and Marcus Daniell as India were left trailing 1-2 against New Zealand.
Tomic not ready to mend fences with Tennis Australia
Bernard Tomic has swatted aside offers of help from Australian tennis officials following his arrest in Miami after a noisy hotel room party.
Schneiderlin sizzles on debut to give United 1-0 win
Morgan Schneiderlin took less than five minutes to score on his Manchester United debut in a 1-0 win over Mexico side Club America on Friday.
Gerrard scores on MLS debut as Galaxy beat San Jose
Steven Gerrard made a brilliant Major League Soccer debut for Los Angeles, scoring a goal and having a hand in two others as the Galaxy beat the San Jose Earthquake 5-2 on Friday.
Davis Cup: Hewitt, Groth keep Australia's hopes alive
champion Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Groth combined to defeat Kazakhstan in their Davis Cup doubles tie on Saturday and keep Australia's semi-final hopes alive.
Dibaba breaks 22-year-old world record in 1,500 metres
Ethiopia's world indoor champion Genzebe Dibaba broke the 22-year-old world women's 1,500 metres record on a sultry night at the Monaco Diamond League meet.
It's unfortunate that we had to fight it out: Jwala
With the Sports Ministry set to include Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa in the Target Olympic Podium Scheme.
It's normal, it's racing, he said after crash in 2009
Jules Bianchi had a bright future in Formula One.
F1 driver Jules Bianchi dies nine months after crash
French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi has died of critical head injuries.
July 17, 2015Tour de France: Van Avermaet clinches rare victory
Greg van Avermaet, one of cycling's nearly men, enjoyed a rare victory when he claimed the 13th stage of the Tour de France on Friday with a late burst of speed in an uphill finale.
Formula One's 'silly season' moves into overdrive
Formula One's 'silly season' of rumour and speculation is heating up.
Goalkeeper Kiko Casilla replaces Iker Casillas at Real Madrid
Espanyol have agreed a deal for goalkeeper Kiko Casilla to join Real Madrid, the Catalan club said on Friday.
FIFA, others defeat US lawsuit over soccer concussions
A US judge has dismissed much of a lawsuit by soccer players and parents seeking to force FIFA and other governing bodies to change the sport's rules to limit the risk of concussions and other head injuries, especially for children.
3 reasons why Arsenal can win the EPL
Arsenal have a strong enough squad to challenge for a first Premier League title since 2004.
Lack of football culture hurting India
Not focussing on grassroot development over the years has led to the players learning the basics only late in their career, says national coach Stephen Constantine.
Davis Cup coach Zeeshan lauds Yuki's showing, says he was flawless
Young Yuki Bhambri brought India back in the Davis Cup match against New Zealand after Somdev Devvarman was beaten in the opening singles.
Magician Messi extols retiring Argentine sorcerer Aimar
Lionel Messi assumed the rare role of fan on Thursday conveying his best wishes to his idol and Argentina great Pablo Aimar who retired on Wednesday.
'I am looking to win the world title'
'I have boxed at the amateur level for 15, 16 years and won every medal possible at the world level. I represented India in three Olympics, for 12 years, and that is not an easy thing. I am hoping to replicate my success in pro boxing.'
Davis Cup: Yuki puts India level with Kiwis after Somdev shocked
Yuki Bhambri rescued India with an impressive win following Somdev Devvarman's shock defeat, leaving the visitors locked 1-1 with New Zealand on day one of the Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Group I tie, in Christchurch on Friday.
Australian tennis player Tomic charged after noisy penthouse party
Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic has been charged with trespassing and resisting arrest following complaints over a noisy penthouse party at a Miami Beach hotel, police said on Thursday.
July 16, 2015Valdes hits back at Van Gaal in United row
Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes escalated his dispute with manager Louis Van Gaal on Thursday by posting pictures of himself with the club's Under-21 team, which Van Gaal had accused him of refusing to play for.
Pro Kabaddi League: Squad strength raised to 25 in Season 2
The strength of teams has been bolstered from 14 during the inaugural edition last year to 25.
Satnam scores in a thrilling win for Mavericks
Satnam Singh got to ply his trade in a brief four-minute appearance as the Dallas Mavericks knocked off the LA Lakers 88-86 in a thrilling encounter in the elimination round of the 2015 NBA Summer League.
Lance Armstrong makes low key return to Tour as Froome leads
Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong made a low key return to the Tour de France on Thursday when the American cancer survivor set off on a charity ride that follows the route of this year's race.
PHOTOS: Hot and sexy at the ESPY
Barcelona's star footballer Lionel Messi was named the Best International Athlete award, while Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic, who recently won the Wimbledon singles titles, were named the best male and female tennis players respectively, at the 2015 ESPY Awards in California, on Wednesday night.
'Comparing FIFA to the Mafia is almost insulting to the Mafia'
Senators call for reforms of US soccer body at FIFA corruption hearing
10 Most Valuable sports teams in the World!
According to a Forbes poll released on Wednesday, Spanish football club Real Madrid once again leads Forbes' most valuable teams list, which mostly includes National Football League franchises.
Ooh... aah... ouch!
When sport stars collide, crash and fall!
July 15, 2015Navratilova and Sania hold joint tennis Masterclass in Hyderabad!
When two champions of tennis share their knowledge of the sport they most love and excel, everyone is keyed in. That is exactly what happened on Wednesday evening when Indian ace Sania Mirza hosted the legendary Martina Navratilova at a tennis 'Masterclass' in Hyderabad.
US Open prize money hits a record $42.3m
US Open aces Wimbledon for top Grand Slam prize money.
Gold Cup: Jamaica, Costa Rica advance
Jamaica scored a late winning goal while Costa Rica needed only a scoreless draw as both teams advanced from Group B to the quarter-finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Fenerbahce fans give Van Persie rapturous welcome
Netherlands striker Robin van Persie vowed on Tuesday to rekindle his goal-scoring prowess and help Fenerbahce win trophies as he joined the Turkish club from Manchester United on a three-year deal.
Like father, like son
Rivaldo, son both score in Brazil's second tier.
No bitterness as Liverpool's Sterling joins City for record fee
Manchester City made Raheem Sterling the most expensive English player in history when they completed a deal for the 20-year-old forward on Tuesday, rubber-stamping an acrimonious end to his Liverpool career.
Tour de France: Froome demolishes rivals on first mountain test
Overall leader Chris Froome put the hammer down on the Tour de France when the Briton humiliated his rivals in the first mountain test, winning the 10th stage in awe-inspiring fashion on Tuesday.
July 14, 2015Russia dumps Capello as coach before World Cup finals
The Russian Football Union (RFU) said on Tuesday it had ended its contract with national team coach Fabio Capello, three years before the country hosts the 2018 World Cup finals.
Boca Juniors unveil returning idol Carlos Tevez
Carlos Tevez was officially unveiled as a Boca Juniors player in a 6.5 million euros ($7.15 million) transfer from Juventus.
Father 'less optimistic' about Bianchi recovering
The father of French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi says he is "less optimistic" that his son will recover from the severe head injuries he suffered in a Japanese Grand Prix crash last October.
US draw with Panama in Gold Cup, Haiti through to quarters
The United States recovered from a poor first half and earned a 1-1 draw against Panama on Monday that kept the Central Americans from clinching an automatic spot in the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarter-finals.
Does Casillas need to prove his greatness to Real Madrid?
Xavi slams Real Madrid over Casillas exit
Can City-bound Sterling do justice to 49 million pound deal?
Manchester City are about to find out whether Raheem Sterling has the ability to justify his enormous price tag or is just another over-rated young English footballer motivated purely by his bank balance.
Mavericks' Satnam keen to work on shortcomings
'May be, after another two years when I establish myself, I will play for India again. The main goal is to at least play 10 years in NBA league'
'It's a marvel that Leander is still playing so well'
'Even at 42, Leander's ball skills, his reflexes at the net, the hand-eye coordination... nothing has diminished. In fact, he is as good as he's ever been.'
Serena extends lead in WTA rankings
Serena Williams has extended her lead in the WTA rankings after her fourth consecutive Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, with the World No 1 now having more than twice as many points as her closest competitor Maria Sharapova.
10 lesser known facts about newly-crowned Wimbledon champ Sania Mirza
Sunita Iyer, lists the10 lesser known facts about the golden girl of Indian tennis.
July 13, 2015De Gea named in Manchester United U.S tour squad
Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has been named in the Premier League club's squad for a pre-season tour of the United States despite reported interest from Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Mallya suffers legal setback in F1 car ad case
The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by Vijay Mallya to overturn charges against him for allegedly violating foreign exchange rules, adding to the legal challenges facing one of the country's most prominent businessmen.
Satnam scores as Dallas Mavericks lose again
Satnam Singh made his second consecutive appearance for Dallas Mavericks as they ended up on the losing side against Portland Trail Blazers in the 2015 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas on Sunday night. Dallas Mavericks lost 80-93.
Novak Djokovic: 2011 Redux!
Sunday's four-set verdict over Roger Federer was the 28-year-old's 200th singles victory in a major tournament, making him only the sixth player to achieve the feat.
Italian Basso quits Tour de France due to testicular cancer
Former Giro d'Italia winner Ivan Basso withdrew from the Tour de France on Monday after revealing he has testicular cancer.
10 Best Sports Photos of the Week!
Rediff.com gives you a flashback of these events in pictures snapped right here...
When India's new tennis star Sumit Nagal had a fanboy moment
Before becoming the newest tennis sensation in India, Nagal was busy being the fanboy, posing for pictures with the 2015 Wimbledon Champions.
Liverpool manager Rodgers confirms Sterling transfer
"The situation is very simple. The club has agreed with another for a deal for Raheem to be transferred and subject to medical that will go through," Rodgers said.
Real to give Casillas official send-off after all!
Real Madrid have decided to give departing goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas an official send-off later on Monday following criticism over the low-key nature of his tearful farewell news conference on Sunday.
Champions Djokovic, Serena show off their footwork at Wimbledon ball
The Wimbledon dinner was an evening with an exciting mix of tradition and fun as newly crowned singles champions Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams shook a leg together, bringing a superb end to the best grand slam event of the year.
Transfer Buzz: Chelsea sign Stoke goalkeeper Begovic
Chelsea have signed Stoke City's Bosnian international goalkeeper Asmir Begovic on a four-year contract, the Premier League champions confirmed on Monday.
'No malicious intent' for putting Tomic in 'Hall of Shame'
Tennis Australia has apologised for a 'clerical error' in a media release that said estranged local player Bernard Tomic was playing in a 'Hall of Shame'.
This Wimbledon title is among my most special wins: Paes
Leander Paes said lifting the Wimbledon mixed doubles title with Swiss legend Martina Hingis does rank among the most special triumphs of his career.
Your accomplishments are truly inspiring: PM Modi to Paes
Leaders across the political spectrum took to Twitter on Monday morning to extend congratulations to Leander Paes and Sumit Nagal.
Will Roger Federer win Wimbledon again?
Roger Federer left wondering if he can conquer Wimbledon again.
F1 champion Hamilton refused entry to Wimbledon's Royal Box
F1 champion Hamilton misses final over dress code hitch.
Steel-plated Djokovic a step too far for Federer
Novak Djokovic again revealed the true depth of his steely core to grind Wimbledon idol Roger Federer's hopes of a record eighth title into Centre Court's baseline dust on Sunday.
Here's why Serena Williams is trending...
It all started when JK Rowing decided to lend her support to 33-year-old Serena Williams.
'Whatever Sumit has achieved is because of Mahesh'
An ecstatic Suresh Nagal was finding it difficult to express his delight in words after learning his son Sumit's triumph in the final of the Wimbledon's junior boys' doubles and dedicated the success to Mahesh Bhupathi, who has been a mentor for the 17-year-old.
Barcelona star Neymar makes a splash in UFC pool party
To up the glamour, the Octagon girls joined Barcelona superstar Neymar.
Paes-Hingis win mixed doubles title at Wimbledon
Leander Paes and Martina Hingis thrashed Austrian-Hungarian fifth seeds Alexander Peya and Timea Babos 6-1, 6-1 to win the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon.
July 12, 2015Manchester City agree to sign Sterling from Liverpool: Reports
Manchester City have agreed a 49 million pounds deal to sign England winger Raheem Sterling from Premier League rivals Liverpool, British media reported on Sunday.
India's Nagal wins junior boys doubles Wimbledon title
Sumit Nagal entered the history books as only sixth Indian to win a Grand Slam junior title after winning the boys doubles trophy at the Wimbledon Championships with partner Nam Hoang Ly on Sunday.
Djokovic gets the better Federer again, wins third Wimbledon title
Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer for a second year running to retain his Wimbledon title.
Motorcycling: Marquez wins in Germany, Rossi extends lead
Spain's MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez won the German Grand Prix from pole position on Sunday for his sixth win in a row at the Sachsenring in a Honda one-two with compatriot Dani Pedrosa.
Bollywood stars celebrate Sania Mirza's Wimbledon victory
Bollywood fraternity is celebrating Sania Mirza's Wimbledon win as the celebs have flooded Twitter with their wishes.
'C'est fini', says tearful Casillas as he quits Real Madrid
"C'est fini". With those few words in French a tearful Iker Casillas brought to an end his farewell statement on Sunday to the Real Madrid fans he has served as first-team goalkeeper and captain for 16 seasons.
Satnam makes historic NBA debut for Mavs
Satnam Singh Bhamara has made his 2015 NBA Summer League debut.
Man United continue to splash the cash, draft in Darmian from Torino
Manchester United continued to splash the cash after Torino announced that Italy full back Matteo Darmian was heading to Old Trafford.
PHOTOS: Celebrities glam up Wimbledon finals
Here are some of those lucky celebrities who were invited to watch the Ladies Singles Finals.
Wimbledon winner Serena eyes fairytale in New York
Serena Williams allowed herself a few moments to enjoy her sixth Wimbledon title before thoughts turned to New York and the elusive calendar year feat.
New Zealand kicked out of Olympic qualifying final
New Zealand have been excluded from the final to determine Oceania's representative at next year's Rio Olympics men's soccer tournament after defender Deklan Wynne was deemed an ineligible player, the Oceania Football Confederation has said.
'Real' reason why Iker Casillas left...
Departing Real Madrid captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas was forced out by club president Florentino Perez and is too good to play for a 'third-tier' side like Porto, his parents were quoted as saying on Sunday.
Tour de France: Vuillermoz shines, Froome leads
Alexis Vuillermoz earned the French their first victory on this year's Tour de France, his final kick proving too hot to handle for the big guns in the eighth stage on Saturday.
Gerrard makes quiet debut for Los Angeles Galaxy
Steven Gerrard made a quiet start to his new career with the Los Angeles Galaxy in a friendly on Saturday.
We're just getting started, warns history maker Sania Mirza
Indian tennis star Sania Mirza and her Swiss partner Martina Hingis said sheer belief pulled them through.
End of an era as Casillas leaves Real Madrid
Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas left Real Madrid on Saturday after 16 seasons as an iconic figure at the Bernabeu.
PM Modi leads the applause for Sania Mirza
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated tennis star Sania Mirza for becoming the first Indian to win the Wimbledon women's doubles title.
July 11, 2015Federer of yore sets up prime time showdown with Djokovic
The problem with addictive TV box sets is that when the credits roll on the final episode it leaves a void.
Atletico sign winger Carrasco from Monaco
The 21-year-old is the latest youngster to join Atletico who have also brought in Argentine forward Luciano Vietto from Villarreal since the end of last season.
Gold Cup: US beat Haiti, advance to quarter-finals
The United States secured a quarter-final spot in the CONCACAF Gold Cup when they beat Haiti 1-0 on Friday, while Panama and Honduras drew 1-1 in the other Group A match in Massachusetts.
Injury delays Lampard's MLS debut
England great Frank Lampard will have to wait to make his Major League Soccer (MLS) debut after he was ruled out of New York City FC's match against Toronto FC on Sunday with a calf strain.
F1: Changes in super-licence and engine rules
Formula One approved changes to its power unit penalty system with immediate effect on Friday and also tweaked super-licence rules for 2016 to give more drivers a chance to enter the sport from other series.
Wimbledon: Spectators' divided loyalties hardly helped home boy Murray
Murray was slightly vexed by a question at the post-match news conference that suggested the fans' loyalties were more divided than if he were playing anyone but Federer.
Azerbaijan to make F1 race debut in 2016
Azerbaijan will make its Formula One debut in July next year with Germany returning after a year's absence, according to a 21-race provisional calendar published by the sport's governing body on Friday.
PHOTOS: How Murray was done in by Federer
A year after Andy Murray's reign as Wimbledon champion ended lamely at the hands of a man dubbed the new Roger Federer, he got a stark reminder on Friday that the original is the real threat to his grand slam ambitions.
ISL Auction: Why John Abraham's North East Utd picked Seityasen
North East United FC had a pretty forgettable inaugural season, but they look to make amends in the second edition of the Indian Super League.
July 10, 2015Djokovic to lock horns with Federer for Wimbledon title
Novak Djokovic eased into Wimbledon final after beating Richard Gasquet 7-6 (7-2), 6-4, 6-4 on Centre Court to reach the Wimbledon final on Friday.
Photos: Tendulkar, Kohli enjoy English summer at Wimbledon
Check out who was at Wimbledon on Day 11 of The Championships
Sania enters doubles final; Paes chases mixed doubles glory
Sania Mirza set herself up for her first-ever women's doubles Grand Slam title, while seasoned pro Leander Paes is now one win away from his 16th Major trophy as the two Indians reached the Wimbledon finals with their respective partners.
PHOTOS: Ranbir, Hrithik, John hog limelight at ISL Auction
Check out the Bollywood stars' presence in the cash rich ISL.
ISL auction: Chhetri, Lyngdoh fetch a crore!
Star striker Sunil Chhetri was bought at Rs 1.20 crore at the first-ever Indian Super League's auction featuring 10 domestic football players in Mumbai, on Friday.
Serena, Wozniacki accuse Wimbledon of 'sexist scheduling'
World No 1 Serena Williams has backed Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki's accusations of ' sexist scheduling' at the Wimbledon Championships.
Murray and Federer to resume Wimbledon rivalry
A lot has happened to Andy Murray in the three years since he choked back the tears on Centre Court after a four-set defeat that handed Roger Federer the Wimbledon trophy for a seventh time.
Tour de France: Froome takes lead; Martin crashes out
Tour de France leader Tony Martin abandoned the race on Thursday after breaking his collarbone.
Will Maria Sharapova ever beat Serena again?
Maria Sharapova must be driving herself crazy every time she steps on court to face Serena Williams.
Is Tiger too old to regain invincibility?
Tiger Woods is too old to ever regain the invincibility he once enjoyed but everybody in golf should be grateful for the contribution.
I don't need to win another Wimbledon: Serena
If Serena Williams wanted to sound like someone who did not really care whether she won another Wimbledon or not, telling the world she just wanted to have fun, nobody was fooled on Thursday.
Farah makes winning return; allegedly tells team-mate to 'f*** off
Double Olympic champion Mo Farah won the 5,000 metres at the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne.
Pallikal demands equal prize-money
India's top-ranked player Dipika Pallikal remains firm on her stance of not being part of the premier domestic event until equal prize money is offered to male and female participants.
'When it comes to chess, multitasking works against women'
Indian chess diva Tania Sachdev holds forth on women in the sport.
Radwanska pays price for not following her instincts
Agnieszka Radwanska paid the ultimate price for following the orders of her coaching team rather than relying on her own instincts in the final game of her Wimbledon semi-final against Garbine Muguruza on Thursday.
Spanish finalist Muguruza growing to love grass
Spaniard Garbine Muguruza's relationship with grasscourt tennis has not been smooth but it has blossomed so spectacularly.
July 09, 2015Wimbledon: Paes-Hingis through to semi-finals, Sania crashes out
India's Leander Paes entered the semi-finals of the mixed doubles event even as Sania Mirza crashed out in the quarter-finals at the Wimbledon.
Fenerbahce start transfer talks with United's Van Persie
Fenerbahce have opened transfer talks with Manchester United over signing Netherlands striker Robin van Persie, the Turkish club said on Thursday.
Bopanna-Mergea lose thrilling five-setter to bow out in semis
Rohan Bopanna's bid to enter his maiden Wimbledon doubles final came to a disappointing end as he, along with his Romanian partner Florin Mergea, lost a marathon five-setter against fourth seeded Dutch-Romanian pair of Jean Julien-Rojer and Horia Tecau.
Serena mauls Sharapova, to face Muguruza in Wimbledon final
Serena Williams is now one match away from reinforcing her stranglehold on the women's game by holding all four grand slam titles at the same time, a feat she will achieve for the second occasion if she beats 20th-seeded Spaniard Garbine Muguruza in Saturday's final.
'It's the revolution in Indian football that has made me come here'
Delhi Dynamos unveiled Brazilian World Cup winner Roberto its marquee manager-cum-player for the second season of the Indian Super League. Manu Shankar/Rediff.com reports
FIFA head Blatter shifts blame to confederations in interview
Embattled FIFA President Sepp Blatter has told a Swiss newspaper that continental confederations, rather than soccer's world governing body, were to blame for the corruption scandal engulfing the game.
First Look: Bopanna catches up with Man United trio at Wimbledon
Rohan Bopanna catches up with Manchester United trio at Wimbledon.
NBA: Dallas Mavericks introduce India's Satnam Singh
The Dallas Mavericks introduced 19-year-old Satnam Singh Bhamra as the first-ever Indian NBA draft pick.
Warning: 'Dummy' pitstops ahead
Formula One teams have been warned against making 'dummy' pitstops after Mercedes' failed attempt to fool Williams.
FIFA Rankings: Argentina top despite Copa America final loss
Argentina have moved to the top of the FIFA rankings for the first time in seven years despite being beaten by Chile in the Copa America final.
Wimbledon: Guess the player
Check out the pictures below and identify the players.
FIFA bans Chuck Blazer from football for life
Former FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer was banned for life from all football activities on Thursday by the sport's governing body, which is engulfed in a scandal over alleged corruption.
Arsenal captain Arteta extends Gunners contract
Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta has signed a one-year contract extension, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday.
PHOTOS: Murray marches forth as celebs cheer from the sidelines
The Royal Box was packed with stars from the world of cricket, football, athletics and tennis. Take a look...
Wimbledon: Sharapova doesn't stand a chance against super Serena!
As Russian Maria Sharapova and American Serena Williams get ready to slug it out in their big-ticket semi-final, records and history tells us who has had the upper hand.
Tour de France: Greipel wins fifth stage, Martin leads
German Andre Greipel was again far too strong for the opposition as he claimed his second win in this year's Tour de France.
Real Madrid captain Casillas likely to join Porto
Spanish reports say a two-year-deal is set to be inked
Arsenal head to Asia with no firepower in their attack
Arsenal trio Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky will miss next week's Premier League Asia Trophy.
A winning shriek? Sorry, talent speaks loudest!
'If grunting would win titles then everybody in the world would be grunting as loud as they can be.'
When a 'wiser' Gasquet left Wawrinka and the crowd awestruck!
The 29-year-old Frenchman crashes 'top-four' party to set up semi-final against World No Djokovic
Smart Dealers: Europe's best-selling football clubs
The policy of buying players cheap and selling them for a higher price a few years on is a business model that worked well for clubs like Atletico Madrid and FC Porto. With the transfer window open for the next few weeks, Rediff.com takes a look at clubs that made smart deals over the years.
Gasquet downs Wawrinka in battle of booming backhands
Richard Gasquet sent French Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka flying out of Wimbledon on Wednesday, winning the battle of the slingshot backhands 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 11-9 to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals for the second time.
Sania-Hingis storm into Wimbledon semis
Top seeds Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis cruised to a comfortable 7-5, 6-3 win over Casey Dellacqua and Yarsolava Shvedova to book their place in the women's doubles semi-finals of Wimbledon on Wednesday.
July 08, 2015Budapest to bid for 2024 Olympic Games
Budapest will bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, the President of the Hungarian Olympic Committee and the Mayor of Budapest has announced in a joint letter to the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
It will be tough not playing until January: Arda Turan
Barcelona's new midfield playmaker Arda Turan has said it will be tough for him not being able to play until January due to a ban on the club on registering players.
Injury rules holder Rory McIlroy out of British Open
Rory McIlroy will not defend his British Open title at St Andrews next week after announcing on Wednesday he did not want to risk further damage to the ankle ligaments he ruptured playing football last weekend.
Wimbledon PHOTOS: Murray sets up semi-final showdown with Federer
Andy Murray stayed on course for a second Wimbledon title while setting setting up a semi-final showdown with Roger Federer.
Andy Murray plays with pups in sniffer-dog video
Andy Murray goes to the dogs, or more precisely the puppies, in a video released on Tuesday which shows him playing at Wimbledon with five cocker spaniels being trained to become sniffer dogs.
Bacsinszky and Keys silenced at Wimbledon
The daughter of two lawyers and a former waitress received their last orders at the Wimbledon on Tuesday when Madison Keys and Timea Bacsinszky missed out on a great opportunity to set up a semi-final date.
'Shocked' Kyrgios demands 'respect if not love' from Aussies
'I'm not asking everyone to love me but at least know me as a person first before you judge me'
Sharapova can't wait to duel with 'vulnerable' Serena on Centre Court
Maria Sharapova and world No 1 Serena Williams haven't played each other at the Wimbledon Championships since their Round of 16 clash in 2010.
Juventus sign forward Zaza for 18 million euros
Serie A champions Juventus continued their rebuilding when they signed forward Simone Zaza from Sassuolo for 18 million euros ($19.72 million), the Turin club said on their website (www.juventus.com) on Tuesday.
I didn't want to compete against Liverpool, says LA Galaxy's Gerrard
'I love Liverpool Football Club and I always will do... but I didn't want to become a squad player or a sub at the club I love'
This 'perfect player' is first Spanish woman in 18 years to make semis
A heady mix of talent and gumption, Garbine Muguruza now in the same league as Arantxa-Sanchez Vicario
Vijender Singh: Punching above his weight?
Vijender Singh gives up amateur boxing to turn full-time professional, perhaps the words ring truer than ever.
Wimbledon: Sharapova accused of unsporting behaviour
"What I experienced, what I felt from her moving around in between my serving motion was not, I don't think, sportsmanlike, in my opinion," American Coco Vandeweghe claimed after her quarter-final loss
July 07, 2015Djokovic offers to apologise to upset Wimbledon ballgirl
Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic promised to apologise to a shaken ball girl for an outburst during his tough five set victory over big-serving South African Kevin Anderson on Tuesday.
Rio 2016 would be my last Olympics appearance: Sushil Kumar
Two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar said that 2016 edition in Rio de Janeiro will be his last appearance at the quadrennial extravaganza but he will take a final call on his retirement post Brazil games.
Djokovic pulls off the great escape against Anderson
Top seed and reigning champion Novak Djokovic pulled off the great escape at Wimbledon in beating South African Kevin Anderson 6-7(6), 6-7(6), 6-1, 6-4, 7-5 to reach his 25th successive grand slam quarter-final.
In-form Yogeshwar targets elusive World Championship gold
Star grappler Yogeshwar Dutt heaved a sigh of relief after clinching a spot for the World Championships by beating Amit Kumar Dhankhar, who had gone to court last year against the Olympic medallist alleging favouritism.
Paes-Hingis race into mixed doubles quarters
Leander Paes and Martina Hingis proved too strong for Artem Sitak and Anastasia Rodionova, beating the New Zealand-Australia pair for a berth in the mixed doubles quarter-finals at Wimbledon on Tuesday. The seventh seeded Indo-Swiss pair needed only 48 minutes for a 6-2, 6-2 victory.
Senna, that swashbuckler up in the sky, would be proud of Massa
'The heart still bleeds for the Brazilian who gave us the finest, most memorable start we've seen in Formula One for many a year,' says Raja Sen.
United winger Nani moves to Fenerbahce
Portugal winger Nani has joined Fenerbahce from Manchester United for six million euros on a three-year deal, the Turkish league runners-up announced on Monday.
Sharapova's boyfriend Dimitrov splits from coach
"After much thought I have decided to end my working relationship with Roger," the 24-year-old tweeted.
FIFA bans bid inspector Mayne-Nicholls for seven years
Harold Mayne-Nicholls, who led the teams which inspected bids to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, has been banned from all football for seven years.
Wimbledon Sidelights: When a journalist tested Berdych's patience
Reporter asks beaten Tomas Berdych how it felt to go through.
Meet America's new sweetheart...
Football's Carli Lloyd seen as marketing darling, analysts say.
PHOTOS: Lindsey Vonn's most happening weekend!
American skier Lindsey Vonn is enjoying her good life after splitting from golf legend Tiger Woods.
Kyrgios hits back at Olympic great Fraser after 'racist' slur
Nick Kyrgios has accused Olympic great Dawn Fraser of being a 'blatant racist'.
Tour de France: Froome in top gear in crash-marred third stage
Chris Froome seized early control of the Tour de France, the 2013 champion snatching the yellow jersey after a crash-marred third stage won by Spain's Joaquim Rodriguez on Monday.
Wawrinka marches forth in bid to be in Federer's league
In-form Swiss man in fray to become only the fifth player in the professional era to win the French and Wimbledon back-to-back
Mayweather stripped of welterweight title he won vs Pacquiao
Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been stripped of the welterweight world title he won after beating Filipino Manny Pacquiao this year for failing to comply with rules, the World Boxing Organization said on Monday.
Bad light stops Djokovic after epic fightback, Federer in quarters
Holder and top seed Novak Djokovic suffered an almighty scare against South African giant Kevin Anderson before bad light halted play with the score tied at two sets all in their fourth round match at Wimbledon on Monday.
July 06, 2015Wimbledon PHOTOS: Sharapova into last eight, Serena downs Venus
Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams and Andy Murray were the big names to win on Monday and advance to the quarter-final of the Wimbledon.
Andrea Pirlo joins New York City FC from Juventus
Playmaker Andrea Pirlo is joining New York City FC from Italian champions Juventus later this month, the clubs said on Monday.
Wimbledon men's doubles: Paes bows out, Bopanna advances
It was mixed fortunes for Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna in the men's doubles at the Wimbledon on Monday.
Sania in QF; on track for first women's doubles Grand Slam title
Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis got past the Spanish pair of Anabel Medina Garrigues and Arantxa Parra Santonja to move into the ladies doubles quarter-finals at Wimbledon.
10 Best Sports PHOTOS of the Week!
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Another record for the indefatigable Serena Williams...
The World No 1 becomes earliest qualifier for WTA Finals
Drums, loud cheers welcome Indian women's hockey team
A large contingent of officials and media were present at the airport to receive the team, which finished fifth in the just-concluded Hockey World League Semi-finals in Antwerp.
Kyrgios will play Davis Cup for Australia
Australian world number 29 Nick Kyrgios will definitely play in the Davis Cup quarter-final against Kazakhstan in Darwin later this month, if selected.
500 beer bottles make Gerrard an instant hit at LA Galaxy
Steven Gerrard became an instant hit with LA Galaxy fans before he even kicked a ball.
Martinez to take up the reins as Spain Davis Cup captain
Conchita Martinez will take over as Spain's Davis Cup captain for the Group I tie away to Russia.
Tour de France: Froome, Contador back in control
Chris Froome and Alberto Contador were back in control of the Tour de France, hurting their main rivals in a hectic second stage won by German Andre Greipel on Sunday.
India thrash Sri Lanka to retain South Asian Basketball title
With the win, India also qualified for the FIBA Asia Championship in China in September.
Happy Hamilton is a home winner again
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton soaked up the energy of a roaring home crowd to win the British Grand Prix.
Of kisses and selfies: Family time for US players after World Cup win
Here are precious family moments that the players stole after their historic victory...
Women's World Cup: Meet the Golden Ball winner...
United States captain Carli Lloyd capped her incredible performance in Sunday's women's World Cup final by winning the Golden Ball as the player of the tournament.
USA parties like it's 1999 after Women's World Cup victory
After the game, Kathy Hollins, Lloyd's future mother-in-law, said watching her son's fiancee was: "Like a high. You don't even need drugs ... She's so awesome, she just doesn't give up."
World Hockey League: Australia strike late to sink Belgium to win title
The title encounter seemed headed for the penalty shootout after Australia's two successive penalty corners in the last 25 seconds, the second of which Ciriello finally found the target by placing the shot wide of the Belgian goalkeeper's reach.
We aim to break into top 10 prior to the Olympics: Ashwini
Fresh from her triumphant exploits with senior partner Jwala Gutta in the Canadian Open, shuttler Ashwini Ponnappa said the ace Indian doubles pair was now aiming to break into the top ten while qualifying for next year's Rio Olympic Games.
Dutch heatwave no sweat for Aussie Rohan Dennis
A heatwave was no sweat for Tour de France stage one winner Rohan Dennis.
Lloyd hat-trick inspires US to third Women's World Cup title
The American captain struck three times inside 16 minutes as the US stormed into an unexpected and unsurmountable 4-0 lead over their shell-shocked opponents.
July 05, 2015India pay for defensive lapses as Britain secure bronze
India's defence crumbled in the bronze medal playoff as they crashed to a 1-5 defeat against Great Britain for a fourth-place finish at the World League Semifinals in Antwerp.
Women's hockey team put 'one foot on the flight to Rio'
Indian women's hockey team qualified for the Rio Olympic Games .
Force India secure points at British GP
Sahara Force India enjoyed its second successive double points finish with Nico Hulkenberg finishing seventh and Sergio Perez ninth at their home race, British Grand Prix in Silverstone.
Hamilton wins British Grand Prix in Mercedes one-two
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix for the second year in a row on Sunday with Mercedes team mate and title rival Nico Rosberg finishing second.
Roberto Carlos named Delhi's marquee manager
In one of season's biggest signings, former Brazilian World Cup winner Roberto Carlos was oficially appointed marquee manager of the Delhi Dynamos franchise for the second edition of Indian Super League (ISL) football.
Australia's Davis Cup team dumps Tomic
Tomic dropped from Davis Cup after blast at officials.
Paes advances in mixed doubles, Bopanna crashes out
Leander Paes and Martina Hingis eased into the mixed doubles pre-quarterfinals of the Wimbledon championships but it was curtains for Rohan Bopanna and his Spanish partner Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.
Why is Federer still not happy with Hawkeye?
If it is so dark that Hawkeye stops working, then matches should be called off at Wimbledon, Roger Federer said.
MLS: Villa fires New York City to win over Montreal
New York City continued their recent surge as Spaniard David Villa notched two classy goals, including the late winner, in a 2-1 away win.
Women's World Cup: Williams sizzles as England take third place
Fara Williams struck an extra-time winner from the penalty spot as England defeated Germany 1-0 to claim third place in the Women's World Cup.
'Losing another final with Argentina is torture'
Losing a second major final in a year was absolute torture for Argentina, midfield general Javier Mascherano said after Chile beat them on penalties to win the Copa America.
Cheeky Sanchez penalty clinches Chile's first Copa
Chile won the Copa America for the first time on Saturday.
Wimbledon: Massaged Murray bites back to reach last 16
Andy Murray reprised his familiar role of being the last British singles player heading into Wimbledon's second week.
Dreadlocked Brown's Wimbledon exit disappoints fans
Wimbledon lost one of its biggest crowd pleasers on Saturday when dreadlocked German Dustin Brown, who toppled twice champion Rafael Nadal, lost to Serb Victor Troicki before a court filled with fans willing him to victory.
Tour de France: Dennis takes yellow jersey after first stage
Often cited by defending champion Vincenzo Nibali as a rider to watch on the Tour de France, Thibaut Pinot made an early impact by beating all the pre-race favourites in the opening time trial on Saturday.
Podolski signs for Galatasaray from Arsenal
Lukas Podolski completed his transfer from Arsenal to Galatasaray on Saturday after the Turkish club agreed a fee of around 2.85 million pounds ($4.45 million) to finally land their man at the fourth attempt.
July 04, 2015Wimbledon: How an inspired Jankovic stunned holder Kvitova
Holder Petra Kvitova suffered a shock 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 defeat by Serbia's former World No 1 Jelena Jankovic who produced an inspired display in the Wimbledon third round on Saturday.
Wimbledon: Paes-Nestor fight back to advance; Sania-Soares cruise
India's Leander Paes and his doubles partner Canada's Daniel Nestor entered the third round of the Wimbledon doubles after defeating the Russian-Chinese Taipei duo of Teymuraz Gabashvili and Yen-Hsun Lu 5-7, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4), 7-5 on Saturday.
Wimbledon: Pranjala advances to 2nd round in girls singles
Indian youngster Pranjala Yadlapalli made a confident start to her junior Wimbledon campaign with a straight set win over Colombia's Maria Fernanda Herazo Gonzalez in her girls singles opening round, at Wimbledon on Saturday.
Wimbledon PHOTOS: Defending champ Kvitova knocked out; Federer wins
Photos from the Wimbledon matches played on Saturday.
British Grand Prix: Hamilton on pole at Silverstone
The pole was Hamilton's eighth in nine races this season and the 46th of his career for the championship leader, who won at Silverstone last year and has a 10 point advantage over the German.
McEnroe urges Nadal to 'get a new damn coach'
Three-time Wimbledon champion John McEnroe has advised Rafael Nadal to sack his long-term coach, uncle Toni and 'get a new damn coach' to get back to top form.
The Vijender effect! Mandatory for athletes to play for 6 yrs?
Haryana government on Saturday said it is considering making it mandatory for a sportsman to compete for at least six years.
From boxing champ to drain cleaner, Krishna Rout seeks life of dignity
With a temporary job at the Howrah Municipal Corporation for the last 15 years, and earnings of merely 200 a day, Rout has decided to appeal to West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee, to give him a permanent government job.
PHOTOS: Women's World Cup will have its share of parties
The women's World Cup final between the United States and Japan on Sunday may not rival the Super Bowl, but soccer fans, wild with excitement.
'What's going on? Where is the support?'
Tomic slams 'disrespectful' Tennis Australia.
This Argentina side is one of the best... But will they win?
The current generation of Argentina players is one of the best ever even though the team have not won a major trophy in 22 years, coach Gerardo Martino said on Friday.
Union slams FIFA and demands player involvement
The general secretary of the world players' union FIFPro has blasted FIFA.
Wimbledon: Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis ease into 3rd round
India's Sania Mirza and Switzerland's Martina Hingis entered the women's doubles third round.
It's going to get messier! Spain fires Davis Cup captain Gala Leon
The new president of the Spanish tennis federation (RFET) has fired the nation's first female Davis Cup captain, Gala Leon, two weeks before the Group I second-round tie away to Russia.
Once an idol, now an enemy...
Serena Williams once featured among Heather Watson's bedroom posters but after the Briton almost ran her idol out of Wimbledon.
Copa America PHOTOS: Peru clinch third place
Peru beat Paraguay 2-0 at the Copa America on Friday to ensure they finished in third place.
July 03, 2015Hockey World League: Belgium thrash India to enter final
India were outclassed 0-4 by hosts Belgium in a lop-sided last-four clash, with Florent Van Aubel's fine hat-trick playing a pivotal role in the side's passage to the final of the FIH Hockey World League semi-finals in Antwerp.
Djokovic, Sharapova restore order at Wimbledon
It was job well done for Novak Djokovic as he silenced Bernard Tomic and his Australian Fanatics with an emphatic 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 victory in the Wimbledon third round on Friday.
Shameful! Shocking! Sad day for Pakistan hockey!
A pall of gloom shrouded the Pakistan hockey community after the national team failed to qualify for the Olympics.
Wimbledon still abuzz over dread-locked Brown
Dread-locked German Dustin Brown was nowhere to be seen at Wimbledon on Friday, at least into the early afternoon, but his shock upset of Rafa Nadal the night before remained the talk of the tournament.
Pakistan lose to Ireland; out of Rio Olympic race
Pakistan men's team slumped to a new low as it failed to qualify for next year's Rio Olympics.
These players have a superior record over Nadal...
Nadal, is known to have a superior win-loss record over most top players (including Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic), but believe it or not, there are players on the circuit who have an edge over Nadal.
Bopanna, Mergea make it to Wimbledon pre-quarters
India's Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea battled past Thomas Bellucci and Guillermo Duran in straight sets to progress to the pre-quarterfinals of the Wimbledon men's doubles event, in London on Friday.
F1 ditches plan to bring back refuelling
Formula One has abandoned controversial plans to reintroduce refuelling from 2017 after teams decided it would not be a good move, Force India deputy principal Bob Fernley said on Friday.
Chelsea sign Falcao on one-year loan from Monaco
Chelsea have signed Colombia striker Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan from Monaco, the Premier League champions said on Friday.
And the spotlight is on...
Referees in unwanted spotlight ahead of FIFA Women's World Cup final.
PHOTOS: Celebrities glamour-up Wimbledon
As the stars of tennis sweat it out in pursuit of the Wimbledon Championship crown at the resplendent All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, stars of another planet descend on venue and watch their favourites in action.
Who will win the Women's World Cup final?
Japan, US have revenge on their minds.
ISL: Anelka returns to Mumbai team, this time as player-manager
Former France and Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka will return to Mumbai City FC as the team's marquee player-manager for the second season of the Indian Super League (ISL), the club announced on Friday.
Slumping Nadal set for first slam-less year since 2005
Rafael Nadal is likely to end the year without a grand slam singles title for the first time since his debut French Open crown in 2005 following his shock Wimbledon exit on Thursday, his uncle and coach Toni has conceded.
Dustin Brown, who?
Dustin Brown stole the show at Wimbledon with a sensational upset win over Rafael Nadal. Find out more about this German journeyman...
Wimbledon 'all-white' clothing rule is quite extreme: Federer
Players' efforts over the years to get Wimbledon's "all-white" clothing rule relaxed got a boost when Roger Federer said he thought the policy as it stood was "quite extreme".
Argentina odds-on favourites to lift Copa America
Argentina are odds-on favourites to win the Copa America for the first time since 1993 by beating Chile in Saturday's final.
'My motivation is to be back to that level but I don't know if I can'
It was a clearly deflated Rafa Nadal who admitted he has no idea whether he can ever reproduce the form that helped him win two Wimbledon titles after maverick Dustin Brown inflicted a fourth successive embarrassment.
Rome 2024 Olympic Games bid endorsed by Italy's CONI
Rome's bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games was unanimously endorsed by the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) in what bid president Luca di Montezemolo described as an important signal of support.
Hernandez has collarbone surgery, to be out for four weeks
Mexico striker Javier Hernandez had surgery on a fractured collarbone and will be out for four weeks missing the Gold Cup, the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) said.
Superman Dustin sends Nadal to the dustbin again
A 30-year-old German journeyman who once travelled around Europe's Challenger Circuit in a camper van joined a list of Wimbledon luminaries who go by the names of Lukas Rosol, Steve Darcis and Nick Kyrgios.
'If F1 continues on its current path, it is headed for a major crisis'
Former FIA president Max Mosley has warned that Formula One risks serious difficulties unless it changes direction and cuts costs.
Shakhtar Donetsk sell record scorer Luiz Adriano to AC Milan
Shakhtar Donetsk have sold their all-time leading scorer Luiz Adriano to AC Milan for eight million euros (6 million pounds), the Ukrainian club announced.
Duchess of Cornwall is proud owner of a Murray souvenir
Every fan visiting Wimbledon hopes to be lucky enough to walk out of the All England Club with more than just a memory of watching a tennis hero -- and Britain's royal family is no different.
Portugal winger Nani to have Fenerbahce medical
Portugal winger Nani is set to join Fenerbahce from Manchester United with the Turkish club saying negotiations were underway and he will be in Istanbul on Sunday for a medical.
Nadal loss sends shockwaves round Wimbledon
The untroubled advance of the heavy hitters at Wimbledon was spectacularly halted on Thursday when twice champion Rafa Nadal was bundled out by German qualifier Dustin Brown who played the match of his life.
July 02, 2015Hockey World League: India beat Italy, keep Olympic dreams alive
India kept their Olympic qualification dreams alive by beating lower-ranked Italy in the shoot-out in a classification match of the women's Hockey World League semi-finals at the KHC Dragons Stadium in Antwerp.
United States asks Swiss to extradite 7 in FIFA inquiry
The United States has asked Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials arrested in an investigation into a global bribery scandal at soccer's governing body, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) said on Thursday.
Sushil opts out of World Championships with shoulder injury
Two-time Olympic-medallist Sushil Kumar has opted out of the World Championships after sustaining a shoulder injury, thereby taking the sheen out of the upcoming selection trials, slated for July 6-7 in New Delhi.
Nicol David's reign extends to 9th year...
Malaysia's Nicol David celebrates her ninth year as world squash No 1 this week.
Serena wastes no time putting Babos behind her
Serena Williams wasted no time in sweeping aside big-serving Hungarian Timea Babos.
England's Laura Bassett will head home a hero...
England coach Mark Sampson said defender Laura Bassett would head home as a hero.
With eyes on ISL's domestic draft, Zico to arrive in Goa on Monday
FC Goa's chief coach Zico will arrive in the state on July 6 to take stock of all new signings.
Wimbledon: Sania-Hingis advance to second round
Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis advanced to the second round of the Wimbledon Championships, defeating the duo of Saisai Zheng and Zarina Diyas in the opening round on Wednesday night. The top seeded Indo-Swiss pair defeated the Chinese-Kazakh team 6-2, 6-2.
Avian star 'Rufus' patrols the skies during Wimbledon
Male tennis players from the United States are almost as rare as hen's teeth at Wimbledon this year, but a hawk native to North and South America definitely rules the roost when it comes to clearing the championship courts of pigeons.
Woods 'began dating' Amanda while he was with Lindsey
Tiger Woods has been accused of having an affair with Amanda Boyd, the ex-wife of his fellow golfing professional Jason Dufner.
Who will win this year's Tour de France? Meet the top contenders
Check out the main contenders for this year's Tour de France, which starts on Saturday in Utrecht, Netherlands.
There will be life after Zlatan Ibrahimovic...
Having spent so long depending on the outrageous individual talent of striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Swedes have often wondered what the future holds after his retirement. Their UEFA Under-21 championship-winning side may just have provided the answer.
Meet the 'bad girl' of British tennis
Naomi Broady was branded the 'bad girl' of British tennis.
Copa America: Chilean euphoria tempered by past setbacks
Chile's euphoria at reaching the final of the Copa America was tempered by the reminder that every time they have been in this position before they have finished as runners-up.
Wimbledon: Ivanovic dumped out by American qualifier
Ana Ivanovic became the highest-profile casualty of Wimbledon's opening days as the seventh seed fell to 158th-ranked qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands in a second round clash.
Women's World Cup: Japan into final courtesy England own goal
An injury time own goal from England defender Laura Bassett put Japan into the World Cup final with a 2-1 victory, setting up a title rematch with the United States.
Netherlands appoint Blind to replace Hiddink as coach
Danny Blind was named the new coach of the Netherlands, replacing Guus Hiddink who resigned this week after a run of poor results.
Inter Milan sign Brazil defender Miranda from Atletico
Inter Milan have completed the signing of Brazil centre back Miranda from Atletico Madrid as they look to shore up a defence that struggled during a disappointing 2014-15 season.
Serve and volley: Back to the future as moribund tactic is revived
The yellowing obituaries are looking premature as serve-and-volley tennis creeps, with a few tweaks, towards a renaissance of sorts.
Jasjit's brace helps India seal semis spot
Jasjit Singh sent two rasping penalty corner drag flicks into the net as India edged past hosts Malaysia 3-2 to move to the semifinals of the Hockey World League semi-finals in Antwerp.
July 01, 2015Wimbledon in meltdown as temperatures soar
When tennis fans from Arizona say it is hot at the Wimbledon championships, then it must be.
New signing Cech believes Arsenal ready to win league title
Goalkeeper Petr Cech believes Arsenal are ready to clear the final hurdle needed to end the Premier League title drought, and said he was overwhelmed by the support he has received from fans and teammates at his new club.
Wimbledon PHOTOS: Sharapova, Djokovic ease into 3rd round
Novak Djokovic outclassed Finland's Jarkko Nieminen 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 to move safely into the Wimbledon third round on Wednesday.
Wimbledon: Paes-Nestor advance; Raja-Martin exit
Leander Paes and his Canadian partner Dainel Nestor advanced to the second round of the men's doubles at Wimbledon, beating the Serbian pair of Victor Troicki and Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 after an hour and 42 minutes on Wednesday.
Japan's Nishikori pulls out of Wimbledon with calf strain
Japanese fifth seed Kei Nishikori pulled out of Wimbledon before his second round match on Wednesday after failing to recover from a calf strain.
What Serena Williams did before Wimbledon...
Serena Williams appeared on stage with the American popstar at Hyde Park festival.
'Ashwini and I can win a medal at the 2016 Olympics'
- 'We need the government to support us with funds'
Wawrinka gets mixed reviews for 'challenging' photoshoot
The French Open champion is pictured playing his famously brutal on-handed backhand return, STARK NAKED!
Atletico set to buy Colombia striker Martinez from Porto
Atletico Madrid have moved to strengthen their forward line for next season following the exit of Mario Mandzukic by agreeing to buy Colombia striker Jackson Martinez from Porto.
Blatter will not to attend women's World Cup final in Canada
Sepp Blatter will not travel to Canada for Sunday's final of the women's World Cup.
Tour de France: Get set for battle royale on treacherous course
Alberto Contador will cement his status as the best grand tour rider of the modern era if he emerges as the winner of the Big Four's battle royale at the Tour de France -- the most highly anticipated race in decades.
With most likes, followers, Wimbledon takes social media by storm
It's the most popular Grand Slam across popular social networking sites
Sweden lift Euro U21 crown with shootout win over Portugal
Sweden goalkeeper Patrik Carlgren saved two penalties as they beat Portugal 4-3 in a shootout following a 0-0 draw in the Euro Under-21 Championship final.
'It was probably not the smartest decision to play at Wimbledon'
Eugenie Bouchard was brutally honest after suffering a first-round defeat by China's Duan Yingying at Wimbledon to end her hopes of repeating last year's run to the final.
'I'm happy about the 6-1 scoreline but we were better against Colombia'
Coach Gerardo Martino believes Argentina can improve on Tuesday's 6-1 Copa America semi-final demolition of Paraguay, adding that aspects of the goalless draw against Colombia in the previous round had pleased him more.
I knew it would be a difficult tournament for me: Halep
Simona Halep lost her chance to go on a court she likened to "a very nice hotel" after she checked out of Wimbledon early following a shock 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 defeat by 106th-ranked Slovakian Jana Cepelova.
Robinho leaves Santos, expected to join Guangzhou
Brazil forward Robinho ended his third spell at Santos on Tuesday with local media reporting he was set to join up with former Selecao coach Luiz Felipe Scolari at Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande.
Women's World Cup: Americans beat Germany to reach final
The United States reached the final of the women's football World Cup for the second time in a row on Tuesday, taking advantage of a dubious penalty to beat top-ranked Germany 2-0 in a hugely enjoyable game.
Copa America: Argentina hit Paraguay for six to make final
Argentina produced their best performance of the Copa America so far to crush Paraguay 6-1 and set up a classic final against hosts Chile.
Umbrellas up at Wimbledon - to keep the sun off
The weather was the number one topic of conversation at Wimbledon on Tuesday but for once it was not the prospect of rain that brought out the umbrellas but a beating sun on what was forecast to be the hottest day of the year.
He says he is 100 per cent clean!
Britain's double Olympic champion Mo Farah said on Tuesday he was '100 per cent clean.'
June 30, 2015Wimbledon 2015: Most shocking upsets on Day 2
14 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie eliminated in 1st round.
Usain Bolt withdraws from July track meets
Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt's troubled season continued on Tuesday when he pulled out of the Paris and Lausanne Diamond League meetings.
We did not block FIFA reforms: UEFA
UEFA has hit back at suggestions that it and other continental confederations have been responsible for blocking reforms.
Venus and Serena Williams pull out of Wimbledon doubles
American five-time Wimbledon women's doubles champion Serena and Venus Williams pulled out of this year's tournament.
What Chile needs from Arsenal star Sanchez...
Chile need Alexis Sanchez to recover his best form as they try to end an almost century-long wait for a first Copa America, according to coach Jorge Sampaoli.
Hockey League: India seek to iron out defensive flaws as Malaysia lurk
Soundly thrashed by Australia in their last match, India will look to sort out their defensive woes when they take on Malaysia in their quarter-final match of the Hockey World League Semifinals in Antwerp, Belgium, on Wednesday.
Cardiff to host 2017 Champions League final
The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff will host the 2017 Champions League final, UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino said on Tuesday. The Friends Arena in Stockholm will be the venue for the 2017 Europa League final.
10 Best Sports Photos of the Week!
Take a look at images from events that caught our attention in the week gone by.
'They deserve to be the big four but I personally don't care'
French Open champion Stan Wawrinka feels completely comfortable about his failure to break into the unofficial big four of men's tennis despite winning two grand slam titles.
Guus Hiddink steps down as Netherlands coach
Guus Hiddink has quit as coach of the Netherlands after spending less than one year in his second spell in the job, the Football Association (KNVB) has announced.
Chilean Jara gets ban reduced to two games
Chile defender Gonzalo Jara's ban for provoking Edinson Cavani has been cut from three games to two, the governing body of South American football has said.
It never entered my mind that this could be the last time: Hewitt
Fighting tooth and nail as only he knows how old warrior Lleyton Hewitt waved an emotional goodbye to Wimbledon after losing a dramatic five-set match to Finland's Jarkko Nieminen.
Copa America: Vargas double takes hosts Chile into final
Chile qualified for the Copa America final after two goals from Eduardo Vargas gave them a 2-1 win over Peru in an action-packed semi-final marked by another controversial refereeing decision.
Manchester United make bid for Real Madrid defender Ramos
Manchester United have made a 28.6 million pound ($45 million) bid for Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, British media has reported.
If I am consistent I'm sure I will an Olympic medal: Kashyap
Commonwealth Games gold medallist Parupalli Kashyap speaks to Harish Kotian/Rediff.com about his recent triumph over world No. 1 Chen Long of China and why he wants the Indian Badminton League to be revived.
June 29, 2015Bopanna-Mergea make sound start at Wimbledon
India's Rohan Bopanna and his Romanian partner Florin Mergea began their campaign at the Wimbledon championships with a hard-fought win over over Tim Smyczek and Jiri Vesley in the men's doubles.
Chelsea keeper Cech joins London rivals Arsenal
Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech ended a highly successful 11-year spell at English champions Chelsea when he moved to Premier League rivals Arsenal on Monday.
Serena and Djokovic up and running at Wimbledon
Defending champion Novak Djokovic moved confidently into the second round of Wimbledon with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 win over German Philipp Kohlschreiber on Monday.
Olympic medallist Vijender gives up India career, turns professional
Vijender, who won a bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, has signed up with popular British boxing promoter Francis Warren in the UK.
'We've been consistent but it is great to break the title draught'
Ecstatic after winning the Canada Open women's doubles title with Jwala Gutta, Indian shuttler Ashwini Ponnappa has said consistency has been the key to their success and this victory is a big boost ahead of the prestigious World Championship in August.
Gatlin sends Bolt a warning after winning 200m in 19.57 at US trials
Justin Gatlin, the year's fastest at 100 and 200, had a bye in the 100 at the trials, but plans to challenge Usain Bolt at both distances in the August World Championships in Beijing.
Ambitious Baku impresses but European Games future remains uncertain
The curtain fell on the inaugural European Games on Sunday with the status of Baku as a capable host of a major sporting event enhanced but with a shadow hanging over the future of the continental competition.
Whichever team lifts the Copa, winning coach will be an Argentine
Only four teams are left in the Copa America and whichever lifts the trophy next weekend, one thing is guaranteed -- the winning coach will be an Argentine.
Jwala-Ashwini pair upset top seeds to win Canada Open title
Indian shuttlers Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa won the Canada Open women's doubles title after upstaging the top-seeded Dutch pair of Eefje Muskens and Selena Piek in the summit clash in Calgary.
Bubba Watson wins playoff to take second Travelers title
Bubba Watson won his second Travelers Championship the same way as the first, at the second extra hole.
'Serena always finds good form for the important points'
Petra Kvitova is not the type to talk herself up even if she does arrive at Wimbledon as the defending champion.
Copa America: Chile's Jara gets three-match ban for finger incident
Chile defender Gonzalo Jara will miss the rest of the Copa America after being suspended for three matches for sticking his finger up an opponent's backside and feigning injury during a match.
Nerves and high rhythm caught India off-guard: Van Ass
India hockey coach Paul van Ass said inability to handle fast-paced attack resulted in his side's capitulation against World champions Australia in the FIH World League semi-finals in Antwerp.
June 28, 2015Nelson Piquet is world's first electric champion
Brazilian Nelson Piquet junior became the first Formula E champion on Sunday as the new electric series wrapped up its debut season with a race that had the crowd making more noise than the cars.
Australia thrash India to top Pool A
India's defence caved in under pressure as a rampaging Australia crushed them 6-2 in the last league fixture of the FIH World League semi-finals in Antwerp.
Communicating with Becker not cheating: Djokovic
Coaches will come under nearly as much scrutiny as the players over the next fortnight at Wimbledon with every facial gesture captured on the TV cameras and repeated in super slow motion.
David Ferrer withdraws from Wimbledon with elbow injury
Spain's David Ferrer has pulled out of Wimbledon on the eve of the tournament because of an elbow injury, the All England Club said in a statement on Sunday.
June 27, 2015New racquet-wielding Federer says never felt better before Wimbledon
- 'It's probably been the best preparation I've ever had for Wimbledon because we have a week more on the grass'
Blatter does U-Turn, says is 'not a candidate for FIFA presidency'
"I will use all my strength and inspiration until my last working day to bring this ship back into safe harbour," Blatter is quoted by Walliser Bote as saying.
Bencic stuns Radwanska in Eastbourne to claim maiden title
- At 18 years and 109 days, Bencic is the youngest player to win a premier-level title since Caroline Wozniacki won in New Haven almost seven years ago
Shuttlers Jwala-Ashwini advance to Canada Open semis
Commonwealth Games silver medallist pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa progressed to the semi-finals of the Canada Open badminton tournament after claiming straight sets win over Chan Kaka Tsz Ka and Yuen Sin Ying in their women's doubles contest.
Moto GP: Rossi wins last-lap thriller at Assen
Yamaha's Valentino Rossi won MotoGP's Dutch TT race from pole position on Saturday after a thrilling duel with world champion Marc Marquez in which the pair clashed at the final corner.
No pressure for highest ranked Asian at Wimbledon
Kei Nishikori has shrugged off the pressure of being Japan's highest-seeded player at Wimbledon in the Open era and believes he is getting closer to the levels of the world's top players.
Tennis beauties add zing to pre-Wimbeldon bash
Rediff.com lets you into the party zone...
Tevez to leave Juve to return to boyhood club Boca Juniors
Argentina forward Carlos Tevez is to leave Juventus after two seasons in which he has revived his career and will rejoin Boca Juniors, the club where he started out and remains a cult figure.
Can we have the 'superbrat' attitude back at Wimbledon?
Watching a grey-haired, smart-suited 56-year-old John McEnroe speak with mature insight about all-things tennis it seems odd to think that many feel that what the sport needs is a dose of the "superbrat" attitude of the brash New Yorker's youth.
Copa America: Uruguay complain over Jara-Cavani finger incident
Uruguay's FA will raise a formal complaint against Chilean defender Gonzalo Jara for provoking striker Edinson Cavani by sticking his finger up his backside during the hosts' 1-0 Copa America quarter-final win.
Brazil coach Dunga apologises for race comment
Brazil coach Dunga apologised after his comments about people of African descent sparked criticism ahead of the team's Copa America quarter-final against Paraguay.
Women's World Cup: United States too strong for China
The United States maintained their record of having reached every semi-final of the women's World Cup after their 1-0 win over China set up a last four encounter with Germany.
Women's World Cup: Germans break French hearts
Germany beat France in a penalty shootout after their thrilling Women's World Cup quarter-final ended 1-1 after extra-time.
Copa America: Argentina reach semi-finals after shootout win
Four years after his miss in a penalty shootout sent Argentina spinning out of the Copa America, Carlos Tevez slammed home the winning spot kick against Colombia to book his country's place in this year's semi-finals.
Recharged Djokovic ready to switch back on at the Wimbledon
Defending champion Novak Djokovic's preparations for Wimbledon have been laid back in the extreme.
June 26, 2015Former champion Radwanska reaches Eastbourne final
Agnieszka Radwanska continued her pre-Wimbledon tune-up by reaching the final of Eastbourne grasscourt tournament with a 6-1, 6-7(3), 6-2 win over America's Sloane Stephens on Friday.
Hockey World League: India, Pak play out thrilling draw
Ramandeep Singh scored two fine goals as the showpiece subcontinental hockey encounter between arch-rivals India and Pakistan ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw in the World League semi-finals at the KHC Dragons Stadium in Antwerp.
Mo Farah to continue working with coach Salazar
Britain's double Olympic champion Mo Farah has said he will continue to work with coach Alberto Salazar who is being investigated by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
Sania-Hingis beaten in Aegon semis
The top seeds lost to the fourth seeded French-Slovak pair of Caroline Garcia and Katarina Srebotnik 5-7, 4-6, in 81 minutes.
Bollywood, Sportspersons hail Satnam's NBA signing
The sporting fraternity congratulated hoopster Satnam Singh Bhamara after he became the first Indian to be picked for a NBA (National Basketball Association) League team, hailing his historic achievement as an "inspiration" for the youth of the country.
Anand second in Norway chess after draw with Topalov
Viswanathan Anand played out a quick draw with eventual champion Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria to finish second in the Norway chess tournament, which is part of the Grand Chess Tour.
'I have not resigned, rather I am offering my mandate at the Congress'
Sepp Blatter has told a Swiss newspaper he has not quit as FIFA president, adding to speculation he may try to stay on as head of world soccer's governing body that is gripped by a corruption scandal.
Cech to undergo medical with Arsenal, will end 11-year stay at Chelsea
Chelsea's Petr Cech will undergo a medical with Arsenal on Friday, according to British media reports, after the clubs agreed a fee for the 33-year-old goalkeeper.
Dutch Grand Prix to make Sunday switch in 2016
The Dutch round of the MotoGP championship will break with tradition by switching from Saturday to a Sunday slot from next season out of financial necessity, local organisers said on Thursday.
Satnam ready to rub shoulders with the cream of NBA
Following Satnam's historic draft into the Dallas Mavericks for the 2015 NBA season, the mystery of Satnam will hopefully be unravelled in the upcoming season.
Djokovic handed tough Wimbledon opener, Federer has it easy
Defending champion Novak Djokovic was handed a tough opening round at Wimbledon when Friday's draw paired him with Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Williams must avoid drama to complete Serena Slam
Twelve months on from making the most bizarre of exits from Wimbledon, drama queen Serena Williams will be back at the All England Club next week eager to complete the "Serena Slam".
Copa America: Chilean Jara pays dearly for 'fingering' Cavani
German club Mainz 05 are ready to offload Gonzalo Jara after the Chile international whipped up a storm at the Copa America by sticking his finger up the backside of an opponent before falling to the floor theatrically when the player retaliated.
Copa America PHOTOS: Guerrero hat-trick eases Peru into semis
Peru striker Paolo Guerrero scored a hat-trick to give his side a comfortable 3-1 victory over Bolivia at the Copa America on Thursday, setting up a last-four showdown with hosts Chile.
New Zealand women stun Australia at World Hockey League
New Zealand pulled off the biggest surprise of the ongoing World League Semifinals with a 2-0 win over World Cup silver medalists Australia in the women's preliminary league in Antwerp.
India-born Satnam Singh makes NBA history
Satnam Singh Bhamara became the first Indian-born player to be selected in the NBA draft by Dallas Mavericks.
Women's World Cup: US forward Wambach slams ref, escapes punishment
United States striker Abby Wambach has escaped with nothing more than a warning from FIFA after she said a referee at the women's World Cup had targeted two of her team mates on the verge of suspension.
PHOTOS: The life and times of the glamorous Sania Mirza
She has spunk, confidence, some naughtiness and lots of style. Meet Sania Mirza, off-court
No Indian in Wimbledon singles draw this year
Earlier, compatriots Yuki Bhambri and Somdev Devvarman had also crashed out of the premier grass-court championship.
June 25, 2015Bolt's last-gasp withdrawal fuels speculation
Usain Bolt's lack of form combined with his late withdrawal from the Jamaican 100 metres national trials on Thursday have raised more doubts about the future of the world's fastest man.
Former champion Wozniacki through to Eastbourne semis
Former champion Caroline Wozniacki reached the semi-finals of the Eastbourne grasscourt tournament with a 7-5, 6-1 defeat of Germany's Andrea Petkovic on Thursday.
Everton sign Barcelona winger Deulofeu
Everton have signed winger Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona on a three-year contract for six million euros ($6.7 million), the Premier League club said on Thursday.
Paes-Granollers bow out of Aegon Open
Top seeds Leander Paes and Marcel Granollers were knocked out of the ATP Aegon Open following a quarter-final defeat to unseeded Chris Guccione and Andre Sa, in Nottingham, on Thursday.
Former Portugal winger Simao joins ISL club
To replace Spanish Capdevila at John Abraham-owned NorthEast United
Main accused in Kabbadi player's assault held
Ujala Thakur, the main accused in connection with the assault of national level Kabaddi player Sneha 'Dolly' Singh was arrested on Wednesday.
Sania-Hingis pair enters semis of Aegon International
Top-seeds Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis entered the semifinals of the WTA Aegon International.
I didn't, says dope-tainted Gatlin
Controversial sprinter Justin Gatlin does not understand why people insist on calling him a two-time drug cheat.
More trouble for FIFA...Swiss authorities examine grants
Swiss authorities are examining development grants made by FIFA around the world as part of their investigation.
Canada focussed... no time for fun
Canadian football fans may be enjoying the ride but for the players, the grind of the Women's World Cup is no fun.
Wozniacki survives scare to reach Eastbourne quarters
Former World No 1 Caroline Wozniacki reached the quarter-finals of Eastbourne's Aegon Championships with a topsy-turvy defeat of Svetlana Kuznetsova on Wednesday.
Leander records 100 partnerships as Wimbledon beckons
Leander Paes has experimented with 100 different players.
Copa America PHOTOS: Chile down Uruguay to reach semis amid high drama
Chile bundled reigning champions Uruguay out of the Copa America with a 1-0 victory.
Tenth-seeded Nadal lurks as dangerous Wimbledon foe
Former Wimbledon champion Rafa Nadal could be heading for a clash with one of his Big Four rivals as early as the fourth round after the Spaniard was seeded 10th for the grasscourt championships.
June 24, 2015Gerrard reveals moment he knew Liverpool career was over
Steven Gerrard knew it was time to leave Liverpool when he was omitted from the starting lineup for their Champions League group match at Real Madrid last November.
Tennis legend Graf named Kerala's Ayurveda ambassador
Steffi Graf has taken up a new role, with an Indian connection at that.
PHOTOS: European Games has won over doubters
The inaugural European Games has won over the doubters, even with low profile athletics and swimming events.
Murray seeded third, Nadal 10th at Wimbledon
Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams are top seeds at the major starting Monday
AIFF's 'ingenious' idea to boost Indian football...
India FA eye origin players for short-term solution
Liverpool agree to sign Brazilian Firmino
The gifted 23-year-old attacking midfielder is moving to Anfield from Germany's Hoffenheim, where he played since 2010, scoring 47 goals in 151 appearances.
National Kabaddi player allegedly manhandled in Kanpur
In an appalling incident, national Kabaddi player Dolly Singh was allegedly abused and manhandled by a group of local men in Kanpur.
Sania-Hingis storm into Aegon International quarters
Sania and Hingis thrashed the unseeded Czech-Dutch pair 6-0, 6-2 in the opening round of $731000 grass court tournament.
Women's World Cup PHOTOS: Japan keep title defence alive
Japan completed the quarter-final lineup for the Women's World Cup on Tuesday when the defending champions rolled into the last eight with an impressive 2-1 win over the Netherlands.
Wambach offers 'biggest apology' for referee comments
United States striker Abby Wambach has apologised for her suggestion the referee targeted certain American players for yellow cards.
'Copa America prize money not in doubt '
South American soccer's governing body CONMEBOL has enough prize money to get through the Copa America.
The present doesn't seem perfect for the Americans
The United States women's soccer team have won gold in the last three Olympics and have never finished out of the top four in the World Cup, winning the tournament twice.
Happy Birthday Messi! The legend turns 28
As the mercurial Messi rings in his 28th birthday, Rediff.com brings you all the exciting moments from the ace footballer's life.
Surfing is closer to an art form than a sport. Do you agree?
"I think surfing in itself is more of an art form and an expression so I think the Olympic banner doesn't really suit the sport of surfing."
June 23, 2015Dominant India beat Poland 3-0 to notch up second win
India produced a much-improved show than their opening match as they post a facile 3-0 victory over Poland to notch up their second consecutive win in the Hockey World League semi-finals in Antwerp.
Norway chess: Anand outplays Vachier-Lagrave
Former World champion Viswanathan Anand scored a thumping victory over French Grandmaster Maxime Vachier-Lagrave to jump to joint-second after the end of the sixth round in the Norway Chess tournament, which is a part of the Grand Chess Tour.
Paris enters race for 2024 Olympic Games hosting
Paris will be competing for the 2024 honours with cities including Boston, Hamburg and Rome, which lost out to Paris in the bidding contest when the French capital last got to host the games in 1924.
IOA chief Ramachandran slaps defamation notice on Batra
Indian Olympic Association chief N Ramachandran has slapped a defamation notice on Narinder Batra, demanding Rs 10 crore for allegedly damaging his reputation by his bribery allegations even as the Hockey India president dared the IOA boss to sue him in a court of law.
Borussia Dortmund's Guendogan now considering to stay on
Borussia Dortmund playmaker Ilkay Guendogan, who was set to leave the German club this summer, could stay on under new coach Thomas Tuchel, his agent said on Tuesday.
Bjorkman relishing partnership with 'perfectionist' Murray
Jonas Bjorkman, the deputy coach of Andy Murray, says that he is relishing his partnership with the British ace and is happy to be a part of his team.
He knew his team was doping...
Former Tour de France winner and Team Saxo manager Bjarne Riis knew about doping in his team but failed to act.
Check out golf's hottest rivalry: McIlroy and Spieth
Jordan Spieth won a US Open that put all four majors in the hands of golf's young guns, signalling a changing of the guard is complete.
Eugenie Bouchard sweats it out on the beach
Eugenie Bouchard arrives in Eastbourne, her final grass-court warm-up, having lost nine of her last 10 matches.
PHOTOS: The many moods of ladies at Royal Ascot...
Take a look at these ladies who put their best foot forward!
'Improving the current Real Madrid squad is immensely difficult'
It will be "immensely difficult" for Real Madrid to improve their squad but they still plan to make more signings in the close season, new coach Rafa Benitez said.
World anti-money laundering body deletes FIFA-related warning
A world anti-money laundering body has deleted all trace of an alert it issued last week warning that financial institutions had not done enough to police suspicious financial activity by officials at FIFA.
Women's World Cup PHOTOS: England top Norway, US beat Colombia
England came from behind to beat Norway 2-1 in a second round Women's World Cup game.
Kyrgios splits with coach before Wimbledon
Nick Kyrgios has split with a second coach in a year after deciding to part ways with Todd Larkham just days before the start of Wimbledon.
June 22, 2015I hope to be fine for Wimbledon: Kvitova
Petra Kvitova will start the defence of her Wimbledon title next week with no competitive grasscourt practice after pulling out of the Aegon International at Eastbourne where she was top seed.
Inderjeet, Johnson win golds at Asian Athletics Grand Prix
Shot putter Inderjeet Singh and half-miler Jinson Johnson bagged a gold each as Indians won eight medals in the first leg of the Asian Athletics Grand Prix Series in Bangkok, on Monday.
Villarreal agree to sell Argentine forward Vietto to Atletico
Villarreal have agreed to sell Argentine forward Luciano Vietto to Atletico Madrid, president Fernando Roig has said.
Baseball, softball on shortlist for Tokyo 2020 Olympics
Bowling, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, surfing and wushu were also included among the final eight, whittled down by a committee from the original 26 sports which applied for inclusion earlier this month.
Women's World Cup: Dutch look to women's Messi for upset result
Netherlands will be hoping the teenager known as the Messi of women's football discovers her scoring touch as they seek an upset win over Japan at the Women's World Cup on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: Olympic champ Mary Kom celebrates International Yoga Day
Among the hoards of Yoga enthusiasts who marked International Yoga Day on Sunday was India's Olympic boxing champ Mary Kom.
Mauresmo, Bjorkman's flair perfectly compliment Murray's skill
Andy Murray says he is playing better than when he won Wimbledon in 2013 and after the last few weeks, it would be no surprise if he repeats that historic feat next month.
'India are not mere tourists at Hockey World League'
India captain Sardar Singh asserted that they have a lot to play for in the ongoing Hockey World League Semifinals.
US Open badminton: Manu-Sumeeth lose in final
Their dreams of a maiden Grand Prix gold title went up in smoke after the Indian men's doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy suffered a straight-game loss in the final of the US Open badminton tournament in New York on Sunday.
Ferrari shoulder blame for Vettel's missed podium
"It was not a problem of the mechanics, it was our problem and we have to make sure we fix it"
Phelps is back! Solid. Stronger. A winner!
Michael Phelps executed a solid race to win the 200 metres individual medley at the Pro Swim Series meet in California on Sunday.
I am a candidate for FIFA presidency, Maradona reveals
In a private chat with friend and author, Victor Hugo Morales, the Argentine football great revealed his nomination for the presidency of the global football body
Norway Chess: Anand draws with Nakamura, stays joint third
Former world champion Viswanathan Anand played out an easy draw as black against American Hikaru Nakamura to remained in joint third position after the end of the fifth round of Norway Chess 2015, a part of the Grand Chess Tour.
Bopanna-Mergea stumble on final hurdle in Halle
Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea ended runners-up at the ATP Gerry Weber Open following a surprise straight set defeat at the hands of Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram, in Halle, Germany on Sunday.
Kerber claims first grasscourt title
Former Wimbledon semi-finalist Angelique Kerber claimed her first grasscourt title with a 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-6(4) victory.
FIFA scandal: Banks did not do enough, says global agency
A global group of government anti-money-laundering agencies said that financial institutions have not done enough to police suspicious financial activity by officials at soccer's global governing body FIFA.
US Open: Golfer Jordan Spieth seals heart-stopping win
Masters champion Jordan Spieth added another chapter to golf's record books with a nerve-jangling, one-shot victory at the US Open on Sunday.
Copa America PHOTOS: Brazil sink Venezuela; Colombia held
Thiago Silva and Roberto Firmino scored either side of halftime to fire Brazil to a 2-1 win over Venezuela at the Copa America.
SHOCKING! Australia knock Brazil out of Women's World Cup
Brazil were knocked out of the Women's World Cup on Sunday after a surprise 1-0 defeat by Australia in the round of 16.
June 21, 2015Murray outclasses Anderson to take fourth Queen's title
Britain's Andy Murray won the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club by dismantling big-serving South African Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-4 in a one-sided final.
Federer rules Halle for eighth time with win over Seppi
Roger Federer won the Halle Open for a record-extending eighth time on Sunday by beating Italy's Andreas Seppi 7-6(1), 6-4 in a successful dress rehearsal on grass ahead of Wimbledon.
Rosberg gets the jump on Hamilton in Austria
Nico Rosberg won the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix for the second year in a row in a Mercedes one-two finish with team mate Lewis Hamilton on Sunday.
Paes-Nestor pair knocked out of Aegon Championships
Leander Paes and Daniel Nestor put up a stiff resistance before losing the semi-final of the Aegon Championships to the team of Nenad Zimonjic and Marcin Matkowski in Birmingham.
Liverpool lead the way in spreading Premier League gospel
Liverpool will cover most miles of any Premier League club in pre-season preparation.
Murray tricks Troicki to reach Queen's Club final
Andy Murray reached the final of the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club on Sunday by defeating Serbia's Viktor Troicki.
US Open: Day grabs lead; McIlroy frustrated
Jason Day wrote his name into US Open folklore on Saturday, grabbing a share of the third-round lead.
I lost motivation at Ferrari, reveals Alonso
Fernando Alonso has credited McLaren with restoring the motivation he lost after five years at Ferrari.
A memorable 100 for Messi!
Lionel Messi won his 100th Argentina cap when he started the Copa America Group B match against Jamaica on Saturday.
Here comes the ridiculously hot soccer dads
Unlike some young football players of his generation, Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is a complete family man.
Copa America PHOTOS: Higuain gives Argentina win; Paraguay hold Uruguay
Paraguay drew 1-1 with Uruguay at the Copa America to go top of Group B, one point ahead of Argentina before the tournament favourites take on eliminated Jamaica later on Saturday.
FIFA Women's World Cup: Germany, China advance into quarters
Two time champions Germany and a resurgent China reached the quarter-finals of the Women's World Cup.
Ramandeep's late goal clinches Indian men 3-2 win over France
Indian men's hockey team fired in a goal two minutes from the final hooter through Ramandeep Singh to pull off a 3-2 win over France and begin their FIH World League semi-finals campaign on a winning note in Antwerp.
June 20, 2015Anderson powers into Queen's Club final
Kevin Anderson produced a devastating display of serving power to reach the final of the Aegon Championships with a 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-3 defeat of gallant Frenchman Gilles Simon at Queen's Club on Saturday.
Indian women suffer 0-1 loss to Belgium in HWL semis
Indian women failed to capitalise on several openings and suffered a 0-1 loss to hosts Belgium in their opening match of the Hockey World League semi-finals in Antwerp.
Did IOA chief N Ramachandran offer money to win elections?
The infighting within the Indian Olympic Association took a sensational turn with Narinder Batra alleging that N Ramachandran camp offered him a huge sum of money in return for his support during the elections last year, a claim strongly rebutted by the incumbent IOA president.
Federer reaches Halle final after taming big-serving Karlovic
World number two Roger Federer edged past Ivo Karlovic 7-6(3), 7-6(4) on Saturday to reach the Halle Open final and stay on course for his eighth title in the grasscourt Wimbledon warmup event.
Praneeth, Jwala-Ashwini, Manu-Sumeeth reach semis of US Open
India's men singles shuttler B Sai Praneeth alongwith two other doubles pairs advanced to the semi-finals of the $120,000 US Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament.
Hamilton makes it a year of Mercedes poles
Lewis Hamilton seized pole position for the Austrian Grand Prix on Saturday in a damp qualifying session that saw both the Formula One world champion and his Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg skid off on their final laps.
India will win 10 plus medals at Rio Olympics: Sonowal
The Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal is confident that India's medal tally in next year's Rio Olympic Games will go up to 10 plus from six medals, which the country's athletes bagged at London Olympics in 2012.
Olympic medallist Sushil faces tough trial to qualify for Worlds
Amidst the dilemma of double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar and Narsingh Yadav fighting each other for a place in the World Championships, the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has decided to hold selection trials of the senior grapplers on July 6-7.
India's Lahiri, Kapur fail to make the cut at US Open
The Indian duo of Anirban Lahiri and Shiv Kapur made an early exit after missing the halfway cut at the US Open at Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington.
Olympic champ Farah denies doping, says missed tests 'simple mistakes'
Britain's double Olympic champion Mo Farah denied ever taking performance-enhancing drugs and said rumours and speculation over his career after the revelation that he missed two drugs tests "are completely false".
Woods in major trouble, misses US Open cut
After opening with a 10-over 80, the former world number one's fate had appeared sealed and the 39-year-old made it official with an equally uninspiring second-round 76 to set another shocking career low.
June 19, 2015Karlovic hits record 45 aces for spot in Halle semis
Croatian Ivo Karlovic hit a record 45 aces en route to beating third seed Tomas Berdych and reach the Halle Open semi-finals on Friday.
Switzerland may tighten anti-money laundering rules
Switzerland may tighten its anti-money laundering laws after a report by a government-appointed group found the country was still subject to financial crime.
Vettel quickest in Austrian GP practice
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was first and last in Austrian Grand Prix practice on a Friday that team principal Maurizio Arrivabene will not forget in a hurry after nearly being run over by Felipe Massa.
Alonso faces time penalties as well as grid drop
McLaren's Fernando Alonso faces a time penalty in Sunday's Austrian Grand Prix as well as starting from the back of the grid as a result of exceeding his engine allocation for the season.
US Open GP Gold badminton: Praneeth in quarters; Jwala-Ashwini advance
It was a day of mixed fortunes for India's badminton players at the $120,000
World League Semifinals: Expect the unexpected from pressure-free India
- 'I hope our training on creating early pressure will be evident when we go into the competition'
Here's what Murray craves when he's home in the UK
World No 3 Andy Murray, who is enjoying his long stay at home, has been relying on fresh yoghurt and treacle, as he prepares for Wimbledon.
Muslim gymnast criticised for wearing 'revealing' leotard
Muslim gymnast, Farah Ann Abdul Hadi, of Malaysia was criticised for wearing revealing leotard.
Champion sprinter Mo Farah missed drug tests before London Olympics?
Jessica Ennis-Hill's top Olympic coach Toni Minichiello has blasted Mo Farah for missing drugs tests prior to the 2012 London Olympics.
Norway Chess: Anand settles for another draw
Viswanathan Anand's hunt for the elusive victory continued as he was again held to a draw by Alexander Grischuk.
F1 is letting down fans and drivers, warns Webber
'I think we're disappointed with it as F1 fans...All the drivers that I'm talking with, we're disappointed with what's going on with the cars, the lap times, it's just not stimulating for the drivers'
Germany's efforts to make cycling dope-free
Cycling without doping is an illusion, says the country's top cyclist John Degenkolb
Check out the Colombian hero who sank Brazil
Jeison Murillo became Colombia's unlikely hero, scoring his first international goal to give his side a 1-0 victory over Brazil.
For Serena Slam, there will have to be no lapses from Williams
'Even though she's still playing arguably her best tennis, you have to wonder at a certain point how long that can keep up.'
US Open golf: Woods sinks to bottom; Johnson, Stenson share lead
Tiger Woods sank to the bottom of the US Open leaderboard after an opening round 10-over 80 on Thursday, but vowed to fight on and return to the top.
Queen's Club: Paes-Nestor sail into semifinal
legend Leander Paes and Daniel Nestor disposed off the challenge of Marc Lopez and Rafael Nadal in straight sets to progress to the semifinals of the ATP Aegon Championships.
Copa America PHOTOS: Peru beat Venezuela, Group C all square
Peru beat 10-man Venezuela 1-0 at the Copa America on Thursday.
Brazil's Neymar receives provisional one-match ban
Brazil's Neymar and Colombia striker Carlos Bacca have been provisionally suspended for one match.
June 18, 2015Three Indian shuttlers in pre-quarters of US Open GP Gold
Indian shuttlers Ajay Jayaram, R M V Gurusaidutt and Sai Praneeth entered the pre-quarterfinals of the men's singles event at the $120,000 US Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament after victories over their respective opponents.
Murray stays on course for fourth Queen's title
Andy Murray eased past Fernando Verdasco at the Aegon Championships on Thursday but an expected quarter-final showdown with the man who beat him at Wimbledon last year was scuppered by Luxembourg left-hander Gilles Muller.
Sania-Dellacqua suffer 1st round defeat in Birmingham
Playing with new partner Casey Dellacqua in the absence of Martina Hingis, India's Sania Mirza crashed out of the WTA Aegon Classic following a straight set defeat in Birmingham.
India third in global doping report for 2013 by WADA
India may be considered a sporting minnow but in terms of doping by its athletes, it has been ranked third behind Russia and Turkey in a World Anti-Doping Agency Report for 2013 with as many as 91 from the country testing positive for banned substances in that year.
Norway Chess: Giri forces Anand into second straight draw
Former World champion Viswanathan Anand pushed yet again but could not break the solid defences of Anish Giri of Holland and had to settle for a second straight draw in the Norway chess tournament, a part of the Grand Chess tour.
Rankings: Saina retains No 2 spot; Prannoy rises to No 12
Indian shuttler HS Prannoy grabbed his career-best world number 12 spot.
Has the Big Four become Big Five now?
Stanislas Wawrinka should stop being so modest and put himself on a par with the so-called Big Four.
World Muslim body lends support to Qatar over WC 2022
The world's largest Muslim organisation has thrown its weight behind Qatar's hosting of the 2022 World Cup.
This time boxer Mary Kom gets in the ring for Yoga event
Indian Olympic medallist boxer MC Mary Kom will be the chief guest for the Yoga event.
Sabine Lisicki fires record 27 aces!
The 2013 Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki set a new world record.
With tears in his eyes, soccer star Vidal asks for forgiveness
Choking back tears, midfielder Arturo Vidal made a public apology for crashing his Ferrari.
FIFA Women's WC: Europeans rule the roost
England and France qualified in style for the last 16 of the women's World Cup.
'Referees need to show Neymar more respect'
Brazil coach Dunga launched a stinging attack on referee Enrique Osses after the Chilean whistler sent Neymar off.
Copa America PHOTOS: Neymar sent off as Colombia shock Brazil
A first-half goal from Jeison Murillo gave Colombia a 1-0 win over Brazil at the Copa America.
June 17, 2015Wawrinka stopped in his tracks by Anderson bombardment
French Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka was scythed back to earth by big-serving South African Kevin Anderson on the Queen's Club grass as the Swiss bowed out of the Aegon Championships 7-6(4), 7-6(11) on Wednesday.
Azarenka injures foot, Ivanovic loses in Birmingham
Former world number one Victoria Azarenka was forced out of the Aegon Classic in Birmingham with a foot injury on Wednesday shortly after defending champion Ana Ivanovic suffered a shock defeat.
FIFA ethics chief says probing soccer officials over World Cup bids
The chief ethics investigator of FIFA said on Wednesday he is conducting several proceedings against unnamed football officials based on initial findings from an investigation into the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup.
Paes tastes victory at Queen's on 42nd birthday
Leander Paes celebrated his 42nd birthday by making it to the men's doubles quarter-finals of the ATP Aegon Championships at Queen's Club, on Wednesday.
Chennaiyin FC retain Elano as marquee player
Elano, who turned 34 on Sunday, will join Chennaiyin FC on loan from Brazilian club Santos for the 2015 Hero ISL.
Neymar named in fraud lawsuit linked to Barca transfer
A Spanish judge has accepted a legal complaint filed by Brazilian investment fund DIS that alleges it was the victim of a fraud perpetrated in Barcelona's signing of forward Neymar from Santos.
EPL 2015-16: Manchester Utd v Tottenham pick of opening day matches
Champions Chelsea begin title defence at home to Swansea City, while runners-up Manchester City kick-off at West Bromwich Albion
Serbia to face Brazil in U-20 World Cup final
Ivan Saponjic scored from a header in extra-time to give Serbia a 2-1 victory over Mali in the under-20 World Cup on Wednesday and set up a final against Brazil, who demolished a 10-man Senegal 5-0, two of those goals coming from Marcos Guilherme.
Michelin enter bidding for F1 tyre contract
Michelin have made a bid to supply tyres to Formula One from 2017, providing the sport agrees to them being bigger and longer-lasting.
Boxing India claims ignorance about AIBA's ad-hoc committee
The state units affiliated to Boxing India on Wednesday claimed ignorance about the International Boxing Association's decision to constitute an ad-hoc committee for administrating the sport in India, even as it planned to write to AIBA about proposing a date for conducting its elections.
Nadal positive despite Queen's setback
"There is nothing very negative. I won a tournament last week. This week I lost an opportunity, but, my feeling, my thoughts are no different today than yesterday.
Bopanna-Mergea reach quarters in Halle
The second seeds defeated Czech-Ukrainian duo Luka Rosol and Sergiy Stakhovsky 2-6, 6-3, 10-8.
AIBA forms ad-hoc committee to manage Indian boxing
The International Boxing Association (AIBA) on Wednesday constituted a five-member ad-hoc committee for finding a group which would organize and administrate the sport in India.
Women's World Cup: US top 'group of death' after Wambach's goal record
Having escaped the 'group of death', it is now do-or-die for the United States and Australia after advancing to the knockout round of the Women's World Cup on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: Warriors beat Cavaliers to clinch NBA title
The Golden State Warriors beat LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-97 on Tuesday to win the NBA Finals for the first time in 40 years.
PHOTOS: Drama at Copa America as Messi embroiled in confrontation
In the other match of the night, Jamaica 'keeper blunder hands Paraguay 1-0 win
June 16, 2015Nadal crashes out to Dolgopolov at Queen's
Rafa Nadal's return to form was stopped in its tracks when he lost his opening match at the Aegon Championships to Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-4 on Tuesday.
New Milan coach Mihajlovic out to prove his worth on big stage
New AC Milan coach Sinisa Mihajlovic is known for his hot temper and iron will and fans will hope those traits inspire rather than alienate his players as he bids to turn around the fortunes of Italy's fallen giants.
Number of goals never matters, says Chhetri, after notching 50!
The prolific striker became the first Indian footballer to score 50 international goals, in his 87th match, when he reduced the margin in the dying minutes as India went down 1-2 to Guam in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier.
Mihajlovic replaces Inzaghi as AC Milan manager
AC Milan dismissed manager Filippo Inzaghi on Tuesday after a disappointing season in which the side finished 10th in Serie A and failed to qualify for Europe.
Ex-FIFA official Blazer's 2013 plea agreement made public
US prosecutors on Monday made public their 2013 plea agreement with Chuck Blazer, revealing that the former FIFA executive committee member had been secretly providing authorities information for nearly two years before he admitted guilt.
FIFA WC qualifiers: Tiny Guam slay 'sleeping giants' India
India suffered yet another defeat in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
PHOTOS: The sensational Maria Sharapova off the court!
As the world No 2 women's player focuses on the next big Grand Slam, Wimbledon, Rediff.com takes readers through her glamorous life via her instagram posts.
EXPOSED! FIFA scandal stinks up the Caribbean
'There is a Jack Warner or two in every Caribbean parliament today.'
Women's World Cup PHOTOS: Of dubious decisions and sideline showdowns
the game that made most news on the night was the drawn match between New Zealand and China.
Croatia face UEFA hearing after swastika incident
Croatia are to face a disciplinary hearing over their Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Italy during which a swastika cross was imprinted on to the pitch.
Mallya's Force India pinning hopes on Hulkenberg
Force India are hoping Nico Hulkenberg's triumph at the Le Mans 24 Hours race will have a knock-on effect for them at next weekend's Austrian Formula One Grand Prix.
Copa America PHOTOS: Chile draw 3-3 with Mexico in thriller
Mexican striker Matias Vuoso and Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal both scored twice in a game that roared from end to end and never let up in intensity.
Bad light halts Dimitrov match; Hewitt plays last match at Queen's
Photos from the Queen's Club tennis tournament played in London on Monday
This 'Hope' is not 'Solo'
American soccer star Hope Solo remains a controversial figure off the field.
June 15, 2015Sepp Blatter could still perform a U-turn and stand again
Sepp Blatter could still perform a U-turn on his promise to stand down as FIFA president, a former adviser said on Monday, while FIFA did not directly deny the possibility.
Can the Glazers lose their public enemy tag at Manchester United?
The Glazers are unlikely to ever be liked, let alone loved, by fans of Manchester United. The fiercely private American family that bought the famous English soccer club 10 years ago has been widely depicted by the team's fans and the British media as seeking to bleed the club dry after leveraging it up with debt.
FIFA Women's World Cup reach exciting stage
The Round of 16 at the 2015 Women's World Cup is taking shape.
5 Most bizarre sports accidents!
Following the horrific collision during a Twenty20 match left two Surrey fielders injured, Rediff.com looks at the bizarre world of sports that can sometimes present unique oddities.
FIFA scam: Morocco denies bribe allegations over 1998 World Cup bid
US authorities are investigating corruption at FIFA, soccer's global governing body, while Swiss prosecutors have announced their own criminal inquiry into the 2018 and 2022 bids awarded, respectively, to Russia and Qatar.
The grass is finally looking greener for sharp Nadal
"At this point of the season for me, every victory is important, every title means a lot to me. This is not confidence for Wimbledon, this is an important victory for me and I'm happy for that today.
He's got the skills!
Neymar exhibits terrific skill.
Euro qualifiers PHOTOS: Rooney closes in all England goal record
Photos from the Euro 2016 qualifying matches played on Sunday.
Copa America PHOTOS: Neymar stars for Brazil; Venezuela stun Colombia
Substitute Costa slipped the ball past the keeper from close range in the 48th minute of the second half to break the deadlock and extend Brazil's winning run to 11 matches.
June 14, 2015Dhoni motivates junior women hockey players
India's junior female hockey players were in for a surprise as the country's ODI cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni met them.
Nadal looks unstoppable on grass; claims Stuttgart title
Rafael Nadal claimed his first grasscourt title for five years.
Rohan Bopanna is just loving the grass!
Rohan Bopanna has already bagged four ATP doubles titles in 2015, the maximum by a player in 2015.
Bopanna-Mergea win 2nd title of season in Stuttgart
India's Rohan Bopanna and Romania's Florin Mergea won their second title of the season together.
Jet-lagged India looking to adapt well before World Cup qualifier
The team spent some 16 hours on the flight and landed in Guam 27 hours after leaving Bengaluru on June 12. They had their first training session on Sunday afternoon at the Guam FA Stadium.
Too young to get learner's licence but he drives like a champ!
Australian 14-year-old becomes the youngest V8 winner.
FIH World League: India lose to Belgium in practice game
The Indian men's hockey team went down fighting 1-2 to hosts Belgium in their second practice match on Saturday, ahead of the Fintro FIH World League Semi-Finals which will get underway in Antwerp from June 20.
India hockey player Yuvraj Walmiki's dream to be realised soon
"I am fortunate to be part of this important tournament and it becomes more special as I will be playing along with my brother Devindar Walmiki. This is like a dream come true as we always spoke about representing the country together and this dream is soon to get realised."
Nadal reaches first grasscourt final since 2011
Nadal, whose last grasscourt final came at Wimbledon in 2011, has dropped to 10th in the ATP rankings after a difficult year in which he has won only a single title.
Bopanna-Mergea squeeze into Mercedes Cup final
The Indo-Romanian pair won 6-3, 6-7(6), 10-7 over the second seeded Polish-Serbian combination win in the super tie-breaker in a battle that lasted just over one hour.
Women's World Cup: Brazil qualify for knockouts; France shocked
Brazil became the second team to qualify for the knockout round of the women's World Cup on Saturday and England picked up a big win, but France suffered a shock defeat that could make their life at the tournament tougher.
Euro qualifiers PHOTOS: Ronaldo tricks for 10-man Portugal; Germany win
Schuerrle hits treble for the world champs; Lewandowski helps Poland thrash Georgia
Baffled Bolt wins 200 in sluggish time
A baffled Usain Bolt ran his worst turn ever as he barely won the 200 metres at the Adidas Grand Prix meet in a sluggish 20.29 seconds on a warm, windy day at Randall's Island in New York, on Saturday.
June 13, 2015Meet the first ever European Games gold medallist
Switzerland's Jolanda Neff won the first ever European Games gold medal when she triumphed in the women's Mountain Bike.
Beckham set to cameo in ' King Arthur'
Former England star footballer David Beckham has reportedly landed a cameo role of 'Blackleg leader' in Guy Ritchie's new upcoming movie, Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur.
Now, a Shariah-compliant uniform to help Muslim girls play basketball
A team of US-based Muslim girls has come up Shariah-compliant uniform to play basketball.
European Games organisers prepared for anti-Armenian sentiment
The Azeri organisers of the European Games are prepared for anti-Armenian sentiment.
US probes Nike payments under Brazil football deal
US authorities are examining payments made by Nike Inc under a 1996 football sponsorship deal with Brazil.
Anderson, Lampard get OBE in Queen's birthday honours
English cricket's leading Test wicket-taker James Anderson and former England football midfielder Frank Lampard were given the OBE.
Check out the surprise guest at European Games opening ceremony...
Pop star Lady Gaga sang John Lennon's Imagine sitting at a flower-covered piano as the inaugural European Games.
FIFA Women's WC: Switzerland thrash Ecuador; Japan motor on
Switzerland earned a record-tying 10-1 triumph over Ecuador on Friday for their first ever Women's World Cup victory Switzerland earned a record-tying 10-1 triumph over Ecuador on Friday for their first ever Women's World Cup victory.
Euro qualifiers: Bale goal gives Wales precious win over Belgium
A summary of the Euro 2016 qualifying group matches, played on Friday.
Copa America: Mexico, Bolivia booed off after goalless draw
Mexico and Bolivia were booed off the pitch after playing out a drab goalless draw in their opening match of the Copa America on Friday, leaving hosts Chile top of Group A after the first round of matches.
June 12, 2015Dutchman Depay signs four-year deal with Manchester United
Manchester United have completed the signing of PSV Eindhoven forward Memphis Depay on a four-year contract, the Premier League club said on Friday.
Arsenal charged by FA over Chambers transfer
The charge relates to the Premier League club's signing of young Southampton defender Calum Chambers for around 16 million pounds ($24.8 million) last year.
Rumours about Milan? It's the media blowing it up: Ibrahimovic
Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not about to leave Paris St Germain and return to AC Milan despite his good relationship with the Italian club's CEO Adriano Galliani, he said on Friday.
Liverpool add to their purchases with the signing of goalkeeper Bogdan
Liverpool have signed Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper Adam Bogdan on a free transfer, the Premier League club said on Friday.
Paes unavailable for Davis Cup tie vs New Zealand
In Paes's absence, seasoned Rohan Bopanna and Saketh Myneni will do the doubles duty in the July 17-19 tie, to be held in Christchurch.
Interpol suspends 'sports integrity' agreement with FIFA
Interpol is suspending its 'sports integrity' agreement with FIFA in light of the ongoing investigations .
Fun and games: Murray fails at NBA half-court challenge, Bale trumps
The half court challenge allows a player five attempts to make a basket from a distance of 47ft (half court).
2020 Tokyo Games: Tug of war, bridge bidding for Olympic place
Tug of war, sumo wrestling, surfing and frisbee throwing are among 26 sports leading the charge for an Olympic place.
Friendly: Stunning Fabregas gives Spain win over Costa Rica
Cesc Fabregas struck the winner as an experimental Spain side came from behind to beat Costa Rica 2-1.
This is awesome! FIFA videogames will feature women's teams
FIFA and official licensee Electronic Arts will feature 12 Women's national football teams for the first time in the game's history.
2018 World Cup qualifier: Guam record first win; Philippines upset Bahrain
Tiny Guam beat Turkmenistan 1-0 to record their first ever World Cup qualifying victory.
Beijing sprint 'explosion': Bolt says will silence Gatlin
Usain Bolt says he is not yet ready for a duel with Justin Gatlin.
How Asian women are causing upsets at the FIFA World Cup
A delicate stoppage time winner from Wang Lisi lifted China to a 1-0 victory.
Copa America PHOTOS: Vidal and Vargas lead Chile to victory
Second-half goals from Arturo Vidal and Eduardo Vargas gave hosts Chile a 2-0 victory over Ecuador.
Top official leaves FIFA; EU urges Blatter to go NOW!
FIFA's director of communications Walter de Gregorio is to resign after making a joke on television.
PHOTOS: Amid fireworks and razzmatazz, Copa America kicks off
South America's top football competition kicked off on Thursday amid fireworks and razzmatazz.
June 11, 2015Nadal battles past Baghdatis in Stuttgart
Two-time Wimbledon champion Rafa Nadal kicked off his grasscourt season with a 7-6(5), 6-7(4), 6-2 defeat of Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart on Thursday.
World Cup preliminary qualifiers: India go down 1-2 against Oman
An inexperienced Indian football side gave a good fight before going down 1-2 against Oman in the home leg match of the 2018 World Cup Preliminary Qualification round in Bangalore on Thursday.
'We've game-changers in this England team and have made strides'
England goalkeeper Joe Hart believes England now have a squad of "game-changers" and will qualify for next year's European Championship in France playing exciting football.
Court denies appeal; Messi to face trial over alleged tax fraud
Lionel Messi will face trial for tax evasion after a Spanish high court rejected his latest appeal.
World Badminton Rankings: Kashyap rises to No 10, Saina No 2
Parupalli Kashyap regained his place inside the top 10 in the latest BWF's world ranking, release on Thurday.
I'm that guy everybody wants to pretend never lived: Armstrong
Lance Armstrong will still ride parts of this year's Tour de France route for charity despite feeling as popular as Voldemort, the unspeakable villain of the Harry Potter movies.
FIFA corruption scandal takes shine off Copa America
Copa America kicks off in Chile on Thursday as a widening US-led investigation lifts the lid on rampant corruption among the sport's top officials.
Rivalries, rankings and Olympics offer Women's PGA subplots
Winning a major is its own reward, but rivalries, rankings and next year's Rio Olympics were also on the mind of contenders at the Women's PGA Championship.
Baseball, softball apply for Tokyo 2020 Olympics inclusion
Baseball and softball officially applied for inclusion in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Thursday as they look to earn back their spot in the Games they lost after 2008.
FIFA Women's WC: Opens with brilliance, blowouts and mismatches
The Women's World Cup stopped to take a breath on Wednesday following an opening round of games that produced a little bit of everything.
Sharapova is the highest-paid female athlete... yet again!
Tennis sensation Maria Sharapova yet again rules the Forbes' list of highest-paid female athletes.
PHOTOS: The growing popularity of women's football...
Global television audiences for the Women's World Cup in Canada bounced sharply higher in the opening days of the tournament and merchandise flew off the shelves, underscoring the growing popularity of the beautiful game.
Take a look at the FIFA that Blatter built
Under Blatter, FIFA has handed its development money out strategically. Members of FIFA with only tiny populations have often received as much in grant money as those with massive populations.
Scandal hit FIFA suspends bidding for 2026 World Cup
Scandal-plagued FIFA postponed the bidding for the right to host the 2026 World Cup.
FC Goa's coach Zico launches FIFA presidency bid
Brazilian soccer great Zico formally declared his candidacy for the FIFA presidency on Wednesday but admitted there would probably need to be a change of rules in order to make his run viable.
Euro 2016 qualifier: Dutch success now anything but guaranteed
Victory for the Netherlands in Friday's Euro 2016 qualifier in Latvia would have been seen as practically guaranteed after a successful World Cup in Brazil but a faltering qualifying campaign has precipitated a confidence crisis.
June 10, 2015Topshelf Open: Paes, Nestor bow out in quarters
The second seed pair of Leander Paes and Daniel Nestor suffered a shock quarter-final defeat against the French pair of Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert to crash out of the ATP Topshelf Open in 's-Hertogenbosch.
'Tevez would be a perfect signing considering how Atletico play'
Juventus striker Carlos Tevez would be a perfect fit for Atletico Madrid and the La Liga club are in talks with the Argentine's agents, coach Diego Simeone has said.
Bopanna-Mergea in quarters of Mercedes Cup
The fourth seed Indo-Romanian pair needed 70 minutes to get the better of the 2014 US Open champions Marin Cilic of Croatia and Frank Moser of Germany 6-3, 7-6(10).
China FA create race-based World Cup qualifier poster
The Chinese Football Association has drawn criticism for publishing a promotional poster that warns not to underestimate Hong Kong's team of "black, white and yellow" players ahead of their World Cup qualifiers.
Mondal to lead India against Oman in World Cup qualifier
FIFA official Valcke hits back over $10 mln transactions
FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke Valcke on Wednesday dismissed allegations of wrongdoing over $10 million in bank transactions that are under investigation by U.S. authorities.
Russia sees no threat to World Cup, Valcke says plans on track
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Wednesday he saw no threat to Russia hosting the World Cup in 2018 and that its successful bid to host the tournament was in line with the law.
FIFA to elect Blatter's successor in December?
Last week, Domenico Scala, head of FIFA's audit and compliance committee and the man responsible for overseeing the election, said it could take place any time between December and March.
Paes splits with doubles partner Klassen ahead of Wimbledon
Eight-time Grand Slam winner Paes has now joined forces with Canadian doubles specialist Daniel Nestor while Klassen's coach Stefan de Kock revealed that the South African would now pair up with American Rajeev Ram.
LeBron steers Cavs past Warriors to inch closer to NBA title
The league's reigning Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry had a horrible start to the game for Golden State but used a strong fourth quarter to finish with a team-high 27 points.
FIFA to hold extraordinary exco in July to discuss election dates
FIFA will hold an extraordinary executive committee meeting in July to discuss dates for the presidential election which will choose a replacement for Sepp Blatter, soccer's governing body said on Wednesday.
Argentinian Burzaco, wanted in FIFA scandal, surrenders in Italy
US prosecutors say Burzaco, 50, along with Hugo Jinkis, 70, and his son Mariano Jinkis, 40, conspired to win and keep lucrative media rights contracts from regional football federations by paying tens of millions of dollars in bribes.
Women's FIFA World Cup: Brazil's Marta breaks goal record
Marta became the all-time leading scorer at the women's World Cup on Tuesday as Brazil vaulted to the top of Group E with a 2-0 win over South Korea, while Eugenie Le Sommer's superb long-range strike gave France victory over England.
June 09, 2015Barcelona coach Luis Enrique agrees contract extension
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has ended uncertainty over his future by agreeing a one-year contract extension with the Spanish and European champions until the end of the 2016-17 season.
Alves agrees two-year Barca contract extension
Barcelona defender Dani Alves has agreed a two-year contract extension to the end of the 2016-17 season with an option for a further year, the Spanish and European champions said on Tuesday.
Juventus sign Germany's Khedira from Real Madrid
Juventus moved to strengthen their midfield by signing Germany international and World Cup winner Sami Khedira from Real Madrid on a free transfer, the Italian champions said.
FC Goa sign Lucio as marquee player; Mumbai retain Anelka
Lucimar Ferreira da Silva, popularly known as Lucio, has signed up with FC Goa as a marquee player for the second season of the Indian Super League.
Brazil's World Cup winner Lucio signs up for ISL
Lucimar Ferreira da Silva, popularly known as Lucio, has signed up with FC Goa as a marquee player for the second season of the Indian Super League.
England lack passion and character, says Gascoigne
Former England hero Paul Gascoigne has said the current team under Roy Hodgson lack the passion he was famous for, and that he cannot bear to watch much football these days because he misses playing so much.
IOC still concerned about water pollution in Rio
'We are approaching major test events in August and we all need to see progress in this regard.'
Now, Mary Kom as animated superhero!
"While we have a Manipuri tinge by capturing the fiction life of a young Mary Kom while in school, we will have other characters with a more neutral tone in order to appeal to the global audience," producer Ashish S Kulkarni said.
Steenkamp's parents slam decision to release Pistorius on parole
The parents of deceased South African model Reeva Steenkamp have slammed the decision to grant convicted Oscar Pistorius parole in August, saying '10-month imprisonment is simply not enough for taking a life'.
Australia will not bid for FIFA events until change
Australia has shelved its bid for the 2023 Women's World Cup pending an "overhaul" of FIFA as the global football governing body reels from a corruption scandal.
PHOTOS: African teams stamp their class at the FIFA Women's World Cup
Cameroon overpower Ecuador; Nigeria score late to draw with Sweden
IOC's Bach warns FIFA of 'painful' reforms
"We can only encourage FIFA to continue (with) the reforms which have been initiated, we cannot give detailed advice of what to do but we appreciate there is a readiness for reforms".
Tiger's getting into the 'swing' of things
"I'm very proud of the fact that I stuck with my game plan ... and I was finally able to hit the shots on Sunday that we've been looking for.
Out of Federer's shadow, Wawrinka scripts own legacy
Bikash Mohapatra traces the rise of the Swiss, first man to win multiple Slams in the 'Big Four' era.
Wawrinka's backhand bullets burst Big Four's bubble
Stanislas Wawrinka and his wondrous one-handed backhand managed to pull off a feat no man outside tennis's Big Four had achieved in the past 40 Grand Slams -- to win two major titles
June 08, 2015It's official: Germany named 'Die Mannschaft'
Germany on Monday launched their new logo, including the use of term 'die Mannschaft', in an effort to increase international branding of the hugely popular World Cup winners.
PHOTOS: Treble-winners Barca on top of the world!
Rediff.com gives you a glimpse of the celebrations.
Pistorius to be released on parole in August
South African Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius is set to be released from prison on parole in August after serving 10 months for culpable homicide in the killing of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, a family member said.
Wawrinka in top-5, Nadal drops to 10!
French Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka has moved up five places to number four in the official ATP world rankings released on Monday.
'Nervous' Wawrinka surprised at French Open win
Stanislas Wawrinka was still struggling to digest the fact that he had won a second grand slam title, and did it by overcoming a player who had until Sunday, been unbeatable on clay in 2015.
Coach Luis Enrique to stay, asserts Barcelona president
His season has been 10 out of 10 and there is no reason to break the contract, says Josep Maria Bartomeu.
Liverpool sign striker Ings from Burnley
"Liverpool FC are delighted to announce that they have agreed personal terms with Danny Ings and, subject to a medical, the striker will join the club on July 1 after his contract with Burnley has expired," the club said on their website (www.liverpoolfc.com).
NBA: Cavs pushed to OT but beat Warriors in Game Two
Iniesta to miss Spain's Euro qualifier with Belarus
Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta will missSpain's Euro 2016 qualifier in Belarus due to injury, it has been confirmed on the national team's website on Sunday.
Brazil extend winning run to nine with win over Mexico
A week before they kick off their Copa America campaign against Peru, Brazil dominated a poor warm up match though there was a moment of brilliant by Philippe Coutino when they opened the scoring after 27 minutes.
Wawrinka's crazy shorts to go right where they belong... in the museum
'Everybody talks about those shorts since I put them on. Apparently I'm the only one who likes it'
Unheralded Lingmerth wins Mem