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July 25, 2016
Exclusive! Narsingh Yadav speaks out!
'My roommate and training partner Sandeep (Yadav) has also tested positive, which has confirmed my suspicion.'
Russian whistleblower out of Rio Games after controversial decision
Yulia Stepanova, the key whistleblower in the Russian doping scandal that almost led to her country being completely excluded from the Rio de Janeiro Games, will miss the Olympics after the runner was controversially ruled out due to her doping past.
Kremlin hails IOC decision to allow clean Russian athletes at Rio
The Kremlin said on Monday it welcomed the decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) which allowed clean Russian sportspeople to compete in next month's Rio Olympics.
Here is how Sushil reacted to Narsingh Yadav's positive dope test...
Two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar has said the dope scandal surrounding fellow wrestler Narsingh Yadav, who was picked ahead of him for the Rio Olympics, is "unfortunate".
Phelps, Bolt will not be the only big stories at Rio Olympics
When record Olympic champion Michael Phelps and the king of sprinting Usain Bolt resume their hunt for world records and gold medals at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics next month they will not be the only big stories in town.
What spurs this Indian boxer to triumph at Rio Olympics...
Vikas Krishan Yadav has learned from the bitterest experience that he can leave nothing to chance in the Olympic ring and it is a lesson the Indian boxer will carry with him to the Rio Games.
Wrestling federation throws its weight behind Narsingh
The Wrestling Federation of India, on Monday, threw its weight behind Narsingh Yadav, whose Olympic participation is in serious doubt after a failed dope test, saying the grappler is a victim of conspiracy.
PHOTOS: Rio scrambles to be ready for Olympics as athletes arrive
Olympic organizers are still scrambling to finish everything from a beach volleyball venue to a new subway line, set to open just days before the opening ceremony. At the village, where lines formed Sunday as athletes began checking in, work crews were still making last minute repairs.
Why this long jumper is calling IOC 'spineless'
Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford has branded the International Olympic Committee's decision not to impose a blanket ban on Russia at next month's Rio Games as "spineless" and expressed surprise that more athletes were not speaking out.
'Failed test of Narsingh's roommate raises suspicion'
With Narsingh Yadav's roommate Sandeep Yadav at the Sports Authority of India Sonepat camp also testing positive for the same banned substance, Wrestling Federation of India said that it strengthens the conspiracy theory and indicates at a clear case of sabotage.
Why Australians are staying away from Olympics Village
The Australian Olympic team refused to move in to Rio de Janeiro's village for athletes on Sunday, saying the accommodation was "not safe or ready" for next month's games."
PHOTOS: Rio Olympics open doors at Athletes Village
Athletes Village opens officially, on Sunday, meaning 10,500 athletes and another 7,000 staff members will start trickling into the luxurious layout.
Tour de France: Froome seals great status with third title
Briton Chris Froome cemented his status as one of the greatest Tour de France riders when he secured his third title on Sunday after a three-week rocky ride.
Here's why WADA is 'disappointed' by IOC decision on Russia
The International Olympic Committee's decision to reject calls to ban all Russian competitors from the Rio Olympics could lead to "lesser protection for clean athletes," the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Sunday.
July 24, 2016
IOC will not impose blanket ban on Russia for Rio Olympics
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will not impose a blanket ban on Russia for next month's Rio Olympics over the nation's doping record but will leave decisions on individual athletes' participation with their sports federations, it said on Sunday.
How Sushil reacted to Narsingh's failed dope test
Sushil, who is yet to make a formal statement on the matter, put out a cryptic tweet after the controversy broke out.
It's a conspiracy against me: Narsingh
His Olympic dream in jeopardy after a failed dope test, wrestler Narsingh Yadav claimed innocence, saying that the scandal is a conspiracy against him.
Javelin thrower Chopra creates history
Neeraj Chopra scripted history by smashing the junior world record in javelin throw en route to a gold medal with a stunning effort of 86.48m at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Meet the second oldest Aussie to make Olympic debut
Sixteen years after being an unused reserve at her home Sydney Olympics, Australian rider Sue Hearn will finally make her Games debut at the age of 60 in Rio.
'Narsingh has brought shame to India,' says Sushil's coach
With Narsingh's participation in serious doubt, Aruneel Sadadekar/Rediff.com spoke exclusively to Sushil Kumar's coach Satpal Singh.
Big Blow! 'Rio-bound wrestler Narsingh fails dope test'
The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) Director General Navin Agarwal confirmed that they found two samples taken fromNarsingh Yadav positive for dope.
Dipa Karmakar: Vaulting from primitive beginnings to the Olympics
As the first Indian female gymnast to qualify for the Olympics, Dipa Karmakar knows she has to pull off something spectacular if she wants the world to take notice.
This mother and son are out to make history in Rio
The Rio Olympics will be the eighth Games for Georgian shooter Nino Salukvadze, but it will be the first time when she will be joined by a very special team mate - her own son.
July 23, 2016
Vijender calls on the country to pray for Rio-bound athletes
Worried about the administrative logjam in Indian boxing, recently-crowned WBO Asia Pacific champion Vijender Singh pleaded with the officials to put together a new federation at the earliest for the sake of country's pugilists.
Brazil holds terror suspects, seeks leads about possible Olympic threat
Brazil held 10 presumed Islamist militants in isolation cells at a maximum security jail on Friday as police combed their computers and mobile phones for information about possible threats to next month's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Phelps hoping Rio swansong hits the right notes
Having ended his career once in London on what he considered a sour note, Michael Phelps enters the Rio de Janeiro Olympics pool for his second swansong determined to bow out on his own terms.
Sports can be a means for national integration, says PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for promotion of sports in the country, saying that this can go a long way in helping national integration.
Bolt shines on London return but hurdler Harrison takes the glory
Usain Bolt delivered on his top billing by winning the 200metres at the London Diamond League on Friday but the Jamaican was upstaged for once as American sprint hurdler Kendra Harrison broke one of the oldest world records in the book.
July 22, 2016
ISL final row: FC Goa's fine reduced, 15-point penalty revoked
In a massive reprieve for FC Goa, the Appeals Panel of Indian Super League, on Friday, revoked the 15-point penalty imposed on the club for "bringing disrepute" to the event following last year's final besides reducing the Rs 11 crore fine and lifting the ban on the franchise owners.
45 Beijing and London Games athletes test positive after retest: IOC
Forty-five athletes have failed dope tests after their samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Games were re-analysed, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Friday.
Russia's Olympics ban will scare drug cheats, says Bolt
The ban on Russia's track and field athletes from the Rio Games will scare drug cheats and help cleaning up the sport, Jamaica's six-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt said.
Brazil arrests 10 for 'amateur' terror plot against Rio Olympics
Brazil arrested 10 people on Thursday suspected of belonging to a poorly organised group supporting Islamic State (IS) and discussing terrorist acts during the next month's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
July 21, 2016
Saina seeded No. 5 at Rio Olympics; Sindhu 9
India's No 1 shuttler Saina Nehwal has been seeded fifth and compatriot P V Sindhu ninth in the women's singles at the upcoming Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. In the men's draw, Kidambi Srikanth, who is ranked world No 11, is seeded ninth.
Why Indian boxing is taking a beating
National coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu explains how the administrative mess in Indian boxing is hurting.
Why Putin won't fire sports minister over doping scandal
The reason: Vitaly Mutko has delivered victories on the sports field for the past decade and a half to match Putin's ambition of restoring national pride, and the Russian leader stands by the people who give him loyal service.
South Africa to appeal Pistorius six-year murder sentence: Radio 702
The South African government will appeal Oscar Pistorius's six-year murder sentence, Talk Radio 702 said on Thursday.
Russia's appeal against Rio Olympics athletics ban rejected
The ruling by the CAS, sport's highest tribunal, will be taken into consideration by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as it ponders whether to impose a blanket ban on Russia from all sports.
China asks Rio-bound athletes to sign no-drugs pledge
China has asked Olympic-bound athletes and coaches to sign a pledge not to use banned drugs and pass a written test, as it seeks to enforce its zero-tolerance stance on doping, Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday.
Usain Bolt targets third sprint sweep to close Olympic chapter
Usain Bolt is determined to concrete his legacy by capping eight years of sprint dominance by defending his 100, 200 and 4x100 metres relay titles in Rio in what he has said will be his final Olympics.
July 20, 2016
What connects Barca star Neymar and Deepika Padukone?
Vin Diesel is back in the xXx movie franchise and this time he returns with not one, but two beautiful surprises in the film.
Premier Futsal: Kolkata 5's, Bengaluru 5's settle for 1-1 draw
In a match that witnessed some twists and an orange card flashed, two strong sides Bengaluru 5's and Kolkata 5's settled for a 1-1 draw in a keenly contested game on the second day of the Goa leg of the Premier Futsal in Mapusa, Goa on Wednesday.
Tour de France: Zakarin wins 17th stage, Froome keeps lead
Chris Froome took another big step towards a third Tour de France title when he dropped his main rivals in the finale of the 17th stage, a 184-km mountain trek won by Russian Ilnur Zakarin on Wednesday.
Gymnastics judges banned over flawed judgements
Three gymnastics judges have been banned and five more given warnings for biased or unsatisfactory scoring at recent events, the sport's world governing body announced on Wednesday.
Dola hopeful of Indian archers breaking Olympics jinx at Rio
Former World champion Dola Banerjee expects India's archers to break their Olympics medal jinx at the Rio de Janeiro gathering from August 5 to 21.
'IOC reluctant' to ban Russia for Rio Olympics'
The IOC seems reluctant to ban the entire Russian team from next month's Olympic Games, despite mounting concern over doping violations, the co-author of the report that led to Russia's ban from track and field events said on Wednesday.
Refugee athletes get sponsorship at Rio Olympics
Visa Inc, operator of the world's largest payments network, said on Wednesday it had signed sponsorship deals with all ten members of the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) refugee team, essentially becoming their first corporate sponsor.
Why Ethiopia ignored this Olympic gold medallist for Rio Games...
Triple Olympic gold medal winner Kenenisa Bekele said he was bitterly disappointed to be left out of Ethiopia's team for the Rio Olympics and blamed members of the country's athletics federation he said knew nothing of the sport.
What Indian shuttlers must do to win medals at Rio...
India's chief badminton coach Pullela Gopichand says the draw hardly matters if the shuttlers are focused on gunning for a medal at the Olympics. He believes that it will boil down to two good back-to-back matches under pressure to earn a medal at the Rio Games, starting August 5.
Why this Kenyan runner is going the distance for Israel...
Chemtai, a diminutive 27-year-old and a marathon novice, gained Israeli citizenship earlier this year through her coach, Dan Salpeter, after the two married in Kenya. They will be in Rio next month.
Why Rio risks empty Olympic legacy...
The largest athlete's village in the history of the Games is a visceral monument to now-faded optimism. Planned when Brazil was booming, its harnessing of private sector wealth was meant to set the gold standard for a sustainable Olympics. Instead, the worst recession in generations pushed the luxury apartments out of reach.
Why Cavendish pulled out of Tour de France...
Britain's Mark Cavendish has pulled out of the Tour de France to manage his workload ahead of the Rio Olympics, his Dimension Data team said in a statement on Tuesday.
When will Tiger get out of the Woods?
Tiger Woods has shut it down for the rest of the professional golf season, bringing into question his playing future as the best golfer of his generation will be away from the sport for over a year when, and if, he returns.
IS threat to Rio Olympics: Brazil to deploy 85,000 troops
'All threats related to the Rio 2016 Games are being meticulously investigated, particularly those related to terrorism.'
July 19, 2016
IOC delays decision on banning Russia from Rio Olympics
Russia's participation in the Rio Olympics remains in the balance on Tuesday after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said it would 'explore legal options' for banning the country from the Games.
AFI fumes at discus thrower Punia for training in Russia ahead of Olympics
Top discus thrower Seema Punia's decision to train in Russia to prepare for the Rio Olympics has left the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) fuming as that country is now at the centre of an unprecedented doping scandal.
Why half of Brazil is opposed to hosting the Olympics
The Datafolha polling institute survey published in the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper also found that 63 percent of those asked in the latest poll think the Olympics will bring more costs than benefits, up from 38 percent three years ago.
China says expects tough challenge for medals at Rio
China expects strong pressure to win medals at next month's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro from teams which have begun to better challenge its dominance in sports like badminton, state media said on Tuesday.
Sochi effect: Should Russian gymnasts be banned from Rio?
Russian gymnasts must be allowed to compete in the Olympic Games and not tarred with the same brush as the country's banned track and field athletes, the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) said on Monday.
Russian doping's first casualty
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has suspended Deputy Sports Minister Yury Nagornykh, who was named in a report on the doping of Russian athletes at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the government said on Monday.
How the world of sport reacted to Russian doping
Here are some reactions from the world of sport on of widespread state-sponsored doping by Russian athletes at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Will IOC chief Bach step up and do what's right?
Thomas Bach's response to a report that found Russia concealed hundreds of positive doping tests ahead of the Sochi Winter Games will determine his legacy as International Olympic Committee president, athletes leaders said on Monday.
Why are these wrestlers suing WWE?
World Wrestling Entertainment Inc was sued on Monday by Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka and dozens of other retired male and female wrestlers seeking to hold it responsible for neurological injuries they claimed to suffer by participating in its bouts.
PHOTOS: It's crazy, chaotic at Tour de France!
Highlights from all the stages of the the Tour de France cycling race.
IOC vows 'toughest sanctions' on Russian athletes and organisations
With the Rio Olympics less than three weeks away, the IOC on Monday promised "the toughest sanctions available" after a report found Moscow had concealed hundreds of positive doping tests in many sports ahead of the Sochi winter Games.
July 18, 2016
Tour de France: Sagan pips Kristoff for third stage win
World champion Peter Sagan claimed his third 2016 Tour de France stage victory when he pipped Alexander Kristoff on the line at the end of the 16th stage, a 209-km ride from Moirans-en-Montagne on Monday.
WADA says IOC should consider ban on Russian athletes in Rio
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Monday recommended that the IOC and International Paralympic Committee should consider banning all athletes entered by the Russian Olympic Committee for next month's Rio Olympics.
Spotlight on Salman Khan at IOA's Olympic contingent send-off
The Indian Olympic contingent was given a warm send-off on Monday, but it was Bollywood actor and IOA's Goodwill Ambassador Salman Khan who turned out to be the cynosure of all eyes, instead of the 20-odd Rio-bound athletes present on the occasion.
Russia helped cover up doping among its athletes at Sochi Games
Evidence of widespread state-sponsored doping by Russian athletes at the Sochi Olympics was confirmed on Monday in a report by an independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Be careful what you wish for, Amir Khan warns Vijender
"Be careful what you wish for, kid", was British boxing star Amir Khan's response to Vijender Singh and his promoters as they proposed a possible showdown between the two in the coming months.
Thai badminton ace Ratchanok cleared of doping violation
World number four Ratchanok Intanon has been cleared of an anti-doping violation, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) said on Monday, paving the way for the Thai medal hope to compete at the Rio Olympics.
Saudi Arabia to send four women to Rio Olympics
The Saudi Olympic Committee has approved four female Saudi athletes to compete as part of the conservative Gulf kingdom's team at the Rio Olympics, a spokesman said on Sunday.
Nadia still turning heads 40 years on from perfect 10
She was once the ponytailed Romanian teenager excited at the thought of owning coloured socks and eating bubble gum yet Nadia Comaneci went on to captivate the world by performing an Olympic feat that continues to stir the emotions four decades later.
Mary Kom 'excited' ahead of Parliament debut
'I am feeling so nervous. I will be among so many big politicians.'
Froome toying with Tour de France rivals
Chris Froome has been so strong on this year's Tour de France that at times he appears to have been toying with his rivals.
British Open: Stenson lands first major at Troon
Record-breaking Swede Henrik Stenson became the first Scandinavian male to capture a major when he won the British Open on Sunday, beating Phil Mickelson in an extraordinary final-round duel.
July 17, 2016
Vijender hints at showdown with Amir Khan
Elated and exhausted in equal measure after being crowned the WBO Asia Pacific champion, Indian boxing star Vijender Singh says he will savour the triumph for a while before looking at the possibility of a showdown with Pakistan-origin British star Amir Khan, who is keen for a face-off with him.
PM Modi, President, Dhoni congratulate Vijender
President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modicongratulated Vijender Singh on clinching the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight
Some athletes want total Russia ban if doping report damning
Several anti-doping agencies, including those of the United States and Canada, want a complete ban on Russia competing at the Rio Olympics if next week's key report into allegations of state-backed doping at the 2014 Sochi winter Olympics is damning, they said on Saturday.
Tour de France: Cavendish powers to 30th win as Froome retains lead
Mark Cavendish claimed his 30th Tour de France victory and fourth in this year's race when he left sprint rival Marcel Kittel trailing at the end of the 14th stage on Saturday.
'I am sure Vijender will win a World title'
Vijender Singh's UK-based promoter Francis Warren tells Rediff.com's Harish Kotian that he can't wait to see the Indian boxing sensation get a chance to challenge for the World title.
What next for 'King' Vijender after smashing India debut
After becoming the first Indian to win a pro title, Vijender Singh said the real journey starts for him now in his quest to become the World champion in the professional circuit.
PHOTOS: Mary Kom, Rahul Gandhi, Sehwag in 'Vijender's corner'
Getting a ringside view of the action were Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Indian Premier League commissioner Rajiv Shukla, Olympic champion boxer MC Mary Kom, star wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, cricketers Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina.
July 16, 2016
Vijender wins WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight title
In front of a packed arena, in his first pro bout that lasted all ten rounds, Vijender Singh beat Kerry Hopes 98-92-98-92 and 100-92 in a close contest to win the WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight title fight in New Delhi on Saturday.
Vijender: 'I'll look for a knockout early on'
In Australian Kerry Hope, Vijender Singh faces a plucky opponent who has the potential to surprise the home favourite
'Vijender will knock Hope out in 4 or 5 rounds'
'He has been in Bollywood movies, he has been in the Olympics three times, he has been all around the world fighting.'
Vijender 'prepared to fight 10 rounds' against Hope
'I have not fought in a 10-round fight before, but my training will help me give my best till the end.'
July 15, 2016
Tour de France: Dumoulin wins 13th stage; Froome extends overall lead
Dutchman Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) won the 13th stage of the Tour de France, a 37.5-km individual time trial from Bourg-Saint-Andeol on Friday.
'Indians are prepared for Zika virus'
The dreaded Zika virus may be of serious concern to some taking part in next month's Rio Olympics, but Indian shot put hopeful Inderjeet Singh just
Paddler Batra seeks ace shuttler Saina's advice
Given a chance national women's table tennis champion Manika Batra is keen to get tips from her idol, ace shuttler Saina Nehwal, ahead of her debut in next month's Rio Olympic Games.
Why no Pakistan athletes have qualified for the Rio Olympics...
The seven participants due to represent Pakistan at next month's Games have all been given wildcard entries.
Tour de France continues in sober mood after Nice attack
The Tour de France continued in a low-key but defiant mood under heightened security on Friday, with riders, spectators and race officials observing a minute's silence for the scores of victims of the Bastille Day attack in Nice.
Working on my half smashes to get closer to my goal: Saina
Bolstered by Australian Open triumph, India ace shuttler Saina Nehwal says she is now working on her half smashes under the watchful eyes of coach Vimal Kumar to get closer to the goal of winning a gold medal at next month's Rio Olympics.
Park is back and hopes to make a splash at Rio
Former Olympic swimming champion Park Tae-hwan is confident of winning a medal at next month's Rio Games despite the lack of preparation time following his qualification drama.
Australian Kumar to miss Rio after failed dope test, to fight ban
Australian wrestler Vinod Kumar failed a doping test during an Olympic qualification event in Algeria in April and is set to be dropped from the team for the Rio Games.
'Vijender is poised to break into the big league'
'If a person whom Vijender had thrashed earlier is now a World champion, why can't Vijender be champion now too?'
July 14, 2016
Mickelson grabs golf history, equaling record-low 63
Phil Mickelson grabbed a piece of golf history at the British Open on Thursday, capturing a share of the record for the lowest score in a major championship -- and coming within fractions of an inch of taking the record outright.
Ronaldinho, Giggs in star-studded Premier Futsal
Football superstars Ronaldinho, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes will showcase their skills in front of Indian fans when the Premier Futsal begins amid hype and anticipation in Chennai on Friday.
Rio's Olympic security force complains of lack of pay, beds
Officers who form part of the security force for the upcoming Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are complaining about delayed salaries and unfurnished accommodations, where many are forced to sleep on the floor. Can't keep dwelling on the past: Bopanna on teaming with Paes
Forget the past and communicate as much as possible -- that's how Rohan Bopanna plans to make his partnership with Leander Paes click in next month's Olympics as he feels there is no point in holding on to the bitterness which has marred Indian tennis.
FIFA Rankings: Portugal climb two places; Wales, Iceland see big jump
Cristiano Ronaldo-led Euro 2016 champions, Portugal inched closer to the top-five after climbing two places to 6th in the FIFA world rankings released on Thursday.
Olympic medallist Vonn will watch Rio Games from home
Olympic gold medallist Lindsey Vonn has been spotted wearing eye-catching attire, and attending award functions.
USA's Felix hopes that the race in Rio is clean
The crackdown on athletes caught up in recent doping scandals is a step in the right direction for the sport, Allyson Felix says, but the American sprinter is still worried it will not be a level playing field at next month's Rio Olympics.
Despite rape probe, Cuba's volleyball team to compete at Olympics
The Cuban men's volleyball team will compete in the Rio Olympics despite the detention of six of its players in Finland over a suspected aggravated rape, an official at the National Sports Institute (INDER) said, according to website Cubadebate and other state-run news outlets on Wednesday.
The National Anthem inspires this Olympian
'I would not be running had it not been for the army.'
What the German sailors are worried about in Rio Olympics...
German Olympic sailors, one of whom was infected last year by a flesh-eating bacteria after a test run in Rio de Janeiro's sewage-tainted Guanabara Bay, said this week they are less worried about health risks than racing effectively in shifty winds and wild currents while avoiding floating debris.
Blanket ban on Russia for Olympics would not be fair: IOC chief
Athletes from one sport should not be punished for the sins of those from another, the IOC president said on Wednesday, cooling speculation that Russia could be banned from the Olympics altogether for systematic doping.
Islamist planned attack on French Olympic team: intelligence chief
A Brazilian Islamist militant was plotting an attack against the French delegation at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the head of a French intelligence agency has said.
July 13, 2016
Tour de France: Froome on the attack again as Sagan takes stage
Chris Froome showed again he will attack his rivals on every terrain as the Briton extended his overall lead in the Tour de France with a surprising move in Wednesday's 11th stage, which was won with panache by world champion Peter Sagan.
India's Rio Olympics-bound sportspersons dope-free: NADA
National Anti-Doping Agency Director General Navin Agarwal says all the Rio Olympics-bound sportspersons have undergone testing for banned substances and are dope-free. He, however, conceded that there were issues regarding testing of a few Rio-bound sportspersons as they were not available at the 'whereabouts' provided by them as mandated under the Anti-Doping Administration Management System (ADAMS) of the World Anti-Doping Agency, but NADA was able to get their testing done later on.
Vijender does the 'Dishoom' with John ahead of title bout
Vijender Singh believes his bout against Australia's Kerry Hope -- for the WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight crown -- will go a long way in determining the future of pro boxing in the country.
Pistorius could compete in 2020 Paralympics
Disgraced South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius may compete at the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo, according to the country's Olympic committee chief. Attacking Saina Nehwal eyes success at Rio
Adapting quickly to playing conditions at the Rio Olympics will pose the biggest challenge for players, says Saina Nehwal, who is aiming to better the badminton bronze she won in London four years ago.
Brazil customs workers to strike ahead of Rio Olympics
Tax auditors plan to down tools every Tuesday and Thursday until the government issues a decree to raise their wages.
Boxer Pacquiao to come back from retirement later this year?
Manny Pacquiao is planning to fight again later this year, just three months after announcing his retirement from boxing, ESPN reported on Tuesday.
Dutch swimmer beats cancer to punch ticket to Rio Olympics
Dutch swimmer Inge Dekker, who was diagnosed with cervical cancer in February and had surgery in March, will take part in her fourth Olympics after being named on Tuesday in a 17-strong squad for next month's Rio Games.
Deepika, Serena inspire fans to 'sweat with sport'
The new Da da ding Nike ad, featuring actor Deepika Padukone, has gone viral. It has been appreciated by most but panned by some, and despite the mixed reviews it has nearly crashed the internet.
July 12, 2016
Tour de France: Matthews wins stage 10, Froome retains yellow
Michael Matthews completed his set of grand tour victories when he prevailed in the 10th stage of the Tour de France at the end of a royal breakaway on Tuesday.
Barcelona sign centre back Umtiti on five-year deal
Barcelona have signed centre back Samuel Umtiti from Olympique Lyon for 25 million euros ($27.75 million), the La Liga winners said on Tuesday.
I'm no traitor, insists cleared Russian Klishina
Long jumper Darya Klishina, the only Russian athlete cleared to compete in this summer's Olympic Games in Rio, says she does not feel a traitor.
India's top golfers won't miss Rio Olympics
Anirban Lahiri and SSP Chawrasia will be representing the nation at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Meet Bangladesh's first athlete to qualify for Olympics
Golfer Siddikur Rahman has become Bangladesh's first athlete to qualify for Olympics after finishing 56th in the final eligibility rankings for the Rio Games.
10 Biggest Sports Surprises of 2016
16 is at the halfway stage and the year has already seen some stunning sporting wins, underdogs emerging triumphant on the biggest stages of them all.
Greatness calling Biles at Rio Olympics
In a nod to the domination of her sport, Simone Biles has already entered the debate as the greatest gymnast of all-time even though she has yet to turn a single somersault on the Olympic stage.
Despite injury, Bolt headlines Jamaica's Rio team
Sprint king Usain Bolt was named to the Jamaican Olympic team in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m races despite an injury that kept him from qualifying at trials, the Jamaican Olympic Association said on Monday.
July 11, 2016
3 more Indian athletes, including Maheswary, qualify for Rio Olympics
Three track and field athletes, including veteran triple jumper Renjith Maheswary, on Monday booked their berths for next month's Rio Olympics with national record breaking performances in the fourth Indian Grand Prix in Bengaluru.
The 'big' WBO Asia title is no big deal for me: Vijender
It is the the biggest fight of his emergent professional career, but Indian boxing star Vijender Singh said the WBO Asia title contest against Kerry Hope is no huge deal for him and he is taking it as just another stepping stone in the circuit.
I have some unfinished business, says Phelps
One of the most decorated Olympians of all time, American swimming legend Michael Phelps has sent out a warning to his rivals, saying he still has "some unfinished business" left going into the Rio Olympic Games.
Russia's Maria Sharapova to miss Rio Olympics
Maria Sharapova will miss next month's Rio Olympics after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Monday decided to defer its decision on the Russian multiple grand slam champion's appeal against a two-year doping ban until September.
July 10, 2016
Tour de France: Dumoulin wins stage, Froome carries lead into rest day
Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands attacked near the foot of the final climb to win the ninth stage of the Tour de France in extreme weather conditions as Alberto Contador pulled out of the race on Sunday.
IAAF turns down 67 Russian applications to compete as individuals
The IAAF's Doping Review Board has turned down applications from 67 Russian athletes to compete internationally as "neutral" individuals, following a blanket ban on the country's track and field athletes for systematic doping.
India's 4x400m relay teams qualify for Rio Olympics
The Indian men's and women's 4x400m relay race teams virtually qualified for Rio Olympics after clocking impressive timings at the 3rd Indian Grand Prix athletics event in Bangalore on Sunday.
Krishna Poonia fails to qualify for Rio Olympics
Krishna Poonia has failed to qualify for the Rio Olympics as she could not touch the qualifying standard in the competitions she took part in the United States.
Russian jumper cleared to compete as neutral athlete in Rio
Russian long jumper Darya Klishina has been cleared to compete internationally as a neutral athlete after a successful appeal against a blanket ban on her country's track and field athletes for systematic doping.
Grapplers Sandeep, Narsingh bag medals at Spanish GP
Rio-bound Indian grapplers, Sandeep Tomar and Narsingh Yadav won the silver and bronze medals in 74kg and 57kg respectively at the Spanish Grand Prix Wrestling championship in Madrid on Saturday.
July 09, 2016
Tour de France: Inventive Froome takes charge after stunning attack
Briton Chris Froome stunned his passive rivals to snatch the overall leader's yellow jersey in the Tour de France when he won the eighth stage with a lightning attack on the final descent on Saturday.
Russian swimmer Simonova gets four-year doping ban
Russian breastroke swimmer Vitalina Simonova has been suspended for four years after testing positive for a banned substance, the International Swimming Federation (FINA) has announced.
How India's sprint ace Dutee is gearing up for Rio Olympics
Rio Olympics-bound Indian sprinter Dutee Chand said she is working hard to improve her speed endurance so that she doesn't taper off in the last 40 metres of the 100m event during next month's mega-event.
Badminton: Jayaram outclasses Pawar to enter US Open semis
It was a tough day for the Indian shuttlers barring Ajay Jayaram, who sailed into the men's singles semi-finals with a comfortable win over compatriot Anand Pawar in the US Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament in El Monte.
Another top golfer withdraws from Rio Olympics over Zika fears
World number two Dustin Johnson has become the latest golfer to withdraw from next month's Rio Olympics due to fears over the Zika virus.
July 08, 2016
CAS clears way for swimmer Park at Rio Olympics
The Court of Arbitration for Sport has cleared the way for former Olympic swimming champion Park Tae-hwan to compete at the Rio Games after upholding his appeal against a Korean Olympic Committee doping ban, Yonhap news reported on Friday.
July 07, 2016
'Bolt is important but he's not the only athlete.'
The prospect of Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt missing the Rio Olympics through injury will rightly give organisers and fans palpitations.
Babos-Shvedova stun Sania-Martina in Wimbledon quarter-finals
Defending champions Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis suffered a shock defeat in the women's doubles quarter-finals at Wimbledon, beaten by Timea Babos of Hungary and Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova 6-2, 6-5 on Thursday.
Is Brazil ready to stage successful Olympics?
Brazil's interim President Michel Temer is optimistic that the country will stage a successful Rio Games, despite facing health and financial turmoil ahead of the August 5-21 Olympics.
Slow and injured, Stepanova's comeback falls flat
Yulia Stepanova's much-heralded return to action turned into a damp squib on Wednesday when the Russian whistleblower, running as an independent athlete, dropped out of her 800 metres heat with a foot injury having been off the pace throughout.
Will withdrawals hurt golf's future at Olympics?
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) may reconsider golf's place on the programme due to the growing number of big-name withdrawals from the Rio Games, former Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie has said.
July 06, 2016
KP labels Pistorius sentence as 'pathetic'
Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has labelled the South African court's decision of handing Oscar Pistorius a six-year jail term for killing his girlfriend as 'pathetic' and 'shambles'.
Pistorius defence team say will not appeal six-year sentence
Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius will not appeal a six-year prison sentence given by a South African High Court judge on Wednesday for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, his defence team said.
Oscar Pistorius jailed for six years for murder of girlfriend
South African Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius was sent to prison for six years on Wednesday for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, the latest twist in a trial that has gripped the world.
Russia names athletics team for Rio despite ban
Russia has named a track and field team for the Rio Olympics which includes gold medallists Yelena Isinbayeva and Ivan Ukhov among 68 athletes who are hoping an IAAF ban on them competing will be lifted by sport's highest court later this month.
July 05, 2016
Should athletes caught for doping be banned for life?
Double Olympic champion Valerie Adams feels the suspension on Russian athletes from the Rio Games is a positive step towards eradicating doping and the New Zealand shot putter has called for a life ban on drug cheats.
One month to go for Rio Olympics!
Rio de Janeiro, on Monday enters the one-month
Sprint queen Meares on track for more Rio glory
The turn of the Olympic cycle has ushered in a new generation of riders plotting to overthrow track queen Anna Meares, but the seasoned Australian is confident of being in top gear to defend her sprint title at the Rio de Janeiro Games.
Is IAAF a corrupt institution?
A distraught Alysia Montano called her career 'a farce' and branded the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) "a corrupt institution" after crashing out of the US Olympic trials on Monday.
Boxer Neeraj one win away from Olympic qualification
World Boxing Council Asian champion Neeraj Goyat was the lone Indian left in fray for an Olympic berth after he entered the semi-finals even as other two bowed out following first round losses in the International Boxing Association's
July 04, 2016
Rio Olympics: CAS decision on Russian athletes by July 21
The Russian athletes say they are being punished despite having competed without doping and that they should be eligible to race at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics next month.
Blake completes Jamaican sprint double in Bolt's absence
Olympic double silver medallist Yohan Blake completed the sprint double at the Jamaican Championships when he easily won the men's 200 metres on Sunday.
Euro 2016: Germany's Khedira out of semi-final v France
Germany's holding midfielder Sami Khedira will miss their Euro 2016 semi-final against hosts France on Thursday after he sustained an adductor muscle injury in their quarter-final win over Italy, coach Joachim Loew said on Monday. PHOTOS: PM Modi gives Rio-bound athletes a special send-off
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Monday, met the Indian athletes who will represent the country at the forthcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and wished them luck.
Canada Open Grand Prix: Praneeth, Manu-Sumeeth win titles
It was double bonanza for India at the Canada Open as B Sai Praneeth and Rio-bound men's doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy clinched twin crowns after winning their respective title clash at the $ 55,000 Grand Prix badminton tournament, in Calgary, Canada.
Euro: France end Iceland fairy tale in 5-2 quarter-final decimation
France decimated Iceland in a 5-2 win to end the Nordic nations Euro 2016 dream run in the quarter-final on Sunday.
July 03, 2016
6-Nation hockey: India draw with Spain in final game
India played out a 1-1 draw in their final match of the 6-Nations invitational hockey tournament in Valencia, on Sunday.
Contador crashes in Tour de France first stage
Alberto Contador's Tour de France chances suffered an early blow on Saturday when the Spaniard crashed with about 80 km left in the first stage.
Road to Rio a bumpy one for Franklin
Missy Franklin was the 17-year-old darling of American swimming in 2012, returning home from the London Olympics with four gold medals and being hailed as the sport's brightest young star.
Rio Olympics: Injured Bolt to learn fate on Thursday
Usain Bolt is still in contention to compete in the 200 metres at next month's Olympics in Rio despite missing his country's trials through injury, the Jamaican athletics team boss said on Saturday.
PM Modi to meet Rio-bound athletes
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet the Indian athletes who will represent the country at the forthcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
July 02, 2016
Australia's Cate Campbell breaks 100m freestyle world record
Australian swimmer Cate Campbell broke the women's 100 metres freestyle world record at the Brisbane Grand Prix on Saturday, sending an ominous warning to her rivals at next month's Rio Olympics.
Austria GP: Nico Rosberg to take grid penalty after crash
Nico Rosberg's hopes of a third successive Austrian Grand Prix win took a hit on Saturday when he crashed in final practice and damaged his Mercedes' gearbox, incurring a five-place grid penalty.
Shuttlers Jayaram, Praneeth reach Canada Open semis
Indian shuttlers Ajay Jayaram and B Sai Praneeth advanced to the semi-finals of the $55,000 Canada Open Grand Prix badminton tournament after notching up contrasting victories in the men's singles competition in Calgary, Canada.
India's quarter-miler Nirmala Sheoran punches ticket for Rio Olympics
Indian quarter-miler Nirmala Sheoran on Friday secured her Rio Olympics berth after clocking an impressive 51.48 seconds in the women's 400 metre category in the National Inter-State Senior Athletics championships at the G.M.C. Balayogi Stadium in Hyderabad on Friday.
Phelps, Lochte add chapter to rivalry, Clary closes book
Michael Phelps outdueled Ryan Lochte to win the 200 metres individual medley at the U.S. Olympic trials on Friday while Katie Ledecky suffered her first setback on the road to the Rio Games.
Bolt pulls out of Olympic trial final, doubtful for Rio Games
World record holder Usain Bolt withdrew from Jamaica's Olympic trials minutes before the men's 100 metres final on Friday.
July 01, 2016
Jayaram, Prannoy in last 8 of Canada Open
India's shuttlers continued their good run at the Canada Open. Six singles players, including Ajay Jayaram and H S Prannoy, qualified for the quarter-finals in the US $55,000 Grand Prix badminton tournament, in Calgary.
Gurpreet scripts Indian football history!
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu's ground-breaking journey through uncharted territory reached the most important milestone as he became the first Indian
Mary Kom to be part of Vijender's WBO title fight
Five times World Champion and Olympic bronze medallist boxer MC Mary Kom will be part of Vijender Singh's bout for the WBO Super Middle-weight Asia Pacific Championship Title, to be held at the Thyagaraj Stadium, in New Delhi, on July 16.
Here's how the famed Korean archers are preparing for Rio Olympics
South Korean Olympic archers will be hoping to avoid striking out in Rio after they announced plans to conduct open training sessions in a baseball dome to harden themselves for potentially hostile environments at the August 5 to 21 Games.
Russian doping whistleblower Stepanova eligible to compete
Russian doping whistleblower Yulia Stepanova's application to compete as an individual athlete has been accepted, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said on Friday.
6-Nation hockey: India has no option but to beat Argentina
Indian men's hockey team lost 0-1 to New Zealand to slump to its its second defeat in the six-nation Invitational tournament and will now face the
New Zealand to replace banned Russian sculls team at Rio Games
Russia's men's quadruple sculls crew have been banned from the Rio Olympics after one of their members failed a doping test in May, the world governing body FISA said on Friday.
Bolt race marred by series of false starts; moves into 100m semis
Usain Bolt negotiated a series of delays and a false start in his own race before easily winning his quarter-final of the 100m in 10.15 seconds at Jamaica's national championships on Friday.
June 30, 2016
Russian star Isinbayeva applies to compete at Rio Olympics
Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva has applied to world athletics governing body IAAF to compete at the Rio Olympics despite Russia's ban, athletics authorities in Moscow on Thursday.
Saina moves up to fifth, Jwala-Ashwini slip four places
Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal moved one place up to occupy the fifth spot while P V Sindhu remained unchanged at 10th in the latest Badminton World Federation Rankings issued on Thursday.
Former Boston Marathon champ Grigoryeva banned for doping
Former Boston Marathon winner Lidiya Grigoryeva has been banned for 2 1/2 years for doping.
'Golfers dream of green jackets, not Olympic gold'
An Olympic gold medal was not the pinnacle of the sport for golfers according to world number four Rory McIlroy, and he had no concerns about his decision to withdraw from the Rio de Janeiro Games.
Indian shuttlers march on at Canada Open
India witnessed another fruitful day at the Canada Open as all its shuttlers, including Ajay Jayaram and H S Prannoy, entered the third round of the $55,000 Grand Prix badminton tournament, in Calgary, Canada.
Olympic champ Phelps swims his way to Rio Games
Michael Phelps gifted himself an early birthday present by winning the 200 metres butterfly at the US Olympic swim trials on Wednesday to punch his ticket to the Rio Summer Games.
Body parts wash ashore next to Rio Olympic venue
Parts of a mutilated body washed up on the sands of Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday, police said, just meters (yards) from where beach volleyball athletes will compete in the upcoming Olympics.
'Will change London bronze to Rio gold'
'It is important to keep new tricks in your bag to win at the biggest event of world sports.'
June 29, 2016
Phelps pulls out of 100 freestyle at US trials
Michael Phelps continued to trim his program at the U.S. Olympic swim trials, scratching from the preliminaries of the 100 metres freestyle on Wednesday.
We are taking steps to address Zika virus risk: IOA
Many top athletes around the globe might be pulling out of the Rio Olympics due to Zika virus concern but chef de mission of the Indian Olympic contingent Rakesh Gupta said they are taking every possible step to address any possible risk.
'Saina Nehwal can turn Olympic bronze into gold medal'
Saina Nehwal is better equipped to win a medal in Rio in August than the Indian shuttler was when she claimed a bronze at the London Olympics four years ago, former All England champion Prakash Padukone said.
This Palestinian swimmer glides past obstacles to reach Rio Games
Palestinian swimmer Mary al-Atrash can't wait to make a splash at the Rio Olympics in August, but participation, rather than a podium finish, is probably the best she can hope for.
How are the Rio Olympic gold medals made
Ask athletes what goes into Olympic gold medals, and they will likely say sweat and years of training. For Brazil's National Mint the answer is simpler: recycled silver.
'Champions silver is a big boost'
'The silver medal at the Champions Trophy has instilled the confidence that we can match or even beat some of the best teams in the world.'
Hurdles champion Pearson pulls out of Rio Olympics
Australia's Olympic champion high hurdler Sally Pearson has pulled out of the Rio de Janeiro games after tearing her hamstring in training.
For some golfers Olympic thrill trumps Zika fears
When it comes to golfers and their interest in competing at this year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, a curious gender divide is emerging which, at first glance, is counter-intuitive.
6-nation hockey: India rally to beat Ireland
Putting behind their disappointing opening match loss against Germany, a valiant India rallied from a goal deficit to register a 2-1 win over Ireland in their second game of the six-nations invitational hockey tournament.
June 28, 2016
World No.1 golfer Day withdraws from Rio Olympics over Zika fears
The world's top-ranked golfer Jason Day on Tuesday withdrew from August's Rio Olympics, citing fears over the Zika virus.
Rajput wins silver in ISSF World Cup
Ace shooter Sanjeev Rajput clinched the silver medal in the men's 50-metre rifle 3 position event at the ISSF World Cup in Baku, Ajerbaijan, on Tuesday. The Indian marksman scored 456.9 to win the silver medal in the last World Cup before the Rio Olympic Games.
I'm eagerly waiting to knockout Kerry, roars Vijender
Vijender Singh said he is doing high intensity training ahead of his much-awaited title fight at home and hopes to 'knockout' Australian Kerry Hope early for the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight Championship crown.
Is Rio on your mind? Plan ahead is the mantra!
Come August and the world's finest athletes from 206 countries will be out to prove their best at the Olympics.
'Just wait and see, Mary Kom will be back soon!'
'It is performing for my country which motivates me every day.'
June 27, 2016
Jwala-Ashwini pair eyes Canada title ahead of Rio Games
Rio-bound Indian women's doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa will look to boost their confidence ahead of the Olympic Games when they start their title defence at the Canada Open badminton tournament, starting in Calgary on Tuesday.
Man arrested in Brazil for attempt to douse Olympic torch
A man has been arrested for trying to extinguish the Olympic torch by throwing a bucket of water over it as it passed through his farming town of Maracaju in central Brazil, an officer at the local police station said on Monday.
Vikas Krishan feels he's good for bronze at Rio
Vikas Krishan, one of the three Indian boxers to qualify for the Rio Olympics, is confident of winning a bronze medal at the upcoming Games, which could be his last.
How a pizza pole helped Bindra win gold at Beijing Olympics
Abhinav Bindra's insane search for perfection had pushed him to climb, as a simulation of sorts, a 40-feet high 'pizza pole' that saw him conquer his 'fear' and go on to win a historic gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
June 26, 2016
Advantage England over Lanka before rain abandons game
Rain forced the abandonment of the third one-day international between England and Sri Lanka on Sunday with the hosts' hopes of taking a 2-0 lead thwarted just four overs into their run chase at Bristol. Three more Indian athletes qualify for Rio Olympics
Quartermiler Mohammad Anas and long jumper Ankit Singh booked their Olympic tickets with national record shattering efforts while 200m specialist Srabani Nanda also qualified for the Rio Games in various competitions aboard on a memorable day for Indian track and field athletes on Sunday.
Moto3: Mahindra makes history with epic first win at Assen
Italian teenager Francesco Bagnaia made history at the Dutch Grand Prix in Assen on Sunday, fighting every inch of the way to claim not only his first Grand Prix win, not only the first win for the Mahindra Moto3 team, but the first ever in the history of the sport for an Indian constructor.
PHOTOS: Kohli, Bachchans, Ranbir kick off Pro Kabaddi's 4th season
It was a starry evening in Mumbai as some of India's most followed sportsmen and Bollywood stars graced the opening ceremony of the fourth season of the Pro Kabaddi League, on Saturday.
Archery: Das edges past Talukdar to qualify for Rio Olympics
The Archery Association of India (AAI) on Sunday selected Atanu Das to represent the country in the men's recurve event at the Rio Olympics after conducting trials in Bengaluru.
'Vijender is an amateur, not in my league'
Former European champion and an experienced Australian boxer Kerry Hope dared India's knockout king Vijender Singh ahead of their WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight championship title to be held in New Delhi on July 16.
Sushil reveals he was advised to retire after Beijing Olympics
In a country where winning an Olympic medal is a rarity and bagging two in a row a distant dream, India's lone double-Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar revealed that he was advised to 'bow out on a high' after his bronze-medal feat at the 2008 Beijing Games.
June 25, 2016
Swiss Shaqiri's stunning goal counts for nothing eventually
Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri finally made his mark at Euro 2016 with an astonishing goal but was unable to savour the moment as they were knocked out by Poland on penalties on Saturday.
Exclusive! Dutee Chand on her journey to the Olympics
India sprinter Dutee Chand, who qualified for the Rio Olympics, at an event in Almaty, Kazakhstan on Saturday, tells Laxmi Negi/Rediff.com that she gives her best when pushed by better and faster athletes.
Boxing is dead in India, says Mary Kom
India's most decorated woman boxer MC Mary Kom today rued that the sport is as good as "dead in India" because there has been no competition happening with national association in a limbo.
Kerber eyes German Wimbledon-Euros double
Angelique Kerber is looking forward to a potential German sporting double over the next fortnight, aiming to win Wimbledon as one of the favourites while also cheering on her national football team at Euro 2016. ISSF World Cup: Shooter Jitu Rai pips three-time Oly champ to win silver
Jitu Rai pipped three-time Olympic champion Jongoh Jin of Korea to clinch the silver medal at the ISSF Shooting World Cup, in Baku, on Saturday.
Dutee Chand defies the odds to make Rio 100m
Dutee Chand qualified for Rio Olympics in the women's 100m event after meeting the qualification mark at XXVI International Meeting G.Kosanov Memorial in Almaty.
The REAL motivation behind Paes's bronze in Atlanta Olympics
Leander Paes, one of the 12 individual Olympic medal winners that India has produced in its sporting history, says that surviving the Centennial Park
June 24, 2016
Premier League says Brexit will not harm its appeal
Britain's decision to leave the European Union will not harm the prestige of the world's most popular domestic soccer competition, the Premier League said on Friday.
World Cup: Pooja Ghatkar finishes fourth in women's 10m Air Rifle
India's Pooja Ghatkar continued her good run, registering her second 4th place finish of the year in a World Cup stage on day three of the sixth and final International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup (Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun) at Baku, Azerbaijan on Friday.
Three Indian pro boxers register for AIBA Olympic qualifiers
Three Indians, including World Boxing Council (WBC) Asian title-holder Neeraj Goyat, have registered for the International Boxing Association's (AIBA) Olympic Qualifying tournament for professional boxers scheduled to be held in Venezuela from July 3 to 8.
Pistorius says murdered girlfriend would want him to go free
Oscar Pistorius said that Reeva Steenkamp, the girlfriend he was convicted of murdering on Valentine's Day 2013, would want him to go free, in a television interview due to be broadcast on Friday.
Through to Olympics, injured Vikas, Manoj settle for bronze
Assured of an Olympic berth, Indian boxer Vikas Krishan (75kg) settled for a bronze medal in the International Boxing Association's (AIBA) World Qualifying Tournament.
Vijender's Olympic hopes end as Vikas qualifies for Rio
With Vikas Krishan making the cut for Olympics in the 75kg category, the door is shut on the much celebrated Vijender Singh, who was eyeing qualification to the Rio Games ever since the International Boxing Association (AIBA) allowed professional boxers to compete in the quadrennial showpiece.
June 23, 2016
Boxers Manoj Kumar, Vikas Krishan qualify for Rio Games
Former Commonwealth Games gold medallist Manoj Kumar (64kg) and Asian Games champion Vikas Krishan (75kg) qualified for the Rio Olympics after advancing to the semi-finals of the AIBA World qualifying tournament in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Thursday.
Russian athletes to file suit against IAAF ban
Russian athletes will file a class action suit against a ban imposed by the International Association of Athletics Federations.
Russia says weightlifting ban is a 'psychotic episode'
Russian Sport Minister Vitaly Mutko said a decision by the International Weightlifting Federation to ban Russia weightlifters from the Rio Olympics was like "a psychotic episode", R-Sport news agency reported on Thursday.
'Rio water worries overblown'
The last thing members of Brazil's Olympic sailing team want to talk about is the water.
Russia faces another Rio ban over dope tests
Russia's weightlifters face being banned from the Rio Olympics, subject to confirmation by the International Olympic Committee, in another collective doping punishment to hit the country.
Heartbreak! No Mary Kom at Rio Olympics
It's final. The speculation over Mary Kom, the five times world champion's, participation at Rio is over.
IOC is intimidating Kenyan athletes, says former champion
By forcing Kenyan athletes to undergo additional drugs tests before allowing them to compete in Rio, the International Olympic Committee is trying to intimidate his countrymen, a former running champion said on Wednesday.
June 22, 2016
Hockey India rally behind captain Sardar
Hockey India sought ten weeks' time to respond to the Delhi Commission for Women's notice on the allegations of sexual harassment against hockey captain Sardar Singh but firmly threw its weight behind the Indian captain by questioning the complainant's 'belated' charges.
Hurt Anju resigns as Kerala Sports Council president
Hurt by allegations of corruption levelled against her by state Sports Minister E P Jayarajan, India's lone athletics World Championship medal winner Anju Bobby George today resigned as President of the Kerala Sports Council.
IOA, ad-hoc committee pursue AIBA Olympics wildcard for Mary Kom
In a last-ditch attempt to fetch M C Mary Kom a berth at the Rio Olympics, the Indian Olympic Association and ad-hoc committee administering boxing in the country have officially sent a request for a wildcard entry to the celebrated boxer who could not make the cut via the qualifiers.
Euro 2016: Is Croatia the favourites now?
Croatia striker Nikola Kalinic believes his country are now one of the favourites at Euro 2016 after beating Spain to win Group D.
Golfer McIlroy withdraws from Rio Olympics over Zika virus fears
Four-time Major winner Rory McIlroy will not compete in this summer's Rio Olympic Games, citing health fears over the Zika virus, he said on Wednesday.
Hard working Nehwal senses GOLDEN Rio opportunity
Saina Nehwal eschews the 'natural talent' tag thrust upon her by Indian media and says only hard graft and good coaching have given her the chance to turn the Olympic badminton bronze she won four years ago in London into gold at the Rio Games.
Brazil extends $850 million emergency loan to Rio for Olympics
Brazil's government authorized an emergency transfer of 2.9 billion reais (US $850 million) on Tuesday for the cash-strapped state of Rio de Janeiro to help pay for infrastructure projects and security for the Olympic Games in August.
Boxer Vikas closes in on Olympic berth
Vikas Krishan (75kg) became the third Indian
June 21, 2016
IOC discusses more crackdowns on drugs cheats before Olympics
Leading sports powerbrokers gathered at the International Olympic Committee's headquarters on Tuesday morning to discuss further crackdowns on drug cheats before the Rio Games.
IOC offers Rio lifeline to Russian track and field athletes
Individual Russian track and field athletes assessed as clean will be able to compete for their country in Brazil, the Olympic Games' top official said on Tuesday, diluting a blanket ban the sport's global federation had called for.
Olympic Qualifiers: Devendro in semis; Manoj, Sumit enter QFs
Commonwealth Games silver-medallist L Devendro Singh (49kg) stormed into the semi-finals, while Manoj Kumar (64kg) and Sumit Sangwan (81kg) entered the quarters to be just one win away from clinching Olympic berths at the International Boxing Association's (AIBA) World Qualifying Tournament in Baku on Tuesday.
Australian Paralympic sailor robbed at gunpoint in Rio
An Australian Paralympic sailor and team official were robbed at gunpoint while training in Rio de Janeiro at the weekend, raising fears about the security of athletes and tourists in the leadup to the Olympic Games.
Pro boxers who compete in Rio Olympics will lose titles: IBF
Professional boxers who compete at this year's Olympics will be stripped of their International Boxing Federation titles, the IBF said in a statement on Monday.
Ex-tennis star Bob Hewitt granted bail to appeal rape sentence
A South African high court on Monday granted disgraced former grand slam doubles champion Bob Hewitt bail while his lawyers appeal a six year sentence for rape and sexual assault handed to the former tennis star in 2015.
June 20, 2016
Olympic qualifier: Devendro in quarters, Manoj in last-16
Commonwealth Games silver-medallist L Devendro Singh (49kg) stormed into the quarter-finals, while the experienced Manoj Kumar (64kg) entered the last-16 stage in the International Boxing Association's World Olympic Qualification tournament after notching comprehensive victories in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Russia says doping whistleblower competing at Rio would be 'absurd'
It would be "absurd" if Russian doping whistleblower Yulia Stepanova was allowed to compete at the Rio Olympics while clean Russian athletes are barred from the Games, R-Sport agency quoted Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko as saying on Monday.
LeBron validates greatness by winning title for Cleveland
LeBron James may be the self-proclaimed "King" but after delivering an NBA title to long-suffering Cleveland on Sunday.
NBA Finals: LeBron's Cavaliers stun Warriors in thriller to clinch title
LeBron James powered the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 93-89 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday in an electrifying Game Seven to complete an improbable comeback unlike any seen before and capture their first NBA championship.
June 19, 2016
Bindra appeals to AIBA to 'fix' Indian boxing mess
Olympic champion shooter Abhinav Bindra appealed to AIBA to help clean up the administrative mess in Indian boxing and pave the way for the country's pugilists to participate at the Rio Olympics under the national flag.
Olympic boxing qualifiers: Sumit enters last 16
Indian boxer Sumit Sangwan (81kg) advanced to the pre-quarterfinal of the AIBA World Olympic qualification tournament after notching up a hard-fought win over eighth seed Juan Carlos Carrillo of Colombia in Baku.
Lahiri, Jeev exit early in US Open
Indian golfers Anirban Lahiri and Jeev Milkha Singh exited early, as did many other big names, including multiple Major winners Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy, after the completion of second round in the US Open in Oakmont.
IAAF should be disbanded, roars Russian sports minister
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Sunday the world athletics' governing body, IAAF, had unfairly shifted blame for the doping scandal to Russia's athletics federation and should be disbanded, R-Sport agency reported.
Euro 2016: Expanded format exposes Europe's flabby middle
When UEFA decided eight years ago to expand the European Championship from 16 to 24 teams, its then president Michel Platini promised the standard of the tournament would not drop.
Formula One? No! Baku is all about Rio for boxers
Formula One has taken over the city streets but for Cuban Olympic boxing champion Robeisy Ramirez, being in Baku is all about the road to Rio.
June 18, 2016
IOC 'fully respects' IAAF ban on Russian athletes
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) dented any slim hopes that Russian athletes might have had of competing at the Rio Games in August by backing the IAAF's decision to uphold its ban on the country for systematic doping.
India will carry confidence into Olympics, says hockey coach
India hockey coach Roeland Oltmans is delighted at his team's outstanding performance at the Champions Trophy and said it will boost their confidence to
Boxers Satish, Sumit advance in World Olympic qualifiers
Asian Games bronze-medallist Satish Kumar (+91kg) and Sumit Sangwan (81kg)
Russia opens criminal case against former anti-doping chief
Russian federal investigators said on Saturday they had opened a criminal case against the country's former anti-doping chief on charges of abuse of office.
Rio state declares financial emergency, requests funding for Olympics
Emergency measures are needed to avoid "a total collapse in public security, health, education, transport and environmental management," a decree in the state's Official Gazette said.
PM Modi leads country's praise of Indian hockey team
From Prime Minister Narendra Modi to eminent sports personalities, the country was wholesome in its praise for the Indian hockey team's gutsy effort.
Hockey India rewards team for claiming silver medal
India's silver medal winning performance in the 36th Hero Champions Trophy has earned the players and team officials a reward from Hockey India.
Russia cries foul, rest of world welcomes IAAF's ban
Russia claimed the IAAF's decision to continue its ban of Russian athletics on Friday was unfair and threatened legal action, while the rest of the world welcomed the move and urged the IOC not to go against it.
Euro 2016: Czechs erase Croatia's two-goal deficit amidst flare disruption
Czech Republic's Tomas Necid scored a stoppage-time penalty as they came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Croatia in a dramatic Euro 2016 Group D encounter on Friday that was interrupted due to flares thrown on the pitch.
June 17, 2016
Boxing school in Rio slum shows sport's power before Olympics
Beneath a street lamp in one of Rio de Janeiro's slums, 19-year-old boxer Wanderson de Oliveira does pull-ups from a metal bar outside the Fight for Peace academy while two skinny young boys watch intently. Russian legend Isinbayeva to go to court over IAAF ban
Twice Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva intends to prove in court that an IAAF ban on Russian athletes from international competition is a violation of human rights, TASS news agency reported on Friday.
Indian weightlifters Sathish, Mirabai qualify for Rio Olympics
Indian weightlifters Sivalingam Sathish Kumar and Saikhom Mirabai Chanu earned the right to compete at the Rio Olympics in men's and women's weight categories respectively after topping the selection trials.
IAAF votes to keep Russia banned ahead of Rio games
World athletics' governing body decided on Friday to maintain its doping ban on all Russian athletes, Sky News reported, quoting unnamed sources, leaving the country's hopes of competing in the Rio Olympics dependent on Olympic chiefs giving special dispensation at a meeting next week.
Manoj Kumar in second round of AIBA Olympic qualifier
Former Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Manoj Kumar (64kg) clinched a hard-fought victory but two other Indian boxers bowed out after losing in the first round at the AIBA World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Will Russia be banned from Rio Olympics?
Russia said on Friday it is ready to do everything from a legal point of view to defend Russian athletes if they are banned from taking part in the Rio Olympics over doping allegations.
IAAF rejects 'corruption' claims against chief Coe
Athletics' governing body the IAAF has rejected claims by the BBC that its president Sebastian Coe misled a British government probe into doping and that he was helped in his presidential campaign by the son of his predecessor in the position.
Ecstatic England fans party in Lille after winning 'Battle of Britain'
Beer-swilling English football fans bathed in public fountains on Thursday evening in the northern France town on Lille to celebrate their team's victory over Wales in nearby Lens, with little sign of the tensions seen there in previous nights.
June 16, 2016
Saina and Srikanth rise two spots in badminton rankings
Riding on her stupendous performance at the Australian Open Super Series, Indian ace Saina Nehwal jumped two places to reach the World No. six in the latest BWF ranking released on Thursday.
Banned Park's Rio appeal rejected
The Korea Olympic Committee has turned down Park Tae-hwan's appeal to overturn a controversial doping suspension, leaving the swimmer's hopes of competing at the Rio Games in the hands of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
2016 Olympics: Rio Games athletes' village unveiled
The village will host more than 18,000 Olympic and Paralympic athletes, officials, staff and volunteers in 31 buildings and more than 3,600 apartments.
Double OIympic lifting champ Ilyin retests show he doped at 2012 Games
Four Olympic weightlifting champions from Kazakhstan, including the sport's most celebrated figure Ilya Ilyin, are among 10 lifters to have tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs at the London 2012 Olympics after their samples were reanalysed.
WADA says drug testers routinely obstructed by Russian athletes
Testers were also routinely obstructed from gaining access to athletes who used military cities as the location for their whereabouts knowing doping control officers would need special permission to gain access.
Room prices rocket in Rio as landlords dig for Olympic gold
With hotels mostly booked, landlords are charging a pretty penny for tourists still seeking accommodation in Rio de Janeiro for the Olympics in August -- asking as much as $2,305 per night for a three-bedroom apartment far from venues and beaches.
June 15, 2016
Pistorius walks on stumps in court; to be sentenced on July 6
Oscar Pistorius shuffled without his prosthetic legs through a Pretoria court on Wednesday to demonstrate how vulnerable he is without his artificial limbs, an attempt by the athlete's defence team to avoid a long jail sentence for murder.
'There will be a much better Rio de Janeiro after the Olympics'
Rio de Janeiro will benefit from hosting the Olympic Games, the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach said as Brazil struggles to cope with its worst recession in decades.
WHO sees 'very low' risk of further Zika spread due to Olympics
There is a 'very low risk' of further international spread of Zika virus as result of the Olympic Games to be held in Brazil, the heart of the current outbreak linked to birth defects, World Health Organization (WHO) experts said on Tuesday.
He is the oldest player at the Euro and he's 'best in the world'
Gabor Kiraly became the oldest man to play in the European Championship when he helped Hungary to a 2-0 victory over Austria on Tuesday, leaving coach Bernd Storck to declare he was still among the world's best.
June 14, 2016
Saina Nehwal on her chances at the Rio Olympics
'I would rate myself as the hardest working player, but I need to improve a lot technique-wise'
Bolt to run at Rio Games warm-up event in London
Usain Bolt will fine-tune his preparations for the Rio Olympics by competing at the Anniversary Games in London on July 22.
Olympics embarrassment looms as Tokyo governor faces calls to quit
Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe, under fire for using tax money to pay for family vacations and artwork, faces growing demands to quit over a scandal that may affect national elections and embarrass Tokyo as host of the 2020 Summer Olympics.
June 13, 2016
Paes's racquets auctioned for Rs 1.5 lakh; Dhoni's kit for Rs 1 lakh
Leander Paes's Wimbledon mixed doubles winning racquets and India's limited overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's keeping gloves and pads fetched Rs 1.5 lakh and Rs 1 lakh respectively during a charity event.
Revealed: Saina seeks Kohli's aggression
Rio-bound Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal, who just clinched the Australian Open Super Series title in Sydney, said she wants to be aggressive like India Test skipper Virat Kohli.
Is India ready for Rio?
As preparations for the Rio Olympics gather pace, India may be headed for yet another paltry medal haul.
'Blade Runner' Pistorius to be sentenced for murdering girlfriend
South African Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius will be sentenced this week for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, ending years of legal twists and turns.
Euro 2016: Superb Germany overpower Ukraine to record 2-0 win
In what was a thrilling match of end to end action, Germany powered past Ukraine by a 1-0 margin in their Euro 2016 Group C campaign-opening match in Lille on Sunday.
June 12, 2016
'Australian Open victory should spur Saina's prep for Olympics'
Saina Nehwal's personal coach Vimal Kumar is happy that the newly crowned Australian Open Super Series champion "attacked well" and displayed more determination during her hard-earned win over China's Sun Yu.
Froome in good shape for Tour after third Dauphine win
Britain's Chris Froome looks in good shape to defend his Tour de France title next month after winning the Criterium du Dauphine for the third time in four years on Sunday.
Bolt clocks year's second fastest time to win Racers GP
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt ramped up his preparation for the Rio Olympics as he recovered from a stumble to win the men's 100 meters at the inaugural Racers Grand Prix at the National Stadium in Jamaica.
PM Modi congratulates Saina on Australia Super Series win
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated ace shuttler Saina Nehwal for winning
Usain Bolt prepared to return Olympic relay gold
Usain Bolt has told Reuters he would have no problem giving back one of his six Olympic gold medals if a Jamaican relay team mate is confirmed to have failed a drugs test.
Saina beats Sun to win Australian Open Super Series title
Saina Nehwal defeated China's Sun Yu 11-21, 21-14, 21-19 to clinch her second Australian Open Grand Prix Gold title.
June 11, 2016
Hockey Champions Trophy: India beat Great Britain 2-1
India's defence held its ground against desperate Great Britain as they clinched a 2-1 victory in the 36th Champions Trophy in London on Saturday. The victory puts India at the top of the league standings with four points.
Boxer Vikas assured of extra Olympic shot
Asian Games gold-medallist Vikas Krishan assured himself of an extra shot at Olympic qualification in style, beating Kenya's Nickson Abaka in a gruelling six-round contest of the AIBA Pro Boxing fight night.
Mourinho wished me a good Euro: Fellaini
Jose Mourinho, the new Manchester United manager, has sent a good luck text to the club's Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who will make his bow at the European Championship on Monday.
Last chance for Indian men's archery team to make Rio cut
The Indian men's archery team will have one last chance to book a Rio Olympics berth when the qualification round is held on the sidelines of the World Cup.
Saina thrashes Wang to enter Australian Open final, Srikanth loses
Saina Nehwal defeated 2011 World champion and 2012 Olympic silver medallist Yihan Wang 21-8, 21-12 in just over half an hour in the semi-finals.
PHOTOS: Ali feted by the famous and fans in final farewell
Religious and political leaders joined celebrities, sports stars and tens of thousands of ordinary people on Friday in bidding farewell to Muhammad Ali, the boxing champion who jolted America with his showmanship and won worldwide admiration as a man of conviction.
Thousands of mourners gather to bid Muhammad Ali a final goodbye
Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali was on Friday buried at Cave Hill Cemetery in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.
June 10, 2016
Bindra to call it quits after Rio Olympics
Abhinav Bindra, India's only individual gold medallist at the Olympics, will bring the curtain down on his illustrious career at the upcoming Rio Games, where he will be the country's flag-bearer at the opening ceremony, on August 5.
Bindra named India's flag-bearer at Rio Olympics
The 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medallist will be making his fifth Olympic appearance this year.
'Professional boxers are scared of losing to amateurs'
International Boxing Association (AIBA) Pro Boxing managing director Mirko Wolf, on Friday, defended the world body's decision to allow professional boxers in the Olympics.
World leaders, celebrities to pay final tribute to Muhammad Ali
World leaders, celebrities, boxing fans and people who admired Muhammad Ali as a man will gather on Friday in his Kentucky hometown for one last goodbye to a towering global figure who died a week ago at age 74.
Fans prepare for final goodbye as legend Ali will be laid to rest
Muhammad Ali will be laid to rest Friday, the culmination of a two-day farewell for the beloved boxing legend.
Australian Open: Saina, Srikanth advance to semis
Saina Nehwal dug deep for a fighting victory over Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon while Kidambi Srikanth continued his good run to make the semi-finals of the $750,000 Australian Super Series Badminton tournament.
Jeev Milkha Singh qualifies for fifth US Open appearance
Experienced Indian golfer Jeev Milkha Singh will make his fifth appearance at the US Open next week after Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee withdrew due to personal reasons.
Muhammad Ali's life celebrated by thousands at prayer service
A Muslim funeral for Muhammad Ali on Thursday drew thousands of admirers to the boxer's hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, where mourners prayed over the body of a man who battled in the ring and sought peace outside it.
June 09, 2016
Muhammad Ali's Muslim funeral service to draw thousands
The world begins two final days of mourning for Muhammad Ali on Thursday when the boxing great will be honoured with a Muslim funeral a day before receiving a final goodbye with an interfaith service.
Saina, Srikanth in Australian Open quarters
London Olympics bronze-medallist Saina trounced Malaysia's Jin Wei Goh 21-12, 21-14 in 37 minutes to set up a women's singles quarter-final with 2013 World champion and second seed Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand. In the men's singles, Srikanth defeated Indonesia's Sony Dwi Kuncoro 21-19, 21-12 in 34 minutes.
Russia's doping scandal payback for winning 2018 World Cup?
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Thursday his country's doping scandal was payback from those unhappy Russia had won the rights to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Ali's legend floats like a butterfly through a hometown festival
A celebration of MuhammadAli's life continued on Wednesday in the late boxing champion's hometown of Louisville, where a daylong "I AmAli" Festival passed his legend on to a new generation through stories and arts and crafts.
Meet India's Olympics swimming hopeful
'To win a medal at the Olympics you need 12 to 15 Virdhawals and Sejwals.'
June 08, 2016
Rio Olympics: China cool on another badminton sweep
China shrugged off badminton's biggest Olympic scandal to sweep all five titles at London four years ago but the Asian super-power is trying to keep a lid on expectations of another bumper gold medal haul at the Rio de Janeiro Games.
Euro 2016: France launches attack alert app
France launched an app to alert users to attacks on Wednesday, two days before the Euro 2016 soccer championship gets underway under a state of emergency imposed after militant Islamists struck Paris in November.
Euro 2016: England must ignore expectations, says midfielder Lallana
England must ignore talks about their Euro 2016 prospects and focus instead on getting off to a good start in their tournament opener against Russia on Saturday, midfielder Adam Lallana has said. Saina enters Round 2; Sindhu knocked out in Australia
Star Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal entered the second round of women's singles with a comfortable victory but P V Sindhu suffered an upset defeat in the opening round to crash out of the US $750,000 Australian Open Super Series badminton tournament in Sydney on Wednesday.
Zika fallout: Rio-bound British long jumper freezes sperm
The Zika virus outbreak in Brazil has led Britain's Greg Rutherford to have his sperm frozen before heading out to defend his long jump title at the Rio Olympics.
Gayle equates himself to soccer stars Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic
West Indies star batsman Chris Gayle has equated himself with football superstars Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo in his recently-released autobiography 'Six Machine'.
Woods not ready to return to action at U.S. Open
Tiger Woods ruled himself out of next week's U.S. Open at Oakmont and the Quicken Loans event he hosts to benefit his foundation, saying on Tuesday he is not yet ready to return to competition.
Zika-free warmups suggest minimal risk at Olympics
The local organizing committee for the upcoming Olympics in Rio de Janeiro said on Tuesday not a single case of Zika infection has been reported among 17,000 athletes, volunteers and staff during test events in the run-up to the games.
June 07, 2016
Defunct federation hurting Indian boxers: Mary Kom
The lack of an effective Indian boxing federation has damaged the competitiveness of the sport and contributed to the decline of boxing in the country, women's Olympic flyweight bronze medallist MC Mary Kom said on Tuesday.
The Marathwada rower who fought family crises to make Rio Games
Indian rower Dattu Bhokanal has battled adversity to secure Olympic qualification and his journey to Rio has been made even more remarkable following a childhood bout of aquaphobia and fears for his mother's health during his final preparations.
Brazil sports minister plays down Zika fears for Rio
Brazil's Sports Minister Leonardo Picciani expects there to be almost no cases of the Zika virus during the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, adding that the country is prepared for the Games, despite health concerns and political instability.
Indian athletes star with 17 medals, finish 3rd at Asian Junior C'ships
India ended their campaign at the 17th Asian Junior Championships in style as they finished third by winning 17 overall medals, including 7 gold, 4 silver and 6 bronze at Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam on Monday.
Ali's family didn't consider donating brain, says doctor
Muhammad Ali and his family never seriously considered donating the boxing great's brain for research, according to the doctor who treated him.
Serena passes suspended Sharapova as top woman earner
Serena Williams may have been second best at the French Open on Saturday but the American has moved ahead of fellow tennis player Maria Sharapova to top the women's earnings list in sports, according to Forbes Magazine.
Actor Will Smith to be pallbearer at Muhammad Ali funeral
Actor Will Smith and former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis will be among the pallbearers for Muhammad Ali's funeral on Friday, joining a list of notable athletes, entertainers and politicians to mourn the boxing legend.
'I will try my best to box in the Olympics'
'A few months ago, everybody was saying, "Why isn't Vijender taking part in the Olympics?"'
June 06, 2016
"We're prepared", says Paris police chief ahead of Euro 2016
Paris' police chief said on Monday he would be receiving thousands of reinforcements ahead of the Euro 2016 soccer tournament and that his force was as prepared as it could be to face the risk of a militant attack in the French capital.
Sushil Kumar to approach WFI, larger bench of High Court
His plea for selection trial dismissed by the Delhi High Court, double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar will again approach the Wrestling Federation of India and then a larger bench of the same HC in his quest for competing at the Rio Olympics before deciding on whether to challenge the verdict in the Supreme Court.
Bindra says Sushil should go to Rio to support Narsingh
When the Delhi high court dismissed the petition of Sushil Kumar, Twitter erupted.
Legendary Zatopek's legs to run wild in Rio
The triumphs of Czech great Emil Zatopek will be celebrated in Rio de Janeiro with dozens of pairs of electric-powered life-sized legs created by artist David Cerny.
The Muhammad Ali tribute you MUST read!
'Every Ali obituary I read made the point that he 'transcended his sport' -- a reference to the many battles he fought with America even as he fought in America.'
Rio Olympics: China issues corruption warning
China's top graft buster followed up a series of inspections of elite sports training centres by reiterating its warning against corruption in the run-up to the Rio Olympics on Monday.
'Vijender doesn't have time left for Olympic trials'
Vijender Singh might say that he would give Olympic qualification a shot after doors were thrown open for professional boxers but his UK-based promoter Francis Warren, on Monday, made it clear that India's biggest star simply does not have the time left to try for a Rio ticket.
Unbeaten Vijender to face Hope in WBO title bout in Delhi
Former European champion Kerry Hope was on Monday unveiled as Indian boxing star Vijender Singh's opponent for the eagerly-anticipated WBO Asia title bout to be held on July 16 in New Delhi.
Muhammad Ali's funeral to be live streamed
The family of Muhammad Ali has decided to grant a wish of the late champion boxer - he wanted the world to be present at his funeral.
Delhi HC dismisses wrestler Sushil Kumar's plea to hold selection trial
The Delhi High Court on Monday, dismissed wrestler Sushil Kumar's plea seeking selection trial with Narsingh Yadav for 74 kg freestyle category for a berth at the Rio Olympics.
June 05, 2016
Djokovic joins greats with maiden French Open title
Novak Djokovic joined the tennis greats on Sunday when he downed British second seed Andy Murray 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-4 to claim his maiden French Open title and hold all four grand slams at the same time. Manohar Aich, India's first Mr Universe dies at 104
4-year-old bodybuilder Manohar Aich, who was once a household name in Bengal after becoming India's first Mr Universe in 1952, died at his Baguiati residence this afternoon, according to family sources.
This is who Kerala's Sports Minister thinks Muhammad Ali was
A day after being extensively trolled in the social media for his gaffe describing late legendary boxer Muhammad Ali as a Keralite, Sports Minister E P Jayarajan admitted his "mistake."
Indian 4x400m relay team wins gold in Samorin Meet
The Indian 4x400m women's relay team, led by Jauna Murmu, Ashwini Akkunji, Anilda Thomas and MR Poovamma, clocked 3.31.39sec to win the gold medal at the PTS Athletics Meeting in Samorin, Slovakia.
Euro 2016: French floods, strikes cast pall over tournament
The swollen Seine receded on Sunday, but between flood damages, strikes and terror fears, France was firmly stuck in the doldrums just five days before the Euro football tournament. 'Judgement Day' for Sushil as HC decides on trials on Monday
Fighting for an Olympic ticket on the unfamiliar legal turf, Sushil Kumar's glorious wrestling career may meet an unceremonious end when the Delhi High Court pronounces its verdict on Monday on who gets to board the flight to Rio between him and Narsingh Yadav.
Two killed in accident on opening day of Isle of Man TT races
Two motorcycle riders have died in separate accidents on the opening day of the annual Isle of Man TT races, organisers said.
Champions Trophy will be our mental test, says Sreejesh
The Indian hockey team's stand-in captain and goalkeeper P R Sreejesh says the
Pro Boxing comes to India, Vikas to fight in Delhi
Professional boxing in India is all set to get a massive fillip as the national capital will host an AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) fight night on June 11 featuring
Ali's demise leaves Tendulkar's childhood dream 'unfulfilled'
No matter how many records he may have achieved in his glorious career, batting legend Sachin Tendulkar's will always regret about one of his unfulfilled dream-meeting his childhood hero, Muhammad Ali.
Indian women relay team remains in hunt for Rio qualification
The Indian women 4x400m relay quartet of Jauna Murmu, Ashwini Akkunji, Anilda Thomas and M R Poovamma enhanced its Rio Olympic Games qualification chances by winning a gold medal at the PTS athletics Grand Prix with an impressive timing of 3:31.39.
Muhammad Ali to be buried in Louisville after local hero's sendoff
Muhammad Ali's hometown of Louisville will honour the former boxing champion on Friday with a procession through the Kentucky city and public funeral at a sports arena, a tribute befitting a local hero who achieved global stature as a humanitarian.
Bill Clinton will give eulogy for Ali at interfaith service
Former American President Bill Clinton will be among those giving a eulogy for Muhammad Ali at an interfaith service in the boxer's hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, the family announced.
Muhammad Ali, 'the greatest', remembered
The death of Muhammad Ali, the former heavyweight champion known as much for his political activism as his boxing brilliance, triggered a worldwide outpouring of affection and admiration for one of the best-known figures of the 20th century.
June 04, 2016
PHOTOS: A peek into the Celebrity Classico 2016
A charity football match was played to raise funds for the severe drought in Maharashtra.
Farah says 2017 could be his last year on track
Double Olympic champion Mo Farah said next year could be his last on the track as he looks to concentrate on road racing.
How the world media reacted to Muhammad Ali's death
Here is a look at how the world media has reacted to Muhammad Ali's death.
PHOTOS: Indian wins sand art contest in Bulgaria
Renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has won gold medal in a world sand art championship in Bulgaria.
Vijender pays homage to Ali: 'A legend never dies'
Indian star pugilist Vijender Singh on Saturday paid rich tribute to legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, who passed away at the age of 74 after losing his long-standing battle against Parkinson's disease.
Indian hockey players return empty-handed
Indian eves returned empty-handed from the four-nation invitational tournament, in Darwin, after losing 1-2 to Japan in the bronze medal play-off match, on Saturday.
'Greatest' boxer Muhammad Ali's tryst with India
Indians had an opportunity to see legendary boxer Muhammad Ali in action in 1980 when he visited the country for exhibition bouts.
PM Modi mourns Muhammad Ali's death
Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined the sporting world in mourning the death of boxing great Muhammad Ali, who passed away in the United States after a long battle with the Parkinson's disease.
There will never be another Muhammad Ali, the world reacts
Former world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali died on Friday, aged 74. Following are some of the immediate reactions to the news:
Judoka Avtar Singh qualifies for Rio Olympics
Judoka Avtar Singh has qualified for the Rio Olympic Games in under 90kg weight category, the national federation said on Saturday.
Muhammad Ali: The greatest of all time
Bikash Mohapatra salutes boxing legend Muhammad Ali.
Muhammad Ali, in his own words
Muhammad Ali was not only a boxing champion, he was a championship talker. Here are some famous quotations from Ali.
Key fights in the boxing career of Muhammad Ali
Important bouts in the career of former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali.
Muhammad Ali: 'Greatest' boxer, showman, ambassador
More than 60 years ago, a bicycle thief in Louisville, Kentucky, unknowingly set in motion one of the most amazing sports careers in history.
'The greatest, the boldest, the prettiest!'
Former world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, died on Friday aged 74, had a record-setting boxing career. His unprecedented flair for showmanship and controversial stands made him one of the best-known figures of the 20th century,
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dies at 74
The former World heavyweight boxing champion passed away on Friday at a Phoenix-area hospital, where he spent the past few days being treated for respiratory complications, a family spokesman confirmed.
June 03, 2016
Seema Tomar finishes 5th in shooting World Cup
Former World Cup silver medalist Seema Tomar of India missed out a podium finish and finished fifth in women's trap event at the ISSF Shotgun World Cup in San Marino on Friday.
Spanish Moto2 rider Salom dies in crash
Spanish Moto2 rider Luis Salom has died after crashing during a free practice session at the Catalunya Grand Prix, world championship organisers said on Friday. Bolt could lose relay gold after team-mate tests positive
Jamaican Olympic sprint relay gold medallist Nesta Carter has returned an anti-doping violation for the banned stimulant Methylhexanamine after the re-testing of 454 samples from the 2008 Beijing Games, two sources familiar with the case have told Reuters.
Rio Games refugee team will have 10 athletes, reveals IOC
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Friday unveiled its first ever team of refugees which will have 10 members and 12 officials and will compete at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games under the Olympic flag.
Nita Ambani first Indian woman to be nominated to the IOC
Billionaire Mukesh Ambani's wife Nita Ambani has been nominated for membership in the International Olympic Committee and will become the first Indian woman to be on the apex sporting body if she gets elected at the IOC Session scheduled from August 2 to 4.
Marin ends Saina's run in Indonesia Super Series
Saina Nehwal was disposed off by World No 1 Carolina Marin of Spain in the quarter-finals of the $900,000 Indonesia Super Series Premier, in Jakarta, on Friday.
Road to Rio: Wrestler Vinesh Phogat learns from mistakes
Vinesh Phogat was unable to hold back the tears in Istanbul last month when she emerged from a turbulent fortnight with a gold medal around her neck and a ticket to the Rio Olympics in her possession.
Ayana misses world record, Gatlin wins sprint in Rome
Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana ran the second fastest women's 5,000 metres in history as she missed out on the world record by just over a second at the Rome Diamond League in Rome, on Thursday.
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali in hospital with 'respiratory' ailment
Former world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali has been hospitalized for a respiratory issue, family spokesman Bob Gunnell said on Thursday.
June 02, 2016
Djokovic, Serena avoid distractions of French Open 'circus'
A competitor lambasted the French Open as "one big circus" on Thursday as soggy weather once again came back to exasperate players seeking a foothold in the semi-finals of the rain-hit claycourt major.
Lalpekhlua helps India beat Laos, move toward Asian Cup Qualifiers
Striker Jeje Lalpekhlua scored the winner as India beat Laos by a solitary goal in a play-off match to put themselves in a strong position of qualifying for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers, in Vientiane, Laos, on Thursday.
Di Matteo to manage relegated Aston Villa
Aston Villa have appointed former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo as their new manager, the BBC reported on Thursday.
Sushil Kumar row: HC says trial not mandatory for selection
'Problem is that the sports code is nowhere prescribing that trial is mandatory. It has given flexibility and autonomy to the organisation to decide (mode of selection)'
Devendro, Vikas in team for AIBA Olympic boxing qualifiers
Commonwealth Games silver-medallist L Devendro Singh (49kg) and Asian Games bronze-medallist Vikas Krishan (75kg) will spearhead a nine-strong Indian team at the AIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament, starting June 16, in Baku, Azerbaijan.
How 'Karma' played a part in this Haryana-born Aussie Olympic wrestler
The path to the Olympics is paved with potholes for many athletes but few can claim to have overcome hardship like wrestler Vinod Kumar, who was thrown from a speeding train by a rival's family in India before landing on his feet in Australia.
Saina storms into Indonesia Open quarters; doubles pairs out
Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal advanced to the quarter-finals of the Indonesia Super Series Premier tournament with a comfortable straight-game win over local favourite Fitriani Fitriani in the women's singles event in Jakarta on Thursday.
How Brazil is planning to guard the Olympics against terror attacks
The attacks that killed 130 people in Paris last November and 32 in Brussels in March forced a reassessment by Brazil's security forces. An anti-terrorism effort is now at the heart of their planning for the Olympics.
Trump blasts PGA Tour for plan to move Miami golf event to Mexico
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, a golf resort developer who has railed against Mexico in the 2016 campaign, lost an important golf tournament to that country when the PGA Tour said it would leave his Trump Doral course in Miami.
'Saina's experience works in her favour in Rio'
'Saina and Sindhu are top contenders, but they will have to beat players who are playing solid badminton at this juncture.'
June 01, 2016
Baseball, surfing among five sports recommended for Tokyo 2020
Five sports, including baseball, skateboarding and surfing, are on track to feature at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after the IOC on Wednesday recommended their inclusion to attract a younger audience, said a source close to the discussions.
Indonesia Open: Jwala-Ashwini, Manu-Sameer advance
Indian shuttlers had a relatively good day in office at the Indonesia Open Super Series Premier badminton tournament in Jakarta on Wednesday, with the women's doubles pair of Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponnappa and the men's team of Manu Attri-B Sumeeth Reddy progressing to the second round.
'Sure there will be legal clauses attached to Vijender's Olympics participation'
Kishen Narsi, chairman of the AIBA's ad-hoc committee for India, says would be happy to guide Vijender Singh in the best possible manner in his bid to make it to Rio.
French Open: Paes, Bopanna out of men's doubles
India's Rohan Bopanna and his Romanian partner Florin Mergea were knocked out of the French Open men's doubles event after being handed a straight-set defeat in the quarterfinals in Paris on Wednesday.
Pro boxers allowed in Olympics but Vijender might not be there
The International Boxing Association (AIBA) might have allowed professional boxers to compete in the Olympics but India's biggest pro star Vijender Singh will not be seen in the Rio de Janeiro Games as he hasn't been left with any time or chance to make the cut.
Pro boxers allowed to compete at Rio Olympics
Professional boxers can compete at the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the sport's governing body ruled in a landmark decision on Wednesday.
Mary Kom may have an outside chance to fight at Rio Olympics
She couldn't make the cut through qualifiers but star woman boxer M C Mary Kom's Olympic dream is not quite over yet as India has decided to seek a wildcard entry for her in the Games scheduled from August 5 this year.
This shooter is India's best bet for gold in Rio
'I will put in my hundred percent in the Olympics,' promises Apurvi Chandela who took to shooting after watching Abhinav Bindra win gold in the Beijing Olympics.
When finishing second best hurts!
Atletico Madrid and Royal Challengers again failed when it mattered most.
May 31, 2016
Indonesia Super Series: Saina advances, Manu-Ashwini ousted
Three-time champion Saina Nehwal staved off a challenge from a lower-ranked Pai Yu Po of Chinese Taipei to make a positive start to her women's singles campaign at the $900,000 Indonesia Super Series Premier badminton tournament in Jakarta on Tuesday.
'I am focusing on my aggression'
'Aggression is very important.'
May 30, 2016
Delaying Rio Games would give false security on Zika: WHO
Postponing the Rio Olympics due to fears that the event could speed the spread of the Zika virus would give a "false" sense of security because travelers are constantly going in and out of Brazil, the chair of the WHO's Emergency Committee said. Rajyavardhan's son wins gold as Indians on target at Junior Shotgun Cup
Manavaditya Rathore, son of former Olympic Silver medalist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, won the gold medal at 8th International Junior Shotgun Cup in Finland, on Sunday.
Nepalese soldier wins Tenzing-Hillary Marathon on Everest
Nepali soldier Bed Bahadur Sunuwar won the world's highest marathon in the snow-covered foothills of Mount Everest.
May 29, 2016
Wheelchair champion Weir makes history
Briton's Paralympic champion David Weir became the first wheelchair athlete to complete a mile in under three minutes on Sunday.
Rio will be my best Olympics: Seema Punia
Indian discus thrower Seema Antil-Punia, who secured Rio berth after clinching gold at the Pat Young Throwers Classic held, in California, on Sunday, believes, "I have a gut feeling that Rio will be my best Olympic Games."
Kyrgios slapped with French Open's biggest fine
Australian controversial tennis star Nick Kyrgios has been slapped with the largest fine at the French Open for uttering an audible obscenity during his third round loss to Richard Gasquet.
NBA player Bryce Dejean-Jones killed in Dallas shooting
Rookie New Orleans Pelicans basketball player Bryce Dejean-Jones died after being shot early on Saturday when he broke into a Dallas apartment, authorities said.
Discus thrower Seema Punia qualifies for Rio Olympics
Indian discus thrower Seema Punia has qualified for the Rio Olympic Games with a throw of 62.62 metres.
May 28, 2016
Joshna goes down fighting in final of Hong Kong meet
India's top squash player Joshna Chinappa fell at the final hurdle after giving a close fight to top seed Joelle King of New Zealand in the PSA HKFC International squash tournament in Hong Kong on Saturday.
Medical experts want Rio Olympics delayed or moved due to Zika
More than 100 medical experts, academia and scientists on Friday have called for the Rio Olympic Games to be postponed or moved because of fears that the event could speed up the spread of the Zika virus around the world.
May 27, 2016
The boxer who ensured India didn't return empty handed
Where stalwarts like MC Mary Kom failed, Sonia Lather brought home a medal.
IOC says 23 from 2012 Olympics test positive in rechecks
A total of 23 athletes from five sports tested positive for banned drugs in re-checks of 265 samples from the London 2012 Olympics, the International Olympic Committee said on Friday.
World Women's Boxing: Sonia settles for silver
Indian pugilist Sonia Lather was assured of a medal in the 57kgs at the AIBA World Women's Boxing Championship, only the colour had to be decided on Friday in a thrilling final in Astana, Kazakhstan.
'Zika not a reason to cancel Olympics'
Zika virus outbreak in Brazil does not pose enough of a threat to warrant cancelling or putting off the Olympic Games set to be held in Rio de Janeiro in August, a leading US health official said.
Veteran Kaka called up for Brazil's Copa America squad
Brazil have called on Kaka as a late addition for next month's Centenary Copa America in the United States, the Brazilian Football Confederation said on Thursday.
May 26, 2016
Para athlete Saroha wins gold in record breaking performance
Indian para athlete and Arjuna Awardee Amit Kumar Saroha from Haryana won the gold medal in men's club throw (F-51) at the recently concluded 2016 French Open Athletics Championship in Paris.
Sonia Lather storms into final of World Boxing C'ships
Sonia Lather (57kg) stood just one win away from ending India's six-year-old gold medal drought at the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championship as she advanced to final after outpunching Kazakhstan's Aizhan Khojabekova in the last-four stage in Astana, Kazakhstan on Thursday.
HKFC International: Joshna in semis; Dipika loses
Joshna Chinappa defeated Rachael Grinham to secure a place in the semi-finals.
IOC says no reason to doubt Tokyo on bid payments
The International Olympic Committee said on Thursday it saw no reason to doubt assurances from Tokyo about the legitimacy of payments made during its successful bid to host the 2020 Games.
Finally, some positive news about F1 legend Schumacher's health
Formula One legend Michael Schumacher, who is still recovering from his 2013 skiing crash, is on the way to positive recovery.
May 25, 2016
Shooter Heena Sidhu misses final by a point
Former world number one Heena Sidhu missed out on qualifying for the final of women's 10-metre air pistol event by just one point on the concluding day of the ISSF World Cup in Munich on Wednesday.
India thrash Pakistan 3-0 to enter final of Asian Snooker C'ship
India earned a shot at Pakistan in the semifinals of the Asian Snooker Championship taking place in Abu Dhabi.
Mike Tyson lashes out at AIBA. Here is why...
Mike Tyson has branded the Amateur International Boxing Association's (AIBA) decision to let professional fighters take part in the 2016 Rio Olympics as "ridiculous" and "foolish".
Tokyo 2020 Olympics payments probe team established
The Japanese Olympic Committee on Wednesday established a team to investigate whether any illegal payments were made during its successful bid for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Russia to make sports doping criminal offence
Russia is to bring in legislation that will mean individuals found guilty of doping are punished under the country's criminal code, according to Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko.
May 24, 2016
How government is encouraging Rio-bound athletes...
In a bid to ensure that Olympic medallists get immediate recognition, the Sports Ministry said medal winners from the upcoming Rio Games will be considered for this year's Khel Ratna and Arjuna Awards.
Why golf champion McIlroy might skip Rio Games
Rory McIlroy took a long time to decide he would represent Ireland at the 2016 Rio Olympics but the 27-year-old world number three could now miss golf's return to the Games after a 112-year absence because of concerns over the Zika virus.
May 23, 2016
French officials fret over stadium security ahead of Euro 2016
Security failures highlighted at this weekend's French cup final need to be urgently sorted out before the start of Euro 2016 in three weeks' time, an official in charge of security at France's national football stadium said on Monday.
Cueist Pankaj Advani creates history!
India's ace cueist Pankaj Advani created history in Abu Dhabi by clinching the Asian 6-Red Snooker title.
No Olympic quota for Indian women boxers
Indian women boxers failed to secure a single Olympic quota berth at the AIBA World Championships after Pooja Rani (75kg) bowed out.
Irish Open: McIlroy holds off Knox to win
Rory McIlroy shot a closing 69 to win the Irish Open for the first time after a thrilling final-round duel with Russell Knox at the K Club on the outskirts of Dublin on Sunday.
May 22, 2016
Oldest Olympic champion Sandor Tarics dies at 102
The world's oldest Olympic champion, Sandor Tarics, has died at the age of 102 in San Francisco, the Hungarian Olympic Committee MOB said on its website on Saturday, citing information from the family.
In their ninth attempt, Denmark finally win the Thomas Cup
Denmark beat Indonesia 3-2 in the final Sunday, making the Scandinavian country the first European team to win the competition.
May 21, 2016
Bagan route Aizwal to claim Fed Cup title for 14th time
India striker Jeje Lelpekhlua scored twice as Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan thrashed Aizwal FC 5-0 in the summit clash to clinch the Federation Cup football tournament title for a record-extending 14 times in Guwahati on Saturday.
Exclusive! 'Mary Kom was robbed of a win'
'Mary dominated but the scoring did not go in her favour. I think she was robbed of a bout.'
Lahiri lands an eagle, makes cut at Byron Nelson on PGA Tour
Anirban Lahiri landed a crucial eagle on the back nine to make a cut for the weekend at the $7.3 million AT&T Byron Nelson on the PGA Tour.
Munich shooting WC: Jitu, Prakash go through; Bindra finishes 15th
India's pistol ace Jitu Rai displayed good form to sail through to the qualification round of the men's 50-metre pistol event on the opening day of the ISSF World Cup in Munich on Saturday.
Brother of Brussels suicide bomber set for Rio Olympics
Mourad Laachraoui, the brother of one of the Brussels suicide bombers, has won gold at the European Taekwondo Championships and is now set to compete for Belgium at the Olympic Games in Brazil.
Big blow for India as Mary Kom, Sarita Devi fail to qualify for Rio
Five-time world champion M C Mary Kom and Asian Games bronze-medallist L Sarita Devi failed to qualify for the Olympics after they went down in their respective second round bouts of the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Saturday.
WFI back-tracking from its promise: Sushil
Sushil Kumar said that the Wrestling Federation of India has gone back on its words to conduct a trial in men's 74kg freestyle category.
Bolt glides to easy victory in 100m in Ostrava
Sprint king Usain Bolt ramped up his preparations for the Rio Olympics by pulling away to post a time below 10 seconds in the 100 metres at the Ostrava Golden Spike meeting.
Pro Kabaddi League goes biannual after early success
Stadiums across eight cities have often been packed and the second season witnessed a 20 percent rise in viewership, and the third edition which concluded last month saw a further 35 percent increase.
May 20, 2016
Pooja Rani makes last-16 at World Boxing C'ships
Asian Games bronze medallist Pooja Rani (75kg) entered the pre-quarter-finals in the AIBA World Women's Boxing Championships with a hard-fought victory over Ukraine's Mariya Borutsa, in Astana, on Friday.
Dutee wins second gold, but way off Olympics qualification
Promising sprinter Dutee Chand bagged her second gold medal, winning the women's 200 metres, in a clean sweep of medals by Indians at the Taiwan Open Athletics Championships, Taoyuan City, Taiwan, on Friday.
Advani advances to knockouts of Asian 6 Reds Snooker C'ship
Continuing his winning streak,Pankaj Advani secured passage into the knockout stage of the Asian 6 Reds Snooker Championship by beating Khaled Alastal 5-0 in his third group match in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
Indian shooters gear up for Olympics with World Cup in Munich
Former Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra will lead the 25-member Indian shooting contingent in the third leg of the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup (Rifle/Pistol), to be held in Munich from May 19 to 26.
Uber Cup: Indian women settle for bronze
Indian women's team settled for a bronze medal after suffering a 0-3 defeat at the hands of defending champions China in the semi-finals of the Uber Cup badminton championship, in Kunshan, on Friday.
Egypt's first woman rally driver shows desert racing not for men only
Yara Shalaby set up the Middle East's first women's rally team, the Gazelle Rally which has seven drivers and has secured sponsorship for 2016.
Indian Olympic contingent is one team: Saina Nehwal
Saina Nehwal, in a video message, has silently appealed to her country to look at the Indian Olympic contingent as one team rather than a group of individual athletes.
Golfer Mickelson embroiled in trading scandal
Gambling debt, stock tip lead to $1 million settlement but no charges for golfer Phil Mickelson.
May 19, 2016
Dutee wins gold in Taiwan but still short of Olympic mark
Left to compete within an hour of reaching here from China, promising sprinter Dutee Chand won the gold in women's 100m sprint event in the Taiwan Open Athletics Championships on Thursday.
Doping findings rough for athletics: Bolt
Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt said the finding of 31 positive doping samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics marked a rough point for athletics, but backed the World Anti-Doping Agency in its effort to crackdown on drug use in the sport.
Sushil Kumar vs Narsingh Yadav selection row escalates
India are grappling with a dilemma over who to select between the logical candidate or a sentimental favourite as the country's representative in men's 74kg freestyle wrestling at the Rio Olympics.
Uber Cup: Saina loses, but Ruthvika assures India bronze
Indian women's badminton team assured itself of at least a bronze medal after notching a comfortable 3-1 win over Thailand in the quarter-finals of the Uber Cup, in Kunshan, on Thursday.
World Boxing C'ships: Mary Kom, Sarita sail into Round 2
MC Mary Kom began her campaign in style by outpunching Sweden's Juliana Soderstrom in her opening bout of the AIBA World Women's Boxing Championships in Astana.
May 18, 2016
Women's 4x100m relay team breaks national record at IAAF Meet
The Indian 4x100m women's relay team broke the 18-year-old National record to finish in 4th position at the IAAF World Challenge in Beijing on Wednesday.
Why Sushil Kumar's Olympic dream is shrinking
Sushil Kumar's fight for an Olympic berth suffered another blow with the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) strongly hinting that they would prefer Narsingh Yadav for the Rio event by insisting on not having a trial given the quota winner's "consistent performances".
India in Uber Cup quarters despite losing to Japan
The Indian women's team qualified for the quarter-finals in the Uber Cup badminton tournament despite a 2-3 defeat to 2014 runners-up Japan in their third and final Group D match, in Kunshan, China, on Wednesday.
Why hockey team can bring glory to India...
Roelant Oltmans fully understands what a men's hockey medal would mean to India's success-starved fans but the Dutch coach will not burden his players with the pressure of bringing one home from the Rio Games.
Indian boxers get tough draws in women's World C'ships
The event, in Astana, Kazakhstan, is the final qualifying tournament for women boxers in the 51kg, 60kg and 75kg Olympic categories and has 12 Rio tickets on offer. Which means pugilists will have to at least make the semi-finals in the three chosen divisions to book a berth.
Making a splash! STUNNING images from the European Aquatics C'ships
Rediff.com brings you images from the May 9-22 meet. Enjoy the feast your eyes!
Tokyo 2020 bid to be investigated
A Japanese official who led the successful bid for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics said on Wednesday the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) plans to investigate the bidding.
Britain's Peaty wins European gold in Rio warm-up
Rio-bound world champion Adam Peaty gave Britain their first swimming gold of the European aquatics championships on Tuesday with the fastest time of the year in the 100 metres breaststroke.
May 17, 2016
WFI may convince Sushil to give up Rio Olympics hopes
With the Delhi high court on Tuesday directing Wrestling Federation of India to hold a meeting with Sushil Kumar, the decorated grappler's hopes of competing at the Olympics seems almost over as the Federation is not keen on conducting a trial in the contentious men's 74kg category.
IOC says 31 athletes could miss Rio Olympics after Beijing re-tests
Thirty one athletes from six sports could be banned from this year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics after 454 doping samples were re-tested from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the International Olympic Committee said on Tuesday.
Uber-Thomas Cup: Saina takes women closer to quarters, men face ouster
Saina Nehwal guided the Indian women's team to a dominating 5-0 win over Germany to stay on course for a knockout berth in Uber Cup, but the men's team suffered a narrow 2-3 defeat against Hong Kong, staring at an early exit in Thomas Cup badminton tournament in Kunshan, China.
Delhi HC issues notice to WFI on Sushil Kumar's plea for trials
The Delhi HC had issued a notice to the Wrestling Federation of India and the Centre in reply to the plea by wrestler Sushil Kumar over his selection battle with Narsingh Yadav for the Rio Olympics.
Hamstrung Bolt 'will be fine' in time for World Challenge
Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt received treatment for "slight discomfort" in his hamstring following his 100 metres victory in Saturday's Cayman Invitational, his coach Glen Mills said on Monday.
May 16, 2016
Sushil Kumar moves court seeking trials for Rio Games
The 32-year-old wrestler, who a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and silver at the London Games in 2012, was omitted from the Wrestling Federation of India's Rio preparatory camp, which will begin in Sonepat on Wednesday.
Sports sagas: When real life inspired reel...
Rediff.com gives you a look at films in the past that have captured the lives of sporting icons, and their rise to glory, on the silver screen.
National record has come at right time, says Olympics-bound runner Sudha
Olympics-bound runner Sudha Singh, who created a national record in women's 3000m steeplechase at the IAAF Diamond League in Shanghai.
Government will not involve itself in Sushil-Narsingh tussle
'The Federation, which is an autonomous body, is the final authority'
Uber Cup: Indian women maul Australia
Indian women made a stupendous start to their campaign at the Uber Cup badminton tournament by thrashing Australia 5-0, in Kunshan, on Monday.
May 15, 2016
Another setback for Sushil...not part of Rio camp
Sushil Kumar, the double Olympic-medallist has been omitted from the Wrestling Federation of India's Rio Preparatory camp, which is scheduled to begin in Sonepat from Wednesday.
Thomas Cup: India lose against Thailand in opener
Indian ace shuttler Ajay Jayaram's gallant fight ended in a defeat in the opening match as Indian men's team suffered a 1-3 loss against Thailand in their campaign-opener at the Thomas Cup badminton tournament, in Kunshun, on Sunday.
Asian Squash: Silver for Indian eves, lose to Malaysia
Indian women's squash team ended their successful Asian Team squash Championship with a silver medal as they lost to Malaysia by 0-2 margin in the final, in Taipei, on Sunday.
Justice Mukul Mudgal in FIFA governance committee
In a major development for Indian football and judiciary, world governing body FIFA has turned to Justice Mukul Mudgal, who has been appointed as deputy chairman of its governance committee.
May 14, 2016
Gatlin breezes to victory in 100m at Shanghai Diamond League
American Justin Gatlin stepped up his preparations for the Rio Olympics with an impressive victory in the 100 metres at the Diamond League in Shanghai on Saturday.
Desperate Sushil may move court if denied trial against Narsingh
His chances of a third successive Olympic appearance hanging in balance, two-time medallist Sushil Kumar will not hesitate in going to Court if his demand for a trial against Narsingh Yadav is not accepted by the Wrestling Federation of India.
Narsingh vs Sushil: Grappling's slugfest
Former coaches say that it will be a tough call.
Vijender records sixth straight KO win in pro boxing
Indian boxing star Vijender Singh's rampaging winning streak remained intact as he carved out a sixth successive knockout victory by battering Poland's Andrzej Soldra on Friday.
May 13, 2016
Liverpool living in the moment but ready for Europa League final
Liverpool are "100 percent" ready for the Europa League final against defending champions Sevilla on May 18, manager Juergen Klopp said on Friday.
Suspended grappler Babita may be allowed to compete at Rio Games
The Wrestling Federation of India is likely to pardon temporarily suspended Babita Kumari for forfeiting her bout in a recent qualifying event and allow her to compete at the Rio Games, as she secured an Olympic berth after her rival failed a dope test.
WFI may hold meeting on Tuesday to break Sushil-Narsingh deadlock
Caught in the middle of a controversy over arranging a selection trial to choose between Sushil Kumar and Narsingh Pancham Yadav for this year's Rio Olympics, the Wrestling Federation of India is likely to meet on Tuesday to break the deadlock, which is threatening to snowball into a massive furore.
At 52...Daddy Mike Powell going to the Olympics?
Confident of beating the best of today even at 52, world record-holding long jumper Mike Powell has announced that he would try to qualify for this year's Olympic Games.
Russian doping claims nonsense, slander by a turncoat: Kremlin
Allegations by a former head of Russia's drug testing laboratory that dozens of Russian athletes used doping when they competed at the 2014 Sochi Olympics are "slander by a turncoat" and are absolutely groundless, the Kremlin said on Friday.
How to beat Zika? WHO prescribes safe sex and avoiding poor areas
People travelling to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro should avoid visiting impoverished and overcrowded urban areas to prevent catching the mosquito-borne Zika virus.
Doping program fuelled Russian medals at Sochi Olympics?
Dozens of Russian athletes who competed at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, including at least 15 medal winners, were part of a state-run doping program.
May 12, 2016
'Narsingh must fight Sushil to decide who goes to Rio'
'Narsingh is a very senior wrestler and has done a fabulous job by sealing the Olympics berth.'
Vijender confident of stopping Poland's Soldra
Unstoppable thus far in his fledgling pro career, Indian boxing star Vijender Singh takes on Poland's Andrzej Soldra in his first eight-round professional fight in Bolton on Friday.
Rahman joins Olympic Goodwill Ambassadors' list
Oscar-winning music composer A R Rahman has agreed to be a Goodwill Ambassador of the Indian Olympic contingent for the Rio Games. He joins cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar, ace shooter Abhinav Bindra and Bollywood star Salman Khan, who all had earlier accepted the role offered by the Indian Olympic Association.
World boxing body gives lifeline to India for elections
The looming threat of an Olympic expulsion has ended for Indian boxers after the International Boxing Association (AIBA) agreed to extend the deadline for formation of the proposed new federation, which took another step forward by getting itself registered as a society.
Confusion over Sushil or Narsingh for Rio Olympic wrestling prevails
The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), on Thursday, denied sending any list of Olympic probables, sans Sushil Kumar, to the Indian Olympic Association, insisting that the two-time medallist is not yet out of contention for the Rio Games.
'Tokyo won 2020 Olympics bid in a clean way'
Japan's top government spokesman said on Thursday that Tokyo's campaign to host the 2020 Olympics had been clean.
No evidence against Sardar Singh in sexual harassment case: Ludhiana Police
The Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed by Ludhiana Police Commissioner Paramraj Singh Umranangal to probe the sexual harassment allegations against Sardar Singh has given a clean chit to the Indian hockey team skipper.
May 11, 2016
Khatri, Babita bag Olympic berths; take wrestlers count to 8
Wrestlers Ravinder Khatri and Babita Kumari have secured spots at the upcoming Rio Olympics after their rivals failed a dope test, taking the total number of quota places from India to eight.
I am scared I may get trapped again: Dutee
The year-long suffering she faced following the controversial "gender test" in 2014 has hurt promising sprinter Dutee Chand so much so that she still feels that she may get trapped and her resurrected career may be in ruins again.
Soldra promises 'horror show' for Vijender on Friday
Confident of ending Vijender Singh's unbeaten streak, Poland's Andrzej Soldra said the Indian boxing star has "had it easy" so far and will be shocked in his sixth professional bout come Friday.
Brooklyn Beckham is dating this US actress!
Chloe Grace Moretz has made her relationship with David Beckham's son, Brooklyn, official.
WADA to investigate Russian doping claims relating to Sochi Olympics
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is to investigate Russian doping allegations relating to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, WADA said on Tuesday.
Meet Steph Curry's younger bro!
'Just to see him, his path in the NBA and to take his game to where it is at the moment has been great.' Seth Curry on his elder brother, the awesome Steph Curry.
PHOTOS: Putin shows off ace stick skills in all-star ice hockey game
Russian President Vladimir Putin showed off his stick skills with a goal and two assists in an amateur ice hockey game at a 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics venue on Tuesday.
May 10, 2016
Grappler Sushil demands trial with Narsingh as both eye Rio berth
'I am only saying that whoever between me and Narsingh is better, should represent the country at the Olympics'
Banned Indonesia wants Mourinho to train national team
Indonesia wants former Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho to train its beleaguered national football team, the country's sports minister said on Tuesday.
How Bindra is a true goodwill ambassador...
Abhinav Bindra eager to motivate India's Rio Olympics contingent.
'Wasn't trying to expose Russia, I was trying to expose corrupt sports officials'
Whistleblower nearly aborted efforts to expose Russian doping
Stay away from Rio, says Rivaldo
Former Brazil football great Rivaldo is telling tourists to stay away from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Work halted on some Olympic projects 88 days before Games
With less than three months to go until the start of the Games, work on parts of Rio de Janeiro's Olympic Park and Olympic Village was halted on Monday amid fears for the safety of workers, Brazil's Ministry of Labour and Employment said.
May 09, 2016
Manu-Sumeeth feel no pressure to deliver at maiden Olympic appearance
'Experience is important. But if you work hard, you can improve faster. There is a three-month gap now and we will look to train harder and improve our fitness for Olympics'
May 08, 2016
Jamaica International: Thompson clocks sizzling 10.71 in Kingston wind
Elaine Thompson clocked a sizzling wind-assisted 10.71 seconds to win the 100 metres at the Jamaica International on Saturday, sending out a warning to her sprint rivals ahead of August's Rio Olympics.
Phelps becomes father of boy
Michael Phelps became a father on Thursday when his fiancee Nicole Johnson gave birth to a boy, the Olympic swimming champion announced on Instagram.
Kyrgios 'lobs return' at Aus Olympic chef de mission
If tennis player Nick Kyrgios has been chastened by a warning about his future behaviour from Australia's chef de mission for the Rio Olympics, he is not showing it.
Madrid Masters: Djokovic to meet Murray in blockbuster final
World No 1 Novak Djokovic will meet second-ranked Andy Murray in a blockbuster final at the Madrid Open after beating Kei Nishikori 6-3, 7-6 (4) on Saturday.
WBC middleweight boxing: Khan knocked out by Alvarez
Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez landed a devastating right hook to knock out Amir Khan in the sixth round and claim the WBC middleweight title clash in Las Vegas on Saturday.
May 07, 2016
Pakistan drub India to retain Asian Kabaddi Cup
Defending champions Pakistan retained the Asian Kabaddi Championship title.
Women's wrestling: Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malik book Rio berth
Ace Indian wrestlers Vinesh Phogat and Sakshi Malik created history by grabbing two spots in women's wrestling for India for the Rio Olympics, in Istanbul, on Saturday.
May 06, 2016
After Vinesh, another overweight wrestler disqualified
The Indian contingent was left red-faced for the second time in 15 days after Gurpreet Singh became the latest wrestler to be disqualified from an Olympic qualification event for being overweight.
Germany's Guendogan ruled out of Euro 2016 with knee injury
Germany midfielder Ilkay Guendogan has been ruled out of Euro 2016 after sustaining a serious knee injury in training with Borussia Dortmund, the club said on Friday.
Every game in Rio will be a final for me: Sindhu
'I have certainly gained the respect of my rivals by consistently maintaining my ranking inside the top-10 mark.'
India finish fourth in junior shooting World Cup
Indian shooters ended their campaign at the International Shooting Sport Federation Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany, at a creditable fourth position, finishing with three gold, four silver and three bronze.
How this British canoeist will deal with Zika threat...
British slalom canoeist Fiona Pennie is leaving nothing to chance at this year's Rio Olympics where she will fit a mosquito net to her boat between races to minimise the threat of the Zika virus.
Is athletics chief Coe under pressure to get Russia to Rio?
Former World Anti-Doping Agency president Dick Pound believes world athletics chief Sebastian Coe is under mounting pressure to find a way for suspended Russian track and field athletes to compete at the Rio Olympics.
May 05, 2016
ISL final fracas: FC Goa fined Rs 11 crore; owners banned
The five-member Regulatory Commission of the Indian Super League met in Mumbai over the three days, in continuation of its earlier sittings since February 2016, to hear the submissions of the respective parties in the matter of Football Sports Development Limited vs FC Goa; FC Goa vs Chennaiyin FC; FC Goa vs Elano Blumer and Chennaiyin FC vs FC Goa.
How 'Goodwill Ambassador' Salman plans to promote India's Olympic stars
Aiming to put the spotlight on athletes and energise fans to motivate them to be at their best, the 50-year-old star has started a campaign to introduce the players with a tweet.
Much-awaited BWF rankings seal 7 Indian shuttlers Rio dreams
Seven Indian shuttlers, including Saina Nehwal and Jwala Gutta, officially earned qualification berths for the August Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro after the much-awaited BWF world rankings were released on Thursday.
Rohit offers his best wishes as Olympics-bound athletes 'go for gold'
Star cricketer Rohit Sharma has wished luck to the Indian sports contingent, which will take part in the upcoming Rio Olympic Games from August 5-21, by presenting an autographed bat to ace marksman Gagan Narang.
German cyclist looks to race with 3D-printed prosthesis in Rio
German paralympic cyclist Denise Schindler hopes to race with a 3D-printed leg prosthesis in Rio de Janeiro in September.
India win team bronze on day four at ISSF junior WC
India closed their campaign on the fourth day of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Cup winning a team bronze medal in the 25m pistol women's event in Suhl, Germany, on Wednesday.
Boxer Khan aims verbal jab at Trump
England's Amir Khan sparked loud roars of laughter ahead of his WBC middleweight title fight with Mexican Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez on Saturday when he aimed a light-hearted verbal jab at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
May 04, 2016
Champions League: Real banking on Ronaldo goal power against City
Real Madrid are hoping the fit-again Cristiano Ronaldo can lead them into the Champions League final although strike partner Karim Benzema remains a doubt for Wednesday's return match with Manchester City.
7 Indian shuttlers set to qualify for Rio Olympics
An unprecedented seven Indian shuttlers are set to qualify for the Olympics Games at Rio de Janeiro when the official BWF rankings are released on Thursday.
Champions League PIX: How Atletico dumped Bayern to reach final
Atletico Madrid reached the Champions League final on away goals on Tuesday after a 2-1 defeat at Bayern Munich, in which both sides missed a penalty, with the exhilarating tie finishing 2-2 on aggregate.
May 03, 2016
PHOTOS: Olympic flame lands in Brazil for three month relay to Games
Some 12,000 torch bearers will carry the flame for the first Olympic Games held in South America. In Brasilia, they will include a refugee from the Syrian civil war, 12-year-old Hanan Daqqah, who arrived in Brazil with her family in 2015.
'58 Indian weightlifters caught for doping last year'
Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal's revelations came just a few days after India has been placed at the third spot in worldwide dope violation in 2014 in a report published by World Anti-Doping Agency.
Soccer shots: Levante relegated; Werder earn Bundesliga lifeline
Levante were relegated from La Liga after a six-season stay in the Spanish top flight as two late goals condemned them to a 3-1 defeat at Malaga on Monday.
Leicester title triumph makes a poet of Messi
Lionel Messi spoke for the great and the good of world soccer, not to mention millions of grassroots fans, when he acclaimed Leicester City's extraordinary Premier League triumph by tweeting: "The reason why we all love football. Congratulations"
Sachin joins Bindra, Salman as IOA's goodwill ambassadors for Rio Olympics
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has accepted the Indian Olympic Association's invitation to become a goodwill ambassador for the country at the upcoming Rio Olympics. He is third goodwill ambassador roped in by the IOA after Bollywood actor Salman Khan and ace shooter Abhinav Bindra.
ISSF Junior WC: Silver lining for shooter Yashaswini, other Indians
Yashaswini Singh Deswal has won the individual silver medal in the junior women's air pistol event after she shot a total of 197.7 points on the second day of the ISSF Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany.
'NBA is a business; you got to be very adaptable'
Rising New York Knicks cager Robin Lopez talks to Bikash Mohapatra/Rediff.com about the excitement of playing in the NBA, his family and future.
Leicester win EPL for first time after Tottenham fail to beat Chelsea
Tottenham Hotspur's hopes of a first victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in 26 years disappeared as a 2-2 draw left Leicester City celebrating the Premier League title on Monday.
May 02, 2016
10 BEST Sports Photos of the Week!
Rediff.com brings you these and other exciting news from the week gone by in this photo feature...
Serena deletes airbrushed Instagram photo after being slammed
Serena Williams recently faced a social media criticism after she posted a photoshopped picture of herself.
'Nothing wrong if famous film stars promote sport'
'If the appointment of Salman Khan helps promote sports in our country, then what's the harm?'
May 01, 2016
Fed Cup: Sporting down Mumbai FC; Lajong beat East Bengal
A late goal against the run of play by Sumeet Passi helped Sporting Clube de Goa prevail over Mumbai FC 1-0 in their Federation Cup first leg football tie at the Cooperage ground, in Mumbai, on Sunday.
Will Vijender's momentum carry into India?
'I've got a huge Indian homecoming to look forward to this summer so it's vital I get pasy next opponent in Bolton.'
Archery World Cup: India win one silver, two bronze
Indian women's team settled for the silver after losing to Chinese Taipei in the final, while men's trio and mixed pair won their respective bronze playoffs in the first stage of Archery World Cup at the Yuanshen Stadium, in Shanghai, on Sunday.
April 30, 2016
It's 5th straight win for Vijinder; pummels Royer in longest bout so far
Indian boxing star Vijender Singh's power-packed punches went unchallenged yet again as he notched up his fifth successive knockout win.
National Athletics: Olympics-bound Luka wins gold, Mayookha injured
Rio-Olympics bound Tintu Luka grabbed the spotlight as she won the gold in women's 800m race on an uneventful third and final day of the Federation Cup National Athletics Championships, in New Delhi, on Saturday.
Asia Badminton C'ships: Saina fails to break semis jinx
Saina Nehwal once again faltered at the semi-final stage as she suffered a straight game defeat at the hands of China's Wang Yihan in the women's singles at the Asia Badminton Championships, in Wuhan, China, on Saturday.
April 29, 2016
Phogat sisters among 4 Indian wrestlers banned for indiscipline
The Wrestling Federation of India issued show cause notice to four wrestlers, including the Phogat sisters - Babita Kumari and Geeta - and handed them temporary suspension for indiscipline.
Unbeaten Vijender promises another knockout against Royer?
Indian boxing star Vijender Singh's unbeaten run will be put through a tough challenge when he squares off against experienced Frenchman Matiouze Royer in a super middleweight contest, in London, on Saturday.
India's women's team in archery World Cup final
India's women's recurve team shocked top seeds Germany 5-3 to set up a gold medal clash with Chinese Taipei in the first stage of the archery World Cup at the Yuanshen Stadium, in Shanghai, on Friday.
Asia Badminton C'ship: Saina seals semi-final spot
Saina Nehwal continued her consistent run in international circuit, reaching yet another semi-final at the $ 200,000 Asia Badminton Championship, in Wuhan, China, on Friday.
Bindra joins Salman as Rio Games ambassador
'I will be writing to every member of the Indian Olympic team and offering them any help they may want.'
Sachin approached to become Rio Games Ambassador, Salman to stay
In what comes as a late reaction following the backlash received over Salman Khan's appointment as Goodwill Ambassador for India for Rio Olympics, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has now turned to cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar to be the Indian contingent's ambassador.
Disgraced cyclist Armstrong asks US judge to end government lawsuit
Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has asked a US judge to decide a more than $100 million lawsuit against him by the federal government without holding a jury trial.
April 28, 2016
After World record high Deepika makes quarter-final exit at World Cup
A day after her World record-equalling feat, Deepika Kumari made a shock quarter-final exit from the individual events of the Archery World Cup, first stage at the Yuanshen Stadium, in Shanghai, on Thursday.
'Salman is popular and will bring visibility to the Olympics'
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly sees nothing wrong in Salman Khan bringing the glamour quotient to India's table for the upcoming Olympics.
Asia Badminton C'ship: Saina sails to quarters, Sindhu ousted
Olympic bronze medalist Saina Nehwal reached the quarter-finals of the Asia Badminton Championship after brushing aside Thailand's Nitchaon Jindapol in straight games, in Wuhan, China, on Thursday.
Oly champ Ennis-Hill deeply concerned by Zika virus threat
Britain's world and Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill is deeply concerned about the threat of the Zika virus in Brazil ahead of this summer's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Abs that Bollywood will envy!
Body-building and the traditional form of kushti (wrestling) rein supreme in this little village near Mumbai.
UEFA Champions League: When Atletico found its 'Saul' against Bayern!
Saul Niguez announced himself as one of Europe's most promising midfielders by scoring a stunning individual goal to edge Atletico Madrid a step closer to their second Champions League final in three years.
Boxing Federation of India gets Sports Ministry's NOC
The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in India on Wednesday has granted an NOC (no objection certificate) for the registration of the newly-formed boxing federation, in addition to depute an observer for the federation's elections.
Nadal to carry Spain flag at Rio Games
Fourteen-time grand slam singles tennis champion, Rafael Nadal, will carry Spain's flag at the opening ceremony for this year Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, he said on Wednesday.
Russia tops WADA's 2014 doping blacklist, India among top 10
Russia was the leading doping offender in global sport during 2014, followed by Italy and India, the World Anti-Doping Agency said on Wednesday.
Host nation Brazil receives Olympic flame for Rio Games
The flame will be flown in special safety lanterns to Switzerland for a ceremony at the United Nations in Geneva on Thursday
April 27, 2016
Unfinished velodrome main concern 100 days from Olympics
The velodrome is only 85 percent ready and workers need another 30 to 40 days to finish the structure, meaning there will not be time for a proper test event before the games begin on August 5.
NBA looking to win clicks and eye-balls of cricket-obsessed Indians
Now, with an aim to make basketball the second-most followed sport in India, the NBA launched its customized NBA.com in Mumbai on Wednesday.
PHOTOS: Cities light up buildings 100 days before Rio Olympics
From the Nelson Mandela Bridge in Johannesburg to the London Eye in Britain, cities around the world are lighting up buildings and landmarks in the yellow and green colours of the Brazilian flag on Wednesday to mark 100 days until the Rio Olympics.
Archer Deepika equals World record in Shanghai
The former World No.1 and winner of two Commonwealth Games gold medals shot 686 in the 72-arrow ranking round to equal the feat of London Olympics gold-medallist Ki Bo Bae of Korea.
Saina, Sindhu score easy first round wins
Olympics-bound Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu easily won their women's singles first round matches in the Badminton Asia Championships, in Wuhan, China, on Wednesday.
100 days to Rio: Venues ready, but many challenges remain
Brazil has long been known as a country that can throw a great party as long as the guests do not mind a location that still has the builders in it.
Indian GP: Odisha athletes missing Rio berth prompts government action
'The Centre should take the matter seriously and ensure creating an opportunity to Srabani Nanda and Amiya Mallick to participate in the Rio Olympics'
100 days to Rio: 'Quite a few Indians can win gold'
'Shooting is number one.'
PHOTOS: Syrian amputee carries Rio Olympic flame through Athens refugee camp
A Syrian amputee swimmer ran with the Olympic flame through a refugee camp in Athens on Tuesday to highlight the plight of the million people who fled their homes for Europe since last year.
April 26, 2016
Vijender accepts Amir Khan's challenge to fight in India
Indian boxing star Vijender Singh is ready to trade blows with Pakistan-born British professional Amir Khan and accepted his challenge to fight in India, saying it will prove to be a big boost to the sport in the country.
Haryana-born wrestler Dahiya to represent Australia at Rio Olympics
Indian origin wrestler Vinod Kumar Dahiya is all set to represent Australia at the Rio Olympics after he qualified in the 66kg weight category in the Greco-Roman event.
Olympian Mary Kom is now Rajya Sabha MP!
It was a moment of pride for Olympian boxer MC Mary Kom as she took oath as a Rajya Sabha MP in New Delhi on Tuesday.
WADA names cycling doping expert to spearhead RUSADA rebuild
The World Anti-Doping Agency has appointed former war crimes investigator Peter Nicholson to help troubled Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) overhaul its anti-doping program.
Tiger registers for US Open but return date still unknown
Tiger Woods has registered to play in June's US Open at Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania but has not set a timetable for his return to the PGA Tour.
April 25, 2016
Nadal files suit against French ex-minister over drug test allegations
Fourteen-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal has begun legal proceedings against former French cabinet minister Roselyne Bachelot after she alleged that the Spaniard had failed a drug test.
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Salman as India's Rio Olympics ambassador: Right or wrong?
Do you think the IOA has done the right thing in apponting Salman as the brand ambassador which they clam is to the motivate the athletes and also increase awareness of Olympic sports in the country? Or do you think the appointment is just a gimmick?
Amir's next fight? Vijender can get a shot against British pro
'Vijender Singh is the talent that India has in professional boxing and I would want to fight him in India soon.'
Indian athletes lose out after GP meet ends in farce with power failure
The one-day meet, an Olympic qualifying event, was held without electricity at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium which led to results being recorded manually. Hand timings are not considered valid for record purposes and hence will not be counted for Olympic qualifications.
Tokyo 2020 unveils new logo after plagiarism claims
Tokyo 2020 organisers unveiled a new Olympic logo featuring traditional Japanese designs on Monday, seven months after they were forced to scrap the original motif over accusations of plagiarism.
Shooting World Cup: Mairaj wins India's first skeet medal
Indian shooter Mairaj Ahmed Khan made a successful start to his campaign at the ISSF World Cup by winning a silver medal in men's skeet event in Rio de Janeiro.
Rower Dattu Bhokanal qualifies for Rio Olympics
Indian rower Dattu Bhokanal, on Monday, qualified for the Rio Olympics after winning a silver in the finals of men's single sculls at the 2016 FISA Asian and Oceania Olympic Qualification Regatta at Chung-ju in South Korea.
Fit Ronaldo to travel with Real for Champions League semi-final tie
Real Madrid star striker Cristiano Ronaldo will travel with the team for the first leg of the Champions League semi-final clash against Manchester City after recovering from a thigh injury.
April 24, 2016
MotoGP: Rossi wins Spanish Grand Prix from pole
Italian MotoGP great Valentino Rossi won the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday with a dominant pole-to-flag ride for the 113th victory of his career in all categories.
Brilliant Kipchoge and brave Sumgong light up London Marathon
Eliud Kipchoge produced the second fastest run in marathon history to successfully defend his London Marathon title while his Kenyan compatriot Jemima Sumgong showed remarkable courage after a fall to win the women's race on Sunday.
EPL PHOTOS: Man City go third, Newcastle hold Reds to rally
ManchesterCity moved up to third in the Premier League on Saturday while Newcastle United boosted their hopes of survival by coming back from two goals down at Liverpool to draw 2-2 and secure a precious point.
IOA mulling inclusion of PT Usha, Anju George as Olympic ambassadors
Forced on the back foot after being slammed for appointing Salman Khan as goodwill ambassador of India's Olympic contingent, the IOA said, on Sunday, it would also rope in icons from music, cricket, and other sports to motivate the athletes.
Grappler Sandeep Tomar wins bronze, secures Olympic berth
Wrestler Sandeep Tomar secured an Olympic quota place for India in the men's 57kg freestyle category with a bronze-medal finish on the final day of the 1st World Olympic Qualifying tournament in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
Mixed reactions to Salman's appointment as Olympics goodwill ambassador
Bollywood star Salman Khan's appointment as the Indian Olympic contingent's goodwill ambassador has not gone down well with star wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, who feels a sportsperson should have been chosen for the role.
April 23, 2016
Rio Olympics: Salman to be Goodwill Ambassador of Indian contingent
Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has been named goodwill ambassador of the Indian contingent for the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro - an unprecedented appointment in the run-up to the quadrennial extravaganza.
EMBARRASSING! 400 grams heavier, Vinesh disqualified from Oly qualifier
In an embarrassment for India, ace female wrestler Vinesh Phogat was, on Saturday, disqualified from the 1st World Olympic Qualifying event for being overweight on a day when other women grapplers also failed to book Rio Games berth.
So when will Tiger Woods return to PGA Tour?
With Tiger Woods hitting golf balls at a juniors clinic in South Carolina earlier this week, media speculation has been mounting that the former world number one could make his PGA Tour return within the next month.
This refugee amputee will be a torch-bearer for Rio Games
A Syrian amputee swimmer, granted asylum in Greece, will be a torch-bearer for the 2016 Rio Games and is to run with the Olympic flame through a refugee camp in Athens on Tuesday.
April 22, 2016
Sindhu, Prannoy go down tamely in China Masters
India's campaign at the China Masters Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament ended as P V Sindhu and H S Prannoy crashed out of the women's and men's singles after straight-game defeats in their respective quarter-finals, in Changzhou, on Friday.
WADA suspends Beijing anti-doping laboratory
Beijing's National Anti-Doping laboratory was suspended for a maximum of four months by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Thursday after failing to comply with international standards.
Pankaj Advani in Asian Snooker semi-finals
India's ace cueist cruised into the semi-finals, beating Syria's Karam Fatima by five frames to nil, after a narrow victory earlier on Thursday in the last-16, where compatriot Ishpreet Chadha gave him a tough fight till the very last.
Exclusive: Olympics-bound Dipa Karmakar speaks to Rediff
'I don't think that I have done anything great. I haven't won any Olympic gold medal.'
April 21, 2016
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
Rediff.com brings a preview of the main matches coming up this weekend in the English Premier League.
Olympics-bound Dipa wants to continue creating history
Ecstatic and exhausted in equal measure after becoming the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for the Olympics, Dipa Karmakar, on Thursday, said she would look to continue scripting history wherever she competes.
Prannoy, Sindhu cruise into China Masters quarter-finals
India's star women's doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashiwini Ponnappa also made the last eight stage, but it was curtains for the men's doubles duo of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar.
Dipa's best is yet to come, believes coach Nandi
Olympics-bound gymnast Dipa Karmakar's coach, Bisweshwar Nandi said that the Indian gymnast's best is yet to come and her hunger for perfection would take her to places.
Gagan, Chain Singh eye final spot in men's 50m rifle prone
India's Gagan Narang and Chain Singh will be vying for a spot in the finals of the men's 50m Rifle Prone event after coming through unscathed in the elimination rounds on day six of the ISSF World Cup in Rio de Janeiro.
Countdown to Rio Games begins with Olympia torch lighting
The Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics countdown got under way on Thursday with the lighting of the torch at the site of the ancient Olympics, with organisers hoping it will shift attention away from Brazil's political and financial turmoil.
April 20, 2016
PHOTOS: Sun god Apollo presides over final Olympic flame rehearsal
The high priestess raised her arms towards the sky, invoking the sun god Apollo at the birthplace of the ancient Olympics on Wednesday in the final rehearsal for the flame that will burn at the Rio Games later this year.
Relegation-threatened Newcastle check Manchester City surge
Manchester City gave renewed hope to the chasing pack in the battle for a Champions League spot as they were held to a battling 1-1 draw at relegation strugglers Newcastle United on Tuesday.
IOC chief predicts 'spectacular' Rio Games despite crisis
International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach said on Tuesday that the Rio de Janeiro Olympics would be 'spectacular' and a 'great success' despite a political and economic crisis gripping the host nation.
Usain Bolt eyes triple treat at Rio Olympics
Sprint king Usain Bolt aims to crown his legacy with an unprecedented Olympic threepeat at the Rio Games, and to top that off by running the first ever sub-19 seconds 200 meters.
How a 'Blade Jumper' turned to science to earn Rio Games place...
Paralympic champion Markus Rehm said he hoped new scientific studies would prove he gains no advantage through his prosthesis and clear him to compete at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August.
April 19, 2016
ISL: Former Costa Rican Alex Guimaraes named Mumbai City FC coach
Former Costa Rican midfielder Alexandre Guimaraes has been named head coach of Mumbai City FC, for the third season of the Indian Super League.
After recovering from coma, boxer Blackwell retires
Nick Blackwell has announced his retirement from boxing after sustaining serious injuries against Chris Eubank Jr. in the British middleweight title fight last month that left him in an induced coma with bleeding in his brain.
China Masters: Mixed day for India shuttlers as Prannoy advances
Indian ace shuttler HS Prannoy produced a remarkable performance as he breezed past Malaysia's Joo Ven Soong to progress through to the second round of the China Masters here on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: Berlin rolls out red carpet for Laureus Awards
Laureus Awards were handed over in Berlin on Monday with celebrities stealing the spotlight on the red carpet.
Gymnast Dipa's next 'objective is an Olympic medal podium'
After becoming the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for the Olympics, Dipa Karmakar has set her eyes on a podium finish at the Rio Games scheduled to be held in August.
What makes Man United's Rashford so special...
'Hopefully, for many years,Marcus Rashford will be in this club and can make history for the club.'
ISSF World Cup: Jitu Rai moves into qualification round
Jitu Rai, the world number one in men's 50m pistol, shot a 555 in his elimination round to sail through to the qualification round of the event, to be contested on Thursday, along with the finals, on day four of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup (Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun) being played in Rio De Janerio's Olympic Shooting Centre.
Ethiopians sweep Boston Marathon
Ethiopian runners vying for a place in the summer Olympics dominated the Boston Marathon on Monday, taking the top three spots in the men's division for the first time, and the top two spots among the women.
Petrova suspension lifted after U-turn on meldonium
Bulgarian triple jumper Gabriela Petrova had her doping suspension lifted by the IAAF on Monday, less than a week after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced an amnesty for athletes who had tested positive for meldonium before March 1.
Dominant Djokovic, Serena claim top honours at Laureus Sports Awards
World number ones Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams completed a clean sweep for tennis as they won the Laureus Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards on Monday.
Gymnast Karmakar records another historic feat, wins gold in vaults
Gymnastics officials said that Dipa's feat was the first time an Indian woman clinched a gold in a global gymnastic competition.
April 18, 2016
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Tendulkar heaps praise on Olympic bound gymnast Dipa
Accolades poured in for Dipa Karmakar, who became the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for the Olympics.
'Blade Runner' Pistorius sentencing set for June 13-17
Disgraced Olympic and Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius will face sentencing in June following his conviction for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013.
Dipa Karmakar creates history, first Indian gymnast to qualify for Olympics
Dipa Karmakar produced a strong show, finishing ninth in the first of the four subdivisions of the women's artistic category, at the Final Qualifier and Olympic Test Event in Rio de Janeiro.
April 17, 2016
Messi, Bolt, Serena vie for Laureus honours
From soccer genius Lionel Messi to sprint king Usain Bolt, a shimmering array of the world's greatest sports stars are in the race for top honours at the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards -- also called the 'Oscars of Sport' -- to be presented.
Shooting World Cup: Sandhu's finals chances brighten; Jitu misses out
Indian shooter Manavjit Sandhu rallied to third place after the second day of qualification in the Men's Trap Shooting event at the ongoing International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup being held at Rio di Janerio's Olympic Shooting Centre.
April 16, 2016
Advani gets off to positive start at Asian Snooker Championship
Indian ace Pankaj Advani started his Asian Snooker Championship campaign with a 4-0 win over Saudi Arabia's Sulaiman Almisfer in Doha on Saturday.
Table tennis: Sharath, Mouma fight back to book Rio Olympic berths
India's table-tennis ace Achanta Sharath Kamal and Mouma Das booked their tickets to the Rio Olympics after winning their respective final rounds in Stage 2 of the Asia Olympic Qualification tournament in Hong Kong on Saturday.
Manavjit, Chenai get off to good start at Shooting World Cup
Indian trap shooters Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Kynan Chenai got off to positive starts on day one of competition at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup at Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil.
April 15, 2016
Sumariwalla re-elected AFI president
Adille Sumariwalla was re-elected unopposed as the president of Athletics Federation of India (AFI) for a second term at its Annual General Body Meeting in New Delhi on Friday.
April 14, 2016
Sindhu loses in 2nd rond, India's campaign ends in Singapore
India's campaign at the Singapore Open Super Series ended on Thursday after P V Sindhu in the women's singles as well as the men's and mixed doubles pairs lost their respective second round matches to crash out of the tournament.
Mary Kom is boxing world body's ambassador for women's World C'ship
Iconic Indian woman boxer M C Mary Kom added another honour to her list of accolades as she was named one of the eight ambassadors for the upcoming World Championships by the International Boxing Association (AIBA).
Asian TT Qualifiers: Ghosh, Manika book their Rio Olympic berths
Indian table tennis players Soumyajit Ghosh and Manika Batra booked their Olympic tickets by winning their respective groups in the Asian Qualifiers in
Kobe Bryant, the legend gets royal send-off
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant lit up the National Basketball Association with a work ethic.
April 13, 2016
Doping to become criminal offence in the UK?
There is also the question about whether doping should be made a specific criminal offence which I think is something we should be looking at and debating in this house
Sharapova could return sooner as WADA announces meldonium amnesty
'The situation with Sharapova could be resolved after April 21 when we meet with the head of the international federation. After that all should be become clear. It is too early to talk about Sharapova competing at the Olympic Games'
Singapore Super Series: Pranaav-Sikki enter 2nd Rd; Srikanth, Jayaram lose
India's mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Chopra and N Sikki Reddy reached the second round but it was curtains for men's singles shuttlers at the Singapore Super Series, on Wednesday.
Sania Mirza 'humbled, honoured' by Padma Bhushan
Sania Mirza has expressed that she felt ' honoured' and ' humbled' after being conferred with India's third highest civilian honour, Padma Bhushan for her contribution in the sport of tennis.
April 11, 2016
When Sushma Swaraj came to Olympic champ Bindra's rescue
Swift intervention by Ministry of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj ensured shooting ace Abhinav Bindra was accompanied by his coach, whose passport got stolen in Germany while the duo were travelling to Rio de Janeiro for the ISSF World Cup, a test event for the upcoming Olympics.
Believe it or faint! Mallya says he bought T20 team in CPL for just $100
Troubled businessman Vijay Mallya claimed that he paid mere US $100 to buy Barbados Tridents, a franchise in the Caribbean Premier T20 League.
Retired NFL star Will Smith shot dead in New Orleans
Will Smith, a prominent member of the New Orleans Saints team that won the NFL's Super Bowl in 2010, was killed by a gunman who shot the retired football player after ramming his car near the city's famed French Quarter, police said on Sunday.
All you need to know about Augusta Masters champion Danny Willett
Danny Willett won the 80th Masters by three strokes on Sunday to become the first English winner at Augusta National Golf Club since 1996.
Willett wins Augusta Masters after stunning Spieth meltdown
He is only the second Englishman following three-times champion Nick Faldo to win the coveted Green Jacket
April 10, 2016
Lee Chong Wei defeats world no 1 Chen Long to win Malaysia Open
Malaysia's top badminton player Lee Chong Wei wrested the Malaysian Open title when he defeated world number one Chen Long at Shah Alam on Sunday.
Manny Pacquiao beats Timothy Bradley in farewell fight
Manny Pacquiao defeated Timothy Bradley by unanimous decision in the rubber match between the fighters on Saturday, prevailing in what the Filipino has said is the final fight of his career.
April 09, 2016
Hawke's Bay Cup: Indian eves beat Canada to earn first win
The Indian women's hockey team ended its winless streak by notching up a close 1-0 triumph over Canada in a classification game of the Hawke's Bay Cup, in Hastings, on Saturday.
Saina knocked out of Malaysia Open as semis jinx continues
Saina Nehwal's semi-final jinx continued as she suffered another defeat against her nemesis Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the women's singles at the Malaysia Super Series Premier, in Shah Alam, on Saturday.
Lahiri makes the cut at Augusta Masters
Anirban Lahiri battled tough weather conditions and somewhat inconsistent breaks in the second round as he made the cut for the weekend at the prestigious Augusta Masters.
Spieth and McIlroy front and centre at the Masters
Golf fans can look forward to the tantalising prospect of world number two Jordan Spieth and third-ranked Rory McIlroy continuing their battle for Masters glory in the final pairing in Saturday's third round.
April 08, 2016
Malaysia Open: Saina seals semis spot; Sindhu sinks
Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal sealed a semi-final spot after a hard-fought victory but compatriot P V Sindhu crumbled under pressure to bow out of the women's singles competition at the Malaysia Open Super Series Premier tournament, in Shah Alam, on Friday.
Tago wants mercy for Olympic medal hope Momota over casino visit
A team mate of Japanese badminton Olympic medal hope Kento Momota on Friday confessed to taking the world number two-ranked player to an illegal casino and tearfully begged officials to allow the star to compete at the Rio de Janeiro Games.
10 beautiful moments from Pat Farmer's Spirit of India Run
He ran past beautiful villages, stunning deserts, verdant fields... running 4,400 km in 64 days on the Spirit of India run.
April 07, 2016
Malaysia Open Super Series Premier: Saina, Sindhu enter quarters
Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu continued their winning run at the Malaysia Open notching up contrasting victories to reach the quarter-finals of the women's singles competition at the USD 550,000 Super Series Premier tournament.
Olympic gold medallist Park's Rio hopes dashed
Olympic gold medallist swimmer Park Tae-hwan, who completed an 18-month doping ban in March, will be unable to compete at the Rio Games after the Korean Olympic Committee opted against amending a rule that tacks three more years onto doping suspensions.
Hawke's Bay Cup: India eves lose in quarters
Indian women hockey could never recover from three early setbacks and ended up losing the Hawke's Bay Cup quarter-final 1-3 to Japan, in Hastings, on Thursday.
April 06, 2016
Malaysia Open: Saina, Sindhu in second round; Prannoy, Srikanth exit
Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu entered the second round, but it was a disappointing day for India's men as two of them made an early exit from the Malaysia Open Super Series Premier badminton, in Shah Alam, on Wednesday.
Indian men win Asian Nations Cup Chess
Indian men won the Asian Nations Cup Chess tournament with a 3-1 victory over Vietnam in the final round as they pushed formidable China down to second place in Vietnam on Wednesday.
'Blade Jumper' Rehm running out of time for Rio
Amputee long jumper Markus Rehm is running out of time to make the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August as the world athletics body has not yet set the criteria for ruling if he can compete with his prosthetic leg. Augusta Masters: Champion Spieth feels pressure only from himself
While the expectations of his fans soared sky-high after Jordan Spieth's sensational 2015 campaign, the American feels much greater pressure from himself as he prepares for his Masters title defence this week.
Augusta Masters: McIlroy launches bid to complete rare golf feat
Rory McIlroy will do jigsaw puzzles to kill the time before the opening round at the Masters on Thursday, but finding the final piece to a career grand slam is upper-most on the Northern Irishman's mind.
April 05, 2016
Legendary click! When Kohli met a Real galactico!
India's batting sensation Virat Kohli had a fan-boy moment when he met Portugal's football legend Luis Figo for a meal on Monday night.
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Video: Archis Patil, the freestyle footballer
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Platini's Panama account was declared in Switzerland
Banned UEFA President Michel Platini's Panamanian bank account was declared to the authorities in Switzerland, where he lives, his lawyer said in an interview published by French newspaper Le Figaro on Tuesday.
Kashyap's Olympic dream ends
Still grappling with a knee injury, Commonwealth Games gold medal-winning shuttler P Kashyap's chances of qualifying for the Olympics have all but ended as he has been forced to withdraw from this month's Malaysia Super Series Premier and Singapore Open.
Olympic gold medal winners to get major exemptions
Golf's major championships threw their support behind the sport's return to the Olympics on Monday, offering exemptions for men's and women's gold medal winners this year to all grand slam events.
April 04, 2016
Ko wins second LPGA major with Mission Hills triumph
New Zealand's Lydia Ko became the youngest player to win two LPGA major championships when she birdied the par-five 18th to clinch the ANA Inspiration by one stroke in Rancho Mirage, California.
Five players to watch at the 2016 Augusta Masters
Five players to watch at the Masters, which starts on Thursday at Augusta National.
April 03, 2016
India Open: Ratchanok shocks Olympic champion Li; Momota triumphs
Top Thai shuttler Ratchanok Intanon pocketed her second Yonex-Sunrise India Open Super Series title with a straight-game victory over Olympic champion Li Xuerui in the women's singles final at the Siri Fort Sports Complex, in New Delhi, on Sunday.
PHOTOS: Classy Medvedeva bags world figure skating title on debut
Russian teenager Evgenia Medvedeva put on a flawless display with a record-setting free skate to cap a stunning debut senior season with the women's title at the world figure skating championships in Boston on Saturday.
Recovering Woods to skip Augusta Masters
Former world number one golfer Tiger Woods has confirmed that he will not be able to participate in next week's Augusta Masters as he is ' not physically ready' for the opening major of the year.
UK doc claims he prescribed dope to EPL footballers, England cricketer
UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) said it was "deeply concerned and shocked" by a Sunday Times report in which a British doctor alleged he had prescribed banned performance-enhancing drugs to 150 sportsmen including several Premier League footballers.
April 02, 2016
Defending champion Saina Nehwal loses in semi-final at India Open Super Series
Defending champion Saina Nehwal suffered a heartbreaking narrow loss to Olympic Champion Li Xuerui in the semifinals of the India Open Super Series badminton tournament in New Delhi on Saturday.
April 01, 2016
India Super Series: Saina reaches semis after thriller, Sindhu sinks
Defending champion Saina Nehwal upstaged Korea's Sung Ji Hyun to reach the semi-finals but it was curtains for P V Sindhu in the women's singles of the India Open Super Series, in New Delhi, on Friday.
Olympic-bound Shiva signs off with silver at Asian Qualifiers
An Olympic quota place pocketed, Indian boxer Shiva Thapa (56kg) ended his campaign with a silver medal after losing in the final of the Asian/Oceania Qualifying Tournament Qian'an, China on Friday.
March 31, 2016
Saina, Sindhu in India Open quarters; Lin Dan, Lee Chong Wei ousted
Defending champion Saina Nehwal and two-time World Championships bronze medallist P V Sindhu advanced to the quarter-finals, but it turned out to be a dismal day for star shuttlers Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei at the India Open Super Series in Delhi on Thursday.
Shiva Thapa qualifies for Rio Olympics; heartbreak for Mary Kom
World Championships bronze-medallist Shiva Thapa (56kg), on Thursday, became the first Indian boxer to make the cut for this year's Olympics by entering the Asian Qualifying Tournament's final but the celebrated M C Mary Kom (51kg) failed to book her Rio Games ticket after losing in the last-four stage, in Qian'an, China.
More doping tests or less viewers, world champion warns
Swimming authorities need to increase the number of doping tests to preserve the sport's credibility and stop fans turning away according to Britain's triple world champion and double world record holder Adam Peaty.
'Blade Runner' Pistorius sentencing set for June 13-17
Disgraced Olympic and Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius will face sentencing in June following his conviction for murdering his girlfriend.
March 30, 2016
India Open: Saina, Sindhu win but men's challenge ends
Defending champion Saina Nehwal entered the pre-quarterfinals but it turned out to be a disastrous day for the men with all of them, including reigning champion K Srikanth, failing to cross the opening hurdle at the Yonex-Sunrise India Open Super Series badminton.
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Take a look at what fit-again Saina needs to do before going into the Olympic Games in August this year.
March 29, 2016
Fight that sent boxer into coma should've been stopped: Surgeon
The British middleweight title fight between Chris Eubank Jnr. and Nick Blackwell which left the latter fighter in an induced coma should have been stopped earlier, a leading neurosurgeon said. Nehwal looks at Padma Bhushan honour as fresh motivation
Jubilant after receiving the Padma Bhushan from President Pranab Mukherjee, India's ace shuttler Saina Nehwal has admitted that the prestigious award will encourage her to perform even better and bring more accolades to the country.
March 26, 2016
Is the ruling body of athletics protective of drug cheats?
The IAAF ruling body of athletics is proactive in tackling doping and not protective of drug cheats, according to president Sebastian Coe.
Asian Olympic Qualifiers: Indian boxers make disappointing start
The Indian boxers' campaign in the Asian Olympic Qualifiers was off to a disappointing start with all three in action, on Saturday, including former Commonwealth Games champion Manoj Kumar (64kg), bowing out with opening round losses in Qian'an, China.
Vijender meets cricket legend Tendulkar, discusses pro boxing
Star boxer Vijender Singh on Saturday invited Sachin Tendulkar for his WBO Asia title fight in New Delhi and briefed the cricket legend about the structure and future of professional boxing.
The man who changed football
'Generations of football fans will eternally be grateful to Johan Cruyff and what he did for the beautiful game,' says Aabhas Sharma.
March 25, 2016
Asian Olympic Qualifiers: Mary Kom, Shiva get top seeding
Olympic bronze-medallist M C Mary Kom (51kg) and World Championship bronze-winner Shiva Thapa (56kg) were given the top billing in the Asian Olympic Qualifying Tournament draw held in Qian'an, China on Friday.
March 24, 2016
Badminton Rankings: Saina static at No 6; Prannoy slips to 27
Despite clinching the Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold title last week, Indian shuttler H S Prannoy slipped three places to World No 27 in the latest BWF rankings released on Thursday.
Russian race walker stripped of 2012 Olympic gold
Russian Sergey Kirdyapkin will be stripped of the 50km walk gold medal he won at the 2012 London Olympics.
Doping: Swimming body FINA ready to probe Russia allegations
Swimming's world body FINA promised on Wednesday to investigate "as a matter of utmost urgency" new allegations of Russian doping if they could be substantiated by evidence.
March 23, 2016
Bolt to set tracks ablaze at London Anniversary Games
Six-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt will run in the London Anniversary Games ahead of his multiple title defence at the Rio Olympics in August.
Vijender Singh discusses state of Indian boxing with PM
He is no longer a part the amateur boxing circuit but concerned about the shambolic state of its administration in India, professional star Vijender Singh took up the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a meeting.
March 22, 2016
Tintu's lack of international exposure worries PT Usha
She is frustrated with the lack of exposure for Tintu Luka, but sprint legend P T Usha said she is still optimistic of her protege's chances at this year's Olympic Games.
Russian wrestlers may miss Rio Games because of doping
Russia's wrestling team may not compete at the Rio Olympics because of 'tens' of positive doping results.
CAS poised to rule on bans for six Russian athletes
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will make a final ruling this week on "selective" doping bans handed out to six Russian athletes, including four Olympic champions.
Rio 2016 will be my last Olympics, confirms Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt has confirmed that Rio Olympics will be his last, snuffing out the possibility of extending his career to the 2020 games in Tokyo.
March 21, 2016
Meldonium tests reignite doping scandal in Russian athletics
The Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF) said on Monday four athletes had tested positive at the Russian Winter Indoor Athletics Championships in February.
'A busy few months' before Vijender comes home for WBO Asia title
Indian boxing star Vijender Singh's next bout was postponed from April 2 to April 30 due to technical reasons.
Beleaguered Indian boxers head to China for Olympic qualifiers
Determined to keep the Olympic dream alive despite the long-standing administrative mess, a spirited Indian boxing team, featuring the likes of M C Mary Kom and Shiva Thapa, will take off on Monday night for the Asian Qualifiers in Qian'an City, China.
March 20, 2016
Prannoy clinches Swiss Open title
H S Prannoy clinched his second Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament title by notching up a straight game victory over Marc Zwiebler of Germany in the summit clash of the Swiss Open.
Saina Nehwal crashes out of Swiss Open
Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal crashed out of the Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold Badminton tournament in Basel.
Gurmeet creates history! 1st Indian to win Asian Walk C'ships
Gurmeet Singh, on Sunday, created history by becoming the first Indian athlete to clinch a gold medal in the Asian 20km Race Walk Championships as he won the men's event with his season's best effort.
Chawrasia delights home fans with two-stroke Indian Open win
SSP Chawrasia staved off the challenge of compatriot Anirban Lahiri and South Korean Wang Jeung-hun to end a run of second-place finishes by winning his home Indian Open for his third European Tour title on Sunday. Hardeep bags surprise Olympic quota place in Greco-Roman
Hardeep sprung a surprise by booking an Olympic quota place for India in Greco-Roman wrestling, which is not the country's forte, after making the 98kg category final on the last day of the Asian Olympic Qualification championship, in Astana, on Sunday.
March 19, 2016
Manavjit in for Rajput in Indian shooting team for Rio Olympics
Trap shooter Manavjit Singh Sandhu got the nod ahead of Sanjeev Rajput as the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) announced its final shooting squad of 12 for the Rio Olympic Games in New Delhi on Saturday.
MotoGP: Valentino Rossi to race on with Yamaha until 2018
Italian MotoGP great Valentino Rossi plans to keep on racing until he is nearly 40 after signing a new contract for the 2017 and 2018 seasons with Yamaha that should see out his career at the Japanese manufacturer.
Yogeshwar grapples his way to an Olympic berth
Star wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt secured an Olympic quota place for India after making the final round of the men's 65kg freestyle event on the second day of the Asian Olympic Qualification in Astana on Friday.
Swiss Open badminton: Saina, Prannoy advance to semis
Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and H S Prannoy registered fighting victories in the last eight contests at the $120,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament in Basel on Friday.
March 18, 2016
In the absence of Russians, Suhr, Lavillenie vault to indoor world glory
Pole vaulters Renaud Lavillenie and Jenn Suhr claimed the first gold medals of the World Indoor Championships with record-breaking clearances on Thursday, while IAAF chief Sebastian Coe was reminded that restoring fan trust could take time.
Benzema heard as witness in new money laundering case
French striker Karim Benzema was heard as a witness several months ago in an investigation over money laundering, a source close to the soccer player said on Friday, confirming a report by French daily Liberation.
Swiss Open: Saina, Prannoy enter quarter-finals
Two-time champion Saina Nehwal and HS Prannoy progressed to the quarter-finals after straight-game victories in the women's and men's singles respectively at the $ 120,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament, in Basel.
Candidates Chess: Anand crushes Svidler; back in title hunt
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand staged a brilliant comeback by crashing through the defences of Peter Svidler of Russia in the sixth round of Candidates Chess tournament in Moscow.
Gold medals easier to win than fan trust at worlds
Winning gold medals will prove easier than winning back fan trust, admitted IAAF chief Sebastian Coe as he prepared to open the world indoor athletics championships on Thursday.
March 17, 2016
Sindhu advances to quarters of Swiss Open
Taking the Indian challenge forward, P V Sindhu progressed to the women's singles quarter-finals after a tough win over Yu Po Pai in the USD 120,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament, in Basel on Thursday.
Saina slips to 6th in badminton world rankings
A quarterfinal loss at the All England Championship saw Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal slip three places down the rung to the sixth spot in the latest BWF world ranking on Thursday.
Hope funds for my preparations are released, says shooter Sidhu
India's top pistol shooter Heena Sidhu is hoping funds sanctioned to her by the government as part of its TOP scheme for her Olympic preparations are released on time.
Chance for Yogeshwar Dutt to seal berth for Olympics
Star grappler Yogeshwar Dutt would seek to grab an Olympic quota place in his first opportunity when he spearheads a 17-member Indian campaign at the Asian Olympic Qualification wrestling championship, starting in Astana, Kazakhstan from Friday.
Another Russian athlete tests positive
Russia's Yulia Efimova faces a life ban after the breaststroke specialist tested positive for meldonium, with her temporary suspension confirmed by the All-Russian Swimming Federation (ARSF) on Thursday.
World Indoors: No Russians, no stars, no buzz
With no Russians, few stars and the sport engulfed in a doping crisis the world indoor athletics championships begin this week with officials holding their breath and eager to put the spotlight back on the track.
Swiss Open: Saina, Sindhu sail into pre-quarters; Jayaram loses
Two-time champion and top seed Saina Nehwal and P V
March 16, 2016
Swiss Open: Praneeth, Prannoy, Jayaram, Sameer in Round 2
India made a resounding start to their campaign at the Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold with four Indian shuttlers advancing to the second round of the men's singles competition, in Basel, on Wednesday.
IOC re-tests Beijing, London samples ahead of Rio
'We are trying passionately to protect those clean athletes who are going to Rio 2016'
March 15, 2016
Mary Kom, Shiva in boxing squads for Asian Olympic qualifiers
Five-time World champion M C Mary Kom (51kg) pipped arch-rival Pinki Jangra to the India's women's squad, while World Championships bronze medallist Shiva Thapa (56kg) made the cut in a star-studded men's boxing team for the Asian Olympic Qualifiers in China from March 23.
Bencic, Ivanovic, Murray sent packing at Indian Wells
Swiss seventh seed Belinda Bencic was stunned by Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova while former champion Ana Ivanovic was also sent packing in third-round action at the BNP Paribas Open in California.
March 13, 2016
All England Badminton Championships: Lin Dan wins sixth title
Lin Dan earned his sixth All England badminton title when he routed Chinese teammate Tian Houwei 21-9, 21-10 in the final.
Dedicate my win to Pathankot terror attack martyrs: Vijender
Indian boxing star Vijender Singh has dedicated his fourth successive professional triumph to the Indian Armed Forces personnel who were martyred in the Pathankot terror attack.
Vijender clinches fourth successive pro-boxing win
There was no stopping Indian boxing star Vijender Singh as he notched up his fourth successive knockout professional win by pummelling Hungary's Alexander Horvath in under three rounds in Liverpool on Saturday night.
March 12, 2016
With Sharapova's admission, many cans of worms will open
'The suspicion of doping will hang over numerous men and women players including the elite stars,' says Desh Gaurav Chopra Sekhri.
Rugby sevens world body reveals names of banned Russian players
The two Russia national rugby sevens players suspended from all competition for taking the banned substance meldonium are Alexey Mikhaltsov and Alena Mikhaltsov, the sport's governing body, World Rugby, said on Saturday.
'Improving' Tiger Woods working hard on short game
Tiger Woods is toiling diligently to improve his short game but there is still no timetable for his return, the former number one said on his website on Friday.
March 11, 2016
All England: Saina's exit draws curtains to India's campaign
India's campaign at the All England Badminton Championships came to a disappointing end with Saina Nehwal, B Sai Praneeth, Kidambi Srikanth and Sameer Verma all exiting from the tournament in Birmingham on Friday.
March 10, 2016
Now, Ethiopia moves into the doping spotlight
This year Olympic Games could feature an athletics programme without two of the sport's most powerful nations -- Russia and Kenya -- while a third, Ethiopia, is under immense pressure to show it has adequate anti-doping measures.
All England C'ships: Saina, Srikanth advance after Praneeth stuns Lee
Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth and Sameer Verma also advanced to the second round of the $550,000 tournament at the Barclaycard Arena.
India's Sai Praneeth stuns three-time champion Lee at All England
Three-time champion Lee Chong Wei was sensationally beaten by India's B Sai Praneeth in the first round of the All-England Championships on Wednesday, putting a firm dent into his preparations ahead of the Rio Olympics .
SPOTTED! Djokovic's dinner date with Deepika Padukone
Actress Deepika Padukone is making waves in Los Angeles.
Russia running out of time for Rio, says Pound
Athletics superpower Russia is running out of time to eradicate doping and may not be able to send a track and field team to this year's Rio Olympics, Dick Pound, chair of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) independent commission, said on Wednesday.
March 09, 2016
All England Championships: Jayaram, Prannoy, Gutta-Ponappa crash out
Indian shuttlers had a bad day in office as Ajay Jayaram and H S Prannoy failed to cross the opening hurdle at the prestigious All England Championship in Birmingham on Wednesday.
Will Rio Olympics lift troubled sports world?
American swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, said on Tuesday he hopes this year's Rio Olympics can help heal a sports world hit by recent doping and corruption cases.
What will happen to brand Sharapova now?
In the day following Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova's admission that she failed a drug test, sponsors Nike, Porsche and Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer dropped her like a hot potato.
March 08, 2016
Dhruv Sitwala retains Asian billiards crown
Reigning Asian billiards champion Dhruv Sitwala successfully defended his crown at the Asian Billiards Championship, beating compatriot Bhaskar Balachandra 6-2 in the final in Colombo, on Tuesday.
India name probables for World cup preliminary qualifiers
Star striker Sunil Chhetri is among a 28-strong Indian probable squad announced for the 2018 soccer World Cup preliminary qualifying round matches against Iran and Turkmenistan.
Bolt is greater than Owens, Lewis, says Johnson
Athletics legend Michael Johnson feels Usain Bolt has surpassed the likes of him and Carl Lewis by his sheer consistency and can easily be considered the 'greatest' track-and-field star in the world at this point.
'Satnam, Bhullar can inspire Indian kids to dream of shot at NBA'
On his first visit to India, former three-time NBA champion Brian Shaw talks of potential that Indian youngsters possess to make the cut in the NBA and shares his views on the sensational Stephen Curry and his partnership with Shaqueille O'Neal.Norma Godinho/Rediff.com listens in.
March 07, 2016
Lahiri stumbles to finish 28th at World Golf Championships
India's Anirban Lahiri staggered to a disappointing seven-over 79 on a windy day as he dropped sharply from a possible top-10 finish to tied-28th at the World Golf Championships in Doral, United States.
I would give my best at the All England Championship: Saina
All eyes will be on Indian ace Saina Nehwal when she returns to the court after an injury lay-off at the All England Championship, hoping to better last year's runner-up finish at the prestigious event which begins with the qualifiers in Birmingham.
Badminton great Lin Dan back at All England; Saina eyes maiden title
This year's All-England Championships is likely to mark the final appearance of five-time champion Lin Dan at the sport's oldest event, as the garlanded Chinese player bids for a berth at the Rio Olympics before a possible retirement.
Russia still violating IAAF doping rules?
Russia continues to violate anti-doping rules despite its suspension from international track and field and orders from world athletics' governing body, the IAAF, to eradicate cheating, Germany's ARD broadcaster said on Sunday.
March 06, 2016
Vijender keen to compete at Olympics, but is it possible?
The International Boxing Association (AIBA) may have thrown the Olympic door open for professional boxers but it is unlikely that Indian star Vijender Singh would be able to grab the opportunity even though he is keen to make it.
Patna Pirates leave U Mumba breathless to clinch Pro Kabaddi title
Patna Pirates stamped their authority to record a 31-28 victory over U Mumba in the final and claim their maiden Star Sports Pro Kabaddi title in New Delhi on Saturday.
March 05, 2016
India win two historic golds in World TT team championship
Indian men's and women's team scripted history by clinching the gold medals at the World Table Tennis Team Championship with superb victories over Luxemburg and Brazil respectively in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.
March 04, 2016
Patna Pirates rout Puneri Paltan, enter finals
Riding on impressive shows by Pardeep Narwal and Rohit Kumar, Patna Pirates' routed Puneri Paltan 40-21 to enter the finals of the Star Sports Pro Kabaddi League in New Delhi on Friday.
Shooting World Cup: Jitu Rai bags gold
Ace Indian shooter Jitu Rai clinched gold medal in the men's 50m Pistol event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup being held, in Bangkok, on Friday.
Fresh injury has Kashyap fighting time for Rio qualification
Ace Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap suffered a major blow to his Olympic qualification hopes when he retired hurt midway through the German Open pre-quarterfinals at Mulheim an der Ruhr on Thursday.
Drug-testing lab will be operational for Olympics: Rio chief
The anti-doping laboratory that will test athletes during this year's Olympic Games will be fully WADA compliant by this month's deadline, Rio organising committee president Carlos Nuzman said on Thursday.
SA court rejects Pistorius right to appeal murder conviction
South Africa's Constitutional Court on Thursday rejected Olympian Oscar Pistorius's right to appeal against his conviction for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
March 03, 2016
'India can win athletics medal in 2020 Olympics'
India's newly-appointed Athletics High Performance Director Derek Boosey feels the country has a realistic chance of winning an elusive track-and-field medal in the 2020 Olympics provided the focus is on 'talented' juniors.
German Open: Srikanth, Kashyap reach pre-quarterfinals
Indian ace shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and Parupalli Kashyap advanced to the pre-quarterfinals after notching up contrasting victories in the men's singles competition of the $ 120,000 German Grand Prix Gold in Mulheim an der Ruhr.
IOC not worried despite no takers yet for Rio Games tickets
Only 47 per cent of tickets have been sold so far, while premium events and opening ceremony have been technically sold out
For the first time, refugee team to compete at Olympics
A team of refugees that will compete at this year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics could number as many as 10 athletes, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach on Wednesday.
Athletics's best-known couple looking for double gold in Rio
Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton, athletics' best-known couple, are not letting widespread concerns about the Zika virus stand in the way of a bid for unprecedented double gold medals at the Rio Olympics.
Australian Olympic silver medallist rower Tait dies aged 33
Australia's former rowing world champion and Olympic silver medallist Sarah Tait has died of cancer at the age of 33.
March 02, 2016
German Open: Srikanth, Kashyap move to second round
Top Indian shuttlers, Kidambi Srikanth and Parupalli Kashyap crossed the opening hurdle to reach the second round of men's singles competition at the $120,000 German Grand Prix Gold in Mulheim an der Ruhr in Germany on Tuesday.
Russia's athletes keep sights on Rio despite doping ban
Barred from international competition, Russia is training its athletes at a series of special domestic tournaments and banking on hopes a doping ban will be lifted in time for this year's Rio Olympics.
IOC clears AIBA rule as male boxers set for headgearless bout at Rio
For the first time in 32 years male boxers will be able trade punches without any headgear at this year's Rio Games after the International Olympic Committee sanctioned a change introduced by world boxing federation AIBA.
March 01, 2016
Why Gatlin's coach quit as US relay boss?
The coach of sprinter Justin Gatlin has stepped down as the head of the United States relay squads just months out from the Rio Olympics due to a change in USA Track and Field's criteria.
Swede Aregawi faces Olympic axe after failed test
World indoor 1500 metres champion Abeba Aregawi has been suspended from Swedish athletics after she tested positive for a banned substance, the national federation said on Monday.
February 29, 2016
AFI blunder cost India three medals at Asian event
India was deprived of at least three medals at the Asian Cross Country Championships in Bahrain due to an apparent goof-up by the Athletics Federation of India which did not field the required number of participants to be considered for team standings.
Saina hopes to be injury-free ahead of Rio Olympics
The World No. 2 had pulled out of Badminton Asia Team Championships because of injury earlier this month, and also exempted herself from participating in the Lucknow Open and South Asian Championships to work on her fitness.
In Pakistan, young female boxers punch through gender barriers
In a dense and dusty neighbourhood in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, eight young girls lined up against a cement wall, touching their hands to their faces in prayer before boxing practice began.
February 28, 2016
Hockey: Germany ends Indian women's unbeaten run
Indian women's hockey team lost 0-3 to Germany to slump to their first defeat in their tour to South Africa, in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
February 27, 2016
Elections over. Now hard work begins for new FIFA boss
Gianni Infantino's election as FIFA president should give football's governing body the time it needs to begin tackling the corruption and other problems that have dragged it into the worst crisis in its 112-year history, current and former officials said.
Problem of plenty as seven walkers better Olympic qualification
Uttarakhand's Gurmeet Singh turned out to be the winner as a record number of seven Indian 20km race walkers bettered the Rio Olympics qualifying standards on a fast Jaipur course in the National Championships, in Jaipur, on Saturday.
Golfer Bohn has mild heart attack at Honda Classic event
American golf professional Jason Bohn suffered a mild heart attack after the second round of the Honda Classic at Palm Beach Gardens in Florida on Friday, according to PGA Tour officials.
February 26, 2016
With Olympics at stake, Jayaram hungry for success
'I'm least bothered about the rankings of Kashyap or Srikanth. I want to make it on my own by winning titles.'
February 25, 2016
'The Great Khali' suffers severe head injury in fight show
Former WWE wrestler Dalip Singh Rana, better known by his ring name 'The Great Khali', suffered a severe head injury during the Continental Wrestling Entertainment show at Haldwani, Uttarakhand, on Wednesday night.
Vijender to take on Hungary's Alexander Horvath on March 12
Unbeaten with demolishing victories in the previous three contests, star Indian boxer Vijender Singh will take on a slightly more experienced Hungarian Alexander Horvath in his fourth professional bout on March 12 in Liverpool.
10 BEST Sports Photos of the Week!
Be it the jam-packed stadiums at the UEFA Champions League, the intense trans-Tasman rivalry in cricket, there are certain events that enthralls fans.
February 24, 2016
Tiger Woods slams rumours of his death
Tiger Woods has posted a video of him swinging a 9-iron in a golf simulator.
Brazil will make Olympics safe from Zika virus: WHO
World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Margaret Chan said on Tuesday Brazil is doing a good job tackling the Zika virus and ensuring that the Olympic games it will host in August will be safe for athletes and visitors.
Rio mayor hits back at Australia favela ban
Rio de Janeiro mayor Eduardo Paes has described Australia's Olympic committee as a "source of aggressions" against Brazil after it banned the team's athletes from visiting the city's favelas during the Games in August.
February 23, 2016
Sailors compete with constant health fear in Rio waters
The bad water quality at Rio de Janeiro's Guanabara Bay puts Paralympic sailors in constant fear of their health during competitions with organisers having failed to live up to their promises, Paralympic champion Heiko Kroeger said on Tuesday.
'High level of risk' at the Rio Olympics...
The metro line extension that will connect Rio de Janeiro's Olympic Park in Barra de Tijuca with the rest of the city is at risk of not being finished before the Games start in August
'I love making my opponents give up'
You'll be hard-pressed to find a fighter more dominant in ONE Championship today than Singapore's Angela Lee.
Can Manchester City revive their fading season?
Manchester City must put a potentially ruinous fortnight behind them as they seek to reboot their faltering season with a big performance in their Champions League last-16, first leg trip to Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday.
February 22, 2016
Pacquiao election rival calls for Bradley fight to be halted
The Philippine election commission will decide on Tuesday whether a boxing match between Manny Pacquiao, who is standing in May's vote, and American welterweight champion Timothy Bradley violates polling rules.
India Sports Awards: Babar named Sports Person of the Year
Long-distance runner Lalita Babar was named Sports Person of the Year at the India Sports Awards 2015 in New Delhi on Monday.
Fastest Indian on ice urges govt to support athletes
India's first Winter Olympian, Shiva Keshavan, on Monday urged the authorities to come forward and help the athletes who are left to battle all odds in their quest to bring laurels to the country.
Play The Great Khali contest: Win COOL Prizes!
India's wrestling fans finally get a chance to witness to the return of their favourite wrestler The Great Khali in action for the first time ever on home soil.
Asian Wrestling C'ship: Indian grapplers bag 9 medals; finish 7th
Indian grapplers finished their campaign at the Asian Wrestling Championship in Bangkok, Thailand with nine medals, including a gold, in the five-day event.
How this champion plans to win India an Olympic medal
Having slumped in the rankings, champion shuttler Parupalli Kashyap tells Aruneel Sadadekar/Rediff.com how he plans to qualify for the Rio Olympics.
Asian Indoor Athletics: India wrap up with a gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze
India's Kumaravel Prem Kumar bagged a silver in long jump on the final day of Asian Indoor Athletics Championships in Doha.
February 21, 2016
Badminton Asia Team C'ships: China and Indonesia claim titles
China and Indonesia won the Badminton Asia Team Championships in the women and men's categories respectively at the Gachibowli indoor stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday.
Asia Team Champions: Indian men storm into semi-finals
The Indian men's team secured a place in the semi-finals of the ongoing Badminton Asia Team Championships after a hard-fought 3-2 win against Malaysia in the quarter-finals at the Gachibowli indoor stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday.
Maheswary, Johny add to India's medal tally at Asian Indoor Athletics
Triple jumper Renjith Maheswary won a silver to swell India's medal tally to five on the third day of the Asian Indoor Athletics Championships in Doha on Sunday.
Srikanth aims to win a medal at Rio Olympics
Kidambi Srikanth, the top-ranking male Indian shuttler who put up an impressive performance in the Badminton Asia Team Championships here, says he aims to achieve a medal in the coming Rio Olympics.
Mclaren unveils new car, still reluctant to predict wins
McLaren unveiled their new Formula One car on Sunday, certain it cannot be any worse than last year's but still unsure when they might get back to winning ways after their longest drought in decades.
February 20, 2016
Asia Team Championships: India men's dream run ends
India men's dream run in the ongoing Badminton Asia Team Championships came to an end after a 1-3 semi-final loss to Indonesia, in Hyderabad, on Saturday.
From putting PhD on hold to ending up homeless, MMA champ has seen it all
Rebecca 'The Professor' Heintzman knows all about making sacrifices in order to achieve your dreams. From putting her biology PhD from Binghamton University in New York on hold to ending up homeless in Shanghai, she's gone through trials few others have experienced in their lives.
She leads the way for women in sports...
Danica Patrick was not the first woman to race at Indianapolis; Janet Guthrie broke the gender line in 1978, followed by Lyn St. James in 1992 and Sarah Fisher in 2000.
Asian Indoor Athletics: Mayookha wins gold, silver; Chand settles for bronze
India's long jumper Mayookha Johny won her second medal -- a silver in women's triple jump -- to add to her gold in long jump on the second day of Asian Indoor Athletics Championships, in Doha, on Saturday.
February 19, 2016
Prannoy steers Indian men into Badminton Asia semi-finals
India continued their impressive run in the Badminton Asia Team Championships, scoring a hard-earned 3-2 victory over former champions Malaysia, in Hyderabad, on Friday.
Dutee Chand sets new national record in women's 60m dash
Indian sprinter Dutee Chand set a new national record while winning the 60m dash heats at the 7th Asian Indoor Athletics Championships in Doha on Friday.
'God is with me,' says Pacquiao after criticizing homosexuals
Filipino boxing great Manny Pacquiao has insisted that God is on his side after sparking global controversy by describing gay couples as 'worse than animals'.
Fasten your seat belts and savour pro fight night in India
In a massive fillip to the still nascent professional boxing scene in India, the country will host its maiden WBA-sanctioned fight card, in new Delhi, on Saturday, under the aegis of the Indian Boxing Council.
This World champ has a formula for 200-400m Olympic medal
Allyson Felix is honing in on her quest for a rare shot at gold in both the 200 and 400 metres at the Rio Olympics, tailoring her training to simulate the stress of her bid and leaning some who have achieved the feat.
February 18, 2016
Bhullar, Gangjee off to a fine start in Malaysia
India's Gaganjeet Bhullar and Rahil Gangjee got off to a good start on the first day of the inaugural USD 3 million Maybank Championship on Thursday.
Badminton: India men stun China, women blanked by Japan
The Indian men's team beat a depleted China 3-2 at the Badminton Asia Team Championships at the Gachibowli indoor stadium in Hyderabad
Vijender to fight for WBO Asia title in India
Unstoppable so far, star Indian boxer Vijender Singh will now gun for his maiden title in the professional circuit when he fights for the WBO Asia belt come June in front of home fans in the national capital.
Marathon Man on his Spirit of India run
'If I am able to inspire at least one student in this country with the Spirit of India run, I will feel that my purpose is served.'
Dope-tainted Kenya could be banned from Rio Olympics
IAAF chief Sebastian Coe has reportedly made the comment because Kenya, which topped the medals table at the 2015 world championships in Beijing, has had more than 40 athletes banned for doping in the past three years
Boxer Pacquiao loses Nike sponsorship for 'abhorrent' anti-gay comments
Nike Inc, the world's largest sportswear maker, said it had ended its contract with Manny Pacquiao after the Filipino boxer described gays as "worse than animals".
Stockholm: Dibaba breaks 26-year-old world indoor mile record
It is the third time Genzebe Dibaba, 25, has broken a world record in Stockholm, having previously set new marks for the 3,000 and 5,000 metres at the Ericsson Globe Arena in the Swedish capital
February 17, 2016
Paris showcase compact, ready-made 2024 Summer Olympics bid
Paris bid leaders said almost all the city's proposed venues were already built or would be temporary facilities as the French capital on Wednesday unveiled plans to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.
Indian men and women beat Singapore to enter quarters
India began their campaign Badminton Asia Team Championships in style with both men's and women's teams posting victories against their Singapore rivals to make it to the quarterfinals.
Boxing champ Pacquiao's fall from grace
Gay and lesbian groups have called on voters in the Philippines to boycott boxing icon Manny Pacquiao as he bids for a Senate seat, after he described gays as 'worse than animals'.
South Asian Games: Hit or miss? Tell Us!
For the 12th successive time, none could match up to India's regional might but the host country's record-breaking medal haul of 308 can hardly
February 16, 2016
PHOTOS: South Asian Games end with a colourful closing ceremony
Northeast India's diverse and colourful culture were in full display as the curtains were brought down on the 12th South Asian Games amid magnificent fireworks that lit the night sky over Guwahati.
PHOTOS: India finish with 308 medals at South Asian Games
India's regional supremacy at the South Asian Games went unchallenged. The hosts were crowned overall champions for the 12th consecutive time after a record-breaking haul of 308 medals.
Boxing champ Pacquiao creates a storm, says gays 'worse than animals'!
Filipino Manny Pacquiao has sparked criticism in his country after describing gay couples as 'worse than animals'.
It's Wozniacki's turn to go nude for SI Swimsuit issue
Caroline Wozniacki ditched her bikini for paint for this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.
South Asian Games: Mary, Sarita out-punch opponents to claim gold
M C Mary Kom and Pooja Rani knocked out their respective opponents while L Sarita Devi survived a scare as India grabbed all the three gold medals on offer in women's boxing for an overall clean-sweep of top honours in the 12th South Asian Games in Shillong on Tuesday.
February 15, 2016
Gold sweep by boxers, shooters, kabbadi team at South Asian Games
The boxers hardly broke a sweat while scooping all the seven gold medals up for grabs, while the shooters ended their campaign with an outstanding tally of 25 gold medals to ensure India's reign at the top remained unchecked in the 12th South Asian Games in Guwahati on Monday. On the penultimate day of competition, the Indian was perched at the top with 289 medals (173 gold, 86 silver and 30 bronze).
How Shweta's gold medal wasn't enough to earn Olympic berth
For Sweta, this was the worst ever performance despite winning the gold in women's 10m air pistol finals.
Future is dark for boxers without any competition, says Mary Kom
Concerned about the administrative logjam in Indian boxing, Olympic bronze-medallist M C Mary Kom said future seems dark for the country's pugilists, who are losing motivation to train.
Zurich Chess Challenge: Anand stays in lead
Former world champion Viswanathan Anand played out two draws to keep his full point lead in the Zurich Chess Challenge.
February 14, 2016
SAG: Mary Kom leads charge as India eye perfect 10 in boxing
London Olympics bronze-medallist MC Mary Kom led the charge as six Indian boxers stormed into the final with comprehensive wins to remain in hunt for all the 10 medals on offer at the 12th South Asian Games, in Shillong, on Sunday.
SAG: Chain bags third gold; emerges as star shooter
Rio Olympics bound Chain Singh emerged as the star marksman of the 12th South Asian Games as he picked up his third individual gold of the competition by winning the men's 50m rifles 3 positions as India yet again reigned supreme at the range, in Guwahati, on Sunday.
No security issues in SAG, says Pak chef-de-mission
There might have been some security concerns in sending their athletes to India ahead of the ongoing 12th South Asian Games, but chef-de-mission of Pakistan Islahuddin Siddiqui admitted that his country's contingent did not face any such issues, in Guwahati, on Sunday.
'Indian boxing mess could lead to mass exodus'
Bickering in the Indian boxing community may lead to a mass exodus of Olympic medal prospects to the professional circuit as they are 'starved' of exposure due to the absence of a national federation, South Asian Games Tournament Director (Boxing) Lenny D'Gama has said.
February 13, 2016
SAG: Boxers join shooters, India's medal tally soar higher
The Indian juggernaut rolled on unabated as the star-studded boxing squad joined the shooters in what is turning out to be an outing of unprecedented dominance by the host country at the 12th South Asian Games, in Guwahati, on Saturday.
SAG: Indian shooters reign supreme with clean sweep
Indian shooters ruled the roost for the fourth successive day as they made a clean sweep of all the six gold medals on offer in the 12th South Asian Games, in Guwahati, on Saturday.
Kenyan doping laws: Stiff jail terms to heavy fines for offenders
Kenyans convicted of doping offences will face at least three years in prison and heavy fines under a draft law to be submitted to parliament, the chairman of a government-backed anti-doping task force.
'Any loss to Pak at any level is a disappointment.'
India might have lost to Pakistan in the summit clash of men's hockey in the 12th South Asian Games but captain Mandeep Antil on Saturday sought to take the positives from the performance of his players, saying they have done well given the inexperience of the team.
February 12, 2016
How US is planning to deal with Zika threat ahead of Rio Olympics
The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) will ask two infectious disease experts to advise potential members of their Rio 2016 Olympic Games team who are concerned about the Zika virus outbreak in Brazil.
Hong Kong's Ng is on a mission to storm male bastion
A decade after taking up the sport because she liked her father's outfit, Hong Kong's Ng On Yee finds herself on the brink of snooker history as she embarks on a mission to reach the main draw of the men's world championships.
Marathoner Raut qualifies for Rio on another good day for India
Long-distance runner Kavita Raut's Olympic qualification was the icing on the cake on yet another impressive day for India at the 12th South Asian Games, in Guwahati, on Friday. Firmly entrenched atop the overall standings, India increased their medal tally to 248 -- including 146 gold, 79 silver and 23 bronze.
February 11, 2016
SAG PHOTOS: Gold pours in for India from athletics, shooting
The star-studded shooting squad was expectedly on target, while the track-and-field athletes continued their golden run as India held on firmly to the top spot by remaining way ahead of competition on the sixth day of the 12th South Asian Games in Guwahati
Before the Olympics I would like to see myself in top 7: Sindhu
One of the strong medal hopefuls from badminton at the upcoming Olympics, PV Sindhu said she wants to break into the top 7 in world ranking before the Rio Games in August.
Why World Athletics lost top sponsor?
Swiss food giant Nestle will end its partnership with the International Association of Athletics Federations because of scandal surrounding the sport.
Why Fastest Indian on Ice feels 'stabbed in the back'
Shiva Keshavan reveals why he feels 'stabbed in the back' after giving his all for the country for 20 years and what keeps him going despite all the recent problems affecting him.
Why is WADA 'extremely troubled'? Find out here...
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Wednesday it was 'extremely troubled' by reports claiming banned Kenyan athletes were asked for money to reduce their doping suspensions.
February 10, 2016
PHOTOS: India's gold-glut continues at South Asian Games
India's dominance went uncontested for the fifth successive day at the 12th South Asian Games, as its shooters, wushu players and track-and-field athletes annihilated competition to sweep most of the gold medals up for grabs, in Guwahati, on Wednesday.
Why Zika virus holds no threat to Rio Olympics
The spread of the Zika virus in Brazil needs to be monitored but is not a threat to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Germany's chief Olympic doctor said.
February 09, 2016
PHOTOS: Another golden day for India at South Asian Games
India garnered most of the gold medals on offer for the fourth successive day at the 12th South Asian Games, as their swimmers, archers and track-and-field athletes ensured the top position on the medals tally remained unchallenged, in Guwahati, on Tuesday.
South Asian Games: India win five athletics gold on Day 1
Rio Olympics-bound shot putter Manpreet Kaur stole the limelight as Indians pocketed five gold medals from athletics on the opening day of the event at the 12th South Asian Games, in Guwahati, on Tuesday.
Rio Olympics haunted by Zika virus scare
We are not going to risk taking Kenyans there if this Zika virus reaches epidemic levels: Kenya Kenya says undecided over Olympics threat posed by Zika virus
Sports authorities across the world are scrambling to find out more about the mosquito-borne virus as they make plans for the games in August.
SAG: Archers claim three more gold; lifters end with 12 gold
Indian archers grabbed three gold medals in the recurve event and are all set to make a clean sweep in the discipline at the 12th South Asian Games, in Shillong on Tuesday.
February 08, 2016
Pakistan fields coach in 2-1 win over India at SAG hockey
Pakistan's retired hockey international Rehan Butt, who was appointed coach of the national team taking part in the 12th South Asian Games, turned out as a player in the team's first two matches, including Monday's victory over hosts India.
Stop step-motherly attitude towards doubles: Jwala
Star shuttler Jwala Gutta once again asked the Badminton Association of India to stop the "step-motherly treatment" towards its doubles players, saying its high time the federation changes its attitude.
'Pressure now on rivals' as Leicester vow to stay calm in title hunt
The pressure is now on Leicester City's title rivals to remove the Foxes from the top of the Premier League table, manager Claudio Ranieri said after Saturday's thumping 3-1 league victory over Manchester City.
Chinappa gets better of 'aggressive' Pakistani rival; clinches gold
Star player Joshna Chinappa clinched the gold in women's individual squash after beating Maria Toorpaki Wazir of Pakistan in a tense and ill-tempered summit clash to make up for India's disappointment in the men's event, in Guwahati, on Monday.
SAG, Day 3: 14 out of 16 gold for Indian wrestlers
Indian grapplers simply annihilated their opponents, scooping 14 gold medals out of a total 16 on offer as the wrestling competition in the 12th South Asian Games ended, in Guwahati, on Monday.
PIX: Junior Bachchan enjoys kabaddi match with wife and daughter
It was endless celebrations for the Bachchans.
'I should go for the Olympics, not Sushil'
'I didn't go for the World Championships to see someone else take my place at the Olympics.'
South Asian Games: Indian Archers hit bulls-eye
The Indian compound archery team and the mixed pair claimed three gold medals in the morning session, in Shillong, to swell their tally in the 12th South Asian Games on Monday.
Should athletes consider not attending Olympics if fear Zika?
The United States Olympic Committee told US sports federations that athletes and staff concerned for their health over the Zika virus should consider not going to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in August.
Fed Cup: Dutch shock Russia to semis; Czechs, Swiss through
Russia, last year's runners-up, were unable to call on world number six Maria Sharapova who was injured
PHOTOS: Beyonce, Bruno Mars heat up Coldplay's Super Bowl halftime show
Coldplay headlined at Sunday's Super Bowl halftime show, but it was R&B super stars Beyonce and Bruno Mars who delivered the sizzle with a lively, upbeat production that paid homage to previous halftime performers.
La Liga PHOTOS: Barca equal unbeaten record, go three points clear
Photos from the La Liga matches played on Sunday
February 07, 2016
Swimmers, wrestlers shine as India's gold rush continues at South Asian Games
There was no stopping the Indian juggernaut at the 12th South Asian Games with the country's swimmers, wrestlers and weightlifters continuing their dominance in the competition to fetch a bulk of the gold medals, in Guwahati, on Sunday.
Isinbayeva's comeback thwarted by injury
Double Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva's return to competition was frustrated by a leg injury on Saturday when she had to drop out of the Russian Grand Prix in her home city of Volgograd.
February 06, 2016
More money needed to fight dope cheats: WADA chief
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) faces a challenge to tackle cheating in sport while it has an annual budget of less than the income of many top athletes, its president Craig Reedie said.
India begin golden run at SAG, on top in medals tally
It was gold rush for India on the opening day of the South Asian Games with the country's wrestlers, swimmers and weightlifters showing their regional dominance by making a near clean sweep of top honours on Saturday.
February 05, 2016
PHOTOS: 12th South Asian Games open with a colourful ceremony
The rich and diverse culture of India's North East was on display in all its splendor as curtains went up on the 12th South Asian Games in a colorful opening ceremony with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a host of other dignitaries in attendance.
New Zealand athletes given warnings on Zika
New Zealand's Olympic athletes and officials have been warned of the risk associated with the Zika virus on Friday, including the possibility that it could be sexually transmitted.
Can Sarah carve out a new career in male-dominated Extreme Sailing?
British sailor and double Olympic gold medallist Sarah Ayton is carving out a new career as a coach in the ultra-competitive, male-dominated world of high-performance sailing - a kind of Formula One on water.
February 04, 2016
Former World No.1 Westwood focused on golf again after marriage breakdown
Former world number one Lee Westwood wants to focus fully on his golf again this season after being distracted by a painful split from wife Laurae in 2015. Saina, Kashyap ruled out of South Asian Games
Indian badminton star and Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal was Thursday ruled out along withParupalli Kashyap from the 12th South Asian Games due to injury concerns, the Badminton Association of India (BAI) informed the local organisers in Shillong.
Indian archers aim for 'Gold Rush'
A strong Indian archery contingent will look to grab all the 10 gold medals on offer when they open their campaign with the qualification round in the 12th South Asian Games at the Jawaharlal Sports Complex Polo Ground on Friday.
'South Asian countries are fighting for glory, not bombs'
Postponed several times due to a variety of reasons, the much-delayed but the biggest South Asian Games ever begin, in Guwahati, on Friday, with hosts India expected to stamp their superiority in the regional spectacle.
Saina maintains 2nd spot, Sindhu slips to 12th
Despite clinching the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold men's title, India's K Srikanth remained static at World No. 9 while P V Sindhu dropped a place to be No.12 in the latest Badminton World Federation rankings released on Thursday.
When the homeless were kicked out for San Francisco's Super Bowl
As many as 200 demonstrators rallied in downtown San Francisco on Wednesday near where Super Bowl festivities are being hosted, protesting what they say are the city's plans to clear away homeless people to make way for tourists and events.
February 03, 2016
How McIlroy is inspired by 'unreal' Djokovic
World No 3 golfer Rory McIlroy has lavished praise on tennis ace Novak Djokovic, saying he is inspired by the Serbian's dedication towards the sport.
Arsenal have now gone 270 minutes and 34 shots without scoring in EPL!
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has blamed his side's poor finish as the reason behind their goalless draw against Southampton in their Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium.
Meet Sharapova, the gymnast!
Her ranking has dropped to number 6 in the WTA ranking charts after losing the Australian Open semi-final to Serena Williams last week but that hasn't dimmed the light in the Russian player's heart.
Zika virus prompts Aus to take bug spray maker on-board as Oly sponsor
A small Australian maker of bug sprays became an unlikely beneficiary of the mosquito-borne Zika virus outbreak this week when the country's Olympic team signed it up as its first official insect repellent sponsor.
Sportswomen treated as 'second-class citizens'
The Australian government has demanded the country's most funded sports rein in gender discrimination for travel arrangements to major events or risk having their support cut.
Saina picks Deepika as her FIRST choice for biopic
Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal wants Bajirao Mastani actress Deepika Padukone to portray her in the upcoming biopic
February 02, 2016
Vijender unfazed despite bout postponement
Star Indian boxer Vijender Singh's fourth professional bout was on Tuesday rescheduled from February 13 to March 12.
Asian qualifiers: Rajput seals Olympics shooting berth
Indian shooter Sanjeev Rajput on Tuesday secured his spot for this year's Rio Olympics after finishing fourth in the men's 50m three-position rifle category at the Asian qualifiers in New Delhi at the Karni Singh Shooting Range.
Injured Kashyap begs for rest, says 'no one is listening to me'
His repeated requests for rehabilitation ignored, Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Parupalli Kashyap is flummoxed after being sent air tickets to join the Indian badminton squad at the South Asian Games despite being laid low by an abdominal strain.
This car racer targets record 6th Olympics appearance
'I love both sport -- rally and shooting. And this was my dream for a long time, to be champion in rally and champion in shooting and this was really a good thing what I make for myself'
Government 'urged' to guarantee jobs for sportspeople
In a letter, Malhotra 'urged the Union Minister of State (Independent charge) for Labour & Employment to formulate a scheme to provide employment guarantee to national and international sportspersons
This video game featuring tattoos of NBA stars sparks lawsuit
Take-Two Interactive Software Inc has been hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit over its depiction of tattoos belonging to National Basketball Association stars LeBron James and Kobe Bryant in a popular video game.
Govt gives green signal to Pakistan contingent for South Asian Games
Pakistan's 456-strong contingent for the upcoming South Asian Games in India has been cleared by its government to participate in the event starting February 5.
Will Zika virus keep athletes away from Rio Olympics?
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has welcomed measures being taken to tackle the mosquito-borne Zika virus and believes the spread of the virus across South America will not adversely affect the Rio de Janeiro Games in August.
January 31, 2016
Anand loses again; Harikrishna, Abhijeet among leaders in Gibraltar
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand continued to struggle in his first open tournament in 23 years as he suffered a shock defeat at the hands of French Grandmaster Adrien Demuth in the fifth round of the masters section of Gibraltar chess festival in Gibraltar on Sunday.
Badminton: Srikanth clinches Syed Modi title
Top seed K Srikanth made a rollicking start to the new season as he clinched the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold with a convincing win over China's Huang Yuxiang in the men's singles final in Lucknow on Sunday.
Serie A: Irresistible Juve thump Chievo for 12th league win in a row
Juventus clocked up their 12th successive Serie A win on Sunday when they swept aside Chievo 4-0 away in a hopelessly one-sided encounter.
January 30, 2016
Pro Kabaddi: Aamir sings National Anthem as U Mumbai win thriller
Defending champions U Mumba managed to pull off an exciting 27-25 win over hosts Telugu Titans to kick off their campaign in the Pro Kabaddi League on a rousing note at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium, in Visakhapatnam, on Saturday.
Syed Modi badminton tourney: Srikanth, Pranaav-Akshay enter final
Rising Indian doubles duo of Akshay Dewalkar and Pranaav Jerry Chopra stunned World No 7 Koreans Kim Gi Jung and Kim Sa Rang in an edge-of-the-seat semifinals to seal their maiden Grand Prix Gold final, while K Srikanth also stormed into the men's singles final at the Syed Modi International, in Lucknow, on Saturday.
13 proved unlucky for this wrestling champion...
Triple defending Olympic wrestling champion Kaori Icho presented a window of hope for her Rio Games rivals after losing her first bout in 13 years on Friday to a 21-year-old Mongolian student.
With This Ring... Mary Kom and women's boxing in India
Ameesha Joshi tells Harish Kotian/Rediff.com what made her and Anna Sarkissian devote much of the last 10 years on a movie on women's boxing in India.
January 29, 2016
Syed Modi badminton tourney: Srikanth wins, Pranaav-Akshay stun World No 8
Defending champion P Kashyap bowed out while top seed K Srikanth entered the semi-finals but it was the stunning win of doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar over their World No 8 opponents from Denmark that was the highlight of the day at Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament, in Lucknow, on Friday.
Shooting: Ayonika clinches India's 11th Olympic quota
India secured their 11th Olympic quota from shooting, on Friday, when Ayonika Paul bagged the silver in women's 10m air rifle.
Australian Open is special, it's like home, says Sania Mirza
"I would like to thank everyone for coming out and supporting us. For me Australian Open is special, it's like home. I have special memories here," says Sania Mirza.
IOC to issue Zika guidance as virus spreads before Rio Olympics
The International Olympic Committee will issue guidelines this week aimed at protecting athletes and visitors from Zika, a mosquito-borne virus spreading rapidly across South America months before the Rio de Janeiro Games in August.
January 28, 2016
HIL: Ranchi edge out Kalinga in a thriller
Defending Champions Ranchi Rays completed a hat-trick of wins after eking out a 3-2 win over table toppers Kalinga Lancers in a round robin match of the fourth Hockey India League, in Ranchi, on Thursday.
A refugee will be torch bearer at 2016 Rio Olympics
The flame for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will pass through a refugee camp in Athens and one refugee will be among the torch bearers, the head of the International Olympic Committee said on Thursday.
London Games silver medallist Vijay's hopes dashed; Kynan Chenai secures Olympic quota
Kynan Chenai gave himself an advance birthday gift by securing a quota place for the Rio Olympics but London Games silver medallist Vijay Kumar's hopes of earning a berth went up in smoke at the Asia Olympic Qualifying Competition for shooting, in New Delhi on Thursday.
Syed Modi badminton: Srikanth, Kashyap enter quarters; Sindhu loses
Top seed Kidambi Srikanth entered the quarter-finals but a heartbreak was in store for P V Sindhu, who suffered a shock defeat to Nitchaon Jindapol of Thailand in the second round of the $120,000 Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament, in Lucknow, on Thursday.
Badminton Rankings: Sindhu moves up; Saina still holds No 2 spot
Riding on her title-triumph at the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold, India's P V Sindhu, on Thursday, jumped one place to be just outside the top 10 in the latest BWF ranking.
January 27, 2016
Syed Modi badminton tourney: Srikanth, Kashyap, Sindhu in 2nd round
Top Indian shuttlers, including K Srikanth and Parupalli Kashyap in men's singles and P V Sindhu in women's singles, advanced to the second round after easy victories on the first day of the main draw in the Syed Modi International Badminton tournament, in Lucknow, on Wednesday.
'Indians don't know how to play mixed doubles'
Ace shuttler Ashwini Ponnappa, on Wednesday, said that Indians do not do well in mixed doubles in the international stage as the male partners always want his female team-mate to play in a fixed position.
Shooter Heena secures Olympic quota with gold medal
India's top pistol shooter Heena Sidhu secured an Olympic quota for the country after she led from start to finish and claimed the gold medal in women's 10-m air pistol on Day 1 of competition at the Asia Olympic Qualifiers for Shooting, in New Delhi, on Wednesday.
January 26, 2016
Unwell Saina pulls out of Syed Modi badminton tournament
Still recovering from a foot injury and a recurring fever, defending champion Saina Nehwal has pulled out of the women's singles competition at the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament in Lucknow.
January 25, 2016
Mary Kom, Devendro lead India's boxing contingent at South Asian Games
India have named a strong 10-member boxing team for the forthcoming South Asian Games to be held in Shillong from February 13 to 16.
Pistorius's murder conviction appeal challenged
South African authorities are challenging Olympian Oscar Pistorius appeal against his conviction for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, the national prosecuting authority said on Monday.
Padma Bhushan for Sania, Saina; Deepika to get Padma Shri
Women dominated this year's Padma awards for sports with tennis star Sania Mirza and ace shuttler Saina Nehwal getting the nod for the Padma Bhushan, while archer Deepika Kumari was chosen for the Padma Shri in New Delhi, on Monday.
10 BEST Sports Photos of the Week!
Be it some scintillating action from the Australia Open or Diego Costa's strike sealing the points for Chelsea against Arsenal.
January 24, 2016
What's Beijing Olympic gold medalist Bindra up to these days?
Geared up for the Rio Olympics this August, Beijing Olympic Games gold-medalist Abhinav Bindra on Sunday said he was hopeful of a medal once again.
Fantastic start to Sindhu's season
"It is a great win and a fantastic start to the season for me. I have been playing well and I was confident of winning ahead of the final," said PV Sindhu.
Sensational Sindhu clinches Grand Prix Gold title in Malaysia
Two-time World Championship bronze-medallist, India's P V Sindhu made a rousing start to the new season as she clinched the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold title after defeating Scotland's Kristy Gilmour in straight games in the final, in Penang, on Sunday.
January 23, 2016
Sindhu storms into Malaysia Masters badminton final
Ace Indian shuttler P V Sindhu scored an upset victory over top seed Ji Hyun Sung in a hard-fought three setter to storm into the women's singles final of the $120,000 Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament in Penang on Saturday.
January 22, 2016
Mary Kom, Sarita qualify for South Asian Games
London Olympics bronze medalist MC Mary Kom, L Sarita Devi and Pooja Rani are all set to represent India in the upcoming 12th South Asian Games 2016 to be held in Guwahati and Shillong.
Sindhu, Srikanth sail into semis of Malaysia Masters
Third seed Sindhu beat Indonesia's Lindaweni Fanetri while Srikanth accounted for China's Huang Yuxiang.
Aus Open: Bopanna-Mergea in third round; Bhupathi-Muller exit
Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea breezed into the pre-quarter-finals of the men's doubles at the Australian Open, beating Lukas Dlouhy and Jiri Vesely, on Friday.
Boxing great Pacquiao confirms retirement after Bradley bout
Filipino Manny Pacquiao insists his upcoming title bout against Timothy Bradley will be the last of his prodigious career and on Thursday said he is aiming for a convincing win to help bolster his campaign for a Senate seat.
Lahiri off to a sensational start, shares lead in La Quinta
India's Anirban Lahiri got off to a flying start on his tournament-debut, firing eight birdies in a blemish-free opening round to grab a share of the lead at the PGA Tour's Career Builder Challenge in partnership with Clinton Foundation in La Quinta.
Keshavan pulls out of World Championships due to lack of funds
Five-time Olympian and poster boy of winter sports in India, Shiva Keshavan pulled out of the Luge World Championships in Germany and Luge World Cup circuit due to 'lack of funds'.
January 21, 2016
Mary Kom, Sarita Devi enter final round of SAG qualifiers
Olympic medalist MC Mary Kom, L Sarita Devi and Aruna Mishra, among others, booked their place in the final round of the South Asian Games in Shillong on Thursday.
Malaysia Masters: Sindhu, Srikanth in quarters
P V Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth scored contrasting victories to enter the quarter-finals of the US $120,000 Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament, in Penang, on Thursday.
'I never dreamed of competing in the Olympics'
Golf is returning to the Olympics this August for the first time since 1904, although its inclusion has divided opinion with some players declaring it little more than an 'exhibition' sport.
January 20, 2016
Mary Kom, Sarita advance in South Asian Games qualifiers
Five-time world champion Mary Kom and her colleague Sarita Devi continued to impress the crowd with agile movements for the second day in a row, outplaying their opponents in the South Asian Games qualifiers in Shillong on Wednesday.
Indian shuttlers make good start in Malaysia Masters
P V Sindhu, K Srikanth, Ajay Jayaram, Subhankar Dey, B Sai Praneeth and Sameer Verma scored easy first round singles victories, while the pair of Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponnappa shocked a fancied Malaysian pair to enter the second round of the women's doubles.
January 19, 2016
Athletics scandal worse than FIFA crisis: Johnson
The corruption scandal that has rocked athletics is worse than the one that has plunged soccer body FIFA into crisis because it punished clean athletes, four-times Olympic gold medallist Michael Johnson said on Tuesday.
January 18, 2016
HIL: UP Wizards beat Kalinga Lancers 8-6 in opening thriller
Uttar Pradesh Wizards eked out a dramatic 8-6 victory over Kalinga Lancers in a high-scoring thriller with two goals coming in the final minute as the fourth edition of Hockey India League made a sensational start under new field goal rules in Bhubaneswar.
PBL final PHOTOS: It's Akshay-Sindhu v Abhishek-Jwala
When Bollywood star Akshay Kumar joined hands with Premier Badminton League (PBL), only entertainment was expected.
Ronnie O'Sullivan shows why he is called Rocket!
Ronnie O'Sullivan showed why he is called Rocket as he earned a record-equalling sixth Masters title by thrashing Barry Hawkins 10-1 in the final at London's Alexandra Palace on Sunday.
Spate of injuries hit Barca and Real Madrid: Problems for Messi, Bale
The injury list in the La Liga keeps growing as the season progresses and this time Lionel Messi and Gareth Bale are the unfortunate victims...
Aussie marathon man to run from Kanyakumari to Kashmir
Pat Farmer on how he plans to conquer India, south to north, over 60 days and 4,600 km.
EPL PHOTOS: Arsenal go top after draw at Stoke; United win at Liverpool
Arsenal ended Leicester City's brief stay at the top of the Premier League on Sunday despite being held to a 0-0 draw at Stoke City after Manchester United's Wayne Rooney struck late for a 1-0 win at Liverpool.
January 17, 2016
SPOTTED! Katrina, John, Madhavan at Mumbai Marathon
Actress Katrina Kaif wanted to participate in her first-ever Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, on Sunday, but things don't go as planned.
Kenyan Kipketer sets new course record time to win Mumbai Marathon
Kenyan pacesetter Gideon Kipketer won the men's race in an all-East African clean sweep of the podium by setting a new course record in the 13th Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon on Sunday.
India's champion para-swimmer in dire straits
Bharat Kumar, who is a gold medalist in World Games, a silver medalist in the World Championship for India, has been forced to wash cars of others to earn his living
European soccer: Higuain extends Napoli's lead; Villareal drop points
Photographic summary of the football matches played across Spain, Italy and France
January 16, 2016
Russia elects new athletics chief to clean up sport
Russia's new athletics head said his priority was to ensure Russian sportsmen and women compete at the 2016 Olympics as the sport tries to tackle rampant doping. Bolt shocked by IAAF reports, against wiping records
Six-times Olympic champion Usain Bolt said he felt shocked and let down by the scandal-hit IAAF, but the Jamaican sprinter was against resetting athletics world records as the sport attempts to move on from the doping crisis.
January 15, 2016
PBL PHOTOS: Saina sinks; Mumbai crush Awadhe Warriors to enter final
World No 2 Saina Nehwal suffered a crushing defeat in Awadhe Warriors' Trump match as Mumbai Rockets stormed into the finals with an emphatic 3-0 win in the second semifinals of the Premier Badminton League (PBL) at the Gachibowli indoor stadium, in Hyderabad, on Friday.
Rio cancels contract for Olympic tennis centre due to delays
The city of Rio de Janeiro cancelled the construction contract for the Olympic tennis centre on Thursday, just 200 days before the start of the games, fining the consortium responsible for delays and breach of contract for the mostly finished venue.
'Fans don't need to see Bolt win all the time'
'They need to see Bolt compete and struggle and come back from losses,' says Edwin Moses, athletics legend.
January 14, 2016
10 Key points of WADA commission report
Key points from the independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report, released on Wednesday, and from comments made by co-author of the report, Dick Pound at a news conference.
'Former IAAF president behind corruption'
Lamine Diack, the former president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), was responsible for organizing and enabling the conspiracy and corruption that took place in athletics' governing body, an independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Thursday.
Canada Olympics caught in sex harassment scandal
The Canadian Olympic Committee apologised to its employees on Wednesday and unveiled sweeping changes to workplace policies in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal that forced former president Marcel Aubut to resign.
Coe denies Russian doping was covered up
IAAF president Sebastian Coe says there has been no cover up of Russian doping cases despite the latest leaked documents appearing to show that officials of athletics' governing body were discussing how to suppress news of positive tests.
EPL PHOTOS: Fighting Leicester beat Spurs; Arsenal-Reds draw
'Keep Calm And Carry On' could be Claudio Ranieri's motto for the second half of the season after Leicester City earned a 1-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday to put the heat back on Premier League leaders Arsenal.
January 13, 2016
PBL: Delhi on top; Chennai Smashers enter semis
Chennai Smashers qualified for the semifinals after beating Bangalore Top Guns 3-2 in the last league match of the Premier Badminton League 2016 at Sri Kanteerava Indoor Stadium, in Bengaluru, on Wednesday.
Briton, five Germans charged with running doping lab for athletes
A British man and five Germans have been charged with producing significant amounts of doping substances for athletes in an underground laboratory and distributing the drugs across Germany, prosecutors said on Tuesday.
FIFA probe: Guatemala arrests ex-soccer chief Jimenez
Guatemalan police on Tuesday arrested fugitive former national soccer federation president Brayan Jimenez in connection with a corruption probe into the sport's world governing body FIFA.
IAAF under fire as more Russian doping allegations surface
Athletics' governing body came under renewed fire on Tuesday following disclosures that top officials were aware of a potentially serious doping problem among Russian athletes as far back as 2009.
King's Cup: Deportivo stunned by second tier club Mirandes
Second division Mirandes caused an upset by knocking Deportivo La Coruna out of the King's Cup on Tuesday and Sevilla joined them in the quarter-finals after making light work of city rivals Real Betis.
January 12, 2016
Aussie Rules Football rocked by dozens of drug bans
Thirty-four past and present players from Australian Rules team Essendon Bombers, one of the country's richest and most storied football clubs, were issued two-year bans for doping on Tuesday in a ruling that stunned the sports-mad nation.
'Never intended to sell kidney': Indian squash player retracts threat
An Indian squash player has backtracked on a threat to sell his kidney to raise funds ahead of next month's South Asian Games, saying it was a "spur of the moment" decision that he was now regretting.
January 11, 2016
Bouchard heads to Melbourne Park with 'zero expectations'
Former golden girl Eugenie Bouchard is heading into the Australian Open with 'zero expectations' of success after a year plagued by injury and poor form.
Awadhe score 4-1 win over Chennai, Hunters out of hunt in PBL
The Awadhe Warriors virtually assured itself a berth in the semi-finals but it turned out to be a disappointing day for the Hyderabad Hunters in the ongoing Premier Badminton League (PBL) here today.
January 09, 2016
PBL: Awadhe Warriors proves too good for Hyderabad Hunters
India's top shuttler Saina Nehwal was not part of the action but Awadhe Warriors still proved to be good enough for Hyderabad Hunters, as they eked out a 4-3 win in the Premier Badminton League (PBL) in Hyderabad on Saturday night.
January 08, 2016
Rumours are true! Ronda Rousey goes nude for SI Swimsuit issue
Former Ultimate Fighting Champion Ronda Rousey will pose nude in this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue and yes, this confirms all the speculations churned by the rumour mills till date.
PBL: Delhi Acers 'trump' Hyderabad Hunters
Two-time Olympic silver medalist Lee Chong Wei suffered his second successive loss in a crucial Trump match at the Premier Badminton League (PBL) as Delhi Acers notched up a thrilling 4-1 win over Hyderabad Hunters at the Siri Fort Stadium in New Delhi on Thursday.
January 07, 2016
3 top athletics figures get life bans for doping cover-up
The former head of Russian athletics Valentin Balakhnichev, the country's former head coach Aleksey Melnikov, and Papa Massata Diack, the son of the former IAAF President Lamine Diack, have all been banned from the sport for life over corruption charges.
Indian shuttler Siril Verma ranked world No 1 junior
India's Siril Verma climbed a whopping 11 rungs to take the number one spot in the junior men's singles category of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings on Thursday.
Schumacher's son close to signing deal with Ferrari-linked team
Formula One legend Michael Schumacher' son Mick is all set to sign a deal with a Ferrari-linked Italian junior team Prema.
Tournament's 'best shooter' Chandela wins another gold
India's Apurvi Chandela shot her way to a second successive gold medal and emerged as the 'Shooter of the Tournament' in the Swedish Cup Grand Prix in Savsjo, Sweden.
January 06, 2016
'Laila Ali is naturally beautiful while Rousey needs to put the beauty on'
The greatest pound for pound welterweight boxer of all time Floyd Mayweather has delivered the ultimate backhanded compliment to former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey in a rant about racism in the sport, saying her to be 'a good looking woman, when she put it on'.
January 05, 2016
Premier Badminton League: Chennai Smashers register 2nd win
Chennai Smashers put up a clinical display to outplay Delhi Acers 4-3 and register their second consecutive win in an exciting Premier Badminton League (PBL) encounter in Lucknow on Tuesday.
Few Rio-bound Indian athletes to receive financial aid from Govt
With an eye to enhance India's medal hopes in this year's Rio Olympics, the Sports Ministry has sanctioned financial assistance to boxers Vikas Krishan and Sumit Sangwan, female discuss thrower Seema Antil Punia and shooter Chain Singh.
Pacquiao 'to retire' after Bradley fight
Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao said he would end his legendary career after fighting Timothy Bradley in April to concentrate on his political career, dousing hopes for a rematch with Floyd Mayweather.
January 04, 2016
PBL: Cheered on by Akshay, Nimrat, Saina's Warriors trump Delhi Aces
World No.2 Saina Nehwal notched up a comfortable straight-game victory in their Trump match over P C Thulashi in the women's singles event to guide Awadhe Warriors to a convincing victory over Delhi Aces in their Premier Badminton League (PBL) match in Lucknow on Monday.
10 BEST Sports Photos of the Week!
These and many more stunning photographs are encapsulated in this weekly, striking photo feature put together by Rediiff.com.
January 03, 2016
PBL: Hyderabad beat Bengaluru 3-2
India's highest ranked male shutter, Kidambi Srikanth, pulled off an upset victory over former world No 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, but his team Bengaluru Hot Guns went down 2-3 to Hyderabad Hunters in the Premier Badminton League clash in Mumbai on Sunday.
Sandhu condoles death of shooting stalwart and martyr Fateh Singh
Veteran Indian trap shooter, Manavjit Singh Sandhu, has condoled the death of Subedar Major Fateh Singh, a former Commonwealth champion shooter who was martyred while fighting the terrorists at the Pathankot Air Force Station base.
Former Wigin and Ivory Coast defender Gohouri found dead
The body of former Ivory Coast defender Steve Gohouri has been recovered from the River Rhine after he went missing in mid- December, German regional league club TSV Steinbach said on Saturday.
January 02, 2016
PBL: Saina pulls out of opening tie due to foot injury
Disappointing the spectators at the Sardar Patel NSCI Stadium, Saina Nehwal pulled out of the Premier Badminton League (PBL)
January 01, 2016
Trump matches to heighten excitement at PBL tournament
The revamped Premier Badminton League (PBL), commencing here tomorrow with hosts Mumbai Rockets taking on the Saina Nehwal-spearheaded Awadhe
'Stop misleading! We do not get any grant from government'
Terming the government's claim of allocating grants to IOA as 'misleading', the top sports body has asked the Sports Ministry to stop the practice as the money was only meant for meeting the expenses of the athletes during the multi-sporting events.
Tendulkar, Kohli, Serena celebrate the New Year in style...
Rediff.com presents how the sporting stars welcomed 2016 in style with glamorous pictures.
December 31, 2015
Jeje strikes twice as India enter SAFF final
India overcame stubborn resistance to beat a spirited Maldives 3-2 and enter the final of the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championships for a record 10th time after the in-form Jeje Lalpekhlua struck twice in a thrilling semi-final, in Thiruvananthapuram, on Thursday.
Bout against Bradley is Pacquiao's last right?
Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring for a possible swan song next April to take on American Timothy Bradley for a third time, the Filipino's promoter told Reuters on Wednesday.
FLASHBACK: BEST Sports Photos of the Year-Part 3
From a Sri Lanka cricket legend Kumar Sangakkara's final Test innings, Virender Sehwag's felicitation ceremony, FC Barcelona's Luis Suarez celebrating the La Liga title with his family, these and many more scintillating moments are frozen in time in this beautiful photo-feature.
December 30, 2015
'Being runners up in three events this year was not encouraging'
Saina Nehwal feels the year going by is one of the best of her career but rued that a series of injuries affected her chances of winning more titles.
Woods turns 40, in touching distance to record majors
Woods had won five PGA Tour events in 2013 and, though major silverware had eluded him since 2008, there seemed no reason why he could not add to his haul of 14 majors as long as he stayed healthy.
FLASHBACK: BEST Sports Photos of the Year-Part 2
From a bloodied face of Spanish club Atletico's Madrid's Mario Mandzukic, to Australia's ICC World Cup triumph, Sania Mirza's fabulous run and more scintillating moments are frozen in time in this beautiful photo-feature.
FIFA president hopefuls invited by ESPN for TV debate
US sports television network ESPN has invited the five candidates in FIFA's presidential election to participate in a debate on the future of the crisis-hit governing body for world football.
Gay referee to be compensated after being deemed 'unfit' to officiate
Turkish media said that Dincdag had been a football referee in Trabzon for 13 years when his license was revoked in 2009 and has been unable to officiate at any match since.
Former Newcastle 'keeper Srnicek dies aged 47
Former Newcastle United goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek died on Tuesday at the age of 47, nine days after suffering a cardiac arrest in the CzechRepublic.
Fresh trouble for banned Platini
Banned UEFA president Michel Platini could face further investigation from FIFA's Ethics Committee after attending an awards ceremony and conference in Dubai despite being barred from "all football activity".
EPL PHOTOS: Leicester held by City, share top spot with Arsenal
LeicesterCity went level on points with Premier League leaders Arsenal after drawing 0-0 with title rivals ManchesterCity at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday.
Para-athletes denied entry at Pro Wrestling final
Two international para-athletes Pradeep Raj and Suvarna Raj were on Tuesday reportedly denied entry at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium to witness the final match of Pro Wrestling League.
Playing the perfect 'cover' drive
Vanity Fair's August issue, featuring Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as 1976 Olympic gold medal-winning decathlon champion Bruce Jenner, on the cover was the magazine's best-selling issue in years.
December 29, 2015
Russia unlikely to compete in Rio Olympic Games
European Athletics president Svein Arne Hansen does not expect Russia to return to international competition in time for next year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Why sports in India is struggling to make a mark
A Parliamentary Standing Committee praised the government for the wrestling and boxing facilities at the Sports Authority of India's Sonepat Center but pointed out that "excellence needs to be replicated for other sports disciplines".
10 Indian sports stars who left a mark on 2015
What a year Sania Mirza, Leander Paes, Saina Nehwal, Vijender Singh and Anirban Lahiri had!
December 28, 2015
Check out our sportsmen who tied the knot in 2015
Rediff.com brings a list of sportsmen who got hitched this year...
FLASHBACK: BEST Sports Photos of the Year-Part 1
From Novak Djokovic's top performances to Australia's ICC World Cup victory and Sania Mirza's fabulous run, we have these and many more scintillating moments frozen in time and presented to you in this special photo-feature...
Ice melts as Pakistani shooters set to compete in India
Pakistan shooters will compete in the Asian Olympic qualification competition to be held at the Dr Karni Singh Range, in New Delhi, from January 25 to February 3.
Tainted Salvadoran footballer Pacheco shot dead
Alfredo Pacheco, a soccer player who played for the Salvadoran national side before being banned from the sport for life for his involvement in match-fixing, was murdered on Sunday, the Salvadoran attorney general's office said.
December 27, 2015
It's a wrap! Sania-Saina super show dominate 2015
16 promises to be infinitely more exciting for the country's sportspersons.
Asian Championship: Shiva Keshavan bags silver
Seasoned Indian luger Shiva Keshavan on Sunday won a silver medal at the Asian Championship which concluded in Nagano, Japan.
December 24, 2015
1 movie that Tiger Woods can't wait to watch...
Tiger Woods was a 'geek,' used to have 'Star Wars' wallpaper in his room.
Vote: India's Sportsperson of 2015
Leander Paes... Sania Mirza... Pankaj Advani.. Saina Nehwal... Ravichandran Ashwin... Anirban Lahiri... Vijender Singh...
Former SA spinner Boje to participate in Mumbai Marathon
He may have once skipped the cricket tour of India in fear of being questioned for his alleged role in the 2000 match-fixing scandal, but former South African all-rounder Nicky Boje, who was later cleared of all charges, is set to participate in the Mumbai Marathon on January 17.
December 23, 2015
10 BEST Sports Images of the Week!
Get set to be amazed as Rediff.com has all that and more sporting action from the past week encapsulated in this super photo feature.
December 22, 2015
Can't leave our guards down during Premier Badminton League: Sindhu
With the Premier Badminton League all set to kick-start on January 2, India top shuttler PV Sindhu said the new format of 15-point games will make the ties interesting and keep the shuttlers on their toes.
India hockey team face Germany, Holland challenge at 2016 Rio Olympics
Eight-time champions India have been clubbed alongside title holders Germany and World No 2 Netherlands in Pool B at the men's hockey competition at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
December 21, 2015
Messi punched River Plate fan after being spat at?
Madrid-based daily Marca added that the group of supporters were also heckling ex-River player Mascherano, criticising him for "forgetting" his roots
ISL: Zico apologises to fans for not fulfilling FC Goa's dream
Brazilian football legend and FC Goa coach Zico has apologised to football fans of the state for failing to win the Indian Super League title but said that his team gave its all to win the tournament though unsuccessful in the end.
Elano incident unacceptable, says AIFF chief
Expressing serious concern at the unsavoury incident that happened after the Indian Super League final in Goa on Sunday, All India Football Federation president Praful Patel said on Monday he was awaiting the match commissioner's report before cracking the whip on the wrongdoers.
UEFA support for banned Platini
The European football federation (UEFA) said it was "disappointed" in FIFA's decision today to ban Michel Platini for eight years over an ethics violation, expressing support for the Frenchman's right to an appeal, according to AFP.
Champions League: 'Fearless' Arsenal ready for Barca's 'MSN' challenge
Arsenal's defence not afraid of Barcelona trio, says Ozil
PHOTOS: Time to show your skills at Asia's biggest ice skating rink
A successful trial run was held at Asia's biggest natural outdoor skating rink in Shimla, last week paving the way for regular skating sessions.
Virat Kohli and his lady love spotted in Goa!
Virat Kohli was seen with his actress girlfriend Anushka Sharma before the final against Chennaiyin FC in Goa, on Sunday.
2015 Rewind: Sushil-Narsingh tussle, PWL hog spotlight in wrestling
If a keen tussle for a ticket to Rio Games between double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar and rising star Narsingh Yadav grabbed headlines off the mat, the youngsters showed the sport's bench strength in a country that gave the world the much-touted Pro Wrestling League this year.
December 20, 2015
PHOTOS: Mendoza stars as Chennaiyin FC clinch ISL 2 title
Stiven Mendoza was the star of the night as Chennaiyin FC beat FC Goa 3-2 in a dramatic final to clinch the 2nd edition of the Indian Super League at the Fatorda Stadium in Margao on Sunday.
Ancelotti to replace coach Guardiola at Bayern next season
Bayern Munich and coach Pep Guardiola will part ways after three seasons at the end of the current campaign and Italian Champions League-winning coach Carlo Ancelotti will replace the Spaniard, club Chief Executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said on Sunday.
After KO, Vijender's opponent sings a different tune
Sounding out a warning to future opponents after completing a hat-trick of Knockout wins, star Indian boxer Vijender Singh said his rivals should think twice before making tall claims as it gives him immense pleasure to demolish their threats with his punches.
Now, Virat Kohli wants to play tennis!
India's Test cricket captain Virat Kohli seems to be smitten by the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL).
On a roll, Vijender records hat-trick of knockout wins on pro circuit
Star Indian boxer Vijender Singh continued his remarkably dominant run on the professional circuit, notching up a third successive knockout win by thrashing Bulgaria's Samet Hyuseinov in less than two rounds in Manchester on Saturday.
December 19, 2015
EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea thump Sunderland after Mourinho axe; United lose
Leicester go five clear after win at Everton
EPL: Glum Chelsea fans lament Mourinho's exit
Despondent Chelsea fans expressed dismay and anger at the departure of the club's most successful manager Jose Mourinho as they arrived at StamfordBridge on Saturday for the first match since he was fired.
Singapore Slammers to meet Indian Aces in IPTL final
Singapore Slammers beat Indian Aces 27-21 in what turned out to be a dress rehearsal for the final of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL), which the two teams will be vying for $1 million prize money.
Indian-origin footballer signs contract with EPL giants Liverpool FC
Birmingham-born playmaker Dhanda, 17, joined Liverpool FC's academy in July 2013 from West Brom, and has now signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Anfield-based club.
Can experienced Hiddink pull crisis-ridden Chelsea out of their misery?
Chelsea turned again to experienced Dutchman Guus Hiddink to guide them out of a crisis when they named him interim manager on Saturday for the rest of the season following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.
Hiddink gets another chance to revive Chelsea's fortunes
Dutchman Guus Hiddink was named as Premier League champions Chelsea's interim manager for a second time on Saturday following the sacking of Jose Mourinho, the club said in a statement.
What is sacked Mourinho's next plan of action?
Sacked Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will not be taking a sabbatical and remains proud of his two spells in charge at the west London club, a statement released by his sports management representatives said on Saturday.
Messi reveals Maradona was his inspiration for playing football
The duo has constantly been compared in terms of their playing style, in addition to having represented Spanish giant club Barcelona and captained Argentina.
Prices shoot up! Tokyo Olympics facing six-fold cost blowout
The Tokyo Olympics 2020 will cost the host organising committee six times more than their original estimate, and come in at around 1.8 trillion yen ($14.85 billion), public broadcaster NHK said on its website on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter.
'To win the election, I needed about 1.5 million euros'
Former international athletics federation (IAAF) president Lamine Diack has told French police that he asked a Russian athletics boss for 1.5 million euros to finance political opposition in his native Senegal in 2011, the French daily Le Monde reported on Friday.
December 18, 2015
Athletics trio yet to decide between track and road events for Olympics
Still undecided about the events they will be competing in at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Indian athletics trio of OP Jaisha, Lalita Babar and Sudha Singh will take a final call after the Mumbai Marathon slated for January 17.
Kidney stone forces Messi to skip training
Lionel Messi has passed a kidney stone which ruled him out of their Club World Cup semi-final and Barcelona will now decide whether he will be fit for the final, the Spanish sports daily AS said on Friday.
IPTL: Easy day out for Japan; Federer leads Royals to victory
Japan Warriors did not have to break much sweat in getting past Philippine Marvericks 29-15 but it was a tough day out for UAE Royals, who edged out hosts Singapore Slammers 27-23 in their IPTL match, riding on Roger Federer's win in the deciding men's singles, in Singapore on Friday.
National coach accuses Railways of pressurising Rio-bound athletes
'They insist to compete in national cross country just a week ahead of the much important Mumbai Marathon where top runners will compete. Imagine, if your boss tells you each week, several times a day 'I stop your salary, I stop your salary', how you would feel...'
Terry, Fabregas salute outgoing Mourinho
However, cracks in the relationship surfaced this season as the team's form slumped, with the first signs appearing as early as August when Mourinho hauled Terry off at halftime during a 3-0 defeat to ManchesterCity.
Will Vijender deal third straight knock-out?
Vijender Singh would be eyeing a third successive knockout victory but the task seems easier said than done against an experienced and aggressive Samet Hyuseinov when the two square off in the star Indian boxer's maiden six-round professional contest in Manchester on Saturday.
Rio Olympic: 1st allegation of corruption crops up
In the first allegation of corruption linked to next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Epoca magazine reported that construction company Carioca Engenharia allegedly bribed the speaker of the lower house of Congress in order to secure funds for a massive port area regeneration project.
December 17, 2015
Saina Nehwal's life on celluloid!
'Taare Zameen Par' director Amole Gupte will be making a biopic on the world's leading badminton player Saina Nehwal, the shooting for which will begin next year.
Latest badminton rankings: Saina No 2; Srikanth drops a place
Saina Nehwal remained static at second position while Kidambi Srikanth dropped a place to be at ninth spot in the world badminton rankings released on Thursday.
PHOTOS: Football's most prolific goal-scorer bows out
Abby Wambach, the most prolific goals-corer of all time in international football, bowed out of the game in defeat on Wednesday when the United States women's team lost 1-0 to China, ending an unbeaten run of 104 matches on home soil.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
The Premier League's leading goalscorers will be on show at when surprise leaders Leicester City bid to move further ahead at the top with victory against Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.
December 16, 2015
Bolt to warm up for Rio Olympics at London Anniversary Games
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has announced that he will return to the London Anniversary Games next year in a bid to warm up for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Shakhtar's Fred gets one-year ban for failing dope test
Brazil midfielder Fred, no relation to the veteran striker of the same name who used to play for the same country, has been suspended from South American football for a year for failing a drugs test.
Fabregas blames player attitude for Chelsea slump
'If you are a big player, and paid like a big player, you must play like a big player and behave like a big player'
New study predicts leader of medals tally at Rio Olympics
China is on track to return to the top of the medals table at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics next year ahead of the United States and Russia, according to a benchmark study released by the Australian Olympic Committee on Wednesday.
Two football officials plead not guilty in FIFA bribe case
Two football bosses including a former president of Honduras pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to US charges they took bribes in exchange for media and marketing contracts in a scandal that has rocked the business of global football.
Italian Cup: Third tier Alessandria shock Genoa, Inter win
Alessandria became the first third tier club to reach the Italian Cup quarter-finals in more than 30 years as their giant-killing run continued with a 2-1 extra-time victory at Serie A strugglers Genoa on Tuesday.
Alonso goal sends Bayern into German Cup last eight
A lacklustre Bayern Munich needed a long-range goal from Spaniard Xabi Alonso to secure a 1-0 victory over Darmstadt 98 on Tuesday that put them into the quarter-finals of the German Cup.
December 15, 2015
McIlroy named European Tour player of the year again
Rory McIlroy has been voted the European Tour's player of the year for the third time in four seasons despite missing key tournaments through injury.
10 BEST Sports Photos of the Week!
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December 14, 2015
FIFA scam: Former Honduran president travels to US to face charges
Rafael Callejas, the former president of Honduras, on Monday flew to the United States where he has been indicted for alleged links to a multimillion-dollar bribery scheme at the world soccer governing body FIFA.
IPTL: Indian Aces down Japan Warriors for seventh win
Indian Aces continued their dominance in IPTL 2 with a 25-18 win over Japan Warriors on the opening day of tournament's Dubai leg on Monday.
Manchester United to face unknown Midtjylland in Europa League
Triple European champions Manchester United and their under-fire coach Louis van Gaal face a tricky task against little-known Midtjylland in the last 32 of the Europa League following Monday's draw.
The reason why Atletico Madrid are 'getting under people's skin'
If Atletico Madrid's 2013 King's Cup triumph was a shock and their 2013-14 La Liga title a surprise, few would raise an eyebrow if Diego Simeone's ruthlessly efficient side were to win another major trophy.
Champions League draw: 'Everybody wanted to avoid Barca and Bayern'
Holders Barcelona will play Premier League leaders Arsenal in the last 16 of the Champions League, 10 years after the sides faced each other in the final, following Monday's draw for the first knockout stage.
Complete list of Sports Illustrated's 'Sportsperson of the Year' winners
Following is a list of winners of the Sportsperson of the Year award by Sports Illustrated magazine.
Friends again! Squash stars Dipika, Joshna clear differences
India's leading squash players Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa, who couldn't see eye to eye after an acrimonious quarterfinal in the Incheon Asian Games, have buried the hatchet to be friends again ahead of a busy upcoming season.
Vijender laughs off rival Hyuseinov's threat
Samet Hyuseinov has promised to send Vijender Singh back to India 'beaten and broken' come December 19 but the Indian boxing star merely breaks into laughter at the very mention of the threat, saying he would respond in kind inside the ring.
EPL: Have inconsistent Newcastle turned the corner with Spurs win?
Manager Steve McClaren called for more of the same after Newcastle United beat Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday to put some daylight between themselves and the relegation zone, but stopped short of describing the win as a turning point in their season.
Champions League knock-outs: Holders Barca to face Arsenal
Last year's finalists Juventus will face-off against Bundesliga champs Bayern.
December 13, 2015
EPL: Can Leicester march to Premier League title?
Mourinho, however, feared that the second-placed Leicester could lose their top scorer Jamie Vardy to one of the big clubs, the Daily Express reported.
PHOTOS: Giroud scores 50th EPL goal as Arsenal go back to top
Arsenal enjoyed an easy 2-0 victory at Aston Villa on Sunday to soar to the summit of the Premier League and leave their hapless opponents rooted at rock bottom.
London Chess Classic: Anand in 9th spot after draw with Caruana
Former world champion Viswanathan Anand ended his three-game winless streak and drew with Fabiano Caruana of United States in the eight and penultimate round of the London Chess Classic in London on Sunday.
Defending champions Spain start Euro 2016 campaign against Czechs
World champions Germany are to meet Ukraine, Poland and Northern Ireland in Group C.
December 12, 2015
ISL: Chennaiyin thrash Atletico in first leg semi-final
A clinical performance from Chennaiyin FC saw them thrash defending champions Atletico de Kolkata 3-0 in the first leg semi-final of the Indian Super League, in Pune on Saturday.
EPL: Norwich fight back to pull off home draw against Everton
Norwich City fought back to draw 1-1 with Everton after Romelu Lukaku scored on Saturday for the sixth successive Premier League match to give the visitors an early lead.
IPTL: Nadal beats Federer in marquee final set to help Indian Aces win
Indian Acres' Rafael Nadal beat UAE Royals' Roger Federer to win the last set 6-5 through a shoot-out to help the Indian team win the Delhi leg of the Indian Premier Tennis League in New Delhi on Saturday.
When Rafa met Deepika!
World No 5 Rafael Nadal was left impressed when he met Bollywood star Deepika Paudukone in New Delhi on Saturday.
London Chess Classic: Anand loses to leader Vachier-Lagrave
Anand went down to Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France in what was his second straight loss following a defeat against Alexander Grischuk in the previous round.
Gowda qualifies for Rio Olympics after revision of entry standards
Ace Indian discus thrower Vikas Gowda has qualified for the Rio Olympics after the world athletics governing body, the IAAF lowered the entry standards "to have more athletes" taking part in the track and field events in the 2016 Games.
December 11, 2015
Real Madrid's bid to overturn King's Cup expulsion denied
Real Madrid's bid to get their expulsion from the King's Cup temporarily suspended pending a final decision on their appeal has been rejected by the Spanish government's Disciplinary Committee for Sports (TAD).
Federer shows his choice of ride for India trip
On Friday, the Swiss legend posted a picture of his 'vehicle of choice' for the journey, on his Twitter page.
ISL semi-final: Delhi Dynamos beat FC Goa in first leg
Delhi Dynamos beat FC Goa 1-0 to win the first leg of the Indian Super League semi-final in New Delhi on Friday.
BWF World Superseries Finals: Inconsistent Saina ousted by Tai
India's Saina Nehwal lost to Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu Ying 21-16, 18-21, 21-14 and was knocked out of the BWF World Superseries Final in Dubai on Friday.
CAS order makes it bitter-sweet day for UEFA chief Platini
CAS orders FIFA not to extend his 90-day provisional suspension but will not be allowed to attend the Euro 2016 draw
Felt a bit nervous in comeback bout: Sarita
Sarita (60kg), who was banned for a year due to her emotional outburst at the Asian Games medal ceremony after losing a controversial semi-final bout, returned to the country from the Chinese city of Qian'an on Friday.
December 10, 2015
Saina scripts sensational win against world champion Marin
Saina Nehwal scripted a remarkable victory over reigning World Champion Carolina Marin to turn around her campaign at the BWF Super Series Finals even as Srikanth faced exit after suffering his second straight loss in the men's singles in Dubai.
BWF Super Series Finals: Srikanth on brink of exit
Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth was pushed to the brink of exit after he suffered his second consecuitve loss in the BWF Super Series Finals, losing in straight games to Denmark's Viktor Axelsen in the men's singles in Dubai.
December 09, 2015
BWF Super Series Finals: Saina, Srikanth lose openers in Dubai
Ace Indian shuttlers, Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth, had a disappointing start to their campaign at the BWF Super Series Finals as they suffered straight-game defeats on the opening day of the prestigious event in Dubai.
Anand back in business after crushing Topalov
Five-time World Champion Viswanathan Anand bounced back from his fourth round loss and beat his former world championship challenger Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria on Wednesday in the fifth round of London Chess Classic, the concluding edition of the Grand Chess Tour.
'I believe a woman's best place is in the kitchen'
Tyson Fury has been provoking fury well beyond the ring with his pronouncements on homosexuality, women, fellow athletes and a range of other topics.
Rohit Sharma to be co-owner of Pro Wrestling League team UP Warriors
Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma was on Wednesday named as the co-owner of the Pro Wrestling League team UP Warriors.
Why World heavyweight champion Fury is stripped of IBF title...
World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has been stripped of his IBF title, one of three he won by beating Wladimir Klitschko, after agreeing to a contracted rematch with the Ukrainian instead of fighting the IBF's mandatory challenger.
How Dipa Karmakar is an inspiration to other gymnasts
Dipa Karmakar, a recent recipient of the Arjuna award, is the first Indian to make enter the final of the World Championships and finished fifth in the rankings.
Ronda Rousey is feeling 'f****** sad'
Former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey can't get over the fight she lost from Holly Holm.
December 08, 2015
Marin pips Saina for 'Female Player of the Year' award
All-England and World champion Carolina Marin beat Indian ace Saina Nehwal to win the 'Female Player of the Year' award in Dubai on Monday night. Besides, Saina, Marin, who won five World Superseries titles, held off competition from China's Zhao Yunlei and Bao Yixin.
'Apart from Saina and Sindhu there's no depth in women's singles'
While praising the depth in the Indian men's ranks and expecting it to last for the next 10 years, badminton legend Prakash Padukone lamented that the women's side did not possess the same depth in class after world no. 2 Saina Nehwal and no. 12 P V Sindhu.
Pistorius gets bail on murder conviction
South Africa's Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius has been released on bail after judges changed his manslaughter conviction to murder last week.
Depleted Arsenal face Olympiakos in Champions League 'showdown'
Arsenal will put one of the best Champions League records on the line when they face Olympiakos Piraeus in a showdown for second spot in Group F on Wednesday.
United's Schweinsteiger charged by FA
Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association (FA) after clashing with West Ham United's Winston Reid.
'Classy Klopp will make difference at Liverpool'
Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson said he was worried about the impact manager Juergen Klopp was having at his old team's great rivals Liverpool.
EPL PHOTOS: Lukaku's late goal saves Everton the blushes against Palace
Everton striker Romelu Lukaku struck a late equaliser to salvage a 1-1 draw against a solid CrystalPalace side in an absorbing Premier League match at Goodison Park on Monday.
December 07, 2015
Wushu player alleges sexual harassment by coach
Two persons including a coach were booked on the charge of sexual harassment following a complaint lodged by an 18-year old Wushu player in Rohtak, police said on Monday.
Saina, Lee top buys at Premier Badminton League auctions
Top stars Saina Nehwal and Lee Chong Wei were the costliest buys, fetching the maximum prize of 100,000$, while Indian shuttlers P V Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth were bought for a whopping 95,000$ and 80,000$ respectively at the rechristened Premier Badminton League
Vijender Singh's sternest test in pro boxing
High on confidence after two knock-out wins, star Indian boxer Vijender Singh will face his most experienced opponent so far when he squares off against Bulgarian Samet Hyuseinov in his third professional bout at the Manchester Arena on December 19.
Champions League: Van Gaal realistic about United's chances
Since winning 2-1 at home to Wolfsburg in September, United have scored only twice in three Champions League games. In the Premier League the record is five goals in the last six games.
10 BEST Sports Photos of the Week!
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Italy's World Cup winner Toni to retire at season's end
Luca Toni, who was part of Italy's World Cup winning side in 2006, has confirmed he will hang up his boots at the end of the Serie A season.
Not afraid of missing Euro, France needs me: Benzema
France international striker Karim Benzema, who is embroiled in a blackmailing scandal, is not afraid of possibly missing the Euro 2016 finals on home soil, the Real Madrid player said on Sunday.
Australia edge Belgium to win Hockey World League Final title
The Australian Men's Hockey team defeated Belgium 2-1, to lift the title of Hockey World League Final at Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Stadium, Raipur on Sunday.
Bundesliga: Werder rescue point at Stuttgart in relegation battle
Werder Bremen snatched a 1-1 draw at VfB Stuttgart thanks to Anthony Ujah's second-half equaliser in a relegation derby of former German champions on Sunday to stay one point above the relegation zone.
La Liga: Bakambu helps Villarreal rally to win over Rayo
Stuttering Villarreal closed to within a point of the Champions League qualification places when a second-half Cedric Bakambu double secured a 2-1 comeback win at home to Rayo Vallecano in La Liga on Sunday.
EPL PHOTOS: Lowly Newcastle stun resurgent Liverpool
Juergen Klopp's side remain seventh, six points behind the Champions League places, after only their second defeat in the 12 games since the German took over in October
December 06, 2015
Dipika to donate Rs 2 lakh to Chennai flood relief fund
India's top squash player and Chennai resident Dipika Pallikal today pledged a contribution of Rs 2 lakh to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's Public Relief Fund in the wake of the devastating floods that have hit the city and the state.
Mayweather shows off his Christmas gift, a pet tiger from INDIA!!!
It seems like boxing champion Floyd Mayweather just got a Christmas gift that best suits his personality.
Indonesian Masters: Srikanth slips at final hurdle
Indian ace Kidambi Srikanth's gallant fight ended with a narrow three-game loss against home favourite Tommy Sugiarto in the men's singles finals of the $ 120,000 Indonesian Masters Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament, in Malang, on Sunday.
Sexist remark from a champ: Woman's best place is in kitchen
Newly crowned heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has attracted fresh controversy after making a string of sexist remarks, including some directing at Olympic and world heptathlete champion Jessica Ennis-Hill.
Find out why this national level shooter is selling noodles!
In a country like India, which boasts of some of the richest sportspersons in the world, there is a female champion who has been neglected to such levels that she now sells noodles on the roadside in order to earn her daily livelihood.
Mary Kom settles for bronze in Olympic test event
Five-time world champion M C Mary Kom settled for a bronze medal at the International Boxing Association's (AIBA) Olympic Test event in Rio de Janeiro after going down in the semifinals.
December 05, 2015
French TV show claims Real Madrid star Ronaldo is gay
Several media houses have sensationalised Cristiano Ronaldo's 'bromance' with Moroccan kickboxer Badr Hari.
Bundesliga: Bayern go down to Gladbach in season's first league loss
In-form Borussia Moenchengladbach struck three times in 14 minutes in the second half to floor champions Bayern Munich 3-1 on Saturday and inflict their first Bundesliga defeat of the season.
FIFA probe: Former Peru soccer chief claims innocence after arrest
The former longtime president of Peru's soccer federation, Manuel Burga, has been arrested as part of an ongoing US-led investigation into corruption at the sport's world governing body, FIFA.
ISL: Chennaiyin edge Pune City to seal semi-final spot
Chennaiyin FC rode on Jeje Lalpekhlua's 64th minute strike to beat Pune City FC by a solitary goal and book a semi-final spot in the Indian Super League football tournament in Pune on Saturday.
EPL PHOTOS: Shaqiri shines as Stoke sink ragged City
Xherdan Shaqiri inspired StokeCity to a convincing 2-0 victory over Premier League leaders ManchesterCity in blustery conditions at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.
Arrested FIFA officials banned from football for 90 days
FIFA executive committee members Juan Angel Napout and Alfredo Hawit have been suspended from football for 90 days after their arrest in Switzerland, the ethics committee of the football's governing body said on Friday.
Kidambi Srikanth storms into final of Indonesian Masters
Top seed Kidambi Srikanth reached his fourth final of the year with a comprehensive victory over local hope Ginting Anthony in the Indonesian Masters Grand Prix Gold badminton event. The World No.9 defeated his 39th-ranked opponent 21-13, 21-19 in the semifinals.
December 04, 2015
Indonesia Masters GP: Srikanth sails into semis, Sindhu sinks
Top seed K Srikanth advanced to the semi-finals in the men's singles but P V Sindhu suffered heartbreak as she bowed out of the women's singles, at the US $120,000 Indonesia Masters Grand Prix Gold tournament, in Malang, on Friday.
Mary Kom enters semifinals of Rio Olympics Test event
Competing for the first time in over a year, Olympic bronze-medallist M C Mary Kom (51kg) assured herself and India of at least a bronze medal by advancing to the semifinals of the International Boxing Association's (AIBA) Olympic Test event in Rio de Janeiro on Friday.
Pietersen's dramatic response over Pistorius's murder verdict
Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen expressed his delight after Paralympics runner Oscar Pistorius's culpable homicide conviction, for killing his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013, was upgraded to murder.
Saina to donate Rs 2 lakh to Chennai flood victims
Star shuttler Saina Nehwal will donate Rs 2 lakh for the people affected by the heavy rains and flood in Tamil Nadu.
World No 2 Saina in contention for BWF Woman Player of the Year
Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal has been nominated for the Woman Player of the Year Award of the Badminton World Federation after a consistent season which saw her occupy the world number one spot for a brief period.
FIFA approves reform package, shelves World Cup expansion
FIFA's executive committee approved a package of planned reforms on Thursday aimed at cleaning up soccer's scandal-plagued world governing body, proposing integrity checks and term limits for senior officials and a new separation of policy and management positions.
Cheryshev fiasco: Real Madrid say they have done no wrong
'Real Madrid did not know about it as we were not told by the player, Villarreal or the federation'
King's Cup: Villarreal lose at Huesca on bad night for top flight teams
Following a bright start to the season it was another disappointing display by Villarreal, who have one win from seven games in La Liga, before the return at El Madrigal in two weeks.
December 03, 2015
UAE Royals thrash Japan Warriors to secure second successive win
UAE Royals notched up their second consecutive win with a comprehensive victory over home team Japan Warriors on the second day of the International Premier League Tennis on Thursday.
IPTL: Kyrgios takes Slammers past Mavericks
Mavericks won the men's doubles and men's legends singles rubber, but the Slammers clinched the women's singles, mixed doubles and men's singles to come out trumps.
Baku to make Formula One debut in 2016
16 F1 calendar to feature record 21-race campaign
Pistorius trial: Steenkamp's father 'relieved' after new appeal verdict
The father of slain model Reeva Steenkamp said on Thursday he felt a sense of 'relief' after South Africa's appeal court found that Oscar Pistorius was guilty of murdering Reeva, overturning the original lesser conviction of culpable homicide.
Saina, Sindhu static; Srikanth slips, Jayaram improves
Despite clinching the Macau Open title for the third time, India's ace shuttler P V Sindhu remained static at 12th position in the latest BWF world ranking released on Thursday.
IPTL: Amitabh signs up as Singapore Slammers co-owner
Superstar Amitabh Bachchan has followed in the footsteps of his Bollywood counterparts and invested in a sports team.
Did Sania ask for money, private jet to be chief guest?
A day after Sania Mirza was accused of not attending Madhya Pradesh awards ceremony owing to her unacceptable demands, the agency which looks after the tennis star issued a statement saying that she didn't ask for any money to attend the event.
Neville faces Champions League challenge first up as Valencia manager
Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has said his old skipper Gary Neville has the leadership skills to be a success as manager of Spanish side Valencia.
All you need to know about 'Blade Runner' Pistorius
A timeline of the life and trial of 'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius.
Indonesia Masters: Sindhu, Srikanth, Guru advance to Round 3
Top seeds P V Sindhu and K Srikanth notched up contrasting victories to advance to the third round of the $120,000 Indonesia Masters Grand Prix Gold tournament, in Malang, on Thursday.
Vimal Kumar 'pivotal' to Saina's resurgence
Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal feels that year 2015 is one of the best of her career but rued that a series of injuries affected her chances of winning more titles.
'Blade Runner' Pistorius guilty of Steenkamp murder
South Africa's Oscar Pistorius has been convicted of murder by South Africa's Supreme Court, overturning the manslaughter conviction against the multiple Paralympic champion.
BAN these 26 athletes!!!
Italian anti-doping authorities have called for two-year bans on 26 athletes, including Olympic bronze medallist Fabrizio Donato and European champion long jumper Andrew Howe, for allegedly failing to provide doping samples.
December 02, 2015
'Golf in India will EXPLODE if Anirban wins in Rio'
Lauding India's presence in the world of golf, Tiger Woods today said that Anirban Lahiri can make the game 'explode' in the Indian market by winning a medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Can this Tiger roar back to glory?
A downbeat Tiger Woods painted a bleak picture about his golfing future on Tuesday when he said he was not sure when he would be able to return to playing the game.
December 01, 2015
Pistorius's appeal decision due on Thursday
South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal said on Tuesday it will announce on December 3 if it will overturn Oscar Pistorius's conviction of manslaughter for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, a decision that could send the track star back to jail.
Axing of scandal-ridden Benzema backed by France PM
Karim Benzema, who is under investigation for alleged blackmailing, should not be called up to the France squad, French Prime minister Manuel Valls said on Tuesday.
Improving Liverpool can have a shot at one of titles: Milner
Liverpool have hit form at the right time ahead of a season-defining month with a first trophy possible under new manager Juergen Klopp, midfielder James Milner has said.
Real Madrid willing to sell Ronaldo back to United?
Rumours and speculations abound that Cristiano Ronaldo will be heading to Old Trafford soon.
Here is what Murray thinks about the future of British tennis
Andy Murray, who put Britain on top of the tennis world with victory in the Davis Cup at the weekend, says he has given up talking to the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) about the future of the game back home as it is a waste of time.
Higuain takes refined Napoli top of Serie A table
Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain scored twice to put them top of Serie A with an extraordinary 2-1 win over Inter Milan who twice hit the woodwork in stoppage time after playing the entire second half with 10 men on Monday.
November 30, 2015
Sania Mirza holidays in Goa with actress Parineeti Chopra
The tennis champ is now out on a mini-vacation with the Bollywood actress. Both Sania and Pareeniti shared pictures of them partying in Goa.
I still love Tiger Woods, says Lindsey Vonn
US skiing's golden girl, Lindsey Vonn opened up about her relationship with former World No 1 golfer Tiger Woods.
Sindhu on a high after Macau hat-trick
A foot injury early in the year derailed her plans but ace Indian shuttler P V Sindhu is happy to make a successful comeback with a good performance at the Denmark Super Series Premier and a third successive Macau Grand Prix Gold title.
PHOTOS: New Zealand bids farewell to Lomu
Six simple words eloquently summed up the impact Jonah Lomu had on rugby union when New Zealand paid its final respects to the former All Blacks winger on Monday.
It's the end of an era...
Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant, arguably the best player of his generation, announced on Sunday he will retire after the 2015-16 National Basketball Association season.
What do Beckham, Ronaldo, Messi, Nadal have in common?
Beckham, Ronaldo, Messi, Nadal, Rooney, paid moving tribute to Paris victims.
November 29, 2015
La Liga: Bale, Ronaldo score in Real's win over Eibar
A Gareth Bale header and a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty gave Real Madrid a much-needed 2-0 victory over Eibar in La Liga on Sunday, following their hammering by leaders Barcelona last weekend, and put them six points off the top of the standings.
ISL: Goa plunder Kerala Blasters to reach semis
Reinaldo da Cruz Oliveira struck a hat-trick as FC Goa secured their place in the semi-final of the Indian Super League (ISL) with a record 5-1 win over Kerala Blasters, in Kochi on Sunday.
Murray beats Goffin to seal Davis Cup title for Britain
Andy Murray beat Belgium's David Goffin 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 to seal Britain's first Davis Cup triumph for 79 years on Sunday in the Flanders Expo in Ghent.
No regrets on exposing Russia doping: whistleblowers
Yulia Stepanova, an international runner who was herself suspended for doping offences, and her husband Vitaly, a former Russian anti-doping agency official, secretly recorded Russian coaches and athletes over almost two years describing how they used performance-enhancing drugs.
Russian athletes to participate in events in Turkey, claims news agency
Russian athletes will participate in tournaments organised in Turkey, with maximum security ensured, RIA news agency cited sports minister Vitaly Mutko as saying on Sunday.
Sarita Devi on comeback trail after serving ban
On a comeback trail after serving her one-year ban, Asian Games bronze-medallist L Sarita Devi will be seen in competitive action from December 1 as part of a 13-strong Indian team of 10 men and 3 women for the training-cum-competition event in the Chinese city of Qian'an.
Australian Open: Local Jones holds off Spieth, Scott to win
Matt Jones held off World No 1 Jordan Spieth and a charging Adam Scott on his home course to win the 100th edition of the Australian Open by a stroke after a dramatic final round on Sunday.
Sindhu clinches Macau Open title again
Ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu proved once again how Macau Open Grand Prix is her favourite hunting ground.
Meet the new World Champ...Fury
Underdog Tyson Fury caused a huge boxing upset on Saturday, stunning Wladimir Klitschko with a points victory to snatch the champion's four titles and become the first Briton to hold a world heavyweight crown since 2011.
November 28, 2015
Kenya bans seven more athletes for doping
Kenya, facing scrutiny from world anti-doping officials and criticism that it is not doing enough to tackle the problem, has banned seven more athletes for doping offences, raising the total number of Kenyan drug cases in the last three years to 40.
Ukraine handed stadium ban for racism
Ukraine was ordered to play a game behind closed doors as part of a UEFA punishment for racist behavior at last month's European Championship qualifier against Spain.
Brazil's Andrade Gutierrez to admit World Cup bribes: Folha paper
One of Brazil's largest builders, Andrade Gutierrez, will confess to paying bribes for 2014 FIFA World Cup contracts and business with state-run companies Petrobras and Eletrobras, a newspaper report said on Friday.
Shuttler Sindhu battles into Macau Open final
The double bronze medallist at claimed a 21-8, 15-21, 21-16 over second seed Yamaguchi in a thrilling semi-final contest
Cleared Radcliffe feels damaged by doping claims
IAAF defends action against Radcliffe
November 27, 2015
Leander is my favourite mixed doubles partner: Navratilova
Tennis legend Martina Navratilova, on Friday, described multiple Grand Slam winner Leander Paes as her 'favourite' mixed doubles partner.
Hockey World League: Lacklustre India lose 0-3 to Argentina in opener
India dished out a lackluster performance to go down 0-3 to Argentina in the opening match of the Hockey World League (HWL) Final in front of a packed Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium in Raipur on Friday.
ISL: Hume 'tricks' again as ATK rout Pune 4-1 to storm into semis
Iain Hume struck his second hat-trick of the season as defending champions Atletico de Kolkata today became the first team to seal a semifinal berth following their 4-1 rout of FC Pune City in the Indian Super League football tournament at the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata on Friday.
Davis Cup final: Goffin fights back to give Belgium lead vs Britain
David Goffin recovered from a two-set deficit for the first time in his career to give Belgium a 1-0 lead in the Davis Cup final against Britain when he beat debutant Kyle Edmund 3-6, 1-6, 6-2, 6-1, 6-0 in Ghent on Friday.
Saina, Srikanth seal spot at Dubai World Superseries Finals
Top Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth have sealed their spots at the prestigious BWF World Superseries Finals for the second successive time.
Macau Open: Sindhu marches into semi-final
Two-time defending champion P V Sindhu remained on course for retaining her title as she reached the semi-finals with a hard-fought three-game win over China's Chen Yufei at the $120,000 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold tournament in Macau on Friday.
World Athletics boss puts his money where his mouth is
The global head of athletics, Sebastian Coe, has promised to do all he can to clean up the battered reputation of his sport and the organisation that runs it and has already made changes in the way the IAAF operates in Monaco.
Usain Bolt beaten, at last!
'I did not beat Usain and Christian... They are some of the most talented and beautiful performers of all time.'
Europa League PHOTOS: Spurs, Liverpool and Bilbao through, Dnipro out
The value of an in-form striker was underlined as Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Athletic Bilbao needed goals from pivotal front men to grab vital wins that booked places in the Europa League last 32 on Thursday.
Will Neymar eclipse Messi and Ronaldo by next year?
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are the two best players in the world right now but Neymar will eclipse them both next year, former Brazil striker Ronaldo told Reuters.
November 26, 2015
Russia 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, 2015
Macau 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, 2015
Jayaram, 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, 2015
Happy 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.
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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, 2015
McIlroy 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, 2015
Advani 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, 2015
Pankaj 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, 2015
Saina 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.
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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, 2015
Swimming 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, 2015
How 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, 2015
Russia 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, 2015
Brazil 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, 2015
ISL: 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, 2015
FIFA 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, 2015
China 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, 2015
ISL: 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, 2015
I-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, 2015
Fantastic 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, 2015
When 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, 2015
Asian 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, 2015
Asian 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, 2015
Former 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, 2015
ISL: 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, 2015
Dutchman 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, 2015
Federer 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, 2015
EPL 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, 2015
WTA 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, 2015
WTA 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, 2015
Archery 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, 2015
ISL: 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, 2015
ISL: 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, 2015
EPL: 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, 2015
Schweinsteiger 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, 2015
French 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, 2015
Indian 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, 2015
German 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, 2015
ISL: 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, 2015
Sindhu 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, 2015
Pele 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, 2015
Out-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, 2015
ISL: 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, 2015
Indian 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, 2015
In 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, 2015
ISL: 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, 2015
Lip 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, 2015
Djokovic 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, 2015
Lahiri 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, 2015
ISL: 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, 2015
Indian 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, 2015
Don'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, 2015
Liverpool 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, 2015
Aguero 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
Wuhan
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, 2015
Muguruza 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, 2015
Mascherano 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, 2015
Gurpreet, 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, 2015
Asian 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, 2015
Raonic 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, 2015
FIFA 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, 2015
Beckham 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, 2015
Teary-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, 2015
US 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, 2015
Singer 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, 2015
10 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, 2015
Teenager 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, 2015
La 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, 2015
One 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, 2015
Soccer 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, 2015
First 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, 2015
Barcelona 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, 2015
Hingis, 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.
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Five-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.