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January 27, 2015
Shamed cyclist Armstrong says he would dope again!
'If you take me back to 1995, when doping was completely pervasive, I would probably do it again'
Middlesbrough to travel to Arsenal for FA Cup fifth round
Middlesbrough were rewarded for beating Manchester City with a trip to FA Cup holders Arsenal while Chelsea's conquerors Bradford City host Sunderland or Fulham after the fifth round draw on Monday.
Australian Open PHOTOS: Sharapova tames Bouchard to make semis
Images from the Australian Open matches played at Melbourne Park on Tuesday
January 26, 2015
Lotus expect huge step forward in 2015
Lotus expect to be far more competitive this season with a new Formula One car that they hailed as a massive step forward on Monday.
Hockey India League: Ranchi hold Waveriders
A spirited Ranchi Rays overcame a two-goal deficit to hold defending champions Delhi Waveriders to a 2-2 draw in a league match of the third Hero Hockey India League (HIL) in Ranchi.
Djokovic fends off Muller to reach quarter-finals
Novak Djokovic will contest his 23rd consecutive grand slam quarter-final after easing past Luxembourg journeyman Gilles Muller 6-4, 7-5, 7-5 at the Australian Open on Monday.
'2022 Qatar WC likely to be held in winter'
The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is expected to be staged in November and December in order to evade the region's scorching summer heat, believes Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa.
South Korea beat Iraq 2-0 to reach Asian Cup final
South Korea moved a step closer to burying their 55-year Asian Cup hoodoo when they grabbed a goal in each half to beat Iraq 2-0 on Monday and set up a final against Australia or United Arab Emirates.
Needed the victory to silence the critics: Kashyap
After launching the new season with an emphatic title win at the just-concluded Syed Modi International tournament, India's top shuttler Parupalli Kashyap said he needed this victory to silent the critics after been "written off".
January 25, 2015
Saina sees off Carloina Marin to defend Syed Modi crown
Saina Nehwal staged a scintillating comeback to beat reigning world champion Carolina Marin and retain the women's singles title at the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament.
Tomic slams ridiculous scheduling; Nadal won't take Berdych lightly
Bernard Tomic bowed out of the Australian Open on Sunday with a stinging rebuke of the scheduling.
Australian Open: Halep halts Wickmayer
Third seed Simona Halep broke her hoodoo against Belgian Yanina Wickmayer with a 6-4, 6-2 win to sail into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday.
Indians at Aus Open: Paes-Hingis advance, Bopanna out
Leander Paes and Martina Hingis won their mixed doubles opener at the Australian Open tennis tournament on Sunday.
I feel ashamed, says Mourinho after FA Cup drubbing
A bemused Jose Mourinho described Chelsea's performance as unacceptable and a disgrace after the Premier League leaders slumped to a 4-2 home defeat against third-tier Bradford City in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday.
Battle of Beauties: Bouchard ready to be tested by Sharapova
Eugenie Bouchard will spend Monday 'cramming' for one of the toughest exams of her fledgling career when she faces second seed Maria Sharapova in the Australian Open quarter-finals.
FA Cup Shocks! Chelsea and Manchester City lose
FA Cup added another incredible chapter to its proud heritage on Saturday as Chelsea and Manchester City were humbled by supposed inferiors.
Aus Open PHOTOS: Nadal, Sharapova charge into quarters
Rafael Nadal weathered an early serving storm from Kevin Anderson before dismantling the South African giant with a 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 masterclass to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday.
TEMPTING! Sharapova-Bouchard showdown at Australian Open
Maria Sharapova set up an enticing quarter-final showdown with Eugenie Bouchard at the Australian Open following a comfortable 6-3, 6-0 fourth round victory over China's Peng Shuai on Sunday.
'The Djoker' turns out to be a swot...
I've got to do my homework, sit down with the team, prepare myself well with the video analysis, says Novak Djokovic.
January 24, 2015
La Liga: Ronaldo sent off as late Bale penalty hands Real victory
Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off as leaders Real Madrid beat Cordoba 2-1 in La Liga on Saturday thanks to late Gareth Bale penalty.
Kashyap to face Srikanth in Syed Modi final, Saina to play Marin
It will not be a Saina Nehwal versus P V Sindhu final in the women's singles but the men's singles will be an all-Indian affair with P Kashyap and K Srikanth set to clash for the title at the $120,000 Syed Modi International Badminton tournament, in Lucknow.
I-League: Pune FC stun champions Bengaluru FC
Pune FC beat defending champions Bengaluru FC 3-1 in a second round encounter of the Hero I-League Football Tournament at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on Saturday.
Hockey India League: Middleton brace sinks Mumbai
England's Barry Middleton scored twice in the third quarter, to pilot Ranchi Rays to a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Dabang Mumbai in their Hockey India League encounter at the Mahindra Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday.
Kapur, Jeev tied 38th, Grace wins Qatar Masters
Shiv Kapur and Jeev Milkha Singh finished in a tie for 38th place even as Branden Grace produced a stunning eagle on 16th and a closing birdie to grab the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters golf tournament on Saturday.
High ranking sits uncomfortably on Nishikori's shoulders
A break-out 2014 season and a career-high ranking of five has added extra weight to Kei Nishikori's shoulders, with the US Open finalist already bearing the burden of huge expectations in his home country Japan.
It's important to stay original, says grunting, cursing Azarenka
Two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka will no longer bite her tongue or try to fit into any media-trained 'image' as she makes her way on the tennis tour.
Syed Modi International Badminton: Saina, Srikanth reach finals
Defending champion Saina Nehwal is just one step away from retaining her women's singles title of the $ 120,000 Syed Modi International Badminton tournament.
'Formula One needs a real revolution'
Formula One needs to go through a 'real revolution' by 2017 with cars making the sort of noise that heavy metal rock fans would appreciate, according to Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene.
Check out who is latest to enter the race for FIFA's presidency
Another wildcard has entered the pack of candidates challenging Sepp Blatter for the presidency of FIFA in May's election -- Mino Raiola, a soccer agent whose clients include Mario Balotelli and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Indians at Australian Open: Bhupathi out of mixed doubles
Veteran Mahesh Bhupathi went out of the mixed doubles competition following a first-round loss.
After cancer scare, Brengle slops on sunscreen and slips into 4th round
Madison Brengle could conceivably be the new face of advertising campaigns Down Under that urge people to 'slip, slop, slap' during the scorching summer months to help Australians and New Zealanders to lower the risk of skin cancers.
Lopez apologises to injured ball-boy for low blow
Spaniard Feliciano Lopez showed a compassionate streak in addition to a dangerous serve by apologising to the ball-boy he struck in the groin at the Australian Open.
Wawrinka happy to discuss the F-word
For someone who is the defending champion at Melbourne Park, Stanislas Wawrinka is remarkably upbeat about the lack of focus falling upon him.
Australian Open PHOTOS: Kvitova upset by Keys; Djokovic, Azarenka advance
Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka won a battle of former girls' champions at the Australian Open by easing past Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday to advance to the fourth round at Melbourne Park.
PHOTOS: Williams sisters lead Americans into fourth round
Top seed Serena Williams and her older sister Venus led a foursome of American women into the Australian Open fourth round on Saturday.
FA Cup: Fourth tier Cambridge embarrass Manchester United
Manchester United were held to a 0-0 draw at fourth tier Cambridge United in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday after another embarrassing outing against lower league opposition.
January 23, 2015
PHOTOS: Federer dumped from Open as Nadal, Sharapova survive
Photos of Day 5 of the Australian Open being played in Melbourne
Saina, Sindhu, Srikanth cruise to semis of Syed Modi International
Defending champion Saina Nehwal inched closer to retaining her women's singles title, while other top Indian shuttlers, including P V Sindhu, also made it to the semi-finals of the $120,000 Syed Modi International Badminton tournament.
Asian Cup: Iraq beat Iran on penalties to enter semis
Iraq beat Iran 7-6 on penalties to reach the semi-finals of the Asian Cup on Friday after the two Middle Eastern rivals played out one of the most extraordinary matches in the tournament's history.
I wanted to go to India, says Federer after third round exit
A late end to last season that included a successful Davis Cup final and matches in India had no impact on Roger Federer's surprise third round loss to Andreas Seppi at the Australian Open on Friday, the second seed said.
Necessary for me to keep away from controversies, says ace shooter Narang
Seeking to steer clear of the furore that was triggered by Saina Nehwal's open displeasure at being ignored for the Padma awards, ace Indian shooter Gagan Narang said he would prefer to wait for the government to take a call on such matters.
SHOCKING! Seppi dumps Federer out of Australian Open
Second seed Roger Federer was dumped out of the Australian Open third round by Italy's Andreas Seppi on Friday.
Billards, snooker want spot in 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Billiards and snooker launched an unexpected bid to win a spot on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics sports programme, saying sharp global rise in popularity helped their case.
January transfers: Real agree to sign Brazil midfielder Lucas Silva
Cruzeiro have agreed to sell defensive midfielder Lucas Silva to Real Madrid, the Brazilian champions said on Thursday. Male presenter's 'twirl' request to Bouchard sparks controversy
Canadian tennis ace Eugenie Bouchard was left surprised after a male presenter conducting her on-court interview made an unusual request by asking her to give them a twirl.
Australian Open: Bopanna, Paes, Sania lose doubles matches
On a largely disappointing day for Indian tennis players, Leander Paes, Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza lost their respective doubles matches in the second round of the Australian Open, leaving the country's challenge restricted to the mixed doubles competition.
Ghana boss slams African Nations Cup organisers for bad bus, commute
Ghana's head coach Avram Grant hit out at African Nations Cup organisers for giving his side a shoddy bus and lengthy commute ahead of their critical Group C clash with Algeria.
King's Cup: Espanyol close to semis after 3-1 win over Sevilla
Espanyol secured a commanding lead in their King's Cup quarter-final tie against Sevilla when Felipe Caicedo, Sergio Garcia, with a penalty, and Lucas Vazquez scored in a 3-1 first-leg home win on Thursday.
January 22, 2015
Saina, Srikanth enter quarter-finals of Syed Modi International
Defending champion Saina Nehwal and World number five Kidambi Srikanth were among the nine Indian shuttlers who entered the quarter-finals of the singles events at the Syed Modi International Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament in Lucknow.
Wozniacki feels 'cursed' at Melbourne Park
Caroline Wozniacki said she felt 'cursed' at Melbourne Park after losing in straight sets to a resurgent Victoria Azarenka in the Australian Open second round on Thursday.
Djokovic lauds American Smyczek's sportsmanship
Novak Djokovic praised American Tim Smyczek's act of sportsmanship in his second round marathon against Rafa Nadal as "greater than sport itself" at the Australian Open on Thursday.
Aus Open: Bopanna-Nestor advance, Bhupathi-Melzer exit
Rohan Bopanna and Daniel Nestor went through several anxious moments before making it to the second round, even as Mahesh Bhupathi and Jurgen Melzer failed to, in the men's doubles at the Australian Open, in Melbourne, on Thursday.
Cameroon's most BIZARRE and HORRENDOUS football kits!
We watch the African Cup of Nations for the football, but we also look out for the funny hairstyles, fashion and most importantly, the kits.
Murray points to double-standards after Nadal cramps
Following Rafael Nadal's problems with cramps in the second round of the Australian Open on Wednesday, Andy Murray has taken a swipe at critics who gave him a hard time after his own struggles at the US Open.
Venus and Serena: This sibling rivalry is motivating...
Venus Williams's encouraging form at the Australian Open has given younger sister Serena cause to look over her shoulder after the siblings eased into the third round with straight-sets wins at Melbourne Park on Thursday.
After 111 years, 'New FIFA Now' calls for change
FIFA faces potentially the greatest challenge to its authority since it was formed 111 years ago following the launch on Wednesday of the 'New FIFA Now' coalition of reformists calling for change.
Ecclestone throws doubt on German GP
Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has thrown doubt on this year's German Grand Prix taking place at either Nuerburgring or Hockenheim.
Gomez ends misery with brace in Fiorentina cup win
Germany forward Mario Gomez, scorer of only one Serie A goal this season, struck twice in the first half hour to help Fiorentina beat Atalanta 3-1 in the Italian Cup on Wednesday.
'In case Bayern are in doubt they always take the side of money'
Bayern Munich apologised on Wednesday after failing to voice their support for an activist who was flogged in Saudi Arabia during their trip last week.
Watch out for 'little more mean, little more hungry' Force India
Force India revealed an aggressive new look for the 2015 Formula One season on Wednesday with Mexican driver Sergio Perez telling his compatriots he expected his best season yet.
Is fluorescent 'in' at Australian Open?
The Australian Open started with a bang and the stars weren't hard to miss, as most of them were seen wearing loud colours at Melbourne Park.
Berlusconi not selling AC Milan
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has denied the latest media reports that his AC Milan soccer club was up for sale, saying he was not ready to part with the team he has owned since the 1980s.
Bhupathi's campaign ends at Australian Open
The Bhupathi-Melzer pair lose in straight sets to Argentine team of Diego Schwartzman and Horacio Zeballos.
Ivory Coast's Gervinho apologises after getting two-match ban
Ivory Coast striker Gervinho will play no further part in the group stage of the African Nations Cup after he was banned for two matches for striking an opponent, the Confederation of African Football said on Wednesday.
Congo stun Gabon to eye Nations Cup last eight
African Nations Cup underdogs Congo boosted their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals after they beat more fancied Gabon 1-0 to throw Group A wide open on Wednesday.
Real Madrid is richest football club in the world
A leap in commercial and broadcast revenue lifted Manchester United into second place behind Real Madrid on the list of the world's richest clubs in 2013-14, according to Deloitte's latest Football Money League.
FA Cup PHOTOS: Townsend helps Spurs take advantage
Tottenham Hotspur needed a 73rd-minute Andros Townsend penalty to end the dogged resistance of visiting third tier Sheffield United and secure a 1-0 lead in their League Cup semi-final first leg on Wednesday.
King's Cup PHOTOS: Messi scores to give Barca edge in quarters
Barcelona seized control of their King's Cup quarter-final tie against Atletico Madrid when Lionel Messi followed up his saved penalty to score and secure a 1-0 first-leg victory at the Nou Camp on Wednesday.
Is Cristiano Ronaldo dating TV presenter Villalon?
Lucia Villalon Puras, a presenter for Real Madrid Television, is reportedly being rumored to be Cristiano Ronaldo's new girlfriend.
Australian Open PHOTOS: Djokovic, Wawrinka, Serena march forth
Serena Williams weathered an early challenge from Russian Vera Zvonareva before the former World No 2 crumbled to lose 7-5, 6-0 in the second round of the Australian Open on Thursday.
January 21, 2015
Saina, Kashyap enter second round of Syed Modi International
Top Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal, P V Sindhu, K Srikanth and Parupalli Kashyap reached the second round of Syed Modi International Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament after scoring easy victories in Lucknow.
Transfer talk: Serie A strugglers Parma sign Varela, Rodriguez
Parma, joint bottom of Serie A alongside Cesena, have signed Uruguay midfielder Cristian Rodriguez and Portugal forward Silvestre Varela, both on loan, the club said on Tuesday.
Murray makes perfect response to Marinko's coach jibe
Andy Murray trounced Marinko Matosevic 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 to reach the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday but insisted there was no edge to the match after the Australian's criticism of his decision to hire Amelie Mauresmo as coach.
Shakira poses with baby bump for UNICEF World Baby Shower
Shakira, who is expecting her second baby with footballer boyfriend Gerard Pique, recently posed with her baby bump along with her son Milan and Pique.
Sania, Paes on course at Australian Open
Sania and her Chinese Taipei partner Su-Wei Hsieh, seeded second, defeated the Argentine-Swiss combine of Maria Irigoyen and Romina Oprandi 6-2, 6-0 in 48 minutes, while tenth seeds Paes and Raven Klaasen of South Africa beat the American duo of Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram 6-4, 7-6(6).
Williams sisters withdraw from doubles at Australian Open
Multiple Grand Slam champions Serena and Venus Williams withdrew from women's doubles competition at the Australian Open on Wednesday before first round action got underway.
Olympic boxing champ Taylor pleads not guilty to Arkansas assault charges
Boxing champion Jermain Taylor pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to multiple criminal charges related to allegations of threatening a family at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Little Rock, and was ordered held pending $50,000 bond.
France footballer Trezeguet hangs his boots
Trezeguet had recently played in the Indian Super League for Pune City FC.
Chinese real estate giant to buy stake in Atletico Madrid
Property giant Dalian Wanda Group Co said on Wednesday it would buy a stake in Spanish soccer champions Atletico Madrid for 45 million euros ($52 million), becoming the first Chinese company to invest in a premier European football club.
Formula One: Is Vettel a good fit for Ferrari?
'But I think because he's such an enthusiast, this is just what he needs. And what Ferrari needs'
Bessat treble puts Lyon out of French Cup
Ligue 1 leaders Olympique Lyonnais were knocked out of the French Cup 3-2 at Nantes on Tuesday with Vincent Bessat grabbing a hat-trick in the last-32 game on a night of upsets.
Aus Open PHOTOS: Federer, Sharapova scrape to wins; Murray mauls Matosevic
Photos from the Australian Open matches played at Melbourne Park on Wednesday.
Doping ban for three Russian Olympic walk champions
Russia's 2011 world champion Sergei Bakulin and silver medallist Vladimir Kanaykin have also been banned for failing doping tests, RUSADA added on its website (www.rusada.ru).
Italian Cup: AS Roma scrape past Empoli with controversial penalty
AS Roma needed a hugely controversial penalty, converted by Daniele De Rossi six minutes from the end of the extra time, to see off modest Empoli 2-1 in the Italian Cup last 16 on Tuesday.
African Nations Cup: Cameroon, Ivory Coast escape defeats
Powerhouses Cameroon and Ivory Coast both battled back from a goal down to avoid shock defeats as they drew 1-1 with Mali and Guinea respectively in the African Nations Cup on Tuesday.
FA Cup PHOTOS: Sterling strike gives Liverpool hope against Chelsea
Raheem Sterling's stunning individual goal earned Liverpool a 1-1 draw with Chelsea in a rip-roaring League Cup semi-final first leg at Anfield on Tuesday but the dominant Merseysiders could be left to rue a missed opportunity.
January 20, 2015
Self-critical Djokovic believes Nadal still favourite at Aus Open
"Well, I don't know what his intentions are, how he feels, but he is definitely always one of the top favourites in every tournament that he plays," said Djokovic, who beat Slovenian qualifier Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to join the Spaniard in the second round on Tuesday.
Wozniacki laments Gerrard departure after clearing first hurdle in Melbourne
'Yeah, I'm a little sad. I don't know. I'm going to have my Stevie G jerseys hanging somewhere'
Australian Open: Jaded but focused Wawrinka whips Turkish newbie
Coming back to the Australian Open as defending champion has felt surreal at times for Stanislas Wawrinka but the Swiss fourth seed was all business in his first-round thrashing of Turkish trailblazer Marsel Ilhan.
Breathtaking PHOTOS from the 2015 Dakar Rally
Rediff.com encapsulates all the excitement through these breathtaking visuals from the Dakar Rally.
Tiger's girl is most successful female athlete in Alpine skiing
Lindsey Vonn's model looks and famous boyfriend have often gained her more spotlight than her speed on two skis back in her home country.
African Nations Cup: Algeria fight back to beat South Africa
South Africa missed a penalty and conceded an own goal as top-ranked Algeria came from behind to win 3-1 in their African Nations Cup Group C game on Monday.
EPL: Mirallas penalty miss extends dismal Everton run
Kevin Mirallas' first-half penalty miss proved costly as Everton's dismal run continued with a 0-0 Premier League draw at home to West Bromwich Albion on Monday.
Tiger loses front tooth while celebrating girlfriend's victory
Tiger Woods lost a front tooth after being hit in the face by a video camera while watching girlfriend Lindsey Vonn take a record 63rd World Cup Alpine ski win in Italy on Monday, according to his agent.
Aus Open PHOTOS: Djokovic, Serena cruise; Wawrinka continues dominance
Images from the Australian Open matches played on Tuesday.
January 19, 2015
Aus Open: Federer, Sharapova shine as 8 seeds fail to sprout
Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova glittered under the Rod Laver Arena lights on Monday, restoring order at the Australian Open after eight women's seeds crashed out in the afternoon sun on a manic opening day. The evergreen Federer strolled into the second round with a classy 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 win over Taiwan's Lu Yen-Hsun before fellow-second seed Sharapova ruined Croatian qualifier Petra Martic's 24th birthday with a 6-4, 6-1 victory.
'I would look at Saina and Sindhu as team India'
Pullela Gopichand, India's chief badminton coach, shares his views on the country's leading female players with Laxmi Negi/Rediff.com.
Australian Open: Federer crushes Taiwanese teen to advance
Roger Federer strolled into the second round of the Australian Open with a clinical 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 rout of Taiwan's Lu Yen-Hsun under the lights of Rod Laver Arena on Monday.
China's Li announces pregnancy news on centre court
Retired Australian Open champion Li Na told the centre court crowd at Melbourne Park on Monday that she was expecting her first child with her husband and former coach Jiang Shan.
Meet the lady who caused first major upset at Australian Open
Lucie Hradecka was screaming in delight after causing a huge first day upset at the Australian Open with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over the fifth seeded Serb to record her third career victory over a top-five opponent.
Aus Open PHOTOS: Nadal answers doubts; Halep, Dimitrov advance
A relieved Rafael Nadal felt the confidence come flooding back in a first-round romp at the Australian Open on Monday.
Messi's treble, Chelsea's perfect win deck up European weekend
Chelsea returned to their early-season form to open up a five-point lead in the Premier League, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi continued to make mincemeat of La Liga defences and Juventus extended their lead in Serie A.
Aus Open Photos: SHOCKING! Qualifier knocks out Ivanovic
Fifth seed Ana Ivanovic was knocked out of the Australian Open first round on Monday when she was upset by doubles specialist Lucie Hradecka 1-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Australian Open: Yuki Bhambri goes down after frustrating Murray
Warm, dry conditions and an unknown hard-hitting opponent gave Andy Murray some cause for concern before the sixth seed advanced to the second round of the Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(3) victory over India's Yuki Bhambri on Monday. The 27-year-old Murray, appearing on the newly refurbished Margaret Court Arena, did not look too troubled by the former junior world number one, even though he had some nervous moments in the third set when the qualifier held a 4-1 lead.
Serie A: Tevez fires Juve five points clear
Juventus reached the halfway point of the Serie A season with a commanding five-point lead over Roma after thrashing Verona for the second time in four days on Sunday.
Ligue 1: PSG recover from bad start, booing fans
Javier Pastore and Edinson Cavani scored late as Paris St Germain ignored their fans' boos and recovered from a shaky start to beat visiting strugglers Evian Thonon Gaillard 4-2 on Sunday.
La Liga: Messi nets hat-trick; keeps Barca in sight of Madrid
Real Madrid ensured top spot in La Liga at the midway point of the season when Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice in a 3-0 win at Getafe on Sunday before Lionel Messi's hat-trick helped Barcelona to a 4-0 victory at Deportivo La Coruna.
January 18, 2015
Djokovic is favourite to win Australian Open: Henman
Four-time Wimbledon semi-finalist Tim Henman of Great Britain has his money on Novak Djokovic as the favourite to win the Australian Open while Roger Federer's best chance to add to his kitty of 17 Grand Slams is at the Wimbledon, this year.
Real see off Getafe thanks to Ronaldo double
Real Madrid moved four points clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring either side of a Gareth Bale strike in a 3-0 win at Getafe on Sunday.
Asian Cup: Marathon man Endo chalks up another milestone
Yasuhito Endo chalked up another milestone in his storied career when Japan beat Iraq in the Asian Cup on Friday, yet his single-minded focus on team first was evident for all to see.
Kyrgios flying Australian flag at home Grand Slam
A first-week choke by leading woman Sam Stosur and a grudging loss by ageing men's warrior Lleyton Hewitt has generally been the blueprint for the home players at the Australian Open, but teenage talent Nick Kyrgios may be poised to buck the trend of local underachievement.
Djokovic ready to face challenge for fifth Australia Open crown
Novak Djokovic pronounced himself fit and raring to go in search of his fifth Australian Open title on Sunday after overcoming a bout of illness that had prompted social media users to suggest he was in doubt for the tournament.
Sania equals career-best fifth rank in world
Sania Mirza equaled her career-best doubles rank of five, following her stupendous title win at the WTA Apia International with Bethanie Mattek-Sands in Sydney.
Defending champ Wawrinka focusing on one match at a time
One of the first orders of business for Stanislas Wawrinka on his return to Melbourne Park last week was to see the photo of himself holding the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup on the 'Walk of Champions' under the Rod Laver Arena centre court.
Australian golfer Allenby kidnapped and robbed in Hawaii
Australian golfer Robert Allenby was recovering on Saturday from facial injuries after he was kidnapped, beaten, robbed and dumped in a park in Honolulu.
Abera wins Mumbai Marathon as Ethiopians rule roost
Ethiopian Tesfaye Abera won the Mumbai Marathon crossing the finish line in 2 hours, 9 minutes and 46 seconds on Sunday.
African Nations Cup: Hosts denied opening day triumph
A late equaliser cost hosts Equatorial Guinea an opening win at the African Nations Cup finals as they drew 1-1 with Congo on Saturday before Gabon beat Burkina Faso 2-0 to top Group A.
Serie A: Roma drop points at Palermo
AS Roma slipped up in their pursuit of Serie A leaders Juventus as they salvaged a 1-1 draw at mid-table Palermo on Saturday thanks to a second-half Mattia Destro equaliser.
La Liga: Super-sub Negredo helps Valencia go to third
Valencia climbed above Atletico Madrid and Sevilla into third in La Liga when Alvaro Negredo came off the bench to score a late winner in a 3-2 home victory over his former club Almeria on Saturday.
EPL: Defoe's goalscoring debut record ends as Sunderland lose
Jermain Defoe's record of scoring on his first appearance for every club he has played for came to an end as Sunderland lost 2-1 at his former club Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Saturday.
Injured Del Potro pulls out of Australian Open
Former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro has withdrawn from the Australian Open due to a lingering wrist injury that he was concerned could cause him further damage if he played the season opening Grand Slam.
January 17, 2015
EPL: Chelsea consolidate top spot; Manchester United blank QPR
Chelsea ran riot at Swansea City, scoring four times before halftime on the way to a 5-0 win that sent Jose Mourinho's side five points clear in the Premier League on Saturday.
Asian Cup: South Koreans upbeat after beating Australia
Three matches, three goals, three wins and suddenly South Korea are looking like a real threat to win the Asian Cup.
Paes captures 55th career title; Bopanna victorious in Sydney
Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna warmed up for the next week's Australian Open in great style as they won ATP titles with their partners in Auckland and Sydney respectively.
Yuki up against Andy Murray in Australian Open first round
Yuki Bhambri could not have asked for a tougher draw as he has been pitted against world number six and two-time Grand Slam champion Andy
Troicki crushes Kazakh qualifier to win Sydney title
Serbian Viktor Troicki ruthlessly dismantled ailing Kazakh qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin 6-2, 6-3 to win the Sydney International for his second career ATP title on Saturday.
SMASHING Serena wants title 'more than anyone else'
Serena Williams enters the Australian Open as a strong favourite to lift the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup but is all too aware that a sixth Melbourne Park title has now eluded her for five years.
Older, wiser Federer not sure if playing 'best' tennis
Roger Federer doubts he is playing his 'best ever' tennis but is convinced that at 33, he is playing smarter and taking better care of himself as he looks to win a fifth Australian Open title.
Pressure? What pressure? I just play: Halep
Simona Halep shrugged off any expectations or feelings of additional pressure ahead of the Australian Open.
Sharapova wants to win trophies, sangria can certainly wait
With a career Grand Slam of major titles and a sweet-making business, Maria Sharapova dismissed the idea of staying at home and having a drink.
January 16, 2015
Paes-Klaasen upset second seeds, reach final of Heineken Open
Leander Paes and Raven Klaasen breezed into the title clash of the Heineken Open after knocking out second seeds Bruno Soares and Alexander Peya in
Sydney International: Sania-Bethanie shock top seeds in final
Sania Mirza won her first title of the season and 23rd of her career when she and Bethanie Mattek-Sands shocked top-seeded Americans Abigail Spears and Raquel Kops-Jones in the summit clash of the Apia International in Sydney on Friday.
Malaysia Masters: Sindhu, Jayaram reach semis
Top Indian shuttlers P V Sindhu and Ajay Jayaram notched up contrasting victories in the women's and men's singles competition respectively to reach the semi-finals of the $120,000 Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold, in Kuching.
'Being second at the Olympics came from a strong desire to compete'
Elana Meyer looks back on the disappointment of missing out on competing internationally because of the sporting boycott of South Africa in conversation with Rediff.com's Laxmi Negi.
Kvitova downs fellow Czech Pliskova to claim Sydney title
Petra Kvitova completed her preparations for an assault on a third Grand Slam title in triumphant style on Friday by downing fellow Czech Karolina Pliskova 7-6, 7-6 to win the Sydney International title.
Transfer talk: Polish teenager Bielik to have Arsenal medical
Legia Warsaw's teenage defensive midfielder Krystian Bielik is to undergo a medical at Arsenal, the Polish club said on Thursday.
Sarita's Asiad incident brought bad name to the country: Milkha
Legendary sprinter Milkha Singh criticised boxer Sarita Devi for refusing to accept the bronze medal during the Incheon Asian Games victory ceremony last year, saying it was not proper to protest that way.
Confirmed: Constantine back as India's head football coach
Stephen Constantine is returning to coach India. The country's football federation confirmed on Friday that the Englishman has agreed to a second stint with the national team.
Brought down to earth, Ronaldo says, 'I'm not from another planet'
The Real Madrid forward apologises after Real Madrid dumped out of King's Cup by Atletico Madrid.
It is over... Ronaldo confirms split with girlfriend
Real Madrid football star Cristiano Ronaldo has confirmed his split with Russian model gal-pal Irina Shayk.
Ex-France winger Ginola throws his hat in ring for FIFA presidency
Former France winger David Ginola will announce on Friday that he is entering the race to become president of world soccer's governing body FIFA, The Sun reported on Thursday.
EPL: Sturridge nearing return after five months out
England striker Daniel Sturridge, who has not played since the end of August, is back in training and could return to the Liverpool side soon, manager Brendan Rodgers said on Thursday.
EPL: Arsenal's Arteta and Debuchy out for three months
Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta will be out for the next three months after having a "successful" operation on the left ankle that has kept him sidelined since late November, the club said on Thursday.
Don't rush to F1, warns champion Hamilton's dad
Every young racer wants to be the next Lewis Hamilton but most are in too much of a hurry to give themselves the best chance of success.
Wimbledon champ Marion Bartoli: What matters is wanting to win
'Sometimes, we forget that the most important thing is to smile.'
King's Cup PIX: Torres steals Ronaldo's thunder as holders Real are booted out
Fernando Torres stole the show with a dramatic double as Atletico Madrid secured a battling 2-2 draw at Real Madrid on Thursday that dumped the holders out of the King's Cup 4-2 on aggregate.
Smooth draw for Djokovic at Australian Open
Sixth seed Andy Murray may feel the most aggrieved of the top contenders in the men's draw.
Muhammad Ali in hospital for follow-up after infection
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has been hospitalised for follow-up care for a urinary tract infection for which he received treatment in recent weeks, and he is expected to be released in a day, a spokesman said on Thursday.
January 15, 2015
Malaysia Masters: Sindhu, Kashyap advance to quarter-finals
Top Indian shuttlers, PV Sindhu and Parupalli Kashyap advanced to the women's singles quarter-finals and men's singles pre-quarterfinals, respectively, of the $120,000 Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold in Kuching.
UAE score after 14 seconds, beat Bahrain 2-1
Ali Ahmed Mabkhout needed just 14 seconds to put the United Arab Emirates ahead as they went on to beat Bahrain 2-1 on Thursday and secure a rare Asian Cup quarter-finals appearance.
Tendulkar presents autographed jersey to Sarita Devi
After lending strong support to her cause, Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar met Commonwealth Games silver-medallist woman boxer L Sarita Devi, who is serving a one-year ban for her emotionally-charged protest at the Asiad.
Messi, Neymar rested for Barca's King's Cup game at Elche
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has decided to rest Lionel Messi, Neymar and most of his regulars for the King's Cup last 16, second leg match at Elche later on Thursday.
Yuki a win away from Aus Open singles main draw
Yuki Bhambri kept alive his hopes of making the Australian Open singles main draw, scoring a straight sets victory over higher-ranked Yoshihito Nishioka in the qualifying event.
Transfer tales: Palermo reject United interest in Dybala
Palermo have rebuffed interest from Manchester United among others for forward Paulo Dybala but could sell the Argentine at the end of the season, president Maurizio Zamparini said on Wednesday.
Del Potro's comeback bid ends in Sydney quarters
Former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro's comeback from a lengthy injury layoff was cut short by Kazakhstan qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin in the quarter-finals of the Sydney international on Thursday.
Recovering Nadal tries his hand at 'disco' tennis
Rafael Nadal was reportedly happy to be on the dance floor, not on an actual one but on a tennis court, as the recovering Spaniard played in a new format called Fast4, which has been dubbed as disco tennis by some.
Is Cristiano Ronaldo single again?
Russian supermodel Irina Shayk has hinted towards a split from footballer beau Cristiano Ronaldo by unfollowing him on Twitter.
How football managers react when they are sent off...
David Moyes made light of his first dismissal when he leapt over a fence into the stands to watch the rest of the match and accepted crisps from a girl.
Original Ronaldo making a comeback?
Former Brazil forward Ronaldo said on Wednesday he will try to get back into shape with an eye on coming out of retirement to play for North American second division club Fort Lauderdale Strikers.
Southampton's Wanyama sidelined with hamstring injury
Southampton's bustling midfielder Victor Wanyama will be out for "a few weeks" after injuring his hamstring moments before he was due to be substituted in their FA Cup third-round replay win at Ipswich Town on Wednesday.
Goalline technology to be used in Serie A from next season
Serie A is set to introduce goalline technology from next season after the Italian FA gave its go ahead on Wednesday.
'Messi will remain at Barca for years to come'
Barca coach, Luis Enrique says that all is well at Camp Nou and the team is united.
US golfer Patel gets one year ban for doping
Little-known American golfer Bhavik Patel has been banned by the PGA Tour for one year after violating its anti-doping policy on the use of performance-enhancing substances, the PGA Tour said on Wednesday.
FA Cup: Spurs rally to beat Burnley; Southampton see off Ipswich
Tottenham Hotspur stormed back from 2-0 down to beat Burnley 4-2 in their FA Cup third-round replay on Wednesday despite resting their top striker in the once-fabled competition.
Man City add more firepower with Bony signing
Manchester City have bolstered their attacking arsenal with the signing of Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Bony from Swansea City, the English champions said on Wednesday.
January 14, 2015
Ronaldo says his son is a Messi fan
Cristiano Ronaldo's son Cris junior is a Lionel Messi fan the boy's father said after they met up with the Argentina captain at the Ballon D'Or ceremony in Zurich on Monday.
China stun Uzbekistan to make Asian Cup last 8
China scored twice in 13 minutes to come from behind and upset Uzbekistan 2-1 at the Asian Cup on Wednesday to book a spot in the quarter-finals. In another match, Saudi Arabia, beaten 1-0 by China on the weekend, stayed in the hunt earlier in the day with a 4-1 win over North Korea, who were eliminated.
Sania, Bopanna in semis at Sydney
Sania and her American partner Bethanie-Mattek Sands shocked second seeds Martina Hingis and Flavia Penneta, winning 6-3, 6-3 in the quarter-finals of Apia International. Rohan Bopanna and Daniel Nestor beat the Italian pair of Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini.
Yuki wins; Somdev, Ramkumar lose in Aus Open qualifying
Yuki Bhambri was the only Indian to cross the first hurdle in the Australian Open qualifiers, Somdev Devvarman and Ramkumar Ramanathan falling by the way side, on Monday. Ranked 314th, he knocked out Russian 15th seed Evgeny Donskoy with a 4-6, 6-1, 8-6 victory in his first round match on Show Court 2.
Del Potro and Kvitova claim three set wins in Sydney
Former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro stepped up his comeback from another wrist surgery by toppling top seed Fabio Fognini at the Sydney International on Wednesday.
Alipie skier Maze heads race for Laureus Sportswoman of Year Award
Some of the world's biggest sporting stars, including Sochi Winter Olympics medallist Tina Maze, are involved in a fierce competition for the 2015 Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award, which is promising to be one of the closest contests ever.
Domestic violence case against US soccer star dismissed
The domestic violence case against Hope Solo, a goalkeeper for the US women's soccer team, was dismissed by a Seattle-area judge on Tuesday, local broadcaster King 5 reported.
Liverpool's Balotelli moving to Juventus?
Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli's agent has rejected talks of the player leaving Anfield to return to Italy this month.
Brazil bans third party ownership in line with FIFA rules
Third-party ownership of footballers will become illegal in Brazil from May 1, the country's domestic governing body CBF) said in new transfer regulations published on Tuesday.
'Cancelled' doping test rules out Jordan striker
Jordan striker Ahmad Hayel has been ruled out of Friday's Asian Cup match against Palestine in Melbourne after a "cancelled" doping test, the team said on Wednesday.
Part of original World Cup trophy found in FIFA basement
A piece of the original World Cup trophy, which was stolen in Brazil in 1983 and never recovered, has been found in a basement at FIFA's headquarters.
King's Cup: Caicedo brace fires Espanyol past Valencia
Espanyol's Felipe Caicedo came off the bench and netted two late goals to secure a 2-0 win at home to 10-man Valencia on Tuesday that sent the Barcelona-based club through to the King's Cup quarter-finals 3-2 on aggregate.
Messi, Neuer, Ronaldo in 2014 FIFPro World XI squad
Star footballers Lionel Messi, Manuel Neuer and Cristiano Ronaldo, who had been shortlisted for the FIFA Ballon d'Or award, have been selected by their peers for the 2014 FIFPro World XI team.
New York City FC to play friendlies in Manchester
Newly-formed New York City FC will begin their preparations for their Major League Soccer (MLS) debut with two friendly matches in Manchester next month, Manchester City said on Tuesday.
Dream Run beckons this cancer survivor!
'I might die a little earlier than others, but I have time to finish off unfinished businesses.'
Here's advice that 'show-off' Ronaldo received from first coach
- "He could not stop showing off his technical skills and was dribbling too much'
Barca's Busquets insists all is well between Messi and coach Enrique
Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets has become the latest to insist that all is well at the club, dismissing reports of a rift between Argentina forward Lionel Messi and coach Luis Enrique.
PHOTOS: Adrian is West Ham hero in FA Cup thriller
Adrian fired past opposite number and Spanish compatriot Joel Robles immediately after the Everton keeper had crashed his spot kick against the crossbar as West Ham won 9-8 on penalties.
January 13, 2015
World champions Anand, Sethi to mentor Indian athletes for Rio
Five-time chess world champion Anand and nine-time world champion Sethi will be mentoring the high-profile athletes signed up by Olympic Gold Quest, who are looking to improve India's showing from the last Games in London when they won six medals.
Aus sweep into Asian Cup QF with big win over Oman
Hosts Australia swept into the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup in some style on Tuesday with a 4-0 hammering of Oman at Stadium Australia that ensured South Korea would go through from Group A with them.
Inspiring to be counted among legends of Asian golf: Lahiri
Anirban Lahiri was voted the 2014 'Players' Player of the Year' after a successful season on the Asian Tour, where he won two titles and finished second on the Order of Merit.
Women try to settle turf war lawsuit against FIFA
Players at this year's women's World Cup, trying to settle a lawsuit against FIFA, will play on artificial turf as long as the final matches are on natural grass, their lawyer said.
Patrick Reed wins Kapalua title in playoff
Strong-finishing Patrick Reed held his nerve to beat fellow American Jimmy Walker in a playoff for the $5.7 million Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Monday to clinch his fourth victory on the PGA Tour.
Halep pulls out of Australian Open warm-up
Romania's Simona Halep pulled out of her final warm-up event before the Australian Open on Tuesday, saying she was suffering from gastroenteritis.
Why Ronaldo won the Ballon D'Or again!
Factbox on the Real Madrid and Portugal forward who was voted FIFA Player of the Year on Monday.
Ronaldo wins Ballon d'Or award again
Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo won the FIFA Ballon d'Or award for the second year running and the third overall on Monday after a prolific, trophy-filled year with Real Madrid.
January 12, 2015
Schalke sign Man city defender Nastasic on loan
Bundesliga club Schalke 04 have signed Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic on loan until the end of the season.
Van Gaal no closer to title challenge than Moyes was
Louis Van Gaal said it would take him three years to transform Manchester United into a potential title-winning team when he became manager last summer, but judged by Sunday's loss to Southampton, he might have to wait a lot longer than that.
When tennis legend Paes talks on motivation, please note!
The passion to achieve excellence everyday is what motivates tennis legend Leander Paes the most. The 41-year-old reveals how he keeps himself motivated to come on to the courts everyday and produce magnificent results.
Asian Cup: Holders Japan crush newcomer Palestine
Holders Japan enjoyed a Monday stroll in the Newcastle breeze as they swatted aside the meagre challenge of outsiders Palestine to kick off their Asian Cup title defence with a 4-0 victory.
Injured Wozniacki pulls out of Sydney opener
World number eight Caroline Wozniacki pulled out of her first match at the Sydney International with a wrist injury on Monday.
He runs 147 km non-stop in a day!
'After 8 to 10 hours of running, when my body starts paining, I keep thinking about the pain and sacrifice of my mother and it makes my will stronger.'
Bengaluru FC bag maiden Federation Cup title
Bengaluru FC lifted their maiden Federation Cup football tournament title when they edged past 10-man Dempo FC 2-1 in the summit clash.
Man United's agony: 6 strikers and not a single shot on goal!
How could a front six including Angel Di Maria, Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata fail to get a single shot on target in a 1-0 home defeat by Southmapton?
La Liga: Barca beat Atletico; close on leaders Real
Barcelona closed to within a point of La Liga leaders Real Madrid when Lionel Messi scored one goal, created two and conceded a penalty in a 3-1 win at home to champions Atletico Madrid on Sunday that eased pressure on under-fire coach Luis Enrique.
Guess what Wenger did before he became Arsenal manager?
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that he used to sell cigarettes in his younger days before he went on to guide the Invincibles squad during 2003-04 Premier League season.
Serie A: Totti brace gives Roma draw against Lazio
Irrepressible AS Roma captain Francesco Totti scored twice to haul the Serie A title challengers back from two goals behind against arch-rivals Lazio and earn them a 2-2 draw in a pulsating derby on Sunday.
Ronaldo faces no competition in winning 'Salon d'Or' award
Portugal football team captain Cristiano Ronaldo might have some competition in the run for the Ballon d'Or award this year but the forward has no competition when it comes to having the best hair in the game as he won the Salon d'Or for the best hair in the game.
January 11, 2015
Paes-Klaasen fail to cross final hurdle
Yen-Hsun Lu and Jonathan Marray outplayed top seeds Leander Paes and Raven Klaasen to win the men's doubles title at the Chennai Open tennis tournament.
Wawrinka tames Bedene to retain Chennai Open title
Top seed Stanislas Wawrinka dismantled the challenge of a rampaging Aljaz Bedene with ease as the Swiss World No. 4 retained the Chennai Open title with a straight sets win in the summit clash.
Milkha Singh rakes up Bharat Ratna debate again
Dhyan Chand should have got Bharat Ratna first, says Milkha Singh.
Brisbane International: Federer achieves milestone
Roger Federer registers his 1,000 ATP career win.
Asian Cup: UAE rout Qatar 4-1 in Gulf derby
The United Arab Emirates gladly made the most of a woeful performance from Qatari goalkeeper Qasem Burhan to rout the Gulf Cup winners 4-1 in their Asian Cup opener on Sunday.
'Ball hog' Bale angers Ronaldo again
Gareth Bale angered Real Madrid team mate Cristiano Ronaldo for the second La Liga game in a row on Saturday.
La Liga: Real back to winning ways against Espanyol
La Liga leaders Real Madrid returned to winning ways after two defeats, making light of playing most of the second half with 10 men to triumph 3-0 at home to mid-table Espanyol on Saturday.
EPL: Sluggish Chelsea back in pole position
Chelsea may have restored some breathing space over Manchester City with a 2-0 win over Newcastle United on Saturday but they have not regained the form that made them runaway title favourites earlier in the season.
Bedene stuns Agut to set up summit clash with Wawrinka
Continuing his giant-killing spree, Slovenian qualifier Aljaz Bedene knocked out third seed and world number 15 Roberto Bautista Agut to set up the Chennai Open summit clash with top seed and defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka on Saturday.
January 10, 2015
Sharapova beats Ivanovic to win Brisbane International
Maria Sharapova beat Ana Ivanovic in the final of the Brisbane International on Saturday in a display that bodes well for her chances at the Australian Open.
China upset Saudi Arabia 1-0 at Asian Cup
China saved a second half penalty then scored a fortuitous goal that took a wicked deflection off a defender to upset Saudi Arabia 1-0 at the Asian Cup on Saturday.
January 09, 2015
Chelsea assistant rules out Messi swoop
A Chelsea deal for Barcelona forward Lionel Messi would be impossible under financial fair play rules, assistant coach Steve Holland said on Friday.
Dempo beat Salgaocar to enter Federation Cup final
Dempo FC kept their unbeaten run intact, scoring once in each half to beat Salgaocar FC 2-0 and enter the final of the 36th Hero Federation Cup football tournament in Margao, Goa, on Friday. Dominating the match in both sessions, they scored through Francis Fernandes(11th minute) and Tolgay Ozbey(59th), and could have won by bigger margin had rival 'keeper Subrata Paul not effected three brilliant saves.
Its Wozniacki vs Venus at Auckland Classic
Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki and the evergreen Venus Williams won their semi-finals at the Auckland Classic on Friday to set up a final showdown between two former World No 1s.
Sharapova and Ivanovic reach Brisbane final
Russia's Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic of Serbia won their semi-finals at the Brisbane International on Friday to set up a highly-anticipated showdown in the lead-up to this month's Australian Open.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
Stuttering Chelsea retained their Premier League lead by virtue of the alphabet heading into the new year but will need a quick riposte at home to Newcastle United on Saturday (2030 IST) to hold Manchester City at bay.
Meet the African Footballer of the Year...
Yaya Toure was named African Footballer of the Year for a record fourth straight time at the annual Confederation of African Football awards on Thursday.
FA charges Mourinho for verbal attack on referee
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was charged with misconduct by the FA on Thursday following comments he made about referee Anthony Taylor.
King's Cup: Neymar hits double as Barca put five past Elche
Neymar's double helped Barcelona cruise to a 5-0 victory in the first leg of their King's Cup last 16 tie against Elche.
Boston is US pick to compete for 2024 Olympics
Boston was selected on Thursday as the American candidate city that will bid to host the 2024 Olympics.
January 08, 2015
Paes-Klaasen beat Bhupathi-Myneni to enter Chennai Open semis
Top seeds Leander Paes and Raven Klaasen of South Africa lived up to their billing and entered the semi-finals of the men's doubles event at the ATP Chennai Open with a hard-fought win over Indian pair of Mahesh Bhupathi and Saketh Myneni.
Third seed Agut advances to Chennai Open quarter-finals
Spain's third seed Roberto Bautista Agut made a smooth entry into the men's quarter-finals at the ATP Chennai Open tennis tournament with a fluent 6-3, 6-2 win over German Peter Gojowczyk.
Rusty Federer scrapes through to win season debut
Roger Federer avoided an embarrassing start to the new season when he dug himself out of trouble to beat little-known journeyman John Millman 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 at the Brisbane International on Thursday.
Sharapova and Ivanovic reach semis in Brisbane
Ana Ivanovic recovered from an awful start to beat Kaia Kanepi at the Brisbane International on Thursday and remain on track for a glamour meeting with Maria Sharapova.
Gerrard completes move to LA Galaxy
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will join LA Galaxy in July on an 18-month deal. The 34-year-old will now join a growing list of high-profile former Premier League players to cross the Atlantic in the latter stages of their careers, most notably David Beckham.
Raonic starts new year with ace blitz
There are no real secrets to the success of rising tennis star Milos Raonic. The towering Canadian has a booming serve that is one of the most dangerous weapons in the game.
King's Cup: Torres quiet on return but Atletico sink Real
A subdued Fernando Torres helped Atletico Madrid to a 2-0 win over local rivals Real in the first leg of their King's Cup last-16 tie on Wednesday in his first start since his return to his boyhood club.
Bhupathi-Myneni win doubles pre-quarters, set up clash with Paes-Klaasen
Indian tennis veteran Mahesh Bhupathi, teaming up with compatriot Saketh Myneni, won a hard-fought doubles pre-quarter-final on Wednesday to set up a mouth-watering clash with former partner Leander Paes at the ATP Chennai Open. They beat the Sood brothers -- Chandril and Lakshit -- 6-7, 6-4, 10-6.
Nadal may not play Australian Open?
World No 3 Rafael Nadal admitted that he may not play in the upcoming Australian Open after suffering a shocking first round defeat against Germany's Michael Berrer at the Qatar Open.
January 07, 2015
Clinical Wawrinka cruises into Chennai Open quarter-finals
Defending champion and top seed Stanislas Wawrinka scored a clinical 6-1, 6-4 win over Borna Coric of Croatia to progress to the men's singles quarter-finals at the ATP Chennai Open tennis tournament.
Muhammad Ali released from the hospital: Spokesman
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has been released from the hospital after being admitted last month with a severe urinary tract infection, a family spokesman said on Wednesday.
Gerrard will join LA Galaxy, says it's a match made in heaven
"I want to finish my career very strong. I want to add some more medals and trophies to my collection. So I think it's a match made in heaven, really.
Things that happen in the dressing room stay there, Barca manager
'I feel as confident and motivated as at the beginning. I can't control rumours, but I still have faith'
Injured Tsonga pulls out of Australian Open
Former finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has withdrawn from this month's Australian Open with an arm injury.
Radwanska, Murray continue winning run in Perth
Agnieszka Radwanska and Andy Murray picked up morale-boosting victories in the Hopman Cup on Wednesday to keep their Australian Open preparations on track.
Wozniacki, Venus advance to Auckland quarters
Top seed Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams advanced to the Auckland Classic quarter-finals and kept alive the hopes of an anticipated final between the pair in dramatically contrasting circumstances on Wednesday.
Sharapova receives marriage proposal in Brisbane!l!
Damian Torrie held up a sign and yelled out "Marry me Maria Sharapova?" during her first match, which encouraged a chorus of laughs around Pat Rafter Arena, News.com.au reported.
I would stayed at Anfield if offered new deal: Gerrard
'I'd just retired from England to concentrate all my efforts on Liverpool. I didn't want my club games to be tailored'
F1: Korean Grand Prix dropped from calendar
The Korean Formula One Grand Prix has been formally dropped from the 2015 calendar after its surprise inclusion last month for contractual reasons.
FA Cup: Everton's Lukaku grabs late equaliser against West Ham
Everton's Romelu Lukaku spared his side a fifth straight defeat by snatching an added-time equaliser to salvage a 1-1 home draw with West Ham United in the FA Cup third round on Tuesday.
Qatar Open: Nadal comeback ends in loss to German journeyman
Rafael Nadal's season got off to a miserable start as his comeback from injury and illness stalled in the Qatar Open first round with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 defeat by German journeyman Michael Berrer.
January 06, 2015
Djokovic eases past compatriot in Doha
World number one Novak Djokovic polished off fellow Serb Dusan Lajovic 6-2, 6-1 in the first round of the Qatar Open on Tuesday.
EPL: Zarate joins QPR on loan from West Ham
Argentine striker Mauro Zarate could make his debut for Premier League strugglers Queens Park Rangers this weekend after joining on loan from West Ham United on Tuesday.
Former football coach Constantine offered India job
The All India Football Federation decided to offer Stephen Constantine the job coach the Indian football team after the recommendations of the Technical Committee.
Brisbane International: Ruthless Sharapova thrashes Shvedova
Maria Sharapova made a powerful start to the new tennis season on Tuesday, crushing Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova 6-0, 6-1 at the Brisbane International on Tuesday.
Federation Cup: Kinshuk guides Bagan to inconsequential win
Kinshuk Debnath scored the lone goal to guide Mohun Bagan to a 1-0 win over Shillong Lajong to end their campaign on a happy note in an inconsequential Group B league match of the 36th Hero Federation Cup football tournament at Tilak Stadium in Vasco on Tuesday.
Chennai Open: Wawrinka advances in doubles; Indians fall by wayside
Ramkumar Ramanathan paid the price of not containing his unforced errors as he made a first round exit from the ATP Chennai Open while his compatriot and qualifier Vijay Sundar Prashanth also bowed out after a crushing defeat, on Tuesday.
Serie A: Roma win amid ball-over-the-line row; Cagliari thrashed
AS Roma boosted their Serie A title challenge with a 1-0 win at Udinese on Tuesday amid controversy over whether Davide Astori's header had crossed the line for the game's only goal.
Sania-Hsieh make winning start at Brisbane International
Indian tennis star Sania Mirza began the 2015 season and her partnership with Su-Wei Hsieh with a hard fought 7-5, 6-3 win over Jarmila Gajdosova and Ajla Tomljanovic, in Brisbane on Tuesday.
'Great pity that athletes lobby to receive awards'
Taking a jibe at pugilist Vijender Singh and badminton ace Saina Nehwal after the duo advertised their names for the Padma Bhushan, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah said it's a great pity that the Indian athletes feel they have to lobby and threaten to receive awards.
Bouchard thrashes sluggish Serena in Hopman Cup
Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard swatted aside an out-of-sorts Serena Williams 6-2, 6-1 at the Hopman Cup in Perth on Tuesday.
Auckland Classic: Wozniacki, Venus make comfortable starts
Top seed Caroline Wozniacki and former World No 1 Venus Williams ensured Auckland Classic organisers' dream final remained on track with the duo both recording comfortable victories in their first round matches on Tuesday.
I am not demanding Padma Bhushan, just trying my luck: Vijender
Boxer Vijender Singh threw his hat in the ring for the Padma Bhushan but insisted he won't be 'hurt' in case of a rejection
Juventus coach confirms Sneijder interest
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed that the Serie A leaders are interesting in signing Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder from Galatasaray.
Jodran's Prince Ali to stand for FIFA presidency
Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan said on Tuesday he would stand for the presidency of world soccer's governing body FIFA later this year.
Two young American ski racers die in Austrian avalanche
Two young ski racers training with the US development-level ski team were killed in an avalanche in the Austrian Alps on Monday.
FA Cup: Gerrard double gets Liverpool out of trouble
Captain Steven Gerrard scored twice to rescue Liverpool from FA Cup embarrassment and lead them into the fourth round after a tricky 2-1 win at fourth tier AFC Wimbledon on Monday.
January 05, 2015
Chennai Open: Prashanth qualifies; Granollers retires
Vijay Sundar Prasanth made it to the main draw joining compatriots Somdev Devvarman and Ramkumar Ramanthan.
Barcelona sack Zubizarreta as director of football
Barcelona have sacked Andoni Zubizarreta as their director of football, the Spanish club said on Monday.
Fed Cup: Dempo knock out Mumbai FC, qualify for semis
Dempo SC continued their unbeaten run and knocked Mumbai FC out of the tournament with a convincing 2-0 win and became the second team after Bengaluru FC to qualify for the semifinals of the Federation Cup.
Padma Bhushan row: Now, Saina Nehwal gets special consideration
Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that his Ministry on Monday recommended Saina's name for Padma Bhushan.
'Van Gaal has no right to complain about fixtures'
Former Netherlands great Johan Cruyff has told Louis van Gaal he has no right to complain about the hectic holiday season programme.
No appeal against Sarita Devi's ban: Boxing India to high court
Boxing India on Monday told the Delhi high court that it cannot appeal against the International Boxing Association's (AIBA) decision to suspend boxer Sarita Devi for refusing to accept the bronze medal at the 2014 Asian Games in South Korea.
Azarenka loses comeback match at Brisbane International
The decibel readings were not needed for Victoria Azarenka on Monday as the groans from the crowd at the Brisbane International almost drowned out her trademark shrieks.
Murray sizzles in scorching Perth
Andy Murray continued his strong build-up in his quest for a maiden Australian Open title with a comfortable victory over Frenchman Benoit Paire in the Hopman Cup mixed-team event in Perth on Monday.
Tennis stars revolve around the world before going Down Under
Plotting a path to the Australian Open has never been trickier or more uncertain. Even the best players are baffled about the best way to prepare for their annual trek Down Under.
Check out who won the 'battle of the undies'
Former tennis World No 1 Caroline Wozniacki was dropped from an underwear deal after the male counterpart for the brand, Cristiano Ronaldo, became too successful.
Meet the women's athlete of the year...
Polish hammer thrower, Anita Wlodarczyk, who set a world record, has been voted women's athlete of the year by an American publication.
Chelsea's reserve 'keeper Schwarzer joins strugglers Leicester
Schwarzer, 42, played 12 times for Chelsea last season as backup to Petr Cech, but has only been an unused substitute four times this season.
Sushil Kumar congratulates Saina for Padma recommendation
Two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar said he welcomed the Sports Ministry's decision to recommend Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal's name for the Padma Bhushan.
Saina upset with media over Padma Bhushan controversy
'I didn't really like the way media put it that I have demanded the award. Who am I to demand for the award? I am nobody. I just wanted to know why my name was not considered'
Saina recommended for Padma Bhushan by Sports Ministry
The Sports Ministry on Monday decided to recommend ace shuttler Saina Nehwal for the Padma Bhushan award but insisted that it did not receive her nomination from the Badminton Association of India (BAI) within the stipulated deadline.
Hopman Cup: Serena Williams wins opener after coffee and bagel
World number one Serena Williams credited an on-court coffee for her recovery after she stormed back from a first set bagel to beat Italy's Flavia Pennetta in her opening match of the year at the Hopman Cup on Monday.
Valencia end Real Madrid's record run with 2-1 win at Mestalla
Real Madrid's Spanish record 22-match winning streak ended in a 2-1 La Liga defeat at Valencia on Sunday with Nicolas Otamendi heading in the second-half winner.
David Moyes praises Real Sociedad defence after Barcelona win
Real Sociedad coach David Moyes praised his side's determined defending after their 1-0 victory over Barcelona.
Torres wants to taste success with Atletico Madrid
Winning trophies with his boyhood club and rediscovering his scoring touch is what Fernando Torres really craves after returning home to Atletico Madrid.
January 04, 2015
Schumacher 'cries on hearing voices of his wife and children'
It has been reportedly revealed that Formula One legend Michael Schumacher cries when he hears his loved ones voices a year after a horrific skiing accident left him in a coma.
Fed Cup: Salgaocar put Bagan out of semifinal race; Sporting win
Douhou Pierre scored in each half as Salgaocar registered a resounding 4-1 came-from-behind win over Mohun Bagan in the 36th Hero Federation Cup.
FA Cup: Sheffield United cause major upset at QPR
Sheffield United pulled off the first major shock of FA Cup third round weekend when the third-tier English side triumphed 3-0 at Premier League outfit Queens Park Rangers on Sunday.
Yuki crashes out of Chennai Open qualifiers
Yuki Bhambri's hopes of playing in the main round of the Aircel Chennai Open were dashed as he lost to local lad N Prasanth in the second round of the qualifiers.
Received Saina's application yesterday: Sports Minister Sonowal
Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal clarified that his ministry received the letter of nomination of badminton star Saina Nehwal for the Padma Bhushan on Saturday.
Podolski says goodbye to Arsenal; meets Inter boss
Lukas Podolski's transfer to Inter Milan moved closer on Saturday when the Germany forward met coach Roberto Mancini.
Hopman Cup: Perth too hot for Eugenie Bouchard
Serena Williams backed the searing Perth conditions as perfect preparation for her Australian Open title bid but the weather proved too hot for Canadian Eugenie Bouchard.
Atletico use their heads to turn up heat on Real
Antoine Griezmann headed two goals for Atletico Madrid in a 3-1 victory over Levante that kept them on the heels of La Liga leaders Real Madrid on Saturday.
Gerrard close to deal with LA Galaxy: ESPN
Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard is close to signing an 18-month contract with Major League Soccer's (MLS) Los Angeles Galaxy, ESPN reported on Saturday.
January 03, 2015
Will use the ban period to rectify my technique: Sarita Devi
Banned from competition for a year, Asian Games bronze medallist L Sarita Devi said she would utilise the period by taking corrective measures in her technique so that she can be ready for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Angry Saina slams Sports Ministry over Padma Bhushan snub
An angry Saina Nehwal slammed the Sports Ministry after the Olympic bronze medallist's name was not included for the prestigious Padma Bhushan award -- India's third highest civilian award.
January 02, 2015
Jiji Thomson quits as SAI DG, slams government for injustice
Sports Authority of India boss Jiji Thomson has quit with immediate effect citing injustice by the Government over his promotion and the IAS officer says his departure comes at an inopportune time with the Rio Olympics scheduled in mid 2016.
Liverpool captain Gerrard to move overseas at end of season
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will leave the club he has played for throughout his career and move to a foreign team at the end of the season, the English Premier League club said on Friday.
F1: Alonso a top target for Mercedes if Hamilton leaves
Fernando Alonso would be top of the list for Mercedes if Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton fails to agree a new deal with the team beyond this year.
Social media explodes as Liverpool's Gerrard confirms he is leaving
15 couldn't have started any worse for a Liverpoool fan as Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will leave the club.
Asian Cup Preview: Qatar, waiting to make headlines on the field
Asian Cup in Australia offers Qatar a rare chance to generate some positive headlines.
PHOTOS: How sports stars ring in New Year...
Sports stars around the world joined in the celebrations of the New Year and took to social media to wish their fans and followers a Happy New Year.
Fan arrested for going into Wenger's dugout, latter plays it down
Arsene Wenger played down an incident that led to the arrest of a Southampton fan after his Arsenal side went down 2-0 on the south coast on Thursday.
Defence remains a hindrance to Manchester United progress
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says he has been overwhelmed by the support he has received from fans even after defeats but, if he does not act to strengthen his defense, he might soon find their patience running out.
Steven Gerrard to quit Liverpool at end of season - reports
Former England skipper Steven Gerrard is set to announce that he will leave Liverpool at the end of the season, according to media reports.
Mourinho blames referee for Chelsea's White Hart Lane pain
Jose Mourinho added another entry to his extensive personal diary of conspiracies on Thursday when, after Chelsea were ripped apart 5-3 by Tottenham Hotspur, he blamed the defeat on a penalty that was not given.
Able Kane the inspiration as Tottenham Hotspur rip Chelsea apart
Tottenham Hotspur spent the cash earned from Gareth Bale's sale on a plethora of internationals but the key to the remarkable 5-3 win over Chelsea on Thursday, and their best player this season, had been there all along.
January 01, 2015
EPL: Super-sub Lampard gives Man City 3-2 win over Sunderland
For the second time in a week Manchester City threw away a 2-0 lead against a Premier League struggler but this time they hit back as Frank Lampard came off the bench to secure a 3-2 win over Sunderland on Thursday.
Indian weightlifters clinch gold at junior events
Mohin Chavan and Manalisha Sonowal grabbed a gold medal each in the 17th Asian Youth (Boys & Girls) and 22nd Junior Women Weightlifting Championships in Doha, Qatar, on Thursday.
Federation Cup: Mohun Bagan held by Pune FC in group stage
Mohun Bagan's chances of making it to the semi-finals hit a roadblock when they were held to a 1-1 draw by gritty Pune FC in their second group league encounter of the Federation Cup football tournament, in Vasco, Goa on Tuesday.
EPL PHOTOS: Manchester United split points with Stoke City
Manchester United's hopes of launching a New Year title challenge suffered a setback at the first opportunity on Thursday when they could only draw 1-1 at mid-table Stoke City in an all-action Premier League clash.
Lampard's decision to stay at City angers New York fans
Former England midfielder Frank Lampard's decision to stay with Manchester City until the end of the season has "outraged" fans of Major League Soccer team New York City FC.
F1 driver Button marries longtime girlfriend in Hawaii
McLaren Formula One driver Jenson Button entered the New Year as a married man after tying the knot with long-term girlfriend Jessica Michibata in Hawaii.
Here is West Ham boss Allardyce's take on diving
West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce believes it is acceptable for players to "make a meal out of" contact if it helps them win penalties and free kicks.
Wrist injury rules Del Potro out of Brisbane event
Argentine Juan del Potro has withdrawn from next week's Brisbane International due to a persistent left wrist injury, tournament officials announced on Thursday.
Colombia's Gutierrez voted South American player of year
Colombia striker Teofilo Gutierrez has been voted South America's footballer of the year and their Argentine coach Jose Pekerman the best coach for the third time in a row.
Tevez does not intend to extend Juventus contract
The Italian champions reportedly want to offer Tevez, whose contract runs until June 2016, a deal to stay in Turin to 2018.
Lampard to stay with Man City till end of season
Lampard initially joined City on loan for six months from the New York City Red Bulls after leaving Chelsea at the end of last season.
Liverpool's Sturridge set to return in January
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge is set for a January return, according to manager Brendan Rodgers, who hinted he was unlikely to dip into the transfer market to solve the club's current striker issues.
BEST Sports Photos of the Year! (Part 3)
Cristiano Ronaldo struck the winning goal to help Real Madrid become European champions, while Marin Cilic made an impressive comeback after a ban to claim the US Open crown in September.
A watershed year for Indian sports despite its lows
Some stellar performances by seasoned veterans and promising youngsters continued to raise the bar in Olympic sports but there was heartbreak in equal measure when corruption scandals blighted India's favourite obsession, cricket, in a see-saw year for the country's sportspersons.
December 31, 2014
Barcelona to appeal transfer ban
Barcelona said it could make a new appeal against the "disproportionate" one year transfer ban ordered by FIFA to a Swiss court, AFP reported.
Lead is not enough, Drogba warns, before Chelsea's New Year's day tie
Chelsea will begin 2015 protecting a three-point lead in the Premier League title race but will heed the words of their grand old striker Didier Drogba who warns that it is simply not enough.
EPL: United's Herrera, Januzaj return to training
Manchester United midfielders Ander Herrera and Adnan Januzaj have returned to training ahead of the Premier League trip to Stoke City, manager Louis van Gaal said on Tuesday.
Sushil, Yogeshwar make it a good year for Indian wrestling
A long sabbatical and a rejig in weight categories notwithstanding, Olympic heroes Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt reaffirmed their dominance on the world stage and ended a 28-year gold drought at the Asian Games in a successful 2014.
EPL: Ban players who dive, suggests Wenger
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has called on the Football Association (FA) to ban players who dive in order to rid the game of play acting to win free kicks or penalties.
Injured Cilic pulls out of Brisbane event
Despite the world number nine's withdrawal, a strong field is expected for the event, including Roger Federer, Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic, Grigor Dimitrov and Juan Martin del Potro, who have all confirmed their participation.
Formula One: Marussia driver Bianchi still unconscious, rehab therapy begins
French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi remains unconscious but has begun a programme of rehabilitation therapy, his family said in a statement on Tuesday.
'Bale not for sale; he is key part of Real Madrid's future'
Real Madrid have made it clear to Manchester United and other possible suitors for his signature that Gareth Bale is not for sale at any price.
Golfers Lahiri, Rashid make giant strides in 2014
Success eluded them on the European and the PGA Tour but Indian golfers enjoyed a decent run in Asia, with rising talents Rashid Khan and Anirban Lahiri sharing four titles between them even as some seasoned veterans struggled in a mixed year for the sport.
December 30, 2014
Barcelona transfer ban appeal rejected by CAS
Barcelona's appeal against a FIFA sanction for an alleged breach of rules on the transfer of foreign Under-18 players has been rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the Spanish club said on Tuesday.
EPL: Everton's Howard ruled out for six weeks
Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard will be out of action for six weeks due to a calf injury, the Premier League club's manager Roberto Martinez said on Tuesday.
EPL Updates: Newcastle striker Cisse charged with violent conduct
Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse has been charged with violent conduct, the FA said in a statement on Monday referring to an incident in the Premier League match against Everton.
EPL PHOTOS: Liverpool end 2014 on a high
Liverpool ended their topsy-turvy 2014 on a high after two goals from Adam Lallana, one excellent and one freakish, helped inspire their 4-1 trouncing of Swansea on Monday in the last Premier League game of the year.
Warrior spirit leads Japan's Nishikori to new heights
There comes a moment in all great sporting careers when the puzzle fits together and for Kei Nishikori it arrived on a sweltering early September afternoon in New York.
Boxer Amir Khan visits Pakistan school massacre site
The UK-based Pakistani boxer Amir Khan visited the army-run school in Peshawar where 150 people, mostly children, were massacred by the Taliban and expressed sympathies with the families of the victims.
December 29, 2014
Pune FC rally to beat Shillong Lajong
Pune FC rallied from a goal down to beat Shillong Lajong 3-1 and open their Hero Federation Cup football tournament campaign on a winning note at Tilak Stadium in Vasco.
Walmiki family to show stick skill at Hockey India League
The Walmiki brothers, Yuvraj and Devinder and their nephew Anup Amarpal will steal the limelight in the Hero Hockey India League.
Torres is back at Atletico Madrid
Spain forward Fernando Torres has agreed to return to Atletico Madrid on loan from AC Milan until the end of the 2015-16 season.
A roaring year for golfing great McIlroy
- 'I feel I came through this year stronger and wiser'
Find out why Jose Mourinho was seething
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was fuming after his team were denied what he described as a 'Big Ben' penalty.
Ronaldo's girlfriend Irina does sexy striptease
Russian beauty Irina Shayk recently gave a post Christmas treat by performing a steamy striptease.
'Michael Schumacher faces long fight to recovery'
Michael Schumacher faces a 'long fight' for recovery as the first anniversary of his skiing accident approaches, the former Formula One driver's manager said.
ISL provides hope to football, but national team slips in 2014
The 'sleeping giant' woke up to a new dawn with the Indian Super League putting Indian football on the global map, but the national team continued to paint a grim picture, plummeting to its worst-ever rankings in an eventful year for the sport.
December 28, 2014
Chhetri double strike sinks Salgaocar in Federation Cup
Bengaluru FC rode on Sunil Chhetri double strike as they beat Salgaocar FC 3-2 in their Group B league match as the 36th Federation Cup football tournament kicked off in Vasco.
Ferrari, McLaren take a hit from Marussia collapse
Ferrari and McLaren stand to lose millions as a result of the collapse of the Marussia Formula One team, the Sunday Telegraph newspaper reported.
December 27, 2014
Atletico Madrid close to sealing Torres deal
Atletico Madrid are close to tying up a deal for Spain forward Fernando Torres to return to his boyhood club on loan from Chelsea.
Chhetri, Bala Devi named AIFF Player of Year
National football team captain Sunil Chhetri and Women's national team striker Bala Devi, were named the 'AIFF 2014 Player of the Year' and '2014 AIFF Woman Footballer of the Year', respectively.
Constantine gets second stint as India's football coach
Stephen Constantine will return as Indian football team's chief coach for the second time as his name has been cleared by the AIFF.
FIFA Ranking: Indian football team drops to lowest in history
Indian national football team slumped to its worst-ever FIFA rankings, 171, in the 209-nation chart.
'Unsatisfied' United looking up to pick up pace under Van Gaal
While Chelsea and Manchester City slug it out at the top of the Premier League, Louis van Gaal's Old Trafford revolution gathers ever more momentum in the red half of Manchester.
FANTASTIC Ronaldo looking to improve on outstanding 2014!
Prolific Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is determined to make next year an even bigger success.
Other side of Brazil's WC: Humiliation after 64 years of expectation
Football fans were treated to a month long diet of mainly breathless, intoxicating action in Brazil but their team collapsed in the final stages.
Chess: Abhijeet Gupta best Indian in Al Ain Classic
Riding on three back-to-back victories, Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta emerged as the best performing Indian as he finished seventh in the Al Ain Classic International chess tournament that concluded in Al Ain (UAE) on Saturday.
McIlroy embarrassed by 'Sweet Caroline'
Rory McIlroy, the World's No 1 golfer, experienced an awkward moment when he went to watch Ulster take on Connacht in a rugby match on Friday.
Arsenal forced to sweat after late Olivier twist
Olivier Giroud's rush of blood almost ruined Arsene Wenger's Christmas on Friday as the France forward's red card left Arsenal sweating towards the end of their 2-1 defeat of Queens Park Rangers.
Angel Di Maria may miss Manchester United's trip to Tottenham
Manchester United will await tests on winger Angel Di Maria to see if he has a chance of facing Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday after the Argentine suffered a pelvic injury in training.
Mourinho appeases 'crying' Chelsea players
Jose Mourinho was purring like a cat that had devoured the leftovers from Christmas dinner but it did not stop him showing his professional claws after his Chelsea side eased past West Ham United 2-0 on Friday.
December 26, 2014
Toure on target for fourth straight African honour
Manchester City's Yaya Toure will be favourite to collect a record fourth successive African Footballer of the Year crown.
'Manchester United must maintain momentum'
Goalkeeper David de Gea believes the busy holiday fixture list offers the perfect opportunity for Manchester United to put some pressure on the Premier League's top two clubs.
PHOTOS: Boxer Amir Khan in Pak to help Peshawar victims
British two-time world champion Amir Khan arrived in Pakistan on Wednesday to fulfill his promise of helping the victims who were attacked by Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) terrorists in a school in Peshawar.
Ronaldo overtakes Messi as world's No 1 footballer
Portugal football team captain Cristiano Ronaldo has been voted as the No 1 footballer in the world overtaking Argentina skipper Lionel Messi for the top spot.
Five talking points for sport in 2014
From the FIFA World Cup finals to the spot-fixing scandals that rocked Indian cricket, we pick the key sporting events on the 2014 calendar.
NBA: Applause and defeat for LeBron in Miami return
The Miami Heat got the better of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers with a 101-91 victory in the Christmas Day return of the two-time NBA champion to his former team.
Olympic medallists Trott announces engagement to team mate Kenny
British Olympic track cycling gold medallists Laura Trott and Jason Kenny are to tie the knot.
December 25, 2014
Srikanth ends the season as World No. 4 in BWF ranking
Young Kidambi Srikanth continued his meteoric rise in world badminton as he ended the season by becoming only the third Indian male shuttler to break into the top-five, reaching a career-high fourth after hovering in the 40s in the beginning of the year.
5 best sports performances of 2014
As the curtain comes down on 2014, here's a look at the five best performances over the last 12 months. And, guess what? Two Indian sportsmen figure in the list!
PHOTOS: Soldiers in Afghanistan play soccer in memory of WW1 truce
That moment in 1914 - when troops along Europe's Flanders front met after four months killing each other to sing carols, exchange gifts and play soccer in No Man's Land - is celebrated as a triumph of humanity over the savagery of war.
What you must not miss in the EPL this week
The omens are good for a Chelsea side heading into Christmas top of the Premier League tree but manager Jose Mourinho does not want to give title rivals Manchester City any reason to cheer over the festive season. Check out the big games on Boxing Day.
December 24, 2014
Sarita Devi's suspension: Delhi HC seeks Boxing India's response
The Delhi high court on Wednesday sought a response from Boxing India on a plea challenging International Boxing Association's (AIBA) decision to suspend boxer Sarita Devi for refusing to accept the bronze medal at the Asian Games in South Korea.
CWG champion Apurvi Chandela wins gold in Shooting Nationals
Apurvi Chandela won the gold in the women's 10 metres air rifle event on the concluding day of the 58th National Shooting Championships.
PHOTOS: CM Mamata felicitates Atletico de Kolkata team
The members of the victorious inaugural Indian Super League Football Championship Atletico de Kolkata (ATK) were felicitated by West Bengal government.
Looking to win more titles; coach kids, says Saina
India shuttler Saina Nehwal is now looking for an 'even better' outing in the coming year besides getting ready to try her hand in coaching.
Here what makes Swedish footballer Ibrahimovic unhappy
The PSG striker came second to tennis legend Borg on a list of Sweden's all-time sporting greats.
Spotted: Vishwanathan Anand in Daly College, Indore
Reader Manas Jati sent us this photograph.
No injury returns for Man United, says Van Gaal
None of Manchester United's injured players are likely to be fit for the next Premier League match against Newcastle United, manager Louis van Gaal said on Tuesday.
Olympian footballer Buzanszky stable but to remain in hospital
The health of Jeno Buzanszky, the last living member of Hungary's Magical Magyars team, is improving but the 89-year-old will stay in hospital until next year, his son told FourFourTwo magazine on Tuesday.
Will take up Champions Trophy finger gesture with FIH: PHF
The Pakistan Hockey Federation has said it will take up the issue of behaviour of tournament director at the recent Champions Trophy in India with the International Hockey Federation.
Villa's Agbonlahor wins red card appeal in match against United
Aston Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor has won his appeal against the red card he received during the Premier League match against Manchester United, the FA said on Tuesday.
EPL: Southampton sign Dutch winger Elia on loan from Bremen
Southampton have agreed to sign Werder Bremen's Netherlands winger Eljero Elia on loan until the end of the season, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.
F1: Red Bull retain Buemi as reserve driver
Switzerland's Sebastien Buemi will start his fifth year as Red Bull reserve driver next season, the Formula One team said on Tuesday.
Navas, Wambach win CONCACAF Players of Year awards
Costa Rica's World Cup goalkeeper Keylor Navas and United States women's team striker Abby Wambach were named CONCACAF's Players of the Year for 2014 on Tuesday.
December 23, 2014
Former QPR defender Carlisle fighting for life
Former Queens Park Rangers defender and former Professional Footballers' Association chairman Clarke Carlisle is fighting for his life in hospital following a serious road accident, the Mail Online reported on Monday.
Muhammad Ali's health 'vastly improved'
The condition of Muhammad Ali has "vastly improved" since he was admitted to the hospital over the weekend with a mild case of pneumonia and doctors hope to discharge the boxing legend soon, a spokesman said on Monday.
Badminton star to lose top ranking to China's Chen
Lee Chong Wei's indefinite suspension for a doping violation will cost the Malaysian his top ranking with Chinese world champion Chen Long set to take over on Thursday.
Fast and furious Lewis Hamilton hits ski slopes sans girlfriend
The Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton, celebrated his big win by taking his friends and family on a snowboarding trip.
Dipika, Joshna, Ghosal raise a 'racket' for Indian squash
Dipika Pallikal and Joshana Chinappa both the glamorous Chennai girls are let their racquets speak.
Arsenal lead the way on social media
Arsenal have become the first Premier League club to reach five million followers on Twitter.
Food for thought at Formula One's most glamorous team
The winds of change have swept through Ferrari and even Christmas has a different feel now.
Englishman Willett secures Golf Masters berth via world ranking
Englishman Danny Willett will be a big winner in the final world rankings of the year, to be issued next week, by narrowly punching his ticket to the 2015 Masters.
Dimitrov and Halep win domestic sports awards
Wimbledon semi-finalist Grigor Dimitrov has been named Bulgaria's Athlete of the Year in a nationwide poll conducted by sports journalists while French Open runner-up Simona Halep won the award in neigbouring Romania.
Unwavering team spirit behind Germany's World Cup triumph
The 2014 World Cup was a captivating carnival of football with high drama and Germany displayed their credentials as worthy champions.
Italian Super Cup: Napoli beat Juventus in dramatic penalty shootout
Napoli ended Juventus's hopes of securing a record seventh Italian Super Cup after snatching a dramatic 6-5 shootout win.
PHOTOS: Fabregas stars as Chelsea waltz past Stoke to top table
Images from the English Premier League match played between Chelsea and Stoke City on Monday
December 22, 2014
West Bengal government to felicitate Atletico de Kolkata stars
West Bengal government will felicitate Atletico De Kolkata (ATK) team for winning the first edition of Indian Super League football, state chief minister Mamata Banerjee said.
EPL PHOTOS: Skrtel rescues point against Arsenal; Sunderland win
A stoppage time goal by a heavily-bandaged Martin Skrtel spared Liverpool another deflating defeat as they drew 2-2 at home to Arsenal in the Premier League.
Ronaldo unveils statue sculpted in his honour
Portugal football team captain Cristiano Ronaldo returned to his hometown Funchal in Madeira on Sunday in order to attend the unveiling of a statue that has been sculpted in his honour.
Bhupathi, Myneni handed Chennai Open wild cards, to play doubles
India's top tennis players Mahesh Bhupathi, Saketh Myneni, Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Sriram Balaji have been granted wild card entries into the doubles draw of Chennai Open, the organisers announced on Monday.
Serie A: Inter recover to earn 2-2 draw in Lazio thriller
Lazio squandered a two-goal lead against Inter Milan as they drew 2-2 at the San Siro on Sunday and wasted a golden chance to take sole possession of third spot in Serie A.
BEST Sports Photos of the Year! (Part 2)
Rediff.com brings you the second instalment of the Best Sports Photos of the Year!
Independent panels lack consistency: Mourinho
Allowing independent panels to punish players retrospectively for diving and other infringements would be a "disaster", according to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
Marseille head into break as leaders after beating Lille
Olympique de Marseille will lead Ligue 1 into the two-week break thanks to Michy Batshuayi's half-volleyed winner in a 2-1 home victory over Lille on Sunday.
Liverpool's Rodgers harbours 'high' hopes
The Reds' manager believes his team has the ability to finish in the top four and qualify for Champions League next season.
Big wins for City and Barca as they up the ante before Christmas
Here is the round-up of all the football action across Europe on the weekend
Bundesliga: Hanover fight back to hold Freiburg to 2-2 draw
Spanish forward Joselu struck deep into stoppage time as Hanover 96 rallied from two goals down to draw 2-2 at bottom club Freiburg in the Bundesliga on Sunday.
EPL: Newcastle manager Pardew has unwanted record against his name
Alan Pardew suffered the ignominy of becoming the first Newcastle United manager to lose four successive Tyne-Wear derbies against Sunderland after Adam Johnson's late goal subjected his team to more misery against their arch-rivals.
German bank set to sue Ecclestone for 345m euros over F1 sale
A German bank is on course to take legal proceedings against Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone and his family trust fund for 345 million euros on account of the sale of its stake in Formula One.
December 21, 2014
La Liga: Vietto shines as Villarreal beat Deportivo
In-form Luciano Vietto hit two second half goals as Villarreal, down to 10 men for the final 10 minutes, cruised to a 3-0 home victory over Deportivo La Coruna to go fifth in La Liga.
EPL: Johnson strikes late to earn Sunderland derby win
Adam Johnson's late winner earned Sunderland a 1-0 victory over Newcastle United.
My appetite for chess has recovered, declares Viswanathan Anand
Five-time world chess champion Viswanathan Anand said he is looking forward to play games in 2015 with renewed zeal and enthusiasm.
Vasai Virar Mayor's Marathon: Pal, Lakshmanan, Kavita set new course marks
Army runners Neeraj Pal and G Lakshmanan, along with Kavita Raut of ONGC, broke course records while winning men's full marathon, half marathon and women's half marathon, respectively in the 4th Vasai Virar Mayor's Marathon in Mumbai.
Asian Luge Championships: Keshavan wins silver
India's Shiva Keshavan won a silver at the 17th Asian Luge Championships in Nagano, Japan.
Dubai Open: Atwal wins to end four-year title drought
Arjun Atwal ended a four-year title drought as he won the inaugural $ 500,000 Dubai Open at the Els Golf Club on Sunday.
England had best bid for 2018 World Cup: FIFA official
England's failed bid to host the 2018 World Cup "was by far the strongest contender", FIFA official said.
Constantine, Herbert high on AIFF's list for coach's job
Englishman Stephen Constantine and New Zealander Ricki Herbert, have been short-listed to take over from Dutchman Wim Koevermans as the new coach of the national football team.
Heroes welcome for ISL champions Atletico de Kolkata
Christmas came early to the 'City of Joy' as the inaugural Indian Super League champions Atletico de Kolkata returned home to a hero's welcome.
'Will cherish my 20 minutes in ISL final for life'
Atletico de Kolkata's super sub Mohammed Rafique, who scored the winning goal in the inaugural Indian Super League said he will cherish his 20 minutes on the field for the rest of his life.
Real Madrid beat San Lorenzo to lift Club World Cup
Real Madrid won the Club World Cup for the first time by beating San Lorenzo 2-0 on Saturday with goals from Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale after being forced into a scrap by the feisty South Americans.
Boxing great Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has been hospitalized with pneumonia and is expected to recover because the illness was caught early, a spokesman said on Saturday.
CM Mamata congratulates Atletico de Kolkata on ISL victory
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee congratulated Atletico de Kolkata for winning the maiden Indian Super League.
December 20, 2014
Bundesliga: Disastrous Dortmund end year with loss at Bremen
Borussia Dortmund completed their spectacular implosion this season, losing 2-1 at struggling Werder Bremen.
La Liga: Messi nets brace, Suarez finally scores in Barca rout
Lionel Messi scored twice and Luis Suarez struck his first La Liga goal as Barcelona crushed struggling Cordoba 5-0 on Saturday.
World Cup Kabaddi: Indian men, women defend titles
The Indian men continued their winning streak by clinching the fifth Kabaddi World Cup title, while women bagged the crown for the fourth consecutive time.
Dubai Open: Indian golfers Kapur, Atwal share lead
Shiv Kapur and Arjun Atwal staged a fine comeback on the back nine to take a share of the lead into the final round of the inaugural Dubai Open.
Atletico de Kolkata win inaugural ISL; super sub Rafique shines
The Indian Super League trophy will go to the traditional home of Indian football as Atletico de Kolkata edged past Kerala Blasters 1-0 in the final.
EPL PHOTOS: Silva gives Manchester City win, United held
David Silva came to the rescue of Manchester City with two goals in a 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace.
FIFA to publish Garcia report in 'appropriate form'
FIFA's executive committee has unanimously agreed to publish an 'appropriate' version of a report into the bidding process for the 2018/2022 World Cups but said Russia and Qatar would still stage the tournaments.
Bundesliga: Robben to the rescue as Bayern snatch win
Arjen Robben scored a 90th minute winner in their 2-1 victory at Mainz 05 on Friday to send Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich into the winter break with a commanding 14-point lead.
Super Series: Saina, Srikanth sink in semis
The dream run of top shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth came to an end in World Super Series Finals badminton tournament.
US swimmer Phelps sentenced to 18 months probation for drunken driving
American swimmer Michael Phelps pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol and received 18 months of supervised probation and a one-year suspended jail sentence.
December 19, 2014
Van Gaal still chasing perfection at in-form United
Ever the perfectionist, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is still chasing the complete performance despite a run of six straight victories that have propelled his side to third in the Premier League table.
Saina, Srikanth enter semis at World Super Series Finals
Badminton ace Saina Nehwal topped her group to march into the women's singles semi-finals while Kidambi Srikanth reached the last four stage despite losing his last men's singles round robin match at the BWF World Super Series Finals in Dubai on Friday.
Abidal announces retirement 'for personal reasons'
Former France defender Eric Abidal, who returned to playing after undergoing a liver transplant in April 2012, announced on Friday he was ending his career for 'personal reasons'.
'75,000 kids for National Sports Talent Search Scheme'
Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that his ministry will identify 75,000 boys and girls for the planned National Sports Talent Search Scheme.
OMG! Ronaldo reveals girlfriend steals his boxers!
Real Madrid striker, Cristiano Ronaldo revealed his girlfriend Irina Shayk has an obsession with his boxers.
CAS clears sprinter Dutee Chand for National Games
Indian athlete Dutee Chand has been cleared to participate in next year's National Games.
Tennis: Dominace of 'big four' nearing end?
Tony Nadal, uncle and coach of World No 3 Rafael Nadal, believes that dominance of big four has diminished in the wake of fierce competition from the newcomers.
Champions Trophy finger gesture: Pak hockey coach alleges 'victimisation'
Pakistan hockey chief coach Shahnaz Shaikh has claimed that there was a conspiracy plotted against his team following the suspension of Mohammad Tousiq and Amjad Ali meted out in the recently held Champions Trophy in Bhubaneswar.
King's Cup: Atletico win to set up last 16 clash with Real
Atletico Madrid will face holders Real Madrid in the last 16 of the King's Cup after a double from Mario Mandzukic sealed a 5-2 aggregate victory over lower league Hospitalet on Thursday.
Serie A: Juventus beat Cagliari, go four points clear
Juventus beat Cagliari 3-1 away on Thursday to end a three-match winless streak and move four points clear at the top of Serie A.
'Racist' Balotelli fined 25,000 pounds, gets one-match ban
'I am sorry my teammates and supporters of Liverpool FC have to be penalised for something I did and now come to regret'
Sensational 2014 for Sania; Paes, Bopanna, Somdev fall short
When is comes to Indian tennis, it has to be the year of Sania Mirza!
British boxer Khan donates 30,000 pounds shorts to Peshawar school
Boxer Amir Khan will donate a pair of 30,000 pounds ($47,007) shorts to the Peshawar school in Pakistan where 132 children were killed by Taliban gunmen earlier this week.
December 18, 2014
World Super Series Finals: Saina, Srikanth boost semi-final hopes
India's top badminton players Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth took a big step on way to reaching the semi-finals at the World Super Series Finals by securing second consecutive wins in their respective group in Dubai.
Djokovic, Serena named ITF 2014 World champions
Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic took the men's prize for the fourth time, having won seven titles this season and the year-end top ranking for the third time in four years, while Serena Williams won the award for the fifth time in a career that has brought her 18 Grand Slam singles titles -- the most recent at this year's US Open.
Rodgers reckons Liverpool getting back to their best
'We're starting to see signs of getting back to where we were'
Germany's Reus fined $670,000 for driving without license
Borussia Dortmund and Germany winger Marco Reus has been fined more than half a million euros for repeatedly driving without a licence.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
Manchester City can pile the pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea for the first time this season.
De Jong hat-trick helps PSV win seven-goal thriller against Feyenoord
Luuk de Jong scored a hat-trick and Memphis Depay netted the winner in the third minute of stoppage time as PSV Eindhoven beat Feyenoord 4-3 in a thrilling clash that put them four points clear on Wednesday.
Boxer Sarita Devi thanks Tendulkar for supporting her
Boxer L Sarita Devi thanked Sachin Tendulkar, Boxing India and Sports Authority of India for supporting her.
Tyson Gay's former coach Drummond gets eight-year suspension
American sprinter Tyson Gay's former coach has been suspended for eight years for doping violations, the US Anti-Doping Agency said on Wednesday.
Cutting 200m from Olympics just stupid idea: Bolt
Six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt said on Wednesday reports suggesting the 200 metres is among five athletics events at risk of being cut from the Olympic programme is 'ridiculous' and must not happen.
Bundesliga: Dortmund in relegation trouble after Naldo's equaliser
An 85th-minute equaliser by Naldo gave VfL Wolfsburg a 2-2 draw at Borussia Dortmund, maintaining their hold on second place and leaving the hosts in the Bundesliga relegation zone.
FIFA ethics investigator Garcia resigns in protest
- 'No independent governance committee, investigator or arbitration panel can change the culture of an organization'
Ali's 'What's My Name?' opponent Terrell dies at 75
Former heavyweight boxing champion Ernie Terrell, best known for his punishing loss to Muhammad Ali in the famed "What's My Name?" fight in 1967, has died at the age of 75, the Chicago Sun-Times reported on Wednesday.
Di Maria named Argentina's player of the year
Manchester United's Angel Di Maria has been voted Argentina's foreign-based player of the year by the country's sports journalists.
ISL: Kolkata prevail over FC Goa in tie-breaker, advance to final
Atletico de Kolkata got their act right in the nick of time to humble crowd favourites FC Goa 4-2 in tie-breaker and advance to the final of the inaugural Indian Super League. Kolkata will lock horns with Kerala Blasters FC in the summit showdown at the D Y Patil Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday.
December 17, 2014
BWF World Super Series: Saina stuns Shixian, Srikanth also wins
Olympic bronze medalist Saina Nehwal dished out a dominating performance to post a straight-game win over two-time All England Champion Shixian Wang of China and start her campaign on a positive note at the season-ending BWF World Super Series badminton final in Dubai.
Wrote letter to AIBA to save Sarita's career: Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar said the whole idea behind his writing a letter to world boxing body AIBA was to save woman boxer L Sarita Devi's career from ending abruptly after the Asian Games controversy in Incheon.
Baffled why IOA won't recognise us, says Boxing India chief
Frustrated by Indian Olympic Association's refusal to grant them recognition, Boxing India President Sandeep Jajodia said he was 'baffled' by IOA's logic.
Liverpool's Johnson out for a month with groin injury
Liverpool defender Glen Johnson will be out for around a month with a groin injury, British media reported on Wednesday.
Mickey Rourke's boxing opponent admits to tossing the bout for money
Mickey Rourke's boxing opponent Elliot Seymour has admitted that the whole match was indeed fixed.
Government writes to AIBA, seeks reversal on Sarita's ban
The government has written to AIBA to revoke the suspension of boxer Sarita Devi, Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said.
Mixed martial artists open a can of worms; sue league
Mixed martial artists sued the Ultimate Fighting Championship league, alleging the business has a monopoly on the professional fighting market and limits the potential earnings of its athletes.
FIFA rejects Garcia's appeal against handling of WC corruption report
Former US prosecutor Michael Garcia's appeal against the handling of his alleged corruption around the Russian and Qatar bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups has been rejected by FIFA.
'What the hell is happening in this world?'
Pakistan tennis ace Aisamul Haq Qureshi condemned the attack and revealed that three of his cousin's children were inside the school when the attack took place.
AIBA slaps one-year ban on Sarita Devi for medal fiasco at Asian Games
Boxer L Sarita Devi received a one-year ban from the International Boxing Association (AIBA ) for refusing to accept her bronze medal at the Incheon Asian Games in October.
Martina marries her perfect match!
Tennis ace Martina Navratilova has married her long-term partner Julia Lemigova in New York.
Ferrari axe veteran car designers in structural shake-up
Ferrari have parted company with chief designer Nikolas Tombazis and engineering director Pat Fry, two of the men responsible for designing this year's car as the team endured their first season without a win since 1993.
Formula One: Stolen Red Bull trophies found in lake
Silverware stolen from the Red Bull Formula One factory in Milton Keynes has been found in a lake, police said on Tuesday.
League Cup: Chelsea march on; Southampton lose to Sheffield United
Southampton suffered an embarrassing 1-0 League Cup quarter-final defeat at third tier Sheffield United on Tuesday while Chelsea powered through with a 3-1 win at Derby County.
King's Cup: Pedro scores hat-trick as Barca crush Huesca
Pedro hit a first-half hat-trick as Barcelona cruised into the last 16 of the King's Cup with a 8-1 second leg demolition of lower league Huesca at the Camp Nou on Tuesday.
US will bid for 2024 Olympic Games, city undecided
The United States will bid for the 2024 Olympics, seeking to host the Summer Games for the first time since 1996.
December 16, 2014
ISL: Kerala edge Chennaiyin 4-3 on aggregate, book final berth
Kerala Blasters struck the match-winner deep into the extra time in a thrilling second leg semi-final to book a berth for the summit clash of the inaugural Hero Indian Super League football tournament on 4-3 aggregate over Chennaiyin FC on Tuesday.
'Manchester United can win the Premier League title this year'
Manchester United can challenge for the league title after recovering from their worst start to a Premier League season and rediscovering the art of winning ugly, according to their captain Wayne Rooney.
Liverpool, Arsenal target Barca defender Montoya as he eyes EPL move
Barcelona defender Martin Montoya is eyeing a move to the Premier League having decided to leave the Catalan club in the January transfer window, his agent said.
Rory McIlroy named European Tour's Golfer of Year
Rory McIlroy has been named the European Tour's Golfer of the Year for the second time in three seasons, capping an outstanding 2014 for the world number one.
For a player, winning is the ultimate aim to show progress: Saina
She clinched three individual titles and a couple of bronze medals at prestigious team events this season but far from satiated, ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal feels she could have garnered more trophies had it not been for some missed opportunities.
Rio Olympics to have eight track and field morning finals
Eight track and field finals, including the women's 10,000 metres and men's triple jump, will be held during morning sessions at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the International Association of Athletics Federation said on Monday.
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry hangs his boots
Former World Cup winner and Arsenal's record goal-scorer Thierry Henry announced his retirement from soccer on Tuesday, bringing an end to his a glittering 20-year career.
BEST Sports Photos of the Year! (Part 1)
As another eventful year draws to a close, Rediff.com gives you a pictorial look back at the best and worst moments that shaped the sports stories this year.
EPL: Barkley helps Everton to win over struggling QPR
Ross Barkley scored a sublime goal as Everton beat Queens Park Rangers 3-1 at Goodison Park on Monday to subject the travel-weary Londoners to their eighth away defeat in as many Premier League matches this season.
Sampdoria boss banned over "that Filipino" remark
Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has been banned for three months and fined 10,000 euros ($12,400) for referring to Inter Milan's Indonesian owner Erick Thohir as "that Filipino" and saying he should leave the club.
League Cup quarters: Mourinho not taking Derby County lightly
Jose Mourinho will select a strong Chelsea side out of respect to high-flying Championship team Derby County when they meet in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday.
Serie A: Mancini Inter triumph at rain-drenched Chievo
Inter Milan gave Roberto Mancini his first Serie A victory since returning as coach a month ago when they won 2-0 in soggy conditions at Chievo on Monday.
Manchester United's Herrera among others in La Liga match-fixing case
Japan coach Javier Aguirre, Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera, Atletico Madrid captain Gabi and 38 others have been named in an alleged case of match-fixing involving a La Liga match in the 2010-11 season.
December 15, 2014
Anand beats Adams to win maiden London Classic title
Five-time chess world champion Viswanathan Anand won his maiden London Classic title after defeating British Grandmaster Michael Adams in the fifth and final round on Monday.
Leicester City sack director of football
Leicester City sacked director of football Terry Robinson on Sunday as the Premier League's bottom side look to avoid another transfer window of disappointment.
Van Gaal's Manchester United - A Clockwork 'Oranje'
The 20-time English Premier League champions are far from their best, but, in the final analysis, it is the results that matter, and at the moment they are on a winning spree, says Bikash Mohapatra
EPL: Rodgers left searching for answers after United thrashing
- 'The match epitomised our season really'
Brazil Olympic mascots named after 'Girl from Ipanema' composers
The mascots for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be named 'Tom' and 'Vinicius' after the singer-songwriters who wrote 'The Girl from Ipanema', organisers said on Sunday.
EPL: Kane the local hero is on target again for Spurs
"Harry Kane, he's one of our own," Tottenham Hotspur supporters sing in praise of the 21 year-old striker from Chingford, the London suburb where David Beckham learnt his football.
Ligue 1: PSG record first loss this season
An early goal by Guingamp's Jeremy Pied was enough to hand champions Paris St Germain their first loss of the French Ligue 1 season, leaving Olympique de Marseille still on top despite their own defeat by Monaco on Sunday.
F1 racer Hamilton is BBC Sports Personality of the Year
Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo took the overseas personality of the year prize.
Bundesliga: Chasing teams lose touch with Bayern after draws
The Bundesliga was in danger of turning into another one-horse race on Sunday after second-placed VfL Wolfsburg were held 1-1 at home by promoted Paderborn, leaving titleholders Bayern Munich nine points clear at the top.
Bryant surpasses Jordan to become third-highest scorer in NBA
Bryant entered the game needing nine points to top the retired Jordan's mark of 32,292 points and move into third on the all-time list.
Atletico squander home advantage to draw goalless with FC Goa
Atletico de Kolkata spurned the golden opportunity of making best use of home advantage as they were held to a goalless draw by FC Goa in the first-leg semi-final of the Hero Indian Super League in Kolkata.
December 14, 2014
Germany crush Pakistan to lift Champions Trophy title
Olympic champions Germany clinched the Hero Champions Trophy title with a convincing 2-0 win over Pakistan in the summit clash, snapping their five-year old jinx in the elite eight-nation event at the packed Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.
London Chess Classic: Anand draws again, to meet Adams next
Former world champion Viswanathan Anand settled for his fourth draw in the London Chess Classic and almost went out of title race at the Olympia in London on Sunday.
Champions Trophy hockey: India lose to Australia, miss the bronze
India wasted a golden opportunity to break their 32-year-old medal jinx in the Champions Trophy hockey tournament after going down to Australia 1-2 in a hard-fought bronze medal play-off match of the eight-nation meet in Bhubaneswar on Sunday.
Indian Aces crowned champions of inaugural IPTL
Novak Djokovic beat Gael Monfils as inaugural champions Micromax Indian Aces signed off their IPTL campaign with a 15-29 defeat against Musafir.com UAE Royals in Dubai on Saturday.
FIH ban two Pakistani hockey players from Champions trophy final
The Pakistan hockey team's behavior, which was heavily criticized for their uncouth gestures after their historic win against India in the semi-final of the Champions Trophy, the International Hockey Federation has banned two Pakistan players from the final against Germany.
No FIH event in India till Pak players are punished: HI
Taking strong exception to FIH's "weak" censure to Pakistani players for their obscene behaviour after beating India in the Champions Trophy semi-final, Hockey India decided that it would not host any event sanctioned by the world body until strong punishment is handed out to the offenders.
Ruthless Chelsea and Man City march on
Chelsea and Manchester City tightened their stranglehold on the Premier League title race on Saturday, recording victories over struggling clubs to stretch further clear of their increasingly forlorn pursuers.
December 13, 2014
Kerala Blasters stun Chennaiyin in semi-finals first leg
Kerala Blasters pumped in two goals in the space of two minutes in the first session to thrash Chennaiyin FC 3-0 in the first leg of the first semi-final of the Hero Indian Super League football tournament in Kochi.
ATP to increase prize money to $100 million in 2015
The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) has decided to increase the overall prize amount for the men's tennis tours, exceeding 100 million dollars for the first time in 2015.
EPL: Rodgers reckons he is the right man for Liverpool
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists he is the right man for the job amid mounting pressure after a poor start to the season and a visit to in-form arch-rivals Manchester United on Sunday.
Balotelli accepts FA charge over 'racist' Instagram post
Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has reportedly accepted a Football Association (FA) charge following his Instagram post which appeared to contain anti-Semitic and racist references.
Bed-ridden Schumacher loses lucrative sponsorship deal
Formula One legend Michael Schumacher has reportedly lost a lucrative endorsement deal with companies as they no longer see him as a viable role model for their products.
Pakistan beat India to enter Champions Trophy final
Pakistan avenged their Asian Games final loss when they beat India 4-3 in Bhavaneswar on Saturday to enter the Champions Trophy final.
IOA sitting on our application for recognition: Boxing India
A new body is in place to run boxing in India but the turmoil in the sport seems far from over with the Indian Olympic Association sitting on Boxing India's request for recognition even as its ad-hoc committee invited entries for next year's National Games despite having no validity.
Balotelli could return against Manchester United
Mario Balotelli could return for Liverpool at Manchester United this weekend having returned to training after missing a month with a thigh injury, manager Brendan Rodgers said on Friday.
December 12, 2014
IPTL: Sania-Bopanna shine as Indian Aces beat Manila Mavericks
Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna continued their good form as Indian Aces dished out yet another dominating performance to beat Manila Mavericks 28-23 in the UAE leg of the International Premier Tennis League in Dubai, on Friday.
Anand draws with Caruana in London Classic
Five-time World champion Viswanthan Anand played out an easy draw as white against Fabiano Caruana of Italy in the second round of the London Chess Classic on Friday. After showing deep preparation against Kramnik in the opener, Anand, who turned 45 on Thursday, was unable to dent Caruana's chances as black out of a Queen's gambit declined and the Italian got an easy half point without having to exert himself at London's Olympia Conference Centre.
Money-talk: Intense Woods heading toward his second billion
His goal of 18 majors is in serious doubt, but five years after his precipitous fall from grace a rehabilitated Tiger Woods is entering the next phase of his career heading toward making another billion.
Wenger not keen on any new signings in January transfer window
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has risked angering frustrated fans by saying the under-performing London club do not need any January signings if everyone in the current squad stays fit.
Champions Trophy hockey SF: India's task cut out against resurgent Pak
A cracker of a contest is on the cards when a confident India takes on a resurgent Pakistan in the semi-finals of the Hero Champions Trophy hockey tournament, in Bhubaneswar, on Saturday.
Sports Ministry invites online suggestions from public
In a bid to connect with the youth, the Sports Ministry invited suggestions to make India a sports superpower on the MyGov website.
F1 chief Ecclestone rules out being reined in
Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has dismissed talk of a new chairman trying to 'rein him in' and says he plans to continue running the company as if he owned it.
With matters settled, McLaren's Button feels he's starting afresh
The Briton, the most experienced driver on the starting grid and 35 years old next January, will partner Spaniard Fernando Alonso in a lineup of champions.
Pearson charged by FA after fan argument
Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson has been charged by the Football Association after arguing with a fan during their Premier League defeat by Liverpool this month.
Europa League: Besiktas game halted twice as floodlights fail
Besiktas's Europa League game at home to Tottenham Hotspur was suspended twice on Thursday after the floodlights failed in each half before the Turkish side won 1-0.
Tottenham fined for Europa League pitch invasions
Tottenham Hotspur have been fined 15,000 euros ($18,600) by UEFA after their Europa League game against Partizan Belgrade last month was suspended for several minutes following three separate pitch invasions, the governing body said on Thursday.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
Leaders Chelsea have seen their lead reduced to just three points after a shock defeat, and a revival from defending champions Manchester City. Manchester United are back in third after a run of five straight wins. If Chelsea slip agains, City continue to pile on the pressure and United keep the winning momentum it will make EPL battle further interesting.
December 11, 2014
IPTL: Indian Aces edge past Singapore Slammers in the UAE leg
Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna got past Bruno Soares and Daniela Hantuchova in the mixed-doubled match as Indian Aces edged past Singapore Slammers in the UAE leg of the International Premier Tennis League on Thursday.
Champions Trophy hockey: India set up semi-final with Pakistan
The hosts will face arch-rivals Pakistan for a place in the final, the latter scoring 4-2 upset win over eight-time champions The Netherlands earlier in the day.
Anand draws with Kramnik in London Classic
Five-time World champion Viswanathan Anand played out an easy draw as black against Vladimir Kramnik of Russia in the first round of the London Chess Classic on Thursday.
Lightning struck Peruvian footballer 'out of danger'
A Peruvian footballer, who was struck by lightning while playing in a cup semi-final, is reportedly recovering in hospital and his teammate has said that their friend is out of danger.
McLaren name Alonso, Button as their F1 drivers for 2015
Spain's double World champion Fernando Alonso and Britain's Jenson Button will drive for McLaren next season, the Formula One team announced on Thursday.
Pakistan stun Holland to enter Champions Trophy hockey semis
An inspired Pakistan put their disappointing showing in the pool matches behind to stun World Cup and Olympics silver medallists the Netherlands 4-2 and reach the semi-finals of the Hero Champions Trophy hockey tournament, in Bhubaneswar, on Thursday.
Champions League PHOTOS: City scrape through; Barca create new record
Images from the Champions League matches played across Europe on Wednesday.
December 10, 2014
ISL: NorthEast United play out 1-1 draw with Mumbai City FC
NorthEast United FC played out a 1-1 draw against Mumbay City FC in an inconsequential Hero Indian Super League match to end at the bottom position.
Sarita Devi finally receives her Asian Games bronze medal
Boxer Sarita Devi finally received her Asian Games bronze medal which she had refused at the victory ceremony in Incheon under controversial
ISL: Atletico de Kolkata draw with FC Goa, sneak into semi-finals
Fikru Teferra struck an equaliser off a dubious penalty decision to force a 1-1 draw for Atletico de Kolkata against a 10-man FC Goa and sneak into the semi-finals of the Hero Indian Super League on Wednesday.
South Africa prosecutors win bid to appeal Pistorius conviction
South African prosecutors on Wednesday won their bid to appeal the culpable homicide sentence handed down to Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius for killing his girlfriend and will now seek a murder conviction.
5 cruel (but hilarious) jokes as Liverpool crash out
Basle FC lead online mocking of Liverpool.
Champions League Roundup: Juventus scrape through, Olympiakos exit
Juventus did the bare minimum as they scraped into the Champions League knockout stage on Tuesday with a 0-0 draw at home to Atletico Madrid, a result which also suited the Spaniards who topped the group.
Champions League: Ramsey's stunner seals Arsenal win
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey scored a contender for goal of the season when he blasted home a 30-metre volley to help his team cruise past Galatasaray 4-1 to finish second in Champions League Group D.
Referee was poor, says Rodgers after Liverpool's Champions League exit
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers took an upbeat view on a dismal night as the five-times European champions were bundled out of the Champions League following a 1-1 draw with FC Basel at Anfield on Tuesday.
December 09, 2014
ISL: Kerala Blasters beat Pune City FC 1-0, book semi-final spot
Iain Hume's 23rd minute goal proved the decisive winner as Kerala Blasters beat Pune City FC to book a semi-final spot in the Hero Indian Super League.
Champions Trophy: India end 18-year jinx against Netherlands
An inspired India registered their first win over the Netherlands in 18 years when they stunned the World Cup and Olympic silver medallists 3-2 in a
ISL: Del Piero scores maiden goal as Delhi hold Chennaiyin 2-2
Italian legend Alessandro del Piero scored his first goal at the fag end of the tournament via a superb free-kick as Delhi Dynamos rallied from two goal down to hold leaders Chennaiyin FC 2-2 in a thrilling Indian Super League football match on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: Prince William and Kate attend NBA game
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton took time during their trip to New York to attend an NBA game.
Champions Trophy hockey: Argentina stun Germany
World Cup bronze medallists Argentina stunned Olympic champions Germany 3-0 in their concluding Pool B match to end their league engagements in the Hero Champions Trophy hockey tournament, in Bhubaneswar, on a high note.
IOC: 'Great determination of the members for these reforms to make it happen'
Radical changes to how cities will bid to host Olympic Games, and rules allowing more sports to feature, were among 40 innovations ushered in on Monday as International Olympic Committee members took bold steps to revamp their movement.
Faster than Lightning Bolt looking for right girl to marry
Usain Bolt has revealed that he is now willing to settle down and have kids with a right girl.
Champions League: 'Juve's history won't allow them to fail'
- 'We will have to play with a lot of intelligence'
Rory McIlroy wins Golf Writers Trophy for second time
World No 1 Rory McIlroy has won the Golf Writers Trophy for the second time in three years after an impressive season saw him claim two major championships and play an influential role in Europe's Ryder Cup victory.
Thank you New Delhi! Tremendous crowd! Forever grateful: Federer
Roger Federer's countless fans did not have enough of him on his rare Indian sojourn, and the Swiss superstar reciprocated their feelings saying that one day he will travel the 'beautiful country in a big way'.
New crop threatens 'Big Four' hegemony
With a crop of talented young players knocking on the door of the exclusive men's Grand Slam club, the 'Big Four' hegemony over the game's top tournaments may be coming to a close.
IPTL PHOTOS: Good times roll when Bollywood stars meet tennis greats
The stars descended on the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi on Monday when Bollywood and cricket met the modern tennis legends on the final day of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL).
Nadal, a thorn in Djokovic's side as he eyes French Open next year
Novak Djokovic, who has never bagged a French Open title, admits that he has got one problem on the clay court and that is Rafael Nadal.
Champions League Preview: Pressure on City for Roma decider
AS Roma and Manchester City clash for a place in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Tennis legend Navratilova to coach Radwanksa
Agnieszka Radwanska has added 18 time Grand Slam champion Martina Navratilova to her coach staff.
Pele recovers, to leave hospital on Tuesday
Brazilian soccer legend Pele has overcome a urinary tract infection and will be discharged from the hospital where he had kidney stones removed three weeks ago, his doctors said on Monday.
FA Cup: Arsenal to face Hull City in third round
FA Cup holders Arsenal have been drawn against runners-up Hull City, a repeat of last year's enthralling final, in this season's third round after the draw was made on Monday.
FIFA will not act against Croatian club over Man City racism claim
FIFA will take no disciplinary action against Croatian side HNK Rijeka following Manchester City's allegation of racism during an under-21 friendly in July, world soccer's governing body said on Monday.
Steffi Graf, Ivanovic visit the Taj Mahal
Former tennis World No 1 Steffi Graf is in India and she wasted no time in making a quick stop over at the Taj Mahal in Agra.
Sampras rules out immediate American tennis resurgence
The sorry state of American men's tennis will continue for some time with no real talent on the horizon, said Pete Sampras who dominated the game in the 1990s with fellow American Andre Agassi.
Falcao's wife rubbishes Van Gaal's claims about the Colombian's fitness
Manchester United forward Radamel Falcao is "100 per cent ready to give everything" according to wife Lorelei Taron who hit back at manager Louis van Gaal's suggestion that the Colombian is only fit enough to play 20 minutes.
EPL PHOTOS: United beat Southampton to go third
Images from the EPL match played between Manchester United and Southampton on Monday.
December 08, 2014
Bollywood stars Aamir, Deepika, Akshay add spice to IPTL
Bollywood made its presence felt in the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) on the final day with Aamir Khan, Deepika Padukone and Askhay Kumar playing an exhibition match with greats of the game.
IPTL: Federer-Djokovic's clash culminates event's India affair
India's exciting date with the legends of tennis world ended after the likes of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Pete Sampras and Goran Ivanisevic gave enough glittering glimpses of their brilliance on the concluding day of IPTL.
James Rodriguez injury could prompt Real transfer market foray
An injury to playmaker James Rodriguez could prompt Real Madrid to dip into the transfer market next month and they are interested in Cruzeiro midfielder Lucas Silva among others, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Monday.
Baseball, softball get second life at Olympics
Baseball and softball, out of the Olympics since the 2008 Beijing Games, edged closer to a return to the world's biggest multi-sports event on Monday when the IOC approved sports programme changes.
The great debate: Country, club and Ronaldo
Breaking records has become Cristiano Ronaldo's favourite pastime. Very few footballers can do everything and Ronaldo is of that rare breed
Chance for India to win Champions Trophy
A resurgent Indian hockey team, with its penetrative attack and solid defence, can actually challenge for the top spot in the Champions Trophy.
IN PHOTOS: Federer, other tennis stars get a taste of India
Seven-time Wimbledon champion and 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer got a taste of India when he feasted on a giant naan (bread), served with the usual non-vegetarian and vegetarian accompaniments at a signature restaurant during his second trip to the country.
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PHOTOS: 'Tricksters' Messi, Ronaldo light up weekend, while Chelsea drop points
In an exciting weekend for football lovers, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi continued their extraordinary double act, both scoring hat-tricks as Real Madrid and Barcelona maintained their battle for supremacy at the top of La Liga.
MLS: LA Galaxy beat Revolution for record fifth title
Irish striker Robbie Keane grabbed an extra-time winner as LA Galaxy won a record fifth Major League Soccer title with a 2-1 victory over the New England Revolution in Sunday's championship-deciding MLS Cup.
La Liga: Moyes suffers heavy first defeat as Sociedad coach
David Moyes' honeymoon as coach of Real Sociedad came to an abrupt end when they were trounced 4-0 by Villarreal.
Le Clos makes splash in 200m butterfly to take fourth gold
Chad Le Clos took his fourth gold medal in Doha on Sunday and became the first male swimmer to win all three butterfly distances in a single world short-course swimming championships.
I competed and Linds won: Tiger Woods
Lindsey Vonn`s triumphant comeback to skiing provided an example for her boyfriend, golf star Tiger Woods.
Ignorant Suhel Seth insults India hockey champ Rasquinha
Former India hockey captain Viren Rasquinha suffered a rude shock during the Times Lit Fest in Mumbai on Sunday when socialite Suhel Seth questioned Rasquinha's presence on the sports panel of the lit festival.
World Challenge golf: Spieth wins by 10 strokes, Woods tied last
Young Jordan Spieth capped off a second consecutive runaway victory with a six-under 66 on Sunday to win the Hero World Challenge by a massive 10 strokes at Isleworth.
EPL PHOTOS: Carroll heads West Ham to third spot, Leicester lose
Images from the Enlish Premier League matches played on Sunday.
December 07, 2014
Champions Trophy: Belgium hold Australia in thrilling draw
Australia and Belgium got day two of the Champions Trophy hockey off to a roaring start with a stunning 4-4 draw.
Serie A: Ten-man Roma stage dramatic fightback
Adem Ljajic scored deep into injury-time to rescue a point for second-placed AS Roma who had to come from two goals behind and with a man down to earn a 2-2 draw at home to Sassuolo.
EPL PHOTOS: Manchester City close gap; Chelsea suffer first defeat
Chelsea's unbeaten start to the season ended with a dramatic 2-1 defeat at Newcastle United; Champions Manchester City took full advantage of Chelsea's surprise reverse to cut the gap at the top.
World swimming: Hungarian Hosszu wins fourth gold, sets record
Hungary's Katinka Hosszu won her fourth gold medal of the event, and broke the world record, in the 200 metres individual medley at the world short-course swimming championships.
La Liga: Hat-trick hero Ronaldo makes history once more, cheers Real
Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed a record 23rd La Liga hat-trick to guide leaders Real Madrid to a 3-0 victory over Celta Vigo. It also helped the European champions extend their club record winning streak to 18 matches in all competitions.
I always believed in myself, says Tiger's girl
Lindsey Vonn put the 22 hardest months of her career behind her with a 60th World Cup victory.
Just landed in Delhi: Federer
Indian tennis courts are set to be dazzled like never before when global icons like Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
December 06, 2014
Shiva secures 25th place in maiden Luge World Cup finals
India's Shiva Keshavan registered a respectable 25th place finish on his maiden entry into the Luge World Cup finals at the Olympic Sliding Center in Lake Placid in New York, on Saturday.
I know everybody worried about my health, but I'm OK: Pele
Brazilian football great Pele said he was in good health in a video recorded at the Sao Paulo hospital where he has been treated for a urinary tract infection.
Coach bemoans finishing after Juve draw blank at Fiorentina
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri complained about his team's finishing after the Serie A leaders were held to a goalless draw at Fiorentina.
Van Gaal rekindles spirit as Man United dare to dream again
Four wins a row have lifted Manchester United into the Premier League's top four and Louis van Gaal's managerial reign is beginning to bear fruit after a difficult start.
December 05, 2014
'It will be a huge honour to share the court with Roger Federer'
Sania Mirza's dream of playing alongside Roger Federer will be realised when the two team up for the mixed doubles in the third leg of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) beginning on Saturday.
ISL: FC Goa thrash Chennayin FC 3-1 to seal semi-final berth
FC Goa humiliated Chennaiyin FC in-front of their home crowd with 3-1 win to clinch a semi-final berth in the Indian Super League on Friday.
Defenders allowed to use metal face masks for penalty-corners
The International Hockey Federation will allow defenders to wear protective face masks as a precaution while defending penalty-corners.
IOC set for biggest overhaul of Olympics
The IOC wants to attract more cities to bidding, and is eager to make the process easier, more flexible and more in line with the cities' own plans for the future.
Champions League Preview: Thiago Silva confident PSG will beat Barca
Paris St Germain centre back Thiago Silva says the French club has what it takes to win their Champions League Group F after Tuesday's decider at Barcelona.
In Photos: Manchester United stars, WAGs' Christmas party
Manchester United's footballers and their wives and girlfriends have a blast at this year's Christmas party.
UEFA bans Crimean clubs from Russian league
Crimean clubs have been suspended by UEFA from playing in Russian domestic competitions.
Nations Cup: Asia's fastest luger Keshavan thrilled with results
Indian luger Shiva Keshavan came up with a personal best timing of 53.125 seconds to finish the Nations Cup race in 15th place, his best-ever showing, at Lake Placid, New York.
Horror on golf course! Crocodile kills golfer
A four-metre-long crocodile has killed a South African golfer who went for a late night swim at a dam called Lake Panic in Kruger National Park, a park official said on Friday.
Doping and cover-ups, a pack of lies: Russian athletics chief
A German TV documentary alleging widespread doping and cover-ups among Russian track and field competitors contains 'a pack of lies', the country's athletics federation president said.
King's Cup: Moyes's Sociedad in drab draw against third tier club
David Moyes continued his unbeaten start at Real Sociedad when he rested a host of regulars in a 0-0 draw at third-tier Real Oviedo in a King's Cup last-32, first-leg match on Thursday.
Brazil World Cup expenditure overshot budget limit by 50 per cent
'They said the World Cup would help Brazil take a huge leap forwards in terms of public transportation but all they did was the stadiums'
Find out why UEFA is fed up with FIFA
European football's governing body UEFA are fed up with hearing about the continuing crisis at FIFA, secretary general Gianni Infantino.
Bundesliga to use goal-line technology from next season
Goal-line technology will be used in the German top flight for the first time next season after the clubs voted for its use on Thursday, the Bundesliga said.
Boycott of FIFA could splinter soccer
A European-led boycott of FIFA or the World Cup is unrealistic.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
Table toppers Chelsea have seen their lead reduced to just six points thanks to a revival from reigning champions Manchester City. If Chelsea slip, City can pile on the pressure to make the EPL battle a little interesting.
Paes to team up with South African Klaasen next season
Top South African doubles tennis player Raven Klaasen has revealed that he has teamed up with Indian doubles icon and former world number one Leander Paes for next year.
World Challenge golf: Woods struggles on return, Spieth leads
Woods, who had not played competitive golf since the PGA Championship in August due to back troubles, struggled with all facets of his game en route to a five-over-par 77 that left him 11 shots back of rising American talent Spieth.
La Liga derby: Barcelona boosted by Iniesta return
Barcelona have been boosted by the successful return from injury of talismanic playmaker Andres Iniesta as they prepare to host city rivals Espanyol in La Liga on Sunday.
December 04, 2014
ISL: Kerala Blasters play goalless draw against NorthEast United
Hosts Kerala Blasters did themselves no good after playing a goalless draw against a 10-man NorthEast United FC in a hard-fought Indian Super League (ISL) game at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium on Thursday.
International Tennis Premier League to add two cities next year
The International Tennis Premier League (IPTL) will add two cities next year, taking the number to six, event founder Mahesh Bhupathi said on Thursday.
IPTL: Indian Aces go down to Manila, suffer second straight loss
Indian Aces suffered their second successive loss in the inaugural International Premier Tennis League as they went down fighting 20-25 to Manila Mavericks in the last match of the Singapore leg on Thursday.
Phenomenal! Sergio Aguero just got even better
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero has been playing like one of the gods all year and after being honoured by the FSF at its annual gala dinner in London.
AFC U23: India clubbed with Bangladesh, Uzbekistan, Syria
India have been clubbed in Group E along with Bangladesh, Uzbekistan and Syria for next year's qualifiers of the Asian Football Confederation Under-23 Championship 2016.
Meet the most valuable player of MLS
LA Galaxy forward Robbie Keane has been named Major League Soccer's Most Valuable Player of 2014.
Actor Elba joins forces with footballers Vieira, Toure to fight Ebola
The Africa United campaign (http://www.weareafricaunited.org), unveiled ahead of the African Cup of Nations draw in Equatorial Guinea's capital Malabo on Wednesday, broadcasts information on the disease and how to stop it spreading in French, English, Krio and other local languages.
Sindhu's Resolution: Minimise mistakes and focus on all tournaments
PV Sindhu is keen to work harder on various aspects of her game and put up better performances against top players in the coming year.
FIFA to intensify efforts to counter racism
FIFA has admitted that it would be using the next World Cup to display FIFA's zero-tolerance policy against any form of discrimination, in view of receiving widespread criticism of its lackluster efforts in Brazil during the World Cup held earlier this year.
Tiger Woods is here to win again!
On the comeback former World No 1 Tiger Woods has same expectations, win.
Beckham optimistic about success of Miami MLS deal
David Beckham's business group say his plan to bring a Major League Soccer team to Miami will happen and that they hope to have "positive and exciting news" soon.
Manchester City bullish after cutting financial losses
Manchester City cut their financial losses en route to the Premier League title last season, leaving the English champions to believe they will not fall foul of UEFA's Financial Fair Play regulations again.
Ballon D'Or a painful reminder of Italy's failure, says Buffon
The FIFA Ballon D'Or award has become a painful reminder of the sorry state Italian football, Juventus and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon said.
Formula One: Here's what might have caused Bianchi accident
An FIA report found that Marussia driver Bianchi over-controlled the oversteering car, such that he left the track earlier than Sutil, and headed towards a point 'up-stream' along the barrier.
Dudu's brace sinks Mumbai City FC in ISL
A brace from Dudu Omagbemi helped FC Pune City sink Mumbai City in the Indian Super League encounter on Wednesday.
EPL: Under-pressure Pearson hits out at Leicester fans
Leicester City fans should stay at home if they are not prepared to support the Premier League's bottom club during a dismal run of form, manager Nigel Pearson said following their 3-1 home defeat by Liverpool on Tuesday.
Roger Federer can't wait to tuck into chicken biryani, naan
Roger Federer breaks new ground by competing in India in the exhibition International Premier Tennis League, and his fans in the world's second most populated country can hardly wait.
Ligue 1: Champions PSG held at Lille
Paris St Germain missed the chance to go top of Ligue 1 after they were held to a 1-1 draw at Lille on Wednesday as coach Laurent Blanc's decision to rest Zlatan Ibrahimovic backfired.
Messi booked for wasting time; Barca to appeal to higher authorities
The referee said in his match report he showed the card because Messi "delayed his return to his half of the pitch after the goal was scored with the intention of wasting time".
Real's Khedira released from hospital following concussion
Real Madrid did not specify if he would be out of action for any length of time
King's Cup: Aspas hat-trick gives Sevilla last 16 berth; Barca cruise
Sevilla joined holders Real Madrid in the last 16 of the King's Cup when a quick-fire Iago Aspas hat-trick helped secure a crushing 11-2 aggregate victory over second-division Sabadell on Wednesday.
EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea saunter past Spurs; City down Sunderland
Veteran Drogba showed that he still has a lot of steam in him as he scored in Chelsea's win over Spurs, while Aguero continued to top the goal-scorers' list this season, finding the net for City. Images from the EPL matches played across England on Wednesday.
Ballon D'Or: Should Messi, Ronaldo or Neuer win? Vote!
So, who in your opinion, dear readers, is your favourite to win the prestigious prize at the ceremony in Zurich on January 12?
December 03, 2014
India has lot to contribute to the game: AFC president
Asian Football Confederation president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa inaugurated the refurbished Cooperage stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday and said hosting the Under-17 World Cup in 2017 will boost development of the game in the country. The refurbishing of Cooperage was done under FIFA's 'Win in India, With India' project.
India blanked 0-3 by France in women's world squash
Sans their top squash player Dipika Pallikal, India's struggle continued as they were blanked 0-3 by France for their second straight defeat in the ongoing WSF Women's World Team Squash Championship in Niagara Falls.
Confession! 'I'm a very crazy coach'
Manchester United are finally beginning to look like their old selves.
Sports Minister writes to AIBA, asks to revoke Sarita Devi's suspension
'Keeping in view all the factors and in the interest of promotion and development of boxing in India, I would urge you to take a very sympathetic view of the matter'
Bulgarian defender gets 10-match ban for attacking referee
The Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) said it has banned Lokomotiv Plovdiv defender Diyan Moldovanov for 10 matches for trying to hit a referee with a bottle on Saturday.
'It will be BORING, if Ronaldo wins Ballon d'Or again'
Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller has stated that 'it would be almost boring' to see Portuguese international Cristiano Ronaldo winning the prestigious Ballon d'Or award yet again.
Ligue 1: Marseille's lead under threat after Lorient draw
Jordan Ayew scored for Lorient against his former side Olympique de Marseille as the Ligue 1 leaders were held to a 1-1 draw on Tuesday.
Pele out of intensive care, his kidney functions to be assessed again
Pele was doing well without medical complications, and was lucid and eating well.
Stadium violence and its distructive impact on football
Simeone urges Atletico fans to keep violence out of football
New couple alert: Caroline Wozniacki dating NFL star Kerrigan?
It appears there is a new power couple in the sporting world. Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan attended a charity event with tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, and rumors suggest the two are romantically paired up.
Reception in India was phenomenal, says Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods said the response to his maiden trip to India was nothing short of phenomenal.
Florida State quarterback faces conduct hearing on rape claim
Winston, who won the Heisman Trophy last year as the nation's top college football player, is accused of violating the university's standards during an December 2012 incident, which his lawyers have maintained was a consensual sexual encounter.
Agassi sees IPTL as welcome addition but not game-changer
Andre Agassi predicted fans would warm to the IPTL once they fully understand its complex scoring system.
Real Madrid's Khedira suffers concussion in King's Cup game
Sami Khedira spent the night under observation in hospital after suffering a concussion in Tuesday's King's Cup game.
'FIFA is not responsible for working conditions of labourers'
FIFA is not responsible for the working conditions of labourers helping to build stadiums for the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar, the president of world soccer's governing body Sepp Blatter said.
Meet 1st female footballer to be nominated for FIFA's goal of the year
Irish female footballer Stephanie Roche, who currently plays for French division 1 Feminine club ASPTT Albi, has earned a unique distinction of being the only woman to have been shortlisted for FIFA's goal of the year alongside fellow strikers Robin van Persie and James Rodriguez.
Revealed! Tennis ace Martina Hingis's secret to success
Super-talented five-time major singles champion Martina Hingis has revealed that chocolate and horse riding are secrets to her success.
EPL PHOTOS: Gerrard helps in Liverpool win, United beat Stoke
Steven Gerrard's future at Liverpool may be in doubt but the captain turned back the clock to score in a 3-1 victory at bottom side Leicester City in the Premier League on Tuesday.
December 02, 2014
IPTL: Serena's Slammers lose again, Aces continue to dominate
Serena Williams returned to the scene of her WTA Finals win but could not prevent her Singapore Slammers team slumping to a fourth straight defeat in the IPTL.
'Chelsea hasn't lost in four months, so the team should feel good'
Chelsea have not been beaten at home by Tottenham Hotspur since 1990 when former England marksman Gary Lineker scored one of the goals in a 2-1 victory. But the Blues' remarkable record against Spurs at Stamford Bridge was of no interest to manager Jose Mourinho ahead of Wednesday's London derby.
'Manchester City were never out of the fight for the title'
Manchester City were never out of the title race and the Premier League champions did not need to change their style despite a frustrating to start the season, manager Manuel Pellegrini has said.
ISL: Kolkata close in on last four after goalless draw with Delhi
Atletico de Kolkata inched closer towards clinching a semi-final berth as they played out a goalless draw with Delhi Dynamos in a 12th round encounter of the Indian Super League on Tuesday.
IPTL is no holiday for U.S. Open champion Cilic
U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic is a firm believer in the new International Premier Tennis League (IPTL), insisting the four-city mixed team tournament is a perfect addition to his preparations for the new season.
Tiger Woods is now Hero's global brand ambassador
India's two-wheeler giant, the Hero Group, has signed American golf legend Tiger Woods as its brand ambassador in a four-year deal that targets capturing new markets in North America and Europe.
Swansea would only sell Bony for 'astronomical fee'
It would take an "astronomical fee" for Swansea City to part with in-form Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Bony, manager Gary Monk said on Monday.
Liverpool's Balotelli apologises for 'racist' post on Instagram
Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli apologised on Tuesday for his social media post which appeared to contain potentially racist and anti-Semitic references.
Financial Fair Play is a contradiction, says Mourinho
UEFA's Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules are "a contradiction" and only serve to protect big clubs with a long history of success, according to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
Feels special to be part of the Ferrari legend: Vettel
Quadruple Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel says he is living a boyhood dream after completing his first weekend at Maranello as a Ferrari driver.
EPL: High-flying Southampton looking to grab full points at Arsenal
A 3-0 reality check at the hands of Manchester City was always a moment waiting to happen for Southampton. Just how they bounce back from Sunday's defeat may now determine their fortunes this season.
Injured Webber has no recollection of high-speed crash
Former Formula One driver Mark Webber has "no recollection" of the high-speed crash that left him "bruised and concussed" at the World Endurance series race in Brazil.
Australian Open tweaks heat policy for 2015
Australian Open organisers have tweaked their 'Extreme Heat Policy' for next year's tournament after being accused of forcing players to perform in "inhuman" conditions during a heatwave in January.
Now, Everest twins set to scale new heights... Mt Vinson in Antarctica!
Rediff.com's caught up with the 'Everest Sisters' in a candid interview, wherein they spoke about their passion for mountaineering and risk and challenges one has to face in the sport.
December 01, 2014
ISL: FC Goa register third straight win, drub NorthEast United
FC Goa registered their third win on the trot at home as they drubbed NorthEast United FC 3-0 to jump to second place in the Hero Indian Super League at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Monday.
Hope to see India in 2022 WC: German Ambassador
Pleasantly surprised by the popularity of the football in India, German Ambassador Michael Steiner, on Monday said that he is looking forward to India's participation at the World Cup by 2022.
Georgia's Kalashnikova relishing chance to play against Paes
Georgian tennis player Oksana Kalashnikova wants to make most of her India tour. Invited by the organizers of the ongoing third Amanora Premier Tennis League in Pune, the 24-year-old of Russian origin is super excited about getting a chance to play against Indian tennis icon Leander Paes, albeit in an exhibition match.
Liverpool offer 'world class' Gerrard new contract
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has been offered a new contract but because he is now 34, the midfielder might not play in as many matches as he has done in the past, manager Brendan Rodgers said on Monday.
Valencia vow to banish fan who threw bottle at Messi
Valencia will banish a fan who hit Barcelona forward Lionel Messi on the head with a plastic bottle on Sunday for life once they have been identified, the club said on Monday.
Was actor Mickey Rourke's bout fixed?
Mickey Rourke returned to the boxing ring after 20 years on Friday and defeated Elliot Seymour, who's 33 years his junior, within two rounds.
Tiger Woods is an inspiration, says girlfriend Lindsey Vonn
The US skiing star Lindsey Vonn has revealed that her boyfriend and golf star Tiger Woods is an 'inspiration' to her.
IPTL: Find out why Maria Sharapova feels like pressing 'snooze'
Russian tennis ace Maria Sharapova was reportedly tormented on Saturday with the inaugural International Premier Tennis League tournament's shot-clock, saying that she feels like pressing the snooze all the time.
Djokovic set to tell life story in short documentary series
World No 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic is set to reveal never before told stories about his life in a short documentary series in partnership with Australian winery Jacob's Creek.
First Look! Bhutia dedicates AFC honour to struggling Indian players
The only Indian inductee in the Asian Football Federation's Hall of Fame, former captain Bhaichung Bhutia dedicated the rare honour to the country's footballers who continue to 'struggle against all odds to prove themselves every single day'.
Soccer star Beckham and son 'shaken' after car crash
Retired English soccer star David Beckham and his teenage son Brooklyn were involved in a car crash outside Arsenal's training ground in Hertfordshire, north of London, but did not suffer any injuries but were shaken.
Golf sensation Ko to balance Tour demands with university life
Rookie golf sensation Lydia Ko says she will have to learn to balance the demands of the LPGA Tour with her upcoming studies after being admitted to one of South Korea's most prestigious universities.
FIFA mess: 'People are tired of Qatar allegations'
The public are growing tired of hearing about allegations of wrongdoing against Qatar's winning 2022 World Cup bid, according to organisers, with the Gulf state more interested in improving worker's rights than publishing Michael Garcia's report.
Soccer legend Pele's renal support removed until Monday
Brazilian football legend Pele's health continued to improve on Sunday, with doctors removing renal support temporarily to assess the evolution of a urinary tract infection.
Serie A: Pirlo and Pjanic keep Juve, Roma flying
Andrea Pirlo and Miralem Pjanic provided the moments of magic to inspire leading Serie A duo Juventus and AS Roma to battling victories on Sunday with the gap between the sides remaining at three points.
Crowd trouble mars Benfica win
Crowd trouble forced Benfica's Primeira Liga match at Academica Coimbra to be interrupted for five minutes late in the second half on Sunday, prompting the Lisbon club to protest at heavy-handed policing.
Plenty of scope for football and cricket to co-exist in India: Materazzi
In an exclusive chat with rediff.com Materazzi throws light on his team's rise in the ISL and the camaraderie among his players.
Meet Super Victor, mascot for 2016 Euro football C'ships
Following an online poll by fans across the world, the mascot for the Euro 2016 football championships has been named Super Victor.
British MP alleges 2018, 2022 WC bids 'completely corrupt'
A top lawmaker from England has revealed that the 2018 and 2022 World Cups bid is completely corrupt after allegations around the tournaments emerged.
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La Liga: Shocking! Deportivo fan dies in clash; Barca win
Barcelona left it late to snatch a 1-0 win at Valencia on Sunday after Atletico Madrid's 2-0 victory at home to Deportivo La Coruna was overshadowed by the death of a visiting fan hours before kickoff.
F1: Webber survives high-speed crash in Brazil
Former Formula One driver Mark Webber had a lucky escape from a high-speed crash at the World Endurance series race in Brazil.
November 30, 2014
Qatar will host 2022, says defiant Blatter
A defiant FIFA President Sepp Blatter declared there was no moving the 2022 World Cup form Qatar, despite widespread concerns about the bidding process that took the tournament to the Middle East for the first time.
Murray outlines marriage plans even as Manila Mavs lose again
British number one Andy Murray hopes to marry Kim Sears next year after the former Wimbledon champion announced their engagement last week after nine years together.
Macau Grand Prix Gold: Sindhu completes successful title defence
Two-time World Championship bronze medallist P V Sindhu lifted her first title of the season by successfully defending the USD 120,000 Macau Grand Prix Gold trophy after seeing off Kim Hyo Min of Korea in the women's singles finals on Sunday.
Mickey Rourke wins bout...against a boxer 33 years his junior
Actor Mickey Rourke marked his return to boxing with a quick win against Elliot Seymour, a fighter 33 years his junior.
La Liga: Real Madrid set club record with 16th consecutive win
Real Madrid secured a club record 16th straight victory when Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale struck in a laboured 2-1 win at Malaga on Saturday that put them five points clear of second-placed Barcelona in La Liga.
Man United's Di Maria faces injury absence, leaders Chelsea held
Manchester United midfielder Angel Di Maria will miss Tuesday's game against Stoke City and is set for an extended spell on the sidelines after limping out of Saturday's 3-0 win over Hull City.
PSG stay unbeaten, Ibrahimovic cuts Marseille's lead to a point
Paris St Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic converted a first-half penalty for a 1-0 home win against Nice that took his side back within a point of Ligue 1 leaders Olympique de Marseille.
November 29, 2014
China's 14-year-old Bingtao wins World snooker
China's 14-year-old cue sport sensation Yan Bingtao became the youngest player to pocket the IBSF World Snooker title after edging past Pakistan's Muhammad Sajjad 8-7 in a thrilling final, in Bengaluru, on Saturday.
Van Persie is short of confidence: Van Gaal
Manchester United striker Robin van Persie is lacking confidence and struggling to make an impact in matches, according to his manager Louis van Gaal.
Spitting was a normal reaction: Saudi striker Al Shamrani
Al Hilal striker Nasser Al Shamrani said it was a normal reaction to spit at Western Sydney Wanderers defender Matthew Spiranovic at the end of the AFC Champions League final earlier this month after claiming to be verbally abused by the Australian.
Bayern turnover tops half a billion euros
Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich achieved record turnover figures for 2013/14 on Friday, matching their success on the pitch by breaking through the 500 million euros (398.05 million pounds) barrier for the first time.
Premier Tennis League: Myneni steers Baseline Bombers; Accurate Aces win
Saketh Myneni-led Baseline Bombers and Sriram Balaji-inspired Accurate Aces scored contrasting wins on the opening day of the 3rd edition of the Amanora Premier Tennis League at the Deccan Gymkhana courts, in Pune on Friday.
Soccer legend Pele improving, still in intensive care
Brazilian soccer great Pele "is in better condition" though he remains in an intensive care unit being treated for a urinary tract infection, the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo said on Friday.
Australian Open: Spieth shares lead after McIlroy blows up
American Jordan Spieth shot a two-under-par 69 for a share of a one-stroke lead with locals Greg Chalmers and Brett Rumford after blustery conditions caused chaos in the third round of the Australian Open on Saturday.
Ligue 1: Victory sends Marseille marching four points clear
Olympique de Marseille stretched their Ligue 1 lead to four points after man of the match Florian Thauvin and Rod Fanni clinched a 2-0 home win over Nantes on Friday.
La Liga: Vela hat-trick earns Moyes his first win with Sociedad
David Moyes notched his maiden victory as coach of Real Sociedad as Carlos Vela scored a classy hat-trick in a morale-boosting 3-0 win at home to Elche in La Liga on Friday.
I don't care about FIFA awards: Mourinho
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho raised a few eyebrows on Friday when he said he had no interest in awards like FIFA's FIFPro World XI list for 2014.
Macau Open Grand Prix Gold: Sindhu storms into final
Defending champion P V Sindhu marched into the final of the women's singles at the US $120,000 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold on Saturday.
November 28, 2014
International Premier Tennis League: Indian Aces win opener
Indian Aces sailed past Singapore Slammers 26-16 in the inaugural match of the much talked about International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) in Manila on Friday.
World Snooker: 14-year-old Chinese sends favourite Advani packing
China's 14-year-old Yan Bingtao scripted a sensational upset on Friday, sending 12-time World champion Pankaj Advani packing with a 6-4 victory in the quarter-finals of the Seaways IBSF World Snooker Championship, at the Sree Kanteerava indoor stadium, in Bengaluru.
Lahiri eyes third title of 2014 after sole lead in Kings Cup
India's Anirban Lahiri took sole lead by signing for a five-under-par 67 after the second round of the King's Cup at the Singha Park Khon Kaen Golf Club in Thailand on Friday. The five-time Asian Tour winner, who shared the overnight lead with compatriot S S P Chowrasia, compiled a two-day total of 12-under-par 132 to take pole position on his own, holding a two-shot advantage over Australia's Andrew Dodt.
Macau Open Grand Prix Gold: Sindhu, Prannoy in semis
Defending champion P V Sindhu and fellow-Indian H S Prannoy marched into the semi-finals of the women's and men's singles respectively at the US $120,000 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold on Friday.
Force India driver Hulkenberg to race F1 and Le Mans next year
German driver Nico Hulkenberg will race in next year's Le Mans 24 Hours sportscar race with Porsche as well as Formula One with Force India, the German manufacturer said in a statement on Thursday.
Mayne-Nicholls still undecided about FIFA presidency bid
Prospective FIFA presidential candidate Harold Mayne-Nicholls will decide whether to run against embattled incumbent Sepp Blatter in the New Year, the Chilean said on Thursday.
Australian Open: Scott back into contention
Adam Scott soared back into contention with a five-under par 66 in the second round of the Australian Open on Friday, claiming a course record that lasted little more than half an hour.
5 reasons why Sunderland can spoil Chelsea's party again
Sunderland have the opportunity to end in-form Chelsea's run of 19 undefeated matches in all competitions this season.
EPL: Unfashionable Brentford men closing on impossible dream
The spotlight on London football usually shines on glamour clubs Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur or West Ham United but rarely on unfashionable Brentford who last played in the top flight nearly 70 years ago.
Wigan owner Whelan charged by FA over racism row
Dave Whelan, owner of Championship side Wigan Athletic, has been charged by the FA for insulting Jewish and Chinese people in a newspaper interview.
Sports Shorts: Bastia striker Brandao gets jail term for headbutting Motta
Bastia forward Brandao has been sentenced to one month in prison for headbutting Paris St Germain midfielder Thiago Motta, a French tribunal said on Thursday.
EPL injury update: Wilshere out for three months following ankle surgery
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will be out of action for three months after undergoing ankle surgery, the Premier League club said on Thursday.
Europa League: Bad weather forces Estoril vs PSV suspension, to continue on Friday
Estoril's home Europa League clash with PSV Eindhoven was suspended at halftime on Thursday due to adverse weather and will be finished on Friday, UEFA said.
La Liga: After records, Messi can focus on silverware
With the distraction of two individual scoring records safely out of the way, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi can turn his full focus on helping the club win the major silverware that eluded them last season.
Europa League: Pitch invaders mar Tottenham-Partizan match
Tottenham Hotspur could face punishment from European soccer's governing body UEFA after their Europa League game with Partizan Belgrade on Thursday was suspended for several minutes following three separate pitch invasions.
November 27, 2014
ISL: NorthEast stun leaders Chennaiyin
NorthEast United pumped in three first half goals in a rampaging show to drub table toppers Chennaiyin FC 3-0 in an absorbing Hero Indian Super League match to keep their hopes of a semi-final berth alive in Guwahati.
Chowrasia, Lahiri take charge at King's Cup
India's S S P Chowrasia showed his resolve to win again while compatriot Anirban Lahiri fired an ominous warnings to his rivals when they took a share of the opening round lead at the King's Cup on Thursday.
Sindhu survives Indonesian scare to enter quarters in Macau
P V Sindhu and H S Prannoy entered the quarter-finals of the women's and men's singles respectively in the Macau Grand Prix Gold after hard-fought victories on Thursday. However, it was curtains for B Sai Praneeth, who went down fighting to Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia, in his third round men's singles match.
Australian Open: Spieth upstages McIlroy, Scott
Rising American talent Jordan Spieth upstaged Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott with a four-under-par 67 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Australian Open on Thursday.
Coe announces plans to run for IAAF presidency
Sebastian Coe confirmed on Thursday he plans to run for the position of president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
Look who got engaged last week
Britain No 1 Andy Murray's agent has confirmed that the tennis ace has got engaged to his long-term girlfriend Kim Sears.
Sports minister urges AIBA to go easy on Sarita Devi
Throwing his weight behind veteran boxer Sarita Devi, minister of state for sports and youth affairs Sarbananda Sonowal said that he would request the International Boxing Association (AIBA) to be lenient on pugilist.
WADA may appeal Olympic champion Sun's three-month doping ban
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will review the reasons behind the three-month ban handed to Chinese Olympic swimming champion Sun Yang and decide whether to appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Champions League PHOTOS: Ronaldo strike sinks Basel; Arsenal make last 16
Cristiano Ronaldo renewed his personal battle with Lionel Messi by scoring his 71st Champions League goal, putting him three behind the Argentine's newly-set record, in Real Madrid's 1-0 win at FC Basel on Wednesday.
November 26, 2014
Radwanska, Baghdatis help Pune Marathas seal first ever CTL title
Marcos Baghdatis subdued world number 16 Kevin Anderson in the crucial men's singles as Pune Marathas lifted the inaugural Champions Tennis League (CTL) trophy with a 27-23 victory over Delhi Dreams in the final on Wednesday.
ISL: Slepicka's brace helps FC Goa thrash Kerala Blasters
Substitute Miroslav Slepicka scored a brace as FC Goa thrashed Kerala Blasters 3-0 to move to the third spot in the Hero Indian Super League in Margao on Wednesday.
Giant-killer Srikanth unperturbed by pressure of expectation
Having beaten two-time Olympic gold medallist Lin Dan to clinch the China Open title, India's latest badminton star K Srikanth said he is now confident of doing well in the future.
Boxer Manoj slams Kapil Dev, says Arjuna Award a 'fitting reply'
Commonwealth Games gold medallist boxer Manoj Kumar on Wednesday lashed out at Kapil Dev, saying the Arjuna Award is a "fitting reply" from him to the former India cricket captain, who had earlier refused to recognise the pugilist.
World Snooker: Advani advances, Chawla exits
Pankaj Advani and Manan Chandra stormed into the last-32 stage, even as Kamal Chawla crashed out, in the Seaways IBSF World Snooker Championships, at the Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium, in Bengaluru, on Wednesday. Advani, the 2003 World champion, prevailed over young Tomasz Skalski of Belgium 4-2, but not before facing the threat of being knocked.
Sarita Devi case: Tendulkar wants country behind beleaguered boxer
Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar discussed the way forward for L Sarita Devi with Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Wednesday and urged the entire country to support the woman boxer who is facing a possible life ban from the International Boxing Association for refusing her bronze medal at the Incheon Asian Games.
C'wealth Games gold medallist Manoj Kumar finally gets Arjuna award
Having emerged successful with his plea in the Delhi high court, India pugilist Manoj Kumar was conferred the Arjuna award by Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Wednesday.
Discus thrower Gowda backs boxer Sarita Devi after Asiad row
Throwing his weight behind veteran boxer Sarita Devi, who is currently serving a provisional suspension, India's ace discus thrower Vikas Gowda said International Boxing Association should review the system to avoid controversies in the future.
Here is why Fabregas was 'pissed off' with Spain teammate Ramos
Cesc Fabregas was "pissed off" with Spain teammate Sergio Ramos for raising doubts about his commitment to the national team but said the pair had buried the hatchet.
It is easy to destroy a reputation: Valcke on FIFA probe report
FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said on Tuesday he did not know how much damage had been done to the organisation by the row over the non-publication of the Garcia report in full.
American skating team claims Olympics bronze... fifty years later!
Fifty years after Vivian Joseph and Ronald Joseph skated at the Innsbruck Olympics, the American pair on Tuesday officially claimed the bronze medal.
Champions League PHOTOS: Messi treble sets goals record; Chelsea, City win
Photos from the Champions League matches played across Europe on Tuesday.
'Phenomenal Messi greatest player of all time'
Praise comes in from all quarters as Argentine breaks Raul's Champions League record.
Champions League: Teammates, manager back Gerrard as Reds fight to stay on
Under-fire Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard may not be enjoying his best spell of form but he is still "a top class player", manager Brendan Rodgers said ahead of their Champions League clash with Bulgarian club Ludogorets.
Record-breaker Messi tricks in Barca win; Chelsea thump Schalke
Lionel Messi set a new Champions League scoring record with a hat-trick and Luis Suarez netted his first in Barcelona colours as the Spaniards comprehensively beat APOEL Nicosia 4-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday.
November 25, 2014
'Wenger's Arsenal dream is becoming a mirage, and a pain'
Arsene Wenger must start learning from his mistakes if Arsenal are to compete at the highest level of European football, Alisher Usmanov, the London club's second-largest shareholder, has said.
'Yes, it is difficult to be a Sania Mirza in this country'
She might be one of the most sought-after sportspersons in India but tennis ace Sania Mirza says "it's difficult to be a Sania Mirza in this country" due
Walsh keen to return, but wants Hockey India to 'show desire'
Barely days after quitting as chief coach of the national men's hockey team, Terry Walsh has expressed a willingness to return to India provided Hockey India shows some "desire" to work out a "viable solution".
Phelps wins Golden Goggle as Male Athlete of Year
Michael Phelps was crowned 'Male Athlete of the Year' for a fifth time at the 2014 USA Swimming Golden Goggle Awards on Monday despite being suspended from competition for six months after a drunken driving arrest in September.
After winning China Open, Saina set sights on Dubai Super Series
Upbeat over winning the China Open and moving up to the fourth spot in the latest BWF rankings, star shuttler Saina Nehwal says she is working on becoming the best in the world.
DON'T MISS! 10 Best Photos of the week
Rediff.com brings you a glance of all the action from the week gone by.
Hamilton and Mercedes want to work together for 'years to come'
British ace racer Lewis Hamilton has said that he expects to be at Mercedes for years to come after he was crowned world champion on Sunday for the second time.
No clear time frame for Schumacher's recovery
Formula One racing legend Michael Schumacher's manager has revealed that the racer is making progress but faces a difficult and long recovery.
Hamilton, Bale in running for Sports Personality of the Year crown
Newly crowned Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton will compete with European Ryder Cup star Rory McIlroy and Real Madrid's Gareth Bale to clinch the BBC 2014 Sports Personality of the Year award.
Copa America: Brazil's chance for redemption
Next year's Copa America in Chile will give Brazil the chance to bury the ghosts of their miserable World Cup, the president of the country's soccer federation said.
Sony does not plan to renew FIFA sponsorship contract
Sony Corp does not plan to renew its sponsorship contract with FIFA, the governing body for world football, as the Japanese electronics maker needs to prioritise its restructuring efforts, people familiar with the matter said.
Roger Federer backs Australian 'fast' tennis
Roger Federer will help launch an Australian-developed fast format of tennis when he plays an exhibition match against Lleyton Hewitt in Sydney in January, Tennis Australia said on Tuesday.
EPL: Clyne rocket earns lofty Saints a point at Villa
Nathaniel Clyne's late equaliser earned high-flying Southampton a 1-1 draw at Aston Villa on Monday, denying Paul Lambert a much-needed victory in his 100th match in charge of the Premier League strugglers.
Switzerland triumph ends the GOAT debate... Roger Federer it is!
Roger Federer's straight sets victory over Richard Gasquet in the Davis Cup final against France on Sunday not only made Switzerland only the 14th nation to win tennis's prestigious trophy, but also completed the final piece in the Swiss's puzzle.
Soccer legend Pele hospitalized again
Three-time World Cup winner Pele was taken to hospital on Monday with an urinary infection, local media have reported, the second time this month he has been admitted for medical treatment.
Champions League Preview: Tension in the air
There will be plenty of tension in the air in North London on Wednesday when out-of-sorts Arsenal face Borussia Dortmund seeking to qualify from the Champions League group stage for the 15th successive season.
November 24, 2014
CTL: Mumbai Masters beat Punjab Marshalls to finish second
Mumbai Tennis Masters overcame Punjab Marshalls 29-20 in the inconsequential final North Zone round robin match of the Champions Tennis League at the Kalina University Sports Complex on Monday.
ISL: Delhi Dynamos register second win, edge NorthEast United 2-1
After a string of disappointing results, Delhi Dynamos FC finally registered their second victory in the ongoing Hero Indian Super League when they pipped hosts NorthEast United FC 2-1 in a keenly-contested match in Guwahati on Monday.
Two new faces in India's squad for Champions Trophy hockey
Striker Gurwinder Singh Chandi failed to make the cut as Hockey India announced an 18-member squad, led by Sadar Singh, for the eight-nation Hero men's Champions Trophy, in Bhubaneswar, from December 6-14. Lalit Upadhyay, who was capped nine times earlier, has been drafted in place of Chandi in the squad, named by Hockey India selectors after trials at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in Delhi on November 18.
World Boxing Championship: Sarjubala, Saweety settle for silver
Indian national and youth World Champion Sarjubala Devi (48kg) and Saweety (81kg) faltered at the final hurdle to settle for silver medals, rounding off a decent campaign for the country in the 8th Women's World Boxing Championship, in Jeju, Korea on Monday.
China's swimming champ Sun served three month ban
China's world and Olympic swimming champion Sun Yang served a three-month ban earlier this year after testing positive for a banned stimulant, the China Anti-Doping Agency (CHINADA) said on Monday.
Revealed! Rio 2016 mascots inspired by animals and plants
Bright yellow and cat-like, with a green leaf-haired brother, the mascots for the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro were launched by organisers late on Sunday.
CTL: Delhi edge out Mumbai to enter final
Delhi Dreams stormed into the final of the inaugural Champions Tennis League by overcoming a spirited Mumbai Tennis Masters by 27-21 in the best-of-five one-set clashes here at the Kalina University sports complex courts on Sunday night.
10 facts you need to know about F1 champion Lewis Hamilton
Take a look at the factbox on Mercedes driver and Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton.
Ligue 1: Marseille return to the top
Late goals from Andre-Pierre Gignac and Michy Batshuayi helped Olympique de Marseille return to the top of Ligue 1 with an entertaining 3-1 victory against Girondins Bordeaux on Sunday.
This is the greatest moment in my life: Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton declared Sunday the greatest day of his life after ending a thrilling season with his second Formula One world championship.
Iniesta out of Barca's Champions League game
Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has failed to recover from a calf strain and will miss Tuesday's Champions League Group F match at APOEL Nicosia.
NFL: Singer Katy Perry bags Super Bowl halftime show
Pop singer Katy Perry will headline the halftime entertainment at February's Super Bowl, the most-watched US sporting and television event, according to an announcement by the National Football League on Sunday.
Abu Dhabi GP: Double points finish for Force India
Sahara Force India ended the 2014 season on a high with Nico Hulkenberg finishing the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in sixth position just ahead of teammate Sergio Perez.
Proud Nicole kisses Hamilton to celebrate his world title win
Nicole Scherzinger is often seen by Hamilton's side at his biggest races and she did turn heads as she arrived to support her man in Abu Dhabi.
This one's for the boys, says gracious Federer
Having stolen the limelight from Davis Cup stalwart Stan Wawrinka, Roger Federer quickly turned attention towards his Switzerland team mates after securing the winning point in the final against France on Sunday.
November 23, 2014
Clinical Chennayin crush Mumbai to maintain top spot
Chennaiyin FC produced a clinical performance and pumped in goals in the second half to thrash Mumbai City FC 3-0 to consolidate their position at the top of the table in Indian Super League at the DY Patil Stadium.
Sports shorts: Ethiopian Adola wins Delhi Half Marathon
Ethiopian Guye Adola demolished the course record to win the men's race while Kenyan Florence Kiplagat became the first runner to defend the women's crown in the Delhi Half Marathon, on Sunday.
November 22, 2014
I would like to be number one before I retire: Sania Mirza
Sania Mirza has said she wants to reach No. 1 position in the world rankings before bidding adieu to the game.
World Chess: Anand faces must-win situation against Carlsen
Trailing by a full point with just two games remaining, Indian chess ace Viswanathan Anand would desperately need a victory to stay afloat against Norwegian Magnus Carlsen in the World Championship match in Sochi on Sunday.
Asia Pacific Golf: Kapil falters in final round to finish 13th
Kapil Dev, one shot off the lead after two rounds, faltered in the third and final round to finish 13th at the Asia Pacific Senior Amateur Championship at
Best minds don't get into coaching, make it lucrative, says Gopi
If you don't produce quality coaches, you cannot produce next level of players, says Indian national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand.
Hong Kong Super Series: Srikanth bows out
India's campaign in the Hong Kong Super Series came to an end after young shuttler Kidambi Srikanth suffered a three-game loss to top seed Chen Long of China in the semifinals of the men's singles event of the $ 350,000 event, in Hong Kong on Saturday.
F1 Pitlane Tales: Nicole gears up as Hamilton prepares for title
Singer Nicole Scherzinger who is currently dating Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, is all geared for the Formula One championship.
La Liga: Bilbao rise to ninth thanks to dynamic Aduriz
Aritz Aduriz nodded the first goal and set up another as Athletic Bilbao beat Espanyol 3-1 to climb to ninth in La Liga on Friday.
Ligue 1: Lavezzi goal sends PSG to the top
Champions Paris St Germain went top of Ligue 1 for the first time this season when Ezequiel Lavezzi's late goal earned a 3-2 win at Metz on Friday, the club's first victory there in 11 years.
CTL: Hyderabad Aces beat Bangalore Raptors in 'super overtime'
Hyderabad Aces dealt a big blow to Bangalore Raptors' chances of advancing to the final of the Champions Tennis League after the visitors registered a 25-22 win in a thrilling group match in Bengaluru.
Sports Shorts: Zidane coaching ban overturned
Zinedine Zidane has had a three-month ban for coaching Real Madrid's B team without the correct licence overturned on appeal, the club confirmed on Friday.
Meet the World Athletes of the Year
Pole vault world record holder Renaud Lavillenie and Olympic shot put champion Valerie Adams were named World Athletes of the Year at an IAAF gala in Monaco on Friday.
From easy-going to intense, pieces are falling in place for Srikanth
From a laidback boy with poor dietary habits, Kidambi Srikanth has become an attacking player who can quickly deploy his considerable skills against tough opponents, writes
Davis Cup: Gael-force Monfils upsets Federer
Gael Monfils rose to the occasion as he upset Roger Federer 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 to help France level the Davis Cup final with Switzerland 1-1 on Friday.
November 21, 2014
Davis Cup: Wawrinka wins opener, Monfils helps France draw level
Stanislas Wawrinka survived a second-set wobble to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 and give Switzerland a 1-0 lead over hosts France in the Davis Cup final on Friday. In the second match, Gael Monfils rose to the occasion as he upset Roger Federer 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 to help France level.
ISL: Atletico de Kolkata denied a point as Kerala Blasters win
Atletico de Kolkata were robbed a point due to poor refereeing as regular captain Luis Garcia's injury time equaliser was disallowed by assistant referee as
World Chess: Anand, Carlsen settle for a draw in Game 10
Defending champion Magnus Carlsen's hopes of retaining his crown he won last year in Chennai got a boost after the tenth game in the World Chess Championship match against challenger Viswanathan Anand ended in a draw after 32 moves in Sochi on Friday. With two rounds to go in the 12-game match, Carlsen, who played with black pieces, leads 5.5-4.5.
Hong Kong Open: Srikanth wins, sets up date with Chen Long
Young Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth continued his rampaging run in Kowloon and set up a semifinal clash with top seed Chinese Chen Long at the Hong Kong Super Series.
Boxing India to issue show cause notice to Sarita's husband, coach
Under pressure from AIBA, Boxing India (BI) said it has decided to issue a show cause notice to boxer Sarita Devi's husband and personal coach for their unauthorised presence at the ringside during the Incheon Asian Games.
Saina bows out of Hong Kong Super Series
India's campaign in the women's singles of the $350,000 Hong Kong Super Series came to an end after ace shuttler Saina Nehwal was stunned by Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the quarter-finals.
Phelps' 'girlfriend' was born male but did not tell swimmer
Most decorated Olympian Michael Phelps' self-proclaimed girlfriend has come out with a shocking revelation, saying that she was born intersex and lived as a boy until her teens.
Abu Dhabi GP: Pressure? No pressure, says Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton played down the pressure of his Formula One title showdown with Nico Rosberg on Thursday by saying he had years of experience in dealing with it.
Injury Updates: Blind, Falcao injury blows for Man United
Manchester United suffered a double blow on Thursday with Daley Blind ruled out for a 'long' spell due to a knee problem and Radamel Falcao receiving a "new injury" that will keep him out for at least two more weeks.
Sports Shorts: 'No late-night swimming finals in Rio'
Australian Olympic officials say they will oppose plans to stage the 2016 Rio Olympics swimming finals late at night.
Lahiri continues his dream run, earns European Tour card
Anirban Lahiri continued his dream run in 2014 by earning a European Tour card for the first time in his career after finishing inside the top-25 at the European Tour Q-School Final Stage in Girona, Spain.
First Look: Venus Williams wears sari, dances to Bollywood number!
Venus Williams who is in Bengaluru for Champions Tennis League chose the elegant sari and insisted on walking the ramp to a Bollywood number.
FIFA mess: Official charged with fraud, money-laundering
A member of the financial watchdog committee at soccer's ruling body FIFA has been charged with fraud, money-laundering and breach of trust by police in the Cayman Islands.
CTL: Pune take bonus after match against Bangalore ends in tie
Pune Marathas made a remarkable recovery from 0-2 down to win their next three matches in a row as their contest against Bangalore Raptors ended in a thrilling tie to run away with a bonus point in the Champions Tennis League on Thursday.
November 20, 2014
'I still have some chances, just have to try harder with white'
Despite being down 4-5 with just three more games to go, Viswanathan Anand has said he was fine with an easy draw in the ninth game and insisted that he still has a chance of posting a win in the World Chess Championship match.
Carlsen stays ahead of Anand after 20-move draw in Game 9
It was the quickest finish in the match, the Indian, playing black, and Norwegian, who leads by a point, agreeing to a draw after only 20 moves.
Vettel in Schumacher's footsteps, to replace Alonso at Ferrari
Sebastian Vettel looked forward to following in Michael Schumacher's Formula One footsteps after Ferrari confirmed on Thursday that the four times world champion would replace Fernando Alonso next season on a three-year deal.
Davis Cup: Roger Federer set to play against France in final
Switzerland's Roger Federer, who has been hampered by back problems, has been named to play in the second singles rubber of the Davis Cup final against France's Gael Monfils on Friday, organisers announced on Thursday.
Boxing queen Mary Kom eyes swan song at Rio Olympics
London Olympics bronze medallist MC Mary Kom declared her intention to bow out on a high at the Rio Games in 2016, saying it could be her last tournament.
Sindhu beaten by lower-ranked Japanese; Saina, Srikanth advance
Ace Indian shuttler P V Sindhu suffered a three-game defeat to much lower-ranked Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the second round of $350,000 Hong Kong Super Series, in Kowloon, on Thursday. However, Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth scored contrasting victories to enter the quarter-finals of the women's and men's singles respectively.
'Schumacher is having difficulty with speech, memory'
Former Formula One driver Philippe Streiff has revealed that racing legend Michael Schumacher is paralysed and has difficulty with his speech and memory, almost a year after a horror skiing accident.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will delve into the depths of his squad for the visit to Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday, as an injury crisis engulfs Old Trafford.
8 Things you need to know about Abu Dhabi GP
Statistics for Sunday's season-ending Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit.
Football friendlies: Uruguay win in Chile, Mexico lose to Belarus
Uruguay made light of the absence of striker Luis Suarez to recover from a goal down and beat 2015 Copa America hosts Chile 2-1 in a friendly in Santiago.
Living in fear, says FIFA whistleblower
FIFA whistleblower Phaedra Al-Majid, who accused Qatar of corruption in its successful bid to win the right to host the 2022 soccer World Cup, said on Wednesday she was living in fear after receiving threats against her family.
Sports Shorts: NBA suspends Hornets' Taylor for domestic violence
Charlotte Hornets forward Jeffery Taylor was suspended 24 games without pay by the NBA on Wednesday after pleading guilty last month to misdemeanor domestic violence assault and malicious destruction of hotel property.
Barca exit is not even on the agenda, says Messi's father
Lionel Messi's father Jorge has sought to play down comments his son made this week which suggested the four-time World Player of the Year could consider leaving Barcelona.
'Real-life Rocky' faces daunting reality in Pacquiao
'They're trying to make out like Algieri is the next Rocky. But this isn't a movie.'
'Having more success at the Slams next year is my main goal'
In an interview with rediff.com's Bikash Mohapatra, Ivanovic talks about her success, those 'disappointing' years in between and her future expectations.
Hottest Sporting Buzz: Sexy Abbey flaunts her toned figure
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November 19, 2014
Advani wins opening match in IBSF World Snooker
India's top cueist Pankaj Advani fought off a stiff resistance from Keen Hoo Moh of Malaysia to notch up a 4-2 win in his opening match in the Seaways IBSF World Snooker Championship in Bangalore.
ISL: Chennaiyin FC crush Pune City 3-1, move to top of the table
Chennaiyin FC produced a crushing performance to beat Pune City FC 3-1 as they pipped Atletico de Kolkata to the top spot in the points table of the Indian Super League on Wednesday.
Davis Cup: Federer injury and spat hit Switzerland's chances
Switzerland's preparations for the Davis Cup Final against France in Lille on Sunday have been disrupted by a back injury to Roger Federer and a spat within the Swiss camp.
Novak Djokovic to make Davis Cup return for Serbia next year
Serbia's world number one Novak Djokovic will return to Davis Cup action after a season's absence when he leads his country against Croatia in the first round in March, he said on Wednesday.
The ball is now in Walsh's court, says SAI
With Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal agreeing in principle to Terry Walsh's demands, the ball is now in the Australian's court to take a call on whether to continue as India's chief hockey coach and the Sports Authority of India expects him to make up his mind in the next 4-5 days.
Tendulkar urges sports minister to support banned boxer Sarita
Veteran boxer Sarita Devi, who is currently serving a provisional suspension, has found support from cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar who has written a letter to the Sports Minister urging him to support her and ensure that her career is not terminated prematurely.
Saina, Srikanth advance to pre-quarters of Hong Kong Open
Kidambi Srikanth continued his giant-killing spree while Saina Nehwal hardly broke a sweat to
F1 Pitlane Tales: Force India to trial new race display system
Formula One is set to test a new on-car display system championed by Lewis Hamilton's father Anthony aimed at helping fans to follow a race without having to take their eyes off the action.
World Chess Championship: It is now-or-never for Anand
Facing a point deficit with just four games to go, five time world champion Viswanathan Anand is in a now-or-never situation in the World Chess Championship match against Magnus Carlsen.
Sports Shorts: IOC suggests venues outside Tokyo for 2020 Games
International Olympic Committee (IOC) Vice President John Coates has urged Tokyo to consider moving more events to venues outside the capital, including one hundreds of kilometres away, in a bid to rein in spending for the 2020 Summer Games.
Ahead of Davis Cup final, Federer-Wawrinka play down London row
With the Davis Cup final against France looming, Roger Federer and his Swiss team mate Stanislas Wawrinka on Tuesday played down talk of an internal row, sparked by the pair's fiery clash at the ATP World Tour Finals last week.
CTL: Delhi down Mumbai to record second win in a row
A dominant Delhi Dreams registered their second successive win in the Champions Tennis League (CTL), defeating a fighting Mumbai Tennis Masters 27-19 in a North Group match in New Delhi on Tuesday night.
Tiger roars: Journalistically, can you sink any lower?
Tiger Woods has lashed out at veteran golf writer Dan Jenkins for penning a fake satirical interview with the 14-time major winner, describing the parody as 'a grudge-fueled piece of character assassination'.
Football friendlies: Spain beaten by late Kroos missile for Germany
Toni Kroos struck with a fierce long-range shot a minute from time to give Germany a 1-0 victory over Spain in a friendly between two injury-depleted European heavyweights in Vigo on Tuesday.
Portugal triumph with Ronaldo versus Messi a sideshow
'Cristiano Ronaldo v Lionel Messi' got top billing at a packed Old Trafford but it was a lesser light who scored as Portugal scraped a 1-0 friendly win over Argentina on Tuesday.
Rooney's brace helps England floor Scotland
England captain Wayne Rooney scored twice after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain headed the opener in a 3-1 win over Scotland as the visitors dominated a typically passionate Auld Enemy friendly at Celtic Park on Tuesday.
November 18, 2014
Champions Tennis League: Pune Marathas beat Hyderabad Aces
Impressive wins by world number six Agnieszka Radwanska and seasoned Marcos Baghdatis paved the way for Pune Marathas's close 26-25 victory over Hyderabad Aces in the Champions Tennis League (CTL) at the LB Stadium on Tuesday.
Messi no longer sure about future at Barcelona, hints at exit
Argentina captain Lionel Messi has given the strongest hint yet he could consider leaving Barcelona, saying in an interview published in Ole newspaper on Tuesday "things can change a lot in soccer".
World Chess: Anand, Carlsen settle for quick draw in Round 8
After the marathon game in Round 7, five-time World champion Viswanathan Anand and defending champions Magnus Carlsen played out a quick draw in the eighth round of the World Chess Championship, now underway in Sochi, on Tuesday.
Manchester United's revenues fall
English Premier League club Manchester United posted a 10 percent fall in first quarter revenue as the absence of lucrative Champions League soccer this season took its toll.
Formula One: Mercedes ready to renew Hamilton contract
Mercedes can hardly wait for Sunday's Abu Dhabi Formula One title decider to be over so they can tie Lewis Hamilton down to a long-term contract.
Radwanska talks of pressure to maintain position in top 10
Competition in the tennis circuit has grown stronger, and thus, according to women's World No 6 Agnieszka Radwanska, maintaining a position in the top 10 list in the women's rankings is harder than breaking into it.
English Premier League rights auction to be probed by regulator
British media regulator Ofcom said on Tuesday it would investigate whether the method used by the Premier League to sell live media rights for soccer matches to its home market distorted competition.
Walsh leaves with hope 'for a resolution in near future'
India's men's hockey team coach Terry Walsh, who quit on Tuesday after his contractual talks with Hockey India and the Sports Authority of India broke down, reiterated that there can be no progress without change in the current set-up.
India men's hockey coach Terry Walsh quits
Terry Walsh quit as coach of India's men's hockey team on Tuesday after his demands were not met by Hockey India and the Sports Authority of India. The 60-year-old Australian, who guided India to the men's hockey gold at the Incheon Asian Games, however, said he could return if his demands are met.
Davis final: Federer-Wawrinka 'patch up' as Switzerland look to tame France
Switzerland's potential Davis Cup fairytale this weekend was clouded by uncertainty over the fitness of Roger Federer and rumours of a strained relationship between the all-time great and his teammate Stanislas Wawrinka. But all seems to be fine now in the Swiss camp as this picture suggests.
Managers reject 'bloodbath' talk before England-Scotland clash
England manager Roy Hodgson appeared to play down the old rivalry between Scotland and England when he said Tuesday's friendly was just another game, despite the intense atmosphere likely at Celtic Park.
Hottest Sporting Buzz: Former Germany 'keeper Wiese set for WWE debut!
Former German international goalkeeper Tim Wiese is all beefed up now and set for a career in professional wrestling after making an appearance in the ring at a WWE event on Saturday in Frankfurt.
Ballon d'Or: Winner has to be Messi, says Argentina coach Martino
I am not the best person to judge, I cannot separate sentiment from my objective decision. Whatever season Messi has had on footballing grounds, I would still vote for him.
CTL: Hingis, Philippoussis help Hyderabad sneak past Bangalore Raptors
Riding on spirited wins from former women's world number one Martina Hingis and veteran Australian player Mark Philippoussis, Hyderabad Aces defeated Bangalore Raptors by 27-25 margin to start their Champions Tennis League (CTL) campaign on a winning note in Hyderabad late on Monday.
Did Federer's wife Mirka call Wawrinka a crybaby?
It has now come to light that Federer's wife Mirka is at the centre of this now infamous row between the seventeen-time Grand Slam champion and the 2014 Australian Open champion.
FIFA mess: Whistleblower says report violated confidentiality
A former employee of Qatar's 2022 World Cup bid has accused FIFA investigators of violating confidentiality promises made when she agreed to provide evidence of alleged corruption related to the bid.
Sports Shorts: Real's Croatia midfielder Modric suffers injury blow
Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric is set to miss the rest of the year with a thigh injury, the La Liga leaders said in a statement on Monday.
How Chinese media ignored Srikant, Saina's flawless win
Indian shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal may have hit global headlines with their big wins against China's superstars of badminton but sadly they have not made it into the state-run Chinese media, which played down their herculean achievement.
Meet the US athletes of year...
Boston Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi and Diamond League winner Jenny Simpson have been voted as US athletes of the year, USA Track & Field (USATF) announced on Monday.
Beard ban for footballers!
A leading Turkish soccer club have banned their players from growing beards after their chairman said they looked like students of Islamic vocational schools and set a bad example.
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World Chess Championship: Anand salvages a draw in Game 7
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand salvaged a draw after suffering for a long time in the seventh game of the world chess championship against Magnus Carlsen now underway in Sochi.
November 17, 2014
ISL: Mumbai, Goa play out another goalless stalemate
Mumbai City FC and FC Goa played out an action-packed goalless draw in the Hero Indian Super League clash after both the teams failed to score on many occasions at the D Y Patil Stadium on Monday.
CTL: Delhi Dreams edge past Punjab Marshalls in tournament opener
Delhi Dreams were off to a splendid start in the inaugural Champions Tennis League (CTL), winning all the singles matches for a 25-19 victory over Punjab Marshalls in the tournament-opener on Monday.
Raina does a Dhoni, becomes co-owner of a HIL franchise
Following in the footsteps of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Suresh Raina has become the second cricketer to be associated with the Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) after he was named today as the co-owner of the Uttar Pradesh Wizards franchise.
Paes views CTL as an opportunity to build friendships
As a new and unique brand of tennis makes its debut in the country with a mix of Indian and international stars, veteran Leander Paes says the Champions Tennis League, for him, is about building bonds and new friendships.
Euro qualifiers preview: New-look Spain face stern Germany test
An all-conquering Spain side were on the crest of a wave last time they faced Germany on the way to winning the 2010 World Cup but they now meet on Tuesday in what will be a stern test for a new fledgling team.
Federer quit Tour Finals finale after locker room spat with Wawrinka?
Speculation is rife that all is not well in among compatriots Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka.
Hottest Sporting Buzz: Serena 'desperately' wants to get hitched!
The World No 1 tennis star has revealed that she desperately wants to settle down in life and have a family of her own.
Sports Shorts: Hoffman triumphs by one shot in Mexico
American Charley Hoffman, helped by some brilliant iron play down the stretch, clinched his first PGA Tour title in four years with a one-shot victory at the $6.1 million OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Mexico on Sunday.
A wonderful day for Indian badminton, says PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated shuttlers Saina Nehwal and K Srikanth for their victories at the China Open Super Series tournament on Sunday.
Euro 2016 qualifiers: Croatia draw with Italy amid flares, crowd trouble
Croatia, helped by a mistake by veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, held Italy to a 1-1 away draw on Sunday, but their evening was ruined by their fans who twice interrupted play by throwing flares onto the pitch.
F1 Pitlane Tales: Caterham makes 230 staff redundant
The Caterham Formula One team have made 230 staff redundant while still planning to race in next weekend's Abu Dhabi season-ender, an administrator said on Sunday.
I'm at the pinnacle in my career: Djokovic
I physically feel very fit. I'm very motivated to keep on playing on a very high level, says Novak Djokovic.
Why Thiago Silva is angry at Neymar...
Defender Thiago Silva has criticised Brazil coach Dunga and star player Neymar after claiming neither of them told him he was no longer Brazil captain.
ATP World Tour: Bryan brothers claim fourth title
American twins Bob and Mike Bryan underlined their status as the best doubles pair in the world as they claimed the ATP Tour Finals title for the fourth time on Sunday.
November 16, 2014
Indian football ranking to rise in the next 7 years, feels Abraham
Indian Super League franchise NorthEast United FC (NEUFC) co-owner John Abraham expressed optimism that the country's ranking in international football would go up to 'double digit' from the current 159th position in the next seven years.
'It is a huge victory and a great feeling to win title in China'
Olympic bronze-medallist Saina Nehwal said the triumph at the China Open Super Series Premier was one of her "toughest" and it showed that the hard work was paying off.
McEnroe terms Djokovic one among 'all time greats'
American tennis legend John McEnroe has hailed Novak Djokovic as one of the greats of all time after the Serb again claimed the year-end world number one spot with a victory at the ATP Tour Finals on Friday.
Lahiri placed 2nd at Euro Qualifying School, Chowrasia 76th
Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri got off to a brilliant start at the European Tour's six-round Qualifying School Final Stage with a flawless five-under 65 at the par-70 Purple course and was placed second overall among the 156 starters.
Honoured to have scored a hat-trick in my first home game: Moritz
In an exclusive chat with Rediff.com's , Moritz says he wants to make football history in India, that he doesn't regret not having a vacation this season and how he gels with his Indian club mates.
K Srikanth stuns Lin Dan to win China Open title
Young Indian shuttler K Srikanth clinched his maiden Super Series title after defeating two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan of China in the men's singles events of the $700,000 China Open Super Series Premier, in Fuzhou, China, on Sunday.
Sports Shorts: Rashid Khan wins by a stroke in Thailand
India's Rashid Khan produced a strong back nine performance to win the Chiangmai Golf Classic by one shot for his second Asian Tour title on Sunday.
World Chess: Anand must commit lesser errors to close deficit
With Carlsen ahead 3.5-2.5 and six games to come, Anand will have to chalk out a plan to neutralise the Norwegian's big advantage in very quick time.
Saina wins China Open, claims her third title this year
Olympic bronze-medallist Saina Nehwal clinched the $700,000 China Open Super Series Premier tournament after beating young Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in the summit clash, in Fuzhou, China, on Sunday.
Euro qualifiers: Rooney scores in 100th match as England rally; Spain win
Wayne Rooney celebrated his 100th England cap by scoring a penalty to lead his team to a 3-1 win over Slovenia in a Euro 2016 Group E qualifier at Wembley on Saturday which only came to life after halftime.
ATP Tour Finals: Federer fights back to set up Djokovic showdown
Six-time champion Roger Federer survived a late-night Swiss semi-final thriller against Stanislas Wawrinka on Saturday to set up an ATP World Tour Finals showdown against Novak Djokovic.
ATP World Tour: Bryan brothers reach final in style
Bob and Mike Bryan thrashed French duo Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-0, 6-3 to reach the final of the ATP World Tour Finals on Saturday.
November 15, 2014
Sports Shorts: Ghosal wins World Squash Championship opener
India's top men's player Saurav Ghosal had a comfortable opener against Australian Steven Finitsis in the PSA World Squash Championship in Doha on Saturday.
ISL: NorthEast, Pune play goalless draw
North East United FC (NEUFC) and FC Pune City (FPC) missed a lot of scoring opportunities as their Hero Indian Super League match ended in goalless draw in Guwahati on Saturday.
SAFF: Indian eves thrash Bangladesh
India team thrashed Bangladesh 5-1 in a Group A match of the third SAFF (South Asian Football Federation) Women's Football Championship in Islamabad on Saturday.
World Tour Finals: Djokovic halts Nishikori fightback to reach final
World No 1 Novak Djokovic ended Kei Nishikori's impressive debut at the ATP World Tour Finals with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-0 semi-final victory at the O2 Arena on Saturday.
ISL: 'Marquee players have not come for retirement holiday'
Former England goalkeeper and Kerala Blasters captain-cum-manager David James came out in defence of the team's marquee players' performance in the ongoing Hero Indian Super League, saying that they have not come to India for 'retirement holiday'.
World Chess Championship: Carlsen outwits Anand to win Game 6
Reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen outwitted India's Viswanathan Anand to win the sixth game of the World Chess Championship in Sochi on Saturday.
HIL: Belgian Boon for Dabang Mumbai; fetches highest price tag
India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Ranchi Rhinos' have retained most of the players.
FIFA plays down differences, says it could be misunderstanding
'Usually you would first speak to each other internally if you don't like something'
Rugby League: New Zealand upset Australia to win Four Nations
New Zealand edged Australia 22-18 to win the Four Nations title in Wellington on Saturday in a stunning upset of rugby league's traditionally dominant world power.
China Open Super Series: Saina Nehwal, Srikanth in final
Olympic bronze-medallist Saina Nehwal stood just one win away from clinching her maiden China Open title after she stormed into the finals of the USD 700,000 Super Series Premier tournament in Fuzhou.
Euro qualifiers: Ronaldo helps Portugal overcome Armenia
Cristiano Ronaldo scrambled a second-half goal to give Portugal an uninspiring 1-0 win over Armenia in their Euro 2016 qualifier on Friday in Faro.
Euro qualifiers: Germany ease past Gibraltar but Loew not happy
World champions Germany sauntered past minnows Gibraltar 4-0 in their Euro 2016 qualifier on Friday to bounce back from a rocky start but coach Joachim Loew was far from pleased with the performance.
Want Deepika Padukone to play me in biopic: Sania Mirza
India's tennis star Sania Mirza says she does not want a biopic made on her life but if something like this ever happens, she would like Deepika Padukone to play her on-screen.
November 14, 2014
Randhawa takes sole lead in Chiangmai after shooting seven-under
India's Jyoti Randhawa charged into contention with a flawless seven-under-par 65 to seize a one-shot lead at the half-way stage of the US $750,000 Chiangmai Golf Classic in Thailand on Friday.
Soccer Frendly: Luis Suarez scores against Costa Rica
Luis Suarez scored an equaliser and was just wide with what could have been a spectacular winner as Uruguay were held to a 3-3 draw by Costa Rica in a friendly.
Djokovic wants ATP Tour Finals hosted across the world
Novak Djokovic has reportedly proposed to move the ATP World Tours Finals from London after 2015 by citing the need to expose the tournament to more cities around the world.
Maradona says Blatter wanting to drive him out of football
Argentine football legend Diego Maradona has leveled charges against the FIFA president Sepp Blatter, accusing him of attempting to force him out of football.
Boxing India granted permanent membership in AIBA
Completing India's rehabilitation into the international boxing fold, AIBA unanimously gave permanent membership to the recently-elected Boxing India during its quadrennial congress in Jeju Islands, Korea.
F1 Pitlane Tales: McLaren ready to debut new Honda engine
Honda's new V6 turbo hybrid Formula One engine will make its track debut at Silverstone on Friday in the back of a McLaren development car.
Schumacher's website re-launched as family thanks fans for support
Formula One legend Michael Schumacher's family has said that they are "speechless" at the love and support that the grievously injured racer has received from fans worldwide.
Sports Shorts: 'A dozen idiots cost Serbia home support'
A senseless pitch invasion by Serbian fans in last month's Euro 2016 home qualifier against Albania has cost the Balkan nation dearly and the team fear the ramifications ahead of Friday's match against Denmark, Nemanja Matic said.
FIFA mess: England's 2018 World Cup bid criticised
England was criticised by a FIFA ethics report on Thursday for over-indulging former powerbroker Jack Warner in its attempt to win the right to host the 2018 World Cup.
Bewilderment, anger after latest twist in FIFA World Cup saga
Bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups was criticised by its own investigator.
EPL: Chelsea announce 18.4 million pounds profit
English Premier League leaders Chelsea have announced a profit of 18.4 million pounds ($28.89 million) for the year ending June 30 2014, the largest since Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich took over the club 11 years ago.
EPL: QPR charged by FA for failing to control their players
Queens Park Rangers have been charged by the English FA for failing to control their players during their Premier League game at home to Manchester City last Saturday.
World Tour Finals PHOTOS: Murray steamrolled by 'exceptional' Federer
Andy Murray avoided a 'double bagel' humiliation by Roger Federer at the ATP Tour finals on Thursday but conceded that even if he had played well he would not have lived with the "exceptional" brilliance of the Swiss.
'Australia conducted clean bid for 2022 World Cup'
On Friday, Federation Football Australia FFA chief Frank Lowy rejected criticism of Australia's failed bid for the 2022 World Cup, saying the country ran a "clean campaign".
November 13, 2014
'Pele recovering from kidney stone removal'
Former Brazil striker underwent a procedure on Thursday to remove kidney stones that were obstructing his urinary tract, his doctors at a Sao Paulo hospital said.
Lin hopes drugs-hit Lee returns soon
China's badminton superstar Lin Dan said he hopes world number one Lee Chong Wei, who is embroiled in a doping scandal, is able to return to the sport soon, state media reported.
Bedridden Olympian and Dronacharya awardee Salam facing dire times
Former India footballer and hero of the 1956 Olympic team, Syed Abdus Salam is bed-ridden and facing a financial crisis.
FIFA's ethics judge says Qatar, Russia World Cup bids 'not compromised'
The report said there was no corruption in bidding process.
Ronaldo denies calling rival Messi 'motherf*****'
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has heatedly denied suggestions that he calls Argentine ace Lionel Messi offensive nicknames.
Devendro, Gaurav win contracts for World Series of Boxing
Indian boxers L Devendro Singh (49kg) and Gaurav Bidhuri (52kg) will be pulling in some punches in the upcoming season of the World Series of Boxing, after grabbing two-year contracts with Polish and Italian franchises.
'Urgent need to ensure Qatar WC is not built on exploitation of labour'
Qatar's efforts to prevent the abuse of migrant workers have been "woefully inadequate" since the Gulf state pledged to confront exploitation following an outcry over the 2022 World Cup, Amnesty International said on Wednesday.
Sports Shorts: Soccer star Pele to leave hospital soon
Brazilian soccer legend Pele is doing 'fine' and will be discharged from a Sao Paulo hospital early on Thursday after he was admitted for stomach pains, one of his aides said.
EPL: Liverpool forward Sturridge back in full training
Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge is back in full training for the first time since injuring his thigh on England duty in August, the 25-year-old said on Twitter.
Injured Carrick pulls out from England squad
England midfielder Michael Carrick has been forced to withdraw from the squad to play Slovenia and Scotland after sustaining an injury in training, the Football Association (FA) said in a statement on Wednesday.
World Tour Finals: Why Cilic's dream turned into nightmare debut
Marin Cilic's debut appearance at the ATP World Tour Finals is fast turning into a nightmare after his second consecutive drubbing at the O2 Arena on Wednesday.
Ibrahimovic, Costa on shortlist for best goal award
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has once again made the shortlist of for FIFA's goal of the year award, giving him a chance to retain the trophy he won last year.
Football friendlies: Messi, Neymar shine as Argentina, Brazil record wins
Lionel Messi's penalty earned Argentina a 2-1 win over Croatia after a fortunate equaliser that stood despite an unintentional handball by Sergio Aguero in a friendly at West Ham United's Upton Park ground on Wednesday.
Tour Finals: Unstoppable Djokovic eyeing big finale after thrashing Wawrinka
For 15 minutes Novak Djokovic appeared to have a fight on his hands at the ATP World Tour Finals on Wednesday, then the Serb dialled up his A game and tore Stanislas Wawrinka to pieces.
Will support to terror group cost Qatar 2022 World Cup hosting rights?
In a recent development to the already troubled Qatar World Cup 2022, a German magazine has claimed that FIFA president Sepp Blatter has confirmed Qatar would be stripped of its hosting rights chiefly due to Qatari Sheikh's support to terror group IS.
November 12, 2014
Euro qualifiers: Germany promise goal bonanza
World Cup winners Germany are no mood to experiment against minnows Gibraltar in their Euro 2016 qualifier on Friday, promising a goal bonanza to make amends for recent poor results.
Boxers safer without headgear, says AIBA chief
By removing headgear, it has changed the way boxers and coaches prepare, it has changed tactics. Now you have to defend better, use good techniques to protect your head.
Sports Shorts: Ibra shows sensitive side after winning Gold Ball
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been named Sweden's footballer of the year for the ninth time and although his eighth victory in a row came as no shock, his acceptance speech showing a more sensitive side surprised many.
Hottest Sporting Buzz: WAG Abbey Clancy flaunts hot body
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Future bleak for boxer Sarita Devi, says AIBA boss Wu
India's boxer L Sarita Devi's career could be finished after her 'unacceptable' behaviour at the Incheon Asian Games where the fighter refused to accept her bronze medal on the podium, the president of the governing AIBA said on Wednesday.
Caroline Wozniacki's bikini-filled Bahamas vacation
Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki have been enjoying an end of season break in a luxurious resort in the Bahamas. Both have been showing their fans some flesh, via their Instagram accounts.
Hopefully I can get through the group and keep going: Murray
Andy Murray could beat Roger Federer on Thursday and crash out of the ATP World Tour Finals or lose and go through to the semi-finals -- such is the conundrum he faces.
Valencia's equaliser keeps Chennayin on top
John Stiven Mendoza Valencia scored a second half equaliser to help Chennayin FC eke out a 1-1 draw against FC Pune City in a Indian Super League match and maintain their supremacy atop the points table.
Busted! 10 famous sports persons nailed for doping
Following badminton World No 1 Lee Chong Wei's provisional ban, Rediff.com brings you ten top sports persons who gave in to drugs - one of the mighty perils that has affected modern sporting culture.
November 11, 2014
Suspect in SA captain Meyiwa's murder released
South African prosecutors on Tuesday withdrew the case against a suspect in the killing of national soccer team captain Senzo Meyiwa, the latest high-profile murder in which police and prosecutors have struggled to build an air-tight case.
Lee handed provisional suspension over doping violation
Badminton world number one Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia has been provisionally suspended for an "apparent" anti-doping violation, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) said on Tuesday.
Reeva's mother slams Pistorius in new memoir
The mother of the deceased Reeva Steenkamp does not believe that Paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius accidentally shot her daughter dead and feels let down by South Africa's justice system.
Nadal set for stem cell treatment for ailing back
Former World No 1 Rafael Nadal's doctor has revealed that the 14-time Grand Slam winner would receive stem cell treatment on his back that is in poor health.
Germany's World Cup win immortalized in film 'Die Mannschaft'
Germans basked in World Cup glory again when the national team were honoured before attending the premiere of the official movie about their victory in Brazil in July.
ATP World Tour Finals: Holder Djokovic mauls Cilic in opener
Novak Djokovic began his challenge for a hat-trick of ATP World Tour Finals triumphs in London with a 6-1, 6-1 demolition of Croatia's Marin Cilic.
How Romeo Beckham earned whopping 45,000 pounds for a day's work
David Beckham's 12-year-old son Romeo Beckham cashed-in 45,000 pounds for one day's work after modeling for high-end fashion brand Burberry, it has been revealed.
Van Gaal insists he has a 'clear vision' for Manchester United
Manchester United football team manager Louis van Gaal has admitted that he might have changed the club's formation too much in his first 11 Premier League games in charge of the Old Trafford outfit, but insists that he retains a 'clear vision' for the team.
Real Sociedad appoint David Moyes as head coach
Former Everton and Manchester United manager David Moyes has agreed to take over as head coach of Real Sociedad until 30 June 2016, the La Liga club announced on their website
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November 10, 2014
Sahara is not financially weak, Force India will race on: Mallya
Force India co-owner Vijay Mallya has rejected speculation about his Formula One team's finances, saying they will be racing for years to come.
ATP Tour Finals: Wawrinka thrashes Berdych
Stanislas Wawrinka returned to form with a 6-1, 6-1 thrashing of Tomas Berdych at the ATP World Tour Finals on Monday.
PIX: Serena Williams flaunts her toned body
Tennis star Serena Williams recently shared a selfie, showing off her killer cleavage and curves in a beachwear.
La Liga: Can Atletico defend their crown?
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone may have played down the significance of Sunday's 2-1 La Liga defeat at Real Sociedad but it has raised further questions about the champions' ability to defend their title.
Injured Ferrer pulls out of Amritraj's Champions Tennis League
The ambitious Champions Tennis League (CTL) suffered a major setback when World No.10 David Ferrer pulled out of the event on Monday, citing 'health issues'.
Serie A: Stunning Tevez solo goal caps Juventus rout
Carlos Tevez scored a solo goal after a run that started inside his own half to cap an emphatic 7-0 win for Serie A leaders Juventus over hapless Parma on Sunday.
Formula One: Force India's Hulkenberg gets four points at Brazil GP
Sahara Force India are set to finish sixth in the team championship this year after Nico Hulkenberg ended the Brazilian Grand Prix in eighth position while Sergio Perez could not enter the points bracket.
Beckham's eldest son Brooklyn signs short-term deal with Arsenal
Arsenal has reportedly signed former England football team captain David Beckham's eldest son Brooklyn on a short-term deal.
Roundup: Chelsea, Bayern maintain lead but Marseille lose
Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Juventus consolidated their top-flight leads at the weekend while Paris St Germain proved too strong for Ligue 1 leaders Olympique Marseille.
La Liga: Sociedad score late win over champions Atletico
A late header by Imanol Agirretxe gave Real Sociedad, who are without a coach, a 2-1 victory over 10-man Atletico Madrid in La Liga on Sunday.
Federer gets double honour from childhood idol and coach Edberg
World No 2 Roger Federer was bestowed with two honours by The ATP following his victory over Canadian Milos Raonic on Sunday.
Revealed! Roger Federer's secrets to success
Tennis ace Roger Federer has revealed his three simple secrets to success as he tries to regain the World No 1 spot at the ATP World Tour Finals in London this week.
ATP Tour Finals PHOTOS: Federer made to grind it out by Raonic
Roger Federer eased his way into the ATP World Tour Finals with a 6-1, 7-6 (0) defeat of Canadian newcomer Milos Raonic in his opening round-robin match on Sunday.
'To challenge for the Premier League you have to be realistic'
It was an all too familiar sight for Arsene Wenger as Arsenal threw away a lead to lose 2-1 at Swansea City on Sunday and the Frenchman acknowledged his flaky team are becoming a cause for concern.
Back from the brink, Pardew set for happy anniversary at Newcastle
Six weeks ago, with Newcastle United in the Premier League's relegation zone and still looking for a first win of the season, Alan Pardew seemed highly unlikely to reach his fourth anniversary as manager in December.
Mario Balotelli gets first Italy call-up since World Cup
Maverick striker Mario Balotelli has been called up by Italy for the first time since the World Cup in June after being included on Sunday in the squad for next weekend's Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Croatia.
Andy Murray puts on his dancing shoes!
Andy Murray finally made an appearance and even danced a bit reluctantly with mum Judy Murray on TV reality show 'Strictly Come Dancing.'
November 09, 2014
Ishant suffering from back stiffness
Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma, who could only bowl four overs in the third ODI against Sri Lanka, is suffering from back stiffness, informed his pace colleague Umesh Yadav.
India beat mighty Australia to record historic series win
Akashdeep Singh scored twice as Indian men's hockey team stunned world champions Australia 3-1 in the fourth and final Test to register a historic 3-1 series win over the mighty Kookaburras in their home soil in Perth.
World Championship: Anand loses in Game 2; Carlsen takes early lead
Defending champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway drew the first blood by defeating challenger Viswanathan Anand in the second game of the World Chess Championship in Sochi on Sunday.
ISL: FC Goa, Mumbai City FC settle for goalless draw
FC Goa played out a goalless draw against Mumbai FC in a closely-contested Hero Indian Super League fixture at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa on Sunday.
Valencia MotoGP: Marquez claims record 13th victory
World No 4 Petra Kvitova sealed the Fed Cup title for the Czech Republic by beating Angelique Kerber 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 to give her country an unbeatable 3-0 lead over Germany in the final on Sunday.
Chowrasia lifts Asian Tour title
Local favourite SSP Chowrasia lifted his third Asian Tour title on Sunday, coolly rolling in a 15-foot birdie putt to prevail in a three-way playoff at the Delhi Golf Club.
ISL: The hits and the misses
With big names on the roster and promising Indians getting a chance to display their flair, the Hero Indian Super League, halfway into its first season, finds its heroes - and its duds. Take a look.
Greatest footballer? Ronaldo will have to wait for the honour...
World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo is of the opinion that he would be considered one of the greatest footballers of all time in history by the time he retires.
Contract extension in the offing for United's Van Persie
Netherlands football team captain and Manchester United forward, Robin van Persie, is reportedly set to be offered a two-year extension to his current deal, which is due to expire at the end of next season.
EPL: City manager Pellegrini unaffected by Chelsea's surge
Manuel Pellegrini shrugged that he was "not worried about Chelsea" despite seeing his Manchester City team fall further behind the Premier League leaders at the end of a dispiriting week for both the Chilean and his champions.
How Hamilton got his mojo back on the race track
Britain and Mercedes racer Lewis Hamilton has revealed that his remarkable Formula One title surge began with a 'kick up the backside' from his father.
Serie A: Sampdoria, Milan play out entertaining draw
Serie A surprise packages Sampdoria held their own in a 2-2 home draw with AC Milan on Saturday in a game which underlined both sides' promise but ultimately saw them drop important points.
EPL PHOTOS: When Liverpool's gamble to rest players backfired
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was adamant that he did not regret his team selection despite falling to a fifth Premier League defeat against table-topping Chelsea on Saturday.
Sports Shorts: World No 1 Lee denies doping allegations
Badminton World No 1 Lee Chong Wei has denied cheating or relying on banned substances despite failing a doping test that could lead to a two-year ban.
India weakened by Pallikal's absence at World Team squash
India's ace woman squash player, Dipika Pallikal, will be skipping next month's World Team Championships in Canada. The reason: she does not know about the event!
PIX: Kroos leads Real in Rayo drubbing; Barca fightback to win
Toni Kroos netted his first for Real Madrid and was hailed as the best player on the pitch by his coach as the hosts tore apart Rayo Vallecano 5-1 in La Liga on Saturday to extend their winning streak to 13 games.
Kvitova, Safarova help Czechs close in on Fed Cup title
Petra Kvitova and Lucie Safarova put the Czech Republic on the brink of the Fed Cup title with victories on the opening day of the final against Germany on Saturday.
Mallya denies Force India mulled boycotting US GP
Force India principal and co-owner Vijay Mallya has silenced any further talk of a Formula One boycott, saying his team never intended to do anything other than race.
Chess World Championships: 'Wobbly' Anand relieved after Round 1 draw
Satisfied with a draw in a tough opening match of the World Championships, Indian chess wizard Viswanathan Anand said he felt relieved to have pulled off the result after a rather wobbly start against title-holder Magnus Carlsen.
November 08, 2014
World Championship: Anand draws first game against Carlsen
Indian ace Viswanathan Anand played out a fighting draw with defending champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the first game of the World Chess Championship in Sochi on Saturday.
Mueller hat-trick sends Bayern seven points clear at the top
Bayern Munich's Thomas Mueller scored a hat-trick as the undefeated champions crushed Eintracht Frankfurt 4-0 to open up a seven-point lead at the top.
ISL: NorthEast United split points with Chennaiyin FC
Brazilian striker Elano Blumer and Spaniard Koke scored two superb goals for their respective sides as Chennaiyin FC and NorthEast United played out a high-octane 2-2 draw in the Indian Super League match in Chennai.
World Boxing C'ships: Pinki replaces Mary Kom, Priyanka in for Sarita
Pinki Rani replaced an injured M C Mary Kom, while Priyanka Choudhary came in for the suspended Sarita Dev in the Indian squad announced for the Women's World Boxing Championships to be held at Jeju, South Korea from November 13 to 25.
Sunil strikes in India's 1-0 win over Australia
SV Sunil struck the only goal of the match in the third quarter as India stun Australia 1-0 in the third hockey test to take a 2-1 lead in the four-match series in Perth on Saturday.
SAI sacks Chandran after pregnancy test controversy
The Sports Authority of India terminated the services of Dr P M S Chandran as its medical consultant with immediate effect "for gross indiscipline and spreading disinformation" following the controversy surrounding the pregnancy tests conducted on World Championships-bound women boxers.
November 07, 2014
Pune City end Atletico de Kolkata's unbeaten run
Dudu Omagbemi and Konstantinos Katsouranis scored in each half as FC Pune City beat Atletico de Kolkata
Chennai Open: World No.15 Bautista Agut confirms participation
Roberto Bautista Agut, the world No. 15, has confirmed his participation in the 20th edition of the Aircel Chennai Open, to be held at SDAT Stadium in Nungambakkam from January 5 to 11 next year.
F1: Double points? Fantastic idea, jokes Rosberg
Even in adversity, with Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton romping to five wins in a row and a 24-point lead in the Formula One championship, Nico Rosberg can see the funny side of the situation.
'Anelka gives massive boost to ISL'
Mumbai City FC manager Peter Reid is all praise for his star signing, Frenchman Nicholas Anelka.
SAI deny reports about minor boxer made to undergo pregnancy test
Sports Authority of India rejected reports on Friday that minor boxers were subjected to pregnancy tests in a camp for the World Championships this month, saying that the squad does not have a single under-18 in its ranks.
Sports Shorts: Galatasaray fined again over crowd trouble
Galatasaray, fined 50,000 euros ($62,575) last month over crowd trouble at a Champions League game away to Arsenal, are facing further sanctions after disturbances at Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, UEFA said on Thursday.
All-conquering Bayern suffer Alaba injury blow
Bayern Munich's smooth passage into the Champions League knockout stage hit a speed bump after it emerged on Thursday that versatile Austria international David Alaba will need knee surgery and will be out for several weeks.
Need to have a structured system to identify young talent: Sharan
Stating that India has not made much progress since the Beijing Olympics, Ajit Sharan, Secretary - Sports, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS), said that India needs to become a sporting nation if it has do well in big event.
Mercedes driver Button hints he may quit Formula One
Jenson Button has indicated he might not stay at McLaren even if the Formula One team offered him a contract extension for next season.
Formula One: More records beckons Lewis Hamilton in Brazil
Lewis Hamilton can set more British Formula One records in Brazil this weekend but it is the world championship he wants and that will have to wait.
Europa League PHOTOS: Soriano hat-trick puts Salzburg in last 32; Inter held
Jonatan Soriano's love affair with the Europa League continued as last season's top scorer grabbed a hat-trick on Thursday to help Salzburg become one of four teams to reach the knockout stages.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
Liverpool target Chelsea after midweek tinkering, while third-placed Manchester City, whose hopes of qualifying for the Champions League knockout stage were dealt a severe blow in a humiliating 2-1 home defeat by CSKA Moscow on Wednesday, travel south to face struggling Queens Park Rangers.
EPL: QPR keen to sign Defoe in January transfer window
Queens Park Rangers will try to lure prolific FC Toronto striker Jermain Defoe back to the Premier League during the January transfer window if the price is right, the club's manager Harry Redknapp said on Thursday.
F1 chief Ecclestone wins a round of legal battle over alleged bribe
A New York appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a $650 million lawsuit against Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone, saying he cannot be sued in the state's courts over the sale of a major stake in the motor racing business.
November 06, 2014
No violation of rules in pregnancy tests, says Boxing India
Boxing India (BI) on Thursday refuted allegations that junior women pugilists were subjected to pregnancy tests ahead of the upcoming World Championships, stating that only the eligible senior girls went through the tests as required by the International Boxing Association (AIBA).
'Winter Games will not move for 2022 football World Cup'
Asia's top Olympic official ruled out the possibility of the 2022 Winter Olympics being shifted from its traditional February time-slot to avoid clashing with the football World Cup, saying FIFA needs to sort out its own problems.
Record scoring Messi is 'best ever'
Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has labelled Lionel Messi has the 'best' player he has seen after the Argentine forward spurred a 2-0 victory over Ajax Amsterdam that secured the Spanish side a place in the Champions League knockout stages.
Del Piero confident about entertaining ISL fans
In an exclusive chat, Del Piero tells Rediff.com's of his urge to entertain fans and his interest in understanding India and its culture.
Sports Shorts: Player hit with 16-match ban for reckless foul
FCM Targu Mures midfielder Gabriel Muresan has been handed an unprecedented 16-match domestic ban for a violent tackle.
Platini reckons Rodgers must explain selection policy to Reds fans
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers should explain to the fans his team selection against Real Madrid in Tuesday's Champions League Group B match, UEFA president Michel Platini said on Wednesday.
Champions League PHOTOS: Night of records for Messi and Chelsea
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi equalled the Champions League scoring record of 71 goals when he struck for the second time in the 76th minute of Wednesday's Group F match at Ajax Amsterdam.
Champions League: Messi equals Raul's record as Barca advance to knockouts
Lionel Messi scored twice to equal Raul's Champions League scoring record as Barcelona secured their place in the knockout stages by beating 10-man Ajax Amsterdam 2-0 on Wednesday.
Former Brazil, Inter striker Adriano charged with links to Rio drug lord
Former Brazil football international Adriano has reportedly been charged with links to a drug lord in Rio de Janeiro.
November 05, 2014
Anelka fires again as Mumbai City FC beat Delhi Dynamos
In-form Nicolas Anelka scored his second goal of the tournament to help Mumbai City FC beat Delhi Dynamos 1-0 in a keenly-contested match of the Hero Indian Super League at the DY Patil Stadium.
'When my career ends, I want to see if I'm among the best ever'
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo says he will work to be the best player of all time after being presented with his third European Golden Boot award.
India stun World Champions Australia to level series
The Indian men's hockey team bounced back in style against Australia, beating the World Champions 2-1 to level the four-match test series at 1-1 in Perth.
Sports Shorts: 'Racist abuse a disgrace and FIFA must act'
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has said the abuse he suffered on social media is 'a disgrace' and called for world soccer's governing body FIFA to reassess the way they deal with racism.
Ex-England goalie David James forced into auctioning signed memorabilia
After being declared bankrupt in May, former England and Kerala Blasters marquee player David James is now forced into auctioning signed shirts, shorts and match balls.
Annoyed? Yes, we got punished, fumes Arsene Wenger
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger slammed his side's defending after watching Anderlecht claw their way back from three goals down to earn a 3-3 draw in Champions League Group D on Tuesday.
Tomas Berdych still searching for his 'chosen one'
Ivan Lendl might be 'way too busy' to be his mentor but Tomas Berdych has not given up the dream of jumping on the 'super coach' bandwagon.
Champions League Roundup: Juve's dramatic fightback; Arsenal draw
Juventus scored twice in a minute as they came from behind to clinch a dramatic 3-2 win over Olympiakos after Andrea Pirlo had celebrated his 100th Champions League appearance by scoring from a characteristically effortless free kick on Tuesday.
Champions League: Real down Liverpool; reach knockout round
Holders Real Madrid breezed into the last 16 of the Champions League with two games to spare when a Karim Benzema strike secured a 1-0 win in their Group B match at home to a toothless Liverpool on Tuesday.
ISL: Elano scores late as Chennaiyin FC, Kolkata share points
Coming back after an injury layoff, Atletico de Kolkata skipper Luis Garcia and the tournament's leading scorer Elano Blumer, of Chennaiyin FC, scored a goal each as the two sides shared points in a top-of-the-table clash in the Indian Super League on Tuesday.
November 04, 2014
Manavaditya Rathore wins gold at Asian Shotgun Championships
Manavaditya Rathore, son of Olympic silver medallist Rajyavardhan Rathore, clinched the gold medal in junior men's trap at the 4th Asian Shotgun Championships in Al Ain, Dubai on Tuesday.
Van Gaal must stop history repeating itself at Manchester United
The year was 1986 and with just three league wins to their name by the first weekend of November, Manchester United dismissed Ron Atkinson as manager and appointed Alex Ferguson.
Prosecutors to appeal Pistorius verdict, sentence
The South African prosecution authority confirmed on Tuesday it would file an appeal against the culpable homicide verdict and five-year jail sentence handed down to paralympian Oscar Pistorius last month.
PHOTOS: Celebrities, fashion at Melbourne Cup
From ladies fashion hats, fresh floral hats and crazy headpieces - Melbourne Cup, saw it all.
Liverpool ready to hurt Real Madrid and prove critics wrong
Liverpool see Tuesday's Champions League game at holders Real Madrid as a chance to prove their doubters wrong and get their season back on track, said coach Brendan Rodgers and midfielder Jordan Henderson.
FIFA agreeing to hold 2022 Qatar World Cup in winter?
FIFA has reportedly raised objections of holding the 2022 Qatar World Cup in the summer in light of health risks and speculations are that the tournament would be held in winter.
Champions League: With eye on knockouts, City have no margin for error
Everyone at Manchester City is flying high after the 1-0 derby win over Manchester United at the weekend but they could all come crashing back to earth after Wednesday's meeting with CSKA Moscow in the Champions League.
2018 Olympics: Figure skating 'Queen' Yuna named honorary ambassador
Former Olympic figure skating champion Kim Yuna will play the role of honorary ambassador for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea's Pyeongchang.
Shorts: Al-Hilal cry foul over Champions League 'blunders'
Saudi club Al-Hilal have furiously demanded a formal probe into the appointment of the referees for the Asian Champions League final, which they lost 1-0 on aggregate to Australia's Western Sydney Wanderers last weekend.
DON'T MISS! 10 Best Photos of the week
Rediff.com brings you a collection of some of the best sports images from around the world.
India's most fascinating rural sports... Take a look!
Traditional Indian sports have been played in villages since ages. Though most sports lovers in the country follow cricket, hockey, tennis and even English football on television, disciplines like kabaddi, archery and wrestling are fast catching up. But there are some sports people hardly know anything about. Take a look.
Rafael Nadal shares photos after successful appendix surgery
Rafael Nadal is expected to be released from a clinic in Barcelona on Tuesday after undergoing a successful appendectomy, the world number three's spokesman said.
EPL: Fletcher double helps Sunderland win
Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher scored in each half to help his beleaguered side earn a much-needed 3-1 win at Crystal Palace in their Premier League match at Selhurst Park on Monday.
Champions League: Real, Bayern look to seal knock-out berths
The three teams with 100 percent records in this season's Champions League can secure their places in the knockout stage this week with two games to spare.
Andy Murray eyes London triple crown
Having bagged a gold medal from the 2012 London Olympics and won the 2013 Wimbledon championship, Murray will get his first chance to complete the hat-trick at the O2 next week.
November 03, 2014
ISL: Pune FC beat NorthEast United with a last-gasp goal
John Goossens struck a last-gasp goal to help Pune FC beat NorthEast United 1-0 in a hard-fought Hero Indian Super League on Monday.
ATP World Tour Finals: Murray avoids Djokovic, to meet Federer
Three-times champion and world number one Novak Djokovic has been drawn in a group with U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic in next week's season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London.
'This Real Madrid team can make history, win the top trophies'
Real Madrid keeper Iker Casillas believes the European champions have a side with the potential to be one of the all-time greats and it will be with likely trepidation that an off-colour Liverpool visit the Bernabeu on Tuesday.
IOC hails 'historic' U.N. resolution on sport autonomy
The International Olympic Committee has hailed a United Nations resolution recognising the autonomy of sport as an important tool that will help foster political neutrality as well as lead to less boycotts and discrimination.
Pamela Anderson, Keanu Reeves make star appearance at US GP
As glamourous as Formula One has come to become, the US Formula One Grand Prix, saw big names from TV and Hollywood grace the race on in Austin, Texas on Sunday.
ISL: Mumbai City FC do a Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Mumbai City FC have been fairly inconsistent in the inaugural season of the Indian Super League so far, one could actually term their performance as the strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
Why the once legendary football clubs of Kolkata are fading
Bogged down by inefficient administration and unable to attract financing, the once legendary football clubs of Kolkata are fading into irrelevance.
Shorts: Nishikori carries four billion Asian hopes
His mere presence causes hysteria and pandemonium in the Land of the Rising Sun and he has no tennis equal in a continent heaving with 4.427 billion inhabitants, yet self-effacing Kei Nishikori thinks he is simply 'one' of the best players in Japan.
'World is witnessing Schumacher's long goodbye'
A doctor who has known of Formula One legend Michael Schumacher throughout his career has said that he is concerned for the stricken racer and is afraid that the world is witnessing his long goodbye.
F1: How the teams fared at US Grand Prix
Team by team analysis of Sunday's US Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas.
Soccer Roundup: Aguero sizzles for City in derby; Barca lose again
Barcelona lost for the second straight La Liga game in a 1-0 home reverse against Celta Vigo but there was no such trouble for Manchester City, who beat 10-man Manchester United 1-0 thanks to Sergio Aguero.
Serie A: Romero saves penalty, Di Natale nears milestone
Sergio Romero saved a penalty and Eder scored with a run from the halfway line as Sampdoria beat Fiorentina 3-1 to go third in Serie A on Sunday.
US Grand Prix PHOTOS: Hamilton races to victory No 10 at 'home'
Lewis Hamilton's father always told him to 'drive like you stole it' but there was never any question about who owned Sunday's US Grand Prix.
Photos: Most bizarre... wild sports celebrations!
Sports events produce a multitude of highly amusing and crazy celebrations. Individual and team players have various way of celebrating victory, a goal or point. Some do it with a high-five, blow a kiss, cartwheel or dance. And on the soccer field, it's a soccer ball baby!
EPL PHOTOS: Red cards render dramatic derbies for United and Villa
Manchester United and Aston Villa paid a heavy price for having men sent off on in the Premier League on Sunday with United losing a tight derby to Man City and Villa surrendering a lead in defeat by Tottenham Hotspur.
Formula One: Force India's Perez gets seven place grid penalty
Mexico's Sergio Perez will have a seven place starting grid penalty at next weekend's Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix as punishment for reckless driving in Sunday's US race.
EPL: Benteke sent off as Villa slide to defeat by Spurs
Aston Villa scored their first goal in more than nine hours but then had Christian Benteke sent off and allowed Tottenham Hotspur to come back for a 2-1 win at Villa Park on Sunday.
PHOTOS: 'Proud' Wozniacki completes New York Marathon as Serena cheers her on
Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki ran the New York Marathon and completed the course in just over 3 hours and 30 minutes on a chilly Sunday.
New York Marathon PHOTOS: Kenyans Kipsang, Keitany scrape to wins
Wilson Kipsang won a lucrative duel to the finish to join compatriot Mary Keitany in a Kenyan sweep of exciting men's and women's races at a cold, windy New York City Marathon on Sunday.
PHOTOS: Serbian Djokovic is Prince of Paris
Novak Djokovic bolstered his hopes of holding on to his World No 1 status until the end of the season with a 6-2, 6-3 defeat of big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic to retain the Paris Masters title on Sunday.
Ten in Texas for Hamilton as Mercedes equal record
Lewis Hamilton took a big step towards a second Formula One World championship on Sunday with his 10th win of the season in a US Grand Prix that saw Mercedes equal the record for one-two finishes. The Briton stretched his lead over team mate Nico Rosberg to 24 points with two races and 75 points remaining, a gap that guarantees the title chase will go down to the final round in Abu Dhabi whatever happens in Brazil.
November 02, 2014
ISL: Anelka strike helps Mumbai edge past Kerala
A stunning goal from Nicolas Anelka helped Mumbai City FC to pip Kerala Blasters 1-0, in their Hero Indian Super League (ISL) match at the D.Y. Patil stadium in Mumbai on Sunday.
La Liga: Barca lose at home; Real on top
Barcelona followed up last weekend's 3-1 defeat at Real Madrid with another reverse on Saturday, squandering a host of chances to lose 1-0 at home to Celta Vigo and handing the lead in La Liga to their arch rivals.
Sports Shorts: Footballer gets 50-year ban!
A Swiss amateur footballer has been handed a 50-year ban from the sport for kicking the ball at a referee and insulting him in a fourth-tier match, local media reported.
Take a look at the 'biggest club in Asia'
The Western Sydney Wanderers hailed themselves Asia's biggest club after displaying trademark Australian grit to win the AFC Champions League on Saturday, three years after their formation.
Rosberg on pole for US Grand Prix
Germany's Nico Rosberg put Mercedes on pole position for the US Formula One Grand Prix on Saturday with championship leading team mate Lewis Hamilton qualifying second. Mercedes-powered Williams filled the second row with Finland's Valtteri Bottas third fastest and Brazilian Felipe Massa fourth.
EPL: Leaders Chelsea stay unbeaten, Southampton and Arsenal win
League leaders Chelsea were made to battle for a narrow 2-1 win over strugglers Queens Park Rangers at Stamford Bridge as they maintained their unbeaten start in the Premier League on Saturday.
November 01, 2014
Paris Masters: Raonic beats Berdych, sets up Djokovic showdown
Milos Raonic of Canada will take on defending champion Novak Djokovic in the final of the Paris Masters.
Serie A: Acrobatic Higuain goal sets up Napoli win over Roma
Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain scored early with an acrobatic volley, his fifth goal in three league games, to set them on the way to a convincing 2-0 win over sluggish AS Roma in Serie A on Saturday.
ISL: Super sub Tolgay helps FC Goa register first win
Substitute Tolgay Ozbey scored an injury time goal as dominant FC Goa rallied from behind to beat Delhi Dynamos 2-1 and register their maiden win in the inaugural Indian Super League.
'Chelsea have the quality to win Premier-Champions League double'
Thibaut Courtois reckons Chelsea are capable of achieving what the Belgium keeper came agonisingly close to doing at Atletico Madrid last season - winning a European and domestic double.
'It's important for us to play well against Manchester United'
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini insists he will not change the way his team play despite suffering two defeats in a week and losing playmaker David Silva ahead of Manchester United's visit on Sunday.
October 31, 2014
Gerrard shocked by Suarez's Ballon d'Or omission
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has criticised what he called FIFA's political decision not to include former team mate Luis Suarez on their shortlist for this year's Ballon d'Or award as the world's best footballer.
Psychology plays a great part in modern sport: Advani
He has made winning 12 world titles look like a stroll in the park but India's poster boy of cue sports Pankaj Advani says it is not easy to deal with the anxiety and stress, crediting his elder brother Shree for helping him handle pressure.
President congratulates Advani on winning World Billiards
'Delighted to know that you have achieved your 12th World Title in Leeds, and become the first player to win the grand double thrice'
It's a Happy Halloween for Wozniacki 'Robin'
Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki was in her elements as she brought in Halloween with friends on Thursday.
One man's loss is another's gain
Seventh-placed Liverpool, who have 14 points from nine matches, travel to a Newcastle side buoyed by their League Cup victory over Manchester City.
Meet the most wanted man of Formula One!
Jenson Button is a wanted man, even if McLaren ultimately decide they do not want to retain the 2009 Formula One World Champion for next season.
'Critical but stable' Bianchi continues to fight in hospital, says family
About four weeks after he suffered severe head injuries during a crash at the Japanese Grand Prix, Jules Bianchi remains "critical but stable" in hospital, a report said.
Find out why F1 needs to cut costs...
The financial troubles that have forced the Marussia and Caterham Formula One teams into administration emphasise the need for cost-cutting measures, the sport's governing body said on Thursday.
Rosberg, Hamilton gear up for race track rivalry with burgers and bling
Mercedes title rivals Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton limbered up for the US Grand Prix with burgers and bling on Thursday.
US GP: Formula One tweaks qualifying rules as Vettel faces penalty
Formula One has had to modify its qualifying format after financial problems ruled the Caterham and Marussia teams out of Sunday's US Grand Prix while Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel is set to be sidelined by an engine penalty.
Sports Shorts: 'Over-age' Neymar set to be named in Brazil's Olympic team
Neymar will be selected as one of Brazil's three over-age players for the 2016 Olympics, the team's manager Alexandre Gallo said on Thursday.
Watch out for these celebrities at NYC marathon this Sunday!
The notable names in the NYC marathon donning their running shoes for charity on November 2.
October 30, 2014
'I've done my bit and don't have to say more about my commitment'
A day after sports ministry made it clear that athletes who remain unavailable for national duty would not get financial aid from it, top tennis star Leander Paes said his commitment should not be questioned since he has given his all in the last 24 years while playing for India.
Saina back in world's top 5, says priority is to play for India
Saina Nehwal has gained a place to be fifth in the latest Badminton World Federation women's singles rankings released on Thursday.
Paris Masters: Wawrinka slump continues, Murray seals London spot
Third seed Stan Wawrinka was knocked out in the third round of the Paris Masters when he lost 6-7(2), 7-5, 7-6(3) against South African Kevin Anderson on Thursday, suffering his fourth defeat in five matches.
Former Real Madrid captain Raul joins New York Cosmos
Former Real Madrid and Spain forward Raul has joined New York Cosmos for the 2015 season on a "multi-year" contract pending a medical, the North American Soccer League (NASL) club said on Thursday.
Bundesliga: Unbeaten Bayern face struggling rivals Dortmund
Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich face Borussia Dortmund on Saturday with relations between the German heavyweights seemingly at an all-time low.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
Manchester United are likely to welcome back captain Wayne Rooney from suspension for their visit to Premier League champions Manchester City on Sunday, hoping the striker can add to his record scoring tally in the derby.
Isco grabs the opportunity to impress in Gareth Bale's absence
While Gareth Bale is fully expected to regain his place in the Real Madrid side when he returns from injury, team mate Isco is making the most of his chance to prove his worth on the pitch.
Maradona withdraws theft complaint against ex-girlfriend after video leak
Argentine football legend Diego Maradona reportedly withdrew a theft complaint against his former girlfriend on Tuesday, after a video surfaced that allegedly showed him hitting her.
Advani says hard work, brother's tips paid off in 'special' win
India's ace cueist Pankaj Advani clinched the World Billiards Championship (time format) title to bag a record 12th world crown on Wednesday and in so doing completed a rare 'Grand Double' post his third win in both the long and short formats in the same year.
First Look: FIFA 2018 WC logo unveiled by Russian cosmonauts!
FIFA boss Sepp Blatter unveiled the 2018 World Cup logo with cosmonauts in Moscow, which has a strong resemblance to an alien.
Will Lewis Hamilton make it perfect 10 in Texas?
Lewis Hamilton will be aiming for a big win in Texas this weekend, even if the Formula One starting grid is the smallest he has ever known it with the absence of backmarker teams Marussia and Caterham.
Sports Shorts: FIFA open to men's WC on artificial turf after gender bias claims
FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has dismissed allegations of gender discrimination over the decision to play the women's World Cup on artificial turf, saying the surface could also be used for the men's tournament in the future.
EPL: Swansea boss Monk dodges penalty for terming ref a 'cheat'
Swansea City manager Garry Monk has escaped sanction from the FA after accusing referee Michael Oliver and Stoke City winger Victor Moses of cheating in his team's 2-1 Premier League defeat at the Britannia Stadium.
EPL: Ferdinand fined, gets three-match suspension for Twitter jibe
Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand has been suspended for three matches and fined 25,000 pounds ($40,030) after he was found guilty of misconduct by the Football Association (FA) for an 'abusive' comment he made on Twitter.
Serie A: Genoa hand Juve their first defeat, Napoli draw
Genoa handed Serie A leaders and titleholders Juventus a dramatic first league defeat of the season when Luca Antonini scored in the fourth minute of stoppage time to give them a 1-0 win on Wednesday.
Real begin King's Cup defence with win at Cornella
Raphael Varane converted two corners as a second-string Real Madrid began the defence of their King's Cup crown with a 4-1 victory against third-tier part-timers Cornella on Wednesday.
German Cup: Ribery slapped by Hamburg fan in Bayern win
Holders Bayern Munich eased into the German Cup third round with a comfortable 3-1 win at Hamburg SV on Wednesday to continue their unbeaten domestic run as they prepare for Saturday's league clash against Borussia Dortmund.
Photos: The Pitch invaders are back and how!
Rediff.com brings you a selection of images of fans taking to the field of play to make a point or gain attention.
League Cup: Newcastle knock out defending champions Manchester City
Manchester City suffered a shock League Cup defeat at the hands of a reinvigorated Newcastle United, who reached the quarter-finals with a superb 2-0 away win on Wednesday that left the holders nursing the wounds of a bruising past eight days.
Paris Masters: Federer battles past Chardy for third round berth
Roger Federer kept up his hopes of finishing the year as World No 1 when he downed Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 7-6(5), 6-7(5), 6-4 in the second round of the Paris Masters on Wednesday.
Pankaj Advani scores grand double at World Billiards Championship
Pankaj Advani completed a clean sweep of the 150-up and Timed formats titles after trouncing England's Robert Hall 1928-893 in the final of the World Billiards Championship in Leeds, on Wednesday night.
October 29, 2014
Paris Masters: Murray one win away from World Tour Finals berth
Andy Murray is within one match of securing his place in the ATP World Tour Finals after easing past local favourite Julien Benneteau 6-3, 6-4 on Wednesday to advance to the third round of the Paris Masters.
ISL: NorthEast United deny Delhi Dynamos full points at home
Young NorthEast United FC goalkeeper T P Rehenesh made three spectacular saves to deny Delhi Dynamos a win as the the two sides settled for a goal-less stalemate after an entertaining Hero Indian Super League match on Wednesday.
Manchester United linked with move for Bale, Real willing to sell
Manchester United has reportedly been linked with a move for Welsh forward Gareth Bale in recent weeks as Real Madrid has revealed that they are willing to sell the former Tottenham Hotspur star.
IPTL will take tennis to new regions: Murray
Looking forward to his stint in the upcoming International Premier Tennis League, British number one Andy Murray says the event will take the sport to new regions.
Steffi Graf shows off Halloween costume
With the whole of the United States gearing up for Halloween, one prominent sports-star doesn't want to miss out on all the fun.
Advani wins thriller to enter World Billiards final; Bhaskar loses
Pankaj Advani held his nerve to edge past David Causier of England and enter the final of the World Billiards Championship (Time format) by a mere five points, in Leeds, on Wednesday. Eyeing another grand double (points and time format in the same year) after clinching the 150-up short format title last week, the Indian ace led last year's runner-up by a comfortable 400 points at one stage before settling for a 1180-1175 victory.
Ronaldo edges Messi to bag La Liga's best player award
Real Madrid star forward Cristiano Ronaldo has beaten Barcelona's Lionel Messi for the first time to clinch La Liga's best player award among a hat-trick of awards he won at the Spanish top flight's annual gala.
NBA: Spurs edge Mavs in San Antonio to open title defense
The San Antonio Spurs raised their championship banner then elevated their game when it mattered to edge the Dallas Mavericks 101-100 in a season-opening win on Tuesday.
Want funds, stay available for India: Sports Ministry tells athletes
Taking exception to top Indian tennis players' reluctance to compete in the recent Asian Games, the Sports Ministry on Wednesday said individual players will be able to avail government grants only if they undertake to be available for India whenever called upon.
Sports Shorts: Vela gets Mexico call-up despite years of refusals
Real Sociedad midfielder Carlos Vela was called up by Mexico for November tour friendlies on Tuesday after turning his back on his country since March 2011.
Spain made a mess of Davis Cup captain appointment: Murray
Britain's Andy Murray believes Gala Leon's appointment as Spain's Davis Cup captain was handled "horribly".
I'm living my dream, says 'hungry' Sania as IPTL beckons
On a high after winning the WTA Finals doubles crown and a clutch of prestigious titles this year, Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza says she is now bracing up for the International Premier Tennis League where she would play in the same team as World No 2 Switzerland's Roger Federer.
Police release sketches of suspects in death of SAfrica football captain
South African police issued identikit pictures on Tuesday of two men suspected of killing the national football captain, a death that led to more calls for tighter gun laws a week after track star Oscar Pistorius was jailed for shooting his girlfriend.
EPL: QPR owner Fernandes to stand by Redknapp
Loyalty and football are two words that do not often go together, but after watching his side climb off the bottom of the Premier League table with victory over Aston Villa, Queens Park Rangers owner Tony Fernandes is standing by manager Harry Redknapp.
Chennaiyin's Elano credits his ISL success to fans
Sitting on top in the goal-scorers list, Chennaiyin FC striker Elano Blumer says his superb performance so far in the Indian Super League has been helped immensely by the good turnout of fans.
German Cup: Under-firing Dortmund cruise through; Hanover, Hertha lose
Borussia Dortmund bounced back after slumping to their fourth straight Bundesliga defeat against Hanover 96 at the weekend, cruising past second tier St Pauli 3-0 on Tuesday to reach the German Cup third round.
Germany will bid to host 2024 Olympic Games
Germany is to bid to host the 2024 Summer Games in Berlin or Hamburg, the country's Olympic sports confederation (DOSB) said on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: Djokovic waltzes past Kohlschreiber at Paris Masters
World No 1 Novak Djokovic began his Paris Masters title defence with a routine 6-3, 6-4 win over German Philipp Kohlschreiber in the second round on Tuesday.
League Cup: Balotelli finally shines for Reds; Chelsea tame Shrews
Mario Balotelli enjoyed a rare moment of ecstasy in a Liverpool shirt by inspiring a 2-1 win over Swansea City in the League Cup on Tuesday while Chelsea had to call for reinforcements to see off Shrewsbury Town.
Meet the showstopper of track and field events!
Here's a look at some of Maggie Vessey's wild - and winning - competition outfits.
October 28, 2014
ISL: Elano, Mendoza help Chennaiyin thrash Mumbai 5-1
Chennaiyin FC marquee player Elano Blumer and John Mendoza fired two goals each to steamroll a hapless Mumbai FC 5-1 and bounce back from their previous match defeat in the Hero Indian Super League on Tuesday.
Russia, Ukraine to be kept apart at World Cup, assures Blatter
Russia and Ukraine will be put into different groups at the 2018 World Cup finals if the Ukrainians qualify and relations between the two countries do not improve, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Tuesday.
Advani, Bhaskar enter World Billiards semi-finals
Pankaj Advani continued his surge in the World Billiards Championship (time format), making it to the semi-finals with a 916-665 victory over compatriot Rupesh Shah, in Leeds, on Tuesday, while Balachandra Bhaskar shocked Singapore's Peter Gilchrist.
Maradona accused of assaulting ex-girlfriend
Argentine football legend Diego Maradona has reportedly been accused of assaulting his former girlfriend, who has video footage of an altercation in which the football icon allegedly hit her.
'My goal next year is to try and be number one in the world'
Having ended a successful year with victory in the WTA Tour Finals, Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza has set her sights on becoming the doubles world number one next season.
World Kabaddi League to impose sanctions for doping
The World Kabaddi League, on Tuesday, announced the list of 23 players who committed anti-doping rule violations, either before the draft or during and also in out of competition tests. Eleven players were found to have violated anti-doping regulations in the time since the start of the inaugural Wave WKL, according to the organisers.
President congratulates 'inspirational' Sania after winning WTA Finals title
President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday congratulated tennis ace Sania Mirza for winning the season-ending WTA Finals women's doubles title.
Guardiola faces ban for making physical contact with female official
Bayern Munich football team manager Pep Guardiola might face a touchline ban as he took out his frustrations on a female fourth official while watching his side struggle in a goalless draw with Borussia Monchengladback at the weekend.
Costa in FIFA Ballon D'Or short-list; Suarez misses out
Chelsea's Spanish striker Diego Costa was named along with usual suspects Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the 23- man FIFA Ballon D'Or short-list released on Tuesday.
Revealed: How 'Cannibal' Suarez sought help for 'teething problems'
Uruguay and Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has revealed the reason why he bites others and how his wife begged him to get help for the same.
Caterham, Morussia fallout: Mosley spells out formulas to save F1 teams
More Formula One teams could follow Caterham and Marussia into administration or failure, the former head of the sport's governing body Max Mosley warned on Monday.
Boxer Pacquiao roughs up sparring partners before Algieri bout
Manny Pacquiao is more than three weeks out from his next title defence against unbeaten American Chris Algieri but the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) welterweight champion is already in devastating form, trainer Freddie Roach says.
Sports Shorts: Real to appeal Zidane suspension over coaching licence
Real Madrid will appeal a three-month suspension slapped on assistant B team coach Zinedine Zidane for not having the correct licence, the club said on Monday.
Hottest Sporting Buzz: Look who's turning to fans for dating tips!
Rediff.com brings you the buzz around celebrity sportspersons and their glamorous lives!
EPL: Redknapp salutes special Sandro after QPR victory
Brazil international Sandro was picked out for special praise by manager Harry Redknapp after Queens Park Rangers leapfrogged Burnley at the foot of the Premier League table on Monday.
Argentina's forgotten man Tevez, back in thick of action
Carlos Tevez has been included in the squad for the first time in three years for next month's friendlies in England against Croatia and Portugal.
Djokovic is looking out for some baby advice
Novak Djokovic may be asking Roger Federer for one or two tips in the coming weeks about how to combine parenthood with playing on the ATP Tour.
PHOTOS: Smashing! Serena Williams...
World No 1 Serena Williams smashed a racquet and recovered from a set down as she overcame stubborn resistance from Caroline Wozniacki in a semi-final at the WTA Finals last week. It was not the first time the world No 1 abused her playing equipment. Take a look at previous moments when she soaked up her frustration on court by smashing her racket.
October 27, 2014
The real Marouane Fellaini is finally standing up for Man Utd
Written off last season as a sub-standard misfit with a comical haircut, there are signs that Marouane Fellaini is finally beginning to feel comfortable in a red Manchester United shirt.
Less than 500 points behind Djokovic, Federer eyes top spot
Roger Federer has his sights set on ending the year as the world's top-ranked player after the 33-year-old claimed his fifth title of the year in his home town.
South Africa prosecution to appeal Pistorius conviction, sentence
South Africa's state prosecutors will appeal the culpable homicide conviction and five-year jail sentence handed down last week on Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said on Monday.
South Africa shocked by murder of national soccer captain
His death highlighted the problem of gun violence in South Africa only days after Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius was jailed for five years for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year.
Sumariwala says AIBA has no jurisdiction to ban him
India's Asian Games Chef-de-Mission Adille Sumariwala slammed the International Boxing Association on Monday for provisionally suspending him in Sarita Devi episode, saying that the boxing world body went beyond its "jurisdiction".
I am sorry, won't do it again, Sarita tells AIBA
A remorseful L Sarita Devi appealed to the International Boxing Association to lift the provisional suspension imposed on her for refusing to accept the bronze medal at the Asian Games in Incheon, saying she deeply regrets her outburst on the podium and will never repeat it.
Boxing India requests AIBA to be lenient on Sarita
Requesting the International Boxing Association to revoke the provisional suspension on L Sarita Devi, Boxing India President Sandeep Jajodia said her unconditional apology and her impeccable past disciplinary record would form the crux of her defence in front of the world body.
Lahiri zeroes in on Order of Merit leader Lipsky after Macau win
Anirban Lahiri's victory at the Venetian Macau Open on Sunday edged him closer towards the Order of Merit summit while giving him a huge boost on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR).
PM Modi congratulates Sania Mirza on WTA Finals victory
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza on winning the season-ending WTA Finals women's doubles title, calling it a 'proud accomplishment'.
Serie A: Hat-trick for Gonzalo Higuain, stormy win for Inter Milan
Gonzalo Higuain burst into life by scoring a hat-trick in the final half hour, his first league goals of the season, to help Rafael Benitez's erratic Napoli thrash Verona 6-2 in Serie A on Sunday.
Shorts: FIS president warns FIFA over clash with 2022 Winter Games
International Ski Federation (FIS) president Gian-Franco Kasper has warned FIFA against holding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar at the same time as the Winter Olympic Games.
La Liga: Sevilla climb to summit, Atletico win
Sevilla drew level on points with Barcelona at the top of La Liga when they snatched a 2-1 comeback victory at home to Villarreal, while champions Atletico Madrid won 1-0 in a bad-tempered clash at Getafe on Sunday.
EPL: Mourinho, Van Gaal settle for a point apiece
Chelsea's Jose Mourinho and his old friend Louis van Gaal of Manchester United had different reasons to be satisfied with a point after their teams drew 1-1 in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Bundesliga: Bayern's winning streak snapped in Gladbach draw
Undefeated Bayern Munich stumbled to a 0-0 draw at Borussia Moenchengladbach on Sunday that ended a four-game winning streak in the league but they remain four points clear at the top.
Determined Serena Williams has plenty left in tank
The older Serena Williams gets, the more dominant she becomes. At 33, an age when most players start to fade, her grip on women's tennis looks as secure as ever.
Another shootout in South Africa; soccer captain Meyiwa killed
South Africa soccer captain Senzo Meyiwa was shot dead by intruders when trying to protect his girlfriend during a robbery at her home near Johannesburg, officials said on Monday.
October 26, 2014
ISL: Trezeguet fires as Pune beat Goa 2-0 to record maiden win
A striker always remains a striker is what David Trezeguet showed when he rolled back all those years with an opportunistic strike to help FC Pune City register their maiden win beating FC Goa by 2-0 in the Hero Indian Super League on Sunday.
Federer eases past Goffin to win sixth Basel Indoor title
Home favourite Roger Federer barely broke sweat as he beat David Goffin 6-2, 6-2 to win the Basel Indoor title for the sixth time on Sunday.
'I need to work on my physical strength and overall fitness'
Top doubles shuttler Jwala Gutta, who missed the Incheon Asian Games due to an injury, has said that keeping herself fit would be crucial for her to prepare well for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Golf: Anirban Lahiri lifts Venetian Macau Open title
Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri notched up his second title of the year, lifting the Venetian Macau Open with a sparkling final round of the five-under 66 on Sunday.
WTA Finals: Ruthless Serena Williams avenges loss to Halep
Serena Williams destroyed Romania's Simona Halep 6-3, 6-0 on Sunday to win the WTA Finals championship in Singapore, proving once again why she remains the most formidable force in women's tennis.
Depleted Atletico impress in 1-1 draw against Kerala Blasters
A depleted Atletico de Kolkata, without star forward Fikru Teferra, put up a spirited show but could not score that elusive winner settling for a 1-1 draw against a lucky Kerala Blasters FC in their fifth ISL encounter at the Salt Lake Stadium.
Nadal calls time on 2014, to skip tournaments in Paris and London
Rafael Nadal, after having suffered a 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) loss in the quarter-finals of the Swiss Indoors to teenager Borna Coric, has shut down his season to undergo appendix surgery.
Sania-Cara pair clinches WTA Finals doubles title in Singapore
Indian ace Sania Mirza and her Zimbabwean partner Cara Black ended the season and their partnership on a remarkable high by clinching the WTA finals women's doubles title with a comprehensive triumph in the summit clash in Singapore.
Marquez roars to record-equalling 12th win
Reigning world champion Marc Marquez won a season record-equalling 12th MotoGP race with victory at the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday.
Sports Shorts: Murray ousts Ferrer to boost London bid
Andy Murray took another step towards securing a berth at next month's World Tour finals when he fought off a typically dogged David Ferrer to win 6-4, 7-5 and move into the final of the Valencia Open on Saturday.
India-origin coach sacked by German club Werder Bremen
Indian-origin German football Bundesliga coach Robin Dutt has been sacked by his club SV Werder Bremen owing to the team's poor start in the new national championship season.
October 25, 2014
La Liga: Real fight back to take 'Clasico' spoils against Barca
Real Madrid trimmed Barcelona's lead at the top of La Liga to one point when they recovered from conceding an early goal to secure a stirring 3-1 comeback win in the 'Clasico' on Saturday.
Valencia Open: Murray ousts Ferrer to boost London bid
Andy Murray took another step towards securing a World Tour finals berth when he fought off a typically dogged David Ferrer to win 6-4, 7-5 and move into the final of the Valencia Open on Saturday.
Dortmund's miserable season continues; slump to 4th Bundesliga defeat
Borussia Dortmund's miserable domestic season continued when they lost 1-0 at home to fellow strugglers Hanover 96 on Saturday, their fourth Bundesliga defeat in a row.
ISL: Impressive Delhi Dynamos drub Chennaiyin
Delhi Dynamos fired three stunning goals and scored another one from the penalty spot to outplay Chennaiyin FC 4-1.
Sania, Cara win thriller, enter WTA year-end finals
India's tennis ace Sania Mirza and Cara Black showed nerves of steel as they saved three match points in the Super Tie Break against Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik to cruise into the summit clash of the WTA year-end finals, in Singapore on Saturday.
La Liga: Suarez included in Barca lineup for 'Clasico'
Barcelona forward Luis Suarez was included in the starting lineup for Saturday's La Liga 'Clasico' against Real Madrid, a day after his four-month ban for biting an opponent expired.
EPL: West Ham stun Manchester City; Birmingham suffer worst loss
West Ham United maintained their impressive start to the season when they beat champions Manchester City 2-1 at Upton Park on Saturday to consolidate their place in the top four of the Premier League.
Serena Serena Williams puts friendship to side against Wozniacki
There were no wild celebrations or fist pumps from Serena Williams after she beat Caroline Wozniacki at the WTA Finals on Saturday.
WTA Finals: Halep thumps Radwanska to set up rematch with Williams
Simona Halep crushed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-2 on Saturday to join Serena Williams in the championship decider at the WTA Finals.
ISL: Pires, Fikru get two-match ban, fine; Atletico coach Habas suspended for bust-up
Setting an example and cracking the whip on indiscipline, the All India Football Federation suspended Atletico de Kolkata head coach, Antonio Lopez Habas for four matches while Goa FC's marquee player Robert Pires and Kolkata's Fikru Lemessa have been banned for two matches each for breaching the disciplinary code during the ongoing Indian Super League.
Boxer Sarita hopeful of World Championships participation
Provisionally suspended she might be but Indian boxer L Sarita Devi has not given up hopes of participating in next month's World Championships, saying that she has written to the International Boxing Association (AIBA) presenting her case.
Biting is appalling but harmless, says Suarez in new book
Biting opponents may be appalling but it is harmless and should not be punished as severely as a bad tackle, says controversial Barcelona striker Luis Suarez.
Dhoni buys stake in Ranchi franchise of Hockey India League
After investing in motorsports and football, Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has now lent his support to Indian hockey after buying the Ranchi franchise of the Hockey India League (HIL).
Williams beats Wozniacki in thriller to reach WTA final
Serena Williams regained her composure after smashing her racquet and being on the brink of defeat to beat Caroline Wozniacki 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6) on Saturday and reach the title match at the WTA Finals.
ISL: NorthEast United coach expected more goals against 9-man Mumbai
Following their 2-0 win over nine-member Mumbai City FC in the Indian Super League game at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai, NorthEast United FC's head coach Ricki Herbert said he was disappointed that his team couldn't defeat their under-strength opponents by a bigger margin.
Record-breaking World Billiards champion Advani 'in seventh heaven'
India's cue sports champion Pankaj Advani is in seventh heaven after adding yet another world title to his kitty following his World Billiards Championship triumph in the 150-up points format.
F1: Caterham and Marussia to miss next races
The struggling Caterham and Marussia Formula One teams will both miss next week's U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, the sport's commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone told Reuters on Saturday.
Nadal to miss ATP World Tour Finals; set to undergo surgery
Rafael Nadal's announcement on Friday that he will miss the ATP World Tour Finals because of appendicitis ended a difficult year for the Spaniard during which he has endured injury, illness and worrying defeats.
Wenger goes back 10 years, remembers end of famous winning streak
Arsene Wenger often says he has no time to look back because he is so focused on the future but he spent a minute reminiscing on Friday on the 10th anniversary of the defeat to Manchester United that ended Arsenal's famous 49-match unbeaten run.
Van Gaal terms former understudy Mourinho 'very Special One'
Louis van Gaal says the visit of Jose Mourinho and his Chelsea side to Old Trafford on Sunday will be extra special for the Manchester United manager as he greets his "modest" former apprentice.
Sports Shorts: Coric stuns Nadal in Basel, Federer advances
Croatian wunderkind Borna Coric offered emphatic proof of his potential when he crushed Rafael Nadal in the Swiss Indoor tournament on Friday before local hero Roger Federer cruised into the last four.
October 24, 2014
NorthEast stun Mumbai 2-0 in ISL match
NorthEast United struck twice in the second half in a remarkable turnaround to stun Mumbai City FC 2-0 in a Hero Indian Super League match which saw the home side reduced to nine men in the end in Mumbai.
Ivanovic bows out despite beating Halep at WTA Finals
Serbia's Ana Ivanovic just missed out on a place in the semi-finals of the season-ending WTA Finals despite beating Simona Halep in the final group match on Friday.
Real have Ramos back for Clasico but Bale sits it out
Real Madrid will have their combative Spain centre back Sergio Ramos available for Saturday's "clasico" against Barcelona but Wales winger Gareth Bale is out, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Friday.
Barca's Suarez will 'play some minutes' in El Clasico
Luis Suarez, whose four-month ban for biting an opponent expires on Friday, will make his official Barcelona debut in Saturday's La Liga clasico at Real Madrid, coach Luis Enrique said.
Sharapova grinds out first win but still exits WTA Finals
Maria Sharapova recovered from a second-set meltdown to record her first victory at this year's WTA Finals with a 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-2 triumph over Poland's Agnieszka Radwanksa on Friday but the Russian still bowed out of the elite eight-woman tournament.
La Liga: Key head-to-heads in the 'Clasico'
Key head-to-head battles in Saturday's "Clasico" between Real Madrid and Barcelona at the Bernabeu stadium (1600 GMT)
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend: Chelsea vs United
Chelsea face the prospect of having veteran Didier Drogba as their only fit striker for their visit to Manchester United on Sunday in what is usually one of the standout matches of the Premier League season.
Williams ends year at No 1 spot after Sharapova eliminated from WTA Finals
Serena Williams clinched the year-end World No 1 ranking for the fourth time without hitting a ball on Friday after Maria Sharapova, the only woman with any chance of overtaking her, was eliminated from the WTA Finals.
Sports Shorts: Nadal withdraws from Paris Masters citing personal reasons
Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Paris Masters ahead of the tournament's start on Monday for "personal reasons", the French Tennis Federation announced on Friday.
ISL: Probe launched after Pires assaulted by Atletico de Kolkata coach
The Indian Super League (ISL) said on Friday it is looking into allegation that former France midfielder Robert Pires was punched in the face by an opposition coach during a halftime altercation in Thursday's match in Goa.
King impressed by 'exceptional' Halep
Long before Simona Halep's demolition job on Serena Williams at the WTA Finals, the Romanian was already winning over another of the game's greats.
Chelsea striker Costa released from hospital after brief illness
Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been released from hospital following treatment for an illness, British media reported on Thursday.
Real v Barca - the 'Clasico' in numbers
The numbers behind Saturday's La Liga "Clasico" between Real Madrid and Barcelona at the Bernabeu stadium (1600 GMT).
Europa League: Lamela is hot Spur as Tottenham hammer five past Tripolis
Tottenham Hotspur's Erik Lamela scored a stunning 'rabona' goal to light up Thursday's Europa League ties, wrapping his left boot round the back of his right leg 20 metres out and blasting the ball into the top corner.
October 23, 2014
ISL: Atletico de Kolkata fight back to beat Goa 2-1
Atletico de Kolkata handed FC Goa their second home defeat after coming back from a goal down to win 2-1 at the Nehru Stadium in Margoa on Thursday.
It's battle royale as Real, Barcelona set for 'El Clasico'
Clashes between Real Madrid and Barcelona are rarely short on drama and Saturday's La Liga 'Clasico' may have more than its usual share with Luis Suarez poised to return from a biting ban and Barca teammate Lionel Messi on the brink of equalling the top-flight scoring record.
Champions League: Sporting demand rematch with Schalke over penalty winner
Portugal's Sporting Lisbon have lodged a protest with European soccer's governing body UEFA and demanded a rematch with Schalke 04 after a last-gasp penalty gave the Germans a 4-3 win in their Champions League game on Tuesday.
Spotted: India footballer Gouramangi Singh with Amitabh Bachchan
Chennaiyin FC and India footballer Gouramangi Singh was left star-struck when he met Bollywood super star Amitabh Bachchan in the locker room after the club's ISL match against Kerala Blasters on Tuesday.
Doctor praises Schumi's wife for his progress; says it will take years for recovery
A French doctor treating former Formula One champion Michael Schumacher said on Thursday that the German driver was making progress, but will need years to recover.
Champions League: Rodgers unimpressed by Balotelli's shirt swap
Mario Balotelli's misfiring career at Anfield took another turn for the worst against Real Madrid on Wednesday with a halftime shirt-swap that did not impress manager Brendan Rodgers.
Champions League group still complicated, Simeone warns
Atletico Madrid must not let down their guard after Wednesday's thumping Champions League win at home to Malmo, coach Diego Simeone said.
Benzema blossoming under Ancelotti even under Ronaldo's shadow
Whatever Karim Benzema does in a Real Madrid shirt his achievements are generally overshadowed by the exploits of Cristiano Ronaldo yet the France forward has a splendid Champions League record of his own.
Champions League: Lethargic Arsenal unimpressive in win over Anderlecht
Arsenal's dramatic 2-1 Champions League win against Anderlecht on Wednesday rescued three valuable points but the victory only served to paper over the ever-widening cracks.
Sports Shorts: Sania-Cara make it through to WTA Finals semis
Making their first appearance in the WTA Finals in Singapore, Sania Mirza and Cara Black outplayed Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears in their opening match to book their semi-finals berth on Thursday.
WTA Finals: Serena bounces back in Bouchard battering
A day after suffering her heaviest defeat since she was a teenager, Serena Williams was back to her brilliant best as she swatted aside Eugenie Bouchard 6-1, 6-1 in her final round robin match at the WTA Finals on Thursday.
India hope to get Sarita Devi's suspension reversed before World C'ships
Boxing India is confident of L Sarita Devi's return to the ring before too long after the International Boxing Federation (AIBA) suspended the 29-year-old for her petulant display at the recent Asian Games at Incheon, South Korea.
October 22, 2014
Chelsea chief executive Gourlay quits club
Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay said on Wednesday he was leaving Stamford Bridge after a decade in which Chelsea were crowned kings of Europe but also suffered plenty of off-field dramas too.
Myneni and Yuki move to quarters but Somdev ousted in Pune
Somdev Devvarman suffered yet another early defeat but Yuki Bhambri and Saketh Myneni continued their impressive run by storming into the singles quarter-finals of the ATP Pune Challenger tournament. Amitabh Bachchan believes football has potential to grow in India
Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan is hopeful that a tournament like the Indian Super League can help increase the popularity and growth of football in the country.
French Open: Parupalli Kashyap stuns world No. 4, easy for Saina
Commonwealth Games gold medallist Parupalli Kashyap stunned world No. 4 Kenichi Tago of Japan by posting a straight-game victory in the first round of
Maken says Sarita's suspension was unfortunate
Former Sports Minister Ajay Maken termed AIBA's decision to suspend Indian woman boxer L Sarita Devi for refusing to accept bronze medal at the Asian Games podium ceremony as "unfortunate" and asked the Centre to take up the matter at the highest international level.
WTA Finals: Halep hands Serena 'embarrassing' defeat
World No 1 Serena Williams suffered one of the heaviest defeats of her long and illustrious career as she was humbled 6-0, 6-2 by Romanian Simona Halep at the WTA Finals on Wednesday.
Ferguson claims he was not alone responsible for Moyes getting United job
Alex Ferguson has broken his silence on David Moyes's short, traumatic reign at Manchester United, saying the former Everton manager underestimated the size of the job while denying he retired leaving the club in decline.
Bhaichung Bhutia inducted into AFC's Hall of Fame
Former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia has been inducted into the AFC's Hall of Fame, the All India Football Federation said on Wednesday.
Barca's Neymar looking forward to Suarez strike partnership
Barcelona forward Neymar is reportedly looking forward to welcome Luis Suarez into his and Argentina captain Lionel Messi's star-studded strike partnership when the Uruguayan returns for his four-month ban this weekend.
Novak-Jelena blessed with baby boy
World No 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic and wife Jelena Ristic were blessed with a baby boy early on Wednesday.
Abhishek Bachchan set to don new role, launch sports venture firm
Actor Abhishek Bachchan is keen to explore sports entrepreneurship more seriously after his stint as the owner of a team in the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL). He is in the process of setting up a separate company to handle his ventures in the business of sports, which should be in place by the time the second season of the PKL takes off in March 2015.
AIBA suspends boxer Sarita, her coaches for refusing bronze at Asiad
Taking a strict action, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) has provisionally suspended India's woman boxer Laishram Sarita Devi for refusing to accept the bronze medal at the Asian Games podium ceremony.
India hockey coach Walsh stays; to be given fresh contract
A day after his dramatic announcement to quit, Terry Walsh decided to continue as India's chief hockey coach after the country's top sports officials assured him that his concerns will be addressed in a fresh contract.
Spotted at ISL: Amitabh Bachchan, Rajinikanth and Sachin Tendulkar!
The legends descended at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai on Tuesday night for the Indian Super League match between Chennaiyin FC and Kerala Blasters.
CL: Record 40 goals, racist chants, all happened in one night
The goal machines of Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Shakhtar Donetsk cranked into top gear on Tuesday as the Champions League captivated its continental audience with a record 40 goals in one eight-game night.
Champions League: Ruthless Bayern destroy Roma; Adriano hits five
Ruthless Bayern Munich scored five goals in the first 35 minutes on the way to a 7-1 demolition of AS Roma on Tuesday which bore an uncanny resemblance to Germany's win over Brazil by the same score in the World Cup semi-final.
Champions League: Neymar, Messi guide Barca to win over Ajax
The Champions League Group F match between Barcelona and Ajax was a cracker of a contest.
October 21, 2014
Terry Walsh matter will be resolved, we want him continue: SAI
Under pressure from all quarters after Indian men's hockey team chief coach Terry Walsh's sudden resignation because of a "pay dispute", the Sports
ISL: Mendy magic wins it for Chennaiyin against Kerala Blasters
Former Hull City wing back Bernard Mendy scored through a stunning bicycle kick as hosts Chennayin FC beat Kerala Blasters 2-1 in a Hero Indian Super League match on Tuesday.
ATP Pune Challenger: Easy for Somdev, Yuki; Ramkumar exits
India's top singles players, led by Somdev Devvarman, easily advanced to the second round of ATP Pune Challenger on Tuesday, but rising star Ramkumar Ramanathan made a shock first-round exit. Third seed Somdev proved too good for local wild card Arjun Kadhe, scoring a 6-1, 6-3 victory in 60 minutes. Seventh seed Yuki Bhambri disposed of the challenge of Chinese Taipei's Liang-Chi Huang 6-3, 6-0.
In Steenkamp family's bar, mixed feelings over Pistorius sentence
The Olympic and Paralympic athlete was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday for shooting his girlfriend on Valentine's Day last year. He could be released in 10 months for good behaviour, his lawyers said.
Walsh willing to stay provided he gets a new contract
Australian Terry Walsh, who resigned as Indian men's hockey team chief coach because of a "pay dispute", hinted that he was ready to reconsider his decision if he was given a new contract on his terms and conditions by the Sports Authority of India.
Advani shines after losing opening outing at World billiards
Pankaj Advani lost his opening outing to defending champion Peter Gilchrist but later recovered and scored two straight victories in World Billiards Championship, in Leeds, on Tuesday.
India hockey coach Terry Walsh quits
After the euphoria over winning the gold medal at the Asian Games, Indian hockey suffered a major jolt on Tuesday with the resignation of the team's chief coach, Terry Walsh.
Deaths on the football pitch
Rediff.com lists the footballers who died while playing, in the last decade.
Pistorius sentenced to five-year jail term for killing girlfriend
South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison by Judge Thokozile Masipe, closing one of the most sensational trials in South African history and one that may yet fuel controversy about race and money in its justice system.
WTA Finals: Williams, Halep enjoy opening wins
Serena Williams shook off the rust and a feisty challenge from Serbia's Ana Ivanovic to open the defence of her WTA Finals title with a 6-4, 6-4 victory in the opening match of the elite eight-player tournament on Monday.
EPL: Blind rescues a point for lacklustre United
Daley Blind's late second half strike helped a lacklustre Manchester United salvage a 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns in the Premier League on Monday.
Pistorius to be sentenced today for girlfriend's killing
A judge will pass sentence on athlete Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday for killing his girlfriend after one of the most sensational murder trials in South Africa's history - and the decision could fuel controversy over the state of the country's justice system.
DON'T MISS! 10 ODD Photos from the sporting world
Rediff.com brings you a collection of some of the odd and unusual sports images from around the world in recent weeks.
'Progression of Liverpool has been halted by departure of Suarez'
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers conceded his team has been hit by the departure of controversial-but-prolific striker Luis Suarez as they prepare to take on Champions League winners Real Madrid on Wednesday.
October 20, 2014
Luis Suarez feared Barca would not sign him after biting ban
Luis Suarez feared he had destroyed his career and that Barcelona would not want to sign him following his four-month ban for biting at the World Cup.
WTA Finals: Serena Williams battles past Ivanovic in opener
Serena Williams shook off the rust and a feisty challenge from Serbia's Ana Ivanovic to open the defence of her WTA Tour Finals title with a 6-4, 6-4 victory in the opening match of the elite eight-player tournament on Monday.
Gareth Bale doubtful for Real Madrid's Liverpool clash
Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale has a buttock muscle strain and is doubtful for their Champions League Group B match against Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday, the club said.
Hulkenberg secures Force India seat for 2015
Germany's Nico Hulkenberg will continue to race for the Force India next season, the Formula One team said on Monday.
Lu Shanglei crowned World Jr chess champion
Lu Shanglei of China defeated Aleksander Indjic of Serbia and was crowned World junior chess champion at Hotel Hyatt, in Pune, on Sunday. In the girls' section, 16-year-old Alexandra Goryachkina successfully defended her title with a round to spare on Saturday.
Champions League: Schalke need Di Matteo's touch against Sporting
Schalke 04 are hoping their freshly-found discipline under new coach Roberto Di Matteo, coupled with his Champions League pedigree will help them beat Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday for their first win in the competition this season.
Barcelona seek momentum against Ajax before Clasico
Barcelona need to avoid getting sucked into the Spanish obsession with El Clasico when they face Ajax Amsterdam in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Tennis Rankings: Sania Mirza No 6; Saketh climbs ladder
India tennis ace, Sania Mirza finds herself at No 6 as the new WTA doubles chart was released on Monday.
'Only a matter of time before Man United start reaping rewards'
Manchester United defender Daley Blind says his team mates are adapting to Louis van Gaal's Dutch style of play and it is only a matter of time before they start reaping the rewards of their new look.
EPL PHOTOS: 'Lucky' Liverpool strike late to down QPR on dramatic weekend
Liverpool scored a stunning 3-2 win over bottom side Queens Park Rangers with four goals coming in a frenzied seven-minute finale at Loftus Road as the drama continued in the Premier League on Sunday.
EPL: Swansea manager accuses ref of cheating, risks FA sanctions
Swansea City manager Garry Monk risks punishment from the FA after accusing referee Michael Oliver and Stoke City winger Victor Moses of cheating in his team's 2-1 Premier League defeat at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday.
Mohd. Sporting dismiss talk of closure, says will not play in I-League Div 2
Mohammedan Sporting have opted against playing in the second division of the I-League and also pulled out of the Durand Cup football tournament, beginning October 28, apparently due to financial crisis.
Indian Super League just a week old and kicking!
The jury is still out on whether the Indian Super League (ISL) can wake the world's second most populous nation from its football slumber but the first week of the eight-team competition has at least made people sit up and take notice.
Sports Shorts: Murray fights back to clinch Vienna Open title
Andy Murray clinched the Vienna Open title on Sunday with a 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 victory over David Ferrer, one of the Briton's main rivals in the battle to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals.
October 19, 2014
Harmanpreet's late goal helps India lift Johor Cup title
Harmanpreet Singh converted two penalty corners to help India successfully defend its Sultan of Johor Cup Under-21 hockey title, beating Great Britain 2-1 in a keenly-contested final.
Controversial penalty helps NorthEast settle for a draw with Goa
NorthEast United FC capitalised on a debatable penalty decision as they held FC Goa to a 1-1 draw in a high intensity Hero Indian Super League match.
Tiago header sets up Atletico win over Espanyol
A first half Tiago header set up Atletico Madrid's 2-0 victory over Espanyol as they seek to get back on track following a stuttering start to the La Liga season.
MotoGP: Rossi rolls back the years after Marquez fall
Valentino Rossi rolled back the years to win his sixth premier class Australian Grand Prix on Sunday after world champion Marc Marquez's cruise to a pole-to-flag victory was ended suddenly by a crash on lap 18.
October 18, 2014
I did what I've been doing all my life, nothing different: Moritz
It was early Diwali celebration for the Mumbai City FC team as they blanked FC Pune City 5-0 at the noisy DY Patil stadium in Navi Mumbai on Saturday night.
EPL: Chelsea march on, brilliant Southampton thrash Sunderland
Chelsea maintained their iron grip on top spot with a 2-1 win at Crystal Palace while Southampton recorded one of the biggest victories in Premier League history when they crushed a woeful Sunderland side 8-0 at St Mary'son Saturday.
ISL: Andre Moritz's hat-trick helps Mumbai City FC thrash Pune
Brazilian Andre Moritz dazzled the home crowd with a hat-trick of goals to power Mumbai City FC to a stunning 5-0 victory over state rivals FC Pune City in a Hero Indian Super League fixture.
EPL: Aguero scores four as Manchester City thrash Tottenham
A virtuoso performance from Sergio Aguero earned Manchester City a 4-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Saturday, the Argentine scoring all his side's goals in an incident-packed clash at The Etihad.
Denmark Open: Kashyap's semi-final defeat ends India's campaign
Indian campaign in the Denmark Open Super Series Premier badminton tournament ended with Parupalli Kashyap suffering a straight-game defeat at the hands of second seed Chen Long of China in the men's singles semi-finals in Odense (Denmark).
'I'm sorry but the truth is Man United is not in balance now'
Playing spectacular football is all well and good but Manchester United must find the right balance in both areas of the pitch if they want to be successful this season, manager Louis van Gaal has said.
Johor Cup hockey: Harmanpreet hat-trick helps India beat Aussies 6-2
Harmanpreet Singh came up with his second hat-trick of the tournament as defending champions India hammered Australia 6-2 to storm into the final of the Sultan of Johor Cup hockey tournament, in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, on Saturday.
African players in Europe feel Ebola backlash
African footballers based at European clubs, especially those travelling back to the continent from international duty, began on Friday to feel the backlash from fears over the Ebola virus outbreak.
Williams gets kind draw for WTA Finals defence
World No 1 Serena Williams was handed the best possible draw for her WTA Finals title defence with the 33-year-old American grouped with two injury doubts and avoiding the in-form players.
Sports Shorts: Marquez on pole for Australian Grand Prix
World champion Marc Marquez underlined his dominance of MotoGP when he swept to a record-equalling 12th pole position of the season on a good day for Spain at the Australian Grand Prix on Saturday.
WTA bans Russia tennis chief for questioning gender of Williams sisters
The president of the Russian Tennis Federation Shamil Tarpischev has been fined $25,000 and banned from the women's tour for a year after referring to Serena and Venus Williams as "the Williams brothers" on a television chat show last week.
Recuperating Nadal uncertain of London ATP finals participation
Rafael Nadal says he could miss the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals next month because of appendicitis.
EPL: Balotelli admits finding tough to play lead role at Liverpool
Mario Balotelli admits he is struggling to adapt to Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers' tactics as he seeks to open his Premier League account for his new club.
PHOTOS: Milestone man Messi symbolic of Barca's golden era
Lionel Messi may lack a World Cup for Argentina but his 10 years with Barcelona have seen him rewrite the history books and become symbolic with the club's golden era.
October 17, 2014
ISL: Expect entertaining, attacking football from Mumbai City FC
Talking to Rediff.com's , on the eve of the match against Pune City FC, Reid, the massively experienced manager of Mumbai City FC, promises entertaining, attacking football to fans of the club.
Ramkumar sends Ti Chen packing to reach Indore Open semis
Continuing his excellent run at the ATP Indore Open, Indian youngster Ramkumar Ramanathan toppled Chinese Taipei Davis Cupper Ti Chen in a marathon contest to reach his first-ever Challenger-level semi-final in Indore.
I'm convinced that ISL will take off in India: Wenger
I'm convinced that ISL will take off in India: Wenger
Pistorius should serve at least 10 years in prison, demands prosecutor
South African track star Oscar Pistorius should serve at least 10 years in prison for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day last year, the state prosecutor said at the close of the athlete's sentencing hearing on Friday.
World Cup bidding corruption: 'Full publication of report impossible'
The report into the turbulent bidding process for the rights to host the next two World Cups cannot be made fully public for legal reasons, though excerpts of it may be, FIFA's ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert said on Friday.
EPL: Spurs manager Pochettino positive before Man City tie
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino likes to erase bad memories and cherish good ones and it is a trait he hopes his players have acquired ahead of Saturday's clash at Premier League champions Manchester City.
Sports Shorts: Platini says Blatter not serving football anymore
UEFA president Michel Platini hit out at FIFA chief Sepp Blatter on Friday, saying the Swiss has stopped serving the cause of football.
Courage beyond Compare: Beating disability to become champions
Courage beyond Compare, as the name suggests, profiles Indian paralympic sports stars who despite physical disability, have fought the odds to become world class, champion athletes.
This Arsenal footballer is in the spotlight, for all the wrong reasons...
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has endured a difficult time of late having been ruled out for up to six weeks out with a knee ligament injury, and, it would now appear, that he is on the verge of a break-up from girlfriend Mandy Capristo.
Greater say for soccer fans via takeover rule shake-up?
New buyers of English and Welsh soccer clubs may be forced to sell up to 10 per cent of their stakes to fans of the club under plans put forward on Friday by Britain's opposition Labour party to shake up club ownership and governance rules.
Messi thanks fans, friends after 10 'wonderful' years at FC Barcelona
Barcelona's star striker Lionel Messi, who completed a decade at FC Barcelona on Thursday, used social media to reach out to his fans, thanking them for their support.
Will Messi break 60-year-old Barca record on anniversary?
Lionel Messi will have another chance to match or surpass Telmo Zarra's six-decade-old La Liga scoring record of 251 goals when Barcelona host promoted Eibar on Saturday.
October 16, 2014
ISL: Fikru, Podany help Atletico de Kolkata ease past NorthEast
The 10-man Atletico de Kolkata lived up to their reputation as they outplayed hosts NorthEast United FC 2-0 to notch up their second consecutive win in the ongoing Indian Super League (ISL) in Guwahati.
Hermanpreet hat-trick helps India down Malaysia in Johor Cup
Hermanpreet Singh did the star turn with a hat-trick of goals as India enhanced their chances of qualifying for the final of the Under-21 Sultan of Johor Cup with a convincing 4-2 victory over hosts Malaysia, in Johor Bahru, on Thursday.
Southampton's Ronald Koeman nominated for Premier League award
Southampton's barnstorming start to the Premier League season has been reflected in a trio of nominations for early-season awards. Dutchman Ronald Koeman has been nominated for the Premier League Manager of the Month award.
World Jr Chess: Shanglei, Yi lead Chinese charge
China's Lu Shanglei and Wei Yi emphatically exhibited their rising chess prowess with convincing victories over Russians Vladimir Fedoseev, the top seed, and Mikhail Antipov, in the 10th round of the World Junior Chess Championships at Hotel Hyatt, in Pune, on Thursday. The victories ensured that the Chinese maintained joint-leader status with eight points each.
Former world number three Nikolay Davydenko announces retirement
Former world number three Nikolay Davydenko announced his retirement on Thursday at the age of 33.
Pistorius faces prison hospital wing if sentenced to jail
Oscar Pistorius will be committed to the hospital wing of one of South Africa's toughest prisons if the double-amputee Olympic track star is sentenced to jail time for killing his girlfriend, the head of the prison service said.
EPL: Wenger confirms Mesut Ozil out for at least six weeks
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Mesut Ozil faces around six weeks out with a knee ligament injury, a problem that was only discovered when the midfielder joined up with the Germany squad for international duty last week.
Sindhu, Kashyap, Srikanth in Denmark Open quarter-finals
P V Sindhu stormed into the quarter-finals, while Parupalli Kashyap and K Srikanth also advanced to the last eight stage after posting contrasting victories in the Denmark Open Super Series Badminton Premier, in Odense.
Now, Sania joins Swachh Bharat campaign, cleans Hyderabad road
Tennis star Sania Mirza joined the Swachh Bharat campaign, cleaning a road in Hyderabad before nominating nine persons, including fellow-sportspersons and Bollywood personalities, to join the movement.
Tendulkar bats with PM Modi for 'Swachh Bharat'
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and apprised him of his contribution to the Swachh Bharat campaign.
Qatar is organiser for 2022 World Cup, insists FIFA secretary-general
'It's amazing because it's a question that's coming quite often. Look, Qatar is the organizer for FIFA World Cup 2022. It is the case ever since Qatar was awarded by the FIFA executive committee in 2010,' FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke tell Rediff.com. Pistorius 'can't get away with this', Steenkamp's cousin tells court
Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius needs to go to jail for the killing of his 29-year-old girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day last year, a cousin of the slain model told a South African court on Thursday.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
In case they needed it, the short trip to Crystal Palace will re-focus Chelsea's globe-trotting players on matters at home as the Premier League slips back into gear this weekend after the second international break of the season.
Messi tax row: It's nothing to do with him, father insists
Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi had nothing to do with his own tax affairs and should not be included in an investigation into an alleged fraud, his father Jorge has insisted.
F1 Pitlane Tales: 'Alonso is leaving Ferrari'
Fernando Alonso is leaving Ferrari at the end of the season because he wants a fresh environment and needs to be winning again, the Formula One team's ex-chairman Luca di Montezemolo said on Wednesday.
Shorts: Kaymer wins Grand Slam title in playoff over Watson
US Open champion Martin Kaymer sank an eight-foot birdie putt at the first extra hole to beat Bubba Watson in the four-man PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda on Wednesday.
Why Simone Biles, a 17-year-old, is sportswoman of the year
American Simone Biles, who won four golds at last week's world gymnastics championships in China, including the all-around title, was named Sportswoman of the Year by the Women's Sports Foundation on Wednesday.
Journalist recants comments linking Schumacher injuries to camera
French journalist Jean-Louis Moncet recanted his comments suggesting that Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher's injuries in a skiing accident last year may have been caused by a wearable camera made by GoPro Inc.
After drone stunt, diplomatic row between Serbia and Albania
The Serbian FA (FSS) blamed their Albanian rivals for incidents which forced Tuesday's Euro 2016 qualifier to be abandoned but will press for several dozen home fans who invaded the pitch to be charged, the governing body said.
Meet the first Indian goal scorer of ISL
Chennaiyin FC's Balwant Singh has registered his name into the record books of Hero Indian Super League (ISL). The striker became the first Indian scorer in ISL against Goa FC at the Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium in Margao on Wednesday.
On the football field or ramp... this Indian footballer is a hit!
This 23-year-old footballer exhibits glamour and style. Prathamesh Maulingkar, says , made heads turn at the recent India Fashion Week.
October 15, 2014
ISL: Balwant, Elano help Chennaiyin edge past hosts Goa
In a pulsating Hero Indian Super League (ISL) encounter, Chennaiyin FC edged past hosts Goa FC 2-1 as forward Balwant Singh, who scored for the visitors, became the first Indian goalscorer in the tournament at the Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium in Margao on Wednesday.
World Jr Chess: Padmini Rout bounces back into reckoning
Padmini Rout has 6.5 points, one behind the leader, Sarasadat Khademalsharieh, in the girls' section at the World Junior Chess Championships in Pune.
Saina, Sindhu, Kashyap progress at Denmark Open
Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu cleared first round hurdles in the women's singles with contrasting victories at the Denmark Open Super Series Badminton Premier, in Odense, on Wednesday. In the men's singles, Parupalli Kashyap cruised into the second round, beating Rajiv Ouseph of England 21-15, 21-18.
Myneni shocks seventh seed Coppejans at ATP Indore Open
A day after being felicitated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his exploits at the Asian Games in Incheon, Saketh Myneni toppled Belgian seventh seed Kimmer Coppejans to move into the quarter-finals of the ATP Indore Open on Wednesday. Myneni, ranked 451, overcame the number 202 Belgian 1-6, 6-3, 7-6(4) in a close to two-hour second round match in the US $50,000 Challenger tournament.
'Grassroots, not ISL, should be focus for India'
While a glitzy new league may inspire youngsters to take up the sport, India's hopes of becoming a soccer power rest with its development at a grassroots level, according to FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke.
First Look! Sania Mirza scores during ISL
Get over Italian legend Alessandro del Piero and make way for Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza.
Football friendlies: Argentina trounce Hong Kong; Honduras draw with US
The Hong Kong Football Association were left red-faced and out of pocket after only managing to sell half the tickets for Tuesday's glamour friendly against Argentina to mark their centenary.
In Pix: Drone stunt causes brawl; Serbia-Albania match abandoned
The politically-sensitive Euro 2016 qualifier between Serbia and Albania was abandoned on Tuesday following a brawl between players from both sides after a flag stunt.
Euro qualifiers: Ronaldo sizzles; Ireland stun Germany with late equaliser
A headed goal in second-half injury time by Cristiano Ronaldo gave Portugal a much-needed 1-0 win over Denmark in their Group I Euro 2016 qualifier on Tuesday.
Ferguson happy with Van Gaal infusing new blood into United
Manchester United have made purchases in the impressive Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao and former manager Alex Ferguson has expressed his satisfaction at the changes made in the team line-up.
ISL: Italian legend Del Piero enjoys fan adulation
Playing in his first competitive match in the country, Italian legend Alessandro del Piero said that he enjoyed the adulation he got from the football fans.
October 14, 2014
ISL: Dynamos share honours with FC Pune City
Delhi Dynamos were better but wasteful as they paid the price for their profligacy even as Alessandro del Piero's presence failed to break the deadlock in their barren draw against FC Pune City in the Hero Indian Super League on Tuesday.
World Jr Chess: Rout's winning run halted by top seed Goryachkina
Padmini Rout's unbeaten run was halted by top seed Aleksandra Goryachkina in the eighth round of the LIC World Junior Chess Championships, at the Hotel Hyatt, in Pune, on Tuesday. After a day's rest, the girls' section was dominated by the higher-rated Russians in the fray, with Daria Pustovoitova defeating Anna Iwanow of Poland. Both the Russian girls and Anna Iwanow of Peru jointly lead the girls' section in the 77-player event with 6.5 points each.
'Hungry' Suarez terms El Clasico comeback 'fate'
Luis Suarez is likely to play his first competitive game for Barcelona in La Liga's "Clasico" against Real Madrid later this month and he says it is no coincidence his four-month biting ban expires the day before one of biggest fixtures in world soccer.
'Gold in hockey has given new life to the sport'
Impressed with the hockey team's showing at the recently-concluded Asian Games, Sports Minister Sarbanada Sonowal said the gold medal triumph could act as a "trigger" for more good things to come.
Marussia driver Bianchi will keep fighting, says father
Critically injured French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi will not give up his fight for life but the situation remains desperate, his father Philippe said on Tuesday.
PM hosts Asian Games medallists, lauds their feats
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Tuesday, felicitated the medal winners from the recently-concluded Asian Games over a breakfast meeting at his residence and said sportspersons do as much for the country as political leaders.
Asiad discus throw champ Punia laments lack of recognition, eyes Olympic gold
Putting behind a controversial past and bringing home an Asian Games gold medal is no mean feat. Discus thrower Seema Punia says, despite lack of government recognition, gold was all she dreamed of at the recently-concluded continental games in Incheon.
Wenger apologises for shoving Mourinho; Lampard in fans hearts
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has apologised for shoving his Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho on the touchline during a Premier League match at Stamford Bridge.
Club v country debate intensifies!
The club versus country row which has dogged England in the past reared its ugly head once again with manager Roy Hodgson saying he should not be solely responsible for resting 'tired' Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling.
ISL: Blow to Mumbai City FC, skipper Nabi out for 3 weeks
Barely a game into the Indian Super League and Mumbai City FC have been dealt a massive blow with skipper Syed Rahim Nabi ruled out for upto three weeks due to an ankle injury sustained during the team's opening match against Atletico de Kolkata.
ISL will change the face of Indian football, says Tendulkar
Legendary Sachin Tendulkar feels that Indian Super League has begun on the right note and the 'fantastic start' on Sunday would be a huge boost towards changing the face of the game in the country.
Euro 2016: Wales continue their unbeaten run; Iceland stun Dutch
Wales continued their unbeaten start to the Euro 2016 campaign as a nervy 2-1 triumph over Cyprus, after they had been reduced to 10 men, bolstered the nation's dream of qualifying for a major championship finals for only the second time.
What happens when a journalist links camera to Schumacher's injuries
GoPro Inc's shares fell as much as 16 per cent on Monday after a French journalist suggested that Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher's injuries in a ski accident last year might have been caused by a wearable camera made by the company.
Euro qualifiers: Normality returned but shock waves may continue to reverberate
When Michel Platini revamped the European Championship, turning the finals from a tough, lean 16-team tournament in 2012 into a flabby, 'roll up, anybody's welcome' 24-side affair in 2016, it was not surprising he ran into a blizzard of rebukes.
October 13, 2014
Koke takes NorthEast United past Kerala Blasters
Spanish striker Sergio Contreras Pardo's opportunistic first-half strike gave NorthEast FC a 1-0 victory over Sachin Tendulkar co-owned Kerala Blasters FC in the second match of the Hero Indian Super League, in Guwahati, on Monday night. The former Marseille frontman, popularly known as Koke, struck at the stroke of half-time with a snap angular right-footer from the top of the box, sending the ball past former England custodian David James's far right.
Sports shorts: Mary Kom voted India's 'Most Valuable' at Asian Games
London Olympics bronze medallist M C Mary Kom was on Monday voted the 'Most Valuable Player' of India's campaign at the Incheon Asian Games, at a felicitation for the medal winners by the contingent sponsors, Samsung India.
'Pistorius should get house arrest, community service'
South African track star Oscar Pistorius should serve three years of partial house arrest and community service for the negligent killing of his girlfriend, a witness said on Monday at the first day of the athlete's sentencing.
World Jr Chess: India's Narayanan, Rout stay unbeaten after 7 rounds
Padmini Rout is well-placed along with four foreigners atop of the points' table after seven rounds in the LIC World Junior Chess Championships, being played at Hotel Hyatt, in Pune. With six rounds left in the tough 13-round Swiss league event, the players in both sections are tightly bunched, making the hunt for the title quite open.
F1 Pitlane Tales: I'm not in a hurry, says Alonso
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso gave a teasing hint about his Formula One future on Sunday by saying the decision would seem obvious once announced and he was unlikely to drive for a Mercedes-powered team.
Formula One: Mercedes secure trophy
Russian Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton might cover the distance in a matter of minutes but it has taken more than half a century for Mercedes to add their names to the likes of Ferrari, McLaren and Williams.
Euro 2016: Rooney closes on scoring record; Costa ends drought
Wayne Rooney struck with a 74th-minute free kick to give England a 1-0 win over 10-man Estonia in a Euro 2016 Group E qualifier on Sunday and move to within six goals of Bobby Charlton's record tally of 49.
ISL atmosphere at par with world, says Ranbir Kapoor
After watching his first football match at an Indian stadium, Bollywood star Ranbir Kapoor said the atmosphere during the lung opener of the ISL in Kolkata matched any top international games.
October 12, 2014
Masterful Marquez retains MotoGP title
Marc Marquez retained his MotoGP title with a fighting second place finish in the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday, the dominant Spaniard securing a fourth global title in five years at his Honda team's home Motegi circuit.
Shuttler Jayaram clinches Dutch Open, bags maiden Grand Prix
Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram notched up the biggest triumph of his career by clinching $50,000 Yonex Dutch Open Grand Prix badminton tournament in Almere.
India defeat New Zealand 2-1 Johor Cup opener
Parvinder Singh and Varun Kumar scored a goal each as defending champions India opened their campaign in the Sultan of Johor Cup with a 2-1 win over New Zealand at Taman Daya Hockey Stadium in Johor Bahru.
Frail Muhammad Ali can barely speak, reveals brother
American boxing legend Muhammad Ali's brother has revealed that the boxer who was once famous for his lightning speed and even faster tongue is now so ill that he can barely speak.
Indian Super League kicks off with glittering ceremony
It was an evening to remember for the people residing in 'Mecca of Indian Football' as a riot of colours lit the Salt Lake skyline with much awaited Indian Super League (ISL) doing everything possible to strike the right chord with the football aficionado.
Pique defends stance backing Catalan independence
Spain and Barcelona defender Gerard Pique had made his stand clear over Catalan independence last week and, on Saturday, had to respond to questions over comments he made backing a possible referendum on independence for Catalonia.
Pistorius faces sentencing over girlfriend's death
Disgraced South African track star Oscar Pistorius returns to court on Monday to find out whether he will serve a long stretch behind bars for the negligent killing of his model girlfriend, or walk out a free man.
Ebola fears won't affect African Nations Cup schedule
African Nations Cup's organisers reportedly have no intention of changing the dates of next year's football event even though hosts Morocco called for postponement of the finals because of fears over the Ebola virus.
Bryans achieve another record with Masters slam
American twins Bob and Mike Bryan added another accolade to their lengthy resume after taking the Shanghai Masters men's doubles title on Sunday to become the first pair to win all nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments.
F1 Pitlane Tales: Drivers back speed limit proposals
Formula One drivers have backed proposals to introduce a 'virtual safety car' or automatic speed limiter that would force the entire field to slow when yellow warning flags are waved.
Ronaldo has knee problems again as France beat Portugal in friendly
Not even the return of Cristiano Ronaldo could arrest Portugal's ailing fortunes as new manager Fernando Santos watched his men defeated 2-1 by France in a friendly in Paris on Saturday.
Euro 2016 qualifiers: Poland stun world champions Germany
Poland struck twice on the break to stun wasteful World Cup winners Germany 2-0 on Saturday, earning their first ever victory over their illustrious neighbours and taking control of Euro 2016 qualifying Group D.
Sports Shorts: Shuttler Jayaram stuns top seed to make Dutch Open final
Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram overcame Rajiv Ouseph of England to enter the men's singles final of the $50,000 Yonex Dutch Open Grand Prix, in Almere, The Netherlands.
October 11, 2014
Massa considered quitting F1 following Bianchi's accident
Williams driver Felipe Massa has revealed that he considered quitting Formula One after Marussia driver Jules Bianchi's 160 miles-per-hour horror accident during the Japanese Grand Prix.
Friendlies: Suarez scores on international return; Donovan bids farewell
Luis Suarez returned for Uruguay for the first time since his infamous World Cup biting incident and scored in a 1-1 friendly draw against Saudi Arabia.
'I'm here to be a part of the development of football in India'
Amid the buzz surrounding what has been termed a game-changer for Indian football, Brazilian legend Zico says the 158-ranked nation's hopes of scaling greater heights in the world sport depends solely on the local players' "mentality" and their "ability" to develop.
Euro 2016 qualifiers: Chiellini stars in Italy win; Dutch beat Kazakhs
Defender Giorgio Chiellini scored three times, including an own goal, as Italy beat Azerbaijan 2-1 in their Euro 2016 Group H qualifier in Palermo on Friday.
Ronaldo's agent claims he will never return to Manchester United
Portugal's football team captain Cristiano Ronaldo's agent has revealed that the forward would play out the rest of his career at Real Madrid, shunning reports of a return to Manchester United.
EPL: Allardyce gets praise for playing the 'West Ham way'
West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce deserves credit for re-introducing the 'West Ham way' after a positive start to the Premier League season, co-chairman David Sullivan said on Friday.
Can the Indian Super League reignite India's passion for the beautiful game?
India's new soccer league with its cast of celebrity owners, experienced foreign managers and a sprinkling of high-profile players will kick off on Sunday, igniting hopes of waking the country from its football slumber.
October 10, 2014
Bopanna-Mergea in semis of Shanghai Masters
Rohan Bopanna and his Romanian partner Florin Mergea advanced to the semi-finals of the ATP Shanghai Rolex Masters with a shock victory over the fourth seeded Croat-Brazilian pair of Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo on Friday. The unseeded Indo-Romanian won the quarter-final 6-4, 3-6, 10-7.
Federer sets up Djokovic showdown in Shanghai semis
Two-time champion Novak Djokovic thumped Spain's David Ferrer 6-4, 6-2 to march into the last four of the Shanghai Masters on Friday and set up a semi-final showdown with third seed Roger Federer.
World Jr Chess: Nandhidhaa, Furtado lead Indians' charge
Lesser-fancied Indians again stole limelight in the LIC World Junior Chess Championships, being played at Hotel Hyatt, in Pune, on Friday.
Abhishek Bachchan unveils Chennaiyin FC jersey
Thursday was a landmark day for Chennaiyin FC. The Hero Indian Super League franchise launched their home jersey and also announced prominent real estate developers Ozone Group as their principal sponsor.
F1 Pitlane Tales: Marussia to race with one car in Sochi
Marussia will race with only one car in Sunday's Russian Formula One Grand Prix out of respect for their severely injured French driver Jules Bianchi, the team said on Friday.
Drivers seek respite on track as Russia makes F1 debut
However intense the pain felt by Formula One after Jules Bianchi's horrific accident in Japan, and the shock is deep indeed, Friday's inaugural Russian Grand Prix practice offers some respite.
Chat with Asian Games champion archer Abhishek Verma right here!
Join Abhishek Verma on Rediff Chat at 1 pm IST on October 10, where he will talk about his experience at the Asian Games, his preparations before the Asiad and the feeling of being an Asian Games gold medalist.
Sports Shorts: Nadal recovering satisfactorily from appendicitis
Rafael Nadal is recovering satisfactorily from appendicitis and will continue a course of antibiotics in a bid to be fit for the remainder of the 2014 season, the World No 2's spokesman said on Thursday.
Euro 2016 qualifiers: Slovakia stun defending champs Spain; England labour to win
Holders Spain suffered their first defeat in qualifying for a major tournament in eight years when Miroslav Stoch nodded a late goal to earn Slovakia a shock 2-1 victory in Euro 2016 Group C on Thursday.
October 09, 2014
World Jr Chess: Narayanan shocks Polish GM Dragun
S L Narayanan, a regular visitor to Pune for the Maharashtra Chess League, has a reputation for shocking seeded players. On Thursday, in the fourth round of the LIC World Junior Chess championships, at the Hotel Hyatt, the teenager from Kerala played true to his reputation and stunned Polish Grandmaster Kamil Dragun.
'I do not own any ISL team,' clarifies Salman Khan
Bollywood star Salman Khan used micro-blogging site Twitter to deny reports of him investing in Indian Super League team FC Pune City. The actor, who was believed to be the co-owner of the Pune franchise, posted: "I do not own any ISL team. My friends Dheeraj & Kapil Wadhawan had asked me to be their partner in FC Pune City.
Shanghai: Ferrer ousts Murray, Djokovic and Federer into quarters
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer notched up contrasting victories to reach the Shanghai Masters quarter-finals on Thursday while David Ferrer fought back from a set down to knock out Andy Murray.
Dhoni sole Indian on Forbes' most valuable athlete brand list
India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the sole Indian sportsman to figure on Forbes' list of the world's most valuable athlete brands, a list that has been topped by American basketball player LeBron James and includes golfer Tiger Woods and tennis stars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Koke aims to follow in Xavi's footsteps for new-look Spain
Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke is part of a fresh generation of Spain players aiming to make an impact in Euro 2016 qualifying and says he would be happy if he achieves half the success of retired great Xavi.
Manchester United warned off Roma's Dutch midfielder Strootman
Manchester United can give up hope of signing AS Roma's Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman in the next transfer window, the Italian club's owner told the BBC on Wednesday.
I had no interest in shooting when I joined the army, says Jitu Rai
Commonwealth and Asian Games champion shooter Jitu Rai talks to about his journey from a farmer in a remote village in Nepal to the Indian army to emerging one of world's best shooters.
October 08, 2014
Shanghai Masters: Federer survives Mayer scare; Nadal, Wawrinka exit
An ailing Rafael Nadal added his name to the list of upsets at the Shanghai Masters after the Spaniard suffered a 6-3, 7-6(6) loss to Feliciano Lopez in Wednesday's second round, as fourth seed Stanislas Wawrinka and in-form Kei Nishikori also made early exits. Nadal's great rival Roger Federer survived a huge scare, saving five match-points before overcoming Argentina's Leonardo Mayer 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(7).
After Asian Games success, Myneni hoping to break into ATP top 100
After winning the Asian Games mixed doubles gold, Indian tennis' newest star sets sights on breaking into the top 100.
Football Roundup: Is Rooney ready to overtake Greaves?
James Milner, set to win his 50th England cap against San Marino on Thursday, believes his international captain Wayne Rooney has a good chance of reaching another significant landmark in the coming days.
World Jr Chess: Narayanan holds super GM Kampen to a draw
Lesser-known Indian players continued to impress, while the fancied struggled to score, even as overseas Grandmasters took charge in the third round of the World Junior Chess Championships, being played at Hotel Hyatt, in Pune, on Wednesday. S L Narayanan was one of the early finishers, holding second seed and super GM Robin Van Kampen (2641) to a draw, while 10-year-old Nihal Sarin's impressive display again won him many admirers after he held Balazs CSonka (2409) to a draw to remain unbeaten after three encounters against opponents rated higher than 2400.
Why Sania Mirza was denied entry to Taj Mahal
Tennis star Sania Mirza was disappointed as she arrived late and could not see the man-made marvel, Taj Mahal in Agra city.
Preview: UEFA's first 'week of football'
Europe is preparing for UEFA's first full-blown 'week of football' as the marathon Euro 2016 qualifying competition gets into full swing - although it promises to be a distinctly underwhelming experience.
La Liga without Barcelona if Catalonia splits from Spain
Barcelona would not be allowed to play in La Liga if Catalonia broke away from Spain, the country's football league chief Javier Tebas said as tensions mounted in the region over the possibility of an independence referendum next month.
October 07, 2014
F1: Mallya's Force India battles with McLaren for 5th spot
Force India Formula One team boss Vijay Mallya feels beating McLaren for fifth spot in the team standings will be a 'big task' in the remaining four races of the season.
Dhoni felicitates hockey goalkeeper Sreejesh for Asiad heroics
After venturing into football, Indian cricket skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni felicitated Asian Games gold-winning hockey team vice-captain P R Sreejesh on behalf of the Kerala Cricket Association.
Euro 2016: No qualifier painkillers for Zlatan
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is racing to be fit for Sweden's Euro 2016 qualifiers against Russia and Liechtenstein in Stockholm, but won't risk playing with pain-killing injections.
WADA claims, organised crime controls 25 percent of world sport
The man tasked with eliminating drug cheats says criminal gangs now control a quarter of all world professional sport.
Dope-tainted past haunts Asiad gold medalist Seema Punia
Livid with detractors for casting aspersions on her achievements because of a dope-tainted past, Asian Games gold medallist discus thrower Seema Punia said she has been 'ill-treated' by authorities, including the national federation, for many years now.
Formula One: 'Bianchi crash was bad luck'
The crash that left French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi in a critical condition with severe head injures was down to bad luck rather than poor judgement by Japanese Grand Prix race officials, a track spokesman said on Tuesday.
Keane rakes up another controversy involving Ferguson in new book
Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane regrets having apologised to Alex Ferguson after the falling-out which led to him leaving the club in 2005, leaked extracts from his new autobiography have revealed.
Sports Shorts: Olympic champ Phelps suspended for six months
American swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, was suspended for six months by USA Swimming on Monday following his recent arrest on a drunken driving charge.
Insatiable Yogeshwar sets his sights on Rio Olympics
Yogeshwar Dutt is aiming for a yellow metal at next year's World Championships and thereby earn an automatic berth in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Can Ronaldo break Messi's record in La Liga?
Not content with setting a record of 17 goals for one edition of the Champions League last season, Cristiano Ronaldo is already well on the way towards breaking Lionel Messi's La Liga best haul of 50 goals in one campaign.
October 06, 2014
India go down to Palestine; coach Koevermans resigns
The Indian football team squandered a first-half lead to eventually go down to AFC Challenge Cup Champions Palestine 2-3 in an International friendly in Siliguri on Monday.
Euro 2016: Costa banking on Fabregas to help end goal drought
Diego Costa has yet to open his account for Spain in five appearances, a perplexing state of affairs given his prolific form for Atletico Madrid last season and his blistering start at Chelsea.
Apart from Olympics, I have lot more to look forward to: Sania
Tennis ace Sania Mirza expressed happiness over India winning five medals at the recently-concluded Asian Games at Incheon, although she felt many people did not expect them to do well with the team the country had sent.
Karlovic stuns Cilic, Isner aces it in Shanghai
US Open champion Marin Cilic made a shock first-round exit from the Shanghai Masters on Monday after losing 7-5, 2-6, 7-6(2) to fellow Croatian Ivo Karlovic.
Saif signs up as OGQ brand ambassador, pledges Rs 20 lakh annually!
Bollywood superstar Saif Ali Khan signed up as brand ambassador for Olympic Gold Quest on Monday and immediately pledged Rs 20 lakh a year to support the training of athletes for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
World Jr Chess: Gujrathi, Kampen score easy wins
Vidit Santosh Gujrathi got off to a flying start, quickly winning her first round match in the World Junior Chess Championship, which commenced at Hotel Hyatt, in Pune, on Monday.
Dhoni becomes ISL team Chennaiyin FC co-owner
After the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Virat Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has become the latest cricketer to own a football team in the high-profile Indian Super League, investing in the Chennaiyin FC ahead of the event starting October 12.
Van Gaal's Manchester United regaining reputation as entertainers
Manchester United may still be some way from the team that won 13 league titles under Alex Ferguson, but a combination of exciting attacking players and suspect defense means they are regaining the club's reputation for great entertainment.
Jose Mourinho torments Arsene Wenger again, on and off the pitch
The long-running feud between Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho shows no sign of healing after another high-profile falling out on Sunday, this time the result of a dispute over territory.
La Liga: Ronaldo hits yet another treble as Madrid rout of Bilbao
Cristiano Ronaldo took his tally for the La Liga season to a phenomenal 13 goals in six appearances with his third treble of the campaign as Real Madrid romped to a 5-0 win at home to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.
October 05, 2014
Swimming legend Phelps to take break after drunken driving arrest
US swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, said on Sunday he would take a break from swimming and undergo treatment after his recent arrest for drunken driving.
Bianchi crash: Plenty to ponder as Marussia driver 'fights for life'
Jules Bianchi's accident in Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix has prompted questions over whether the Formula One race should have been started earlier to beat deteriorating weather conditions.
ISL trophy launched in presence of icon players
The glittering trophy, which will be awarded to the winner of the Indian Super League, was unveiled by chairperson of IMG-Reliance, Nita Ambani, in the presence of icon players Alessandro Del Piero and Fredrik Ljungberg among others.
China Open: Djokovic seals fifth title, Sharapova beats Kvitova
World No 1 Novak Djokovic destroyed Tomas Berdych in a lop-sided contest to win his fifth China Open crown on Sunday while Maria Sharapova overcame Petra Kvitova 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 in the women's final to move up to No 2 in the world rankings.
Nishikori tames Raonic to claim Japan Open title
Local hero Kei Nishikori claimed his second Japan Open title on Sunday, overcoming familiar foe Milos Raonic 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-4 in the final under a closed roof at the Ariake Colosseum.
Hamilton wins crash-marred Japan race
Britain's Lewis Hamilton won a wet and sombre Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday to extend his Formula One lead over Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg to 10 points with four races remaining.
'I fully support Sarita, but I would have protested differently'
She understands the emotion behind L Sarita Devi's tearful protest on the Asian Games podium but M C Mary Kom, who became the first Indian woman boxer to win gold at the mega-event, said faced with a similar crisis, she would have shown dissent differently.
October 04, 2014
La Liga: Valencia shock champions Atletico
Atletico Madrid failed to build on Wednesday's notable Champions League success against Juventus when they were beaten 3-1 at a resurgent Valencia in La Liga on Saturday.
EPL in Pix: Late goals give Man City victory at Villa
Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson scored as Liverpool registered their first Premier League win since August with a 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion at Anfield on Saturday.
Bundesliga: Lewandowski, Robben strike twice as Bayern crush Hanover
Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski and Arjen Robben scored twice each as the champions crushed Hanover 96 4-0 in the Bundesliga on Saturday to go four points clear at the top of the table as rivals Borussia Dortmund lost to Hamburg SV.
ISL: Abraham confident of NE United; Greek star Katsouranis arrives
Actor John Abraham, co-owner of Northeast United FC, is confident that the club would give a tough fight to other teams at the upcoming Indian Super League.
Asian Games: India return with lesser medals but hockey gold brings joy
Indian sports had a lot to celebrate despite a decrease in the medal count at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon.
Vettel joining Ferrari! No, Alonso is not insecure!
Fernando Alonso indicated his Formula One future was in his own hands despite Red Bull announcing on Saturday that four time world champion Sebastian Vettel was leaving to join Ferrari.
What happens if Messi is convicted of alleged tax evasion?
Four-time world player of the year Lionel Messi would soon face trial for alleged tax evasion; a Spanish judge has ruled and might face a six year jail term if convicted.
United weakened without Rooney, says Everton boss Martinez
Manchester United have enough in their armoury to cope with the loss of suspended striker Wayne Rooney, Everton manager Roberto Martinez warned his players on Friday ahead of this weekend's Premier League clash at Old Trafford.
Mourinho praises 'Made in Arsenal' Fabregas
Cesc Fabregas might have been "Made in Arsenal" but all that matters for his manager Jose Mourinho is that he has been playing "phenomenal" football for top-of-the-table Chelsea.
Mourinho congratulates Wenger for completing 18 years at Arsenal
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho congratulated Arsene Wenger on his 18 years as Arsenal manager on Friday and said he had no need to apologise for calling him a 'specialist in failure' last season.
Sports Shorts: Djokovic downs Murray to advance to China Open final
World No 1 Novak Djokovic maintained his perfect tournament record and advanced to his fifth China Open final with a 6-3, 6-4 victory against Andy Murray on Saturday.
Asian Games: Sarita Devi given 'strong warning' after medal protest
Boxer L Sarita Devi has escaped with a warning after apologising for her petulant display at the Asian Games when she refused to accept her bronze medal.
India finish 8th in Asian Games, 2 rungs lower than 2010 edition
India ended their 17th Asian Games campaign on Saturday at the eighth spot on the medals tally, a drop of two positions from the previous edition of the mega-event which drew to a close in Incheon.
BCCI only interested in making money out of cricket: OCA
BCCI's decision to not send Indian teams for the Asian Games drew sharp criticism from the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) on Saturday, which accused the influential cricket board of treating the sport just as a business venture.
In Pix: Asia's golden age of sport
The 17th Asian Games came to a close on Saturday, bringing an end to two weeks of intense competition, drama and controversy that shone a light on the best and worst of a region that will host the world's biggest events for the next decade.
EPL: Livepool's Rodgers wants more out of striker Balotelli
Manager Brendan Rodgers has ended whatever honeymoon period new striker Mario Balotelli was enjoying at Anfield, telling him he needs to start scoring goals after finding the net just once in seven appearances for Liverpool.
Nadal stunned by Klizan at China Open
Rafael Nadal's return to action came to a shuddering halt on Friday when the Spaniard was beaten by Slovakia's Martin Klizan in a late-night quarter-final duel at the China Open.
Red Bull's Vettel set for Ferrari move next season
Four times world champion Sebastian Vettel is leaving Red Bull at the end of the season and is set to join Ferrari, the Formula One team said on Saturday.
F1 Qualifying: Rosberg, Hamilton in Mercedes one-two for Japanese GP
Germany's Nico Rosberg put Mercedes on pole position for Sunday's Japanese Formula One Grand Prix with championship-leading teammate Lewis Hamilton joining him on the front row.
No racism in football, people deservedly get jobs, observes Mourinho
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes there is no need for English football to introduce American Football's 'Rooney Rule', saying "there is no racism" in the game.
October 03, 2014
No boxer should experience what I went through: L Sarita Devi
Having offered an unconditional apology for an emotionally-charged protest during the Asian Games medal ceremony, Indian boxer L Sarita Devi hoped that her outburst will ensure better judging at next month's World Championship in Korea.
India at the Asian Games: Gold for Kabaddi teams; 5th place finish in volleyball
India completed a golden double on the kabaddi mat for the second successive edition of the Asian Games after the men and women's teams defeated Iran to win gold in Incheon on Friday.
Manju's bronze upgraded following Chinese competitor's positive dope test
The Asian Games hammer throw bronze won by India's Manju Bala has been upgraded to silver after one of the two Chinese competitors who finished ahead of her in the women's final, returned positive for dope test.
Asian Games: Boxing India put onus on IOA to resolve Sarita medal row
Seeking to distance itself from the controversy surrounding L Sarita Devi's semi-final loss at the Asian Games, recently-elected Boxing India (BI) President Sandeep Jajodia said the matter is for the IOA to resolve with world governing body, AIBA.
Asian Games: Chinese hammer gold medallist tests positive
Women's hammer gold medallist Zhang Wenxiu of China has failed a doping test at the Asian Games and has been thrown out of the competition, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) announced on Friday.
Asian Games: Bahrain's Mahboob wins men's marathon on debut
Kenyan-born Ali Hasan Mahboob won the Asian Games gold for Bahrain in the men's marathon on Friday after seeing off a spirited challenge from Japan's Kohei Matsumara.
Asian Games: Sri Lanka beat Afghanistan to win cricket gold
Sri Lanka crushed Afghanistan by 68 runs to win the gold medal in the men's Twenty20 cricket event at the Asian Games on Friday.
Champions League: Arsenal and Galatasaray charged over flares
Arsenal and Galatasaray are facing disciplinary action after supporters of the Turkish club lit red flares and threw them onto the pitch, briefly holding up play, in their Champions League group match on Wednesday.
Sports Shorts: Alves blames media for Brazil's World Cup debacle
Dani Alves has blamed the media for Brazil's unsuccessful World Cup campaign but conceded that the team did not prepare properly ahead of the humiliating 7-1 defeat by Germany in the semi-final.
'Regretful' Sarita Devi offers 'unconditional apology' for medal ceremony row
Facing the prospect of a ban, Indian boxer L Sarita Devi offered an "unconditional apology" for refusing to accept her bronze medal during the Asian Games presentation ceremony, the International Boxing Association said on Friday.
Asian Games: India men, women retain kabaddi gold
India's unhindered supremacy in the kabaddi competition at the Asian Games continued as both the men's and women's teams successfully defended their respective gold medals with hard-fought final triumphs over Iran in Incheon on Friday.
Wanted! New Puyol to fix Barcelona's leaky defence
As Barca prepare for a trip to Madrid to play Rayo Vallecano on Saturday, they are still reeling from Tuesday's 3-2 Champions League reverse at Paris St Germain, when their defence was badly exposed by the Ligue 1 title holders.
October 02, 2014
Asian Games athletics: 4x400m relay team brings gold; others disappoint
The women's 4x400m relay quartet lived up to their expectations by clinching a gold after a brilliant race as India ended their athletics campaign with an impressive haul of 13 medals in the 17th Asian Games in Incheon on Thursday.
Sports minister promises all help to hockey team for 2016 Olympics
Congratulating the Indian men's hockey team for winning a 'historic' gold at the ongoing Incheon Asian Games, Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that the government will provide every possible help to the team in preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Asian Games champs to get 2.5 lakh each from Hockey India
The gold medal-winning Indian men's hockey team will receive a cash reward of Rs 2.5 lakh each from Hockey India for their stupendous show at the Asian Games.
Asian Games: South Korea beat North to win soccer gold
South Korea's Rim Chang-woo lashed home the winner in the last minute of extra time to give the Asian Games hosts a 1-0 win over fierce rivals North Korea in the final of the men's soccer tournament on Thursday.
Formula One: Alonso refuses to rule out Ferrari departure
Fernando Alonso on Thursday refused to categorically rule out leaving current team Ferrari as soon as next season for either former outfit McLaren or reigning champions Red Bull.
'This gold medal will make public reconnect with the hockey'
Hockey greats Balbir Singh (Sr) and Ajit Pal Singh hailed India's Asian Games gold medal-winning effort but felt the players still have a mountain to climb to succeed at the World and Olympic level.
Sports Shorts: Paes-Bopanna knocked out of Japan Open
India's Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna crashed out of the Japan Open following a straight set defeat against Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo, in Tokyo on Thursday.
Asian Games: India stay on course for double gold in kabaddi
Defending champions India stayed on course for double gold in kabaddi as the sport's powerhouse stormed into the finals of both men and women's events respectively, with resounding wins at the 17th Asian Games, in Incheon on Thursday.
CL Roundup: Holders Real scrape past Ludogorets; Basel stun Liverpool
Karim Benzema came off the bench to score 13 minutes from time and ruin any chance of a dream result for resilient Ludogorets as holders Real Madrid carved out a patchy 2-1 win in Wednesday's Champions League Group B match.
Champions League: Arsenal demolish Galatasaray with Welbeck treble
Danny Welbeck's hat-trick in a 4-1 thrashing of a feeble Galatasaray side helped ignite Arsenal's Champions League campaign in a lop-sided Group D clash in north London on Wednesday.
Did boxer Sarita really show lack of sportsmanship? Tell us!
Indian boxer L Sarita Devi's refusal to accept her bronze medal on the podium went against the values of sportsmanship, Asian Games organisers said on Thursday, adding they were reviewing the incident and could take action against her.
Benched Podolski considering future at Arsenal
Frustrated Arsenal winger Lukas Podolski hinted on Thursday he might leave the Premier League club before his contract expires in 2016 because he was not playing enough.
China Open: Nadal into Beijing quarters, Berdych boosts London hopes
World No 2 Rafael Nadal sailed into the quarter-finals of the China Open, his first tournament in 13 weeks, with a 6-3, 6-4 win over German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk on Thursday.
Asian Games: Bronze for Vikas, Satish; India end with 5 boxing medals
Indian pugilists ended their campaign at the 17th Asian Games with five medals as Vikas Krishan and Satish Kumar settled for bronze medals after losing their semi-final bouts against respective opponents.
Asian Games: India win gold in 4x400m women's relay
India continued their stranglehold in women's 4x400m relay event in the Asian Games as its quartet ran a brilliant race to win the gold for the fourth time on the trot in Games record time in the 17th edition in Incheon on Thursday.
Asian Games: India men win hockey gold; qualify for 2016 Rio Olympics
In a nerve-wracking contest, India beat Pakistan in penalty-shootout to clinch the coveted hockey gold at the Asian Games in Incheon on Thursday.
Sarita gets back the bronze medal she refused
Putting an end to the status of the bronze medal won by Indian woman boxer L Sarita Devi, the Olympic Council of Asia on Thursday re-instated her medal in the 60kg category after a hearing with the India's Asian Games contingent officials in Incheon.
Ljungberg hopes to inspire Indian youngsters through ISL
Arsenal and Swedish legend Freddie Ljungberg, who will be plying his trade for ISL franchise Mumbai City FC, said he wanted to play in the new football league to inspire youngsters and help them.
October 01, 2014
'Sarita's behaviour will give wrong ideas to youngsters'
Boxer Sarita Devi's emotional refusal to wear the bronze medal at the Asian Games podium inside the Seonhak Gymnasium in Incheon on Wednesday has not gone down well with some members of the Indian contingent.
We have sought report from IOA on Sarita incident: Sonowal
Three Union ministers came out in support of boxer Sarita Devi as sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal sought a report from the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on pugilist's controversial loss against Korean boxer in the semi-final of the Asian Games in Incheon.
Boxer Sarita faces AIBA probe for returning medal at Asian Games
India's woman boxer Sarita Devi is facing an International Boxing Association (AIBA) probe for returning her Asian Games bronze medal during the podium ceremony with the world governing body's supervisor describing her act as "regretful".
'The decision against Sarita was atrocious'
Former World Boxing champion Aruna Mishra alleged that the adverse decision against Sarita Devi has robbed her off a gold in the Asian Games, but opined the boxer should have accepted the bronze medal as it was for the nation.
Gold winner Ghosal awaits Bengal government's recognition
Top squash player Saurav Ghosal is eagerly awaiting his home state government's recognition after bagging a historic gold and silver for India at the Incheon Asian Games.
Asiad: Good first throw earns Annu Rani women's javelin bronze
Annu Rani swelled India's medal tally at the Asian Games, winning a bronze in the women's javelin throw with a personal best of 59.53 metres, in Incheon, on Wednesday.
Yogeshwar semi-final was best come-from-behind win I've seen: Sushil Kumar
Terming Yogeshwar Dutt's historic gold at the Asian Games as an "exceptional achievement", seasoned campaigner Sushil Kumar said the country's wrestlers have done justice to the sport by improving their medal count at the Asian Games. He was particularly impressed with Yogeshwar's semi-final performance against China's Katai Yerlanbieke at the Incheon Games. Yogeshwar Dutt's historic gold at the Asian Games as a "exceptional achievement", seasoned campaigner Sushil Kumar said that wrestlers have done justice to the sport by improving their medal count from the sport.
Asian Games: Tintu Luka's best only good for 800m silver
Indian athletics' great PT Usha's prodigy Tintu Lukka was leading the pack in women's 800m final at Incheon on Wednesday but had to settle for silver.
What brought this Swiss racer's F1 hopes to grinding halt?
Swiss racer Simona De Silvestro's hopes of becoming the first woman since 1976 to race in Formula One have suffered a setback with the Sauber team ending a testing deal due to her lack of funds.
India beat Japan, clinch women's hockey bronze
India's women's hockey team clinched the bronze medal at the Asian Games, beating Japan 2-1 in the third place play-off, in Incheon, on Wednesday.
Africans in Asia debate: 'Training, not birthplace, helps win medals'
Ethiopian-born Maryam Yusuf Jamal thanked Bahrain for giving her the chance to earn a living from athletics on Wednesday and told Reuters that her Asian Games 1,500 metres gold medal was down to intensive training, not which country she originated from.
Asian Games: Robbed of final berth, inconsolable Sarita refuses bronze!
Distraught after losing her controversial semifinal bout, Indian boxer L Sarita Devi on Tuesday stunned officials and spectators by refusing to accept the bronze medal, which is now in the custody of organisers.
India at the Asian Games: Mary Kom wins gold, but disappointment all around
India's boxing ace, MC Mary Kom became the first Indian woman on Wednesday to win a gold medal at the Asian Games.
Champions League: Can Arsenal guard fortress against Galatasaray?
Apart from when German clubs are in town, Arsenal's Emirates Stadium has been a fortress in the Champions League and manager Arsene Wenger says that must continue if his side are to continue their run of reaching the last 16.
Congratulate Mary Kom on her Asian Games gold
Mary Kom added another feather to her already crowded cap and became the first Indian woman boxer to clinch a gold medal at the Asian Games. In the 2010 edition she had to settle with a bronze medal.
Asian Games: Boxing queen Mary Kom wins gold
India's best medal hope, five-time World boxing champion M C Mary Kom lived up to expectations as she beat Zhaina Shekerbekova of Kazakhstan to win the gold medal in the flyweight category (48-51kgs) at the Asian Games, in Incheon, on Wednesday.
Find out why India has not progressed as an Olympic nation
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) Director General Jiji Thomson admitted that India has not progressed as an Olympic nation even after its best ever haul of six medals at the London Games in 2012 and the main reason is lack of bench strength.
Roundup: Mueller's penalty gives Bayern win; Martinez steals show
Bayern Munich carved out a 1-0 win at CSKA Moscow on Tuesday thanks to Thomas Mueller's first-half penalty in the strangely muted atmosphere of a cold, damp and deserted Khimki Arena.
CL: Chelsea's Matic silences 'booing fans'; Totti punishes City
Nemanja Matic's header ended Sporting's proud four-year unbeaten home run in Europe as Chelsea seized control of Champions League Group G with a 1-0 victory in Lisbon on Tuesday.
In Pix: An electric night in Paris!
The world's biggest superstars landed in Paris and enjoyed a game of soccer.
Champion League's milestone men: Terry, Iniesta and Xavi
John Terry became the second Chelsea player this year to make 100 appearances in the Champions League when he captained his side against Sporting Lisbon in their Group G match in Portugal on Tuesday.
Champions League: No Ibra? No problem for PSG as they shock Barca
Paris St Germain made light of the absent Zlatan Ibrahimovic and a sub-standard start to the season to claim a 3-2 Champions League victory over Barcelona on Tuesday.
September 30, 2014
Olympic U.S. swimming champion Phelps arrested for drunken driving
Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps was arrested for drunken driving early on Tuesday after speeding and then crossing the double-lane lines inside the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore, Maryland Transportation Authority Police said.
Asian Games: Gowda wins discus throw silver
India's ace discus thrower Vikas Gowda won the silver medal in the men's discuss throw event, during the 17th Asian Games in Incheon on Tuesday.
Asian Games: India to meet Pakistan in men's hockey final
India entered the final of the men's hockey tournament at the Asian Games after a solitary goal victory over South Korea in the semi-finals, in Incheon, on Tuesday.
Sports Shorts: Wawrinka and Tsonga humbled in Japan
Tatsuma Ito and Michal Przysiezny claimed the biggest wins of their careers at the Japan Open on Tuesday when the local wildcard knocked out top seed Stan Wawrinka and the Polish qualifier saved match points to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Robbery in boxing ring: 'Judges deserve to be thrown out!'
Controversy hit the Asian Games boxing competition after India's L Sarita Devi (60kg) had to settle for a bronze medal despite dominating her semifinal bout in Incheon on Tuesday.
Kabaddi: India's men and women ease into semis at Asian Games
Six-time champions India notched up their third win on the trot with a 23-11 victory over arch-rivals Pakistan to top their group and storm into the semi-finals of the men's kabaddi competitions at the Asian Games in Incheon.
Mary punches her way into final; Sarita, Pooja settle for bronze
Olympic bronze-medallist M C Mary Kom once again led the charge as she packed a powerful punch by assuring herself at least a silver medal in the fly weight category (48-51kgs) after beating Vietnam's Le Thi Bang at the 17th Asian Games, in Incheon on Tuesday.
Indian boxing contingent's protest against Sarita's defeat dismissed
An outraged Indian boxing contingent lodged a protest and demanded a review of L Sarita Devi's semi-final bout at the Asian Games after the veteran pugilist lost despite a dominating performance against home favourite Jina Park.
How retail therapy works best for Thai golf trio
Thailand's gold medal-winning golf team let their hair down with a shopping trip to Seoul on Monday, but behind the smiles and giggles the trio said they are deadly serious about their sport.
EPL: Stoke beat Newcastle to heap pressure on Pardew
An early Peter Crouch goal gave Stoke City a 1-0 home win against Newcastle United in the Premier League on Monday to pile more pressure onto beleaguered Toon boss Alan Pardew.
September 29, 2014
Asiad Boxing: Vikas advances to QFs, Mandeep disappoints
It turned out to be a largely disappointing day for Indian boxers at the Asian Games with former World Championship bronze-medallist Vikas Krishan (75kg) being the only one to advance, making the quarter-final, while three others fell by the wayside.
Seema Punia wins Asian Games discus gold
Seema Punia Antil ended India's gold medal drought in track and field on the third day of athletics competitions when she beat back a strong challenge from two Chinese athletes to win the women's discus throw at the Asian Games.
India at Asian Games: Men's kabaddi team thrash Thailand
Six-time champions India notched up their second successive win in the men's kabaddi competition after thrashing Thailand 66-27 in a Group A preliminary-round match at the 17th Asian Games.
Asian Games: Saketh-Sanam win tennis silver
Sanam Singh could not add a second consecutive Asian Games gold medal to his kitty as he and Saketh Myneni settled for silver after losing the hard-fought final in straight sets to Korea's Yongkyu Lim and Hyeon Chung, in Incheon on Monday.
Dream come true to win a medal at Asian Games: Sejwal
Only the fourth Indian to clinch a swimming medal in the Asian Games, Sandeep Sejwal said his bronze in the 50m breaststroke event is a dream realised after eight years of hard work with his coach Nihar Ameen.
'We have the English champions playing the Italian runners-up'
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini will be back in the dugout after returning from suspension when City attempt to kick-start their Champions League campaign against a rampant, in-form AS Roma at the Etihad on Tuesday.
Mourinho faces striking choice in his return to Portuguese roots
As Jose Mourinho returns to his Portuguese footballing roots, the Chelsea manager may have to decide which back-up marksman he trusts most to shoot down his old employers at Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Sania happy to mentor India's rising tennis stars
Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza feels the five medals that the team has managed to grab at the ongoing Asian Games is a pretty good performance given that the country did not come with the best unit.
UEFA Champions League: PSG sweat over Ibra fitness for Barca clash
Paris St Germain are sweating over striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic's fitness as the French champions look fragile ahead of Barcelona's visit in Champions League Group F on Tuesday.
Asian Games: Mixed fortune for Indian TT players
The Indian table tennis players had a bitter-sweet day at the Asian Games as the mixed doubles team of Achanta Sharath Kamal and Poulomi Ghatak crashed out while the women's doubles team got the better of arch-rivals Pakistan in a round-of-32 match in Incheon on Monday.
EPL: Rooney sorry for red card incident against West Ham
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has apologised to his team mates after being sent off against West Ham United during Saturday's Premier League match following a rash challenge on Stewart Downing.
In PHOTOS: Wild celebrations ensue as Europe retain Ryder Cup
Europe maintained their Ryder Cup stranglehold over the United States with a crushing five-point victory on Sunday as rookie Jamie Donaldson had the honour of securing the decisive point to make it eight wins in the last 10 matches.
Asian Games: Lee falls yet again to great Chinese rival Lin
Badminton World No 1 Lee Chong Wei fell yet again to his great adversary Lin Dan in the semi-finals of the Asian Games on Sunday, ending the Malaysian's last hope of winning a gold medal at the Asiad.
September 28, 2014
Rossi knocked unconscious in race crash
Italian great Valentino Rossi was knocked unconscious in a MotoGP crash in Spain on Sunday and was taken to hospital for precautionary checks that ruled out serious injury.
Lack of proper training affected Indian footballers: Garcia
ISL team Atletico de Kolkata's marquee player Luis Garcia said Indian footballers have talent but lack of proper training impedes their success.
Paes-Matkowski lift Malaysian Open title
Veteran Indian star Leander Paes, who skipped Asian Games to get some valuable ranking points, vindicated his decision by lifting the ATP Malaysian Open with new partner Marcin Matkowski Kuala Lumpur.
Asian Games: Yogeshwar ends India's 28-year gold drought in wrestling
India's Yogeshwar Dutt beat Yusupov Zalimkhan of Tajikistan 1-0 to win the gold medal in the men's freestyle 65 kg wrestling event at the Asian Games in Incheon.
India at Asian Games: Mary Kom leads women boxers charge
Olympic bronze-medallist M C Mary Kom led the charge as Indian women boxers packed a powerful punch by assuring themselves of medals in each of the three weight categories at the 17th Asian Games, in Incheon on Sunday.
Sports Shorts: Sharapova, Venus sail into China Open second round
Reigning French Open champion Maria Sharapova, former world number one Venus Williams and Australian Samantha Stosur sailed into the second round of the China Open with straight set victories on Sunday.
Asian Games: Bronze for Sania-Prarthana in tennis doubles
The Indian pair of Sania Mirza and Prarthana Thombare settled for a bronze after losing their women's doubles semi-final to Chinese Taipei's Chin Wei Chan and Su Wei Hsiehin in the Asian Games, in Incheon on Sunday.
EPL: Livepool, Arsenal share spoils in respective derbies; Chelsea march on
Spoils were shared in two huge Premier League derbies, Chelsea's cracking start continued with a 3-0 win over Aston Villa and Wayne Rooney produced a Jekyll and Hyde display in a nervy Manchester United victory on Saturday.
Ryder Cup: McGinley hails great show as Europe surge 10-6 clear
Captain Fantastic Paul McGinley hailed "a great team performance" after Europe crushed the US in the Ryder Cup foursomes for the second day running to gallop into a commanding 10-6 lead on Saturday.
Steeplechase row: No medal upgrade for India, Bahrain gold reinstated
India's hopes of a medal in the women's 3000m steeplechase were dashed on Sunday after Bahrain's Ruth Jebet was reinstated as the gold medal-winner following a review, a decision which the Indian contingent plans to challenge in front of "higher authorities".
Asian Games: Saketh Myneni in line for two gold medals
Saketh Myneni got himself in line for two gold medals by reaching the finals of both men's doubles and mixed doubles events even as other Indian tennis players, including Sania Mirza, clinched three bronze at the Asian Games in Incheon on Sunday.
Asian Games: Indian women lose recurve bronze play-off to Japan
The Indian recurve archers wrapped up a thoroughly disappointing performance at the 17th Asian Games after the women's team lost a tense bronze medal match to Japan in a shoot-off in Incheon on Sunday.
Asian Games: Irfan finishes 5th, Krishnan disqualified in 20km race walk
India's K T Irfan finished fifth, while Ganapathi Krishnan was disqualified from the men's 20km race walk of the 17th Asian Games in Incheon on Sunday.
Asian Games: Khushbir wins silver as India bag 4 medals in athletics
Khushbir Kaur clinched the silver medal in the 20km race walk before 400m runners Rajiv Arokia and M R Poovamma grabbed a bronze each in the men's and women's 400m respectively while Manju Bala secured a bronze in women's hammer throw to add to the growing medal tally from track and field events.
Asiad: Look who is giving the athletes a pat on their back!
The Union Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that the Indian contingent was performing well in the ongoing Incheon Asian Games and hoped the athletes would win more medals for the country.
September 27, 2014
La Liga: Ronaldo on target again in Villarreal win
Cristiano Ronaldo kept up his rich La Liga scoring form as Real Madrid beat Villarreal 2-0 on Saturday to move up to fourth.
Bundesliga: Schalke shock Dortmund in derby, Bayern win
Schalke 04 beat rivals Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the Bundesliga Ruhr valley derby on Saturday to confirm their improving form after a bad start to the season.
EPL in Pix: Chelsea march on, Manchester United and City wobble
Chelsea's commanding start to the Premier League season continued with a 3-0 victory over Aston Villa on Saturday as their rivals for the title continued to look vulnerable.
India's schedule at the Asian Games on Sunday
India's schedule on the ninth day of the competitions at the Asian Games in Incheon on Sunday.
EPL: Jagielka stunner earns Everton a dramatic draw at Liverpoool
Phil Jagielka's stoppage-time thunderbolt earned Everton an unlikely 1-1 draw in the 223rd Merseyside derby on Saturday after Steven Gerrard's free kick appeared to have secured Liverpool a welcome victory.
Ryder Cup: Rose, Stenson win record-breaking classic
Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson reeled off a record 10 successive birdies to win a fourball encounter against Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar that will go down as one of the greatest games in the competition's 87-year history on Saturday.
In Pix: Squash team's wild, wild celebration after historic gold
The Indian squash players wrapped up a historic performance in the Asian Games, clinching an unprecedented men's team gold after the women's side settled for its first ever silver in Incheon on Saturday.
Lalita finish 2nd, Sudha 3rd in dramatic 3000m steeplechase
Lalita Babar and Sudha Singh clinched a silver and a bronze under dramatic circumstances in women's 3000m steeplechase after a Bahraini runner was disqualified as India opened their medal account on the opening day of athletics competition at the Asian Games in Incheon on Saturday.
Asian Games: Geetika, Vinesh bag bronze in wrestling
India's Vinesh defeated Mongolian wrestler in the women's freestyle 48kg category 10-0 to win bronze at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon on Saturday.
Asian Games: India men record scrappy win over China; make hockey semis
India eked out a hard-fought 2-0 win over lower-ranked China to progress to the semi-finals of the men's hockey competition at the 17th Asian Games on Saturday.
India at Asian Games: Archers hit bulls-eye; Men's squash team clinch gold
India's squash players wrapped up a historic performance at the Asian Games, clinching an unprecedented men's team gold after the women's side settled for its first ever silver in Incheon on Saturday.
I'm just a servant of football, says Blatter
FIFA president Sepp Blatter is a mere servant at the service of football, he said on Friday as he re-stated his intention to run for a fifth mandate in next May's election.
Asian Games: Mary Kom punches her way into quarters
Olympic bronze-medallist M C Mary Kom set her Asian Games campaign rolling in style as she out-punched Korea's Kim Yeji to enter the quarter-finals along with two other Indian women boxers in Incheon on Saturday.
Formula One: 'Rosberg retirement due to freak contamination'
Nico Rosberg's retirement from Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix was caused by a freak contamination of his steering column electronics by a substance used by Mercedes in their pre-event servicing, the team said on Friday.
It's raining medals for India as archer Verma wins silver
In what turned out to be a fruitful day for the Indian archers in the 17th Asian Games, Abhishek Verma settled for a silver after going down to Esmaeil Ebadi of Iran in the compound men's individual gold medal match in Incheon on Saturday.
Ryder Cup golf: Europe roar back to lead on gripping opening day
The Ryder Cup delivered high drama yet again as Europe produced a stirring fightback to win three of the foursomes matches against the United States and take a 5-3 lead after a tense and hugely entertaining first day on Friday.
Asiad: Bronze for archer Trisha in compound women's individual event
India's Trisha Deb sprung a surprise to win bronze in the compound women's individual event at the Asian Games on Saturday, taking India's tally in archery to three medals on the day so far.
Asian Games: Historic silver for Indian women's squash team
The Indian women's squash team clinched a historic silver medal at the Inchon Asian Games after they lost to Malaysia in the final of the 17th Asian Games on Saturday.
Sports Shorts: FIFA to ban third-party ownership of players
Soccer's governing body FIFA has agreed to ban the third-party ownership (TPO) of players, its president Sepp Blatter said on Friday, seven years after first promising to outlaw the practice.
Asian Games chit-chat: Japan swimmer sent home for stealing camera
A Japanese athlete at the Asian Games has been charged by police after admitting to stealing a camera from a South Korean journalist, police said on Saturday.
Asian Games: Chain Singh clinches bronze in 50m 3-position rifle shooting
India's Chain Singh did himself and the country proud after winning the bronze in the 50m 3-position rifle shooting event at the Asian Games on Saturday.
Archery gold for Indian men's compound team; women settle for bronze
India earned their second gold medal at the 17th Asian Games after the men's compound archery team bagged the yellow metal by getting the better of South Korea, in Incheon on Saturday.
September 26, 2014
Shiva, Kuldeep in quarters; Akhil bows out of Asiad boxing
Continental champion Shiva Thapa (56kg) was barely tested as he advanced to the quarter-finals but it was curtains for comeback-man Akhil Kumar (60kg) after he lost an edge-of-the-seat last-16 bout on a bitter-sweet day for Indian boxing in the 17th Asian Games.
Wenger taking nothing for granted against Spurs
Arsenal have only lost six times to Tottenham Hotspur in 43 matches since Arsene Wenger became their manager nearly 18 years ago, but the Frenchman is taking nothing for granted before the first north London derby of the season on Saturday.
Indian women in Asian Games hockey semis
India produced an inspired performance to thrash Malaysia 6-1 in their last Pool A match and qualify for the semi-finals of the women's hockey competition at the 17th Asian Games, in Incheon, on Friday.
China's Zhou sets clean and jerk world record, wins gold
Chinese weightlifter Zhou Lulu set a clean and jerk World record of 192 kilograms to win gold in the women's +75kg category at the Asian Games on Friday. Zhou added 2kg to Russian Tatiana Kashirna's previous mark, set last year in Poland.
Asian Games: Sejwal sizzles to win 50m breaststroke bronze
Sandeep Sejwal gave India's floundering swimming campaign a massive fillip by fetching a rare bronze medal in the 50m breaststroke of the Asian Games on Friday. The 25-year-old topped his heat, clocking 28.25 seconds, before holding on to third place in the final with a timing of 28.26s.
India at Asian Games: Shooters bag silver; squash players set to swell medal haul
Indian men ended their campaign in the pistol events on a winning note by shooting down a silver medal in the 25m centre fire event even as the women's team exited from the 50m three-position competition without success at the Asian Games in Incheon on Friday.
Asian Games: Women recurve team still in medal hunt
India's women recurve team kept itself in medal contention by moving to the semifinals of the Asian Games even as the men's recurve team suffered a close 3-5 defeat against Hong Kong to crash out in the elimination round of the archery competition.
How basketball's hijab ban controversy has escalated
Banned by basketball's governing body and a source of controversy at the Asian Games, hijabs were worn freely at the archery tournament in Incheon on Friday as athletes struggled to comprehend how a headscarf could cause such an uproar.
Just how desperate are Man United fans to get Ronaldo back!
Manchester United fans' plane-carried messages obsession has taken a step ahead with their latest effort reportedly attempted to bring their former forward Cristiano Ronaldo back home to Old Trafford.
Asian Games: Indian men, women assured silver in squash
India's squash players continued their splendid showing in the ongoing Asian Games. The men's and women's teams were assured of at least two silver medals after winning their respective semi-final matches at the Yeorumul Courts, on Friday.
Asian Games: Heartbreak for Saina, Kashyap
In a shock for Indian fans, star shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap fell by the wayside after losing their respective singles matches at the 17th Asian Games on Friday.
Can stadium announcer be blamed for defeat? Palace just did it!
Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock has mischievously blamed the club's Selhurst Park stadium announcer for his team's extra time 3-2 League Cup defeat by Newcastle United on Wednesday.
Pole vault queen Yelena to skip WC; fixes her sights on Rio Oly
Double Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva will not compete next year but is fixing her sights on the Rio Olympics in 2016, the Russian said on Thursday.
Check out the condom business of former Newcastle striker and more
Former Newcastle United striker Faustino Asprilla is entering the world of business by designing and selling fruit-flavoured condoms in his native Colombia.
Asian Games: Indian men win 25m centre fire pistol silver
The Indian men ended their campaign in the pistol events on a winning note, shooting down a silver medal in the 25m centre fire event even as the women's team exited from the 50m three-position competition without success at the Asian Games, on Friday.
September 25, 2014
India set for rich medal haul in squash at Asian Games
The Indian squash contingent on Thursday assured its best ever showing at the Asian Games in Incheon by reaching the men's and women's team semi-finals, ensuring it returns home with medals in all four categories on offer.
Arch-rivals Pakistan edge India in hockey thriller
India wasted chances galore in their 1-2 defeat against arch-rivals and defending champions Pakistan in a keenly-contested Pool B match of the men's hockey competition at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon on Thursday.
India at Asiad: Archers assured of silver; bronze for shooters, rowers
India assured themselves of at least another silver medal in the 17th Asian Games after the trio of Abhishek Verma, Rajat Chauhan and Sandeep Kumar entered the final of the compound men's team archery event in Incheon on Thursday.
Serena, Agassi, Rafter headline IPTL's Singapore franchise
Heavyweights Serena Williams, Andre Agassi, and Patrick Rafter will represent Singapore Slammers for the home leg in the inaugural International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) to be held from December 2-4.
India's Incheon hopes fading fast after poor start
With only one Asian Games gold to show after four days of competition, India's hopes of improving on their medal tally in China four years ago are diminishing fast.
Asiad: Men assure at least silver in archery; women play for bronze
India assured themselves of at least another silver medal in the 17th Asian Games after the trio of Abhishek Verma, Rajat Chauhan and Sandeep Kumar entered the final of the compound men's team archery event in Incheon on Thursday.
Spotted! Sania Mirza checks in at Asian Games village!
Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza was spotted in the 17th Asian Games village in Incheon on Wednesday.
Beach volleyball team miss out on medal, car but attract attention
Afghanistan's beach volleyball teams have missed out on the reward of a new car after finishing out of the medals at the Asian Games, but they are happy with the experience, media exposure and ill-fitting sunglasses they found in South Korea.
Sports Shorts: Is F1's baby Verstappen a talent like Senna?
Dutch teenager Max Verstappen is a rare talent comparable to the late Ayrton Senna, according to Red Bull's Formula One consultant Helmut Marko.
Barca's star-studded strikers misfire; drop points to Malaga
Barcelona dropped their first points of the La Liga season as their star-studded forward line misfired in a 0-0 draw away to Malaga on Wednesday.
EPL: Is ageing Gerrard becoming a spent force at Liverpool?
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he has no concerns about the form of captain Steven Gerrard after a series of ineffective displays prompted calls from fans and pundits that it is time to reconsider his role in the team.
Asian Games: Indian women shoot bronze in double trap
India won a bronze medal in the women's double trap team event in the 17th Asian Games in Incheon on Thursday. The Indian team of Shagun Chowdhary, Shreyasi Singh and Varsha Varman bagged the medal.
League Cup: Lampard strikes twice in City's magnificent seven
Frank Lampard and Edin Dzeko scored twice as holders Manchester City sailed into the English League Cup fourth round with a crushing 7-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday and Chelsea beat Bolton Wanderers 2-1 on Wednesday.
Asian Games: Indian rowers exit with three bronze medals
India picked up two bronze medals from the Asian Games rowing arena in Incheon on Thursday as army man Swaran Singh Virk rowed his way through exhaustion to the third spot in single sculls before the men's squad added the eights title.
Hijab row fallout: Asian Olympic officials highlight 'rights of athletes'
The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has criticised the world governing bodies for basketball and men's tennis, saying they were preventing athletes from representing their countries at international events.
September 24, 2014
India's schedule at the Asian Games on Thursday
India's schedule for Thursday, the sixth day of competition at the Asian Games, in Incheon.
Asian Games: Qatar forfeit basketball game in 'hijab' row
The Qatar women's basketball team forfeited a game at the Asian Games on Wednesday after being refused permission to wear the hijab, saying they were taking a stand against what they say is a discriminatory policy against Muslim women.
Asian Games: Archer Deepika qualifies for elimination round
Deepika Kumari, India's best bet in women's archery, showed good form to finish eighth in the ranking round of the women's individual recurve event at the Gyeyang Asiad Archery Field in Incheon on Wednesday.
Asian Games: Boxers Akhil, Shiva punch their way into 2nd round
India's comeback-man Akhil Kumar (60kg) pummelled his Nepalese rival Purna Bahadur Lama before notching up a Technical Knockout win to give Indian boxers a good start on Wednesday.
Should Federer visit the Taj? Or the Ganges? Help the Swiss ace...
Fans across India are now photo-shopping his picture and the results are amazing.
Janko Tipsarevic confirms participation in 2015 Chennai Open
Former champion Janko Tipsarevic has confirmed his participation for the USD 450,000 Aircel Chennai Open to be held here from January 5 to 11.
Asian Games women's hockey: China sink India with last-minute goal
India fought valiantly before conceding a late goal and losing 1-2 to three-time defending champions China in women's hockey at the 17th Asian Games, in Incheon, on Wednesday. Barring the late blunder, the Indians matched their fancied opponents for the entire 60 minutes of the match to raise hopes of an upset result. But it was not to be, as world No. 5 China scored a late winner through Yudiao Zhao, much to their relief.
Sports Shorts: Sharapova shocked by Swiss qualifier in Wuhan
Swiss qualifier Timea Bacsinszky continued to swipe past the seeds at the Wuhan Open on Wednesday by dumping World No 4 Maria Sharapova from the hard court tournament with a 7-6(3), 7-5 victory.
India at Asian Games: Saina, Sindhu cruise; Dushyant wins bronze
A round-up of Indians' showing on the fifth day of the 17th Asian Games, in Incheon, on Wednesday.
September 23, 2014
Asian Games: Sanathoi Devi, Grewal settle for bronze in Wushu
India's Sanathoi Devi and Narender Grewal settled for bronze in Wushu at the 17th Asian Games, in Incheon, on Tuesday.
India at the Asian Games: Ghosal gets squash silver; bronze for Bindra
A round-up of Indian athletes' performances on Day 4 of the Asian Games, in Incheon, on Tuesday.
Bindra bids adieu, set to take up 'hobby shooting'
After capping off his remarkable career as a full-time marksman by winning two bronze at the Asian Games in Incheon on Tuesday, India's lone individual Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra said he will only be a 'hobby shooter' from now on.
Sensational Shen offers hope for Chinese female sprinters
Shen Duo was not even alive when the Atlanta Olympics took place, born the following year. Now a teenager, she is suddenly emerging as China's best chance to end their drought.
Asian Games: Saurav settles for silver in squash
A gold was there for the taking but Saurav Ghosal let it slip, squandering a two-game advantage to narrowly miss out on becoming the first Indian squash player to win the yellow metal at the Asian Games, in Incheon on Tuesday.
Chit Chat: Australia welcomes the idea of joining Asian Games
Australia has welcomed the idea of possibly competing at the Asian Games after Asian Olympic officials agreed to let Oceania nations join them in smaller multi-sports events.
La Liga: Valencia up to second thanks to 3-0 win at Getafe
Valencia continued their solid start to La Liga and climbed to second when recent Spain recruit Paco Alcacer set them on their way to a 3-0 win at Getafe on Monday.
Sports Shorts: Djokovic continues to dominate ATP rankings
The ATP issued the latest men's tennis rankings on Monday and the top 10 list remains unchanged with Serbian tennis ace Novak Djokovic still leading the rankings.
Is Nadal puzzled because Spain picked female Davis Cup captain?
Toni Nadal has given a lukewarm response to the decision by the Spanish Tennis Federation (RFET) to appoint former women's Tour player Gala Leon as Spain's new Davis Cup captain.
Football can be big in India through ISL: Materazzi
Set to start his stint as manager-cum-player of Chennaiyin FC, Italian World Cup winner Marco Materazzi promised to do his best to raise the profile of the game in the country through the Indian Super League which kicks off next month.
Asian Games: Bindra exits with two bronze medals
India's Abhinav Bindra won a gold in men's 10m air rifle individual final during the Day Four of the 17th Asian Games in Incheon on Tuesday.
Asian Games: Indian men win 10m air rifle bronze
Beijing Olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra fired India to the men's team bronze in the 10m air rifle event while booking his berth in the eight-man finals with the fifth-best score in the qualifications on Day 4 of the Asian Games in Incheon on Tuesday.
Qatar reject suggestions 2022 World Cup may be moved
The 2022 soccer World Cup will be held in Qatar despite doubts raised by a German FIFA executive committee member because of extreme heat in the desert state, local organisers said on Monday.
September 22, 2014
India's schedule at the Asian Games on Tuesday
India's schedule for Tuesday, the fourth day of competition, at the Asian Games in Incheon.
Abhinav Bindra to retire after Asian Games?
Decorated Indian shooter Abhinav Bindra created a flutter on Monday by saying Tuesday will be his last day in professional shooting.
India at Games: Shooters, Pallikal win bronze; Ghosal in final
Shooters continued to deliver medals for India at the 17th Asian Games with the trio of Heena Siddhu, Rahi Sarnobat and Anisa Sayyed cliching a bronze in the women's 25m pistol event in Incheon on Monday.
Sports Shorts: Police probing racial rant against Liverpool's Balotelli
Merseyside Police is reportedly investigating racist abuse received by Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli on Twitter after he tweeted 'Man Utd...LOL' after the crushing 5-3 defeat met by Manchester United at the hands of Leicester on Sunday.
Football Roundup: Astonishing EPL; Real and Barca on goal spree
Manchester United dropped further down the table after losing 5-3 against newcomers Leicester City.
Chit Chat: China disqualified, then reinstated after shooting win
China were confirmed winners of the women's 10 metre air rifle team event at the Asian Games on Monday after judges overturned an earlier decision to disqualify them.
Ghosal assures India at least silver; Dipika wins bronze
Dipika Pallikal bagged a bronze medal, India's first in women's singles squash at the Asian Games.
EPL player of the weekend: Lampard's dramatic goal haunts Chelsea
Frank Lampard, Chelsea's all-time leading scorer, netted against his old club when he came on as a late substitute for Manchester City to give the champions a 1-1 draw.
Asian Games: Indian women shoot bronze in 25m pistol
The team of Rahi Sarnobat, Anisa Sayyed and Heena Sidhu won India a bronze medal in women's team event of 25m pistol of the 17th Asian Games in Incheon on Monday. South Korea won gold while China took silver.
La Liga: Messi and Barca put on five-star show
Lionel Messi completed a sparkling performance by chipping the goalkeeper from the edge of the area as Barcelona swept aside ten-man Levante 5-0 away on Sunday to continue their winning start at the top of La Liga.
EPL: Lampard goal, United defeat highlight astonishing day
Chelsea icon Frank Lampard scored for Manchester City to end his old club's perfect start to the Premier League season while Leicester City came from 3-1 down to beat Manchester United 5-3 on a remarkable day in the Premier League on Sunday.
Glaring defensive limitations undermine United's hopes
A plethora of high-profile attacking signings had expectant Manchester United fans dreaming of a return to the upper echelons of European football, but their failure to identify their defensive problems is threatening to derail those hopes.
Asian Games schedule for Monday
India's squash ace Dipika Pallikal will be in action against the formidable Nicol David in the semi-final round on Monday, the third day of the Asian Games.
September 21, 2014
Asian Games: Indian women badminton team claim bronze
The Indian badminton team went down fighting against hosts South Korea (1-3) in the women's team badminton semi-finals to settle for their maiden bronze medal at the Asian Games in Incheon on Sunday.
India at Asiad on Day 2: Men win bronze in 10m air pistol; two squash medals assured
Indian shooters continued to shine at the 17th Asian Games, clinching the bronze medal in men's 10m air pistol team event, but Jitu Rai could not emulate his golden feat and finished fifth after promising much in the earlier part of the individual finals in Incheon on Sunday.
Taiwan, Kazakh weightlifters break world records
Kazakh weightlifter Zulfiya Chinshanlo broke her own clean and jerk world record in the 53kg category at the Asian Games on Sunday, but it was not enough to snatch gold from Taiwan's Hsu Shu Ching, who also set a new combined world mark of 233kg.
Sports Shorts: Ivanovic beats Wozniacki to clinch Tokyo title
Former World No 1 Ana Ivanovic brushed aside Caroline Wozniacki to win the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo on Sunday and move closer to sealing a berth for the season-ending WTA finals in Singapore.
Asian Games Chit Chat: India fined for last-minute pullouts
The Indian Olympic Association has been fined $10,000 for withdrawing teams from the Asian Games at a late stage, but All India Tennis Association chief Anil Khanna is hopeful that the penalty would be withdrawn.
Asian Games: Dipika, Ghosal assure squash medals for India
Dipika Pallikal assured India of a maiden women's singles squash medal in the Asian Games, while top seed Saurav Ghosal confirmed his third successive podium finish in men's singles after the two reached the semi-finals of their respective events in Incheon on Sunday.
The sacrifices that India's new star Jitu Rai has to make
A day after clinching the 50m pistol gold in the ongoing Asian Games, Jitu Rai said he has not spoken to his mother for the last one month.
Bundesliga: Stoppelkamp scores record-breaking goal
Moritz Stoppelkamp scored an extraordinary goal from deep inside his own half, a Bundesliga record 83 metres, to cap a 2-0 win for upstarts Paderborn over Hanover 96 on Saturday, helping the promoted side go to of the table.
La Liga: Ronaldo treble as Real hit eight, Atletico held
Cristiano Ronaldo netted his 27th career hat-trick and Gareth Bale struck twice as Real Madrid bounced back in style from consecutive defeats with a thumping 8-2 La Liga win at Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday.
Tevez strikes as Juve beat toothless Milan
Juventus striker Carlos Tevez struck to give the Serie A champions a 1-0 win over AC Milan on Saturday, handing coach Massimiliano Allegri a winning return to San Siro where he was shown the door eight months ago.
Asian Games: Indian men shoot bronze in 10m air pistol
Indian men settled for a bronze medal after narrowly missing the silver in the 10m air pistol event at the Ongnyeon shooting range, continuing their good run in the 17th Asian Games in Incheon on Sunday.
September 20, 2014
Asian Games: How Shweta made nation, family proud sans regular weapon
Celebrations abound for Shweta Chaudhry's friends and family after she bagged the bronze medal in women's 10-metre air pistol at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea on Saturday.
Sania-Cara win doubles title in Tokyo
Maintaining her rich vein of form in the current season, Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her Zimbabwean partner Cara Black bagged the women's doubles title at the WTA Toray Pacific Open with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Spain's Garbine Muguruza and Carla Suarez Navarro.
Medals tally: 2014 Asian Games
The medals tally at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon.
Sports Shorts: Platini to keep luxury gift given by Brazil
UEFA president Michel Platini has said he intends to ignore FIFA requests and not return a luxury watch valued at 25,000 Swiss francs ($26,600), given to him by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF).
EPL: Will Van Gaal bring Ronaldo back to Old Trafford?
Manchester United football team manager Louis van Gaal would reportedly like to sign Real Madrid's ace striker Cristiano Ronaldo, but he does not expect the Spanish giants to sell.
Hingis says Na's retirement 'loss to world tennis'
Swiss tennis star Martina Hingis has said that Li Na's retirement was a loss to world tennis, while also crediting the Chinese ace of raising the game's profile in her home country and across Asia.
India at Asian Games: Jitu strikes gold, Shweta bags bronze on Day 1
India's in-form shooter Jitu Rai gave the country its first gold medal in the 17th Asian Games, cutting through a tough field to finish on top in the 50m pistol event in Incheon on Saturday.
Asian Games: Gold for shooter Jitu Rai in 50m Pistol
Ace Indian shooter Jitu Rai clinched a historic gold in the 50m Pistol event on the opening day of the 17th Asian Games at the Ongnyeon International Shooting Range, in Incheon on Saturday.
Shooter Shweta gives India first medal, wins bronze in 10m Air Pistol
Shooter Shweta Chaudhry gave India their first medal on the opening day action of the 17th Asian Games after the Faridabad girl clinched bronze in the Women 10m Air Pistol Finals, in Incheon on Saturday.
Anand closes in to title victory in Bilbao Masters
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand took a decisive step towards his second big title of the year after drawing with Ruslan Ponomariov of Ukraine in the fifth and penultimate round of the Final Masters.
September 19, 2014
In ISL, Del Piero looking to understand more about India
It's not every day that a European star comes to India to play in a football league.
India's schedule at Asian Games, Day 1
India's schedule on Day 1 of competition at the Asian Games in Incheon.
Korea's past and future showcased at glitzy Asian Games opening
Pop sensation Psy brought the house down 'Gangnam Style' as Incheon laid out the red carpet for over 13,000 competitors from 45 countries with an exhilarating opening ceremony to launch the 17th Asian Games at the main stadium on Friday.
Lahiri stays ahead in Malaysia
Indian star Anirban Lahiri birdied three of his last five holes to maintain a tight grip in the weather-disrupted Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters on Friday.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
Frank Lampard could make an emotional appearance against former club Chelsea this weekend as his new employers Manchester City host Jose Mourinho's side in an early showdown between the Premier League's heavyweights. Catch all the action.
How F1 got Singapore tourism back on track!
Singapore will be counting on its marquee Formula One race to help make up for a 30 percent drop in Chinese tourists this year.
Defending champions Sania-Cara reach Tokyo Open final
Putting up yet another dominating performance, defending champions Sania Mirza and Cara Black outclassed Jelena Jankovic and Arantxa Parra Santonja 6-3, 6-2 to reach the summit clash of the WTA Toray Pan Pacific Open, in Tokyo on Friday.
The rise and rise of China's women
Milestones in the progress of Chinese women's tennis after Li Na, the first Asian to win Grand Slam singles titles, announced her retirement from the sport on Friday.
Asian Games: 'Locksmith' Dutt hones bag of tricks for gold
Touching feet is the traditional Indian way of showing respect to someone but, as his numerous opponents would vouch, if it's on the wrestling mat and the outstretched arms belong to Yogeshwar Dutt, it normally means danger.
Sports Shorts: What happens when a goal celebration goes wrong
Coritiba forward Joel Tagueu's goal celebration went spectacularly wrong when he jumped over an advertising hoarding and disappeared into a hole during a Brazilian championship match.
Europa League: Sevilla rekindle love affair; Inter patient
Sevilla's love affair with the Europa League was immediately rekindled as last season's champions and three-time winners began this year's group stage with a 2-0 home victory over Feyenoord on Thursday.
In another voting it's an overwhelming 'yes'
After 260 years of exclusion, women will be allowed to join the Royal and Ancient golf club after an overwhelming members' vote on Thursday opened the doors to the famous St Andrews clubhouse and a role in the governance of the game.
China's Li Na bids adieu to tennis
China's Li Na, Asia's only grand slam singles champion, announced her retirement from tennis on Friday, citing the effect of long-term injuries, especially her knees.
Meet Pakistan's braveheart female squash ace
South Waziristan, in north-west Pakistan, is regarded as the home of the Taliban. Forget playing any sport, but girls here rarely go to school. Under such circumstances, how does a girl realise her dream to be a sportsperson.
India's C'wealth Games showing raises hope for big medal haul at Asiad
The haul of 64 medals at the Commonwealth Games, in July-August, which included 15 gold, should act as the ideal springboard for the Indian contingent to better its medal tally at Guangzhou, China, four years ago.
September 18, 2014
Hockey captain Sardar to be India's flag bearer at Asian Games opening
Ending the suspense over who would be the Indian contingent's flag bearer at the 17th Asian Games opening ceremony in Incheon on Friday, men's hockey team captain Sardar Singh was bestowed with the honour.
Birdie binge sends Anirban Lahiri top of the leaderboard
The 27-year-old signed off on a seven-under-par 64 to sit two shots clear of compatriot S S P Chowrasia and Taiwan's Chan Yih-shin at the 1.3 million Malaysian Ringgit ($400,000) event.
'Well-prepared' Del Piero ready for 'new beginning' in ISL
To the few uninitiated, Alessandro Del Piero, garlanded with marigold, was mistaken for a Hollywood star before football aficionados sent across the message that the biggest attraction of the inaugural Indian Super League had just landed in New Delhi.
India slip to 158 in FIFA rankings
After not much action barring the 2-2 draw against Bangladesh in an international friendly in March this year, India slipped eights places to be ranked 158th in the latest FIFA rankings headed by World Champions Germany.
Tennis star Andy Murray airs his views on Scottish independence
British tennis star Andy Murray came out in support of Scottish independence on Thursday, just hours before millions of his fellow Scots voted in a referendum on whether to end the 307-year union with England.
Li Na to retire on Friday, says Chinese media
China's two-time Grand Slam champion Li Na is poised to retire. State media CCTV-5, quoting unnamed insiders, said the 32-year-old tennis ace will announce her decision to quit the game on Friday.
Sports Shorts: Sania-Black storm into semis in Tokyo
Defending champion Sania Mirza and Cara Black knocked out Martina Hingis and Belinda Bencic in straight sets to reach the semi-finals of the Toray Pan Pacific Open, in Tokyo.
Will baseball make a 2020 return at Tokyo Games?
The president of the Olympic Council of Asia has thrown his support behind baseball's bid to return to the programme at the 2020 Tokyo Games.
PSG miss out on away win; Roma, Porto stroll to victory
Edinson Cavani scored early for Paris St Germain but a series of wasted chances came back to haunt them as Ajax Amsterdam equalised late to deny the French a winning start on the road in a 1-1 draw in Champions League Group F on Wednesday.
Champions League: Barca do the bare minimum to win against APOEL
An under-strength Barcelona got their Champions League campaign off to a solid if unspectacular start when Gerard Pique's header secured a laboured 1-0 win at home to APOEL in their Group F opener on Wednesday.
Champions League: Bayern far from convincing in win over City
Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng returned to haunt his former club with a last-gasp goal that secured a 1-0 win over English title holders Manchester City in their opening Champions League Group E clash on Wednesday.
Fabregas scores but Schalke stop Chelsea juggernaut in its tracks
Schalke 04 halted the Chelsea juggernaut when they drew 1-1 in their Champions League Group G opener at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, handing a wake-up call to the London club who had won their first four games of the season.
Princess Diaries: Sirivannavari's heart set on Asiad gold
The Thailand team for the 17th Asian Games includes a real-life princess with a down-to-earth approach to life and a heart set on winning gold.
September 17, 2014
Gurusaidutt confident of avenging Thomas Cup loss to Korea
Commonwealth Games bronze medallist R M V Gurusaidutt is desperate to avenge India's Thomas Cup loss to Korea when they open their campaign against the hosts in badminton team event in the upcoming Asian Games in Incheon, Korea.
Rosberg, Hamilton set for Singapore street fight
Mercedes team mates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton renew their sometimes hostile rivalry on the floodlit streets of Singapore this weekend at a circuit where mistakes or collisions normally result in race retirement.
Asian Games: Indian gymnast, coach booked for 'harassing' woman player
An international-level gymnast and a gymnastics coach, who are part of the Indian delegation that departed for the Incheon Asian Games on Tuesday, have been booked for allegedly passing obscene comments and making vulgar gestures at a woman player, police said on Wednesday.
Sports Shorts: Davis Cup to remain annual event
The Davis Cup will remain an annual tournament despite persistent complaints from some players that it over-burdens an already-crowded schedule, the head of the sport's governing body said on Tuesday.
Boxer Manoj to finally get Arjuna award after winning legal battle
Forced to take the legal route after being denied the honour initially, Indian boxer Manoj Kumar will be bestowed the Arjuna Award as the Sports Ministry has finally accepted his nomination.
Reeva Steenkamp's parents want to speak face to face with Pistorius
Paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius' late girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp's parents said in an interview after the verdict of their daughter's murder case that they would only come to terms with their tragic loss after talking to Pistorius face to face.
Tevez scores his first Champions League goal in over 5 Years!
Carlos Tevez ended his Champions League goal drought with both goals to give Juventus a 2-0 win over stubborn debutants Malmo in Group A on Tuesday.
Real Madrid become first club to score 1000 European goals
Holders Real Madrid chased away some of their early-season blues when Gareth Bale scored the pick of the goals in a 5-1 rout of FC Basel in their Champions League Group B opener on Tuesday.
Champions League: Bayern's injury woes continue as Ribery out vs City
Bayern Munich will be without experienced Franck Ribery when they meet Manchester City in their Champions League Group E opener on Wednesday with fellow winger Arjen Robben also doubtful, coach Pep Guardiola said.
Hope my old bow brings luck, says Deepika
Deepika Kumari seeks to bury London ghosts with Asian Games medal.
September 16, 2014
Relief for Indian boxers as AIBA recognise new federation
The governing body of amateur boxing (AIBA) has given recognition to a newly-elected national federation in India, paving the way for fighters to compete under their national flag at the Asian Games which starts this week.
Woods' strength back after 'busting butt in gym pretty hard'
Golfing great Tiger Woods has said that his strength has returned from 'busting his butt' in the gym pretty hard and the former World No 1 is on schedule to resume competition in December.
FIA sets new rules: No coded messages for Formula One drivers!
Formula One's governing body has banned teams from sending drivers coded messages under a controversial clampdown on the use of radio communications from this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix.
CL Preview: Lethal partnership of Messi-Neymar clicking
One of the most disappointing aspects of Barcelona's failure to win major silverware last season was the lack of on-field chemistry between Lionel Messi and Neymar.
Hottest Sporting Buzz: Serena flaunts curvaceous figure with Eva
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Sports Shorts: Champagne to fight Blatter for FIFA president post
Former FIFA official Jerome Champagne formally announced on Monday that he will stand against incumbent Sepp Blatter in next year's election for president of the world soccer body.
Champions League: Schalke wary of Chelsea despite Costa injury
The good news for Schalke 04's defenders as they prepare to face Chelsea in their opening Champions League Group G match on Wednesday is that striker Diego Costa is nursing a slight hamstring injury.
Champions League: Arsenal defence weakened by injury before Dortmund clash
Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger will be without right back Mathieu Debuchy for a "longer period" of time and is struggling with defensive options for their Champions League group opener against Dortmund.
India's wrestlers in pursuit of gold at Asian Games
There is a quiet air of confidence at the wrestling camp being held at Sonepat to prepare India's brightest wrestling prospects for the Asian Games in Incheon.
September 15, 2014
Maheshwary, Om Prakash doubtful for Asian Games
Triple jumper Renjith Maheshwary and shot putter Om Prakash Karhana were on Monday rendered doubtful for the upcoming Asian Games though the Athletics Federation of India is yet to take a final call on the matter.
AIBA grants provisional recognition to Boxing India
Indian boxing finally came out of an administrative exile after the International body AIBA gave provisional recognition to the newly-elected Boxing India, clearing the decks for the the country's pugilists' hassle-free participation in the upcoming Asian Games.
Champions League: Can Madrid conceal midfield troubles against Basel?
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is counting on his wealth of experience to help fix the holders' midfield woes as they prepare to host FC Basel in Tuesday's Champions League Group B opener at the Bernabeu.
ISL: Former France striker Anelka joins Mumbai City FC
The 35-year-old, who has played for a host of English Premier League clubs including Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool, will join compatriots David Trezeguet and Robert Pires in the league, that will run from October 12 to December 20.
Sporting Buzz: Fans enjoy a chocolate 'break' with Wozniacki, Ivanovic
Tennis stars Caroline Wozniacki and Ana Ivanovic were in for a tasty surprise on their arrival in Tokyo before the commencement of the Japan Open.
Davis Cup play-off: Yuki loses deciding singles, Serbia win 3-2
Filip Krajinovic beat Yuki Bhambri 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to give Serbia a 3-2 win in their deciding singles tie of the Davis Cup in Bangalore on Monday.
Ferdinand hits out at former United manager Moyes in autobiography
Rio Ferdinand has come down heavily on heavily on former Manchester United manager David Moyes saying 'his innovative training ns led to negativity and confusions'.
EPL player of the weekend: Costa takes honours as he equals record!
With Manchester City drawing 2-2 at Arsenal and Liverpool suffering a shock 1-0 home defeat by Aston Villa, Jose Mourinho's Chelsea were the big winners in the fourth round of Premier League games.
Sports Shorts: India drawn with Germany in Champions Trophy hockey
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand started his campaign at the Bilbao Final Masters with a crushing win over former FIDE world champion Ruslan Ponomariov of Ukraine in Bilbao, Spain.
Serie A: Milan win 5-4 thriller as Inter hit seven past Sassuolo
AC Milan clung on to beat Parma 5-4 away in Serie A on Sunday despite an dreadful defensive display which included Mattia De Sciglio scoring an extraordinary own goal from near the halfway line late in the match.
United 'legend-in-making' Falcao gets roaring reception at Old Trafford
They cheered him to the Old Trafford rafters just for warming up on the touchline, then roared their approval when he finally made it onto the pitch as a Manchester United player in the 67th minute of Sunday's 4-0 win over Queens Park Rangers.
Davis Cup: Cilic leads Croatia to playoff win, Spain out of World Group
Marin Cilic completed a dream week by steering Croatia into the Davis Cup World Group on Sunday but Spain found themselves out in the wilderness after crashing to defeat in Brazil.
Somdev records heroic win but India hopes hanging by thread
Somdev Devvarman fought like a true warrior to lock the tie with his stunning victory in the fourth rubber while Yuki Bhambri was locked in an engrossing battle in the decider, halted by rain mid-way, as India's hopes were still hanging by thread in the David Cup World Group play-off tie against Serbia in Bangalore.
September 14, 2014
Lift off at last for Van Gaal as Manchester United thrash QPR
The Louis van Gaal era finally got lift off as Manchester United demolished Queens Park Rangers 4-0 on Sunday for their first win since the Dutchman took charge at Old Trafford.
Federer fires Switzerland into Davis Cup final against France
Roared on by a capacity crowd in the Palexpo Arena, Federer dismantled the world number 17 Fognini 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 (4) in just under two hours.
We did well waiting for the 'right man' Diego Costa: Mourinho
Diego Costa left the Stamford Bridge pitch to exultant cheers after a hat-trick against Swansea City on Saturday highlighted a breathless start to a Chelsea career for a team that has been designed around him.
'Arsenal scored both goals with fouls and it cost us our victory'
Manuel Pellegrini berated referee Mark Clattenburg and said his performance cost Manchester City victory after a breathless 2-2 draw against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
'I really want to win an Asian Games medal for India'
A high-intensity training for last three weeks has boosted his confidence and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Parupalli Kashyap says he is looking to maintain the rhythm as he sets out to achieve his dream of winning an Asian Games medal in Incheon.
Prannoy wins Indonesian Masters
Young Indian shuttler H S Prannoy clinched the maiden title of his career after winning the $1,25,000 Indonesian Masters Grand Prix Gold, following his straight-game victory over local favourite Firman Abdul Kholik in the finals in Palembang on Sunday.
September 13, 2014
Davis Cup: Paes-Bopanna magic keeps India alive
Leander Paes yet again turned the clock back in company of Rohan Bopanna as the Indian duo recorded a dramatic come-from-behind 1-6, 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-3, 8-6 win over Serbian pair of Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac to keep home team's chances alive in the Davis Cup World Group play-off tie in Bangalore on Saturday
Dipika finally decides to play at Asian Games
India's highest-ranked squash player Dipika Pallikal has decided to put the controversy over the dubious Asian Games draw behind and confirmed her participation for the upcoming Incheon edition, saying "she has always put country first and it is no different this time".
Prannoy enters second successive final at Indonesian Masters
Young Indian shuttler H S Prannoy entered his second successive final after beating Malaysia's Daren Liew in the men's singles event at the $1,25,000 Indonesian Masters Grand Prix Gold.
Sania decides to play in Asian Games
In a significant development, Sania Mirza has agreed to play in the upcoming Asian Games, two days after All India Tennis Association announced that they would allow top players to miss the Incheon event, keeping in mind their requirements on the professional circuit.
September 12, 2014
Unforced errors cost me, says Yuki
Yuki Bhambri, who failed to rise to the occasion and suffered a straight-set bashing at the hands of Dusan Lajovic in the opening singles, today said unforced errors and failure to push the opponent hard had done in him in the Davis Cup World Group Playoff tie in Bangalore.
Davis Cup: Serbia take day one honours, take 2-0 lead vs India
Even a second-string Serbia proved a mighty opponent as Yuki Bhambri and Somdev Devvarman suffered crushing singles defeats to leave India trailing 0-2 on the opening day of the Davis Cup World Group play-off tie in Bangalore.
Sania meets PM following US Open victory
Indian tennis star Sania Mirza
Balotelli recovers in time as Liverpool face gruelling schedule
Mario Balotelli will be available for Liverpool's home Premier League match against Aston Villa on Saturday after recovering from illness, manager Brendan Rodgers said.
Mary Kom promises to 'give her best' at Asian Games
Talking extensively to Rediff.com's before flying out for the Asian Games, Mary gets candid about the life-changing Bollywood biopic Mary Kom, missing out on the Commonweath Games berth, her fight with the Sports Authority of India and what drives her to be the best inside the squared rope.
Wozniacki opens up about McIlroy break-up
Caroline Wozniacki has revealed what really happened during her unexpected breakup with fiancé, golfer Rory McIlroy.
Pistorius to be sentenced for culpable homicide on Oct. 13
Oscar Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide on Friday, having escaped the more serious charge of murder for the killing of his girlfriend, and the Olympic and Paralympic track star could face a lengthy prison sentence.
Pistorius due back in court for culpable homicide ruling
Oscar Pistorius returns to court on Friday after being cleared of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, but the South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter could still be convicted of culpable homicide for the "negligent" shooting of the model.
Sports Shorts: 'Run against Blatter or shut up'
Opponents of FIFA President Sepp Blatter should run against him instead of merely criticising his decision to go for another term at the helm of world soccer's governing body, Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said on Friday.
'Acche din' for Indian boxing?
Faced with the herculean task of reviving the sagging fortunes of Indian boxing, newly-elected Boxing India President Sandeep Jajodia said the sport had been left 'orphaned' in the last couple of years and he would bring it back on track with clean administration.
First Look! 'Angel' Sania Mirza campaigns for PETA
Sania Mirza has posed as an angel alongside images of dogs and cats. The poster reads: "Be an Angel for Animals: Adopt, Never Buy" during a photo shoot for a new PETA India campaign.
Asian Games: Ministry set to make U-turn, include managers
Faced with severe criticism from various quarters on the composition of Indian contingent for the Asian Games, the government is set to make a U-turn and name managers in 23 disciplines out of 28 the country will compete in the multi-sporting event.
September 11, 2014
F1 wants teams to get the message on radio use
Formula One has banned from next week's Singapore Grand Prix all radio communications that help improve the performance of the car or driver in a move that could add another twist to the title battle between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.
Angry Pallikal considering pulling out of Asian Games
Upset with the 'manipulative' singles draw, India's top squash player Dipika Pallikal is "seriously considering" pulling out of the upcoming Asian Games in Incheon.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
Arsenal and Manchester City meet at The Emirates on Saturday when both teams will seek to roar into life after making spluttering starts to their Premier League campaigns.
Narang finishes sixth as Indians struggle at Worlds
Gagan Narang missed out on an Olympic quota by just one place as he finished sixth in the final of the men's 50-metre rifle prone while Prakash Nanjappa and Jitu Rai narrowly missed out on the final of the 10-metre air pistol at the 51st Shooting World Championships in Granada.
Pistorius cleared of murder, culpable homicide verdict to come
Oscar Pistorius was cleared on Thursday of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp but the Olympic and Paralympic track star faces a troubled night after the South African judge adjourned for the day before ruling on a charge of culpable homicide.
Davis Cup: Yuki Bhambri to start India's campaign
Yuki Bhambri will open India's Davis Cup campaign against Serbia, drawn against visiting side's No 2 player Dusan Lajovic for the first singles match of the World Group playoff tie, beginning in Bangalore on Friday.
Pistorius trial: 'Allegations of police contamination of evidence insignificant'
South African Judge Thokozile Masipa said while reading her verdict in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius on Thursday that defence claims that police contaminated evidence and removed items from the crime scene "paled into insignificance".
F1 Pitlane Tales: Ferrari starts new era without Montezemolo
Luca di Montezemolo's resignation as Ferrari chairman on Wednesday severs an historic link with the company's late founder Enzo and marks the end of an era for Formula One's most successful and glamorous team.
Sports Shorts: France stun Spain in basketball World Cup
Huge upsets lit up the basketball World Cup on Wednesday as France beat hosts Spain 65-52 while Serbia thumped Brazil 84-56 to set up an intriguing semi-final clash.
Asiad: S Korea takes down all national flags over protest fears
Asian Games organisers (IAGOC) confirmed on Thursday they had taken down the flags of participating countries near one of the venues outside host city Incheon amid concerns that North Korean flags could be damaged by conservative groups or protesters.
Asian Games contingent sans managers a 'foolish' move?
The government stuck to its decision not to name any manager for 23 out of the 28 disciplines in which India are taking part in the upcoming Asian Games even though the Indian Olympic Association and National Sports Federations slammed the move.
Judgement day for 'blade runner' Oscar Pistorius
After 41 days of tears, anguish and at times gruesome testimony in the Pretoria High Court, Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee who became one of the biggest names in athletics, will learn this week whether he will spend the next 25 years behind bars.
September 10, 2014
Manavjit fails as Indian shooters disappoint on Day 2 at Worlds
India's shooters failed to impress on the third day of competitions in the 51st Shooting World Championship as trap ace Manavjit Singh Sandhu missed out on a final berth by a whisker while Rahi Sarnabot and Anisa Sayyed disappointed in women's 25 metres pistol, in Granada.
Paes, Sania skip Asian Games to revive rankings
India will field a second-string tennis contingent in this month's Asian Games after allowing frontline players, including Leander Paes and Sania Mirza, to play on the professional tours instead to revive their rankings.
EPL: Chelsea's new signings give Hazard creative freedom
Eden Hazard expects to enjoy playing with greater freedom and less pressure on his shoulders this season as Premier League leaders Chelsea demonstrate their strength in depth by challenging for four trophies, including the Champions League.
Saina won't train with Gopichand at Asiad, asks BAI to include Vimal
Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal, who has been training under Vimal Kumar for the last one week, wants the former chief coach to travel to Incheon, Korea with her for the upcoming Asian Games.
Is Serena Williams better than Steffi Graf?
Italian tennis ace Francesca Schiavone has said that she regards Serena Williams better than Steffi Graf after she drew within four Grand Slam titles of the former German great's Open-era record.
Drunk Maradona at it again, gets involved in bar brawl in Croatia
Argentine football legend Diego Maradona has allegedly been filmed fighting in the streets of Dubrovnik, Croatia outside a local nightclub to make his behaviour come under the spotlight once again.
F1 Pitlane Tales: Australian GP posts record financial loss
The 2014 Australian Grand Prix posted a record A$59.97 million ($55 million) loss amid soaring costs and declining revenue, government officials said on Wednesday.
Blow for India: Jwala Gutta pulls out of Asian Games
Ace Indian women's doubles player Jwala Gutta has pulled out of the prestigious Asian Games after sustaining a sprain in the right knee ahead of the multi-sport event in Incheon, Korea.
After winning Slam, a smashing New York Fashion Week debut for Serena!
Serena Williams was once again on the stage but this time it was her own fashion show during New York Fashion Week.
Munir's rise continues as part of new-look Spain
Barcelona striker Munir El Haddadi continued his dramatic rise in the game as part of a new-look Spain that have set their sights on Euro 2016 following a surprise early exit at this year's World Cup.
Sports Shorts: EPL club QPR face Football League ban
Queens Park Rangers could be consigned to English soccer's minor leagues if they are relegated from the top flight and fail to pay a potentially huge fine for breaching the Football League's financial fair play rules.
Football friendly: Willian strike gives Brazil victory over Ecuador
Brazil beat Ecuador 1-0 in an international friendly in New Jersey on Tuesday with a first half goal from Willian enough to give coach Dunga his second successive victory.
Euro qualifiers: Czechs stun Dutch; Italy tame Norway
The Czech Republic snatched a last-gasp 2-1 win over the Netherlands thanks to Vaclav Pilar's added time goal after a dreadful mistake by Daryl Janmaat in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier on Tuesday.
Paes, grand old man of Indian tennis ready to shoulder responsibility
India's ace tennis player Leander Paes said that he was yet again ready to take the responsibility of playing a crucial role in the Davis Cup World playoff tie against Serbia which begins on Friday.
September 09, 2014
Jitu Rai wins silver at Worlds, qualifiers for Rio Olympics
Jitu Rai became the first Indian shooter to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics after bagging a quota place with an impressive silver medal-finish at the 51st Shooting World Championships, in Granada.
Wait over, Indian footballers cleared for Asian Games
India will not take part in baseball, bowling, fencing, karate, modern pentathlon, rugby, softball, soft tennis and triathlon because of the athletes' poor standards.
Gun-toting Zen master Bindra seeks first Asian Games gold
Known for his Zen-like poise and preparation bordering on self-flagellation, the Olympic gold medallist shooter has mastered the art of defying expectations from a nation of 1.2 billion that has rarely tasted success in Olympic sport.
12-toed heptathlete Swapna dreams big despite shoe struggle
Pursuing a largely unrewarding Olympic sport in a cricket-obsessed country requires adjustments but heptathlete Swapna Barman has taken it to a new level -- squeezing six toes in each shoe designed for five.
Celebrities hit the US Open courts
The US Open is the biggest tournament in America's tennis calendar. Enough reason for the big personalities from Hollywood, former tennis champions and other celebrities to catch their favourite tennis stars in action.
Brand Nishikori set to soar despite US Open defeat
Already ranked ninth in Forbes' list of top tennis earners, Japan's Kei Nishikori is due for a bigger share of the off-court largesse despite losing Monday's final at the US Open, US marketing experts say.
So just who is Marin Cilic?
Marin Cilic became the first Croatian to win a Grand Slam singles final in 13 years with his victory at the US Open in New York on Monday.
Is Marin Cilic a one Slam wonder or the next big thing?
Marin Cilic hit all the right notes in a dominant 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 win over Kei Nishikori in the US Open final on Monday but it remains to be seen if the big Croatian is another one Slam wonder or perennial threat.
How Nishikori took Japan from tragedy to tennis elite
For over three-quarters of a century men's tennis in Japan has played out like a kabuki tragedy, filled with decades of barren results, embarrassments and even a suicide.
'Djokovic's presence would have been good for tennis in India'
It would have been great for Indian tennis had Novak Djokovic decided to turn up in this week's Davis Cup tie in Bangalore, country's leading singles star Somdev Devvarman said.
US Open: Japanese Nishikori's storybook run ends
Japanese trailblazer Kei Nishikori had a thrilling run at the US Open, but could not summon a finishing kick as he hit the wall against big-hitting Marin Cilic in Monday's final at Flushing Meadows.
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September 08, 2014
Bindra draws blank in tough opening day for Indian shooters
Ace marksman Abhinav Bindra belied expectations after failing to qualify for the finals of men's 10 air rifle event in the 51st ISSF World Championships, his hopes of earning an Olympic quota in this tournament going up in smoke.
Djokovic out of Serbia's Davis Cup tie against India
World No 1 Novak Djokovic will miss Serbia's Davis Cup World Group playoff tie against India in Bangalore next weekend, the Balkan nation's coach Bogdan Obradovic said on Monday.
Incheon ready to showcase cream of Asian sports
An array of Olympians and stars of sports niche and new arrive in the South Korean city of Incheon for the 17th Asian Games this month, bringing together some 10,000 athletes for a 16-day multi-sport spectacular second only in scale to the Summer Olympics.
'Success of Pro Kabaddi league is beyond imagination'
Bollywood Actor and owner of the Jaipur Pink Panthers, Abhishek Bachchan said that the inaugural addition of the Pro Kabaddi league has made a huge impact in the world of sports.
F1 Pitlane Tales: Ferrari lick wounds after bad day at home
Ferrari felt the pain on Sunday after emerging with just two points from a hard day in front of their home fans at the Italian Grand Prix.
Martina Navratilova proposes to longtime girlfriend at US Open
Martina Navratilova recently proposed to her longtime girlfriend Julia Lemigova at U.S. Open tennis championship.
US Open: Slow start cost Caroline Wozniacki a chance at glory
Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki said nerves and a slow start cost her any chance of beating Serena Williams in the US Open final on Sunday.
Euro qualifier: Mueller double helps Germany edge past Scotland
Germany's Thomas Mueller struck twice as the nervy world champions kicked off their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with a 2-1 victory over Scotland on Sunday.
Platini threatens Ribery with suspension for international retirement
France winger Franck Ribery's decision to retire from international football after missing the World Cup could lead to a suspension from club football, UEFA president Michel Platini said on Sunday.
Deliberate? I just made a mistake, says Rosberg
Formula One leader Nico Rosberg felt sore enough at losing Sunday's Italian Grand Prix without then having to face conspiracy theories suggesting he had done it deliberately.
I did not think I was going to win a Slam this year: Serena
World No 1 Serena Williams swept past good friend Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3 in the US Open final on Sunday to move up in the record books with her 18th grand slam title.
Williams beats Wozniacki for 18th Grand Slam title
Top ranked Serena Williams won her third consecutive U.S. Open women's championship when she defeated Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3 on Sunday.
Bryan brothers win fifth US Open for historic 100th doubles title
American twins Bob and Mike Bryan became the first doubles pair to win 100 titles together after they beat Spain's Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 6-3, 6-4 in the U.S. Open final on Sunday.
September 07, 2014
Prannoy loses in Vietnam Open final
Top seed Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka of Indonesia ended the impressive run of Indian shuttler HS Prannoy in the Vietnam Open Grand Prix final in Ho Chi Minh City.
'Leander confirmed for Davis Cup tie against Serbia'
Veteran star Leander Paes is set to combine with Rohan Bopanna for the doubles rubber during the Davis Cup tie against Serbia, Indian captain Anand Amritraj confirmed today but he says nothing has been decided on the Asian Games squad as yet.
After making a splash in the pool champ Poncha dreams of golfing success
After beating adversity to become a champion swimmer, Rehan Poncha now wants to make it big in golf and he hopes to play amateur qualifiers from next year before turning professional.
India's top shooters target Olympic spots at World Championships
They may have been hitting the bulls eyes often in recent years but Indian shooters will still have their task cut out when they take to the range for the 51st World Championships starting in Granada, Spain on Monday, eyeing as many Olympic quotas as possible.
Formula One: Williams confirm Bottas and Massa for 2015
Finland's Valtteri Bottas and Brazilian Felipe Massa will stay at Williams in 2015 after the resurgent Formula One team announced on Sunday what had to be one of their easiest decisions of the season.
Tireless Nishikori raises Asian flag with fight to final
A pioneering Kei Nishikori blazed a new trail for Japanese tennis with a shock win over World No 1 Novak Djokovic at the U.S. Open on Saturday, becoming the first man from Asia to book a place in a Grand Slam final.
Serena and Wozniacki's paths to the U.S. Open final
Paths to the final in the women's singles at the U.S. Open (prefix denotes seedings)
FIFA finance watchdog member arrested on corruption charges
FIFA faces more embarrassment after a member of its financial watchdog was arrested on suspicion of corruption and money-laundering in the Cayman Islands.
Hingis loses US Open doubles final on Grand Slam return
Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina beat Martin Hingis and Italy's Flavia Pennetta 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 to capture the U.S. Open doubles title on Saturday, denying the Swiss a return to the Flushing Meadows winner circle for the first time in 16 years.
Bouchard, Peng withdraw from Hong Kong tennis
Hong Kong's first WTA tennis tournament in more than 20 years suffered a major blow on Sunday with main drawcard Eugenie Bouchard withdrawing on medical advice after suffering from the heat at the U.S. Open.
Williams, Wozniacki put friendship aside for US Open final faceoff
For Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki, there is a time for friendship and a time for business, and business does not get much more serious than a Grand Slam final.
Sania leaves it to AITA to take call on Asiad participation
Caught in a dilemma over competing in the Asian Games or the WTA tournaments which clash with the event, Sania Mirza on Sunday, decided to let the All India Tennis Association take a call on her participation in the continental extravaganza in Incheon, Korea.
Don't know if I'm going to India for Davis Cup, says Djokovic after loss
World No 1 Novak Djokovic had no explanation for his flat performance in a stunning semi-final loss to Japan's Kei Nishikori at the U.S. Open on Saturday.
When Cilic aced Federer and handed him a 'tennis lesson'
Marin Cilic handed Roger Federer "a tennis lesson" in the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on Saturday, his coach Goran Ivanisevic said.
Cilic, Nishikori to clash in US Open final after upset victories
Marin Cilic completed a sensational set of semi-final shockers by upsetting 17-times Grand Slam winner Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday to reach the final of the US Open. Croatian 14th seed Cilic's opponent in Monday's final will be 10th seed Kei Nishikori of Japan, who sent world number one Novak Djokovic out of Flushing Meadows with a stunning 6-4, 1-6, 7-6(4), 6-3 victory.
Nishikori upsets Djokovic to reach US Open final
Marathon man Kei Nishikori secured a monumental upset by sweating out a 6-4, 1-6, 7-6(4), 6-3 win over world number one Novak Djokovic at the U.S. Open on Saturday to become the first Japanese man to reach a Grand Slam final.
September 06, 2014
India's Prannoy one win away from maiden title at Vietnam
India's HS Prannoy continued his dream run and reached the men's singles final to be just one step away from clinching his maiden title in the $50,000 Vietnam Open Grand Prix at Ho Chi Minh City.
IAAF Diamond League: Morale boosting 4th place finish for Gowda
Ace Indian discus thrower Vikas Gowda got a morale booster ahead of the upcoming Asian Games as he finished overall fourth in the prestigious IAAF Diamond League Series to pocket $ 3,000 prize money.
Triumphant Sania dedicates US Open title to Telangana, India
Left teary-eyed after her Indianness was put into question just weeks back, tennis star Sania Mirza dedicated her US Open title to the country and the new state of Telangana, where her appointment as brand ambassador triggered a political furore.
US Open: Djokovic, Federer aim for title showdown
Seven years after their first Grand Slam final meeting, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer stand on the verge of a third showdown at the highest level.
Neymar stunner gives Brazil win over Colombia
A superb 83rd minute free-kick from captain Neymar gave Brazil a winning start under new coach Dunga as they beat Colombia 1-0 in a fiercely contested friendly on Friday.
Are you ready for a 'Grand' get-together at US Open?
Serena Williams and friend Caroline Wozniacki arranged a get-together in the US Open women's final, winning their Friday semi-finals in contrasting fashion on a stifling hot, humid day at Flushing Meadows.
Sania wonders why Bruno did not play with her all these years
Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza conquered US Open too with new partner Bruno Soares of Brazil in New York.
Serena and friend Wozniacki enter US Open final
Top-seeded world number one Williams overpowered Russian left-hander Ekaterina Makarova 6-1 ,6-3, unleashing her daunting firepower against the 17th-seeded Russian. Wozniacki advanced when China's Peng Shuai broke down in scary distress due to heat illness and retired in the second set, while trailing 7-6(1), 4-3.
September 05, 2014
AITA supports Somdev's pull-out of Asian Games
Changing its stance towards Somdev Devvarman's pulling out of the Asian Games squad, the AITA said it supports the step taken by the top singles player of the country.
Hamilton suffers electrical gremlins at Monza
Electrical gremlins held up Lewis Hamilton in Italian Grand Prix practice on Friday after the Mercedes driver had lapped more than half a second quicker than anyone else in the morning session.
What makes Luis Suarez feel like a footballer?
Luis Suarez is starting to "feel like a footballer" once again after being allowed to train with new club Barcelona following his appeal against a FIFA ban for biting an opponent at the World Cup.
Standoff over India's Asian Games delegation rumbles on
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) has recommended slashing the country's proposed Asian Games delegation by a third and sending only medal hopefuls to South Korea's Incheon later this month.
'Djokovic's particpation tilts the balance in Serbia's favour'
India's Davis Cup coach Zeeshan Ali feels that although world No 1 Novak Djokovic's participation will tilt the balance in Serbia's favour in the
US Open: Sania-Black lose in women's doubles semi-finals
India's Sania Mirza and her partner Cara Black of Zimbabwe could not make it to the US Open women's doubles finals after going down in straight sets to Swiss-Italian pair of Martina Hingis and Flavia Pennetta at the Flushing Meadows.
US Open: Federer comes back from two sets down to reach semis
Roger Federer battled back from two sets down and double match point to defeat 20th seed Gael Monfils 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 to reach the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on Thursday.
Ibrahimovic breaks 82-year record, scores 50th goal for Sweden
Captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck twice in a 2-0 friendly win over Estonia on Thursday to become Sweden's all-time leading scorer with 50 goals.
Substitute Loic Remy on target as France beat Spain
New Chelsea signing Loic Remy grabbed the only goal as France squeezed past 2010 world champions Spain 1-0 in a friendly at the Stade de France.
Sporting Buzz: Tom Brady 'throws fits' for wife's attention
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Resurgent Cilic powers into US Open semi-finals
A resurgent Marin Cilic blasted his way by sixth seed Tomas Berdych 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (4) on Thursday to become the first Croatian to reach the U.S. Open semi-finals since his coach Goran Ivanisevic in 1996.
September 04, 2014
Asiad: India could face penalties if it withdraws from certain events
In an embarrassment to India, the country has been warned of heavy penalty by the Olympic Council of Asia if it withdraws from sending teams in a few disciplines in the upcoming Asian Games, a development which led to the IOA slamming some government officials for "ruining sport".
Rankings: Worlds bronze puts Sindhu back in top 10
Following her bronze-medal finish at the recently-concluded World badminton Championships, India's top shuttler P V Sindhu has re-entered the top-10 in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings, released on Thursday.
Now, doubts over Bopanna's Asian Games participation
India's tennis campaign at the Asian Games appears to be falling apart even before the start of the inter-continental event, as a cloud of doubt now hangs over Rohan Bopanna's participation since the top doubles player is keen to salvage his 2014 pro season by playing on the ATP Tour instead of competing in Incheon.
With medals as goal, SAI to prune Asiad athletes' delegation?
A large number of Indian athletes are in the dark about their participation at the Asian Games as the country's sports officials debate sending only medal hopefuls to Incheon.
Analysis: Shrewd, big bucks signings make EPL a winner
For Manchester United, the answer to a slump in form or a crisis of confidence comes in 50 pound notes. Millions of them.
Chang congratulated me but said it's not done yet: Nishikori
Kei Nishikori was warned by tough taskmaster coach Michael Chang not to be satisfied, after having become the first Japanese man for almost a century to reach the US Open semi-finals, and to target the title.
Sania Mirza reaches final of US Open mixed doubles with Soares
Sania Mirza is in line to win her third Grand Slam title and first with new partner Bruno Soares as the top seeded pair struggled past Yung-Jan Chan and Ross Hutchins to reach the mixed doubles summit clash.
US Open: Djokovic wears down Murray to reach last four
World number one Novak Djokovic wore down his old foe Andy Murray in a typically grueling encounter under the lights at Flushing Meadows to reach the semi-finals of the U.S. Open.
Brave new England fail to excite, Wembley less than half full
For the first time in the seven-year history of the new Wembley, the arena was less than half full for an England international as 40,181 underwhelmed fans witnessed a familiar old diet of mostly turgid, uninspiring fare from Roy Hodgson's World Cup failures, enlivened mainly by the sparky contribution of Raheem Sterling.
Angel Di Maria dazzles as Argentina crush world champions Germany
A brilliant performance from Angel Di Maria spurred Argentina to a crushing 4-2 friendly win over world champions Germany on Wednesday in an entertaining rematch of July's World Cup final.
US Open: Makarova sails through, Nishikori blazes trail for Japan
Serena Williams and Ekaterina Makarova sprinted into the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on Wednesday but marathon man Kei Nishikori had to go the distance to upset Stan Wawrinka and become the first Japanese man into the last four of a grand slam in 81 years.
September 03, 2014
Mumbai City, Atletico de Kolkata to kick-off ISL on October 12
Arsenal legend Freddie Ljungberg and Spanish World Cupper Luis Garcia will be the centre of attention when Mumbai City FC kick off the inaugural Indian Super League football tournament on October 12 at Atletico de Kolkata, in a tournament that will feature 61 games spread across 70 days.
Somdev clarifies, says makes no sense playing Asiad at this phase
Somdev Devvarman stoutly defended his decision to skip the Asian Games, saying "it did not make any sense" playing in Incheon for three weeks at a time when he is striving to return to the top-100.
F1 pitlane tales: 'Passionate' Alonso hopes to extend Ferrari stay
Fernando Alonso hopes to extend his Ferrari contract beyond the end of 2016 and reckons he could have 10 more years of racing in Formula One.
Arsenal's Welbeck out to prove his doubters wrong
New Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck is determined to prove that he is worth the 16 million pound ($26.36 million) the Premier League club spent on the transfer deadline day to sign him from Manchester United.
Footballer Chopra ready to give up British passport to play for India
Former Newcastle United striker Michael Chopra is ready to surrender his British passport to represent the country of his origin, India, and realise his dream of playing senior-level international soccer.
Somdev's Asiad snub 'not correct', says AITA
India's top singles player Somdev Devvarman's decision to concentrate on the ATP tour at the expense of the upcoming Asian Games has come under sharp criticism from the All India Tennis Federation.
Why tennis players are rushing to the psychologists...
Psychologists have become a more established presence on the tennis tour, with top players like Andy Murray and Petra Kvitova espousing the benefits.
Indians at US Open: Sania Mirza in women's doubles semis
Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her Zimbabwean partner Cara Black hardly broke a sweat as they entered the US Open women's doubles semifinals after their rivals retired midway through the quarterfinal match in New York.
US Open: Wozniacki wallops Errani to reach semi-finals
Caroline Wozniacki used her aggressive groundstroke game to near perfection on Tuesday and pummeled Italy's Sara Errani 6-0, 6-1 to reach the semi-finals of the US Open.
US Open: Federer shines again; dominant Berdych reaches semis
Second seed Roger Federer powered to a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 win over Roberto Bautista on Tuesday, charging into the quarter-finals of the US Open for the 10th time in 11 years.
US Open: China's Peng routs Swiss teen to reach semis
A long measure of Grand Slam patience paid off for Peng Shuai of China, who reached the semi-finals of the US Open on Tuesday by routing Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic 6-2, 6-1 in the Flushing Meadows heat.
September 02, 2014
Gopichand mum over split with Saina
National badminton coach Pullela Gopichand remained tightlipped about his split with Saina Nehwal, saying he doesn't want to talk about the issue as the Asian Games is just round the corner.
Tasty icing, cherry on top but will United cake crumble?
Manchester United emerged from the transfer window with a rich icing and the brightest of cherries to decorate their cake but the suspicion remains that the team's base may crumble under pressure.
My records are not meant to be broken, declares Bolt in Bangalore
Laughing off questions on potential challengers, Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt turned on the charm offensive on his maiden trip to India, throwing humility out of the window to declare that his records are pretty much out of reach.
Saina dumps Gopichand, to train under Vimal Kumar for Asian Games
India's top shuttler Saina Nehwal has split with National coach Pullela Gopichand and sought the help of former chief coach Vimal Kumar to prepare for the prestigious Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.
Indians at US Open: Sania in mixed doubles semis; Paes out
Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza stormed into the mixed doubles semifinals besides reaching the doubles quarterfinals, but compatriot Leander Paes exited the US Open with unexpected defeats in both his events.
Spotted! Heidi Klum plants a passionate kiss on boyfriend
Supermodel Heidi Klum doesn't shy away from showing her emotions. The 40-year-old model was at her sporting best at the US Open tennis tournament in New York on Monday.