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September 18, 2014
Fabregas scores but Schalke stop Chelsea juggernaut in its tracks
Schalke 04 halted the Chelsea juggernaut when they drew 1-1 in their Champions League Group G opener at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, handing a wake-up call to the London club who had won their first four games of the season.
Princess Dairies: Sirivannavari's heart set on Asiad gold
The Thailand team for the 17th Asian Games includes a real-life princess with a down-to-earth approach to life and a heart set on winning gold.
September 17, 2014
Gurusaidutt confident of avenging Thomas Cup loss to Korea
Commonwealth Games bronze medallist R M V Gurusaidutt is desperate to avenge India's Thomas Cup loss to Korea when they open their campaign against the hosts in badminton team event in the upcoming Asian Games in Incheon, Korea.
Rosberg, Hamilton set for Singapore street fight
Mercedes team mates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton renew their sometimes hostile rivalry on the floodlit streets of Singapore this weekend at a circuit where mistakes or collisions normally result in race retirement.
Asian Games: Indian gymnast, coach booked for 'harassing' woman player
An international-level gymnast and a gymnastics coach, who are part of the Indian delegation that departed for the Incheon Asian Games on Tuesday, have been booked for allegedly passing obscene comments and making vulgar gestures at a woman player, police said on Wednesday.
Sports Shorts: Davis Cup to remain annual event
The Davis Cup will remain an annual tournament despite persistent complaints from some players that it over-burdens an already-crowded schedule, the head of the sport's governing body said on Tuesday.
Boxer Manoj to finally get Arjuna award after winning legal battle
Forced to take the legal route after being denied the honour initially, Indian boxer Manoj Kumar will be bestowed the Arjuna Award as the Sports Ministry has finally accepted his nomination.
Reeva Steenkamp's parents want to speak face to face with Pistorius
Paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius' late girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp's parents said in an interview after the verdict of their daughter's murder case that they would only come to terms with their tragic loss after talking to Pistorius face to face.
Tevez scores his first Champions League goal in over 5 Years!
Carlos Tevez ended his Champions League goal drought with both goals to give Juventus a 2-0 win over stubborn debutants Malmo in Group A on Tuesday.
Real Madrid become first club to score 1000 European goals
Holders Real Madrid chased away some of their early-season blues when Gareth Bale scored the pick of the goals in a 5-1 rout of FC Basel in their Champions League Group B opener on Tuesday.
Champions League: Bayern's injury woes continue as Ribery out vs City
Bayern Munich will be without experienced Franck Ribery when they meet Manchester City in their Champions League Group E opener on Wednesday with fellow winger Arjen Robben also doubtful, coach Pep Guardiola said.
Hope my old bow brings luck, says Deepika
Deepika Kumari seeks to bury London ghosts with Asian Games medal.
September 16, 2014
Relief for Indian boxers as AIBA recognise new federation
The governing body of amateur boxing (AIBA) has given recognition to a newly-elected national federation in India, paving the way for fighters to compete under their national flag at the Asian Games which starts this week.
Woods' strength back after 'busting butt in gym pretty hard'
Golfing great Tiger Woods has said that his strength has returned from 'busting his butt' in the gym pretty hard and the former World No 1 is on schedule to resume competition in December.
FIA sets new rules: No coded messages for Formula One drivers!
Formula One's governing body has banned teams from sending drivers coded messages under a controversial clampdown on the use of radio communications from this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix.
CL Preview: Lethal partnership of Messi-Neymar clicking
One of the most disappointing aspects of Barcelona's failure to win major silverware last season was the lack of on-field chemistry between Lionel Messi and Neymar.
Hottest Sporting Buzz: Serena flaunts curvaceous figure with Eva
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Sports Shorts: Champagne to fight Blatter for FIFA president post
Former FIFA official Jerome Champagne formally announced on Monday that he will stand against incumbent Sepp Blatter in next year's election for president of the world soccer body.
Champions League: Schalke wary of Chelsea despite Costa injury
The good news for Schalke 04's defenders as they prepare to face Chelsea in their opening Champions League Group G match on Wednesday is that striker Diego Costa is nursing a slight hamstring injury.
Champions League: Arsenal defence weakened by injury before Dortmund clash
Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger will be without right back Mathieu Debuchy for a "longer period" of time and is struggling with defensive options for their Champions League group opener against Dortmund.
India's wrestlers in pursuit of gold at Asian Games
There is a quiet air of confidence at the wrestling camp being held at Sonepat to prepare India's brightest wrestling prospects for the Asian Games in Incheon.
September 15, 2014
Maheshwary, Om Prakash doubtful for Asian Games
Triple jumper Renjith Maheshwary and shot putter Om Prakash Karhana were on Monday rendered doubtful for the upcoming Asian Games though the Athletics Federation of India is yet to take a final call on the matter.
AIBA grants provisional recognition to Boxing India
Indian boxing finally came out of an administrative exile after the International body AIBA gave provisional recognition to the newly-elected Boxing India, clearing the decks for the the country's pugilists' hassle-free participation in the upcoming Asian Games.
Champions League: Can Madrid conceal midfield troubles against Basel?
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is counting on his wealth of experience to help fix the holders' midfield woes as they prepare to host FC Basel in Tuesday's Champions League Group B opener at the Bernabeu.
ISL: Former France striker Anelka joins Mumbai City FC
The 35-year-old, who has played for a host of English Premier League clubs including Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool, will join compatriots David Trezeguet and Robert Pires in the league, that will run from October 12 to December 20.
Sporting Buzz: Fans enjoy a chocolate 'break' with Wozniacki, Ivanovic
Tennis stars Caroline Wozniacki and Ana Ivanovic were in for a tasty surprise on their arrival in Tokyo before the commencement of the Japan Open.
Davis Cup play-off: Yuki loses deciding singles, Serbia win 3-2
Filip Krajinovic beat Yuki Bhambri 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to give Serbia a 3-2 win in their deciding singles tie of the Davis Cup in Bangalore on Monday.
Ferdinand hits out at former United manager Moyes in autobiography
Rio Ferdinand has come down heavily on heavily on former Manchester United manager David Moyes saying 'his innovative training ns led to negativity and confusions'.
EPL player of the weekend: Costa takes honours as he equals record!
With Manchester City drawing 2-2 at Arsenal and Liverpool suffering a shock 1-0 home defeat by Aston Villa, Jose Mourinho's Chelsea were the big winners in the fourth round of Premier League games.
Sports Shorts: India drawn with Germany in Champions Trophy hockey
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand started his campaign at the Bilbao Final Masters with a crushing win over former FIDE world champion Ruslan Ponomariov of Ukraine in Bilbao, Spain.
Serie A: Milan win 5-4 thriller as Inter hit seven past Sassuolo
AC Milan clung on to beat Parma 5-4 away in Serie A on Sunday despite an dreadful defensive display which included Mattia De Sciglio scoring an extraordinary own goal from near the halfway line late in the match.
United 'legend-in-making' Falcao gets roaring reception at Old Trafford
They cheered him to the Old Trafford rafters just for warming up on the touchline, then roared their approval when he finally made it onto the pitch as a Manchester United player in the 67th minute of Sunday's 4-0 win over Queens Park Rangers.
Davis Cup: Cilic leads Croatia to playoff win, Spain out of World Group
Marin Cilic completed a dream week by steering Croatia into the Davis Cup World Group on Sunday but Spain found themselves out in the wilderness after crashing to defeat in Brazil.
Somdev records heroic win but India hopes hanging by thread
Somdev Devvarman fought like a true warrior to lock the tie with his stunning victory in the fourth rubber while Yuki Bhambri was locked in an engrossing battle in the decider, halted by rain mid-way, as India's hopes were still hanging by thread in the David Cup World Group play-off tie against Serbia in Bangalore.
September 14, 2014
Lift off at last for Van Gaal as Manchester United thrash QPR
The Louis van Gaal era finally got lift off as Manchester United demolished Queens Park Rangers 4-0 on Sunday for their first win since the Dutchman took charge at Old Trafford.
Federer fires Switzerland into Davis Cup final against France
Roared on by a capacity crowd in the Palexpo Arena, Federer dismantled the world number 17 Fognini 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 (4) in just under two hours.
We did well waiting for the 'right man' Diego Costa: Mourinho
Diego Costa left the Stamford Bridge pitch to exultant cheers after a hat-trick against Swansea City on Saturday highlighted a breathless start to a Chelsea career for a team that has been designed around him.
'Arsenal scored both goals with fouls and it cost us our victory'
Manuel Pellegrini berated referee Mark Clattenburg and said his performance cost Manchester City victory after a breathless 2-2 draw against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
'I really want to win an Asian Games medal for India'
A high-intensity training for last three weeks has boosted his confidence and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Parupalli Kashyap says he is looking to maintain the rhythm as he sets out to achieve his dream of winning an Asian Games medal in Incheon.
Prannoy wins Indonesian Masters
Young Indian shuttler H S Prannoy clinched the maiden title of his career after winning the $1,25,000 Indonesian Masters Grand Prix Gold, following his straight-game victory over local favourite Firman Abdul Kholik in the finals in Palembang on Sunday.
September 13, 2014
Davis Cup: Paes-Bopanna magic keeps India alive
Leander Paes yet again turned the clock back in company of Rohan Bopanna as the Indian duo recorded a dramatic come-from-behind 1-6, 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-3, 8-6 win over Serbian pair of Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac to keep home team's chances alive in the Davis Cup World Group play-off tie in Bangalore on Saturday
Dipika finally decides to play at Asian Games
India's highest-ranked squash player Dipika Pallikal has decided to put the controversy over the dubious Asian Games draw behind and confirmed her participation for the upcoming Incheon edition, saying "she has always put country first and it is no different this time".
Prannoy enters second successive final at Indonesian Masters
Young Indian shuttler H S Prannoy entered his second successive final after beating Malaysia's Daren Liew in the men's singles event at the $1,25,000 Indonesian Masters Grand Prix Gold.
Sania decides to play in Asian Games
In a significant development, Sania Mirza has agreed to play in the upcoming Asian Games, two days after All India Tennis Association announced that they would allow top players to miss the Incheon event, keeping in mind their requirements on the professional circuit.
September 12, 2014
Unforced errors cost me, says Yuki
Yuki Bhambri, who failed to rise to the occasion and suffered a straight-set bashing at the hands of Dusan Lajovic in the opening singles, today said unforced errors and failure to push the opponent hard had done in him in the Davis Cup World Group Playoff tie in Bangalore.
Davis Cup: Serbia take day one honours, take 2-0 lead vs India
Even a second-string Serbia proved a mighty opponent as Yuki Bhambri and Somdev Devvarman suffered crushing singles defeats to leave India trailing 0-2 on the opening day of the Davis Cup World Group play-off tie in Bangalore.
Sania meets PM following US Open victory
Indian tennis star Sania Mirza
Balotelli recovers in time as Liverpool face gruelling schedule
Mario Balotelli will be available for Liverpool's home Premier League match against Aston Villa on Saturday after recovering from illness, manager Brendan Rodgers said.
Mary Kom promises to 'give her best' at Asian Games
Talking extensively to Rediff.com's before flying out for the Asian Games, Mary gets candid about the life-changing Bollywood biopic Mary Kom, missing out on the Commonweath Games berth, her fight with the Sports Authority of India and what drives her to be the best inside the squared rope.
Wozniacki opens up about McIlroy break-up
Caroline Wozniacki has revealed what really happened during her unexpected breakup with fiancé, golfer Rory McIlroy.
Pistorius to be sentenced for culpable homicide on Oct. 13
Oscar Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide on Friday, having escaped the more serious charge of murder for the killing of his girlfriend, and the Olympic and Paralympic track star could face a lengthy prison sentence.
Pistorius due back in court for culpable homicide ruling
Oscar Pistorius returns to court on Friday after being cleared of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, but the South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter could still be convicted of culpable homicide for the "negligent" shooting of the model.
Sports Shorts: 'Run against Blatter or shut up'
Opponents of FIFA President Sepp Blatter should run against him instead of merely criticising his decision to go for another term at the helm of world soccer's governing body, Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said on Friday.
'Acche din' for Indian boxing?
Faced with the herculean task of reviving the sagging fortunes of Indian boxing, newly-elected Boxing India President Sandeep Jajodia said the sport had been left 'orphaned' in the last couple of years and he would bring it back on track with clean administration.
First Look! 'Angel' Sania Mirza campaigns for PETA
Sania Mirza has posed as an angel alongside images of dogs and cats. The poster reads: "Be an Angel for Animals: Adopt, Never Buy" during a photo shoot for a new PETA India campaign.
Asian Games: Ministry set to make U-turn, include managers
Faced with severe criticism from various quarters on the composition of Indian contingent for the Asian Games, the government is set to make a U-turn and name managers in 23 disciplines out of 28 the country will compete in the multi-sporting event.
September 11, 2014
F1 wants teams to get the message on radio use
Formula One has banned from next week's Singapore Grand Prix all radio communications that help improve the performance of the car or driver in a move that could add another twist to the title battle between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.
Angry Pallikal considering pulling out of Asian Games
Upset with the 'manipulative' singles draw, India's top squash player Dipika Pallikal is "seriously considering" pulling out of the upcoming Asian Games in Incheon.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
Arsenal and Manchester City meet at The Emirates on Saturday when both teams will seek to roar into life after making spluttering starts to their Premier League campaigns.
Narang finishes sixth as Indians struggle at Worlds
Gagan Narang missed out on an Olympic quota by just one place as he finished sixth in the final of the men's 50-metre rifle prone while Prakash Nanjappa and Jitu Rai narrowly missed out on the final of the 10-metre air pistol at the 51st Shooting World Championships in Granada.
Pistorius cleared of murder, culpable homicide verdict to come
Oscar Pistorius was cleared on Thursday of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp but the Olympic and Paralympic track star faces a troubled night after the South African judge adjourned for the day before ruling on a charge of culpable homicide.
Davis Cup: Yuki Bhambri to start India's campaign
Yuki Bhambri will open India's Davis Cup campaign against Serbia, drawn against visiting side's No 2 player Dusan Lajovic for the first singles match of the World Group playoff tie, beginning in Bangalore on Friday.
Pistorius trial: 'Allegations of police contamination of evidence insignificant'
South African Judge Thokozile Masipa said while reading her verdict in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius on Thursday that defence claims that police contaminated evidence and removed items from the crime scene "paled into insignificance".
F1 Pitlane Tales: Ferrari starts new era without Montezemolo
Luca di Montezemolo's resignation as Ferrari chairman on Wednesday severs an historic link with the company's late founder Enzo and marks the end of an era for Formula One's most successful and glamorous team.
Sports Shorts: France stun Spain in basketball World Cup
Huge upsets lit up the basketball World Cup on Wednesday as France beat hosts Spain 65-52 while Serbia thumped Brazil 84-56 to set up an intriguing semi-final clash.
Asiad: S Korea takes down all national flags over protest fears
Asian Games organisers (IAGOC) confirmed on Thursday they had taken down the flags of participating countries near one of the venues outside host city Incheon amid concerns that North Korean flags could be damaged by conservative groups or protesters.
Asian Games contingent sans managers a 'foolish' move?
The government stuck to its decision not to name any manager for 23 out of the 28 disciplines in which India are taking part in the upcoming Asian Games even though the Indian Olympic Association and National Sports Federations slammed the move.
Judgement day for 'blade runner' Oscar Pistorius
After 41 days of tears, anguish and at times gruesome testimony in the Pretoria High Court, Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee who became one of the biggest names in athletics, will learn this week whether he will spend the next 25 years behind bars.
September 10, 2014
Manavjit fails as Indian shooters disappoint on Day 2 at Worlds
India's shooters failed to impress on the third day of competitions in the 51st Shooting World Championship as trap ace Manavjit Singh Sandhu missed out on a final berth by a whisker while Rahi Sarnabot and Anisa Sayyed disappointed in women's 25 metres pistol, in Granada.
Paes, Sania skip Asian Games to revive rankings
India will field a second-string tennis contingent in this month's Asian Games after allowing frontline players, including Leander Paes and Sania Mirza, to play on the professional tours instead to revive their rankings.
EPL: Chelsea's new signings give Hazard creative freedom
Eden Hazard expects to enjoy playing with greater freedom and less pressure on his shoulders this season as Premier League leaders Chelsea demonstrate their strength in depth by challenging for four trophies, including the Champions League.
Saina won't train with Gopichand at Asiad, asks BAI to include Vimal
Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal, who has been training under Vimal Kumar for the last one week, wants the former chief coach to travel to Incheon, Korea with her for the upcoming Asian Games.
Is Serena Williams better than Steffi Graf?
Italian tennis ace Francesca Schiavone has said that she regards Serena Williams better than Steffi Graf after she drew within four Grand Slam titles of the former German great's Open-era record.
Drunk Maradona at it again, gets involved in bar brawl in Croatia
Argentine football legend Diego Maradona has allegedly been filmed fighting in the streets of Dubrovnik, Croatia outside a local nightclub to make his behaviour come under the spotlight once again.
F1 Pitlane Tales: Australian GP posts record financial loss
The 2014 Australian Grand Prix posted a record A$59.97 million ($55 million) loss amid soaring costs and declining revenue, government officials said on Wednesday.
Blow for India: Jwala Gutta pulls out of Asian Games
Ace Indian women's doubles player Jwala Gutta has pulled out of the prestigious Asian Games after sustaining a sprain in the right knee ahead of the multi-sport event in Incheon, Korea.
After winning Slam, a smashing New York Fashion Week debut for Serena!
Serena Williams was once again on the stage but this time it was her own fashion show during New York Fashion Week.
Munir's rise continues as part of new-look Spain
Barcelona striker Munir El Haddadi continued his dramatic rise in the game as part of a new-look Spain that have set their sights on Euro 2016 following a surprise early exit at this year's World Cup.
Sports Shorts: EPL club QPR face Football League ban
Queens Park Rangers could be consigned to English soccer's minor leagues if they are relegated from the top flight and fail to pay a potentially huge fine for breaching the Football League's financial fair play rules.
Football friendly: Willian strike gives Brazil victory over Ecuador
Brazil beat Ecuador 1-0 in an international friendly in New Jersey on Tuesday with a first half goal from Willian enough to give coach Dunga his second successive victory.
Euro qualifiers: Czechs stun Dutch; Italy tame Norway
The Czech Republic snatched a last-gasp 2-1 win over the Netherlands thanks to Vaclav Pilar's added time goal after a dreadful mistake by Daryl Janmaat in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier on Tuesday.
Paes, grand old man of Indian tennis ready to shoulder responsibility
India's ace tennis player Leander Paes said that he was yet again ready to take the responsibility of playing a crucial role in the Davis Cup World playoff tie against Serbia which begins on Friday.
September 09, 2014
Jitu Rai wins silver at Worlds, qualifiers for Rio Olympics
Jitu Rai became the first Indian shooter to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics after bagging a quota place with an impressive silver medal-finish at the 51st Shooting World Championships, in Granada.
Wait over, Indian footballers cleared for Asian Games
India will not take part in baseball, bowling, fencing, karate, modern pentathlon, rugby, softball, soft tennis and triathlon because of the athletes' poor standards.
Gun-toting Zen master Bindra seeks first Asian Games gold
Known for his Zen-like poise and preparation bordering on self-flagellation, the Olympic gold medallist shooter has mastered the art of defying expectations from a nation of 1.2 billion that has rarely tasted success in Olympic sport.
12-toed heptathlete Swapna dreams big despite shoe struggle
Pursuing a largely unrewarding Olympic sport in a cricket-obsessed country requires adjustments but heptathlete Swapna Barman has taken it to a new level -- squeezing six toes in each shoe designed for five.
Celebrities hit the US Open courts
The US Open is the biggest tournament in America's tennis calendar. Enough reason for the big personalities from Hollywood, former tennis champions and other celebrities to catch their favourite tennis stars in action.
Brand Nishikori set to soar despite US Open defeat
Already ranked ninth in Forbes' list of top tennis earners, Japan's Kei Nishikori is due for a bigger share of the off-court largesse despite losing Monday's final at the US Open, US marketing experts say.
So just who is Marin Cilic?
Marin Cilic became the first Croatian to win a Grand Slam singles final in 13 years with his victory at the US Open in New York on Monday.
Is Marin Cilic a one Slam wonder or the next big thing?
Marin Cilic hit all the right notes in a dominant 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 win over Kei Nishikori in the US Open final on Monday but it remains to be seen if the big Croatian is another one Slam wonder or perennial threat.
How Nishikori took Japan from tragedy to tennis elite
For over three-quarters of a century men's tennis in Japan has played out like a kabuki tragedy, filled with decades of barren results, embarrassments and even a suicide.
'Djokovic's presence would have been good for tennis in India'
It would have been great for Indian tennis had Novak Djokovic decided to turn up in this week's Davis Cup tie in Bangalore, country's leading singles star Somdev Devvarman said.
US Open: Japanese Nishikori's storybook run ends
Japanese trailblazer Kei Nishikori had a thrilling run at the US Open, but could not summon a finishing kick as he hit the wall against big-hitting Marin Cilic in Monday's final at Flushing Meadows.
Hottest Sporting Buzz: Sexy WAG Irina Shayk strips
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September 08, 2014
Bindra draws blank in tough opening day for Indian shooters
Ace marksman Abhinav Bindra belied expectations after failing to qualify for the finals of men's 10 air rifle event in the 51st ISSF World Championships, his hopes of earning an Olympic quota in this tournament going up in smoke.
Djokovic out of Serbia's Davis Cup tie against India
World No 1 Novak Djokovic will miss Serbia's Davis Cup World Group playoff tie against India in Bangalore next weekend, the Balkan nation's coach Bogdan Obradovic said on Monday.
Incheon ready to showcase cream of Asian sports
An array of Olympians and stars of sports niche and new arrive in the South Korean city of Incheon for the 17th Asian Games this month, bringing together some 10,000 athletes for a 16-day multi-sport spectacular second only in scale to the Summer Olympics.
'Success of Pro Kabaddi league is beyond imagination'
Bollywood Actor and owner of the Jaipur Pink Panthers, Abhishek Bachchan said that the inaugural addition of the Pro Kabaddi league has made a huge impact in the world of sports.
F1 Pitlane Tales: Ferrari lick wounds after bad day at home
Ferrari felt the pain on Sunday after emerging with just two points from a hard day in front of their home fans at the Italian Grand Prix.
Martina Navratilova proposes to longtime girlfriend at US Open
Martina Navratilova recently proposed to her longtime girlfriend Julia Lemigova at U.S. Open tennis championship.
US Open: Slow start cost Caroline Wozniacki a chance at glory
Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki said nerves and a slow start cost her any chance of beating Serena Williams in the US Open final on Sunday.
Euro qualifier: Mueller double helps Germany edge past Scotland
Germany's Thomas Mueller struck twice as the nervy world champions kicked off their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with a 2-1 victory over Scotland on Sunday.
Platini threatens Ribery with suspension for international retirement
France winger Franck Ribery's decision to retire from international football after missing the World Cup could lead to a suspension from club football, UEFA president Michel Platini said on Sunday.
Deliberate? I just made a mistake, says Rosberg
Formula One leader Nico Rosberg felt sore enough at losing Sunday's Italian Grand Prix without then having to face conspiracy theories suggesting he had done it deliberately.
I did not think I was going to win a Slam this year: Serena
World No 1 Serena Williams swept past good friend Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3 in the US Open final on Sunday to move up in the record books with her 18th grand slam title.
Williams beats Wozniacki for 18th Grand Slam title
Top ranked Serena Williams won her third consecutive U.S. Open women's championship when she defeated Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3 on Sunday.
Bryan brothers win fifth US Open for historic 100th doubles title
American twins Bob and Mike Bryan became the first doubles pair to win 100 titles together after they beat Spain's Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 6-3, 6-4 in the U.S. Open final on Sunday.
September 07, 2014
Prannoy loses in Vietnam Open final
Top seed Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka of Indonesia ended the impressive run of Indian shuttler HS Prannoy in the Vietnam Open Grand Prix final in Ho Chi Minh City.
'Leander confirmed for Davis Cup tie against Serbia'
Veteran star Leander Paes is set to combine with Rohan Bopanna for the doubles rubber during the Davis Cup tie against Serbia, Indian captain Anand Amritraj confirmed today but he says nothing has been decided on the Asian Games squad as yet.
After making a splash in the pool champ Poncha dreams of golfing success
After beating adversity to become a champion swimmer, Rehan Poncha now wants to make it big in golf and he hopes to play amateur qualifiers from next year before turning professional.
India's top shooters target Olympic spots at World Championships
They may have been hitting the bulls eyes often in recent years but Indian shooters will still have their task cut out when they take to the range for the 51st World Championships starting in Granada, Spain on Monday, eyeing as many Olympic quotas as possible.
Formula One: Williams confirm Bottas and Massa for 2015
Finland's Valtteri Bottas and Brazilian Felipe Massa will stay at Williams in 2015 after the resurgent Formula One team announced on Sunday what had to be one of their easiest decisions of the season.
Tireless Nishikori raises Asian flag with fight to final
A pioneering Kei Nishikori blazed a new trail for Japanese tennis with a shock win over World No 1 Novak Djokovic at the U.S. Open on Saturday, becoming the first man from Asia to book a place in a Grand Slam final.
Serena and Wozniacki's paths to the U.S. Open final
Paths to the final in the women's singles at the U.S. Open (prefix denotes seedings)
FIFA finance watchdog member arrested on corruption charges
FIFA faces more embarrassment after a member of its financial watchdog was arrested on suspicion of corruption and money-laundering in the Cayman Islands.
Hingis loses US Open doubles final on Grand Slam return
Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina beat Martin Hingis and Italy's Flavia Pennetta 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 to capture the U.S. Open doubles title on Saturday, denying the Swiss a return to the Flushing Meadows winner circle for the first time in 16 years.
Bouchard, Peng withdraw from Hong Kong tennis
Hong Kong's first WTA tennis tournament in more than 20 years suffered a major blow on Sunday with main drawcard Eugenie Bouchard withdrawing on medical advice after suffering from the heat at the U.S. Open.
Williams, Wozniacki put friendship aside for US Open final faceoff
For Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki, there is a time for friendship and a time for business, and business does not get much more serious than a Grand Slam final.
Sania leaves it to AITA to take call on Asiad participation
Caught in a dilemma over competing in the Asian Games or the WTA tournaments which clash with the event, Sania Mirza on Sunday, decided to let the All India Tennis Association take a call on her participation in the continental extravaganza in Incheon, Korea.
Don't know if I'm going to India for Davis Cup, says Djokovic after loss
World No 1 Novak Djokovic had no explanation for his flat performance in a stunning semi-final loss to Japan's Kei Nishikori at the U.S. Open on Saturday.
When Cilic aced Federer and handed him a 'tennis lesson'
Marin Cilic handed Roger Federer "a tennis lesson" in the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on Saturday, his coach Goran Ivanisevic said.
Cilic, Nishikori to clash in US Open final after upset victories
Marin Cilic completed a sensational set of semi-final shockers by upsetting 17-times Grand Slam winner Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday to reach the final of the US Open. Croatian 14th seed Cilic's opponent in Monday's final will be 10th seed Kei Nishikori of Japan, who sent world number one Novak Djokovic out of Flushing Meadows with a stunning 6-4, 1-6, 7-6(4), 6-3 victory.
Nishikori upsets Djokovic to reach US Open final
Marathon man Kei Nishikori secured a monumental upset by sweating out a 6-4, 1-6, 7-6(4), 6-3 win over world number one Novak Djokovic at the U.S. Open on Saturday to become the first Japanese man to reach a Grand Slam final.
September 06, 2014
India's Prannoy one win away from maiden title at Vietnam
India's HS Prannoy continued his dream run and reached the men's singles final to be just one step away from clinching his maiden title in the $50,000 Vietnam Open Grand Prix at Ho Chi Minh City.
IAAF Diamond League: Morale boosting 4th place finish for Gowda
Ace Indian discus thrower Vikas Gowda got a morale booster ahead of the upcoming Asian Games as he finished overall fourth in the prestigious IAAF Diamond League Series to pocket $ 3,000 prize money.
Triumphant Sania dedicates US Open title to Telangana, India
Left teary-eyed after her Indianness was put into question just weeks back, tennis star Sania Mirza dedicated her US Open title to the country and the new state of Telangana, where her appointment as brand ambassador triggered a political furore.
US Open: Djokovic, Federer aim for title showdown
Seven years after their first Grand Slam final meeting, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer stand on the verge of a third showdown at the highest level.
Neymar stunner gives Brazil win over Colombia
A superb 83rd minute free-kick from captain Neymar gave Brazil a winning start under new coach Dunga as they beat Colombia 1-0 in a fiercely contested friendly on Friday.
Are you ready for a 'Grand' get-together at US Open?
Serena Williams and friend Caroline Wozniacki arranged a get-together in the US Open women's final, winning their Friday semi-finals in contrasting fashion on a stifling hot, humid day at Flushing Meadows.
Sania wonders why Bruno did not play with her all these years
Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza conquered US Open too with new partner Bruno Soares of Brazil in New York.
Serena and friend Wozniacki enter US Open final
Top-seeded world number one Williams overpowered Russian left-hander Ekaterina Makarova 6-1 ,6-3, unleashing her daunting firepower against the 17th-seeded Russian. Wozniacki advanced when China's Peng Shuai broke down in scary distress due to heat illness and retired in the second set, while trailing 7-6(1), 4-3.
September 05, 2014
AITA supports Somdev's pull-out of Asian Games
Changing its stance towards Somdev Devvarman's pulling out of the Asian Games squad, the AITA said it supports the step taken by the top singles player of the country.
Hamilton suffers electrical gremlins at Monza
Electrical gremlins held up Lewis Hamilton in Italian Grand Prix practice on Friday after the Mercedes driver had lapped more than half a second quicker than anyone else in the morning session.
What makes Luis Suarez feel like a footballer?
Luis Suarez is starting to "feel like a footballer" once again after being allowed to train with new club Barcelona following his appeal against a FIFA ban for biting an opponent at the World Cup.
Standoff over India's Asian Games delegation rumbles on
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) has recommended slashing the country's proposed Asian Games delegation by a third and sending only medal hopefuls to South Korea's Incheon later this month.
'Djokovic's particpation tilts the balance in Serbia's favour'
India's Davis Cup coach Zeeshan Ali feels that although world No 1 Novak Djokovic's participation will tilt the balance in Serbia's favour in the
US Open: Sania-Black lose in women's doubles semi-finals
India's Sania Mirza and her partner Cara Black of Zimbabwe could not make it to the US Open women's doubles finals after going down in straight sets to Swiss-Italian pair of Martina Hingis and Flavia Pennetta at the Flushing Meadows.
US Open: Federer comes back from two sets down to reach semis
Roger Federer battled back from two sets down and double match point to defeat 20th seed Gael Monfils 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 to reach the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on Thursday.
Ibrahimovic breaks 82-year record, scores 50th goal for Sweden
Captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck twice in a 2-0 friendly win over Estonia on Thursday to become Sweden's all-time leading scorer with 50 goals.
Substitute Loic Remy on target as France beat Spain
New Chelsea signing Loic Remy grabbed the only goal as France squeezed past 2010 world champions Spain 1-0 in a friendly at the Stade de France.
Sporting Buzz: Tom Brady 'throws fits' for wife's attention
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Resurgent Cilic powers into US Open semi-finals
A resurgent Marin Cilic blasted his way by sixth seed Tomas Berdych 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (4) on Thursday to become the first Croatian to reach the U.S. Open semi-finals since his coach Goran Ivanisevic in 1996.
September 04, 2014
Asiad: India could face penalties if it withdraws from certain events
In an embarrassment to India, the country has been warned of heavy penalty by the Olympic Council of Asia if it withdraws from sending teams in a few disciplines in the upcoming Asian Games, a development which led to the IOA slamming some government officials for "ruining sport".
Rankings: Worlds bronze puts Sindhu back in top 10
Following her bronze-medal finish at the recently-concluded World badminton Championships, India's top shuttler P V Sindhu has re-entered the top-10 in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings, released on Thursday.
Now, doubts over Bopanna's Asian Games participation
India's tennis campaign at the Asian Games appears to be falling apart even before the start of the inter-continental event, as a cloud of doubt now hangs over Rohan Bopanna's participation since the top doubles player is keen to salvage his 2014 pro season by playing on the ATP Tour instead of competing in Incheon.
With medals as goal, SAI to prune Asiad athletes' delegation?
A large number of Indian athletes are in the dark about their participation at the Asian Games as the country's sports officials debate sending only medal hopefuls to Incheon.
Analysis: Shrewd, big bucks signings make EPL a winner
For Manchester United, the answer to a slump in form or a crisis of confidence comes in 50 pound notes. Millions of them.
Chang congratulated me but said it's not done yet: Nishikori
Kei Nishikori was warned by tough taskmaster coach Michael Chang not to be satisfied, after having become the first Japanese man for almost a century to reach the US Open semi-finals, and to target the title.
Sania Mirza reaches final of US Open mixed doubles with Soares
Sania Mirza is in line to win her third Grand Slam title and first with new partner Bruno Soares as the top seeded pair struggled past Yung-Jan Chan and Ross Hutchins to reach the mixed doubles summit clash.
US Open: Djokovic wears down Murray to reach last four
World number one Novak Djokovic wore down his old foe Andy Murray in a typically grueling encounter under the lights at Flushing Meadows to reach the semi-finals of the U.S. Open.
Brave new England fail to excite, Wembley less than half full
For the first time in the seven-year history of the new Wembley, the arena was less than half full for an England international as 40,181 underwhelmed fans witnessed a familiar old diet of mostly turgid, uninspiring fare from Roy Hodgson's World Cup failures, enlivened mainly by the sparky contribution of Raheem Sterling.
Angel Di Maria dazzles as Argentina crush world champions Germany
A brilliant performance from Angel Di Maria spurred Argentina to a crushing 4-2 friendly win over world champions Germany on Wednesday in an entertaining rematch of July's World Cup final.
US Open: Makarova sails through, Nishikori blazes trail for Japan
Serena Williams and Ekaterina Makarova sprinted into the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on Wednesday but marathon man Kei Nishikori had to go the distance to upset Stan Wawrinka and become the first Japanese man into the last four of a grand slam in 81 years.
September 03, 2014
Mumbai City, Atletico de Kolkata to kick-off ISL on October 12
Arsenal legend Freddie Ljungberg and Spanish World Cupper Luis Garcia will be the centre of attention when Mumbai City FC kick off the inaugural Indian Super League football tournament on October 12 at Atletico de Kolkata, in a tournament that will feature 61 games spread across 70 days.
Somdev clarifies, says makes no sense playing Asiad at this phase
Somdev Devvarman stoutly defended his decision to skip the Asian Games, saying "it did not make any sense" playing in Incheon for three weeks at a time when he is striving to return to the top-100.
F1 pitlane tales: 'Passionate' Alonso hopes to extend Ferrari stay
Fernando Alonso hopes to extend his Ferrari contract beyond the end of 2016 and reckons he could have 10 more years of racing in Formula One.
Arsenal's Welbeck out to prove his doubters wrong
New Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck is determined to prove that he is worth the 16 million pound ($26.36 million) the Premier League club spent on the transfer deadline day to sign him from Manchester United.
Footballer Chopra ready to give up British passport to play for India
Former Newcastle United striker Michael Chopra is ready to surrender his British passport to represent the country of his origin, India, and realise his dream of playing senior-level international soccer.
Somdev's Asiad snub 'not correct', says AITA
India's top singles player Somdev Devvarman's decision to concentrate on the ATP tour at the expense of the upcoming Asian Games has come under sharp criticism from the All India Tennis Federation.
Why tennis players are rushing to the psychologists...
Psychologists have become a more established presence on the tennis tour, with top players like Andy Murray and Petra Kvitova espousing the benefits.
Indians at US Open: Sania Mirza in women's doubles semis
Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her Zimbabwean partner Cara Black hardly broke a sweat as they entered the US Open women's doubles semifinals after their rivals retired midway through the quarterfinal match in New York.
US Open: Wozniacki wallops Errani to reach semi-finals
Caroline Wozniacki used her aggressive groundstroke game to near perfection on Tuesday and pummeled Italy's Sara Errani 6-0, 6-1 to reach the semi-finals of the US Open.
US Open: Federer shines again; dominant Berdych reaches semis
Second seed Roger Federer powered to a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 win over Roberto Bautista on Tuesday, charging into the quarter-finals of the US Open for the 10th time in 11 years.
US Open: China's Peng routs Swiss teen to reach semis
A long measure of Grand Slam patience paid off for Peng Shuai of China, who reached the semi-finals of the US Open on Tuesday by routing Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic 6-2, 6-1 in the Flushing Meadows heat.
September 02, 2014
Gopichand mum over split with Saina
National badminton coach Pullela Gopichand remained tightlipped about his split with Saina Nehwal, saying he doesn't want to talk about the issue as the Asian Games is just round the corner.
Tasty icing, cherry on top but will United cake crumble?
Manchester United emerged from the transfer window with a rich icing and the brightest of cherries to decorate their cake but the suspicion remains that the team's base may crumble under pressure.
My records are not meant to be broken, declares Bolt in Bangalore
Laughing off questions on potential challengers, Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt turned on the charm offensive on his maiden trip to India, throwing humility out of the window to declare that his records are pretty much out of reach.
Saina dumps Gopichand, to train under Vimal Kumar for Asian Games
India's top shuttler Saina Nehwal has split with National coach Pullela Gopichand and sought the help of former chief coach Vimal Kumar to prepare for the prestigious Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.
Indians at US Open: Sania in mixed doubles semis; Paes out
Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza stormed into the mixed doubles semifinals besides reaching the doubles quarterfinals, but compatriot Leander Paes exited the US Open with unexpected defeats in both his events.
Spotted! Heidi Klum plants a passionate kiss on boyfriend
Supermodel Heidi Klum doesn't shy away from showing her emotions. The 40-year-old model was at her sporting best at the US Open tennis tournament in New York on Monday.
US Open: Azarenka slays qualifier Krunic to reach quarters
Twice Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka overcame an inspired challenge from qualifier Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 on Monday to advance to the quarter-finals of the US Open.
Manchester United top deadline-day big spenders
Manchester United dominated Europe's transfer activity as the transfer deadline window slammed shut on Monday, manager Louis van Gaal taking his summer spending spree to more than 150 million pounds.
7 women who caused shock and awe at US Open!
The women's draw at the US Open has been in news for the upsets it created. Almost everyday one or some days even two of the top seeds feel to unknown players.
'Hungry' Liverpool raise no red flags following Suarez departure
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes his team are back to their sizzling form of last season after a superb victory over Tottenham defied those who predicted a gloomy outlook in the post-Luis Suarez era.
US Open: Murray sets up Djokovic showdown, Serena advances
The tension mounted and temperatures soared at the U.S. Open as top seed Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray set up a sensational quarter-final, and Serena Williams made a 2014 grand slam breakthrough.
September 01, 2014
Former Premier League player charged in match-fixing probe
Former Premier League striker Delroy Facey has been charged with conspiracy to commit bribery, officers investigating match-fixing said on Monday.
Hull sign Palermo's Abel Hernandez for record fee
Hull City completed the signing of Uruguay striker Abel Hernandez from Italian Serie A club Palermo for a club record fee of 9.5 million pounds ($15.8 million) on Monday.
Will Falcao signing help defenceless Manchester United?
With most Manchester United fans praying for much-needed defensive reinforcements, manager Louis van Gaal made a surprise deadline-day swoop for flamboyant Colombian striker Radamel Falcao on Monday.
Real Madrid sign Hernandez on loan from United
Real Madrid have moved to broaden their options in attack by agreeing to sign Mexico striker Javier Hernandez on loan from Manchester United for the 2014-15 season.
Monaco's Falcao set for Manchester United loan move
Monaco striker Radamel Falcao will join Manchester United on a season long loan, a source close to the deal told Reuters on Monday.
The many moods of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at Pro-Kabaddi!
The proud owners Abhishek Bachchan and his wife Aishwarya were ecstatic after the Jaipur Pink Panthers won the inaugural Pro-Kabaddi title.
Casillas wants improvement from 'horrible' Real Madrid
Real Madrid captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas has called for a big improvement after the European champions suffered a surprise early-season setback at Real Sociedad in La Liga on Sunday.
Sports Shorts: Manpreet named Asia's Junior Player of the Year
Rising Indian midfielder Manpreet Singh was named the 'Junior Player of the Year' by the Asian Hockey Federation in its Congress held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Hottest Sporting Buzz: Nude pictures of Kate Upton leaked online
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How Maria Sharapova may soon not be a Russian!
Russian tennis ace Maria Sharapova would soon be an outlaw if she does not fly to Moscow and comply with President Vladimir Putin's new law that requires all 10 million Russians with dual citizenship to register with the Kremlin.
Badminton World Championships: Marin stuns Li to win women's title
Spain's Carolina Marin pulled off a monumental upset as she beat Chinese world number one Li Xuerui to win the women's singles title at the Badminton World Championships in Copenhagen.
US Open: Wozniacki upsets Sharapova, Simon stuns Ferrer
Caroline Wozniacki upset French Open champion Maria Sharapova in a groundstroke marathon to reach the U.S. Open quarter-finals, while Gilles Simon registered the first big surprise in the men's draw.
La Liga: Sociedad stun Real Madrid after Zurutuza double
David Zurutuza struck twice to help Real Sociedad seal a remarkable comeback and beat Real Madrid 4-2 in La Liga.
Will Chelsea's Costa learn the ethics and culture of EPL?
Chelsea striker Diego Costa needs to learn to show respect to opponents after the Spaniard goaded Everton players during their pulsating 6-3 English Premier League win on Saturday, Toffees coach Roberto Martinez said.
August 31, 2014
US Open: Men march on but more upsets in women's draw
World No 1 Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams advanced safely to the next round of the US Open on Saturday but the women's draw saw yet another big upset as Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova was sent packing by a 145th-ranked qualifier.
Shorts: I'm enthusiastic about ISL adventure, says Del Piero
Italy's renowned World Cup winner Alessandro Del Piero has called the Indian Super League football tournament an 'adventure' and said he was 'enthusiastic' about embarking on this new journey.
La Liga: Miranda and Mandzukic lead champions Atletico home
Joao Miranda and new signing Mario Mandzukic led Atletico Madrid to a 2-1 home win in La Liga on Saturday as visitors Eibar were unable to cope with the aerial threat of the champions.
Bundesliga: Lewandowski scores but Bayern held at Schalke
Last season's Bundesliga top scorer Robert Lewandowski scored his first competitive goal for new club Bayern Munich but the champions had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Schalke 04 on Saturday.
Indians at US Open: Sania shows stamina to advance in two events
Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza fought through a gruelling schedule to enter the last 16 of women's doubles and quarterfinals of mixed doubles by winning both her respective second-round matches on an all-win day for Indians in the US Open in New York.
EPL: Chelsea hit Everton for six
It was a day of role reversal as Jose Mourinho's often cautious Chelsea thumped Everton 6-3 in a thriller on Saturday while champions Manchester City's attacking talents were blunted in a shock 1-0 home defeat by Stoke City.
US Open: No place to hide for top seeds as Krunic adds to upsets
Serbia's Aleksandra Krunic added her name to a list of anonymous figures to emerge from the Flushing Meadows shadows and step into the US Open spotlight with a shock 6-4, 6-4 win over Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova on Saturday.
Di Maria learns money doesn't always talk in Premier League
There was little fanfare but a few lessons perhaps learnt as the most expensive player in the history of English football - Angel di Maria - lasted 70 minutes on his Premier League debut for Manchester United in their goalless draw at Burnley on Saturday.
August 30, 2014
Bundesliga: Reus sparkles as Dortmund beat Augsburg 3-2
Germany midfielder Marco Reus scored one goal and set up another in three minutes as Borussia Dortmund survived a late comeback to beat Augsburg 3-2 on Friday and bounce back from an opening Bundesliga defeat last week.
US Open: Sharapova advances as seeds tumble in women's draw; Federer rolls on
It was a day of surprises at Flushing Meadows in New York as seeded players were knocked out one after the other on Friday.
AC Milan agree two-year Torres loan with Chelsea
AC Milan have agreed a two-year loan deal with Chelsea for Fernando Torres but the Spain striker has yet to agree terms, the Italian club said in a statement on Friday.
PHOTOS: President bestows controversy-marred Arjuna awards
Amidst controversies, the National Sports Awards were presented by President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on Friday.
World Badminton Championship: Sindhu settles for second bronze
PV Sindhu suffered a heartbreak at the World Badminton Championship as the Indian shuttler had to settle for a second consecutive bronze medal after succumbing to Carolina Marin of Spain in straight games at the semifinals in Copenhagen.
Overworked Ronaldo claims he is close to best
Cristiano Ronaldo admits that he suffered for pushing himself too much at the end of last season but is now close to his best as Real Madrid prepare to face Real Sociedad this weekend.
Ajax's Blind set to join Manchester United
Versatile Dutch international Daley Blind is set to join Manchester United after the English Premier League side agreed a deal with Dutch champions Ajax Amsterdam.
Golf: Chowrasia, Kapur make cut; Bhullar, Jeev miss out in Italy
SSP Chowrasia gave away a late double bogey but was still the better of the two Indians who made the midway cut at the 71st Italian Open presented by Damiani.
La Liga: Valencia romp to 3-0 win over 10-man Malaga
Valencia's Paco Alcacer, Dani Parejo and Pablo Piatti found the target as they took full advantage of the first-half dismissal of Malaga's Sergi Darder to win 3-0 at the Mestalla on Friday.
US Open: Paes-Stepanek move into 2nd round
Veteran Indian tennis star Leander Paes and doubles partner Czech Radek Stepanek entered the US Open men's doubles pre-quarterfinals with a straight-set victory in the second round in New York.
I'm one of the best players in that No. 10 position: Ozil hits back at critics
Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has come out all guns blazing after criticism of his displays by stating he is among the best number 10s in the world who can help lead his side to glory.
August 29, 2014
Bayern complete two-year deal for Real's Alonso
German champions Bayern Munich have completed the transfer of former World Cup winner Xabi Alonso from Real Madrid on a two-year deal as they seek to boost their midfield options following a string of injuries.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
Rediff.com brings a preview of the main matches coming up this weekend in the English Premier League.
Formula One: Rosberg apologises, disciplined for Hamilton crash
Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg has apologised for colliding with team mate Lewis Hamilton during Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix and has been disciplined, his Mercedes team said on Friday.
Sindhu assured of World Championships bronze, Saina exits
Indian teen sensation P V Sindhu made sure of a second consecutive bronze medal at the World Badminton Championships, but it was curtains for Saina Nehwal after she was beaten in straight games in the women's singles quarter-finals at the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen on Friday.
Air of deja vu in UEFA Champions League draw
Champions League holders Real Madrid will face former European champions Liverpool, FC Basel and debutants Ludogorets of Bulgaria following the group stage draw on Thursday.
Ronaldo wins another European award for his museum
Cristiano Ronaldo, whose extra-time penalty put the seal on Real Madrid's 4-1 Champions League final victory over Atletico Madrid in May, was named UEFA's Best Player in Europe on Thursday.
Hockey scene in India better than Pakistan: PHF secretary
Pakistan Hockey Federation secretary Rana Mujahid is "frustrated" that the national sport is struggling to lure sponsors due to lack of international success in recent years and felt the scene was much better in India.
US Open PHOTOS: Ivanovic stunned by Czech; Serena, Djokovic sail through
Former World No 1 Ana Ivanovic was upset 7-5, 6-4 by 42nd-ranked Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in the second round of the US Open on Thursday.
Indian Super league: Juventus great Del Piero signs for Delhi
Former Italy great Alessandro Del Piero will play for the Delhi franchise of the Indian Super League (ISL) and will also be the competition's brand ambassador, the ex-Juventus player has said.
August 28, 2014
Holders Real face former champions Liverpool in group stage
European champions Real Madrid will face former champions Liverpool, FC Basel and debutants Ludogorets of Bulgaria following the draw for the group stage of the Champions league on Thursday.
Saina sets up quarter-final with World No. 1 Xuerui
Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal rallied from a game down to beat Sayaka Takahashi of Japan 14-21, 21-18, 21-12 and enter the quarter-finals of the women's singles at the World Badminton Championships, in Copenhagen, on Thursday. The world No. 7, seeded seventh in the tournament, will take on World No. 1 Li Xuerui of China next.
Wayne Rooney named new England captain
The 28-year-old Manchester United skipper was preferred over the likes of Chelsea's Gary Cahill and Manchester City's Joe Hart to become the successor to Steven Gerrard, who retired from international football after the World Cup.
Sports Shorts: Bayern Munich set to sign Alonso from Real Madrid
German champions Bayern Munich are close to signing former World and European champion Xabi Alonso from Champions League winners Real Madrid.
US Open PHOTOS: Sharapova, Halep share spotlight; Wawrinka bristles
Fifth seed Maria Sharapova averted an early exit on a sweltering day in Flushing Meadows. Updates from Wednesday's play.
Venus keeps up with little sister Serena at US Open
Venus Williams kept up with little sister Serena on Wednesday, beating 78th-ranked Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland in straight sets to advance to the third round of the US Open.
When WAG Nicole Scherzinger obliged her biggest fan...
In less than a month the Ice Bucket Challenge has gone viral on the social media. It has helped raised over $23 million and create awareness about Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
August 27, 2014
Xabi Alonso quits international football
Spain's Xabi Alonso has retired from international football, the World Cup and twice European Championship winning midfielder said on Wednesday.
US Open: Radwanska first major upset at Flushing Meadows
Peng Shuai of China upset fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-3, 6-4 in a shocking start to the women's second round of the U.S. Open on Wednesday.
Sindhu enters third round, Jwala-Ashwini pair exits
P V Sindhu stormed into the third round of the World Badminton
Putin opens 2018 World Cup Stadium in Moscow
Russia's newest completed World Cup stadium, the Otkrytie Arena, in Moscow, was opened by the country's President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.
Akhil in boxing team for Asian Games, says 'glad I am back in the fold'
All but written off after a string of injuries wrecked havoc on his career four years ago, enigmatic boxer Akhil Kumar staged a remarkable comeback to make the 10-member Indian men's team for the Asian Games, in Incheon, South Korea.
Asian Games: Boxers may not participate under Indian flag
With the country's boxing administration in a shambles, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) said on Wednesday that the top pugilists may not be able to compete in the upcoming Asian Games under the national flag if the elections are not held as per schedule next month.
Mary Kom stuns CWG medallist Jangra to qualify for Asian Games
After failing to qualify for the Commonwealth Games, India's boxing ace M C Mary Kom bounced back in style, beating Pinki Jangra in the selection trials in Patiala, on Wednesday, to qualify for the Asian Games.
EPL Updates: 'Di Maria won't provide instant fix'
Manchester United's new winger Angel Di Maria will not change the course of their troubled season straight away following his British record transfer from Real Madrid, manager Louis van Gaal said on Tuesday.
Indians at US Open: Bopanna bows out
India's Rohan Bopanna and his Pakistani partner Aisam Qureshi crashed out of the US Open after going down fighting in the men's doubles first round contest at the Flushing Meadows in New York.
Meet the teenager who gatecrashed Serena and Roger's party
Despite boasting 34 Grand Slam singles titles between them, Serena Williams and Roger Federer were forced to share the spotlight with a 15-year-old at the US Open on Tuesday as all three advanced to the second round.
Look who dropped in to support Roger Federer at US Open...
Roger Federer launched his bid for an 18th grand slam title with a workmanlike 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (4) win over Marinko Matosevic to ease into the second round of the US Open on Tuesday, with NBA great Michael Jordan leading the cheering.
Sprint King Bolt, Yuvraj Singh get ready for face-off!
Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt will come to India next week to play a cricket match against a team that includes World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh.
League Cup: MK Dons humiliate Manchester United
Manchester United's early season problems were compounded by a humiliating 4-0 loss to third-tier Milton Keynes Dons in the League Cup second round on Tuesday leaving new manager Louis van Gaal still looking for his first win.
Top 10 money-makers in Tennis; Federer pips Nadal!
Roger Federer hasn't won a Grand Slam title this year but the 17-time Grand Slam champion tops Forbes magazine's list of the 10 top tennis moneymakers, announced on Tuesday.
Eugenie Bouchard victory brings smile to future face of tennis
Eugenie Bouchard proved again she is a player for the big occasion by powering into the second round of the US Open with a 6-2, 6-1 demolition of Olga Govortsova on Tuesday, bringing a smile to the player hyped as the future face of women's tennis.
US Open: Serena tops Taylor; Federer beats Matosevic in opener
Serena Williams started her quest to join Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova in joint fourth place on the career Grand Slam list with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over 18-year-old fellow American Taylor Townsend at the US Open on Tuesday.
WNBA star Griner pops the big question to her girlfriend!
Brittney Griner's life is bubbling. This 23-year-old basketball star player is used to the spotlight but these days it has increasingly exceeded.
August 26, 2014
Lampard retirement adds to England's central problem
Although it was far from unexpected, Frank Lampard's international retirement increased the challenge facing England manager Roy Hodgson as he looks to move the team forward for the 2016 European Championship and beyond.
England football ace Lampard quits internationals
England midfielder Frank Lampard has retired from international football after winning 106 caps, he said on Tuesday.
August 25, 2014
Mario Balotelli completes move from Milan to Liverpool
Italy striker Mario Balotelli has joined Liverpool from AC Milan on a "long-term" deal, the Premier League club said on Monday.
August 24, 2014
Bolt breaks 10 seconds under roof in Warsaw
The Jamaican clocked 9.98 seconds into a slight breeze at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial in front of a 20,000 crowd on a new track laid down the side of the infield.
August 23, 2014
Premier League: Chelsea edge past Leicester to retain top spot
Chelsea scored a second successive win over a newly-promoted side when they beat Leicester City 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday thanks to second-half goals from Diego Costa and Eden Hazard.
Belgian F1 Grand Prix: Rosberg beats teammate Hamilton to pole
Formula One leader Nico Rosberg swept to pole position at the Belgian Grand Prix on Saturday with Mercedes team mate and title rival Lewis Hamilton alongside on the front row after a wet qualifying session.
Atletico strike early to beat Real and win Spanish Super Cup
Atletico Madrid striker Mario Mandzukic's early goal secured a 1-0 win over Real Madrid and a 2-1 aggregate success to clinch the Spanish Super Cup and gain some revenge for last season's Champions League final defeat.
August 21, 2014
Mario Balotelli says farewell to Milan, heads for Liverpool
Mario Balotelli is heading back to the Premier League.
August 20, 2014
Boxer Manoj to sue Sports Ministry after Arjuna snub
Feeling 'insulted' after his name was not added to this year's list of Arjuna awardees, boxer Manoj Kumar on Wednesday said he would sue the Sports Ministry for the 'injustice' meted out to him.
August 14, 2014
Manchester United to meet MK Dons in League Cup 2nd round
Manchester United will travel to third-tier MK Dons in the Capital One Cup second round following the draw on Wednesday, the first time they have been involved at this stage of the competition for 19 years.
August 13, 2014
France's Ribery ends international career
France winger Franck Ribery is ending his career with the national team to focus on his family, the winger, who missed the 2014 World Cup through injury, said on Wednesday.
Yuki returns to Davis Cup squad for Serbia tie
Yuki Bhambri returned to India's Davis Cup squad for the World Group play-off tie against world No 2 Serbia, as the selectors named a six-member squad on expected lines. Somdev Devvarman, the country's No 1 singles player, will lead the squad.
August 12, 2014
I feel disrespected by ad-hoc body's behaviour: Mary Kom
Olympic bronze medallist M C Mary Kom is still smarting about the last-minute postponement of the Asian Games trials, alleging that the ad-hoc body members have "disrespected her achievements" by not bothering to inform her about their decision.
August 08, 2014
Angry Mary Kom slams postponement of Asian Games trials
The sudden postponement of the boxing trials for the Asian Games has left Olympic bronze medallist MC Mary Kom fuming as she termed the last-minute schedule change as highly unprofessional' on the part of the organisers.
August 06, 2014
Olympic medallist Vijay Kumar fails to make rapid fire team for Asiad
Olympic medallist Vijay Kumar has missed out on a berth in his pet event - rapid fire pistol - for the upcoming Asian Games, but is still part of the 43-member squad, which will be spearheaded by shooting ace Abhinav Bindra.
August 03, 2014
CWG: Australia hammer India 4-0 to clinch hockey gold
Chris Ciriello struck a hat-trick as Australia humiliated India 4-0 to clinch the gold medal of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow National Hockey Centre on Sunday.
CWG: Kashyap ends 32-year-old wait for gold, Jwala-Ashwini beaten
Parupalli Kashyap etched his name firmly in the history books by becoming the first Indian male shuttler in 32 years to win a gold medal in the
Imperious Bolt leads Jamaica to relay gold at CWG
Six-times Olympic champion Usain Bolt anchored Jamaica to the 4x100 metres relay gold with an emphatic finish to win his first Commonwealth Games medal on Saturday.
August 01, 2014
Gowda wins discuss throw, gives India first athletics gold
Vikas Gowda gave its first athletics gold medal of the 20th Commonwealth Games by winning the men's discuss throw on Thursday.
July 31, 2014
CWG 2014: Vijender storms into semis; assured of a medal
India's boxing ace Vijender Singh outclassed Trinidad and Tobago's Aaron Prince in the men's 75kg category to reach the semi-finals and assure himself of a medal at 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
July 28, 2014
Indians on show on Monday at the Commonwealth Games
Schedule of Indian athletes in the 20th Commonwealth Games on Monday (July 29).
Medals tally: 2014 Commonwealth Games
The medal table of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
July 27, 2014
Indians on show on Sunday at the Commonwealth Games
It's a big day for India today as medals will be few good ties away from the athletes at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday.
July 26, 2014
Guilty Boxing to give chance to boxers to turn Pro
Fighting in the American professional circuit could soon be reality for budding Indian pugilists as a new boxing firm will be scouting for fresh talent in the coming days.
Chandela wins CWG gold in 10m Air Rifle, Paul gets silver
India's Apurvi Chandela won the gold medal, while compatriot Ayonika Paul clinched the silver in the women's 10m Air Rifle at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
July 24, 2014
Glasgow CWG: Lifter Sanjita Chanu wins India's first gold
Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu and Saikhom Mirabai Chanu bagged a gold and silver, respectively, in women's 48kg weightlifting in a display of overwhelming domination to open India's medal account on the opening day of the competition in the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Thursday.
July 22, 2014
Dunga succeeds Luiz Felipe Scolari as Brazil manager
Brazil named Dunga as their manager for the second time on Tuesday, two weeks after they were hammered 7-1 by Germany in the World Cup semi-finals which led to the resignation of former coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.
July 14, 2014
Germany beat Argentina in extra-time to win World Cup
Mario Goetze of Germany slips the ball past Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero in the World Cup final on Sunday.
July 13, 2014
Early Dutch goal hands Julio Cesar unwanted record
The Netherlands' opening goal against Brazil on Saturday was the 16th conceded by Julio Cesar in World Cup matches, handing him the unwanted record of conceding the most goals at the finals for the five-times champions.
Brazil blunders resurface as Dutch grab third place
Brazil ended their home World Cup to a cacophony of boos on Saturday as the defensive errors that crushed their bid for a sixth title resurfaced in a shoddy 3-0 loss to the Netherlands in the third-place playoff match.
July 10, 2014
Argentina beat Netherlands on penalties to enter final
Argentina beat the Netherlands 4-2 via penalties to enter the final of the World Cup on Wednesday. The teams were goalless at the end of 120 minutes, and extra-time in the second semi-final.
July 09, 2014
The death of the yellow jersey
'Living in Brazil, I had internalised the football mythology of that country, the way I had learnt Mahabharata stories in my childhood. The tragedy at the Maracana stadium in 1950, when a confident Brazil had lost to Uruguay in the finals. They tell the story of this debacle, this 'Hiroshima' that hit them, like the Shias lament the death of Ali. It led to the Brazilian team burning their white uniforms and switching later to Yellow and blue symbolising their national colours,' says Ambassador , India's former envoy to Brazil.
German blitzkrieg in Belo Horizonte, hosts Brazil humiliated 7-1
Germany scored five goals in 18 first-half minutes on the way to a 7-1 destruction of Brazil in the semi-final on Tuesday to leave the host nation in a state of stunned disbelief at the most amazing World Cup result of all time.
Klose scores 16th World Cup goal to break all-time record
Germany striker Miroslav Klose scored after 23 minutes of the World Cup semi-final against Brazil on Tuesday to become the tournament's all-time leading scorer with 16 goals.
July 07, 2014
Stosur and Zimonjic claim mixed doubles title
Fifteenth seeds Samantha Stosur and Nenad Zimonjic claimed the mixed doubles title with a 6-4, 6-2 win against 14th seeds Chan Hao-Ching of Taiwan and Max Mirnyi of Belarus at Wimbledon on Sunday in the final match of the 2014 championships.
July 06, 2014
Hamilton wins at home after Rosberg retires
Lewis Hamilton won his home British Grand Prix on Sunday and slashed Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg's Formula One lead to four points after the German retired for the first time this season.
Krul shootout saves send Dutch into semis
The Netherlands advanced to a World Cup semi-final with Argentina by beating Costa Rica on penalties after a cagey, tactical last-eight battle finished 0-0 after extra-time on Saturday.
July 05, 2014
Watch out for Robben's dives, says Costa Rica coach
Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto urged referee Ravshan Irmatov to keep a close eye on Dutchman Arjen Robben in Saturday's World Cup quarter-final against the Netherlands.
World Cup: Neymar ruled out with broken vertebra
Hosts Brazil suffered a huge blow when they lost leading forward Neymar for the rest of the World Cup through injury on Friday as they set up an epic-looking semi-final against Europe's biggest remaining team Germany.
Neymar may miss crucial semis with Germany
Brazil forward Neymar was taken to hospital after being injured in the closing stages of the 2-1 World Cup quarter-final win over Colombia on Friday that kept the hosts on course for a sixth title.
Brazil beat gritty Colombia to enter semis
Brazil scored an unconvincing 2-1 victory over Colombia to enter the semi-finals of the World Cup on Friday night. They will meet Germany.
July 04, 2014
World Cup: Germany beat France to enter semis
Mats Hummels scored with a header in the 14th minute to give Germany a 1-0 victory over France in the first quarter-final of the World Cup at the Maracana, in Brazil, on Friday.
July 03, 2014
Shakira to perform 'La la la' at World Cup closing ceremony
Pop star Shakira will perform before the World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro on July 13, headlining a closing ceremony that includes guitar virtuoso
'With all due respect, I hope Rodriguez's moment will end now'
Brazil striker Neymar says he is emotionally ready and physically fit for Friday's World Cup quarter-final with Colombia in Fortaleza.
July 02, 2014
World Cup Player of the Day: De Bruyne made the difference
The former Chelsea player, who now plies his trade with Vfl Wolfsburg in Germany, scored the opener and created the second for Marc Wilmots' side.
Extra-time goals send Belgium through
Belgium finally found a way past inspired goalkeeper Tim Howard as extra-time goals by Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku gave them a 2-1 victory over the United States on Tuesday and set up a World Cup quarter-final against Argentina.
July 01, 2014
Di Maria's last-gasp goal takes Argentina past Switzerland
Angel Di Maria scored in the dying minutes of extra-time to give Argentina a 1-0 victory over Switzerland and a place in the last eight of the World Cup in Sao Paulo on Tuesday.
Germany need extra time to beat Algeria 2-1
Germany were pushed all the way by an inspired Algeria on Monday before Andre Schuerrle and Mesut Ozil eventually secured them a 2-1 extra-time victory to send them into a mouthwatering World Cup quarter-final meeting with France.
June 30, 2014
Late goals send France into quarter-finals
France ended Nigeria's hopes of a first World Cup quarter-final appearance when they scored two late goals to beat the Super Eagles 2-0 in a rough second-round match on Monday.
Suarez issues apology to Chiellini for bite
Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has finally apologised for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during a World Cup match and vowed there would never be a repeat of the incident.
Costa Rica beat Greece on penalties to make last eight debut
Costa Rica secured a place in the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time on Sunday after beating Greece 5-3 on penalties after the teams finished level at 1-1 after extra time, the Central Americans playing for almost an hour with 10 men.
June 29, 2014
Netherlands rally to beat Mexico with late goals
A stoppage time penalty from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar gave the Netherlands a dramatic 2-1 victory over Mexico in the second round of the World Cup on Sunday, minutes after the Mexicans seemed certain to reach the quarter-finals.
Colombia cruise into quarters with win over Uruguay
Colombia reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time after a double from James Rodriguez gave them a 2-0 win over Uruguay in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday.
FIFA probe halftime tunnel incident in Brazil-Chile clash
FIFA is probing an alleged confrontation between a Brazilian press official and Chile player Mauricio Pinilla in the tunnel at halftime in their World Cup match in Belo Horizonte on Saturday, the governing body said.
Hosts Brazil edge Chile in penalties, move into last eight
Brazil beat Chile 3-2 in a penalty shootout to reach the World Cup quarter-finals after their dramatic last-16 match in Belo Horizonte ended 1-1 after extra time on Saturday.
June 28, 2014
Brazil and Chile level at 1-1 at halftime
Hosts Brazil and Chile were locked at 1-1 at halftime in a feisty and open World Cup last-16 match on Saturday.
Saina edges past World No. 2 Wang to enter final
Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal stands just a win away from clinching her second title of the year after she stunned World No. 2 Chinese Shixian Wang in a gruelling semi-final of the Star Australian Super Series in Sydney.
June 27, 2014
Ten-man Belgium end Korea's hopes with 1-0 win
Belgium strolled into the World Cup last 16 on Thursday after Jan Vertonghen's late goal gave them a 1-0 win over a South Korean side unable to take advantage of a 45-minute numerical advantage and who exit the tournament.
Draw sends Algeria through, Russia home
Algeria reached the World Cup last 16 for the first time after fighting back for a 1-1 draw against Russia to clinch second place in Group H.
June 26, 2014
Germany beat US, but both go through
A 55th minute Thomas Mueller goal gave Germany a 1-0 victory over the United States on Thursday but the result allowed both teams to progress to the second round of the World Cup. Germany topped Group G and will face the runner-up in Group H, while the United States finished second and will face Group H's winner.
Portugal win over Ghana in vain as both sides bow out
An own goal by John Boye and a late strike by Cristiano Ronaldo gave Portugal a 2-1 victory over incident-hit Ghana on Thursday, but it was not enough to make the second round as both sides exited the World Cup.
Suarez's bite gets him four months ban from football
Uruguay's Luis Suarez has been suspended for nine matches and banned for four months from any football-related activity for biting an opponent, during the World Cup match against Italy.
Goalless draw leaves France top and eliminates Ecuador
France and Ecuador drew 0-0 in their final World Cup Group E game on Wednesday to send the French into the last 16 as group winners and eliminate their opponents due to Switzerland's 3-0 win over Honduras.
Shaqiri hat-trick steers Swiss into last 16
Xherdan Shaqiri netted a hat-trick as Switzerland beat Honduras 3-0 in Manaus on Wednesday to secure the runners-up spot in World Cup Group E and a last 16 clash against Argentina.
June 25, 2014
Bosnia dash Iran hopes, record first World Cup win
Bosnia beat Iran 3-1 in their Group F finale on Wednesday to record their first World Cup win and deny the West Asians any chance of reaching the knockout stage.
Bite set to eat into Suarez's sponsorship cash
Luis Suarez risks losing lucrative commercial deals following his bite on a World Cup opponent, with poker brand 888 saying on Wednesday it was reviewing its sponsorship agreement with the Uruguayan.
Messi scores twice as Argentina beat Nigeria; both qualify
Lionel Messi scored twice as Argentina beat Nigeria 3-2 in another entertaining World Cup match on Wednesday.
Halep seizes Centre Court chance to open Wimbledon account
Third seed Simona Halep made the most of the Centre Court stage gifted to her in a scheduling change, disposing of her Brazilian opponent Teliana Pereira 6-2, 6-2 in a clinical display on Tuesday.
Colombia trounce Japan to top Group C
Jackson Martinez scored twice as Colombia beat Japan 4-1 to top World Cup Group C with maximum points on Tuesday. The victory earned them a second-round meeting with Uruguay in Rio de Janeiro and ended Japan's interest in the tournament.
Samaras penalty sends Greece through, breaks Ivorian hearts
A stoppage time penalty from Giorgios Samaras sent Greece into the last 16 of the World Cup for the first time with a dramatic 2-1 victory over Ivory Coast.
June 24, 2014
Costa Rica top Group D after draw with England
Costa Rica marched into the second round of the World Cup after topping Group D, containing three former winners, after a 0-0 draw with already-eliminated England on Tuesday.
Godin header puts Uruguay in last 16 and Italy out
Defender Diego Godin scored a dramatic goal nine minutes from time to send Uruguay through to the World Cup last 16 after a 1-0 win over Italy, on Tuesday, which sent the four-times champions home.
FIFA red-faced after suggesting Brazil goal was off-side
FIFA TV, which provides live World Cup images for the global television audience, displayed the wrong graphic which indicated Brazil's third goal in their 4-1 win over Cameroon was offside, it said on Tuesday.
Hernandez inspires Mexico into last 16 with Croatia win
Javier Hernandez came off the bench to help Mexico reach the last 16 of the World Cup as their watertight defense and swift counter attacks gave them a 3-1 win against Croatia on Monday to emerge from Group A as runners-up behind Brazil.
Neymar double helps Brazil through to face Chile
Red-hot striker Neymar helped fire Brazil into a World Cup second-round meeting with Chile when he scored twice in the first half as the hosts survived an early scare against already-eliminated Cameroon to win 4-1 and top Group A on Monday.
Neymar scores 100th goal of World Cup in Brazil's 100th game
Brazil striker Neymar scored the 100th goal of the 2014 World Cup when he netted his side's first goal in their final Group A game against Cameroon on Monday.
June 23, 2014
Spain sign off with easy win over Australia
Spain defeated Australia 3-0 in their final World Cup Group B game on Monday, giving a modicum of respect to the defending champions' poor campaign.
Netherlands down Chile to top Group B
Goals by substitutes Leroy Fer and Memphis Depay gave the Netherlands a 2-0 victory over Chile on Monday that put them top of World Cup Group B and likely to avoid a second-round meeting with Brazil.
Hope floats for Portugal after last gasp draw with the US
Portuguese substitute Silvestre Varela grabbed a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser to secure a 2-2 draw with the United States in World Cup Group G on Sunday.
Algeria thump South Korea to end 32-year tournament drought
Algeria opened the goal scoring floodgates swamping South Korea 4-2 in a thrilling World Cup Group H clash on Sunday that kept hopes of securing a spot in the last 16 alive and triggered celebrations across the Arab nation.
June 22, 2014
Austrian F1 Grand Prix: Nico Rosberg wins to stretch lead
Nico Rosberg won the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix in a Mercedes one-two finish on Sunday to stretch his championship lead over team mate Lewis Hamilton to 29 points after eight races.
World Cup: Belgium snatch late win over Russia to reach last 16
Divock Origi's late strike earned Belgium a 1-0 Group H win over Russia at the Maracana Stadium on Sunday to seal a spot in the knockout round of the World Cup.
Odemwingie goal ends long Nigeria wait, knocks Bosnia out
Nigeria beat Bosnia 1-0 on Saturday to record their first World Cup finals victory since 1998 and condemn the European team to an early exit in their first appearance at the tournament.
Klose equals Ronaldo's World Cup record but Germany held by Ghana
Miroslav Klose scored a landmark goal as Germany and Ghana drew 2-2 with all the goals coming in a terrific second half of another rip-roaring football World Cup clash in Fortaleza, on Saturday.
June 21, 2014
Messi saves Argentine blushes against bold Iran
Lionel Messi saved Argentina's blushes with a brilliant stoppage time winner against unheralded Iran at the football World Cup on Saturday to send the South Americans into the last 16.
Valencia brace fires Ecuador to victory over Honduras
Honduras scored their first World Cup goal for 32 years on Friday, but Enner Valencia replied twice to earn Ecuador a 2-1 Group E victory that gives them a fighting chance of making the knock-out phase.
Free-flowing France too good for Switzerland
Free-flowing France blew away in-form Switzerland with a three-goal first-half barrage en route to a thumping 5-2 World Cup Group E victory on Friday that virtually assures them qualification to the second round.
Indian Olympic Association wants to bid for 2019 Asian Games
Ending days of speculation, the Indian Olympic Association on Friday officially informed the Olympic Council of Asia its expression of interest to bid for the 2019 Asian Games after Vietnam capital Hanoi withdrew its hosting rights in April this year.
June 20, 2014
Ruiz takes Costa Rica past Italy and into last 16; England exit
Costa Rica made it to the last 16 of the World Cup with a 1-0 victory over four-times winners Italy in their Group D clash on Friday. Captain Bryan Ruiz headed the team to victory with a 44th-minute goal.
Ten-man Greece hold Japan goalless
Ten-man Greece held Japan to a 0-0 draw that will suit neither side in a Group C match, which ended with boos ringing around the Dunas arena and sent Colombia into the last 16 of the World Cup on Thursday.
Suarez double lifts Uruguay to victory over England
Luis Suarez returned from injury to give Uruguay a 1-0 lead in the first half in their World Cup Group D match against England on Friday.
June 19, 2014
Shooter Jitu wins historic gold medal at Maribor World Cup
Jitu, who had won a silver medal in the free pistol competition, shot 200.8 in the final round to clinch the gold in the air pistol event.
Croatia trounce 10-man Cameroon, set up Mexico showdown
Croatia gave themselves a fighting chance of reaching the World Cup knock-out phase when they thrashed a toothless Cameroon 4-0 on Wednesday.
Chile send champions Spain packing, join Netherlands in last 16
Chile overwhelmed an out-of-sorts Spain 2-0 to join the Netherlands in the second round of the World Cup and eliminate the defending champions on a memorable night at the Maracana on Wednesday.
June 18, 2014
Gritty Australia give Netherlands a scare
Memphis Depay's goal in the 68th minute gave the Netherlands a 3-2 victory over Australia in their World Cup Group B match on Wednesday. Depay scored with a long ranger to earn the Dutch full points and keep the top spot in the group with six points.
Kerzhakov hands Russia draw after Akinfeev gaffe
Russia's Alexander Kerzhakov came to the rescue, scoring three minutes after coming on as a substitute to secure a 1-1 World Cup draw with South Korea after his goalkeeper had gifted the Asians the lead in their Group H match on Tuesday.
Mexico goalkeeper Ochoa stars in goalless draw with Brazil
Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa made two outstanding saves to deny Neymar as battling Mexico held Brazil to a 0-0 draw in their World Cup Group A match on Tuesday, ending the hosts' 10-game winning streak in the process.
June 17, 2014
Nervy Belgium made to sweat for 2-1 win over Algeria
Much-fancied Belgium fought back from a goal down to score twice in the final 20 minutes and earn a hard-fought 2-1 victory over gutsy Algeria in their World Cup Group H opener on Tuesday.
Iran, Nigeria listless in first draw at Brazil World Cup
Iran and Nigeria laboured to the first stalemate of a scintillating World Cup on Monday with a dismal 0-0 draw that left both sides still chasing their first victory at a finals since 1998.
Dempsey scores early but Brooks secures win for USA
The United States got a dream start to their World Cup campaign when Clint Dempsey scored the fifth fastest goal in tournament history but they needed an 86th minute winner from John Brooks to secure a dramatic 2-1 win over Ghana on Monday.
June 16, 2014
Mueller 'tricks' as Germany trounce 10-man Portugal
Thomas Mueller scored a hat-trick as Germany beat Portugal 4-0 in an action-packed World Cup Group G match in Salvador, on Monday.
India mulls late bid for 2019 Asian Games
With a new government assuming power late last month, the Indian Olympic Association wrote to its members on Monday seeking their view on submitting a late bid before the July 1 deadline.
Plucky Bosnia make Argentina toil for full points
The fastest-ever World Cup own goal and a typical piece of Lionel Messi brilliance gave Argentina a 2-1 win over tournament debutants Bosnia-Bosnia-Herzegovina in their Group F clash at the Maracana on Sunday.
Benzema scores twice as France overrun 10-man Honduras
A Karim Benzema brace and an own goal by goalkeeper Noel Valladares awarded after confirmation by goalline technology gave France a 3-0 victory over 10-man Honduras in their World Cup Group E match on Sunday.
Goal-line technology makes World Cup bow in France-Honduras match
Goal-line technology was used for the first time in a World Cup match to decide if the ball had crossed the line during France's Group E clash with Honduras on Sunday.
June 15, 2014
Switzerland stun Ecuador with stoppage-time goal
A stoppage-time goal by substitute Haris Seferovic gave Switzerland a 2-1 World Cup Group E win over Ecuador on Sunday.
Beckenbauer will answer FIFA questions, wants ban lifted
Franz Beckenbauer said on Sunday he is ready to answer questions from FIFA about an investigation into World Cup bidding by June 27 and believes that should remove any justification for its 90-day ban on him.
Aussies whip Dutch for men's hockey World Cup
Australia retained the men's hockey World Cup crown after outplaying Olympic silver medallists The Netherlands 6-1 in the final at the Kyocera Stadium in The Hague on Sunday. Chris Cirielo's three penalty-corner conversions was the feature of the contest that saw Australia retain the trophy they won in New Delhi in 2010.
Drogba inspires Ivory Coast as Japan lose their way
Two quickfire headed goals from Wilfried Bony and Gervinho helped Ivory Coast recover to beat Japan 2-1 on Saturday as their bid for a first appearance in the World Cup knockout stages got off to a fine start.
Balotelli header gives Italy 2-1 win over England
Mario Balotelli headed the decisive goal as Italy emerged 2-1 winners over England in another high quality World Cup match in the Amazon jungle on Saturday, to gain a key early advantage in a Group D containing three former tournament winners.
Costa Rica fight back to stun Uruguay
Two goals in four dramatic second-half minutes set lowly Costa Rica on their way to a deserved 3-1 victory over Uruguay on Saturday in the biggest upset of the World Cup so far.
June 14, 2014
Colombia thrash Greece in joyous World Cup return
Colombia marked their return to the World Cup after a 16-year absence with an attacking display that earned a 3-0 victory over Greece on Saturday, and the early initiative in what looks to be a really tight Group C.
FIH Women's Hockey World Cup: Netherlands win seventh title
Olympic gold medallists The Netherlands defeated Australia 2-0 in the title showdown to clinch the women's hockey World Cup at the Kyocera Stadium in The Hague on Saturday.
Chile prove too hot for Australia
Chile got the victory they needed if they are to have any chance of progressing from a daunting Group B when they held off a strong Australian fightback to emerge 3-1 winners in another open and entertaining World Cup clash on Friday.
Netherlands humiliate World champions Spain
Stunning goals from Dutch captain Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben ensured an awful start to Spain's World Cup defence as the Netherlands destroyed one of the tournament favourites 5-1 in Group B on Friday.
June 13, 2014
Football World Cup: Perlata gives Mexico full points vs Cameroon
Mexico got just rewards for their attacking intent when Oribe Peralta's 61st minute strike gave them a 1-0 win over Cameroon in their World Cup opener at a rain-saturated Dunas arena on Friday.
Game Changer: Japanese ref riles Croatia with soft Brazil penalty
Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura endeared himself to Brazil fans with a contentious penalty award in the World Cup opener on Thursday, as Neymar put away the spot kick to give his side a 2-1 lead against Croatia late in the Group A opener.
Neymar double gives jittery Brazil winning start
Neymar wasted little time in living up to his billing as Brazil's World Cup spearhead when he scored twice to lead the host nation to a 3-1 comeback victory over Croatia in a terrific opening game of the tournament on Thursday.
June 12, 2014
I won't back you any more, UEFA boss Platini tells Blatter
UEFA chief Michel Platini says he will not support FIFA president Sepp Blatter if he stands for another term. The Frenchman added that world soccer's governing body needs a breath of fresh air.
Unique initiative by OGQ to raise money for Indian athletes
June 11, 2014
Anand-Carlsen World Championship rematch to be held in Sochi
The much-anticipated World Championship rematch between Indian veteran Viswanathan Anand and title-holder Magnus Carlsen will be staged from November 7 to 28 in Sochi, Russia.
June 09, 2014
Hockey World Cup: Australia rout India with four early goals
India suffered a humiliating 0-4 defeat to defending champions Australia in their final group league encounter of the FIH men's hockey World Cup, in The Hague, Netherlands, on Monday.
June 08, 2014
Claycourt machine Nadal reaches cloud nine in Paris
World number one Rafa Nadal won a record extending ninth French Open title when he beat Serbian second seed Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 in Sunday's final.
Rosberg on pole for Canadian Grand Prix
Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg put Mercedes on pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix on Saturday, with team mate and closest rival Lewis Hamilton having to settle for second place on the grid.
June 07, 2014
Akashdeep's brilliance helps India beat Malaysia in World Cup
Akashdeep Singh scored two goals in the space of three minutes to set up India's 3-2 victory over Malaysia in the men's hockey World Cup in the Hague on Saturday.
World Cup Hockey: Olympic champs Germany stare at dead end
Hosts The Netherlands beat Germany by a solitary goal to complicate the Olympic champions' chances of making it to the last four of the Men's World Cup Hockey.
June 06, 2014
India settle for a draw against Spain at World Cup
India finally managed to earn their first points in the World Cup Hockey as they held Spain to a 1-1 draw as custodian PR Sreejesh effected at least four brilliant saves.
June 02, 2014
Hockey WC: India concede late goal, go down to England in 2nd match
India crashed to their second defeat in the men's hockey World Cup by conceding a late goal yet again to go down 1-2 against England at the Kyocera Stadium in The Hague on Monday.
June 01, 2014
Murray vs Kohlschreiber match suspended due to bad light
Wimbledon champion Andy Murray was locked in a fifth-set fight to the finish against Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany in the third round of the French Open on Saturday when play was suspended because of bad light.
May 31, 2014
Hockey World Cup: India lose to Belgium in opener
India's shaky defence conceded a goal 15 seconds from the hooter to go down 2-3 against Belgium in their opening game of hockey World Cup at the Kyocera Stadium on Saturday.
May 29, 2014
French Open: Mirza-Black progress; Bopanna-Qureshi lose
Fifth seeds Sania Mirza and Cara Black cantered into the second round, even as the duo of Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi were shown the door in the men's doubles, at the French Open, in Paris, on Thursday.
May 24, 2014
Uber Cup: India settle for bronze after defeat to Japan
Ace shuttlers Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu came up with spectacular victories but the Indian women's team still had to be satisfied with the bronze medal after it went down fighting 2-3 to five-time champions Japan in its maiden semifinals appearance in the Uber Cup on Friday.
May 23, 2014
Cancellation of Arjuna to Maheshwary challenged in Delhi HC
A Kerala-based organisation moved the Delhi high court on Friday against the Centre's last-minute decision to deny triple jumper Renjith
May 22, 2014
India rout Indonesia to reach Uber Cup semi-finals
Indian women's badminton team scripted history as they reached the semi-finals of the Uber Cup tournament for the first time with a dominating 3-0 victory over Indonesia in the quarter-finals at the Siri Fort Sports complex.
May 21, 2014
India salvage pride with 3-2 win over Germany in Thomas Cup
The Indian men's team salvaged some pride with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Germany in their inconsequential Group C tie to end its campaign at the Thomas Cup badminton tournament on a positive note at the Siri Fort Sports Complex.
Churchill and three other clubs axed from I-League
In a stunning development in Indian football, two-time champions Churchill Brothers were thrown out of the I-League along with three other teams for failing to fulfil the AIFF's club licensing criteria.
May 20, 2014
Super Saina beats Ratchanok as Indian eves thrash Thailand
Saina Nehwal produced one of her finest performances in recent times to guide Indian women's team to a comfortable victory over Thailand and catapult the hosts to the top of Group Y in the Uber Cup badminton tournament in New Delhi.
May 19, 2014
Saina leads Indian women's charge into Uber Cup quarters
Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal led India to the quarter-finals of Uber Cup with a crushing 4-1 victory over Hong Kong but it was curtains for their male counterparts in the Thomas Cup after they lost to Korea 2-3 in New Delhi.
Van Gaal named Manchester United's new manager
Dutchman Louis van Gaal has been named as Manchester United's new manager with Ryan Giggs confirmed as his assistant, the Premier League club said.
May 18, 2014
Thomas Cup: Saina and Co rout Canada, Malaysia drub men's team
Saina Nehwal guided the Indian women's team to a crushing 5-0 win over Canada to launch their Uber Cup campaign in style but their men's counterpart came a cropper against former champions Malaysia as they suffered a crushing 1-4 defeat in Thomas Cup in New Delhi.
Italian Open: Serena Williams thumps Errani to win 60th WTA title
Serena Williams won her third Italian Open title, crushing local favourite Sara Errani 6-3, 6-0 in Rome on Sunday.
Tata Martino quits as Barcelona coach after trophyless season
Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino resigned on Saturday after just one season in charge having finished second to Atletico Madrid in the La Liga title race and failed to win a major trophy.
May 12, 2014
Hodgson gives England youthful options for World Cup
Roy Hodgson has given himself the option to give England a youthful, fresh edge at the World Cup after including Ross Barkley, Raheem Sterling, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana in his provisional squad on Monday. There were no real surprises as the irresistible late-season form of Everton's attacking midfielder Barkley and Liverpool wide man Sterling made their inclusion an easy choice for Hodgson despite having only five caps between them.
May 10, 2014
Vikas Gowda wins silver at the IAAF Diamond League in Doha
Ace discus thrower Vikas Gowda won the silver medal in the IAAF Diamond League Series in Doha, on Friday.
May 08, 2014
Social worker says Pistorius heartbroken
A government social worker assigned to give Oscar Pistorius emotional support after the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, told a court on Thursday the South African track star on trial for murder was heartbroken over the shooting.
May 07, 2014
Pistorius accused of intimidating Steenkamp's friend in court
South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius, on trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, tried to intimidate a friend of the former model in court on Tuesday, according to the friend's lawyer.
May 03, 2014
Man City back on top after Dzeko double downs Everton
Manchester City returned to the Premier League summit for the first time since January with a 3-2 win at Everton on Saturday that left them six points from a second title in three seasons.
EPL: West Ham hang on after win over Spurs
West Ham United made absolutely certain of Premier League safety with a 2-0 win over 10-man Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday -- their third victory over their London rivals this season.
US sprinter Tyson Gay gets one-year ban for doping
Former World double sprint champion Tyson Gay has been suspended for one year after testing positive in 2013 for a banned anabolic steroid, the US. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said on Friday.
May 01, 2014
Inspired Atletico ease past Chelsea to set up Madrid final
Atletico Madrid produced an inspired display of counter-attacking football to beat Chelsea 3-1 in the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg in London on Wednesday and set up an all-Spanish final against city rivals Real.
April 30, 2014
Real Madrid humiliate Bayern to storm into Champions League final
Real Madrid tore apart Bayern Munich's ragged defence with a ruthless first-half display as they thrashed the defending champions 4-0 in their own stadium to reach their first Champions League final for 12 years.
April 29, 2014
Rio Olympic Games preparations "worst" ever, says IOC VP Coates
International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice president John Coates called Brazil's preparations for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games "the worst" he has ever seen and critically behind schedule, but warned there is no "plan B" to find another host.
April 25, 2014
Former Barca coach Vilanova dies of cancer, aged 45
Former Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova has died following a battle with cancer that forced him to stand down at the end of last season, the club announced on Friday.
Narang misses 10m air rifle C'wealth Games berth
Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra made the cut, but London Games bronze winner Gagan Narang failed to qualify in the 10-metre air rifle event for the upcoming Commonwealth Games.
April 20, 2014
Monte Carlo Masters: Wawrinka beats Federer to title
Third seed and Australian Open champion Wawrinka recovered from the loss of the opening set to claim his maiden Masters title on the Monte Carlo clay just six weeks before the start of the May 25-June 8 grand slam tournament in Paris.
French League Cup: Edinson Cavani's double hands PSG the title
Paris St Germain collected their first trophy of the season when Edinson Cavani's double secured a 2-1 victory against Olympique Lyon in the French League Cup final on Saturday.
F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone faces German bribery trial
Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone goes on trial for bribery in Germany this week in a case that threatens to end the Briton's long reign as the commercial boss of the motor sport.
April 19, 2014
Federer ousts ailing Djokovic in Monte Carlo semis
Roger Federer beat an injured Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-2 to set up an all-Swiss Monte Carlo Masters final with Stanislas Wawrinka after the Australian Open champion ousted David Ferrer.
April 14, 2014
Domenicali resigns as Ferrari F1 boss
Stefano Domenicali resigned as Ferrari's Formula One team principal on Monday, and the company's North America president and chief executive Marco Mattiacci was appointed as his replacement.
April 10, 2014
Jamaica's Powell banned for 18 months
Former 100 metres world record holder Asafa Powell was banned for 18 months by a Jamaican anti-doping disciplinary panel on Thursday after he tested positive for a banned substance last year.
April 08, 2014
First Look: Pele's hair turned into diamonds for superfans
Pele has unveiled an unusual line of diamonds using strands of the football legend's own hair, local media reported.
April 06, 2014
Lee Chong Wei, Wang Shixian win India Open badminton
Defending champion Lee Chong Wei produced one of his finest performances to retain the men's singles title with a straight-game victory over familiar foe Chen Long of China in the final of the US $250,000 Yonex Sunrise Metlife India Super Series in Delhi on Sunday. In an all-Chinese women's singles final, All-England champion Shixian Wang, seeded second, kept her cool at crucial moments to overcome Olympic champion and top seed Li Xuerui 22-20, 21-19 in 47 minutes.
April 05, 2014
Bayern Munich slump to first league loss in 18 months
Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich suffered their first league defeat in 18 months when they slumped to a 1-0 loss at Augsburg on Saturday as Sascha Moelder's first-half strike ended their record 53-game unbeaten league run.
April 04, 2014
India Open: Yihan too good for Saina, Chong Wei ends Kashyap's run
London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal bowed out of the $250,000 India Open Super Series after a straight games defeat to world No 2 Yihan Wang in the quarter-finals of the women's singles at the Siri Fort complex in Delhi on Friday.
April 03, 2014
Saina, Kashyap reach quarter-finals in India Open
Saina Nehwal finally broke her jinx at the $250,000 Indian Open Super Series badminton, storming into the quarter-finals of the women's singles with a straight-game victory over Thailand's Natcha Saengchote, in Delhi, on Thursday. The world No 8 Indian did not go beyond the second round in the last three editions of the Open and broke the hoodoo when she thrashed Natcha 21-15, 21-12 in just 35 minutes at the Siri Fort Sports complex. Parupalli Kashyap also continued his good run to reach the quarter-finals. He prevailed over his training partner, R M V Gurusaidutt, 21-15, 16-21, 21-11 in the men's singles.
April 02, 2014
India Open: Kashyap shocks world No 7 Zhengming; Sindhu loses
Parupalli Kashyap came up with a brilliant performance to shock world No 7 Zhengming Wang of China in the US $250,000 India Super Series badminton tournament, in Delhi, on Wednesday.
April 01, 2014
IAAF ratifies Anju's top finish in 2005 World Athletics Final
Star Indian long jumper Anju Bobby George has officially become the gold medal winner of the World Athletics Final, held at Monte Carlo in 2005, after the International Association of Athletics Federation ratified the result of the meet.
March 31, 2014
Champions League: Mourinho confident of Chelsea's good show in Paris
Chelsea will give a better account of themselves in the Champions League in Paris on Wednesday than they did in an unexpected weekend defeat at CrystalPalace, manager Jose Mourinho said on Sunday.
March 30, 2014
Hamilton wins Malaysian Grand Prix in Mercedes one-two
Britain's Lewis Hamilton won the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday, taking a pole-to-flag victory ahead of Nico Rosberg in a first one-two for Mercedes since they returned to Formula One as a works team in 2010.
March 29, 2014
Candidates Chess: Anand wins in Russia, sets up Carlsen rematch
Five-times world champion Viswanathan Anand proved all his critics wrong and won the Candidates Chess tournament after settling for a draw
March 26, 2014
Jude Felix is India's new senior men's hockey coach
Former India captain Jude Felix has been appointed coach of the senior men's hockey team. The Olympian will work under chief coach Terry Walsh, Hockey India said on Wednesday.
March 24, 2014
Barca win at Real to blow La Liga title race wide open
Barcelona blew the La Liga title race wide open when Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick in a 4-3 comeback win for the champions at 10-man Real Madrid in an action-packed 'Clasico' on Sunday.
March 23, 2014
Sigurdsson winner caps superb Spurs fightback against Saints
Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a stoppage time winner after Christian Eriksen's double as Tottenham Hotspur stormed back from 2-0 down to beat Southampton 3-2 in the Premier League on Sunday.
Candidates Chess: Anand beats Topalov to regain sole lead
India's Viswanathan Anand regained the sole lead with a sparkling victory over former challenger Veselin Topalov from Bulgaria in the ninth round of Candidates Chess tournament in Khanty Mansiysk on Sunday.
Bundesliga: Bayern struggle to win over Mainz
Bayern Munich had to put their Bundesliga title celebrations on hold on Saturday after beating gutsy Mainz 05 2-0 while Borussia Dortmund also won, 3-0 at Hanover 96.
Serie A: Roma breeze past Chievo, Immobile 'tricks' for Torino
First-half goals by Gervinho and Mattia Destro helped AS Roma strengthen their grip on second place in Serie A with a 2-0 win at Chievo Verona on Saturday.
Barca's Pique back in time for Sunday's 'Clasico'
Barcelona have Gerard Pique back for Sunday's La Liga 'Clasico' at leaders Real Madrid but captain and fellow centre back Carles Puyol has not managed to shake off a knee injury, the Spanish champions said on Saturday.
March 21, 2014
Svidler forces Anand to fourth straight draw
Five-time World champion Viswanathan Anand played out a fourth consecutive draw after signing peace with Peter Svidler of Russia in the seventh round at the Candidates Chess tournament in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia, on Friday. At the half-way stage of the tournament, Anand has 4.5 points out of a possible seven.
March 20, 2014
Van Persie hat-trick takes Manchester Utd past Olympiakos Piraeus
Robin van Persie's hat-trick lifted the gloom surrounding Manchester United and manager David Moyes as the English side beat Olympiakos Piraeus 3-0 to overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit and reach the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday.
March 19, 2014
Candidates Chess: Anand stays ahead with draw against Karjakin
Five-time World champion Viswanathan Anand remained in sole lead after a third straight draw, signing peace with Russian Sergey Karjakin in the sixth round of Candidates Chess tournament in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia, on Wednesday.
March 18, 2014
La Liga: Bilbao held at Villarreal
Athletic Bilbao missed a chance to tighten their grip on Spain's fourth Champions League qualification place when they had to come from behind to rescue a 1-1 draw at 10-man Villarreal in La Liga on Monday.
Serie A: Totti returns from buttock injury to help Roma win
Francesco Totti made an instant impact on his return from a buttock injury when he scored one goal and helped set up another in AS Roma's 3-2 Serie A win over Udinese on Monday.
Liverpool to mark Hillsborough anniversary with commemorative scarves
Liverpool are calling on football fans from around the world to show their support for the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster by sending in club scarves.
Hosts Australia top seeds for 2015 Asian Cup football tourney
Hosts Australia have been named top seeds for the 2015 Asian Cup ahead of next week's draw and will avoid being drawn in the same group as defending champions Japan.
March 17, 2014
'Pistorius knew South African gun safety rules'
Double-amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius, on trial for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, was aware of South African firearms and self-defence laws that say you cannot shoot at an intruder unless your life is in danger, a court heard on Monday.
Serie A: Pirlo goal punishes Genoa in dramatic tie, Milan lose again
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon saved a penalty and Andrea Pirlo curled in a trademark free kick late in the game to give the Serie A leaders a dramatic 1-0 win at Genoa on Sunday.
La Liga: Messi becomes highest goal-scorer for Barca
Lionel Messi hit a hat-trick as Barcelona warmed up for the El Clasico with Real Madrid next weekend with a 7-0 victory over Osasuna that put them four points off the top of La Liga.
March 16, 2014
Premier League: Gerrard scores twice as Liverpool crush Man Utd
Two Steven Gerrard penalties helped Liverpool to a crushing 3-0 victory at bitter rivals Manchester United on Sunday to leave them breathing down the necks of Premier League leaders Chelsea.
BNP Paribas Open: Sania Mirza, Cara Black lose in final
Sania Mirza and her Zimbabwean partner Cara Black lost to top seeds Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan and Peng Shuai of China in straight sets in the women's doubles final of the BNP Paribas Open, a Premier WTA tournament, at Indian Wells.
March 14, 2014
Candidates Chess: Anand in 54 moves draw with Topalov
Five-time World champion Viswanathan Anand played out an easy draw with black against former World champion Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria in the second round of the Candidates Chess tournament in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia, on Friday.
March 13, 2014
Candidates chess: Anand beats top seed Aronian in first game
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand displayed top form to beat top seed and rating-favourite Levon Aronian of Armenia in the first
Bayern boss Hoeness gets three-and-a-half years' jail for tax evasion
A German court convicted Uli Hoeness of tax evasion on Thursday and sentenced the soccer manager who turned Bayern Munich into one of the world's most successful clubs to three-and-a-half years in jail.
March 12, 2014
Swiss Open badminton: Sindhu, Kashyap, Anand advance
India's leading shuttlers P V Sindhu, Parupalli Kashyap and Anand Pawar got off to winning starts in the singles event at the US $125,000 Swiss Grand Prix Gold tournament in Basel on Wednesday.
Red Tape mix-up leaves Arsenal bench one man short
Arsenal's substitutes' bench was a man short against Bayern Munich on Tuesday after the Premier League side got caught up in red tape.
Ozil injury 'serious', will be out for a few weeks: Wenger
Mesut Ozil's unhappy spell continued on Tuesday when the Arsenal and Germany midfielder suffered an injury against Bayern Munich that manager Arsene Wenger said is likely to keep him out for several weeks.
Champions League: Bayern knock out Arsenal; Atletico make quarters after 17 years
Defending champions Bayern Munich survived a shaky second half and missed a late penalty against Arsenal on Tuesday to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.
March 11, 2014
Media banned from covering Pistorius trial
Media will be banned from covering the Oscar Pistorius murder case in order to protect the dignity and sensitivities of the friends and relatives of deceased Reeva Steenkamp.
Edeh's late goal takes East Bengal past Mohammedans
East Bengal got the better of Mohammedan Sporting by the odd goal in three at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on Tuesday evening to move up to seventh in the Airtel I-League table.
Sindhu to miss Malaysia Grand Prix Gold
In a bid to keep herself fit for the packed international schedule this year, Indian shuttler P V Sindhu will not be defending her women's singles title at the $120,000 Malaysia Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament to be held at Johor Bahru from March 25-30.
'India a key market to spread women's tennis'
The Women's Tennis Association, which has turned to Asia to grow its sport, is unclear how the International Tennis Premier League is going to pan out. 'We are still learning about it, just as the world and the media is,' said Melissa Pines, Vice-President, Asia-Pacific, on the sidelines of its new announcement to bring the season-ending BNP Paribas WTA Championships to South East Asia for the first time this year.
'Barcelona have done nothing wrong in Neymar transfer'
The controversy surrounding the transfer of Brazilian Neymar to Barcelona is 'unfair' because the Spanish champions have done nothing wrong, club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said on Monday.
March 10, 2014
Dennis Rodman vows never to go back to North Korea
Dennis Keith Rodman, who faced widespread criticism after his controversial trip to North Korea recently, has reportedly said that he would not return to the oppressive state if the American people did not want him to go.
Ozil over Champions League penalty miss, says Wenger
Record signing Mesut Ozil is now over his key penalty miss against Bayern Munich having ended a three month goal drought with a dynamic display in the FA Cup win over Everton, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.
Serie A: Roma lose to Napoli; Juve take 14 point lead
AS Roma's lingering hopes of catching Serie A leaders Juventus were virtually extinguished after two stunning Pepe Reina saves kept them at bay and Jose Callejon's late goal handed third-placed Napoli a 1-0 home win on Sunday.
Bundesliga: Dortmund edge Freiburg; Bayern thrash Wolfsburg 6-1
Borussia Dortmund edged past Freiburg 1-0 on Sunday courtesy of captain Sebastian Kehl's first goal in almost two years to go four points clear in second place in the Bundesliga.
La Liga: Real go three points clear, add to Barca's woes
Real Madrid took full advantage of Barcelona's shock defeat at Real Valladolid with a 3-0 home win over 10-man Levante on Sunday that put Carlo Ancelotti's in-form side three points clear at the top of La Liga.
March 09, 2014
'Sportspersons and not Federations are backbone of sport'
Recently-elected Indian Olympic Association president N Ramachandran has promised to make national federations more accountable and transparent in their functioning, saying that he would not hesitate to resign from his position if he fails to make a difference.
Ligue 1: Ibrahimovic shines again as PSG stay eight points clear
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was again the chief tormentor as French champions Paris St Germain won 3-0 at Bastia to stay eight points clear at top of the Ligue 1 on Saturday.
Serie A: Finely-crafted Di Natale goal sinks sorry Milan
A beautifully-worked Antonio Di Natale goal saw lowly Udinese beat AC Milan 1-0 in Serie A on Saturday to deal a huge blow to the visitors' prospects of European football next season.
March 08, 2014
Divij, Raja clinch first Challenger title in Kyoto
The fast rising Indian pair of Divij Sharan and Purav Raja came from a set down to win their first title ATP Challenger title of the season as the top seeded Indians tamed Miachel Venus and Sanchai Ratiwatana via Super tie-breaker in the summit clash of the All Japan Indoor Championships, in Kyoto on Saturday.
Indian Wells: Unseeded American shocks fancied Azarenka
Unseeded American Lauren Davis secured the first big upset of the BNP Paribas Open when she ousted third seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in the second round in Indian Wells on Friday.
Spurs should follow Liverpool's lead, says Sherwood
Tottenham Hotspur head coach Tim Sherwood is looking to the example set by Brendan Rodgers' resurgent Liverpool as he plots for the future despite not receiving long-term assurances about his own position.
Hamilton confident Mercedes can deliver
Lewis Hamilton believes his Mercedes Formula One team can live up to their advance billing as favourites when the season starts in Australia next week.
Saina knocked out of All-England Championship quarters
India's campaign came to a premature halt in the All-England Badminton Championship when ace shuttler Saina Nehwal was thrashed by Chinese Shixian Wang in the quarter-finals of the women's singles in Birmingham on Friday.
Former British No 1 Baltacha battling cancer
Former British No 1 Elena Baltacha has been diagnosed with liver cancer, the Scot said on Friday.
Bayern chief Hoeness to be tried for tax evasion
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness, once one of Germany's most admired soccer managers, goes on trial on Monday charged with tax evasion in a case that has shocked the nation and changed attitudes towards paying taxes.
March 07, 2014
Ukraine Paralympic chief says will quit Games if Russia invades
Ukraine's Paralympic chief said on Friday his team would quit the Winter Paralympic Games if Russia invaded his home country, adding that he hoped the competition would be able to spread peace instead.
Messi vomiting 'not normal', says Barcelona coach Martino
Recent episodes of vomiting suffered by Barcelona forward Lionel Messi are 'not normal' but they do not affect his performance and there is no cause for alarm, coach Gerardo Martino said on Friday.
Williams put picture of Senna on their car
Williams will have a picture of Ayrton Senna on their car this season as Formula One marks the 20th anniversary of the triple champion's death.
All-England: Saina struggles into quarter-finals
Saina Nehwal was made to sweat by American Beiwen Zhang before making it to the women's singles quarter-finals in the All-England Badminton Championships in Birmingham on Thursday night. The seventh seeded Indian ace needed an hour to quell the challenge of the American qualifier 24-22, 18-21, 21-19 in a second round match.
March 06, 2014
Friendlies: Brazil fired by Neymar hat-trick; England struggle vs Denmark
Neymar's hat-trick lit up a powerful Brazil performance as the 32 nations taking part in this year's World Cup tested out their squads on a busy night of friendlies on Wednesday which also brought victories for Spain, Germany and France.
Ronaldo becomes Portugal's highest goal-scorer
Portugal captain Cristano Ronaldo became the country's record goal-scorer during their 5-1 win against Cameroon in an international friendly on Wednesday.
All England Championships: Saina advances, Sindhu crashes out
Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal emerged the lone survivor at the US $400,000 All England Championship, thrashing Scotland's Kirsty Gilmour in straight-games to reach the second round even as compatriot PV Sindhu fell by the wayside in Birmingham.
March 05, 2014
'Boxers will not suffer due to IBF termination'
The Indian Boxing Federation might be in trouble following its termination by the International Boxing Association (AIBA), but Sports Minister Jitendra Singh assured the boxers that their training would not suffer and would be provided with all the required facilities.
Can psychologist help brighten England's World Cup fortunes?
Sports psychologist Steve Peters has been called on to give England renewed hope at the soccer World Cup having worked wonders for Britain's cyclists at the Olympics and helped Liverpool's Premier League title challenge.
Witness: Pistorius asked friend to 'take blame' for restaurant gunshot
'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius asked a friend to take the blame for him accidentally discharging a pistol under the table of a posh Johannesburg restaurant in January 2013, a month before he killed his girlfriend, his murder trial heard on Wednesday.
Saina off to a winning start in All England Championship
Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal started her campaign on a positive note, advancing to the second round of the women's singles competition but it was curtains for Parupalli Kashyap and K Srikanth in the men's singles category of the All England championship in London.
Chelsea's Hazard shuns Mourinho's advice for rest
Eden Hazard is disputing Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's assertion that the attacking midfielder is due a rest, the 23-year-old insisting that he plays consistently better when fed a steady diet of action.
From football to TV: Beckham to turn presenter for show on BBC
David Beckham has reportedly signed a deal with BBC One to launch his TV presenting career.
Goal-machine Suarez 'very happy' at Liverpool
I feel in a very good place, physically and mentally. Every day, I feel better in this club, says Luis Suarez.
Vettel warns Red Bull to improve car or face 'debacle' in Australia
Four-time Formula One champion and Red Bull racer Sebastian Vettel has warned his team that they might be facing a debacle unless they improve their car before the season opens at the Australian Grand Prix in two weeks.
March 04, 2014
Judge in Pistorius case warns media over leaked photo
The judge in the murder trial of South African track star Oscar Pistorius warned the media to behave on Tuesday after a local television station leaked a photo of the state's first witness, who had asked that her image not be broadcast.
FA racism claims: Former England managers slam Campbell
Two former England managers and one of the country's most famous black players have rubbished allegations by Sol Campbell that he would have been national team captain for more than 10 years if he was white.
World boxing body ends ties with India, says office-bearers damaging sport
Furious with the current logjam in the suspended Indian Boxing Federation, the International Boxing Association has terminated the IBF from
March 03, 2014
Pistorius trial witness: 'Bloodcurdling screams, then four gun-shots!'
Taking the stand after the Paralympic and Olympic star pleaded not guilty to murdering his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14 last year, neighbour Michelle Burger testified that she was woken in the middle of the night by a woman shouting for help.
Tennis Rankings: Bopanna moves to 12th; Somdev, Yuki retain positions
India's Rohan Bopanna on Monday jumped four places to 12th in the latest doubles ranking chart. The soar in rankings was courtesy his title victory at the ATP Dubai 500 event.
Arvind Bhat wins German Open
Indian shuttler Arvind Bhat ended a seven-year title drought by winning the German Open Grand Prix Gold with a gruelling three-game upset victory over 12th seed Dane Hans-Kristian Vittinghus in the men's singles final in Mulheim an der Ruhr.
La Liga race tightens after Madrid derby draw, Barcelona win
The three-horse race for the La Liga title tightened on Sunday when leaders Real Madrid drew 2-2 at city rivals Atletico and Barcelona won 4-1 at home to Almeria.
Serie A: Llorente, Tevez double-act strikes again for Juventus
The Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez double act struck again on Sunday with both players scoring to give Juventus a 2-0 win at AC Milan which strengthened their grip on Serie A.
Ligue 1: Cavani scores on comeback as PSG move eight points clear
Edinson Cavani enjoyed a memorable comeback after spending four weeks on the sidelines with a thigh injury as he scored in Paris St Germain's 2-0 win over Olympique Marseille on Sunday to help his side move eight points clear at the top of Ligue 1.
March 02, 2014
Bidding process for IPL-style Indian Super League opens from Monday
The much-anticipated IPL-style Indian Super League (ISL) is set to roll again. The bidding process of the football tournament will start from on Monday. Bhullar has big drop, Kapur moves up in South Africa
Gaganjeet Bhullar faltered in the third round as he stumbled to a two-over 74 and dropped from overnight ninth to tied 35th at the the Tshwane Open in Centurion on Sunday.
Bahrain circuit to honour Michael Schumacher
Seven time world champion Michael Schumacher, still in a coma in a French hospital after a skiing accident in late December, is to have the first corner of Bahrain's Formula One circuit named after him.
Dimitrov staves off Anderson challenge for Acapulco crown
Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov edged out South Africa's Kevin Anderson 7-6 (7-1), 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) in a three-hour slugfest to claim his second career title with victory in the Acapulco International final on Sunday.
Moscow gay athletic Games disrupted, suffers harassment
Disruption and police intrusions marred Russia's first open Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) athletic competition this week, organisers said.
Arvind rallies to make German Open final
Former national champion Arvind Bhat entered the $120,000 German Open Grand Prix Gold finals after registering a thrilling three-game victory over Chinese Taipei's Tien Chen Chou in the men's singles in Mulheim an der Ruhr, Germany.
Brazil has left FIFA with a huge challenge: Valcke
FIFA has been left with a huge challenge following Brazilian delays in building stadiums for the 2014 World Cup, secretary general Jerome Valcke said Saturday.
F1 testing: Massa on top for Williams, Vettel sidelined
Brazilian Felipe Massa put Williams on top on the penultimate day of pre-season testing in Bahrain on Saturday while Red Bull's quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel failed to complete a lap.
Campbell kicks up row, claims FA racist for not giving him England captaincy
Former England defender Sol Campbell believes he would have been national team captain for more than 10 years if he was white, according to extracts from his new biography that is being serialised by The Sunday Times newspaper.
Serie A: Roma drop points in drab draw with Inter
AS Roma missed the chance to put pressure on Serie A leaders Juventus after playing out a frustrating goalless draw with Inter Milan in front of a half empty Stadio Olimpico on Saturday.
Bundesliga: Robben 'tricks' for Bayern and other bizarre goals...
Lightning struck twice for Marc-Andre ter Stegen on Saturday when the Borussia Moenchengladbach goalkeeper scored a bizarre own goal in a 1-1 draw at Eintracht Braunschweig and his opposite number also put through his own net.
March 01, 2014
Ghosal enters quarter-finals of Windy City squash
India's Saurav Ghosal caused a major upset when he beat higher-ranked Tarek Momen of Egypt to enter the quarter-finals of the PSA Windy City Open squash tournament.
Golf: Bhullar moves into top-10; Kapur makes cut
Gaganjeet Bhullar put himself in a fine position for a top-10 finish as he carded a seven-under 65 to move to tied ninth place at the halfway stage of the Tshwane Open in Centurion.
Arvind storm into semis of German Open
Senior Indian shuttler Arvind Bhat advanced to the semi-finals of the $120,000 German Open Grand Prix Gold after registering a straight-game victory over Danish 14th seed Viktor Axelsen in Mulheim an der Ruhr.
Doctors await 'eye movements' from Schumacher
Doctors working to bring out Formula One legend Michael Schumacher from his induced coma are reportedly hoping to see eye movements from the German as they enter the third week of their 'waking up' process.
Mourinho critical of Premier League schedule before Fulham tie
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has hit out at the Premier League schedule, saying his players have not had a chance to recover from their midweek Champions League match before playing Fulham on Saturday.
February 28, 2014
"Blade Runner" Pistorius faces day in court
Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius will stand in a Pretoria dock on Monday to face a charge of murdering his girlfriend, opening the decisive chapter in the story of the rise and fall of one of the world's most recognisable athletes.
Murray escapes to victory, Ferrer retires in Acapulco
Andy Murray rallied from a set and a break down against Gilles Simon to advance to his first semi-final since he won last year's Wimbledon title while top seed David Ferrer retired with a thigh strain at the Acapulco International on Thursday.
Federer, Djokovic to meet in Dubai semi-finals
Five-time champion Roger Federer brushed aside Lukas Rosol on Thursday to set up a mouthwatering semi-final clash with Novak Djokovic in the Dubai Championship.
February 27, 2014
Arvind enters men's singles quarter-finals of German Open
Arvind Bhat continued his impressive run to enter the men's singles quarter-finals of the $120,000 German Open Grand Prix Gold after posting a straight-game victory over Daren Liew of Malaysia in Mulheim an der Ruhr.
Rashid leads the field by four strokes in SAIL-SBI Open
A double bogey threatened to spoil his card but Rashid Khan made a superb recovery as he scored a three-under 69 to lead the field by four strokes at the halfway stage of the SAIL-SBI Open at the Delhi Golf Course.
La Liga: Real looking to bury Atletico's title challenge
Real Madrid can bury Atletico's hopes of winning La Liga with a third straight victory against their city neighbours on Sunday that would leave the capital's second club trailing by six points.
February 26, 2014
AFC Cup: Pune FC, Myanmar's Nay Pyi Taw in 2-2 draw
Pune FC played out a 2-2 draw with Nay Pyi Taw FC in their AFC Cup 2014 Group-H opener at the Shree Shivchhatrapati Sports Complex, in Balewadi, Pune, on Wednesday. The point from the match meant Pune FC occupy the second place in the table along with Nay Pyi Taw FC, behind leaders Hong Kong's Kitchee (3 pts).
FIFA inspects venues, says India has potential to host 'tremendous'U-17 WC
Satisfied with the infrastructure in place, a FIFA team, which is in Delhi to inspect stadia, said India has the potential to host a "tremendous Under-17 World Cup" in 2017. It, however, asked the AIFF to be proactive in its planning and execution.
Somdev's Dubai run over after defeat to Jaziri
Somdev Devvarman frittered away chances galore and crashed out of the men's singles at the Dubai Duty Free Championships after a straight sets defeat to fellow-wild card Malek Jaziri in the second round on Wednesday.
Van Persie lashes out at Manchester United teammates. Read on to know why...
Manchester United's Dutch striker Robin van Persie criticised some of his Manchester United teammates for "sometimes occupying the spaces I want to play in" following their 2-0 defeat to Olympiakos in the Champions League last-16 opening leg at the Karaiskakis Stadium on Tuesday.
Chess World champ Carlsen launches app; criticises own game
Norway's Magnus Carlsen, the world's 23-year-old reigning chess champion, has launched an app based on his own past games to make chess more popular, but he'd prefer its players not get good enough to beat him.
Bhupathi offers Nadal 1.1 million dollars per night for IPTL
World number one Rafael Nadal is reportedly being offered 1.1 million dollars per night to play in three of the eight matches of the inaugural International Premier Tennis League (IPTL), which has borrowed its format from the lucrative Twenty20 tournament Indian Premier League (IPL).
Champions League: Galatasaray boss Mancini not optimistic about beating Chelsea
Mancini, who comes up against the Premier League leaders in the Round of 16 first-leg at the Turk Telekom Arena in Istanbul on Wednesday, does not fancy his side's prospects.
Champions League: United stunned by Olympiakos; Dortmund thrash Zenit
Manchester United's dwindling hopes of lifting a trophy this season are dangling by a thread after they produced an abject display to lose 2-0 at Olympiakos Piraeus in a Champions League last-16 first leg on Tuesday.
February 25, 2014
Somdev advances in Dubai after Del Potro retires hurt
India number one Somdev Devvarman registered the biggest win of his career, beating world No 5 Juan Martin Del Potro in the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Championships, on Tuesday. The victory, though, was achieved after the Argentine retired mid-way through the contest.
Why is Chelsea manager Mourinho angry?
If reports are to be believed, it is a video posted online that has got the Portuguese's goat. According to the European press, Canal Plus, a French TV channel put up a video where Mourinho has questioned the quality of strikers in his Chelsea squad.
TV presenter Morgan takes a jibe at United on Twitter
British TV personality Piers Morgan has trolled Dutch footballer Robin van Persie, whose switch from Arsenal to Manchester United has been a sore point for many, on Twitter after Manchester United beat Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Floyd Mayweather to face Maidana in welterweight title fight
Five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. will face Marcos Maidana of Argentina in a welterweight title fight on May 3, the American announced on Monday.
Bopanna-Qureshi storm into quarters of Dubai event
Rohan Bopanna and his Pakistani partner Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi continued their fine form and advanced to the men's doubles quarter-finals of the Dubai Duty Free Championships.
Zidane's son to try out for France Under-19s
Zinedine Zidane's son Enzo has won the chance to be selected for the French Under-19 squad, a potential first step along the path of his father, who rose to international fame winning the World Cup with his country in 1998.
FA Cup: Hull City, Charlton advance to quarter-finals
Goals from Curtis Davies and Robert Koren earned HullCity a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals with a 2-1 replay win at home to Brighton and Hove Albion on Monday.
Resentful Huntelaar takes aim at Real Madrid
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has gone on to become one of the Bundesliga's most prolific strikers since he was shunned at Real Madrid and will finally have a chance to show his former club what they are missing on Wednesday.
Serie A: Napoli stung by player they loaned to Genoa
Napoli's decision to loan Emanuele Calaio to Genoa came back to haunt them on Monday when the 32-year-old scored with a late free kick in a 1-1 Serie A draw costing his owners two points in the race for a Champions League spot.
February 24, 2014
Jamaican Campbell-Brown cleared by CAS
Jamaican sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown has been cleared to resume her career by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), her American-based lawyer Howard Jacobs said on Monday.
Champions League: Problems for Zenit and pies for Dortmund in last 16
Borussia Dortmund fans will be offered tea and pies at Zenit St Petersburg on Tuesday but there will be no such generosity on the pitch with the Russians intent on reaching their first Champions League quarter-final.
Nasri warns Manchester City against Cup defeat ramifications
Samir Nasri has warned his Manchester City team mates that failure to beat Sunderland in Sunday's Capital One Cup final could derail a season that currently has them in contention for four trophies.
ATP Rankings: After Delhi Open triumph, Somdev zooms to 78
India's No 1 singles player Somdev Devvarman on Monday jumped 18 places to become World No 78 in the latest ATP rankings. The tennis star had his Delhi Open triumph to thank.
Czech Berdych wants two-yearly Davis Cup contest
Double Davis Cup winner Tomas Berdych has called for the annual competition to be played every two years, warning the current format was destroying tennis's top team prize.
Becker hired to improve mental approach: Djokovic
Coach Boris Becker can help Novak Djokovic acquire a greater mental toughness to better his recent record in Grand Slam finals, the Serb said ahead of the Dubai Championships which begin on Monday.
Bundesliga: Mueller brace gives Bayern 14th consecutive league win
Runaway leaders Bayern Munich appeared to barely break sweat in a 4-0 win at Hanover 96 to chalk up their 14th Bundesliga win in a row on Sunday, leaving them a huge 19 points clear at the top.
Serie A: Juve beat Torino in controversial derby tie; Milan held
Carlos Tevez scored a stunning goal as Serie A leaders Juventus beat Torino 1-0 on Sunday to continue an extraordinary dominance of their neighbours.
La Liga: Shock defeat for Atletico at Osasuna; Bilbao win
Atletico Madrid's La Liga title challenge took a nosedive when they slumped to a shock 3-0 defeat at Osasuna on Sunday, leaving Real Madrid three points clear at the top.
February 23, 2014
Swedish ice hockey player Backstrom fails dope test
Sweden's Nicklas Backstrom missed Sunday's Olympic ice hockey final at the Sochi Winter Games after testing positive for a banned substance.
Somdev triumphs at Delhi Open in style
India's top singles star lifted his third ATP Challenge title as he outclassed top seed Aleksandr Nedovyesov 6-3, 6-1 in the final of the $ 100,000 ONGC-GAIL Open in New Delhi on Sunday.
Barcelona's Pique out for two weeks but should be fit for Manchester City
Barcelona were hit with more bad news on Sunday when centre back Gerard Pique was ruled out for about two weeks with a calf problem.
Table Tennis: Desai loses Qatar final
India's Harmeet Desai went down against Tristan Floreof France in the Under 21 Men's Singles final at the $3.5 million ITTF World Tour Qatar Open in Doha.
No snappy phrases in Sochi Games closing ceremony, says IOC boss
There will be no single snappy phrase to describe the Sochi Olympics at the closing ceremony on Sunday, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said, breaking with the organisation's tradition of decades.
Late-night Cilic sets up Anderson showdown in Florida
Croatian Marin Cilic continued his recent run of sizzling form by overpowering John Isner 7-6(7-5), 6-3 in a late-night showdown to advance to the Delray Beach Open final against South Africa's Kevin Anderson.
FIFA team inspects Cooperage ground as part of U-17 WC preparation
A two-member FIFA team visited the refurbished Cooperage football ground in Mumbai on Sunday to have a look at its artificial playing surface and other amenities as part of their inspection of eight venues short-listed to host the Under-17 World Cup in 2017.
UEFA chief Platini wants 'stupid' triple punishment rule scrapped
UEFA president Michel Platini has repeated his call for the "triple punishment" of red card, penalty and suspension to be dropped following two controversial dismissals in the Champions League this week.
Sochi Games: Last day of thrill on ice before Games close
Defending ice hockey champions Canada play 2006 winners Sweden in the Olympic final on Sunday, bringing the curtain down on two weeks of thrills and spills at the Winter Games in Sochi.
Venus clinches first title since 2012 with Dubai Open victory
Venus Williams crushed Frenchwoman Alize Cornet 6-3, 6-0 in the final of the Dubai Championship on Saturday, the veteran American bagging her first singles title since 2012.
Serie A: Nainggolan helps Roma sink Bologna; tail Juve by six points
AS Roma's Radja Nainggolan scored his first goal for the club as they edged lowly Bologna 1-0 away in a closely-fought Serie A match on Saturday to move within six points of leaders Juventus.
Calhanoglu's 40mt shot tops Bundesliga on day of drama
The Bundesliga enjoyed a bumper afternoon of stunning goals and penalty drama on Saturday with Hakan Calhanoglu's viciously swerving 40-metre free kick for Hamburg SV the pick of the bunch.
February 22, 2014
EPL: Terry's late effort helps Chelsea end Everton's resistance
Chelsea scrambled a stoppage-time winner to snatch a 1-0 victory over Everton on Saturday, showing their Premier League title mettle by claiming three points when they looked on course to suffer another damaging blow.
Arsenal honour Dennis Bergkamp with statue at Emirates stadium
Arsenal unveiled a statue of former striker Dennis Bergkamp on Saturday, the Dutchman becoming the fourth club great to be cast in bronze outside the Emirates Stadium in London.
We failed in Sochi, says German team chief
Germany had set out to equal their Vancouver 2010 performance and finish in the top three in the medals table at the Sochi Olympics but with two days of competition left, team chief Michael Vesper admitted they had failed.
Korean officials seek 'Queen Yuna' enquiry
The outcry over the judging in the women's Olympic figure skating competition took a new turn on Friday when South Korea's skating union requested an investigation into whether it was run fairly.
England's Rooney signs new long-term United deal
England striker Wayne Rooney has signed a four-year contract extension with Premier League champions Manchester United that will keep their prize asset at the club until June 2019.
February 21, 2014
Italy bobsledder Frullani tests positive in Sochi
Italian bobsleigh athlete William Frullani has tested positive for a banned substance at the Sochi Winter Olympics and will not compete with the team on Sunday, Italian officials said on Friday.
German Biathlete tests positive for stimulant in Sochi
An unnamed German biathlete has tested positive for a stimulant at the Sochi Winter Olympics, making it the first doping case at the Games in Russia, a German ski federation official said on Friday.
Harrington treated for skin cancer
Ireland's Padraig Harrington has had surgery for skin cancer, the three-times major winner has revealed.
Neymar deal completely legal: Barcelona club president
Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has reiterated the club's innocence of tax fraud in the signing of Neymar and insisted the operation to bring the Brazil forward to the Catalan capital was "completely legal".
Transfer row: Barca's Neymar breaks silence, hits out at former club Santos
Barcelona and Brazil striker Neymar has launched an attack on his former club Santos and spoken out in support of his father, insisting he had the right to make millions from the player's transfer last year.
Final leg of Manchester United's 'Rising Stars' program kicks-off in Goa
The two-day talent hunt -- the Airtel Rising Stars final -- conducted by Manchester United coaches kicked off at Duler Stadium in Mapusa, Goa on Thursday.
Setback for prosecution in Pistorius shooting case
South African prosecutors have removed a key argument for premeditation by reportedly admitting that Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius may not have been wearing his prostheses when he fired the shots that killed his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp.
Sochi Games: S Koreans blame Putin for skater Yuna's loss
South Koreans blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin and biased judging at the Sochi Games after their top skater Kim Yuna was denied back-to-back Olympic golds by Russia's Adelina Sotnikova.
Spurs manager calls Ukraine pitch a disgrace
Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood criticised the state of the pitch after his side were beaten 1-0 in the first leg of their Europa League last 32 tie at Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in Ukraine on Thursday.
Soriano's 50-metre goal brightens up Europa League
Jonathan Soriano scored an incredible goal from near the halfway line to complete a stunning 3-0 win for Salzburg away to once-mighty Ajax Amsterdam in the Europa League round of 32 on Thursday.
River fear stadium ban after fan throws wood at player
River Plate could face a Monumental Stadium ban after a fan threw a piece of wood and hit Godoy Cruz defender Leandro Grimi as he celebrated scoring the equaliser in his team's 2-1 upset win on Wednesday.
February 20, 2014
Sindhu reaches world number 9 in BWF ranking
Badminton teen sensation P V Sindhu improved one more place to close the gap with ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal in the latest world ranking released in Kuala Lumpur.
Some Ukraine team members leave Games: IOC
Some members of Ukraine's Sochi Olympics team have decided to leave the Winter Games as widespread anti-government protests back home have left dozens dead and hundreds injured, the International Olympic Committee said on Thursday.
Pussy Riot criticise Sochi Winter Games in new video
Members of the all-women protest group Pussy Riot released a new music video on Thursday criticising Russia's staging of the Winter Olympics and its human rights record, in a rare show of dissent during the Games.
Barca deny wrongdoing after tax fraud reports
Barcelona have denied wrongdoing after local media said Spain's public prosecutor had asked for charges to be brought against the club for alleged tax fraud in last year's signing of Brazil forward Neymar.
IOC pats Ukrainian athletes' spirits; Pussy Riot members get whiplashing
Following deadly clashes at home in which at least 26 people were killed, the Ukraine's Olympic team wore black armbands at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games on Wednesday.
Vettel reveals Red Bull has fresh problems
Red Bull's pre-season problems showed little sign of easing in Bahrain testing on Wednesday with four-times world champion Sebastian Vettel managing only 14 laps on the first day.
Champions League: Bayern win at Arsenal, Atletico beat Milan
Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid made it four away wins from the opening four Champions League last-16 first leg matches when they triumphed at Arsenal and AC Milan respectively on Wednesday.
February 19, 2014
Bjoerndalen becomes most decorated Winter Games athlete
Ole Einar Bjoerndalen earned his 13th Olympic medal on Wednesday to become the most decorated Winter Games athlete when Norway won gold in the biathlon mixed relay.
Himanshu Thakur ready for flag to fly at closing ceremony
India's only Olympic Alpine skier Himanshu Thakur finished last in the men's giant slalom on Wednesday and cannot wait for the Sochi Games to end.
Sochi: Himanshu finishes disappointing 72nd in giant slalom
India's campaign in the Sochi Winter Olympic Games came to a disappointing end with Himanshu Thakur finishing 72nd in the men's giant slalom event.
Barcelona make mockery of crisis talk as last eight beckons
Barcelona dismissed any notion they are a declining force when they won 2-0 at Manchester City on Tuesday to virtually guarantee their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the seventh successive season.
Swansea fired me for breach of contract, says Laudrup
Michael Laudrup said on Tuesday he was sacked as manager of Premier League Swansea City this month for a breach of contract.
February 18, 2014
Hockey India League: Mumbai Magicians stun Uttar Pradesh Wizards
They struggled for most part of the tournament but Mumbai Magicians drew curtains on their campaign in the second Hero Hockey India League in style, defeating Uttar Pradesh Wizards 3-2 to register their second consecutive victory in Lucknow on Tuesday.
Pussy Riot protest members detained by Sochi police
Pussy Riot protest band members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova said they were detained on suspicion of theft in the Winter Olympics host city of Sochi on Tuesday, less than two months after their release from prison under an amnesty.
Unhappy Del Potro says won't play Davis Cup this year
Juan Martin del Potro said on Monday he will not play in Argentina's Davis Cup playoff tie in September due to his differences with the Argentine Tennis Association (AAT).
February 17, 2014
Fencing Association of India re-instated by its world body
With the IOA's return to the Olympic fold, Indian fencers will be able to represent the country after Fencing Association of India's (FAI) suspension has been revoked by the sport's international federation.
We have to bounce back quickly, Gerrard says after FA Cup defeat
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says Sunday's defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup will not halt his team's momentum as they head into the crucial final stretch of the season.
No foul play in Schumacher fall: Police
French investigators have ruled out any third party involvement in the ski accident of former Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher and have closed the case, the local prosecutor said on Monday.
NBA: East rally to win record-setting All-Star game
Kyrie Irving and Carmelo Anthony set aside the unrest with their respective teams and put on a dazzling show that vaulted the Eastern Conference to a 163-155 comeback win over the West in the highest scoring NBA All Star game ever on Sunday.
Inspector to probe fire at Brazil World Cup stadium
An independent inspector will look into possible structural damage caused by an October fire at a World Cup stadium in western Brazil, following a Reuters report that the blaze was far worse than government officials have previously said.
Ice hockey: Canada, US advance; Russia sweats
With the win, the defending gold medallists avoided a possible quarter-final clash with Russia, and will instead play the winner of Latvia versus Switzerland qualification game.
La Liga: Real Madrid back on top after comfortable win at Getafe
Real Madrid extended their unbeaten run to 25 matches and rejoined Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga when Jese, Karim Benzema and Luka Modric scored in a 3-0 win at Getafe on Sunday.
Copa Claro: Ferrer beats Fognini to earn Buenos Aires three-peat
David Ferrer won his third consecutive Buenos Aires ATP claycourt title, and the sixth in a row by a Spaniard, when he beat Italian Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-3 in the final on Sunday.
ABN Amro Open: Berdych ends title drought with Rotterdam victory
Czech Tomas Berdych claimed his first ATP singles title in over a year with a comprehensive 6-4, 6-2 victory over Croatia's Marin Cilic at the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam on Sunday.
February 16, 2014
Mourinho a 'boring bully', says former Arsenal keeper Wilson
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is "disrespectful" and a "bully" for describing Arsene Wenger "a specialist in failure", former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson said on Sunday.
Keshavan hopes for new beginning in sports administration
Elated after tri-colour was hoisted at the Sochi Games Village, Indian luger Shiva Keshavan hoped for a new beginning in sports governance in the country.
Shot putter Om Prakash wins gold at Asian Indoor Athletics
Shot putter Om Prakash Singh Karhana gave the lone gold to India in the 6th Asian Indoor Athletics Championships as he won the gold medal on the second and final day of the event at Hangzhou, China.
Skiiers Jansrud, Samkova mine gold in Sochi mountains
Norway's Kjetil Jansrud sped to Olympic gold in the men's Super-G alpine skiing on Sunday and Eva Samkova of the Czech Republic won the women's snowboarding cross on the testing course where a Russian skier broke her back a day earlier.
Rooney yet to sign contract extension with Manchester United
Reports that the England striker Wayne Rooney has signed a record-breaking new contract with Manchester United are premature, club sources said on Sunday.
India flag hoisted at Sochi marking Olympic return
India completed its return to the Olympic family on Sunday when its flag was hoisted at the Sochi Games, five days after the International Olympic Committee lifted its suspension on the Southeast Asian nation.
Villarreal match suspended after smoke bomb thrown
Villarreal's La Liga match at home to Celta Vigo was suspended shortly before the final whistle when a smoke bomb was thrown on to the pitch on Saturday.
Serie A: Palacio, Icardi star in Inter's 2-1 win over Fiorentina
Inter Milan's Rodrigo Palacio and Mauro Icardi struck in a 2-1 win at Fiorentina on Saturday to secure their struggling side's first away victory in Serie A since early November.
Bundesliga: Bayern thrash Freiburg 4-0
Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich crushed Freiburg 4-0 on Saturday, recording their 13th successive Bundesliga victory and extending their league unbeaten streak to 46.
La Liga: Messi tops Di Stefano as Barcelona, Atletico go clear
Lionel Messi overhauled Real Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano's La Liga goals tally as Barcelona and Atletico Madrid each won on Saturday to pull three points clear of Real at the top.
FA Cup: Manchester City find scoring touch to beat Chelsea 2-0
Manchester City rediscovered their swagger to beat Chelsea 2-0 and move into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup on Saturday, Manuel Pellegrini winning the battle of tactical wits against Jose Mourinho.
Ligue 1: James Rodriguez at the double as Monaco win at Bastia
Colombian James Rodriguez scored both goals in Monaco's 2-0 victory at Bastia on Saturday, keeping them in contention for the Ligue 1 title, five points behind leaders Paris St Germain.
February 15, 2014
Lavillenie beats Bubka's indoor pole vault world record
Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie of France established a pole vault indoor world record by clearing 6.16 metres at a meeting in Donetsk.
Sochi: Russian skier Komissarova 'seriously hurt' in training crash
Russian Skicross racer Maria Komissarova has been seriously hurt in training with doctors making an immediate decision to operate, the Russian Freestyle Federation said.
Lusofonia Games: Athletes return 'defective' medals; organisers red-faced
The 'defective medals' have brought shame to the organisers of the Lusofonia Games. Three Goan athletes have returned their medals won at the Lusofonia Games-2014 in Goa after they allegedly began losing sheen, leaving the organisers red-faced even as they stopped payment to the medals' manufacturers. Former England great Finney dies aged 91
Tom Finney, one of England's greatest players who was famously known as the 'Preston Plumber, has died at the age of 91, his former club Preston North End said on Friday.
February 14, 2014
Sochi Olympics: Iqbal finishes 85th in Cross-Country Ski
India's cross country skier Nadeem Iqbal had a disappointing outing as he finished 85th in the men's 15km classic run event at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.
Schumacher has beaten lung infection: report
Formula One legend Michael Schumacher, lying in a coma in a French hospital since a December skiing accident, has overcome a lung infection, German daily Bild reported on Friday. The newspaper had reported two days earlier that Schumacher had contracted pneumonia last week, but it said on Friday that the infection in fact had happened earlier and "this week no longer spells an acute danger".
India wake up late to boost medal hopes at 2014 CWG, Asiad
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) put in place 14 high-level expert committees, which have been mandated to identify the country's medal prospects and provide them with specialised training in the run up to the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games to be held later this year.
Pistorius talks of sorrow a year after Steenkamp shooting
South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius on Friday broke his months-long silence about the shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, calling her death at his hands a year ago a "devastating accident".
February 13, 2014
Sochi Olympics: Ski jumps are fine, official says in wake of crashes
The International Ski Federation has no concerns about the ski jumps at the Sochi Winter Olympics, a federation spokesman said on Thursday, in the wake of two night-time training crashes, one of which sent an athlete to hospital.
Napoli blitz Roma to reach Italian Cup final
Two goals in three devastating second-half minutes helped Napoli reach the Italian Cup final on Wednesday with a 3-0 win over AS Roma in the second leg of their semi-final in Naples, to clinch the tie 5-3 on aggregate.
February 12, 2014
No way back for Terry says England manager
Former England captain John Terry will not be brought of international retirement to play at this year's World Cup finals in Brazil, manager Roy Hodgson said on Wednesday
Schumacher 'now battling pneumonia'
Stricken Formula One champion Michael Schumacher has developed pneumonia as doctors try to bring him out of the artificial coma that he has been in since December 29, German media reported.
February 11, 2014
Yuki sails to Rd 2 of ATP Challenger
Fresh from winning the Chennai leg, Yuki Bhambri advanced to the second round, even as the other two Indians Saketh Myneni and Vishnu Vardhan made quiet exits in the $50,000 ATP Challenger at BTA Courts in Kolkata.
'IOA has realised it cannot do without Olympic Charter'
International Olympic Committee member in India, Randhir Singh described the country's return to Olympic fold as a "great development" but said the 14-month suspension would not have happened had the IOA "realised" the importance of the IOC Charter.
Won't have to walk under IOC flag again: Himanshu Thakur
Having endured a "strange" feeling while walking under the IOC flag in the opening ceremony of Sochi Winter Olympics, Himanshu Thakur is a relieved man now as he will be able to take part in the closing ceremony under the tri-colour after the world body lifted the ban on the country.
ISSF ratifies Heena Sidhu's world pistol mark
The world record set by Heena Sidhu-Pandit, who became the first Indian pistol shooter to bag an ISSF-World Cup Finals gold last November, has been ratified by the world shooting body.
Let us focus on Asiad, CWG, says Former IOA President Malhotra
The Indian Olympic Association returned to the Olympic fold after a 14-month suspension following the election of N Ramachandran as Indian Olympic Association president after the new elections that were held on Sunday.
Mourinho takes jibes at 'engineer' Pelligrini before EPL tie
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho stoked up his war of words with Manuel Pellegrini on Monday by questioning the Manchester City manager's sums.
Arsenal fan killed Liverpool supporter in Kenya after 5-1 mauling
An Arsenal fan in Kenya stabbed a Liverpool supporter to death on Saturday while they were watching on television the English Premier League match as the Merseyside club beat the Londoners 5-1, said a local police chief.
India back in Olympic fold after IOC lifts ban
In news that will please Indian sports lovers, IOA secretary-general Rajeev Mehta confirmed on Tuesday that the International Olympic Committee has lifted the ban on India.
Injured Ribery out of Bayern's first leg against Arsenal
Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery is out of the Champions League last-16 first leg at Arsenal on February 19 after having an operation on burst blood vessels in his buttocks.
Neymar back in training and close to Barcelona return
Barcelona forward Neymar has trained with the squad for the first time since injuring his ankle last month and is close to a return to action, the club said on Monday.
February 10, 2014
Jaipur girl realises dream of shooting alongside Bindra, wins two gold
I decided to become a shooter after watching Abhinav Bindra win a gold medal for the country, 21-one-year-old shooter Apurvi Chandela tells Shahnawaz Akhtar.
Sochi volunteers filling empty seats, say organisers
Sochi Winter Olympics organisers are asking volunteers to fill some of the empty seats at venues during competition, they said on Monday.
West Ham to sell Upton Park after Olympic move
West Ham United have agreed to sell their ground at Upton Park to London developer Galliard Group once they have moved to the Olympic Stadium in 2016, the club announced on Monday.
Luger Keshavan finishes disappointing 37th at Sochi
India's Shiva Keshavan finished a disappointing 37th, out of 39 participants, in the men's singles luge competition at the Sochi Winter Olympics.
Ski Jumping: Pole Stoch gets off sick bed to win gold
World No 1 Kamil Stoch shrugged off a bout of sickness on Sunday to easily win the men's Olympic ski jump normal hill title, capturing Poland's first individual Winter Games title since 1972.
Monfils beats holder Gasquet to win Montpellier title
Frenchman Gael Monfils overwhelmed compatriot and defending champion Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-4 in the Montpellier International tournament final on Sunday to claim his first title in more than two years.
Serie A: Tevez brace not enough as Juventus held
Carlos Tevez scored two early goals for Juventus before the Serie A leaders squandered the lead in a 2-2 draw at Verona on Sunday.
Walker hangs on to win Pebble Beach
Jimmy Walker did it the hard way, almost squandering a huge lead before registering a nervous one-stroke victory to continue his hot start to the season at the $6.6 million Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Sunday.
February 09, 2014
Luger Keshavan 37th after penultimate round
Out of contention for a medal, India's Shiva Keshavan remained at a disappointing 37th spot after third and penultimate round of men's singles luge competitions in the Sochi Winter Olympic Games on Sunday.
India elects new officials in bid to overturn Olympic ban
The decks were cleared for India's return to the Olympic fold after a 14-month suspension with Indian Olympic Association conducting its polls with N Ramachandran being elected as the president.
China to compete with Oslo, Krakow in bid to host 2022 Winter Games
Beijing staked its bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, which if selected will earn the Chinese capital the distinction of being the first city to organise both summer and winter versions of the Games.
Luka will win gold at Glasgow CWG: PT Usha
Legendary athlete P T Usha expressed hope that her student Tintu Luka would win gold medal in the 800 metres at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this year.
AIFF barred from IOA elections
The All India Football Federation was barred from attending the special GBM as well as elections of Indian Olympic Association on the grounds that it did not follow the "proper procedure" while sending names of their delegates, a charge which the AIFF has denied.
Four medals for Indian boxers at Bocskai event
India finished with four medals as boxer L Devendro Singh clinched gold at the Bocskai Invitation Tournament in Debrecen, Hungary.
Bindra claims third gold in Inter Shoot Tri series
Ace Indian shooter Abhinav Bindra added another gold to his tally at the Inter Shoot Tri series Shooting and became the first individual to win three gold medals in the event at Hague, Netherlands.
Bundesliga: Bayern have lucky escape against Nuremberg
Runaway leaders Bayern Munich survived a torrid opening against Nuremberg, who hit the bar and had two players carried off injured in the first half hour, before hitting back for a 2-0 win in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
U.S. warns of privacy threats at Sochi Olympics
The United States on Friday issued a fresh travel alert for Americans attending the Sochi Winter Olympics, citing cybersecurity threats and warning them to have "no expectation of privacy" using Russian communications networks.
Brazilian striker Maicon killed in car accident
Shakhtar Donetsk striker Maicon has been killed in a car crash, the Ukrainian club said on their website on Saturday.
Luger Keshavan virtually out of contention at Winter Games
India's Shiva Keshavan brought up the rear after two rounds of men's singles luge competition, finishing 37th out of 39 athletes at the Sochi Winter Games, on Saturday.
February 08, 2014
EPL: Hazard helps Chelsea go top; Arsenal thumped at Liverpool
An Eden Hazard hat-trick swept Chelsea back to the top of the Premier League on Saturday when they beat Newcastle United 3-0 at Stamford Bridge after previous leaders Arsenal were thrashed 5-1 at Liverpool.
Serena withdraws from Indian Wells after 'careful consideration'
Hopes that Serena Williams would end a 13-year boycott of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells were dashed on Friday when the World No 1 said she would not be competing in the event "after careful consideration".
Putin declares Sochi Winter Games open
Russian President Vladimir Putin declared the Sochi Winter Games officially open on Friday at a high-octane opening ceremony before 40,000 spectators at the gleaming new Fisht Stadium.
Tretyak, Rodnina light flame at Sochi opening ceremony
The honour of lighting the Sochi Olympic flame was given to two triple Olympics champions on Friday as Vladislav Tretyak and Irina Rodnina jointly lit the cauldron at Russia's first Winter Games on Friday.
February 07, 2014
Four gay rights protesters arrested before Games
Russian police arrested four gay rights protesters who unfurled a banner in St Petersburg on Friday declaring "Discrimination is incompatible with the Olympic Movement", gay rights group All Out said.
Neville, Giggs eye move for minnows Salford City
While David Beckham has launched plans for a glamourous new club in Miami, his old Manchester United team mates Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs are preparing to invest in SalfordCity in the eighth tier of English soccer.
Yuki shocks Somdev to enter Chennai Challenger final
Yuki Bhambri emerged triumphant in the contest between the country's leading tennis players, brushing aside the challenge of India No 1 Somdev Devvarman in straight sets to breeze into the final of the ATP Challenger in Chennai on Friday. Ranked 71 places below his compatriot at 174, Yiki beat the top seeded 6-2, 6-4 in an hour and 41 minutes in the semi-finals of the US $50,000 hard court event.
'We would one day succeed in including polo as an Olympic sport'
Polo is regarded as sport of the kings. It was played by the likes of Darius, Genghis Khan, and Alexander the Great. Dr Richard T. Caleel, the president of the Federation of International Polo (FIP) was in Jaipur recently. Rediff.com's spoke to Dr Caleel on how the FIP is trying to popularize the sport. Rio 2016 has no time to waste, needs to win over public
Pressure on the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics continued to mount when the International Olympic Committee said on Thursday the city had no more time to waste and needed to win over the hearts of the Brazilian people.
US, European security officials worry about Sochi-related attacks
Intelligence agencies believe attacks by militants during the Sochi Winter Olympics are highly likely, but will probably be aimed at "softer" targets elsewhere in Russia, such as public transportation or other civilian venues, US and European officials said.
Winter Games begin, Putin keen to prove doubters wrong
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics on Friday determined to prove his doubters wrong after militant attacks, a row over gay rights and ballooning costs overshadowed preparations.
Nadal pulls out of Buenos Aires tournament
Rafael Nadal will miss next week's ATP tournament in Buenos Aires following a stomach bug that has hindered his recovery from the back injury he sustained at the Australian Open.
February 06, 2014
LeBron James eager for role with Beckham's Miami franchise
Miami Heat forward LeBron James, one of the greatest basketball players of all time, said on Wednesday he hoped to be involved with David Beckham's plan to bring a Major League Soccer (MLS) team to Miami.
Has Liverpool manager Rodgers given up on EPL title race?
Brendan Rodgers has ruled Liverpool out of the Premier League title race this season, although he believes his side will play a part in deciding where the trophy ends up.
I'm very fortunate to still be playing: Fletcher
Darren Fletcher is lucky to be playing after chronic bowel disease threatened to end his career, the Manchester United midfielder said on Wednesday.
IOC says no 'healthy' dogs being killed in Sochi
Olympic chiefs tried to ease concern about the fate of stray dogs in Sochi on Wednesday, saying only sick and dying animals were being destroyed before the city hosts the Winter Games.
Italian Cup: Gervinho brace helps Roma down Napoli in thriller
Two goals from in-form Gervinho, including the winner two minutes from time, gave AS Roma a thrilling 3-2 victory in their Italian Cup semi-final first leg against Napoli at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday.
Hocky India League: UP hold Delhi to a draw
Uttar Pradesh Wizards held last year's runners-up Delhi Waveriders 1-1 in the third drawn encounter of the second edition of Hero Hockey India League at the floodlit Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi.
February 05, 2014
Beckham plans to make Miami team a global soccer franchise
Former England football captain David Beckham announced on Wednesday that he is exercising his option to become the owner of a Major League Soccer team in Miami.
Somdev, Yuki on course for semis clash
India's top two singles players, Somdev Devvarman and Yuki Bhambri headed towards a possible semi-final clash in the $50,000 ATP Challenger event after beating their respective rivals in contrasting fashion in Chennai.
Ronaldo handed three-match ban after red card
The Portugal forward will miss Real's league games against Villarreal, Getafe and Elche but will be available for the King's Cup semi-final, first leg at home to holders Atletico Madrid later on Wednesday and the return game next week.
Wiggins's kids bullied after Armstrong drugs admission
The children of British cyclist Bradley Wiggins were bullied and had to move schools following Lance Armstrong's admission last year that he had taken drugs while winning the Tour de France seven times.
Beckham to announce franchise decision in Miami
Former England soccer captain David Beckham and Major League Soccer will announce on Wednesday that he is exercising his option to become the owner of a team in Miami, sources close to the negotiations said.
Malaysia fines 17 players for match-fixing
Malaysian soccer authorities have found an entire lower league team guilty of match-fixing in the latest scandal to blight the country's corruption-riven competitions.
Ibrahimovic brace takes PSG into fifth League Cup final
Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck a last-minute winner to put Paris St Germain in the French League Cup final with a 2-1 win at Nantes on Tuesday having opened the scoring as they boosted their hopes of a maiden domestic double.
Swansea sack manager Laudrup after EPL debacle
Swansea City have sacked their Danish manager Michael Laudrup with the Welsh club having dropped into a Premier League relegation battle after a dramatic slump in form that has left them two points above the drop zone.
Anand's disappointing time in Zurich ends with fifth place finish
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand continued to struggle with form and had to be content with a fifth-place finish after a poor show in the rapid section of the Zurich Chess Challenge that concluded in Zurich on Tuesday.
FA Cup: Fulham go down to Sheffield in extra-time
Fulham's abject season reached a new low as third-tier Sheffield United snatched a last-gasp winner in extra time to dump the Premier League side out of the FA Cup 1-0 in a fourth round replay on Tuesday.
February 04, 2014
Two Austrian Olympians get kidnap threats on eve of Sochi Games
Austria's Olympic Committee received a letter threatening to kidnap two Austrian athletes at the Games that start this week in Sochi, Russia, the Austria Press Agency reported on Tuesday, citing national committee head Peter Mennel.
Liberty, Discovery seek 49 per cent stake in Formula One?
Liberty Global and Discovery Communications have made a joint approach to CVC Capital about buying a 49 percent stake in Formula One, the Telegraph reported, without citing sources.
Zurich Chess challenge: Anand draws with Carlsen, occupies joint fourth spot
Viswanathan Anand mantained his composure and played out an easy draw against reigning World champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the fifth and final round of classical section at the Zurich Chess challenge on Tuesday.
Woods meets Sachin, then tweets, 'Tendulkar's so cool'
They are legends in their own right, but it iconic cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has managed to floor ace golfer Tiger Woods when the two greats caught up in the capital on Tuesday.
Serie A: Lazio president claims he received over 50 death threats
Lazio president Claudio Lotito has received more than 50 death threats since the club sold midfielder Hernanes to Inter Milan at the end of the January transfer window, he said on Monday.
Newcastle's director Kinnear resigns after controversial spell
Newcastle United's controversial director of football Joe Kinnear has quit seven months into a three-year deal after his second spell at the Premier League club in which they made no permanent signings for the first-team squad.
Tiger Woods tees off at private Delhi golf event
Legendary golfer Tiger Woods teed off during an exhibition match at a quiet, private event at the Delhi Golf Club (DGC) on Monday.
Serie A: Lopez gives Sampdoria derby win over Genoa
A first-half goal by Maxi Lopez gave Sampdoria a 1-0 win over Genoa in their derby on Monday as they avenged their 3-0 drubbing by their old rivals earlier in the season.
February 03, 2014
Ministry issues norms for awarding Khel Ratna, Dronacharya
With an aim to avoid controversy on giving away sports awards, the government decided to grant 90 per cent weightage to medal winners of Olympics, Asian and Commonwealth Games and World Cup/World Championships held once in four years for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand awards.
Russia scrambles to get hotels ready for Sochi Olympics
About 41,000 rooms are being provided for the Games and any failure to have them ready in time would be a potential blow to President Vladimir Putin's hopes that the Winter Olympics will show how far Russia has come since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
UN secretary general Ban to address IOC session in Sochi
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will deliver a keynote speech at the International Olympic Committee session this week before the start of the Sochi winter Games, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Monday.
IOC chief says seven-year rule not set in stone
An International Olympic Committee rule that forces a sport to wait seven years before it can potentially become part of the Games programme is "more or less obsolete," IOC President Thomas Bach said on Monday.
Zurich Chess Challenge: Anand beats Gelfand; joint third now
Former World champion Viswanathan Anand tasted his first success in Classical Chess this year after defeating his former challenger Boris Gelfand of Israel in the fourth round of the Zurich Chess Challenge on Monday.
Aus swim star Thorpe admitted to rehab for depression
Australian swimming great Ian Thorpe has been admitted to rehab after suffering from depression, local media said on Monday.
Barca targets Man City's Silva as replacement for Xavi
Barcelona is reportedly looking to buy ManchesterCity star David Silva as a replacement for their veteran star midfielder Xavi.
Joshna Chinappa clinches Winnipeg Squash title
Veteran India player Joshna Chinappa lifted her maiden WSA World Tour title winning the Winnipeg Winter Club Open after beating Egypt's Heba El Torky in a hard-fought final in Winnipeg, Canada on Sunday.
'Slowly recovering Schumacher may take several months to emerge from coma'
Formula One legend Michael Schumacher may reportedly several months to wake up from his medically-induced coma, although he is slowly recovering from his devastating head injuries.
La Liga: Ronaldo sent off in Madrid draw; Costa takes Atletico to top
Atletico Madrid took advantage of Barcelona's slip-up to go top of La Liga with a 4-0 victory over Real Sociedad as Real Madrid drew 1-1 at Athletic Bilbao and Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off on Sunday.
Serie A: Juventus beat Inter, go nine points ahead
Juventus made light work of bitter rivals Inter Milan on Sunday, winning 3-1 to increase their Serie A lead to nine points after AS Roma were washed out and Napoli blundered to a 3-0 defeat at Atalanta.
Bundesliga: Bayern tighten stranglehold with 5-0 rout of Frankfurt
Bayern Munich showed no signs of letting up as they routed Eintracht Frankfurt 5-0 on Sunday for their 10th straight home win of the season in the Bundesliga.
February 02, 2014
Arsenal back on top as Liverpool slip up
Arsenal returned to the top of the Premier League on Sunday when they beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium with both goals scored by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Hockey India League: UP eke out a draw against Punjab
Uttar Pradesh Wizards and Jaypee Punjab Warriors finished 2-2 to register the first draw of the second edition of Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) at the Dhyan Chand Stadium in Lucknow.
Davis Cup: 'Somdev needed tough match to boost his confidence'
India's Davis Cup coach Zeeshan Ali on Sunday said it was good for home team players to have got the chance to test themselves in the tie against Chinese Taipei but felt that Saketh Myneni needs to develop fast as a big player if they are to win matches against tough opponents.
Zurich chess challenge: Anand draws with Caruana
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand opened his account after signing peace with Fabiano Caruana of Italy in the third round of Zurich chess challenge now underway in Zurich at the Savoy.
Davis Cup: Saketh, Yuki complete India's 5-0 whitewash of Taipei
Saketh Myneni and Yuki Bhambri recorded dominating straight-set victories as India completed a 5-0 rout of Chinese Taipei in the first round of their Asia/Oceania Group I Davis Cup tie in Indore on Sunday.
February 01, 2014
Credit goes to entire team for my victory: Somdev
A player cannot pull off a marathon five-setter on his own and it takes contribution from the entire team to eke out such a win, Somdev Devvarman said after winning a tough second singles match against Ti Chen.
Tiger's visit will have a huge impact in India: Shiv Kapur
Shiv Kapur, who could be one of the lucky few to get a chance to play with Tiger Woods on his private visit to India, feels the World's No. 1 golfer's coming to the country would make a huge impact.
Hockey India League: Ranchi Rhinos scrape past UP Wizards
Defending champions Ranchi Rhinos eked out a close 2-1 win over Uttar Pradesh Wizards to consolidate their position in the points table of the Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) at the Dhyan Chand Stadium in Lucknow.
Euro 2008-winning Spanish coach Luis Aragones dies
Luis Aragones, the coach of Spain's 2008 European Championship-winning side, has died at the age of 75, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) announced on Saturday.
Zurich Chess Challenge: Anand suffers second successive defeat
Former world champion Viswanathan Anand struggled with his form for the second consecutive day as he suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura of United States in the second round of Zurich Chess Challenge.
Davis Cup: Somdev, Bopanna-Myneni help India whip Chinese Taipei
Somdev Devvarman took just eight minutes to complete the unfinished business as he beat Ti Chen 6-7 (4), 7-6 (3), 1-6, 6-2, 9-7 in the second singles to put India 2-0 ahead in the Asia/Oceania Group I Davis Cup tie in Indore on Saturday.
Davis Cup: Federer, Wawrinka put Switzerland ahead versus Serbia
Switzerland took advantage of Novak Djokovic's absence to open a 2-0 lead over last year's runners-up Serbia in their Davis Cup tie on Friday with Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka winning their singles rubbers.
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero sidelined for a month
Manchester City's leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero is expected to be out for a month with a hamstring injury, the club's manager Manuel Pellegrini said on Friday.
January 31, 2014
Hockey India League: Punjab maintain their winning streak
Jaypee Punjab Warriors defeated Delhi Waveriders 3-1 to extend their winning streak in the second season of the Hero Hockey India League at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi.
Davis Cup: Yuki gives India 1-0 lead; Somdev's match deferred
Yuki Bhambri recovered from cramps just in time to down Tsung Hua Yang but Somdev Devvarman's fate was hanging in balance in the marathon unfinished second singles, suspended due to fading light, as India lead 1-0 in the Asia/Oceania Group I Davis Cup tie in Indore.
'Sochi is safe, Americans should go if they wish'
President Barack Obama said in an interview broadcast on Friday that he believes the Russian city of Sochi is safe and that Americans who want to go to the Olympics should go.
Schumacher blinks during brain tests: reports
Michael Schumacher has blinked during brain tests as he is slowly brought out of his month-long coma, according to reports in French newspaper L'Equipe.
FIFA gets more than 3.5m ticket requests for 2014 World Cup
World football governing body FIFA has reportedly announced that more than 3.5 million requests for the tickets of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil have been made from 199 countries in the second sale phase.
Terror threat for Sochi Winter Games?
A top US intelligence official has said that there is a ''substantial potential'' for security threats against the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, but the key concern for an attack centers on locations outside the main event areas.
Qatar gets 14 days to send labour report to FIFA
Qatar has been given two weeks to provide a report to FIFA on how it has improved working conditions for labourers in the 2022 World Cup host nation.
Another bad day for Red Bull as Ricciardo's car breaks down
Red Bull designer Adrian Newey went back to his drawing board on Thursday after another nightmare day for the Formula One champions in pre-season testing in southern Spain.
Counterfeit NFL goods, tickets seized ahead of Super Bowl
Phony NFL merchandise and tickets worth $21.6 million have been seized and 50 people arrested in a crackdown on counterfeiting ahead of this weekend's Super Bowl, U.S. law enforcement officials said on Thursday.
EPL: Johnson red card revoked; Remy three-match ban stands
NorwichCity midfielder Bradley Johnson's appeal for wrongful dismissal against Newcastle United in the English Premier League has been successful and his suspension revoked, the Football Association said on Thursday.
Santander protest mars King's Cup tie vs Real Sociedad
The King's Cup descended into farce on Thursday when Racing Santander's players, protesting over unpaid wages, refused to challenge for the ball after their quarter-final second leg at home to Real Sociedad kicked off.
Young replaces injured Isner for Davis Cup tie vs Britain
Donald Young has replaced the injured John Isner for the United States and will face Wimbledon champion Andy Murray of Britain in Friday's opening match of the first-round Davis Cup tie in San Diego.
January 30, 2014
Hockey India League: Waveriders thrash Lancers
Delhi Waveriders showed no mercy on the Kalinga Lancers as they inflicted a humiliating 5-0 defeat on the Odisha-based side in match seven of the Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) in New Delhi.
Paul signs 6-month contract with FC Vikings
India international footballer Subrata Paul today signed a six-month contract as the third goalkeeper of Danish top-tier club FC Vikings in Denmark.
Valencia agree to sign Mali midfielder Keita
Valencia have agreed to sign Mali midfielder Seydou Keita on a contract until the end of June with an option for one more season, the La Liga club said on Wednesday.
Ribery and Benzema discharged in sex trial
France soccer internationals Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema have been discharged of solicitation of an underage prostitute, the Paris Correctional Tribunal said on Thursday.
Athletes warned not to wear big country logos to Sochi
Athletes heading to the Sochi Winter Olympics have been warned not to wear team kit with large logos promoting their country on their way to Russia due to security concerns, British Olympic officials said on Thursday.
Zurich Classic: Anand loses to Carlsen; tied third
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand won two, lost two and drew one for a joint third place finish at the blitz tournament of Zurich Chess Classic.
Rory McIlroy sizzles in Dubai Desert Classic
Rory McIlroy hit a sizzling nine-under 63 in the opening round of the $2.5 million Dubai Desert Classic on Thursday, bolstering his hopes of claiming a first European tour win since 2012.
Higuain helps Napoli into Italian Cup semis
Napoli booked a clash with AS Roma in the Italian Cup semi-finals after a late instinctive Gonzalo Higuain backheel lifted Rafael Benitez's side to a 1-0 win over Lazio on Wednesday.
Distin signs contract extension at Everton
Everton's French defender Sylvain Distin has signed a one-year contract extension that will keep him at GoodisonPark until the end of the 2014-15 season, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.
Brazil outlines $2.3 billion in public spending for Olympics
Brazil's government on Tuesday issued its first estimate of public spending on projects related to Rio de Janeiro's 2016 Olympic Games, though the 5.6 billion reals price tag is set to swell as more projects receive approval.
Button reckons McLaren on right track
McLaren's new Formula One car made a belated but encouraging test debut on Wednesday with Jenson Button hopeful the team was picking up speed on and off the track after a dismal 2013 season.
Bundesliga: Sensational Thiago volley earns Bayern last-gasp win
Thiago Alcantara's sensational flying volley in stoppage-time earned Bayern Munich a 2-1 win at VfB Stuttgart on Wednesday, extending their unbeaten run to 43 league games and increasing their Bundesliga lead to 13 points.
King's Cup: Atletico, Barca join Real in semis
Atletico Madrid have a chance to pile more King's Cup misery on neighbours Real after eliminating Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday to set up a last-four clash against the bitter city rivals they beat in last year's final.
January 29, 2014
Davis Cup: Federer to join Wawrinka as Switzerland battle Serbia
Switzerland's former world number one Roger Federer will join Australian Open winner Stanislas Wawrinka in their Davis Cup first-round tie against Serbia next weekend.
AFC Champions League: Pune FC go down to 0-3 Hanoi T&T FC
Pune FC's dream of making it into the AFC Champions League group-stage came to an end after a 0-3 defeat to Vietnamese-side Hanoi T&T FC at the Shree Shivchhatrapati Sports Complex at Balewadi (Pune) on Wednesday.
Recuperating Nadal on course for Buenos Aires ATP event
Rafael Nadal had taken anti-inflammatories and undergone intensive physiotherapy to alleviate a lower back problem and still planned to compete in Buenos Aires next month, his spokesman said on Wednesday.
Rodgers refuses to get carried away by derby mauling
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers enjoyed a first ever victory over Everton with a thumping 4-0 triumph in the Merseyside derby on Tuesday but the former Swansea boss maintained the pursuit of a top-four finish meant more to him than regional superiority.
New challenge for Viswanathan Anand in Zurich
Indian chess ace Viswanathan Anand will find himself in the unfamiliar position of starting as the lowest-ranked player when he takes on a tough field in his first Classical tournament since losing the world title, in the Zurich Challenge in Zurich at the Savoy.
'Harsh' Flamini suspension, Ramsey injury add to Wenger's woes
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has suffered a setback in his recovery from a thigh injury, manager Arsene Wenger said on Tuesday.
King's Cup: Real beat Espanyol to cruise into semis
Real Madrid set up a King's Cup semi-final against holders Atletico Madrid or Athletic Bilbao when they beat Espanyol 1-0 in their quarter-final, second leg on Tuesday for a 2-0 aggregate success.
January 28, 2014
Hockey India League: Punjab thrash debutants Kalinga
Veteran drag-flicker Sandeep Singh scored twice as Jaypee Punjab Warriors drubbed debutants Kalinga Lancers 7-3 in a high-scoring Hockey India League match in Bhubaneshwar.
Schumacher receives muscle training to stop body seizing up in coma
Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is reportedly undergoing muscle training to avoid his body seizing up in coma.
Olympic badminton champ Lee banned for missing dope tests
South Korea's Olympic badminton gold medallist Lee Yong-dae has been hit with a one-year ban for missing doping tests, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) said on Tuesday.
Puma shoves out Nike after two decades as Arsenal's kit supplier
German sportswear company Puma will become the kit supplier to English soccer club Arsenal from next season in a deal worth more than 30 million pounds a year to the Premier League leaders.
No discrimination against gays at Sochi Games: Lawmaker
There will be no discrimination against gay people during the Winter Olympics in Sochi next month, a Russian lawmaker said on Monday.
Balotelli fined for gesturing at Cagliari fans
Maverick striker Mario Balotelli has been fined 10,000 euros for making a provocative gesture to rival Cagliari supporters after scoring against them in AC Milan's 2-1 win on Sunday.
January 27, 2014
Protest in press room not podium, IOC tells athletes at Sochi Olympics
Athletes at the Winter Olympics in Sochi may be punished for making statements on the podium against Russia's anti-gay laws or human rights record but can do so at news conferences without fear of sanction, the IOC said.
Balotelli needs love, says Italy coach Prandelli
Maverick striker Mario Balotelli needs love and will eventually learn from his mistakes, Italy coach Cesare Prandelli said on Monday.
England fans face 15m euro World Cup ticket scam
Football fans in England are reportedly being pulled into a 15 million euro World Cup ticket scam.
Dravid follows Bindra, to mentor junior Olympic, Paralympic athletes
Former Indian cricket captain Rahul Dravid announced his association with GoSports Foundation, on Monday, with an aim to contribute towards the development and mentorship of Indian junior Olympic and Paralympic athletes.
Was Ballon d'Or parade Ronaldo's taunt to Messi?
Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo had reportedly 'taunted' Barcelona ace Lionel Messi after he won the Ballon d'Or by parading the trophy before Madrid's match against Granada, before firing a message as to who is the best around.
EPL: Chelsea complete Salah signing
Chelsea have completed the signing of Basel's Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah, the Premier League club said on their website on Sunday.
Mayor says homosexuality not accepted in Sochi
The mayor of Sochi, the Russian city hosting the Winter Olympics next month, said homosexuality was not accepted in his Caucasus region, but that gay visitors would be welcome at the Games if they respected Russian laws.
Serie A: Balotelli booked for 'vulgar gesture' against Cagliari fans
Mario Balotelli could be in hot water again after he was booked for provoking Cagliari supporters after scoring against the Sardinian side in AC Milan's 2-1 win on Sunday.
Bundesliga: Huntelaar helps Schalke ease past Hamburg
Schalke 04 striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar could not have dreamt of a better comeback after five months out when he scored the opening goal in his side's 3-0 victory at Hamburg SV on Sunday.
January 26, 2014
Spirited UP Wizards stun Ranchi Rhinos 3-2
Uttar Pradesh Wizards twice came from behind to stun defending champions Ranchi Rhinos 3-2 in their opening match of the Hero Hockey India League in Ranchi on Sunday.
Wawrinka defeats injured Nadal to win Australian Open
Stanislas Wawrinka held firm in a match of high drama to defeat an injured Rafa Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 and win the Australian Open on Sunday.
Saina beats Sindhu to lift Syed Modi title
India ace shuttler Saina Nehwal snapped her 15 months title drought, clinching the Syed Modi International India Grand Prix Gold badminton crown with a straight-game victory over compatriot P V Sindhu in the women's singles competition in Lucknow.
High stakes for Putin at costly Sochi Games
The Sochi Winter Olympics are meant to be Vladimir Putin's crowning achievement as Russian leader but are in danger of becoming a symbol of his country's problems.
Qatar triumph could herald amazing year, says Garcia
Former World No 2 Sergio Garcia is hoping his Qatar Masters victory is an encouraging sign of good things to come for the Spaniard this season.
Woods endures nightmare day at Torrey Pines
Defending champion Tiger Woods plunged to new depths when he missed a secondary cut on the PGA Tour for the first time after struggling badly in Saturday's third round of the Farmers Insurance Open outside San Diego.
Will Manchester United shell out 65 million pounds to keep Rooney?
Struggling Premier League champions Manchester United is reportedly ready to commit a staggering 65 million pounds in wages to keep Wayne Rooney at Old Trafford for the next four years.
January 25, 2014
Wilson's double sets up easy win for Waveriders in HIL opener
Australia's Jason Wilson scored a brace as last year's runners-up Delhi Waveriders defeated hosts Punjab Warriors 3-1 in the opening contest of the second edition of the Hero Hockey India League in Mohali.
Churchill Brothers win maiden Fed Cup title
Languishing at the bottom of the heap in the ongoing I-League, Churchill Brothers showed remarkable resilience as they outclassed a formidable Sporting Clube de Goa 3-1 to win their maiden Federation Cup title at the floodlit Nehru Stadium in Kochi.
FA Cup: Aguero saves City from Cup shock, Liverpool advance
Goals from Victor Moses and Daniel Sturridge eased Liverpool through a tricky FA Cup fourth round tie at Championship (second division) Bournemouth on Saturday although they had to work hard for a 2-0 victory.
Ramachandran set to become IOA chief
World Squash Federation president Narayana Ramachandran is set to be elected unopposed as the president of Indian Olympic Association in the polls to be held here next month as he was the only candidate to file nomination papers for the top post.
Paes, Gopichand get Padma Bhushan; Yuvraj Padma Shri
Tennis star Leander Paes and badminton player-turned-coach Pullela Gopichand were selected for the prestigious Padma Bhushan awards while cricketer Yuvraj Singh was among the seven sportspersons chosen for this year's Padma Shri award.
Saina and Sindhu to lock horns for Syed Modi title
A resurgent Saina Nehwal and fast rising PV Sindhu, country's best women shuttlers, set up a summit clash against each other at the Syed Modi International badminton tournament in Lucknow.
Li overwhelms Cibulkova to claim Australian Open
China's Li Na overcame an attack of nerves and weathered a feisty challenge from Dominika Cibulkova before roaring to a 7-6 (7-3), 6-0 victory to win her first Australian Open title on Saturday.
Vucinic left out of Juve squad after failed Inter move
Juventus's Montenegro striker Mirko Vucinic has been left out of their squad for the trip to Lazio in Serie A on Saturday (1945 GMT) after his move to Inter Milan fell through this week.
NBA: Anthony set Knicks record with 62 points
New York forward Carmelo Anthony posted a Knicks' and MadisonSquareGarden record 62 points on Friday as his team toppled the Charlotte Bobcats 125-96.
Barcelona reveal Neymar deal cost almost 118 million dollars
The deal to sign Neymar cost Barcelona 86.2 million euros (71.47 million pounds), including payments to the forward and his family, the club said on Friday after the player's father revoked a confidentiality agreement.
Manchester United agree deal to sign Chelsea playmaker Mata
Manchester United have agreed a deal to sign Spain playmaker Juan Mata from Premier League rivals Chelsea.
FA Cup: Podolski double helps Arsenal rout Coventry City
Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski scored twice in the opening half-hour as the Premier League leaders romped to a 4-0 win over third-tier Coventry City in their FA Cup fourth round tie at the Emirates on Friday.
January 24, 2014
Everton swoop for Ivory Coast striker Traore
Beanpole Ivory Coast striker Lacina Traore has agreed to join high-flying Everton on loan from Monaco for the remainder of the season.
Essien heading to AC Milan
Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien is on his way to AC Milan for a medical, the Serie A club said on Friday.
German court orders Google to block Max Mosley sex pictures
A German court has ordered Google to block search results in Germany linking to photos of a sex party involving former Formula One boss Max Mosley. The court said on Friday that although Google had not taken the pictures it was responsible as a distributor of the images.
Mourinho sad to see Mata on way to Man United
Jose Mourinho said he was sad to see midfielder Juan Mata leaving Stamford Bridge after confirming that the Spaniard's move to Manchester United was imminent on Friday.
Saina, Sindhu, Srikanth book semis berths
Top shuttlers Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu and national champion K Srikanth continued their rampaging run with contrasting victories to reach the semi-finals of the $120,000 Syed Modi International India Grand Prix Gold tournament in Lucknow.
Sardar eager to find his 'scoring stick' in HIL
He has not been on target for quite some time now and India captain Sardar Singh is itching to get a few in order to end his goal-scoring drought while leading his team Delhi Waveriders in the second edition of cash-rich Hockey India League that starts in Mohali on Saturday.
Budget for 2016 Rio Olympics up 27 percent to $2.93 billion
IOC inspectors who visited last year warned that unless the pace of construction picked up soon, some arenas may not be ready in time to host test events ahead of the Games.
Dortmund's Lewandowski lands in soup for allegedly hitting teen
Borussia Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski on Friday denied hitting a teenage supporter who had made an offensive gesture to the striker for signing with Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich.
2019 World Aquatics C'ships: Korean officials guilty of forgery
Two South Korean government officials were handed suspended six-month prison sentences on Friday after they were found guilty of forging documents for southern city Gwangju's successful bid to host the 2019 World Aquatics Championships.
Pitbull's 'We Are One (Ole Ola)' is official World Cup song
Pitbull's "We Are One (Ole Ola)", featuring pop singers Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte, will be the official anthem of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Ribery, Benzema sex trial adjourned
France forwards Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema will know whether they are cleared of soliciting an underage prostitute next Thursday after the Correctional Court of Paris adjourned the case for further deliberations.
Sania-Tecau in mixed doubles final at Australian Open
Sania Mirza and her Romanian partner Horia Tecau waltzed into the mixed doubles final of the Australian Open after beating Australian duo Jarmila Gajdosova and Matthew Ebden 2-6, 6-3, 10-2 at Melbourne Park on Friday.
Chelsea set to sign Salah from Basel
Chelsea have agreed a deal for playmaker Mohamed Salah from Swiss club Basel, the club said on Thursday.
Knee injury renders Columbia's Falcao doubtful for World Cup
Radamel Falcao's hopes of playing at the World Cup finals hung by a thread on Thursday after his Ligue 1 club Monaco announced the Colombia striker required surgery on a left knee injury.
Another blow for Liverpool as Johnson ruled out indefinitely
Liverpool defender Glen Johnson will be out for an indefinite period, adding to the club's injury woes at a crucial period of the season.
EPL: Anelka denies FA charge over Nazi salute
West Bromwich Albion forward Nicolas Anelka has denied an English FA charge regarding an alleged anti-Semitic gesture he made during last month's 3-3 Premier League draw at West Ham United, his club said on Thursday.
Barca President Rosell quits amid Neymar transfer row
Barcelona president Sandro Rosell resigned on Thursday in the aftermath of a Spanish court's decision to investigate last year's signing of Brazil forward Neymar.
January 23, 2014
Saina, Sindhu advance to quarters; Kashyap crashes out
Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu marched into the women's quarter-finals but all the top four seeds, including defending champion P Kashyap, crashed out of the men's event in the Syed Modi International India Grand Prix in Lucknow.
BWF rankings: Saina slips to ninth, Sindhu retains 11th spot
Saina Nehwal, a bronze medallist in 2012 London Olympics, dropped a place to be at ninth position, while P V Sindhu retained her 11th spot in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings issued on Thursday.
Manchester United bid for Chelsea's Mata
Manchester United have bid 35 million pounds for Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata, British media reported on Wednesday.
King's Cup: Tello hat-trick lifts Barcelona to win over Levante
Cristian Tello hit a hat-trick as Barcelona came from behind to win 4-1 in their King's Cup quarter-final first leg at Levante on Wednesday and Lionel Messi celebrated his 400th appearance for the Catalan side.
January 22, 2014
Six of Spanish cyclist's 12 guards killed in Pak danger zone Quetta
Gunmen on Wednesday shot dead six guards protecting a Spanish round-the-world cyclist in a violent and remote area of western Pakistan where a bus bomb killed 24 Shi'ite pilgrims a day earlier, police said.
Aus Open: Federer bests Murray, books semi-final date with Nadal
Roger Federer produced a vintage performance to best Andy Murray 6-3, 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 and move into the semi-finals of the Australian Open.
EPL: Vidic loses appeal over three-match suspension
Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has been suspended for three matches after his appeal for wrongful dismissal against Chelsea was rejected, the Football Association said on Tuesday.
Italian Cup: Gervinho gives Roma revenge over Juventus
A late strike by Gervinho sent AS Roma into the Italian Cup semi-finals with a 1-0 win over league title rivals Juventus in a tense atmosphere at a packed Olympic Stadium on Tuesday.
US military says readying plans for Sochi Olympics security assistance
The Pentagon said US military commanders are "conducting prudent planning and preparations" should American support be required during the Winter Olympics.
King's Cup: Benzema header sinks Espanyol to put Real in charge
Real Madrid continued their impressive start to the new year with Karim Benzema giving them a 1-0 victory in the King's Cup quarter-final first-leg tie away to Espanyol on Tuesday.
Messi in good shape as he targets 400 Barca games
Lionel Messi will reach the milestone of 400 games for Barcelona when they face Levante in the King's Cup on Wednesday and coach Gerardo Martino says he is back in top condition following his hamstring injury.
Fernandes warns he could quit F1
Caterham owner Tony Fernandes warned on Tuesday that he could walk away from Formula One unless his tail-end team showed significant improvement this season.
January 21, 2014
Australian Open: Wawrinka knocks out defending champion Djokovic
Defending champion Novak Djokovic was knocked out of the Australian Open quarter-finals by Stanislas Wawrinka 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 9-7 on Tuesday.
Rafter opts for youth in Aus Davis Cup tie against France
Australia Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter named three teenagers in his squad on Tuesday for their away tie against France, their first World Group appearance since 2007.
FA charge Anelka for anti-Semitic salute
The English Football Association charged Nicolas Anelka on Tuesday for making a 'quenelle' salute after scoring for West Bromwich Albion against West Ham United in the Premier League last month.
Five teams unveiled for Bhupathi's inaugural tennis league
Bangkok, Singapore, Mumbai, Kuala Lumpur and a city in the Middle-East will be home to the first five teams of the inaugural International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) later this year.
Indian football: Offers were made to fix I-League matches?
A Malaysian betting syndicate approached Indian clubs to fix I-League matches last season, a top official said on Tuesday, prompting the country's football federation to take the first step towards setting up an anti-corruption unit.
Sania's women's doubles run at Australian Open over
Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her Zimbabwean partner Cara Black were halted in their stride by the world No 1 Italian pair of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci in the women's doubles quarter-finals at the Australian Open in Mlebourne on Tuesday. The sixth seeds lost 2-6, 6-3, 4-6.
Schumacher's 1998 Ferrari fetches almost $2m at auction
The classic Ferrari car, which was used by Formula One legend Michael Schumacher for 38 races, has reportedly been sold for a whopping 1.7 million dollars at an American auction.
Japan PM may attend Sochi Games, China says no plans to meet Xi
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may attend the opening ceremony for the Sochi Winter Olympics, but China has ruled out any formal meeting with President Xi Jinping whose attendance at the Games has already been confirmed.
Tough words from coach helped me into semis, admits Li Na
China's Li Na allowed herself a small smile of satisfaction after she advanced to her fourth Australian Open semi-final on Tuesday, mindful that an inquisition from coach Carlos Rodriguez earlier in the tournament had helped her get there.
Barcelona opt for rebuilt Nou Camp, not new stadium
Barcelona's board of directors have rejected the option of building a new stadium and will push ahead with a remodelling of the Nou Camp.
Stadium hosting World Cup opener almost ready
The venue that will stage the opening World Cup game in Brazil in June is almost complete, officials said on Monday, even though work has not restarted on the collapsed roof that killed two workers in November.
Bolt set to light up Paris Diamond League again
World and Olympic champion Usain Bolt will be the main attraction during July's Paris Diamond League meeting, organisers said on Monday.
Governments must do more to fight fixing, says FIFA
Footballers who take part in match-manipulation risk losing their careers if caught but those who induce the players and set up the fix do so at almost no risk to themselves, according to FIFA's head of security Ralf Mutschke.
January 20, 2014
Top badminton player Lee Chong Wei mulls retirement
Badminton World No 1 Lee Chong Wei hinted that retirement was on the horizon after the emotional Malaysian sealed his 10th national championship in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.
Australian Open: Nadal survives Nishikori scare; Sharapova exits
Maria Sharapova joined Serena Williams in making an early exit from the Australian Open on Monday but defending champion Victoria Azarenka swept into the quarter-finals with an 18th straight victory at Melbourne Park.
Paes ousts Bhupathi, Saina and Bopanna win at Australian Open
Leander Paes got the better of compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi in a thrilling mixed doubles encounter to enter the third round at the Australian Open, in Melbourne, on Monday. He and Daniela Hantuchova beat eighth seeds Bhupathi and Elena Vesnina 6-0, 2-6, 10-6.
Militants warn of terror attack during Winter Olympics in Sochi
Two men said by Islamist militants to have carried out suicide attacks in south Russia appeared in a video donning explosive belts and warning Vladimir Putin to expect a "present" at the Sochi Winter Olympics from fighters following after them.
January 19, 2014
Dennis Rodman checks into alcohol rehab centre
Retired basketball star Dennis Rodman has checked himself into an alcohol treatment program, his spokesman said Saturday, just days after returning to the United States from North Korea, where he ignited a furor over comments he made about an American citizen held prisoner there.
Australian Open: Paes-Stepanek advance, Bopanna-Qureshi ousted
Veteran Indian star Leander Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek sailed into the Australian Open quarter-finals after a straight-set win over the unseeded pair of Yuki Bhambri and Michael Venus in the men's doubles competition in Melbourne on Sunday.
Shiva Keshavan makes his fifth Olympics, qualifies for Sochi Games
India's sole luge athlete, Shiva Keshavan has qualified for the Winter Olympics to be held in the Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi from February 7 to 23.
Serie A: Vidal brace helps Juve stay eight clear after 12th straight win
Arturo Vidal's double helped Juventus to their 12th straight league win with a 4-2 triumph over Sampdoria and saw the Italian champions restore an eight-point lead at the top of Serie A.
Australian Open: Serena Williams knocked out by Ivanovic
World No 1 and top seed Serena Williams was knocked out of the Australian Open by Serbian Ana Ivanovic on Sunday.
January 18, 2014
No automatic berth for luger Keshavan in Winter Olympics
Luger Shiva Keshavan has apparently not got an automatic quota for next month's Sochi Winter Olympics but likely to get a berth after reallocation of slots among different countries, according to sources.
Performance in HWL Final gave India self belief: Walsh
India finished sixth ahead of Olympic champions Germany in Hero Hockey World League Final and its chief coach Terry Walsh said his wards' performance in the eight-nation event gave the hosts the self belief to take on any side in the world.
India finish 6th in World League Final after late loss to Belgium
Hosts India blew away a goal lead and conceded two late goals to go down 1-2 against Belgium to finish sixth in the Hero Hockey World League Final on a chilly evening at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, in New Delhi on Saturday.
Golf: Lahiri tied seventh, Gangjee 10th at King's Cup
Anirban Lahiri grabbed birdies on three of the four par-five holes to card a one-under 71 under tough scoring conditions and force his way into top-10 at the USD 1 million King's Cup Golf in Hua Hin, Thailand on Saturday.
Azarenka chomps down Meusburger to reach fourth round
Victoria Azarenka remained on course for a third straight Australian Open title with a thumping 6-1, 6-0 victory over Yvonne Meusburger in exactly an hour on Saturday.
Australian Open: Fit Federer, rusty Sharapova advance at Melbourne
Roger Federer boasted of his fitness, Maria Sharapova felt a bit rusty and Andy Murray berated himself but all three eased into the second week of the Australian Open with third round victories at Melbourne Park on Saturday.
American Stephens holds no grudge against Azarenka
Sloane Stephens was keen to swat away any references to a controversial clash against Victoria Azarenka at last year's Australian Open as the American advanced to a possible fourth-round clash against the two-times champion on Monday.
Australian Open: Bhupathi ousted on a day of mixed fortunes for India
India saw a day of mixed fortunes at the Australian Open on Saturday as both, Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna won their respective doubles and mixed doubles matches to enter the third round of the opening Grand Slam of the year in Melbourne.
Roy Keane teams up with author Roddy Doyle for memoir
Booker Prize-winning author Roddy Doyle, creator of some of Ireland's most renowned characters, will tackle one the country's best known when he teams up with Roy Keane to write the former footballer's memoir.
January 17, 2014
Netherlands to face NZ in summit clash of HWL Final
The Netherlands will face underdogs New Zealand in the summit clash of the Hero Hockey World league Final on Saturday after the two teams eked out hard-fought wins over world champions Australia and England at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium.
SAI suspends Dingko for assaulting woman athlete
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) suspended Asian Games gold medallist boxer N Dingko Singh pending inquiry after he allegedly assaulted a woman weightlifter in Manipur.
Yogeshwar helps Bajrang to participate in US tourney
Wrestler Bajrang Kumar's scuttled trip to the USA for a crucial competition was brought back on track by Olympic bronze-medallist Yogeshwar Dutt, who convinced SAI officials in New Delhi to sanction his expenses for the Dave Schultz Memorial International Tournament in Colorado Springs.
Hockey World League: India shock Germany in classification match
Mandeep Singh scored a brilliant hat-trick as India pulled off a sensational come-from-behind 5-4 victory over Olympic champions Germany in a fiercely-contested 5th to 8th places classification match in the Hero Hockey World League Finals in Delhi on Friday.
Yuki-Venus shock 10th seeds; easy for Paes-Stepanek
The wild card team of India's Yuki Bhambri and Michael Venus of New Zealand created a big upset at the Australian Open, shocking tenth seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau in Melbourne on Friday. They needed just 64 minutes to get the better of the experienced Dutch-Romanian pair 6-4, 6-4 in a second round match.
Srikanth's winning run at Malaysia Open ends in quarter-finals
National champion K Srikanth's dream run in the Malaysia Super Series badminton tournament ended in the quarter-finals, beaten in straight games by fourth seed Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia, in Kuala Lumpur, on Friday.
China's Li rules herself out of the 2016 Olympics
China's No 1 Li Na has ruled herself out of playing at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the 31-year-old said at the Australian Open on Friday.
Blatter says Sochi Olympic boycott would change nothing
Sepp Blatter believes that any boycott of the Sochi Winter Olympics would change nothing and those who refused to go in protest against alleged discrimination in Russia would be "surrendering".
Why Olympic medallist Rathore decided to take up shooting
The Athens Olympics silver medallist took up shooting at 28 and said it was a decision he had taken to fill the void left after he returned from the anti-terrorism operation in Jammu and Kashmir.
January 16, 2014
Indian F1 GP was good start; shame it can't return: Damon Hill
Former Formula One World champion Damon Hill says the decision to scrap the Indian Grand Prix after just three years of its launch was a "shame", especially as the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida has a "great track".
Murray rides thrilling 23-point streak to victory
Andy Murray won 23 consecutive points in an inspired passage of play to emerge from a hole and roar to a 6-2, 6-2, 7-5 victory over qualifier Vincent Millot at the Australian Open.
Saina, Sindhu crash out of Malaysian Open
India's campaign in the women's singles came to an early end at the US $500,000 Malaysia Super Series Premier badminton tournament after Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu lost their second round matches, in Kuala Lumpur, on Thursday. While Olympic bronze medallist Saina went down narrowly to lower-ranked Yao Xue of China 21-16, 10-21, 19-21 in 56 minutes, Sindhu was beaten by sixth seed Yeon Ju Bae of Korea 16-21, 19-21 in 45 minutes at the Putra Stadium.
Lone Indian in Brazil ultramarathon runs because 'there's peace there'
When he is not running, Vishwas Bhamburkar spends his time filing Right to Information cases. P Rajendran meets with the only Indian running the Brazil 135 Ultramarathon later this week
F1 boss Ecclestone faces German bribery trial in late April
Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone will stand trial on bribery charges in Munich, according to a statement from a German court.
King's Cup: Ronaldo on target as Real knock out Osasuna
Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo scored the opening goal as 10-man Real Madrid beat Osasuna 2-0 on Wednesday to qualify for the King's Cup quarter-finals 4-0 on aggregate.
January 15, 2014
Hockey World League: Aussies crush India to storm into semis
India squandered a two-goal lead to suffer a 2-7 hammering at the hands of world champions Australia and crash out of the Hero Hockey World League Final in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Federation Cup: Bengaluru FC off to winning start
I-League leaders Bengaluru FC began their Federation Cup campaign in style with a 5-3 win over Sporting Clube de Goa in a thrilling match on Wednesday.
Laureus cancels World Sports Awards in Rio de Janeiro
The London-based organisation did not give any reason for the cancellation, but said it would continue to support sports charity projects in Brazil. Rio state authorities also did not explain why the event would not take place as planned.
Indian athletes get government aid for Sochi Olympics
The Sports Ministry cleared the three Indian athletes qualified for next month's Winter Olympics at government cost despite the trio taking part in the Sochi Games as independent athletes.
Serena contemplating coaching after retirement
Tennis great Serena Williams on Wednesday said she would consider coaching after calling it quits.
Webb included as FIFA name World Cup referees
World Cup final referee Howard Webb has been included among the 25 who were named by FIFA on Wednesday for this year's tournament in Brazil.
Saina, Sindhu advance in Malaysia Open
Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu got off to winning starts in their season, notching up straight-game victories in their respective opening round women's singles matches in the $500,000 Malaysia Super Series Premier on Wednesday.
Australian Open: Yuki, Bhupathi advance; Divij ousted
Yuki Bhambri and his New Zealand partner Michael Venus registered a straight sets victory on their Grand Slam debut, but Divij Sharan's Australian Open campaign ended in the first round, in Melbourne, on Wednesday.
FA Cup: Fulham find form to knock out Norwich
Fulham forgot their Premier League struggles to sweep into the FA Cup fourth round with a 3-0 victory over fellow top-flight strugglers NorwichCity in a third-round replay on Tuesday.
Man arrested for courtside betting at Australian Open
A man has been arrested and charged at the Australian Open for 'courtsiding', a form of gambling that involves placing bets on point outcomes during a match from the side of the court, police said on Wednesday.
King's Cup: High-flying Atletico knock Valencia out
Second-half headers from Diego Godin and Raul Garcia gave holders Atletico Madrid a 2-0 win over Valencia and a place in the King's Cup quarter-finals by 3-1 on aggregate.
Now, Powell says he 'forgot' supplement names
Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell, who tested positive for a banned substance last year, told a disciplinary panel on Tuesday he did not list the supplements he was taking because he could not remember their names.
January 14, 2014
Stoke complete signing of Man City striker John Guidetti on loan
Stoke City have completed the signing of Manchester City striker John Guidetti on loan and secured midfielder Stephen Ireland on a permanent deal from Aston Villa.
Dancevic slams 'dangerous, inhumane' conditions in Melbourne
Canadian Frank Dancevic slammed Australian Open organisers for forcing players to play in "inhumane" conditions after he suffered heat stroke in temperatures of 41 degrees Celcius (108 degrees Fahrenheit) on Tuesday.
'Worth the wait,' says Anju, after World athletics silver upgraded to gold
Long jumper Anju Booby George expressed happiness on Tuesday after her second place finish at the 2005 Monaco World Athletics Final was upgraded to a gold medal, saying the frustrating time she endured for last nine years was worth the wait.
Aus Open: Somdev knocked out in straight sets
India's hopes in the men's singles at the Australian Open were shattered when Somdev Devvarman was knocked out in the first round by Spaniard Feliciano Lopez on Monday.
Federer just happy to have Edberg in his corner
Glancing up at the legends of tennis can make 17-times Grand Slam champion Roger Federer push too hard for the "wow" factor, so new coach Stefan Edberg can expect a cold shoulder from the cool Swiss when watching from the stands.
Kosovo gets FIFA nod to play friendly matches
Kosovo is to be allowed to play friendly matches against FIFA member-states at club and international level with some limitations, world soccer's governing body said on its website (www.fifa.com) on Monday.
Serie A: More misery for Inter, drop points against Chievo at home
Inter Milan's unhappy run continued when they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by lowly Chievo in Serie A on Monday and were jeered off the San Siro pitch by their own fans
Isner wants prize money rule change to lower injury-induced withdrawals
American No 1 John Isner wants injured players to be compensated with first round prize money at Grand Slam to lower the number of early withdrawals.
Former tennis player Capriati cleared of stalking charges
Prosecutors in Florida dropped charges of battery and stalking against Jennifer Capriati on Monday after the retired tennis player completed community service and an anger management class.
La Liga: Villarreal thrash Sociedad 5-1 to claim fifth spot
Villarreal landed a stunning blow on a potential rival for a European qualification berth when Giovani dos Santos and Ikechukwu Uche each struck twice in a 5-1 drubbing of Real Sociedad in La Liga on Monday.
Should India have bilateral hockey series with Pakistan?
The Pakistan Hockey Federation said it has resumed talks with the Indian hockey authorities to have a bilateral series as soon as possible.
Australian Open: Azarenka staggers into 2nd round
Victoria Azarenka's quest for her third successive Australian Open title took a little while to get going before she finally overcame a feisty Johanna Larsson 7-6, 6-2 in their first round match at Melbourne Park on Tuesday.
January 13, 2014
EPL: Giroud fit for Arsenal tie at Aston Villa
Arsenal manger Arsene Wenger remains on the hunt for striking options for his injury-hit squad despite being boosted by the return of forward Olivier Giroud for Monday's English Premier League clash at Aston Villa.
Venus Wiliams suffers first round shock at Australian Open
Ekaterina Makarova, who upset an injured Serena Williams in the fourth round of the 2012 Australian Open, completed a Melbourne Park sweep of the Williams sisters by eliminating Venus 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the second round on Monday.
Hockey World League Finals: Spirited India hold Germany to a draw
India came up with a spirited performance to draw with Olympic champions Germany 3-3 and register their first win at the Hero Hockey World League Finals in New Delhi.
Ronaldo says he has cleared the air with Blatter
Cristiano Ronaldo has patched up his rift with Sepp Blatter following the FIFA president's hairdresser jibe and apparent imitation of the Portuguese international.
Man City's Samir Nasri out for eight weeks with knee injury
Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri expects to be out for around eight weeks after suffering a serious knee injury in Sunday's 2-0 Premier League win at Newcastle United.
Coach Allegri sacked by 11th-placed Milan
AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri was fired on Monday following a series of dismal results from the seven-times European champions.
Doctors say Melbourne heat won't melt players... just as yet
The doctors at the ongoing Australian Open tournament are reportedly confident that the tennis stars can cope with the extreme heat over the next four days.
Serie A: Milan stunned by Sassuolo teenager Berardi, fall to 12th
Nineteen-year-old forward Domenico Berardi scored four quickfire goals to give Sassuolo a 4-3 win over AC Milan on Sunday after they overturned an early two-goal deficit against the seven-times European champions.
La Liga: Real stagger to 1-0 win at Espanyol
Real Madrid closed to within three points of La Liga leaders Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the halfway stage of the season when a Pepe header secured a laboured 1-0 win at mid-table Espanyol on Sunday.
Aus Open: Ferrer, Li beat the heat to advance; Venus, Kvitova knocked out
Top 10 seeds David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych, Stan Wawrinka and Richard Gasquet raced into the second round of the Australian Open on Monday, apparently eager to make the most of relatively mild conditions at Melbourne Park.
Rodgers worried about Liverpool's defense after win
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says his side must tighten up defensively after a 5-3 victory over Stoke City on Sunday in which Daniel Sturridge resumed his lethal strike partnership with Luis Suarez.
January 12, 2014
EPL: Manchester City go top after controversial win at Newcastle
Manchester City went top of the Premier League after securing a controversial 2-0 win at Newcastle United on Sunday with an early Edin Dzeko goal and a stoppage time effort from Alvaro Negredo.
Australia Open: Paes-Stepanek to face Dlouhy-Rosol in opener
Gunning for yet another Grand Slam title, India's old war horse Leander Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek have been seeded fifth at the Australian Open and they will open their campaign against Czech pair of Lukas Dlouhy and Lukas Rosol.
'Faster' Melbourne Park courts not to Nadal's taste
World No 1 Rafael Nadal thinks Melbourne Park's resurfaced hardcourts are playing faster than ever and may not provide a good show for fans when the Australian Open begins on Monday.
Nervy Rafter could 'choke' in doubles return with Hewitt
Australia's Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter has enjoyed smiting foes in the senior's tour since his retirement, but fears he may have bitten off more than he can chew by agreeing to partner Lleyton Hewitt in the Australian Open doubles.
EPL: Hazard and Torres fire Chelsea to the top
Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres applied the gloss to a workmanlike 2-0 victory at Hull City that lifted Chelsea ominously to the top of the Premier League on Saturday.
January 11, 2014
Belgian rider dies on Dakar Rally
Belgian motorcycle rider Eric Palante has died during the Dakar Rally in Argentina, race organisers said in a statement on Friday.
New Zealand thrash India 3-1 in World Hockey League
India disastrous campaign at Hero Hockey World League Final continued as they lost 1-3 to New Zealand to succumb to their second straight defeat in Pool A at the floodlit Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium on Saturday.
Afghan footballer Amiri joins Dempo from Mumbai FC
Top Afghanistan footballer Zohib Islam Amiri has joined Dempo Sports Club till the end of the 2013-14 season.
Study predicts record medal haul for Britain Winter Games
Britain are traditionally also-rans at the Winter Olympics but a statistical study has predicted the team will win a record-breaking six medals at the Sochi Games next month.
Bopanna back in Davis Cup squad, Bhupathi ignored
Rohan Bopanna returned to the country's Davis Cup squad after a two-year gap as AITA named a six-member team on Saturday, for the Asia/Oceania Group I contest against Chinese Taipei, starting January 31 in Indore.
Swiss Wawrinka taking solace in 'failing better'
The recall of a crushing loss might not have the same attraction as the memory of an inspired victory for most top tennis players, but World No 8 Stanislas Wawrinka wears failure as a badge of honour stamped permanently on his arm.
Injured Agger sidelined for up to a month
Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has been ruled out for up to four weeks with a calf injury, manager Brendan Rodgers said on Friday.
Hull sign on Everton's Croatia striker Jelavic
HullCity have agreed a transfer fee with English Premier League rivals Everton to sign Croatia striker Nikica Jelavic.
Bopanna-Qureshi fail to cross final hurdle at Sydney International
Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi finished runners-up at the ATP Sydney International after losing 6-7 (3), 6-7(3) to unseeded Canadian-Serbian combination of Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic on Saturday.
Murray dampens expectations of Australian Open success
Four months after back surgery, Wimbledon champion Andy Murray was understandably cautious on Saturday about his chances of reaching a fourth Australian Open final in five years.
Bolt welcomes hair follicle testing to catch drug cheats
Jamaica's Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt has "no problem" with plans by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to test the hair follicles of athletes in a bid to clamp down on drug cheats in sport.
Formula One: It's car number 5 for No 1 Vettel
Quadruple Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel went for five on Friday with the German choosing to have that numeral on his car when he is eventually deposed as number one.
Del Potro strolls to Sydney title; Isner aces Auckland
Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro served notice of his strong form ahead of the Australian Open when he crushed defending champion Bernard Tomic 6-3, 6-1 in the final of the Sydney International on Saturday.
Winter Games: U.S. warns of possible terrorism at Sochi
The U.S. State Department warned Americans on Friday of the potential for terrorism at the Sochi Olympics but said it was not aware of any specific threat to U.S. citizens.
January 10, 2014
Moyes charged by FA over referee comments
Manchester United manager David Moyes has been charged with misconduct for his post-match comments about the referee after Tuesday's League Cup defeat at Sunderland, the Football Association said on Friday.
World League: England beat hapless India in campaign opener
India dished out a pathetic performance to go down 0-2 to higher-ranked England and start their campaign on a losing note at the Hero Hockey World League Final in New Delhi on Friday.
Wenger expects Walcott to fully recover from knee injury
Arsene Wenger expects forward Theo Walcott to make a full recovery from the cruciate knee ligament injury that will sideline him for six months and keep him out of the World Cup this summer.
Manchester Utd up spirits with Italian Aperol sponsorship deal
Manchester United received some welcome relief from the English soccer champions' on-pitch woes with the announcement on Friday of a sponsorship deal with Italian spirits brand Aperol.
Hockey World League: Argentina stun Netherlands
The opening day of the Hero Hockey World League Final witnessed a major upset as lower-ranked Argentina put up a spirited display to outclass London Olympic silver medallist Netherlands 5-2, while world number two Australia eked out a narrow 3-2 win over Belgium in Pool B at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium on Friday.
Bopanna-Qureshi storm into Sydney International final
Rohan Bopanna and his Pakistani partner Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi entered the final of the men's doubles event of Sydney International tennis with a comfortable straight-set win over Lukas Rosol and Joao Sousa in Sydney.
Sydney: Pironkova wins first title; Del Potro, Tomic to meet in final
Former US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro underlined his status as a dark horse for next week's Australian Open by hammering Dmitry Tursunov to reach the final of the Sydney International on Friday.
Pregnant Jessica Ennis-Hill to skip Commonwealth Games
Britain's Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill is pregnant and will miss the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July, she said on Friday.
Italian Cup: Udinese shock Inter as Roma also advance
A goal from Brazilian Maicosuel gave Udinese a surprise 1-0 Italian Cup win over Inter Milan on Thursday while AS Roma also reached the quarter-finals with a 1-0 victory over Sampdoria.
United's beleaguered Moyes on Manager of the Month shortlist
Manchester United manager David Moyes, reeling from three defeats in a row in 2014, must think that every cloud has a silver lining after being nominated for the Premier League's Manager of the Month award for December.
King's Cup: Benzema, Jese put Real in charge against Osasuna
Goals from Karim Benzema and Jese led Real Madrid to a 2-0 win over Osasuna in their King's Cup last-16 first leg at the Bernabeu on Thursday.
January 09, 2014
Di Maria cleared by Real over crotch-grabbing incident
Real Madrid have exonerated Argentina winger Angel Di Maria over an incident in Monday's La Liga game at home to Celta Vigo when he was caught on camera grabbing his crotch while being substituted.
Sydney International: Del Potro in semis, Pironkova stuns Kvitova
Juan Martin del Potro continued his encouraging buildup to the Australian Open by reaching the semi-finals of the Sydney International on Thursday, but women's contender Petra Kvitova was stunned by a Bulgarian qualifier in the last four.
Gutta-Ponnappa lose in Korea Open Superseries
Commonwealth Games gold medallist pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa suffered a straight-game defeat in the third round of the women's doubles competition to crash out of $600,000 Korea Open Super Series badminton tournament.
Bayern to subsidise tickets for Cup tie at Arsenal
Bayern Munich will subsidise fans who buy tickets for their Champions League first leg tie away to Arsenal, where prices are higher than in Germany.
January 08, 2014
FIFA-Interpol workshop on match fixing perils
A two-day FIFA-Interpol Workshop on 'Tackling Match Fixing and Corruption in Football' will be held in the capital from January 15.
2022 World Cup will not be in summer: Valcke
The 2022 soccer World Cup in Qatar will not be played in the summer months, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said on Wednesday.
French slope in Schumacher ski accident up to standards
The French mountain slope on which former Formula One champion Michael Schumacher had a skiing accident had been prepared according to national standards, the local prosecutor told a news conference on Wednesday.
Sydney International: Bopanna-Qureshi advance, Paes-Stepanek out
Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi progressed to the semi-finals of the Sydney International, but Leander Paes failed to rescue his 2014 season from a poor start as he and Czech partner Radek Stepanek crashed out in the first round.
Yuki Bhambri knocked out of Australian Open qualifiers
Yuki Bhambri failed to clear the first hurdle and bowed out of the Australian Open qualifiers. He lost his opening round match to 28th seed Italian Potito Starace, in Melbourne, on Wednesday.
Real Madrid investigate Di Maria crotch-grabbing incident
Real Madrid have launched an internal inquiry after their Argentina winger Angel Di Maria was seen to grab his crotch while he was being substituted in Monday's 3-0 La Liga win at home to Celta Vigo.
Xavi mulls quitting Barca following rumours of United move?
Barcelona footballer Xavi has reportedly hinted that he may quit his current club.
Sydney International: Del Potro stands firm as seeds tumble
World number five Juan Martin del Potro began his 2014 season with a win, albeit a scrappy one over Frenchman Nicolas Mahut to advance to the quarter-finals of the Sydney International on Wednesday.
Simpson insists she is no drug cheat, blames trainer for testing positive
Jamaican sprinter Sherone Simpson, who tested positive for a banned substance last year, told a disciplinary panel on Tuesday that she saw no "red flags" before taking a supplement supplied by her trainer.
January 07, 2014
Serie A: Kaka brace breathes new life into Milan
Playmaker Kaka breathed new life into struggling AC Milan by scoring twice and 18-year-old Bryan Cristante claimed his first professional goal as they beat Atalanta 3-0 on Monday for only their fifth league win of the season.
La Liga: Late double from Ronaldo seals flattering Real win
A late double from Cristiano Ronaldo put some gloss on a stuttering performance from Real Madrid as they beat Celta Vigo 3-0 to cut the gap at the top of La Liga to five points.
Tiger's girlfriend Vonn to miss Winter Olympics in Sochi
Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn will miss next month's Sochi Games after failing to recover from a knee injury.
Messi fit to start against Getafe in King's Cup
Barcelona received a welcome boost on Tuesday when forward Lionel Messi was given the all-clear by medical staff and included in the squad for Wednesday's King's Cup last 16, first leg at home to Getafe.
Bopanna-Qureshi score first win of season in Sydney
Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi scored their first victory since reuniting as a team, overcoming a spirited challenge from Jean-Julien Roger and Horia Tecau in the first round of the ATP Apia International, in Sydney on Tuesday.
Radwanska, Wozniacki lose in Sydney; Hewitt pulls out of Kooyong
Top seed Agnieszka Radwanska's title defence at the Sydney International lasted just 92 minutes when she was dumped out of the second round by Bethanie Mattek-Sands on Tuesday.
Former Italy striker Di Natale to quit at end of season
Udinese and former Italy striker Antonio di Natale said he would retire at the end of the season.
January 06, 2014
Kenya's Kemboi hopes to stop brother from golden hat-trick in Rio
Ezekiel Kemboi won the steeplechase gold in 2004 at Athens and in 2012 at the London Games. His brother Isaac is hoping to replicate the success at the Rio Olympics in two years' time even if it means beating the champion sibling.
Promising India sprinter Mallick to train under Usain Bolt's coach
Amiya Kumar Mallick, 21, will undergo a four-month training stint in Kingston, Jamaica, under the watchful eyes of Glenn Mills at the Racers Track Club. Mills is the club's head coach and has worked with the two fastest men in the world currently -- Bolt and Yohan Blake.
Aditya Joshi becomes world No 1 junior shuttler
Madhya Pradesh's Aditya Joshi has become the first male junior badminton player from India to be ranked world No 1. Harshal Dani is another Indian who, at No 8, figures in the top ten of the junior rankings.
Stosur survives as top players toil in warm-ups tourneys
Australia's Samantha Stosur failed to allay fears she could be heading for another early exit at her home Grand Slam with a scrappy performance in Hobart while a trio of big names tumbled out of the Sydney International on Monday.
'Proud' Rodgers ends son's FA Cup dreams
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was an immensely proud but competitive dad at Anfield on Sunday as his Premier League side overcame the FA Cup challenge of his son's third tier Oldham Athletic.
Suarez has 70m pound 'escape' clause in new Liverpool contract
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has a 70 million-pound escape clause in his new 200,000-pound-a-week contract with the club, under which he could stay in Anfield until 2018 just before Christmas.
La Liga: 'Trickster' Sanchez puts Barca back on top
Alexis Sanchez hit a hat-trick as Barcelona swept aside Elche 4-0 to return to the top of La Liga on goal difference ahead of Atletico Madrid on Sunday.
Israeli footballer from Dutch club refused entry to UAE
An Israeli international with Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem has been refused permission to attend a training camp in the United Arab Emirates, the club said on Monday.
Sania starts New Year on losing note
Sania Mirza and doubles partner Cara Black got off to a bad start in the New Year with a shock first round defeat against wild cards Jarmila Gajdosova and Ajlaat Tomljanovic at the WTA Apia International, in Sydney on Monday.
January 05, 2014
Wawrinka thumps Roger-Vasselin, clinches second Chennai Open title
Top seed Stanislas Wawrinka lifted his fifth ATP World Tour title and second Chennai Open trophy after a convincing straight sets win over Edouard Roger-Vasselin in the final on Sunday.
Hewitt grinds down Federer to clinch Brisbane title
Australia's Lleyton Hewitt delighted his home fans when he battled to a typically gutsy 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Swiss top seed Roger Federer in the Brisbane International final on Sunday.
Portuguese soccer legend Eusebio dies aged 71
Portuguese great Eusebio, acknowledged as one of soccer's greatest ever strikers, has died aged 71, Portuguese media reported on Sunday.
Venus, Stephens to take break ahead of Australian Open
With next week's Australian Open in mind, a weary Venus Williams has opted to skip the Hobart International while her American compatriot Sloane Stephens has pulled out of the Sydney International with a minor wrist injury.
Dortmund's Lewandowski to join Bayern at end of season
Poland forward Robert Lewandowski became the second top Borussia Dortmund player to leave for arch-rivals Bayern Munich in less than a year when he agreed terms on Saturday to join them as a free agent at the end of the season.
Koke helps Atletico go top of La Liga table
Atletico Madrid knocked Barcelona off the top of La Liga, for a day at least, as a second-half strike by Koke earned a 1-0 victory over a stubborn Malaga side on Saturday.
Inspired Cardiff stun Newcastle in manager Solskjaer's first outing
As a baby-faced striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made his name coming off the bench to score vital goals for Manchester United and his knack of making a dramatic impact appears undiminished.
Nadal starts season with Qatar title
Rafael Nadal began his year in perfect fashion with a three-set victory over Frenchman Gael Monfils in the Qatar Open in Doha on Saturday as he warms up for this month's Australian Open.
FA Cup: Classy Arsenal beat Spurs, Villa crash out
Premier League leaders Arsenal showed their class as they comfortably beat north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 to book a place in the FA Cup fourth round in an electric atmosphere at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
Wawrinka to lock horns with Vasselin in Chennai Open final
Former champion Stanislas Wawrinka lived up to his top billing by cruising into the summit clash of the ATP Chennai Open here, where he will take on seventh seed Edouard Roger Vasselin of France.
Tsonga gives France maiden Hopman Cup win
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga powered France to their first Hopman Cup title against tournament debutants Poland on Saturday.
January 04, 2014
Brisbane International: Serena trumps Azarenka to win 58th title
Serena Williams laid down an imposing marker ahead of the first grand slam of the year by powering to a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka at the Brisbane International.
Brisbane International: Federer, Hewitt set up final showdown
Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt will resume one of the oldest rivalries in tennis when they contest the Brisbane International final on Sunday.
Apia International: Somdev advances to second round in Sydney
Somdev Devvarman recovered from his shock Chennai Open defeat against little-known compatriot Ramkumar Ramanathan to edge past Belgium's Niel Desein in a tight opening round of the ATP Apia International qualifiers in Sydney on Saturday.
Ana Ivanovic bests Venus Williams to claim Auckland title
Ana Ivanovic claimed her first WTA Tour title in more than two years with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 victory over fellow former world number one Venus Williams to clinch the Auckland Classic on Saturday and boost her confidence ahead of the Australian Open.
Qatar Open: Below-par Nadal sets up Monfils clash
World number one Rafa Nadal will face Frenchman Gael Monfils in the final of the Qatar Open after surviving a tough test against German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk in Doha.
January 03, 2014
Chennai Open: Yuki knocked out, Wawrinka advances to semis
India's singles challenge came to a tame end after Yuki Bhambri lost 3-6, 3-6 to fifth seeded Canadian Vasek Pospisil, in the quarter-final of the ATP Chennai Open on Friday.
Federer trounces Aussie Matosevic to enter Brisbane semis
Roger Federer, who will be chasing an 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open later this month, breezed through to the Brisbane International men's semi-finals with a 6-1, 6-1 thumping of Australian Marinko Matosevic.
It's time to eradicate diving on the football field: Martinez
Diving or "simulation" is becoming a growing problem and everyone involved in football has a responsibility to make it stop, Everton manager Roberto Martinez said on Friday.
France set up Hopman Cup final with Poland
France set up Saturday's Hopman Cup final with Poland after Alize Cornet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat defending champions Spain 3-0 in the mixed teams event on Friday.
Olympics/Paralympics medallists to get Khel Ratna or Arjuna
To avoid any controversy on the criteria for the Arjuna award, the Sports Ministry on Friday granted 90 per cent weightage to medal winners at various international championships and sports disciplines covered in the Olympics (Summer, Winter and Paralympics), Asian Games and Commonwealth Games. The guidelines, released by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, will be applicable from 2014.
Ecclestone's future as F1 chief could be settled in court
Bernie Ecclestone risks losing his decades-old grip on Formula One motor racing this year, when legal action stemming from the sale of a stake in the sport eight years ago reaches a climax.
Ivanovic to face Venus in Auckland final
Serbia's Ana Ivanovic overcame a second set resistance to beat Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens on Friday and set up an Auckland Classic final against former World No 1 Venus Williams.
Most top-tier clubs could do without FA Cup, says Villa's Lambert
The majority of Premier League clubs would prefer not to have the distraction of playing in the FA Cup, according to Paul Lambert, the manager of seven-time winners Aston Villa.
2014 Masters likely to be pivotal for Tiger, says Miller
This year's Masters could make the difference between Tiger Woods winning several more major titles or perhaps ending his career stuck on his current tally of 14, according to Hall of Fame golfer Johnny Miller.
FA Cup: Walcott fires warning shot to Spurs ahead of clash
Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has warned resurgent arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur they are travelling across North London for their eagerly-anticipated FA Cup third round tie at a bad time.
Barcelona first club to reach 50 million facebook fans
Barcelona have become the first sports club to reach 50 million followers on social networking website Facebook, the Spanish soccer champions said on Thursday.
January 02, 2014
Mourinho says door open for Mata to quit club if he wants to
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has left the door open for Juan Mata to quit the team, but insisted that he does not want the Spaniard to leave.
Sharapova fights back against Estonian, to meet Serena in Brisbane semis
Maria Sharapova rallied to beat Kaia Kanepi on Thursday and will meet Serena Williams in the Brisbane International semi-final knowing she must drastically improve to end her run of 13 straight defeats against the world number one.
Chelsea's Lampard, Ivanovic ruled out for a month
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard and defender Branislav Ivanovic will be out of action until the end of January, the Chelsea website reported on Wednesday.
Murray beaten by Mayer in Qatar
Wimbledon champion Andy Murray lost 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 to German Florian Mayer in the Qatar Open second round on Wednesday, his second competitive match since returning from a back injury.
Cardiff appoint Norwegian Solskjaer as new manager
Former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was named the new manager of English Premier League strugglers Cardiff City on Thursday.
January 01, 2014
Chennai Open: Wawrinka moves to quarters, Youzhny pulls out
Top seed Stanislas Wawrinka scored a clinical 6-3, 6-1 win over Benjamin Becker to progress to the quarter-finals of the ATP Chennai Open even as second seed Michael Youzhny conceded his singles match in yet another the player pull out in Chennai.
Cardiff set to appoint Solskjaer: Media Reports
Former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to take over as manager at Premier League Cardiff City, Norwegian media reported on Wednesday.
Refreshed Federer makes encouraging start to year
A refreshed Roger Federer's clinical demolition of Jarkko Nieminen in his first match of 2014 suggested he could be a factor in the first major of the year.
Ronaldinho voted South America's best
Ronaldinho, who had a disappointing Club World Cup this month, has been elected South American footballer of the year in the annual poll conducted by the Uruguayan daily El Pais.
December 31, 2013
Chennai Open: Yuki stuns Busta, Somdev exits in first round
Home sensation and wild card entrant Yuki Bhambri sprung a surprise by upsetting higher-rated Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain to enter the second round even as compatriot Somdev Devvarman made a shocking first round exit at the ATP Chennai Open.
Rusty Serena marches on at Brisbane International
World No 1 Serena Williams showed plenty of rust in her first competitive outing of the year ahead of the Australian Open, but battled through to defeat Andrea Petkovic in straight sets at the Brisbane International on Tuesday.
Two arrested for racial slur against ex-footballer Andy Cole
Two men have reportedly been arrested on charges of racially abusing former Manchester United and England footballer Andy Cole on a flight from Dublin, Ireland to Manchester, England.
Liverpool skipper Gerrard could return for Hull clash
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is close to a return to action following injury and could feature in their English Premier League clash at home to Hull City on Wednesday, manager Brendan Rodgers said.
Spurs' Parker apologizes for making anti-semitic gesture
San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker apologized on Monday after a three-year-old photo surfaced of him making the same anti-Semitic gesture that has landed former France striker Nicolas Anelka in trouble.
Sunderland swoop early for defensive recruit Alonso
English Premier League basement dwellers Sunderland have moved quickly to reinforce their frail defence by agreeing a loan move for Fiorentina fullback Marcos Alonso until the end of the season.
Wimbledon 1969 champion Jones gets CBE in Queen's honours
Former Wimbledon champion Anne Jones was among British sports personalities included in the United Kingdom's New Year's honours list on Monday.
December 30, 2013
Michael Schumacher still in coma
The retired seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher was still in coma.
IOC says it has no doubt over security at Sochi Games
The International Olympic Committee has no doubt Russian authorities will be able to provide security at the Winter Olympics, a spokeswoman said on Monday after two bomb blasts killed tens of people in the Russian city of Volgograd.
Liverpool's Rodgers concerned by lack of squad depth
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was left casting envious glances at his rivals' squads after a second defeat in four days bruised their title challenge and left him looking up the table rather than down.
Mourinho praises 'fantastic' Terry after 600th game
Chelsea captain John Terry is far from finished and playing as well as ever after 600 matches for his club, manager Jose Mourinho said on Sunday.
Ozil out for up to three games with shoulder injury: Wenger
Arsenal's Germany international Mesut Ozil will be out for up to three matches with a shoulder injury, manager Arsene Wenger said on Sunday.
December 29, 2013
Chelsea edge past Liverpool, Arsenal go top
Chelsea heaped more Christmas misery on Liverpool with a 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge and Olivier Giroud ended a seven-game scoring drought to help Arsenal win 1-0 at Newcastle United and return to the top of the Premier League on Sunday.
Four-times world champion Kudukhov dies in car crash
Russian freestyle wrestler Besik Kudukhov has died at the age of 27 following a car accident on Sunday, the domestic federation said.
Somdev, Yuki to lead India's charge at Chennai Open
Somdev Devvarman would be India's while Yuki Bhambri is expected to carry his good from into the new season which is full of new challenges for the Indian players as ATP Aircel Chennai Open begins on Monday.
FA to probe alleged Anelka anti-semitic gesture
The FA is to investigate an alleged anti-Semitic gesture made by West Bromwich Albion striker Nicolas Anelka during Saturday's 3-3 Premier League draw at West Ham United.
Capello, Conte call for introduction of 'time-outs'
Russia manager Fabio Capello and Juventus coach Antonio Conte voiced support on Saturday for the introduction of 'time-outs' during matches in a move they said would benefit players, managers and commercial partners.
Luger Shiva Keshavan wins silver in Asia Cup
The top luge athlete of India, Shiva Keshavan, won the silver medal, clocking a total time of 1:39:750 seconds for two heats in Nagano, Japan on Sunday.
Sharapova makes no promises over Brisbane return
Having pulled out of the Brisbane International tournament through injury for the last two years, Maria Sharapova might consider it a victory in itself if she actually gets out on court at the Pat Rafter arena on Monday.
Fulham coach apologises to travelling fans after 6-0 rout
Coach Rene Meulensteen apologised to Fulham's travelling fans after his third-from-bottom team were thrashed 6-0 at HullCity on Saturday, their heaviest defeat in the English Premier League.
December 28, 2013
Chennai Open: Somdev draws qualifier, Yuki gets tough opener
India's top singles player Somdev Devvarman was on Saturday drawn to a play a qualifier while wild cards Yuki Bhambri and Jeeven Nedunchehziyan will have to fight it out with top-100 players in their first rounds at the Aircel Chennai Open.
Stoke manager Hughes charged with improper conduct
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has been charged with improper conduct for his coat-throwing touchline tantrum during the 5-1 English Premier League defeat at Newcastle United on Thursday, the FA said.
Federer adds Edberg to coaching team
Former World No 1 Roger Federer has made his "childhood hero" Stefan Edberg part of his coaching team and will use him on an occasional basis next year, the Swiss said on Friday.
December 27, 2013
Goalkeeper Hart is 'best in England' says Pellegrini
Two months after dropping him following a string of mistakes, ManchesterCity manager Manuel Pellegrini on Friday hailed goalkeeper Joe Hart as "the best in England".
Cardiff sack manager Mackay after dispute with Tan
The protracted disagreement between Cardiff City chairman Vincent Tan and manager Malky Mackay reached its inevitable conclusion on Friday when the Scot was sacked seven months after winning promotion to the Premier League.
Chelsea wins too close for comfort, admits Mourinho
Jose Mourinho is starting to feel drained at having to watch his Chelsea team hang on for scrambling victories despite dominating opponents, the manager said after Thursday's 1-0 Premier League win over Swansea City.
Ramsey injury mars Arsenal return to the top
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey will miss the rest of the club's holiday fixtures after hobbling off with a muscle injury in the 3-1 victory at West Ham United on Thursday.
Mubadala world tennis: Murray sees positives in defeat
Wimbledon champion Andy Murray was happy with his movement if not the result after making a losing return from 15 weeks on the sidelines at an Abu Dhabi exhibition tournament this week.
December 26, 2013
Two national records in Junior National Weightlifting
Two new junior national records were created on the opening day of the 50th Men and 26th Women Junior National Weightlifting Championships Guwahati.
Moyes to make £30 mn raid for Koke in Jan transfer
Manchester United will reportedly make a whopping £30 million raid for Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke as soon as the transfer window opens in January in the New Year.
'Comparing men's and women's football is not even funny'
Players in the men's soccer team deserve to get more recognition than their female counterparts in Sweden and people should stop whipping up a gender storm about it, striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic said.
December 25, 2013
AFI bans 6 states, slaps suspension on athletes for doping
The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) has banned six states, including Delhi and Haryana, for fielding overaged athletes while slapping two year suspension on 14 other athletes for doping.
Archery Nationals: Deepika, Atanau win individual title
Top ranked women recurve archer Deepika Kumari (Jharkhand) retained the individual title, while in the men's section Atanau Das (PSPB) emerged winner in the Individual Olympic Round of the 34th Senior National Archery Championship at JRD Tata Sports complex in Jmashedpur.
Bhullar urges govt support to take golf to masses
Ruing that golf is still beyond the the common man's reach, five-time Asian Tour winner Gaganjeet Bhullar said it's high time that government support the sport with 2016 Olympics in mind.
Chennai Open: Defending champion Janko Tipsarevic withdraws
The upcoming Chennai Open has been robbed off some of its sheen with defending champion Janko Tipsarevic on Wednesday withdrawing from the country's premier tennis event owing to a foot injury.
Arsenal playmaker Wilshere reacted to children jibes
The abusive hand gesture Jack Wilshere directed at ManchesterCity fans this month was a reaction to jibes about his children, the Arsenal and England midfielder explained on Tuesday.
Former Palace owner Noades dies, aged 76
Former Crystal Palace owner and chairman Ron Noades died at the age of 76 following a year-long battle with lung cancer.
Most expensive Brazil World Cup stadium has leaking roof
The most expensive of the 12 stadiums built or revamped for the 2014 World Cup has a leaking roof less than eight months after it was finished, the stadium's operators said on Tuesday.
Dempsey returns to Fulham on two-month loan deal
United States forward Clint Dempsey is rejoining Fulham on loan for two months from Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders, the struggling Premier League club said on its website on Tuesday.
December 24, 2013
Bindra wins gold, Vijay settles for silver at National Shooting
Ace shooter Abhinav Bindra shot 208.9 to win the gold medal in the 10 meter air rifle event while Vijay Kumar had to be content with silver in the centre fire event on the concluding day of the 57th National Shooting championship, in New Delhi.
Avalanches and poor visibility may disrupt Sochi Winter Olympics
Russian meteorologists have no concerns about a shortage of snow for the Winter Olympics in February but believe avalanches and poor visibility could disrupt the Sochi Games.
National Archery: Deepika creates another national record
Top ranked woman recurve archer Deepika Kumari of Jharkhand created another national record when she shot 346 points in women's 50m round in the 34th Senior National Archery Championship at JRD Tata Sports Complex in Jamshedpur.
Inexperienced Sherwood in charge at Spurs
Tottenham Hotspur have given the inexperienced Tim Sherwood the chance to stamp his mark on the ambitious London club by naming him on Monday as head coach until the end of next season with their sights on the top four.
Premier League: Arsenal and Chelsea serve up bleak midwinter draw
A fixture billed as a pre-Christmas cracker was more 'In the Bleak Midwinter' than 'Jingle Bell Rock' as Arsenal's hopes of regaining top spot in the Premier League fizzled out in a turgid 0-0 draw with Chelsea.
December 23, 2013
Deepika creates two national records
Top-ranked women recurve archer Deepika Kumari of Jharkhand created two national records in the FITA round on the opening day of the 34th Senior National Archery Championship at JRD Tata Sports Complex in Jamshedpur.
Sindhu, Srikanth crowned National badminton champions
Young shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth scored contrasting victories to win the women's and men's singles titles respectively at the 78th Senior National Badminton Championships in Delhi on Monday.
Manchester United's Fellaini sidelined for weeks after wrist surgery
Manchester United's big-money signing Marouane Fellaini faces several weeks on the sidelines after having an operation on his wrist.
'I'd say 12 years with Chelsea and two with the Portuguese team'
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho plans to stick with the English Premier League club for 12 seasons despite accepting his 'worst contract' in six years.
Wayne Rooney on the verge of legendary status at Man Utd: Moyes
Manchester United manager David Moyes has suffered a stuttering start to life at Old Trafford but it could have been far worse for the Scot if he had failed to retain the services of striker Wayne Rooney.
December 22, 2013
Serie A: Imperious Juventus close year five points clear
Juventus will end 2013 five points clear at the top of Serie A after a 4-1 victory at Atalanta stretched their winning league run to nine games on Sunday.
Bologna's Diamanti relieves pressure on under-fire Pioli
A long-range strike from Alessandro Diamanti helped struggling Bologna beat Genoa 1-0 and move out of the relegation zone, relieving some of the pressure on manager Stefano Pioli.
EPL: Spurs rally to beat Southampton 3-2
Tim Sherwood's hopes of becoming Tottenham Hotspur's next permanent manager were boosted after his attacking team came back to win 3-2 at stuttering Southampton in an enthralling Premier League encounter on Sunday.
Costa double sends Atletico clear in La Liga
Atletico Madrid's Brazilian striker Diego Costa scored twice as they came from behind to beat Levante 3-2 at home on Saturday to go three points clear at the top of La Liga.
Wenger urges UEFA to cancel Champions League's 'away goals rule'
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has asked UEFA, the ruling body of European football, to drop the away-goals rule, according to reports.
Van Gaal on top of Spurs' wish-list for manager job
Holland boss Louis van Gaal is at the top of Tottenham's wish list to fill their vacant manager position after the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas, according to reports.
Veteran BBC commentator David Coleman dies, aged 87
Veteran sports broadcaster David Coleman, who covered 11 Olympic Games and six soccer World Cups for the BBC, has died after a short illness at the age of 87, the corporation said on Saturday.
December 21, 2013
National Badminton: Kashyap, Sayali, Sindhu, sail through to the quarters
Defending champions Parupalli Kashyap and Sayali Gokhale entered the quarterfinals of the 78th ATS Senior National Badminton championship with contrasting wins at the Siri Fort Sports Complex in New Delhi on Saturday.
National Shooting: Samresh wins gold in 25m standard pistol, Vijay third
Commonwealth Games gold medalist and ace marksman Samresh Jung won gold while Olympic medallist Vijay Kumar settled for a bronze in 25 meter standard pistol event at the 57th National Shooting Championship at Dr Karni Singh Ranges in New Delhi on Saturday.
Squash: Ghosal, Joshna clinch titles with ease
India's highest ranked squash player and World No 15 Saurav Ghosal and women's No 1 seed Joshna Chinappa toyed with their respective rivals to defend their titles successfully in the 38th Bombay Gymkhana-HSBC Maharashtra State Open Senior Squash Championship in Mumbai on Saturday.
Messi slams Barca vice president over contract comments
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has hit out at Javier Faus over comments the club vice president made questioning the need to improve the Argentine World Player of the Year's contract.
Messi recovers from injury, can start fitness work
Lionel Messi has recovered fully from his thigh muscle injury and can begin work on his fitness although no date has yet been set for his return to action, the Argentine Football Association (AFA) said on Friday.
Fan ban lifted for Milan derby
Inter Milan will have their hardcore 'ultra' supporters present for Sunday's Milan derby after the Italian Football Federation's (FIGC) Court of Justice suspended a partial stadium closure while it carries out further investigations.
Ajax coach De Boer rules out Spurs move
Frank de Boer ruled out accepting the Tottenham Hotspur job again on Friday, saying he was satisfied with his post at Ajax Amsterdam.
Gutierrez completes Sauber 2014 line-up
Mexican Esteban Gutierrez will race with Swiss-based Sauber for a second season next year with Russian teenager Sergey Sirotkin signed as test driver, the Formula One team announced on Saturday.
Tevez has no World Cup hopes, avoids watching Argentina
Carlos Tevez holds out no hope of being part of Argentina's World Cup squad and prefers not to watch their matches on television, the Juventus striker said on Friday.
December 20, 2013
Wenger expects positive response from Arsenal against Chelsea
Morale remains high in the Arsenal camp despite back-to-back defeats that are threatening to derail the club's positive start to the season, manager Arsene Wenger said on Friday.
'I was surprised as I didn't expect the phone call from Novak'
Boris Becker said Novak Djokovic approached him to become his head coach the day the Serb lost the world No.1 ranking to Spaniard Rafa Nadal in October this year.
Easy for Sindhu, Kashyap; qualifier Pardeshi stuns Murgunde
P V Sindhu and Parupalli Kashyap cruised to the next round, but it was
Sunil Chhetri is AIFF Player of the Year
Sunil Chhetri was named India's Player of the Year by AIFF president Praful Patel at the Annual General Meeting in Delhi on Friday. India's captain, who won the award in 2007 and 2011, emerged winner after voting by I-League coaches at AIFF's headquarters in Delhi.
Suarez signs long-term contract with Liverpool
Striker Luis Suarez has signed a new long-term contract at Liverpool after a blistering start to the season in which he has scored 17 goals, the Premier League club said on Friday.
NBA: Bryant back on sidelines for another six weeks
Just 11 days after Kobe Bryant made his long-awaited return for the Los Angeles Lakers, the shooting guard is expected to be out for "approximately six weeks" because of a knee injury, the team announced on Thursday.
Vanishing spray to be used at World Cup: Blatter
Referees will use the recently-developed vanishing spray at the World Cup next year to stop defensive walls creeping forward at free kicks, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Thursday.
US delegate Boitano comes out as gay ahead of Sochi
"I am many things: a son, a brother, and uncle, a friend, an athlete, a cook, an author, and being gay is just one part of who I am," said Boitano, the 1988 Olympic gold medallist in a statement. "First and foremost I am an American athlete and I am proud to live in a country that encourages diversity, openness and tolerance.
December 19, 2013
Luis Suarez has matured since biting ban: Brendan Rodgers
Luis Suarez has matured since his 10 match ban for biting and is thriving on the leadership role he has been handed by the club says manager Brendan Rogers.
Barca's Andres Iniesta agrees three-year contract extension
Barcelona's Spain playmaker Andres Iniesta has agreed a three-year contract extension with the La Liga champions until 2018 when he turns 34, club president Sandro Rosell said on Thursday.
Swansea and Hull fined for mass confrontation
Swansea City and Hull City were fined £20,000 each following a mass confrontation between their players during a Premier League match this month, the Football Association said on Wednesday.
Ozil not 'good enough' to lead Arsenal to title
Michael Owen has stuck the boot into Arsenal's Premier League title credentials and claims record signing Mesut Ozil is too inconsistent to lead the Gunners to glory, according to reports.
Wilshere accepts FA charge for offensive hand gesture
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has accepted an FA charge over an offensive gesture, but will contest the mandatory two-game ban, according to reports.
Barcelona's signing of Neymar being investigated by court
Barcelona have been ordered by a local court to provide details about the signing of Neymar before a decision is made on whether to open proceedings against club president Sandro Rosell for the misappropriation of funds.
December 18, 2013
Isinbayeva wins Russian athlete of the year award
World pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva has been named Russia's Athlete of the Year in a nationwide poll conducted by sports journalists.
Monaco striker Falcao fit again after three-week injury layoff
Monaco's Colombia striker Radamel Falcao has recovered from a thigh problem after a three-week injury layoff, the Ligue 1 club's coach Claudio Ranieri said on Wednesday.
FILA rejigs weight classes; Sushil, Yogeshwar to move higher
Wrestling's international governing body, FILA has announced a rejig in weight classes for its competitions, including those of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, a development which would lead to India's medallists Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt moving up to a higher weight category.
Somdev gets main draw berth of Chennai Open
India's top singles tennis player Somdev Devvarman has been handed a direct entry in the main draw of the ATP Chennai Open tennis tournament after Estonia's Jurgen Zopp pulled out of the event due to a back injury.
Becker appointed Djokovic's head coach
World number two Novak Djokovic has appointed six-time grand slam winner Boris Becker as his head coach, the Serbian announced on Wednesday.
Moyes would consider loaning Zaha
Manchester United manager David Moyes said he would consider loaning out Wilfried Zaha, although he has not had any offers for the 21-year-old.
Beckham's search for Miami soccer stadium approved
Retired soccer star David Beckham and Major League Soccer (MLS) took a step toward fielding a new Miami team as local officials on Tuesday unanimously approved on-going efforts to find a suitable stadium location.
Club World Cup: Bayern ease past Guangzhou, enter semis
Bayern Munich made predictably light work of Asian champions Guangzhou Evergrande, dispatching the Chinese side 3-0 in their Club World Cup semi-final and hitting the woodwork five times on Tuesday.
League Cup: Ki opens Sunderland with late winner over Chelsea
Substitute Ki sung-Yueng drove in an extra-time winner to take the Premier League's bottom club Sunderland into the League Cup semi-finals with a dramatic 2-1 victory over Chelsea on Tuesday.
Barca steamroll Cartagena to make King's Cup last 16
Barcelona eased into the King's Cup last 16 when goals from Pedro, Cristian Tello and Neymar secured a 3-0 second-leg victory at home to third-tier Cartagena on Tuesday for a 7-1 aggregate success.
Gay athletes part of U.S. delegation for Sochi Games
The United States has named former tennis star Billie Jean King, one of the first prominent athletes to publicly acknowledge her homosexuality, to be in the U.S. delegation to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, where Russia's anti-gay policies have stirred controversy.
December 17, 2013
Holyfield says he will be happy to promote boxing in India
Five-time world champion and Olympic bronze-medallist Indian woman boxer M C Mary Kom has a new admirer in American legend Evander Holyfield, who says he follows her exploits and finds her achievements great.
Puyol not retiring this season, says Barca coach
Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino has poured cold water on a report that suggested captain Carles Puyol was considering retiring at the end of the season due to a string of injuries.
Cop heading Pistorius's girlfriend's murder case quits
The head of police who took charge of the crime scene after Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius shot dead his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, has resigned.
Real and Barca in EU net for receiving illegal state aid
The European Commission will begin disciplinary action against seven Spanish clubs including Real Madrid and Barcelona over possible illegal state aid, Spanish foreign minister Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo said on Monday.
Serie A: Roma slip after 2-2 draw at Milan
Sulley Muntari salvaged a point for AC Milan with a second-half equaliser in a 2-2 draw at the San Siro on Monday that saw visiting AS Roma slip five points behind Serie A leaders Juventus.
Michael Jordan's Chicago estate fails to sell at auction
The Chicago-area mansion belonging to American basketball star and NBA franchise owner Michael Jordan did not attract a winning bid at an auction on Monday, a spokeswoman said.
Charges dropped against Miami fan for hugging Ronaldo
A prosecutor on Monday dropped charges against a 20-year-old college student who jumped out of the stands, ran onto the field and hugged Real Madrid soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo during an exhibition match in Miami in August.
December 16, 2013
Anisa leads 25 meter Pistol in National C'ship
World cup gold medallist Heena Sidhu was in third position in the precision round of 25 meter women pistol event, which was topped by Commonwealth Games gold medallist Anisa Sayyed at the 57th National Shooting Championship in New Delhi on Monday.
Man City suffer blow as Aguero ruled out for a month
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been ruled out for a month with a calf injury sustained in Saturday's 6-3 win over Arsenal, manager Manuel Pellegrini said on Monday.
Spurs to face old boss Ramos in Europa League last 32
Managerless Tottenham Hotspur face a long trip to Ukraine for a meeting with former boss Juande Ramos after being drawn against Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the last 32 of the Europa League.
Tottenham Hotspur sack manager Villas-Boas
Tottenham Hotspur sacked coach Andre Villas-Boas on Monday, a day after the London club were thrashed 5-0 at home by Liverpool, the Premier League club said on their website (www.tottenhamhotspur.com).
Russian torchbearer dies after carrying flame in Sochi relay
A torchbearer died of a heart attack after carrying the Olympic flame as part of Russia's torch relay leading up to the Sochi 2014 Winter Games in February, an official said on Monday. Vadim Gorbenko, 73, a sports school director and Greco-Roman wrestling coach, felt ill after walking 150 metres (500 feet) with the torch in his home city of Kurgan in western Siberia, said Roman Osin, spokesman for the Sochi 2014 torch relay.
Work halted on World Cup arena after labourer's death
A Brazilian labour court ordered a partial stop to construction on the Arena Amazonia in the jungle city of Manaus after the death of a worker who fell off the stadium's roof raised safety concerns ahead of the 2014 football World Cup.
Bundesliga: Schalke rally; Leverkusen stunned by Frankfurt
Schalke 04 carried some of their Champions League momentum into the Bundesliga on Sunday, beating Freiburg 2-0 to bounce back after a string of erratic results.
La Liga: Costa brace keeps Atletico on Barca's heels
Diego Costa scored twice as Atletico Madrid beat Valencia 3-0 to maintain their winning home run this season and keep pace with Barcelona at the top of the La Liga table.
Ronaldo ready for more trophies as he unveils museum in his name
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo opened a museum in his honour in his birthplace on Sunday, which he said had extra room for the Ballon d'Or and many other trophies to come.
Serie A: Juve go six clear; Napoli edge 10-man Inter
Napoli kept their hopes of a first Serie A title since 1990 alive with an epic 4-2 win over 10-man Inter Milan after a Carlos Tevez hat-trick had put leaders Juventus six points clear with a 4-0 rout of Sassuolo on Sunday.
Murray named BBC Sports Personality of the Year
Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, the first British winner of the men's title for 77 years, was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year on Sunday.
December 15, 2013
EPL: Danny Welbeck double lifts Manchester United's spirits
England striker Danny Welbeck made the most of a rare start for Manchester United with a first-half double in a 3-0 win at Aston Villa on Sunday as the champions ended a run of four Premier League games without victory.
Mourinho plays down Chelsea's chances of winning silverware
Jose Mourinho has played down Chelsea's chances of winning silverware this season, because they lack a killer "selfish" striker. Thailand Open Golf: Garcia holds off Stenson to pocket title
Spaniard Sergio Garcia carded a final-round 68 to cruise to a four-stroke win at the Thailand Golf Championship on Sunday for his first title of the year.
500 Indian athletes fail dope tests in nearly five years
In what may come as an embarrassing revelation for India's anti-doping machinery, 500 sportspersons, mostly weightlifters and track-and-field athletes, have failed drug tests conducted by NADA in the last four and a half years.
Ethiopian Tsegay wins Delhi half-marathon with course record
Ethiopian Atsedu Tsegay demolished the course record to emerge triumphant in the elite men's category, while Florence Kiplagat led a Kenyan clean sweep in the women's event of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon in New Delhi.
Worker dies after falling off Manaus Stadium roof
A worker fell 115 feet to his death from the roof of the Arena Amazonia in Brazil on Saturday, the fifth fatal accident during construction of Brazil's 12 World Cup stadiums.
Anand bows out of London Chess Classic
Former world champion Viswanathan Anand bowed out of the London Chess Classic after losing the quarter-finals against Vladimir Kramnik of Russia 0.5-1.5 here at the Olympia.
December 14, 2013
La Liga: Real lose ground in title chase with Osasuna draw
Real Madrid wasted a chance to keep the pressure on the top two in La Liga with a 2-2 draw away to Osasuna where Sergio Ramos was sent off and record signing Gareth Bale substituted.
National Shooting: Olympian Vijay Kumar wins gold
London Olympics silver medalist shooter Vijay Kumar of Army shot gold in men's 25m rapid fire pistol event at the 57th National Shooting Championship in New Delhi on Saturday.
Junior hockey WC: India finish disappointing 10th
Hosts India drew curtains to their disastrous campaign at the Hero Junior Men's Hockey World Cup by finishing a disappointing 10th after losing to arch-rivals Pakistan in a classification match at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, in New Delhi on Sunday.
Van der Walt claims emotional win at Nelson Mandela Championship
An eagle and two birdies in the closing stretch allowed South African Dawie van der Walt to shoot a 66 and secure an emotional two shot victory at the curtailed Nelson Mandela Championship on Saturday.
Mourinho keen to keep trophy record intact
Jose Mourinho has won a trophy every season of his top flight career and finds it "unacceptable" to contemplate finishing his comeback season with Chelsea empty handed.
Peralta, Morgan selected CONCACAF Players of the Year
Mexico's Oribe Peralta and Alex Morgan of the United States were named winners of the inaugural CONCACAF Male and Female Player of the Year awards on Friday.
Sports minister trying to hold IOA elections before Winter Games
Terming the IOA-IOC saga as a turning point, Union Minister for Youth Affairs & Sports Jitendra Singh said the entire episode is a blessing in disguise for Indian sport.
Anand in quarters of London Classic after easy draw
Former World champion Viswanathan Anand made it to the knock-out stage in the London Chess Classic with an easy draw against Andrei Istratescu of France in the fifth round of the preliminaries that concluded at the Olympia.
December 13, 2013
Mourinho to hang on to Luiz in January
Jose Mourinho will keep faith with David Luiz despite persistent rumours of a January move away from Chelsea for the maverick Brazil centre back.
Sutil swaps Sauber seats with Hulkenberg
German Adrian Sutil will drive for Sauber next season, the Formula One team said on Friday, replacing Nico Hulkenberg who moved in the opposite direction to Force India last week.
Wenger puts positive spin on daunting City trip
It is hard putting a positive spin on a trip to Manchester City's fortress, especially after a midweek mugging in Naples, but Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger did his best on Friday.
Blow for Man United as Van Persie ruled out for a month
Robin van Persie will play no part in Manchester United's busy holiday programme after being ruled out for a month with a thigh injury, manager David Moyes said on Friday.
Gurusaidutt in semis of Tata Open
Top seed R M V Gurusaidutt entered the men's singles semi-finals, but women's defending champion P C Thulasi and reigning National champion Sayali Gokhale were knocked out of the US $15,000 Tata Open India International Challenge Badminton tournament at the Cricket Club of India, in Mumbai, on Friday.
France, Germany to meet in Jr World Cup hockey final
France and Germany will clash in the final of the Junior Men's Hockey World Cup. The French made history when they beat Malaysia via the penalty shoot-out in the first semi-final to make their maiden appearance in the final while the defending champions Germans got the better of the Netherlands 5-3.
Saina scores first win but fails to make the cut
Saina Nehwal scored her first victory in three matches at the Superseries Finals, beating Korea's Bae Yeon Ju in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.
Controversial Suarez Twitter's top trending football star of 2013
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been named the top trending football topic of 2013.
Michael Jordan's 'flu game' sneakers auctioned off for record amount
A pair of autographed shoes worn by basketball star Michael Jordan in the famous 1997 'flu game' during the NBA finals sold at auction on Thursday for a record-breaking $104,765.
UEFA wants uniform action against match-fixing across Europe
UEFA wants consistent sanctions against match-fixing across Europe and has drafted an 11-point plan to help make that happen, general secretary Gianni Infantino said on Thursday.
Formula One to award pole position trophy
Formula One will award a pole position trophy next year to the driver who qualifies fastest the most times during the season, the governing International Automobile Federation (FIA) announced on Thursday.
London Chess Classic: Anand races to second win in prelims
Former world champion Viswanathan Anand continued with his winning ways and scored a second victory against Luke McShane of England to secure a commanding lead in the preliminary round of the London Chess Classic at the Olympia in London.
Liverpool's injured captain Gerrard out for a month
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will be sidelined for at least four weeks with the hamstring injury he picked up last weekend, manager Brendan Rodgers said on Thursday.
December 12, 2013
'We'll treat the classification tie like any other game'
Out of the podium race in the Hero Junior Men's Hockey World Cup, India have a chance to redeem some pride with a win over arch-rivals Pakistan in the 9-10th place classification match but national coach Baljit Singh Saini refused to treat the high-profile fixture as a "special" encounter.
Jr World Cup hockey: India beat Argentina, meet Pak in 9-10 play-off
Ramandeep Singh scored two field goals as India beat Argentina 4-2 and set up a mouth-watering clash against Pakistan in the 9th-10th place classification match at the Hero Junior Men's Hockey World Cup in Delhi, on Thursday.
Ecclestone says will fight BayernLB damages claim
Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone said he would fight a $400 million damages claim that German bank BayernLB is planning to file in London over the sale of the motor racing business in 2005.
Zenit condemn fan violence in Vienna
Zenit St Petersburg condemned violence by their fans during the 4-1 defeat by Austria Vienna in the Champions League on Wednesday, saying the trouble-makers led to the Russian team's poor performance.
Perez to race for Force India
Mexican Sergio Perez will race for Force India next season, the British-based Formula One team announced on Thursday.
Jr World Cup hockey: France stun Belgium to enter semis
Jean-Laurent Kierffer scored a brace as France stunned European champions Belgium 5-4 in a nail-biting encounter to enter the semi-finals of the ongoing Hero Junior Men's Hockey World Cup in Delhi on Thursday.
Saina loses second consecutive match in Super Series Finals
Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal faces the prospect of an early exit from the BWF World Superseries Finals after going down to Olympic champion Li Xuerui of China in a Group B match in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.
Shiv Kapur shoots 71 in rain-hit Mandela Championship
Indian golfer Shiv Kapur opened with a one-over 71 in the weather-affected first round of the Nelson Mandela Championship, presented by ISPA Handa, in Durban, on Wednesday.
CL: Ajax coach furious with Milan's 'anti-football'
AC Milan have made a habit of muddling through under coach Massimiliano Allegri and they did it again on Wednesday by scraping into the Champions League knockout stage with a performance which left opponents Ajax Amsterdam fuming.
Asian Games, CWG can help Indian athletes gauge standing: Sania
Tennis player Sania Mirza feels that events like the Asian and Commonwealth Games are important in understanding India's standing in sports other than cricket.
Anand in joint-lead after two rounds at London Classic
Viswanathan Anand put behind the disappointment of the World Championship loss and started his campaign by first beating England's Luke McShane and later drawing with Michael Adams, another Englishman, in the preliminaries of the London Classic.
December 11, 2013
Saina starts on a losing note in BWF Superseries Final
Indian ace Saina Nehwal's poor form in the international arena continued as she lost to Japan's Minatsu Mitani 21-19, 22-24, 19-21 in a hard-fought three-game battle in her opening match of the BWF Superseries Finals in Kuala Lumpur.
Chhetri stars as Bengaluru down Mohammedan Sporting
A third consecutive brace from India captain Sunil Chhetri inspired Bengaluru FC to a thrilling 3-2 victory over Mohammedan Sporting in a Round 14 clash of the Airtel I-League at the Salt Lake Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
Lee first to use badminton's video line-call review
Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei welcomed the decision to use video reviews of disputed line calls after the world number one became the first in badminton to use the technology on Wednesday.
Ministry welcomes IOC's softening of stand on IOA
The Sports Ministry welcomed the International Olympic Committee's decision to revoke India's suspension if the IOA holds its polls next year, saying that its own efforts have had a role to play in the world body's new stand.
Spot-fixing not widespread in England: Football Association
English football's governing body has insisted match-fixing was not widespread. The comments from the Football Association came as chiefs from major sports held talks with the government on tackling the problem together.
'God of vault' flips out after school drops his sport
Olympic champion Yang Hak-seon, who vaulted South Korea gymnastics into the limelight by winning gold at the 2012 London Games, has flipped out at plans by Hanyang University to disband its gymnastics team, fearing it could harm the sport's growth.
Dhyan Chand deserved Bharat Ratna before anyone else: Milkha
Legendary track and field sprinter Milkha Singh says hockey legend Dhyan Chand deserved the Bharat Ratna honour 'before anyone else', even as he proposed that cricket great Sachin Tendulkar be made the country's sports minister.
City win at Bayern fails to add up for Pellegrini
Manchester City's memorable Champions League win over holders Bayern Munich still failed to add up for manager Manuel Pellegrini after he revealed his poor grasp of simple mathematics.
IOA's compliance major step towards lifting ban: IOC
A last-minute decision by the banned Indian Olympic Association to comply with IOC orders is a good first step for the country's gradual return to the Olympic fold, IOC president Thomas Bach said on Tuesday.
Former heavyweight champion Tyson barred from Britain
Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has been banned from entering Britain to promote his book due to changes in the country's immigration laws, British media reported on Tuesday.
Barcelona to let fans decide on the new Camp Nou
Barcelona will ask their fans to decide on whether the club should rebuild their CampNou stadium or move to a new site, vice-president Javier Faus told local radio on Tuesday.
December 10, 2013
Jr hockey World Cup: Seungju You's 'trick' puts India out of reckoning
India's hopes of making it to the quarter-finals of the Junior Hockey World Cup were dashed after they were held 3-3 by Korea in their must-win third and final Group C match, at the Dhyan Chand stadium, in Delhi, on Tuesday. A brilliant hat-trick by Seungju You saw the Koreans rally from 1-3 down and snatch a place in the last eight stage.
Moyes takes 'complete responsibility' for Manchester United's showing
David Moyes said Manchester United's players are hurting after consecutive Premier League defeats at Old Trafford but he is 'responsible' for the club's poor start to the season.
Ribery is French Player Of The Year
Franck Ribery, who has been shortlisted for the prestigious FIFA-Ballon d'Or award, was named French Player of the Year on Tuesday by France Football magazine.
Formula One to award double points for final race
Formula One is to award double points for the last race of the season in a controversial attempt to keep championships undecided to the very end after four years of Red Bull domination.
EPL: Unlikely scorers as Swansea draw with Hull
Two unlikely goalscorers lifted a largely dull mid-table Premier League clash between Swansea City and Hull City who shared the points in a 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium on Monday.
Actor DiCaprio involved with Formula E team
Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio will be involved in the new Formula E electric racing series as a co-founder of the Monaco-based Venturi team that has secured the 10th and final entry.
December 09, 2013
Jr Hockey WC: Malaysia finish atop Pool D, New Zealand finish 2nd
An impressive Malaysia scored two goals on either side of the break to shut the door on England with a 4-2 win in their last league encounter at the Junior Men's Hockey World Cup at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium, in New Delhi on Monday.
Indoor archery World Cup: India come home with medals
India bagged a silver and a bronze medal in the men's recurve section at the Indoor Archery World Cup in Singapore on Monday.
Kenyan fan commits suicide after Man Utd's loss to Newcastle
A Kenyan soccer fan unable to cope with Manchester United's loss to northern rival Newcastle United committed suicide over the weekend, a senior Kenyan police official said on Monday.
Messi, Ribery, Ronaldo shortlisted for Ballon d'Or
Barcelona's Lionel Messi, Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo are the three final contenders for the 2013 Ballon d'Or award.
India to bid for 2015 and 2016 Club World Cup football: AIFF
Buoyed after the country was awarded the 2017 Under-17 FIFA World Cup'S hosting rights, the All India Football Federation is set to bid for the 2015 and 2016 editions of the Club World Championships.
Blackburn striker Campbell held in match-fixing probe
Former English Premier League striker DJ Campbell has been arrested as part of a match-fixing investigation, his club Blackburn Rovers said on Monday.
Jr World Cup hockey: Do-or-die for India against Korea
India have their backs to the wall and no other option but beat Korea in Tuesday's do-or-die final Pool C match to progress to the quarter-finals of the Hero Junior Men's Hockey World Cup in Delhi.
Bopanna-Qureshi to participate in Chennai Open doubles event
Pakistan's tennis ace Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi is to start his 2014 season along with his former partner Rohan Bopanna by appearing in the Aircel Chennai Open to be started from December 30, according to reports.
Drogba, Eboue face sanctions for Mandela homage
The Turkish Football Federation has summoned Ivorian internationals Didier Drogba and Emmanuel Eboue for paying homage to Nelson Mandela after a league game.
Sports minister happy with IOA's constitution amendment
Union Sports Minister Jitendra Singh expressed satisfaction over IOA' decision to bar charge-framed individuals from contesting its elections by bringing in a constitutional amendment.
Ultra competitive Johnson outduels Tiger at Sherwood
Zach Johnson prides himself on his competitive spirit and he came up with the goods in triumphant style after going head-to-head with Tiger Woods at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge on Sunday.
Moyes insists United won't 'panic buy' in January
Manchester United manager David Moyes has insisted that he will not plunge into the transfer market next month despite the club's title crisis, according to reports.
Shocking fan violence mars end of Brazil championship
Dozens of fans fought a savage battle on the terraces at a Brazilian championship match on Sunday, interrupting play for more than one hour and leaving at least three people reportedly hospitalised in serious condition.
Spain's Casillas finds 2014 FIFA World Cup draw odd
Spain captain Iker Casillas has said he finds it strange that the format of the draw for the World Cup finals allowed the holders to be placed in the same group as Netherlands, the team they beat in the final in 2010.
Arsenal drawn with Tottenham in FA Cup 3rd round
Premier League leaders Arsenal host north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the standout tie in the draw for the third round of the FA Cup made on Sunday.
EPL: Everton's Delofeu scores equaliser to hold Arsenal
Gerard Delofeu's late goal earned Everton a deserved 1-1 draw at Premier League leaders Arsenal on Sunday after Mesut Ozil's strike seemed set to seal three points for the home side.
December 08, 2013
Inspirational Gervinho helps Roma to win over Fiorentina
Serie A title challengers AS Roma ended a run of four successive draws with an enthralling 2-1 win over Fiorentina on Sunday, helped by an inspirational display from Gervinho who set up both their goals.
EPL: Fulham end losing streak with win over Villa
Goals from Steve Sidwell and Dimitar Berbatov helped Fulham end a six-match losing streak with a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa on Sunday.
Golf: Kapur, Lahiri finish 12th at HK Open
Indian golfer Shiv Kapur collapsed in the final round and signed a disappointing card of three-over 73 to finish tied 12th after being in a position of contention at the $1.3 million Hong Kong Open in Hong Kong on Sunday.
Junior Hockey WC: Australia, France march into quarters
Australia and France made the quarter-finals of the Hero FIH Junior Men's World Cup after registering contrasting victories in their respective Pool B matches today at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday.
British police to probe new claims of football match-fixing
The British police have opened a second investigation into allegations of match-fixing after claims emerged that a player rigged a Championship game for cash.
India finally toes IOC line to get Olympic ban overturned
The defiant Indian Olympic Association (IOA) finally slammed its door on corrupt officials on Sunday in a precariously late act of compliance to get the country's Olympic ban overturned.
Napoli in six-goal thriller, Balotelli saves Milan
Two goals in three minutes from Napoli's Goran Pandev were not enough to secure victory as his side threw away a two-goal lead to draw 3-3 at home to Udinese in an end-to-end Serie A thriller on Saturday.
December 07, 2013
Ribery double as Bayern romp to 7-0 away win
Bayern Munich humiliated former Bundesliga powerhouses Werder Bremen 7-0 on Saturday, Franck Ribery scoring twice and setting up another as the champions kept up their seemingly unstoppable march towards another title.
FIFA changes World Cup kickoff times in hottest venues
World soccer body FIFA has revised kick-off times for seven group matches at next year's World Cup finals in Brazil, including four in the hottest venues.
Matlala, champion who counted Mandela among fans, dies
South African boxer Jacob 'Baby Jake' Matlala, the shortest world champion whose fortunes were closely followed by Nelson Mandela, died on Saturday at the age of 51, local media reported.
India bring campaign back on track by beating Canada 3-2
India kept themselves in the hunt for the knock-out stage after eking out a hard-fought 3-2 win over Canada in a Pool C match of the Hero FIH Junior Men's hockey World Cup in New Delhi.
United and Chelsea beaten as Liverpool go second
Champions Manchester United's hopes of retaining their English Premier League title suffered another major setback on Saturday when they were beaten 1-0 at Old Trafford by a composed Newcastle United.
Rosler appointed Wigan Athletic manager
English FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic appointed former Manchester City and East Germany striker Uwe Rosler as manager of the Championship club on Saturday.
Kubica wins FIA personality award
Poland's ex-Formula One driver Robert Kubica has won the inaugural FIA 'Personality of the Year' award after a successful season in rallying.
Van Persie to leave Manchester United?
Robin van Persie may have handed in a transfer request at Manchester United, according to ex-Liverpool player and pundit Mark Lawrenson.
Kubica wins FIA personality award
Poland's ex-Formula One driver Robert Kubica has won the inaugural FIA 'Personality of the Year' award after a successful season in rallying.
IOA to amend constitution, to end impasse with IOC
Left cornered after being served an ultimatum by the International Olympic Committee, the Indian Olympic Association is all set to amend its constitution in a general body meeting in New Delhi on Sunday to bar charge-framed contestants from its elections.
FIFA World Cup: Socceroos fearless, Japan and Korea quietly confident
Clubbed in a veritable group of death for next year's World Cup, Australia believe they can spring a surprise while fellow Asian qualifiers Japan, South Korea and Iran were more cautious with their optimism despite being dealt kinder draws.
Hong Kong Squash Open: Indian challenge ends
India's Joshna Chinappa put up a valiant fight against Alison Waters but the World No 4 eventually managed to tame the unseeded Indian 3-1 in the Women's Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Open Open on Saturday.
2014 World Cup: What's in store for the 32 finalists
At least two of the eight first-round groups of four produced tough obstacles for their participants to progress to the knockout rounds.
December 06, 2013
FIFA 2014 World Cup: Spain, Netherlands drawn together
The draw for the eight groups for the final round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which will be played from June 12 to July 13 in Brazil, was just held in Costa do Sauípe near Salvador de Bahia.
Jr World Cup hockey: India lose to Netherlands
India put up a gallant fight before going down 2-3 to the Netherlands in their opening match of the Hero FIH Junior hockey World Cup, in Delhi, on Friday.
I-League: Mohun Bagan hammer United SC 4-0
Summary of I-League football matches played across India on Friday.
Todt re-elected president of FIA
Jean Todt was unanimously re-elected as president of motorsport's world governing body by the International Automobile Federation (FIA) general assembly on Friday. The Frenchman had stood unopposed after British rival David Ward withdrew his candidacy last month.
Joshna charges into maiden World Series quarter-finals
India's Joshna Chinappa pulled off a sensational second successive upset in the Women's Hong Kong Open to claim her first ever quarter-final berth in a WSA World Series event.
Three accused plead guilty in Australian fixing scandal
A Malaysian national and two English players pleaded guilty to fixing soccer matches in Australia's second tier Victorian Premier League on Friday.
Platini calls for sin bins to replace yellow cards
European soccer chief Michel Platini wants yellow cards to be replaced by a rugby-style system of sin bins.
Soccer body FIFA orders flags at half mast for Mandela
World soccer body FIFA ordered flags to be flown at half mast and a minute's silence to be held before the next round of international matches after the death of Nelson Mandela on Thursday.
December 05, 2013
India wins right to host 2017 Under-17 FIFA World Cup
India will host the FIFA Under-17 World Cup football in 2017 with the world governing body awarding the right to host the prestigious tournament to the country in its executive committee meeting in Salvador da Bahia in Brazil.
Bayern's Robben out for six weeks with deep laceration of knee
Arjen Robben is out for six weeks with a knee injury sustained in Bayern Munich's 2-0 victory at Augsburg in the last 16 of the German Cup, the European champions said on Thursday.
Record entries, increased prize-money for Mumbai Marathon
A record 39,510 runners have registered for the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon on January 19, 2014.
Politicians causing harm by heading sports bodies: SC
Politicians and businessmen are causing harm by heading sports bodies, said Supreme Court on Thursday, which while expressing concern over the standard of hockey falling to an 'abysmal low' in the country.
India, New Jersey, Mexico, S Korea off 2014 F1 calendar
Races in New Jersey, Mexico and South Korea were dropped from Formula One's official 2014 calendar on Wednesday, with the season remaining at 19 races instead of a record 22.
Tiger motivated by Snead, Nicklaus and kids
As Tiger Woods eyes the twilight of a remarkable career, he has his sights on records posted by Jack Nicklaus and Sam Snead and a growing pleasure that his children are starting to understand what he does on the course.
December 04, 2013
United States intends to bid for 2024 Olympic Games
Dallas, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington, San Diego and Tulsa have expressed varying degrees of interest in hosting the sporting extravaganza.
Italy want drink breaks to counter World Cup heat
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has called for the introduction of drink breaks during next year's World Cup finals in Brazil to counter the debilitating effects of heat and humidity at venues in the tropical northeast.
Adidas unveil Brazuca ball for Brazil World Cup finals
The product of a two-and-half-year testing process involving some of the world's biggest stars was on view as Adidas on Tuesday night unveiled the Brazuca, the official match ball for next summer's World Cup.
Tomic links up with Croatian coach during dad's ban
Australian number one Bernard Tomic has appointed Croatian Velimir Zovko as his new co-coach while his father John serves the remainder of a ban for assaulting his former training partner.
2014 Rio World Cup prize money set for huge increase
The prize money at next year's World Cup finals will be increased by at least a third from that on offer in South Africa in 2010, FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke said on Tuesday.
Maradona to play 'Match for Peace' in Cuba
Diego Maradona has been invited by Colombia's FARC to play for their team in a soccer 'Game for Peace' during talks in Cuba between the rebels and the Colombian government looking to settle a decades-old conflict.
Pot luck: FIFA to go ahead with controversial WC draw procedure
FIFA will go ahead with its controversial decision to stage World Cup matches at midday in tropical venues, president Sepp Blatter said on Tuesday as soccer's governing body announced a bafflingly complex procedure for Friday's draw.
Injury-Hit Dortmund in German Cup quarters
Depleted Borussia Dortmund shrugged off the absence of more than half a dozen starting players to ease into the German Cup quarter-finals with a comfortable 2-0 win at third-tier Saarbruecken on Tuesday.
EPL: Chamakh shines in Palace win over West Ham
CrystalPalace striker Marouane Chamakh ended an 11-game barren streak to help them beat fellow Premier League strugglers West Ham United 1-0 in manager Tony Pulis's home debut on Tuesday.
December 03, 2013
Nico Hulkenberg returns to Force India for 2014
German Nico Hulkenberg will drive for Force India next season, the British-based Formula One team said on Tuesday.
Robin van Persie could return for Man United against Everton
Robin van Persie could return from injury for Manchester United's Premier League game with Everton on Wednesday, manager David Moyes said on Tuesday.
Jose Mourinho wants to restore Chelsea's title-winning habit
Jose Mourinho made winning titles a habit for Chelsea's players when he first arrived in 2004 and three months into his second stint at Stamford Bridge he is urging them to rediscover it.
Celebrating fans cause minor earthquake in US football game
Seattle football fans erupted in cheers so raucous early in the Monday night match-up against the New Orleans Saints that their jumping up and down registered as a minor earthquake, local media reported.
Manan Chandra shines on mixed day for Indian cueists
Manan Chandra continued his impressive run at the IBSF World Snooker Championships with another comfortable victory even as other Indian cueists enjoyed a mixed day in Daugavpils (Latvia) on Tuesday.
Arsenal in loan deal for Real Madrid striker Morata?
Arsenal are set to bolster their attack with reports suggesting that Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata is on his way to the Emirates.
Higuain brace revives Napoli as goals flow in Serie A
Gonzalo Higuain netted twice, the first a superb individual effort, to give Napoli a 4-2 win at Lazio while Fiorentina beat Hellas Verona 4-3 in a Serie A scoring spree on Monday.
Mexico confirm Herrera as World Cup finals coach
Mexico have confirmed Miguel 'Piojo' Herrera will coach the national squad at the World Cup finals in Brazil next year.
Messi continues recovery from thigh strain in Argentina
Lionel Messi began the second phase of recovery from the injury that has sidelined the Barcelona forward until next month with a physiotherapy session at Argentina's training complex on Monday.
Brazil to probe FIFA in racism case ahead of World Cup draw
Just four days before the draw for the 2014 World Cup, FIFA faced yet another embarrassment when a Sao Paulo prosecutor opened an investigation into possible racism by soccer's world governing body.
World Cup draw like a box of chocolates, says Hodgson
England manager Roy Hodgson borrowed a line from the hit movie Forrest Gump on Monday when he described his thoughts ahead of this week's draw for the World Cup.
December 02, 2013
Real Madrid's Ronaldo injury free and ready to return to action
Cristiano Ronaldo has recovered from a muscle strain and is ready to return to action, the Real Madrid and Portugal forward said on Monday.
Race of Champions called off due to Thai protests
This month's Race of Champions motorsport event in Bangkok has been called off due to political upheaval in the Thai capital, organisers said on Monday.
Lauda expects Brawn to return to F1
Niki Lauda expects departing Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn to return to Formula One in some capacity once he has gone fishing and taken time out.
Airline misplaces Nedunchezhiyan's bag ahead of Senegal ITF event
Former National champion Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan is going through a torrid time in Senegal as the airline on which he travelled there has misplaced his bag.
La Liga: Barca need quick answers after second straight loss
Barcelona's 2-1 loss at Ajax Amsterdam in the Champions League last week was down to a lack of intensity while Sunday's 1-0 reverse at Athletic Bilbao in La Liga exposed their relative physical frailty.
Bhullar moves up to 4th in Asian Tour Order of Merit
Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar on Monday moved up to fourth in the latest Order of Merit after his fifth Asian Tour victory at the Indonesia Open.
EPL: Jol sacked by Fulham after six defeats in a row
Martin Jol's two-year spell as Fulham manager ended on Sunday after the Dutchman proved unable to reverse the club's sinking fortunes.
December 01, 2013
EPL: Rooney rescues United, Hull stun Liverpool
Wayne Rooney scored twice to help Manchester United stretch their unbeaten run to 12 games in an entertaining 2-2 Premier League draw at Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool were upset 3-1 at HullCity on Sunday.
Liverpool's Sturridge sidelined for up to eight weeks
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge will be sidelined for up to eight weeks with an ankle injury, manager Brendan Rodgers said on Sunday as he ruled the player out of a crucial period of the season.
Balotelli helps Milan end chaotic week with win at Catania
Mario Balotelli rifled in a second-half free kick to help troubled AC Milan to a 3-1 win at bottom club Catania in Serie A on Sunday, ending a chaotic week for the seven-times European champions.
I-League: Chhetri double strike helps Bengaluru beat Shillong
Skipper Sunil Chhetri struck twice to help Bengaluru FC beat Shillong Lajong 2-1 in a thrilling 12th round match of the Airtel I-League in Bangalore on Sunday.
Bhullar bags fifth Asian Tour title with win in Indonesia
India's Gaganjeet Bhullar was in his element as he carded 16-under-268 for the week to lift his fifth Asian Tour title with victory at the Indonesia Open, in Jakarta on Sunday.
Parma's Cassano nets 100th Serie A goal in draw
Parma's Antonio Cassano grabbed his 100th Serie A goal with a stunning volley in a 1-1 draw at home to 10-man Bologna while Genoa's Davide Biondini secured the same result in an equally enthralling clash with Torino on Saturday.
Ghosal climbs to career-high 15 in squash rankings
Saurav Ghosal's good show in the World Championship propelled him to a career-high 15 in the men's world rankings published today by the Professional Squash Association (PSA).
'Ethiopia is to marathon what Brazil is to football'
Ethiopia is to marathon what Brazil is to football, said the Ethiopian country coordinator Aberu Zewede as the athletes from the African nation ran away with all the top places at the 28th Pune International Marathon on Sunday.
Robben double gives Bayern another win
Arjen Robben scored two first-half goals to give Bundesliga leaders and titleholders Bayern Munich a predictable 2-0 win at home to bottom club Eintracht Braunschweig on Saturday.
Doriano Romboni dies at Simoncelli tribute event
Italian racer Doriano Romboni died on Saturday after being struck by another rider's bike at an event in memory of late compatriot Marco Simoncelli, who was killed in a similar fashion two years ago.
Australian Open: Rory McIlroy overhauls Scott to win
Rory McIlroy won his first title of the year at the Australian Open by a single shot on Sunday after home favourite Adam Scott bogeyed the final hole to lose a tournament he had dominated since the opening day.
November 30, 2013
EPL: Ramsey's brace helps Arsenal go seven clear
Aaron Ramsey indulged his new goalscoring habit on his return to his boyhood club as Arsenal opened up a seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a 3-0 victory at Cardiff City on Saturday.
Sanam, Vishnu reach quarter-finals of Asian Tennis C'ship
India's Sanam Singh and Vishnu Vardhan have made their way into the quarter-finals of the Toyota Asian Tennis Championship at Bangkok, Thailand.
'Doping battle must be more cost efficient'
The fight against doping costs $300-400 million a year and sporting medical experts at a conference hosted by FIFA on Friday questioned whether it was value for money.
Galliani to quit as Milan chief executive
AC Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani is to quit after 27 years at the Serie A club, he told the ANSA news agency on Friday.
I joined Everton on loan because I needed to play: Lukaku
In-form striker Romelu Lukaku said he chose to join Everton on loan for the season from Chelsea because he needed to play regularly and not because he was not wanted at Stamford Bridge.
November 29, 2013
Dipika Pallikal gets engaged to Indian cricketer Dinesh Karthik
Cricketer Dinesh Kathik has found his match in star squash player Dipika Pallikal as they got engaged in a private ceremony at a city hotel in Chennai.
Nadal-Djokovic French Open semis 'Best Slam Match of Year'
The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) has recognized the French Open semi-final encounter between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic as the "Best Grand Slam Match of the Year".
FIH chief Negre wants India to win Jr World Cup
International Hockey Federation president Leandro Negre expects India to be a force to reckon with in the upcoming Junior World Cup, but said it won't be easy for the hosts to win the tournament, in Delhi, from December 6-15.
Europa: Lazio through in Warsaw tie marred by crowd trouble
Lazio won 2-0 at Legia Warsaw on Thursday to qualify for the Europa League knockout stages after a tie marred by violence when Italian fans fought with Polish police on the way to the stadium.
Austria questions 20 players over match-fixing
Twenty current and former footballers in the Austrian league are being treated as suspects over match-fixing and up to 17 first and second division matches could have been manipulated in the last seven years, criminal investigators said on Thursday.
Chandhok aims for Mahindra Formula E drive
Mahindra Racing will enter the new Formula E electric racing series next year with ex-Formula One racer Karun Chandhok set to drive for what will be the only Indian team on the grid.
November 28, 2013
Bhullar sizzles for two-shot lead at Indonesia Open
Gaganjeet Bhullar charged into a two-shot lead at the Indonesia Open after an opening seven-under-par 64 on Thursday.
FIFA confirms South Africa's friendly win over Spain
South Africa's friendly win over Spain last week will be considered a full international despite the world and European champions fielding more than the permitted number of substitutes, soccer's governing body FIFA said on Thursday.
Brawn stands down as Mercedes F1 principal
Ross Brawn will stand down as principal and leave the Mercedes Formula One team at the end of the year, Mercedes said in a statement on Thursday.
Three people killed in World Cup stadium's roof collapse
A part of the stadium which was scheduled to host the opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil had reportedly collapsed, killing three people and causing substantial damages.
Three footballers among six arrested over fixing allegations
Six people, including three footballers, have reportedly been arrested in England on suspicion of fixing football games in the country, sending shockwaves through the entire British football fraternity.
Goal frenzy as Real, United and PSG seal last 16 berths
(Reuters) - Real Madrid, Manchester United and Paris St Germain reached the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday on a night when the goals flowed all over Europe with United the highest scorers in a 5-0 win at Bayer Leverkusen.
Champions League: Bayern ease past CSKA, record 10th straight win
Holders Bayern Munich eased past CSKA Moscow 3-1 on Wednesday to set a Champions League record with their 10th straight victory and underline their ambitions to become the first team to successfully defend the title.
November 27, 2013
United's Van Persie, Vidic ruled out against Leverkusen
Manchester United will be without defender Nemanja Vidic and striker Robin van Persie when they attempt to book a Champions League knockout stage spot at Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday.
Manchester United plane aborts landing in Germany
Manchester United's plane had to abort its landing seconds from touchdown as the squad flew to Germany for Wednesday's Champions League match with Bayer Leverkusen, British media reported.
Chelsea qualify despite losing to Basel; Barca beaten
Chelsea reached the Champions League knock-out stage on Tuesday despite a 1-0 defeat by Basel in Group E after a late Mohamed Salah goal shocked the 2012 title winners, with Jose Mourinho saying they deserved to lose. Barcelona, without Lionel Messi but already into the last 16, went two goals down in Amsterdam but looked a different side in the second half after Ajax's Joel Veltman was sent off.
November 26, 2013
Luger Keshavan finishes 27th at World Cup
He gained a valuable point for the Olympic qualification criteria taking his overall points to three and placing him at the 33rd position in the Olympic rankings.
Aston Villa rally from 0-2 down to hold West Brom
Aston Villa fought back after conceding two goals in the opening 11 minutes to grab a 2-2 draw at Midlands derby rivals West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Monday.
November 25, 2013
Bayern's Franck Ribery confident of winning Ballon d'Or
Franck Ribery said he was confident of winning the World Player of the Year award because he "made the difference" and "set defences on fire".
Manchester United great Foulkes dies aged 81
Former Manchester United central defender Bill Foulkes, a survivor of the 1958 Munich air crash, has died aged 81, the club announced on Monday.
Sania to partner Horia Tecau at Aus Open
In her quest to win a third Grand Slam title, Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza will continue to partner Romanian Horia Tecau in the mixed doubles until at least next season's first Grand Slam -- the Australian Open.
Ronaldo doubtful for Galatasaray clash
Cristiano Ronaldo is doubtful for Real Madrid's Champions League match against Galatasaray on Wednesday after doctors confirmed he has a hamstring strain.
Keshavan eyes gold at 2014 Winter Olympics! Support him
While India's Summer Olympic athletes have the privilege of government funding, Shiva Keshavan's efforts have been largely ignored.
Man City put six past hapless Spurs, United held
Rampant Manchester City shredded the Premier League's meanest defence with a 6-0 thrashing of Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday while Manchester United's surge up the table stalled after a 2-2 draw at Cardiff City.
Vettel takes record ninth win in a row
Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel won the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday to chalk up a record ninth victory in a row, and 13th of the Formula One season.
November 24, 2013
Xavi back, Adriano out of Barca's game at Ajax
Barcelona will have Xavi back for Tuesday's Champions League Group H match at Ajax Amsterdam but full back Adriano is out with an ankle injury, the La Liga club said on Sunday.
'This is the end,' tweets Balotelli after penalty miss
Mario Balotelli confounded his followers again on Sunday by tweeting "this is the end" hours after missing a penalty in AC Milan's 1-1 draw against Genoa.
Day shares World Cup joy with grieving family
Jason Day plans a few celebratory drinks after winning the $8 million World Cup of Golf on home soil on Sunday before turning his efforts to raising awareness for the devastated Philippines where eight of his relatives were killed by Typhoon Haiyan.
Pacquiao beats Rios by unanimous decision
Filipino great Manny Pacquiao scored a decisive, unanimous decision victory against American Brandon Rios on Sunday to end a two-fight losing streak and win the vacant WBO International welterweight title.
November 23, 2013
Indian Olympic Association calls general body meeting on December 8
Left with no other choice but to fall in line after International Olympic Committee served an ultimatum to bar charge-framed persons from contesting elections or face de-recognition, Indian Olympic Association on Saturday called its general body meeting On December 8.
'Role model' Tendulkar deserves Bharat Ratna, says Milkha Singh
Legendary athlete Milkha Singh said that despite being such a phenomenally successful cricketer, Tendulkar remained grounded as a man of immense humility and that sets him apart from other great sportspersons.
Philippines great Pacquiao fights for devastated homeland
Filipino boxing great Manny Pacquiao will carry the weight of a nation in mourning when he enters the ring on Sunday in the first major international fight to be held in the gambling capital of Macau.
Bolt targeting to smash own 200 m world record
World's fastest man Usain Bolt has said that he wants to break his own 200m World record of 19.19 seconds in 2014.
World Chess C'ship results show powerful role of computers
The World Championship battle between Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen, where the youngster was crowned new champion, has witnessed computers pushing the game of chess to new heights, according to a report.
Torres to miss Chelsea's derby at West Ham
Chelsea will be without striker Fernando Torres as they try to get their Premier League title challenge back into gear with victory at struggling West Ham United on Saturday.
Yuki loses in Aus Open play-off semis
Yuki Bhambri created enough chances for himself but failed to cash in on as he bowed out of the Australian Open wild card play-off tournament following a semi-final defeat in Shenzhen on Saturday.
November 22, 2013
Moves: Anand vs Carlsen, Game 10, World Chess Championship
World No 1 and challenger Magnus Carlsen of Norway defeated defending champion Viswanathan Anand in the World Chess Championship 6.5-3.5 after Game 10 ended in a draw at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chennai on Friday. Following are the moves of Game 10, with analysis and quotes.
I-League: Pune FC rally to hold Salgaocar to a 1-1 draw
Pune FC came from behind to hold Salgaocar to a 1-1 draw in the Airtel I-League played at Duler Stadium, Mapusa in Duler, Goa.
Carlsen beats Anand for World chess crown after Game 10 is drawn
World No.1 and challenger Magnus Carlsen of Norway beat defending champion Viswanathan Anand in the World Chess Championship 6.5-3.5 after Game 10 ended in a draw at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chennai on Friday.
Alonso considered pulling out of US Grand Prix
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso says he is fully fit to race in Sunday's Formula One season-ender in Brazil after considering pulling out of last weekend's US Grand Prix in Austin due to back pains.
Yuki enters semis of Aus Open play-off tournament
Yuki Bhambri inched closer to a wild entry in the Australian Open, not only in singles but also doubles, after easy victories in the Asia-Pacific Wildcard Play-off tournament, in Shenzhen, China, on Friday.
Lahiri learns lessons after battling 70 at World Cup of Golf
India's Anirban Lahiri was kicking himself after a sloppy finish as he settled for a one-under-par 70 in the second round of the US $8 million ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf on Friday.
Ecclestone says Horner could succeed him
Formula One Chief Executive Bernie Ecclestone has named Red Bull team boss Christian Horner as the ideal candidate to succeed him when he finally relinquishes his grip on the sport, British media reported on Friday.
Vettel says he has learned a lot from Webber
Quadruple World champion Sebastian Vettel says Mark Webber's retirement after Sunday's season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix will be a loss for both him and Red Bull despite their frequently frosty relationship.
Groeneveld is Maria Sharapova's new coach
Four-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova has hired Sven Groeneveld as her new coach for the 2014 season.
November 21, 2013
Dhyanchand also deserves Bharat Ratna: Milkha Singh
Legendary athlete Milkha Singh said Dhyanchand also deserves the Bharat Ratna and that the government should honour the hockey legend.
Moves: Anand vs Carlsen, Game 9, World Chess Championship
The moves in Game 9 of the World Chess Championship, between Viswanathan Anand and Magnis Carlsen, with analysis and quotes.
Carlsen in sight of World crown after beating Anand in Game 9
Magnus Carlsen moved within half a point of the World Chess Championship crown after beating defending champion Viswanathan Anand after 28 moves in the ninth game, in Chennai, on Thursday.
'Serena's insatiable desire helped her crawl back to No 1'
The coach of American tennis ace Serena Williams has hailed her motivation for work as the main reason behind her impressive comeback to the sport after sinking to 175 in world and losing in the 2012 French Open first round.
India's campaign in Hong Kong Open ends as Saina, Ajay lose
Saina Nehwal's poor run this season continued, as she crashed out of the women's singles after losing to Porntip Buranaprasertsuk of Thailand in the second round of the Hong Kong Super Series badminton tournament in Kowloon on Thursday. The seventh seeded Indian, who climbed a rung to sixth in the world rankings earlier in the day, lost 17-21, 21-9, 15-21 to Porntip, who rose three places to world No 10.
Vanishing spray to be used at World Club Cup: FIFA
A vanishing spray which has been used in South America for several years to stop defensive walls creeping forward at free kicks will feature at next month's World Club Cup, FIFA said on Wednesday.
Chennai gears up to serve ATP World Tour tennis event
Chennai termed India's tennis capital and is gearing up to host South Asia's only ATP World Tour tennis event.
Armstrong settles $3 million lawsuit over bonuses
Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has reached a settlement with an insurance company over $3 million in performance bonuses paid to him from 1999 to 2001, his spokesman said on Wednesday.
Tiger Woods girlfriend Lindsey Vonn wounded
Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn partially tore her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and suffered a mild strain to her right knee after crashing during training on Tuesday, US ski officials said on Wednesday.
Ceni ties Pele mark, but Ponte Preta ruin his day
Rogerio Ceni tied Pele's mark for most appearances at a Brazilian club on Wednesday but his 1,115th game in goal for Sao Paulo was not one to savour as his side went down 3-1 to Ponte Preta in the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana semi-final.
Barcelona keeper Valdes out till end of year
Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes is likely to be out of action until the end of the year after suffering a calf strain during Spain's surprise defeat by South Africa on Tuesday, the club said in a statement on their website.
2014 World Cup: Uruguay book place at finals
Uruguay sealed their spot at the 2014 World Cup finals after a goalless draw at home to Jordan in the second leg of their intercontinental playoff on Wednesday saw them advance 5-0 on aggregate.
November 20, 2013
Yuki in quarter-finals of Aus Open play-off tournament
Yuki Bhambri cleared the first hurdle in his quest to get a wild card for the 2014 Australian Open by beating Michael Venus 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 in his opening round of the play-off tournament, in Shenzhen, china, on Wednesday.
Hong Kong Open: Saina wins first round; Kashyap, Sindhu exit
Saina Nehwal advanced to the second round with an easy victory, but it was a disappointing day for Indians overall, as Parupalli Kashyap and P V Sindhu failed to cross the opening round in the Hong Kong Super Series on Wednesday. Looking for her first title this season, world No 7 Saina hardly broke a sweat as she outplayed Indonesia's Bellaetrix Manuputty 21-14, 21-16 in 34 minutes.
Sandhu retained India's chief boxing coach till 2016 Olympics
Gurbax Singh Sandhu has been retained national coach of the men's boxing team till the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
AITA says TNTA must pay royalty on Chennai Open
The All India Tennis Association says it will not waive 'royalty' of around US $40,000 on the Chennai Open unless the Tamil Nadu Tennis Association proves that the tournament is a loss-making venture.
Peralta's 'trick' takes Mexico past NZ to World Cup
Oribe Peralta bagged a first-half hat-trick to help Mexicobook their passage to the 2014 World Cup finals with a 4-2 victory over New Zealand in the second leg of their intercontinental playoff at Wellington Regional Stadium on Wednesday.
Former coach Baskaran to assist India hockey chief coach Walsh
Hockey India appointed former Olympic gold-medallist V Baskaran as a coach of the men's national team on Wednesday and he will work under the recently-appointed chief coach Terry Walsh.
'Chile Killer' Robinho gives Brazil 2-1 win
Robinho came off the bench to head home the winner in Brazil's 2-1 victory over Chile on Tuesday, taking his personal tally to nine against their South American rivals and boosting his chances of playing at next year's World Cup finals.
Asian Cup qualifiers: Iran, Qatar book berth; China wait
Three-times champions Iran cruised into the 2015 Asian Cup finals after thrashing Lebanon 4-1 on Tuesday, but China missed the chance to join them and face a nerve-jangling final qualifier after being held to a goalless draw by Saudi Arabia.
World Chess Game 8: Title slipping out of grip as Anand scores another draw
The 22-year-old Carlsen leads 5-3 and needs to score another 1.5 points in the next four games to wrest the title away.
Friendlies: Spain lose to South Africa, England go down against Germany
Qualifiers Spain and the United States suffered blows in friendlies, the world champions beaten 1-0 by eliminated South Africa on the SoccerCity pitch where they clinched their 2010 crown and the Americans losing 1-0 away to lowly Austria.
November 19, 2013
Chhetri becomes India's all-time leading scorer in win over Nepal
A goal each half gave India a 2-0 victory over Nepal, and made Sunil Chhetri the country's all-time leading goal-scorer, in Tuesday's friendly at the Kanchenjunga stadium in Siliguri.
Moves: Anand vs Carlsen, Game 8, World Chess Championship
World champion Viswanathan Anand, playing black, was involved in another draw with challenger Magnus Carlsen in the eighth game of the World Chess Championship, in Chennai, on Tuesday. The sharing of points enabled the Norwegian retain the lead at 5-3, with four games still to play in the 12-games match. Following are the moves in the eighth round, with analysis and quotes.
IOC to retest frozen samples using new method
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will retest frozen samples from previous Games after an improved testing method led to hundreds of positive cases that went undetected, according to a German television channel.
Erratic Lakers eagerly await return of ace closer Bryant
While the Los Angeles Lakers have made a better start to this season than many had expected in the absence of Kobe Bryant, there is no question that their 15-time All-Star shooting guard has been sorely missed.
Publishers to refund reader for errors in Ferguson's autobiography!
Publishers of Sir Alex Ferguson's autobiography have agreed to refund a customer after multiple inaccuracies were found in the book.
World Chess: Carlsen holds the edge after Game 7
Instead of starting an aggressive attack, Anand played very positionally, seeking a small advantage
Moscow laboratory faces WADA ban before Sochi Games
A Moscow anti-doping laboratory which was to be used during next year's Sochi Winter Olympics will have its accreditation suspended by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) unless it improves the way it operates by December 1.
Fabregas returns to Barcelona training following recovery
Cesc Fabregas has returned to training as the Barcelona midfielder continues his recovery from a knee injury, the La Liga leaders said on Monday.
Aguero brace gives Argentina 2-0 win over Bosnia
Striker Sergio Aguero scored twice to give Argentina a 2-0 win over fellow World Cup finalists Bosnia in a friendly at the Busch baseball stadium in St Louis, Missouri on Monday.
Ameobi scores blinder as Nigeria draw with Italy
Italy and Nigeria played out a thrilling 2-2 draw which included a goal-of-the-season contender from Shola Ameobi in an entertaining friendly at Fulham's Craven Cottage on Monday.
Lance Armstrong doping suit likely to proceed
A federal judge said on Monday he likely will allow a lawsuit to move forward accusing cyclist Lance Armstrong and his business partners of defrauding the U.S. Postal Service of endorsement money through Armstrong's use of performance-enhancing drugs.
November 18, 2013
Real Madrid not planning to buy Sami Khedira replacement
Real Madrid are not planning to seek a replacement for injured Germany midfielder Sami Khedira in the January transfer window, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Monday.
Moves: Anand vs Carlsen, Game 7, World Chess Championship
Following are the moves in the seventh round of the World Chess Championship match between Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen in Chennai on Monday with analysis.
Anand draws Game 7; Carlsen stays two points ahead
The King is wounded but not dead. Defending champion Viswanathan Anand bounced back with a draw against Norwegian Magnus Carlsen.
Italian soccer in dire state as television weighs options
When Italy's cash-strapped soccer clubs meet on Monday to prepare for a new deal on broadcast rights, their deliberations will be coloured by the unhappy knowledge that Italian football is in a dismal state and viewers are switching off.
Subrata set to join Danish Superliga side FC Vestsjaelland
National football team goalkeeper Subrata Paul is set to become the first Indian player to join a first division side in Europe as he has been offered a six-month contract by Danish top tier club FC Vestsjaelland.
World No 8 Wawrinka to play at Chennai Open
World No 8 Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka confirmed, on Monday, his participation in the 19th edition of the Aircel Chennai Open, India's only ATP World Tour tennis event, starting December 30.
David Haye advised to retire after shoulder surgery
Former world heavyweight champion David Haye has been advised by doctors to consider retiring after undergoing shoulder surgery, the Briton said on Sunday.
Keane indicates Fergie has told lies in 'new autobiography'
Former Manchester United skipper Roy Keane has re-ignited his feud with Sir Alex Ferguson, calling claims in his former boss's recently published autobiography "lies".
Makoun brace helps Cameroon qualify for 2014 World Cup
Midfielder Jean Makoun scored twice as Cameroon qualified for the World Cup finals after beating Tunisia 4-1 in Yaounde on Sunday to win their two-legged playoff tie and book their place in Brazil next year.
FIFA World Cup: 'Qatar's migrant labourers treated like cattle'
Qatar's construction industry is rife with abuse of migrant workers who are "treated like cattle" and live in squalid accommodation exposed to overflowing sewage, Amnesty International said in a report on Sunday.
Vettel sets record with US Grand Prix win
Red Bull's quadruple World champion Sebastian Vettel won the US Grand Prix on Sunday to become the first Formula One driver to take eight consecutive victories in a single season. Starting from pole, the 26-year-old German was again in a class of his own, taking the chequered flag 6.2 seconds clear of Frenchman Romain Grosjean in a Lotus.
Stepanek guides Czechs to another Davis Cup triumph
The Czech Republic retained their Davis Cup title after Radek Stepanek ruthlessly exploited the inexperience of Dusan Lajovic in the decisive rubber to seal a 3-2 final victory over Novak Djokovic's Serbia on Sunday.
November 17, 2013
Djokovic beats Berdych to level Davis Cup final
Serbian world number two Novak Djokovic forced the Davis Cup final against holders Czech Republic into a decisive fifth rubber on Sunday with a 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-2 win over Tomas Berdych in the opening reverse singles.
Bolt says Jamaican doping issues costing him money
Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt said on Saturday that controversy over Jamaica's anti-doping programme is scaring off potential sponsors and costing him money.
Stenson wins maiden European Order of Merit title
World No 3 Henrik Stenson blasted a final round 64 to clinch the DP World Tour Championship on Sunday, also topping Europe's money list for 2013 after his six-stroke victory in the desert finale.
Football Friendlies: Spain cruise to win in Equatorial Guinea
A second-string Spain celebrated coach Vicente del Bosque's two-year contract extension with a 2-1 away win over Equatorial Guinea in a friendly on Saturday that was marred by an injury to Xabi Alonso.
World Cup: Dutch survived Japan fright, says Van der Vaart
Netherlands may be among the favourites to win the World Cup but they suffered a scare on Saturday when they narrowly avoided defeat by Japan in their first match since completing qualification for next year's finals.
Khedira surgery a success, Germany upbeat on World Cup
Germany and Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira has had successful surgery on torn knee ligaments and he may be available for the World Cup, according to Germany team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt.
Ivory Coast get past Senegal to reach World Cup
Ivory Coast qualified for a third straight World Cup after weathering Senegal's late onslaught in a 1-1 draw in the second leg of their playoff on Saturday to progress 4-2 on aggregate.
Adam Scott wins 'Ugly' to defend Australian Masters
World No 2 Adam Scott stood firm in the face of a fierce charge from Matt Kuchar to defend his home Australian Masters by two strokes on Sunday as the American's challenge crumbled over the closing holes.
Bolt, Fraser-Pryce win 2013 World Athlete Awards
Jamaican sprinters Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce were crowned male and female World Athletes of the Year for 2013 by the sport's governing IAAF at a ceremony in Monaco on Saturday.
Czechs win doubles to take 2-1 lead in Davis Cup final
Holders Czech Republic took a 2-1 lead over hosts Serbia in the Davis Cup final after Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek romped to a 6-2, 6-4, 7-6(4) win over Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac in Saturday's doubles.
Vettel set for record win after US GP pole
Red Bull's quadruple World champion Sebastian Vettel seized pole position on Saturday for a US Grand Prix that could see him celebrate a record eighth successive win of the Formula One season.
November 16, 2013
Nigeria qualify for 2014 Rio World Cup
Nigeria became the first African country to qualify for next year's World Cup finals after a 2-0 home win over Ethiopia in their playoff in Calabar on Saturday.
Vettel fastest in final U.S. Grand Prix practice
Quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel continued to set the pace at the U.S. Formula One Grand Prix, topping the final practice time sheets in another Red Bull one-two on Saturday.
Anand feeling the heat after successive defeats
Having suffered back-to-back defeats in the World Chess Championship, defending champion Viswanathan Anand was left a bit nervy if the press conference after the sixth game is anything to go by.
Djokovic out of Davis Cup final doubles
Serbia's World No 2 Novak Djokovic has been left out of Saturday's doubles in the Davis Cup final against holders CzechRepublic, with Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac named to play against Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek.
World Chess Championship: Anand loses again; trails 2-4
World champion Viswanathan Anand struggled once again with his white pieces and suffered a painful defeat against challenger Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the sixth game of the World Chess Championship in Chennai on Saturday.
'Anand also deserved Bharat Ratna'
India's second Grandmaster Dibyendu Barua welcomed the government's decision to bestow the Bharat Ratna on Sachin Tendulkar but added that five-time World chess champion
Injury could rule Germany's Khedira out of World Cup
Germany and Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira's World Cup hopes hang in the balance after he was ruled out for around six months with a torn cruciate ligament suffered in Friday's 1-1 draw against Italy, team doctors said on Saturday.
Moves: Anand vs Carlsen, Game 5, World Chess Championship
The moves in the fifth round of the World Chess Championship match between Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen, with analysis and quotes.
Ronaldo edges Portugal towards WC finals; France in danger
France's hopes of reaching the World Cup finals are hanging by a thread after a 2-0 first-leg defeat away to Ukraine in their playoff on Friday while Cristiano Ronaldo's late winner gave Portugal the edge against Sweden.
Serbia, Czech Republic share opening singles in Davis Cup final
Roared on by 17,000 partisan fans Novak Djokovic fired Serbia ahead in the Davis Cup final on Friday but Tomas Berdych hit back for the Czech Republic to leave the tie delicately poised going into the weekend.
November 15, 2013
Carlsen wins Game 5 after Anand falters
With seven games to come in the 12-game World Chess Championship match, Magnus Carlsen leads 3-2, drawing first blood in his trademark style.
Del Bosque to stay on as Spain coach until 2016
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has agreed a two-year contract extension with the world and European champions which ties him until the 2016 European championship in France, the 62-year-old said on Friday.
Messi marks 10th anniversary of Barca first-team debut
Saturday marks the 10th anniversary of Lionel Messi's first-team debut with Barcelona, when the Argentine came on as a 16-year-old substitute during a friendly against Porto in Portugal.
Bans doubled under new World Anti-Doping code
A revised World Anti-Doping Code, doubling the bans for cheats in sport, was adopted on Friday.
Perez shocked by McLaren decision to drop him
Sergio Perez expressed his shock at McLaren's decision to drop him on Thursday and hoped he would find another Formula One drive for next season despite time being against him.
November 14, 2013
Armstrong's urge to tell all is "a little late": USADA
Lance Armstrong's promise to come clean about doping is "a little late", the head of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said on Thursday, accusing the disgraced cyclist of trying to use events to "gain advantage".
Saina, Kashyap crash out of China Open
Indian shuttlers endured a disappointing day at the China Open Super Series Premier with star player Saina Nehwal going down in the women's singles second round while Parupalli Kashyap crashed out of the men's singles competition in Shanghai.
Five-star Uruguay crush Jordan in World Cup tie
Uruguay are all but assured of a place at the 2014 World Cup finals after Edinson Cavani led the twice champions to a 5-0 away rout of Jordan in the first leg of their qualifying playoff on Wednesday.
David Beckham back in Miami eyeing a Major League Soccer team
Retired English soccer star David Beckham toured potential stadium sites in Miami on Wednesday, signalling he is forging ahead with his interest in owning a new Major League franchise in the United States.
November 13, 2013
Moves: Anand vs Carlsen, Game 4, World Chess Championship
Defending champion Viswanathan Anand and Norwegian challenger Magnus Carlsen played out a fourth successive draw in the World Chess Championship in Chennai on Tuesday after 64 moves.
Anand battles from lost position to draw fourth game
Defending champion Viswanathan Anand and Norwegian challenger Magnus Carlsen played out a fourth successive draw in the World Chess Championship in Chennai on Tuesday after 64 moves.
China Open: Saina, Kashyap have it easy in first round
Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap advanced to the second round of the China Super Series Premier after straight-game victories in the women's and men's singles respectively, in Shanghai, on Wednesday.
IOC President Bach calls for new dope testing methods
The need for new and innovative thinking around testing should become a priority to strengthen the fight against doping in sport, the new International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach said on Wednesday as he compared drug cheating to terrorism.
Tyson reveals being drugged during bouts; using fake penis to fool drug-testers
Tyson confessed in his new book Undisputed Truth that he used a fake penis to fool drug-testers and fought on cocaine.
Messi pledges to work 'full time' on recovery
Lionel Messi will be working "full time" to shake off the hamstring injury sustained on Sunday that will sideline him for six to eight weeks, Barcelona's Argentine World Player of the Year said on Tuesday.
Olympian Steve Redgrave inaugurates rowing academy in Lavasa
The former British rower and five times gold medalist Sir Steve Redgrave said on Tuesday that India has the potential to nurture Olympic rowers, who can also be medals contenders.
FIFA bans 26 players worldwide over Italian match-fixing row
Twenty-six players and one official have had their Italian match-fixing bans extended worldwide, soccer's governing body FIFA said on Tuesday.
November 12, 2013
FIFA warn World Cup could be targeted by protests
The World Cup could be targeted again next year for demonstrations in Brazil against graft and poor public services but FIFA should not be held responsible or made a scapegoat, general secretary Jerome Valcke warned on Tuesday.
Moves: Anand vs Carlsen, Game 3, World Chess Championship
The third game in the World Chess Championship, between defending champion Viswanathan Anand and Norwegian challenger Magnus Carlsen on Tuesday ended in a draw after 51 moves. Following are the moves, with analysis and quotes.
Anand gives Carlsen a scare as third game too is drawn
Defending champion Viswanathan Anand gave Norwegian challenger Magnus Carlsen a scare despite playing with black pieces even though the third game in the World Chess Championship ended in a long-grinding draw in Chennai on Tuesday. The third game today turned out to be a hard-fought affair lasting 51 moves after a rather sedate start that had seen the first two games ending in draws without any real excitement.
Only a "miracle" would reopen Armstrong case, says Fahey
Disgraced Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong would need "something close to a miracle" to get his lifetime ban from cycling re-examined, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) president John Fahey said on Tuesday.
Hero to be title sponsor of Junior Hockey World Cup
Two-wheeler manufacturing giant Hero Motocorp Limited announced its association with the Junior Hockey World Cup, to be held next month, as the title sponsor.
'Lightning quick' Rookie Magnussen set to replace Perez at McLaren
McLaren are set to replace Mexican Sergio Perez with Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen for next season, media reports said on Monday.
Australia concerns over Brazil World Cup security
Australia have concerns over security at next year's World Cup finals in Brazil because of the civil unrest in the South American country, Football Federation Australia chief David Gallop said on Tuesday.
Spanish tennis player Vives gets 2-year ban for doping
Spanish tennis player Nuria Llagostera Vives, doubles winner at the 2009 WTA tour championships, has been banned for two years after testing positive for d-methamphetamine, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said on Monday.
Error-prone Nadal not let down despite Tour Finals loss
Rafael Nadal refused to let a good old-fashioned beating at the hands of fierce rival Novak Djokovic on Monday take the gloss off a sensational year.
Spanish duo upset Bryan brothers in London finale
Spain's Fernando Verdasco and David Marrero, the sixth seeds, upset the favourites 7-5, 6-7(3), 10-7 as the title went to a Spanish pair for the second successive year following the triumph of Marcel Granollers and Mark Lopez 12 months ago.
Djokovic crushes Nadal to retain Tour Finals title
The Serb easily beat the Spaniard 6-3, 6-4 at the O2 Arena.
November 11, 2013
Injured Messi out for up to eight weeks, confirm Barcelona
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi will be out for between six and eight weeks with a hamstring injury, the La Liga leaders said on Monday.
Armstrong says he will testify with 100 percent honesty
Disgraced former Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong says he will testify with "100 percent transparency and honesty" at any independent inquiry into doping in cycling but wants assurances he will be treated fairly.
Heena Sidhu wins pistol gold in World Cup shooting
Woman shooter Heena Sidhu created history by becoming the first pistol exponent from India to win a gold medal at the ISSF World Cup finals in Munich, Germany.
Bendtner 'incredibly disappointed' to stay at Arsenal
Denmark striker Niklas Bendtner has criticised Arsenal and manager Arsene Wenger for not selling him in the summer and said it will be a "miracle" if he stays at the Premier League club.
International space crew returns Olympic torch to earth
A Soyuz capsule carried an International Space Station crew of three back to Earth on Monday along with an Olympic torch that was displayed in open space as part of Russia's preparations for the Sochi 2014 Winter Games.
Ferrari pay tribute to departing Massa
Felipe Massa said farewell to thousands of Ferrari fans in Italy on Sunday and received a trophy nearly as tall as him to celebrate his time with the Formula One team.
Munich 2022 Games bid ruled out by referendum loss
Munich will not bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics after failing to win the support of the local population in a referendum on whether to bid for the Games.
EPL: Van Persie goal sinks Arsenal at Old Trafford
Champions Manchester United beat Premier League leaders Arsenal 1-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday with Robin van Persie once again tormenting his former team mates with a soaring first half header.
November 10, 2013
Rookie Marquez becomes youngest world champion
Spanish rookie Marc Marquez became the youngest ever MotoGP world champion at the age of 20 when he finished third in the 18th and final race of the season in Valencia on Sunday.
Moves: Anand vs Carlsen, Game 2, World Chess Championship
The moves in the second game of the FIDE World Chess Championship match between India's Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen of Norway in Chennai, on Sunday.
China Super Series: Saina eyes season's 1st title, top-5 return
Star shuttler and Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal of India will begin the hunt for her first title of the season and also eye a return to the top-5 when the China Open Super Series Premier starts with the qualifiers in Shanghai from Tuesday.
World chess: Anand plays out tame draw with white pieces against Carlsen
orld champion Viswanathan Anand held World No 1 Magnus Carlsen of Norway to yet another draw in quick time in the second game of the World chess championship in Chennai, on Sunday.
Formula One: Kimi Raikkonen to miss last two races of season
Kimi Raikkonen will miss the last two races of the Formula One season in Texas and Brazil after deciding to have back surgery next week, the Lotus driver's manager said on Sunday.
India finish fifth at Men's Asian Champions Trophy hockey
Akashdeep Singh scored three goals as India thrashed Oman 6-1 to finish fifth in the third Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament at Kakamigahara, Japan on Sunday.
Referee calls off match after getting stung by angry bees!
A football referee in the Peruvian Premier League called off a match after being stung by angry bees, in what promised to be a crunch clash.
Cardozo helps Benfica to Cup win over Sporting
Benfica's Oscar Cardozo scored a hat-trick in a 4-3 extra-time win over Lisbon rivals Sporting in the Portuguese Cup last 32 on Saturday with Luisao grabbing the winner after a blunder by visiting keeper Rui Patricio.
Inter's beat Livorno in Zanetti's comeback
Inter Milan earned a 2-0 victory over Livorno thanks to a howler from visiting goalkeeper Francesco Bardi, who is on loan from the San Siro club, and a late Yuto Nagatomo strike in Serie A on Saturday.
Ibrahimovic hat-trick puts PSG four points clear
Paris St Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic was again in a class of his own as the striker's hat-trick earned a 3-1 win against Nice and a four-point lead in Ligue 1 on Saturday.
Bundesliga: Goal line row as Nuremberg denied
The Bundesliga was hit by another ball-over-the-line controversy on Saturday after Nuremberg were disallowed a goal in their 3-1 defeat at Borussia Moenchengladbach.
November 09, 2013
ATP Challengers: Sanam, Divij-Raja bow out
India's Sanam Singh lost to Peter Polanski for the second time in two months and crashed out of the ATP Knoxville Challenger event in the United States.
Asian Champions Trophy: Indian women bag silver after losing to Japan
Indian hockey had something to cheer about as Indian women's hockey team bagged a silver medal in third Asian Champions Trophy after losing to hosts Japan by a solitary goal in the summit clash of the event at Kakamigahara, Japan on Saturday.
Blatter rules out January World Cup in Qatar
FIFA president Sepp Blatter ruled out a January World Cup in Qatar in 2022 and said on Friday November/December was the only alternative to a summer tournament.
Nigeria crush Mexico to win record fourth under-17 title
Nigeria won the World under-17 championship for a record fourth time on Friday, overpowering holders Mexico 3-0 in the final in Abu Dhabi, helped by two defensive mistakes.
November 08, 2013
Wawrinka outlasts Ferrer to keep hopes alive
Stanislas Wawrinka did what he had to do with victory over a weary David Ferrer at the ATP World Tour Finals on Friday and now needs a favour from Rafael Nadal to reach the semi-finals.
Paes, Stepanek ousted from World Tour finals
Leander Paes' dream of winning ATP year-end finals remained unfulfilled as the veteran Indian crashed out of the prestigious event along with Czech partner Radek Stepanek after losing a must-win Group B match in London.
Bhullar named best pro at India Golf Awards
Ace golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar has won the best pro award at the Take Solutions India Golf Awards held recently at a city hotel in Gurgaon.
World Chess Championship: Host hopes to make a smart move
The fact that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa approved an expenditure of Rs 29 crore for the World Chess Championship between Viswanathan Anand and Norway's Magnus Carlsen to be held here points to the significance the event has for the state government.
Sanam reaches quarters of Knoxville Challenger
Sanam Singh knocked out fifth seed Donald Young in straight sets to move to the singles quarter-finals of the ATP Knoxville Challenger event in the United States.
Webber eyes Le Mans after life at Formula One
Mark Webber has no intention of coasting when he calls time on his 12-year career in Formula One at the end of the season and is determined to put Porsche back on top of the podium at Le Mans sooner rather than later.
'Player payment still a stubborn issue in football'
Non-payment of players is still a significant problem in football and not enough is being done about it, the international union FIFPro said on Thursday.
India to host men's hockey World Cup in 2018
India has been awarded the 2018 men's hockey World Cup, the second time in a span of eight years the country will be hosting the mega event.
Formula One chief Ecclestone flags own value to business
Formula One Chief Executive Bernie Ecclestone said much of the motor sport's value before the sale of a major stake to private equity group CVC was down to his running of the business.
Woods six back as Casey shares lead in Turkey
Former World No 3 Paul Casey was among a trio of players sharing the lead and Tiger Woods trailed six shots off the pace when darkness fell in the rain-hit Turkish Airlines Open first round on Thursday.
Brazil-born Costa gets Spain call-up for friendlies
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has called Atletico Madrid's Brazil-born forward Diego Costa into his squad for the first time for this month's friendlies away to Equatorial Guinea and South Africa.
Europa: Fiorentina win but Pandurii's Periera shines with scissors-kick goal
Fiorentina fell behind to a spectacular scissors-kick goal from Pandurii's Eric Pereira before hitting back in the last five minutes to win 2-1 on Thursday and lead a charge of teams into the Europa League knockout stages.
Federer defends doping procedures, demands more testing
Roger Federer said he trusts the anti-doping procedures in tennis despite rival Novak Djokovic's claim that fellow Serb's Victor Troicki's one-year ban was the result of negligence by the authorities.
Armstrong says life ban unjustified, reckons he was singled out
Lance Armstrong believes he was treated unfairly and singled out for punishment by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) after being banned for life for doping.
November 07, 2013
World Tour finals: Federer keeps semis hopes alive with win over Gasquet
A razor-sharp Roger Federer got back to winning ways at the ATP World Tour Finals with a 6-4, 6-3 defeat of Frenchman Richard Gasquet on Thursday to keep his last-four chances alive.
Anand to open with black pieces in World Chess Championship
Defending champion Viswanathan Anand will start his campaign with black pieces against Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the first game of the 12-round World Chess Championship in Chennai on Saturday. After declaring the 'FIDE World Championship Match-2013' open, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa picked the photograph of Anand from the first bowl and a 'black piece' from the other during the draw of lots for the match, to be held at Hyatt Regency hotel.
Asian CT Hockey: Inexperienced India go down fighting to Pakistan
An inexperienced Indian men's hockey team fought hard before going down to arch-rivals Pakistan 4-5 and slumping to their third defeat in the Asian Champions Trophy at Kakamigahara, Japan on Thursday.
Korean women's soccer in row over gender issue
Seoul City Amazones jumped to the defence of forward Park Eun-seon on Thursday after rival managers in the South Korean women's top flight threatened to boycott the league unless she takes a gender test.
Champions League: Napoli down Marseille, move to 2nd in group
Italian side Napoli has moved into second place in their Champions League Group F on Wednesday with a 3-2 win over French side Marseille at Sao Paolo.
Mixed results for India at ATP Challenger events
Indian qualifier Sanam Singh brushed aside the challenge of Germany's Nils Langer even as Saketh Myneni failed to recreate the magic of last week as he bowed of the ATP Challenger event in Knoxville, USA.
Eight policemen hospitalised after clash with Celtic fans
Eight police officers needed hospital treatment and more than 15 soccer fans were arrested following violent clashes ahead of Wednesday's Champions League match between Scotland's Celtic and Dutch club Ajax Amsterdam on Wednesday.
Australia's Stosur hires Murray's former coach Maclagan
Former U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur has turned to Andy Murray's former coach Miles Maclagan to help reverse her slide down the world rankings, Tennis Australia said on Thursday.
Gay rights row: U.N. tells Russia to stop discrimination
The U.N. General Assembly called on Wednesday for an international truce during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia and urged Moscow "to promote social inclusion without discrimination" amid outrage over the country's ban on gay "propaganda" among minors.
Sunderland sink Southampton, make League Cup quarters
Seb Larsson's late strike sent struggling Sunderland through to the League Cup quarter-finals with a 2-1 win over fellow Premier League side Southampton on Wednesday.
Barcelona, Atletico sail into Champions League last 16
Barcelona and Atletico Madrid led a Spanish Armada into the Champions League last 16 with home wins on Wednesday and in-form Aaron Ramsey steadied Arsenal's boat with a battling win against rocky Borussia Dortmund.
November 06, 2013
Nadal fends off Wawrinka to seal year end top ranking
Rafael Nadal fought off a ferocious challenge from Stanislas Wawrinka to earn his second Group A victory at the ATP World Tour Finals on Wednesday and guarantee ending 2013 as world number one.
Paes-Stepanek lose to Marrero-Verdasco
Leander Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek suffered their first defeat at the year-end ATP World Tour finals, losing their second Group B match to David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco at the O2 Arena in London on Wednesday.
Djokovic loses trust in anti-doping programme
Novak Djokovic says he has lost all trust in the anti-doping programme in tennis and fears he could become a victim of its 'negligence' after fellow Serb Victor Troicki failed to have his doping ban overturned on Tuesday.
Champions Bayern, Man City in Champions League last 16
European champions Bayern Munich led the charge into the last 16 of the Champions League when they beat Viktoria Plzen 1-0 to chalk up a record-equalling ninth straight victory in the competition on Tuesday.
November 05, 2013
Djokovic douses Federer's fire, Nadal crushes Ferrer
Roger Federer showed flashes of his best but Novak Djokovic exposed the Swiss maestro's fading powers with a three-set victory at the ATP World Tour Finals on Tuesday.
Troicki doping ban cut to 12 months from 18
Serbia's Viktor Troicki's suspension for violating doping regulations has been cut from 18 months to 12 months after his appeal was heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), it was announced on Tuesday.
Paes-Stepanek make winning start at World Tour finals
The seventh seeded pair beat the Austria-Brazilian combination of Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares 6-3, 5-7, 10-8 in an hour and 42 minutes.
Fraser-Pryce shortlisted for award after triple gold
Jamaican sprint queen Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was shortlisted alongside shot putter Valerie Adams and hurdler Zuzana Hejnova for the female Athlete of the Year award on Tuesday.
O'Neill to be new Irish boss, Keane assistant
Ireland is set to appoint Martin O'Neill as manager and Roy Keane as his assistant, more than a decade after the former captain walked out on the team at the 2002 World Cup, FAI chief executive John Delaney said on Tuesday.
UK players want lighter penalties for recreational drugs
A union representing British sportsmen and women has launched legal action in Switzerland to try to ensure more sympathetic treatment for athletes caught using recreational drugs.
India beat Oman for first win in Asian Champions hockey
The Indian men's hockey team beat Oman 3-0 to register their first victory in the third Asian Champions Trophy at Kakamigahara, Japan, on Tuesday.
Putin critic and chess champ Kasparov seeks Latvian citizenship
Former World chess champion turned Kremlin critic Garry Kasparov has asked Latvian politicians to grant him citizenship to help him pursue his political activities in Russia.
Djokovic claims Federer 'noticeably slower' than last year
Serbian tennis superstar Novak Djokovic has said that he thinks former World No.1 Roger Federer, who he faces on Tuesday at the ATP World Tour Finals, is noticeably slower on court.
FA hits Riether with retrospective charge for stamping Januzaj
Fulham defender Sascha Riether has been charged by the FA with violent conduct for a challenge on Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj which was not seen by the match officials after the incident was dealt with under a new scheme.
Champions League: United's Evans, Rafael sidelined for Sociedad tie
Manchester United defenders Jonny Evans and Rafael will miss Tuesday's Champions League match at Real Sociedad due to injury, manager David Moyes said on the eve of the Group A game.
Bolt, Farah in line for Athlete of the Year
A big prize is up for grabs and competition in fierce in the world of athletics as Usain Bolt, the world's fastest man, joined world high jump champion Bohdan Bondarenko and double Olympic and world 10,000 and 5,000 metres champion Mo Farah in the shortlist for the male Athlete of the Year award announced on Monday.
La Liga: Villarreal tighten go to fourth spot with late win at Elche
Villarreal tightened their grip on fourth place in La Liga when Nigerian forward Ikechukwu Uche's last-gasp strike snatched a 1-0 win at fellow promoted side Elche on Monday.
Arsenal's Wilshere, Gibbs doubtful for Dortmund trip
Arsenal's Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs are doubtful for the Champions League Group F trip to last season's runners-up Borussia Dortmund with coach Arsene Wenger eager to make amends for last month's loss to the Germans.
AIFF extend coach Koevermans's contract
Indian football team coach Wim Koevermans's contract will be extended till the end of next year's Asian Games in October, the AIFF's technical committee, headed by former captain Bhaichung Bhutia, decided in New Delhi on Monday.
CL: In-form Bayern eye final 16 berth with win over Plzen
An in-form Bayern Munich will be looking to notch up their fourth straight win in the Champions League group stage and seal a spot in the final 16 when the Bundesliga champions face Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday.
November 04, 2013
Carlsen arrives in Chennai for World Chess Championship
World No 1 and challenger Magnus Carlsen of Norway arrived on Monday to a grand reception by FIDE and All India Chess Federation officials for the much-awaited November 9-28 World Chess Championship against Indian Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand.
Squad for football friendlies: Gouramangi, Paul left out
National football team coach Wim Koevermans has announced his squad of 21 players for India's two international friendlies which are scheduled to be held this month.
Champions League: Mourinho plans to make changes for Schalke match
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who said he made "11 mistakes" in his team selection after Chelsea lost to Newcastle United on Saturday, will not want to get it wrong again when Schalke 04 visit StamfordBridge in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Spurs criticised for letting Lloris play on after head injury
Tottenham Hotspur boss Andre Villas-Boas has been criticised for allowing France international goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to play on despite briefly losing consciousness against Everton on Sunday.
Bayern Munich boss Hoeness to be tried for tax evasion
Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeness will stand trial for tax evasion in March, a German court said on Monday, but his club wants him to stay on in his current role.
Indian women march into Asian Champions Trophy final
The Indian women's hockey team continued their impressive show at the Asian Champions Trophy (ACT) hockey tournament as they spanked Malaysia 5-1 to secure their place in the summit clash of the event at Kakamigahara, Japan on Monday.
Skiing demands opposition to 2022 soccer winter World Cup
The international skiing federation (FIS) has called on all winter sports governing bodies to oppose any plan to stage the 2022 soccer World Cup in the winter, fearing it will damage their own competitions.
Rankings: Yuki up to 204 in singles; Paes in 9th spot in doubles
Following his title win at the Traralgon Challenger event, Indian tennis player Yuki Bhambri leapfrogged 73 places to 204 in the singles rankings on Monday even as Rohan Bopanna dropped out of the top-10 in the doubles chart.
Mutai, Jeptoo win New York Marathon in Kenyan sweep
Defending champion Geoffrey Mutai and Priscah Jeptoo won the men's and women's races at the New York City Marathon on Sunday for a Kenyan sweep in chilly, windy conditions through the city's five boroughs.
Alonso cleared after precautionary checks
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso had precautionary checks in hospital after hurting his back on a heavy jolt over the kerbs at the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday.
Yuki claims Traralgon Challenger title in rain-hit final
Yuki Bhambri won his first ATP Challenger level singles title of the season and second of his career on Monday after humbling top seed American Bradely Klahn (ranked 123) in the rain-hit summit clash of the Traralgon event in Australia.
China's Olympic champ Sun Yang to be detained after car crash
Chinese Olympics swimming champion Sun Yang will spend seven days in detention, state media said on Monday, after a car he was driving without a licence collided with a bus in the latest incident to taint the reputation of the world record holder.
Cardiff win Welsh derby; Everton, Spurs in goalless draw
Everton and Tottenham Hotspur both missed the chance to move up to second place in the Premier League after they shared a battling 0-0 draw at Goodison Park on Sunday. The day's other game ended in a 1-0 win for Cardiff City over arch-rivals Swansea City in the first ever Welsh derby played in the English top flight.
November 03, 2013
Abu Dhabi GP: Di Resta finishes sixth, Sutil 10th
Force India had something to cheer about. Paul Di Resta delivered a great result for Sahara Force India by finishing sixth, his second-best of the season, while Adrian Sutil came 10th in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday.
Shiv Kapur wins Dubai City Challenge, gets European tour card
Shiv Kapur played an extremely steady and solid final round of two-under 70 without any bogeys to claim the season-ending Dubai Festival City Challenge Tour Grand Final at the Al Badia Golf Club.
EPL: Everton block Spurs path to second place with 0-0 draw
Everton thwarted Tottenham Hotspur's hopes of moving up to second in the Premier League when the two teams battled to a 0-0 draw at Goodison Park on Sunday.
India qualify for hockey World Cup
Indian men's hockey team on Sunday officially qualified for the Rabobank Hockey World Cup in The Hague (NED), according to the latest release issued by the FIH.
ATP World Tour Finals: No respite for Federer as Djokovic clash looms
There is no let-up for Roger Federer as he prepares for his 12th consecutive appearance at the ATP's season-ending extravaganza.
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Vettel chalks up seventh win in a row
Red Bull's four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday to chalk up his seventh successive victory and equal the longest winning streak in the modern era of Formula One.
Mexico and New Jersey races unlikely: Ecclestone
ormula One races in Mexico and New Jersey are unlikely to happen next year, the sport's commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone said on Sunday.
Asian Champions Trophy: Indian men lose 1-2 to Japan
In the absence of skipper Sardara Singh, the Indian men's hockey team suffered another defeat in the Asian Champions Trophy.
Ruthless Errani secures Fed Cup for Italy
Sara Errani romped to a 6-1, 6-1 win over Alisa Kleybanova in Cagliari to hand Italy an unassailable 3-0 lead over Russia and their third Fed Cup title in five years on Sunday.
Australian Olympic medallist kayaker arrested after drug bust
Australian dual Olympic silver medal-winning kayaker Nathan Baggaley has been arrested following a drug bust, local media reported on Sunday.
Del Potro robbed at Paris train station en route to London
Argentine tennis player Juan Martin Del Potro has revealed that he was robbed at a Paris railway station with thieves getting away with his cherished rosary that was blessed by Pope Francis.
Hart needs a rest says Pellegrini
England goalkeeper Joe Hart paid the price for a series of recent errors when Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini left him out of the team for their Premier League match against Norwich City on Saturday.
Ecclestone says door is open for India return
A deal has been done for India to return to the Formula One calendar in 2015 and for six years beyond that if tax problems with the country's authorities can be overcome, commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone said on Saturday.
World Tour Finals: Nadal drawn with Ferrer, Djokovic with Federer
World number one Rafael Nadal will face compatriot David Ferrer at next week's ATP World Tour Finals in London, with last year's champion Novak Djokovic and runner-up Roger Federer drawn in the second group on Saturday.
Arsenal beat Liverpool to open gap atop EPL
Arsenal maintained their challenge for a first trophy in nine seasons when they beat Liverpool 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium to open up a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League on Saturday.
Ferrer ousts Nadal, meets Djokovic in Paris Masters final
Spaniard David Ferrer produced one of his finest performances to edge world number one and compatriot Rafael Nadal 6-3, 7-5 in the Paris Masters semi-final on Saturday and keep alive his hope of retaining his crown.
November 02, 2013
EPL: City and United serve up Manchester win double
ManchesterCity and Manchester United scored 10 goals between them and boosted their title aspirations with convincing wins over NorwichCity and Fulham respectively on an eventful afternoon in the Premier League on Saturday.
India finish second in Asia Archery Championship
India clinched one gold and one bronze in the recurve section to finish second behind Korea with six medals in the Asian Archery Championship that concluded in Chinese Taipei on Saturday.
Webber keeps Vettel off Abu Dhabi pole
Mark Webber seized pole position for the floodlit Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Saturday with Red Bull team-mate and quadruple World Champion Sebastian Vettel making a rare error and having to settle for second best.
Paris Masters: Bopanna-Edouard lose; Indian challenge ends
Indian challenge ended at the ATP Paris Masters when Rohan Bopanna and his French partner Edourad Roger-Vasselin lost their quarter-final against Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo.
Asian Champions Trophy Hockey: Indian women stun China 4-2; men lose
Indian hockey had something to cheer about. Poonam Rani struck twice as India scored an upset victory over higher-ranked China 4-2 in their opening match of the third Asian Women Champions Trophy hockey tournament at Kakamigahara, Japan on Saturday.
Challenger Tour: Yuki in final of the Traralgon event
Yuki Bhambri avenged his last week's defeat against James Duckworth by knocking out the home favourite Australian from the Traralgon event and earned himself a shot at his second title on the Challenger Tour on Saturday.
Indian billiards missed Pankaj Advani at World Championships
India's poster boy of cue sports, Pankaj Advani, an eight-time world champion, had to miss the event due to his qualification for the 'International Championship', one of the most prestigious major ranking snooker events.
Lewandowski hat-trick helps Dortmund crush Stuttgart
Striker Robert Lewandowski scored a second-half hat-trick as Borussia Dortmund reclaimed top spot in the Bundesliga with an awe-inspiring 6-1 demolition of VfB Stuttgart on Friday.
Messi draws another blank but Barca win derby
Barcelona extended their near-perfect start to the season when Alexis Sanchez tapped in at the far post from Neymar's clever assist to secure a 1-0 win at home to city rivals Espanyol in La Liga on Friday.
Classy Federer sets up Paris Masters semi-final with Djokovic
Former world number one Roger Federer looked like his old self when he beat Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 at the Paris Masters on Friday to set up a semi-final clash with Novak Djokovic. Top seed Rafa Nadal destroyed local favourite Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-1 as he stepped up his bid for a record sixth Masters Series crown in the same season.
November 01, 2013
ATP Paris Masters: Djokovic crushes Wawrinka to reach semis
World number two Novak Djokovic hammered Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 6-1, 6-4 to reach the Paris Masters semi-finals on Friday.
Golf: Shiv Kapur rises to second in Dubai
Shiv Kapur took a definite step towards sealing his European Tour berth for 2014 with a sizzling eagle finish that saw him card a six-under 66 in Round 2 and rise to second in the season-ending Dubai Festival City Challenge Tour Grand Final in Dubai.
I-League: Salgaocar weather East Bengal fightback to stay atop
Salgaocar consolidated their position atop the I-League table with a thrilling 3-2 victory over East Bengal in a Round 8 match in Kalyani on Friday.
'It's Anand's experience vs Carlsen's dynamism'
It would be a battle between Viswanathan Anand's wealth of experience and Magnus Carlsen's ability to play in any position when the two greats of the game face-off in the much-anticipated World Chess Championship beginning this month, feel a majority of Indian Grand Masters.
Russian PM guarantees security at Sochi Olympics
The Russian government and security services will overcome security threats and can guarantee safety at the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.
Jwala-Ashwini lose in Bitburger Open
India's women's doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa crashed out of the Bitburger Open Grand Prix Gold on Thursday after suffering a straight-game defeat against the Malaysian pair of Hui Ern Ng and Hui Lin Ng in the second round in Saarbrucken, Germany.
Ashour ends Ghosal's dream run at squash World Championships
Saurav Ghosal's dream run in the World Squash Championship came to an end when he suffered a straight-game defeat against defending champion and world number one Ramy Ashour from Egypt in their quarter-final in Manchester.
ATP Challenger: Yuki in semis, Somdev and Myneni in quarters
Indian players enjoyed a good day on the ATP Challenger tour as Yuki Bhambri reached the singles semifinals of the Traralgon event in Australia while Somdev Devvarman and Saketh Myneni reached the quarter-finals of the Charlottesville event in the United States.
Roma set record with 10th straight Serie A win
AS Roma became the first team to win their opening 10 Serie A games of the season when they overcame bottom side Chievo 1-0 thanks to Marco Boriello's late header on Thursday.
Murray will only return if fully fit to win Australian Open
Andy Murray will only play at next year's Australian Open if his back has recovered enough for him to win the title.
La Liga: Costa, Villa help Atletico march ahead of Real
Atletico Madrid kept pace with leaders Barcelona and restored their five-point lead over third-placed city rivals Real when Diego Costa and David Villa each scored a penalty in a 2-1 win at Granada in La Liga on Thursday.
October 31, 2013
All possible assistance extended to Jwala: Sports minister
Sports Minister Jitendra Singh responded to his senior colleague in the government Veerappa Moily's letter to him in connection with Jwala Gutta's ongoing impasse with the BAI, saying that he will examine her case and see how he can extend support to her.
Paris Masters: Bopanna-Vasselin advance to quarters; Paes-Nestor out
Fifth seeds Rohan Bopanna and Edouard Roger-Vasselin booked a quarter-final berth in the ATP Paris Masters but Leander Paes and Daniel Nestor were ousted after a straight sets defeat, in Paris.
Yuki enters quarter-finals of Traralgon Challenger
Yuki Bhambri recovered well from a poor start to beat New Zealand's Michael Venus in a three-setter and advance to the singles quarter-finals of the ATP Challenger event in Traralgon, Australia.
Badminton rankings: Saina slips to seventh
Indian badminton ace, Saina Nehwal continued her downward slide in the rankings falling to No 7 in the list.
Jwala-Ashwini win, Thulasi loses in Bitburger Open
India's women's doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa started their campaign with a dominating straight-game win in the opening round of the Bitburger Open Grand Prix Gold in Saarbrucken, Germany.
Beckham confirms interest in buying Miami MLS team
Retired England soccer star David Beckham told a live online Facebook event in London on Wednesday that he is "very interested" in launching a Major League Soccer team in Miami, appearing to confirm media reports he had chosen the Florida city over other destinations.
NBA: Raptors beat Celtics in opening match
The Toronto Raptors finally sent an opening night crowd home with a smile and a win when they held on to beat the Boston Celtics 93-87 to raise the curtain on a new National Basketball Association season on Wednesday.
Ecclestone rejects German firm's claims of corrupt F1 sale
A firm's claim for more than $100 million in damages from Bernie Ecclestone is far-fetched and relies on confessions from a jailed banker who is a "fantasist", a lawyer for the Formula One boss argued on Wednesday.
Partial stadium closure for CSKA over Toure racism
CSKA Moscow must close part of their stadium for their next Champions League home game following the racist abuse hurled at ManchesterCity's Yaya Toure by the Russian club's fans last week, UEFA said on Wednesday.
Serie A: Kaka scores as Milan held to a draw by Lazio
Brazil playmaker Kaka scored his first goal, a delightful curling shot, since his return to AC Milan at the start of the season but his struggling team were held 1-1 at home by Lazio in Serie A on Wednesday. Squash: Ghosal creates history, makes World C'ship quarters
Saurav Ghosal became the first Indian squash player to reach the quarter-finals of the World Championships, after rallying against Henrik Mustonen in a keenly-contested match of the sport's biggest event of the year at the National Centre in Manchester on Wednesday.
Ronaldo tricks, Bale scores first as Real Madrid crush Sevilla
Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed a hat-trick and Gareth Bale became the fifth British player to score for Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in La Liga when he struck twice in an action-packed 7-3 win over Sevilla on Wednesday.
League Cup: City edge Newcastle, Spurs down Hull in shootout
ManchesterCity reached the quarter-finals of the League Cup after they finally broke down a resilient Newcastle United to win 2-0 after extra time on Wednesday, while Tottenham Hotspur needed penalties to get past Hull City.
Federer advances in Paris; books 12th Tour Finals spot
Roger Federer booked his place in the ATP World Tour Finals for a record-tying 12th consecutive year when he dismissed South African Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-4 to reach the third round of the Paris Masters on Wednesday.
October 30, 2013
Alok, Shandilya beaten in World billiards semis
It was a case of so near yet so far for veteran Indian cueists Alok Kumar and Ashok Shandilya. Both fell just before the final hurdle in the World Billiards Championship in Leeds.
Now, Oz Winter Olympians face booze ban at Sochi Games
Australia's Winter Olympic athletes will also be subjected to an alcohol ban in the Sochi athletes' village along with the Summer Games counterparts.
Ecclestone accused of making `corrupt deal` to secure future as F1 chief
Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone had made a corrupt agreement in an attempt to stay in charge of the sport, according to claims by German media company Constantin Medien.
Spain, Brazil federations fight over La Liga top-scorer Costa
Atletico Madrid's Brazil-born forward Diego Costa has signed a formal letter stating his wish to play for adopted country Spain, ending a tug-of-war between the two powerhouses over the in-form 25-year-old.
NBA: Heat burn down Bulls in season-opening win
The Miami Heat got their NBA championship rings, watched a video tribute to last season's record-setting campaign and then went out and showed why they are still the team to beat.
Beckham picks Miami for new Major League Soccer team?
Retired England soccer star David Beckham has chosen Miami for a new U.S. Major League Soccer expansion team, a source familiar with the negotiations said on Tuesday.
Pistorius to face additional gun charges in murder trial
South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius will face two additional gun-related charges at his trial for the murder of his girlfriend due to start in March next year, prosecutors said on Tuesday.
Paris Masters: Gasquet inches closer to Tour Finals; Tsonga out
Richard Gasquet kept his ATP World Tour finals hopes alive when he overcame Fernando Verdasco 7-5, 6-7(6), 6-3 to reach the Paris Masters third round as fellow Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga crashed out of the race on Tuesday.
La Liga: Barca go four points clear after 3-0 win at Celta
Barcelona followed up Saturday's win over Real Madrid with another victory when Alexis Sanchez set the champions on their way to a 3-0 success at Celta Vigo on Tuesday that put them four points clear at the top of La Liga.
League Cup: Chelsea down Arsenal to reach quarters
Jose Mourinho got the better of old adversary Arsene Wenger once again as Chelsea showed their strength-in-depth by reaching the League Cup quarter-finals with a 2-0 win over London rivals Arsenal on Tuesday.
October 29, 2013
World billiards: Rupesh Shah upsets Sethi, enters into pre-quarters
Rupesh Shah caused a major upset at the World Billiards Championship when he defeated seven-time World champion and compatriot Geet Sethi in the 'Long up' format and advanced into the pre-quarters of the event, in Leeds, on Tuesday.
Advani, Aditya suffer first round defeats in China
Indian Open finalist Aditya Mehta went down 3-6 to England's Rod Lawler, who top scored with 103, while eight-time World champion Pankaj Advani suffered from food poisoning just minutes before his opening game against Englishman Dave Harold, who defeated the 27-year-old cueist 6-4 in the US $950,000 event.
Formula One: Why does Vettel get booed on podiums?
German Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel has said that he believed boos were coming from people who did not want to see one team and driver winning so much.
Bale, Ozil in Ballon d'Or shortlist; Mourinho for coach of the year
Real Madrid's Welsh winger Gareth Bale has joined Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the race for FIFA's Ballon d'Or award.
McIlroy edges out Woods in lucrative shootout in China
World number six Rory McIlroy produced some dazzling golf on the back nine to overcome a sniffling Tiger Woods by one shot in their lucrative 'Match at Mission Hills' in China.
Gay people welcome at Sochi Winter Olympics, says Russia's Putin
Triggering angry criticism from the West and even calls to boycott the Sochi games, Russia adopted in June a ban on homosexual "propaganda" among minors, a law denounced by critics as discriminatory and aimed at stifling dissent.
Man United can still defend EPL title despite bad start: Ferguson
Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has said that the Old Trafford club can overturn a poor start to win the league title, despite being eight points adrift of leaders Arsenal.
India GP: Lotus apologise for using bad language against Raikkonen
Lotus apologised on Monday for bad language in a heated exchange with their driver Kimi Raikkonen during Sunday's Indian Formula One Grand Prix.
Cilic happy as a kid on return after doping ban
After four months away from the courts following a doping ban, Marin Cilic felt like a kid playing for the first time at the Paris Masters on Monday.
La Liga: Bilbao halt Getafe charge, move up to fifth
Athletic Bilbao ended Getafe's run of four straight wins and climbed above them into fifth place in La Liga when Aymeric Laporte's early bullet header secured a 1-0 win at the Coliseum in Madrid on Monday.
Juventus sanctioned over anti-Naples chanting
Serie A champions Juventus became on Monday the latest team to be sanctioned for anti-Naples chanting by their fans during a game, the Serie A league said in a statement.
October 28, 2013
I-League: Shillong Lajong force Churchill Brothers to split points
Churchill Brothers FC and Shillong Lajong FC on Monday shared a point each after playing a 2-2 draw in their 6th round play-off in I-League at the J N Stadium in Shillong on Monday.
Hart howler turns spotlight back on England goalkeeper
Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart generated some more negative headlines after a last minute mix-up with Matija Nastasic allowed Chelsea's Fernando Torres to score a late winner in a 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Paris Masters: Paes, Bopanna advance
India's tennis legend Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna moved to the pre-quarterfinals of the ATP BNP Paribas Masters with their respective partners after getting byes in their first rounds in Paris.
Sardara rested, Manpreet to lead India at Asian Hockey CT
Skipper Sardara Singh has been rested for third Asian Champions Trophy. In his absence, Hockey India said, midfielder Manpreet Singh will lead India's 18-member squad for the tournament in Kakamigahara, Japan, from November 2-10.
Beaten Alonso congratulates champion Vettel
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso congratulated Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel on his fourth successive Formula One world title on Sunday but reserved judgement on where the German stood among the greats.
Russia will stage World Cup despite racist incidents: FIFA
Russia will still stage the 2018 World Cup finals despite the continuing blight of racism in the country's soccer, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Sunday.
Toure meets FIFA official over racism claim
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure met a top official with soccer's governing body on Sunday to discuss allegations that he was the victim of racial abuse from fans during a match in Russia in midweek.
Youzhny downs Ferrer to clinch Valencia Open title
Unseeded Russian Mikhail Youzhny denied top seed and defending champion David Ferrer a fourth Valencia Open title when he beat the world number three 6-3, 7-5 in the final of the Spaniard's home event on Sunday.
Africa, South America need more representation at World Cup: Platini
UEFA chief Michel Platini wants the World Cup finals expanded to 40 teams from 2018 to allow more African and Asian countries into the tournament without reducing the number of European nations represented.
Serena ends dominant year with WTA Championship crown
Serena Williams capped off a season to remember by capturing her fourth WTA Championship title with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 win over Li Na on Sunday.
EPL: City coach Pellegrini snubs Mourinho after loss
ManchesterCity manager Manuel Pellegrini walked straight down the players' tunnel without shaking hands with counterpart Jose Mourinho after Chelsea snatched a 90th-minute winner on Sunday.
October 27, 2013
Shiv Kapur finishes tied 16th in Kuala Lumpur
Shiv Kapur failed to nail any of the birdie putts that came his way but the Indian golfer still managed to turn in an even par 72 that saw him finish tied 16th at the US$ 7 million CIMB Classic, an event jointly sanctioned by Asian and PGA Tours, in Kuala Lumpur.
IOA proposes to refer charge-framed cases to Ethics Commission
he Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Sunday yet again sought to dilute International Olympic Committee's directive to bar charge-framed persons from contesting elections and instead decided to refer such cases to the Ethics Commission of the IOA to take a decision.
MotoGP: Lorenzo's Japan win keeps Marquez waiting
World champion Jorge Lorenzo won the Japanese Grand Prix ahead of championship leader Marc Marquez to ensure the MotoGP title race goes down to the final round of the season at Valencia next month.
David, Brooklyn Beckham involved in a car crash
David Beckham and his son Brooklyn met with an accident after the former soccer star crashed into another car as he pulled out of his Beverly Hills home.
Federer strengthens bid for Tour finals with Pospisil win
Roger Federer took a big step towards securing his endangered place in the ATP World Tour Finals by overcoming rising Canadian talent Vasek Pospisil 6-3, 6-7(3), 7-5 in the Basel Open semi-finals on Saturday.
China's Li to meet Williams in first WTA final
China's Li Na will meet Serena Williams in the final of the WTA championships after beating Czech Petra Kvitova 6-4, 6-2 on Saturday, becoming the highest-ranked player ever from an Asian country.
La Liga: Neymar shines as Barcelona down Real Madrid
Neymar stole the show from the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale when the Brazilian's strike set Barcelona on the way to a 2-1 win over Real Madrid in Saturday's 'Clasico' at the Nou Camp.
October 26, 2013
Suarez hat-trick keeps Liverpool on Arsenal's tail
Luis Suarez struck a clinical hat-trick as Liverpool thrashed West Bromwich Albion 4-1 at Anfield to keep pace with Premier League leaders Arsenal on Saturday.
Vettel no fan of Formula E
Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel gave a planned new electric series a firm thumbs-down on Saturday, saying silent motor racing left him cold.
EPL: Arteta scores, then sent off as Arsenal beat Crystal Palace
Mikel Arteta scored Premier League leaders Arsenal's first goal in a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday but was later sent off in the early kickoff in south London.
Toure fallout: UEFA calls for inquiry on non-adherence of racism protocol
European football's governing body UEFA is reportedly seeking an internal inquiry on why UEFA guidelines on dealing with racism in football were not followed during Wednesday''s Champions League game between ManchesterCity and CSKA Moscow.
Atwal aims to swing it his way at Indian Open
Winning his first national championship 14 years ago is one memory which Arjun Atwal will never forget and the veteran golfer said he can't wait to tee up again at the 50th Hero Indian Open next month as this was the title that made him the star that he is today.
F1: Vettel takes 7th pole of the season at India GP
Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel put himself on pole position for a fourth successive Formula One title after lapping the Indian Grand Prix circuit faster than any driver ever before on Saturday.
Mallya promises to nurse Daruvala into becoming F1 driver
India has no Formula One driver and there will be no Grand Prix here next year but Force India co-owner Vijay Mallya believes he has unearthed the country's next driving talent in a Mumbai teenager.
New director for Jamaican doping body
The under-fire Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) has appointed a new executive director just three days before the start of a World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) audit of its operations, the Jamaican government said on Friday.
India GP: Vettel dominates practice with hat-trick
Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel completed a practice hat-trick on Saturday with the fastest time in a smog-shortened final session before qualifying for a race expected to bring him a fourth successive Formula One title.
Football is force for good, says Prince William
Soccer is a force for good around the world, according to FA president Prince William who will lead the organisation's 150th birthday celebrations on Saturday.
Ferrer beats Janowicz to set up semi-final with Almagro in Valencia
World No. 3 David Ferrer has reached the semi-finals of the Valencia Open for the fourth consecutive year with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 win over fifth seed Jerzy Janowicz.
Court reduces Cilic's doping suspension
The doping suspension of Croatian tennis player Marin Cilic has reportedly been reduced from nine months to four months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), making him eligible to return to playing from October 26 this year.
I'm no ruthless parasite, Blatter tells Oxford students
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has hit back at his critics, saying he was no "ruthless parasite sucking the lifeblood out of football" and arguing the profits his organisation earn are ploughed back into the global game.
India GP: Final practice delayed due to smog
Final practice for the Formula One Grand Prix was twice delayed on Saturday due to smog shrouding the circuit and preventing the medical helicopter from operating.
Improving Stuttgart up to sixth after draw with Nuremberg
VfB Stuttgart continued their unbeaten run under new coach Thomas Schneider on Friday, climbing to sixth with a 1-1 home draw against Nuremberg who are still looking for their first Bundesliga win of the season.
Li Earns hat-trick of wins against injured Azarenka
China's Li Na made it a hat-trick of White Group victories, overpowering back-injury victim Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 6-1 on Friday to march through to the semi-finals of the WTA Championship.
Federer beats Dimitrov, closes in on ATP Tour Finals berth
Roger Federer ended Grigor Dimitrov's seven-match winning streak and showed the Bulgarian he has some way to go to live up to his 'Baby Federer' tag with a 6-3 7-6 (2) quarter-final victory at the Basel Open on Friday.
Can't rule out Ferguson return: Wenger
Alex Ferguson could return to a job in football management despite his retirement at the end of last season, according to his old Arsenal adversary Arsene Wenger.
An appeal to the organisers of the Indian Grand Prix
With empty stands greeting the Indian F1 Grand Prix during the first two practice session, Raja Sen begs the organisers to open the gates and bring in the junta. 'At least, Formula One will feel compelled to bring its mega budget circus back to India at the soonest'.
October 25, 2013
Alok Kumar in final of IBSF World Billiards
Alok Kumar stormed into the final of the IBSF World Billiards Championship in Leeds on Friday and set up a title clash with Englishman David Causier.
Shiv Kapur tied 13th in KL; Bradley opens up four-shot lead
India's Shiv Kapur battled to a two-under-par 70 for tied 13th place at the half-way stage of the US$7 million CIMB Classic on Friday, knowing that he needs to shift into high gear to emerge as a legitimate contender. The 31-year-old, who holds one Asian Tour title under his belt, carded three birdies against a lone bogey at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club's West course where his two-day aggregate of five-under-par 139 left him eight shots behind leader Keegan Bradley of the United States.
Black players mulling 2018 Russia World Cup boycott: Toure
Black players could boycott the 2018 World Cup in Russia if the country does not tackle racism in the stands, ManchesterCity's Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure was quoted as saying on Friday.
Raikkonen fined for speeding in pit lane
Kimi Raikkonen of Lotus was fined 400 euros for speeding in the pit lane during the first practice session of the Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) in Greater Noida.
Indian F1 to go ahead after court hearing delayed
Sunday's Indian Grand Prix will go ahead as scheduled after the Supreme Court deferred hearing in a case seeking its cancellation over tax issues to next week.
India GP: Vettel leads Red Bull one-two in practice
Sebastian Vettel led a Red Bull one-two in Friday's first free practice for an Indian Grand Prix that looks sure to secure the German a fourth successive Formula One title.
Force India pay tribute to Tendulkar with commemorative hashtag
Indian Formula One team Sahara Force India will pay tribute to cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar via a hashtag #masterblaster which has been placed on the nose of their racing cars at the upcoming Indian GP.
Del Potro cruises into Basel Open quarters
Top seeded Argentine Juan Martin del Potro moved a step closer to the successful defense of his Swiss Indoors title when he beat Marcos Baghdatis 6-1, 6-2 for a third time this season.
Ibrahimovic escapes ban for gun gesture
Paris St Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic escaped a ban on Thursday for mimicking pointing a gun at the opposition bench in a Ligue 1 game against Toulouse last month.
Toure racist abuse: UEFA slammed by players' union
The world players' union has criticised European soccer's governing body UEFA for failing to enforce its own guidelines on racism following the abuse hurled at ManchesterCity's Yaya Toure in Moscow.
WTA Championships: Serena breezes past Kvitova in Istanbul
Round-robin formats at tennis tournaments can cause confusion but Serena Williams has an easy solution, just keep winning.
Europa League: Defoe strike puts Spurs on brink of knockout phase
Goals from Jan Vertonghen and Jermain Defoe left Tottenham Hotspur on the cusp of the Europa League knockout stages as four other clubs maintained perfect starts on Thursday.
Saina, Sindhu lose in second round of French Super Series
Indian shuttlers had a bad day at the French Super Series, as Saina Nehwal and three others lost in the second round, in Paris, on Thursday.
October 24, 2013
Steady Shiv Kapur six shots behind leader Moore in KL
India's Shiv Kapur shot seven birdies over a nine-hole stretch as he overcame a calamitous start for a first round three-under-par 69 at the US$7 million CIMB Classic on Thursday.
SC to hear plea against India GP F1 race on Friday
Two days ahead of the Formula 1 race in Greater Noida, a petition seeking to stay the mega event was filed before the Supreme Court on Tuesday which agreed to hear it on Friday.
No booze party for Australian Olympians at Rio
Australian Olympians will be forced to break from their tradition of wild partying in the athletes village after finishing their events at the 2016 Rio Games, with a strict alcohol ban to be enforced by the delegation's minders.
'Struggling Federer won't be thinking of quitting'
Roger Federer's struggles in 2013 are unlikely to hasten his exit from the game and the Swiss master could hit back and win next year's Australian Open, according to tennis great Rod Laver.
Federer digs deep to beat Istomin at Swiss Indoors in Basel
Swiss Roger Federer came back from a slow start to beat Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the second round at the Swiss Indoors tournament in Basel.
Rooney thankful to Ferguson for clarification over transfer saga
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was glad on Wednesday former manager Alex Ferguson had now backtracked on comments that triggered months of speculation over the player's future.
Serena advances to third round in Istanbul, Jankovic shines
World No 1 Serena Williams beat Agnieszka Radwanska for the eighth time in eight matches to move ominously towards the semi-finals of the WTA Championships on Wednesday.
Champions League: City's Toure faces monkey chants in Moscow
ManchesterCity's Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure said he was the victim of racist abuse from the stands during his side's 2-1 Champions League victory away at CSKA Moscow on Wednesday.
Ibrahimovic, Ronaldo shine as goals flow in Champions League
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo come face-to-face next month when Sweden meet Portugal in a World Cup playoff and they sharpened their claws with six goals between them on a thrilling night of Champions League action on Wednesday.
October 23, 2013
Indian boxers return empty-handed from World Championships
Indian boxers will return empty-handed from the World Championships for the first time in four years after none of their five quarter-finalists made it to the semi-finals in the biennial mega-event, in Almaty, Kazkakhastan, on Wednesday. After the defeats of fourth seed Shiva Thapa (56kg) and sixth seed Manoj Kumar in the afternoon, Vikash Malik (60kg) and Sumit Sangwan (81kg) also lost their quarter-final bouts in the evening session.
Rupesh Shah on winning run in World billiards
The Indian cueist was unstoppable in the 150-up format, beating Ireland's Wayne Doyle, England's Aaron Davies, Australia's Grant Meadley and Vietnam's Long Nguyen Thanh to take the top position in Group A.
French Super Series: Saina, Sindhu advance; Jwala-Ashwini ousted
Saina Nehwal fought her way back from a game down to win her opening round match while compatriot P V Sindhu crushed her opponent to storm into the second round of the French Super Series in Paris, on Wednesday.
Australian striker Rooney steers Bengaluru FC past Dempo
A brace by Australian striker Sean Rooney steered Bengaluru FC to a 3-1 victory over former champions Dempo SC in the Airtel I-League match at the Bangalore Football Stadium on Wednesday.
Discus champ Poonia joins Congress ahead of Rajasthan Assembly polls
In the presence of party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, ace discus thrower Krishna Poonia joined the Congress at a rally in Rajasthan on Wednesday, ahead of the upcoming state Assembly elections, scheduled for December 1.
World boxing: Shiva, Manoj lose in quarters
It was a disappointing first session for Indian boxers in the World Championships quarter-finals, on Wednesday, as the seeded duo of Asian champion Shiva Thapa (56kg) and Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Manoj Kumar (64kg) lost, and Satish Kumar (+91kg) was declared medically unfit.
Tyson wanted to kill Holyfield during infamous ear-biting bout
Mike Tyson has revealed in his autobiography that he wanted to kill his ear-biting victim Evander Holyfield in the infamous 1997 fight.
Wilshere's ankle causes concern for Wenger
Arsene Wenger withdrew Jack Wilshere from the heat of battle against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday and said he may have to protect the midfielder from his own desire to play.
French Super Series: Ajay enters Rd 2; Kashyap, Guru lose
Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram notched up a straight-game win over Japan's Kazumasa Sakai but his compatriots Parupalli Kashyap and RMV Gurusaidutt failed to cross the first hurdle in the French Super Series.
Williams sweeps aside Kerber in WTA Championships
World No 1 Serena Williams showed her determination to defend her WTA Championships title by sweeping to a 6-3, 6-1 win over Angelique Kerber at the season-ending event on Tuesday.
Champions League: Torres, Messi on target; Atletico surge ahead
Lionel Messi marked his first start after injury with a goal in Barcelona's 1-1 draw at AC Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday while Fernando Torres got two as Chelsea thumped Schalke and Atletico Madrid's charge continued.
October 22, 2013
Krishna Poonia set to join Congress
Ace discus thrower Krishna Poonia is expected to join the Congress Party on Wednesday, at a rally in Rajasthan, where she is also likely to contest in the upcoming state Assembly elections, slated for December 1.
Kuwait SC prove too good for East Bengal in AFC Cup SF
East Bengal's hopes of becoming the first Indian football club to enter the AFC Cup final were dashed after they were beaten 3-0 by a far superior Kuwait Sports Club in the second leg semi-final, in Kolkata, on Tuesday.
World boxing: Vikash, Sumit, Satish in last eight
Vikash Malik (60kg), Sumit Sangwan (81kg) and Satish Kumar (+91kg) joined Shiva Thapa (56kg) and Manoj Kumar (64kg) in the quarter-finals, on Tuesday, making it one better than the previous best India achieved in the 2011 edition in Azerbaijan.
95 Indian players signed for HIL Mini Players auction
The Hockey India League's Mini Players auction will feature 95 Indians, including promising forwards such as Ramandeep Singh and Affan Yousuf, when it is conducted here on November 18.
WADA chief furious at Jamaica stonewalling
World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) chief John Fahey has slammed Jamaican authorities for failing to accommodate an independent audit of their anti-doping regime until next year.
Revealed: Reasons for Federer's poor showing in 2013
World No 7 Roger Federer has admitted that serious errors in his planning have contributed to a disastrous 2013 campaign but insisted that retirement is not on his agenda.
EPL: Kasami stunner helps Fulham shock Palace
Fulham manager Martin Jol hailed Pajtim Kasami's stunning volley against CrystalPalace on Monday as better than fellow Dutchman Marco van Basten's classic in the Euro 1988 final.
La Liga: Bilbao halt 10-man Villarreal's surge
Athletic Bilbao checked promoted Villarreal's impressive early-season run when they beat the team with the distinctive canary-yellow strip 2-0 at their new San Mames stadium in La Liga on Monday.
EPL: Chelsea's Mourinho courts controversy, charged by FA
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been charged with improper conduct for his behaviour during a Premier League game against CardiffCity, the FA said on Monday.
Federer's prepares World Tour Final qualification with easy win in Basel
Roger Federer's late bid to secure his customary place in the season-ending ATP World Tour finals began with a routine opening round win over Adrian Mannarino in his home town tournament in Basel on Monday.
October 21, 2013
Yorke, Crespo roped in for Indian Super League football
The much-anticipated IPL-style football league to be held early next year will be christened as the Indian Super League even as the organisers IMG-Reliance disclosed the roping in of four more big international stars.
Sania back in top 10 of women's doubles
Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza is back in the top 10 of the women's doubles ranking after rising two places to ninth.
World Boxing Championships: Shiva, Manoj in quarters, Nanao beaten
Rising Indian boxer Shiva Thapa (56kg) and Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Manoj Kumar(64kg) endured draining contests but came out triumphant to enter the quarterfinals on a bitter-sweet day for India in the World Boxing Championships in Almaty (Kazakhstan) on Monday.
Ferguson calls managing England 'worst job in football'
Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has said that managing the England national soccer team is the worst job in football and even though he was linked with it because of his success, he would never opt for it being a ''nightmare''.
Tanvi finishes runners-up at Swiss International
Sixth seed Tanvi Lad finished runners-up at the Swiss International Challenge badminton tournament after suffering a straight-game defeat against USA's Beiwen Zhang in the women's singles competition at Yverdon-Ies-Bains, Switzerland.
Ferdinand added to FA Commission after diversity criticism
Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand was added to a commission set up by the English Football Association to improve the national team on Sunday after it was criticised by an FA board member for lacking diversity.
Late arrival Vidal fined and benched by Juventus
Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal was dropped by coach Antonio Conte on Sunday and is also likely to be fined after returning late from a World Cup qualifier with Chile.
Tommy Haas shows no signs of slowing down as he trumps Haase
Tommy Haas kept alive his slim chances of qualifying for next month's ATP World Tour Finals when he edged past near namesake Robin Haase 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to lift his 15th career title at the Vienna Open on Sunday.
Boxing World C'ships: Sumit, Vikash in pre-quarters, Mandeep bows out
Olympian Sumit Sangwan (81kg) and Vikash Malik (60kg) fought through intense bouts to enter the pre-quarterfinals but Mandeep Jangra (69kg) bowed out after a stiff second-round contest on a mixed day for India in the World Boxing Championships in Almaty on Sunday.
Dimitrov upsets Ferrer to win maiden tour title
Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov won his first ATP tour title by fighting back to upset Spanish top seed David Ferrer 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the final of the Stockholm Open on Sunday.
Serie A: Rossi's hat-trick helps Fiorentina stun champions Juventus
Giuseppe Rossi continued his remarkable comeback with a 15-minute hat-trick as Fiorentina recovered from two goals down to defeat previously unbeaten title-holders Juventus 4-2 in Serie A on Sunday.
EPL: Townsend, Soldado lift Tottenham Hotspur up to fifth
Andros Townsend prospered in the glare of the spotlight as he netted his first Premier League goal in Tottenham Hotspur's 2-0 victory over Aston Villa on Sunday to continue what he called the best few weeks of his life.
October 20, 2013
Dipika Pallikal stuns Rachael Grinham to win Macau Open title
Indian squash player Dipika Pallikal notched up a stunning victory against former World number one Rachael Grinham of Australia to clinch the Macau Open title on Sunday.
Macau Open: Anirban Lahiri equals course record, finishes second
Anirban Lahiri equalled the course record with a sensational nine-under 62 at the par-71 Macau Golf and Country Club to finish second at the Venetian Macau Open on Sunday.
Doubles for Ibrahimovic and Cavani as PSG hammer Bastia
Paris St Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani each scored twice in a 4-0 win over Bastia as their reshuffled side opened up a three-point lead at the top of Ligue 1 on Saturday.
Indo-Pak Express of Bopanna, Qureshi is back!
Indian tennis star Rohan Bopanna and Pakistan's Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi have decided to reunite for the 2014 season.
October 19, 2013
Sporting Clube add to Mohun Bagan's nightmares
Mohun Bagan's winless streak stretched to four matches as Sporting Clube de Goa rode on a Boima Karpeh double for a 2-1 win in the I-League at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata on Saturday.
Liverpool's Gerrard in 100 goals club!
Gerrard is now in a league of extraordinary footballers. The Liverpool veteran struck his 100th Premier League goal for the Reds.
Wenger has silenced Arsenal critics: Bergkamp
Manager Arsene Wenger has silenced his critics with Arsenal's rip-roaring start to the season, club great Dennis Bergkamp said on Friday.
Vijender out of World C'ships; Shiva, Nanao in pre-quarters
India's top boxer Vijender Singh was knocked out after an intense second-round contest on a day of mixed fortunes for India that saw Shiva Thapa and comeback-man Nanao Singh punch their way in to the pre-quarters at the World Boxing Championships in Almaty. Kazakhstan.
Januzaj signs five-year deal at United
Adnan Januzaj has signed a five-year contract with Premier League champions Manchester United.
Bale should play for Real on Saturday: Ancelotti
Gareth Bale is likely to play against Malaga on Saturday as Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is eager to have the Wales winger in form for the Champions League tie against Juventus and the game with La Liga leaders Barcelona over the following week.
October 18, 2013
Sung Ji Hyun puts defending champ Saina out of Denmark Open
Defending champion Saina Nehwal crashed out of the Denmark Super Series Premier after a shock defeat to Korea's Sung Ji Hyun in the quarter-finals of the women's singles in Odense on Friday.
Duffy scores twice as Salgaocar end Mumbai FC's unbeaten run
Mumbai FC's unbeaten run came to an end after they slumped to a 1-3 home defeat to Salgaocar FC in an I-League Round-5 encounter at the Balewadi Sports Complex, in Pune, on Friday. A second half brace from striker Darryl Duffy (66th and 72nd minute), and a late goal by winger Gilbert Oliviera (90th) handed the visitors three points. Substitute Jayesh Rane pulled one back for the hosts in the 85th minute.
Aditya Mehta goes down tamely to Junhui in final
After becoming the first Indian to reach the final of a major ranking event, it was a sad end to Aditya Mehta's winning streak at the Indian Open World Snooker Championship, as he went down tamely to China's Ding Junhui in the summit clash in Delhi on Friday night.
Manpreet, Manoj in last 16 at World Boxing Championships
Indian boxers continued to pack a mighty punch at the World Championships, as Manoj Kumar (64kg) and Manpreet Singh (91kg) entered the pre-quarter-finals with contrasting victories in their respective second round bouts, in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Friday.
Salary cap for youngsters would help English soccer: Campbell
Former England international defender Sol Campbell says English soccer would benefit from a salary cap for youth players which would make academies less attractive for overseas talent.
Louis Saha roped in for IPL-style league
ormer Manchester United and France striker Louis Saha became the first international big star to be roped in for the much-anticipated IPL-style football league to be organised by IMG-Reliance early next year.
Oltmans to be named Hockey India's High Performance Director
The Government of India is set to appoint Hockey India's Director High Performance Roelant Oltmans as Chief Coordinator and High Performance Director for Indian Hockey.
Murray honoured with OBE
Briton's Andy Murray was awarded an OBE by the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Thursday.
Roland Garros centre court to get retractable roof
The French Tennis Federation has welcomed the decision of a French tribunal to lift the suspension of plans to expand Roland Garros, the home of the French Open tournament.
EPL: Johnson, Cissokho fit for Liverpool's visit to Newcastle
Liverpool will take their strongest squad of the season to Newcastle United on Saturday, manager Brendan Rodgers said on Thursday.
Mexico coach Vucetich gets the boot
Mexico's national coach Victor Vucetich says he has been notified by the country's soccer federation that he is no longer in the job, according to an interview posted on Thursday night on ESPN.com.
Saina storms into quarters, Kashyap crashes out
Defending champion Saina Nehwal advanced to the quarter-finals of the Denmark Super Series Premier with a straight-game thrashing of Scotland's Kirsty Gilmour in the second round of the women's singles.
Mehta creates history; beats Advani to enter semis of Indian Open
India's leading cueist Aditya Mehta's dream run in the Indian Open snooker tournament continues. The 28-year-old from Mumbai beat compatriot Pankaj Advani 4-3 to enter the semi-finals, in New Delhi, on Thursday night.
October 17, 2013
India 'A' boys, China girls win Reliance India Jr and Cadet Open TT
Third seeds China won the junior girls' title with an upset victory over India 'A', while top seeds India 'A' won the junior boys' crown, in the US $8000 Reliance India Junior and Cadet Open Table Tennis Championships, at the NSCI-Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel stadium in Mumbai on Thursday.
I-League: Dempo outplay East Bengal for first victory
AFC Cup semi-finalists East Bengal suffered a jolt ahead of their big match next week as they were beaten by former champions Dempo 3-1 in Kalyani on Thursday.
Swiss among World Cup seeds, Italy miss out
Switzerland will be among the eight seeded teams at the World Cup draw in December after they leapt to seventh in the latest FIFA rankings announced on Thursday, while Italy were edged out.
Vijender romps through World C'ship opener despite viral fever
Vijender Singh (75kg) turned in a solid showing despite being down with viral fever to beat Sweden's Hampus Henriksson in his opening bout at the World Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Thursday.
Mehta to meet Advani in Indian Open snooker quarter-finals
Aditya Mehta set up a mouth-watering quarter-final against compatriot Pankaj Advani after ending the challenge of double World champion Mark Williams in the Indian Open snooker tournament in Delhi on Thursday. Mehta became only the second Indian cueist, after Advani, to reach the quarter-final of a world ranking snooker event with a 4-2 victory over the world No 18.
Two French tennis players charged with gang rape
Two professional French tennis players were reportedly charged along with five other men with the gang rape of an American woman tennis player during a tournament in Greece.
World Cup doubts creep in for Italy amid rankings slip
After qualifying for the 2014 World Cup with two games to spare everything looked positive for Italy but doubts are creeping in after two poor displays mean they are set to miss out on a place among the top seeds in Brazil.
Bale back in Real training before Malaga clash
Gareth Bale returned to full training with his Real Madrid team mates on Wednesday as he continued his recovery from a muscle injury, suggesting the Wales winger may play a part in Saturday's La Liga clash at Malaga.
Adam Scott wins Grand Slam title with sizzling finish
Masters champion Adam Scott stormed back from four shots behind with 10 holes remaining to clinch the four-man PGA Grand Slam of Golf by two strokes with a scintillating finish in Bermuda on Wednesday.
October 16, 2013
Bhowmick returns to Churchill as Technical Director
Subhash Bhowmick, who guided Churchill Brothers to their second I-League title last season as Technical Director, is back in the team fold after Sukhwinder Singh announced his resignation.
Denmark Super Series: Saina, Kashyap reach second round
Top shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap along with two other Indians sailed into the second round of the Denmark Super Series Premier with contrasting wins in the opening round, but it was curtains for P V Sindhu in Odense on Wednesday.
Hockey India League to conduct mini auction next month
The Hero Hockey India League will conduct a mini players auction (closed bid) featuring over 150 players from around the world here on November 18, nearly two months ahead of the second season of the franchise-based event.
Chile, Ecuador book World Cup berth, Uruguay to playoff
Chile beat Ecuador 2-1 in their closing South American qualifier in Santiago on Tuesday as both went through automatically to the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.
Honduras qualifies For World Cup, Mexico to playoff
Honduras qualified for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil on Tuesday by clinching the last of the automatic qualifying spots in North and Central America and the Caribbean, while Mexico stayed in contention by claiming the playoff spot after Panama suffered a heartbreaking loss to the United States.
First-timers Bosnia join Spain, England and Russia at World Cup
First-timers Bosnia joined holders Spain, England and Russia in grabbing Europe's remaining automatic spots for the 2014 World Cup finals on Tuesday as the last round of group matches ended in joy, despair and shattered nerves.
October 15, 2013
Pawar qualifies for main draw of Denmark Open badminton
Indian shuttler Anand Pawar powered his way to the main draw of the men's singles competition with a straight-game victory over German's Dieter Domke in the Denmark Super Series Premier tournament.
Higgins thrashes Walker to enter 2nd round of Indian Open Snooker
Four-time world champion John Higgins of Scotland reigned supreme on the green baize as he thrashed England's Joel Walker 4-0 to enter the second round of the Indian Open World Ranking Snooker tournament in New Delhi.
Real Madrid could bid for Radamel Falcao next year: Perez
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has hinted the world's richest club by income could buy Monaco's Colombia striker Radamel Falcao next year.
British driver Edwards dies in crash while coaching
British racing driver Sean Edwards has been killed in a crash at the Queensland Raceway in Australia.
EPL: With WC in sight, Vermaelen likely to quit Arsenal
Central defender Thomas Vermaelen is mulling the prospect of leaving Arsenal in January to boost his chances of playing for Belgium in the World Cup finals.
German broadcasters jailed for filming Qatar WCup labourers' plight
Two German broadcasters have reportedly alleged that they were detained and imprisoned by Qatari Police while they tried to investigate the plight of migrant labourers working in the preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Mo Farah backs Wilshere over national eligibility comments
British athlete Mo Farah, who is a big Arsenal fan, has joined football player Jack Wilshere in opposing the practice of sportsmen switching nationality to compete under a flag of convenience. Wilshere had provoked a fierce debate by saying the only people who should play for England are English people.
Jamaican athletes were rarely tested before 2012 Olympics?
The World Anti-Doping Agency expressed its frustration after plans to launch an ''extraordinary'' audit into allegations that Jamaica's athletes were rarely drug-tested before the London 2012 Games were pushed back until 2014.
Button has signed one-year extension deal with McLaren?
Formula One driver Jenson Button had reportedly signed a deal with McLaren for one more year, months ago, and the announcement is set to be made soon.
Woods set to pass Nicklaus before swing change, Player Says
Golf legend Gary Player believes Tiger Woods, before he changed his swing, was on target to smash Jack Nicklaus's record of 18 major championship victories.
Iniesta back where it all began for Georgia qualifier
Andres Iniesta will always have a special place in the hearts of Spanish soccer fans for scoring the dramatic extra-time goal that secured the Iberian nation's first world title in South Africa in 2010.
Maverick Balotelli tired of being in 'eye of cyclone'
Mario Balotelli is tired of being in the eye of a hurricane, the president of the Italian soccer federation (FIGC) said on Monday after the maverick international became embroiled in another row.
Argentina to face Uruguay without Di Maria and Aguero
Angel Di Maria and Sergio Aguero will miss Argentina's final South American World Cup qualifier against Uruguay on Tuesday as the team who have already booked their place at next year's finals prepare to field yet more reserves.
Barca forward Messi back in training after injury
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi returned to training with his team mates on Monday as he continues his recovery from a thigh strain sustained in a La Liga match at Almeria at the end of last month.
October 14, 2013
Walsh to take over as Indian men's hockey head coach
Australian Terry Walsh is set to be appointed as head coach of the Indian men's hockey team after the Sports Authority of India recommended his name to the Sports Ministry.
World Boxing C'ships: Madan goes down in 1st round
India's campaign at the World Boxing Championships got off to a disappointing start as Madan Lal (52kg) went down in the first round itself in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Monday.
France to lodge complaint over unfair WC playoff seeding
France believe the seeding system is unfair for the World Cup playoffs in November and plan to ask football's ruling body FIFA to review it ahead of next week's draw.
China regrets denying Indian archers entry into the country
China said on Monday it regretted that two Indian athletes were blocked last week from going to China but defended measures it has put in place in response to a border dispute which led to the ban on the pair travelling.
WC qualifiers: Cameroon keeper rescues team in draw vs Tunisia
Cameroon goalkeeper Charles Itandje made several sparkling saves to help his side force a 0-0 draw in Tunisia on Sunday in the first leg of their World Cup playoff.
American Walker wins PGA Tour's season opener
American Jimmy Walker took advantage of a late collapse by overnight leader Brooks Koepka to win his first PGA Tour title by two shots at the Frys.com Open in San Martin, California on Sunday.
Linz Open: German Kerber defeats Ivanovic, grabs title
German top-seed Angelique Kerber claimed her first title of 2013 with a 6-4, 7-6 (6) victory over Ana Ivanovic at the Linz Open in Austria on Sunday.
Manager shot at by gunmen, say Libyan team
Egyptian coach Hossam Al Badri was shot at in Libya on Saturday, hours after his team Al Ahli Tripoli had drawn a league match.
October 13, 2013
Force India returns pointless at Japanese Grand Prix
Sahara Force India returned pointless for the second consecutive time as Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil finished a disappointing 11th and 14th, respectively at the Japanese Grand Prix Formula One Race in Suzuka on Sunday.
2014 CWG: QBR goes to Qutub Minar, India leg ends
The Queen's Baton of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games was showcashed at the historic Qutub Minar as the QBR's India leg ended on the second day of its stop in New Delhi on Sunday.
Asian Youth badminton: Indias bring home 2 gold, 2 bronze
Indian shuttlers bagged the Asian Youth badminton championship titles in both Under-15 and Under-17 categories to wrap up the tournament with two gold and two bronze, their best ever performance at the competition, in Kudus, Indonesia, on Sunday.
Golf: Randhawa finishes second in Korea
Jyoti Randhawa, who took time off to work on his game, showed that he made a wise decision as he registered his first top-10 finish in more than two years in the CJ Invitational hosted by KJ Choi in Yeoju, Korea on Sunday.
Formula One: 'Indian GP will return in 2015'
The future of Indian Grand Prix might be uncertain after this year's race but host Jaypee Sports International Limited's CEO Sameer Gaur says the country will not lose the Formula One event and will surely have two more races.
IBF Prez KO'd: 'Matoria not part of Rajasthan Boxing Association'
A year after he took over as the Indian Boxing Federation's President, which was followed by its international suspension, Abhishek Matoria's election for the top post has been challenged by the very body he claimed to represent in the controversial polls.
Stosur rallies past Bouchard to clinch Japan title
Australia's Sam Stosur fought back from a set down to claim the Japan Open for a second time on Sunday and deny Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard her first WTA title.
Motorsport: Miguel and Mahindra make history at Malaysia
Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira made history for India's first and only motorcycle constructor in international motorcycle racing today, fighting back from a weak start to claim a first-ever top-three podium finish for Mahindra's MGP3O Moto3 racer.
Djokovic masters Del Potro to retain Shanghai crown
World No 2 Novak Djokovic produced a magical display to overcome the ferocious hitting of Argentine Juan Martin del Potro and successfully defend the Shanghai Masters title on Sunday.
Federer looks for change, splits with coach Annacone
Roger Federer is looking for a change of fortune. And in that direction, the former World No 1 split from his American coach Paul Annacone on Saturday.
October 12, 2013
Neymar scores stunner as Brazil beat South Korea
Brazil star Neymar scored a stunning free-kick as he led the World Cup hosts to a 2-0 friendly win over South Korea in Seoul on Saturday.
IOA to hold Special GBM to pick dates for electing new officials
Indian Olympic Association will hold its special General Body Meeting in New Delhi on October 27 to decide on the date of elections as per the directives of the International Olympic Committee.
CWG 2014: Queen's Baton showcased at India Gate
The Queen's Baton of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games was taken at the historic India Gate by the country's top sportspersons in a low-key event on the first day of its India stop on Saturday.
WC qualifier: Was Ronaldo's Portugal booking deliberate?
Cristiano Ronaldo criticised Portugal's display in the 1-1 draw with Israel and was tight-lipped on claims he deliberately got himself booked to ensure his availability for next month's World Cup qualifying playoffs.
Serbian footballer Stankovic bids farewell with Japan win
Supported by his sons and receiving a standing ovation from a 12,000-strong crowd, Serbia midfielder Dejan Stankovic entered retirement as his country's most capped player with a 2-0 victory over Japan in a friendly on Friday.
F1 drivers to honour De Villota at Suzuka
Formula One drivers will hold a minute's silence at the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday and dedicate the winner's podium to the late Marussia test driver Maria De Villota, they said on Saturday.
Di Resta in P12 at Suzuka qualifying, Sutil 17
Sahara Force India had mixed results in the qualifying for Japanese Grand Prix as Paul Di Resta qualified in 12th place while Adrian Sutil secured P17 but was pushed back to 20th on the grid following a grid-penalty.
Alonso says his focus is Mercedes, not Vettel
Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel is sure to win this year's Formula One title and Ferrari's focus is now on finishing ahead of Mercedes in the constructors' championship, Fernando Alonso said on Saturday.
Kerber seals final spot at WTA Tour year-ender
Germany's Angelique Kerber has clinched the eighth and final spot at the WTA's season-ending championships in Istanbul later this month after reaching the semi-finals of the Linz Open.
Outspoken means life ban? Jwala Gutta to BAI
Embattled shuttler Jwala Gutta said the national federation should not construe her "suggestions" as criticism since she had nothing against them and imposition of a life ban because of her blunt talking would be "silly".
2014 CWG Queen's Baton makes low-key entry into India
The Baton, which will stay in India for two days on October 12 and 13, will not, however, be taken in a relay by sportspersons, as is done normally, following IOA's decision to curtail the events here as there will not be adeqaute security arrangements in view of the Dussehra festival.
October 11, 2013
Djokovic, Nadal reach Shanghai semis
Top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic rallied to see off Frenchman Gael Monfils 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-4 in the Shanghai Open quarter-finals on Friday and world number one Rafa Nadal also booked his place in the last four.
Jwala slams BAI, says playing badminton her only aim in life
Jwala Gutta launched a verbal tirade against the Badminton Association of India on Friday, saying the decision to recommend a life ban on her has only made it a laughing stock.
Raja-Sharan enter Tashkent Challenger final
The second seeded Indian pair of Purav Raja and Divij Sharan scored a 5-7, 6-3, 13-11 victory over the Israeli pair of Dudi Sela and Amir Weintraub to enter the doubles final in the fifth edition of the $125000 Tashkent Challenger, at the Olympic Tennis School Tennis Complex in Tashkent, on Friday. Goalline technology to debut at 2014 World Cup
Referees at next year's World Cup will use goalline technology for the first time to settle some of the disputes that have marred past tournaments.
Former F1 test driver De Villota found dead
Spanish Formula One test driver Maria de Villota, one of the few women to come near to competing at the top of the sport, has been found dead in a hotel in the southern Spanish city of Seville, a police spokeswoman said on Friday.
Revealed! Singer Sheryl Crow saw ex-boyfriend Armstrong dope
Grammy Award-winning musician Sheryl Crow watched disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong get an illicit blood transfusion and later told federal investigators about what she had seen, according to a new book.
Football: Demand for 2014 World Cup tickets crosses six million
More than six million requests for World Cup tickets were made during the first sales period that ended on Thursday.
Torres bemoans overreaction to 'Blue' days at Chelsea
Fernando Torres knows he needs to do more to justify his British record transfer fee although he feels there has been an exaggerated reaction to the bad moments he has endured since joining Chelsea in January 2011.
WC qualifier: Bulgaria team get abused in Armenia
Objects were thrown and a tirade of abuse from dozens of local fans was chanted when Bulgaria arrived at YerevanAirport ahead of Friday's World Cup qualifier against Armenia.
Japanese GP: Vettel fastest in Suzuka practice
Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel limbered up for a Japanese Grand Prix that could bring him a fourth successive title on Sunday with the fastest time in Friday practice.
October 10, 2013
AFC U-29: Uzbekistan too good for India
Abdiev Asliddin scored in each half as Uzbekistan beat India 3-0 in a crucial Group A encounter of the AFC U-29 Championship (Qualifiers) at the Al Arabi Stadium in Doha on Thursday. Abdiev scored at the end of first half and beginning of the second, and set up another goal to hand his side three important points.
Arvind Bhat in quarter-finals of Dutch Open
Indian shuttler Arvind Bhat entered the quarter-finals of the Dutch Open Badminton Championships, beating Sweden's Gabriel Ulldahl in straight games in a third round encounter on Thursday. I-League: Rangdajied United hold champions Churchill Brothers
Rangdajied United FC turned in an impressive display but had to settle for a 1-1 draw with defending champions Churchill Brothers in the I-League match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, in Shillong, on Thursday.
Federer dumped out of Shanghai Open by Monfils
Fifth seed Roger Federer was dumped out of the Shanghai Open, losing to Frenchman Gael Monfils 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3 in the third round on Thursday.
Will continue to fight and comeback stronger: Jwala
Facing a life ban threat from the Badminton Association of India (BAI), embattled shuttler Jwala Gutta vowed to continue her fight against injustice and come back stronger.
Delhi HC passes stay-order against life-ban on Jwala Gutta
The Delhi high court, on Thursday, passed a stay-order against the life-ban imposed on Jwala Gutta by the Badminton Association of India.
World Cup Qualifiers: Injury threatens van Persie's participation
A toe injury threatens to rule Robin van Persie out of the Netherlands' World Cup qualifier against Hungary in Amsterdam on Friday.
Benzema hits out at 'unfair' criticism over poor work ethic
France striker Karim Benzema hit out at those who questioned his work ethic as he tried to play down Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelloti's suggestion that he shies away from hard work.
Security tightened for Chicago marathon after Boston attack
Increased security will be in effect for Sunday's Chicago Marathon, the first major marathon staged in the United States since the tragic April bombing at the Boston race, organizers and police said.
October 09, 2013
Djokovic canters as Federer makes winning return
Top seed Novak Djokovic launched his Shanghai Open title defence in fine style, breezing past Spain's Marcel Granollers 6-2, 6-0 on Wednesday. Later Roger Federer, playing his first singles match since a fourth-round exit at the US Open, made a brisk return to winning ways, beating Andreas Seppi 6-4, 6-3.
I-League: East Bengal trounce Lajong FC
East Bengal began their I-League campaign in style, thrashing Shillong Lajong FC 4-0 in a one-sided match in Shillong on Wednesday. In Goa, Dempo fought back from a goal down to hold Salgaocar 1-1. Rathore's son bags bronze, Manavjeet leads medal haul
Olympic silver medallist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore's teenaged son Manavaditya clinched a bronze as Indian shooters dished out an impressive performance, winning seven medals, including two gold, at the ongoing third Asian Shotgun Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Jwala moves court over BAI's life ban threat
Embattled shuttler Jwala Gutta moved the Delhi high court on Wednesday against the Badminton Association of India after its disciplinary committee recommended a life ban on her for an alleged code of conduct breach in the Indian Badminton League.
'Will intervene in Jwala issue if she approaches'
In what would come as some relief for embattled shuttler Jwala Gutta, who is facing a life ban for alleged disciplinary breach, Sports Minister Jitendra Singh said he can look into her dispute with the Badminton Association of India if she approaches him. Prince Ali criticises FIFA over Middle East treatment
FIFA vice president Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein has criticised soccer's world governing body FIFA for banning Iraq from hosting home internationals and called upon the organisation to do more for supporters in the Middle East.
Olympic hurdles champion Pearson splits with coach
Australia's Olympic hurdles champion Sally Pearson has split with her coach Sharon Hannan after 14 years, citing a need for a fresh start.
Protesters disrupt FIFA World Cup visit
A small group of protesters demanding more spending on health and education disrupted a visit by FIFA officials to the 2014 World Cup stadium under construction in Cuiaba on Tuesday.
October 08, 2013
Milan to play behind closed doors over abusive chants
Italy's football authorities have ordered AC Milan to play its next game behind closed doors and fined the club 50,000 euros ($67,900) following abusive chants by supporters against southern club Napoli.
Sunderland sign Uruguyanan Poyet as new manager
English Premier League club Sunderland have appointed Gustavo Poyet as manager on Tuesday. The 45 year-old has agreed a two year contract at the Stadium of Light and will take charge of the Black Cats with immediate effect.
England defender Cole to miss Montenegro qualifier
England left back Ashley Cole will miss Friday's World Cup qualifier against Montenegro with a rib injury and will be replaced in the squad by Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs, the FA said on Monday.
Injured Sharapova out of WTA Championship
World No 3 Maria Sharapova withdrew on Monday from the end-of-season WTA Championship in Istanbul due to the shoulder injury that also kept her out of the US Open.
October 07, 2013
Faiaz's late strike drives India to victory
SK Faiaz proved to be a super substitute for team India. The youngster scripted a well-deserved victory against Nepal in India's second Group A match of the AFC U-19 Championship (Qualifiers) at the Al Arabi Stadium in Doha on Sunday night. My risky tactics paid off, says Chelsea's Mourinho
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho gave himself the credit as his substitutions paid off with Eden Hazard and Willian scoring late to grab a 3-1 win at Norwich City in the Premier League on Sunday.
October 06, 2013
China Open: Serena powers to 10th title of the year
World No 1 Serena Williams bagged her 10th title of the year with a 6-2, 6-2 thrashing of Jelena Jankovic in the final of the China Open on Sunday.
I-League: Bengaluru FC beat United SC, top table
first-half strike by John Johnson helped Bengaluru FC beat United Sports Club by a solitary goal in their third round match of the I-League at the Bengaluru Football Stadium. The win propelled them to the top of the points table with seven points from three matches.
Squash: Ghosal loses in Montreal Open semis
India's Saurav Ghosal went down in straight games against top seed Spaniard Borja Golan in the semi-final of the Financière Banque Nationale Montreal Open squash tournament, on Sunday.
IBF state units to write to AIBA over re-election among other issues
More than half of the suspended Indian Boxing Federation's state units met in an "informal conclave" in New Delhi on Sunday and decided to write to the international body, seeking the appointment of an interim committee to run the sport in the country, besides conducting a "free and fair" re-election.
Force India drivers apologise on bad day for team
Force India drivers Adrian Sutil and Paul Di Resta made their apologies to rivals and colleagues on Sunday after a disappointing Korean Grand Prix for the Formula One team.
Del Potro wins Japan Open title
Top seed Juan Martin del Potro beat Canada's Milos Raonic in the battle of big-servers on Sunday to bag the Japan Open title and boost his chances of qualifying for the end-of-season ATP World Tour finals in London.
Djokovic thumps Nadal to claim fourth China Open crown
Novak Djokovic won his fourth China Open title in five years on Sunday, prevailing 6-3, 6-4 in the final against Rafael Nadal who will replace him as the men's new world number one on Monday.
Bayern go top after Dortmund suffer first defeat
Bayern Munich went top of the Bundesliga with a 1-1 draw at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday as rivals Borussia Dortmund slumped to their first defeat of the season with a 2-0 reverse at Borussia Moenchengladbach.
October 05, 2013
Indian archers disappoint at World Championships
The Indian archery team ended their campaign in the World Championships without any medal after the compound mixed team lost to United States in the bronze medal play-off at Belek, Turkey on Saturday.
Bundesliga: Gladbach stun Dortmund 2-0 with late goals
Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund suffered a shock first defeat of the season, letting in two late goals to slump to a 2-0 loss at Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday.
Narain records another win in Auto GP
Narain Karthikeyan shrugged off the qualifying issues to record a superb win in the penultimate race of the AutoGP season, taking the championship fight the final race.
Serena thumps Radwanska to set up final date with Jankovic
World No 1 Serena Williams and Serbian eighth seed Jelena Jankovic set up a final showdown in the China Open after their contrasting victories in the semi-finals on Saturday.
I-League: Mumbai FC stun Churchill Brothers
Churchill Brothers paid dearly for a missed penalty in the first half as Mumbai FC struck twice in the second half to score their first win in the third round of the Airtel I-League in Mapusa on Saturday.
Korea GP: Sutil to start at 14th on grid, Di Resta one place behind
Sahara Force India missed out on Q3 yet again as Adrian Sutil, on Saturday, qualified 14th just ahead of teammate Paul di Resta for Sunday's Korean Grand Prix, in Yeongam.
Sania-Cara clinch China Open title
Sania Mirza won her second title in a row as she lifted the China Open trophy with Cara Black, demolishing the challenge of Vera Dushevina and Arantxa Parra Santonja in straight sets, in Beijing on Saturday.
U.S. stay one point in front of Internationals
Tiger Woods remained unbeaten at this week's Presidents Cup as the United States maintained a one-point lead over the Internationals after the weather-delayed foursomes ended on Saturday morning.
EPL: Negredo, Aguero score as City beat Everton
Alvaro Negredo and Sergio Aguero combined to help ManchesterCity bounce back from their Bayern Munich mauling by beating Everton 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday.
Paes-Nestor lose in China Open semi-final
India's Leander Paes and Canada's Daniel Nestor have lost to Andreas Seppi and Fabio Fognini of Italy 3-6, 7-5, 10-8 in their semi-final of the ATP China Open tournament in Beijing.
Del Potro sets up final clash with Raonic in Tokyo
Top seed Juan Martin del Potro beat Nicolas Almagro of Spain 7-6(7), 7-6(1) in the semi-final of the Japan Open on Saturday to set up a title clash with big-serving Milos Raonic of Canada.
BAI recommends life ban for Jwala Gutta over IBL controversy
The Badminton Association of India's disciplinary committee has recommended a life ban on top Indian doubles shuttler Jwala Gutta for trying to stop some players of her franchise Krrish Delhi Smashers from playing a match against Banga Beats in the Indian Badminton League.
Korean GP: Alonso criticises Pirelli F1 tyres
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso criticised Pirelli's Formula One tyres on Saturday, saying they could not even last a fast lap of the Korean Grand Prix in qualifying without their performance dropping off.
Coach Dunga sacked by Brazil's Internacional
Former Brazil coach Dunga has been sacked by Internacional after a fourth successive defeat in the Brazilian Championship, the club from the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul said on Friday.
AFC U-19 Championship Qualifier: Qatar beat India 2-0
India began their AFC U-19 Championship qualifying campaign on a disappointing note as they lost 0-2 in their opening group match against Qatar in Doha.
October 04, 2013
Dinamo Zagreb fans arrested in Sofia after violence
Bulgarian police detained 45 fans of Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb for acts of violence before their team's Europa League match against Bulgarian champions Ludogorets on Thursday.
Nadal overcomes Fognini scare, on brink of return to No 1 spot
Rafael Nadal is one victory away from returning to the top of the world rankings after surviving a huge scare to beat Italian Fabio Fognini in the quarter-finals of the China Open on Friday.
Bopanna-Vasselin enter Japan Open final
India's Rohan Bopanna and France's Edouard Roger-Vasselin have reached the final of the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships by beating Philippines' Treat Conrad Huey and England's Dominic Inglot 6-4, 7-6.
Mirza-Black shock Errani-Vinci to reach China Open final
India's Sania Mirza and Zimbabwe's Cara Black entered the final of the WTA China Open, shocking top seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci of Italy 6-4, 6-4 on Friday. In doing do they extended their unbeaten run to eight matches, and Sania put herself in line for her fifth title of the season.
EPL: Hughes admits mistake in leaving Fulham
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has admitted that he made a mistake when he resigned as Fulham boss in 2011.
Spain won't renew Corretja's Davis Cup contract
The Spanish tennis federation (RFET) said on Thursday it had decided not to extend the contract of Davis Cup captain Alex Corretja when it expires at the end of this year but has yet to name a successor.
Russia bars FIFA's Garcia over human rights abuse
Russia made clear on Thursday that FIFA's chief investigator Michael Garcia is barred from entering the country because he is one of the Americans blacklisted in a bitter dispute with the United States over human rights.
Qatar 2022: Get set for a winter World Cup!
FIFA President Sepp Blatter has said that if Qatar was denied hosting rights because of the weather, the next step could be snatching rights from a nation because of arbitrary and discriminatory reasons, and he was not a party to this but moving the World Cup to winter was definitely needed.
Europa League: Tottenham inflict double pain on depleted Anzhi
Tottenham Hotspur exposed the weaknesses in Anzhi Makhachkala's star-shorn squad, winning 2-0 in Moscow to maintain their perfect start in the second round of Europa League group stage matches on Thursday.
Record 22 races in 2014 'beyond limit' for F1 teams
Formula One's record 22 race calendar for 2014 is 'beyond the limit' for teams but looks likely to be trimmed before it becomes definitive, according to Red Bull team principal Christian Horner.
Wig wearing South Africans win at Presidents Cup
Not even a visit to an overzealous barber could stop Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel from winning one of the key match-ups on the opening day of the Presidents Cup on Thursday.
Norwich manager Hughton probed for alleged racist abuse
Police and NorwichCity are investigating an alleged racist message posted about the club's manager Chris Hughton on an unofficial Facebook page.
Hamilton turns up pace in Korea practice; Kimi rams into tyre wall
Lewis Hamilton kept championship leader Sebastian Vettel off the top of the timesheets in both Friday practice sessions for the Korean Formula One Grand Prix while Kimi Raikkonen slammed his Lotus into a tyre wall.
October 03, 2013
Indian athletes won't get to run with 2014 CWG Baton in Delhi
Indian sportspersons will be deprived of a chance to hold the Queen's Baton of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and run in the relay on October 12-13 in a solemn ceremony as Indian Olympic Association on Thursday decided to make the ceremony a low-key affair due to lack of security arrangements.
Paes, Sania in semi-finals of China Open
Leander Paes and Canada's Daniel Nestor beat the Spanish combination of Fernando Verdasco and David Marrero 7-6(10-8), 6-3 in 83 minutes, while Sania Mirza and her Zimbabwean partner Cara Black beat Chinese Taipei's Yung-Jan Chan and Jie Zheng.
Deepika crashes out as Indian archers disappoint at World Championships
Ace Indian archer Deepika Kumari crashed out of the World Championships as India's campaign in both recurve and compound individual events ended on Thursday on a disappointing note in Belek.
Qatar happy to accommodate change in World Cup dates
Host nation Qatar is happy to accommodate a change in the dates for the 2022 World Cup, while insisting it can still stage the tournament in summer.
Chelsea striker Torres ruled out for three weeks
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres will be out for three weeks after suffering a knee injury in the 4-0 Champions League Group E victory over Steaua Bucharest in Romania, the club said on Wednesday.
Real's Bale to return in 15 days, says coach Ancelotti
Real Madrid's Wales winger and record signing Gareth Bale should have recovered from a muscle strain in his left thigh in around 15 days, Real coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Wednesday.
Lance Armstrong finally returns Olympic bronze medal to IOC
Disgraced retired cyclist Lance Armstrong's Sydney 2000 Olympic medal is back with the International Olympic Committee.
Jamaica's Campbell-Brown escapes ban for positive dope test
Jamaica's twice 200 metres Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown has escaped with a public warning by the Jamaica Athletics Administration Association for her use of a banned substance.
October 02, 2013
Delhi uncertain to host Queen's Baton Relay for 2014 CWG
Uncertainty loomed large over Delhi hosting the Queen's Baton Relay for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow as the Indian Olympic Association has sought the deferment of the event from October 12-13 because of security issues.
Injured Torres will not join Spain squad: Mourinho
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres will not be fit to join the Spain squad next week after injuring his knee during the Champions League win over Steaua Bucharest, manager Jose Mourinho has said.
AFC Cup: Kuwait SC too good for East Bengal
A spirited fight back in the second half was not enough for East Bengal as the Indian club went down 2-4 to defending champions Kuwait SC in the first leg semi-final of the AFC Cup football tournament in Kuwait.
Nalbandian announces retirement from tennis
Argentine tennis player David Nalbandian has reportedly announced his retirement from professional tennis due to a shoulder injury.
No Australian Open ticket for banned John Tomic
John Tomic, father and coach of Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic, will be barred from the Australian Open as he continues his suspension from the ATP tour for assaulting his son's former training partner.
Australian Open prize money upped to A$33 million
The Australian Open will hike total prizemoney 10 percent in 2014 to A$33 million, organisers said on Wednesday, offsetting a depreciation in the local currency.
Ozil inspires Arsenal to victory over Napoli
Mesut Ozil guided Arsenal to a 2-0 victory over Napoli while a late Cesc Fabregas header gave Barcelona a laboured 1-0 win at 10-man Celtic in the Champions League on Tuesday.
October 01, 2013
2022 World Cup: Was corruption involved in making Qatar hosts?
Despite widespread speculation that FIFA will vote to switch the dates of the 2022 World Cup on Friday, soccer's world governing body will probably delay making a decision and instead set up a task force to analyse the huge implications of moving the tournament from the searing heat of the Middle East summer.
Evergreen Giggs on brink of Champions League record
Manchester United's poor start to the season has left the club reeling and new boss David Moyes under scrutiny but Ryan Giggs will offer a reassuring presence when he reports for Champions League duty in Ukraine this week.
China Open: Djokovic, Nadal make perfect start with easy wins
World No 1 Novak Djokovic and the man who can dislodge him from the top spot by next week, Rafael Nadal, kicked off their China Open campaign with straight set victories on Tuesday.
Somdev, Bhupathi knocked out of China Open
Somdev Devvarman put up a strong fight before going down to world No 31 Fernando Verdasco, while Mahesh Bhupathi lost in the first round at the ATP China Open, in Beijing, on Thursday.